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David Draiman’s Device Unveil Teaser Video for Self-Titled Debut Album

Facebook – Device As the anticipation builds for the April 9 release of their self-titled debut album, Device have released a short, 45 second black and white teaser video featuring a snippet of their music (watch below). The first single ‘Vilify’ hits radio on Feb. 19. The trio formed by David Draiman from Disturbed  has recruited a star-studded lineup of guest musicians for ‘Device.’ Among those making appearances are Black Sabbath  bassist  Geezer Butler , Deep Purple  singer-bassist  Glenn Hughes , Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows , System of a Down  singer  Serj Tankian , Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and Halestorm ‘s Lzzy Hale . The band’s touring lineup consists of Draiman,  Evanescence  drummer Will Hunt and Dope / Eve to Adam guitarist Virus. Former Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo wrote and recorded the album with Draiman, but will not tour with the outfit. Draiman recently discussed how happy he was with Hale’s appearance. “For years I’d wanted to re-do ‘Close My Eyes Forever’ by Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne. I always thought it was a fantastic idea and needed the right combination of elements and events and needed to have the right woman to play the role of Lita in this song, and Lzzy Hale, in my opinion, is the strongest, most distinctive voice, female voice, in rock today. I think that she’s just as good as it gets.” Device have some concert dates scheduled in support of their debut album. They’ll play in Switzerland later this month, and then have several festival dates lined up for the spring and summer. You’ll be able to see them at Rock on the Range, Carolina Rebellion, Welcome To Rockville Festival, Lazerfest 2013 and elsewhere. Watch Device’s Teaser Video [button href=”” title=”Get the Latest News on Device Here” align=”center”]

Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe ‘Getting Ready Mentally’ for Czech Republic Trial

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire One month ago, Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe was handed the reality of a court date in the Czech Republic. Facing manslaughter charges in an incredibly controversial case stemming from a 2010 concert incident, Blythe’s legal proceedings are set to begin on Feb. 4 . With the proverbial hourglass drawing closer to an empty top, Blythe recently posted a poetic and introspective piece of writing on his Instagram account detailing his thoughts. Although Randy Blythe could conceivably remain in the United States to avoid his trial, the vocalist has chosen to face the Prague 8 District Court and fight the charges brought against him. Blythe, who spent five weeks in a Czech prison over the summer while awaiting his bail to be approves, had given his situation a great deal of thought over the past few months. Upon discovering an old suitcase while out and about in his hometown of Richmond, Va., Blythe was inspired to write about his upcoming trial in the Czech Republic: The last 2 or 3 days I have been getting ready mentally to leave my home & return to Prague to do this whole trial thing in early February. It’s not something I particularly WANT to do; but inside, my gut & heart tells me it is the RIGHT thing to do. I cannot turn my back [on] the right thing. As I’ve been thinking, I’ve [been] shooting [pictures] a lot around my hometown. I love this place. A couple of days ago I went to my mechanic to get my truck worked on- the garage is over near the CSX train yard here in Richmond. I dropped off my truck & went creeping under the over pass that runs above the tracks. As usual, there was a lot of sleeping gear, trash, old mattresses & stuff that homeless people keep there. In my younger days, I used to ride freight trains across our country. I have spent many nights under bridges just like this one in freight yards across the USA. I have always loved to travel, & have been across the USA three times without a dime in my pocket most of the time, learning the survival skills of the hobos & street people of our country. You can get by with almost nothing if you know what you are doing. This old suit case sitting up on this ledge really captured my attention. I wonder what it once held? Safe travels to whoever owns it… As mentioned, Randy Blythe’s trial is scheduled to commence on Feb. 4. In addition to the aforementioned suitcase, the Lamb of God frontman has posted a number of his photos on his Instagram account recently, including recent images of his Virginia hometown and his travels in New York City, as well as vintage pictures of him posing with the late Dimebag Darrell. Check them out here . [button href=”” title=”Lamb of God Nominated for 2013 Grammy Award” align=”center”]

90-Year-Old Actor Christopher Lee Releases Heavy Metal Versions of Classic Christmas Songs

Charlemange Productions Love metal? Dig Christmas? Then let legendary actor Christopher Lee entertain you with heavy metal versions of classic Christmas songs. The 90-year-old Lee is famous for his roles in ’Dracula’ and ‘Lord of the Rings,’ among countless other films. He has been crafting his voice for many years, having famously lent his pipes to the soundtrack for horror flick ‘The Wicker Man,’ released in 1973. Although Lee is a classically trained singer, the ‘Dracula’ icon released his first metal album, ‘Charlemange: By the Sword and the Cross,’ in 2010, receiving Metal Hammer’s Spirit of Metal award at their 2010 Golden Gods ceremony. Lee’s ‘Charlemange’ sequel, ‘The Omens of Death,’ is expected to see a 2013 release. “I was first introduced to metal when I sang with a [band] called Rhapsody,” Lee tells BBC Radio. “But what I sang was not heavy metal; I sang with a tenor. Then I worked with Manowar as a narrator, I think it was in Germany, and again, that was not me singing metal. I became rather fascinated by this, ’cause in terms of history of music, it’s fairly recent, really. And if it’s properly done and you can understand the story and you can understand what the people are singing and you have the right bands and the right singers, I think it’s rather exciting.” Christopher Lee’s surprisingly crushing renditions of ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ and ‘Silent Night’ are now available to purchase via iTunes and Amazon . Check out a preview of both tracks in the player below. Christopher Lee, ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ + ‘Silent Night’ (Teaser) [button href=”” title=”Next: More on Christopher Lee’s Upcoming Metal Album” align=”center”]

Brian ‘Head’ Welch on Upcoming Korn Gigs: It’s the ‘Right Time’ to Reunite

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Korn are set to reunite with their founding guitar player  Brian ‘Head’ Welch  for two German festival gigs in 2013, and perhaps nobody is more stoked about the get-together than Welch. The metal six-stringer rocked out with Korn onstage for the track ‘Blind’ last May at the Carolina Rebellion festival in Rockingham, N.C., and he says jamming with Korn just felt right. “Last [May], I ended up at the Carolina Rebellion show,” he tells  Revolver . “Evanescence played, and I had gone with P.O.D., because I was on tour with them. Korn was playing. I was just going to go say hi to them. I saw [Korn guitarist] Munky, and we talked for a long time. It was the first time we talked in seven years. He’s sober now and everyone’s in a good place.” Welch added that once he got onstage with the guys, he felt a connection. “It was all positive,” he said. “When I left Korn, there was all this negative crap everywhere. I went home and thought, ‘That was a cool experience.’ So Munky called me a little bit later about reuniting [for the shows in Germany]. I told him I didn’t think it was the right time, but maybe later. Then I thought about it more and I called him back. I had so much fun jamming I said, ‘Let’s do it.’ It’s a couple shows. I want to connect with the fans. It is the right time. We’re just going slow right now. We’re just gonna do those couple shows and see what happens. Just have a good time.” The big reunion is set to happen at Germanys Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals, scheduled for June 7 and 9. For more on the Korn reunion, check out Loudwire’s exclusive video interview with Munky: [button href=”” title=”Munky Optimistic For Permanent Reunion With Head” align=”center”]

Kurt Cobain Filmmaker: Courtney Love Is Not Involved in Upcoming Documentary

Ron Galella Archive, Wire Image, Getty Images Since the news broke of a new documentary chronicling the life of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain , there have been conflicting reports as to whether the legendary musician’s widow Courtney Love will be a part of its creation. Brett Morgen, directior of HBO’s new documentary on the Rolling Stones, ‘Crossfire Hurricane,’ was recruited by Love to oversee the Cobain project, but it seems as if that will be Love’s only contribution to the project. Morgen recently told the New York Post , “Courtney [Love] is the one that brought me into this… We’ve been trying to find the right time to put this film together and the time is now. We are going to do the movie sort of like a third-person autobiography — [as] if Kurt was around and making a film about his life.” This quote led to the assumption that Love would assert creative control over the documentary, but a representative for the Hole frontwoman has asserted otherwise. Morgen has now gone on-record to clear up any misunderstandings concerning Love’s role in the film. “Back in 2007, I had a meeting in L.A. with Courtney Love to discuss my possible involvement in a Kurt Cobain documentary,” he told EW in a statement. “She had seen my film ‘The Kid Stays in the Picture,’ and thought that I had the right vision and passion to bring Kurt’s story to life. Since that time, I have been speaking exclusively with Kurt Cobain’s estate, who have given me their full cooperation in order to make the film.” He continues, “Courtney isn’t currently involved with the project in any capacity. The estate and I will be releasing more information about our plans in the coming weeks. Production on the film will begin in the coming months and we are aiming for a 2014 release.” This news comes shortly after rumors that Courtney Love was planning to create a Nirvana-based musical to Broadway or the big-screen; a claim Love was quick to deny. Stay tuned for more news on the upcoming Kurt Cobain film as news continues to break. [button href=”” title=”Next: 10 Best Grunge Bands” align=”center”]

Election Day: Rockers Take Action on Twitter

Whitney Curtis, Getty Images It’s arguably the most American day of the year (sorry, Fourth of July), as those with the rights given to them as American citizens are heading out to the polls today to cast their votes on both candidates and bills that will affect their immediate future. It’s one of the great things about being an American is having elections that give you the right to help determine what the future will hold. Whether it be current President Obama or his opposition, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney that you vote for, the key is the exercise of your right as an American citizen. A number of top rockers have weighed in via Twitter, attempting to get their fans out to the polls to vote. Some have remained bipartisan, while others are specifically attempting to sway their followers in a certain political direction. See what members of Foo Fighters , System of a Down , Motley Crue , Pearl Jam and more have to say about Election Day in the tweets below: I don’t care WHO you VOTE for, just fucking do it. The power is in OUR HANDS. #Vote — Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) November 6, 2012 Friends in the US, Please go and vote today to make sure no crazy right wing C**t takes control of our destiny again. — Serj Tankian (@serjtankian) November 6, 2012 Election Day! Stand up and be counted. — Rise Against (@riseagainst) November 6, 2012 Don’t forget to Vote today! — Anthrax (Band) (@Anthrax) November 6, 2012 Today’s the day! Anyone vote yet? @ sonnywhosoever — Payable On Death (@POD) November 6, 2012 Today’s a big day for the USA !! Get out there and vote!!Who’s Gonna Win ??? — My Darkest Days (@MyDarkestDays) November 6, 2012 OREGON, WASHINGTON, AND COLORADO, IF YOURE VOTING TODAY HELP LEGALIZE IT!… — DAVID DRAIMAN (@DAVIDMDRAIMAN) November 6, 2012 Just so u know, I already voted. But today’s the final day to be able to do so. So get out & do it! iiii]; )’ — Slash (@Slash) November 6, 2012 GET OUT THERE AND VOTE! — Rev Theory (@revtheory) November 6, 2012 Tweet us a photo of you with an “I Voted” sign and we’ll RT some. Use #IVoted tag. #GoVote ! — Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) November 6, 2012… — Foo Fighters (@foofighters) November 6, 2012 There you have it. If you haven’t voted yet, be sure to get out at your first convenience. If so, take pride in knowing you’ve done your civic duty. [button href=”” title=”Next: Motorhead’s Lemmy Weighs in on Presidential Election” align=”center”]

Metal Blade Records Founder Brian Slagel Talks 2012 Metal, Metallica’s Very First Song + More

Metal Blade Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel took some time to chat with us recently about a ton of different topics. Having had a very strong year in 2012, including releases from Between the Buried and Me , Six Feet Under , Cannibal Corpse , As I Lay Dying + many more, we got to pick the brain of Slagel about all things metal. Along with Metal Blade’s 2012 releases, Slagel spoke with us about competition in the business of metal music, GWAR continuing on after the death of guitarist Cory ‘Flattus Maximus’ Smoot , releasing the first ever Metallica song + much more. Check out our exclusive interview with Metal Blade Records head honcho, Brian Slagel. Between the Buried and Me just released ‘The Parallax II: Future Sequence’ and it’s an amazing record. When was the moment that you knew that you needed to sign this band, once they became free agents? I’ve always been a huge fan of theirs, we’ve had so many bands that have toured with them and I’ve seen them around. I’ve hung out with them so I always liked them not only as a band, but because they are really, really good people. Pretty much what happened was, I didn’t even know that they were free agents, but one of the managers that we work with a lot, this guy named Paul Conroy, he ended up managing them and he called me up and said, “Would you be interested in signing Between the Buried and Me?” I said, “Are you kidding me? In a heartbeat!” So it came pretty quick and we were able to put it together just great because we all love those guys. It was really that simple? Was there any sort of bidding war for them or did they just jump straight on? Luckily for us they really wanted to be at Metal Blade, so there wasn’t a huge bidding war or anything. I think basically what had happened was the band and the management decided, “Well let’s go to Metal Blade if they’re interested and if they just give us basically what we want then just go there!” It was really super easy and like I said, I was unbelievably happy because I always have been a huge fan of those guys. Metal Blade has definitely had a strong year with new Cannibal Corpse, Six Feet Under and As I Lay Dying records. The new Goatwhore record is phenomenal, along with Between the Buried and Me, of course. What’s your personal favorite Metal Blade release of 2012? Oh boy, that’s always difficult because I really do like all of them. I kind of go through phases; if you would have asked me six months ago I would have said Cannibal Corpse, and then if you asked me four months ago I’d probably have said Six Feet Under, and a couple of months ago it would have been As I Lay Dying. My current favorite now is the Between the Buried and Me record because I’ve been listening to it over and over and over again. We get these records really early so I tried not to overdo it. I wanted to wait until closer to the release date, so for the last week or two, I’ve been listening to it non-stop. So, as of today, I will say Between the Buried and Me. One of your most legendary bands is Gwar and the majority of their albums have been put out on Metal Blade. They’re starting another tour with their new guitarist Pustulus Maximus. How has the band been dealing with having to replace the late Cory Smoot? That’s never a fun thing to do. Cory was such a great guy and losing him so suddenly was horrible. Those guys definitely have done an amazing job of how they’ve handled it. I mean, it was obviously hugely difficult for them, but I think doing a tour without Cory and kind of doing it as this big tribute to him was really amazing and they’ve retired the character and got a new guy in there. I think that everything that they’ve done has been right. Whenever we talked about this stuff and they said, “Hey this is what we’re thinking about doing,” I said all along the way, “I think you guys are doing the right thing.” So as difficult as it is I think they did a really impeccable job of remembering Cory and celebrating his life. He will always be a part of that band because he was such a huge intricate force for them for so long. I think they’ve done a really good job, I think they’ve done it classy and in the right way. When they really got a chance to sit down, did they ever just consider remaining a four-piece or did they know they’d become a five-piece once again when they found the right guy? Well, definitely the right guy was a huge issue. I think the way that so many of the songs were written, you need to have a five-piece, and also it takes a lot of the pressure off of Mike Derks. He’s a phenomenal guitar player and I think he did a great job while they were doing it as a four-piece. He didn’t really go and say, “I’m missing a lot,” but they do need that extra thing there. So much of the stuff that Corey had a big hand in was stuff that you need two guitar players for, so they knew that they had to do it, but they had to get the right guy and they definitely took their time before doing it. Unfortunately, with that band, there’s been a few guys in and out [Laughs] so they’re a little used to that. Another landmark for Metal Blade was when As I Lay Dying released “Frail Words Collapse,” which sort of launched them into the stratosphere of metalcore. Were you surprised to see how huge that they became? Yeah, you never think that things can get as big as they were, but we did really feel something. It’s kind of funny when you look back on things; it seems like every turn of every 10 years, every decade, there seems to be some new stuff coming in. You know, we felt like with bands like As I Lay Dying and Unearth and that crop of metalcore or whatever you want to call it; bands that we felt like were something really new and cool and fresh and we love the sound, and the As I Lay Dying guys are really smart and made a good record. We knew it was going to do well, but we never would have predicted they would have become as big as they have. I wanted to ask about one of your lesser known bands, but still a very fantastic band, Ipsissimus. What is their future with Metal Blade going to be like? It’s cool that you like them, they’re an awesome band and those guys are really great dudes. It’s hard to say; it’s not really a “band band,” so it’s kind of a project, but those things are always difficult to do. They’re fun to do because it’s really good music, but without a lot of touring and other commitments they make, it’s kind of difficult to do. So, it’s a good question; it’s really up to them and I think we’ll see how far they want to take it and what they want to do with it. Metal Blade was the first label to ever put out a Metallica song — on that first ‘Metal Massacre’ compilation. What was it like seeing an act that was just a local band at the time turn into legitimately one of the biggest metal acts ever? [Laughs] It’s still crazy when you think about it. I was friends with Lars before there even was a band; I knew those guys before they existed, so it’s still pretty surreal. I’m still friends with all of them and Lars and I are still good friends. When they get to these milestones like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and some of these other milestones, we end up getting together and just sitting around and going, “How did all of this happen?” It’s amazing but it’s also a huge testament as to how dedicated, smart, and talented those guys are. I mean, they get bashed here and there, obviously from other different things, but those guys are the same people today as they were 30 years ago — same guys. They haven’t been affected by everything else. I think they did an incredible job of kind of pulling up that flag for a long period of time so yes, it’s pretty crazy. I’m just insanely grateful to play a small part in it and those guys have been nothing but great to me. Do you credit any one band that kickstarted and really made Metal Blade records? It’s hard to say. Obviously the first ‘Metal Massacre’ with the Ratt, Metallica and stuff certainly helped paved the way. I think in the early days there were probably three separate things that happened; the ‘Armored Saint EP’ that we did and they immediately got signed at Chrysalis Records, that was the third or fourth release that we’d done. Both Chrysalis and the band were really good about giving us a lot of credit, so that really helped us in national magazines and stuff. Probably ‘Show No Mercy’ by Slayer was the first record that we put out where we really got to that next level, so the building process of the label kind of came, that was kind of the next step. I can’t really pinpoint one thing because it was such a small growth process, but certainly the first ‘Metal Massacre’ and that Armored Saint release was big in giving us that exposure. Back then, independent labels were just tiny and nobody knew that we existed. Are there any other labels you feel like you’re in constant competition with in terms of continually signing great bands and releasing both classic and modern albums? I guess theoretically we’re competitors with all of the labels, but we’re also all fans, so we’re kind of all in this together. So whether it’s Century Media, Nuclear Blast, Relapse … There are times where we compete for bands, where there’s a band and there are two or three labels working with them, but it’s never gets to a bidding war because I think all of us work together all the time. We have bands that do tours together, so we know everybody really well and ultimately we’re all fans of the music and we all want it to be better, which I think is one of the reasons why the metal scene is pretty healthy, because we work together as opposed to “being competitors.” In your opinion, what direction do you see metal heading? I guess I should get my crystal ball out now. [Laughs] You know, I don’t know. It’s always really hard to say because I wish I could predict everything perfectly, but I definitely feel that bands that have real singing; that sort of thing is coming back quite a bit. A band for example like Ghost has gotten quite a lot of success and they’ve gotten this huge deal and stuff. Personally, I’m like that because I lived in the ’70s and ’80s so I love singing stuff. So many of the new bands that are coming out are doing that, but anything that’s kind of happening now all has a really big influence of the late ’70s and early ’80s, so whether that’s the more melodic stuff or there’s a lot of really cool thrash components, it’s kind of coming back again, that really old school thrash. Anything that has those sort of influences, it seems like these younger bands are taking that and making something fresh and interesting out of it. Newsletter Sign up Form Receive the latest rock and metal news via email! Email *

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