FLOOR JANSEN Didn’t Try To Copy Previous NIGHTWISH Singers: ‘From The Get-Go, I Was Giving It My Own Twist’

In a new interview with Heavy New York, NIGHTWISH frontwoman Floor Jansen reflected on her first concert with the band, which took place in October 2012 in Seattle, Washington. At the time, Jansen was approached to sing for NIGHTWISH on the band’s North American tour after the group parted ways with its vocalist of five years, Anette Olzon.

Asked if she was asked by NIGHTWISH to replicate the previous singers’ vocal styles on the the band’s older songs, Jansen said: “I joined halfway [through a] world tour, halfway through [a tour of] the U.S., with zero preparation time, so there were no more expecations than, ‘Please see if we can finish it from the first song to the last.’ I had 48 hours to learn a 90-minute setlist. I was familiar with their work, just not the album they were touring with at the time, ‘Imaginaerum’. My vocal style is different from the ladies before me, so it makes no sense to try and copy them. So from the get-go, I was giving it my own twist. It helps that I’ve been around for a while to have a sound of my own, and, of course, throughout the time that I’ve been in the band, that sound became more and more NIGHTWISH. I try to give each song what it seems to ask for. And that’s also a cooperation with the band, of course, but that’s more with the new stuff that we have been working on from scratch. But even the old stuff, it makes no sense for me to sort of try and copy-paste somebody else’s vocals. In that sense, I’ve always been very forward in making it sound NIGHTWISH-worthy but still with my twist.”

Jansen officially joined NIGHTWISH in 2013 and made her recording debut with the group on 2015’s “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” album.

NIGHTWISH‘s ninth studio album, “Human. :II: Nature.”, was released on April 10 via Nuclear Blast. The long-awaited follow-up to “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” is a double album containing nine tracks on the main CD and one long track, divided into eight chapters on CD 2.

Olzon joined NIGHTWISH in 2007 as the replacement for Tarja Turunen after the latter was fired in 2005.

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Efforts underway to get food from US farms to the needy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — One of the many troubling aspects of the coronavirus pandemic has been seeing farmers have to destroy crops and euthanize livestock at a time when millions are losing their jobs and demand is soaring at food banks. However, some states have begun spending more money to help pay for food that might otherwise go to waste…

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SLAYER’s KERRY KING Buys Las Vegas Home For $3.81 Million

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, SLAYER guitarist Kerry King and his wife, Ayesha, paid $3.81 million for a home in a section of the Las Vegas Valley known as Enterprise. The 5,116-square-foot home with five bedrooms and six baths was built by Jewel Homes, county records show.

The legendary California band played the final show of its farewell tour last November at the Forum in Los Angeles. One day later, Ayesha King said that there is “not a chance in hell” that the thrash metal icons will reunite for more shows.

Last fall, SLAYER‘s management told Pollstar that more than $10 million worth of merchandise had been sold on the band’s farewell tour prior to the launch of the trek’s final leg.

Kristen Mulderig, who works with SLAYER‘s management company, Rick Sales Entertainment Group, told Pollstar that there will still be plenty of SLAYER-related activities now that the band is no longer performing live.

“We’re in legacy mode,” Mulderig said, “which is a lot to do, even though they won’t be making records or on the road. They still have their endorsers, there’s still merch and branding to do — sync licenses and who knows? Maybe coming up with some sort of event that is SLAYER-based. This is all stuff we’re thinking about and talking about. SLAYER lives on, absolutely.”

Formed nearly four decades ago, the quartet has released 12 studio albums, selling millions of records worldwide without the hint of a hit single.

The two remaining original members of SLAYER are King and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya.

When SLAYER first announced that it was embarking on its final tour back in January 2018, Ayesha assured fans that they would “always get music” from her husband.

King has said in previous interviews that his post-SLAYER musical efforts would not be much different from the sound fans have grown accustomed to hearing from him.

“If someone quit, I’m not going to go around with a made-up SLAYER,” he told AZCentral.com back in 2010. “But my next band would sound like SLAYER, that’s all I know.”

King told Rolling Stone in 2015 that he had entertained the idea of working on a solo project. “There’s plenty of people that I considered doing [one] with … but I have to have SLAYER covered before I consider anything like that,” he said at the time.

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SEETHER’s Eighth Album Is ‘Done’, Says SHAUN MORGAN: ‘It Turned Out Killer’

SEETHER has completed work on its new studio album for a tentative summer release.

Guitarist/vocalist Shaun Morgan spoke about the follow-up to 2017’s “Poison The Parish” during a YouTube live chat and acoustic session earlier today (Sunday, May 24).

He said (see video below): “The new album is done and basically gonna be, I think, released in August at this point. A lot of it was written over the course of about 10 months. There were about 40 to 45 songs in contention for the album. We ended up settling on recording 21 tracks, which is more than we’ve recorded before. And yeah, we’ve kind of whittled down the album to include 13 tracks.”

He continued: “It’s my favorite album we’ve done to date — by far. The songs, I think, are the strongest songs we’ve written. I’m really super proud of it. I produced it again, with Matt Hyde [SLAYER, DEFTONES] engineering and Corey Lowery [guitar], my boy, as assistant engineer, and I think it turned out killer. We worked in a little place called Dark Horse studio [in Franklin, Tennessee], and we did 21 tracks, I think, in about 17 days, which, I think, is a testament to everybody having had the demos for a while and having learned it, so by the time we got in there, we didn’t waste any time. We worked long days — we started at about ten o’clock in the morning and worked till about ten o’clock at night. So there was no noon-till-six-type stuff that I’ve had to deal with in the past.

“I think you’ll like the new album,” he added. “I do. [Laughs] So hopefully that’s universal.”

SEETHER‘s seventh full-length studio album, “Poison The Parish” was the first release via Morgan‘s label imprint Canine Riot Records. The disc was recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, Tennessee and marked the first album produced in its entirety by Shaun.

Three years ago, drummer John Humphrey told the Dallas Observer about the more guitar-driven sound of “Poison The Parish”: “The intention was to turn up the guitar and bring back a little edge to SEETHER. We’ve had the honor of working with some great producers, but maybe in the end a few albums were mixed not entirely how we envisioned them.”

Morgan and bassist Dale Stewart formed SEETHER in South Africa in 1999 under the name SARON GAS. The band released its first album, “Fragile”, in 2000, and eventually caught the attention of American record label Wind-Up Records.

SEETHER has undergone several lineup changes over the years, with Morgan and Stewart remaining constant.

Before joining SEETHER, Lowery played in such bands as SAINT ASONIA, STUCK MOJO, STEREOMUD, EYE EMPIRE and DARK NEW DAY.

Photo credit: Marina Chavez

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Watch Original Lineup Of BULLETBOYS Perform Live At ‘Monsters Of Rock Cruise Studios’

On Saturday, May 23, the reunited original lineup of BULLETBOYS played a full-length set live on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise Facebook page. Video of the entire performance can be seen below.

The original BULLETBOYS lineup made its live return on December 30 with a sold-out performance at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California.

Aside from one show in 2011, BULLETBOYS — featuring Marq Torien (vocals), Jimmy D’Anda (drums), Mick Sweda (guitar) and Lonnie Vencent (bass) — had not performed together since 1993.

BULLETBOYS formed in 1988 at the very peak of the Los Angeles glam metal movement. As a collection of talented musicians, BULLETBOYS were able to quickly capture the attention of music fans around the world. Unlike other rockers of the day, the BULLETBOYS possessed more hard rock-blues fusion than pure hair metal. Thanks to comparisons to the likes of AEROSMITH and VAN HALEN, talent scouts came running and the band quickly received their first major label contract.

BULLETBOYS‘ self-titled debut was released in 1988 via Warner Bros. and peaked at number 34 on the Billboard 200. The album spawned two hit singles, a cover of the O’JAYS classic “For The Love Of Money” and “Smooth Up in Ya”, both of which charted on the Mainstream Rock chart and saw regular airplay on MTV. BULLETBOYS went on to release two more albums, 1991’s “Freakshow” and 1993’s “Za-Za”, before splitting up.

During an appearance on a recent episode of the “Appetite For Distortion” podcast, Torien confirmed that the BULLETBOYS are putting together ideas for a new record. “We’ve been working on nothing but new music,” he said. “So we’re diligently writing right now. I’ve kind of put myself away — not talking on the phone, not going out; just diligently working with some stuff.

“This is gonna be such a diverse and really rad record that people have been really expecting from us for a long time,” he explained. “We’re taking our musical prowess into a completely new direction with just a lot of new ideas and with this recharged energy. I wanted to do something special.

“I hear a lot of music that’s out there and I’m fan of so many different bands, and not everybody is really taking risks or taking chances,” he added. “So I think we’re gonna be trying to do that on this next EP or album that we’re writing right now.”

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