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*BURZUM qall it quits [48]
*Former DEICIDE / OBITUARY Guitarist RALPH SANTOLLA Passes Away [21]
*U.D.O. To Release 'Steelfactory' Album In August; First Single... [16]
*JUDAS PRIEST Performs 'Rising From Ruins' Live For First Time,... [16]
*Bassist KING OV HELL Quits ABBATH Over 'Conflicting Views On Lyric... [15]
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FATES WARNING: Listen To 'Life In Still Water' From 'Live Over Europe' Album

A live recording of the song "Life In Still Water" from progressive metal pioneers FATES WARNING can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's new live album, "Live Over Europe", which will be released on June 29 via InsideOut Music.

Captured during the most recent European headlining run for FATES WARNING's acclaimed latest studio album, "Theories Of Flight", in January 2018, "Live Over Europe" includes recordings from eight different cities (Aschaffenburg, Germany; Belgrade, Serbia; Thessaloniki and Athens, Greece; Rome and Milan, Italy; Budapest, Hungary and Ljubljana, Slovenia) and a total of 23 songs in over 138 minutes of playing time, spanning 30 years of the group's seminal career.

"Live Over Europe" was mixed by Jens Bogren (OPETH, KREATOR, SYMPHONY X) and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden and will be available as limited 2CD mediabook, gatefold 3LP + bonus-2CD or as digital album.

FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder stated: "We would like to thank each and every one of our fans that helped us make 'Live Over Europe'. We had a great time making this album and we hope that you enjoyed the shows as much as we did playing them."

"Live Over Europe" track listing:

CD 1:

01. From The Rooftops

02. Life In Still Water

03. One

04. Pale Fire

05. Seven Stars

06. SOS

07. Pieces Of Me

08. Firefly

09. The Light And Shade Of Things

10. Wish

11. Another Perfect Day

12. Silent Cries

13. And Yet It Moves

CD 2:

01. Still Remains

02. Nothing Left To Say

03. Acquiescence

04. The Eleventh Hour

05. Point Of View

06. Falling

07. A Pleasant Shade Of Gray, Pt. IX

08. Through Different Eyes

09. Monument

10. Eye To Eye

FATES WARNING 2018 is:

Bobby Jarzombek - Drums

Joey Vera - Bass and Vocals

Ray Alder - Vocals

Jim Matheos - Guitars

Mike Abdow - Guitars and Vocals

Asked how he feels being attached to the "progressive" tag, Matheos told Goldmine in a 2016 interview: "I understand the need for labels. We all use labels. I use them if I have to describe something I'm listening to… I'll use whatever label comes to mind. That's the one that fits in general. It doesn't bother me. I just think that whole term doesn't mean that much anymore. The stuff that people give to me to listen to all the time — 'Oh, this is great prog stuff. You're gonna love it.' But, to me, if I even bother to listen to it, it sounds like something I've heard a hundred times before."


Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral
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|||| 16 2018

CROSSFAITH To Release 'Ex_Machina' Album In August

Japanese metal juggernauts CROSSFAITH will release their new album, "Ex_Machina", on August 3. The disc features lead single "The Perfect Nightmare" as well as cameos from ENTER SHIKARI frontman Rou Reynolds and industrial hip hoppers Ho99o9.


On "Ex_Machina", singer Kenta "Ken" Koie explains: "After we released our last album 'Xeno', we were thinking about what the next theme is for us. We decided on 'awake the individuality,' because we're always trying to make new things and that's a big part of the band's attitude.


"This album is a grave warning for our future. I hope you guys listen to this and think about what the meaning of this album is for you and feel how you feel through this album and start something for your future."


"Ex_Machina" is a concept album set in an alternative near future in which the ruling class, known as Angels, maintain their world through artificial intelligence and other technology, which dehumanises people and effectively turns them into drones — as explained in the opening title track, "Deus Ex Machina".


The other 12 songs featured on the album represent the voice of the resistance — in the form of underdogs known as Demons. Kenta was inspired to include these figures by Devilman Crybaby, particularly on the SLIPKNOT-esque "Catastrophe", the frantic, bloodcurdling "The Perfect Nightmare", and the epic assault of "Daybreak", rather than because they wanted to provide a comment on religion.


"There's no particular religious message," clarifies Ken. "In order to explore the dualism of humans, we decided to include angels and demons, which are opposing elements just like fire and water."


"Angels aren't necessarily good and demons aren't necessarily bad," he explains. "The most important theme is that we should never stop questioning the world around us."


"Ex_Machina" is a relentless album that strives for the listener's attention, and is unquestionably the heaviest that CROSSFAITH have put their name to since forming in their native Osaka in 2006.

Since their inception, CROSSFAITH have been on the edge of a fusion of rock, metal, electronica and big ideas on their albums; and the edge of euphoria with their live shows. "Ex_Machina" is the album on which they walk that fine, fiery line more skillfully and seismically than ever.


"Ex_Machina" track listing:

01. Deus Ex Machina

02. Catastrophe

03. The Perfect Nightmare

04. Destroy (ft. Ho99o9)

05. Freedom (ft. Rou Reynolds from ENTER SHIKARI)

06. Make A Move

07. Lost In You

08. Wipeout

09. Milestone

10. Eden In The Rain

11. Twin Shadows

12. Daybreak

13. Faint (ft. Masato from COLDRAIN)
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GREG PUCIATO's THE BLACK QUEEN To Release 'Infinite Games' Album In September

THE BLACK QUEEN, the unbridled experimental electronic-meets-alternative trio of Greg Puciato (ex-THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), Josh Eustis (TELEFON TEL AVIV) and Steven Alexander Ryan (NINE INCH NAILS, A PERFECT CIRCLE technician), returns with its sophomore album, "Infinite Games", on September 28.

The 10-track album marks the debut release to come from the band's newly formed creative entity, Federal Prisoner, a joint collective between the band members and acclaimed fine artist Jesse Draxler (creator of the artwork for both "Fever Daydream" and "Infinite Games"). While the partners are keeping their plans for Federal Prisoner under wraps, the enterprise will serve as the creative homestead for the foursome, with future releases already in the works. "Federal Prisoner won't function like a typical label," says Puciato. "It's an expression of passion and individualism in a way that opens more doors for us to create and to own what we create with minimal compromise. It's as much an act of refusal as it is a statement of intent. We won't be working within the current industry blueprint of premieres, instant grat tracks' or any of that nonsense. We're concentrating on the music, videography and packaging, an aural and visual experience. It's exciting to create our own path."

"Infinite Games" follows a host of emotional moments for the band members, from Puciato's Polish bus accident, the demise of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, Eustis's return to TELEFON TEL AVIV, and a robbery of the trio's storage space. It was these events that informed "Infinite Games". Eustis, Puciato and Ryan seized the opportunity to rebuild and create their own studio, giving them a spot to regularly convene, to follow kernels of ideas to fruition (or not) and to re-cement their friendship that's often been sidelined by touring with other outfits.

"This time, we learned how to do everything ourselves," explains Puciato, discussing what's changed since the band's debut, "Fever Daydream". "There's less uncertainty and more confidence. I'm speaking both about the artistic and business aspect of creating and releasing an album. As for what's changed with 'Infinite Games', I think it feels more conceptual as an album. It's less a collection of songs and more about the front to back listen. Probably because it wasn't compiled over a four-year span of time like the last one. This one is actually hookier but more insidious, it's a more delicate record."

"Infinite Games" pre-orders are available now via theblackqueen.bandcamp.com. Vinyl, cassette and CD are highly limited with several variations already sold out.

The "Infinite Games" album cover artwork was created by Jesse Draxler and can be seen below.


"Infinite Games" track listing:

01. Even Still I Want To

02. Thrown Into The Dark

03. No Accusations

04. Your Move

05. Lies About You

06. Impossible Condition

07. Spatial Boundaries

08. 100 To Zero

09. Porcelain Veins

10. One Edge Of Two

Photo credit: J Whitaker
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BLITZKRIEG: 'Angels Or Demons' Video Released

"Angels Or Demons", the new video from NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) veterans BLITZKRIEG, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's latest album, "Judge Not!", which was released on April 27 via Mighty Music. The follow-up to 2013's "Back From Hell" was recorded at Downcast Base HQ in Newcastle, U.K. by Phil Davies, but the band elected to use a different studio this time around for mixing. Because the BLITZKRIEG members all admire the work of Denmark's Hansen Studios, most notably the mix of the PRETTY MAIDS' "Pandemonium" album, they enlisted Jonas Haagensen from Hansen to mix "Judge Not!"

"We're all really excited in the band about the release of the new BLITZKRIEG album, especially after how well the 'Reign Of Fire' EP turned out to close out last year; the reviews and response to that has been very good," said guitarist Ken Johnson.

"We all hope everyone enjoys listening to the new material as much as we enjoyed the production and recording of 'Judge Not!'."

BLITZKRIEG's "Reign Of Fire" was released as a seven-inch vinyl EP in December in a limited edition of 500 copies embraced by amazing handdrawn old-school metal artwork by Lee Murphy.

2015 marked the thirty-fifth anniversary of BLITZKRIEG, which came into existence in 1980. Although their debut single, "Buried Alive" b/w "Blitzkrieg" (on Neat Records) was released in 1981, it was not till 1985 that the band recorded its debut album, as singer Brian Ross was involved with his other group, SATAN, recording and touring their debut opus, "Court In The Act".

BLITZKRIEG's "A Time Of Changes" included the band's self-titled song "Blitzkrieg", which was covered by METALLICA on the "Creeping Death" EP. METALLICA's drummer, Lars Ulrich, commented that BLITZKRIEG was one of his band's main musical inspirations, along with DIAMOND HEAD.

Brian, the only remaining founding member of BLITZKRIEG, said: "Lars Ulrich phoned me up and asked if they could cover the song.

"METALLICA were, and still are, big fans of the band. We have met up with them a few times over the years and I am really pleased that they still play 'Blitzkrieg' at gigs."

Brian said that he tried to give the then-unknown METALLICA a helping hand in the early 1980s.

"They sent me their demo when they were still unsigned, asking for my help to get them on our label," he said. "But the label turned them down, saying they'd never go anywhere.

"I met up with the guy who made that call a few years ago and he says it is the biggest mistake of his life."

BLITZKRIEG is:

Brian Ross - Lead vocals

Ken Johnson - Guitars, keyboards, backing vocals

Alan Ross - Guitars, Backing vocals

Matt Graham - Drums

Huw Holding - Bass

Band photo by Geoff Duke
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|||| 16 2018

FOO FIGHTERS And GUNS N' ROSES Perform 'It's So Easy' Together At Italy's FIRENZE ROCKS Festival (Video)

FOO FIGHTERS surprised fans earlier tonight (Thursday, June 14) during their performance at Florence, Italy's legendary Firenze Rocks festival by bringing out GUNS N' ROSES members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan. The rock legends joined forces to perform a larger-than-life rendition of the GN'R classic "It's So Easy".

GUNS N' ROSES will play a full set at Firenze Rocks tomorrow (Friday, June 15).

After one of the first shows on GUNS N' ROSES' "Not In This Lifetime" tour in April 2016, Rose tweeted his gratitude, crammed full of emoji and exclamation points, at Grohl, who lent the then-injured GN'R singer the throne he had used on a FOO FIGHTERS tour one year earlier.

Grohl joined GUNS N' ROSES on stage last November at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma to perform the song "Paradise City".

GUNS N' ROSES is currently on the road playing 27 dates through the end of the year, and will close 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 29.

The "Not In This Lifetime" tour features classic lineup members Slash, McKagan and Rose backed by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and new second keyboardist Melissa Reese.

Photo credit: Katarina Benzova
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|||| 15 2018

BAD WOLVES Release 'Remember When' Video

BAD WOLVES' video for the song "Remember When" can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's debut album, "Disobey", which bowed at No. 23 on the Billboard 200 chat with 19,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending May 17.

The "Remember When" clip explores BAD WOLVES frontman Tommy Vext's relationship with his brother.

"My twin brother is currently serving 17 years for attempted murder — [he] tried to kill me during a home invasion when he was high in 2010," Vext said in a recent interview with Kerrang! "[Testifying against him] was definitely one of the more difficult moments of my life."

"'Remember When' kinda goes through a timeline and highlights two people who lived the exact same life and had the exact same hardships and advantages and disadvantages, and who we are ultimately as adults is defined by the choices that we made, and our lives reflect those choices."

"Disobey" also includes BAD WOLVES' massively successful cover of THE CRANBERRIES hit "Zombie". The track hit the Top 15 on the American rock radio chart and was No. 1 on iTunes in multiple countries, including the U.K., Sweden, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and THE CRANBERRIES' home country of Ireland.

Late CRANBERRIES singer Dolores O'Riordan was slated to record vocals for BAD WOLVES' cover of the track on the day that she died in a London hotel this past January. The band decided to release the song in her honor with all proceeds going to her children.

The original single was first released by THE CRANBERRIES in 1994 and became a worldwide No. 1 hit.

BAD WOLVES will spend much of the foreseeable future on the road. Starting mid-July, BAD WOLVES will join FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, along with BREAKING BENJAMIN and NOTHING MORE, and remain on the road through September.

BAD WOLVES is drummer John Boecklin (ex-DEVILDRIVER) and vocalist Tommy Vext (DIVINE HERESY, SNOT), as well as guitarists Doc Coyle (ex-GOD FORBID), Chris Cain (BURY YOUR DEAD), and bassist Kyle Konkiel (ex-IN THIS MOMENT).

Photo credit: Alysse Gafkjen
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MADBALL Releases 'The Fog' Video Feat. TIM ARMSTRONG

"The Fog", the new video from New York hardcore veterans MADBALL, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's new album, "For The Cause", which is being released today (Friday, June 15) via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2014's "Hardcore Lives" was co-produced by Tim Armstrong (RANCID), who also makes a guest appearance on "The Fog". It was mixed and mastered by renowned producer Tue Madsen (MESHUGGAH, THE HAUNTED, SICK OF IT ALL) at Antfarm Studios in Denmark. Former MADBALL guitarist Matt Henderson laid down the guitar tracks in the studio, but will not join the group on tour.

MADBALL recently revealed that legendary rapper, actor and frontman Ice-T (BODY COUNT) guests on one track on "For The Cause".

Commented Ice-T: "It's an honor to record with the legendary MADBALL. BODY COUNT draws its closest similarities to New York hardcore. This is a natural."

Added singer Freddy Cricien: "It's truly an honor to have Ice-T on our record! I grew up on his music from his early hip-hop stuff till now. He's an iconic figure but also a 'class act'; you don't always get both at once. Ice has a great respect for New York hardcore and MADBALL, means the world. This was meant to happen.... real recognizes real."

Last October, MADBALL parted ways with longtime guitarist Brian "Mitts" Daniels. The New York outfit called the split "a very hard and heartbreaking decision for all involved."

"For The Cause" track listing:

01. Smile Now Pay Later

02. Rev Up (feat. Sick Jacken)

03. Freight Train

04. Tempest

05. Old Fashioned

06. Evil Ways (feat. Ice-T)

07. Lone Wolf

08. Damaged Goods

09. The Fog (feat. Tim Timebomb & Steve Whale)

10. Es Tu Vida

11. For You

12. For The Cause

13. Confessions (bonus track; CD and LP only)

The original version of the "For The Cause" title track was released last September via the "Family Biz" split seven-inch single, which saw the Cricien-fronted outfit joining forces with Pennsylvania's blue-collar-core heroes WISDOM IN CHAINS.
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|||| 15 2018

MARILYN MANSON Releases 'Cry Little Sister' Cover

Marilyn Manson's cover version of Gerard McMahon's "Cry Little Sister", which is best known as the theme to the 1987 cult classic "The Lost Boys", has just been released and can be streamed below. The shock rocker recorded the song for the soundtrack of the forthcoming X-Men movie "The New Mutants", which is due in August 2019.

Manson has reportedly already filmed a video for his version of "Cry Little Sister" with director Bill Yukich. The singer teased the clip on Instagram in May, describing it as "a supernatural experience."

Over the years, Manson has released a number of covers, including his versions of the EURYTHMICS' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)", SOFT CELL's "Tainted Love" and DEPECHE MODE's "Personal Jesus".

Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie will join forces for the "Twins of Evil - The Second Coming" tour this sumer. The 29-date North American trek will kick off in Detroit on July 11.
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|||| 15 2018

TESTAMENT Guitarist's DRAGONLORD To Release 'Dominion' Album In September

DRAGONLORD, the California-based black metal band led by TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson, has released a lyric video for the title track of its upcoming third album, "Dominion". The disc will be released on September 21 via Spinefarm Records.

The new DRAGONLORD CD features the drumming of Alex Bent from TRIVIUM. Eric said: "[Alex] is from a younger age and different though process, but very much influenced from the classic drummers like Neil Peart. He is breathing new life into DRAGONLORD."

Peterson previously said that the third DRAGONLORD album would feature "some pretty mature-sounding symphonic blackened thrash." He added: "It will have more of a melodic touch to it and memorable song structures. It's still gonna be heavy as hell, but it's gonna be a well-rounded record. New songs 'Kings Frost', 'The Devil's Insight' and 'Battle At Mordor' will surely raise the hairs on your back!"

"Dominion" recording lineup:

Eric Peterson - vocals, guitars, bass

Lyle Livingston - orchestrated keys, pianos

Alex Bent - drums

Leah - female vocals, choirs

DRAGONLORD's sophomore album, "Black Wings of Destiny", was released in the U.S. in October 2005 via Escapi Music. The follow-up to 2001's "Rapture" (Spitfire Records) was recorded and mixed by Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY) at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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U.D.O. To Release 'Steelfactory' Album In August; First Single 'Rising High' Now Available

U.D.O., the German metal band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, will release its new album, "Steelfactory", on August 31 via AFM.


The first single, "Rising High", can be streamed below.


According to a press release, "Steelfactory" sees "U.D.O. return to their core competence, clearly influenced by their past shows with DIRKSCHNEIDER, the songs in their rousingly simple straightness have a hymn character, as it is only known from the past."

The press release continues: "'Steelfactory' has become a timeless metal album and thus the impressive statement of a master of his craft. With its earthy, punchy and handmade sound with the participation of the Danish producer Jacob Hansen (among others, VOLBEAT) 'Steelfactory' meets the nerve of the time, which may be triggered again since the successful DIRKSCHNEIDER tour worldwide."

"Steelfactory" track listing:

01. Tongue Reaper

02. Make The Move

03. Keeper Of My Soul

04. In The Heat Of The Night

05. Raise The Game

06. Blood On Fire

07. Rising High

08. The Devil Is An Angel (digipack bonus track)

09. Hungry And Angry

10. One Heart One Soul

11. Pictures In My Dreams (digipack bonus track)

12. A Bite Of Evil

13. Eraser

14. Rose In The Desert

15. The Way


Dirkschneider has spent the last two years touring under the DIRKSCHNEIDER banner, performing classic ACCEPT songs for the last time. The trek, which was originally supposed to conclude with the band's North American run in January/February 2017, has now been extended through the fall of 2018.

Guitarist Stefan Kaufmann recently rejoined U.D.O. for the group's summer festival appearances.

Kaufmann left U.D.O. in September 2012 for health reasons.

He was the drummer for ACCEPT on nine albums but was forced to give up drumming towards the end of the band's initial run after sustaining a serious injury to his back.

Stefan joined U.D.O. as a guitar player in 1996, following ACCEPT's second breakup, and recorded nine albums with them, including his most recent release with the group, 2011's "Rev-Raptor".


In addition to Udo and his son Sven (drums), the DIRKSCHNEIDER and U.D.O. bands include bassist Fitty Wienhold and guitarist Andrey Smirnov.

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|||| 15 2018

Watch FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's Entire Sacramento Concert

Capital Chaos TV has uploaded video footage of FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's entire June 12 performance at Holy Diver in Sacramento, California. Check it out below.

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM will release its new album, "The End Of Chaos", on November 9 via AFM Records. Vocalist Erik "A.K." Knutson told The Metal Voice about the record: "This actually sounds like a little more up-to-date extension of the last one. There's a little bit of everything on it. A lot of vocals, a lot of vocals. A lot of guitar; there's so much guitar work on this record, it's really kind of nice. It runs in and out of melody after melody."

Added guitarist Michael Gilbert: "Yeah, there's a lot of guitar on it. Me and Steve [Conley, guitar] battle it out. What's kind of cool is that he records his stuff, his solos and guitar work at his house, then I record at my house. It's a little bit of a competition. He'll send me something and be like 'Hey, check out the solo I did.' And I'm like 'Shit! I got to redo mine to match what this guy's doing.' We get that competition going back and forth, so it's kind of fun. We actually push the bar up for each other and this guy [pointing to Erik]. I can't wait to hear what this guy did on the new record coming up. It's pretty badass."

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM recently officially welcomed Ken Mary (ALICE COOPER, ACCEPT) as the band's permanent drummer. Mary began touring with the group last year after Jason Bittner was invited to join OVERKILL.

"It's always awesome to play with the mighty FLOTSAM AND JETSAM," Mary said. "The music is super-challenging and at the same time a great deal of fun to play. With such great musicians in the band that are also great guys, it's going to be a blast!"

"We're excited to announce that Ken will be our new drummer," added the band. "Ken has already tracked all the drums for our upcoming album slated for release later this year, and we're all looking forward to the fans experiencing a new chapter in the history of FLOTSAM AND JETSAM."

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM is currently touring North America alongside Swedish power metal veterans HAMMERFALL.
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MUSHROOMHEAD To Release 'Volume III' DVD In August

Cleveland, Ohio-based metallers MUSHROOMHEAD will release their new DVD, titled "Volume III", on August 17 via Megaforce. "Volume III" will feature over 90 minutes of new material, including stunning new music videos, backstage antics, and exclusive never-seen-before content. Pre-orders are available now via Amazon.


The first trailer for "Volume III" is available below.

MUSHROOMHEAD will headline the inaugural edition of the "Summer Of Screams Tour" presented by Scream Factory and Dread Central. Joining MUSHROOMHEAD on the tour will be POWERMAN 5000 (on select dates), THE BROWNING, PSYCHOSTICK (on select dates), KISSING CANDICE, UNSAID FATE, VOODOO TERROR TRIBE (on select dates), and EARTH CALLER (on select dates).

The "Summer Of Screams Tour" will run for 25 shows across North America, beginning on August 17 and running until September 15.

MUSHROOMHEAD's March 17 concert at Music Lynxx in Mentor-on-the-Lake, Ohio marked the band's first appearance with new vocalist Steve Rauckhorst (bassist of PITCH BLACK FORECAST) and guitarist Tommy "Tankx" Shaffner (also of VENTANA).

Guitarist Tommy Church announced his departure from MUSHROOMHEAD on March 9. The musician had been with the band since 2012.

Church made his recording debut with MUSHROOMHEAD on the band's eighth studio album, "The Righteous & The Butterfly", which was released in May 2014 via Megaforce Records.

Church's exit from MUSHROOMHEAD came only a day after co-vocalist Jeffrey Nothing, also known as Jeff Hatrix (born Jeffrey Lewis Hetrick), said he was leaving the Cleveland, Ohio metal band he co-founded in 1993 with Steve "Skinny" Felton.

MUSHROOMHEAD turntablist Richard "Stitch" Thomas said about the band's most recent lineup change: "I know a lot of you are angry and confused on the latest news, but this is not news to us. We were made aware that Jeff and Church were leaving and a plan was in motion to make a proper transition. They both decided to let the cat out of the bag on Facebook before a proper press release was made. This was not part of the plan discussed.

"If I learned anything, it's that MUSHROOMHEAD lives on no matter what and that is what we are doing right now.

"The replacements for both members have been in place for quite awile, the new singer was even endorsed by Mr. Nothing.

"Both of these gentlemen are longtime friends of mine, they are talented musicians and have been in the mosh pits at MUSHROOMHEAD concerts since 1996. They are huge fans of the band and are going to breathe new life into MUSHROOMHEAD, carrying on its legacy into the next chapter. I'm very excited to be sharing the stage with them moving into the future."

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Report: SLASH Agrees To Pay Estranged Wife Over $6.6 Million

According to The Blast, Slash has asked a judge to sign off on a settlement that would entitle his estranged wife Perla Ferrar to over $6.6 million as part of their pending divorce.

In the proposed settlement, Slash agreed to pay Ferrar $100,000 per month in spousal support until she dies or remarries, with a $6,627,352 equalization payment, which is a payment made from one spouse to another for the purpose of offsetting an imbalance in joint property assets if one spouse receives more than the other. Slash will also get to keep his interest in all of his guitars, instruments, companies and residuals.

The 52-year-old rocker offered to give the 43-year-old Ferrar primary custody of their sons London, 15, and Cash, 13 but asked to keep joint legal custody. He also agreed to pay $39,000 per month in child support, with his sons collecting 1.8 percent of his income until 2036.

Ferrar will also get to keep a 2014 Range Rover, a 2015 Mercedes AMG and a 2015 Mercedes GL 450.

"Perla has been slow responding, or has deliberately drawn out responding, throughout this matter," Slash, who listed his monthly income at $345,000, said in his court documents. "I want to move on with my life."

Slash filed for divorce from Ferrar for the second time in four years in December 2014.

The couple reportedly did not sign a prenuptial agreement when they married in 2001, meaning that Ferrar would be entitled to half of Slash's income from 2001 to 2014.

She would not, however, be entitled to any of Slash's share of the reported half a billion dollars and counting that the current GUNS N' ROSES reunion tour has raked in.

Back in 2016, Slash claimed that he and Perla were never properly married because Perla's one-month marriage to Carlos Marty in 1993 didn't actually end as divorce documents weren't properly filed. The mistake was uncovered when Slash and Perla applied for dual citizenship for their son Cash.

Perla claimed the couple then hired a real lawyer in 2009 and a judge finalized her divorce from Carlos, making it retroactive to 1994.

The "Not In This Lifetime" trek, which reunited Slash, Axl Rose and Duff McKagan, launched in 2016, and is now making its way through Europe.

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GUNS N' ROSES Rumored To Have Been Paid More Than $6.5 Million For DOWNLOAD Performance

According to The List, GUNS N' ROSES is rumored to have been paid £5 million (approximately $6.69 million) for its headlining performance at this year's Download festival, which took place last weekend at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England. It's believed to be the most amount of money promoter and festival organizer Andy Copping has ever handed out to a band to perform at the legendary metal festival.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "He paid GUNS £5 million for the set and that's the most he's ever done."

GUNS N' ROSES reportedly arrived a minute early for its set and left the site shortly after the performance in a helicopter.

According to Billboard, GUNS N' ROSES' "Not In This Lifetime" tour ranks as the fourth-highest grossing tour of all time, based on Billboard's Boxscore archives. The trek, which launched in April 2016, topped the $475 million mark in gross sales with the final show of the band's 2017 touring schedule on November 29 in Los Angeles.

About seventy people travel with the "Not In This Lifetime" show in addition to the truck drivers; that number goes upwards of five hundred, including the local workers, by show date once catering, security, etc. are factored in, according to the GN'R tour's production manager, Dale "Opie" Skjerseth.

GUNS kicked off its long-rumored and long-awaited reunion tour in April 2016 with a club show in Hollywood and appearances in Las Vegas and at California's Coachella festival.

The "Not In This Lifetime" tour features classic lineup members Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Axl Rose (vocals) backed by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and new second keyboardist Melissa Reese.

Photo credit: Katarina Benzova

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GHOST Joins CANDLEMASS To Honour METALLICA With Performance Of "Enter Sandman" At Polar Music Prize Ceremony; Video

Grammy Award-winning band Ghost joined legendary metal band Candlemass to honour Metallica by performing "Enter Sandman" as members Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo were presented with the Polar Music Prize by the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf. Watch the performance below:

Ghosts fourth sacred psalm Prequelle was released on June 1st and is available digitally and physically via Loma Vista Recordings.

Ghost recently announced a massive North American fall tour including their previously announced headline arena dates at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA and Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY that will kick off on November 1st in Chicago, IL and wrap on December 15th in Brooklyn, NY. The band will stop in Canada for shows in Toronto, ON and Laval, QC in December. Pre-sale and VIP packages can be found here. A complete list of upcoming live dates are listed below.

October
26 - Tulsa, OK - Cox Business Center Ballroom
29 - Louisville, KY - Palace Theatre
30 - Indianapolis, IN - The Murat Theatre

November
1 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
2 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center - Theatre
3 - Madison, WI - The Sylvee
4 - Ames, IA - Stephens Auditorium
6 - Omaha, NE - Orpheum Theater
8 - Albuquerque, NM - Kiva Auditorium
9 - El Paso, TX - Abraham Chavez Theatre
10 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
12 - San Diego, CA - Spreckels Theatre
13 - Sacramento, CA - Sacramento Community Center Theater
15 - San Jose, CA - City National Civic Center
16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
17 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
19 - Midland, TX - Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
20 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
21 - New Orleans, LA - Orpheum Theatre
23 - Orlando, FL - Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts - Walt Disney Theater
24 - Miami Beach, FL - The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater
25 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
27 - North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Performing Arts Center
29 - Mobile, AL - Saenger Theatre
30 - Atlanta, GA - Roxy Theatre

December
1 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
2 - Charlotte, NC - Ovens Auditorium
4 - Richmond, VA - Dominion Energy Center
5 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
7 - Laval, QC - Place Bell
8 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
10 - Baltimore, MD - The Hippodrome
11 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theater
13 - Albany, NY - Palace Theatre
14 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
15 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
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CITY OF THIEVES Streaming New Song "Born To Be Great"

UK rockers City Of Thieves will release their new album, Beast Reality, on October 12th. Pre-order the album here, and listen to the album track "Born To Be Great" below.

The buzz has been spreading about City Of Thieves - no frills, no messin' around, no gimmicks - it is heavy rock in it's purest form and will send you running straight to the front of the stage with no-nonsense sledgehammer riffs, hooks and melodies.

Working with acclaimed artist and producer Toby Jepson (Little Angels, The Answer, Wayward Sons), City Of Thieves frontman/bassist Jamie Lailey knew at an early stage the band wanted to take rock by the scruff of it's neck and give it a good shake. "We knew what we wanted to do, we'd been devouring the songwriting and if we were inclined, we could have released a ton of material out of the gate. Toby took what we had and refined it. I'm glad we sat back and digested things with him, it was a major turning point for the band."

With producer Toby Jepson at the helm, Mike Fraser on mixing duties and mastering by Simon Francis (Kodaline, Kaiser Chiefs, Primal Scream) the presentation of this new material was in the best of hands.

When asked what he thought about City Of Thieves, Mike Fraser simply replied, "Killer band... killer songs". This is not a throwaway comment, this is from a true craftsman who has worked on albums for Metallica, AC/DC, Slipknot, Aerosmith, and more.

So what about the songs? "The new material has bags of groove, different speeds and attitude. We mix it up but keep it genuine and made sure everything flows. Why play something that's monotonous, I'm not saying we're reinventing the wheel but if you think your own music is boring, why inflict that on your audience?" says Will Richards (drums). "We can't wait to unleash the other tunes and get on the road to play live," chips in Lailey.

Tracklisting:

"Reality Bites"
"Fuel And Alcohol"
"Buzzed Up City"
"Lay Me To Waste"
"Control"
"Incinerator"
"Animal"
"Right To Silence"
"Born To Be Great"
"Damage"
"Give It Away"
"Something Of Nothing"

"Born To Be Great":

"Buzzed Up City" video:

Lineup:

Jamie Lailey - Bass/Vocals
Ben Austwick - Guitar
Will Richards - Drums
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SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, COMEBACK KID Perform At Hellfest 2017; Professionally Filmed Video Streaming

The 2017 edition of France's Hellfest was held in Clisson, France from June 16th - 18th that year. ARTE Concert has released professionally-filmed footage of performances from Suicidal Tendencies and Comeback Kid. Watch below:
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STORMWITCH Streaming New Song “Odins Ravens”

Stormwitch's new album Bound To The Witch will be released on June 29th via Massacre Records. The album track "Odins Ravens" is available for streaming below.

The album will be available as a jewel case CD as well as strictly limited vinyl LP with 11 songs each, as a limited edition CD Digipak with exclusive bonus tracks with a total of 14 songs and as digital download and stream.

The cover artwork was created by Michael Vetter, Marc Ayerle took care of the album's mix and mastering at the klangMAnufaktur.

Tracklisting:

Songs Of Steel
Odins Ravens
The Choir Of The Dead
Bound To The Witch
Arya
Stormwitch
Life Is Not A Dream
King George
Ancient Times
The Ghost Of Mansfield Park
Nightingale
Stronger Than Heaven (Digipak only)
Rats In The Attic (Digipak only)
Priest Of Evil (Digipak only)

Odins Ravens:

Songs Of Steel lyric video:
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KREATOR, CRYPTOPSY Live At Hellfest 2017; Pro-Shot Video Streaming

The 2017 edition of France's Hellfest was held in Clisson, France from June 16th - 18th that year. Kreator and Cryptopsy were on the bill, and ARTE Concert has released professionally-filmed footage from both band's performances. Watch below:
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THE PINEAPPLE THIEF To Release Dissolution Album In August; "Far Below" Track Streaming

The Pineapple Thief have revealed the first single Far Below from their forthcoming new studio album Dissolution. The follow-up to 2015's Your Wilderness is the band's second album to feature King Crimson and Porcupine Tree virtuoso drummer Gavin Harrison.

Vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Bruce Soord explains the song's evolution: 'Far Below began life as a bit of a jam session between myself and Gavin. Gavin had this distinctive 6/8 rhythm going and it didn't take long for me to find the melodies. And so, a song was born. Is it my favourite track from the album? Impossible to judge as the album covers so much ground. But it does showcase what the four of us want The Pineapple Thief to be about and I for one can't wait to play this one live.

Listen to the track below.

Bruce Soord reveals more about the themes within Dissolution: Broadly speaking the title reflects the disintegration of relationships and the undoing of our social fabric. We're living in a time when supposedly we are more connected than ever before, but, I personally am at my happiest when I unplug that connection.

Soord elaborates on the writing and recording process: We've once again been joined by Gavin Harrison. It's been a real collaborative journey between the 4 of us writing and recording this record, with the songs taking on a life of their own. When everyone pulls in the same direction, amazing things can happen. The Pineapple Thief is a different proposition with Gavin. This time he was with me from the inception of 'Dissolution' and together we took the songs into territory I wouldn't have found on my own. We found ourselves pushing each other so much further, both technically and artistically. There were times in the depths of the writing and recording process, which took 6 months, that I felt so exhilarated but at the same time exhausted and overwhelmed, that I couldn't imagine us ever finishing the record. Every day we found ourselves finding that extra something we didn't know we had. None of us would let anyone or anything get in the way of what we felt the album should become. I look back on the process with immense pride.

Gavin Harrison states: It's been fantastic to collaborate with these guys again - especially as this time I've been involved from the ground up. It's been a most inspiring effort and I think it will prove to be the best yet.

Dissolution was recorded across the UK at the band member's various studios, Bruce explains, The drums were recorded and mixed by Gavin at his studio, Bourne Place in London. He has the best sounding live room I have heard and gets an incredible drum mix. Gavin would send me a stereo drum mix that he would constantly tweak as the songs progressed. Jon records his bass at his studio north of Leicester. Steve records his keyboards at his mastering studio in Exeter and I record and mix the rest here in my studio (Soord Studios) in Yeovil, Somerset. It may seem odd that we were able to create something as 'a band' when we are so far apart. But we talked almost daily. Technology means ideas can be shared instantly. We were effectively jamming a lot of the time. Just a bit further apart.

Dissolution features cover art artwork from iconic design agency Stylorouge, who have produced artwork for the likes of Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Blur and the British film Trainspotting.

Dissolution will be released in the following formats, all available for pre-order here:

- CD
- Black LP - pressed to audiophile 180g vinyl
- Limited Edition Crystal Clear LP edition - pressed to audiophile 180g vinyl
- Blu-ray - features a 16-page booklet, the album plus bonus music in a 24/96 DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround sound mix and 24/96 hi-res stereo audio
- Deluxe 4 disc edition - features 52 pages containing exclusive additional artwork, the original album on CD plus a second CD of bonus music, and is topped off with a DVD and Blu-ray featuring the album and bonus material in a 24/96 DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround sound mix and 24/96 hi-res stereo audio.
- All digital & streaming platforms

Dissolution tracklisting:

"Not Naming Any Names"
"Try As I Might"
"Threatening War"
"Uncovering Your Tracks"
"All That You've Got"
"Far Below"
"Pillar of Salt"
"White Mist"
"Shed A Light"

"Far Below":

The Pineapple Thief will be taking Dissolution on the road starting in September, with new dates added for March 2019. This tour includes their biggest show to date at London's prestigious O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.

September
15 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
16 - Brussels, Belgium - La Madeleine
17 - Bremen, Germany - Schlachthof
18 - Hanover, Germany - Musikzentrum
19 - Berlin, Germany - Lido
21 - Warsaw, Poland - Stodola
22 - Olomucany, Czech Republic - S-Club
23 - Prague, Czech Republic - Rock Cafè
25 - Wien, Austria - Szene
26 - Munich, Germany - Backstage Werk
27 - Aschaffenburg, Germany - Colos-Saal
28 - Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall
29 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg

October
4 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Liquid Rooms
5 - Sheffield, England - Leadmill
6 - London, England - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

February
22 - Roma, Italy - Largo Venue
23 - Milano, Italy - Santeria Social Club

March
3 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
5 - Stockholm, Sweden - venue tba
6 - Oslo, Norway - John Dee

The Pineapple Thief are:

Bruce Soord - vocalist, guitarist, composer
Gavin Harrison - drums
Jon Sykes - bass
Steve Kitch - keyboards

(Photo - James Cumptsy)

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KATAKLYSM - Meditations Chart Positions Revealed

Montréal based melodic death metallers Kataklysm unleashed their new studio album Meditations on June 1st through Nuclear Blast Records. Thanks to their loyal fan-base, the album saw the bands highest first week numbers and it debuted at #52 on the Billboard Top Current Charts, #15 on the Billboard Top Current Rock and #3 on Billboards Heatseekers/Top New Artist chart as well as landing #7 on the Current Hard Music chart.

Meditations also reached the following chart positions:

#21 - Germany
#23 - Switzerland

Canada:
#12 - Hard Music Albums
#80 - Top Current Albums

"It's times like these that all the sacrifices and all the pain endured over the years comes to be worth it in this business. When people come together and appreciate a work of art that you have done and they are able to relate and support it. Having our best first week debut ever and even hitting the top 100 Billboard album charts doesn't change anything for us or our work ethic but it sure feels good after 26 years of hard work! Thank you to all our fans - old and new - for the soulful lift. Come and see us rip this album live! m/" - Kataklysm

Order Meditations in various formats at this location.

Produced by the band's own guitarist J-F Dagenais and drummer Oli Beaudoin, the new album was mixed by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Stone Sour). Mastering duties were handled by Paul Logus (Pantera).

The Meditations cover artwork, which can be seen below, was created by Ocvlta Designs by Surtsey, who also crafted the artwork for Kataklysm's previous record, Of Ghosts And Gods.

Meditations tracklisting:

"Guillotine"
"Outsider"
"The Last Breath I'll Take Is Yours"
"Narcissist"
"Born To Kill And Destined To Die"
"In Limbic Resonance"
"And Then I Saw Blood"
"What Doesn't Break Doesn't Heal"
"Bend The Arc, Cut The Cord"
"Achilles Heel"

"The Resurrected" live video:

"Outsider" video:

"Narcissist" video:

"Guillotine" lyric video:

Kataklysm have announced that they will be teaming up with Swedish death metal legends Hypocrisy for a European co-headline tour.

The tour's special name traces back to Nuclear Blast's popular sampler series and promises nothing but evenings of moshpits and endless devastation. Don't miss out on this outstanding tour and secure your tickets now.

Maurizio Iacono states: "It's been in talks for over two years and finally both Kataklysm and our brothers in Hypocrisy can make the schedule work to join forces once more. It's been almost 15 years since we toured together and the last time we did the tours became instant classics. Its that time again folks... Kataklysm & Hypocrisy team up once more for a world tour beginning with Europe this fall. To make things even greater our record label Nuclear Blast has come on board and baptized the tour Death... Is Just The Beginning, a homage to the old classic compilations that made so many fans discover both bands back in the day. This will mark the return of this classic compilation with this tour and maybe give other artists the chance to get discovered like we did. DO NOT MISS THIS TOUR, YOU ONLY GET ONE CHANCE!"

Hypocrisy's Peter Tägtgren adds: "I hope that you are just as excited as we are, because we are very happy to announce that we are finally warming up the Hypocrisy engine again and that we will be back on the road in fall! We will be touring Europe together with our friends in Kataklysm! The tour will be an overview of the chaos and confusion created by Hypocrisy over the years. See you out there!"

Tour dates:

October
18 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlachthof
19 - Stuttgart, Germany - LKA Longhorn
20 - Munich, Germany - Backstage
23 - Budapest, Hungary - Barba Negra
24 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
25 - Wrocław, Poland - Zaklęte Rewiry
26 - Geiselwind, Germany - MusicHall
27 - Milan, Italy - Live Music Club
28 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
29 - Lyon, France - Ninkasi Kao
31 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Mon

November
1 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 2
2 - Limoges, France - CC John Lennon
3 - Paris, France - La Machine du Moulin Rouge
4 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
5 - Hamburg, Germany - Docks
6 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Trädgår'n
7 - Stockholm, Sweden - Fryshuset
9 - Helsinki, Finland - The Circus
10 - Tampere, Finland - Pakkahuone
12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
13 - Leeuwarden, Netherlands - Neushoorn
14 - Berlin, Germany - Kesselhaus
15 - Dresden, Germany - Eventwerk
16 - Oberhausen, Germany - Turbinenhalle 2
17 - Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser

More Kataklysm live dates:

June
14-16 - Gräfenhainichen, Germany - With Full Force
21 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting
22 - St. Goarshausen, Germany - Rockfels
23 - Clisson, France - Hellfest

July
6 - Bucarest, Romania - Metalhead Meeting
7 - Barcelona, Spain - Rockfest Barcelona
21 - Bertingen, Germany - R.U.D.E
25 - Tolmin, Slovenia - Metaldays

August
16 - Dinkelsbühl, Germany - Summer Breeze
17 - Moravsky Krumlov, Czech Republic - Rock Heard Festival
18 - Essen, Germany - Turock OA

Kataklysm is:

Maurizio Iacono - Vocals
Jean-Francois Dagenais - Guitar
Stephane Barbe - Bass
Oli Beaudoin - Drums

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TARJA Issues Next Teaser Video For Upcoming Act II Release

Following up the worldwide top 10 video chart success Act I, Tarja and earMUSIC recently announced the release of the long-awaited follow up, Act II, this summer. Check out a new teaser video below:

Tarja recently revealed the first song from Act II, Love To Hate.

The bombastic live version of Love To Hate has been recorded at renowned Metropolis Studios in London, UK, and showcases Tarjas impressive vocal range and talent for compositions. In London, Tarja and band performed an intimate, yet rocking version of the fan favourite in front of 20 lucky winners from all over Europe. The song, originally from her worldwide chart success The Shadow Self, gives a powerful taste of the forthcoming live release and can be found on the video version of Act II only.

Watch the video below. Love To Hate" (Live In London) is also available to stream and download here.

Filmed during Tarja's world tour The Shadow Shows, during which the influential heavy rock singer circled the world 7.5 times with over 300,000 km travelled and played over 200 shows in 40 countries in front of 1 million people, Act II consists of the singer's very intimate 75-minute set filmed and recorded live at the Metropolis Studio in London, UK and the breathtaking live performance of one of her shows in Milan, Italy, and previously unreleased interviews and photo galleries.

The theatrical rock adventure Act II combines two incredible, yet slightly different live performances on video:

The first chapter, Metropolis Alive, has been filmed two months prior to the release of Tarja's 2016 success The Shadow Self. Twenty winners from all over Europe were lucky to witness Tarja's intimate, yet rocking set at renowned Metropolis Studios in London, where the singer performed songs from her then unreleased album - for the first time in front of an audience.

Act II is the second chapter and was recorded on November 29th, 2016 at the magnificent Teatro della Luna Allago in Milan, Italy and includes numerous hits from all four Tarja albums such as "Innocence," "Die Alive," "Until My Last Breath," as well as an incredible cover of Muse's classic "Supremacy." That night's set list also enchants the soprano's long-time fans with a medley consisting of the distinctive Nightwish evergreens: "Ever Dream," "Slaying The Dreamer," and "The Riddler." It was all topped off with a remarkable acoustic set, which presented Tarja classics in a brand new way.

Even though the shows deliberately differ in look, sound, approach to the music and adrenaline, both have one thing in common: from the very first to the very last tune, the state of the art production displays Tarja's energetic performance and her graceful, charming presence.

Act II will be released on July 27th via earMUSIC as 2CD digipak, 3LP Gatefold (180g, black), DVD, Blu-ray, Limited Mediabook 2CD+2BD (including two full live shows filmed at Hellfest in France and Woodstock Festival in Poland as bonus) and Digital.

A wide variety of exclusive, limited fan items and bundles can be found on Tarjas official web shop here.

Tracklisting:

CD1
"No Bitter End"
"500 Letters"
"Eagle Eye"
"Demons In You"
"Lucid Dreamer"
"Shameless"
"The Living End"
"Calling From The Wild"
"Supremacy"
"Tutankhamen"
"Ever Dream"
"The Riddler"
"Slaying The Dreamer"

CD2
"Goldfinger"
"Deliverance"

Acoustic Set:
"Until Silence"
"The Reign"
"Mystique Voyage"
"House Of Wax"
"I Walk Alone"

"Love To Hate"
"Victim Of Ritual"
"Undertaker"
"Too Many"
"Innocence"
"Die Alive"
"Until My Last Breath"

3LP + Download Code

Side A
"No Bitter End"
"500 Letters"
"Eagle Eye"
"Demons In You"

Side B
"Lucid Dreamer"
"Shameless"
"The Living End"
"Calling From The Wild"

Side C
"Supremacy"
"Tutankhamen"
"Ever Dream"
"The Riddler"
"Slaying The Dreamer"
"Goldfinger"
"Deliverance"

Side D
"Until Silence"
"The Reign"
"Mystique Voyage"
"House Of Wax"
"I Walk Alone"

Side E
"Love To Hate"
"Victim Of Ritual"
"Too Many"

Side F
"Undertaker"
"Innocence"
"Die Alive"
"Until My Last Breath"

BD//DVD

Filmed at Metropolis Studios, London, UK, June 6, 2016
"No Bitter End"
"Eagle Eye"
"Sing For Me"
"Love To Hate"
"The Living End"
"Medusa"
"Calling From The Wild"
"Victim Of Ritual"
"Die Alive"
"Innocence"
"Until My Last Breath"
"Too Many"

Filmed at Teatro della Luna Assago in Milan, Italy, November 29, 2016
"Against The Odds"
"No Bitter End"
"500 Letters"
"Eagle Eye"
"Demons In You"
"Lucid Dreamer"
"Shameless"
"The Living End"
"Calling From The Wild"
"Supremacy"
"Tutankhamen"
"Ever Dream"
"The Riddler"
"Slaying The Dreamer"
"Goldfinger"
"Deliverance"

Acoustic Set:
"Until Silence"
"The Reign"
"Mystique Voyage"
"House Of Wax"
"I Walk Alone"

"Love To Hate"
"Victim Of Ritual"
"Undertaker"
"Too Many"
"Innocence"
"Die Alive"
"Until My Last Breath"

Bonus Material
- Interviews with Tarja and band members
- Photo Gallery 1: Through the eyes of the fans
- Photo Gallery 2: From stages and streets by Tim Tronckoe

Limited Mediabook

BD1
Filmed at Metropolis Studios, London, UK June 6, 2016
"No Bitter End"
"Eagle Eye"
"Sing For Me"
"Love To Hate"
"The Living End"
"Medusa"
"Calling From The Wild"
"Victim Of Ritual"
"Die Alive"
"Innocence"
"Until My Last Breath"
"Too Many"

Filmed at Teatro della Luna Assago in Milan, Italy, November 29, 2016
"Against The Odds"
"No Bitter End"
"500 Letters"
"Eagle Eye"
"Demons In You"
"Lucid Dreamer"
"Shameless"
"The Living End"
"Calling From The Wild"
"Supremacy"
"Tutankhamen"
"Ever Dream"
"The Riddler"
"Slaying The Dreamer"
"Goldfinger"
"Deliverance"

Acoustic Set:
"Until Silence"
"The Reign"
"Mystique Voyage"
"House Of Wax"
"I Walk Alone"

"Love To Hate"
"Victim Of Ritual"
"Undertaker"
"Too Many"
"Innocence"
"Die Alive"
"Until My Last Breath"

Bonus Material
- Interviews with Tarja and band members
- Photo Gallery 1: Through the eyes of the fans
- Photo Gallery 2: From stages and streets by Tim Tronckoe

BD2
Filmed at Woodstock Festival, Poland, 16th of July, 2016
"Against The Odds"
"No Bitter End"
"Demons In You"
"500 Letters"
"Ciarans Well"
"Supremacy"
"Calling From The Wild"
"Tutankhamen"
"Ever Dream"
"The Riddler"
"Slaying The Dreamer"
"Innocence"
"Victim Of Ritual"
"Die Alive"
"Until My Last Breath"
"Over The Hills And Far Away"

Filmed at Hellfest, France, June 19, 2016
"No Bitter End"
"Never Enough"
"Ciarans Well"
"Calling From The Wild"
"Supremacy"
"Victim Of Ritual"
"Tutankhamen"
"Ever Dream"
"The Riddler"
"Slaying The Dreamer"
"Die Alive"
"Until My Last Breath"

CD1
"No Bitter End"
"500 Letters"
"Eagle Eye"
"Demons In You"
"Lucid Dreamer"
"Shameless"
"The Living End"
"Calling From The Wild"
"Supremacy"
"Tutankhamen"
"Ever Dream"
"The Riddler"
"Slaying The Dreamer"

CD2
"Goldfinger"
"Deliverance"

Acoustic Set:
"Until Silence"
"The Reign"
"Mystique Voyage"
"House Of Wax"
"I Walk Alone"

"Love To Hate"
"Victim Of Ritual"
"Undertaker"
"Too Many"
"Innocence"
"Die Alive"
"Until My Last Breath"
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FAITHSEDGE Featuring MR. BIG, ACE FREHLEY, DOKKEN, Ex-STRYPER Members Enter The Studio; New Album Due In Early 2019

Faithsedge have began recording for their new album, slated for an early 2019 release. The above photo features drummer Matt Starr (Mr.Big, Ace Frehley) , singer /songwriter Giancarlo Floridia and bassist Tim Gaines (ex-Stryper) a few months ago at Namm 2018.

The new album marks the return of former Stryper bassist Tim Gaines. Also producing is former Dokken lead guitarist Alex De Rosso. The album will be mixed and mastered at the new Cube studio in Padova, Italy .

The band will be announcing their new guest keyboard player by the end of the year, who will add to the melodic approach and direction of the songs. As confirmed by Giancarlo Floridia, the keyboardist is from a multi-platinum selling band from the late 80's, early 90's.

The album is promised to be a return of melodic rock/metal with hooks and melody with elements of progressive. The band's previous album Restoration was released via Scarlet Records (eOne distribution) for US and Europe and Spiritual Beast Japan (Universal music Japan distribution).

Stay tuned for updates.
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Watch SLAYER's Entire Bristow Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of SLAYER's entire June 10 concert at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia can be seen below.

The band's setlist was as follows:

01. Intro/Delusions Of Saviour

02. Repentless

03. Blood Red

04. Disciple

05. Mandatory Suicide

06. Hate Worldwide

07. War Ensemble

08. Jihad

09. When The Stillness Comes

10. Postmortem

11. Black Magic

12. Payback

13. Seasons In The Abyss

14. Dittohead

15. Dead Skin Mask

16. Hell Awaits

17. South Of Heaven

18. Raining Blood

19. Chemical Warfare

20. Angel Of Death

SLAYER kicked off its farewell tour on May 10 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California.

This past January, SLAYER announced that it would do one last concert tour around the globe to thank their fans for all of their support over the years, for making the last three and a half decades so packed with good times and unforgettable experiences, and then move on.

SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya talked about his possible retirement in a 2016 interview with Loudwire. He said: "At 35 years, it's time to collect my pension. [Laughs] This is a career move." He continued: "I'm grateful that we've been around for 35 years; that's a really long time. So, yeah, to me, it is. Because when we started off, everything was great, because you're young and invincible. And then there came a time where I became a family man, and I had a tough time flying back and forth. And now, at this stage, at the level we're at now, I can do that; I can fly home when I want to, on days off, and spend some time with my family, which is something I wasn't able to do when [my kids] were growing up. Now they're both older and mature. So now I take advantage of that." Araya added: "Yeah, it just gets harder and harder to come back out on the road. 35 years is a long time."

Tom also revealed another reason for his diminished enjoyment of the touring life. He said: "There's things that have gone on in my life that have made me change how I play as a bass player. I had neck surgery, so I can't headbang anymore. And that was a big part of what I enjoyed doing what I do — singing and headbanging. I liked knowing that I was one of the fucking badass headbangers. That played a big part. Now I just groove with the music, which is cool, because I'm grooving with the music and the feel of the songs, so that's changed a little for me."

SLAYER has been touring in support of its latest album, "Repentless", which was released in September 2015 via Nuclear Blast. That effort marked the band's first release since the death of SLAYER's co-founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman.

Hanneman contracted necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating disease, in January 2011 from a spider bite in his backyard. The infection ravaged the flesh and tissues of Hanneman's arm, leading to numerous surgeries, skin grafts and intense periods of rehab that forced him into semi-retirement and left him near death at several points.

Hanneman eventually died in May 2013 from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver. He is credited for writing many of SLAYER's classic songs, including "Angel Of Death" and "South Of Heaven".

Original SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo was effectively fired from the band after sitting out the group's Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of SLAYER. He has since been replaced by Paul Bostaph, who was previously SLAYER's drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band.

SLAYER has U.S. dates booked through August 26 at San Jose, California's SAP Center. The band will embark on the European leg of its "farewell" tour in the fall. Support on the trek will come from LAMB OF GOD, ANTHRAX and OBITUARY.
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FATES WARNING: 'Live Over Europe' Unboxing Video

An unboxing video for "Live Over Europe", the new live album from progressive metal pioneers FATES WARNING, can be seen below. The disc will be released on June 29 via InsideOut Music.

Captured during the most recent European headlining run for FATES WARNING's acclaimed latest studio album, "Theories Of Flight", in January 2018, "Live Over Europe" includes recordings from eight different cities (Aschaffenburg, Germany; Belgrade, Serbia; Thessaloniki and Athens, Greece; Rome and Milan, Italy; Budapest, Hungary and Ljubljana, Slovenia) and a total of 23 songs in over 138 minutes of playing time, spanning 30 years of the group's seminal career.

"Live Over Europe" was mixed by Jens Bogren (OPETH, KREATOR, SYMPHONY X) and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden and will be available as limited 2CD mediabook, gatefold 3LP + bonus-2CD or as digital album.

FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder stated: "We would like to thank each and every one of our fans that helped us make 'Live Over Europe'. We had a great time making this album and we hope that you enjoyed the shows as much as we did playing them."

"Live Over Europe" track listing:

CD 1:

01. From The Rooftops

02. Life In Still Water

03. One

04. Pale Fire

05. Seven Stars

06. SOS

07. Pieces Of Me

08. Firefly

09. The Light And Shade Of Things

10. Wish

11. Another Perfect Day

12. Silent Cries

13. And Yet It Moves

CD 2:

01. Still Remains

02. Nothing Left To Say

03. Acquiescence

04. The Eleventh Hour

05. Point Of View

06. Falling

07. A Pleasant Shade Of Gray, Pt. IX

08. Through Different Eyes

09. Monument

10. Eye To Eye

FATES WARNING 2018 is:

Bobby Jarzombek - Drums

Joey Vera - Bass and Vocals

Ray Alder - Vocals

Jim Matheos - Guitars

Mike Abdow - Guitars and Vocals

Asked how he feels being attached to the "progressive" tag, Matheos told Goldmine in a 2016 interview: "I understand the need for labels. We all use labels. I use them if I have to describe something I'm listening to… I'll use whatever label comes to mind. That's the one that fits in general. It doesn't bother me. I just think that whole term doesn't mean that much anymore. The stuff that people give to me to listen to all the time — 'Oh, this is great prog stuff. You're gonna love it.' But, to me, if I even bother to listen to it, it sounds like something I've heard a hundred times before."


Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral
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FM's STEVE OVERLAND And WORK OF ART's ROBERT SÄLL Join Forces In GROUNDBREAKER

Frontiers Music Srl will release the self-titled debut album from GROUNDBREAKER, the new project featuring singer Steve Overland of FM and Robert Säll of WORK OF ART and W.E.T., on September 14.

The disc's first single, "Over My Shoulder", can be streamed below.

According to a press release, "Groundbreaker" is "simply everything that a melodic rock fan could hope for: soaring hooklines, magnificent melodies, amazing musical performances, and in Overland, a stunning vocalist. Mixing the British and Swedish melodic rock/AOR styles, 'Groundbreaker' is truly the best of both worlds and surely destined to be one of the highlights of the year in an already stellar year for melodic rock!"

GROUNDBREAKER came about when a conversation between Frontiers president Serafino Perugino and Overland revealed that the latter was eager to collaborate with new and exciting musicians from the European melodic rock scene. The idea was immediately brought up to involve Säll and use Alessandro Del Vecchio's production abilities. Overland loved the initial material that was submitted, and consequently they all started to work on songs. The process was very smooth and the final result was so good that everyone thought that the name GROUNDBREAKER was the right way to describe the power and the vibe of the music.

"I'm the main composer for about half of the songs, but Ale and Steve wrote a lot as well," says Säll. "I had to write songs with Steve's voice in mind and that was new, but very inspiring to me. But for any fan of FM or WORK OF ART, I think they will be very familiar with the sound of this record!"

"The idea for the album was to make a classic AOR album and I think between Robert, Alessandro, Pete Alpenborg and myself, we came up with a great collection of songs," adds Overland. "I think this is some of the best material I've worked on in a while and all of the musicians on the record are fantastic, not only as players, but to work with. I knew of Robert's writing talents on the WORK OF ART records, but it really turned out to be a great collaboration and I'm so proud of the results! My personal favorite song on the record is 'Will It Make You Love Me'. We've shot a video for it and I think it's truly a future classic!"

"Groundbreaker" track listing includes

01. Over My Shoulder

02. Will It Make You Love Me

03. Eighteen Til I Die

04. Only Time Will Tell

05. Tonight

06. Standing Up For Love

07. Something Worth Fighting For

08. The Sound Of A Broken Heart

09. The First Time

10. The Days Of Our Life

11. The Way It Goes

GROUNDBREAKER is:

Steve Overland - Vocals

Robert Säll - Guitar

Nalley Pahlsson - Bass

Herman Furin - Drums

With Alessandro Del Vecchio - Keyboards

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NO RETURN: 'Despise Your Heroes' Video

"Despise Your Heroes", the new video from the French melodic death-thrash metal band NO RETURN, can be seen below. The song is taken from the group's latest album, "The Curse Within", which was released in November via Mighty Music.

Formed in 1989, NO RETURN recorded its first album, 1990's "Psychological Torment", in Germany with CORONER drummer and Marky Marquis as art director. The band then produced the second album, 1992's "Contamination Rises", at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida with the help of Scott Burns.

Ever since, the band has kept on sharing its passion for music, performing alongside such bands as ARCH ENEMY, SAMAEL, NAPALM DEATH, SEPULTURA, CORONER, MOTÖRHEAD and many others, all while regularly releasing new albums.

In March 2015, they released "Fearless Walk To Rise", produced by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, ABORTED, PRETTY MAIDS). Several tours followed this release, including a French tour that closed with a performance on the main stage of Hellfest. Two other European tours also followed, one with DEW-SCENTED and ANGELUS APATRIDA in October 2015, the other with ONSLAUGHT and MORS PRINCIPIUM EST in September 2016.

NO RETURN is:

Alain Clément - Guitar

David Barbosa - Bass

Joël Barbosa - Drums

Geoffroy Lebon - Guitar

Mick Caesare - Vocals
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BURY TOMORROW To Release 'Black Flame' Album In July

Music For Nations, the legendary British heavy metal label responsible for releasing early records by METALLICA, TOOL and OPETH, among others, previously announced that it has teamed up with SonyMusic Independent Network (SIN) to become an active frontline label for the first time in more than a decade, and for the first time with a dedicated U.S. presence.

The revitalized label is excited to bring fans a slate of new signings — first up is BURY TOMORROW with "Black Flame", out July 13. It's the band's fifth album and first under the Music For Nations banner.

Other signings include BLANKET and ASTROID BOYS — more details regarding these artists and their upcoming releases will be available soon.

British metalcore band BURY TOMORROW dropped the album's title track "Black Flame" earlier this spring. Listen to and watch the video for "Black Flame" below. Another song will drop on June 29.

By whatever measure you care to use, BURY TOMORROW is among modern British metal's upper echelon. Long since established as one of the U.K.'s most successful heavy exports, the Hampshire quintet has performed on main stages at virtually every major European festival you care to name, racked up millions of YouTube views, scored two top 40 U.K. albums and sold tens of thousands of tickets to their incendiary live shows in the process. Shows which combine a passion, precision and uncompromising aggression that has become both a trademark and a badge of honor.

They have achieved all of this and much more not by following trends or jumping from bandwagon to bandwagon — but rather by sharpening to a diamond-cut point their brand of punishing, yet effortlessly melodic heaviness. The music speaks of a character that few bands of any genre could hope to match.

Indeed, it is this character, this unwavering spirit, that has earned them one of the most rabidly dedicated, dye-in-the-wool fanbases in the whole of rock music. A fanbase which has seen the band grow steadily across four pulverizing records of unerring quality and ever-expanding ambition.

"Black Flame" track listing:

01. No Less Violent

02. Adrenaline

03. Black Flame

04. My Revenge

05. More Than Mortal

06. Knife of Gold

07. The Age

08. Stormbringer

09. Overcast

10. Peacekeeper
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VIXEN Releases New Acoustic Version Of 'Edge Of A Broken Heart' From 'Live Fire' Album

Classic '80s rock veterans VIXEN will release "Live Fire" on July 6 via Rat Pak Records. Mixed by Michael Wagener, "Live Fire" features 12 live tracks and was recorded at Chicago's legendary Arcada Theater during the group's successful 2017 tour. In addition to the classic VIXEN songs, the effort also includes a newly recorded studio version of "You Ought to Know By Now", an all-new studio acoustic version of the hit song "Edge Of A Broken Heart", which can be streamed below, and a live version of a previously unreleased track called "Big Brother".

Regarding "You Ought to Know by Now", vocalist Janet Gardner says: "It gives you a taste of the classic VIXEN days with a revitalized energy and passion!" Bassist Share Ross adds: "This song is the ultimate connection between our history with Jan and our future!"

Speaking of the live material, drummer Roxy Petrucci comments: "It's really cool to see so many old and new fans enjoying these classic songs as we perform them live, so it only made sense to release this live album!" Guitarist Britt Lightning adds: "This album really captures all the spontaneity and energy of the band's live performance."

"Live Fire" is available in various formats and bundle configurations, including a limited white vinyl pressing with an alternate track sequence and also an Ultimate Fan Bundle that includes a personal "thank-you" phone call from Janet Gardner, exclusively available at www.ratpakrecords.com/vixen.

"Live Fire" track listing:

01. Rev It Up (Live)

02. How Much Love (Live)

03. One Night Alone (Live)

04. Cryin' (Live)

05. Meet The Band (Live)

06. Rock Me (Live)

07. Streets In Paradise (Live)

08. I Don't Need No Doctor (Live)

09. Love Is A Killer (Live)

10. Love Made Me (Live)

11. Big Brother (Live) *previously unreleased*

12. Edge of A Broken Heart (Live)

Bonus tracks:

13. You Ought To Know By Now (New Studio Version)

14. Edge of A Broken Heart (New Studio Acoustic Version)

VIXEN is:

Janet Gardner (vocals)

Roxy Petrucci (drums)

Share Ross (bass)

Britt Lightning (guitars)

Photo credit: Mark Weiss
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Video: OZZY OSBOURNE Performs At SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL

Fan-filmed video footage of Ozzy Osbourne's June 8 performance at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden can be seen below (courtesy of Decibel Geek TV). He was joined at the gig by his longtime collaborators Zakk Wylde (guitar), Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (bass), Tommy Clufetos (drums) and Adam Wakeman (keyboards).

The main North American leg of Ozzy's "No More Tours 2" will launch on August 30 at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania and run through October 13 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ozzy will be joined by STONE SOUR for this leg of the tour.

"No More Tours 2" is a reference to Ozzy's 1992 "No More Tours" jaunt, which was meant at the time to be his goodbye to the road.

The heavy metal legend said in a statement: "I've been extremely blessed to have had two successful music careers. I'm looking at this final tour as being a huge celebration for my fans and anyone who has enjoyed my music over the past five decades."

Ozzy admitted a while back that his voice doesn't always hold up these days. "Sometimes it blows out," he said. "I do the best I can. Sometimes I sound terrible, and sometimes it's good, you know. But I'm only human. I mean, I'm honest about it, you know."

Ozzy and BLACK SABBATH bid farewell to their 50 years on the road more than a year ago with two final concerts in their hometown of Birmingham, England.

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