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GOTTHARD: Behind-The-Scenes Footage From 'Feel What I Feel' Video Shoot

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:41:45 +0000

Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "Feel What I Feel", the new video from veteran Swiss rockers GOTTHARD, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's new album, "BANG!", which was released on April 7 through PIAS. GOTTHARD has been at home touring the globe for over 20 years throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia on the back of 14 studio and live albums. They have collected multiple gold and platinum awards on the way, selling almost three million records and appearing at the biggest, most important festivals on the map of rock. The dynamic boogie groove of the "BANG!" title track is also new ground for the band, reflecting their unbridled energy and pure confidence. Also worthy of mention is a duet with the unknown (so far) American vocalist Melody Tibbits on a ballad entitled "Maybe". As is the blues excursion the band takes in "Spread Your Wings". The final "Thank You" is a veritable epic complete with orchestra and goosebumps, flowing against radio friendly convention to a length of more than ten minutes. Written as a tribute to the departed mother of guitarist Leo Leoni, it serves as a homage to mothers everywhere. The first single from the new album is "Feel What I Feel", a perfect demonstration of the group's talent for combining melodic vocals with strong guitar hooks. These songs are set against a background of classic GOTTHARD rock tunes like "Get Up 'N' Move On", "Jump The Gun" and "My Belief", which traditionally grace every album by the Swiss combo. All told, "BANG!" presents a compelling mix that is sure to take its rightful place in the proud legend of GOTTHARD. Recorded and produced by Charlie Bauerfeind and GOTTHARD's own Leo Leoni at Yellow House Studios in Lugano in the Swiss canton of Tessin, "BANG!" was then mixed at the Dutch Wisseloord Studios (Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner) by Ronald Prent, who has managed to keep the GOTTHARD sound but transport them into 2014. No wonder, after all Prent has worked in the studio with bands such as the SCORPIONS, 3 DOORS DOWN, DEF LEPPARD and WITHIN TEMPTATION. Apart from a standard jewel case, the album was made available in digipack version, with two bonus tracks and also on vinyl. GOTTHARD's last album, "Firebirth", entered the chart Switzerland at position No. 1 — the 14th time that a GOTTHARD CD has topped the Swiss chart in the group's career so far. In addition, the album landed at No. 9 on the German Media Control chart. "Firebirth" was released in June 2012 via Nuclear Blast/Warner Music. The CD was produced at the band's own Yellow House Studios in Lugano, Switzerland, with guitarist/songwriter Leo Leoni and Paul Lani (who has previously worked with GOTTHARD on several of their earlier albums, including "G-Spot" and "Homerun") at the helm. "Firebirth" marked GOTTHARD's first release with singer Nic Maeder, who was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, lived in Melbourne, Australia and grew up between Switzerland and "Down Under." GOTTHARD's previous vocalist, Steve Lee, was killed on October 5, 2010 in what has been described as a freak road accident in Nevada. Making of "Feel What I Feel" video:

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BRIAN JOHNSON Told Italian TV Channel 10 Days Ago AC/DC Was Entering Studio In May

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:25:02 +0000

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson told an Italian television channel on April 6 — exactly ten days ago — that the band was still planning on going into the studio in May to begin recording its 16th studio album. During the three-minute chat, which was conducted by Sky Italia's Sky Sports F1 channel at the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Johnson said that he will join his bandmates at the studio next month but that he will travel to Italy between May 15 and May 18 to participate in the historic Mille Miglia race in which he will drive his 1954 D Type Jaguar, making the trip back and forth between the cities of Rome and Brescia. You can watch the interview below (in English, with Italian overdubs). As previously reported, a musician who says he has been friends with AC/DC for "years" has corroborated reports that guitarist Malcolm Young is no longer able to perform with the band due to illness. Mark Gable, lead singer with the CHOIRBOYS, told ABC Radio Australia, "From what I understand, and it's even been confirmed in part by his son Ross… It would appear Malcolm is unable to perform anymore. It's not just that he is unwell, it's that it is quite serious. It will constitute that he definitely won't be able to perform live. He will probably not be able to record." Despite reports that Malcolm's illness will lead the band to retire now, Gable said that it's possible they could still go out on one more tour to mark their 40th anniversary. He noted that Malcolm and Angus Young's nephew Stevie replaced Malcolm on a tour a few years back. Australian journalist Darryl Mason wrote that Malcolm suffered a stroke last month. According to The Age, a source who knows the Young family has said that Malcolm's condition has deteriorated so badly that his wife Linda and family were investigating full-time care for the guitarist. It is believed that Malcolm is currently having in-home care at his home in the Sydney area. He is said to be having difficulty remembering familiar faces and having increasing problems communicating. Meanwhile, a report posted at Billboard.com on Tuesday (April 15) quoted anonymous "insiders" as saying that there are no truth to the band retirement rumors. But stories have continued to appear in the Australian press that an announcement is imminent, while the band's record label and management have yet to issue any comment on the matter. While the members of AC/DC are notoriously private, Johnson did reveal in a 2012 interview and in a February 2014 one that an unnamed member of the group had been ill — but whether that was Malcolm remains unclear. Johnson said in the same interview in February that the band had booked studio time this May in Vancouver — which has been corroborated by other reports — and planned a new album and tour to celebrate the band's 40th anniversary. Asked about the prospect of retiring one day, Johnson told The Pulse Of Radio that he would know when the time had come. "You know, retirement is like anything," he said. "A good football or a good ice hockey player, they don't want to retire. But unfortunately, sometimes there's a time when you have to call it quits. I don't want to do it, and if we can get out another album and do another little short tour or something, and have a bit of fun, well. I'm your man. I'll be right there." AC/DC's last album was 2008's "Black Ice", one of the group's most successful later albums, which was followed by a nearly two-year world tour.

ROB ZOMBIE Releases Trailer For Concert DVD

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:57:56 +0000

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Rob Zombie has issued a trailer for his first-ever concert home video, "The Zombie Horror Picture Show", which is due out on Blu-ray and DVD on May 20. Zombie, who directed the film himself, leads his band through longtime favorites like "Living Dead Girl", "More Human Than Human" and "Dragula" as well as newer songs like "Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga" and "Dead City Radio And The New Gods of Supertown". A photo book by photographer Rob Fenn will be published as a companion piece to the Blu-ray and DVD. "The Zombie Horror Picture Show" will feature footage filmed during stops on last year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour in Houston on August 3, 2013 and Dallas on August 4. "The Zombie Horror Picture Show" DVD and Blu-ray track listing: 01. Teenage Nosferatu Pussy 02. Superbeast 03. Super-Charger Heaven (originally by WHITE ZOMBIE) 04. Living Dead Girl 05. We're An American Band (GRAND FUNK RAILROAD cover) 06. More Human Than Human (originally by WHITE ZOMBIE) 07. Sick Bubblegum 08. Never Gonna Stop 09. Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga 10. Meet The Creeper 11. Mars Needs Women 12. House Of 1000 Corpses 13. The Lords Of Salem 14. Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown 15. Thunder Kiss '65 (originally by WHITE ZOMBIE) 16. Dragula Zombie has never released a concert DVD before and told an Albany radio station that he always thought of doing one as a "huge nuisance," adding, "After the show is done, I don't care. I don't want to relive it… I never wanna hear about it again, I never wanna see it again. Like, I never watch anything — a TV show I've been on; I don't care. Once it's done, it's done. But I figured at least once we should film it." Zombie's fifth solo album, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor", came out in April 2013. Zombie will kick off a 12-date run of shows on April 26 in Fort Myers, Florida at the Fort Rock festival, mixing other major rock festival stops with headlining shows before wrapping it up on May 10 in Camden, New Jersey.

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HEARTIST: 'Pressure Point' Video Released

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:56:15 +0000

"Pressure Point", the new video from Southern California's HEARTIST, can be seen below. The song is taken from from the band's debut full-length album, produced by David Bendeth (PARAMORE, OF MICE & MEN, BRING ME THE HORIZON), which will be out later this summer via Roadrunner Records. A second new track titled "Skeletons" will arrive on April 29. HEARTIST spent the majority of 2013 grinding it out on the road in support of its debut EP, "Nothing You Didn't Deserve", and is currently supporting BLESSTHEFALL on its U.S. headline tour. The trek, dubbed "The Hollow Bodies Tour", features Roadrunner labelmates THE AMITY AFFLICTION as well as SILVERSTEIN and SECRETS, and is set to continue through mid-May where it will eventually wrap up at Mesa, Arizona's Nile Theater. Regarding HEARTIST's sound, the band's vocalist, Bryce Beckley, previously said: "When we first joined together, we had a collective goal that we didn't want to get stuck in a specific scene; get locked in to where we could only play heavy shows and that kind of thing. We deliberately wrote our EP so that it was kind of a transitional sound, in between heavy rock and hardcore music, with breakdowns and stuff. And we did it that way so that if we made a transition in either direction, it wouldn't be super surprising to fans. [On the upcoming] full-length, and we're going for a much heavier, dark rock sound." HEARTIST is: Bryce Beckley - Vocals Robby Devito - Guitar Tim Koch - Guitar Matt Marquez - Drums Evan Ranallo - Bass

DAVID LEE ROTH Hints At 'Secret' VAN HALEN Project

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:55:52 +0000

According to The Pulse Of Radio, VAN HALEN singer David Lee Roth has said in the latest installment of his web series, "The Roth Show", that the band is working on some kind of "secret' project. Roth said on the show, "Doing some catching up here, a little bit of a scrapbook. We've been doing a lot of traveling. [I've been] working on a great VAN HALEN project — can't announce anything or I'd have to come find you and swear you to secrecy." VAN HALEN has been mostly silent since coming off the road in summer 2012 and canceling a large portion of its touring plans behind that year's album, "A Different Kind Of Truth". The band — which reunited with Roth in 2007 after 23 years apart — has reportedly been working on its 13th studio album. Roth said in an interview late last year that VAN HALEN had started work on a new record, revealing, "I write lyrics routinely and the band plays together routinely, at least three times a week up at Ed's [Van Halen] place." "A Different Kind Of Truth" sold 187,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was is the band's first full-length offering with David Lee Roth since "1984" was released in January 1984. Roth exited the group in 1985, a year after its "1984" album was released.

STEEL PANTHER Joined By BLACK VEIL BRIDES, FOZZY Singers For SCORPIONS Cover (Video)

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:43:44 +0000

Chris Jericho (FOZZY) and Andy Biersack (BLACK VEIL BRIDES) joined STEEL PANTHER on stage this past Monday, April 14 at the House Of Blues in Hollywood, California to perform the SCORPIONS classic "Rock You Like A Hurricane". You can watch video footage of the performance below (courtesy of Heavy Metal Hill). STEEL PANTHER is the '80s metal/hard rock tribute band formerly known as METAL SKOOL. Onstage, the band both pays tribute to and lampoons the heyday of '80s glam metal. The group's between-song comedy includes jests at conflict between bandmembers, discussions of drugs, sex, and improvised humor with the crowd. Regarding naysayers that say STEEL PANTHER is a joke-metal band, the group's drummer Stix Zadinia told the South Bend Tribune: "Listen to our record and tell us that our songs aren't better than most of the bands out there. How funny is that? At the end of the day, it comes down to the songs. I think our songs — without sounding egotistical — I think our songs are great. When you hear the hooks in our songs, you hear the playing and you hear the vocals, you throw that up against any band in any era, and I think it stands up." STEEL PANTHER's third album, "All You Can Eat", sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 24 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 1 via Open E/KLS. Regarding the new CD title, singer Michael Starr said: "We feel like STEEL PANTHER is like a buffet. You know what I mean?! There's a little bit of everything for everybody. And you can have as much of us as you want." The not-safe-for-work version of the official "Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World" video includes celebrity cameos by "Jackass" star Steve-O, porn icon Ron Jeremy, "Breaking Bad" actor RJ Mitte and MMA fighter Chuck Liddell. STEEL PANTHER's first-ever DVD, "British Invasion", sold 3,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release back in November 2012 to debut at position No. 2 on Billboard's Top Music Videos chart.

SABATON Interviewed By Poland's ROCKVILLE (Video)

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:26:25 +0000

Poland's Rockville recently conducted an interview with bassist Pär Sundström and 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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Video: Original GRIM REAPER Members STEVE GRIMMETT And NICK BOWCOTT Reunite At RAGNARÖKKR METAL APOCALYPSE

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:12:32 +0000

STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER, the revamped version of the cult '80s British metal act GRIM REAPER led by singer Steve Grimmett, performed in the USA for the first time since 1987 on April 5 at the Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse festival at Reggies bar in Chicago, Illinois. The band's set consisted of many of the classic GRIM REAPER tunes but also included new tracks from STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER's upcoming studio album, tentatively titled "From Hell", due out in the spring. Original GRIM REAPER guitarist Nick Bowcott joined STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER on stage for several songs, marking the first time Steve and Nick have performed together in more than 25 years. Multi-camera video footage of Bowcott and STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER performing the song "Lust For Freedom" at Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse can be seen below. STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER is: Steve Grimmett - Vocals Ian Nash - Guitar Chaz Grimaldi - Bass Mark Rumble - Drums The back catalog from GRIM REAPER was reissued in Japan in October 2008 via RCA/BMG. "See You in Hell" (1984), "Fear No Evil" (1985) and "Rock You to Hell" (1987) feature JVC K2 24-bit remastering and are available for order at this location.

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MICK JONES And LOU GRAMM Eyeing New FOREIGNER Music For 2015

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:48:18 +0000

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Mick Jones revealed that the first new songs by him and co-founding FOREIGNER frontman Lou Gramm in 20 years might hit the public next year. The pair's June 2013 performance of "I Want To Know What Love Is" and "Juke Box Hero" at the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in New York City marked the first time the pair has performed together in a decade after Gramm left FOREIGNER for a second time. Jones has rekindled a relationship with Gramm, and revealed to Classic Rock magazine, that the duo, who wrote most of FOREIGNER's classic hits together, might be teaming up one more time, explaining, "Lou told me a few weeks ago he's discovered a few songs we were writing in the '80s, but never quite finished. We might take time next year to bring a couple of those out of the vaults. . . It's a question of wading through them and finding a cassette machine to play them on." When asked if a reunion — which would sideline current lead singer Kelly Hansen — would be unfair, Jones was quick to point out: "Kelly has dedicated everything to the band. He's phenomenal. So anything I do will be sensitive to that. If Lou and I do something, it'll be inclusive. No way will he replace Kelly.” Jones was asked what shape a Lou Gramm / Kelly Hansen FOREIGNER show might take, and he explained, "Something special where the old members can be involved. That would be cool. But nothing in the immediate future." Mick Jones told The Pulse Of Radio that upon forming FOREIGNER in 1976, he knew that Lou Gramm would prove to be invaluable with a signature voice — with the songwriting chops to match. "I knew he had written, he was a writer too, and always felt that, y'know, it was important that the singer in any band had something to do with, [laughs] obviously, creating the songs, 'cause they're gonna sing them," he said. "Lou came up with some great titles; I think 'Head Games', I think 'Hot Blooded', too. And he developed into a really good writer." FOREIGNER kicks off its joint tour with STYX and special guest, former EAGLES guitarist Don Felder, on May 14, in Wichita, Kansas at the Intrust Bank Arena.

Friend Says AC/DC's MALCOLM YOUNG Is 'Unable To Perform Anymore'

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:28:31 +0000

A friend of AC/DC's Malcolm Young says the guitarist will not be able to perform with the band again due to an unspecified serious illness. Speaking to ABC Radio (as quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald), CHOIRBOYS singer Mark Gable, who has been friends with AC/DC "for years," said: "That is true, Malcolm is sick… From what I understand, and it's even been confirmed in part by his son Ross [Young]… It would appear Malcolm is unable to perform anymore. It's not just that he is unwell, it's that it is quite serious. It will constitute that he definitely won't be able to perform live. He will probably not be able to record." However, Gable said that Young's illness may not necessarily stop the band from continuing with plans to celebrate its 40th anniversary by playing 40 shows around the world. "There was speculation that they had this even tacit agreement that if no member currently was able to perform, AC/DC would cease," he said. "However Alex Young's son Stevie replaced Malcolm Young a few years back for a tour, and nobody knew the difference." According to The Age, a source who knows the Young family has told Fairfax that Malcolm's condition has deteriorated so badly his wife Linda and family were investigating full-time respite care for the guitarist. It is believed Young returned to Sydney with his family before Christmas and was having in-home care at his house in East Balmain. He is now said to be having difficulty remembering familiar faces and having increasing problems communicating. "His memory loss is so bad it is consistent with Alzheimer's or dementia although we do not know that is what it is," the source said. "There has been talk about cancer too." Australian music journalist Darryl Mason reported earlier in the week that Young suffered a stroke three weeks ago that has left a blood clot on his brain. The event reportedly happened just prior to the band reuniting at the start of April to begin rehearsals ahead of new album recording sessions planned for next month in Vancouver. The new reports come just a day after rumors began circulating that AC/DC would be retiring. The source of the original retirement rumor was an e-mail sent to Perth radio station 6PR from an anonymous tipster using the handle Thunderstruck. The station subsequently spread the word, setting off a flurry of reports first throughout Australia and then worldwide. It should be noted, however, that the group's management and Columbia Records, its current label, have chosen not to comment on the matter, according to Billboard.com. In addition, Billboard.com quotes AC/DC "insiders" as insisting that there is no truth to these stories.

VINNIE PAUL Doesn't Think PANTERA Will Ever Be Inducted Into ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:12:46 +0000

Matt Wake of AL.com recently conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. AL.com: A special, 20th-anniversary edition of PANTERA's "Far Beyond Driven", which was a No. 1 album in 1994, was recently released. Is there anything you appreciate more about the record now? Vinnie Paul: Being a part of the production of every record I've ever been a part of, I really, really appreciate the fact it was recorded analog. It was before Pro Tools existed and music became simple, you could cut, paste and do that. Back then you had to play every single note that was on there, man. And you had to sing every note and (play) every drum lick and every part, and you had to be really good to get all that stuff right. I really do appreciate that more than ever. AL.com: Do you care if PANTERA ever gets inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame? Vinnie Paul: Uh, I don't really think so, man. It's already been proven there are tons of travesties that have gone on with that place. How in the world did it take forever to get BLACK SABBATH in there? Honestly, I don't think PANTERA will ever get in there. But if we do, I'm going to embrace it just like anything else. I've actually been there and heavy metal is barely even represented in the place, so I wouldn't expect that to happen. AL.com: You own the Clubhouse strip club in Dallas and a string of Latino-themed strip clubs, called Chicas Bonitas. What separates an awesome strip club from a lame one? Vinnie Paul: I think there's one thing, man. Most strip clubs provide a service. That's what they're there for. My strip clubs provide a party and I want people to have a damn good time while they're in there. When they come in, I want people to be able to afford the drinks, to be able to afford the girls, I want them to hear good rock 'n' roll music and not feel like they're part of a machine. Read the entire interview at AL.com.

Live in Japan 2012 - LEAF HOUND

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:04:26 +0000

One of the modest heroes of stoner rock are English dogs LEAF HOUND, even if there was no such "stoner" tag when they first operated in the late Sixties and early Seventies. Originally known as BLACK CAT BONES, one of the biggest notables to the first ensemble was that it housed Paul Kossoff and Simon Kirke, who soon departed and formed FREE. Rod Price also left, bringing his guitar over to FOGHAT. LEAF HOUND is best known for their 1971 album, "Growers of Mushroom", with vocalist Peter French (also of ATOMIC ROOSTER and CACTUS) joined by the vintage lineup of Mick Halls, Derek and Stuart Brooks and Keith George-Young. These days, LEAF HOUND's remaining principal is Peter French, flanked by his right hand man Luke Rayner on guitar plus Peter Herbert on bass and Jimmy Rowland on drums. In 2007, the reinstituted LEAF HOUND released "Unleashed", an unapologetic throwback to classic rock and blues that was met enthusiastically by diehards. BAD COMPANY, LED ZEPPELIN and just about every sweaty bar band you've ever heard all factor into the rebooted LEAF HOUND, along with the occasional knock back upon the door of early psych and prog. Leave it to rock preservationists Ripple Music to trail behind LEAF HOUND and bring the music world "Live in Japan 2012". Capturing LEAF HOUND's two night stint at the Fever club, Shin-daita, Tokyo in late July of 2012, fans of the band will assuredly be delighted with this CD/DVD package. LEAF HOUND devotes half of their set to "Growers of Mushroom" songs and another half to "Unleashed", adding a tasty cover of HOWLIN' WOLF's "Evil" for good measure. From "Growers of Mushroom", you get the title track, "With a Minute to Go", "Work My Body", "Stagnant Pool" and "Freelance Fiend". Then "One Hundred and Five Degrees", "Barricades", "The Man With a Moon in Him", "Stop, Look and Listen" and their quasi-cover of ATOMIC ROOSTER's "Breakthrough" (which Peter French originally sang on) represents the "Unleashed" album. French acknowledges his Japanese audience by noting how worth it was bringing LEAF HOUND to Tokyo and judging by the packed attendance for both gigs and their respective warm receptions, the Japanese are in the know and equally appreciative of LEAF HOUND coming to town. Not much different than western concertgoers, the crowd whoops and yells sometimes, pumps fists and forefingers and even the occasional horns-up at French and company. Up go the cell phone cameras as French confidently works center stage. He's hardly flashy, ditto for Luke Rayner and Jimmy Rowland, not that LEAF HOUND is a full-frontal band. Only Peter Herbert pogos and gyrates onstage to give a sense of animation. For blues rock aficionados, there's plenty to munch on with "Live in Japan 2012" as LEAF HOUND delivers a classy, if sometimes understated performance. You get the suspicion these guys could tear roofs apart if they so desired, but instead, they simply dial in and groove. "The Man With a Moon in Him" and "Growers of Mushroom" are the two best performances along with a headstrong version of "Stagnant Pool" to close their set. Translucent solos from southpaw Luke Rayner compliment "The Man With a Moon in Him" and "Growers of Mushroom" while Peter Herbert's rolling bass lobs on the latter song help work the rendition to a fever pitch. Too bad neither of these inspired presentations made it onto the CD portion of the packaging since they're the most stellar portions of the program. Nevertheless, "Live in Japan 2012" shows LEAF HOUND has plenty in the tank if not the deep catalog to back it up with.

PAUL STANLEY Guests On 'KTLA Morning News' (Video)

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:49:44 +0000

KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley was interviewed earlier today (Tuesday, April 15) on "KTLA Morning News", the American morning television news program airing on KTLA, a CW-affiliated television station in Los Angeles, California. You can now watch the segment below. Well known for his onstage persona, the "Starchild", Paul Stanley has written a memoir with a gripping blend of personal revelations and gritty war stories about the highs and lows both inside and outside of KISS. Born with a condition called microtia (an ear deformity rendering him deaf on the right side), Stanley's traumatic childhood experiences produced an inner drive to succeed in the most unlikely of places: music. Taking readers through the series of events that led to the founding of KISS, the personal relationships that helped shape his life, and the turbulent dynamics among his bandmates over the past forty years, this book leaves no one unscathed — including Stanley himself. With never-before-seen photos and images throughout, "Face The Music" is a colorful portrait of a man and the band he helped create, define, and sustain — made larger than life in artfully told stories that are shocking, funny, inspirational, and honest. "Face The Music: A Life Exposed" was released on April 8 via HarperOne The 432-page hardcover features rare photographs of the legendary rocker and details his hard-partying lifestyle as one of the co-founders of the heavy rock band who has sold over eighty million albums and performed more than two thousand shows around the world. Stanley explained to The Pulse Of Radio that if his book was going to follow the pattern of some of the other books he's read, he would've passed on writing it all together. "I think I took a tact different than a lot of these books," he said. "Y'know, rock n' roll autobiographies tend to be a love letter — to the author. And they tend to be about how smart and creative and how this person was responsible for the creation of the world. And if that were the tact for the book, I never would've written the book." In "Face The Music", Stanley talks frankly about his early struggles with hearing — he was born with Level 3 Microtia and is deaf in his right ear. Microtia is a congenital deformity of the cartilage of the outer ear that can affect normal hearing. Stanley, who grew up half-deaf and scarred with a deformed right ear, explained to The Pulse Of Radio that by touching upon the more difficult episodes in his life, he's not seeking sympathy from the reader, but simply highlighting the path into who he became. "Y'know, my book is about my life starting from the very beginning and certainly a certain amount of adversity and having a birth defect and being deaf on one side and the family that I came from," he said. "Certainly people have had more adversity in their lives — and some less — but I, I would think some people would get a certain amount of inspiration and a sense that positivity and belief in yourself will ultimately lead you to a great place."

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U.S. Rock - POOBAH

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:36:57 +0000

1976 was a momentous year in music. On one end of the spectrum, ABBA and WINGS delivered more sugar pops than Kellogg's. On the other, both the RAMONES and SEX PISTOLS were turning rock music on an ugly, though thrilling dime. On the brink of that punk insurgency, SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES were helping erect the tiers of alternative music. Frank Zappa was in a financial war against his former manager Herb Cohen. Rockers were falling all over the place, be it Alice Cooper, Keith Richards or Keith Moon. Peter Frampton, KISS, HEART and FLEETWOOD MAC were in the rock limelight more than they weren't. QUEEN was one album away from achieving immortality. Amidst this tumultuous period of activity in rock music, POOBAH was kicking up their own fuss, louder and zanier than many of their peers. The legend of POOBAH is still unraveling for modern sludge junkies and would-be classic rock archeologists. From Youngstown, Ohio, Jim Gustafson and POOBAH sat outside of the bustling American rock market despite wielding considerable talent and volume in their own right. Yielding a little bit of CREAM, a little bit of BLUE CHEER and CANNED HEAT and tons of amplification, POOBAH's cult status is due to their occasional weirdness. Yet Jim Gustafson remains one of the best guitarists you've probably not yet heard. Gustafson, who has played at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame more than any other guitarist to this point, has been working closely with the red-hot Ripple Music to bring POOBAH to the masses once again. Ripple Music brought back POOBAH's bombastic 1972 debut album "Let Me In" a few years ago and now they reissue the band's bicentennial outing, "U.S. Rock", containing four extra tracks including a thunderous live version of "Steamroller", one of POOBAH's calling card tunes. As POOBAH played with the likes of Alice Cooper, FOGHAT, ZZ TOP and JUDAS PRIEST throughout the Seventies, Gustafson found himself in scrambling mode to keep the band going after original members Phil Jones (who would reunite with Gustafson on the 1979 "Steamroller" album) and Glenn Wiseman took off during the height of the band's acclaim following "Let Me In". For "U.S. Rock", Gustafson's POOBAH brigade consisted of Eric Wright on bass, Lori Powers on percussion and vocals (the latter shared with Gustafson) and Mike Fortino on drums. Still heavy on the fuzz, "U.S. Rock" marks a transition in sound for POOBAH, retaining raw edges of CREAM, at this time added with subtle dashes of LED ZEPPELIN, STEPPENWOLF, Ted Nugent and GRAND FUNK RAILROAD. Jim Gustafson is a rowdy cat on "U.S. Rock" with his shrieking frets and pipes. Shrieking becomes more or less the modus operandi of the album. The backing vocal squeals of "Flesh Fantasies" are as batty as Bruce Wayne's undies, though the song's energetic thrust and tuneful groove more than compensate. Gustafson broils his solo here and on the following song, "Pulling Me Down". The step-jive slide behind the flailing psychedelic organs on "Pulling Me Down" makes it a pretty funky number despite the over-the-top caterwauling. If all that isn't wacky enough for you, hang out for the k-k-k-kows and falsetto squawking on "Watch Me". At least the nattering eccentricity is rescued by a monster solo from Jim Gustafson. Straying from the clubbing craziness of the opening numbers comes the jumpy and fun fifties nod, "Let's Rock" and the Nugent-meets-DEEP PURPLE pumper, "Thru These Eyes". Afterwards, "Crazy" pulls no punches with more madcap yelping and a goofy transition into a psych-blues jam with cracked laughter overtop. Once again, however, Jim Gustafson rakes and shreds while Mike Fortino rolls his skins to sheer delight. "Coast to Coast" keeps a tighter focus on strident funk and blues lines lying in good company with CANNED HEAT and ATOMIC ROOSTER. Later in the album, tiding synths and tight crooning take precedence on the dreamy "Right Out of the Night", perhaps serving as a conscience over all the bedlam beforehand. Overseeing the re-master of "U.S. Rock" is Tony Reed of STONE AXE and MOS GENERATOR (mutual Ripple Music house acts), who helps Gustafson re-present these tracks with a preserved analog feel while giving them a crisp update. Of the four bonus songs, two ("Your Way My Way" and "Enjoy What You Have") are romance-plied kissing cousins of "Right Out of the Night" that ring of rough cut impressions of early JOURNEY. "Cold Blooded Lover" is marginally heavier as a BLUE ÖYSTER CULT (the poppier bits of them, that is) tamed rocker. Quirky, yes, "U.S. Rock" was still full of bicentenary fireworks that might've caused a bigger stir with less cannonade on the mike. Nonetheless, this is a must-have album for distortion rock freaks. If you don't yet know the name POOBAH, then consider it a gimme password and let yourself in.

Harvest Earth - JAGGED VISION

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:34:54 +0000

Right behind SIERRA comes another discovery for the KYLESA-backed Retro Futurist label, JAGGED VISION. Instead of plunging through the deep American South where KYLESA calls home and allies themselves with other underground sludge monsters, Retro Futurist first tapped into the Canadian scene to turn up SIERRA. Now Retro Futurist exposes Norway's JAGGED VISION to a worldwide audience. Consider both signees transcontinental kindred, even more so in the case of JAGGED VISION, as they have all the brackish ingredients to roll with Phillip Cope and KYLESA. Point made, all three bands have recently hit the bricks together on tour. About the only complaint to JAGGED VISION's "Harvest Earth" album is its sweeping back of Ole Urke Wik's sooty vocals in the finish. Wik is rambunctious, to be sure, yet the album's mix throws the band's taut riffing and often dazing harmonics in front of everything else. Wik's echoing ralphs are frequently drowned, much less the extra backing screams that turn up. He comes through best on the closing number "Lose Control", a song that actually scales back the density of the guitars on the first couple verses. That's not JAGGED VISION's norm, however. Otherwise, they impressively dirty up their bashing fuzz bombs with incisive chunks of stoner, punk, crunk, sludge, boogie and even threads of black metal. On the opening number, "Darkness in Light", JAGGED VISION slavers their sludge boogie drive with noxious black metal lines, creating a culture-clashed opening statement that rocks as much as it startles. This band almost never turns their dials down and as constantly whirring songs like "Trapped Forever" and "Shadows Glide" or the KYLESA-reminiscent "No Peace" and "Path of Bones" exhibit, there's not a single lick of compromise. The deep driving hardcore tones of "Shadows Glide" is slam ready and full of mid-tempo rat-a-tat drumming amidst the track's otherwise steady flow. Carrying more of a Southern boogie shuffle with the same punk drive is "Electric Empire", which wields hard-hitting choruses and a pair of downright vicious breakdowns. The snare rolling intro of the shifty title track hints at a potential skate jam, but JAGGED VISION sends "Harvest Earth" onto a blitzing path of black metal-fused agitation. The song rolls hurriedly then turns reckless with double-timed grind before slowing down to another hardcore rhythm as the first of a handful of signature changes. Unpredictable and always exciting, "Harvest Earth" is a brute. Of course, what would a Phillip Cope affiliated project be without a cameo from the host himself? Cope checks in on "Spiritual Invasion" and screams the hell out of his parts, ironically coming through far clearer than Ole Urke Wik. The issue of "Harvest Earth"'s slackened vocal mix will become moot to most listeners since JAGGED VISION are noisier and more ready to play than opening night at "The Lego Movie". They clobber their riffs and beats and they stand tall where it counts in the energy department. Lightning strikes twice in a jiff for Retro Futurist Records.

Relations in the Unseen - THE INTERSPHERE

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:29:59 +0000

Germany's THE INTERSPHERE are being heavily marketed to the metal and hard rock markets, which might not be the best strategy considering they're better aligned with the alt scene. Then again, that doesn't necessarily cover their sound either. SPV/Steamhammer is normally as metal as it gets, so this is a curious backing on their part. There are punctuated, slamming guitar sections to be found in pocks on THE INTERSPHERE's fourth full-length album, "Relations in the Unseen". By and large, though, this is a pop-flavored, light prog rock album that makes for a cool diversion from headbanging mania, assuming you're up for it. Following the breakout success of their previous album, "Hold On, Liberty!", THE INTERSPHERE reportedly opted for a scaling back of their primary instrumentation on "Relations in the Unseen" in exchange for decorative backgrounds filled with synth and string arrangements. MUSE and holds a subliminal influence over THE INTERSPHERE (most evident on the steady tapper "Joker"), but perhaps the best way to describe this band is they are a logical (and thankful) leap away from emo punk. In the case of this band, melodic doesn't translate into wussy and whiny, albeit if you're looking to thrash, you're well-advised to move on from this album. If, on the other hand, you're a supporter of pop proggers 3, then you'll cozy up to it. "Origin Unknown" and "Out of Phase" are the heaviest songs to be found on "Relations in the Unseen" and that's mostly because of the plunking static strums from Thomas Zipner. However, as with most of the other tracks, expect a gradual straying from density to lifted, yet hazy key and string arcs that dramatically alter these songs' dynamics. Later, "The Ghost of a Chance" launches with a thick swirl of guitar and bass from Zipner and Sebastian Wagner, respectively, throwing out bare hints of RUSH. The song immediately takes a sweeping, harmonic stance with thin traces of angst planted beneath the whirligig choruses. Somewhat of a surprise, "The Ghost of a Chance" bolts away for a loud and banging finish. Afterwards, Zipner and Wagner whip up a few slow and meaty bars to "…like it is", a song that rolls along on the steady hum of Wagner's bass as Zipner and vocalist Christoph Hessler plead in their own manners overhead. The correlation is subconscious, but "Walk On Broken Glass" rings transparently of COLDPLAY's "Clocks" on the verses before swerving into a higher key and turning out an entirely different melody on the choruses. Thomas Zipner's grinding solo presents a brief yet smart interjection from the yummy feel of the tune. Still, yummy, nimble and mellow is the leitmotif to songs like "The Ones We Never Knew", "Out of Phase" and "Golden Mean", even if "Out of Phase" comes off at first moody with its chunky chords. The layered synths, strings and whoo-oohing from Christoph Hessler (who is a terrific singer) undermine the plodding heft of the guitars to avoid letting the song turn depressive. By contrast, the uppity tempo of "Thanks for Nothing" unapologetically turns pop punk into a straightforward alt march with sharp hooks climbing between the bridge and choruses. THE INTERSPHERE may capture a fair chunk of listeners from the core demographic SPV caters to, but those numbers will come from the more open-minded and contemporary prog connoisseurs. Hessler, Zipner, Wagner and drummer Moritz Muller are all superb musicians and "Relations in the Unseen" feels like pure escapism. Their approach of pulling back their front line and allowing for extracurricular instruments to build their album's strength is sagacious and it creates a pleasurable listening experience for those who choose to embrace it.

City of Dust - GODHUNTER

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:25:37 +0000

Tucson, Arizona's GODHUNTER have a few complaints to get off their backs and they have a largely slow-dealing vehicle to make sure their listeners are getting the message. The country is fucked and so are you. Sounds like the preamble to hundreds of other metal and punk albums, yet GODHUNTER's sludge 'n doom debut "City of Dust" wears its principles upon its tattered sleeve and good chances are you'll remember them afterwards. GODHUNTER claims BLACK SABBATH and BLACK FLAG amongst their principal influences, and black is probably understating their sound. Call it more like charbroiled. There is nothing pretty about "City of Dust" outside of the appositely handsome (if underhandedly tenebrous) acoustic-based number, "Shooting Down the Sun". Screamer Charlie Touseull leads the sluggish charge of his noisy quintet, which plays so raw and so close to each other one could be sold on GODHUNTER instead being a trio. "City of Dust" unhurriedly clambers upon the heels of the societal indictments cited on the slithering opening number "Despite All". Here is where GODHUNTER sounds most like BLACK SABBATH with repeated dirge chords that relatively pick up in pace after the sloth-like opening bars. The band's punk inspirations manifest on the murky choruses of "Despite All" and then spill into the gloomy couplet, "Rats in the Walls" and "Brushfires". Greg Ginn's chunk-a-munk riff blares are given tribute by the combined crush of David Rodgers and Jake Brazelton on these two numbers. Rodgers and Brazelton are so much in sync they sound like a single guitarist, while Ryan "Dick" Williamson lobs equally sticky bass chords beneath them. Charlie Touseull woofs overhead the songs' ugly dealings, but his constant condemnations are compelling. Touseull takes a back seat to fellow Arizonian Carlos Arzate (of CARLOS ARZATE & THE KIND SOULS), who colorfully decorates the languishing melancholy of "Shooting Down the Sun" with musty though affecting clean leads. The change of pace, though equally depressing, becomes a much-needed reprieve from the omnipresent droning and bellowing that resumes at increased rhythms on the next numbers, "Palace of Thorn" and the title track. The most impactful moment of the album outside of "Shooting Down the Sun" comes on "Snake Oil Dealer", with a somber soundbyte of Arizona sheriff Clarence Dupnik's commentary that his state has "become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry" on the heels of a mass shooting on January 8, 2011. The song wraps with tense campfire crackling and wailing coyotes. As if the band condemning careless starters of statewide conflagrations on "Brushfires" wasn't harrowing enough. The soundbyte of "more conflicts, more arguments, more fighting" that opens the ten minute closing track, "Plague Widow" is a summary of everything "City of Dust" seeks to rebuke and the song itself is a nasty, if subliminally hopeful closing statement. At least GODHUNTER's sampling choice here proposes resolution instead of supporting what could've turned into a ceaseless bellyache. The cello by Matthew Davis (also credited with keys and effects) fading out into a field of nattering locusts is equally haunting as GODHUNTER's earlier external aesthetics. Here is what separates their album from their peers, a smart sense of accentuation to give their primary clouting tones and retching impeachments some sense of accountability. "City of Dust" is hardly perfect, but it is the beginning of something potentially monstrous.

Video: STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, MEGADETH, Ex-SLAYER Members Perform At 'Rockers Against Trafficking' Benefit Concert

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:15:52 +0000

Video footage of the Rockers Against Trafficking benefit concert, which took place this past Friday, April 11 at Paladino's in Tarzana, California, can be seen below (courtesy of Stephanie Cabral). The musicians performing in the video clips are: * Chris Broderick (MEGADETH) - Guitar * Dave Lombardo (SLAYER, PHILM) - Drums * Robert DeLeo (STONE TEMPLE PILOTS) - Bass * Keith St. John (MONTROSE) - Vocals Veteran photographer Kevin Estrada has shot some of rock's biggest names over the years — including NIRVANA, KISS, REM and GREEN DAY — and now, he is using his connections in the world of rock for a good cause: helping to raise awareness of human trafficking, by creating the organization Rockers Against Trafficking. "Besides being a photographer, I am a dad — that is my top priority in life," explains Estrada. "I have two young daughters that I care about and love very much. "For the past few years, human trafficking has been on my radar as we see and hear more and more about this spreading sickness. Young girls, like my daughters, fall victim to this travesty every day — and that worries me." Last year, Estrada had a birthday party at Paladino's, which resulted in plenty of his rock pals joining in the fun for jam sessions. This year, when talk of having another b-day bash came up, the photographer came up with an idea — make it a benefit to fight human trafficking. "Our goal is to build awareness and raise funds to support the fight against human trafficking here in our own country and abroad," says Estrada. "Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world today — second only to drug activity. This is tragically happening to nearly two million girls worldwide ever year, some of these girls are as young as 7 years old. This is happening all over the world, and it is also happening right here in our own backyards. Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego are hot spots here in California." The proceeds from the show on April 11 are being used to rebuild the lives of these young victims with housing, medical assistance, legal aid, and job placement. These donations will also be used to build and set up border monitoring stations on the borders between countries that are known for human trafficking. In addition to performances from members of HELMET, MEGADETH, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, FEAR FACTORY, SLAYER, MINISTRY, ARMORED SAINT and QUIET RIOT, among countless others , there were silent auctions and raffle giveaways — guitars donated by Schecter Guitars and Monster Energy / Fender Guitars, a DW Drums collector’s series snare drum, plus signed goodies raffled off from MOTÖRHEAD and THE CULT, and more.

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AMARANTHE Interviewed By Italy's Heavy-Metal.it (Video)

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:54:21 +0000

Laura Rossi of Heavy-Metal.it conducted an interview with AMARANTHE — the modern metal sextet from Gothenburg, Sweden — on March 26 in Milan, Italy. You can now watch the chat below. AMARANTHE has confirmed an autumn 2014 release date for its new studio album via Spinefarm Records. The as-yet-untitled outing will be the follow-up to "Amaranthe" (2011, now gold in Sweden) and "The Nexus" (2013). AMARANTHE's first two releases, which defined the band's approach through their signature blend of musical styles and voices, caused an international stir right from the start; not only did "The Nexus" top the rock chart in Sweden, but it went straight to No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes Metal chart, while the videos (from both albums) have continued to clock up millions of views ("Hunger", from "Amaranthe", is now at the 6-million-plus mark). The success of these records saw AMARANTHE playing to audiences all over the world, and now — following shows across Europe, including an appearance at the Bandit Rock Awards in Stockholm where one of the band's three singers, Elize Ryd, received the "Rock 'N' Role Model" award — the six-piece will head back into the studio. Says AMARANTHE guitarist Olof Mörck: "2014 will indeed see the release of the next AMARANTHE record. We don't want to reveal any details yet, apart from this album representing a big step forward for AMARANTHE musically — where 'Amaranthe' and 'The Nexus' were closely connected, this new album is bolder and more different... but, of course, with the trademark AMARANTHE sound throughout." AMARANTHE was on tour in Europe until April 12.

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Report: Suspect In Calgary's 'Worst Mass Murder' Posted Title Of MEGADETH Song And Album Hours Before Stabbings

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:48:26 +0000

According to Postmedia News, the man who is suspected of killing five young people at a Calgary, Alberta, Canada house party Tuesday night posted the title of a MEGADETH song, "Dread And The Fugitive Mind", and album title, "The World Needs A Hero", on his Facebook page in the hours before the stabbings. 23-year-old Matthew de Grood, a University of Calgary student who is also the son of a Calgary police officer, was an invited guest at the party, where university students were celebrating the last day of classes. The man arrived at the home, "obtained a large knife and targeted the victims one by one, stabbing them," Calgary Police Services Chief Rick Hanson revealed at a news conference. Four men — including two members of the local band ZACKARIAH AND THE PROPHETS — and a woman were killed. "This is the worst mass murder in Calgary's history. We have never seen five people killed by an individual at one scene. The scene was horrific," Hanson said. Officers were able to track de Grood down 40 minutes later with assistance from the K-9 unit. After his capture, he had to be taken to the hospital for a dog bite. This is not the first time a MEGADETH song has been linked to an act of violence in Canada. The track "A Tout Le Monde", which originally appeared on the band's 1994 CD "Youthanasia", created controversy in September 2006 because the song was cited in an online post by Dawson College killer Kimveer Gill as one of his favorites before his Montreal shooting spree. He killed one student and wounded nineteen others before committing suicide.


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