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LADY GAGA Joins QUEEN And ADAM LAMBERT On Stage In Sydney; Video Available

Pop superstar Lady Gaga joined QUEEN and Adam Lambert on stage Wednesday night (August 27) at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Lady Gaga appeared on stage wearing a black curly wig, a revealing bejewelled black jumpsuit and lethal-looking stilettos and sang a rendition of the QUEEN classic "Another One Bites The Dust". Check out fan-filmed video footage below.

Gaga didn't stick around long enough to sing QUEEN's 1984 hit "Radio Gaga", the song that inspired her stage name. However, she did watch from the crowd — and when Lambert sang "Radio Gaga", he had the auditorium lights switched on and sang the chorus to her.

Gaga co-wrote the track "Fever", which appeared on Lambert's debut album, "For Your Entertainment". In addition, QUEEN's Brian May played guitar on her single "Yoü and I", which sampled QUEEN's "We Will Rock You".


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ANAAL NATHRAKH To Release 'Desideratum' In October

Birmingham extreme metal miscreants ANAAL NATHRAKH will release their new full-length album on October 28 via Metal Blade. Titled "Desideratum", the follow-up to 2012's critically acclaimed "Vanitas" was again produced by guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney, with vocals recorded at Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham, while the music was tracked and mixed at The Black Flamingo in Orange County, California. The final product boasts ten emotionally traumatizing hymns of unrepentant, audio deviance embodying the crux of pure evil.

ANAAL NATHRAKH — Kenney alongside vocalist David Hunt a.k.a. V.I.T.R.I.O.L. — exists for one purpose: to be the soundtrack to the apocalypse; the audial essence of evil, hatred and violence, the true spirit of necro taken to its musical extremes. Since forming in 1999, the devious duo has gained a reputation for embodying precisely these things. With both screaming banshee and traditional vocals set against a backdrop of controlled chaos, what ANAAL NATHRAKH manifests is plainly frightening. Their winding history includes not only the release of seven albums and an EP to rapturous acclaim, but collaborations with such iconic figures as Attila Csihar (MAYHEM), Shane Embury and Danny Herrera (NAPALM DEATH), Nick Barker (TESTAMENT, DIMMU BORGIR), Joe Horvath (CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN), Sethlans Teitan (WATAIN) and more. Alongside appearances on BBC Radio 1 at the personal behest of sadly missed legend John Peel, headlining a stage at the renowned cult Inferno festival in Norway as their debut international live appearance, countless rankings among "best album of the year" polls and "album of the month" in the press and cover appearances on leading magazines such as Terrorizer, ANAAL NATHRAKH's status as one of the leading lights in extreme metal is undeniable. Uniquely hallmarked by breathtaking musical ferocity, inventiveness and breadth, married with mercurial, intensely misanthropic and sharp intelligence, ANAAL NATHRAKH's sound is imbued with a palpable sense of menace that is virtually unmatched in metal.

"Desideratum" track listing:

01. Acheronta Movebimu02. Monstrum In Animo03. The One Thing Needful04. A Firm Foundation Of Unyielding Despair05. Desideratum06. Idol07. Sub Specie Aeterni (Of Maggots, And Humanity)08. The Joystream09. Rage And Red10. Ita Mori

The first single, "Idol", can be streamed below.


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SOULBENDER, the project featuring QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton, will release its sophomore album, simply titled "Soulbender II", on September 30 via Rat Pak Records. The disc will contain four all-new songs ("Turn Anger Up", "Shoal", "Slave To Reality" and "Seraphim") as well as the ten original tracks (remastered) from the first album ("Fix Me", "Clockwork And Compass", "Rabbit Hole", "The American Dream", "Samsara", "Prime Time", "Shoot Poem", "This Ocean", "Hunger" and "Three Towers")

"Turn Anger Up" can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

In addition to Wilton, SOULBENDER's current lineup features ex-MY SISTER'S MACHINE singer Nick Pollock, ex-TIN PAN/FALLEN ANGEL guitarist Dave Groves and ex-ASSAULT/FALLEN ANGEL drummer Wes Hallam.

SOULBENDER's self-titled debut album was released independently in 2004.

Asked in a 2012 interview with if he was going to do anything with SOULBENDER again, Wilton said: "I plan on it and we have all the demos for the second album. The core band kind of disintegrated so it kind of stopped. It's kind of a purist thing so it's gotta be something that's really special and I just don't wanna piecemeal it out. I want it to be a band, so yeah, someday."

Wilton previously described SOULBENDER as "a very progressive, hard rock band with very intense musicians." He added: "A couple of them are prodigies and it's really been a lot of fun to do."
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ABYSMAL DAWN: New Song 'Inanimate' Available For Streaming

Modern death metallers ABYSMAL DAWN will release their fourth full-length album, "Obsolescence", on October 28 via Relapse. The effort will be available in CD, LP and digital formats.

A song from the album, "Inanimate", can be streamed below.

"I'm very happy to present a new ABYSMAL DAWN track after almost three years of waiting," commented vocalist/guitarist Charles Elliott. "It's a heavy one, so get ready to bang your fucking head with the song on repeat until your neck won't move anymore!!!

"Lyrically, this one is about losing your idealism and becoming a cold, unfeeling shell of a human being, in order to survive our modern society. An inanimate object, if you will; one without hope that has cut themselves off from emotion.

"Our experiences in this life can carve us into stone, but they can also desensitize us in the process. In short, this might be the most depressing song you ever wanted to circle pit too.

"We hope you enjoy 'Inanimate' and that you catch us on our tour with DEICIDE this fall. We'll also be playing a few headlining shows that we hope you'll cause chaos at as well."

ABYSMAL DAWN strikes the perfect balance between extreme songwriting and exceptional skill with an infectious blend of technical-yet-memorable riffs, throat-shredding vocals, and crushing rhythms delivered with machine-gun precision.

With "Obsolescence", ABYSMAL DAWN unleash a veritable beast of a record and the perfect example of what 21st century death metal should sound like.

"Obsolescence" was produced by Mike Bear at Artisan Road and was mixed and mastered by John Haddad at Trench Studios. The cover artwork was created by Pär Olofsson (THE FACELESS, SPAWN OF POSSESSION) and can be seen below.

Comments Charles Elliott: "Three years have passed since the release of 'Leveling The Plane Of Existence', and it's high time we released another slab of epic, bludgeoning death metal.

"This album took over a year and a half to come to fruition between writing and recording, and I think the blood sweat and tears definitely show in the final work of art.

"The title of the record is inspired by the term 'planned obsolescence,' and is applied to all of mankind. In business terms, it means to manufacture a product that's made to break down after a certain amount of time so that it can be replaced.

"People. Societies, governments and religions all have an expiration date for their usefulness in this world; they break down and are replaced just like any other commodity.

"If you follow the band, you know that dehumanization is a running theme with us, and you'll be relieved to know we aren't singing about rainbows, puppies and the girl next door on this one.

"I also have to say, it was a great pleasure of mine to have our friend and amazing guitarist, Christian Muenzer, lay down a guest solo on a track. My teenage guitar hero Bobby Koelble shreds on a song as well, making it the only metal album I can think of that he played on since [DEATH's] 'Symbolic'! That in itself is a huge honor for me.

"We even did a cover song of DISSECTION 'Night's Blood' that I think everyone will enjoy. We tried hard to obtain the integrity and vibe of the original and I think we achieved that. It's the first cover we ever recorded. So we made sure we did it right!

"When all is said and done, I believe this is to be our crowning achievement so far, and I'm sure the fans will agree once they hear it."

"Obsolescence" track listing:

01. Human Obsolescence02. Perfecting Slavery (featuring Christian Muenzer) 03. Inanimate04. Devouring The Essence Of God (featuring Bobby Koelble)05. One Percent Incomplete06. Loathed In Life / Praised In Death07. By My Demons08. Laborem Liberat Te09. The Inevitable Return To Darkness

Bonus track:

10. Night's Blood (DISSECTION cover)


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ROB HALFORD: 'To Get Ahead In Rock 'N' Roll, You've Got To Do Something That Somebody Else Hasn't Done Before'

In a brand new interview with Rock Cellar Magazine, JUDAS PRIEST members Rob Halford (vocals) and Richie Faulkner (guitar) were asked about the current state of metal and whether the new bands are evolving the medium or they are just ripping off pioneering groups like PRIEST.

"I wouldn't call it ripping it off," Richie replied. "I'd call it tipping the hat to bands like PRIEST or BLACK SABBATH. And the good thing about today is the bands at the forefront of the metal movement are doing it unashamedly. They don't say we're hiding our roots. They're putting their roots out there for everyone to hear. And it's a great testament to these guys."

Added Halford: "In today's metal world, you hear the expression 'cookie cutter,' which I think is a bit insulting, because in the end, every band is trying to do the best that they can. And sometimes, depending on the genre of metal, you do bump into each other. But it is about finding your originality.

"Most people understand that to get ahead in rock 'n' roll, you've got to do something that somebody else hasn't done before. That's very, very difficult.

"You'll get people like METALLICA acknowledging PRIEST, KORN, bands that have really done well in their own right. That's great because we talk about passing the flame to one another.

"The overall state and condition of metal is phenomenal. It started with two bands, PRIEST and SABBATH, and now look at it. Remarkable."

JUDAS PRIEST's 17th studio album, "Redeemer Of Souls", sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.

The band's 2008 double-disc concept album, "Nostradamus", shifted 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at No. 11.

JUDAS PRIEST's most successful album to date is 1982's "Screaming For Vengeance", which spent 53 weeks on the Billboard charts, receiving gold RIAA sales certification on October 29, 1982, platinum on April 18, 1983 and double platinum October 16, 2001. The album included the band's only U.S. top 100 hit single, "You've Got Another Thing Comin'".


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Former EXODUS Singer ROB DUKES Says 'Money' Was A Contributing Factor In Decision To Re-Record 'Bonded By Blood'

In a brand new interview with the "Talking Metal" podcast, former EXODUS singer Rob Dukes was asked if, looking back now, he thought it was the right decision to re-record the band's classic 1985 debut album, "Bonded By Blood", in 2008 and release the new version under the title "Let There Be Blood". "I mean, not really," he said (hear audio below), "but I thought that… Our original plan was to do it live — record a live concert and have it as kind of just a live concert and have those songs part of it. 'Cause Gary [Holt, EXODUS guitarist and main songwriter] was, like, 'Well, we play [the songs] differently. I want the fans to hear how we play them now.' And whatever. But it's always about money, dude. You know what I mean?! They were gonna make money, so they re-did it. So that's the way it went."

Shortly after the "Let There Be Blood" release, Holt told Heavy Metal about EXODUS' decision to make the album: "It's something we've talked about for a long time. Ever since we did the first live album ['Another Lesson In Violence'], we always thought how cool it would be to give the album the benefits of modern technology. 'Bonded By Blood' is a classic, it's always going to be the greatest album we do, but we just wanted to record these songs, put this out on our own and share how relevant these songs still sound today. If you listen to the re-recording, they sound as up to date and current as anything anybody is putting out there now. That's a testament to how great the songs are."

Asked if EXODUS was pretty faithful to the original arrangements of the songs on the re-recording, Holt said: "Yes. I went off subject on the leads a little bit, but we recorded the songs the way we play them now. Arrangement-wise, everything's the same. We didn't change anything. We tune lower now, but we have since 1993. Everything's faithful to the original, it's just updated in the production."

In a separate interview with, Holt stated about "Let There Be Blood": "We talked about it a long time ago. Paul [Baloff, EXODUS' singer at the time of the 'Bonded By Blood' recording] even wanted to go in a redo some of the songs he wasn't on. He's like, 'We should do 'Pleasures Of The Flesh' and 'Seeds Of Hate' and 'Brain Dead' too.'

"I think it all started when we worked on the live album, which was our first time with Andy as well, Mr. Sneap. It sounded so huge, even for, like, a one-gig live record. Paul was like the bandwagon leader of doing that [re-recording 'Bonded By Blood']; he would be, like, 'Oh we could make it so much heavier now!'

"We weren't out to reinvent the wheel on this and we did not want to do like a disservice to the original. I love the original, that's why I'm doing this.

"There is always going to be purists that will be like, 'Oh you can't do that.' But it's funny, a lot of the people who say that are, like, 19, and weren't even around when the original came out. But I don't look at it as a bad thing when people get defensive about it. That means they love the original, and they love it so much that they don't think we should touch it. But I always tell them 'Look, this doesn't make your copy of 'Bonded By Blood' burst into flames and disappear; it's always going to be there.' I hope it's always going to be there. This here is a companion record and homage record and it's a tribute to the times.

"I love 'Bonded By Blood' and will always listen to it. It's, like, one of the only albums of ours I listen to, because I am, like, the king of once something is done I put it behind me. I'll listen to 'Bonded' and listen to Paul because there is, you know, a lifelong connection there."

EXODUS parted ways with Dukes in early June and replaced him with his predecessor, Steve "Zetro" Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.

Dukes joined EXODUS in January 2005 and appeared on four of the band's studio albums — "Shovel Headed Kill Machine" (2005), "The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A" (2007), "Let There Be Blood" (2008, a re-recording of EXODUS' classic 1985 LP, "Bonded By Blood") and "Exhibit B: The Human Condition" (2010).

EXODUS will release its new album, "Blood In, Blood Out", on October 14 via Nuclear Blast.


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'Metal Down Under': A History Of Australian Heavy Metal DVD Now Available

One of the most anticipated projects in Australian heavy music history has been released."Metal Down Under" 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, "Metal Down Under" 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, "Metal Down Under" 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 fromMetal For The Brain, Metal For Melbourne, Big Day Out, music videos, live concerts and much more, "Metal Down Under" 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 Nick Calpakdjian, 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 Calpakdjian, produced by Animus Industries and with cinematography by Adrian Price, "Metal Down Under" is presented as three 55-minute episodes and comes with a bunch of extras. It is available on DVD and as a stream on iTunes.

The cast:

* Tony Campo (ALLEGIANCE)* Dave Harrison (ALLEGIANCE)* Andrew Haug (CONTRIVE,* Robyn Doreian (Hot Metal magazine)* Mat Maurer (MORTAL SIN)* Hoss & Drew (KARNIVOOL)* Matt Young (KING PARROT)* Jason Fuller (BLOOD DUSTER)* Greta Tate (Metal For Melbourne)* Steve Hughes (SLAUGHTER LORD)* Chris Rand (SEGRESSION)* Dave Harrison (ALLEGIANCE)* Adam Agius (ALCHEMIST, Metal For The Brain)* Peter Hobbs (HOBBS ANGEL OF DEATH)* Aaron Butler (FRANKENBOK)* Brad Wesson (Soundworks Touring)* Simon Lukic (Musically Incorrect)* Danny Estrin (VOYAGER)* Leigh Wilson (fan, videographer)* Matt Skitz (DAMAGED)* Brian Giffin (Loud, historian)* Dave Haley (PSYCROPTIC)* Dan McDougall (FRANKENBOK)* Richie & Greg (DREADNAUGHT)* Rodney Holder (ALCHEMIST, Metal For The Brain)* Karl Lean (NOTHING SACRED)* Chris Maric (Maric Media)* Dave Slave (SADISTIK EXEKUTION)* Mark "Sham" Hughes (NOTHING SACRED)* John Gibson (RENEGADE)

For more information, visit


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NUCLEAR ASSAULT To Release New Studio Album, Embark On 'Final Assault'

Veteran bassist Dan Lilker (BRUTAL TRUTH, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, ANTHRAX) has released the following statement:

"I'd like to bring everyone up to date on what's going on with NUCLEAR ASSAULT. First, though, let me clear up what's going on with my 'retirement.'

"Yes, BRUTAL TRUTH 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 NOKTURNAL HELLSTORM (who just recorded our second album) and BLURRING (who are in the process of recording at this writing), and I still play in VENOMOUS CONCEPT (also recording for a new release).

"That brings us to NUCLEAR ASSAULT…

"In 2015, it will be 30 years since NUCLEAR ASSAULT 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."

NUCLEAR ASSAULT released its first-ever DVD, "Louder Harder Faster", in October 2006 via Screaming Ferret Wreckords. Recorded during the band's performance at the 2005 Louder Harder Faster Festival (taped on June 5, 2005), the disc also includes such extra bits as vintage live footage, slide shows (put to the original "Survive" demos), music videos, in the studio footage, unreleased songs, and an interview with longtime members Danny Lilker and Glenn Evans.

Originally formed back in 1984, NUCLEAR ASSAULT bassist Lilker witnessed the birth of thrash metal first as an original member of ANTHRAX, as well as a crucial component to S.O.D., NUCLEAR ASSAULT and BRUTAL TRUTH.

While many thrash metal bands tempered their aggression with melody, NUCLEAR ASSAULT stuck to its guns throughout and in the process, released such thrash classics as 1988's "Survive" and 1989's "Handle with Care".

After an extended hiatus, the group returned in the early 21st century with its first new studio album in over a decade, 2005's "Third World Genocide".


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SLASH: Reunion Of Classic GUNS N' ROSES Lineup Is Not 'In The Cards'

Mistress Carrie of the Worcester/Boston, Massachusetts radio station WAAF recently conducted an interview with legendary guitarist Slash. You can now watch the chat in four parts below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On whom he would like to play him if a movie is ever made about his life:

Slash: "I hope they never do that. The thing about rock movies is that they never give the reality of rock and roll, they never do it justice, it always turns out to be a parody. Even the best rock movies are laughable. [Unless they're intended to be a parody] and then they're funny. 'Spinal Tap' was great, but I think 'Spinal Tap' got under everybody's skin and we haven't been able to get rid of it since. But very few rock movies are really credible. So when you're doing a story like that, artistic license and so on, it makes me very nervous."

On the never-ending barrage of questions he gets about a possible reunion of the classic GUNS N' ROSES lineup:

Slash: "It's a subject I just avoid. 'Cause I've tried all different approaches on this particular subject. The thing is it's been dead in the water since 1996. I'm not gonna joke about it. Anything I ever said that led anybody to believe that there might be any kind of a reunion was just me being nice. No one's ever considered it. It's not really in the cards. And the thing with the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was that was the closest we got to it, or could have gotten to it, and it didn't happen. And I said, 'You know what?! Let's just close the books. That was a very public event, and hopefully everybody gets it.'"

"World On Fire", the third album to be made available under the Slash solo banner, will be released on September 15 via Slash's own label Dik Hayd International distributed through Roadrunner Records (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America). A total of 17 songs, including one instrumental, were laid down for the follow-up to 2012's "Apocalyptic Love" with producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette (ALTER BRIDGE, FALLING IN REVERSE, INCUBUS).


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DAVE LOMBARDO: 'I Won't Ever Be Going Back' To SLAYER

Former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo says that will never rejoin the group, claiming that he was no longer close with his former bandmates prior to his latest departure from the California-based thrash metal act. "I didn't have that [kind of friendship] towards the end," Lombardo told Metal Hammer magazine. "We just saw each other before going onstage every night. You travel in different buses and hang out in different circles. It made it very hard to go onstage and have any sort of chemistry."

Asked if fans will ever see Lombardo reunited with SLAYER, the drummer replied: "No. That's it. I'm done now. I've got lots of other things on my plate and I now know that, when it comes to money, you don't have any friends in this business. I won't ever be going back."

Lombardo was effectively fired from SLAYER 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 Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX).

Lombardo told "Let There Be Talk" podcast about the musical chemistry of the original SLAYER lineup: "I appreciate the nucleus of the band. Like [John] Bonham. When Bonham was part of [LED] ZEPPELIN. When his son [Jason] took over, oh my God. C'mon. Really? I have respect for Jason and for what he's done, but when he put a double-bass pedal on a single bass drum, that just blew it for me. It's, like, 'Really, dude? Your dad was about single bass.'

"There is a certain magic — just like with SLAYER, just like with AC/DC with Bon Scott — there's a certain magic when you have those musicians and nobody could replace that. Nobody. That's it. You can't. Yeah, SLAYER's new drummer [Paul Bostaph], yeah, a lot of fans like him. But there's that magic. It's chemistry. It's like when you meet a girl and you two get along really well, and it's like a chemistry; it's something special. Same thing with the band: you get these four guys, [and] they may hate each other, but on stage, there's magic. And that's what's missing, I personally believe."

Lombardo's new band, PHILM, will release its sophomore album, "Fire From The Evening Sun", on September 16 (one day earlier internationally) via UDR. The group's lineup is completed by guitarist/vocalist Gerry Paul Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Francisco "Pancho" Eduardo Tomaselli (WAR).


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Video: METALLICA Bassist ROBERT TRUJILLO's MASS MENTAL Project Plays Whisky A Go-Go

METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo resurrected his MASS MENTAL project for a couple of appearances in late August and early September. The first show took place last night (Tuesday, August 26) at the Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood, California and will be followed by a performance at Warwick in Markneukirchen, Germany. The second concert will be held on Saturday, September 6 on the Framus & Warwick grounds, during the Warwick Open Day 2014, the crowning conclusion of the Bass Camp. MASS MENTAL will hit Warwick's open-air stage at 5:45 p.m.

Fan-filmed video footage of MASS MENTAL's Whisky A Go-Go performance can be seen below (courtesy of Heavy Metal Hill). Photos are available at the Concertologist web site.

There are just some bands who stand out from the crowd, and then there are those few who are absolutely out of this world. Without question, MASS MENTAL is such a monster of an act.

MASS MENTAL was founded in 1998 by Trujillo, formerly of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, along with SKINDRED singer Clive "Benji" Webbe, formerly of DUB WAR. In 1999, the band released "How To Write Love Songs", along with the live album "Live In Tokyo". Both CDs were made available exclusively in Japan. Shortly thereafter, MASS MENTAL broke up, allowing the bandmembers to return to their main projects. In 2002, MASS MENTAL reunited briefly with Roy Mayorga (STONE SOUR, SOULFLY) playing drums, although no new material resulted.

MASS MENTAL's lineup for the Whisky A Go-Go and Warwick Open Day 2014 shows is as follows:

* Benji Webbe (SKINDRED) - Lead Vocals * Robert Trujillo (METALLICA, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) - Bass* Armand Sabal-Lecco (PAUL SIMON) - Bass* Ken Schalk (CANDIRIA) - Drums * Whitfield Crane (UGLY KID JOE, ANOTHER ANIMAL) - Lead Vocals (special guest)

In many ways, these are once-in-a-lifetime events: Robert Trujillo is normally with METALLICA 365 days a year. Since all these musicians are constantly on tour or in the studio, it was no small feat for all of them to appear under one roof for the Warwick Open Day. However, since Robert Trujillo places so much worth on MASS MENTAL, he was able to make it happen.


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JOE LYNN TURNER Says RAINBOW Reunion Is 'Very Possible'

Former RAINBOW singer Joe Lynn Turner says that it is "very possible" that the band will reunite at some point in the near future but has declined to elaborate, claiming that he is "not supposed to talk about it."

Speaking to Greece's Rock Overdose 17 years after RAINBOW played its last concert in Esbjerg, Denmark, Turner was asked if he could share any news about the possibility of a reformation of the Ritchie Blackmore-led band that existed from from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. "Well, I'm gonna be honest with you right now. Yes. Possibly. It's very possible," Turner, who fronted RAINBOW from 1980 to 1984, said. "Last year, I wouldn't say it. But this year I say it. It's possible. It's a very big possibility that something might, just might, happen. I heard talk of it and all I can say is I'm not supposed to talk about it, but I'm talking to you now, and all I want you to do is say yes. There's a very big possibility that we may have a reunion. And it would be phenomenal."

In a 2009 interview with Antimusic, Joe Lynn Turner spoke about the immense commercial success RAINBOW enjoyed in North America and Japan after he joined the band. "I had a whole career in Japan because of RAINBOW," he said. "I mean, RAINBOW was doing like one night at [iconic Tokyo venue] Budokan [before I was part of the group]. When I joined the band, we did like four nights at Budokan. I mean, the Japanese always grew up in more commercial end of it, you understand? They really did love the songs. That's the Japanese mentality, you know. There was a certain amount of commerciality inside…"

He continued: "You've got to remember, the Japanese picked up rock and roll from us. They're only like 20 something years old doing rock... and so it's not a whole lot of rock that they saw. So they always like the more commercial hair bands and stuff like that. And when RAINBOW came out with this incarnation, we had the looks and we had songs and we had a whole stage presence and everything. And it wasn't just dungeons and dragons and, you know, kill the king and all this. We actually had girls in the audience.

"I'll never forget the roadies when I first started playing in the band. They were, like, 'Thank god for you,' and I was, like, 'Wwwwhwhat?' and they said, 'See the girls out there in the audience?' and I said, 'Yeah,' and they said, 'Thank you for that.' [Laughs] And I go, 'Okay, okay, I get it.' Because there wasn't a whole lot of females when Ronnie [James Dio] was there, because A) the subject matter wasn't there, you know what I mean? And it was the time for MTV when I came into the band, so you had to kind of have a look too."

He added: "I tell you one thing. When you get the girlfriends coming to the shows, the guys don't mind. And once you kind of knock them over the head and they realize you're not such a bad bloke and you're not so pansy-assed or anything like that, I mean, you can rock, they come over to your side too. They sort of [go], yeah, alright, I kinda like Turner, he's okay. He still looks a bit gay, but he's alright. [Laughs]"

After Blackmore's final departure from DEEP PURPLE in 1993, he resurrected RAINBOW before focusing exclusively on BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, the renaissance-inspired rock band he formed with his now-wife Candice Night.

Asked in a 2005 interview if he could ever see himself returning to the hard rock world, either with a RAINBOW lineup, or with a new project, Ritchie said: "I'm enjoying myself so much with this band [BLACKMORE'S NIGHT] that it's hard to see that happening. I might think about doing one or two shows with DEEP PURPLE, but their management couldn't be involved. It wouldn't be for recording — just for the fans for nostalgia. But we do play some rock in this band so it's not like I've abandoned that genre completely. It's just that it's not all we play."


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NICKELBACK To Release 'No Fixed Address' In November

Canadian rockers NICKELBACK will release their eighth studio album, "No Fixed Address", on November 4 through the band's new deal with Republic Records.

"No Fixed Address" track listing:

01. Million Miles An Hour02. Edge Of A Revolution03. What Are You Waiting For?04. She Keeps Me Up05. Make Me Believe Again06. Miss You07. Get 'Em Up08. The Hammer's Coming Down09. Satellite10. Sister Sin11. She's Got Me Runnin' Round

The lyric video for the CD's first single, "Edge Of A Revolution", can be seen below.

Frontman Chad Kroeger said: "We are very excited to be releasing new music for our fans and feel it's some of our strongest material to date.

"During the recording process as we looked toward the next chapter, it became clear that… the entire Republic/Universal team had a shared vision and passion for this project. Their track record of artist development speaks volumes to their success and we are honored to be partners with them." The new set will follow up 2011's platinum-selling "Here And Now", which was the band's last release through Roadrunner Records. That album included the singles "Bottoms Up" and "This Means War".

NICKELBACK has sold more than 50 million records worldwide since breaking through with its 2001 album, "Silver Side Up".

The single from that album, "How You Remind Me", was named Billboard's "Top Rock Song Of The Decade" while the band itself was Billboard's "Top Rock Band Of The Decade."

NICKELBACK plans to hit the road in early 2015 for a lengthy world tour in support of the new record.

Kroeger formed NICKELBACK in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, with his brother Mike on bass and guitarist Ryan Peake. Drummer Daniel Adair joined in 2005.


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AVENGED SEVENFOLD Releases Original Cut Of 'Unholy Confessions' Video

Out now in stores is the special edition reissue of AVENGED SEVENFOLD's second album, "Waking The Fallen". The 2003 disc was the first to feature guitarist Synyster Gates and bassist Johnny Christ as full-fledged members, and its last independent release before signing a major deal with Warner Bros. Records. Although the band originally wanted to reissue the record for its 10th anniversary, guitarist Zacky Vengeance told The Pulse Of Radio why it was held up for a year. "You know, between me and Matt [Shadows], our singer, digging deep within everything that we have, our vaults, and, you know, getting on the phone with my family members, looking through the house, scouring the attics of my parents' house, you know, where I grew up at, to really make this special, it took a little bit of extra time," he said. "And we were rushing to get it out on the anniversary, we would have loved nothing more than to be able to do that, but to us it was more important to have the quality product that our fans deserve."

The band has released the original first cut of the video for "Unholy Confessions", which was very different from the official video. The clip is also included in the reissue."Waking The Fallen" followed up AVENGED SEVENFOLD's 2001 debut, "Sounding The Seventh Trumpet".

Although the record sold just 3,000 copies in its initial week of release, it was eventually certified gold for sales of more than half a million copies in 2009.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD is touring in support of its 2013 album, "Hail To The King", which debuted at No. 1 one year ago this week on the Billboard album chart.


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KAMELOT: 'Falling Like The Fahrenheit' Video Released

"Falling Like The Fahrenheit", the new video from American / German / Swedish symphonic metallers KAMELOT, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Ville Lipiainen (NIGHTWISH, HIM, APOCALYPTICA) and was filmed during the band's sold-out performance at 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood and keyboardist Oliver Palotai spent time last week in the Stuttgart area of Germany "working on the final parts of the next KAMELOT album," according to Youngblood. He added: "It's going great and we have lots of music and ideas in store."

KAMELOT's follow-up to 2012's "Silverthorn" is tentatively due next spring via an as-yet-undetermined record label.

Palotai sat out the band's North American tour last year so he could stay home with longtime girlfriend Simone Simons, (EPICA singer) as they awaited the birth of their first child. Filling in for him was Coen Janssen of EPICA.

"Silverthorn" sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 79 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Poetry For The Poisoned", opened with around 6,100 units in September 2010 to enter the chart at No. 74.

"Silverthorn" was released on October 30, 2012 in North America, October 26, 2012 in Germany and October 29, 2012 in the rest of Europe via Steamhammer/SPV. The CD marked the band's first release with Tommy Karevik, the Swedish vocalist who previously fronted SEVENTH WONDER (a group that he is still a member of).

In a 2012 interview with Loudwire, Thomas Youngblood stated about what Karevik brings to the band: "I think when we knew we had to bring in a new person on vocals, we wanted the opportunity to grow the band, not just to maintain the band or survive. We wanted to look at this as an opportunity to make the band bigger, [and] I think with Tommy we can do that. Not only is he an exceptional singer, he's a great songwriter and he's way ahead of what I thought he would be in terms of being a frontman. People who come out to shows will see that this guy is a force to be reckoned with. I can't imagine a better choice, honestly. In the beginning, when this whole thing started, we were a little unsure of what the future might be, but now we're really excited about it."


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OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Would Prefer Not To Let Journalists Hear His Band's Albums Prior To Release

Earlier this month, Therés Stephansdotter of conducted an interview with Mikael Åkerfeldt and Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH in Stockholm. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked why they chose "Cusp Of Eternity" and "Eternal Rains Will Come" as the first two songs to be released from OPETH's eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion", Mikael replied: "We didn't. 'Cusp' was meant to be the single, and that's the label's decision, basically. They wanted some type of promotional track, so they picked that song. I guess it's the most straightforward type of rocking song on the record, I think. And it was fine with us. Me personally, I don't care what songs they're gonna promote as the single, so I was fine with that. And 'Eternal Rains', I think they put that out because it leaked earlier and we're trying to stop people from putting it up on YouTube and stuff like that, but, as you know, it's pretty difficult."

He added: "I personally don't like… If I could choose, we would not give the record out to any journalists or play it to anyone until it's released. But I'm obviously in the wrong."

"Pale Communion" is being released on August 26 via Roadrunner Records. The cover artwork was once again created by Travis Smith — with art direction by OPETH mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt. The CD was produced by Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime collaborator and PORCUPINE TREE frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson.

"The best way for me to write is always to just write the stuff that I want to hear myself," stated Mikael. "I'm pretty headstrong, so a few negative reactions to 'Heritage' didn't push me in any way. That album started something new.

"Every record feels like part of a chain. We wouldn't have done 'Heritage' without the previous records and the same is true of 'Pale Communion'. I sat down and wrote the songs like I did for 'Heritage' and the one before that.

"'Heritage' rejuvenated the band a little bit and I could see a way to continue doing this band without focusing on what we're known for. We'd done that for so many records that I was a bit fed up with it. Now we have a future and 'Pale Communion' is the continuation of that."


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SLAYER Returns To Studio To Record New Album

SLAYER has returned to the studio to resume recording its new album for a tentative early 2015 release. The effort will make SLAYER history as it will be released on Nuclear Blast Records through the band's own label imprint, closing out a 28-year relationship with Rick Rubin and American Recordings. It will also be SLAYER's first album without the group's co-founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who passed away in May 2013 from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver. He is credited for writing many of SLAYER's classic songs, including "Angel Of Death" and "South Of Heaven".

A photo from the latest studio sessions can be seen below.

SLAYER's follow-up to 2009's "World Painted Blood" will include the song "Implode", which was made available as a free download as a "thank you" to the band's fans for their continued support following SLAYER's surprise performance at this past April's Revolver Golden Gods awards in Los Angeles. The track was recorded in April at Henson Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Terry Date and co-produced by Greg Fidelman.

"I never go online and see what people are talking about because people are ten foot tall behind a computer screen, you know?!" SLAYER guitarist Kerry King told ARTE Concert at this month's Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany. "But, you know, a lot of [the reaction to 'Implode'] was positive, a lot of people said, 'For anybody that was worried about what SLAYER was gonna sound like post-Hanneman, don't worry about it.'"

He continued: "I know people are gonna think that [we can't make another quality album], people are gonna expect us to fail because it's the first record without Jeff; I get it. But I'm also very proud of what of we've done so far towards new material. It's fast, the slow stuff's heavy. I mean, it's… Everything that people liked SLAYER for in the past is on this record."

In the February 2014 issue of U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine, Kerry was asked if he has found himself tempted to write the kind of songs that Jeff might have contributed to an album, Kerry said: "I think that would be shooting myself in the foot. I can't pretend to be Jeff. We both learned from each other in 30 years of writing together. As far as going out of my way to write something that Jeff might've done? I won't do that. If it happens to end up sounding that way, good for me!"

At the time of the Metal Hammer interview, it was still undecided as to whether any of Hanneman's previously unused ideas would make it to the next SLAYER album. "There was a song we finished on the last record, but I know for a fact [Jeff] wanted to rewrite the lyrics on, so that one got to deconstruct and make better," Kerry said.

"I've said, and I'll continue to say, that if we use any of Jeff's songs, I don't want it to come out just because Jeff wrote it. I want it to come out because it's awesome," he added. "We've just got to put out something that I think Jeff would be proud of."

Regarding what fans can expect from the new SLAYER material, King told Metal Hammer: "I've got a surprising amount of heavy stuff for me. I do tend to lean on the fast side, but I have some exceptionally heavy tunes, Like, 'Wow, man, where did that come from?' I expect my stuff to be angry and fast, but it's all over the map. I'm stoked. We'll have enough so we can pick great stuff whether we use any of Jeff's material or not. It should add up to as good a record as we can hope for with one of our original songwriters being gone."

Joining King and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya during the sessions for SLAYER's new album are returning drummer Paul Bostaph, who replaced Dave Lombardo last year, and guitarist Gary Holt (also of EXODUS), who has been filling in for Hanneman on tour for the past four and a half years.

Asked if Holt will play on the new SLAYER album, Kerry told Canada's Metro in an October 2013 interview: "I've told Gary that I'd like him to play some leads, just to keep it interesting.

"We've always been a two-guitar attack, so if you're looking to have a segment like the 'Angel Of Death' lead trade-off, you can't do that with one guitar.

"As far as Gary being a contributing writer, number one, fans aren't ready for it, and number two, that's like throwing somebody to the wolves.

"I think if there's another record after this one and Gary is still with us at that point, I think that will be a time where I say, ‘Hey dude, feel free to throw any riffs my way if you're interested'."

King told Metal Hammer about SLAYER's current touring lineup: "Not to toot my own horn, but we sound fucking great right now. It's a juggernaut. Paul's a machine. He always has been. Also he's been here before, so that made this transition as easy as it could be as well as for the fans because I think they always felt he was part of the band, even though he wasn't for many years."

Bostaph was SLAYER's drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band — the gold-certified "Divine Intervention" (1994), the 1996 punk covers album "Undisputed Attitude", "Diabolus In Musica" (1998), "God Hates Us All" (2001) that received a Grammy nomination for "Best Metal Performance", as well as the DVD "War At The Warfield" (2001), also certified gold. In addition to SLAYER, Bostaph has been a member of FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, SYSTEMATIC and TESTAMENT.

Original SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo was effectively fired from SLAYER 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 Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX).

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IRON MAIDEN: Classic '80s Vinyl Reissues On The Way

Parlophone Records (BMG/INgrooves Music Group for North America) will follow the 2012/13 IRON MAIDEN vinyl picture disc reissues of the first eight IRON MAIDEN albums, which spanned the 1980s, with brand new pressings of the albums in heavyweight 180-gram black vinyl.

In conjunction with these premium album releases, a strictly limited one-off run of the seven-inch singles from each respective album will be made available. These highly collectable black vinyl singles will be cut from the original analogue master tapes. Released in replica artwork packaging, they are sure to become a must-have item for fans, collectors and anyone who missed out first time round. The albums will also be cut from the original analogue master tapes and packaged in identical artwork to the initial 1980s releases. As a bonus, the first batch of album releases ("Iron Maiden", "Killers", "The Number Of The Beast") will also be made available in a Collector's Box sized to house all eight albums. This package will be a strictly limited edition and available while stocks last.

The records will be released chronologically across a two-month period starting October 13 (October 14 in North America) with the first three albums ("Iron Maiden", "Killers", "The Number Of The Beast") and the seven corresponding seven-inch singles:

* "Running Free" b/w "Burning Ambition"
* "Sanctuary" b/w "Drifter" (Live) and "I've Got The Fire" (Live)
* "Women In Uniform" b/w "Invasion"
* "Twilight Zone"/"Wrathchild" double A side
* "Purgatory" b/w "Genghis Khan"
* "Run To The Hills" b/w "Total Eclipse"
* "The Number Of The Beast" b/w "Remember Tomorrow" (Live)

Followed by:

October 27 (October 28 in North America): "Piece Of Mind", "Powerslave" and "Live After Death" and the six corresponding seven-inch singles:

* "Flight Of Icarus" b/w "I've Got The Fire"
* "The Trooper" b/w "Cross-Eyed Mary"
* "2 Minutes To Midnight" b/w "Rainbow's Gold"
* "Aces High" b/w "King Of Twilight"
* "Running Free" (Live) b/w "Sanctuary" (Live)
* "Run To The Hills" (Live) b/w "Phantom Of The Opera" (Live)

November 24 (November 25 in North America): "Somewhere In Time" and "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son" and the six corresponding seven-inch singles:

* "Wasted Years" b/w "Reach Out"
* "Stranger In A Strange Land" b/w "That Girl"
* "Can I Play With Madness" b/w "Black Bart Blues"
* "The Evil That Men Do" b/w "Prowler ‘88"
* "The Clairvoyant" b/w "The Prisoner" (Live)
* "Infinite Dreams" (Live) b/w "Killers" (Live)

The release of these high-quality, black vinyl records offers optimum choice to fans who would like to own a piece of MAIDEN's authentic 1980s vinyl sound, or for those simply wanting to rediscover this much loved, iconic format. Coupled with the end of the Maiden England World Tour which began in North America in 2012 and finished last month at Knebworth Park's Sonisphere festival, this now completes MAIDEN's 1980s touring and catalogue reissues cycle, so the band are free to focus on their dynamic future plans.


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SIXX: A.M.'s Cover Version Of THE CARS' 'Drive' Available For Streaming

SIXX: A.M., the band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx alongside guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, is streaming its cover version of THE CARS song "Drive". The track is taken from SIXX: A.M.'s third album, "Modern Vintage", which will be released on October 7 via Eleven Seven Music.

Regarding the decision to cover "Drive", which was originally a Top 5 hit for THE CARS in 1985, Michael said: "It took us three records to do a cover song, but I'm so glad that we waited. And I'm so glad we chose to do the one we did."

"We had started going down the street of [the ELVIN BISHOP hit] 'Fooled Around And Fell In Love'," recalled Sixx. "One day I called [Michael] up and just sang the opening line to 'Drive', and [he] said, 'That's a SIXX: A.M. song!' I think it was an opportunity to cover a song that is so defined that you have to be very careful not to wreck it. That song is so loved by so many people, including us, that we really wanted to pay a real tribute to it, and I believe we have."

"It's such a simple song — the original version was so simple, but that's what was exciting about it," continued Michael. "In a way, it's a blank canvas, but you need to respect the simplicity … that's what was so fun about the version we did, especially when [DJ Ashba] started doing his guitar solo. Even that had to be carefully structured around what the original song was."

"Modern Vintage" track listing:

01. Stars02. Gotta Get It Right03. Relief04. Get Ya Some05. Let's Go06. Drive07. Give Me A Love08. Hyperventilate09. High On The Music10. Miracle11. Before It's Over

The "Gotta Get It Right" video can be seen below. The clip was directed by Paul Brown in mid-June.

Said Sixx: "Like our favorite bands from the 1970s, SIXX: A.M. is rooted in songwriting, musicianship and lyrics — three core elements that helped to define that era. SIXX: A.M. has taken even more pages from this book on 'Gotta Get It Right' and the rest of 'Modern Vintage', having hopefully created a record that demands to be discovered again and again." Added Michael, who also produced "Modern Vintage": "On the first two albums, SIXX: A.M. established a musical freedom that few bands get to enjoy. 'Gotta Get It Right' 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." Ashba adds: "'Gotta Get it Right' is a great example of how SIXX: A.M. 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 'Modern Vintage'." "Drive" audio stream:

James Michael and bassist Nikki Sixx talking about "Drive":

"Stars" audio stream:

James Michael talking about "Stars":

"Gotta Get It Right" audio stream:
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Long-running Venice Beach, California thrash/punk band SUICIDAL TENDENCIES has released the following statement:

"It's with complete sadness that we have to announce the passing of bassist Tim 'Rawbiz' Williams.

"Tim played bass for SUICIDAL TENDENCIES for almost four years until recently.

"Tim was a monster on bass, running around on stage in the pit, giving his all, even when his body wasn't at its best. We will always remember him and appreciate all the kind words by those that were touched by his bass playing and him personally."

Williams is credited with playing bass on only one song on SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' latest album, "13", which came out in March 2013. The first studio CD in 13 years from SUICIDAL TENDENCIES sold around 3,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 187 on The Billboard 200 chart.


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THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Collaborates With Rapper JARREN BENTON On 'Rage' Song (Audio)

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN has collaborated with rapper Jarren Benton on a song called "Rage" as part of the Converse CONS EP series, where artists who might not ever cross musical paths are invited to step into Converse Rubber Tracks studios and mix it up. You can now listen to it below.

Converse Rubber Tracks is a state-of-the-art recording studio that opened on July 13, 2011 in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The studio provides emerging artists with the incredible opportunity to record music in a high-quality studio at no cost.

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's new song "Happiness Is A Smile" was made available on limited-edition colored seven-inch vinyl via the band's merchandise table and as a cassingle through the group's VIP packages during THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's recent U.S. tour.

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's fifth full-length album, "One Of Us Is The Killer", sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 25 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on May 14, 2013 through the band's own Party Smasher Inc., in partnership with Sumerian Records in North America. Party Smasher's partnership with BMG covers the rest of the world, including licensing deals with Grind House for Japan and Remote Control in Australia.
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EVANESCENCE Singer AMY LEE: 'Push The Button' Song Streaming

The song "Push The Button" from EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee can be streamed below. The track is taken from her new album, "Amy Lee Featuring Dave Eggar: Aftermath", which was released on August 25 via 110 Records, Inc. The disc is a film-score collaboration with Dave Eggar for the movie "War Story", which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Lee told MTV earlier the year that the music for "Aftermath" is unlike anything she's done before. She explained, "It's going to surprise my fans. It's not what you'd expect; the film is very dark, very introspective . . . There are moments of playing, and it's musical, but there are a lot of moments where Dave and I just built walls of sounds, out of blaring cellos and trombones and synthesizers and harp, all on top of each other. Sort of creating new sounds. It's not, like, a soundtrack. it's an atmosphere."

Lee did write one new song for the film, called "Push The Button", about which she said, "It's very different for me, it's electronic; I did it all myself." She added, "This whole process has been really different, and freeing. Doing my band, it's always been a big deal, a lot of pressure, a lot of hoops to jump through and things to live up to . . . (this) wasn't about production and singles and worldwide success, it's about the integrity of the art piece we're creating."

Lee said that she would like to score more films, explaining, "Dave and I were already talking about taking a meeting for another film, and I definitely want to work with him again."

"Amy Lee Featuring Dave Eggar: Aftermath" track listing:

01. Push The Button02. White Out (featuring Dave Eggar)03. Remember To Breathe (featuring Dave Eggar)04. Dark Water (featuring Malika Zarra)05. Between Worlds (featuring Dave Eggar)06. Drifter (featuring Dave Eggar)07. Can't Stop What's Coming (featuring Dave Eggar)08. Voice In My Head (featuring Dave Eggar)09. Lockdown (featuring Dave Eggar)10. After (featuring Dave Eggar)

Lee has confirmed in a new interview with Rolling Stone that she doesn't have any plans "to do anything with [EVANESCENCE]" for the foreseeable future. Asked about the group's current status, Lee explained, "The situation is we're not doing it now. I don't like to make predictions about the future, because I'm honestly open-minded, and I would never want to say I'm done with any of it, because it's a huge part of me. I've loved my time with Evanescence, I wouldn't want to just throw it away, but, for the foreseeable future, I don't have any plans to do anything with the band."

Lee continued, "It's really important to me to take some time to show some different sides of myself . . . there does need to be other outlets for me to make music."

Lee, who became a mother for the first time last month, said that she keeps in touch with the members of the band, but added that "the days of living on the road and an album cycle be this giant daunting thing of working in the studio for six months then going on the road for a year or two, they're behind me."

The last EVANESCENCE album, a self-titled effort, came out in 2011.


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Bassist Ron Mancuso has decided to leave RED DRAGON CARTEL, the band led by former OZZY OSBOURNE and BADLANDS guitarist Jake E. Lee, in order to return to his production career. He will be replaced by none other than Lee's former BADLANDS bandmate Greg Chaisson.

Chaisson filled in for Mancuso at RED DRAGON CARTEL's March 4 concert in Tempe, Arizona. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.

Chaisson and RED DRAGON CARTEL leader Jake E. Lee (also formerly of OZZY OSBOURNE) were half of the short-lived BADLANDS, which also featured current KISS drummer Eric Singer and the late singer Ray Gillen (who also had a brief stint in BLACK SABBATH). After the first BADLANDS album, Singer was replaced by Jeff Martin. The group lasted from 1988 to 1993 and released two albums, "Badlands" (1989) and "Voodoo Highway" (1991) before Gillen left and was replaced by John West. Ray's death in 1993 effectively ended any hopes of a BADLANDS reunion. The album "Dusk", consisting of BADLANDS demo recordings from 1992-1993, was released in 1998.

RED DRAGON CARTEL's self-titled debut album sold around 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 69 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on January 28 via Frontiers Records, the CD was recorded at Las Vegas' The Hideout Recording Studio — owned and operated by Kevin Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, IN THIS MOMENT) — and was produced by R. Bernard Mann (a.k.a. Ronnie Mancuso) and Jake E. Lee, and executive-produced, mixed and mastered by Churko.

RED DRAGON CARTEL, which references the axeman's Japanese roots, also features Darren James "D.J." Smith of Canadian metallers WARMACHINE, on vocals and Jonas Fairley (BLACK BETTY) on drums.

RED DRAGON CARTEL's setlist includes new material like the singles "Feeder" and "Deceived", as well as major hits from Jake E. Lee's glorious past: "Bark At The Moon", "The Ultimate Sin" and "Rock 'N' Roll Rebel" (all originally recorded by OZZY OSBOURNE), as well as "Shine On" and "High Wire" (BADLANDS).

RED DRAGON CARTEL will embark on another U.S. tour in November.
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ALL THAT REMAINS Completes Recording New Album

Massachusetts metallers ALL THAT REMAINS have completed recording their new album at a California studio for a tentative late 2014/early 2015 release via Razor & Tie. The follow-up to 2012's "A War You Cannot Win" is being helmed by producer Josh Wilbur, who has previously worked with LAMB OF GOD and GOJIRA.

Commented ALL THAT REMAINS frontman Philip Labonte: "Sittin' at a bar at San Diego international airport. Gonna fly home in a lil bit.

"Our part of the record is done. Nothing more to track. Tones are all picked out and decided on. Solos and overdubs and leads and backing vocals and vocals all done. So, in a weird way, it's almost as if we're done being creative for, like, two years. Now it's all just doing everything we can to get in front of as many people as we can.

"It was an absolute pleasure to work with Josh Wilbur. He and his wife are some of the most dow-to-earth and warm people I've had the pleasure of meeting.

"Josh helped us in new and unexpected ways to do what we always try to do when we put out a record, and that's release something that challenges what ALL THAT REMAINS is and can do. He's a great songwriter and producer.

"Everyone in ALL THAT REMAINS was very happy working with Josh.

"Our longtime friend Jim Fogarty was running engineering duties again, and, as usual, he was awesome to work with and his input was incredibly helpful. He's been a friend and recorded projects I've worked in since I was 17. Over 20 fucking years. I've learned a lot from him and I'm glad he keeps putting up with us."

LaBonte told The Pulse Of Radio a while back how the band approaches a new record. "There's a lot of bands out there that are like, 'Oh, we went and we took a bunch of time and we were thinking about this and we were thinking about that,' and blah blah blah," he said. "ALL THAT REMAINS has never been that band. We've always been the band that's like, 'You know what? We've got to write a record, why don't we all just get together and come up with some ideas, and the stuff we like, we'll use, and the stuff we don't like, we'll throw away.' There's so many bands out there that are like, 'Oh, we want to change the world and we want to…' And it's like, 'Okay.'"

ALL THAT REMAINS had a No. 2 single on the rock radio chart earlier this year with "What If I Was Nothing", which marked a stylistic departure for the band. The song's accompanying video was directed by Rasa Acharya and Dan Kennedy of Little Sky Film (SAY ANYTHING, WE CAME AS ROMANS).

A previous single from "A War You Cannot Win", "Stand Up", spent three weeks at No. 1, making it the band's first -ever chart-topper fifth consecutive Top 10 rock single.

"A War You Cannot Win" debuted at Number 13 on the Billboard album chart and has sold over 115,000 copies to date.


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SLASH Says Touring With AEROSMITH Has 'Really Upped' His Band's Game

During a brand new interview with, Slash was asked what has it been like touring with AEROSMITH on the "Let Rock Rule" tour.

"We started in June and we're going until the middle of September," he replied.

"It's been an amazing experience. Just being with a bunch of guys who you really know well and dig and have a lot of respect for. God, those guys have all been heroes of mine ever since I was a teenager anyway. And also because they're just such a great fucking band.

"I think — and it wasn't a conscious thing — but I just realized the other night 'cause we were doing our own headlining show, I think it's really upped our game playing with those guys. Our tour in November will be that much better as a result of having played with AEROSMITH the last couple months."

GUNS N' ROSES famously supported AEROSMITH in 1988, when the headliners were in their early days of sobriety and Slash and his GN'R bandmates were not. Slash told journalist Gary Graff that nobody's having flashbacks on the "Let Rock Rule" tour and that the camaraderie between the musicians is strong.

"Y'know, there's something there," he said. "I couldn't put my finger on it, but there's definitely a vibe. Working with the same band, I've been friends with those guys ever since then, so when we go out on stage it's different in some ways but then at the same time there's certain similarities that, like I said, I can't really nail down. But there's a certain feel that is a little reminiscent of back then."

Earlier in the year, it was reported that tickets for AEROSMITH and Slash's "Let Rock Rule" tour were among the most expensive of the season. According to The Street, the average ticket price for the road trip was a whopping $275.85. The most expensive show on the trek came in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, with an average price of $385.24 — nearly 40 percent above the tour average. The "Let Rock Rule" tour kicked off on July 10 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, New York. The bill will come to a close on September 12 in Canada.


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Taking a page from heroes METALLICA and GUNS N' ROSES, Los Angeles metallers BUTCHER BABIES have recorded an EP of cover tunes that will surely please fans of the band, as well as fans of the artists that performed them originally. Titled "Uncovered", this EP will be released on September 30 in North America (October 6 in Europe) and features the following five tracks:

01. Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers 02. They're Coming To Take Me Away 03. Don't Give A Fuck 04. Crazy Horses 05. Pussy Whipped BUTCHER BABIES' Carla Harvey (vocals) comments: "It was a blast recording songs that we have been fans of our entire lives and putting our spin on them.

"We all chose a song that had some significance to us. My pick was 'They're Coming To Take Me Away' by NAPOLEAN XIV, because I have a vivid memory of my stepdad, who I considered completely insane, playing it over and over again on his car stereo when I was a pre-teen. The song is about being taken away to a mental institution. I can still see him tapping his fingers on his steering wheel to the beat..."

BUTCHER BABIES' Heidi Shepherd (vocals) adds: "As an eight or nine-year-old little girl, I used to rummage through my parents' albums and 8-tracks looking for some cool music. In hopes that my parents had at least a little bit of good taste, I would play every single song looking for something that I could latch on to. That's when I came across 'Crazy Horses' by THE OSMONDS; it was the heaviest song I had heard at that age. I would play that song over and over and over again, I was addicted. To this date, it's still one of my favorite songs and reminds me so much of growing up in Provo, Utah."

In regards to BUTCHER BABIES' cover of THE OSMONDS' "Crazy Horses", Donny Osmond comments: "When we released 'Crazy Horses", we were pushing against what THE OSMONDS were known for, but it became a greatest hit. The BUTCHER BABIES have reinvented this song in a creative and innovative way — and that's what music is about. Now...What if I had recorded 'Puppy Love' like this?"

To pre-order "Uncovered", please visit Shortly before the release of "Uncovered", BUTCHER BABIES will embark on their first headlining run in the U.S. The band will end their tour playing at this year's Knotfest in San Bernardino, California.


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