In a recent interview with Backstage Axxess, Rita Haney, the girlfriend of deceased PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, discussed how the legendary musician would have reacted knowing various charity events were held in his honor. “Dimebash” 2020 — an all-star tribute to Abbott — was held earlier this month at The Observatory OC in Santa Ana, California, and featured members of FOO FIGHTERS, ANTHRAX, LAMB OF GOD, SEPULTURA, KING DIAMOND and SEBASTIAN BACH.

“He would have such a blast,” Rita said (hear audio below). “We used to have this club for a little while in Texas, I was always putting together little jam things there. He would come in, sometimes during the week, if I had a band cancel, he would put together with a couple of friends and they’d do a set of cover songs and stuff. It was all for fun. He was always all about that. That was the one thing PANTERA was known for was sharing their stage. They always brought someone out, whoever could fill in from the side of the stage and do backups on ‘Walk’ or ‘This Love’. They were always all about that, not so much about ‘It’s our show. You’ve gotta do it perfect.’ That show was having all the weird little unexpected jams from whoever popped up on the side of the stage. He was totally about the word ‘unity’, bringing everybody together and making sure it was a damn good time always.”

Haney then delved into the making of “Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over”, the second home video that features footage of the late guitarist captured between the mid-’80s and his later years.

“Honestly, it’s just sitting around, taking some time and watching the videotapes,” she said. “Between me and [PANTERA videographer] Bobby Tongs, it’s time-consuming and of course, you sit, you watch everything, you laugh, you have drinks, you have to remember so much stuff, but you just pull clips as you’re going through and you slowly catalog through the years. There’s tons of footage that hadn’t been watched, still, still cataloging, there’s still a ‘Pantera 4’ [home video] that’s cataloged that we need to get to. That was planned last year, but with Vinnie [Paul Abbott, brother of Dimebag] passing unexpectedly, that got put on hold. Everybody’s trying to come out of the fog with that and get back to their normal day-to-day, but we’ll get to it. We’ve already pulled footage and cataloged for the next ‘Dimevision’as well. It’s just sitting around and watching videotapes, pulling it as you see stuff.”

“Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over”was released in November 2017 via Metal Blade Records. The DVD/CD set — which includes more raw footage, true gems and classic Dimebag moments — also contains five previously unreleased demos, picked from a vast catalog Dimebag accrued since Haney gave him his first four-track in 1984.

Dimebag was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004.

Dimebag‘s brother Vinnie Paul Abbott, who played drums in PANTERA, died in June 2018.

DIMEBAG’s Longtime Girlfriend Says He Was ‘Totally About The Word ‘Unity”

THE BLACK CROWESChris and Rich Robinson have announced a short acoustic tour under the BROTHERS OF A FEATHER banner. The trek will take place in February and March, ahead of THE CROWES‘ tour this summer celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band’s debut album, “Shake Your Money Maker”.

The BROTHERS OF A FEATHER tour will launch this week with two shows in Europe — in London and Amsterdam — before hitting the U.S. for nine additional dates. Tickets go on sale today (Monday, February 10) at noon local time.

BROTHERS OF A FEATHER tour dates:

Feb. 12 – London, UK @ Omeara
Feb. 15 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso Noord
Feb. 19 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Feb. 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at the Fillmore
Feb. 23 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Feb. 25 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
Feb. 27 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Feb. 29 – Austin, TX @ Antone’s Nightclub
Mar. 02 – Denver, CO @ Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox
Mar. 04 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Mar. 06 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel

THE BLACK CROWES played two reunion shows in November — in West Hollywood, California and in New York City.

Joining Chris and Rich in the new BLACK CROWESlineup are EARTHLESS guitarist Isaiah Mitchell, former TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND bassist Tim Lefebvre along with ONCE AND FUTURE BAND members Joel Robinow on keyboards and Raj Ojha on drums.

THE BLACK CROWES‘ upcoming tour will mark Chrisand Rich‘s first shows together since 2013. The group will perform its multi-platinum 1990 debut album in its entirety, along with a smattering of other hits and favorites.

The official tour kicks off properly on June 17 at Austin’s Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin wraps on September 19 at the Forum in L.A.

Regarding the decision to enlist all-new members for THE BLACK CROWES‘ reunion, Chris told Rolling Stone: “That was the first thing Rich and I agreed on. We don’t want anyone from the solo groups. We don’t want anyone from the past.” Rich added: “In order to make this work. To give Chris and I the space to…” Chris interjected: “Be here right now.”

Chris told Rolling Stone the new tour will hearken back to THE BLACK CROWES‘ original style, explaining: “I think this is pure. We went off into a lot of things. There’s no jamming. There’s no extraneous stuff. This is the purest BLACK CROWES that people first [heard]. I hope we reconnect with some people who lost their way with us because of all of our other shit we were doing.”

Rich spoke frankly about the obvious family politics in reuniting with his older brother, saying “No one is here to be a dick. We love this music. We’re musicians. We’re brothers. We love each other. We love this opportunity. Changing the context with Chris and I and all new people is a much healthier place for us.”

THE BLACK CROWES’ CHRIS And RICH ROBINSON Announce BROTHERS OF A FEATHER Acoustic Tour

CRADLE OF FILTH has announced the departure of keyboardist Lindsay Schoolcraft.

Lindsay has been with the band for the last seven years, and in that time has been privy to a massive resurgence both on record and live, with CRADLE OF FILTHundertaking some of the most prolific touring in the band’s 28-year history, a feat that has indelibly been both (ultimately) rewarding and understandably exhausting at the same time.

Lindsay commented: “It has been an honour and a pleasure to get to know you online, in person, and from the stage the past seven years. You have made my life fulfilling during this period of time.

“I am here to inform you that I have left the band. It was a difficult decision to make, but I can assure you it was the best thing to do for my well-being and mental health.


“I have been doing well on my road to recovery and will continue to be a full-time musician through my other two musical projects.

“I want to extend a massive thank you to the band for letting me be part of CRADLE OF FILTH‘s legacy for the time I was present. It was an incredible experience and I’m so grateful that we got to share this together.

“I want to send my well wishes to my successor too and I ask you all to please be as warm and welcoming towards them as you were with me so long ago.

“I hope that some of you will continue to join me on my journey as a composer and singer. The magick and the (black) metal doesn’t end here.

“Thank you again for all of the love, support, and memories. It will not be forgotten.”

CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani Filth added: “This is very difficult for everyone in the band who have become a very tightly-knit family on the road, but ultimately it is something that has come to pass out of necessity both for her health and the band’s musical development hereon-in.

“Of course we will miss Lindsay a lot, and we hate to have to part ways, as we’ve travelled a beautifully madcap road together over the last few years and collectively share many amazing memories from those travels. Plus she is like our little (Gothic, Canadian, Vegan) sister.

“So the band and I wish her the very very best for everything she has planned for the future and I hope you guys reading this continue to support her too.

“And though this truly is the end of an era, it is also the aromatic promise of another.

Lindsay‘s successor has already been unearthed and is contributing to the new record like a demented unearthed thing.

“The new album commences recording in a little over a fortnight’s time and a release date is set for later in the year.”

CRADLE OF FILTH‘s latest album, “Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay”, came out in 2017.

The band performed its third LP, 1998’s “Cruelty And The Beast”, in its entirety at several shows last spring and summer, including at the Dokk’em Open Air and Summer Breeze festivals.

Photo credit: Tim Tronckoe

CRADLE OF FILTH Parts Ways With Keyboardist LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT

Summary: Heavy metal music may have a bad reputation, but a new study reveals the music has positive mental health benefits for its fans.

Source: The Conversation

Due to its extreme sound and aggressive lyrics, heavy metal music is often associated with controversy. Among the genre’s most contentious moments, there have been instances of blasphemous merchandise, accusations of promoting suicide and blame for mass school shootings. Why, then, if it’s so “bad”, do so many people enjoy it? And does this music genre really have a negative effect on them?

There are many reasons why people align themselves with genres of music. It may be to feel a sense of belonging, because they enjoy the sound, identify with the lyrical themes, or want to look and act a certain way. For me, as a quiet, introverted teenager, my love of heavy metal was probably a way to feel a little bit different to most people in my school who liked popular music and gain some internal confidence. Plus, I loved the sound of it.

I first began to listen to heavy metal when I was 14 or 15 years old when my uncle recorded a ZZ Top album for me and I heard singles by AC/DC and Bon Jovi. After that, I voraciously read music magazines Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Metal Forces, and RAW, and checked out as many back catalogs of artists as I could. I also grew my hair (yes, I had a mullet … twice), wore a denim jacket with patches (thanks mum), and attended numerous concerts by established artists like Metallica and The Wildhearts, as well as local Bristol bands like Frozen Food.

Over the years, there has been much research into the effects of heavy metal. I have used it as one of the conditions in my own studies exploring the impact of sound on performance. More specifically, I have used thrash metal (a fast and aggressive sub-genre of heavy metal) to compare music our participants liked and disliked (with metal being the music the did not enjoy). This research showed that listening to music you dislike, compared to music that you like, can impair spatial rotation (the ability to mentally rotate objects in your mind), and both liked and disliked music are equally damaging to short-term memory performance.

Other researchers have studied more specifically why people listen to heavy metal, and whether it influences subsequent behavior. For people who are not fans of heavy metal, listening to the music seems to have a negative impact on well-being. In one study, non-fans who listened to classical music, heavy metal, self-selected music, or sat in silence following a stressor, experienced greater anxiety after listening to heavy metal. Listening to the other music or sitting in silence, meanwhile, showed a decrease in anxiety. Interestingly heart rate and respiration decreased over time for all conditions.

Metalheads and headbangers

Looking further into the differences between heavy metal fans and non-fans, research has shown that fans tend to be more open to new experiences, which manifests itself in preferring music that is intense, complex, and unconventional, alongside a negative attitude towards institutional authority. Some do have lower levels of self-esteem, however, and a need for uniqueness.

One might conclude that this and other negative behaviors are the results of listening to heavy metal, but the same research suggests that it may be that listening to music is cathartic. Late adolescent/early adult fans also tend to have higher levels ofdepression and anxiety but it is not known whether the music attracts people with these characteristics or causes them.

Despite the often violent lyrical content in some heavy metal songs, recently published research has shown that fans do not become sensitized to violence, which casts doubt on the previously assumed negative effects of long-term exposure to such music. Indeed, studies have shown long-terms fans were happier in their youth and better adjusted in middle age compared to their non-fan counterparts. Another finding that fans who were made angry and then listened to heavy metal music did not increase their anger but increased their positive emotions suggests that listening to extreme music represents a healthy and functional way of processing anger.

Other investigations have made rather unusual findings on the effects of heavy metal. For example, you might not want to put someone in charge of adding hot sauce to your food after listening to the music, as a study showed that participants added more to a person’s cup of water after listening to heavy metal than when listening to nothing at all.

Finally, heavy metal can promote scientific thinking but alas not just by listening to it. Educators can promote scientific thinking by posing claims such as listening to certain genres of music is associated with violent thinking. By examining the aforementioned accusations of violence and offense – which involved world-famous artists like Cradle of Filth, Ozzy Osbourne, and Marilyn Manson – students can engage in scientific thinking, exploring logical fallacies, research design issues, and thinking biases.

So, you beautiful people, whether you’re heading out to the highway to hell or the stairway to heaven, walk this way. Metal can make you feel like nothing else matters. It’s so easy to blow your speakers and shout it out loud. Dig!

Heavy metal music may have a bad reputation, but it has numerous mental health benefits for fans

AMARANTHE has released a teaser for what appears to be the music video for a new song called “Do Or Die”. The full track will be made available on Friday, February 14.

Last fall, the Swedish/Danish six-piece announced it had signed a new deal with Nuclear Blast for the release of its sixth studio album, due later this year.

AMARANTHE will embark on a North American headlining tour in the summer/fall of 2020. The 37-date trek will kick-off at the Soundstage in Baltimore on August 20 and will make stops in Chicago, Vancouver and Denver before concluding on October 2 at the Riverfront Live in Cincinnati, Ohio. Support on the trek will come Finnish metallers BATTLE BEAST and the Boston symphonic metal band SEVEN SPIRES.

With its foundations tracing back to 2008, AMARANTHEhas released five albums thus far, consistently delivering hauntingly catchy tunes led by their unique three-part vocals. Within their arsenal of hit singles, a myriad tracks have been received very well via press and fans alike; having also gained countless plays on both radio stations around the globe and across streaming services (the group’s songs have been streamed more than 100 million times on Spotify). A string of support tours has blazed AMARANTHE‘s trail in front of huge crowds as well as at their own headline concerts (the group impressively once performed in front of 10,000 fans at Liseberg, Gothenburg). They have kept working incredibly hard over the years, the latest product of which culminated in the form of 2018’s “Helix”, which achieved them some of their highest chart positions in the band’s history.

AMARANTHE Tease “Do Or Die’ Video

Two leaders of hardcore industrial music, Tim Sköld (ex-MARILYN MANSONSHOTGUN MESSIAH) and Nero Bellum (PSYCLON NINE), combine forces on this debut album for their brand new project, NOT MY GOD.

The pair are no strangers to working together, having both served as live bandmembers for the other’s projects — Sköld as the guitarist for PSYCLON NINE and Bellum as the keyboardist for SKOLD. However, NOT MY GODmarks their first artistic collaboration, writing and recording together on a studio album.

NOT MY GOD‘s self-titled release features 13 all-new compositions and while some might brand this release as industrial, Sköld and Bellum have crafted a majestic new take on electronic music that showcases experimentation while perverting pop sensibilities. The duo also teamed with renowned video director, Vicente Cordero of Industrialism Films, for a spectacular video for the lead-off single, “Fiction”.

“Not My God” will be available on digital platforms everywhere as well as on digipak CD and a very limited (only 300 made) 2LP clear vinyl pressing via Cleopatra Records starting February 14.

rack listing:

01. Fiction 
02. Until The Pain Is Gone 
03. Sowing Discord 
04. Murder Suicide 
05. Equalizer 
06. Birthright 
07. Decay, Decay 
08. First Blood 
09. Nevermore 
10. Right Now 
11. Persephone 
12. Cold Black 
13. 13

Sköld has been one of few lasting Swedish music exports since the 1980s as frontman for one of that country’s earliest and more successful metal bands, SHOTGUN MESSIAH. After the suspension of that outfit in the mid-90s, Sköld struck out on his own and released the debut album for his industrial metal project, the self-titled SKOLD album, in 1996. The album was hailed as a triumph with songs such as “Chaos” and “Hail Mary”landing in major motion pictures as well as mainstream video games. Since then, Sköld has gone on to work in a numerous other major bands, becoming a member of KMFDM and MARILYN MANSON as well as playing live with Taime Downe‘s THE NEWLYDEADS and Nivek Ogre‘s OHGR, all the while composing, performing, and producing for other artists, for example MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, as well as several SKOLD albums.

TIM SKÖLD And NERO BELLUM Join Forces In NOT MY GOD

The first date for this year’s Mayhem Festival — which is rumored to be headlined by MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD — has been leaked: July 10 in Tinley Park, Illinois. The information was revealed by Chicago metal DJ/promoter Nick Fury in a social media post earlier today.

The complete list of shows, as well as the details of the rest of the package, is expected to be made available next week.

LAMB OF GOD previously took part in the 2010 edition of Mayhem, while MEGADETH was involved in the 2011 installment of the touring festival.

As of right now, there has been no official confirmation about any of the acts that will take part in the 2020 edition of Mayhem, which recently announced its return following a five-year absence.

Mayhem was founded in 2008 by Vans Warped Tour‘s Kevin Lyman and his partner John Reese. Over the years, such groups as SLIPKNOTSLAYERMOTIONLESS IN WHITEASKING ALEXANDRIA and UNDEROATH have taken part in the event.

Following the SLAYER-headlined 2015 edition of MayhemReese declared that the festival was coming to a close, in light of poor attendance and less-than-kind words from SLAYER guitarist Kerry King.

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2015 comes to an end,” Reese wrote in a social media post back in August 2015. “All I know is we have all tried our damned hardest to make Mayhem a home for artists, a platform for bands to increase their fan base and a place where people feel welcomed.”

A few weeks earlier, Lyman criticized the metal scene for the lower-than-usual attendance at the 2015 edition of the traveling event. The tour was smaller that year, with fewer bands overall and fewer “headline-worthy” acts at the top.

In addition to SLAYER, the lineup featured KING DIAMOND as headliners, with HELLYEAHTHE DEVIL WEARS PRADA and WHITECHAPEL among the support acts.

“The bands at the top all demand a certain level of fee to be on a tour,” Lyman told the Detroit Free Press back in July 2015. “Unlike punk rock, metal never knows how to take a step back to move the whole scene forward…What happened was metal chased girls away because what happened was metal aged. Metal got gray, bald and fat.”

King later told the Houston Press that the problem with that summer’s event lay not so much with the metal bands themselves but with the way the festival was booked.

“I didn’t take what [Lyman] said personally,” Kerry said. “He just definitely had a mike put in front of him and said some shit that’s detrimental to this tour and any tours he has in the future — not just Mayhem, but whatever else he promotes. Because, to me, he committed business suicide.

“At the end of the day, what I think happened to Mayhem was that they waited too late in the game to get the talent they needed to pull it off correctly,” Kerrycontinued. “Because what happens is, people get booked up so early these days that it seems like all the bands that could have made this more of a success are playing in Europe now instead of being on a U.S. festival. It just made the talent pool less than it could be.” 

MEGADETH + LAMB OF GOD: First Rumored Date For 2020 MAYHEM FESTIVAL Has Been Leaked