THE WILDHEARTS will release a new studio album, “21st Century Love Songs”, on September 3 through Graphite Records. It is the follow-up to “Renaissance Men”, THE WILDHEARTS’ highest-charting album since 1994’s “P.H.U.Q.”, which debuted at No. 11.
The official lyric video for the LP’s first single, “Remember These Days”, can be seen below.
THE WILDHEARTS frontman Ginger (real name David Walls) said: “Sometimes inspiration strikes at exactly the right point in time. I was sitting blind drunk one afternoon, looking at a picture of me and CJ on stage having a great old time. It had been a year since we’d played live and I started to miss it even more. So I started writing this song.
“I never write while drunk,” he explained. “I’ve probably my done it half a dozen times in my life. But the picture got me all emotional, thinking about how much fun we used to have, even in the ‘bad old days.’ It made me want to document these times because who knows, maybe we’ll look back on these times and remember only the good things.”
With THE WILDHEARTS’ classic line up of Ginger, CJ, Ritchie and Danny still holding strong, this creatively brilliant band, who helped change the landscape of British rock through the ’90s, is showing no sign of slowing down.
“21st Century Love Songs” will be available in usual CD and vinyl formats plus an exclusive limited-edition red vinyl. There’s also signed photocards with each format whilst stock lasts, as well as t-shirt bundles available from the band’s webstore.
Ginger previously stated about “21st Century Love Songs”: “‘Renaissance Men’ reminded me of our first album, ‘Earth Vs The Wildhearts’. No one knew how the fans and press would receive it, so it was balls-to-the-wall rock, and fuck ’em if they don’t like it. Going in again, for ’21st Century Love Songs’, naturally reminded me of our second album, ‘P.H.U.Q.’, where we got to flex our creative muscle and show everyone what we’re capable of. This time we let the songs simmer until absolutely ready. We let the theme of the album present itself. There’s a subtlety to this album, something that people don’t often associate with THE WILDHEARTS, and a sense of adventure in the unorthodox arrangements of the songs. This is where I become a fan of the band, when we ditch the rule book and just follow our instinct. Sarcastic, fun, angry, proud, experimental and belligerent, all wrapped up in a big ‘fuck you’, this is the sound of the band in their natural habitat. This time we’re in control.”
To celebrate the release of “21st Century Love Songs”, THE WILDHEARTS will embark on an 18-date U.K. tour in September. The tour will start in Cardiff on Friday, September 3 and conclude in Southampton on Saturday, September 25.
Fan-filmed video footage of VIXEN’s June 17 performance at The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Ft. Myers, Florida can be seen below.
Earlier this month, VIXEN guitarist Brittany Denaro (a.k.a. Britt Lightning) spoke to Talking Metal about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band’s next studio album. “Well, it’s going a little bit slower than we had anticipated,” she said. “Before COVID, we had a bunch of writing sessions — in person — scheduled, where we all just get together and hang out and work on stuff.
“We all live in different states across the country, actually — from L.A. to Michigan to Florida — we’re very spread out,” she explained. “So it’s not easy to travel. And honestly, nobody is super jazzed about sending tracks back and forth, trying to record it separately and everything like that. So we got a little bit slowed down. But we’ve got some great ideas. We’re gonna be seeing each other in a couple of weeks, so we’re really looking forward to getting back on track and just finishing the writing so we can get in the studio and bang this thing out. I’m very anxious to have it done. I know we’ve been talking about it for a while.”
Asked about the musical direction of the new VIXEN material, Britt, who has been in the band since 2017, said: “Definitely it will be traditional VIXEN. When you hear it, I think you’re gonna know it’s VIXEN. We’re gonna keep with the big three-part harmonies, the big, catchy choruses, cool, rocking riffs and solos and that thumpin’ bass and, of course, Roxy’s [Petrucci, drums] awesome sound. I think it’ll be a slightly modern twist maybe — I think maybe I bring that a little bit, but I’ve been so influenced by VIXEN and other bands from that era that I think it’s gonna stay consistent. And we want that — we don’t want fans to be, like, ‘What the heck is this? This isn’t the band that I love.’ But I think it’s gonna be a good mix.”
Britt’s comments echo those made by VIXEN singer Lorraine Lewis, who told Metal-Net last November that the band’s new material is “always going to sound like VIXEN as far as harmonies — [which is] really important to us — but really fresh. Lots of messages, lots of what our journey has been as individual women. And we’re all just kind of putting our horses together, and I’m really excited. I’m just stoked to be in the studio again.
“We don’t have it a hundred percent mapped out,” Lorraine admitted. “Right now, we’re still in writing process, we’re still working on stuff — lots of lyrics and just kind of sharing them with all of us. Sharing choruses with [producer] Fred [Coury from CINDERELLA]. He says, ‘Yes, this is a great chorus. Let’s work on this.’ So we’re really, really happy and proud to be working with him. He believes in us, and he believes in me, which I really, really love. We’ve had a really great couple of talks in the studio and otherwise, like with Britt there, and him just saying, ‘You guys have everything going for you. You have an amazing band. You’re a legacy band. And you’ve got Lorraine doing vocals for you.’ And I’m so appreciative that he believes in me and he thinks I can sing anything. When Fred tells you that you can do anything, you believe it. So I’m really excited to go into the studio and work with him. And I’m really honored that he has said some of the things that he said to me. So the sky’s the limit here.’
Lewis added: “I wanna release a really powerful, amazing record. And let’s get a couple of singles out there, and let’s revise the VIXEN legacy and keep on rocking.”
In January 2019, VIXEN recruited Lewis as its new lead singer following the departure of Janet Gardner.
Lewis had already performed with VIXEN in March 2018 in Durant, Oklahoma while Gardner was recovering from surgery.
Prior to Lewis’s addition to VIXEN, Petrucci, Ross and Denaro vowed to “expand upon the VIXEN legacy while remaining true to our musical roots.”
Gardner, who released her debut self-titled solo album in 2017, broke the news of her exit from the group on January 16, 2019.
Gardner, Petrucci and Ross are considered to be part of VIXEN’s classic lineup, along with founding guitarist Jan Kuehnemund, who died of cancer in October 2013.
Gardner contributed lead vocals to VIXEN’s most commercially successful studio albums — “Vixen” (1988), “Rev It Up” (1990) and “Tangerine” (1998) — as well as the group’s latest release, 2018’s live album “Live Fire”.
As bassist of prog legends OPETH, Martín Méndez has gained worldwide popularity and now he returns with another virtuous death metal crusher that captures the fear, loss of control and despair of lockdown in eight new tracks. For “Dancing Into Oblivion”, his project WHITE STONES goes further down the path of progressive extreme metal with haunting growls, jazz-induced intermezzi and an incredible level of technical perfection.
WHITE STONES has revealed its first video clip for the song “Chain Of Command”. Influenced by John Coltrane and Wilbur Harden, the track allows multiple genres to co-exist and harmonize with each other while creating a threatening extreme metal atmosphere of fear and isolation — the perfect soundtrack to lockdown.
“Dancing Into Oblivion” will be released on CD, vinyl (clear and black/red marbled) as well as digital.
“Dancing Into Oblivion” track listing:
01. La Menace
02. New Age Of Dark
03. Chain Of Command
04. Iron Titans
05. Woven Dream
06. To Lie Or To Die
07. Freedom In Captivity
When WHITE STONES released “Kuarahy”, they became the first Spanish band signed to Nuclear Blast Records, cementing their first album as an unprecedented milestone. Now, with “Dancing Into Oblivion”, the band returns with a more compact sound, having been hard at work ensuring the utmost attention to every detail for a result that is even better than the first record.
The topics covered on this second album draw on the feelings that Martín himself affirms he has lived through during the lockdown imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I started it very calmed in March when ‘Kuarahy’ was released and the lockdown started,” he says. “I wrote the new record and it just flowed so well. It’s my point of view, of the feelings I had during the lockdown period, in this weird year. I took advantage of the moment and I feel excited about it.”
The emotional ups and downs that a situation like this generates are reflected on this record. As Méndez says: “It’s a mix of feelings during the lockdown, feelings that go from fear to uncertainty as well as going through the confusion when you don’t know about the future and you feel almost as if time has stopped. Musicians might be the last who will be back to work and we don’t have any signs of a sooner return, which makes for a huge uncertainty. I have a family and I have to take care of them. This situation creates a feeling of discomfort which you can feel on the album,” he confesses, also adding that “otherwise it’s been nice having so much time at home with the family and those small and peaceful moments are also in the music. I’ve chosen to include some interludes between the songs so there is a higher contrast and it makes it easier to appreciate the different feelings throughout.”
The most outstanding musical elements on this new record are the disparate genres that manage to co-exist. There is an element of aggression, that can be seen rearing its head in an instrumental frenzy, as well as soft and delicate intricacies that develop an atmosphere which surrounds the listener. There are distinct dynamics among the songs, with interludes allowing the listening to take a breath and appreciate what they’re hearing.
Describing the type of music, Martín says: “It’s difficult to define the style of this album. I don’t like to tag the music. This is metal for me. It has elements of my interpretation of death metal but it has other, conscious influences from other genres too. It shows me as musician and displays my music taste within the restlessness of trying to do something different.”
Méndez recalls the writing process for this record: “The first [song] I wrote was ‘Chain Of Command’, where I had the idea of writing more daring songs than on the previous record where I restricted myself and didn’t want to play anything too technical, I just wanted to create something that was easier on the ear. In this one I wanted to do something slightly more elaborate and technical, musically, to add some color. The first influence I had for ‘Chain Of Command’ was from a John Coltrane and Wilbur Harden album, while in ‘New Age Of Dark’ the influence came listening to DEICIDE, so the influences are really quite varied across this record.” Something the band were deliberately aiming for on this album was brevity. Vocalist Eloi Boucherie states how he and Méndez think: “It’s better an album you want to listen to again than a record you desire to finish before it ends,” then “it leaves you wanting for more.”
The writing process of “Dancing Into Oblivion” has been pretty similar to the previous “Kuarahy” but with some clear changes. Martín composed all of the instrumentals for the album but, as he says: “I’ve left sections open to the interpretation of each of the other musicians, both in the drums and in the vocals. Eloi wrote the lyrics this time and we then workshopped them together whilst working out the vocal parts to get the final result in the studio”.
WHITE STONES once again recorded at Farm Of Sounds Studios (Barcelona), owned by their singer Eloi. They were satisfied with the sound of “Kuarahy” and the experience of the recording of that album and the comfort of making everything with their own tools made it all easier.
“Everything has been ‘homemade’ because it’s a way of working and a philosophy I like. You have more control and you can better enforce your ideas”, Méndez — who also created the cover for “Dancing Into Oblivion” together with Sandra, his partner for many years — explains.
The final mix and mastering of this second album was done by Jaime Gómez Arellano at Orgone Studios (U.K.) because the band were more than satisfied with the work he did on “Kuarahy” and they wanted to repeat that great experience. Eloi, as the singer and also the guy who recorded the music sent to Orgone Studios, acknowledges “the recording had more experience and a better sound quality because we made better decisions during the pre-production thanks to a higher level of self-awareness of ourselves as a band. Jaime knew us better too, so that simplified the process and in turn helped to make ‘Dancing Into Oblivion’ as good as it can be.”
The lineup has been enhanced with the participation of the multifaceted Joan Carles Marí Tur on drums (who also plays in other bands like FACE THE MAYBE). The guitar solos were the job of Joao Sassetti (who was already a member of the touring lineup of WHITE STONES). Sassetti lives in Portugal and he couldn’t be in the studio in Barcelona, so he recorded his solos and digitally sent them over for integration into the final songs. The recording of the instruments has been more organic and as Boucherie says, “The original sound has been retained as much as posible in each and every element” and it has brought a natural/raw touch for “Dancing Into Oblivion” just as the band had hoped and expected.
WHITE STONES is:
Martín Méndez – Bass, Guitars
Joao Sasseti – Guitar solos
Eloi Boucherie – Vocals
Joan Carles Marí Tur – Drums
Photo credit: Sandra Artigas
With years of combined experience and hundreds of gigs around the world, bassist Henri “Henkka T. Blacksmith” Seppälä, vocalist Ville Malja (LAPKO), guitarist Jussi Ylikoski and drummer Mikko Hakila (DISCO ENSEMBLE) united last year to form MOON SHOT. Buoyed by the resounding success of debut track “Big Bang”, and further singles “Blood Looks Cool”, and “Confession”, the Finnish outfit is now pleased to announce the upcoming release of its debut full-length effort, also titled “Confession”. The effort will be made available on October 22 in partnership with OMN Label Services.
Malja shares: “‘Confession’ is sincere and sincerity is timeless. This is a crispy rock album inspired by the classics but still looking to the shimmering future. As a singer and lyricist, I’ve never been more inspired.”
Ville’s words only ring truer when listening to new single “Agony Walk” which accompanies the album announcement along with its music video that you can watch below. The track is one of the band’s favorites on the record, with a punchy, up-tempo, punk rock sound. Seppälä sings its praises: “For me, ‘Agony Walk’ has been one of the strongest songs all the way. In a way, it sounds very much like what I thought MOON SHOT would sound like in the beginning. The sound of MOON SHOT has expanded ever since, but ‘Agony Walk’ still stands on its own — with pride.”
Finally, with an album ready to come out and concert venues slowly reopening again, MOON SHOT is ready to take on the world.
“When writing and judging the songs for this album, the most important thing for me was to remain true and honest to myself,” Ylikoski says. “If something didn’t feel right, it had to go. This is the only way for me to protect the inspiration and meaning of this work and to present a meaningful album. And when this is achieved, everything else is secondary. ‘Confession’ is a labor of love.
“MOON SHOT is something completely new, made from scratch. This lineup, the new songs, the team behind us. It’s just amazing and makes me humble. I feel lucky to be alive and part of this band in this day and age. Can’t wait to get up on stage”.
“Confession” track listing:
02. Agony Walk
03. Big Bang
04. Marlboro Man
06. Kiss The Ghost
07. Second Chance
08. Blood Looks Cool
09. Cut The Corners
10. Big Feelings
11. Into The Trouble
12. Street Guy
13. Uno, Dos
NEW FOUND GLORY has announced a deluxe release, “Forever And Ever x Infinity…And Beyond!!!”, due out September 3 on Hopeless Records. Featuring six new songs that the band wrote and recorded during the pandemic, this deluxe album will be pressed on a limited-edition double LP paired with a collectible 24-page zine that was designed by the band, complete with never-before-seen photos and notes from NEW FOUND GLORY.
NEW FOUND GLORY guitarist Chad Gilbert comments: “We are pumped to announce the deluxe version of our 10th album, now called ‘Forever And Ever X Infinity… and Beyond!!’ The new and improved version features six new songs on the album which takes it to 21 songs for 2021! You all have been playing the heck out of this record and showing it so much love over the last year and now that we actually get to tour it soon, we wanted to reignite its energy and fire!”
One of these new songs from “Forever And Ever x Infinity…And Beyond!!!”, a track called “The Last Red-Eye”, can be streamed below.
“Forever And Ever x Infinity…And Beyond!!!” track listing:
01. Shook By Your Shaved Head
02. Greatest Of All Time
03. Double Chin For The Win
04. Nothing To Say
05. Stay Awhile
07. Same Side Sitters
08. Like I Never Existed
09. More And More
10. Do You Want To Settle Down?
11. The Way You Deserve
13. Scarier Than Jason Voorhees At A Campfire
14. Birthday Song But Not Really
15. Slipping Away
17. The Devil Has Many Faces
18. The Last Red-Eye
19. Ferris Wheel
21. The New Abnormal
After a year of postponements, NEW FOUND GLORY is reminding you that pop punk still isn’t dead and is here to prove it with co-headliners SIMPLE PLAN. The “Pop Punk’s Still Not Dead” tour will be kicking off in Dallas, Texas on August 31 and traveling to cities throughout the U.S. with support from special guest LOLO.
Combining punk, hardcore, and post-hardcore with emotional lyrics and melody is nothing new for the band that epitomizes heartfelt optimism with DIY work-ethic and spirit. But never has this been more evident than on “Forever + Ever x Infinity”, including hit singles “Greatest Of All Time” and “Himalaya”. They instantly cemented their place on fans’ playlists while also securing strong support from streaming services with adds to Pop Punk’s Not Dead (Spotify), All New Rock (Spotify), New Alt Now (Pandora), Pop Punk Heroes (Deezer), Punk Hotlist (YouTube) and more landmark playlists.
After 20-plus years of being a band, ten studio albums, one live album, two EPs, and four cover albums, NEW FOUND GLORY’s ethos has never wavered; they always strive to be the friend you always need and who always understands you. With “Forever + Ever x Infinity…And Beyond”, the band created an album that is even more 100% NEW FOUND GLORY.
NEW FOUND GLORY is Jordan Pundik (lead vocals), Chad Gilbert (guitar), Ian Grushka (bass guitar) and Cyrus Bolooki (drums).
Photo credit: Acacia Evans
Video of GREAT WHITE singer Mitch Malloy performing a solo acoustic cover version of the JOURNEY classic “Open Arms” can be seen below.
Mitch is perhaps best known for his brief stint with VAN HALEN after the band split with Sammy Hagar. In 1996, Malloy was invited to Eddie Van Halen’s studio to try out for the group and recorded a demo of the classic “Panama” before being told by Eddie he got the gig. However, his joining VAN HALEN was reportedly overridden by then-manager Ray Danniels, who wanted Gary Cherone (EXTREME) as Hagar’s replacement.
Malloy’s involvement with VAN HALEN is the focus of a short documentary, “Mitch Malloy: Van Halen’s Lost Boy”, which was uploaded to YouTube in 2013.
Malloy joined GREAT WHITE as the replacement for Terry Ilous, who was fired from the group in July 2018.
Mitch, who relocated to Destin, Florida from Nashville, Tennessee in 2019, told Destin Life about how he landed the GREAT WHITE gig: “I had a friend who knew some guys in the band, and one day he and I were talking, and he just mentioned, ‘Hey, I think GREAT WHITE could really use you. They’re looking for a new singer.’ It just all worked out. It’s been great, and it also allows me to pursue my solo projects.”
The 59-year-old’s influences include AEROSMITH, CHEAP TRICK, HEART, FOGHAT and DEEP PURPLE.
RESIST & BITE Feat. Former TESLA Guitarist TOMMY SKEOCH: Music Video For New Single 'Fate' Now Available
RESIST & BITE, the new band featuring former TESLA guitarist Tommy Skeoch, has released the official music video for its second single, “Fate”. Joining him in the group are ex-LYNCH MOB lead vocalist Nathan Utz, guitarist Steve Stokes, drummer David Parks and bassist Brian Powell.
RESIST & BITE is currently mixing its debut album, which was recorded over a 21-period at Sound Stage Studios in Nashville, Tennessee with producer and engineer Michael Rosen.
RESIST & BITE’s debut single, “The Myth I’m Livin'”, came out in March 2020.
Skeoch left TESLA in 2006 and went on to receive treatment for substance-abuse issues. He has since been replaced by Dave Rude. Asked in an interview with SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” if he exited the group of his own accord or if he was asked to leave, Tommy said: “I was fired. I was getting fucked up and I was definitely in the wrong about a lot of stuff, and they put up with it for a long time. But at the same time, none of us were angels, and we put up with a lot of stuff from the other guys for a long time too, and they’re still there. So I felt like a little scapegoated by the thing. And the other thing is they didn’t want people — I guess for the benefit of my family, so it wouldn’t look bad — they said, ‘Tommy’s just gonna spend time [with his family].’ That’s why nobody knows, and that’s why you’re asking this question. Everyone’s confused on even what happened. Basically, I was fired. I was getting fucked up, and I kept fucking up, and I kept telling ’em I wouldn’t, and I just couldn’t stop.”
Skeoch added that he accepts responsibility for the circumstances that led to his departure from TESLA. “I do, of course,” he said. “But I also believe we put up with a lot of shit for a long time from almost every other guy in the band, and they’re still there. So I don’t know what’s up with that; that’s a little weird to me.”
Last September, TESLA guitarist Frank Hannon was asked by Detroit’s WRIF radio station if the band will ever work with Skeoch again. Hannon said: “When we were kids, Tommy Skeoch and myself, I was 16 and he was about 19 or 20. I used to really look up to him — I was a huge fan of his style, and still am, a great fan of his guitar playing. We were like best buds. And then we would collaborate and write songs like ‘Modern Day Cowboy’ or any of those TESLA songs, we’d write ’em together. But as time went on, man, the egos and the problems — myself included — throughout the years, the competition, it really drove a wedge between us. And the drugs and alcohol just really destroyed our relationship, I’ve just gotta be honest. We weren’t supposed to talk about this stuff, but now I figure it’s been long enough.
“I don’t see that TESLA will ever go back, because we love Dave Rude, and Dave has really been a great addition to the band. And it would be disrespectful to him to go backwards to a toxic thing, a relationship that really got very toxic.
“Unfortunately, I don’t think that TESLA will work with Tommy again — ever,” Frank reiterated. “But I will say that myself, personally, I have always loved Tommy and I just wish him the best. I’m so glad that he’s still alive, and I know he’s got a new band out [RESIST & BITE] that put a song out called ‘The Myth I’m Livin”. It was kick-ass; it had Tommy’s guitar. Look, I’m getting goosebumps right now. Every time I hear Tommy Skeoch play, it brings a smile to my face, ’cause he’s freakin’ awesome. As a musician, I have nothing but love and respect for the guy. But I don’t think TESLA will ever work with him again. But I do wish him the best.”
In a 2011 interview with Noisecreep, TESLA singer Jeff Keith stated about Skeoch: “Look, everyone in TESLA has been through their own substance-abuse issues. But Tommy got in too deep again. So the band told him that the only way we would be able to make this work is if he was clean and sober. I felt like we couldn’t ask him to do that if we weren’t going to commit to it too. So I was the first one to say that I wouldn’t drink, or do anything else, on the tour. The next thing you know, the other guys did the same thing. Troy [Luccketta, drums] has been clean and sober for over 20 years, so it wasn’t even an issue for him… Tommy couldn’t stay off the stuff he was doing. It broke my heart to see it, but we knew we had to replace him.”
During an appearance on MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn’s “No Fuckin’ Regrets With Robb Flynn” podcast, ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello discussed his band’s touring plans for the coming months. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “We’re doing periodic shows. We’re doing bits and pieces. There’s no real touring, for us, till next year; there’s no [new] record till next year. It makes sense. We’re doing [several of the Danny] Wimmer [Presents festivals] — all that stuff. And it’s all fun. And it’ll be nice to see people in general and get a little taste of it [as we come out of the pandemic]. We’re kind of dipping our toes in.”
Asked if ANTHRAX will be doing any fan meet-and-greets at the upcoming dates, Bello said: “No. Not that I know of. I haven’t signed off to it. I’m not ready.
“I was just at this meeting the other day at some restaurant, and the dude comes out,” he continued. “I know it’s me; I know I’m anal retentive at this point. I’m fucking freaking out on it. [He walks] right up [to me] with [his] hand [out]. It’s like a defense mechanism. I put out my elbow fucking immediately. It’s like a karate thing all of sudden.
“Dude, I’m in Japan at this fucking point,” he said, referencing the Japanese custom of bowing rather than hugging, kissing or shaking hands. “I’m bowing and shit. Fuck the rest of this garbage. No fucking way. Most of these fucking people have sweaty goddamn hands. No offense to people. It’s just too many germs touching your fucking hand. We all learned now — we just fucking learned this shit.
“No disrespect to anybody,” Bello added. “I don’t wanna offend anybody, ’cause you’ve gotta be careful — you can’t offend anybody now. I’ll [give you an elbow] bump anytime, but the shaking-hand thing — you can float me your boogers; you’ve got fucking diseases. There’s no way. It’s done, dude. I want out. I’m out.
“I’m all for meeting people,” he explained. “I love meeting people and talking to people — I’m a people person. I’m not like that. I don’t wanna stay away from people; I wanna be around. But the whole idea of just that germ thing… Like, when I have a cold from now on, I’m gonna wear a fucking mask. They do it in Japan, and it’s a great way to go. I don’t wanna spread my germs to anybody, so please, please do that.”
Bello’s memoir, “Fathers, Brothers, And Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, And Anthrax”, will be released on October 12 via Rare Bird. The foreword was written by KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons.
ANTHRAX is working on material for the follow-up to 2016’s “For All Kings” album, tentatively due in 2022.
In a new interview with Natasja Lain of For The Passion Not The Fashion, guitarist Patrick Mameli of long-running Dutch progressive death metallers PESTILENCE was asked what it was like touring with Chuck Schuldiner and DEATH back in the early 1990s. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “[Chuck was] interesting — an interesting guy. And I have to give him props for being one of the first pioneers of this extreme music. I know that Jeff Becerra from POSSESSED was even before him, so I have to really call Jeff the godfather of death metal. But if you talk about godfather, it makes you sound really old. And Jeff is still alive.
“I think there is something special about people when they are not amongst the living anymore; then their legacy becomes even bigger,” he continued. “And you have to have respect for this, because Chuck was a pioneer.
“We toured with [DEATH] a bunch of times, and I must say that me personally and Chuck, we didn’t get along too well. This had to do with [the fact that] when PESTILENCE opened up for them, his lineup was a little bit more static and PESTILENCE was really energetic, so we got a good crowd reaction, and I thought he was a little bit jealous of that feeling. But I can’t help it. I had long hair, and we were doing hair spins and all this stuff, and that was really nice.”
Mameli added: “But I learned a lot from [Chuck] business-wise — the way he thinks about record labels and thinks about the business. So we had long conversations about the business side of it so I could learn a little bit from what he was dealing with and not to fall in the same trap.”
Schuldiner died on December 13, 2001 after a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor.
PESTILENCE will release its ninth album, “Exitivm”, on June 25 via Agonia Records.
Russell Allen says that he doesn’t think ADRENALINE MOB will ever do anything again, nearly four years after the accident that resulted in the death of the band’s bassist, David Zablidowsky.
The incident occurred in July 2017 when a tractor-trailer — dispatched by Largo, Florida company Twiss Transport Inc. — veered off Interstate 75 near Micanopy, Florida, crossed at least one full traffic lane before leaving the road, splitting the band’s RV in half and causing it to become engulfed in flames.
Tour manager Janet Rains (a.k.a. Jane Train) suffered “catastrophic injuries” in the accident and was removed from all life support measures a little over a month later.
Asked in a new interview with “Breaking Absolutes With Peter Orullian”if fans can expect to see ADRENALINE MOB reactivated at some point in the future, Allen, who was seriously injured in the crash, said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Nah, I don’t think it’s ever gonna be able to continue. There might be something where… I wouldn’t mind revisiting some music ideas that maybe we can do something… I’m never gonna say I’ve closed the door on making music again in that style.”
He continued: “There’s just so many things that were supposed to happen with Dave and that group that I just don’t see myself being able to do that in a live sense in terms of touring and stuff without having to… I’m just not there yet. Let’s see how it goes after I get this other stuff going and see where I’m at and maybe I can think about that.
“This is a lifelong scar for me and something I’m gonna have to wear,” Russell added. “And I’m very conscious of the effect that it has on the families of those that we lost and what that means for them and what the band means to those people. And I’m very, very aware of that, and that’s something that I’m not gonna dishonor anybody’s memory by doing something that I feel might upset that. So it’s gotta be something that everybody’s cool with, and mostly me.”
At the time of the accident, ADRENALINE MOB was touring in support of its third studio album, “We The People”, which was released in June 2017 via Century Media. The follow-up to 2014’s “Men Of Honor” was the first ADRENALINE MOB release to feature Zablidowsky and drummer Jordan Cannata.
In November 2017, Rains’s family filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against Disney and others alleging the truck driver hauling oil negligently crashed into ADRENALINE MOB’s tour vehicle, resulting in her death. The lawsuit alleged that Disney Worldwide Services arranged for a shipment of oil from Cargill, Inc., in Gainesville, Georgia, to be delivered to Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The lawsuit also alleged that Disney “improperly” subcontracted the transportation to Bulova Technologies Group, Inc.’s subsidiary Twiss Transport, whose driver was involved in the crash. The driver reportedly had a history of traffic violations, including for speeding and following too closely.