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Phoenix performed a surprise club show on Monday night (April 1st) at San Francisco's tiny Independent Theatre. The 500-capacity venue was treated to the French act's first U.S. gig in two years, hearing a healthy amount of new material from the upcoming Bankrupt! album while also getting a dose of hits like "Lisztomania" and "1901" during the 20-song set. Phoenix will play a few more club shows before doing two headlining gigs at the Coachella festival on April 13th and 20th. (Billboard)  See pictures at Spin

  • Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys has spent the last several months operating a free food truck called the Rockaway Plate Lunch, which has served more than 19,000 meals to residents of Brooklyn still reeling from the effects of last fall's Hurricane Sandy. Diamond started the truck with restaurateur Robert McKinley to serve the devastated coastal neighborhood of the Rockaways. The pair are now trying to figure out a way to change the truck into a sustainable community project, with Diamond saying, "Our real goal for this summer is to help revitalize the local economy. So we're trying to switch the truck over from giving away food, to charging for food but having it become staffed, run and operated on every level by citizens of the Rockaways." (Rolling Stone)  Read more at NME

  • Paramore debuted the first four tracks of its self-titled new album on Monday night (April 1st) at the band's official website, with more songs unveiled on Tuesday (April 2nd) and the rest set to run on Wednesday and Thursday (April 3rd and 4th). The album is due out April 9th. The first four tracks released were "Fast In My Car," lead single "Now," "Grow Up," and "Daydreaming." (Spin)  Read more at Billboard and NME

  • Switchfoot will premiere a new film called Fading Fast at the group's just-announced 9th annual Bro-Am event. The Bro-Am takes place on July 12th and 13th in Encinitas, California and will include concerts, a preview of the film, an auction and a charity surf contest. The event has raised more than $715,000 for San Diego-area children's charities in the past. As for the film, which features scenes of the band surfing in various locales, Foreman said, "We love surfing, so this was kind of a chance to introduce that to the rest of the world and maybe connect a few of the dots to the music as well." (Billboard)

CHECK IT OUT: Watch Phoenix perform new song "The Real Thing" in San Francisco:

Watch a video on the Rockaway Plate Lunch truck:

Listen to the first four songs from Paramore's new album:


  • Blabbermouth reports MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx's memoir, "The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star", is being turned into a Broadway play. Sixx tells New York Post: "It's not gonna be 'Mamma Mia!'" He adds: "We're moving quickly [and are] close to casting."  "The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star", which was supposedly taken from actual journals Sixx kept in the late '80s while in the grip of a near-fatal heroin addiction, was originally released September 18, 2007 via MTV Pocketbooks/Simon & Schuster and debuted at #7 on the New York Times Book Review non-fiction best-seller list.  Twenty-five percent of the book's profits were reportedly donated to Running Wild In The NightSixx's fundraising initiative for Covenant House California, which helps keep runaway, abused and abandoned youth off the streets.  The 400-plus page book, written in part with journalist Ian Gittins, was previously described as "a brutally honest look at Sixx's hellish year, one which saw him overdose and be declared clinically dead at one point while MÖTLEY CRÜE toured behind its 'Girls, Girls, Girls' album."  In a March 2010 interview with Brazil's Dynamite magazine, Sixx's former MÖTLEY CRUE bandmate, singer John Corabi, questioned the authenticity of "The Heroin Diaries", saying, "I love Nikki to death, and this is just my opinion... Everybody that I know that's done heroin, they do heroin and they're out. And I find it very hard to believe that somebody can do heroin and then have the foresight to write everything down. Everybody that read the book said it was great, though; it was a great book. It's great reading, it's a great book... More power to him, you know."  In February 2008, former MÖTLEY CRÜE producer Tom Werman slammed "Heroin Diaries" as "totally deluded" and "stunningly inaccurate."  In a letter to the New York Times, Werman took issue with Sixx's assertion that the producer chatted on the phone during the recording of "Theatre of Pain", "Shout at the Devil" and "Girls Girls Girls" while Sixx did all the work.  "If this distortion of reality is the result of Sixx's past heroin habit, then his diary is truly nothing more than a pipe dream, and the events to which this book refers may simply be the needle-induced fantasies of an attention-starved junkie," Werman wrote.  In a February 2005 interview, HANOI ROCKS guitarist Andy McCoy dismissed as "pure lies" MÖTLEY CRÜE's account of HANOI drummer Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley's death and Nikki's heroin overdose, as published in CRÜE's best-selling band autobiography, "The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band".  Check out an interview at Blabbermouth


  • Blabbermouth reports MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil will discuss the business of music during a guest appearance tonight (Wednesday, April 3) on "Money With Melissa Francis" at 5 p.m. ET (airing again midnight ET) on the Fox Business Network.   Neil launched his Tatuado vodka in November 2012 at two separate Lee's Discount Liquor locations in Las Vegas.  Tatuado vodka is filtered five times and bottled in Las Vegas, which Neil has called home since 1995. Tatuado vodka sells for $13.99 at all Lee's Discount Liquor locations.  Neil in August 2012 held a soft opening of his new expanded Tatuado Mexican restaurant and bar at the LVH, formerly the Las Vegas Hilton.  The singer in 2007 introduced his signature line of tequila, Tres RiosMÖTLEY CRÜE will return to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for a dozen shows September 18 through October 6.  The CRÜE's first Las Vegas residency in February 2012 consisted of 12 sold-out concerts featuring pyrotechnics, aerialists, special effects, vixens galore and tons of hits from a catalog stretching back to the band's formation in 1981.


  • Blabbermouth reports have you experienced the "Hysteria" that comes when you try and get your little one to sleep and all she wants to do is jump or play? Do you ever take a "Shot In The Dark" and just lay her down in the crib with your fingers crossed? Not working? Then try playing her hair metal... lullabies that is.  "Little Headbangers: Hair Metal Goes Lullaby Vol. 2." includes soothing, peaceful and comforting versions of songs originally performed by OZZY OSBOURNE, CINDERELLA, DEF LEPPARD, MÖTLEY CRÜE and more.

    The track listing is as follows:

    01. 18 And Life (originally by SKID ROW)
    02. Shot In The Dark (originally by OZZY OSBOURNE)
    03. Don't Close Your Eyes (originally by KIX)
    04. Into The Fire (originally by DOKKEN)
    05. God Bless The Children Of The Beast (originally by MÖTLEY CRÜE)
    06. High Enough (originally by DAMN YANKEES)
    07. Heartbreak Station (originally by CINDERELLA)
    08. Sometimes She Cries (originally by WARRANT)
    09. Hysteria (originally by DEF LEPPARD)
    10. Close My Eyes Forever (originally by LITA FORD)

    You can stream the entire album below.


  • Blabbermouth reports ANTHRAX frontman Joey Belladonna will sing the U.S. national anthem at the Chicago Bulls vs. Orlando Magic game this Friday (April 5), at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. THE LAST VEGAS will also perform at the event between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.  Back in December 2004, Belladonna received poor reviews for his performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks National Football League (NFL) game at the Minneapolis Metrodome.  "I knew it was going to be a screwy afternoon when the national anthem singer — a scraggly-haired relic from an '80s heavy metal band — butchered the words," Tom Powers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press wrote at the time. "And that's hard to do because they are displayed on the jumbo scoreboard."  "Anthems", ANTHRAX's long-awaited, eight-track EP that pays tribute to the classic songs by some of the band's favorite acts from the 1970s, sold around 8,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 52 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released in North America on March 19 (MRI/Megaforce), and on March 22 in Europe (Nuclear Blast).


  • Blabbermouth reports InsideOut Music has announced the signing of progressive-rock powerhouse BIGELF. The band's new album will be released later this year.  InsideOut Music head honcho Thomas Waber says about the signing: "We have been talking to BIGELF for quite some time now and I am really pleased that we finally managed to make this happen! BIGELF are an excellent addition to the InsideOut Music roster!"  It's been a few years since we've heard any activity from the BIGELF camp, so who better to explain to us what's been going on than the band's mastermind Damon Fox himself.  "Finally! BIGELF lands on a planet whose atmosphere is synonymous with progressive rock and heavy metal," Fox says.  "One of my all-time favourite quotes is, 'Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid...'  "I'm ecstatic that InsideOut/Century Media and Mike Portnoy have joined 'forces' with BIGELF.  "First, I want to elaborate on what has been happening 'inside' the band since 2010. There have been numerous rumors on the Internet that I fired everyone in BIGELF; this is completely untrue.  "After the juggernaut of 'Cheat The Gallows' came to a halt, the business and personal infrastructure of BIGELF imploded and an unexpected hiatus occurred leaving the band in complete disarray. A myriad of personal, financial and domestic matters had enveloped myself as well as certain members of the group. There also comes a time when deep down inside it just doesn't feel right anymore, and one has to face the music that the end is near. Transparency no longer exists and with that, clarity and perspective are lost. I'm speaking for myself now but clearly this was a mutual feeling and I believe it was obvious amongst the band. Subsequently, Ace Mark decided to move on and left BIGELF in the summer of 2011, and a request by the remaining members for a dissolution of business followed. To put it simply, we went our separate ways without malice.  "I had been keeping in close touch with Mike Portnoy after his very public and difficult departure from DREAM THEATER. At this time, my musical future seemed quite bleak and I was very vocal to Mike about not being able to sustain the band any longer on my own. He implored me to carry on and to not let BIGELF slip away. His encouragement and enthusiasm meant the world to me. Recognizing that I needed some new allies, I asked him if he would help fight the good fight and lend his extraordinary drum majesty to the new BIGELF record and he readily agreed. Also... sharing a passion for all things rock and roll, my good friend Duffy Snowhill climbed aboard the Viking ship for another round of thundering bass guitar and for that too I am grateful.  "I also want to acknowledge our amazing and dedicated fans that send emails all the time saying how they feel about BIGELF. These emails inspire me greatly and they're the reason that I continue to play this kind of music, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I can't wait for everyone to hear the new wondrous landscapes we've been sculpting, there are lots of surprises around the corner, stay tuned."


  • Blabbermouth reports due to a "variety of personal issues and matters with one of the members," San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS will not perform at Maryland Deathfest XI, set to take place May 23-26 in Baltimore. Replacing them on the bill are Arizona thrashers SACRED REICHEXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has spent the last two years filling in for SLAYER founding axeman Jeff Hanneman who in January 2011 contracted necrotizing fasciitis, likely caused by a spider bite, and has been undergoing surgeries, skin grafts and intense rehab since.  EXODUS' latest album, "Exhibit B: The Human Condition", was released in North America on May 18, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.  The CD sold around 4,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 114 on The Billboard 200 chart.  EXODUS' previous album, "The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A", opened with 3,600 units back in October 2007.


  • Blabbermouth reports San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS have released the following statement:  "We have recently observed a whirlwind of speculation, conspiracy theories, and just plain ole dumb-assed comments on the Internet regarding EXODUS' future and that of [guitarist] Gary Holt's commitment to this band. The following is an attempt to shed some light on actual facts, as well as trying to clear the air.  "The reason we canceled our appearance at this years Maryland Deathfest was, in fact, due to Gary's commitment to his sudden and seriously ill father. Actually, just days prior to the start of the Metal Alliance tour [with ANTHRAX], we were making arrangements to have someone fill in for Gary due to his unknown status. As things worked out, his father was able to recover to a somewhat stable condition, yet he is still not 'out of the woods' and continues to be a closely monitored. This was obviously a private and personal matter that didn't warrant public knowledge, but it seems the press release from Maryland Deathfest and then the interview given by Gary about not quitting EXODUS was just a random coincidence and we felt it necessary to inform people of the real story.  "EXODUS is not disbanding! Gary will continue to perform on the current Metal Alliance tour, as well as splitting his time between EXODUS and SLAYER in the future. The band (with Holt) will be appearing at this year's Hell & Heaven fest in Guadalajara, Mexico, as advertised, on May 19th. After which, Gary will return home to support and care for his family.  "Our apologies to the Maryland Deathfest staff, as well as to the EXODUS fans who were eager to see us, and we hope everyone understands that family and loved ones comes first."  Holt has spent the last two years filling in for SLAYER founding axeman Jeff Hanneman who in January 2011 contracted necrotizing fasciitis, likely caused by a spider bite, and has been undergoing surgeries, skin grafts and intense rehab since.  EXODUS' latest album, "Exhibit B: The Human Condition", was released in North America on May 18, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.  The CD sold around 4,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 114 on The Billboard 200 chart.  EXODUS' previous album, "The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A", opened with 3,600 units back in October 2007.  Read more at Classic Rock


  • Blabbermouth reports Dave Lombardo (SLAYER, PHILM) will take part in a special drum clinic on Wednesday, May 1 at 9:30 p.m. at the Barby Club (Kibutz Galoyot St. 52) in Tel Aviv, Israel. More information can be found on the flyer below.  Video footage of PHILM performing a brand new song on March 28 at Gaslamp Restaurant & Bar in Long Beach, California can be seen below.  PHILM is the Los Angeles-based experimental post-hardcore triumvirate featuring drummer Dave Lombardo (SLAYER), guitarist/vocalist Gerry Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Pancho Tomaselli (WAR).  The band's debut album, "Harmonic", was released on May 15, 2012 via Ipecac Recordings.  "When people hear about my involvement in PHILM, they automatically assume that it will compare to SLAYER's sound," explained Lombardo. "They couldn't be more different. I have scaled down my drum set to a four-piece, reminiscent of the drummers from the late '60s that influenced me. Each song is unique in itself, I like to refer to it as 'rhythmic emotion.' It's almost like taking all the heavy songs of the '60s and bringing that era to a modern plateau, then blending them with the modern trance and psychedelic sounds of today."  "We decided to record 'Harmonic' in the intimate setting of a home, with various vintage recording equipment," added Lombardo on the band's debut album. "The music was written collectively in an improvisational manner, unlike the majority of recordings I've done before. This was very important given this is my first recording where I'm carrying the title of producer and performer. The album achieves a dense, unholy convergence of tones and discords. We also touch on haunting, desolate, ambient sounds. Our music tends to be written in a manner where we never know the outcome until we listen back to what we recorded. A harmonic journey."  Lombardo sat out SLAYER's recent Australian tour due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Also missing from the shows was guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who is still recovering from necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease which he is believed to have gotten from a spider bite. Filling in for them were Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX) and Gary Holt (EXODUS), respectively.  PHILM will embark on a short European tour at the end of April.  Read more at Loudwire


  • Blabbermouth reports "Disarm The Descent", the fifth studio album from Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, is likely to sell between 40,000 and 45,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on April 2 via Roadrunner RecordsKILLSWITCH ENGAGE's self-titled album opened with 58,000 units back in July 2009 to debut at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart.  2006's "As Daylight Dies" premiered with just under 60,000 copies to land at No. 32.  "Disarm The Descent" is KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's first album with original singer Jesse Leach at the vocal helm since 2002's now-classic, genre-defining "Alive or Just Breathing". Leach returned to the band in January 2012 after a decade-long absence. The artwork for the new CD was created by D'Antonio.  "It is with a grateful spirit that we prepare for this record's release," Leach said. "From the music, to the lyrics, to the artwork, we are all proud of what we have accomplished. To me, this is by far my best vocal performance, much thanks to Adam's guidance and faith in my abilities. I am very grateful to be where I am in life, back in an amazing band with a record we are all excited for the world to hear. Thanks to all the fans for their warm welcome back and their undying love for KILLSWITCH ENGAGE."  "Disarm The Descent" was mixed by veteran British producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, ACCEPT, ARCH ENEMY and NEVERMORE.  The band recently embarked on a tour that celebrated the 10th anniversary of "Alive Or Just Breathing". They performed the album in full, with a few fan favorites and hits from their gold-selling albums, 2004's "The End Of Heartache" and 2006's "As Daylight Dies", sprinkled into the setlist. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE were also profiled by Decibel in the magazine's highly respected "Hall of Fame" feature for "Alive Or Just Breathing".  In between tours, the band put its nose to the grindstone to work on what would become "Disarm The Descent", with Dutkiewicz producing. The wheels have been turning for the past year, as the band supplemented recording with touring.  Check out an interview at Loudwire

    "Disarm The Descent" track listing:

    01. The Hell In Me
    02. Beyond The Flames
    03. New Awakening
    04. In Due Time
    05. A Tribute To The Fallen
    06. The Turning Point
    07. All That We Have
    08. You Don't Bleed For Me
    09. The Call
    10. No End In Sight
    11. Always
    12. Time Will Not Remain

    "In Due Time" video:


  • Blabbermouth reports "13", the first studio album in 13 years from the Venice Beach, California thrash/punk band SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, sold around 3,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 187 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was produced by SUICIDAL TENDENCIES frontman Mike Muir and Grammy-nominated engineer/mixer Paul Northfield (DREAM THEATER, HOLE, RUSH).

    "13" track listing:

    01. Shake It Out
    02. Smash It!
    03. This Ain't A Celebration
    04. God Only Knows Who I Am
    05. Make Your Stand
    06. Who's Afraid?
    07. Show Some Love...Tear It Down (feat. pro skaters Danny Way, Tony Trujillo, Steve and Alex Olson, Vincent Alvarez, Elijah Berle and Jim "Red Dog" Muir)
    08. Cyco Style
    09. Slam City
    10. Till My Last Breath
    11. Living The Fight
    12. Life... (Can't Live With It, Can't Live Without It)
    13. This World

    The "Cyco Style" video was filmed by Pep Williams last May while the band was on tour in Brazil and can be seen below.  The first leg of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' "Slam City" tour starts April 11 at the Regency Ballroom in San Franscisco and ends May 12 in San Diego at House Of Blues. All dates will see WAKE THE DEAD open. D.R.I. will support from Minneapolis to Charleston and SICK OF IT ALL will be join SUICIDAL TENDENCIES in Philadelphia, New York, Worchester, Baltimore, and from St. Petersburg until the end of the tour.  When asked why he thinks the sound of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES has stood the test of time, the band's frontman, Mike Muir, told Loudwire in a 2012 interview, "I think for us, when we started we didn't really know what we were doing. We didn't really set out and try to do something for other people. We stood there and did what we liked. We didn't care what other people thought. After we did our first record, one of my good friends came up to me and said, 'Yo, Mike, I got to talk to you. People aren't going to like the album. It's not music. You have an opportunity to make music that people can listen to on the radio.' But I didn't think that was an opportunity because I didn't like what I was hearing on the radio. Our barometer is not what people are going to think or how many records we can sell. We just want to be proud of what we make. That's why it stands the test of time. We did records that we thought were really good."  Regarding what fans can expect from the upcoming CD, Muir said, "The way we look at it is that next year will be the 30th anniversary of our first record. When we look at a record, we don't want to have it sound like 2012. We want it to sound awesome 25 years from now, so when a kid who wasn't even born when we made it listens to it, he's like, 'Damn, that's a cool record!' I just had a guy from a radio station tell me that some listeners have been requesting the new song 'Institutionalized'. The young listeners don't realize that's an old song! Something like [METALLICA's recent Orion Music + More festival] is good for us, too, because a lot of people who wouldn't have listened to us will check us out because they know Robert [Trujillo, METALLICA bassist] was in the band."


    Mike Muir - Lead Vocals
    Dean Pleasants - Lead Guitar
    Nico Santora - Rhythm Guitar
    Steve Bruner - Bass
    Eric Moore - Drums


  • Blabbermouth reports German power metallers WINTERSTORM have inked a deal with NoiseArt Records and Rock The Nation Booking. The band's new album is scheduled for release in early 2014.  Comments the group: "Nearly three years have gone since the release of our first album, 'A Coming Storm', and since our first show.  "After dozens of gigs (among others one at the Wacken festival of 2012) and after the release of our second album, 'Kings Will Fall', we are very proud to have found so many wonderful fans and to have experienced such a lot of positive responses.  "After several offers from various labels, one long-awaited target has come true: we have signed with NoiseArt Records and in addition with the booking company Rock The Nation.  "Although we were excellently supported by Cargo Records and by Edition Two Louder/BMG Rights Management when we released our first two albums ourselves, we are glad to have found another two high-quality partners. That means that in the long run we can concentrate on the things that have motivated us to make music for many years now, i.e. to write songs and to play for the large number of our fans, the 'stormsons and stormdaughters,' who have remained so admirably faithful to us for years and thanks to whom we have never had a minute of boredom.  "We are all looking forward to working together successfully and stormily, to lots of new shows and albums. This summer we will start studio recordings and therefore won't be able to play the same number of gigs as otherwise."  WINTERSTORM is comfirmed for Beastival 2013, set to take place May 30 - June 1 in Geiselwind, Germany.


  • Blabbermouth reports Victory Records has announced the signing of the Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based symphonic black metal unit ERIMHA. The band's new album will be released this summer.  ERIMHA, which means army or legion coming from Sumerian culture, bases its haunting, melodic, merciless and operatic sound on ancient mythology and spirituality. Their mantra and mission is one of inner strength and how the individual can be as powerful as an entire army.  Formed in 2010, ERIMHA's punishingly fresh and savage take on symphonic black metal is spawning a loyal legion of followers in the Canadian metal scene. They released their first full-length album, "Irkalla", in September 2010 which featured guest vocals from THE AGONIST's frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz. The band, consisting of Gore (vocals), Kthien (rhythm guitar), Ksaos (drums) and Diusternas (bass), is going to be an extreme force to be reckoned with on the international metal battlefield.


  • Blabbermouth reports "The Nexus", the sophomore album from Swedish melodic metallers AMARANTHE, sold around 1,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 12 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.  Comments AMARANTHE guitarist/composer Olof Mörck: "To finally have a proper release in the USA is awesome in itself, but to see it hit number ONE on the iTunes metal charts is mindblowing! We just recently learned that we are at #12 on the Soundscan Heatseeker charts, which is a really good indication for things to come as well.  "Right now we are looking at every possible opportunity to come back to the U.S. and perform over there again; our first and only show at the ProgPower festival in Atlanta was a great experience indeed! So watch out, as 'The Nexus' live machine will hit American shores this year!"  "The Nexus" was released on March 26 (one day earlier internationally) via Spinefarm. The cover artwork was created by Gustavo Sazes and can be seen below. The album was once again recorded at Hansen studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen.

    "The Nexus" track listing:

    01. Afterlife
    02. Invincible
    03. The Nexus
    04. Theory Of Everything
    05. Stardust
    06. Burn With Me
    07. Mechanical Illusion
    08. Razorblade
    09. Future On Hold
    10. Electroheart
    11. Transhuman
    12. Infinity

    The album's title track was released as the first single single via iTunes and the video the track was directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE and KAMELOT, among others. Check out the clip below.  Comments AMARANTHE guitarist/composer Olof Mörck: "This time we went all the way with our futuristic dream-nightmare — a no-compromise vision steeped in deep contrast between the mechanically ultra-heavy and shimmering serene melody. 'The Nexus' is everything we dreamed about doing with our debut album; we laboured to make this offering as diverse as it is direct and catchy… and remember, no-one can be told what 'The Nexus' is — you have to hear it for yourself!"  He added: "Our main inspiration behind the ['The Nexus'] video was to create a decidedly cinematic feel, in the vein of a Hollywood action movie, with a slightly darker angle than our previous videos. We wanted to have lots of extras and explosive action scenes, and we wanted it to be done well; we knew Patric Ullaeus was the right man for the job. The end result is a dynamic, intense and entertaining music video with an original flair."  The guitarist previously stated about the new CD: "We have lived and breathed the same 12 songs from the first album every day for a year now, and to introduce a number of completely fresh tracks will really lift AMARANTHE to the next level!  "The theme and atmosphere of the album is futuristic and ultra modern, [and] the music itself [is] instantly recognizable as AMARANTHE, but there is definitely a new and unique twist to the songs.   "People often ask us if there is a big pressure to follow up such a successful album, and always say 'no, not one bit.' Not when you sit down and listen to new tracks such as 'Invincible', 'Burn With Me' and 'Stardust'. We simply cannot wait to hit the road all over the world with these new babies!"  AMARANTHE's self-titled debut album was released in Europe in April 2011 via Spinefarm RecordsAMARANTHE vocalist Elize Ryd has been filling the female singer spot on KAMELOT's European, South and North American tours.


  • Blabbermouth reports "Meir", the sophomore album from Norwegian rockers KVELERTAK, sold 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The effort, which was issued on March 26 via Roadrunner Records, was produced by CONVERGE's Kurt Ballou and features cover artwork by John Dyer Baizley.  "It is both catchy and heavy; we're pushing our limits in both ends of that spectre. It's very varied and there are a lot of surprises in store. I mean, it's unlike anything I myself have heard before, so we even managed to surprise ourselves," said lead singer Erlend Hjelvik"Meir"'s first single, "Bruane Brenn", had early critical acclaim from several tastemaker outlets including Stereogum, which raved, "It's a total blast of riffs, adrenaline, football chants, and guitar solos, and in its four minutes, you get five decades of rock 'n' roll, compressed into one massive speedball hit."  KVELERTAK's euphorically-received self-titled 2011 debut was iTunes 2011's U.S. Metal Breakthrough Artist of The Year. Pitchfork described their sound as having "monolithic walls of adrenal-gland-strangling sound" while LA Weekly named frontman Erland Hjelvik #2 on their list of top ten metal frontmen (and women) under 30.  Overseas the band has racked up numerous accolades. KVELERTAK was called "the best Norwegian debut of all time" by Norwegian rock authority Asbjørn Slettemark, named "Best Debut Album" by Metal Hammer Germany, "Best New Artist" and "Best Rock Album" at the Spellemannprisen (Norway's Grammy equivalent) and has received countless additional critical acclaim from Metal Hammer U.K. and Kerrang! who called them "the most exciting new band on the planet."  From storming 2011's SXSW festival to being personally invited by MASTODON to support them in Bergen, Norway, to Dave Grohl presenting them with their first gold discs at a sold-out show at Telenor Arena, Norway's largest indoor venue, KVELERTAK, or "chokehold" in English, are only getting started.  KVELERTAK is Erlend Hjelvik (vocals), Vidar Landa (guitars), Bjarte Lund Rolland (guitars), Maciek Ofstad (guitars), Marvin Nygaard (bass) and Kjetil Gjermundrød (drums).


  • Blabbermouth reports according to, long-running U.K. rock/metal magazines Classic Rock and Metal Hammer have been sold for £10.2 million (approximately $15.44 million) to TeamRock, a new venture headed by former GMG Radio chief executive John Myers.  The deal includes the brand extensions for both stations such as the magazines and their events, the Golden Gods and Classic Rock Roll Of HonourMark Wood, chief executive of Future PLC, which sold the two titles to TeamRock, said: "Classic Rock and Metal Hammer are highly successful and well-managed parts of Future, but they have not been centre stage in our current growth strategy.  "They are great brands with a great team and I am confident they will continue to flourish under new investment from TeamRock."  TeamRock describes itself as a "new international multimedia content creation and distribution business" to "provide and create premium content to rock-music fans across the world via digital platforms and through the Classic Rock and Metal Hammer titles".  Billy Anderson, former GMG Radio regional director who is TeamRock's chief executive, said: "We are delighted to acquire these wonderful brands that will play a significant part in the development of our larger business. They come with a great team led by Chris Ingham and we look forward to investing further in their development."  According to Future, Classic Rock and Metal Hammer generated revenue of £8.6 million and an adjusted pre-tax profit of £0.2 million as of the end of September 2012, with an underlying profit of £2 million.


  • Blabbermouth reports Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA), the independent music distribution arm of Warner Music Group, has announced a partnership with Sumerian Records. Based in Los Angeles, California and Washington D.C., Sumerian Records — which was founded in 2006 by Ash Avildsen — is home to a world-class roster of progressive hard rock music. The label is best known for cutting-edge heavy metal bands, including ASKING ALEXANDRIA, whose 2011 sophomore album went to the Top Ten on the Billboard 200; THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, who issued their first album with Sumerian this spring; PERIPHERY, who placed in the Top 10 on Billboard's Independents chart; and Ice-T's band BODY COUNT, who are due to release their much-anticipated fifth studio album this year. ADA will serve as the exclusive physical and digital distributor for the label in the U.S.  David Orleans, President, ADA, said "Sumerian Records' unique approach to artist development has made the label a major force in the hard rock and metal scene. We look forward to a deep and lasting partnership with Ash and his talented team, as Sumerian continues to grow by signing incredible new bands and nurturing the long-term careers of established names."  Ash Avildsen, Founder of Sumerian Records, said, "ADA's level of passion and determination to work with us far exceeded all their competitors, which was shown by the resources and strategy they offered us as well as the deep absinthe shots they took on empty stomachs at our request when we first sat down for dinner. Sumerian is incredibly excited about our future with ADA. They have the coolest name out of all the distributors so, obviously, this is going to work out perfectly."  Ari Taitz, SVP, Independent Distribution and Strategic Development, WEA and ADA, said "This deal is a great example of our desire to support exciting, visionary indies as they build global audiences and forge prosperous futures. We're honored to be serving a label of Sumerian's caliber, and we're determined to help them reach new heights of success."  In June of 2012, ADA expanded its services to the independent music community by officially joining forces with Independent Label Group (ILG), adding the company's resources and expertise in radio promotion, publicity and marketing to ADA's current offering.  Alternative Distribution Alliance was created in 1993 to focus on the independent music business, where some of the biggest music acts have built their initial followings. Today, Alternative Distribution Alliance is recognized as the leading distributor of independent record labels.


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