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9/30/2013

  • Blabbermouth reports during a brand new interview with Chile's Radio Futuro, IRON  MAIDEN guitarist Dave Murray was asked if there are any plans for the  band to return to the studio to begin work on material for the follow-up to  2010's "The Final Frontier".  "We've been out on tour quite a few months this year," Dave explained.  "So when we finish, we're actually going to go and head back and take a break,  really."  He continued: "We haven't got any plans, as such, really, what's gonna happen  next year. Basically, we're just gonna wait and see. [laughs] But there's  things that are going on in the meantime. I mean, we just had a beer come out —  it's like the Trooper beer — and that's actually doing really well. So  we'll just let the Trooper beer go on tour for us. [laughs] And  then we're just gonna spend some time off recuperating. So I'm not quite sure  what's gonna be happening next year. It's all up in the air."  IRON MAIDEN last month landed at position No. 1 on Billboard.com's "Hot Tours" list of top-grossing tours with  $8.5 million in ticket sales from six performances on their summer tour of  Europe. The shows were attended by a total of 121,280 fans, including a  two-night, sold-out stand on August 3-4 at the O2 Arena in Lonon, England, where  the band played to 27,000 fans. With totals added from this summer's Europe  dates, overall ticket sales from the tour top $42 million from 45 reported  concerts.  MAIDEN's 15th studio CD, "The Final Frontier", featured 10  tracks that had an average running time of seven minutes and 40 seconds, with  the shortest song, "The Alchemist", clocking in at four minutes and 29  seconds, and the longest, "When The Wild Wind Blows", lasting ten minutes  and 59 seconds.  "The Final Frontier" sold 63,000 copies in the United States in its  first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 4.  IRON MAIDEN's previous album, 2006's "A Matter Of Life And  Death", opened with 56,000 units to land at No. 9. This was a notable  increase from the 40,000 first-week tally registered by its predecessor, 2003's  "Dance of Death" (which debuted at No. 18 on The Billboard 200 chart),  and that of "Brave New World", which moved 38,000 copies in June 2000 to  land at No. 39 on The Billboard 200 chart.  "The Final Frontier" was IRON MAIDEN's fourth U.K. No. 1 album.  The band previously topped the chart in 1982 with "The Number of the  Beast", in 1988 with "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" and in 1992 with  "Fear of the Dark".
 
  • Blabbermouth reports Pennsylvanian rockers HALESTORM will release their new EP,  "ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP", on October 15 via Atlantic. The EP  marks the acclaimed hard rock band's first new release since their stunning  Grammy Awards triumph earlier this year, as well as the follow-up to  2011's "ReAniMate: The CoVeRs eP". As with its predecessor, "ReAniMate  2.0: The CoVeRs eP" sees HALESTORM putting their distinctive brand on  a strikingly eclectic collection of classic songs, including legendary tracks by  JUDAS PRIEST, AC/DC, PAT BENATAR, FLEETWOOD MACMARILYN MANSON, and DAFT PUNK.  The "ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP" cover artwork can be seen here.  "Like our first 'ReAniMate' EP, the songs included here are a  collection of both our favorite songs and songs to challenge ourselves," said  HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale. We decided to go more 'bare bones'  with this EP, meaning minimal production with live, gritty performances. We  recorded this EP the week of the Grammys, so the excitement and  debauchery you hear through your speakers is very real. We hope all our fans  have as much fun with 'ReAniMate: 2.0' as we did!"  "ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP" track listing:
    01. Dissident  Aggressor (originally performed by JUDAS PRIEST) 02. Get Lucky (originally performed by DAFT PUNK) 03. Shoot To Thrill (originally  performed by AC/DC) 04. Hell Is For Children (originally performed by  PAT BENATAR) 05. Gold Dust Woman (originally performed by FLEETWOOD  MAC) 06. 1996 (originally performed by MARILYN MANSON)  Order now and get an immediate MP3 download of "Get  Lucky".  The "Get Lucky" cover is now available for streaming using the  SoundCloud widget below (courtesy of RevolverMag.com).  2011's "ReAniMate: The CoVeRs eP" contained covers of tracks from  SKID ROW, LADY GAGA and GUNS N' ROSES. Singer Lzzy  Hale told The Pulse Of Radio that recording other artists' songs  helps her own writing. "There's just nothing like singing and playing and  picking apart an already proven amazing song," she said. "I think it helps you  as a songwriter. I'll write a song and be like, 'Well, is that as good as  HEART's 'All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You', and I'll have to be  like, 'No, back to the drawing board.'"  Read more at Loudwire

     

 

  • Blabbermouth reports Eleven Seven Music has set an October 29 release date for "The Best  Of Buckcherry""The Best Of Buckcherry" is the culmination of 15 years of non-stop  hard work that has resulted in unprecedented success and has made  BUCKCHERRY the standard for the great American rock band.  Not many bands have been successful in merging punk grit, gutter attitude,  honest-to-God storytelling and razor-sharp hooks and see the overwhelming  success that BUCKCHERRY has had throughout their careers. Somewhere  between reaching gold status with their self-titled debut and achieving the  status of an international platinum-selling phenomenon, BUCKCHERRY has  also supplanted themselves as pop icons with party radio hits that spread  throughout their entire catalog.  The liner notes for "The Best Of Buckcherry" were written by renowed  by radio personality and "That Metal Show" co-host Eddie  Trunk.

    "The Best Of Buckcherry" track listing:

    01. Lit Up 02. For the Movies 03. Ridin' 04.  Sorry 05. Next 2 You 06. Everything 07. Crazy  Bitch 08. Rescue Me 09. Rose 10. All Night  Long 11. Gluttony 12. Nothing Left But Tears

    BUCKCHERRY's sixth studio album, "Confessions", sold 18,000  copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No.  20 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was produced by guitarist Keith  Nelson and Marti Frederiksen (AEROSMITH, OZZY OSBOURNE)  and features eclectic CD artwork by graffiti artist Ewok.  The band's previous CD, "All Night Long", opened with around 28,000  units in August 2010 to debut at No. 10.  BUCKCHERRY's fourth studio effort, titled "Black Butterfly",  premiered with around 47,000 copies back in September 2008 to enter the chart at  No. 8.

 

  • Blabbermouth reports on September 24, Honduras rock journalist Alvaro Villatoro (a.k.a. Lemmy Simmons) of Hard Heavy conducted an interview with conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. A few excerpts from the chat follow.  On the next QUEENSRŸCHE video:  Scott: "A couple of weeks ago, we finished two brand new music videos for the new record. We went down to Los Angeles and shot the next two videos.  "The next single, I believe, is going to be 'Spore'. And then the follow-up single after that is going to be 'A World Without'.  "So what we did is we shot a 10-minute movie of the two songs put together, and it's really great. It's a full scripted storyline, there were actors in the videos, and it's very conceptual. And we do appear in the video as well. But it was really fun and really different, because it's like a movie."  On parting ways with original singer Geoff Tate and replacing him with Todd La TorreScott: "I've gotta be honest. We just didn't know what to expect when we made the decision to move on last year. And Todd has been perfect; I mean, it's absolutely just perfect. He sings so great our old, great songs. Listen, we hadn't done 'Queen Of The Reich' in years, and Todd stepped in and he just sings it — he just does it — and it's just perfect. I can't even tell you how excited we are about what's going on for us right now having him in the band."  On whether the band felt any pressure to release a new studio album as quickly as possible to compete with the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE:  Scott: "To be honest, we actually didn't — we never felt any pressure to get a record out as fast as possible or to do anything to sacrifice the quality that we always had wanted to keep ourselves at. This record was a great example of that. Our focus was on just writing great songs and getting them to where we felt it was at the top of our game, so to speak, and we wanted to keep our level very high and challenge ourselves. And so we were gonna get the record done when the record was gonna be done.  "We were lucky, because the chemistry amongst the five of us now is so great that we just felt that we didn't have any pressures — we knew we were gonna have a great record and feel really good about it. And I think the response is kind of the proof. The fans and the media have embraced the new record in such a high way; I mean, we're getting almost 10-star reviews on this record all around the world. So for what that's worth, I think that's just the proof that we've done what our fans really had wanted us to be doing for a long time. I think they're very happy that we're back doing what we feel good about.  "We've been around for 30 years as a band, and we've made a lot of records, and some really great ones that I'm very proud of. I think this new record is a record that I'm proud of… It's probably a record that I'm most proud for probably the last 20 years. So, for me, it's really special and I feel really great about it. And we're having a great time. We haven't had a great time for a long time, to be honest; it hasn't been very fun. I think this is now a turning point for us and we just feel really good. We're energized and the fans are energized."  On whether "Queensrÿche" signals a return to the band's classic sound:  Scott: "I think so. I really do.  "In the last year that we started playing all these shows with Todd, our setlist is a lot of just our first five records — it's all that great QUEENSRŸCHE classic stuff that we hadn't played for a long time. And in doing that, I think that started to put us in kind of that mindset, that energy that we had back then, and the chemistry we had together. And so I think when we started making this new record, it was almost natural that we were kind of revisiting that feel for us. And I think this record does.  "I think, to me, if somebody asked me where I would place this record in our catalog in terms of time frame, I think this record fits right back in the days of, like, 'Operation: Mindcrime' and 'Empire' and 'Promised Land' — kind of like in the early Nineties when we were making those records. And I think this record feels like it's very much a part of that era. And I'm proud of that. And a lot of our fans are telling us that as well.  "So I think that we did — we grabbed a lot of the great, old chemistry, and we made a record with that energy."

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports congratulations are in order for MACHINE HEAD drummer Dave McClain, who just married his Australian girlfriend Belle. The couple live in Alameda, California.  This is the second marriage for McClain, a former member of Arizona thrashers SACRED REICH who joined MACHINE HEAD in 1995 following the departure of Chris Kontos.  In a January 2012 interview with Examiner.comMcClain stated about the touring life: "Personally, I love it. It's been part of my life for 21 years now, so I love pretty much everything about being out [on the road]. Doing shows, hanging out and doing our thing and doing what we love, it's a good life."  He continued: "When I'm stuck at home for some time, that's when I start feeling a little caged up or something, but not really being in the studio. As long as we're doing something band-related... I used to kind of just learn to like everything about it. It's cool if you're recording, just soak everything in and get back on the road. And that's when the fun begins."  MACHINE HEAD will enter the studio later this year to begin recording the follow-up to 2011's "Unto The Locust" for an early 2014 release.

  • Blabbermouth reports ALL THAT REMAINS filmed a video for the song "What If I Was Nothing" on Sunday, September 29 in the band's home state of Massachusetts.  A photo from the video shoot can be seen here.  In conjunction with Record Store Day, ALL THAT REMAINS released a limited-edition vinyl version of their "The Fall Of Ideals" album (Razor & Tie). Available for the first time ever on vinyl, the LP is ALL THAT REMAINS' 2006 critically acclaimed metalcore classic. The album was produced by Adam Dutkiewicz (KILLSWITCH ENGAGEUNDEROATH) and features 11 songs, including the hits "This Calling""The Air I Breathe""Six" and "Not Alone". The vinyl is pressed in a striking blue/black swirl color.  ALL THAT REMAINS continues to tour in support of its 2012 release, "A War You Cannot Win" (Razor & Tie).  ALL THAT REMAINS"Stand Up" single spent three weeks at #1 at Active Rock Radio. This marked ALL THAT REMAINS' first -ever #1 radio single and the group's fifth consecutive Top 10 single at the format.
 
  • Blabbermouth reports British heavy metal legends SAXON will take part in an in-store signing session at SoundCheck Hollywood in West Hollywood, California on Friday, October 4 beginning at 6 p.m.  "Unplugged And Strung Up"SAXON's selection of unique, fresh and adventurous interpretations of material previously heard only with raw heavy metal thunder, will be released on November 18. The effort reveals layers and pieces previously dormant in many of the 14 classic SAXON songs chosen for this makeover, thanks to some ear-catching new arrangements and mixes. Recorded, mixed and mastered with Andy Sneap in Derbyshire, U.K. earlier this year, "Unplugged And Strung Up" contains re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized versions of "The Eagle Has Landed" and "Crusader" by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer added dimension. "Frozen Rainbow", from the band's 1979 debut, gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of, while "Red Star Falling" soars and sweeps the emotions with its orchestrally arranged dovetail. As if this reinvention wasn't enough, SAXON superfans and collectors can purchase a digipak version of the release which will include 2002's storming set of full-volume, pedal-to-the-metal re-recorded hits "Heavy Metal Thunder". Featuring staple SAXON stormers such as "Motorcycle Man""Strong Arm Of The Law" and "Dallas 1pm", it is a quintessential part of any collection.  The standard single CD of "Unplugged And Strung Up" will come in a jewel case, and a double-vinyl gatefold sleeve version of the release will also be available. The digipack will be a two-disc version of the release featuring the bonus disc "Heavy Metal Thunder", and there will be a digital release of the same.
 
  • Blabbermouth reports long regarded as one of the world's finest guitar players spanning multiple  genres of music, Alex Skolnick has now joined the ESP family of  endorsees. Additionally, ESP has announced the introduction of the ESP  Alex Skolnick EC and LTD AS-600 signature series guitars, which will  be available at the beginning of 2014.  "Alex is a guitarist who inspires the highest level of respect among  musicians around the world," says Jeff Moore, ESP senior vice  president. "We are proud and excited to have him as one of ESP's top-tier  endorsees."  Starting in 1983 as a teenage phenomenon in the metal band TESTAMENTAlex Skolnick is one of the very few artists to receive critical acclaim  as both a rock and jazz guitar player. Earning his BfA from New York City's New  School University's jazz program, Alex surprised the rock world with the  formation of the ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO in 2001, and has since achieved  recognition and success in the hard-to-please jazz world. Alex has also  performed as a member of the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, and on  collaborations with such luminary players as Stu Hamm, Les  Claypool, Michael Manring, Ozzy Osbourne, and others.  Available in January 2014, the ESP Alex Skolnick EC and the LTD  AS-600 will be offered in two finishes: Silver Sunburst (SSB) and Lemonburst  (LB). Based on ESP's popular Eclipse body style, the guitars feature a  set-neck design at 24.75” scale, with a full-thickness mahogany body, mahogany  neck, a custom headstock, rosewood fingerboard with custom inlays, Grover tuners, TonePros locking TOM bridge with stop tailpiece, and an Alex  Skolnick signature Seymour Duncan pickup set.  Says Skolnick: "When ESP offered to build my signature  instrument, I admit being a tad skeptical, for two reasons: First, in recent  years, I've become a vintage guitar enthusiast, with standards that are tough  for any manufacturers to live up to, especially those whose history begins after  1970. Second, what was being promised was a tall order: a new guitar bearing the  same traditional quality I'd grown accustomed to, but with a fresh feel, a  modern aesthetic, options for variation and greater durability. I'm thrilled to  report that the project has succeeded on all counts.  "When the guitar first arrived, there was no question it was beautiful.  Plugging it in, it sounded great. But not wishing to rest on the initial  reaction alone, I began to put the instrument through rigorous challenges.  First, there were blindfold tests: someone would hand me the guitar, alternating  with my vintage Les Pauls and my previous signature model by  Heritage, based on the Les Paul and built in the original  Gibson factory (a fine instrument but somewhat 'locked in' design-wise  and extremely difficult to acquire, even for me). While I won't say that they  all felt exactly the same — even identical models have their own individual  personalities — I will say that the new ESP felt instantly in the same  league, easily qualifying for a seat at the table. At that point, I knew it was  safe to move onto the next phase.  "The real tests would take place beyond my New York apartment and out in the  world, at concerts, jam sessions, clinics and recording sessions. This guitar  met the enthusiastic approval of all who encountered it — including many who'd  be working with it on some level: from front-of-house audio engineers at  concerts to studio engineers at recording sessions; from my trusted New York  repair guy to traveling techs who deal with the nuts and bolts of guitars on  tour full time; from the guys from TESTAMENT (who can be sticklers about  what gear gets used with the band) to the guys in my improvisational trio  (brutally honest in their assessments as well. I'd pass it around at  master-classes, asking young students and to give me their fresh, unbiased  perspective. This guitar passed everyone's tests with flying colors.  "The folks at ESP worked very hard with me on this guitar — I have to  give them credit for never applying pressure, giving me all the time I needed to  arrive at a final decision and respecting my previous instruments while being  determined to better meet my needs. It feels great to partner with a company  that has the structure in place to properly fulfill my touring requirements,  make my guitars available to fans that wish to acquire them and provide the  option of purchasing an exact replica of my own instrument, or a slightly scaled  down version for those on a tighter budget.  "When you're just starting out, any guitar that's provided to you is cause  for celebration. But years later, when you've reached that status of 'seasoned  pro,' not just any guitar will do. My new signature guitar is the culmination of  years of combined experience — mine as a player and ESP Guitars as one of  the best-run companies out there. I look forward to playing it for many years to  come."

 

  • Blabbermouth reports originally scheduled for September 30, the first two THE ALMIGHTY reissues — "Blood, Fire & Love" (first released in 1989) and "Soul  Destruction" (first released in 1991) — have now been rescheduled for  January 20, 2014.  In an effort to make these new versions as complete as  possible, the release date has been put back, and extra attention given to the  early work of a band (formed in Scotland in 1988) who have long been regarded as  influential, splicing elements of rock, punk and metal, and notching up a Top 5  U.K. album and successive Top 30 singles.Musically, THE ALMIGHTY staked their ground between MOTÖRHEAD and "Electric"-era THE  CULT, which made their early Polydor releases — five albums, starting  with "Blood, Fire & Love" — a breath of fresh air for riff-hungry  rock fans the world over; and now, with their reputation continuing to flourish,  Spinefarm has taken over from Polydor (the band's original home)  as the label co-ordinating the reissue campaign.
    The initial batch of  reissues (fully official and put together under band supervision) will appear  beneath the "Re-F**kin'-Issues" banner and be divided into two parts —  the first pair of titles coming out on January 20 and the following releases a  couple of months later.All of the reissues will come complete with  extensive bonus content, including live, studio, remix and acoustic recordings,  plus liner notes, special packaging and track-by-track comments from THE  ALMIGHTY mainman Ricky Warwick, now fronting BLACK STAR RIDERS and THIN LIZZY. There is also talk of live THE ALMIGHTY shows  featuring key original members, along with a brand new studio  album.

 

  • Blabbermouth reports former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen will perform a duet with the band's current touring vocalist Floor Jansen (REVAMP, ex-AFTER FOREVER) at this year's edition of the Metal Female Voices Fest, set to take place October 18-20 at Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium.  A video message from Tarja and Floor regarding their collaboration can be seen below.

    Confirmed artists for Metal Female Voices Fest:

    Friday, October 18

    LIV KRISTINE
    EVE'S APPLE

    Saturday, October 19

    LACUNA COIL
    DELAIN
     (with special guest Sharon Den Adel)
    LEAVES' EYES
    KONTRUST
    VISIONS OF ATLANTIS
    KOBRA AND THE LOTUS
    CHAOSTAR
    SERENITY
    IMPERIA
    VICTORIANS
    MAGION
    AZYLYA

    Sunday, October 20

    TARJA
    REVAMP
    ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN
    CRIMFALL
    DALRIADA
    STREAM OF PASSION
    HELL CITY
    CADAVERIA
    L'ENDEVI
    ELEANOR

    In a recent interview with Ghost Cult MagazineJansen — who has been performing with NIGHTWISH since last October — was asked if she would be willing to front NIGHTWISH permanently if she were asked to fill the slot.  "I've been asked to fill in for the current world tour and for a couple of festival dates, but what will happen after that is still unclear," she replied. "NIGHTWISH will take a break after the current touring cycle and they'll make a decision next year. Until then, everything is still up in the air."  She continued: "If they would ask me, I would be very flattered and I would love to do it. It will be a major overhaul in my life and my career as a singer, but then again, we're not rushing things.  "Both the guys in NIGHTWISH and I have experiences with previous band breakups and all emotions that come with it. It's almost like dating. Things feel good and it's going well, but we're not in a rush to tie the knot, so to speak."  Regarding how she looks back on her experiences as a stand-in singer for NIGHTWISH so far, Jansen said: "It's still too early for me to really reflect on the whole NIGHTWISH adventure, because there are still a couple of tour dates pending, including some summer festivals.  "What can I say? It's an incredible ride and it feels really good. Things went really well from day one. The timing was really awkward, because Annette Olzon just left the band and there wasn't really time to rehearse with the other NIGHTWISH members. Anxiety levels were running high, because replacing a female singer mid-tour is a hazardous experience, to say the least. They were running the gauntlet to make sure that none of the remaining tour dates had to be canceled. They were scared and so was I.  "Things went surprisingly well.  "It doesn't matter where you perform, YouTube will be plastered with movies of the gig the next day, so I really gave it my all. Everyone in the band and crew were really supportive and all the positive reactions and the warm acceptance by the NIGHTWISH fanbase was beyond my wildest dreams.  "Some people would rather see someone else fronting the band, but you can't please everyone."  Jansen made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1, 2012 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington following the abrupt departure of the band's lead singer of five years, Anette Olzon.

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports New Orleans sludge metal veterans CROWBAR have announced the addition  of bassist Jeff Golden to the group's ranks.  Jeff (pictured all the way left in photo here), 32, is from Bolton,  Connecticut, but currently resides in Estero, Florida.  CROWBAR will enter the studio in December to begin recording its new  album for an early 2014 release.  Bassist Patrick Bruders quit CROWBAR earlier in the month. No  reason was given for his departure.  Said CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein: "I'm more hurt  than anyone about Pat leaving CROWBAR, but keep in mind that there  were years that I was the only member in CROWBAR."  Bruders' exit from CROWBAR does not appear to have affected his  position with DOWN, a band that also features Windstein on guitar.  CROWBAR's latest album, "Sever The Wicked Hand", sold around  3,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at  position No. 4 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.  CROWBAR's previous album, "Lifesblood For The Downtrodden",  premiered with 1,900 copies back in February 2005.  "Sever The Wicked Hand" was released in the U.S. on February 8, 2011  through E1 Music and in Europe on February 14, 2011 via Century Media  RecordsCROWBAR's "The Cemetery Angels" video was filmed on December 5,  2010 in New York City with director Dale "Rage"  Resteghini.

 

  • Blabbermouth reports Nicholas Leptos of epic power metallers ARRAYAN PATH has been named the new lead singer of reunited '80s metallers WARLORD.  Comments WARLORD's William J. Tsamis (guitar, keyboards): "Although Rick Anderson did a phenomenal job for us on 'The Holy Empire' and Giles Lavery performed extremely well during the WARLORD shows in April 2013, I have had my eye on Nicholas Leptos now for a long time for a few reasons:  "The music for the next WARLORD album will offer a heavier, epic power metal soundscape in which the voice of Nicholas will elevate our sound into a whole new realm. His vocals are ideal for the powerful epic material that I am composing for the next WARLORD album.  "Nicholas has also proven that he can perfectly cover every WARLORD singer 'live.'  "In short, Nicholas Leptos will not only be able to carry WARLORD into an even more epic future, but he will also be able to present the classic WARLORD material in a 'live context,' perfectly covering every WARLORD vocalist that has come before him.  "Needless to say, we are very excited to have Nicholas on board. In a word, he is the ideal Damien King that we had been looking for since the inception of WARLORD."  LeptosWARLORD audition recordings can be downloaded from Mediafire.  WARLORD released its new album, "The Holy Empire", in March. The effort was made available on CD and digitally via Sons Of A Dream Music/Battle Hymns Music.  "The Holy Empire" was engineered and mastered by the multi-Grammy Award winner Phil Magnotti (FATES WARNINGOVERKILLARCH/MATHEOSOSI).
 
  • Blabbermouth reports Norwegian singer Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull (LEAVES' EYES, ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY) has recorded a guest appearance on the song "Born With A Broken Heart" from the upcoming album from German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR. The CD was mixed with Jacob Hansen (VOLBEATPRETTY MAIDSDESTRUCTION) at his Hansen studio in Ribe, Denmark for a January 2014 release via Frontiers Records. 12 tracks were recorded during the new album sessions, including "two epic songs, one guitar ballad, and nine crushing metal songs with all the trademarks you know and love to hear from PRIMAL FEAR," according to the band. The effort was engineered by Achim Köhler (EDGUYMASTERPLAN) and was produced by PRIMAL FEAR bassist Mat Sinner.  In a recent interview with Jump MetalPRIMAL FEAR vocalist Ralf Scheepers stated about the musical direction of the band's upcoming album: "It's not so far away [from what we've done in the past], because we have our style, you know. It was hard for us to imagine… because [2012's] 'Unbreakable' was a pretty tough... and really, in our ears, pretty great album, and for us, it was somehow hard to top it. But as soon as we started to write the new songs, and as soon as I heard what Mat and Magnus [Karlsson, guitar] did in the first place — because then they sent me some stuff and I added my ideas on it — I just thought, 'Wow, this is amazing.' And in the end, it really turned out to be a better album than 'Unbreakable'."  Frontiers and PRIMAL FEAR in January announced that they have renewed their partnership for another multi-album deal, which will include two more studio releases and one live CD and DVD.  PRIMAL FEAR's latest album, "Unbreakable", sold around 600 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 44 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.
 
  • Blabbermouth reports Italian metallers DEIMOS will release their new album, "Beyond", before the end of the year via Revalve Records. The will feature guest appearances by Chris Caffery (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRASAVATAGE) — who contributes a "stunning" guitar solo on "The Three Storms" — as well as Tommy Massara (EXTREMA) and Luca Marini (BLACKLISTED), who both appear on "Dark Times" on lead guitar and vocals, respectively. In addition, two former DEIMOS members — Flavio Santagostino on vocals and Riccardo Piroli on guitar — can be heard on the song "Wake The Fire".

    "Beyond" track listing:

    01. Alive
    02. D.M.W.
    03. Our Place To Be
    04. Dark Times
    05. The Three Storms
    06. Locked Heart
    07. Bloody Wings
    08. On Through The Night
    09. Run Or Die
    10. Collapsing Core
    11. Scep-a-Q
    12. Wake The Fire
    13. Beyond

    The new version of the ballad "Locked Heart" features Paola Gemma as a solo vocalist.

    DEIMOS is:

    Antonio Pecere - Lead Vocals
    Federico Lanterna – Guitar, Vocals
    Luca Gabrieli - Guitar
    Santo Clemenzi – Bass, Vocals
    Massimo Goletti - Drums

 
  • Blabbermouth reports Danish/American hard rockers ROYAL HUNT will release their twelfth studio album, "A Life To Die For", on November 29 in Europe and December 3 in North America via Frontiers. The CD is described in a press release as "a concept album not in the lyrical sense but musically, which sees the band expand their musical boundaries and bring their symphonic and grandiose musical element to the max employing a large number of classical/orchestra players in the studio as well as a large choir.  "Once again, the U.S. singer DC Cooper sees his trademark vocals shine throughout the songs penned by keyboard maestro Andre Andersen. The songwriting and performances are absolutely top notch and this is ROYAL HUNT at their symphonic best! In short, 'A Life To Die For' is another trademark release from ROYAL HUNT and truly an essential addition to any fan of progressive metal."  Andre Andersen said: "This album is all that any fan of this kind of music might dream about: strong songs with huge choruses, infectious riffs, technical yet memorable instrumental parts, stellar production this time mighty reinforced by classical instruments and — of course — instantly recognizable style."


    "A Life To Die For" will be mde available in three different versions:

    * Digipack CD + DVD (containing live footage from the band's last year tour, tour documentary and interviews)
    * Regular CD
    * 180-gram vinyl, gatefold

    "A Life To Die For" track listing:

    01. Hell Comes Down From Heaven
    02. A Bullet's Tale
    03. Running Out Of Tears
    04. One Minute Left To Live
    05. Sign Of Yesterday
    06. Won't Trust, Won't Fear, Won't Beg
    07. A Life To Die For

    The cover artwork was created by Kai Brockschmidt (PINK CREAM 69PRETTY MAIDS) and can be seen below.

    ROYAL HUNT is:

    Andre Andersen - Keyboards
    DC Cooper - Lead Vocals
    Allan Sorensen - Drums
    Andreas Passmark - Bass
    Jonas Larsen - Lead Guitar

    Guest musicians:

    Kenny LubckeAlexandra Popova - backing vocals 
    Jacob Kjær - guitar solo on "Running Out Of Tears" 
    Soma AllpassChristina LundPatricia SkovgaardChristina Larsen - strings 
    Erik RosenqvistMads Kofoed - brass/woodwinds 
    CV Company - choir

     

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports Southern German gothic metallers CREMATORY have inked a deal with Steamhammer/SPV. The band's new album, "Antiserum", will be released on February 25, 2014 (one day earlier internationally).  The first single from "Antiserum", a song called "Shadowmaker", will be made available on November 22. CREMATORY drummer Markus Jüllich says: "Even before the whole record was finalized, we knew that 'Shadowmaker' had absolute hit potential. You'd be hard put to announce our new album better than with this song."  On the day of the single launch, a special box set, "Inception", featuring CREMATORY's first ten studio albums in a cardboard sleeve will be made available. It is described in a press release as "an absolute must-have for all fans and collectors."  "Our fans can look forward to 'Antiserum', on which we have gone one step further than we did on our comeback album, 'Revolution', in terms of our electronic influences," says Jüllich. In collaboration with Elmar Schmidt of Hamburg EBM act CENTHRON, we have come up with a haunting mix of metal riffs and EBM keyboards. That's why I'd refer to 'Antiserum''s musical direction as 'EBM metal.'"
 
  • Loudwire reports Volbeat, HIM and All That Remains pledge allegiance to rock at Massachusetts gig

 

  • Loudwire reports Scar the Martyr’s Joey Jordison and Henry Derek talk debut album, connecting with fans and more  Read another interview at Blabbermouth
 
  • Loudwire reports Bullet for My Valentine, Black Veil Brides and Stars in Stereo start an "Outbreak" in Los Angeles

 

  • Loudwire reports Volbeat’s Michael Poulsen talks songwriting, signature sound and more

 

  • Loudwire reports Sylosis offer health update after RV crash, ask fans to stop PayPal donations

 

  • Loudwire reports Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo expresses love for Metallica, Led Zeppelin and Napalm Death

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Diffuser post the 10 heaviest Beatles songs

 

 

  • Classic Rock reports view promo for lead track "Angels In Everything" from Blue October's latest album Sway, released after Pledge Campaign hit 250% of target

 

  • Classic Rock posts a performance from the Sensational Alex Harvey Band live in Oslo, 1974

 

  • Noisecreep posts Favorite Potential Super Bowl Halftime Show Headliner – Readers Poll

 

  • Noisecreep posts the 10 most underrated Iron Maiden songs

 

  • Noisecreep posts video of 10 genres of metal in three minutes

 

  • Rolling Stone reports Pussy Riot member hospitalized on hunger strike  Read more at Billboard and NME  Billboard reports Pussy Riot member's hunger strike raises questions on prison conditions

 

 

  • Rolling Stone reports Moby, Lorde, Zedd help ring in Decibel Festival’s 10th year

 

 

  • Rolling Stone reports Flaming Lips wield "Peace Sword" on new EP

 

  • Rolling Stone reports Peter Hook: Joy Division masters hung up in legal wrangling

 

  • Billboard reports Stevie Wonder speaks out, Bono surprises at Global Citizen Festival

 

  • Billboard reports Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Jack White lead night of "OMG Moments" at "Inside llewyn Davis" Concert  Read more at Rolling Stone and NME

 

  • NME reports Arcade Fire debut three new "Reflektors" tracks with celebrity friends Bono and Ben Stiller on US TV special

 

  • NME reports Eurythmics' Dave Stewart: "Thom Yorke should worship Spotify"
 
  • Blabbermouth posts video of Black Sabbath honored at Eyegore Awards

 

  • Blabbermouth posts video of Jason Newsted's question-and-answer session in Boise

 

  • Blabbermouth posts a video update of Down's new EP writting session

 

  • Blabbermouth posts footage from Metal Church's "Generation Nothing" video shoot
 
  • Blabbermouth posts new music from Trivium - "No Way To Heal", De La Tirrea featuring Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser and Deicide - "In The Minds OfEvil"
 
 
 
  • Blabbermouth posts performance footage of Kittie at Spread The Metal festival in Toronto and Possessed in Oakland

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