Iced Earth has revealed new details about upcoming album Incorruptible, due out June 16, including a heads up that its first two singles “Seven Headed Whore” and “Raven Wing” will drop at the end of April.
The 10-track album will be available in a variety of formats, including special limited edition vinyl in several colors and a 36-page artbook version with album sketches and comments about each song from guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer.
During a recent interview with Metal Wani, Schaffer shared the writing direction behind Incorruptible.
“There is no concept on this record; it’s just ten individual tracks not related to each other,” he said “We have one called ‘Clear The Way’, which is about the Irish Brigade at the Battle Of Fredericksburg — very tragic, actually — but that’s a big epic (song), like ten minutes; and then we have one called ‘Black Flag’, which is a pirate song. It’s quite a… I think I pulled it off pretty well with the lyrics, to be able to tell such a big story in a very short amount of time. I think it’s gonna be a highlight of the record.”
The band also unveiled the album’s cover artwork, which was created by David Newman-Stump of Skeleton Crew Tattoo and Roy Young.
Stay tuned for more details on Incorruptible as the date draws closer. In the meantime, enjoy fan-filmed footage of Iced Earth’s performance at a show in the Netherlands featuring unreleased track “Great Heathen Army,” with guitarist Jake Dreyer on his Charvel Guthrie Govan Signature Model.
Video of Sepultura’s April 2 interview and performance on Brazil’s TV Cultura has surfaced.
The band kicked off the set with track “Phantom Self” from latest album Machine Messiah, and then between song breaks took turns answering questions about the effort, their long-awaited documentary and their influences.
Check out the performance and interview in the clips below, and hang around long enough to see guitarist Andreas Kisser pull off a playful rendition of Aerosmith’s famous lick “Walk This Way” on his custom Charvel So-Cal.
Adrenaline Mob has announced that new album We The People will be released on June 2 and will coincide with a supporting world tour. Vocalist Russell Allen and Charvel guitarist Mike Orlando recruited new members in drummer Jordan Cannata and bassist David Zablidowsky to record the follow-up to 2014’s Men Of Honor.
Adrenaline Mob’s music has always been politically charged, and the album’s cover art and title indicates the band will continue to voice their opinion on the subject. The first song Orlando wrote for We the People is a track titled “Blind Leading the Blind,” which expresses his sentiments around the Trump/Clinton presidential campaign.
“The title track is very much inspired by the past election year,” explained Allen. “It touches on our society, here in America. The album title is a reflection of our times.”
And those times don’t solely focus on politics.
“The songs have certain particular stories that stand on their own,” stated Allen. “Many of them are also driven by the climate we live in today and some are about having a good time, being free and loving rock ‘n’ roll. All the tracks have a personality and character to them.”
Stayed tuned for more from Adrenaline Mob as the new album draws closer this summer.
In the meantime, fans of Orlando should also check out the clip below as he plays “Wheels in Motion” from his work with Sonic Stomp. The track will appear on the fall 2017 Sonic Stomp Live in Brazil DVD.
Internationally renowned glam rock act Steel Panther has dropped its latest effort on the masses and despite the album’s title, fans should raise their expectations for Lower the Bar.
“I think we’ve expanded, frontman Michael Starr explained to Billboard. “Our style is still the same formula, I guess, but we’ve changed it up a bit. I could say that we used to sing about pussy and partying; now we’re singing about partying and pussy, but the reality is we did switch up a few things. It’s a really solid, fun, intelligent party record. We’re just maturing as a band after being on the road for years together and living together. It shows.
“It’s hard to put into words without sounding like a typical review, but it feels different to me. It feels like we’re doing some melody lines we normally wouldn’t do on a couple of sings, different kinds of moods and not necessary just ‘Dr. Feelgood’. There’s some different stuff in there, but everything’s open for interpretation.”
Co-produced with longtime collaborator Jay Ruston, the album features 11 new songs with another two tracks available on a Best Buy deluxe edition. In true form for the kings of debauchery, song titles range from “Pussy Ain’t Free” to “Poontang Boomerang” and “Goin’ in the Backdoor.”
Sample the effort below with the new video for “I Got What You Want,” which was filmed during Steel Panther’s sold-out 2016 U.K. arena tour and features Satchel tearing away at his Custom Charvel Dinky Bengal Striped.
Brit rock outfit As Lions — fronted by Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson’s son Austin — have dropped a new video for “One By One,” which is featured on debut full-length album Selfish Age.
Helmed by award-winning producer David Bendeth (Of Mice & Men, Paramore) and Kane Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed), Selfish Age is an illustration of the band’s mission to create “the biggest, baddest hard rock we could, and on an almost cinematic scale.”
Filmed underground in Manchester, the footage for its track “One By One” alternates between the band performing live and a blindfolded ballerina.
1980s glam metal legends RATT have announced a summer reunion tour featuring three of the original members, including singer Stephen Pearcy, bassist Juan Croucier and guitarist and Charvel signature artist Warren DeMartini.
Guitarist Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot) and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (White Lion, Megadeth) have joined forces with the reunited trio to complete the lineup, and played their first official show at Treasure Island in Welch, Minn., last month. Fan-filmed footage of the concert can be viewed below to get a preview of the band back in action.
RATT will hit select cities in America and Japan, and will also make an appearance at Sweden Rock Festival in June. Get the complete list of tour dates here.
Although Joe Duplantier’s new signature Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH model is just now about to start shipping to dealers, Duplantier has been using his prototype since recording 2016′s Magma, and it’s held up rather admirably throughout a heavy touring cycle in support of the album.
“I’ve been using my signature model on the road and it’s very solid,” said Duplantier. “I’m pounding the guitar every night. I pound the strings and I need a guitar that’s solid and can handle this for touring.”
It also proved to be studio worthy, too.
“When I started working on the new record I wanted to find the perfect tone for what I was doing,” said Duplantier. “I usually use several guitars because in the studio you can’t make any mistakes and you have to pick the right guitar and this guitar was the winner. I called Charvel right away and was like, ‘Aah this is the guitar in the studio too!,’ which is pretty rare for a guitar to be the ultimate weapon on stage and in the studio. This guitar has both.”
Watch below as Duplantier demos some of its key features and explains why he chose them.
Lead guitarist Henrik Danhage of Swedish progressive metal band Evergrey recently took German instrument retailer and blogger Bandist on a tour of his live rig, which includes an impressive collection of Charvel guitars.
Danhage begins with the amps, pedals and effects he uses to achieve his signature sound, dialing in the details of the channels and settings. Saving the best for last, Danhage also walks the viewer through his prized group of modified Charvel guitars that he plays exclusively.
“All-time favorite,” says Danhage. “Growing up with all the cool players, like Steve Vai, Warren DeMartini, Jake E Lee, you know a lot of those cats had Charvels. I’m so honored that I can work with them and they make me awesome guitars. I couldn’t be happier on the guitar front.”
Watch the interview with Danhage below to get all the details on what he brings to the stage.