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JUDAS PRIEST's ROB HALFORD: My Favorite 10 Heavy Metal Albums

Because of JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford's importance to the heavy metal genre, Rolling Stone magazine reached out to him while putting together a list of the "100 Greatest Metal Albums" and asked him to name his personal top 10. He kindly e-mailed a list with a few words about each one and why it's important to him and to metal. Check out his comments at RollingStone.com.

Rob Halford's favorite heavy metal albums:

01. BLACK SABBATH - "Black Sabbath" (1970)02. METALLICA - "Kill 'Em All" (1983)03. KORN - "Korn" (1994)04. IRON MAIDEN - "Iron Maiden" (1980)05. SLAYER - "Reign In Blood" (1986)06. PANTERA - "Cowboys From Hell" (1990)07. DIO - "Holy Diver" (1983)08. EMPEROR - "Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk" (1997)09. SLIPKNOT - "Slipknot" (1999)10. MOTÖRHEAD - "Ace Of Spades" (1980)

As previously reported, JUDAS PRIEST is putting the finishing touches on its long-awaited follow-up to 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls" album. Helming the sessions for the new disc are the band's longtime producer Tom Allom, acclaimed British knob-twiddler Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ACCEPT) and engineer Mike Exeter (BLACK SABBATH).

Halford recently told Planet Rock about the band's new disc: "It's just great to watch how a record comes together, from those early, early days where there was just me and [guitarists] Glenn [Tipton] and Richie [Faulkner] sitting in the studio with a couple of guitars and just, you know, doing what we do. You start the day with nothing, and then at the end of day, potentially, you've got a really great, classic PRIEST song that may live forever."

He continued: "So we're hard at it. We're still doing what we love to do. PRIEST is a working band more than anything else. It's that Midlands ethic, the work ethic of anybody that goes to work… I say it's work, 'cause it is work — you're working with your mind, you're being creative. And now we're moving through into other stages, we're preparing for another big world tour, getting stage designs sorted, lighting designs sorted. So this is the beginning of what's gonna be a very exciting 2018 period."

Allom produced every PRIEST release from "Unleashed In The East" (1979) through "Ram It Down" (1988), along with several live records since then. As a young engineer, he also worked on the first three BLACK SABBATH records under producer Rodger Bain.

During a January 2017 appearance on "Trunk Nation", Eddie Trunk's show on SiriusXM channel Volume (106), Halford said that there was no set-in-stone timetable for the release of PRIEST's next album. "You know, there is no rush," he said. "There is no rush. We feel great. We're very happy, we're very confident, we're very excited. And so, yeah, we're working with our label and with promoters, and there's a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes."

He continued: "When we go out, we want it to be good — we want it to be good, we want it to be well planned, we wanna make sure that everybody's happy."

Halford said last year that JUDAS PRIEST wasn't interested in making "a 'Redeemer Of Souls Part Two'." He explained: "I think it's very important that we make another stand-alone record again, a heavy metal record that's going to have its own legs and just be as different as all of them have been so far."

"Redeemer Of Souls" was released in July 2014. The follow-up to 2008's double-disc concept album "Nostradamus" was billed as a return to JUDAS PRIEST's heavy-metal roots.

"Redeemer Of Souls" sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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HUNDRED SUNS Feat. NORMA JEAN, EVERY TIME I DIE Members: 'The Prestaliis' Album Due In August

"Last Apology", the first song from HUNDRED SUNS, the trio featuring Cory Brandan (NORMA JEAN), Ryan Leger (EVERY TIME I DIE) and Chris LeMasters (DEAD & DIVINE), can be streamed below. The song is taken from the band's debut album, "The Prestaliis", which will be released on August 11 via New Damage Records. Fans can catch HUNDRED SUNS performing "Last Apology" and more from the new album on their upcoming North American tour, which kicks off August 5 in Dallas, Texas. HUNDRED SUNS drown themselves in doomy groove, bass-driven power, loud guitars, and surreal sonic tribalism, with reverent worship of classic darkly romantic alt-rock bands, the scorching intensity of underground music, and the melodic clarity of the more uncompromising radio trailblazers of decades past. But HUNDRED SUNS boast disparate elements from post-grunge to the mind-expanding meditative epics churned out by critical darling progressive rock in equal measure, fused into something freshly unique. In short, the band sounds both familiar and groundbreaking. The trio responsible for HUNDRED SUNS are known for celebrating the heavier extremes of the art form with angst-fueled anthems heard around the world, in their respective projects, both past and present. But vocalist and lyricist Cory Brandan, powerhouse drummer Ryan Leger and principal songwriter/guitarist Chris LeMasters unlock grand mysteries with emotional resonance as HUNDRED SUNS, as evidenced all over their immersive and diverse debut album, "The Prestaliis". LeMasters assembled a massive stockpile of songs with Brandan's voice and sensibilities in mind after the duo got to know each other sharing a bus together while touring across Europe. As soon as the singer heard what would become "Fractional", he raced to his home recording setup to lay down ideas. Those early inspirations tracked as preproduction demos survived to the finished versions of many songs. Early adopters quickly embraced both "Fractional" and "Bedburner" (both released last year). The band recorded the album with producer/engineer Sam Guaiana (LIKE PACIFIC), vocal engineer/producer Jeremy SH Griffith (NORMA JEAN, UNDEROATH), and producer/mixer (and SAOSIN guitarist) Beau Burchell (BLAQK AUDIO, THE BRONX). Brandan said: "It was a long four-year road to get here and the album is everything I hoped it would be and more. We set out to make something unique and meaningful. I know it's at least one of those things. To me, it's both."
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VINCE NEIL Performs MÖTLEY CRÜE Classics In Atlantic City (Video)

MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman Vince Neil performed at Resorts in Atlantic City, New Jersey on June 23.

Fan-filmed video footage of the concert — which was part of Neil's solo tour "The Legacy Continues" — can be seen below.

MÖTLEY CRÜE called it quits in December 2015 following an eighteen-month tour that saw the group performing to packed houses all over the world.

A tour film about CRÜE's final shows, "The End", came out last fall, and a film adaptation of the band's 2001 autobiography "The Dirt" is still said to be in the works.

Speaking to "Trunk Nation", Eddie Trunk's show on SiriusXM channel Volume (106), Vince acknowledged that he is currently the only member of MÖTLEY CRÜE who is waving the flag for the band's music by performing CRÜE songs as a solo artist.

"It's a cool thing, because I love MÖTLEY CRÜE, I love MÖTLEY CRÜE's music, and I love singing, and I love the fans' reactions when they hear the songs," he said. "Whether we're playing in front of a thousand people or twenty thousand people, I can only see the front row anyway. So I'm happy for me and for the fans to be able to still hear that music after MÖTLEY CRÜE is finished."

Neil reiterated the fact that he doesn't mind performing in much smaller places with his solo band than he was accustomed to playing with MÖTLEY CRÜE. "I always look at it like the best of both worlds," he explained. "You know, we had the big, giant MÖTLEY stuff and everything, and then you've got… I like going out and playing… We do fifteen-hundred, two-thousand, three-thousand seaters and some festival stuff, and it's fun to go out there and just let the music do the talking, as the song goes. And I don't miss it. I like just going out there and just raw."

Even though Neil's solo set consists exclusively of MÖTLEY CRÜE material, he says that he tries to keep things fresh by occasionally throwing in "deeper" album cuts that many fans wouldn't expect to hear in a live situation.

"Like [the] songs 'Red Hot' and 'Piece Of Your Action', we didn't have [them] in the set for a long time, and then I was, like, 'Yeah, let's just go ahead and let's do this,'" he said. "Then we added 'Red Hot' and we stopped doing it for a while, and then we just added it again."

He continued: "The old songs are… MÖTLEY didn't play all these old songs, and I enjoy singing these old songs, so it's fun for me and it's fun for the band and it's fun for the crowd."

Neil's solo band includes Dana Strum and Jeff Blando from SLAUGHTER, along with drummer Zoltan Chaney.

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Watch IRON MAIDEN's Entire San Antonio Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of IRON MAIDEN's entire June 24 concert at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas can be seen below.

The band's setlist was as follows:

01. If Eternity Should Fail02. Speed Of Light03. Wrathchild04. Children Of The Damned05. Death Or Glory06. The Red And The Black07. The Trooper08. Powerslave09. The Great Unknown10. The Book Of Souls11. Fear Of The Dark12. Iron Maiden

Encore:

13. The Number Of The Beast14. Blood Brothers15. Wasted Years

IRON MAIDEN bassist and main songwriter Steve Harris recently told Express & Star about the band's current trek: "We had always planned to go back [to North America] and to the U.K. as last year, due to the global nature of the tour and the period it took, we just didn't have time to cover them properly and we do still like to get to fans in as many places as possible.

"We will, of course, be bringing the full production with us, including all the Eddies and the Maya-themed stage sets. There's been a great reaction from everyone to this tour's theme; people really seem to love it.

"Most of our North American fans haven't seen the show yet, so as we want to give them the same 'Book Of Souls' live experience that we took around the world, it's unlikely we'll change much. And, of course, we know our fans appreciate us playing a lot of the older songs too, so we will continue to do that."

MAIDEN's recent European tour consisted of a total of sixteen dates, including three shows in Germany, eight in England, two in Scotland and one each in Ireland and Wales. The U.K. leg marked MAIDEN's first full U.K. arena tour in six years.

"The Book Of Souls" is MAIDEN's first ever double studio album and their most successful chart-wise to date, debuting at the No. 1 spot in over 40 countries around the world and No. 4 in the U.S.A.
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QUIET RIOT Performs New Song 'Freak Flag' Live For First Time (Video)

QUIET RIOT played its new song "Freak Flag" live for the first time Friday night (June 23) at Phase 2 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.

"Freak Flag" is taken from QUIET RIOT's new album, "Road Rage", which will be released on August 4 via Frontiers Music Srl.

QUIET RIOT is led by drummer Frankie Banali, who is joined by bassist Chuck Wright (who has been in and out of the band since 1982), guitarist Alex Grossi (who has been in the band since 2004), and new vocalist James Durbin.

Durbin, who became known as the "metal guy" on 2011's season of "American Idol" after performing "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking The Law" with JUDAS PRIEST, hooked up with QUIET RIOT last month after the dismissal of Seann Nicols (a.k.a. Sheldon Tarsha; formerly of ADLER'S APPETITE). Nicols was with QUIET RIOT for just a few months, but long enough to record the vocals for an early version of "Road Rage".

"Road Rage" was originally scheduled for release in the spring of 2017, but with the injection of newfound energy for the band with the addition of Durbin in the vocalist slot, the band decided to scrap the original sessions and record a new version of the album with the new and improved lineup.

Banali said: "QUIET RIOT has always recorded songs that have a link with the QUIET RIOT 'sound' and at the same time always musically moving forward. 'Freak Flag' is such a song with a strong connection to our iconic sound from the past, which I think our longtime fans will appreciate and newer fans will embrace." Durbin added: "'Freak Flag' is a concept I've been holding on to for a few years. It's all about being you no matter what life has labeled you with. We're all broken and searching for acceptance, but there's a beauty in that search and it's something that should be celebrated."

"Road Rage" track listing:

01. Can't Get Enough02. Getaway03. Roll This Joint04. Freak Flag05. Wasted06. Still Wild07. Make A Way08. Renegades09. The Road10. Shame11. Knock Em Down

"The recordings for the new 'Road Rage' record have been an incredible musical journey in the storied history of QUIET RIOT," said Banali.

"I asked vocalist James Durbin to fill the very large shoes of the late great Kevin DuBrow because I knew he could. While no one can ever replace Kevin DuBrow, he has the same spirit and drive that Kevin had.

"James is an amazing live performer with insane vocal range, but he is also a very gifted songwriter and brought to the 'Road Rage' record totally unique original lyrics and melodies. Not only do they fit perfectly to the music we wrote, but took the songs to a completely new level.

"All the work that we have put into this record has been well worth the wait!

"I am extremely proud of guitarist Alex Grossi, bassist Chuck Wright and especially James Durbin for the work we have created on this record.

"QUIET RIOT continues to tour relentlessly and will be on the road throughout the year. Expect to hear your QUIET RIOT favorites as well as new songs from 'Road Rage' at our shows!" Durbin comments on joining the band and his work on "Road Rage": "The crown jewel, on top of joining one of your favorite bands, has to be writing, recording and releasing a new album. No matter what, you are now a part of that band's history and I'm honored to have had the opportunity to do that with QUIET RIOT.

"I spent just over three weeks marathon songwriting brand new lyrics and melodies for every song and recording vocals.

"I'm extremely proud of the 'Road Rage' record, not only that I had the band's support and trust to deliver, or how great of a personal accomplishment and blessing it's been, but that we can keep the QUIET RIOT freak flag flying and have the chance to inspire a new generation of fans!" Durbin made his live debut with QUIET RIOT on March 18 at The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas.

Banali revived QUIET RIOT in 2010, three years after DuBrow's death, along with Grossi and Wright. The group went through two vocalists — Mark Huff and Scott Vokoun — before settling on Jizzy Pearl in 2013. Pearl announced his exit from QUIET RIOT last October.
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Watch LZZY HALE Perform TEMPLE OF THE DOG, SOUNDGARDEN Classics At CHRIS CORNELL Tribute Concert

Lzzy Hale (HALESTORM), Amos Heller (Taylor Swift), Bryan Wickmann (formerly of SEETHER), Christopher Williams (ACCEPT), Meta Dead (THE DEAD DEADS) and Brandon Bruce (TIME TRAP) are among the musicians who took part in "Say Hello 2 Heaven", a tribute concert to Chris Cornell, this past Friday night (June 23) at The Basement East in Nashville, Texas.

Fan-filmed video footage of the "Hunger Strike" (TEMPLE OF THE DOG) and "Black Hole Sun" (SOUNDGARDEN) performances can be seen below.

In a recent interview with the 97.7 WQLZ radio station, Hale stated about Cornell: "Honestly, SOUNDGARDEN was a huge building block with my bandmates, 'cause that band… that kind of knocked me out of my '80s obsession. That was the band that brought me into the '90s and the magic of that. I remember… I think it was a couple of days after I met Joe [Hottinger, HALESTORM guitarist], he ended up giving me — back when you used to burn CDs — he gave me this kind of mixed tape of… there was 'Down On The Upside' and there was some stuff from 'Superunknown', and it blew my freaking mind, because I hadn't really dug into that band yet. And it literally… I think it helped shape our HALESTORM sound. This was in 2003 when we started kind of really getting it together."

She continued: "Nobody approached the microphone like [Chris] did. There was just this effortless… and all these different characters that he developed over records, which is something I always kind of go to. We're actually doing that in the studio now — we're, like, 'This about all the characters that Chris Cornell had and how he used them in every song.' There were a couple of different voices. And we discussed that even before he passed, we discussed this over the years."

Hale added: "It's just so sad to lose another one. He's such a great talent, and it's so incredibly heartbreaking that he's gone now."

HALESTORM is currently writing and recording material for the follow-up to 2015's "Into The Wild Life" album.

The band's last disc, 2015's "Into The Wild Life", was criticized by some fans for veering too far into pop music territory.

HALESTORM's third covers EP, "ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP", was released on January 6 via Atlantic. The effort was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, ALICE IN CHAINS, KORN).
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TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Will Return This Fall In Honor Of Creator PAUL O'NEILL

Less than three months after the death of Paul O'Neill, creator of TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, the surviving members of the multi-platinum rock theater experience have announced plans to bring the show back for a fall 2017 U.S. tour.

O'Neill passed away on April 5 of an accidental drug overdose. According to a copy of the autopsy report from the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's office in Tampa, Florida, O'Neill died of intoxication from a mixture of methadone, codeine, Valium and an antihistamine. The medical examiner listed the manner of death as drug abuse, noting that O'Neill also suffered from heart disease, hypertension and moderate hardening of the arteries. He was found dead in his room at the Tampa Embassy Suites hotel by staff.

In a statement posted on the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA web site on Saturday (June 24), O'Neill's bandmates and colleagues announced their intention to keep the show alive in his honor. They wrote: "While all of us, the members of the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA family, are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our friend and leader Paul O'Neill, we are determined to carry on the rock theater project to which he dedicated his life.

"Paul always talked about how he saw TSO as both an idea and ideal that would continue long after he stepped off the 'flight deck' (his name for the stage). We hope to continue his work of providing a timeless, multi-generational tradition like those created by his idol Charles Dickens.

"In that spirit, we are proud to announce that TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA will return with their 2017 Winter Tour featuring the cherished tale 'The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve'!"

An official statement from O'Neill's family reported that the multi-instrumentalist died as a result of an "unexpected reaction" to prescription medication for his various ailments. "The Hillsborough, Florida medical examiner's office has determined the official cause of Paul O'Neill's death as accidental, resulting from an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications to treat his numerous chronic illnesses (including bone augmentation surgery, complications from spinal fusion surgery, heart disease, and hypertension)," read the statement released on May 30.

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA formed in 1996 out of the ashes of the Florida power metal band SAVATAGE and started touring three years later, connecting with fans by releasing a series of rock operas, such as 1996's "Christmas Eve And Other Stories", 1998's "The Christmas Attic" and 2004's "The Lost Christmas Eve". Over the past 20 years, it has become a critically acclaimed, multi-platinum, musical powerhouse. The progressive rock group's record-setting "rock theater" tours sell out venues year after year and they have cemented their status as a must attend, multi-generational, holiday tradition.

2016 was another record-breaking year for TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA (TSO). Proving that it is more popular on the road than ever before, TSO's winter tour 2016 sold the most tickets per show in the group's history, with a total in excess of 927,000. The tour also set a record gross for TSO with a total of more than $56.9 million.

20 years since the band's first album, and since its historic touring debut, TSO has played in excess of 1,800 shows for more than 14 million fans, with tour grosses of over $625 million, and sold in excess of 12 million albums and DVDs. In 2009, Billboard magazine placed TSO at #25 on its "Top Touring Artists Of The Decade."
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VINNY APPICE Says RONNIE JAMES DIO 'Would Be Pissed Off' If He Was Alive To See GENE SIMMONS Attempt To Trademark 'Horns' Hand Gesture

Vinny Appice says that Ronnie James Dio would be "pissed off" if he was alive to see Gene Simmons attempt to trademark the so-called "devil's horns" hand gesture.

The late BLACK SABBATH and RAINBOW singer is widely credited with popularizing the symbol — a staple at rock concerts for decades — which the KISS bassist/vocalist filed an application to trademark on June 9, only to abandon it less than two weeks later.

Appice, who played with Dio in SABBATH, DIO and HEAVEN & HELL, was asked for his thoughts on Gene's trademark attempt during a recent appearance on the "Ouch You're On My Hair" podcast. Vinny said (hear audio below): "Ronnie's hand gesture thing is an old Italian thing; it's called the maloik. And his grandmother showed him that and used to do that, and so did the elders in my family too. And that's to put… one way's to put horns on people, and the other way is to wish 'em good luck. So Gene couldn't have invented it, because it's an old Italian thing. And if Ronnie was alive, man, he'd be pissed off. Oh, yeah!"

Ronnie James Dio, who reportedly didn't start using the hand gesture on stage until after joining BLACK SABBATH in 1979, himself declined to take credit for the symbol, explaining in a 2001 interview: "I doubt very much if I would be the first one who ever did that. That's like saying I invented the wheel. I'm sure someone did that at some other point. I think you'd have to say that I made it fashionable. I used it so much and all the time and it had become my trademark."

Dio ― who said his Italian grandmother often invoked the horns to ward off the malocchio (the evil eye), bad luck or malevolent spirits ― also took issue with Simmons.

"Gene Simmons will tell you that he invented it," Ronnie once said. "But then again, Gene invented breathing and shoes and everything else."

Ronnie James Dio's widow Wendy also criticized Simmons for attempting to trademark the hand sign. She told TheWrap: "To try to make money off of something like this is disgusting. It belongs to everyone — it doesn't belong to anyone. It's a public domain, it shouldn't be trademarked."

Most music fans have slammed Simmons for the trademark request, saying the symbol has become ubiquitous and means different things to different people.

When asked if it was Ronnie James Dio who actually started it, Simmons told Classic Rock magazine: "Well, I've heard Ronnie say that to my face and I said, 'God bless you.' I mean him no ill will, but I think he's wrong. Mine came from Spider-man doing his hand signal, as a homage to him. If you see me in photos, I'm sticking out my thumb. That's the sign in sign language which means 'I love you.'"

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VIMIC Feat. Former SLIPKNOT Drummer JOEY JORDISON: Video Footage Of Peoria, Illinois Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of VIMIC, the new band featuring former SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison, perfoming on June 20 at the Limelight Eventplex in Peoria, Illinois as the support act for IN THIS MOMENT can be seen below.

VIMIC in February postponed its previously announced European tour so that the group could finish work on its first full-length disc, to be released later this year. "Open Your Omen", is described in a press release as "quite possibly the biggest triumph of Jordison's illustrious career."

VIMIC's debut album was originally supposed to be released last year via Jordison's longtime label, Roadrunner, but the band has since parted ways with the record company and has yet to announce a new label home.

In April, photos surfaced on social media of Jordison and Dave Mustaine at a Nashville studio, leading to speculation that the MEGADETH mainman was involved in the mixing process for VIMIC's upcoming effort.

Joining Jordison in VIMIC are singer Kalen Chase Musmecci, who has toured with KORN as a backing vocalist and percussionist, and Joey's former SCAR THE MARTYR bandmates Jed Simon (guitar), Kyle Konkiel (bass) and Matthew Tarach (keyboards). VIMIC has also welcomed new guitarist Steve Marshall to the band.

In a December 2016 interview with Shockwave Magazine, Jordison stated about the making of VIMIC's first album: "The way we did 'Open Your Omen', the way we wrote it is exactly like how a garage band would do their demo tape. We went all the way back to the basics, and it was cool doing it like that because you didn't have the influence of your label, and the huge studio, and cars, hotels, and fancy dinners, all this bullshit that goes on along with being in the record industry. It was done literally in my home, organic, and we went out just to the studio not too far from my house and we just laid it down there. So, it was pretty much born in my home and then we just cruised up to the studio and just laid it down really quick."

Before his dismissal from SLIPKNOT in December 2013, Jordison had been quietly struggling with the career-threatening neurological condition acute transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord which damages nerve fibers, which ultimately led to Joey losing the use of his legs. Never one to quit or back down from a fight, Jordison overcame the impossible through months and months of rehabilitation, regaining the strength to walk again. He is feeling stronger than ever and is eager to show the world what is possible.

"When this stuff happened to me, most, a lot of people, they just don't come back from it," he told Shockwave Magazine. "They just don't. They're crippled for life, they give up, and they're either in a wheelchair, or they just don't come back from this. My fighting spirit is to never give up no matter what and I fought so hard. I had to throw music away, I had to kiss it goodbye for a little bit and it sucked. But I knew that if I was going to be able to do this again that I had, with all my strength that I had in my body, mentally, in my heart as well, soulful, spiritually, whatever I had to get through this, I had to do it. I put myself all the way through it and I came back and I'm actually stronger than I've ever been. It took a long time to get through it. It was not an easy road, but I'm back and I'm happier than I've ever been. I'm playing music all the time. I play better than I ever have, cause all I do is gym and just work out. Life takes you down troubled roads sometimes, not to hurt you, but to cleanse you. That's the way I kind of look at it."
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ACCEPT Guitarist: 'My Goal Is Always To Write Songs That I Could Have Written 30 Years Ago, Just Never Did'

On June 19, Finland's Kaaos TV conducted an interview with guitarist Wolf Hoffmann of veteran German/American metallers ACCEPT at The Riff in Helsinki. You can watch the chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On whether the addition of guitarist Uwe Lulis (GRAVE DIGGER, REBELLION) and drummer Christopher Williams changed the writing process for the band's new "The Rise Of Chaos" studio album:

Wolf: "That makes a little bit of difference, but really, we have a machine that's been rolling for the last eight years. It's very well in place. It always starts the same way. Peter [Baltes, bass] and I are really responsible for most, all of the music, really. He and I, we get together first and we trade licks and we play each other ideas that we have collected over time. Then we start making some first demos between the two of us. When we feel like we have something that's actually worth for the other guys to listen to, then we'll send it to Mark [Tornillo, vocals], and he'll put the final lyrics on it. Once all that is done, we call [British producer/engineer] Andy Sneap in, then we get to the recording process, which at that point, in this case, we had Christopher Williams playing the drums. Really, a whole lot has not changed. We really worked that way ever since. We haven't been to some exotic island. We didn't do anything crazy like that. We just work at home in Nashville."

On whether ACCEPT's goal is to continue writing music as if it sounded like it was created 30 years ago:

Wolf: "Absolutely, and if you want it to sound like it sounded back then, you've gotta use what you know worked back then. That's how we've been doing it back then, so we're doing it still the exact same way. My goal is always to write songs that I could have written 30 years ago, just never did. I want it to sound somewhat old-school and '80s, only with a modern touch and modern sound, fresh ideas and all of that. But, really, the core of the music should be like back in the '80s."

On the importance of ACCEPT's production team understanding the band's aim of staying true to their '80s sound:

Wolf: "It's super important. The role of a producer is one of the big mysteries in the music business because, on one hand, you have producers who come in and go, 'Oh, no, everything you're doing, no, no, we have to take it all apart and put it back together.' They question everything. Some other producers just let you do your thing and they make it sound good. Then there's a million ways in between where you can just say, 'He's just stepping out of the way when it's necessary and stepping in when it's necessary.' That's how I would see Andy, really. For the first time we worked with him was for 'Blood Of The Nations' when we regrouped with Mark. He was very instrumental then because we didn't really know what exact direction to go. What should ACCEPT sound like in 2010? So he was really the one who picked through all the song ideas and picked the ones that he felt would be right for us from a fan perspective. He was a fan when he was a teenager and, to a certain degree, I guess he still is. He was really, really helpful then and ever since, we sort of know more and more what we're all going for. We kind of have our marching orders and we have a clear direction even when we start writing the songs, so we don't even bring stuff to the table that we know is not right. Nowadays, he's much more of the guy who comes in and makes it happen. Once we have all the ideas demoed out, he comes in and records proper drums with us, proper guitars, just makes sure it's all up to his specs."

On whether he prefers a "hands-off" type of producer:

Wolf: "We've had that experience back in the '80s with [German producer] Dieter Dierks when we produced 'Metal Heart'. I mean, we learned a lot and it was probably very necessary back then, but right now, I feel we're secure enough, we know what we're going for that we don't think that will be very helpful, but who knows, maybe one day in the future, we want that. Right now is where we stand and we're totally happy with the way it works with Andy, so we're not wanting to change anything."

On whether ACCEPT would consider making slight changes to their sound:

Wolf: "No, we don't, and I don't think we need to and we shouldn't. It sounds incredibly easy to stay true to yourself, just get better, but you already are doing [it]. That's the challenge. That brings a band forward. It's always easy to do something that you haven't done before. If we make, I don't know, a bunch of ballads now or something super heavy, fast that nobody would expect from us… that's easy because we haven't done that. It's a lot of fun sometimes because it's sort of new territory for everybody, but is that really what we should be doing or what the fans want us to do? I don't think so. I think they like us for a certain reason and we want to give them more and better stuff of exactly what it is of who we are."

"The Rise Of Chaos" will be released August 4 via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork for the disc was created by the Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák and can be seen below.

ACCEPT parted ways with guitarist Herman Frank and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann in December 2014.

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DEE SNIDER Pays Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL With 'Outshined' Performance (Video)

TWISTED SISTER singer Dee Snider paid tribute to Chris Cornell by performing the SOUNDGARDEN classic "Outshined" on June 16 at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium. Professionally filmed video footage of his rendition can be seen below.

Cornell was pronounced dead on May 18 after being found unresponsive in his Detroit hotel room the previous night. SOUNDGARDEN had played a show earlier that evening.

The 52-year-old had sedatives and an anxiety drug in his system on the night he died by hanging himself. According to a completed toxicology report released by Michigan's Wayne County Medical Examiner, the drugs didn't contribute to the cause of death.

Chris was laid to rest on May 26 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Dee's solo album, "We Are The Ones", was released last October via Red River Records (distributed by BFD/RED). Produced by Damon Ranger, the disc was described by Dee as "an album that is think part FOO FIGHTERS, part IMAGINE DRAGONS, part THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS." He added: "Forget anything from the past. Most of my heavy metal fans are gonna hate it; I've abandoned my past to move forward."
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NAPALM DEATH's Streams Soar By 228% After Death Metal Singing Lesson On British Radio

According to Metro, NAPALM DEATH's Spotify streams rose by a staggering 228% in the first two days after frontman Mark "Barney" Greenway tried to teach well-known British politician Ed Miliband to sing in a death metal style live on radio.

Miliband hosted a discussion on BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday asking, "Why does anyone like death metal?" He was joined by Greenway, who tried to give the former Labour Party leader a lesson in the difficult singing style.

Greenway was brought on to the show to discuss the topic as a stage dedicated to the death metal genre is making an appearance at Glastonbury for the first time ever, curated by the long-running label Earache Records.

"I've been a groupie for SO long, been to the gigs, got the T-shirt, now's my chance to meet Napalm Death in person….," Miliband wrote excitedly on Twitter Wednesday morning.

Introducing the type of music NAPALM DEATH plays, Miliband said: "This isn't the heavy metal you might know like IRON MAIDEN. This is heavier than heavy."

Miliband's attempt at death metal singing came as he and Greenway were discussing NAPALM DEATH's record-setting shortest song "You Suffer" and playing it twice.

Milliband, who has been sitting in for Jeremy Vine on the radio show this week, told the listeners: "I'm now going to take my career into my hands, if it isn't already down the pan, and you're going to try to help me do a bit of this extreme metal."

"Force it up through the throat," was Greenway's advice, before Miliband produced something that sounded more like a shout than a growl. Greenway then commented: "No, no. More throat, definitely more throat."

NAPALM DEATH has been in existence since the early 1980s, with their sixteenth album, "Apex Predator - Easy Meat", released in January 2015.

The band's most successful album in the U.K. was "Utopia Banished", which was released in 1992 and reached No. 58 on the British album chart.





Ed Miliband just attempted to sing death-metal on Radio 2, tutored by the lead singer of Napalm Death. You're welcome. pic.twitter.com/1gnZgSMU9O

— Tim Johns (@timoncheese) June 21, 2017


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HEADCAT Performs With Ex-MORBID ANGEL Frontman DAVID VINCENT For First Time (Video)

Fan-filmed video footage of HEADCAT's June 21 performance at Come And Take It Live in (Grizzly Hall) in Austin, Texas can be seen below.

In 1999, Lemmy (MOTÖRHEAD), Slim Jim Phantom (THE STRAY CATS) and rockabilly guitar-slinger Danny B. Harvey (ROCKATS) teamed up to create a high-energy, take-no-prisoners combo to remind the world how rock 'n' roll was supposed to sound. For over sixteen years, HEADCAT (formerly THE HEAD CAT) continued doing just that to the accolades of fans worldwide.

Since Lemmy's untimely passing in 2015, Slim Jim and Danny B. have put HEADCAT on hold out of respect for their fallen bandmate and have waited until the appropriate time to start performing, and recording again.

Which brings us to the spring of 2017. Along with new HEADCAT bassist and vocalist — former MORBID ANGEL frontman David Vincent — HEADCAT have recently recorded a heartfelt and rockin' tribute to their late friend Lemmy Kilmister, appropriately titled "Born To Lose, Live To Win".

The song was released digitally worldwide on June 23 and will be available on a very limited-edition seven-inch single (only 300 copies pressed!). The seven-inch vinyl singles will be available at the band's European shows this August, including at this year's Wacken Open Air festival — where the band will be performing two sets throughout the weekend.

"Lemmy was my true pal for 35 years," says Slim Jim Phantom. "The HEADCAT 'Born To Lose, Live To Win' track is a tribute to his spirit, image and love of original rock and roll. With his gang, MOTÖRHEAD, he made an everlasting impact on their fans, and like his famed Rickenbacker/Marshall spine tingling feedback, their legacy will continue to resonate for a long time." Danny B. Harvey continues: "This single is both dedicated to, and a tribute to our dear friend and fallen leader. As just about every Lemmy fan knows 'Born To Lose, Live to Win' was not only tattooed on Lemmy's arm but also the credo he lived his life by. Rest in peace, my friend."

Track listing:

A Side: "Born To Lose, Live To Win"B Side: "(This Train Is Going) Straight To Hell"

* Digital-only additional track: "T For Texas"
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STATUS QUO Streaming “In The Army Now” Video From The Last Night Of The Electrics Live Release

On July 14th, British rockers Status Quo will release The Last Night Of The Electrics, a live set recorded at the band’s emotionally charged, barnstorming show at London’s O2 last year. A video for “In The Army Now”, is available for streaming below.

This fantastic concert will be released on a series of formats 2CD, DVD, Blu-ray, Limited Edition 180g Black Triple Vinyl with side 6 etched (double gatefold), earBOOK (with 2 x Audio CD, 1 x DVD & 1 x Blu-ray, coffee table book including approx. 120 pages) and Digital.

Francis Rossi said, “This release captures Quo on incredible form, at a concert that will live long in my memory. It was a difficult time, but we knew what we needed to do and we delivered. This was by no means business as usual, nor should it have been, but the energy of the music, the band and the crowd coming together was palpable”.

Having been envisaged as a swansong for the band’s legendary electric set, the 2016 winter tour turned into something very different as Rick Parfitt was forced to be absent having suffered the first of a series of health issues that would tragically end his life as the year closed. With the band having been urged by both Rick himself and the fans to carry on and keep the music blasting, they found yet another gear, and the show captured in front of a the loyal O2 crowd turned out to be very special indeed.

Tracklisting (slip in various ways across formats):

“Caroline”
“The Wanderer”
“Something About You Baby I Like”
“Rain”
“Softer Ride”
“Beginning Of The End”
“Hold You Back”
“Proposin’ Medley”
“Paper Plane”
“The Oriental”
“Creepin' Up On Youv
“Gerdundula”
“In The Army Now”
“The Caveman”
“Roll Over Lay Down”
“Down Down”
“Whatever You Want”
“Rocking All Over The Worldv
“Burning Bridges”
“Rock and Roll Music”/“Bye Bye Johnny”

“In The Army Now” video:

“Caroline” video:

Trailer:

Status Quo are one of the world’s greatest rock bands. Their path has taken many a twist and a turn along the way. The events of last year were unparalleled in the band’s history but The Last Night Of The Electrics release sees them meeting difficult times head on, doing justice to their legacy and that incredible back catalogue. It’s the sound of Quo.

Pre-order at the following links:

- 2CD
- DVD
- LP
- Digital
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Canada’s LOVIATAR Streaming New Track “Nascent (Stygian Wyrm Part I)”

Loviatar (pronounced low-vye-ah-tar), are the latest addition to the Prosthetic Records family. Hailing from Canada, this four-piece borrows equally from the hazy gloom of My Bloody Valentine and the crushing riffs of Isis. With clearly sung vocals and equal parts somber and soaring, their thunderous elements of doom and post-metal contrast with hypnotic moments of atmospheric introspection to set them apart from others in the genre.

Formed in 2010, Loviatar have independently released a series of singles and EPs, and have been tapped to support such acts as Red Fang, Skeletonwitch and Blood Ceremony. In 2014, they shifted production to their newly built Wolf Lake Studios deep in the forested hills outside the nation's capital and began work on their first full length LP. Self-titled and set for a worldwide release date on July 28th, the album features two monolithic tracks available on all digital platforms, digipack CD and a limited edition gold and black swirl LP.

The album opener, “Nascent (Stygian Wyrm Part I)”, is available for streaming below.

Loviatar tracklisting:

“Nascent (Stygian Wyrm Part I)“
“Discordant (Stygian Wyrm Part II)“
“Ascendant (Stygian Wyrm Part III)“
“Blind Goddess of the Nine Plagues“

“Nascent (Stygian Wyrm Part I)”:

Teaser:

Lineup:

JD: Vocal, Rhythm Guitar
JP Sadek: Drums, Backing Vocal
Shane Whitbread: Lead Guitar
Mike Bond: Bass

(Photo - Robert Hawara 2017)
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Toby Jepson’s WAYWARD SONS Release “Until The End” (Alternate Studio Video)

Wayward Sons’ debut album, Ghosts Of Yet To Come, will be released on September 15th. An alternate studio video for the track “Until The End” can be seen below:

The band is set to release four videos to support single releases. The videos together will make one short film. You can see the first video, for debut single “Until The End”, below.

Wayward Sons is a UK guitar act made up of Toby Jepson (vocals, guitar), Sam Wood (guitar), Nic Wastell (bass), Dave Kemp (keys) and Phil Martini (drums). They have an impressive resume of groups they have previously worked with - Little Angels, Gun, Spear Of Destiny, Treason Kings and Chrome Molly to name a few - which is reassuring in terms of the band as players, but doesn’t really hint at their sound. Wayward Sons sound nothing like the sum of their parts. The music is hard rock but mixed with a vitality and energy - both musically and lyrically.

Ghosts Of Yet To Come is a hugely accomplished debut album - as might be expected. From the staccato riffing of “Give It Away” to the melodic intro of first single “Until The End”, from the hard rock of “Ghosts” to 4/4 rock of “Don’t Wanna Go”, the album sounds familiar yet of its own. Toby Jepson had the basis of songs written when the band formed. Together they then took these rough song ideas and forged their own sound. Lyrically the album sees Jepson treading a far more personal line than some of his previous output.

“I feel I have unfinished business, stories still left to tell, points to make, noise to create, all of the above... besides, it wasn't a choice, more of a need. My intention is very simple. I want to write about what makes me tick; about what I believe in. Hopefully you will believe in it too. It will be warts and all,” says Jepson.

The album was produced by Wayward Sons (Toby Jepson’s previous credits as a songwriter and producer include the likes of Katie Melua, The Virgin Marys, The Answer and Toseland) and Chris D’Adda (Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds).

Tracklisting:

“Alive”
“Until The End”
“Ghost”
“Don't Wanna Go”
“Give It Away”
“Killing Time”
“Crush”
“Be Still”
“Small Talk”
“Something Wrong”

“Until The End” video:

Wayward Sons have a series of dates through 2017, with more to follow.

July
26 - Bristol, UK - Louisiana
28 - Derbyshire, UK - Rock And Blues Custom Show Festival
29 - Kent, UK - Ramblin’ Man Fair Festival
30 - Ebbw Vale, UK - Steelhouse Festival
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MOB RULES Release Lyric Video For New Digital Single “Somerled”; Tour Dates Announced

Northern German metal band, Mob Rules, have released a new digital single for the song "Somerled”, taken from their current studio album, Tales From Beyond.

The band states: "“Somerled” is based on a famous historical character and combines all trademarks of Mob Rules in a powerful metal hymn. It is a homage to the life of the Scottish warlord born with Viking roots who united Scotsmen and Vikings in the so-called Kingdom Of The Isles after two epic sea battles. A true story, revived through this powerful song."

Watch a lyric video for the song below:

Mob Rules are back on tour as very special guests of Order Ogan, who will release their new album with three shows in Hamburg, Munich and Bestwig. Tickets available at this location.

Mob Rules live dates:

July (with Orden Ogan)
7 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
8 - Bestwig, Germany - Fort Fun (Adventure Park @ Saloon)
9 - Munich, Germany - Backstage

September
30 - Emden, Germany - Coast Rock Festival
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TEN - “La Luna Dra-cu-la” Lyric Video Posted

Melodic hard rock band, Ten, will release their new album, Gothica on July 7th. The new album promises to be one of their strongest collection of songs to date. It is full of all the trademark textures and flavors we have come to expect from Ten, arguably one of the best and most consistent melodic hard rock bands in the genre. A lyric video for the new song “La Luna Dra-cu-la” is available for streaming below.

Gothica proudly displays all the hallmarks of classic Ten albums and will surely continue to build upon the rich legacy that the great British rockers have forged over a career spanning 22 years and counting.

Gothica emerges as their darkest album to date. Embracing history, romance and erotic horror in equal measure as it does, the title proves to be a fitting name. As listeners, we are transported from the darker side of human nature to the nocturnal supernatural, a dramatic realm of nightmares and the forbidden. Gothica is cinematic in every sense of the word. A web of musically elaborate spells, evoking embers that spark the imagination courtesy of the classic song writing of vocalist Gary Hughes.

Of the album, Gary says, "I am extremely pleased with the collection of songs on Gothica as they feel like they belong together. The band are firing on all cylinders once again and it is a gift to the army of fans everywhere who have relentlessly supported us over the years. It is ironically fitting that our 13th studio album should be a little more sinister, at the same time retaining all the commercial traits usually associated with a Ten album."

Following their success on the recent albums Albion and Isla De Muerta, Gary Hughes is joined once again by guitarists Dann Rosingana, Steve Grocott and John Halliwell along with bass player Steve McKenna, keyboard maestro Darrel Treece-Birch, and drummer Max Yates. On their third outing as a collective unit, the musicians in Ten have raised the bar even higher than they had previously. The album is full of stunning guitar work over a rich keyboard, bass, and drum tapestry with Hughes’ vocals once again bringing the nuances of the intricate lyrics to life.

Gothica was produced by Gary Hughes and mixed and mastered by Dennis Ward. Ten’s longstanding professional association with Dennis has been ongoing since he mixed their 2011 album, Stormwarning.

Additionally, the album features stunning original artwork by Stan W. Decker, depicting a beautiful enchantress reading incantations from a book whilst summoning shadowy characters from its pages. Stan has cleverly illustrated the piece in order to portray the characters emerging from the books pages as the actual characters from the songs on the album. The atmospheric sleeve photography is once again provided by the remarkably talented Adrian Ashworth.

Tracklisting:

“The Grail”
“Jekyll And Hyde”
“Travellers”
“Man For All Seasons”
“In My Dreams”
“The Wild King Of Winter”
“Paragon”
“Welcome To The Freak Show”
“La Luna Dra-cu-la”
“Into Darkness”

“La Luna Dra-cu-la” lyric video:

“Paragon”:

Ten is:

Gary Hughes - Vocals, Backing Vocals, Guitar, Bass and Programming
Dann Rosingana - Guitar
Steve Grocott - Guitar
John Halliwell - Guitar
Steve McKenna - Bass Guitar
Darrel Treece-Birch - Keyboards
Max Yates - Drums and Percussion

Additional Backing Vocals - Karen Fell
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ABORTED Streaming New Track “Fallacious Crescendo”

Belgium-based death metal sickos, Aborted, will release their 7” Bathos EP on July 7th. Today you can check out “Fallacious Crescendo”, the B-side track, via the static video below. You can also listen to “Fallacious Crescendo” at Spotify.

Bathos is a fine example of what Aborted have managed to achieve by hard work, staying focussed, excellent musicianship and the unwavering belief in what they are doing by offering two prime tracks of relentlessly raging, barbaric and horror-laden insane brutal death metal.

The 7” version of Bathos can be pre-ordered directly at CM Distro as of today. Pre-order your copy here.

Available in the following vinyl colours:

Black vinyl: limited to 700 copies
Transparent-red vinyl: limited to 100 copies, exclusively available at CM Distro
Clear vinyl: limited to 200 copies

Bathos EP tracklisting:

Side A
“Bathos”

Side B
“Fallacious Crescendo”

“Fallacious Crescendo”:

Aborted lineup:

Sven De Caluwe: Gurgloroth
Mendel Bij De Leij: Flesh Upon The Razor Wire
Stefano Francescini: Nocturnal Pulse
Ken Bedene: Hymen Blaster
Ian Jelekis: Immaculate Resection

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DEAD LORD Reveal New Album Details; Static Video For “Reruns” Streaming

The pre-order for Dead Lord’s third studio album, In Ignorance We Trust, scheduled to be released on August 25th, starts today. Accordingly, the record’s first single is out now too. “Reruns”, song #3 on the album, is a very fine example for what you can expect from these Swedish road warriors on In Ignorance We Trust: real rock music – straight, strong and honest. The static video for “Reruns” can be found below.

Pre-order the album, which was recorded with Ola Ersfjord at Cuervo Recording Service in Madrid, Spain, in the format of your choice, at this location. You can chose between he regular jewelcase version, the limited Digipak version (with bonus material and patch), the LP version (180 gram vinyl, special vinyl mastering, inlay and double-sided poster) or the digital download.

The LP version is offered in the following vinyl colours:

- Black vinyl: unlimited
- Transparent-magenta vinyl: limited to 100 copies, exclusively available at CM Distro
- Petrol-green vinyl: limited to 200 copies, available at various online stores
- Mint-coloured vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively sold by the band
- Orange vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at EMP and Nuclear Blast

Dead Lord’s Hakim Krim, who designed the artwork for In Ignorance We Trust, commented on the cover as follows: "This album is a buffet filled with goodness-oozing nuggets of facemeltivity. What better way to top it off, than with some flamed fruit for dessert? Cheers!”

In Ignorance We Trust tracklisting:

“Ignorance”
“Too Late”
“Reruns”
“Leave Me Be”
“The Glitch”
“Kill Them All”
“Never Die”
“Part Of Me”
“They!”
“Darker Times”

“Reruns”:

Dead Lord live dates are listed below:

June
24 - Zürich, Switzerland - Wasteland Fest                              
29 - Madrid, Spain - Wurlitzer Ballroom
30 - Oviedo, Spain - Stone Fest

July
1 - Porto, Portugal - Cave 45
2 - Lisbon, Portugal - Stairway Club
14 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head Festival
15 - Liedolsheim, Germany - Sunny Side Festival
16 - Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands - Zwarte Cross Festival   
26 - München, Germany - Free & Easy Festival
29 - Essen, Germany - Nord Open Air [early show!]
29 - Rengsdorf, Germany - Rock The Forest Festival

August
11 - Hinterschmiding, Germany - Fast Open Air
12 - Königs Wusterhausen, Germany - Bergfunk Open Air [early show!]
12 - Plattenburg, Germany - Aqua Maria Summer Festival

September
9 - Raismes, France - Raismes Fest
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DYING FETUS - Gallagher, Williams, Beasley & Associates: Death Metal Attorneys At Law; New Short Film Streaming

Death metal overlords, Dying Fetus, release their new album, Wrong One To Fuck With, today (June 23rd) via Relapse Records on CD/2xLP/Digital. Check out a hilarious new trailer for the album below:

Orders for the new album are available via Relapse.com here and digital downloads can be ordered via Bandcamp here.

Dying Fetus once again raise the bar of sonic extremity with their eighth studio album and first new material in over five years, Wrong One To Fuck With. The seasoned veterans manage to further stretch their creative and technical boundaries across 10 complex tracks of pulverizing death metal, filled with more dynamic intricacies, brutal breakdowns and varied vocal patterns than ever before. Now over 25 years into their distinguished career, Dying Fetus cement their legacy with Wrong One To Fuck With and uphold their position as the most dominant force in death metal today.

Tracklisting:

“Fixated On Devastation”
“Panic Amongst The Herd”
“Die With Integrity”
“Reveling In The Abyss”
“Seething With Disdain”
“Ideological Subjugation”
“Weaken The Structure”
“Fallacy”
“Unmitigated Detestation”
“Wrong One To Fuck With”

"Die With Integrity” video:

“Panic Amongst The Herd” video:

“Fixated On Devastation” live video:

Teaser:

The band will be on tour throughout the year starting with Summer Slaughter alongside The Black Dahlia Murder, The Faceless, Oceano and more. The tour kicks off July 27th in Reading, PA and runs through August 26th in Cleveland, OH. Following a quick break, Dying Fetus will head overseas on the Wrong One To Fuck With Europe 2017 Tour. The tour runs October 13th through November 18th and features support from Psycroptic, Beyond Creation and Disentomb. A complete list of tour dates can be found here.

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TUESDAY THE SKY Featuring FATES WARNING Founding Guitarist JIM MATHEOS Release “It Comes In Waves” Instrumental Playthrough Video

Jim Matheos, founding guitarist of legendary US progressive metallers Fates Warning, is set to release the debut album from his new ambient instrumental rock project, Tuesday The Sky. The first full-length album, Drift, will be available on June 30th via InsideOut Music, and sees Matheos expanding the boundaries of his sound ever further.

An instrumental playthrough video for the album track “It Comes In Waves” can be found below.

Drift came together in the downtime between Fates Warning finishing Theories Of Flight and the beginning of the touring cycle, enabling Matheos to explore a type of atmospheric and instrumental music you might not expect of him. He comments: "With this kind of music, it's a lot about creating a mood and letting that sink in and develop over long periods of time, as opposed to the more frenetic format of most prog music."

Taking cues from artists like Brian Eno, Boards Of Canada, Sigur Ros and Explosions In The Sky, he explores expansive textures and ambient electronica, as well as some of the most colossal riffs he has ever produced.

The album also features the talents of God Is An Astronaut's drummer Lloyd Hanney, who provides a rhythmic backbone that is at once punchy, precise and restrained when necessary. Other guests include long-time OSI collaborator and former Dream Theater member Kevin Moore who plays keys on two songs as well as Anna-Lynne Williams (Trespassers William, Lotte Kestner), who provides ethereal vocals (of the non-verbal kind) on two other songs.

What the future of this project holds and whether it will be taken out on the road is yet to be seen. Matheos comments: "It would be a challenge to bring this project but it is an interesting idea and one I would at least consider if there seems to be enough interest."

What is sure though, is that Tuesday The Sky's debut is a bold, brave, creative and ultimately successful album from one of rock's most underrated of musicians. The album will be released as special edition CD, black LP + CD & digital download.

Tracklisting:

“Today The Sky”
“Kite”
“Vortex Street”
“It Comes In Waves”
“Dyatlov Pass”
“Far And Away”
“Westerlies”
“Roger, Gordo”
“The Rowing Endeth”
“Drift”

“It Comes In Waves” playthrough video:

“Vortex Street” video:
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MOTÖRHEAD Guitarist's PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS Signs With NUCLEAR BLAST

PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS' (formerly PHIL CAMPBELL'S ALL STARR BAND) has inked a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast.

PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS is the band featuring MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell alongside his sons Todd, Dane and Tyla, plus vocalist Neil Starr.

Commented Phil Campbell: "I am really pleased to announce that my band PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS have signed a record deal with Nuclear Blast. The label is home to some great bands, some of which are also very good friends of mine. Once we get back from the summer festivals, we look forward to recording our first full-length album!"

In celebration of the signing announcement, the band has put together the exclusive digital-only live EP, "Live At Solothurn", which is available via all download and streaming platforms as of today.

"Live At Solothurn" track listing:

01. Big Mouth02. Nothing Up My Sleeve (MOTÖRHEAD cover)03. Spiders04. Take Aim05. R.A.M.O.N.E.S. (MOTÖRHEAD cover)06. Sweet Leaf (BLACK SABBATH cover)

PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS released its self-titled debut five-track EP in November via Motörhead Music. Produced by Todd Campbell at the band's own Stompbox Studios in Wales, U.K., and mixed by MOTÖRHEAD producer Cameron Webb, "Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons" loudly shoves you head-first into its raw, gritty, classic and instantly accessible rock 'n' roll charms. Whether it's the speedy biker-charged refrain of "No Turning Back", the crunchy catchy jump of "Big Mouth" or the beautiful-yet-bombastic balladry of "Life In Space", "Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons" brings uniquely organic life and verve to every last riff and stomp, with Starr's sensational vocals ensuring this EP was the surprise of the 2016 rock 'n' roll release calendar.

Neil Starr recently told Kaaos TV about PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS' debut EP: "The reason it's an EP is we can get that done quicker. We wanted to give people some music to hear that was our own music, some music of our own that we can play live as well. So the idea was to get something done as quick as possible. It keeps the fans interested in the band, because there's new songs to keep it fresh. And it's great for us, 'cause we get to write more songs all the time. Todd, who's in the band, has his own recording studio, so it's really easy for us to just go in and do what we wanna do whenever we want, which is great."

Regarding the musical direction of PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS' original material, Neil said: "You know what you're gonna get, because Phil Campbell is the riff god. So you hear these MOTÖRHEAD riffs; Phil wrote a lot of those songs. So there's elements of that gonna be coming through in the music. Obviously, personally, I wouldn't ever want to try and be like Lemmy and his style that he does, because that's one person who does that, and that's him. You don't try and do that. I bring my own style to the band, but, obviously, yeah, there's lots of really great riffs in the songs, like you would expect from a band that's got Phil Campbell in it. It's just rock and roll music, I guess."

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LENG TCH'E: New Song 'Cirrhosis' Available For Streaming

"Cirrhosis", a brand new song from Belgian death grind extremists LENG TCH'E, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's sixth full-length album, "Razorgrind", which will be released on August 25 via Season Of Mist.

LENG TCH'E comments on "Cirrhosis": "This one's a stomper, a grinder, a banger, a kicker, and a thrasher. It's a perfect sample of all that we've tried to incorporate on 'Razorgrind': pure energy from start to finish!"

"Razorgrind" track listing:

01. Gundog Allegiance (1:26)02. Indomitable (1:29)03. Cibus (1:29)04. Spore (2:20)05. AnarChristic (1:08)06. Stentor of Doom (1:56)07. Redundant (2:47)08. Commitment Fail (2:19)09. The Red Pill (3:03)10. Species. Path. Extinction. (2:52)11. Guinea Swine (3:24)12. Cirrhosis (2:35)13. I Am the Vulture (2:57)14. Magellanic Shrine (6:36)

The development of veteran bands follows established patterns. Some become complacent and happy to release a regular string of barely inspired albums. Others take their time and with no need to prove anything wait until the time is ripe to hammer out another crusher that demonstrates their hard-won maturity much to the delight of their following. LENG TCH'E fall into the latter category.

The Belgian death grind extremists obviously felt no rush to follow-up their latest sonic assault "Hypomanic" (2010), but their new sixth full-length, aptly named after their self-chosen style description "razorgrind," comes with everything that their die-hard fans want to hear. Short, sharp chops crammed with brutal riffing, down-tuned grinding and a knack for deadly melodies over which frontman Sergeï bellows belligerent and fury-filled vocal lines.

LENG TCH'E is:

Sergeï Kraven: vocalsJan Hallaert: guitarOlivier Coppens: drumsNicolas Malfeyt: bass guitar

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VAGUS NERVE Feat. Ex-GOD FORBID Guitarist DOC COYLE: 'Promised Me The World' Video

"Promised Me The World", the new video from VAGUS NERVE, can be seen below. The clip was shot, directed, and edited by Carlos Almonte using footage captured from the band's first tour.

VAGUS NERVE has also announced tour dates in the Northeast U.S. this summer:

Aug. 04 - Clifton, NJ @ DingbatzAug. 05 - Philadelphia, PA @ Whisky TangoAug. 06 - Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus

Starting as a passion project of ex-GOD FORBID guitarist Doc Coyle and PHYLLOTAXIS singer-songwriter Ravi Orr, VAGUS NERVE became fully realized as a band in 2014 when they enlisted the talents of drummer Maurice Watson (SHAI HULUD), bassist Aden Oxenreider (COSM) and guitarist Mike Gowen (MOTHER).

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the atmospheric rock band released the "Visceral" EP last September.
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Listen To BRENDON SMALL's New Single, 'My Name Is Murder', From 'Galaktikon II: Become The Storm' Album

Brendon Small — the mastermind behind the metal band DETHKLOK — will release his new high-stakes intergalactic extreme rock/metal album, "Galaktikon II: Become The Storm", on August 25 via Megaforce Records/MRI. The new single, titled "My Name Is Murder", is available via all streaming platforms today Get your dose of thrashy, punchy, interstellar-metal goodness and listen to "My Name Is Murder" below.

Brendon Small says: "I wrote all the riffs for 'My Name Is Murder' in one sitting, and it quickly became a favorite while we were making the record. Story-wise, this song is about a bad dude doing very bad things, and writing from the POV of a bad guy is very, very fun for me." "Galaktikon II: Become The Storm" follows the space-age theme of 2012's original GALAKTIKON album, with a conceptual storyline and a heavier, darker, more brutal sound. In addition to Brendon Small on vocals and guitar, the album will feature acclaimed musicians and DETHKLOK alum Bryan Beller (bass; THE ARISTOCRATS, Dweezil Zappa, Steve Vai) and Gene Hoglan (drums; TESTAMENT, DEATH, DARK ANGEL). "Galaktikon II: Become The Storm" was co-produced by Small and Grammy-nominated producer/engineer Ulrich Wild, who also worked behind the board on the DETHKLOK albums. With these names behind the project, it should come as no surprise that "Galaktikon II: Become The Storm" is a welcomed transformation and expansion of the sound that put Brendon Small on the musical map. With uncapped time and creativity on their side, Small & Co. were able to reach above and beyond what fans have come to expect as of now. "Galaktikon II: Become The Storm" proves to be Small's most commanding release yet. "This record is a combination of all the sounds I've been making throughout my creative life," says Brendon Small. "It's as heavy as I want it to be and melodic as I want it to be — it's the bigger, darker record I wanted to hear. And what a way to celebrate my ten-year anniversary of making metal with Gene, Bryan and Ulrich, some of the best in the industry. I'm excited to have it live inside listeners' heads and let their imaginations take over!"
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NOTHING MORE Unveils New Single, 'Go To War'

San Antonio, Texas alternative rockers NOTHING MORE will release new album, "The Stories We Tell Ourselves", on September 15 via Better Noise Records. The album is available for pre-order now at all digital retailers along with exclusive merch packages, signed vinyl and CDs at PledgeMusic.

The band has today unveiled the album's lead single, "Go To War", showcasing singer Jonny Hawkins's dynamic vocal range over a mix of electronic and organic instrumentation. Coinciding with the release of the single, the band has also premiered the lyric video for the track.

"Trust is the foundation of every relationship," says Hawkins. "As trust erodes, our need for control grows. 'Go To War' is about how we circle the problem, unknowingly spinning the web tighter. If you circle enough, it becomes a spiral. If you spiral enough, it becomes a war."

As a special treat for fans, NOTHING MORE has released a second track from the album, "Don't Stop". "Don't Stop" and "Go To War" are available now at all digital retail providers and streaming platforms.

NOTHING MORE will celebrate the release of "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" with fans across North America by heading back out on the road for "The Noise Presents Nothing More: The Stories We Tell Ourselves Tour 2017". The extensive fall tour kicks off September 12 in Memphis, Tennessee and includes stops in Boston, Toronto, Denver, Dallas and the band's hometown, San Antonio. HELL OR HIGHWATER, MY TICKET HOME and labelmates AS LIONS will be joining NOTHING MORE as support.

"The Stories We Tell Ourselves" track listing:

01. (Ambition; Destruction)02. Do You Really Want It03. (Convict; Divide)04. Let 'em Burn05. Ripping Me Apart06. Don't Stop07. Funny Little Creatures08. (React; Respond)09. The Great Divorce10. Still In Love11. (Alone; Together)12. Go To War13. Just Say When14. Accept; Disconnect)15. Who We Are16. Tunnels17. (End; Begin)18. FadeInFadeOut

You can't fake something like NOTHING MORE. Since the band's inception, they have cultivated a rapturous fanbase the old-fashioned way: By releasing groundbreaking music, tirelessly touring and cultivating a relationship with their fans that transcends trends. Correspondingly, the band's latest full-length, "The Stories We Tell Ourselves", sees frontman Jonny Hawkins once again bearing the soul of NOTHING MORE as his bandmates Mark Vollelunga (guitar), Daniel Oliver (bass) and Ben Anderson (drums) craft a sonic palette comprised of elements ranging from progressive metal to pop. Ultimately the album isn't just about the band's stories, it's also about the listener's personal narrative.

"Many times there is a disconnect between the stories we tell ourselves about reality and reality itself. That disconnect is a void where suffering and self-frustration often enter our lives," Hawkins explains. "'The Stories We Tell Ourselves' is an introspective journey from the first song to the last. Making this album helped me stay tethered to reality as I navigated through challenges in my personal life. I believe it will do the same for others. The title alone was a constant reminder to stay grounded when extreme waves of anxiety, depression, and sadness would try and sweep me into fruitless thought patterns and self-destructive, tail-chasing. For NOTHING MORE, music has always been the source from which we find a positive way to move through challenging emotions… this record is no exception." Furthermore, the album will be relatable to anyone who needs to look deep inside of themselves and find the strength to carry on in the face of adversity.

The songs on "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" were written early last year and recorded primarily on the road and in personal studios as production duties were often handled by Hawkins and the band themselves. "We are all very hands-on with the recording, so we decided that making this record on the road, when we were creatively thriving, would be ideal," Vollelunga says. While Hawkins previously wrote and performed most of the band's drum parts, this is the first album to feature Anderson, who joined the band in 2015. "Ben is an incredible drummer and gelled with our musical vision immediately," Oliver explains. "His talents also freed Jonny up to focus more on the production and melodies and I think that made this album come together in a really fluid way."

From the relentless groove of "Don't Stop" to the emotive, anthemic bent of the PIXIES-esque "Still In Love", "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" proves that confessionals have never been so catchy — and songs like "Let 'Em Burn" seamlessly alternate between aggression and anthemic pop. "'Just Say When' is probably the most sentimental song we've ever written and it came at a time when I had these overwhelming feelings of frustration about a past failed relationship. I needed an outlet to get it all out," Hawkins explains. It has been said that the polar emotion to sadness is anger. This is most certainly true as all sentimentality transforms from "Just Say When" into a furious blaze during "Go To War", which sees Hawkins showcasing his dynamic vocal range over a mix of electronic and organic instrumentation. "Whenever this band has difficult emotions, we turn them into something positive through music. That alchemy is the biggest reason we continue to do what we do," he says of the cathartic process.

Lyrically the band was further informed by everything from the writings of Carl Jung and C.S. Lewis to the potent psychedelic DMT, the latter of which helped open Hawkins's mind to new ways of understanding himself and the world around him. "'Funny Little Creatures' is about waking up to the fact that there are these creatures that you have within yourself and that there's often a lot more going on in our subconscious than we consider," he says. These ideas are mirrored in the artwork which ties directly into the central themes behind "The Stories We Tell Ourselves". However, while the content may be heady, the album also features more pop elements than any of the band's previous albums. Such is the case with the aforementioned "Don't Stop" which sees the band writing massive hooks that stretch toward the stratosphere. "I think 'Don't Stop' is totally genre-bending for us; we find inspiration in so many different kinds of music and felt it was important to not make rules about what we could or couldn't do with this record," says Hawkins. "This album definitely goes to a lot of places that we've never been before and I'm really proud of that," adds Vollelunga.

Then there are the band's live shows which have become legendary for the kinetic energy they share onstage. "We come from a perspective that the live show should be a totally different type of experience than what you hear on the record and we try to show that in every performance," says Hawkins. It's clear that this is a band that can't wait to share "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" with their fans across the globe.

Ultimately, "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" proves to all of us that even if our stories don't always have a happy ending there's a beauty in their very existence. Even during the album's darkest moments — Hawkins literally sings about being stuck in a hole on "Still In Love" — there's a hopefulness that permeates each of these songs that will inevitably resonate with new listeners while making the deep bond that NOTHING MORE has with their fans even deeper.
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SAMAEL To Release 'Hegemony' Album In October; Watch Lyric Video For New Song 'Angel Of Wrath'

After playing a very special live set at Inferno and Metalmania festivals earlier in spring, Swiss black metal pioneers SAMAEL are now ready to reveal a first glimpse into their upcoming album that will crown their thirtieth anniversary later this year.

The band already played the brand new track "Angel of Wrath" live at the above mentioned festivals, and the response from fans and devotees in front of the stage was amazing! Now SAMAEL is ready to release the first song from their new album to the rest of the world. Check out the official lyric video for the track below.

Founded in 1987 as an old-school black metal act that was influenced by the likes of BATHORY, fellow countrymen CELTIC FROST and VENOM, the brothers Vorph and Xy later developed the band's style further towards a more industrial dark metal sound that found its previous high peak in those legendary albums such as "Passage" and "Eternal".

SAMAEL's new album "Hegemony" will be released on October 13 via Napalm Records.

SAMAEL is:

Vorph: Guitar, VocalsXy: Keyboards and ProgrammingMakro: Bass

Photo credit: Aline Fournier

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Watch MARTY FRIEDMAN Play Snippets Of Songs From His Upcoming Album, 'Wall Of Sound'

To ring in a new era, former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman demonstrates his brand new Jackson MF-1 signature model in a new video posted on Jackson's YouTube page. The ten-minute-plus clip showcases Marty playing this new guitar amidst rare, intimate discussions about his decision to return to Jackson. In addition, the video features song clips from his upcoming album, "Wall Of Sound".

"Wall Of Sound" will be released on August 4 via Prosthetic Records. Produced by Friedman, engineered by Paul Fig (GHOST, RUSH, ALICE IN CHAINS) and mixed by Jens Bogren (KREATOR, OPETH, SEPULTURA), the disc "expands and destroys any conventional notions of instrumental music," according to a press release. Legendary QUEEN producer Mack came on board to handle the mixing on two tracks, "Streetlight" and "For A Friend", which Friedman proclaimed was "an honor for me, for sure."

Friedman said last year about the musical direction of the follow-up to his 2014 album "Inferno": "This time it's even more ambitious than that album was, a bit more dense, and, with any luck, more exciting for those of you who will hear it."

He added: "There will be elevent or twelve songs in total. Sometimes a song you really love doesn't make it to the album because it doesn't fit nicely in the sequencing. Either way, we're pushing sixty minutes, so it won't be a short album."

Marty's new CD was recorded in part at Dave Grohl's Studio 606 in California with engineer Paul Fig (ALICE IN CHAINS, RUSH, DEFTONES) and was previously described by Friedman as "a way more intense version" of its predecessor: "deeper, sadder, happier and more aggressive."

Like "Inferno", Friedman's upcoming album will feature several guests, including prog-thrashers MUTOID MAN, Jørgen Munkeby of the Norwegian avant-garde jazz-metal outfit SHINING and Jinxx of Los Angeles theatrical rockers BLACK VEIL BRIDES.

Regarding how the collaboration with Jinxx came about, Friedman told Guitar World: "I'm a big fan of Jinxx and BLACK VEIL BRIDES. He came to my show in L.A. in 2015. Right after that, I was told that he plays violin. I didn't even know that! Then light bulbs went off. I thought now's the chance to really turn some heads by doing something that's a little bit, well, a lot, unexpected to my fans and his fans."

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EPICA

Simone Simons (vocalist) comments on the EP:
"During the early writing process of »The Holographic Principle« we found out that we were blessed with a huge amount of songs. The songs that didn't fit on our album are now available for you on this special EP! I hope you guys will enjoy these songs as much as we do!"

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