Watch Megadeth, Steel Panther, Ex-Machine Head, Etc. Members Cover Dokken’s “Tooth And Nail”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Russell Allen (Symphony X), and Stix Zadinia (Steel Panther) have joined forces for a quarantine cover of Dokken’s “Tooth And Nail.” Demmel commented:

“Me and Stix has been wanting to jam on something for awhile and finally had the opportunity on one of my favorite tunes from this era. Steel Panther took over the MH practice gear in Germany after our sets at the Rock Am Park Festival in 2012 and were slaying a bunch of Dokken covers. This had to be one we did. I had realized that Dave hadn’t guested on a CaJ yet so he was a no-brainer. Dave and I have the same mind-set as things go and he’s one of my favorites in the business. Always quick with the tracks and loves to get things done. Russell was the final piece and came through big. Such a huge talent and gave the song all the sprinkles. Paul Fig has been such a rad connection through all of this and beefed up our mix while Wayne Marsala is always on point with the vid edits. Thanks to George, Don, Mick and Jeff for creating such a ROKKEN tune and to all who had a part in bringing this cover to life.”

Watch System Of A Down, Ex-Machine Head, Etc. Members Cover Stone Temple Pilots’ “Dead & Bloated”

Jason Christopher (Corey Taylor, ex-Prong, etc.), Shavo Odadjian (System Of A Down), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), and Brandon Pertzborn (Ho99o9, Corey Taylor, etc.) have joined forces for a quarantine cover of Stone Temple Pilots‘ “Dead & Bloated.“ Christopher commented:

“I hope you enjoy watching this as much as we enjoyed making it. I would like to thank the homeys: @jayruston For taking time out of his busy schedule to do this sweet mix, @rarebirdlit for the studio, @dirtyern12 for making this rad video, and @ra_diaz for the company and my brothers in arms: @phildemmel @shavoodadjian @brandonpertzborn I love you guys so much and thank you for absolutely crushing this!! I hope we did @stpband justice ❤️👊🏻❤️”

[via The PRP]

Vio-lence, Tyketto, Etc. Members Team Up For Quarantine Cover Of Scorpions’ “Blackout”

Danny Vaughn (Tyketto), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Dee Dammers (U.D.O.), Michael “Mülli” Müller (Jaded Heart), André Hilgers (Bonfire), and Peter Östros (Jaded Heart) have joined forces for a quarantine cover of Scorpions’ “Blackout.” You can check that out below:

Vio-lence Begin Recording New EP

Vio-lence have officially entered Trident Studios in Pacheco California to begin the recording process for their new EP with producer Juan Urteaga. Phil Demmel commented:

“It’s been just over 30 years since we’ve recorded an album together. I never thought this would be happening and that anyone would even care after so long. All of the support is so appreciated and we hope you enjoy the 5 new songs we are tracking. Perry [Strickland, drums] is working hard on his tracks and we’ll start guitars next week. Going to be fun. Thanks again for joining us on this ride.”

Vio-lence To Begin Recording New EP In January

Vio-lence have revealed that they are planning to start the recording process for their new EP on January 18. The band will be tracking the effort at Trident Studios in Pacheco California with producer Juan Urteaga.

Phil Demmel Says Vio-lence Have “Four Songs Done” For Their Upcoming EP

During a recent interview with Wicked Pix Photography, Phil Demmel offered an update on the new Vio-lence EP. According to him, the band currently have “four songs done” for the effort.

Demmel said the following:

“It’s been a pretty slow process, just because everybody’s kind of working on [other things]. We’ve got a five-song EP that we’re putting out on Metal Blade — five songs, plus the cover [of Dead Kennedys’ ‘California Über Alles’] that’s already been released, but that’ll be part of the package. So we’ve got four songs done. We’ve got the beginning of the fifth one going. We’ve been demoing.”

“Christian Olde Wolbers from Fear Factory is playing bass for us now, and he’s been producing our demos and engineering our demos. So it’s cool to have him be super hands-on and be right there. We’ve got the rig right in our jam room, and everybody learning the tunes. We flew Bobby Gustafson from Overkill out. He’s our guitar player, and he’s gonna play on the record. So we had them out. And it was the first time that we really sat down and [fleshed] out the parts of the songs. They’ve seen videos, but these songs are hard to play, man. They’re hard for me to play; I’m still working on some of the parts.”

He continued when asked about the musical direction of the new material:

“It’s a thrash record. We’ve had a couple of buddies come in and listen to some songs, and they were, like, ‘Holy shit, man. You guys haven’t missed a step. It sounds like 1987 in here again.’ So it’s really exciting. We’re really, really happy with the tunes.”

“It’s fun writing with the dudes again. I’m writing all the music for these five songs, for this first EP. We’re probably gonna end up doing a full-length after, with [all] five [of us] writing together. But this one, it’s just me and Sean [Killian] writing.”

Demmel also added the following when asked about possible release plans:

“I don’t know. We don’t fucking know. We don’t know when we’re gonna record. We’re still demoing and still kind of writing. It’ll be summer — maybe late summer next year — before we release [anything]. We might tease a song [before that].”

[via Blabbermouth]

Tesla, Vio-lence, Etc. Members To Join Rusty Chains For Fourth Annual Chris Cornell Tribute Event

Rusty Chains, the tribute band “that focuses on the unique sound of the Northwest in the late 80’s and early 90’s,” have announced their fourth annual Chris Cornell tribute event. The group will be streaming 26 songs across two nights via HOWLIVE.tv. The sets will take place on November 11 and November 12 with multiple guests set to take part including: Dave Rude (Tesla), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Craig Locicero (ex-Forbidden), Steev Esquivel (Skinlab), and more.

Rusty Chains commented:

“With the tragic and sudden loss of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell to suicide while the band was in the middle of their spring tour in 2017, the world was shocked that someone so brilliant, who had transcended the grunge genre to become a world-renowned, mainstream solo artist would take his own life, seemingly at the height of his career. Our hearts were broken. We as a band knew that we needed to pay special homage to him in a way that was more profound than just playing our typical set of classics.

What we came up with was organizing a tribute show where we played a career-spanning set of songs, with the proceeds going to San Francisco Suicide Prevention as a way to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Our first annual Chris Cornell tribute and Suicide Prevention benefit took place a month after Chris’s death in front of a sold-out crowd at the legendary San Francisco venue, Slim’s, with the next two annual shows following suit. Our fourth benefit promises to be just as amazing, even though it will only be viewed on your screens. So please, tune in and help us help others in need.”

All donations and merchandise profits will benefit San Francisco Suicide Prevention.

[via Blabbermouth]

Vio-lence, Voivod, Exciter, & Artillery Set For 2021 “MTV Headbanger’s Ball” European Tour

It looks like Vio-lence, Voivod, Exciter, and Artillery will be hitting the road on the 2021 “MTV Headbanger’s Ball” tour in Europe. So far, a November 26, 2021 date at the Masters Of Rock Café in Zlín, Czech Republic has been confirmed.

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Volumes, Ex-Machine Head, Etc. Members Cover Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell”

“Two Minutes To Late Night” have shared footage of their host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds performing a quarantine cover of Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell” with Myke Terry (Volumes, ex-Bury Your Dead), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Lee Jowono (Potion), Brandon Bruce (Havok), and Ben Koller (Converge, Mutoid Man). “Two Minutes To Late Night” commented:

“Rebel rebel, how could they know? Hot yell, I love you so. It’s a Billy Idol cover and Phil is playing his solo in a tiny child rocket ship tent. We did it, everyone! This is our 20th (!!!) bedroom cover made with the support of Patreon. With so many musicians stuck at home with no outlets, we’re going to keep producing these style videos and use the Patreon to give some money to everyone who has a part in them. Please support our friends by donating to our newly redone Patreon at http://www.honorableswords.com

Ex-Machine Head, Ex-Dream Theater, Etc. Members Share Quarantine Cover Of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Revelation (Mother Earth)”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head, etc.), Dino Jelusick (Trans–Siberian Orchestra, etc.), Rudy Sarzo (ex-Quiet Riot, etc.) Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Dream Theater, etc.), Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through), and Julie Bélanger Roy (Gone In April) have joined forces for a quarantine cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Revelation (Mother Earth).” You can check that out below:

Phil Demmel commented:

“This series wouldn’t be complete without this song included. It’s my favorite [Randy Rhoads]-era Ozzy song/solo so when Mike told me it was one of 3 songs on his ‘to do’ list, it was time to tackle this song. Dino and I had been waiting for a song to do with MP and since the BPMD record had come out and I wanted to wait a bit before doing another with him.

This needs to be epic and although having Marta handle the piano/synth bells/vocoder parts was going to be legit, I wanted something filling more space and immediately asked Julie (who killed it on ‘Falling’ for us) to add as much as she wanted and see what she would come up with. Having these 2 on this song with their ideas and performance makes it incredible.

We needed a Bass player and I shot for the moon. Rudy is the most professional, courteous, polite, capable and compassionate musician I’ve worked with and as he said ‘of course, I’d be honored’ I knew it was going to be special, in many ways.

It’s no secret Randy is my favorite musician. His passion for not only music but also for performing has struck something with me and I’m paying tribute in this way to maybe inspire others to follow his life’s work.

With some of my earlier Jams I recorded single/pass tracks, but with this one I wanted it to respect it as he would. 2 rhythm, 2 6-string acoustic, 2 solo, 1 12-string and 1 nylon-string tracks later, I hope you all enjoy what the 6 of us accomplished.

RIP RR”