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AVANTASIA: Music Video For 'Moonglow' Title Track Feat. CANDICE NIGHT

AVANTASIA: Music Video For 'Moonglow' Title Track Feat. CANDICE NIGHT

The official video for the song "Moonglow" from EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project can be seen below. The track is the title cut of AVANTASIA's new album, which is being released today (Friday, February 15) via Nuclear Blast.

Tobias comments: "Yes, we've found a song on the new album that is below the four-minute benchmark and it would work as a single. And despite being rather short, it's also representative for the world of AVANTASIA. Somehow in hindsight I think that my admiration for Mike Oldfield shines through here, which wasn't intentional, but you can't really control that. And, by and large, I find the song to be a typical AVANTASIA song nevertheless. The enchanting Candice Night [BLACKMORE'S NIGHT] did an amazing vocal job, and in all modesty, I think so did I, ha! 'Moonglow' is a declaration of love to the moon, the night; it's about entering a different world and the sacred experiences that go along with it."

Comprising 11 tracks, the new opus features several other guest vocalists. This time around, Tobias worked not only with such well-known faces as Ronnie Atkins (PRETTY MAIDS), Eric Martin (MR. BIG), Geoff Tate (QUEENSRŸCHE), Michael Kiske (HELLOWEEN) and Bob Catley (MAGNUM) but also with new collaborators like Candice Night (BLACKMORE'S NIGHT) and Mille Petrozza (KREATOR). The cover artwork was created by Alexander Jansson. "The Raven Child" features lead vocals by Sammet, Kürsch and Lande.

Comments Sammet: "I really can't wait to unleash 'Moonglow'. First reactions by press and friends are the most enthusiastic comments I have ever gotten in my whole career of 27 years. No bullshit; it's the truth. Sascha and I are overwhelmed!

"In order to avoid boredom, in the middle of promotion and tour preparations, I was getting myself involved in every detail of the album sleeves, booklets and packaging, to make sure the album drags the listener into a different world. I wanted 'Moonglow' to be an overall experience for escapists like myself.

"My favorite edition is the giant super strictly limited art book edition with bonus track and a bonus CD. A massive coffee table book with photos, interview, liner notes and illustrations of Victorian painter Grimshaw who has been very inspirational to me. This book edition is everything it takes to invite the listener into the world of 'Moonglow' and its productional process. There is also a smaller digibook version that features one bonus track and that is limited and beautiful as well. And, of course, there are also vinyl editions to hug, feel, watch, smell and caress.

"I am extremely proud of all these little treasures and can't wait to unleash them!"

"Moonglow" track listing:

01. Ghost In The Moon

02. Book Of Shallows

03. Moonglow

04. The Raven Child

05. Starlight

06. Invincible

07. Alchemy

08. The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

09. Lavender

10. Requiem For A Dream

11. Maniac

12. Heart (bonus track)

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FALLUJAH Streaming New Song "Dopamine"

FALLUJAH Streaming New Song "Dopamine"

Progressive extreme metal masters, Fallujah, will release their fourth full-length album, Undying Light, on March 15th via Nuclear Blast Records. The new song Dopamine can be heard below.

With Undying Light we pushed the boundaries of what we consider to be progressive music. The album presents the listener with as varied a sonic terrain as you would come to expect from Fallujah. We're excited to share with you some of the darker moments from Undying Light. 'Dopamine' highlights the struggle for authenticity in an increasingly inauthentic world. The fleeting pleasure and false loves of our time. We set out to create a new sound within the atmospheric tradition of Fallujah, and 'Dopamine' reveals the deepest moments of rejection and rebellion found on Undying Light. This current tour with Obscura, Allegaeon and First Fragment is connecting us with so many new and old fans that we feel we have to share this song with in a live setting, face to face. European friends and family come to a show and check out 'Dopamine'. - Scott Carstairs (guitar/vocals)

Undying Light was mixed and mastered by Mark Lewis. Drums and vocals were tracked by Lewis while guitars and bass were recorded by guitarist Scott Carstairs. Cover artwork was created by Nick Keller.

Pre-order Undying Light in a bundle and in various physical and digital formats, here.

Undying Light tracklisting:

"Glass House"
"Last Light"
"Ultraviolet"
"Dopamine"
"The Ocean Above"
"Hollow"
"Sanctuary"
"Eyes Like The Sun"
"Distant And Cold"
"Departure"

"Ultraviolet" video:

"Ultraviolet" video "making of":

Trailer:

(Photo - Hristo Shindov)




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TRIBULATION Release Live Video For "Nightbound"; Melancholia EP On Vinyl For The First Time

TRIBULATION Release Live Video For "Nightbound"; Melancholia EP On Vinyl For The First Time

After winning the Swedish Grammis Award in the category Best Hard Rock/ Metal Album for their most recent album, Down Below, Tribulation are releasing a live video for Nightbound.

Watch their performance in Oberhausen, captured by Dirk Behlau, produced by Beastwoodfilms and mixed & mastered by Linus Björklund of Hi Filer Productions, below:

In other news, the band's Melancholia EP is now available in the following vinyl formats:

- Black LP
- Transparent magenta LP (Sold Out)
- Clear LP
- Dark green LP
- Transparent red LP

Get your format of choice here.

Tribulation's co-headline tour with Gaahls Wyrd starts on February 21st. US black metal hopefuls Uada have been confirmed as main support. Check out a tour trailer:

Tribulation comment on the tour: "We're proud to announce that we'll be joining forces with Gaahls Wyrd and Uada early in the year of their lord 2019 through Europe! We're looking forward to give you all a longer setlist more in line with our vision!"

Says Gaahls Wyrd: We have a lot of respect for our travel partners, Tribulation and Uada, and cant wait to join forces for what we believe will be a thoroughly enjoyably and diverse package the we are confident will hit home in the metal community. Were also massively eager to present songs from our brand new album that will be released next year. 2019 cant come soon enough.

European tour dates are as follows:

February
21 - Hamburg, Germany - Kronensaal
22 - Essen, Germany - Turock
24 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Helling
25 - London, UK - O2 Islington Academy
26 - Paris, France - Petit Bain
28 - Munich, Germany) - Backstage

March
1 - Winterthur, Switzerland - Gaswerk
2 - Vienna, Austria- Viper Room
3 - Prague, Czech Republic Nova Chmelnice
5 - Poznan, Poland - U Bazyla
6 - Warsaw, Poland - Proxima
7 - Berlin, Germany - BiNuu
8 - Leipzig, Germany - UT Connewitz
9 - Weinheim, Germany - Cafe Central
10 - Leeuwarden, Netherlands- Neushoorn

(Photo - Ester Segarra)




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KORPIKLAANI Launch Official Lyric Video For "Øl Øl" Featuring TROLLFEST

KORPIKLAANI Launch Official Lyric Video For "Øl Øl" Featuring TROLLFEST

Finnish folk metal superstars Korpiklaani have released an official lyric video for "Øl Øl", featuring Trollfest. A message from the band follows:

"Beer, sax & violins! What more do we need to say? We hope you enjoy this as much as we did with our friends we love to drink and tour with!"

Says Trollfest: "We got super excited when one of our all time favourite bands asked us to do a Trollfest version of this classic tune! Today we got to show the world the result. Grab a beer and enjoy 'Øl Øl'. Much love from TROLLKLANI / KORPIFEST."

Korpiklaani continues: "Next week, we will embark on our highly anticipated European run with Turisas and Trollfest. What better way to celebrate this tour than by revealing a brand new song? There's none, that's why we are happy to present a lyric video for 'Øl Øl', which features our longtime drinking mates Trollfest."

The track is taken from the Kulkija (Tour Edition), which is out now. Order here.

Find the band's live itinerary here.




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CELLAR DARLING Releases "Death" Music Video

CELLAR DARLING Releases "Death" Music Video

On March 22nd, Switzerland's Cellar Darling will release their new concept masterpiece, The Spell, which tells the story of a girl who falls in love with death. With the two previous singles, "Insomnia" and "The Spell", fans could already see the band taking a turn towards heavy progressive rock while still not neglecting their folk roots.

Today, the trio consisting of Anna Murphy, Merlin Sutter and Ivo Henzi have revealed another chapter of The Spell - their third single, "Death". Cellar Darling once again surprise with the incredible variety in their music: an enormous, sweeping chorus that goes straight under the skin, bone-crushing riffs that do the songs name justice, and a doomy instrumental section that quotes Black Sabbath and features an epic flute solo.

The video for the epic track was once again created by Costin Chioreanu and can be found below. And stay tuned: On March 8th, the band will unveil their fourth single, "Drown", which has been chosen by hundreds of fans in online voting.

Pre-orders for The Spell are available now; you can get the album as a 2 CD-digibook (featuring 13 songs + an audiobook of Anna Murphy telling the story behind the concept), black vinyl or digitally at this location.

Tracklisting:

"Pain"
"Death"
"Love"
"The Spell"
"Burn"
"Hang"
"Sleep"
"Insomnia"
"Freeze"
"Fall"
"Drown"
"Love Pt. II"
"Death Pt. II"

"Death" video:

"The Spell" video:

"Insomnia" video:

Grab the first chance to see the songs performed live on the March/April 2019 European tour, with more shows being confirmed as we speak. Tickets are available here.

Tour dates:

March
21 - Sheffield, UK - Studio
22 - Pwllheli, UK - Hammerfest
23 - Cardiff, UK - The Globe
24 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
26 - Norwich, UK - The Waterfront Studio
27 - Hull, UK - The Welly 2
28 - Glasgow, UK - Audio
29 - Dublin, Ireland - On The Rox
30 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
31 - London, UK - The Jazz Café Camden

April
2 - Utrecht, Netherlands - De Helling
7 - Retorbido (PV), Italy - Dagda Live Club
9 - Rome, Italy - Traffic Live
27 - Bruguières, France - Echoes & Merveilles Festival

May
2- Winterthur, Switzerland - Salzhaus
4 - Solothurn, Switzerland - Kulturfabrik Kofmehl

June
13 - Interlaken, Switzerland - Greenfield Festival




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THE RAVEN AGE Share New Song "The Day The World Stood Still"; Audio

THE RAVEN AGE Share New Song "The Day The World Stood Still"; Audio

UK-based melodic metal band The Raven Age, featuring Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris's son George Harris, will release their sophomore album, Conspiracy, on March 8th. Pre-order the album in various formats and bundles here, and listen to the new single, "The Day The World Stood Still", below.

Named after a collective of ravens, Conspiracy is a cryptic soundtrack to the immersive fantasy world that the combined minds of bandmates Matt James (vocals), George Harris (guitar), Tony Maue (guitar), Matt Cox (bass) and Jai Patel (drums) have created. A world that delves into historys myths and legends, with the stories re-told through their music and imagery. Clues left within their artwork and lyrics connect everything together to be part of a bigger story, pointing to what may later come to pass for The Raven Age.

Conspiracy is an inventive, mature and thrilling body of work thats full of twists and tangents that carry the excitement from start to finish.

Conspiracy tracklisting:

"Bloom Of The Poison Seed"
"Betrayal Of The Mind"
"Fleur De Lis"
"The Day The World Stood Still"
"Stigmata"
"Surrogate"
"Seventh Heaven"
"Forgotten World"
"The Face That Launched A Thousand Ships"
"Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier"
"Scimitar"
"Grave Of The Fireflies"

"The Day The World Stood Still":

"Fleur De Lis" lyric video:

"Betrayal Of The Mind" video:

Having already built a solid live presence after touring the globe with the likes of Tremonti, Killswitch Engage, Shinedown, Mastodon to name a few and appearing at a number of festivals including Waken Open Air, Bloodstock and Download, they will be supporting this release with their biggest headline run to date across the UK and Europe throughout March and April with support from Defences.

They will then continue the year as support to Iron Maiden on their North and South American leg of the Legacy Of The Beast tour from July to October.




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HEXVESSEL Premiers "Changeling" Music Video

HEXVESSEL Premiers "Changeling" Music Video

Finland's Hexvessel will release their new album, All Tree, on February 22nd via their own imprint Secret Trees, in an exclusive partnership with Century Media and Prophecy Productions for North America. The record will be available as Digipak CD and Gatefold LP with an exclusive bonus track. Pre-order here.

Today, the band release a video for the song "Changeling". The song features guest vocals from Neige from Alcest and prog legend Dirk Chapman from Uriel/Arzachel/Egg/National Health on flute. The video was directed by Vesa Ranta and Aapo Lahtela for Kaira Films.

Mat McNerney from Hexvessel says: "The song is about change, be it growing up from childhood to adulthood or hearing the call of a vocation you feel compelled to undertake. Metamorphosis in the knowledge that, in the spirit of Kinky Friedmans find what you love and let it kill you, there may never be a way back. Irreversible transformation. I think that's kind of my interpretation of Metsänpeitto (which literally means "covered by the forest"), the Finnish folklore phenomenon, where people went missing in the forest for unexplained reasons. Once the call of the forest gets in your blood, you never truly belong to the man-made world again, and you're never coming back. Eventually the forest draws you back home. This same myth, in various forms, also exists in Irish folklore with changeling children for example, who were switched by the fairies in infancy. The mythology of my upbringing, and of the country I have settled in, converging together into our "wyrd-folk" story. We are also especially honoured to have our dear brother Neige from Alcest on guest vocals and Dirk Chapman on flute for this song."

Founded in the magical forests of Finland, via the green and pleasant lands of England and Ireland, Hexvessel are wyrd folk. Formed in 2009 by Mat "Kvohst" McNerney, who having already made a name for himself in extreme metal bands in the UK where he was born and raised, and again in the Norwegian black metal scene, finally found his home in the land of the midnight sun. Settling in a country where mythology, tradition and pre-Christian heritage is still alive, McNerney, (who also fronts 1980s-excess-tinged gothic pop band Grave Pleasures), found solace in the constant reflection of Finland's pagan past, awakening secret knowledge that led to the formation of Hexvessel.

Since acclaimed debut album Dawnbearer (2011), Hexvessel have released two further albums of forest folk and bewitching psychedelia. They have played sold out headline tours in their homeland, been nominated for two Finnish Grammy awards, toured Europe together with bands like Sabbath Assembly and Alcest, graced the main stage at Roadburn in Holland and performed at SXSW in Texas, seeing their music on the charts and on many critics lists. They embellished their sonic rituals with mushroom-induced psychedelia on third and most recent best-selling album When We Are Death to widespread critical acclaim and continue to develop their sound.

Their new album All Tree sees the band expand upon McNerney's personal spiritual journey. Reunited with his co-songwriter from Dawnbearer, Andrew McIvor, they unfurl their primordial storytelling with a contemporary command of song-craft. During the writing of All Tree, as he sat by the fire in his summerhouse in the Finnish wilderness, McNerney recalled the summers of his youth, spent listening to Celtic ghost stories on his fathers family farm in Galway, Ireland. He began to write music that grew out of that connection between myth and nature and wanted the album to symbolize a pathway toward a spiritual revival of the old fables. From a youth spent in pastoral England to the boggy marsh woods of Ireland, to his homeland forests of Finland, McNerneys Hexvessel reveals natures universal tales of hidden spirits.

The pagan wilds are portals to reality. You go through them and you enter the universe. Hexvessel write songs in the oral tradition of the old balladeers. They weave everyman stories that create a bond between the teller and the audience, bringing alive a sense of shared purpose and spiritual history. With wife and collaborator Marja Konttinen, like-minded troubadour and co-writer Kimmo Helén, guitarist Jesse Heikkinen, the primal rhythms of Jukka Rämänen (Dark Buddha Rising), and the occult found-sounds of Antti Haapapuro (Aural Hypnox/Arktau Eos), Hexvessel has truly become a melting cauldron or vessel, a potent hex of spellwork.

By drawing on older folk acts like Shirley Collins, Vashti Bunyan, later folk rock bands such as Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention and King Crimson, to more recent artists such as Nick Cave and Coil, imbued with Karelian and Nordic folklore rhythms, Hexvessel have created a sound that is both ancient and modern. All Tree is about connection and roots, bringing the spirits of the past that we all share to a more mystical and fulfilling vision of the future.

Tracklisting:

"Blessing"
"Son Of The Sky"
"Old Tree"
"Changeling"
"Ancient Astronaut"
"Visions Of A.O.S."
"A Sylvan Sign"
"Wilderness Spirit"
"Otherworld Envoy"
"Birthmark"
"Journey To Carnac"
"Liminal Night"
"Closing Circles"
"Summer Fires" (bonus track)

"Son Of The Sky" video:

Old Tree:

Closing Circles live:




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ALTER BRIDGE Plans To Release Sixth Album In October

ALTER BRIDGE Plans To Release Sixth Album In October

ALTER BRIDGE is tentatively planning to release the follow-up to 2016's "The Last Hero" album in October.

Guitarist Mark Tremonti, who has spent much of the last year touring with his band TREMONTI, spoke about ALTER BRIDGE's next LP during a recent interview with Anne Erickson of Audio Ink Radio.

When asked if the new ALTER BRIDGE record will be out this year, Tremonti replied: "Yeah. I think the plan is to have it out this fall. I think maybe October is kind of the target."

According to Mark, the songwriting process for the ALTER BRIDGE's upcoming disc is in full swing. "I'm in the process now where I'm up till four in the morning every night writing, writing, writing," he said. "And on [the TREMONTI] tour, I'll be recording demos and whatnot, so once we get off this tour, I'll be going right into the studio with ALTER BRIDGE through March and April. And then after that, we'll do another TREMONTI run, which will be the final TREMONTI tour for this cycle. And then we'll be setting up for the tour later on with ALTER BRIDGE at the end of the year."

As for the direction of the new ALTER BRIDGE music, Tremonti said he's "trying to come from a different place. It's hard to explain. I'm trying to make it not be the same," he said. "We always try to reinvent ourselves with every record. Right now, it's a little early [to tell], 'cause me and Myles [Kennedy, guitar/vocals] haven't gotten together. So far, it's been me writing stuff and Myles writing stuff, and when we come together and combine the stuff, we really see what it's gonna sound like. But I'm trying to make it sound a little different than it has in the past. We'll see how it turns out."

Last fall, Kennedy told Myglobalmind that "a whole bunch of ideas" were "being thrown around" for ALTER BRIDGE's sixth album. "It's pretty exciting stuff. There is too early to tell what the vibe is just yet or what will make the cut," he said. "Mark and I tend to come up with a lot of ideas that we throw up against the wall to see what will stick. The songs we pick will decide the mood of the record and we won't know that until April."

ALTER BRIDGE's fifth studio album, "The Last Hero", was released in October 2016 via Caroline Records in the United States/Canada and Napalm Records throughout the rest of the globe. The 13-track opus was produced by longtime friend and collaborator Michael "Elvis" Baskette (SLASH, TREMONTI, TRIVIUM) and mastered by Grammy Award winner Ted Jensen.

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MARTY FRIEDMAN, JEFF LOOMIS Among Guests On New HANNES GROSSMANN Album, 'Apophenia'

MARTY FRIEDMAN, JEFF LOOMIS Among Guests On New HANNES GROSSMANN Album, 'Apophenia'

German prog and extreme metal virtuoso Hannes Grossmann (ALKALOID, TRIPTYKON) will release his third solo album, "Apophenia", on March 11.

Grossmann is a world-renowned drum maestro, formerly of NECROPHAGIST, OBSCURA and BLOTTED SCIENCE, and he can also be heard on many other guest projects, such as HATE ETERNAL and DARK FORTRESS, either as a session drummer, producer or as a guest live performer as well.

"Apophenia" features current members of ALKALOID Linus Klausenitzer (bass), Danny Tunker (lead and rhythm guitars), Morean (vocals), and Christian Muenzner (guest guitar solo) as well as other revered guest artists, such as Jeff Loomis (NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY), V. Santura (DARK FORTRESS, TRIPTYKON) and guitar virtuoso Marty Friedman (MEGADETH).

Grossmann's sophomore effort, "The Crypts Of Sleep" (2016) was critically praised by reviewers and fans, alike. "Apophenia" promises the same brutal and beautiful experience as his other works, with poignant commentary on the modern-day human existence.

"My main inspiration and intention is escapism," Grossmann says. "Just like country music or also pop music sometimes tries to escape the world we live in by fleeing into a fantasy world of joy and happiness, I'd rather try to escape into dark worlds, which are unsafe and negative, and that is also featured on the album."

Listen to the first track, "The Flying Pizza Conundrum", below.

"My dear friend Morean was kind enough to contribute lyrics for three of the songs, which deal with conspiracy theories, and more precisely with the Flat Earth Movement," Grossmann says. "The main topic of the album deals with these ideas and basically tells extremists to leave us alone with their stupidity and keep the made-up bullshit to themselves."

The title "Apophenia" means a "tendency to mistakenly perceive connections and meaning between unrelated things," a term invented by German psychiatrist Klaus Conrad in his 1958 publication on the beginning stages of schizophrenia. Grossmann chose this title because he deems the "unmotivated seeing of connections [accompanied by] a specific feeling of abnormal meaningfulness", which was Conrad's definition of the term, as something that has become more and more visible in the Internet, as well as in the public debate, but even in speeches or tweets of famous political leaders.

There are eight tracks on "Apophenia", each featuring its own facet of the overall theme:

01. Deep

02. Reeks Insidious

03. The War On Intelligence

04. Vacant Dreams

05. They

06. Dianetics Declined

07. Apophenia

08. The Flying Pizza Conundrum

All songs are written, arranged, mixed and produced by Grossmann at his Mordor Sounds Studio in Veitsbronn, Germany.

Photography by Alex Morgan Imaging

Apophenia by Hannes Grossmann

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OKILLY DOKILL Release “Reneducation” Video

OKILLY DOKILL Release “Reneducation” Video

Viral sensations Okilly Dokilly - the world's only "Nedal" band - recently announced the release of their upcoming second full-length album, entitled Howdilly Twodilly, scheduled for release on March 29th, 2019.

Today, after releasing the "Reneducation" single and announcing their upcoming Howdilly Twodilly Tourdilly (kicking off in April), Okilly Dokilly has revealed the new music video for "Reneducation".

In the Nick Mills-directed video, Head Ned does his best to educate a class of ho-diddly-opeful future Neds, only to come face to face with a very unruly student. Said student learns quickly - you don't mess with Ned!

Head Ned says about the video: "The 'Reneducation' music video is a visual illustration of proper 'Reneducation'. We've very excited to add some video content to our global lesson plan. We're also very excited to show the process of what happens when 'Reneducation' is rejected."

Howdilly Twodilly is set for release on March 29th, but fans can stream the first single, "Reneducation". The song is also available for download now via iTunes and Bandcamp. The Howdilly Twodilly album will be available for pre-order soon via retailers such as iTunes and Bandcamp. Track listing will be announced soon.

Regarding the album itself, Head Ned says: "On making the album - us Neds locked ourselves in the studio like we were waiting for a comet to hit Springfield. We shut the purple drapes, tuned the guitars to drop-diddly, floored the Geo and made one brutalino set of tunes. Howdilly Twodilly will hopefully take us one step closer to our ultimate goal of total global Reneducation. We'll have universal socially owned power tools and a much more even ratio of left-handers to right-handers at 100% to 0%. Making Howdilly Twodilly was a real treat for us Neds and we hope everyone will enjoy the required seven listens per day."

Howdilly Twodilly was recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by Jalipaz. Recording was completed at Audioconfusion in Mesa, AZ.

In celebration of today's single release, Okilly Dokilly is kicking off their Reneducation headline tour in San Diego, CA. The tour, featuring support from Playboy Manbaby, will visit several Western US cities, coming to an end on March 2nd in Austin, TX. Tickets are available now via individual venues or okillydokilly.com.




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RAUNCHY – Mighty Music To Reissue Debut Album Velvet Noise On Vinyl

RAUNCHY – Mighty Music To Reissue Debut Album Velvet Noise On Vinyl

Velvet Noise, the 2001 debut album for what was to become one of biggest metal exports from Denmark - Raunchy - will be reissued in vinyl for the first time. But it won't be a "regular" reissue. The record was remastered by Henrik West at Medley Studios (Copenhagen) and will be available in orange vinyl, gatefold edition, limited to 500 copies. The release date is April 12th, 2019.

The band comments: "We knew that we were something different to the Danish metal scene back then. We had a much more alternative approach on how we wanted metal music and OUR music to sound so we knew that we might get slaughtered when the reviews would start to tick in. I mean just our brand name Raunchy has no metal feel/meaning to it, so that was definitely a thing we knew would be uphill.

Also the fact that we pretty much looked like a typical generic band from the Britpop heydays of Blur, Suede, Oasis, Radiohead, The Verve etc. was another obstacle - but we couldnt care less.

Raunchy soon took off, signed a deal with Nuclear Blast and went touring the world. Velvet Noise, however, was the beginning of it all and will remain as one of the most successful debut albums from a Danish band ever.




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SURVIVOR Founder's JIM PETERIK & WORLD STAGE To Release Winds Of Change Album In April; "Without A Bullet Being Fired" Single Featuring LOVERBOY Singer MIKE RENO Streaming

SURVIVOR Founder's JIM PETERIK & WORLD STAGE To Release Winds Of Change Album In April; "Without A Bullet Being Fired" Single Featuring LOVERBOY Singer MIKE RENO Streaming

Winds Of Change is the long-awaited follow-up to Jim Peteriks now legendary Jim Peteriks World Stage album. Set for release on April 26th, Winds Of Change, is another musical masterpiece featuring brand new Peterik songs in collaboration with a whos who of melodic rocks greatest superstars, including Kevin Chalfant (ex-The Storm), Dennis DeYoung (ex-Styx), Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger), Lars Safsund and Robert Sall (Work Of Art), Toby Hitchcock (Pride Of Lions), Danny Vaughn (Tyketto), Mike Reno (Loverboy), Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon), Jason Scheff (ex-Chicago), and a very special previously unreleased track by the late, great Jimi Jamison.

Listen to the first single, "Without A Bullet Being Fired", featuring Mike Reno of Loverboy, below. Pre-order the album here.

Since the success of my first World Stage album back in 2001 and countless shows since, I have wanted to create a new musical legacy with this format, says Jim. "Listening to voices blending as one has always inspired me, going back to the Beatles and other great vocal groups. I have always considered myself as much a fan of great bands and artists as I am an artist myself, so a project like World Stage is a dream come true since I get to pay homage to those whose music I love, by writing and performing with them. With "Winds Of Change" I was honored to work with some of the best, adapting my writing and production styles to fit a particular act. Many of the songs were actually co- written with the artists appearing too."

Jim Peterik and World Stage arose from the initial idea that the musical and spiritual collaboration of great artists and friends could be something truly special. The resulting album clearly displays the many talents of Jim Peterik, enhanced and embellished by a cast of noted singers and musicians. "Mike RenoI would always watch from the wings back in the 80s when Survivor played dates with Loverboy. Id see the crowd go nuts when they hit "Working For The Weekend", so thats the vibe Mike and I tried to recreate with "Without A Bullet Being Fired", say Peterik. He continues, "I am still pinching myself that i am now writing songs with Dennis DeYoung for his new album. "Proof of Heaven", included on this album, is one of my proudest moments. Same inspiration was behind the title track "Winds Of Change" with Don Barnes and Danny Chauncey (.38 Special). Kelly Keagy and Kevin Chalfant and i had a blast capturing the energy of Night Ranger and The Storms hits with "I Will What I Want" and "Sometimes You Just Want More". respectively. And of course "Just For You" with the great Kevin Cronin is a very special moment for me. When I watched Danny Vaughn perform at Frontiers Festival a few years back, I immediately started planning to make him a part of World Stage. "The Hand I Was Dealt" is the result, which we co-wrote. "Home Fires" with the incredible Toby Hitchcock is a song I think any fan of Pride Of Lions will take to heart. And I have created new friendships with Work Of Art and Jason Scheff because of this record."

"I am a rabid fan of every artist on the album and it was such a thrill to try and bring out their best essence, but for me the most touching moment of this record is reviving an amazing lost track by the late great Jimi Jamison. As I mixed the new version, it was again like having Jimi in the studio with me as his stunning voice came through the monitors. There was not a dry eye in the room. With "Love You All Over The World", his spirit is still with us all," adds Peterik.

In conclusion, Peterik says, "World Stage, which I created soon after I parted ways with Survivor back in 1996, was my way of bringing together the melodic rock community. Setting aside any competition between us to create great melodic rock for the audience that craves it. Since then, every World Stage show has been a total love fest with each show featuring an ever changing array of great artists.

Winds Of Change certainly carries on that tradition and shows are in the planning stages that will reflect the lineup of this record.

Jim Peterik, through the years, has written or co-written some of rock's most memorable songs: "Vehicle" by the The Ides Of March (on which he was lead vocalist), "Eye Of The Tiger," "The Search Is Over," "High On You," and "I Can't Hold Back, hits for .38 Special such as "Hold On Loosely," "Caught Up In You," "Fantasy Girl," and "Rockin' Into The Night", "Heavy Metal" with Sammy Hagar, and many many more. Peterik, now a part of Pride of Lions with vocalist Toby Hitchcock, is one of the most esteemed and loved recording artists and songwriters, not only on the Frontiers label, but in the larger melodic rock community.

Tracklisting:

"Winds Of Change" (featuring Danny Chauncey and Don Barnes of .38 Special)
"Without A Bullet Being Fired" (featuring Mike Reno of Loverboy)
"Proof Of Heaven" (featuring Dennis DeYoung)
"Sometimes You Just Want More" (featuring Kevin Chalfant)
"Home Fires" (featuring Toby Hitchcock of Pride of Lions)
"Just For You" (featuring Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon)
"The Hand I Was Dealt" (featuring Danny Vaughn of Tyketto)
"Where Eagles Dare" (featuring Lars Safsund and Robert Sall of Work of Art)
"I Will What I Want" (featuring Kelly Keagy of Night Ranger)
"Youre Always There" (featuring Jason Scheff)
"Avalanche" (featuring Gunnar and Matt Nelson)
"Love You All Over The World" (featuring Jimi Jamison)

"Without A Bullet Being Fired" featuring Mike Reno:

Lineup:

Jim Peterik- Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Mike Aquino- Guitar- Lead And Rhythm
Ed Breckenfeld- Drums And Percussion
Dave Kelly- Drums
Colin Peterik- Drums
Klem Hayes- Bass
Bill Syniar- Bass
Bob Lizik- Bass
Jeff Lantz- Orchestral Arrangement of Youre Always There




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STEVE VAI On Pianist MIHO ARAI's Cover Of "Burning Rain" - "Her Brilliance Is Intoxicating" (Video)

STEVE VAI On Pianist MIHO ARAI's Cover Of "Burning Rain" - "Her Brilliance Is Intoxicating" (Video)

Guitar legend Steve Vai has checked in with the following:

"Check out this lovely rendition of 'Burning Rain' by Miho Arai. Her brilliance is intoxicating. This song appears on Piano Reductions Vol II in a studio-recorded format, and is available for purchase on SteveVaiStore.com."

"Burning Rain" appears on Vai's album, Alive In An Ultra World., released in 2001.

Miho Arai: "It is from Piano Reductions Vol.2, my recently released project/album with Steve Vai.

This piece is very special to me because it triggered a return to, and a higher appreciation for, my roots in Japan. It helped stimulate my recent interest in traditional Japanese music, which is currently a source of inspiration and creative direction for me.

I hope that you enjoy my performance!"




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JOURNEY: 'Live In Japan 2017: Escape + Frontiers' DVD+2CD And Blu-Ray+2CD Due In March

JOURNEY: 'Live In Japan 2017: Escape + Frontiers' DVD+2CD And Blu-Ray+2CD Due In March

On February 7, 2017, Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers JOURNEY proved their status as one of rock's best live bands when they brought their landmark albums "Escape" (just in time for its 35th anniversary) and "Frontiers" to the legendary Budokan stage in Japan. Eagle Rock Entertainment proudly presents this concert when "Journey Live In Japan 2017: Escape + Frontiers" is released on DVD+2CD and Blu-ray+2CD on March 29.

A triumphant evening of music, JOURNEY presented songs from 1981's "Escape" and 1983's "Frontiers". These albums, which produced eight Top 40 singles combined, have sold nearly 20 million copies worldwide, and cemented the San Francisco band's music in the cultural zeitgeist.

Kicking off the two-hour set with "Don't Stop Believin''', JOURNEY kicks into high gear, presenting a set not just of its hits, but deep album cuts like "Escape"'s "Lay It Down" and "Frontiers"' "Back Talk", which haven't been played live since the albums' original touring cycles. The concert, presented with a minimal stage set, without big extravagant light shows or monitors, lets the music do the talking. The spectacular musicianship of Neal Schon (founder / guitarist), Jonathan Cain (keyboardist), Ross Valory (bassist), Steve Smith (drummer) and Arnel Pineda (lead vocals) shines on famed hits like "Open Arms", "Who's Crying Now", "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" and "Faithfully".

A fantastic representation of the band's legacy, "Live In Japan 2017: Escape + Frontiers" showcases the enduring impact of JOURNEY and these songs.

Track listing:

DVD portion:

01. Don't Stop Believin' Intro

02. Don't Stop Believin'

03. Stone In Love

04. Who's Crying Now

05. Keep On Runnin'

06. Still They Ride

07. Escape

08. Lay It Down

09. Dead Or Alive

10. Neal Schon Guitar Solo

11. Mother, Father

12. Jonathan Cain Piano Solo

13. Open Arms

14. Separate Ways Intro

15. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)

16. Send Her My Love

17. Chain Reaction

18. After The Fall

19. Faithfully

20. Edge Of The Blade

21. Steve Smith Drum Solo

22. Back Talk

23. Frontiers

24. Rubicon

25. La Raza del Sol

26. Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'

2CD:

CD1: Escape

01. Don't Stop Believin' Intro

02. Don't Stop Believin'

03. Stone In Love

04. Who's Crying Now

05. Keep On Runnin'

06. Still They Ride

07. Escape

08. Lay It Down

09. Dead Or Alive

10. Neal Schon Guitar Solo

11. Mother, Father

12. Jonathan Cain Piano Solo

13. Open Arms

CD2: Frontiers

14. Separate Ways Intro

15. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)

16. Send Her My Love

17. Chain Reaction

18. After The Fall

19. Faithfully

20. Edge Of The Blade

21. Steve Smith Drum Solo

22. Back Talk

23. Frontiers

24. Rubicon

25. La Raza del Sol

26. Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'

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Former TIGERTAILZ Frontman KIM HOOKER Launches BARE KNUCKLE MESSIAHS

Former TIGERTAILZ Frontman KIM HOOKER Launches BARE KNUCKLE MESSIAHS

Ex-TIGERTAILZ frontman Kim Hooker has launched a new band called BARE KNUCKLE MESSIAHS. He is joined in the group by fellow former TIGERTAILZ members Andy Skinner (who replaced Ace Finchum) on drums and Cy (who replaced Jay Pepper) on lead guitar. Completing the lineup is Hooker's longtime friend and former S.E.X. bassist JJ, whom Hooker describes as "not the serial killer he seems."

BARE KNUCKLE MESSIAHS' 10-track debut album will be released in the first quarter of 2019. An accompanying music video has been filmed and will make its online debut soon.

Hooker says: "I've always been into the heavier side of rock music, and this album is the album I've always wanted to make. It's my kind of music. It's been a long time coming, because, for me, it had to feel like the right time to do it, but I know it'll be worth the wait. We're itching to get out and play the stuff live in 2019."

Hooker replaced lead vocalist Steevi Jaimz in TIGERTAILZ in 1988 and was in the band until 1996, and again from 2005 to 2012.

He told Soundtrack Of Our Youth: History Of Hair Metal Music about his last exit from TIGERTAILZ: "What led to the split was that I just couldnt see a way forward after Pepsi [Tate, bass] died, and I was always left feeling like we were shortchanging fans as a band. I asked myself would I want to see MÖTLEY CRÜE without Nikki Sixx or MOTÖRHEAD without Lemmy and the answer was obvious. Pepsi was that important in TIGERTAILZ. He was 90 percent of the band. It was a huge loss."

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SLASH Reflects On His Back Catalogue - “VELVET REVOLVER Was A Really Difficult Time... It Never Felt As Good As It Looked From The Outside"

SLASH Reflects On His Back Catalogue - “VELVET REVOLVER Was A Really Difficult Time... It Never Felt As Good As It Looked From The Outside"

In a new article from The Guardian, guitar hero Slash picks the best of his back catalogue, from his Guns N Roses heyday to Velvet Revolver and collaborations with Bob Dylan and late Motörhead legend Lemmy. An excerpt follows:

Velvet Revolver, "Slither":

When Slash left Guns N Roses in 1996, he had his own project, Slashs Snakepit, up and running, but was adrift in many other ways. John Lennon had his lost weekend; I had a lost decade in the 90s. But the one thing I was doing with Snakepit was to try and do something that had something solid underneath.

Velvet Revolver - the group he formed with his old Guns colleagues McKagan and Matt Sorum, plus guitarist Dave Kushner and - especially - singer Scott Weiland was not an easy ride, though. Velvet Revolver was a really difficult time. It never felt as good as it looked from the outside. It was a cool combination - but I didnt help, and we all fell off the wagon after a while.

Did the news of Weilands death in December 2015, of an accidental overdose, come as any surprise? When you get that phone call... it was a shock and at the same time it was, Why should it be a shock?

Find the full article at The Guardian.

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators are hitting the road this summer in support of their new album, Living The Dream. North American dates are listed below.

Dates:

July
15 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield Theater
17- Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
18 - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
20 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Convention Centre
21 - Calgary, AB - Grey Eagle Resort & Casino
23 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre
25 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst / Riverside / Turner Hall
26 - Windsor, ON - Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
29 - Toronto, ON - Rebel
31 - Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theatre

August
1 - Northfield, OH - Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park
3 - Prior Lake, MN - Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
6 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
7 - Fort Wayne, IN - Performance Pavilion at Sweetwater
9 - Council Bluffs, IA - Harrah's - Stir Cove
12 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle Atlanta
13 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live Orlando

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE Releases Lyric Video For New Song 'Master Of Peace'

RHAPSODY OF FIRE Releases Lyric Video For New Song 'Master Of Peace'

The official lyric video for the song "Master Of Peace" from Italian symphonic power metal kings RHAPSODY OF FIRE can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "The Eighth Mountain", which will be released on February 22 via AFM Records. The disc will be the band's first collection of brand new material to feature vocalist Giacomo Voli and drummer Manu Lotter, who joined RHAPSODY OF FIRE in 2016.

The band states: "We are thrilled to release a new lyric video of our song 'Master Of Peace', taken from our upcoming album 'The Eighth Mountain'. In this new song, our hero is facing the challenge to bring peace and make his army victorious while being painfully constraint to watch the battlefield turning red and witness the loss of countless lives under his command. All victories have a price."

The track listing for the disc is as follows:

01. Abyss Of Pain

02. Seven Heroic Deeds

03. Master Of Peace

04. Rain Of Fury

05. White Wizard

06. Warrior Heart

07. The Courage To Forgive

08. March Against The Tyrant

09. Clash Of Times

10. The Legend Goes On

11. The Wind, The Rain And The Moon

12. Tales Of A Hero's Fate

RHAPSODY OF FIRE holds a special position in the exciting and multi-faceted world of heavy metal: Like few other acts, the band from Italy stands for anthemnic symphonic metal presented with lots of speed, great pathos and technical refinement. Another characteristic that the band's fans love: At the beginning of their career in particular (at the time still under the shorter moniker of RHAPSODY), their songs presented a mythical, album-transcending saga.

Who doesn't like to recall classics such as "Legendary Tales" (1992), "Symphony Of Enchanted Lands" (1998) or "Dawn Of Victory" (2000)? RHAPSODY OF FIRE has now returned to the very strengths of those albums. "The Eighth Mountain" combines spirited songs and epic chorus parts with lavish orchestra arrangements. At the same time, the album marks the beginning of a new, exciting saga that's typical of this band.

First of all, there's been an important personnel change: vocalist Giacomo Voli has been at the group's musical helm for the last three years, and he has not only accepted the powerful heritage, he has also brought fresh momentum to the RHAPSODY OF FIRE fold. Voli's broader range and vocal power impresses keyboardist Alex Staropoli, RHAPSODY OF FIRE's founder and main songwriter. "Giacomo is like a breath of fresh air for the group and his expressive voice has been a great inspiration to my compositions," Alex says. "That's one of the reasons why our songwriting sounds more positive again. A number of passages on 'Dark Wings Of Steel' seemed too sad and minor-oriented to me in retrospect. 'The Eighth Mountain', on the other hand, features much more optimistic major-key atmospheres."

To dress the new material in appropriately lavish sounds to suit its extravagant songwriting, RHAPSODY OF FIRE has worked with a major orchestra again. This time the musicians of the acclaimed Bulgarian National Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, renowned for their contribution to more than 600 movie soundtracks, were instrumental in recording "The Eighth Mountain"'s sublime, atmospherically dense overall sound. Two choirs featuring more than 20 vocalists, as well as a number of soloists playing medieval instruments, also deserve to be mentioned.

The album was mixed and mastered by Sebastian "Seeb" Levermann (ORDEN OGAN), an acknowledged expert of haunting sounds. The lyrical content of "The Eighth Mountain" marks the beginning of a new story, developed by Roby De Micheli and Alex Staropoli under the title of the "Nephlins Empire Saga" which is based on those fascinating fantasy elements (including the narration courtesy of prestigious British Dracula actor Christopher Lee on the final song "Tales Of A Hero's Fate") that RHAPSODY OF FIRE is renowned for, in this instance roughly speaking lost, corrupted souls.

"People will find out more details of the saga when they listen to the lyrics," says Staropoli, not wanting to give away all the album's secrets. Just this much: "It's about which path in life you choose. The story may be fictitious but quite obviously relates to reality the way we experience it every day."

Last but not least, this superb release is enhanced by the fascinating cover artwork courtesy of Alex Charleux, with whom RHAPSODY OF FIRE has already collaborated on the compilation "Legendary Years" (2017). Staropoli says: "The artwork is really breathtaking and has an incredibly impressive effect, particularly the vinyl version. It would be impossible to illustrate the new saga better than on this cover."

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Listen To New QUEENSRŸCHE Song 'Blood Of The Levant'

Listen To New QUEENSRŸCHE Song 'Blood Of The Levant'

A brand-new QUEENSRŸCHE song, "Blood Of The Levant", can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "The Verdict", which will be released on March 1 via Century Media Records. The disc was produced, mixed, and mastered by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (ROB ZOMBIE, ICED EARTH, HATEBREED) at Uberbeatz in Lynwood, Washington; Planet-Z in Wilbraham, Massachusetts; and Watershed Studio in Seattle, Washington.

Says QUEENSRŸCHE singer Todd La Torre: "I'm extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish on this record. The relentless dedication and hard work of everyone involved has been very rewarding. I am excited and looking forward to it no longer just belonging to us, but belonging to the world. We hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it!"


Michael "Whip" Wilton (guitar) adds: "'The Verdict' is the most metal and the most progressive record we have made in a long time. I couldn't possibly be more excited for everyone to hear this."

"The Verdict" track listing:

01. Blood Of The Levant

02. Man The Machine

03. Light-Years

04. Inside Out

05. Propaganda Fashion

06. Dark Reverie

07. Bent

08. Inner Unrest

09. Launder The Conscience

10. Portrait

Todd spoke about "The Verdict"'s musical direction with Eclectic Arts, saying: "It's got more driving songs on this record than the last one I think there's elements that are more progressive some different time signatures. It's a good-flowing album. There's some slow, kind of haunting, creepy, cool stuff on this record," he continued. "Like I say, there's more progressive elements on this one, I think certainly more, I think, than the last one. The song 'Condition Hüman' was kind of progressive in QUEENSRŸCHE's standards, so there's kind of some of those elements going on. Really good lyrical content thought-provoking stuff. Certainly never trying to tell anyone what to think, but to think. Again, a lot of it deals with things that are happening in the world that everyone can identify with and relate to. I tried to have some really good vocal acrobatics on this [album]. There's not a ton of high singing, but there's some high stuff on there vocally. I mean, it just sounds like a great QUEENSRŸCHE album to me. But you never know until you put it out to everyone, and then it's not yours anymore."

"The Verdict" will mark QUEENSRŸCHE's third full-length release with La Torre, following the departure of Geoff Tate in 2012.

For the past two years, drummer Scott Rockenfield has been taking time off from QUEENSRŸCHE's touring activities to spend time with his young son, who was born in early 2017. Filling in for him is former KAMELOT drummer Casey Grillo.

La Torre, who has played drums since the age of 13, laid down the drum tracks on "The Verdict".

QUEENSRŸCHE's spring U.S. headline tour with special guests FATES WARNING will kick off on March 2 in Orlando, making stops in major markets such as New York, Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and will wrap on April 3 in Seattle. THE CRINGE will be joining both bands on select dates.

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BERNIE TORMÉ Is Now On A Ventilator In Intensive Care

BERNIE TORMÉ Is Now On A Ventilator In Intensive Care

The family of Bernie Tormé says that there has been no improvement in the guitarist's health after he was hospitalized earlier this week with double pneumonia.

It was reported a few days ago that the Irish musician was "extremely ill" and he has since been placed on a ventilator.

The family's statement reads: "Whilst Bernie remains in great hands in hospital, there has been no improvement in his condition and last night he was placed on a ventilator.

"Bernie remains in intensive care.

"Your continued thoughts, prayers and best wishes are most welcome."

Tormé is known for stepping in and saving the day for Ozzy when Randy Rhoads tragically died. Ozzy and Bernie hadn't seen each other since the early '80s (after Bernie left the band) before reconnecting last summer at the Sweden Rock Festival. Tormé also toured the world as the lead axeman in GILLAN and formed DESPERADO with TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider and ex-IRON MAIDEN drummer Clive Burr, as well as fronting his own bands ELECTRIC GYPSIES and TORME (featuring Phil Lewis of L.A. GUNS/GIRL fame).

A young Zakk Wylde witnessed Bernie playing with Ozzy at Madison Square Garden in New York City on the one of the very few dates Bernie did with Ozzy. Zakk called Bernie "his hero" and insisted on a selfie when they met at Sweden Rock.

Ozzy told Rolling Stone about meeting up with Bernie at Sweden Rock: "I haven't seen him for a fucking thousand years. Someone told me he was outside my dressing room. I went, 'No.' He said, 'I'll never forget the time I played with you, Ozzy. It was a lot of fun.' I couldn't remember what he looks like. It had been that long."

Last November, Tormé released a double album called "Shadowland". Recorded last year at Barnroom Studios, the disc was the first release from Bernie's new trio. The album also featured a guest appearance from Bernie's former GILLAN bandmate Colin Towns.

Tormé has recorded over 24 albums in his career to date as a solo artist or bandmember.

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SEBASTIAN BACH Defends KISS Over 'Lip-Sync' Accusations

SEBASTIAN BACH Defends KISS Over 'Lip-Sync' Accusations

Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach has defended KISS against claims that the band is using pre-recorded tracks during its farewell tour.

Ever since KISS's "End Of The Road" trek launched last month, there has been persistent online chatter about frontman Paul Stanley allegedly singing to a backing tape. The speculation stemmed from the fact that Stanley had been struggling to hit the high notes in many of the band's classic songs for a number of years.

Bach, a self-proclaimed KISS über fan, weighed in on the rumors of playback tracks after witnessing the band's February 12 concert at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Sebastian wrote in a series of tweets: "KISS hit the exact same notes [Tuesday] night in Anaheim that they did in their 30s.

"I listened to Paul Stanley sing his ass off LIVE. I paid tribute to the band that has given us more than any other band that any of us can name. I have seen way more obvious use of backing tracks than with KISS.

"KISS is not lip syncing," he added. "There are too busy putting on the greatest rock show you will ever see."

Bach's comments came just hours after MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx called out another band for using taped vocals during its live performances after it previously derided other groups for doing the same thing.

Sixx wrote on Twitter: "Certain band out on the road right now putting other bands DOWN and saying that they are a REAL rock band, no background singers,and other old people cranky comments except his lead vocals are on tape.People in glass houses shouldn't throw rocks. #GetOffMyLawn #WizardOfOz"

Most fans assumed that Sixx was referring to KISS, especially since KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has previously slammed bands who used backing tapes for not being honest enough to include that fact on their concert tickets.

After KISS played on NBC's "America's Got Talent" last September, Stanley was asked by Rolling Stone if that was actually a live performance or if he and his bandmates tracked it earlier. "What you tend to do is record it live and that way you know that everything is as it should be," he responded. "It's not like going into the studio or anything like that. It'swith all its imperfections, it's live."

Photo credit: Lizzy Gonzalez

Kiss hit the exact same notes last night in Anaheim that they did in their 30s I don't know what show you went to Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) February 14, 2019


I am saying that I went to see KISS and I fucking saw KISS. I listened to Paul Stanley sing his ass off LIVE. I paid tribute to the band that has given us more than any other band that any of us can name. I have seen way more obvious use of backing tracks then with KISS. Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) February 14, 2019



KISS is not lip syncing. There are too busy putting on the greatest rock show you will ever see. Or not. Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) February 14, 2019



What people are saying about them is that they are the best band they have ever seen. Anyone with a different opinion did not go to the show. #fact https://t.co/BDRj5BtHVK Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) February 14, 2019



KISS has given us more than any other band that you could name. Without question. This new tour is our last chance to salute the Hottest Band in the Land. The ones that did it first and better than anyone else ever has or will https://t.co/xedQkJDi1K Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) February 14, 2019

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Did NIKKI SIXX Call Out KISS For Allegedly Using Backing Tracks During Live Concerts?

Did NIKKI SIXX Call Out KISS For Allegedly Using Backing Tracks During Live Concerts?

MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has called out another band for using taped vocals during its live performances after it previously derided other groups for doing the same thing.

Sixx wrote on Twitter: "Certain band out on the road right now putting other bands DOWN and saying that they are a REAL rock band, no background singers,and other old people cranky comments except his lead vocals are on tape. People in glass houses shouldn't throw rocks. #GetOffMyLawn #WizardOfOz"

Some fans have speculated that Sixx is referring to KISS, whose lead singer Paul Stanley has been struggling to hit the high notes in many of the band's classic songs for a number of years. As a result, Stanley has been accused of singing to a backing tape on KISS's just-launched "End Of The Road" tour.

Back in 2015, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons slammed bands who used backing tapes for not being honest enough to include that fact on their concert tickets.

"I have a problem when you charge $100 to see a live show and the artist uses backing tracks," Simmons said. "It's like the ingredients in food. If the first ingredient on the label is sugar, that's at least honest. It should be on every ticket you're paying $100, 30 to 50 percent of the show is [on] backing tracks and they'll sing sometimes, sometimes they'll lip synch. At least be honest. It's not about backing tracks, it's about dishonesty.

"There's nobody with a synthesizer on our stage, there's no samples on the drums, there's nothing," Gene continued. "There's very few bands who do that now AC/DC, METALLICA, us. I can't even say that about U2 or THE [ROLLING] STONES. There's very few bands who don't use (backing) tracks."

Sixx has defended CRÜE's use of backing tracks during live concerts, saying, "We've used technology since '87." He said the group employed "sequencers, sub tones, background vox tracks, plus background singers and us. [MÖTLEY CRÜE also taped] stuff we can't tour with, like cello parts in ballads, etc.... We love it and don't hide it. It's a great tool to fill out the sound."

In a 2014 interview, MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars admitted that he wasn't comfortable with the fact that his band used pre-recorded backing vocals in its live shows, claiming that he preferred to watch groups whose performances are delivered entirely live.

"I don't like it," he said. "I think a band like ours I have to say '60s bands were my favorite '60s and '70s bands because they were real, like, three-piece bands or four-piece bands, and they just got up there and kicked it up. Made a mistake? So what? Sounded a little bit empty here or there? So what? It's the bigness and the rawness and the people that developed and wrote the songs and made them and presented them. To me, that's what I really like. I mean, I could put on a MÖTLEY CD and play with it all day long. I don't wanna do that."

Certain band out on the road right now putting other bands DOWN and saying that they are a REAL rock band, no background singers,and other old people cranky comments except his lead vocals are on tape.People in glass houses shouldnt throw rocks. #GetOffMyLawn #WizardOfOz ⚡️ xxıS ıʞʞıN ⚡️ (@NikkiSixx) February 13, 2019

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SLASH Confirms New GUNS N' ROSES Material Is In The Works, Praises 'Really Magical' Reunion Tour

SLASH Confirms New GUNS N' ROSES Material Is In The Works, Praises 'Really Magical' Reunion Tour

Slash recently spoke to Japanese music critic and radio personality Masa Ito of TVK's "Rock City" about the possibility of a new studio LP from GUNS N' ROSES in the not-too-distant future.

"Axl [Rose, vocals], Duff [McKagan, bass], myself and Richard [Fortus, guitar] have all talked about there's material and stuff going on already for a new record," he confirmed (see video below). "It's just, with GUNS N' ROSES, you don't go, 'Oh, there is a plan, and it's gonna be like this,' because that's not how it works. So, basically, the only real answer to give is we're hoping to put a new record out, and we'll just see what happens when it happens."

GUNS kicked off its long-rumored and long-awaited reunion tour in April 2016 with a club show in Hollywood and appearances in Las Vegas and at California's Coachella festival.

The "Not In This Lifetime" tour features classic lineup members Slash, McKagan and Rose backed by Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and second keyboardist Melissa Reese.

"It was surprising in and of itself when we got [back] together in the first place." Slash told "Rock City". "And then the first show that we did was magic that was unbelievable. That first series of shows that we did around Coachella back in April of 2016, it was just such a huge thing. For the guys in the band for myself to be on stage with Duff and Axl and just have that chemistry was so powerful. You forget, because it had been a lot of years since I jammed with both those guys, and it was really powerful. And one thing led to another, and we just ended up having this amazing tour that you couldn't possibly dream of. It was a really great tour. And it lasted a really long time. I think it was the longest tour we ever did. It was about two and a half years."

Although GUNS N' ROSES had been notorious for internal friction, with Axl and Slash ending their initial collaboration in 1993 following a show in Buenos Aires, the guitarist says that they "really, really had a great time" on the reunion tour. "There was no bullshit," he explained. "It was one of those situations, a lot of people like to show an appearance and say, 'Oh, it's great and this and that and the other,' but the reality is something else. But for us, this whole thing was really a magical experience. The band was great, the fucking entourage, the crew, the whole production was just like this really great marriage of people, and we just all had a really good time. And the fans were amazing. So I'm really happy that it happened."

GUNS N' ROSES' latest studio album, "Chinese Democracy", came out in 2008 and featured only Axl from the classic lineup.

The last album on which Rose, McKagan and Slash appeared together was 1993's covers set "The Spaghetti Incident?"

Slash released his fourth solo album and third with his band THE CONSPIRATORS, "Living The Dream", last September.

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BLAZE BAYLEY To Perform Special IRON MAIDEN Setlist 25 Years After He Joined Band

BLAZE BAYLEY To Perform Special IRON MAIDEN Setlist 25 Years After He Joined Band

British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley, who fronted IRON MAIDEN from 1994 until 1999, will playing a special MAIDEN setlist at select festivals in 2019. Choosing songs from his era with the band, these shows will celebrate 25 years since Blaze joined IRON MAIDEN. This will be the first and last opportunity to see such a setlist.

Blaze, who will release a new album and DVD, "Live In France" on March 1, and has just returned from a successful stint touring Latin America, sees this as the perfect opportunity to celebrate his time in MAIDEN which was such a positive experience and influence on his career as a whole.

Blaze says: "Twenty-five years ago, my great adventure with IRON MAIDEN began. It was a wonderful five years in my career and something I'm very proud of. Since then, I have toured almost every year and made 11 studio albums and three live albums. Recently, many fans have asked me to perform songs from the two albums I recorded with IRON MAIDEN, so this year to celebrate that magical time, I'm doing a full set of my favorite songs from [1995's] 'The X Factor' and [1998's] 'Virtual XI' albums at festivals.

"My voice has developed and changed since my time as lead vocalist with IRON MAIDEN. Now I feel I'm singing better than ever, so I'm very excited about singing those old songs with the voice I have now."

These are the festivals which will feature a special IRON MAIDEN setlist:

Jun. 06 - Sweden Rock

Jun. 14 - Rock the Coast, Spain

Jul. 27 - Headbangers Open Air, Germany

Aug. 09 - Mannried Open Air, Switzerland

Aug. 10 - Dark River Festival, Finland

The band at these shows will be Blaze's regular touring and recording outfit taken from British band ABSOLVA, plus ICED EARTH bassist and ABSOLVA guitarist Luke Appleton.

Blaze Bayley - lead vocals

Chris Appleton - guitar and backing vocals

Luke Appleton - guitar and backing vocals

Martin Mcnee - drums

Karl Schramm - bass and backing vocals

Chris Appleton says: "Normally when we perform as Blaze's band, we are a four-piece, including Blaze, so just myself on lead guitar and that really works for us. But for these MAIDEN sets, we think it's really cool to bring in my brother Luke as second guitarist to enhance the MAIDEN feel.

"It's an honor for us to play these songs with Blaze, increasingly recognized as an important chapter in MAIDEN's history

An additional celebration of the anniversary is a re-interpretation of "The X Factor" album cover art done by the very talented Akirant Illustration to help promote these shows and on a special run of T-shirts. Bayley would like to thank Akirant for his excellent work and also thank IRON MAIDEN manager Rod Smallwood and his team for their kind authorization and messages of support.

In a 2017 interview with Spain's EMP Live, Blaze talked about the obstacles he faced while trying to become accepted by MAIDEN fans as Bruce's replacement.

"I think for all of us, if we fall in love with a band and we fall in love with a voice, it is very difficult to make an adjustment to a new voice," he explained. "And for me, I had incredible support from thousands of fans all over the world. But there are some fans that hated me, hated my voice and they still do. And that's okay, because it's not for everyone.

"My style is very different to Bruce, and when [IRON MAIDEN] chose me to replace Bruce, I was very surprised because my voice is so different," he continued. "But it is the most incredible job. As a heavy metal singer, it's perhaps the number one job that you can have to be the singer of IRON MAIDEN. So my passion and my heart was there, and the music that we made on 'The X Factor' and 'Virtual XI', which have been re-released now on vinyl, was incredible. And people that perhaps didn't like the change at the time, now they go back and listen differently, with fresh ears, to the records and the music that we made then, and perhaps that's why now I've become more popular than I ever was after IRON MAIDEN. Now, more than twenty years, people really start to take notice of what Blaze Bayley is doing."

According to Blaze, his dismissal from MAIDEN in January 1999 came as a total shock, but he doesn't believe the band was completely to blame for the decision. "The main reason that I was leaving IRON MAIDEN is because of EMI [MAIDEN's record label] and the business," he said. "That is what I believe. At the time, BLACK SABBATH had the reunion with Ozzy [Osbourne], DEEP PURPLE had the original lineup with Ian Gillan reunion, and CD sales worldwire were going down. And I think the record company put a lot of pressure on the band to have a reunion. So, for me, it was a horrible time, but it is still a time I think of very fondly. And Steve Harris [IRON MAIDEN bassist] was really like a mentor to me and taught me so much about songwriting. So those values and the things that he taught me are things that I put into my own work now."

Blaze also shot down speculation that there was bad blood between him and Dickinson, insisting that the two singers have always had an amiable relationship. "Bruce Dickinson and I have been friends before [I was in] IRON MAIDEN, and Bruce Dickinson was very supportive of me when I was in IRON MAIDEN and after IRON MAIDEN," Blaze said. "When he had his own radio show, he helped me and played my music on his show. And my newest video, for 'Escape Velocity', was actually filmed at his aircraft simulator. So he had helped me a great deal."

Image courtesy of Duke TV

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AEROSMITH's 'Hollywood Walk Of Fame' Star Ceremony Postponed

AEROSMITH's 'Hollywood Walk Of Fame' Star Ceremony Postponed

Due to severe weather conditions today, the unveiling of AEROSMITH's Hollywood Walk Of Fame star has been postponed.

Singer Steven Tyler was scheduled to be joined by actress Sharon Stone in speaking at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony in front of the Musicians Institute. That ceremony is now postponed until further notice.

Steven tweeted earlier today: "FOLKS, WE TRIED TO GET OUR STAR TODAY... BUT ITS UNDERWATER AND WE FORGOT OUR SCUBA GEAR!! NEW DATE FOR @HWDWALKOFFAME COMING SOON!! STAY TUNED AND STAY DRY! WE LOVE AND THANK YOU ALL! @AEROSMITH"

AEROSMITH Steven Tyler (vocals), Joe Perry (lead guitar), Brad Whitford (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass) and Joey Kramer (drums) is a living piece of American music history, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. They are the recipients of countless awards including four Grammys, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards and 12 MTV Video Music Awards, among many other honors. Proving that they can cross genre-boundaries with ease, these rock legends have even taken home a Soul Train Award for "Best Rap Single" for their remix of RUN DMC's "Walk This Way". This year, the legacy continues with the band launching their Las Vegas residency, "Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild", beginning Saturday, April 6 at the Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort. And in 2020, they will celebrate a milestone, their 50th anniversary as a band.

In addition to their musical legacy, band members have also used their platform to give back. For instance, in November 2015, Tyler founded his philanthropic initiative Janie's Fund, in partnership with Youth Villages, to bring hope and healing to girls who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect. He was honored for this work in 2016 when the United Nations named him the recipient of Humanitarian Award. He is also deeply involved in the fight to protect the rights of established and emerging songwriters as a member of the Grammy Creators' Alliance, and a tireless advocate for raising awareness of addiction issues and recovery solutions.

Photo credit: Zack Whitford

FOLKS, WE TRIED TO GET OUR STAR ? TODAY... BUT ITS UNDERWATER AND WE FORGOT OUR SCUBA GEAR!! NEW DATE FOR @HWDWALKOFFAME COMING SOON!! STAY TUNED AND STAY DRY! WE LOVE AND THANK YOU ALL! @AEROSMITH pic.twitter.com/b2gFho6ruv Steven Tyler (@IamStevenT) February 14, 2019

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Watch PAPA ROACH Perform 'Elevate' At The Roxy

Watch PAPA ROACH Perform 'Elevate' At The Roxy

Last month, PAPA ROACH played a special run of five shows in its home state of California to celebrate the release of the band's 10th studio album, "Who Do You Trust?" The group closed out the run with three very special shows at the landmark West Hollywood venue The Roxy, presented by SiriusXM.

Professionally filmed video footage of PAPA ROACH performing the song "Elevate" at The Roxy can be seen below.

"Who Do You Trust?" was released on January 18 through Eleven Seven Music. The 12-song disc features the band's signature heavy rhythmic guitars and catchy hooks on "Who Do You Trust" and "Renegade Music", with "Not The Only One" supplying melody and emotionally charged lyrics. The album is produced by Nick "RAS" Furlong and Colin Cunningham except for "Top Of The World", which is produced by Jason Evigan.


Asked why PAPA ROACH decided to work on new music so soon after the release of 2017's "Crooked Teeth", guitarist Jerry Horton told the Milwaukee radio station 102.9 The Hog: "Normally, we give it a couple of years to two and a half years, just because the touring cycles usually take a pretty long time. And then six months we'll do [in the studio] for the record. This time it was, like, a year on tour and maybe three months [in the studio]. We got in with the same guys [producers Nicholas 'RAS' Furlong and Colin Brittain] that we did 'Crooked Teeth' with, and we have this flow together, and it just went really quick."

He continued: "We've been doing this for so long that we kind of know if we get to a certain point with a song that it's not happening naturally, then we just kind of set it aside and move on to something else and then maybe come back to it later. But we don't try and sit there and force it for days on end like we used to."

Horton previously told Morgan Richards Interviews that PAPA ROACH's new material would see him and his bandmates "really trying to explore more dynamics and not just be a wall of guitars all the time."

Frontman Jacoby Shaddix described the musical direction of the new PAPA ROACH songs to the Lazer 103.3 radio station as "a pretty bold evolution," saying that the tracks on "Who Do You Trust?" are "so inspiring and just unique and different and rocking and anthemic and passionate."

PAPA ROACH will join SHINEDOWN and ASKING ALEXANDRIA on the 2019 North American leg of the "Attention! Attention!" world tour.

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New CHRIS CORNELL Documentary To Be Co-Produced By BRAD PITT And PETER BERG

New CHRIS CORNELL Documentary To Be Co-Produced By BRAD PITT And PETER BERG

According to Variety , a new documentary film focusing on the life of SOUNDGARDEN and AUDIOSLAVE frontman Chris Cornell is in the works.

The film will be produced by Cornell's widow, Vicky, along with Brad Pitt and Peter Berg's Film 45 production company. Berg ("Lone Survivor", "Deepwater Horizon") will direct.

Film 45 is a separate entity from Berg's Film 44 film and TV company that is home to his narrative projects.

Cornell, who committed suicide in 2017, was honored last month at a tribute concert in Los Angeles, where the remaining members of SOUNDGARDEN and AUDIOSLAVE, along with METALLICA, FOO FIGHTERS and others, performed.

A box set featuring music from all three of Cornell's bands, as well as his solo records, was issued in November.

Cornell was pronounced dead on May 18, 2017 after being found unresponsive in his Detroit hotel room. SOUNDGARDEN had played a show earlier that evening. The 52-year-old had sedatives and an anxiety drug in his system, but died as a result of hanging himself.

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Exclusive: DOMINANZ Premieres “Ruins Of Destruction” Video

Exclusive: DOMINANZ Premieres “Ruins Of Destruction” Video

Dominanz is an extreme metal band with black metal influences hailing from Norway. They are ready with their third full length, Let The Death Enter. This time they entered Øystein G. Bruns (Borknagar) Crosound Studio. They used most of 2017/2018 in Crosound Studio to perfect the sound of the new album. The final touch was made by the mastermind Dan Swanö at Unisound Studio. BraveWords is premiering the first video from the album, "Ruins Of Destruction":

Dominanz comments on new video, Ruins Of Destruction: The song, and the video was the seed for our upcoming album, a slow growth/slow burn. Sound-wise it laid the foundation for what would come, even though it also represents the last works of incarnation no. 2 of Dominanz. And of course it is based on good Christian values, ethics, morals and beliefs.

On this album Dominanz are more influenced by their roots from the black metal, but for sure keep their atmospheric signature.

The album will be released via Mighty Music on CD/LP/Digital on March 22nd.

First single/video "Ruins Of Destruction" will be released on February 15th.




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METALLICA Tops $150 Million On WorldWired Tour

METALLICA Tops $150 Million On WorldWired Tour

The total gross from Metallica's current WorldWired tour, that launched in 2016, has surpassed the $150 million threshold with the latest tally reaching $155.9 million, reportsEric Frankenbergof Billboard.

Metallica restarted their most recent North American jaunt on January 18th; the limited 2019 leg has grossed $14.4 million and sold 123,792 tickets so far.While Cleveland, OH claims the legs highest gross, the Raleigh, NC, show posted the best attendance numbers, selling 19,361 tickets. So far, the tour has sold 1,554,470 tickets in total. Learn more at this location.

MetallicaTV has uploaded this footage of Metallica performing the Kill 'Em All album track, "Phantom Lord", at US Bank Arena Cincinnati, OH on January 30th:

Watch Metallica perform the Hardwired... To Self-Destruct album track, "Atlas, Rise!", at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN on January 24th:

Metallica performs next on February 28th at Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The band's complete tour schedule, which stretches into August, can be found at this location.






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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH Interviews ALICE IN CHAINS' JERRY CANTRELL For 'It's Electric!' Radio Show (Video)

METALLICA's LARS ULRICH Interviews ALICE IN CHAINS' JERRY CANTRELL For 'It's Electric!' Radio Show (Video)

ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell recently joined Lars Ulrich for a special edition of "It's Electric!", the METALLICA drummer's online radio show on Apple Music's Beats 1. The two longtime friends discuss Jerry's journey from the early days of the Seattle sound to the writing of ALICE's Grammy-nominated new album, "Rainier Fog". Listen to Jerry talk the bands reunion, dynamic, and more in a full-hour deep dive into the life of one of rock and roll's most influential and resilient artists.

Speaking about the impetus for the ALICE IN CHAINS reunion after singer Layne Staley's death, which was the 2005 Indian earthquake and tsunami that found the band getting their friends together for a concert to raise money for victims, Jerry said: "We didn't know what we were doing. And we actually asked a bunch of our friends to gig with us, and they did, like Phil Anselmo and Ann Wilson and William [DuVall]. We did gigs with our buddies and stuff, singing a few songs and stuff like that. Before Sean [Kinney, drums] called, it was an idea that I remember talking to him about a few times, and he was, like, 'No.' We had to think about this. This is our life. We created this, and just because our friend is not here, it doesn't mean that this stuff isn't still alive and that it still speaks to people and it's still our work, and we have nothing to be embarrassed about. We have full ownership. This is us. This is what we do. And it it took a while. We just had a few conversations like that. We were, like, 'Yeah, yeah, whatever.' And then, out of the blue, this horrible tragedy happens. You saw this compassion and people kicking in to help people for the tsunami and all of these relief concerts and donations and stuff. And then Sean calls, and he's, like, 'Why don't we do a thing and we'll raise some money and we'll do it for that? We'll just do a one-time show. We'll get together and play the songs and we'll invite some friends. The band will do a couple of tunes, so and so and whatever, and we'll just invite some people down and we'll do it.' So that's how it started with no thought of doing anything other than just that show. So we did that, and it was really intense. I mean, I kind of blacked out about half of that gig, just because of all of the emotional rawness of going through that experience and standing on the stage for first time without my buddy. The thing that made it cool was I was standing on stage with my other three buddies, so we were all doing it together. So we went through that process, and then it left a positive taste in everybody's mouth playing the songs, even though it was kind of heavy at the same time. But it was something that was necessary to go through to spark the thought of maybe taking the next step. So there was no grand plan. It was just something that kind of like we did a thing and then we thought, 'Well, let's take another step.' And then we did another thing. And then, 'All right, we'll take another one.' And it was just that sort of incremental things, strictly going by feel, which is how this band has always operated."

Tune in this Sunday, February 10 at 3 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. ET.

Listen live for free on Apple Music's Beats 1.

Launched in May 2017, "It's Electric!" is an unscripted weekly window into the mind of Ulrich. Hear music that excites this great Dane, as well as chats with artists who inspire him... all wrapped in magnificently mindless banter!

Since its launch, the show has featured guests Iggy Pop, RANCID's Lars Frederiksen, AVENGED SEVENFOLD's M. Shadows, ROYAL BLOOD, Glastonbury Festival co-organizer Emily Eavis, Rolling Stone's Kory Grow, So What! magazine editor Steffan Chirazi, and more.

Ulrich described "It's Electric!" as "my 16-year-old self's wet dream: doing a radio show to a worldwide audience."

He added: "We go all over the world we look at international bands for an international audience. We don't believe in boundaries and we're open to everything.

During an interview with fellow Beats 1 host Zane Lowe, Ulrich said that his show would be "unfiltered, unscripted and completely all over the place I've got so much stuff to share with everybody out there and a lot of stuff that's turning me on," he said. "I'm telling you, people that love great music, rock music but also hip-hop and world music and all the rest of it there's a lot of people that talk about, 'Well, the music business is in sad shape, and it's dying,' but there's a ton of fantastic music out there, and I'm re-energized and reinvigorated and ready to share it with the world."

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Exclusive: XAON Premieres “Solipsism” Video

Exclusive: XAON Premieres “Solipsism” Video

An elusive name born amidst Switzerland's highest mountains, Xaon never quite fitted in any of the numerous galleries metal has to offer, drifting through the extremes whilst juxtaposing finesse and vehemence from an unworldly orchestra, endlessly exploring the vast echoic gloominess of the human mind.

In only a few short years, the combo led by Vincent Zermatten (guitars) and Rob Carson (vocals/orchestrations) has managed to tour the world through the release of their critically acclaimed debut album The Drift, notably across Europe with gothic metal monsters Sirenia and folk metal legends Tyr, in Japan with Obscura and Archspire, in the US with The Veer Union, and sharing the stage in festivals across Europe with bands such as Megadeth, Testament, Exodus, Gojira, Paradise Lost, Eluveitie and many more.

In 2019, Xaon is back with their 2nd album somberly entitled Solipsis available through Mighty Music, bringing the band's grandiose aggressiveness to a whole new level, pummeling their way through a cataclysmic atmosphere while reaching a new majestic apotheosis. This album is set to debut in the spring, which will see the band performing across Europe with Septicflesh and Krisiun while continuing to prove themselves as an upcoming force around the Metal world.

Solipsis will be out on CD, LTD LP & digital on April 12th through Mighty Music and BraveWords is premiering the video for the track Solipsism.

Rob Carson, Xaon comments about the song: "Solipsism is the view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist. How do you react when confronted with absolute solitude? What happens in your mind when you are really all alone? What does it mean to be alone? This hypothesis is the leitmotiv addressed throughout the album, an apocalyptic thought slowly delving towards serenity, towards catharsis. Directed one again by Brice Hincker from CHS Prod and starring Mickael Dervey from Kha Designs."




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