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  • Blabbermouth reports DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen tells Artisan News  that the band will enter the studio on February 1 to begin work on the follow-up  to 2008's "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge".  "I saw Joe [Elliott, vocals], Vivian [Campbell,  guitar] and Rick [Allen, drums] on Rick's birthday out here  on November 1," he said (see video below). "And we were discussing and we were  all excited and buzzing about new material. I can't even remember the last time  we were like that about that stuff. 'Cause it's been a long time since we've had  new recordings out, so it's like a brand new band; you have all these ideas and  we're just gonna get together and bash it out."  In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Collen revealed that  the band has plans to record both an EP and full-length album. He explained: "An  album would obviously take too long, so we're gonna do about four or five songs,  get those out and then [later in the] year have an album come out, so it'll be  an EP and an album."  Campbell explained to Billboard that DEF LEPPARD's next  release will likely see them delivering elements of their classic tunes while  also delving into new territory.  "The band is successful for a certain sound," said Campbell. "It's a  brand like Coca-Cola and you've got to give the people what they expect.  At the same time, you have to move on."  After completing the successful "Viva! Hysteria" residency in Las  Vegas last spring that resulted in the recently released concert video and album  packages, DEF LEPPARD is planning to return to Sin City later this year  with a "Viva! Pyromania" residency, which will see the group perform the  entire classic 1983 album "Pyromania" at each show. The move comes in  time for the album's 31st anniversary rather than its 30th, but Elliott  told journalist Gary Graff that commemorating that mark wasn't on DEF  LEPPARD's agenda last year.  "We ignored the anniversary because I think a lot of these anniversaries are  just invented by the record companies to rehash for some bullshit reason, to  re-release an album that doesn't need re-releasing because it's never been  deleted," he said.  "We agreed to doing the 25th anniversary of 'Pyromania' five years  ago, where we put out the second disc which was... basically an extra live album  with the Steve Clark lineup, if you like, the way that we were in 1983,"  he continued.  "The cupboard's bare. There's nothing left.  "They wanted to do a re-release of a 30th anniversary of 'Pyromania',  and we just said, 'Absolutely no! The only thing that anybody is going to get  out of this is some different liner notes.' I think it's just ripping off the  kids, so we said no.  "If somebody wants 'Pyromania Deluxe', it's already out.  "We celebrated after 25 years; we don't need to do it again after 30."  Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock


  • Blabbermouth reports KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley says that it "seems  unlikely" that the four original members of the band will perform together at  next April's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction.  Answering a question from a fan on Twitter about whether there are any  plans yet on wearing makeup with former KISS members Ace Frehley  (guitar) and Peter Criss (drums) at the Rock Hall induction, Stanley said: "No way."  Stanley was also asked if he, bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons, Frehley and Criss were going to perform together at the Rock  Hall. "Seems unlikely," he replied.  The Rock Hall producers are leaning on the original members to perform  in full costume. During a recent radio interview, Frehley joked about  needing to lose weight and shave his goatee for the performance — but remained  adamant that current guitarist Tommy Thayer, who performs using Frehley's "Spaceman," persona cannot be in costume that night.  Frehley explained: "You can't have me and Tommy both in  makeup... I don't have a problem with Tommy and [current drummer] Eric [Singer] being there out of makeup if I'm in makeup, because  they're a big part of KISS today. [But] they had nothing to do with the  beginning of KISS, or the designs or the costumes or the makeup... This  is about the celebration of KISS and how it all began and started, and it  should be honoring the four original members."  He went on to say: "If those guys wanna come up and do 'Rock And Roll All  Nite' with the whole cast of the show, y'know, that would be a great thing.  They deserve a little."  The Pulse Of Radio asked Stanley to give some sort of hint as  to what shape KISS' induction performance will look like come April 10 in  Brooklyn. "What will happen at the Barclays Center? I couldn't tell you," he  said. "But I will tell you, without hesitation, that it will be unapologetically  and proudly KISS."  Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock and Classic Rock




  • Blabbermouth reports "Austin City Limits" rings in the New Year with new episodes, starting  the second half of Season 39 with an electrifying hour from rock innovators QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE. Recently nominated for two Grammy Awards  for "Best Rock Performance" and "Best Rock Album", QUEENS OF THE STONE  AGE prove they're one of the best bands today in a dynamic, full-hour  performance. The new episode premieres Saturday, January 4.  "Austin City Limits" airs weekly on PBS stations nationwide  (check local listings for times) and full episodes are made available online at immediately following the initial broadcast.  Video footage of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE performing the song "Smooth Sailing" on "Austin City Limits" can be seen below.  QUEENS' frontman Josh Homme appeared on "Austin City  Limits" back in 2009 as part of the supergroup THEM CROOKED VULTURES  (alongside Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones), but in this appearance  he makes his long-awaited "Austin City Limits" debut with QUEENS OF  THE STONE AGE, the band he's led for nearly two decades.  "Josh Homme is a genius, and he's made QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE  one of the best rock bands of our time," says "Austin City Limits"  executive producer Terry Lickona. "They make some serious rock and roll,  but without taking themselves too seriously."  "Austin City Limits" is a television series on PBS that records  and broadcasts original musical performances from exciting new talent and  legendary artists of all genres.  "Austin City Limits" is the longest-running music series in American  television history and remains the only TV series to ever be awarded the  National Medal Of Arts. The historic KLRU Studio 6A, home to 36 years of "Austin City Limits" concerts, has been designated an official Rock  And Roll Hall Of Fame landmark. In 2011, "Austin City Limits" moved  to the new venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin.  "Austin City Limits" received a rare institutional Peabody  Awardfor excellence and outstanding achievement in 2012.  Read more at Rolling Stone and NME


  • Blabbermouth reports Nuclear Blast USA's webshop will be the exclusive online distributor of the 10 seminal albums from SLAYER's American Recordings catalog on clear, Collector's Edition vinyl. Each album will be sold individually, is strictly limited to 666 hand-numbered copies, and can be shipped internationally. Full audio has been remastered from the original analog flat master tapes and pressed on the highest-quality, 180-gram audiophile vinyl to satisfy the most discerning turntables and SLAYER collectors.  Featuring original album artwork (including exact reproductions of the original 12x12 vinyl sleeves), the nine studio releases comprising the American Recordingsdiscography are:

    * "Reign In Blood" (1986)
    * "South Of Heaven" (1988)
    * "Seasons In The Abyss" (1990)
    * "Divine Intervention" (1994)
    * "Undisputed Attitude" (1996)
    * "Diabolus In Musica" (1998)
    * "God Hates Us All" (2001)
    * "Christ Illusion" (2006)
    * "World Painted Blood" (2009)

    Also included is SLAYER's live double album "Decade of Aggression: Live" (1991).


  • Blabbermouth reports Vinny Appice has powered the rhythm of bands such as BLACK  SABBATH, DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, WORLD WAR III and KILL DEVIL HILL. He has been drumming across the world for over two  decades and has co-written songs on over twenty-five records. He is also the  author of the instructional book "Rock Steady" and DVD "Hard Rock  Drumming Techniques".  Now Vinny Appice will conduct a live streaming online master drum  class at the GoDpsMusicpro artist showroom on Saturday, January 11. The  class will cover solo techniques, songwriting, creating signature fills,  memorable rock grooves, pedal techniques, warm-up exercises and more.  Reservations are available now for $49.98.

    Class includes:

    * 2-hour live streaming online master class with Vinny Appice on January 11 at 1 p.m. PST
    * Live question-and-answer session with Vinny
    * DrumMonster t-shirt
    * Vic Firth 5A Vinny Appice signed drumsticks
    * Vinny Appice signed poster
    * Certificate of completion
    * Letter from Vinny


  • Blabbermouth reports Swedish death metallers SKINEATER have recruited Martin  Pedersen (ex-VISCERAL BLEEDING) as their new frontman.  Says Martin in a statement: "I've been off the death metal ride for  almost two years now, getting some much-needed time to reflect on what I want to  do.  "When I talked to the guys in SKINEATER about this, I immediately felt  that this is something I want to be a part of.  "It feels great to finally be back doing what I love to do and I look forward  to recording songs as well as playing live with these guys."  Vocalist Jörgen Ström left SKINEATER last month "because of  lack of time and motivation to put in all the hard work that is necessary to  keep the band moving forward."  SKINEATER's "Dismantled" video can be seen below. The clip was  produced by Uppsala-based digital production company Oddville"Dismantled" comes off SKINEATER's debut album, "Dermal  Harvest", which was released in North America on Febuary 19, 2013 (January  28 in Europe) via Pulverised Records.  According to a press release, the CD "showcases some of the most resilient  veterans in the Swedish extreme scene, with past and present members from WOMBBATH, IN THY DREAMS, DARK FUNERAL, CARNAL FORGE, DEFLESHED, etc. The end result is an unstoppable skin-butcher unit  literally flaying everything in its path! Never has death metal extremity been  so well brewed with melodic darkness in a long time." Recorded at  various locations, mixed and mastered at Sweden's Studio Underground  (CARNAL FORGE, STEEL ATTACK, FLESHCRAWL, NECRODEATH), and with the striking album artwork designed and  conceptualized by Mathias Björkbacka, "Dermal Harvest" is without  doubt a world-class audioviolence with sick torturous intent.  SKINEATER in 2011 announced the addition of drummer Matte  Modin (DARK FUNERAL, RAISED FIST, DEFLESHED, SPORTLOV) to the group's ranks.  Formed in late 2008, SKINEATER features scene veterans Håkan  Stuvemark (ex-WOMBBATH, ex-IN THY DREAMS) and Stefan  Westerberg (ex-CARNAL FORGE, ex-IN THY DREAMS).  For more information, go to this location.


  • Blabbermouth reports guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH spoke to Decibel magazine about the progress of the  songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to 2011's "Heritage".  "I have about six songs done and another two or three just started," he said,  "plus a million ideas that I haven't processed yet. Some songs are simple and  stripped-down, while others are epic in the true sense of the word. Business as  usual, hopefully with unusual music."  Åkerfeldt also revealed that he plans to enrich at least a few of the  new OPETH tracks with strings.  "Some of these things could easily be done with synthetic sounds or effects,"  he said, "but recording the STORM CORROSION LP with Steven Wilson  made me realize what a massive difference it can mean to incorporate the real  shit. I'm semi-pretentious in my songwriting and sometimes I go all in. I think  it's time for 'all in' with strings and the full monty. Hopefully it won't be a  mess."  One of the songs that will appear on OPETH's forthcoming album was  previously described by Åkerfeldt as a "crazy rip-off" of Italian prog  outfit GOBLIN, which formed in 1972 and ran for ten years before  splitting (the band has since reformed).  "It's a jam I came up with during the MASTODON/GHOST tour," he  told Decibel, "that we ended up soundchecking. After a few days, you'd  hear people in the corridors humming it. It's a fucking hit! But basically it's  a not-so-subtle headbanging-type nod in GOBLIN's direction. And to avoid  confusion, the song is even called 'Goblin'. My rip-off deteriorates  mid-song and becomes fusion-esque darkened prog rock like MAHAVISHNU or ELP (yikes!). But it swings! It really does."  Speaking to the Swedish newspaper Expressen in September, Åkerfeldt stated about OPETH's plans for the upcoming CD: "We've  been looking at [tracking the next album at] Rockfield Studios in Wales  where QUEEN recorded 'Bohemian Rhapsody', but we haven't made a  decision yet. But it will be an expensive album. There's a lot going on, lots of  string arrangements that we haven't had in the past."  Asked if the forthcoming effort will be heavier or softer than 2011's "Heritage", Mikael said: "Maybe a little bit heavier. Not death  metal heavy, but hard rock/heavy metal heavy. There's also lots of progressive  elements and acoustic guitars, but also more sinister-sounding riffs."  Åkerfeldt also revealed that he was going to produce the new OPETH album himself, explaining: "I love the way DIO's 'Holy  Diver' sounds, this early-'80s sound where you can still hear the '70s, but  the production is heavier. Right now I'm into having a similar production that  isn't retro but it still sounds like real instruments and it's heavier than 'Heritage'."  "Heritage" sold 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week  of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's  previous studio CD, 2008's "Watershed", opened with more than 19,000  units to land at No. 23.


  • Blabbermouth reports THE SANITY DAYS — the project featuring four former members of  legendary Bristol, England thrash metallers ONSLAUGHT — entered Doghouse Studio in their hometown to begin recording their debut album  for a late spring release via Candlelight Records.  The first video clip from the studio can be seen below.  The band states: "The album will feature nine original songs which have been  written over the past 15 months and promises to be a mixture of dark, metallic,  interweaving, spine-chilling riffs topped with melodic haunting vocals  thunderous drums and a driving bass sound. Perhaps not what a lot of people are  going to expect it to sound!  "The final mix is being completed in London by a producer that we have  selected to get this sounding exactly how we need it to sound.  "We don't intend this to be a Pro Tools classic as much of the stuff  you hear today is, but will have a more retro-sounding vibe with a more natural  feel."  Multi-camera video footage of THE SANITY DAYS performing a new song, "My Demon Mind", on December 7, 2012 at Riffs Bar in Swindon, England can  be seen below.  THE SANITY DAYS is intended as a bit of fun for the musicians and an  opportunity for fans to hear music that no longer features in ONSLAUGHT's  live repertoire.  THE SANITY DAYS was launched by Steve Grice, former drummer and  founding member of the ONSLAUGHT, who played on all ONSLAUGHT  albums thus far. He is joined in the new project by former ONSLAUGHT  guitarist Alan Jordan (2007's "Killing Peace"), bassist Jase  Stallard (1985's "Power From Hell" and 1986's "The Force"),  and ex-GRIM REAPER singer Steve Grimmett, who fronted ONSLAUGHT for the 1989 album "In Search Of Sanity".  Released on London Records in 1989, "In Search Of Sanity" was  the last album ONSLAUGHT recorded before it disbanded. Despite reaching  the U.K. Top 50, its mainstream production proved controversial among  bandmembers and fans alike. "We were always pleased with the songs, though,"  states Grice. "Over the past few years, people have nagged me to play  tracks from the 'Sanity' album, but we always struggled to get them  sounding right without Steve Grimmett's involvement."  Former GRIM REAPER frontman Grimmett lent his powerful voice to ONSLAUGHT for just this one album and now returns as a member of THE  SANITY DAYS. "It's been a long time since I sang any songs from 'In  Search of Sanity', but this was an opportunity I couldn't turn down," he  said. "I have also been asked to play these songs, but it never seemed the right  thing to do after ONSLAUGHTgot back together." 
    "The Sanity Days" featuring Grimmett, Grice, Stallard and Jordan with Steve Grimmett and 6 others at Doghouse Studio
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    Day One of Recording the debut album at The Doghouse Studio starts with getting all the levels right in the headphones. After the sound engineer, Mark sorted that out, we played some tracks so we can get the BPS (Beats per second) of certain songs as we will be recording with the metronome to get the timing bang on. Here's a video Jase done on his phone of us getting the initial volume levels in the cans.

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