After weeks of speculation, ASKING ALEXANDRIA guitarist Ben Bruce has confirmed that the band has parted ways with Denis Shaforostov and reunited with the singer’s predecessor, Danny Worsnop.

Since Bruce and Worsnop publicly quashed their beef in mid-September, both musicians have done teased a potential collaboration via their respective social media accounts.

A few days ago, ASKING ALEXANDRIA‘s record label, Sumerian, posted an old photo of the band featuring Worsnop with a pondering emoji in the caption.

Earlier today, Bruce finally broke his silence about ASKING ALEXANDRIA‘s current status in a live video chat via the band’s Facebook page. He began by saying: “We have parted ways with Denis, and there are a number of reasons for that.”

He continued: “Basically, to a cut a long story short, we didn’t kick Denis out of the band. He just stopped talking to us.

“As most you know, the ASKING boys went out around the U.K. and Europe, doing a bunch of headline shows and a bunch of festival appearances. I had to miss that tour due the birth of my daughter, which was really upsetting. But, obviously, I kept in touch with the guys; every single we day we kept in touch… Everything was great, everything was fine. So that was that.

Denis went back to Ukraine, we all came back to the States, we all had a nice little break. It got to the time where we started trying to organize a video shoot for ‘Send Me Home’. We’re, like, ‘Denis needs to fly back to the States. We’re going to do a video for ‘Send Me Home’, start work on new songs, new music.’ Which we did do; we started writing and we recorded some demos and stuff. Everything seemed fine, and then he just stopped responding. I texted him a bunch, loads of e-mails back and forth — no response whatsoever.

“We were quite confused, like, ‘What the hell is going on?’ sort of thing. ‘Maybe he’s having a break, maybe he’s tired’; we [didn’t] know. And I received a message from him, something along the lines of, ‘ASKING ALEXANDRIA does not exist unless I get what’s owed to me.’ So I was confused, like, what’s owed to him? I don’t really understand.

“Long story short, we were left in a bit of a pickle, like a bit of a situation. We had to decide: do we end ASKING ALEXANDRIA, this band that we’ve worked so hard for for the last decade, this thing that we love more than anything. Do we just throw it away, do we end it?

“We’ve got these tours coming up, we’ve got the Sumerian ’10 Years In The Black’ tour, we’ve got this Europe run that we’re booked for that Denis is supposed to be on, but we can’t get ahold of him, don’t know if he’s coming, don’t know if he’s not coming. And we just sat down as a band and we were, like, ‘Why the hell are we doing this? Why are we doing this?’ And the reason we’re doing this, the reason we started this band to begin with, is because we love music. We were five best friends who loved being around each other. We all loved the same music, we loved playing music together and that’s why we started this band and that’s why were continuing this band. We’re a family, we always have been since day one.

“Obviously, over the last sort of few months, we’ve rekindled our relationship with Danny, and what happened in the past sucked and it hurt us. Obviously, I said things and Danny has said things; that happens. It was in the past, and it was shit. But at the end of the day, we’ve been best friends for a decade, and that’s why this is the move that’s right for us — right for us as a band, right for us as people and friends, and right us for ASKING ALEXANDRIA. This is full circle, this is right back where we started and why we started the band.

“We were just as blindsided as you guys. We woke up one day… We were just, like, ‘What the fuck? How is this happening to us again?’ Like, ‘What is it? Why does this keep happening?’ So we made the choice: do we cancel the tour, do we break up? No, we don’t, we fight just like we always have done. We carry on doing this tour. We come out because we love doing it and we love playing for you guys.

“When Denis first joined the band a year, year and a half ago, people within the music industry and fans alike, they all told us these different things about Denis‘s past, and we got many warnings, and we said, that’s his past — forgive and forget; we don’t know any of that side of things. So we gave him the benefit of the doubt, and, you know, there’s no smoke without fire and I guess we found that out the hard way.

“Do I regret the last year and a half I spent touring the world with Denis? Absolutely not. Do I regret releasing and writing ‘The Black’? Absolutely not. Do I go back on anything I said? Absolutely not. ‘The Black’ was a very honest and open record and that is I felt at the time, how we all felt at the time. We’ve moved on, we’ve moved upwards.

“I’m not gonna sit here and talk shit on Denis. He came into this band and he was amazing for us at the time. We had a blast with him, we had the best time ever. As far as we could see, everything was going great. Obviously, it wasn’t. There’s not really anything we can do about that. We, once again, have been left in a rather shitty situation, and we’ve picked ourselves up off the floor and we’ve continued going.

ASKING ALEXANDRIA is back to the way we started with the original fucking members.

“The reason that we’re all here today is because of the five guys who started this band about a decade ago in Yorkshire together with the same dream, the same goals, the same love and passion and those five guys are back in the room together again and honestly we couldn’t be happier. This is ASKING ALEXANDRIA.”

ASKING ALEXANDRIA will kick off the “10 Years In The Black” tour on October 25 in Seattle, Washington.

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PAPA ROACH: Teaser For Upcoming Album

A short teaser for PAPA ROACH‘s upcoming album is available below. The disc is tentatively due in early 2017.

PAPA ROACH singer Jacoby Shaddix recently told “The Scotty Mars Show” about the follow-up to 2015’s “F.E.A.R.”: “I definitely feel there’s a change in the sound of the band on this record, more so than in the past. Our goal was to go in and kind of shake things up on this record. This is our ninth or tenth album — I don’t even know now — and we just wanted to kind of go in there and freak it. So when we were picking producers, we wanted to go outside the box, so we picked these two young, up-and-coming producers from Los Angeles Nick [Nicholas ‘Ras’ Furlong] and Colin [‘Doc’ Brittain], and got in the studio with these guys. And, you know, they’re young — they’re, like, I guess in their late 20s, so they’re kind of like the younger bucks in the scene. And they were, like, ‘Yo, dude, we grew up on listening to P-ROACH, so we know what you guys are about. And let’s shake it up.’ And so we went in. We started cutting tracks and then I just started rapping on a bunch of the tracks again and kind of bringing some of that old-school sound back mixed with where we have evolved to as a band. And so it sounds like if our first album, [2000’s] ‘Infest’, had a baby with our third album, [2004’s] ‘Getting Away With Murder’, and had a baby in 2016.”

Asked about PAPA ROACH‘s musical and visual evolution since the band’s inception more than twenty years ago, Jacoby said: “I feel that’s just kind of [happened] organically. It’s, like, the image of the band and the style and the image that represents us is evolving, ’cause the style and the sound of our music has always been something that’s evolved. And so it’s just kind of a natural progression for the band. But this new record, in a way, just feels more ‘street,’ if that makes sense. It’s just grimy and it’s edgy and the story telling that I’m doing on this record is reflective of my youth, but then it’s also from my perspective now as a man in this world. So it’s a powerful record, man. And plus, there’s some walls that we broke down that we just got weird. You know, we were, like, ‘We wrote records back in the day when we just didn’t give a shit, when we weren’t thinking about just going, ‘All right, let’s write the next rock radio single.’ ‘Cause, you know, looking at music from that lens all the time, or, ‘Let’s write a hit,’ it just kind of makes things a little more stock. And so we wanted to freak the funk, and so we did, with different arrangements and instrumentation and all kinds of different things. It was a fun process.”

PAPA ROACH recorded the new album at Steakhouse studio in North Hollywood, California, which gave the band a whole different feel. Jacoby told the “Whiplash” radio show: “L.A. brought a whole different kind of gnarly, rugged street vibe out of our band. I think that’s kind of the thing that we lost over the course of our records…it’s like, ‘Go back and rediscover your struggle, homie. Rediscover what people are going through out on the street.'”

Shaddix added: “I do a lot of work out in the community back home, helping people in need and stuff like that, and I see that the struggle is real. We’re in North Hollywood, so it’s, like, gunshots are going off, and we’re, like, hanging outside the studio. Helicopters are flying over. And I’m, like, ‘This is where I need to be making a record.'”

Source: Blabbermouth

L.A. GUNS Guitarist TRACII GUNS: 'A Lot Of Herpes Got Spread Because Of Us'

Jacky BamBam of Philadelphia’s 93.3 WMMR radio station recently conducted an interview with L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns. You can now listen to the chat at using the audio player below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On whether he still keeps in touch with AC/DC after first touring with Angus Young and Co. nearly thirty years ago:

Tracii: “No, no, no. Not at all. They liked us enough to take us on tour twice. We did… I think it was ‘Fly On The Wall’, or whatever that album was. That was the first one, in ’88. Then we did the ‘Thunderstruck’ tour, and we hung out with them all the time. But it’s like that — when you tour with other bands, you get really close to them on the road, and then, when it’s over, it’s kind of like summer camp, you know what I mean? Everybody goes back to what they’re doing on their own, and you don’t really stay in touch. But they were definitely the nicest band I’ve ever toured with. I’ve toured wito so many bands, but they were the nicest, the most accommodating, the most supportive — just really good guys. Kind of a family-run business, too; that was what was really cool about it too. There wasn’t a bunch of agents around and bodyguards and stuff like that; they were just really, really down-to-earth guys.”

On whether Axl Rose was difficult to work with in the early days of GUNS N’ ROSES:

Tracii: “No. I loved it. There came a point in time where I don’t know exactly what was going on with him. I mean, I probably do, but it’s not important. It became really less about the music toward the end of when I was in the band and more about this kind of statement, this lifestyle, this kind of shoutout mentality — negative and positive. And I mean, that was cool, and he really found his calling; GUNS N’ ROSES became really Axl‘s voice, and we’ve seen that through the years. He can be really reclusive, but with GUNS N’ ROSES, being on stage and writing songs, he’s really able to express himself and really connect with millions and millions of people. And I’ve always been really supportive since I left, and I’m still supportive to this day. One of the happiest things I’ve ever seen in my life is seeing Axl singing for AC/DC. It’s just, like, ‘Wow, dude! You’re singing for AC/DC.’ It’s, like, ‘Wow!’ I mean, we started some great shit. I’m very proud of everything I’ve done, the people I’ve worked with and the ability to affect a whole culture of music. And a lot of herpes got spread because of us. [Laughs]”

On what happened to his BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION project with Nikki Sixx of MÖTLEY CRÜE:

Tracii: “Well, really, MÖTLEY CRÜE got back together, and I think that that was the right move, obviously, for Nikki. We thought that we were gonna be able to squeeze two records out, and it just didn’t happened. [He left] a year sooner than we thought, and kind of left me holding the bag there for a year. So I made another BRIDES record, we went out and toured, and then I had to figure out what the hell I was gonna do with my life after that. [But working with Nikki] was an amazing experience too, especially then. I was the biggest MÖTLEY CRÜE fan; I loved ‘Too Fast For Love’ and ‘Shout At The Devil’ — they were really influential records in my life. When the BRIDES played live, we would do a few songs from each of those records at the end. We’d do the BRIDES album, ’cause it was only eight songs, so that set was thirty minutes, and then we’d do a mini L.A. GUNS set and a mini MÖTLEY CRÜE set. When we played [U.K.’s] Donington, playing [MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s] ‘Live Wire’ in front of ten, fifteen thousand people — or way more than that; whatever it was — it was the biggest adrenaline rush I’ve ever had in my life. It was wild, man — so cool.”

As previously reported, Guns and L.A. GUNS singer Phil Lewis have inked a deal with Frontiers Music Srl for the release of a new L.A. GUNS album, tentatively due in June 2017.

After a nearly 15-year break, Lewis and Guns are back together for another chapter in their partnership that began in 1986, four years after Tracii formed L.A. GUNS in 1982.

Guns and Lewis began working on new music together again after playing periodic dates together — billed as “L.A. GUNSPhil Lewis and Tracii Guns” — around the tour schedule of the other long-running incarnation of L.A. GUNS, which Lewis continues to front.

Interview (audio):

Source: Blabbermouth

Original ENTOMBED Members To Be Joined By Ex-MORBUS CHRON Duo

Former MORBUS CHRON members Robert Andersson and Edvin Aftonfalk will join original ENTOMBED members Alex Hellid (guitar), Uffe Cederlund (guitar) and Nicke Andersson (drums; he is also Aftonfalk‘s half brother) to perform on the now-sold-out Close-Up Båten cruise, leaving Stockholm on board M/S Silija Galaxy on October 27. They will then play the latter band’s groundbreaking 1991 album, “Clandestine”, in its entirety at Malmö Live in Malmö, Sweden on November 12. Also appearing with them at the in Malmö gig will be Orvar Säfström, who sang on ENTOMBED‘s 1990 EP “Crawl”.

Sitting in first with conductor Josef Rhedin and the 100-plus member Malmö Symphony Orchestra for Thomas Von Wachenfeldt‘s arrangement of “Clandestine”, the band will perform “Clandestine” from front to back for the very first time. Hellid notes: “‘Clandestine’ is a complex beast. Revisiting it 25 years later is definitely something special.”

Decibel magazine inducted the album into its Hall Of Fame series in their December issue. Editor Albert Mudrian said “Clandestine” is “one of the greatest death metal records — Swedish or otherwise — of all time.”

BLABBERMOUTH.NET first announced the trio’s assemblage earlier this year. Since then, fans have questioned the possibility of new material from the death metal pioneers. Cederlund asserts: “We’re not going to do big world tours. Right now we have these two shows booked and we’re taking it from there. We have been re-recording old stuff to see how we sound today — and we like it. Time is flying faster as I get older and I would love to be part of a new ENTOMBED album. I’m open for it.”

Andersson notes: “We realized it’s been 25 years since ‘Clandestine’ first came out and we never properly performed it live. It’s about damn time! I wanted to be part of the earlier orchestra shows but schedules clashed. This time the stars aligned such that we can do both the eerie cinematic Christopher Young-style (‘Hellraiser’) set, where we sit in with the orchestra, and then the full-on original performance as a band. It’s an awesome way to celebrate.”

“Just getting into a room with Nicke and Uffe is exciting,” notes Hellid. “Getting back on stage will be amazing. We find profound joy in looking for, creating, and shaping ENTOMBED. It is an immense rush making all the bumps along the way well worth it.

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The ENTOMBED band that will perform on the Close-Up Båten cruise and in Malmö is not to be confused with ENTOMBED A.D., which features ENTOMBED vocalist Lars Göran Petrov alongside Olle Dahlstedt (drums), Nico Elgstrand (guitar) and Victor Brandt (bass).

Hellid and Petrov have been embroiled in a legal battle over the ENTOMBED name for several years. In 2014, Petrov was awarded the right to use the band name in connection with future recording and touring activities, a decision which Hellid appealed without success. The guitarist then went on to register a trademark for beverage production under the “Entombed” name. This move did not sit well with Hellid‘s former bandmate, who filed a letter of protest against Alex‘s registration of the name, claiming that it could be confused with band activities. He also said that Hellid acted in “bad faith” when he registered name and that there was a desire to “deceive the public.” Petrov‘s protest, however, found no favor with the Swedish Patent And Registration Office, which rejected his claims on the issue in a March 8 ruling.

ENTOMBED A.D.‘s second album, “Dead Dawn”, was released on February 26 via Century Media.

Source: Blabbermouth

Video Premiere: SONIC SYNDICATE's 'Confessions'

“Confessions”, the new video from Swedish/British modern metallers SONIC SYNDICATE, can be seen below. The song is the title track of the band’s fifth full-length studio album, which was released on October 14 via Despotz. The CD was recorded at Purple Skull Music with producer Kritoffer Folin and is said to be “the band’s most diverse and unique work to date.”

The “Confessions” video, directed by Bröderna Blom, features the band in a “live” situation with intercut scenes of people from carious walks of life, a female boxer, a model, a nun, a businessman and a young girl, amongst others, revealing and confessing their sins to the world.

Vocalist Nathan J. Biggs describes the song as “something we all have, and we all have to do. We’ve all got talents, and we’ve all got sins… Just believe in yourself, bare all, and stop wasting time. Then you’re not gonna have regrets. It’s also about being frustrated with people who make excuses and not the change they want to be. We’re all guilty of this, but ‘Confessions’ is a wake-up call to snap out of it.”

SONIC SYNDICATE kicks off a European tour on October 25 in Hamburg, Germany with AMARANTHE and SMASH INTO PIECES. The tour also makes stops in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy and Slovakia before wrapping up on November 20 at Simm City in Vienna, Austria.

Asked how the new CD compares to SONIC SYNDICATE‘s previous releases, Biggs recently said: “I think we always make a conscious effort to not repeat ourselves, definitely.”

Added Robin Sjunnesson: “And we say it all the time, but that’s how it is: we never repeat ourselves. Every album is like a new experiment for us. But this one is definitely a completely new sound.”

Continued Nathan: “This one’s unique in the fact that we literally haven’t decided anything or limited ourselves to anything. We have literally just gone from whatever the hell we wanna write, whatever feeling it is.”

Said Robin: “We wrote almost a completely full album, and we were kind of pretending, ‘Yeah, this is good. This is good.’ But you could feel it: ‘Nah, it’s not there. It’s not where we wanna take this.’ So we basically just trashed it.”

Nathan: “We got our own studio and we did pre-production, and we had at least ten finished songs. We liked some of them, and some of them were really heavy and really rocking, but we were just like, ‘It’s not quite there. It’s not good enough. Is this what we wanna do?’ And we scrapped the whole record. And then we literally just wrote from the heart, with no limitations on genre or anything.”

Robin: “Exactly. We kind of agreed: ‘Let’s just write whatever comes now.’ Like, ‘What’s on the fingertips? What do we wanna do right now?’ And I guess that’s also why the new album is… We all love it.”

Nathan: “I’ve never enoyed recording an album this much before — just pure fun from our side.”

Robin: “We’re trying out new stuff that we haven’t tried before, and that’s fun.”

SONIC SYNDICATE last year parted ways with longtime bassist Karin Axelsson and replaced her with Michel “Miche” Bärzén (DEGRADEAD).

Source: Blabbermouth