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AC/DC's BRIAN JOHNSON: We Are Not Retiring

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has shot down reports that the band is retiring, telling U.K.'s Telegraph that the band is about to begin work on its 16th studio album. "We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver," he said. "We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it." Johnson also confirmed that one member of ...

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MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON Speaks To Rock Journalist MITCH LAFON (Video)

On April 15, rock journalist Mitch Lafon conducted an interview with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson. You can now watch the chat below. Ellefson's memoir, "My Life With Deth", was made available on October 29, 2013 via Howard Books. It chronicles the story of Ellefson's fall into addiction during the band's early years, followed by his subsequent recovery and the return to faith which championed the band's ...

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THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's BEN WEINMAN Speaks To THAT DRUMMER GUY (Audio)

On April 12, Josh Rundquist (a.k.a. That Drummer Guy) conducted an interview with Ben Weinman, guitarist of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. "Happiness Is A Smile", a brand new song from THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, was made available on limited-edition colored seven-inch vinyl via the band's merchandise table and a ...

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SEVENDUST's LAJON WITHERSPOON Talks To ARTISAN NEWS About 'Time Travelers & Bonfires' (Video)

SEVENDUST singer Lajon Witherspoon recently spoke to Artisan News about the band's newly released acoustic album, "Time Travelers & Bonfires". You can now watch the report below. "Time Travelers & Bonfires" was made available on April 15 via 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services. On April 1, they hit the road for their first U.S. headlining tour of the year, entitled "An Evening Wit ...

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EMPRESS AD's Debut Album To Receive North American Release Via THE END RECORDS

The End Records/ADA, as part of a unique partnership with Roadrunner Records/Warner Music Group, will release the debut album from British prog-metal band EMPRESS AD. Formed in 2011 by brothers Ollie (guitar and vocals) and Alex Loring (bass), together with Edd Unwin (drums) and Tom Meadon (guitar), EMPRESS AD has crafted a sound that belies their young age. Soothing and vicious in turn, they juxtapose gent ...

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's 'Catacombs Of The Black Vatican' Cracks U.S. Top 5

The new BLACK LABEL SOCIETY studio album, "Catacombs Of The Black Vatican", sold around 26,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous studio CD, "Order Of The Black", opened with around 33,000 units to enter the chart at No. 4. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's 2006 album, "Shot to Hell", registered a first-week tally of 32,000 ...

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Sucker For Punishment: Return of Mega Therion

I don’t issue perfect scores to new albums very often. As Craig Hayes so eloquently wrote a couple weeks ago, positivity and over-praise is a plague in metal criticism, so much so that some publications so constantly hover in the 7 to 10-out-of-10 that a 6 is a negative rating. Ratings, to be honest, are so arbitrary, and I’ll actually let you in on a little secret of mine: whenever I have to issue a rating ...

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HALESTORM's JOE HOTTINGER Speaks To U.K.'s BRfm (Video)

Angel of BRfm radio/TV conducted an interview with guitarist Joe Hottinger of Pennsylvanian rockers HALESTORM on April 8 at O2 Academy in Bristol, England. You can now watch the chat below. As previously reported, HALESTORM has debuted two new songs at two separate shows recently. The first tune, "Heartbreaker", was performed on March 28 at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, Tennessee, while the second trac ...

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Sixth Annual REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS Awards Show To Air In May On VH1 CLASSIC

According to Billboard.com, the Revolver Golden Gods awards show presented by Epiphone, America's only hard-rock and heavy-metal awards show, will return to TV on Saturday, May 24 via VH1 Classic at 8 p.m. ET/PT, produced by Dick Clark Productions and Revolver magazine. The four-hour live show will tape Wednesday, April 23, at Los Angeles' Club Nokia, and stream at VH1.com and on VH1's mobile app, with a bl ...

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DAVID LEE ROTH Hints At 'Secret' VAN HALEN Project

According to The Pulse Of Radio, VAN HALEN singer David Lee Roth has said in the latest installment of his web series, "The Roth Show", that the band is working on some kind of "secret' project. Roth said on the show, "Doing some catching up here, a little bit of a scrapbook. We've been doing a lot of traveling. [I've been] working on a great VAN HALEN project — can't announce anything or I'd have to come f ...

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