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Video Premiere: ALTER BRIDGE's 'Cradle To The Grave'

ALTER BRIDGE's video for the song "Cradle To The Grave" can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's fifth studio album, "The Last Hero", which was released in October by Caroline Records in the United States/Canada and Napalm Records throughout the rest of the globe. The CD was produced by longtime friend and collaborator Michael "Elvis" Baskette (SLASH, TREMONTI, TRIVIUM) and mastered by Grammy Award winner Ted Jensen.

ALTER BRIDGE vocalist Myles Kennedy told FaceCulture in an interview that even though the band's new album is called "The Last Hero", it's not necessarily a politically oriented record. Kennedy explained: "The trick was not to get too directly political, because all that does is piss people off. One of the key emotions a lot of people seem to be feeling is disillusionment, and what I try to do as a lyricist is touch on these emotions."

Guitarist Mark Tremonti agreed, telling The Pulse Of Radio that the album title and concept is more general in nature. "Myles kind of ran with that as a theme for the record," he said. "It's a calling out for leaders in this world that you can trust and put faith in and, you know, it's just such a circus right now, especially here in the States, with everything that's going on. So it's just, you know, a call out to find new leaders in this world."

ALTER BRIDGE will release of a new live album and rarities collection, "Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities", on September 8 via Napalm Records.

One of the biggest moments of the band's career was the monumental show at London's famous O2 Arena on November 26, 2016. That landmark performance was captured in its entirety. The two-CD, nineteen-track recording documents what an enormous presence ALTER BRIDGE have become on concert stages around the world.

In addition, this latest release includes an exclusive full-length rarities CD sure to excite fans everywhere. The disc features the never-before-released tracks "Cruel Sun" and "Solace" that were recorded during the "One Day Remains" sessions, as well as the song "Breathe" from the same time which has only ever been available as a U.S. retail exclusive via Best Buy. These tracks join seven other songs that have only been released in Japan until this collection.

This incredible selection of ALTER BRIDGE gems will be released in multiple formats. In addition to a standard three-CD audio version, fans can also pick up one of the limited deluxe editions (including a four-LP set and a CD/DVD Earbook) which also include an exclusive ALTER BRIDGE documentary featuring extensive interviews with the band, their crew, and family, giving an amazing glimpse behind the scenes of this legendary show at London's O2 Arena.
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THE HAUNTED: 'Strength In Numbers' Album Details Revealed

Swedish thrashers THE HAUNTED will release their ninth studio album, "Strength In Numbers", on August 25 via Century Media. The disc was recorded at Parlour Studios in the U.K. with producer Russ Russell (NAPALM DEATH, DIMMU BORGIR, THE EXPLOITED).

The official video for the album's first single, "Brute Force", can be seen below. The clip was produced by Oscar Dziedziela of OD Visual.

THE HAUNTED stated about the track: "We're very excited to finally be able to air our first single from the new album, 'Strength In Numbers', and let it set the tone for the brutality of the album. 'Brute Force' is one of those songs written in the early stage of making the album and shows our hunger to make new music, uncompromising, unforgiving and just to the point."

The artwork for "Strength In Numbers" was once again created by THE HAUNTED's longtime designer Andreas Pettersson.

"Strength In Numbers" track listing:

01. Fill The Darkness With Black02. Brute Force03. Spark04. Preachers Of Death05. Strength In Numbers06. Tighten The Noose07. This Is The End08. The Fall09. Means To An End10. Monuments

The album's limited-edition Mediabook CD version will include the bonus tracks "Illusions" and "Sinister", expanded layouts as well as three stickers. "Strength In Numbers" will also be available on 180-gram vinyl in various editions:

- Black LP (Unlimited)- Silver LP (200 copies / Sweden)- Clear LP (300 Copies / U.S.)

And last but not least, a strictly limited Deluxe LP package will be available from CM Distro / CM Webshop in Europe. This very special edition is limited to 500 copies on transparent red colored vinyl and comes with a printed guitar tablature book, a poster, a set of three guitar picks and the entire album on CD as bonus.


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Spanish Death Metallers BLOODHUNTER Sign With Xtreem Music

Spanish female-fronted death metallers Bloodhunter have inked a deal with Xtreem Music for the release of their upcoming second album, due this fall.

Formed back in 2008, Bloodhunter is one of Spain's leading death metal forces. Led by virtuoso guitarist Fenris and vocalist Diva Satanica, the band released their debut album, Bloodhunter, back in 2014.

Bloodhunter has now finished recording their second album, to be entitled The End Of Faith, whose lineup is completed with bassist Éadrom and session drummer Marcelo Aires. 

For further details, visit Bloodhunter's official Facebook page.
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SALEMS LOTT Release Anime-Style Music Video For “Enigma”

Hollywood-based shock rock frontrunners, Salems Lott, have been making a name for themselves on the Sunset Strip since their inception in 2013, selling out venues such as House Of Blues, The Whisky A Go Go, The Roxy and Viper Room countless times. Performing a heavy speed metal sound mixed with shocking theatrics and an even more surprising look, the band have amassed fans from here to Japan with their antics and sound.

With the recent release of part one of their new two-part album series, Mask Of Morality, the band delved into socially-conscious themes on individualism, values, morality and current politics. One of the more eye-opening tracks on the album, entitled "Enigma", focuses on freedom of speech on both sides of the societal coin.

Salems Lott have just revealed their brand new music video for "Enigma". Directed by Ian Moore and produced by UWOWI, the video features custom anime-style animation depicting the band in a dystopian society whose people are on-the-verge of battle with one another. The battle stems from the dissolving of individualism and a hyper-focus on equality. Watch below.

Lead guitarist Jett Black says, "The anime portion portrays a hypothetical fictional future in which the ideology of equality attains complete dominance. Wealth, prosperity, individualism are ostracized and violently subdued. Conversely, equality and collectivism are promoted to its utter extreme. These two opposing views inevitably battle it out. Throughout the video the band symbolizes the lost archetype of yang - order - the father and all of the archetypal elements embodied. In contrast, the authoritative figures of the future and the violent activists of the modern day, embody the extreme archetype of yin - chaos - the overbearing mother."

Black adds, "Freedom of speech is the mechanism in which a healthy society remains balanced and not swayed by either extreme.  In the video, we see the signs of an unbalanced extreme being pushed forward through violent suppression of free speech (opposing views). This is something we are seeing today more commonly and would ultimately lead to a Marxist 'utopian' future as the one depicted in the anime. Hence the title "Enigma" (other than censorship reasons): The nature of an ideology that is deeply damaging/authoritative but masquerades under the innocent good intentioned guise of compassion (while any opposing view is vilified), which makes it so mysterious, ambiguous and hard to identify as the problem. The shadowy figure silencing individuals through force and its extended intimidation."

Salems Lott is:

Monroe Black - Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar
Jett - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Kay - Lead Bass, Vocals
Tony F. Corpse - Drums

(Photo - Hector Puig)
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JOTNAR Streaming Connected/Condemned Album In It’s Entirety

Spanish melodic death metal outfit, Jotnar, are streaming their Connected/Condemned album in it’s entirety. The album was released worldwide on April 21st via Massacre Records. Find the full album stream below.

Jotnar offers a redesigned and modern sound with strong and aggressive rhythms, smooth melodies, catchy choruses and insane growls. The band made it’s live debut in late 2008, and underwent several lineup changes, which led to today's lineup, consisting of vocalist Mario Infantes, guitarists Ben Melero and Elhadji N’Diaye, bassist Octavio Santana and Jose Rodriguez. The quintet has already played with bands such as Korn, Amon Amarth, Sabaton and Machine Head, and played at festivals like MetalDays, Rock Bitch Boat and Villa De Bilbao.

The Connected/Condemned cover art was created by British artist Russ Mills.

Connected/Condemned tracklisting:

“Remaining Still”
“Missing Shadows”
“Broken Esteem” (feat. Björn “Speed” Strid - Soilwork)
“Suicidal Angel”
“Live Together Die Alone”
“Starved Of Guidance”
“I, The Paradox”
“The Sentence”
“Invisible Trace”
“The Loneliness' Legacy”
“Say It Right” (Nelly Furtado cover)
“Envy World”
“The Portrait” (feat. Jennie Nord - Ultimate Fate, Santi Suarez - Sphinx, Bruno Pardini)

Album stream:

“Suicidal Angel” video:

“Starved Of Guidance” video:

“Broken Esteem” video:

“Connected/Condemned” video:

Album teaser:
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Exclusive: PHEAR Goes On A MAIDEN Voyage With “Rime Of The Ancient Mariner” Cover

Canuck metalheads Phear - comprised of Patrick Mulock - lead vocals, Graham Stirrett - guitar, Tyson Emanuel - guitar, Chris Boshis - bass guitar, Chris Lewis - drums/percussion - are gearing up to issue a new five-track EP, The Curse Lives On (release date Friday, June 30th), which follows their debut full-length, Insanitarium. And the EP is spearheaded by the ultimate cover that ups the irons!!

BraveWords is premiering the video for the band’s daring and axe-cellent cover of the Iron Maiden epic “Rime Of The Ancient Mariner”. Be an eagle and dare to click on the below!

Mulock discusses the EP saying: “Doing our first cover ever, ‘Rime Of The Ancient Mariner’, I think I'll never forget the first power chord I heard on the guitar. I knew that the seven string guitars would beef it up a little but BOOM....I just remember smiling and saying, ‘That's what I'm talking about.’ ‘Dirty Work’ was a little departure for us....We had an Alice in Chains feel with the harmonies and I really like how it came out. Live songs....’Don't Scream / Heaven / Regan's Dream,’ I remember being very nervous for that show. I literally got home from ten days in Europe and had to perform in three days. But the show went well and after five minutes, we got into our flow.”

Pre-order The Curse Lives On EP here:


The Curse Lives On EP tracklisting:
“Rime Of The Ancient Mariner”
“Dirty Work”
“Don't Scream” live
“Heaven” live
“Regan's Dream” live
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CONFESSIONS OF A TRAITOR Launch Music Video For “In Darkness, Ignite The Spark”

Confessions Of A Traitor have released an official video for the track “In Darkness, Ignite The Spark”, taken from their brand new EP Illuminate, released via Sliptrick Records worldwide in all formats.

The song is about constantly battling, looking for a way out of constant pain, having a brief break from it and plummeting further into self doubt. It then takes a positive twist about eventually cutting the negativity from your life and realizing that you need to take time to heal yourself before you can concentrate on anything or anyone, and having the strength to overcome it.

The video vaguely reflects this with the imagery of Steve stuck in the chains and the performance element being the release. It’s all relative on a personal level, this is how we interpret the lyrics and hopefully anyone who listens and watches, will interpret them in their own way.

Illuminate’s song titles are a poem when read together. They tell another story of struggle and how hope and belief will prevail. Adding more technical elements to the music with strong melodic sections, catchy riffs and the introduction of clean vocals have helped the band to write their best material to date.


“In Darkness, Ignite The Spark”
“For The Fires We Burn Are Boundless”
“The Light We Possess Is Relentless”
“Through Struggle, Hope Will Anchor Our Souls” (feat. JT Cavey of Erra)
“Illuminating The Night”

“Illuminating The Night” video:

Confessions Of A Traitor are:

Stephen MacConville - Vocals
Jack Darnell - Guitar
Dominic Pool - Guitar
Tony Nagle - Bass
Seb Olrog - Drums


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CELLAR DARLING Featuring Former ELUVEITIE Members Release This Is The Sound Album Trailer #4; Video

Cellar Darling, the new band formed by ex-Eluveitie members Anna Murphy, Merlin Sutter and Ivo Henzi, have released a fourth official video trailer for their upcoming album, This Is The Sound, out on June 30th via Nuclear Blast. Watch four trailers below.


“Black Moon”
“Six Days”
“The Hermit”
“Fire, Wind & Earth”
“Under The Oak Tree…”
“…High Above These Crowns”

“Avalanche” video:

Trailer #1:

Trailer #2:

Trailer #3:

Trailer #4:

“Black Moon” video:


“Fire, Wind & Earth”:

Studio trailer:

Cellar Darling have announced three festival shows for Europe this summer. Their schedule is currently as follows:

14 - Bôle, Switzerland - ParaBôle Festival

17 - Dinkelsbühl, Germany - Summer Breeze
25 - Gränichen, Switzerland - Open Air Gränichen


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Sweden’s THEN COMES SILENCE Reveal Blood Album Details; Video Trailer Streaming

Swedish post punk/dark wave masters, Then Comes Silence, have revealed the cover art and tracklisting for their upcoming, fourth full-length studio album, entitled Blood, which will be released on October 20th worldwide via Nuclear Blast.

Blood tracklisting:

“The Dead Cry For No One”
“Flashing Pangs Of Love”
“Strange Kicks”
“My Bones”
“In Leash”
“Choose Your Poison”
“Good Friday”
“The Rest Will Follow”
“Warm Like Blood”
“Into Death Alone” (limited first edition bonus track)

See mastermind Alex Svenson talking about the album title and the cover art in this first video trailer:

The band recently released a brand new song called "The Dead Cry For No One". The track will also be feature on the upcoming album. Check out the official music video below:


Alex Svenson - vox, bass, synth
Seth Kapadia - guitars
Jens Karnstedt - guitars
Jonas Fransson - drums
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THE POODLES Live At Wacken Open Air 2015; Video Of Full Show Streaming

Swedish metallers, The Poodles, performed at Germany’s Wacken Open Air festival in the summer of 2015. Video of the band’s full performance is available for streaming below.


“Before I Die”
“Metal Will Stand Tall”
“House Of Cards”
“Cuts Like A Knife”
“Shut Up!”
“Like No Tomorrow”
“Seven Seas”
“Night Of Passion”


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THROW THE FIGHT Premiere “Bury Me Alive” Music Video

Throw The Fight are playing this summer's Rock USA in Wisconsin with Ozzy, Slayer, Lamb Of God, Volbeat and many more. The band recently released their new album Transmissions via Bullet Tooth, produced by Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland, whose credits include August Burns Red, Texas In July, Everclear, Affiance, Live, and more. The new song "Bury Me Alive" has been getting great reaction at SiriusXM Octane and Music Choice and VEVO just premiered the new music video this week.

Dealing with military persons with PTSD, the band said, "We'd like to dedicate this to the men and women that bravely serve their countries worldwide."

Transmissions is the follow-up to What Doesn't Kill Us, which was produced by John Feldmann (Atreyu, The Used). That album has impressively sold 10,000 copies worldwide since release and landed on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. Throw The Fight followed the album with the 2013-released The Vault EP, which also landed on Billboard's Heatseekers and Alternative New Artist charts.

"We wanted to return when we had that fire going again. We demoed over 25 songs for this record in four months," said guitarist Ryan Baustert. "It ended up being the largest body of material we’ve ever had to work with for an album. This is by far the heaviest, most exciting group of Throw The Fight songs we've done. This is it. This is the best of the best."

Since arriving on the scene, Throw The Fight, who are based in Minneapolis, have toured nationally, logging dates with Bullet For My Valentine, Black Veil Brides, Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach, Sevendust, and more. They also secured slots on festivals such as The Vans Warped Tour and Taste Of Chaos.

Throw The Fight look to spend much of 2017 on the road continuing the Transmissions album cycle with a handful of headlining shows and festival dates.

Tour dates:

8 - What's Up Lounge - Mankato, MN (with City Of The Weak)
15 - Rock USA - Oshkosh, WI (with Avenged Sevenfold, Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Lamb Of God, etc.)
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EMPYREAN THRONE Release "And None Shall Rise" Lyric Video

Los Angeles, California based symphonic black metal artists Empyrean Throne have released the official lyric video for the single "And None Shall Rise" from their upcoming debut album Chaosborne. The lyric video was produced by Scott Rudd (Opeth, Fear Factory).

Chaosborne was produced by Mick Kenney (Anaal Nathrakh), features artwork by Valadislav Kutusov, and will be released August 11th on M-Theory Audio (the new label from Marco Barbieri; ex-Century Media President, Nuclear Blast).

"'And None Shall Rise' is not only the subsequent single from our upcoming debut album Chaosborne, but the opening salvo in the second act of the record's story ark," says vocalist Andrew Knudsen. "Lovecraft enthusiasts will recognize much of the themes presented within the song, including the barren setting of ice covered dreamworld Polaris. Narratively the somber and treacherous atmosphere of Polaris was a perfect companion for the bombastic arrangement of 'And None Shall Rise'. At this point in the album's story, our main character, a knights templar named Mathias, is locked in a battle of wills with beings of the Lovecraftian pantheon. His ideals, sacred truths, and feeble view of the world around him has been fragmented, like a broken mirror that further pains his sanity as he tries to rearrange the pieces. However, with this suffering comes illumination and the awakening of a deeper power within. Everyone experiences agony, but it is within these trials that we are able to unlock hidden parts of our being capable of great feats, strength, and resolve. We hope that you enjoy listening to 'And None Shall Rise'. Ever vigilant disciples!"


"The Twilight Order"
"Sed Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam"
"Usurping The Obsidian God"
"And None Shall Rise…"
"The Devouring Mark"
"From The Mouth Ov The Black Icons"
"Stormrite Ascension"
"Haereticus Stellarum Part I"
"Haereticus Stellarum Part II"
"Follow The Plaguelord Part II: The Harbinger Ov Pestilence"
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MISFITS Guitarist DOYLE - Fan-Filmed Video Of "Run For Your Life" Live In Kansas

Last night, June 22nd, Doyle played Aftershock in Merriam, Kansas. Fan-filmed footage of "Run For Your Life", from the new album As We Die, can be enjoyed below.

Legendary Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein releases his new solo album, As We Die, worldwide on CD and LP June 2nd. It's currently available from EMP Merch, including several international versions with alternate artwork configurations, featuring art by legendary horror/comic/album cover artist Mister Sam Shearon, known for his iconic works with Rob Zombie, Iron Maiden, Clive Barker, KISS, Ministry, Rammstein, X-Files, and more.

The first video from As We Die for the song "Run For Your Life", directed by Brian Cox, can be seen below:

Doyle, the current project of Von Frankenstein, with Cancerslug vocalist Alex “Wolfman” Story, and a current touring lineup rounded out by bassist Brandon Strate and drummer Brandon Pertzborn, continues the lineage of Doyle’s former projects, pairing crushing metal riffs with ferocious punk rock swagger.


"Kiss Me As We Die"
"Beast Like Me"
"God Of Flies"
"Run For Your Life"
"King Of The Undead"
"Virgin Sacrifice"
"We Belong Dead"
"Show No Mercy"
"Dark Gods Arise"
"Blood On The Axe"
"Night Of Sin"

Doyle continues his global domination with the Abominate The World Tour 2017 featuring Davey Suicide. Launching June 1st in Raleigh, NC, the tour will wind south into Florida and Louisiana, then into California before heading East to finish in Niagara Falls, New York. The schedule is available below.
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New FOO FIGHTERS Album Will Feature 'Biggest Pop Star In The World'

According to The Pulse Of Radio, FOO FIGHTERS mainman Dave Grohl revealed in an interview with BBC One that the band's just-announced new album, "Concrete And Gold", will feature a "bunch of guests," including some "that will really surprise you." Pressed further, Grohl added: "There's one who is probably the biggest pop star in the world and — I'm not kidding — sings backup on one of the heaviest songs on the record and we're not telling anybody who it is."

Fans have been speculating online who the "biggest pop star" could be, with most agreeing on Adele. The British superstar has close ties with producer Greg Kurstin, who has not only produced her music but was behind the board for "Concrete And Gold".

Grohl also spoke about the recording sessions in the interview, saying: "Without telling anybody, we've been in the studio for the last six months and we made the biggest-sounding FOO FIGHTERS record we've ever made."

The FOO FIGHTERS frontman continued: "Honestly, I think it's going to take a lot of people by surprise. Every band says it's the best record they've ever made, but wait till you hear it. It's definitely the hugest thing we've ever done."

"Concrete And Gold" will arrive on September 15. The first single and video, called "Run", is out now.

FOO FIGHTERS will celebrate the release of the album with a fall North American tour. They kick it off on October 7 with Cal Jam 17, a full day's worth of music headlined by the FOO FIGHTERS and also including QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, CAGE THE ELEPHANT, Liam Gallagher, ROYAL BLOOD, THE STRUTS, THE KILLS and a dozen more acts.

The rest of the tour begins on October 12 in Washington D.C. and will last through December. Tickets will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. local time on June 26.


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GRAVE PLEASURES Ink Worldwide Deal With Century Media; Motherblood Album Due This Fall; Artwork Revealed

Century Media Records has announced the signing of the apocalyptic post punk band, Grave Pleasures. The band have finished the recording of their second studio album, Motherblood, recorded at Orgone Studios in the UK (Ghost, Paradise Lost, Ulver). It has been scheduled for a worldwide release in late September/early October.

Risen from the ashes of Beastmilk, Grave Pleasures features the writing talents of Mat McNerney (Hexvessel, Beastmilk, Code, DHG) and Juho Vanhanen (Oranssi Pazuzu, Atomikylä). Their new record embraces their apocalyptic roots while taking their raw sound and songwriting to fierce new heights.

Motherblood features stunningly fresh artwork by Finnish artist Tekla Vály. Their visual language is every bit as strong as the musical essence of Grave Pleasures, underlining their obsessively bold and independent aesthetics.

Mat McNerney comments on the signing: “Jens came out to see our show in Sweden at the end of last year and enjoyed it so much he made it clear that he wanted to work with us. For me that’s the greatest way to work with a label, to hang out with the people involved, to be friends and to enjoy good music together. That way it’s much more than a business relationship to us. It becomes part of the experience of why we do this. It’s very comforting to know that we will have the best, most hard-working and friendliest team working on our record. We’re proud to be a part of their family with Grave Pleasures.”

Century Media’s A&R Jens Prueter says: “It’s a pleasure to welcome Grave Pleasures on Century Media. There are not too many artists who have enough talent and visions for being involved in very different bands such as Hexvessel, Oranssi Pazuzu and Grave Pleasures. And it’s always great to work with a group of friends and like-minded spirits. Thanks to the entire band and their manager Andy Farrow!”

Mat McNerney comments on the albums concept and music: “Like the great sacrament of ancient times that was the blood sacrifice of the mother, we too have laid down our most holy flesh at your feet. This record, which is a bold re-definition of death-rock and our totemic challenge to our pretenders, shall be our most grand and sordid testament. If you have never danced with the skeletons, then this album is your gateway drug to all the nihilistic pleasures of the grave. Apocalyptic post-punk never sounded so desperately bleak and wild yet never grinned so maniacally and writhed so fervently with tongues that whip the tombs. The Kali figure of our cover is the eternal icon of nuclear fear. She presides over the religion of an apocalyptic future. A desolate future we proudly celebrate with caustic music of the most furious punk. Come imbibe and wash your mind in our Motherblood. We’re dancing in the lion’s mouth. The elevator only goes down.”

Grave Pleasures lineup:

Mat McNerney - Vocals
Juho Vanhanen - Guitars
Aleksi Kiiskilä - Guitars
Valtteri Arino - Bass
Rainer Tuomikanto - Drums

(Photo - Kim Sølve)
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Exclusive: VYCES Release “Nocturnal” Video Featuring BUTCHER BABIES’ Carla Harvey

Independent heavy active rock band Vyces and BraveWords have teamed up for the video release of “Nocturnal”, featuring Butcher Babies’ Carla Harvey. The single will be on their next EP titled Angels due out in the fall.

In the summer of 2014 Chicago native Dave Naruszewicz was looking to work on a new project following the disbandment of his former group Heart Set-Self Destruct. After years of touring with such bands as Filter, Hell Yeah, and Volbeat  (to name a few) he realized it was time for change. Dave decided to reach out to longtime friend and drummer Russell Ray (formerly of Old Fashioned Beatdown).

Dave began flying to Los Angeles from Chicago twice a month to build something new, original, and undeniable. Russ then reached out to Shawn Patterson (former guitarist for Old Fashioned Beatdown). Shawn was the perfect fit, and the three began sending demos to each other that would become the foundation of Vyces. After a few writing sessions, they decided to go into the studio with Augustus Cryns (producer of Stitched Up Heart, XO Stereo, The Dead Rabbits, and Westfield Massacre), and also featured Mark James Klepaski (Formerly of Breaking Benjamin, and Lifer) on bass. After a year of writing and recording the band has finished 22 songs. Vyces has sonically created a solid blend of active rock and metal. 

Dave describes the soul of the songs through his lyrics as exploring the darker side of human emotion and behavior. “It’s somethingeveryone can relate to because everyone has experienced some form of hurt, betrayal, weakness, hate, addiction, and/or lack of acceptance” says singer Naruszewicz. “It’s also the fuel that drives us to become stronger, get better, and overcome the flaws we’ve built in our minds.”

Vyces live:

27 – Fargo, ND – Nestor
28 – Mankato, MN – Red Rocks
29 – Dubuque, IA – The Venue

1 – North Platte, NE – Sculley’s Shooters
6 – Spokane, WA – The Pinnacle
7 – Seattle, WA – Funhouse
8 – Portland, OR – Rock Hard PDX
9 – Lewiston, ID – 3rd Wheel
11 – Jerome, ID – Diamondz
14 – Danville, IL – Vintage Villains
15 – Peoria, IL – Rail II
16 – Merriam, KS – Aftershock
18 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
21 – Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s
22 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s


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GRAHAM BONNET BAND Release “Stand In Line” Video From Upcoming Live… Here Comes The Night Release

On July 7th, legendary rock vocalist Graham Bonnet returns with a new live album and home video captured during his acclaimed performance at Frontiers Rock Festival III in Trezzo (Milan, Italy) on April 24th, 2016. A video for “Stand In Line” from the upcoming Live… Here Comes The Night release is available for streaming below.

Accompanied by a stellar band featuring founding member Beth-Ami Heavenstone on bass, South American guitar sensation Conrado Pesinato on lead guitar, and Mark Zonder (known for his work with Warlord and Fates Warning) on drums, Bonnet masterfully delivered a thrilling “Best of” set which included songs from his stints with bands such as Rainbow, McAuley Schenker Group, Alcatrazz, Impellitteri, and of course his solo material too.

Bonnet says: "It's been a very long time since I last released a live video, 33 years to be exact, with Alcatrazz. Myself and the band were very excited to film and record our performance at the Frontiers Rock Festival for a live album and video and are very happy with the final result!”

Bonnet has a powerful and distinctive vocal style and, indeed, a distinctive image - preferring to let the music, rather than the conventional heavy metal look, do the talking.

The Graham Bonnet Band has spent the last two years touring regularly around the world and this past winter, released his latest successful release, The Book. With the band and Bonnet fine-tuned from all their touring when they got to Frontiers Rock Festival, this stellar set that was captured there makes for a new live album that will blow GBB (and heavy rock fans in general) away!



“Eyes Of The World”
“All Night Long”
“Stand In Line”
“Will You Be Home Tonight”
“Jet To Jet”
“Night Games”
“Suffer Me”
“Desert Song”
“Island In The Sun”
“Since You Been Gone”
“Assault Attack”
“Lost In Hollywood”

“Stand In Line” video:

“S.O.S.” video:

“Jet To Jet” video:


Graham Bonnet - Vocals
Beth-Ami Heavenstone - Bass
Conrado Pesinato - Guitars
Mark Zonder - Drums
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SEPULTURA Live In São Paulo; Pro-Shot Video Streaming

Professionally-filmed video of Sepultura peforming live at Audio, in São Paulo, Brazil during the Machine Messiah World Tour 2017 is available for streaming below. The footage was filmed and edited by Agência 1a1.

Sepultura are touring in support off their fourteenth album, Machine Messiah, out worldwide via Nuclear Blast Records. Check out a new trailer below, and find the band’s live itinerary at
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CANNABIS CORPSE To Release Left Hand Pass Album In September; “Chronic Breed” Track Streaming

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

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

Order the album at this location.


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

“Chronic Breed”:
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I AM MORBID Feat. Former MORBID ANGEL Members: Video Of Entire Thessaloniki Concert

Industry Kills has uploaded video footage of I AM MORBID — the new band featuring former MORBID ANGEL members David Vincent (vocals, bass) and Tim Yeung (drums) alongside guitarists Bill Hudson (CIRCLE II CIRCLE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) and Ira Black (METAL CHURCH, LIZZY BORDEN) — performing on June 13 at Eightball in Thessaloniki, Greece. Check it out below.

The group's setlist was as follows:

01. Immortal Rites02. Fall From Grace03. Visions From The Dark Side04. Blessed Are The Sick05. Day Of Suffering06. Rapture07. Pain Divine08. Sworn To The Black09. Eyes To See, Ears To Hear10. I Am Morbid11. Maze Of Torment12. Guitar Duel13. Dominate14. Where The Slime Live15. Dawn Of The Angry16. Blood On My Hands17. God Of Emptiness18. World Of Shit (The Promised Land)

I AM MORBID, which plays material from MORBID ANGEL's "Altars Of Madness" (1989), "Blessed Are The Sick" (1991), "Covenant" (1993) and "Domination" (1995) albums, is performing five shows in Russia in late May, followed by fourteen dates in the rest of Europe. The tour, which is presented by The Flaming Arts Agency, features NECROPHAGIA as direct support.

Vincent recently told Ghost Cult about I AM MORBID: "It's been discussed off and on for a few years now, but, as they say, actions speak louder than words. While it was exciting to discuss, it was held off for a few years until I decided to go through some personal changes in my life, and really absorb the possibility of it happening. I went ahead and focused on my roots music, but this kept lingering, and now it's time for I AM MORBID to finally happen."

Regarding the I AM MORBID setlist, Vincent said: "Like everything I do, I want to make this special. This is very different from MORBID ANGEL. If you want to see a MORBID ANGEL show, you know where to go, but this isn't it. I'm only going to be performing songs that I wrote on this tour. If I didn't write it, we aren't playing it. We are going to throw in things, here or there, to make things more unique, but it's going to be one brutal show. I can promise you that."

MORBID ANGEL's controversial 2011 album, "Illud Divinum Insanus", marked the group's first CD to feature Vincent since "Domination".

The band recently recorded a new studio album with a lineup that includes Steve Tucker on bass/vocals, Scott Fuller (ANNIHILATED, ERRORGEIST) on drums, and Dan Vadim Von (guitarist/frontman of the American death metal group VADIMVON) on second guitar.
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DIRKSCHNEIDER present the first live video from their upcoming DVD "Live - Back To The Roots - Accepted!" (out on August 4th via AFM Records): "Living For Tonite", recorded in Brno, Czech Republic in December 2016.


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Watch RATT's Entire Concert In Peoria

Fan-filmed video footage of RATT's entire June 1 performance at Limelight Eventplex in Peoria, Illinois can be seen below.

Featured songs:

01. Wanted Man (1:14) 02. I'm Insane (5:15)03. Dangerous But Worth The Risk (8:42)04. You Think You're Tough (12:33)05. Walkin' The Dog (17:00)06. Way Cool Jr. (20:23) 07. In Your Direction (25:54)08. Lovin' You's A Dirty Job (28:47)09. Slip Of The Lip (34:00)10. Nobody Rides For Free (38:50)11. Lack Of Communication (43:58)12. Lay It Down (48:51)13. You're In Love (52:39)14. Body Talk (57:17)15. Back For More (1:01:56)16. Round And Round (1:08:17)

The reunited RATT, featuring three members of the band's classic lineup — singer Stephen Pearcy, bassist Juan Croucier and guitarist Warren DeMartini — has played several shows so far this year after reforming in 2016 in the midst of a highly publiced legal battle with drummer Bobby Blotzer over the rights to the RATT name. They were joined at the gigs by former QUIET RIOT guitarist Carlos Cavazo, who played on RATT's last studio album, 2010's "Infestation", and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, who previously played with Y&T, WHITE LION and MEGADETH, among others.

Asked by Nivens of the 98.9 The Rock radio station at the Rockfest at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City if fans can expect to see a new RATT album in 2018, Juan said: "Look, right now, we're just glad to be out there working again and moving forward. And, really, not to promise too much or… You know what I mean?"

After DeMartini teasingly pointed out to Croucier that "the question was about a new record," the bassist explained: "That's exactly what I'm referencing."

Pearcy, for his part, was more direct in his response, telling the station: "I would love to get that done, actually. I would."

RATT also spoke about how the band has been received by the fans since the group's core trio reunited in 2016 after a two-year hiatus during which Blotzer attempted to launch his version of RATT without any other original members. Stephen said: "Oh, [the fans are] going… they're crazy. Or, as Ozzy [Osbourne] would say, fucking crazy."

Juan added: "It's been going really well. And the band is playing really well, so it's sort of a nice level to see… as far as the performance… And it's really consistent. So it's been going great."

Pearcy told rock journalist Mitch Lafon earlier this year that RATT wanted the follow-up to "Infestation" to be to "something special." He explained: "We want it to be brilliant, and we're gonna take the time and effort to do it," he said. "We just don't wanna go out there and… I mean, of course, we're gonna go out there and play the hits and do what we do, but at the end of the year, we wanna start on the record. It's part of the plan of us getting together in the first place — the three of us [me, Warren and Juan] — and going through the mess that we did to protect this entity, and to step up and finally say, 'Okay, this is big-rock time. This is 'stop the bullshit,' all this nonsense that's going on.' So, you know, expect the best."

Last November, a California judge ruled against Blotzer with respect to whether Croucier had committed trademark infringement by using the RATT name and logo to advertise his band RATT'S JUAN CROUCIER back in the fall 2015. The judge furthermore decided that the corporation WBS, Inc. — of which Blotzer and DeMartini were thought to be the sole shareholders — did not have ownership interest in the RATT marks and that the name and brand was still owned by the members who were part of the original RATT partnership agreement.

In addition to claiming to have expelled Blotzer from the partnership following the latest court ruling, DeMartini, Croucier and singer Stephen Pearcy said that Blotzer could now only refer to himself as a "former member of RATT," as per the partnership agreement.


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Why Does METALLICA Keep Making New Albums?

Tim Virgin of 97.9 The Loop conducted an interview with METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich before the band's June 18 concert at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked what inspires METALLICA to keep making new records even though they could have easily spent the last couple of decades touring on the back of the "Black Album," Ulrich said: "Without giving you too much of the 'we're artists' and all that crap, it's a lot of fun to write songs, it's a lot of fun to create songs, it's a lot of fun to record them, it's a lot of fun to make records. And you've gotta allow yourself both sides of that coin.

"Being out on the road is obviously beyond incredible, but playing five or six new songs that we do every night and having new material, that's really cool," he continued. "We do a lot of meet-and-greets and meet all different kinds of folks.

"I've gotta tell you: Three or four days ago in Texas, there was a kid in one of the meet-and-greets; he couldn't have been more than six or eight," Lars said. "And I said, 'Blah blah blah. How're you doing? What's your favorite song?', expecting him to say 'Enter Sandman' or whatever. And he goes 'Atlas, Rise!' I'm not making that up. Six or seven year sold. I said, 'What's your favorite METALLICA song?' He didn't skip a beat [he] just [said], 'Atlas, Rise!' So that's the reason we make records still. That's amazing that that still happens."

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band is touring in support of its tenth studio album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", which features the current single "Now That We're Dead".

The North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" trek will hit stadiums in fifteen more cities before ending in mid-August.

The next stop on the tour is Orlando, Florida on July 5.

Support on the quartet's first North American trek since 2009 is coming mainly from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT, with GOJIRA taking over for the latter group for the last six shows.


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EICCA TOPPINEN: No New APOCALYPTICA Album Until End Of 2018 At The Earliest

Fans of APOCALYPTICA will have to wait until at least the end of 2018 before they hear the follow-up to the band's 2015 album, "Shadowmaker".

The Finnish cello rockers have spent the last few months touring in support of the twentieth-anniversary re-release of the band's epic debut, "Plays Metallica By Four Cellos".

Asked by TotalRock Radio at this month's Sweden Rock Festival what APOCALYPTICA's plans are for the foreseeable future, Eicca Toppinen said (see video below): "We are touring with this ['Plays Metallica By Four Cellos'] concept. We do the festival season in Europe. In September, we do North America, then we do a little bit more Europe, then we do South America. And next year we're gonna do a little bit more North America and South America and Asia and Australia. And at the same time, we're working on the new music for the next, let's say, 'proper' release proper new release."

Even though APOCALYPTICA is busy writing new material, Toppinen was quick to point out that it will be quite a while before a new album is completed. "It's not gonna be before the end of next year, because we focus on this, touring-wise, this concept," he said. "Originally, I thought, 'Hey, let's make the anniversary thing. Let's play a maximum of thirty shows.' Because, first of all, we didn't know how interesting the concept we [could] create, how it [was] gonna work out. But suddenly it turned out great the concept is really good, and there seems to be a lot of demand; people want to see it so we thought, 'Okay. If people want to see it, let's do it.' So now we are gonna play maybe one hundred and fifty shows of this concept."

Originally released in 1996, "Plays Metallica By Four Cellos" introduced APOCALYPTICA's unique take on metal with a series of cello-based METALLICA covers.

"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).


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EVANESCENCE's AMY LEE Says Upcoming 'Synthesis' Album Is 'A Beautiful Project'

EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee spoke to about the band's forthcoming album, "Synthesis", which will reimagine some of the band's past catalog with full orchestration and electronic backing.

"It's different in a way that it's still coming from the roots of what EVANESCENCE was conceived to be," Amy explained. "It's really a beautiful project. A lot of our old songs are getting a whole new life in a way where we're getting to experience the focus being this beautiful, full orchestra. It's also a lot of electronic, cool elements parts that have always been part of our music. It hasn't been full orchestra before it's just been mainly strings but just taking it to very beautiful, classical and epic and groovy place. Oh, it feels so good. There's some new stuff on it too, but it's mostly old stuff [reimagined]."

Lee also talked in more detail about the making of "Synthesis", explaining: "As far as the conception, basically, you work in demo land first and just create the arrangements of songs. I went through all the master sessions of, say, 'Bring Me To Life', and [I would] pull out all the stuff and listen to it and then chop it up and decide, 'Oh, maybe this part needs to be longer. Maybe this part at the beginning will be just strings and piano.' Just figure out what you're gonna do and build a map. And working with David Campbell, who has done all the string arrangements for EVANESCENCE for all three albums now doing full orchestra, just going back and forth with him and our producer Will and then each other, just throwing ideas in a Dropbox and basically just playing tennis back and forth for months. We finally recorded the orchestra right before this tour. It sounds just gorgeous. I can't wait to finish the thing."

In support of "Synthesis", EVANESCENCE will embark on a special tour this fall which will see the band performing with a "full orchestra."

EVANESCENCE debuted a previously unheard song called "Take Cover" during its North American tour last fall.

Lee also released a solo single called "Love Exists" in February, while a second solo song, "Speak To Me", appears on the soundtrack for the supernatural thriller "Voice From The Stone", which came out on April 28.
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Could DEEP PURPLE Ever Reunite With RITCHIE BLACKMORE? - “I Don’t Think It Will Ever Happen,” Says DON AIREY

In a new interview with Greeces RockPages, Deep Purple keyboard legend Don Airey is asked if he thinks theres a chance that the band could bury the hatchet with Ritchie Blackmore, and perform again with the Deep Purple founding member.

No! I doubt it, says Airey. I dont think it will ever happen. Not because of any ranker its just the practicalities of it. I mean weve got a band here thats called Deep Purple and thats the band. It takes enough to put all that together and having to deal with getting other guys involved, having a lot of musicians on stage. I mean there is nothing worst! Its awful! Hahaha! When you do it it just becomes an ordeal. Think that being in a band is the band. It takes a lot of hard work to make a band sounding good and thats what you wanna do. We had a wonderful tour with an orchestra and the band four years ago. It really was ground breaking. The orchestra was great, the show was great, everybody had a great time, but at the end of it they were all so glad to get back to the band, just to hear how the band played. And other people coming in, no matter what connection or history they have it tends not to work. It tends to become something you do for the wrong reasons.

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Deep Purple recently released a video for the song Johnnys Band, featured on the bands new album, inFinite, which was released on April 7th. The album entered the Top 10 album charts in 18 countries, once again smashing chart records the hard rock legends have accumulated during their magical 50 year history.

Johnnys Band is an affectionate portrait of a fictional band that quickly gain success and enjoy every side that comes with it. As often happens, Johnnys Band cant help but lose it, and break up, only to find out later that the pleasure still to be performing live is all that matters, even when the hype, the success and the glory have long vanished. In their minds, they are still playing the sold out big venues.

The video was scripted and directed by Craig Hooper and Collin Games, known from the Deep Purple movie documentary, From Here To inFinite.

Deep Purple are currently touring in support of inFinite. The band perform next on June 22nd at Palalottomatica in Rome, Italy. Find the bands live itinerary at this location.


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COREY TAYLOR Visits Paralyzed Fan In Hospital

SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor recently visited a paralyzed fan in a San Diego hospital.

On May 15, Aaron Foley was struck by a pickup truck, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. A huge fan of all of Taylor's projects, Foley had met the singer several times in the past, including at the video shoot for the recently released song "Fabuless". With the help of a local radio station, Aaron's mother reached out to Taylor to set up a personal visit to her son.

Much to Aaron's surprise, Taylor turned up at the hospital, rendering Foley speechless. The rocker, who is currently on tour with STONE SOUR, spent nearly an hour chatting with Aaron, with the entire visit captured in a video clip which has since been posted on YouTube.

"We can't thank Corey Taylor enough to take time out of his busy day on tour with STONE SOUR to visit Aaron," Foley's stepdad wrote on YouTube.

Aaron's family has set up a GoFundMe page to help ease their financial burden. They have raised close to $4,000 since the campaign was launched on May 18.


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COREY TAYLOR On Next SLIPKNOT Album: 'I Wanna Write Something Violent'

In a brand new interview with Metal Wani, Corey Taylor was asked about the current status of SLIPKNOT, nearly three years after the release of the band's comeback album, ".5: The Gray Chapter". "Nothing's going on," he responded. "We ain't doing shit for two years. I'm doing STONE SOUR. [Percussionist] Clown's doing his movie thing. Everybody's kind of doing their own thing right now. So we're just kind of letting ourselves have some time away, which is cool. Sometimes you just have to do that sometimes you have to go away and let people miss you. So that's what the plan is right now just us kind of hanging out, letting everybody kind of catch their breath and then we'll figure it out from there."

Taylor also spoke about a possible musical direction for SLIPKNOT's next album, saying that nothing has yet been decided. "I know I wanna write something violent, to be honest," he said. "I wanna do something that feels uncomfortable. I wanna go somewhere where we haven't been in a long, long time. I don't know what that means, but I think when I hear it, I'll know what it is."

Corey went on to say that he feels both SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR have yet to make their strongest albums. "I think if you consider the best of your past to be the best, then you're just constantly chasing it," he said. "So, for me, it's not necessarily about what's best it's about what's next. I think when you look at it that way, you're constantly challenging yourself. You're not trying to top yourself; you're just trying to find where's that open ground that you haven't stepped before? Where's that open air that you haven't breathed before? That's what it comes down to, and I think maybe that's the secret that you can't look at things as trying to top your best, because who knows when your best is going to come out."

SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan told BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show" in 2015 that he would love to see the band record a double concept album in the vein of PINK FLOYD's "The Wall" and THE BEATLES' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", with a movie to go along with the project.

SLIPKNOT's touring cycle in support of ".5: The Gray Chapter", ended in November, with Taylor returning to his other band STONE SOUR this year.

".5: The Gray Chapter" was released following a six-year hiatus during which founding SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray died and drummer Joey Jordison was dismissed.

One of last gigs of "The Gray Chapter" touring cycle saw SLIPKNOT performing its 2001 second LP, "Iowa", live in its entirety for the first time during the band's set at their annual Knotfest.

".5: The Gray Chapter" sold around 132,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores in October 2014 via Roadrunner.

Gray died in 2010 from a drug overdose, while Jordison was let go in December 2013, just before SLIPKNOT began recording the last album.

A new SLIPKNOT documentary brought to you by MusicScreen will be premiered in more than a thousand screens across the world as a one-night-only cinematic spectacle on September 6. Directed by Crahan, the film documents the Iowa band's first-ever visit to Mexico in December 2015 and features exclusive interviews with SLIPKNOT's members talking about the importance of their fanbase and the band's long-awaited first-ever show in Mexico City.


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BLAZE BAYLEY: Pro-Shot Footage Of Paris Concert

Duke TV has uploaded professionally filmed video footage of British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley's (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) March 11 concert at Petit Bain in Paris, France. Watch Bayley perform the songs "Futureal" (IRON MAIDEN), "Blood" and "Kill & Destroy" below. The clip was directed by Laurent Hart and Antoine de Montremy.

The 54-year-old Bayley, who was born in Birmingham, was the original frontman in WOLFSBANE, but left in 1994 to join MAIDEN. He recorded two studio albums with the Steve Harris-led group 1995's "The X Factor" and 1998's "Virtual XI" before Bruce Dickinson returned to the band.

Bayley's ninth solo album, "Endure And Survive", was released on March 3 via Blaze Bayley Recording. The disc was recorded at Birmingham, England's Robannas Studios and said to be "an exciting and enthralling sequel" to his 2016 release "Infinite Entanglement", which was the first of a trilogy of releases following a sci-fi concept and storyline.

Throughout the "Endure And Survive" world tour, Blaze is being backed by his main recording and touring musicians, picked from British metal band ABSOLVA and including Chris Appleton (guitar, backing vocals), Martin McNee (drums), Karl Schramm (bass, backing vocals).


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