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BLACK SABBATH's TONY IOMMI Finds 'About 500' Riffs While Hanging Out With QUEEN's BRIAN MAY

BLACK SABBATH's TONY IOMMI Finds 'About 500' Riffs While Hanging Out With QUEEN's BRIAN MAY

BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi says that he has "found" about 500 riffs while recently spending time with QUEEN's Brian May.

Iommi made the revelation while captioning a new Instagram photo, in which he can be seen hanging out with the QUEEN guitarist, who is holding a small boombox. "Hard at work! In search of riffs and finding about 500," Tony wrote.

Back in 2013, Iommi told the Birmingham Mail that he was discussing a possible collaboration with May.

The idea of working together came about when Iommi and May met up shortly after the BLACK SABBATH guitarist was diagnosed with cancer.

"When I was first ill, Brian May came to visit me at my house in Lapworth," Iommi said. "I played him some of my stuff, rock riffs that I'd never quite got round to developing, or decided not to use. He said I ought to do something with them.

"It's early days yet, and all my attention in on SABBATH for the foreseeable future, but we may well find some way of working together on them, and making them available in some shape or form.

"One of the ideas we had is that we could make the riffs available, get fans to use them in songs of their own, and see what they come up with. That way they'd effectively be recording with Brian and myself."

May elaborated on the idea: "I heard some of the hours of unreleased guitar jams Tony has on tapes and hard drives. I thought it would be great to make a compilation out of them.

"The idea was to put all these riffs out in some form so that people could build their own songs from them. You could make your own music with Tony Iommi on guitar. How great is that?"

SABBATH completed its last major tour in February 2017 with two shows in Birmingham, closing out the quartet's groundbreaking 49-year career.

The trek was the band's last because Iommi, who was diagnosed with cancer in late 2011 and is currently in remission, can no longer travel for extended amounts of time. But he has said he would not rule out special events or one-off shows.

Last year, Iommi spent time in the studio remixing BLACK SABBATH's 1995 album "Forbidden" for a 2019 release. The LP, which features singer Tony Martin, drummer Cozy Powell and bassist Neil Murray, is often regarded as the band's worst studio recording.

View this post on Instagram Hard at work ! In search of riffs - and finding about 500 ! A post shared by Tony Iommi (@iommi099) on Apr 20, 2019 at 9:19am PDT


DEE SNIDER Says You Have To Be A 'Narcissist' And An 'Egomaniac' In Order To Be A Great Frontman

DEE SNIDER Says You Have To Be A 'Narcissist' And An 'Egomaniac' In Order To Be A Great Frontman

As part of this week's Top 10 "Rules Of Rock" from Topgolf, TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider was asked what it takes to be a great frontman. He responded (see video below): "On the list of job requirements for a frontman are three essentials. It says 'narcissist,' 'self-absorbed' and 'egomaniac.' If you've got those three things, and a voice you're in."

In a 2016 interview with The Village Voice, Snider admitted that his combustible personality destroyed TWISTED SISTER at the end of the 1980s, just a few years after the band landed a record deal with Atlantic and released its multi-platinum 1984 album "Stay Hungry".

"I [was] absolutely a narcissistic megalomaniac," Dee said. "And once I broke through, after all these years of struggle and people telling me no, now I was going to tell everybody: I was right, you were wrong. Fuck you. Shut your mouth, I don't want to hear from you. Nobody talk to me. You just will listen. Because the Dee is talking. The Dee is speaking. The Dee knows."

By late 1987, Snider had quit TWISTED SISTER, Atlantic had dropped the group a mere five years after it was signed, and the quintet had disbanded. "When the band fell apart and my career completely dissolved, it humbled me and made me a better person," Snider said. "To get knocked down is a healthy thing."

Snider is among the celebrity judges on the second season of "Who Will Rock You?" The show spotlights unsigned bands in a weekly, elimination-style program. The winning group will be selected by the celebrity judges and an audience of Topgolf guests.

The show's second season premiered on March 28 on Topgolf's digital channel (available on streaming platforms like Amazon Fire and Roku) and features 12 bands vying for a $50,000 prize. The winner will also have a chance to be featured on a concert tour of Topgolf's 57 venues across the country and sign a label development deal with BMG.

Topgolf produced "Who Will Rock You?" in partnership with Matador Content (Paramount Network's "Lip Sync Battle", ABC's "Boy Band"). The deal for "Who Will Rock You?" was brokered by Creative Artists Agency (CAA).


THERION, TNT Singers Unite In New Spanish Rock Opera

THERION, TNT Singers Unite In New Spanish Rock Opera

THERION singer Thomas Vikström and TNT frontman Baol Bardot Bulsara have united with Spanish vocalist Joaquín Padilla (Legado de una Tragedia), in the new track Y Judas traicionó al Señor (And Judas betrayed the Lord), belonging to the rock opera El Secreto de los Templarios (The Secrete of the Templars). The song also features Carlos Exposito (Leo Jimenez, Stravaganzza) on the drums, Jose Pineda (Snakeyes) on bass, Manuel Seoane (Burdel King) on guitar and pianist Javier Lúcia (Ldut).

El Secreto de los Templarios involves betrayals, death, mysteries, occultism, secrets, relics and curses, during the Middle Ages. Recorded at Espartanos Studios in Madrid, the album features more than 20 singers, 15 musicians and symphonic orchestrations with classical musicians.

Without a doubt, 20 songs that complete the most epic and Wagnerian of the saga, the band states

Y Judas traicionó al Señor official video from the studio:

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KAMELOT - Cover Of "Static" For 4 Electric Harps Posted

KAMELOT - Cover Of "Static" For 4 Electric Harps Posted

Kamelot guitarist Thomas Youngblood has pointed the band's fans in the direction of a four-harp cover of the song "Static", found on YouTube, which can be viewed below. "Static" appears on Kamelot's latest album, The Shadow Theory.

Kamelot, who recently wrapped up the second leg of their European tour in support of The Shadow Theory album, recently checked in with the following update:

"The second leg of the European Tour was a blast! Thanks to the support bands, the crew and amazing KAMFANS!! Also tons of exciting concerts coming up and also work continues on the new DVD/Blu-ray, release date to be announced soon.

"In addition, we are very happy to bring our good friend and drummer extraordinaire Alex Landenburg into the fold now officially! Alex is not only a great guy but also a master clinician, teacher and master at his craft. After filling in several times in the last two years, he proved to be an amazing addition and youthful energy to the band. He will also continue as the drummer for Cyhra. If you havent met him yet, please make sure you say hello, he is a great guy and his smile is infectious."

Kamelot tour dates are listed below:

15 - Zamora, Spain - Z! Live Rock Fest

13 - Cremona, Italy - Luppolo in Rock
16 - Belval, Luxembourg - Rockhal
18 - Peurunka, Finland - John Smith Rock Festival
20 - Trondheim, Norway - Byscenen

10 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore
11 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
13 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
14 - New York. NY - Terminal 5
15 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
16 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial
18 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix
19 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
20 - Cleveland, OH - Agora
21 - Chicago, IL - Patio Theatre
23 - Minneapolis/St. Paul. MN - Amsterdam
24 - Kansas City, MO - The Truman
25 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
26 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
28 - Edmonton, AB - The Ranch
29 - Calgary, AB - The Gateway

1 - Vancouver, BC - Venue Nightclub
2 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
4 - San Francisco, CA - Palace of Fine Arts
5 - Anaheim, CA - City National Grove
6 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
8 - Dallas, TX - Canton Hall
9 - St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room
11 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
12 - Tampa Bay, FL - Jannus Live

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JASON BONHAM Apologizes To JIMMY PAGE For 'Untrue And Derogatory Statements' About Cocaine Use

JASON BONHAM Apologizes To JIMMY PAGE For 'Untrue And Derogatory Statements' About Cocaine Use

Jason Bonham has apologized to his father's LED ZEPPELIN bandmate Jimmy Page for claiming that the guitarist introduced him to cocaine.

During a recent chat with Howard Stern, the now 52-year-old drummer, who fronts JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EVENING, recalled an alleged incident involving drugs which was said to have taken place in hotel while LED ZEPPELIN on tour. "We got called to his room," Jason said. "I was 16 at this point, and there was a woman on the floor with a collar on, meowing, and he had this grinder thing and he turned it over and he went, 'Here you go,' and I went, 'Thanks.' He's like, 'You've done this before, right?' And I'm like, 'Yeah, of course I have.' So he handed it over and I just did all of it, and he went, 'Just like your father y'know, that was supposed to be for all of us.'"

But Jason, who subbed for his late father during LED ZEPPELIN's 2007 reunion show and got his break drumming for Page on his 1988 "Outrider" tour, has now retracted those comments and issued a personal apology to Page.

In a statement on his web site, Bonham wrote: "On or about 9 April 2019 I, Jason Bonham, gave an interview on radio with Howard Stern. In that interview I made certain untrue and derogatory statements concerning Mr James Page of the legendary band LED ZEPPELIN.

"I unconditionally retract all derogatory and defamatory comments relating to Mr J Page that I made in that interview. In particular it is wholly untrue that Mr J Page offered me any illegal substances either when I was a minor or at all.

"I apologise to Mr Page, unreservedly, for making these unfounded and untrue comments about him.

"Out of my long held respect for Mr Page I will make no further comments on the interview and I agree to make no further comments which Mr Page might view as disparaging, either now or in the future."

During the Howard Stern chat, Jason went on to remember: "I would be doing blow, and they found out, so Jimmy cut his guitar solo short. I was halfway down into the dressing rooms and I suddenly hear [that] I'm supposed to come in now... So we ran back and Jimmy's just standing there. He was angry because we didn't offer him any!"

Jason Bonham, who lost his father when he was only 14 years old, felt as though his whole life had been building up to drumming for ZEPPELIN on December 10, 2007 in London. "But for me, as I said, it was a huge, huge honor to play," he said. "And all I was concentrating on the night, 'cause I knew there was that many people there I was just concentrating who was on the stage. I just wanted to impress my mates here, my dad's friends."

On May 10, THE CIRCLE featuring Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson will release its first album of all original material, titled "Space Between". The band kicks off its next string of dates on April 19 at Reno, Nevada's Grand Theatre.


VIO-LENCE Perform EXODUS Classic "A Lesson In Violence" With Guitarist GARY HOLT In Oakland; Three-Camera Footage Available

VIO-LENCE Perform EXODUS Classic "A Lesson In Violence" With Guitarist GARY HOLT In Oakland; Three-Camera Footage Available

San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal legends, Vio-lence played in Oakland, CA on April 14th. Video of the band performing the Exodus classic "A Lesson In Violence" with Gary Holt of Exodus / Slayer courtesy of Capital Chaos TV can be viewed below.

Vio-lence performed their debut album, Eternal Nightmare, in its entirety on Saturday, April 13th in Oakland. Fan-filmed video is available below.

Check out soundcheck footage below.

The lineup for the show was as follows:

Sean Killian - Vocals
Phil Demmel - Guitar
Ray Vegas - Guitar
Deen Dell - Bass
Perry Strickland -Drums

Vio-Lence and Sacred Reich are joining forces for a May 31st concert at The Regent in Los Angeles, California. Support on the night comes from Excel and Sworn Enemy.

Get tickets here.

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PRIMAL FEAR – First Three Albums To Receive Colored Vinyl Reissues

PRIMAL FEAR – First Three Albums To Receive Colored Vinyl Reissues

German metallers Primal Fear will reissue their first three studio albums, Primal Fear (1998), Jaws Of Death (1999), and Nuclear Fire (2001) on June 14th through Nuclear Blast. Find preorders at this location.

Primal Fear tracklisting:

Side A
Primal Fear
Silver & Gold
Promised Land
Formula One
Nine Lives

Side B
Tears Of Rage
Battalions Of Hate
Running In The Dust

Jaws Of Death tracklisting (2LP):

Side A
Jaws Of Death
Final Embrace
Save A Prayer
Church Of Blood

Side B
Into The Future
Under Your Spell
Play To Kill
Nation In Fear

Side C
When The Night Comes
Fight To Survive
Hatred In My Soul

Side D (bonus)
Kill The King

Nuclear Fire tracklisting (2LP):

Side A
Angel In Black
Kiss Of Death
Back From Hell
Now Or Never

Side B
Fight The Fire
Eye Of An Eagle
Bleed For Me

Side C
Nuclear Fire
Red Rain
Iron Fist In A Velvet Glove (bonus)

Side D
Fire On The Horizon
Living For Metal
Out In The Fields (bonus)
Breaker (bonus)

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MAJESTY Unveil Legends Album Details; “Burn The Bridges” Lyric Video Streaming

MAJESTY Unveil Legends Album Details; “Burn The Bridges” Lyric Video Streaming

German heavy metal act Majesty have used the two years since their latest album Rebels well: Next to relentless touring, the five piece got busy by pouring all its creativity into new and exciting material. Legends is the ninth Majesty studio album and leads all defenders of steel into a post-apocalyptic wasteland where mankind fights for a brighter future. New single and lyric video Burn The Bridges is streaming below.

Mastermind Tarek "MS" Maghary on the new record: "Burn the Bridges tells a little story about rebels escaping to an island where they can live free. But the song can also be applied to your everyday life because it is about leaving all the bullshit behind and do whatever you want to do. We can´t wait to play this massive singalong anthem live on stage and hear you guys scream a lot of burns towards us!"

Find preorder options at this location.


The Will To Believe
Rizing Home
Burn The Bridges
We Are Legends
Wasteland Outlaw
Church Of Glory
Mavericks Supreme
Words Of Silence
Last Brigade
Blood Of The Titans
Stand As One

Burn The Bridges lyric video:

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE To Release New Album In The Fall

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE To Release New Album In The Fall

Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE will release their new studio album in the fall. The follow-up to 2016's "Incarnate" will be made avaialble via Metal Blade Records in the U.S. and Sony Music Entertainment in the rest of the world. The effort will feature a guest appearance on one song by the band's former lead singer Howard Jones.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's new disc will mark the band's third full-length effort since the return of vocalist Jesse Leach, who rejoined the group in 2012.

Leach recently said that the making of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's upcoming LP was "the single hardest process I've ever had to deal with, far beyond any album I've done, hands down. The sheer amount of material, my vocal surgery, depression, anxiety and full-on mental breakdowns all contributed to the painstaking process."

As for the musical direction of the new record, Leach said: "I believe the album has something for everyone who is a fan or digs what KILLSWITCH is known for. I personally leaned a bit more on the heavier side of things, but we'll see what makes the album when all is said and done."

Leach appeared on KILLSWITCH's self-titled debut and sophomore album, "Alive Or Just Breathing", before exiting the band. Jones took over on vocals for "The End Of Heartache", "As Daylight Dies" and the 2009 self-titled set before being dismissed from the group seven years ago.

"Incarnate" debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 35,000 equivalent album units. In terms of pure album sales, it opened with 33,000 copies.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's last release was the "Beyond The Flames: Home Video Part II" two-disc, Blu-ray and CD package.

The American leg of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's "Collapse The World" co-headlining tour with PARKWAY DRIVE kicked off on April 18 in San Francisco.

View this post on Instagram Now you know ?? . . . . . #KillswitchEngage #MetalBlade A post shared by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE (@killswitchengage) on Apr 19, 2019 at 12:01pm PDT

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Listen To DUFF MCKAGAN's New Solo Song 'Don't Look Behind You'

Listen To DUFF MCKAGAN's New Solo Song 'Don't Look Behind You'

GUNS N' ROSES bassist and New York Times best-selling author Duff McKagan has released "Don't Look Behind You", a new track from his much-anticipated solo album, "Tenderness".

"Don't Look Behind You" follows the recent release of "Chip Away" and "Tenderness".

The full track listing for "Tenderness" is as follows:

01. Tenderness

02. It's Not Too Late

03. Wasted Heart

04. Falling Down

05. Last September

06. Chip Away

07. Cold Outside

08. Feel

09. Breaking Rocks

10. Parkland

11. Don't Look Behind You

Also available for pre-order is a special limited-edition "Tenderness" deluxe book, which includes the album on 180-gram yellow-and-red starburst vinyl, the CD, and features an exclusive lithograph signed and numbered by McKagan. The hard cover book contains 40-pages of photos from the recording sessions and also presents liner notes written by Duff detailing his experiences with each song and the project as a whole. The vinyl features 10 tracks and a unique sequence carefully selected by McKagan and the album's Grammy-winning producer Shooter Jennings, while the CD includes 11 tracks.

"Tenderness" sees McKagan reflecting on his experiences traveling the globe over two and a half years on GUNS N' ROSES' "Not In This Lifetime" tour. Encountering heartbreak, anger, fear, confusion and divide on his travels during this tumultuous time in our world history, McKagan channeled a collective hurt into songs of monolithic power.

"We're becoming divided at a time when we need each other most," says McKagan. "When huge industries get replaced because of modernization, it's time to retrain and bolster up those who get swept aside. Homelessness and drug addiction are avoidable in this country if we come together and get private and public cogs turning together in a positive direction. We can at least try to tackle mental illness while we're at it. But alas, we stump and lie, point fingers and divide. We're way better than this. As a father, I must say and do something now because I love my girls and my wife, and I love my country, and I feel I must be strong and use my voice now, do it while I'm able or perhaps never get a chance ever again."

McKagan and Jennings began recording "Tenderness" a year ago, working out of Station House studios, located in Echo Park, California, where they wrote and recorded in-between McKagan's tour with seminal rock band GUNS N' ROSES and the release of Jennings's eponymous album, "Shooter". "Tenderness" features Jennings and his band along with appearances by The Waters and The Suicide Horn Section (which features Duff's brother Matt McKagan on trombone), amongst others.

More than a year later, they're gearing up to take these songs on the road for a North American tour that kicks off May 30 at TLA in Philadelphia.

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KISS Give Final Salute To Tampa On End Of The Road Tour; Pro-Shot Video

KISS Give Final Salute To Tampa On End Of The Road Tour; Pro-Shot Video

KISS have shared more pro-shot footage from their End Of The Road tour including their stop on April 11th at Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida.

KISS Paul Stanley will guest on The Big Interview with Dan Rather on Tuesday, April 23rd, at 8 PM EST. In a new preview video, the Starchild talks about his road to stardom and how fame shaped his perspective on life.

I pursued fame as a way to compensate for a lot of insecurities, Stanley explains. I had whats called a microtia, which is basically not having an ear I wasnt very socially adept, and when you have something physical that sets you apart from people, it makes you the target of unrelenting scrutiny and sometimes ridicule.

I was fortunate to have success come to me and realize that it didnt change anything I decided that I would spend my life or my time on self-exploration and trying to make myself a better person I was blessed to be a part of an idea to become the band we never saw, and that led me on a course that Im still on today. Where its taking me, God only knows.

Find the End Of The Road tour itinerary here, and see more pro-shot footage from the tour below:

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TIMO TOLKKI Calls Former STRATOVARIUS Bandmate TIMO KOTIPELTO "One Of The Best Power Metal Vocalists Of The World"

TIMO TOLKKI Calls Former STRATOVARIUS Bandmate TIMO KOTIPELTO "One Of The Best Power Metal Vocalists Of The World"

Former Stratovarius guitarist Timo Tolkki has posted the following comment on Facebook, which is significant in that he did not part with the band on good terms, although his relationship with the Stratovarius members has been mended in recent years.

Tolkki: "My friend Timo Kotipelto is one of the best power metal vocalists of the world. I still remember back in 1995 when I went to meet TK in his home. He opened the door and I thought, 'Okay, he looks great.' Then he played me his demo and after hearing seven notes I knew he was the one."

Tolkki sang on the first three Stratovarius albums: Fright Night (1989), Twilight Time (1992) and Dreamspace (1994). Dreamspace is the album that put Stratovarius on the map, but Tolkki turned vocal duties over to Kotipelto in 1995 for the Fourth Dimension album. They released Episode in 1996 with Kotipelto up front, and it is considered by many to be their breakthrough.

Tolkki left Stratovarius in 2008 following four chaotic years that saw the band caught in a mire of in-fighting, publicity stunts, a self-titled album that was not well received by the fans, and the firing of long-time bassist Jari Kainulainen. Tolkki initially put the band to rest, as he held the rights to the Stratovarius name, but he eventually signed over the rights and all its royalties to Timo Kotipelto, keyboardist Jens Johansson and drummer Jörg Michael. This allowed Stratovarius to continue without Tolkki, and upon securing new guitarist Matias Kupianen the band began working on new material. They have released four albums without Tolkki between 2009 and 2015.

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AEROSMITH’s Steven Tyler Joins BACKSTREET BOYS On Stage In Las Vegas; Video

AEROSMITH’s Steven Tyler Joins BACKSTREET BOYS On Stage In Las Vegas; Video

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler and his girlfriend Aimee Ann Preston joined the Backstreet Boys onstage for their hit Shape Of My Heart at their Las Vegas show last night (April 19th) at Zappos Theater. Check out video below.This is rock royalty! Backstreet Boys Kevin Richardson called out, while bandmate Howie Dorough added: It doesnt get doper than this man, right here.

Aerosmith kicked off their Deuces Are Wild residency in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 6. The show is presented with live THX certified L-Acoustics L-ISA immersive sound in partnership with THX and L-Acoustics. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show, directed by Amy Tinkham, opens with a roughly 30-minute retrospective of the band's career with previously unreleased audio and visuals from Aerosmith's archive. For this segment, Grammy-winning producer Giles Martin, who created the soundscape for The Beatles' Love by Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas, took some of the bands classic music and material from recording sessions and remixed it for immersive sound at Londons Abbey Road Studios.

For VIP info and ticket options, head here. A video trailer can be found below.

Dates include:

April 21, 23, 26
June 19, 22, 24, 27, 29
July 2, 4, 7, 9

Aerosmith VIP Experiences will be available as an upgrade to any ticket. VIP experiences may include a Meet & Greet with band members, exclusive Backstage Tour and access to the Aerosmith Memorabilia Exhibit. Click here for more details.

Deuces Are Wild opening night setlist on April 6th:

"Train Kept 'A-Rollin"
"Mama Kin"
"Back In The Saddle"
"Kings And Queens"
"Sweet Emotion"
"Hangman Jury"
"Seasons Of Wither"
"Stop Messin' Around" (Fleetwood Mac Cover With Joe Perry On Vocals)
"Livin On The Edge"
"I Don't Want To Miss A Thing"
"Love In An Elevator"
"Toys In The Attic"
"Dude (Looks Like A Lady)"
"Dream On"
"Walk This Way"

Fan-fined video:

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NEAL MORSE Debuts New Song “There’s A Highway”

NEAL MORSE Debuts New Song “There’s A Highway”

Jesus Christ - The Exorcist is a monumental project in Neal Morses already impressive discography. A Progressive Rock Opera 10 years in the making, it was written and produced by Morse and includes performances by Neal and an all-star cast of vocalists and musicians. Jesus Christ - The Exorcist will be released on June 14th on a double album set featuring about two hours of music that will encompass all the spectrums and genres Neal Morse is known for and will, of course, tell the Story of Stories.Good Friday sees the release of the new track Theres A Highway. Listen below.

Get 2CD, 3xLP, or Digital versions of the album here.

Signed albums, limited edition color vinyl, and more available at:

- Neal Morse Store
- Frontiers US Store
- Frontiers EU Store

Today, the first song from this masterpiece has been unveiled, "Get Behind Me Satan". Watch the video below.

"I dont know why it came to me in quite this way, but definitely the influences on this song are Black Sabbath and Deep Purple primarily. I even asked Rich Mouser when he was mixing the song to listen to 'Paranoid' because I thought that vocal effect would be cool on Teds (Leonard) voice," says Morse of the track.

When asked about what fans can expect sound wise from the album, Morse explains, "Oh, it is completely diverse. There are touching ballads, rousing ensemble pieces, classical elements and dramatic Broadway musical type songs as well. It is really meant to be listened and experienced all the way through as you would a play or an opera. I hope that people will experience it in that way because I think thats where they will really find the power in this piece of music."

He continues, "These songs and pieces of music were all written for this rock opera specifically. I wrote the first draft in 2008 and 2009, I believe. Then, last year in preparation for a performance at MorseFest I rewrote the whole musical again. I couldnt be happier with the final outcome and I am thrilled that it is coming out on Frontiers this June."

With a cast of amazing vocalists and musicians like Ted Leonard, Eric Gillette, Nick DVirgilio, Randy George, Bill Hubauer, Matt Smith, Jake Livgren and others, this progressive rock opera is a landmark event that will leave its mark on every listener. Let him who has ears to hear... let him hear!

Jesus Christ - The Exorcist, had its live world premiere in 2018 and was performed by a prog rock all-star cast featuring Neal Morse (keys, guitar), Paul Bielatowicz (lead guitar), Bill Hubauer (keys), Randy George (bass), and Eric Gillette (drums). Featured vocalists included Ted Leonard (Spock's Beard, Enchant), Nick D'Virgilio (Big, Big Train, Spock's Beard), Jake Livgren (Protokaw), Matt Smith (Theocracy), Wil Morse and more. Also, John Schlitt (Petra) and Rick Florian (White Heart) were added to the performance as well.

Frontiers looks forward to partnering with Neal on his continuing musical explorations and extending his progressive rock legacy with his latest creative vision.


"Gather The People"
"Jesus Baptism"
"Jesus Temptation"
"Theres A Highway"
"The Woman Of Seven Devils"
"Free At Last"
"The Madman Of The Gadarenes"
"Love Has Called My Name"
"Better Weather"
"The Keys To The Kingdom"
"Get Behind Me Satan"

"He Must Go To The Cross"
"Hearts Full Of Holes"
"The Last Supper"
"Jesus Before The Council And Peters Denial"
"Judas Death"
"Jesus Before Pilate And The Crucifixion"
"Mary At The Tomb"
"The Greatest Love Of All"
"Love Has Called My Name" (Reprise)

"There's A Highway":

"Get Behind Me Satan" video:

Full cast:

Ted Leonard - Jesus
Talon David - Mary Magdalene
Nick DVirgilio - Judas Iscariot
Rick Florian - The Devil
Matt Smith - John the Baptist
Jake Livgren Peter and Caiaphas
Neal Morse - Pilate, Demon 1, Disciple 1
Mark Pogue - Israelite 1, the Madman of the Gadarenes, Pharisee 2
Wil Morse - Israelite 2, Demon 3, Pharisee 1
Gabe Klein - Demon 2, Pharisee 4
Gideon Klein - Demon 4
Julie Harrison - Servant Girl

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THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT Featuring Former KATATONIA Guitarist FREDRIK NORRMAN - "Embers" Single Streaming

THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT Featuring Former KATATONIA Guitarist FREDRIK NORRMAN - "Embers" Single Streaming

Swedish collective Thenighttimeproject - founded by current and former members of Katatonia, October Tide, and Letters From The Colony - have released the first single from their impending second LP, Pale Season, due out through Debemur Morti Productions on June 28th. Check out "Embers" below:

Melancholic progressive rock quartet Thenighttimeproject is comprised of Fredrik and Mattias Norrman, (guitars and bass, respectively), who spent fifteen years in Katatonia, and are now also active in October Tide, as well as guitarist/vocalist Alexander Backlund and drummer Jonas Sköld, who both also currently hold rank in Letters From The Colony.

The album title, Pale Season - despite what some might think - does not refer to the eight months where the weather in Sweden is a signature grey. Instead, it refers to those less-colorful patches of memory - years that fly by without anything spectacular happening, which pale in comparison to the vividness of one's childhood or the early days of romance. This, in other words, is an album for all those moments lost in between the extremes of the emotional spectrum. Elements of Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Anathema, Katatonia, and A Perfect Circle combine to create a record that is sublime in every way. A paean to melancholia, Pale Season is also not without its moments of physical and emotional heft and will launch Thenighttimeproject on to the international stage.

Guitarist Fredrik Norrman comments, "I'm very pleased to finally be able to give some info over what we've been doing the past year. This is easily one of the best albums I've ever been part of. Very proud of what we've managed to achieve."

Pale Season was recorded at Valley Sound Studio/Nailvillage, mixed by Alexander Backlund at Nailvillage, mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios, and completed with cover art by Denis Forkas and design by Kadriel Betsen.

Debemur Morti Productions will release Thenighttimeproject's Pale Season on CD, LP, and all digital platforms on June 28th. Stand by for audio previews, preorders, and much more to be issued in the weeks ahead.


Rotting Eden
Final Light
Pale Season
Anti Meridian
Signals In The Sky

Anti Meridian video:

Alexander Backlund - guitars, vocals
Fredrik Norrman - guitars
Mattias Norrman - bass
Jonas Sköld - drums

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Death/grind band SERPENT OF GNOSIS will release its debut album, "As I Drink From The Infinite Well Of Inebriation", on June 14 via 1126 Records.

The first song from the disc, "The Colorless Capsules", can be streamed below.

The project began with musicians Max Lavelle, Al Glassman and Darren Cesca playing in the band GORATORY. Inevitably, they each took different paths over the years. However, old friends have reunited and sparked a musical connection with SERPENT OF GNOSIS. Glassman and Cesca were writing the music in 2018 and ultimately turned to their former and current bandmates, who are in THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and JOB FOR A COWBOY, to help fill the gaps. After a unique recording process where the members individually tracked their parts from home, the album was mixed by drummer Darren Cesca in his own House Of Grind studio.

While some uber extreme forms of metal tend to rely on religious themes of horror and imagery of gore and evil, SERPENT OF GNOSIS took a route that hit a bit closer to home. The band explored concepts such as addiction and what that can do to both the human psyche and the body. "As I Drink From The Infinite Well Of Inebriation" is an album that provides a first-person perspective and tells its stories through the eyes of an individual dealing with severe and near-crippling drug addiction.

Davy stated about SERPENT OF GNOSIS and "The Colorless Capsules": "We are a collection of small cavemen who enjoy fast and heavy things. This song describes instances of addiction and the dependencies that align with it, particularly in the pharmaceutical form."


Al Glassman - Guitar

Tony Sannicandro - Guitar

Max Lavelle - Bass

Darren Cesca - Drums

Jonny Davy - Vocals

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BLOODY HAMMERS Release Official Video For “Now The Screaming Starts”

BLOODY HAMMERS Release Official Video For “Now The Screaming Starts”

Inspired by the 1973 horror flick Now The Screaming Starts the Transylvania County based duo Bloody Hammers have released the first official video of their upcoming album The Summoning. The video transports the sinister and dark feeling that Bloody Hammers create as no other band in 2019.

Anders Manga on the video and the song: When I was thinking about my approach for the Now The Screaming Starts video, I just happened to be watching some classic movie trailers. The trailer for The Night Evelyn Came Out Of The Grave and some other classic Giallo slashers got me inspired to go for that high contrast, color washed look. I think I accomplished it and were really stoked on the vibe of it now.

The song was originally inspired by the Amicus Productions film, And Now the Screaming Starts! from the early 70s but it eventually took on its own narrative about a narcissistic killer whos being haunted by his past victims. It all comes together in the video BUT please Dont Watch It Alone!!! ...or at least have a nurse present. Up the Hammers!

Bloody Hammers will release their fifth studio album, The Summoning, on June 26 via Napalm Records.

The US duo has prepared a wonderfully creepy horror musical experience that pays homage to classic flicks such as Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974) and Now The Screaming Starts (1973). Bloody Hammers idea of a soundtrack for your favorite video nasties holds some surprises on their upcoming record.

Anders Manga on the new album: "When I think about my earliest influences, the horror film genre is just as important as musical influences and theyre all fuzed together in my brain from childhood. When I was a kid, there was a show called Shock Theatre that aired late at night on our local WGHP network in the early 80s. They played Dr. Phibes Rises Again, Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things and weirdness like that. Around the same time slot, over on channel 61, there was a music video show that played Ozzy, Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper and all those artists our satanic panicked local churches and teachers were freaking out about... and forbidding. I tried to put myself back in that time when I wrote The Summoning. In my mind, its a tribute musically and lyrically to those magical macabre memories. Back when paranoid adults thought kids were brainwashed and likely worshiping Satan in the woods... good times!"

The Summoning will be available in the following formats:

- 4 page Digipack
- 1 LP Gatefold
- Digital album
- 2LP Gatefold (purple) - Napalm Records mailorder exclusive, strictly limited to 200 units

Pre-order your copy here.

The Summoning tracklisting:

"Let Sleeping Corpses Lie"
"Now The Screaming Starts"
"The Summoning"
"Fire In The Dark"
"The Beast Is Coming Out"
"Welcome To Darkness"
"Tales That Witness Madness"
"Condemned, The Prisoner"
"From Beyond The Grave"

Frontman Anders Manga infused the new album tracks with epic metal and hard rock nuances. But dont fret, the lumbering doom riffs deliver massive doses of goth rock, and Devallias psychedelic keyboards are present ever-still, and turn their latest effort The Summoning into a well-balanced, lush and highly infectious affair.

Bloody Hammers are:

Anders Manga: Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Devallia: Keyboards, Organ

(Photo - Anders Manga)

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Former ANNIHILATOR Frontman / Co-Founder BIG JOHN BATES Releases Official Video For NOIRCHESTRA's "All The Devils"

Former ANNIHILATOR Frontman / Co-Founder BIG JOHN BATES Releases Official Video For NOIRCHESTRA's "All The Devils"

Annihilator frontman / founder Jeff Waters has checked in with the following head's up:

"Highly appropriate and cool that, on the eve of 30 years since Alice In Hell was released, my on-and-off again co-writer partner in crime, John Bates, sent me his band's latest video from his band. Go John... rock on."

Former Annihilator frontman/co-founder John Bates - who can be heard on the band's legendary Welcome To Your Death demo - released his new Noirchestra album, Skinners Cage, through Germany's Rookie Records on April 12th. It is available at this location.

In addition, Big John Bates: Noirchestra have announced a European tour in support of the album, with a warm-up show in Vancouver, BC. Their schedule is as follows:

4 - Railway Stage & Beer Cafe - Vancouver, BC
24 - Hafenklang - Hamburg, Germany
25 - Lila Eule - Bremen, Germany
28 - Museum für Angewandte Kunst - Cologne, Germany
29 - 7er-Club - Mannheim, Germany
31 - dB's - Utrecht, Netherlands

1 - Veb - Siegen, Germany
5 - GrooveStation - Dresden, Germany
6 - Objekt 5 - Halle, Germany
7 - Alte Hackerei - Karlsruhe, Germany
8 - Humbug Club - Basel, Switzerland
9 - Kulturbahnhof - Donaueschingen, Germany
13 - Kulturhaus Roeda - Steyr, Austria
15 - P.m.k. Innsbruck - Innsbruck, Austria
19 - Kopf Und Kragen - Fürth, Germany
20 - Wild At Heart - Berlin, Germany
21 - Kling Klang - Wilhelmshaven, Germany
22 - Treibsand - Lübeck, Germany

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SAMAEL Releases New Lyric Video For “Solar Soul”; Lux Mundi & Solar Soul Album Re-Releases Out Now

SAMAEL Releases New Lyric Video For “Solar Soul”; Lux Mundi & Solar Soul Album Re-Releases Out Now

Swiss black metal pioneers, Samael, are back and will re-release their legendary albums Lux Mundi and Solar Soul out today via Napalm Records. To celebrate the release day the band is premiering a new lyric video for the track Solar Soul below:

Samael awakened on the 14th of July 1988 when brothers Xytraguptor and Vorphalack loaded their musical gear into an atomic bunker. Almost 20 years after that day the band experienced a rebirth with the release of Solar Soul (2007). The album, co-produced by longtime producer Waldemar Sorychta and mixed by Stefan Glaumann (Rammstein, Within Temptation) is now fully remastered and will be released with the addition of nine bonus tracks (two remixes, six instrumental songs, one live track).

After resurrecting black metal in the early '90's with their debut album Worship Him, introducing symphonic metal in 1994 with Ceremony Of Opposites and pionieering industrial metal with Passage in 1996; Samael released Lvx Mvndi in 2011, a record that built a bridge over the 20+ years of the band's history by melting all sides and personalities of the band into a masterpiece. Now the album has been remixed from stems, remastered and will be released with the addition of seven bonus tracks.

A new lyric video for "Ave!" from the Solar Soul re-release can be seen below. Vorph on Ave!: Its a titanic and monolithic song that always leave the audience mesmerized by its crushing power when we play it live. But I let you judge by yourself if you're not yet familiar with that song...

Pre-order Lvx Mvndi here, and "Solar Soul" here.

"In The Deep" below lyric video:

(Photo - Aline Fournier)

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AXENSTAR Release Official Video For "The Unholy" From Forthcoming End Of All Hope Album

AXENSTAR Release Official Video For "The Unholy" From Forthcoming End Of All Hope Album

Swedish power metallers Axenstar proudly present their new music video "The Unholy". The song appears on their forthcoming album, End Of All Hope, which will be released on April 26th (digital) and May 3rd (CD, limited red vinyl) via Ram It Down Records.

The band previously released an audio stream of the new track "Honor And Victory", found below.

The End Of All Hope tracklist is as follows:

"King Of Fools"
"The Unholy"
"Honor And Victory"
"A Moment In Time"
"My Kingdom Come"
"The Dark Age"
"Mistress Of Agony"
"Time Is No Healer"
"Of Pain And Misery"

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CYNIC's PAUL MASVIDAL To Release 'Mythical Human Vessel' Trilogy Of Records

CYNIC's PAUL MASVIDAL To Release 'Mythical Human Vessel' Trilogy Of Records

"Mythical Human Vessel" is a trilogy of records written and performed by the songwriter and guitarist Paul Masvidal. They are the first independent solo releases on his label, Masvidalien Records, of which the first collection, "Mythical", will drop May 31.

Best known for leading the influential progressive rock group CYNIC, Masvidal recorded embryonic demos of these tightly-crafted songs over a decade ago. Drawing on influences from musicians John Lennon, Brian Eno, Chet Baker, Russill Paul and Elliott Smith to visual artists Mark Rothko, Ai Weiwei, Hilma af Klimt and Cai Guo-Qiang, the songs embrace concise forms and catchy melodies in spite of their often painful subject matters of loss, depression, and heartache.

At the center of Masvidal's experiment is the use of Isochronic tones, a "brain-entrainment" technology. Isochronics are said to produce bio-chemical reactions in the body that increase serotonin, alleviate depression and stress, improve focus, and aid in restful sleep, similar to the effects of exposure to negative ions in nature.

Through its incorporation of Isochronic tones, "Mythical Human Vessel" is intended as "an inherently relaxing listening experience, and adding the tones multiplied the benefits," Masvidal says. "More serotonin for all!"

Throughout all three volumes of "Mythical Human Vessel", the sound of undulating and sweeping frequencies in slow and rapid succession act as a subliminal agent to affect the listener positively and help to create a deeper connection to the songs themselves.

"Mythical Human Vessel" was mixed and produced by Warren Riker. The Isochronic tones were designed by Dr. Stephane Pigeon, creator of the Brian Eno-celebrated web site MyNoise.

Masvidal is currently working with experimental artists Greymar to develop "Mythical Human Vessel" into an immersive live experience using evocative imagery, storytelling and technology as part of an experiential journey into heart-opening and multi-dimensional landscapes.

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NEW YEARS DAY: 'Shut Up' Lyric Video

NEW YEARS DAY: 'Shut Up' Lyric Video

The official lyric video for "Shut Up", the new single from NEW YEARS DAY, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's fourth studio album, "Unbreakable", which will be released on April 26 via RED Music. The follow-up to 2015's "Malevolence" was produced by Mitchell Marlow (ALL THAT REMAINS, IN THIS MOMENT, BUTCHER BABIES) and Scott Stevens (AMERICAN AUTHORS, HALESTORM, SHINEDOWN).

The official music video for "Shut Up" will make its online debut next week.

"'Shut Up' was written in a day, which just doesn't happen," states frontwoman Ash Costello. "I was going through some heavy personal stuff, and I was just, 'Don't tell me what I want. Shut up and give it to me.'"

"Shut Up" is the second song released from "Unbreakable", following last year's "Skeletons".

Costello spoke about the inspiration for the "Unbreakable" album title last month during an interview with Kevan Kenney of the BUILD Series.

She said: "When I really thought about the year it took to write the record, everything that I've been through, I really felt like came out unbreakable on the other side. As opposed to our record before this one, where I felt almost like I was too breakable. But now with the fans behind us, and our team behind us, and this new music, I really feel like I'm unbreakable."

Costello said her favorite track from "Unbreakable" is "Come For Me", which she described as "a fight song. It's kind of my invitation to the world that if you've got something to say, come say it to my face, "she explained. "I think we can all use a song like that."

According to Costello, she was in a much different headspace while writing "Unbreakable" than she was a few years earlier during the making of "Malevolence".

"There was a breakup, and probably the worst breakup you could possibly imagine," Ash said. "I've never talked about who it was or what the exact circumstances are, and I never will. But when I wrote 'Malevolence' in about 2015, '16, it was the darkest time of my life on this planet. I really didn't think I was gonna make it out on the other side alive, and it shows in the songs, especially the title track, 'Malevolence'. It's not a happy record."

Ash recently told Heavy New York that NEW YEARS DAY's new album was "being described as either the poppiest metal album or the most metal poppy album. Both I'm so stoked on. It's more fun."

Costello went on to say that while it's "all good" to reach a wider audience with NEW YEARS DAY's new music, the change in the band's musical direction "was really more for me. I wanted to have fun with it. I wanted music that was fun for me. And I did that. And hopefully people love it too and it's fun for them."

This past December, Costello told Alternative Press that "Skeletons" was "one of the lightest-sounding" tracks on the upcoming NEW YEARS DAY disc. "The record, actually, is quite heavy. So we figured we'd start at the bottom of the hill and work our way up instead of at the top and work our way down. So, what you can take away from 'Skeletons', though, is that the newer songs are gonna be very catchy. Even though it's gonna be very heavy music, the melodies and the lyrics are still going to be very, very catchy and poppy."

In November, Costello said that NEW YEARS DAY's new LP will be "totally different" from "Malevolence". "'Malevolence' came out three years ago," she said. "Are you the same you were three years ago? I hope I'm not. I feel like I've improved in songwriting; I've improved in singing; I've improved in screaming. Every year that goes by, I learn more about want kind of artist I want to be and what kind of art I want to put out. It's changed quite a bit, so that's why we put out [the EP] 'Diary Of A Creep' to kind of be a little bit of a segue. We wanted to do a lot of what you can expect in the future. We covered everything from PANTERA to NEW ORDER. That's what you can expect. 'Skeletons' is the first taste a heavy riff with a very catchy chorus... It's not completely left-field it's still very NEW YEARS DAY but it's growing up."

Asked how the new album will differ lyrically from "Malevolence", Ash told Heavy New York: "'Malevolence' was mainly very anti-love, spiteful, really-upset-about-relationships album, because when I did that record, I had just found out that I had been cheated on in a five-year relationship. All that anger came out, especially in the title song. That's not a nice song. Now, I don't have a shitty relationship to use as fuel for lyrics, but my whole outlook has changed. Now there's kind of, like, a light at the end of the tunnel, so a lot of songs are going to reflect that."

"Unbreakable" track listing:

01. Come For Me

02. MissUnderstood

03. Skeletons

04. Unbreakable

05. Shut Up

06. Done With You

07. Poltergeist

08. Break My Body

09. Sorry Not Sorry

10. My Monsters

11. Nocturnal

12. I Survived

Album art credit: Marc Liscio

NEW YEARS DAY will hit the road this spring with FALLING IN REVERSE. The U.S. tour will kick off in Las Vegas on April 20 and will wrap on May 24 in Los Angeles.

Photo credit: Hristo Shindov

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SABATON: 'The Great War' Album Track Listing Revealed

SABATON: 'The Great War' Album Track Listing Revealed

Swedish heavy metal heroes SABATON will release their ninth full-length album, "The Great War", on July 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band's 20th-anniversary record will be a concept effort covering stories from the First World War.

"The Great War" track listing:

01. The Future Of Warfare

02. Seven Pillars Of Wisdom

03. 82nd All The Way

04. The Attack Of The Dead Men

05. Devil Dogs

06. The Red Baron

07. Great War

08. A Ghost In The Trenches

09. Fields Of Verdun

10. The End Of The War To End All Wars

11. In Flanders Fields

SABATON started recording "The Great War" exactly 100 years after the end of the First World War (November 11, 1918) and took three months of intensive work to complete the album with longtime producer and collaborator Jonas Kjellgren at Black Lounge studios. The disc was mastered by Maor Appelbaum and the artwork was once again created by Peter Sallaí.

"This is not the first time we sing about stories from this period in time, but now we felt the timing was right to make a full concept album about this war," the band said.

Side by side with the album, the Swedes have worked hard to make their 20th year anniversary a very exciting year, and also started the SABATON History Channel a unique collaboration between the band and multimedia historians Indy Neidell and Timeghost, capturing the power of social media to tell stories about the wars, battles and heroes behind SABATON's songs.

"This is the biggest album we have taken on so far. There is so much depth and story around the songs that we never had before," bassist Pär Sundström states. "Expect many surprises as we have tried new things and we also went back in time to a concept we know a lot of you love. 'The Great War' has been created side by side with the SABATON History Channel to make 2019 the most exciting year in our 20-year history.

SABATON's next disc will be the group's first with guitarist Tommy Johansson (GOLDEN RESURRECTION, REINXEED), who replaced Thobbe Englund in 2016.

SABATON's 2012 album, "Carolus Rex", was recently certified quadruple platinum in the band's home country of Sweden. The concept effort which is the group's biggest success to date charts the rise and fall of the Swedish Empire, in particular the life of Charles XII ("Carolus Rex") who ruled it for 21 years. In an amazing coincidence, the album's quadruple platinum certification came exactly 300 years after the king's death in 1718.

To celebrate the album's success, and to commemorate the Swedish king who inspired it, SABATON released a special 300th-anniversary edition of "Carolus Rex" on November 30, which is the date Carolus Rex was killed in Norway.

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MEMORIAM: Lyric Video For New Song 'Shell Shock'

MEMORIAM: Lyric Video For New Song 'Shell Shock'

The official lyric video for the song "Shell Shock" from MEMORIAM, the Birmingham, United Kingdom-based death/grind metal band featuring Karl Willets (BOLT THROWER) on vocals, Frank Healy (BENEDICTION, CEREBRAL FIX) on bass, Scott Fairfax (CEREBRAL FIX) on guitar and Andy Whale (BOLT THROWER) on drums, can be seen below. The song is taken from MEMORIAM's third studio album, "Requiem For Mankind", which will be released on June 21 via Nuclear Blast.

The band states: "A new MEMORIAM song, a new approach, and, as with all our albums, a new sound for us to use.

"'Shell Shock' is the first track we recorded for the 'Requiem For Mankind' album. It is a bit of a death metal headbanger of a track! Subject-wise, it deals with the effects of being on the frontline amongst all the noise and chaos of a horrific war situation from an individual standpoint, and also that the soldier does not die from an enemy bullet! Sound-wise, it needed to sound a bit epic. We think we have achieved this on 'Shell Shock' and have used this as the blueprint sound throughout the album."

"Requiem For Mankind" track listing:

01. Shell Shock

02. Undefeated

03. Never The Victim

04. Austerity Kills

05. In The Midst Of Desolation

06. Refuse To Be Led

07. The Veteran

08. Requiem For Mankind

09. Fixed Bayonets

10. Interment

While MEMORIAM's debut album, "For The Fallen" (2017), was heavy, depressing and marked by grief, the second work "The Silent Vigil" (2018), showed a relentlessly aggressive side. It was without question another great album, created by musicians who blindly understand their craft yet do not repeat themselves. This also applies to "Requiem For Mankind". Once again, the groove is monstrous, the riffs are merciless, and the atmosphere is oppressive, paralyzing, even overwhelming. Willetts's aggressive vocals are rousing and relentless.

The band states: "Well, here we are with our third album, 'Requiem For Mankind'. On our previous albums, we have experimented with different musical and vocal styles which have finally got us to the here and now with what we think is the definitive MEMORIAM album. It's death metal. It's all we know. It feels like the previous albums were a buildup to this one. We finally have all the right ingredients in one place. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it. Onwards!"

"Requiem For Mankind" was recorded at Parlour Studios in Kettering, U.K. with renowned producer Russ Russell (NAPALM DEATH, DIMMU BORGIR, AT THE GATES, AMORPHIS). The album's impressive artwork was once again created by Dan Seagrave (BENEDICTION, DISMEMBER, HYPOCRISY, SUFFOCATION).

MEMORIAM will play a "Requiem For Mankind" record-release show on June 22 at The Underworld, Camden, London.

MEMORIAM was primarily developed to fill the void that was left following the tragic death of Martin "Kiddie" Kearns, the drummer from BOLT THROWER, back in September 2015. BOLT THROWER subsequently placed all activity on hold for the foreseeable future which gave Karl Willetts an opportunity to develop a new project with friends that had expressed interest in forming a band for some time.

MEMORIAM is an old-school death metal band, maintaining the standards set by their previous bands, focusing on the themes of death, loss and war. Initially, the bandmembers got together to play covers of songs that had influenced them throughout their careers within the death metal scene. However, it soon became apparent that the new songs that they created were of a superior standard.

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Listen To New ACCEPT Song 'Life's A Bitch'

Listen To New ACCEPT Song 'Life's A Bitch'

German/American heavy metal legends ACCEPT have released a special seven-inch vinyl single, featuring a brand new studio track titled "Life's A Bitch" as well as "Restless And Wild (Live at Wacken 2017)" on the B-side.

You can now listen to "Life's A Bitch" below.

Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann comments: "We love the title of the single Who does not agree to that 'life's a bitch'? It is universal, even if the stories are different. Everybody knows what that means!"

"Life's A Bitch" track listing:

Side A: "Life's A Bitch"

Side B: "Restless And Wild (Live At Wacken 2017)"

The new ACCEPT single comes just days after the band announced the addition of Martin Motnik on bass and Ava-Rebekah Rahman on violin as the group prepares to launch the "Symphonic Terror" tour on April 20 in Wuppertal, Germany.

Born in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Motnik has been playing music since he was seven years old and has been a member of several bands, both in Germany and the United States. He was asked by Uli Jon Roth to join him for his 2008 U.S. tour and again in 2009 and 2012. In addition to his musical talent, Motnik also has a Master's Degree in business from the University of Mannheim.

"We were overwhelmed and honored by the musicians who auditioned for the open position," said Hoffmann. "The level of talent we saw was unprecedented, and we believe Martin Motnik is a perfect fit as he'll be joining us for the 'Symphonic Terror' tour and upcoming ACCEPT shows."

ACCEPT performed with a stand-in bass player, Danny Silvestri, aboard this year's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which ran from January 31 to February 4.

Silvestri stepped into ACCEPT following the recent departure of ACCEPT's founding bassist Peter Baltes.

ACCEPT recently released a live set, "Symphonic Terror - Live At Wacken 2017", via Nuclear Blast. It features a unique ACCEPT show, shot on August 3, 2017 at the legendary Wacken Open Air festival, where the band played the biggest and most extraordinary show of its career in front of 80,000, on top of thousands more fans watching via a live stream.

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HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES return with new music in the form of their explosive second album, "Rise". Rock and roll royalty Joe Perry, Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp, and shock rock icon Alice Cooper join forces once again for the unmissable rock album of 2019. "Rise" will be released June 21 via earMUSIC. The first singe, "Who's Laughing Now", can be streamed below.

Seconds into the opening track "I Want My Now", it's clear this supergroup has created something special. The chemistry between the individuals is unmistakable when they come together on stage or in the recording studio. Forget the individual reputations of the star-studded lineup, "Rise" features some of the purest, most unapologetic, and most enjoyable rock 'n' roll of the year made by masters of the craft and true fans of the form.

Unlike HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES' 2015 debut record, "Rise", produced by Tommy Henriksen and the band, consists mainly of original material written by the band. However, in the spirit of the VAMPIRES' original mission, there are three covers of songs originally written and recorded by some fellow rockers who died far too young: an intimate and intense version of David Bowie's "Heroes", beautifully performed by Johnny Depp; the late JIM CARROLL BAND's "People Who Died"; and Johnny Thunders's "You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory", sung by Joe Perry.

Raucous rock anthems like "The Boogieman Surprise" and first single "Who's Laughing Now" capture the natural, raw, and celebratory attitude that the HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES displayed in their rowdy shows around the world. However, the album shows off their range as well with tracks like "We Gotta Rise" a tongue-in-cheek politics song in the tradition of Cooper's "Elected" to the psychedelic gothic epic of "Mr. Spider".

"'Rise' is not only a totally different animal than the first VAMPIRES album, it is unique to anything I've ever been a part of," says Cooper. "I approached it very differently than I usually do when working on an album. Each of us; Joe, Johnny, Tommy, and myself have written songs on this album. What is different though is that I didn't try to change any songs to be more 'Alice-like.' Because each of us has different influences, the sound of this album is very cool. I think that with this album, we are establishing what the Vampires' sound really is, whereas with the first album, we were more tipping our hats to our fallen rock 'n' roll brothers."

Perry says: "'Rise' came from pure creative energy, which is just like playing live with the VAMPIRES. The record showcases everyone doing what they do best without anyone looking over our shoulders. There was no pressure or deadlines, allowing us to write and record an album that is one of the freest and most honest sounding records I've been part of. I can't wait to perform some of these tunes live for our fans."

"Rise" track listing:

01. I Want My Now

02. Good People Are Hard to Find

03. Who's Laughing Now

04. How the Glass Fell

05. The Boogieman Surprise

06. Welcome to Bushwackers (feat. Jeff Beck + John Waters)

07. The Wrong Bandage

08. You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory

09. Git From Round Me

10. Heroes

11. A Pitiful Beauty

12. New Threat

13. Mr. Spider

14. We Gotta Rise

15. People Who Died

16. Congratulations

HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES will embark on a short U.S. tour in early May. Completing the HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES live lineup will be rock star musician friends Glen Sobel (ALICE COOPER) on drums, Chris Wyse (THE CULT) on bass, and Buck Johnson (AEROSMITH) on keyboard and vocals.

In 1969, on the Sunset Strip at the legendary club, the Rainbow Bar & Grill, the Hollywood Vampires were born in the upstairs bar. It was a gathering place for the rock stars living in or passing through L.A. "To join the club, one simply had to out drink all of the members," says Alice Cooper, a founding member of the original Vampires.

Cooper and good friend Johnny Depp got together and decided the spirit of the Hollywood Vampires should live again minus the drinking. Cooper and Depp were joined by Joe Perry, who is an old friend of both, and the recording began: a tribute to the original Hollywood Vampires. An environment was born for great artists to hang, laugh, and play together.

As Yahoo Music said, "The word 'supergroup' gets thrown around a lot these days, but truly, it doesn't get much super-er than HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES."

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EXTREME’s NUNO BETTENCOURT, ANTHRAX’s SCOTT IAN, TOM MORELLO Test Out Fender’s Game Of Thrones Sigil Collection; Video

EXTREME’s NUNO BETTENCOURT, ANTHRAX’s SCOTT IAN, TOM MORELLO Test Out Fender’s Game Of Thrones Sigil Collection; Video

In the video below, watch as Principal Master Builder Ron Thorn and Game of Thrones creator and show runner D.B. Weiss talk through the Fender Custom Shop Game of Thrones Sigil Collection. Featuring a Game of Thrones House Stark, Telecaster a Games of Thrones House Lannister, Jaguar and a Game of Thrones House Targaryen, Stratocaster. This limited-edition series is hand-built to order in the Fender Custom Shop.

Performers: Extremes Nuno Bettencourt, Ramin Djawadi, Anthraxs Scott Ian, Prophets Of Rages Tom Morello, and Dan Weiss.

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ROB HALFORD Says GLENN TIPTON Has Started 'Making Riffs' For Next JUDAS PRIEST Album

ROB HALFORD Says GLENN TIPTON Has Started 'Making Riffs' For Next JUDAS PRIEST Album

JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford says that Glenn Tipton has commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to last year's "Firepower" album.

The guitarist announced his retirement from touring in February 2018 after revealing his unfortunate diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. He passed on the torch to the producer of the "Firepower" album, Andy Sneap.

Asked in a new interview with "Do You Know Jack?" if fans can look forward to another PRIEST studio album in the not-too-distant future, Halford replied (hear audio below): "Absolutely. In fact, Glenn's back in the U.K. now making riffs and going through We have massive archives of riffs. It never stops. That's the joy of PRIEST in terms of creativity we never seem to slow down. And when you get a successful record like 'Firepower', that motivates you even further. Any band will tell you that. You feed off the energy of what your fans are giving you. You wanna see your fans again and you wanna bring your fans something different next time. So that means making another metal song, which, amplify that by 10 ideas, and you've got another album. So that's the plan. There will be another album from PRIEST in the very near future."

Tipton was diagnosed with the degenerative neurological disorder five years ago, after being stricken by the condition at least half a decade earlier. The guitarist, who is now 71 and has performed on every PRIEST record since the band's 1974 debut set, "Rocka Rolla", is not quitting the band, but simply cannot handle the rigorous challenges of performing live.

Glenn has appeared onstage with PRIEST many times following his retirement, always performing the same fan-favorite tracks "Metal Gods", "Breaking The Law" and "Livin' After Midnight".

PRIEST's current touring lineup consists of Halford, guitarists Sneap and Richie Faulkner, drummer Scott Travis and founding member and bassist Ian Hill.

JUDAS PRIEST will return to the U.S. for a spring run with fellow classic heavy rockers URIAH HEEP. The 32-date trek will kick off on May 3 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida and wrap on June 29 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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JUDAS PRIEST's IAN HILL On Relationship With K.K. DOWNING: 'Probably The Less Said, The Better'

JUDAS PRIEST's IAN HILL On Relationship With K.K. DOWNING: 'Probably The Less Said, The Better'

In a brand new interview with "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon", JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill was asked if he could still have a friendship with fellow PRIEST co-founder K.K. Downing, who left the group in 2011 amid claims of band conflict, shoddy management and declining quality of performance.

"Musically, we've parted company, really," Hill said (hear audio below). "I'm sure if I called him up and said, 'You fancy coming down the pub,' he'd say yes, I'm sure. I know he would. But I haven't had any contact with him over the last couple of years because we've been so busy. But I think, musically, we've parted ways, really. Probably the less said, the better. I'll get slated on Blabbermouth, probably, for saying anything. So I've gotta be careful. [Laughs]"

Last fall, Downing dismissed as a "load of bollocks" Hill's explanation for why K.K. wasn't invited to rejoin the band following Glenn Tipton's decision to retire from the road due to his battle with Parkinson's disease.

"We were like brothers; we went to infant school together and secondary school together, and we lived our career together," Downing said. "But I'm not totally happy about what's being said. Ian seems to be [saying] things like, 'None of the fans are missing K.K.,' and, 'Richie [Faulkner, Downing's replacement] has brought a new energy to the band.' And I'm going, 'Ian, dude, on that last tour, I was the energy. I slowed down because people weren't keeping up with me.' So I'm thinking, Ian, get a grip with yourself, mate. You've just replaced the energy with some energy. Fine well, great. But that's not moving forward, Ian."

Tipton was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease five years ago after being stricken by the condition at least half a decade earlier but announced in February 2018 he was going to sit out touring activities in support of PRIEST's latest album, "Firepower".

Last summer, Downing revealed that he sent two resignation letters to his bandmates when he decided to quit JUDAS PRIEST. The first was described as "a graceful exit note, implying a smooth retirement from music," while the second was "angrier, laying out all of his frustrations with specific parties."

Downing later said that he believed the second letter was "a key reason" he wasn't invited to rejoin PRIEST following Tipton's decision to retire from touring.

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Video Premiere: MILLENCOLIN's 'Sour Days'

Video Premiere: MILLENCOLIN's 'Sour Days'

The official music video for "Sour Days" from the Swedish skate-punk band MILLENCOLIN can be seen below. The track is taken from the group's ninth studio album, "SOS", which was released on February 15 via Epitaph. The follow-up to 2015's "True Brew" was recorded at the group's own Soundlab Studios in Örebro, Sweden and was mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios. It was produced by vocalist/bassist Nikola Sarcevic and guitarist Mathias Färm, with all artwork and photography created by Ohlsson.

Says Sarcevic: "We're a band truly formed from respect and understanding for each other and our passion for rock music. If you ask us, this is the best job in the world."

"SOS" track listing:

01. SOS

02. For Yesterday

03. Nothing

04. Sour Days

05. Yanny & Laurel

06. Reach You

07. Do You Want War

08. Trumpets & Poutine

09. Let It Be

10. Dramatic Planet

11. Caveman's Land

12. Carry On

MILLENCOLIN will embark on an extensive European tour this spring, with stops lined up in Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Italy during April. They've also confirmed an appearance at Slam Dunk in the U.K.

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