Ex-Megadeth duo to form new band


Former Megadeth men Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick are to work together in a new band.

The pair quit Megadeth within hours of each other last month.

Broderick immediately made clear that he will work on a solo album during 2015, and now says that he and Drover have unfinished business together.

Speaking to Liquid Metal, Broderick said: “One of the things that I’ve really recently become very excited about is, through talking with Shawn Drover, we’ve talked about how we had all this material that was never gonna get released, all these killer, heavy riffs that we had written.

“So we just decided, ‘Hey, why don’t we put the stuff out? Why don’t we form a band and get out these killer riffs, just to see what people think?’ So we formed a band, we’re working with a killer singer — he’s awesome — and we’ve got record labels that have made some good offers on the table, and we’re really excited about where that’s gonna go.”

He insists, too, that there was no major falling out with his ex-colleagues in Megadeth, adding:

“It was a great time to move on. And I think, talking with Shawn, he was in the exact same place. We had talked about it and had thought about it for a little bit. And so when Shawn quit, it was, like, ‘What happened?’ I knew that we had talked about it, but he did it – he actually just left the band.

“We talk all the time, and so I knew that he had thought about it and I had been thinking about it. But as soon as he quit, I knew he had made the right decision. Because Megadeth is going to be ramping up for their next CD recording cycle, and if you’ve got trepidation about being a part of something, you don’t wanna commit to that process, the writing process, and then bail on them.

“When Shawn quit, that instantly became clear to me. So I decided that night after Shawn did it, I was, like, ‘It is the right time.'”

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Italian rockers Armonight to embark on UK tour

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Italian hard rockers Armonight have announced a series of live dates in the UK in support of their third full length album, Recover.

The album, released in December of last year, sees Armonight take a more guitar oriented approach to their sound. The LP was recorded at Malo Sound Therapy Recording Studios in Vicenza and is distributed via Klasse1 Edizioni.

The band were recently subject to the censorship of their new album cover, as it’s painted depiction of a naked female looking out at the sun setting over the sea, back to the viewer, was deemed to have the potential to cause offence. Armonight were therefore forced to place a “censored” label across the figures buttocks.

Said the band via a statement on their website: ” The band was forced to apply a “CENSORED” label on the “buttocks” because their graphical representation is considered “immoral” by the authorities. The original physical copies of the CD represent the image without censure. You will judge if the Nude can be offensive for someone’s sensibility.”

You can watch the official video to new song “Night Of Illusions” below:

Armonight will play:

28th of Aug: Merry Monk, Bishop Auckland
30th of Aug: Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
31st Aug: South Sea Live, Sheffield
2nd of Sep: Lady Luck Bar, Canterbury
4th of Sep: The Roadhouse, Birmingham
5th of Sep: The Patriot, Crumlin

Armonight Recover Album ArtCheck out Armonight’s official webpage at armonight.com, or head on over to their Facebook page here and their official Twitter feed here

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Twenty Two Hundred to support Slash on UK leg of ‘World On Fire’ tour

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Australian rockers Twenty Two Hundred have been invited to open for Slash during his forthcoming UK tour.

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators have scheduled a series of UK dates for the end of the year. The shows will follow the release of Slash’s new album, World On Fire, in September.

Twenty Two Hundred’s songwriter, bassist and founding member Mark Wells – whose career kicked off in the UK playing for and producing Ronnie Wood’s Not for Beginners album – said: “This is such an amazing opportunity. Slash could have chosen any number of kick-ass bands. We were invited to join them on this leg of the tour and I’m looking forward to returning with Twenty Two Hundred and giving UK audiences a KILLER show!”

California Breed will also be playing a support slot on the tour, with confirmed dates as follows:

28th of Nov: Phones 4u Arena, Manchester
29th of Nov: First Direct Arena, Leeds
1st of Dec: LG Arena, Birmingham
2nd of Dec: Wembley Arena, London
4th of Dec: Hydro Arena, Glasgow

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Cynic band members discuss being gay and in a metal band


Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert of metal band Cynic have spoken publicly about their sexuality for the first time.

In an interview with the LA Times, Masvidal says: “”There’s definitely going to be a reaction, but it’s important that we be truthful.”

Singer Masvidal and drummer Reinert have been out as gay in their private lives for years, but say they feel the time is right to discuss it in public. Their sexuality has been the subject of rumour and conjecture in the past, which has led to homophobic incidents.

On tour with Cannibal Corpse in the 1990s, Cynic challenged audiences with their stage presence, which was distinctly anti-macho. They came in for some homophobic treatment, which made it difficult for either to consider publicly coming out.

Reinert, who lives with a long-term boyfriend, notes: “Gay people are everywhere, doing every job, playing every kind of music and we always have been. It’s taken me years to finally be brave enough to say, ‘If you have a problem with that, then throw out our records. That’s your problem, not mine’.”

As well as their acclaimed work with Cynic, Masvidal and Reinert also had a spell as members of Death and are hailed as some of the most influential musicians in rock.

Says Cynic bass player, Sean Malone: ““What I’m proud of is that Paul and Sean know that this isn’t really about them, it’s about the kid out there who is struggling and suffering in silence, and that for him or her, this conversation might be a source of encouragement.”

Cynic released their third album, Kindly Bent To Free Us, in February.

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