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TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON Announces New Album 'The Enigma Birth' Feat. JAMES LABRIE, FABIO LIONE

TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON Announces New Album 'The Enigma Birth' Feat. JAMES LABRIE, FABIO LIONE

Frontiers Music Srl will release the fourth album from TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON, "The Enigma Birth", on June 18. Again featuring a slew of talented guest vocalists, the album sees the Finnish guitar maestro's skills on display once again. Today, the first single from the album, "Master Of Hell", featuring up-and-coming Brazilian vocalist Raphael Mendes (ICON OF SIN) has been released. Watch the video below.

Over the past year, Timo started working on songs and once again connected with Aldo Lonobile (SECRET SPHERE, ARCHON ANGEL, SWEET OBLIVION) to craft music for a new album. The new record, "The Enigma Birth", as with previous AVALON albums, features an absolutely awesome cast of vocalists, including James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER), Jake E (ex-AMARANTHE, CYRHA), Marina La Torraca (PHANTOM ELITE, EXIT EDEN), Brittney Slayes (UNLEASH THE ARCHERS), Raphael Mendes (ICON OF SIN), Fabio Lione (RHAPSODY, ANGRA, ETERNAL IDOL), Caterina Nix (CHAOS MAGIC) and YouTube vocal star Pellek.

With Lonobile overseeing the production, the main work on "The Enigma Birth" was completed in the winter of 2020. The resulting album is once again everything that you could expect from one of the true masters of the art. You have Tolkki's trademark fast songs with super catchy hooks, outstanding mid-tempo songs, and a couple of great power ballads thrown in the mix for a wonderfully balanced album.

The concept of the AVALON metal opera series was born in the second half of 2012 when the Finnish composer, producer and guitarist Timo Tolkki, one of the true figureheads of the modern power metal genre, decided to move forward with his career post-STRATOVARIUS. He wanted to work on a project which would allow him to express his musical creativity within the classic metal genre, while also pushing boundaries.

The debut album, "The Land Of New Hope", was released in May 2013 and entered the national album charts in seven European countries, including a Top 10 entry in Tolkki's home country, Finland. The album featured performances by numerous internationally acclaimed singers and musicians such as Michael Kiske (HELLOWEEN), Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE), Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X), Sharon Den Adel (WITHIN TEMPTATION), Tony Kakko (SONATA ARCTICA), Alex Holzwarth (RHAPSODY), Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS, RAINBOW), and Derek Sherinian (SONS OF APOLLO, ex-DREAM THEATER).

Tolkki soon started the work on a sophomore release, "Angels Of The Apocalypse", which came out approximately one year after the debut. In the second chapter, he reunited the legendary STRATOVARIUS "Dreamspace" lineup, with an amazing vocal cast appearing including Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH), Simone Simons (EPICA), Fabio Lione (ETERNAL IDOL, RHAPSODY, ANGRA), David DeFeis (VIRGIN STEELE), Zak Stevens (ARCHON ANGEL, SAVATAGE), Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE) and Caterina Nix (CHAOS MAGIC).

Timo spent some time away after the release of the second album, so for the third album, after consultation with Frontiers, it was mutually decided to call in producer Aldo Lonobile to oversee the recording. The newly refreshed TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON release that followed, "Return To Eden", was a resounding success. It once again featured the trademark sound and melodies from Tolkki in that perfect power metal style. The amazing vocal cast appearing this time includes renowned Dutch singer Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-THE GATHERING), Zak Stevens (ex-SAVATAGE), Todd Michael Hall (RIOT V), Mariangela Demurtas (TRISTANIA, ARDOURS) and Eduard Hovinga (ex-ELEGY).

Track listing:

01. The Enigma Birth (feat. Pellek)

02. I Just Collapse (feat. Caterina Nix)

03. Memories (feat. Caterina Nix, Brittney Slayes)

04. Master Of Hell (feat. Raphael Mendes)

05. Beautiful Lie (feat. James LaBrie)

06. Truth (feat. Jake E)

07. Another Day (feat. Marina La Torraca)

08. Beauty And War (feat. Raphael Mendes)

09. Dreaming (feat. Fabio Lione)

10. The Fire And The Sinner (feat. Jake E, Brittney Slayes)

11. Time (feat. Marina La Torraca)

12. Without Fear (feat. Fabio Lione)

Lineup:

Timo Tolkki - Guitar

Andrea Arcangeli - Bass

Marco Lazzarini - Drums

Antonio Agate - Keyboards, Orchestra

Additional guitars by Federico Maraucci and Aldo Lonobile

Singers:

Jake E

Marina La Torraca

James LaBrie

Fabio Lione

Raphael Mendes

Caterina Nix

Pellek

Brittney Slayes

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|||| 14 2021

MYLES KENNEDY Releases Topical Animated Music Video for 'Get Along' From Upcoming Sophomore Solo Album

MYLES KENNEDY Releases Topical Animated Music Video for 'Get Along' From Upcoming Sophomore Solo Album

ALTER BRIDGE and SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS vocalist Myles Kennedy will release his sophomore solo album, "The Ides Of March", on May 14 via Napalm Records. You can now watch the official animated music video for album opener "Get Along" below.

"Get Along" is a short film based on an idea created by Kennedy and brought to life by director/animator Ollie Jones. Animators Jake Lava and Sam Clark worked with Jones to tell the story of how society is affecting the animal kingdom, depicting a group of animals that live in a forest banding together to fight an increase in pollution in their homes as well as corporate expansion through deforestation as Kennedy sings the poignant lyric, "Why can't we all just get along?" A bear, beavers, deer and even a ninja turtle, among others, band together with the help of a wise owl to protect their land to relay a message that everyone needs to work together for the benefit of a better world.

During his time at home due to all touring being canceled, Myles created the framework for the song ideas that would make up "The Ides Of March". He then called up his cohorts from his "Year Of The Tiger" debut Uddin and Tournier and the three musicians drove to Florida to record the album with longtime producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette.

From the slide guitar riffs of "Get Along" to the pensive blues style of closer "Worried Mind", it is clear that Myles has crafted a formidable follow up to his debut solo album. While "Year Of The Tiger" was more of an acoustic exploration through Myles's mind, "The Ides Of March" finds him strapping on his electric guitar and pushing himself as a guitarist/songwriter. Tracks like "A Thousand Words", "Wake Me When It's Over" and "Moonshot" showcase the diverse musical arrangements that have garnered Myles fans globally across all of his projects. The epic "The Ides Of March" clocks in at over seven minutes, and Myles, Tim and Zia showcase their musical chops on the track.

"The Ides Of March" track listing:

01. Get Along

02. A Thousand Words

03. In Stride

04. The Ides Of March

05. Wake Me When It's Over

06. Love Rain Down

07. Tell It Like It Is

08. Moonshot

09. Wanderlust Begins

10. Sifting Through The Fire

11. Worried Mind

In November, Myles told Kylie Olsson about how "The Ides Of March" compares to "Year Of The Tiger": "It dawned on me last night as I was listening [to the new album], I was, like, 'You basically made a rock record.' [Laughs] I don't know if I went into it with that intention initially. And I feel like it definitely is still a continuation of the overall style that was established for the solo project on 'Year Of The Tiger'. There's a fair amount of acoustic instrumentation; there's a lot of lap steel [guitar]. I love the lap steel; I just love the way you can make it weep it's got a very vocal quality. But then I realized there's just a lot of guitar and a lot more solos you know, guitar geek stuff that I enjoy."

A month earlier, Kennedy told Terrie Carr of the Morristown, New Jersey radio station 105.5 WDHA that it was a joy to reconnect with Uddin, Tournier and Baskette for the making of the new LP.

"Oh, yeah, it was great," he said. "It was great, because we actually drove [to the studio in Florida]. So Zia, my drummer, who, we've played together for the last 30 years, off and on, since we were in high school. He's, in my opinion, one of the greatest rock and roll drummers alive; he's so good, it's mind-boggling. So we started driving. We left Spokane, with the gear in tow. And then we met Tim about halfway. I think we met somewhere in Tennessee, maybe. Then we after driving to Orlando, we all quarantined. Zia did his drums and then he went home, and then Tim finished up. He hung around for a little while. And then I was there for, I think, seven weeks with Elvis."

He continued: "It's a fun environment. We all love each other dearly. I'm serious when I say this: we're a bunch of middle-aged children. I mean, it's as if we've taken a time machine and we're in the seventh grade. And the humor is ridiculously silly. I don't even know how to articulate how ridiculous it gets when you put all of us in a studio together. [Laughs]"

Myles's tour in support of "Year Of The Tiger" featured music from the album as well as selections from Myles's work with ALTER BRIDGE, THE MAYFIELD FOUR and SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS.

Photo credit: Chuck Brueckmann

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WHITESNAKE's DAVID COVERDALE Sells Lake Tahoe Estate For $6.8 Million

WHITESNAKE's DAVID COVERDALE Sells Lake Tahoe Estate For $6.8 Million

Former DEEP PURPLE and current WHITESNAKE singer David Coverdale has sold his Lake Tahoe estate for $6.8 million.

Coverdale put the home on the market in April 2019 for for $9.85 million, but that price came down in April 2020 to $7.65 million, in November 2020 to $7.2 million, and in February 2021 to $6.8 million.

Found in Incline Village, a community on the north shore, the gated residence features high ceilings with exposed beams, wood and stone accents, three fireplaces, four bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms. The master suite features a step-up spa tub, multiple walk-in closets and a private deck.

"Every day for over 30 years, my family and I have loved and embraced our home," Coverdale said of the property in a statement. "The stunning views from every window, the peace and tranquility, and the privacy…far away from the three-ring circus of the music business, yet a mere hours' flight away from Los Angeles when work calls."

Chase International, which held the listing, posted a video overview of the home on YouTube. Check it out below.

Last October, Coverdale spoke to Darren Paltrowitz about his decision to move out of his longtime home in Incline Village, Nevada and set up base in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

"After having 10 years of degenerative arthritis, after 12 years, or whatever the hell, having a really big house — four floors and absolutely impractical for elevators, at 7,000 feet — instead of fighting for it, as I did in my last divorce, I couldn't do it anymore; I couldn't deal with it," David said. "And it's just beautiful — postcards from God on a daily basis. It's one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in the world. There's no high-rise buildings. You're not allowed to build above tree level. When people would fly in from Los Angeles, they'd be standing on the deck just biting off chunks of fresh air. But, yeah, it's a glorious, glorious place."

Asked what brought him to that area in the first place, the British-born singer, who has lived in America since the mid-1980s, said: "Well, it was tax. I've been a tax exile since I was 21 years old. When the '87 album just started to go batshit, we had a seven-hour meeting in Los Angeles, and they were wooing me to Delaware or Miami. The music business, at that time, of course, was Los Angeles. So I said, 'What the closest place…' And funnily enough, at school, I'd done a school project of the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics. So I had heard of Lake Tahoe, but I was unfamiliar with the geographics of it. And the very first day I woke up — I arrived in the middle of the night. There was no streetlights — it was just pitch black. I think I finished a world tour and had a hive of wasps up my ass about something. And the next day I woke up still kind of pissed and grumpy, making a coffee. And I opened these drapes to this drop-jaw, stunning, gorgeous view, widescreen — just unbelievable. I got my coffee, and I walked down to this boat dock, and I sat there, and I felt like all this rusty armor of all the bullshit and the dramas and the soap operas that go on on tours just drop off and into the water. It was an extraordinary meeting. It was like those Hollywood moments of seeing this woman walking in slo-mo, and you suddenly, your drink's paused, slo-moed halfway to your mouth, and it's love at first sight and time stopped. That was that kind of moment, and it still is."

Early last year, WHITESNAKE was forced to cancel its U.S. tour with SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE and NIGHT RANGER so that Coverdale could undergo surgery for bilateral inguinal hernia. Eventually, all of the shows were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe.

Coverdale, who turned 69 in September, had both his knees replaced with titanium in 2017 after suffering from degenerative arthritis. He later explained that he was in so much pain with arthritis in his knees that it hampered his ability to perform live.

WHITESNAKE had been touring in support of its latest album, "Flesh & Blood", which was released in May 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl.

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EVANESCENCE And WITHIN TEMPTATION Push Back European Tour To 2022

EVANESCENCE And WITHIN TEMPTATION Push Back European Tour To 2022

Due to the ongoing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty that local authorities will be able to provide a safe environment in which their European fans can thoroughly enjoy shows by September of this year, EVANESCENCE and WITHIN TEMPTATION have unfortunately had to make the decision to push back their highly anticipated co-headline "Worlds Collide" tour to spring 2022.

EVANESCENCE kept busy during the lockdown and released four new singles as well as finishing the recording of their new album the just-released "The Bitter Truth", which reached No. 1 on iTunes in 22 countries, No. 2 in Germany and No. 4 in the U.K. charts. They are also launching a special graphic anthology series "Echoes From The Void", in collaboration with Heavy Metal Entertainment, which is inspired by "The Bitter Truth" cuts.

In a message to fans, the band said: "Well, guys, we have to push this back one more time. We hate to make you wait longer, but we are absolutely determined to make this tour we've all been looking forward to happening, so check out the new dates. We will be counting the days till we finally get to celebrate all this new music together. In the meantime, stay safe, stay sane, and keep your headbanging to 'The Bitter Truth'! You will have no excuse not to know every word by next spring! We love you!"

Despite not being able to tour, WITHIN TEMPTATION is still moving full speed ahead, having released two singles during the lockdown. "Entertain You" and "The Purge" have exceeded all expectations, both peaking in the Top 20 of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Indicator chart and receiving worldwide airplay. Fans can expect the band to release brand new music soon, and in the meantime can enjoy their vast re-released catalogue on all digital streaming platforms.

WITHIN TEMPTATION says: "This is definitely not what we've wished for, but reality tells us otherwise: we have to postpone the 'Worlds Collide' tour. Although we can't make the current situation better than it is, we hope to put a BIG smile on your faces again soon, because... We haven't been sitting still and we have a LOT of cool stuff coming up for you! Until then, stay safe. And you know what? Third time's a charm, so see you in March or April 2022!"

The two bands will return to the road on March 16, 2022 in Leipzig, Germany. The tour will include dates in Leeds, London, Glasgow and Birmingham in the U.K. and wrap in Zurich, Switzerland on April 15. All existing tickets and VIP packages will remain valid for the rescheduled dates.

2022 tour dates:

Mar. 16 - Germany, Leipzig, Quarterback Immobilien Arena^

Mar. 17 - Germany, Berlin, Velodrom^

Mar. 18 - Poland, Gliwice, Arena Gliwice^

Mar. 20 - Belgium, Brussels, Palais 12^

Mar. 21 - Belgium, Brussels, Palais 12^

Mar. 23 - Germany, Dusseldorf, Mitsubishi Electric Halle^

Mar. 24 - Luxembourg, Esch-Sur-Alzette, Rockhal^

Mar. 26 - Germany, Munich, Olympiahalle^ **

Mar. 28 - Italy, Milan, Mediolanum Forum Milan^

Mar. 30 - France, Paris, Accorhotels Arena^

Apr. 01 - Germany, Hamburg, Barclaycard Arena~

Apr. 04 - UK, Leeds, First Direct Arena~

Apr. 05 - UK, London, The 02~

Apr. 07 - UK, Glasgow, The SSE Hydro Arena~

Apr. 08 - UK, Birmingham, Arena Birmingham~

Apr. 11 - The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome~

Apr. 12 - The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome~

Apr. 13 - Germany, Frankfurt, Festhalle~

Apr. 15 - Switzerland, Zurich, Hallenstadion~

** Due to overwhelming demand the Munich show has been upgraded to Olympiahalle. Tickets purchased for the Zenith are still valid.

^ SMASH INTO PIECES support

~ VERIDIA support

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MEGADETH Non-Fungible Token (NFT) Sells For Over $18,000 In ETH

MEGADETH Non-Fungible Token (NFT) Sells For Over $18,000 In ETH

The first MEGADETH non-fungible token (NFT) has sold for 8.4 ETH, or roughly $18,000 at purchase. The piece, dubbed "Vic Rattlehead: Genesis", features the MEGADETH logo and the band's iconic mascot revolving in opposite directions for six seconds.

NFTs are a type of digital asset where ownership is recorded on a digital ledger blockchain. Each NFT is unique and can be viewed as a collectible that cannot be duplicated, making them singular and potentially valuable. NFTs can represent digital files, such as art, audio, videos, posters, album art and other forms of creative work.

Most NFTs are a part of the Ethereum blockchain, meaning that they are bought and sold using Ether, a major cryptocurrency.

A recent report by NonFungible.com, an NFT market analyst firm said that: "The non-fungible token (NFT) market tripled in 2020, with the total value of transactions increasing by 299% year on year to more than $250m, according to a new study released by NonFungible.com. Developed with support from foresight business L'Atelier BNP Paribas, the report the third annual study of the NFT market finds that NFTs are primed to become a leading emerging asset class for the Virtual Economy in the years ahead, both in terms of their financial value and their practical uses, and a major driver of economic activity in virtual worlds."

MEGADETH is currently putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to 2016's "Dystopia" album.

The early sessions for the LP took place in 2019 with co-producer Chris Rakestraw, who previously worked on "Dystopia".

"Dystopia", whose title track was honored in the "Best Metal Performance" category at the 2017 Grammy Awards, marked Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro's recording debut with MEGADETH.

MEGADETH's current lineup is rounded out by guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine, bassist David Ellefson and Belgian-born-and-now-Los-Angeles-based drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who had played with SOILWORK for more than a decade before joining MEGADETH.




Bidding for the worlds first #Megadeth #NFT closes at 9pm PT / midnight ET tonight! Get your final bids in NOW at https://t.co/UYluYhpQ8a#CryptoArt #VicRattlehead #NFTCollector pic.twitter.com/ZCnBmuagPj

Megadeth (@Megadeth) April 12, 2021

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Finnish Melodic Death Metallers DIMMAN Release New Single / Video "Paroxysm"; Debut Album To Be Released In July 2021

Finnish Melodic Death Metallers DIMMAN Release New Single / Video "Paroxysm"; Debut Album To Be Released In July 2021

Finnish modern melodic death metal band Dimman is set to release their debut album, Songs And Tales of Grievance; on July 30th via Inverse Records. The band’s modern melodeath combines beautiful melodies, heavy compositions and technical musicality into a unique ensemble. In addition to the diverse instrumentation, Dimman’s two vocalists create a distinctive and balanced soundscape.

The band has released thier first single; 'Paroxysm'. The official video is available below.

Guitarist Jaakko Yli-Sorvari : "'Paroxysm' showcases all the elements Dimman is made of. Beautiful melodies, heavy riffing and technical musicianship are all married together forming a catchy soundscape. 'Paroxysm' tells the story of human arrogance and the clouding of one’s judgement.”

The album addresses all the grievances and insecurities that cause misery to both individuals and communities. The incapability to be able to affect the injustices results in frustration, which can be heard from every song on the album.

Tracklist:

"Ambuscade"
"Paroxysm"
"Obscenity"
"Contretemps"
"Morbus"
"Progradation"
"Imprudence"
"Memoria"
"Umbra"
"The Mist"

"Paroxysm"

Photo by Jenna Kohtala




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THE HEAD CAT - Pro-Shot Wacken Open Air 2017 Show Streaming

THE HEAD CAT - Pro-Shot Wacken Open Air 2017 Show Streaming

The Head Cat was founded at the turn of the millenium by Lemmy of Morörhead, Slim Jim from Stray Cats and Danny B. Harvey from the Rockats to play some decent Rockabilly. With Lemmy gone, David Vincent from Morbid Angel (!) took over on bass and lead vocals. In 2017 they showed up at the 28th edition of Wacken Open Air. Check out their set below.

Setlist:

"Good Rockin'"
"Not Fade Away"
"Always In My Way"
"American Beat"
"Rumble in Brighton" (Stray Cats)
"T For Fucking Texas" (Jimmie Rodgers)
"Born To Lose, Live To Win"
"Crossroads"
"Say Mama"
"Rock This Town" (Stray Cats)
"Please Don't Touch" (Johnny Kidd And The Pirates)
"(This Train Is) Going Straight to Hell"

The Head Cat was formed after recording the Elvis Presley tribute album by Swing Cats, A Special Tribute To Elvis in July 1999 to which the future bandmates all contributed. The name of the band was created by combining the names Motörhead, The Stray Cats, and 13 Cats, which resulted in The Head Cat, similar to what Lemmy did in 1980 with Headgirl, a collaboration between Motörhead and Girlschool. In 2006, The Head Cat released their first studio album, Fool's Paradise, which was a re-release of an earlier album titled Lemmy, Slim Jim & Danny B recorded in September 1999. Their second official album, Walk The Walk...Talk The Talk was recorded in June 2010 and eleased in 2011.

Lemmy discussed The Head Cat in a 2007 interview with StayThirstyMedia.com. Following is an excerpt from the chat.

STM: The Head Cat is a reintroduction of real rock n’ roll - simple, stripped down -

Lemmy: "Having fun. Fun for the sake of it. No ulterior motive. No politics. No gender. No fucking around! (laughs)"

STM: Do you think that’s real rock n’ roll?

Lemmy: "Real rock n’ roll is to piss your parents off, basically. I mean, I realize I’m the same age as your grandpa is now but that’s what it’s for. I mean, if your parents like it, you ain’t doing it right. It’s supposed to outrage the civil dignitaries. There’s no particular idea of it, but it’s really about rebelling."

Go to this location for the complete interview.




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BEYOND THE BLACK Announce Acoustic Livestream Show Featuring Guest Appearances By Members Of ELUVEITIE, IN EXTREMO And FEUERSCHWANZ

BEYOND THE BLACK Announce Acoustic Livestream Show Featuring Guest Appearances By Members Of ELUVEITIE, IN EXTREMO And FEUERSCHWANZ

Germany's Beyond The Black have issued the following update:

"Pandemic times cause huge challenges, but also encourage new, brave steps. If you know us, you know we’re not the type of band to close our eyes and wait till all of it is over! So we put all of our love and resources (that we’d normally put into a tour right now) into an event that will take an approach on the very core of our music and that will be EPIC!

We proudly present: Origins - The Online Acoustic Experience

The first Beyond The Black acoustic concert ever, performed as an online show! It will feature exclusive new arrangements, an extended band line-up and stunning visual production, not in a classic stage setting, but in a film-like environment. So acoustic means in that case: bringing the full BTB concert energy to your home screens in a way that you’ve never seen before!

Get your TV ready, check your beer stock and prepare your sound system for some acoustic double bass fills: April 16th, 08:30pm (CET), is the day!"

And the follow-up announcement:

"We are so happy about the amazing musical guests for our streaming concert, Origins - The Online Acoustic Experience, that we want to introduce them all to you right away. So, welcome with us:

Fabienne Erni of Eluveitie, Micha Rhein of In Extremo, and of course Ben Metzner from Feuerschwanz and dArtagnan!

Get your ticket bundle for Origins now and join this great event here."




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L.A. GUNS Guitarist TRACII GUNS Reveals Two New Records Due This Year

L.A. GUNS Guitarist TRACII GUNS Reveals Two New Records Due This Year

L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns was the featured guest on the April 13th episode of In The Trenches With Ryan Roxie. During their extensive chat, which can be enjoyed below, Tracii delivered jubilation to all LAG fans with the following brief statement: 

"We have a record coming out in November, and a live record coming out in July."

While answering the question, what is your favorite L.A. Guns guitar solo? Tracii revealed another tidbit about the forthcoming studio album, saying, "Well, the one that's out is on The Devil You Know, it's called 'Another Season In Hell'. It's the best feel; it speaks. But there's one on the new record... the working title for the song was 'Murder Ballad', if that gives you any clue. The song is called 'If It's Over Now', and it won't be out until November - but that's the best solo I've ever recorded and written, and structured and phrased, and made myself cry - and all that crap."

View the entire podcast, and listen to "Another Season In Hell" now:

 

  




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DIVINER Issue “Evilizer” Official Live Video

DIVINER Issue “Evilizer” Official Live Video

Greek heavy/power metal band, Diviner, have released an official live video for "Evilizer", a song from their 2019 album, Realms Of Time (Ulterium Records). The clip was filmed at the album release show in Athens on November 1, 2019.

Realms Of Time was produced and mixed by Fotis Benardo (SepticFlesh), mastered by Henrik Udd (Powerwolf, Hammerfall, Myrath) and the artwork was created by Jan Yrlund (Battle Beast, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani).

"Beyond The Border" lyric video:

"The Earth, The Moon, The Sun" lyric video:

"Heaven Falls" video:

Diviner is:

Yiannis Papanikolaou - Vocals
George Maroulees - Guitar
Kostas Fitos - Guitar
Herc Booze - Bass
Fragiskos Samoilis - Drums




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Atlanta’s PISTOLS AT DAWN Reveal New Single “Crown”

Atlanta’s PISTOLS AT DAWN Reveal New Single “Crown”

Atlanta hard rock outfit Pistols At Dawn have shared the second heavy-hitting single, “Crown,” from their upcoming debut EP Nocturnal Youth due out May 7.

“‘Crown’ is about observing a majority of the world pursuing detrimental ways of life,” jointly state Pistols At Dawn. “It's about knowing better and seeing leadership continually fail those they lead. Too many in power are acting like foolish kings. ‘Crown’ is a push against apathy and ignorance and refusing to represent those ideologies. The video is a visual representation of the dystopian reality we find ourselves living in, a play on the pursuit of the ‘golden idol,’ and a rejection of the internal and external infrastructure that perpetuates this warped existence.”

The EP was recorded with producer Jeff Tomei (Smashing Pumpkins, Matchbox 20) and mastered by engineer Maor Appelbaum (Faith No More) and features four heavy-hitting electrified tracks that exemplify their uniquely powerful sound.

Tracklisting:

"Voices"
"Crown"
"Now Is The Time"
"Gone Black"

"Crown":

"Voices":

Pistols At Dawn was originally formed in 2015 but disintegrated after the tragic passing of guitarist Mike Buffa in 2018. The band reformed in 2019 with founding members, drummer Adam Jaffe, guitarist Devin White and bassist Billy Sullivan while adding Tommy Richardson on guitars and VH1 Rockstar Supernova finalist Chris Pierson on vocals.

Taking inspiration from universal hard rock acts such as Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin and Disturbed, the quintet headed to Cock The Walk studio in their hometown of Atlanta with Tomei in early 2020 to record three new singles that displayed their heart-pumping, radio-ready sound which they released later that year. 

For further details, visit Pistols At Dawn on Facebook.

(Photo by: Michael Mueller/M3 Creative)




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PROCOL HARUM To Release New EP Missing Persons

PROCOL HARUM To Release New EP Missing Persons

The Esoteric Antenna label has announced the release of a new CD EP by the legendary Procol Harum.

Missing Persons was completed during lockdown, after founder and lead singer Gary Brooker rediscovered a CD of rough mixes of two studio tracks the band had laid down during a previous session. “They weren’t written last week, neither are they old,” says Gary, but the precise date of the original recordings remains a mystery. With the world locked down Gary and the band revisited these tracks and they now proudly sit alongside the band’s venerable catalogue. 

The title track “Missing Persons (Alive Forever)” is a particularly poignant and emotive song, and a fine example of the musical tradition of Procol Harum. Gary adds: “Keith Reid’s lyrics sound incredibly apt for the time we’re living in, this is the sound of Procol Harum today.” The EP’s other new song “War Is Not Healthy” is also a touching observation of war and its impact on humanity.

Preorder here.

Tracklisting:

“Missing Persons (Alive Forever)”
“War Is Not Healthy”
“Missing Persons (Alive Forever)” (Edited Version)

Procol Harum: 
Gary Brooker (vocals, piano)
Geoff Whitehorn (guitar)
Josh Phillips (organ)
Geoff Dunn (drums)
Matt Pegg (bass)

(Photo by: Deacon Comms)




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BLOODSPORT – ‘80s Metal Homage To JEAN CLAUDE VAN DAMME Release Cassette Edition Of EP Lethal Tender

BLOODSPORT – ‘80s Metal Homage To JEAN CLAUDE VAN DAMME Release Cassette Edition Of EP Lethal Tender

What do you get when you combine Jean Claude Van Damme with classic ‘80s metal? You get Bloodsport, a heavy metal tribute to the one and only Belgian martial artist/actor. Their first EP Kumite Attack was released in 2018 and the year’s Lethal Tender is a cut above with tighter drumming, tighter riffing, better vocals, and A+ production. 

All Bloodsport lyrics and themes revolve around Jean-Claude Van Damme's movies in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, specifically focused on his martial arts films. Lethal Tender is inspired by Van Damme’s movie Lionheart. Bloodsport explains the track further:

“We were really wanting to continue with the Bloodsport movie theme because it’s such a hit movie for cult cinema, not to mention it’s Van Damme’s best in terms of action and authenticity! Alas, we decided not to focus too much on one film, as he has close to a dozen good martial arts films from that era, all of them totally awesome in their own way. We feel like our music acts as a second soundtrack to the films! They are completely and respectfully dedicated to the glory of those films.”

Bloodsport prides itself on tons of riffs, complex song structures, and very little repetition; they are highly recommended for fans of early Running Wild, Helloween, and Exciter.

Lethal Tender was released on March 12, 2021 via Nightstrike Records and is available as a limited edition cassette and CD along with a digital download at Bandcamp.

EP artwork was hand-painted by Constance Knight:

Tracklisting:

“Lethal Tender”
“Lion’s Den”

EP stream:




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TOQUE Featuring TOOD KERNS, BRENT FITZ - “We’ve Written Six New Songs”

TOQUE Featuring TOOD KERNS, BRENT FITZ - “We’ve Written Six New Songs”

All-Canadian cover band Toque, featuring Todd Kerns and Brent Fitz - both of whom play in Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators - along with Cory Churko (Shania Twain) and Shane Gaalaas (Michael Schneker Group), have been busy getting new material together. 

“Toque is working on new music," confirms vocalist / guitarist Todd Kerns, speaking exclusively to BraveWords scribe Aaron Small. "It’s funny, we’ve been writing songs, and as you know, the entire thing was built on, let’s record some Canadian covers. But as it happens, with a bunch of creative guys, we wrote a song called ‘Never Enough For You’, and that was really well received. We’ve written six new songs. We wrote a song with Derry Grehan from Honeymoon Suite, just randomly. We did a Toque Talk with him and it was like, ‘Hey Derry, do you want to write a song?’ We wrote a bunch more and they’re really good, very Toque-ish.”         

Although a release date for new music from Toque has not yet been confirmed, the aforementioned "Never Enough For You" and Toque Talk with Derry Grehan can be enjoyed below.

For all things Toque, visit toquerocks.ca.

 

 




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MOONSPELL Shares Epic Live Video For "The Greater Good"

MOONSPELL Shares Epic Live Video For "The Greater Good"

Portuguese dark metal giants Moonspell, who just released their13th studio album Hermitage through Napalm Records, have just unleashed an epic live video from their recent show at the Pavilhão Rosa Mota - Super Bock Arena - in Porto, Portugal, in December 2020. The band is releasing this clip in celebration of their newly announced UK tour dates with Paradise Lost, taking place in 2022.

As mentioned above, Moonspell have announced that they will join Paradise Lost on their 2022 UK tour. While the world is waiting to see the return of live shows, there is no better way to celebrate a 30th band anniversary as Moonspell will when back on the road next year. Following both of their latest releases, Paradise Lost’s magnum opus Obsidian in May 2020 and Moonspell’s exceptional epos Hermitage, the world will finally see this high class band package bring their masterpieces live on stage in February 2022. Today, the British gothic metal legends announced their "Obsidian Moon" tour, featuring longtime friends Moonspell as special guests.

Paradise Lost frontman Nick Holmes says: "We're looking forward to doing a full UK tour again and playing some long-awaited shows in support of Obsidian, and who better to bring along for some of the ride than our old friends from Portugal, Moonspell? Thanks to you all for your continued support during these crazy times, and we hope to see you there. Until then, stay safe and stay well. Cheers, x!"

Fernando Ribeiro from Moonspell adds: “We couldn’t think of a more perfect way of getting back to touring than to join forces with the mighty Paradise Lost, a group we always looked up to and that helped ignite our very own existence as a band.”

Tickets on-sale Friday, April 16 at 10 AM, BST.

Tour dates:

February
5 - Leeds, England - The Warehouse (Obsidian Album Show)
6 - Colchester, England - Arts Centre
7 - Norwich, England - Waterfront
8 - Brighton, England - Concorde 2
9 - Stoke, England - Sugarmill
11 - Glasgow, Scotland - The Garage *
12 - Newcastle, England - Riverside *
13 - Wolverhampton, England - KK's Steel Mill *
14 - Nottingham, England - Rescue Rooms *
16 - Manchester, England - Club Academy *
17 - Bristol, England - SWX *
18 - London, England - Electric Ballroom *

* with Moonspell




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ALLEGAEON To Enter Studio With New Drummer JEFF SALTZMAN To Record Sixth Full-Length Album

ALLEGAEON To Enter Studio With New Drummer JEFF SALTZMAN To Record Sixth Full-Length Album

After releasing their latest album, Apoptosis, to critical acclaim in 2019, Allegaeon toured the world in support of it, joining the likes of Obscura, Fallujah, and more on the road, before heading back into writing mode last year. Now, Allegaeon is ready to enter the studio to begin recording this sixth full-length, with Dave Otero (Flatline Audio) at the helm once again.

Allegaeon comments: "Since the cancellation of our US headlining tour in April 2020, we have been hard at work writing a new album and now, one year later, we are ready to get into the studio to record it in preparation for release. Starting April 19th, we'll be spending the following month at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado with our long-time engineer and good friend Dave Otero. This album is a milestone in our career as a band for a lot of different reasons, and because of that, we want to share as much of the recording experience with you as possible. We'll be making regular updates to our usual social media accounts, as well as exclusive live-streams and in-studio interviews via our Patreon, so be sure to follow and subscribe wherever you are able."

This upcoming album will also be the first to feature Jeff Saltzman (drums). Allegaeon comments: "We are proud to announce that we will be joined in the studio by drummer Jeff Saltzman (Unflesh, Aversed) for the entirety of the recording process. Jeff's creative input and remarkable skill behind the kit has been an invaluable asset to the band during the writing process of this newest album, and we are overjoyed to bring him into the fold. Watch his unique take on our song 'Extremophiles (B)' in the playthrough video below and give him a warm welcome. Thank you for reading & for all of your continued support as we move forward collectively through 2021 and into a new era of Allegaeon."

This November/December, Allegaeon will be hitting the road with Rivers Of Nihil, Archspire, Black Crown Initiate, and To The Grave for the European "Rising Merch Faces Of Death Tour 2021". Dates and tickets here.




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DESASTER To Release Churches Without Saints Album In June; Visualizer For "Learn To Love The Void" Single Streaming

DESASTER To Release Churches Without Saints Album In June; Visualizer For "Learn To Love The Void" Single Streaming

On June 4, Desaster will release their new album, Churches Without Saints, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of Churches Without Saints, a visualizer for the new single, "Learn To Love The Void", can be viewed below.

Since 1989, Germany's Desaster have been churning out their unique and unholy blend of extreme metal, and in 2021 they return with perhaps their most powerful album to-date, the towering Churches Without Saints. "It's a typical Desaster old school black-death-thrash metal album, with a lot of aggression, but also great atmosphere and epic tunes!" enthuses guitarist and founding member Infernal. With a simple remit of making an album full of "neck-breaking songs", the quartet have once again proven themselves leaders in their chosen genres, giving their faithful and newcomers alike plenty to salivate over.

With a five-year gap elapsing since they dropped last album The Oath Of An Iron Ritual, fans have had to be very patient, but will find the results more than worth the wait. This new effort also features Hont taking over behind the kit from previous drummer Tormentor, bringing a welcome change to the way they work. "He's a very skilled drummer and can play really anything. Whereas in the past the songwriting was a lot of 'trial and error' with testing many rhythms, we nowadays can work much more efficiently. Hont knows what rhythms fit to the riffs immediately. He has studied Desaster's music in detail and knows what works best, but he is not just copying Tormentor's style - he brings his own skilled style into the music, and also some new rhythms and figures. That of course brings some fresh wind into the songs."

The record was tracked in the band's rehearsal room and was recorded, mixed and mastered by their live mixer Jan "Janosch" Gensheimer. This led to a very relaxed atmosphere throughout the whole process, having rehearsed a lot prior to recording and also doing a full pre-production demo with their own equipment, meaning they could record very fast and without many mistakes. They did however change things up a little, sonically speaking. "It was a big goal for me to change the sound a bit," says Infernal. "Whereas the last albums had a very harsh sound, where the mid and high frequencies were dominating, I wanted a warmer and smoother sound this time. I always liked the sound of our 'Tyrants of the Netherworld' album from 2000 very much, and the new album is an effort to develop this sound with more details and different instruments. On 'Tyrants', we had the rough mud of deepest hellish caves, now we present you the black lava which is flowing around the throne of Satan himself!" And having achieved everything they set out to, Churches Without Saints definitively starts a new and exciting chapter in one of extreme metal's most consistently thrilling bands.

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

- digipak-CD
- 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
- dark red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 400 copies)
- gold / black dust vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 250 copies)
- picture disc (EU exclusive - limited to 250 copies)
- clear dark rose marbled vinyl (Van Records exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
- clear black smoke vinyl (High Roller Records exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
- yellow brown marbled vinyl (Nuclear Blast exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
- dark green / red melt vinyl (Kings Road exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
- amber marbled vinyl (US exclusive)

Churches Without Saints tracklisting:

"The Grace Of Sin"
"Learn To Love The Void"
"Failing Trinity"
"Exile Is Imminent"
"Churches Without Saints"
"Hellputa"
"Sadistic Salvation"
"Armed Architects Of Annihilation"
"Primordial Obscurity"
"Endless Awakening"
"Aus Asche"

"Learn To Love The Void" visualizer:

Desaster lineup:

Infernal - guitar
Sataniac - vocals
Odin - bass
Hont - drums

(Photo - Diana Mennicke)




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MINISTRY Guitarist Sin Quirin's Side Project 3 HEADED SNAKE Launch “Tyrants” Single And Music Video

MINISTRY Guitarist Sin Quirin's Side Project 3 HEADED SNAKE Launch “Tyrants” Single And Music Video

One of the most well-known figures in all of the industrial metal world, Sin Quirin, guitarist and songwriter for the legendary Ministry since 2007 as well as a member of Revolting Cocks, American Head Charge, and a slew of others, is proud to announce his most potent project yet - the venomous 3 Headed Snake.

The band, which consists of Quirin alongside former Ministry drummer Derek S. Abrams, guitarist Diego “Ashes” Ibarra of DevilDriver, vocalist Johnny Ray and bass guitarist D.V. Karloff, previously released an excellent 3-song EP, Wisdom Screams, and blew audiences away at live appearances including the 2019 Bloodstock Open Air Festival.

And now the group has unleashed its newest single, “Tyrants”, a blistering slab of industrial metal mayhem that amps up the energy with a supersonic riff from Quirin’s lightning-fast fingers. The song is accompanied by a compelling and gorgeously shot video that evokes the post-apocalyptic doom of our pandemic ravaged society, and the bold creative acts that have been deployed to fight tyranny of the mind and soul!

As Quirin states, “The song is about tyrants from all walks of life that spring up to take control of people. Specifically in this song, it’s about utilizing a crisis to take control of a situation. Like predators lying in wait for the right situation to come up and ruin people’s lives. The video was shot in a desolate setting in the desert to capture the feel and nature of the song.”

Watch the video below, and stream the single here.




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VREID Release "Into The Mountains" Featuring Original Recordings From Late WINDIR Frontman VALFAR; Music Video

VREID Release "Into The Mountains" Featuring Original Recordings From Late WINDIR Frontman VALFAR; Music Video

Sognametal veterans Vreid have released "Into The Mountains", a very special track from their upcoming full length, Wild North West. "Into The Mountains" is a homage to the Sognametal spirit and legacy. The ideas for that track were written in 2002 by Jarle ‘Hváll’ Kvåle and late Winder frontman Terje ‘Valfar’ Bakken. Inspired by these ideas, Hváll wrote the song and included the original demo keyboard tracks from 2002, which were recorded back then by Valfar. The song and its accompanying video, which is the latest chapter of the band's ambitious film project, can be found below.

Vreid songwriter and bass player Jarle Hváll Kvåle comments: "'Into The Mountains' is the essence of Sognametal, a hymn to Sogndal and a celebration of our ancestors and legacy. Late winter 2020 preparing for the new album, I went through my old recording hard discs and I found some old ideas for riffs that I had made in 2002. It was from a session between the 1184 and Likferd albums. I also found some unused keyboard parts recorded by Valfar from the same period.  I could not remember neither of these and became euphoric by rediscovering this. So, I blocked out the outside world, locked myself in the studio, and it instantly send me 20 years back in time. I felt Spellbound working on this song. For a few days it felt like me and Valfar was working together in the studio again, and what a weird and fantastic session this was. The dynamic of working together with Valfar is something that I will always miss, and these strange days was like a time travel into a lost time. The result of this session is 'Into the Mountains,' a song that feels so pure, fresh and vital for us, yet with a great homage to our olden times. Life is a strange curvy road.”

Vreid recently announced their exciting and unique partnership with the Sogndal Football Club. The club has for many years been known for developing and cultivating extraordinary talent, as the men's team currently plays in first division, the second tier of the Norwegian football league system.

Now, Sogndal Football Club is paying tribute to the band that has brought Sognametal to the whole world, by putting the logo of metal veterans and forefathers Vreid on the chest of player’s uniforms for this upcoming season.

The concept of a football club choosing to use the space to pay tribute to local heroes is very unusual, breaking typical partnership traditions, but Sogndal is no ordinary club. The collaboration oozes local patriotism as it champions two of the region’s prime exports – football and metal. In addition, head coach and former professional player Eirik Bakke (Leeds United) has himself played football with members of Vreid, bringing this collaboration full circle.

“Having our logo on the chest on Sogndal football's kit is an honor that is very rare,” Vreid bassist Jarle 'Hvall' Kvåle pridefully exclaims. “This football club has been hammered into our hearts since growing up. This is the club that was our whole childhood and youth, and it is with favorite teams as with favorite bands, it is love for life.”

“That Sogndal Football incorporates Vreid in its value in such a way shows the will, madness, fearlessness and pride that has built this club. Since the 1970s, these pioneers with enormous courage have built a national top club in this beautiful mountain village, and it is wonderful to see that the club is characterized by tenants, staff, players, partners and the public with a passion for the team and their hometown. The eternal underdog who constantly does the unnatural. We are extremely proud to be part of the journey of our childhood friend and Sogndal's legend Eirik. Stao no pao!”

Proud head coach and former Leeds United player Eirik Bakke adds: "Incredible fun that my childhood friends Jarle, Einar and Jørn together with the rest of the gang in Vreid will be presented on our uniform. What they have achieved with their band is just absolutely fantastic. I myself have been out in the big world and played football in front of tens of thousands of supporters, and that they now do the same with their music makes us Sogndøler proud. This year we will go all the way with Vreid on the team. Stao no Pao.”

Vreid recently announced a streaming event for the world premier of their Wild North West movie, on April 29 at 9 PM, CET.

Says the band: "Here its is. Finaly we can present what we been working on the last year. On 29th of April we will premiere our movie "Wild North West" on a streaming event. Below is the link to the official event. Click on the event to attend and you will find all the info on how to see it and support Vreid on April 29th. Spread the word and invite all your friends to this event. Welcome to the Wild North West!"

RSVP here.

Wild North West is a concept album that developed alongside an entire movie. Inspired by both true events and pure imagination, the listener is taken on a whirlwind of a journey, diving deep into themes of war, fear, betrayal, loss, anxiety, and madness with thought-provoking lyrics that embody human nature. It captures the Nordic heart at the core of their sound, taking cues from Norway’s rugged landscape as it ricochets between eternal darkness and the solace of bracing light.

The cover for Wild North West was created by Remi Juliebø (Deformat Design).

Tracklisting:

"Wild North West"
"Wolves At Sea"
"The Morning Red"
"Shadows Of Aurora"
"Spikes Of God"
"Dazed And Reduced"
"Into The Mountains"
"Shadowland"

"Spikes Of God" video:

"The Morning Red" video:

"Wild North West" video:

Trailer:

From its tumultuous inception, the Norwegian metal scene has always been about pioneering. While embracing the illustrious black metal history as part of their musical heritage, the many iconic bands have now evolved in various directions. Leading the black ‘n roll movement in Norway, Vreid are the perfect example of that. The band arose in 2004 from the ashes of Winder after the tragic perishing of Terje ‘Valfar’ Bakken. The Sognametal legends declared the mission of exploring new musical paths, which they have pushed to even greater heights on their new record Wild North West.

The ninth record is not just a collection of songs, but a concept album that developed alongside an entire movie. Throughout eight chapters you will be taken on a journey deep into the mountains, to a dark place where the borders between reality and fantasy fade and where death is only one step behind you: The Wild North West. Not just in sheer size of the project but also in terms of music videography, creativity, and determination, Vreid have done something truly unique and lifted their art to a new dimension.

On the concept, founder and bass player Jarle Hváll Kvåle states: "Wild North West is a concept story about life itself and its eternal shadow: death. It is built around the world of our fictional character E, but it is surely inspired by my own life, my band’s life, historical events and many tales that have inspired me over the years. Is it a true story or fictional? I would have to say both, and sometimes is hard tell the difference.”

Wild North West features the most extreme and intense work of the band to date, as well as heavy and melodic rock songs. These influences have always been a part of Vreid’s DNA, and it is this combination that makes up the spirit of Sognametal.  A remarkable homage to that same musical spirit is the song “Into the Mountains”. The ideas for that track were written in 2002 by Jarle ‘Hváll’ Kvåle and Terje ‘Valfar’ Bakken (Winder). Inspired by these ideas, Hváll wrote the song and included the original demo keyboard tracks from 2002, recorded back then by Valfar.

Vreid have always chosen a course of constant evolution that is marked by thematically denoted phases regarding their often historically inspired lyrics. This became particularly clear with albums ‘I Krig’ (2007) and ‘Milorg’ (2009), which both revolved around concepts dealing with resistance and liberation of Norway during World War II. With their following three records, the pitch black brigade returned to their Norse roots on ‘Sólverv’ which received high critical acclaim in 2015.

In 2018, the Norwegians teamed up with Season of Mist for their previous full-length ‘Lifehunger’, a record that successfully blended elements of 70’s rock, 80’s classic metal, and Norwegian black metal and which featured a remarkable guest contribution from Solstafir’s vocalist Addi Tryggvason on the track “Hello Darkness”.

Vreid have hammered out their success partly by being a heavily touring band. The four-piece performed more than 500 shows in 25 countries so far. Their everlasting march to conquer new territories has led the Norwegians to headline tours in Europe, North America, Japan, and India.

The band’s onward march did not come to a halt in 2020, a year that will go down as devastating for the international music scene. Vreid launched their own beer, which turned out to be the biggest success of the Balder Brewery as the first batches were sold out immediately. Instead of waiting to be able to tour again, the Norwegians invited the fans to their home region and hosted a massive streaming concert among the beautiful mountainous surroundings of the Sognefjord. The concert, ‘Into the Mountains of Sognametal’ took place in June 2020 was viewed by over 140.000 people from more than 40 countries.

In 2021, Vreid will once more invite the fans to their dark, cold, and wild universe but tread carefully as from these haunted mountains, no man can descend.

Welcome to the Wild North West.




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HOUSTON Sign Multi-Album Deal With Frontiers

HOUSTON Sign Multi-Album Deal With Frontiers

Frontiers Music Srl announces the signing of Swedish AOR band, Houston, for a multi-album deal. The band is hard at work recording their yet-untitled fourth studio album under the direction of former member and AOR guru Ricky Delin, who will co-write and produce the new album.

“It feels good to have Ricky back behind the wheel on this album. He is an incredible songwriter and we all know the great work he’s done on our previous albums. This will be the Houston album above all others,” says singer Hank Erix.

“We’re truly excited about the new music that we’re working on. We knew right from the start that we wanted to go back to our roots and make a classic AOR sounding album again. After all, this was the sound that put us on the map in the first place and what we do best. Sonically, the new record will be the more refined sibling to our first two albums. We’ve had a decade to grow as songwriters, musicians, and most importantly as a band and I think this really shows,” adds Carl Hammar, the band’s guitarist.

"This album and the songs are one big homage to our favourite AOR heroes such as Survivor, Foreigner and Journey, but also influences from John O´Banion, Meatloaf, John Farnham, and many more. We wanted to make a great AOR album and make it big, fresh, and truly bombastic. And if you want to make a bombastic AOR album, Ricky Delin is the go to producer. Ricky, who played a big part in creating the Houston sound on our first albums, was as excited as us about the idea of working together again and jumped at the opportunity,” continues Carl.

Houston released their self-titled debut album in 2010 and landed at number one on Classic Rock Magazine’s AOR chart that year, beating out some stiff competition. The band then went on to play the festival circuit with appearances at Sweden Rock, Download Festival (UK), and Rock of Ages (Germany), as well as touring the UK with Swedish sleaze rockers Crashdïet. Houston’s second album, Relaunch, featured a cover song called "Runaway" that became the soundtrack to Red Bull’s own Danny MacAskill’s Extreme BMX video ‘Imaginate’ which has almost 100 million views on YouTube and over 1.3 million plays on Spotify and counting.

"It feels great to be part of the Frontiers family, to work with a label that shares our taste in music and has the muscle to get it out to the masses. Needless to say, many (if not most) of our heros are signed to Frontiers so they are definitely doing something right. Houston and Frontiers deserve each other!” concludes Hank.

Fans can look forward to another classic AOR masterpiece in the making with a release pencilled in for the end of 2021/early 2022.




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Scotland’s KING WITCH Cover BLACK SABBATH, METALLICA On New EP; "Children Of The Sea" Music Video Streaming

Scotland’s KING WITCH Cover BLACK SABBATH, METALLICA On New EP; "Children Of The Sea" Music Video Streaming

Scotland's King Witch are happy to share their musical roots with the forthcoming release of their new digital EP, Worship The Riffs, including a cover of Black Sabbath's "Children Of The Sea" and Metallica's "The Thing That Should Not Be".

A video for the Black Sabbath cover can be seen below, and the Metallica cover will be available in late May.

The band comments: "Black Sabbath’s 'Children Of The Sea' is the first track in our forthcoming two part digital covers EP, Worship The Riffs, which we recorded in December 2020 during lockdown. We are all huge fans of Black Sabbath and this song is just so epic. It was a great way for us as a band to connect and have a bit of fun during lockdown. We very much hope we do it justice and we hope you enjoy it. Keep it heavy - Keep it loud!"

Worship The Riffs digital EP will be released on all platforms on May 21 .

Formed in late 2015 in a dark cavern beneath the streets of old Edinburgh, a lead-heavy brew of old school metal and the meatiest of 70’s classic rock emerges in the form of King Witch. Bristling with dark majesty, they draw comparisons ranging from Black Sabbath and Candlemass to Mastodon and High On Fire. The band quickly earned themselves a reputation as a formidable live act and have toured the UK and Europe as well as playing festivals such as Sweden Rock, Muskel Rock, Malta Doom Fest, Dutch Doom Days and Siege of Limerick.

King Witch released their debut album, Under The Mountain, in February 2018. April 2020 saw the release of the band's second album, Body Of Light, which further focuses their ability to fuse dense riffage with haunting yet powerful vocal lines and melodies. “Body of Light’s” wider dynamic range takes the listener on an electrifying journey from dark, brooding passages through to full-tilt heavy metal glory.

Buy King Witch products here.

King Witch lineup:

Laura Donnelly - Vocals
Jamie Gilchrist - Guitar
Rory Lee - Bass
Lyle Brown – Drums




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THE VINTAGE CARAVAN Release New Single And Music Video "Can't Get You Off My Mind"

THE VINTAGE CARAVAN Release New Single And Music Video "Can't Get You Off My Mind"

Iceland's The Vintage Caravan will release their new album, Monuments, this Friday (April 16) via Napalm Records. The band have just released their truly catchy third single, “Can’t Get You Off My Mind”.

With their upcoming full-length, the band have inarguably catapulted themselves to the spearhead of the genre - critically acclaimed, they have created their own modern footprint and are more than ready to share their refreshing, guitar-heavy sound with all the disciples of the genre and the whole world.

Their new offering, “Can’t Get You Off My Mind”, takes its listener on a blistering ride through pounding drums, intense guitar solos and an undeniably catchy chorus, showcasing their ability to generate a potent and bold prog/psych rock sound-swirl. With their cinematic new video, the band not only displays their intoxicating soundscapes, but their vital sense of humor as well.

Watch the official video for “Can’t Get You Off My Mind” below.

Cast: Vilhelm Neto, Rakel Ýr Stefánsdóttir, Jón Björn Ríkarðsson and The Vintage Caravan. Director: Atli Þór Einarsson, Cinematographer: Bjarni Svanur Friðsteinsson, Costumes & design Maria-Magdalena Ianchis, Grip: Logi Sigursveinsson, Gaffer: Tristan Theodórsson, Makeup: Gabriella Vals and Producers: Atli Þór, Bjarni Svanur, Maria-Magdalena.

On 11 diverse tracks, these fast-rising musicians from Reykjavik truly cast a spell on fans of bewitching, guitar-driven classic and blues rock influences. The album opener, “Whispers”, clearly showcases the band’s musical progression without sacrificing their tried-and-true, retro-inspired sonic trademark. “Crystalized '' convinces with light blues influences, encircling the listener in enchanting guitar lines and quickly rising to the full extent of its power while evoking anecdotes of retro nostalgia. “Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind” takes its listener on a blistering ride through pounding drums, intense guitar solos and an undeniably catchy chorus, while tracks like “This One’s For You” represent a stunning blueprint in The Vintage Caravan’s musical universe with unconventional, surprisingly calm melodies and Óskar’s gripping, tranquil vocal power. In contrast, bold drumming merges with fast-paced riffs, enveloping an impressive galloping vortex and pronouncing tracks like “Dark Times” and “Said and Done” as top notch rock pieces. The softly plugging, atmospheric sound of album closer “Clarity” symbolizes the crowning culmination of a 60-minute journey through the eternal landscapes of Iceland and the poetic lyricism of the trio.

With their new studio-album, Monuments, and its captivating, stellar arrangements, these rising stars definitely know how to put their very own stamp on the retro rock wave.

Monuments will be available in North America in the following formats:

- 1 CD Digipak
- 2 LP Gatefold Vinyl Black
- 2 LP Gatefold Vinyl Marbled Yellow/Red - limited to 300 copies
- Limited Diehard Edition - 2 LP Gatefold Vinyl Multicolor Splatter + Patch, Slipmat - limited to 200 copies
- Digital Album

Pre-order here.

Tracklisting:

"Whispers"
"Crystallized"
"Can’t Get You Off My Mind"
"Dark Times"
"This One’s For You"
"Forgotten"
"Sharp Teeth"
"Hell"
"Torn In Two"
"Said & Done"
"Clarity"

“Crystallized” video:

"Whispers" video:

The Vintage Caravan are:

Óskar Logi Ágústsson – lead vocals, electric guitar
Alexander Örn Númason – bass guitar, backing vocals
Stefán Ari Stefánsson – drums, percussion

(Photo - Hörður Sveinsson)




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NOBODY - Finnish One-Man Acoustic Black Metal Project To Release New Album In May 2021; New Single "Bathory" Streaming

NOBODY - Finnish One-Man Acoustic Black Metal Project To Release New Album In May 2021; New Single "Bathory" Streaming

Finland's Tuomas Kauppinen, who works under the moniker Nobody, has released a new single, "Bathory". The track is taken from the upcoming second album, Eternal Infernal, which is set to be released on May 21st via Inverse Records. The new album takes his music to a new territory, including elements of world music as well as traditional instruments. While black metal influences are not so overtly heard, the album retains a dark undertome as it travels through time from ancient Rome to the present day.  

Kauppinen comments: "In the depths of a Romanian castle lies its former queen, Elizabeth Bathory. She is forever trapped inside four tightly sealed walls. Her quest for eternal youth sealed her destiny. Bathing in the blood of hundreds of young girls under the belief that this would give her what she wanted, she invoked the fury of a great mage. The horror she inflicted gave the mage power to confront her and inspire others to stand up to her. To this day her cries can be heard in the castle but no one knows where exactly she is buried." 

Tracklist:

"Children of Pompeii"
"Blackbeard"
"Bathory"
"Nero"
"In the Arms of North II"
"The Question"
"Owl Demon"
"Parasite"
"Sexhex"

"Bathory"

Line-up:

Tuomas Kauppinen - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric bass, accordion, congas, electric guitar, contra bass, keyboard, djembe & triangle 




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SEVEN SPIRES / AVANTASIA Vocalist ADRIENNE COWAN Performs "Hoist The Colours" From Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End With Singers DAVID ÄKESSON And JON PYRES (Video)

SEVEN SPIRES / AVANTASIA Vocalist ADRIENNE COWAN Performs "Hoist The Colours" From Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End With Singers DAVID ÄKESSON And JON PYRES (Video)

Seven Spires vocalist Adrienne Cowan, who also works with Avantasia, has posted her metal arrangement of "Hoist The Colours" from Gore Verbinski’s Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End” 

Adrienne: "Inspired by Insomnium, Death Came Through A Phantom Ship-era Carach Angren, Labyrinth-era Fleshgod Apocalypse, Silverthorn-era Kamelot, and of course, Hans Zimmer himself. 

David is my clean vocals teacher, and Jon is a friend from ProgPower - and the singer of Jack’s other band, Threads Of Fate! It was a real treat to arrange this for the three of us and all the different colours in everyone’s voices. Bringing in the 'He’s a Pirate', 'Davy Jones', 'One Day', 'Singapore', and other themes was also so much fun. This score has been a huge influence on my writing and arrangement style, even since I was a kid.

I love Pirates Of The Caribbean, I love my friends, I love metal… it was bound to happen at some point, haha. Plus, I played so much Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag lately, and the sea shanties put the idea in my head. So here we are. 

Mr. Zimmer, Mr. Verbinski, Mr. Elliott, Mr. Rossio, this was done with all the love and admiration in the world. Thank you for the soundtrack to my childhood!"

Arrangement by Adrienne Cowan
Vocals by David Äkesson, Adrienne Cowan, and Jon Pyres
Bass by Peter de Reyna
Guitars by Jack Kosto




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RAY LUZIER Performs Drum Playthrough Of KORN's "You'll Never Find Me"

RAY LUZIER Performs Drum Playthrough Of KORN's "You'll Never Find Me"

The clip below is a playthrough of Korn's "You'll Never Find Me" by Korn / KXM drummer Ray Luzier, courtesy of Sweetwater. The song is taken from Korn's 2019 album, The Nothing.

The clip below features Dug Pinnick (vocals / King's X), Ray Luzier (drums / Korn), Phil X (guitars / Bon Jovi), Billy Sheehan (bass / Sons Of Apollo), and Doug Aldrich (guitars / The Dead Daisies) covering the Thin Lizzy classic "Jailbreak". The video was made as part of the David Z Foundation All-Star Fundraiser on Sunday March 7th, 2021.

The David Z Foundation fundraiser featured guest appearances and performances by Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Ray Luzier (Korn), Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo), Dave Ellefson (Megadeth), Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daisies), Gilby Clarke (Guns N Roses), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Eric Singer (KISS), Russell Allen (TSO), Chuck Billy (Testament), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Robert Mason (Warrant), Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson), Dug Pinnick (Kings X), Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence), James LoMenzo (John Fogerty), Debby Holiday, Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot), Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative), Jen Cella (TSO), Ira Black (Of Gods & Monsters), Matt Starr (Mr. Big), Phil X (Bon Jovi), Kat Dyson (Prince), the band Buckcherry, the band Candlebox and many more.

About the David Z Foundation:

The David Z Foundation is a non-profit organization created in memory of David Zablidowsky & dedicated to transforming lives through the magic of music.

Our goal is to nurture that creative musical spark that a child has and help turn it into a sustainable reality. We are currently running original music programming nationwide, including private instruction, rock band, songwriting, production, and music business. In addition, we prepare kids for the music world by pairing them up with professionals in the field and showcasing their creativity through the various events we produce. Our focus is on providing these services to those who need it most. We are also working on innovative ways to address the staggering issue of youth mental health through initiatives such as the Music Mentor Songwriting program. We also offer scholarships through partnerships with music schools such as School Of Rock, Brooklyn College, and various other local organizations around the country.

David Zablidowsky, better known as David Z. tragically died in a roadside accident in 2017 while on tour with Adrenaline Mob. David Z was an incredible musician with an accomplished and celebrated career. He performed on stages all over the world, gaining recognition for his extraordinary ability on the bass guitar. He was best known for the bands ZO2, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), and Adrenaline Mob. David Zablidowsky was active in developing young people through music. To continue his legacy, the David Z Scholarship Fund has been created to offer education and financial need to young aspiring musicians.




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DEEN CASTRONOVO - "Moving Forward With Some Amazing New Albums Like GIOELI/CASTRONOVO, REVOLUTION SAINTS And More"

DEEN CASTRONOVO - "Moving Forward With Some Amazing New Albums Like GIOELI/CASTRONOVO, REVOLUTION SAINTS And More"

Drummer/vocalist Deen Castronovo, who recently stepped away from The Dead Daisies while preparing for back surgery, has issued the following update:

"Hey everyone! I am so happy to announce that Frontiers and I have made amends, and are moving forward with some amazing new albums like Gioeli/Castronovo, Revolution Saints and more!! I couldn’t be happier and more grateful for this renewal of our relationship. Serafino (label boss) supported his belief in me not only as a drummer, but as a lead singer many years ago. Revolution Saints gives me that platform, and I’m excited to share my voice with the world. Stay tuned for updates and more exciting news as we bring all of this to new life."

Castronovo issued the following official statement upon his departure from The Dead Daisies:

"As some of you may have heard, I have officially left The Dead Daisies. My decision to leave was not an easy one as I have great respect for my former band members and a tremendous amount of love and appreciation for all the fans who supported us. This decision will ultimately give me time to spend with my family after touring extensively and schedule a minor back surgery to ensure that I am able get back on the road playing music and doing what I love! Rest assured I will be back and playing soon! I love you all. Stay healthy, stay safe and look for great things to come in the future! Stay tuned!"

In January 2020, Revolution Saints - Deen Castronovo (ex-Journey, Bad English), Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daisies, ex-Whitesnake, Duo), Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees) - released their third album, Rise. Details and tracks are available below.

Tracklisting:

"When The Heartache Has Gone"
"Price To Pay"
"Rise"
"Coming Home"
"Closer"
"Higher"
"Talk To Me"
"It's Not The End (It's Just The Beginning)"
"Million Miles"
"Win Or Lose"
"Eyes Of A Child"

"Coming Home" lyric video:

"Talk To Me" video:

"Price To Pay" video:

"Closer" lyric video:

"When The Heartache Has Gone" video:

Lineup:

Deen Castronovo: lead vocals, drums
Jack Blades: bass, vocals
Doug Aldrich: guitars

Featuring:

Alessandro Del Vecchio: keyboards, backing vocals
Lunakaire: guest vocals on “Talk to Me"




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SUZI QUATRO - First Week International Chart Entries For New Album Revealed

SUZI QUATRO - First Week International Chart Entries For New Album Revealed

Suzi Quatro has released an album teaser video for her new record, The Devil In Me, out tomorrow, Friday, March 26, via SPV. Below is the list of international chart entries for the first week of release.

Suzi Quatro announces proudly: “The Devil In Me is the best album in my career to date!” 

Suzi’s enthusiasm for her latest offering has many reasons, twelve of them to be precise. Because The Devil In Me consists of exactly a dozen songs, each of them – from the opening track and title song to the final "Motor City Riders" – a real highlight.

The reasons for Suzi’s remarkable creative explosion: on the one hand the lockdown, which kept her from her usual touring life in spring 2020, and on the other another collaboration with her son Richard Tuckey, which had already worked out extremely well on her predecessor album No Control.

Suzi: “Starting spring 2020, almost one hundred of my shows were cancelled and Richard would also have been on tour with his band had not all concerts been cancelled or postponed. So I said to him: ‘We should make the most of our free time, write new material and allow ourselves to be inspired by the things that are currently going on in the world.’ I already knew that Richard and I make a brilliant team, after all No Control had been a major success and a very special recording for us. Although I would never have thought that we’d be able to surpass it. But everybody who’s heard The Devil In Me and all the people who had worked on the previous album have told us: ‘This album is even stronger!’”

Tracklisting:

"The Devil In Me"
"Hey Queenie"
"Betty Who?"
"You Can‘t Dream It"
"My Heart And Soul"
"Get Outta Jail"
"Do Ya Dance"
"Isolation Blues"
"I Sold My Soul Today"
"Love‘s Gone Bad"
"In The Dark"
"Motor City Riders"

Album teaser:

"The Devil In Me" video:

"I Sold My Soul Today" video:




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BRIAN MAY & KERRY ELLIS Unveil Video For "Panic Attack 2021" (BOB WHITEHILL Edit)

BRIAN MAY & KERRY ELLIS Unveil Video For "Panic Attack 2021" (BOB WHITEHILL Edit)

"I loved hearing Brian and Kerry’s re-imagining of 'Panic Attack' to signal hopeful, re-connected days ahead. In such a dispiriting and heart-breaking time, I didn’t realize how badly I needed this re-assurance from two of my favorite artists. It’s going to be all right!," says Bob Whitehill.

 The original video can be viewed below.

"Panic Attack 2021" is a bold reimagining of 2017’s Ellis/May classic "It's Gonna Be All Right (The Panic Attack Song)" written from a personal standpoint by Queen guitarist Brian May long before the world buckled under the heel of COVID-19, and originally featured on the duo’s Golden Days album. 

Sharing how the new version came about, Brian said: “At the close of 2020 there was a feeling that perhaps saying goodbye to that year would bring relief from the pandemic and a new era of hope would now begin. Sadly, following a very muted and restricted celebration of Christmas, the New Year dawned with the realisation that mankind’s struggle was probably going to get worse before it got better. Kerry and I realised that 'The Panic Attack' song now potentially had a whole new meaning to literally millions of people around the world who felt a growing sense of panic. In the UK, there was definitely a feeling that we had all been cheated of our Happy New Year. So we wanted to mark the occasion in a completely real and transparent way.”

With Brian hurriedly rewriting the lyrics with a new inspiration, a work-in progress version of "Panic Attack 21" was first aired via the pair’s ambitious live link-up on Instagram for New Year’s Eve. “We knew it had to be a train wreck because the delays in this link situation make it impossible for two players at opposite ends of it to be synchronised. Nevertheless we went for it - out of sheer stubbornness really - because we wanted to mark the occasion in a completely real and transparent way.” 

While technical difficulties did their worst, the performance’s honesty shone through and the sentiment chimed with fans across the world. Buoyed by the messages of approval, Brian and Kerry decided at that point to re-create the track properly with a new studio incarnation of the song.  

Of course, with Britain now headed back into another lockdown, getting back into the studio to remake the track was impossible for many weeks. Brian finished the new lyrics and Kerry stepped up to create a new vocal performance recording on the only equipment she had – a microphone hooked up to Garage Band on her laptop in her home kitchen!   

By e-mailed updates and Zoom discussions, the pair created a new "Panic Attack" vocal track, while assembling ideas for a new mix and groundbreaking video. Driving the whole project was a desire to create something that would actually rekindle some hope, reminding listeners that in spite of endless wrong turns – and in the words of the song - things were, somehow going to be all right!

Finally, after wrestling further with home recording, restrictions were relaxed to the point where Brian and Kerry were able to meet for a couple of days socially distanced work in Brian’s studio.  Long-time Queen and BM engineer and co-producer Justin Shirley Smith - himself newly recovered from COVID - worked alongside Brian on extensive new guitar work, including a wild new solo, and a dynamic mix.  In a few days, again swapping ideas with Kerry through digital media, the new track was finished.  

“I am beyond excited to kick off this year with a song full of hope,” says Kerry. “Putting 'Panic Attack 2021' together during a lockdown has had its challenges, but that has also been the beauty of it. Music is so powerful and it’s amazing what you can still create with so many restrictions. I hope this song and video gives people as much hope and joy as it did for me and Brian making it. We have all had quite a tough year but remember: ‘it’s gonna be all right!’”

 




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Watch BRIAN JOHNSON Perform With His Pre-AC/DC Band GEORDIE

Watch BRIAN JOHNSON Perform With His Pre-AC/DC Band GEORDIE

The Brian Johnson TV YouTube channel has uploaded two TV performances from Brian Johnson's pre-AC/DC band GEORDIE. The first is of GEORDIE playing its U.K. Top 10 hit "All Because Of You" in 1973 while promoting its debut album, "Hope You Like It", which came out in March of that year via EMI. The second is a live GEORDIE performance of "Goodbye Love" on "Pop '75", a music program that aired in West Germany from 1974 to 1979 and originally broadcast on the SWR and HR networks.

This past February, AC/DC guitarist Angus Young told 95.5 KLOS's "New & Approved" series about how late AC/DC singer Bon Scott first met Johnson in the early 1970s. "Bon had been in a band that had toured in Britain, and they were opening for the band Brian was in, which was a band called GEORDIE," Angus said. "Anyhow, they were gigging away, and as Bon told the story, he was saying he was listening to GEORDIE performing and listening to Brian, and then he heard this screaming. He said it sounded great — he said it sounded like Little Richard was on the stage. He said this guy [was] howling and yelling. And then he said then he saw the guy on the floor. Bon thought it was great — it was the best act he had seen, and a singer, in a long time. But what he didn't know, afterwards he found out, Brian had an attack of appendicitis. But Bon thought it was part of the act. He thought, 'This guy is incredible.' 'And he was still hittin' these high notes.'"

Brian previously spoke about crossing paths with Bon in a 2011 interview with New York Post. He said: "I met Bon in 1973 or 1974. His band was supporting my band, GEORDIE. I had a terrible case of appendicitis and I went down on my side, kicking and going, 'Ooh!' But I kept on singing. Apparently, he told the boys when he joined AC/DC, 'I saw this guy Brian Johnson sing, and he was great. He was on the floor, kicking and screaming — what an act!' Of course, it wasn't an act. I was really ill."

On July 25, 1980, AC/DC released "Back In Black" in the U.S., followed by the album's U.K. release on July 31. It was the band's first album without Scott, who had died a few months earlier after passing out and choking on his own vomit following a long night of drinking.

The group quickly decided to press on and hired Johnson from the band GEORDIE to take over on vocals, and they headed to the Bahamas for about six weeks to do the album. AC/DC had made some serious headway in America before Scott's death, but no one knew how "Back In Black" would be received.

"Back in Black" first went platinum in October 1980. The RIAA lists "Back In Black" as the fourth biggest-selling album of all time.

"Back In Black" included the singles "You Shook Me All Night Long", which peaked at No. 35 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Back In Black", which peaked at No. 37.

Despite its massive success, it never got higher than No. 4 on the album charts. The band's next album, "For Those About To Rock", reached No. 1.

"Back In Black" was produced by Robert "Mutt" Lange, who went on to produce DEF LEPPARD, FOREIGNER, THE CARS, and BRYAN ADAMS.

In 2012, "Back In Black" was added to The Recording Academy's legendary Grammy Hall Of Fame collection.

Last year, AC/DC launched a range of new merchandise to celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Back In Black".

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H.E.A.T cancer

H.E.A.T cancer

#Repost @erikgronwall

Its time to let this one out in the open. I will try to make a long story as short as possible. ⠀⠀
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I am currently spending day 22 at the hospital in Sweden. About a month ago I was full of energy, capable of doing everything I normally do, business as usual.⠀⠀
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But then it appeared from nowhere. I started feeling exhausted, I had no energy to perform the simplest tasks and it was like I had run a marathon when I was just literally walking my dog for five minutes. Something wasnt right. So I took a few blood tests and... fast forward... now its the third week of my treatment against acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). ⠀⠀
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In medical terms this means that my bone marrow generates immature blood cells, rather than mature ones.⠀⠀
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Now. First and foremost. I am extremely privileged and grateful to live at a day and age where a disease like this is curable. Theres been so much progress made in this field. My body is reacting well to the treatment but its a long treatment and its going to be the toughest challenge of my life so far, for me and my family. Mentally and physically. ⠀⠀
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I have thought a lot about how to deal with this - both publicly and privately - and have decided to be completely transparent about it. During the treatment there will be good days and there will be bad days but I think its important that we can talk about, share and show our weak sides and bad days as well. After all life isnt always a super filter fluffy social media world. No Instagram filter can beautify this. ⠀⠀
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We dont always get to choose what happens to us, life is a lottery, but we can choose how we react to it. Well at least do our best to choose how. I am not promising frequent updates but when I do you will be seeing a new side of me if you stick around here. A more transparent side I assume. ⠀⠀
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If you want to be supportive just focus on HEALTH empowerment. I dont believe in fighting fire with fire, lets use water instead. Lets understand it and cure it. ⠀⠀
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Final note. I am doing well given the circumstances and Im ready to tackle this challenge the best I can.

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