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- Blabbermouth reports congratulations are in order for SLIPKNOT guitarist Mick Thomson and his girlfriend Stacy Riley, who got married yesterday (Friday, October 5). SLIPKNOT wrapped up their headlining stint on this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in early August and headlined its own festival, Knotfest, later that same month in Pacific Junction, Iowa and in Somerset, Wisconsin. SLIPKNOT's greatest-hits package, "Antennas To Hell", sold more than 16,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 18 on The Billboard 200 chart. The set consists of 19 songs from the band's four major label studio albums, as well as live performances of "The Heretic Anthem" and "Purity", plus a remix of "My Plague". A 17-track bonus disc, "(sic)nesses: Live At The Download Festival 2009", is also included in the package. The collection is the first release from SLIPKNOT since the passing of bassist Paul Gray in 2010. SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor recently confirmed that the group has been "putting together demos" for its fifth major label album, which it expects to begin recording within the next couple of years. Read more at Loudwire
- Blabbermouth reports An audio snippet of "The Travellers Part 1", a brand new song from STONE SOUR, can be streamed using the SoundCloud player below. The track is taken from "House Of Gold And Bones - Part 1", the first half of STONE SOUR's upcoming two-disc concept album. The first CD arrives on October 23, while the second half will come out next year, probably in May. Singer Corey Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio that the project has turned out even better than he had hoped. "It's some of the best work we've ever done," he said. "Song-wise, guitar-wise, performance-wise, I mean, everything. It's so good. It's come out so much better than I thought it was going to. It's surpassed all of our expectations. It's really, really good." Speaking to Rolling Stone about the making of the project, Taylor said, "Even with the time constraints we had, we basically recorded two albums in the time it takes to record one. So we were doing double-duty every day. I was tracking two songs vocally a day just to keep us on a deadline and it really pushed us to strive for excellence." The singer also said that the band wanted to "really try and go for (a) natural vibe on this without using a ton of samples and really try to differentiate us from everybody else out there . . . we wanted to really capture a unique sound."
"House of Gold & Bones - Part 1" track listing:
01. Gone Sovereign
02. Absolute Zero
03. A Rumor Of Skin
04. The Travellers Part 1
07. My Name Is Allen
09. Influence Of A Drowsy God
10. The Travellers Part 2
11. Last Of The Real
STONE SOUR has tapped Johny Chow as its live bassist for the band's upcoming tour behind "House Of Gold And Bones". Chow has formerly played with metal acts SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY and FIREBALL MINISTRY, and replaces Shawn Economaki, who bowed out of the band earlier this year for personal reasons. The group tapped Rachel Bolan of SKID ROW to play bass on the album itself, and Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio how that came together. "I'm well-documented being a huge SKID ROW fan. I can't remember who brought the name up, but I immediately was like, 'Dude, absolutely.' We knew somebody who had his number, so I called him and within 24 hours he was basically getting ready to do it. And he's just one of the coolest dudes on the planet and he schooled it. People are going to be very impressed by the bass playing." Guitarist Josh Rand told Metalshrine about Bolan's involvement in the album, "It was a great experience. He's a phenomenal writer on top of being a phenomenal bass player and he brought this style into it that we felt had been lacking. Instead of following the guitars, he actually plays bass and it elevated all of the songs to a whole new level." Bolan was unable to join STONE SOUR on tour because of his previous commitments to SKID ROW. STONE SOUR will play a couple of festival dates in South America in early November before heading overseas later this fall for a European tour.
"The Travellers Part 1" audio snippet:
"A Rumor Of Skin" audio snippet:
"Gone Sovereign" and "Absolute Zero" audio stream:
- Blabbermouth reports FOZZY's new single, "Sandpaper", has been named the theme song for WWE's upcoming Hell In A Cell pay-per-view event, which will be held October 28 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. he lead single from FOZZY's new album, "Sin And Bones", "Sandpaper" features guest vocals by M. Shadows of AVENGED SEVENFOLD. Directed by Sean McEwen, the accompanying video is inspired by horror classic "Evil Dead", with Shadows playing the role of FOZZY's evil puppet master. "Sin And Bones" sold around 3,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 143 on the Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 1 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. FOZZY singer — and WWE wrestling superstar— Chris Jericho recently told Loudwire about the "Sandpaper" clip, "It kind of started from that and then we said, 'What if we do a whole 'Evil Dead'-type homage?' And then we found this bad-ass cabin in the woods in Atlanta, and just everything kind of fell together from there. We found, right by the cabin, there was a civil war burial ground, and there was this creepy bridge that was near it, and the cabin couldn't have been more perfect for what we were looking for." Asked how the Shadows collaboration came about, Jericho told LocalBozo.com: "Shad's a friend of mine and when I was recording the vocals, I wasn't really feeling the one part: 'a cat scratch whiplash / a witch hunt in black.' So I thought it'd be cool to have somebody else do it, like a calm response. So I called Matt and asked him if he'd be interested. I knew they were off and he was at home, so he's like, 'Send me the song and I'll see what I think.' I sent it to him and he really dug it. He was a fan of ours from before anyways — he liked a bunch of our songs. He thought that 'Sandpaper' was one of the catchiest choruses that we'd ever done and so he kind of took it and laid down the part like I asked him to and then he also rearranged the song a bit — gave it a little bit of a different arrangement, streamlined it, made it a little bit more compact, and in my opinion made it a better song. So not only did he sing what I asked him to, he also put his own spin on it and really went above and beyond to create this amazing song that's just been doing huge for us since it came out. So it was cool. It was cool on a professional standpoint, on a creative standpoint, and on a friendship standpoint to have him involved." "Sin And Bones" was released on August 14 (one day earlier internationally) via FOZZY's new label, Century Media Records.
- Blabbermouth reports zpureGrainAudio's Mitch Lafon conducted an interview with ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello and lead guitarist Rob Caggiano before the band's October 2 concert in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. You can now watch the chat below. Asked about how timing the release of ANTHRAX's latest album, "Worship Music", to coincide with the band's appearances at the "Big Four" concert at the Yankee Stadium in New York City helped make the record such a critical and commercial success, Bello said, "It [was a] huge [part of it]. It put us back in the limelight. I mean, METALLICA's the biggest band in the world. And to be on stage with them, let alone [as part of the] 'Big Four', it was huge for us, and it put us in front of this whole new fanbase." He continued, "I take my hat off to METALLICA. Not only are their our friends, but they really gave us a kick in the ass, which was what we needed to get to be a band again. And we're bearing fruit on it, which is beautiful. To see 14-year-old kids coming up to, saying they love this record, they grew up on my bass playing from their father, or whatever it may be, I love that. That's what it's about. "So now we have this whole turnover between the younger kids and our older crowd, which we love … But you've gotta come up with the goods. Nobody cares if you don't come up with the goods. We knew we had something special. It all worked. It was the perfect storm. We knew it was the right thing to do it at Yankee Stadium, to release it around that time; it was big hype thing on that, the 'Big Four.' It all worked nicely, but we knew we had the goods, so to speak." ANTHRAX recently spent time in the studio recording several cover versions of some of their favorite rock classics, to be included with the upcoming re-release of "Worship Music". In addition to RUSH and BOSTON covers, ANTHRAX is also recording its versions of AC/DC's "T.N.T.", JOURNEY's "Keep On Runnin'" and BLACK SABBATH's "Neon Knights". The latter song is expected to appear on the upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album which is being assembled by the sibger's widow and longtime manager Wendy Dio. Read more at Classic Rock
- Blabbermouth reports Chicago heavy rockers SOIL have tapped Phoenix-based musician Mitch Gable (ECHOES THE FALL) as their new touring drummer. Commented SOIL singer Ryan McCombs: "Our hope since Tim [King, bass], Adam [Zadel, guitar] and myself got back together was to keep the drummer position a revolving door. Mitch Gable is currently scheduled to do the U.K./Europe run, as well as he is also the drummer that did the last run with (HED)P.E. with us. [He's a] really good drummer and good guy to have on the road." In a recent interview with Jake Serd and Ken Kirby of 94.9 K-Rock, McCombsspoke about SOIL's future plans, including the release of a new studio album, which is tentatively scheduled for next year. Several songs have already been written for te effort, which the singer says will "pick up where [2004's] 'Redefine' left off. I love the material that we're writing, and that's the feeling that I get from it," he said. "At the same time, ['Redefine' came out] seven years ago, so I'm sure there's gonna be some change." He continued, "A lot of fans I ran into on the road just in the past few weeks made comments that they felt like, you had [2001's] 'Scars' and you had 'Redefine' and then really… I'm not dissing anything. The [other SOIL] guys, I think, put out two really good albums [with another singer] after I left. But it's just the way… Usually, when people listen to music, it's kind of the voice that catches people's ears. I'm not putting myself up on [a pedestal] by saying that, but at the same time, it's just kind of the reality of the business. So people were saying how it was kind of like those next two DROWNING POOL albums [with me on vocals] were… that was the follow-up to the first two SOIL records as far as that vocal sound. And I think this [new SOIL CD] is just gonna be the next one in line. "I love the material we're doing and it's feeling good. I hope the people that loved 'Scars' and 'Redefine' see that natural progression." SOIL will hit the road with FOZZY on a nine-date U.K. tour launching November 27 in Stoke, England and wrapping up December 6 in Brighton, England. The trek marks both bands' first return to the United Kingdom since highly successful appearances at this year's Download festival. The tour will also feature the U.K.'s own BREED 77. SOIL released its first-ever DVD, entitled "Re-LIVE-Ing The Scars", on May 8 via Bieler Bros. Records. The two-disc set, which was recorded live on October 14, 2011 at Electric Ballroom in London, England, contains an audio CD version of the same concert. Also included is over one hour of backstage and behind-the-scenes bonus footage and photos. SOIL's recording lineup for "Re-LIVE-Ing The Scars" consisted of founding members Ryan McCombs (vocals; ex-DROWNING POOL), Tim King (bass) and Adam Zadel (guitar) alongside former STAIND drummer Jon Wysocki.
- Blabbermouth reports METAL CHURCH — Ronny Munroe on vocals, Kurdt Vanderhoof and Jay Reynolds on guitars, Steve Unger on bass, and Jeff Plate on drums — will celebrate their official reunion on board 70000 Tons Of Metal, the world's biggest heavy metal cruise. For one of their two shows on board, they will play their debut album, "Metal Church", in its entirety. The other show will be a "greatest-hits" set. And guess what? You will be able to vote the songs for the "greatest-hits" setlist. More details on how to vote will be announced soon. METAL CHURCH called it quits after performing at the Rocklahoma festival in July 2009 in Pryor, Oklahoma. In January 2013, 40 heavy metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the world will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship "Majesty Of The Seas" for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at 70000Tons.com and be part of heavy metal history made in the Caribbean once again on 70000 Tons Of Metal.
The following 19 out of 40 bands have already been announced:
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
METAL CHURCH (reunion show)
RAGE and LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA
SUBWAY TO SALLY
70000 Tons Of Metal will sail Monday, January 28, 2013 aboard the Royal Caribbean "Majesty Of The Seas" from Miami, Florida and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, February 1, 2013. Ticket prices start at $666 plus $299 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24-room service.
- Blabbermouth reports Dutch singer Floor Jansen (REVAMP, ex-AFTER FOREVER) made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington. Jansen is handling lead-vocal duties on NIGHTWISH's current North American tour after the group parted ways with Anette Olzon at the end of September. In a new blog post on her official web site at FloorJansen.com, Floor writes, "I am writing to you from our backstage in a venue called The Grove in Anaheim. I will go back to where I left you at the last blog, in San Francisco. "In my last words, I was hoping to see something of the city. There was no time for this for me, though. Fully consumed by all the new things, saving all my energy for the show. My cold was nasty as well, so I focused on the show, and the show only! "It was a great one!!! The venue was beautiful and gave the magical NIGHTWISH show and extra glance with its theatrical look. "This was the third show and for me things were getting easier (even though I did miss some words here and there :-) The fun in the backstage was superb as well, just a great and magical night all the way through!!! "We had a day off after this one and we spend it in L.A. We had a great BBQ with our dear promoter John and some of the guys had some energy left to go to the famous Rainbow Bar. I went back to my hotel room for a nice long sleep to fight the cold and to get all my reserves back to go for the next round of three shows! "Today we are in Anaheim, right next to Disneyland! We took a taxi to Disney Downtown and enjoyed the sun, the stores and the 'world within a world' there for a little while. "Right now I'll be preparing myself for a second meet-and-greet and, of course, the show tonight! I look forward to it!!!" Olzon joined NIGHTWISH in 2007 as the replacement for Tarja Turunen after the latter was fired in 2005.
- Blabbermouth reports following the success of "Bjarnfredarson", which won all the major awards at the Icelandic Film Awards in 2010 and became one of the biggest-grossing films in Icelandic history, internationally awarded director Ragnar Bragason, one of Iceland's most popular and critically acclaimed filmmakers of the younger generation, returns with a new story titled "Metalhead". Film synopsis: "It's the year 1970 and as BLACK SABBATH record their first album and mark the birth of heavy metal, Hera Karlsdottir is born on the cowshed floor at her parents farm in rural Iceland. The years of her youth are carefree until a tragedy strikes. Her older brother is killed in a accident and Hera blames herself for his death. In her grieve she finds solace in the dark music of heavy metal and dreams of becoming a rock star." The cast includes Ingvar E. Sigurðsson ("Jar City", "Reykjavik-Rotterdam"), Halldora Geirharðsdóttir ("Harpoon: Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre") plus newcomer Helga Thorbjorg Dýrfjörð in the leading role. Production starts next month with the premiere slated for fall 2013. The producers Mystery Island are seeking music from the era 1970-1992 to include in the film. Interested labels or artists can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Loudwire reports Coheed and Cambria delay "The Afterman: Ascension" deluxe edition packages
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- Classic Rock posts a lyric video for "Apocryphon" by The Sword
- Blabermouth posts a video of "A Map Of All Our Failures" track by track part 1
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