Joey DeMaio says that MANOWAR has filed a lawsuit against the Hellfest organizers over the cancelation of the band's concert at this year's edition of the French heavy metal festival.In was reported on June 21 that MANOWAR's performance at the annual event in Clisson was called off just hours before the veteran metal group was supposed to take the stage.The Hellfest organizers later issued a statement saying that the MANOWAR members "decided to leave the site" and insisting that the cancelation was caused by "reasons beyond our will."MANOWAR later disputed Hellfest's version of the circumstances that led to the band's non-appearance at the event, claiming that the Hellfest organizers canceled the show after they "chose not to honor their contractual obligations."Earlier today (Saturday, July 20), MANOWAR performed in Istanbul, Turkey, and DeMaio addressed the Hellfest dispute during a lengthy speech in the middle of the band's concert.Speaking directly to the audience, the bassist said (see video below): "When people talk about MANOWAR leaving a concert and not playing for some stupid reason, they have their head up their ass."MANOWAR played out first show for seven people — seven! Okay? One of them was our manager; the other was a bartender. So if somebody says, 'MANOWAR, they have to have a big stage; they have to…' No. We have to have our people treated like they deserve. And we have to have a promoter that honors their agreements and their contracts and doesn't just pick and choose what they're going to do and what they wanna do. That's the fucking reality."We signed a contract in blood in 1983, and the reason I signed that contract is I wanted the world to know MANOWAR was the one band that will never fuck our fans and never play shit music or make the fans eat shit with bad sound, bad lights and without our equipment," he said. "That's the fucking reality."I didn't see any of these fucking promoters sign a contract in blood, but they're happy to talk shit about people.'I wasn't invited to the Hellfest press conference — just so you know — but they will be invited to mine, because I want the world to know the fucking truth, exactly what happened over there. It was the promoters that caused every fucking problem — not MANOWAR."DeMaio continued: "Now, I want you to think about something. We have played, just this tour, 30 different shows — 30. In 13 countries. We played a show in Israel; didn't have any problem. We played nine shows in Russia — no problem. One show in the Ukraine — no trouble. One show in Belarus, two in the Czech Republic, five in Germany, Denmark, four in Norway. We played to 650 people at the fucking North Pole in a city that has two thousand people and four thousand polar bears, okay? So don't tell me MANOWAR are fucking divas. We went there because we wanted to play for the people that lived there, 'cause they never had a heavy metal concert. We played four shows in Norway, two in England, one in Switzerland, one in Greece, one in Bulgaria, and we're here on stage tonight in Turkey. So you tell me who's wrong. You think it's MANOWAR that's wrong? One country, one fucking show out of all of these, and there's a problem. You tell me who fucked up."The truth of the matter is we have filed a lawsuit against Hellfest organizers," Joey added. "We don't fuck around. People try to fuck with our fans… Nobody's gonna push MANOWAR around. We're not gonna give our fans less than a hundred percent. We don't take shit from anybody. And yes, we would rather give a hundred percent or nothing. And I'm sorry that people traveled from all over the world. You have no idea how sorry I am, how sorry Eric [Adams, vocals] is, how sorry Anders [Johansson, drums] is, E.V. [Martel, guitar], our fucking loyal crew. We feel terrible. People flew from all over the fucking world to that place, and MANOWAR didn't play. But you know what? We're suffering for it, and the true fans will suffer along with us."I believe we will win this lawsuit, and when we do, we're gonna take some money and we're gonna find a country and we're gonna find a city in that country that will have us, and we're gonna play a free concert, and the whole fucking world is invited," DeMaio said. "You have my fucking word that that will happen. You can believe on behalf of myself, Eric, E.V. and Anders, and the MANOWAR crew — the loyal crew that we've had for 30 years — we will do what we say. And don't listen to these fucking ass-kissing motherfuckers on the Internet talk shit about MANOWAR and their rumors. None of those fucking assholes were even there. Do they have a copy of our contract? Were they backstage? Did they see what happened? No. They've got nothing better to do than play with their fucking little dicks and type on the fucking Internet and talk shit about people. But we're the band that showed up there with eight fucking trucks, or however many we had, ready to play. And guess what? We never canceled. Yeah, that's right. The announcement came from them, on their site. But it was nice for people to say we canceled so they wouldn't have to listen to the fans bitch. So maybe those people should ask these fuckers some questions about what really happened."I'm sorry to take your time with this, but the fucking truth must be told," Joey concluded. "And very soon this lawsuit will be made public. You can all go on the Internet and you can read it there yourselves. And everybody that pissed on us and pissed on you is gonan fucking eat shit when they see what the fuck really happened."This past May, DeMaio said that the band was "not retiring," despite the fact that it announced its "final" tour more than three years ago. " I'm too young to retire," he told Bulgaria's Z Rock Radio. I'm like Peter Pan — I'm a boy in a man's body. I'm, like, 15 years old in my mind."Back in May 2016, MANOWAR revealed that it would say "thank you", "farewell" and "goodbye" to its fans on a world tour that would be "bigger and beyond anything" the group had ever done.MANOWAR released a new EP, "The Final Battle I", in March. Parts II and III of the trilogy will arrive at a later date, inspired by MANOWAR's adventures on the remainder of "The Final Battle".
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MASTODON drummer Brann Dailor spoke to Lou Brutus of HardDrive Radio about the band's recently completed tour, which celebrated the tenth anniversary of its fourth album, 2009's "Crack The Skye".Asked how the idea for the tour came about, Brann said (see video below): "We were sort of at the end of our tour cycle, so we weren't really gonna go out [again], but then our bass player, Troy [Sanders], was saying, 'Hey, we've got this 10-year anniversary coming up of our 'Crack The Skye' album.' It was one of the pillars of our catalog and one of the albums that turned us on to a whole new group of people, as far as our fanbase and everything, and an album that we all have a deep connection to. So the idea of going out and playing it again from start to finish was awesome. We all were excited about it and wanted to see if we could do a better job at it this time around than we did 10 years ago."According to Brann, MASTODON had a hard time reproducing "Crack The Skye" live upon the album's initial release."That was a heavily decorated Christmas tree, basically," he said. "We put everything in the studio that we could drape on it we did, so you could barely see the tree after we got done putting all the tinsel on. So replicating that live was tough. But this time around, I think that we did a much better job at doing so. With some time behind us, and when you get the opportunity to do something a second time, it's, like, you wanna do it better."Asked if he learned anything about "Crack The Skye" while preparing for the recent tour that he didn't know before, Brann said:"I don't think I learned anything new about it," he said. "I remembered some things about it — that it's more of a cerebral album as opposed to like a moshpit album."We're used to our audience showing appreciation by beating the hell out of each other, so when they don't do that, you're, like, 'We're doing something wrong,'" he explained. "So it was remembering that when we did that 10 years ago, the first few shows of playing that, people are just kind of watching it and listening and taking it all in. There's a lot going on.""Our objective going into it was making it an 8-to-80 record and the kind of record you wouldn't be embarrassed… if you were in the band, you wouldn't be embarrassed playing it for David Bowie or Peter Gabriel."MASTODON and COHEED AND CAMBRIA's "The Unheavenly Skye Tour" kicked off May 28 in Louisville, Kentucky at the Iroquois Amphitheater and made stops in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, and more before wrapping July 3 in Irving, Texas at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory.Sanders recently said that MASTOON will begin work on its new album in the fall. The effort will mark the group first release since 2017's "Emperor Of Sand", which won MASTODON a Grammy in the "Best Metal Performance" category for the song "Sultan's Curse".
"Reflections Doubt", the debut demo from QAALM, the new atmospheric doom metal band featuring ACT OF DEFIANCE and ex-SCAR THE MARTYR singer Henry Derek Elis (on guitar), can be streamed below.Starting a band these days may seem like somewhat of an unadorned idea. But among two creative and passionately involved music aficionados materialized a kinship over various genres, which would eventually lead to precisely that. Henry met Pete Majors shortly after moving to Los Angeles. After attending a gig and later playing a show with his previous band HARASSOR, the two connected and sure enough there was talk of a potential endeavor.The early stages of the band consisted of various musicians and the underdeveloped tone of the band proved to be partially incomplete. Something was missing… and after a while, things came to a halt. Henry took a year off to focus on ACT OF DEFIANCE and write new material from scratch. After some soul searching and a renewed approach to writing, Henry laid down the first demos with the help of Christopher Jon, whom he met several years prior through a mutual industry acquaintance. Chris had expressed interest in wanting to venture into a heavier direction after the demise of his project I, PARASITE.Pete ultimately introduced a second guitarist, Brock Elmore, into the fold. After a relentless run with his previous band, SEVEN SISTERS OF SLEEP, he would go on to forever change the dynamic of the band. With the addition of David Huet on bass, the band would continue to cultivate new ideas and expand sonically. The initial objective of creating an atmosphere and inevitably maintaining a stern approach to a "heavy sound" became the band's mission. They would go on to incorporate baritone octaves, melodic overtones, dissonant chords, harrowing vocals and ambient textures to intensify the overall sound. Etay Levy would prove to be the final piece of the puzzle to complete the line-up on drums… and at last, QAALM was born.Lyrically, Pete's presence cannot be overshadowed. Implementing the echoes of his own personal experiences, depression and adverse aspects of humanity, his voice in essence is the pinnacle of reason. Alas, in the eye of every storm, lay many questions. Some of which cannot easily be answered. The definition of QAALM's sound may very well be one of them. The band persists in reliance of all of their influences to help forge and perfect the aesthetic execution of it's prominent core. Utilizing elements of sludge, black metal and post-rock, QAALM would outgrow any breed of stereotypical commotion regarding style over substance. The band clearly has both and isn't shy about delivering the goods. Having no shortage of shows and an album in the works, QAALM's own brooding brand of doom cannot be silenced.QAALM is:Pete Majors - Lead VocalsHenry Derek Elis - Lead GuitarChristopher Jon - Keys & SamplesBrock Elmore - Guitar & Backing VocalsDavid Huet - BassEtay Levy - Drums