Lamb of God’s Chris Adler Tapped For Megadeth’s New Album

Courtesy:  Adrenaline PR

Courtesy: Adrenaline PR

The rumors have finally been confirmed and one piece of the puzzle is now in place for Megadeth’s album.

Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler has officially confirmed as the drummer for Megadeth’s next album. The confirmation comes after rumors swirled around whether or not Adler would take the place of recently departed drummer Shawn Drover. This is not the first time that Adler has been the center of some major rumors. His name was recently thrown into the mix after former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison was replaced by a then-unnamed drummer. It was widely speculated that Adler was the man responsible for the drums on Slipknot’s new album .5 The Gray Chapter. But it was later revealed that drummer Max Weinberg’s son Jay Weinberg had taken over drumming duties for the band.

Megadeth front man and founder Dave Mustaine released a statement in regards to the announcement noting his outlook for the new album with Adler on board even in a studio-only position saying, “Chris is a tremendous talent, and an amazing person. He is going to bring a new level of excitement and energy to MEGADETH that the fans are going to lose their minds over.” He also noted his respect for Megadeth’s former drummers in the grand scheme of things saying, “I have nothing but respect for my previous drummers, but this is going to absolutely KILL! Along with these sentiments, Mustaine also gave a big thanks to Adler’s band mates in Lamb of God for allowing Adler to lend his talents to Megedeth’s new album noting, “I want to thank the other members of Lamb Of God for allowing this opportunity to take place for all of us in the metal community.”

Mustaine’s band mate, bassist David Ellefson, added his own thoughts on the announcement of Adler helping the band record its next new album saying, “Chris has been an endearing friend to us in MEGADETH for many years now, and he truly appreciates our music and its legacy. His drumming has forged such an innovative and ferocious path for metal music and I’m very proud that he is anchoring our rhythm section with us on this new album. I can clearly see a new dawn of ‘utmost heaviness’ unfolding in MEGADETH’s next chapter.”

In speaking with the media about the announcement, Adler explained Megadeth’s influence on his own decision to follow a path in the music industry. “MEGADETH was the game changer for me. Growing up, there was no other band that meant as much to my musical interest and direction,” he said. “There is no doubt I would not be doing what I have been doing for the past three decades had I not stumbled across ‘Killing Is My Business’ and the bible of all metal, ‘Peace Sells’ in my formative years.” He went on to explain how a tour between Lamb of God and Megadeth roughly a decade ago is what initially might have gotten the wheels rolling on this partnership. “About 10 years ago, LAMB OF GOD toured with MEGADETH and I was able to share that story with Dave and David, and we have kept in touch ever since,” he said. “When Dave called me a while ago and asked if I was interested in making a thrash metal album with him, I felt like I must’ve been on a hidden camera show. “I was trying to play it cool, but I was speechless other than YES! Once I called my wife and my band guys to let everyone know, I had some time to really think about it and how I can best fit into this situation. I’m coming into this on fire. There is an incredible amount of respect, but the goal here is to make the very best thrash album we can. Together, I believe we can do something very special! Get ready for a very exciting chapter in the MEGADETH legacy.”

For all of the optimism and openness in these statements, there was also a slightly cryptic comment in regards to departed Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick from Mustaine. Mustaine noted subtly in his comments that “Back in 1989, MEGADETH originally worked as a three piece – guitar, bass and drums – when we laid down the framework to our GRAMMY® nominated platinum album Rust In Peace.” Whether or not this was meant to leave some discussion, it leaves a question mark as to whether or not there are plans to replace Broderick or keep Megadeth a three-piece. When and if an update on this happens, it will be announced online along with other Megadeth news at:

Website: http://www.megadeth.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Megadeth

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Megadeth

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Metallica Celebrating Record Store Day With Special Cassette Recording

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Courtesy: BBGun PR

Record Store Day is creeping up on the country yet again. For those that don’t know, Record Store Day is April 18th this year. And as the countdown to the big day ticks down, more news is coming out about how different acts will celebrate. The latest piece of news comes from veteran rock band Metallica.

Metallica announced this week that unlike most other acts, it will not celebrate Record Store Day with a special vinyl release but with a limited edition cassette tape. Yes, a cassette tape. No Life ‘Til Leather will feature seven tracks. The tracks were originally recorded in 1982 at Chateau East Studio in Tustin, CA with the original lineup of James Hetfield (guitar), Lars Ulrich (drums), Dave Mustaine (guitar), and Ron McGovney (bass). The songs have been re-mastered specially for the upcoming release, which has never been released until now. It will be available both in independent record stores nationwide and via the band’s official website, https://www.Metallica.com. The band released the following statement in regards to its upcoming release:

A note from Metallica:

 

This year we decided to celebrate Record Store Day with our friends at independent retail by taking a huge leap back in time to our humble beginnings with that little rectangle of plastic known as the “demo tape.”  In 1982 we recorded seven songs that became our initial calling card known as No Life ’til Leather and it led us to our first record deal . . . the rest, as you some of you may know, is history!  We hope you enjoy this little walk down memory lane with us and that you will continue to join us in supporting independent record stores around the world. 

 

The track listing for No Life ‘Til Leather is noted below.

 

Tracklisting

 

Hit The Lights

The Mechanix

Motorbreath

Seek & Destroy

Metal Militia

Jump In The Fire

Phantom Lord

 

More information on Metallica’s upcoming Record Store Day cassette is available online along with all of the latest updates from the band at:

 

Website: https://www.Metallica.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Metallica

Twitter: https://twitter.com/metallica

 

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Friedman’s Musical Light Burns Bright On Inferno

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Virtuoso metal guitarist Marty Friedman has built a career of churning out some of the most intense riffs that the metal community has ever heard. Some of the most intense of those riffs came during his time with veteran metal band Megadeth alongside fellow legend Dave Mustaine. For all of the impressive riffs that Friedman crafted during his time with Megadeth, he has shown to be just as talented on his own as he was during his time with that group of musicians. He has released a handful of albums in recent years. Each album has shown a different side to Friedman as an artist, the most recent of which being 2012’s Loudspeaker. Now two years removed from that album, Friedman has released his latest full length effort in the form of the aptly titled Inferno. Pardon the pun, but the title is fitting for this album because Friedman is most definitely *ahem* “on fire” throughout the course of the album’s dozen tracks. One of the most intriguing tracks on this album is his punk/hard rock hybrid ‘I Can’t Relax (ft. Danko Jones). This is one of those songs that shows that while Friedman is known largely for speed and thrash metal riffs, he is just as talented in other realms of rock, too. On a completely opposite branch, ‘Meat Hook (ft. Jorgen Munkeby)’ is a completely out of this world metal-meets-avant-garde jazz piece that is sure to catch any listener’s ear. Of course for all of the intensity and growth that Friedman exhibits through the course of this album, he also shows some emotional depth in the progressive rock ballad of sorts that is ‘Undertow (ft. Gregg Bissonette and Tony Franklin).’ These songs are but mere samplings of what makes Inferno such an outstanding opus from Marty Friedman. There are nine other tracks from which listeners can choose their favorite(s). Regardless of which song(s) listeners choose as their favorite(s), every listener will agree that all twelve of the songs that make up Inferno make up an album that is more than deserving of a spot on any critic’s year-end list of the year’s best new hard rock and metal albums.

Marty Friedman shows off his metal chops throughout the majority of his new album in a variety of ways as listeners will note in listening throughout the album’s dozen total tracks. For all of the metal chops that he continues to show on this album, he also displays a certain amount of growth, too. Case in point is the punk/hard rock hybrid that is ‘I Can’t Relax (ft. Danko Jones).’ Friedman shows in this song that while it’s been a while since he was part of a band with a vocalist, he is still okay with sharing the limelight with others. Jones, who has earned his own level of fame throughout his career perfectly mirrors Friedman’s own frenetic energy as he sings, “I’m always busy/Let’s get ready/Burn it down to the ground/I hate when someone tells me to stop moving and sit down…You’re gonna see my face everywhere/It’s gonna drive you crazy/I want to time and time again/I can’t relax/I can’t relax/You gotta know/I can’t relax/You’ve got to know.” Jones’ rapid fire delivery alongside the musicianship of Friedman and his fellow musicians will instantly have audiences dancing and singing along happily. It’s not the only song that will either, as is evidenced in the metal-meets-avant-garde jazz piece that is ‘Meat Hook (ft. Jorgen Munkeby).

‘Meat Hook (Ft Jorgen Munkeby) is another prime example in this record of just how much Friedman has grown as an artist. The song shows influences from the likes of Liquid Tension Experiment, Trioscapes, Faith No More, and certain other bands. Simply put, it is mind boggling, but in the best possible way. The use of the sax line against Friedman’s guitar playing makes for a contradiction that can only be best understood when heard by one’s own ears. There are no words to properly describe the sound or the effect. Add in the wild piano runs and audiences get a piece that completely defies any musical logic whatsoever. Yet it still manages to impress in its own right and make Inferno even more enjoyable for listeners.

For all of the wild energy exuded by Marty Friedman, his guest musicians, and his band mates throughout the course of this album, Friedman shows a softer side too. That softer side is presented in the progressive rock ballad ‘Undertow.’ This piece shows something of an influence from the likes of Dream Theater and Liquid Tension Experiment just to name a couple of bands. After the nonstop adrenaline rush on which Friedman sends his listeners throughout the course of the album’s previous song, this song is a welcome chance for listeners to catch their collective breath. The addition of Tony Franklin and famed session drummer Gregg Bissonette adds even more depth to the song. It takes listeners back to the days of big hair and even bigger rock. Listeners can just close their eyes and take it in, seeing in their minds, a giant arena with Friedman there center stage, lasers shooting out from the stage in time with his guitar playing. It’s one more impressive piece that stands out as one of this album’s highest of highs. Of course that it just the opinion of this critic. There are still nine other tracks on this record from which listeners can choose their own favorite(s). Regardless of which song(s) listeners choose, one thing can be agreed and that is that whether it be the songs noted here or those chosen as favorites by others, every track on this record proves just why Inferno deserves a spot on every rock critic’s year-end list of the year’s best new hard rock and metal albums.

Inferno is currently available in stores and online. Audiences can check it out now while they await Friedman’s next scheduled live performance Thursday, September 25th at the Iridium in New York. Audiences can keep up with all of the latest tour updates and news from Marty Friedman online now at http://www.facebook.com/martyfriedman.official and http://www.martyfriedman.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Metallica Finalizes European Tour Schedule

Photo Credit: Ross Halfin

Photo Credit: Ross Halfin

The members of Metallica have announced the final round of dates for the band’s upcoming European tour.  The band has announced that along with its already announced dates, it has added dates in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Austria, and Poland.  As with the band’s previously announced dates, this new group of dates will be “All Request” shows.  That means that the band’s set at each date will be chosen by the band’s fans.  There’s a catch, though.  Fans that want to help determine the band’s set list at each show can only do so by ordering their tickets online.  Fans can order their tickets online at the band’s official website, http://www.metallica.com.  After ordering tickets, fans will be sent a code that will allow them to vote on seventeen of the eighteen show’s songs.  The eighteenth and final song will be a brand new son chosen by the band members.  Metallica’s complete European tour schedule is listed below.

Metallica By Request 2014 Live Dates (New Additions in Bold)

May 28, 2014 – Beach Sonisphere – Helsinki, Finland (On-Sale 12/12)

May 30, 2014 – Gardet Royal Park – Stockholm, Sweden (On-Sale 12/10)

June 1, 2014 – Valle Hoven Sonisphere – Oslo, Norway (On-Sale 12/10)

June 3, 2014 – Gaol – Horsens, Denmark (On-Sale 12/10)

June 4, 2014 – Imtech Arena, Sonisphere – Hamburg, Germany (On-Sale Now)

June 5-8, 2014 – Rock Am Ring – Nürburgring, Germany (On-Sale Now)

June 6-9, 2014 – Rock Im Park – Nuremberg, Germany (On-Sale Now)

June 9, 2014 – Landgraaf Pink Pop – Landgraaf, Netherlands (On-Sale 3/15)

July 1, 2014 – Rock In Rome Sonisphere – Rome, Italy (On-Sale 12/5)

July 3, 2014 – Rock Werchter – Werchter, Belgium (On-Sale 12/7)

July 4, 2014 – St. Jakobspark Sonisphere – Basel, Switzerland (On-Sale 12/7)

July 6, 2014 – Knebworth Park Sonisphere – Knebworth, England (On-Sale Now)

July 8, 2014 – Aerodrome Festival – Prague, Czech Republic (On-Sale 12/5)

July 9, 2014 – Krieau Rocks – Vienna, Austria (On-Sale 12/5)

July 11, 2014 – National Stadium Sonisphere – Warsaw, Poland (On-Sale 12/6)

More information on the band’s tour,  how to vote on shows, purchase tickets, and all of the latest news from the band is available online at http://www.facebook.com/Metallica, http://www.metallica.com, http://twitter.com/metallica, http://www.instagram.com/metallica, http://www.livemetallica.com and http://www.youtube.com/metallicatv.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.