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IRON MAIDEN - Animator VAL ANDRADE Returns With Special Dedication "Blood Brothers" Cartoon Clip

Brazil-based animator Val Andrade, who made a splash several years ago with his unique cartoons based on Iron Maiden's catalogue of songs, has returned with a new clip for "Blood Brothers", taken from the band's Brave New World album. Check it out below.

Stjepan Juras, an author from Croatia, has just published his fifth book about Iron Maiden. His new book, Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, is now on sale and the first 300 buyers have a chance to order a very special edition with completely customized book coer including name of buyer in book bar-code. First print of his  previous book, Somewhere In Time, was sold out in just one week.

This is a book about an album which represents not only the very pinnacle of British heavy metal, but also whose release marked the last huge impact of British rock and metal on the scene worldwide. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son is the last triumphant march of British rock towards the throne with the royal attitude similar to their predecessors such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Queen, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Police, The Kinks and others respectively.

British rock music has had its moments later on, mostly heavily supported by the media trying to find new Beatles among bands such as Oasis or the Arctic Monkeys, but the saga about British rock dominating the worldwide scene ended with this amazing story.

You can order your copy of this book here.

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|||| 22 2016

MISFITS Rumored To Have Recruited Ex-SLAYER Drummer DAVE LOMBARDO For Upcoming Shows

The classic-era lineup of the horror punk outfit MISFITS is rumored to have recruited Dave Lombardo (pictured; SLAYER, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) to play drums for the band for their upcoming shows at the end of the summer.

Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein will reunite for first time since 1983 to headline this year's Riot Fest.

The reunion, billed as "The Original Misfits," will take place at the Riot Fest in Denver and Chicago. The first show is scheduled for September 2-4 at Denver's Riot Fest And Rodeo, while the second will happen at Riot Fest And Carnival, set for September 16-18 in Chicago.

Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine back in May, Glenn wouldn't hint at who will be sitting behind the kit but said: "It will blow your mind when I tell you. It's pretty crazy. He's one of my favorite drummers, and I've known him for a while." Only, meanwhile, said that the drummer was someone who is a "family guy" who had to sacrifice some gigs to stay home.

According to Only, the reunion came about after a meeting he had with Danzig in January. The pair had gotten together with the MISFITS management in order to discuss the rights to the band's name and merchandising with a view towards avoiding any further litigation between the parties.

Glenn didn't rule out more dates after the Riot Fest shows, saying: "We'll see how it goes. It may lead to some other work, but who knows how it's going to turn out? I mean, I don't think it's going to be a disaster; I think it's going to be incredible."

Regarding what fans can expect to see at the upcoming MISFITS concerts, Danzig said: "I'm just going to do what I normally do, which is to go out there and try and have a great time myself and make sure everybody has a fantastic fucking time. I want them to be so blown away they don't know what the fuck just hit them."

The original MISFITS band broke up in 1983, and bassist Jerry Only brought forth a new version of the MISFITS in 1995. Various members have come and gone, but Only, along with BLACK FLAG's Dez Cadena, has kept some form of the MISFITS in the recording studio and on the road for most of the last two decades.

After the original MISFITS disbanded, vocalist Glenn Danzig went on to form SAMHAIN and then the eponymous DANZIG. Several albums of reissued and previously unreleased material were issued after the group's dissolution, and their music became influential to punk rock, heavy metal, and alternative rock music of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
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SAINT VITUS: Listen To 'War Is Our Destiny' From Upcoming 'Live Vol. 2' Album

The godfathers of American doom SAINT VITUS are unveiling the first raw track taken from their forthcoming live album, "Live Vol. 2", which will be out in stores on September 23.

The classic and fan favorite "War Is Our Destiny" can now be streamed below.

"Live Vol. 2" track listing:

01. War Is Our Destiny02. Look Behind You03. Let Them Fall04. The Bleeding Ground05. Patra (Petra)06. The Troll07. The Waste Of Time08. White Stallions09. Thirsty And Miserable10. Dying Inside11. Born Too Late

From the very first guitar chords, that unmistakable frying, sizzling, and wailing signature sound of Dave Chandler as well as the trademark deeply resonant vocals of Scott "Wino" Weinrich, any adherent of classic doom metal will immediately know: this is SAINT VITUS.

Despite having been around for more than 35 years, the American heavy legends are only now getting ready to release their second official live album after the 1990 seminal "Live" record.

SAINT VITUS taped "Live Vol. 2" during the tour for their acclaimed comeback album, "Lillie: F-65" (2012), on March 19, 2013 at the Kulturfabrik in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg. The album and tour marked the return of Weinrich. Out of respect for their vintage heritage, SAINT VITUS chose to preserve the raw and pure live sound without cleaning up and patching with overdubs. As a result, "Live Vol. 2" is a true live document.

Formed in 1979, SAINT VITUS were largely influenced by BLACK SABBATH, whose song "Saint Vitus Dance" obviously inspired the moniker. Since their debut album, "Saint Vitus", came out in 1984, the Americans have released seven more full-lengths and two EPs that are summarily considered to be classics of their genre.

"Live Vol. 2" will also be released as a special digipak edition containing a digisleeve as well as a triple gatefold vinyl, which are both strictly limited and will contain "Marbles In The Moshpit". This live recording from Ontario, Canada in December 1984 was previously available as a bootleg and on limited vinyl, and features the lineup Dave Chandler, Mark Adams, original singer Scott Reagers, and late drummer Armando Acosta, who sadly passed away in 2000.

"Live Vol. 2" recording lineup:

Dave Chandler: guitarScott "Wino" Weinrich: vocalsMark Adams: bassHenry Vasquez: drums
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DUNSMUIR Feat. CLUTCH Frontman, Ex-BLACK SABBATH Drummer: 'Crawling Chaos!' Lyric Video

The official lyric video for "Crawling Chaos!", a song from DUNSMUIR, the new project featuring CLUTCH singer Neil Fallon, former BLACK SABBATH drummer Vinny Appice, FU MANCHU bassist Brad Davis, and THE COMPANY BAND guitarist Dave Bone, can be seen below. The track is taken from DUNSMUIR's self-titled debut album, which will be released on July 22 via Hall Of Records. The effort will be made available digitally exclusively on iTunes. The LP will have a limited pressing of 1,000 copies and will include a signed lithograph poster of the album cover. The LP will be available exclusively at this location. The first single at radio will be "Our Only Master".

Appice said about the new record: "This album is pure simple heavy ROCK that ROCKS!"

Added Bone: "This record is an intense collaboration of four minds all set on 'destroy.' It's been a few years in the making and now ready to erupt. Raw and in your face, we hope you like it hot!"

Stated Davis: "DUNSMUIR has given us the opportunity to explore some of our favorite heavy metal influences. We strove to create something I hope will inspire a lot of head banging all over the world."

Fallon said: "We turned out some serious metal on this record and it shreds. The concept behind the lyrics is comprised of 10 tales from the survivors of a shipwreck. What had been intended as a scientific expedition, quickly deteriorates into a struggle to survive both the natural and supernatural world.”

"Dunsmuir" track listing:

01. Hung On the Rocks02. Our Only Master03. The Bats (Are Hungry Tonight)04. What Manner of Bliss?05. Deceiver06. ...And Madness07. Orb of Empire08. Church of the Tooth09. The Gate10. Crawling Chaos!

DUNSMUIR is:

Neil Fallon - Vocals/GuitarDave Bone - GuitarBrad Davis - BassVinny Appice - Drums
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DAVE MUSTAINE Is Launching MEGADETH Beer

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine is preparing to launch an exclusive MEGADETH beer in partnership with the world-class craft brewery Unibroue.

Unibroue is among the most highly awarded breweries in North America. Its beers have earned over 296 international medals to date.

Get ready for À Tout Le Monde, a Belgian-style saison ale made in Quebec, Canada and coming soon to a location near you.

Be the first to learn more about this brand new adventure launching in the coming weeks by subscribing at MegadethBeer.com.

À Tout Le Monde is not Mustaine's first foray into the business of alcoholic beverages. Back in 2014, the MEGADETH leader teamed up with Fallbrook Winery winemaker Vernon Kindred to create the Mustaine Vineyards Cabernet.

Mustaine, who was raised as a Jehovah's Witness and is now a born-again Christian, spoke to the Reno Gazette-Journal in 2013 about his own struggles with addiction and how his spirituality aided in his recovery.

"It's really weird," he said. "I was forced to go to AA [Alcoholics Anonymous]. And I hated it. But I had come to a point where I knew that the jig was up. The thing was, God had entered my life and he sent me to AA. Then after I got sober at AA, he sent me back to him. Now I have this real simple, easy-Dave-and-the-Big-Guy relationship. There's no middle man. No funky stuff. No having to pay dues or membership or anything. And I don't push my beliefs on anyone. It's about attraction, not promotion."

Dave admitted in a 2007 interview with Decibel magazine that he is "not a sober person," adding that "I'll have a glass of wine once in a while."

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|||| 21 2016

SONATA ARCTICA To Release 'The Ninth Hour' Album In October

Finnish melodic metal quintet SONATA ARCTICA will release its ninth album, titled "The Ninth Hour", on October 7 via Nuclear Blast. Once again, the CD was produced by SONATA ARCTICA themselves and mixed by Pasi Kauppinen to create a typical yet refreshing sound that defines the spirit of the band in the year 2016. "The studio work for the new record started seriously in mid-April 2016 in several home studios around Finland," SONATA ARCTICA singer Tony Kakko explains. "But the main recording and mixing took place at the Studio57 in Alaveteli, Finland. It functions as a kind of centre point and all work finally ends up there. We aimed to create another melodic, beautiful, surprising SONATA ARCTICA album… Did it turn out that way? I surely think so. But maybe I should leave that for you to decide!" After a North American tour with their friends from NIGHTWISH plus many headline shows around the globe, the band was once again able to take a look at the entire world as it is at the moment — on the edge of a possible armageddon. This spirit is reflected in the artwork of "The Ninth Hour". "The artwork of our ninth studio album, 'The Ninth Hour', depicts a future utopian landscape on the background," adds Tony. "Nature and human technologies are in balance. In the middle we have an hour glass contraption with a knob for us to meddle with. The right-hand side cup represents the nature side with no humans left, on the left we have the human dystopia after we have destroyed Nature. The idea I had was, that turning the knob will tilt the hour glass in one direction or another, and the other cup will slowly empty and that future will be erased. Biblically we are expected to repent and sacrifice on 'The Ninth Hour'… to dive right back to a more mundane reality, it's a fact that we are currently living in critical, historical times. Our decisions will define the future. Not only ours as a race, but the future of this entire planet. We need to make sacrifices and in many cases we will repent our already made choices."

Right after the summer festival season and the release of "The Ninth Hour", the band will embark on a European tour together with their labelmates TWILIGHT FORCE to present the new songs to their fans.

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FAKE IDOLS To Release Witness Album In September; MOTÖRHEAD Guitarist PHIL CAMPBELL Guests On “Mad Fall” Track

Fake Idols have revealed the details for their new album, Witness, to be released on September 16th via Scarlet Records.

Witness has been described as an adrenaline bomb charged up with great rock/metal tunes and plenty of attitude. The album features a very special guest appearance by Motörhead legend Phil Campbell on the song “Mad Fall”. Also charismatic singer Damna (Elvenking, Hell In The Club) guests on one song.

Witness tracklisting:

“Out Of Gear”
“Mad Fall” (feat. Phil Campbell)
“So Now...”
“Sail”
“The City’s Burning” (feat. Damna)
“Silence”
“I’m A Fake”
“Go” (Chemical Brothers cover)
“Could You Bid Me Farewell”
“Prayers On Fire”
“Witness”

The band will offer a taste of new music very soon.

Fake Idols lineup:

Claudio Coassin, vocals
Ivan Odorico, guitars
Cristian Tavano, guitars
Ivo Boscariol, bass
Enrico Fabris, drums

(Photo - Michele Salotto)
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LINKIN PARK insist they kept metal alive

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has laughed off the perception from some metal purists that the band were nothing more than a boy band with guitars when starting their career.

They released their debut album Hybrid Theory in 2000, which went on to huge commercial success. But some questioned the integrity of their sound, which challenged the concept of what metal could be.

But reflecting on their first album and the reaction to it, Bennington says Linkin Park were partially responsible for bringing metal into the 21st century.

The singer tells Metal Hammer: I think thats really funny just those words, the integrity of metal. In my opinion we actually kept metal alive.

I met a kid a few days ago who said, You were the first rock band I ever listened to and I hear that all the time. We played a surprise Vans Warped tour show in California in 2014 and had a whole bunch of singers from other bands come up and sing with us."

He adds: Every one of them was either, Your band was my first record. Or, Your band is the reason Im playing music. It was maybe the first time where I felt like we were the band that people looked at in the way that I look at Deftones, Metallica and Stone Temple Pilots.

The full feature on Linkin Parks Hybrid Theory is in issue 286 of Metal Hammer, which includes the 100 greatest albums of the 21st century.

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Former METALLICA Bassist JASON NEWSTED Is Back With WOULD AND STEAL

Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted will take part in a Mighty Fine Guitars live Facebook webcast on Friday, July 22 at 12 p.m. PST. The event will be hosted by Stevie Coyle. Newsted will talk about his new, mostly acoustic project, WOULD AND STEAL (in which he is joined by Rob Tucker), and whatever else comes up. Tune on in to the Mighty Fine Guitars Facebook page.

Newsted and undisclosed "friends" will also play two acoustic benefit concerts for Little Kids Rock on August 5 and August 6 at Mighty Fine Guitars in Lafayette, California.

Jason in February 2014 canceled an appearance at Australia's Soundwave festival with his NEWSTED project, citing "private and personal circumstances." The cancelation followed more than a year of intense touring and promotional activity surrounding the release of NEWSTED's "Metal" EP and follow-up album, "Heavy Metal Music", both of which were positively received by the critics and fans alike.

In September 2014, Newsted announced that he was no longer on "Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or any other social networking web site" and added that he had "no affiliation with any such impostor sites using his name or likeness unlawfully."

After staying mostly out of the public eye for the past couple of years, Newsted rejoined Canadian metal innovators VOIVOD on stage during their June 8 concert at Slim's in San Francisco, California.

Jason left METALLICA back in 2001 but was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, along with guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett, and the man who replaced him, bassist Robert Trujillo, in 2009.

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OZZY OSBOURNE's Return To Alamo 33 Years After Urination Arrest 'Made Him Really Uneasy,' Says Son JACK

A new preview clip for "Ozzy & Jack's World Detour", the show produced by the History channel starring Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack, is available below. The ten-episode series is set to kick off on July 24 at 10:00 p.m. and will feature the duo traveling the world together, exploring the history behind some of the planet's most storied sites, while checking out some lesser known locations along the way.

During the course of the hour-long, non-scripted series, father and son — self-proclaimed history nerds who have apparently waited years to take this trip — will visit locales like Mount Rushmore, Stonehenge, the Alamo, Roswell, the Jamestown Settlement and Sun Studios. They'll also stop at places like a missile silo, England's famed Bletchley Park and a private museum of working artillery tanks.

As part of the show, Ozzy returned to San Antonio, Texas on November 5, 2015 to apologize for urinating on the Alamo Cenotaph in 1982. The BLACK SABBATH singer visited the historical monument with Jack.

Ozzy allegedly urinated at the monument the night before his 1982 concert in the Texas city. The singer, who was wearing a dress at the time of his arrest — because his wife Sharon had hidden his clothes to stop him from going outside — apparently thought he was relieving himself on a pile of rubble. He was arrested for public urination and intoxication and was reportedly released on a $40 bond.

Ozzy was subsequently banned from ever playing in San Antonio again, but the ban was lifted ten years later after Osbourne donated $10,000 to the Daughters Of The Republic Of Texas, who maintain and manage the Alamo, the mission that was the site of a famous battle during the state's War Of Independence in 1836. The site is considered sacred ground and a symbol of Texas pride.

Asked what the experience of visiting Alamo as part of the "Ozzy & Jack's World Detour" shoot was like, Jack told EW.com: "It was actually much worse, so much so that we had to chop a bunch of things down in the edit just, because it was really quite charged. There were a lot of people there; we weren’t expecting it to turn into what it did. The city of San Antonio was great with allowing us the access, but in the same boat, they totally threw us under the bus, like announcing at a city council meeting that we were coming. We remained relatively under the radar doing this show and going to San Antonio and having that happen was just like, 'Oh, man.' My dad is great with crowds, and he's great with all that when it's in his setting, but he was a musician in the '80s when there was a lot of aggression toward what he does, and he always worries, Is there that one lunatic in the crowd? So I think that just made him really uneasy."

Ozzy has not starred in a regularly scheduled TV series since the MTV reality show "The Osbournes" ended a four-season run in 2005. A variety show called "Osbournes Reloaded" ended after one episode on Fox in 2009.

Ozzy and BLACK SABBATH are currently in the midst of the European leg of the band's farewell "The End" tour.

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|||| 21 2016

'Heavy Metal Grandpa' JOHN HETLINGER Sings ROB ZOMBIE's 'Dragula' On 'America's Got Talent' (Video)

82-year-old John Hetlinger, who became a viral video sensation last month when he belted out the DROWNING POOL classic "Bodies" on "America's Got Talent", once again brought his screaming vocals to the show's stage on the July 20 episode of the popular NBC competition show. This time, Hetlinger chose to perform ROB ZOMBIE's "Dragula", a decision that didn't go over well with some critics. CarterMatt.com write that "the problem with [Hetlinger's] audition this time is that he didn't have as catchy a song behind him. This literally just felt like an old man screaming." Meanwhile, Gossip & Gab said: "[John] seems like such a sweet, old guy and then sings some hardcore rock and it is just screaming and annoying."

After the retired aerospace engineer's "Bodies" performance went viral, leading to a plethora of tweets, millions of Facebook views and an invitation from DROWNING POOL to join them onstage, he told the Denver Post about his sudden popularity: "I'm taking it in stride. I'm really surprised by the results, but all in all, I think it's really a lot of fun."

Hetlinger explained that been going to karaoke bars in Albuquerque, where two of his kids live, for a while when the DJ at Spectators Sports Pub and Grill asked Hetlinger, about five years ago, to join him for a song. The two took on "Dragula", much to the delight of the bar's crowd.

"That was great — an old guy doing metal," Hetlinger said, later adding, "I have no idea what it means. I have no idea what the words mean. I have no idea at all."

Hetlinger, who was a Navy pilot, later a minister and then an aerospace engineer for Ball Aerospace in Boulder where he worked on a team that made repairs to the Hubble telescope, said that he was not bothered by any of the criticism of his performance.

"There are reviews in all the heavy metal magazines and all over the world, but they include statements like, 'Well, admittedly he doesn't sing very well,'" John said with a laugh.

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Report: JOE PERRY's Collapse Caused By Combination Of Dehydration And Exhaustion

Sources close to Joe Perry and the HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES have told The Pulse Of Radio that a combination of dehydration and exhaustion caused the guitarist to collapse backstage in Brooklyn, New York on July 10, resulting in a trip to the hospital.

After being taken to nearby Coney Island Hospital, Perry was transferred to Columbia Presbyterian in Manhattan. He has since been released and flew to California, where he is resting.

Meanwhile, the VAMPIRES — which also include Alice Cooper, actor Johnny Depp, ex-GUNS N' ROSES drummer Matt Sorum and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS bassist Robert DeLeo — have continued with the tour, which had them in Fargo, North Dakota Monday night.

AEROSMITH singer Steven Tyler, who just released his debut solo album, said that he was extremely worried about Perry, claiming that he has been kept in the dark on his banmate's status — with some reports claiming Joe actually suffered a cardiac arrest. "I've had calls in for two days and I'm really concerned," Tyler said. "I don't know what's going on with him and his management people. I just don't know and it's starting to scare me a little bit. I know they're putting out nothing but, 'He's recovering, he's really good, he fainted, exhaustion.' But I know my brother. And he's just about the only other guy that's just as passionate about his art as I am. He's always askin' me to do three, four shows in a row. I know how to maintain my career, my health. I don't think he knows how to."

Tyler told The Pulse Of Radio it's very likely that the VAMPIRES' itinerary is simply too strenuous to allow Perry the time needed to recharge between gigs. "I think he's out there and someone's over-booking him," he said. "Even though one could say the band booked themselves; well, that's righteous of 'em, but they'e doing like eight or nine shows in a row — or five in a row. And I think they're all a little burnt. I think they need to look at that, Y'know, not young anymore, right?"

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Mexico’s EXCELLION Release “Unlucky Charms” Video

Mexican metal quintet, Excellion, has debuted a video single from their upcoming EP titled Unsean, due on August 6th. This five track EP was mixed and mastered by Luke Martin (Plini, Nick Johnston) in Peterborough, United Kingdom. The video for “Unlucky Charms” was directed by Sofia Ptacnik.

“The story of the song may be a little different from the video of a metal band and that’s the whole point,” singer and bassist Adrian Vilbel commented. “The song talks about yourself, a reunion with your inner child asking you if what you’re doing right now is what you’ve always dreamed of and the video it’s like an alternate reality where there’s this magical instrument that is capable of make you a virtuoso in any musical endeavor you may take and that’s why it’s so valuable and anyone wants it, even people with a lot of money and what we see at the start of the video. You know, we wanted to make something different to an always dark ambient metal video so that’s why we made it that way, it was actually fun.

“We could relate the song and the video in a way that is kind of a dream of that inner child of yours telling you that sometimes there’re more important things out there, so you should enjoy the ride and stop trying to take shortcuts, that’s what make experiences so valuable,” he continues.

Unsean features only two concept songs — the opening “Unsean Pt. I – In Search Of Infinity,” and closing piece “Unsean Pt. II – The Heart Of The Sapphire.”

“‘Unlucky Charms’ is not a part of this concept, along with the other two remaining songs on the EP, so it has nothing to do with the title but for us it meant a fresh air in our new sound and is an important part of Excellion’s evolution,” Vilbel admits.

Excellion’s plans for the future are known. “We’re planning on taking the international scene for the very first time with this new material and from there, hopefully get to share the stage in every space we get around the world. And of course we’re starting to write Unsean Pt. II too but that’s another story.”

Tracklisting:

“Unsean Pt. 1 – In Search Of Infinity”
“Unlucky Charms”
“The Courier”
“Diablo Jr”
“Unsean Pt. II – The Heart Of The Sapphire” 

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NECROMANCING THE STONE Featuring Former And Current Members Of ARSIS, THE ABSENCE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Streaming "Crusher" Guitar Play-Through Video

Metal Blade Records recently announced the signing of Necromancing The Stone. Featuring former and current members of Arsis, The Absence, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Brimstone Coven, Necromancing The Stone will release their debut full-length on August 5th worldwide. Streaming below is a guitar play-through video of Justin Wood riffing through "Crusher".

Featuring artwork by Ariel Zucker-Brull and guest appearances by Taylor Nordberg (The Absence, Infernaeon) and Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore), Jewel Of The Vile immerses the listener in fantastical tales, like those found in fantasy novels, or in the playing of an intense game of D&D. The sparing inclusion of death metal growls for characters within the stories adds an extra dynamic to the already epic vocals, which are backed by gigantic riffs and pulverizing rhythms. From the moment the aptly titled "Crusher" rushes from the speakers, Necromancing The Stone own you. True heavy metal fans, look no further - your salvation has arrived with Jewel Of The Vile.

Tracklisting:

“Crusher”
“Bleed For The Night”
“The Descent”
“The Siren's Call”
“Ritualistic Demise”
“The Old One”
“Rotted Reunion”
“Unfinished Business”
“Honor Thy Prophet”
“From Graves to Infamy”
“The Battle of Morningstar”

"Crusher" guitar play-through video:

"Ritualistic Demise":

“The Siren’s Call”:

Pre-order options can be found at this location.

Necromancing The Stone lineup:

"Big" John Williams - vocals
James Malone - guitars
Justin Wood - guitars
Ryan Williams - bass
Jeramie Kling - drums
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Members Of MEGADETH, HALESTORM, AMON AMARTH, DRAGONFORCE Record Cover Of MOTÖRHEAD’s “Ace Of Spades”; Video

At this years Hellfest in France, Benjamin Waxx orchestrated a recording of Motörheads Ace Of Spades as a tribute to Lemmy Kilmister featuring Megadeths Kiko Loureiro, Halestorm, Amon Amarth, Shinedown, Dragonforce, Atreyu, Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel, Sick Of It All, Vintage Trouble, Discharge, Nashville Pussy, Ultra Vomit, and more.



Ian Fraser Lemmy Kilmister, bassist and vocalist of Motörhead, passed away at his home in Los Angeles, Californiaon December 28th, 2015 just days after his 70th birthday.

A memorial was held in his honour on January 9th, 2016at his famous hangout in West Hollywood, The Rainbow Bar & Grill, and extended across the entire Sunset Strip. Talk of erecting a statue in Lemmys honour was already underway and a funding campaign was created to make the project a reality.

Fans are welcome to gather at The Rainbow Bar & Grill onAugust 24th at 7pm asthey unveilan immortal tribute totheir dear friend and beloved patron Lemmy Kilmister. This event is open to the public.

LA-based artist and friend of The Rainbow and the Sunset Strip, Travis Moorewas selected to create a realistic depiction of Lemmy. The result will be a life-size cast bronze statue that will stand at just over six foot tall to be permanently housed at The Rainbow Bar & Grill in a special shrine that is currently being constructed in the patio bar area, reports California Rock News.

Travis initially sculpted the likeness as an 18-inch maquette that will then be transferred to a life-size sculpture, which will be molded in wax and ultimately poured and cast in bronze. Check out a timelapse video from Travis below.
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JEFF LOOMIS Plays New Song While Demoing New Schecter Guitar; Video

Arch Enemy guitarist Jeff Loomis wrote a song exclusively for Schecter to demo his new design 2016 JLX-7 FR. This guitar is also equipped with Seymour Duncan Loomis Signature Blackouts and the Floyd Rose 1500 Series Tremolo & Locking Nut System. Head to Schecter Guitars for more information.

Arch Enemy have updated their summer tour schedule for Europe yet again, this time with club shows in Poland and Switzerland on August 15th and September 21st respectively. Their schedule is now as follows:

August
4 - Colos-Saal - Aschaffenburg, Germany
6 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany
7 - RheinRiot 2016 - Cologne, Germany
10 - Foir Aux Vins Festival - Colmar, France
11 - Hirsch - Nuremberg, Germany
12 - Brutal Assault Festival - Josefov, Czech Republic   
13 - Metal on the Hill -    Graz, Austria         
15 - Klub B90 - Gdansk, Poland
17 - Barba Negra Track - Budapest, Hungary
19 - Summer Breeze - Sinbronn, Germany
20 - Himos Park - Jämsä, Finland
21 - Norwich, UK - Waterfront 
22 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation 
23 - Cardiff, UK - Tramshed 
24 - Southampton, UK - Engine Rooms
26 - Reload Festival - Sulingen, Germany
27 - Neuborn Open Air Festival - Wörrstadt, Germany    

September 
21 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
22 - La Belle Électrique - Grenoble, France     
23 - La BAM - Metz, France         
24 - Wünnstock Herbst Festival - Bad Wünnenberg, Germany
25 - Femme Metal Event - Eindhoven, Netherlands

Arch Enemy singer Alissa White-Gluz interviewed by Sam Dunn on site at Heavy MTL festival in 2015 about the allure of the moshpit, which she compares to surfing and yoga. This extended interview excerpt is presented raw and uncut, with new director's commentary.

Arch Enemy vocalist Alissa White-Gluz has announced that she had joined the cast of American Murder Song, a collection of original murder ballads by Terrance Zdunich and Saar Hendelman, the star of Repo! The Genetic Opera and songwriters of The Devil's Carnival.

Says Alissa: “I’ve been collaborating with some very cool people for a very cool project recently. You know I LOVE musical theatre, so when Terrance Zdunich and Saar Hendelman asked me to take part in their unique new horror musical project, of course I said yes! Welcome to American Murder Song, where I act as the subject of a song for once rather than the author. I got to work with some old friends like Chibi Birthday Massacre and some new ones like Aurelio Voltaire to create something very different and interesting!”

More on American Murder Song at this location.

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RINGWORM Streaming New Track "The Razor And The Knife"

Cleveland metal / hardcore crew Ringworm has released a new track, "The Razor And The Knife", taken from the band's forthcoming new full-length Snake Church.

Ringworm's eighth full-length album Snake Church is a 12-track, 30+ minute testament of vicious aggression. After having converted metalheads and hardcore fans alike with their intense, no-holds-barred live shows and consistently punishing albums over the course of the last 25+ years, Ringworm once again prove that they are in a league of their own when it comes to face-breaking sonic fury. Recorded and produced by Ben Schigel (Chimaira, Zao) at Spider Studios and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Nails, Xibalba, Black Breath), Snake Church obliterates the listener and never relents, leaving nothing but bile and bone in its wake.

Snake Church is due out July 29th on CD, LP, and Digital via Relapse. Physical pre-orders can be found at this location, and digital pre-orders are available via the band's Bandcamp page here.

Snake Church tracklisting:

“Snake Church”
“Brotherhood Of The Midnight Sun”
“Fear The Silence”
“The Black Light Of A Living Ghost”
“Destroy Or Create”
“Shades Of Blue”
“Innocent Blood”
“The Apparition”
“Believer”
“The Razor And The Knife”
“Angel Of War”
“Temple Of The Wolves”

"The Razor And The Knife":

"Innocent Blood" lyric video:

“Shades Of Blue” video:

“Snake Church” video:

 

 
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WORMROT Announce New Album Voices; “Fallen Into Disuse” Track Streaming

Singaporean grindcore trio Wormrot have announced their long-awaited return with the reveal of their brand new studio album, Voices. New track, Fallen Into Disuse is streaming below.

Over five years after the band's last full-length release, 2011's Dirge and the 2009 debut Abuse, Wormrot are back with the same intensity which put them comfortably alongside the likes of Napalm Death, Terrorizer, Brutal Truth and the rest of the grindcore elite.

Following the departure of founding member Fitri, Voices introduces brand new member Vijesh on drums, who brings a fresh and fitting sound to one of the most original bands the scene has had perhaps since its inception. Combined with Rasyid's godlike grind riffage and Arif's distinct vocals switching effortlessly between deep guttural growls and rasping screams, the band's third full-length goes far beyond expectations from a band that already can seemingly do no wrong.

Wormrot guitarist Rasyid comments: "It's been way too long; it's finally the right time to do this. We're thrilled to finally release our most heartfelt album to date."

Due to be released worldwide on October 14th, Voices features 20 brand new songs and is available to preorder now on limited edition signed CD and vinyl, as well as regular CD, vinyl, and digital formats.

Tracklisting:

Blockhead Fuck Off
Hollow Roots
Exit Fear
Gods In His Heaven
Oblivious Mess
Descending Into The Unknown
Dead Wrong
Fallen Into Disuse
The 1st Syndrome
Shallow Standards
Fake Moral Machine
Forced Siege
Take Aim
Still Irrelevant
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Grind
Compassion Is Dead
Buried The Sun
Defaced
The Face Of Disgrace
Outworn

Fallen Into Disuse:
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LESBIAN Announce New Album Hallucinogenesis

Seattle, WA progressive doom metal band Lesbian will release its new album, Hallucinogenesis, on August 26th via Translation Loss Records. Produced, recorded and mixed by Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Wolves in the Throne Room, Boris) at Seattle's Avast! Recording Company (Earth, High On Fire), the record features four towering tracks of the group's "Pre-Historic Phantasy Thrash" and is the follow-up to Lesbian's 2013 LP, Forestelevision, a one song, 44-minute release. Hallucinogenesis also marks the recording debut of new Lesbian vocalist B.R.A.D Mowen (Asva, Master Musicians of Bukkake, Accused), who joined the band in 2015.

"'Hallucinogenesis tells a fantastical story of a spore-filled asteroid that collides with earth and forever alters its history and the course of consciousness," said the band of the album's concept. "The impact of this fungal explosion signals a new dawn of creation called "Pyramidal Existinctualism". As meteorites are pulled towards the sun, they collide, levitate, circulate, then populate. One of the few survivors of this catastrophe is the Kosmoceratops. Its time to bow to the new lord of this world."

In keeping with the record's surreal storyline, its cover artwork was designed by distinguished heavy metal artist Dan Seagrave (Morbid Angel, Entombed).

In addition to Mowen, Lesbian features Daniel Joseph La Rochelle (guitar), Dorando Peter Hodous (bass, vocals), Arran Emory McInnis (guitar, keyboards) and Benjamin Paul Thomas-Kennedy (drums, percussion).

Tracklisting:

Pyramidal Existinctualism
Labrea Borealis
Kosmoceratops
Aqualibrium

Preorders are being taken at this location.
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FAMILY - “Floodgates” Drum Playthrough Video Streaming

Brooklyn’s Family have released a drum playthrough video for “Floodgates”, a track from their sophomore album, Future History, out now via Prosthetic Records. Order the album at this location.

Family has been wowing audiences since 2011 with its unique and earnest blend of classic rock meets modern heaviness, alongside a healthy dose of behind-the-beat New Orleans groove and progressive rhythmic patterns. The band has embraced an amorphous collective approach, enduring lineup shifts that have continuously evolved its sound. Throughout the process, previous members have maintained involvement, contributing to live performances and forming offshoot bands together.

Tracklisting:

“The Dark Inside”
“Evacuation”
“Day Vision”
“The Trial”
“Prison Hymn”
“Floodgates”
“Transmission”
“Funtime For Bigboy”
“Night Vision”
“Precedent”
“Last Looks”
“Bone On Bone”

“The Dark Inside”:

“Floodgates”:

Family hit the road tonight on a full US tour (including an appearance at the Psycho Las Vegas festival). The band has previously appeared with acts including Intronaut, Scale the Summit, The Ocean, The Atlas Moth, Weedeater, Full of Hell, Jucifer, Lazer/Wulf, Meek is Murder, Primitive Weapons, and many more.

Tour dates:

July
20 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fire
21 - Allentown, PA - Alternative Gallery
23 - Frederick, MD - Guido’s
25 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
26 - Raleigh, NC - Slim’s
27 - Atlanta, GA - 529
28 - Charlotte, NC - The Milestone
29 - Asheville, NC - The Odditorium
30 - Birmingham, AL - The Nick

August
1 - Austin, TX - Dirty Dog Bar
3 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
4 - Dallas, TX - Tomcats
5 - Little Rock, AR - Vino’s
6 - Nashville, TN - The East Room
7 - Indianapolis, IN - 5th Quarter Lounge
8 - Cincinnati, OH - Northside Yacht Club
9 - Louisville, KY - Highlands Tap Room
18 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
19 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
20 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
21 - Denver, CO - 3 Kings
22 - Albuquerque, NM - Burt’s Tiki Lounge
24 - Phoenix, AZ - Yucca Tap Room
27 - Las Vegas, NV - PSYCHO Las Vegas @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

September
2 - Portland, OR - High Water Mark
3 - Vancouver, BC - The Astoria Lounge
4 - Seattle, WA - The Highline
6 - Boise, ID - Wastelander Studios
7 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
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DEAD EARTH POLITICS Confirm Release Date For The Mobius Hammersmith EP; “Runescarred” Music Video Posted

Voted Best Metal Band for four years running (Austin Music Awards, 2012-2016), Dead Earth Politics continue to prove their longevity and power. Now charging forward with their latest release, The Mobius Hammersmith EP, the band's relentless work ethic is clearly leading to their much deserved recognition and success.

The Mobius Hammersmith EP will be released July 29th; it is available for pre-order here. The band have also released their new video for the song "Runescarred”, which can be found below.

Front man Ven says of the CD: "I don't know how we did it, but I feel we made an album that is both more progressive and heavier than the last two. I can't wait to take this on tour come 7/29!"

The Mobius Hammersmith EP tracklisting:

“Runescarred”
“The Mobius Hammersmith”
“Balancing Broken Scales”
“Wretched Things”
“Broad Wings & Distant Shores”

“Runescarred” video:

In support of The Mobius Hammersmith, Dead Earth Politics will hit the road this summer. The tour kicks off July 29th in Lake Charles, LA and runs through August 13th winding up at the band's hometown haunt The Dirty Dog Bar in Austin, TX.

Live dates:

July
29 - Lake Charles, LA - Luna Live
30 - Metairie, LA - Twist Of Lime
31 - Montgomery, AL - Head On The Door

August
1 - Louisville, KY - Highlands Taproom
3 - Richmond, VA - Wonderland
4 - Asheville, NC - The Boiler Room
5 - Hickory, NC - The Wizard Saloon
10 - Albany, GA - The Oglethorpe Lounge
11 - Oceans Spring, MS - Juke Joint
12 - Houston, TX - Acadia Bar & Grill
13 - Austin, TX - Dirty Dog Bar
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DEVILSKIN Release “Fade” Single; Music Video Streaming

Hamilton, New Zealand-based rock/metal act, Devilskin, have released their new single, the grand and majestic “Fade”, from the album We Rise.

Following the empowerment and self-belief of the singles “Start A Revolution” and the introspective “Never See The Light”, sonically softer than its predecessors, “Fade” is just as relevant and just as powerful.

“Fade” was one of the first songs they wrote together as a band and they believe, “its genesis really propelled Devilskin onto bigger and better things.”

Shot on a cold wooded beach out of Auckland, Devilskin wanted the beauty of nature as a backdrop to capture all the elements of the song, “beauty, mystique, power, passion and hurt.” The stark colour grading is crucial and highlights the mood and intensity of “Fade”.

“Fade” along with “Never See The Light” and “Start A Revolution” are taken from their debut album, We Rise. The album debuted at #1 in New Zealand and became the first album since 2010 by a domestic rock band to achieve Platinum status, while the critics have lauded its UK release.

We Rise has now been in the NZ Albums chart for 100 weeks while the videos for We Rise, have amassed over in excess of 1.82 million views on YouTube.

Devilskin are currently mixing their new album and plan to return to the UK and Europe early 2017.
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PERIPHERY Streaming New Track “Habitual Line-Stepper”

D.C.-based prog innovators Periphery are streaming the track “Habitual Line-Stepper”, from their new album, Periphery III: Select Difficulty, out this Friday, July 22nd via Sumerian Records. The track is streaming below.

Periphery III: Select Difficulty tracklisting:

“The Price Is Wrong”
“Motormouth”
“Marigold”
“The Way The News Goes…”
“Remain Indoors”
“Habitual Line-Stepper”
“Flatline”
“Absolomb”
“Catch Fire”
“Prayer Position”
“Lune”

“Habitual Line-Stepper”:

“Remain Indoors”:

“Prayer Position”:

“The Way The News Goes…”:

“Marigold” video:

“Flatline”:

“The Price Is Wrong”:

“Periphery III: Select Difficulty is finally complete and we’re extremely excited to show everyone,” said guitar player Jake Bowen. “For the past couple of years we’ve been refining our collaborative process as a band and we feel that it’s only getting better with the completion of this album. We spent two months writing songs that are not only representative of the Periphery sound but also reflect where all of us are as musicians, working together has helped us tread new ground musically and creatively. In support of Periphery III you’ll see us hit the road in the States this summer with SikTh, Chon, and Toothgrinder on the Sonic Unrest tour, it’s going to be a blast! See you on the road!”

Periphery’s own Adam “Nolly” Getgood oversaw production for the album as he did with the Juggernaut releases. Nolly will no longer be a touring member of Periphery, as he will be expanding his production work in his native UK. He remains an integral part, and a member, of Periphery. At this time no decision has been made about a touring bassist.

“Touring with Periphery has shown me some of the most incredible experiences I could ever have imagined, to meet amazing people all over the world and to create friendships for life; it has truly been an honour to perform in front of every audience who has watched us play over the years. However the touring life isn’t something that everyone can continue doing indefinitely, and for me, the time has come where I want to settle into a more normal existence, be able to make plans further into the future than the touring life enables, and to be able to focus more on the studio side of my music career,” explained Nolly. “I will, however, be remaining as a band member and contributing in any way that I can while the band is off the road; I love all of my fellow bandmates like brothers and I’m so grateful for the incredible support they’ve shown as I make this huge life change. I know they are going to be taking the music and performances to the next level when they hit the road later this year.”

The Sonic Unrest tour, a month-long outing, sponsored by D’Addario and Guitar Center, includes openers SikTh, Chon and Toothgrinder and kicks off on August 4th in Raleigh, NC. Tickets are on-sale this Friday at 10 AM, local time. VIP packages, which feature a private meet and greet with the band as well as a limited edition, exclusive poster are available simultaneously via periphery.net.

Sonic Unrest Tour dates include:
 
August
4 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
5 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
6 - Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theater
7 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
8 - San Antonio, TX - Alamo City Music Hall
9 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
11 - Phoenix, AZ - The Press Room
12 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent
14 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
16 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
17 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
19 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
20 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
22 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
24 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
25 - Grand Rapids, MI - Intersection
26 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew’s Hall
27 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small’s Theatre
28 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
30 - Boston, MA - Paradise
31 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza

September
1 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Sound Stage

Periphery will host a four-day, immersive summer camp dubbed the Periphery Summer Jam on July 25th to 29th at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York. Registration and further information can be found here.
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Sweden’s CRUZH Streaming New Song “Aim For The Head”

The self-titled debut album from Swedish AOR band, Cruzh, will be released on August 26th. The album cut “Aim For The Head” is streaming below:

Cruzh was put together after the demise of Swedish glam rockers TrashQueen, in which both Anton Joensson and Dennis Butabi Borg played. They shared a love for melodic rock and AOR and joined forces with Tony Andersson, who previously worked as a studio musician on the never released TrashQueen record.

It all started in March 2013 when Cruzh was announced online. The only things shown to the public were an image of the silhouette of the three band members, the debut song "In A Blink Of An Eye”, information that the band was Swedish, and the text "Get ready for the Cruzh". The song quickly spread on the internet and both Swedish and international websites and radio stations played it and speculated about the identities of the band members. In May came the sequel "Stay", which continued in the same melodic rock spirit. Meanwhile, the band spread various clues on social media regarding their whereabouts. In the fall of 2013 Cruzh had reached a point where they chose to “unmask” and take it all to the next level and reach out to the masses together with the release of the Hard To Get EP, the first of two very successful self-produced demos. Hard To Get and its successor, the darker Aim For The Head got great reviews worldwide.

By late spring of 2015, just when Cruzh was about to release a new EP, they were approached by Frontiers Music Srl who wanted to sign the band, so Cruzh started the recording process by the end of summer 2015. The result is truly an awesome debut, in the spirit of Def Leppard, Danger Danger, H.E.A.T, Winger, Firehouse and Bryan Adams.

“We all share the love for Melodic Rock,” says bassist Dennis Butabi Borg, “but in the meantime we all have very different musical background and inspirations. This shows in our songs”. “When we started out, almost immediately I felt this synergy in the band,” adds Tony Andersson, “and despite our musical backgrounds and differences, we all head in the same direction.” “When a piece of music is coming to me and I am developing someone else’s work, I am filled with some sort of emotion that I want to convey,” concludes guitarist Anton Joensson, “it’s easy to do this in a natural way with Cruzh because I could not feel more at home with our band and the music we create. This is also true with Tony and Dennis. This is who we are!”

Tracklisting:

“In N' Out Of Love”
“First Cruzh”
“Aim For The Head”
“Anything For You”
“Survive”
“Stay”
“Hard To Get”
“You”
“Set Me Free”
“Before I Walk Alone”
“Straight From My Heart”

“First Cruzh” video:

EPK:

Cruzh lineup:

Dennis Butabi Borg – bass
Anton Joensson – rhythm, lead and acoustic guitars on all tracks, backing vocals
Tony Andersson – lead vocals on all tracks, keyboards

With:

Erik Wiss – piano on “Anything For You”, intro on “In N’ Out Of Love”
Louisian Boltner – drums on all tracks
Mattias Silfver – backing vocals on all tracks
Martin Johansson – backing vocals on “Anything For You”
Patrik Norén – backing vocals on “Aim For The Head”
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DREAM THEATER - “The Road To Revolution” Tour Visuals Video Streaming

In the new video below, Dream Theater - who recently completed a tour in support of their new album, The Astonishing - show the tour visuals for the new song “The Road To Revolution”:

“Moment Of Betrayal” tour visuals:

VIP Meet & Greet sessions video:

Soundcheck video:
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Video Premiere: DEVILDRIVER's 'My Night Sky'

"My Night Sky", the new video from California's groove metal juggernauts DEVILDRIVER, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's seventh studio album, "Trust No One", which was released on May 13 via Napalm Records. The follow-up to 2013's "Winter Kills" was once again produced by Mark Lewis (ARSIS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, DEICIDE, SIX FEET UNDER) with assistance from Jason Suecof (AUGUST BURNS RED, DEICIDE, DEATH ANGEL). The new CD marks the group's first release since the departures of guitarist Jeff Kendrick and drummer John Boecklin and addition of axeman Neal Tiemann and former CHIMAIRA sticksman Austin D'Amond.

"Trust No One" entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 43 with first-week sales of just over 12,000 units — nearly all from pure album sales. The set follows the No. 32-peaking "Winter Kills", which was released in August 2013 and opened with 11,000 copies.

DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara recently told Full Metal Jackie about the "Trust No One" album title: "I raised my children with a huge sticker on the refrigerator for a long time saying 'Question Authority.' And 'Trust No One' is basically along [those] lines. I don't think that 'Question Authority' would have worked for a title. But you've gotta really watch people, and you've gotta watch 'em before you bring 'em into your circle, and after you do bring them into your circle, then you've gotta watch 'em even closer. And as they exit, you'll realize that a lot of the times you bring in people, and as they exit, they are not, or were not, what they said they were the whole time they were in your life."

He continued: "I'm a very private person and my circle is very small. I have had some monumental fallouts over the years with some people, both personal and in business. And, basically, because you come to a realization where positivity is more important than anything in your life. And if someone is bringing you negativity, bringing you down, not having a good time with you or around whatever you are doing, you know, it's time to vacate the situation. 'Cause I am a glass-half-full guy; I'm always pretty positive, and I'm always willing to have a really good time. So, in the last couple years, that's been what's going on with me. I've been, 'Look, are you positive in my life? Okay, cool. Come around more. If you are not, I may lose your phone number.'"
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APOCALYPTICA Covers METALLICA's 'Seek & Destroy' At Switzerland's SONISPHERE: Pro-Shot Footage

Professionally filmed video footage of Finnish rockers APOCALYPTICA performing a cover version of the METALLICA classic "Seek & Destroy" on June 4 at the Sonisphere festival in Luzern, Switzerland can be seen below.

APOCALYPTICA's version of "Seek & Destroy" is featured as a bonus track on the upcoming 20th-anniversary reissue of the band's epic debut, "Plays Metallica By Four Cellos", which will be made available on July 22.

Upon its release, "Plays Metallica By Four Cellos" was a new approach to the hits of the biggest metal band the world has seen. Even more, APOCALYPTICA created their very own genre and laid the foundation to a career that has lasted for 20 years so far with millions of records sold and sold-out shows around the world.

APOCALYPTICA joined METALLICA on stage at the Fillmore in San Francisco as part of the week-long celebration of the latter band's 30th anniversary in December 2011. APOCALYPTICA's Perttu Kivilaakso told Austria's Mulatschag about the experience: "Of course we felt very privileged being included amongst all those amazing artists. And after the thing, what we have done during our career, it has been pleasant to realize and notice that, actually, the METALLICA guys, who are the reason for us to start to do something like this, that they do respect us at least that much that they wanted us to be a part of this big celebration of their career. Of course, it was crazy. I remember that when we started to play 'One', I'm starting this song and James Hetfield is just next to me, and I'm thinking, when I was 13 years old, he was my biggest idol and now we are playing together. So it's absurd, but just natural and logical in other terms."

Added APOCALYPTICA's Paavo Lötjönen: "You know, the connection to METALLICA has been really super great all these years. We played first time as a support to them already in '96. It was actually our fifth show for a proper rock and roll audience, and we were supporting METALLICA, so it was quite crazy. And since that, we have played many times with them at same festivals and… Let me say that the connection with METALLICA is really cool and really nice."

Continued Perttu: "We just were [on tour last] spring [in the U.S.] and Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer] came to watch our show in San Francisco. And yeah, usually we try to hang out whenever it's possible."

APOCALYPTICA's latest album, "Shadowmaker", was released in April 2015 via Eleven Seven Music Group's Better Noise imprint. The Finnish musicians — accompanied by their American lead singer Franky Perez — recorded the CD with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES, MASTODON). APOCALYPTICA will remain staying on the road supporting its latest album, "Shadowmaker", until the end of 2016, with shows in USA, Europe, Australia and Latin America. In 2017, the band will return with special shows to celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Plays Metallica By Four Cellos".

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VICIOUS RUMORS: 'Take It Or Leave It' Video Released

"Take It Or Leave It", the new video from San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's twelfth studio album, "Concussion Protocol", which will be released on August 26 via SPV/Steamhammer. It will be made available as a digipak version (including a poster), on 2LP gatefold red vinyl and as a digital download. The CD features eleven brand new songs and tells a chilling story of an armageddon by a global killer asteroid and how humanity unravels in the wake of the news. It's the first concept album for the band.

VICIOUS RUMORS guitarist Geoff Thorpe states: "The 'Concussion Protocol' album has been a the most intense recording project of my long career! We're working together as a team!

"A year and half of writing, recording and now the release is right around the corner August 26th.

"Nick and Tilen came to California to record and we made the 'Take It Or Leave It' video together, giving fans a first time look at the making of the album and the power of our performance.

"VICIOUS RUMORS runs on fire and passion!

"The reaction from the first video, 'Chasing The Priest', was so overwhelmingly positive....now check out the members of VICIOUS RUMORS in full force with 'Take It Or Leave It'."

"Concussion Protocol" was produced by Geoff Thorpe and longtime co-producer and engineer Juan Urteaga at Trident studios (MACHINE HEAD, TESTAMENT, HEATHEN, EXODUS, DRAGONLORD) in Pacheco, California. Guest solos by VICIOUS RUMORS brothers from the band's rich history, Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER, OZZY OSBOURNE) and Steve Smyth (NEVERMORE, TESTAMENT, FORBIDDEN) only add to the madness.

Thorpe states: "The album is relentless and crushing in true, classic VICIOUS RUMORS style but with many twists and turns. Believe me, you're in for a treat, VRazors!!! If you've ever been a fan of VICIOUS RUMORS, SABBATH, PRIEST or MAIDEN and a little Bay Area-style thrash thrown in for good measure, then this album is definitely for you!!! Everything you love about VICIOUS RUMORS is present throughout the whole album!!"

"Concussion Protocol" track listing: 01. Concussion Protocol (4:56)02. Chemical Slaves (5:50)03. Victims Of A Digital World (4:13)04. Chasing The Priest (4:13)05. Last Of Our Kind (3:56)06. 1000 Years (3:39)07. Circle Of Secrets (5:04)08. Take It Or Leave It (3:23)09. Bastards (4:40)10. Every Blessing Is A Curse (4:14)11. Life For A Life (6:11)

VICIOUS RUMORS will support DIRKSCHNEIDER on a European tour from October to December.

VICIOUS RUMORS 2016 lineup:

Larry Howe - DrumsThaen Rasmussen - GuitarNick Holleman - VocalsGeoff Thorpe - GuitarTilen Hudrap - Bass
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Watch VINCE NEIL Perform MÖTLEY CRÜE Classics In St. Charles, Illinois

Fan-filmed video footage of MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil performing with his solo band on July 16 at Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Illinois can be seen below.

Neil recently explained to GreeleyTribune.com why he continues to play MÖTLEY CRÜE's hit songs during his solo live performances.

"I could play a lot of my solo stuff, and I'd get a lot of people in the crowd saying, 'What is he doing that for?' Neil said. "They'd be saying, 'Play [swear word] 'Dr. Feelgood', you [swear word].

"But I don't want to be that guy," he continued. "I want to be someone who shows appreciation for all our fans. Those people have all the love for the CRÜE stuff, and I was the guy singing those songs. That gave me a great life for 30 years."

Neil was also full of praise for his solo band, which continues to include Dana Strum and Jeff Blando from SLAUGHTER and drummer Zoltan Chaney.

"They're really energetic, and we're friends," Neil said. "There's none of the [bad] blood and the crazy ups and downs with MÖTLEY. We all get along really good."

MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx told RiffYou.com last year that his new band, SIXX:A.M., "[doesn't] play MÖTLEY CRÜE music" and will "never play MÖTLEY CRÜE music, explaining that he wanted to make a clean break from touring with CRÜE out of the deep respect he had for all he had accomplished with his bandmates.

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