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Italy's LABYRINTH To Release Return To Live CD / DVD And Blu-Ray In January; "Moonlight" Video Streaming

Labyrinth, Italy’s finest purveyors of power/prog metal, will release Return To Live on CD/DVD and Blu-Ray on January 26th. Check out the video for “Moonlight” below. Pre-orders here.

Labyrinth held their first reunion show at Frontiers Metal Festival in Trezzo Sull’Adda on October 30th, 2016. The renewed lineup played Return To Heaven Denied in it’s entirety, for only the second time ever, their most popular record (so far). The landmark album was originally released by Metal Blade in 1998 and is considered by many to be one of the highlights of the power metal genre in the late ‘90s.

Olaf Thorsen says, “It was a real mix of feelings to play Return To Heaven Denied in it's entirety as it was something which we never did before, not even during the many tours we did back in ’98-‘99! It is even crazier when you think that this was our very first live show with our new line up, but when we saw so many people from different countries singing every single song with us, we just felt that it has all been worth it. Unforgettable.”

Tracklisting:

"Moonlight"
"New Horizons"
"The Night Of Dreams"
"Lady Lost In Time"
"State Of Grace"
"Heaven Denied"
"Thunder"
"Feel"
"Time After Time"
"Falling Rain"
"Die For Freedom"
"In The Shade"

"Moonlight" video:
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THE MODERN AGE SLAVERY Release "Miles Apart" Music Video

Italian death metal/deathcore stalwarts, The Modern Age Slavery have released a video for “Miles Apart”, a track from their forthcoming album Stygian, available via Innerstrength Records on November 24th. Check out the clip below, and pre-order the new album here.

Coming almost four years after the release of 2013's Requiem For Us All (Pavement), the level-jumping blast of intensity on the band's Innerstrength debut is the result of miles logged and the already dynamic songwriting honed to a fine point.

The band released the following statement about the new album: "With this new album we tried to make another step forward in the evolution of our sound: what you'll hear it's a quite obscure atmosphere delivering a sullen and evil experience, yet keeping the heaviness of the death metal matrix that marked our music in the previous albums. The lyrics are all inspired by a common theme, from which the name Stygian and the correlated artwork come from, discussing the questionable matter of the human evolution leading men to a slow but inevitable mutation into a being that lost his mind and compassion devoured by greediness and will to power. All the pieces of the puzzle are perfectly pondered to create an album made of passion, of anger, and real emotions. This is the The Modern Age's album!"

Tracklisting:

“A Stygian Tide”
“Miles Apart”
“Prelude To An Evolution”
“Regression Through Unlearning”
“Sandblasted Skin” (Pantera Cover)
“The Hollow Men”
“The Place We Call Home”
“The Reprisal Within”
“The Theory Of Shadows”

“Miles Apart” video:

"The Theory Of Shadows" lyric video:

“The Reprisal Within”:
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SONIC PROPHECY Release "Night Terror" Music Video; Savage Gods Album Due In January

American power metallers Sonic Prophecy are set to unleash their third full length, Savage Gods, via Rockshots Records on January 19th.

Featuring 10 fist pounding tracks rooted in traditional heavy metal melded with the symphonic beauty of power metal, Sonic Prophecy capture the excitement and sound of such bands as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Helloween, Hammerfall and Kamelot while blending other musical styles to arrive at a sound all their own. The band's new music video for the first single "Night Terror" can be viewed below.

Vocalist Shane Provstgaard comments: "We think our fans will love this album! Savage Gods, as a record, basically combines all of the things I think people liked about our previous releases and then moves us forward into new areas musically and lyrically. For our fans, there will be no mistaking this is Sonic Prophecy, but we definitely cover some new exciting ground on this record."

Savage Gods follows Sonic Prophecy's 2015 sophomore release Apocalyptic Promenade (Maple Metal Records), an album that combined the melody and beauty of symphonic power metal while maintaining the crunch, drive and power of traditional metal plus their 2011 debut A Divine Act Of War, which had its music placed in the television series Rock n’ Lock, the video game Volgarr The Viking and movie Danny Trejo's Vengeance.

The upcoming release lyrically covers many topics, from quests and medieval wars, to mechanized genocide, to the dangers associated with extremist ideologies. Broadening and stretching their musical palate, Savage Gods will give fans an adventurous listening experience.  It's an album that combines melodic hard rock, driving heavy metal, and chest pounding anthems in a way that is uniquely Sonic Prophecy.

"This is pure heavy metal with driving guitars, thundering drums, and some of what I feel is my best vocal work to date. With songs "Night Terror, "Unholy Blood" and the album title track, we’ve really laid down a brutal sonic backdrop, along with keeping the melody, which is important to our music." adds vocalist Shane Provstgaard

“Savage Gods” is available for pre-order on Amazon along with single “Night Terror” available for download on iTunes and Amazon.

Following Savage Gods release, Sonic Prophecy has plans to hit the road and tour across North America, Europe and beyond. The band has performed with Tyr, Alestorm, Ratt, Cinderella, Accept and Sabaton.

Tracklisting:

"Savage Gods"
"Night Terror"
"Unholy Blood"
"Dreaming Of The Storm"
"Man The Guns"
"Walk Through The Fire"
"A Prayer Before Battle"
"Iron Clad Heart"
"Man And Machine"
"Chasing The Horizon"

"Night Terror" video:

Sonic Prophecy is:

Shane Provstgaard - Vocals
Darrin Goodman - Guitar
Sebastian Martin - Guitar
Ron Zemanek - Bass
Matt LeFevre - Drums
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HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY Release "You Are The Scars" Lyric Video

Austria's Harakiri For The Sky will release their new album, Arson, on February 16th via AOP Records with distribution from Plastichead Distribution (Europe/North America/World) and Edel (Germany/Austria/Switzerland). The band has released a lyric video for "You Are The Scars", available for streaming below.

Founded in 2011 in Vienna, Austria, Harakiri For The Sky has created a unique mixture of melancholy and aggression, madness and meaning, and wrapped in alternately manic/mellow songs. The band was initially begun as a studio project by Bifröst member M. S. and vocalist/lyricist J. J., and has recently been expanded to a live lineup, which has gone on to perform with the likes of A Forest of Stars, Ellende, Fäulnis, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, and Agrypnie among others, encompassing over 20 countries to date.

Arson was recorded, mixed and mastered by Daniel Fellner and follows the band’s critically celebrated 2016 album III: Trauma, which was featured on many critics’ “Best Of 2016” lists and received a nomination for the “Amadeus Austrian Music Award.”

Tracklisting:

“Fire, Walk With Me”
“The Graves We’ve Dug”
“You Are The Scars”
“Heroin Waltz”
“Tomb Omnia”
“Stillborn”
“Voidgazer”
“Manifesto” (Graveyard Lovers cover)

“You Are The Scars” lyric video:

“Tomb Omnia”:

Harakiri For The Sky has announced a European tour in the spring of 2018. The band will be supporting Dutch dark-rock band Dool and the three week excursion will take place March 2nd through March 18th, with performances in eight different countries.

January
17 - Turku, Finland - Gong
18 - Tampere, Finland - Klubi
19 - Jyväskylä, Finland - JKL Metal Festival
20 - Helsinki, Finland - Metal Crane Festival
21 - Tallinn, Estonia - Tapper
25 - Malmö, Sweden - Babel
26 - Göteborg, Sweden - Musikens hus
27 - Stockholm, Sweden - Klubben
28 - Karlstad, Sweden - Nöjesfabriken
29 - Oslo, Norway - Revolver

February
10 - Vienna, Austria - Szene Wien (Exclusive Release Arson Show)

March
2 - Essen, Germany - Turock
3 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob Concerts
5 - Nantes, France - Le Ferrailleur - Café Concert
6 - Paris, France - O’Sullivans Backstage
7 - Colmar, France - Legrillen Grillen
8 - Aarau, Switzerland - KIFF
9 - Pavia, Italy - DAGDA Live Club
10 - San Donà di Piave, Italy - Revolver Club
12 - Budapest, Hungary - A38 Hajó
13 - Kraków, Poland - Klub Alchemia
14 - Magdeburg, Germany - Factory
15 - Erfurt, Germany - Club From Hell
16 - Berlin, Germany - Roadrunners Rock & Motor Club
17 - Mannheim, Germany - MS Connexion Complex
18 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Poppodium 013
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PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS To Release Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue Album In January; First Single Streaming

Philip H. Anselmo hasn't just paved his own path; he's bulldozed it with his bare hands. His primal, powerful presence led Pantera to Grammy Award nominations, sales of 20 million albums worldwide, legions of diehard fans, and an indisputable heavy metal legacy. Simultaneously, Down carved out a distinct niche with a gold-selling debut and three more critically acclaimed releases. Superjoint made a triumphant return in 2016 and in the midst of everything, Anselmo joined Scour alongside members of Pig Destroyer and Cattle Decapitation and teamed up with horror icon Bill Moseley for the Bill & Phil project. However, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals speaks to a certain need for him.

Instead of treading the same ground, Anselmo and his bandmates in The Illegals, open up another doorway altogether with their 2018 sophomore release, Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue, available through the vocalist's own Housecore Records. It's extreme, abrasive, aggressive, and anthemic. In other words, it's purely Anselmo.

Following up 2013's Walk Through Exits Only, this new body of work hinges on no holds-barred lyrical misanthropy and insurgent instrumental intricacy as it sharpens any and all edges to guillotine precision. "It ain't pretty," Anselmo exclaims. "It's more straightforward and cohesive to a degree, but it still goes off the rails here and there. We went through it song after song cut and fucking dry. I was in a specific mindset. I wanted to further my endeavors into a genre of music that I adore. As all ten songs blow by, I wanted an unforgiving feel. This is what was on my mind. It's a recorded capsule of time."

Following a successful maiden touring cycle for The Illegals, the frontman hunkered down at his home studio in Louisiana to record what would become Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue in 2014 and 2015. The lineup shifted as Stephen Taylor (Superjoint) transitioned from bass to guitar, Mike DeLeon (Flesh Horder, Being Killed, ex-MOD et al) joined as a guitarist, and Walter Howard (Grieved, Oppressive Force) took over bass duties. Meanwhile, Jose Manuel "Blue" Gonzalez (Superjoint, Warbeast) held down the drums. Through rigorous rehearsals and writing sessions, a framework for the new music took shape as Anselmo wholeheartedly welcomed the ideas of his cohorts.

"Their creative input is fucking fantastic," beams Anselmo. "This is something that was very different from the first record where I was very staunch. I wanted it to be ugly. I was very firm that I was writing every fucking note. The thought was, 'This is my contribution to ugly music right this second in a heavy metal vein.' That was great at the time. Walk Through Exits Only made its own little statement that I am a free agent and I belong to no single band. This time, I worked closely with everyone. We tried different ideas together. It made the spirit of this thing come alive even more because of the enthusiasm these guys bring. It enhanced the integrity of the project."

"Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue is going to get hated. It's going to get loved. Like every record I've ever done, I put zero expectations upon my peers, critics, or the general fucking public," he continues. "If you take one thing away from it, let it be this: Do not bog yourself down to one brand, character, or whatever. Have the guts to spread your wings and fucking flourish. I can promise you this is a beginning. As my music trickles out over the next two years, it's going to be quite the roller coaster ride. This new Illegals is just the tip of the whole fucking avalanche."

Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue will see release in North America via Housecore Records on January 26th. The record is being licensed in Europe by Season Of Mist. Digital pre-orders will be available this Friday, November 24th via all digital outlets with physical preorder bundles to be unveiled via the Housecore Store here.

The first single, "Choosing Mental Illness", is available for streaming below.

Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue tracklisting:

"Little Fucking Heroes"
"Utopian"
"Choosing Mental Illness"
"The Ignorant Point"
"Individual"
"Delinquent"
"Photographic Taunts"
"Finger Me"
"Invalid Colubrine Frauds"
"Mixed Lunatic Results"

"Choosing Mental Illness":

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KOBRA AND THE LOTUS Release "Hell On Earth" Lyric Video

Prevail I, the latest offering by Canada's Kobra And The Lotus, was released back in via Napalm Records. This is a true rock juggernaut full of blistering guitars, pounding rhythms and haunting vocal melodies taking the listener on a sonic journey.

Produced by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Epica etc) and mastered by Grammy award winning Ted Jensen, Prevail I has undoubtedly ushered the band to a much-deserved elevated hard rock status. Evolution is inevitable and with Prevail I, Kobra And The Lotus have delivered their most powerful album to date, followed by numerous shows all over the world.

Today, Kobra And The Lotus are kicking off their tour with Beyond The Black and to celebrate their tour start, the band has just unleashed a brand new lyric video for the track "Hell On Earth", taken from Prevail I.

Says vocalist Kobra Paige: "More than often the level of misery or bliss we experience can be altered or exchanged by the state of our mental thoughts.  Our own hell on earth is right in front of us if we want it to be. What will you choose to be today, the problem or the solution?"

Tour dates with Beyond The Black are listed below:

December
7 - Essigfabrik - Cologne, Germany
8 - Colos-Saal - Aschaffenburg, Germany
9 - Substage - Karlsruhe, Germany
11 - Backstage - Munich, Germany
12 - Hellraiser - Leipzig, Germany
14 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany    
15 - SO 36 - Berlin, Germany
16 - Matrix - Bochum, Germany
17 - Garage - Saarbrücken, Germany
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SAVAGE MACHINE To Release Abandon Earth Album In January; Video Teaser Streaming

Danish old school heavy metal band, Savage Machine, will release their first full-length album, Abandon Earth, on January 19th. The album is produced, mixed and mastered Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Jorn, Pretty Maids) at Jailhouse Studios. A video teaser can be found below.

The cover artwork was made by Mario E. Lopez M. (Iron Maiden, Megadeth, King Diamond, Metal Church).

Tracklisting:

"Exodus"
"Age Of Machines"
"The Hunter"
"Time Traveler"
"Behind the Veil"
"Fourth Dimension"
"Fall Of Icarus"
"Event Horizon"
"Savior"
"Welcome To Hell"

Teaser:

After a long time dormant, Savage Machine is armed, recharged and ready to resume their heavy metal crusade. The result is an ambitious full-length album with battering, yet playful riffs, powerful vocals and a rock-solid rhythm squad whose only purpose is to convert your heathen soul to that of a true headbanger. “Abandon Earth” takes you into the grim future of post-apocalyptic despair, where the war between man and machine rages. Earth Is dead and the last remaining resource’s are spent. The only salvation of mankind lies in the heavens but, who gets to go? Who deserves to go? And is there really anything other than darkness out there?

Savage Machine is:

Troels Rasmussen - Vocals
Jacob V. D. Bruun - Lead Guitars and Rhythm Guitars
Simon Kalmar Poulsen - Rhythm Guitars
Martin Helbo - Drums
Benjamin Andreassen - Bass

Savage Machine, from Denmark, is honoring a proud lineage of Heavy Metal kings with a modern twist. Ambitiously, The machine delivers savage riffs, thundering drums and galloping bass over the grandiose vocals of pure metal thunder. Having existed since 2010, Savage Machine has been a big part of the Danish underground scene for several years before emerging onto the international stage in 2015’s Wacken Open Air. In the past year, Savage Machine recorded a hard-hitting debut album and toured across Europe with Spain’s Lords Of Black.
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YOB – “Blessed By Nothing” From The Great Cessation Reissue Streaming

YOB recently announced the deluxe reissue of The Great Cessation. Originally released in 2009, the trio's 5th full-length record is a master lesson in cosmic doom. Epic, crushing, and heavy beyond words, YOB achieved legendary status in recent years due to their unmatched aesthetic and incredible body of work. The Great Cessation is a flawless document of a band ebbing and flowing between thunderous, skull-splitting riffage and rhythm to meditative moments of introspective psychedelia; an essential piece in the pantheon of YOB's illustrious output. This definitive edition has been completely remastered by Heba Kadry (The Mars Volta, Diamanda Galas, Slowdive) and includes stunning new artwork plus two bonus tracks (previously only available on vinyl). The remastered version of “Blessed By Nothing” is streaming below.

Vocalist / guitarist Mike Scheidt reminisced on the original release of The Great Cessation, saying:

“With The Great Cessation, we were revitalized from our break, we just had Aaron join the ranks with the single best new potential member audition (since Travis) and the album basically wrote itself. When we broke up, we played generally to very small crowds in a very small scene. When we came back, our return was met with a scene that has caught up to what the genre's best had to offer, and we all of a sudden had opportunities we'd never had before. Hell, we did shows with Electric Wizard, Orange Goblin, High On Fire, that were attended by 50-ish people in the early 2000's.”

YOB’s deluxe reissue of The Great Cessation is due out December 8th on CD/2LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages and digital order are available via Relapse.com and all digital outlets here.

Additionally, YOB has announced a brief run of dates in 2018, including appearances at Modified Ghost Festival in Vancouver and Sabertooth Festival in Portland. A complete listing of dates can be found below.

Tracklisting:

“Burning The Altar”
“The Lie That Is Sin”
“Silence Of Heaven”
“Breathing From The Shallows”
“The Great Cessation”
“Blessed By Nothing” (bonus track)
“Pain Like Sugar” (bonus track)

"Blessed By Nothing":

“Breathing From The Shallows”:

Tour dates:

February
15 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
16 – Portland, OR – Sabertooth Festival
23 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall

May
25 – Vancouver, BC – Modified Ghost Festival

(Photo by: Alyssa Herman)
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SYSTEM OF A DOWN Frontman SERJ TANKIAN Releases 'Intent To Destroy' And 'Furious' Film Scores

Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter, poet and visual artist Serj Tankian has added two more scores to his expanding repertoire of film composing. Lakeshore Records released Tankian's "Intent To Destroy - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" digitally on November 17 on iTunes and Apple Music and will make it available on other platforms November 24. Lakeshore will also release his score "Furious: The Legend Of Kolovrat - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" digitally on December 8.

"Intent To Destroy", directed by Academy Award nominee Joe Berlinger, is a powerful and poignant film that dissects genocide denialism. The film, which recently qualified for Oscar consideration, outlines the century old denial campaign of the Armenian Genocide by the Turkish government and brings it into the current age of disinformation and scare tactics. Tankian handled the film score accordingly, infusing old and new, melancholic acoustic ethnic instruments with dissonant and unhinged ambient, rhythmical, and processed instruments. The film was released in theatres on November 10. Says Tankian: "Hands down one of the most powerful films I've ever seen let alone been a part of. It was a unique experience for me to be in the film and compose the music for it as well. To musically match the historical reality of the Armenian Genocide with the nefarious modern Turkish denial of the truth, I employed a hybrid of classical, ethnic and modern electronic instruments melting in the Duduk and Oud with processed ambient and arpeggiated instruments to match the story." "Furious: The Legend Of Kolovrat" is a Russian historical fantasy film set in the 13th Century directed by Ivan Shurkhovetskly about the Ryazan knight Evpaty Kolovrat — the leader of a 17-man squad who defend against thousands of Mongol warrior hordes and their leader Batu Khan. Tankian incorporates sweeping sounds of a large orchestral ensemble, bombastic percussion, soaring choir, traditional folk instrumentation and attacking metal guitars to match the action-packed tone of the film. Says Tankian: "I'm a huge fan of historical action films, so I welcomed the opportunity to create my first epic score for 'Furious'. We used a full orchestra with epic percussion, a huge choir, ethnic instruments and a wall of electric guitars. It's truly a kick-ass score." A video for the track "A Fine Moment to Die" from "Furious" featuring vocal performances by Tankian and female vocalist Katya Ivanchikova has already become a viral hit with more than 500,000 views.

Tankian is a Grammy-winning and multi-platinum recording artist, singer, songwriter, poet, visual artist, activist and composer. An Armenian born in Lebanon and re-rooted in Los Angeles, Serj was introduced to the melding of cultures, ideas and ideals from a very young age.

Tankian got his first opportunity to compose for film in 2006, when he was tapped by famed director William Friedkin to come up with a theme for his psychological thriller "Bug". In the eight years to follow, Serj was able to squeeze in a few shorter length compositions for film and TV projects in the midst of extensive touring cycles and solo album releases. With a need to be more creative with his musical talents, Tankian made a conscious decision in late 2014 to focus more on scoring for film, TV and video games. In 2015, he was brought on by independent filmmakers Garin Hovannisian and Alec Mouhibian to score "1915", starring Angela Sarafyan and Simon Abkarian. 1915 marked Serj's first full film score, and he was intent on doing more. Over the past few years, additional credits include composing the film score for "The Last Inhabitant", an original composition for Ilya Naishuller's "Hardcore Henry" and video game musical scores for "Midnight Star" and its sequel "Renegade", which were created by one of the chief creators of the famed "Halo" game franchise. He also recorded a modern version of Armenian folk song "Sari Siroun Yar" along with the Authentic Light Orchestra for recently released film "The Promise", directed by Terry George, starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac. Tankian was also brought on by Survival Pictures, the producers of "The Promise", to serve as an executive music consultant on the film.

Early in his musical career, Serj found an outlet as the rabble–rousing lead singer and songwriter of the largely successful rock band SYSTEM OF A DOWN, a band that has reached into the hearts and minds of millions of people relaying multiple messages of love, awareness and activism. SYSTEM OF A DOWN has five studio album releases, three of which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and has also been nominated for four Grammy Awards and snagged one in 2006 for "Best Hard Rock Performance" for their song "B.Y.O.B."

Tankian has released six albums of his own solo material, beginning with 2007's chart-topping hard rock album "Elect The Dead" and its symphonic counterpart "Elect The Dead Symphony". His sophomore solo album "Imperfect Harmonies" was released in 2010, followed by "Harakiri" in 2012. 2013 saw two distinct releases from Serj, with the first being the critically acclaimed "Orca Symphony No. 1", released in June of that year, followed up with the very unique "Jazz-iz Christ" one month later.

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SEASON OF GHOSTS Vocalist SOPHIA Guests On New EP From Japan's ALLS, Audio Sample Available

After several years of successful collaborations with Japanese Visual Kei and Japanese Rock Artists such as Mejibray, Alphoenix and Deathbie, Season Of Ghosts vocalist / mastermind Sophia returns with a sparkling new work, contributing vocals on Japanese rock band, AllS's new release, Do Or Die, for the song "Identity Disorder". AllS, formerly known as Alsdead, are set to release their first EP on November 22nd exclusively via HMV, as well as various digital shops such as iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, LINE Music, Apple Music, Rekochoku etc.

AllS comment: "We proudly announce our first collaboration with singer and songwriter Sophia (Season of Ghosts) for the song 'Identity Disorder'. After hearing her voice in a Season of Ghosts track, we immediately wanted to collaborate. Please enjoy her strong and mesmerising vocals!”

Check out an audio sample of the song below. It begins at the 2:55 mark.

Sophia recently checked in with a long overdue update for her fans:

"I’m pretty sure all of you have been wondering about the future of Season of Ghosts, since The Human Paradox is two year old now. Good question.

As it always happens with music stuff, there has been all sorts of delays, the worst of which is my ongoing health issues. I might tell you more about this on another blog, but for sure it’s been the #1 reason why there’s not much new SoG material out there yet. I honestly did not have the mental or physical strength to compose, to sing or to even talk sometimes.

Also life happens and since I’m a person who seeks personal evolution, I’ve been working on new scenarios, exploring new possibilities, working towards several goals and there’s only 24 hours per day, so imagine. My average working time per day is 12 hours,but I can easily go to 15 hours, depending on the workload. Yes, I’m a workaholic, I’m very goal-oriented and never settle. So I freak when people ask me to 'chill' or 'calm down' or 'go have fun.' Balancing out the stress is really important and I’m guilty of openly neglecting this principle for at least eight years.

Achieving certain goals will allow me to nurture, protect and expand my art, therefore I’ve been focusing on said goals at the expense of music. After all, forcing myself to release a quick album just because I 'had to' would certainly end up in disaster. So I chose to take life one day at a time, in order to preserve my sanity and my music quality.

Things have recently taken a slight turn for the better and I have slowly amassed enough ideas, so the second album is finally taking shape, as a new entity. Like last time, I’m gonna let things flow intuitively and let the music in me find its perfect place. Every album I make has a certain dynamic, an identity that I don’t want to disrupt by overthinking about the current musical trends, or the marketability, or genre cliches. I’d lose my creativity plus I never cared about fitting into anything as a person, so I don’t care about fitting into any musical moulds and presets either. If it feels *right* I’ll do it, even if everyone is protesting against it. Because I *see* it in its final form, I see it into the future (and apparently I’m not very democratic when I work :P).

I don’t believe the coming album is gonna have a solid theme like The Human Paradox, but I won’t know until I sit down and let the stories come to me. Until then, please keep supporting me and Season of Ghosts on this creative journey. Your love has kept me alive all these years, even when I felt my existence falling apart. Thank you."
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MATT GUILLORY - Official Video For "Inside" Featuring Members Of JAMES LABRIE Band And Former AMARANTHE Vocalist Released

On November 9th, keyboardist Matt Guillory - better known these days for working with Dream Theater frontman James LaBrie's on his solo albums - released his first ever solo track called "Inside". The track features Guillory teaming up with James LaBrie bandmates Marco Sfogli (guitars), Peter Wildoer (drums), and former Amaranthe vocalist Andy Solveström on screams.

Guillory posted the following update:

"Friends: Thank you for the overwhelming positive response to my debut single. I've always been more comfortable in the background, so the idea of putting myself out there was quite terrifying -- but I'm so happy to hear that you guys are digging it. I do have to say that this would not have been possible without these amazing guys backing me up; Marco Sfogli, Andreas Solveström, Ray Riendeau, and Jesper Sunnhagen. Stay tuned because I have a music video dropping soon!"

The video is available below.

"Inside" is now available via Amazon and iTunes.

During a BraveWords interview in 2016, James LaBrie discussed the possibility of recording a new solo album. His previous solo effort, Impermanent Resonance, was released in 2013:

“I think it’s just a matter of Matt Guillory, myself, and all the other guys making time to get together,” says LaBrie. “It really is a band and me and Matt are really passionate about keeping the same players of the last 10 years. Matt and I have talked and we agree that we definitely have to do another one, we have to follow up Impermanent Resonance with an album that is just as killer. I think it’ll be better. It really is a matter of being able to sit down and put the time and focus into it that it deserves. But yeah, I do believe there will be another one. I really want to do another solo album before I say ‘I’m done, I don’t want to do this anymore…’ or ‘I don’t want to perform live anymore.'”

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GALES OF AVALON Release “Walk On” Video

Canadian independent heavy metal band Gales Of Avalon have released a music video for the song “Walk On”, taken from their upcoming concept album Hope, set for release on November 25th.

Hope is an audio drama featuring the voice talents of many Calgary’s metal community. Including members of Metal Heads United, Annihilatrix Productions, Exit Strategy, Train Bigger Monkeys, Megawatt Mayhem and many more.

Forged in Calgary in 2007, Gales of Avalon have been a constant staple in the local underground metal scene. With a wide variety of influences, Gales has a unique and dynamic sound with elements of power, thrash, death and black metal along with blues and rock. This combination of sounds has proven successful for the band, with two EPs and a full length under their belts. Each element is orchestrated perfectly, resulting in a sound with something for every metal head.

“Ashes”:

“Scavengers”:
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GOATWHORE – Exclusive Track For Decibel Magazine’s Flexi Series Streaming

Goatwhore's exclusive new Decibel Flexi Series track, "Command To Destroy," is currently streaming below.

Issues Decibel of the band's latest hymn, "'Command To Destroy' is Goatwhore at their best, unleashing their signature fusion of black/death/thrash metal."

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ARTIZAN Begin Pre-Production For Upcoming Album

Melodic metal act Artizan have started pre-production with legendary producer, Jim Morris, at his newly opened studio in Florida.

Artizan founder Ty Tammeus states, "We have a few surprises for the new album including some guest appearances. You can expect melodies abound, as well as focus on heavier riffs, and more sophisticated elements. We are all upping our game for this one!" 

Fans can expect the new album in the first quarter of 2018.

Founded by drummer Ty Tammeus in 2008, Artizan crafts powerful, traditional metal. Dynamic arrangements, dominant rhythms and soaring melodies are key ingredients to the Artizan formula. The band has released three critically acclaimed albums via German record label Pure Steel Records, all produced by legendary producer Jim Morris (Iced Earth, Death, Jag Panzer, Crimson Glory): Curse Of The Artizan (2011), Ancestral Energy (2013) with guest vocalist Matt Barlow (Iced Earth), The Furthest Reaches (2015) - an epic sci-fi rock opera featuring guest vocalists Sabrina Cruz (Seven Kingdoms) and Matt Barlow (Iced Earth). Artizan was honored to be direct support for Fates Warning on their 2013 tour and recently performed at the legendary Keep It True festival in Germany.
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Video Premiere: MACHINE HEAD's 'Catharsis'

"Catharsis", the new video from San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD, can be seen below. The song is the title track of the band's ninth full-length album, which will be released on January 26, 2018 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2014's "Bloodstone & Diamonds" was produced by MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn and recorded, mixed, and co-produced by Zack Ohren (FALLUJAH, ALL SHALL PERISH) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California. Mastering was handled by Ted Jensen (HATEBREED, ALICE IN CHAINS, DEFTONES) at Sterling Sound in New York. Cover photography was created by Seanen Middleton.

Flynn told Jason Ellis of SiriusXM that "Catharsis" is a simpler and more straight-forward effort than some of MACHINE HEAD's past outings.

"I've been telling everybody, 'Keep your expectations low for the heaviness,'" Robb said. "It's a very grooving, very melodic record, and it's kind of freaked people out — understandably, I guess."

Asked how "unheavy" "Catharsis" really is, Flynn said: "It's got some pretty melodic moments, man. This isn't us at our heaviest. To me, if 'The Blackening' was us at our most thrashing and most heavy, this is probably us at our most grooving and most melodic. And it's still heavy, it's great songs, it's just… it's a new trip, and I dig it, man."

According to Flynn, MACHINE HEAD had "no plan" while composing the songs for "Catharsis". "We just start writing," he explained. "There's never a plan. We just started writing, and it came out the way it came out, and it was just cool. That was the shit that got our dick hard, and we were, like, 'Fuck! Let's go with it.'"

He added: "To me, Keith Richards summed it up best. We're just a vessel and we're just channeling what's going through us."

Pointing out that "Catharsis" is a 15-song collection of music with a running time of around 75 minutes, Flynn admitted that "it's a big commitment" for the listener. But, he added, "The majority of the record is short songs. And it was nice. It was just, like, the first two songs we wrote were just short and sweet and heavy, and we were, like, 'Fuck! It doesn't need to go on for six more minutes or have 20 other changes.'"

As for what brought about the slight change in direction for MACHINE HEAD's new album, Flynn said: "I don't listen to a whole lot of metal — I'm being straight with you. To me, a lot of it doesn't interest me, a lot of the lyrics don't interest me. I listen to a lot of hip-hop. I grew up on a lot of hardcore, punk rock, hip-hop, and I just love… Love it or hate it, I love just the fucking direct, ignorant-ass lyrics of hip-hop. It's very clear, it's very blunt; there's no metaphors. Metal's full of metaphors. We've been singing about the same shit now for 30 fucking years and I get a little bored with it. And with this record, I really wanted to just strip it down and make really clear, really simple, really blunt… Especially my choruses, just really clear… Like, you know what the fuck I'm talking about exactly when I'm talking about it. And it's cool. Like real vulgar language and coarse language, and it's a good vibe, man."

Flynn went on to say that he was inspired by the idea of changing up the formula and taking MACHINE HEAD down a new path without veering too much from the band's established sound.

"How the fuck do you blow people away? How do you say something different?" he asked rhetorically. "'Cause there's the two sides — there's the type of bands that are, like, 'We wanna be AC/DC. Never change. It's always the same.' And then there's THE BEATLES, which is probably the most evolution that's ever happened over the course of 10 years in music history. And I don't wanna say we've changed that much, 'cause I never think that we have, but I love the evolution. I love trying to find some new thing that keeps you going."

"Catharsis" track listing:

01. Volatile
02. Catharsis
03. Beyond The Pale
04. California Bleeding
05. Triple Beam
06. Kaleidoscope
07. Bastards
08. Hope Begets Hope
09. Screaming At The Sun
10. Behind A Mask
11. Heavy Lies The Crown
12. Psychotic
13. Grind You Down
14. Razorblade Smile
15. Eulogy

The album is available for pre-order at this location.

The North American tour in support of "Catharsis" will kick off on January 25 in Mesa, Arizona.

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SUSPERIA To Release 'The Lyricist' Album In March

On March 16, Norwegian extreme, melodic metallers SUSPERIA will return with their long-awaited first full-length studio album since 2009, titled "The Lyricist", via Agonia Records.

A video trailer for the album can be seen below.

The origins of SUSPERIA can be traced back to 1998 when Tjodalv, then occupying the drum seat with DIMMU BORGIR, and longtime friend Cyrus (ex-SATYRICON, OLD MAN'S CHILD) got together to share ideas and write songs. Clearly rooted and seasoned in the Norwegian black metal scene, SUSPERIA elevated its sound into more melodic areas of extreme metal, embracing and exploring a variety of musical avenues with ease.

On "The Lyricist", SUSPERIA has gone back to its black origin in many ways, one of which is a grimmer expression. The characteristic melodic twist the band is known for is still present, and an additional layer of variety has been added thanks to new vocalist, Bernt "Dagon" Fjellestad (whose stage debut with the band was made at last year's 70000 Tons Of Metal). From SUSPERIA's pragmatic point of view, the new album is a "good old-fashioned kick in the head, both old and new fans should find enjoyable".

Track listing:

01. I Entered
02. Heretic
03. The Lyricist
04. My Darkest Moment
05. Day I Died
06. Void
07. Feed The Fire
08. Whore Of Man
09. Come Alive

"The Lyricist" was recorded at three different studios in Norway between February 2015 and May 2016. The album was later mixed and mastered at Strand Studio (CHROME DIVISION, THE WRETCHED END, IN VAIN) by Marius Strand. Cover design and artwork was prepared by Vincent Fouquet. New band photos were shot by Espen Bakken.

The first single together with pre-orders and album formats will be revealed in January 2018.

SUSPERIA lineup:

Dagon - vocals
Tjodalv - drums
Memnock - bass
Cyrus - guitar
Elvorn - guitar

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TERROR UNIVERSAL Premieres Slasher Flick-Inspired Music Video For "Dig You A Hole"

Masked horror metal band Terror Universal - featuring current and former members of Ill Nino, Soulfly, Upon A Burning Body and Machine Head - recently announced the release of their upcoming debut full-length album, Make Them Bleed, out January 19th via minus HEAD Records.

Today, the band is giving fans a taste of the record via their new slasher flick-inspired music video for the nightmarish earworm, "Dig You A Hole", a Film/Facer production directed by Wacy Jahn. The video thoroughly showcases what Terror Universal is all about - fright-inducing, unforgettable heavy metal mosh-anthems.

"It's like a mini-thriller video," Massacre tells Billboard. "It's about a psychologist or someone who's manipulating his victims into doing the killing for him, about how he manipulates a person to do the dirty work - a serial killer type of vibe. And he gets (the victims) to dig their own hole. The whole thing is just really disturbed and pretty ugly and grotesque at times - which is exactly what we wanted. I really dig this first introduction to the band."

Read more of the interview at Billboard, and check out the "Dig You A Hole" video below.

Pre-order Make Them Bleed via Bandcamp, or via the band's brand new PledgeMusic campaign. PledgeMusic pre-order incentives include: digital download cards, signed CDs, limited edition posters, t-shirts, stickers, limited edition blood-splatter vinyl, signed gear (including a guitar, drumhead and drum sticks), one-on-one music lessons, and more!

Tracklisting:

Welcome To Hell
Passage Of Pain
Dig You A Hole
Dead On Arrival
Through The Mirrors
Your Time Has Come
Make Them Bleed
Into Darkness
Spines
Piece By Piece

"Dig You A Hole" video;

Make Them Bleed:
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Greece’s CAELEASTIA Announce Thanatopsis Album; “Devil’s Game” Track Streaming

Greek symphonic extreme metal band, Caeleastia, will release their new album 'Thanatopsis', on December 8th via EMP Label Group/SPV. The album was mixed and mastered at Fredman Studios (Gothenburg, Sweden) by Fredrik Nordström (Dream Evil). Caeleastia have posted a audio video for the song Devil´s Game, streaming below.

The cover artwork was made by Gogo Melone (Luna Obscura).

Tracklisting:

Intro / Time For Redemption
Initium Vitae Et Mortis
Thanatopsis
Chamber Of Torments
Devils Game
Dancing With The Demons
Travel To Eternity
Underlife
Martyrs (featuring Jason Bittner (Overkill))
Lament Of The Sea

Devils Game:
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Boston’s SCAPHISM Announces Unutterable Horrors Album

Boston's Scaphism looks to kick off 2018 in the most violent way possible with the release of Unutterable Horrors.

The band's new album comes five years after its debut, Festering Human Remains. The time between releases has seen Scaphism grow into one of the most lethal forces on the New England death metal scene. Eight-tracks of no-frills, throat-ripping USDM, Unutterable Horrors will be out January 12th on Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. Album track Vaults Of Pestilence is streaming below.

Preorders are available on Bandcamp.

Tracklisting:

Gruesome Unmentionables And Unutterable Horrors
Malapropos Cardiectomy
Mitte Eos Ad Infernos
Vaults Of Pestilence
Trepanate The Undesired
The Feaster From The Stars
Excorciated And Excarnated
Hypovolemic Purification

Vaults Of Pestilence:
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STATUS QUO Guitarist RICK PARFITT's Debut Solo Album, 'Over And Out', To Receive Posthumous Release

When the awful news broke on Christmas Eve 2016 that legendary rocker Rick Parfitt of STATUS QUO fame had passed, fans around the world were devastated that one of rock's most iconic performers had been silenced.
However, unknown to almost anyone, Parfitt had, in fact, virtually completed his first solo album whilst undergoing a period of recuperation after his heart attack in July.
That album, poignantly titled "Over And Out", will now be released on March 23 through earMUSIC. Featuring 10 brand new songs, including the title track that broke hearts anew when it was played at Parfitt's funeral, this is an album of depth and passion. Created by Parfitt and producer Jo Webb, the record is a true labor of love and showcases the softer side of Parfitt as a writer, artist, and performer away from the QUO maelstrom, as well as the purest rock 'n' roll sound of earlier STATUS QUO records. Despite the fact Parfitt had finished recording his guitar and vocal parts, a recording session was planned for February 2017. Certain tracks were not totally finished when Parfitt died. The call to help ensure that his work could be completed, so that the world could hear it, was answered by musicians of the caliber of QUEEN's Brian May and MUSE's Chris Wolstenholme, both of whom were close to Parfitt.
His son, Rick Parfitt Jr., was also involved in the creative process, as were John "Rhino" Edwards and Alan Lancaster, amongst many others. All of those involved in completing the songs that Parfitt had written for "Over And Out" have done him proud in bringing his vision to fruition. Parfitt's music always featured two elements the raw rock 'n' roll sound and a great passion for melodies. "Over And Out" offers the best of both worlds: It has been recorded and written with a band's spirit between Parfitt and Webb. They shared various mixes, reflecting the sound of the sessions and the spirit that was present in the "room." The album has also been mixed by top producer Ash Howes, offering a different view on the songs but also leaving a dilemma open for interpretation: Which one would Parfitt prefer?
The polished, big sounding mixes or the original band mixes, raw and full of musical honesty?
Those who were close enough to him over the years would probably say: "Both."
This is why the album will be available in its "finished" form, but also as a raw and pure version, for the fans of the rockier side of Parfitt's music in special collector's editions. "Over And Out" track listing:
01. Twinkletoes02. Lonesome Road03. Over And Out04. When I Was Fallin In Love05. Fight For Every Heartbeat06. Without You07. Long Distance Love08. Everybody Knows How To Fly09. Lock Myself Away10. Halloween This album is the record that Parfitt had been itching to write. His forced departure from QUO's live performance circuit, while very hard for him to take, did at least free up the time that was needed to create "Over And Out". The album is but the latest element of the incredible legacy and body of work that Parfitt leaves. A testament to his talent, his winning way with words, an incredible joie de vivre, and a spirit that never flagged. He'll be missed but "Over And Out" is a great way to remember him gone but not forgotten.
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THE RAVEN AGE Seek Lead Vocalist; New Album & Touring Already Planned For 2018

It's been an interesting few weeks for The Raven Age. The British up n' comers recently concluded their first European headline tour, which included a sold-out show in London, promoting their debut album Darkness Will Rise. As 2017 draws to a close though, the band have parted company with lead vocalist Michael Burrough, sharing this statement via their social media.

"We feel that our time with Mike has come to a natural end as we havent been heading in the same direction, either creatively or professionally. We'd like to thank Mike for the last four years. We've shared some incredible experiences both on and off the road, including the recording of our debut EP and album, signing to a record label, supporting some amazing bands all over the world, and successfully taking on our first ever headline tour. Weve parted on good terms and will remain good friends. From all of us we'd like to wish Mike all the very best for the future.

The Raven Age now firmly have their sights set on 2018. The group are actively recruiting Burrough's replacement, commenting, "We'll be holding auditions as soon as we possibly can. We have a lot of interesting things in the pipeline for next year including a new release and more touring. We're looking forward to finding a new singer and cracking on full steam ahead with the next chapter for The Raven Age."

Think youve got what it takes to front The Raven Age? Apply through their website at theravenage.com/apply.

The Raven Age are signed to record label BMG and won Best New Band at the Planet Rock Awards 2017. Their single "Angel In Disgrace" has racked up more than 3 million streams worldwide.

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WHITESNAKE To Release 'The Purple Tour (Live)' CD, DVD, Blu-Ray In January

WHITESNAKE revisited the music that singer David Coverdale recorded with DEEP PURPLE with the release of "The Purple Album" two years ago. The LP, and the tour that followed, offered fans new modern interpretations of PURPLE classics like "Burn" and "Mistreated". Highlights from the historic tour will be featured in a new live collection, including double-disc versions that feature audio, video and a selection of bonus material.
"The Purple Tour (Live)" will be available on January 19 as CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray sets. Additional formats include a double-LP, single CD, and digital version. A video trailer can be found below.
On "The Purple Tour (Live)", WHITESNAKE puts its distinctive spin on several songs from Coverdale's studio albums with DEEP PURPLE: "Burn" (1974), "Stormbringer" (1974) and "Come Taste The Band" (1975). Highlights include "You Fool No One", "The Gypsy" and "Soldier Of Fortune". The double-disc collection also includes video footage of the concert mixed to 5.1 Surround Sound, plus a new music video for "Burn", band interviews, and a number of bonus performances not available on the CD or vinyl versions.
The WHITESNAKE lineup that appears on "The Purple Tour (Live)" includes Coverdale, guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, bassist Michael Devin, drummer Tommy Aldridge and keyboardist Michele Luppi.
Coverdale says there was never any intention to compete against the original recordings. "We just wanted to play the damn songs," he says. "Each member of the band brought their incredible individual talents and a real band identity to this music. We've all done the best we can with this project with respect to the music, and the legacy of DEEP PURPLE Mk3 and Mk4."
In addition to songs originally recorded by DEEP PURPLE, "The Purple Tour (Live)" features performances of killer WHITESNAKE tracks like "Fool For Your Loving" from "Slip Of The Tongue" (1990), "Love Ain't No Stranger" from "Slide It In" (1984), plus "Still Of The Night", "Bad Boys", "Is This Love" and the #1 smash "Here I Go Again" from "Whitesnake" (1987).
CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray track listing:
01. Burn02. Bad Boys03. Love Ain't No Stranger04. The Gypsy05. Give Me All Your Love06. Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City07. Mistreated08. You Fool No One09. Soldier Of Fortune10. Is This Love11. Fool For Your Loving12. Here I Go Again13. Still Of The Night
DVD/Blu-ray Contents:
Concert Video in 5.1 and Stereo
* "Burn" - Music Video* Band Interviews
Bonus 5.1 High Resolution Live Audio:
* You Keep On Moving* Lay Down Stay Down* Lotsanotes* Stormbringer
CD track listing:
01. Burn02. Bad Boys03. Love Ain't No Stranger04. The Gypsy05. Give Me All Your Love06. Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City07. Mistreated08. You Fool No One09. Soldier Of Fortune10. Is This Love11. Fool For Your Loving12. Here I Go Again13. Still Of The Night
LP track listing:
Side One
01. Burn02. Bad Boys03. Love Ain't No Stranger04. The Gypsy
Side Two
01. Give Me All Your Love02. Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City03. Mistreated
Side Three
01. You Fool No One02. Soldier Of Fortune03. Is This Love04. Fool For Your Loving
Side Four
01. Here I Go Again02. Still Of The Night03. You Keep On Moving - LP Bonus Track
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RONNIE JAMES DIO Hologram: 'DIO Returns: The World Tour' Kicks Off In Bochum, Germany (Video)

"Dio Returns: The World Tour" featuring Ronnie James Dio reuniting via hologram with his DIO bandmates kicked off earlier tonight (Wednesday, December 6) at Matrix in in Bochum, Germany. The Ronnie hologram performed throughout the show, treating fans to an alternating setlist that featured songs such as "Rainbow In The Dark", "We Rock", "Neon Nights", "King Of Rock And Roll", "Man On The Silver Mountain", "Heaven And Hell", "Holy Diver" and more. The "Dio Returns" tour features Ronnie's actual live vocals, with the DIO band playing live, consisting of Craig Goldy on guitar, Simon Wright on drums and Scott Warren on keyboards, along with Bjorn Englen on bass. Veteran metal vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST) is also performing, with singer Oni Logan (LYNCH MOB) also joining on select dates.
"Dio Returns: The World Tour" will also make stops in Poland, Spain, Romania, United Kingdom, Netherlands and Belgium before the end of 2017.
Dates initially announced for Finland, Sweden and Norway are being rescheduled for a larger run through Scandinavia in 2018. The "Dio Returns" tour will also make stops throughout Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, United States, Venezuela and other countries, with more dates to be announced.
The hologram of Ronnie James Dio made its debut at last year's Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. The surprise appearance of the heavy metal icon during DIO DISCIPLES' set closed out the massive metal event which was attended by more than 75,000 fans.
In a recent post on the DIO DISCIPLES Facebook page, Goldy defended DIO DISCIPLES' decision to tour with Ronnie's hologram, calling it "a gift to the fans" which will be "given in the same spirit in which Ronnie gave."
He explained: "People don't remember, but Wendy [Dio, Ronnie's wife and manager] was a big part of how that whole 'Sacred Heart' stage set was built, put together and without hiking up the ticket prices too. Same thing for the 'Dream Evil' tour, with a giant metal spider that came down out of the rafters and I shot it with lasers out of my guitar and then wherever I pointed my guitar, an explosion would occur. It was magical days with magical people behind that magic. This hologram is just that."
According to Goldy, DIO DISCIPLES' performances with the Ronnie James Dio hologram will serve an opportunity for people who "never got to see Ronnie on stage with BLACK SABBATH and RAINBOW" to experience some of the original magic.
"This is something that is done in the name of love, honor, missing him and respect nothing else," he said. "And that is the truth. People's opinion does not alter the truth. It only alters the perception of truth. So this hologram tour is meant to honor the man and his music in the same spirit in which that man gave to this world... so we now give. And people will be missing out on an incredible experience if they let bad comments make that decision for them."
Craig added that "Ronnie would approve of this hologram being done in the way it is being done. I'm sure that anyone who has worked as hard as he did, and has made as big of a worldwide impact as he did, would like their name and memory carried on by those people that he loved and surrounded himself with by choice."
Englen told "The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show" in October that "Dio Returns" will see him and his bandmates perform "quite a few songs with the hologram probably, I would say, about half or maybe more than half. And then the rest of them are gonna be without the hologram, with 'Ripper' Owens and Oni Logan singing," he said. "So it's gonna be the DIO DISCIPLES. And the hologram is gonna be in the middle of the stage, but I don't wanna reveal too much. It's quite a large it needs quite a bit of space onstage, so hopefully most of the venues are gonna be able to accommodate that, as far as the places that haven't been booked yet. But we're excited about it. It's gonna be great."
According to Englen, the tour will consist of shows "at theaters and large clubs. And as long as the stage is big, we can do it. It has to have a certain width," he explained.
Regarding what is involved in planning a tour like this, Englen said: "We have to do some choreography, as far as where to be and what song and all that stuff. All the music is live, and we obviously have to play to a click track or Simon does so that we're synced with Ronnie's vocals. Other than that, we play the songs like we normally play them. We've just gotta make sure the arrangements are the same, and they usually are we haven't done many changes to the songs since the DIO days. So they're the same anyway."
Asked if he finds it "haunting" to perform with a Dio hologram, the bassist said: "You know, we're not really looking at it while we're playing. Looking at it after, I think it's just a nice thing. Some people wonder, 'Is it creepy?' or that kind of a thing. We're excited. We feel good about it. It's done really well, and it's with live vocals you know, you get that live feel and everything and they've done a really nice job as far as the content and the photography and all that stuff. I think a lot of people are gonna be even the people that have been negative about it, or pessimistic are gonna be positively surprised."


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SOULFLY To Enter Studio In January With Producer JOSH WILBUR

In a brand new interview with Backstage Axxess, Max Cavalera spoke about his plans for SOULFLY's follow-up to 2015's "Archangel" album, tentatively due next summer via Nuclear Blast. He said (hear audio below): "I'm actually writing right now. I'm collecting the riffs right now and getting the ideas. We are already kind of booked for January with Josh Wilbur, the producer of LAMB OF GOD and GOJIRA and KILLER BE KILLED. I think he'll be great for the SOULFLY record; he's a great producer. I'm excited, because I think the album will have a little bit of a return to some tribal sounds that I haven't done since [2004's] 'Prophecy'. So that'll be cool, to return to some of that. And then the rest of the album will be a continuation of 'Archangel'; a lot of people like 'Archangel'. And, of course, I think that it will be also somehow influenced by [CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's new album] 'Psychosis', 'cause 'Psychosis' was such a cool record that I'm sure that somewhere in the SOULFLY record we'll have the influence of that on top of it too. So it'll be a really cool record to work on."
Max recently told the "No Limits Music Show" that SOULFLY's upcoming disc will be "deeply tribal, very spiritual. There's a concept. I cannot tell you much about it, 'cause it's kind of a surprise," he said. "But there is a concept behind the record, and I have not done a record with a concept like this since [SEPULTURA's] 'Roots'. So this one has got the same kind of feeling that 'Roots' has."
Max said that the difference between his writing approach for SOULFLY and CAVALERA CONSPIRACY is that with SOULFLY "I've got more room, I can do more stuff with it. 'Cause I've got the world music element, the tribal element, the spiritual element," he explained. "They give me more room to go even further on what I can do with the music, so I'm very excited. I think it's gonna be a great record."
Max and his brother, former SEPULTURA drummer Igor Cavalera, have spent the last year and a half celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the band's "Roots" album by performing the LP in its entirety all over the world.
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY — which also features Max and Igor — released its fourth album, "Psychosis", on November 17 via Napalm Records.

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QUEEN - Director BRYAN SINGER Fired From Bohemian Rhapsody Biopic

Fox has fired Bryan Singer as director of Bohemian Rhapsody, three days after his repeated absences from the set had forced the studio to halt production, reports Variety.

“Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody,” the studio said Monday. Fox did not elaborate.

The studio terminated Singer under the “pay or play” provision of his contract, sources indicated, due to his repeated failures to show up on the set. A new director has not been named.

Filming has been taking place in London with Mr. Robot star Rami Malek in the lead role as Freddie Mercury, the front man for the group Queen. New Regency and GK Films are the production companies. The producers are Graham King, Singer, and Jim Beach, Queen’s longtime manager. Denis O’Sullivan, Arnon Milchan, and Jane Rosenthal are the executive producers.

Read more at Variety.com.

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PAINTED DOLL Feat. AUTOPSY's CHRIS REIFERT: Debut Album Artwork, Track Listing

PAINTED DOLL, the new band formed by comedian/guitar shredder Dave Hill and extreme metal veteran Chris Reifert (AUTOPSY, DEATH), recently inked a deal with the New York City independent label Tee Pee Records. The group's self-titled debut, recorded and mixed by Tom Beaujour at Nuthouse Recording in Hoboken, New Jersey, will be released on February 16, 2018.
PAINTED DOLL came to life when "a death metal guy and a power-pop guy got hammered together at a GOBLIN concert in Texas." Soon after, Reifert and Hill began trying to out-deep cut each other with late '60s/early '70s Dutch and British psych pop before Chris suggested the two musicians form a band together inspired by the music they'd been trading.
The record's acid trip-esque cover art was created by Hill himself, who calls the colorful collage "something I would have drawn on my notebook back in high school after too much Robitussin."
Reifert adds: "The cover art reminds me of the days when I was entertainment director on 'Watership Down' and Dave had to convince us all that he just wanted to rock and not eat us. For that reason, it's perfect in my book!"
"Painted Doll" track listing:
01. Together Alone02. Carousel03. Hidden Hand04. Dressing Room05. Painted Doll06. Eclipse07. She Talks To Mirrors08. Stairwell09. Find Your Mind10. I Put A Spell On You (SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS cover)
What does PAINTED DOLL sound like, you ask? Let's let the band do the talking...
"The PAINTED DOLL record was a blast to make," says Hill. "Chris is a death metal legend from the Bay Area and I'm a guy from Cleveland who worships THE KINKS. Throw in our mutual love for obscure Dutch bands from the seventies and you've got PAINTED DOLL. We're super psyched to be working with Tee Pee Records to unleash our stone-cold jams on the masses."
"After getting to know Dave and talking about psychedelic bands and stuff, it was clear that PAINTED DOLL needed to happen," adds Reifert. "The powers of rock gave us our mission, which we gladly accepted. Now you can hear the visions that we had bouncing around in our heads. Foxes and rabbits, velvet and leather, smoldering rock and spacey psych....what else do you need? Play it loud and proud, babies!"
Luckily, there's zero waiting period to hear the culmination of this peculiar pairing as PAINTED DOLL has released a video for the record's lead track "Together Alone". Check it out below.

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SYMPHONY X Bassist To Release Second MIKE LEPOND'S SILENT ASSASSINS Album, 'Pawn And Prophecy'

Frontiers Music Srl will release the new album from MIKE LEPOND'S SILENT ASSASSINS, "Pawn And Prophecy", on January 26, 2018.
The SYMPHONY X bassist is extremely excited for the release of his solo band's sophomore effort, which he describes as a "a collection of epic tales told with the power of heavy metal music. The classic headbanging riffs and kick-ass vocals will get your horns and fists in the air. It is an album made FOR metalheads, BY metalheads." Today, the first song from "Pawn And Prophecy" has been made available for your listening pleasure. Check out "Avengers Of Eden" below. On the story behind the song, LePond says, "'Avengers Of Eden' is based on 'The Doom That Came To Sarnath' by H.P. Lovecraft. It's one of the faster tracks on the record. The main riff was inspired by VAN HALEN's 'House Of Pain'. I turned that up to MOTÖRHEAD/EXCITER speed with a Dio-style vocal." Best known as the bassist for progressive metal giants SYMPHONY X, Mike LePond stepped out on his own to front his own project, MIKE LEPOND'S SILENT ASSASSINS, in 2014.
The follow-up to the band's self-titled debut release, "Pawn And Prophecy" shows an onslaught of true heavy metal in its purest form. As an example of the range of metal styles here, the title track is a 21-minute opus based on William Shakespeare's "Macbeth", where Mike and company have essentially written a heavy metal soundtrack to this classic tale and features guest appearances from SYMPHONY X bandmates Michael Romeo and Michael Pinella. "Pawn And Prophecy" track listing:
01. Masters Of The Hall02. Black Legend03. Antichrist04. I Am The Bull05. Avengers Of Eden06. Hordes Of Fire07. The Mulberry Tree08. Pawn And Prophecy Recording lineup:
* Mike LePond - Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals* Alan Tecchio - Lead Vocals With special guests:
* Michael Romeo - Drum Programming, Keyboards, Lead Guitar on Track 8* Michael Pinella - Backing Vocals, Piano & Organ on Track 8* Lance Barnewold - Lead Guitar on Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5* Rod Rivera - Lead Guitar on Tracks 5, 6, 7* Andry Lagiou - Lead Vocals on Track 8* Noa Gruman - Lead Vocals on Track 8* Veronica Freeman - Lead Vocals on Track 8* Phyllis Rutter - Lead Vocals on Track 8
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RUSH's ALEX LIFESON To Guest On New FU MANCHU Album, 'Clone Of The Universe'

Southern Californian hard rockers FU MANCHU release their 12th studio album, "Clone Of The Universe", on February 9, 2018 via their own label At The Dojo Records. The upcoming record will be their first in four years, following the 2014 release of "Gigantoid". "Clone Of The Universe" marks a new chapter for the "fuzz rock" pioneers as they mix the straight ahead blistering rock with unexpected time shifts, featuring tracks like the roaring cuts "Don't Panic" and "(I've Been) Hexed" and the dynamically complex "Clone Of The Universe" and "Slower Than Light". The centerpiece of the album is "Il Mostro Atomico", an 18-minute-8-second side-long epic featuring a special guest performance by Alex Lifeson, guitarist and songwriter of the legendary band RUSH. Heavier than anything they've ever done and broken into four distinct sections, it's new ground for a band that's been pushing the boundaries of "fuzz and wah" since its formation in 1990. The band will be playing two album-release shows in Southern California before hitting the road in Europe in March of 2018 and returning to the U.S. in May of 2018. Additional 2018 shows will be announced in the coming months. "We are excited to get out and play this stuff, especially 'Il Mostro Atomico'," says founding guitarist Scott Hill. "We think it's some the strongest music we've ever done. We really love the overall sound of the album and having Alex play on it is just incredible. It gives it that special validation for the idea that we had to try something like a side long song." The album was recorded and produced by FU MANCHU and Jim Monroe at The Racket Room in Santa Ana, California, with additional recording by Andrew Giacumakis at Susstudio in Simi Valley, California.
"Clone Of The Universe" track listing:
01. Intelligent Worship (3:08)02. (I've Been) Hexed (2:48)03. Don't Panic (2:05)04. Slower Than Light (3:26)05. Nowhere Left To Hide (4:19)06. Clone Of The Universe (2:58)07. Il Mostro Atomico (18:08)
FU MANCHU is Scott Hill (vocals, guitar), Bob Balch (guitar), Brad Davis (bass) and Scott Reeder (drums and percussion).
Photo credit: John Gilhooley

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GWAR: Collected Edition Of Popular Comic 'Orgasmageddon' To Be Released

Due to massive demand, "Gwar: Orgasmageddon" will see release as a trade paperback from Dynamite Comics, collecting all four issues of the hit series. The book will include the main story by GWAR's Matt Maguire, Matt Miner, Jonathan Brandon Sawyer and Tom Neely, plus all the backup stories and art from a wide range of ultra talented creators and members of GWAR themselves.
"It's been an honor to work on this book with the guys from GWAR," said co-writer Matt Miner. "I'm thrilled and humbled by the massive positive response the comic books have gotten and I'm ecstatic that Dynamite Comics is publishing a collected paperback that can sit on library shelves and corrupt children for decades to come."
GWAR and Matt Miner ask that fans pre-order the new trade paperback and visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find their local stores, to ask them in person, on Twitter, Facebook, or on the phone to carry the book on their shelves. "Facebook messages are the least intrusive but most effective means of outreach," says Miner. "If the trade paperback does well then we could see a second comic series of blood drenched antics featuring our favorite Scumdogs of the Universe."
Miner also has some advice for those wanting to own copies of the book themselves: "Get your pre-orders in now and secure your copy. Wait until it's sold out and you'll be selling kidneys on the black market to pay jacked-up prices on eBay."
The comic creators have provided a pre-order coupon for fans to print and bring to their local comic stores, and, should eager readers not have a local comic store, Miner suggests pre-ordering online from Things From Another World at this link.
Having already violated the art, music, and film worlds, now infamous scumdogs GWAR are coming for your graphic novels and book stores! Do you need to be a GWAR fan to love this book? Hell no! There's loads of laughs, violence, fun, and irreverent social satire for everyone to enjoy!
Trampling through the past after being trapped in time by the cold and calculating Mr. Perfect, GWAR fights and kills and kills and KILLS, slogging their way through human history in a torrent of gore, blood, bile, and other assorted bodily fluids the way only the most famous satirical heavy metal band from the depths of outer space can.
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