This week in Scrap Metal compiled by our local "Rivet Head" Gail Flug: Ozzy Confirms Plans; new music from Virgin Steele, Cradle Of Filth and Trixter; Interesting stuff about Iron Maiden; and what can be the strangest lawsuit of the year…
During a press conference in São Paulo, Brazil last week, Ozzy Osbourne confirmed that Black Sabbath will record one final album and do a farewell tour next year. He added that plans may change, as "We all live in different countries and some of them want to work and some of them don't want to, I believe. But we are going to do another tour together." Osbourne seems to concentrating on his solo band for now, as he just performed at the Monsters Of Rock festivals in South America and will do a month-long residency in Vegas around Halloween in a state-of-the-art interactive show called ‘Hell Gate.’ During the conference, the frontman also stated that he will continue his solo career once Sabbath is done. Meanwhile, VH1 has scrapped plans to revive the reality show "The Osbournes", which followed Ozzy and his family. No reason has been stated from the network, except that it just didn’t work out and they hope they can work with the family in the future.
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund raised over $48,000 at last week's Monsters Of Rock Caribbean cruise. The funds were raised with specific Dio events like Rock 'N Roll Bingo and Dine And Donate For Dio, the latter of which had participants pay for a private cooking demonstrations with musicians including Lita Ford, Billy Sheehan, Tom Keifer and members of Night Ranger, Black N’ Blue and Lillian Axe. There were also auctions for signed guitars and other rare memorabilia.
A few weeks ago we reported that Iron Maiden released nineteen albums from their catalog re-mastered for digital listening with a special technique with iTunes in mind. If you ever wondered how this is done, the band just posted an interesting behind-the-scenes video showing how they worked from the original analog sources and what had to be done to transfer and archive the early tapes.
Long Island’s own Virgin Steele have changed the title of their new album from "Hymns To Damnation" to "Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation". It will be released on June 23 with three different covers for each format; a standard 1CD version, 2CD digipak, and a 2LP gatefold version. Unlike their past few albums, this collection is not a concept album, yet all the tracks connect together with similar themes.
In a press statement, singer David DeFeis said of the new album: "Our new album, which is called 'Nocturnes Of Hellfire & Damnation', is not a concept album per se, but there is a through line that connects the tracks. The lyrics essentially deal with relationship issues, and by that I mean the connections between entities, as in all sorts of beings, not only human being, but also gods and goddesses, spirits, elements, or whatever, plus various creatures, animal, vegetable and or mineral, but largely the album is about connections between people. People and their belief systems, people and their gods or goddesses, people and their life philosophies and also the various substances we invest or inject into our daily or nightly rituals and our worldview, and all the complexities of what drives us, makes us who we are and takes us where we may or may not be going.
To sum it up, this album is about all the various ways in which humans can entangle themselves, or destroy themselves, so the album's title essentially encompasses what the vibe of the whole work is about.
The title relates to the album in the way that the title 'Noble Savage' or 'Age Of Consent' expressed each of those particular works. The title provides a framework and connective tissue, but each song is really its own thing.
Musically, the album is pretty heavy, high energy, often dark, at turns melancholy, and at turns aggressive or angry sounding. It does have that over-the-top bombastic heaviness that we are about, and the whole barbaric-romantic thing that we are known for.
The overarching theme that comes to mind when I think about the album or listen to it is passion… raw passion. There are big monolithic riffs, moody chord changes, 'classical' type bits, sort of bluesy moments.... It retains the Virgin Steele signature, but it adds new dimensions to it. In a strange way, it 'feels' to me like it could have been the album we might have made to follow up 'Noble Savage' had I been able to devote all my energies into the more bombastic or progressive side of my musical nature at that time, rather than trying to appease some of the other 'factions' around me who wanted some kind of a 'hit'...whatever that meant at the time.
So, to conclude, we have infused the recordings with all that we have gone through over these past months, every fiber of our being, and I think this album will be something our fans will really enjoy."
Cradle of Filth will release their 11th studio album, "Hammer of the Witches" on July 10, via Nuclear Blast. According to the band’s Facebook page, the album was written and recorded in the U.K.’s Witch County, in Suffolk at the reputedly haunted Grindstone Studios and it was named after the Malleus Maleficarum, a medieval document of guidelines regarding the persecution and torture of witches.
- “Walpurgis Eve”
- “Yours Immortally…”
- “Enshrined In Crematoria” “Deflowering The Maidenhead, Displeasuring The Goddess”
- “Blackest Magick In Practice”
- “The Monstrous Sabbat (Summoning The Coven)”
- “Hammer Of The Witches”
- “Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych”
- “The Vampyre At My Side”
- “Onward Christian Soldiers”
- “Blooding The Hounds Of Hell”
Great news for fans of Sixx: A.M – the side project of Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx. He tweeted last week that a new album and world tour are coming next year, indicating it may become his primary project once Crue bid farewell at the end of the year.
Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel is having more personal problems. Just weeks ago original singer Darren James Smith was replaced with Michael Beck, and now it seems Chas West, who in the past has fronted Bonham, Lynch Mob and Foreigner, will complete the remaining dates of their tour. They are not too lucky with bassists either; as we reported Greg Chaisson recently left the band, making Anthony Esposito their third bassist.
Trixter will release of a new studio album titled "Human Era", on June 9. It is the follow-up to their comeback album "New Audio Machine" released in 2012 with the original line-up.
"Human Era" track listing:
- Rockin' To The Edge Of The Night
- Crash That Party
- Not Like All The Rest
- For You
- Every Second Counts
- Beats Me Up
- Good Times Now
- Midnight In Your Eyes
- All Night Long
- Soul Of A Lovin' Man
- Human Era
- Always A Victim (acoustic version - bonus track iTunes)
- Road Of A Thousand Dreams (re-recorded version - bonus track iTunes)
Opeth will perform two very special U.S. performances to celebrate their 25th anniversary. The unique shows, dubbed "An Evening With Opeth", are set for October 22 at New York's Beacon Theater and October 24 at Los Angeles' Orpheum Theater and will see the band their 2005's acclaimed "Ghost Reveries" album in its entirety plus a second set of classics from their 25-year career.
GWAR has announced their “30 Years of Total World Domination Tour,” to celebrate three decades of music, stage blood and bodily fluids.
They released the following statement regarding the tour
"30 years have passed since GWAR awoke from the prison of their Antarctic slumber in 1985. Since that time, the band has used broadswords and guitars to shape the music and culture of mankind. 30 years later, the world sucks more than it ever has, and humans have GWAR to thank! Three decades of bloodlust, throttling the life from humanity, and perverting the human imagination have left no doubt that GWAR rules supreme!
What better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than with a spectacular victory lap bringing death and depravity to cities across America? GWAR’s “30 Years of Total Domination Tour” is a celebration of unimaginable torment. Expect more blood and bodily fluids than ever before as your Lords and Masters take on the newest threat to their very existence—the Internet! That’s right, GWAR is going to kick the Internet’s ass; if they can ever stop jerking off to porn long enough to find it. Pustulus is none too pleased about the situation, having this to say while "taking 5" from his weekly schedule of drawing dicks on bible pages...
I’ve survived prisons, gulags, religious protests, surfing a crucial wave on D-Day, and even an ISIS spaghetti dinner, so this is nothing. Bring it on! GWAR is coming!, Where is Baltimore?"
See dates at end of article
Meanwhile, the band are currently involved with a lawsuit with Dave Brockie’s father, who is accusing them of unauthorized use of the frontman’s image and stealing some of his son’s bass guitars, artwork and cremated remains. William Brockie, who is the administrator of his son's estate, filed the lawsuit earlier this month seeking $1 million in compensatory damages plus punitive damages for alleged breach of contract and the return of his son’s remains.
In a statement, GWAR claim that the frontman’s father did not want to be involved with any of his son’s final arrangements, and they paid for his cremation, two memorial services and a plot in Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery.
Their full statement is as follows:
We have not yet seen the actual lawsuit papers, and thus cannot comment on the substance of the lawsuit brought against GWAR by Dave Brockie's father, William Brockie, but we can say that the claims in the Style Weekly article are false. We did not steal Dave Brockie's ashes, or anything else that belonged to him. In fact, all of the items mentioned in the article, including Dave's ashes have been available to his attorneys for weeks. At all times, and under very trying circumstances, we have acted in good faith to honor the wishes of our dear friend. Dave left no will or instructions for final arrangements, and so we have done the best we could to honor what we believe Dave Brockie would have wanted.
The accusation concerning Dave's ashes is particularly troubling for us. Following Dave's passing, the first thing we did was notify his father, who signed over Dave's body so we could have him cremated. We were told by Dave's father that he did not want to be involved in making Dave's final arrangements. For this reason, Slave Pit assumed that responsibility, paying for his cremation, arranging two memorial services (one public and one private), and purchasing a plot for Dave in Richmond's famed Hollywood Cemetery. Dave's father did not attend either of the services held for his son in Richmond.
Over 30 years of working and living with Dave, several of us had heard him say that he wished for his ashes to be kept at Slave Pit, so he could "keep an eye on GWAR" while we worked. In the weeks following his death, we developed a plan for a memorial fund that would raise money to honor Dave's memory with a statue in Hollywood Cemetery and work to continue his passionate support of the arts. We felt strongly that a portion of his remains should live at the site of his proposed monument in Hollywood Cemetery. When William Brockie later approached us, we released a portion of the ashes at his request, so he could spread them in the location where Dave's brother and mother's ashes were dispersed.
Concerning the other allegations in the article, there was certainly no effort on the part of anyone in GWAR, including drummer Brad Roberts, to steal or hide Dave's belongings and personal effects either from his home or office. Dave, like the rest of GWAR, was paid upfront for his final leg of touring with GWAR. The claim that we failed to pay his share of royalties from Slave Pit Inc. is false, and we have the records to prove that. We have been in correspondence with William Brockie and his lawyers for months. They have access to the band's financial records, and Dave's payments and share of royalties are clearly recorded. Likewise, William Brockie's attorneys have an itemized list of the small collection of Dave's art and belongings at Slave Pit. There was never an attempt on the part of Slave Pit to withhold these items from William Brockie. When his attorneys finally identified the particular things they wanted, we made arrangements to return them immediately. Dave's remains, as well as his belongings, including the instruments and the gold record mentioned in the article were given to our lawyers, who in turn notified the Brockie estate that they could retrieve them weeks ago.
The Dave Brockie Fund did indeed raise money toward our initial goal of building a monument to Dave in Hollywood Cemetery. Unfortunately, its mission has been put on hold because William Brockie's attorneys claim that the Brockie estate should have control of the Dave Brockie Fund and the money contained therein. If we are ultimately unable to use the funds for the purpose for which they are raised, the funds will be returned to all contributing donors.
Finally, our manager, Jack Flanagan has been unjustly accused of signing a bogus release. At the request of our attorneys, he signed some paperwork to make his position clear on what he thought Dave would have wanted, which is something that the law of Virginia specifically asks for, given Jack's relationship with the band and with Dave. There is nothing bogus about this.
Dave Brockie was our friend, peer, co-worker, and our family. We want to preserve the legacy of one of the greatest singers in rock and roll history. There is no "conspiracy," no bad faith, no theft, no graft, and no ill will. We trust our fans will see through this, and we will be able to get back to work on the one thing we all know Dave Brockie loved; GWAR
"Immediately after Dave Brockie's death, the remaining active members of GWAR … set out on a course of action to capitalize on the death of Dave Brockie," the lawsuit reads.
The most shocking part of the lawsuit is that Dave's father claims the band stole the younger Brockie's remains. According to the court documents, Dave's cremated remains is under lock and key at the Slave Pit headquarters. Dave once lived with the band at the compound in Richmond, so this is a very delicate situation to say the least.
- Aug. 25 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theater
- Aug. 27 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly's
- Aug. 28 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theater
- Aug. 30 - Lawrence, KS - Granada
- Aug. 31 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
- Sep. 01 - San Antonio, TX - Kapones
- Sep. 02 - Baton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theater
- Sep. 03 - Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen
- Sep. 04 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City
- Sep. 05 - New Albany, IN - Rustic Frog - Befuddled Fest
- Sep. 06 - Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggys
- Sep. 08 - Wilmington, NC - Ziggys By the Sea
- Sep. 09 - Jacksonville, FL - Freebird Live
- Sep. 10 - Chattanooga, TN - Track 29
- Sep. 11 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
- Sep. 14 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
- Sep. 15 - So. Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
- Sep. 16 - Reading, PA - Reverb
- Sep. 17 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
- Sep. 18 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
Duff McKagan has recorded a three-song EP to be released in conjunction to his forthcoming book How To Be a Man (and Other Illusions). The disc features special guests including Izzy Stradlin, Alice in Chains‘ Jerry Cantrell, Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga and Burden Brothers drummer Taz Bentley. As we have reported, the book comes out on May 12, and is based around his years of experience with advice on relationships to travel tips. He will be doing a book signing at Book Revue in Huntington on May 13th.