Danish metal rock 'n' rollers VOLBEAT have entered the studio to begin recording their fifth album for a spring release via on Spinefarm Records/Universal Music. Titled "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies", the sessions are being helmed by former ANTHRAX guitarist Rob Caggiano, alongside Jacob Hansen, who has a long history withVOLBEAT, having produced and mixed the band's prior four releases.Caggiano's producer credits include CRADLE OF FILTH, THE DAMNED THINGS, BLEEDING THROUGH and ANTHRAX, among others.
Commented VOLBEAT frontman Michael Poulsen: "We're back in the studio, this time breaking some of our old habits and this sometimes means leaving our comfort zone. We are recording in a new environment, producing with a new setup, breaking new sonic ground and it's exciting! Together with our longtime collaborator Jacob Hansen, we also have the honor of having producer Rob Caggiano on board in the producer's seat. Expect lots of surprises and some of our most rocking heavy songs to date. We feel more than ever that we are taking the VOLBEAT sound to another level without changing what we're all about. Can't wait for it to get out there!"
VOLBEAT will embark on a North American headlining tour in the spring. The trek, which will feature support from DANKO JONES, will kick off on March 6 in Dallas, Texas.
VOLBEAT in 2011 parted ways with guitarist Thomas Bredahl, who had been a member of the band since 2006. He has since been replaced on the road by MERCYFUL FATE's Hank Shermann
VOLBEAT's fourth album, "Beyond Hell/Above Heaven", has sold more than 170,000 copies in the United States since its December 2010 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD was once again recorded atHansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen. The cover artwork was created by illustrator Karsten Wrysand.
VOLBEAT in 2011 released "Live From Beyond Hell/Above Heaven" viaVertigo/Universal on double DVD, Blu-ray, limited double DVD + audio CD, CD, digital download and VOD. The set included footage from VOLBEAT's sold-out show in front of 10,000 fervent fans at the Forum in Copenhagen, to the House of Blues in Anaheim, California and the Rock Am Ring show in Germany.
Pictured below (left to right): Jacob Hansen and Rob Caggiano
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, HALESTORM, YOUNG GUNS To Join Forces For 'HardDrive Live 5' Tour
United Stations Radio Networks' nationally syndicated radio show"HardDrive" has announced that Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will headline the fifth annual "HardDrive Live" tour. Support on the trek, which is produced by Ledge Entertainment, will come fromHALESTORM and YOUNG GUNS. Tour dates will be announced next week at www.harddrivelivetour.com.
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's fourth studio album, "Temper Temper", which is scheduled for release on February 12. The LP will be available in both standard and deluxe editions on RCA Records.
"Temper Temper" was once again produced by Don Gilmore (LINKIN PARK, GOOD CHARLOTTE), who worked on the group's last LP, 2010's"Fever", and was mixed by noted engineer Chris Lord-Alge (DEFTONES,NICKELBACK, AVENGED SEVENFOLD).
HALESTORM was nominated for a Grammy Award on December 5, 2012 for "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance," for the song "Love Bites (So Do I)".
HALESTORM is up against ANTHRAX, IRON MAIDEN, LAMB OF GOD,MARILYN MANSON and MEGADETH in the category.
"Love Bites" is taken from HALESTORM's second album, "The Strange Case Of…"
The song hit No. 1, making HALESTORM the first female-fronted act in history to top the Active Rock chart.
"HardDrive" with Lou Brutus debuted on July 5, 1996. With 120 radio stations broadcasting the show, "HardDrive" is America's longest-running program, supporting the careers of hundreds of groups, from KORN toFIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH. Multi-platinum metal band SLIPKNOTreceived some of their first national airplay on the two-hour weekend syndicated show. United Stations acquired the series in 2001, and in 2007 originator/producer Roxy Myzal developed the much longer, five-night-a-week brand extension, "HardDrive XL", also featuring Lou Brutus. Myzal has been awarded RadioContraband's Non-Traditional Rock Programmer of the year for 2011 and 2012.
Dave Grohl’s Sound City Documentary to Hit Movie Screens Later This Month
Dave Grohl wants to you see his new documentary, Sound City, before it arrives in stores. The Foo Fighters frontman has announced that he will stage special screenings of the film in 44 movie theaters across North America -- for one night only -- on January 31. Sound City profiles the legendary Sound City Studios, where Grohl and Nirvana recorded the band's 1991 iconic album Nevermind, and features interviews and exclusive performances from artists who have recorded at the famous studio during their careers. Some on the artists featured in the film and on its soundtrack include Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Alain Johannes, Rage Against the Machine’s Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, Slipknot/Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and Foo Fighters Pat Smear and Taylor Hawkins.
For more information and to find a theater near you showing the film, visitSoundCityMovie.com. Sound City will be available on February 1, while the film’s soundtrack, Sound City -- Real to Reel, will be released on March 12.
David Draiman Says Device’s Debut Album Will Feature “Futuristic Rock”
Singer David Draiman says that fans shouldn’t expect the music of Device -- his new side project with former Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo -- to sound anything like his work with Disturbed.
"It's not metal,” said Draiman in a statement. "It's influenced by early Industrial rock (i.e.Nine Inch Nails/Ministry) and has a dark electronic vibe. At the same time, these are big, anthemic, and intensely melodic songs. It's futuristic rock."
Last week, Draiman announced that the band’s upcoming debut album will include appearances by Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows, System of a Down singerSerj Tankian, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Halestorm frontwomanLzzy Hale, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler and former Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes.
Device’s self-titled debut album will arrive at all the usual outlets on April 9. We’ll get our first taste of the new music when the album’s first single, “Vilify,” arrives at radio on February 19.
Coheed and Cambria Posts Lyric Video for “Dark Side of Me”; Schedule Conan Performance
Coheed and Cambria has released a lyric video for their new single, "Dark Side of Me," which is included on the second installment of their Afterman concept album, The Afterman: Descension. In the four-minute clip, the song's lyrics flash across the screen while a number of random images of the ocean, bubbling water and cobwebs are shown behind them.
"'Dark Side of Me' is a song about the duality of human nature,” said frontman Claudio Sanchez in a statement. “It's natural to try to hide the more sinister facets of ourselves from the people we care about, but to ever truly share a life with another person, that dark side needs to make its way out into the open."
You’ll get your first chance to hear “Dark Side of Me” performed live when Coheed and Cambria drop in on TBS’ Conan on January 21. Shortly after their appearance, the band will embark on the next leg of their North American tour. That outing begins on February 4 at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Visit CoheedAndCambria.com to view the full itinerary.
AWOLNATION Adds More North American Tour Dates
AWOLNATION is headed back out on the road. The band has just announced that they'll kick off another leg of North American tour dates in March to promote their debut album, Megalithic Symphony.
The trek begins on March 8 at Wild West in Lubbock, Texas and will make stops in New Orleans, Cleveland, Omaha and Reno, among other cities. Blondfire and Mother Motherwill support the band on select dates.
Tickets for all the newly-announced shows will go on sale on Friday. Here are the tour dates:
3/8 -- Lubbock, TX, Wild West
3/9 -- San Antonio, TX, The White Rabbit
3/10 -- Corpus Christi, TX, Brewster Street Ice House
3/12 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
3/13 -- Gainesville, FL, Florida Theatre of Gainesville
3/15 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Revolution
3/16 -- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Ponte Verda Concert Hall
3/18 -- Asheville, NC, The Orange Peel
3/19 -- Raleigh, NC, The Lincoln Theatre
3/20 -- Norfolk, VA, The NorVa
3/22 -- Allentown, PA, Crocodile Rock
3/23 -- Atlantic City, NJ, House of Blues
3/24 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Rapids Theater
3/26 -- Grand Rapids, MI, The Intersection
3/27 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
3/29 -- Nashville, TN, Marathon Music Works
3/30 -- Springfield, MO, Gillioz Theatre
4/1 -- Columbia, MO, Blue Note
4/2 -- Des Moines, IA, Val Air Ballroom
4/3 -- Lawrence, KS, Liberty Hall
4/5 -- Wichita, KS, The Cotillion Ballroom
4/8 -- Omaha, NE, Sokol Auditorium
4/9 -- Sioux Falls, SD, The Vault
4/10 -- Fargo, ND, The Venue
4/12 -- Billings, MT, Babcock Theatre
4/13 -- Missoula, MT, The Wilma Theater
4/15 -- Spokane, WA, Knitting Factory
4/16 -- Eugene, OR, McDonald Theatre
4/18 -- Reno, NV, Knitting Factory
4/25 -- Tulsa, OK, Cain’s Ballroom
Alice in Chains Reveal Spring Tour Dates
Alice in Chains may not have announced the title or release date for their upcoming fifth studio album, but that’s not stopping the band from unveiling a batch of Spring tour dates. The North American trek kicks off on April 25 at the Fillmore in Miami Beach, FL and will make stops in Memphis, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Philadelphia, among other cities.
The band will release their follow up to 2009’s Black Gives Way to Blue sometime in the next few months. The record’s first single, “Hollow,” is available for purchase on iTunes.
Here are the tour dates:
4/25 -- Miami Beach, FL, Fillmore
4/30 -- Birmingham, AL, BUCC Concert Hall
5/1 -- Augusta, GA, William B. Bell Auditorium
5/5 -- Norfolk, VA, Norva
5/7 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Events Center
5/8 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Benedum Center
5/14 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Lyons Fairgrounds
5/15 -- Milwaukee, WI, Eagles Ballroom
5/18 -- Philadelphia, PA, Susquehanna Bank Center
5/21 -- Ft. Wayne, IN, Embassy Theatre
5/22 -- Evansville, IN, Aiken Theatre
5/24 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater
Green Day Bassist Mike Dirnt Pays Tribute to Late Birth Mother, Carol Alba Rowland
Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt is mourning the loss of his birth mother, Carol Alba Rowland. Dirnt posted a message on the band’s website to pay tribute to Rowland, who he had met only recently.
"As many of you know I was adopted,” wrote the bassist. “Over the last ten years I have sought [Rowland] out with the help of a good friend, only to meet her one month before her passing!”
Dirnt notes that meeting with Rowland was “surreal,” and that he was grateful to have spent some time getting to know her before she passed. “We were able to share a cup of coffee, a cigarette and some smiles,” he added. “She was a beautiful woman with a huge smile a hot temper and a kind heart. I will miss her as I did before, only now with some memories and a picture to go with the place in my heart! Love you mom!!!"
After canceling a batch of 2012 tour dates and postponing dates in January and February, Green Day will head out on tour in March to promote their recently-release album trilogy, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! That outing kicks off on March 28 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. Visit GreenDay.com to view the full itinerary.