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- Blabbermouth reports MÖTLEY CRÜE recently released a brand new song called "Sex" to coincide with the launch of the band's North American co-headlining tour with KISS. Written when the band was together during their residency in Las Vegas last February, "Sex" was the first studio track from the CRÜE since their June 2008 release of "Saints Of Los Angeles". In a brand new posting on his Facebook page, MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixs writes, "So glad we recorded the new MÖTLEY CRÜE track 'Sex' and actually got it out in time for the last tour for you to hear live. Obviously, there is much more to come (as always). [MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist] Mick Mars told me he has so many riffs ready to go to... But 'Sex' was just a taste of some 'new CRÜE.' I've personally been writing my ass off for months now. Feeling really inspired to follow it up with the rest of the songs from the band, too." In an August interview with Billboard.com, Sixx said that there were no plans for the group to record a full album's worth of material. "It takes time to put together music," Sixx said. "Right now we're just writing music. There's tons of material always there — there's riffs for days, ideas, choruses here, verses there. For us, it's how many songs have we written (and) how many do we love and what do we want to do with them? It's about finding the time to go home, be off the road, get everybody in a room and start riffing and see where it does." Regarding how"Sex" came together, Sixx said, "We happened to have this song everyone was really excited about, so instead of saying, 'Let's add it to the pile of songs we have and we'll sort 'em out later,' we were, 'Hey, let's finish this one up.' We got it out there for the fans, for the tour, and it's exciting for the band to play something new. We love the classics and the hits, and I know the fans love that, too, but to be able to play something new is great. "We wanted to save that big push for when we do (an album)," he added, "but the way the song is connecting with people feels like the way the music used to connect with people when we were a baby band and just had our first record out. The song really seems to work."
- Blabbermouth reports video footage of a 9-year-old girl named Chloe singing "Catcher In the Rye" with GUNS N' ROSES during soundcheck before the band's November 21 concert at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada can be seen below. GUNS N' ROSES launched its first-ever residency on October 31 when the band played the first of 12 shows at the Joint. The "Appetite For Democracy" run will last through Saturday, November 24, with the band playing a setlist exclusively created for these shows. According to a posting on GUNS N' ROSES' official Twitter, the November 21 performance at the Joint was filmed in 3D, presumably for future release. The shows feature the current lineup of the band, of which singer Axl Rose is the only original member. GUNS N' ROSES drew criticism earlier in the month from Clark County commissioners after they were told about an ad for the group's Vegas concerts which depicts what appears to be a sexually assaulted woman beneath the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign. The image, which is said to be a watered-down version of the banned cover for the band's classic 1987 debut, "Appetite For Destruction", was being used in mainstream advertising, including newspaper promotions and taxicab placards. Read more at Loudwire
- Blabbermouth reports AVENGED SEVENFOLD frontman M. Shadows has hinted at the direction of the band's next studio album, saying that it will contain "some of the heaviest" material that band has ever composed. The new disc is the first that AVENGED is writing without drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan, who died in December 2009. Speaking to U.K.'s Kerrang! magazine, Shadows explained, "I would say we're about 60 to 70 percent through with the writing now. The hardest part of it was writing without The Rev around to add in the three or four songs he could be relied upon to take to the plate. We've settled on a direction in which this album should go, and we now have a clear idea about what it will sound like. To have that clarity about it is liberating." He continued, "I don't know if I can say too much about it just now, but I can tell you what it's not, which is almost as important. I look around now and I see a lot of heavy rock bands and metal bands getting into dustup and electronics and incorporating this new fashionable shit into their sound. That's not us. We're not interested in that. If anything, we're going almost in the opposite direction by going even more old school. I mean, we're going way back on this, to an album BLACK SABBATH-esque bluesy type thing, with some of the heaviest sounds we've ever made." According to M. Shadows, AVENGED SEVENFOLD is planning to complete the songwriting process for the new CD before the holidays and enter the studio in January — possibly once again with producer Mike Elizondo who helmed 2010's "Nightmare" — to begin recording the album for an early summer release. Asked what he sees as the challenge that lies ahead for AVENGED SEVENFOLD on the upcoming record, M. Shadows said, "Well, I think we've always had backlash with every record we put out. Probably no more so than when we put out 'City Of Evil'. We're always interested in evolving our sound and challenging ourselves creatively, but not everyone has been so wiling to see us develop. I think with 'Nightmare', a lot of people almost gave us a free ride and we did't have the same kind of backlash because of Jimmy and everything, so I expect that it will be back to the old pattern this time. For me, it's about just writing the best damn record we can. The challenge is doing it without an important part of the band being there to add his thoughts and ideas, not to mention songs. People are talking about doing this or that tour, playing this venue, talking to this station, getting the covers of that magazine, doing whatever with iTunes. For me, none of that matters if you don't write good songs so it's about getting the best material we have inside of us onto an album and all that other stuff will take care of itself. I have the utmost, absolute confidence that we will do that. We are doing it!" In January 2011, AVENGED SEVENFOLD named former CONFIDE member Arin Ilejay as the band's new touring drummer, replacing Mike Portnoy (ex-DREAM THEATER). One the topic of what Arin's role has been in the songwriting process for the next CD, M. Shadows said, "He has been writing little fills and adding some touches here and there. he's done his part when he's needed. It's cool and a little strange, because he's younger than us, so he comes at it from a different perspective. Instead of growing up on [PANTERA's] 'Vulgar Display Of Power' or thrash metal, he's been influenced by The Rev and metalcore, so it's provided a little outsider insight almost. He's cool, though; he's doing his bit. He makes me feel old as shit, though!" A new AVENGED SEVENFOLD song entitled "Carry On" is featured on the soundtrack to the video game "Call of Duty: Black Ops II", which came out on November 13. AVENGED SEVENFOLD previously contributed a song called "Not Ready To Die" to the content pack for "Call Of Duty: Black Ops", the wildly successful seventh installment in the "Call Of Duty" video game series developed by Treyarch Studio and published by Activision. In addition to contributing "Carry On" to the new Call Of Duty game, AVENGED SEVENFOLD also appears in the game's closing credits. Read ,ore at Loudwire
- Blabbermouth reports former MEGADETH and KING DIAMOND guitarist Glen Drover has left the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE before playing a single show with the band. He says in a statement: "I am really sorry to say that I have decided to bow out of Geoff Tate's QUEENSRŸCHE. I was very excited about doing this gig initially, but learned in the past week or so that it's in my best interest not to do this right now. I feel really bad for those who were excited about the idea, and to Geoff himself, who, I have to say, was very nice to me on my past trip to Seattle. I, of course, am very disappointed for arriving at this point, and making this decision, to say the least. I sincerely wish the Geoff and the band all the luck on what they do in the future." Tate, who was fired from QUEENSRŸCHE in June after fronting the group for three decades, recently sought to prevent his former bandmates from touring and operating under the QUEENSRŸCHE name without him. While ruling against Tate, the presiding judge determined that there was no legal hurdle in Tate also using the name with an all-new lineup of musicians. "I don't see any reason that Mr. Tate can't have the benefit, if he gets other members, of whatever name he uses of using the brand," Superior Court Judge Carol A. Schapira said during the July 13 court hearing. "I think [doing that would be] inherently confusing, although I'm sure the market can get these things sorted out," she added. On September 2, Tate announced that he was launching his own version of QUEENSRŸCHE with RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer, former QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE and WHITESNAKE bassist Rudy Sarzo and Drover. Also on board in the new group are returning QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Kelly Gray — who played with the band from 1998 until 2001 and also produced several of their albums — and keyboardist Randy Gane, who has toured and recorded with QUEENSRŸCHE and Geoff's solo group in the past. In a recent interview with Screamer Magazine, Geoff stated about how he recruited Drover for his version of QUEENSRŸCHE: "Glen I've known for a while and I came at him more as a fan. I love his guitar playing. He's just a really special guitar player and a very fluid player. And I thought that he and Kelly Gray would be a really interesting guitar team because they're complete opposites in their style. Glen is very fluid and Kelly, every time he picks up a guitar he picks a fight with it — it's just this chunky, kind of forceful style — and I thought that would be an interesting juxtaposition of styles." Read more at Loudwire and Classic Rock
- Blabbermouth reports on October 25, Massachusetts metallers ALL THAT REMAINS took part in a meet-and-greet at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune 246-square-mile United States military training facility in Jacksonville, North Carolina. ALL THAT REMAINS frontman Phil Labonte, who stepped on the yellow footprints and briefly experienced the Marine Corps for himself, told CampLejeuneGlobe.com, "I don't rate. There are Marines out there who have done some real things. My wife is a Marine. She has deployed to Iraq twice and Afghanistan once. She's done all the real stuff. I don't count." "It's awesome he's a former Marine," said Melissa Patterson, who waited in line with her teenage daughter to meet the band. "As the saying goes, 'Once a Marine, always a Marine.' He's keeping it real and bringing it back to the men and women he served with. He hasn't gotten too big for his Marines." The band was also grateful for the experience and appreciative of the service members. "The military is voluntary," said Labonte. "It makes the commitment more valuable. We were at war for the past 10 years. People don't join just for college anymore. [Service members] definitely have my support." Read more from CampLejeuneGlobe.com. Read more at Loudwire
Photo by: Lance Cpl. Jackeline M. Perez Rivera
- Blabbermouth reports Chris A. of Hardrock Haven conducted an interview with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson before the band's November 20 concert in Columbus, Ohio. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Hardrock Haven: On this tour, you've been playing the entire "Countdown To Extinction" record. Previously, you've played all of "Rust In Peace". How has the fan reaction been to these full-album performances? David Ellefson: These are fun years for MEGADETH because we have so many opportunities to do exciting things for our fans. In many ways, those records have really come of age now. There are about two to three new generations of fans coming to know MEGADETH since those albums released so it is a tremendous juncture that we get to revisit past records and still write and release new albums, too. Hardrock Haven: What are your thoughts on digital downloads and online media replacing the more traditional physical product like a disc? David Ellefson: Online distribution is the new norm of record shopping and downloads are here to stay. Personally, as a guy who grew up in record stores as a kid, I'm all about adjusting to change and would rather just go with it than fight it. Plus, I love the computer age and I actually prefer buying my music online so I can take it with me wherever I go. It's easier and simpler in the end so I'm all good with it. Hardrock Haven: I think you're a thoughtful, articulate spokesman for metal and I'd like your opinion on the overall "state of metal." How's metal as a genre going? Are we on the right path? David Ellefson: At its best, metal is a wild animal and shouldn't be controlled… it's ferocious and unpredictable and that is what we love about it because it is a lifestyle for those of us who breathe it every day. At its worst, it can become calculated and predictable and that is so not metal! Personally, I like when bands and musicians push the envelope and create new things even if it takes the listener a while to appreciate them. As artists, if we don't innovate, the genre will become extinct so metal's future is really a combination of innovation and tradition and as fans, we should always support it because it carries the torch for our lives as metalheads. Read the entire interview from Hardrock Haven.
- Blabbermouth reports fan-filmed vodeo footage of the acoustic portion of LACUNA COIL's November 21 performance on November 21 at at Flex in Vienna, Austria can be seen below. On October 17, LACUNA COIL filmed a video for an as-yet-undisclosed song with Italian director Roberto Cinardi (a.k.a. Saku). LACUNA COIL previously worked with Saku on the clips for the songs "Spellbound" and "I Won't Tell You", taken from the band's 2009 album "Shallow Life". LACUNA COIL earlier in the year completed the "Dark Legacy" North American tour. The band's only headlining run in the United States in 2012 featured a set of more than two hours, with material spanning all of LACUNA COIL's albums. LACUNA COIL's new album, "Dark Adrenaline", sold around 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 15 on The Billboard 200 chart.
- Blabbermouth reports San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD have released the following statement: "MACHINE HEAD are currently stuck on the side of the road a few hours outside of Portland after their bus broke down earlier this afternoon, and unfortunately must announce that they will miss tonight's show [with DETHKLOK and ALL THAT REMAINS]. Pouring rain and heinous traffic mean that even if they could get the bus running, they'd never make it in time, frustrating all involved to no end. "Sincerest apologies from the band to all of the fans expecting to see MACHINE HEAD play tonight. Trust that they're as disappointed as you are by these maddening circumstances. "VIPs note: You will be contacted directly with info regarding obtaining a refund." MACHINE HEAD was forced to miss the last several shows on the DETHKLOK tour after MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn underwent successful surgery on November 14 at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minnesota to repair his double inguinal hernia. He spent the past several days home in California recovering and preparing for what was supposed to be the band's first show back on the tour tonight in Portland. "Machine Fucking Head Live", the new live album from MACHINE HEAD, sold 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. It's the band's second live effort; "Hellalive" came out in 2003. "Machine Fucking Head Live" was recorded at various tour stops across the globe last year. It features songs from throughout the band's expansive catalog, including crowd favorites like "Imperium", "Aesthetics of Hate", "Locust", "Ten Ton Hammer", "This is the End" and "Halo".
- Blabbermouth reports Hotfoot Records has announced the signing of Panama City, Florida's DENOUNCER. The band will release its new album in the spring. The CD will be the follow-up to "Separation", which was released earlier this year via We Are Triumphant. DENOUNCER's new single, "Bastard", is available for streaming below. The track was recorded by Javan Irving and was mixed and mastered by Jamie King. The single cover art was created by Rob Sather. According to a press release, DENOUNCER "brings darkened hardcore to the table with a mixture of straight aggression and misery. With powerful vocals and chaotic guitar riffs, DENOUNCER puts on an energetic live performance that is impossible to ignore."
- Blabbermouth reports High Wycombe, U.K.-based quartet THE WILD LIES will release a brand new EP, "Jacks Out The Box", on January 14, 2013. The five-song effort is described in a press release as "a blend of hard rock fused by intricate grinding riffage colliding with stadium-rock chorus melodies." "You got to hear this!" the band declares. "It's a great balance of old school with a new modern edge! We've all pushed ourselves so hard with this EP. We are really happy with end result! Check it out!" The video for first single, "Relive The Ride", can be seen below. You can see THE WILD LIES supporting JETT BLACK at High Wycombe Student Union Bar on December 15.
THE WILD LIES is:
Lead Vocals: Matt James
Guitar/Backing Vocals: Rob Gamble
Bass: Dylan Smith
Drums: Ralph Morris
- Blabbermouth reports virtuoso keyboardist Mistheria (ROB ROCK, BRUCE DICKINSON) is working on an instrumental album titled "Gemini", to be released in early 2013. According to the musician, "Gemini" is an instrumental metal effort which, unlike his previously released classical instrumental CD's— "Solo Piano" (2007) and "Keys Of Eternity" (2011) — definitely "marks" his "double-sided artistic career shared between the 'dark' metal side and the 'bright' classical side." Joining Mistheria on the new album are the following three musicians:
* Roger Staffelbach (ARTENSION, ANGEL OF EDEN) - Guitar
* Steve DiGiorgio (SADUS, TESTAMENT, DEATH, ICED EARTH) - Bass
* John Macaluso (JAMES LABRIE, ARK, TNT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, RIOT, STARBREAKER, HOLYHELL) - Drums
The drums have already been laid down for the CD, and according to Mistheria, "the recording session with John Macaluso was, once again, amazing and epic!" A clip of John in action in this studio can be seen below. The bass and guitar recording sessions are scheduled for between December 2012 and January 2013. Regarding the album title, Mistheria says, "Gemini is my Zodiac sign which perfectly represents my musical soul."
- Blabbermouth reports U.K.-based modern hard rockers TAINTED NATION have reworked the song "Bimbo", originally written by Max Martin (BACKSTREET BOYS, BRITNEY SPEARS, KELLY CLARKSON, PINK), Alexander Kronlund and Per Aldeheim for the Swedish pop-rock band LAMBRETTA. The new version of the track, now re-titled "Loser", will appear on TAINTED NATION's debut album, "F.E.A.R.", which will be released on January 25, 2013 via Massacre Records. "Bimbo" reached position No. 2 on the Swedish singles chart in 2001 and was covered by Finnish melodic death/black metallers NORTHER on the limited-edition version of their 2011 album, "Circle Regenerated". TAINTED NATION, which recently signed a worldwide management deal with Germany's Rock N Growl Management, consists of the following musicians:
* Pete Newdeck (EDEN'S CURSE, GRIM REAPER, KILLERS, STEVE GRIMMETT) - Vocals
* Pontus Egberg (THE POODLES, LION'S SHARE, ZAN CLAN) - Bass
* Ian Nash (STEVE GRIMMETT, LIONSHEART) - Guitar
* Mark Cross (FIREWIND, OUTLOUD, HELLOWEEN, KINGDOM COME) - Drums
"F.E.A.R." was produced by Pete Newdeck and mixed/mastered by Dennis Ward. Newdeck, who is mostly known for his work with EDEN'S CURSE and bands like GRIM REAPER, KILLERS and Steve Grimmett, started writing songs with bandmate and friend Ian Nash, who also played guitar for Grimmett, in 2009. While with EDEN'S CURSE and supporting STRATOVARIOUS and FIREWIND in May 2009 on their U.K. tour, Pete and then-FIREWIND drummer Mark Cross became close friends and discussed the idea of forming a new band, only this time with Newdeck as the lead singer. Newdeck's vocal abilities were truly convincing and in the spring of 2010, Pontus Egberg, bass player for Swedish hard rockers THE POODLES, completed the lineup. Newdeck, Nash, Cross and Egberg recorded the TAINTED NATION debut album in the U.K. and mixed and mastered it in Germany under the supervision of Dennis Ward, producer of many successful international artists. TAINTED NATION's music is described in a press release as "a commercial, modern and powerful-sounding rock mix."
TAINTED NATION's "Loser":
- Blabbermouth reports EDGUY mainman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project is planning to embark on a headlining tour for in April 2013. Also in the works are several summer festival appearances, as well as South American and Asian tours at the end of the summer. Commented Tobias: "I know I once said we weren't gonna do it again, but then I don't see a reason to let this die. I wanna put on the biggest thing you have ever seen, I wanna bring more vocalists, play longer shows, and just make it a giant rock opera. "I love to headline festivals — you run over people in 90 minutes and kick ass. But I also like to do our own AVANTASIA indoor tour, because we can make it much more AVANTASIA-oriented and play almost three hours without caring about anything else but AVANTASIA. So we said we have to do a giant indoor tour as well, and it's going to happen in April. I am so looking forward to it. The stage designer has just showed me his stage and light design, and it looks absolutely killer. It will be huge. "2013 will be a major year for AVANTASIA, and people don't have a clue how big things are actually going to be! I am very excited — the album will be amazingly epic, and the tour will be, too!" Sammet entered VOX Klangstudio in Bendestorf, Germany late last month with producer Sascha Paeth (KAMELOT, EDGUY, EPICA, RHAPSODY) to begin recording the new album from AVANTASIA for a spring 2013 release. The CD will once again be a rock opera based on a conceptual story very similar to the early AVANTASIA albums and will feature "a legion of guest instrumentalists and vocalists," according to a press release. The drum tracks for the new AVANTASIA album were laid down by Russell Gilbrook of URIAH HEEP. Tobias originally wanted to put AVANTASIA to rest after the release of the "The Flying Opera - Around The World In 20 Days" concert DVD in April 2011, but he has since had a change of heart. He explains, "Even though I love to record and tour with EDGUY, I didn't foresee how much I need AVANTASIA when I decided to finish this chapter of my life in 2011. I didn't know if there would be another AVANTASIA album one day, but I didn‘t feel like doing it. After the worldwide success of the latest studio releases, an arena world tour that was sold out pretty much everywhere, collaborations with childhood heroes like Alice Cooper, Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, Eric Singer of KISS, etc. I 'knew' that I had said everything I could possibly say in the name of AVANTASIA. But that's not what AVANTASIA is all about. I wanna create more great music, I wanna create more fantasy worlds, the bigger and the more epic, the better. And listening to the material that I have created for this forthcoming chapter in the history of AVANTASIA, I know there is no way I am not going to do it! I have got the feeling and the certainty that this is absolutely meant to happen and to be!"
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