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STEVEN TYLER To Sing EXTREME's 'More Than Words' With NUNO BETTENCOURT On KINGS OF CHAOS Tour

6 hours 13 min ago
Earlier this week, bAEROSMITH/b frontman bSteve Tyler/b was interviewed on b94.7/b's morning show b"Breakfast Xpress"/b in South Africa. You can now listen to the chat using the bSoundCloud/b widget below. bKINGS OF CHAOS/b — the touring project featuring former and current members of bAEROSMITH/b, bGUNS N' ROSES/b, bZZ TOP/b, bCHEAP TRICK/b and bEXTREME/b — will embark on another South African tour this December. Joining returning bKINGS OF CHAOS/b members bMatt Sorum/b, bGilby Clarke/b and bDuff McKagan/b (all of whom were formerly in bGUNS N' ROSES/b) will be new additions bSteven Tyler/b, bBilly Gibbons/b of bZZ TOP/b, bRobin Zander/b of bCHEAP TRICK/b and bNuno Bettencourt/b of bEXTREME/b. bKINGS OF CHAOS/b plays some of the individual bandmembers' greatest hits in a two-hour display of frenzied guitar riffs, pounding drums, resonating bass and trademark raspy vocals. They will perform at Sun City Superbowl on Saturday, November 29 and at Grand West's Grand Arena in Cape Town on Wednesday, December 3. Tickets go on sale at bComputicket/b from Friday, August 22. Regarding why he decided to put together a supergroup after playing in bGUNS N' ROSES/b, bVELVET REVOLVER/b and bTHE CULT/b, bSorum/b told bThe AU Review/b in a 2013 interview: "I'm at that stage of my career where I haven't really got the energy to go and try and create a band. I mean, how many bands do I have in my back pocket? I'd rather just get a bunch of great guys together that everybody knows and go and play a bunch of shows to 60,000 people, like, 'Whoa.' Even bVELVET REVOLVER/b, it took us 18 months to build that up, and we were on the road like 20-year-old kids. So my thing was, number one I don't really want to go on the road for 18 months anymore, which will basically kill you, unless you're doing hard drugs and I don't do hard drugs anymore, and I don't drink anymore, and the rest of it's just kind of boring. So I'd rather go and do great festivals and do two- or three-week tours, go out and just have a blast and then go home and then think about the next thing. "This idea that I came up with, this is like a release for all the other guys, because it's fresh for them. Even though we'll be playing all our hits, it's all with all our friends and the buddies that we've met through years and years of rock 'n' roll." bMatt/b also admitted to the difficulties supergroups and conflicting schedules can make, explaining: "Well, you know, everyone's always so busy, so it can be hard with everyone all over the place. But you know, it's really great, I'm really blessed. I look at it like I'm a kid that grew up listening to and wanting to play rock 'n' roll, and now I’m in this community of all these great musicians. So I said, well, fuck it, why don't I take advantage of that and put a band together and go play?" Image courtesy of bKINGS OF CHAOS Facebook/b page 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/164243142amp;auto_play=falseamp;hide_related=falseamp;show_comments=trueamp;show_user=trueamp;show_reposts=falseamp;visual=true"/iframe /div
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SCOTT IAN Would Love To Hear LADY GAGA Cover ANTHRAX's 'In The End'

6 hours 40 min ago
Germany's bEMP Rock Invasion/b recently conducted an interview with bANTHRAX/b guitarist bScott Ian/b. You can now watch the chat below. Elaborating on his previous comment that he would like to see pop superstar bLady Gaga/b cover an bANTHRAX/b song, bIan/b said: "Yeah, why not? She's into metal. She's a genuine metalhead. So why not hear her sing… it doesn't even have to be an bANTHRAX/b song. I don't care… I would like to hear her sing in a metal way. [Maybe she could do a cover of] something off the [latest bANTHRAX/b] album [b'Worship Music'/b]. I don't know… b'In The End'/b. That might be kind of cool to hear her sing that. I mean, she's got a great singing voice, so I just think it would be cool to hear her take on a metal song, because she's definitely got the chops for it." Asked why bANTHRAX/b doesn't ask bLady Gaga/b to make a guest appearance on the band's next studio album, bIan/b said: "Maybe we will." bANTHRAX/b's new concert film, b"Chile On Hell"/b, will be released on September 16. The disc was was filmed at the Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile on May 10, 2013 and features bANTHRAX/b performing an extended set that featured songs from the band's entire catalogue. b"Chile On Hell"/b was produced by bJay Ruston/b and filmed by bCity Drive Entertainment Group/b and bDC3 Global/b. The DVD's cover art was designed by bStephen Thompson/b, who partnered with bBenante/b to "redesign" the artwork from last year's b"Anthems"/b EP. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZGoh7IueCLc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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SCAR SYMMETRY: 'Limits To Infinity' Lyric Video

7 hours 18 min ago
Swedish melodic death metallers bSCAR SYMMETRY/b will release their new album, b"The Singularity (Phase 1 - Neohumanity)"/b, on October 14 in North America and October 3 in Europe via bNuclear Blast/b. The follow-up to 2011's b"The Unseen Empire"/b is the first part of a trilogy. The cover artwork for b"The Singularity (Phase 1 - Neohumanity)"/b was created by bMircea Gabriel Eftemie/b, who will be handling the artwork for the entire trilogy. b"The Singularity (Phase 1 - Neohumanity)"/b track listing: 01. bThe Shape Of Things To Come/b 02. bNeohuman /b 03. bLimits To Infinity/b 04. bCryonic Harvest/b 05. bThe Spiral Timeshift/b 06. bChildren Of The Integrated Circuit/b 07. bNeuromancers/b 08. bTechnocalyptic Cybergeddon/b The official lyric video for the song b"Limits To Infinity"/b can be seen below. Commented guitarist bPer Nilsson/b: "The lyrical concept that bHenrik/b came up with for 'bThe Singularity'/b trilogy is huge in scope, complex and awe-inspiring, and naturally the music I wrote needed to follow suit — and it is with great pride that we can now present b'Phase I - Neohumanity'/b, the first part in the most progressive and elaborate project in the history of bSCAR SYMMETRY/b. What an awesome way of celebrating our 10th anniversary!" Guitarist bJonas Kjellgren/b left bSCAR SYMMETRY/b in August 2013 "due to scheduling conflicts with his studio work and his other bands — bRAUBTIER/b and bBOURBON BOYS/b." bSCAR SYMMETRY/b was forced to cancel its fall 2012 North American headlining tour due to visa issues. The band's's latest album, b"The Unseen Empire"/b, sold around 1,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 11 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. b"The Unseen Empire"/b was released on April 15, 2011 in Europe and May 17, 2011 in North America via bNuclear Blast Records/b. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8NsFx6iVOaA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/scarsymmetrysingularcd.jpg" alt="scarsymmetrysingularcd" width="560" height="560" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-481430" /
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DRAGONFORCE Speaks To Italy's SpazioRock.it (Video)

8 hours 21 min ago
Italy's a href="http://www.spaziorock.it/" target="_blank"SpazioRock.it/a recently conducted an interview with British epic power metallers bDRAGONFORCE/b. You can now watch the chat below. bDRAGONFORCE/b's new album, b"Maximum Overload"/b, was released on August 19 in North America via bMetal Blade/b and August 18 in Europe through bearMUSIC/b, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of bEdel Group/b. The CD was recorded at bFascination Street/b studios in Örebro, Sweden with bJens Bogren/b, who has previously worked with bOPETH/b, bTHE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT/b, bAMON AMARTH/b, bKATATONIA/b, bSOILWORK/b and bSYMPHONY X/b, to name a few. It marks the band's first-ever album involving an outside producer, having historically opted to record themselves in association with bKarl Groom/b. b"Maximum Overload"/b also features an all time first for bDRAGONFORCE/b... a cover version! Guitarist bSam Totman/b explained: "Just before the last Australian tour, our manager suggested it might be interesting to do a cover for the next album, something we've always refused even to consider. Because we had all had a couple beers, every bandmember wrote down three songs each and we compared them all, just for a laugh. I wrote down b'Ring Of Fire'/b by bJohnny Cash/b, an idea which the rest of the band loved, so we've bDRAGONFORCE/b-ized it." b"Maximum Overload"/b was released on standard CD, standard digital version, special edition CD with five bonus tracks and a bonus DVD, special edition digital version (same bonus material as special edition CD), and vinyl. The effort features a couple of surprises, notably a guest appearance on some of the songs from bTRIVIUM/b's bMatt Heafy/b. b"Maximum Overload"/b is the follow-up to 2012's b"The Power Within"/b, which was the band's first with vocalist bMarc Hudson/b. Since his live debut with the group in July 2011, bMarc/b has gone on to front over 100 shows with bDRAGONFORCE/b in 32 countries across the globe, including arenas with bIRON MAIDEN/b as well as a mammoth headlining world tour to support the CD. bDRAGONFORCE/b recently parted ways with drummer bDave Mackintosh/b and replaced him with former bBRAINDAMAGE/b and bKILL RITUAL/b member bGee Anzalone/b. A native of Turin, Italy, bGee/b is a drum teacher who graduated from the NAMM Academy of Milan and carries on the well established multi-national mix of musicians that make up bDRAGONFORCE/b. bGee/b will make his live debut with bDRAGONFORCE/b on the forthcoming b"Maximum Overload"/b U.K. tour, which commences on September 17 in Edinburgh. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vwh8-dVkhaE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="100%" height="250" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/161148555%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-38Jofamp;auto_play=falseamp;hide_related=falseamp;show_comments=trueamp;show_user=trueamp;show_reposts=falseamp;visual=true"amp;lt;bramp;gt;/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Fb7F3SU5BRw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/dragonforcemaximumoverloadcd.jpg" alt="dragonforcemaximumoverloadcd" width="600" height="600" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-470787" /
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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's JESSE LEACH Interviewed At Colombia's ROCK AL PARQUE

8 hours 46 min ago
On August 16, bSofia Samrad/b conducted an interview with vocalist bJesse Leach/b of Massachussets metallers bKILLSWITCH ENGAGE/b backstage at the bRock al Parque/b festival in Bogotá, Colombia. You can watch the chat below. Due to a family emergency, bKILLSWITCH ENGAGE/b guitarist bJoel Stroetzel/b was forced to sit out the band's tour dates at the end of July. Filling in for him was bKen Susi/b of bUNEARTH/b. bKILLSWITCH ENGAGE/b's fifth studio album, b"Disarm The Descent"/b, sold around 48,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 2, 2013 via bRoadrunner Records/b. b"Disarm The Descent"/b is bKILLSWITCH ENGAGE/b's first album with original singer bJesse Leach/b at the vocal helm since 2002's now-classic, genre-defining b"Alive or Just Breathing"/b. bLeach/b returned to the band in January 2012 after a decade-long absence. The artwork for the new CD was created by bMike D'Antonio/b. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YsffbJCvHQY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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Former STUCK MOJO Frontman's BONZ To Release 'Broken Silence' In February

9 hours 57 min ago
bBONZ/b — the new band featuring original bSTUCK MOJO/b singer bBonz/b and former bPRIMER 55/b guitarist/bassist bCurt Taylor/b — will release its debut album, b"Broken Silence"/b, on February 13, 2015 via bEternal Sound Records/b. The CD features guest appearances by several musicians, including original bPRIMER 55/b vocalist bJason "J-Sin" Luttrell/b and guitar virtuoso bMike Martin/b (ex-bSTUCK MOJO/b, bFOZZY/b). b"Broken Silence"/b track listing: 01. bSinister Grin/b 02. bComes Over Me/b 03. bGodshine/b 04. bBroken Silence/b 05. b30 Seconds to Swat/b 06. bTake it Personal/b 07. bSour Diesel/b 08. bVoids/b 09. bBad News/b 10. bBad Love/b Said bCurt Taylor/b in a statement: "bBonz/b, I and the entire band are so proud and happy to be a part of the bEternal Sound/b family. It is definitely a match made in heaven. With the staff at bEternal Sounds/b handling our affairs, both as a label and management, the sky is truly the limit." In 2009, bBonz/b joined forces with bBobby Burns/b and bCurt Taylor/b of bPRIMER 55/b and created bKILLER IN THE WORKPLACE/b. The band would go on to record a full-length album and tour to support it. However, by 2011, it was obvious that it was not in the cards for the group to continue on. bBonz/b and bCurt/b had developed a bond and musical chemistry that was undeniable, and after bKILLER IN THE WORKPLACE/b, they decided to forge ahead and form the band bBONZ/b. bBONZ/b is: bBonz/b - Vocals bCurt Taylor/b - Guitar bErin Stagg/b - Drums bDon Leslie/b - Bass img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/bonzbrokensilence.jpg" alt="bonzbrokensilence" width="638" height="573" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-483352" /
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'Metal Down Under': A History Of Australian Heavy Metal DVD Now Available

15 hours 50 min ago
One of the most anticipated projects in Australian heavy music history has been released. b"Metal Down Under"/b was an epic undertaking, over two years in the making and chronicles over 40 years of Australian metal heritage. Since the late 1970s, a thriving underground scene of extreme music has continued to evolve in Australia. From grindcore, thrash, death metal, black metal, hardcore, doom, melodic metal, sludge, power metal and the many more subgenres that exist, b"Metal Down Under"/b traverses the full spectrum and takes a look at the bands, people and events that shaped this unique slice of Australian history. More than just the music, we meet the characters that make metal in Australia what it is today. From promoters, radio hosts and magazine editors, to band members and extreme fans, b"Metal Down Under"/b introduces you to a world you either didn't want to know existed or have been a part of all your life. Featuring over 40 exclusive interviews as well as rare archive footage and photographs from bMetal For The Brain/b, bMetal For Melbourne/b, bBig Day Out/b, music videos, live concerts and much more, b"Metal Down Under"/b captures the past, present and future of the Australian metal scene and condenses it into three hours of riveting, essential viewing. It is the brainchild of lifelong metal fan and filmmaker bNick Calpakdjian/b, who spent two long years traveling the country interviewing the who's who of the Australian scene. With massive support, some crowdfunding and donations, the mammoth project has finally been completed and is ready to share with Australian metal fans and people everywhere. Written and directed by bCalpakdjian/b, produced by bAnimus Industries/b and with cinematography by bAdrian Price/b, b"Metal Down Under"/b is presented as three 55-minute episodes and comes with a bunch of extras. It is available on DVD and as a stream on biTunes/b. The cast: * bTony Campo/b (ALLEGIANCE) * bDave Harrison/b (ALLEGIANCE) * bAndrew Haug/b (CONTRIVE, AndrewHaug.com) * bRobyn Doreian/b (Hot Metal magazine) * bMat Maurer/b (MORTAL SIN) * bHoss Drew/b (KARNIVOOL) * bMatt Young/b (KING PARROT) * bJason Fuller/b (BLOOD DUSTER) * bGreta Tate/b (Metal For Melbourne) * bSteve Hughes/b (SLAUGHTER LORD) * bChris Rand/b (SEGRESSION) * bDave Harrison/b (ALLEGIANCE) * bAdam Agius /b (ALCHEMIST, Metal For The Brain) * bPeter Hobbs/b (HOBBS ANGEL OF DEATH) * bAaron Butler/b (FRANKENBOK) * bBrad Wesson/b (Soundworks Touring) * bSimon Lukic/b (Musically Incorrect) * bDanny Estrin/b (VOYAGER) * bLeigh Wilson/b (fan, videographer) * bMatt Skitz/b (DAMAGED) * bBrian Giffin/b (Loud, historian) * bDave Haley/b (PSYCROPTIC) * bDan McDougall/b (FRANKENBOK) * bRichie Greg/b (DREADNAUGHT) * bRodney Holder/b (ALCHEMIST, Metal For The Brain) * bKarl Lean/b (NOTHING SACRED) * bChris Maric/b (Maric Media) * bDave Slave/b (SADISTIK EXEKUTION) * bMark "Sham" Hughes/b (NOTHING SACRED) * bJohn Gibson/b (RENEGADE) For more information, visit a href="http://www.metaldownunder.com/" target="_blank"www.metaldownunder.com/a. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/thHCGuxgMDo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/metaldownunderdvd_638.jpg" alt="metaldownunderdvd_638" width="638" height="910" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-483349" /
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RUSH Drummer NEIL PEART's 'Far And Near: On Days Like These' Book Due In October

15 hours 55 min ago
On October 14, bECW Press/b will publish b"Far And Near: On Days Like These"/b, the new book from bRUSH/b drummer bNeil Peart/b. A description of the 312-page hardcover reads as follows: "Whether navigating the backroads of Louisiana or Thuringia, exploring the snowy Quebec woods, or performing onstage at bRUSH/b concerts, bNeil Peart/b has stories to tell. His first volume in this series, b'Far And Away'/b, combined words and images to form an intimate, insightful narrative that won many readers. Now b'Far And Near'/b brings together reflections from another three years of an artist's life as he celebrates seasons, landscapes, and characters, travels roads and trails, receives honors, climbs mountains, composes and performs music. With passionate insight, wry humor, and an adventurous spirit, once again Peart offers a collection of open letters that take readers on the road, behind the scenes, and into the inner workings of an ever-inquisitive mind. These popular stories, originally posted on bPeart/b's website, are now collected and contextualized with a new introduction and conclusion in this beautifully designed collector's volume." Asked a few years back how he felt about the fact that he is now, in turn, a great inspiration to others, bPeart/b said: "I don't know about me being a 'great' inspiration, but when younger drummers tell me they were inspired to take up drumming because of me, I usually say something like, 'I apologize to your parents.' But, of course, it's nice to hear that. Personally, I don't think all that highly of my own abilities or accomplishments, but I know that I do try hard — perhaps that's a good enough example to set." Questioned if he is conscious of hearing his influence in other drummers, bPeart/b said: "I really don't hear that myself, but sometimes other people say it is so. Some drummers surprise me when they tell me they were influenced by my playing, because it seems to me they play nothing like I do. But I understand about that, because of course any player with an original voice is filtering his or her influences and experiences through their own personality, their temperament. Thus the music becomes their own. Similarly, I was powerfully influenced by bKeith Moon/b as a youngster, yet my own character dictated a much more deliberate and organized style for me." img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/neailpeartfarandnear.jpg" alt="neailpeartfarandnear" width="500" height="500" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-483346" /
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SYMPHONY X Bassist MIKE LEPOND To Release 'Silent Assassins' Solo Album In September

16 hours 8 min ago
bUDR/b/bWarner/b has set a September 26 release date for the first-ever solo album from bSYMPHONY X/b bassist bMike LePond/b. b"Mike LePond's Silent Assassins"/b is described in a press release as "a fantastic heavy, power metal album that combines all influences of bMike LePond/b's favorite bands from the past and present. This album is packed with kick-ass vocals, scorching riffs and epic styling; there's something in there for any style of metalhead!" b"Mike LePond's Silent Assassins"/b features guest performances by guitarist b"Metal" Mike Chlasciak/b (bHALFORD/b, bTESTAMENT/b), lead guitarist and drum producer bMichael Romeo/b (bSYMPHONY X/b), vocalist bAlan Tecchio/b (bHADES/b, bWATCHTOWER/b), and, of course, mainman bMike LePond/b on bass and rhythm guitar. bLePond/b states: "This CD is all me. I wrote all the music, and all the lyrics. It's one of the most satisfying things I've ever done and I can't wait to share it with my fans. Join me as we celebrate the glory of heavy metal with my first-ever solo release!" bMetal Mike/b adds: "Superbly crafted songs! Highly recommended to fans who like their metal true and hard." bAlan Tecchio/b says: "The themes bMike/b wrote about lyrically and the energy of full-throttle riffage was a welcome back to my power metal roots." b"Mike LePond's Silent Assassins"/b track listing: 01. bApocalypse Rider/b 02. bRed Death/b 03. bThe Quest/b 04. bThe Outsider/b 05. bMasada/b 06. bSilent Assassins/b 07. bRagnarok/b 08. bThe Progeny/b 09. bOath Of Honor/b img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/mikelepondssilentcd_0.jpg" alt="mikelepondssilentcd" width="638" height="638" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-483342" /
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HENRY ROLLINS On ROBIN WILLIAMS' Death: 'F**k Suicide'

August 21, 2014 - 23:57
Outspoken punk rock icon bHenry Rollins/b, who writes a weekly column for bLA Weekly/b, has penned a a href="http://www.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2014/08/21/henry-rollins-fuck-suicide" target="_blank"controversial 997-word missive/a on bRobin Williams/b' recent death in which he said that he "simply cannot understand how any parent could kill themselves." After beginning the lengthy editorial by recognizing bWilliams/b' magnificent career and undisputable talent, bRollins/b wrote: "It's here where I step off the train. I am sure some will strongly disagree with what I'm about to say. And I also understand that [bWilliams/b'] personal struggles were quite real. I can't argue with that." He continued: "How in the hell could you possibly do that to your children? I don't care how well-adjusted your kid might be — choosing to kill yourself, rather than to be there for that child, is every shade of awful, traumatic and confusing. I think as soon as you have children, you waive your right to take your own life. No matter what mistakes you make in life, it should be your utmost goal not to traumatize your kids. So, you don't kill yourself. "Many years ago, I lived in Silver Lake with a housemate who suffered from severe bouts of depression. When she wasn't in her small bedroom with the lights off, crying for hours, she was bright and hilarious. Anywhere we went, we laughed our asses off. She fought her depression with everything from bike rides to drugs, prescribed and otherwise. Years after the last time I saw her, I guess she could no longer keep up the battle and killed herself. No one who knew her was surprised. When she was in her deepest misery, she was unrecognizable. "The hardest part about being around her was you knew there was nothing you could do to help." Later in the essay, bRollins/b noted that "When someone negates their existence, they cancel themselves out in my mind." He added: "I have many records, books and films featuring people who have taken their own lives, and I regard them all with a bit of disdain. When someone commits this act, he or she is out of my analog world. I know they existed, yet they have nullified their existence because they willfully removed themselves from life. They were real but now they are not. "I no longer take this person seriously. I may be able to appreciate what he or she did artistically but it's impossible to feel bad for them. Their life wasn't cut short — it was purposely abandoned. It's hard to feel bad when the person did what they wanted to. It sucks they are gone, of course, but it's the decision they made. I have to respect it and move on. "Almost 40,000 people a year kill themselves in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In my opinion, that is 40,000 people who blew it. "Fuck suicide. Life isn't anything but what you make it. For all the people who walked from the grocery store back to their house, only to be met by a robber who shot them in the head for nothing — you gotta hang in there." Read the full essay at a href="http://www.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2014/08/21/henry-rollins-fuck-suicide" target="_blank"LAWeekly.com/a.
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(Updated) Man In Custody Claiming To Be 'SCOTT WEILAND' Is NOT Former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Singer

August 21, 2014 - 22:45
**UPDATE #4**: According to a href="http://www.thewrap.com/scott-weiland-not-in-jail-denies-via-facebook-video-threatens-to-sue-tmz/" target="_blank"TheWrap/a, bLos Angeles County Sheriff's Department/b confirmed that the man they have in jail, who claimed to be former bSTONE TEMPLE PILOTS/b frontman bScott Weiland/b, is not him, despite their earlier assertions that he was. Earlier today, a bLos Angeles County Sheriff's Department/b spokesperson told bTheWrap/b: "We confirmed that inside the jail is someone booked as bScott Klein Weiland/b. We confirmed that that person was there inside the jail. So that is what we confirmed. What we are trying to do now is to speak to the bBeverly Hills Police Department/b to find out what the deal is. We are trying to find out what is going on with this." Also earlier on Thursday, the bBeverly Hills Police Department/b told bTheWrap/b that they did have bScott Weiland/b in custody, identifying him definitively as the "former lead singer of bSTONE TEMPLE PILOTS/b." When asked if it was possible they had arrested someone who simply claimed to be bScott Weiland/b, but was not the bScott Weiland/b of bSTP/b fame, the bLos Angeles County Sheriff's Department/b told bTheWrap/b that it was a possibility. **UPDATE #1**: bScott Weiland/b has posted a video message on his bFacebook/b page (see below) in which he called the bTMZ.com/b report a "lie" and insisted that he has been "touring, writing and recording" his new album. bWeiland/b said: "I just got reading something very interesting. A nice piece of fiction from bTMZ/b saying that I was in jail and have been for a month. I've actually been touring, writing and recording my new album, at the studio we're in right now, a Los Angeles studio. So all I have to say to our fans is whether you find it funny, or interesting, or whether you're sad, don't worry, don't fret. It's a lie. bTMZ/b, you'll be hearing from my attorneys. Thank you." **UPDATE #2**: According to the web site of a href="http://app4.lasd.org/iic/ajis_search.cfm" target="_blank"The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department/a, a 46-year-old male by the name of bScott Klein Weiland/b, born on October 27, 1967, with a height of 6' 1" and weighing 175 pounds, was arrested on July 26 at 10:13 a.m. and charged with a felony. He is scheduled to appear in court on August 26. You can also find the arrest report at a href="http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/loudwire.com/files/2014/08/1610786_714009412006312_6455940242764012430_n-1.jpg" target="_blank"this location/a. (Note: The former bSTONE TEMPLE PILOTS/b singer was born bScott Richard Kline/b on October 27, 1967.) **UPDATE #3**: a href="http://www.tmz.com/2014/08/21/scott-weiland-arrested-meth-stealing-drug-store/" target="_blank"TMZ.com/a has posted an update on its original report, saying: "We just spoke to a rep for the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. who tells us, 'He is definitely in custody. We did a physical check on that inmate and he is currently in custody.' And ... the Beverly Hills Police Dept. gave us a written statement titled 'Celebrity Arrest' and in the statement it says, 'The suspect, former bSTONE TEMPLE PILOTS/b band member bScott Weiland/b (46 years of age), was taken into custody for burglary and possession of a controlled substance." The original article follows below. According to a href="http://www.tmz.com/2014/08/21/scott-weiland-arrested-meth-stealing-drug-store/" target="_blank"TMZ.com/a, former bSTONE TEMPLE PILOTS/b and bVELVET REVOLVER/b frontman bScott Weiland/b has spent the last month in jail after being arrested on a charge of methamphetamine possession. The singer was allegedly picked up in July after stealing razors from the Rite Aid in Beverly Hills, California. Police reportedly found meth, as well as an insulated bag meant to prevent alarm censors from detecting stolen merchandise. bWeiland/b, who penned some of the '90s most iconic songs yet threatened to undermine his career with his frequent and publicized battles with substance abuse, is said to be in jail on $95,000 bond. It was just last month that bScott/b said in an interview that his days of using drugs are long behind him, despite accusations from his ex-bandmates that his addiction problems continually sidelined the group. Speaking with bNews1130.com/b, bWeiland/b said, "Past demons are past demons; that's stuff that I dealt with 14 years ago. I mean, I guess bKeith Richards/b gets asked about (his past drug use), so why shouldn't I? But it's not something that I think about, ever. Those days of my dope abuse, and use, are long since by me." bSTP/b fired bWeiland/b in February 2013 after reuniting with him in 2010 for a series of tours and one self-titled album. The band had previously been on hiatus since 2002, primarily due to the singer's struggles with drugs and alcohol. A number of the band's shows since the 2010 reunion were marked by inconsistent performances and late arrivals by the singer. bSTP/b recruited bLINKIN PARK/b vocalist bChester Bennington/b in the spring of 2013 to replace bWeiland/b. The new lineup released an EP titled b"High Rise"/b late last year and is working on songs for a full album. bWeiland/b continues to record and tour with his new band bTHE WILDABOUTS/b, with a new album slated to come out in November. bWeiland/b also spoke recently about his interest in doing some reunion shows with bVELVET REVOLVER/b. 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SIXX: A.M.: New Song 'Stars' Available For Streaming

August 21, 2014 - 22:10
b"Stars"/b, a brand new song from bSIXX: A.M./b, the band featuring bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b bassist bNikki Sixx/b alongside guitarist bDJ Ashba/b and vocalist bJames Michael/b, can be streamed in the bYouTube/b clip below. The track is taken from bSIXX: A.M./b's third album, b"Modern Vintage"/b, which will be released on October 7 via bEleven Seven Music/b. bJames Michael/b called b"Stars"/b "a quintessential bSIXX: A.M./b song," adding, "I think b'Stars'/b might be one of the best songs we've ever written. It does everything bSIXX: A.M./b does on a heightened level." bMichael/b continued: "It's one of the most aggressive rock songs we have — the tempo is a lot faster than we usually write. It's one of those moments you always hope for as a songwriter, where the melody line, lyric and the track all marry. That chorus explodes — it gives me goosebumps every time I hear it, and I've heard it thousands of times. … I really hope that it ends up being a single at some point, because I think bSIXX: A.M./b fans will really relate to it on a lyrical level, and they'll also feel very comfortable that they're hearing a bSIXX: A.M./b song." b"Modern Vintage"/b track listing: 01. bStars/b 02. bGotta Get It Right/b 03. bRelief/b 04. bGet Ya Some/b 05. bLet's Go/b 06. bDrive/b 07. bGive Me A Love/b 08. bHyperventilate/b 09. bHigh On The Music/b 10. bMiracle/b 11. bBefore It's Over/b The b"Gotta Get It Right"/b video can be seen below. The clip was directed by bPaul Brown/b in mid-June. Said bSixx/b: "Like our favorite bands from the 1970s, bSIXX: A.M./b is rooted in songwriting, musicianship and lyrics — three core elements that helped to define that era. bSIXX: A.M./b has taken even more pages from this book on b'Gotta Get It Right'/b and the rest of b'Modern Vintage'/b, having hopefully created a record that demands to be discovered again and again." Added bMichael/b, who also produced b"Modern Vintage"/b: "On the first two albums, bSIXX: A.M./b established a musical freedom that few bands get to enjoy. b'Gotta Get It Right'/b is clearly a birth child of that creative freedom and an exciting next step for us as our goal was to create something which confounds both expectation and categorization." bAshba/b adds: "b'Gotta Get it Right'/b is a great example of how bSIXX: A.M./b has set out to celebrate the music that has influenced us over the years and we truly feel we've made a genre-defying album with b'Modern Vintage'/b." 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." div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IzrOf5NULpA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5WVWT_FGQGo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/HaUm0FwtST8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/sixxamgottagetsingle.jpg" alt="sixxamgottagetsingle" width="638" height="638" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-482007" / div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eqxJAjZS9VY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/sixxammodernvintagecdnew.jpg" alt="sixxammodernvintagecdnew" width="638" height="638" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-481693" /
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KORN And Its Fans Take On Haters With Fan-Assisted Video For 'Hater'

August 21, 2014 - 21:45
bKORN/b has premiered the fan-assisted official video for b"Hater"/b — the lead single off the band's world tour edition deluxe reissue album, b"The Paradigm Shift: World Tour Edition"/b (released July 22 on bProspect Park/b). Directed by bYarvo Productions/b, the video features fan-submitted video clips where they share personal experiences of being a victim of bullying, abuse or hatred and how that affected them. b"Hater"/b invaded radio airwaves last month and has already vaulted into the Top 10 at Active Rock radio, a testament to the strong relation bKORN/b's fan have to the music and lyrical content. On b"Hater"/b, frontman bJonathan Davis/b' lyrics address challenges of victims of bullies and haters. In this video clip, the band has broken the fourth wall by providing an opportunity for real fans to speak out about their experiences of being hated. "Almost everyone has felt bullied, pressured and beat down in their life by their haters," says bDavis/b. "This video helps to give a public voice to some of the challenges real people have faced, and reminds us all that self-harm and suicide." The song kicks into gear with the seminal grinding guitar volley between bBrian "Head" Welch/b and bJames "Munky" Shaffer/b. Meanwhile, bReggie "Fieldy" Arvizu/b cranks out a throbbing bass bounce punctuated by bRay Luzier/b's impenetrable percussion. At the eye of the storm, bJonathan Davis/b delivers a haunting verse that quickly blossoms into an eerily unforgettable chorus. For the track, the group teamed up with hitmaker/producer bDon Gilmore/b, who also produced last year's No. 8-debuting LP, b"The Paradigm Shift"/b, as well as the group’s #1 active rock radio smash b"Never Never"/b. Earlier this week, bRollingStone.com/b premiered the live version of the video for b"Hater"/b featuring video cobbled together of the band’s wildly enthusiastic audiences from across the globe. The world tour edition double album — b"The Paradigm Shift: World Tour Edition"/b — features three brand new songs (b"Hater"/b, b"Die Another Day"/b and b"The Game Is Over"/b), a bevy of tracks from last year's album recorded live all over the world and expanded artwork. b"The Paradigm Shift: World Tour Edition"/b is available exclusively in stores at bBest Buy/b or online at bBestBuy.com/b or biTunes/b. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0K67veEPOYM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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AC/DC Drummer PHIL RUDD: 'There Will Be Another Tour'

August 21, 2014 - 21:24
bAC/DC/b drummer bPhil Rudd/b has refuted rumors that the band will cease touring, saying that "we will probably all have to be dead before it stops." bAC/DC/b was at one point expected to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year by playing 40 shows in selected cities around the world, which have not yet been announced. But then in April, the band confirmed widespread reports that guitarist bMalcolm Young/b was stepping down due to an undisclosed illness, with some outlets reporting that he suffered a stroke. The legendary Australian act stated that it will "continue to make music," and began recording sessions with producer bBrendan O'Brien/b in May in Vancouver. The group has enlisted bStevie Young/b, the nephew of guitarists bAngus/b and bMalcolm Young/b, to take bMalcolm/b's place in the band for the recording sessions for their 16th studio album. bStevie Young/b played with bAC/DC/b once before during a 1988 tour, while bMalcolm/b stepped out to deal with his dependency on alcohol. Speaking to the bNine Network/b in a prerecorded interview, aired on Friday (August 22), bRudd/b said: "There will be another tour and I will be on that. "We will probably all have to be dead before it stops," he added. bAC/DC/b frontman bBrian Johnson/b in June said that the band is "very likely" to tour before the end of the year. bJohnson/b made his comments in a brief message at his web site, in which he thanked fans for their support of his U.K. television series b"Cars That Rock"/b. bRudd/b will release a solo album, b"Head Job"/b, on August 29 via bUniversal Music Australia/b.
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METALLICA Frontman JAMES HETFIELD's 'Black Pearl' Car To Be Displayed At 'Wheels Of Time Rod Custom Jamboree'

August 21, 2014 - 21:07
According to a href="http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/lehigh-county/index.ssf/2014/08/metallica_frontmans_custom_car.html" target="_blank"LehighValleyLive.com/a, bMETALLICA/b frontman bJames Hetfield/b's custom car, a scratch-built vehicle that originally began as a 1948 Jaguar, will be on display this weekend at bThe Wheels Of Time Rod Custom Jamboree/b, set to take place August 22-24 at Macungie Memorial Park in Macungie, Pennsylvania. The car, dubbed "bBlack Pearl/b", is completely scratch-built. It's not any particular make or model. It's sculpted, handmade aluminum body is inspired by the tear drop contours and seamless body transitions of coach built European and American cars of the 1930s. It rests on a custom built chassis, which utilizes the outer frame rails of a 1948 Jaguar. The bBlack Pearl/b will make an appearance at bThe Wheels Of Time Rod Custom Jamboree/b courtesy of renowned custom-car builder bRick Dore/b, who stars in the bDiscovery Channel/b reality series b"Lords Of The Car Hoards"/b with former bWWE/b wrestler bChuck Palumbo/b. According to a press release from a href="https://www.good-guys.com/?p=7473option=com_wordpressItemid=1314" target="_blank"Good-Guys.com/a, Southern California's bMarcel/b and bLuc De Lay/b, two of the top coach builders in the world, handled the chores of forming, shaping and building the body. They're one of only a handful of metal shapers, capable of taking on the task of building a one-off custom car like the "bPearl/b". Said bHetfield/b of the bDe Lays/b' prowess as metal sculptors: "As an artist myself, I see the passion, dedication and perfectionism it takes to be good at your craft. I am humbled by their gift of metal sculpting. The fact that they started with a 8×10 drawing and ended up with a complete car is a testament to the ability of the human mind and hands. It still blows people's minds when they ask what body we started with and we say 'steel sheets.'" The bBlack Pearl/b was painted in a luscious deep PPG black by bDarryl Hollenbeck/b of bVintage Color Studio/b offering a perfect contrast to the brushed brass trim. Inside the cabin is a stellar bRon Mangus/b interior. bWheelsmith Fabrications/b made the black wheels featuring matching brushed brass caps. Under the hood lies a 375-horsepower 302 cubic inch Ford V8 but this car isn’t about power — it's about style. It's also about expanding horizons and breaking new ground. In addition to the bGoodguys/b 2014 Mother’s Custom Of The Year, the bBlack Pearl/b won the bSam Barris/b award as well as the Custom d'Elegance at the bSacramento AutoRama/b. Check out more photos of the bBlack Pearl/b at a href="https://www.good-guys.com/?p=7473option=com_wordpressItemid=1314" target="_blank"Good-Guys.com/a. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Fs-i-3rTl4w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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WHITESNAKE Recruits NIGHT RANGER Guitarist JOEL HOEKSTRA

August 21, 2014 - 20:52
bWHITESNAKE/b has recruited bJoel Hoekstra/b (bNIGHT RANGER/b) as its new guitarist following the departure of bDoug Aldrich/b. Says bWHITESNAKE/b mainman bDavid Coverdale/b: "One of the first, if not the first, guitarists to put his name forward after hearing that bDoug Aldrich/b had left the band was an exceptionally talented musician whom we had met briefly last year when his band opened for bWHITESNAKE/b in Arizona. "Everyone was very impressed by him, not only for his ability to play amazing guitar, but, also his very agreeable personality and he was definitely foremost in our minds when we began to search for bDoug/b's replacement in bWHITESNAKE/b. "We jammed together and were mutually impressed enough to ask him to join bWHITESNAKE/b on the spot. This was May 30th. 2014. "bJoel/b is currently fulfilling his remaining tour dates with bNIGHT RANGER/b. "We sincerely thank you all for your patience and understanding… and so, without further ado, we ask you to welcome, as we have done, our exceptionally gifted new bSNAKE/b brother... bJoel Hoekstra/b... guitarist extraordinaire." "We couldn't be happier for bJoel/b," bNIGHT RANGER/b said in a bFacebook/b post announcing bHoekstra/b's departure from the band. "The last eight-plus years have been a blast, and we wish him nothing but the best." bHoekstra/b appeared on two bNIGHT RANGER/b studio efforts, 2011's b"Somewhere In California"/b and the recently released b"High Road"/b, as well as on 2012's 30th-anniversary acoustic concert set b"24 Strings A Drummer"/b. bAldrich/b left bWHITESNAKE/b on May 7, explaining in a statement that he "had several recording and live commitments, so [he] needed a more flexible schedule to conclude these before going full force as normal." He added: "Unfortunately, my schedule was not workable." bCoverdale/b recently revealed that bWHITESNAKE/b was "deep into the pre-production of the new bWHITESNAKE/b project, which is so exciting to me, it's beyond words." bAldrich/b played on the last two bWHITESNAKE/b studio albums, 2008's b"Good To Be Bad"/b and 2011's b"Forevermore"/b, and appeared on several live releases, including last year's b"Made In Japan"/b and b"Made In Britain/The World Records"/b. Dutch guitarist bAdrian Vandenberg/b, who was a member of bWHITESNAKE/b during the band's successful late 1980s period, recently told the classic rock program b"Radio Fireball"/b about the possibility of rejoining bWHITESNAKE/b: "Never say never. bDavid/b and I will always do something in the future, whether it's with the two of us acoustically or whether it's a blues album or a rock album or a tour. We are too good friends not to do it and we have too much fun working together. But it has to be next to [bAdrian/b's current project] bVANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS/b, not instead of." div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/HHJFLO2qC8E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/oWQQHaPULSg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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TEXAS IN JULY: New Song 'Sweetest Poison' Available For Streaming

August 21, 2014 - 18:05
b"Sweetest Poison"/b, a brand new song from the Pennsylvania metal band bTEXAS IN JULY/b, can be streamed using the bSoundCloud/b widget below. The track is taken from the group's fourth full-length album, b"Bloodwork"/b, which will be released on September 16 via bEqual Vision Records/b. "b'Sweetest Poison'/b is a perfect representation of all that b'Bloodwork'/b has to offer wrapped up in one song," says bTEXAS IN JULY/b guitarist bChris Davis/b. "When writing albums in the past, we felt trapped into certain guidelines as far as what a bTEXAS IN JULY/b song needed to sound like, which was something we wanted to break free of this time around. While this song still sounds like the bTEXAS IN JULY/b our fans expect to hear, it features a bunch of new elements for us. bJT/b's vocal performance on this song is one of my favorites on this album, and he really shows just how dynamic and wide of a range he has!" bTEXAS IN JULY/b recently debuted a video for the hard-hitting b"Broken Soul"/b, the band's first song to feature singer bJT Cavey/b, who's been touring with bTEXAS IN JULY/b for the last year and helped create the music and lyrics for b"Bloodwork"/b. Following several tours together under the new lineup, bTEXAS IN JULY/b entered the studio as a four-piece in January of 2014 in its hometown of Lancaster with producers bCarson Slovak/b and bGrant McFarland/b. The resulting CD is the band's most impressive work to date, offering its most cohesive and innovative instrumentations and most dynamic vocal offerings — including a touch of clean vocals for the first time everd. Additionally, bCavey/b displays a broad mix of screams, unique vocal patterns, and even an aggressive spoken-word interlude. The new album also features a special guest spot from bMISS MAY I/b vocalist bLevi Benton/b on b"The Void"/b. "I think this album shows us at our most extremes," says bDavis/b "It has some of our heaviest and most aggressive moments to date and also our most melodic and mellow sections as well. It was all about pushing ourselves to extend our boundaries." bTEXAS IN JULY/b just wrapped up a European tour and will be hitting the road again in September for a full U.S. tour with bAFTER THE BURIAL/b, bI DECLARE WAR/b, bREFLECTIONS/b and bCOME THE DAWN/b. div align=center iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/163863589%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-0CcW3amp;color=ff5500amp;auto_play=falseamp;hide_related=falseamp;show_comments=trueamp;show_user=trueamp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WW9UMQEna8A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/texasinjulybloodworkdcd.jpg" alt="texasinjulybloodworkdcd" width="638" height="638" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-483318" /
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NUCLEAR ASSAULT To Release New Studio Album, Embark On 'Final Assault'

August 21, 2014 - 17:45
Veteran bassist bDan Lilker/b (bBRUTAL TRUTH/b, bNUCLEAR ASSAULT/b, bANTHRAX/b) has released the following statement: "I'd like to bring everyone up to date on what's going on with bNUCLEAR ASSAULT/b. First, though, let me clear up what's going on with my 'retirement.' "Yes, bBRUTAL TRUTH/b will be a done deal by the end of this year. With that will come a 'slower' phase in my musical career in that I won't be constantly touring like I have since the mid-'80s. I am simply scaling back what I'm doing so I can have a little more stability in my life, although I am still quite busy here at home with bNOKTURNAL HELLSTORM/b (who just recorded our second album) and bBLURRING/b (who are in the process of recording at this writing), and I still play in bVENOMOUS CONCEPT/b (also recording for a new release). "That brings us to bNUCLEAR ASSAULT/b… "In 2015, it will be 30 years since bNUCLEAR ASSAULT/b solidified our lineup and started making a name for ourselves in the metal/crossover scene. To commemorate this, the band will write and record another album and play some shows for a 'Final Assault.' The live front will be of a limited nature due to the reality of people in the band having careers that they can't just walk away from for the time needed to go tour the world like we did in the '80s. Nevertheless, we will try to do whatever we can, especially in the summer, to get out there and thrash for everyone again. Progress on writing music will not go quickly due to a couple of facts; we are geographically challenged, so we can't just jam once a week like we used to, and we want to make sure that this album is really killer so we can go out with a big bang. "That's all for now, stay tuned and more info on shows will be forthcoming at the appropriate time." bNUCLEAR ASSAULT/b released its first-ever DVD, b"Louder Harder Faster"/b, in October 2006 via bScreaming Ferret Wreckords/b. Recorded during the band's performance at the 2005 bLouder Harder Faster Festival/b (taped on June 5, 2005), the disc also includes such extra bits as vintage live footage, slide shows (put to the original b"Survive"/b demos), music videos, in the studio footage, unreleased songs, and an interview with longtime members bDanny Lilker/b and bGlenn Evans/b. Originally formed back in 1984, bNUCLEAR ASSAULT/b bassist bLilker/b witnessed the birth of thrash metal first as an original member of bANTHRAX/b, as well as a crucial component to bS.O.D./b, bNUCLEAR ASSAULT/b and bBRUTAL TRUTH/b. While many thrash metal bands tempered their aggression with melody, bNUCLEAR ASSAULT/b stuck to its guns throughout and in the process, released such thrash classics as 1988's b"Survive"/b and 1989's b"Handle with Care"/b. After an extended hiatus, the group returned in the early 21st century with its first new studio album in over a decade, 2005's b"Third World Genocide"/b.
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SLASH Blames Media For Causing 'Unnecessary Conflict' Between Original GUNS N' ROSES Members

August 21, 2014 - 17:29
Ex-bGUNS N' ROSES/b guitarist bSlash/b blames the media for causing "unnecessary conflict" between him and his former bandmates, particularly singer bAxl Rose/b, who famously called bSlash/b a "cancer" during a 2009 interview. bSlash/b, who continues to get asked about his former band despite the fact that he hasn't spoken to bRose/b since his 1996 departure, tells the a href="http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/artsvibe/the-road-from-perdition--slash-talks-to-the-irish-examiner-280658.html" target="_blank"Irish Examiner/a: "I'm not bored with the fascination with [bGUNS N' ROSES/b music]. What I'm bored with is all the brouhaha with stuff the media have no idea what they are talking about.. the causing of unnecessary conflict between the original members. It's just a lot of drama and sensationalism — everyone is trying to capitalize on that. I'm sick of it." bSlash/b and bAxl/b's former bGUNS N' ROSES/b bandate bDuff McKagan/b seemed to echo those sentiments in an interview from several years ago when he told the bIrish Examiner/b: "You don't talk to the media... the media starts running a little crazy with things. There was a bRolling Stone/b story about [bAxl/b] a few years ago that painted him as a bHoward Hughes/b sort of figure. And everybody used that as the template to write about bAxl/b. None of it is true. "You know, he's just a guy caught up in events. He was the singer of that band. And that band got bigger than anybody could have imagined. And being the singer, you are the focal point, rightly or wrongly. You are. There is nothing that can prepare you for that…. If you call it 'reclusive' — that's one person's angle on what it was. Or if you want to say, he saved himself, that's another story." The sole remaining original member of bGUNS N' ROSES/b, bRose/b seemed to rule out any possibility of working with bSlash/b again in a 2009 interview with bBillboard/b. "What's clear is that one of the two of us will die before a reunion and however sad, ugly or unfortunate anyone views it, it is how it is," he said. bSlash/b told bThe Pulse Of Radio/b a while back how his relationship with bRose/b disintegrated during the final years of the original bGUNS/b lineup. "His sort of m.o., as far as the band was concerned, over time got so exaggerated in the rock star sense or whatever and he became such a dictator and this and that and the other, that it was impossible for me to work with him, because I'm not the kind of person that takes orders, you know," he said.
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OBITUARY: 'Inked In Blood' Album Trailer Featuring New Song Samples

August 21, 2014 - 16:28
Florida death metal veterans bOBITUARY/b will release their ninth studio album, b"Inked In Blood"/b, on October 28 via the band's new partnership with bRelapse Records/b. 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. b"Inked In Blood"/b track listing: 01. bCenturies Of Lies/b 02. bViolent By Nature/b 03. bPain Inside/b 04. bVisions In My Head/b 05. bBack On Top/b 06. bViolence/b 07. bInked In Blood/b 08. bDeny You/b 09. bWithin A Dying Breed/b 10. bMinds Of The World/b 11. bOut Of Blood/b 12. bParalyzed With Fear/b A trailer for b"Inked In Blood"/b — featuring samples of three songs from the CD — is available 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/99IIKQUtA8s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/obituaryinkedcdbigger.jpg" alt="obituaryinkedcdbigger" width="638" height="638" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-483310" /
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