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Side A:

Airship Pirate

Scupper Shanty

Follow Me If You Want To Live

Sleep Isabella

Not Silent

Side B:

Off The Grid

The Story That Never Starts

Until The Day You Die

The Anthropaphagists Club

Letters Between a Little Boy And Himself As An Adult


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HELL IN THE CLUB Featuring E Members Reveal Devil On My Shoulder Album Details

Hell In The Club have revealed the details of their upcoming new album, Devil On My Shoulder, out November 4th via Scarlet Records. Devil On My Shoulder was produced by Simone Mularoni (DGM, Empyrios) at Domination Studios in San Marino. Cover artwork was made by Justin Osbourne of Slasher Design (Suicide Silence, Municipal Waste, 3 Inches Of Blood).

Devil On My Shoulder tracklisting:

"Bare Hands"
"Devil On My Shoulder"
"Beware Of The Candyman"
"Whore Paint"
"Pole Dancer"
"We Are The Ones"
"Save Me"
"Toxic Love"
"Snowman Six"
"No More Goodbyes"

Hell In The Club include members of Elvenking, Death SS and Secret Sphere, but their music stands out as something totally different: they mix classic hard rock and modern sounds, heavy metal and party songs, fifties rocknroll and anything in between. Devil On My Shoulder is a powerful, exciting album that displays strong songwriting capabilities, top notch musicianship and meaningful lyrics (one song is based on Daniel Pennacs La Saga Malausséne), in the vein of the great heavy/rock albums of our times.
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WHILE HEAVEN WEPT Release First Suspended At Aphelion Trailer Video

Virginia metallers, While Heaven Wept, are commemorating their 25th year with the release of their sixth full length album, Suspended At Aphelion, via Nuclear Blast this October. The first album trailer, focusing on the artwork, can be seen below:

Suspended At Aphelion is a single track divided into 11 parts, performed by the entire Fear Of Infinity line-up as well as several esteemed guests, including Fates Warning alumni drummer Mark Zonder and co-founding guitarist Victor Arduini - uniting two eras of Fates Warning for the first time ever.

Heaven Wept mainman Tom Phillips offers more insight into the album: "While most of our albums have been thematic, this is the first time we've released something entirely of a conceptual nature in the grand tradition of Pink Floyd, Genesis, Rush, Marillion, Iron Maiden, King Diamond, Queensrÿche and of course Fates Warning...and musically, this album falls somewhere in the middle of all of that with a touch of Viking-era BATHORY as well."

The signature sound of While Heaven Wept remains fully intact, yet has evolved; Phillips explains: "We've always been characterized by emotional sincerity, bombast, sweeping melodies, and dense orchestration, and Suspended At Aphelion is no exception - however, this really is another level for us in that it's the first album featuring all-new material composed in this decade (as opposed to previous releases which often culled from years of archival material), it's full of twists, turns, modulations, time changes, harmonic content rarely heard in metal, and tons of counterpoint. This is all augmented by actual cellos, violins, classical guitars, an array of percussion, and genuine analog synths."

"Over the last few years, we've had some audiophiles reaching out to us regarding the "loudness wars", so we were very much committed to delivering an album with a wide dynamic range, with very little peak reduction or compression...insuring it was as dynamic and organic as possible versus being Pro-Tooled to death or overtly compressed/limited for loudness...not unlike our labelmates Satyricon, who definitely impacted our approach to Suspended At you may have to turn it up compared to X album from 2014, but we feel like this epic journey is even more gratifying because of this."
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CARNAL AGONY Featuring HELLOWEEN / MASTERPLAN Drummer Uli Kusch Reveal Debut Album Details

Carnal Agony will release their debut album, Preludes & Nocturnes, on November 14th via Sliptrick Records. The band's first video will be released on the same day.

Drawing influences from the likes of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Mercyful Fate, In Flames and Testament, and devoted to classic literature such as HP Lovecraft, John Milton and Edgar Allan Poe (often inspiring their lyrics), Carnal Agony are the latest sensation in the Scandinavian metal scene with their incendiary blend of pounding thrash metal, memorable melodies and meaningful lyrics.

Umeå-based Carnal Agony is currently producing their album at Studio Seven with producer Ronny Milianowicz (Primal Fear, Amon Amarth, Jorn). Current drummer for this album is world famous heavy drummer Uli Kusch (formerly of Helloween, Gamma Ray, Holy Moses, Masterplan and many others).


"War Prayer"
"The Frozen Throne"
"Rebels Lament"
"Carnal Agony"
"Night Of The Werewolf"
"Fire Walk With Me"
"Sleep Waker"
"Crystal Lake"
"Secrets Within The Shrine"
"Together We're Lost"


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CENTINEX Premier "Moist Purple Skin" Lyric Video

Reformed Swedish death metallers, Centinex, will release a new album entitled Redeeming Filth on November 21st in Europe and on December 9th in North America via Agonia Records. A lyric video for the track "Moist Purple Skin" can be found below.

Returning after an almost eight-year hiatus, the band decided to revive the spirit that originally begun in 1990 and produced eight albums to date. The first song to be revealed off the upcoming Redeeming Filth - the opening track "When Bodies Are Deformed" - is streaming below.

Album artwork was created by the Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media (At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Darkthrone).


"When Bodies Are Deformed"
"Moist Purple Skin"
"Death Glance"
"Stone Of Choice"
"Without Motives"
"Rotting Below"
"Dead, Buried and Forgotten"
"Eye Sockets Empty"

"Moist Purple Skin" lyric video:
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Brazilian band Liar Symphony has released a lyric video for Welcome, the opening track of Before The End, the new album from the heavy metal group.

The assembly was taken by vocalist Nuno Monteiro. "The lyric of this song is very heavy and realistic, because we are transforming the place we live. So, I used images that portray this question, and I believe that the set of image, music and lyric made perfect sense. It works like a real 'welcome' for our new album and upcoming songs on the CD", explains Monteiro.

The Portuguese guitarist Pedro Esteves talks about the musical part: "This song is very strong, has a powerful riff and striking guitar, we couldnt choose another song to open this work. It has several tempo changes, with a killer drums, effects of obscure keyboard and a very marked and strong bass. The melodic line of the voice is very strong and has great chorus details. Was the first song composed to this CD and is one that I like best, I think it sums up what is today the Liar Symphony: Modern, heavy, but without lose their characteristics", boasts Pedro, who also produced the album.

Before The End, the fifth studio album from the group, brings the total of twelve tracks, and will be released by the label Encore Records, later this month. On October 11th, the Liar Symphony will make a show at Manifesto Bar in São Paulo / Brazil, which will act as heating for the tour of the new album.

Before The End teaser:
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Swedish melodic death metallers Scar Symmetry will release their new album and successor to 2011s The Unseen Empire, entitled The Singularity (Phase I Neohumanity), on October 3rd (Europe), October 6th (UK / France) and October 14th (North America) via Nuclear Blast.

Check out a new album trailer below:


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METALLICA To Release 27 Live Albums On CD

METALLICA's official web site has been updated with the following message:

"We've been extremely proud to offer virtually every show we've done in the past ten years as a download within days of the shows happening... sometimes even hours! Over the years we've been able to offer more download options adding HD audio and Apple lossless files to the mix, but we still get requests for the 'old-school' compact disc. To celebrate ten years of Live Metallica, we're going to make that happen! Starting today through the end of this year, every show that we've played in 2014 will be released on CD! We are gonna roll out three shows at a time on Mondays.

"We want to keep it simple so we'll go in order of when the shows were played starting with Bogotá, Colombia, Quito, Ecuador and Lima, Peru from the March South American run. Next week the next three shows will be available and so on. For those of you who want it all, we're also giving you a chance to pre-order a box set with all 27 shows included, which will ship in December. There's that special concept of a volume discount and you'll have a box to store all your CDs in. CD's will be priced at the very clever price of $19.81 a pop with the box set at $417.00 (spot the savings!) and you can place your orders at either or in the Met Store.

"And for you vinyl junkies, select shows will be released on limited-edition 180-gram vinyl early next year. And once again, we here at your friendly METALLICA HQ want your input as to which shows you would like to see on vinyl... YOU choose from the 27 shows we've played this year by voting for your favs here. We'll take the top four that receive the most votes and press them up for you to order in early 2015. Voting will close on September 26.

"Let us know what you think and look for many more releases and some cool box sets in the New Year!"

METALLICA played the following shows in 2014:

March 16 - Parque Simon Bolivar, Bogota, ColombiaMarch 18 - Parque Bicentenario, Quito, EcuadorMarch 20 - Estadio Nacional, Lima, PeruMarch 22 - Estadio do Morumbi, Sao Paulo, BrazilMarch 24 - Jockey Club, Asuncion, ParaguayMarch 27 - Estadio Monumental, Santiago, ChileMarch 29 - Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaMarch 30 - Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaMay 12 - MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert at Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CAMay 28 - Sonisphere at Hietaniemi Beach, Helsinki, FinlandMay 30 - Gardet Royal Park, Stockholm, SwedenJune 01 - Sonisphere at Valle Hovin, Oslo, NorwayJune 03 - State Prison Open Air, Horsens, DenmarkJune 04 - Sonisphere at Imtech Arena, Hamburg, GermanyJune 06 - Rock Im Park at Zeppelinfeld, Nurnberg, GermanyJune 08 - Rock Am Ring, Nurburgring, GermanyJune 09 - Pinkpop Festival at Megaland, Landgraaf, NetherlandsJune 28 - Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Great BritainJuly 01 - Rock in Rome Sonisphere at Ippodromo Cappannelle, Rome, ItalyJuly 03 - Rock Werchter at Werchterpark, Werchter, BelgiumJuly 04 - Sonisphere at St. Jakob-Park, Basel, SwitzerlandJuly 06 - Sonisphere at Knebworth House, Stevenage, Great BritainJuly 08 - Aerodrome Festival at Incheba Open Air, Prague, Czech RepublicJuly 09 - Krieau Rocks at Krieau Open Air, Vienna, AustriaJuly 11 - Sonisphere at National Stadium, Warsaw, PolandJuly 13 - ITU Stadium, Istanbul, TurkeyAug. 09 - Heavy Montreal at Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, Quebec

METALLICA's performance at the Heavy Montreal festival in early August marked the sole North American date on the "Metallica By Request" tour, which hit Europe and South America earlier in the year. The trek featured the band playing 17 songs requested online by fans in each city, with the final slot in the set list taken by a new song, "Lords Of Summer".

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told Metal Hammer in an interview that "Lords Of Summer" went over well with fans hearing it live on the band's "By Request" tour. Ulrich explained, "It's fun to play. It seems like the kids are enjoying it. There was actually somebody in the 'Snake Pit' the other day with a homemade 'Lords Of Summer' T-shirt on, which was very endearing."

Ulrich added, "It's a good song. Hey, listen, who knows by the time the next record comes out whether it will be in its same shape or format. But it's fun to play. And I think it's going down well, from what I can tell, from my little spot."

Ulrich said that in the past when the band has played fresh material live, sometimes the songs have not even had finished lyrics or titles. But he remarked that "Lords Of Summer" is "a little further along in terms of it being, sort of, together, so we're quite comfortable playing it. It's kind of written for this tour."

The drummer recently told "Metal Zone" about the band's next record, "I'm pretty convinced that 90 percent of the record is actually written, it's just gotta be kind of assembled between all those riffs. It's just a matter of connecting this to this and sort of shaping it into a song."

Frontman James Hetfield said something very similar when The Pulse Of Radio asked him a while back about the status of the band's new material. "We've come up with enough material for a record, for sure," he said. "We've gone through maybe one-tenth of the material that's on our riff CDs, but we've got enough for an album. We just haven't had the time to really focus on it and dial in and start whittling at these masterpieces, hopefully."


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'Fear Clinic' Film Featuring SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR Frontman COREY TAYLOR: World Premiere Announced

"Fear Clinic", the new horror flick which marks SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor's first featured role in a film, will receive its world premiere on October 22 at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Hollywood, California. Taylor, along with the movie's director, Robert Hall, will be on hand for a question-and-answer session.

For more information, click here.

"Fear Clinic" stars Robert Englund, best known as Freddy Krueger in "A Nightmare On Elm Street", as Dr. Andover, a doctor who treats patients afflicted with crippling phobias by inducing hallucinations inside an invention he calls the Fear Chamber.

"Working with Corey was amazing," said Hall. "He's such a huge horror fan and his enthusiasm and excitement shine through. His involvement brings the film to a whole new level, and fans are going to freak when they see him in the role."

As a lifetime horror fan, Taylor said, "I'm such a horror geek, comic geek and action figure geek. I'm inspired by so much from Hunter S. Thompson and Quentin Tarantino to 'The Dark Knight' and 'Halloween'. Just show me something that doesn't suck, and I'm happy," he laughed.

Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio what it was like to work with a horror icon like Englund. "One of the coolest dudes I've ever met," he said. "You know, we were sitting in the makeup trailer and he's telling me stories from the '80s of being at the Rainbow with GUNS N' ROSES and I'm like, 'Please tell me more!' You know? Sweetest dude I've ever met, super fun, super awesome and we had a really good time like making that stuff. And I had a handful of scenes with him and I, I had a really good time."

Taylor told Full Metal Jackie about his involvement in "Fear Clinic": "That was a blast! I was approached by [METALLICA bassist] Robert Trujillo. His friend Robert Hall was the director for 'Fear Clinic' and Rob had offered Robert the part. But Trujillo couldn't do it; he was going to Antarctica with METALLICA. He said, 'Who is someone youd love to work with?' I guess Rob said Corey Taylor. So he put us in touch and within two weeks I was on the set. It was pretty sweet."

He continued: "I had always said I wanted to be in a movie and try my hand at it. It was kind of the perfect opportunity." He added: "It was a fantastic learning experience. I learned a lot just from watching everybody. I really got into it, I grew a mustache for the part so I could look extra creepy. I had a super blast with it."

In the film, which began life in 2009 as a five-episode series for the web site, Taylor plays a clinic employee named Bauer who struggles to keep things under control when all hell breaks loose. The movie centers around one traumatic event that induces phobias in a group of different people.


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REVOCATION - New Track "Madness Opus" Streaming

Check out "Madness Opus", a new track from Revocation's upcoming Deathless album, streaming below:

Revocation have spent the last eight years converting fans to their cause with four full-length albums, an EP with Scion AV, and a charismatic live show led by guitarist/vocalist Dave Davidson. The Boston-based band also features the staggeringly talented lineup of: Dan Gargiulo on guitar, Brett Bamberger on bass, and Phil Dubois on drums. Revocation has firmly been established as one of the genre's finest and will continue their campaign as part of the Metal Blade Records roster. Their fifth album, Deathless, is a fitting debut for the label, and a definitive statement of intent from the band.

Deathless is set for an October 14th release, the artwork, track listing and first single which is the title track, were recently unveiled. The album will be available in CD, 2LP and digital formats. The title track is now streaming and the album is up for pre-order at

During the recording process, the band shot a series of videos documenting their work on Deathless. The first video from the sessions is available below.

Frontman Dave Davidson on the video series: "This is the first of 3 video interviews that document the recording process for our upcoming record. We've put a lot into making this album so we wanted to give fans some insight into how it was created. Stay tuned for more episodes coming soon."


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BLUES PILLS Release "Jupiter" Lyric Video

Multicultural blues rockers, Blues Pills, have released the official lyric video for the song "Jupiter", which comes off the band's self-titled debut album. Check it out below:

Blues Pills have announced that their Berlin show on October 18th has been moved to a bigger venue since the initially booked Bi Nuu has been sold out. The show will now take place at legendary SO36. The band also added two shows in Denmark to their headlining tour this fall/winter. The quartet will be playing Lyngby and Aalborg in late November. Check the entire tour routing below.

As a thank you to their rapidly growing fan base, the band recently released a self-produced music video for the Chubby Checker cover, "Gypsy".

Commented the band: "We made a home-made music video to the song 'Gypsy' from our debut album. We wanted to give something back to the fans as a "thank you" for all the amazing support! We shot it one night on tour, in our hotel room in Frankfurt. Hope you dig it!"
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RAGNAROK Take Fans By Surprise With New Vocalist Announcement; Founder / Drummer Jontho Steps To The Mic

It has been several months since one of Norway's iconic black metal bands, Ragnarok, announced the departure of vocalist Hans Fyrste, and since then there has been much speculation as to who will replace him, with several high profile names being thrown into the mix by fans. But until now the band has kept quiet about their choice, whilst at the same time rehearsing the new lineup behind closed doors. And now that the announcement can be made, there is no doubt at all that it will surprise most fans - because the new vocalist will be drummer and Ragnarok founder Jontho himself, and his place behind the drum kit on stage will be taken by Dauden drummer, Malignant.

It might seem strange that Jontho, who is one of the most well known and respected drummers on the black metal scene, and who has played in various bands such as Tsjuder, Endezzma, and Shadow Dancers during his long and formidable career, should decide on a change of direction, especially with a band that he founded 20 years ago, but, as he explains, he is not entirely abandoning his drums...

"When Hans Fyrste left I sat down together with bass player DezeptiCunt and guitarist Bolverk, and we knew that finding the right person who would fit Ragnarok's ethos both in terms of performance and live appearances was not going to be easy. On top of which we had to begin work on our eighth full-length album, and we didn't want to have to rush into anything we might later come to regret, so we took the decision that I would continue to handle the drums in the studio, as well as taking on the vocals both in the studio and on stage, and that Malignant would drum for us live on stage.

Although I'm known as a drummer, I'm not a stranger to performing vocals, having done backing vocals on some of Ragnarok's albums. It would be fair to say that am tired of front men who do not give their all and quit the band, so, since I am the most stable member and the de facto front man from the beginning, even though I played the drums, I will now front the band as I should have years ago.

Of course, doing vocals live in front of an audience is definitely a challenge, but one that I was interested in trying after all these years behind the drum kit. Will I continue as Ragnarok's vocalist after the release of the next album? That remains to be seen, but for the time being it's something I'm looking forward to."

Jontho's first appearance on stage as vocalist with Ragnarok will take place on October 4th at the Stadthalle in Schweinfurt, Germany, when the band is set to appear at Norwegian Hellcamp, the new festival which, as its name suggests, is devoted entirely to Norwegian black and extreme metal. Along with Ragnarok in the lineup are Taake, Slagmaur, Vulture Industries, Endezzma, Sarkom, Den Saakaldte, and Aura Noir.

Aside from working on their next album, Ragnarok are also currently in the middle of planning some South American dates later this year.

The official video for the title track from Ragnarok's seventh full-length album, Collectors Of The King, can be seen below:


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WHITE EMPRESS Streaming New Track A Prisoner Unleashed

White Empress, the new band founded by former Cradle Of Filth guitarist Paul Allender, is streaming a new song, A Prisoner Unleashed, from the bands debut album Rise Of The Empress. Rise Of The Empress is due out September 30th on Peaceville Records in conjunction with PledgeMusic.

"For the track 'A Prisoner Unleashed' I had an idea to start a track with vocals only and to come into the track with a heavy groove and punch," Allender said. "This track is awesome because of the various groove changes and the way everything sits together within the arrangement and the rest of the tracks on the album. A real headbanger for the real metalhead!"

White Empress recently premiered their video for the track "Darkness Encroaching":

Rise Of The Empress will release this fall on Peaceville in conjunction with The album can be pre-ordered now through PledgeMusic at this location, along with plenty of White Empress goodies from signed artwork, signed guitars, to the opportunity to record in Paul Allender's studio and more. Pledgers will also be able to download a track from Rise Of The Empress.

Formed by guitarist Paul Allender and with a full band lineup, this new venture into the metal landscape under the moniker of White Empress exudes the depth and ferocity of his prior work whilst pushing new boundaries. Allender's signature razor-sharp riffing and epic, melodic twists and turns compliment the sumptuously alluring and often demonic voice of Mary Zimmer (Luna Mortis) to create a master class in savage, yet uplifting metallic darkness.

The album was recorded in White Empress' studio and has been mixed and mastered by veteran producer, Kit Woolven (Thin Lizzy, Cradle Of Filth). With Allender's relentless guitar and Zimmer's diverse vocals, ranging from operatic to death metal screams, White Empress is exploring new areas of metal.

"White Empress is the link the music scene has been so desperately missing," said Allender. "The band started writing together two years ago, and have slowly crafted the sound that is White Empress. White Empress has all the best parts of the metal scene rolled up into one band. The music is hard, but emotive. White Empress' unique style and sound is bringing fresh life to the music scene that it's been crying out for."

In between working with Cradle of Filth, Allender relocated to the US in 2012 and decided to start work on another project with local musicians in his newly adopted home of Minneapolis, Minn. along with his friend, Martin Skaroupka from Cradle Of Filth. This soon became White Empress. Having also recently released the acclaimed EP, 'White Empress,' the stage was set for a full-on assault.

White Empress comprises: Paul Allender, formerly the main guitarist and songwriter in Cradle of Filth, vocalist Mary Zimmer from Luna Mortis, Will Graney, keyboardist from Damnation Angels, Chela Harper, bass player for Coal Chamber, guitarist Jeremy Kohnmann from The Awakening, and drummer Zac Morris, who's played with many bands including Ugly Kid Joe.

Stay tuned for more information on White Empress and Rise Of The Empress.

IRON REAGAN - "Miserable Failure" IRON REAGAN - "Miserable Failure"


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ALLEN / LANDE: 'Lady Of Winter' Lyric Video Premiere

The official lyric video for the song "Lady Of Winter" from Jorn Lande (MASTERPLAN, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and Russell Allen's (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB) fourth ALLEN / LANDE collaborative album, "The Great Divide", can be seen below. The CD will be released on October 17 in Europe and October 21 in North America via Frontiers Music Srl.

Following three successful discs written, played and produced by Swedish musician Magnus Karlsson (of PRIMAL FEAR and STARBREAKER), "The Great Divide" represents a substantial change in that former STRATOVARIUS guitarist and main composer Timo Tolkki took on the challenge to write and produce the new recording. Tolkki also performs all instrumentation on the album except for drums, which are handled by Jami Huovinen.

Work on the album started in late 2013 when the first songs were demoed and sent to the two singers, who loved the direction of the new music. Also, for the first time, Lande has contributed vocal melodies and lyrics to the album. The final result is certainly outstanding and the crisp mixes from Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, PLACE VENDOME, UNISONIC) make for an amazing-sounding album. Stunning cover art created by French artist Stan Decker completes the package.

"The Great Divide" track listing:

01. Come Dream With Me02. Down From The Mountain03. In The Hands Of Time04. Solid Ground05. Lady Of Winter06. Dream About Tomorrow07. Hymn To The Fallen08. The Great Divide09. Reaching For The Stars10. Bittersweet

"The Great Divide" pre-order links:

* Amazon* iTunesA three-song trailer is available below.

The third ALLEN / LANDE collaborative CD was released in November 2010 via Frontiers. Entitled "The Showdown", the CD was mixed by Achim Köhler (PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER, SILENT FORCE).

"Lady Of Winter" lyric video:

"The Great Divide" trailer:


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ARROGANZ To Release Tod & Teufel In November; Streaming Track One Death

FDA Rekotz will unleash Tod & Teufel from German death metal horde Arroganz on November 11th. The group's third album is death metal that is catchy and classic, brutal and contemporary all rolled up into one mammoth package of sheer audio bliss. Listeners can expect a harrowing descent into Arroganz's morbid underworld.

Tod & Teufel was recorded at The Dark Depths of Cottbus Studio, mixed by Timo Rotten (Spitfire Productions), and mastered by Lasse Lammert (LSD Studio). The artwork was created by Misanthropic Art.

Tod & Teufel tracklisting:

One Death
Arisen From Failure Perished As King
Tod & Teufel
Demons Heart
All Light Is A Lie
Black Aura

One Death:
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TODAY IS THE DAY Release Video Masada

The first single from Today Is The Day's tenth LP, Animal Mother, has been released through a disturbing new video for the ninth track, Masada, as the band begins to divulge the newest developments in their massive upcoming tour schedule.

Produced by visual architect David Hall of Handshake Inc., the disturbing accompaniment for "Masada" delivers the track in a vibrant, high-contrast collage of footage, combining imagery born of nature's itinerary and humanity's inherently sadistic and perverse ways. Cult leaders summon more flies to the fire while children learn to handle automatic weapons. Brains decay and maggots feast upon the flesh of mammals, while a twisted, obfuscated plot unfolds amidst several unnamed humans in this disgustingly satisfying slab of cinematic madness. Undeniable lust, seething anger, inward loathing and outward aggression all flow in an occult blend of Americana that is as unique as the song.

Issued director David Hall of the video: "I'm always honored when Steve Austin asks me to create a video for Today Is The Day. Early on we decided that 'Masada' should be the track people hear first from the new album because it really represents the album in terms of rock and diversity and TITD insanity. Steve wanted a video that would infect minds and reflect the madness of the music. I ate some meatloaf and went on a vision quest and was shown a couple in a desert being corrupted by their dysfunction and desire to control one another. So this is what I made."

As always, the dejected and vengeful hymns Today Is The Day delivers with their latest opus are among the most scathing passages of audio one will experience, as Animal Mother unloads just short of a solid hour of pure anguish. The band's lineup features the rhythm section of bassist Sean Conkling (Regression, Burn Your Halo, Sprawl) and drummer Jeff Lohrber (Enabler, ex-Harlots), fronted by cult leader, founding guitarist/vocalist Steve Austin. Through fifteen diversified attacks, Animal Mother's wrath recalls elements of several seminal TITD albums, merging the dementia of Temple Of The Morning Star with the blazing delivery of In The Eyes Of God, yet several acoustic and more melodic angles elevate the LP's material to entirely different dimensions. Pain and hate are blatantly abundant in Austin's seething and venomous lyrical tirades and emotional outcries. The Animal Mother recordingsessions took place at the notorious architect's own Austin Enterprises in the deeply wooded Maine wilderness this brutal past Winter, the material fully produced and mastered by Austin. The cover art for Animal Mother was created by Samantha Muljat.

A video trailer produced by David Hall of Handshake Inc. is streaming below.

Southern Lord will release Animal Mother on 2xLP, CD and digital in North America on October 14th. Stand by for further advance audio and video evidence from the album to be released as well as a gigantic list live offensive including several months of heavy touring to be declared shortly.


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ARCTURON Release Lyric Video My Treasure

Swiss metal band Arcturon has released the first video for their upcoming EP Expect Us. With Aljosha Gasser, the singer of the band, as the leading character, the video not only illustrates the lyrics of the song but also takes the story further which was created by the band's latest pictures from 2014, showing them during a heist. To give the lyrics the attention they deserve, the band integrated them in a very creative way in the video itself.

Arcturon recently released the first trailer for Expect Us.

The band has also released the tracklist of the EP:

My Treasure
Expect Us
A Restless Soul

Artwork was handled this time by Fashion and advertising photographer Joel Cartier (BMW, Nivea, Paul Gaultier a.m.m).

The band states: We felt like doing something new, something that felt natural to us and promised to be fun. We have always tried to create a Hollywood-feel in our pictures, to be more than a metal band for our fans. We dont want to limit our creativity to the music. We knew from the start that Joel Cartier was the right choice for the job, and he immediately caught fire."

Expect Us will be released on October 24th through Supreme Chaos Records and celebrated in a release show on October 25th in Pratteln, Switzerland with Darkane.
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MONOLYTH Debut Album Origin Out In October; Release Show Announced

Portuguese death/groove metal act Monolyth will release its debut album Origin on October 10th. To celebrate the moment, the band will get on stage in the same day at Bar do Estudante (21h30 WET), in Aveiro, with their countrymen Revolution Within, Kritter, Terror Empire and Sotz.

Origin was recorded at Audioplay/Palco Central Studios, in Portugal, with producers Andrés Malta and André Rodrigues, this latest set to handle the mix and mastering in Fullpower Studios.

The first record from the band based in Aveiro also features special guests André Macedo (Colosso, Nebulous) and Andrés Malta (Munchies, Beautiful Venom) on the tracks Fake Symptom and Denied And Broken, respectively.

Origin tracklisting:

The Exile
The Catalyst
Denied And Broken
Fake Symptom
My Redemption

Video "Rupture":
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ABIOTIC Tracking Second Album

Recording is currently underway for Abiotic's sophomore album at The Basement Recording in Winston-Salem, NC. The band is working with producer Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, The Human Abstract, Glass Casket, Last Chance to Reason) whose creative input will be an important facet on how their new songs take shape.

In a recent interview, guitarist John Matos explained: "Jamie King is the man and we can't wait to hear what he has in store for our sound. We wanted to be as prepared as possible so that we have that wiggle room to be creative during tracking. Being solid on how everything will go before hand leaves room to try new things and can take a record to the next level."

Abiotic's second album will be released in early 2015 and is the follow up to 2012's Symbiosis. New vocalist Travis Bartosek and drummer Brent Phillips have since joined the lineup, which is rounded out by the immensely talented guitarist duo of John Matos and Matt Mendez, along with bass phenom Alex Vazquez.
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SLIPKNOT: Closer Look At New Masks

As with every album cycle, the members of SLIPKNOT have unveiled brand-new masks to coincide with the release of their fifth studio CD, ".5: The Gray Chapter", which will arrive on October 21 via Roadrunner.

Buzzfeed has premiered a two-minute "closer look" at the new SLIPKNOT "identities." Check it out in the YouTube clip below.

SLIPKNOT revealed its new masks and its new members — at least what they look like — in the video for "The Devil In I", the first single from ".5: The Gray Chapter". The clip, directed by percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan, shows off the new headgear worn by the seven original members, while giving us brief glimpses of the band's new drummer and bassist, who are both wearing the same mask.

The band has not revealed the identity of either new member, but now new evidence has surfaced online that the man replacing late SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray is named Alessandro "Vman" Venturella. Venturella has served as a guitar tech for MASTODON, COHEED AND CAMBRIA and others, while also playing in the band KROKODIL.

A side-by-side comparison of Venturella's distinctive hand tattoo and that from the person playing bass in the "The Devil In I" video reveals that they appear to be the same.

SLIPKNOT's new drummer is widely believed to be Jay Weinberg, son of longtime Bruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg. Singer Corey Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio that SLIPKNOT wants to honor its past while also moving forward: "It's respect, but at the same time it's about healing the wounds, you know, and starting to take those steps forward, and it's about time for that."

".5: The Gray Chapter" is SLIPKNOT's first album without Gray, who passed away in 2010, and drummer Joey Jordison, who was dismissed last year.

The band will stage a two-day Knotfest event in San Bernardino, California in late October before kicking off its "Prepare For Hell" tour on October 29 in El Paso, Texas.


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AVATARIUM To Release All I Want EP In November; Details Revealed

Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, gloomy metal outfit Avatarium have announced the release of their All I Want EP. The vinyl/digital only EP will be out November 14th via Nuclear Blast.

It all began in winter 2012, when Leif Edling (Candlemass) needed help to demo a couple of songs he was working on, and Marcus Jidell (Evergrey) offered to help. Weeks turned into months and a few songs became the first full length album, Avatarium, mixed by well-known Swedish engineer Ronny Lahti.

Enter 2014, Avatarium feel the need to break new grounds musical wise and after listening to some old vinyl records, the desire to get closer to this kind of material was born. With a new demo track at hand, bassist Leif Edling was joined by guitarist Marcus Jidell to work on the song that would be called "All I Want". While the two musicians got deeper into exploring where they want to take the music of Avatarium and how they can keep things interesting for themselves and for the fans, yet another song was created, and the idea to make a new EP was fully set.

The old spirit comes even more alive, with psychedelic percussionist Michael Blair, who has worked with Tom Waits and Lou Reed among others, guesting on "All I Want".

Commented guitarist Marcus Jidell: He showed up at the studio with a big "bag of tricks" with metals, crashers, shakers and a lot of strange things which he made sound like if you throw in a punkrocker at Woodstock and feed him with psychedelic pills!

About the new songs, he adds: We tried to keep things simple and spontaneous during the recordings, something I hope people will be able to hear. Also I think that Jennie-Ann Smith has reached new levels with the way she sings on both of the new songs!

All I Want EP tracklisting:

Side A (45 RPM)
"All I Want"
"Deep Well"

Side B (33 RPM)
"Pandoras Egg" (live)
"Tides Of Telepathy" (live)
"Bird Of Prey" (live)

The three live songs were recorded at the 2013 edition of renowned Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands, which was the second ever Avatarium show and the first one outside of Sweden.


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PITCH BLACK FORECAST Streaming Track Open Letter To God Featuring DEVIN TOWNSEND

The new all-star album project from Pitch Black Forecast will be released October 21st on Ferocious Records in CD, vinyl and digital download formats. As The World Burns is an all-star project that features J-Mann of Mushroomhead, M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold, Randy Blythe of Lamb Of God, Devin Townsend, Gene Hoglan (Death, Strapping Young Lad, Dark Angel, Testament) and The Human Furnace of Ringworm.

Open Letter To God featuring Devin Townsend is streaming below:

As The World Burns also features the debut of another J-Mann side project called Bitch Wrangler. A four song EP entitled Spitef*ck will serve as bonus tracks on the CD. In addition Best Buy will be featuring an exclusive CD version that adds three bonus tracks, bringing the total CD track list to 18.


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RUSH To Release 'R40' 40th-Anniversary Collectors Box Set In DVD And Blu-Ray

Canadian rock legends RUSH will release a special "R40" video box set on six Blu-ray discs or ten DVDs this coming November to celebrate their 40th anniversary. The set features live footage spanning all four decades of the band's career, including over two hours of unreleased material, a rare performance of entire seven-part version of "2112", three unreleased tracks from the 1974 vault plus RUSH's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction.

2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of RUSH's eponymous debut album in 1974. This superb collector's box set brings together live performances by RUSH from each decade of their career. It includes "Rush In Rio", "R30", "Snakes & Arrows Live", "Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland" and "Clockwork Angels Tour" plus a bonus disc of previously unseen and unreleased live material stretching from 1974 to 2013.

To the delight of fans, the bonus disc will include all eight songs from the Laura Secord Secondary School show in 1974 which features original drummer John Rutsey. That recording includes two RUSH originals "I've Been Runnin'" and "The Loser", as well as their cover of Larry William's "Bad Boy", made famous by THE BEATLES. The bonus discus also features five songs from songs from the Capitol Theatre in 1976 such as "Anthem" and "Lakeside Park", the rarely performed full, seven-part version of "2112" filmed in 1997, "Lock And Key" from the "Hold Your Fire" tour, as well as footage from the glorious evening when RUSH fans got their beloved band inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

RUSH are renowned for the energy and excitement of their live concerts and this set brings together some of their finest performances. The ten DVD (or six Blu-ray) discs are contained in a stunning 52-page hardback book measuring 305mm x 225mm with the ten discs contained in five additional rigid insert pages each holding two discs. The 52 pages of the book are filled with memorabilia and photographs documenting 40 years of RUSH live in concert. This is the ultimate collection of RUSH live performances, beautifully presented.

Rush R40 Blu-Ray Disc contents
(DVD content is the same except where noted but across 10 discs)

Disc One Rush In Rio *
Tom Sawyer
Distant Early Warning
New World Man
Roll the Bones
The Pass
The Big Money
The Trees
Closer to the Heart
Natural Science
One Little Victory
Ghost Rider
Secret Touch
Red Sector A
Leave That Thing Alone
O Baterista
La Villa Strangiato
The Spirit of Radio
Encore Medley: By-Tor and the Snow Dog / Cygnus X-1 / Working Man
The Documentary The Boys in Brazil
A film by Andrew MacNaughtan

Disc Two R30 *
R30 Overture (Finding My Way / Anthem / Bastille Day / A Passage To Bangkok / Cygnus X-1 / Hemispheres)
The Spirit of Radio
Force Ten
Red Barchetta
Roll the Bones
The Trees**
The Seeker
One Little Victory**
Tom Sawyer
Secret Touch**
Between the Wheels
Mystic Rhythms
Red Sector A**
Der Trommler
Heart Full of Soul
Medley: 2112 / La Villa Strangiato** / By-Tor and the Snow Dog** / Xanadu / Working Man
Summertime Blues

Disc Three Snakes & Arrows Live
Digital Man
Entre Nous
The Main Monkey Business
The Larger Bowl
Secret Touch
Between the Wheels
Far Cry
Workin Them Angels
Armor and Sword
The Way the Wind Blows
Natural Science
Witch Hunt
Malignant Narcissism De Slagwerker
Distant Early Warning
The Spirit of Radio
Tom Sawyer
One Little Victory
A Passage to Bangkok
Bonus Features
Oh, Atlanta! The Authorized Bootlegs
Ghost of a Chance
Red Barchetta
The Trees
2112 / The Temples of Syrinx

Disc Four Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland
The Real History of Rush Episode No.2 Dont Be Rash
The Spirit of Radio
Time Stand Still
Stick it Out
Workin Them Angels
Leave That Thing Alone
The Real History of Rush Episode No.17 and Rock and Roll is my name.
Tom Sawyer
Red Barchetta
The Camera Eye
Witch Hunt
Vital Signs
Moto Perpetuo (featuring Love For Sale)
OMalleys Break
Closer to the Heart
2112 Overture / The Temple of Syrinx
Far Cry
La Villa Strangiato
Working Man
Bonus Material
Outtakes from History Of Rush Episodes 2 & 17
Tom Sawyer featuring the cast of The Real History of Rush Episode 17
Need Some Love live at Laura Secord Secondary School
Anthem Live from Passaic, New Jersey

Disc Five Clockwork Angels Tour
The Big Money
Force Ten
Grand Designs
The Body Electric
The Analog Kid
Wheres My Thing?
Here It Is! (drum solo)
Far Cry
Clockwork Angels
The Anarchist
The Wreckers
Headlong Flight
Pekes Repose (guitar solo)/ Halo Effect
Seven Cities of Gold
Wish Them Well
The Garden
The Percussor (I) Binary Love Theme (II) Steambangers Ball (drum solo)
Red Sector A
The Spirit of Radio
Tom Sawyer
Bonus tracks:
Limelight (soundcheck recording)
Middletown Dreams
The Pass
Manhattan Project
Cant Stop Thinking Big (tour documentary) / Behind The Scenes (featuring Jay Baruchel) / Outtakes / Interview with Dwush / Family Goy / Family Sawyer / The Watchmaker / Office of The Watchmaker

Disc Six R40 Bonus Disc
Laura Secord Secondary School 1974
Need Some Love
Before and After
Best I Can
Ive Been Runnin
Bad Boy
The Loser
Working Man
In the Mood(partial)
Capitol Theatre 1976
Bastille Day
Lakeside Park
Fly By Night/In the Mood
Lock and Key 1988
Molson Amphitheatre 1997
Half the World
Nobodys Hero
Test for Echo
Leave That Thing Alone/Drum Solo
2112 (all seven parts)
I Still Love You Man 2011
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction 2013
2112 featuring Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nick Raskulinecz Tom Sawyer, The Spirit of Radio.

* DVD version to also include:

Rush In Rio
MX Multiangle:
O Baterista
La Villa Strangiato
Easter Eggs:
By-Tor movie
Anthem 1975

979 Hamilton, Ivor Wynne Stadium
1981 Le Studio, Quebec
1990 Artist of the Decade
1994 Juno Hall of Fame Induction
2002 Vapor Trails Tour
From the Anthem vault:
Fly By Night
Finding My Way (mpeg1 from Rock Concert)
In The Mood (mpeg1 from Rock Concert)
La Villa Strangiato
A Farewell to Kings
The Spirit of Radio (Soundcheck 1979 Ivor Wynne Stadium)
Freewill (Toronto Rocks 2003)
Closer to the Heart (Canada For Asia 2005)

** Only available on Blu-ray


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ACE FREHLEY Announces Lineup Of His Touring Band

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has announced the touring lineup for the first leg of his first U.S. shows in four years.

The 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee has tapped none other than Richie Scarlet, who rode shotgun performing rhythm guitar and vocal duties on Ace's "Trouble Walking" platter in 1989, and will do so again on stage. Richie toured with Ace in 1984 and 1985 and periodically from 1989 through 1995 and was also known for touring with Sebastian Bach.

On bass and vocals will be Chris Wyse from Queens, New York. Previously recording with Ozzy Osbourne and playing on Mick Jagger's 2001 solo album, Chris is well known as the bass player from THE CULT since 2006. Chris can also be heard on Frehley's new album, "Space Invader", on select tracks. He also covers bass duties in his current band OWL.

Finally, Scot Coogan will be behind the drum kit for Frehley's upcoming tour. Coogan played with Frehley for five years until 2012 when he left Ace's band to focus on other projects. He has since toured and recorded with LYNCH MOB and sat behind the kit for Lita Ford on the 2012 "Rock Of Ages" tour with DEF LEPPARD and POISON.

"I consider Ace a friend, and I will always be his drummer," Scot said. "When he called me about doing shows, I was honored. We are both excited to have the chance to play together once again."

Coogan recently completed work on the debut album from RED ZONE RIDER, a three-piece band also featuring world-class guitar hero Vinnie Moore (UFO) and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Keeling. RED ZONE RIDER's self-titled CD was made available on September 16 via Magna Carta.

Says Frehley: "I can't wait to hit the road again with this new lineup. I'll be performing Ace classics as well as songs off my new CD, 'Space Invader', for the enjoyment of the fans. Let there be rock!"

Matt Starr, the featured drummer on "Space Invader", will spend the next few months touring with MR. BIG as the replacement for Pat Torpey, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

"Space Invader", the first new solo album from Frehley in five years, sold around 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on August 19 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music).

Ace's previous CD, "Anomaly", opened with around 17,000 units back in September 2009 to debut at No. 27.

"Space Invader", which was made available in Europe on August 18 (three days earlier in Germany and Scandinavia) through SPV/Steamhammer, includes 11 brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker".
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THE CROWN To Release 'Death Is Not Dead' Album In January

Reactivated Swedish death/thrash metallers THE CROWN will celebrate their 25th anniversary with the release of a new studio album, "Death Is Not Dead". The CD's cover artwork was created by Björn Gosses of Killustrations and can be seen below.

Says the band: "So, what's new in THE CROWN camp? Well, in just a few months we are celebrating our 25th anniversary in the name of death metal.

"Can you believe it? 25 years filled with blood, sweat and tears and one hell of a pile of good albums to be really proud of.

"But this celebration is not only to look back and be nostalgic. It's also to embrace the very bright future of this band. We feel great at the moment and we will make 2015 the best year so far.

"Do you wanna join the ride? Well, then don't hesitate to continue to read.

"We know that a lot of you folks out there have waited and waited for some new shit but guess what!? The wait is over.

"For the past two years, we have worked really hard writing and recording our new album, 'Death Is Not Dead', and it's finally ready to be unleashed upon mankind January 12, 2015.

"'Death Is Not Dead' is something that we're extremely proud of. We truly hope that you will dig it and give it the support that it needs and deserves. We have definitely done our best to produce a death metal classic.

"For those who can't wait for 2015, we will release our very first seven-inch single ever with the track 'Headhunter' on October 27, limited to 1000 copies. Pre-orders start on September 29. B side for this single will be our version of 'Unfit Earth', originally recorded by NAPALM DEATH."

"Death Is Not Dead" track listing:

01. Reign 02. Headhunter 03. Iblis Bane 04. Eternal (PARADISE LOST cover) 05. Struck By Lightning 06. Speed Kills (Full Moon Ahead)07. Herd Of Swine 08. Horrid Ways 09. Ride To Ruin 10. Meduseld 11. Godeater

Bonus CD on limited digipack edition:

01. We Come In Peace (Piece by Piece) 02. Agent Orange (SODOM cover)

In other news, THE CROWN has parted ways with drummer Janne Saarenpää.

Says the band: "Janne Saarenpää decided to focus on other things for a time not specified. We truly respect his wishes and support him on his new adventures. Although there will always be an open spot for him in this band, so if he decides to come back he is more than welcome. So we wish him good luck for the future and would like to thank him for everything in the past. Our live situation will therefore look a bit different, but we have that covered already. More info on that when time comes."

THE CROWN last year announced the addition of guitarist Robin Sörqvist (IMPIOUS) to the group's ranks.

THE CROWN played its first concert with returning vocalist Johan Lindstrand on May 5, 2012 at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg, Sweden. This marked the band's first appearance in Gothenburg in 12 years and was the group's only show in Sweden that year.

THE CROWN's last album, "Doomsday King", came out in September 2010 via Century Media Records. The CD was the group's first and only release to feature vocalist Jonas Stålhammar.

"Headhunter" teaser (audio):


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EYE OF SOLITUDE Announce Split With FAAL; Will Rerecord 2010 Debut The Ghost

Kaotoxin Records has announced that UK funeral doomsters Eye Of Solitude will not only release their brand new collector EP, Dear Insanity, this fall, but that they also have already huge plans for 2015, including a split EP and the rerecording of their 2010 debut.

The single song, 50 minute-long, EP will be released on November 24th (France), December 1st (Europe) and December 2nd (North America and digital) with preorders starting on November 3rd. Dear Insanity will be released as a limited collector edition (500 copies only) with no future repress. The disc will come packaged as a deluxe tri-panel DigiSleeve with artwork by Giannis Nakos of Remedy Art Design.

During the first half of 2015, EOS will release a brand new split EP with Netherlands' doom / death act Faal. Faal's material is already recorded while Eye Of Solitude's part is currently in pre-production. The split CD will feature one track per band for a total running time of about 25 minutes. Faal will appear courtesy of Ván Records.

Last, but not least; EOS will rerecord their long sold-out 2010 debut full-length, The Ghost. The album, independently released when the band was still more or less a solo-project by Daniel N., will at long last have its chance to be heard in all of its song-writing glory with this new revamped version on which the whole line-up is actually working. The rerecorded version might also feature some bonus material yet to be announced and is expected sometime during the second half of 2015.

Eye Of Solitude is planning some more live appearances in Europe next year and is working with Kaotoxin Records on a special line of limited collector (re-)releases for 2015 which will be announced in the coming months.
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ACCEPT: Fan-Filmed Video Footage Of New York City Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of ACCEPT's September 15 performance at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City can be seen below (courtesy of John Erigo; except for the last clip).

ACCEPT's new album, "Blind Rage", sold around 6,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release.

The band's previous CD, 2012's "Stalingrad", opened with around 5,400 units to debut at position No. 81 on The Billboard 200 chart.

The group's 2010 album, "Blood Of The Nations", registered a first-week tally of 2,900 copies to land at No. 187.

"Blind Rage" was released on August 15 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.

The "Stampede" video 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").

In a recent interview with Metal Assault, 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."
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VIPER SOLFA Sign To Massacre Records

German label Massacre Records has announced the signing of Viper Solfa.

Viper Solfa vocalist Ronny Thorsen comments about the signing:

After spending over a year crafting this beast of an album, Viper Solfa is very pleased to announce our signing to Germanys Massacre Records! Having worked intensely in both Sound Suite Studios in France and Strand Studio in Oslo, Norway, to obtain the results needed to present the material, it feels very comfortable to hand over the finished product to one of the longest-running metal labels around. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration with the enthusiastic people at Massacre!"

Viper Solfa is still a young band, formed in 2013, but consists of experienced musicians. The band emerged as an idea of ex-Trail Of Tears frontman and Viper Solfa vocalist Ronny Thorsen, who was quickly joined by fellow TOT band members Endre Moe (bass) as well as Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow (drums) and guitarist/keyboardist Morfeus (Mayhem, Limbonic Art).

With the material at hand, it soon became obvious that the band's sound needed a diverse and intense female voice. After numerous auditions with vocalists from all around the globe, Miriam "Sphinx" Renvåg (Ram-Zet) completed the band's line-up.

The vast musical backgrounds of everyone involved results in a merciless musical extreme metal beast, which the band fittingly labels as poison music".


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THE ROLLING STONES - From The Vaults Series Unveiled This November; "Shattered", "Star Star" Videos Streaming

Eagle Rock Entertainment are about to deliver a double dose of The Rolling Stones this November, with the debut of the new series of live concerts: From The Vault.

From The Vault will unveil live concert films from the Rolling Stones archive, now receiving their first official release. The footage from these concerts have been carefully restored, and the sound has been newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain. From The Vault Hampton Coliseum Live In 1981 will be released simultaneously on SD Blu-ray, DVD/2CD, DVD/3LP, DVD, and Digital Formats on November 4th. From The Vault L.A. Forum Live In 1975 will be released on DVD, DVD/2CD, DVD/3LP, and Digital Video on November 18th.

Hampton Coliseum Live In 1981 boasts a full-length 2 1/2 hour concert, featuring Under My Thumb, Lets Spend The Night Together, Shattered, Beast Of Burden, Tumbling Dice, Miss You, Brown Sugar, Jumping Jack Flash, (I Cant Get No) Satisfaction, and many more. The Rolling Stones American Tour in 1981, in support of the critical and commercial smash Tattoo You, was the most successful tour of that year, taking in a then record $50 million dollars in ticket sales. The 50-date tour kicked off in Philadelphia in September 1981 and ended with two dates in Hampton, Virginia on December 18 and 19. The show on December 18th, which was also Keith Richards birthday, was the first ever music concert to be broadcast on television as a pay-per-view event.

L.A. Forum Live In 1975 also clocks in at 2 ½ hours, and features Honky Tonk Women, Gimme Shelter, You Cant Always Get What You Want, Tumbling Dice, Brown Sugar, Midnight Rambler, Jumpin Jack Flash, and Sympathy For The Devil, to name a few. The Rolling Stones Tour Of The Americas 75 was the bands first tour with new guitarist Ronnie Wood. Even before the dates started, there were dramatic scenes in New York City at the official tour announcement, when the band unexpectedly turned up on a flatbed truck to play Brown Sugar. After a couple of low-key warm-up shows in Louisiana, the tour began on June 3, with a 44-date run lasting through August 8. They settled into the L.A. Forum for a five-night stint from July 9th to 13th. The L.A. Forum 1975 film features the show from July 12th.

The electricity and power of the Rolling Stones onstage is a concert event like no other. From The Vault perfectly captures two separate evenings that prove why a Rolling Stones concert is the ultimate live experience.

Hampton Coliseum Live In 1981 tracklisting:

"Under My Thumb"
"When The Whip Comes Down"
"Lets Spend The Night Together"
"Black Limousine"
"Just My Imagination"
"Twenty Flight Rock"
"Going To A Go Go"
"Let Me Go"
"Time Is On My Side"
"Beast Of Burden"
"Waiting On A Friend"
"Let It Bleed"
"You Cant Always Get What You Want"
Band Introductions
Happy Birthday Keith
"Little T & A"
"Tumbling Dice"
"Shes So Cold"
"Hang Fire"
"Miss You"
"Honky Tonk Women"
"Brown Sugar"
"Start Me Up"
"Jumping Jack Flash"
"(I Cant Get No) Satisfaction"


L.A. Forum Live In 1975 tracklisting:

"Honky Tonk Women"
"All Down The Line"
"If You Cant Rock Me" / "Get Off Of My Cloud"
"Star Star"
"Gimme Shelter"
"Aint Too Proud To Beg"
"You Gotta Move"
"You Cant Always Get What You Want"
"Tumbling Dice"
"Its Only Rock n Roll"
Band Intros*
"Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"*
"Fingerprint File"
"Wild Horses"*
"Thats Life"*
"Outta Space"*
"Brown Sugar"
"Midnight Rambler"
"Rip This Joint"
"Street Fighting Man"
"Jumpin Jack Flash"
"Sympathy For The Devil"

*Not available on LP

"Star Star":
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