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Video: L.A. GUNS Returns To Whisky A Go Go

Joe Dolan of has uploaded video footage of L.A. GUNS' July 25 performance at Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. Check it out below.

The current lineup of L.A. GUNS includes singer Phil Lewis (GIRL, TORME), guitarist Michael Grant (ENDEVERAFTER, ASSASSINS), drummer Steve Riley (W.A.S.P., STEPPENWOLF) and bassist Scotty Griffin (HOOKERS 'N' BLOW, THE KING MIXERS).

The band is now on tour and has scheduled performances across the U.S. throughout August and September alongside Ted Nugent, CHEAP TRICK, WINGER, THE QUIREBOYS, ENUFF Z'NUFF, GREAT WHITE, Sebastian Bach, WARRANT and TRIXTER.

In January 2013, L.A. GUNS parted ways with its guitarist of one month, Frankie Wilsey (SEA HAGS, ARCADE), and replaced him with Michael Grant.

Due to "extenuating circumstances and musical differences," guitarist Stacey Blades announced his departure from L.A. GUNS in December 2012.

Blades played on four L.A. GUNS albums: "Rips The Covers Off" (2004), "Tales Trom The Strip" (2005), "Loud And Dangerous: Live From Hollywood" (2006) and "Hollywood Forever" (2012). He also authored a book, "Confessions Of A Replacement Rockstar", which was published in 2009.

L.A. GUNS' last studio album, "Hollywood Forever", was released in June 2012 via via Cleopatra Records. The CD was recorded with legendary producer, and old friend, Andy Johns, who had previously worked with LED ZEPPELIN, THE ROLLING STONES, CINDERELLA and VAN HALEN, and who collaborated with L.A. GUNS on their previous three albums.
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QUEEN: 'Live At The Rainbow '74' Trailer

A trailer for the forthcoming "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74" package can be seen below.

Sunday March 31, 1974 is a landmark date in the history of rock music. It is now celebrated in the multi-format release of a rare recording made at legendary London venue The Rainbow, of a concert by a then-up-and-coming band called QUEEN. Few who turned up for that iconic performance could have predicted they would go on to become arguably the world's best and most successful rock group, although many more may have suspected it after this stunning show. Among the unique material contained in this release are over a dozen tracks never previously released on any official QUEEN live album. The release will come in CD, vinyl and standard DVD or SD Blu-ray formats available as standard releases or special limited edition sets as well as digital formats. That concert, being heard live for the first time in the soon-to-be-released "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74", marked the culmination of the band's countrywide tour, their first as headliners — hot on the heels of a tour supporting MOTT THE HOOPLE, late in 1973, on which they were widely regarded as having blown the hit band off the stage. QUEEN got rave reviews, almost unheard of for a support band, and it was obvious that in future they would be top of the bill. The band's momentum had been building since the release of their eponymous album in July 1973 and, following their success on the MOTT tour, at the beginning of 1974 they were tipped as "Band Of The Year" in UK music paper Disc And Music Echo. Just before the March Rainbow gig, QUEEN performed their new single "Seven Seas Of Rhye" on must-see U.K. TV music show "Top Of The Pops". The highly coveted slot was a lucky break — they filled in for an absent DAVID BOWIE, who was unavailable — and the band made the most of it, delivering a thrilling performance that pushed the song into the Top 10. Although the group now had a first hit single under its belt, and second album "Queen II" had just been released to critical acclaim, many felt that playing The Rainbow was overambitious. It was the premier London venue of the time, on a par with L.A.'s Palladium and New York's Fillmore East. But the band had paid its dues, slugging it out in clubs and college halls for four years, and never doubting their own potential. The band's confidence was vindicated when the venue quickly sold out the capacity of more than 3,000 seats — with some fans paying as much as £1.20 for a ticket! QUEEN's performance was spectacular from the second that Freddie Mercury strutted onto the stage in his soon to become trademark white "eagle suit," a tight-fitting number specially made for him by top fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, which featured flowing winged sleeves. He pranced and posed, capturing the audience in seconds with his extraordinary voice and stage presence, while Brian May provided the counterpoint with his remarkable and ground-breaking guitar playing. The powerful "engine room" (as they liked to call it) of drummer Roger Taylor and bass player John Deacon completed a sound unlike anything British audiences had previously heard. Enraptured fans clapped and cheered, and gave the band a standing ovation. That electrifying show was recorded by Roy Thomas Baker, co-producer of QUEEN's first four studio albums, and slated to be the band's third album (and debut live album) — a career-defining release like JAMES BROWN's "Live At The Apollo" or THE WHO's "Live At Leeds". Intended to be a recording that captured the magic of a live band firing on all cylinders, "Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74" would undoubtedly have been a big success. But QUEEN's ferocious creative momentum produced a stack of new songs begging to be recorded and instead of releasing the live album the band went into the studio to record what was to become 1974's breakthrough album, "Sheer Heart Attack". As a result, the already completed Rainbow live album was shelved and consigned to the archives. Later in 1974 QUEEN had their first chart-topping single, "Killer Queen", which encapsulated their brand of driving rock and clever lyrics. It appeared on "Sheer Heart Attack", which was released in the autumn, was a massive hit and remains to this day many fans' favourite QUEEN album. To celebrate this success and crown a remarkable year, QUEEN returned to The Rainbow in November 1974 for two sell-out gigs that were even more spectacular than the one in March. These concerts included the typically flamboyant performance of "Now I'm Here" with which they had been wowing audiences on the tour. It featured Freddie apparently appearing in a spotlight on opposite sides of the stage almost simultaneously. The concerts received massive acclaim from fans and critics alike, and won over many who had until then doubted the band's potential. In this year, QUEEN also undertook their first concerts in Australia, USA, Sweden, Finland, Holland, Belgium and Spain. Now, a remarkable 40 years later, "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74" has finally surfaced from the archives, providing an invaluable record of emerging superstars demonstrating their talent. QUEEN, Virgin Records and Eagle Rock Entertainment are proud to announce that "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74" will be released on September 8, 2014 (U.K. on Virgin Records) and September 9, 2014 (U.S. through Hollywood Records) in a variety of formats all newly mixed and mastered to the highest contemporary standard. These range from a standard two CD package, a DVD, an SD Blu-ray, a gate-fold double vinyl (including an audio reproduction of the aforementioned original live album), a quadruple vinyl boxed set, to a super deluxe collector's edition. This comprehensive and fascinating package includes two CDs, a DVD and Blu-ray, a 60-page hardback book containing many rare photographs, and various items of memorabilia such as reproductions of the tickets, show souvenir programme and poster, as well as material from the band members' personal archives. Vinyl and super deluxe formats are released as limited editions. These recordings capture QUEEN at that time in all their glory: the dramatic stage presence, the highly original self-penned repertoire of songs, high-energy performances coupled with stunning melodic and harmonic content, and the uncompromising perfectionist approach to every aspect of their performance which is still maintained to this day. QUEEN dazzled their audiences in 1974 with an unforgettable show delivered with a skill and confidence which belied their youth. The tape machines were rolling, capturing the highly electric performances. Now, to mark the 40th anniversary of these legendary shows, here, finally, is "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74" — lovingly restored, edited, mixed and digitally mastered, and including much footage never previously seen. It is a collection every QUEEN fan will want to possess. "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74" package details Package one

* One CD featuring the November show Package two

* Two CD digipack, with one CD featuring the March show and the second CD featuring the November show Package three

* DVD or SD Blu-Ray of the November show with four “bonus” tracks from March Package four (released in North America only)

* SD Blu-Ray & CD combo box Package five

* 2 Vinyl – Limited-edition gatefold double vinyl package, with one LP featuring an audio reproduction of the original March show live album and the other LP featuring highlights from the November show. Package six

* 4 Vinyl – Limited-edition four-vinyl-LP boxed set, two LPs featuring the March show and two featuring the November show Package seven

* Super Deluxe Box – Limited-edition Super Deluxe lidded boxed set package containing:

1) Two CDs, one CD featuring the March show and the second CD featuring the November show2) A DVD and SD Blu-ray of the November show with four "bonus" tracks from March3) A 60-page hardback book containing lots of previously unseen photographs, and (among other items), reproductions of two reviews, one from The Times and one from Disc And Music Echo. A series of four articles from the latter publication is also included.4) Reproductions of two tickets from the March concert (those actually used by Brian's parents)5) A reproduction of the tour itinerary folder for the March concert from promoter Mel Bush, including a letter instructing the band not to trash the hotel room or there will be dire consequences!6) A reproduction of the 8-page show souvenir brochure7) Two button badges — reproductions of items available at the concert8) A reproduction of the purple and gold March concert poster9) A reproduction of a fashion shoot in The Telegraph magazine, featuring the band with fashion models.10) A reproduction of the sticker stage pass from the March concert "Queen Live At The Rainbow" will also be available as one disc and two-disc eAlbum. "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74" track listings: One CD: Sheer Heart Attack Tour - Live at the Rainbow, November '74 01. Procession02. Now I'm Here03. Ogre Battle04. Father To Son05. White Queen (As It Began)06. Flick Of The Wrist07. In The Lap Of The Gods08. Killer Queen09. The March Of The Black Queen10. Bring Back That Leroy Brown11. Son And Daughter12. Guitar Solo13. Son And Daughter (Reprise)14. Keep Yourself Alive15. Drum Solo16. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)17. Seven Seas Of Rhye18. Stone Cold Crazy19. Liar20. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited21. Big Spender22. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll23. Jailhouse Rock24. God Save The Queen Two CD digipack and four-vinyl LP boxed set: CD 1 Queen II Tour - Live at the Rainbow, March '74 01. Procession02. Father To Son03. Ogre Battle04. Son And Daughter05. Guitar Solo06. Son And Daughter (Reprise)07. White Queen (As It Began)08. Great King Rat09. The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke10. Keep Yourself Alive11. Drum Solo12. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)13. Seven Seas Of Rhye14. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll15. Jailhouse Rock (Medley) / Stupid Cupid (Medley) / Be Bop A Lula (Medley)16. Liar17. See What A Fool I've Been CD 2 Sheer Heart Attack Tour - Live at the Rainbow, November '74 01. Procession02. Now I'm Here03. Ogre Battle04. Father To Son05. White Queen (As It Began)06. Flick Of The Wrist07. In The Lap Of The Gods08. Killer Queen09. The March Of The Black Queen10. Bring Back That Leroy Brown11. Son And Daughter12. Guitar Solo13. Son And Daughter (Reprise)14. Keep Yourself Alive15. Drum Solo16. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)17. Seven Seas Of Rhye18. Stone Cold Crazy19. Liar20. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited21. Big Spender22. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll23. Jailhouse Rock24. God Save The Queen Standard DVD and SD Blu-Ray: Sheer Heart Attack Tour - Live at the Rainbow, November '74 01. Procession02. Now I'm Here03. Ogre Battle04. Father To Son05. White Queen (As It Began)06. Flick Of The Wrist07. In The Lap Of The Gods08. Killer Queen09. The March Of The Black Queen10. Bring Back That Leroy Brown11. Son And Daughter12. Guitar Solo13. Son And Daughter (Reprise)14. Keep Yourself Alive15. Drum Solo16. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)17. Seven Seas Of Rhye18. Stone Cold Crazy19. Liar20. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited21. Big Spender22. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll23. Jailhouse Rock24. God Save The Queen Bonus tracks Queen II Tour - Live at the Rainbow, March '74 01. Son And Daughter02. Guitar Solo03. Son And Daughter (Reprise)04. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll Double Vinyl LP Package: Queen II Tour - Live at the Rainbow, March '74 01. Procession02. Father To Son03. Ogre Battle04. Son And Daughter05. Guitar Solo06. Son And Daughter (Reprise)07. Keep Yourself Alive08. Drum Solo09. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)10. Seven Seas Of Rhye11. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll12. Liar Sheer Heart Attack Tour - Live at the Rainbow, November '74 01. Procession02. Now I'm Here03. White Queen (As It Began)04. Flick Of The Wrist05. In The Lap Of The Gods06. Killer Queen07. The March Of The Black Queen08. Bring Back That Leroy Brown09. Stone Cold Crazy10. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited


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ELUVEITIE: 'The Call Of The Mountains' Video Released

"The Call Of The Mountains", the new video from Swiss folk metallers ELUVEITIE, can be seen below. The song, which was made available as a digital single on July 25, is taken from the band's new album, "Origins", due on August 5 via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork for the CD was created by ELUVEITIE frontman Chrigel Glanzmann and can be seen below. The effort was once again recorded at New Sound Studio in Pfäffikon, a municipality in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland, with producer Tommy Vetterli (a.k.a. Tommy T. Baron; CORONER/ex-KREATOR guitarist).

Comments ELUVEITIE: "['The Call Of The Mountains' is] a song about the long-searched-for destination at the end of the epic journey of the Celts, who were to become the Helvetians — a song about our mystical and unparalleled alps.

"We shot the video in a fitting, beautiful (and sometimes vertigo-inducing) scenery, and we hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did making it for you!”

"Origins" track listing:

01. Origins02. The Nameless03. From Darkness04. Celtos05. Virunus06. Nothing07. The Call Of The Mountains08. Sucellos09. Inception10. Vianna11. The Silver Sister12. King13. The Day Of Strife14. Ogmios15. Carry The Torch16. Eternity

Chrigel previously stated about ELUVEITIE's new album: "'Origins' deals in depth with Celtic mythology, or, to be more precise, with aetiological tales from Gaul in particular. Hence we're facing strongly mythical as well as spiritual subjects on this album, topics which we have approached very scientifically and in cooperation with several scientists and diverse universities.

"Many aspects of Gaulish mythology and spirituality remain in the dark nonetheless, while others run through the theme like a golden thread — like this eminent, yet innominate god, for instance, of which the Gauls claimed to be direct descendants and which was compared to the Roman chtonic deity Dis Pater.

"Today we cannot say which Gaulish god this was exactly. But according to all we know, it's likely that we're dealing with Sucellos here. Throughout space and time he appears over and over again — from very old spiritual customs of ancient Gaulish tribes in today's northern Spain all the way to later statues in today's Switzerland, France and elsewhere.Perhaps he is this mysterious nameless one.

"The album cover of 'Origins' is designed after the hammer/club-shaped 'halo' of Sucellos, as seen on a statue, that was found in a shrine of a gallo-roman household in today's France. It was created under the scientific supervision of experts from the university of Zürich." ELUVEITIE recently announced the addition of violinist Nicole Ansperger to the group's ranks.

ELUVEITIE's last album, "Helvetios", sold 4,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 143 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 3 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.


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WOLF: 'Shark Attack' Video Released

"Shark Attack", the new video from Swedish metallers WOLF, can be seen below. The clip was helmed by Owe Lingvall at Dreamday Media, who previously directed the band's videos for the songs "Absinthe", "Voodoo" and "I Will Kill Again". The band says: "We filled an old barn with lights, smoke, sweat and pure metal and almost burned it down."

"Shark Attack" is taken from WOLF's seventh studio album, "Devil Seed", which will be released on August 25 in Europe and on September 2 in North America via Century Media.

This time around, the wolves teamed up with Jens Bogren (KREATOR, PARADISE LOST, OPETH) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden to deliver not only a heavy-sounding release but also one chock-full of clarity and complexity. With cover artwork created once again by legendary designer Thomas Holm (MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND), all the elements are aligned for this fierce slab of pure heavy metal mayhem.

Comments WOLF guitarist Simon Johansson: "WOLF is back and once again we have worked with the amazing Thomas Holm for the album art. Thomas has a way of catching the feeling of an album and to put colors to our music. This time Niklas Stålvind also contributed to some drawings found in the booklet and the collaboration between the two of them turned out great.

"'Devil Seed' starts as an embryo and when you least aspect it you find yourself dancing with the Devil."

"Devil Seed" track listing:

01. Overture in C Shark02. Shark Attack 03. Skeleton Woman 04. Surgeons Of Lobotomy 05. My Demon 06. I Am Pain 07. Back From The Grave 08. The Dark Passenger 09. River Everlost 10. Frozen 11. Killing Floor

The lyric video for the song "My Demon" can be seen below.

Comments WOLF founding member Niklas Stalvind: "Please enjoy 'My Demon', the first taste of the 'Devil Seed'. Spread it, share it and play it loud! Watch out for the whole album in August."

Fans will be pleased to hear that WOLF is not only still true to its musical ideal, but delivers a fresh and unique take on the sound that is their unmistakable trademark.

"I haven't been this pleased with the songs on a WOLF album since the release of 'Black Wings'," says Niklas Stalvind. "I really think we have taking our songwriting to the next level on this one and I hope that the metal fans will love it as much as we do."

A short time after the new album's release, WOLF will take to the streets with a tour of the U.K., with further European dates to be announced soon.

WOLF in 2011 parted ways with guitarist Johannes "Axeman" Losbäck and replaced him with Simon Johansson (ABSTRAKT ALGEBRA, BIBLEBLACK, MEMORY GARDEN). Simon previously played with WOLF in 2009 when they supported W.A.S.P. for four shows.

WOLF's sixth album, "Legions Of Bastards", was released in April 2011 via Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2009's "Ravenous" was produced by Pelle Saether at Studio Underground in Vasterås, Sweden. The cover artwork was once again created by Thomas Holm (the man who was responsible for the legendary MERCYFUL FATE "Melissa" and "Don't Break The Oath" covers).
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DOWNSET: 'One Blood' Video Released

Hardcore punk/rap metal veterans DOWNSET released their new album, "One Blood", on July 21 after a 10-year hiatus. The video for the CD's title track can be viewed below. The clip was produced by Marcelo Palomino and Brian Cox of Digital Iris Productions. "Doing the 'One Blood' video was putting a big breath of fresh air into the lungs of DOWNSET," states guitarist Brian Ares Schwager. "We wanted to embrace our hardcore roots, our hip-hop roots, our graffiti roots and our Los Angeles roots, as well as unite many of our closest friends and family for a 'One Blood' debut show and reunion. The day of the shoot was a blast and working with Digital Iris Productions was a great experience capturing 'One Blood' on video." "When Marcelo called me to let me know we were doing the new DOWNSET video, I was ecstatic," states producer Brian Cox. "Being that I've been a fan of the band since my early teens and that he's been friends with those guys for years, we knew we had to produce what we felt best represents DOWNSET in its truest form. With 'One Blood', it was about bringing different genres, artistic styles and people together. We feel that idea of unity was encapsulated well in in the making of this video." "One Blood" was is available for download now via iTunes and Amazon. Produced by DOWNSET guitarist Brian Ares Schwager and mixed by Wesley Seldman, the CD was recorded in three locations — Venice And Overland rehearsal studio in Culver City, California; The Basement in Baltimore, Maryland; and Creating Better Sounds studio in Palmdale, California.

"One Blood" continues the epic tradition that only DOWNSET can truly express — hybridizing hip-hop and crushing riffs with lyrics that touch the world dramatically. "One Blood" reminds listeners of DOWNSET's critical position in this contemporary era of art, expression and music. DOWNSET recently finished up a brief East Coast tour, which included a stop at the famed This Is Hardcore Festival in Philadelphia this past Sunday, July 27, where the band performed a blistering set to new and diehard fans alike. In August, the band will travel out west to perform in Arizona, California and Nevada. Formed in 1986, DOWNSET released albums on the Mercury and Epitaph labels before disbanding in 2009.


Ray Oropeza - VocalsBrian Ares Schwager - GuitarJames Morris - BassChris Hamilton - Drums


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MASTODON's BRENT HINDS Hard At Work On Penis Sculpture

MASTODON vocalist and guitarist Brent Hinds, who likes to blow off steam by doing some wood carving in his spare time, has been working on a new sculpture of a large penis.

The "giant pawnus," as Hinds called it on Instagram, is Brent's first carving in over a year.

Two Instagram photos showing the sculpture's progress can be seen below.

The cover artwork for MASTODON's 2011 album "The Hunter" was created by AJ Fosik, a wood carver who was also responsible for the backdrop the band was using live.

MASTODON's sixth album, "Once More 'Round The Sun", sold around 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 24 via Reprise Records.


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HALESTORM: Performance Clip Of Previously Unreleased Song Co-Written By WEEZER's RIVERS CUOMO

As a "thank you" to the band’s fans for pushing them past one million "likes" on Facebook, Pennsylvanian rockers HALESTORM — who are now based in Nashville, Tennessee — have posted a video performance of the previously unreleased song "Sweet Love". The track, which was first performed by HALESTORM's Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger on July 26 as part of their acoustic show at The Basement in Nashville, Tennessee, was written in 2011 with WEEZER frontman Rivers Cuomo during the sessions for HALESTORM's "The Strange Case Of…" album.

In a May 2012 interview with a Syracuse radio station, Lzzy said working with with Rivers Cuomo on "Sweet Love" was her "favorite collaboration." She explained: "He's the sweetest guy. He's a little nuts. He stopped for an hour for him to meditate. I'll do something again with him."

Hale has told Loudwire in a recent interview that HALESTORM is "almost done" with recording its third album. Hale explained, "We have a lot of really great songs. I think we finally cracked the code for this next record… That's what I love about writing records, you don't really know what you want to say on a record when you begin writing it. At least we don't. It's always halfway through the process and then all of a sudden, the light bulb goes off and the floodgates open."

HALESTORM debuted two new songs — "Heartbreaker" and "Mayhem" — at shows in Tennessee and England this past spring.

The group began writing its third album in January, after completing more than 20 months of touring behind 2012's "The Strange Case Of…"

Asked if "Mayhem" is a good indicator of what HALESTORM fans can expect to hear on the band's next album, Hale said: "Definitely. Especially since that one was the one that we felt like it needed a little bit of work, and we weren't really considering it one of our best songs. So we wanted to see how we could develop it on tour, and I think that the crowd has really gotten us excited about it now. So it might actually have a shot at being on the record." Drummer Arejay Hale added: "It definitely will help the writing process for the rest of the songs. Now we have an idea of, kind of, how the crowd reacts to certain things. So it kind ofgives you a good guideline, I guess."

Hale added that fans might hear some more personal material on this record, saying, "I think that when our fans began to kind of let me into their lives a little bit, they made me feel so incredibly comfortable in my own skin that they're going to be hearing some stories on this record that they might not know about me."

Hale also said that the band wants to "bridge the gap" between its live show and its recorded sound on the next album, remarking, "I'm really proud of the last two records, but I think its time to simplify and really get back to what, in all honesty, what we do best."
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RIOT V To Release 'Unleash The Fire' In October

RIOT V, the new band featuring nearly all the surviving members of the most recent lineup of U.S. metal pioneers RIOT, will release its new album, "Unleash The Fire", on October 28 (one day earlier internationally) via SPV/Steamhammer. Avalon/Marquee will make the effort available in Japan.

RIOT V is continuing on in honor of the late great founding RIOT guitarist Mark Reale, who died from complications from Crohn's Disease in early 2012. The musicians decided to continue on with the blessings from the estate of Reale to keep the music and spirit of RIOT alive.

The continuing members decided to alter the name to RIOT V as the fifth chapter of the band's long history as well as Todd Michael Hall being the fifth singer following Guy Speranza (March 1956 - November 2003), Rhett Forrester (September 1956 – January 1994), Tony Moore and Mike Dimeo in the some 30-odd years of the band's existence.

RIOT V's lineup features longtime RIOT members Mike Flyntz (guitar), who has been Reale's guitar partner for over 25 years, and bassist/songwriter Don Van Stavern ("Thundersteel", "Privilege Of Power", "Immortal Soul"), new vocalist Todd Michael Hall (BURNING STARR, REVERENCE) and RIOT's "Army Of One" drummer Frank Gilchriest (VIRGIN STEELE, LIEGE LORD).

Although Reale can never be replaced, RIOT V recruited former student-turned-teacher at Mike Flyntz's guitar school in Long Island, New York, 26-year-old guitar virtuoso Nick Lee, to handle the lead-guitar duties on the band's recent tour and upcoming album.

"Unleash The Fire" track listing:

01. Ride Hard Live Free02. Metal Warrior03. Fall From The Sky04. Bring The Hammer Down05. Unleash The Fire06. Land Of The Rising Sun07. Kill To Survive08. Return Of The Outlaw09. Immortal10. Take Me Back11. Fight Fight Fight12. Until We Meet Again13. Thundersteel (live bonus track)

Fan-filmed video footage of RIOT V performing the new song "Metal Warriors" on February 9 in Athens, Greece can be seen below.

Said Flyntz: "This record is for my friend Mark Reale. I am very proud of it. We made a great record on a shoestring budget. When it is released, you will hear Mark's spirit throughout. We couldn't have done it without the constant support from the RIOT fans and, of course, the support of [Mark's father] Tony Reale."

Regarding the addition of Lee to RIOT V's lineup, Flyntz said: "The decision whether to add a guitarist or try it myself was very difficult. We did play some shows without Mark when he was sick. Although they went as well as could be expected given the circumstances, I felt it was better for the music to add a second guitarist, as Mark added me in 1989.

"It is very important to me that everyone knows that Nick is not Mark's replacement. Mark Reale can never be replaced. I [am] taking on Mark's parts and Nick [is] doing most of my parts.

"Nick studied with me weekly from ages 9 to 17.

"Nick has always been a perfectionist and has always poured his heart into his music. He is a great writer and performer. I am very proud of him. He lives and breathes music and is one with his guitar. He has met Mark and saw us play live.

"I know there is no one else better matched to come in and help us recreate the RIOT sound. After the first rehearsal, I was convinced that we are doing the right thing by carrying on Mark's music and legacy.

"At our first rehearsal playing our opener 'Narita', I actually shed a tear hearing the song that I had played so many years side by side with Mark, but know the band will shine on in his honor and not disappoint the diehard fans."


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Former IRON MAIDEN Singer PAUL DI'ANNO: 'The Beast Arises' DVD Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

Former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno's April 9 performance at Lizard Club in Krakow, Poland as part of the Doładowanie festival was professionally filmed for an upcoming DVD, titled "The Beast Arises", to be released on October 6 in Europe through Metal Mind Productions and October 7 in North America via MVD. "The Beast Arises" will also be made available on CD, digital and vinyl.

The setlist for Di'Anno's concert in Krakow included some of the best IRON MAIDEN tracks from the period when Di'Anno was the band’s lead singer, as well as KILLERS and Di'Anno solo tracks. The DVD will also contain bonus features such as an interview with Di'Anno, a photo gallery and more.

"The Beast Arises" track listing: 01. Sanctuary02. Purgatory03. Wrathchild04. Prowler05. Marshall Lockjaw06. Murders In The Rue Morgue07. The Beast Arises08. Children Of Madness09. Genghis Kahn10. Remember Tomorrow11. Charlotte The Harlot12. Killers13. Phantom Of The Opera14. Running Free15. Transylvania16. Iron Maiden17. Blitzkrieg Bop Bonus video:

* Interview With Paul Di'Anno Extras:

* Photo Gallery* Discography* Desktop Images

A short preview of the "The Beast Arises" DVD is available below.

Di'Anno completed his first North American tour in early 2010, 17 years after he was deported following a prison term for guns and drug offenses.

On August 27, 2011, Di'Anno played his first show since serving time in a U.K. prison after he falsely collected U.K. government benefits by claiming he suffered nerve damage to his back that prevented him from working.

Due to a number of health issues, including a knee problem, Di'Anno announced in July 2012 that he would stop touring in 2013. His farewell tour has since been extended to 2014.

Di'Anno recorded two classic albums with IRON MAIDEN before being fired and replaced by Bruce Dickinson. He went on to front a number of other bands, including KILLERS and BATTLEZONE, and released several solo records.

Asked why he thinks his two LPs with MAIDEN became timeless and iconic in the rock history, Di'Anno told Spotlight Report: "I think because when we started, the whole punk thing was so bloody huge, which I loved and still love punk to this day, and the heavier music just became so distant; they called it dinosaur rock back in the day."

He continued: "When we got signed and the whole New Wave Of British Heavy Metal started, that's what really kicked off what we have today. If it wasn't for MAIDEN and bands like SAXON, MOTÖRHEAD, etc., you would never have had bands like METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX. If you didn't have those bands, you would never have had SEPULTURA, MORBID ANGEL and then PANTERA, etc. So at the time, they were just bloody good albums, but in the history of things, they really kicked off what started for anything today that has heavy guitar. And yeah, they are timeless. Those albums still sell millions. You don't see the crap that was around then still selling shit, like SHAKIN' STEVENS or SPANDAU BALLET, do ya?"


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DAVE LOMBARDO's PHILM: Trailer For 'Fire From The Evening Sun' Album

PHILM — the Los Angeles-based experimental post-hardcore triumvirate featuring drummer Dave Lombardo (SLAYER, AMEN), guitarist/vocalist Gerry Paul Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Francisco "Pancho" Eduardo Tomaselli (WAR) — will release its sophomore album, "Fire From The Evening Sun", on September 16 (one day earlier internationally) via UDR.

A one-minute trailer for the CD can be seen below.

"UDR is honored to be working with PHILM. This partnership seems very instinctual," said UDR's head of A&R/Marketing Jay Lansford.

"Dave Lombardo and I worked together during the GRIP INC. years," he added. "After hearing PHILM's new album, this alliance was clearly divine will. Powerful, intense... urgent. These three prolific musicians have created something that is refreshingly not mundane, but ear-shattering and groundbreaking."

Lombardo states that the follow-up to 2012's "Harmonic" will mark a different turn in the band's musical journey. "'Harmonic' is still an amazing work to me," he said. "It's improvisational and raw. It was my first time producing an album and I am very proud of it. The new album is a completely different animal. It is again produced by me, but mastered and mixed by a couple of musical giants... Tyler Bates and Robert Carranza.

"I believe this album has a daring, callous temperament about it that really sums up our mindset right now. No improvising, no fluff. It's heavy and in your face from start to finish.

"You may think you know what PHILM is, but you don't. If you haven't seen us live, you have no idea. We thrive on being out of our comfort zones and want fans to take that ride."

In an interview with Cyclic Defrost, Lombardo stated about PHILM's upcoming CD and how it compares to the debut: "'Harmonic', was a musical expression unlike any other album I've worked on. Blending structured songs and improvisations was the direction I intended to take the band. PHILM's ability to improvise and create music unlike the typical sounds that have emerged within the past 20 years is refreshing to me as an artist and drummer.

"As the producer of the band, I suggested for [the second PHILM] album that we leave out the improvisations and focus on structured, concise movements."

Speaking to CV Weekly back in March, Dave elaborated on the differences in the songwriting approach PHILM took on "Harmonic" and "Fire From The Evening Sun". "The band has had a chance to grow musically," he said. "'Harmonic' had about five songs that were with the old bass player, so then Pancho came in and the new songs were written with him after we had gone out on tour together and we’re more of a unit now. Now Pancho really understands mine and Gerry's writing methods. The songs on the second album are more concise and structured."

With his demanding and innovative drumming, Lombardo provides for the rhythmic base on which songs like the impulsive opener "Train", "Blue Dragon" with its detailed guitar and bass play or the drum-'n'-bass-influenced "Turn In The Sky" can unfold. Nestler adjusts his vocals to this varied music and masters imploring whispering or coaxing clean vocals as superior and emotional as aggressive shouting or nearly manic screaming.

PHILM pay special attention to the haunting atmosphere of their songs that evokes goose bumps over and over again. Be it the malign undertone in "Lady Of The Lake", the dark beginning und the nearly psychedelic guitar solo of "Silver Queen" or "Corner Girl", which closes the album in a laid-back but also sinister mood.

"Fire From The Evening Sun" track listing:

01. Train02. Fire From The Evening Sun03. Lady Of The Lake04. Lion's Pit05. Silver Queen06. We Sail At Dawn07. Omniscience08. Fanboy 09. Luxhaven10. Blue Dragon11. Turn In The Sky12. Corner Girl

PHILM has already commenced the songwriting process for the band's third album, which will likely arrive sometime next year. "We have about five songs that are still in their skeletal form without vocals yet and are much heavier," Lombardo told CV Weekly. "And I've added double bass on the third album, which I didn't do on the first two. I'm kind of rediscovering myself and reinventing myself. That album is a whole different direction."

PHILM will hit the road this fall in support of the album by performing several shows throughout Europe and the U.S., with more dates to be confirmed.
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There have been quite a few unmistakable characters that heavy metal has given us over the years. On Tuesday, December 16, an impressive amount of these renowned names will unite as the Metal All Stars for a special one-off concert at O2 Academy Brixton in Londonn England. Tickets will go on general sale at 9 a.m. on Monday, August 4 from All tickets are priced £27.50 plus booking fee. A special presale for O2 customers will start at 9 a.m. on Friday, August 1.

Metal All Stars will feature performances by the following musicians:

* Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY)* James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER)* Geoff Tate (QUEENSRΫCHE)* David Ellefson (MEGADETH)* Joey Belladonna (ANTHRAX)* Ross "The Boss" Friedman (MANOWAR)* Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT)* Carmine Appice (ROD STEWART, VANILLA FUDGE)* Conrad "Cronos" Lant (VENOM)* Brittany "Kobra" Paige (KOBRA AND THE LOTUS)* Gus G. (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIREWIND)* Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH)* Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (OZZY OSBOURNE, ROB ZOMBIE)

Plus many more names to be confirmed.

This special one-off London concert will feature sets that include renditions of all the performing artists' respective classics.

The Metal All Stars was put together by Kendra Helms Media and Gabe Reed Productions as a way to give the world's metal fans an opportunity to see metal legends in one blockbuster show. "As a metal fan," says Reed, "this is the show that I always wanted to see — two and a half hours of relentless, legendary metal!"

The artists are really looking forward to the Metal All Stars London concert as much as the fans are. As Zakk Wylde stated, "The Metal All Stars are back and we are going to kick some major ass!" LaBrie added: "I am psyched to be a part of the Metal All Stars tour with an incredible collection of singers and musicians. Come on out and let's make it a memorable, kick-ass evening that is going to rock!"


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Video: METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT Performs With EXODUS At 'Fear FestEvil After Party'

Fan-filmed video footage of METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett performing the BLUE ÖYSTER CULT classic "Godzilla" with his first band, EXODUS, on Friday, July 25 at at Kirk's "Fear FestEvil After Party" at the San Diego Comic-Con International can be seen below.

Hammett has revealed to that he recently laid down a guitar solo on song "Salt In The Wound" on "Blood In, Blood Out", the new album from EXODUS. "It felt really casual, really cool — just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day," Hammett said. "Me, recording a solo on their album was a huge thing for me. Other than the EXODUS demo that's been heard by a lot of people, it's the only time I ever recorded with EXODUS. It was a huge thing for me."

He added: "I play a pretty cool solo, and then Gary [Holt, EXODUS guitarist] comes in and plays another solo, and you know what? I listened to that and thought, 'Wow, it's 1982 all over again and here we are, Gary and I are trying to cut each other's heads off with our guitar solos.' Nothing has changed much in the last 30 years. I love it. I love those guys. I've only known them for most of my life, so I'm really happy that I finally got to record with them."

Hammett was a member of EXODUS' original lineup before replacing Dave Mustaine in METALLICA in 1983. In fact, Hammett was not only the person who came up with the EXODUS name, but also the first from the band to meet original EXODUS singer Paul Baloff and brought him into the group.


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TOOL's MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN Welcomes Baby Daughter

Maynard James Keenan (TOOL, A PERFECT CIRCLE, PUSCIFER) and his wife welcomed a new daughter named Lei Li Agostina Maria on Friday, July 25 at 7:19 p.m. The baby weighed in at 7 pounds and measured 19 inches. The news was revealed via PUSCIFER's Instagram account earlier today.

Keenan has an 18-year-old son named Devo who sang backing vocals on A PERFECT CIRCLE's "Thirteenth Step" and was later credited as a cellist on the song "Sword" from ASHES DIVIDE, the solo project of A PERFECT CIRCLE guitarist Billy Howerdel. Devo also performed at Maynard's 50th-birthday party in Los Angeles earlier this year.

A PERFECT CIRCLE last year released both a greatest hits set called "Three Sixty" and a concert boxed set titled "A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone And Echo".

TOOL guitarist Adam Jones and drummer Danny Carey recently revealed the real reasons why the band has not made an album since 2006 in a new interview with Rolling Stone. The biggest hold-up has been a "multi-level lawsuit" that started in 2007 when a friend of the band claimed that he had created artwork for the group and wanted credit for it. Then an insurance company that TOOL had hired for the sole purpose of defending the band against lawsuits turned around and sued the band over technicalities regarding the case. The band countersued the insurer, with the case finally going to trial next January after seven years.


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METALLICA: 'Snake Pit' Footage Of U.K. SONISPHERE Performance

"Snake Pit" footage of METALLICA's July 6 performance at the U.K. edition of the Sonisphere festival, which was held at Knebworth Park in Hertfordshire, can be seen below. The Snake Pit is a section carved out of the middle of the band's stage where fans can stand and watch the band perform above and around them. The Snake Pit was last used on METALLICA's 2012 summer tour, but has been around almost as long as METALLICA has been using "in-the-round" staging at arenas.

The band's setlist for the concert was as follows:

01. Battery02. Master Of Puppets03. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)04. Ride The Lightning05. The Unforgiven06. Fuel07. Lords Of Summer08. Sad But True09. Fade To Black10. Creeping Death11. One12. For Whom The Bell Tolls13. Blackened14. Nothing Else Matters15. Enter Sandman


16. Whiskey In The Jar17. ...And Justice For All18. Seek & Destroy

As previously reported, METALLICA stars in the latest ESPN "This Is SportsCenter" ad. The clip, which debuted on Monday night (July 14) during this year's All-Star Home Run Derby, plays off the idea that the band members don't know what to do with themselves since Yankees star reliever Mariano Rivera retired last season and took his "Enter Sandman" entrance music with him — so the band begins a desperate search for something else to do. Drummer Lars Ulrich said, "Sometimes it can be quite freeing to put yourself at the mercy of others. ESPN's commercials have a tendency to be hilarious. We were like, 'That sounds like a good time.' The whole thing had an overriding impulsivity to it."

The long-running series of comical "This Is SportsCenter" ads promote ESPN's "SportsCenter" sports news show.

The commercials, which debuted in 1994, are presented in a deadpan mockumentary style, lampooning various aspects of sports and sports broadcasting.

After completing a recent European festival run, METALLICA has just one show on its calendar for the rest of 2014, at the Heavy MTL festival in Montreal on August 9.

The band is slated to enter the studio and begin recording its 10th studio album this fall.
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FLYLEAF: 'Set Me On Fire' Video Premiere

"Set Me On Fire", the new video from the alternative, hard rock band FLYLEAF, can be seen below. The clip was shot with director Noel Maitland (SPEECHLESS, KINGS OF SUMMER) in an abandoned warehouse in downtown Los Angeles. The explosive track marks the first single off the group's fourth studio album, "Between The Stars", which is set for release on September 16 via Loud & Proud Records.

"We're excited to release our first single, 'Set Me on Fire' and we can't wait for people to hear it," explains FLYLEAF lead vocalist Kristen May. "It's about the passion we feel when we first fall in love and our emotions are running high, along with our thirst for this great life and all it has to offer. There is so much beauty, excitement and hope in this world and when we collide with one another and fall in love, magic happens. I hope everyone turns this song up to eleven, and sings at the top of their lungs."

Other songtitles set to appear on the new FLYLEAF album include "Magnetic", "City Kids", "Marionette", "Thread" and "Well Of Lies".

After working with with producer Howard Benson (MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, PAPA ROACH, HALESTORM) on the band's first three albums, FLYLEAF decided it was time for a change and turned to Don Gilmore, who has previously helmed recordings by LINKIN PARK, KORN, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE and LACUNA COIL.

"Howard runs his studio like a laboratory, which I love — you go in there and you know exactly what's going to happen and it's all about getting these perfect sounds and these perfect takes," FLYLEAF guitarist Sameer Bhatacharya tells "And with Don you go in there and it's total, like, 'Let's feel it out, man.' It's all about the spontaneity and the energy and the moment."

Kristen May replaced original vocalist Lacey Sturm after the latter abruptly departed the group in October 2012.

Sturm left the band on the eve of the release of its third album, "New Horizons", which came out on October 30, 2012 and sold 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 16 on The Billboard 200 chart.


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QUIET RIOT: Fan-Filmed Video Footage Of Huntington Performance

Fan-filmed video footage of QUIET RIOT's July 23 performance at The Paramount in Huntington, New York can be seen below.

QUIET RIOT released a new album, "10", on June 27 via iTunes and Amazon through RSM Records. The effort contains six new songs — including the single "Rock In Peace" — with the band's current singer, Jizzy Pearl (LOVE/HATE, L.A. GUNS, ADLER'S APPETITE, RATT), on vocals and four live tracks from 2007 with late QUIET RIOT singer Kevin DuBrow, which are from the last professionally recorded live shows DuBrow and QUIET RIOT played. The effort will feature guest appearances by bassists Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, DIO, OZZY OSBOURNE) and Tony Franklin (QUIET RIOT, THE FIRM, BLUE MURDER, WHITESNAKE).

QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali told Loudwire about the new CD: "One of the things Kevin and I always took great pride in was to continue to record new music and release records even when we knew that in the deflated almost nonexistent music industry, records don't sell or are illegally downloaded. We continued to do it for the music, for the fans, for promotion and for self fulfillment. That was my mindset, to continue the recorded history of QUIET RIOT beyond the loss of Kevin. I wanted to do it because guitarist Alex Grossi had yet to appear on a QUIET RIOT record. This is also the first time in 18 years that Chuck Wright has recorded with the band. I also invited Rudy Sarzo to play on two songs; he last appeared on record with QUIET RIOT 12 years ago in 2001 and Tony Franklin on two tracks, who played bass on the 2006 'Rehab' record."

Asked what he thinks Kevin would have to say about all of this, Banali replied: "Knowing Kevin as I did, he knows why I do things and how I do things and he would approve.

"We always prided ourselves in doing the best we could for QUIET RIOT and this is no exception.

"With the new songs, I know he would get it, and there is one song in particular which is my personal farewell to Kevin and very tongue in cheek. And don't expect it to be a ballad!

"The choices I made for the four live songs would be the same ones Kevin would have agreed with.

"Kevin and I had an understanding. I always expected to die before Kevin and we had both agreed that no matter who went first, the other would continue QUIET RIOT. That was set in stone years before Kevin died. I just never saw it coming and even knowing that Kevin was fine if I continued QUIET RIOT past his lifetime, it still took me three years of mourning to even think about continuing and here I am six years later still trying to get it right."

QUIET RIOT's new lineup — featuring Pearl — made its live debut on New Year's Eve (December 31, 2013) at Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort in Flagstaff, Arizona.

"I knew that resurrecting QUIET RIOT was going to be a major challenge and undertaking," Frankie said. "You simply don't replace a singer and personality like [late QUIET RIOT singer] Kevin DuBrow because he was the complete package, the real deal and my best friend.

"I never set out to replace Kevin, I set out to continue the band in his memory.

"We tried to work with Mark Huff on vocals and he just wasn't right for the band. We tried it with Scott Vokoun on vocals and in the end he also just wasn't a fit, and we parted company amicably.

"It's not just about singing, performing, work ethic, priorities, perception and personality, it is about all of those things and so much more.

"If I am guilty of anything, I am guilty of trying to get it right for QUIET RIOT."

Regarding Pearl's addition to the band, Banali said: "We've all known Jizzy for many years and toured together but in separate bands. Kevin was quite fond of Jizzy and thought he was a good singer and very intelligent. Jizzy made sense because he has the range and timbre to handle the QUIET RIOT material while still bringing his own sound and style to QUIET RIOT, which I welcome with open arms. He's also a pro, which makes it easy to work with; he knows the drill of being in and working in a band."

QUIET RIOT's current lineup is as follows:

Jizzy Pearl - VocalsFrankie Banali - DrumsChuck Wright - BassAlex Grossi - Guitar

Kevin DuBrow died in November 2007 of an accidental cocaine overdose. He was 52 years old.
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GODSMACK: Entire '1000hp' Album Available For Streaming

GODSMACK's entire new album, "1000hp" (One Thousand Horsepower), is available for streaming on iTunes. The follow-up to 2010's "The Oracle" will be released on August 5 via Republic Records.

GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna told journalist Gary Graff that after taking a break from the band, the quartet found it easy to work together again. "Looking back now, in hindsight, we just needed a break," he said. "That's what it was, and we weren't allowing that before, not long enough. And we kind of were touring so relentlessly that we had to get away from each other, I think. And now the band came back and we started talking and we were in such a strong place. We really missed each other. The love was still there, man. The brotherhood is stronger now than it's ever been. And when it was time to start writing again, y'know, the guys had brought in a batch of songs and I had a batch of songs I'd been working on and we kind of laid it on the table and started carving through them and seeing which ones we were gonna lighten up and which ones were gonna make the cut."

The "1000hp" title track and GODSMACK's first all-new single since 2011 arrived at rock radio stations on June 9. Erna told The Pulse Of Radio how the track came together: "It's one of those songs that surprisingly came out and was written from back to front in, like, an hour. I started putting one thing together with the next, and then Shannon [Larkin, drummer] started jumping in and then we arranged the whole song, and literally within an hour, maybe 90 minutes, this whole song was written and it was one of the last songs that we wrote, and it ended up becoming the first single."

Erna described the sound of the "1000hp" album to The Pulse Of Radio as "a little bit more raw, a little bit more open. The writing was a little freer. The production is really kind of raw and in your face, and the songs, man — I'm really, really excited about these songs. And I have to tell you honestly, I wasn't that excited about writing this record at first."

"1000hp" track listing:

01. 1000hp02. FML03. Something Different04. What's Next05. Generation Day06. Locked & Loaded07. Livin' In The Gray08. I Don't Belong09. Nothing Comes Easy10. Turning To Stone11. Life Is Good (Best Buy bonus track)

GODSMACK is among the confirmed bands for the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, set to kick off on August 15 in Clarkston, Michigan and run through September 21.


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ROB ZOMBIE Rewrites French Revolution for 'Assassin's Creed' Animated Video

Rocker-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie has teamed up with "The Walking Dead" artist Tony Moore to create an animated film about the French Revolution, which is the setting for the upcoming "Assassin's Creed Unity" video game. Check out the short film below.

Said Zombie about his involvement with the project: "When the 'Assassin's Creed' thing came up and it was all taking place during the French Revolution, I thought that was incredibly attractive, because that is such a dark, weird time yet so visually stunning.

"At first, it seemed like an odd thing for a video game, but after getting deeper into it, I realized that it was perfect.

"Tony Moore is helping to imagine some of this, doing the story boards and the layout art. And I thought, 'Well, he's fantastic, so that'll be a great combination.'

"If you look at the reality of what went on in the French Revolution and the way things were done, I just thought, you know, it's not like there's tons of film footage of all this going down. Other things could have happened. And I would just look at each situation and kind of put my own twist on it."

Asked how his collaboration with Zombie came about, Moore told Game Informer: "I had worked with Rob before. I did some covers for his 'Spookshow International' comics right after 'The Walking Dead'. My friend Angry Blue is a poster artist. He did all the finishing on the artwork [in the short] and he had actually been talking to [the producers] before I was ever brought in. They wanted someone who had more of a storytelling background and Angry Blue and I were friends. He's from Kentucky, too. So we hit it off and he reached out to me and they brought me in, and… yeah. I knew it was going to be fun because I had worked with Rob before and was familiar with his work. I knew it was going to be a good time."


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FLYING COLORS To Release 'Second Nature' In September

FLYING COLORS — the band featuring Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Dave LaRue (bass), Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals), Casey McPherson (vocals, guitars) and Steve Morse (guitar) — will release its second album, "Second Nature", in Europe on September 29 via Mascot Label Group's Music Theories label.

The music press acknowledged the eponymously titled debut album from FLYING COLORS among the most compelling releases of 2012. Executive producer Bill Evans assembled a team of virtuoso players, a pop singer/songwriter, and the right producer to create sophisticated music that was accessible. Over 100 singer/songwriters were considered for the role. Portnoy pitched the idea of approaching McPherson, a member of the group ALPHA REV, whose 2010 album called "New Morning" dominated the Billboard Top Ten for 17 weeks.

After an hour-long phone call with Evans, the band found their man. As Mike had quite rightly hoped, McPherson went on to prove the "X Factor" that elevated FLYING COLORS above the norm. "The idea of having an actual singer as opposed to a musician that also sang, really opened up a whole other world," Portnoy told Prog magazine.

Classic Rock magazine hailed the band's debut as "fearless", praising its "JOURNEY-sized choruses" and referencing artists as diverse as THE BEATLES, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, THE DOORS, MUSE, and even Frank Sinatra. In late 2012, the band toured America and Europe, dazzling fans with FLYING COLORS originals and selections from the catalogues of the five members.

Schedules allowing, the protagonists had always viewed FLYING COLORS as a genuine band as opposed to a side project, hence they began writing a second studio album. From the first writing session to final delivery of the masters in July 2014, the process took almost a year and half, in four distinct stages: writing sessions via Skype in January/February 2013, another burst of writing and recording at Neal Morse's house in Nashville, a trip to Portnoy's home that spawned five additional songs, and finally individual recording/arrangement over the Internet throughout the spring of 2014.

This time the band opted to self-produce, with Evans, the man responsible for the concept of FLYING COLORS, reprising his role as executive producer and co-engineer. Besides offering a finely tuned set of ears, Evans would remix a track each time an amendment was made, before sending it onto each band member, allowing closer collaboration by the band. "There was no repudiation of producer Peter Collins," clarifies Evans, "but the guys had become a family and they wanted to try something different."

Sporting stunning artwork from the legendary designer Hugh Syme (RUSH, AEROSMITH, DEF LEPPARD, WHITESNAKE) and bookended by two tracks of truly epic stature — "Open Up Your Eyes" and the multiple-part "Cosmic Symphony" — the album is every bit as breathtaking as the debut. Portnoy stresses that the music’s proggier path was "not conscious at all."

"Direction was never even discussed," continues Portnoy. "We just did what we do. I think perhaps not having a producer to ‘trim the fat’ possibly led to the songs breathing and expanding a bit more."

"This is an album full of many layers," concludes guitarist Steve Morse. "The more you listen, the more you can hear. It’s an album to keep listening to."

"Second Nature" showcases a compelling and thought-provoking collection of songs written and performed by musicians at the top of their game.

"Second Nature" track listing:

01. Open Up Your Eyes02. Mask Machine03. Bombs Away04. The Fury Of My Love05. A Place In Your World06. Lost Without You07. One Lost Forever08. Peaceful Harbor09. Cosmic SymphonyI. Still Life Of The WorldII. Searching For The AirIII. Pound For Pound

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Video: TOM KEIFER Performs 'The Flower Song' At WDHA's Studio D

Tom Keifer, best known as the singer/songwriter/guitarist of the Philadelphia-based blues-rock band CINDERELLA, stopped by the WDHA 105.5 FM radio station in New Jersey and performed "The Flower Song" live in Studio D. Check out video footage below.

"The Flower Song" is taken from Keifer's debut solo album, "The Way Life Goes", which sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 78 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on April 30, 2013 via Merovee Records (through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group).

"The Way Life Goes" is a raw, introspective look at the roller coaster ride that has been Keifer's life for the past 15 years. From being told that he would never sing again as a result of a partially paralyzed left vocal cord, to the emotional and personal battles that followed, his solo debut is a story of perseverance, a testament to the power of passion and will, when combined with a true love of music.

"It's pretty scary," Keifer said of his vocal paralysis. "I've had six surgeries to deal with the collateral damage. Performing… has been difficult for me because of the vocal issues I've had. I work several hours every day on that. That's a difficult thing for me every day."

The collection of 14 new songs ranges from intimate, organic, acoustic tracks to driving hard rock. It embraces the blues, rock and country roots that have always been present in his unique sound that has generated the sale of over 15 million records worldwide for CINDERELLA. Rolling Stone praised Keifer as "a gritty, bluesy (rocker) with enough genuine swagger to draw comparisons to Mick Jagger."

"This record was a labor of love," Keifer told "When I started this record, CINDERELLA was in the middle of a lawsuit with Sony Records. This record is not in any way to be taken as me stepping away from CINDERELLA."

"I took a lot of time making this record," he continued. "I made it over 10 years. I wanted to make something I loved. My wife, Savannah (Snow), co-wrote a lot of the songs with me. It was a blessing to me.

"Each song has something to do with life. It's just life, love, love lost, being crazy, going crazy, being lost. The record, there's no change, really, in style. It has the peaks and valleys.

"I've always approached music, played music that I like. I've never chased trends through CINDERELLA and with this album. It reflects what's in me."
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OBITUARY's Backdrop Stolen At Holland's STONEHENGE Festival

Florida death metallers OBITUARY have posted the following message on their Facebook page:

"This is a post that we hoped would never have to happen but we need to let our fans know the situation and hope that one of you can help us.

"[On] Saturday [July 26], at Stonehenge festival in Steenwijk, Holand somebody stole our backdrop. It happened right after our performance while we were packing up our equipment. Here is a photo of it so if you know who has it or think you might know anything about this, please helps us get it back! Can't describe how important it is to us and it really sucks for the band and the fans these remaining shows to see OBITUARY without it hanging! Real bummer!!

"We are offering a reward to the person who helps us get it back. Please, let us know if you have any information about this.

"Email us at: [email protected]
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As previously reported, OBITUARY has set "Inked In Blood" as the title of its ninth studio album, tentatively due at the end of October via the band's new partnership with Relapse Records.

OBITUARY's first full-length CD in over five years was recorded by the band this past April at its own RedNeck Studio in Gibsonton, Florida. The album recording was funded by an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign in late 2013. Now the band has partnered with Relapse worldwide to maximize the release and impact of what is surely their heaviest and most cohesive record in 20 years.

OBITUARY is: John Tardy - Vocals Trevor Peres - Guitar Donald Tardy - Drums Terry Butler - Bass Kenny Andrews - Guitar


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ACCEPT: Second 'Blind Rage' Trailer Available

The second of three trailers for "Blind Rage", the new album from German/American metallers ACCEPT, can be seen below. The CD will be released on August 15 (postponed from the previously announced July 18) via Nuclear Blast. Like its two predecessors, 2010's "Blood Of The Nations" and 2012's "Stalingrad", the new effort was helmed by British producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. The cover artwork was created by Daniel Goldsworthy.

"Blind Rage" standard version track listing:

01. Stampede02. Dying Breed03. Dark Side Of My Heart04. Fall Of The Empire05. Trail Of Tears06. Wanna Be Free07. 200 Years08. Bloodbath Mastermind09. From The Ashes We Rise10. The Curse11. Final Journey The limited-edition digipak will include either a bonus DVD or Blu-ray disc. It features ACCEPT's complete April 12, 2013 concert at Teatro Caupolicán in Santiago, Chile during the "Stalingrad" tour.

Bonus DVD / Blu-ray disc track listing: 01. Intro02. Hung, Drawn & Quartered03. Hellfire04. Restless & Wild05. Losers & Winners06. Stalingrad07. Breaker08. Bucket Full Of Hate09. Monsterman10. Shadow Soldier11. Amamos La Vida12. Guitar Solo Wolf13. Neon Nights14. Bulletproof15. Aiming High16. Princess Of The Dawn17. Up To The Limit18. No Shelter19. Pandemic20. Fast As A Shark21. Metal Heart22. Teutonic Terror23. Balls To The Wall A single, "Stampede", preceded the full-length album on July 11, available digitally and as a limited vinyl edition.

The "Stampede" video can be seen below. The clip was filmed on location in the high desert of California at the Devil's Punchbowl (a rock formation that looks like it's from another world) with director Greg Aronowitz ("Batman & Robin", "A.I. Artificial Intelligence", "The Lost World: Jurassic Park").

You can pre-order "Blind Rage" from the Nuclear Blast webshop.

ACCEPT will promote "Blind Rage" with a European headlining tour which will kick off on September 19 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

In a recent interview with Metal Assault, ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann stated about the musical direction of "Blind Rage": "I think what we have here is really a collection of totally typical ACCEPT songs with the classic feel, and, of course, as always, there's an overriding theme of aggression and rage in all our music. I mean, otherwise it wouldn't be metal.

"People call our music at this point 'classic metal,' I believe, and we just fell in love with the title 'Blind Rage' and the artwork. Interestingly enough, we don't even have a song called 'Blind Rage'. We just have a collection of songs that to me all feel totally 100 percent classic ACCEPT."

Regarding the songwriting and recording process for "Blind Rage", Wolf said: "Andy is such a good partner now, we couldn't even imagine working without him on this album. He's such a natural fit and he did a great job on the last two albums. The only thing that we did way different this time from 'Stalingrad' is, we really took our time. 'Stalingrad' was really made almost in a rush, to be honest, because we had so many commitments right before we went to the studio to do the album and right after. Basically, by the time we started working on that album, we already knew when it had to be finished and what gigs we had booked. So that put us under enormous pressure, but this time, we really made sure it's right before it's ever released. We didn't work excessively long, we just took a little more time to make sure that we were in a little more comfortable place. These last few weeks we've just refined and tweaked little things that we normally wouldn't have the time to do."

Speaking to Metal Wani ACCEPT singer Mark Tornillo stated about what fans can expect to hear on "Blind Rage": "You can expect more of the same, but you can also expect, on this album, a little more diversity, I think. And the way I see it, some of the songs sound more classic than the stuff that we've done. I mean, there are songs, I think, when I hear the opening riff, I go, 'Wow! That could be on 'Balls To The Wall'.' So you're gonna get a few different… I mean, we're not searching for a direction at this point. We're writing to please ourselves and to please our fans… We're not changing horses in the middle of a stream. I mean, if something works for us, we're gonna stick with it. We're certainly not gonna change direction, but I think we're not afraid to step out a little bit. We're also not afraid to go back and be what the band was in the '80s, which is what we've really strived for."

On the topic of the vibe in ACCEPT during the songwriting process for "Blind Rage", compared to how it was for its two predecessors, 2010's "Blood Of The Nations" and 2012's "Stalingrad", Tornillo said: "The vibe is good. We're, I think, more relaxed at this point. 'Blood Of The Nations' was… We really had no idea where we were going at that point; we didn't even have a record deal when we wrote that record. We had no idea what was gonna happen and where it was gonna go, and we had a lot of time to do it. And then the response came, and we set the bar pretty darn high with that record. And then when we went back to do 'Stalingrad', we didn't have that luxury of time; they gave us a deadline, that they wanted the record by such and such a time, and it was a little more hectic. There was a lot more pressure than [there was on 'Blood Of The Nations']. Plus we had 'Blood Of The Nations' out there, and we had to try to top it, if possible, or at least try to get to where that record was. This one, we've had a little more time. This past year, all we did was festivals, which was nice, which gave us time to write on the road. And when we were done touring, we had a good three or four months to complete everything, which is a nice time frame."

(Thanks: NJthrasher)
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DEF LEPPARD Singer JOE ELLIOTT's DOWN 'N' OUTZ: 'One Of The Boys' Video Premiere

"One Of The Boys", the new video from DOWN 'N' OUTZ, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's latest album "The Further Adventures Of…", which is the third instalment of the project fronted by DEF LEPPARD's lead singer Joe Elliott, and features tracks connected to MOTT THE HOOPLE.

The project was born in 2009 when MOTT THE HOOPLE reformed and asked longtime friend and fan Elliott to get involved. Joe formed the DOWN 'N' OUTZ with THE QUIREBOYS' Paul Guerin (guitar), Guy Griffin (guitar) and Keith Weir (keyboards), plus Phil Martin (drums). Together they looked to bring songs by MOTT THE HOOPLE and spin-off projects of MOTT, IAN HUNTER and BRITISH LIONS to a wider audience.

In 2009 DOWN 'N' OUTZ supported MOTT THE HOOPLE at one of the band's five Hammersmith Apollo shows, which garnered much interest with fans. The fan demand eventually led to the bandlooking to create an album. 2011 saw the release of the critically acclaimed debut "My Re-Generation" through Bludgeon Riffola via Mailboat Records (Joe Perry, Walter Becker, Chris Isaak, Jeff Bridges). "My Re-Generation" included the singles "England Rocks" and "Overnight Angels" that reached No. 4 and No. 1, respectively, on the U.S. Mediabase rock chart — keeping Eric Clapton's new single off the top of the chart for two weeks. The band then released a live DVD taken from those initial shows called "Live At Hammersmith Apollo".

DOWN 'N' OUTZ' new album, "The Further Adventures Of…", picks up where the live DVD left off and features the driving groove of album opener — and first single — "Rock And Roll Queen". The collection also includes the good time of rock 'n' roll tune "One Of The Boys", and ballad "The Journey", plus the drum-heavy song "Violence". The album was produced by Joe Elliott with co-production by Ronan McHugh. It was recorded at Joe Elliott's own studio Joe's Garage.

Elliott says: These songs make up a huge portion of who I am and I feel incredibly privileged to have been able to record them and hopefully give them a new lease of life, which, quite frankly, is long overdue." Morgan Fisher (keyboardist MOTT THE HOOPLE 1973/1974 and also MOTT and BRITISH LIONS) expresses: "It's like Joe and the boys have taken some vintage films and slapped them onto a big, bright Technicolor screen. A great, in-your-face new way to experience some of MOTT's finest songs!" Ian Hunter says: "I'm blown away by these recordings. The solo by Paul Guerin on 'The Journey' is one of the best I've heard. These songs really suit Joe's voice also. It's a whole different side to him and the project gets my approval!" After supporting MOTT THE HOOPLE in 2009, DOWN 'N' OUTZ played the main stage of inaugural High Voltage festival at Victoria Park, London during the summer of 2010. Following this memorable performance, they toured the U.K. as main support to Paul Rodgers in 2011. The band is currently working on live dates for 2014/2015. "The Further Adventures Of…" track listing:

01. Rock And Roll Queen02. Stiff Upper Lip03. Marionette04. One Of The Boys05. Whizz Kid06. Violence07. The Journey08. Drivin' Sister09. The Original Mixed-Up Kid10. Crash Street Kidds11. Broadside Outcasts12. The Revenge Of The Shipwrecked Hedgehog13. Sea Diver (iTunes bonus track)14. One Of The Boys (radio edit; iTunes bonus track)
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TOM KEIFER On JOHNNY WINTER: 'I Didn't Even Realize How Big He Was In My Life' Until After His Death

During a brand new interview with Lithium Magazine, CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer spoke about what a significant influence late blues guitar legend Johnny Winter was on his musical development.

"I didn't even realize how big he was in my life until the news [of Winter's recent passing] hit me," he said. "I started thinking back, and to be honest, I am still kind of broken up about his passing. He was a huge influence on me — that blues element and the slide guitar and the amount of fire that he had in his playing and singing. And certainly his use of the resonator guitar, the National Steel, was something that he really inspired me to pick up. And the day after he died, I had an epiphany in that as much as I have always named him as an influence and always realized what and influence he was, it kind of dawned on me that he was one of the biggest — if not the biggest — in terms of some of the things that were unique to CINDERELLA like the slide guitars and resonator guitars and the bright fiery tone of the Gibson Firebird [guitar] that I have been playing for years."

The 53-year-old Keifer, who was born and raised in Springfield, Pennsylvania, previously described CINDERELLA's sound as "blues-based hard rock with melodic lyrics that were just about everyday things."

He told Lithium Magazine: "My first exposure to the blues was from the second generation, through Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and all the 1970s rock bands that I listened to, including THE [ROLLING] STONES. I didn't even know what the blues was, I just knew I liked how Jimmy Page played. An older guy that was in my band at the time showed up one day at my house with the album 'B.B. King Live At The Regal', and started playing it. I was 17 or 18 and I remember clearly looking at him and saying, 'This guy sounds like Jimmy Page.' And he just kind of smiled and said, 'No, actually it's the other way around.' And that's when I first realized that my heroes had heroes and influences. So then I started digging back into the blues and that's when I got turned on to Elmore James and Muddy Waters, Albert King, Son House and Robert Johnson. Somewhere in that mix, Johnny Winter appeared too."

Keifer's debut solo album, "The Way Life Goes", sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 78 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on April 30, 2013 via Merovee Records (through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group).
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SCAR SYMMETRY: 'The Singularity (Phase 1 - Neohumanity)' Cover Artwork Unveiled

Swedish melodic death metallers SCAR SYMMETRY will release their new album, "The Singularity (Phase 1 - Neohumanity)", on October 14 in North America and October 3 in Europe via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2011s' "The Unseen Empire" is the first part of a trilogy.

The cover artwork for "The Singularity (Phase 1 - Neohumanity)" was created by Mircea Gabriel Eftemie, who will be handling the artwork for the entire trilogy.

Guitarist Jonas Kjellgren left SCAR SYMMETRY in August 2013 "due to scheduling conflicts with his studio work and his other bands — RAUBTIER and BOURBON BOYS."

SCAR SYMMETRY was forced to cancel its fall 2012 North American headlining tour due to visa issues.

The band's's latest album, "The Unseen Empire", sold around 1,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 11 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

"The Unseen Empire" was released on April 15, 2011 in Europe and May 17, 2011 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.


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Video: SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR Plays Solo Set As Part Of 'Summer Concert Series'

Fan-filmed video footage of Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR) performing a solo set on July 25 at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, California as part of the "Summer Concert Series 2014" can be seen below.

In a career now spanning 15 years, Corey Taylor has enjoyed chart-topping success, both with his face masked for Grammy-winning metal powerhousesSLIPKNOT and his soul bared for multiple Grammy nominees STONE SOUR. Taylor has authored a pair of best-selling books ("Seven Deadly Sins" and "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven"), and makes his acting debut later this year alongside horror icon Robert Englund in Anchor Bay's "Fear Clinic".

SLIPKNOT has finished recording its fifth studio album and first since 2008's "All Hope Is Gone". The disc is also the band's first without late bassist Paul Gray, who died in 2010, and drummer Joey Jordison, who was dismissed in late 2013.

STONE SOUR has released one last lyric video from its conceptual double album "House Of Gold And Bones". The clip is for the title track, which appeared on the second of the two discs, and goes heavy on artwork from the comic books based on the album, which were issued last year by the Dark Horse Comics publishing company. STONE SOUR completed most of the touring cycle for the "Gold And Bones" albums earlier this year, while also announcing the departure of guitarist Jim Root from the band lineup.
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CANNIBAL CORPSE's 'Frantic Disembowelment' Gets Ukulele Treatment

Chicago-based guitarist Rob Scallon, who became an Internet sensation in May when he released a video for his ukulele cover version of SLAYER's "War Ensemble", has returned with yet another unconventional rendition of an extreme-metal song, this time with his ukulele take on "Frantic Disembowelment" by CANNIBAL CORPSE. Check it out below.

According to, Scallon garnered attention from news outlets and music companies across the globe, including Kala Brand Music, which gifted him with an endorsement and a new U-Bass and ukulele. Kala endorsed Scallon after noticing he was playing one of their soprano ukuleles in his viral video. He told Ukulele magazine: "Kala contacted me after the video started really gaining traction to set up an artist relationship. I'll be proudly sporting more of their instruments soon." He also has a working relationship with Guitar-Pro tablature software, and is now signed to DFTBA Records, a YouTube-popular record label owned by vlogbrother Hank Green.


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SIXX: A.M. Confirms Release Date For Third Album

SIXX: A.M., the band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx alongside guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, will release its third album on October 7. A video for the CD's first single, "Gotta Get It Right", was filmed in mid-June. Other songtitles tentatively set to appear on the CD include "Stars", "Let It Haunt You", "Hyperventilate" and "Relief".

Sixx spoke to Revolver magazine last year about how the new SIXX: A.M. CD is different than its predecessors. "When we did [our 2007 debut] 'The Heroin Diaries', it was the soundtrack to a book," he said. "And when we did 'This Is Gonna Hurt', there was a lot of inspiration that drew from the photography in my book 'This Is Gonna Hurt' as well as the bandmembers' personal experiences and how they related not only to the characters in the book, but what they'd gone through growing up. Without meaning to, it hinted at this whole concept of bullying. If you're different than other people you're made fun of and you're made to believe you'll never achieve your dreams. Loosely, that's what 'This is Gonna Hurt' was about. We feel like between 'The Heroin Diaries' and 'This is Gonna Hurt', we've exposed a lot of wounds and we've talked about how to recover from them, but we haven't had a chance to really celebrate. I think this album is a celebration."

Asked if SIXX: A.M. took a different approach to writing the songs this time around, Sixx said: "We put a lot fewer restrictions on ourselves. We went into genres that you wouldn't expect us to possibly be influenced by, but unless you know the bandmembers, you don't know that there are all kinds of influences, especially from the '70s and some of the great bands that came out of that era. So when we started writing, it was almost ridiculous. The songs were so left of center that you're like, 'These could never be on a record.' We were creating something so different, and once we got the songs written, people said, 'God, it reminds me of QUEEN's 'Night At The Opera' at times. It reminds me of EDGAR WINTER GROUP 'Free Ride' and these amazing things off of 'They Only Come Out At Night'. There was still the drama and the texture that SIXX: A.M. brings, but there was this celebration happening. Then as we started layering in the guitars, bass, drums and vocals, you started to go, 'Wow, this is a SIXX: A.M. album!' But it started out as not."

Sixx also spoke about whether he is concerned that the musical diversions won't appeal to fans of the first two SIXX: A.M. albums.

"I think SIXX: A.M. fans are going to love this record and I think new people will come in and be really surprised by it and become fans as well," he said. "I don't think our first two records sound like the same type of record, but I do think there's a sound with the band and I think we're going to continue on that tradition."

SIXX: A.M., made a rare appearance — its first in four years — on April 11, 2012 at Revolver Golden Gods Awards at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

As each band member has been kept busy with their other careers — Sixx is also a syndicated radio host; Ashba is a member of GUNS N' ROSES; James Michael is a famed rock producer who has worked on records for PAPA ROACH, HALESTORM and others — this marked the band's first chance to perform in support of their "This Is Gonna Hurt" album, which supplied the #1 rock anthem "Lies Of The Beautiful People".

"7", the latest EP from SIXX: A.M., came out in December 2011 and sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The effort contained acoustic versions of songs from the group's first two albums — 2007's "The Heroin Diaries" soundtrack and 2011's "This Is Gonna Hurt".

Released on May 3, 2011, SIXX: A.M.'s sophomore album, "This Is Gonna Hurt" is a companion piece to Sixx's "This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx" book, a follow-up to his New York Times bestseller, "The Heroin Diaries".


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