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  • QUEENSRŸCHE Taps Producer CHRIS 'ZEUSS' HARRIS For New Album

    QUEENSRŸCHE has tapped Chris "Zeuss" Harris (pictured below; ROB ZOMBIE, HATEBREED, SOULFLY, SHADOWS FALL) to produce the band's new album, due later in the year via Century Media. The CD is being recorded at Uberbeatz Studio in Washington. A video message from QUEENSRŸCHE about the upcoming album can be seen below. In an interview with Metal Nation Radio, QUEENSRŸCHE singer Todd La Torre spoke about what fans can expect to hear on the band's follow-up to 2013's self-titled album. He said: "When you've got five guys that, everyone has different musical backgrounds… I mean, we all have a common likeness for a style and sound… But, you know, I'm always pushing for… It's a fine line, because I'm always pushing for heavy. And it has to be QUEENSRŸCHE; it can't be over-the-top heaviness… I don't wanna change the dynamic. Nobody in the band wants to change the real core sound and dynamic and style of the band. With that being said, QUEENSRŸCHE's never been afraid to try new things." La Torre added: "The songs that we have right now are, I would say, melodic. There are some heavy tunes on there that are just, like, really rocking. I mean, some of the songs remind me, again, of 'Rage For Order', '[Operation:] Mindcrime'… We'll probably slip in something that's got a commercial… Not that we're trying to… Something with a more commercial appeal, like the song 'In This Light' did on the record that I did before. But, overall, I'm hopeful that, when it's all said and done, this record will have a really good drive, great, melodic choruses, great guitar parts, very dynamic... A little more prog… There's a little more proggy elements… "When you've got two years [between albums], you don't want [people] to say, 'Wow, that's the best they could come up with?' You never want that. You always want, 'Hell yeah! This is another great QUEENSRŸCHE record.' And that's all that you can really hope for. But it's definitely going to have, again, what I consider all of the elements that the true QUEENSRŸCHE fans will enjoy: great drumming, solid foundation, bass driven, great guitar work and harmony things… Vocally, there's some things where I get into the upper register pretty good. "I always wanna keep that metal… [Laughs] Sometimes I think [the other guys in the band] get sick of hearing me saying that. I'm, like, 'I wanna melt their fucking faces off.' [Laughs] But I have to do what the music calls for. And, overall, it's been a great process. It's always a learning experience. "I'm finding, as a songwriter, what my stylistic things are, musically. I love ALICE IN CHAINS harmonies; they always had these interesting harmonies in their music. And I always find myself, when I'm writing and I'm recording, doing new things, I kind of lean on those types of harmonies. So I'm finding out things about myself as a writer that I didn't know before. And so it's a lot of fun." QUEENSRŸCHE's securities attorney, Marc LoPresti, spoke to The Seattle Times about the band's attempt to raise $2 million by selling stakes in what he calls a "new holding company for all things QUEENSRŸCHE" that will receive the revenues from its tours, merchandising, album sales and digital downloads. For a minimum investment of $50,000, fans who pass an independent accreditation process can purchase an equity ownership stake from a private consolidated holding company that entitles them to "a fixed percentage" of future revenue. "Traditionally, a band would not go into their personal pockets to [bankroll and controll a recording-and-touring effort]," LoPresti said. "They would go to Capitol Records" or the like, which would dictate the project and give them an advance but "also take a huge swipe of the money," he added. "By disintermediating the labels, we're leaving more money on the table both for the band and people who invest." QUEENSRŸCHE's stock deal utilizes a provision of the 2013 JOBS Act that allows promoters to publicize a private stock placement, though only "accredited investors" are eligible to invest. "If it's successful, which we expect it to be, we may do it again with other bands," LoPresti said. An internal board of directors comprising drummer Scott Rockenfield, bassist Eddie Jackson and guitarist Michael Wilton and band counsel Thomas Osinski will oversee the corporation. A PledgeMusic campaign, "Building The Empire", has been launched that will act as a pre-order campaign for QUEENSRŸCHE's next album. Eddie Jackson, Todd LaTorre, Parker Lundgren, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton are offering fans various unique experiences to bring them closer to the band than ever before. The band is offering everything from limited-edition vinyl and merchandise to the actual instruments played on the upcoming album and a chance to hang with the band in their hometown of Seattle. QUEENSRŸCHE's latest, self-titled album sold around 13,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 25, 2013 via Century Media Records.


  • NIGHTWISH: Thirteenth 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' Trailer

    The thirteenth trailer for NIGHTWISH's new full-length album, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful", can be seen below. The clip sees the NIGHTWISH bandmembers explain the themes and inspirations for the CD. NIGHTWISH keyboard player and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen comments: "There's a kind of scientific approach to a lot of things on the album. Songs like 'Shudder Before The Beautiful', 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful', 'The Greatest Show On Earth' and 'Alpenglow' all somehow reflect the bliss of existence. It's temporary character. Evolution… Maybe you could even talk about the poetic nature of science. Natural science and its paradigm seem to represent something cold and boring to a lot of people. Hopefully we can illustrate with this album — that science can even be something profoundly spiritual." Adds drummer Kai Hahto: "It's a perfect theme to an album. Like, how did we come to be? And when our time here is done, what kind of mark do we leave? It's a pretty amazing theme." NIGHTWISH's new video, "Èlan", can be seen below. The clip was shot in Finland at various locations between September and November 2014, and it was directed by Ville Lipiäinen. Commented Tuomas Holopainen: "The long-awaited NIGHTWISH music video 'Élan' is finally here. Inspired by the untold stories of abandoned places around Finland, the video was nearly a year in the making and features some of the most loved Finnish actors and actresses. And also the legendary NIGHTWISH symbol, a snowy owl (Bubo Scandiaca in Latin) called 'Urho' ('Braveheart')." Regarding "Élan", Holopainen said: "'Oh, while I live to be the ruler of life, Not a slave. To meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.' This beautiful quote from my hero Uncle Walt [Walt Whitman] was the starting point for writing 'Élan'. "The underlying theme of the song is nothing less than the meaning of life, which can be something different for all of us. "It's important to surrender yourself to the occasional 'free fall' and not to fear the path less travelled by." NIGHTWISH's new full-length CD, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful", will be made available on March 27 in Europe and March 31 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast. The "Élan" four-track single, which arrived on February 13, features the album version of the title cut, a radio edit and an alternate version of "Élan", as well as the non-album bonus track "Sagan". The cover artwork for "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" was created by the band's longtime collaborator Toxic Angel. Famed evolutionary biologist and atheist writer/leader Richard Dawkins appears as a guest on the effort. Longtime NIGHTWISH drummer Jukka Nevalainen sat out the recording sessions for "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" due to health issues; Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN, SWALLOW THE SUN, TREES OF ETERNITY) replaced him. "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" features eleven new songs and will be released in different formats: * Standard CD * Digibook (including instrumental CD) * 2LP (vinyl in gatefold) in different colors * Earbook (including instrumental and orchestral CD) * Earbook (deluxe version including bonus vinyl) * Download Pre-order your copy here. The "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" title came from Charles Darwin's "The Origin Of Species" book, where he wrote: "There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, while this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved." Singer Floor Jansen, who officially joined the band in 2013, made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1, 2012 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington.

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  • METALLICA Bassist ROBERT TRUJILLO's 'Jaco' Documentary To Be Shown At 'Asbury Park Music In Film Festival'

    METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo's documentary film on the life and music of bass legend Jaco Pastorius, "Jaco - A Documentary Film", will be shown at the inaugural Asbury Park Music in Film Festival (APMFF), set to take place April 10-12. The film, produced by Trujillo and Johnny Pastorius, Jaco's son, and directed by acclaimed director Paul Marchand, will be shown Saturday, April 11 at 8:30 p.m. the Paramount Theatre. Following the film will be an exclusive question and answer session with Robert Trujillo, Paul Marchand and Johnny Pastorius. To view the schedule of events and purchase tickets, visit www.apmff.com. Trujillo told LA Weekly that "Jaco - A Documentary Film" has already cost him a lot of money out of his own pocket. Trujillo revealed: "When you are trying to do it right, it's costly. I've been a part of this film for five years. I've spent a huge chunk of money. It's great because I feel it needs to be done, but I have [other] responsibilities, too." Trujillo explained that just because he is a member of METALLICA, that doesn't give him access to unlimited funds, saying, "People don't understand. I didn't write [METALLICA's huge hit] 'Enter Sandman'. It's a little different for me." The Pulse Of Radio asked Trujillo how close the film was to being finished. "I would say we're moving towards a final edit, but at the moment we are at about 110 minutes, you know," he said. "We'd like to curtail that a bit but it's kind of difficult because if you were really gonna tell the ultimate Jaco Pastorius story and share it with the universe, it would be a nine-hour series." Trujillo recently launched a PledgeMusic campaign to raise the last batch of funds needed to complete production on the documentary. Contributors to the PledgeMusic fund can purchase a variety of items for their money, including bass lessons with Trujillo, signed DVDs of the film and a replica of Pastorius' "bass of doom." "Jaco - A Documentary Film" tells the story of the electric bass pioneer through interviews with family, friends and fellow musicians such as Flea, Joni Mitchell, Sting, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Geddy Lee, Bootsy Collins and Carlos Santana. Trujillo has been working on the project for nearly five years. Pastorius was a self-taught, larger-than-life musician who made almost mythical impact on music and reinvented the electric bass, giving it both edge and beauty.

  • SOILWORK: 'Bastard Chain' Performance Clip From 'Live In The Heart Of Helsinki' DVD

    Swedish metallers SOILWORK will release their first live DVD/Blu-ray, "Live In The Heart Of Helsinki", on March 13 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded during the band's special show on March 21, 2014 at Circus Club in the Finnish capital and features guest appearances by Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH, REVAMP) and Nathan J. Biggs (SONIC SYNDICATE). The performance clip of the song "Bastard Chain", taken from "Live In The Heart Of Helsinki", can be seen below. Commented SOILWORK frontman Björn "Speed" Strid: "We're very proud to present the artwork for our upcoming live DVD/Blu-ray! Once again we collaborated with Mircea Gabriel Eftemie to create visuals that would perfectly capture the unique vibe of this very special evening. "'In The Heart Of Helsinki' is somewhat of a testimony of our career and the live action shots are mixed with a blast from the past, including a collage of SOILWORK memorabilia. "I've always loved collages, especially on the inner sleeve of a vinyl. "As for the cover, we wanted to capture that melancholic wintery feel that the Swedes and Finns have in common — not just emotionally but also culturally. "It was appropriately cold during the big night and Mircea did a fantastic job recreating that eerie, magical feeling. "Last but not least, don't forget to read the liner notes! They tell the story of where we came from and where we are today. It will help you understand why it's taken so long for us to finally get a live recording out. But hey, it's only a matter of weeks now! We hope you'll enjoy it as much as we do!" The DVD was produced by Jouni Markkanen and directed by Ville Lipiäinen, who also worked on the most recent NIGHTWISH DVD, "Showtime, Storytime". "Live In The Heart Of Helsinki" will be made available as DVD/2CD and Blu-ray/2CD and will contain the following tracks: DVD/Blu-ray/CD: 01. This Momentary Bliss 02. Like The Average Stalker 03. Overload 04. Weapon Of Vanity 05. Spectrum Of Eternity 06. Follow The Hollow 07. Parasite Blues 08. Distortion Sleep 09. Bastard Chain 10. Let This River Flow (feat. Floor Jansen) 11. Long Live The Misanthrope 12. Tongue CD 2 13. Nerve 14. The Chainheart Machine 15. The Living Infinite I 16. Rise Above The Sentiment 17. Late For The Kill, Early For The Slaughter 18. Rejection Role 19. Black Star Deceiver (feat. Nathan J. Biggs) 20. As The Sleeper Awakes 21. Sadistic Lullabye 22. As We Speak 23. Stabbing The Drama DVD/Blu-ray bonus material: Documentaries: 01. Spectrum Of Eternity: A Brief History Of Soilwork 02. Behind The Scenes Of The Living Infinite Drumcam Videos: 01. Long Live The Misanthrope 02. Rise Above The Sentiment 03. Spectrum Of Eternity 04. Tongue SOILWORK's ninth studio and first dual-disc album, "The Living Infinite", sold around 7,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 60. The effort also landed at No. 11 on the Independent Albums chart, and No. 2 on the Hard Music chart. "The Living Infinite" entered the iTunes Metal Top Albums chart at No. 1 and was the No. 1 most added album on the CMJ radio chart. "The Living Infinite" was produced by Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, BLOODBATH) and boasts artwork by MNEMIC's Mircea Gabriel Eftemie. The CD features Justin Sullivan — lead singer of the English band NEW MODEL ARMY — as a guest vocalist on the track "The Windswept Mercy" and also marks the recording debut of longtime SOILWORK touring guitarist David Andersson (also of THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA).


  • GORGOROTH Signs With SOULSELLER RECORDS; 'Instinctus Bestialis' Due In June

    Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH have inked a worldwide deal with Soulseller Records. The band's tenth studio album, "Instinctus Bestialis", will be released on June 8 on digipack CD (limited first pressing), limited black vinyl, limited picture vinyl and digitally. The recording lineup for the eight-song effort consisted of Infernus (guitar), Tomas Asklund (drums; ex-DISSECTION, DARK FUNERAL), Bøddel (a.k.a. Frank Watkins, bass, ex-OBITUARY), and new vocalist Atterigner from the Serbian band TRIUMFALL. "Instinctus Bestialis" was recorded and mixed by Tomas Asklund at Monolith Studio, produced by Infernus and Asklund and mastered at Cutting Room in Sweden by Mats Lindfors, Infernus and Asklund. Guest appearances include Chris Cannella, Fabio Sperandio and Henrik Ekeroth on lead guitar. "Instinctus Bestialis" track listing: 01. Radix Malorum 02. Dionysian Rite 03. Ad Omnipotens Aeterne Diabolus 04. Come Night 05. Burn in His Light 06. Rage 07. Kala Brahman 08. Awakening "Under The Sign Of Hell 2011", the re-recording of GORGOROTH's third album, was made available in 2011. On "Under The Sign Of Hell 2011", Pest and Infernus repeated their roles as vocalist and guitarist/bassist, respectively, from the original 1996 recording, while Tomas Asklund handled the drums. GORGOROTH's ninth album, "Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt", was released on October 21, 2009 in Europe via Regain Records. The CD, which was made available in the U.S. on November 11, 2009, was recorded at Monolith Studio and featured Infernus on guitar, OBITUARY's Frank Watkins on bass, Pest on vocals and Asklund on drums. "Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt" was produced by Infernus and co-produced/engineered by Tomas Asklund. It was mastered at the Cutting Room in Stockholm. gorgorothinstint_638

  • KURT COBAIN's Childhood Home Drops $100K In Price

    According to The Pulse Of Radio, the childhood home of late NIRVANA frontman Kurt Cobain has been on the market since 2013 for $500,000. But with no buyers since then, Cobain's mother has now dropped the price to $400,000. According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, however, this asking price is still $300,000 more than the average price for homes in the local area. The 1,522-square-foot Cobain house is located in east Aberdeen, Washington, about 110 miles southwest of Seattle. Despite a park named after Cobain and a statue erected last year, NIRVANA biographer Charles R. Cross doesn't think Aberdeen has done enough to honor its most famous resident. "Kurt's the most famous person that was ever born in Aberdeen and maybe the most famous person that'll ever be born, and the city has done almost nothing to honor him," he said. "The city is kind of waking up to it. Aberdeen is a city that has really struggled economically for six decades, and if they could boost their tourism just a bit, I think it would help everybody involved." A journalist and NIRVANA fan started a GoFundMe campaign in 2014 to raise $700,000 in order to buy the house and turn it into a museum. To date the campaign has raised just a little over $2,000. The home allegedly still holds traces of the time that Kurt lived there, including holes he allegedly made in the walls and band logos he allegedly drew on the wall as well. The realtor listing the property calls it a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of rock history."

  • Arabian-Themed Cover Of BLACK SABBATH's 'War Pigs' Gets Stamp Of Approval From TONY IOMMI

    New York-based singer Victoria Faiella recorded an Arabian-themed cover of BLACK SABBATH's classic anti-war song "War Pigs" for her album "Wild Butterfly", which was released in 2011. On February 26, BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi tweeted a link to Faiella's rendition of "War Pigs" on YouTube, writing: "Really good version of War Pigs... I like it!!!" Faiella expressed her gratitude for Iommi's words of support, writing on Facebook: "Thank you, Tony Iommi, for the best birthday gift I could have ever asked for! "I am honored beyond words to have such an incredible endorsement from the maestro himself. "BLACK SABBATH's 'War Pigs' is a song that has emotionally connected to the hearts of so many. Whether it's the colossal guitar riffs, the anthemic anti-war sentiment, the driving rock grooves, Ozzy Osbourne's soaring, one-of-a-kind vocals, the memories it concurs up, all of the above and then some, ‪'War Pigs‬' is an undeniable masterpiece that has stood the test of time. It was such a supreme pleasure to cover it and I can only hope that one day soon the lyrics will fail to be so devastatingly relevant." Regarding her decision to cover "War Pigs", Victoria previously stated: "In choosing to cover BLACK SABBATH's 'War Pigs', I wanted to underscore the sad, sad fact that the lyrics to an anti-war song written four decades ago were still completely and devastatingly relevant to our modern times. The years go by, the trenches we find ourselves in get deeper and deeper and deeper, the war machine keeps churning and any hope of climbing out of this monumental entrenchment is bleak at best. Let us all pray for peace, for rainfalls of enlightenment to shower down upon the powers that be and for a swift end to all of this madness."

  • Loyal MEGADETH Fan Who Served 23 Years In Army Reserves Dies In Crash

    MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine and the band's webmaster, Dave McRobb, have posted the following message on MEGADETH's official sites: "It is with great sadness that we say farewell to one of MEGADETH's most loyal fans and friend, Patrick Dubas. Pat lost his life in a fatal car crash Tuesday morning, March 3 near 186th and State Street in Bennington, Nebraska. "Pat was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves as a transportation specialist for 23 years. He had served two tours in Iraq from 2003-2004 and 2007-2008, and one in Kuwait from 2009-2010. He served with the 172nd Transportation Company (disbanded) and the 443rd Transportation Company. With serving honorably in the U.S Army Reserve, Pat was also a military technician for the Department of the Army as a heavy mobile equipment repairer and a tool room specialist for 12 years. "Pat was a loyal MEGADETH fan, Cyber Army club member and friend. Every year he would be excited to submit his Christmas card designs to the Megadeth Christmas Card Contest, and he holds the record for being in the Top 10, four times. He won the card contest in 2012 and was runner up in 2010, 2011, and 2014. He was already working on a Christmas card design for 2015. Pat had attended meet-and-greets with MEGADETH, would wear his MEGADETH shirts proudly at home and overseas, would correspond with us here at Megadeth.com on a regular basis, and even had a tattoo of Vic Rattlehead with a staff sergeant insignia. "Pat had this special ability to brighten the day of anyone he came in contact with. Whenever you were in a group with him, the laughter from his humor was infectious. He was a great soldier, non-commissioned officer, a loving husband and dedicated family man leaving behind his wife, Terri, his two sons and a granddaughter. "Thank you for your service and for being such a loyal fan and friend. We will miss you, Pat." Dubas was 44 years old. A WOWT.com video report on Patrick's death can be seen below.

  • KISS Performs Acoustic Version Of LED ZEPPELIN's 'You Shook Me' During Fan Meet-And-Greet In Tokyo (Video)

    Fans who paid for VIP tickets for KISS's March 3 performance at the Tokyo Dome in Japan saw the band perform a mini unplugged acoustic concert during soundcheck which included a version of the 1962 blues song "You Shook Me", originally recorded by Chicago blues artist Muddy Waters and later covered by LED ZEPPELIN. Video footage of the performance can be seen below. The full setlist for the acoustic concert was as follows: 01. Comin' Home 02. Christine Sixteen 03. Hard Luck Woman 04. If I Fell (THE BEATLES) 05. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away (THE BEATLES) 06. Calling Dr Love 07. Sukiyaki (KYU SAKAMOTO) 08. Got to Choose 09. You Shook Me (Muddy Waters / LED ZEPPELIN) 10. Beth KISS recently collaborated with the Japanese pop group MOMORIO CLOVER Z on a new single, which was released on January 28. The track "Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina" was composed by KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley and Greg Collins, with lyrics written by Yuho Iwasato. MOMOIRO CLOVER Z performs the song, with KISS providing background vocals and instruments. It was released in two versions — "Momoclo Edition" and "KISS Edition" — via iTunes in 120 countries. A music video for the track, featuring both bands, was shot in Las Vegas. Both the "Momoclo Edition" and "KISS Edition" of "Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina" feature the title track and one same coupling song, but the "KISS Edition" includes the track titled "Samurai Son", which was made using "Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina" as its base. It is sung by KISS while MOMORIO CLOVER Z members participate on vocals. The "Momoclo Edition" comes with a Blu-ray disc which contains the music video for the title track instead.


  • Video: GUS G. And JEFF SCOTT SOTO Perform OZZY OSBOURNE's 'Crazy Train' In Malmö

    Fan-filmed video footage of Gus G. — well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND — performing the OZZY OSBOURNE classic "Crazy Train" on March 5 at Kulturbolaget in Malmö, Sweden can be seen below. Joining Gus at the show on vocals was Jeff Scott Soto, who has previously sung for TALISMAN, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, JOURNEY and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN. A special expanded edition of Gus' solo album, "I Am The Fire", was released in Europe on November 3, 2014 (digitally in North America on November 4). This limited CD + DVD digipak features four bonus tracks and a 62-minute bonus DVD (including the album's four official video clips so far, plus three live tracks, six guitar tutorials, as well as an EPK and track-by-track commentary). "I Am The Fire" entered the official chart in Greece at position No. 27. The CD sold around 700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. "I Am The Fire" was mixed by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR, STEEL PANTHER) and was recorded between Los Angeles and Gus' home country of Greece through the latter half of 2013. The album showcases a well-balanced mix of active rock, classic hard rock, traditional metal and guitar-driven instrumentals, taking listeners on a diverse journey and opening doors to Gus G.'s soulful playing.


  • CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Featuring PEPPER KEENAN: More Video Footage Of European Tour Rehearsals

    CORROSION OF CONFORMITY has reunited with its onetime guitarist and vocalist Pepper Keenan in 2015 to record a new studio album and embark on a tour. The band's first European trek with Keenan back in the fold since 2006 will take place later this month and will include six U.K. shows. More video footage of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's February 28 rehearsal for the upcoming trek can be seen below (filmed by Randy Ada). The upcoming dates will mark the first time the "Deliverance" lineup of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY has played together since 2001. Bassist Mike Dean says: "This is all about going out and celebrating some of the classic material, and at the same time it's about tuning up the chemistry and the energy to possibly create a new album or two with this lineup." Tickets go on sale on Friday, January 16 at 9 a.m. via Live Nation. Keenan, who has been focusing on DOWN in recent years, is still considered to be a member of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY but was not involved in the reunion of C.O.C.'s "Animosity" lineup, which was resurrected in 2010 and has been recording and touring ever since. A new posting on the DOWN Facebook page reads: "DOWN guitarist Pepper Keenan will be returning to CORROSION OF CONFORMITY for a tour of the UK and most likely more. Pepper has not left DOWN by any stretch. Don't worry about that." In a recent interview with INDY Week, drummer Reed Mullin said about the prospect of collaborating with Keenan again: "Pepper and I were talking the other day, and we've got some riffs left over from that era that I never used for C.O.C. stuff, and he didn't use for DOWN. They've just been sitting around from when we used to do demos at Jag Studios. He was, like, 'Man, I found a couple cassettes. Remember those cassettes we used to do with [John] Custer down at Jag?' So, yeah, he found a cache of some good riffage in his house down there in New Orleans that I guess he had packed away. And, for some reason, I can remember a lot of the riffs those guys write. Like, there's a song on the new C.O.C. album, the three-piece, and the music is music Pepper and I had jammed back in 1989, and I ended up just putting lyrics to it. Me, Woody [Weatherman] and Mike [Dean] recorded it. It's called 'Tarquinius Superbus', after the last Roman king. For some reason, I remember a lot of the stuff they do, so I'm kind of like an encyclopedia of a lot of their riffs." He continued: "I think the first shows that we're going to do with the four-piece are going to be in March. Before then, I guess we're going be working on the new album. Woody's going to have a baby in April, I think, so we're going to take a little time off in there, and then I guess, get back to touring with Pepper. He's taking time off from DOWN and, you know, he makes so much damn money doing DOWN, we've got to get him while we can get him. He's really excited about it, and we're awful excited to do it. It's been a while. It's been I think 2000 since I played with him. I mean, we've done songs here and there, at festivals overseas and things, as a four-piece, but as a tour, it's been a long time since this entity, this four-piece has been out on the road. It's going to be a blast." Regarding whether the four-piece version of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will play any new material on the upcoming tour, Mullin said: "I don't know how much new stuff we'll play on the road. Nostalgia seekers are going to want to hear as much of 'Deliverance' and 'Wiseblood' and 'Volume Dealer' and 'In The Arms Of God' as they can. So we'll have four albums, pretty much, to go off of. And maybe later in the year, we'll add a couple new songs. Hopefully by the end of the year, we'll have an album out." He continued: "I think [releasing a new CD later in 2015] doable. If we start working in January… Like I said, we've got to use Pepper while we can get him! "It's cool of him to do this, because, you know, he's got his set-up in New Orleans. He's got a bar, and he's got a little girl, so he doesn't go out for that much touring, anyway, so for him to do C.O.C. and more DOWN stuff next year is awful cool of him." Keenan joined CORROSION OF CONFORMITY in 1990, but he did not become the band's lead singer until the recording of "Deliverance", which came out in 1994. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's most recent studio album with Keenan, "In The Arms Of God", came out in 2005 on Sanctuary Records. C.O.C.'s reunited "Animosity" lineup released its new album, "IX", on July 1, 2014 via Candlelight Records.


  • Video: JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE Performs At 'Rock Against MS' Benefit Concert

    Ron Fauth Rockography has uploaded video footage of JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE, which features Jack Russell on vocals alongside former GREAT WHITE bassist-turned-guitarist Tony Montana (as a guitar player and keyboardist), bassist Chris Tristram, lead guitarist Robby Locher and drummer Dicki Fliszar, performing on March 4 at the Rock Against MS benefit concert at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. Check it out below. JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE has released a new song in the style of the bluesy hard rock stomp that made Russell a rock icon in the first place. Available for purchase as a digital single on iTunes, "Hard Habit" is taken from the band's forthcoming studio album, "The Gauntlet", which is scheduled for release later this year. Says Russell: "With the ever-changing climate of the music industry, we've decided that we will be releasing several digital singles throughout 2015. 'Hard Habit' is the first in a series of singles the band will put out this year. Be on the lookout for our next single in the coming months! "We are really proud of this song and we plan on playing it live as well as some other new tunes and, of course, all the classic JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE songs you know and love." Regarding the musical direction of what will eventually be released as the JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE debut, Russell told SleazeRoxx.com: "We want the new material to blow people's ears back. It has the elements of the best GREAT WHITE music ever written, but there's an edge. Tony brings that validity, while Robby and Dicki add a new life. It's going to surprise people." Added Montana, "It's got the classic sound. The first element is Jack's voice. "No other band sounds like this one ever did or does now. "When I was 17 years old, I remember walking around the UCLA campus listening to the band's first EP. I was a fan before I ever joined the band. We're going to maintain that same integrity going forward." He continued: "The band was always a standout from the era it came from. It was never a hair band. Listen to the music, and that's evident. Everything was based in blues. We want to add to that legacy with new material preserving those timeless elements." Russell concluded, "This is fun, first and foremost. I feel like I'm 27 again. I hope it sounds like GREAT WHITE — but for [2015]." In support of the album, JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE will be on the road non-stop in 2015. In March, 2012, Russell sued his former bandmates Mark Kendall, Michael Lardie and Audie Desbrow over their continued use of the GREAT WHITE name after Russell had taken a leave of absence from the band for medical reasons. The band countersued, and the parties were involved in contentious litigation for more than a year. After three days of closed-door mediation before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carla Woehrle, the parties reached a comprehensive agreement. While many of the terms of the agreement remain confidential, it was revealed in August 2013 that the current GREAT WHITE band would continue to use the name GREAT WHITE and Russell would perform under the name JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE.


    CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, the band led by brothers and founding SEPULTURA members Max (also of SOULFLY) and Igor Cavalera, will embark on a U.S. tour in April. Support on the trek will come from DEATH ANGEL, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - BLIND (featuring Karl Agell, who sang on the classic CORROSION OF CONFORMITY [C.O.C.] album "Blind" [1991], and founding C.O.C. drummer Reed Mullin) and LODY KONG. The dates are as follows: Apr. 10 - Tricky Falls - El Paso, TX Apr. 11 - Gas Monkey - Live Dallas, TX Apr. 12 - Empire Control Room & Garage - Austin, TX Apr. 13 - Scout Bar - Houston, TX Apr. 15 - Lincoln Theatre - Raleigh, NC Apr. 16 - Revolution - Amityville, NY Apr. 17 - Palladium - Worcester, MA Apr. 19 - Marlin Room at Webster Hall - New York, NY Apr. 20 - Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD Apr. 21 - Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH Apr. 22 - The Crofoot - Pontiac, MI Apr. 23 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH Apr. 24 - Mojoes - Joliet, IL Apr. 25 - The Rave - Milwaukee, WI Apr. 27 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN Apr. 28 - Granada - Lawrence, KS Apr. 29 - The Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO May 01 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA May 02 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR May 03 - The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA May 04 - House Of Blues - West Hollywood, CA May 05 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's third album, "Pandemonium", sold around 2,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 177 on The Billboard 200 chart. CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's previous CD, 2011's "Blunt Force Trauma" opened with around 5,000 units to land at No. 122. The band's first CD, 2008's "Inflikted", registered a first-week tally of 9,000 copies to enter the chart at No. 72. "Pandemonium" was produced by John Gray, who has previously worked with SOULFLY. In addition to Agell and Mullin, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - BLIND features Scott Little and TR Gwynn from Agell's band LEADFOOT, and Jerry Barrett, who was previously in BAD BRAINS singer HR's solo group. cavaleraconspiracytour2015poster

  • TONY MARTIN, VINNY APPICE, MARK BOALS Pay Tribute To TONY IOMMI: 'Great Lefty: Live Forever' Audio Samples

    Tanzan Music and "Tony Iommi Fan-Tastic" team of Iommi supporters together with Facebook communities "Tony Iommi The Man The Master The Legend" and "Global Black Sabbath Convention" have announced the release of the compilation tribute in honor of BLACK SABBATH's true heart and soul, legendary riffmaster Tony Iommi. Due on May 4, the first-ever tribute to Iommi, titled "Great Lefty: Live Forever - Tribute To Tony Iommi, Godfather Of Metal", is an act of solidarity towards Tony from pals and fans. The tribute includes participations of well known artists, best BLACK SABBATH tribute bands from all around the world, and the bands and solo artists "children of Iommi" as having Iommi's music as their major influence. All the songs are kindly donated for the cause. The profits from compilation sales will be destinied to Macmillan Cancer Support. Some of the artists participating are: * Dario Mollo (TONY MARTIN, VOODOO HILL) * Mark Boals (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DIO DISCIPLES, DOKKEN) * Mario Parga (GRAHAM BONNETT, FORCEFIELD, COZY POWELL'S HAMMER) * Victor Griffin (PENTAGRAM, DEATH ROW) * Tony Martin (BLACK SABBATH) Also appearing is a young talented artist Kyle Cousins, singer and songwriter, huge Iommi fan, who also happens to have autism. He began his journey with autism at two years old by losing all his language. Through years of intensive interventions, he has made continual progress; so much so that now he loves nothing better than to express himself onstage through his music. Cousins champions the autism awareness movement, being a source of hope and inspiration for the autism community. Kyle Cousins expresses his love and admiration to BLACK SABBATH's guitar legend with producers Damon Elliott and Michael Politz, performing a song with Vinny Appice (former BLACK SABBATH and HEAVEN & HELL drummer), Barry Goudreau (guitarist for BOSTON), Hugh McDonald (David Bromberg, ALICE COOPER, BON JOVI, LITA FORD). Disc 1 01. DARIO MOLLO Featuring MARK BOALS - Never Say Die (3:54); 02. MANIAC RISE - Time Is Mine (5:05); 03. KYLE COUSINS - Heaven And Hell (6:16); 04. MARIO PARGA - Scarlet Pimpernel (5:13); 05. CHILDREN OF THE GRAVY - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (5:40); 06. IRONLUNG Featuring WIZARD OF OZZ - Electric Funeral (5:03); 07. TANZAN MUSIC ACADEMY - Neon Knights (4:45); 08. NICK DIDKOVSKY - Orchid (1:38); 09. DARKING - Law Maker (3:35); 10. INTO THE VOID - Loner (4:40); Disc 2 01. REKUIEM - Paranoid (3:17); 02. PLACE OF SKULLS Featuring VICTOR GRIFFIN - You Won't Change Me (6:43); 03. BLACK SABBATH/DIO Tribute CZ - I (5:10); 04. PHIL JAKES - Behind The Wall Of Sleep (2:47); 05. GIUNTINI - Anno Mundi, featuring Tony Martin (6:14); 06. TONY REED - Live Forever (4:44); 07. KILL VAN KULL - No Stranger To Love (5:13); 08. APLANADORA Featuring SANTIAGO CABAKIAN - Hole In The Sky (4:20). 09. BLOOD SABBATH - Snowblind (5:33); 10. PHENOMENA - The Wizard (4:10); Check out audio samples at this location. tonyiommigreatleftycd

  • GREG PUCIATO Says There Will 'Absolutely' Be More Music And Live Shows From KILLER BE KILLED

    THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN frontman Greg Puciato says that there will "absolutely" be more live performances and music from his KILLER BE KILLED project. KILLER BE KILLED, which also features Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, ex-SEPULTURA), Troy Sanders (MASTODON) and Dave Elitch (ex-THE MARS VOLTA), made its live debut on February 21 as part of this year's edition of Australia's Soundwave festival in Melbourne. Elitch was unable to perform with KILLER BE KILLED at the event due to scheduling conflicts with his other band, ANTEMASQUE. Filling in for him was CONVERGE drummer Ben Koller. Speaking to U.K's Metal Hammer about the possibility of more shows and music from KILLER BE KILLED, Puciato said (see video below): "As soon as we ended the first 'Sidewave' [concert], which was in Melbourne, the first club show, as soon as we ended that and walked off stage, that was the moment we were, like, 'Okay, yeah, we need to do more of this. We need to absolutely do more of this.' We were having so much fun." He continued: "For me, it feels like I'm fifteen years old, playing in a band — just having a blast, and there's no expectation, and you don't really think that anyone's gonna care, and you're just playing for the love of it. I look at Max, and he kind of looks like a child again. He said to me when we got off stage, 'I haven't felt like this since the first SOULFLY record came out. I haven't felt this happy and this stoked.' I think we were all kind of just saying, 'Man, we have something really good here.' And then we're all still, obviously, extremely in love with our main bands, so we have to kind of go back to reality after this and be, like, 'All right. We've gotta get back to work in DILLINGER, MASTODON, SOULFLY and CONVERGE.' But we kind of already had the, 'When are you gonna be off? Are we all off at the same time? What can we do?' I've got so many riffs and so many song ideas, Troy's got so many, Max's got so many…" Greg added: "So we're gonna for sure book some more shows. We're gonna come back to Australia. We're already looking at trying to find time to track album No. 2. So, yeah, this was kind of the proving ground, and now that we've come down here and seen that everything feels like a band, we're gonna keep doing it." KILLER BE KILLED's self-titled debut album sold around 5,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 58 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on May 13, 2014 (one day earlier internationally) via Nuclear Blast Entertainment, the CD was produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur, whose credits include work with GOJIRA, LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ESCAPE THE FATE, P!NK and STEVE EARLE. Cover art and packaging was executed by Ryan Clark of Invisible Creature Design, the Grammy-nominated design firm whose clients include ALICE IN CHAINS, FOO FIGHTERS, CHRIS CORNELL, DEVILDRIVER, MONSTER MAGNET, WOLFMOTHER and DEMON HUNTER.

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  • STEVEN ADLER: MATT SORUM Wouldn't Take Part In GUNS N' ROSES Reunion Unless I Was Involved

    During an appearance on the March 2 edition of Eddie Trunk's SiriusXM satellite radio show, "Eddie Trunk Live", original GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler was about how he would feel about a hypothetical reunion of the classic GN'R lineup which would include Matt Sorum on drums instead of him. "Matt wouldn't do it," Adler insisted. "I see Matt practically every Monday night, and we talked about it. He wouldn't do it unless I was a part of it. And I said, 'Well, dude, I would do it without you.' And he said, 'But you're the original guy. You're the sound of GN'R. I'm not. So it's different.' And I said, 'If I did it, if Axl [Rose, vocals] wanted to play the '[Use Your] Illusion' songs, I would have you right next to me. You come up and I'll either take the throne or sit where I sit.'… Sort of like [the way we did it] at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame [induction in 2012]. They didn't show that part on TV, I don't think, but [Matt] played 'Brownstone', and then I came up and played 'Sweet Child' and 'Paradise City'." Adler continued: "But, yeah, I have nothing against Matt. He didn't do nothing. I had resentments with him, but I talked with him and I worked everything out. Everything. I would love to share a tour bus with him." Steven also spoke in more detail about his desire to see the original GUNS N' ROSES lineup reunite for a new album and tour. He said: "The whole reunion thing I would love to do just because of two decades of new fans who have never seen what the magic was. And I would love to be able to show them, but that's Axl's call." He continued: "I just keep hearing that [Axl] has this thing with [guitarist] Slash. I hope not. 'Cause it's too old already. Time goes on. We're too old. We've gotta move on. If he has resentments… I hope he doesn't. That’s all. I love him, and I love all those guys. Let's leave it at that. [Laughs]" Asked about the fact that Slash recently tweeted a "Happy Birthday" message to Axl, Adler said: "I think that's great. 'Cause he doesn't have nothing against Axl. He loves Axl too. The four of us all love Axl. And I know that. 'Cause we had something that was so magical and so special, and nobody can ever take that away. And no matter what anybody did to anybody… time's supposed to heal all wounds. Let's move on. Let's all be happy and do what we love doing. And if we have an opportunity to play for the whole world and let everybody love it… 'Cause that's every musician's dream: to play music that everybody loves. And we did that. And I said, 'Let's take advantage of it and show the world…' I mean, personally, myself, I wanna show everybody how appreciative I am that they love our music. 'Cause I love a wonderful life. Well, finally… but a wonderful life because of them. I get to do what I like to do, and that's play music." Adler continued: "It's been a wasted 25 years that the magic between Slash and Axl hasn't been together and making music for the world. I mean, that's like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Robert Plant [and] Jimmy Page, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. And it's a shame that Axl and Slash weren't making music together, 'cause they were born to make music together. Slash is great by himself, Axl is great by himself, but together they are frickin' amazing, and nothing could stop them." Steven also spoke about the last time he saw and spoke to Rose. He said: "It was in Las Vegas, I think, [in] 2006. [GUNS N' ROSES] was playing at the Hard Rock, and I went down. And then his partner, Del James, saw me in the audience, in the back, and said, 'You'd better leave. I don't want Axl getting pissed.' I left, I went home, I was walking in the front door and my phone's ringing. I pick it up, and it's Del. And he says, 'I'm so sorry. Axl wanted to talk with you.' So I went back. And we drank a three-thousand bottle of tequila, and we hugged, and we made our amends to each other, and it was wonderful… It was just me and him sitting at the bar with a bottle of tequila, doing shots and just talking. It was really nice. So I love him." Steven Adler was the drummer for GUNS N' ROSES from 1985 to 1990. He was eventually fired from the band due to his drug addiction, which caused him to spiral down into depression and more drug use. GUNS N' ROSES was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2012. Adler, Slash and bassist Duff McKagan attended the ceremony, while Rose and founding guitarist Izzy Stradlin stayed home.

  • MAX CAVALERA: 'I Love Metal Today More Than I Ever Did In My Entire Life'

    Metalpaths.com recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, KILLER BE KILLED). You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. Speaking about what keeps him focused on making new music after more than 30 years of playing in metal bands, Max said: "The most important thing is to still love what you do. For me, playing music, playing metal is not work — it's life, it's a lifestyle. Being a metalhead, for me, is something that I decided to be when I was a teenager, and it never went away. And I love wearing my black t-shirts with my favorite bands, I love discovering new bands and getting in touch with them, getting them to send me t-shirts. And I love making music, listening to music and playing music. For me, it's the perfect life. So I don't get tired of it." He continued: "It's been thirty years [since I started playing music]. I'm actually more of a metalhead now than ever before; I love metal today more than I ever did in my entire life. And I'm 45. This is like a new beginning for me; kind of like I found metal again harder than ever. And now I listen to metal even more than before. So it's great. I really love what the music feeling gives me. It reflects salvation." Max added: "Metal saved my life. I came out of Brazil, which is not a famous word for heavy metal. We put Brazil on the map with SEPULTURA. And I'm very proud of that. It's really a fantastic life, and I'm very excited for the future, 'cause we've got a lot of things that we still wanna do with this music." Asked if he ever thought in the early days that SEPULTURA would become as legendary as it has, Max responded: "We never thought we were gonna get big with this music, but we thought it was special, we felt we were doing something special, and it was from the heart. [We did] not [take] the easy path, [because we weren't aiming for] the No. 1 radio song and [to] be on the cover of all the magazines. But at the same time, we feel very special, because we were part of something real." He continued: "I feel very proud to be part of the metal scene. I am now considered, for many people… a lot of influence came from me, and my work in SEPULTURA has influenced many bands and many people around the world, and I think that's amazing. I never imagined that. "When we were doing SEPULTURA, we just wanted to write and play — we didn't think about becoming legends or anything like that. We were just [living] in the moment, just trying to write cool shit and write cool records and keep going. And I've been through a lot of ups and downs of music, and I survived the grunge, which was the NIRVANA era; we did [SEPULTURA's] 'Chaos A.D.' [album] at that time. And we survived the 'nu metal' era; I was doing SOULFLY at the time. We're survivors, we survive this stuff, and it feels great." Max added: "I am extremely proud to be part of something that is real, that is powerful. Nobody can take that away from us. It's ours. This metal music is ours. And it's what we have. It's like our weapon, and we use it on a daily basis. And it's great. And I wouldn't trade that for anything. "For me, it's much more important to have this than to be on the cover of Rolling Stone and have the No. 1 hit radio song. That stuff doesn't mean shit to me. I don't care about that stuff." Interview (audio):

  • EUROPE's JOEY TEMPEST: What You Experience Between Ages Of 15 And 25 Stays With You Forever

    France's TV Rock Live recently conducted an interview with singer Joey Tempest of Swedish hard rockers EUROPE. You can now watch the chat below. Asked if EUROPE's tenth album, "War Of Kings", is a "tribute of sorts" to classic rock bands like LED ZEPPELIN and DEEP PURPLE, Tempest responded: "I suppose it is in a way, because when you're younger, when you're between 15 and 25, what you experience then is the deepest thing; it stays with you forever. You forget it for a while, 'cause you go on in your journey and your life, and you do other things, but slowly, it starts coming back to you. So, automatically, we are expressing ourselves in a musician kind of way, in a classic rock kind of way, because we love it, and we love the way the drums were recorded in the late '70s — drums, bass and guitar — and we think that's the best way to record those instruments. The '80s and '90s, everybody was experimenting with how to record, [and the results were] not so good, not too good." He continued: "It's not really a special homage, though — it's automatic. But what we wanted to do was to find a vibe for the record, a signature, if you like, a sound. Like, for instance, the old great albums have, like 'Led Zeppelin IV' or 'Machine Head'." "War Of Kings" will be released on March 10 via UDR Music. Recorded at the brand new PanGaia Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, produced by Dave Cobb (RIVAL SONS) and engineered by John Netti, the CD sees the classic rocking quintet confidently creating 11 monsterously melodic, yet hard-hitting, classic rock and roll standouts for their fervent global audience. "War Of Kings" will be available in multiple formats, as a CD digipak, a CD jewel case, a vinyl LP and in digital download format. EUROPE's place as a legendary classic rock band was platinum-stamped early in their career, having enjoyed an explosive period of worldwide success in the '80s, under-pinned by their hit album and single "The Final Countdown", before going on hiatus between 1992 and 2003. They reunited and quickly settled into a period of re-establishment which has seen them re-enforce their reputation worldwide as one of the premier purveyors of blues-tinged classic rock with an edge and some kick. Their last album, 2012's "Bag Of Bones", saw EUROPE hit the U.K. top 40 rock album charts and debut at No. 2 on the Swedish national charts, and "War Of Kings" is set to take full advantage of the global groundwork EUROPE have put in over the last few years. "War Of Kings" track listing: 01. War Of Kings 02. Hole In My Pocket 03. The Second Day 04. Praise You 05. Nothin' To Ya 06. California 405 07. Days Of Rock 'N' Roll 08. Children Of The Mind 09. Rainbow Bridge 10. Angels (With Broken Hearts) 11. Light It Up 12. Vasastan (instrumental) (bonus track) (digipack and Japanese editions only)

  • NILE Recording Guitars For Next Album

    South Carolina-based extreme technical death metallers NILE have commenced recording guitars for their upcoming album, tentatively due this summer. In a recent interview with Australia's "Rabid Noise" podcast, NILE drummer George Kollias stated about the progress of the songwriting and recording sessions for the band's follow-up to 2012's "At The Gate Of Sethu": "[We'll] release the album around June. And we have a European tour with SUFFOCATION in September/October, and we're talking about a U.S. tour, maybe, [starting in] mid-November." Asked about a possible title for the new NILE CD, George said: "We're not sure yet, so I can't really tell. But if the one we have right now… I mean, we have a title, but, seriously, it's not the final one. But if that's the final one — I mean, if this is gonna be the title — it's one of our songs which is the most difficult song I've ever played in my life. Like, seriously, it's so hard to play. We were working on this song for three days. This has never happened with NILE — working on one song for three days. It's never happened. It's a song that, if you're a drummer, and you wanna play it, or a guitar player as well, you're gonna have troubles. [Laughs] It's not that long. I think it's around six minutes or something… But it's crazy. Totally crazy." NILE's seventh full-length album, "At The Gate Of Sethu", sold 3,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 131 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 2 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

  • SICK OF IT ALL: 'Get Bronx' Video Premiere

    "Get Bronx", the new video from New York hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL, can be seen below. The clip was filmed by Dirk Behlau in Europe earlier this year during the EMP Persistence Tour. Says SICK OF IT ALL drummer Armand Majidi about the song and video: "'Get Bronx' is a hard-hitting groove with a message of defiance against the modern powers of oppression. "This video serves to show people across the world that, as gritty and unpretentious as hardcore music is, it still translates to the big stage and doesn't need a tiny, intimate atmosphere to work. When a big club pulsates like that, the spirit of hardcore is kept alive." On April 5, SICK OF IT ALL will begin another European run, with support from ANGEL DU$T, right after playing three U.S. shows. SICK OF IT ALL's new album, "The Last Act Of Defiance", was released in Europe, Australia and New Zealand on September 29, 2014, and in North America on September 30, 2014 via Century Media. The eye-catching cover artwork for the CD was created by Ernie Parada, who has already designed posters, merchandise and album art for numerous bands and artists from the punk and hardcore scene such as HATEBREED, PROPAGANDHI, RANCID and THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM. "The Last Act Of Defiance" was helmed by SICK OF IT ALL's longtime friend and producer Tue Madsen, who recorded the album at Nova Studio in Staten Island, New York and mixed it at his own Antfarm Studio in Denmark.

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