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SEVENDUST's 'Time Travelers & Bonfires' Cracks U.S. Top 20

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:52:15 +0000

SEVENDUST acoustic album, "Time Travelers & Bonfires", sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. "Time Travelers & Bonfires" was made available on April 15 via 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services. On April 1, they hit the road for their first U.S. headlining tour of the year, entitled "An Evening With Sevendust", which kicked off in Athens, Georgia at the Georgia Theatre. It's their first acoustic trek since 2004, when they were touring in support of their second album, "Seasons", and a format their fans have been anxiously awaiting for once again. The Atlanta band — Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals), John Connolly (guitar/vocals) and Vince Hornsby (bass/vocals) — recorded "Time Travelers & Bonfires" at Architekt Studios in Butler, New Jersey (where they recorded their previous "Black Out The Sun" album). It is a collection of brand new songs, along with re-recorded SEVENDUST classics. Newly re-recorded songs include "Black", "Gone", "Denial", "Karma", "Trust" and "Crucified". Six brand new songs have also been written and recorded for the acoustic album. It's not the first time SEVENDUST has explored their acoustic side. Their critically acclaimed "Southside Double-Wide" live acoustic album was released in 2004. "People liked ['Southside Double-Wide'] so much and have asked for so many years for us to do it again that we had a meeting and said, 'Hmm, why don't we do an acoustic album and see what happens," Witherspoon told Billboard.com. "We went in full guns blazin', man," he added. "It was serious work. It was a serious project. We wanted to come different and bring the different sound and still have that acoustic element there but give it some salt, too, and keep it in that SEVENDUST vein that we're still gonna be able to have a good time and stand up and jump around and not do it in the same vein people are normally used to." "Time Travelers & Bonfires" track listing: 01. Come Down 02. Under It All 03. The Wait 04. Upbeat Sugar 05. One Life 06. Bonfire 07. Gone 08. Denial 09. Trust 10. Crucified 11. Karma 12. Black The song "Bonfire" — one of the six new tracks written and recorded for "Time Travelers & Bonfires" — can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below (courtesy of Billboard.com).

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MAX CAVALERA Talks To Latvia's Alternative.lv (Audio)

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:45:37 +0000

Latvia's Alternative.lv web site recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, KILLER BE KILLED). You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. SOULFY's ninth album, "Savages", was released on October 1, 2013 via SOULFLY's new label home, Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was produced by Terry Date, who is known for his work with such acts as PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN, among many others. Guest vocal appearances on "Savages" include SOULFLY bass player Tony Campos, CLUTCH's Neil Fallon, NAPALM DEATH's Mitch Harris, Jamie Hanks of I DECLARE WAR and SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera's son Igor Cavalera (of LODY KONG). The cover artwork for "Savages" was created by renowned artist Paul Stottler, who is best known for his work on SACRED REICH's legendary "Surf Nicaragua" cover. Date previously mixed SOULFLY's "3" (2002), "Prophecy" (2004) and "Dark Ages" (2005) albums, but had never produced any of the group's CDs.

ALICE IN CHAINS To Be Spotlighted In 'Guitar Center Sessions' Episode In August

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:28:41 +0000

Guitar Center, the world's largest retailer of musical instruments and equipment, and DirecTV, one of the world's leading providers of digital television entertainment services, will spotlight ALICE IN CHAINS in the award-winning music series Guitar Center Sessions on August 3 on DirecTV's Audience Network (Channel 239). Guitar Center Sessions features exclusive performances and intimate, enlightening conversations conducted by revered musical tastemaker Nic Harcourt. Guitar Center Sessions presented by JBL will begin airing Sunday, May 4. Now in its landmark eighth season, Guitar Center Sessions has been tuned into more than 15 million times since December, and is moving to an exciting new Sunday night time slot, airing inspiring performances each week at 8 p.m. exclusively on on DirecTV's Audience Network (Channel 239). It all kicks off with Seattle rock band SOUNDGARDEN performing songs that span their entire catalog. This episode, among others this season, was filmed live at South By Southwest (SXSW), on a rooftop perched high above the crowds with Austin's majestic skyline as a backdrop. "We are incredibly proud to present our viewers with yet another season of Guitar Center Sessions," says Dustin Hinz, director of music and entertainment marketing for Guitar Center. "Season 8 brings to life the stories, songs and journeys of a remarkable lineup of iconic and influential artists. Filming live at one of the world's biggest music festivals was the perfect way to celebrate both Guitar Center's 50th anniversary and the success Guitar Center Sessions has seen over the past 72 episodes." "DirecTV's Audience Network is honored to host another season of Guitar Center Sessions," said Chris Long, SVP original content and production, DirecTV. "We're excited to air an amazing showcase from this year's SXSW and to bring our customers another incredible lineup of talent in Season 8." "Guitar Center Sessions" captures exclusive live performances and interviews from noteworthy and influential artists in stunning hi-definition and 5.1 Surround Sound in Guitar Center's iconic location on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. In addition to show-stopping performances, each episode features intimate interviews conducted by renowned journalist Nic Harcourt, offering rare insights into the celebrated careers of these icons and the inspirations behind their music. "Guitar Center Sessions" is but one example of the music retailer's efforts to support artists by creating new avenues to expose their music to large audiences in an ever-changing music industry.

GRAVE DIGGER: 'Return Of The Reaper' Track Listing Revealed

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:19:00 +0000

German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER will release their 1th studio album, "Return Of The Reaper", via Napalm Records on the following dates: July 11: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Benelux July 16: Spain, Sweden, Norway July 14: Rest of Europe July 15: USA, Canada The "Return Of The Reaper" cover artwork (see below) was created by Gyula Havancsák of Hjules Illustration And Design, who has been responsible for all GRAVE DIGGER artwork since 2004's "The Last Supper". The CD was recorded at Principal Studios (KREATOR, IN EXTREMO, GRAVE DIGGER) in Senden, Germany. GRAVE DIGGER vocalist Chris Boltendahl recently revealed that "Return Of The Reaper" will be stylistically reminiscent of GRAVE DIGGER's classic albums "Heavy Metal Breakdown" (1984), "Witch Hunter" (1985) and "The Reaper" (1993). "Return Of The Reaper" track listing: 01. Return Of The Reaper 02. Hell Funeral 03. War God 04. Tattooed Rider 05. Resurrection Day 06. Season Of The Witch 07. Road Rage Killer 08. Dia De Los Muertos 09. Satan's Host 10. Grave Desecrator 11. Death Smiles At All Of Us 12. Nothing To Believe GRAVE DIGGER's last album, "Clash Of The Gods", was released on August 31 , 2012 in Europe and September 4, 2012 in North America via Napalm Records. A six-song mini-CD, "Home At Last", preceded the full-length effort on July 27, 2012 in Europe and August 7, 2012 in North America. "The Clans Are Still Marching", the latest DVD from GRAVE DIGGER, entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 56 (German chart rules allow music DVDs to enter album charts). gravediggerreturnofthereapercd

JUDAS PRIEST To Reveal First Details Of Their New Studio Album Next Week?

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:52:39 +0000

British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have launched a countdown suggesting that they will reveal more information about their much-anticipated new studio album in five days via their official web site, JudasPriest.com. Speaking to Artisan News at last month's VIP listening party for the Ronnie James Dio tribute album "This Is Your Life" and awards gala at the Avalon in Hollywood, California, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford stated about the band's new CD: "The record is finished; it's absolutely finished as of today." He added: "It's a relief. It's a relief because whenever PRIEST makes an album, like any band, you put your heart and soul into it; it is that typical 'blood, sweat and tears.' It's not an easy thing to do 40 years later. But PRIEST has always been up for the challenge of that, and it's one of things that we love to do more than anything else as we move on through our metal years. So this is a great time for PRIEST: 40th anniversary, a brand new record. Life couldn't be better." In a 2013 interview with Billboard.com, Halford described the new PRIEST CD's sound as "hard. It's heavy. It's something we think our PRIEST fans will be thrilled with. We know we have a reputation to maintain, and we know we have to deliver something really strong and solid. The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about JUDAS PRIEST — I don't think I can say anything more than that without being hung, drawn and quartered." Speaking to VH1 Radio Network's Dave Basner, Halford said about what fans can expect from JUDAS PRIEST's next LP: "We felt it was very important to follow up [2008's] 'Nostradamus', the last release, and that was a concept experiment and it was a real success for us and the fans loved it, but I think our fans and ourselves as a band, we want to get back to the side of PRIEST that we haven't heard for a few years and reemphasize and remake those big, heavy metal statements again." PRIEST's next album will mark the band's first release with Richie Faulkner, most recently guitarist in the backing band for Lauren Harris (daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris). Faulkner joined PRIEST as the replacement for original PRIEST guitarist Kenneth "K.K." Downing, who announced his retirement from the band in April 2011. Asked how it has been collaborating on new music with Faulkner, Halford told Guitar World in a 2012 interview: "Really, really strong. Exciting. He's riffing and saying, 'Robby, I'm thinking of this and this and this.' It's really exciting to have that kind of energy, because you feed off of it." He added: "[Richie] went through the ritual on [the 'Epitaph'] tour, did great work on stage, the fans embraced him, so it's now time to see what we're capable of, the writing trio of Glenn [Tipton] and Richie and myself." Regarding whether technology has changed JUDAS PRIEST's songwriting process at all, Halford said: "It's dangerous to walk around with a flash drive on a bunch of keys. [Laughs] To a great extent, it doesn't really change. The technology is amazing in terms of the advantages it brings to music now, some of it good, some of it very bad. It's all about discipline and self-belief, determination, wanting to do the best you can do and not accepting anything that's below par. We've always had that attitude in PRIEST. We've always felt really strongly about any track that goes out for our fans. We're still doing it like we always have: firing up the riffs and finding a vocal melody to go with it, me going into me wonderful world of the Roget's Thesaurus and trying to come up with a new lyric and a new idea. And that's what we've been doing for four decades." Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral judaspriestcountdown5_638

VOLBEAT's ROB CAGGIANO Talks About His Time In ANTHRAX, Touring With 'Big Four' (Video)

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:35:28 +0000

Former ANTHRAX and current VOLBEAT guitarist Rob Caggiano recently spoke with "HardDrive Radio" about his first guitar, his time in ANTHRAX and touring with the other so-called "Big Four" of 1980s thrash metal — METALLICA, MEGADETH and SLAYER. You can now watch the chat below. VOLBEAT's latest album, "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies", was re-released in a special "tour edition" on November 4, 2013. The new version of the act's fifth studio album contains new bonus tracks and a live DVD. The latter features footage of the group performing at a number of major summer festivals in Europe, including the Download festival in the U.K., Rock Am Ring and Rock'n'Heim in Germany, Hellfest in France and Denmark's Roskilde Festival. "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies" debuted at No. 1 in several countries when it arrived in April 2012, with the disc entering the Billboard album chart at No. 9. "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies" has sold more than 200,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. VOLBEAT has just returned to North America as part of a tour that is bringing the Danish/American quartet coast to coast. The run began at The Fillmore in Denver, Colorado and will wrap the second week of May on the East Coast, with TRIVIUM and DIGITAL SUMMER supporting.

BLACK STAR RIDERS' MARCO MENDOZA, THE WINERY DOGS' BILLY SHEEHAN Featured In Latest Episode Of FUSE's 'Metalhead To Head'

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:24:06 +0000

The fifth episode of "Metalhead To Head", a web-only show where metal masters sit down together for surprisingly candid conversation and plenty of one-time-only music demonstrations and collaborations, can be seen in two parts below. The episode features Marco Mendoza (BLACK STAR RIDERS, THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE) and Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS, TALAS). New episodes will debut every other Wednesday. Always at 1 p.m. ET. And always on Fuse.tv. Artist pairings for future "Metalhead To Head" episodes include: * Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, THE WINERY DOGS) & Arejay Hale (HALESTORM) * Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE) & Frank Bello (ANTHRAX) * Eric Choi (WE CAME AS ROMANS) & Alex Lopez (SUICIDE SILENCE) * Michael Sweet (STRYPER) & Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT) * George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB) & Chris Broderick (MEGADETH) * Marty Friedman (MEGADETH) & Ben Weinman (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN)

DARKANE: Video Footage From European Tour With SOILWORK

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:13:45 +0000

Swedish melodic death quintet DARKANE has posted live footage from its recent European tour with SOILWORK. You can watch as the band performs the track "Ostracized" from its 2013 release, "The Sinister Supremacy", filmed by Philipp Koch and Oliver Laux (Drumtalk) at the Biblelot in Dordrecht, Netherlands. Says the band: "We recently completed a European tour with SOILWORK that took us through Spain, Italy, France, Luxembourg, Holland and the U.K. The tour went great and, with the two bands having previously toured together, everything went smoothly — apart from SOILWORK's drummer Dirk Verbeuren getting injured and having to sit out a few shows. Luckily, our drummer, Peter Wildoer, isn't one to back down from a challenge, so he took over the drum throne for SOILWORK's remaining gigs. Closing in on the end of the tour, Dirk felt good enough to play again, so he played the final show of the tour in Dordrecht. Spirits were high, and to make it even better, Phillip from Drumtalk showed up and asked if we wanted him to film the show. Of course we did! And he did a really nice job. DARKANE 100% live and raw. As it should be." "The Sinister Supremacy" was released in June 2013 via Massacre and Prosthetic. Regarding the album's title, the band said: "'The Sinister Supremacy' is a metaphor for the evil that controls us. It's the dark part of our minds and it’s inside us all. It tells us it's OK to do bad things, to hurt other people, and hurt ourselves. It guides us into making choices based on pure selfishness, and it thrives on complete chaos. "The cover art by Carlos Holmberg is a Rorschach test as seen by an individual who has completely succumbed to the sinister supremacy." Vocalist Jens Broman left DARKANE in August 2011 due to "personal issues." He explained in a statement, "At the moment my life is in a phase where I'm unable to find inspiration for new adventures with DARKANE and therefore it's best for me to pass on the mic." Mackrory sang on DARKANE's debut album, "Rusted Angel" (1999), and made a guest appearance on the song "Chaos vs. Order" on the band's 2002 effort "Expanding Senses".

KROKUS Singer MARC STORACE Interviewed By Rock Journalist MITCH LAFON (Audio)

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:04:18 +0000

Rock journalist Mitch Lafon recently conducted an interview with vocalist Marc Storace of Swiss hard rock legends KROKUS. They discuss the band's new live album, "Long Stick Goes Boom - Live From Da House Of Rust"; the disappearance of the song "The Ballroom Blitz" from the setlist; the lethargic fan response to 1986's "Change Of Address" album during the height of '80s hard rock craze; the band's 1983 tour with DEF LEPPARD; KROKUS' recent European success with albums "Hellraiser", "Hoodoo" and "Dirty Dynamite"; and the band's future recording plans and touring plans for North America. You can now listen to the chat below. In the last four decades, Swiss hard rock legends KROKUS have played over 2,000 shows across 5 continents. Every gig, every place and every crowd was different but all showed tremendous enthusiasm towards the band. KROKUS recorded 20 shows for release consideration, eventually deciding on their last sold-out show, recorded in their hometown at the House Of Rust on August 30, 2013. "Long Stick Goes Boom Live: From Da House Of Rust" was released in North America on April 22 via The End Records. An ecstatic audience and a killer location, for KROKUS it was a truly memorable moment — it was the night where Krok 'n' Roll came back to town — to Rockcity Solothurn where it all started in 1975. "We're extremely happy to share this moment with all of you. This proves that there is still a place for the eternal flame of rock 'n' roll — our medicine of life," the band says in a statement. "A hell of a big 'Thank You' for your constant support and appreciation. This is the fuel we need to go the extra mile. Enjoy and spread the word!" "Long Stick Goes Boom: Live From Da House Of Rust" track listing: 01. Long Stick 02. Hallelujah Rock 'N' Roll 03. Go Baby Go 04. AM Woman 05. Tokio Nights 06. Fire 07. Rock City / Betta Than Sex / Doeg Song 08. Screaming In The Night 09. Hellraiser 10. Bedside Radio 11. Easy Rocker 12. Heatstrokes 13. Live For The Action 14. Hoodoo Woman The "Hoodoo Woman" performance, taken from "Long Stick Goes Boom: Live From Da House Of Rust", can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. Comments KROKUS singer Marc Storace: "'Hoodoo Woman'. We take a look back to the roots, memories of the hot humid south in a wild west. "New Orleans was one of our favorite watering holes. From the sleazy to the sophisticated, you name it, we tried it! The seafood, the music, the bars, the dancers and that feeling of magic in the air, call it what you may, everywhere that taste, the smell, those looks … unique mystique! "The 'Hoodoo' album, released in 2010, is an ode to the spirit of the reunion of the originals. The songs portray some of our wildest dreams. A dirty bunch of unsung heroes from a bygone era get back together to exchange memories and refresh their spirits as slowly they ride on into the sun." Adds KROKUS bassist, founder and producer Chris Von Rohr: "The song 'Hoodoo Woman' showcased the new powerful KROKUS magic in 2010 as the first release of the reunited originals. "This song was, in my opinion, the hottest of them all on the 'Hoodoo' album. "We chose this song as our encore and when you listen to the CD, you can hear from the sing-along of the crowd that we had a great KROKUS party at the House Of Rust in our hometown in Switzerland. "This new live CD captures the essence of this magical, incredible evening. And you've got the front-row seat." For almost 40 years now, KROKUS has stood for high-quality, honest-to-goodness, hand-made power rock. No other Swiss rock band sells albums and its back catalogue worldwide like KROKUS. The band has already sold over 14 million records, toured the world, and received gold and platinum discs in the USA and Canada. The milestones in their rock career are dotted around the world: from Australia and the USA to Mexico, Russia, Japan, and China. KROKUS is: Marc Storace - Lead Vocals Chris Von Rohr - Bass, Vocals Fernando Von Arb - Guitar, Vocals Mark Kohler - Guitar Mandy Meyer - Guitar Flavio Mezzodi - Drums

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Former CRO-MAGS Bassist HARLEY FLANAGAN Continuing Work On New Album

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:57:24 +0000

Former CRO-MAGS bass player and one-time frontman Harley Flanagan is in the process of recording his newest LP, to be released later this year on Southern Lord. With his musical roots tracing back to the beginning of the 1980s, Flanagan was involved in New York City punk act THE STIMULATORS before even hitting his teens. In the mid-'80s, he founded the legendary hardcore/crossover act the CRO-MAGS, directly after which the band released its seminal "The Age Of Quarrel" LP. At the beginning of the millennium, the artist formed his own HARLEY'S WAR and released his debut album, "Cro-Mag", in 2002. Flanagan and several other players recently started laying down the basic tracks for the impending yet-to-be-named album, which will close the extensive twelve-year gap since the band's initial works were released, and will undoubtedly be one of the premiere hardcore/punk releases of the year. Said Flanagan about signing with Southern Lord and the ongoing recording process of the new material: "I think that this is some of the hardest stuff I have written in a long time. God knows there has been a lot of inspiration over the last few years." Southern Lord owner Greg Anderson this week stated about the upcoming release, "The demos we have heard thus far are incredible! We're really looking forward to hearing this when it's completed." A demo version of a new solo song titled "Trust No One" from Flanagan can be streamed below. The track, which features Al Romano (SUN RED SUN, BELLADONNA) on guitar, is expected to appear on Flanagan's upcoming CD. "Trust No One" is the first new material from Harley since the HARLEY'S WAR EP, "Life Is A Struggle", which came out in 2012. Flanagan made headlines in July 2012 when he allegedly attacked two members of the current CRO-MAGS lineup during the CBGB Festival in New York City. Flanagan was initially charged with felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the incident, but those charges were eventually dropped. New York Natives in 2012 published an interview with Flanagan in which Harley claimed that he was invited to the Webster Hall gig and had a VIP pass which he used to enter the venue. He said he went there with "the best of intentions" hoping to mend years of bickering and make the fans happy. After he was invited to the backstage dressing room, he said that instead of being welcomed, as he expected to be, he was jumped by a group of men.

METALLICA Bassist Talks Inspiration For 'Jaco' Documentary

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:54:13 +0000

According to The Pulse Of Radio, METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo spoke with VH1 Classic about "Jaco: The Film", the new documentary he has produced about late, legendary bass player Jaco Pastorius. Trujillo explained: "Back in the day, being a young, inspired bass player, I started to gravitate toward jazz fusion... I got into that, and I started hearing about this bass player called Jaco — one name, right to the point, you know — and it was intriguing; everyone started talking about this guy. It was like, 'Whoa.' I was intrigued by the mystique of the name alone.” Trujillo first saw Pastorius play at the Santa Monica Civic Center in the late '70s, saying: "There was baby powder on the stage — I remember him sliding into his bass guitar like it was home plate. You know what I mean? And the backdrop was the New York City skyline or something. And it was really an entertaining experience." Trujillo said that hearing Pastorius' first solo album was "mind-boggling," calling the bassist a "beautiful monster." "Jaco", which was named the official film of this past weekend's Record Store Day, is currently in post-production and will be released this fall. The documentary was directed by Stephen Kijak and Paul Marchand and produced by Robert Trujillo and John Battsek. Pastorius, who was bipolar and had wrestled with substance abuse, died in 1987 at age 35 following a violent altercation at a Fort Lauderdale bar. "Jaco" will feature commentaries from Sting, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS' Flea, Carlos Santana and director Mike Figgis, among others. jacoposter

ROB ZOMBIE Says Next Movie Is 'Definitely Horror'

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:42:03 +0000

Rob Zombie recently announced that he had scrapped plans to direct a hockey movie called "Broad Street Bullies" in favor of a new film in the genre he's best known for, horror. A short time later, Zombie revealed that he was also working on a new TV miniseries about the Manson Family murders with "American Psycho" author Bret Easton Ellis. But Zombie told The Pulse Of Radio that his new horror movie will come out first. "The other thing is an original thing of my own which is definitely a horror thing," he said. "It's definitely in the vein, I think, of what fans of what I've done in the past would enjoy. So that one's moving along about a million times faster than the other thing, so that'll be the next project." Zombie also told The Pulse Of Radio that the Manson project remains in development at the FX network, with Ellis currently working on a draft of the script. Zombie will kick off a 12-date run of shows on Saturday (April 26) in Fort Myers, Florida at the Fort Rock festival. His first-ever concert home video, "The Zombie Horror Picture Show", is due out on Blu-ray and DVD on May 20th. Zombie had been working on "Broad Street Bullies" for two years but said that the film wasn't getting anywhere. "Broad Street Bullies" was going to be about the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team of the 1970s that were notorious for their violent tactics on the ice. Zombie's previous films include "House Of 1000 Corpses", "The Devil's Rejects", the 2007 remake of "Halloween" and its 2009 sequel, and "The Lords Of Salem".

TARJA TURUNEN And MIKE TERRANA: First 'Beauty & The Beat' Teaser Clip

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:29:41 +0000

Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen and acclaimed drummer Mike Terrana (TARJA, AXEL RUDI PELL, RAGE, YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN, MASTERPLAN) will release the classic-rock crossover live project "Beauty & The Beat" on May 30 via earMUSIC. The effort includes interpretations of classic music pieces ranging from Bach to Mozart to Rossini as well as rock classics from QUEEN, LED ZEPPELIN and Turunen. The first teaser clip for "Beauty & The Beat" can be seen below. "Beauty & The Beat" is something very different from your ordinary rock show, let alone your ordinary classic concert. It's music played in an unorthodox manner; it's the performance of a wide range of classical pieces and rock songs together with an orchestra and choir. Originally planned as a one-time event — the first performance was already held in 2011 — the show was too successful with fans and critics to simply never happen again. In spring 2013, Turunen and Terrana again toured throughout the world, from Poland to Russia to Mexico. The music of "Beauty & The Beat" ranges from immortal classic pieces by Bach, Strauss and Mozart to Rossini, but doesn’t neglect pure rock music like songs from LED ZEPPELIN, QUEEN as well as Tarja's own pieces. All combined with orchestra and choir with more than 100 musicians on stage, an enormous sound, energetic drums and Tarja's angelic voice Tarja and Mike complement each other musically. Whereas Mike bangs his drums with rock attitude, Tarja shines with her crystal clear voice and incredible stage presence; all lulled with the warm, full sound of an orchestra. Turunen explains: "The idea of having a symphonic orchestra, choir and Mr. Terrana on drums was originally mine. "Mike has done a recording with drums over classical pieces that I think it is great. I immediately imagined it performed live on a stage with a real orchestra as a part of a bigger concept. "I believe this kind of combination of instruments, particularly playing mainly classical music, is very unique. "I have been making collaborations with orchestras before and I could foresee a great outcome. "Our main goal with these kind of concerts is that the younger audience experiences the beauty and power of a symphonic orchestra and choir. Hopefully it will serve as an introduction to classical music for some of our fans." Terrana jokingly adds: "It's obvious that I provide the beat and Tarja provides the beauty." CD track listing: CD1 * Mike - Concert For Violin & Oboe (Bach) * Tarja - Blute Nur (Bach) * Tarja - Zueignung - Op. 10, No. 1 (Strauss) * Mike - Barber of Seville (Rossini) * Mike - New World Symphony (Dvorák) * Tarja - Song To The Moon (Dvorák) * Tarja - Vilja Lied (Lehár) * Tarja - O mio babbino caro (Puccini) * Mike - Can-can (Offenbach) * Tarja - I Feel Pretty (Leonard Bernstein) * Mike - William Tell Overture (Rossini) * Tarja - Mein Herr Marquis (Strauss) * Mike - Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart) CD2 * Tarja - You Take My Breath Away (Queen) * Tarja & Mike - The Reign (Tarja) * Tarja & Mike - Witch-hunt (Tarja) * Tarja & Mike - Led Zeppelin Medley * Tarja & Mike - Swanheart (Nightwish) * Mike & Tarja - Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra) * Tarja & Mike - Into The Sun (Tarja) * Tarja & Mike - I Walk Alone (Tarja) DVD/Blu-ray track listing: First Part * Orchestra - Carmen Overture * Mike - Concert For Violin & Oboe (Bach) * Tarja - Blute Nur (Bach) * Tarja - Zueignung - Op. 10, No. 1 (Strauss) * Mike - Barber of Seville (Rossini) * Mike - New World Symphony (Dvorák) * Tarja - Song To The Moon (Dvorák) * Tarja - Vilja Lied (Lehár) * Tarja - O mio babbino caro (Puccini) * Tarja & Mike - The Reign (Tarja) Second Part * Tarja - You Take My Breath Away (Queen) * Tarja & Mike - Witch-hunt (Tarja) * Tarja & Mike - Led Zeppelin Medley * Tarja & Mike – Swanheart (Nightwish) * Mike - Can-can (Offenbach) * Tarja - Mein Herr Marquis (Strauss) * Mike & Tarja - Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra) * Tarja & Mike - Into The Sun (Tarja) Encore * Mike - William Tell Overture (Rossini) * Tarja - I Feel Pretty (Leonard Bernstein) * Mike - Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart) * Tarja & Mike - I Walk Alone (Tarja) * Bonus material * Photo Gallery For more information, visit tarja-beautyandthebeat.com.

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Heavy Metal Singer Resigns From Police Force Before Pleading Guilty To Fraud

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:21:39 +0000

According to the New York Daily News, a former Port Authority New York police officer has pleaded guilty to fraud after he was busted moonlighting on the road as the lead singer for the Brooklyn-based heavy metal band called COUSIN SLEAZE while collecting disability payments from the police department. Christopher Inserra resigned from the force on Monday (April 21) and entered a guilty plea in federal court in Brooklyn on Tuesday (April 22). He faces eight to 14 months in prison for mail fraud. Inserra, 32, is accused of fraudulently collecting more than $30,000 in disability payments over a nearly two-year period after claiming that he was disabled due to lack of mobility to his right arm because of an arm injury he suffered while on duty at the World Trade Center in June 2010. In addition to getting time off with full pay, he filed claims with an insurance company that resulted in two payments totaling $30,486. Inserra's claims were called into question when photos of him performing with COUSIN SLEAZE in 2011 showed him "repeatedly moving his arms in a punching motion" and "violently flailing his arm in an up-and-down motion," a criminal complaint said. After telling doctors he was still in intense pain in September 2011, Inserra and his bandmates hit the road for the "Miles Of Mayhem" tour and video footage surfaced of him pumping his fists and thrashing around onstage. Inserra returned to work in March 2012 and held his position until earlier this week. He will be sentenced on August 5. COUSIN SLEAZE's video for the song "Still Screaming" can be seen below.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY To Perform On 'Late Night With Seth Meyers'

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:50:50 +0000

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will be the musical guest on "Late Night With Seth Meyers" on Tuesday, May 6. The band will perform the song "My Dying Time" from its recently released album "Catacombs Of The Black Vatican". "Late Night With Seth Meyers" is the American late-night talk show that airs at 12:35 am Eastern/11:35 pm Central on NBC in the United States. "Catacombs Of The Black Vatican" sold around 26,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous studio CD, "Order Of The Black", opened with around 33,000 units to enter the chart at No. 4. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's 2006 album, "Shot to Hell", registered a first-week tally of 32,000 to land at No. 21. This was less than the 45,000 copies shifted by BLS's "Mafia" (Artemis) back in March 2005 to debut at No. 15. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's "The Song Remains Not The Same" opened with around 12,000 copies to land at No. 41. Released on May 10, 2011 via Entertainment One Music, the offering featured unplugged versions of material from BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's "Order Of The Black" album as well as additional material recorded during the "Order Of The Black" sessions. "Catacombs Of The Black Vatican" was released in Europe on April 7 via Mascot Label Group and one day later in North America through eOne Music. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY recently amicably parted ways with longtime guitarist Nick Catanese and replaced him with Dario Lorina (LIZZY BORDEN).

MUSHROOMHEAD: New Song 'Qwerty' Available For Streaming

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:18:58 +0000

MUSHROOMHEAD, the influential industrial metal band from Cleveland, Ohio, will release its eighth studio album, "The Righteous & The Butterfly", on May 13 via Megaforce Records. Recorded in Cleveland, the band produced the record with longtime co-producer Bill Korecky. The CD consists of 14 tracks, ranging from songs about survival and balance ("Devils Be Damned", "Qwerty", "Son Of 7") to emotionally charged anthems ("For Your Pleasure", "Worlds Collide") to a riff-heavy rendition of Adele's No. 1 hit "Rumor Has It". The song "Qwerty" can now be streamed in the YouTube clip below. MUSHROOMHEAD is comprised of drummers Skinny, Robert Diablo and Stitch; vocalists J Mann, Jeffery Nothing and Waylon; guitarist Church; keyboardist Schmotz; and bassist Dr. F. The album's title, "The Righteous & The Butterfly", is a dedication to original guitarist J.J. Righteous and the band's former photographer (and drummer Steve "Skinny" Felton's wife) Vanessa Solowiow, who both passed away too soon. "J.J. was a key member of our band," says Skinny. "He played on the first three records and Vanessa was our photographer and the mother of my children. They were both huge pieces of MUSHROOMHEAD and this record is dedicated to them." "The Righteous & The Butterfly" marks the return of vocalist J Mann and the debut of new guitarist Church and bassist Dr. F. "This album damn near wrote itself," proclaims Skinny. "With J Mann's return, this album is a fresh twist on a familiar vibe. It's also the first album with Church and Dr. F. They brought in fresh blood while keeping the integrity of the band's sound and vision intact. "This is the 20th year of MUSHROOMHEAD and this album is us getting back to our roots." "The Righteous & The Butterfly" track listing: 01. Our Apologies 02. How Many Times 03. Devils Be Damned 04. Qwerty 05. Portraits Of The Poor 06. Childlike 07. This Cold Reign 08. We Are The Truth 09. Son Of 7 10. For Your Pleasure 11. Worlds Collide 12. Graveyard Du Jour 13. Out Of My Mind 14. Rumor Has It MUSHROOMHEAD will be touring extensively in 2014 to support the effort.

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BLACK STONE CHERRY: New Song 'Never Surrender' Available For Streaming

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:09:11 +0000

"Never Surrender", a brand new song from Kentucky rockers BLACK STONE CHERRY, can be streamed below. The track is taken from BLACK STONE CHERRY's fourth album, "Magic Mountain", which will be released on May 6 (one day earlier internationally) via Roadrunner Records. "Magic Mountain" track listing: 01. Holding On…To Letting Go 02. Peace Pipe 03. Bad Luck & Hard Love 04. Me And Mary Jane 05. Runaway 06. Magic Mountain 07. Never Surrender 08. Blow My Mind 09. Sometimes 10. Fiesta Del Fuego 11. Dance Girl 12. Hollywood in Kentucky 13. Remember Me Commenting on the making of the Joe Barresi-produced "Magic Mountain", BLACK STONE CHERRY said: "Not since before our first album have we felt the freedom and confidence that we felt while writing and recording this album. "After touring the world behind three previous albums that we are extremely proud of, we feel this album best captures the live energy, honesty and vibe that encompasses our true musicianship." The "Me And Mary Jane" video can be seen below. The clip was directed by Mason Dixon in Nashville, Tennessee. "We wanted to make a cool, interesting, and dangerous video… all the while keeping it sexy and rock 'n' roll," BLACK STONE CHERRY frontman Chris Robertson tells Billboard.com. The clip has "a ton of vibe and we're sure people will want to watch it over and over again," adds Robertson. "I mean, if you're gonna do a video in today's world, why not go for it." BLACK STONE CHERRY's previous albums, 2008's "Folklore And Superstition" and 2011's "Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea", both topped the U.K. Rock Albums chart on their release and have since racked up silver sales certification status from the BPI (British Phonographic Industry). BLACK STONE CHERRY is: Chris Robertson - Vocals/Guitar Ben Wells - Guitar/Vocals Jon Lawhon - Bass/Vocals John Fred Young - Drums/Vocals

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Ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Singer's DEVIL YOU KNOW: Entire 'The Beauty Of Destruction' Album Available For Streaming

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:52:57 +0000

"The Beauty Of Destruction", the debut album from DEVIL YOU KNOW, the creative union of Howard Jones (ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), Francesco Artusato (ALL SHALL PERISH) and John Sankey (DEVOLVED), can be streamed in its entirety using the SoundCloud widget below. The effort will be released on both physical and digital formats on April 25 in Europe and April 29 in North America via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. "The Beauty Of Destruction" was produced by Logan Mader (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, GOJIRA, DEVILDRIVER, SOULFLY) and mixed by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (HATEBREED, SOULFLY). Artwork for the album was created by noted painter and illustrator Travis Smith (OPETH, DEVIN TOWNSEND). "When Travis Smith presented us with the initial sketches we were blown away,” commented Jones. “He captured the concept of the album perfectly. It’s hugely different than anything that’s out there and will be immediately recognizable as DEVIL YOU KNOW." "The Beauty Of Destruction" track listing: 01. A New Beginning 02. My Own 03. Embracing The Torture 04. For The Dead And Broken 05. Seven Years Alone 06. It's Over 07. A Mind Insane 08. Crawl From The Dark 09. The Killer 10. I Am The Nothing 11. Shut It Down 12. As Bright As The Darkness 13. Sacrifice (bonus track - vinyl LP only) As previously reported, DEVIL YOU KNOW will support BLACK LABEL SOCIETY on this year's Revolver Golden Gods Tour, which will kick off on April 16 in Portland and wrap up on June 7 in Los Angeles. Also appearing on the bill is DOWN. DEVIL YOU KNOW's touring lineup is completed by guitarist Roy Lev-Ari and BLEEDING THROUGH bassist Ryan Wombacher. DEVIL YOU KNOW made its live debut on February 15 at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, California. The group also took part in the 2014 edition of Australia's Soundwave Festival. DEVIL YOU KNOW was born out of Artusato and Sankey's creative quest to stretch beyond their extreme metal backgrounds. The two had written over a dozen songs before even attempting to lock down a singer. "We were unsure if Howard would be interested," said Sankey." Yet, when KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's former frontman received the material, a creative ideal began to solidify. Finally connecting in Los Angeles during the last months of 2012, a highly distinctive sound began to become apparent. "It turned from bare-bones musical ideas into something that surpassed any of our expectations," said Jones. "It went from something we thought was going to be a fun, heavy project into something very real." It was during a recording session at the start of 2013 with producer and former MACHINE HEAD and SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader that DEVIL YOU KNOW's ideas began to alchemize into something none of the bands members would ever expect. "It became a departure from what I'm known for," said Artusato. "I wasn't focusing on technical guitar parts (even though I still love that aspect of writing) but simply on writing what felt best for each individual song." The writing and recording process for DEVIL YOU KNOW's debut album "was surprisingly easy," stated Artusato. "When we get together it just works." The band is also quick to sum up the studio vibe with producer Mader as "intensely creative," said Sankey. "Logan definitely helped us realize and define the DEVIL YOU KNOW sound." Jones agreed: "He went from producer, to unsung member, to friend." "It's a different style of music for me," said Jones of DEVIL YOU KNOW's unique sound. "It's heavy as anything any of us are known for but I get to do some different things people won't expect. I've been singing almost all my life. Being around good songwriters and musicians in my former bands really helped mold me into who I am now." "The Beauty Of Destruction" audio stream:

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SABATON's JOAKIM BRODÉN Talks To LoudTV.net (Video)

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:39:32 +0000

LoudTV.net recently conducted an interview with vocalist Joakim Brodén of Swedish metallers SABATON. You can now watch the chat below. "Heroes", the new album from SABATON, will be released on May 16 via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork for the effort was created by Péter Sallai. A number of bonus tracks will be made available, including cover versions of songs originally written and recorded by METALLICA, BATTLE BEAST and RAUBTIER. "We had the title in mind since before we even recorded 'Carolus Rex' and we already had ideas for artwork years ago," said SABATON bassist Pär Sundström. "We had a few different ones to choose from, but when we saw this one, we knew it was the right one for this album." "Heroes" was tracked at The Abyss, the recording studio in Pärlby outside Ludvika, Sweden owned and operated by record producer and musician Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN). SABATON played its first show with new drummer Hannes Van Dahl on November 16, 2013 at the Metal Hammer Paradise festival in Germany. SABATON is currently touring the U.S. and Canada as direct support to American metallers ICED EARTH on their "Worldwide Plagues" North American trek. Opening each show on the six-week tour are Dutch metallers REVAMP (featuring NIGHTWISH singer Floor Jansen). "Heroes" track listing: Standard jewel case: 01. Night Witches 02. No Bullets Fly 03. Smoking Snakes 04. Inmate 4859 05. To Hell And Back 06. The Ballad Of Bull 07. Resist And Bite 08. Soldier Of 3 Armies 09. Far From The Fame 10. Hearts Of Iron Digipack and U.S. version: 01. Night Witches 02. No Bullets Fly 03. Smoking Snakes 04. Inmate 4859 05. To Hell And Back 06. The Ballad Of Bull 07. Resist And Bite 08. Soldier Of 3 Armies 09. Far From The Fame 10. Hearts Of Iron Bonus tracks: 11. 7734 12. Man Of War Digital only: 01. Night Witches 02. No Bullets Fly 03. Smoking Snakes 04. Inmate 4859 05. To Hell And Back 06. The Ballad Of Bull 07. Resist And Bite 08. Soldier Of 3 Armies 09. Far From The Fame 10. Hearts Of Iron Bonus tracks: 11. 7734 12. Man Of War 13. For Whom The Bell Tolls Japan: 01. Night Witches 02. No Bullets Fly 03. Smoking Snakes 04. Inmate 4859 05. To Hell And Back 06. The Ballad Of Bull 07. Resist And Bite 08. Soldier Of 3 Armies 09. Far From The Fame 10. Hearts Of Iron Bonus tracks: 11. 7734 12. Man Of War 13. En Hjältes Väg Japan - digital only: 01. Night Witches 02. No Bullets Fly 03. Smoking Snakes 04. Inmate 4859 05. To Hell And Back 06. The Ballad Of Bull 07. Resist And Bite 08. Soldier Of 3 Armies 09. Far From The Fame 10. Hearts Of Iron Bonus tracks: 11. 7734 12. Man Of War 13. En Hjältes Väg 14. For Whom The Bell Tolls Earbook: CD 1 01. Night Witches 02. No Bullets Fly 03. Smoking Snakes 04. Inmate 4859 05. To Hell And Back 06. The Ballad Of Bull 07. Resist And Bite 08. Soldier Of 3 Armies 09. Far From The Fame 10. Hearts Of Iron CD 2 (bonus): 01. 7734 02. Man Of War 03. En Hjältes Väg 04. For Whom The Bell Tolls 05. Out Of Control

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THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's BEN WEINMAN Speaks To 'Broken Neck Radio' (Audio)

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:17:10 +0000

Asian Invasion of the "Broken Neck Radio" podcast recently conducted an interview with Ben Weinman, guitarist of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN. You can now listen to the chat using the widget below. "Happiness Is A Smile", a brand new song from THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, was made available on limited-edition colored seven-inch vinyl via the band's merchandise table and as a cassingle through the group's VIP packages during THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's U.S. tour, which kicked off on April 3 in New York City. The artwork for "Happiness Is A Smile" was created by BBC Radio One presenter and occult artist Daniel Carter. Says THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN: "So we wrote a song. Rather than wait for a new album and try to figure out how to make it make sense as part of a group of other songs that would be written later, we recorded it instantly so it could be captured as its own statement. We pressed it on a limited-edition 7" vinyl, in a quantity of 500 (never to be pressed again), and have it available on this current tour. It's called 'Happiness Is A Smile'. We've been playing it every night. Here it is." THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's fifth full-length album, "One Of Us Is The Killer", sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 25 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on May 14 through the band's own Party Smasher Inc., in partnership with Sumerian Records in North America. Party Smasher's partnership with BMG covers the rest of the world, including licensing deals with Grind House for Japan and Remote Control in Australia. "One Of Us Is The Killer" was recorded in Southern California with longtime producer Steve Evetts (GLASSJAW, THE CURE, SUICIDE SILENCE), with additional production at guitarist/co-founder Ben Weinman's studio. Mastering was handled by Tom Baker (DEFTONES, NINE INCH NAILS, BEASTIE BOYS). In an interview with Killer Tours, Weinman stated about "One Of Us Is The Killer": "A lot of the inspiration for this record has to do with codependency. This band has a huge impact on everyone in our lives. The conflicts that occur from both being around the same people constantly and also being away from some people constantly makes you evaluate things in a way most people never could. A lot of our lyrical and musical content is a vessel for dealing with that." Interview (audio):

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