World news roundup: Morbid Angel answer critics; why King avoided Big 4 jam; Vinnie Vincent rewrites history; old Onslaught reactivated
Morbid Angel guitarist Destrukthor has reacted to criticism of the band’s latest album Illud Divinum Insanus by admitting its industrial-tinged sound took him by surprise as well.
He says: “It’s very different from everything else we’ve ever put out. I was very surprised when I first heard it. You can’t please them all.
“But do also remember a big part of the album still represents fast and sick death metal extremities. It shows Morbid Angel were always walking their own path, being different.” LiveReviewer.com
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Kerry King says he was scheduled to appear as part of the Big 4′s live jam in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the weekend – but changed his mind after Metallica changed the track to be played.
Slayer axeman King explains: “We were going to play the Anti Nowhere League song So What, and I’d rehearsed it. But they changed it to Am I Evil at the last minute and I decided not to do it.
“I haven’t thought about that songs for two months since we played it in California.”
Slayer frontman Tom Araya has previously voiced his unhappiness with Am I Evil as the thrash giants’ jam track, saying it’s not representative of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax as a movement.
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Troubled ex-Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent says his Wikipedia entry is inaccurate and has written his own version of his own history. He’s also stated he plans to re-record his second solo album, All Systems Go, because he always hated the version which was released.
Vincent writes: “The common misconception was that a ‘band’ was signed to the label. However, it was Vincent who was signed exclusively to Chrysalis as a ‘solo artist’ off the power of his demo. Vincent began recording and the end result was ‘Vinnie Vincent Invasion’. A virtual powerhouse of great songs, in-your-face, over-the-top guitar, great layered intricate harmonies and piercing vocals, ‘Vinnie Vincent Invasion’ exploded onto rock radio and became the fastest-selling debut album in the history of Chrysalis Records.
“Despite Vincent’s enormous efforts to fit Robert Fleischman into his contract, Chrysalis, failing to know a good thing when they saw it, destroyed the chemistry, letting Fleischman go unrewarded forcing him to resign. Vincent, disheartened, was forced under duress to tour in support of his explosive Vinnie Vincent Invasion with a replacement singer who Vincent felt was woefully substandard.
“Once recording sessions for All Systems Go were underway, it became painfully evident the production, sound and lead vocals were simply poor, lackluster and pale in comparison to Vinnie’s first album. Vincent knew he should have aborted the entire project, fired all the salaried employees, and regrouped with Fleischman, but it was too late. All Systems Go was released to Vinnie’s dismay. With a dramatic change in Chrysalis management, Vincent was saddled with a situation he had no belief in. Vincent made the conscious decision in 1988 to disband the group.
“In late 1988, Vincent refused to extend Chrysalis the contractual option for a third record. Chrysalis’s contract had a leaving-member clause and option on the salaried employees Vincent used as bandmates. Left without Vinnie Vincent under contract, Chrysalis picked up the option on two remaining employees.
“The rumors that Vincent was kicked out of his own band was baseless Internet gossip, rumor and hearsay, having absolutely no basis in fact.”
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Former Onslaught drummer Steve Grice has assembled a band made up of fellow ex-members and plans to tour a live performance of their 1989 album In Search of Sanity.
The project is called Onslaught: The Sanity Days and also features singer Steve Grimmett, who sang on the album, plus guitarist Alan Jordan from 2007′s Killing Peace and bassist Jase Stallard from the 1980s.
The title was a departure from Onslaught’s previous and later thrash metal outings, and the material doesn’t appear in their live shows for that reason. So Grice and singer Steve Grimmett, who fronted the band for In Search of Sanity, say they have no concerns over stepping on their former bandmates’ toes.
Grice says: “We always wanted to play one or two tracks from Sanity with Onslaught, but we never really had the right tools in the bag. The band has not been set up in competition with the official Onslaught – they’re doing something completely separate.”
The drummer split with the official band in March after a series of disagreements.