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CADAVERIA Release "Dominion Of Pain" Single

Horror metallers Cadaveria have released the second single "Dominion Of Pain" from Mondoscuro EP, available now on iTunes. The song features Flegias (vocals duet with Cadaveria) and Pier Gonella (final part of the guitar solo) from Necrodeath. Coverart: Original photo by Andrea Perotto, edited by Cadaveria Herself.

The vinyl limited edition of Mondoscuro EP was released last month via Sleaszy Rider records, anticipated by the single "Christian Woman" (Type O Negative cover). The third and last single "Mater Tenebrarum", to be released in late April, will complete the trilogy that sees Cadaveria Herself embodying the songs’ titles for the cover artworks.

 
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MIDNATTSOL Introduce New Guitarist STEPHAN ADOLPH

It was reported back in March 2013 that German/Norwegian folk metallers Midnattsol were working on new material, but the band hasn't been heard from since. They recently broke the silence with an update:

"Hey Folks,

If you can`t believe what you`re reading right now, we fully understand you, it has been years since the last album. Despite this, we can assure you that it`s true: Midnattsol is alive!

Lots of things have happened in our personal lives. There were new jobs, new loved ones and a lot of little 'sols' have entered in our lives. Still, we always kept on writing songs and just waited for the right moment to shine again.

We appreciate your everlasting support deep within our hearts thank you for never stop believing in us! A new era for Midnattsol has started, and we are more than ever eager and excited for the following time. More special news is waiting for you, and we`re pretty sure that at last one will blow you away. Stay tuned!"

The band has now checked in with the following:

"It`s with great pleasure that we now want to reveal our new band member: Stephan Adolph! He has already crossed our path several times. During the recordings of Where Twillight Dwells he recorded the keyboards, he has mixed some Midnattssol concerts and spent several hours together with us in the tourbus (luckily he survived). The most important fact is that he is songwriter and plays the guitar on the newest demo sent to Napalm, so you could for sure say that we`ve tested out how great we work together. Welcome in the Midnattsol family Stephan Adolph!"

Midnattsol's third album, The Metamorphosis Melody, was released in April 2011.



For information and updates on Midnattsol go to this location.

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KISS - Rare Bootleg Video From New York City Show On Asylum Tour 1985 Surfaces On YouTube

YouTube user AmericanJackassI has returned with rare bootleg video of KISS performing in New York City at Glen Falls Civic Center on the Asylum tour on December 16th, 1985. Check it out below.

New York City, NY (1985)



Setlist:

"Detroit Rock City"
"Fits Like A Glove"
"Cold Gin"
- Paul Stanley solo -
"Uh! All Night"
- Eric Carr solo -
"War Machine"
"I Still Love You"
"Under the Gun"
- Bruce Kulick solo -
"Tears Are Falling"
- Gene Simmons solo -
"I Love It Loud"
"Love Gun"
"Rock And Roll All Nite"

KISS was:

Paul Stanley - vocals, guitar
Gene Simmons - vocals, bass
Bruce Kulick - guitar
Eric Carr - drums

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HAVOK – Video Of Full Sacramento Set Streaming

Capitol Chaos has uploaded the full set from Havok’s set from The Den Of Sin in Sacramento, CA on March 17th. Other acts on the bill were Warbringer, Exmortus, Psychomatic, and Thrown Into Exile. The Denver thrashers performed eight tracks on the night, including two from their new album Conformicide, “Ingsoc” and “Intention To Deceive”.

 Havok have released a trailer video in support of their upcoming European tour with Warbringer, Gorod, and Exmortus. The video is available for streaming below.

Tour dates:

April
1 - Edingburgh, UK - Heavy Scotland Festival * Havok only!
2 - Manchester, UK - Rebellion   
3 - Birmingham, UK - Mama Roux’s  
4 - London, UK - Underworld  
5 - Hasselt, Belgium - Muziekodroom   
6 - Tilburg, The Netherlands - 013   
7 - Hamburg, Germany - Logo  
8 - Aarhus, Denmark - Royal Metal Festival  
9 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Sticky Fingers  
11 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia  
13 - Stockholm, Sweden - Fryshuset Klubben  
14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset   
15 - Berlin, Germany - Cassiopeia  
16 - Markneukirchen, Germany - Framus & Warwick Concert Hall  
17 - München, Germany - Feierwerk  
19 - Vienna, Austria - Arena  
20 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Orto Bar  
21 - Brescia, Italy - Circolo Colony  
22 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7  
23 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage  
24 - Nantes, France - Ferrailleur   
26 - Madrid, Spain - Caracol  
27 - Barcelona , Spain - Salamandra 1  
28 - Puget, France - Le Rats  
29 - Paris, France - Petit Bain  
30 - Essen, Germany - Turock
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ANGRA Releases 70000 Tons Of Metal Recap Video

Brazilian power metallers Angra took part in 70000 Tons Of Metal 2017 and the band has released a recap video from the cruise.

Angra recently relesaed a video for their cover of The Police classic "Synchronicity II", which originally appeared on the band's 2014 album Secret Garden as a bonus track. The original cut is taken from The Police's #1 album Sychronicity, released in 1983.

Angra recently released a video for "Silent Call", which is the final song on their Secret Garden album; sung by guitarist Rafael Bittencourt.

"Recording this video in Japan for me was very emotional and rewarding," said Bittencourt. "This song, in particular, was a major challenge in my career and even more touched my will to compose with these influences and also singing. We use elements of Japanese culture to portray what we wanted to spend image in the video and I think all the fans will like it very much."

 

 

 

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TODAY IS THE DAY Streaming “Blindspot” Video From Temple Of The Morning Star Reissue

Today Is The Day has released the reissue of Temple Of The Morning Star. This marks the 25th anniversary of the band, as well as the 20th anniversary of the bands seminal album. Temple Of The Morning Star: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is remastered by Maor Appelbaum (Cynic, YES, Faith No More, Sepultura), and available on digital, CD/DVD, and 2LP formats, featuring exclusive, never-before seen and heard bonus material from the band's deep archives.



Orderhere.

The CD/DVD package includes:
Disc 1 - Newly remastered album plus bonus tracks*
Disc 2 (DVD) - Today Is The Day live at The Whiskey A Go-Go (1997)

*Bonus Tracks:
Miracle (Demo)
Pinnacle (Demo)
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Demo)
Temple of The Morning Star (Demo)

The 2LP package includes:
LP 1 - Newly re-mastered album
LP 2 - Bonus demos plus live audio from The Whiskey A Go-Go (1997)

Tracklisting (Included in all three package options):

Temple Of The Morning Star (Acoustic)
The Man Who Loves To Hurt Himself
Blindspot
High As The Sky
Miracle
Kill Yourself
Mankind
Pinnacle
Crutch
Root Of All Evil
Satan Is Alive
Rabid Lassie
Friend For Life
My Life With You
I See You
Hermaphrodite
Temple Of The Morning Star
Miracle (Demo)
Pinnacle (Demo)
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Temple Of The Morning Star

Live At The Whiskey A Go Go (1997)
Crutch
High As The Sky
Pinnacle
Hermaphrodite
Kai Piranha
Bugs (Death March)
Willpower
My First Knife
The Man Who Loves To Hurt Himself
Blindspot
Miracle

Miracle (live):

Temple Of The Morning Star (demo):

Blindspot:
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Quebec’s SEISMIC Announce Debut Single “Comorbidité Interne”

Technical death metal band Seismic, from Rouyn-Noranda, QC, will release their first song, “Comorbidité Interne” (Internal Comorbidity), on March 31st via Bandcamp, and in late April on all major music distribution platforms. The song takes cues from tech-death, thrash, and groove metal to make a song with a lot of forward momentum. The lyrics are about mental illness and are sung in French. 

Fans of Hadal Maw, Dying Fetus, Crator, and Inferi will be in familiar territory, and will most likely enjoy this new band too.

Seismic have played together since 2015 when two prior projects - Wrath Of Terra and Hécatombe - joined forces to create Seismic. In 2016, bassist Dave Tremblay joined the line-up. “Comorbidité Interne” is the band’s first recording, but they are already working on an EP for next year.
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UFOMAMMUT To Release 8 Album In September; Studio Video Streaming

Italy’s Ufomammut will release their new album, 8, on September 22nd via Neurot Recordings. The band’s eighth offering is comprised of eight stunningly immersive tracks that flow into each other without interruption. A continuous stream of movement reflective of the uninterrupted nature of the album but also the continued togetherness of the essential elements of the band - Urlo, Poia and Vita - since the beginning of the band's history.

8 is a continuous flux of music, a singular entity, which can be defined in micro measurements by its eight satellite songs. Each track expands upon the preceding song, unfolding into an exceedingly dense, malevolent and formidable journey, resulting in this being Ufomammut's most extreme venture yet, with no room for breathing space in the 48 minutes.  Watch a video from the recording sessions below.

Recorded at Crono Sound Factory in Vimodrone, Milano (Italy), 8 sees a change in recording approach, with the trio playing and recording live together in the same room, even utilizing their live sound engineer Ciccio and his project Femore for production purposes, with Fabrizio San Pietro on mixing duties. Overdubs were used only for vocals, synth sounds and small details with the result of such endeavour being a stricter focus on the soul, darkened groove and overall cohesion of the music and themselves as musicians.

8 will be released on vinyl and CD formats via Neurot, and on a limited and regular edition vinyl via Supernatural Cat. Pre-order information, album tracks and more to be revealed over the coming months.

Live dates:

June
16 - Freak Valley Fest - Netphen, Germany
18 - Hellfest - Clisson, France

August
4 - Disintegrate Your Ignorance Fest - Giavera del Montello, Italy

October
6 - Up in Smoke Fest - Pratteln, Switzerland
13 - Korjaamo BlowUp Vol.3 Festival - Helsinki, Finland
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CRITICAL SOLUTION Release “Barbara The Witch” Music Video

Norwegian horror thrashers Critical Solution have released a video for the title track of their new album, Barbara The Witch, out on April 28th via Crime Records. Find the new clip below.

The record is based on a true story from their hometown Helleland which took place in the 1600's and is narrated by Arthur Brown, The God of Hellfire. The album will come as a double disc also containing bonus disc Covers From Hell featuring many guests including Snowy Shaw.

Recorded in Sonic Train Studios with producer Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) at the helm, this is the most horror filled album yet.

Tracklisting:

“Natas Fo Live”
“The Village”
“Barbara The Witch”
“Red Hooded Devils”
“Peter Crow”
“The Burning Pyre”
“End Of The Beginning”
“The Headless Horsemen”
“Officer Green”
“A Lady In White”
“Return Of The Witch”
“Into The Abyss”

CD2 – Covers From Hell

“Locked Up In Snow” (King Diamond’s Black Rose cover)
“Let It Die” (Ozzy Osbourne cover)
“Killed By Death” (Motörhead cover, feat Whit Crane/LaRocque)
“Iron Man” (Black Sabbath cover)
“Speed King” (Deep Purple cover)
“Gypsy” (Uriah Heep cover featuring Snowy Shaw)

“Barbara The Witch” video:
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RON 'BUMBLEFOOT' THAL Has No Interest In Seeing Reunited GUNS N' ROSES In Concert

Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal says that he has no interest in seeing the band perform on the "Not In This Lifetime" tour, saying that it would be like "going to your ex-girlfriend's wedding."

Thal never officially announced his departure from the GN'R, but a source confirmed to Detroit music writer Gary Graff back in 2015 that the guitarist had been out since the end of the band's second Las Vegas residency in 2014.

Thal later revealed that he was focusing on his solo career after spending eight years playing in GUNS.

During an appearance on "Trunk Nation", Eddie Trunk's show on SiriusXM channel Volume (106), Thal said that he "heard things" about a possible reunion of GUNS N' ROSES' classic lineup prior to his exit but that it didn't have an affect on his decision to leave the Axl Rose-fronted outfit. "No, I was [already] done," he said. "I was burned out on it. I was. I was doing more harm than good staying at that point."

Asked if he has seen of the shows from the partially reunited classic GUNS N' ROSES since they announced their return more than a year ago, Thal said: "No, that would be weird, man. Would you go to your ex-girlfriend's wedding? It's kind of like that. It's just kind of weird. I know too much. I've seen too much. I've been on the other side of the stage, and it's not like it ended pretty for me. I don't have [any hard feelings] now, but at the time, there was a volatility, yeah."

Thal joined GUNS N' ROSES in 2006 and played on 2008's "Chinese Democracy", an album which contained music that had been written before he came into the group. He has also released a number of solo CDs.

Thal is currently involved with ART OF ANARCHY alongside CREED singer Scott Stapp and DISTURBED bassist John Moyer.

Thal didn't publicly address his exit until last year when he told Loudwire: "All I could say is you reach a time when you just know it's time to move on and you just know that what you've seen for your life, what you see the future of your life and what that is, it's not what you pictured for yourself."

He continued: "When I started playing music, I was six years old, and when I thought about what I wanted and what my goals were, and what makes me alive inside making music, and I just I was looking at what I was doing, and it didn't match up. And I just needed to I needed to go."

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THE NEARLY DEADS To Release 'Revenge Of THE NEARLY DEADS' EP In May

Nashville rock band THE NEARLY DEADS will release a brand new EP, "Revenge Of The Nearly Deads", on May 26.

In making their third EP and follow-up to their 2014 full-length album, "Invisible Tonight", the group called on their fans, known as the #zombienation, to help fund the effort via a PledgeMusic campaign that ended up surpassing their goal by 148% in a short amount of time. The band also took this opportunity to help raise awareness about breast cancer, a cause they're deeply passionate about, and ultimately donated 10% of money raised from the campaign to the Keep A Breast charity. Led by the inimitable songstress Theresa Jeane, along with Steven Tobi (guitar), Kevin Koelsch (bass), Javier Garza Jr. (guitar) and Josh Perrone (drums), THE NEARLY DEADS blend an amalgam of powerful pop vocals and aggressive alternative rock music to create a truly unique genre that not only gives a nod to gritty grunge, but brings it back in a way never heard before. Evidence of this musical evolution came to fruition in the form of a breakthrough track called "Never Look Back", which achieved viral success with a zombie-infused music video that skyrocketed past seven million views. The sudden notoriety, helped the band gain a massive amount of new fans from around the world and set the stage to become one of the rock scene's next break out bands. "We had a lot of fun making 'Revenge' and hope people have fun rocking out to it," says Jeane. "A lot of the songs on this EP focus on themes of moving on, being yourself, and realizing how much better off you can be once you shed the negativity in your life. It's about a mutual understanding between us and the fans that they love us for who we are and we love them right back. We want to remind people they don't have to change for anybody." "This is going to be our heaviest, most polished, creative and catchy album yet," adds Tobi. "I'm really excited to share it with all of you and am forever grateful to everyone who pledged to help make this EP possible." THE NEARLY DEADS will head out on the "Break Into Action Tour" this spring (April 18-May 25) with EYES SET TO KILL and BAD SEED RISING. Tickets for the tour go on sale March 28 at 10 a.m. PST (Soundrink VIP on-sale) and March 29 at 10 a.m. local time (general on-sale).
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Video: Former TESTAMENT Bassist GREG CHRISTIAN's TRINITY FALLEN Performs In Sacramento

Capital Chaos TV has uploaded video footage of TRINITY FALLEN's March 24 performance at the Starlite Lounge in Sacramento, California. Check it out below.

TRINITY FALLEN is the new band featuring former TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian alongside members of SCORCHED-EARTH POLICY and NUCLEAR RABBIT.

TRINITY FALLEN's debut three-song EP was released last August. The effort was recorded with producer Juan Urteaga (TESTAMENT, MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS) at Trident Studios in Martinez, California.

Said Greg: "[Juan] did a kick-ass job on it and I think it needs to be heard."

EP track listing:

01. 21st Century (5:52)02. Apache Skies (5:42)03. Ashes (5:16)

TRINITY FALLEN made its live debut on August 5, 2016 at Slim's in San Francisco, California.

TRINITY FALLEN is:

Judd Mason (SCORCHED-EARTH POLICY) - VocalsJason Branyan (NUCLEAR RABBIT) - GuitarGreg Christian (TESTAMENT) - BassTimothy Bailey (NUCLEAR RABBIT) - Drums

Christian recently stated about his new band: "[I am] a little disappointed my new bandmates' histories have mostly been ignored [by the press] and every mention of TRINITY FALLEN seems to only focus on me.

"It wasn't my cup of tea, but NUCLEAR RABBIT has serious high-level (bad-ass) musicianship. (If you doubt that listen to 'Intestinal Fortitude' and tell me how easy those songs would be to play, hahaha)

"TRINITY FALLEN is 'a band,' not 'my project,' and though all the songs (so far) started off as my arrangements, they've evolved past anything I could've came up with on my own. Tim, Jason and Judd have made huge contributions to all of it, and together we've crafted a sound that, in my opinion, is unique. Especially in this day and age.

"We're not a thrash band, more like a heavy metal / hard rock band.

"There are no stylistic 'rules' or preconceptions. We never sat down and said, 'Let's write 'this kind' of song.' We wrote what came out.

"And since this isn't straight thrash, I know I'll get some haters, but I think a lot lot more folks will be pleasantly surprised by the variety and depth of the TRINITY FALLEN material. It's all about the songs.

"And don't misunderstand, some of it is brutally heavy but some is really melodic, and it pretty much all grooves and bounces and is full of hooks. More like a modern-day version of old BLACK SABBATH or LED ZEPPELIN than any contemporary bands I can think of.

"To me, a lot of today's heavy music (at least on recording) is cut, pasted, quantized and sound replaced into sterility. TRINITY FALLEN isn't that. It's modern-day / old-school rock 'n' roll."

He added: "TRINITY FALLEN isn't TESTAMENT. It's its own thing. It's complex and varied and I can see elements of it turning some folks off at first, but with only hearing a short sample, it's kinda like the old story of five blind men went to 'see' an elephant .. (presents a misleading picture) but whatever Not everyone's gonna get it at first. No way. The rabbit hole's way too deep."
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Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of METALLICA's Entire LOLLAPALOOZA BRASIL Performance

Professionally filmed video footage of METALLICA's entire March 25 performance at Lollapalooza Brasil at Autódromo de Interlagos in São Paulo, Brazil can be seen below.

Setlist:

05:11 - Ecstasy Of Gold07:07 - Hardwired To Self-Destruct10:51 - Atlas, Rise!17:24 - For Whom The Bell Tolls 21:56 - The Memory Remains26:52 - Kirk Hammett's Solo 128:39 - The Unforgiven40:03 - Now That Were Dead45:09 - Moth Into Flame49:30 - Harvester Of Sorrow56:13 - Halo On Fire1:05:33 - Robert Trujillo's Solo1:07:42 - Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)1:09:41 - Whiplash1:14:40 - Sad But True1:21:32 - One1:28:40 - Master Of Puppets1:36:55 - Kirk Hammett's Solo 21:40:16 - Fade To Black1:48:42 - Seek And Destroy1:57:57 - Battery 2:03:38 - Nothing Else Matters2:09:24 - Enter Sandman

METALLICA will next play South America's Lollapalooza events in Argentina and Chile on March 31 and April 1, respectively.

The North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" 2017 tour kicks off in Baltimore and will hit stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August. Support on the quartet's first North American trek since 2009 will come mainly from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT, with GOJIRA taking over for the latter group for the last six shows.

The first European leg of "WorldWired" kicks off on September 4 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and stretches through November. After a break, the trek will pick up again on February 10, 2018 in Bologna, Italy, and continue through May, finishing up in Helsinki, Finland.

Speaking about what fans can expect from the stage show on the European leg of the "WorldWired" tour, bassist Robert Trujillo told Italy's Virgin Radio: "Yeah, I think what's exciting about what's happening right now is it's all still very fresh, and we're figuring out, visually, where production's going, we're getting to know the stage a little more. We're playing in the round, and it's been a while, so what happens is there's a different sort of approach to where you're supposed to be or what's comfortable or where you need to be. We're still working through the visuals you may see on the stage, 'cause the stage itself is also a screen, really. So there's a lot of things going on, and it takes a little bit of time to navigate what I say, 'navigate the terrain.' So we're still trying to figure it out."

Regarding how METALLICA goes about choosing the setlist for its live performances, Trujillo said: "Well, that's a challenge too, because you have the back catalog, which is pretty strong. A lot of the hardcore fans wanna hear the deep cuts songs like 'Orion' or maybe like a 'Disposable Heroes'; you know, songs that we don't play all the time and then, of course, they wana hear 'Sandman' and 'Nothing Else Matters' and some of the hits. So Lars's [Ulrich, drums] job is to balance that out as best as he can, and then we sort of go over it and see if that works. But we do try to change the set every night; it's never gonna be exactly the same, which keeps things fun and interesting."

He continued: "One of the things that I think is important, and I think there's some pride in this, is that over the last few years, we've actually played obscure songs, like 'Frayed Ends Of Sanity', off the 'Justice' album, which hadn't been played ever with METALLICA live. So we did that a couple of years ago. So the fact that we're still doing that, I think, helps us become, actually, a better band; we grow from those experiences. And I believe those are the experiences that have helped 'Hardwired' become that much better of an album."

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EVANESCENCE's AMY LEE Releases Official Video For 'Speak To Me' Solo Single

EVANESCENCE frontwoman Amy Lee has released the official music video for her new single, "Speak To Me", the end title theme from the forthcoming suspense/drama "Voice From The Stone". "Game Of Thrones"' Emilia Clarke stars in the film alongside Marton Csokas, Caterina Murino, Remo Girone, Lisa Gastoni and Edward Dring.

Directed by Eric Howell and scored by Michael Wandmacher, the haunting thriller set in 1950s Tuscany is due July 24. USA Today premiered the movie trailer, which can be viewed below. As a prelude, Lee shared an intro video to the track on her YouTube channel last April. Captured during the recording of the song at legendary Skywalker Ranch, the piece gives us a glimpse inside the process, with the gorgeous piano of "Speak To Me" as the backdrop. A few exclusive clips are also included, providing fans with a preview into the movie. "Speak To Me" is available for download on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, and streaming on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music Unlimited.

Lee has a message for her fans about the film and her creative process behind the song and its accompanying video: "I'm very excited to share a new song which I was asked to create as the end title for the forthcoming film 'Voice From The Stone', which stars the incredibly talented and captivating Emilia Clarke. The song is called 'Speak To Me'. "There are many reasons why I felt inspired to work on this project.

"'Voice From The Stone' tells the haunting story of Verena, a nurse who is asked to aid a young boy who has fallen silent after the sudden passing of his mother. Verena is brought in to help him speak again.

"As a new mother myself, the film resonated very deeply with me. I had the opportunity to work closely with Eric Howell, who directed the film, and Michael Wandmacher, who composed the score.

"I was very moved by the movie, and after having my first conversation with Eric and Michael, I felt a surge of inspiration and immediately began writing.

"It is a rare phenomenon to really share a creative vision so completely, and that made for a very powerful experience, and an end result that I am very proud of. "It was an honor to be able to work with Eric on the music video as well, which was shot in Sienna, Italy, at the same beautiful location as the film.

"We conceived the video as a parallel and backstory to the film, which explores the strong bond of love between Malvina and her son, and the belief that love is stronger than death." Amy Lee is currently in the studio with EVANESCENCE working on new music, to be released later this year.

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Report: KIX Guitarist RONNIE YOUNKINS Found 'Not In Great Condition' After Going Missing

According to TMZ, KIX guitarist Ronnie Younkins has been located after missing the band's concert Saturday night in Pennsylvania.

The site reports that Ronnie's bandates went to pick him up in Maryland for the Hummels Wharf gig but "he was nowhere in sight." They then tried to call him but weren't able to reach him. The other members of KIX went on to play the show at the Hummels Wharf Fire Co. Social Club and explained the situation to the crowd.

Ronnie was eventually found Sunday morning and was said to be "not in great condition and very upset." It's not clear what happened to cause him to miss Saturday's concert.

Fan-filmed video footage of KIX's performance at the Hummels Wharf Fire Co. Social Club without Younkins can be seen below.

In a December 2015 interview with the Rock N Roll Experience, KIX guitarist Brian Forsythe confirmed that Younkins went back to rehab earlier that year to receive treatment for alcohol addiction. Forsythe said at the time: "[Ronnie returned to rehab] for a little bit for a month and a half, two months. He did kind of a refresher course. He had been sober for a long time and then had this relapse, so we had to stick him back in there just to get him back on track."

Younkins, a founding member of KIX, told The Frederick News-Post in a 2014 interview that he had been abusing hard drugs and alcohol for a while before he hit his rock bottom while the band was promoting its 1988 album "Blow My Fuse". "My drinking and drugging went overboard," he said. The guitarist checked himself in to rehab, an experience that turned his life around. Out on tour, he played gigs at night and attended addiction meetings during the day. "I took it seriously," he said. "And it saved my life."

Last October, KIX released the "Can't Stop The Show: The Return Of Kix" two-disc DVD/CD set via Loud & Proud Records. The 71-minute film was an in-depth look into KIX's decision to record their first new album, 2014's "Rock Your Face Off", in almost twenty years.

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CORRODED Releases Video For 'Fall Of A Nation'

"Fall Of A Nation", the new video from Swedish metallers CORRODED, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Defcon Zero", which will be released on April 14 via Despotz Records.

Comments the group: "We wanted the video to show how the song feels and we think it's spot on. Dark, ugly and ferocious — just like us! Hard rock fans will love it. So if your eyes bleed after this one, you're probably not that into heavy music. It might also be our appearances, but nonetheless, it's time to bang heads and make some trouble!"

"Defcon Zero" may be CORRODED's first new album in five years, but the band's goal is still the same — "world domination," says singer/guitarist Jens Westin with a laugh. With "Defcon Zero", CORRODED continues where "State Of Disgrace" left off, but ventures into "a little heavier and a bit more melodic" territory.

"We worked solely within the band this time as we entered this process with only some form of a raw idea, without any preconceptions," Westin adds. "From there on, everybody contributed. The creative process was based on a live feeling and we had tremendous fun while recording."
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Video: JOE LYNN TURNER Performs RAINBOW Classics In Oslo

Fan-filmed video footage of Joe Lynn Turner's March 24 performace at the Hard Rock Café in Oslo, Norway can be seen below (courtesy of Mr AOR).

Joe Lynn Turner last year slammed Ritchie Blackmore for the guitarist's decision to go out and perform classic DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW material with a new group musicians instead of reforming RAINBOW with a more "authentic" lineup.

Regarding why he thinks Ritchie has chosen to go out with a whole new RAINBOW lineup instead of bringing back some of the musicians who played on the band's classic records, Joe said: "The first thing I think I can say is that he's been misguided by people around him. That's what I really believe. I believe he's been misguided, and I believe he trusts these people and I think that he made a mistake doing this."

He continued: "I wanted an authentic reunion. I wanted guys from Doogie [White] and Graham [Bonnet] and [bassist] Bob Daisley and [drummer Bobby] Rondinelli, and all these guys, and I wanted to have a RAINBOW extravaganza, because there are a lot of fans that love RAINBOW that still haven't even seen RAINBOW, and this would be the ticket for them — you know, maybe a two-hour extravaganza. So I guess the people, his advisers or whoever, could not sell him that particular [idea], or maybe they never even told him that. I actually have a feeling that he was not full of the information at the time, because certain things have come to pass that sort of indicated that he didn't know about it, to me."

Joe was the singer of RAINBOW between 1980 and 1984 and he sang on the album "Difficult To Cure", which featured the band's most successful U.K. single, "I Surrender".

During Turner's time with RAINBOW, the band had its first USA chart success and recorded songs that helped define the melodic rock genre.

Blackmore was joined at last year's RAINBOW gigs by LORDS OF BLACK singer Ronnie Romero, STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson, BLACKMORE'S NIGHT drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau (a.k.a. Robert "Bob" Curiano, ex-BLACKMORE'S NIGHT).

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VIXEN Parts Ways With Guitarist GINA STILES, Announces Replacement

Veteran female rockers VIXEN have parted ways with guitarist Gina Stiles and have replaced her with Britt Lightning. The band has also welcomed a new keyboardist, Tyson Leslie.

Lightning and Leslie made their live debut with VIXEN on March 25 at the Rock The Arena II festival at Savage Arena in Toledo, Ohio.

Stiles originally played with VIXEN in 1997-1998 and returned to the band in 2013 as the replacement for the group's deceased founding guitarist Jan Kuehnemund.

Lightning (a.k.a. Brittany Denaro) previously played guitar for LA BANDA DE ALEJANDRO SANZ, CHIX 6 – THE MUSICAL and Rachel Platten.

Drummer Roxy Petrucci, singer Janet Gardner and bassist Share Ross honored Kuehnemund by resurrecting VIXEN in 2013.

The band was committed to reunite in 2012 but Kuehnemund's cancer diagnosis caused what was thought of at the time as a delay. Sadly, however, after a fierce battle, Kuehnemund succumbed to her illness, thus the reunion was not meant to be.

After discussing the idea with friends and family as well as lead vocalist from VIXEN's previous lineup, Jenna Sanz-Agero, it was agreed that it was the right decision for the three surviving definitive members to carry on as VIXEN.

Kuehnemund was only 51 years old at the time of her death.

Petrucci recently told Totally Driven Radio that VIXEN has "a bunch of demos" recorded for a possible new studio album but that the band is not yet ready to begin work on a new disc in earnest. She explained: "It's a timing thing. We've just gotta take the time and start buckling down and doing it. It's just that everybody has lives going on too, so between playing live and then everybody going back to their homes, which is all over the place… We'll get there. We'll get there. We're having a lot of fun, and we love doing the live stuff right now."
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Watch New Lineup Of QUIET RIOT Perform At Toledo's ROCK THE ARENA II Festival

Fan-filmed video footage of the new lineup of QUIET RIOT performing at the Rock The Arena II festival on March 25 at the Savage Arena in Toledo, Ohio can be seen below.

QUIET RIOT made its live debut with the band's seventh lead singer, "American Idol" finalist James Durbin, on March 18 at The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas.

Durbin, who became known as the "metal guy" on 2011's season of "American Idol" after performing "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking The Law" with JUDAS PRIEST, joined QUIET RIOT earlier in the month after the dismissal of Seann Nicols (a.k.a. Sheldon Tarsha; formerly of ADLER'S APPETITE). Nicols was with QUIET RIOT for just a few months, but long enough to record the vocals for an early version the band's upcoming album, "Road Rage".

Prior to the Wichita show, Durbin who recently collaborated with QUIET RIOT guitarist Alex Grossi on the "Maps To The Hollywood Scars" EP explained his decision to join QUIET RIOT, saying that it was partly motivated by his desire to elevate the band's status to levels not seen in the decade following original singer Kevin DuBrow's death.

"Me stepping into QUIET RIOT is me wanting to use the attention that I have and the things that I have done to highlight a band that I feel is being forgotten, or is being remembered for the wrong reasons," he said.

"[The QUIET RIOT documentary 'Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back' is] a great movie, it's a great story, it's tragic, it happens to every band. Whenever somebody loses a member, you go through this thing where you're trying to find somebody to fill that spot, and in some cases, it's just another guy, but in other cases, it's your best friend or your brother. And you've really gotta find people that you really gel with and really work with and really understand."

He added: "Even though I know Alex for the past four months, and two days of rehearsal the only two times I've ever been in a room together with [QUIET RIOT drummer] Frankie [Banali] and Chuck [Wright, QUIET RIOT bassist] and Alex all together I feel like we know each other already. I feel like I've known Frankie for years. And so it's this natural progression where I come in, I know the material, I'm prepared. I had two weeks to learn the sixteen-song set more than other people that have had much longer time. And I come in, and I know it, and I'm happy to be there, I'm grateful to be there, I'm happy to be working with people that wanna work and love to play music.

"For me, the whole 'Idol' thing and everything all together, the reason I did was just so that I could be a working musician and play music for a living and support my family. And that's who I'm in a band with. So it's pretty cool. It's come full circle. But nothing in this music industry or the rock and roll world or anything comes without a price to pay, so whatever the ticket price is, I'll pay it. But you can guaran-damn-tee that I will be there every single night banging my head, making you feel the noise, and I will never phone it in, dial it in, make a gimmick of myself or this band, because they deserve it, Kevin DuBrow's legacy and memory deserves it, and QUIET RIOT deserves it."

QUIET RIOT announced earlier in the month that it would delay the release of "Road Rage" until this summer so that Durbin could replace all the vocals on the album with new lyrics and melodies.

Banali revived QUIET RIOT in 2010, three years after DuBrow's death, along with Grossi and Wright. The group went through two vocalists Mark Huff and Scott Vokoun before settling on Jizzy Pearl in 2013. Pearl announced his exit from QUIET RIOT last October.




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ANATHEMA To Release 'The Optimist' Album In June

After ANATHEMA's 2012 award-winning album "Weather Systems" and 2014's spellbinding "Distant Satellites", the ambient rockers are back with their eleventh full-length, "The Optimist". Due for release on June 9 through Kscope, the album will soon reveal some of the darkest, most challenging and unexpected music the sextet have put their name to. ANATHEMA, led by brothers Daniel and Vincent Cavanagh, along with drummer John Douglas, singer Lee Douglas, bassist Jamie Cavanagh and keyboardist Daniel Cardoso, began recording "The Optimist" in the winter of 2016 at Attica Audio in Donegal, Ireland and then finished at Castle Of Doom studios in Glasgow with producer Tony Doogan (MOGWAI, BELLE & SEBASTIAN, SUPER FURRY ANIMALS) at the helm. Vincent elaborates on Doogan's influence on the recording process: "He suggested that we record as a live band, which we hadn't done for years. Having played a few tunes on the last tour, we were ready for that. Tony wanted to capture that energy you can only get with everyone facing each other It makes a big difference. He was a superb guy to work with and I learned a lot making this record" The idea for "The Optimist" was born from the front cover artwork of the band's 2001 album "A Fine Day To Exit". Daniel Cavanagh explains: "I suppose you might say the album is semi-autobiographical because this time we used a surrogate," he says of the character that is The Optimist. "We put sound, feelings and crucially, our own hopes and fears into another person and made him the subject of the songs then weaving my own internal monologue into the narrative of 'The Optimist'. It was John's idea to write a narrative, so I took 'A Fine Day To Exit' as the starting point." Vincent elaborates further on the earlier album's artwork influence: "The guy who disappeared you never knew what happened to him, did he start a new life? Did he succumb to his fate? It was never explained. The opening track title is the exact coordinates for Silver Strand beach in San Diego the last known location of The Optimist shown on the cover of 'A Fine Day To Exit'." To continue the theme further, the band brought back designer and illustrator Travis Smith to create the artwork for "The Optimist". The artwork was created from a series of photographs Smith took on a West Coast road trip. With the character's unresolved destiny, the three songwriting members meticulously brought the unfinished story to an end, and, most strikingly of all, one which is decided by the listener. "The Optimist" track listing:

01. 32.63N 117.14W [01:18]02. Leaving It Behind [04:27]03. Endless Ways [05:49]04. The Optimist [05:37]05. San Francisco [04:59]06. Springfield [05:49]07. Ghosts [04:17]08. Can't Let Go [05:00]09. Close Your Eyes [03:39]11. Wildfires [05:40]12. Back To The Start [11:41]

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METALLICA Fans Outraged Over Inflated Ticket Prices After European Tour Dates Sell Out

According to International Business Times, METALLICA fans have expressed outrage after tickets to the band's European tour sold out within minutes, only to quickly appear on various ticket reselling web sites at much higher prices.

Tickets for the European leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" tour went on sale Friday morning (March 24) and were quickly snapped up by fans eager to see the band play its first headline shows in support of the group's latest album, "Hardwired To Self-Destruct".

METALLICA's October 22 show at London's O2 Arena is nearly sold out but a few of the remaining tickets are going for around £200 (approximately $249) a significant bump from their original price range of £50-£85. There have also been reports on social media of tickets to other shows being made available for as much as £2,000.

Reselling sites such as Viagogo, GetMeIn and StubHub regularly have hundreds of tickets available a few minutes after a gig has sold out, sometimes at over 200% their original price.

Although Viagogo does advertise some tickets at their original value or below, it has has been the focus of increased customer complaints for allegedly overcharging fans for some of the more popular events.

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield recently expressed his frustration over ticket rip-offs, saying that more can be done in the fight against ticket scalpers.

Asked about secondary ticket sales for the band's recent intimate show in Toronto, Canada, Hetfield told CTV News: "That's their karma. There's always going to be someone who has an agenda. They're going to scoop up as many as they can.

"Technology can help, for sure. It's hard to believe something more can't be done.

"There's legal scalping out there too, which is frustrating. 'Hey, wow, we just sold ten thousand tickets and where did they go? To one place? Interesting.'

"We're aware of it and doing what we can. At the end of the day, the fans get screwed and we get screwed. It shouldn't happen."

He added: "I would just say, 'Fans, beware. Be smart about it.'"

The first European leg of "WorldWired" kicks off on September 4 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and stretches through November. After a break, the trek will pick up again on February 10 in Bologna, Italy, and continue through May, finishing up in Helsinki, Finland.

METALLICA will next play South America's Lollapalooza events in Brazil, Argentina and Chile on March 25, March 31 and April 1 respectively.

The North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" 2017 tour kicks off in Baltimore and will hit stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August. Support on the quartet's first North American trek since 2009 will come mainly from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT, with GOJIRA taking over for the latter group for the last six shows.

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IRON MAIDEN: Next Series Of Album Reissues Announced

Parlophone Records will follow 2014's reissue of the first eight IRON MAIDEN albums, which spanned the 1980s, with twelve brand new pressings of albums from the period 1990-2015 in heavyweight 180-gram black vinyl. Unlike the 1980s reissues, which were cut from the original analog master tapes, the audio on these releases has been cut from the high-resolution remasters of 2015 when the MAIDEN catalog was digitally upgraded. They will be packaged in identical artwork to the initial vinyl releases. The records will be released chronologically across a three-month period:

May 19:

Collector's BoxNo Prayer For The DyingFear Of The DarkThe X FactorVirtual XI

June 23:

Brave New WorldRock In Rio (Live)Dance Of DeathA Matter Of Life And Death

July 21:

Death On The Road (Live)Flight 666 (Live)The Final FrontierEn Vivo! (Live)

As a bonus, the first two albums ("No Prayer For The Dying" and "Fear Of The Dark") will also be made available in an exclusive Collector's Box sized to house all 12 albums with additional space for fans to insert the latest MAIDEN studio album, "The Book Of Souls", which was released on triple black vinyl in 2015. The Collector's Box will be a strictly limited edition and available while stocks last. These high-quality black vinyls comprised of eight studio albums together with a specially selected choice of four live recordings from this period, completes the IRON MAIDEN album reissues series and offers MAIDEN fans the opportunity to own the band's entire studio album legacy on vinyl simultaneously for the very first time. IRON MAIDEN's "The Book Of Souls" tour resumes with a series of arena shows opening in Sportpalais, Antwerp, Belgium on April 22 and continuing into Germany, U.K. and Ireland, finishing with two sold-out shows at London's 02 arena on May 27 and May 28. The band then flies to the U.S.A for an extensive series of arena and amphitheatre shows, including dates in Canada, ending with two nights in Brooklyn, New York on July 21 and July 22. This is the final leg of "The Book Of Souls" tour.
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THE PRETTY RECKLESS's TAYLOR MOMSEN Is Open To Collaborating With EMINEM

Taylor Momsen has shot down as untrue a rumor that she is working with Eminem on his upcoming album.

Reports of a collaboration between the THE PRETTY RECKLESS singer and the rap superstar first surfaced earlier this month, with no credible source cited to corroborate the information.

Asked by Meltdown of the WRIF radio station in Detroit, Michigan if there is any validity to the rumor that she is making music with Eminem, Taylor said: "I keep hearing that rumor. It's not true, as far as I now, but I am a fan of his."

Pressed on whether she would work with the the Detroit rapper if she was approached about it, Momsen said: "If the circumstance and the song was If it was natural and organic and worked out in an actual artistic way, then yeah, sure."

The frontwoman went on to call Eminem "amazing" and "a genius in his own right."

THE PRETTY RECKLESS's latest album, "Who You Selling For", came out last October. The disc was produced by the band's longtime collaborator Kato Khandwala.

THE PRETTY RECKLESS will continue to tour throughout the year in support of the album, hitting major markets and festival shows, including Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion and Rocklahoma in the U.S. as well as playing European and South American dates.
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BUTCHER BABIES Begin Recording Third Album; Short Clip Of New Song Available

BUTCHER BABIES have begun recording the follow-up to their 2015 album "Take It Like A Man" for a tentative late 2017 release via Century Media Records.

A short clip of a new song with the working title "Chevelle" can be heard in the Instagram post below.

BUTCHER BABIES vocalist Carla Harvey told the Rock 105 radio station last year about the musical direction for the band's next record: "Me and Heidi [Shepherd, BUTCHER BABIES co-vocalist] and all the rest of the band, of course, as well, we've been sharing notes and talking about our vision for the next album and trying some different things and bringing in some different influences that we haven't done before, and we're really excited."

She continued: "I was always a huge PJ Harvey fan and a fan of Poe if you remember Poe from the '90s. When I was growing up, I loved them. So even though I'm a die-hard, old-school thrash metal chick, I really loved some of that stuff. And I'm thinking about how we could incorporate a little bit of that kind of sound."

Harvey added that BUTCHER BABIES' willingness to experiment doesn't mean that the band will abandon its core sound. "I think that you evolve and you wanna try new things," she said. "And I hope people are open to hearing new things. You know, a lot of times, people only wanna hear the same sound year after year after year from a band, and it's not fun for a band to do that, because you wanna grow and you want to try new things And we're always gonna be BUTCHER BABIES, we're always gonna be a metal band, so those elements will always be there. Never fear! But trying some new stuff never hurts."

"Take It Like A Man" was produced by Logan Mader, who has previously worked with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, DEVILDRIVER, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY and GOJIRA.

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN's SERJ TANKIAN Performs At 'Game Of Thrones: A Live Concert Experience' In L.A. (Video)

Serj Tankian made a special guest appearance at last night's (Thursday, March 23) "Game Of Thrones: A Live Concert Experience" at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer delivered a powerful and poignant rendition of "The Rains Of Castamere", a fictional ballad from Westeros, while scenes of the cunning Lannisters played overhead.

The 28-city tour, which began in February, features the show's theme music performed by an orchestra and choir on seven stages that represent the seven kingdoms of Westeros. The performance is accompanied by special effects, projected images and footage from key scenes in the show's story line.

"In an abstract way, we're re-creating moments from the show on the stage," the concert's creator and conductor, Ramin Djawadi, told the Los Angeles Times. "The musical themes are almost characters on their own there's the Daenerys theme. The Dragon's theme. The Stark theme. It brings a whole other level of emotion thats so much more than just us playing songs from the show."

Tankian teased his appearance earlier in the week, tweeting a picture of him with Djawadi along with the capton: "My friend Ramin Djawadi, composer of Game Of Thrones, and I playing cars? OR Prepping for the Game of Thrones Live show at the The Forum."

Djawadi, who created the music for all of the seasons of "Game Of Thrones", also composed the music for feature films such as "Iron Man" and "Pacific Rim" as well as HBO's "Westworld".






My friend Ramin Djawadi, composer of Game Of Thrones, and I playing cars? OR Prepping for the #GameofThronesLive show at the @TheForum pic.twitter.com/zYqKbmeZJa

Serj Tankian (@serjtankian) March 22, 2017

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EYES SET TO KILL Releases 'Break' Single, Announces New Lineup

Hard rock outfit EYES SET TO KILL has released the first offering from its soon-to-be-announced new record. The "Break" single is available now to stream/purchase on Spotify and iTunes.

In other news, EYES SET TO KILL has announced that Tiaday Ball (of THE WORLD OVER) has joined the band as its new bassist. Additionally, the group has welcomed its long-standing touring guitarist, A.J Bartholomew, as an official member.

EYES SET TO KILL will also embark on the "Break Into Action" tour this spring. Support on the trek will come from BAD SEED RISING and THE NEARLY DEADS.

Speaking about the upcoming tour dates, EYES SET TO KILL lead vocalist Alexia Rodriguez states: "We are excited to be playing some brand new jams on this tour in support of our album coming out later this year and are lucky to be heading out on tour with a lineup full of bands fronted by badass, talented women from the underground rock scene."

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DISBELIEF: Listen To New Song 'Full Of Terrors'

"Full Of Terrors", a brand new song from German death metallers DISBELIEF, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "The Symbol Of Death", which will be released on April 21 via Listenable Records. According to a press release, the follow-up to 2010's "Heal" is "a monster. First, band founder and vocalist Karsten 'Jagger' Jäger's guttural signature has never sounded so intense and relentless, and the precise and bloodthirsty double-bass drums back up a colossal wall of thickly produced, face-melting guitars. Still, the band adds in a melodic flavor that never sounds obvious."

Jäger comments on the studio experience: "We recorded and mixed 'The Symbol Of Death' at Rombado Recordings in Essen, Germany. It was the first time for us in this studio, and the band is very satisfied with the result. The combination of the brutal side of DISBELIEF and the melodic, apocalyptic parts of the band are displayed here better than ever before. Many excellent riffs, some fast stuff, some mid-tempo songs, it's a great trip going through those twelve strong, raw and aggressive death metal songs."

Asked about the lyrical themes explored on "The Symbol Of Death", Jäger says: "'Rest In Peace' is personal and deals with my father dying of cancer and his fight against this crawling sickness that destroyed him slowly. The song 'One By One' is dedicated to [Austrian Nazi hunter and writer] Simon Wiesenthal and is looking into the minds of all the German people who survived the Nazi regime, knowing what was going on with the Jews, betraying and denying their best friends to save their own lives. Everyone who survived such experience had to live with that shame until the rest of their lives; that's justice. 'To Defy Control' is an anti-addiction song about the daily manipulations people have to go through."

The artwork for "The Symbol Of Death" was created by renowned artist Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with TESTAMENT, HATEBREED, SOULFLY and KATAKLYSM, among others. Jäger explains the concept: "The cover artwork shows two statues. They're blessing each other and betraying and stabbing each other in the back with the other hand at the same time, a hypocritical blessing."

"The Symbol Of Death" track listing:

01. Full Of Terrors02. The Unsuspecting One03. The Symbol Of Death04. Embrace The Blaze05. To Defy Control06. Rest In Peace07. Evil Ghosts08. One By One09. Nothing To Heal10. The Circle11. Into Glory Ride12. Shattered13. Anthem For The Doomed

DISBELIEF 2017 is:

Karsten "Jagger" Jäger - VocalsJochen "Joe" Trunk - BassAlexander "Alex" Hagenauer - GuitarDavid "Dave" Renner - GuitarFabian "Fab" Regmann - Drums
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New GHOST Lineup Performs Live For First Time (Video)

The new GHOST lineup kicked off its 2017 "Popestar" European tour last night (Friday, March 24) at Norwich UEA in Norwich, England. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.

None of the GHOST bandmembers' real names have ever been revealed, although singer Papa Emeritus is believed to be Swedish rock musician Tobias Forge, who writes almost all of the group's music and does most of the act's interviews disguised as a member of his backing band of Nameless Ghouls.

Since none of the musicians in the band are ever identified, personnel changes in the group have gone unannounced. It is believed, however, that the lineup has changed a few times over the years, including at the end of 2016, when Forge is rumored to have fired all five of the Nameless Ghouls following the completion of GHOST's North American tour. As a result, GHOST's current European headlining trek apparently marks the live debut of GHOST's new lineup, featuring Forge as the sole remaining member from the band that previously toured in support of "Meliora" and last year's "Popestar" EP.

Earlier this month, Swedish musician Martin Persner released a two-minute video message in which he claimed to have played guitar for GHOST for seven years under the name Omega or Quintessence. He also revealed that he exited the band last July, although he did not disclose the reasons for his departure.

"Popestar" was released last September. The effort features covers of songs from bands like ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN and EURYTHMICS along with a new original tune called "Square Hammer".

During a recent interview with Metal Wani, the GHOST leader touched on the subject of lineup changes and how they have affected the band's sound over the years.

"From a practical point of view, you're interested in, on the one hand, preserving the sound, or the elements that make up the sound, and you still wanna progress," he said. "I think one of the secrets behind our preserving ability is the fact that we don't necessarily have to have the same six people in the room to make that sound, which helps.

"It's always a blessing and a curse when you have some of these classic bands over the course of rock and roll history, where in order for them to sound like that exact band, you need those four individuals, and if one is missing, it does not sound like that," he continued. "And, fortunately, we don't have that problem. Because performing GHOST and recording GHOST has never really been the same thing. So that we can preserve our sound; we don't have to rely on… if some people come and go, which is good. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE is the same thing. Everything goes through Josh's [Homme] hands, and therefore it sounds like QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, regardless of who he brings in and out of the band, which is, I guess, a similar situation."

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NIGHTRAGE: 'Affliction' Video Released

"Affliction", the new Rawrec Production-directed video from Greek/Swedish melodic death metallers NIGHTRAGE, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's seventh album, "The Venomous", which will be released on March 31 via Despotz Records. The disc was recorded at Zero Gravity Studios in Athens with producer Terry Nikas.

Says the band: "The NIGHTRAGE sound is evolving and we are ready to take it to new exciting and creative heights. We cannot wait to unleash this out into the world!"

According to a press release, "The Venomous" "is a relentless tale of extinction, told with as much venomous aggression as there are intriguing and mesmerizing melodies. Memorable hooks and some of the catchiest choruses that metal has seen in decades does nothing to compromise the brutality and honesty that NIGHTRAGE is known for. The music is catchy and extreme. Lyrically, the album deals with the failure of mankind and how we as human beings are racing towards our own extinction."

NIGHTRAGE recently announced the addition of Magnus Söderman on guitar and Lawrence Dinamarca on drums.

NIGHTRAGE's sixth studio album, "The Puritan", was released in April 2015 via Despotz Records. The CD marked vocalist Ronnie Nyman's recorded debut with NIGHTRAGE after he performed with the band on its Japanese and Russian tours.

NIGHTRAGE was founded in 2000 in Greece by Marios Iliopoulos and his close friend, Gus G., who departed after the band's second album, "Descent Into Chaos". During the band's seventeen-year career, NIGHTRAGE has released six studio albums and toured across Europe, the U.S., Canada and Asia while employing various musicians from AT THE GATES, EVERGREY, DARK TRANQUILLITY, AMARANTHE and FIREWIND.

NIGHTRAGE is: Marios Iliopoulos - GuitarRonnie Nyman - VocalsAnders Hammer - BassMagnus Söderman - GuitarLawrence Dinamarca - Drums

Band photo credit: Soile Siirtola
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