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YÜTH FOREVER To Release Skeleton Youth Forever Album In June; “People Pleaser” Lyric Video Streaming

Illinois-based downtempo/groove metallers, Yüth Forever, announce the release of their sophomore effort, Skeleton Youth Forever, on June 3 via Prosthetic Records.

Featuring 13 songs of groove-laden, dark electronic, angst-filled mood metal, Skeleton Youth Forever is a collection of jarring contrasts between sullen, somber honesty and energetic, emotional aggression. The album is an experience that embodies what it is to live and grow - introspective, intense and honest from start to finish, Skeleton Youth Forever is an album for the Youth, by the Yüth.

Skeleton Youth Forever will mark the bands sophomore effort, following 2015's debut Freudian Slip, and was produced by longtime friend, Sam Bottner (Barrier).

Vocalist Devin MacGillivary commented, "We chose him [Bottner] because he produced 10 Code and Extortion and he absolutely KILLED it on both of those. Also, because he's one of our best friends, and it only felt right (for nostalgic purposes) to go with someone we were so close with and who had already spent so much of his time helping us further our band.

MacGillivary also gave insight on what listeners can expect from the new material, I think this is a good combination of our previous releases sprinkled with a lot of new innovation in terms of what we did with the songs. There are a lot of weird or funky parts that I wrote because I was really into disco music at the time. To me, a lot of the record just makes me want to dance.

Get a taste of Skeleton Youth Forever and take a listen to the stream of the albums debut single "People Pleaser" in the below lyric video. Grab a digital pre-order of Yüth Forever's new album via Bandcamp and you'll receive an instant download of "People Pleaser". You can also pre-order a copy on CD here.


Suicidal Pistol Grip Pump
People Pleaser
Bitterromantic Pt. 3
Do You?
Growing Pains
The Song I Wrote For You

People Pleaser lyric video:

Yüth Forever will perform a series of headlining gigs at the end of the month with support from Minneapolis' Roads of Glass. Previously the band has been seen alongside the likes of Reflections, Barrier, Toothgrinder, The Browning, This or the Apocalypse, Kingmaker, Demolisher, Structures, Betrayal, Counterparts, Gift Giver, Dark Sermon and Monuments.

Catch them at one of their upcoming shows listed as follows:

23 - Chicago, IL - The Fallout
24 - Lacrosse, WI - The Warehouse
25 - Burnsville, MN - The Garage
26 - Omaha, NE - The Lookout Lounge

Yüth Forever is:

Devin - Vocals
Reese - Guitars
Trevor - Guitars
Eric - Bass
Zack - Drums
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Video Premiere: DESTRUCTION's 'Under Attack'

"Under Attack", the official video for the title track of the new album from German thrashers DESTRUCTION, can be seen below. The CD will be released on May 13 via Nuclear Blast.

DESTRUCTION started recording "Under Attack" after the summer festivals last year and tracked segments in various studios between September 2015 and January 2016. They completed the drum recordings with Martin Buchwalter at Gernhart Studios in Germany, and mixed and mastered with VO Pulver at Little Creek Studios in Switzerland.

DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Schmier stated about the making of "Under Attack": "We really took our time for this album. After the summer festivals, we went into the studio every couple of weeks to record brand new songs and ideas in between all the touring activities. We took several studio sessions instead of one long one, to keep the ideas fresh and have time later before the mix to change bits and pieces that we did not like. Maybe this was the most effective writing we did in the last years! Due the fact we had more time in between the albums, there was a lot of musical output and creativity, but also less pressure. From my point of view, you can definitely hear the crispiness in the songwriting and the kick-ass attitude we brought from the shows into the studio. The 'on tour into the studio on tour mode' was so effective that I wanna keep this method for the future!"

He added: "How does the new record sound? For sure not like a band that is in its 33 years of existence: Efficient aggression: FAST CATCHY ORIGINAL!" The track track listing for the effort is as follows:


01. Under Attack02. Generation Nevermore03. Dethroned04. Getting Used To The Evil05. Pathogenic06. Elegant Pigs07. Second To None08. Stand Up For What You Deliver09. Conductor Of The Void10. Stigmatized


11. Black Metal (feat. Alex Camargo of KRISIUN)12. Thrash Attack


Side A

01. Under Attack02. Generation Nevermore03. Dethroned

Side B

04. Getting Used To The Evil05. Pathogenic06. Elegant Pigs

Side C

07. Second To None08. Stand Up For What You Deliver09. Conductor Of The Void

Side D

10. Stigmatized


11. Black Metal (feat. Alex Camargo of KRISIUN)12. Thrash Attack

"Second To None" was made available as a digital single on April 1. The track was also released as a split colored vinyl EP with RAGE on April 22. The EP was issued on red and green vinyl.

Side A: RAGE - "The Devil Strikes Again"Side B: DESTRUCTION - "Second To None"

Regarding the "Under Attack" artwork, Schmier said: "I had the vision of the exploding earth with the DESTRUCTION skull as continents before we even had the title.

"Never has the earth and every individual been so under attack: whether its environmental issues, wars or politics and media madness, we just destroy everything that we love!

"The cover brings together the classical concepts of the bands history and fits in well with the discography but, unfortunately, it also represents the current state of the world today!"


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VARDIS Premier “Paranoia Strikes” Lyric Video

NWOBHM veterans Vardis have released a lyric video for Paranoia Strikeks, a track from their new album, Red Eye, to be released on May 20th as a digipak version (including 2 bonus tracks + poster), LP version in red vinyl and download (iTunes exclusive contains 2 bonus tracks).

Founder Steve Zodiac says about the song: "Paranoia Strikes is about the animal instinct for self preservation amplified to the point of mania. Its potential is within us all, but Emperors, Dictators and the like seem to be especially susceptible. In that sense paranoia is the flip side of egomania: an excess of power, wealth or drugs can bring both to the surface. My starting point was that animal trigger in humanity, so this track was written to be feral and frenzied, with savage riffs."

The Past: Vardis were forged out of glam, punk, heavy metal, blues and rock 'n' roll in the crucible of 1970s northern England. They are a product of rock music across three generations: inspired by the great rockers and electric bluesmen of the 50s and 60s, learning their trade rubbing shoulders with the young guns of hard rock and punk in the 70s, and achieving prominence in the 80s as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The hard, ferocious attack of their sound directly influenced the development of thrash and speed metal across North America and Europe, cited by metal giants such as Metallica and Megadeth. Never losing sight of the melodic, boogie sensibilities of their earliest influences, the Vardis brand of hard rock retains a unique heavy groove, and has endured as truly original.

The Future: In March 2014, Steve Zodiac began remastering the Vigilante album, and to coincide with the re-release on Hoplite Records, Vardis reunited to headline Brofest II in England, going on to perform at festivals in the UK and Germany before an emotional homecoming show at Unity Hall, Wakefield, where it all began. After the warm reception of fans at the reunion shows, Zodiac and bassist Terry Horbury not only felt at the top of their game, but that they had more gears to hit, and so decided to continue. Recruiting the dynamic powerhouse drummer Joe Clancy, who had spent the previous ten years in Iron Maiden's Adrian Smith's side project Blues Band, Vardis set to work on their first new material in nearly 30 years.

Steve Zodiac: "Reuniting after a 30 year hiatus was a leap in the dark, but the response has been tremendous. Terry, Joe and I have hit upon a creative chemistry that makes me as excited to be recording the 5th Vardis album today as I was cutting our first demos in '76.

The cover art was painted by acclaimed artist Graham Humphreys, who has previously produced artwork for Hammer Studios and posters for Nightmare on Elm Street, Basket Case and The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II.

After the tragic death of bass player Terry Horbury last year, the band recuited Martin Connolly (ex- Rick Wakeman, Paul Fox, Entire Population of Hackney) and played their first successful show with the new line up at this years' Up The Hammers Festival in Greece.

Steve Zodiac comments: "We are very lucky to be able to welcome Martin Connolly to the band. Despite knowing Vardis would continue, after losing Terry so suddenly it took some time before we could consider playing with another bassist. By the time we were ready, the job required someone with the musicianship and experience not only to maintain the power of our live shows but to form a tight chemistry quickly. After just one rehearsal we knew we wouldn't need to see anyone else, Martin is a top bassist and has brought a new dimension and fresh energy to Vardis as we rebuild to get the show back on the road this year. Thank you all for your support and patience, we are proud to rock on with you in tribute to a man whose life was music."


Red Eye
Paranoia Strikes
I Need You Now
The Knowledge
Lightning Man
Back To School
Jolly Roger
Head of the Nail
Hold Me
200 M.P.H.

Digipak bonus tracks:
Living Out Of Touch
200 M.P.H. (Reprise)

Live dates:

12 - HRH Road Trip 7 - Ibiza, Spain T

3 - Muskelrock - Alvesta, Sweden
26 - Wildfire Festival - Biggar, United Kingdom

30 - Headbangers Open Air - Schierenhöhe, Germany

17 - Heavy Metal Night 9 - Villa Rosa, Italy
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DETHRONE - Incinerate All Album Streaming In It’s Entirety

Swedish thrash/death metal outfit, Dethrone, released their new album, Incinerate All, via Massacre Records back in January. A full album stream can be found below.

Incinerate All was recorded, mixed and mastered by Dennis Åhman at Shimmer Studios in Sweden. Joakim Vestlund is responsible for the cover artwork.


“Reborn In Fire”
“The Plague Carrier”
“Rat King”
“Morbid Existence”
“Spiritual Deception”
“Where Darkness Dwells”
“I Am God”
“Dawn Of Demise”
“The Inevitable End”

Album stream:

"Failure" lyric video:

The hard-hitting quintet was formed in the summer of 2011 and released their first EP in October 2011. They aim to serve intense and straightforward Swedish metal, inspired by bands such as Defleshed, The Crown or the early The Haunted.

Being hand-picked by Sweden's Close-up Magazine as the best unsigned band in Sweden, Dethrone were invited to play at Gothenburg's Metaltown Festival in June 2012. The band's debut album, Humanity, was released in March 2013 and received great reviews, just like the EP.
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Video Premiere: MOTÖRHEAD's 'Bomber' From 'Clean Your Clock' DVD, Blu-Ray

MOTÖRHEAD's November 20 and November 21, 2015 concerts at the Zenith in Munich, Germany were professionally filmed and recorded for release this May via UDR.

Titled "Clean Your Clock", the set will be made available in the following formats:

* Colored double vinyl in gatefold with pop-up art* Standalone audio CD* DVD of the show with audio CD* Blu-ray of the show with audio CD* Boxset which contains the colored double vinyl in gatefold with pop-up art, DVD of the show with audio CD and the MOTÖRHEAD metal medal* A limited-edition boxset will be available through the UDR shop and will contain the MOTÖRHEAD medal in silver or gold* Also available as a digital download

"Clean Your Clock" track listing:

01. Start - 00:00:0002. Live Intro - 00:01:0603. Bomber - 00:02:4404. Stay Clean - 00:06:0605. Metropolis - 00:09:4106. When The Sky Comes Looking For You - 00:14:3307. Over The Top - 00:18:1608. Guitar Solo - 00:21:1009. The Chase Is Better Than The Catch - 00:23:0810. Lost Woman Blues - 00:28:3911. Rock It - 00:34:0712. Orgasmatron - 00:36:5213. Doctor Rock Pt 1 - 00:43:2814. Drum Solo - 00:45:1815. Doctor Rock Pt 2 - 00:49:5416. Just 'Cos You Got The Power - 00:52:1117. No Class - 00:58:0818. Ace Of Spades - 01:01:0719. Whorehouse Blues - 01:08:0120. Overkill - 01:14:05

"Clean Your Clock" will be made available on May 27.

A performance clip of the song "Bomber", taken from "Clean Your Clock", can be seen below.

MOTÖRHEAD's final concert took place on December 11, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Despite suffering from an "extremely aggressive" form of cancer, the band's frontman, Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister battled his way through to the end of the group's European tour.

"He was terribly gaunt," MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee< /b> told Sweden's Expressen. "He spent all his energy on stage and afterwards he was very, very tired. It's incredible that he could even play, that he could finish the Europe tour. It was only [three weeks before he died]. Unbelievable."

MOTÖRHEAD's Berlin concert was originally scheduled to take place on November 27, but was postponed after the group's guitarist, Phil Campbell, was taken ill.

Lemmy, who celebrated his 70th birthday on Christmas Eve (December 24), learned two days later, on December 26, that he was afflicted with an aggressive form of cancer. He died two days later, on December 28, at his home in Los Angeles.

Lemmy had been dealing with serious health issues for the past two years, including getting a pacemaker in 2013 and suffering from a hematoma last year. But despite 40 years of hard living and drinking, he continued to tour and record at a feverish pace.

The band was forced to cancel or postpone a number of shows this year due to Lemmy's poor health, which also forced him to cut back on his drinking and give up smoking.

While MOTÖRHEAD itself was revered by metal and punk fans, Lemmy himself became a rock and roll icon and elder statesman, the embodiment of a musician who lived the rock lifestyle to the fullest and never stopped.

Lemmy told Classic Rock: "I'm pretty happy with the way things have turned out. I like to think I've brought a lot of joy to a lot of people all over the world. I'm true to myself and I'm straight with people."

Asked whether he thought about death in the wake of his recent illnesses, Lemmy replied: "Death is an inevitability, isn't it? You become more aware of that when you get to my age. I don't worry about it. I'm ready for it. When I go, I want to go doing what I do best. If I died tomorrow, I couldn't complain. It's been good."


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BLACK CROWES Guitarist RICH ROBINSON To Release 'Flux' Solo Album In June

On June 24, Eagle Rock Entertainment will unveil "Flux", the brand new studio album from celebrated BLACK CROWES founding member/guitarist Rich Robinson. This is the moment 2016 has been building up towards: throughout the year, Eagle Rock Entertainment has released expanded, re-imagined versions of Robinson's solo albums, including "Paper", "Through A Crooked Sun" and "Woodstock Sessions" (on CD and digitally).These reissues served as a fitting lead-up to "Flux". With "Flux", Robinson presents his most accomplished solo album to date 13 new, original songs that draw deeply on his diverse roots. A blues-rock odyssey straight from Robinson's soul, the guitarist returned to Applehead Studios in Saugerties, New York, the recording facility that has become his creative hub. Nestled away within Woodstock's famed artist enclave, Robinson's work at the studio has yielded "Woodstock Sessions", "The Ceaseless Sight" and now "Flux". The entire writing and recording process, explains Robinson, is the driving force for his creativity. "I love being in the recording studio," states Robinson simply. "It fuels the desire to create within me. I enjoy watching it unfold. Each development fires another idea and in the end, you have this organically created song that seemingly came out of nowhere. It brings me such joy and peace. It never ceases to amaze me." "Flux" showcases a rich variety of tempos, tones, and guitar tuning, ranging from the vibrant swagger Robinson first popularized with the BLACK CROWES to the rich, evocative allure evident in songs such as "Sleepwalker" and "Ides Of Nowhere". "These were great examples of songs transforming from little ideas I originally had," he says. "Both just came alive when I had the band with me in the studio. They weren't anything like what I had first envisioned. It was exciting to experience that process." Robinson's creative process within the recording studio shaped such standout "Flux" tracks as "Music That Will Lift Me", the album's first single. "I am always excited by the creation itself," Robinson explains. "I used the studio to specifically write that song. I had these parts written but it started to unfold once I got to Applehead Studios. I later wrote the lyrics in Nashville and it had really evolved into something special." Brimming with redemptive spirit, Robinson's vocal and guitar work shine throughout. Joining him on the track is Charlie Starr of BLACKBERRY SMOKE, who lends guitar alongside Robinson's own. Backed by musicians Matt Slocum (keys), Marco Benevento (keys), Danny Mitchell (keys), Zak Gabbard (bass), Joe Magistro (drums / percussion) and vocalists John Hogg and Danielia Cotton, Robinson transports the listener with a powerful collection of music. From the groove-laden feel of opener "The Upstairs Land", the kick of funk via "Shipwreck", and the gospel swell of "Everything's Alright", to the emotional build-up of "Life" and the hearty stomp of closing track "Sleepwalker", "Flux" ebbs and flows through moods, delivering a varied listener experience. A creative soul through and through, Robinson is not only presenting "Flux" this year, but his artwork was recently displayed at both Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York City and Truth North Gallery in Canada. In May and June, Robinson will serve as a special guest guitarist for BAD COMPANY. Robinson and BAD COMPANY lead vocalist Paul Rodgers recently met and collaborated on a tribute to Jimmy Page. Rodgers was so impressed with Robinson that he asked him to take part in this special BAD COMPANY U.S. tour. Robinson will also embark on an extensive U.S. solo tour kicking off in July. Additionally, he recently collaborated with Zac Brown on his new album and is also featured on "The Way Home" the final track of producer David Cobb's concept album "Southern Family" with gospel choir the Settles Connection. "Flux" track listing:

01. The Upstairs Land02. Shipwreck03. Music That Will Lift Me04. Everything's Alright05. Eclipse The Night06. Life07. Ides Of Nowhere08. Time To Leave09. Astral10. For To Give11. Which Way Your Wind Blows12. Surrender13. Sleepwalker
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THE WILDHEARTS To Release Never Outdrunk, Never Outsung - PHUQ Live Album In June

On June 3rd, The Wildhearts will release Never Outdrunk, Never Outsung PHUQ Live via Round Records Records.

The live album was recorded when the band reunited in September 2015 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their most commercially successful album PHUQ and Never Outdrunk, Never Outsung contains the full original album tracklisting.

Never Outdrunk, Never Outsung was a phrase coined by Wildhearts fan Tom Reed and the album is named in honour of The Wildhearts' audience who are very loud and very thirsty!

P.H.U.Q. (pronounced in obvious fashion) originally released in May 1995, crashed into the UK Top 10 Album Chart at #6. It spawned two Top 40 hit singles, I Wanna Go Where The People Go and Just In Lust, which reached numbers 16 and 28 respectively.

Never Outdrunk, Never Outsung PHUQ Live opens with the euphoric clarion call I Wanna Go Where the People Go and for the next hour The Wildhearts play huge riffs and catchy choruses taking the audience on a roller coaster journey continuing to captivate their fans before Getting It closes out the set in a riot of chants and refrains. Never Outdrunk, Never Outsung PHUQ Live is the perfect document for The Wildhearts' Anniversary tour

All hail the noisy, thirsty Wildhearts fans!

To pre-order Never Outdrunk, Never Outsung PHUQ Live go to this location.

Never Outdrunk, Never Outsung PHUQ Live tracklisting:

I Wanna Go Where The People Go
V Day
Just In Lust
Baby Strange
Nita Nitro
Jonesing For Jones
Up Your Arse You Fucking Cunt
Woah Shit, You Got Through
Cold Patootie Tango
Be My Drug
Naivety Play
In Lilly's Garden
Getting It
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KAMELOT: 'My Therapy' Video Released

KAMELOT's music video for the song "My Therapy" can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's latest album, "Haven", which sold around 7,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was made available in May 2015 via Napalm Records as part of an exclusive licensing deal through the band's Kamelot Music LLC.

Produced by Sascha Paeth and mastered by Jacob Hansen, "Haven" features guest appearances by Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY, ex-THE AGONIST), Troy Donockley (NIGHTWISH) and Charlotte Wessels (DELAIN). The cover and artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann and additional art/layout was done by Gustavo Sazes.

KAMELOT vocalist Tommy Karevik states: "The original idea of ['My Therapy'] was based on experiments done years ago on children where they would be clinically taken care of, but never held, loved or nurtured. The outcome was disastrous and proves that in this sometimes complicated world spinning faster and faster, the very foundation of our health and well being really rests upon something very simple and uncomplicated... The human touch...."

Regarding what Karevik has added to the band's sound since joining the group in 2012, KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood said: "He's an amazing frontman, a killer songwriter, great with lyrics, a team player. And I think he's injected a new spirit into the band, in terms of his energy and youth. I mean, I couldn't have scripted it better, honestly. During [the making of the latest KAMELOT album] 'Haven', he was crucial with his lyrics and his vocal melodies and some of the music."


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SISTER SIN Frontwoman LIV JAGRELL Launches Solo Career With LIV SIN

From the gutters of south Sweden, Liv Sin Jagrell emerged as a major force as the vocalist for hard rockers Sister Sin. Throughout their 13 year career, Sister Sin sold thousands of albums and toured the world with high profile tours supporting the likes of Slayer and King Diamond on the Rockstar Mayhem festival tour, as well as being a part of the Revolver Magazine Hottest Chicks In Metal tour. Sister Sin toured relentlessly for over a decade across Europe and North America garnering an intensely loyal following of rockers that craved the bands aggressive and melodic brand of hard rock.

When Sister Sin called it quits at the end of 2015, Liv knew that she had much more to give to her fans. From this, Liv Sin was born. Liv is currently working on a new music that shows the power, sexiness, and attitude that she is known for.

Liv says, For me it has never been an option to stop singing. I live for the stage and for my fans. I still miss Sister Sin, but I am very excited to work on my own project, and I can promise it will not be some soft pop rock. This is going to be metal deluxe, because thats who I am!"

Liv Sin offers a modernized hard rock sound to take Liv into her next phase, a sound that is destined to please both new fans and her longtime fans of Sister Sin.

Stay tuned for updates.


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WITHIN TEMPTATION Live In Poland; Wroclaw Aftermovie Video Streaming

Within Temptation’s festival season has officially started with a performance in Wroclaw, Poland on May 1s. Watch footage from the performance in the after movie streaming below:

Upcoming Within Temptation live dates include:

27 - Pesse, Netherlands - Muziekweekend Pesse

4 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Fortarock
17 - Clisson, France - Site du Hellfest
18 - Clisson, France - Hellfest Open Air

8 - Kvinesdal, Norway - Norway Rock
10 - Geiselwind, Germany - Out & Loud Festival
30 - De Veenhoop, Netherlands - Grytmansrak

5 - Székesfehérvár, Hungary - Fezen Festival
6 - Ostrava, Czech Republic - Ostrava v Plamenech
13 - Kortrijk, Belgium - Alcatraz Festival
14 - Hildesheim, Germany - M’era Luna Festival
27 - Schleswig, Germany - Baltic Open Air


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Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of the Sweden-based progressive metal band SEVENTH WONDER, which features in its ranks current KAMELOT singer Tommy Karevik, to a multi-album deal!

Originally formed in Stockholm in 2000, the band debuted in 2005 with "Become". The second album, "Waiting In The Wings" and first to feature Karevik on vocals followed in 2006. Two more successful records, the concept album "Mercy Falls" and "The Great Escape", followed before the band went on hiatus following singer Tommy Karevik being chosen to take Roy Kahns place in KAMELOT.

SEVENTH WONDER is now ready to start again and has plans to return with a live recording and a brand new album to kick things off.

SEVENTH WONDER bass player Andreas Blomqvist states: "It has been too quiet in the SEVENTH WONDER camp for far too long and FINALLY that is about to change! Many years have passed since we last put out a record but, finally the band is a fully functioning unit again, ready to create some great new music.

"As we were getting ready to get back on track we also needed somebody to partner with somebody who shared our vision for the band and saw our potential and was willing to commit to the band. We have found that somebody in Frontiers!

"We are thrilled to be on board with such a famous label with many of our favorite bands on their roster.

"You, the fans, have been more patient than anyone could ever deserve. We are equally proud and humbled by that and we promise to do our best, together with our new friends at Frontiers, to make up for the years of silence by going full speed ahead. And you know what? The new album is sounding great!"

The first taste of new SEVENTH WONDER music is due in the fall, with the new album expected to be released in the first half of 2017.

SEVENTH WONDER's fourth CD, "The Great Escape", was released in December 2010 via Lion Music.

After he was officially announced as the new KAMELOT singer in June 2012, Karevik stated about his position in SEVENTH WONDER: "I will not leave SEVENTH WONDER! The SEVENTH WONDER guys and all of you fantastic and supportive fans out there will not get rid of me so easily! I love you all and you are the reason I got to where I am today! We are already working on some stuff for the next SEVENTH WONDER album and really can't wait to show it to you all!"


Andreas Blomqvist - BassJohan Liefvendahl - GuitarTommy Karevik - VocalsAndreas Söderin - KeyboardsStefan Norgren - Drums


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Video footage of former RATT singer Stephen Pearcy performing with his solo band on April 30 at the M3 Rock Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland can be seen below.

Asked if he thinks there will ever be a follow-up album to RATT's 2010 CD, "Infestation", Pearcy told the "One On One With Mitch Lafon" podcast: "It's a little too late for that. I doubt [it will happen]. Time has passed. Warren [DeMartini, guitar] and I were actually working on music, and there is a song that we actually recorded. And if it sees the light of day, I would be very proud of it, and he would too. We finished it, and it's done, recorded. And if that's it, that's it. But I don't see any future in RATT and moving on. There's too much unresolved stuff, and it's okay. There's other things going on, and there's no need for that. I'm happy with the legacy."

Warren DeMartini filed a lawsuit last September against RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer, claiming that Blotzer is falsely advertising his "tribute band" as the real thing.

Blotzer announced on September 23, 2015 that he was taking control of the RATT name and was planning to hit the road with a new version of the group, which played shows earlier that year under the name BOBBY BLOTZER'S RATT EXPERIENCE.

WBS, Inc., the company which manages the business and operations related to RATT, was originally formed by Blotzer, DeMartini and Pearcy. Pearcy lost his share of the name in court after splitting with the group in 2000. He returned to the band in 2006 but exited again in 2014. Blotzer has since expressed his desire to keep RATT alive with a new singer, but explained that DeMartini did not want to tour as RATT without Pearcy.
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AC/DC - Listen To AXL ROSE Sing “Hells Bells,” “Back In Black," “Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be” At Lisbon Rehearsals

More supposed audio clips of AC/DC rehearsing with Guns N Roses singer Axl Rose have surfaced. Check full audio of Hells Bells, Back In Black, and Hell Aint A Bad Place To Be from a Lisbon studio below:

Yesterday brief clips of Thunderstruck and Shoot To Thrill were posted on YouTube:

This month AC/DC resume their Rock Or Bust World Tour with Axl Rose on vocals, filling in for Brian Johnson who was ordered by doctors to stop touring or risk deafness.

Brian Johnson spoke out about his hearing loss in the following statement:

"As many AC/DC fans know, the remaining shows for the 2016 AC/DC Rock or Bust World Tour, including 10 postponed U.S. shows, are being rescheduled with a guest singer. I want personally to explain the reason because I dont believe the earlier press releases sufficiently set out what I wanted to say to our fans or the way in which I thought it should be presented.

On March 7th, after a series of examinations by leading physicians in the field of hearing loss, I was advised that if I continue to perform at large venues, I risked total deafness. While I was horrified at the reality of the news that day, I had for a time become aware that my partial hearing loss was beginning to interfere with my performance on stage. I was having difficulty hearing the guitars on stage and because I was not able to hear the other musicians clearly, I feared the quality of my performance could be compromised. In all honesty this was something I could not in good conscience allow. Our fans deserve my performance to be at the highest level, and if for any reason I cant deliver that level of performance I will not disappoint our fans or embarrass the other members of AC/DC. I am not a quitter and I like to finish what I start, nevertheless, the doctors made it clear to me and my bandmates that I had no choice but to stop performing on stage for the remaining shows and possibly beyond. That was the darkest day of my professional life.

Since that day, I have had several consultations with my doctors and it appears that, for the near future, I will be unable to perform on stage at arena and stadium size venues where the sound levels are beyond my current tolerance, without the risk of substantial hearing loss and possibly total deafness. Until that time, I tried as best as I could to continue despite the pain and hearing loss but it all became too much to bear and too much to risk.

I am personally crushed by this development more than anyone could ever imagine. The emotional experience I feel now is worse than anything I have ever in my life felt before. Being part of AC/DC, making records and performing for the millions of devoted fans this past 36 years has been my lifes work. I cannot imagine going forward without being part of that, but for now I have no choice. The one thing for certain is that I will always be with AC/DC at every show in spirit, if not in person.

Most importantly, I feel terrible having to disappoint the fans who bought tickets for the canceled shows and who have steadfastly supported me and AC/DC these many years. Words cannot express my deep gratitude and heartfelt thanks not just for the recent outpouring to me personally of kind words and good wishes, but also for the years of loyal support of AC/DC. My thanks also go to Angus and Cliff for their support.

Finally, I wish to assure our fans that I am not retiring. My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that. For the moment, my entire focus is to continue medical treatment to improve my hearing. I am hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live concert performances. While the outcome is uncertain, my attitude is optimistic. Only time will tell.

Once again, my sincere best wishes and thanks to everyone for their support and understanding."

AC/DC issued the following statement: AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years. We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures. As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we understand, respect and support Brian's decision to stop touring and save his hearing. We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill this commitment."

AC/DC European Tour Dates (with Axl Rose):

7 - Lisbon, Portugal - Passeio Maritimo De Alges
10 - Seville, Spain - Estadio De La Cartuja
13 - Marseille, France - Stade Velodrome
16 - Werchter, Belgium - Werchter Site
19 - Vienna, Austria - Erns-Happel Stadium
22 - Prague, Czech Republic - Letnany Airport
26 - Hamburg, Germany - Volksparkstadion
29 - Berne, Switzerland - Stade De Suisse

1 - Leipzig, Germany - Red Bull Arena
4 - London, England - The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
9 - Manchester, England - Etihad Stadium
12 - Aarhus, Denmark - Ceres Park


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NIKKI SIXX On Threat Of Terrorism: 'Musicians Have To Keep Making Music And Keep Touring'

MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX:A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx says that continuing to live a normal life is one of the best things people can do after a terrorist attack.

In the six months since the massacre at an EAGLES OF DEATH METAL concert in Paris, there have been fears that an attack on London or Washington, Melbourne or Berlin could happen next.

Sixx, however, believes that the attacks and the threat of more to come will make people feel vulnerable and start making decisions based on fear.

"My outlook on terrorism too is that you can't run and hide and stop going to sporting events, grocery stores, restaurants and concerts," he tells OC Weekly in a new interview.

"When did it become a thing to stop going to concerts? We're going to stop going to concerts?

"The idea behind terrorism is to terrorize and that's why there was a list that was put out from ISIS supposedly, that named the most random, small, targeted cities. One of them was very close to where I lived. Then you could say, 'I can't go to the grocery store.' You can't live like that in America. I realize that we're very fortunate here and this is a big world issue and that might sound a bit meathead, but the truth is we have to keep moving forward. Musicians have to keep making music and keep touring."

Nikki, who was performing with MÖTLEY CRÜE in Munich, Germany the night of the EAGLES OF DEATH METAL concert, adds: "During the Paris attacks in France, I know a lot of people pulled from touring and went home. It wasn't an option for me. I said, 'No, we're going to keep playing.' Some people were saying that they didn't feel comfortable going to a concert. We weren't going to be that band."

A number of artists halted their European treks in the wake of the Paris attacks, including LAMB OF GOD, FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES and others.

In the days after the attacks, people around the world, including members of ANTHRAX, SLAYER and CHILDREN OF BODOM, expressed their desire to defy terrorism by continuing as before.


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Eonmusic recently conducted an interview with bassist Mike Dean of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY. An excerpt from the chat follows below.

Eonmusic: With CORROSION OF CONFORMITY back to what most would regard as the "classic" lineup, I wondered who you'd like to see reform.

Mike: I would like to see BLACK SABBATH reform, because, in my opinion, they haven't reformed because Bill Ward isn't there. Bill is one of the top drummers and creative people of the last sixty years or so. To make two BLACK SABBATH records without Bill Ward, it's just bullshit. I worked a show where BLACK SABBATH played in 2005 or so, and Bill Ward was like practicing drums on the desk, talking to the hands He had all his chops, he had all his Ginger Baker-esque, Elvin Jones jazz chops, he was playing hard just doing like "Wicked World" stuff. And they say he can't do it? They're my favorite band and I just can't believe what they're doing.

Eonmusic: Any thoughts on the Axl Rose-fronted AC/DC?

Mike: AC/DC basically lost me about the time that Bon Scott died. Part of maybe two albums [featuring Brian Johnson] are pretty killer, and then I tolerate it because, come on, Malcolm Young, you know? But now you're down Malcolm, so that's kind of a hard blow to recover from, and then you want to add Axl? I mean, I understand you've got to finish the tour or whatever, and I can try to empthasise with the position. Don't get me wrong, the last three GUNS N' ROSES records, I never really appreciated them at the time, but now they're almost like a guilty pleasure. But, you know, not all of the music that I enjoy is necessarily created by people I would like to hang around with. [Laughs]

Read the entire interview at Eonmusic.

The four-piece version of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY featuring Pepper Keenan on guitar and vocals recently inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The band will enter the studio late this winter/early spring with longtime producer John Custer. Custer has recorded such C.O.C. classics as "Deliverance", "Wiseblood", "America's Volume Dealer" and "In The Arms Of God". The as-yet-untitled-album will mark CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's studio reunion with Keenan and the Pepper-fronted version of C.O.C.'s first full-length record since 2005.


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ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN: 'If You're Stealing Music, You're An Asshole'

Brazil's Wikimetal podcast recently conducted an interview with ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

Asked if he thinks the surging popularity of music streaming services such as Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube is ultimately good for the music industry, Ian responded: "I really don't know. I think however you get your music Here's my answer to that question: as long as you're not stealing music, then I don't care how you get it, whether you're buying vinyl or you're streaming it on Spotify. I think any way you can get your music And I think if you're stealing it, then you're an asshole. That's all. [Laughs]"

In the past, Ian has been critical of music streaming services like Spotify and Pandora as a source of revenue for artists like ANTHRAX, telling From Hero To Zero in a 2015 interview: "Music doesn't have the same value in people's minds on this planet as it did ten years ago, twenty years ago The commodity of music is worth less these days. Albums couldn't be cheaper. You could buy a brand new album, let's say on iTunes, you could buy a brand new CD for ten dollars. I mean, it wasn't that long ago where you had to go to, let's say, Virgin Megastore, which used to be everywhere. Albums back then in the States, a brand new CD would cost you at least seventeen dollars. That's not even including the gas to get there in your car, paying for parking sometimes. Now you could just sit at home and pay ten dollars. It's never been cheaper, and people still have a problem with that, apparently, because they'd rather steal it or stream it."

He went on to say: "Now, look, I get streaming it's a modern convenience, it's the next step of where things are going, as far as how to get your music, and I don't have a problem with that. Look, I was one of the first people to get an iPod. I love iTunes, I love having all my shit right here in my phone; I love the convenience of that. I even like streaming, because it will turn me on to music that maybe I wouldn't have heard before and then I'll go and buy the record. But I just feel like, once again, bands are getting ripped off by these streaming services. If Spotify would pay more money to the bands for the art they're creating, I think just in general people would have a better view of music and think it was worth more. Music should be worth something. It is worth something. We're creating art, and these businesses have completely devalued what we do, and obviously I think that's bullshit."

ANTHRAX's latest album, "For All Kings", sold 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. According to Billboard, ANTHRAX was last in the top 10 back in 1993 with "Sound Of White Noise", which debuted and peaked at No. 7. "For All Kings" also gave ANTHRAX its largest sales week for an album since "Sound Of White Noise"'s second week on sale (40,000; it debuted with 62,000).

"For All Kings" is ANTHRAX's first studio album since 2011's "Worship Music" (No. 12 peak with 28,000 sold in its first week) and follows the 2013 covers set "Anthems" (No. 52; 8,000 sold in its debut frame).

"For All Kings" also topped the Hard Rock Albums chart in both the U.S. and Canada, and landed at No. 5 and No. 7, respectively, on the U.S. and Canada's Top Current Albums charts. Additionally, "For All Kings" debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, No. 2 on the Independent Albums chart, No. 4 Physical Albums, and No. 5 Vinyl Albums chart.

Interview (audio):


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MIKE PORTNOY Weighs In On FATES WARNING's Awaken The Guardian 30th Anniversary Show At Keep it True 2016 - "My God, They Nailed It!" (Video)

On April 30th, legendary prog metal legends Fates Warning headlined the Keep It True Festival 2016 with special 30th anniversary performance of their Awaken The Guardian album. The band line-up for the show featured John Arch (vocals), Jim Matheos (guitar), Frank Aresti (guitar), Joe DiBiase (bass) and Steve Zimmerman (drums).

Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below, and drum legend Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Dream Theater) has weighed in on the performance:

"My God! Fates Warning NAILED IT!! Sooooo happy to see this. I've been waiting for DECADES for them to reunite this line-up and play this music again! I have a soft spot for the Arch-era stuff as I absolutely love The Spectre Within and Awaken The Guardian (two of my all-time fans prog/metal albums of the '80s). I am also so proud of them as they are such dear old friends of mine. Congrats Jim, John, Frank, Bones and Steve! I just hope I can see one of these shows myself one day..."

Scheduled for release via Inside Out on July 1st, legendary prog metallers Fates Warnings new album, Theories Of Flight, the long-awaited follow-up to 2013's Darkness In A Different Light.

Guitarist and main composer Jim Matheos comments about the title and the artwork for the album: "The working title for the album was The Ghosts Of Home and the song with that name was first called Home Again. When I started searching for artwork I came across the piece that's now the cover and it was called Theories Of Flight. In fact, the title you see on the cover is part of the original art, not something we added. There's a loose theme running through a lot of the lyrics, and this developed organically and separately, where Ray and I are often writing about various uprooting, So I was immediately drawn to that phrase as being a better description of what some of the songs are about."

Theories Of Flight will be available in the standard version and a two disc, Mediabook edition, which will include a trio of unreleased originals, as well as three additional, never heard, cover tunes. A double-LP version will also be available. The bonus disc is entirely acoustic.

The tracklisting is as follows:

CD 1
From The Rooftops
Seven Stars
The Light And Shade Of Things
White Flag
Like Stars Our Eyes Have Seen
The Ghosts Of Home
Theories of Flight

CD 2 Acoustic Bonus Disc:
Seven Stars
Another Perfect Day
Pray Your Gods - Toad The Wet Sprocket cover
Adela - Joaquin Rodrigo cover
Rain - Uriah Heep cover


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VINNY APPICE, RUDY SARZO, CRAIG GOLDY, ANDREW FREEMAN To Perform Rock Classics With Temecula Valley Symphony

The City Of Temecula Community Services Department will present a one-of-a-kind concert event on Saturday, June 18. Set to take place on the steps of the Temecula Civic Center in Temecula, California, "Rock Legends In Concert With The Temecula Valley Symphony" will feature veteran rock musicians Vinny Appice, Rudy Sarzo, Craig Goldy and Andrew Freeman, along with the Temecula Valley Symphony, performing rock's greatest hits by LED ZEPPELIN, THE WHO, THE BEATLES, PINK FLOYD, MOODY BLUES, RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, and more. Thomas Kociela will be conducting this concert.

This free event is produced by the City Of Temecula under the coordination of Gail Zigler, senior coordinator of arts, culture and events. This production was conceived by music director Joey Wester and created with the help of Alana Joos, orchestra manager for the Temecula Valley Symphony. Together these three organizations bring this epic event to the steps of Temecula's City Hall.

Individually, each of the rock stars has performed with several legendary rock bands worldwide:

Legendary rock drummer Vinny Appice's history includes BLACK SABBATH, DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, Rick Derringer and John Lennon. In April 2014, along with former members of DIO (Vivian Campbell and Jimmy Bain), Vinny began recording tracks for his new band LAST IN LINE along with Andrew Freeman on vocals. Currently, Vinny is on tour with LAST IN LINE, RESURRECTION KINGS, and "Drum Wars", in which he is joined by his brother Carmine Appice.

Rudy Sarzo is a hard rock/heavy metal bassist who has recorded and toured with many well-known heavy metal and hard rock bands, including QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, and BLUE ÖYSTER CULT. Rudy is also a member of a supergroup called PROJECT ROCK featuring members of JUDAS PRIEST, GUNS N'ROSES, ALICE COOPER, AC/DC, SCORPIONS, and more.

Heavy metal guitarist Craig Goldy has recorded and toured with ROUGH CUTT, GIUFFRIA, PROJECT DRIVER, and DIO. This year, Craig's new band RESURRECTION KINGS released its debut album and Craig will be touring with them as well as with DIO DISCIPLES and BLACK KNIGHTS RISING. In 2015, Craig toured with the XG Extreme Guitar Tour lineup alongside Uli Jon Roth and Vinnie Moore.

Andrew Freeman is the lead singer of LAST IN LINE with former original members of DIO. In early 2014, Freeman joined the critically acclaimed production show "Raiding The Rock Vault" at the Las Vegas Hotel, where he performs five shows a week on vocals, guitar and bass with other musicians such as Robin McAuley (SURVIVOR, MSG), Howard Leese (BAD COMPANY, HEART), Paul Shortino (QUIET RIOT) and Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE). Freeman has also performed on three tours as lead vocalist for guitarist George Lynch's LYNCH MOB and as a guitarist/back-up vocalist for THE OFFSPRING.

This free concert event will be held at the Temecula Civic Center Quad located at 41000 Main Street, Temecula, California. Limited seating will be available and no unattended seat holds will be allowed. You may bring your own low back chairs for lawn seating.

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METALLICA's Kirk Hammett joined Elton John on stage this past Saturday night, April 30 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada to perform "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting".

Hammett later wrote on his Instagram account: " It was an honor and extreme privilege to share the stage with such a legend. Thanks, Elton John!"

He added: "Davey Johnstone is a great guitarist and it was an honor to play with him. I had first seen him play during Alice Cooper's Madhouse Rock Tour [in] 1979 and he kicked major ass!!!"

Hammett told Canadian journalist Mitch Lafon that Elton John was one of several rock artists who had a huge influence on him when he first discovered music. He said: "When I was a young kid I had decided to make a point of going out to the record store and buying albums from artists that I heard on the radio. It was Elton John, it was David Bowie, it was KISS, it was THIN LIZZY and it was LED ZEPPELIN."

METALLICA has been working on and off on its tenth studio album for a couple of years now, but the last few months have seen the band get down to serious business on the disc and spend less time than usual on touring or other projects.

The new METALLICA effort is being produced by Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed 2008's "Death Magnetic".

The band's recently announced headlining show at Minneapolis' new U.S. Bank Stadium on August 20 sold out all 66,000 tickets in less than 10 minutes in late March. Joining METALLICA at that show will be AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT.

METALLICA's classic 1986 album "Master Of Puppets" is among the records that have been selected for induction into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. Every year 25 recordings that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and at least ten years old are selected.


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PAUL GILBERT Releases Official Video For "Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal"

Guitar legend Paul Gilbert has released an official video for the lead-off single from his new album, I Can Destroy. The clip for "Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal" was directed by Jonathan Pharr using illustrations from Will Krulee,

From platinum album sales and number one chart success as a founding member of Mr. Big, to frightening the guitar community with new levels of ferocious picking technique with shred-pioneers Racer X, to exploring punk, pop, classical, blues, jazz, and progressive instrumental styles in his solo career, Paul Gilbert has recorded a massive amount of stunning guitar music, all while circling the globe to play sold-out arenas from Japan to Jakarta.

His newest record, I Can Destroy, will be released in North America on May 27th via earMUSIC on CD Jewel and digital.

Gilbert’s style stands out for its rare combination of accuracy, creativity, and power – all which are balanced with Paul’s sense of humour and pure love of music.

Although Paul is best known for his work with Mr. Big and Racer X, he has also toured with Joe Satriani’s G3, played in a host of tribute concerts with legendary drummer Mike Portnoy, and been integral in the design of his signature Ibanez PGM and Fireman guitars.

Paul’s legacy as a guitar instructor began when he was eighteen, when he was hired to teach at Hollywood’s Guitar Institute of Technology. His groundbreaking “Intense Rock” videos and DVDs have inspired legions of guitarists to improve their accuracy, speed, and phrasing. Years as a columnist for Guitar Player magazine, and most recently, Premier Guitar magazine, along with giving countless clinics, private lessons, and serving for five years as the dean of MI Japan, have given Paul Gilbert deep experience in the art of communicating music to all levels of guitarists.

Over 25 years in the music business have only increased Paul’s passion to explore the possibilities of music and the art of playing the guitar. Whether he’s playing to 10,000 fans or jamming one-on-one with a student, Paul Gilbert is living his childhood dream of taking the sounds in his head and bringing them into reality – on the electric guitar.

I Can Destroy is Paul’s next solo-masterpiece and will be his 18th solo album. The album features 13 very diverse rock-tunes. With Kevin Shirley producing, and an amazing band of Freddie Nelson and Tony Spinner on guitars and vocals, Kevin Chown on bass, and Thomas Lang on drums, Paul rocks with more power and emotion than ever before.


“Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal”
“I Can Destroy”
“Knocking On A Locked Door”
“One Woman Too Many”
“Woman Stop”
“Gonna Make You Love Me”
“I Am Not The One (Who Wants To Be With You)”
“Blues Just Saving My Life”
“Make It (If We Try)”
“Love We Had”
“I Will Be Remembered”
“Adventure And Trouble”
“Great White Buffalo” (Bonus Track)


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Video: MEGADETH Performs At Florida's FORT ROCK Festival

Fan-filmed video footage of MEGADETH's April 30 performance at the Fort Rock festival, which was held at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida, can be seen below.

The band's setlist was as follows:

01. The Threat Is Real02. Hangar 1803. Sweating Bullets04. Trust05. Fatal Illusion06. Symphony Of Destruction07. Dystopia08. Peace Sells09. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due

MEGADETH filmed a video for the song "Post American World" late last month. The track is taken from the band's latest album, "Dystopia", which came out in January.

"Dystopia" shifted 49,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in its first week of release. In terms of pure album sales, "Dystopia" opened with 48,000 copies, marking MEGADETH's highest-charting album since 1992's "Countdown To Extinction" debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the chart dated August 1 of that year. "Dystopia" also logged the group's best sales week since 2007, when "United Abominations" landed at No. 8 with first-week sales of 54,000. In addition to guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine, MEGADETH's current lineup includes longtime bassist David Ellefson, LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler and Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with ANGRA.
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BORN OF FIRE Remakes "Carry On Wayward Son" By KANSAS

Born Of Fire will pay homage to Kansas with their next release, says band manager Steve Dorssom. The group is currently putting the finishing touches on a tribute cover / remake of Kansas' 1976 classic "Carry On Wayward Son", along with an all new music video to support it. The group's latest release is promised to showcase each member's individual talent as seasoned veterans of metal at the same time staying true to the classic edge of the song. 

Band manager / percussionist Steve Dorssom has roots in Kansas, and the group will be paying homage both to the legendary band and the state with their latest release. Kansas was on the bleeding edge of the genre during its era, so bold and experimental in their music that their sound was essentially prog-rock. Born Of Fire channels this in their music, unflinchingly exploring new ground in the genre.

The music video that's set to be unveiled at the same time as the track's release will feature a one of a kind style of visual artistry that's distinctly modern, while simultaneously possessing a throwback vibe. Best of all, BoF's tribute to "Carry On Wayward Son" will be available for free to fans at the band's official website,

Manager Steve Dorssom promises this latest news is only the tip of the iceberg, and that the band is already in the preliminary stages of writing music for a brand new album. Fans should expect to hear even bigger news from BoF in the very near future.

Listen to the original Kansas version below:



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SAMAEL To Perform Old School Set At France’s Fall Of Summer Open Air 2016

The Fall Of Summer Open Air team has announced that 25 years after the release of Worship Him, Samael will perform a memorable old-school set focussed on their three first albums at this years festival, taking place September 2nd - 3rd in France.

Other acts confirmed for the festival include Oranssi Pazuzu, Merrimack, Shining, Unleashed, Exciter, Revenge, Nifelheim, Dead Congregation, Manilla Road, Grim Reaper, Abigail and Hell Militia. More acts to be announced.


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DEATHCROWN Release First Digital Single "The Witch Hammer"

Deathcrown are the new, but very old-school, death metal outfit from Richmond, VA. The band includes veteran skins-basher Ryan Parrish (Iron Reagan, ex-Darkest Hour), and seasoned frontman Mikael Parks (former touring vocalist for Arsis), and is rounded out by a group of equally brutal dudes. Their sound is visceral to the original death metal scenes from both Stockholm, Sweden and Tampa, Florida, while retaining it's own originality and attitude.

These guys are not a group of young kids trying to imitate a long-lost sound. The men of Deathcrown are the genuine article. They were buying records like Entombed's Left Hand Path and Morbid Angel's Blessed Are The Sick at the time of their release. Their bands were opening for Grave and Dismember in the '90s. All they've done here is dig up their own filthy, rotting roots, in order to return to their love of brutal, simple, heavy death metal.

Check outDeathcrown's first digital single, "The Witch Hammer", via the audio player below.. Their debut EP, Living Hell, will be released on June 17thvia Primitive Ways Records.

The Witch Hammer by Deathcrown

Deathcrown is:

Mikael Parks - vocals
Jake Vanderband -guitar
Tommy Gunn -guitar
David James -bass
Ryan Parrish -drums

Visit their official Facebook pagefor further details.

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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS have shot down rumors that they have enlisted CREED singer Scott Stapp as their new frontman.

The speculation about Stapp's involvement with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS began early this morning (Monday, May 2) when Scott gave a radio interview in which he said that he has "been working on a new album with a new group of guys guys from some pretty well-known rock bands that you guys will know."

After being pressed to share more details about the project, Stapp responded: "I can't tell you 'till later in June, man. [That's when] we'll be making the announcement." He did, however, offer the following hint about his new bandmates' identities: "This other band that I'm jamming with is its own band with its own band name."

Asked point blank if he got the gig as the new lead singer of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, Stapp said: "I can't say, man, I can't say. I can't confirm or deny. [But] I will tell you this: there is a six-degree-separation connection between this new project and the band you mentioned."

After Stapp's comments were published on various music web sites, including BLABBERMOUTH.NET, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS took to their Twitter page to say: "Despite recent comments, Scott Stapp is not, nor has he ever been considered as the singer for STP."

It is now being speculated that Stapp could be the new lead singer for ART OF ANARCHY, the band which released a self-titled debut album last year that featured former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman Scott Weiland alongside bassist John Moyer (DISTURBED) and guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (GUNS N' ROSES). Thal has stated in recent interviews that ART OF ANARCHY has found a replacement for Weiland, but has not offered any more details about the new singer's identity.

STP recently held open submissions for a new vocalist after singer Chester Bennington exited the lineup in 2015 to focus on his other band, LINKIN PARK.

Weiland, whom STP parted ways with in 2002 and again in 2013, died last December, dashing any hopes that the band might reunite again with him.

Despite recent comments, Scott Stapp is not, nor has he ever been considered as the singer for STP.

Stone Temple Pilots (@STPBand) May 2, 2016

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UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER's Concert DVD Featuring ACCEPT Classics To Be Released In October

Planetmosh recently conducted an interview with former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. vocalist Udo Dirkschneider. You can now listen to the chat below.

Speaking about his plans for the next U.D.O. album, Udo said: "I think next year, let's say, we start working on the album, I think, the end of January slowly. So then we have to be finished at the latest with everything at the end of May. So and then touring starts next year, September or October. So that means the next year is a little bit of relaxing."

Udo in February embarked on a special DIRKSCHNEIDER tour during which he is performing ACCEPT songs one last time before he closes the chapter for good. He told Planetmosh: "It was not planned to do a long tour like this [playing] the ACCEPT stuff. You know, a lot of people are know coming up [with ideas], 'Ah, we wanna do this and this, and come to America, and you go [do] this and this.' And I said, 'Hello. No. I have to stop somewhere, someday,' and that will be the end of December. [There are] a lot of things coming up [between now and then]. On the 24th [of April] is the last show of the first part [of this tour]. And then we have a little break, and then we go to Israel and to Japan. [After that we will play] summer festivals then also nearly every weekend until the end of August. Then it looks like we have the whole September and maybe the beginning of October, time to relax, and then we start again until the end of the year."

The April 2 DIRKSCHNEIDER concert at Kaminwerk in Memmingen, Germany was professionally filmed and recorded for a DVD and CD release. Udo said: "The DVD will be out maybe already in the middle of October. I don't know yet. The record company is talking about this. But I think it will be October. It's also good promotion for the next part of the tour."

Regarding why he decided to make yet another DVD, Udo said: "In the beginning, I was saying, Ah. Okay.' But then everybody said, 'Hey, c'mon. This is history. You'll never do this again.' I mean, so many ACCEPT songs only ACCEPT songs. And I said, 'Okay.' And I was talking to the record company. And they are, like, 'Of course you wanna do this.' So I said, 'Okay. Here we go.'"

U.D.O.'s latest studio album, "Decadent", was released in Europe in January 2015 via AFM.


Udo Dirkschneider - lead vocalsFitty Wienhold - bassAndrey Smirnov - guitarKasperi Heikkinen - guitarSven Dirkschneider - drums


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CHICKENFOOT Post Rehearsal Video For Upcoming Lake Tahoe Concerts

Joe Satriani, Chad Smith, Michael Anthony, and Sammy Hagar - collectively known as Chickenfoot - are coming together once again for a very brief reunion. The group will perform on May 7th and May 8th at Harrah's Lake Tahoe.

The concerts, taking place over Cinco de Mayo weekend, mark their first reunion shows in more than six years. With the Tahoe shows quickly approaching, the boys met up for a quick rehearsal this weekend.

Says the band: We're all set for the Foot action to begin and can't wait to see you all at Harrah's Lake Tahoe!

Thus far, Chickenfoot has released two studio albums: their self-titled debut in 2009, followed by Chickenfoot III in 2011.


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LED ZEPPELIN Legend ROBERT PLANT Gives Surprise Performance At DEBORAH BONHAM Show In England; Video Posted

Legendary Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant surprised an audience in Hereford, England on Saturday (April 30th), reports Hereford Times.

Plant turned up at the Left Bank where Deborah Bonham sister of the rock band's drummer John Bonham was performing with her own band. He performed two songs a Led Zeppelin track with Deborah's band and a cover of Shakin' All Over by Johnny Kidd and The Pirates with Deborah to the delighted audience.

Promoter John Hales, of Porkbelly Promotions and Hereford Rocks, said: "I had a suspicion but nothing had been confirmed. It was something like intuition really, obviously with Deborah being John Bonham's sister and his [Roberts] living close by.

Read more at, and check out some fan-filmed video from the performance below:


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Italy's PINO SCOTTO Pays Tribute To Late MOTÖRHEAD Frontman LEMMY; “The Eagle Scream” Video Streaming

Italian rocker Pino Scotto (Fire Trails, Vanadium) has released the official video for The Eagle Scream, a song dedicated to late Motörhead frontman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister.

The Eagle Scream features Pino Scotto on vocals, Dario "Kappa" Cappanera (Strana Officina) on guitars, Franky Ciccio Li Causi (Negrita) on bass, Rob Iaculli (Exilia) on drums. Additional musicians are Alex Mansi (drums), Dario Bucca (bass) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Edge OF Forever) on keyboards.

The video ends with a photo of Lemmy together with 66-year old Pino Scotto and the message: "Hi Brother, keep a place next to you for me".

The Eagle Scream is one of the two previously unreleased tracks featured in the new Scotto album, Live For A Dream, which was released on April 1st via Nadir Music.

Live For A Dream is a live compilation of 16 tracks that showcase Scotto's 40 year career, from the beginnings with Pulsar and Vanadium, to Progetto Sinergia and Fire Trails and his most recent solo career.
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