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DEEP PURPLE Performs "Speed King" Live In Sydney; Rare 1984 Video Posted

DEEP PURPLE Performs "Speed King" Live In Sydney; Rare 1984 Video Posted

When Deep Purple reformed in 1984 for the Perfect Strangers tour, the band's first shows were in Australia. This performance of the classic Purple track "Speed King" was recorded on December 13, 1984.

Deep Purple will release their 21st studio album, Whoosh! - produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin - on June 12, available as a Standard CD, a Digital Album, a Limited Edition CD+DVD Mediabook (including the 1 hour feature “Roger Glover And Bob Ezrin In Conversation” and, for the first time, the full live performance at Hellfest 2017 video), and a Vinyl 2LP+DVD edition (earMUSIC). Pre-order here.

Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse, and Don Airey were invited by Bob Ezrin to Nashville to write and record, during which the band were inspired to push their creative boundaries. Letting go of any artistic limitations, they adopted the motto “Deep Purple is putting the Deep back in Purple”. Whoosh! embodies that freedom, with lyrics that reflect their sentiments on the current situation of the world.

“We’ve included everything that made the whole band smile, including Bob Ezrin,” exclaims Morse. “We’ve always enjoyed making music and having the incredible luxury of a loyal audience.”

Whoosh! marks Deep Purple’s third album produced by Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd). The first - 2013’s Now What?! - charted at #1 in five European countries, as well as Top 10 in over 15 countries worldwide. Cementing itself as one of their most successful albums, inFinite, released in 2017, broke chart records the band accumulated over their 50+year history. With chemistry this electric, it only made sense for Deep Purple and Ezrin to collaborate a third time.

“Another album?! Whoosh?!! Gordon Bennett!!!” -Ian Gillan

One of the most important rock bands of all time, Deep Purple has built a legacy that is nothing short of immeasurable. The band continues to evolve and elevate the possibilities within hard rock, which is fully displayed on Whoosh!

“When the Deep Purple falls
Over sleepy garden walls
And the stars begin to twinkle
In the night…” -Ian Gillan

Whoosh! tracklisting:

"Throw My Bones"
"Drop The Weapon"
"We're All The Same In The Dark"
"Nothing At All"
"No Need To Shout"
"Step By Step"
"What The What"
"The Long Way Around"
"The Power Of The Moon"
"Remission Possible"
"Man Alive"
"And The Address"
"Dancing In My Sleep"

"Throw My Bones" video:




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Japanese 10 Year-Old Drum Prodigy YOYOKA Covers RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's "Killing In The Name", KISS Classic "Detroit Rock City" (Video)

Japanese 10 Year-Old Drum Prodigy YOYOKA Covers RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's "Killing In The Name", KISS Classic "Detroit Rock City" (Video)

Take a break from the daily Coronavirus doom and gloom with 10 year-old Japanese drum prodigy Yoyoka, who has become a YouTube sensation and has attracted the attention of KISS icon Gene Simmons, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, and TV host Ellen Degenres. Below are a few rehearsal room performances from her extensive library of covers. 




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FIGHT THE FIGHT Release New Video “Pacemaker”

FIGHT THE FIGHT Release New Video “Pacemaker”

Norwegian high-octane metallers Fight The Fight have dropped their new single and music video "Pacemaker" via Metal Blade Records (North America) and Indie Recordings (worldwide excluding North America).

Europe is in quarantine, and so was one of the members of Fight The Fight. After he got out, the band decided to go out on the empty streets of Oslo to do a video for their song "Pacemaker".

With uplifting drum-beats and bouncy groove, "Pacemaker" directly takes action. The song's inner drive won't stop being fun, while the catchy chorus makes sure you'll never forget the lyrics of this song. Fight The Fight's incredible musicality shines through in an instrumental part, followed by an overwhelming guitar solo, which gets round-up by the song's chorus, and a stompy breakdown. Along with great guitar melodies, a decent harmonic background, and Lars Vegas' unique-sounding voice, this one directly goes into your favorite-song-playlist.

“Pacemaker” is the second single off their upcoming sophomore album titled Deliverance, due for release September 18.

In Christianity, deliverance ministry refers to the activity of cleansing a person of demons and evil spirits in order to address problems manifesting in their life as a result of the presence of said entities and the root causes of their authority to oppress the person.

The band states: "You can say that in many ways writing this album has been a path to set free our individual alter egos. These are all coming out in the lyrics during the album. It is not about cleansing but realizing. Always be true to yourself and everyone around you. Sometimes you have to let that beast out and here it is, a beast of an album!"

(Photo - Therese V. Wangberg)




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SUZI QUATRO: Official Documentary 'Suzi Q' Acquired By UTOPIA For July Release In North America

SUZI QUATRO: Official Documentary 'Suzi Q' Acquired By UTOPIA For July Release In North America

The official Suzi Quatro documentary feature "Suzi Q", which charts the 54-year career of the pioneering female rocker who burst on to the scene in the 1970s, is set to open in theaters July 1 and release on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD on July 3, courtesy of Utopia.

"Suzi Q" is the definitive, unexpurgated story of the girl from Detroit City who redefined the role and image of women in rock 'n' roll when she broke through around the world in 1973. Singer, songwriter, bass player, author, actress, radio presenter, poet, still touring and recording music — there is only one Suzi Q.

From Australian filmmakers Liam Firmager and Tait Brady, "Suzi Q" features Suzi Quatro, Alice Cooper, Deborah Harry (BLONDIE), Joan Jett, Cherie Currie (THE RUNAWAYS), Tina Weymouth (TALKING HEADS), Donita Sparks (L7), Henry Winkler ("Happy Days"), Kathy Valentine (THE GO-GO'S), KT Tunstall, members of the Quatro family, and many more.

"Suzi Q" positions Suzi as the trailblazer and inspiration for a generation of women who were to follow after her in the next decade, but whose trailblazing status was not sufficiently recognised by the music industry and contemporary audiences, especially in North America. "Suzi Q" reminds contemporary audiences of her pioneering influence, white-hot talent and string of incandescent rock hits, like "Can The Can", "48 Crash" and "Daytona Demon" that were the vehicle for her explosion of gender stereotypes in rock n roll, rewriting the rule book for the expected image of women in rock music and reaching millions of people worldwide in the process.

Brady says: "Over the four-plus years making the film, the idea that Suzi's status had been forgotten in the USA slowly dawned on us — because in the rest of the world everyone knows that she is the first and one of the most important trailblazers in rock 'n' roll! And that then influenced the direction the film took — it became our mission to redress history. Getting the film out to American audiences ultimately became our major goal, so Liam and I are thrilled that Utopia are taking it out in the U.S. In the U.K., Europe and Australia, the film is a celebration — for North America the film should play like a rediscovery story."

Utopia, the sales and distribution company co-founded by Robert Schwartzman, recently launched with the fall release of "American Dharma", winter release of "Mickey And The Bear", Lynn Shelton's "Sword Of Trust" starring Marc Maron and Old Fiddlers convention documentary "Fiddlin'".

Schwartzman says: "We're honored to play a part in sharing Suzi Q's legendary story. She is a bold voice in rock 'n' roll and a trailblazing icon who remains an inspiration to those who continue to follow in her footsteps."

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SORTOUT Launch “Monuments” Lyric Video

SORTOUT Launch “Monuments” Lyric Video

Austria's Sortout have hit the heart of the metalcore scene true to their band’s motto ‘Arise. Sort Out. Overcome.’ with their album Conquer From Within, released via Dr. Music Records in February.

Conquer From Within was produced by Daniel Thabet in New York’s Liquid Studios and mastered by Grammy winner Alan Douches (Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, Mastodon).

Sortout are now going straight ahead with the release of their brand new single and lyric video “Monuments”. Combining epic metalcore with staccato riffing and the targeted use of sensitive melodic vocals as a sharp contrast to the shouts, “Monuments” is about dissatisfaction with the increasingly indifferent and insensitive consumer society. A situation that is all too obvious during this difficult time with the Coronavirus. Watch the audiovisual appeal to the voice of reason.

Conquer From Within artwork and tracklisting:

"Undertow"
"Relentless"
"Echoes Of Conflict"
"Illusions"
"Eternal Hate"
"Sever The Serpent’s Tongue"
"Blind Eyes"
"Monuments"
"Midas’ Gift"
"Paragon Of Misery"
"Law Of Creation"
"A Journey From Within"

"Illusions":

(Band photo by Markus Gmeiner)




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HELL OBELISCO Cover ZZ TOP's "Sharp Dressed Man" On New EP

HELL OBELISCO Cover ZZ TOP's "Sharp Dressed Man" On New EP

Italian mammoth sludgers Hell Obelisco have released their brand new EP, Cyclopian.

Hell Obelisco’s frontman Andrew states: "Hello sludge brothers e sisterssss, we’re glad to announce the release of Cyclopian, our new EP, despite the current situation in Italy due to this damned virus fill our hearts with pain and worry and we would like this to stop quickly. During this forced quarantine we managed to launch this small sonic brick that we hope will break the virtual barrier that is keeping us apart. Can we stay united in music, too? Sure we should! Sludge on."

Cyclopian features five brand new songs, including a cover of "Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top, and it can be ordered here.

Cyclopian features cover artwork created by Roberto Toderico.

Tracklisting:

"Rotten Beauty Contest"
"Bleeding Ground"
"Der Titan"
"Sharp Dressed Man" (ZZ Top cover)
"Mudrising Terror" 

Hell Obelisco are:

Doc – six sludge strings
Alex – behind the skins
Andrew – front row mammoth
Fraz – seven doomed and lowered strings

 




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LYNCH MOB Is Re-Recording 'Wicked Sensation' Album For 30th Anniversary

LYNCH MOB Is Re-Recording 'Wicked Sensation' Album For 30th Anniversary

LYNCH MOB — featuring guitarist George Lynch and lead vocalist Oni Logan — is in the process of re-recording its debut album, "Wicked Sensation", for the LP's 30th anniversary.

The news of LYNCH MOB's plan to remake its first record was broken by drummer Brian Tichy, who rejoined the group earlier this year. Speaking about how the coronavirus pandemic affected his touring activities, he told MA Entertainment Global (hear audio below): "I've been playing this year with George Lynch and his LYNCH MOB band. And we had tour dates being added pretty consistently. We just started up in February. It's like the 30th-anniversary tour of his first record, and [we're] playing the record in its entirety. So we made up new merch with that — t-shirts — and the show is based around the first record. And we're doing a re-record of the whole first record — sort of a revisioned, reimagined take on that first record, 'Wicked Sensation'. Which we're doing now — now we're just moving faster on that.

"Luckily, between myself and George Lynch and the FOREIGNER bass player Jeff Pilson, who was also in DOKKEN with George back in the day, we all live up here in the same town, and we all have our own home studios," he added. "Jeff's 10 minutes down the road from me, and George is another 10-15 minutes away. So between our three studios, there's about four projects between the two of them that I'm playing on. So we're doing that all now. Instead of it being stuff that would happen throughout the year, we're sticking it all in this chunk of time right now, and we'll make the most of it."

Logan first hooked up with LYNCH MOB in 1990, but exited the group after the release of its first album, only to rejoin the outfit in the late 2000s. His most recent departure from LYNCH MOB took place in January 2018. At the time, he said in a statement that he was "looking forward to writing with other artists and bands."

Logan is featured on five of LYNCH MOB's eight albums, including the band's debut, 1990's "Wicked Sensation", as well as 2009's "Smoke And Mirrors", 2014's "Sun Red Sun", 2015's "Rebel" and 2017's "The Brotherhood".

In an interview with "The Right To Rock", Lynch said that he was at peace with the fact that LYNCH MOB will never have a permanent lineup.

"LYNCH MOB is a fluid device and a revolving door," he said. "And that's okay. I've learned to live with that and sort of embrace it."

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TWO FACE SINNER Unleash New Single “Triumphant Satan”

TWO FACE SINNER Unleash New Single “Triumphant Satan”

Black / death metal band from Lima, Peru Two Face Sinner will release their third studio album Spiritual Nemesis on April 24th via Non Serviam Records.

Today the band unleashes the first single “Triumphant Satan.” Two Face Sinner states: “‘Triumphant Satan’ is a metaphoric post-apocalyptic song the band wrote to stand out the triumph of the wise men, representing its greatness as a Raven. He is the guardian of the Holy or Unholy...”

Spiritual Nemesis will be released in CD and digital formats. Pre-order your copy now at this location.

The stunning album artwork has been created by Hans Tasid.

Tracklisting:

"Invoking Evil"
"Satanic Altar"
"God Sun"
"Servants Of Blind Faith"
"Army Of Me"
"God Of The Masses"
"Triumphant Satan"
"Chants Of Hate"
"Ode To Destruction"
"Mother Death"

“Two Face Sinner is a kind of archetype, that we use to develop ourselves in this society. It's like being the smartest individual in the middle of all common standardized religious society that reigns all across South America. I show you two faces of the coin, so I make sure I don't kill you attempting to co-exist in this world,” explains founding member Numa.

Two Face Sinner are:

Numa - guitars & vocals
Arún - guitars
Set - bass
Joe Hoyle – drums

For further details, visit Two Face Sinner on Facebook.

 




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SKID ROW's SCOTTI HILL Teaches You To Play Solo In 'I Remember You' (Video)

SKID ROW's SCOTTI HILL Teaches You To Play Solo In 'I Remember You' (Video)

SKID ROW guitarist Scotti Hill has uploaded a video lesson featuring the band's classic song "I Remember You".

In a statement accompanying the video's YouTube release, Hill wrote: "Coming to you from high atop of the Shitty Vista Building in Black Lung Canyon California.

"Ive been asked many times about this solo, and if I would do a video lesson. Well, here ya go. Watch the end to see my amp and settings. Enjoy".

Two and a half years ago, Hill ruled out the possibility of a SKID ROW reunion with singer Sebastian Bach, explaining he and his bandmates don't want to "put ourselves in a volatile situation and be unhappy and destroy what we have now."

Bach fronted SKID ROW until 1996, when he was fired. Instead of throwing in the towel, the remaining members took a hiatus and went on to play briefly in a band called OZONE MONDAY.

In 1999, SKID ROW reformed and, after a bit of shuffling over the years, featured a lineup consisting of original bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarists Dave "Snake" Sabo and Hill, alongside drummer Rob Hammersmith and singer Johnny Solinger.

SKID ROW fired Solinger over the phone in April 2015, a few hours before announcing ex-TNT vocalist Tony Harnell as his replacement. Eight months later, Harnell exited the band and was replaced by South African-born, British-based singer ZP Theart, who previously fronted DRAGONFORCE, TANK and I AM I.

During an appearance on the August 7 episode of "Another FN Podcast", Hill was asked if it's true that Bach was relieved of his duties from SKID ROW when he reportedly booked the group to open for KISS without first consulting his bandmates. "That caused a giant uproar is what it did, and [Sebastian] did something to Snake that was unacceptable," Hill revealed (hear audio below). "He called his house on Thanksgiving and said some horrible things into his answering machine, and Snake says, 'You know what? I'm not gonna be in a band with you anymore.' There you go. It's as simple as that."

Hill also talked about SKID ROW's decision to take a break following Bach's departure from the band. He said: "Well, at that point, grunge had come into play. We had done 'Subhuman Race'. It's a cool record; it's got its moments. And then we had gone out and done that tour and it was a failure. And at that point, with everything that was going on internally in the band, something was gonna give, and that just happened to be what it was. Everybody had had enough of everything, and it wasn't worth it for anybody to leave the house for that. So when that happened, we just all stopped calling each other. We had been on the road a lot, man. I mean, we went out on that first tour — it was sixteen months — we came home, we did a record, we went back on tour for twenty-two months, we came back home, we did another record, we went on… We were out for a long time, but those first two tours were really long. For people that get along, that will wear thin. So when there's lots of turmoil and stuff like that, it's hard to go on. So with all that combined, you've got guys that just were, like, 'All right. I need a break.'"

According to Scotti, he didn't see any of his bandmates for "probably a year" until he, Snake and Rachel "started a little side project," the aforementioned OZONE MONDAY. "We just wanted to try something different — whatever comes out comes out — not particularly for heavy music, or any kind of music," he explained. "But after a while, that just wasn't feeling right. And I remember Snake and I were going to New York one day, we were on the ferry riding over there, and he was, like, 'Would you be interested in doing SKID ROW with a different singer?' I was, like, 'Yeah. People are gonna freak out, but they can start their own fucking band then — do it the way they wanna do it. This is what's happening.' So that's what we did."

Hill called SKID ROW's relaunch "very difficult" and described the band's journey as "a battle to get where we're at now. We're out playing now and we're having a really good time," he said. "But it was a battle — it was really down in the fucking shitholes again, and the vans and the RVs and the shitty hotels, when you get them, and we worked our way up."

Despite the fact that rebuilding the SKID ROW brand has been anything but easy, Hill is adamant that he has no interest in a reunion with Bach. "No. That door is closed," he said. "There was talk about it, the two camps went back and forth, and it was not to happen. So that door is now shut."

Asked if that means that the split is "forever" and that there will never be a SKID ROW reunion with Sebastian, Scott said: "Yeah. I believe so." He added: "I tell you what: our singer, ZP Theart, he's a brother, man. He's a great fucking singer, he's a great frontman, he's a guy I look forward to seeing, a guy I look forward to hanging out with. We trust him with the band that we've been in all this time, and that is precious to us. We can go out and play and enjoy ourselves."

Hill said that while he understands fans' desire to see a SKID ROW classic-lineup reunion, he won't forsake his emotional well-being for a bigger paycheck.

"People are, like, 'Hey, man, do it for the fans.' Not at the expense of my happiness, no," he said. "Sorry. It ain't fucking happening. 'But do it for the fans.' No.

"We appreciate fans — we do," he continued. "We're probably the most fan-friendly band you'll ever meet. I meet people all the time, and they say, 'You guys are so friendly, 'cause we met this band last week and they were assholes.' Or, 'We met this band' — we hear this shit all the time. We'll go out in the cold, we'll hang out with them, but what we won't do is put ourselves in a volatile situation and be unhappy and destroy what we have now."

Despite the fact that he is not keen to play in a group with Bach again, Hill is complimentary of his former bandmate's skills.

"He's not a rock star, he's a superstar, man," the guitarist said. "He's great, dude. I totally realize what he is. I'll speak for myself: he is a guy… he'll cut his own throat to do a good show. He puts it all out there. He's a great singer and a great frontman — one of the all-time greats. But we're not working together. To replace a guy like that is… Well, yeah, you realize what you're up against. People are, like, 'They have no idea…' Yeah, we have an idea — of course we do. But that was the only way to do it. And the records he did with SKID ROW are great — he did a great job. And he was just such a huge part of that. But it just can't happen. Replacing a guy like that, yeah, it's hard, it's hard."

Scotti also made it clear that he didn't fans to blame one member or another for the demise of SKID ROW's classic lineup and the failure of any previous reunion attempts.

"Everybody's, like, 'Oh, we're on SKID ROW's side,' or, 'We're on Sebastian's side.' No, no, no, no… You've gotta be on the side of rock and roll," he said. "And when Sebastian plays in your town, go see him, 'cause he's great. When SKID ROW plays in town, go see 'em… 'cause we'll fucking blow your ass away."

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JOAN JETT Mourns Death Of 'I Love Rock 'N Roll' Songwriter ALAN MERRILL

JOAN JETT Mourns Death Of 'I Love Rock 'N Roll' Songwriter ALAN MERRILL

Alan Merrill, the singer and co-writer of the original version of "I Love Rock 'N Roll", has died at the age of 69. According to his daughter Laura, he passed away of complications from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

In 1975, Merrill recorded "I Love Rock 'N Roll" with his band the ARROWS. Seven years later, JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS' version of the track became a No. 1 single in the U.S. and remained at the top of the chart for seven weeks.

Jett issued a statement earlier today, saying: "I've just learned of the awful news that Alan Merrill has passed.

"My thoughts and love go to his family, friends and music community as a whole.

"I can still remember watching the ARROWS on TV in London and being blown away by the song that screamed hit to me.

"With deep gratitude and sadness, wishing him a safe journey to the other side."

In a 2009 interview with Songfacts, Merrill stated about the inspiration for of "I Love Rock 'N Roll": "That [song] was a knee-jerk response to THE ROLLING STONES' 'It's Only Rock 'N' Roll'. I remember watching it on 'Top Of The Pops'. I'd met Mick Jagger socially a few times, and I knew he was hanging around with Prince Rupert Lowenstein and people like that jet setters. I almost felt like 'It's Only Rock 'N' Roll' was an apology to those jet-set princes and princesses that he was hanging around with the aristocracy, you know. That was my interpretation as a young man: Okay, I love rock and roll."

He elaborated on how the track came together: "You have to write a three-chord song with a lick that people remember, and it has to build. So I had the chorus, which to me sounded like a hit. And I thought, I'll do something really unusual. I'll write it that this is a song separate from the verse. So the actual chorus is something that's coming out of a jukebox, and the two kids in the disco who are flirting are hearing this song that's a hit. It felt like 'The Twilight Zone'. I was so sure 'I Love Rock 'N Roll' was gonna be a hit for the ARROWS that I thought, well, when we have a hit with it, it's gonna be a hit within a hit. A fictional hit coming out of the chorus with the kids singing it as their favorite song in the verse of the song So when it actually became a huge hit for Joan Jett, my 'Twilight Zone' concept came true. And I don't think too many people get that about the song. They just like the melody, and it's catchy. But it was actually a pretty clever stroke, one that I'm proud of."

Photo credit: Roger Erickson




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Joan Jett (@joanjett) March 29, 2020






Ive been trying to sleep but I cant. I woke up normally yesterday with the world at my feet and now today I lay here...

Posted by Laura Merrill onSunday, March 29, 2020

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JUDAS PRIEST's ROB HALFORD Urges 'Metal Maniacs' To Stay Home To Contain Pandemic

JUDAS PRIEST's ROB HALFORD Urges 'Metal Maniacs' To Stay Home To Contain Pandemic

JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford has once again urged the band's fans to do their part in keeping everybody healthy while they are at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Saturday (March 28), Halford took to his Instagram to share a photo of him wearing a face mask and gloves while holding what appears to be a mask-wearing stuffed cat, and he included the following message: "stay safe maniacs you know what and what not to do! tell each other about your isolation routines #heavymetal #ink #tattoo #caturday #cat #catsofinstagram #stayhome #stayhealthy #staysafe #selfie #you #me #together #strength #power #lift #faith #family #friends #fans #love #one #world #peace"

Earlier in the month, Halford released a video message in which he called for the heavy metal community to come together to help amid the coronavirus crisis. He said: "We know what we've gotta do as far as keeping things clean, and it includes washing your hands as many times a day as is needed. Try and be isolated. If you go out, don't buy everything. Don't be a toilet paper hoarder. Don't be a kitchen roll hoarder. Don't be a hoarder of any sort, because we're all in this together.

"We have to keep each other safe," he continued. "We have to do the isolating. We have to do the quarantining whatever we need to do. This is serious, okay? But we're gonna get through it, because we've been through these problems, these situations before in history, and humanity has this great tenacity to pull together and to be strong and to overcome things that come before us.

"So, look after each other, look after yourselves, your family, your friends, your loved ones," he added. "Stay in touch. That's an important thing. Text each other and Facebook, FaceTime, Instagram all of this is incredibly important. All the fear floating around this is when we really have to kind of look out for each other and do what's necessary and the right thing to do."

More than 685,000 coronavirus cases have been reported worldwide and more than 32,000 deaths so far, putting public health systems and emergency services under immense pressure.

U.S. officials have repeatedly urged Americans to heed what federal, state and local officials are asking of them in order to curtail the spread and dampen the impact of the virus on the population.
























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ATKINS MAY PROJECT Feat. Original JUDAS PRIEST Singer AL ATKINS: Audio Snippets Of 'The Final Cut' Album

ATKINS MAY PROJECT Feat. Original JUDAS PRIEST Singer AL ATKINS: Audio Snippets Of 'The Final Cut' Album

Audio snippets of the songs that will appear on "The Final Cut", the new album from ATKINS MAY PROJECT, the band featuring original JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins and Christian guitarist and music artist Paul May, are available in the YouTube clip below. The LP is scheduled for release in April.

Atkins and May previously created three records — "Serpents Kiss", "Valley Of Shadows" and "Empire Of Destruction" — available on Gonzo Multimedia. There are enough doses of melody and metal madness to entice all fans of the genre, and while it is solid, honest, working-class heavy metal, it also has its roots in contemporary metal with some fine axe-work and killer choruses.

This marriage of metal mayhem has earned them stunning reviews from the world's press and has seen them gain a steady momentum of fans globally since their initial release back in 2011.

A compilation album, "Anthology", arrived in 2015. The effort featured a previously unreleased bonus track — a cover of PHIL COLLINS' "In The Air Tonight".

Atkins is the co-writer of several PRIEST songs which are included on the band's first two albums, "Rocka Rolla" and "Sad Wings of Destiny", both of which eventually went gold. Atkins co-penned the heavy metal classic "Victim of Changes", which was a combination of Rob Halford's song "Red Light Lady" and Atkins' own "Whiskey Woman". He also co-wrote "Winter", "Never Satisfied", "Dreamer Deceiver" and "Caviar and Meths".

In 1989 Atkins released his debut solo album, "Judgement Day", to great acclaim. But it was "Heavy Thoughts" and "Victim of Changes" (the latter being his collaborative album with ex-JUDAS PRIEST drummer Dave Holland) that brought him strong sales and critical acclaim around the world.

JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill penned the foreword to Al Atkins's autobiography, titled "Dawn of the Metal Gods: My Life in Judas Priest and Heavy Metal". The book, which was written with Neil Daniels — a freelance rock writer and heavy metal fan who befriended Atkins during the writing of Neil's book "The Story Of Judas Priest: Defenders Of The Faith" (Omnibus Press) — was released in 2009 via Iron Pages.

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JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist RICHIE FAULKNER's 'Lockdown Rockdown' Challenge

JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist RICHIE FAULKNER's 'Lockdown Rockdown' Challenge

JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner has invited his fans to contribute any musical ideas to a riff he has posted online for download.

Earlier today (Sunday, March 29), he tweeted out a video of him playing the riff and he included the following message: "So as promised, here's another riff for you 'orrible lot! It's another original idea called Virus 19 that I want you maniacs to do your own thing with. Whether it's a guitar part, a solo, a bass line, drum part or vocal... Last time we even had maniacs making things and doing dances so however this inspires you, feel free to express it! Post your ideas on twitter, tag me and include the hashtag #LockdownRockdown and I'll retweet ya. I'll repost my favourite 10 next week. I'm in e standard Tuning in the F sharp position and it's 100 bpm. I slow the riff down at the end so you maniacs can see and hear more clearly what I'm doing. If you want to download the original file to open in your own software, click the link in my bio. Or go to my website richiefaulkner.com under the menu, falcon riffs. There's also a version with no drums for all you tub thumpers out there! Can't wait to see what you come up with RHRF DOTF #judaspriest #faulkyeah #eavyfaulkinmetal #rockersathome @epiphone @gibsonguitar @gibsoncustom @floydroseofficial @emgpickups"

Earlier this year, Faulkner said that he had "a ton of ideas" for JUDAS PRIEST's follow-up to "Firepower" album. Released in March 2018, "Firepower" was the second LP to feature the 40-year-old guitarist, who was selected to fill the void left by founding member K.K. Downing following his exit in 2011.

"Firepower" entered the Billboard 200 chart at position No. 5, making it PRIEST's highest-charting album ever. "Redeemer Of Souls" debuted and peaked at No. 6, while 2008's "Nostradamus" landed at No. 11 and 2005's "Angel Of Retribution" came in at No. 13.

"Firepower" moved 49,000 equivalent album units in first week of release. Of that sum, 48,000 were in traditional album sales, just shy of the 54,000 copies sold by "Angel Of Retribution" in that album's first week. The "Firepower" chart position was bolstered by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer in association with the band's spring 2018 North American tour.

Across the pond, "Firepower" landed at position No. 5 on the U.K. album chart. It marked the band's highest ranking, and first time in the Top 10, since "British Steel" reached No. 4 in 1980. Elsewhere, "Firepower" also became PRIEST's first-ever No. 1 in Sweden.

"Firepower" was recorded by British producer Andy Sneap, the band's longtime collaborator Tom Allom and engineer Mike Exeter (BLACK SABBATH). The cover artwork for "Firepower" was created by the Chilean/Italian artist Claudio Bergamin.

JUDAS PRIEST will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year with a world tour coming to the U.S. in the fall. Support on the "50 Heavy Metal Years Tour" will come from SABATON.




Heres the Vid!! RHRF DOTF #lockdownrockdown pic.twitter.com/xHUnue6wnq

Richie Faulkner (@RichieFaulkner) March 29, 2020








Video to follow RHRF DOTF pic.twitter.com/X8ocDcP9TO

Richie Faulkner (@RichieFaulkner) March 29, 2020

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RED To Release 'Declaration' Album This Week

RED To Release 'Declaration' Album This Week

Grammy-nominated band RED will release its seventh studio album, "Declaration", on April 3 via Red Entertainment / The Fuel Music.

"Declaration" features lead singer Michael Barnes crisscrossing the anthemic breadth of RED's unique balance of raw refinement and poised aggression, blending nu metal and alternative hard rock with both classical and orchestral elements.

"This album is definitely a statement," notes Barnes. "There is a lot of raw energy and unfiltered emotion." Guitarist/writer Anthony Armstrong agrees: "The album is a culmination of all that we've seen and learned, everyone we've met and connected with over the past 15 years. All these experiences shaped our approach to making the statement that is this album."

The ten-song "Declaration" includes the lead single "The Evening Hate" and follow-up singles "From The Ashes", "Sever", "All For You" and "The War We Made", which has been heard live by a few hundred thousand music fans at arenas around the USA this year before COVID-19 interrupted tours worldwide.

Not content to just sit tight and wait for the world to begin working again before sharing the new music live, RED is partnering with YouTube Live and Facebook Live for a global "Declaration" event April 3 beginning at 9:00 a.m. (Los Angeles) / 12:00 noon (New York City / Rio de Janeiro) / 4:00 pm (London) / 7:00 pm (Moscow). During the event, they will perform acoustic renditions of the new music, as well as take questions from fans.

RED has always poured everything into the recording process but being independent took it to another level.

"My favorite memory from the recording process was how we finished," shares Barnes. "We were on tour with IN FLAMES but still had a couple songs to complete. The tour had a day off after Salt Lake City, so right after we played that show, Anthony and Dan [Johnson, drummer] rented a car and drove through the night to L.A. to track drums the next morning. Randy and I followed with the rest of the crew in the bus and arrived later in the day so I could track a bunch of vocals, including the bridge on 'The War We Made'. We then slept on the bus in front of the studio that night, went to another studio in Hollywood Hills the next day to finish tracking, and then played the tour show in L.A. that night. That rock 'n roll energy is all over this record!"

Since bursting on the scene with breakout single "Breathe Into Me" and album "End Of Silence" (2006), both certified gold, RED has built its career not only on music, but a visual representation of matching scope. From cross-album narrative-weaving music videos to pyrotechnic infused graphic-novel-come-to-life arena tours, the band delivers a multiple sensory spectacle. The result is an intense, emotional connection with a global audience, now spanning more than 20 No. 1 radio singles and three million albums sold/streamed worldwide.

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DARK SARAH Feat. Former AMBERIAN DAWN Singer HEIDI PARVIAINEN: 'Grim' Album Due In July

DARK SARAH Feat. Former AMBERIAN DAWN Singer HEIDI PARVIAINEN: 'Grim' Album Due In July

Finnish cinematic metal band DARK SARAH has signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records. The group's fourth studio album, "Grim", will be released on July 17.

Over the course of eight years and three epically conceptualized albums, DARK SARAH has proven its standing in the scene. As a classically educated opera singer and experimental performer, Heidi Parviainen (formerly of AMBERIAN DAWN), created her alter ego with DARK SARAH and fascinates listeners with their talent for unique soundscapes in symbiosis with truly magical worlds.

Parviainen states about the signing: "We are very happy and excited to start a new era in our band's history and to start collaborating with Napalm Records, one of the biggest metal labels in the world. After working as an independent band for many years, we have got a good view on that path — both in good and bad. This is a new opportunity for us, which we'll welcome with open arms."

"Grim", coalescing between crystal-clear vocals and propulsive hardness, draws you into the tempestuous maelstrom of their horror fantasy theme. Introducing the new protagonist Luna, the band invites you to their mythical world of orbs, ravens, rabbit-headed people and Mörk, that'll wrap you up in a surreal dreamscape.

The overwhelming intensity of DARK SARAH's masterfully told cinematic metal saga sends shivers down your spine and takes possession of heart and soul, while leaving you with pure emotions. "Grim" flourishes with its full magnitude, unfolding its potential with every very second.

Parviainen states about "Grim": "Our new album called 'Grim' is a concept album like its predecessors, but 'Grim' will start a new story line with a modern horror fantasy theme. Musically, 'Grim' introduces a more modern sound and a taste of what's to come in the future — with a 'DARK SARAH twist,' of course. We're very happy about this album and it has been really fun to make. Also creating the new visual brand and the 'Grim' world has been an adventure already."

DARK SARAH is:

Heidi Parviainen - Vocals

Sami-Petri Salonen - Guitar

Erkka Korhonen - Guitar

Rude Rothstén - Bass

Thomas Tunkkari - Drums

Photo credit: Marko Simonen

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PERSUADER Signs With FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL; 'Necromancy' Album Due Later This Year

PERSUADER Signs With FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL; 'Necromancy' Album Due Later This Year

Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing one of Sweden’s finest power metal acts, PERSUADER, to a multi-album deal.

Originally formed in 1997 in the north of Sweden, PERSUADER has delivered raw, melodic and in-your-face power metal since its inception and the band's upcoming Frontiers debut promises no compromises in that department.

Thus far, PERSUADER has released four albums between 2000 and 2014 and has always presented a dynamic and aggressive slice of power metal. In 2019, the band reconvened in the studio and is now ready to release its fifth album, which is going to be titled "Necromancy". The record will include seven original songs making up nearly 50 minutes of new music that may just might be PERSUADER's most ambitious effort to date.

"We are thrilled to become a member of the Frontiers family," says PERSUADER guitarist Emil Norberg. "Frontiers is home for many of our old heroes as well as many new fantastic bands. This release will mark the beginning of a new chapter for us and we look forward to working together for many more albums in the future. The new album is probably our most aggressive album to date, without sacrificing melody, as our previous releases prove. It also marks our first album with guitarist Fredrik Mannberg (NOCTURNAL RITES) and it is safe to safe that we are delighted to have his fierce songwriting skills and proven stage presence in our ranks."

PERSUADER is:

Jens Carlsson - Vocals

Emil Norberg - Guitar

Fredrik Mannberg - Guitar

Efraim Juntunen - Drums

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DAVE GROHL Sings Acoustic 'My Hero' During 'iHeart Living Room Concert For America'

DAVE GROHL Sings Acoustic 'My Hero' During 'iHeart Living Room Concert For America'

On Sunday (March 29), Dave Grohl was among many musicians who participated in "Fox Presents The iHeart Living Room Concert For America" to honor the medical professionals and first responders who are fighting COVID-19 on the front lines. The FOO FIGHTERS frontman performed the song "My Hero" from Hawaii.

Before launching into the tune which features the lyrics: "There goes my hero/Watch him as he goes. There goes my hero/He's ordinary" Grohl dedicated his performance "to everyone on the front lines doing their best to get us through all of this."

The Elton John-hosted "iHeart Living Room Concert For America" featured additional performances from Billie Eilish, GREEN DAY's Billie Joe Armstrong, Alicia Keys, BACKSTREET BOYS, Sam Smith, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes.

The idea for "iHeart Living Room Concert For America" came about after the iHeart Radio Awards were postponed this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, with a Fox TV slot and performers already booked, it was decided that a concert would go ahead, with viewers encouraged to donate to charities helping those in need during this time.

Billboard reported that the performances would be filmed on the artists' personal cell phones, cameras and audio equipment in order to ensure the health and safety of the participants in this period of social isolation.

You can watch the entire hour-long, commercial-free musical event at Fox.com.

Eilish and GREEN DAY have both recently had to postpone tour dates due to the spread of the coronavirus, with Armstrong sharing a cover of "I Think We're Alone Now" online last week.

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See WARRANT's ERIK TURNER And Son Perform Acoustic Version Of 'I Saw Red'

See WARRANT's ERIK TURNER And Son Perform Acoustic Version Of 'I Saw Red'

WARRANT guitarist Erik Turner and his son Noah have used the coronavirus downtime to work up an acoustic version of the band's classic song "I Saw Red". Video of their rendition can be seen below.

WARRANT shared the clip on social media earlier today (Sunday, March 29), writing in an accompanying caption: "Since we are all at home and the WARRANT boys can't be together right now, Erik Turner thought it would be fun to play a song for everyone with his son Noah. So they whipped up their own version of WARRANT's song 'I Saw Red'. We hope you enjoy it.

"The Down Boys can't wait to get out on the road again and rock all your pretty faces off. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home".

The original version of "I Saw Red" appeared on the band's second album, "Cherry Pie", which came out in 1990. The LP is WARRANT's best-known and highest-selling release, having peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album featured the additional hits "Cherry Pie", "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "Blind Faith".

Vocalist Robert Mason replaced original frontman Jani Lane in 2008 and has brought a degree of stability to the band after Lane's unceremonious departure and subsequent 2011 death.

WARRANT's latest album, "Louder Harder Faster", was released in 2017 via Frontiers Music Srl. The disc was recorded with producer Jeff Pilson — a veteran bassist who has played with DIO, FOREIGNER and DOKKEN, among others — and was mixed by Pat Regan, except for the song "I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink", which was mixed by Chris "The Wizard" Collier (FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, PRONG, LAST IN LINE).

WARRANT continues to tour regularly in support of "Louder Harder Faster" and is rounded out by original members Joey Allen (guitar) and Steven Sweet (drums).




Since we are all at home and the Warrant boys can’t be together right now, Erik Turner thought it would be fun to play a song for everyone with his son Noah. So they whipped up their own version of Warrant’s song “I Saw Red”. We hope you enjoy it.

The Down Boys can’t wait to get out on the road again and rock all your pretty faces off ?? Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home ?

Posted by WARRANT on Sunday, March 29, 2020

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TOM KEIFER Releases #EndCovid19 Version Of 'Rise' Video

TOM KEIFER Releases #EndCovid19 Version Of 'Rise' Video

CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer has released a special #EndCovid19 version of the video for the title track of his second solo album, "Rise". The clip, which was created by Joshua Smith, can be seen below.

In a message accompanying the video, Tom wrote: "Our world may be falling but these turbulent times will pass and we will rise. #TogetherApart we will #EndCovid19 #humanspirit Love you all...Please stay safe, healthy & keep the faith".

The "Rise" LP was released last September via Cleopatra Records. The disc's title track was written by Tom Keifer, Savannah Keifer with Keifer and Shawna Thompson of THOMPSON SQUARE.

Tom previously stated about the "Rise" song: "The last line of the second verse of 'Rise', 'Won't be the last time I'm gonna rise,' sums up a simple truth. Along with all the beautiful good times and highs we are blessed with in life, there will always be those unexpected lows we have to pull ourselves up from over and over. That's the very heart of what the song is about. As much of the entire album's lyrics speak to finding strength in those times of adversity, we felt the song was the perfect title track."

Keifer went on to say: "As a band, we have experienced so many of the amazing gifts life can bring, but have also walked each other through some very hard times. I think that's why 'Rise' was such a natural, effortless record for us to make. All of the life we have shared together has created a bond that is in the grooves of this record. Each member of the band brought something special to the energy of 'Rise'. It is a truly collaborative creation."

Keifer's #keiferband consists of Savannah Keifer, Tony Higbee, Billy Mercer, Kendra Chantelle, Jarred Pope and Kory Myers.

Tom is scheduled to join forces with RATT, SKID ROW and SLAUGHTER for "The Big Rock Summer Tour" this year. The trek is slated to kick off on June 3 in Farmingville, New York and conclude on September 19 in Los Angeles, California.

Photo credit: Tammy Vega

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NAPALM DEATH – Century Media Reissuing Five Albums On Limited CD

NAPALM DEATH – Century Media Reissuing Five Albums On Limited CD

Century Media is reissuing five albums from Napalm Death’s back catalogue. These are one time reissues, limited to 500 copies each. The CDs are expected to ship on May 5, preorders available here.

Albums include: Utilitarian (2012), Time Waits For No Slave (2009), The Code Is Red…Long Live The Code (2005), Leaders Not Followers: Part 2 (2004), and Apex Predator – Easy Meat (2015).

Napalm Death recently released a new 7" / digital EP, entitled "Logic Ravaged By Brute Force", via Century Media Records.

The EP includes the brand-new title track, as well as a freshly recorded cover version of "White Kross", originally by Sonic Youth. This double-A-side EP is not only another collectible item in the good old Napalm Death tradition, but is also meant as a first teaser for the band's upcoming studio album, expected for release later in 2020.

Frontman Mark "Barney" Greenway: "In keeping with Napalm Death custom, we had a vast swathe of new songs with many different flavours. So then naturally we moved into single territory and opted for 'Logic Ravaged By Brute Force'. It's the coldness and desperation of the guitar chords and voice that swung it. And then, seeing as Sonic Youth mash chords like few others, this cover of 'White Kross' just seemed to lift itself beyond the constraints of cover - or filler - song into a bit of a rumbling wall-of-sound epic."

"Logic Ravaged By Brute Force" 7" EP is issued in the following versions:

- Black vinyl - Unlimited
- Blue vinyl - 200x copies via CM Distro Europe (Sold Out)
- Light Green vinyl - 100x copies via CM Webshop Europe (Sold Out)
- Neon Yellow vinyl - 100x copies via CM Webshop USA (out February 28, Sold Out)
- Orange vinyl - 600x - Available exclusively from the band on the road




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CIRITH UNGOL Streaming New Single "Before Tomorrow"

CIRITH UNGOL Streaming New Single "Before Tomorrow"

On April 24, Cirith Ungol will release their new album, Forever Black, their first collection of all-new material in 29 years. The new single, "Before Tomorrow", is available for streaming below.

The record can be pre-ordered here in the following formats:

- jewelcase-CD
- digipak-CD (EU exclusive)
- deluxe box set (slip-lid box, 2CD, 2LP mud-green vinyl, flag, slipmat, pin, patch - limited to 1000 copies)
- ice blue / black marbled vinyl (US exclusive - limited to 400 copies)
- purple / black marbled vinyl (US exclusive - limited to 100 copies)
- 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
- light blue / red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 700 copies)
- light olive green vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
- white / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
- clear / black dust vinyl (EU webshop exclusive - limited to 100 copies)
- pewter gray/black marbled vinyl - Artist Exclusive (Cirith Ungol Kings Road webshop - limited to 500 copies)
* exclusive bundles with shirts and merch items, plus digital options are also available!

Cirith Ungol was formed in Ventura, California in the early 1970s, first appearing on the scene with their self-financed debut album, Frost And Fire, via their own Liquid Flame Records imprint in April 1981. It was obscure and arcane, mysterious and eccentric, epic and expansive, but most of all unfailingly, bone-crushingly heavy, dark and doom-filled.

Cirith Ungol went on to release two additional studio albums - King Of The Dead and One Foot In Hell - now regarded as stone-cold classics. However, by the early 1990s, the musical climate was shifting away from traditional metal. The band was plagued with lineup instability and then came an unsatisfying studio experience during the recording of the 4th full-length album, Paradise Lost, that left them profoundly disappointed. Finally, after years of frustration took their toll, Cirith Ungol was laid to rest in May 1992.

As the years passed, the fervent clamor for Cirith Ungol's return would not be silenced. Then, in late 2015, the sleeping giant awakened. The quartet of drummer Robert Garven, vocalist Tim Baker, and guitarists Greg Lindstrom and Jim Barraza began to knock the rust off and rediscover the magic. With Michael "Flint" Vujea unavailable to rejoin them on bass, Cirith Ungol recruited Night Demon bassist Jarvis Leatherby to fill that slot. As a seasoned musician, lifelong fan, and one of the driving forces to reanimate Cirith Ungol, Leatherby was the logical choice.

On October 8, 2016, Cirith Ungol officially returned to the stage by headlining the Frost and Fire II festival at the Majestic Ventura Theater, playing to a packed house of metal fans and friends who had converged in the band's hometown of Ventura, California to witness the Kings Of The Dead rise from the grave. In the ensuing years, Cirith Ungol have held fast to their objective to bring their music to as many fans around the world as possible, performing select high-profile festival gigs spanning North America, Europe and South America.

Now, as their resurrection enters its fifth year, the band proudly presents Forever Black: a classic Cirith Ungol album in every sense of the word. The trademark dark and foreboding riffs, pounding rhythms, and soul-searing vocal attack are instantly recognizable as the Kings of the Dead. Simply put, Forever Black is a testament to Cirith Ungol's continuing vitality and enduring primacy in the classic metal pantheon, more than four decades after the band's inception.

Forever Black tracklisting:

"The Call"
"Legions Arise"
"The Frost Monstreme"
"The Fire Divine"
"Stormbringer"
"Fractus Promissum"
"Nightmare"
"Before Tomorrow"
"Forever Black"

"Before Tomorrow":

"Legions Arise" lyric video:

Tour dates:

June
6 - Leon, Mexico - Candelabrum Metal Fest (headliner)
20 - Baltimore, MD - Maryland Doom Fest (headliner)
26 - Madrid, Spain - Rock the Night Festival




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FEUERSCHWANZ To Release Covers Album In Addition To New Studio Album; Tracks By POWERWOLF, SABATON And Others Included

FEUERSCHWANZ To Release Covers Album In Addition To New Studio Album; Tracks By POWERWOLF, SABATON And Others Included

German medieval rock masters, Feuerschwanz, have announced that they will release a covers album, Die sieben Todsünden, in addition to the band's upcoming album, Das elfte Gebot.

The album will include covers of German and other internationally acclaimed artists like Powerwolf, Sabaton, Rammstein and Ed Sheeran. See a full tracklist below.

Commented the band: "There are songs you should never ever cover. Completely over done evergreens or relics of alcohol-induced prom nights. Songs that are every metalhead's bête noire - but also songs that are already perfect and cannot be made better in any way. We've descended into the hell of the hit parades and risen to the heavens of music's heroes to gather the worst of sins for you. The black book of folk metal. Songs that should have never been covered by Feuerschwanz... played by: Feuerschwanz! THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS."

Die sieben Todsünden tracklisting:

"Ding" - Seeed
"Hier kommt Alex" - Die Toten Hosen
"Amen & Attack" - Powerwolf
"I See Fire" - Ed Sheeran
"Gott mit uns" - Sabaton
"Limit" - Deichkind
"Engel" - Rammstein

The band recently released the live music video for the brand new single, "Metfest“, that anthem that makes any party a real one! Super catchy medieval, yet rocky melodies, frenetic singalongs and an ode to friendship! A song to grab your best bud and a barrel of mead to and crank it up.

Today the band also announces the release date for the successor of 2018's Methämmer. Das elfte Gebot is scheduled for a June 26 release via Napalm Records.

Commented the band: "In December 2019 we celebrated our 15 year anniversary on the sold out Metfest tour – our biggest tour so far! The extraordinary spirit of wild shows in packed venues is captured in this new live video: Raise your horns and scream out loud with hordes of folkmetalheads praising the brew of vikings, dwarves and warriors – hail to the holy mead - Metfest!"

More info to follow soon.

Lineup:

Hauptmann Feuerschwanz - vocals, guitars
Johanna von der Vögelweide - fiddle, hurdy gurdy
Sir Lanzeflott - drums
Jarne Hodinsson - bass
Prinz Hodenherz - winds, vocals
Hans der Aufrechte - guitars

(Photo - Nikolaj Georgiew)




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LUCIFER's LUCIFER III Album Unboxed; Video

LUCIFER's LUCIFER III Album Unboxed; Video

Lucifer have released an unboxing video for their third studio album, Lucifer III, out now via Century Media. Watch below:

Lucifer III can be ordered here.

Tracklisting:

"Ghosts"
"Midnight Phantom"
"Leather Demon"
"Lucifer"
"Pacific Blues"
"Coffin Fever"
"Flanked By Snakes"
"Stay Astray"
"Cemetery Eyes"

“Leather Demon” video:

"Ghosts":




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TYGERS OF PAN TANG Premiere “Art Of Noise” Lyric Video

TYGERS OF PAN TANG Premiere “Art Of Noise” Lyric Video

Tygers Of Pan Tang have released a lyric video for "Art Of Noise", a track from their Ritual album, released back in November via Mighty Music. Watch the new clip below, and order the album here.

Says the band: "With our world in chaos, we think our ambush of Tyger fans need a mood lifter, right? Today sees the band release the 4th single and video from our highly acclaimed new album Ritual. Turn it up and get down to 'The Art Of Noise', released through Mighty Music."

Ritual was recorded at ex-Tygers’ guitarist Fred Purser’s studio in Newcastle Upon Tyne and mixing and additional production was again conducted by Soren Andersen, most recently known for his role as Glenn Hughes’ guitarist. Mastering done by Harry Hess (Harem Scarem).

Tracklisting:

"World's Apart"
"Destiny"
"Rescue Me"
"Raise Some Hell"
"Spoils Of War"
"White Lines"
"Word's Cut Like Knives"
"Damn You!"
"Love Will Find A Way"
"Art Of Noise"
"Sail On"

"Destiny" video:

"Damn You" lyric video:

"White Lines" video:

Tygers Of Pan Tang lineup:

Iacopo Meille - Vocals
Robb Weir - Guitars
Michael McCrystal - Guitars
Gav Gray - Bass
Craig Ellis - Drums




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DREAM THEATER Keyboardist JORDAN RUDESS Posts Piano Improvisation Video From Home

DREAM THEATER Keyboardist JORDAN RUDESS Posts Piano Improvisation Video From Home

Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess checekd in with the following update from home:

"I just played this improvisation at my Steinway. I was going to do a live stream, but I guess the system is overwhelmed!"

On March 14th, Deep Purple performed at the Hell & Heaven Metal Fest in Mexico City with Rudess filling in for longtime Deep Purple keyboardist Don Airey, who was absent for undisclosed reasons. Check out fan-filmed video below.




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Australia’s VICTORIA K Release New Video “The Haunting”

Australia’s VICTORIA K Release New Video “The Haunting”

Australia's Victoria K is sharing their new video “The Haunting” in support of the forthcoming debut album Essentia due out April 24, 2020 via Rockshots Records. The full-length was produced by Lee Bradshaw and features special guest Michalina Malisz (Eluveitie). 

Victoria K adds about the track:

"'The Haunting' is about a tortured past that relentlessly plays on your thoughts and keeps you captive at that point in time. These memories and thoughts haunt you continuously until you can learn to let go of them, if you ever can. Only when you do let go of these torturing thoughts and feelings can you actually move forward again."  

Victoria K's talented songwriting and compositional influences include Evanescence, Within Temptation, Nightwish and Kamelot amongst other current bands in the European metal scene and her music have been likened to be a blend of these influences. Victoria K has racked up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube with her own original creations and through featured videos alongside a number of talented musicians covering a plethora of songs. Victoria K's covers include Iron Maiden's "The Trooper", Nightwish's "Last Ride Of The Day", Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" and Kamelot's "Insomnia", the latter of which received attention from the band themselves on Twitter and led to a meeting of talents when the American power metal band found themselves in Melbourne during their 2018 The Shadow Theory Australian tour.

Tracklisting:

“Freedom Uncharted”
“Surreal”
“Forsaken”
“Matrix”
“Shroud Of Solitude”
“The Haunting”
“Freaks”
“Mist Filled Sky”
“Humanity”
“Lacuna”

"The Haunting" video:

"Forsaken" video:

“Lacuna”:




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BON JOVI Releases "Unbroken" Feat. THE INVICTUS GAMES CHOIR; Audio Streaming

BON JOVI Releases "Unbroken" Feat. THE INVICTUS GAMES CHOIR; Audio Streaming

Bon Jovi's new single, "Unbroken" (ft. The Invictus Games Choir), is out now. All proceeds will go to the Invictus Games Foundation, in support of the recovery and rehabilitation of international wounded, injured or sick military personnel.

Get the song here, and listen below.

Unbroken was recorded last month at Londons Abbey Road Studios. Prince Harry teased the song back in February, posting a video of him in the studios sound booth recording vocals alongside Jon Bon Jovi (see below).

In light of what has come, you know, with his leaving the monarchy, as it were, I didnt plan on any of this, Bon Jovi told the BBC of the collaboration in February, noting that he sent Harry a letter asking him to be on the track. But he said: Not only am I going to come back [to England], you know, but I want to be there when you do it. And to do it at Abbey Road, of course where the Beatles once were; and to do it with the artist formerly known as Prince, I think its gonna be an incredible, moving moment.











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I said Ill give it a shot...[Sound On 🔊] Stay tuned for more to come later... #WeAreInvictus

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DEE SNIDER Says His Daughter Has Returned From Peru After Being Stranded Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

DEE SNIDER Says His Daughter Has Returned From Peru After Being Stranded Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Dee Snider says that his daughter has safely returned from Peru, two weeks after being stuck in the country without a means of departure after Peru shut its borders in an effort to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic.

23-year-old Cheyenne Snider was in Peru on vacation doing a spiritual retreat when president Martin Vizcarra issued a nationwide state of emergency and border closure, halting flights and leaving thousands stranded.

The TWISTED SISTER frontman took to his social media on Friday to say that Cheyenne was finally given a boarding pass this past week for a flight back to the U.S., but stressed that there are thousands of Americans still waiting to return home.

In his 15-minute video message (see below), Dee said: "Hey, everybody. Great news, for us especially. Last night, our daughter arrived back on U.S. soil. She was released. It was more like she got out of Peru where they're holding thousands of Americans. Not hundreds you've heard on TV it's hundreds. It's not hundreds it's thousands. I did that all week long, reaching out to every possible resource I could."

He continued: "I know some of you may be saying, 'Oh, yeah, well, you're a rock star. You're a celebrity. You got special treatment.' And we all have outreach. And yes, as a rock star, I have outreach. But hell, when my brother-in-law, the carpenter, wanted to build a house, I had to pay for mine, him and all his friends built the damn house, a beautiful house. The point being we all have assets, we all have outreach, we all use what we can to get there."

A senior State Department official said Wednesday that 9,300 Americans from 28 countries with travel restrictions in place, including Peru, have been brought back home. At least 66 more chartered flights were planned over the ensuing week, the official told ABC News.

The U.S Embassy in Peru has been posting updates on social media, with repatriation efforts still focused primarily on the elderly, sick and minors.

The Peruvian government announced Thursday that borders will remain closed until April 12.




After a week of struggle, with the help of some old and new friends, my daughter Shy has safely returned from Peru.

Posted by Dee Snider on Friday, March 27, 2020

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SAMMY HAGAR & CIRCLE Record New Song 'Funky Feng Shui' As Part Of 'Lockdown Challenge'

SAMMY HAGAR & CIRCLE Record New Song 'Funky Feng Shui' As Part Of 'Lockdown Challenge'

Sammy Hagar and his CIRCLE bandmates Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson are using the coronavirus downtime to make new music.

The four musicians connected via their smartphones from four separate locations to record a brand new song titled "Funky Feng Shui".

The track originated from a jam THE CIRCLE had been playing backstage to warm up for shows, with Bonham laying down his parts first, Johnson adding his guitar second, Anthony putting down his bass third and Hagar topping it off with his vocals.

A video of THE CIRCLE performing the track can be seen below.

"THE CIRCLE will be doing more of this, it's too much fun!" Hagar wrote in a message accompanying the Instagram clip.

SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE canceled its previously announced South American shows, which were scheduled to take place this month, due to the escalation of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

At the moment, SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE is still scheduled to embark on a summer 2020 U.S. tour with NIGHT RANGER. WHITESNAKE recently pulled out of the trek so that frontman David Coverdale can undergo surgery for bilateral inguinal hernia.

SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE released their debut studio album, "Space Between", last May.

"The album is really about money, greed, enlightenment and truth," Hagar told Billboard about the LP's lyrical concept. "Money is not the problem. Money is beautiful; You can heal the sick, you can feed the poor, you can stop a war with money. It's greed that's the problem. So you shouldn't hate somebody just 'cause they're rich, especially if they didn't fuck anybody out of (the money) and if they do something good with it. Go guys like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, you can't be mad at them for being so rich. These guys build hospitals, build schools for children and other countries. Those are good guys. That's what you can do with money."
























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The Circle will be doing more of this, its too much fun! - @sammyhagar Weve edited together all of Jason, Vic, Mikey and Sammys parts for this #CircleLockdownChallenge - check it out!

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|||| 29 2020

FAITH NO MORE Keyboardist RODDY BOTTUM: 'Make Music, Read, Be Creative And Love As Hard As You Can'

FAITH NO MORE Keyboardist RODDY BOTTUM: 'Make Music, Read, Be Creative And Love As Hard As You Can'

FAITH NO MORE keyboardist Roddy Bottum has urged his fans to read and be creative while they are at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier today (Saturday, March 28), Bottum took to his Twitter to write: "How are you, my people. Love to each and every one of yous. We breathe, we persevere and we get through this together. Day by day. Big big big big love, xo.

"I feel bittersweet about fleeing NYC. I drove across the country being super dooper safe with the man. We made hand sanitizer in Tulsa and applied it every step of the way. Keep doing that and don't touch your faces!

"The self isolating is real, people. I've been isolated for almost three weeks. Make music, read, be creative and love as hard as you can. Let's share stuff. I'm creating and will share soon.

"In the meantime, check this out.... I made a record with my French friends, HIFIKLUB. Our record comes out in a while, it's called Things That We Lost in the Fire. Here's a song from it called David Says. It's a song about David Wojnarowicz."

By the end of this week, more than 50% of the U.S. population will be officially urged to stay home as the country grapples with the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus. The governors of 24 states have issued orders shutting down most businesses.

There have been more than 660,000 confirmed cases and more than 30,000 deaths so far worldwide, putting public health systems and emergency services under immense pressure.

Last November, FAITH NO MORE announced its first live performances in half a decade.

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, FAITH NO MORE was supposed to return to the road in the spring, five years after the release of the group's acclaimed reunion album, "Sol Invictus".




How are you, my people. Love to each and every one of yous. We breathe, we persevere and we get through this together. Day by day. Big big big big love, xo.

Roddy Bottum (@roddybottum) March 28, 2020








I feel bittersweet about fleeing NYC. I drove across the country being super dooper safe with the man. We made hand sanitizer in Tulsa and applied it every step of the way. Keep doing that and don't touch your faces!

Roddy Bottum (@roddybottum) March 28, 2020








The self isolating is real, people. I've been isolated for almost three weeks. Make music, read, be creative and love as hard as you can. Let's share stuff. I'm creating and will share soon.

Roddy Bottum (@roddybottum) March 28, 2020








In the meantime, check this out.... I made a record with my French friends, Hifiklub. Our record comes out in a while, it's called Things That We Lost in the Fire. Here's a song from it called David Says: https://t.co/wzrTNfpVfi It's a song about David Wojnarowicz.

Roddy Bottum (@roddybottum) March 28, 2020

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