Last week Ozzy Osbourne stopped by the Rolling Stone offices to discuss his new album "Scream", his forthcoming world tour, the death of Ronnie James Dio and the possibility of a BLACK SABBATH reunion. "I love those guys — Bill , Tony and Geezer ," he told Rolling Stone about a possible return to SABBATH. "I never say never anymore because you never know what's going to come around."
"I'm willing," Osbourne added. "But there are three other guys as well. It goes backwards and forwards. One day this, one day that. I'm up for it. But we'll see. If it's meant to happen, it'll happen."
Osbourne did admit that the prospect of the reunion is a little daunting. "The pressure of doing a new Black Sabbath album is enormous, and for it to be as good as what we did back then," he said. "It's been 30 years since we actually sat down and tried to write together, and we've all changed so much. I know I have."
Juan Escobar, keyboardist and vocalist of Chilean doom metal band Mar De Grises, have parted ways with the band, and they're now looking for replacement.
The band comments: "We have some important news regarding the band. To the point: Juan Escobar is no longer part of Mar De Grises. He decided to leave the band and concentrate on his personal projects. Acknowledging his significant contribution to the band, we wish him the best for the future. As for us, we take this instance of change maintaining the best perspective and willingness, as it has been in past events. Our creative core remains intact.
As for our upcoming shows we will have the collaboration of guest musicians so we will not cancel scheduled dates nor reject special invitations.
Italian brutal metallers Fleshgod Apocalypse have signed a worldwide deal with German record label giants Nuclear Blast Records. And now, after their tour with Suffocation and The Faceless, the band's wrapping up the last work on their upcoming, yet untitled album, which will be released by this summer around the start of the Summer Slaughter Tour.
Guitarist/Vocalist Tommaso Riccardi comments: "We're really excited to start working with such a renowned and professional label. It's a great chance for the band to express itself in the best way, counting on this kind of support. For us it's like a brand new start. We surely can improve our work, touring much more and finally reaching every continent as we always wanted to do. Many tours are already planned or on the way to being organized. We'll start with North America and Europe and then Asia/Oceania, South Africa and maybe in Central/South America. We can't wait to hit US again this July-August with the 'Summer Slaughter Tour' 2011. It's an honor for us to be on this tour and a great opportunity to play live some new tunes! See you on the road!"
After 12 years with the band, drummer Zender had left Elvenking. The band commented:
"We had a wonderful journey with Zender in these long 12 years. Thinking about where we started together back in the time and what we have achieved along the path it really looks incredible. We were a bunch of kids when we started together with nothing but a dream, and now we are here. We cannot feel anything but proud and we are sure Zender feels exactly the same. Being in a band like Elvenking it is not the easiest thing in the world, since you are not that big to live out of your passion, but you're big enough to have a lot of stress, busy days, lots of things to do and manage, long travels, flights, etc etc. The split has been in total friendship and with no bad blood at all. Zender came to visit the band in the rehearsal room also the other day to share some words and drinks together. All Elvenking members, crew and friends wish Zender all the best possible for his future and we're sure our roads will cross again sooner or later"
Patrick Roy died today, because of his pancreatic cancer.
He was a French politician, member of the National Assembly, and a member of the French Socialist Party (left-wing), known among other things for his bright red jacket.
But, more importantly for us metalheads, he was a fan of heavy metal (starting with Led Zeppellin, but now leaning more towards Gojira and Opeth), which he defended on various occasions during the debates concerning the Hadopi law or the controversy about the Hellfest festival. You can check this DailyMotion video, but it's only in French, sorry. He often had a Rock Hard magizine in hand to prove his point, saying it was a cultural magazine (at that time, his right-wing opponents would cry and boo in outrage, of course).
Due to unforseen circumstances, namely our Internet service provider is relocating, we are forced to take Metal Storm offline for a couple of hours this Tuesday. Hence, your favorite website on the web, your source for all that is metal and cool, will be inaccessible for some hours starting 17:00 UTC+2. Take the time off, go out and play, and enjoy Spring.
In reality TV style, Dream Theater have put together a trio of videos documenting their search for their new drummer. The last video of the series shows the last applicants of the seven-man short-list auditioning and jamming with the band in their hope to be selected as the new American Idol. After narrowing the short-list down to two drummers and a long and hard deliberation, the band have chosen Mike Mangini as their new drummer.
The whole series can be found at these locations:
Mike Mangini's history includes drumming with Annihilator, Steve Vai and James LaBrie.
Please welcome metal legends, Jungle Rot to the Victory Records roster. The new album Kill On Command will be in stores everywhere June 21st, 2011. Pre-order the new album now. Watch the introduction video here.
Obscura drummer Hanness Grossman will release his instructional DVD, Progressive Concepts For The Modern Metal Drummer. The 2-DVD set features almost four hours of lessons, clips, and live footage of both Obscura and Necrophagist and is available for pre-order at this location along with complete details on the DVD.
Also a trailer for Progressive Concepts For The Modern Metal Drummer can be viewed at this location.