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SATYRICON frontman Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven was recently interviewed by Mad TV's "TV War" in Greece. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).On whether black metal's mainstream acceptance has diluted its musical value:Satyr: "No. Because… I mean, SEX PISTOLS, which is such a mythical group, and in a way also helped define modern day's alternative pop culture, does that make what they did less respectable? The idea that something small is credible and something big is not credible I don't understand, because I consider many small bands to be fake, and I consider many big bands to be very true and honest about what they do. So I think the size of the band and your commercial success is not what defines your authenticity. What defines it is the motive of the artist. And I can only speak on behalf of my band and say that the catalyst in the development of SATYRICON's music has been the genuine love for black metal. But black metal in 1992 was different from what it is today, but 1992 was also different from 1986. So when you had the early stuff from DARKTHRONE, MAYHEM, BURZUM, EMPEROR, IMMORTAL and SATYRICON, it didn't sound like old VENOM and it didn't sound like old BATHORY either. There were maybe similarities."On SATYRICON's musical evolution:Satyr: "What we express is also a sign of the times that we live in. For me, if I heard a band today that sounded like 1992, '93, I would think to myself that… [There are] three distinct possibilities: number one, they don't know how to develop musically; number two, they are trying to do this because they speculate that there are people who want to listen to this style and they try to do what they think people want to hear; or number three, that they are so madly in love this that they don't want to take the next step in musical development — that is also a possibility. But for SATYRICON, it's been natural to try and look forward but with the spirit of black metal. And I always said that what was intriguing to me with black metal is that it contains so many things. So there are two ways of trying to define black metal culture. One is saying that it's very dogmatic, it is full of rules: 'This is allowed, this is not allowed, it has to be like this, it cannot be like that'; or the other way, which is my way, as I see it, that it's a dark form of expression within the metal genre that has a much larger degree of freedom than other, more preset formulas. Like AC/DC, MOTÖRHEAD, that can only be that certain way. What would the fans of IRON MAIDEN say if they did something drastic? It's impossible. It would be a catastrophe. But, for example, in the song 'Dissonant' on [SATYRICON's latest album] 'Deep Calleth Upon Deep', there's a jazz saxophone that's doing its thing and it gives a certain vibe to the song, but all I ever heard is that people like that, because I think the rules are different from black metal. But it's hard for people who had been into it for a long time, who had been expecting things to be a certain way, that there are new generations of fans who come in who have different ideas. And I understand that. I can even see that myself. I try and talk about some of the old bands to young fans and they don't care. And they talk about a record like 'Now, Diabolical' as an old record, and it was released in 2006. But some of the people I meet that are fans, they are 21, 22, so you have to understand that when 'Now, Diabolical' came out, they were 10 years old, so for them, it's a memory from their childhood. But if you are 40 or 45, it's different."On the changes within the black metal scene since the early 1990s:Satyr: "Within the world of black metal, lots of things have changed in the last 25 years, that's for sure. It was a very difficult environment in the early '90s. Walking down the streets of Oslo and having unmarked police cars pull up on the street in front of you and four cops coming out, identifying themselves. And then you had to go with them, and they would question you. And that was their way of constantly reminding you that they were there and that they were watching everything. And that's a lot of stuff to deal with if you are 17, 18 years old — something like that. And that was the reality for many of us back then. And today, if I met the Prime Minister of Norway, it would be natural for us to exchange some polite talk, because us, as a group of artists, Norwegian black metal musicians are highly respected in our country for the job that we do with our music and for the way it affects people in a good way all across the world. But certainly, a lot of things have changed in those 25 years."SATYRICON will return to U.S. shores for the final time this spring.The tour starts May 13 in Los Angeles, California and runs through May 30 in Austin, Texas, with two stops in Canada.The run also includes a headline appearance at the Maryland Deathfest."Deep Calleth Upon Deep" was released last September via Napalm Records. The disc was recorded in Oslo, Norway and Vancouver, Canada, during early 2017 and mixed together with revered studio guru Mike Fraser (who previously worked on "Now, Diabolical").
Original KISS drummer Peter Criss joined his former bandmate Gene Simmons earlier today (Saturday, March 24) at the KISS bassist/vocalist's "Vault Experience" event in New York City.After being introduced by Gene as "the powerful and the attractive, the original, one and only, Peter Criss," the drummer took the microphone and told the crowd (see video below, courtesy of Mike Brunn): "Hi. It's good to be here. It's good to see you. It's good to be here. I'm feeling great. I had to come and say hi to my bass player from my old band KISS. [Laughs] No. Really, Gene sent me a wonderful invitation; I couldn't resist. And we haven't seen each other since the [Rock And Roll] Hall Of Fame. Out of all the bandmembers, we always had a Twinkie thing going, and way back in the day…" At this point, Simmonschimed in, "He means cake," before Crisscontinued: "So I had to come in and say hi to him. I do have a big place in my heart for Gene— I always will, out of all the members. So it's good that you came down for him. He loves to be loved, so give him all the love you want, and he'll take it all in. And God bless you all, and thank you so much."In addition to playing drums in the band, Peter also provided lead vocals for a number KISS's most popular and memorable songs, including "Beth", "Black Diamond" and "Hard Luck Woman".Criss first left KISS in 1980. Since then he's worked with other bands and released solo albums. He teamed up with KISS again for a reunion tour in the 1990s and most recently in 2004. He was replaced by Eric Singer.The four original members of KISS were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2014 by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello.KISS did not perform — the Hall Of Fame wanted the original quartet only to play, while Simmons and Paul Stanley insisted on the current lineup — which also includes guitarist Tommy Thayer — performing as well. In the end nobody won that battle.Criss, who was known as "Catman," released his last solo CD, titled "One for All", in 2007. Peter produced the album himself for the first time, and was joined by guest musicians that included keyboardist Paul Shaffer and bassist Will Lee of "Late Night with David Letterman". The album featured a range of styles, from rock and jazz to blues and Broadway, and included covers of "What a Difference a Day Makes" and "Send in the Clowns".Gene began personally delivering copies of his new box set, "Gene Simmons - The Vault Experience: 1966-2016", in January."Gene Simmons - The Vault Experience: 1966-2016" is a comprehensive box set of Gene's solo material that comes packaged in a safe. The set includes 150 previously unreleased songs spread over 10 discs, a leather-bound photo book, a Gene Simmons action figure, an "In Gene We Trust" gold medallion and a "surprise item."Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has made appearances at a couple of the "Vault Experience" events so far, while ex-KISS axeman Vinnie Vincent is expected to join Simmons on April 14 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Kaaos TV conducted an interview with vocalist Chuck Billy of San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT prior to the band's March 21 concert at Pakkahuone in Tampere, Finland. You can now watch the chat below.Asked for his thoughts on SLAYER's decision to retire after completing one "final" world tour, Billy said: "We've toured with SLAYER. And I think anybody… If you're not into it… I don't know what their reason is [for calling it quits], but you have to have your heart and soul in whatever you do. Maybe they just felt it was time; I don't know. But SLAYER will be a big part of history and a big part of what metal is today. And to choose to go out on a high note is always a good thing. And especially if you can afford to go out on a high note and enjoy life and do other things than being on the road and touring. Especially if you do it for 30, 40 years, at some point, you might go, 'Well, now I have a family, and maybe I wanna be home with my kids or see my kids grow up.' It's hard to make that decision, and sometimes it probably gets harder to leave home, the older you get and when you have family involved. At some point, you have to think about your family too, and make it work for everybody."Speaking about how long he can see TESTAMENT carrying on, Chuck said: "We've never really thought about an endgame or an end plan. Over the years, it was always tougher before we had our reunion [in 2005]. Maybe thoughts in the back of our mind said, 'Maybe this is not working out. Maybe we should stop.' But once we had the reunion and everybody was back, we've had a solid lineup, and we've been on tour like a real working band again. So right now, things are good and everybody's surviving and fans seem to be enjoying the shows and there is no goal like that. But we have two more records with Nuclear Blast, and we'll see, at that point, if we get another record deal, we'll keep carrying on. And if we don't, then maybe we'll just write music and put it on the Internet, since that's [how] people get music these days. 'Cause maybe it isn't all just about the touring too."TESTAMENT will support SLAYER on the first two legs of the Tom Araya-fronted outfit's last-ever North American run of dates. Also scheduled appear on the bill are LAMB OF GOD, ANTHRAX and BEHEMOTH (with NAPALM DEATH replacing BEHEMOTH for the second leg).TESTAMENT is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "Brotherhood Of The Snake", which was released in October 2016 via Nuclear Blast. The cover was once again created by renowned artist Eliran Kantor, who also handled the art for TESTAMENT's previous album, 2012's "Dark Roots Of Earth", and worked with bands like HATEBREED, SOULFLY and KATAKLYSM in the past.
LOVERBOY guitarist PAUL DEAN starts Spring with his own renewal, digitally releasing a new song and accompanying video, 'Be With You' his first solo material in more than 20 years, since 1994’s album, Machine. The single will be available digitally on March 21st for streaming at all major sites, including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Deezer, as well as for download on iTunes and Amazon Music and viewing on YouTube.