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NIGHT DEMON

Steamhammer/SPV are set to start 2015 with a new promising US metal band: Hailing from the city of Ventura - an hour north of Los Angeles - Night Demon is a classic metal trio consisting of Jarvis Leatherby (bass, vocals), Brent Woodward (guitars) and Dusty Squires (drums).

The band has completed work on their debut full-length album, Curse Of The Damned, featuring eleven brand new original tracks, slated for release on January 14th (Scandinavia), January 16th (Germany) and January 19th (rest of Europe) on CD, LP (+ bonus track) and download. Curse Of The Damned will be released to the world outside of Europe via Century Media.

Night Demon unite the three members musical inspirations and influences ranging from old-school metal greats such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Diamond Head, Angel Witch, Riot and Saxon to punk legends The Misfits. But whilst the band's music proudly exhibits these roots, it does so in a manner contemporary with modern times in every aspect.

Night Demon released their self-titled debut EP in April 2013, and to coincide with their massively extensive Europe tour of spring 2014, they put out an expanded edition of the EP with four additional tracks. The European tour saw Night Demon successfully sign a European record deal with Steamhammer/SPV. They are currently garnering new converts in every town on a full North American fall 2014 tour with Raven, and are primed for plenty of solid worldwide touring in the immediate and long-term future.






Curse Of The Damned tracklisting:

CD version:

"Screams In The Night"
"Curse Of The Damned"
"Satan"
"Full Speed Ahead"
"The Howling Man"
"Heavy Metal Heat"
"Livin' Dangerous"
"Mastermind"
"Run For Your Life"
"Killer"
"Save Me Now"

LP version:

Side 1
"Screams In The Night"
"Curse Of The Damned"
"Satan"
"Full Speed Ahead"
"The Howling Man"
"Heavy Metal Heat"

Side 2
"Livin' Dangerous"
"Mastermind"
"Run For Your Life"
"Killer"
"Save Me Now"
"Road Racin'" (bonus track)
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BY THE PATIENT Sign To Lifeforce Records; Gehenna Album Due In January

Lifeforce Records has signed Danish metallers, By The Patient.

While often being compared to Amon Amarth and Behemoth by reviewers, By The Patient is taking a new approach on the Scandinavian metal sound by not limiting themselves to specific genres. They incorporate catchy tunes, grooves, and have found the perfect balance between melody and intensity.

Having played legendary festivals such as Copenhell, Wacken and Roskilde, as well as supporting bands like Kvelertak, Toxic Holocaust, Aborted and Entombed, By The Patient is a competent and well rehearsed live act.

By The Patient about the signing: We are very happy to finally announce the signing to Lifeforce Records. Growing up listening to metal, Lifeforce was one of the labels that we followed and respected. Being from Denmark weve always wanted a partner in our great neighbouring country Germany. This has now happened and we couldnt be more excited!!






The third album and Lifeforce Records debut, Gehenna will be out in late January, and sees the band exploring new musical approaches as well as perfecting their craft.

Complete details to follow. Check out a studio video below:
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First Look At SLAYER-Inspired SCION Car (Video)

Gear Gods has uploaded video footage of the SLAYER-inspired Scion car "Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC" which will make its debut at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, November 4-7, 2014. Check it out below.

Frequently cited for its deep influence on other metal bands, SLAYER has a look, sound and approach all its own. The band's aggressive style carries into the tC sports coupe's exterior look and band-inspired details. Inside, the vehicle has been transformed into a multimedia machine with amps, towers of speakers, a custom mixer and a 32-inch monitor for media playback. Mike Vu of MV Designz is leading the build process.

"SLAYER's fans are going to be excited when we reveal what a metal-inspired Scion tC looks like," SLAYER guitarist Kerry King said. "Working with Scion has given us another way to reach new audiences and inspire them to keep going down their own paths."

"Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC" will join a diverse collection of modified Scions at SEMA, including three FR-S sport coupes designed by media partners as part of the 10th annual Scion Tuner Challenge. While the SEMA show is not open to the public, there will be opportunities to see the Slayer tC and Skate Tour xB at Scion events later in the year.

"SEMA is the ultimate opportunity to look at Scion vehicles through a new lens," said Doug Murtha, vice president of Scion. "We're looking forward to showing fans what the members of SLAYER envisioned for the tC and encourage fans to imagine for themselves."

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NIGHTWISH - New Album In Mixing Phase; 12 Songs Confirmed

Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers Nightwish are currently working on their new album together with producer Tero TeeCee Kinnunen. The yet-untitled creation will be the first Nightwish studio-record to feature Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen. Longtime drummer Jukka Nevalainen will sit out on the recording sessions due to health issues; Kai Hahto (Wintersun, Swallow The Sun, Trees Of Eternity) will replace him. Its set for a release in spring 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

They have checked in with a brief but important update:

"The mixing of the album has begun. Two down, 10 to go!"

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MARYANN COTTON Releases Live Video Die In Britain

Maryann Cotton has released the first song/video, Die In Britain from their upcoming live DVD. The entire show was created and edited with very few resources, but they decided to make and release a live DVD anyways.
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DEVIL YOU KNOW: 'It's Over' Video Released

"It's Over", the new video from DEVIL YOU KNOW — the creative union of Howard Jones (ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), Francesco Artusato (ALL SHALL PERISH) and John Sankey (DEVOLVED) — can be seen below. The clip was directed by Ramon Boutviseth, who has previously worked with TRIVIUM, NONPOINT, DARKEST HOUR, INCUBUS and ALL THAT REMAINS, among others. The track is taken from DEVIL YOU KNOW's debut album, "The Beauty Of Destruction", which sold around 6,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 45 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Commented Jones: "'It's Over' is a song that struck a huge chord for me when we were in the studio recording 'The Beauty Of Destruction'. It portrays a side of DEVIL YOU KNOW that in some ways is different than what we're known for, yet comes naturally for us as a band and individuals. The video gives it an unexpected, new life."

"The Beauty Of Destruction" was released on both physical and digital formats on April 25 in Europe and April 29 in North America via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was produced by Logan Mader (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, GOJIRA, DEVILDRIVER, SOULFLY) and mixed by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (HATEBREED, SOULFLY). Artwork for the album was created by noted painter and illustrator Travis Smith (OPETH, DEVIN TOWNSEND).

Regarding how DEVIL YOU KNOW came together, Jones told Australia's Loud magazine: "I had taken some time away from music. I wasn't sure of what I wanted to do. One thing was for certain: I didn't want to join anything that sounded remotely like KILLSWITCH. When I heard what John and Francesco had been writing, it was immediate for me. It made me want to be creative and go back out there and prove myself again."

Added Artusato: "Three, four years ago John and I started writing some songs for fun. Then we got to a point, I don't remember exactly when, we had ten or 15 songs. We started thinking about singers; who was available and people we knew. I think John e-mailed Howard; we e-mailed Howard, like, three songs. We thought that was our first choice… And then we heard back from him a week later or something. Saying, 'I really dig the stuff, let's do this'. A few months later, he flew down to L.A. and started working on the stuff."

DEVIL YOU KNOW's touring lineup is completed by guitarist Roy Lev-Ari and BLEEDING THROUGH bassist Ryan Wombacher.
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THE GENTLE STORM - Debut Album To Feature EPIC ROCK CHOIR From Theater Production Of AYREON's The Human Equation

Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Guilt Machine) and Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend Project) recently joined forces for new band, The Gentle Storm, and confirmed they have signed a deal with InsideOutMusic for the release of their debut album early next year. Lucassen has checked in with the following update:

"We recorded the Epic Rock Choir - who will perform at the Human Equation theater shows - for the The Gentle Storm album, it was AMAZING! Thanks again all of you, till next time..."

In a recent post on Facebook, Lucassen sheds a little more light on the forthcoming album:

The Gentle Storm concept album will be a double CD, with the same songs on each CD but in VERY different, contrasting arrangements. CD1, the 'Gentle' album, will be all acoustic and folky with lots of exotic instruments. CD2, the 'Storm' album, will be an all-out, bombastic orchestral metal album. Of course there are plenty of progressive elements mixed in as well. Questions? Ask away!"

Fans are invited to send their questions here.

Having originally worked together back in 1998 on Ayreon's album, Into The Electric Castle, and reconvening again for the seventh Ayreon album, 01011001, The Gentle Storm sees the duo collaborate for a full double-album that will see the light of day next year. Anneke will also take the music on the road in 2015, backed by a band of Dutch musicians; however Arjen himself will not take part.
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LITA FORD Joined By Former THE UNION UNDERGROUND Guitarist PATRICK KENNISON

Hard rock queen Lita Ford has announced the addition of guitar player Patrick Kennison (THE UNION UNDERGROUND, HEAVEN BELOW) to her band. Patrick has been on the road with Lita and the rest of the group the past few weeks and is adding a new energy to the performances. Says Lita: "Patrick Kennison is our latest and greatest addition to Team Lita! He shreds on guitar and is killer at singing backing vocals. He adds so much energy to the already thunderous sound, just another reinforcement that we will be blowing the doors off the place, and killing it in our future recordings. We are able to bring down the house together with Marty O'Brien jamming on bass and Bobby Rock behind us bashing the drums. Together they are the best of the best musicians, Hollywood California's finest lineup."

Adds Kennison: "It's both an honor and a blast to share the studio and stage with the queen of metal.

"I attended many Lita Ford concerts as a kid and was always blown away by her guitar playing and take-no-prisoners approach to the concert stage." In other news, Lita narrated the brand new Randy Castillo documentary called "The Life, Blood And Rhythm Of Randy Castillo". The film is the story of the late drummer who played with OZZY OSBOURNE, MÖTLEY CRÜE, LITA FORD and other rock and roll icons of the 1980s and 1990s. The movie will premiere on November 4 at the Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles, California. Ford's long-awaited autobiography will be released in the spring via HarperCollins. More details on the book will be made available soon.

Photo credit: Ryan Whitehead / Ardent Owl Media

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HALESTORM To Release Vinyl Edition Of 'ReAniMate' Covers EPs

Atlantic recording group HALESTORM has announced an array of activity while recording the hugely anticipated follow-up to 2012's chart-topping "The Strange Case Of…" The Grammy Award-winning hard rock band is working in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, CAGE THE ELEPHANT), with the as-yet-untitled third album slated to arrive in 2015. Meanwhile, HALESTORM is set for a second run supporting Eric Church on his blockbuster "Outsiders World Tour". The new dates begin January 8 at New Orleans' Smoothie King Center and then continue through early February. The "Outsiders World Tour" carries on the phenomenal pairing of HALESTORM and Eric Church, a collaboration begun when the country superstar teamed with HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale for a show-stopping duet performance of his hit single "That's Damn Rock & Roll" on this summer's 2014 "CMT Music Awards". HALESTORM will next join forces with Church and the acclaimed "Outsiders World Tour" on November 20 at Green Bay's Resch Center, with dates scheduled through mid-December. Acclaimed as one of modern hard rock's most explosive live acts, HALESTORM will rev up for the "Outsiders World Tour" with their own slate of headline shows, beginning November 11 at Chattanooga's Track 29. In other news, Hale has just been honored with Gibson USA's Limited Edition Lzzy Hale Explorer, an iconic new guitar inspired by its namesake's rebellious spirit and distinctive style. "Since I first held a Gibson, I dreamt of having a model all to my own," Hale says. "This Explorer is a reflection of me. A classic metal shape, with a touch of regality that you can only find in a woman who loves rock 'n' roll. I'm so happy to unleash 'Lady Evil' into the world... named solely after the way this guitar makes me feel when she's in my arms. I know you will love her too!" In other news, HALESTORM will release a vinyl edition of both of their previously released covers EPs. "ReAniMate: The CoVeRs Collection (2011-2014)" will be available on December 2 via the band's webstore.
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HOPE DRONE Sign To Relapse Records; Sophomore Album Due In Spring 2015

Relapse Records has announced the signing of Brisbane, Australia's atmospheric black metal quartet, Hope Drone.

The band formed in 2011, and after supporting acts like Neurosis, Deafheaven, Caspian and Rosetta in Australia, recorded their sophomore record once again with engineer Christopher Brownbill. The yet-to-be-titled album will see it's release via Relapse in the spring of 2015.

Guitarist Karl Hartwig commented on the signing and the upcoming material: "We're stoked to be welcomed into the Relapse family and have our records released by the label that is responsible for some of our favourite releases. The record was recorded at the soon to be defuct Wavelength Studios with our engineer Christopher Brownbill. We really wanted to push ourselves with this record and spent much longer crafting songs with a greater dynamic and depth to them, both in terms of songwriting and how we approached capturing the songs. We aimed for a more live sounding recording that was still rich in atmosphere and I think we've achieved something that is true to both of these elements of the band."

Stay tuned for more news and updates on Hope Drone and stream their self-titled debut below:








Hope Drone lineup:

Karl Hartwig - guitar
Christopher Rowden - guitar/vocals
Francis Keil - drums
Aaron Pickersgill - bass/vocals
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SAHHR Streaming "Altar Of Maggots" Track Online

With the official unveiling of their debut, self-titled three-track EP looming, "Altar Of Maggots" from Los Angeles blackened death miscreants, Sahhr, is now streaming below.

Written by vocalist Ryllyeh and guitarist Aarsoth and recorded at Lot 54 Studio in Huntington Beach, California by Dylan-James Ehren Brock (Ghost Of Abel, Skull And Bullets, Dowager, Intestinal Buffet), Sahhr combines all the primary rudiments of black metal, death metal and metalcore into an infernal mix of unrepentant audio plague fit for fervent devotees of Watain, 1349, Goatwhore and Lamb Of God.

Relays Ryllyeh of the heinous hymn on deck, ""Altar Of Maggots" is a diabolical epic of anger, delivered in a concise, blackened package. An anti-theological anthem shouted to the war gods of old."






Featuring past and current members of Skull And Bullets, Dowager, Scarecrow and Unwritten Law, Sahhr formed earlier this year by singer/songwriter Ryllyeh. A veteran of the New York City punk and metal scenes since the early 1980s, Ryllyeh's (AKA-Joe Truck, also a world renowned tattoo artist) past musical endeavors include time spent in '80s deathrock bands Scarecrow and Braineaters, the latter of which included ex-Samhain guitarist, Damien. He also plays bass and screams in doom heavyweights-Dowager. Ryllyeh united with guitarist Aarsoth earlier this year and instantly began composing what would become the trio of tracks occupying the EP.

Sahhr will be released digitally on October 31st, 2014 at this location and on CD via Domestic Genocide in November. A host of special Halloween In Hell pre-order packages are currently available at this location.






Tracklisting:

"Altar Of Maggots"
"Miscreant"
"Slay The Savior"

"Altar Of Maggots":
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NUBIAN ROSE Release Video Break Out

Break Out, the new video from Swedish hard rockers Nubian Rose, can be seen below. The song is taken from Nubian Roses second album Mental Revolution, which will be released on November 24th via Livewire/Cargo Records.



The cover artwork for the CD was created by Mattias Savage Wil, all photos by Tallee Savage for Savage Beauty.The album was produced by Christer Åkerlund, engineerd by Jakob Herrmann, mixed by Tobias Lindell (HEAT, Europe, Hardcore Superstar, Avatar, Mustasch), recorded at Top Floor Studios & Bohus Sound and mastered by Mats "Limpa" Lindfors (Crashdïet, Scorpions, Dan Reed, Treat) at Cutting Room.
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EYE OF SOLITUDE Announces Release Date For Dear Sanity EP

Kaotoxin Records has announced worldwide release dates for Eye Of Solitudes limited collector EP Dear Insanity. Featuring one mammoth 50-minute title track, the EP will be available in France on November 24th, the rest of Europe on December 2nd, and in North America on December 3rd. The album is available as a limited-edition (500 copies at first press), hand-numbered double digi-CD, featuring six bonus tracks taken from the band's 2012 and 2013 digital EPs - Awoken By Crows and The Deceit - and as a digital download.

Dear Insanity description:

The loss of loved ones, the loss of sanity, the feeling of being lost in a mental labyrinth to which the only exit is to become mad to appease the suffering with all the anguish, anxiety and pain it involves. What if the only options infinite pain or the complete loss of one's mind? There's no light, no hope. There's no way out. Never has the Solitude portion of the band's name been so well musically represented. Dear Insanity is a transformation, a passage, a slow-motion fall from the celestial grace into a bottomless downward spiral to the most abyssal darkness.

EP trailer:
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ARROGANZ Release Video Arisen From Failure, Perished As King

German death metallers Arroganz have released a video for the song Arisen From Failure, Perished As King. The song is taken from their upcoming FDA Rekotz release Tod & Teufel.



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

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


Tod & Teufel tracklisting:

i.d.t.n
One Death
Arisen From Failure Perished As King
Tod & Teufel
Demons Heart
Intoxicate
All Light Is A Lie
Black Aura
Guilty
Alles

One Death:
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UNLEASHED Enter The Studio To Begin Recording New Album

Swedish death metallers Unleashed have entered the studio to record their 12th full-length album. The album should is aiming to be released by early spring 2015 by Nuclear Blast. Album title and more information will be released later.

Unleashed released their last album, Odalheim, on April 20th, 2012 on Nuclear Blast Records.

Lineup:

Johnny bass and vocals
Fredrik lead guitar
Anders drums
Tomas rhythm guitar

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SKÀLMÖLD Streaming New Track "Að Vori"

Winter is coming and Skàlmöld are set to release their new album Með Vættum (Napalm Records) on November 24th US/Canada and December 1st in the UK.








"On Með Vættum, Skalmöld celebrate and perfect Viking metal with the whole body and pull fans with heroic, mythic texts, epic stories and tangible instrument technology into the spell."
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THRESHOLD Premier "Unforgiven"

British progressive metal stalwarts, Threshold, recently released their new album, For The Journey in Europe. The album will be released in North America on November 18th via Metalville Records, as part of a new joint licensing venture with Nuclear Blast Records. An album stream can be found below.

The band have released an official music video for the track "Unforgiven":

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MACHINE HEAD: First 'Bloodstone & Diamonds' Album Trailer

The first trailer for "Bloodstone & Diamonds", the new album from San Francisco Bay area metallers MACHINE HEAD, is available below.

Audio samples of the songs that are set to appear on the CD can be found at MachineHead1.com.

"Bloodstone & Diamonds" will be released on November 10 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was produced by MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn and Juan Urteaga, and like the last seven of eight MACHINE HEAD albums, was masterfully mixed by Colin Richardson. Additional tracking, editing, and mixing was done with Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY) and Steve Lagudi.

Regarding the musical direction of "Bloodstone & Diamonds", Flynn told Metal Hammer magazine: "There's definitely a lot of urgency on this record. It's a really heavy record arid there's a dark and evil vibe to a lot of it, but I feel like there's more of a rock vibe in there too. It's stripped down at times, and I like that. I think that sense of urgency has carried over from the demos we did, which were all done very quickly and spontaneously. We tried to keep that spontaneous vibe on the album."

He continued: "At one point we started getting really anal on the tracks and spending tons of time on stuff, and we'd listen back and say, 'You know what? This doesn't have the vibe of the demos.' The demos were so fuckin' frantic, so we changed our mindset and now it's a little bit looser. Some of the guitar takes are basically live. Often, 40 or 50 percent of a song came from a spontaneous, live take and that's killer! It adds energy and makes the songs feel alive."

Regarding the "Bloodstone & Diamonds" album title, Flynn said: "Without getting too philosophical on ya, bloodstone and diamonds represent two of the hardest materials on earth. It is also a lyric from the opening track of the album, 'Now We Die'.

"In many cultures, the bloodstone has been used as an amulet to protect against evil, and is the symbol of justice. Diamonds are the hardest natural material on earth (which is how we feel about our music), and it also represents the diamond logo I drew 22 years ago (in my wife's apartment on Dover St. in Oakland) that has become the symbol for the band."

"Bloodstone & Diamonds" track listing:

01. Now We Die02. Killers & Kings03. Ghosts Will Haunt My Bones04. Night Of Long Knives05. Sail Into The Black06. Eyes Of The Dead07. Beneath The Silt08. In Comes The Flood09. Damage Inside10. Game Over11. Imaginal Cells (instrumental)12. Take Me Through The Fire

Photo credit: Travis Shinn

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TARJA TURUNEN Says She 'Hasn't Been Interested' In Hearing Any Of NIGHTWISH's Recent Music

Finnish singer Tarja Turunen says that her involvement with NIGHTWISH was "a very, very important part of [her] musical history" but insists that she has established her own audience which has passionately embraced her musical output since she was unceremoniously fired from the group nine years ago.

Asked if the fact that at some of her recent solo concerts she has only played three songs from her NIGHTWISH days means that she would like to separate her past from her artistic present, Tarja told Greece's Metalpaths (hear audio below): "Actually, I play only one song [from NIGHTWISH] or [sometimes] no song [at all]."

She continued: "Of course, it's a part of history it's a very, very important part of my musical history. It brought me where I am, [and it made me] who I am today. Of course, it's a part of me, and it always will be; I don't have any problems with that. It really showed me also a totally new direction musically in my life.

"It's very hypothetical to think where I would be if I wouldn't have chosen to sing [on] that first demo that was offered to me. But, on the other hand, I have a life of my own.

"Today, as an artist, I have my own music, I am basically producing my own music, I have my own audience, which, a good part of that audience also could be fans of NIGHTWISH, or were fans of NIGHTWISH when I was there.

"I love music, and that is what I care for, and that is what I deliver for people."

Turunen added: "In my live set, of course I play songs Now I'm going to present my new album for you [when I come to Greece] and also play some songs from my previous albums.

"Having fun that is what I base everything [on]. All my work goes to that. I want to have fun. I don't want to spend any moment of my life not feeling to have fun, [or] at least try. So that is what means to me, seriously to see a passionate audience in front of me, an emotional audience in front of me. And that is what I care for, seriously to make people happy with my music."

Asked if she has checked out the two NIGHTWISH albums that were recorded after she was dismissed from the band and what her thoughts were on what she heard, Turunen said: "I haven't been listening to their albums. Sorry. I haven't been interested in listening to their albums. I don't know the music. I heard some songs on the radio. Like, sometimes if I was in Finland, I heard their singles or something like that on the radio, but that's all I know. I mean, I haven't been interested in looking for that."

Turunen was fired from NIGHTWISH at the end of the band's 2005 tour by being presented with an open letter which was published on the NIGHTWISH web site at the same time. In the letter, the other members of NIGHTWISH wrote: "To you, unfortunately, business, money, and things that have nothing to do with emotions have become much more important."

Dutch singer Floor Jansen made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1, 2012 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington following the abrupt departure of the band's lead singer of five years, Anette Olzon.

Turunen followed her most recent rock album, "Colours In The Dark", with the exclusive tour CD "Left In The Dark", which was previously only available bundled with a ticket for the "Colours In The Road Tour 2014". "Left In The Dark" was released on July 4 via earMUSIC.

"Colours In The Dark" charted in 12 countries, with four Top 10 entries, and was praised by the media and, more importantly, by the fans.

Interview (audio):

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JIMMY PAGE: Why LED ZEPPELIN Didn't Continue After JOHN BONHAM's Death

In a brand new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, legendary LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page was asked why the band didn't take time to heal and rebuild itself following drummer John Bonham's death in 1980.

"LED ZEPPELIN wasn't a corporate entity," he replied. "LED ZEPPELIN was an affair of the heart. Each of the members was important to the sum total of what we were. I like to think that if it had been me that wasn't there, the others would have made the same decision. And what were we going to do? Create a role for somebody, say, 'You have to do this, this way?' That wouldn't be honest."

He continued: "There were attempts [at reunion] that didn't work — trying to push it together in a hurry. That's why the [2007] show had to be done with such intent — rehearsing as much as we could so Jason [Bonham's son] felt he was part of the band as opposed to a novelty. He was filling big shoes, and we needed all of that."

In a 2012 interview, Jason Bonham revealed that singer Robert Plant's emotional difficulties continuing the band without Jason's dad ultimately ended any hoped-for reunion of the group's surviving members.

"It wasn't just [Robert] going, 'I don't want to do it,' there were other things going on," Jason explained. "He told me, 'It doesn't matter how great you are on the drums, Jason. I love you to bits, and you play absolutely amazing. But John was the drummer in LED ZEPPELIN, and John was part of me and Jimmy and John Paul. We shared something very, very special. I struggle sometimes just thinking about trying to create some magic again when he's not there. He was a very, very dear friend of mine, that I miss every day.'"

John Bonham died on September 25, 1980 of pulmonary edema which is fluid accumulation in the lungs. He was 32 years old.

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DREAM THEATER's JOHN PETRUCCI: 'It's Really Hard' To Write Short Songs

Guitar Interactive magazine recently conducted an interview with guitarist John Petrucci of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER. You can now watch the chat in four parts below.

Asked about the shorter, more compact nature of some of the songs that appear on DREAM THEATER's latest, self-titled album, Petrucci said: "Actually, the funny thing is, this album, it kind of has everything, if you look at it, because that was one of the conversations we did have. It's something we did on the 'Awake' [1994] album, too, if you go back. The basic mentality is that every song doesn't have to be 12 minutes long. It's actually hard to do. The challenge is to try to write and keep the style that we write in without straying from the thing that makes us unique. And to try to do that within a four- or five- or six-minute mark, it's hard to do. But we did that on a few songs and kept the energy up and everything. And we also made sure that we did include a big epic piece on there. We made sure that there was an instrumental on there, which is something that we wanted to do. But, yeah, as far as those few songs that are kind of on the shorter side, we did say, it would be a nice challenge to try to keep things short. And it's really hard."

DREAM THEATER keyboardist, Jordan Rudess spoke to GetYourRockOut at this year's Sonisphere festival in the U.K. about whether the band has already begun thinking about the follow-up to last year's "Dream Theater". He said: "We haven't really gotten into serious band discussions about what's gonna happen next, although we've had little discussions between some of us about what we would like to see happen next. At the same, if I get a good idea in the middle of the night, or whatever, I'll record it onto my iPhone. I elected James [LaBrie, vocals] to kind of be the keeper of some of my ideas; I'll send him little YouTube clips of me playing something I think is cool. And then when it wraps around and we get into writing again and start our process, then we'll go back an see what we've got and kind of figure it out."

Rudess also reassured fans that there are no plans for DREAM THEATER to stop making new music and become a nostalgia act. He said: "Oh, no no no. We love what we do. We're passionate about making music and as composers; that's just who we are. DREAM THEATER has never been a band that hit at a particular fashionable point and said, 'OK, that's basically it.' We're a band that really… It's important to us to write music and put it out there and to work together. And we love it. And that's why we keep going."

"Dream Theater" sold around 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on September 24, 2013 via Roadrunner.

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GRIMWOLF Set To Release EP Order Of The Lycan

GrimWolf, the werewolves from Valley of the Moon California, are set to release their follow-up album to their 2011 full-length, Lycanthrope. Continuing to be all things DIY, werewolf clan GrimWolf has embarked on producing, mixing and mastering their forthcoming EP entitled Order Of The Lycan.

Giving heed to classic metal and thrash of the past, GrimWolf aims to satisfy your appetite for all things brutal. This is quite possibly a heavier hitting collection of songs than its predecessor. With tracks like Death Anthem, Ripped In Two and Berserker, it has all the makings of liquid and molten metal.

They are now in the process of collaborating with 13 O'Clock studios in preparation for a lyric video as well as full-fledged music video.


Order Of The Lycan tracklisting:

Skinwalker
Berserker
Van Helsing
Ripped In Two
Respite
Death Anthem
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VIRULENCY Sign To New Standard Elite

The Basque-Cantabrian brutallers Virulency have inked a deal with the American label New Standard Elite for the release of their debut album The Anthropodermic Manuscript Of Retribution, which will be recorded by Asier Badiola, the band's new guitarist, in his very own Tempus Studios in Toledo, Spain.

The album will be released in early 2015 and the artwork (done by the Russian artist Andrew Tkalenko from Daemorph Evil Art, who has worked for bands like Cephalotripsy, 7 H, Target and Epicardiectomy) will be revealed in the following weeks.
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Video: ROB ZOMBIE Joins ALICE COOPER On Stage In Connecticut

Rob Zombie joined Alice Cooper on stage during the legendary rocker's October 26 performance at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut to perform the Cooper classic "School's Out". Fan-filmed video footage of Zombie's appearance can be seen below.

Asked what it was like touring with Alice Cooper, Zombie told Fanpass: "I have known Alice for about 20 years. Doing a tour with Alice was one of the best tours. 'Cause usually, you're on tour with people and they might be your friends, but maybe… they're just your buddies, but musically, you're not compatible. That was the first time I remember being on tour and it felt like what I thought touring should be. In your mind as a kid in the '70s, like, 'This is what touring should be.' But the best moment of that whole thing was, one night we were playing and Alice was watching the show from the side of the stage, and the lights were dark enough and on him, he was just wearing his leather jacket and he had his shirt on, and he was drinking a Coke which looked like a beer, and it looked like a 20-year-old Alice Cooper watching us, and it was fucking weird, man. Even, like, with the guys in his band. We've done stuff. We did the Scream Awards once and they showed a tribute to Alice, or like at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. I get so used to knowing the Alice as he is now that I forget when I watch clips when he's really young. I'm, like, 'Fuck, it's the same guy.' I forget sometimes, just because it's separated in your mind."

Cooper was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in March 2011 at New York City's Waldorf Astoria. He was inducted by Zombie, who said during his introduction, "Alice Cooper invented the rock show. Before Alice Cooper, there was no rock show. They're more than a band. They were more like a murderous gang of drag queens — in a good way."

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PHILIP ANSELMO Mourns Loss Of HOUSECORE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL Co-Founder COREY MITCHELL

Former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo is mourning the death of Corey Mitchell, the true-crime author and Housecore Horror Film Festival co-founder, who suffered a heart attack Monday morning (October 27) and subsequently died mere hours after the second annual event had concluded. He was only 47 years old.

According to The Austin Chronicle, Mitchell was loading up his car with the help of a fan when the fan heard a thud and turned around and saw Corey on his knees. After Corey fell all the way down, the fan got him on his side and he called for help.

"We're really just still in shock," Anselmo told The Austin Chronicle.

"After DANZIG was done, Corey and I got up on stage and thanked all the bands and all the fans, the filmmakers, and the 'Texas Chainsaw' people.

"It's all just horrifically surreal. This one hurts, man. They all do, but this has a special kind of hurt to it.

"The event was such a blast, such a success, and everybody had such a great time.

"Nobody worked as hard as Corey. He believed in it so fucking much. He fought for it every inch of the way.

"It's like lightning striking, man; you just never know."

At the time of his death, Mitchell an accomplished writer who penned several best-selling books, including "Murdered Innocents", about the Austin Yogurt Shop killings was working on Anselmo's autobiography "Mouth For War: Pantera And Beyond", due out next year via Simon & Schuster. He is survived by his wife Audra and daughters Emma and Sabrina.

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CORONATUS Announce Changes To Band Lineup; Opening Track Of New Album Streaming

German gothic symphonic metallers, Coronatus, have had an interesting year. Lots has changed for the band, with more to come.

Says the band: "Ada and Mareike have left the band due to different reasons and Anny Maleyes has joined the band as second vocalist. She's a trained singer and a certified vocal coach as well. Another new face in the band's lineup is Olivér, who's joined Coronatus as new guitarist."

Coronatus' upcoming album, Cantus Lucidus, was recorded, mixed and mastered by Markus Stock at Klangschmiede Studio E and features an artwork by Jan Yrlund.

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