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JACK RUSSELL Releases Lyric Video For 'Blame It On The Night', Written About Abuse His Wife Suffered As A Child

The official lyric video for the song "Blame It On The Night" from JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE which features ex-GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell can be seen below. The track is taken from JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE's debut album, "He Saw it Comin'", which was released on January 27 via Frontiers Music Srl.

Russell told Northwest Herald that "Blame It On The Night" was written about his wife, Heather Ann Russell. "Her father abused and molested her and all that kind of stuff," he said. "It's horrifying. I can't understand how that kind of stuff can happen. I felt I had to write a song about that because my wife goes through that stuff daily."

He previous said about the track: "Most of the material I have written in my life has been autobiographical, [but] this song is one of the exceptions. The song was written for and about my wife's childhood. Because of the subject and the feelings I have for my wife, this was a very difficult song to sing. But I believe that the topic is an important one to bring into the light and out of the shadows."

JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE features Russell alongside former GREAT WHITE bassist-turned-guitarist Tony Montana (as a guitar player and keyboardist), Dan McNay (MONTROSE) on bass, Robby Lochner (FIGHT) on guitar and Dicki Fliszar (BRUCE DICKINSON) on drums.

JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE is not to be confused with the current touring and recording version of GREAT WHITE, which features Mark Kendall, Scott Snyder (bass), Audie Desbrow (drums), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards) and Terry Ilous (lead vocals).

Russell, whose pyrotechnics ignited the deadly blaze on February 20, 2003 in Rhode Island, is working on a documentary about the infamous fire that killed a hundred people and injured hundreds more.

The fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick began in an overcrowded club when pyrotechnics from Russell's GREAT WHITE ignited illegal soundproofing foam lining the club's walls.

GODSMACK Is 'Almost Done' Recording New Album; Teaser Clip Available

GODSMACK is "almost done" recording its follow-up to 2014's "1000hp" album. The group's seventh studio disc is being produced by Erik Ron (PANIC! AT THE DISCO, SAOSIN) and will arrive in 2018 to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of GODSMACK's debut album.

Earlier today, GODSMACK's official Twitter account was updated with a video from the studio containing a short clip of a brand new song. The band wrote in an accompanying caption: "Mr. Tony Rombola killin' it in the studio!! The new album is ALMOST done...... who is ready!? #gs2018 ... spread the word! #godsmack"

GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna told FaceCulture in September that the band was "hoping to have the first single on the radio by January and the record in everyone's hands across the world by April."

Regarding the musical direction of the new GODSMACK songs, Erna said: "They have a lot more of a commercial aspect to 'em so far. There's some stuff in there that definitely will service the core fanbase of GODSMACK. But we also felt that it's time to expand a little bit.

"We can continue to write the same record, but we're gonna have the same results," he explained. "And the way I see it is we're taking the first twenty years and we're logging that into our catalog. That was one chapter of our career, and that's the more nostalgic, vintage GODSMACK. And from this point forward, we're gonna try to reinvent a little bit more of our sound, our look, our stage show, and come out with a brand new GODSMACK. Because we've realized that since we came out twenty years ago, there's a whole new generation that's grown up that are now just starting to discover GODSMACK. And we wanna be smart about this and we also want to try to expand our fanbase without alienating the core audience."

Erna admitted that it's "a little challenging" trying to change up the formula more than two decades into GODSMACK's career. "We may lose some [fans] along the way, but hopefully we lose one, we gain twenty, and you can do the math at the end," he said.

Erna's comments echoed those he made in July in an interview with "Whiplash", the KLOS radio show hosted by Full Metal Jackie. Speaking about how his songwriting is evolving, Erna remarked: "I'm not that young, angry kid that I used to be once. I'm a lot older now, I have a daughter of my own, I'm in a good place in my life. I don't have a whole lot to really be stressed out about or mad. And so the music has to evolve with that."

He continued: "So now where things are a little bit brighter and a little bit better, we're not gonna write about flowers and ice cream, but I certainly think that it's gonna have a little bit more positive of a message and I definitely think it's even gonna have a little bit more of a commercial edge to it. Because we're older now, and we wanna kind of continue to write and play music that we also enjoy and not always have to be in 'screamo' mode and chugging away."

Erna said that he wants to focus on composing "really well-written songs," adding, "I listen to a lot of great songwriters Elton John, Michael Jackson, whoever it is that has been legendary and iconic. And I try once again to absorb and learn from them so we can put out the best record we can due to the year and the day and age that we're in."

GODSMACK's last release was a song called "Inside Yourself", which was made available in October 2015 as a free download at the band's official web site.

The new GODSMACK CD will be its first effort for BMG, following a split with the band's label home since 1998, Republic/Universal.




Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST), Ace Frehley (KISS), Slash (GUNS N' ROSES) and David Ellefson (MEGADETH) are among the musicians who performed at Alice Cooper's 16th annual "Christmas Pudding" show to benefit the legendary rocker's Solid Rock Teen Center. Also appearing at the event, which was held on Saturday (December 9) at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, were PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner, COOPER guitarist Nita Strauss, Edgar Winter, FILTER, SIXWIRE, GARY MULE DEER, the Solid Rock Dancers and the winners of this year's "Proof Is In The Pudding" talent contest.

The Solid Rock Teen Center is a facility in Phoenix co-founded by Alice that provides free music lessons to local young people.

"Proof Is In The Pudding" was previously described as Cooper's own "American Idol"-inspired talent search whichs give one lucky young solo artist and one band a chance to open the "Christmas Pudding" event. The grand prize winners also received a $1,000 cash prize.

In previous years, up to 300 musicians age 25 and younger have taken part in the "Proof Is In The Pudding" competition.


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SACRED REICH: Pro-Shot Footage Of Entire WACKEN OPEN AIR Performance

Professionally filmed video footage of SACRED REICH's entire August 4 performance at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany can be seen below.

Featured songs:

00:00 Ignorance
04:26 Administrative
08:52 One Nation
11:35 Violent
16:42 Crimes Against Humanity
22:19 Who's To Blame
25:53 Independent
30:53 Death Squad
35:37 American Way
39:31 Surf Nicaragua

For the first time ever with the original artwork, SACRED REICH's classic "Ignorance" album was made available in September as a special 30th-anniversary LP and digipak CD reissue via Metal Blade Records. The digipak CD features bonus tracks; the vinyl has received the "MB Originals" treatment, which means 400g heavy cardboard spine sleeves (inside out print), 60x60cm two-sided artwork posters and 250g inserts. The album has also been remastered by Patrick W. Engel.

To purchase your copies, go to this location.

Formed in 1986, SACRED REICH is part of the second wave of thrash, along with TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL, DESTRUCTION and DARK ANGEL. Over the years, SACRED REICH has produced a catalog of politically charged aggressive songs that have stood the test of time.

SACRED REICH's last studio album, "Heal", came out in 1996. The band broke up in 2000 and remained inactive until 2006 when they received offers to play European festivals.

During an appearance on a recent episode of "The Official Danko Jones Podcast", SACRED REICH bassist/vocalist Phil Rind confirmed that the band has reconsidered its previous stance on recording new material.

"We're not opposed to maybe doing some new stuff, which is, for us, kind of a change of plan," Rind said. "We've always been adamant that we weren't gonna do any new music, and our attitudes have changed, so we'll see what's on the horizon."

But Rind admitted that the desire to create fresh material may come with its own set of challenges.

"Thinking about doing new music isn't just doing new music, it's making a commitment to do new music and support it," he said. "Wiley [Arnett], our guitar player, just opened a second restaurant, so it's pointless to try to do something if you really can't get behind it, so we need to talk about, if we do do something, is there an opportunity to support it properly, what are people available for, and all that kind of stuff.'

According to Phil, his motivation to get creative is not influenced by the potential demand that may — or may not — exist for new SACRED REICH music.

"Do people wanna hear [something new from SACRED REICH]? I don't know," he said. "I'm to the point where I don't care. I've always been more or less to the point that I don't care, because people go, 'Oh, there's a big audience.' I'm, like, 'Well, how do you know there's a big audience? How do any of us know?' We don't. We can make an assumption that there's an audience. But my point is, look, when we made our first record, there was no audience, no one knew who the fuck we were, and we did it anyhow, 'cause we didn't care, 'cause we knew we had to do it. So you just have to do it with the right attitude. You have to do it 'cause you want to, you think the time is right, you have something to say, and then you go from there. So there's all that crap."

Adding that his "voice has actually gotten better" over the years and describing himself as a "more confident" singer than he was in the past, Rind said that he is not entirely sure what musical direction a new SACRED REICH album would take.

"I'm super guilty of overthinking things, generally speaking, so I can obviously overthink, like, 'What does SACRED REICH even sound in 2017? Should I kowtow to whatever expectation that our fanbase may have of what we sound like?'" he said. "So there's all those things, like twenty years of not making new music. What do we sound like? And I finally just came to the realization we sound like whatever it is that we put out, and that'll be fine. Which is pretty obvious, I think, to probably most people, but to me, I had to work through the process and get to that thing. So we'll see."

SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR To Release 'Live In London' Solo Performance

On May 8, 2016, SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor performed a sold-out solo acoustic set at Koko in London, England. The full performance will be released for the first time to the public on December 18, 2017 at

A teaser for "Live In London" is available below.

During his solo performances, Taylor plays a bunch of songs from his catalog, as well as a number of surprising covers, including THE CURE's "Lovesong".

The setlist for the Koko concert was as follows:

01. I'll Be Your Lover, Too (VAN MORRISON cover)
02. Bother (STONE SOUR song)
03. Friend Of The Devil (GRATEFUL DEAD cover)
04. Snuff (SLIPKNOT song)
05. Taciturn (STONE SOUR song)
06. SpongeBob SquarePants Theme (PAINTY THE PIRATE & KIDS cover)
07. Zzyzx Rd. (STONE SOUR song) (with Christian Martucci)
08. Have You Ever Seen The Rain? (CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL cover) (with Christian Martucci)
09. Dying (STONE SOUR song) (with Christian Martucci)
10. Hard Luck Woman (KISS cover) (with Christian Martucci)
11. The Travelers, Pt. 1 (STONE SOUR song) (with Christian Martucci)
12. Tired (STONE SOUR song) (with Christian Martucci)
13. The One I Love (R.E.M. cover) (with Christian Martucci)
14. Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've) (BUZZCOCKS cover) (with Christian Martucci)
15. 30/30-150 (STONE SOUR song) (with Christian Martucci)
16. Lovesong (THE CURE cover) (with Christian Martucci)
17. Farm Song (LIFE SEX & DEATH cover) (with Christian Martucci)
18. Name (GOO GOO DOLLS cover) (with Christian Martucci)
19. Folsom Prison Blues / Mystery Train / American Nightmare (with Christian Martucci)


20. The Conflagration (STONE SOUR song) (with Christian Martucci)
21. Through Glass (STONE SOUR song) (with Christian Martucci)
22. Take It Easy (EAGLES cover) (with Christian Martucci) (preceded by "Free Bird" tease)
23. Spit It Out (SLIPKNOT song) (preceded by "Never Gonna Give You Up" tease)

Taylor said in a 2016 interview that it would be "super greedy" of him to launch a solo career — at least for now. Speaking with, Taylor explained: "I've been getting questions about solo stuff forever. But it's a good problem to have. But, at the same time, I'm in two fantastic bands. Why would I ever?"

He added, "Unless I wanted to get super greedy, why would I try to split off and do something else. I'm very fulfilled by the music that I get to make with both bands. Is there a solo album in me? Yes. But it's not gonna be for a few more years."

Taylor explained a while back what he thought a solo album from him might sound like. "For me, the stuff that I write is, it would be like a cross between the [FOO FIGHTERS], SOCIAL [DISTORTION] and THE REPLACEMENTS, you know," he told The Pulse Of Radio. "I mean, real Midwestern rock. Real, just open chords, good time rock, you know. And damn the critics, basically. That's the stuff I write and that's the stuff I've always tried to write."

The singer also expressed interest in collaborations with other artists, noting that he would love to work with rapper Eminem. Taylor said: "I would love to trade some stuff back and forth with him, because I love the way he writes and the way he flows and the attitude, the emotion that's in it. And I'm very, very attracted to that."

In a 2012 interview, Taylor said about his appreciation for other styles of music: "I had a kid ask me the other night, 'What kind of music is your guilty pleasure?' I said I don’t have any. I don't feel guilty about the music I love. If you feel guilty about something you dig, then you should stop feeling guilty about it. One of my favorite albums to this day is the tenth anniversary ensemble cast of 'Les Miserables', the ultimate cast recording, and it is still something I love listening to top to bottom."

SLAUGHTER's MARK SLAUGHTER Releases Music Video For 'Halfway There' Title Track

SLAUGHTER vocalist Mark Slaughter has released the official music video for the title track of his sophomore solo album, "Halfway There". Issued in May worldwide via EMP Label Group, the U.S.-based label of MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, the follow-up to 2015's independently released "Reflections In A Rear View Mirror" is a stunning return to form for Slaughter, channeling the familiar hard rock sensibility of classic-era SLAUGHTER releases like "Stick It To Ya" and "The Wild Life" on "Hey You" and emotionally charged title track, "Halfway There", with a mature, progressive, metal bent, evidenced on cuts like "Devoted", "Conspiracy" and "Reckless".

Produced and co-mixed by Slaughter with John Cranfield (AFI, Andy Grammer), with art by famed horror/album artist "Mister" Sam Shearon (ROB ZOMBIE, IRON MAIDEN, KISS, Clive Barker), "Halfway There" is described in a press release as "a blistering showcase of Slaughter's seemingly never-ending vocal abilities" and "a glowing testament to his perpetually underserved prowess as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, handling all production, engineering, songwriting, arrangements, guitar, and the bulk of the album's instrumentation himself."

Slaughter said: "My first solo record was kinda getting back on the horse, so to speak. I mean doing everything and recording... I'm taking on a lot more tasks as an engineer/producer/ writer on all this… because I'm doing everything.

"Ultimately, at the end of the day, anybody who is a SLAUGHTER fan will certainly understand that I am a large part of the SLAUGHTER sound and vibe, so, obviously, if you like that, it's in there. It's just that I take a lot more liberties on the solo side that I probably wouldn't do when it's a group effort."

He added: "The record is basically… I spend a lot of time writing songs and things just grow out of me.. I'll be woken up in the middle of the night from nowhere and the song's just in my head and I just exorcize the demons and there you have it. I guess what it is is an artist makes art. And I've really come to the fact that since we haven't made a SLAUGHTER record in so long, it's one of those things that I still have to make the art. That's what I do. That's what I love to do, and that's what I'll continue to do."
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ANTHRAX To Release 'Kings Among Scotland' Concert DVD In April

Multi-Grammy-nominated thrash icons ANTHRAX will see "Kings Among Scotland", the band's long-awaited live-in-concert DVD, arrive in stores and online on April 27, 2018 (Megaforce). Captured last February 15 at the band's sold-out concert at Glasgow's historic venue Barrowland Ballroom, the two-hour "Kings Among Scotland" incorporates the band's entire live show along with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and other B-roll shot on the band's tour bus, backstage, in hotels and elsewhere. The DVD will also include a "gear rundown" from each of the band members. "Kings Among Scotland" can be pre-ordered starting today; log on to for all purchasing information.

"Playing for our friends at the Barrowlands has always been very special," said ANTHRAX's Frank Bello. "We all know we're going to get together and have an insanely great time, and we think that incredible interaction and energy really comes through on this video."

With packaging art created by Steve Thompson (SLAYER, MOTÖRHEAD, IRON MAIDEN), the DVD's concert is presented in two parts. For part one, ANTHRAX perfomed the "favorites" that had been voted on pre-show by the band's fans and includes gems like "Madhouse", "Be All, End All", "Breathing Lightning" and "A.I.R." The band augmented the stage production for part two, with ramps and staircases and other production values while they tore into their classic 1987 album "Among The Living", performing "Caught In A Mosh", "I Am The Law", "Indians", "Eflinikufesin (N.F.L.)" and more.

"It was pretty a intense show," added guitarist Scott Ian, "especially when the crowd was so insane, the floor actually started moving up and down."

"It was a challenge for all of us to play 'Among The Living' live," admits Charlie Benante. "We've played a number of that album's songs in our shows over the years, but not all of them, and playing a song in a recording studio is not the same as playing it live on stage. So we put in a lot of time to get all of the tracks down perfectly. And I'll tell you, after we finished that set, as arduous as it was, we all felt a sense of exhiliration, like we could go out and do it again."

"Kings Among Scotland" was produced, directed, filmed and edited for Film24Productions by Paul M. Green (OPETH, THE DAMNED, THE LEVELLERS), with the sound mixed by ANTHRAX studio producer Jay Ruston. For the filming, Green utilized 17 cameras, including a crane and several mobile and stationery Go-Pros.

The release of "Kings Among Scotland" will be preceded by ANTHRAX's North American co-headline tour with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE "KillThrax 2018" set to kick off January 25 in Montreal.

Photo credit: Andy Buchanan
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Listen To New ASKING ALEXANDRIA Song 'Alone In A Room'

"Alone In A Room", a brand new song from the U.K. metalcore band ASKING ALEXANDRIA, was premiered earlier tonight on BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show With Daniel P. Carter" and can now be streamed using the widget below. The track is taken from ASKING ALEXANDRIA's new, self-titled album, which will be released on December 15 via Sumerian. The disc marks the group's first full-length effort with singer Danny Worsnop since he rejoined ASKING ALEXANDRIA in the fall of 2016.

"Asking Alexandria" was produced by FROM FIRST TO LAST's Matt Good and mixed by Taylor Larson.

ASKING ALEXANDRIA guitarist Ben Bruce told Metal Wani in a recent interview that the band's new album has "gone above and beyond all my expectations. For me, every time I finish an album, I'm, like, 'Man, I wish I could have done this differently. I would have changed this. This song's not that good, it's kind of an album filler. I wish I had more time to write more hits.' With this album, we had no limitations, we had no time limits or restrictions and were left to our own devices and we did exactly what we wanted to do," he said. "I listen to the final product now and I couldn't be more proud. There's no point on the album where I'm, like, 'Ah, I wish we could have re-recorded this or changed this.' Or 'I'm not too fond of this song.' Every time I listen to the album, I have a different favorite song. I'm definitely more proud of this album than I ever have been of any record before."

Asked if ASKING ALEXANDRIA had to make any changes to reacclimate Worsnop, Ben said: "No, not really. It just all felt really natural. I think all the time apart from each other, it just allowed all of us to grow as musicians and individuals. When he came back and we started doing this album, everything just kind, it just kind of clicked, like it was meant to be. We didn't have to sit down and force anything, like, 'Okay, Danny's back, so we need to do this.' We didn't need to tell Danny, 'We need screaming so you have to do this.' It's just what it was, so we didn't have to set any limitations. We were just, like, 'Let's all write music that we love and see what happens.' This album is the result of that. I think everyone, including Danny, I've not seen Danny this excited about an ASKING ALEXANDRIA record, ever. All of us are obsessed with it and it's because it was such a pleasure to record and it's us. It's just us through and through. We weren't told what to do or when to do it. Every single song, we did for us. Yeah, there was no groaning or changing, it was very natural, very easy."

"Asking Alexandria" track listing:

01. Alone In A Room
02. Into The Fire
03. Hopelessly Hopeful
04. Where Did It Go?
05. Rise Up
06. When The Lights Come On
07. Under Denver
08. Vultures
09. Eve
10. I Am One
11. Empire (feat. Bingx)
12. Room 138
13. Into The Fire (radio edit)

The reunion between Danny and ASKING ALEXANDRIA was confirmed in October 2016 following weeks of rumors and speculation regarding the status of his replacement, Denis Shaforostov, who joined the band in 2015.

Danny, who released a solo album, "The Long Road Home", in February while still being involved with his other band WE ARE HARLOT in between acting gigs, told Finland's Kaaos TV that he is working closely with the members of ASKING ALEXANDRIA to ensure that he is able to pursue other projects alongside his touring and recording activities with AA.

When Danny's return to ASKING ALEXANDRIA was first announced, Bruce said in a video message that Shaforostov had "just stopped talking to us." But Denis later tweeted, "I left AA because I can't be in a touring band at this point in my life. There's no drama and I don't want to be a part of it."


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CYNIC To Continue Without Drummer SEAN REINERT

Sean Reinert has officially exited CYNIC after reaching a settlement with Paul Masvidal regarding the rights to the band's name.

The drummer's latest move comes more than two years after he announced via Facebook that the progressive rock innovators had "come to an end" due to the fact that his relationship with Masvidal had become "toxic."

On Saturday, Reinert took to his Facebook page to reveal that he had worked out an "arrangement" with Masvidal that would allow Paul to "continue with CYNIC" while Sean would carry on with his "personal projects."

Reinert wrote: "Today I post with a heavy heart, but also a lightened spirit. A settlement has been reached between Paul and I in regards to CYNIC. I am unable to disclose any of the details regarding this agreement but I am at peace with the arrangement. I am going to step aside from CYNIC and continue with my personal projects — Paul is going to continue with CYNIC and his.

"I want to take this last Facebook post as an opportunity to humbly thank all of the musicians, engineers, technicians, companies, booking agents, managers, crew, press, labels and friends that I've worked with (and will likely continue to) over this past 30-year span.

"Most of all — I would like to thank the fans, who to this day still blow me away with their loyalty and love. You've always been the inspiration and the fuel for the machine!

"To Paul, I sincerely wish him and the musicians he hires nothing but the best."

Reinert played his last shows with CYNIC in September 2015 in Japan. He later said that the "performances were not up to par" and blamed the band's lack of preparation on "the accumulation of differences in musical directions and business practices."

Sean is currently involved with the Los Angeles progressive rock group PERFECT BEINGS, whose new album, "Vier", will be released on January 19, 2018 via InsideOut Music.

CYNIC's debut album, 1993's "Focus", was heralded by critics and fans alike as a work of dizzying brilliance. The group reunited in 2008 after a 13-year break to record "Traced In Air", their comeback opus.

Since "Traced In Air", CYNIC has issued two conceptual EPs, "Re-Traced" (2010) and "Carbon-Based Anatomy" (2011). The band's latest release was "Kindly Bent To Free Us", which came out in February 2014 via Season Of Mist.


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U.S. progressive metal pioneers FATES WARNING will play a string of dates in Europe and in the USA/Mexico next month in support of their much-acclaimed latest album, "Theories Of Flight". All of the upcoming European shows will be recorded for a live release to be mixed by Jens Bogren, who last worked with FATES WARNING on the band's "Theories Of Flight" studio album.

FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos commented: "It's been 20 years since we released our only live album, 'Still Life'. It's time for an update! In January we'll be recording a series of shows in some of our favorite European cities. The best of these will be included in a live album to be released in 2018. While we haven't decided on the final setlist yet, we're planning on about a two-hour set with as little overlap as possible with the 'Still Life' album. Hope to see you all there!"

"Theories Of Flight" was released in July 2016 via InsideOut Music. The cover artwork for the CD was created by Michigan artist Graceann Warn.

Performed by the FATES WARNING lineup that returned to form with 2013's acclaimed "Darkness In A Different Light" release, "Theories Of Flight" was produced by guitarist Jim Matheos and mixed/mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (OPETH, SYMPHONY X).

Frank Aresti contributed a couple solos on the new record, but due to his current work commitments, he is not be able to tour with FATES WARNING. He is being temporarily replaced by Mike Abdow, who is described by Aresti as "a great guitarist and a great guy."


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MINISTRY: 'AmeriKKKant' Cover Artwork Unveiled; 'Antifa' Music Video Released

Industrial metal veterans MINISTRY will release their new album, "AmeriKKKant", on March 9, 2018 via Nuclear Blast Records. The disc will feature guest appearances by DJ Swamp (Beck), Burton C. Bell (FEAR FACTORY), Arabian Prince (N.W.A.) and Lord Of The Cello.

Produced by mainman Al Jourgensen, recorded at Caribou Studios in Burbank, California between January and May this year, and with striking artwork created by Mister Sam Shearon, the album's psychedelic, politically influenced and very much in-your-face nine tracks are rooted in Jourgensen's unadulterated anger for what’s happening in America today — the waning respect for the U.S. Constitution, the growing acceptance of one’s opinions replacing facts, the decline of our leaders' sense of morals, ethics and personal responsibility to the country and to their constituents, and the mad man in the White House.

"This album, 'AmeriKKKant', will provide FEMA-type relief for the devastation 'Hurricane Cheeto' has brought upon us," stated Jourgensen.

"AmeriKKKant" track listing:

01. I Know Words
02. Twilight Zone
03. Victims Of A Clown
04. TV5/4Chan
05. We're Tired Of It
06. Wargasm
07. Antifa
08. Game Over
09. AmeriKKKa

The official music video for the song "Antifa" can be seen below.

In 2016, Jourgensen announced plans to record a new MINISTRY studio album to follow 2013's "From Beer To Eternity", despite previously saying there would be no further MINISTRY records after the death of longtime guitarist Mike Scaccia in 2012.

MINISTRY guitarist Sin Quirin told Alamo True Metal about "AmeriKKKant": "After the last tour last year is when [Al] was talking about wanting to do another record. The process, it changes from record to record. Sometimes we show up with ideas already kind of formed, but for this record, it was a lot of writing on the spot. He was pretty open to just different ideas. He didn't really have any 'Okay, I want it to be like this. I want it to be like that.' We definitely brought slower ideas, if that makes any sense, as opposed to just playing a thousand miles an hour like some of our early records. It was a bit more experimental and we brought different instruments into this record that I don't think people will be expecting to hear from us. It's definitely stuff that I don't think people are going to be expecting from a MINISTRY record, but it was pretty organic in that sense that we would show up and bring ideas and start tracking and see what we ended up with at the end of the day. We brought a couple of ideas that were in very basic forms and then just jumped from there. It was something that we might have worked on months earlier. It starts off one way and then by the time you're done with the song, it's completely different, but it started from an initial idea. That was the way we went about doing this record. It wasn't, 'Okay, I want you to write like this. I want you to write like that.' It was, 'Let's see what you got. Bring what you have to the table.' It was pretty cool. For me, it was really cool that we got so many people involved in this album. Other times, it would be just a couple of people that were doing things in the studio. For this, Cesar [Soto, guitar] is on it, JB [John Bechdel] is on it, I'm on it, Al's over it. JB was saying there's a bunch of different things and other guest people that are on it as well. For me, Tony's [Campos, bass] on it as well, it felt more like a band effort, which was really cool."

MINISTRY recently completed a North American tour with DEATH GRIPS as support.

Photo credit: Phil Parmet


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IRON ANGEL Signs With MIGHTY MUSIC; 'Hellbound' Album Due In May

IRON ANGEL has inked a deal with Scandinavia's premiere metal-rock label Mighty Music. The band's new album, "Hellbound", will be released on May 4, 2018.

IRON ANGEL is one of the true cult legends of the German speed metal genre. Formed in the Hamburg-area back in 1980 and known for two classic eighties metal album "Hellish Crossfire" from 1985 and "Winds Of War" from 1986 and a reputation as a staggering live band. The band has toured Germany with KING DIAMOND and in recent years has showed it is still a live band to reckon with at festivals like Metal Magic in 2016 and earlier this year at the Headbanger's Open Air in Germany. The band also recently toured South America with big succes.

Now the time has finally come for the long awaited comeback album from the band — the first studio effort in over 30 years!

IRON ANGEL is currently booking summer festivals and a European tour for the autumn of 2018.

Watch the official lyric video for the new song "The Unnamed One" below.

Pre-orders for the "Hellbound" album (released on limited-edition color LP, black LP, CD and digital) and the first official single and music video release will follow in January next year.

IRON ANGEL lineup:

Dirk Schröder - vocals
Didy Mackel - bass
Mitsch Meyer - guitars
Robert Altenbach - guitars
Mäx Behr - drums


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In a career that has spanned in excess of 30 years and during which they have sold more than eight million albums, two-time Grammy-nominated U.S. progressive-metal band DREAM THEATER has never done the predictable. This was evident with the release of their ambitious 2015 concept album "The Astonishing" and the elaborately-produced tour that followed.

Now DREAM THEATER is pleased to announce that it has signed with Sony Music worldwide, through Sony's leading progressive music label imprint InsideOut Music, for the release of the band's forthcoming 14th studio album. They join an impressive roster of bands, many of which wouldn't exist without DREAM THEATER blazing a trail before them, and inspiring young musicians since the early '90s.

The band comments: "We are all really excited about signing a brand-new record deal with InsideOut/Sony! We've known Thomas Waber for a very long time and it's great to finally get a chance to work together. Thomas' enthusiasm, energy, music industry expertise and positive outlook towards the future of DT's recording career has been incredible to witness, and we have no doubt that being part of the InsideOut/Sony family will be an amazing creative and professional experience for all of us!"

InsideOut Music label head/A&R Thomas Waber adds: "This is what the term 'coming full circle' was invented for. We've followed the band closely ever since they started touring in Europe in 1993, and there has been a lot of history and friendship between DT and us for close to 25 years. Stepping up to the plate to join with them for this next important chapter in their career feels like the natural and right thing to do. I can't wait to get started!"

Sony Music Germany CFO Philip Von Esebeck adds: "This is an important signing in our goal to support and grow the InsideOut Music label as a brand, and we are very excited at Sony Music to welcome DREAM THEATER to our roster of top-tier artists!"

Since completing the theatrical stage presentation/fifteen-month touring cycle for "The Astonishing", DREAM THEATER has been circling the world in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the band's much-loved and gold-selling record "Images & Words", its breakthrough album which spawned the Top 10 hit "Pull Me Under".

Beginning in February 2017, the band has played in Europe, Japan, Australia, India, South East Asia, and the Middle East and just finished up their tour in North America.

DREAM THEATER keyboardist Jordan Rudess recently
said that the band will "take a break" after being on the road "for almost two years." He added: "And then [we will] go into the studio and make a new album around May [2018] and see what happens."

Guitarist John Petrucci has hinted that DREAM THEATER's next album will be musically inspired by the band's "Images, Words & Beyond" tour, which saw the pioneering group celebrating the 25th anniversary of "Images And Words".

DREAM THEATER's latest album, "The Astonishing" was released in January 2016 via Roadrunner.

Photo by Mark Maryanovich


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Watch EXTREME Perform In Stuttgart, Germany

Fan-filmed video footage of EXTREME's December 7 performance at LKA Longhorn in Stuttgart, Germany can be seen below.

EXTREME's long-awaited follow-up to to 2008's "Saudades de Rock" album is tentatively due next year.

Singer Gary Cherone told Metalholic in October 2016 that EXTREME's fans will be pleased with the musical direction of the group's new material. He said: "There will be, like all EXTREME records, familiar elements, but also stuff… Over the years, when Nuno and I write, we're affected by our environment and music changes throughout the years, so those elements… There will still be some new elements to the band as well. Hopefully that always happens; you always wanna grow and evolve and move on. But the guitars will be there, the harmonies will be there, the songs, the hooks, the lyrics… There'll still be elements of the past, but certainly new elements [as well]."

A live package celebrating EXTREME's "Pornograffitti" album was made available in October 2016. Titled "Pornograffitti Live 25 / Metal Meltdown", it includes a DVD, Blu-ray and audio CD recorded at the band's show at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Casino on May 30, 2015, where they performed the record in full.
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LEGEND OF THE SEAGULLMEN will release its self-titled debut album on February 9, 2018 via Dine Alone Records. The track "Shipswreck", taken from the upcoming disc, can be streamed below.

LEGEND OF THE SEAGULLMEN is a genre-destroying supergroup featuring TOOL's Danny Carey on drums, MASTODON's Brent Hinds on guitar, director Jimmy Hayward ("Jonah Hex") on guitar, David "The Doctor" Dreyer on vocals, ZAPPA MEETS ZAPPA's Peter Griffin on bass, and Chris DiGiovanni on synth, alongside the help of a few more rippers.

Joining forces to make cinematic psychedelic rock, the SEAGULLMEN sing of ship wrecks and giant mutant squid, crafting conceptual rock 'n' roll hymns of epic proportions.

"Legend Of The Seagullmen" will be available on vinyl, CD, and digitally in a variety of packages via Dine Alone Records. (Limited-edition bundles include drumsticks hand-signed by Danny Carey, along with band jewelry!)

The SEAGULLMEN will take to the stage on New Year's Eve, alongside PRIMUS, in Oakland, California.

"Legend Of The Seagullmen" track listing:

01. We Are The Seagullmen
02. The Fogger
03. Shipswreck
04. Curse Of The Red Tide
05. Legend Of The Seagullmen
06. The Orca
07. Rise Of The Giant
08. Ballad Of The Deep Sea Diver
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NEMESEA Releases Video For Alternate Version Of 'Hear Me'

Dutch female-fronted rockers NEMESEA have released an alternate version of the song "Hear Me". The track, which originally appeared on the band's latest album, 2016's "Uprise" (Napalm Records), features vocals by NEMESEA's latest addition, Sanne Mieloo. Sanne joined NEMESEA in May 2017 as the replacement for Manda Ophuis, who decided to leave the band in 2016 to focus on her education job with highly gifted children.

Says the band: "NEMESEA is banging on your door with this new version of 'Uprise' track 'Hear Me'. Vocalist Sanne pulls off a tour de force with audible ease and the new dirty key sound production by Matthijs offers you a glimpse of NEMESEA 2.0!"

Back in 2006, NEMESEA became the first band internationally to succeeded in a crowdfunding campaign for its new album. They also broke new ground when they performed two unique live shows in 2009 in P3, Purmerend, Holland in full 9.2 surround sound.

With "Uprise" and "Forever" single receiving positive reviews, the NEMESEA members were determined to go on following Manda's departure. Auditions were held in October and November 2016 and Mieloo was chosen to front the group after she persuaded the musicians with her great voice, versatility, stage presence as well as her fresh ideas.

NEMESEA's first collaboration with Sanne was the single "Dance In The Fire", which was produced by Guido Aalbers and released last spring.

Sanne studied cum laude at the Conservatory, wrote her own musical theater performances and was connected to several productions by live entertainment company Stage Entertainment. She's also performed in several musicals, including "Tarzan" and "Sister Act". That said, her talent hasn't gone unnoticed; over the last three years, Sanne performed in several productions in Germany, Austria, Poland and Japan. Apart from her work in the theater world, she has experience in the music scene as well; she's travelled as a backing vocalist for singer Oonagh across major venues in Germany. Most recently Sanne played a leading role in the musical "Tanz Der Vampire" in Switzerland.


Sanne Mieloo: Vocals
Hendrik Jan De Jong: Guitar
Sonny Onderwater: Bass
Steven Bouma: Drums
Mathijs Van Til: Keyboards


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BLITZKRIEG Releases Music Video For 'Reign Of Fire'

NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) veterans BLITZKRIEG have released the official music video for their new song "Reign Of Fire". The track is the title cut of the band's new single, which was released as a seven-inch vinyl EP on December 8 in a limited edition of five hundred copies embraced by amazing handdrawn old-school metal artwork by Lee Murphy.

Says BLITZKRIEG guitarist Ken Johnson: "We are very excited about the 'Reign Of Fire' EP coming out on our new label/home, Mighty Music, prior to the new album release in 2018. Let's re-ignite the fire... flame on."

"Reign Of Fire" was recorded by Phil (Vandetta) Davies at Downcast Base HQ Recording Studios, Newcastle upon Tyne, England and mixed by Johan Haagesen at Hansen Studios, Ribe, Denmark.

Track listing:

Side A: Reign Of Fire
Side B: Judge Not (exclusive track for this vinyl release only)

BLITZKRIEG recently entered the studio to record its first album for Mighty Music and follow-up to 2013's "Back From Hell". A spring 2018 release is expected, to be followed by a European tour.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Brian Ross - Lead vocals
Ken johnson - Guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
Alan Ross - Guitars, Backing vocals
Matt Graham - Drums
Huw Holding - Bass

Band photo by Geoff Duke
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CARCASS Has 'Tons Of Material' For Next Studio Album

On November 17, guitarist Bill Steer of British extreme metal pioneers CARCASS was interviewed by "Met Al Metal", Israel's metal radio show hosted by brothers Lior and Niv Peleg. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.
Asked if CARCASS is planning to release the follow-up to 2013 comeback album, "Surgical Steel", Steer said: "Yeah, there is a plan of a kind purely in terms of working on material. I mean, we haven't booked any studios or anything, 'cause we're really not that far down the line. It's been five years or so of regular travel. We've been away so much. We've done five or six American tours off this record, so there hasn't been a huge amount of time to do that kind of work in between. Everyone just goes their separate ways and kind of avoids each other until it's time to go [on the road] again. But there have been times when Dan [drummer Daniel Wilding] and myself have got together and worked on a bunch of tunes, and lately Jeff's [Walker, bass/vocals] started to get involved. So it's kind of entered the second phase. And I think before long, we'll start to demo some stuff, just to get a feel for the direction of the album. We've got tons of material; it's just trying to find a focus for this, really."
Steer told Dead Rhetoric last year about a possible musical direction for CARCASS's next studio album: "All I would say is there has to be small stylistic elements that haven't appeared on CARCASS records before. We're going to be walking the tightrope of sounding like the band CARCASS and bringing in new elements. There's nothing valid to say if we're going to do a retread what's the point?"
Joining Steer, Walker and Wilding in CARCASS's latest incarnation is guitarist Ben Ash (PIG IRON, DESOLATION, LIQUEFIED SKELETON).
"Surgical Steel" sold around 8,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 41 on The Billboard 200 chart.
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THE BROWNING Vocalist JONNY MCBEE Diagnosed With Bell's Palsy; "I'm Not Able To Move The Right Side Of My Face"; Video

"I have Bells palsy," reveals The Browning vocalist Jonny McBee. "With Bells palsy, Im not able to move the right side of face. According to the doctors, and after researching online, there is not much to be done to remedy this other than to wait.

"Bell's palsy is caused by your brain swelling, leading to your facial nerve being pinched and unable to be used. This can last anywhere from a few weeks to potentially being permanent.

"Right now, I have had it for a week and it feels that each day, something is getting slightly worse. I am almost out of the steroids I was prescribed by the doctor, and once I am done with those, I will go back in to get re-evaluated.

"I have people telling me theres nothing I can do and people telling me to get acupuncture and do some Chinese herbal treatments. There really isn't enough information out there on this and it is really annoying to deal with.

"It makes things that much harder, as I am already dealing with a lot of pressure, so to have this happen inhibits me from being as productive as I need to be. The pressures of writing a new album, streaming full time, making money, home life, and general happiness are all things I struggle with daily. Now, a lot of those things have been put in jeopardy because of some random thing in my brain being screwed up. Add to that the uncertainty of the outcome or how long things may be delayed!

"I know there are a lot of people out there that support me and probably don't care about a delay as much as I do. The last thing I want to do is disappoint anyone, mainly myself.

"I might not be able to control the outcome of being able to move my face, talk properly, or blink. But what I can control is my motivation to not let it stop me from being creative, and inspiring others. Once I am able to speak properly, I will record vocals to finish up our new album. Until then, Ill focus on my health, and really nail down the instrumentals for this album."

Watch McBee's video detailing his diagnosis below:


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PEARL JAM's Documentary Film 'Let's Play Two' Gets Its Own 8-Bit Game

Following the release of the long-awaited documentary "Let's Play Two" that immortalized PEARL JAM's sold-out August 2016 shows from Wrigley Field comes the "Let's Play Two" baseball game named "Home Run Hitting Contest". Designed as an 8-bit game inspired by the iconic performances at Wrigley Field, the game features all the band members as baseball players. Play it here. "Let's Play Two" was directed by renowned director/photographer Danny Clinch and produced by Monkeywrench Productions, Tourgigs Productions, Universal Music Publishing Group, Republic Records, FOX Sports and Major League Baseball in collaboration with Milkt Films and Polygram Entertainment.

With Chicago being a hometown to Eddie Vedder, PEARL JAM has forged a relationship with the city, the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field that is unparalleled in the world of sports and music. From "Ten" to "Lightning Bolt", the feature film shuffles through PEARL JAM's ever-growing catalog of originals and covers spanning the band's twenty-five-year career. Through the eyes of Danny Clinch and the voice of PEARL JAM, the film showcases the journey of the special relationship using the past and present of both the band and the Chicago Cubs through the music, the sweat and the eternal hopes of being both a Cubs fan and PEARL JAM fan.

"In my films and photographs, I love to explore the relationship between a band, their fans and the location," Clinch explains. "When it happens that the main characters of your film are PEARL JAM, the Chicago Cubs, their fans, and Wrigley Field during a historic moment, you know it's going to be epic. Our instincts were correct to follow the story and it took us to a historic Game 7 of the World Series ending a hundred-and-eight-year drought for the Cubs. I have learned to welcome the unexpected and it always pays off if you're ready for it."

Clinch and Milkt executive producer Lindha Narvaez have been a director/production team on film projects for fifteen years, including PEARL JAM live concert film "Immagine In Cornice" (2007) and various PEARL JAM EPKs throughout the years.

Danny, Lindha and "Let's Play Two" cinematographers Vance Burberry and Josh Goleman as well as editor Taryn Gould collaborated with PEARL JAM to produce content for the release of 2013's "Lightning Bolt", including a short film and music video for "Mind Your Manners".

Republic Records released the "Let's Play Two" soundtrack in September in conjunction with the film's theatrical release.

Test your baseball skills with the #LetsPlayTwo game for a chance to win a signed @Cubs baseball & #PearlJam bat.

Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) November 27, 2017

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KAYLETH Premiere "Forgive" Video, Colossus Album Detailed

Italian stoner space rockers Kayleth have premiered the official video for "Forgive", the first single from their forthcoming new album Colossus, scheduled for release by Argonauta Records on January 12th, 2018.

The cover art, tracklisting, and a teaser video for Colossus can be seen below.

"Lost In The Swamp"
"Ignorant Song"
"So Distant"
"Mankind's Glory"
"The Spectator"
"Pitchy Mantra"
"The Angry Man"
"The Escape"

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DARKFALL Unleash "The Way Of Victory" Lyric Video

Austrian death / thrash metallers Darkfall have released a brand new lyric video for the track "The Way Of Victory", which is taken from the band's current album At The End Of Times, released last September via Black Sunset / MDD.

The battle footage was providedby the Neustadt Support Association, which organizes the Burgfest Neustadt-Glewe.


"Ride Through The Sky"
"The Breed Of Death"
"The Way Of Victory"
"Deathcult Debauchery"
"Ashes Of Dead Gods"
"Your God Is Dead"
"Welcome The Day You Die"
"Ash Nazg - One Ring"
"Land Of No Return MMXVII"

For further details, visit the official Darkfall Facebook page.

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INFERNAL TENEBRA Release Official Music Video For "As Nations Fall"

Croatian death metal act, Infernal Tenebra, have released a music video for "As Nations Fall", the title track of their latest album, available via Massacre Records.

The album was produced by vocalist/guitarist Darko Etinger, and mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Orebro, Sweden. The artwork, designed by Gustavo Sazes, reflects the album's theme perfectly: society's dysfunctional void of conscience, where human rights are just a phrase, and no one respects life's true values.

The new video is directed and brought to you by Meisterwerk Productions with a ferocious sound crafted by Fascination Street Studios. Check it out below:
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EXUMER Release Drum Playthrough Video For "Fire & Damnation"

In the new video below, drummer Matthias "August" Kassner of German thrashers Exumed performs the title track of his band's album, Fire & Damnation, released back in 2012.

Drums re-recorded, mixed and mastered at DNA-Studios, Menden, Germany by Tristan Maiwurm. No sample replacement at all.
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PRIMITIVE MAN Perform "Victim" Live At Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar; Video

Video footage of Denvers nihilistic trio, Primitive Man, performing the Caustic album track "Victim" at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus Bar on November 6th can be seen below. The footage was filmed by Maximum Volume Silence.

Recorded and produced at Flatline Audio by Dave Otero (Cobalt, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation), Caustic is 12 songs and 75+ minutes of bloodcurdling howls, abysmal tones and dense, unsettling feedback spewing forth a cesspool of utter misery. With lyrical themes ranging from political corruption, personal struggle and the crumbling social climate facing the world today, Caustic serves as a cataclysmic soundtrack for a world gone awry.

Caustic is available now on CD/2xLP/CS/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages and digital orders are available via here and Bandcamp here.

Caustic tracklisting:

My Will
Sugar Hole
The Weight

Album stream:

Victim video:

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IRON MAIDEN Singer BRUCE DICKINSON's Next Solo Album Will 'Probably' Include Reworked Version Of 'If Eternity Should Fail'

Bruce Dickinson says that the long-awaited follow-up to his 2005 solo album "Tyranny Of Souls" will likely include a reworked version of "If Eternity Should Fail", the opening track on the latest IRON MAIDEN disc "The Book Of Souls".

During the press junket for "The Book Of Souls", Dickinson revealed that he had about "half" of his seventh record already written and he also confirmed that "If Eternity Should Fail" was originally penned as a Dickinson solo track.

On December 5, Bruce told Finland's Kaaos TV that there are still tentative plans for him to resume work on his new solo album. "I just need to go and get some time and go and write some more material," he said (see video below).

According to Dickinson, the original plan was for his next solo record to be "a whole concept album, which was gonna be called 'If Eternity Should Fail'. And 'If Eternity Should Fail' was the title track to my new solo album," he said. "And a bit like [Dickinson's 1989 solo song] 'Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter' [laughs], it got commandeered for IRON MAIDEN. So if I did do another solo album, which I think I will, I might just stick to my original plan and have that as the title track. I mean, I did write it it was the first track that I wrote for it. So, yeah, I'd probably still include that song. But it would be the feel would be slightly different not very much, though from the MAIDEN version."

Back in 2015, Dickinson told France's Hard Force magazine that "If Eternity Should Fail" ended up being used by IRON MAIDEN after bassist Steve Harris heard the demos that Bruce was working on for what was supposed to be his next solo album. "And [Steve] went, 'That's a really cool song. Can we use that? That's gonna be the opening song on the album,'" he recalled. "And I went, 'Yeah, okay.' And he was already writing, I think He was already thinking of 'The Book Of Souls' as being the title, so he told me about the Mayan thing. And I'm, like, 'Yeah, that's cool. Okay. Yeah, I see where you're going.' But in my case, that song was written as part of a story. So the spoken word at the end is the beginning of a story that goes through the whole album. And one of the characters is Dr. Necropolis; he's the bad guy. And the good guy is Professor Lazarus; he raises people from the dead. So that introduces Necropolis in the spoken-word thing. And I asked Steve I said, 'Look. Okay. I get having the song' 'Cause it opens up with, 'Here is the soul of a man.' 'Yup. Get that. But what about the end?' I said, 'Will people understand what this is about? Because this is nothing to do with the Mayans or anything. This is to do with I'd come up with a concept album that doesn't happen.' [Laughs] And he [went], 'No, no, no. It's just talking about souls and everything, and it sounds great.' I went, 'Okay.' [Laughs]"

Dickinson made his recording debut with IRON MAIDEN on the "Number Of The Beast" album in 1982. He quit the band in 1993 in order to pursue his solo career and was replaced by Blaze Bayley, who had previously been the lead singer of the metal band WOLFSBANE. After releasing two traditional metal albums with former MAIDEN guitarist Adrian Smith, Dickinson rejoined the band in 1999 along with Smith. Since then, Dickinson has only released one more solo album (the aforementioned "Tyranny Of Souls") but has previously said that his solo career is not over.


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GUNS N' ROSES, METALLICA Among Highest-Paid Musicians Of 2017

METALLICA and GUNS N' ROSES have made Forbes magazine's Highest-Paid Musicians Of 2017 list.

The data was compiled over a year's time, based on pretax earnings between June 1, 2016, to June 1, 2017. GUNS N' ROSES earned a cool $84 million during that time, while METALLICA pocketed $66.5 million.

To form the list, Forbes considered pretax income from June 1, 2016 through June 1, 2017, and did not take out fees charged by agents, managers and lawyers. The magazine gathered data from Nielsen SoundScan, Pollstar, the RIAA and interviews with industry insiders.

Forbes's top 10 highest-paid musicians of 2017 are:

01. Diddy ($130 M)
02. Beyoncé ($105 M)
03. Drake ($94 M)
04. The Weeknd ($92 M)
05. COLDPLAY ($88 M)
06. GUNS N' ROSES ($84 M)
07. Justin Bieber ($83.5 M)
08. Bruce Springsteen ($75 M)
09. Adele ($69 M)
10. METALLICA ($66.5 M)

GUNS N' ROSES concluded its 18-month "Not In This Lifetime" reunion tour on November 29 in the band's hometown of Los Angeles.

GUNS N' ROSES will return next June for a seven-week European jaunt, but the band's plans until then, and beyond that, remain unknown for now. The three original members have not given a single interview together.

The reunited trio, along with four backing musicians from latter lineups, have been on the road almost continuously since the tour was launched with a surprise show at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles on April 1, 2016.

Although some fans have grumbled that two members of the original lineup guitarist Izzy Stradlin and drummer Steven Adler, the latter of whom did appear at a handful of stops on the tour remain on the sidelines, the trek has been wildly successful, reportedly grossing more than $400 million since its launch a year and a half ago.

The European leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" tour kicked off in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 2 and ran through November 3. After a break, the trek will pick up again on February 1, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, and continue through May, finishing up in Helsinki, Finland.

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band is touring in support of its tenth studio album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", which came out in November 2016.

The first ten of the shows of the North American "WorldWired" tour during May and June grossed $49.5 million in ticket sales.


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GHOST Releases Live Album Digitally; Physical Version Out In January

Swedish band GHOST has surprise released the digital edition of a live album called "Ceremony And Devotion", just hours after posting a video teaser for the set online. It is available for streaming at all premium outlets and for purchase at Amazon and iTunes. The official cover artwork for the disc was revealed in the latest issue of Sweden Rock Magazine. The physical version of the LP will be out on January 19. The band has also streamed the song "Absolution" from the set.

Frontman Tobias Forge who does all the band's interviews anonymously as a Nameless Ghoul told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he's always looking to expand GHOST's live performances. "The idea has always been, ever since we started, to have a very theatrical show," he said. "We basically want to be an arena band where you can bring a lot of production and a show where you go through different phases and, you know, a lot of costume changes and more magical tricks and more bombs and more fire and smoke and...more Disney On Ice, in a way."

The last-ever GHOST concert to allegedly feature Forge's onstage persona, Papa Emeritus III, took place on September 30 in Gothenburg, Sweden and ended with the singer apparently being forcibly removed from the stage. A very elderly man wearing a white and gold version of Papa's robes and his signature make-up took the stage and addressed the crowd, saying in Italian, "I am Papa Emeritus Zero. The party is over and now a new era begins. The Middle Ages begin now."

Of course, this is all part of the joke: the band supposedly dismisses the old Papa and recruits a new one on every LP, but they are all Forge, who will no doubt perform as a new Papa Emeritus on the next album cycle.

Forge has been working on the group's fourth studio album for a tentative April 2018 release. The new disc will follow up 2015's "Meliora", which featured the Grammy-winning hit "Cirice", and last year's "Popestar" EP, which included the chart-topping "Square Hammer".

Four former members of GHOST sued Forge earlier this year, accusing him of cheating them out of their rightful share of the group's profits. Forge countered that they were hired hands and that the band was essentially his project.

The singer hired an all-new lineup of musicians for touring purposes in the first half of 2017, all of whom performed anonymously as Nameless Ghouls.


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