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- Blabbermouth reports Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star, the company which creates "beautiful lullaby versions of your favorite artists," will release "Lullaby Versions Of Guns N' Roses" on April 30 via Roma Music Group.
"Lullaby Versions Of Guns N' Roses" track listing:
01. Sweet Child O' Mine
02. Don't Cry
03. Welcome To The Jungle
04. November Rain
06. Civil War
07. Paradise City
08. Used To Love Her
10. You Could Be Mine
11. Mr. Brownstone
13. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
A full-length version of "Sweet Child O' Mine" can be streamed below. Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star is the premier pop music lullaby line, with 56 titles to choose from across soundtracks, pop, rock, metal, country, alternative and more. In its mission statement, Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star says, "We feel our lullaby line fills a vacant musical niche. There are other lines of pop music lullabies but we decided to take the approach of being high end musically rather than simply doing these as a novelty. After all, just because the music is for a baby it doesn’t have to sound unsophisticated. We feel we owe it to the artists that we are covering to do their music justice and our standard of quality transcends the lullaby genre. In fact, in addition to soothing babies our fans use our music for yoga, massage and sleep therapy or just general relaxation. We like to call them 'lullabies for all ages' and the diversity of use is testament to that." For more information, visit www.ttlrs.com.
- Blabbermouth reports British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, May 15 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with JUDAS PRIEST by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). The show will be streamed on the "Rockline" web site for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast. For more information, visit RocklineRadio.com. JUDAS PRIEST celebrate their 40th anniversary as recording artists this year with the release of the live concert "Epitaph". A unique live career retrospective, "Epitaph" will be made available on Blu-ray and separate DVD on May 28 through Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. This release precedes a new studio album by JUDAS PRIEST which the band are working on now. JUDAS PRIEST's current lineup comprises lead singer Rob Halford, lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis. Heavy metal historians will regard "Epitaph" as the most far-reaching live concert recording in the band's career. The set revisits the climactic closing date of the 50-week "Epitaph" world tour, captured live at London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo on May 26, 2012. Adding to the drama is the fact that this was JUDAS PRIEST's final large-scale world tour ever. "Epitaph"'s 23 tracks represent at least one song from every one of the band's 14 studio albums, from 1974's "Rocka Rolla" ("Never Satisfied") to 2008's "Nostradamus" ("Prophecy"). In the special case of "British Steel", four songs are featured: "Rapid Fire", "Metal Gods", "Breaking The Law" and perennial set closer "Living After Midnight". Others exempted from the one-song-quota are the LPs which appeared before and after "British Steel". The first of these is 1979's "Hell Bent For Leather" (U.K. title: "Killing Machine") which lends the title song as well as "The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)". The other LP is 1982's "Screaming For Vengeance", source of "The Hellion", "Electric Eye" and "You've Got Another Thing Coming". "They have epitomized the genre with their Harley riding frontman, rapid-fire guitar assaults, and spectacular stage shows," wrote journalist Bryan Reesman in his liner notes for 2004's leather-bound, metal-spiked "Metalogy" box set. "Influential, innovative, and exuberant in expression," he wrote, "they are the true Metal Gods who have been as unwavering in their desire to expand the boundaries of their music as they have been in crossing international borders to deliver it to their disciples. "Unabashedly committed to their cause, and unrepentant in proclaiming themselves a true heavy metal band even when others have shied away from the term, Judas Priest have forever been defenders of the faith."
"Epitaph" track listing
01. Battle Hymn (L) 02. Rapid Fire (F) 03. Metal Gods (F) 04. Heading Out To The Highway (G) 05. Judas Rising (M) 06. Starbreaker (C) 07. Victim Of Changes (B) 08. Never Satisfied (A) 09. Diamonds And Rust (C) 10. Prophecy (N) 11. Night Crawler (L) 12. Turbo Lover (J) 13. Beyond The Realms Of Death (D) 14. The Sentinel (I) 15. Blood Red Skies (K) 16. The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) (E) 17. Breaking The Law (F) 18. Painkiller (L) 19. The Hellion (H) 20. Electric Eye (H) 21. Hell Bent For Leather (E) 22. You've Got Another Thing Coming (H) 23. Living After Midnight (F)
A - from "Rocka Rolla (originally issued 1974, on Gull Records) B - from "Sad Wings Of Destiny (originally issued 1976, on Gull Records) C - from "Sin After Sin (originally issued 1977, on Columbia Records) D - from "Stained Class (originally issued 1978, on Columbia) E - from "Hell Bent For Leather (originally issued 1979, on Columbia; aka Killing Machine in UK) F - from "British Steel (originally issued 1980, on Columbia) G - from "Point Of Entry (originally issued 1981, on Columbia) H - from "Screaming For Vengeance (originally issued 1982, on Columbia) I - from "Defenders Of the Faith (originally issued 1984, on Columbia) J - from "Turbo (originally issued 1986, on Columbia) K - from "Ram It Down (originally issued 1988, on Columbia) L - from "Painkiller (originally issued 1990, on Columbia) M - from "Angel Of Retribution (originally issued 2005, on Epic Records) N - from "Nostradamus (originally issued 2008, on Epic)
PRIEST's forthcoming album will mark the recording and songwriting debut of the band's new guitarist, Richie Faulkner, who replaced co-founder K.K. Downing in 2011. Asked what fans can fans expect from the group's next CD, JUDAS PRIEST lead singer Rob Halford said in an August 2012 interview, "We've already got a strong cross-section of ideas, some of them complete, some of them in bits and pieces. It's shaping up to be quite intense, in terms of the riffage and the strength of certain tracks. Much like every time you try and talk about music, it's practically impossible to capture it. You can only point it in the direction of where things are shaping up, and it's just glorious. If I try to pinpoint it, there are elements of 'British Steel' and there elements of 'Painkiller' in terms of the vibe. We've got a really solid record coming together slowly in a strong metal way that will make all of our PRIEST fans around the world very happy and content. At least I hope it does." Regarding a possible release date for the new PRIEST album, Halford said, "I'm not really sure. It'll be ready when it's ready. We're not under the same clock as we used to be. I remember in the '80s we were banging out a record almost every year, and that was on top of putting in a world tour. We have the luxury now, if you want to call it that, of taking our time. And that's just because that's the way it is. We're just as eager to get this done as ever, but we do it at a slower pace. It's that British thing, you know? [laughs] It's that monarchy thing. Let's look forward to that moment for another PRIEST record for everyone to bang their heads to." In a November 2011 interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Halford stated about PRIEST's plans for the upcoming CD, "Glenn and I started to write in the early part of January [of 2011]. We just went to it from the heart really, there was no specific agenda or idea, as opposed to what we had to do with 'Nostradamus', which was very focused and a real anchor of a project. This one has just been some straight-forward, classic British heavy metal. Some of it feels a bit like 'Painkiller', some of it feels like 'Sad Wings Of Destiny', some like 'British Steel'. We didn't do much research, we didn't bother checking some of our previous releases, we didn't do any homework, we just sat down and played, you know? Glenn came up with riffs and I came up with vocal melodies. There was no outside influence or interference in the writing sessions. We just started the day, plugged in some amps, got the mic up and made the metal that way. It's a very pure record, in that respect."
- Blabbermouth reports the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE will take part in a signing session on Monday, April 22 at Dimple in Sacramento, California between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Deadline Music/Cleopatra Records has released "Cold", the new single from the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE, via iTunes. The track, which was mixed by Anthony Focx (NEWSTED, AEROSMITH, NIGHT RANGER, TED NUGENT), will also be released as a special limited-edition seven-inch vinyl single with a newly recorded version of the QUEENSRŸCHE classic "Silent Lucidity" — mixed by Jürgen Engler (DORO, DIE KRUPPS) — on the B-side. "Cold" comes off QUEENSRŸCHE's new album, "Frequency Unknown", which is scheduled for release on April 23 via Deadline Music/Cleopatra. The CD was produced by Jason Slater at a studio in Northern California. Although a lineup for Tate's QUEENSRŸCHE was originally announced in the fall of 2012, things have changed. The band now features Tate along with bassist Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, DIO, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT), guitarist Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE 1998-2001), keyboardist Randy Gane and new additions, guitarist Robert Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, HURRICANE) and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO, RHINO BUCKET). Guest musicians on the CD include K.K. Downing (JUDAS PRIEST), Chris Poland (MEGADETH), Ty Tabor (KING'S X), Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, TESTAMENT, EXODUS), Lita Ford, Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER), Dave Meniketti (Y&T) and Craig Locicero (FORBIDDEN). "Frequency Unknown" is packaged with bonus tracks — four QUEENSRŸCHE classics, newly recorded, including the smash hit single "Silent Lucidity".
"Frequency Unknown" track listing:
01. When Lightning Strikes
02. Running Backwards
04. Life Without You
05. In The Hands Of God
07. The Weight Of The World
Bonus tracks: (2013 versions)
11. Silent Lucidity
13. Jet City Woman
14. I Don t Believe In Love
- Blabbermouth reports Los Angeles cyber metallers FEAR FACTORY will perform their classic 1995 sophomore album, "Demanufacture", in its entirety aboard the 2014 edition of the world's biggest heavy metal cruise — 70000 Tons Of Metal — which will sail January 27-31. Also confirmed to appear are DARK TRANQUILLITY, DEATH ANGEL, FINNTROLL, OVERKILL, SEPTICFLESH, SOILWORK and SYMPHONY X. Public sales will start Monday, April 8 at 5 p.m. EST. In January 2014, 40 heavy metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the world will travel once again to the Caribbean for a five-day and four-night trip of a lifetime. Enjoy unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board, metal karaoke until sunrise, the all-star jam, clinics, work-shops, our infamous belly flop contest, bars that never close, two full days at sea and the opportunity to mingle side by side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass! If you become a ticketed passenger before July 27, 2013 you will be able to vote for the Caribbean dream destination 70000 Tons Of Metal will be sailing The Majesty Of The Seas to one last time. For more information, visit 70000tons.com.
- Blabbermouth reports JON OLIVA'S PAIN and SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva will release his first-ever solo album on June 5 via AFM Records. The 11-song CD, which contains ideas collected over the course of the last four or five years, was tracked this past winter at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida with producer Tom Morris, with Jon handling laying down nearly all the instrument tracks and vocals himself as well as playing drums on three songs. Commented JON OLIVA'S PAIN drummer/producer Christopher Kinder: "Oliva will be the first to admit that it took one hell of a challenge writing, performing 90% of all the tracks himself and vocals... he is exhausted, for sure." He added: "It's a very interesting and powerful offering. Diverse, emotional, and varying styles of writing and music everywhere. A truly great accomplishment for the mountain king, indeed." Oliva previously stated about his decision to record a solo album: "I've got some weird ideas that I wanna try and I've got some time to do it. I don't want do just 'another' JON OLIVA'S PAIN record. I've done four of those already. I wanna do something different. I have some material that I've wanted to put out for a while, that I'll talk with the record company about, maybe putting something out quickly, like in the next four or five months, to give me more time to do this JON OLIVA'S PAIN record. I want the next JON OLIVA'S PAIN CD to be very special. I've got some great friends from other bands that are going to be a significant part of the next JON OLIVA'S PAIN release. We are going to do a killer JON OLIVA'S PAIN record and then an additional bonus CD with guest stars... kind of like the AVANTASIA thing, but not in a story line. [EDGUY and AVANTASIA mastermind] Tobias Sammet does a magnificent job with it, but I don't have that much time to write a whole story, so I'll just have some powerhouse friends from various bands come in and take it over the top." Last summer, JON OLIVA'S PAIN toured Europe where it celebrated the 25th anniversary of one of heavy metal's most iconic records, "Hall Of The Mountain King" by SAVATAGE. The band performed the entire album as a special one-time-only treat for the still massive amount of loyal fans, along with songs from the DOCTOR BUTCHER album (by Jon Oliva and Chris Caffery, released in 1995), SAVATAGE and JON OLIVA'S PAIN.
- Blabbermouth reports the reissue of "The Phantom Agony", the 2003 debut album from Dutch female-fronted symphonic EPICA, has entered the official chart in the band's home country at position No. 8 — the group's highest chart entry to date. "The Phantom Agony" was re-released as a deluxe digipack on March 23 to coincide with the band's special tenth-anniversary show at the Klokgebouw in Eindoven, Netherlands. This ambitious concert featured a 70-piece symphonic orchestra and choir, international guests and loads of special effects. EPICA's previous label, Transmission Records, reissued "The Phantom Agony", in a special package containing 15 bonus tracks, including seven previously unreleased versions and one previously unreleased song. The album also contains a 20-page booklet with photos and liner notes by EPICA founder Mark Jansen. Along with the deluxe digipack, the album was also released on double vinyl being pressed on high-quality 180-gram audiophile vinyl and put in a 350-gram cardboard sleeve, including all lyrics. This also included six bonus tracks. Commented Jansen: "[EPICA and Transmission] have put aside our differences, 'cause at the end of the day, both parties want to have the debut album available to the EPICA fans, as it has been out of print for more than five years!" To order the album, go to this location.
- Loudwire reports Black Veil Brides announce "Legion of the Black" film release plans
- Classic Rock reports cheerily named German newcomer act Gloomball will release their debut album "The Distance" on April 26. Come inside to watch a video for the title track
- Noisecreep reports Moonspell singer Fernando Ribeiro on balancing touring life with fatherhood
- NME reports Paramore's Hayley Williams: "I don't need write songs about sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll"
- Blabbermouth posts performance footage from Metalachi in Mexico
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