Avenged Sevenfold Members Share Their Top Albums Of 2022

Avenged Sevenfold have shared their choices for the top albums of 2022. Their diverse picks include records from Kendrick Lamar, Weezer, Polyphia, etc.

The band shared the following lists on their website:

“With 2022 coming to an end, we’ve put together lists of our top albums of the year.

ZACKY VENGEANCE:

Neil Young & Crazy Horse – World Record
Arctic Monkeys – The Car
Polyphia – Remember That You Will Die
Weezer – SZNZ: Autumn
Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers

Honorable Mentions:

Orville Peck – Bronco
Rammstein – Zeit

M. SHADOWS:

Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers
Weezer – SZNZ: Autumn
Weezer – SZNZ: Summer
Steve Lacy – Gemini Rights
Drake / 21 Savage – Her Loss

SYNYSTER GATES:

Weezer – SZNZ: Autumn
Kanye West – Donda 2
Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers
Dirty Heads – Midnight Control
Björk – Fossora

JOHNNY CHRIST:

Alter Bridge – Pawns & Kings
Megadeth – The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!
Ghost – Impera
Willow – Coping Mechanism
Weezer – SZNZ: Autumn

BROOKS WACKERMAN:

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Unlimited Love
The Smile – A Light For Attracting Attention
The Interrupters – In The Wild
Weezer – SZNZ: Autumn
Dead Cross – II”

Saxon Working On New Album

Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler has confirmed that the band are already working on a new album. The effort is expected to be released in 2024.

Glockler told The Metal Voice the following:

“We’re right in the middle of another album already… We’re a ways off. The songs are being finalized as we talk, actually. But I think that we’re gonna release it in ’24. And then that will be [followed by] a big tour.”

He also added:

“We’ve done the writing. But it’s just a case of recording it all now. But the writing process is the process that takes the time. Because you’ve got so many from ideas from everyone. Everyone [comes up] with ideas and we work on ’em, and that’s what takes the time.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Behemoth Considering The Possibility Of Releasing A New EP In 2023

It looks like we might get more new music from Behemoth in 2023. During a recent appearance on the “Everblack” podcast, Adam “Nergal” Darski revealed that the band are considering the possibility of releasing a new EP next year.

Nergal said the following:

“[‘Opvs Contra Natvram’ is] a new record, it’s a fresh record, of course, but for me it’s not new anymore. I mean, the [songs] are, like, what? Two, three years old. And I’ve got a bunch of ideas for future endeavors. Just don’t be surprised if you see or read that BEHEMOTH is in the studio sooner than later.

I’m sure next year we’ll be just doing something. I don’t know. Maybe something smaller; maybe an EP or something. I mean, I’m writing. I’ve got ideas. I don’t wanna stop. I have my moments that I get burnt out and I get bored and shit; there’s tons of things going, and the overall vibe in the world is fucking — let’s put it mildly — weird… But I don’t wanna stop.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Evanescence’s Amy Lee On Performing At The Vatican’s “Concerto Di Natale”: “I Am So Incredibly Honored”

On December 17, Evanescence’s Amy Lee performed at the Vatican’s “Concerto Di Natale” in Rome, Italy. You can see fan-filmed footage of her singing “Bring Me To Life” during the event below. Lee commented:

“I am so incredibly honored to be a part of the Vatican’s @concerto_di_natale. Still buzzing about the whole unforgettable experience, can’t wait for you to see! It premieres tomorrow in Italy on Canale 5 at 9:20pm. For the rest of us, the entire concert will stream on the 6th on YouTube at 8:00am Eastern / 2:00pm CET (link in bio) My gorgeous dress was created by the legendary @valerjpobega ✨ And we couldn’t have done it without my all time favorite, absolute ROCKSTAR stylist @marjanmalakpour ❤️”

Foo Fighters Plan To Continue: “We’re Going To Be A Different Band Going Forward”

Foo Fighters have taken some to reflect on 2022 and the heartbreaking death of their drummer Taylor Hawkins. In the newly shared message, the group also confirmed that they are planning to continue.

The band said the following:

“As we say goodbye to the most difficult and tragic year that our band has ever known, we are reminded of how thankful we are for the people that we love and cherish most, and for the loved ones who are no longer with us.

Foo Fighters were formed 27 years ago to represent the healing power of music and a continuation of life. And for the past 27 years our fans have built a worldwide community, a devoted support system that has helped us all get through the darkest of times together. A place to share our joy and our pain, our hopes and fears, and to join in a chorus of life together through music. Without Taylor, we never would have become the band that we were and without Taylor, we know that we’re going to be a different band going forward.

We also know that you, the fans, meant as much to Taylor as he meant to you, and we know that when we see you again-and we will soon-he’ll be there in spirit with all of us every night.

Foo Fighters”

Alter Bridge’s Mark Tremonti Says Rex Brown Told Him To Try Out For Pantera “A Number Of Years Ago”

During a recent interview with Overdrive, Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti revealed that Pantera bassist Rex Brown once approached him about trying out for the band. However, he ultimately declined the offer.

Tremonti said the following when asked if he would consider filling in for Zakk Wylde at a Pantera show:

“Hell no! [Laughs]

A number of years ago, I was talking with Rex at the Download festival, and he was talking about a possible Pantera reunion. He looked at me and said, ‘You should put your name in the hat’, and I was like, ‘No way, man.’

You have to be a certain type of personality to take on that role. It’s not just about the playing, it’s very much the personality, and Dime had a huge presence.

Put it this way, nobody’s gonna flip off Zakk Wylde onstage. They very well might do that to me, but there’s just no way I would put myself in that situation.”

Bleeding Through Share New Video For “Rage”

Bleeding Through have shared a new video for the title track of their latest EP “Rage.” You can check that out below. The clip was filmed during the band’s November 19 show at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA.

The Crown Part Ways With Drummer Henrik Axelsson

The Crown have parted ways with drummer Henrik Axelsson. Mikael Norén will now be taking his place.

The band issued the following statement:

“Sometimes things come to an end.

We have decided to part ways with Henrik, he has been a kickass drummer and a solid Viking Punk in this band for 7 years. We part on mutual, good terms and would like to thank him and wish him all the best for his future.

As for the rest of us – We have onboarded an amazing drummer in Mikael Norén, an old friend of ours that previously also played in Impious together with Robin. We believe that we will make one hell of a team for 2023. We can’t wait to see you all.

The Crown Never Dies!

Cheers!

The Crown 2023 line-up:

Mattias ”Arvid” Rasmussen – Bass
Johan Lindstrand – Vocals
Marko Tervonen – Guitars
Mikael Norén – Drums
Robin Sörqvist – Lead guitar”

Axelsson added:

“It’s been a pleasure for 7 years! I wish all the best to the boys in their future adventures. Hope to see you somewhere on the road.”

Tony Iommi Says Black Sabbath’s Tony Martin-Era Albums Will Be Reissued In 2023

Tony Iommi has confirmed that Black Sabbath will be reissuing the albums they recorded with singer Tony Martin in 2023. The guitarist said the following about that, while paying tribute to late drummer Cozy Powell:

“Cozy Powell would have been 75 today. Looking forward to the release of the IRS albums in 2023, a tribute to his great playing.”