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OZZY OSBOURNE Says His New Solo Material Is 'More Melodic, More Structured' Than BLACK SABBATH

11 hours 28 min ago
bOzzy Osbourne/b tells a href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6304285/ozzy-osbourne-black-sabbath-solo-material" target="_blank"Billboard.com/a that he is "in the process of collecting stuff that I'm writing" for his next solo project and has "about three songs" in various stages of completion. The tracks, which were written primarily with guitarist bBilly Morrison/b (bBILLY IDOL/b, bTHE CULT/b, bCAMP FREDDY/b), are described by bOzzy/b as different than anything he ha done with bBLACK SABBATH/b. "bBLACK SABBATH/b is slow and demonic; bTony Iommi/b is untouchable for that kind of stuff," bOsbourne/b said. "My stuff is more melodic, more structured of a song. It's more kind of rock than doom-y music. It's happier, kind of." bOzzy/b's last solo studio effort was 2010's b"Scream"/b. The singer recorded much of the CD in a studio at his home in Los Angeles with producer bKevin Churko/b, doing most of the writing and recording on computers. He told bThe Pulse Of Radio/b he liked working that way but wanted to do something different next time out. "At the end of the day, the end result was pretty cool, but I don't know whether I want to continue to do it that way," he said. "I like to — like the earlier albums, I'd go rehearse and jam out with the band, get some, like, vibe going, you know. I want to incorporate that and this new technology thing, next album." bBLACK SABBATH/b will release one final studio album and tour behind it in 2015, with bOzzy/b telling bBillboard.com/b, "[This will be] our last hurrah...Then it's no more bSABBATH/b at all. We're disbanding the name and everything. They don't want to tour anymore. I get it. But I love it. I'm gonna continue my solo thing." bOzzy Osbourne/b's b"Memoirs Of A Madman"/b CD sold 4,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 90 on The Billboard 200 chart. The collection serves as a career-spanning audio release, featuring 17 of bOzzy/b's greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career. Released on October 7 via bEpic Records/b/bLegacy Recordings/b, it is available in a single CD, two-LP set and two-LP picture disc set configurations.
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BLOODBATH Featuring NICK HOLMES: 'Grand Morbid Funeral' Title Track Available For Streaming

October 31, 2014 - 19:03
Swedish death metal supergroup bBLOODBATH/b, which features in its ranks bKATATONIA/b's bJonas Renkse/b and bAnders Nyström/b, as well as bOPETH/b's bMartin Axenrot/b, has recruited bPARADISE LOST/b's bNick Holmes/b as its new lead singer. bHolmes/b will make his bBLOODBATH/b debut on the band's new album, b"Grand Morbid Funeral"/b, which will be released on November 17 via bPeaceville/b. The effort features guest appearances by bChris Reifert/b and bEric Cutler/b from bAUTOPSY/b. b"Grand Morbid Funeral"/b track listing: 01. bLet The Stillborn Come To Me/b 02. bTotal Death Exhumed/b 03. bAnne/b 04. bChurch Of Vastitas/b 05. bFamine Of God's Word/b 06. bMental Abortion/b 07. bBeyond Cremation/b 08. bHis Infernal Necropsy/b 09. bUnite In Pain/b 10. bMy Torturer/b 11. bGrand Morbid Funeral/b The b"Grand Morbid Funeral"/b title track can be seen below. "Ever since I got into b'Lost Paradise'/b back in 1990," bRenkse/b tells bMetal Hammer/b magazine, "bNick Holmes/b has been one of my favorite growling vocalists out there. He was always audible and articulate but still deep and definitely morbid. It is a great pleasure to work with him some 25 years later after I was introduced to his thunderous roar!" Adds bNyström/b: "Little did I expect to be working with the voice behind the death metal classic b'Lost Paradise'/b, or the genre-defining b'Gothic'/b and yet here we are decades later, fullfiling another death metal dream. With his sinister and ominous vocal delivery, it's an absolute pleasure to make Old bNick/b the bell-ringer in bBLOODBATH/b's b'Grand Morbid Funeral'/b!" Regarding the musical direction of b"Grand Morbid Funeral"/b, bNyström/b says: "We're proud of all these different styled releases and we loved doing each and every one of them, but the objective was never to settle with a certain style, so our time has come to shift once more. "It was already decided right after the last album that the next record would not become a b'Fathomless Part 2'/b, but in certain aspects it would actually to become its antithesis! So prepare yourselves for an ultimate blueprint of destructive, raw, heavy, organic and sludgy death metal! The time has come to stomp those HM-2 pedals once more and close the circle of the death metal archives with our b'Grand Morbid Funeral'/b!" Recorded once again at bGhost Ward Studios/b and the bCity Of Glass Studios/b in Stockholm, and mixed by bDavid Castillo/b, b"Grand Morbid Funeral"/b is undoubtedly the band's darkest and dirtiest opus yet; an organic collection of filth-ridden tracks straight from the grave, boldly eschewing the approach of somewhat over-produced modern death metal in favor of something altogether more rotten to the bone. Formed in 1998 with a mutual fascination for horror and the glory days of death metal (especially the old Florida and Stockholm "bSunlight/b" scenes), the band has remained a leading light of extreme metal since its b"Breeding Death"/b EP was unleashed back in 2000, and a formidable force for 15 years, further cemented by the devastating — and most successful album to date — b"The Fathomless Mastery"/b in 2008. bBLOODBATH/b is set to appear on a string of festivals throughout 2015, including bInferno/b festival (Norway), bNeurotic Deathfest/b (The Netherlands) and bMaryland Deathfest/b (U.S.), with more to be announced. div align=center iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/174262186%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-sELJbamp;auto_play=falseamp;hide_related=falseamp;show_comments=trueamp;sh ow_user=trueamp;show_reposts=falseamp;visual=true" width="100%"/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XtIA0IF9hK0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="100%" height="300" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/168873993%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-NcU88amp;auto_play=falseamp;hide_related=falseamp;visual=true"/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/bloodbathgrandmorbidcd.jpg" alt="bloodbathgrandmorbidcd" width="638" height="638" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-485009" /
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SWEET LYNCH Featuring MICHAEL SWEET, GEORGE LYNCH: 'Only To Rise' Cover Artwork, 'Divine' Audio Stream

October 31, 2014 - 18:57
bSWEET LYNCH/b — the new band featuring guitarist/vocalist bMichael Sweet/b of Christian hard rockers bSTRYPER/b, legendary guitarist bGeorge Lynch/b (bTN/b, bDOKKEN/b, bLYNCH MOB/b), bassist bJames Lomenzo/b (bMEGADETH/b, bWHITE LION/b, bBLACK LABEL SOCIETY/b) and drummer bBrian Tichy/b (bS.U.N./b, bWHITESNAKE/b) — will release its debut album, b"Only To Rise"/b, on January 27, 2015 via bFrontiers Music srl/b. A song from the CD called b"Divine"/b can be streamed at a href="http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/sweetlynch" target="_blank"PledgeMusic.com/a. The cover artwork for b"Only To Rise"/b is available below. bSweet/b told a href="http://guitarinternational.com/2014/06/23/michael-sweet/" target="_blank"Guitar International/a about bSWEET LYNCH/b: "It was the brainchild of bSerafino Perugino/b at bFrontiers Records/b. He asked me to basically sing on this record and then I suggested producing it. I co-wrote the songs with bGeorge/b. I called bBrian Tichy/b and bJames Lomenzo/b to put the band together. It's an incredible combination of classic '70s and '80s. You will hear some flavors of bJOURNEY/b, bBAD COMPANY/b, bDOKKEN/b, bVAN HALEN/b and bSTRYPER/b." He added: "I love this CD. I'm super excited for people to hear this CD. I'm so proud of it. bJames/b and bBrian/b are amazing musicians. They tore it up. The drums and bass are just as impressive as the guitars. Everybody really delivered… The musicianship level on this is top notch. It sounds as if we were all in the stuff playing together and we were not. Basically, bGeorge/b wrote some riffs about a minute to a minute and a half long. I wrote lyrics and melodies then arranged them. I cut and pasted them together in the studio. Then bBrian/b and bJames/b came out and tracked the drums and bass, as well as some rhythm stuff. We then sent it to bGeorge/b to add the guitars." Asked if there will be any live dates in support of the album, bSweet/b said: "We are one million percent sure there will be a tour." bSWEET LYNCH/b recently finished filming two videos and an EPK (Electronic Press Kit). img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/sweetlynchonlytorisecd.jpg" alt="sweetlynchonlytorisecd" width="638" height="568" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-487863" / b"September"/b lyric video: div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/i5G5uzrYWXw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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STEEL PANTHER Comments On GENE SIMMONS' 'Rock Is Dead' Remark

October 31, 2014 - 18:43
Drummer bStix Zadinia/b and bassist bLexxi Foxx/b of Los Angeles glam-metal jokesters bSTEEL PANTHER/b are the latest musicians to respond to bKISS/b bassist/vocalist bGene Simmons/b' recent comment that "rock is dead." bSimmons/b a href="http://www.esquire.com/blogs/culture/gene-simmons-future-of-rock" target="_blank"told Esquire magazine/a last month — in an interview conducted by his son bNick/b — that "rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed and now it won't because it's that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it." bSimmons/b went on to elaborate that as a result of file-sharing and other issues, record label support for rock music was not available like it was when bKISS/b was coming up, concluding, "It's finally dead. Rock is finally dead." Asked to weigh in on bGene/b's comments, bLexxi/b told bJo Schüftan/b of bHorns Up Rocks!/b (see video below): "How can you say that? I mean, I know — out of his mouth. But… That bums me out, because look at what we've done. And I think that it's really cool that we're bringing heavy metal… when I say 'back,' I mean, there was a period of time when it went away, right? And it's, like, everybody wants to still rock, 'cause we're, like, doing really, really, really bigger shows, bringing heavy metal back. So I think it's proof that people want metal." Added bStix/b: "I agree with you, bLexxi/b. It's testament to what's going on. We're right here at Barclays Center [in Brooklyn, New York]. We're with bJUDAS PRIEST/b. We're playing a kick-ass rock and roll show. It ain't dead. You just need to know where to look for it. And all you've gotta do is look right down into Brooklyn, and you can see that tonight rock and roll is very much alive." bSTEEL PANTHER/b is currrently supporting bJUDAS PRIEST/b on a North American tour. The trek kicked off on October 1 in Rochester, New York and will run through mid-November, wrapping up in Tacoma, Washington. The tour will make stops in major markets, including Brooklyn, Detroit, Baltimore and Los Angeles. bSTEEL PANTHER/b's third album, b"All You Can Eat"/b, sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 24 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 1 via bOpen E/b/bKLS/b. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0NyNzM0X0GI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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ACCEPT: Behind-The-Scenes Footage From 'Stampede' Video Shoot

October 31, 2014 - 17:35
Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of b"Stampede"/b, the new video from German/American metallers bACCEPT/b, can be seen below. The clip was filmed on location in the high desert of California at the Devil's Punchbowl (a rock formation that looks like it's from another world) with director bGreg Aronowitz/b (b"Batman Robin"/b, b"A.I. Artificial Intelligence"/b, b"The Lost World: Jurassic Park"/b). b"Stampede"/b is taken from bACCEPT/b's new album, b"Blind Rage"/b, which sold around 6,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The band's previous CD, 2012's b"Stalingrad"/b, opened with around 5,400 units to debut at position No. 81 on The Billboard 200 chart. The group's 2010 album, b"Blood Of The Nations"/b, registered a first-week tally of 2,900 copies to land at No. 187. b"Blind Rage"/b was released on August 15 via bNuclear Blast/b. Like its two predecessors, 2010's b"Blood Of The Nations"/b and 2012's b"Stalingrad"/b, the new effort was helmed by British producer bAndy Sneap/b, who has previously worked with bMEGADETH/b, bEXODUS/b, bTESTAMENT/b, bARCH ENEMY/b and bKILLSWITCH ENGAGE/b. The cover artwork was created by bDaniel Goldsworthy/b. Asked how it felt to see b"Blind Rage"/b, enter the German chart at No. 1, guitarist bWolf Hoffmann/b told bmyRockworld/b: "It feels great. Who could have believed that after 35 yeas or longer in this business, finally we get a Number One. It took us mostly by surprise, to be honest, but we're very happy about it. [It was Number One] in Germany and Finland and I think it made some really good chart positions in other countries all around Europe. But what's even more important to me than the chart position is how well it was received by the fans and all the critics. That, to me, means everything, really. A chart position is a chart position; it comes and goes and it's nice. But what's the staying power of an album and what do the fans really say at the end of the day? That's what's important. And so far the reactions have been overwhelming, amazing." div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/S_npl2fUU7g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jkR5PPbA1f8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR On JOEY JORDISON: 'We Just Weren't Able To Work Anymore'

October 31, 2014 - 16:48
bSLIPKNOT/b singer bCorey Taylor/b says that bJoey Jordison/b was fired from the group in December 2013 because bSLIPKNOT/b's founding drummer and the other members of the band "just weren't able to work anymore." During an appearance on bHATEBREED/b frontman bJamey Jasta/b's official podcast, b"The Jasta Show"/b, bTaylor/b declined to go into specifics about the reasons for bJordison/b's dismissal, explaining: "There's legalities [that are involved which prevent me from talking about it], but at the same time — and people need to realize this — there's respect. I'm not gonna talk about bJoey/b's life, because it's not my place, and people need to realize that. If bJoey/b wants to talk about the situation, he can. I can only talk about how it pertains to this band, and the only way I've been able to sum it up — and this is the broadest term — is that sometimes you're on the same road, and you'll reach a T section, and sometimes you turn together, and sometimes you split. And this time we split. It was just that simple. We just weren't able to work anymore. And that's it." After bJasta/b commended bSLIPKNOT/b for being "all class" in interviews about the split with bJordison/b, bTaylor/b continued: "I'm not gonna sit here and dog somebody that I spent 15 years building something amazing with — I'm not gonna do that. And the fans need to understand that. And I think for the most part most of them do, but there's always gonna be those people who just want a little more so they can talk shit. And that's the only reason why they want the full story — so they can talk shit." Asked if bSLIPKNOT/b missed bJordison/b's "tones and his style and his presence" during the making of the band's latest album, b".5: The Gray Chapter"/b, bTaylor/b said: "You know… That's a great question, by the way. And I'd never really thought about it until you just brought it up. Because, at the time, you're just kind of trying to get through it. You've got this idea of what the album icould/i sound like. Everybody's really positive, so you're not ignoring it, but you're just kind of charging through. There are definitely times where you miss his ability to, kind of, see. But me and [percussionist] bClown/b and [guitarist] bJim/b [bRoot/b]… It was kind of like the times where you miss [late bSLIPKNOT/b bassist] bPaul/b [bGray/b] and what he brought to it, and everybody, kind of, had to fill in those blanks." He continued: "Me and bJim/b are the first ones to say that we learned so much from working with bPaul/b that we've been able to take his, I don't wanna call it 'method,' but the way he used to do things, and we've applied it to what we did. And it was kind of like that with [bJoey/b]. bJoey/b, for the most part, was definitely a general in the studio, because he had such a great mind for it and knowing how to get the right kind of sonics and how to do certain thngs, and what the other potential for, like, ear candy or intros and stuff like that. So you kind of have to fill that blank in as well." Asked if bSLIPKNOT/b was "cracking the whip" on the new drummer — believed to be bJay Weinberg/b, son of longtime bBruce Springsteen/b drummer bMax Weinberg/b — in the studio while the band was recording b".5: The Gray Chapter"/b, bTaylor/b said: "We were kicking his ass. Oh yeah. But he was loving it, man. Ah, dude, he was so into it. 'Cause he's a fan, you know?! There was a part of him that was kind of pinching himself that this was happening, but then the other part of it was just like, 'Let's fucking do it.' So it was really, really cool." bTaylor/b recently told bMetal Hammer/b magazine that he would not answer whether drug use played a role in bJordison/b's dismissal, and confessed that he had not been in touch with his former bandmate. bTaylor/b said, "I haven't talked to bJoey/b in a while, to be honest. That's how different we are. It's not because I don't love him and I don't miss him. And it is painful; we talk about him all the time, but at the same time, do we miss him or do we miss the old him? That's what it really comes down to." The identities of bSLIPKNOT/b's new bassist and drummer have not yet been revealed, but both appeared — disguised in the same newly designed mask — in the video for b"The Devil In I"/b, the first single from the new album. Nonetheless, it is widely believed that the new bassist is bAlessandro "Vman" Venturella/b, who sports the exact same tattoo on his hand that was spotted on the hand of the new bassist in the video.
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SLAYER: New Song 'When The Stillness Comes' To Be Made Available Via SCION AV

October 31, 2014 - 16:15
A new bSLAYER/b song called b"When The Stillness Comes"/b will be made available exclusively through bScion Audio/Visual/b (a.k.a. bScion AV/b), the in-house record label and lifestyle marketing division of the bScion/b marque produced by bToyota Motor Corporation/b for the North American market. Snippets of the track can be heard in the six-minute behind-the-scenes clip below. bSLAYER/b is currently recording its new album at bHenson Recording Studios/b in Hollywood, California for an early 2015 release. The CD is being produced by bTerry Date/b, who previously worked with the band on the song b"Implode"/b, which was made available as a free download as a "thank you" to the band's fans for their continued support following bSLAYER/b's surprise performance at this past April's bRevolver Golden Gods/b awards in Los Angeles. Joining guitarist bKerry King/b and bassist/vocalist bTom Araya/b during the sessions for bSLAYER/b's new album are returning drummer bPaul Bostaph/b, who replaced bDave Lombardo/b last year, and guitarist bGary Holt/b (also of bEXODUS/b), who stepped in for bJeff Hanneman/b after bJeff/b became ill four and a half years ago. Original bSLAYER/b drummer bDave Lombardo/b was effectively fired from bSLAYER/b after sitting out the band's Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was bJon Dette/b (bTESTAMENT/b, bANTHRAX/b). div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JoShkvJsPHw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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BLACK VEIL BRIDES' ANDY BIERSACK Defends His Band Against Attacks From Other Musicians

October 31, 2014 - 15:30
bBLACK VEIL BRIDES/b frontman bAndy Biersack/b says that he has not time for other musicians who have publicly disparaged his band, explaining that "it's irresponsible" to create "unnecessary division" between fans at a time when rock acts are struggling to stay relevant in a saturated pop landscape. Back in May 2013, bFIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH/b frontman bIvan Moody/b a href="http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/five-finger-death-punch-singer-picks-fight-with-black-veil-brides/" target="_blank"called out/a bBLACK VEIL BRIDES/b in a couple of posts at his bFacebook/b page, commenting on a bYouTube/b video of bBLACK VEIL BRIDES/b by remarking, "I'll say it...YUCK!...Time for people to be 'REAL.' This sux." Asked if he ever feels like he's right back in high school, or right back being a 16-year-old kid trying to defend himself from bullies when he sees people like bMoody/b attacking him, bBiersack/b told b"The Louvau Show"/b (hear audio below): "No, I feel like they're in high school. I graduated. My thing is very simply… I left high school. I literally did inot/i graduate. I left high school very early. I was 17. So I guess it wasn't that early, but I did not get a high school education. All I ever wanted to do was be in a band. I moved to Los Angeles, I lived in my car. I was homeless for close to a year. And then after that, I lived on people's empty's couches or with girls or wherever I could [go]. "I don't really have any interest in allowing other people's, kind of, idiotic, unnecessary, either bigotry or hatred or whatever derision they have for me, I don't allow for it to really bother me, because I don't need it. "To me, when I look at somebody saying something negative about the band, I just think it's a shame, because… especially for someone who's in another band who's in a position of power, I think it's irresponsible. Even if you don't like what I do, and you don't like my band, you might have a fan that likes both of us, and why would you wanna alienate them? There are many bands that I don't like, or I don't appreciate people in those bands as people or whatever else, but I don't go on and on about it. And I'll never be the guy who calls out people in bands or whatever else, because I feel like, if rock is still antiquated and marginalized anymore, it's almost like we're all trying to sell a rotary telephone or black-and-white television to people — you know what I mean? — in terms of the public conscious. Why in the world would we wanna ruin the thing that is so wonderful to so few people who have such interest in it? Why would we wanna ruin that by creating unnecessary division within the context of being a fan? I don't want some kids that love my band and another band to think they can't like both those bands." "And the good thing is that most of the stuff has fallen by the wayside as the years go on. We've been around long enough now that a lot of that kind of controversy or polarization or whatever, it [tends to go] away. More often than not now, when we go do a festival, or we're out with other bands, people are more often than not excited to see us or say something positive to us. And we've had a great experience. I think that sometimes little people with big mouths get a little bit blown out of proportion. The reality is that I'm not up against it every day. I don't walk out of my hotel room and a bunch of people are coming after me to yell at me about how much they hate me. I have a very positive life. I'm in a successful rock band, and people come see my shows every night, and I've been able to meet almost all of my heroes, and all of them have said really positive things about me. When people like bAlice Cooper/b and bNikki Sixx/b and bSebastian Bach/b and bDee Snider/b and all these people come out so vocally behind my band and said such wonderful things, I don't really have time for [negative comments from] bands that I don't care about." bBLACK VEIL BRIDES/b' self-titled fourth studio effort (also known as b"IV"/b), arrived on October 28. The follow-up to last year's b"Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones"/b was helmed by producer bBob Rock/b, whose resume includes albums by bMETALLICA/b, bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b, bTHE CULT/b and many others. The 11-track album features some of bBLACK VEIL BRIDES/b' most aggressive and diverse songs to date. bBLACK VEIL BRIDES/b launched a massive U.S. headlining tour on October 21 in Niagara Falls, New York, with dates booked all the way through December 16 in Tucson, Arizona. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/alRGm5seldk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RZxhWqxwsBQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/blackveilbridesivalbumcover.jpg" alt="blackveilbridesivalbumcover" width="638" height="638" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-484073" /
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DIZZY REED Says New GUNS N' ROSES Music Is 'In The Process Of Being Finished'

October 31, 2014 - 14:37
bGUNS N' ROSES/b keyboardist bDizzy Reed/b says that the band is in the process of putting the finishing touches on new music that will "hopefully" be released "really soon." The last bGUNS N' ROSES/b album, b"Chinese Democracy"/b, came out in 2008 and ended a 17-year gap between collections of all-new material. Singer bAxl Rose/b, bReed/b and other members of the current lineup have hinted at material recorded during the b"Chinese Democracy"/b sessions that has yet to surface. Speaking to bVH1 Radio Network/b's bDave Basner/b earlier this week, bReed/b said: "There's a lot of material that's already done and I think it's in the process of being finished and eventually we'll pick out which songs need to come out with which other songs. So that's in the works. Hopefully it will be out really soon." bGUNS N' ROSES/b guitarist bDJ Ashba/b said in a recent talk with bLegendary Rock Interviews/b that the band has both recording and touring plans in 2015. He revealed, "We are planning on doing quite a bit of touring this coming year. The focus is getting in a studio and putting together what we all feel is the best bGUNS N' ROSES/b record. Lack of material is not an issue. We have tons of stuff." bAshba/b added. "bAxl/b has two full albums that he has recorded. He has played me a bunch of songs off of that that are incredible! I can't wait to get in and kind of dive into those as well. I've written tons of songs and demoed up a bunch of stuff. I think it is just a matter of getting in and sifting through the piles of material." bReed/b told bThe Pulse Of Radio/b that there is both older and newer material lurking around. "We've all been at it," he said. "We've all been, you know, handing files back and forth to one another in various combinations of different people, but also there is quite a bit of material that still needs to be finished and needs to be released. And so one or both of those things is gonna happen." bRose/b is the only original member of bGUNS N' ROSES/b still in the current lineup, which has toured intermittently since 2006 and played its second Las Vegas residency earlier this year.
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MERCYFUL FATE's HANK SHERMANN And MICHAEL DENNER Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of 'Don't Break The Oath': Part Two

October 31, 2014 - 14:24
Part two of a new video of bMERCYFUL FATE/b guitarists bHank Shermann/b and bMichael Denner/b playing the band's classic b"Don't Break The Oath"/b album to celebrate the LP's 30th anniversary can be seen below. Says bShermann/b: "With the overwhelming feedback from the b'Melissa'/b 30-year anniversary video [which was released last year], it was obvious that [we] were going to do the same event with b'Don't Break The Oath'/b. "We think the fans like to see how it's really played by the original guitar players, so we tuned and tweaked the guitars and amps as we did back in 1984. This is as close as you'll get it." Highlights of all songs were performed live with two guitars and two amps. bDenner/b and bShermann/b recently joined forces in a new project called bDENNER/SHERMANN/b. Said bShermann/b: "Besides working with our own respective bands, bSHERMANN TANK/b and bDENNERS TRICKBAG/b, we now have the opportunity to extend the collaboration we started with bMERCYFUL FATE/b in the early '80s." Added bMichael/b: "Yeah, we're super excited to play together again and get the twin guitars into action once more." bMERCYFUL FATE/b's last studio album, b"9"/b, was released in 1999. bMERCYFUL FATE/b will be remembered for its unquestionable mark on the history of metal with its innovative sound, complex arrangements, memorable melody, and its influence on bands that later took the genre to new heights. In 1998, bMETALLICA/b paid tribute to bMERCYFUL FATE/b by recording a medley of classic bMERCYFUL FATE/b songs on the album b"Garage Inc."/b Entitled b"Mercyful Fate"/b, the medley included parts from b"Satan's Fall"/b, b"Curse of the Pharaohs"/b, b"A Corpse Without Soul"/b, b"Into the Coven"/b and b"Evil"/b. bLars Ulrich/b of bMETALLICA/b (a fellow Dane) played drums on a new version of bMERCYFUL FATE/b's b"Return of the Vampire"/b on the b"In the Shadows"/b album, which came out in 1993. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pFF-yBbl8Tc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9QA4kbcX3Go" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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LORDI: 'Scare Force One' Video Released

October 31, 2014 - 12:53
The official video for b"Scare Force One"/b, the title track of the seventh studio album from Finnish heavy metal monsters bLORDI/b, can be seen below. The CD will be released on November 3 via bAFM/b. b"Scare Force One"/b track listing: 01. bSCG7: Arm Your Doors And Cross Check/b 02. bScare Force One/b 03. bHow To Slice A Whore/b 04. bHell Sent In The Clowns/b 05. bHouse Of Ghosts/b 06. bMonster Is My Name/b 07. bCadaver Lover/b 08. bAmen's Lament To Ra II/b 09. bNailed By The Hammer Of Frankenstein/b 10. bThe United Rocking Dead/b 11. bShe's A Demon/b 12. bHella's Kitchen/b 13. bSir, Mr. Presideath, Sir/b The first single from the CD, b"Nailed By The Hammer Of Frankenstein"/b, can be streamed below. To celebrate the release of the new album, bLORDI/b will play one of its infrequent domestic shows — the record-release party is set for November 1 at The Circus in Helsinki. According to bLORDI/b mainman bMr. Lordi/b, the material on b"Scare Force One"/b is more experimental than before. It's not a theme or concept record, per se, but there is a red thread that runs through all the songs. Says the singer: "The overall sound of the band is more modern this time, and we've tried out some new tricks here and there. The basic bLORDI/b building blocks are still present however, so there's no shortage of melodic hooks in the songs. The first single, b'Nailed By The Hammer Of Frankenstein'/b, is pretty representative of where the band is right now." In addition to its sound, the band has also tweaked its outward appearance. The new costumes, designed and built by bMr. Lordi/b as always, will be debuted at the record release show. "I wanted to make the band's colour scheme more unified than it has been and I think it worked out quite nicely," bMr. Lordi/b says. "bHella/b and bMana/b have probably changed the most, and with the trip to a hair salon for a new dye job, they're looking great." bLORDI/b's last two albums were made in Nashville under the watchful eye of legendary producer bMichael Wagener/b (bSKID ROW/b, bWARRANT/b). But this time the band wanted to do it differently and recorded the album with veteran Finnish producer bMikko Karmila/b. "We really wanted to make this record in Finland, with a Finnish producer," bMr. Lordi/b. "We finally managed to get bMikko Karmila/b to work with us, which is great. He has come up as a potential producer for the band on several previous occasions but now, we've really nailed it. We've definitely had no reason to regret this decision so far and are extremely happy with the album." bLORDI/b's last CD, b"To Beast Or Not To Beast"/b, was released on March 1, 2013 in Europe (excluding Finland) via bAFM Records/b. The CD was made available in North America on March 19, 2013 through bThe End Records/b. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/uwj8HJpH5Uc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5DHfvjddg9o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/lordiscareforcecd.jpg" alt="lordiscareforcecd" width="500" height="500" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-484445" /
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WENDY DIO Reveals More Details About Upcoming RONNIE JAMES DIO Public Memorial

October 31, 2014 - 12:40
A public memorial for legendary heavy metal singer bRonnie James Dio/b (bDIO/b, bHEAVEN HELL/b, bBLACK SABBATH/b, bRAINBOW/b) will be held on the fifth anniversary of his death at his gravesite at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills cemetery in Los Angeles. His wife and manager bWendy Dio/b tells the b"Maximum Threshold"/b radio show: "Next year, the 16th of May will be five years [since] bRonnie/b's passing, so we are inviting all the fans to come from all over the world. We're gonna do a big public memorial up at Forest lawn in the Hollywood Hills. And we'll have bands playing. It will be a celebration of bRonnie/b's life. And the night before, we're gonna do celebrity bowling. And we're gonna do a 'ride for bRonnie/b' with motorcycles on the Sunday, which is on the 17th, and ending up with a barbecue in the park." bWendy/b also revealed that the fifth annual bRonnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund/b awards gala will probably be held in October 2015. She added: "We're raising money all the time for cancer. And we've raised over a million dollars, actually, since bRonnie/b passed, and we've given M.D. Anderson [Cancer Center in Houston, Texas] over $200,000, with bDr. Ajani/b — he was bRonnie/b's doctor, actually, and he's a cancer specialist for stomach cancer. And we've also given bT.J. Martell/b [bFoundation/b] over $400,000 and that goes to gastric cancer, stomach cancer, prostate and colon cancers, and it goes to the Vanderbilt research center in Nashville. So we've been really busy raising money and giving money away to people, which is what we wanna do. We're trying to also make sure that men get checked. Women are really good — they usually go to the doctors and get checked — men, you have to drag them there, so we're trying to make sure that they get checked. Early detection saves lives, and they should get checked." According to bWendy/b, "bRonnie/b was a very charitable person, and we used to do a lot of things when bRonnie/b was alive. And I just have done more since he passed, because I wanted to make something of his passing — something positive to come out of it — and that's how I feel. I feel that life has been good to me, and it's always good to give back and raise money for different causes, and my causes are animals, cancer and veterans." bDio/b was renowned throughout the world as one of the greatest and most influential vocalists in heavy metal history. The singer, who was recording and touring with bSABBATH/b offshoot bHEAVEN HELL/b prior to his illness, was diagnosed with stomach cancer in late 2009. He underwent chemotherapy and made what is now his final public appearance in April 2010 at the bRevolver Golden Gods Awards/b in Los Angeles. A free public memorial service was held on May 30, 2010 at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills cemetery in Los Angeles, attended by more than 1,500 fans, friends and fellow musicians. In March 2011, it was announced that the surviving members of the final lineup of bDIO/b would embark on a project with former bJUDAS PRIEST/b frontman bTim "Ripper" Owens/b under the name bDIO DISCIPLES/b. Rock and metal musicians around the world paid tribute to bDio/b in the weeks and months following his death. bSTONE SOUR/b and bSLIPKNOT/b frontman bCorey Taylor/b shared his feelings with bThe Pulse Of Radio/b about the fallen metal icon. "When I got that news that he had passed away, man, it seriously — it broke my heart. It broke it in two. Because honestly, I just feel like there will never be another bRonnie James Dio/b. He had such a pure voice — and still singing his ass off. I just know he'll be missed, and I will miss him as well." Ex-bVAN HALEN/b and current bCHICKENFOOT/b bassist bMichael Anthony/b also shared his memories of bDio/b with bThe Pulse Of Radio/b. "I don't know anybody that didn't grow up listening to his stuff," he said. "You know, bVAN HALEN/b, we used to do from the first bRAINBOW/b album, we did b'Man On The Silver Mountain'/b. I remember one time, the second bVAN HALEN/b tour we were doing some festivals in Europe, and we actually played on the same show as Ronnie's band. Real powerful voice, you know, and definitely a driving force in hard rock music, that guy was." bSlash/b told bThe Pulse Of Radio/b that he felt the loss of bDio/b very keenly. "He's just somebody I was influenced by," he said. " I played all the bRAINBOW/b stuff, I played the bDIO/b stuff, the bSABBATH/b stuff when I was in, you know, high school. I don't think that it's really set in what a, you know, huge figure in rock 'n' roll we lost, you know. Really major. Probably one of the most influential heavy metal singers of all time." div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5zlRtLsxSr4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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KING DIAMOND: Fan-Filmed Video Footage Of Seattle Concert

October 31, 2014 - 11:53
Fan-filmed video footage bKING DIAMOND/b's October 28 concert at Moore Theatre in Seattle, Washington can seen below. bKING DIAMOND/b played its first show with new bassist, Swedish musician bPontus Egberg/b (bTHE POODLES/b, bLION'S SHARE/b, bZAN CLAN/b), on July 25 at Gröna Lund in Stockholm, Sweden. bEgberg/b joined bKING DIAMOND/b following the recent departure of bHal Patino/b. bPatino/b a href="http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/hal-patino-to-king-diamond-your-real-problem-is-that-you-are-a-tired-bitter-old-man/" target="_blank"released a statement/a on July 20 calling bKING DIAMOND/b's frontman and namesake "a tired, bitter, old man" and denying that he has a drug problem, despite the singer's implications to the contrary. After bKing/b a href="http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/bassist-hal-patino-fired-from-king-diamond/" target="_blank"announced/a bHal/b's exit from bKING DIAMOND/b, bPatino/b a href="http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/ex-king-diamond-bassist-hal-patino-says-he-was-offered-ridiculous-salary-for-this-summers-shows/" target="_blank"posted a message/a of his own claiming that he was offered a "totally ridiculous" salary for the band's five shows this summer, calling the move "disrespectful" and insisting that he quit the band in disgust two days before bKing/b announced bPatino/b was "relieved of his duties" as the bassist for bKING DIAMOND/b. bKing/b then a href=" http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/king-diamond-responds-to-hal-patinos-extremely-insulting-and-pathetic-lies/" target="_blank"responded with a lengthy posting/a on his bFacebook/b page, accusing bPatino/b of "putting out extreme lies" about bKing/b's character and slamming bHal/b for asking for more money at the last minute after the rest of the band and the crew already accepted the same salary as they had received for last year's European tour. bKing/b, 58, whose real name is bKim Bendix Petersen/b, underwent open-heart triple-bypass surgery in November 2010. He has since completed his cardiac rehabilitation program and has stopped smoking entirely, changed his diet and is getting regular exercise. b"Dreams Of Horror"/b, a 2xCD collection of bKING DIAMOND/b songs, newly enhanced into ultimate editions by bKing Diamond/b and bAndy La Rocque/b themselves, will be released by bMetal Blade Records/b on November 11. b"Dreams Of Horror"/b is the only "best-of" album covering the band's entire career. bKing Diamond/b and bAndy La Rocque/b meticulously mastered and enhanced these 23 songs into the ultimate editions, chosen by the band from both the bRoadrunner/b and bMetal Blade/b catalogs. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/nFD3iu0zazI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/kingdiamondnorthamericantourposter2014.jpg" alt="kingdiamondnorthamericantourposter2014" width="550" height="733" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-484770" /
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RAMMSTEIN Guitarist's EMIGRATE: 'Eat You Alive' Video Released

October 31, 2014 - 11:36
b"Eat You Alive"/b, the new video from bEMIGRATE/b, the side project of bRAMMSTEIN/b guitarist bRichard Z. Kruspe/b, can be seen below. The clip was filmed in Berlin, Germany by director bZoran Bihac/b, the man behind bRAMMSTEIN/b's legendary b"Mein Teil"/b video. The b"Eat You Alive"/b single sees bKruspe/b emerging from the deep in truly striking style, flanked by some of the musicians who appear on the forthcoming b"Silent So Long"/b album, with bJoe Letz/b from bCOMBICHRIST/b taking over on drums (bLetz/b also appears in the clip for b"My World"/b, a track from the debut bEMIGRATE/b album, released in 2007; bAPOCALYPTICA/b's bMikko Siren/b handles drum parts on the new album). Alongside bKruspe/b and bLetz/b, the video also features bMargaux Bossieux/b on bass and bArnaud Giroux/b on guitar, with vocalist bFrank Delle/b — from chart-topping German collective bSEEED/b — reprising his role on the album with evangelical zeal; bBossieux/b was previously with New York punk band bDIRTY MARY/b, while Frenchman bArnaud/b plays bass on the new album, as well as lending his production skills — in fact, his work on both bEMIGRATE/b albums has been central to the cause. For bKruspe/b, tapping into such varied musical personnel is very much in keeping with the "open door" ethos of the project; as well as allowing the guitarist to keep his creative instincts finely honed, bEMIGRATE/b was conceived as a vehicle for other musicians to have their say and leave their mark, harking back to the early, ever-shifting punk scene in East Berlin where he originally cut his teeth. The result of re-kindling this spirit is a new 11-track album, b"Silent So Long"/b, that sees a number of special guests adding to the overall flavour (bLemmy/b, bMarilyn Manson/b, bPeaches/b, etc.), plus a new single/video, b"Eat You Alive"/b, that shows the kind of chemistry that might be conjured up were the musicians to decide to take to the road. In the meantime, b"Eat You Alive"/b is available as an "instant grat" when b"Silent So Long"/b is pre-ordered on biTunes/b. b"Silent So Long"/b will be released on November 24 via bSpinefarm Records/b. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/npwM8-j8_T0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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36 CRAZYFISTS Sign With SPINEFARM RECORDS

October 31, 2014 - 10:54
Alaskan metallers b36 CRAZYFISTS/b have emerged from a four-year recording hibernation to sign a worldwide deal with bSpinefarm Records/b. The band's new album, b"Time And Trauma"/b, will be released in February 2015. "We have found a new home at bSpinefarm Records/b. And although the label is new to us, some of the staff are old friends and we couldn't be more grateful to unleash the beast that is b'Time And Trauma'/b with their help," says frontman bBrock Lindow/b. "20 years in and it feels like bSpinefarm/b is a killer home to hang our hats. See you all on the road in 2015!" bSpinefarm/b senior director of marketing bTim Brennan/b echoed that sentiment, saying, "We are thrilled to have b36 CRAZYFISTS/b be part of the growing bSpinefarm/b family! They are a genuine band of brothers that has grinded for 20 years to create a truly committed fan base. b'Time And Trauma'/b is an incredible way to begin the next 20 years for the band.” A new b36 CRAZYFISTS/b song, b"Also Am I"/b, can be streamed using the bSoundCloud/b widget below. b36 CRAZYFISTS/b will close out 2014 with a slew of U.S. tour dates, including a December anniversary show in their native state. b36 CRAZYFISTS/b debuted the b"Time And Trauma"/b title track during the band's U.K. tour at the end of last year. b36 CRAZYFISTS/b in 2012 announced the addition of drummer bKyle Baltus/b to the group's ranks. In addition, the band was rejoined by bassist bMick Whitney/b following the departure of bBrett "Buzzard" Makowski/b. b36 CRAZYFISTS/b's last album, b"Collisions And Castaways"/b, sold around 3,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 161 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at No. 3 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. 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/174247883amp;auto_play=falseamp;hide_related=falseamp;show_comments=trueamp;show_user=trueamp;show_reposts=falseamp;visual=true"/iframe /div
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MACHINE HEAD: Second 'Bloodstone Diamonds' Album Trailer

October 31, 2014 - 08:36
The second trailer for b"Bloodstone Diamonds"/b, the new album from San Francisco Bay area metallers bMACHINE HEAD/b, is available below. Audio samples of the songs that are set to appear on the CD can be found at a href="http://www.machinehead1.com/bloodstoneanddiamonds" target="_blank"MachineHead1.com/a. b"Bloodstone Diamonds"/b will be released on November 10 via bNuclear Blast Entertainment/b. The CD was produced by bMACHINE HEAD/b frontman bRobb Flynn/b and bJuan Urteaga/b, and like the last seven of eight bMACHINE HEAD/b albums, was masterfully mixed by bColin Richardson/b. Additional tracking, editing, and mixing was done with bAndy Sneap/b (bMEGADETH/b, bEXODUS/b, bTESTAMENT/b, bARCH ENEMY/b) and bSteve Lagudi/b. Regarding the musical direction of b"Bloodstone Diamonds"/b, bFlynn/b told bMetal Hammer/b magazine: "There's definitely a lot of urgency on this record. It's a really heavy record arid there's a dark and evil vibe to a lot of it, but I feel like there's more of a rock vibe in there too. It's stripped down at times, and I like that. I think that sense of urgency has carried over from the demos we did, which were all done very quickly and spontaneously. We tried to keep that spontaneous vibe on the album." He continued: "At one point we started getting really anal on the tracks and spending tons of time on stuff, and we'd listen back and say, 'You know what? This doesn't have the vibe of the demos.' The demos were so fuckin' frantic, so we changed our mindset and now it's a little bit looser. Some of the guitar takes are basically live. Often, 40 or 50 percent of a song came from a spontaneous, live take and that's killer! It adds energy and makes the songs feel alive." Regarding the b"Bloodstone Diamonds"/b album title, bFlynn/b said: "Without getting too philosophical on ya, bloodstone and diamonds represent two of the hardest materials on earth. It is also a lyric from the opening track of the album, b'Now We Die'/b. "In many cultures, the bloodstone has been used as an amulet to protect against evil, and is the symbol of justice. Diamonds are the hardest natural material on earth (which is how we feel about our music), and it also represents the diamond logo I drew 22 years ago (in my wife's apartment on Dover St. in Oakland) that has become the symbol for the band." b"Bloodstone Diamonds"/b track listing: 01. bNow We Die/b 02. bKillers Kings/b 03. bGhosts Will Haunt My Bones/b 04. bNight Of Long Knives/b 05. bSail Into The Black/b 06. bEyes Of The Dead/b 07. bBeneath The Silt/b 08. bIn Comes The Flood/b 09. bDamage Inside/b 10. bGame Over/b 11. bImaginal Cells/b (instrumental) 12. bTake Me Through The Fire/b div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Ixp16pvVN6o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/hCL-2HmW8AQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ewbdItvn2iI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bstwRXenUKQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/machineheadbloodstonecd.jpg" alt="machineheadbloodstonecd" width="638" height="640" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-482638" / img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/machinheadebloodstonemediabook.jpg" alt="machinheadebloodstonemediabook" width="472" height="707" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-482706" /
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SEETHER Ages Gracefully In 'Same Damn Life' Video

October 31, 2014 - 08:28
Judging by the brand new video for bSEETHER/b's latest single, b"Same Damn Life"/b, "retirement" just got a whole lot more fun! Watch as bSEETHER/b redefines the phrase "aging gracefully" in the clip below. bSEETHER/b frontman bShaun Morgan/b came up with the b"Same Damn Life"/b video concept in close collaboration with director bNathan Cox/b (bQUEENS OF THE STONE AGE/b, bFOO FIGHTERS/b, bSYSTEM OF A DOWN/b, bMARILYN MANSON/b); the pair have wanted to work together for years. b"Same Damn Life"/b, the highly melodic second single from bSEETHER/b's latest studio album, b"Isolate And Medicate"/b, is fast on the rise at Active Rock radio, already busting into the Top 10 after a few short weeks. b"Isolate And Medicate"/b sold 37,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to debut at No. 4 on the bBillboard/b album chart. bMorgan/b told bThe Pulse Of Radio/b that the b"Isolate And Medicate"/b title describes almost exactly the conditions under which he wrote the group's new songs. "It sums up the process of writing the album," he said. "I felt pretty sequestered at the time and I was in an interesting place personally. So I took refuge in this little studio that I built basically by hand and I won't lie, there was plenty of red wine drank up there, there was, you know, the odd cigarette was smoked up there... It was definitely just that, it was me isolating myself and medicating myself in various different ways and making music." b"Isolate And Medicate"/b follows up 2011's b"Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray"/b. It marks the group's debut with bConcord Record Group/b after spending the first decade of their career on bWind-Up Records/b. The band teamed up again with ace producer bBrendan O'Brien/b (bPEARL JAM/b, bSTONE TEMPLE PILOTS/b) to deliver the most poignant, passionate and powerful record of their career. bSEETHER/b, bGODSMACK/b and others took part in the bRockstar Energy Uproar Festival/b this past summer. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Z3_lIPESVTw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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New WHITESNAKE Guitarist JOEL HOEKSTRA Says Next Album Will Contain 'Great, Straight-Ahead Rock And Roll'

October 31, 2014 - 08:13
Former bNIGHT RANGER/b guitarist bJoel Hoekstra/b, who recently joined bWHITESNAKE/b as the replacement for bDoug Aldrich/b, spoke to the a href="http://myglobalmind.com/2014/10/30/interview-joel-hoekstra-guitars-whitesnake-former-night-ranger/" target="_blank"Myglobalmind/a webzine about the status of the recording sessions for bWHITESNAKE/b's new studio album, tentatively due early next year. "There is a litte bit of work to do, recording-wise, in terms of overdubs," he said. "We are very close to sticking a fork into it and entering into mix mode. I am heading out to [singer] bDavid/b's [bCoverdale/b] here shortly and we are shifting into promo gear for a bit. Pictures and videos and things of that nature." Speaking about the direction of the new bWHITESNAKE/b material, bJoel/b said: "The only thing that I can tell you is that it is really cool. It's great, straight-ahead rock and roll. Blues-inspired rock that you have known and grown to love coming from bWHITESNAKE/b." He continued: "We are not going to hit anybody with a formula change and move to smooth jazz. "Working with bDavid/b so far has been great; he is just an unbelievably great guy. We get along great, and he is so funny. He puts me at ease and I feel like he just wants me to be myself as a player. "I am certainly interested in paying homage to all the players that have been through the camp and do my very best to represent historically what made bWHITESNAKE/b so great as well. "Honestly, a lot of that is still ahead of me. It was really jump immediately into doing this album, so a whole lot of that is just me doing what I do. "Before the tour next year, when it comes to covering other people's material, is when I will do a lot of shedding on people's styles, if you will." Asked why he chose to leave bNIGHT RANGER/b to join bWHITESNAKE/b, bJoel/b said: "It doesn't have as much to do with me wanting to leave bNIGHT RANGER/b as much as it was me wanting to take the bWHITESNAKE/b gig. "I was texting with bDoug Aldrich/b, who is a friend of mine, the night before the news was leaked. He didn't say anything specific to me, but he just said that there was news coming. The next day I woke up, I checked my bTwitter/b and people were suggesting me for a potential replacement for something. I went, 'For what?' I clicked on it and it was for bDoug/b in bWHITESNAKE/b. I thought, "Oh, man, that would be actually a really good fit and be kind of cool.' So just to see what the deal was, I sent off an e-mail to put feelers out and see if there was going to be auditions and anything like that. I did hear back — eventually. [iLaughs/i] Not at first. Then, I think, a couple of well-respected people had put my name forward to bDavid Coverdale/b. We ended up getting together in late May, just meeting and a little bit of auditioning, so to speak. A little bit of playing on some pre-production. That went fantastic and we got along great, which is always important. Really, at that point he just said, 'Why don't you come back and play on the album in August?' At that point, I just thought, 'Well, we have got this penciled in, more or less, and we will see how it goes.' I just kept things quiet and when I went back out in August, I really started to get enthused playing on the album. I got along great with bDavid/b and bReb/b [bBeach/b, guitar] working on that. bReb/b and I got some great guitar work done together." 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." 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.
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FOO FIGHTERS Unveil Third 'Sonic Highways' Track, 'Congregation'

October 31, 2014 - 07:50
It's Friday (October 31), which means it's time for your weekly bFOO FIGHTERS/b track. This time the song is b"Congregation"/b, which was recorded at Nashville's bSouthern Ground/b studio with assistance from bZac Brown/b of the bZAC BROWN BAND/b. According to bThe Pulse Of Radio/b, the making of the song and the musical history of the city in which it was recorded will form the basis of Friday night's third episode of b"Sonic Highways"/b, the eight-part bHBO/b series documenting the creation of the new bFOO FIGHTERS/b album. Each installment of the bDave Grohl/b-directed series follows the band to a different city to record one song for the disc. The first two episodes featured the recording of b"Something From Nothing"/b in Chicago and b"The Feast And The Famine"/b in Washington D.C. The b"Sonic Highways"/b album comes out November 10. Meanwhile, bGrohl/b might have been joking when he remarked in an interview with bStudio Brussel/b that he's already thinking about how he wants to make the next bFOO FIGHTERS/b album, saying, "Wait until you see what we're doing for the next record. That's some fucked up shit. I already know what we're doing for that, and it makes this look like fucking kindergarten." div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/AZHtZrfFuhU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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ATREYU To Release New Music Via SEARCH AND DESTROY

October 31, 2014 - 07:43
Reactivated Southern California metallers bATREYU/b will release their first material in five years through bRaw Power Management/b's record label imprint bSearch And Destroy/b. bSearch And Destroy/b, which has launched bands such as bMALLORY KNOX/b, bDON BROCO/b, bAXEWOUND/b, bCROSSFAITH/b and bWHILE SHE SLEEPS/b, among others, has joined forces with the recently reinvigorated bSpinefarm Records/b to sign both new and established talent moving forward. In a recent interview with Australia's bMusic Feeds/b, bATREYU/b drummer/vocalist bBrandon Saller/b stated about how the band decided to get back together and start working on new music again: "I think it was probably six to eight months ago, we kind of just started talking again. It started coming up a year and a half ago, and it just wasn't right. So we started more seriously talking about it and decided that we wanted to dip our toes back in and inch our way back into playing again. It really felt right for all of us and with the state of the music world right now, it felt like a good time to do that." He continued: "It was funny because a lot of people had speculation and were talking about a lot of stuff with [the celebration of the tenth anniversary of bATREYU/b's second album] b'The Curse'/b, and I think that a lot people just expected maybe some b'Curse'/b shows to come up when we first [announced] we were coming back. And that definitely came up, but it was the kind of thing where we just felt like making music again more than anything. So it started as kind of a… The idea for that turned into having more interest in making more music. We started writing again and jamming and went into the studio with bFred Archambault/b, [whom] I've done stuff with with my band bHELL OR HIGHWATER/b; he's just a great producer and engineer. So we went into the studio and recorded some music, just to see how it felt. So we went from there and announced a couple of shows here in the States. Everything's kind of fallen into place in a pretty special way, so it's a lot of fun right now." Speaking about the direction of the new bATREYU/b material, bSaller/b said: "It's hard to say. One of my favorite records that we've ever made is [2007's] b'Lead Sails Paper Anchor'/b. I love that record. I feel like where ATREYU is most like bATREYU/b should be is somewhere in the middle of b'The Curse'/b and [2006's] b'A Death-Grip On Yesterday'/b era. And I feel like the new stuff we're writing doesn't sound like that at all. It's a total reincarnation of my band and it's fucking as heavy as can be and as aggressive as can be, and it's definitely a punch in the face for heavy music in general. But we weren't really focusing on what era or what kind of record we should go back to and try to emulate, it was just, like, 'Let's give a hundred percent of everything that's inside of us that we need to get out.' I think it's blistering. We're stoked." Vocalist bAlex Varkatzas/b had this to say about bATREYU/b's recently released new song b"So Others May Live"/b: "b'So Others May Live'/b is inspired by one of my best friends, who is ex-military. The things our troops go through to protect us are pretty unreal. Their treatment after leaves a lot to be desired, as well." He continued, "The song honors them and condemns our government's constant deployment of these brave souls. The people who fight and die for us often come from a certain socio-economic background — the working class. The people making these decisions to send our nation's children to war come from positions of privilege and wealth; their kids aren't the ones getting deployed and they aren't risking their lives every day at work. Yet they order the working class to go 'keep us safe' at the drop of a hat, it feels like. It's bullshit. It's the politicians and the rich of this country waging war to keep the majority pre-occupied, so they can make money and advance their bullshit political agendas. The expense is 'expendable' working class/poor Americans' lives, never the rich." div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7rWC-UsfllY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/atreyusoothersmayliveartwork.jpg" alt="atreyusoothersmayliveartwork" width="638" height="638" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-484308" /
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