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Opeth Frontman Mikael Akerfeldt: ’90 Percent’ Chance of 2013 North American Tour

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Opeth have been touring relentlessly in support of 2011′s ‘Heritage,’ and before they wrap up the cycle for that album will likely embark on one more North American run. Frontman  Mikael Akerfeldt recently spoke with Roadrunner Records  about their 2013 plans. “We still have a few details to work out, but we were supposed to be in the U.S. in the fall [of 2012] and we didn’t do it, so we’re gonna be in the U.S. in the spring, I think. But it’s not completely settled yet, so I’m not sure. I can’t say 100 percent that we’re gonna be there. But 90 percent sure, we’re going on a North American tour, which will be the last lengthy tour that we do for this record.” Akerfeldt revealed Opeth also plans on doing 2013 shows in Australia and Japan and possibly South America, in addition to some summer festivals. He says it will wind down after May of next year. Even though Opeth have legions of fans all over the world, when it comes to their home nation of Sweden Akerfeldt admits they aren’t necessarily a huge draw throughout the country. “If we keep ourselves in the big cities, we’re fine, but if we go into the smaller cities, we can play pubs, or smaller venues. So we’re not really…I think we’re more well-known than popular, if you know what I mean.” The band has been recording shows, but are not sure if and when any live material will be released. “We bought some type of rig, so we can record every show,” Akerfeldt states. “I’m not sure if we’re recording every show, but we did record the London show, and we’re probably gonna continue recording whenever we can.” He adds, “But I’m not sure what we’re doing with that stuff, to be honest. It’s always good to have material, and maybe further down the line, if we have a bunch of shows recorded we can pick and choose the best segments of the shows and maybe put something out, but we don’t know yet.” Opeth are in the midst of a European tour, which wraps up Dec. 7 in Norrköping, Sweden. [button href=”” title=”Next: Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt on Writing New Material” align=”center”]

King’s X Drummer Jerry Gaskill Loses Almost All His Possessions in Hurricane Sandy

InsideOut Music King’s X drummer Jerry Gaskill has been hit with a bit of bad luck lately. Back in February, he suffered a heart attack and underwent emergency surgery before recovering and leaving the hospital after three weeks under professional care. Now, Gaskill and his wife Julie have suffered great losses due to Hurricane Sandy, including losing almost all of their belongings and being dislodged from their home on the coast of New Jersey. Friends and fans have reached out to Gaskill to offer support during this trying time, and he’s notably moved. “Hey everybody. Julie and I want to again sincerely thank everyone all over the world for the overwhelming love and support during this devastating time for so many,” he said in an online posting. “I believe somehow things will be better than ever, just like when I died. I think Julie said it the best. She said, ‘It’s been quite a banner year for us. First you died, then we got married and now we’re homeless.’ “Because of all your love, we have hope. We thank you now and we will thank you always. I have a feeling that 2013 could just be a good year.” “All our love… Jerry and Julie.” If you would like to donate to help Gaskill rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, head to Give Forward . Note that donations will be treated as a gift, meaning they won’t be tax deductible.

Rage Against the Machine Bassist Comments on Possible New Album + Paul Ryan’s Fandom

Kevin Winter, Getty Images Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford gave a “maybe” when asked last month by TMZ if the band was going to be making a new album. Now, Commerford has given a slightly different response when asked the question yet again, with an added dig at Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan in reaction to the politician’s claims that he’s a certified Rage fan. A few days ago, TMZ caught up with Commerford in a parking lot again (watch below), and once again asked the bassist about a new RATM album. “Definitely, maybe. Anything’s possible,” said Commerford, adding yet another positive, yet mysterious answer to one of rock music’s most burning questions. He was also asked about Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who earlier this year claimed to be a fan of Rage Against the Machine. Commerford tells TMZ, ”Clearly he’s not that smart to be admitting that. It just seems like it’s stupid for him to even bring it up, so he’s obviously not that smart of a guy.” When the interview suggested it might be the band’s “infectious bass lines,” Commerford quipped, “It must be the bass, it’s gotta be the bass.” Commerford’s Rage bandmate  Tom Morello previously commented on Ryan’s love of rage, saying , ”Paul Ryan’s love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades.” Whomever you choose to support in the 2012 Presidential Election, make sure to go out and vote tomorrow (Nov. 6) if you’re a U.S. citizen 18 years of age or older. Additionally, fans from all over the world can vote in Loudwire’s President of Heavy Metal Election , where Rob Zombie is facing Ozzy Osbourne in the finals! Watch Tim Commerford of Rage Against the Machine Talk to TMZ [button href=”” title=”Vote in the President of Heavy Metal Election” align=”center”] ?

The Casualties Talk ‘Resistance,’ Future of Punk, Exploits in Thailand + More

Season of Mist Apart from being a great street punk band, the Casualties are extremely cool dudes. Entering our midtown Manhattan office building in punk rock garb and curious about where they could grab a beer, guitarist Jake Kolatis and bassist Rick Lopez came in for what turned out to be a fascinating conversation. The band members spoke to us about their latest album, ‘Resistance,’ tour exploits in countries all over the world including Thailand and how punk and metal fans should unite to form a single, strong bond of powerful subcultures. Check out our exclusive talk with Jake and Rick of the Casualties. The Casualties Talk to Loudwire

Bill Ward Hopes for Return to Black Sabbath

Kevin Winter, Getty Images The year of 2012 was supposed to find a reunited  Black Sabbath playing festivals all over the world. But due to guitarist Tony Iommi’s battle with cancer and drummer  Bill Ward ‘s absence because of a contract dispute, they only played three shows, all minus the band’s original stickman. Ward was recently interviewed by Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes as part of the six-part Vice series ‘Black Sabbath and the Birth of Heavy Metal’ (watch below), and spoke about his current situation with Sabbath. In regard to his relationship with Sabbath members and what might happen in the future, Ward said, “There have been some very uncomfortable situations in the last six months. We’ll see how that works out. But I stand for myself today. As much as I love them… I’ll always play; that’s my life.” Ward adds,”If there’s some longevity with Black Sabbath, then I’d like to be a part of it. I wanna play hard rock. I wanna play loud drums. I love playing with Terry (Geezer Butler], I love playing with Ozz (Ozzy Osbourne) and I love playing with Tony (Iommi). When Tony opens up with huge chords, I still get the same shiver up my back that I got when we were 18-year-old kids. It ain’t gone away. It’s still there.” In a recent interview , Osbourne and Iommi did not close the door to a Ward return. “There was no row. There was no argument,” Osbourne said. “The door ain’t closed. Whether we work something out up the road, I don’t know.” Tony Iommi echoed those sentiments, adding, “It’s not a personal thing. If he phoned us up tomorrow, which he hasn’t, but if he did…” Sabbath are also working on a new album, and if Ward is to rejoin his former bandmates in time to play on it, the clock is ticking. [button href=”” title=”Watch ‘Black Sabbath and the Birth of Heavy Metal’ Video” align=”center”]

James Lomenzo + Mark ‘Abba’ Abbattista Share How Metal Aided Their ‘Amazing Race’ Journey

CBS While viewers have yet to see even see the first episode of the new season of ‘The Amazing Race,’ rockers James LoMenzo and Mark ‘Abba’ Abbattista have completed their journey and now get to reflect on it with the rest of America. LoMenzo, a veteran of Megadeth , Black Label Society , and White Lion who is now a member of Hail!, and his partner on the race and Hail! cohort Abbattista are flying the metal flag on this year’s edition and they told how their time on the road actually benefitted them. LoMenzo says, “The weird thing is Mark and I have traveled all over the world with our band Hail! To me, this is in so many ways, even though we have much more going on, much more enjoyable. For one thing, I didn’t have to carry a guitar on my back getting on airplanes. All we had to carry places was a really light backpack. It was just so much fun having to do nothing but compete everyday.” Abbattista added, “Only having one person yelling at me instead of the whole band was great!” LoMenzo admitted there were a few times during the race where their familiarity to metal fans aided their journey, though not as much as they initially thought might happen. “Things are just so frantic and we never really stayed in one place for very long,” explains LoMenzo. “There were some times it came to our advantage. I don’t know if we’ll see it on the show, but it definitely happened.” Though they could not reveal their fate, the bandmates were one of 11 teams competing for a $2 million dollar prize. By the time the season ends, the winning team will have covered over 25,000 miles spanning three continents. The 21st season of ‘The Amazing Race’ begins tonight (Sept. 30) at 8PM ET/PT on CBS. [button href=”” title=”Next: Top 10 Megadeth Songs” align=”center”]

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