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Six LINKIN PARK Albums Hit Platinum Or Multi-Platinum Sales Milestones

According to The Pulse Of Radio, LINKIN PARK has received more platinum and multi-platinum sales certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in the wake of singer Chester Bennington's suicide last month. But while eleven of the group's singles all went multi-platinum a couple of weeks ago, this time six of the band's albums have all reached various sales plateaus.

* "Minutes To Midnight" was certified four times platinum. It was previously certified double platinum on November 15, 2007.* "A Thousand Suns" was certified platinum, having previously gone gold on January 11, 2011.* "Hybrid Theory" has been certified eleven times platinum, having previously received a diamond award (ten times platinum) on January 7, 2005.* "Living Things" has been certified platinum, having previously been certified gold on April 3, 2013.* "Meteora" was certified seven times platinum, afer having been certified four times platinum on February 26, 2004.* LINKIN PARK's collaboration album with Jay-Z, "Collision Course", was certified double platinum, having last been certified platinum on July 19, 2005.

Co-frontman Mike Shinoda told The Pulse Of Radio in a 2012 interview why he thought the band has so much staying power while many of their contemporaries faded. "When we look back at it, we've really gotten to a point where we can say, you know, that's fine that things were influential," he said. "We were inspired by somebody else, somebody else was inspired by us. But we owned our thing. And to be able to look at that and say, whatever else happened, that's fine, but when we comes to our sound, we made our sound, we own our sound and we're gonna be comfortable with that who we are."

Bennington was found dead in his Los Angeles-area home on July 20th. The singer committed suicide by hanging himself.

The singer was buried on July 29 in a private ceremony in Southern California. LINKIN PARK canceled all plans for the immediate future, including a North American tour.


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Sweden's BEYOND VISIONS Sign To Bleeding Music Records

Bleeding Music Records has signed a worldwide deal with Swedish metal band Beyond Visions. 

The second album from Beyond Visions, titled Catch 22, was recorded and mixed at Dugout Productions by Daniel Bergstrand and mastered in Dugout Productions by Lawrence Mackrory. Catch 22 is set to be released globally October 27th.

Bleeding Music Records "are very happy with this signing. Catch 22 is a great album and we can't wait for you to hear it."

Beyond Visions says: "We are so excited and happy because we have signed a fantastic record deal with Bleeding Music Records. We are looking forward to a superb partnership and are super confident that Andreas Moren and his team at Bleeding Music Records will give their very best focus in all the upcoming work. With lots of new things going on, and with the release of our next album, we can't wait to hear what you think about the new songs. We are looking forward to coming out and meeting all of you personally on our upcoming shows. Loads of love."

For futher details, visit the official Beyond Visions Facebook page.

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POWER THEORY Begin Pre-Production On New Album

US heavy metal crew, Power Theory, has recently begun pre-production on the follow-up to their Driven By Fear album with producer / engineer Carlos Alvarez of Dirty Viking Audio, who is also currently playing guitar live with the band.

Guitarist Rob "BB" Ballinger fills in the details: “The goal is to wrap up pre-production sometime in fall 2017 and begin actual album recordings shortly after with a release aimed for spring 2018. Carlos Alvarez, who worked with the band for Driven By Fear and the recently released EP Something Old, Something New & Something F**king LIVE!!! From Europe, will again be producing, recording and mixing. Mastering will most likely again be handled by Brett Caldas-Lima of Tower Studio in France. The as yet untitled follow up will see Power Theory pushing their traditional/power metal style cemented on Driven By Fear even further in terms of heaviness, speed and intricacy, while sacrificing none of their established hallmarks of melodic, anthemic songwriting. Song titles set to appear include "Draugr" and "King Of Lies" with the band shooting for around 10 tracks overall."


Robert Ballinger - Guitars
Jeff Rose - Vocals
Alan D'Angelo - Bass
Carlos Alvarez - Guitars
Johnny Sasso - Drums
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New Trailer For BLACK SABBATH's 'The End Of The End' Film

A new trailer for BLACK SABBATH's upcoming film, "The End Of The End", can be seen below.

"The End Of The End" chronicles the final tour from the band that spawned the metal genre BLACK SABBATH. On February 4, 2017, SABBATH stormed the stage in their hometown of Birmingham, to play the 81st and final triumphant gig of "The End" tour. This monumental show brought down the curtain on a career that spanned almost half a century.

The sold-out performance marked the culmination of a global tour that saw the band play to over one and a half million fans. With their inception in 1968, BLACK SABBATH pioneered a sound that would form the basis of heavy metal, and to this day continues to influence bands the world over.

The film brings fans the up close and personal story of the final, emotionally charged concert, as the band perform hits, including "Iron Man", "Paranoid", "War Pigs" and many more. Join SABBATH in the studio, as they deliver unique and exclusive performances of some of their favorite songs not played on the tour, and catch an intimate glimpse into the band's world; the music, relationships and banter, alongside personal anecdotes.

The band said: "To bring it all back home after all these years was pretty special. It was so hard to say goodbye to the fans, who've been incredibly loyal to us through the years. We never dreamed in the early days that we'd be here 49 years later doing our last show on our home turf."

"The End Of The End" offers you the chance to witness for yourself BLACK SABBATH's incredible swansong. As Ozzy Osbourne says: "What a journey we've all had. It's fucking amazing." This is the final word from the greatest heavy metal band of all time.

Marc Allenby from Trafalgar Releasing said: "Trafalgar Releasing are excited to be expanding our music events with the legendary band, BLACK SABBATH, and their final ever historic show. We look forward to collaborating with Eagle Rock and BLACK SABBATH's management on 'The End Of The End'."

For one night only on September 28, over 1,500 cinemas worldwide will be showing a specially edited version of "Black Sabbath: The End Of The End".

The film will be distributed to cinemas worldwide by Trafalgar Releasing on September 28 and will include the incredible final gig as well as unprecedented behind the scenes access to the band, filmed by director Dick Carruthers ("Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day", "Imagine Dragons: Smoke + Mirrors Live"). "The End, Live In Birmingham" will be released in various formats later this year.

For details of cinemas taking part in this very special one-night-only event and ticket information, visit


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SAMAEL: Lyric Video For New Song 'Red Planet'

Swiss black metal pioneers SAMAEL will release their tenth album, "Hegemony", on October 13 via Napalm Records.

The official lyric video for the track "Red Planet" can be seen below.

The band states: "The creative process that led to the completion of 'Hegemony' took over four years. Throughout that time, we lived with and saw each song growing into what they finally became.

"'Hegemony' is an album that acknowledges the world we're living in, and emphasized on the effort to take control of that world. It's all about change and evolution. It's a strong statement, a testament of our time and a call for revolution."

"Hegemony" track listing:

01. Hegemony02. Samael03. Angel Of Wrath04. Rite Of Renewal05. Red Planet06. Black Supremacy07. Murder Or Suicide08. This World09. Against All Enemies10. Land Of The Living11. Dictate Of Transparency12. Helter Skelter13. Storm Of Fire (bonus track)

SAMAEL frontman Vorph (real name: Michael Locher) told Serbia's Agoraphobic News about the previously released first single, "Angel Of Wrath": "It is more like a fantasy song, but it's kind of a mix between some deeper meaning, maybe for us, as the name of the band is SAMAEL, it is the angel of wrath. We wanted to have something maybe to connect back to the past and start fresh. That's why we chose that one first. The new album will be more wide than just this song."

Regarding the overall musical direction of "Hegemony", Vorph said: "I think it's kind of wide [sounding]. There's faster songs probably 'Angel Of Wrath' is one of the heaviest. We have more mid-tempo songs. We try to have variation. I hope it is a varied album."

Founded in 1987 as an old-school black metal act that was influenced by the likes of BATHORY, fellow countrymen CELTIC FROST and VENOM, the brothers Vorph and Xy later developed the band's style further towards a more industrial dark metal sound that found its previous high peak in those legendary albums such as "Passage" and "Eternal".


Vorph: Guitar, VocalsXy: Keyboards and ProgrammingMakro: Bass
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Listen To New 36 CRAZYFISTS Song 'Better To Burn'

"Better To Burn", a song from Alaska's 36 CRAZYFISTS, can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Lanterns", which will be released on September 29 through Spinefarm Records. It is their second release for the label and the follow-up to 2015's "Time And Trauma". Music often functions as that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel and provides shelter during any storm and calm in the middle of tumult. 36 CRAZYFISTS understand this phenomenon firsthand. In fact, the Anchorage quartet Brock Lindow (vocals), Steve Holt (guitar), Mick Whitney (bass), and Kyle Baltus (drums) finds catharsis within chaos on its aptly titled seventh full-length. "Lanterns" track listing:

01. Death Eater02. Wars To Walk Away From03. Better To Burn04. Damaged Under Sun05. Sea And Smoke06. Where Revenge Ends07. Sleepsick08. Bandage For Promise09. Laying Hands10. Below The Graves11. Old Gold12. Dark Corners

A previously released song, "Death Eater", can also be streamed below. Lindow said about the track: "It's a reflection of self and the dwellings of rock bottom, discovering the tools to dig yourself out, and refusing to let yourself free fall into the abyss of hopelessness. Love, forgive, and never give in. In fact, 'Lanterns' is about the fight within us all... forever refusing to sink."
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LIVING COLOUR - Video Of Live Performance, Interview From The Cutting Room

Earlier this evening, August 16th, Living Colour performed a short set at The Cutting Room in New York City. The band was also interviewed by former Guitar World editor-in-chief Brad Tolinski​ about their latest studio album, Shade, due out September 8th, as well as career highlights and insights. Videos of both the live set and interview can be seen below.

New York rockers Living Colour are streaming the new song “Program”, featured on their new album, Shade, out September 8th via Megaforce Records. Listen to the track below.


"Freedom of Expression (F.O.X.)"
"Preachin' Blues"
"Come On"
"Who Shot Ya"
"Always Wrong"
"Blak Out"
"Pattern in Time"
"Who's That"
"Glass Teeth"
"Inner City Blues"
"Two Sides"


"Come On”:

Living Colour tour dates are listed below:

9 - City Rock Festival - Leeuwarden, Netherlands  
10 - MS Connexion Complex - Mannheim, Germany
12 - Backstage Halle - Munich, Germany
14 - Porgy & Bess  - Vienna, Austria
15 - Zona Roveri - Bologna, Italy
16 - Orion - Rome, Italy
17 - Bloom Club - Mezzago, Italy  
19 - Kofmehl - Solothurn, Switzerland
20 - Matrix - Bochum, Germany
26 - The Garage - Glasgow, UK
27 - The Robin2 - Bilston, UK
28 - Brudenell Social Club  - Leeds, UK
29 - Rescue Room - Nottingham, UK
30 - Club Academy - Manchester, UK

1 - ULU - London, UK
4 - Waterfront - Norwich, UK  
6 - Hangar34 - Liverpool, UK  
7 - Riverside - Newcastle, UK
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Watch THE DARKNESS's Video For New Song 'Solid Gold'

British rockers THE DARKNESS have released their expletive-drenched new single, "Solid Gold", via Cooking Vinyl, accompanied by a video of the self-proclaimed rock legends performing in a huge aircraft hanger amongst a mass of glam-rock lighting and Marshall speaker stacks. Frontman Justin Hawkins announces: "We have written this song to reassure you all that having now released more music in the period after our well-publicized hiatus than in the period before it, we have no intention whatsoever of stopping. Hence the lyric 'We're never gonna stop... Shitting out solid gold.' Barring any unforeseen circumstances, THE DARKNESS will always be here to delight and beguile. You're welcome." An absolute monster of a rock song, "Solid Gold" takes no prisoners whatsoever, taking direct aim at the music industry and addressing record companies, egos and the insincerity that comes with it. It will make uncomfortable listening for A&R men everywhere "There's a guy coming down from Sony / Artist and RepertoireIf he likes what he hears in those stupid ears / I can buy myself a faster carBlowing smoke up our arses / Everything we do is aceHe wants to wine and dine us / He's desperate to sign us 'Cause we melted his fucking face" "Solid Gold" is the latest single from THE DARKNESS's forthcoming album, "Pinewood Smile", due out on October 6 through Cooking Vinyl. The disc finds THE DARKNESS on electrifying form, delivering some of the most sharp-witted, infectious, humorous and downright brilliant songs of their career. The album is also the first to feature the drumming and vocal talents of new band member Rufus Tiger Taylor, son of QUEEN legend Roger Taylor, who shares vocal duties with Justin on two of the tracks. To celebrate the release of "Pinewood Smile", THE DARKNESS will tour extensively at the end of this year, playing seventeen dates in the U.K. throughout November and December, including a headline show at London's Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on December 10. The shows are part of a wider European tour.
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LOUDNESS To Release 'Rise To Glory' Album In January

Japanese metallers LOUDNESS will release a new album, "Rise To Glory", on January 26, 2018. The follow-up to 2014's "The Sun Will Rise Again" will be made available in Japan via Ward Records and throughout Europe and America via earMUSIC, home to other world-class acts such as DEEP PURPLE, ALICE COOPER, STATUS QUO, DEF LEPPARD and THUNDER.

LOUDNESS has released twenty-six studio albums, five of them in the U.S. The band's lineup has changed multiple times since 1981, with the current incarnation consisting of three original members lead singer Minoru Niihara, guitarist Akira Takasaki and bassist Masayoshi Yamashita along with drummer Masayuki Suzuki, who joined the group in 2009.

Original LOUDNESS drummer Munetaka Higuchi died in 2008 after a year-long battle with liver cancer.

LOUDNESS released a special thirtieth-anniversary edition of its classic "Thunder In The East" album in Japan in November 2015 in several different versions, featuring demo recordings, bonus DVDs with live footage from their 1985 U.S. tour, a documentary about the making of the LP and other things.

Asked by Metal Rules to recall some of the highlights from the "Thunder In The East" days, Niihara said: "We opened for MÖTLEY CRÜE and we played Madison Square Garden. I was told by my manager, and I don't know if it is true or not, that you have to take a huge limo to get into Madison Square Garden. We were in this limo and the views reminded me of a LED ZEPPELIN movie. We thought, 'We made it!' because Madison Square Garden is such an important place. I know there are bigger places in the States, but that place is so important and so many bands have played there, it gave me goose bumps."


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WHITESNAKE: 30th-Anniversary Reissue Of Self-Titled Album To Arrive In October; New Studio LP Due In 2018

WHITESNAKE had already released a string of Top 10 albums in England before the band conquered the world in 1987 with their eponymous record, also known in some countries as "1987", which was certified multi-platinum and featured the smash single "Here I Go Again". The classic album turns 30 this year and Rhino is celebrating with four new versions, including an expansive boxed set.

"Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition" will be available on October 6 for $49.98. The 4-CD/DVD collection includes the original album with newly remastered sound, unreleased live and studio recordings, classic music videos, concert footage, a thirty-minute documentary, featuring a new interview with David Coverdale, WHITESNAKE's founder and lead singer. The music comes with a sixty-page hardbound book that's filled with rare and unseen photos from the era, an extended essay based on new interviews with Coverdale, plus a booklet of the album's lyrics, handwritten by Coverdale. The audio will also be available via digital download and streaming services.

Three other versions of "Whitesnake" will also be available the same day. A Deluxe Edition will be available in both 2-CD ($19.98) and 2-LP ($29.98) versions, each including the newly remastered album expanded with a selection of unreleased bonus recordings. A single-disc version of the newly remastered album will also be available.

This also marks the first release under a newly signed catalog deal with WHITESNAKE and Rhino Entertainment, the catalog division of Warner Music Group. This new deal includes both the North American and Japanese rights, marking the first time a substantial amount of the WHITESNAKE catalog will reside under Warner Music Group worldwide.

"It gives me great joy to finally have so much of my WHITESNAKE catalog all under the same roof with the Warner family and I'm thrilled to be now working with this tremendous team on a worldwide basis," says Coverdale. "I have great memories of being with Warner back in my days with DEEP PURPLE. Then when I was with Geffen, they were distributed by Warner, so it feels like coming home to now have WHITESNAKE there. This elaborate reissue is the perfect project to kick off the new relationship."

"WHITESNAKE is one of the all-time great rock n' roll bands, with David being an absolute icon as a vocalist and front man," says Rhino president Mark Pinkus. "We are absolutely thrilled to now have so much of the WHITESNAKE catalog with Warner on a global basis and are excited for the fans to see what great releases we have planned for the coming years."

Soon after its release in April 1987, "Whitesnake" became a huge success around the world, selling multi million copies. It peaked at #2 on the Billboard album chart and spawned four popular singles: "Still Of The Night", "Give Me All Your Love", "Is This Love" (which reached #2) and the #1 hit "Here I Go Again".

"Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition" comes with an entire disc of unreleased live performances featuring Adrian Vandenberg, Vivian Campbell and Tommy Aldridge, recorded during the band's 1987-88 tour. The music includes live versions of several tracks from "1987", plus WHITESNAKE classics "Slide It In", "Love Ain't No Stranger" and "Slow An' Easy".

An additional disc spotlights the creative process behind "Whitesnake" with a selection of elevent unreleased demo and rehearsal recordings, including early versions of nearly every song on the album called "87 Evolutions". The final disc introduces newly remixed versions the album's four singles, and includes rare radio mixes, as well as songs from "87 Versions", an EP released exclusively in Japan.

The DVD from "Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition" includes music videos for the four singles, all of which have been carefully restored and remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound for the first time ever. In addition, the DVD also features a new thirty-minute documentary about the making of "Whitesnake", a new promo video made especially for this set of the 1988 version of "Here I Go Again" and unreleased live footage from the 1987-88 tour.

According to Billboard, a WHITESNAKE home video will follow on Record Store Black Friday (November 24) as well as a coffee table book chronicling "The Purple Album" cycle from 2015. An all-new WHITESNAKE studio album is planned for 2018, along with a world tour.

"It was a lot of fun to do," Coverdale told Billboard of the "Whitesnake" reissue, "because I don't go back a lot. I kind of learn from the past to apply those lessons to the future and the present. But my gratitude for (the album) is beyond words. I've only ever gone into a studio to try to improve on the last record...There was no, 'Right, I'm gonna sell thirty-odd million fucking records!' It was amazing, just amazing, so it's great to revisit all of this."

Coverdale also revealed that he has been getting together with WHITESNAKE guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra for regular writing sessions for a new album that will lively arrive late spring of 2018. "I'm actually very excited about it because it's the first opportunity both Reb and Joel and I have actually had to sit down and write together," Coverdale said of what will be WHITESNAKE's first set of original material since 2011's "Forevermore". "There's a lot of what one would refer to as arena rock; Reb and I were talking the other night over dinner and he said, 'Man, there's so many songs here that no matter where we play — Portugal or Brazil or Tokyo — they're gonna get this hook. They're gonna be punching the fuckin' air and have a great night.' And I went, 'Oh, absolutely — and more than usual,' which is great. I can't do throwaway shit. The only reason I'm doing this record are the songs are gonna be a great WHITESNAKE album for WHITESNAKE fans — and the band. It's very exciting."

"Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition" 4CD/DVD Track Listing:

Disc One: Original Album 2017 Remaster:

01. Still Of The Night02. Give Me All Your Love03. Bad Boys04. Is This Love05. Here I Go Again '8706. Straight For The Heart07. Looking For Love08. Children Of The Night09. You're Gonna Break My Heart Again10. Crying In The Rain11. Don't Turn Away

Disc Two: Snakeskin Boots [Live On Tour 1987-88]:

01. Bad Boys/Children Of The Night*02. Slide It In*03. Slow An' Easy*04. Here I Go Again*05. Guilty Of Love*06. Is This Love*07. Love Ain't No Stranger*08. Guitar Solo – Adrian and Vivian*09. Crying In The Rain*10. Still Of The Night*11. Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City*12. Give Me All Your Love*

Disc Three: 87 Evolutions [Demos and Rehearsals]:

01. Still Of The Night*02. Give Me All Your Love*03. Bad Boys*04. Is This Love*05. Straight For The Heart*06. Looking For Love*07. Children Of The Night*08. You're Gonna Break My Heart Again*09. Crying In The Rain*10. Don't Turn Away*11. Crying In The Rain (Lil' Mountain Alternate Take Ruff Mix) *

Disc Four: 87 Versions [2017 Remixes]"

01. Still Of The Night - Remix*02. Is This Love - Remix*03. Give Me All Your Love - Remix*04. Here I Go Again 87 - Remix*05. Standing In The Shadows - 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album06. Looking For Love - 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album07. You're Gonna Break My Heart Again - 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album08. Need Your Love So Bad - 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album09. Here I Go Again - Radio Mix10. Give Me All Your Love - Single Version


01. Still Of The Night - Music Video, Restored and Remixed in 5.102. Here I Go Again 87 - Music Video, Restored and Remixed in 5.103. Is This Love - Music Video, Restored and Remixed in 5.104. Give Me All Your Love - Music Video, Restored and Remixed in 5.105. Documentary about the making of 1987 Album*06. Here I Go Again - Purplesnake Video Jam*07. Crying In The Rain - 1987 Tour Video Bootleg*08. Band Intros - 1987 Tour Video Bootleg*09. Still Of The Night - 1987 Tour Video Bootleg*

"Whitesnake: 30th Anniversary Edition" 2LP Track Listing:

Side One:

01. Still Of The Night02. Bad Boys03. You're Gonna Break My Heart Again04. Straight For The Heart05. Here I Go Again 87

Side Two:

01. Give Me All Your Love02. Is This Love03. Children Of The Night04. Crying In The Rain05. Don't Turn Away

Side Three:

01. Still Of The Night - 2017 Remix *02. Is This Love - 2017 Remix *03. Give Me All Your Love - 2017 Remix *04. Here I Go Again 87 - 2017 Remix *05. Looking For Love

Side Four:

01. Bad Boys/Children of the Night - Live*02. Here I Go Again - Live*03. Is This Love - Live*04. Give Me All Your Love - Live*05. Still of the Night - Live*

"Whitesnake: 30th Anniversary Edition" 2CD Track Listing:

Disc One: Original Album 2017 Remaster

01. Still Of The Night02. Give Me All Your Love03. Bad Boys04. Is This Love05. Here I Go Again 8706. Straight For The Heart07. Looking For Love08. Children Of The Night09. You're Gonna Break My Heart Again10. Crying In The Rain11. Don't Turn Away

Disc Two: Snakeskin Boots [Live On Tour 1987-88]:

01. Bad Boys/Children Of The Night*02. Slide It In*03. Slow An' Easy*04. Here I Go Again*05. Guilty Of Love*06. Is This Love*07. Love Ain't No Stranger*08. Guitar Solo – Adrian and Vivian*09. Crying In The Rain*10. Still Of The Night*11. Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City*12. Give Me All Your Love*

* Previously unreleased
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KEE OF HEARTS Feat. Former EUROPE Guitarist KEE MARCELLO, FAIR WARNING Singer TOMMY HEART: 'Bridge To Heaven' Video

"Bridge To Heaven", the new video from KEE OF HEARTS, the project featuring singer Tommy Heart (FAIR WARNING) and guitarist Kee Marcello (ex-EUROPE), can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's the self-titled debut album, which will be released on September 15 via Frontiers Music Srl. With a lineup rounded out by Ken Sandin (ex-ALIEN) on bass and Italian drummer Marco Di Salvia (PINO SCOTTO), the guys started working on the album in late 2016. With their songwriting strongly focused on melodic rock songs, the album came to completion under the direction of producer Alessandro Del Vecchio and covers a wide spectrum of styles with a lot of attention given to crafting great hooks delivered by musicians that know how to deliver the goods. Musically, the band operates in a territory defined by Scandinavian AOR meeting German melodic hard rock with influences from the classic U.S. AOR giants (think GIANT, JOURNEY, etc.).

"Kee Of Hearts" track listing:

01. The Storm02. A New Dimension03. Crimson Dawn04. Bridge To Heaven05. Stranded06. Mama Don't Cry07. Invincible08. S.O.S.09. Edge Of Paradise10. Twist Of Fate11. Learn To Love Again


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CRADLE OF FILTH: Second Trailer For 'Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay' Album

The second trailer for "Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay", the twelfth album from U.K.'s legendary extreme metal icons CRADLE OF FILTH, can be seen below. The disc will be released on September 22 via Nuclear Blast.

"Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay" was recorded at Grindstone Studios, Suffolk, U.K. by the very honorable Scott Atkins, who has been the resident go-to producer for CRADLE OF FILTH for several albums. Vocalist Dani Filth sat in during the mix, serving up flaming mugs of teas, making the studio couch his own and lending his ears when necessary.

Commented Dani: "The album is deeply infused with Victorian gothic horror and thus the title is a reflection of that. 'Cryptoriana' implies the Victorian's infatuation with the supernatural, the grave and the ghoulish. And the subtitle 'The Seductiveness Of Decay' further cements this attraction to death and the glittering lengthy process of self-annihilation."

The video for the album's first single, "Heartbreak And Séance", can be seen below. Dani stated about the clip: "Working with such an artistic director as Artūrs Bērziņš was indeed an honor, as the video shoot was very extensively planned, involving a myriad of extras and crew, make-up girls and set builders, a crow, some well-behaved snakes and a considerable amount of snow, candles, water, trees, naked bodies, lamentable mourners, as well as all being submerged in suitably gothic landscapes and vistas. And the fact that we travelled to Riga in Latvia to film it was also very unique and interesting. The video itself is fantastic, drawing from the darkly erotic imagery of the album artwork and bringing it to richly technicoloured classical life. We had such a blast shooting it, as the accompanying photos attest to..."

Bērziņš is the mastermind behind the "Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay" artwork, photography and videography — best known for his defiant neo-symbolism raster graphics and oil paintings; postmodern interpretations of classic myths. He has been proclaimed as a "sacred monster of Latvian postmodernism".

CRADLE OF FILTH has also announced its first full-scale U.K. and Ireland tour in years, starting in Belfast, Northern Ireland on October 30.


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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: Live Recording Of 'Plush' From Upcoming 25th-Anniversary Reissue Of 'Core'

A live recording of the song "Plush" from STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' July 2, 1993 concert at the Castaic Lake Natural Amphitheater in California, taken from the upcoming 25th-anniversary expanded reissue of the band's debut album, "Core", can be streamed below.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS roared on to the scene 25 years ago with "Core". A breakout success, the album peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts, dominated radio waves with hits like "Sex Type Thing" and "Wicked Garden", and has been certified eight times platinum by the RIAA. The band also took home the 1994 Grammy Award for "Best Hard Rock Performance" for their smash single "Plush".

To mark the legendary album's silver anniversary, Rhino will release two versions on September 29, which is 25 years to the day of the album's original debut. The first is the "Core: Super Deluxe Edition" ($79.98), which includes four CDs featuring a newly remastered version of the original album, plus more than two hours of unreleased demos and live performances, including the band's performance on "MTV Unplugged". Also included is the original album on vinyl and a DVD that contains a 5.1 Surround Sound Mix of the album along with videos for the album's four singles. The set, limited to 15,000 copies worldwide, comes packaged in a richly detailed hardcover book (12 x 12) with rare and unseen photographs. The music from the Super Deluxe version will also be available via digital download and streaming services.

Fans can pre-order a limited edition bundle of the "Core: Super Deluxe Editon" at which includes a bonus replica 7-inch vinyl single of "Plush" that was originally released in the U.K. in 1993. This exclusive bundle is limited to 1,000 copies.

Also available on the same day is a 2-CD "Core: Deluxe Version" ($19.98) containing a newly remastered version of the original album expanded with rare b-sides and previously unreleased demos. A single disc remaster of the original album will be available as well.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS (guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo, drummer Eric Kretz, and vocalist Scott Weiland) debuted with "Core" in the fall of 1992 and by the following summer were one of the biggest rock bands on the scene, powered by exhilarating live shows and a string of now-classic songs from the album, remastered here for the very first time.

Nearly all of the music on the second disc of both versions is making its commercial debut. Of the nine demos included, four were recorded between 1987 and 1990 when the band was known as MIGHTY JOE YOUNG. One of those, "Only Dying", is an unheard song the band had planned to re-record in 1994 for "The Crow" soundtrack. The idea was later scrapped after the star of the film, Brandon Lee, was killed during production. The disc continues with five unreleased demos from their original Atlantic sessions and concludes with four b-sides, including the jazzy "Swing Type Version" of "Sex Type Thing", as well as two acoustic versions of "Plush" the "Acoustic Type Version" recorded with the full band and the rarely heard "first take" that was recorded by Weiland and Dean DeLeo for MTV's "Headbanger's Ball" in 1993.

The third disc contains two fiery live recordings from the summer of 1993, the first an unreleased performance at Castaic Lake Natural Amphitheater near Los Angeles and the second from the Reading Festival, making its U.S. debut here. These high-energy shows feature performances of all but two songs from "Core" as well as an early live version of "Lounge Fly", a song the band has just written a month earlier that would appear the following year on the band's second album, "Purple".

The band's iconic appearance on "MTV Unplugged", recorded in November 1993, gets its first official release on the final CD in the set. This would be their last performance in support of "Core" and includes reworked, acoustic versions of "Wicked Garden" and "Sex Type Thing", the debut performance of "Big Empty", which would later appear on "Purple", and a cover of David Bowie's "Andy Warhol".

"Core: Super Deluxe Edition" also features the original album pressed on vinyl, and a DVD that presents a 5.1 Surround Sound Mix of "Core" together will all four of the videos made for the album: "Sex Type Thing", "Plush", "Wicked Garden" and "Creep".

"Core: Super Deluxe Edition" track listing:

Disc One: Original Album Remastered

01. Dead & Bloated02. Sex Type Thing03. Wicked Garden04. No Memory05. Sin06. Naked Sunday07. Creep08. Piece Of Pie09. Plush10. Wet My Bed11. Crackerman12. Where The River Goes

Disc Two: Demos And B-sides

01. Only Dying Demo *02. Wicked Garden - Demo *03. Naked Sunday - Demo *04. Where The River Goes - Demo *05. Dead & Bloated - Demo *06. Sex Type Thing - Demo *07. Sin Demo *08. Creep Demo *09. Plush Demo *10. Sex Type Thing Swing Type Version11. Plush - Acoustic Type Version12. Creep - New Album Version13. Plush - Acoustic from MTV Headbanger's Ball (Take 1)

Disc Three: Live 1993

Live At Castaic Lake Natural Amphitheater (July 2, 1993)

01. Crackerman *02. Wicked Garden *03. No Memory *04. Sin *05. Plush *06. Where The River Goes *07. Sex Type Thing *08. Wet My Bed *09. Naked Sunday *

Live At The Reading Festival (August 27, 1993)

10. Wicked Garden 11. No Memory *12. Sin 13. Lounge Fly *14. Dead & Bloated15. Sex Type Thing16. Naked Sunday* Disc Four: MTV Unplugged (November 17, 1993)

01. Crackerman 02. Creep *03. Andy Warhol 04. Plush *05. Big Empty *06. Wicked Garden *07. Sex Type Thing *

Disc Five: (DVD) Original Album 5.1 Mix, 24/96 Stereo Audio, And Music Videos

* Previously Unreleased

Bonus "Plush" 7-inch Included with preorder, limited edition of 1,000 units

Side 1

01. Plush (Edit)

Side 2

01. Sin
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L7: 'Pretend We're Dead 'Documentary To Be Released On VOD, Blu-Ray, DVD In October

The "L7: Pretend We're Dead" documentary, produced by Blue Hats Creative, will be released worldwide October 13 on VOD and Blu-ray / DVD. A multi-city theatrical screening tour of the film will kick off on September 1, with over a dozen dates and more to be announced in select markets this fall.

Excitement around "L7: Pretend We're Dead" has catalyzed a widely anticipated reunion which unleashed their high-octane energy and anthemic chops upon stages worldwide. The band will play a stint of West Coast dates next month with more chances to experience the electrifying onslaught coming soon.

"L7: Pretend We're Dead" assembles a powerful combination of never-before-seen home video footage, raucous performances and relevant interviews. It's a real-time journey witnessing the rise, fall, and ultimate redemption of the fierce feminist pioneers of American grunge punk, L7. The film offers engrossing insight into the band's twenty-year-plus her-story and features exclusive interviews with Exene Cervenka (X), Shirley Manson (GARBAGE), Joan Jett, Brody Dalle (THE DISTILLERS), Lydia Lunch, Allison Robertson (THE DONNAS), Louise Post (VERUCA SALT), CSS and more.

Film screening dates:

Sep. 01 - Portland, OR @ Hollywood TheaterSep. 08 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCASep. 08 - Chicago, IL @ The Vic/Brew & ViewSep. 08 - Santa Ana, CA @ Frida CinemaSep. 09 - Santa Ana, CA @ Frida CinemaSep. 10 - Santa Ana, CA @ Frida CinemaSep. 12 - Long Beach, CA @ Art TheatreSep. 14 - Boston, MA @ Regent TheaterSep. 15 - Boston, MA @ Regent TheaterSep. 17 - Austin, TX @ Alamo DrafthouseSep. 19 - Washington DC @ The Black CatSep. 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ The RegentSep. 27 - San Francisco, CA @ The RoxieOct. 05 - Brooklyn, NY @ Nitehawk Cinema

Live tour dates:

Sep. 26 - Santa Cruz, CA @ CatalystSep. 27 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim'sSep. 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre
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THE WHO - Tommy: Live At The Royal Albert Hall Multi-Format Release Due In October; Video Trailer Streaming

On October 13th, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Tommy: Live At The Royal Albert Hall by The Who on DVD, Blu-ray, 2CD and 3LP.

This unbelievable concert film captures the first-ever live performance by The Who of Tommy in its entirety and boasts over two hours and twenty minutes of content. The show includes all-time classics like “Pinball Wizard”, “I’m Free”, “Amazing Journey”, “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, “I Can’t Explain”, “Who Are You”, “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, “I Can See For Miles”, and many more.

In April 2017, The Who took to the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall to perform their rock opera Tommy live in its entirety for the first time in their long and illustrious career. Previous Who live shows had always dropped two, three or four tracks from the album, but for this show, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, the band would perform every track. With specially created animations on a huge screen above the stage and creative use of lighting, the concert told the story of the “deaf, dumb and blind kid who sure played a mean pinball.” In addition, at the end of Tommy, the sell-out crowd was treated to a short set of Who classics. Always a great live band, this performance was a thrilling ride from start to finish.

As well as the incredible full show, Tommy: Live At The Royal Albert Hall includes some great bonus features: a behind-the-scenes featurette, plus full screen animations of both “The Acid Queen” and “Pinball Wizard” with the live performance audio.

This concert film captures some of their greatest work, breathtakingly staged and fully live in full for the first time ever, at an iconic venue. Tommy: Live At The Royal Albert Hall is absolutely unmissable for any fans of The Who.

Pre-order links:

- CD
- Blu-ray
- Vinyl


“It’s A Boy”
“Amazing Journey”
“Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker)”
“Cousin Kevin”
“The Acid Queen”
“Do You Think It’s Alright?”
“Fiddle About”
“Pinball Wizard”
“There’s A Doctor”
“Go To The Mirror!”
“Tommy Can You Hear Me?”
“Smash The Mirror”
“I’m Free”
“Miracle Cure”
“Sally Simpson”
“Tommy’s Holiday Camp”
“We’re Not Gonna Take It”
“I Can’t Explain”
“Join Together”
“I Can See For Miles”
“Who Are You”
“Love, Reign O’er Me”
“Baba O’Reilly”
“Won’t Get Fooled Again”


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WITHIN THE RUINS Debut “Incomplete Harmony” Live Music Video; New Tour Dates Announced

Massachusetts metal veterans, Within The Ruins, have announced a new tour in continued support of their latest release, Halfway Human. "We're extremely excited to announce a full US headliner tour with some great supporting bands," says guitarist Joe Cocchi.

The band is also debuting an all new live music video for their track "Incomplete Harmony”. Directed by Bobby Bates, this is the third music video we've seen from Within The Ruins since the release of their latest release.

Within The Ruins will be playing the "Ataxia" instrumental in its entirety on this run, and will offer additional surprises as well. "We'll be performing some instrumental material live for the first time ever. On top of the ‘Ataxia’ instrumental medley, we'll be throwing in a bunch of older material from our first few albums. Come out to a gig and bang your heads!"

Tour dates:

19 - Webster Underground - Hartford, CT
20 - Amityville Music Hall - Amityville, NY
21 -Championship  - Trenton NJ
22 - Drunk Horse - Fayetteville, NC
23 - Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC
24 - The Masquerade Purgatory - Atlanta, GA
25 - Backbooth - Orlando, FL
27 - Tomcats West - Fort Worth, TX
28 - Come and Take it Live - Austin, TX
29 - Walters Downtown - Houston, TX
30 - Backstage - Lubbock, TX

1 - The Underground - Mesa, AZ
2 - Eagle Aerie Hall - Henderson, NV
3 - Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA
5 - The Whiskey - West Hollywood, CA
6 - Catalyst Atrium - Santa Cruz, CA
7 - DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA
8 - Jub Jub’s - Reno, NV
10 - Analog Theater - Portland, OR
11 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
12 - The Pinnacle NW - Spokane, WA
15 - Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO
17 - Triple Rock Social - Minneapolis, MN
18 - The Wire - Berwyn, IL
19 - The Foundry - Lakewood, OH
20 - The Shelter - Detroit, MI
21 - Cattivo - Pittsburgh, PA
22 - Photo City - Rochester, NY
23 - Hard Luck Bar - Toronto, ON
25 - One Centre Square - Easton, PA
26 - Voltage Lounge -Philadelphia, PA

The band have also released a drum play-through video for their track "Beautiful Agony”. Check it out below, courtesy of GearGods:
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QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: 'The Way You Used To Do' Video Premiere

"The Way You Used To Do", the new video from QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, can be seen exclusively at Apple Music.

Conceived by QUEENS OF THE STONE frontman Joshua Homme, directed by Jonas Åkerlund and produced by Serial Pictures, the clip somehow fit its multiple sets, wardrobe changes and intricate dance routines into one day of shooting August 8 in Los Angeles.

Considering potential reactions to the sinister shuffle of "The Way We Used To Do" being translated into a panoramic soul-selling dance trip, Homme says: "It's our way of paying tribute to Cab Calloway and the film 'Hellzapoppin''. I fully realize that may be a little more than some are open to, and that's perfectly fine with me. There's the door. If some of the more close-minded are gently pruned, that just leaves more room on the dance floor for the open-minded ones to get loose. That's been the spirit of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and the space we've worked to create from day one."

"The Way You Used To Do" is taken from QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's seventh album, "Villains", which will be released on August 25 via Matador Records.

Homme said: "The title 'Villains' isn't a political statement. It has nothing to do with Trump or any of that shit. It's simply 1) a word that looks fantastic and 2) a comment on the three versions of every scenario: yours, mine and what actually happened… Everyone needs someone or something to rail against — their villain — same as it ever was. You can't control that. The only thing you can really control is when you let go."


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EPICA: First Trailer For 'The Solace System' EP

The first trailer for "The Solace System", the forthcoming EP from Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA, can be seen below.

The band comments: "Here's our view on the new upcoming EP, 'The Solace System'. We talk about the music and the lyrics of all the songs you can find on this record. Enjoy watching!"

With their latest masterpiece, EPICA set new standards. 2016's "The Holographic Principle" is the most epochal, multi-layered, courageous and successful record of the band, reaching top 10 chart position entries in the German, Dutch and Swiss album charts. Accordingly, all the tracks written for the album process are high quality, but not all songs have been put on the album. "This is only based on the fact that the record should not exceed 76 minutes," explains guitarist/vocalist Mark Jansen. Since the band didn't like the idea of a double CD, they finally decided to release an EP with six brand-new numbers, which were created during the creative phase of "The Holographic Principle". "The Solace System" EP will be released on September 1 via Nuclear Blast.

The track listing is as follows:

01. The Solace System02. Fight Your Demons03. Architect Of Light04. Wheel Of Destiny05. Immortal Melancholy06. Decoded Poetry

Mark states about the songs: "The listeners can expect a high-quality EP — with songs that are far too good to use them only as bonus tracks. We wanted to publish these songs together in a context. It is always hard to decide at the end of a recording process which songs will be on the album, because this means that you have to miss some songs with best quality, just because they do not fit quite well into the overall flow of the record or because there are other songs that are more suited to the lyrics." The video for the title track, "The Solace System", can be seen below. The clip was produced by anime master Davide Cilloni. The splendid artwork is once again by the hand of Stefan Heilemann.

"The Solace System" was recorded, mixed and mastered by Joost van den Broek and Jacob Hansen.

EPICA vocalist Simone Simons comments on the EP: "During the early writing process of 'The Holographic Principle', we found out that we were blessed with a huge amount of songs. The songs that didn't fit on our album are now available for you on this special EP! I hope you guys will enjoy these songs as much as we do!"

And if that wasn't enough, you'll be also able to purchase the new EP, "The Solace System", together with the CD of their recent studio album, "The Holographic Principle" as a box set. It will be called "The Holographic Principle - The Ultimate Edition".

In other news, Nuclear Blast will re-release two ancient albums of EPICA, "Design Your Universe" and "The Divine Conspiracy", on vinyl on August 18. Each album is available in two different colors.

Photo credit: Tim Tronckoe
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MOONSPELL - 1755 Album Details Revealed

Portugal-based dark metal pioneers, Moonspell, are back with a brand new album, 1755. Set to be released on November 3rd via Napalm Records, this record will outclass all standards you have ever heard from Moonspell before.

From the first second the conceptual dramaturgy Moonspell have created feels like a detonation of the mind. 1755 is more than just the band's new magnum opus: It's the musical version of the year of horror where a giant earthquake wrecked their home Lisbon. Naturally this album comes and is sung in Portuguese. The album, produced by Tue Madsen (Meshuggah, The Haunted, Dark Tranquility, Dir En Grey, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter) also features Paulo Bragança, supplying a hauntingly voice of a Fado fallen angel who is a big part of the Portuguese culture. His fascinating vocals are featured in "In Tremor Dei" (eng.: "Fear Of God").

Now the band fronted by the soul of dark art and visionary Fernando Ribeiro unveiled first details about 1755 and unleash the stunning cover artwork as well as the album tracklisting.

Says Fernando: I have been fascinated with Portuguese history since I can remember. The year of 1755 marked the birth of a new Portugal. Much more than just the greatest natural disaster ever to occur on European soil, the great Lisbon Quake, shockwaves can not be reduced to a dramatic death toll. From absolute tragedy, a new city was born, giving way to a new time where Portuguese relied more on themselves than on the crown or the cross, granting us, much of the city, the lay country, the free will that we enjoy today. This is not just another album from us. Its a musical and lyrical History document, a homage we pay to our legacy and to the amazing skills and resilience of our fellow Portuguese back then, of all mankind when brought down to the knees by the violent forces of Nature and Reason. Whatever is, is right... yet the earth shakes."

1755 tracklisting:

Em Nome Do Medo
In Tremor Dei (featuring Portuguese guest vocalist Paulo Bragança)
1 De Novembro
Todos Os Santos
Lanterna Dos Afogados

1755 is a dark adventure in medieval landscapes - emotionally, technically and completely earthshaking. The album will be available for pre-order soon.

In support of Moonspell's upcoming release, the band will be heavily hitting the road this year. Make sure to catch the masters of dark art on the following dates:

17 - Dinkelsbuehl, Germany - Summer Breeze
19 - Góis, Portugal - Concentração Internacional de Motos de Góis
23 - Corroios, Portugal - Festas de Corroios

2 - Markneuenkirchen, Germany - ReeveLand Festival
9 - Santarém, Germany - Parque da Ribeira
10 - Milano, Italy - Metalitalia Festival 2017

30 - Lisbon, Portugal - Lisboa Ao Vivo (Special album release show)
31 - Lisbon, Portugal - Lisboa Ao Vivo (Special album release show)

1 - Porto, Portugal - Hard Club (Special album release show)
3 - Santiago, Spain - Malatesta
4 - Bilbao, Spain - Santana 27
5 - Valencia, Spain - Rock City
6 - Barcelona, Spain - Salamandra
7 - Zaragoza, Spain - CC Delicias
8 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Caracol

More dates to be announced soon.


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CRIMFALL: 'Until Falls The Rain' Video Released

"Until Falls The Rain", the new video from Finnish cinemascope metallers CRIMFALL, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Olli Hakkinen and shot by Max Smeds. The song is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Amain", which will be released on August 25 via Metal Blade Records.

CRIMFALL comments: "Before we unleash the third storm that is 'Amain', we present you our very first music video. 'Until Falls The Rain' is the crushing conclusion for the album, last simmering truths are laid low, throats bared against the unforgiving fall. It was a long day of drowning under homemade sprinklers, shooing away fire brigades and mopping away thousand lakes of water. In the end we are more than satisfied with the forlorn end result."

"Amain" is CRIMFALL's most ambitious album yet, combining familiar elements with fresh inspiration, and wreathed in massive crisp production from Fascination Street Studios. Featuring music that spans from monumental orchestrations to songs whispered over fading pyres, "Amain" contains layers upon layers of grand melodies woven between jagged shadows. On this new release, CRIMFALL also continues to sing the stories of wars waged in vain, advocating freedom from religious dogmas and the bloody chains of tradition.

"Amain" track listing:

01. Eschaton02. The Last Of Stands03. Ten Winters Apart - pt1. Far From Any Fate04. Ten Winters Apart - pt2. Song of Mourn05. Ten Winters Apart - pt3. Sunder the Seventh Seal06. Ten Winters Apart - pt4. Dawn Without a Sun07. Mother of Unbelievers08. It's a Long Road09. Wayward Verities10. Until Falls The Rain

CRIMFALL lineup:

Mikko Hakkinen - Vocals Helena Haaparanta - Vocals Jakke Viitala - GuitarsMiska Sipilainen - Bass Janne Jukarainen - Drums
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TWINGIANT To Release Blood Feud Album In October; Details Revealed

Arizona's Twingiant will release their new album, Blood Feud, via Argonauta Records on October 13th.

The band's guitarist Nikos Mixas commented: "We're so excited to be on the verge of releasing our third full-length album via Argonauta Records. We've put a lot of work and thought into the material, the production in addition to the artwork concept and we couldn't be more proud of the result! During every step of the creation process for Blood Feud, we took our time and we feel that were releasing our best effort yet by a longshot. In the past, weve been lumped into the stoner rock/metal/sludge scene, but thats really not the case anymore, Blood Feud may have some of those elements, but ultimately, its a metal album.

Pre-order Blood Feud here.


Poison Control Party Line
Ride The Gun
Shadow Of South Mountain
Formally Known As
Last Man Standing

(Photo - Nick Wilson Photography)
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Watch Final Show Of North American Leg Of METALLICA's 'WorldWired' Tour

The final concert of the North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" tour which took place earlier tonight (Wednesday, August 16) at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada can be streamed live below.

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band is touring in support of its tenth studio album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", which came out last November.

METALLICA's current show is the band's largest production ever. Using 48 trucks, the stage takes three days to set up, equipped with lasers, balloons, more than 350,000 total watts of audio and a circular catwalk with a mini stage that the band plays "Seek And Destroy" on, aiming to recreate the garage atmosphere where it was written. According to Rolling Stone, the whole stage features 83 laser fixtures, which took 640 hours to program, and nearly 40,000 speakers for each production. Each night, they generate 2.5 megawatts of power enough to power 1,800 homes for a month.

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield told the Nerdist podcast that the band would cap its live schedule starting in 2017 at around fifty shows a year. He explained: "My body has told me to tell these guys that fifty shows a year is kind of what we can do, so make the best of those. And I think we all kind of agree in that. But fifty shows a year, that's pretty good. My body can handle that. Body, mind and spirit all need to kind of revitalize themselves at home, and days off for voices things like that so fifty shows a year, it goes pretty quick, I'm sure."


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Watch SLAYER Perform LED ZEPPELIN And ZZ TOP Covers During Soundcheck

Video footage of SLAYER members Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Gary Holt (guitar) and Paul Bostaph (drums) playing cover versions of LED ZEPPELIN's "Rock And Roll" and ZZ TOP's "Tush" while soundchecking before the band's concerts on August 14 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canadan and July 20 in Raleigh, North Carolina can be seen below.

SLAYER's six-week North American tour with LAMB OF GOD and BEHEMOTH kicked off on July 12 in Bemidji, Minnesota and will run through August 20 in Phoenix, Arizona.

The legendary thrash metal band's August 5 concert at the Forum in Inglewood, California was reportedly filmed for a forthcoming DVD.

SLAYER's latest album, "Repentless", was released on September 11, 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2009's critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated "World Painted Blood" was produced by Terry Date, who has previously worked with PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN. The artwork was created by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco in collaboration with Tom Araya and Kerry King.

"Repentless" debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 50,000 equivalent album units in the week ending September 17, 2015.

Soundcheck in Dawson Creek, British Columbia where Tom, Gary and Paul dance with the "Led" in their dreams. \db/?:Sheldon Morgan#slayernationofficial #repentless2017

Posted by SLAYER NATION on Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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AKERCOCKE: Trailer For 'Renaissance In Extremis' Album

The official trailer for "Renaissance In Extremis", the sixth full-length album from London's AKERCOCKE, can be seen below. Due on August 25 via Peaceville Records, the disc was mixed by legendary studio guru Neil Kernon (NILE, DEICIDE) and mastered by Alan Douches (DEATH, MISFITS, CRO-MAGS) at West West Side Music.

On returning to the Peaceville family, founding member and drummer David Gray comments: "AKERCOCKE are proud and privileged to be returning to Peaceville Records this year for our new album, our first release for ten years.

"Peaceville unleashed the band on the wider metal community and were responsible for laying the foundations of our two-decade history. Therefore, it is wholly appropriate that they assist us once again in our mission to pursue quality progressive death metal to the masses!"

A comprehensive reinvention and expansion of the band's multifarious sound, "Renaissance In Extremis" delivers euphoric force and mind-boggling weirdness. There are scything thrash and death metal riffs in abundance, plus warped but elegant melodies and clouds of ugly dissonance; moments of unsettling calm and quiet. "Renaissance In Extremis" is a bold, bullish and belligerent statement of creative intent: metal's dark spirit reborn in an explosion of bright ideas and inspirational fury.

AKERCOCKE has revealed the first track, titled "Disappear", from the highly anticipated opus. Frontman and vocalist Jason Mendonca introduces the song by saying: "'Disappear' gives a summary insight of all that follows on 'Renaissance In Extremis'. It contains all of the classic AKERCOCKE hallmarks, yet aptly represents the band's development in intent, style and delivery."

Towering above the vast majority of nefarious contemporary noisemakers, AKERCOCKE erupted across the consciousness of the U.K. metal scene in the late '90s, wielding a fiendishly inventive blend of death, black and progressive metal. Their distinctive, smartly-dressed demeanour and eloquent preoccupation with all things dark and Satanic marked them out both as ferociously individual artists and enlightened students of the pitch-black sonic code. Immediately embraced by the British faithful upon the release of debut album, "Rape Of The Bastard Nazarene", AKERCOCKE spent the following decade leading the creative charge for their entire native scene.

AKERCOCKE received widespread acclaim for follow-up album, "The Goat of Mendes" (Peaceville, 2001) and despite enjoying furious momentum over the following years, the release of fifth album, "Antichrist", in 2007 signalled the end of the first chapter of the AKERCOCKE story, when the band retreated into the shadows and remained dormant for the best part of a decade.

Fast forward to 2017 and AKERCOCKE's ongoing return to active service has reached its first invigorating climax. 2016 saw Mendonca reconvening with Gray and returning original second guitarist Paul Scanlan to reignite the flames that first drove this band to deftly redefine an entire genre. This was deftly followed by a triumphant live return at Bloodstock festival in August 2016.

"Renaissance In Extremis" track listing

01. Disappear02. Unbound By Sin03. Insentience04. First To Leave The Funeral05. Familiar Ghosts06. A Final Glance Back Before Departing07. One Chapter Closing For Another To Begin08. Inner Sanctum09. A Particularly Cold Sept

Photo credit: Tina Korhonen


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CANNABIS CORPSE Streaming New Song "Left Hand Pass"

Richmond, Virginia-based death metallers, Cannabis Corpse, will release their new album, Left Hand Pass, on September 8th via Season Of Mist. The album track “Left Hand Pass” is available for streaming below.

Turning a classic album title such as Entombed’s Left Hand Path into a weedy phrase would normally be punishable by having to listen to the worst of Kenny G on continued play. Yet Cannabis Corpse not only get away with it, but the death metal and pot aficionados are actually doing exactly what their massive following is happily demanding of the Americans. Cannabis Corpse are doing once again what they are best at and hammer out a perfect death metal album that combines straight-to-the-point songwriting with technical prowess. Time to fly high again with Left Hand Pass.

Order the album at this location.


“The 420th Crusade”
“In Dank Purity”
“Final Exhalation”
“Chronic Breed”
“In Battle There Is No Pot”
“Grass Obliteration”
“Left Hand Pass”
“Effigy Of The Forgetful”
“Papyrus Containing The Spell To Protect Its Possessor Against Attacks From He Who Is In the Bong Water”
“The Fiends That Come To Steal The Weed Of The Deceased”

“Left Hand Pass”:

 “In Dank Purity”:

“Chronic Breed”:

Cannabis Corpse recently announced North American tour dates as main support to Nailbomb (Point Blank with Soulfly) beginning October 6th. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Cannabis Corpse tour dates:

30 - Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN

1 - Lookout Lounge - Omaha, NE 
3 - Thunder Alley - Oklahoma City, OK
4 - The Jam Spot - Albuquerque, NM  
5 - Pub Rock Live Scottsdale, AZ 

All Dates with Soulfly, Noisem, Lody Kong

6 - Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
7 - Whiskey - Los Angeles, CA
8 - DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA
9 - Dantes - Portland, OR
10 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
11 - Diamondz Event Center - Idaho Falls, ID
12 - Metro Music Hall - Salt Lake City, UT
13 - Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
14 - The Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
15 - Deluxe at Old National Centre - Indianapolis, IN
16 - The Forge - Joliet, IL
17 - Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
18 - The Token Lounge - Westland, MI
19 - Opera House - Toronto, ON
20 - Les Foufounes Electriques - Montreal, QC
21 - Brighton Music Hall - Brighton, MA
22 - The Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
23 - Voltage Lounge - Philadelphia, PA
24 - The Broadberry - Richmond, VA
26 - Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD


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ARKAIK - “Futile State” Music Video Now Streaming

Advancing the September release of Arkaik's fifth full-length Nemethia, the brutal tech-death metal outfit has released an official video for the record's "Futile State".

A continuation on the conceptual saga of Arkaik's two previous releases, on Nemethia the journey of Cyrix expands into new landscapes, as does the band's technical prowess and creativity. Arkaik has been hard at work creating a series of wildly psychedelic concept albums revolving around a protagonist named Cyrix, a disillusioned character in a dystopian society. Cyrix' latest journey introduces new characters and brings you into a world of dark occultists, magical allies, and hidden forces. From resurrecting ancient goddesses to cracking the codes of reality and activating hyper dimensional stargates, the chronicle of Cyrix continues.

Produced and directed by Nikko DeLuna, with effects by Trevor "No One" Turner and makeup by Sherra Dixon and Jenn Jones, the new "Futile State" video visually delivers some of the album's sci-fi influence.

Arkaik vocalist Jared Christianson issues of the "Futile State" visual accompaniment, "The song is about the feeling of existential futility and the catharsis it can create. The video is a blend of ideas. I took inspiration from Plato's Allegory Of The Cave, mixed with neo-shamanism and put a transhumanist spin on it. Nikko DeLuna is great at taking my ideas and bringing them to life. It was a pleasure to work with him again, and the rest of our team. Enjoy!"

Nemethia will see release on CD and digital formats on September 29th via Unique Leader Records; find preorders for the album including merch bundles and more at Indie Merch.


“Of Violence And Pestilence Born”
“Order Of The Hierogon”
“Dweller On The Threshold”
“Futile State”
“The Eupnean Relic”
“Lifting Amnesia”
“Nexion Stargate”


Nemethia by Arkaik

In advance of the record's release, Arkaik will kick off a US headlining tour on September 8th. The Occultivating The Masses tour will run through October 7th and features support from Alterbeast and Inanimate Existence. 


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CANKER Streaming “Earthquake” Lyric Video

It's been nearly 12 years to see Canker's third album finally released, but it's been worth the wait. One of Spain's most legendary death metal bands, Canker have released a lyric video for the title track off their new album. Earthquake the album will be released internationally on September 18th via Xtreem Music,

Containing ten songs, Earthquake is an original blend of classic death metal with slight thrash elements and unexpected surprises which all set this band apart of the norms and typical patterns of the genre. Formed in 1990, Canker have managed to survive nearly three decades by keeping their old-school-rooted essence and fresh compositions, maintaining their status as one of Spain's leading death metal acts.

Cover artwork for Earthquake had been painted by Spanish artist Jose Vives, who's done covers for bands like Goat Worship, Itnuveth, and Retrofaith among many others.


“Whale Hunt”
“Hand Of God”
“Leyla Island”
“The Ghosts Of Past”
“Black Star”

“Earthquake” lyric video:

“Whale Hunt”:
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MOTOGRATER Streaming “Dorian” Video

Motograter have released the official music video for their latest single "Dorian" directed and produced by Christopher Davis (Human Twelve) who has also produced videos for bands like Dope and Angelspit. The track is taken from their sophomore album Desolation released on Friday, August 11th via EMP Label Group. "Dorian" has been continuously moving up the Billboard Mainstream Rock Indicator Chart, reaching #24 this week.

The music video for "Dorian" was recently filmed at the famous Ohio State Reformatory. The historic prison was built between 1886 and 1910 and remained in operation until 1990, when a United States Federal Court ruling (the Boyd Consent Decree) ordered the facility to be closed. While this facility was used in a number of films, TV shows and music videos, it was made famous by the film The Shawshank Redemption (1994) when it was used for the majority of the movie.

Motograter front man James Legion states, This song is the first real single the band has released in many years. For it to be doing so well is really awesome. It was very interesting and fun to get to shoot the video for it in the Ohio State Reformatory. That place has so much character. We are very thankful to the staff for letting us stay all night and work.

Motograter recently traveled to Mansfield Ohio to perform Ink In The Clink 2017, on the prison grounds, alongside Three Days Grace, Theory of a Dead Man, Gemini Syndrome, Starset, 10 Years, 40 Below Summer and many more. During the festival the band met up WITH Davis and shot the video for Dorian inside the creepy prison.

The band has made a documentary video of the experience which is included in the Motograter Tour Chronicles Part 23 which can be viewed below:

The band is set to embark on a massive U.S. tour this fall in support of their latest release.
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THUNDER AND LIGHTNING Release 8bit Lyric Video For “Hysteria”

German power metallers, Thunder And Lightning, have released a lyric video for the track “Hysteria”,  featured on the band’s new album, The Ages Will Turn. The video can be found below.

Orders for The Ages Will Turn can be placed here.


“The Ravaging Overture”
“Welcome To The Darkside”
“Silent Watcher”
“Black Eyed Child”
“Eternally Awake”
“One Blood”
“The Ages Will Turn”
“Mary Celeste”
“The Ravaging Overture” (Extended Orchestral Version) (Pre-order bonus track download)

“Hysteria” lyric video:

“Mary Celeste” lyric video:

"One Blood" video:

“Eternally Awake”:

“The Ages Will Turn”:

For more on Thunder And Lightning, visit the band’s website, here.

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