Taylor tells Loaded Radio (via Blabbermouth) about the vibe with the new members, "It's really good, man. The vibe is great. I can't say enough great things about those kids. They're so passionate about what they do. They still love the music just as much as we do. And they're absolutely dedicated to the pursuit of perfection. Not perfection itself, because you'll never [stop chasing] that thing, but the pursuit of it. And that's what this band is all about.
"It's all about making sure that you do everything in your ability to make sure that [you put on] the perfect show for whatever audience is in front of you. And plus, they're just great dudes - really, really good guys who I really genuinely love hanging out with. And you put all of that together, and it just feels like Slipknot. It's really, really cool."
Taylor was then asked if Weinberg can now officially be called Slipknot's new drummer and he responded, "Well, he's the drummer with Slipknot. Nobody gets in or out right now. But it's like I've always said, though… Everybody asks, 'Are they in the band?' And I keep telling [them] this: they're with the band; they're with us right now. That's because you're not given anything in this band - you earn everything in this band. So, you know, we'll see what happens in the next couple of years."
Listen to the full interviewhere.
He tells Sleaze Roxx:" When I was out touring with Devil City Angels, Bobby Dall came to one of the shows we played in Florida and jammed with us. He got the chance to get to know Brandon a little bit.
We got offered some shows that Bret either really wasn't interested in doing or if he had shows of his own scheduled - I can't recall exactly. In any event, Bobby and I looked at each other and said 'Why don't we just get Brandon to do them?'
"Now we'd never call it Poison but we did think it was good to offer the promoters a chance to work with the three of us with Brandon fronting the band. They took it - we did it and the response was amazing. It makes you really think. Is this something that we could do moving forward? I think we could."
Rockett reports he hasn't spoken to Michaels in months, and adds: "I just think that at this point in time he prefers to do his own thing. Bret has his own way of doing things and I'm getting the feeling that he'd prefer not to deal with the three of us if he can avoid it." Read more including Rockett's thoughts on making an album with Gibbshere.
Metallica will play the first show in the new building on September 16, as well as the final concert at Colisee Pepsi on September 14 as it closes after more than 65 years.
Motley Crue recently launched a North American leg of their farewell tour as they head down the home stretch of final live appearances that will last until the end of the year. Read morehere.
The band, which features White on drums, Alison Mosshart (also of the Kills) on vocals, Jack Lawrence (also of the Greenhornes, and a bandmate of White's in the Raconteurs), and Dean Fertita (also of Queens of the Stone Age) on guitar and keyboards, will not be touring for the album.
A press release, however, offers that "Thankfully the thick and heavy Dodge & Burn will satisfy your urges for the dark magic that is The Dead Weather for a very long time." Read morehere.
He says: "The production has been bigger than we've ever done on any Slayer tour. The last few times that we've done the Mayhem tour we invested, but we invested quite a bit on this one."
And the singer/bass player has a special message for the fans, saying he owes them everything - and promises them metal will never die. He adds: "I love them, I love them to death. They're the sole reason why we're here. I owe a lot to Slayer fans. Metal is never gonna die, I wanna make that clear. There's some sh*t flying around. I'm telling you, metal has been around forever and it's gonna stick around forever. Don't let people tell you any different." Read more and watch the full interviewhere.
Queensryche are set to release Condition Human on October 2 via Century Media, and Wilton points out that it sounds like some of original vocalist Geoff Tate's best work with the group. Wilton tells Heavy Demons: "From my friends that have heard it, they say, 'Ah, it pulls a lot from Rage For Order.' And I've had other people say, 'Yeah, this reminds me of The Warning a little bit.
"Other people said, 'This reminds me of Mindcrime a little bit - but more with a modern touch.' For me, it's whole new experience. It's the evolution of Queensryche. I just think there is so much heart put into this album, I think people will really enjoy it." Read more and watch the full interviewhere.
The track is from the band's upcoming 22nd album, Bad Magic, which will be released on August 28 via UDR Music. Motorhead say: "Enter a video of yourself jamming/rocking out to Thunder & Lightning. You could be playing air guitar/bass/drums or actually performing on an instrument - or you could simply be rocking out having tons of fun listening to the track. We will cut our favourite entries into one big music video for everyone to enjoy."
The Grand Prize includes a trip for two aboard the band's six-day Motorboat cruise next month, which travels from Miami to the Bahamas and features more than 20 acts including Slayer, Anthrax and Exodus. Read morehere.
Absence Of Corners is a collection of 15 works created through Ward's drumming and runs at Fathom Gallery in the California Market Center on August 15 and 16.
Ward previously showed the collection in Annapolis, Maryland in 2013. He says: "The art show is something where I sit down, and get involved with everybody. So I don't like to sit on some forum, and I don't like to be separated from the people that I'm with. So I like to mingle and hold hands and get involved, and talk about just about any subject.
"We're gonna be looking at my artwork that I did with brushes. A lot of people have been very stimulated and very excited by the art exhibition, and the paintings that we achieved last year." Read more and watch the videohere.
Opeth say: "The orchestra has its roots in the 100-year-old orchestral tradition in Plovdiv and over the years has launched the careers of many world-famous conductors.
"Tracks played with the orchestra, among others, are Eternal Rains Will Come, The Drapery Falls, Demon Of The Fall and The Grand Conjuration. Opeth will also play a second set that includes tracks from the entire catalogue." Read morehere.
Guitarist Acle Kahney says: "I was at a Martin Grech show over 12 years ago when he was touring his first album. I didn't know his material at the time but it's still one of the most memorable gigs I've been to. His music definitely became an influence and inspiration for me."
Kahney adds that the idea to collaborate on the track came about while he and drummer Jay Postones were working with Grech on his as-yet-untitled new album.
He says: "We'd always spoken about trying to jam some ideas together or be involved with each other's music in some way but nothing ever materialised until Polaris.
"The whole band are fans of his music so it felt like a no brainer. I've been wanting to do a collab with Martin for over decade. So it feels great to have someone who has inspired and influenced me become a part of the album." Read more and check out the teaserhere.
The tour will be kicking off on October 8th in Jacksonville, FL at the Underbelly and will run through November 7th when it concludes in Orlando, Fl at Venue 578.
Cannibal Corpse's Alex Webster had the following to say about the trek, "We're very excited to be hitting the road this Fall with Cattle Decapitation and Soreption, two killer bands that we know our fans will love. Get ready for a night of complete brutality!"
Cattle Decapitation frontman Travis Ryan adds, "We've wanted to tour with Cannibal Corpse ever since we started touring and we're glad that's finally going to be a reality! Looking forward to making memories with these guys and Soreption!"See the dates here.
They'll hit the road in support of eighth album Curious Volume, out on August 21 via Peaceville Records. Frontman Bobby Liebling says: "We're all itching to perform some of our songs from our new album Curious Volume. We feel they fit well within the other heavy numbers from the bands near 45 year history.
"The set is packed with the classics you know and love and ones that you may not even expect. Bring your earplugs - we're going to blow off the roof with our curious volume!" See all of the tour dateshere.
Frontman Chris Motionless says: "After having a wonderful time playing in some of the bigger venues across Ireland, Scotland and England the past few years, we are longing to feel what we felt our first time in the UK when we played venues such as the smaller Academy rooms, and of course, the legendary Underworld.
"It's time to be soaked to the bone in sweat, scream head-to-head with fans, and create those memories that will keep 2015 in our thoughts for the rest of our lives. These are the shows I live for. Come out and share this with us."
The band's last release was 2014's Reincarnate and they're currently on the road with Slipknot on the Summer's Last Stand tour across North America. Read more including the dateshere.
The bassist is joined by vocalist Jennie-Ann Smith, guitarist Marcus Jidell, drummer Lars Skold and keyboardist Carl Westholm on The Girl With The Raven Mask.
Edling says: "Think we have created something unique this time with Avatarium. The songs are more written to be just songs and there are some really nice moments on the record that I personally love.
"I hope people will dig TGWTRM as much as I do myself, and if they don't, it's their problem. A band can't deliver more than we have done here, so it is an album close to perfection." Read morehere.
Singer/guitarist Alexi Laiho says: "To me, it seems like I Worship Chaos has a lot darker vibe in it than the previous albums and so far everyone has told me that the songs are a lot catchier this time, which I'm definitely glad about.
"To sum it up, it's angry, dark and catchy as f***. I think it's safe to say I Worship Chaos is Children Of Bodom reborn even more pissed off." The album will be available in CD, 2LP, digibook and CD/DVD digibook formats. Check out the new songhere.
McGregor says: "I wanted to create an album that reflected the imagery and themes of that genre. I drew inspiration from the TV shows True Detective and True Blood, and I studied Tennessee Williams, Carson Mullers and Mark Twain.
"I surrounded myself with imagery from Walker Evans and Clarence John Laughlin - all to immerse myself in the sinister, dark world of depravity, magic and voodoo, writing most of the songs from the perspective of disturbed, flawed characters." Read more and watch a preview videohere.
VLY began with UK-based Demata trading music files with singer Gladysz in New York as they worked on demos for the record, called I, across the Atlantic.
Gladysz says: "It was a new way to work. The music and collaborative art I've made always started with people I knew, and creating naturally came out of that understanding.
"That's not the case with VLY. We managed to make an album without ever meeting. There was no gauge or reference point except for the music. It was a total shot in the dark." Read morehere.
"The clip itself shows the contrast of the white pure room of positivity and the dark negative space with the horrible war footage being projected onto us," he continues. "There is an internal war going on for many people out there, and this song and clip expresses the fight to get out of the dark space and into the light and into a positive state of mind.
"The idea came up when I was explaining the lyrics and concept for the rest of the guys, and we thought the visuals fitted perfectly with the song's meaning and message." Watch the videohere.
The new album is set for release on August 21st and "Bennett Built a Time Machine" is the band's first studio song to feature drummer Jimmy Keegan on lead vocals, and is also the track that inspired the album's cover art. Watch it here.
The band will be launching their first tour in support of the new album next month. They will kick things off with a European tour that will feature support from Synaesthesia and Special Providence.See the announced dates here.
And they're just doing any old set, they're playing the masterpiece album The Satanist in full which will no doubt go down in history and raise Beelzebub from his fiery pit and into the grounds of Catton Hall.
Speaking about Bloodstock, frontman Nergal said: "Our Bloodstock performance from 2012 was one of the highlights of our long career. Just thinking about that night gives me shivers and makes me hungry for more. It is with utmost pleasure and honor that we announce our show in 2016!" Watch the announcement videohere.
"I want to talk about football today because one of my heroes, Frank Gifford, died today," said Roth during an extended intro to the band's cover of "Ice Cream Man." "Football has everything to do with who I am today and I would not be here without that. I played Pop Warner football religiously from the minute I was able to qualify until - like Menudo - I was too big and they kicked me out.
"I was no good, my enthusiasm far outweighed my abilities, and at least half of what I know I learned from Coach Kelly, Coach Brown, and my Dad was one of the coaches, too."
"I grew up with a poster of Bob Dylan on the wall, there's a picture of Jimi Hendrix on the wall, and there was a picture of Bart Starr, Vince Lombardi and Frank Gifford right next to them," Roth continued. "The Van Halens know what I'm talking about. Every morning, starting in 7th grade, I wanted to be those guys - any of them.
"I'm going to play the rest of this for Frank and everything he stood for. Everything that makes America just super good, baby."
Gifford played 12 seasons for the New York Giants, winning the league's Most Valuable Player Award in 1956 as part of the team's NFL championship. He appeared in eight Pro Bowls at three different positions - running back, defensive back and wide receiver - and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in 1977. Read more and watch video of the tributehere.
The band had the following to say about the song, "Kestrel is a really exciting part of the album for us, as it brings out the band's softest moments and most intense moments all in the same song.
"Each instrument slowly builds on one another and keeps escalating toward some serious energy. It's a dynamic shift unlike anything we've really done before. We're super excited to play this one live!" Check out the songhere.
"As a band we're known for our high octane live shows, we wanted a video that captured it and with Hourglass we finally have that," say the band. "The live performance is extremely real, the blood, sweat and tears that created the song can really be felt in the video.
"Keir Siewert (director) and Isabelle Bonfrer (actress) captured the obsessive nature of a warped mind, the filming was easy for such talented people, we essentially gave them the space they needed and what came out was incredible." Watch the videohere.
Powerhouse Books say: "Ehrbahn's camera stops time and captures the surprising and life-affirming moments when the headbangers abandon all semblance of vanity and surrender to the rhythm.
"Ehrbahn transports us to an intimate world disconnected from time and space - a universe where it's possible to transcend the frenzy and enter an altered state that brings calm, joy and relief." Read morehere.
Formed in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 2011, the trio of vocalist Chrissy Costanza, guitarist Dan Gow and drummer Will Ferri issued their debut EP, Infinity, in 2014 and recently completed sessions for their full debut album.
Against The Current say: "Our first album is officially done, can't wait to share this with all of you. We hope you love it as much as we do." Watch the new videohere.
The singer and guitarist says: "The concept behind Dawn Of Ages is loneliness and how we are trapped in these modern and chaotic societies. It's a song about our routines, about our quotidian, but with the hope of improving 'something' and assuming your own path in this world.
"Dawn of Ages is the last song of the album and it closes its concept with soft, introspective and progressive tunes." Marquez is joined in the Chilean outfit by drummer Nikolas Recabarren and bassist Juan Diaz. Watch the videohere.
'Unity' was recorded at the legendary Bohus Sound Studios in Sweden, whose long list of clients since the start 35 years ago includes both ABBA and Status Quo (who recorded their hit album and best-selling single "Rockin' All Over The World" in the same studio).
Martina's producer and sound engineer, Tobias Lindell, has previously recorded, mixed, and produced bands such as Europe, Mustasch, and Hardcore Superstar at Bohus Sound.
Argentina-based fans will get an opportunity to catch a performance by not only Martina, but also by Tarja Turunen as special guest support, at their show in Argentina on the November 14th, at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas.See the tour dates here.