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TREMONTI To Release New Album In 2018

ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti has told All That Shreds that he is preparing to begin work on the fourth album from his TREMONTI solo project. "After this [ALTER BRIDGE] tour is over, I'm going to have the [other] guys [from the solo band] come to town and start writing and just kind of pick our moments to keep writing and probably get a record out next year," he said.

Asked if he had any kind of sound or direction in mind for the next TREMONTI album, Mark said: "In a perfect world, I want to kind of split it up. You know, I don't want to get trapped into having to do heavy records all the time, because it's something I really wanted to get out with the solo project the heavier side of my writing but I don't want to completely abandon some of the melodic atmospheres of stuff, so I might want to do just like I did the last time, do two albums and have two different sounds. Have one be more atmospheric in music, acoustic, real melodic and have the other one be straight-up heavy."

Mark also said that it was unlikely VAN HALEN bassist Wolfgang Van Halen would return to TREMONTI for the new album sessions. "I don't believe so," Tremonti said. "He's doing his own project right now. It's either he's playing bass in somebody else's band or he's singing and playing bass and drums and everything in his own project right now, and I'm sure he's going to want to put all his efforts into promoting that."

TREMONTI's third album, "Dust", was released in April 2016 via Fret 12.

"Dust", which was recorded during same sessions as 2015's "Cauterize", features Tremonti on vocals/guitars, Eric Friedman on guitars, Wolfgang Van Halen on bass and Garrett Whitlock on drums. Longtime friend and collaborator Michael "Elvis" Baskette produced "Dust".

Although Wolfgang Van Halen was part of TREMONTI's touring band in 2013 and played on "Dust" and "Cauterize", he sat out TREMONTI's tour schedule because of commitments with VAN HALEN.

TREMONTI recruited Tanner Keegan to play bass on its most recent tour.
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METALLICA Release Beijing, China Recap Video, “Creeping Death” Live Clip

Metallica performed in Beijing, China on January 18th. The band have released this recap video, including footage with world-renowned Chinese concert pianist, Lang Lang:

Check out new footage of Metallica performing Creeping Death at LeSports Center in Beijing, China on January 18th:

Lang Lang, who performed One with Metallica at the Grammy Awards in 2014, once again joined the band for a performance of the song during their Beijing concert. Pro-shot video of the performance can be seen below:

Metallica perform next on March 1st at Foro Sol in Mexico City, Mexico. Find the bands complete live itinerary at this location.

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BLACK SABBATH, DISTURBED, MEGADETH, OPETH Featured In OZZFEST 2016

A video recap of the first day of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, which was held on September 24-25, 2016 at San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore, California, can be seen below.

About 37,000 people attended the first day of the event, with 3,400 campers on the festival grounds.

The Ozzfest lineup was headlined by BLACK SABBATH, while SLIPKNOT closed out the Knotfest bill.

Prior to the concert, SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler were asked what they thought such a massive show said about the state of rock music. "I don't know about the state of rock music, but I'm just gonna go up there and have some fun, you know," Ozzy said. "We're not trying to make a statement to the industry, we're just gonna have some fun." Geezer added: "It's good that we're still going and this kind of music's still going. To do something this big proves that it's still as popular as ever."

Also on the Ozzfest portion of the weekend were DISTURBED, OPETH, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and others, while the Knotfest lineup included SLAYER, TRIVIUM, ANTHRAX, SUICIDE SILENCE and many more.

Both days featured three stages, with one of them named after late MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister.

The San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds is where Ozzfest began in 1996 and where Knotfest was staged last year.

The Ozzfest show was the last ever for BLACK SABBATH in California. The band played three more U.S. shows in Texas last November before visiting South America and ending its run with a series of U.K. gigs in January and February.

Ozzfest started 20 years ago and was the first national music festival of its kind dedicated to hard rock music.

Ozzfest has not been a traveling festival in the U.S. since 2007's "free" edition. The show morphed into a one-off event in Dallas in 2008, took 2009 off and played just six cities in 2010.
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VIP AFTERSHOW VIXEN Drummer, SLAUGHTER Singer Pay Tribute To LEMMY With 'Kilmister' Lyric Video

VIP AFTERSHOW, an project founded by and featuring the powerhouse sister team Roxy Petrucci (drums) and Maxine Petrucci (guitar), has released a lyric video for its debut song, "Kilmister", a tribute to iconic MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister, who passed away on December 28, 2015 at the age of 70. The track, which was released through Afterlife Music Publishing, features a guest appearance by Mark Slaughter (SLAUGHTER) on vocals and Michael Pisculli on bass.

Afterlife Music Publishing was formed to release "one-off" music collaborations with various artists, solely dedicated to creating no-rules, bare-bones rock and roll.

Asked in a 2014 interview what the pros and cons of working with her sister were, Roxy said: "The pros of working with Maxine is obviously her talent, she's my sister, and we're Italian. The cons of working with her... she's my sister, and we're Italian."

In a separate interview, Roxy who is a member of the all-female rock band VIXEN was asked what it is like being a woman in a man's world. She responded: "Being a woman in the music industry can get you noticed (especially if you have big tom toms) but once you get that attention, you better deliver the goods. As a musician, I never relied on the fact that I'm a woman, but I certainly wanted to look as good as possible. The most important [thing], to me, is to be as good a drummer as I can be. Like the military slogan, 'be the best you can be,' or suck, and if you're lucky, you might get your fifteen minutes. That goes for the guys too. Getting a record deal was a different story back in the day. As a female rock band, no matter how good we were, some execs had a hard time taking the band seriously. The band had to play, play and play some more in order to get the word out that VIXEN was a credible band. The fans loved us and we had a massive following. It didn't take long to attract management and eventually sign a record deal. There were record industry pussies who were afraid to take a chance and sign us, but EMI came through."
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Video: GLENN HUGHES Performs In Dornbirn, Austria

Fan-filmed video footage of Glenn Hughes's (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) February 20 performance at Conrad Sohm in Dornbirn, Austria can be seen below.

Hughes's new solo album, "Resonate", was released in November via Frontiers Music Srl. It features his live solo band members, Søren Andersen (guitars and co-producer), Pontus Engborg (drums) and newcomer to his band, Lachy Doley (keyboards), in addition to longtime friend Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), who joined them in the studio for the opening and closing numbers.

"Resonate" was made available in two configurations: regular CD and deluxe edition including one bonus track, "Nothing's The Same", and a DVD featuring a "making-of" album documentary, "Heavy" (music video), and "Long Time Gone" (music video). Vinyl release was made available via Frontiers's label partners Soulfood Music.

Glenn told Billboard.com about "Resonate": "It's possibly the heaviest record I've ever made. I don't want to confuse it with horns-up heavy; it's not metal. But it's definitely fucking heavy. It's dense. It's dark. There's some aggression on this record. Every bloody track is begging to be played live."

While he was in the studio recording his new album, Hughes talked to Denmark's Metalized magazine about the musical diversity that has been his trademark throughout his four-decade-plus career.

"I never make the same album twice," he said. "Go back to the first TRAPEZE album. The second was different and the third one was different. And then you go to 'Burn', and 'Stormbringer' was different from that, and then 'Come Taste The Band'. You got HUGHES/THRALL and that was different from DEEP PURPLE. And then you go to 'Seventh Star' with Tony Iommi. That was different from HUGHES/THRALL. And then the blues album and then the Glenn solo albums."

He continued: "Although some of [my albums] have been very, very soulful and very, very funky, the key for me as I am an Englishman that grew up in the West Midlands is rock. But when I moved to America in the early seventies, I started to listen to what came out of Detroit. And I met Stevie Wonder. He became a very, very close friend and still is. He became my mentor.

"I need people to know that my success has come from the foundation of rock music. As much as I love THE BEATLES, Otis Redding and Stevie Wonder, when you think of Glenn Hughes, you think of the guy who plays bass and sings in any register."

Hughes added: "I am friends with a lot of famous rock stars and they are one genre. I wouldn't say who, but they have a one-genre-dimensional sound. You know it's them. And you know it's me because of my voice.

"I have been cursed and blessed with the ability to switch very quickly from rock to soul to funk to acoustic and almost into jazz without scaring people. When you mix those ingredients, that's Glenn Hughes."
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MIKE PORTNOY'S SHATTERED FORTRESS: Video Footage Of Acoustic Rehearsal

Iconic drummer and former member of DREAM THEATER, Mike Portnoy performed the band's "12 Step Suite" in its entirety for the first time ever on the Cruise To The Edge, which sailed out of Tampa, Florida on February 7. The music documents the musician's battle with alcoholism, and is an ensemble of five songs recorded by DREAM THEATER from 2002 to 2009, with titles that reflect his struggles: "The Glass Prison", "This Dying Soul", "The Root Of All Evil", "Repentance" and "The Shattered Fortress".

Video footage of the pre-show acoustic rehearsal can be seen below.

The February 10 concert, which was staged under the MIKE PORTNOY'S SHATTERED FORTRESS banner, featured the following setlist:

First set: LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT material

Drums: Mike PortnoyBass, chapman stick: Tony Levin Keyboards: Diego Tejeida Guitar: Eric Gillette

01.Paradigm Shift 02. Acid Rain 03. Universal Mind Second set: "12 Step Suite"

Drums: Mike Portnoy Bass: Conner Green Keys: Diego Tejeida Guitars: Richard Henshall, Charlie Griffiths, Eric Gillette Lead vocals on "The Glass Prison": Ross Jennings Lead vocals on "This Dying Soul": Daniel GildenlöwLead vocals on "The Root Of All Evil": Ted Leonard Lead vocals on "Repentence": Mike Portnoy Lead vocals on "The Shattered Fortress": Ross Jennings Backing vocals: all of the above vocalists, plus Eric Gillette and Charlie Griffiths

Portnoy, who also celebrated his 50th birthday on Cruise To The Edge, said that it was always part of his master plan to perform "12 Step Suite" in its entirety live on stage with DREAM THEATER. However, his 2010 exit from the band made that impossible, until now.

"I would love nothing more than to perform it with [DREAM THEATER]," he told The National Student. "But they've made it clear that they have no intention in reuniting at any point. So, life is short; this is going to be my 50th birthday and it just felt like the right time and place to finally play this music."

He continued: "I wrote all five of these songs with the intention of them being performed from start to finish, and I would have loved nothing more than to be doing it with DREAM THEATER. But it's obviously not on the cards for them. I can't sit around waiting for a reunion that may not happen."

Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM THEATER more than thirty years ago, abruptly quit the band in September 2010 while on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD. He has since been replaced by Mike Mangini (ANNIHILATOR, EXTREME, JAMES LABRIE, STEVE VAI). Portnoy later revealed that he tried to rejoin DREAM THEATER, only to be rebuffed.

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Stagehand Dies After AVENGED SEVENFOLD Concert In Stuttgart, Germany

**UPDATE**: AVENGED SEVENFOLD has released the following statement regarding last night's tragic accident:

"We have some very sad news to report. Last night after our show in Stuttgart, Germany, a 26-year-old stagehand fell from the rafters while breaking down our stage. He fell a very far distance onto a 19-year-old man on the local crew. Tragically, the 19-year-old died from his injuries. The other man is now in critical condition at the hospital.

"This is beyond heartbreaking to everyone in the band and on our crew.

"We all send our thoughts and prayers to the man in the hospital, both families involved, all of the local Live Nation crew and everyone else whose lives have been affected by this terrible accident.

"We love our crew so much as well as the many local staff who are essential to our show every night wherever we are around the world.

"This is such a stark reminder of how quickly an accident can happen and lives shattered in the process."

The original article follows below.

A roadie working at AVENGED SEVENFOLD's concert in Stuttgart, Germany Monday night (February 20) was killed when a colleague fell on him as they were dismantling the stage.

While the 26-year-old survived the 2:00 a.m. incident with serious injuries, the 19-year-old from Esslingen identified by the German media only as Marvin P. died at the scene.

Jörg Klopfer, a spokesperson for the Schleyer-Halle venue where the concert was held, told Bild: "We have never had a fatal accident since the opening of the Schleyer-Halle in 1983. It is a terrible tragic event. We mourn with the family and friends of the young man."

It is not clear why the 26-year-old fell from a height of about 20 meters onto his colleague. Police officer Stephan Widmann said: "An expert will try to reconstruct the accident."

AVENGED SEVENFOLD, DISTURBED and CHEVELLE were scheduled to perform in Milan, Italy on Tuesday (February 21), but that show has been called off. The band's Italian concert promoter, Live Nation Italy, released a statement blaming the cancelation on the illness of AVENGED singer M. Shadows.

Photo credit: Rafa Alcantara of TWENTYFOURCORE




Trauriges Ende eines Konzertabends: Nach dem Auftritt von Avenged Sevenfold ist es beim Abbau in der Nacht zum Dienstag...

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BAD RELIGION


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ALCYONA SKY

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THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM

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SUICIDE SILENCE

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SANCTUARY: First Trailer For 'Inception' Album Of Long-Lost Demos


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ARMORED SAINT


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KISS - Fan-Filmed Video From Oregon Military Museum Fundraiser Surprise Performance Posted

Forbes.com is reporting that on February 18th in Portland, Oregon, KISS gave a surprise performance at the close of a gala fundraiser event, where legendary rockers such as Alice Cooper, Robby Krieger of the Doors, Danny Seraphine from the band, Chicago, and Will Lee from The Late Show with David Letterman, among others, also performed. The exclusive “All-Star Salute to the Oregon Military” event raised $1.4 million toward completing the construction of the $20 million Oregon Military Museum named after KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer's father, Brigadier General James B. Thayer. To help raise funds, Tommy Thayer joined forces with Zenith Swiss watch brand to create a special commemorative watch and a small, limited edition collection.

“Obviously, this is important to me on a personal level because my father is involved,” said Tommy Thayer in a private interview, “but it is important, too, for people to remember and commemorate the amazing people and their stories of heroism. The things they did for our country are inspirational and help us understand where we came from, what helped make us, as a country.”

Fan-filmed video from the surprise performance courtesy of Carmen Mesa is available below alomg with a message from Thayer.

Tommy: "Many, many thanks to Paul, Eric and Gene for being there when it really counts. To come to Portland to support my dad, Oregon's citizen soldiers, and the new museum shows the kind of people they really are." 

Read the complete Forbes.com article here.
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ULI JON ROTH, AMORPHIS, EQUILIBRIUM - 70000 Tons Of Metal Release Official Day 2 Recap Video

The 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise set sail February 2nd - 6th on board Royal Caribbean’s luxurious Independence Of The Seas, which left from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to an all new Caribbean dream destination: Labadee, situated on the northern coast of Haiti, featuring pristine beaches, coral reefs and lagoon-like bays surrounded by forested mountains.

70000Tons.tv now presents exclusive recaps of Day 1 and 2 on board the world's biggest heavy metal cruise.

BraveWords was on board for this year’s cruise. Check out out ongoing coverage via the links below:

- Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3
- Day 4
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V1 - Former IRON MAIDEN Members DENNIS WILLCOCK And TERRY WAPRAM To Release Debut Album This Year; “Don’t Cause A Scene” Track Streaming

V1, featuring former Iron Maiden members Dennis Willcock (vocals, 1979 - 1978) and Terry Wapram (guitars, 1977 - 1978) will release their debut album sometime this year. The new song, “Don’t Cause A Scene”, is available for streaming below.

Says Dennis Willcock: “Well... just under two years ago I met up with Terry after 40 years... on both of us leaving Iron Maiden, yes leaving, we formed a band, V1 - he had some old recordings which I had never heard before, but so powerful were they that we took upon this mission to record a 2017 version plus some newbies.

“After 26 days of studio time we have finally reached completion - any hold ups but we made it - with Terry, Dwight (Wharton), Chas (Charlie Borg), Gareth (Dylan Smith) and myself... job done!

“The product is in pressing stage and in the week I will post info on purchasing... hope you do! In the meantime here is a freebie track from the album for your listening... POWER ROCK to be played loud!”

Listen to the track below, and stay tuned for updates.
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CADAVERIA Release “Christian Woman” Single; Cover Of TYPE O NEGATIVE Track Now Streaming

Horror metallers, Cadaveria, celebrate today's release of the vinyl edition of the Mondoscuro EP (limited to 500 copies-black / 100 copies-white worldwide) by releasing the first of three singles extracted from this EP. “Christian Woman”, a cover of the Type O Negative track, is the first one, now available via all digital stores.

Cadaveria herself commented: “This is the very first vinyl release of our history and we are very pleased and excited. Usually we produce music videos along with our releases, but this time I thought to play with images in a different way. I will impersonate the titles of three songs from Mondoscuro, realizing three special shots, that will converge in the cover artwork for “Mater Tenebrarum”, “Dominion Of Pain” and “Christian Woman” singles. We will release them monthly through digital stores, starting today till April. Today is the day of “Christian Woman”, our homage to Peter Steele.”

Mondoscuro vinyl release comes via Sleaszy Rider Records, that in spring will also reprint Far Away From Conformity, the band’s second album, originally released in 2004. Mondoscuro is also available on CD via the Black Tears label.

(Photo - Fabry C. Photos / Stolen Instants)

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SMILE EMPTY SOUL Announce Release Of Rarities Album; Singer / Guitarist SEAN DANIELSEN’s Product of Isolation Out Now

Smile Empty Soul have announced the release of Rarities, a compilation album built out of previously unreleased tracks written over the course of the last 14 years. Out March 10th, Rarities is available to pre-order on the band's website in multiple bundle opportunities.

"I'm happy to be releasing all these songs we've recorded over the years that never made our regular albums. its gonna be cool to see them get out there to our fans and maybe play a few of them at our live shows" - Sean Danielsen

Tracklisting:

“One At A Time”
“Something New”
“Alone”
“Goodbye”
“This Is War”
“Wasted Town”
“Whats Going Through My Head Right Now”
“For You”
“Who I Am”
“Finding Myself”
“Precious Things” (Tori Amos Cover)
“Aneurysm” (Nirvana Cover)
“Possession” (Sarah McLachlan Cover)

Smile Empty Soul vocalist and guitarist Sean Danielsen also independently released his debut solo album, Product Of Isolation, on January 13th, which was ranked #18 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart.

"This album was my first venture into having a home studio and engineering and producing completely on my own. it was an amazing experience to make and i hope people can relate to it. i definitely poured myself into the songs, and i think that shows" - Sean Danielsen

Tracklisting:

“Scattered Ashes”
“Still”
“The Light”
“Back to Sleep”
“Skin”
“Tennessee”
“All This Talk”
“Parasite”
“Is it Wrong”
“Wedding Song”

“Still”:
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AFTERBIRTH Featuring Members Of HELMET, ARTIFICIAL BRAIN, And BUCKSHOT FACELIFT Join Unique Leader Records Roster

New York progressive/brutal death metal pioneers, Afterbirth, featuring within its ranks members of Helmet, Artificial Brain, and Buckshot Facelift, are the latest additions to the Unique Leader Records roster.

Heavy, complex guitar work; atypically inspired bass rumblings; skillful, fast, and tastefully groovy drums/percussion; otherworldly growls from beyond known dimensions of time and space... All of this and more combine to form the basis of Afterbirth's current musical output.

Comments the band of their union with Unique Leader: "Afterbirth is extremely pleased to announce that we've signed with Unique Leader Records, one of the most legendary and long-running labels in the death metal underground. We couldn't be happier to be part of the Unique Leader tradition and its growing roster of some of the most intense and brutal bands operating in extreme music today."
 
Details of the band's forthcoming new full-length to be announced in the coming months.

Among the earliest purveyors of brutal death metal, Afterbirth was forged on Long Island, New York during the Summer of 1993. The following year, the band release the Psychopathic Embryotomy studio demo which has since become something of a cult-like classic among the extreme metal underground. Due to various issues among its members however, Afterbirth disbanded shortly thereafter the recording.

Fast forward almost twenty years to 2013: Setting aside the differences that might have contributed to their initial demise, Afterbirth reformed, rehearsing their older songs and crafting new material that not only drew upon their earlier work but also highlighted their collective musical evolution.

Afterbirth tracked a new demo simply titled 2014 Demo, which showcased their sharpened and honed musical prowess. It wasn't long before the band was road blocked yet again as longtime founding front man Matt Duncan was asked to leave due to numerous creative, personal, and musical differences. The three remaining members - guitarist Cody Drasser, bassist David Case (Helmet), and drummer Keith Harris decided to continue on as a three-piece instrumental unit for the time, descending into an extremely rich and productive period of songwriting, The band would toil away in obscurity as a trio before joining forces with vocalist Will Smith of Artificial Brain and Buckshot Facelift. Smith's inhuman gutturals harken back to Afterbirth's brutal death metal roots, while his impressive shrieking, hardcore bark and unearthly vocal techniques add much needed depth and color to the band's ever-increasing sonic palette.
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BLOODBOUND: new song available

New BLOODBOUND single "Stand And Fight" available for streaming. This is a song from their upcoming new album "War Of Dragons" to be out on February 24th via AFM Records.

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VIRULENT DEPRAVITY Featuring INFERI, SVART CROWN Members Streaming New Track “Beyond The Point Of No Return”

Newly formed technical death metal supergroup, Virulent Depravity, recently announced the upcoming release of their debut full-length, Fruit Of The Poisoned Tree, out on April 7th via The Artisan Era Records. The new single, “Beyond The Point Of No Return”, is available for streaming below.

Virulent Depravity is the brainchild of guitarist, bassist, and vocalist Colin Butler. While he may be a new name to many, his impressive playing attracted the attention of well-known guitarist Malcolm Pugh (Inferi, ex-Entheos) who joined the band in 2016 on rhythm guitar and additional solos. The lineup is rounded out by Svart Crown (and ex-Benighted) drummer Kevin Paradis, whose incredible playing is the perfect foil to Colin and Malcolm's dazzling performances.

Pre-order the album here.

Tracklisting:

“Serpentine Messiah”
“Spineless Obedience”
“Your Demise”
“Desecrating Eden”
“Fruit Of The Poisoned Tree”
“Bad Drug”
“Beyond The Point Of No Return”
“Only Human”
“Mechanized Defilement”
“Crushed By Futuristic Filth”

“Beyond The Point Of No Return”:

Teaser:

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Greece’s CHRONOSPHERE To Release Red N' Roll Album In March; Teaser Video Streaming

On March 31st, Greek thrashers Chronosphere will release their new album, Red N' Roll, via Punishment 18 Records. A new teaser video is available for streaming below.

The album album was recorded and mixed by Kostas Spades and Spyros Lafias at Chrono Studios and co-mixed and mastered by Ivy DMC.

Tracklisting:

“Alu Card”
“Demonized”
“Before It’s Gone”
“Picking Up My Pieces”
“Be The Best”
“The Force To Put An End”
“Honest To Kill”
“Wolves Out Of Cage”
“Warriors”
“Portal To The Underworld”

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“Picking Up My Pieces” video:

(Photo - chronosphere-official.com)
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PHIL ANSELMO's SCOUR Perform PANTERA Song At Live Debut

Scour, featuring Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint), John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer), Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation), Chase Fraser (Continuum, Animosity, Decrepit Birth), and Jesse Schobel (Strong Intention) made their live debut last night, February 19th at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Fan-filmed footage of Scour performing Pantera's "Strength Beyond Strength" at One Eyed Jacks can be enjoyed below.

Upcoming Scour dates now include:

June
16 - Hellfest - Clisson, France

Scour's six-track, self-titled debut was mixed by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation, Cobalt, Khemmis) and is out now via Housecore Records on CD and vinyl formats. A full stream can be found below.

Comments Anselmo, "Doing the Scour project was a blast. The track, “Dispatched” was the first one I attacked, as it was the first one sent to me. Lyrically, I leave it to the listener to evaluate, as usual. The way I saw it, the songs were short, and extremely straight-forward, so I didn't want to clutter 'em up with too much. Therefore, I had to pick particular lyrics that seemed provocatively absurd enough, and to perform them as raw as deemed fit. Hope all true extreme music lovers enjoy the stuff as much as I did performing it. A huge cheers to all the awesome collaborators on this project... Much love to all."

Order at this location.

Scour tracklisting:

“Dispatched”
“Clot”
“Crooked”
“Codes”
“Tactics”
“Tear Gas”

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MYSTIC PROPHECY Release “Burning Out” Lyric Video

Mystic Prophecy have released a lyric video for “Burning Out”, a track from their ninth studio album, War Brigade, released last year via Massacre Records. The new clip can be found below.

Tracklisting:

“Follow The Blind”
“Metal Brigade”
“Burning Out”
“The Crucifix”
“Pray To Hell”
“10,000 Miles Away”
“Good Day To Die”
“The Devil Is Back”
“War Panzer”
“Fight For One Nation”
“War Of Lies”
“Sex Bomb”

“Burning Out” lyric video:

“The Crucifix” video:

“Metal Brigade” video:
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CRIMSON DAWN - Chronicles Of An Undead Hunter Album Teaser Streaming

Italian doom metallers Crimson Dawn will release their second full-length album, Chronicles Of An Undead Hunter, via Punishment 18 Records on March 31st. A new album teaser video is available for streaming below.

The album artwork was created by artist Mattia Stancioiu.

Tracklisting:

“Twilight Of The Wandering Souls”
“Eternal Is The Dark”
“Neverending Rain”
“The Suffering”
“The Skeleton Key”
“Gaze Of The Scarecrow”
“Dark Ride”
“Checkmate In Red”
“To Live Is To Grieve”

Teaser:

Crimson Dawn lineup:

Dario Beretta - Guitar, Background Vocals
Luca Lucchini - Drums
Antonio Pecere - Lead Vocals
Alessandro Reggiani Romagnoli - Bass
Emanuele Laghi - Keyboards
Marco Rusconi - Guitar
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NAPALM DEATH - Full Dynamic Range Vinyl Repress Of Scum Album Due In March; Video Trailer Streaming

Earache Records will issue a Full Dynamic Range (FDR) vinyl repress of Napalm Death’s classic album, Altars Of Madness, on March 17th. A video trailer can be found below. Pre-orders at this location.

Scum tracklisting:

"Multinational Corporations"
"Instinct of Survival"
"The Kill"
"Scum"
"Caught... in a Dream"
"Polluted Minds"
"Sacrificed"
"Siege of Power"
"Control"
"Born on Your Knees"
"Human Garbage"
"You Suffer"
"Life?"
"Prison Without Walls"
"Point of No Return"
"Negative Approach"
"Success?"
"Deceiver"
"C.S."
"Parasites"
"Pseudo Youth"
"Divine Death"
"As the Machine Rolls On"
"Common Enemy"
"Moral Crusade"
"Stigmatized"
"M.A.D."
"Dragnet"

Trailer:

Napalm Death never slow down and recently announced a next headlining run across Europe, together with Brujeria and Power Trip, for April/May under the very suitable banner, Campaign For Musical Destruction.

Napalm Death’s Mark 'Barney' Greenway checked in with the following comment: “It's been absurdly long since we did anything resembling a proper European tour. To make up for it, it's nice then that we can bring along a box of crazies like Brujeria - certainly not run-of-the-mill. And Power Trip are, like, the good bits of that crossover thing from back in the day. And for our part we'll be digging out a few sweet treats from the annals of Napalm Death. We are officially as excited as small children.”

Campaign For Music Destruction dates:

April
25 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Amager Bio
26 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Pustervik
27 - Stockholm, Sweden - Kraken STHLM
28 - Flensburg, Germany - Roxy
29 - Magdeburg, Germany - Factory
30 - Haarlem, The Netherlands - Patronaat

May
1 - Köln, Germany - Underground
2 - Berlin, Germany - SO36
4 - Krakow, Poland - Kwadrat Klub
5 - Brno, Czech Republic - Klub Fléda
6 - Kassel, Germany - K19
7 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
9 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Institute
10 - Glasgow, UK - Classic Grand
11 - Manchester, UK - Rebellion
12 - London, UK - The Electric Ballroom
13 - Paris, France - Le Glazart
14 - Antwerpen, Belgium - Zappa
16 - Six-Fours-Les-Plages, France - Espace André Malraux
17 - Geneva, Switzerland - L'Usine
18 - Bologna, Italy - Zona Roveri
19 - Karlsruhe, Germany - NCO Club
20 - München, Germany - Backstage
21 - Eindhoven, The Netherlands - Effenaar
 
Other Napalm Death tour dates:

March
17 - Limerick, Ireland - Dolans Warehouse
18 - Dublin, Ireland - Voodoo Lounge
19 - Belfast, Northern Ireland - Limelight 2
24 - Haven, UK - Hammerfest
31 - Moita/Lisboa, Portugal - Moita Metal Fest

April
8 - Erica, The Netherlands - Pitfest
10 - Kiev, Ukraine - Monte Ray
11 - Vilnius, Lithuania - Legendos Club
12 - Riga, Latvia - Melna Piektdiena
13 - Tallin, Estonia - Club Tapper
14 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Opera Club
15 - Kaliningrad, Russia - Yalta Club
16 - Moscow, Russia - Volta Club
17 - Yekaterinburg, Russia - TeleClub
19 - Tbilisi, Georgia - Night Office
20 - Erevan, Armenia - Vitamin Club

July
7 - Viveiro, Spain - Resurrection Fest

August
3 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air

More dates to be announced soon.
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FJOERGYN Debut “Lvcifer Es” Music Video

This coming Friday (February 24th), German avantgarge black metal act Fjoergyn, will release their new album, Lvcifer Es. A music video for the album's title track is now available for streaming below.

Originally intended to be a purely orchestral solo work, Fjoergyn was founded in 2003 by musical visionary Stephan L. His approach until today (with now having a full band lineup): to combine opulent orchestral, and classical sounds with heavy guitars, and a metal aesthetic. Following this path, Stephan L. achieves oppressive, yet tremendous compositions. Due to its challenging basis, and the unconventional direction of action, the result of his creative work has to be described as epic and forward thinking.

Through the time of its existence, Fjoergyn evolved to an insider tip for listeners of epic metal looking for a different approach to varicolored, neo-classical heavy music. Under constant accusations, the band declared the human kind to parasite and tells stories of a self-fulfilling prophecy about the end of all days and the final reckoning between nature and mankind. So far, Fjoergyn released four albums of thoughtful gloomy music with careful arrangements and exceptional moods. The Thuringians toured across Europe supporting progressive colleagues such as The Vision Bleak, and Alcest.

2017 sees the release of bands fifth full length, Lucifer Es, the first one for Lifeforce Records. Conceptually the album - again - stands for relentless social criticism and a disillusioning view on humanity. Individuality has no meaning in the anonymous system of populism and opportunism. Nothing is of value or importance. Even Lucifer was created to keep man submissive. Fjoergyn’s album marks a ruthless and harsh view on society and human marionettes.
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GENE SIMMONS Is Not Interested In Making Another KISS Album 'Unless And If There's A Financial Model That Works'

Gene Simmons says that he is not interested in producing another KISS studio album "unless and if there's a financial model that works" to make it worthwhile for the band to write and record new music.

KISS's last studio effort, 2012's "Monster", sold 56,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart.

The band's previous disc, "Sonic Boom", opened with 108,000 units back in October 2009 to enter the chart at No. 2. This marked the KISS's highest-charting LP ever.

During a recent appearance on "The SDR Show", Simmons was asked what keeps KISS motivated to continue making new records after more than four decades in the business. He responded (hear audio below): "That's less of an incentive, because downloading and filesharing People have convinced themselves they don't wanna pay for stuff. And last time I checked, KISS is not a charity. We're philanthropic, but I'll be the one that decides how much I give and where. I don't want some college kid to decide, 'You have enough money. I don't wanna pay for your record.' Okay, then go download and RADIOHEAD record and see what happ No, I ain't about that."

He added: "Make a distinction between commerce and philanthropy. So the idea of doing another KISS record, unless and if there's a financial model that works, personally I'm not interested in it."

Asked if there has ever been talk about KISS finally hanging it up once and for all, Simmons said: "Yes. A few times. When Ace [Frehley] and Peter [Criss], our beloved original members and brothers and all that stuff, we started the band together, when they succumbed to the cliché of clichés drugs and alcohol. I mean, I can almost understand it if it was unique, but it's, like, really? Hasn't it been done by everybody yet? At least when [Kurt] Cobain [NIRVANA] blew his head off, you go, 'Ah, cool.' You know, fast, thank you, bye. You're not gonna torture anybody else. And he was not a happy camper by all indications, so"

Simmons's comments were echoed by KISS frontman Paul Stanley, who last year said about the prospect of the band making a new album: "Well, it's a very conflicted subject. In one sense, there's no reason to put out any new music. Because the delivery systems that are available don't pay. We're in a situation now where artists have to take what they can get, as opposed to what they deserve. For me, it's more of a moral issue than anything else, because I don't have to worry about paying the rent, but what about new bands?"

Stanley previously that "it's only worth [making a new studio album] if, artistically, you wanna do it. Every time we finish an album, I kind of go, 'Well, that's it.' Whenever we've done an album When we did 'Sonic Boom', it was because the band was so good that I just thought to not capture the band and do new material would be a shame. But once we did 'Sonic Boom', I said, 'Well, we've made the point.' And then, a few years later, it was, like, 'Wow, why don't we dig deeper and get a little closer to the roots and the people that we loved and kind of do something else,' so we did that, and then I said, 'We're done.' But lately I've been thinking, yeah, we should do another."

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METALLICA's JAMES HETFIELD: 'I Believe In A Higher Power'

France's Clique recently conducted an interview with METALLICA frontman James Hetfield. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On whether he believes in God:

James: "I believe in a higher power, yes. I don't know he, she, it whatever I see it everywhere. It is everything to me. And if I choose to see it, it makes me feel better. If I think I can do better [laughs], it never works. [Laughs]"

On whether this "higher power" has saved him in his life:

James: "I believe so. I believe that a higher power, whatever it may be Sometimes I think it's 'Oh, it's my father coming back to help me,' or my mother, or somebody, or Cliff [Burton, late METALLICA bassist]. It's all one anyway. So if I choose to see it It shows up in my wife a lot. She will say, 'What are you doing? Don't do that.' That used to make me angry. 'Don't tell me what to do.' But, okay, I understand that something is here helping me. Something is saying If I choose to hear it, then I choose to hear it. Sometimes I don't. But it's everywhere."

On dealing with the negative aspects of fame:

James: "For me, I never I don't understand gossip. It's never been important to me. My wife loves looking at the People magazine. 'Oooh, look who's dating who.' And I don't care. But to some people, it's important, and I don't know why. I think they just see themselves in other people, or wish, or they're dreaming, or they're mentors or something. I don't know. For me, I think when people follow me down the street or something, I understand what they might be looking for, but I'm not it. I mean, I'm just someone who gets to play music and has found my path. What I think is they expect something they expect something, whether it's an autograph or a picture or something. It's like they want something. And I wanna shake their hand, I wanna say hello, I wanna talk with them, and it's not good enough for them. I don't understand that. Gosh, METALLICA, we've been together since we were nineteen years old, so I don't remember so much what it was like to just go to a concert and sit on the grass and enjoy it and not have someone come up and ask for something. So it's a part of my life, and I see that people want, they're in need of something. They look up to you, or they invest they invest a part of themselves in you, and when you disappoint them, they don't know what to do. It's difficult. So alls I can do is be me. I can't be everything for everyone. It's not fair to myself."

As previously reported, METALLICA will perform at the 59th annual Grammy Awards, set to take place on February 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony will be televised at 8:00 p.m. on CBS. The band is nominated this year in the "Best Rock Song" category for the track "Hardwired", from its latest album, "Hardwired To Self-Destruct".

METALLICA's nomination for "Best Rock Song" this year was a surprise since the band is not included in the "Best Metal Performance" category.

Guitarist Kirk Hammett told Billboard: "We've had such a crazy relationship with the Grammys, so when the Grammys do something like this we kind of like throw our arms in the air 'Whatever. Whatever!' But it's still an honor. It's still great to be recognized by the academy, and it's still fun to play the Grammys when we're asked."

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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH On LADY GAGA: 'I Knew She Was A Metal Chick At Heart'

In a brand new interview with Entertainment Weekly, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich spoke about how the band's Grammy performance with Lady Gaga came about. He said: "[The Grammys] always encourage you to do cool, crazy collaborations. We thought some of the songs on the new album lent themselves well to a female co-conspirator. I was at a dinner party at my buddy's house a couple months ago and she was there. We ended up sitting and talking about her old metal days in Jersey and the Lower East Side. I knew she was a metal chick at heart, but I didn't know how deep her metal roots were. Her relationship with METALLICA goes way back like deep album cuts on the early couple records. We're sitting there and I took a shot. I said, 'Listen, we've been invited to do the Grammys again. Come sing with us. It would be so much fun. I think this is the right fit.' She just said, 'Yes.' She didn't have to, like, 'Oh let me just check with my team,' or 'Let me call my 17 managers.' There was none of that stuff. She's so open and so authentic. She makes all the decisions herself and she's so talented and she's so eager. And she blew up the fucking Super Bowl!"

Ulrich also talked about the technical mishap that left METALLICA frontman James Hetfield without a working microphone for the Grammy performance with Gaga. He said: "When I couldn't hear his vocals in the first verse, I knew there was an issue. But in the heat of the moment, you don't quite know where the issue is it's very difficult to troubleshoot. We just had to battle through it and keep going, which is what we did. It's live television, this stuff happens. This year it happened to us, last year it happened to Adele. In the context of the bigger issues that face humanity, I think we'll all be okay. I think, in some ways, the fact that James and her were singing out of her mic, there was another level of intimacy that was created. I'm totally happy."

Despite the problems with the Grammy performance, Ulrich told Rolling Stone earlier this week that Gaga was the "quintessential perfect fifth member of this band," adding that he would like to work with her again.

The North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" 2017 tour kicks off on May 10 in Baltimore, Maryland and will hit stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August. Support on the quartet's first North American trek since 2009 will come mainly from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT, with GOJIRA taking over for the latter group for the last six shows.

General ticket sales start Friday (February 17) at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Each ticket purchased will come with a copy of METALLICA's new album, "Hardwired To Self-Destruct", available as a physical CD or a digital download. Various VIP packages are up for sale as well.

METALLICA has also announced the formation of its All Within My Hands Foundation, which will raise funds through ticket sales to support national, local and Bay Area charities selected by the band members, while continuing to donate to music education programs and local food banks.

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