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OVERKILL's BOBBY 'BLITZ' ELLSWORTH Speaks To SROmaginc.com (Audio)

July 28, 2014 - 23:17
a href="http://www.sromaginc.com/" target="_blank"SROmaginc.com/a recently conducted an interview with bOVERKILL/b frontman bBobby "Blitz" Ellsworth/b. You can now listen to the chat in the byouTube/b clip below. bOVERKILL/b's new album, b"White Devil Armory"/b, was released on July 22 in North America via beOne Music/b (July 18 in Europe through bNuclear Blast Records/b). The effort was tracked at bGear Recording/b and was mixed by bGreg Reely/b, who also worked on 2012's b"The Electric Age"/b. bOVERKILL/b's videos for b"Bitter Pill"/b and b"Armorist"/b wre filmed with veteran director bKevin J. Custer/b (bHATEBREED/b, bTESTAMENT/b, bSUFFOCATION/b). bCuster/b previously worked with bOVERKILL/b on the b"Electric Rattlesnake"/b and b"Bring Me The Night"/b clips. b"White Devil Armory"/b track listing: 01. bFreedom Rings/b 02. bWhere There's Smoke.../b 03. bPig/b 04. bArmorist/b 05. bDown To The Bone/b 06. bBitter Pill/b 07. bKing Of The Rat Bastards/b 08. bAnother Day To Die/b 09. bIt's All Yours/b 10. bIn The Name/b The limited-edition box-set version of b"White Devil Armory"/b includes a digipack CD, a leather belt and buckle plus a certificate of authenticity. Speaking about what bOVERKILL/b was trying to accomplish with b"White Devil Armory"/b, bEllsworth/b told bArtisan News/b: "My personal motivation, and I can probably speak for my partner bD.D./b [bVerni/b, bass], is that you don't want repetition. Obviously, we are what we are — a thrash metal band — [and] we fall into, let's say, a subgenre of this metal community, but the idea is that you wanna stay interested with it, you want to try, to some degree, to reinvent yourself. And I think the thing I'm most proud of when it comes to a record like Number 17, being b'White Devil Armory'/b, is that that's the push for it. No repetition. Let's get in there and let's define that line between repetition and what style is. I write all these notes in my office where I have my little studio — 'Don't repeat yourself,' 'Don't use this,' 'Don't use that' — and that becomes kind of the flavor of the writing: Stay relevant, great execution, modern presentation. Make Number 17 relevant in 2014." div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VSKrXCv3N6M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/g6Jvf2Pps2E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/overkillwhitelimitededition.jpg" alt="overkillwhitelimitededition" width="638" height="638" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-475870" / img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/OVERKILLWHITEDEVILARMORYCOVER.jpg" alt="OVERKILLWHITEDEVILARMORYCOVER" width="638" height="638" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-470101" /
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ZAKK WYLDE Interviewed On Brazil's 'Wikimetal' (Audio)

July 28, 2014 - 22:57
Brazil's a href="http://www.wikimetal.com.br/" target="_blank"Wikimetal/a podcast recently conducted an interview with bZakk Wylde/b (bBLACK LABEL SOCIETY/b, bOZZY OSBOURNE/b). You can now listen to the first part of the chat using the bSoundCloud/b widget below. bBLACK LABEL SOCIETY/b's new studio album, b"Catacombs Of The Black Vatican"/b, sold around 26,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous studio CD, b"Order Of The Black"/b, opened with around 33,000 units to enter the chart at No. 4. bBLACK LABEL SOCIETY/b's 2006 album, b"Shot to Hell"/b, registered a first-week tally of 32,000 to land at No. 21. This was less than the 45,000 copies shifted by bBLS/b's b"Mafia"/b (bArtemis/b) back in March 2005 to debut at No. 15. bBLACK LABEL SOCIETY/b's b"The Song Remains Not The Same"/b opened with around 12,000 copies to land at No. 41. Released on May 10, 2011 via bEntertainment One Music/b, the offering featured unplugged versions of material from bBLACK LABEL SOCIETY/b's b"Order Of The Black"/b album as well as additional material recorded during the b"Order Of The Black"/b sessions. b"Catacombs Of The Black Vatican"/b was released in Europe on April 7 via bMascot Label Group/b and one day later in North America through beOne Music/b. bBLACK LABEL SOCIETY/b recently amicably parted ways with longtime guitarist bNick Catanese/b and replaced him with bDario Lorina/b (bLIZZY BORDEN/b). bBLACK LABEL SOCIETY/bs' b"Angel Of Mercy"/b video can be seen below. Directed by longtime collaborator bJustin Reich/b of the bAntimatter Studio/b, the clip depicts a stripped down version of the wall of sound that is widely associated with the band. div align=center iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160288353amp;auto_play=falseamp;hide_related=falseamp;show_comments=trueamp;show_user=trueamp;show_reposts=falseamp;visual=true"/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/KrCMWS_fB4o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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SIXX: A.M. Confirms Release Date For Third Album

July 28, 2014 - 22:35
bSIXX: A.M./b, the band featuring bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b bassist bNikki Sixx/b alongside guitarist bDJ Ashba/b and vocalist bJames Michael/b, will release its third album on October 7. A video for the CD's first single, b"Gotta Get It Right"/b, was filmed in mid-June. bSixx/b spoke to bRevolver/b magazine last year about how the new bSIXX: A.M./b CD is different than its predecessors. "When we did [our 2007 debut] b'The Heroin Diaries'/b, it was the soundtrack to a book," he said. "And when we did b'This Is Gonna Hurt'/b, there was a lot of inspiration that drew from the photography in my book b'This Is Gonna Hurt'/b as well as the bandmembers' personal experiences and how they related not only to the characters in the book, but what they'd gone through growing up. Without meaning to, it hinted at this whole concept of bullying. If you're different than other people you're made fun of and you're made to believe you'll never achieve your dreams. Loosely, that's what b'This is Gonna Hurt'/b was about. We feel like between b'The Heroin Diaries'/b and b'This is Gonna Hurt'/b, we've exposed a lot of wounds and we've talked about how to recover from them, but we haven't had a chance to really celebrate. I think this album is a celebration." Asked if bSIXX: A.M./b took a different approach to writing the songs this time around, bSixx/b said: "We put a lot fewer restrictions on ourselves. We went into genres that you wouldn't expect us to possibly be influenced by, but unless you know the bandmembers, you don't know that there are all kinds of influences, especially from the '70s and some of the great bands that came out of that era. So when we started writing, it was almost ridiculous. The songs were so left of center that you're like, 'These could never be on a record.' We were creating something so different, and once we got the songs written, people said, 'God, it reminds me of bQUEEN/b's b'Night At The Opera'/b at times. It reminds me of bEDGAR WINTER GROUP 'Free Ride'/b and these amazing things off of b'They Only Come Out At Night'/b. There was still the drama and the texture that bSIXX: A.M./b brings, but there was this celebration happening. Then as we started layering in the guitars, bass, drums and vocals, you started to go, 'Wow, this is a bSIXX: A.M./b album!' But it started out as not." bSixx/b also spoke about whether he is concerned that the musical diversions won't appeal to fans of the first two bSIXX: A.M./b albums. "I think bSIXX: A.M./b fans are going to love this record and I think new people will come in and be really surprised by it and become fans as well," he said. "I don't think our first two records sound like the same type of record, but I do think there's a sound with the band and I think we're going to continue on that tradition." bSIXX: A.M./b, made a rare appearance — its first in four years — on April 11, 2012 at bRevolver Golden Gods Awards/b at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. As each band member has been kept busy with their other careers — bSixx/b is also a syndicated radio host; bAshba/b is a member of bGUNS N' ROSES/b; bJames Michael/b is a famed rock producer who has worked on records for bPAPA ROACH/b, bHALESTORM/b and others — this marked the band's first chance to perform in support of their b"This Is Gonna Hurt"/b album, which supplied the #1 rock anthem b"Lies Of The Beautiful People"/b. b"7"/b, the latest EP from bSIXX: A.M./b, came out in December 2011 and sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The effort contained acoustic versions of songs from the group's first two albums — 2007's b"The Heroin Diaries"/b soundtrack and 2011's b"This Is Gonna Hurt"/b. Released on May 3, 2011, bSIXX: A.M./b's sophomore album, b"This Is Gonna Hurt"/b is a companion piece to bSixx/b's b"This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx"/b book, a follow-up to his bNew York Times/b bestseller, b"The Heroin Diaries"/b.
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KORN's BRIAN 'HEAD' WELCH Reveals Working Title Of New Book

July 28, 2014 - 22:28
During a roundtable discussion with the media at the Pittsburgh stop of this summer's bRockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival/b, bKORN/b guitarist bBrian "Head" Welch/b revealed more details about his forthcoming fourth book, which is tentatively due in 2015. "The working title is b'With My Eyes Open'/b, and it's about the eight years that I was away from bKORN/b [between 2005 and 2013] to the road back to bKORN/b," he said. "And it's crazy. I'm telling you… I found spirituality and I did have encounters with Christ, but I [spent time] around some wacky people too. And I went through some crazy stuff with, like, court cases, lawsuits… all this crazy stuff, man. So I'm writing about all that…" bWelch/b also spoke about bKORN/b's touring plans for after bMayhem/b, explaining: "We've got a possible big tour in the fall, too, in the U.S. Hopefully we can announce that pretty soon. But after that, maybe take six months off with bKORN/b. I don't know… I would like to. I just think it's good to pull back a little bit and then come back out. But we'll see." As for the future of bWelch/b's side project bLOVE DEATH/b, he said: "I would love to finish [a new] album or at least get really far [into the songwriting process], you know. Because once you get the ideas [together], I can just be working on the bus on lyrics and stuff like that and melodies, and it can come together pretty quick. So yeah, I hope to do that." bWelch/b's previous books include 2008's b"Save Me From Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, And Lived To Tell My Story"/b, a young adult variation on that called b"Washed By Blood: Lessons From My Time With Korn And My Journey To Christ"/b and 2010's b"Stronger: Forty Days Of Metal And Spirituality"/b. bWelch/b left bKORN/b in 2005, got sober and embraced Christianity, saying that as a single father he did not want his daughter around the rock and roll lifestyle. "The last two years I was in bKORN/b, I partied non-stop and started doing speed every day," he said. "I got so addicted that I got scared. I tried to go to rehab, but that didn't work. No one could help me. Then I ended up seeing if Jesus was real, and He instantly took the drugs away. He revealed Himself to me and gave me the strength. Once I figured that out, I knew I was accountable to God." bWelch/b pursued a solo career for several years before rejoining bKORN/b onstage in 2012 at a festival. He reunited with the group permanently last year and recorded his first album with them in 10 years, b"The Paradigm Shift"/b. When asked about his faith in a recent interview, bWelch/b said, "I hate religion — I don't talk about religion at all — but the relationship through Christ is what I found. And I'm totally satisfied." bLOVE DEATH/b's debut album, b"Between Here Lost"/b, was re-released in September 2013 as a "deluxe" edition containing a brand new track, b"Empty"/b, along with remixes of the songs b"The Abandoning"/b and b"Meltdown"/b by the CD's producer, bJasen Rauch/b (bRED/b, bBREAKING BENJAMIN/b). div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/er275daLqeg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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PAUL STANLEY Says GENE SIMMONS Is 'Clearly Irreplaceable' As Member Of KISS

July 28, 2014 - 22:06
bKISS/b guitarist/vocalist bPaul Stanley/b spoke to the a href="http://www.mystatesman.com/news/entertainment/music/paul-stanley-reveals-personal-and-rock-stories-bef/ngYqD/" target="_blank"Austin American-Statesman/a about the intraband tensions that ultimately resulted in the group's original guitarist, bAce Fehley/b, and drummer, bPeter Criss/b, becoming permanently replaced by bTommy Thayer/b and bEric Singer/b, respectively. "We were on the path of success, but that ultimately led us away from what we formed as and why," he said. "We could have gone out and sang b'It's A Small World'/b. It lost the essence of what we believed in and loved in the middle of it. And it's all part of this amazing story. As far as bAce/b and bPeter/b, we created something terrific and had the potential to be monumental, but ultimately not with them. We wouldn't be here today with them." bStanley/b also reiterated his view that his longtime bKISS/b collaborator bGene Simmons/b is like a brother and that their four-decade partnership works in spite of, or because of, their differences. "I think [being provocative is] part of who he is," bStanley/b said. "Why we do what we do is rooted in our childhood and our experiences. He likes to shock or annoy people and he does that very well. He's also a terrific partner and somebody who is clearly irreplaceable." bSimmons/b previously told bClassic Rock/b magazine about his relationship with bStanley/b: "bPaul/b is the soul of bKISS/b and I'm… the cock. bPaul/b is much more emotional, and I'm drier. bPaul/b will go see romantic movies, I'll throw up at them." bSinger/b offered his own perspective, telling the magazine: "bGene/b loves the sound of his own voice, we all know that. But nothing happens in bKISS/b unless bPaul Stanley/b says it does." After weeks of bad-mouthing each other in the press, the four original members of bKISS/b were inducted into the bRock And Roll Hall Of Fame/b in April by bRAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE/b guitarist bTom Morello/b, with all four — bPaul Stanley/b, bGene Simmons/b, bAce Frehley/b and bPeter Criss/b — delivering warm, nostalgic and even sweet-natured speeches that put aside the simmering tensions for at least 12 minutes. bKISS/b did not perform — the bHall Of Fame/b wanted the original quartet only to play, while bSimmons/b and bPaul Stanley/b insisted on the current lineup performing as well. In the end nobody won that battle.
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ANVIL: Fan-Filmed Footage Of HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR Festival Performance

July 28, 2014 - 21:34
Fan-filmed video footage of bANVIL/b's July 25 performance at the bHeadbangers Open Air/b festival in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany can be seen below. bANVIL/b's new album, b"Hope In Hell"/b, sold a little under 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The disc follows up b"Juggernaut Of Justice"/b, which opened with around 1,600 units back in May 2011. The 2009 re-release of the band's 2007 CD, b"This is Thirteen"/b, registered a first-week tally of 1,400 to enter the Top New Artist Albums chart at No. 19. Released on May 27, 2013 in Europe and May 24, 2013 in Germany on bSPV/b/bSteamhammer/b, b"Hope In Hell"/b is available in four different formats: as a limited-edition digipak including two bonus tracks, as a jewel case CD, double gatefold colored vinyl LP and as a digital download. These are the first cuts featuring bANVIL/b's new bassist bSal Italiano/b, who joined the band more than two years ago. b"Hope In Hell"/b was written and recorded following an 18-month world tour which took bANVIL/b around the globe. Like b"Juggernaut Of Justice"/b, b"Hope In Hell"/b was produced by bBob Marlette/b (bBLACK SABBATH/b, bAIRBOURNE/b, bALICE COOPER/b) at the bNRG Recording/b studios in North Hollywood, California and mastered by bMaor Appelbaum/b (bYNGWIE MALMSTEEN/b, bSEPULTURA/b). div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/trVBF0aXhMU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YbFVIHc2w0E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WfIFfXjd3io" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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OPETH's ÅKERFELDT, ÅKESSON Speak To TOTAL GUITAR Magazine About Their PRS Signature Guitars

July 28, 2014 - 21:13
U.K.'s bTotal Guitar/b magazine caught up with bMikael Åkerfeldt/b and bFredrik Åkesson/b of Swedish progressive metallers bOPETH/b at this year's bDownload/b festival to take a closer look at their bPRS SE/b signature models. Check out the footage below. bOPETH/b's highly anticipated eleventh studio album, b"Pale Communion"/b, will be released on August 26 via bRoadrunner Records/b. The cover artwork was once again created by bTravis Smith/b — with art direction by bÅkerfeldt/b. b"Pale Communion"/b, which was produced by bÅkerfeldt/b and mixed by longtime collaborator and bPORCUPINE TREE/b frontman/guitarist bSteven Wilson/b, was heralded by the lead single b"Cusp Of Eternity"/b. Pre-orders for b"Pale Communion"/b made via the biTunes Store/b will receive an instant download of b"Cusp Of Eternity"/b as well as a second album track, to be released on July 15, with multiple configurations also available via both the bRoadrunner Records/b webstore and bO Merch/b. In a recent interview with bNoisey/b, bÅkerfeldt/b stated about b"Pale Communion"/b: "Normally when I start writing for a record, I'm a bit nervous. You don't know whether or not you're going to be able to come up with something that you like or come up with something at all, to be honest. I was inspired because pretty early on, I wrote a song on the new album — the last song on there, which I ended up being really happy with. So I had some type of guidelines which was more melody, I think." He continued: "[2011's] b'Heritage'/b was somewhat deliberately fucked up all over the place because I love fucked-up-all-over-the-place-type music, but I wanted to do something more melodic with this album, so there's stronger vocal melodies and more melodies overall for this album. I was pretty consistent with that frame of mind throughout the writing process, so at least I had a plan with this album, and I normally don't, to be honest." div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GpmqCCTCG9w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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CANNIBAL CORPSE's 'Frantic Disembowelment' Gets Ukulele Treatment

July 28, 2014 - 20:52
Chicago-based guitarist bRob Scallon/b, who became an Internet sensation in May when he released a video for his ukulele cover version of bSLAYER/b's b"War Ensemble"/b, has returned with yet another unconventional rendition of an extreme-metal song, this time with his ukulele take on b"Frantic Disembowelment"/b by bCANNIBAL CORPSE/b. Check it out below. According to a href="http://www.cleartonestrings.com/rob-scallon-master-metal-instruments-arent-metal/" target="_blank"CleartoneStrings.com/a, bScallon/b garnered attention from news outlets and music companies across the globe, including bKala Brand Music/b, which gifted him with an endorsement and a new U-Bass and ukulele. bKala/b endorsed bScallon/b after noticing he was playing one of their soprano ukuleles in his viral video. He told bUkulele/b magazine: "bKala/b contacted me after the video started really gaining traction to set up an artist relationship. I'll be proudly sporting more of their instruments soon." He also has a working relationship with bGuitar-Pro/b tablature software, and is now signed to bDFTBA Records/b, a bYouTube/b-popular record label owned by vlogbrother bHank Green/b. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/PtwXdKkO75E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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EVANESCENCE Singer AMY LEE Welcomes First Child

July 28, 2014 - 20:34
bEVANESCENCE/b singer bAmy Lee/b welcomed her first child, a son named bJack Lion/b, last Thursday, July 24. "I have never known the depths of my heart till now. The world just exploded into Technicolor," bLee/b wrote on bInstagram/b. According to a href="http://celebritybabies.people.com/2014/07/28/amy-lee-welcomes-son-jack-lion-first-photo/" target="_blank"People.com/a, bJack Lion/b entered the world weighing 7 lbs., 13 oz. The 32-year-old singer has been married to bJosh Hartzler/b, a therapist, since May 2007. The couple live in New York City. bLee/b told bThe Pulse Of Radio/b a while back that she missed her family when she was on the road and was starting to think about starting her own. "Definitely," she said. "That's something I long for more and more the older I get, for sure. Not just about kids of my own, but just spending time with my living family. [ilaughs/i] Something I really end up missing a lot on the road is that, you know, just down home family time. You miss a lot of that stuff when you're on the road and it's starting to hit me, like, 'Ooh, I can't get that back.'" With bEVANESCENCE/b currently inactive, Lee recently completed her first film score, with collaborator bDave Eggar/b, for the movie b"War Story"/b. The film premiered in January at the bSundance Film Festival/b in Park City, Utah. bLee/b sued her label, bWind-Up Records/b, for at least $1.5 million over unpaid royalties and other alleged misdeeds, including efforts to sabotage bEVANESCENCE/b's career. The most recent bEVANESCENCE/b album, a self-titled effort, came out in 2011. div align=center iframe src="//instagram.com/p/rAMYzXEDtW/embed/" width="612" height="710" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"/iframe /div
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CINDERELLA's TOM KEIFER On Illegal Music Downloading: 'It's Kind Of Become The Accepted Norm'

July 28, 2014 - 17:37
During a recent interview with a href="http://www.americanbluesscene.com/2014/03/tom-keifer-talks-the-blues-cinderella-and-the-music-industry/" target="_blank"American Blues Scene/a magazine, bCINDERELLA/b frontman bTom Keifer/b gave his thoughts on the subject of illegal music downloading. "I think there's been a mindset of entitlement with a certain percentage of the population out there, but with others I don't think it's intentionally done to harm anyone," he said. "I just think that people don't think about it, you know? It's just kind of like become the accepted norm almost. I don't know how that will change; I'm just not sure. I guess through continuing to educate people and really make them realize that ultimately it affects the art and the quality of music that they're receiving. "The general mentality not only impacts the art itself and new artists and arts development, but just in general the idea of piracy, there's more to it. It impacts four major industries. "Everyone's so concerned about the economy, and I don't hear a lot of people in Washington talking about this, but there's four major industries impacted by piracy: music, software, literature and movies. That's a huge segment of our economy. It is. And everyone's just kind of, like, 'Fuck it.' I mean, it's like, we already have laws in the books, they're called copyright laws, it's just no one's enforcing them on the Internet because they just think the Internet is this other crazy place where laws don't apply or something. "I don't know what they're thinking in Washington, but we have laws to stop all this, and my understanding is there's even technology, it just needs to be legislated as to who is responsible for installing it. Whether it's the servers or whatever. I've read a lot about it and it's just kind of crazy the way this bleeds into our economy, down to trucking and retailing and across the board in those four industries, it's a huge impact. Look at all the retail stores that have closed, between movies and music, it's just crazy. It's huge, I mean, it's millions of jobs there's no doubt about that." He added: "Walk into a bookstore with a copying machine and just start copying books, and see how long they would get away with it. "I don't think it's malicious, I don't think it's malicious on people's part, it's just become an accepted convenience to people, and I think until people realize how much it impacts our economy and how it affects jobs and how it affects the art and the artists who are trying to create this, and ultimately the quality of music and art. I think when maybe society needs to feel that impact before they make a change, you know? When artists can't afford to be artists anymore, and art suffers, and all the music and art that we're getting and literature and movies just outright suck, then maybe people will say, 'Wow, did we do this?'" bKeifer/b's debut solo album, b"The Way Life Goes"/b, was released in April 2013 via bMerovee Records/b (through bWarner Music Group/b's bIndependent Label Group/b). In a interview with bUltimate Classic Rock/b, bKeifer/b was asked if, with where the industry is now, there was any point where he struggled with the idea of whether it still made sense to put out an album vs. just putting out songs. "Well, I gotta be honest, I just didn't even think about it," he said. "I always made records, and I grew up on records. And when we started this, that was the idea. You know, over the 10-year period that we made this record, we weren't thinking about markets, trends or technology. "To be honest, we went through three different recording formats during the making of this record. That's how fast technology and trends were moving. So it went from two-inch tape to one of the first digital RADAR machines and then into bPro Tools/b. We literally saw three different technologies come and go, and we just weren't thinking about any of it. Obviously, you want your record to be released, but you can't think about that when you're making a record. You've just gotta think about [the record]. It's why we produced it independently of a label, with the idea of shopping it to a label eventually, because you know, every artist wants their music to be released and heard. But during the making of it, we didn't think about any of that. [We were just focused] on making the music."
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Report: SCORPIONS' 'Diva-Esque' Rider Demands Drove Up Finnish Concert Ticket Prices

July 28, 2014 - 17:18
According to a href="http://yle.fi/uutiset/scorpions_rider_brings_price_spike_to_festival_tickets/7367566" target="_blank"YLE.fi/a, fans of German hard rock veterans bSCORPIONS/b were forced to fork out an extra 30 euros each to see the band perform at a festival in Finland because of the "diva-esque stipulations" made by the group in their agreement with the promoter. Among the items requested by bSCORPIONS/b in the 38-page "rider" — a list of requirements for their performances — for their July 26 appearance the bKuopio RockCock/b festival in Kuopio were a chauffeur-driven Mercedes for each member, individual porcelain toilets and a record-breaking enormous stage. "The extent of the demands is huge," festival organizer bAllu Koskinen/b told bSavon Sanomat/b. "We're talking about tens of thousands of euros." The rider reportedly required of the organizers to build new, individual porcelain toilets for all five bandmembers, and provide a bMercedes-Benz/b car for each musician with matching, uniformed chauffeurs. In addition, the band requested a 20-by-14-meter stage, bigger than any stage that had ever been seen at the bKuopio/b festival before. bKoskinen/b told bSavon Sanomat/b that the list came as a surprise to the organizers. The ticket prices had already been announced before the bSCORPIONS/b issued their demands. When bSCORPIONS/b peformed at the bLahden Yöt/b festival in mid-July, their extravagant demands resulted in the event's ticket prices being raised by a whopping 30 euros, with single-day tickets going for 69 euros (approximately $93). "We didn't and still don't want to raise the ticket prices [for bRockCock/b], even though the pressure is on due to these extra expenses," bKoskinen/b told bSavon Sanomat/b. "We just have to hope for a great turnout." bSCORPIONS/b' latest release, b"MTV Unplugged"/b, was made available in North America on January 21 via bSony International/b. Material for the set was taken from the band's first-ever b"MTV Unplugged"/b show and features new acoustic versions of best-loved classic hits, as well as five brand new songs. img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/rockcock2014_638.jpg" alt="rockcock2014_638" width="625" height="318" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-481378" /
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SUICIDE SILENCE Interviewed By MAZE MATTHEWS In Mansfield (Video)

July 28, 2014 - 16:53
bMaze Matthews/b conducted an interview with guitarist bMark Heylmun/b and vocalist bHernan "Eddie" Hermida/b of California deathcore masters bSUICIDE SILENCE/b at the July 22 stop of the bRockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival/b in Mansfield, Massachusetts. You can now watch the chat below. bSUICIDE SILENCE/b's new album, b"You Can't Stop Me"/b, sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 16 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous album, b"The Black Crown"/b, opened with 14,400 units back in July 2010 to land at No. 28. bSUICIDE SILENCE/b's 2009 CD, b"No Time To Bleed"/b, registered a first-week tally of 14,000 to enter the chart at No. 32. b"You Can't Stop Me"/b first-week chart positions: USA: #16 Germany: #24 Australia: #30 Canada: #30 Austria: #43 Switzerland: #54 UK: #84 b"You Can't Stop Me"/b is bSUICIDE SILENCE/b's first album to feature new vocalist bHernan "Eddie" Hermida/b (ex-bALL SHALL PERISH/b) and their first since the tragic loss of singer bMitch Lucker/b. The CD was produced and mixed by bSteve Evetts/b (bSEPULTURA/b, bTHE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN/b), who worked with the band not only on b"The Black Crown"/b, but also on some instrumental demos for the new effort just prior to bLucker/b's death in the fall of 2012. The video for the b"You Can't Stop Me"/b title track can be seen below. The clip was directed by bNathan "Karma" Cox/b, who has previously worked with bLINKIN PARK/b, bBLACK VEIL BRIDES/b and bMARILYN MANSON/b, among many others. bMitch Lucker/b died November 1, 2012 after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle crash in Huntington Beach that Halloween night. Regarding the decision to enlist bHermida/b, bHeylmun/b told bMetalholic.com/b: "There was really nobody else — we didn't want to try anybody out. We didn't want to call people and be, like, 'You wanna come and jam with us?' That's not how this situation seemed like it would work for us. bEddie/b was just a friend. Somebody that we know is extremely talented, and someone that could put the passion behind the job that it is. To not replace bMitch/b or be the singer of this band, but to treat the gig that it is. He's replacing an idol to so many people and he's also coming into a band that preexists, which is the other four members of it. We just knew he would be able to handle it with respect and knock it out of the park." div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/x0BTA4Bmbvg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lXMFWCPcNok" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3ehCh4WNivQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/suicidesilenceyoucantstopcd.jpg" alt="suicidesilenceyoucantstopcd" width="638" height="638" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-473356" /
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BUTCHER BABIES Vocalist CARLA HARVEY To Release 'Death And Other Dances' Novel In August

July 28, 2014 - 16:31
bBUTCHER BABIES/b vocalist bCarla Harvey/b will release a semi-autobiographical novel, b"Death And Other Dances"/b, on August 25. In a recent interview with bDetroit Live/b, bHarvey/b stated about the book: "b'Death And Other Dances'/b is a story about the human connection. And how touch connects us all. It's about loneliness and how in today's digital age we are more connected yet more disconnected since we don't actually interact face to face." She continued: "I worked hospice and funeral homes and I was also a dancer for years I and I saw a correlation between customers at the clubs and also my patients in hospice. I mean, most of the customers I met at the clubs were just lonely and didn't really have anyone at home. And in addition, a lot of the hospices patients I took care of seemed kind of abandoned by their families as well. And working in these environments, I just came to the conclusion that everyone wants pretty much the same basic thing; everybody wants to be touched, everybody wants to be acknowledged, everybody wants to be loved. We all go to different lengths to find that love in our lives… and that's what the novel is about. So far everyone who has read it loves it... so I can't want for it to come out." b"Death And Other Dances"/b book synopsis: "bAutumn Franklin/b is an awkward, biracial girl growing up in a suburb of Detroit. Already disconnected from her peers at an early age because of her background, she becomes even more withdrawn when her young parents divorce. Ever changing but stubbornly tenacious, she survives the cards she's been dealt by playing them against the odds. Hurt her and she will not hesitate to 'kill you off,' making it easier to walk away. "Transplanting herself from her factory-driven hometown to the alluring City of Angels, she has but one goal: to find herself. Struggling to make solid connections with those around her, Autumn swallows her reservations and pushes limits to the extreme as she transitions between two drastic career changes: from the bowels of the adult entertainment industry to her rebirth as a mortician. There amongst the dead, she learns what it is to live, love, and to allow others inside, finally landing in the most comfortable place of all: her own skin." For more information, and to order the book, go to a href="http://carlaharvey.bigcartel.com/product/death-and-other-dances-presale" target="_blank"this location/a. bBUTCHER BABIES/b recently entered the studio with producer bLogan Mader/b (bFIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH/b, bDEVILDRIVER/b, bCAVALERA CONSPIRACY/b) to begin recording some of its brand new material. The band's debut album, b"Goliath"/b, sold around 3,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 107 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD came out on July 9, 2013 via bCentury Media Records/b. img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/carlaharveydeathandotherbook.jpg" alt="carlaharveydeathandotherbook" width="638" height="944" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-481366" /
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MACHINE HEAD To Tour North America With CHILDREN OF BODOM, EPICA, BATTLECROSS

July 28, 2014 - 16:16
San Francisco Bay Area metallers bMACHINE HEAD/b will embark on a 21-show North American tour in the fall. Support on the trek will come from Finnish heavy metal powerhouse bCHILDREN OF BODOM/b, Dutch symphonic metallers bEPICA/b and American melodic death/thrash openers bBATTLECROSS/b. The tour launches on October 4 in Denver, Colorado and includes five Canadian cities before closing out in Hollywood, California on November 1. Comments bMACHINE HEAD/b frontman bRobb Flynn/b: "bMACHINE HEAD/b raised the bar with concert production for 2012‘s b'Locust'/b tour, and now we plan to raise the bar again with our biggest U.S. show yet, and the strongest lineup out there for 2014, period! This is a must-see event for any heavy metal fan in America! "I am stoked that we were able to join up with our friends in bCHILDREN OF BODOM/b, one of the premier power metal bands of our time, and our friends in bBATTLECROSS/b, who we toured with on Mayhem last year, and are going to bring the old-school thrash vibe. bEPICA/b's symphonic metal will add a touch of much-needed class to the drunken shenanigans that will surely take place on this raucous tour. "Come out and be a part of history, ladies and gentlemen!" Adds bCHILDREN OF BODOM/b frontman bAlexi Laiho/b: "We've rolled with bMACHINE HEAD/b quite a few times in the past. My best memories are kick-ass shows, parties, camaraderie and vocal coaching from bRobb Flynn/b way back in 2008, so I think we'll have a good time tearing it up all over North America! Not a bad way to end the long and non-stop tour cycle for b'Halo Of Blood'/b!“ "With this killer lineup, this tour is bound to be a great success," states bEPICA/b vocalist bSimone Simons/b. "We will bring bEPICA/b to a whole new level and I can't wait to play the new songs along with the old material overseas." bEPICA/b guitarist, songwriter, and founding member Mark Jansen adds: "bMACHINE HEAD/b and bCHILDREN OF BODOM/b are bands I listened to as teenager, so it's really amazing to be on this tour with bEPICA/b." bBATTLECROSS/b guitarist bTony Asta/b says: "What an honor to be asked to join a tour in support of bMACHINE HEAD/b's first album release on their new label! We're really excited to reunite with bRobb/b and the guys, as well as bCHILDREN OF BODOM/b — both legendary bands and friends from last summer's bMayhem/b fest. And we'll get to see what bEPICA/b is all about. This is a tour with something for every metalhead. We can't wait to bring it brutal throughout the USA and Canada, banging heads and melting faces from coast to coast. See you in the pit!" All tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. EST. bMACHINE HEAD/b, bCHILDREN OF BODOM/b, bEPICA/b and bBATTLECROSS/b tour dates: Oct. 04 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall Oct. 06 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues Oct. 07 - Houston, TX - House of Blues Oct. 09 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live Oct. 10 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade Oct. 11 – [to be announced] Oct. 12 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory Oct. 14 - Toronto, ON - The Sound Academy Oct. 15 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis Oct. 16 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 Oct. 17 - Worcester, MA - Palladium Oct. 18 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theater Oct. 20 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall Oct. 21 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave Oct. 22 - Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theater Oct. 24 - Saskatoon, SK - O’Brians Oct. 26 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Center Oct. 28 - Vancouver, B.C - The Vogue – Vancouver, B.C. Oct. 29 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SODO Oct. 31 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater Nov. 01 - Hollywood, CA - Palladium Due in November via bNuclear Blast Entertainment/b, bMACHINE HEAD/b's new album was recorded at bGREEN DAY/b's bJingleTown Recording/b compound in Oakland, California. The artwork for the CD is being created by Brazilian artist bMarcelo Vasco/b, who has previously worked with bBELPHEGOR/b, bEINHERJER/b, bDIMMU BORGIR/b, bTHE FACELESS/b, bNOCTEM/b, bKEEP OF KALESSIN/b and bBORKNAGAR/b. Tentative songtitles set to appear on the new bMACHINE HEAD/b album include b"Killers Kings"/b, b"Beneath The Silt"/b, b"Eyes Of The Dead"/b (formerly b"Ojos De La Muerte"/b), b"Sail Into The Black"/b, b"Now We Die"/b (formerly b"How We Die"/b) and b"Night Of The Long Knives"/b. img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/mhcobtour.jpg" alt="mhcobtour" width="638" height="894" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-481365" /
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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH, KIRK HAMMETT Talk About 30th Anniversary Of 'Ride The Lightning'

July 28, 2014 - 15:51
bMETALLICA/b's bLars Ulrich/b and bKirk Hammett/b spoke to a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/fighting-fire-with-fire-metallica-look-back-on-ride-the-lightning-20140728" target="_blank"RollingStone.com/a about the band's classic sophomore album, b"Ride The Lightning"/b, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this week. Asked if bMETALLICA/b was trying to do something different, musically, after 1983's b"Kill 'Em All"/b, bUlrich/b replied: "It was the first time that the four of us wrote together and we got a chance to broaden our horizons. I don't think it was a conscious effort to break away from anything musically. Obviously, listening to songs like b'Fight Fire'/b and b'Trapped Under Ice'/b, we were obviously still into the thrash type of stuff. But we were realizing you had to be careful that it didn't become too limiting or one-dimensional." He continued: "All four of us were so into so many different things. And b'Kill 'Em All'/b was primarily written with bJames/b [bHetfield/b, guitar/vocals] and I and [bDave/b] bMustaine/b [former bMETALLICA/b and current bMEGADETH/b mainman]; so bKirk/b and bCliff/b [bBurton/b, late bMETALLICA/b bassist] didn't really contribute to any of the songs on b'Kill 'Em All'/b. b'Ride The Lightning'/b was the first time that both bCliff/b and bKirk/b got a chance to add what they were doing. They just came from a different school, especially bCliff/b, who came from a much more melodic approach." bKirk/b spoke about the fact that riffs from songs by his previous band, bEXODUS/b, b"Die By His Hand"/b and b"Impaler"/b, found their way into b"Creeping Death"/b and b"Trapped Under Ice"/b, respectively. "What I think happened was when bLars/b and bJames/b were thinking about getting rid of bDave/b [bMustaine/b], our sound guy, bMark Whitaker/b — who was bEXODUS/b' manager — gave them bEXODUS/b' demos," bKirk/b said. "I think b'Die By His Hand'/b might have caught their ears. So when they were writing b'Creeping Death'/b, they went, 'Great. b'Die By His Hand'/b. Put it right there.' It was definitely not me going, 'I have a riff here in this bEXODUS/b song, and it needs to be here in this bMETALLICA/b song.' By the way, I wrote that b'Die By His Hand'/b riff when I was, like, 16 years old." bUlrich/b also talked about the initial response to b"Ride The Lightning"/b from bMETALLICA/b's hardcore fan base, a portion of which was less than pleased with the more melodic nature of some of the material on the record. "There was an odd reaction to b'Fade To Black'/b and to the variety of the record," bLars/b said. "It did surprise us a little bit, I guess. People started calling us sellouts and all that type of stuff. Some people were a little bit bewildered by the fact that there was a song that had acoustic guitars. That was kind of funny because every great bBLACK SABBATH/b, bDEEP PURPLE/b, bIRON MAIDEN/b, bJUDAS PRIEST/b, bMERCYFUL FATE/b record, that was part of their arsenal, too. The fact that we followed down that path surely couldn't have surprised anybody." Thirty years later, b"Ride The Lightning"/b "holds up very well," said bLars/b. "There's kind of a youthful energy that runs through the record. [ilaughs/i] A good portion of these songs are still staples of our live set. And between b'For Whom The Bell Tolls'/b, b'Creeping Death'/b, b'Fade To Black'/b and b'Ride The Lightning'/b, that's not a bad batting average." Read more at a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/fighting-fire-with-fire-metallica-look-back-on-ride-the-lightning-20140728" target="_blank"RollingStone.com/a. img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/metallica-ride-the-lightning.jpg" alt="metallica-ride-the-lightning" width="600" height="600" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-481359" /
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OBITUARY: New Album Title Revealed

July 28, 2014 - 15:21
Florida death metal veterans bOBITUARY/b have set b"Inked In Blood"/b as the title of their ninth studio album, tentatively due at the end of October via the band's new partnership with bRelapse Records/b. bOBITUARY/b drummer bDonald Tardy/b revealed the CD title during an interview with the Italian blog a href="http://metalskunk.com/whe-who-are-not-as-others/obituary-interview-with-donald-tardy/" target="_blank"Metal Skunk/a before the group's July 17 concert in Rome. bOBITUARY/b's first full-length CD in over five years was recorded by the band this past April at its own bRedNeck Studio/b in Gibsonton, Florida. Fan-filmed video footage of bOBITUARY/b performing the b"Inked In Blood"/b title track on June 13 at the bCopenhell/b festival in Copenhagen, Denmark can be seen below. Commented bOBITUARY/b on the new material: "We don't know how to explain it but we really hit the 'metal nail' on the head with this album. "We have been writing and working on the new material for nearly three years now and we could not be more excited how these songs have all turned out. "All the stars seem to have aligned for us and this release, with the songs, production and overall feel of this record, the band is more solid than ever." The album recording was funded by an extremely successful bKickstarter/b campaign in late 2013. Now the band has partnered with bRelapse/b worldwide to maximize the release and impact of what is surely their heaviest and most cohesive record in 20 years. The group elaborated on the decision to create the bKickstarter/b campaign and sign with bRelapse/b. "We always knew that our fans were some of the most devoted fans on the planet and they proved it by stepping up, being a part of something new and supporting us with our bKickstarter/b campaign," says the band. "This was an amazing display of true fan support and we could not be more proud of everyone who helped raise the money to record this album by pre-ordering it, buying all the cool stuff we offered and just being a part of something that we believe will be the way of the future. Now we have teamed up with bRelapse Records/b to have them get this new album out there, in stores and available to the fans worldwide. "We are very excited about our partnership with bRelapse/b and are looking forward to working beside them with the release. They are a great label and super-cool people who have shown us that they are excited to have bOBITUARY/b on their roster and are ready to push this album to its fullest potential." bOBITUARY/b is: bJohn Tardy/b - Vocals bTrevor Peres/b - Guitar bDonald Tardy/b - Drums bTerry Butler/b - Bass bKenny Andrews/b - Guitar div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GW6zB3NwK5s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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OZZY OSBOURNE's 'Crazy Train' Covered By HARP TWINS (Video)

July 28, 2014 - 15:09
Identical twins bCamille/b and bKennerly Kitt/b have covered the bOZZY OSBOURNE/b classic b"Crazy Train"/b as an electric duet harp arrangement. Check it out in the bYouTube/b clip below. Known as the "harp twins," bCamille/b and bKennerly/b perform internationally as a dynamic acoustic and electric rock harp duo. As the world's only known identical twin professional harpists, bCamille/b and bKennerly/b have a passion and flair for arranging and performing contemporary music for harp duet. bCamille/b and bKennerly/b are known for their remarkable duet harp arrangements of songs by artists such as bGUNS N' ROSES/b, bLED ZEPPELIN/b, bMETALLICA/b, bAEROSMITH/b, bAC/DC/b, bDEEP PURPLE/b and many more. The twins also arrange and perform a jukebox of Broadway, video game, TV and movie soundtrack hits. In addition to being prolific arrangers, bCamille/b and bKennerly/b compose and perform their own original pieces for harp duet. In December of 2013, bCamille/b and bKennerly/b released their much-anticipated first cover albums, b"Harp Attack"/b, featuring 14 of their most popular rock and metal arrangements, and b"Harp Fantasy"/b, featuring 14 of their most popular TV and movie soundtrack, anime, and video game arrangements. 01. bFear Of The Dark/b (IRON MAIDEN) 02. bSend Me An Angel/b (SCORPIONS) 03. bNothing Else Matters/b (METALLICA) 04. bPaint It Black/b (THE ROLLING STONES) 05. bDon't Fear The Reaper/b (BLUE ÖYSTER CULT) 06. bIt's My Life/b (BON JOVI) 07. bSmoke On The Water/b (DEEP PURPLE) 08. bWish You Were Here/b (PINK FLOYD) 09. bZombie/b (CRANBERRIES) 10. bWith Or Without You/b (U2) 11. bSweet Child O' Mine/b (GUNS N' ROSES) 12. bHighway To Hell/b (AC/DC) 13. bStairway To Heaven/b (LED ZEPPELIN) 14. bDream On/b (AEROSMITH) bCamille/b and bKennerly/b began posting harp duet music videos of their rock, metal and contemporary cover arrangements on bYouTube/b several years ago. The twins have since acquired over 14 million total views on their 100 percent independently produced videos in addition to amassing legions of fans worldwide — including over 100,000 bYouTube/b subscribers and over 100,000 bFacebook/b fans. bCamille/b and bKennerly/b are known for their personal interaction with their fans — responding to more fan messages and comments than any other artist of their echelon. b"Crazy Train"/b: div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BR2RVaXKQiE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div b"Dance Of Death"/b: div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ejqIU2BMkTw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div b"Fear Of The Dark"/b: div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KPb20fK0R94?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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ALICE IN CHAINS: 'No Excuses' Performance Clip From 'Guitar Center Sessions'

July 28, 2014 - 14:59
bGuitar Center/b, the world's largest retailer of musical instruments and equipment, and bDirecTV/b, one of the world's leading providers of digital television entertainment services, will spotlight bALICE IN CHAINS/b in the award-winning music series bGuitar Center Sessions/b on August 3 on bDirecTV/b's bAudience Network/b (Channel 239). bGuitar Center Sessions/b features exclusive performances and intimate, enlightening conversations conducted by revered musical tastemaker bNic Harcourt/b. A clip of bALICE IN CHAINS/b performing the song b"No Excuses"/b as part of bGuitar Center Sessions/b can be seen below. bGuitar Center Sessions/b presented by bJBL/b began airing Sunday, May 4. Now in its landmark eighth season, bGuitar Center Sessions/b has been tuned into more than 15 million times since December, and is moving to an exciting new Sunday night time slot, airing inspiring performances each week at 8 p.m. exclusively on on bDirecTV/b's bAudience Network/b (Channel 239). It all kicked off with Seattle rock band bSOUNDGARDEN/b performing songs that span their entire catalog. This episode, among others this season, was filmed live at bSouth By Southwest/b (bSXSW/b), on a rooftop perched high above the crowds with Austin's majestic skyline as a backdrop. "We are incredibly proud to present our viewers with yet another season of bGuitar Center Sessions/b," said bDustin Hinz/b, director of music and entertainment marketing for bGuitar Center/b. "Season 8 brings to life the stories, songs and journeys of a remarkable lineup of iconic and influential artists. Filming live at one of the world's biggest music festivals was the perfect way to celebrate both bGuitar Center/b's 50th anniversary and the success bGuitar Center Sessions/b has seen over the past 72 episodes." "bDirecTV/b's bAudience Network/b is honored to host another season of bGuitar Center Sessions/b," said bChris Long/b, SVP original content and production, bDirecTV/b. "We're excited to air an amazing showcase from this year's bSXSW/b and to bring our customers another incredible lineup of talent in Season 8." b"Guitar Center Sessions"/b captures exclusive live performances and interviews from noteworthy and influential artists in stunning hi-definition and 5.1 Surround Sound in bGuitar Center/b's iconic location on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. In addition to show-stopping performances, each episode features intimate interviews conducted by renowned journalist bNic Harcourt/b, offering rare insights into the celebrated careers of these icons and the inspirations behind their music. b"Guitar Center Sessions"/b is but one example of the music retailer's efforts to support artists by creating new avenues to expose their music to large audiences in an ever-changing music industry. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/H6H_csNeZeY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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Ex-ANTHRAX Singer NEIL TURBIN Performs New Song 'Ride With Death' At HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR (Video)

July 28, 2014 - 11:01
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of bANTHRAX/b's debut album, b"Fistful Of Metal"/b, the band's former lead singer, bNeil Turbin/b, and a backing group of musicians calling themselves bDEATHRIDERS/b (not to be confused with bNeil/b's long-running Los Angeles-based band of the same name) performed the entire LP on their recent European tour. Fan-filmed video footage of bDEATHRIDERS/b playing a new song called b"Ride With Death"/b on July 24 at the bHeadbangers Open Air/b festival in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany can be seen below. The track was co-written by bJonas Hörnqvist/b of bBLEED THE HUNGER/b and bTREASURE LAND/b. The bDEATHRIDERS/b team features: * bGert Nijboer/b (HIGHWAY CHILE) - Guitar * bHans In't Zandt/b (PRAYING MANTIS) - Drums * bConrad Hultermans/b (X-TINXION) - Guitar * bKornee Kleefman/b (KROSSBREED) - Bass bTurbin/b and company played all of b"Fistful Of Metal"/b plus songs from bANTHRAX/b's b"Armed And Dangerous"/b EP which had not been played live by bNeil/b since 1984. bNeil/b co-wrote and sang on b"Fistful Of Metal"/b and co-authored most songs on b"Armed And Dangerous"/b, and a couple songs on b"Spreading The Disease"/b, which he performed live with bANTHRAX/b on their first North American tour in 1984. The only bANTHRAX/b record to feature bTurbin/b and bassist bDanny Lilker/b — in addition to bScott Ian/b (rhythm guitar), bCharlie Benante/b (drums), and bDan Spitz/b (lead guitar) — the band's debut album, b"Fistful of Metal"/b, was originally released in January 1984, spawning such early classics as b"Deathrider"/b and b"Metal Thrashing Mad"/b. Asked in a 2009 interview about the reason for his departure from bANTHRAX/b, bTurbin/b said: "I was a member of bANTHRAX/b from August 1982 up until August 1984. I was a member of bANTHRAX/b for exactly two years. The reason I left… well, there were a number of things, actually. The whole relationship started to deteriorate after a while, there was definitely backstabbing from certain people who chose to hang around with other people instead of focusing in the band. I was into metal… focused on music while bScott Ian/b and bCharlie Benante/b formed an alliance and bDan Spitz/b just followed. In a matter of months, it was simply a case of them versus me. It was very difficult to deal with them, because it was obvious that we wouldn't get along and they were also more interested in other things than music… at least back then. We didn't establish a trusted friendship within the band… that's for sure." The Los Angeles-based version of bDEATHRIDERS/b is recording its debut album, b"The Metal Beast"/b, with a lineup that includes bTurbin/b, bJonas Hörnqvist/b (bBLEED THE HUNGER/b, bTREASURE LAND/b) on guitar, bHowie Simon/b (bALCATRAZZ/b, bNELSON/b) on guitar, and bMatt Thompson/b (bKING DIAMOND/b, bSHAOLIN DEATH SQUAD/b) on drums. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9ygrBMfKjMQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LKmcdKojLaE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6hY0V-kSxLY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BM-RZ-GgB9s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qKDDJMqjJPo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/deathridersfistfultourposter.jpg" alt="deathridersfistfultourposter" width="638" height="811" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-480157" /
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ENCHANT To Release 'The Great Divide' In September

July 28, 2014 - 10:26
bENCHANT/b, the Bay Area's long-running prog-rock institution, founded in 1989, has completed work on its much-anticipated comeback release after ten years of silence. Titled b"The Great Divide"/b, bENCHANT/b's eighth studio album will be released on September 30 in North America via the band's longtime label partner bInsideOut Music/b. bENCHANT/b's main songwriter and guitarist bDouglas A. Ott/b had the following to say about the upcoming release: "Well, it's finally here folks! "There was a time when I was unsure of bENCHANT/b's future but fear not. We've made another album after 10 years and are very excited and proud of this endeavor! "Our new album is called b'The Great Divide'/b and we can't wait for you to hear it! Nine brand-new bENCHANT/b tracks, including one instrumental. Classic bENCHANT/b, but with a bunch of new twists and turns. Long time in the making, but it is surely worth the wait. Coming out late September, so be sure to check it out!" The first teaser for b"The Great Divide"/b is available below. In related news, bInsideOutMusic/b has announced the first-ever vinyl release of bENCHANT/b's classic debut album, b"A Blueprint Of The World"/b, from 1993. On September 1, this epic record will be available on 180-gram black vinyl in the gatefold double LP format, including the original 10 songs and one bonus track, with a total playing time of 74 minutes, as well as the full album on a bonus CD. bENCHANT/b 2014 is: bTed Leonard/b (SPOCK'S BEARD, THOUGHT CHAMBER) - Lead vocals bDouglas A. Ott/b - Guitar, backing vocals bEd Platt/b - Bass bBill Jenkins/b (SOUND OF CONTACT, THOUGHT CHAMBER) - Keyboards bSean Flanegan/b (CYNTHESIS) - Drums div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_vwh95n2X0s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/enchantgreatdividecd.jpg" alt="enchantgreatdividecd" width="638" height="638" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-481345" /
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