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  • BEHEMOTH's NERGAL And Original VENOM Guitarist MANTAS Team Up For Quarantine Cover Of 'Satanachist'
    on May 24, 2020 at 09:16

    Founding VENOM guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn recently teamed up with BEHEMOTH frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski to perform a quarantine version of the VENOM classic "Satanachist". Check out the clip below. Nergal shared the video on his Instagram page, writing in an accompanying message: "That came out spontaneous...just to have some fun and kill the time during quarantine. But to me, as a big VENOM devotee, it's a fan boy moment. "Thank you Jeff Dunn aka Mantas for involving me, means a lot! "Ladies and gets, from the very depths of hell... one of my all time favorite VENOM songs 'Satanachist'! "PS. Shout out to Haldor Grunberg for making all this possible in his home studio... plus thanx for backing vocals! "PS.2 becoz this riff sounds almost EXACTLY the same as BURZUM's 'War' I used the same opening scream 'This is... war' just like Varg did... just to build the link and show who inspired who..." The original version of "Satanachist" appears on VENOM's fourth album, 1985's "Possessed". Back in August 2015, Nergal joined VENOM on stage t at the Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival in Kortrijk, Belgium to perform the VENOM song "In League With Satan". Nergal previously teamed up with VENOM frontman Conrad "Cronos" Lant, Jeff Waters of ANNIHILATOR, Mike Sifringer of DESTRUCTION and Florian "Specki T.D." Speckardt of IN EXTREMO on stage to perform a cover version of the MOTÖRHEAD classic "Ace Of Spades" during the infamous all-star jam aboard the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise in January 2015. Nergal stated at the time: "Out of all the bullshit preaching by Christians, one is true: miracles DO happen! "I remember when I was 8-9 year old kid, I'd be coming back home and instead of reading books, I would crank up [VENOM's] 'Bloodlust' real loud and do air guitar in front of the mirror. "It took me 30 years to stand next to Cronos on the same stage covering MOTÖRHEAD! "Yes, I am living my dream… And these words sooo defining my whole life: 'if you like to gamble, I'm your man, you win some, you lose some, it's all the same to me…" SATANARCHIST . . Demonic Mix Posted by Jeff Dunn on Saturday, May 23, 2020 View this post on Instagram That came out spontaneous...just to have some fun and kill the time during quarantine. But to me, as a big Venom devotee, it’s a fan boy moment. Thank you Jeff Dunn aka Mantas for involving me, means a lot! Ladies and gets, from the very depths of hell... one of my all time favorite Venom songs “Satanachist”!?? PS. Shout out to Haldor Grunberg for making all this possible in his home studio... plus thanx for backing vocals!??? PS.2 becoz this riff sounds almost EXACTLY the same as Burzum’s “War” I used the same opening scream “This is... war” just like Varg did?... just to build the link and show who inspired who...? @satanicaudio @venom_inc A post shared by Adam Nergal Darski (@nergal69) on May 24, 2020 at 12:49am PDT

  • JOURNEY Announces New Bassist And Drummer
    on May 24, 2020 at 02:18

    JOURNEY has announced the addition of bassist Randy Jackson and drummer Narada Michael Walden to the group's ranks. The new JOURNEY lineup performed a socially distanced version of "Don't Stop Believin'" for UNICEF USA's virtual event "UNICEF We Won't Stop", which aired Saturday night (May 23) on MSNBC. Also appearing with the band was keyboardist and vocalist Jason Derlatka. Jackson is no stranger to JOURNEY, having previously played with the band from 1985 to 1987 and appeared on 1986's "Raised On Radio" album. Walden is a Grammy-winning musician and producer who has previously worked with the likes of Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Aretha Franklin. He was honored with Grammy Awards for "Producer Of The Year" in 1987, "Album Of The Year" for the movie soundtrack "The Bodyguard" and the "R&B Song Of The Year" for Franklin's "Freeway Of Love". He has also worked with Jeff Beck, THE TEMPTATIONS, Regina Belle, Lionel Richie and Elton John, among many others. On March 3, JOURNEY's founding member and guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Jonathan Cain filed a lawsuit against bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith, who have been members of JOURNEY on and off since the band formed in 1973, claiming the two attempted a "coup" in order to gain control of the JOURNEY trademark. The suit, which seeks more than $10 million in damages, accuses Smith and Valory of holding an "improper" shareholder and board of directors meetings in February during which they ousted Cain and Schon from leadership posts at Nightmare Productions under the "incorrect" assumption that the company held the rights to the JOURNEY name. A month later, Valory countersued Schon and Cain, accusing them of a breach of contract and of causing him emotional distress. He's seeking "past and future compensatory damages." He's also asking a judge to determine who has rights to the JOURNEY band name. Earlier this month, JOURNEY canceled its previously announced 2020 North American tour due to the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe. The 60-date trek with THE PRETENDERS was supposed to kick off May 15 in Ridgefield, Washington. Photo credit: Robert Knight and Maryanne Bilham View this post on Instagram Ok Friends word is out ! @randyjackson RJ the Big Dawg is our new Bass player again ??? A post shared by Neal Schon Music (@nealschon) on May 23, 2020 at 8:15pm PDT View this post on Instagram Word is out ! @officialnarada Narada Michael Walden is our new Drummer! Multi talented song writer Producer / Mahavishnu orchestra ???? The J Boyz will have a new Strut ??? thank you for your love and help my LadyM ? A post shared by Neal Schon Music (@nealschon) on May 23, 2020 at 8:19pm PDT

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