• Fractures - DAKESIS
    on March 28, 2020 at 20:33

    It's easy to be blown away by the bombastic, big-budget efforts of bands like NIGHTWISH and BLIND GUARDIAN, but there is an equal amount of magic and joy to be found in records like this. DAKESIS are much-loved stalwarts of the UK heavy metal underground and one of the few bands from the country that truly grasp what makes music this overblown so irresistible in the first place. They are also from Birmingham, which means that extra metal points are awarded as standard. Exhibiting a marked progression from 2016's "The New Dawn", this is both DAKESIS's best sounding record to date and their strongest batch of material. The former of those qualities is not to be understated: there are a lot of fairly terrible sounding power and symphonic metal albums out there, despite technology's helping hand, but "Fractures" has the sonic warmth, depth and punch to belie its creators' grassroots stature. It sounds big, bold and dynamic. Meanwhile, within a subgenre that has a tendency to produce multiple versions of exactly the same thing, songs like "Ends of Time, Part 2", and "Hold Forever" serve up a fizzy and distinctive hybrid, encompassing all manner of extreme and progressive tropes while hammering home those all-important, dark, theatrical melodies. We're firmly in cosmic fantasy territory here, and vocalist/keyboardist Gemma Lawler's rich tone and classy harmonies sell every starry-eyed lyrical conceit, but there's an underlying heft and groove to heavier parts, too: a grit that nods to old-school prog metal, or even the blitzed-out cosmic clatter of BAL-SAGOTH. When they do go for the melodic jugular, most potently on the speed metal Disney of "Kairos" and genuinely stunning single "Surrender Your Fears", the Brits' melodramatic instincts are ruthless, and the hooks are lethal. And as much as 'epic' is an overused word, the closing, 15-minute title track takes this hugely inventive band into unprecedented territory, as they reveal yet more layers of depth while remaining resolutely, joyously over the top and lost in a magical world where heavy metal always rules. Which, as you know, it actually does.

  • FAITH NO MORE Keyboardist RODDY BOTTUM: 'Make Music, Read, Be Creative And Love As Hard As You Can'
    on March 28, 2020 at 20:23

    FAITH NO MORE keyboardist Roddy Bottum has urged his fans to read and be creative while they are at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier today (Saturday, March 28), Bottum took to his Twitter to write: "How are you, my people. Love to each and every one of yous. We breathe, we persevere and we get through this together. Day by day. Big big big big love, xo. "I feel bittersweet about fleeing NYC. I drove across the country being super dooper safe with the man. We made hand sanitizer in Tulsa and applied it every step of the way. Keep doing that and don't touch your faces! "The self isolating is real, people. I've been isolated for almost three weeks. Make music, read, be creative and love as hard as you can. Let's share stuff. I'm creating and will share soon. "In the meantime, check this out.... I made a record with my French friends, HIFIKLUB. Our record comes out in a while, it's called Things That We Lost in the Fire. Here's a song from it called David Says. It's a song about David Wojnarowicz." By the end of this week, more than 50% of the U.S. population will be officially urged to stay home as the country grapples with the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus. The governors of 24 states have issued orders shutting down most businesses. There have been more than 660,000 confirmed cases and more than 30,000 deaths so far worldwide, putting public health systems and emergency services under immense pressure. Last November, FAITH NO MORE announced its first live performances in half a decade. Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, FAITH NO MORE was supposed to return to the road in the spring, five years after the release of the group's acclaimed reunion album, "Sol Invictus". How are you, my people. Love to each and every one of yous. We breathe, we persevere and we get through this together. Day by day. Big big big big love, xo. — Roddy Bottum (@roddybottum) March 28, 2020 I feel bittersweet about fleeing NYC. I drove across the country being super dooper safe with the man. We made hand sanitizer in Tulsa and applied it every step of the way. Keep doing that and don't touch your faces! — Roddy Bottum (@roddybottum) March 28, 2020 The self isolating is real, people. I've been isolated for almost three weeks. Make music, read, be creative and love as hard as you can. Let's share stuff. I'm creating and will share soon. — Roddy Bottum (@roddybottum) March 28, 2020 In the meantime, check this out.... I made a record with my French friends, Hifiklub. Our record comes out in a while, it's called Things That We Lost in the Fire. Here's a song from it called David Says: It's a song about David Wojnarowicz. — Roddy Bottum (@roddybottum) March 28, 2020

  • Video: RITCHIE BLACKMORE And CANDICE NIGHT Cover JOAN BAEZ's 'Diamonds & Rust'
    on March 28, 2020 at 19:48

    Legendary DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and his wife, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Candice Night, have uploaded a video of them performing an acoustic version of the JOAN BAEZ classic "Diamonds & Rust" (later famously covered by JUDAS PRIEST). The clip, which was apparently filmed at Ritchie and Candice's home on Long Island, New York, near Port Jefferson, can be seen below. In a message accompanying the video, Candice wrote: "Live from Minstrel Hall. This quarantine has inspired us to revisit an old favorite and rework it a bit. What else is there to do while inside? Diamonds and Rust becomes Vacuum and Dust. Thank you Mr Coverdale for inspiration! Stay safe, stay healthy, stay indoors and stay sane!" Ritchie and Candice have been married for more than 10 years but have been together for more than 30. Asked in a 2018 interview with Metal Rules about the secret to their enduring personal relationship and partnership in BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, Candice said: "Ritchie is an amazing enigma and can get inspiration from 'friction.' [Laughs] He can step on stage and not enjoy the people around him even though he had played with them for many years. After a while, egos got involved and everyone was traveling in different limos and only saw each other when they went on stage. Decades before, they would have all hung out and gone out to dinner then slept on each other's floor. That bond is what made it so magical in the beginning. Then success came, people get torn in different directions, and personal relationships started to deteriorate. It never got dealt with, so it just festered. He wrote some amazing things during those difficult times. "When Ritchie and I are together, we found that we have a great form of communication, which I think is key," she continued. "If there is an issue or problem, we are going to hash it out. There are going to be times when we need time away from each together as well. There have been times on the road where we have been so angry at each other that we needed to get separate rooms so I could have a night by myself to chill out. "When you are touring, traveling and performing with somebody, you are living and breathing them 24/7," Candice added. "We have respect and understanding for each other. I don't think he really had that with other bandmembers, but for us, it seems to work. I like the way we work together on a professional and creative basis where he will come up with the music, and he gives me free rein on the lyrics; once we have established a melody. The music he creates paints pictures in my head and has a storyline. I think you have to listen to what the music is trying to tell you. I translate what his music is saying. When we put the music and lyric together, we have the perfect marriage. We never step on each other's toes. As we have a mutual admiration for each other." BLACKMORE'S NIGHT plays "Renaissance music," or "medieval music," with most of the tunes featuring lyrics conjured by Night and melodies crafted by Blackmore. Blackmore is a co-founder of DEEP PURPLE and wrote many of their most memorable riffs, including "Smoke On The Water", but he has not played with the group since his 1993 departure. DEEP PURPLE drummer Ian Paice said in a 2017 interview that there was "no point" for the band to consider a reunion with Blackmore, explaining that he wouldn't be able to guarantee that every day with the notoriously moody guitarist would be fun. Live from Minstrel Hall. This quarantine has inspired us to revisit an old favorite and rework it a bit. What else is there to do while inside? Diamonds and Rust becomes Vacuum and Dust. Thank you Mr Coverdale for inspiration! Stay safe, stay healthy, stay indoors and stay sane! Posted by Blackmores Night (Official Site) on Saturday, March 28, 2020

  • JAMES HETFIELD, KIRK HAMMETT And JOHN PETRUCCI Featured In New Video Celebrating MESA/BOOGIE' 50th Anniversary
    on March 28, 2020 at 19:26

    James Hetfield (METALLICA), Kirk Hammett (METALLICA) and John Petrucci (DREAM THEATER) are among the guitar greats who reflect on their first encounter with Mesa/Boogie's Mark I guitar amp in a new seven-minute video celebrating Mesa/Boogie's 50th anniversary. Founder and president Randall Smith offers his perspective on the impact of his landmark discovery, the cascading high gain preamp and the contribution the Mark I became to guitar amplification. Randall also shares the passion that drove him on to continuing refinement throughout the Mark II's evolution during the 1980s. From the early inspiration and beginnings in the late '60s and early '70s, through the "Big 80s" and guitar culture sea change of the '90s, up through the new Millennium and today, Randall and his team of fiercely passionate "bandmates," as he calls them, have contributed every major feature found on modern amplifiers and a universe of iconic tone to the sound of the electric guitar, changing it forever. From inventing the pivotal high gain preamp in the first Mark Is, to footswitchable modes and effects loops in the Mark IIs, to multi-channel/multi-mode preamps in the Mark IIIs, IVs and Vs and dual rectifiers, to the several patented tunable tube power, wiring and operating class configurations found throughout, the innovation and pioneering spirit has remained at the forefront of the small Northern California company's ethic.

  • Original RIOT Guitarist LOU 'L.A.' KOUVARIS Dies At 66
    on March 28, 2020 at 18:55

    Original RIOT guitarist Lou "L.A." Kouvaris has passed away. He was 66 years old. No cause of death has been revealed, but RIOT's manager Giles Lavery said Lou developed symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, over a week ago. Kouvaris's passing was confirmed by RIOT, who wrote on social media: "Lou (LA) Kouvaris (RIP). RIOT has lost another brother. Lou played on the very 1st RIOT record 'Rock City' and performed with the current lineup many times as we are Family. We are saddened by his passing and continue in his and the RIOT family honor! Rest in Power Lou! Now start working on music with Guy Mark and Rhett! Shine on Warrior!" Born in Piraeus, Greece, Kouvaris — along with singer Guy Speranza and guitarist Mark Reale — penned several of RIOT's anthem-style songs on both the band's debut album, 1977's "Rock City" and 1979's "Narita", which took Japan and Europe by storm. Lou had shared the stage and toured with JOURNEY, TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS, Neil Young and Rick Derringer, to name a few. In 1979, he recorded for THE VILLAGE PEOPLE as a studio guitarist for Jacques Morali of Can't Stop Productions. Last year, Kouvaris joined forces with another ex-RIOT guitarist, Rick Ventura, to form RIOT ACT. RIOT ACT's setlist focused on the first three albums: "Rock City", "Narita" and "Fire Down Under" (1981). Kouvaris is not the first member of the original RIOT to pass away. Eight years ago, RIOT's founding guitarist Mark Reale died due to complications of Crohn's disease — an ailment he had battled for most of his life. RIOT's original singer Guy Speranza died on November 8, 2003 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Often regarded as the best RIOT vocalist, he sang on the group's first three full-length albums before being replaced by Rhett Forrester. Forrester himself left in the mid-'80s to pursue a solo career, only to be murdered on January 22, 1994 in Atlanta. Lou (LA) Kouvaris (RIP) RIOT has lost another brother. Lou played on the very 1st Riot record "Rock City" and performed... Posted by Riot on Saturday, March 28, 2020

  • LIPS On ANVIL's Original Rhythm Guitarist: 'He's Sitting At Home On His Couch Wishing He Was Me'
    on March 28, 2020 at 16:23

    In a new interview with Metal Underground, ANVIL frontman Steve "Lips" Kudlow spoke about how he and his bandmates have retained an uncompromising attitude throughout their 40-year-plus existence, at times drastically limiting their commercial appeal. "Whatever fame and whatever success we've had has been completely on our own terms," he said (hear audio below). "It's not because we gave in to some record executive, a cigar-smoking asshole who wants us to become a pop band. It was never gonna happen." When the interviewer pointed out to Lips that even a band like British heavy metal veterans RAVEN released one or two albums in the mid-1980s that saw them being pressured into adopting a more commercial sound, he said: "Well, that's what they claim. That's what they claim — and so does SAXON. And I guess I could claim it too, but I have a different thing to claim. You do it because you wanna do it, not because you're asked to do it or that you're told to do it, or demanded of. You do it because you think that that's what you need to do. And that's a big mistake that many, many bands make. And it depends on how far you go. "In the particular case with ANVIL, we had an album called 'Strength Of Steel' [1987], which is about the closest you could probably say that we ever came to trying to even attempt to go in that direction," he continued. "Were we pressured into doing it? No, [it was] self-applied pressure. And I was up against a mutiny. It was against my wishes and my better judgment to go in that direction, and I fought it tooth, fang and claw, against it. And in doing so, it didn't go as far as it would have gone, could have gone in that direction. In other words, it could have really wrecked us. And I knew better — I knew better. And that's why [quoting 'Mad Dog' Lyrics] 'Looking for a bitch in heat / begging for a doggy treat,' lyrics like that certainly keeps you off the radio and keeps you from being a pop band. So, even though we might have had the song, we certainly didn't have the lyric. "It was through that era — all the bands watching BON JOVI figured, 'That's what we've gotta do,'" he explained. "And it's, like, 'No, that's what BON JOVI did. That's not what you've gotta do.' And there's an endless list of bands. We can talk about Y&T — one of the greatest American innovative bands, one of the very first hard rock/metal bands in America that were — now we can say 'forced'… I don't say they were forced. And that's why members of the band decided to leave, because they couldn't live with the decisions that they made trying to do that. And then it didn't succeed, after they let everyone ream them. And then it still didn't pan out. Then they get so frustrated, they leave. I get it. That's why you don't do that. That's a major lesson in why you don't sell out — because at the end of the day, you're gonna really hate yourself for doing it. "The guy in our band that was most adamant about becoming that way was our original rhythm guitar player," apparently referring to Dave Allison, who was in the group from its inception in 1978 until 1989. "At the end of the day, it took its toll. He's long gone. His dreams of ANVIL becoming BON JOVI ended after 'Strength Of Steel', really. And then we put out 'Pound For Pound' [1988], which was a way, way heavier album, and then he left the band after it. 'Cause he knew wearing makeup and dressing like a girl and putting on makeup and fucking pretending that you're a fucking poser, it's not gonna work out. 'Lips is a fucking maniac. He wants to be heavy. And it's not gonna be BON JOVI. I quit.' "I never look back," Lips added. "He's looking back. He's looking back real hard and long now — with his COPD [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease] problems from smoking… [He's] been out of the business for 40 years now. While I'm having the time of my life, he's sitting at home on his couch wishing he was me." ANVIL's latest album, "Legal At Last", was released in February via AFM Records. A Toronto-based group, ANVIL was formed in 1978 by childhood friends, Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner. Both came from Jewish families and had been playing music together since their teens. ANVIL is considered to have been an influence on many metal bands, including METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX. Though initially a four-piece band, ANVIL's current lineup includes Kudlow, Reiner and bassist Chris Robertson. ANVIL gained popularity and new fans since the 2008 theatrical documentary, "Anvil: The Story Of Anvil", which is currently available on Netflix.

  • MINISTRY Is Recording New Album
    on March 28, 2020 at 14:50

    Industrial metal pioneers MINISTRY have entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up to 2018's "AmeriKKKant" album. On Friday, the MINISTRY social media was updated with a photo of mainman Al Jourgensen sitting in front of a studio console while wearing a gas mask. The picture was captioned: "Until further notice…we'll be quarantined in the studio making a new record." Jourgensen originally floated the idea of making a new MINISTRY album in a November 2018 interview with Consequence Of Sound. He stated at the time: "I have a studio in my house that is currently under construction to make it ready for next year. So when I go back, we'll go right into production on a new MINISTRY record and just record for, like, the next six months — very similar to what we did for [1988's] '[The Land Of] Rape And Honey' — and just record a bunch." Released in March 2018, "AmeriKKKa" was produced by Jourgensen and was recorded at Caribou Studios in Burbank, California. The LP's opening track, "I Know Words", saw Jourgensen taking aim at President Donald Trump and sampling one of his speeches, pairing it with dissonant sounding strings, turntable scratches and stuttering electronic beats. Asked by the Cleveland Scene if he secretly hoped Trump will win a second term so he can continue to make albums like "AmeriKKKa", Al said: "Dude, if I said yes to that, that would make me as much of narcissist and psychopath as Donald Trump himself. No! I hope to never do anything record like that. I hope I make the shittiest record of all time, and I hope we take back at the House and Senate, and I can slink off to my vegan enclave and be happy until the end of my life." He continued: "I don't need to do another record, but I feel compelled to do records. I didn't have a MINISTRY record planned when Trump won. It's like a calling, starting with Reagan and Bush Senior. They just piss me off. I don't understand why we're arguing over issues that go back to the 1860s. We're ready for another Civil War. It's the same set of issues. I can't believe we're still talking about Roe v. Wade like it's a current issue. I don't understand why society doesn't progress. Technology sure progresses, but society doesn't. It bamboozles me and freaks me out. That's why I have to throw my hat in the ring and at least say something about it." Last year, MINISTRY recruited former TOOL member Paul D'Amour as its new bassist. A founding member of TOOL, D'Amour played on the band's classic albums "Opiate" and "Undertow" and recorded some of the early demos for 1995's "Aenima" before leaving due to personal differences and being replaced by Justin Chancellor. Until further notice…we’ll be quarantined in the studio making a new record. ? #MinistryBand #WeAreMinistry #Ministry #AlJourgensen #InTheStudio #Quarantine #StayTuned Posted by Ministry on Friday, March 27, 2020

  • TOBIAS SAMMET Continues Work On New AVANTASIA Album, Says EDGUY Is 'On Hiatus'
    on March 28, 2020 at 14:30

    Tobias Sammet says that he is working on a new album from his AVANTASIA project. The disc will be the follow-up to "Moonglow", which came out last year. In addition, the German singer and songwriter has revealed that his long-running band EDGUY is currently "on hiatus." Sammet broke the news of his recording plans in a social media post earlier today. He wrote: "Friends, some of you have been wondering about EDGUY recently, and what I am up to next, when a new AVANTASIA album is due etc. Well, who knows what's gonna happen exactly these days and forthcoming months. First priority for all of us should be to be healthy and safe. That's all that counts right now! "But you asked a couple of things, and I feel I have the time right now to set a few things straight: "I have been working on a new AVANTASIA record for a while now, and not on a new EDGUY record because that's what feels right to me. It's a compliment, whenever I write an album for EDGUY people ask for AVANTASIA and vice versa. But as an artist you have a feeling about what you want to, what you're driven to do next, that inner longing is your fuel and drive, and anyone who has recently written a couple of heartfelt albums will agree with me. Ideas have to be done a certain way, and in my case if there wasn't AVANTASIA, I'd have to invent it. "Sascha [Paeth, guitarist/producer] and I have started working on great ideas some time ago, and for me in art there is my way or no way, and I owe you and me that honest self determination. "EDGUY has been on hiatus for a while as you all realized. Yes, it's been a while since we were out, and nothing is in the pipeline currently but we're all doing our own stuff, at least up until this mean virus stopped big parts of everyday life all over the world. "The situation is, [2014's] 'Space Police' was a great album, but it felt extremely exhausting to put together and make it the great album that I was satisfied with. It's not unusual I assume, nearly 3 decades in a band, when you deliver like a clockwork, bands should be granted to run out of mutual agreement and then take a break as opposed to delivering something for the sake of putting their logo on something. "Besides, I can't split myself in two. EDGUY has always been my love, and in early 1999 I started my second love — AVANTASIA. You know, I also have ideas for a solo project I so desperately would love to do, but I don't wanna get lost in too many things at once. Besides, being 42, having written 18 albums, being a family father and a prisoner in isolation (currently, no fishing for sympathy here, we all are) — I just don't want to continue to deliver like a machine according to expectations. It's impossible. "So, when is the new AVANTASIA album ready? I have no idea! Who knows what the future holds, I will continue to work on my stuff and then see what comes out, and when. "I wish you all strength and hope and light in these troubled times, I am fully aware there are more important things in life than the question about which of his two bands a musician is going to release an album with. It's completely unimportant in the big picture, looking at what the world is going through right now, so let's not take little things too seriously. But you asked and I wanted to answer instead of reading and responding to individual comments. It's easier that way. "Be safe, I love you, Tobias" "Moonglow" was released in February 2019 via Nuclear Blast. The album debuted at No. 1 in Germany and also cracked the Top 10 in Sweden, Switzerland, Austria and Spain. "Moonglow" featured guest apppearances by Geoff Tate (QUEENSRŸCHE), Ronnie Atkins (PRETTY MAIDS), Jørn Lande (MASTERPLAN), Eric Martin (MR. BIG), Michael Kiske (HELLOWEEN), Bob Catley (MAGNUM), Candice Night (BLACKMORE'S NIGHT), Hansi Kürsch (BLIND GUARDIAN) and Mille Petrozza (KREATOR). Friends, some of you have been wondering about Edguy recently, and what I am up to next, when a new Avantasia album is... Posted by Avantasia on Saturday, March 28, 2020

  • GUS G.: 'I Never Got That Chance To Sit Down And Properly Write An Album With' OZZY OSBOURNE
    on March 28, 2020 at 14:04

    Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., who joined Ozzy Osbourne's band more than a decade ago, was asked in a new interview with Canada's The Metal Voice is he is "sick and tired" of answering questions about his time with the legendary BLACK SABBATH singer. He responded (see video below): "No. I'm not, actually. If someone remembers me from that time, it's good. This was the biggest gig I ever did, so how can I be sick of that? I'm proud that I was part of Ozzy's musical history, even though I have a small page there in the book. But I'm very proud of that. I'm not sick of that. So I don't care. I talk about it when people ask me about it. It's something that I'm very proud of that I got to do in my life." Asked if he has heard Ozzy's latest studio album, "Ordinary Man", which features producer Andrew Watt on guitar, Gus said: "I checked it out when it came out, of course, and I checked out the singles as he was releasing them. I have to say that I like it. First of all, I wanna say that I'm happy that I see him kind of recovering and also being creative in his downtime. This was very nice to see that. I thought the production was cool — it was very stripped down, I thought; kind of back-to-basics type of production, but still very big and clear. I think there's some really good songs on that record. 'Under The Graveyard', I think that's a really big song." Gus, who played on Ozzy's 2010 album "Scream", said that he didn't get an opportunity to compose any music with the iconic heavy metal vocalist. "I think it would have been nice to write something from scratch with him," he said. "I never got that chance to sit down and properly write an album. But you have to also understand Ozzy Osbourne, the solo artist, is not what it was in the '80s where he had a band. Now he writes with different people and tries out different things, and I get it. He collaborates with a lot of producers, and that's cool. I always take the best out of each situation. I mean, I played on one of his albums, one of the studio albums. How cool is that, that it ever happened?" It was announced in April 2017 that guitarist Zakk Wylde would be rejoining Ozzy's backing group for all his future solo show dates. Osbourne's touring lineup also includes Rob "Blasko" Nicholson on bass, Tommy Clufetos on drums and Adam Wakeman on keyboards. Wylde originally joined Osbourne's band more three decades ago and backed the legendary frontman from 1987 to 1995, then again in 1998, from 2001 to 2004 and also from 2006 to 2009. Gus G Interview live w/ Guitar Q & A, Ozzy, New Firewind Album Gus G Interview live w/ Guitar Q & A, Ozzy, New Firewind Album Posted by Jimmy Kay on Friday, March 27, 2020

  • PHIL DEMMEL Says He Is 'Proud' Of His Contributions To MACHINE HEAD's 'The Blackening' Album
    on March 28, 2020 at 12:43

    On the 13th anniversary of the release of MACHINE HEAD's "The Blackening" album, frontman Robb Flynn hopped on Facebook Live to stream an impromptu guitar run-through of some of the LP's deeper cuts. Check out video footage below. In a March 26 e-mail blast to its mailing list, MACHINE HEAD stated the following, in part, about "The Blackening": "While ex-guitarist [Phil] Demmel is often viewed in the media as the savior of the band, 85% of the material on 'The Blackening' was written by drummer Dave McClain and guitarist Robb Flynn, with Robb playing all guitars on the album, including rhythm, lead, all intros, harmonies, and all dueling lead guitar harmonies. McClain wrote the main riff in 'Halo' and Robb wrote all of 'Aesthetics Of Hate'." That same day, Demmel took to his Twitter to apparently address MACHINE HEAD's characterization of his involvement with the record, writing: "13 years ago. Proud of this record and my contributions. 'Beautiful Mourning', 'Slanderous', 'Now I Lay Thee Down' and 'Farewell To Arms' simply do not happen without them. Thanks for all the kind words and continued support from all the Head cases." When one fan on Twitter told Demmel, "Sad that the email sent out to the mailing list tried to downplay your contributions. That record wouldn't have been what it is without the entire band at the time.", he responded: "Yeah, right? Sometimes ALL of the glory isn't enough." Demmel announced his exit from MACHINE HEAD in October 2018, explaining at the time that he wanted "to step away and do something else musically." Phil, who first played with Robb in VIO-LENCE in the late 1980s and early 1990s, went on to complete the Flynn-fronted act's "Freaks & Zeroes Tour" before officially leaving the band. Last year, Demmel told the "In The Pitts Of Metal And Motor Chaos" podcast that MACHINE HEAD ended up becoming a Flynn solo project toward the end of his time with the group. "We weren't a band," he said. "That was Robb's trip, and we were basically just being told what was gonna happen… Everything had changed over time. Shit, we were together for 16 years and stuff changes after that. It's been the band that he started. So things shift, and as they weren't what we agreed to or what we wanted to be a part of, [McClain and I] just left. So we do our own thing, and he does his thing." Demmel also said that the musical side of MACHINE HEAD took a sharp turn for the worse during the writing stage for 2018's "Catharsis", an album that he said he hated. 13 years ago. Proud of this record and my contributions. Beautiful Mourning, Slanderous, Now I lay thee down and Farewell to Arms simply do not happen without them. Thanks for all the kind words and continued support from all the Head cases. — Phil Demmel (@DemmelitionMH) March 26, 2020 Yeah, right? Sometimes ALL of the glory isn’t enough. — Phil Demmel (@DemmelitionMH) March 28, 2020 Cunty is in the eye of the beholder ✌? — Phil Demmel (@DemmelitionMH) March 28, 2020 My favorite. And despite bitterness saying otherwise, I played it. — Phil Demmel (@DemmelitionMH) March 27, 2020

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