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  • Blabbermouth reports according to Australia's, Soundwave festival promoter AJ Maddah has confirmed that METALLICA will play a two-hour set at this year's event, complete with the "Snakepit" rig, all but confirming that the band's setlist will include the entirety of METALLICA's 1991 self-titled effort.   The last time this rig was used was during METALLICA's 2012 European tour where the LP was played backwards, starting with closing number "The Struggle Within" and ending with "Enter Sandman".  Asked whose idea it was for METALLICA to play the "black" album in reverse on the most recent tour, the band's drummer, Lars Ulrich, told Rolling Stone magazine, "If you like the idea, it was mine. If you don't, it was James' [Hetfield, guitar/vocals]. For better or worse, I'm the setlist guy. This is all subject to change if it doesn't work. But the idea of starting off with the lesser-known songs buried down there and ending up with 'Sad But True' and 'Enter Sandman' seems like a winner. You finish with the money shot, which is the first song."  "Metallica" in 2009 surpassed SHANIA TWAIN's 1997 record, "Come On Over", as the best-selling CD of the SoundScan era. To date, the black album has sold more than 16 million copies in the United States.  Although METALLICA had scored their first radio and video airplay with their previous effort, 1988's "...And Justice For All", the black album was the band's biggest commercial breakthrough, producing five singles and making them into one of the most popular rock bands in the world.


  • Blabbermouth reports "Confessions", the sixth studio album from Californian rockers BUCKCHERRY, is due on February 13. The disc will be BUCKCHERRY's first domestic release with new label Century Media Records. The CD will be made available via Eleven Seven Music in other parts of the world.  According to the Dropping The Needle podcast, the Japanese edition of "Confessions" will include two bonus tracks: "Wherever I Go" (from "Avengers Assemble") and a live version of "Rescue Me". The domestic deluxe edition will contain the bonus cuts "Give 'Em What They Want" and "When The Fire Starts" as well as a DVD featuring the newly released "Gluttony" music video, "On The Set: Gluttony Video Shoot", "The Story Behind Confessions" and the original "Gluttony" lyric video.

    All configurations of the album will include the following track listing:

    01. Gluttony
    02. Wrath
    03. Nothing Left But Tears
    04. The Truth
    05. Greed
    06. Water
    07. Seven Ways To Die
    08. Air
    09. Sloth
    10. Pride
    11. Envy
    12. Lust
    13. Dreamin' Of You

    The "Gluttony" video can be seen below. The clip was shot in November in Los Angeles, with the band putting out an open casting call for fans to appear in the video.  "It's just about trying to control your behavior," BUCKCHERRY singer Josh Todd tells Loudwire about "Gluttony". "They always say that you have to do everything in moderation and that's never been my experience. One is okay, two is better, three is fantastic and four is the best. I want to consume everything, I want to go big or go home. I'm either on 11 or I'm asleep."  He continued: "That's my problem, that's my struggle, trying to moderate — that's what 'Gluttony' is about. It's like, 'I want it, I need it, I love it' and everything that feels good to me, I want to overdo it. It's just who I am and I don't understand why I can't do it."  "Confessions" is a loose concept album that revolves around the notion of the seven deadly sins and is inspired by events in Todd's childhood.  Todd has helped co-write a short film that will come out alater in the year and expand upon the record's themes. It's not clear yet how the film will be distributed.  Todd said that "Confessions" is "definitely a heavier, musically, record than we've ever had, and more melodic. It's pretty intense, but everybody's gonna love it. It's quintessential BUCKCHERRY at the end of the day."  The band will join KID ROCK as special guests on his upcoming "Rebel Soul" tour, beginning February 2 in Kansas City, Missouri.


  • Blabbermouth reports "I Don't Apologize (1000 Pictures)", the new video from Las Vegas rockers OTHERWISE, can be seen below. The song is a heartbreak anthem that most anyone who's had a difficult break can relate to. The track comes off of the band's debut album, "True Love Never Dies", which has sold nearly 30,000 copies in the United States to date.  "I Don't Apologize (1000 Pictures)" has already sold over 10,000 singles and is currently No. 22 at Active Rock Radio.  OTHERWISE was also selected to open this year's MMA Awards Show with a performance of their hit single, "Soldiers". The program will air on the Fox Sports Network this Sunday, January 20 at 9:00 p.m. local time. "Soldiers" was the first song by an unsigned artist to ever occupy the No. 1 spot on the Sirius Octane channel and has sold nearly 100,000 singles to date.  With vigorous touring all throughout 2012, OTHERWISE continues on with a heavy schedule into this year. Kicking off this weekend, OTHERWISE will hit the road with STONE SOUR and PAPA ROACH on a U.S. tour. The band is already confirmed for a number of festivals this year, so fans are encouraged to be on the lookout for updates and announcements.  Read more at Loudwire


  • Blabbermouth reports Schecter Guitar Research has announced three pivotal players in the metal arena with new Schecter Signature Series guitars to be released: Kenny Hickey (TYPE O NEGATIVE, DANZIG, SEVENTH VOID), Tommy Victor (PRONG, MINISTRY, DANZIG) and Marco "Maus" Biazzi (LACUNA COIL): three distinct players with different styles and tone, but with one ingredient in common: Schecter GuitarsKenny Hickey's well-defined baritone sound was the heart of TYPE O NEGATIVE, gothic-metal homages to man's darkest corners, while the bite of his tone found with SEVENTH VOID and his touring stints with DANZIG proved that regardless of the set-up, his tone was an organic extension. His Schecter Kenny Hickey Signature C-1 EX will allow players to harness the tools of his sound and maybe even conjure some "green light" spirits up.  Tommy Victor is a legend of the stop/start riff fraternity, something that befitted his band PRONG's New York City chaotic roots. Albums like "Prove You Wrong", "Cleansing" and their latest "Carved In Stone" highlight his clean clock-like riffs, while his roadwork with DANZIG further embraced his ability to play a deep groove and MINISTRY showcased his pile-driving methodology. The Schecter Tommy Victor Signature will allow guitarists to now employ his various playing styles in one unit.  LACUNA COIL's Marco "Maus" Biazzi, like Kenny Hickey, explores a darker sound but harnesses the sweep of European-style metal familiar to his Italian heritage. His intricate playing, weaving between the throbbing melodies and Cristina Scabbia's vocals, landed the band on a much larger stage with the success of "Comalies" in 2004. With the recent release "Dark Adrenaline", Maus continues to paint sonic melodies while wielding off flourishing leads. The Schecter Maus Signature C-7 model will help further establish his reputation in and out of the metal world.  The Schecter Kenny Hickey Signature C-1 EX, Tommy Victor Signature and The Schecter Maus Signature C-7 models are all being showcased at the musical instrument industry's biggest event — the winter NAMM conference — Schecter Booth, Room 210-D, in Anaheim, California, January 24-27, 2013.

    About the Kenny Hickey Signature C-1 EX:

    Construction: Set Neck w/Ultra Access
    Body: Mahogany
    Neck: 3-pc Mahogany
    Scale: 26.5" Extended Scale*
    Fingerboard: Rosewood
    Nut: Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL 42mm
    Frets: 24 X-Jumbo
    Inlays: Green Blocks
    Pickups: Seymour Duncan JB (SH-4)/ Sustainiac®
    Electronics: Volume/Tone/3-Way Toggle (pickups)/ "KILL" Switch/On-Off
    Mini Toggle/3-Way Normal-Mix-Harmonic Mode Mini Toggle

    Bridge: TonePros TOM w/String Thru Body
    Tuners: Schecter Locking
    Hardware: Black Chrome
    Color: Steele Green (SG)
    Left-Hand Availability: N/A
    Case: SGR-1C

    *The 26.5" Extended scale is designed to help stabilize the string tension and responsiveness adding articulate tone and Punch when using lower tunings.

    About the Tommy Victor Signature:

    Construction: Bolt-on
    Body: Mahogany
    Neck: Mahogany
    Scale: 25.5"
    Fingerboard: Ebony
    Nut: Floyd Rose R2 41.3mm
    Frets: 24 X-Jumbo
    Inlays: Circles w/Prong at 12th fret
    Pickups: EMG 81/89R
    Electronics: Vol (tap)/Vol/3-way switch
    Bridge: Floyd Rose 1000 Series
    Tuners: Grover
    Hardware: Black
    Color: Satin Black (SBK)
    Left-Hand Availability: N/A
    Case: SGR-1C

    About the Maus Signature C-7:

    Construction: Set Neck w/Ultra Access
    Body: Mahogany
    Neck: 3-pc Maple
    Scale: 26.5" Extended Scale
    Fingerboard: Ebony w/Compound Radius 12"-16"
    Nut: Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL 48mm
    Frets: 24 X-Jumbo
    Inlays: Mother of Pearl Offset Dots at 12th and 24th Frets
    Binding: Black Multi-ply
    Pickups: EMG Active 81-7X/707
    Electronics: Volume/Tone/3-Way Switch
    Bridge: TonePros TOM w/String Thru Body
    Tuners: Schecter Locking
    Hardware: Black Chrome
    Color: Satin Black (SBK)
    Left-Hand Availability: N/A
    Case: SGR-1C


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