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ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello has told WRIF's Meltdown that there are no plans for the band to retire anytime soon. "[It's] not even on the radar," Frank said (hear audio below). "Here's why: the last two records have been taken so well and people are reacting so well. "Dude, you have an angry band there," he continued. "We are some angry muthas, we're some angry people, [and] there's a lot of energy going on. "I can tell you with great certainty: we're ready to go. We are having fun and the band is getting along better than ever. And we're just having a raging time. And I'm really excited to see what comes up next for ANTHRAX." Bello recently told Sweden's RockSverige that there was never a time when he felt he wanted to walk away from it all. "I've always wanted to play music," he said. "I remember when the grunge era happened in the '90s, and that was a rough era for metal, let's face it. It was a rough period and those were tough times, but at the same time, I couldn't wait to play, so I don't think there's ever been a time I didn't wanna play. I enjoy the experience of connecting with people with music. It's why I'm here. I need that energy." ANTHRAX's latest album, "For All Kings", was released in February 2016. Its arrival followed a five-year period during which the band experienced a rebirth of sorts, beginning with ANTHRAX's inclusion on the 2010 "Big Four" tour with METALLICA, SLAYER and MEGADETH, and continuing with the 2011 release of comeback LP "Worship Music". ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE, the project featuring Bello and MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, released its debut album, "Get It Out", on January 18 via Megaforce. The follow-up to ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE's 2014 self-titled EP was once again produced by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STEEL PANTHER, STONE SOUR), with Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLE, ASHES DIVIDE) returning behind the kit.

LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton will embark on a short solo tour in March. Joining him on the trek will be co-headliners LIGHT THE TORCH and support act MOON TOOTH. The dates are as follows: Mar. 13 - Richmond, VA – The Broadberry Mar. 14 - Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts Mar. 15 - Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace Mar. 16 - Montreal, QC – L’Astral Mar. 18 - Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall Mar. 19 - New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre Mar. 21 - Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge Mar. 23 - Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep Mar. 25 - West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy Theatre Mar. 26 - Phoenix, AZ – Club Red Morton's debut solo album, "Anesthetic", is due out March 1. The official lyric video for "Cross Off", featuring late LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington, can be seen below. "Cross Off" was recorded in April 2017 and written by Morton, Bennington, Jake Oni and producer Josh Wilbur. Morton recorded all guitars with Paolo Gregoletto and Alex Bent (TRIVIUM) handling bass and drums. The composition of the song began between Morton, Wilbur and Oni before the three approached Bennington about singing vocals. Bennington loved the song and came to the studio with additional ideas and lyrics that, together with his unique and incredible vocal style, shaped the song to be what it is today. Morton told Metal Hammer magazine about his experience working on "Cross Off" with Bennington: "[Chester] just had a lot of creative input at the ready when he came into the studio," Mark said. "That was my initial, like, wow. He had told me he really liked the song, and we had communicated, but I'd never really hung out with Chester until when we started tracking. I was really impressed for a guy at his level, at the place in the career he was at, someone of his stature and celebrity, to have that level of humility and commitment to come in there and treat this like it would be a LINKIN PARK song, or his own song, or whatever. I was pretty blown away by that. And it was immediate. Fifteen minutes after we met, we were standing over a table, one on either side, each with scraps of paper and pencil, crossing off words and trying different rhyme schemes and stuff. And then after the track was laid out, then we took a breath and started talking about more personal stuff — real-life shit. And yeah… he surprised me the most." Asked how they connected in the first place, Mark said: "I had my people call his people. It was one of those things where we were listening to the song, like, who in our world would we have singing this? And Chester was the name that came out. So we almost didn't try, because it's Chester Bennington; he's such a superstar. We were kind of, like, come on, we can't get him. But if we hadn't tried, we wouldn't have got him, so we tried, we got his ear, I was surprised to find I was on his radar and all, but through LAMB I was. He heard the song and he was in. It is a really good song. I'm sorry; I don't know if I'm allowed to say that, but it's a good goddamn song, right? We had to iron out a couple of things legally and all that kind of stuff, but on the creative side, he was in from the jump. And I didn't realize how in he really was, but when he showed up, I did, and that was humbling for me." Joining forces with WPP Records and Spinefarm Records on a worldwide basis, Morton will release the 10-track album that sees him further explore his creative drive for writing and collaboration. The disc was made alongside a dream team of highly respected musicians from a multitude of musical worlds; some friends and some who would never be expected to collaborate with metal genre leaders LAMB OF GOD. Morton had been writing some of this debut for years. "This album wasn't a concerted effort to start something outside LAMB OF GOD," he explains. "Music is always in my head, and until I write and record it, it's stuck there. But once I record it, it's out. It's a catharsis, more for my own sanity." Other singers on the album include Randy Blythe (LAMB OF GOD), Jacoby Shaddix (PAPA ROACH), Myles Kennedy (SLASH, ALTER BRIDGE), Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY), Mark Lanegan, Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT), Jake Oni, Josh Todd (BUCKCHERRY), Mark Morales, and Naeemah Maddox. Musically, Morton performs all guitars, with Roy Mayorga (STONE SOUR), David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Ray Luzier (KORN), Paolo Gregoletto (TRIVIUM) and Alex Bent (TRIVIUM), Mike Inez (ALICE IN CHAINS), Jean-Paul Gaster (CLUTCH), Steve Gorman and Marc Paul rounding out the band. [youtube] [youtube] has uploaded video footage of PRIMAL FEAR's January 13 concert at Kyttaro club in Athens, Greece. Check out the clips below. PRIMAL FEAR's latest album, "Apocalypse", was released in August 2018 via Frontiers Music Srl. Production of the record started at the end of 2017 and was wrapped by spring 2018 at Hansen Studios is Denmark with producer Mat Sinner and engineer/mixer Jacob Hansen. PRIMAL FEAR recently released the official lyric video for the song "Crucify Me". The track is featured on a new seven-inch vinyl single — limited to just 1,000 copies — made available to celebrate the band's return to Nuclear Blast Records. Also featured on the single is a live version of the classic "Nuclear Fire". The relationship between the German metal commandos and the label from southern Germany goes back over 20 years, since PRIMAL FEAR released its self-titled debut in February 1998 via Nuclear Blast. The record hit the Top 50 in the German Media Control chart, where it stayed for a sensational three weeks. They later released classics such as "Jaws Of Death" (1999), "Nuclear Fire" (2001), "Black Sun" (2002), "Devil's Ground" (2004) and "Seven Seals" (2005) before parting ways with Nuclear Blast for a while and releasing another six very successful albums, including "Apocalypse". Founding member of the band Mat Sinner commented: "We are coming home to the No. 1 metal label and we're really looking forward to working with Markus Staiger and his team. All the incredibly positive reactions to the most recent PRIMAL FEAR album 'Apocalypse' from fans and the press have been a great motivation for us to get started with songwriting for another amazing new album, in collaboration with Nuclear Blast." [youtube] [youtube] [youtube] [youtube] [youtube]

Former TNT singer Tony Harnell says that the rise of the early grunge movement, which symbolized the working-class spirit and focused on music over image, was ultimately a positive thing for the rock genre because it "shined a really harsh light on how boring and repetitive" the '80s glam metal scene had become. Upon release in September 1991, NIRVANA's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" wreaked confusion upon the hair metal vanguard, putting an end to an era dominated by glamorous, androgynous and sparkly rock stars who absolutely saturated the radio waves and were almost exclusively what aired on MTV. "I remember seeing the NIRVANA video on MTV, and I instantly knew," Harnell told the "Cobras & Fire" podcast (hear audio below). "I think the first time I saw it, I just was, like, 'Yeah, this is gonna change things for everybody.'" According to Harnell, however, he has a "different" take on the impact of grunge on the overall rock scene, insisting that bands like NIRVANA, SOUNDGARDEN and ALICE IN CHAINS sounded fresh and exciting compared to the acts of the '80s which focused more on girls, clothes and haircuts than coming up with original-sounding material. "A lot of my peers and a lot of the fans are, like, 'Oh, I hate that shit. Grunge killed our music,'" Harnell said. "I don't see it that way at all. I think the labels started signing way too many bands that looked and sounded like other bands. And there was never really a rock era that was like that before. Because if you think about the '70s, you had a lot of different styles of big hard rock bands. On one side, you had LED ZEPPELIN, you had DEEP PURPLE — they were very different from each other. You had AEROSMITH — they were different. You had KISS, you had JUDAS PRIEST, you had BLACK SABBATH. You had all these different bands that were very, very not like each other at all, but they were all hard rock. And they looked a little different, they had their own image. And then, all of a sudden, in the '80s, everybody wanted the same clothes, the same hair, the same guys, the same producers, the same songwriters." He continued: "If anything, when NIRVANA and SOUNDGARDEN and these bands came out, all it did is it shined a really harsh light on how boring and repetitive everything got. Because it would have made more sense to take the bands that were already established — big and medium — and develop them more rather than to get all these other bands that sounded like other bands… Like I said, it was the same look, the same songwriters, the same producers, and it just started to be… Nobody was offering anything… Don't get me wrong, there were a few that got in there that were interesting and different, but, for the most part, they were all just sort of rehashes, slightly, of other bands." Harnell has been in and out of TNT several times, most recently in 2016 and 2017. He was also briefly the singer for SKID ROW in 2015. Tony is currently promoting "Dysphoria", the third album from his STARBREAKER collaborative project with PRIMAL FEAR guitarist Magnus Karlsson. The disc will be released on January 25 via Frontiers Music Srl. [soundcloud url="" params="color=#ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true&visual=true" width="100%" height="300" iframe="true" /]

LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton spoke to Sara of the 93.3 WMMR radio station about the current state of the heavy metal scene, particularly at a time when some of the genre's elder statesmen, like SLAYER, are calling it quits. "Well, I think it's evolving," Mark said (hear audio below). "I think you can't help but for the genre… the culture of metal to evolve. "It's funny, because LAMB's been around long enough now where we are sort of one of those veteran bands, and it's interesting to look back. I still remember when we were the next big thing, the big new thing. "It's cool to see young bands coming up and reinterpreting the stuff and putting different combinations of influences together," he continued. "So I think [the scene is] alive and well. I think there's a lot of great music out there. "I was talking about this with someone earlier today," Morton added. "There's so many new bands coming up and it's such a new environment and new climate for them to be coming up in. So it's exciting to watch and it's exciting to see young bands starting to... I'm thinking about CODE ORANGE right now — great band that's starting to blow up, and it's exciting to see that fire in their eyes. And it's cool, man — it's cool to watch from my perspective." Morton's debut solo album, "Anesthetic", is due out on March 1. Guests on the LP include late LINKIN PARK frontman Chester Bennington, singer Jacoby Shaddix of PAPA ROACH, ALTER BRIDGE's Myles Kennedy, STONE SOUR drummer Roy Mayorga, KORN drummer Ray Luzier and ALICE IN CHAINS bassist Mike Inez. The disc's first single, "Cross Off", was recorded in April 2017 and written by Morton, Bennington, Jake Oni and producer Josh Wilbur. Morton recorded all guitars with Paolo Gregoletto and Alex Bent (TRIVIUM) handling bass and drums. The composition of the song began between Morton, Wilbur and Oni before the three approached Bennington about singing vocals. Bennington loved the song and came to the studio with additional ideas and lyrics that, together with his unique and incredible vocal style, shaped the song to be what it is today. [youtube]