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SCORPIONS To Release 'Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best Of Rock Ballads' In November

German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS will release a new compilation album, "Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best Of Rock Ballads", on November 24. The effort will include seventeen of the band's most famous ballads plus two new songs which were recorded this past summer.

SCORPIONS singer Klaus Meine revealed during last month's SiriusXM Town Hall radio interview that the band's record company "wanted us to come up with a couple of bonus tracks" for the best-of-ballads collection "and we went in the studio and everybody came up with great ideas We just finished a recording session and listened to the first mixes and stuff, and it sounds pretty good. It's gonna be a 'best of ballads,' but with those new tracks. And it's gonna be a cool project."

Regarding how the idea for the collection came about, Klaus said: "Sony Music approached us and said, 'C'mon, guys. You have so many powerful songs. And we wanna put it together in some kind of compilation you guys never did before.'"

Meine added that while the SCORPIONS are known in the U.S.A. mostly for their harder-edged material, like "Rock You Like A Hurricane", "in other parts of the world, SCORPIONS are very famous for the ballads, like 'Still Loving You' in France. And in Asia, they love the ballads, and in Russia, 'Wind Of Change' and all those songs are very powerful equally as powerful as 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' here," he said. "So we talked about [doing] this. In different parts of the world, people like different types of music. So we can offer [a compilation that includes all the best of the softer songs]."

SCORPIONS' last release was 2015's "Return To Forever", partially comprising songs the band had in the vault from the '80s. It was the final recorded appearance of SCORPIONS' longtime drummer James Kottak, who was dismissed from the band in September 2016 during his well-publicized his battle with alcoholism. He has since been replaced by MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee.

SCORPIONS were recently forced to cancel the remainder of their North American tour dates with MEGADETH after Meine was diagnosed with "severe laryngitis." The singer was advised by a top throat specialist in Los Angeles to rest his voice or risk permanent vocal damage.

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Listen To New EUROPE Song 'The Siege'

"The Siege", a brand new song from Swedish hard rockers EUROPE, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Walk The Earth", which will be released on October 20 via the band's own Hell & Back label through Silver Lining Music. The follow-up to 2015's "War Of Kings" was laid down at London, England's legendary Abbey Road studios and was produced by Dave Cobb, who also helmed the band's last disc.

"War Of Kings" was the record that made the rock world realize what a formidable act EUROPE had become, then "Walk The Earth" is the album that is set to establish the band as one of the most exciting contemporary rock acts of current times. "We're simply a different band today," says lead singer Joey Tempest.

"Ever since we started up again in 2004, we have constantly explored our limits and new parts of our musical universe. After around a thousand shows, we feel comfortable just improvising, jamming and pushing our lyrics and songwriting with much more ease.

"We have now been together recording and making albums longer than the early period of the band. Five albums in the '80s and '90s. Now six records with 'Walk The Earth'.

"When we started up again in 2004, we all agreed to think 'long term,' to take the long road and build up a new relationship with listeners and media. We all agreed on writing together, owning our music, and license it out to labels that really care and support us in the long run. We also agreed to not look back! And never stop looking for that deeper expression.

"We don't have much in common with our contemporaries from back then. We have taken a different path, making sure we are constantly moving forward. We have little regard for outside influences and opinions. In order to enjoy this new journey and feel creative, it needed to be completely on our terms. "In a EUROPE live show, there is, of course, some room for nostalgia, but in the studio there is none. Every album is a reaction to the one before, a new journey a new adventure.

"The music of a rock band needs to constantly move, challenge, upheave, evolve or the band will automatically become a nostalgia act.

"We are proud of our past and previous albums, but we simply can't identify, recapture, emulate any of it. We simply can't write like that, even if we wanted to. We are a new act with a different expression. "Over the years, we have learned how important recording techniques and recording equipment is by trying to search and research which producers, engineers and recording studios that can actually inspire and keep us wanting to be adventurous and daring. It has now taken us six albums to get here." "Walk The Earth" features original artwork by famed Los Angeles artist Mike Sportes of Filth Mart. "We were in the studio a few days into recording and Dave comes in wearing this very cool t-shirt with one of Mike's designs on it," Joey states. "Immediately we knew we had to check Mike's other work and have him come up with an exclusive design for us based on the vibe of the album. We are very proud to have his amazing artwork as the 'Walk The Earth' album cover!" "Walk The Earth" track listing: 01. Walk The Earth02. The Siege03. Kingdom United04. Pictures05. Election Day06. Wolves07. GTO08. Haze09. Whenever You're Ready10. Turn To Dust

The official video for the "Walk The Earth" title track can be seen below. The clip was directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES and KAMELOT, among others.

EUROPE last year completed a short European tour during which the band played "The Final Countdown" album in its entirety to celebrate the LP's thirtieth anniversary.

A recording of the band's "The Final Countdown" performance at London's legendary Roundhouse was released on July 21.

"War Of Kings" came out in March 2015 via UDR Music.

Photo credit: Brian Cannon

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Watch GUNS N' ROSES' Third Madison Square Garden Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of GUNS N' ROSES' October 16 performance at New York City's Madison Square Garden — the band's third show in a three-night stand at the venue — can be seen below.

The 2017 North American leg of GUNS N' ROSES' "Not In This Lifetime" tour kicked off July 27 in St. Louis, Missouri.

The trek features classic GUNS members Slash on guitar, Duff McKagan on bass and Axl Rose on vocals, backed by drummer Frank Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and second keyboardist Melissa Reese.

About seventy people travel with the show in addition to the truck drivers; that number goes upwards of five hundred, including the local workers, by show date once catering, security, etc. are factored in, according to the tour's production manager, Dale "Opie" Skjerseth.

"Not In This Lifetime" continues Thursday (October 19) at Washington D.C.'s Verizon Center.

GUNS kicked off its long-rumored and long-awaited reunion trek in a year and a half ago with a club show in Hollywood and appearances in Las Vegas and at California's Coachella festival.
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Watch NITRO Feat. CHRIS ADLER Perform MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD Covers In Nepal

Fan-filmed video footage of NITRO, the band featuring guitar virtuoso Michael Angelo Batio, vocalist Jim Gillette and LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler, performing the songs "Walk With Me In Hell" (LAMB OF GOD) and "Symphony Of Destruction" (MEGADETH) on September 27 at Purple Haze Rock Bar in Kathmandu, Nepal can be seen below.

The new NITRO disc is being helmed by producer Kane Churko, who has previously worked with DISTURBED, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, IN THIS MOMENT, HELLYEAH and PAPA ROACH. In addition to producing the disc, Churko is contributing his songwriting talents to the project.

Joining Batio, Gillette and Adler on the new NITRO album is bassist and five-time Grammy Award winner Victor Wooten.

Gillette told Metal Rules about the musical direction of the new NITRO material: "It's very, very heavy. I don't think you can get any heavier.

"It's funny — the first run with NITRO, we started off super heavy," he continued. "I don't want to blame anyone as we had the ultimate decision, but it got shaped and molded by guys in suits that had no clue. All they wanted us to do was to sing higher and play faster. It spun out of control. If the goal was to be the fastest and the highest, we achieved our goal. We just had the wrong goal. [Laughs] Our goal should have been to write some kick-ass heavy metal. You have to bend a little; otherwise the checks stop coming. This time we didn't have any men in suits telling us what to do. We are doing what we always envisioned what NITRO should be."

Batio told the "Talking Metal" podcast that the new NITRO songs would feature a different vocal and musical approach to what the band was previously known for.

"Jim has a great death metal voice that he didn't have back then and he's going to be singing," the guitarist said. "There is going to be singing and there's going to be super-heavy death sounds.

"To categorize what we are doing — think part LAMB OF GOD and a very small part that nods to the past [of NITRO], only because Jim is singing first and the music is super, super aggressive. I am using all seven strings on the guitar. It's mean. It's really mean."

Regarding how Adler got involved with the project in the first place, Michael said: "Neither one of us actually knew him. We were at my house, recording demos and writing songs. I'm a really good drum programmer. I'm doing these advanced-level drums and Jim goes to me, 'Who do you think we should get for drums?' We're shaking out heads and he goes, 'Chris Adler.' And I'm thinking, 'LAMB OF GOD's drummer?' Neither one of us ever met him, but, I've worked with a publicist named Suzanne Penley; her significant other, Dave Vincent from MORBID ANGEL, he's a super-close friend of mine, and she works with Chris. So I called Suzanne and I told her we're interested in getting Chris for the album, and it turned out Chris is a fan of mine! And so the whole thing just worked itself out and Chris is in the band now."

Michael added: "He's absolutely fantastic, my favorite metal drummer. There's not many people when you listen to drums you know who it is — and he's one of those. He's got a very distinct style and he can play anything."

A release date for the new NITRO album will be announced soon.
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THE PROFESSIONALS Release Video For 'Rewind' Song Feat. DEF LEPPARD's PHIL COLLEN

THE PROFESSIONALS' music video for the song "Rewind" can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "What In The World", which will be released on October 27 via Automaton Records.

Thirty-five years later, the band formed from the ashes of the SEX PISTOLS by Paul Cook and Steve Jones is back.

Revitalized, re-energized and reinvigorated, THE PROFESSIONALS' new disc bristles with conviction and finds the band on electrifying form, delivering some of the most ballsy, honest and downright brilliant songs of their career.

"We're not breaking any musical boundaries — we're doing what we do best. From the heart with energy and integrity," said the band.

Paul Cook and Paul Myers were reunited on stage touring with Vic Godard's SUBWAY SECT. There the idea sprang to revisit THE PROFESSIONALS. New frontman and guitar player Tom Spencer was invited to come to rehearsals, to sing and play guitar while Steve Jones was being lured back to the U.K. to join. As it became obvious Steve wouldn't be heading over, and with rehearsals feeling better and better, the new lineup was born.

THE PROFESSIONALS are also joined by a stellar cast of guest guitar players, including Jones (who plays on three tracks). Duff McKagan (GUNS N' ROSES), Mick Jones (THE CLASH), Phil Collen (DEF LEPPARD), Marco Pirroni (ADAM & THE ANTS), Chris McCormack (3 COLOURS RED) and Billy Duffy (THE CULT) also join the party.

"In the studio, we put the songs down as a three-piece, but what was needed was a second guitarist's mind, to come from another angle," THE PROFESSIONALS said. "Cookie dusted off his punk rock address book and made a few calls. All the guests added their own unique magic."

This energetic album features ten finely crafted songs, full of rock 'n' roll attitude — including a tribute to Lemmy and David Bowie, "Going, Going, Gone" — before closing with the Darwinian pop at world leaders, "Monkeys".

All the basic tracks were put down at Zak Starkey's studio, just outside London, and were finished at Tower Studios in Pershore. The guests recorded in various studios, both in the U.K. and the U.S.

"What In The World" was produced by Dave Draper with Paul Cook and Tom Spencer there to co-produce. The album is an aural treat, with no calculated image or reliance on nostalgia.

To celebrate the release of "What In The World", THE PROFESSIONALS will play a special headline show at London's Garage on October 28.

"We've been adding a new track or two to live shows but can't wait to try some of the other new songs," THE PROFESSIONALS said. "We're buzzing about the album, and can't wait to spread the buzz. Of course there'll be old stuff played too. We don't cover PISTOLS stuff (apart from 'Silly Thing') but as the gig's forty years to the day from 'Nevermind The Bollocks' was released, we might just add a cover or two!"

"What In The World" track listing:

01. Good Man Down (feat. Steve Jones & Billy Duffy)02. Let Go (feat. Phil Collen)03. Going, Going, Gone (feat. Steve Jones & Billy Duffy)04. Extremadura (feat. Mick Jones & Victoria Liedtke)05. Rewind (feat. Phil Collen)06. Hats Off (feat. Duff McKagan & Chris McCormack)07. New Generation (feat. Marco Pirroni)08. Take Me Now (feat. Steve Jones, Billy Duffy & Marco Pirroni)09. Bad Baby (feat. Terri Cook)10. Monkeys (feat. Duff McKagan & Phil Collen)
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Ex-IN FLAMES Guitarist JESPER STRÖMBLAD Says Band Should Change Its Name

Ex-IN FLAMES guitarist Jesper Strömblad says that his former bandmates should change the group's name to more fully represent their current musical direction.

Strömblad, who quit IN FLAMES in February 2010 in order to continue receiving treatment for his alcohol addiction, made his latest comments while promoting the debut album from his new band CYHRA, in which he is joined by former IN FLAMES bassist Peter Iwers, ex-AMARANTHE singer Joacim "Jake E" Lundberg and LUCA TURILLI'S RHAPSODY drummer Alex Landenburg.

Asked by Metal Wani for his opinion on IN FLAMES' latest album, last year's "Battles", Jesper said (hear audio below): "To be honest, I think they should actually change the name, because it's such a huge, huge difference from the beginning. But if that's the way they wanna do it, fine. And they're happy with the new members, so good luck to them. Everyone is in the right place."

Strömblad went on to clarify: "I didn't say that 'Battles' sucks ass that's not what I said. It's just it's very They have developed so much in a [different] direction."

According to Strömblad, some of the albums he made with IN FLAMES continue to be unfairly criticized by the band's fans, many of whom still expect the group to make new music in the vein of its more obscure earlier material.

"I think that 'A Sense Of Purpose' [2008] is a very underrated album, actually," he said. "'Cause I think that had all the elements that IN FLAMES is about, but it got so much shit [from the fans]. It's [viewed as] the worst album, if people vote [for the top album in IN FLAMES' discography]. They hate it, and I can't get that, actually."

After leaving IN FLAMES, Strömblad initially formed THE RESISTANCE with Marco Aro (vocals, THE HAUNTED) and Glenn Ljungström (guitar, ex-IN FLAMES). Strömblad announced his departure from that group in March 2016, with the band's bassist, Rob Hakemo, saying in an interview that Jesper "saved" THE RESISTANCE by quitting and explaining that the guitarist is "an alcoholic" and "drug addict" who "doesn't want to [get] sober." Rob added: "[Jesper] thinks that two weeks [sober] is good, and then he can drink some. And then he's gone for a month, and then he's back and he's not drinking [for a short while]. It's a sad thing, and we really tried to help him and wanted the best [for him]. So when he told us that 'I'm leaving the band,' we were relieved. We were really relieved."

"Battles", IN FLAMES' twelfth studio album and its third since Jesper's departure was released in November 2016 via Nuclear Blast in all territories excluding North America and Scandinavia and Eleven Seven Music Group in the U.S.

CYHRA will release its debut album, "Letters To Myself", on October 20 via Spinefarm Records. The disc was recorded at Top Floor Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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HALLATAR Feat. AMORPHIS, SWALLOW THE SUN, Ex-HIM Members: 'My Mistake' Video

The official Aapo Lahtela-directed music video for "My Mistake", a brand new song from HALLATAR, can be seen below. The track, which features guest vocals by DRACONIAN's Heike Langhans, is taken from HALLATAR's debut album, "No Stars Upon the Bridge", which is based on the lyrics and poems of Aleah Starbridge and was released on October 13 via Svart Records.

Although a brand new name, HALLATAR features in its ranks SWALLOW THE SUN and TREES OF ETERNITY guitarist Juha Raivio, AMORPHIS vocalist Tomi Joutsen and former HIM drummer Gas Lipstick. In fact, one could see HALLATAR as an extension of TREES OF ETERNITY, whose acclaimed debut for Svart, "Hour Of The Nightingale", served as the swansong of vocalist Aleah Starbridge.

Juha Raivio explains the genesis of HALLATAR: "After the death of my beloved and my life partner Aleah Starbridge last April, I have been gathering writings, lyrics, and the poems of Aleah to keep them safe and close to my heart.

"About one month after the world came down on the blackest day of my life on April 18th, I knew I needed to pick up the guitar and try to create something or I would be truly destroyed. And something did arrive out of the darkness, and I wrote the music for the HALLATAR album in a week's time.

"I don't have much memory of this week, not a memory of a single day of writing the music. But all I remember when going into this abyss of the writing process was a promise to myself that whatever music would come out, I would not touch or change anything of it afterwards. What mattered was that the music would stay forever as an absolute truth of those moments as they came out.

"I asked my good friends — and amazing musicians — Tomi Joutsen and Gas Lipstick if they would want to record this music with me, and both of them said yes without even hearing a note of it. I am forever grateful to both of them for sharing this road with me; even the weight of the process has not been easy to carry, or will be."

Says Gas Lipstick: "I am grateful and very honored to be asked to join this band. Juha is a dear friend of mine since many years ago, and when he told me about his vision for HALLATAR and asked me to join, I said yes instantly — I just had to be part of this amazing journey. I had never heard a single note of the music before I gave my 'yes' because I didn't need to. Juha has been one of my favorite songwriters already for years, and I knew that HALLATAR will be a very deep, personal, and one-of-a-kind story which I wanted to help him to bring alive."

Adds Tomi Joutsen: "I have known Juha from the year 2007, when we worked together for the first time. A couple years ago, I had the privilege to meet Juha's life partner, Aleah Starbridge, who was such a beautiful person, inside and outside, and had an angelic voice out of this world. Aleah lent her voice on the latest AMORPHIS album, and we called her 'the whispering ghost.' When I heard about Aleah's passing last spring, it came as a total shock and heartbreaking news out of the blue. When Juha asked me if I would want to be part of this album and carry Aleah's flame with him, I didn't have to think twice. When everything has been taken, all that is left is the music. The sorrow strips us naked and leave us humble — this is how it sounds like."

Concluded Raivio: "What we recorded was a raw moment in time honoring the memory, lyrics, and poems of Aleah Starbridge with all its pain, beauty and darkness. There are no stars left upon the bridge to light the way anymore, but the music will always be a dim light, even in the darkest of the night."

"No Stars Upon the Bridge" track listing:

01. Mirrors02. Raven's Song03. Melt04. My Mistake (feat. Heike Langhans)05. Pieces06. Severed Eyes07. The Maze08. Spiral Gate09. Dreams Burn Down (feat. Aleah Starbridge)

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Tomi Joutsen - VocalsGas Lipstick - DrumsJuha Raivio - Guitar, Bass, Keys

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THE PRETTY RECKLESS Is Working On New Music

THE PRETTY RECKLESS has begun composing music for its fourth album, the band has confirmed.

The upcoming disc will be the follow-up to "Who You Selling For", which arrived a year ago. That effort was produced by THE PRETTY RECKLESS's longtime collaborator Kato Khandwala and featured songs written by singer Taylor Momsen and guitarist Ben Phillips.

Phillips told 99.7 The Blitz at this year's Louder Than Life festival that THE PRETTY RECKLESS is "working now" on new songs, adding that "we have a lot of inspiration."

Added Taylor: "It's a very crazy time in the world right now, so there's a lot of things to speak about. It's slamming you in the face."

Ben concurred, saying: "It's coming at you as hard as a hammer. It's almost hard to discern. Usually you're waiting for something and now it's almost too much, it's almost overwhelming."

During a separate interview with 97X at Louder Than Life, THE PRETTY RECKLESS bassist Mark Damon said that the band had "some ideas and some bits and pieces [of new songs] here and there," but he explained that "it's virtually impossible to write on the road. So I think the real writing is gonna come when we get off the road and [Momsen and Phillips] can really go into their headspace to do it."

Damon also confirmed that Khandwala will once again be at the helm for the upcoming record. "He's part of the family," the bassist said. "He's a fifth member of the band. He's an integral part of what we do, and he keeps us honest, he kicks our ass in the studio and makes us step up our game, so not having him would be difficult."

THE PRETTY RECKLESS drummer Jamie Perkins said that the band hasn't yet come up with a new angle for the upcoming album that will make it stand out from the group's previous releases. "I think we're gonna always try to push ourselves in new directions anyway, so it's never a pre-set notion, like, 'Let's do this,'" he explained. "It's just kind of like, they'll write a song, and it just sort of turns into what it's gonna be."

THE PRETTY RECKLESS' European tour will kick off on November 15 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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THE LURKING FEAR Feat. AT THE GATES Members: Video Of Stockholm Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of the Swedish death metal supergroup THE LURKING FEAR performing on October 14 at Kraken in Stockholm, Sweden can be seen below.

THE LURKING FEAR releases its debut album, "Out Of The Voiceless Grave", on August 11 via Century Media. Recorded at Welfare Sounds in Gothenburg, Sweden, the disc was made available as special-edition digipak CD, gatefold LP on 180-gram vinyl with a poster and as a digital download.

Featuring current and former members of illustrious and influential acts like AT THE GATES, THE HAUNTED, SKITSYSTEM, DISFEAR and GOD MACABRE, THE LURKING FEAR is not just another retro all-star project, but a real band of five death metallers who organically got together in order to celebrate the metal breed closest to their roots as well as their hearts. THE LURKING FEAR is:

* Tomas Lindberg (AT THE GATES) - Vocals* Jonas Stålhammar (THE CROWN) - Guitar* Fredrik Wallenberg (SKITSYSTEM) - Guitar* Andreas Axelsson (DISFEAR, TORMENTED, EDGE OF SANITY) – Bass* Adrian Erlandsson (AT THE GATES, THE HAUNTED) – Drums

Citing common inspiration by bands like AUTOPSY, POSSESSED, early DEATH, REPULSION, early MORBID ANGEL, SLAUGHTER, BATHORY, early SLAYER and MASTER/DEATH STRIKE, THE LURKING FEAR previously stated about the band's formation: "We are a death metal band. Not your average new wave of old-school death metal band. We play death metal from the heart with pure emotional impact and a focused artistic vision. This is the music we live and breathe. Always have, always will. "We have all played in various other bands for over 25 years and we just want to spew out the music that we want to hear. When we get together, this is what comes out of naturally, because we share the exact same reference points. We love 'Seven Churches' and 'Mental Funeral' for the exact same reasons. "We want our death metal ugly, twisted and possessed. We miss the urgency, intensity and 'realness' in a lot of the modern death metal. Therefore, it is natural for us to stray away from the streamlined sounds of today, but rather focus on bringing sheer, natural weirdness and horror back to the table…"
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IRON MAIDEN Mascot EDDIE In 'Angry Birds Evolution': Trailer Released

Rovio Entertainment, the creators of the international phenomenon "Angry Birds", pays tribute to heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN with an epic Halloween collaboration in "Angry Birds Evolution".

As one of the most recognizable figures in the world of metal, Eddie, the iconic mascot of IRON MAIDEN, will be a special playable character as "Eddie The Bird" in "Angry Birds Evolution" this Halloween season.

A trailer for "Angry Birds Evolution" is available below.

"Our team is filled with massive IRON MAIDEN fans and Eddie was both our first choice and a natural fit in 'Angry Birds Evolution'," said Miika Tams, VP games and product lead for "Angry Birds Evolution". "It's about time his status as a true rock icon was celebrated and we know that fans will love seeing Eddie The Bird raise hell on Bird Island!"

Players can crank up their "Angry Birds Evolution" team on October 18 during a special two-week character event for the most metal Halloween ever! Players who successfully recruit Eddie The Bird to their team during that time will be able to keep him forever.

"When you get a call from Rovio, one of the biggest entertainment companies in the world, confessing that they are MAIDEN fans and want to celebrate Halloween with Eddie, you just have to take notice," said Llexi Leon, interactive creative director at Phantom Music Management. "They have outdone themselves with this incredible tribute to MAIDEN and the opportunity to share the band’s music with their millions of players around the world. I really can't wait to play him and skittle those pigs!"

To celebrate Eddie The Bird's arrival in a big way, there will be four evolutions of the character to represent different albums from IRON MAIDEN's storied history. In addition, the Bird Island will be transformed into a Halloween-themed heavy metal oasis with a land full of hair-raising and loving tributes to Eddie, IRON MAIDEN and the heavy metal universe.

Rovio is also planning to offer fans some exclusive Eddie The Bird merchandise, made available for a limited time during this unique event.

Finally, look out for Eddie The Bird migrating to IRON MAIDEN's own "Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast" mobile RPG in 2018.

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KORN Looking Ahead To 20th Anniversary Of 'Follow The Leader,' New Album

According to The Pulse Of Radio, KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch was asked in a new interview with Good Company if the band has any plans to perform its 1998 breakthrough album "Follow The Leader" in full next year, since the LP — widely considered KORN's finest — turns twenty years old on August 18, 2018. Welch responded: "It's gonna be the twentieth anniversary of this record next year. [It came out in] '98, so 2018 [is twenty years later], yeah, so we're talking about celebrating this record somehow. But I don't know."

Welch also spoke about the band's plans for its thirteenth studio album, which will follow last year's "The Serenity Of Suffering". He remarked, "The next record we're talking about doing, you know, I think it's gonna be a combination of maybe both ['The Serenity Of Suffering'] and [2013's 'The Paradigm Shift']. We'll try some new stuff though, but we're gonna definitely focus on guitars again."

Welch added that the next KORN album will be a more collaborative effort compared to the last two outings.

"Me and Munky [James Shaffer, guitar], we put in the most hours with the band," he said. "Jonathan [Davis, vocals] , he said he's gonna spend more time writing with us this record. 'Cause he just came in, the last two records that I've been back [in the band], came in at the last… Like, when we're done, he says, 'Gimme the songs when you're done and I'll write lyrics.' He's gonna come in and be involved with the music now. So I think we'll have a good record, an even better record this time around, because everybody [will be] involved [in writing]."

Munky told The Pulse Of Radio that the band has changed a lot since recording its first album. "We're so different now," he said. "I think most of us are [more] mature than we were back then. It's kind of fun to just see how we react to some of the old songs when we play 'em, and it does bring back memories. But there's some memories also that aren't so good."

KORN will appear at Knotfest Mexico in Toluca, Mexico on October 28, along with STONE SOUR, A PERFECT CIRCLE and others. The night before, on October 27, Davis will take part in LINKIN PARK's tribute concert to Chester Bennington at the Hollywood Bowl.

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MADBALL Parts Ways With Longtime Guitarist BRIAN 'MITTS' DANIELS

MADBALL has parted ways with longtime guitarist Brian "Mitts" Daniels.

The New York hardcore veterans called the split "a very hard and heartbreaking decision for all involved."

The band added in a statement: "[We] want to thank Mitts for all his years of service — for his loyalty, passion and stellar guitar playing. He shared the stage with us for sixteen years, which is longer than any other guitarist. We shared some very special moments together in those years, both on and off stage. We had many good times, sad times, bad and funny moments, as is the case with family. He will go into our own personal 'hall of fame' of class acts that have been part of the MADBALL family."

Daniels said in a statement that he has "been lucky enough to fulfill almost every dream that a musician could ever have" during his time with MADBALL. "I've gotten to travel the globe, made four LPs, three EPs, shared stages with heroes of my childhood. The friendships I've made with all of you, from here and around the world, are priceless. Most importantly, I would like to thank my bandmates, Freddy, Hoya, Mike, as well as past members Matt, Rigg, Ben, Mackie, Raj. It's truly been an honor to share the stage with you all.

"With regards to reasons why, I ask that you respect our privacy. The only thing anyone needs to know is that we all still remain on great terms. I have always, and will forever, consider these guys my brothers, and I wish them all the best going forward from here. I have no doubt that they will continue to crush it for many years to come.

"As for my future, I am by NO means retiring, or hanging up my guitar. I've been playing music since I was ten years old, and I have no intentions on stopping. As well as playing, I will continue to produce bands, something that I'm very passionate about.

"For every bit of sadness I have from closing the MADBALL chapter of my life, I am also very excited and looking forward to new ventures and opportunities in music."

MADBALL recently teamed up with Fast Break Records for a split seven-inch single. Released on September 25, the "Family Biz" single saw the Freddy Cricien-fronted outfit joining forces with Pennsylvania's blue-collar-core heroes WISDOM IN CHAINS.

"For The Cause" from MADBALL will be the title of the group's forthcoming album on which the band is working heavily at the moment. The version of "For The Cause" on "Family Biz" was recorded just for the single and is a precursor of what to expect.

Photo credit: Aga Hairesis
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ALICE COOPER Joined By BOB GELDOF On Stage In Perth, Australia (Video)

Alice Cooper was joined by Bob Geldof on stage during the shock rocker's Tuesday night (October 17) concert at Perth Arena in Perth, Australia for an encore performance of Alice's 1972 hit "School's Out".

The BOOMTOWN RATS frontman was reportedly in town to speak at a Telethon fundraising lunch on Monday.

Cooper's show in Perth was the first date of his thirteenth tour of Australia, which features original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley in the support slot. The trek consists of seven concerts marking the fortieth anniversary of Alice's first tour Down Under.

Cooper, whose "Welcome To My Nightmare" album spent more than a hundred weeks on the Australian chart, was last in Australia two years ago supporting MÖTLEY CRÜE.

Cooper released "Paranormal", his first album in six years and twenty-seventh overall, via earMUSIC in August. The disc features special guests like U2's Larry Mullen Jr., who plays on nine of the twelve new songs; Billy Gibbons of ZZ TOP; DEEP PURPLE's Roger Glover, as well as a highly anticipated mini-reunion of the original Alice Cooper band members.

Upon release, "Paranormal" climbed the iTunes rock charts, landing at No. 1 in twelve countries and the Top 5 in twenty countries.
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Watch BILLY CORGAN Perform 'Ogilala' Tracks At U.K.'s ABSOLUTE RADIO

SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan recently played a few tracks from his new solo album, "Ogilala", for a small group of lucky listeners at the studios of U.K.'s Absolute Radio. Video footage of the session can be seen below.

The Rick Rubin-produced "Ogilala" was released on October 13 via BMG. The disc includes the song "The Spaniards", for which Corgan recently released a video. Directed by longtime collaborator Linda Strawberry, the clip is comprised of scenes from Corgan's silent film set to the music of "Ogilala", "Pillbox". Inspired by a hero's journey, "Pillbox" was written by Corgan, and directed by Corgan alongside Strawberry.

Corgan announced "Ogilala" in August and shared its striking first track "Aeronaut". Recorded at Shangri La studios in Malibu, "Ogilala" presents Corgan's distinctive vocals and melodies across a sparse, but rich palette of acoustic guitar, piano, and strings.

Corgan has just embarked on a solo acoustic North American tour that kicked off on October 14 in Brooklyn, New York and will wrap up on November 11 in Los Angeles. Each night's show consists of two sets, with Corgan playing songs from "Ogilala" in the first and material from across his entire career in the second.
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GONE IS GONE Feat. MASTODON, AT THE DRIVE-IN, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Members: 'Record Store Day' Single Announced

GONE IS GONE, the project featuring MASTODON's Troy Sanders, AT THE DRIVE-IN's Tony Hajjar, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's Troy Van Leeuwen and guitarist-keyboardist Mike Zarin, is celebrating Record Store Day's Black Friday with two previously unavailable tracks — an acoustic version of "Starlight" and "Phantom Limb" — released on seven-inch red vinyl through Rise/Black Dune. Fans can pick up the vinyl on November 24 at indie record stores. You can find a store nearest you at RecordStoreDay.com. "Phantom Limb" is a brand-new track and this version of "Starlight" was recorded earlier this year during a special acoustic session at Paste Studio in New York City, then remastered for this release. "One can feel a bit naked when shedding the comfort of loud amplification," says Sanders. "However, when asked to attempt a stripped-down version of a few songs, we boldly accepted the challenge. We were happy with the sound of the Paste session and 'Starlight' seemed like a solid choice for this seven-inch." Discussing the meaning behind "Phantom Limb", he adds, "The song explores a cause of sensation and is inspired by one's ability to overcome what was once there." GONE IS GONE recently released a grotesquely fun and bizarre companion video for its debut album's title track. "Echolocation" entered Billboard's Heatseekers Chart at No. 3. Prior to the album's release, the band sneak-previewed several tracks, including "Dublin", "Gift" and "Sentient". Hailed by Clash as "a crisp, compact document, one laced with energy and sweeping songwriting," "Echolocation" was produced by the band and mixed by Ken Andrews (BECK, A PERFECT CIRCLE). GONE IS GONE was formed by multi-instrumentalist Mike Zarin and Hajjar, who previously collaborated on various film trailer projects for Sencit, Zarin's music production, licensing and supervision company. Together they've put together a wildly diverse sound production resume that includes trailers for the Internet-breaking television series "Stranger Things", Christopher Nolan's 2010 sci-fi thriller "Inception", multi-Emmy-winning television series "Game Of Thrones" and the Marvel Comics blockbuster film "X-Men Apocalypse", to name but a few. They brought in Troy Van Leeuwen, known for his work with QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, FAILURE, A PERFECT CIRCLE, EAGLES OF DEATH METAL and SWEETHEAD, who, in turn, brought in Troy Sanders from multi-Grammy nominees MASTODON.

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SLIPKNOT: Watch 'Psychosocial' Full-Song Clip From 'Day Of The Gusano' Documentary

The new SLIPKNOT documentary "Day Of The Gusano" will be released on DVD/Blu-ray on October 20 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.

Directed by SLIPKNOT's own M. Shawn Crahan, a.k.a. Clown, "Day Of The Gusano" 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.

A full-song performance clip of "Psychosocial", taken from "Day Of The Gusano", can be seen below.

Talking about the movie, Clown said: "SLIPKNOT still has dreams for itself. Finally playing Mexico was one of them. It's been a surreal life of rock and roll for SLIPKNOT and the fact that the dreams still go on for us is simply incredible. Thank you." Guitarist Jim Root adds: "We had such a great time at Knotfest Mexico... Not only with all the friends and bands that were there, but with the fans and the crowd we had to document it with. Now we get to share it with the world." The ninety-minute documentary also chronicles the rabid devotion of the Mexican maggots and sees the band hearing personal, emotive stories from some of their fans, all interspersed with footage from SLIPKNOT's incendiary live show at the inaugural Knotfest México. The film features a full surround soundtrack, so you'll not only hear the show, but you'll 'feel' it as if you were actually there.

"Day Of The Gusano" track listing:

01. Sarcastrophe 02. The Heretic Anthem 03. Psychosocial 04. The Devil In I 05. Me Inside 06. Vermilion 07. Wait And Bleed 08. Prosthetics 09. Before I Forget10. Eeyore 11. Duality 12. Custer13. Spit It Out 14. Metabolic / 74261700002715. (sic)16. People = Shit17. Surfacing / Til We Die

"Day Of The Gusano" was premiered in more than a thousand screens across the world as a one-night-only cinematic spectacle on September 6.

SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor told the 97.1 The Eagle radio station in June that the band was "not really doing anything right now." He explained: "I know we're kind of slowly starting to write some music. Other than that, we're just kind of taking some time off. Clown's gonna direct some movies, Sid's gonna do some stuff… We're all kind of doing our own thing… But that's it. I mean, really. Next year is everybody kind of doing their own thing, and then probably after that, we will slowly but surely start to get together to do some SLIPKNOT stuff."

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.
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Watch BLACK SABBATH Perform 'Paranoid' From 'The End' Blu-Ray, DVD

Almost five decades ago, the toll of a bell and rolling thunder marked the conception of an ear splittingly monolithic riff. In that moment, BLACK SABBATH and the sound of heavy metal were forged. The band embarked on what vocalist Ozzy Osbourne describes as the most incredible adventure you could think of, a journey that would go on to define a genre.

"The End" is a celebration of BLACK SABBATH's final hometown concert at Birmingham's Genting Arena on February 4, 2017. This unforgettable farewell show from one of the biggest bands in the world will be released by Eagle Vision on November 17, 2017.

With a hit-packed set list including "Iron Man", "Paranoid", "War Pigs" and many more, the high production values, visual effects, and pyrotechnics wowed fans, as the band delivered the most emotionally charged show in their history.

All visual formats feature special bonus material of the band playing a selection of their favorite songs not played on tour. These intimate live sessions at Angelic Studios were recorded in the days after their final live performance.

"The End" captures a once-in-a-career performance, an essential snapshot of musical history, and a fitting farewell to true innovators and original heavy metal icons, BLACK SABBATH.

A performance clip of the song "Paranoid", taken from "The End", can be seen below.

Track listing:

Live at Birmingham's Genting Arena on February 4, 2017

01. Black Sabbath02. Fairies Wear Boots03. Under The Sun / Every Day Comes And Goes04. After Forever05. Into The Void06. Snowblind07. Band Intros08. War Pigs09. Behind The Wall Of Sleep10. Bassically / N.I.B.11. Hand Of Doom12. Supernaut / Sabbath Bloody Sabbath / Megalomania13. Rat Salad / Drum Solo14. Iron Man15. Dirty Women16. Children Of The Grave17. Paranoid

The Angelic Sessions

01. The Wizard02. Wicked World03. Sweet Leaf04. Tomorrow's Dream05. Changes

Pre-orders are available now via PledgeMusic, where exclusive bundles, such as the deluxe box set, can be found.

Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that he's glad that SABBATH has come full circle. "BLACK SABBATH has been through the mill over the years, but to come back and be friends with my buddies who I started off with all those years ago, it's a closure for me, a chapter of my life which I can say, 'Well, we came, we saw, we had a good time and now it's over,'" he said. "I'm glad we ended up happy. Whatever axes we had to grind between us over the years, we got rid of all that and we're friends again."

Guitarist Tony Iommi said that he wouldn't rule out the possibility of doing one-off shows or even more recording, saying, "I wouldn't write that off, if one day that came about. That's possible. Or even doing an album, 'cause then, again, you're in one place."

The band decided to make this tour its last because Iommi, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and is currently in remission, can no longer travel for extended amounts of time.

The original lineup of SABBATH came together in 1969 with Osbourne, Iommi, Geezer Butler on bass and Bill Ward on drums. That lineup recorded and toured through 1978, and periodically reformed through the '90s and 2000s for live work.

They regrouped again in late 2011 for a new album and tour, although Ward dropped out after a few months over financial issues. SABBATH has used Ozzy's regular touring drummer Tommy Clufetos since then for live work. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's Brad Wilk laid down the drum tracks on the album "13", which came out in June 2013.

Iommi and Butler haven't announced any specific post-SABBATH plans yet, but Osbourne is reportedly at work on a new album, and already played a few solo shows this summer.

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PIG DESTROYER Begins Recording New Album

PIG DESTROYER has entered the studio to begin recording its sixth album for a tentative summer 2018 release via Relapse. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2012's "Book Burner" is being tracked at the band's own Visceral Sound Studios in Bethesda, Maryland with guitarist Scott Hull at the production help.

In other news, PIG DESTROYER has announced a few exclusive concerts for the winter. The band will tour the weekend of December 7-9 in California with DESPISE YOU, NECROT and labelmates CALL OF THE VOID. PIG DESTROYER will then kick off 2018 with two East Coast shows in New Jersey and in Long Island at Obnoxious Noise Fest. The group has also been confirmed for Maryland Deathfest 2018 on May 26 in Baltimore, Maryland.

"Book Burner" was released in October 2012 via Relapse. The CD featured nineteen tracks with a return to the band's raw, misanthropic sound.

Photo credit: Josh Sisk

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ELUVEITIE To Release New Single, 'Rebirth'

Swiss folk metallers ELUVEITIE will release a brand-new single, "Rebirth", on October 27. The song will be the first taste of the band's upcoming album, which is due next year.

ELUVEITIE's Christian "Chrigel" Glanzmann comments: "After a longer period of playing many acoustic sessions, peaking in creating our much-anticipated second acoustic album, 'Evocation II - Pantheon', we're, of course, more than excited to finally go about our next metal juggernaut! We've been gathering ideas since quite a while and yes, we started working on our next metal album!

"It will still take a while until we'll enter the studios again, since we first want to and will accomplish an amazing 'Evocation II' touring cycle. But to soothe your [and our] waiting time, we recently gathered again in the legendary Newsound studios to produce a first single off our upcoming metal album already — so welcome our youngest baby: 'Rebirth'!

"We believe, it turned out a real monster of in-your-face folk metal and we're super proud of it. And we hope you'll enjoy it as much as we do! As always, it is full of pristine celtic folk music and contains treasures such as the old Irish traditional 'Lads of Laois'. But at the same time, 'Rebirth' comes with a steamrolling truckload of pure fucking metal!

"Conceptually, the song takes a rather philosophical approach on ancient Celtic spirituality and mythology (and so will our upcoming album)! We take ancient mythological images to contemplate them from the view point of our everyday life (no matter if we lived two thousand years ago or today! Because we believe that the deep meaning and significance of these images didn't change ever since)! 'Rebirth' deals with the ancient Celtic image of the 'cauldron of rebirth', with it's meaning and with the darkest passages of our lives, through which we all have to go to arise reborn."

ELUVEITIE in May 2016 announced the departure of drummer Merlin Sutter, vocalist Anna Murphy and guitarist Ivo Henzi.

ELUVEITIE is:

* Jonas Wolf (guitar)* Matteo Sisti (whistles, bagpipes, mandola)* Nicole Ansperger (fiddle)* Alain Ackermann (drums)* Chrigel Glanzmann (vocals, whistles, mandola, bagpipes, bodhran)* Fabienne Erni (vocals, celtic harp, mandola)* Kay Brem (bass)* Michalina Malisz (hurdy gurdy)* Rafael Salzmann (guitar)

The new lineup of ELUVEITIE made its live debut at the Eluveitie & Friends festival in January at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland.

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NECROPHOBIC To Release New Album In February

Swedish extreme metallers NECROPHOBIC will release their as-yet-untitled eighth studio album on February 23, 2018 via Century Media Records.

The band's latest release was a two-song EP, "Pesta", which came out in August.

The "Pesta" title track was a brand new song, offering NECROPHOBIC's typical trademarks with its evil vocals, battering drums and the wicked guitar harmonies from the notorious guitar duo of Sebastian Ramstedt and Johan Bergebäck. The second song was a re-recorded version of the classic demo track "Slow Asphyxiation".

NECROPHOBIC recently signed a deal with Century Media for the world excluding USA and Canada.

Formed in 1989, NECROPHOBIC belongs to the first wave of Swedish death metal bands. Ever since the release of its classic debut album, "The Nocturnal Silence" (1993), the band has issued a total of seven studio LPs, among them timeless masterpieces as "Darkside" (1997), "Bloodhymns" (2002) or the brilliant 2009 album "Death To All".

NECROPHOBIC was recently rejoined by guitarists Sebastian Ramstedt and Johan Bergebäck following the band's split with its axeman of five years, Fredrik Folkare.

NECROPHOBIC 2017 is:

Anders Strokirk - VocalsAlexander Friberg - BassJoakim Sterner - DrumsSebastian Ramstedt - GuitarJohan Bergebäck - Guitar

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DESTRUCTION Release Video Trailer #2 For Upcoming Thrash Anthems II Album

German thrash legends, Destruction, will release their new “best of old school" album, Thrash Anthems II, on November 10th via Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-order the album at this location, and check out a second official video trailer, below.

In 2007, Destruction proved how successful re-recording some of their timeless classics and re-imagining history could be. The follow-up to 2007's Thrash Anthems is ready to rock the metal world and shows how fans can be part of both a band's history and future. For Thrash Anthems II, Destruction called upon on their loyal fans through PledgeMusic to help them create the record and contribute to the band's epic history.

Mastermind Schmier states: "As it is a part of our past to relaunch classic songs from our history with a fresh face and we had many demands on a Thrash Anthems continuation, we decided to do a second part of this re-animation of classic 80s Destruction material. For us it was important to chose the tracks with the fans and first when NB did not wanna do the album we decided to do a pledge campaign to raise the fonds for the production together with the diehards.

“To make a long story short, we know not everybody will like these new versions of those thrash evergreens (just listen to the originals then) but it was an important task for us to keep them alive for a whole new generation of metalheads that love those fresh and brutal new recordings. We are very happy now, that our label is finally releasing this collection of thrash classics. The vibe on this record is so vicious, noncommercial and has this 80s feeling with a even more aggressive edge and THAT is was made our THRASH so special, in the good old days and now!"

This stunning artwork was created by acclaimed artist Gyula from Hungary, who has also created artwork for Annihilator, Grave Digger, Stratovarius, Tankard and many more.

Thrash Anthems II tracklisting:

“Confused Mind”
“Black Mass”
“Frontbeast”
“Dissatisfied Existence”
“United By Hatred”
“The Ritual”
“Black Death”
“The Antichrist”
“Confound Games”
“Ripping You Off Blind”
“Satan's Vengeance”

Bonus track:
“Holiday in Cambodia” (Dead Kennedys Cover)

Trailer #1:

Trailer #2:

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EVERGREY – The Dark Discovery And Solitude, Dominance, Tragedy Albums Reissues Due In December

Two late 90s classic albums by Swedish premier metallers Evergrey are about to be reissued on December 1st in North America.

The Dark Discovery - the debut album - originally released in 1998 and Solitude, Dominance, Tragedy, which saw its first launch in 1999, already showcase the unique Evergrey sound which merges power-, progressive- and dark melodic metal to create the very own sound the band is known for. These two albums have not been available for a long time and steady fans requests were pushing for a re-release. In fact, now both The Dark Discovery and Solitude, Dominance, Tragedy will be available for the first time ever on vinyl and as digital download. A Digipak CD version is available too of course. The reissues come with an exclusive bonus track each and with new cover- and booklet layouts, created by Carlos Fides. Both albums have been remastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Pretty Maids).

Evergrey vocalist/guitarist Tom Englund comments: Finally a chance for all our fans to get their hands on vinyl versions of our first albums.

The Dark Discovery reissue is available as Digipak, clear Vinyl (ltd. to 100 units, AFM Shop exclusive), golden Vinyl (ltd. to 250 units), clear green Vinyl (ltd. to 250 units).

Tracklisting:

Blackened Dawn
December 26th
Dark Discovery
As Light Is Our Darkness
Beyond Salvation
Closed Eyes
Trust And Betrayal
Shadowed
When The River Calls
For Every Tear That Falls
To Hope Is To Fear
Closed Eyes (Demo Version)

Solitude, Dominance, Tragedy reissue is available as Digipak, clear Vinyl (ltd. to 100 units, AFM Shop exclusive), silver Vinyl (ltd. to 450 units), clear blue Vinyl (ltd. to 450 units).

Tracklisting:

Solitude Within
Nosferatu
The Shocking Truth
A Scattered Me
She Speaks To The Dead
When Darkness Falls
Words Mean Nothing
Damnation
The Corey Curse
To Hope Is To Fear (Demon Version) (available on digipack version only)
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EAGLES OF DEATH METAL Documentary Nos Amis (Our Friends) Coming To Blu-Ray, DVD In December

The poignant HBO documentary Eagles Of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) will be released on Blu-ray and DVD by Shout! Factory on December 1st.
 
The devastating November 13th, 2015 terrorist attack in Paris claimed 130 lives around the city -- 89 of them at the Eagles of Death Metal’s Bataclan Theatre concert. Three months later, the band returned to perform for their devoted fans. 

 
Directed by Colin Hanks (All Things Must Pass) and produced by Live Nation Productions and Company Name, the documentary spotlights the American rock band as they recount their experiences before and after the tragic events. The film explores the deep bonds between band co-founders Jesse Hughes and Joshua Homme (also a member of Queens of the Stone Age), as well as the intense connection the band has always had with its devoted fans, which moved them to return to Paris to perform once again in February 2016.
 
Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) includes accounts of fans who survived the Bataclan attack, extensive behind-the-scenes footage of the band, and interviews with Bono and The Edge of U2. The film serves as a portrait of resilience in the face of unspeakable horror and a life-affirming coda to the events of November 13, 2015.
 
Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) is part of Shout! Factory’s Shout Select line, which exists to shine an extra spotlight on films that truly deserve to be seen. It is available now for preorder on Amazon.

 
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SAMAEL To Release 25th Anniversary Vinyl Edition Of 1992’s Blood Ritual

Century Media Records and Samael invite you to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Swiss metal masters’ 1992 opus, Blood Ritual, which will be released as a vinyl edition on December 1st.

It features the LP’s original cover artwork re-created from a brand-new scan of the original painting by Axel Hermann (Asphyx, Grave, Unleashed) and reveals its more blueish character, which was already lost on the first pressing. The artwork has not been polished digitally to show it exactly the way it looks twenty-five years after being painted.

Furthermore, Blood Ritual has been mastered for vinyl and CD by Patrick W. Engel / Temple Of Disharmony (Tiamat, Iced Earth, Moonspell), comes in a gatefold sleeve and includes a 60x60cm sized cover art poster as additional extra. Apart from regular black vinyl, the following limited coloured editions are available for pre-ordering now.

- Gatefold white LP+CD & Poster // 100 copies (Century Media webstore exclusive)
- Gatefold silver LP+CD & Poster // 200 copies

Get these here.

- Gatefold light blue LP+CD & Poster // 200 copies (Nuclear Blast exclusive)

Pre-order here.
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CINDERELLA's TOM KEIFER Releases 'The Way Life Goes' Music Video

CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer has released the official music video for the title track of his critically acclaimed solo debut album, "The Way Life Goes". The clip, which was directed by Vicente Cordero, can be seen below.

"The Way Life Goes - Deluxe Edition", an expanded compilation of "The Way Life Goes", chock full of bonus content and special artwork, is finally set for release October 20 via Cleopatra Records. The package will include the original album that has been remastered by Richard Dodd (KINGS OF LEON, JASON ALDEAN, LADY ANTEBELLUM). It also has two brand new studio tracks recorded in Nashville by three-time Grammy Award winner Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton) with Keifer and his bandmates (Tony Higbee, Billy Mercer, Paul Simmons, Paul Taylor, Savannah Keifer and Kendra Chantelle). Fans will finally get to hear the long-awaited studio recording of THE BEATLES' "With A Little Help From My Friends", which Keifer performs at all of his concerts, plus a powerful new take on the CINDERELLA classic "Nobody's Fool", newly recorded as a duet with Lzzy Hale of HALESTORM. "The reason that I picked up guitar, the reason that I sing the way I do was all because of that guy," said Hale of Keifer's influence on her at a young age. The two first performed "Nobody's Fool" live together in Atlantic City, New Jersey in September 2013.

"I remember the first time seeing Lzzy perform live at the House of Blues show in Atlantic City and being absolutely floored by the power of her voice and performance," Keifer says. "She's an amazing artist and has been a great inspiration to me as well." There will also be a bonus DVD with music videos, tour clips, and "The Way Life's Goin'", a 30-minute documentary produced by Tammy Vega (Keifer's longtime official photographer) about the creation of the bonus tracks, exclusive interviews with the band filmed during the new recording sessions, and live footage. "The Way Life Goes - Deluxe Edition" will be wrapped in an all new six-panel digipak designed by artist David Calcano (creator of the Fantoons comic strip series) with 20 pages of one-of-a-kind unique illustrations depicting each song. As Keifer explains: "Everything from the new artwork, documentary, videos and bonus tracks contained in the deluxe edition is a sum of all the amazingly talented people who came into our world as a result of the initial release. The two bonus tracks were specifically chosen and recorded as we felt them both to be special collaborations that came about while touring for 'The Way Life Goes'." New band members Jarred Pope (drums) and Kory Myers (keyboards/vocals) join Keifer's solo band in 2017. Writing has begun for a follow-up to "The Way Life Goes", with recording slated for fall 2018. Here's the complete track listing for "The Way Life Goes - Deluxe Edition": Disc 1: CD 01. Solid Ground02. A Different Light03. It's Not Enough04. Cold Day In Hell05. Thick And Thin06. Ask Me Yesterday07. Fool's Paradise08. The Flower Song09. Mood Elevator10. Welcome To My Mind11. You Showed Me12. Ain't That A Bitch13. The Way Life Goes14. Babylon Bonus Tracks

15. Nobody's Fool (feat. Lzzy Hale)16. With A Little Help From My Friends17. Nobody's Fool (Piano Version)

Disc 2: DVD Chapter 1) The Way Life's Goin' (Documentary)Chapter 2) Solid Ground (Music video)Chapter 3) The Flower Song (Music video)Chapter 4) It's Not Enough (Music video)Chapter 5) It's Not Enough (Lyric video)Chapter 6) Album PromoChapter 7) Cathouse LiveChapter 8) Count Vamp'd Las VegasChapter 9) Farm Rock Chicago
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L.A. GUNS Release Music Video For 'The Flood's The Fault Of The Rain'

"The Flood's The Fault Of The Rain", the new video from L.A. GUNS, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's latest album, "The Missing Peace", which was released on October 13 via the Italian record label Frontiers Music Srl. The disc's cover artwork was created by the Las Vegas portrait painter Kahla and can be seen below.

As the revival of the classic '80s hard rock and heavy metal scene continues unabated here in the 21st century, one reunion has been at the top of the wishlists of many a fan for a long time: the songwriting combination of Tracii Guns and Philip Lewis under the L.A. GUNS banner. What once seemed like a distant memory with no hope of returning has now come around and fans are about to be rewarded for keeping their fingers crossed and their hopes up. "The Missing Peace" track listing:

01. It's All The Same To Me02. Speed03. A Drop Of Bleach04. Sticky Fingers05. Christine06. Baby Gotta Fever07. Kill It Or Die08. Don't Bring A Knife To A Gunfight09. The Flood's The Fault Of The Rain10. The Devil Made Me Do It11. The Missing Peace12. Gave It All Away "'The Missing Peace' is truly an album by definition," said Guns. "It's a collection of music that I have been working on for about twelve years with various styles of rock music. From blues to classical influences, these are all hard-hitting songs. I am very proud of all of the contributions to this album by other members and writers. L.A. GUNS fans are in for a treat."

The last time Lewis and Guns joined forces was back in 2000 with legendary producer Andy Johns for the making of what would become "Waking The Dead". Speaking with Express & Star, Tracii said: "With Phil and I in particular, we have a certain chemistry that's undeniable. And, you know, when you're at your loneliest, you wanna go home, right? So, we both felt like it was time to go home and be comfortable with that undeniable relationship that we have musically. I mean, right away, the first time we got back together and played, you know, it's so obvious, you can't deny it. At some point in your life, you can't deny what's real." Regarding the sound of the new L.A. GUNS material, Tracii said: "Phil's vocal style and his way of writing kind of offsets that balance of the heavy music, that's something that's possibly more mainstream or identifiable, so there's a lot of, you know, kind of typical sleazy L.A. GUNS, high-energy riff rock. There's a little bit of sloppy New Orleans, kind of sweaty, kind of bluesier stuff too. It's a big record." L.A. GUNS' present lineup is rounded out by Shane Fitzgibbon on drums and Johnny Martin on bass with Michael Grant on guitar as a touring member. On the topic of the decision to use the L.A. GUNS moniker for the new album, Guns told LA Weekly: "When you put Phil and I together, that's the sound of L.A. GUNS. There's no way around that. As much as I love certain other [former] members of the band, it's hard to say what their contribution to the overall sound of the band was — but Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns, the band's gotta be L.A. GUNS. It can't be anything else." Back in December, Phil announced that he was leaving the L.A. GUNS version that included drummer Steve Riley. L.A. GUNS 2017 is:

Phil Lewis - VocalsTracii Guns - GuitarsJohnny Martin - BassMichael Grant - GuitarShane Fitzgibbon - Drums
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METALLICA Collaborates With JUSTIN O'SHEA On New Line Of Merchandise

METALLICA has collaborated with Australian designer Justin O'Shea on a new line of merchandise.

The San Francisco Bay Area metal giants first worked with O'Shea while he was creative director at Brioni, where he recruited James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo for the label's fall/winter 2016 campaign.

O'Shea's latest partnership with METALLICA, under his new label, SSS World Corp, consists of a line of apparel and accessories everything from sweatshirts to beanies that launched last month at London department store Selfridges.

"It's about finding a new format of showing and about creating something thats not supposed to be there," O'Shea told Business Of Fashion. "It looks more like real life instead of a fantasy world. You put the [models] in the middle of whats already happening and then see how the world reacts to it instead of you creating a world that you know is controllable."

Selfridges' METALLICA capsule is set to launch in-store on October 20, two days before the band begins the U.K. leg of its "WorldWired" tour.

The collaboration is part of Selfridges' "Music Matters" campaign, which sees the department store open up a new space within their London, Manchester, and Birmingham locations and work alongside existing venues for a series of musical and design collaborations.

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STEEL PANTHER To Release 'Lower The Bar Bitchin' Edition' In November

California rock and party legends STEEL PANTHER will release a limited-edition picture-disc vinyl as a Black Friday Record Store Day exclusive. The "Lower The Bar Bitchin' Edition" will be in record stores on November 24 and will become an instant collector's item, as it is limited to one thousand and five hundred pieces in the United States. The vinyl edition features the critically acclaimed last album as well as the previously limited release track "Red Headed Step Child". Each vinyl version will also feature a download card so fans that purchase the vinyl can also get the "Lower The Bar Bitchin' Edition" digitally, which comes with another bonus track, "Momentary Epiphany". "Lower The Bar Bitchin' Edition" track listing:

Side A

01. Goin' In The Backdoor02. Anything Goes03. Poontang Boomerang04. That's When You Came In05. Wrong Side Of The Tracks (Out In Beverly Hills)06. Now The Fun Starts Side B

07. Pussy Ain't Free08. Wasted Too Much Time09. I Got What You Want10. Walk Of Shame11. She's Tight12. Red Headed Step Child13. Momentary Epiphany (Download Only)

STEEL PANTHER recently released the video for the song "Wasted Too Much Time". Drummer Stix Zadinia directed the latest clip, which visualizes the message of the song and the pitfalls of staying in a relationship that isnt working. STONE SOUR make a cameo appearance in the NSFW video, performing at a house party and singer Corey Taylor does his best Michael Starr impersonation. The video has been viewed over a million times collectively since it was released last month. STEEL PANTHER has just wrapped a successful co-headline tour with STONE SOUR. The band will play more shows throughout the United States in November and December before heading overseas on an international tour.
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