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Video: FEAR FACTORY's Moment Of Silence For Paris Attack Victims

During their November 21 concert in Paris, France, Los Angeles industrial metallers FEAR FACTORY asked for a moment of silence honoring the victims of the November 13 terror attacks in the city. A 13-minute video recap of the show can be seen below.

89 people were killed at the EAGLES OF DEATH METAL show at Paris venue Bataclan, where when gunmen fired inside the venue and took concertgoers hostage. All of the bandmembers were confirmed safe after the attacks, but members of their crew were not so lucky. Merchandising manager Nick Alexander lost his life, as did Bataclan stage and lighting manager Nathalie Jardin.

On November 14, the French Government declared a state of emergency, closing the nation's borders and shutting down Paris' concert halls, movie theatres, museums and public spaces until further notice.

FEAR FACTORY's current European trek sees the band playing the "Demanufacture" album in its entirety. They are also showcasing songs from their new CD, "Genexus", which came out on August 7 via Nuclear Blast.


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JOURNEY Welcomes Back Drummer STEVE SMITH, Announces Tour With THE DOOBIE BROTHERS

JOURNEY and THE DOOBIE BROTHERS will launch the San Francisco Fest 2016 tour on Thursday, May 12, again bringing together two of the iconic groups that helped define the San Francisco sound. The tour launches at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, California — with concerts scheduled through August 30, and includes special guest Dave Mason. A limited number of VIP packages will be available and include premium tickets, pre-show party, exclusive merchandise and more.

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Saturday, December 5. A fan pre-sale will be offered starting Monday, November 30.

Neal Schon (founding member and lead guitarist), original member Ross Valory (bass), and longtime members Jonathan Cain (keyboardist) and Arnel Pineda (lead singer), are welcoming virtuoso drummer Steve Smith back into JOURNEY, marking the first time he will perform with the band since 1998. Schon and Smith have always remained close friends and musical collaborators. Smith has lent his incredible talent to several of Schon's solo albums, including critically acclaimed "The Calling", and, most recently, "Vortex".

Schon was thrilled when Smith accepted his invitation to rejoin JOURNEY, exclaiming: "I'm so looking forward to the very exciting 2016 we have planned, starting with my 'Neal Vortex Schon' Japan tour in February and then our major summer tour with THE DOOBIE BROTHERS and Dave Mason. We will see you all soon!!!!"

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS' Tom Johnston (founding member, vocals/guitar), Patrick Simmons (founding member, vocals/guitar), and longtime member John McFee (guitars/strings/vocals) are adding LITTLE FEAT co-founder Bill Payne to their band on the 2016 tour. Payne performed on many of THE DOOBIE BROTHERS studio albums as well as on the road; a relationship the band is looking forward to rekindling.

"It's gonna be a great summer for fans of Bay Area music, and for guys like us who have the pleasure of teaming up with our good friends from JOURNEY and the Dave Mason band," said Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons of THE DOOBIE BROTHERS. "We look forward to taking the stage with JOURNEY. We love their songs, and think we will all complement each other musically. It is going to be a powerful tour. We can't wait to share it with the fans!"

Tour dates:

May 12 - Irvine, CA - Irvine Meadows AmphitheatreMay 14 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin PavilionMay 15 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta AmphitheaterMay 18 - Austin, TX - Austin360 AmphitheaterMay 20 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy PavilionMay 21 - Woodlands, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by HuntsmanMay 23 - Wichita, KS - INTRUST Bank ArenaMay 25 - Memphis, TN - FedEx ForumMay 27 - Indianapolis, IN - Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayMay 28 - Kansas City, KS - Sprint CenterMay 31 - Rogers, AR - Walmart AMPJun. 02 - Birmingham, AL - Oak Mountain AmphitheatreJun. 04 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music PavilionJun. 05 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek AmphitheatreJun. 08 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre at LakewoodJun. 10 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp.Jun. 11 - W. Palm Beach, FL - Perfect Vodka AmphitheatreJun. 22 - Bangor, ME - Darling's Waterfront PavilionJun. 24 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the ArtsJun. 25 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Banks Art CenterJun. 27 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach TheaterJun. 29 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music CenterJul. 01 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia BeachJul. 02 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube LiveJul. 05 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts CenterJul. 07 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian AmphitheatreJul. 09 - Darien, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts CenterJul. 10 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity CenterJul. 13 - Syracuse, NY - Lakeview AmphitheaterJul. 15 - Camden, NJ - BB&T PavilionJul. 16 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara PavilionJul. 27 - Nashville, TN - Ascend AmphitheaterJul. 29 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music CenterJul. 30 - Maryland Heights, MO - Hollywood Casino AmphitheatreAug. 02 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel ArenaAug. 04 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music TheatreAug. 06 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink CenterAug. 07 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo ArenaAug. 09 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy CenterAug. 11 - Sioux Falls, SD - Denny Sanford PREMIER CenterAug. 13 - Tinley Park, IL - Hollywood Casino AmphitheatreAug. 16 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy ArenaAug. 17 - Little Rock, AR - Verizon ArenaAug. 20 - Denver, CO - Pepsi CenterAug. 21 - West Valley City, UT - USANA AmphitheatreAug. 23 - Auburn, WA - White River AmphitheatreAug. 25 - Ridgefield, WA - Sunlight Supply AmphitheaterAug. 27 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Events CenterAug. 28 - Fresno, CA - Save Mart CenterAug. 30 - Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre


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[= ||| 24 2015

VOIVOD Joined By CARCASS's JEFF WALKER On Stage In Paris (Video)

CARCASS bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker joined VOIVOD on stage on Monday, November 23 at La Cigale in Paris, France to perform the VOIVOD song "The Prow". Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.

VOIVOD is currently touring Europe until the end of November as part of the heavyweight "Deathcrusher 2015" tour alongside CARCASS, OBITUARY, NAPALM DEATH and HEROD.

To coincide with the "Deathcrusher" tour, VOIVOD has just released a split seven-inch EP with NAPALM DEATH featuring the new VOIVOD track "Forever Mountain" as well as NAPALM DEATH's exclusive track "Phonetics For The Stupefied". This special vinyl-only release, which follows up VOIVOD's split seven-inch EP with AT THE GATES from earlier this year, is limited to 2,500 copies in the following versions/colors:

* Black: 1200 copies (CM Distro Europe / USA)* Solid White: 300 copies (CM Mailorder USA)* Transparent Red: 700 copies (CM USA)* Neon Yellow: 300 copies (only available from the bands at the "Deathcrusher" tour)

The split seven-inch comes with classy artwork (both bands have an A side with own artwork) created by VOIVOD drummer Michel "Away" Langevin and can be ordered here.

VOIVOD's latest album, "Target Earth", as released in January 2013 via VOIVOD's own company, Iron Gang Factory, and Century Media.

VOIVOD has announced the first leg of its next U.S. tour, starting in February 2016, with support from VEKTOR and EIGHT BELLS.


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TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA's 'Letters From The Labyrinth' Cracks U.S. Top 10

"Letters From The Labyrinth", the new album from TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, the collaboration between longtime SAVATAGE singer/songwriter Jon Oliva and producer Paul O'Neill, entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 7 with first-week sales of just over 45,000 units.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Prior to the release of "Letters From The Labyrinth", TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA sold nearly ten million albums throughout its illustrious career. 2009's "Night Castle" debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart and is now certified platinum. "Christmas Eve And Other Stories" (1996) boasted the smash hit "Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24" and was certified triple platinum with over 3.4 million albums sold. "The Christmas Attic" (1998) earned certified platinum status with over 1.8 million albums sold. "The Lost Christmas Eve" (2004), featuring hit single "Wizards In Winter", was certified double platinum with 2.3 million albums sold. "Beethoven's Last Night" (2000), TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA's first non-holiday rock opera, was certified gold with more than 650,000 album sales. Since its formation, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA has been a touring juggernaut, leaving crowds of all ages speechless after being introduced to the wonder of the group's music and on-stage spectacle year after year. To date, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA has played an excess of 1,600 shows for more than 12 million fans, cementing itself as one of the world's biggest rock arena acts.

"Letters From The Labyrinth" is yet another endeavor in creating something different. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA founder Paul O'Neill's inspiration for this album came out of his love for history. As collector of antiquities and historical artifacts, he explains, "Over the years I have been able to read and hold in my hands letters from people that have inspired me and left a mark on civilization. People like Mark Twain, Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright — when I actually held a letter in my hand that President Lincoln wrote, it brought me into his world in a way I could never have imagined."

Released on Nocember 13 via Universal Music, "Letters From The Labyrinth" finds a conceptually provocative song cycle pushing the proverbial envelope yet again — this time with what O'Neill calls TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA's "first hybrid album." The overall concept is based on TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA's "Night Castle" (2009) and a dialogue between the wisdom of the past and the hopes for the future, via a correspondence between a child and an old friend of the child's grandfather.

On "Letters From The Labyrinth", TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA deals with subjects as broad as humanity's journey through the ages ("Time & Distance"), and as specific as bullying ("Not The Same"), the fall of the Berlin Wall ("Prometheus") and the world banking controversies ("Not Dead Yet").

"I love making music and I love making it relevant," O'Neill says. "I always believed the arts have a way of inspiring and uniting people. We try to maintain that tradition on the albums and all the other projects we do. I think that when everything else is falling apart, people look to the arts to help make sense of things and put the events they are experiencing into some kind of context."

"Letters From The Labyrinth" track listing:

01. Time And Distance (The Dash) (O'Neill, Oliva)02. Madness Of Men (Beethoven/O'Neill/Oliva)03. Prometheus (Beethoven/O'Neill/Oliva)04. Mountain Labyrinth (Borodin/O'Neill)05. King Rurik (O'Neill/Kuprij)06. Prince Igor (Rimsky Korsakov/Borodin/Glazunov/O'Neill/Oliva )07. The Night Conceives (O'Neill/Oliva)08. Forget About The Blame (J Green)09. Not Dead Yet (O'Neill/Oliva)10. Past Tomorrow (O'Neill/Oliva)11. Stay (O'Neill)12. Not The Same (O'Neill/O'Neill)13. Who I Am (O'Neill)14. Lullaby Night (Bach/O'Neill)

Bonus track:

15. Forget About The Blame (featuring Lzzy Hale) (J Green)


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AVANTASIA To Release 'Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose' Single

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project will release a new digital single, "Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose", on December 11. The song is taken from AVANTASIA's seventh studio album, "Ghostlights", which will be released on January 29, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. The twelve-song CD was produced by Tobias and Sascha Paeth at Gatestudio in Wolfsburg, Germany. Paeth engineered and mixed "Ghostlights", while the mastering was done by Michael Rodenberg.

Comments Tobias: "'Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose' is a song I originally wrote with Meat Loaf in the back of my mind — but for some reason the collaboration didn't happen, so I did the song myself. The choirs alone took more than 40 hours to arrange and record — for a four-minute song! That pretty much says it all. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing and 'more is more'!"

"Ghostlights" features guest appearances by:

* Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER)* Geoff Tate (QUEENSRŸCHE)* Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH)* Sharon Den Adel (WITHIN TEMPTATION)* Michael Kiske (HELLOWEEN)* Ronnie Atkins (PRETTY MAIDS)* Bob Catley (MAGNUM)* Jorn Lande (MASTERPLAN)* Bruce Kulick (KISS)* Robert Mason (WARRANT)* Herbie Langhans (SEVENTH AVENUE, SINBREED)* Oliver Hartmann* Sascha Paeth

The instrumentalists on "Ghostlights" are as follows:

* Sascha Paeth - rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass, additional keys* Michael Rodenberg - orchestration, keys* Tobias Sammet - additional keys and bass* Bruce Kulick - lead guitar* Oliver Hartmann - lead guitar* Felix Bohnke - drums


01. Mystery Of A Blood Red RoseLead vocals: TobiasLead guitar: Sascha Paeth

02. Let The Storm Descend Upon YouLead vocals: Tobias, Jorn Lande, Ronnie Atkins, Robert MasonLead guitar: Oliver Hartmann

03. The HauntingLead vocals: Dee Snider, TobiasLead guitar: Sascha Paeth

04. Seduction Of DecayLead vocals: Geoff Tate, TobiasLead guitar: Sascha Paeth

05. GhostlightsLead vocals: Michael Kiske, Tobias, Jorn LandeLead guitar: Sascha Paeth, Oliver Hartmann

06. Draconian LoveLead vocals: Herbie Langhans, TobiasLead guitar: Sascha Paeth

07. Master Of The PendulumLead vocals: Marco Hietala, TobiasLead guitar: Sascha Paeth

08. Isle Of EvermoreLead vocals: Sharon Den Adel, Tobias

09. Babylon VampyresLead vocals: Tobias, Robert MasonLead guitar: Bruce Kulick, Oliver Hartmann, Sascha Paeth

10. LuciferLead vocals: Jorn Lande, TobiasLead guitar: Bruce Kulick

11. Unchain The LightLead vocals: Tobias, Ronnie Atkins, Michael KiskeLead guitar: Sascha Paeth, Oliver Hartmann

12. A Restless Heart And Obsidian SkiesLead vocals: Bob Catley, TobiasLead guitar: Bruce Kulick


CD 1

01. Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose02. Let The Storm Descend Upon You03. The Haunting04. Seduction Of Decay05. Ghostlights06. Draconian Love07. Master Of The Pendulum08. Isle Of Evermore09. Babylon Vampyres10. Lucifer11. Unchain The Light12. A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies13. Wake Up To The Moon (bonus track)

CD 2 (Bonus Disc - AVANTASIA live)

01. Spectres02. Invoke The Machine03. The Story Ain't Over04. Prelude05. Reach Out For The Light06. Avantasia07. Whats Left Of Me08. Dying For An Angel09. Twisted Mind10. The Watchmakers' Dream11. Another Angel Down---Earbook (digibook including 68-page photobook, 28.5x28.5cm)+ CD 3 karaoke version of CD 1 without bonus track

01. Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose02. Let The Storm Descend Upon You03. The Haunting04. Seduction Of Decay05. Ghostlights06. Draconian Love07. Master Of The Pendulum08. Isle Of Evermore09. Babylon Vampyres10. Lucifer11. Unchain The Light12. A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies

Mailorder Box

- Earbook- Poster- Autograph- Lanyard + Pass- 10" Vinyl (tracks to be confirmed)


Side A

01. Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose02. Let The Storm Descend Upon You03. The Haunting

Side B

01. Seduction Of Decay02. Ghostlights03. Draconian Love

Side C

01. Master Of The Pendulum02. Isle Of Evermore03. Babylon Vampyres

Side D

01. Lucifer02. Unchain The Light03. A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies04. Wake Up To The Moon (bonus track)

AVANTASIA's last album, "The Mystery Of Time", was released in March 2013.

AVANTASIA made its North American debut on July 7, 2013 at the Quebec City Summer Festival (Festival D'été De Québec) in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.


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YIDHRA Stream New Song "Cult Of Bathory"

Next month, the bringers of stoner / doom metal in Yidhra will undrape a brand new EP via Black Voodoo Records. Titled Cult Of Bathory, the follow-up to 2013's Hexed full-length was captured live with master engineer and producer Bill Metoyer (Slayer, Corrosion Of Conformity, Trouble) at Skull Seven Productions and boasts four murky, lead-footed anthems centered on the occult, witchcraft, inhumanity, life, death and imminent destruction.   

As a precursor to its release, the band offers up the record's title track for public intoxication.

"Cult Of Bathory, at its root, is about the inhumanity of humanity. I've always found it fascinating how the words, which are typically considered opposites, felt so synonymous," issues Yidhra vocalist and rhythm guitarist Ted Venemann of the lumbering track. "The most vile and inhumane acts are always perpetrated by humans. In nature, most seemingly atrocious acts can be explained by the base instinct to survive. That is definitely not the case with mankind. With our industrial capabilities and 'advances' in science and technology, we've grown quite efficient at destroying and profiting off of nature. Not even the most docile and innocent are immune to our perverse behaviors. The legend says the Countess Bathory bathed in the blood of virgins to maintain her youth. Millions of people are inadvertently doing the exact same thing every day. The truth is, no matter how hard we try to be 'cruelty free,' we're not. At some point along the way there's a product that you use, or there's a component used in the manufacturing of that product that is covered in the blood of innocence. In that instance we are all guilty. We are all members in the Cult Of Bathory."

Black Voodoo Records will release Yidhra's Cult Of Bathory on December 11th, on 10-inch vinyl in three limited edition color variants: 100 blood red splattered, 100 purple sold exclusively through Black Voodoo Records, and 100 standard black. Cult Of Bathory will be available on CD and digitally in early 2016.






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VINTERBLOT Debut "Frostbitten" Lyric Video

Nemeton Records presents the new lyric video from Italian Pagan death metal band Vinterblot, for "Frostbitten", a track from their new album Realms Of The Untold; which is available for pre-order in limited edition format at this location. Code7 and Plastichead will take care of the worldwide distribution of the album, beginning in January 2016.

Realms Of The Untold tracklisting:

Antimony Chapter
“Evoked By Light”
“Unveiling The Night's Curtain”

Realgar Chapter
“The Summoning”
“Vagrant Spirits In A Misty Rainfall”
“…Of Woods And Omen”

Onyx Chapter
“Stone Carved Silence”
“Throne Of Snakes”
“Triumph Recalls My Name” (Bonus Track)



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PATHOLOGY Signs To Comatose Music

Comatose Music announces the return of Pathology. After bouncing between several labels  since 2010, this San Diego trio has come back home to Comatose Music for the release of their first new full length CD in nearly two years. This as yet untitled album is currently in the final stages of the writing process and expected for a Summer 2016 release. 

Drummer and founding member Dave  Astor says, "We are very happy and excited to be working with Comatose  Music again! The label has always been a great supporter of the band through the years. They put out some of the heaviest  underground music out there and we are glad to be back on the roster. We are currently finishing up the music and we are excited for everyone to  hear the new tunes".




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DAVE SUZUKI Joins VITAL REMAINS On Stage For The First Time In Eight Years; Video

Last weekend, former member Dave Suzuki (1995-2009) joined Vital Remains on stage to play Dechristianze at Firehouse 13 in Providence, RI. Video footage of the performance can be seen here.

Says the band: After a tour that could only be called unforgettable to say the least, this was an amazing way to end it on a high note. From Frank Watkins passing away the first week, to being ejected from the club for fans moshing, to having a uniformed police officer join us on stage and subsequently being fired for it, now having Dave play Dechristianize just makes this tour go down in the bands history for sure.

Orlando Sentinel recently reported that police officer Andrew Ricks ended his career in Sanford by taking the stage last week and singing "Let the Killing Begin" in full uniform while backed up by Vital Remains.

Ricks already had notified the city of his intention to resign effective Friday, but Police Chief Cecil B. Smith relieved him of his duties Wednesday morning, records show.

"An incident of this nature erodes the thin fibers of trust which already exist between the community and the police and it will not tolerated within the Sanford Police Department," Smith said in a statement released Thursday.

Ricks was on duty when he sang at the West End Trading Co., a venue on the shore of Lake Monroe in Sanford, according to police.

Someone in the audience sent a video of Ricks' performance to the police department late Tuesday. A YouTube video shows him hanging out with the band and throwing a "rock-on" hand gesture to the audience before singing.

More at Orlando Sentinel.

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CULTURE KILLER Streaming New Album In Full

In anticipation of the release of their debut full-length, Throes Of Mankind, this Friday (November 27th), Florida's Culture Killer is now streaming the album in full (listen below).

Having just completed their North American tour with Whitechapel and Psycroptic, Culture Killer is now on the warpath to educate the masses about the world's injustices, with their upcoming debut, Throes Of Mankind. Through 10 tracks of pummeling metallic hardcore, the disgruntled quintet successfully delivers their message with violent, malevolent fervor.

According to Culture Killer, this is their sole intention: "The band's purpose is to bring attention to the harsh realities that some people choose to disregard, whether it be misinformation or ignorance . The presence of these injustices and inequalities have always existed, but we believe they need to be brought to the forefront of discussion and ultimately changed. These topics include, but are not limited to, cultural decline, racism, child predators, domestic violence, drug & alcohol abuse, and the impact of war on the human mind. The evils of the world and the lack of compassion between human beings and their own kind.
We hope that listeners leave with a firm understanding on how we feel about these subjects and join us in keeping them unveiled and visible."

To pre-order Throes Of Mankind, visit this location.


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ADRENECHROME - Tales From ADRENECHROME Album Streaming In It’s Entirety

Canada's Adrenechrome will release their sophomore album, Tales From Adrenechrome, on November 27th. An advanced album stream can be found below.

With its epic album artwork by graphic artist Clöwnbäbÿ, Tales From Adrenechrome features seven hot pocket tracks exposing you to the horrors of their metal crypt.


“A Familiar Face”
“Black Brubeck”
“God Sized Shadow”
“The Heart And The Feather”
“Hideous Appetites”
“The Lead Elephant”

Album stream:

Pre-order at this location.

(Photo - Dave Saunders)

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VAN HALEN - “Big Fat Money” Instrumental Unearthed; Audio Streaming

Van Halen News Desk are featuring a never heard Van Halen instrumental track every Monday and Thursday for the next several weeks.

They’re kicking it off with the full version of “Big Fat Money” from the Balance album. Listen below, and get more info at Van Halen News Desk.

Eddie Van Halen is a guitar virtuoso. In his 2015 Billboard cover story, Van Halen revealed he doesn’t listen to much of any new music. But some classic riffs have certainly shaped him.

For Billboard’s Greatest Of All-Time interview series, the Van Halen axe man shared his favourite guitar riffs, but not before asking if he could mention some of his. Black Sabbath and Cream made his personal list. To find out the rest, check out the video at

In celebration of his new book, Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal, author Greg Renoff is streaming a “mega-rare, newly unearthed recording, live at Pasadena High School on April 25, 1975” of the classic Queen song "Now I'm Here”, which can be found on their third album from 1974, Sheer Heart Attack.

Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal solely focuses on Van Halen's incredible rise during the '70s.

This book is absolutely loaded with wild and interesting details on Van Halen's beginnings that even the most knowledgeable fans have never heard. A vivid and energetic history of Van Halen's legendary early years. It's a must-have!

Six years in the making, this is the first book to reveal the debauched details of the band's beginnings, from gonzo backyard parties to neon nights of rock glory on the Sunset Strip.

Drawing on more than 230 original interviews - including with former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and power players like Pete Angelus, Marshall Berle, Donn Landee, Ted Templeman, and Neil Zlozower - Van Halen Rising is the first book to tell the untold story of how these rock legends made the unlikely journey from Pasadena, California, to the worldwide stage.

As for photos, it contains over 30 never before published photos dating back to the days of Mammoth and Red Ball Jet. All from the mid to late '70s.

Van Halen Rising traces VH's transformation from a backyard party band to a stadium act that captivated the rock world in 1978.

After years of gigging everywhere from suburban backyards to dive bars, Van Halen - led by frontman extraordinaire David Lee Roth and guitar virtuoso Edward Van Halen - had the songs, the swagger, and the talent to turn the rock world on its ear. The quartet's classic 1978 debut, Van Halen, sold more than a million copies within months of release and rocketed the band to the stratosphere of rock success. On tour, Van Halen's high-energy show wowed audiences and prompted headlining acts like Black Sabbath to concede that they'd been blown off the stage. By the year's end, Van Halen had established themselves as superstars and reinvigorated heavy metal in the process.

If you've ever wondered what it was like to see Van Halen play a massive backyard party, host a rowdy wet-t-shirt contest, perform on the legendary Sunset Strip, and blow rock legends Black Sabbath off the stage, this is the book for you.

Author Greg Renoff is offering signed copies exclusively at Van Halen Store. Pre-order now and your choice of a signed or unsigned copy will be in your hands next month!




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THE MOTH GATHERER Premier “Attacus Atlas” Lyric Video

Swedish atmospheric doom metallers, with strong sludge and post-rock influences, The Moth Gatherer, will release their second full-length album, The Earth Is The Sky, on November 27th via Agonia Records. A new lyric video for the track “Attacus Atlas” can be found below.

The Swedes took their time after A Bright Celestial Light - their warmly received debut album - was released in 2013. While the effort was immediately slated as a solid first step for a newcomer, the band quickly focused on their next chapter and devoted two years to perfect their vision. In return, The Earth Is The Sky feels more mature and multi-dimensional, with a breathtaking effect. Based on the formula of progressive riffs and twists through tempos, the album makes use of hypnotic passages mixed with tranquil moments and lusciously vibrant heaviness. On top of that, The Moth Gatherer contionues to experiment with different influences and emotions, to invoke a galvanizing response.

Commented the band: "The Earth Is The Sky is an album where we tried to take everything as far as we could. There where points during the recording where we honestly spoke about giving up and calling it a day, it felt like we would crumble under the album. But we suffered through. The result is a desperation about how humanity drags it all to the end. Where A Bright Celestial Light was an introvert journey into decay, The Earth Is The Sky is a journey to the highest point on Earth where you sit down and contemplate about our existence while watching the flames from the burning world.”

The Earth Is The Sky features some notable guests, including: David Johansson from Kongh, Wacian from Code, The Cuukoo from Terra Tenebrosa as well as Thomas Jäger from Monolord.

The album was recorded recorded over a period of two years in three different studios and mixed & mastered by Karl Daniel Lidén (Dozer, The Old Wind, Switchblade, Terra Tenebrosa). The artwork has been made by SCG, while Swedish printer, EJG, prepared the layout, creating an exclusive painting for each of the six tracks the album features.


“Pale Explosions”
“Attacus Atlas”
“Probing The Descent Of Man”
“Dyatlov Pass”
“The Black Antlers”
“In Awe Before The Rapture”

“Attacus Atlas” lyric video:

“The Black Antlers”:

“Pale Explosions”:

Available formats:
- CD
- black LP
- green LP
- blue LP
- yellow LP
- digital

Band lineup:

Alex - Bass and Vocals
Victor - Guitars, Electronics and Vocals
Svante - Drums

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IMAGES AT TWILIGHT - Kings Album Details Revealed

Norwegian orchestral black metal band, Images At Twilight, will release their debut album, titled Kings, on November 27th via Indie Recordings.

The album Kings is based on an epic story, lifted with grandios music fit for fantasy battle scenes. Images At Twilight resides in an orchestral soundscape between venomous black metal and ethereal grandeur.


“Lograttin Part I (The Saga Of The Ancient Warlords Chapter III)”
“Ninhagaz (The End Of An Era Chapter I)”
“Lograttin Part II (The Saga Of The Ancient Warlords Chapter IV)”
“Created To Destroy (The Saga Of The Ancient Warlords Chapter V)”
“Awazor (The Saga Of The Ancient Warlords Chapter I)”
“Kaizanbar (The End Of An Era Chapter II)”
“Zatholach (The Saga Of The Ancient Warlords Chapter II)”
“Awakening Of The Stars (The End Of An Era Chapter III)”

The brainchild of André Aaslie (Abyssic, Gromth, Profane Burial), Images At Twilight was conceived in the summer of 2011. He later recruited ex-members of bands such as Blood Red Throne and In Vain. The band is now complete and ready to bring you back to a time before the creation of man. Their symphonic black-metal ruthlessly forces the listener back to the ages of when extra-terrestrials ruled the earth!

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SEROCS Streaming New Album In Full

Multi-national death metal wizards, Serocs, are streaming their new album, And When The Sky Was Opened, in it’s entirety. Check it out below. Comatose Music will release And When The Sky Was Opened on November 27th. Order it here.

And When The Sky Was Opened is a technical opus that explores the psychology of war and what world conflicts do to the human mind, both as an invader and as the invaded. Following the positive feedback from their previous album, The Next, Serocs has perfected those elements to create this extreme masterpiece of controlled chaos. Not only is the album bound together by lyrical concepts, the album features a cohesive musical theme that sees all eight tracks coalesce to create a singular musical experience. Described by the band as a much more varied experience than its predecessors, the album is a double-edged sword that features some of Serocs' most technical and brutal material alongside their slowest and most crushing sections to date. And When The Sky Was Opened was mixed by Neil Kernon (Nile) and mastered by Alan Douches.


“And So It Begins”
“When The Ground Swallowed Us...”
“...And When The Sky Was Opened”
“For Nothing”

Album stream:

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Video: CARCASS's BILL STEER Rejoins NAPALM DEATH On Stage In Paris

CARCASS guitarist Bill Steer rejoined his former bandmates in NAPALM DEATH earlier tonight (Monday, November 23) at La Cigale in Paris, France to perform the classic NAPALM DEATH song "Deceiver". Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.

"Deceiver" originally appeared on the B-side of NAPALM DEATH's debut album, "Scum", which was released in July 1987 through Earache Records.

Asked how he came to join NAPALM DEATH, Steer told Decibel magazine: "I'd been playing with this punk/metal band or something — it was like a really weak version of DISCHARGE. One day [a friend] showed up and said, 'You're not playing that tour; some band called NAPALM DEATH's got it.' And I [was] thinking, 'I wonder who they are?' A bit later, a friend of mine who lived somewhere in the midlands got to know them and then he sent me what rurned out to be Side A of 'Scum'. And that point, I just thought it was fantastic. And it was really good when I saw it. To me, it was really obviously something that stood out in that scene. Mostly because there was nobody like Mick [Harris, drums] in that world."

Added former NAPALM DEATH drummer Mick Harris: "Come February of '87, I ended up asking Bill Steer [to join], who at that time had just started university and had got CARCASS together. I went down to Liverpool twice to rehearse at his house. The CARCASS drum kit was there. He was only 16 and his parents didn't want him coming up to Birmingham. So I went down and he picked the songs up in no time. I said, 'I'm gonna have to get you to Birmingham, Bill, because obviously we're gonna have to record this B-side.'"

CARCASS is currently taking part in the "Deathcrusher 2015" European tour with NAPALM DEATH, VOIVOD and OBITUARY.


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Louder Noise recently conducted an interview with former MEGADETH and current ACT OF DEFIANCE members Chris Broderick (guitar) and Shawn Drover (drums). You can now watch the chat in two parts below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On the decision to leave MEGADETH and form ACT OF DEFIANCE:

Broderick: "For me, it had been a decision that was a long time coming. And it finally came down to the idea that I knew I was not gonna be happy until I was able to express myself musically and creatively with the direction that I take my music in and my career and the way I present myself. So that's ultimately what led me to leave MEGADETH. And Shawn and I had been talking about it for awhile. And he, actually, left six hours before I did. And when he did, I was, like, 'Woah! Shawn actually left. He left MEGADETH.' And I had called some friends and, actually, some of my endorsers and stuff like that, people that I knew I could confide in. And talking to them, and seeing how they all had my back and were basically supportive of me moving on, I knew that Shawn had made the right choice, because we were being called in to start writing the next [MEGADETH] CD, and that's not the right thing to do if your heart's not in it. So the time to leave was right when we left, and that was late November of last year. And then as far as starting ACT OF DEFIANCE, it was really just, again, talking with Shawn. We were talking about how we had all this great material that was never gonna be released or anything like that. We started joking around about just releasing it, just to see what would happen, and then from there, it quickly turned into, 'Hey, let's make a full-fledged band and let's just put something together that the fans can get behind and get to know us, and they realize that we're a unit and a team.'"

Drover: "I confided in [Chris] about [wanting to leave MEGADETH]. The reasons are similar. I wanted to focus on the music that I wanted to make, and I wanted to make heavier music. And when I confided in Chris about it, I'd come to find out that he was thinking along the same lines. It was purely music from my perspective, it was purely a musical decision, and it was a good time to do it. The band was taking a huge break for, like, a year and I didn't wanna do that. So I figured, if there was ever a time to do it, the more I thought about it, I came to the decision that now would be the time."

On contributing to the songwriting process in MEGADETH:

Drover: "Yeah, it wasn't as much as I would have liked it to be, but I knew that going in. I never had an issue with it. But, again, over the course of time, I just started to realize that I really wanted to make heavier music and I wanted to make my own music, and not have any musical boundaries or Not to say that I had that in that band at all 'cause I didn't but I just wanted to do it organically and my way, and whatever that ended up being I didn't wanna put any limitations on myself except I wanted to make a heavy metal record, which is a very broad term."

Broderick: "For me, personally, when you're writing in MEGADETH, it has to sound like MEGADETH, which is Dave Mustaine. He's the head of the company, which is rightfully so; he built that legacy. But I think going into that, and understanding that, you realize that your own creative outlet will never fully be realized. And so, I think that's one of the biggest reasons for wanting to move on creatively."

ACT OF DEFIANCE's debut album, "Birth And The Burial", was released on August 21 via Metal Blade Records. The CD recording was split between three studios in three different states: Broderick handled vocal and guitar production at his own Ill-Fated Studio in Los Angeles, Chris "Zeuss" Harris (ROB ZOMBIE, REVOCATION, MUNICIPAL WASTE) worked with Drover tracking the drums in Dexter's Lab in Milford, Connecticut, while Bachand laid down his bass at ManShark, in Southampton, Massachusetts.

ACT OF DEFIANCE kicked off its North American tour on October 22 at Count's Vamp'd in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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STEVE VAI Talks Working With Guitarist TONY MACALPINE - "Some People Are Just Naturally Gifted, And Tony Is One Of Them"

Guitar legends Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde and John 5, along with drum powerhouse Mike Portnoy, bass icon Billy Sheehan and keyboard phenomenon Derek Sherinian are joining forces to play a benefit concert for guitar and keyboard virtuoso Tony MacAlpine, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer.

Vai recently spoke with Guitar World about his relationship with MacAlpine. An excerpt is available below:

Guitar World: Tell me about your relationship with Tony MacAlpine and how you guys met.

Vai: "Back in the '80s when there was this emergence of virtuoso-style guitar players, there was this handful of guys that had extraordinary chops and were always raising the bar. Tony was a part of that movement in a big way. He made some excellent records that really showcased his tremendous guitar finesse and virtuosity.

So I had always known of him, but it wasnt until years later that we actually met. I was putting a band together and needed a guitar player who could also play keyboards, and I had heard that Tony could play some keyboards. I also knew having someone like Tony in the band would bring everything to a whole different level. It worked out great and we had so much fun. Tonys a lovely guy and it was such a pleasure to tour with him. Some people are just naturally gifted, and Tonys one of them.

So when Mike Mesker (Tonys manager) called me about the benefit, I was completely on board. Its since snowballed into what's going to be an absolutely incredible event to raise money to help Tony. Theres a tragedy in it, but theres also the divine shining through from all the love and support hes getting from everyone hes worked with and whos supported him."

Guitar World: Was there anything you didnt already know about Tony that surprised you?

Vai: "When we were on tour, we were at a venue where they had a piano set up in the back room, and I remember hearing this piano playing from around the corner. At first, I thought it was a concert pianist that had somehow been left over from the night before. But when I go around the corner theres Tony playing this Chopin etude absolutely flawlessly. Just like an accomplished concert pianist with tremendous accuracy and emotional investment. It was something I never expected. After he had finished, I said, 'What the heck was that?' He told me it was a Chopin etude. I asked him if he could play some more and thats when he said, 'Which one? I know them all.' (laughs)."

Go to this location for the complete interview.

The Benefit for Tony MacAlpine will take place at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles on December 12th, at 7 PM, featuring performances from John 5 & The Creatures, Zakk Wylde with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian; Steve Vai and band, and culminating in an all-star jam with house band Portnoy, Sheehan, Sherinian, and featuring special guests. Eddie Trunk will serve as master of ceremonies for the night.

In addition to this extraordinary musical event, Steve Vai, John 5, Paul Gilbert, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Lukather, Steve Stevens, and Joe Satriani have all graciously donated personal guitars to be auctioned during the event. In addition, Rudy Sarzo has offered private lessons as an auction item, and Simon Phillips has donated a signature snare. Tonys gear manufacturers Ibanez, Hughes & Kettner, EMG, Ernie Ball, Source Audio and Voodoo Lab have also generously donated equipment to be raffled.

Tonys cancer diagnosis comes on the heels of his wifes diagnosis with breast cancer in June, making the situation even more trying for Tony and his family.

Tony is a dear friend, an absolutely sweet human being and one of the most talented musicians I've ever worked with, says Mike Portnoy, We are coming together to help raise money and awareness to help him fight his battle and come out on top!

Adds Steve Vai, It's a great privilege to take to the stage with my friends Zakk, John, Mike and Billy in support of our dear friend Tony. Tony has always been blessed with an exceptional talent and more so, he's an exceptionally cool guy. It's a great cause and will be a magical evening of guitar extravaganza.

Tony has been such an inspiration to me, says John 5. He is an incredible musician and an unbelievable talent. Please let's all come together and beat this!

"Tony is our brother. We look forward to making a historical night, and raising a lot of money to help our friend in need. said Derek Sherinian.

Tony MacAlpine is widely known as a guitar virtuoso who is just as skilled on the keys. Edge of Insanity, his classic debut album, was recently ranked by Guitar World magazine as one of the Top Ten Shred Guitar Albums of all time. Aside from his solo work, Tony has also been part of several rock supergroups including Planet X with Derek Sherinian and Virgil Donati; PSMS (Portnoy/Sheehan/MacAlpine/Sherinian); as well as the Grammy nominated CAB with bassist Bunny Brunel and drummer Dennis Chambers. MacAlpine also spent seven years playing guitar and keys in Steve Vais touring band The Breed.

Tonys most recent album Concrete Gardens was released in May. Tony toured the US in June to promote the album, but was forced to cancel tours of Asia, Australia and Europe when his health deteriorated.

Tickets went on sale Saturday, November 7th through, with all proceeds going to help Tony and his family. A GoFundMe campaign will be set up for fans who cant make the show, but still want to contribute.

Doors will be at 7 PM with the show set to begin at 8 PM. For tickets, visit

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ADAM LAMBERT Says He Studied Video Footage Of FREDDIE MERCURY Performing With QUEEN

"American Idol" finalist Adam Lambert who has been singing for QUEEN on their tours, filling in for his idol Freddie Mercury was asked by U.K.'s Absolute Radio if he studied video clips of Mercury's performances with QUEEN in order to prepare for the role as the band's new frontman. He responded (see video below): "I did do some studying, yeah. I felt like I really needed to. To be able to get on stage and front the band, I had to do my homework, you know. And I was pretty familiar with the band before that. But when I first started working with them about four years ago, that's when I kind of went into the Internet and just scoured everything and checked out live performances."

He continued: "Montreal was one that kind of stuck out to me; it's the concert where he's running around in shorts, with no shoes on. I just thought that was the funniest thing in the world. I have to say watching him in that zone really made me understand him even more 'cause he just didn't give a shit. He was, like, 'I'm gonna do whatever I want' in rock-star fashion. He really kind of I don't know I think he kind of defined what a rock star was to me. When I started really getting into QUEEN when I was in my early 20s, I went, 'Oh, that's rock and roll. He doesn't actually care. And he's so fabulous doing it.'"

Speaking about the similarities and differences between Mercury and Lambert, QUEEN guitarist Brian May said during a press conference in Brazil in September: "Well, there are differences, you know, but I think perhaps the greatest thing about Freddie is his connection with people, with an audience, and Adam has that. And I don't think that's something you can learn; I think it's something which you either perhaps have in you or not. You have to dedicate yourself, and Adam, like Freddie, is dedicated to his art. But without that whatever that wonderful talent is I don't think it would happen. When Adam walks onto a stage, it's not Freddie, and it's not him trying to be Freddie, but when Adam walks on and when Freddie walks on, something happens; there's some kind of catalytic action that happens between people, and it's a very rare and special thing. So I would say that's something that Adam and Freddie share, and I know that Freddie would agree with that. I mean, without even speaking about the voice. I mean, the voice they both had, and have, incredible voices the kind of voice that you don't find in a billion people. And, of course, the voice is very special, but it's not enough. You have to have the will and the spirit to use that wonderful instrument that you've been given to make that connection."

Lambert, May and Taylor first shared the stage during "American Idol" in May 2009 for a performance of "We Are The Champions". They teamed up again in 2011 at the MTV European Music Awards in Belfast, Ireland for an electrifying eight-minute finale of "The Show Must Go On", "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" and in the summer of 2012, Lambert performed a series of shows with QUEEN across Europe as well as dates in Russia, Ukraine and Poland. They also performed three sold-out gigs at London's Hammersmith Apollo.

After completing QUEEN's most recent European tour in January, May described Lambert as the only singer the band had found capable of filling Mercury's shoes. "Adam is the first person we've encountered who can do all the QUEEN catalogue without blinking," said May. "He is a gift from God."

Lambert, for his part, downplayed the Mercury comparisons, saying: "There's never going to be another, and I'm not replacing him. That's not what I'm doing. I'm trying to keep the memory alive, and remind people how amazing he was, without imitating him. I'm trying to share with the audience how much he inspired me."

Lambert released his third studio album, "The Original High", on June 16 through Warner Bros.


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DAVE MUSTAINE: 'Some Metal Bands Have Completely Lost The Plot When It Comes Down To Melody'

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine recently answered several fan-submitted questions for PledgeMusic. Check out the question-and-answer session below.

Speaking about where MEGADETH's upcoming album, "Dystopia", fits in the band's catalog in terms of melody and overall aggression, Mustaine said: "Well, there is some melody. It's not overwhelming in the melody department."

He continued: "I think that some metal bands have completely lost the plot when it comes down to melody and then it's all about aggressiveness and trying to hack up a fishbone. So, for me, I still try and sing. And I think that being in Drop D tuning has made it a little harder for us to keep the melody stuff going, because some of the articulation of the picking, when it's tuned that low, you can't really make out the notes. It certainly isn't as bad as being in C tuning or something like that. And I still think my right hand is fully functioning. My left hand was the one that was injured in the surgery, and that one seems to be working pretty well too."

Mustaine added: "I think that if you look at what the colors of some of the different records have been, my records have all been a slideshow of my life. I've shared everything with you guys: what I'm going through at the time, how I've gotten over it. I think that battling my demons and victories over them has really helped a lot of people out there. Maybe not you, but I know a lot of other people have been helped by it. In fact, I was talking to someone last night who asked me how that happened. And I've gotta tell you: I couldn't have done it without your support."

"Dystopia" will be released on January 22, 2016. The follow-up to 2013's "Super Collider" marks the recording debut of MEGADETH's new lineup, which includes Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with ANGRA, and LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler.

Mustaine recently told Heavy magazine about the inspiration behind the new MEGADETH album title: "I've had this outlook for a long time that the world is a really good place with some bad people in it. Others might think the opposite. But I think if you were to take a consensus of people, they know the difference between right and wrong. People have manners and morals but lately there's been a decline in how people treat one another. That's where 'Dystopia' comes in, and if people don't start loving each other and helping those in need then when that becomes more important than power, fame or money then I think we're going to be okay."


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GHOST Is Contemplating Recording New EP, Says Nameless Ghoul

A Music Blog, Yea? conducted an interview with one of the Nameless Ghouls from Swedish occult rockers GHOST on October 1 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked if there are any plans for GHOST to record a new EP similar to 2013's "If You Have Ghost", which was produced by Dave Grohl and included cover versions of four songs from other acts, the Nameless Ghoul responded: "We don't really know. We have a list of songs that we want to record that was initially on the list, basically, to record together with the [latest GHOST] album ['Meliora']. But the way that the material for the album also took a lot of time to pre-produce and to write and arrange and the recording ended up being a procedure that allowed for very little extra material. Whereas many bands go into the studio and they record seventeen songs, choose thirteen and then leave the rest as an extra topping later, we never really got to do that. We had one song ['Zenith'] that was sort of taken out of the main album and added as an extra track, but we never ended up with a long list of stuff that we can just portion out. So that leaves us now in a moment where we're trying to figure out: should we record an EP? When are we supposed to do that? We are basically on tour from now until December '16, so it's a long tour. And do we wanna clutter up any sort of spare time that we have recording. Which is always In theory, that feels very okay, but when it comes into practice and all of sudden it's January 2nd and you're really tired and you just don't wanna have to do anything, and all of a sudden you're booked into the studio So we're trying to figure out what is a good and valuable, meaningful release. Because we don't wanna just record another 'Grohl' EP and just repeat the same thing. It has to be something different. So, yeah, that's where we are right now."

GHOST's third album, "Meliora", entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 8 with first-week sales of just over 29,000 units nearly all from pure album sales. The set follows the No. 28-peaking "Infestissumam", which was released in 2013 and has sold almost 70,000 copes in the U.S. to date.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

"Meliora" was released on August 21 via Loma Vista Recordings. The CD was helmed by Klas Åhlund, a prolific songwriter, producer and guitarist who is also a member of the Swedish rock band TEDDYBEARS, and was mixed by Andy Wallace (SLAYER, NIRVANA, SEPULTURA, LINKIN PARK, GUNS N' ROSES).


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ROB DUKES Talks Being Fired From EXODUS - "If GARY HOLT Wanted To Call Me, I Probably Wouldn't Take It"

On the latest installment of One On One With Mitch Lafon, host Lafon takes on former Exodus frontman Rob Dukes, They talk in depth about Dukes' current band Generation Kill, working with RUN DMC's Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal, the good and bad of his time with Exodus, Gary Holt, the NY Rangers hockey team and more.

Quotes from the interview:

On Generation Kill's new music: "I think we really gave a fuck about what we were doing. I want to make a CD that I want to put in my car. I want songs that I want to hear."

On being fired from Exodus: "It was the phone call that I got and the things that were said to me. It was all lies. It was all bullshit. It became personal. They didn't have to do it three days after my wedding. It fucked everything up and and now I'm financially insecure. I didn't know what I was going to do. They could have done it wiser, but the truth is - they didn't give a fuck about me."

If guitarist Gary Holt called now: "If Gary wanted to call me, I probably wouldn't take it."

As mentioned, Legendary hip hop icon Darryl ''DMC'' McDaniels has teamed up with Generation Kill to record a full-length album.

Generation Kill, which features former Exodus frontman, Rob Dukes, crossed paths with DMC on the road and gave him the latest Generation Kill CD, We're All Gonna Die, and the rest is history. Darryl contacted the band immediately after listing to the album, and asked if they would collaborate on a song, which very quickly turned into recording a full-length album. When thoughts of a producer were being thrown around, Ron ''Bumblefoot'' Thal, was someone who was in the bands sights, and as of January 2, Ron has been working with the band. A second short video capturing early pre-production, and behind the scenes footage has been released by the band and can be viewed at this location.

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH 'Postpones' Paris Concert In Wake Of Terrorist Attacks

In the wake of the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris and continued terrorist threats against France and Europe, American metallers FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH have decided to "postpone" their November 24 concert at the Olympia in Paris, France. The band says in a statement: "We are still on tour in Europe, and we are evaluating each show day by day. A lot of work and analysis goes into each decision."

The statement continues: "Since the events in Paris last week, the situation is still very chaotic a lot of misinformation and a lot uncertainty in some places. But the most important factor is the safety of the fans which we are not willing to compromise. As a result, for now we will have to postpone the Paris show. Please stay tuned for more info."

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH canceled a show in Milan, Italy on Sunday (November 22) amidst rumors that the Islamic State (ISIS) was planning to attack the show as part of a series of multiple attacks spread across several countries.

The hacktivist group Anonymous claimed to have uncovered plots by ISIS for several terrorist attacks to occur on Sunday, including at a pro wrestling event in Atlanta and other locations in Paris, Rome, Lebanon and Indonesia, in addition to the concert in Milan.

The rumors of the attacks came a week after a deadly terrorist attack at seven locations in Paris, including an EAGLES OF DEATH METAL concert where 89 people were killed.

The hacktivists said the information about the fresh attacks was received from "several pro-(ISIS) accounts."

A number of artists halted their European treks in the wake of the Paris attacks, including FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES and others.
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TOOL's ADAM JONES On Next Album: 'We Probably Have 20 Potential Song Ideas Now'

TOOL guitarist Adam Jones spoke to Rolling Stone about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's long-awaited follow-up to 2006's "10,000 Days" album. He said: "I'll tell you, it's wonderful. Things are really flowing and going really well, and I'm just blown away at the stuff that's coming together. I'm excited and can't wait for it to be done. It's something I've been missing for a long time [laughs], that beautiful collaboration that we have because we're all so different and have different tastes. But again, when you are all meeting in the middle and that thing you do that meets in the middle is just beautiful, it's very rewarding. So yes, I'm very happy."

He continued: "We probably have 20 potential song ideas now. Of course, 20 won't be on the record. We're just jamming. But I'll tell you, there's nothing better than having too many good songs then not enough. It's great. You pick your faves."

Asked if TOOL singer Maynard James Keenan has heard the music his bandmates have been working on, Adam said: "Yeah. We have an FTP and a Dropbox and we're in communication. He's got other stuff he does, so we keep him in the loop, and he has written lyrics, but he's still working on that and he'll commit. The best thing for all of us is when the song is done. I don't write leads until the song is done. You want to get a vibe. And Maynard can work on lyrics, but until the song's done and he knows how the end is, he's still figuring out the flow."

He continued: "The thing with TOOL is you have four critical thinkers who like different stuff, so our process is not an easy one but it's a very rewarding one. So yes, he is exposed to new music. It's always been this way and it probably will always be this way and it's just how people work."

TOOL will embark on its U.S. tour in January, with the first confirmed date on January 9 in San Diego and the last so far on January 26 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Just eight shows have been unveiled so far, although at least another eight are expected to be announced as well.

Direct support on the trek will come from PRIMUS, with Los Angeles act 3TEETH also on the bill.

TOOL hasn't performed more than 20 shows in a single year since 2007.


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ACCEPT's WOLF HOFFMANN Says Band Will Start Working On New Material Next Year

Metal Temple magazine recently conducted an interview with guitarist Wolf Hoffmann of German/American metallers ACCEPT. You can now listen to the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On the response to 2014's "Blind Rage" album:

"We've toured on this album longer than we ever had before, we just realized. Last night we were just talking, it's been a year and what a year and a half now that it's been released. And we've been on the road ever since, and there's no stopping. We're gonna go back out here in a month again and then in the spring yet again, and after that, it's surely time to start working on a new album. But the reaction has been phenomenal."

On the inspiration for making new music:

"The inspiration for us to make an album is always the same: we just want to continue the legacy of ACCEPT and write songs that are totally ACCEPT style, but at the same time have something that's current and interesting. When we regrouped with Mark [Tornillo, vocals] about five years ago, we always said to ourselves, 'We're not gonna be just sitting back on the past success and play the old songs.' We wanted to start a new chapter and make albums that are relevant to fans. And that sounds easy, but it's not really that easy, or else everybody would do it. So we would try hard to come up with songs that totally feel familiar on one hand, but that, on the other hand, they sound modern and can compete with what's going on today."

"Blind Rage" was released in August 2014 via Nuclear Blast. Like its two predecessors, 2010's "Blood Of The Nations" and 2012's "Stalingrad", the new effort was helmed by British producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. The cover artwork was created by Daniel Goldsworthy.

"Blind Rage" sold around 6,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release.


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Adeles Hello Covered In The Styles Of Deftones, Alice In Chains, Dimmu Borgir


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STONE SOUR's Cover Version Of IRON MAIDEN's 'Running Free' Available For Streaming

STONE SOUR's cover version of the IRON MAIDEN classic "Running Free" can be streamed below. The song is taken from STONE SOUR's next covers EP, "Straight Outta Burbank", which will be released this month as part of Record Store Day's annual Black Friday bonanza. The effort will include additional cover versions of songs by BAD BRAINS, THE ROLLING STONES, SLAYER, and MÖTLEY CRÜE . Making a guest appearance on STONE SOUR's rendition of THE ROLLING STONES classic "Gimme Shelter" is HALESTORM singer Lzzy Hale.

Asked why STONE SOUR decided to cover " Running Free", singer Corey Taylor told Metal Hammer: "Well, if you're going to cover something, then you want to make sure you go for the best. It's no secret that I'm a huge IRON MAIDEN fan because... I mean... it's fucking MAIDEN, man! They've got so many great songs and I think they've got two vocalists that really led the charge you know. Not to put anything down that they did with Blaze [Bayley], but growing up it was [Paul] Di'Anno and [Bruce] Dickinson for me. So it was just a case of figuring out which tune we wanted to do and 'Running Free' just had the spirit of what we were looking for. You know, it's kickass, it's driving, it’s got the great MAIDEN guitar breaks that makes them such a special band. So, once we settled on that song and really got into it, we were really stoked."

"Straight Outta Burbank" track listing:

01. Sailin' On (BAD BRAINS cover)02. Running Free (IRON MAIDEN cover)03. Gimme Shelter (THE ROLLING STONES cover) (feat. Lzzy Hale)04. Too Fast For Love (MÖTLEY CRÜE cover)05. Seasons In The Abyss (SLAYER cover)

Now in its eighth year, Record Store Day is an annual day-long celebration of record store culture taking place on the third Saturday in April, with an annual Black Friday event occurring the day after Thanksgiving. This year, RSD has named Dave Grohl as Record Store Day Ambassador 2015.

Look for 5,000 copies of "Straight Outta Burbank" arriving on vinyl on November 27.

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During a September 15 appearance on the Des Moines, Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3, STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor stated about "Straight Outta Burbank": "It's done, it's mixed. We've got the album artwork all together. And it's awesome. It's really, really, really good."

He continued: "We're actually more into this one than we are [STONE SOUR's first covers EP, 'Meanwhile In Burbank…']. And that's nothing against the first one; the first one's super solid. This one, man, is so diverse, but it all feels really, really good. We're really stoked about it. We're doing everything from THE STONES to SLAYER. Like, it is on. It is so on, it's not even funny."

In a recent interview, Taylor said that the band's third covers EP — titled "No Sleep 'Till Burbank" — will also feature five songs, and will include new versions of tracks from the following artists: VAN HALEN, VIOLENT FEMMES, BUZZCOCKS, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and AC/DC.

Released this past April as a Record Store Day exclusive , "Meanwhile In Burbank…" contained songs originally done by BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST, METALLICA, KISS and ALICE IN CHAINS.

Asked why STONE SOUR decided to release three separate EPs of covers, Taylor said: "This is something we've been talking about for years. And we decided, instead of putting it all on one, and trying to make that work, we were, like, 'Let's have fun with it.' It was kind of the same spirit of why we wanted to do 'em in the first place — is 'cause we wanted to have fun, just to kind of take the edge off, take the pressure off and just go in and have fun and kind of show the world what got us into making music in the first place. So we broke it up into three. That way, we could kind of play with the artwork, make it fun for the fans, and just have a good time with it. 'Cause we're making our nut on covers. But at the same time, when you do something like that, you wanna represent to the best of your ability. And by spacing it out and letting the fans get into five at a time, nothing gets lost in the shuffle. It just felt like by doing it that way, people would have time to digest each five before the next one comes on."

Regarding the "Burbank" tie-in in the titles of the three EPs, Taylor explained: "[Burbank, California is] where [STONE SOUR drummer] Roy [Mayorga] lives, and we did all the music in his home studio. So I was just, like, 'Dude, the title's gotta be, 'Meanwhile In Burbank…' And then it just became, like, 'How can we play on that?' 'No Sleep 'Till Burbank'… 'Straight Outta Burbank'… It was just hilarious. At one point, I wanted us to dress like a black metal band in his front yard and play volleyball. Because there's this giant palm tree in the front, and there's always sun and people walking their kids, or whatever, and we're dressed like MAYHEM. And we didn't have time, 'cause [STONE SOUR bassist Johny] Chow is out with CAVALERA [CONSPIRACY], and Roy's been doing some stuff. So we just didn't have that time where we were all in the same state. But I was, like, 'We've gotta remember that one, 'cause that could be rad.'"

On its last North American tour, STONE SOUR played a different cover every night, including songs that made the EP such as METALLICA's "Creeping Death", KISS's "Love Gun" and JUDAS PRIEST's "Heading Out To The Highway".

Guitarist Christian Martucci joined STONE SOUR in late 2013 as the replacement for Jim Root, who was fired from the group after deciding he wanted to sit out the band's last tour in order to start work on the next album from SLIPKNOT, of which he is also a member.
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ROB ZOMBIE's '31' To Premiere At 2016 Sundance Film Festival

"31", written and directed by Rob Zombie will make its world premiere in the Midnight section at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Film Festival takes place January 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The Sundance Film Festival is one of the world's premier places to debut new independent films.

"31" tells the story of five carnies in 1976 kidnapped on the morning of Halloween and held hostage in a remote industrial Hell. While trapped, they are forced to play a violent game called 31. The mission is to survive 12 hours against an endless gang of grease-painted maniacs.

The film is produced by Andy Gould of Spectacle Entertainment Group, Rob Zombie, Michael Sherman and Matthew Perniciaro of Bow And Arrow Entertainment, Eddie Vaisman and Mike Elliott. International sales on the film are handled by Protagonist Pictures.

Alchemy acquired North American rights in the spring and will release the film theatrically in 2016.

Rob Zombie said: "We are all super-jazzed with the way '31' turned out. I can't wait to get to Park City and unleash it on the Sundance Film Festival audience!"

Although Zombie does plan out his films in advance, he told The Pulse Of Radio that you can only map out a movie so much before you start shooting. "The hardest thing is, until the moment you're gonna shoot, that'll be the first time you've ever been on set, that set, with your actors in wardrobe, with a camera, you know," he said. "So sometimes things just look different. You know, you can visualize in your head, like, 'Well, this, that and the other thing,' but you get in there and you're like, 'Wow, now that we're all here and I see you in that wardrobe against that backdrop, it's very different.'"

A new Rob Zombie studio album has already been completed and is expected out in early 2016.


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PRETTY MAIDS Singer's NORDIC UNION: Audio Samples Of Entire Debut Album

Frontiers Music Srl will release the self-titled debut album from NORDIC UNION on January 29, 2016.

NORDIC UNION is the name behind the new musical collaboration, built by Frontiers president Serafino Perugino, between singer Ronnie Atkins of the legendary Danish hard rock institution PRETTY MAIDS and the up-and-coming Swedish songwriter and producer Erik Martensson of ECLIPSE and W.E.T. fame.

The partnership between the two fellow Scandinavians worked well and together they have created some musical magic, which will truly impress the fans of these highly regarded musicians. Atkins says: "The music on the album has a focus on good melodies and there's some good guitar work as well. I had a good gut feeling ever since I heard the first songs from Erik Martensson, and I was right he's a very gifted and talented songwriter!"

These songs are guaranteed not to leave your head for a long time. Just have a listen to the gorgeous anthemic opener "The War Has Begun" and some killer melodic gems like "When Death Is Calling", "21 Guns" and "Hypocrisy" with great hooks and epic guitar riffs. "Wide Awake" can be described as a combination between pop and melodic rock with a modern production. There's really something for everyone here!

"While PRETTY MAIDS is still my first priority" explains Ronnie, "the production process and the work on this record went very smoothly. I think what came out is a killer melodic hard rock album with a lot of good songs on it. I could really feel the songs as mine and identify with those. So I hope the fans will be able to share my view and it's been some kind of a little fresh breath in between albums for me, really."

"Nordic Union" track listing:

01. The War Has Begun02. Hypocrisy03. Wide Awake04. Every Heartbeart05. When Death Is Calling06. 21 Guns07. Falling08. The Other Side09. Point Of No Return10. True Love Awaits You11. Go

Audio samples of all the tracks that are set to appear on "Nordic Union" can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

NORDIC UNION recording lineup:

* Ronnie Atkins: Lead, background vocals* Erik Martensson: Lead guitar, bass, keyboards and background vocals* Magnus Ulfstedt: Drums

Guest guitar solos:

* Thomas Larsson, guitar solo on "Every Heartbest" and "Wide Awake"* Fredrik Folkare, guitar solo on "Point Of No Return" and "Hypocrisy"* Magnus Henriksson, guitar solo on "The War Has Begun"
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