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MATT BARLOW Is 'Not Offended At All' By ICED EARTH's Plan To Re-Record Early Albums With Current Lineup
Matt Barlow says that he is "not offended at all" by Jon Schaffer's recent announcement that he is planning to re-record some of ICED EARTH's early albums with the band's current lineup. Speaking to The Metal Voice in an interview conducted earlier today (Saturday, September 22), the singer, who fronted ICED EARTH from 1994 to 2003 and again from 2007 to 2011, said: "As far as my cut, whatever I contributed to the writing of the songs I'll still get. So from that aspect, from the financial aspect, if people wanna buy the records again, that's great for me, financially, 'cause I still get writing credit for it. "Basically, I signed away my performance rights — I got paid for my performance, but the writing is where I would get paid [if the albums were to get re-recorded]," he continued. "And I don't have a problem with it. If those guys are getting paid for redoing the records, it doesn't hurt my feelings at all. And those other records will always be out there — there will be versions of it, hopefully, that people can buy, if they so choose; if they want both copies or whatever, then that's fantastic." Barlow went on to reiterate that there are "no hard feelings" between him and the ICED EARTH guitarist on the issue of re-recording the band's earlier catalog, explaining: "That would just be an ego thing, if anything. I can't really say that I've got that — that's not part of who I am. "It's so hard for musicians to make a living, and if these guys are musicians that are trying to make a living doing it — and they are; Jon is, and Jon has made his living with music," he said. "If he can make some more money to keep ICED EARTH going, then more power to him, man. That's just the way I see it. It is his livelihood, and it's his company, above all things. He's had to use record companies to keep that going, but at the end of the day, it is his company, and he's gotta keep it going, man. And if everybody wants him to keep it going, then they've gotta understand that that's what he's gotta do. "So, no, I'm not offended at all — as I hope that Gene [Adam, original ICED EARTH singer] wasn't offended when I redid the vocals on ['Days Of Purgatory', 1997 collection of remixes and re-recordings of songs from previous ICED EARTH albums]," Barlow added. "At that particular time, we all thought that I was gonna go on and be with ICED EARTH forever, and we were basically trying to redo the songs in my style, so then when we do 'em live, that's the way that people were gonna hear 'em. But there are still people that are going back and buying the Gene [versions of the songs]. There's a lot of ICED EARTH fans that still love the first record above all others — and with good reason, 'cause it's really cool stuff, and it's different; it's just different. So there's nothing wrong with that." Late last year, Schaffer spoke about his reasons for wanting to re-record some of ICED EARTH's earlier albums with his current bandmates: Stu Block (lead vocals), Luke Appleton (bass), Brent Smedley (drums) and Jake Dreyer (lead guitar). He said: "We are going to be re-recording [our older] records over the course of, probably, the next 10 years. We're going to be doing a lot of the ICED EARTH catalog because I don't own the master rights and there's no real income coming from that. If we redo those records, then everybody in the band will be able to get a royalty in the future moving forward. It's going to be a big project and it's going to be a lot of fun to do, to really dig back into those records — especially, like, the first six. That's what we're gonna focus on. I don't know which one we're gonna start with yet. I have a pretty good idea which one, but the guys and I will talk over that in the next few months. Not to take away, because I think those albums are great, but the fact is that it was a bad business deal for ICED EARTH, and for us going forward, we want to be able to have control of our catalog and of our destiny." Schaffer went on to say that he will "never" own the master rights to ICED EARTH's early recordings released through Century Media "unless, all of a sudden, they develop a conscience and say, 'Jon should own his masters.' [Laughs] And believe me, Sony Records did not buy Century Media to start giving artists their rights back. So it's pretty unlikely. And, you know, it's business, and dude, hey, I signed, we all signed it — the original five guys from the first album, we all signed a very horrible contract. I just finished it. I went and pushed through to the bitter end." ICED EARTH played its final show with Barlow at the 2011 edition of the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany. Barlow announced his departure from ICED EARTH in March 2011. In a heartfelt statement, he cited his commitment to his family and the need for ICED EARTH to tour more as the reasons for his retirement; however, he committed to performing with ICED EARTH on all 2011 European festival dates, including Wacken Open Air. Current ICED EARTH singer Stu Block (formerly of INTO ETERNITY) made his live debut with the band in November 2011. ICED EARTH is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "Incorruptible", which came out in June 2017 via Century Media.
LAMB OF GOD Drummer Is 'Beyond Disgusted' By No-Jail Sentence In Alaska Assault Case
LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler says that it's "beyond disgusting" that an Alaska man was allowed to escape jail time after pleading guilty to assaulting a woman who said he strangled her unconscious and sexually assaulted her. Justin Schneider, 34, was accused of kidnapping and assaulting the woman in the August 2017 incident, strangling her until she lost consciousness and then masturbating on her. He was convicted on four felony charges — including kidnapping and assault — and a misdemeanor charge, but walked out of court with no prison sentence after striking a deal with the state. In exchange for pleading guilty to a single felony assault charge, Schneider was given a two-year jail sentence with one year suspended. He faces no additional jail time because he received credit for time served while wearing an ankle monitor and living with his family. Earlier today, Adler posted a link to a CNN story about Schneider's guilty plea and included the following message: "I read the news today, oh boy! "I'm incapable of silence. This cannot be true. This cannot be real. "For this to be true, I am alive in a world that does not deserve me. "I have a daughter. I have an incredibly strong and respectful relationship with her mother. I have a loving relationship with a woman that makes me a better person 25 hours a day and 8 days a week. "This is beyond disgusting and has tipped the scales for me. "When we turn away from what's ugly because it doesn't impact our present, we fuel evil. "This is not okay! "I'd like to petition the Anchorage court to allow me 30 minutes in an unsupervised room with Justin Schneider. "I'd appreciate another 30 minutes with the judge. "Love and respect are all we have. How can this exist?" Adler was forced to sit out some of LAMB OF GOD's shows earlier this summer because he was undergoing physical and occupational therapy for injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident late last year. In addition to LAMB OF GOD, Adler has played drums with a number of metal artists, including MEGADETH, NITRO, BLOTTED SCIENCE and PROTEST THE HERO.
WESTFIELD MASSACRE: 'Your Salvation' Video Released
WESTFIELD MASSACRE has released another new song, "Your Salvation", from its forthcoming sophomore album, "Salvation". "Your Salvation" marks the third official single from the disc and is accompanied by a full-feature music video directed by Ron Underwood. The song and video are based on the band's real-life experiences of losing close friends and family members to drug and opioid use. In addition to the single, pre-orders for "Salvation" are now available. Those who pre-order the album on iTunes will instantly receive the WESTFIELD MASSACRE tracks "Famine", "Love To Hate", "Your Salvation" and the additional bonus single "Taking The Fall". The remaining songs on the album will become available when "Salvation" is officially released by Nerve Strike Records on October 26. "Salvation" track listing: 01. Empyreal Light 02. Famine 03. Taking The Fall 04. Love To Hate 05. Your Salvation 06. Devil You Made 07. Constant Silence 08. Masquerade 09. Chemicals 10. All The Fallen "Salvation" was mixed and mastered at The Mouse House Studio in Altadena, California by veteran producer/engineer Rich Mouser, known for his work with Robert Trujillo (METALLICA, OZZY OSBOURNE), Chris Vrenna (MARILYN MANSON, NINE INCH NAILS, TWEAKER), Chris Cornell, WEEZER and DREAM THEATER. Seann Nicols (formerly of ADLER'S APPETITE, QUIET RIOT, Bobby Blotzer's RATT) took over as the lead vocalist for WESTFIELD MASSACRE in June 2017 when the band parted ways with Tommy Vext (ex-SNOT, DIVINE HERESY), who currently sings for BAD WOLVES. Rounding out WESTFIELD MASSACRE's current lineup are Stephen Brewer on guitar, Erik Tisinger (ex-OTEP) on bass, Dio Britto on drums, and Luis Kalil on guitar. WESTFIELD MASSACRE has a sound that can be described as a bridge between modern American and European metal. With aggressive growls, high soaring vocal melodies, impossibly fast drums, classically inspired passages and harmonized guitar leads, WESTFIELD MASSACRE aims to make their modern metal accessible to fans of all music genres. WESTFIELD MASSACRE's self-titled debut album was released in April 2016 on Urban Yeti Records. The album made it to No. 3 on iTunes Metal chart and debuted at No. 14 on Billboard's Heatseeker chart, where it stayed in the Top 20 for several weeks. The band has toured with SEVENDUST, TRIVIUM and CANDIRIA and also performed at festivals, including Ozzfest Meets Knotfest and Dirtfest. Photo by: Kaelan Barowsky
SHINEDOWN Guitarist Recalls Group's 'Some Kind Of Monster' Moment
SHINEDOWN guitarist Zach Myers recently spoke with Two Doods Reviews. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the group's new single, "Get Up", the lyrics for which were inspired by bassist Eric Bass's battles with depression: Zach: "We started writing the same way that we always do, and then basically, when 'Get Up' happened, it kind of opened up this floodgate. SHINEDOWN songs are always incredibly honest, and that's something we pride ourselves on, but in the same breath, I don't know if we had ever written a song this open wound-ish, I would say, about ourselves and about Eric and someone this close to the band. We always write about ourselves, but this felt different. It felt personal in a way to where you were giving up your ambiguity of who you are personally. You always try to make yourself feel invincible in certain ways, but with this, once the lyrics came out, it really felt like it was okay to write about everything. I think this was kind of a starting point of where the record ended up going... Everybody in the band has something that we have to get up from. Not to be cheesy about it, but it's the truth. I think that's kind of where the song came from, and that kind of got the album set on a path where it ended up." On vocalist Brent Smith's past struggles: Zach: "He had put on weight in 2008, and all throughout 2010, he was drinking really bad at that point. For us to get through it, it was weird — it was our biggest record, but we weren't doing the biggest business that we were doing at the time. That's kind of where we are now. It's very odd that that's the way it happened, but in the time that it was happening, it all felt good. The darkness for me was in 2006, 2007. 2008 to 2010, he was drinking a lot, and it was a little rough on us because it was kind of watching this thing happen — you're watching the car crash in slow motion. Once 'Amaryllis' happened... 'Amaryllis' was a very dark making of that record, which is [why] a lot of us don't really talk about that much. The making of that record was not fun for anyone involved. It's such a weird place to be. People say great suffering makes great art, but I wish it didn't have to be that way. Before the 'Amaryllis' tour, we were going to sit down and have, like, a 30-minute meeting. We were on our way to rehearsals and we were going to have a 30-minute meeting, and it ended up being, like, a six-hour meeting. It was this kind of METALLICA, 'Some Kind Of Monster', us just kind of like letting everything out and crying and screaming at each other. It was very deep and reflective. It was never malicious... sometimes when you have conversations like that, what will happen is you'll say something about somebody, and then they'll have to come back and go, 'Well, you do this.' It wasn't like that — everybody let people say what they had to say, and then they had their turn to say stuff that they needed to say to you. I think that really was the catalyst. After that, it's been smooth sailing ever since." On the most difficult aspect of being a touring musician: Zach: "Being alone is one of those things... it's really good in our band, because we're at a level now that if we wanted to have our own buses, we easily could. The four of us have always rode together, probably always well. We just really like it — it probably keeps it less lonely. We get along — we really like being around each other, but that doesn't change the fact that we have kids and we have wives. Right now, for me, it's rough, because I have a two-month-old, so my wife's not coming out on the road. When she does, though, I'll get my own bus and we'll have a family bus, and it's really fun. Brent will come over and ride my bus, or he's brought out a bus before with his son. [Drummer] Barry's [Kerch] family was just out; Eric's wife was just out. Those are the things that you miss. Watching Barry's family come out for two days and then him have to say goodbye to them... he's got a seven-year-old daughter. Those things are rough, but at the same time, we know why we're doing this. We have fun out here. My wife talks me off the ledge a lot. I'll be really, 'I can't do this anymore.' My wife's [like], 'Listen, you know you're doing this because a, you love it, and b, you're taking care of your family.' She's a saint, so it helps me out a lot." On bands "finding themselves": Zach: "It sometimes takes a couple records. I think that we were a completely different band on 'Sound Of Madness' than we were on the first two records. I think 'Sound Of Madness' was when we broke through and found what we were supposed to be doing." SHINEDOWN's sixth studio album, "Attention Attention", was released May 4 via Atlantic Records. The follow-up to 2015's "Threat To Survival" marks the band's first full-length effort to be produced entirely by Bass. SHINEDOWN is currently in the midst co-headlining U.S. tour with GODSMACK. The band will then kick off a European tour on October 29.
GRAHAM BONNET On The Original MONSTERS OF ROCK Festival: 'It Was The Most Incredible Night'
Prior to his performance at the United Kingdom's Stonedeaf festival on August 25, legendary rock vocalist Graham Bonnet (ALCATRAZZ, RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP) spoke with Mighty Matt Mason of TotalRock Radio. The full conversation can be viewed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On playing Stonedeaf, which paid homage to the Monsters Of Rock festival — the initial year of which was headlined by RAINBOW: Graham: "We've gone full circle. I used to play little, tiny clubs as a kid, and suddenly I find myself playing stadiums and big theaters with RAINBOW. Now suddenly, we're playing little clubs again. But everybody's doing that, and it's kind of a good thing because some of the clubs are really great. This is kind of weird — how many years ago was that? It was something I'll never forget. My family was there, my friends from school. It was the most incredible night. I'll always remember it." On the importance of touring in the modern music business: Graham: "We play where we have to, because things have changed now. We all know that people don't buy CDs anymore, and the only way to get the music across to the people is to play live, so that's what we do." On his first single, THE MARBLES' 1968 release "Only One Woman": Graham: "THE BEE GEES wrote the song for us. It's kind of like a bluesy, R&B song. That's when my career sort of started. We did very well. My brother had a bet with me — Joe Cocker had 'A Little Help From My Friends' out at the time, and he said, 'I think he's going to get to the top of the chart before you do.' He was right, unfortunately." On his longevity: Graham: "I always get a round of applause when I tell people how old I am. They can see how old I am, but it's kind of funny to say I'm coming up to my 71st birthday. [They ask], 'How do you sing like that?' It's a matter of resting and not talking too much, keep your voice in shape, sleep as much as you can. I just drink water — that's about it. I don't drink booze anymore. Just keep it lubricated — my voice, I mean. I get asked by a lot of singers, by young people — 'How do you keep your voice in shape?' I don't practice any kind of voice exercises or anything, really. I just go on there and hope it's going to be there. I don't know if that's talent or just stupidity." On THE GRAHAM BONNET BAND: Graham: "I still live in Los Angeles. Beth-Ami [Heavenstone], our bass player, and I live together. We started this band, the two of us, about three years ago. It's been kind of cool. We've had a couple of people — different guitar players and different drummers — but I think now, we have the right lineup. We just put out the album called 'Meanwhile, Back In The Garage', which is kind of a little hint to my past and everybody else's who's ever been in a band, and everybody used to rehearse in the garage. We still do. I recorded it in the garage, this album — some of it." "Meanwhile, Back In The Garage" came out on July 13 via Frontiers Music Srl. The disc offers 13 new songs where Bonnet lays down his inimitable vocals over a selection of tunes full of great hooks and melodies. It includes a bonus live DVD captured at a "Live From Daryl's House" performance in early 2018.