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Five Finger Death Punch - New Lyric Video Released

from: Metal Storm, on: Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 13:14

Las Vegas metallers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4342&bandname=Five+Finger+Death+Punch>Five Finger Death Punch</a> have released a lyric video for their song "Watch You Bleed". The track is taken from their fourth studio album <a href="/bands/album.php?album_id=70836&band_id=4342&bandname=Five+Finger+Death+Punch"><i>The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1</i></a>. The record arrived in stores on July 30th, 2013 via Prospect Park with Volume 2 later released in November. Click on the video below to watch it! The band plans to release a new album next year. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24031>Read more...</a>

Red Fang - Release Free Acoustic EP, Streaming Online

from: Metal Storm, on: Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 12:56

In celebration of their upcoming European tour, stoner group <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=6430&bandname=Red+Fang>Red Fang</a> have just released a free acoustic EP. The EP was recorded this past March in London as an Absolute Music Bunker session for Team Rock. The songs mark the first time the band recorded any acoustic interpretations of their material and the EP includes the original album versions of each track as well. You can download/stream the EP <a href="http://redfang.bandcamp.com/album/teamrock-com-presents-an-absolute-music-bunker-session-with-red-fang">here</a>. Enjoy! <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24039>Read more...</a>

Thaw - Split With Echoes Of Yul Streaming Online

from: Metal Storm, on: Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 12:32

Polish experimental black metallers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=7821&bandname=Thaw>Thaw</a> are currently streaming their upcoming split album with drone doom compatriots <b>Echoes Of Yul</b> <a href="http://thequietus.com/articles/15851-thaw-echoes-of-yul-split-album-stream">at this location</a>. Alternatively, you can listen to both songs below. Do you enjoy this combination? Share your impressions. The split will be available on August 4th via Instant Classic. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24034>Read more...</a>

Necrophagia - Announce New Album Release Date

from: Metal Storm, on: Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 12:24

<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=521&bandname=Necrophagia>Necrophagia</a> have finally set a date for the release of their new album. The successor of <i>Deathtrip 69</i> will be called <i>WhiteWorm Cathedral</i>, and the US cult death metal act's long-awaited new album will hit the stores on October 24th (October 28th in North America), just in time for Halloween via Season Of Mist. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24038>Read more...</a>

Desert Age - Documentary On Desert Rock

from: Metal Storm, on: Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 03:38

So as some of you astute MSers might have noticed I've (temporarily) abandoned the desert of southern Arizona to go into hiding in the lush jungles of Paraguay. Thrown in to a land where virtually no one speaks English, the beer is watery lager, and there is no hot sauce? (WTF?!) Though the peeps are swell and the meat is PLENTIFUL, I've grown a tad homesick for the scorching, oven-like dry heat of the Southwest. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24036>Read more...</a>

OVERKILL's BOBBY "BLITZ" ELLSWORTH Interviewed On 'The House Of Zazz' (Audio)

from: Blabbermouth, on: Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 02:26

On the July 2 edition of WWUH Radio's "The House Of Zazz" metal program, host Sam Hatch spoke at length with OVERKILL frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth. You can now listen to the chat below. "The House Of Zazz" airs Tuesday nights/Wednesday mornings from midnight until 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time on 91.3 FM WWUH (in Connecticut) and is available for streaming live via the Internet at www.wwuh.org. OVERKILL's new album, "White Devil Armory", was released on July 22 in North America via eOne Music (July 18 in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records). The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and was mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012's "The Electric Age". OVERKILL's videos for "Bitter Pill" and "Armorist" wre filmed with veteran director Kevin J. Custer (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, SUFFOCATION). Custer previously worked with OVERKILL on the "Electric Rattlesnake" and "Bring Me The Night" clips. "White Devil Armory" track listing: 01. Freedom Rings 02. Where There's Smoke... 03. Pig 04. Armorist 05. Down To The Bone 06. Bitter Pill 07. King Of The Rat Bastards 08. Another Day To Die 09. It's All Yours 10. In The Name The limited-edition box-set version of "White Devil Armory" includes a digipack CD, a leather belt and buckle plus a certificate of authenticity. Speaking about what OVERKILL was trying to accomplish with "White Devil Armory", Ellsworth told Artisan News: "My personal motivation, and I can probably speak for my partner D.D. [Verni, bass], is that you don't want repetition. Obviously, we are what we are — a thrash metal band — [and] we fall into, let's say, a subgenre of this metal community, but the idea is that you wanna stay interested with it, you want to try, to some degree, to reinvent yourself. And I think the thing I'm most proud of when it comes to a record like Number 17, being 'White Devil Armory', is that that's the push for it. No repetition. Let's get in there and let's define that line between repetition and what style is. I write all these notes in my office where I have my little studio — 'Don't repeat yourself,' 'Don't use this,' 'Don't use that' — and that becomes kind of the flavor of the writing: Stay relevant, great execution, modern presentation. Make Number 17 relevant in 2014."

ROB ZOMBIE Rewrites French Revolution for 'Assassin's Creed' Animated Video

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, July 25, 2014 - 22:59

Rocker-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie has teamed up with "The Walking Dead" artist Tony Moore to create an animated film about the French Revolution, which is the setting for the upcoming "Assassin's Creed Unity" video game. Check out the short film below. Said Zombie about his involvement with the project: "When the 'Assassin's Creed' thing came up and it was all taking place during the French Revolution, I thought that was incredibly attractive, because that is such a dark, weird time yet so visually stunning. "At first, it seemed like an odd thing for a video game, but after getting deeper into it, I realized that it was perfect. "Tony Moore is helping to imagine some of this, doing the story boards and the layout art. And I thought, 'Well, he's fantastic, so that'll be a great combination.' "If you look at the reality of what went on in the French Revolution and the way things were done, I just thought, you know, it's not like there's tons of film footage of all this going down. Other things could have happened. And I would just look at each situation and kind of put my own twist on it." Asked how his collaboration with Zombie came about, Moore told Game Informer: "I had worked with Rob before. I did some covers for his 'Spookshow International' comics right after 'The Walking Dead'. My friend Angry Blue is a poster artist. He did all the finishing on the artwork [in the short] and he had actually been talking to [the producers] before I was ever brought in. They wanted someone who had more of a storytelling background and Angry Blue and I were friends. He's from Kentucky, too. So we hit it off and he reached out to me and they brought me in, and… yeah. I knew it was going to be fun because I had worked with Rob before and was familiar with his work. I knew it was going to be a good time."

Witch Mountain - New Song Streaming Online

from: Metal Storm, on: Friday, July 25, 2014 - 22:35

US doomsters <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=7261&bandname=Witch+Mountain>Witch Mountain</a> have just premiered online a brand new track off their upcoming new opus <i>Mobile Of Angels</i>. The 8-minute song is called "Psycho Animundi" and you can give it a try <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2014/07/25/333578604/vikings-choice-witch-mountain-psycho-animundi?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social">here</a>. Satisfy your curiosity. Was it any good? <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24035>Read more...</a>

AVENGED SEVENFOLD Has 'Tons Of Inspiration' To Draw From For Next Studio Album

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, July 25, 2014 - 22:23

AVENGED SEVENFOLD guitarist Zacky Vengeance tells Billboard.com that the band will take "a real quick trip to Japan" after Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival ends on August 10 and then plans to come off the road in order to start working on a follow-up to 2013's "Hail To The King". "I think once we get home, the ideas are going to start brewing," Vengeance says. "I know Syn's [lead guitarist Synyster Gates] been writing a ton purely for fun, trying different styles, recording backstage, keeping himself busy. I've been thinking of all sorts of ideas, listening to tons of different music to get inspiration — as have all of us. And being on tour, I'm so inspired. Seeing bands like BODY COUNT with Ice-T out there, they're so old-school and riff-based and over the top and slightly offensive and it's fuckin' awesome. So there's tons of inspiration that I know we'll be drawing from." "Hail To The King" was the band's second straight CD to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, following 2010's "Nightmare". The latest effort was recorded after the AVENGED SEVENFOLD bandmembers immersed themselves in the music of two classic LPs: METALLICA's Black Album and GUNS N' ROSES' "Appetite For Destruction". "The BLACK SABBATH, AC/DC, ZEPPELIN Influence comes through," Gates told TimesLeader.com about "Hail To The King". "We wanted to create space rather than just fill up every song with four bridges and three choruses and vocal harmonies everywhere, with guitar duels going on. The goal was to focus on the songwriting and the arrangements." "Hail To The King" marked AVENGED SEVENFOLD's full-length debut with new drummer Arin llejay, whom Gates described to TimesLeader.com as "one of the most tasteful drummers I've heard in my life… He's got that caveman, barbaric huge groove philosophy that we were trying to go for on this record. He's really got it in his heart and soul. We took the approach of wanting a hungry young kid who could suddenly come out of nowhere and play in front of 50,000 people. He really stepped up." AVENGED SEVENFOLD and KORN are co-headlining this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which kicked off its annual run on July 5 in Devore, California. Other acts on the bill include ASKING ALEXANDRIA, SUICIDE SILENCE, TRIVIUM, MISS MAY I and more. AVENGED SEVENFOLD will reissue its breakthrough second album, "Waking The Fallen", in a new special edition on August 26. "Waking The Fallen: Resurrected" will include a total of 23 tracks, including 11 never-before-heard songs, new artwork, the original first cut of the music video for "Unholy Confessions" and a 30-minute film featuring the present-day band.

BLACK STONE CHERRY's BEN WELLS Robbed Of Eight Guitars

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, July 25, 2014 - 21:25

Eight guitars belonging to BLACK STONE CHERRY axeman Ben Wells were stolen from the band's storage shed in Glasgow, Kentucky. The Glasgow Police Department and BLACK STONE CHERRY are asking fans for their help in recovering the instruments. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Glasgow Police Department at 1-270-651-5151. BLACK STONE CHERRY's fourth album, "Magic Mountain", sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart. This number is in line with the first-week performance of BLACK STONE CHERRY's last CD, "Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea", which shifted 13,000 units back in June 2011 to land at No. 29. "Magic Mountain" was released in North America on May 6 (one day earlier internationally) via Roadrunner Records. Regarding BLACK STONE CHERRY's songwriting approach on "Magic Mountain", Wells told About.com Heavy Metal: "We had a freed mind, I guess, is the best way to put it. We weren't really concerned about radio and what's popular and what's going to sell. We just became more confident in who we are as a band, who our fans are. We just wanted to make a great rock album. We wrote songs with solos, we wrote songs that were longer than three minutes. We just wanted to write a great album." Asked how the band picked Joe Barresi (CHEVELLE, TOOL) to produce the new CD, Wells said: "He actually reached out to us about doing it. We checked him out, had a meeting with him, and just fell in love with his method of recording and his ideas. He was on the same page we were. He wasn't about trying to make a cookie-cutter polished album. He wanted to make something cool. That's what really drew us to want to work with him." Wells also spoke about the inspiration for the "Magic Mountain" album title. He said: "We had the song first. We thought it was a cool title. We knew we wanted the album to be titled that. Basically, it's a metaphor for open your mind up. If you have a place, whether it's spiritual or metaphorical that you like to go to, that could be your magic mountain. We just thought it was cool and captured the essence of the whole album." (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by Glasgow Police Department.

MALEVOLENT CREATION Rejoined By Drummer JUSTIN DIPINTO

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, July 25, 2014 - 21:04

Florida death metal veterans MALEVOLENT CREATION have a full lineup again with Jason Blachowicz (a.k.a. Jay Black) back in the fold on bass and Justin DiPinto (drummer on "The Will To Kill" album) on drums. The band is now also working with longtime friend, former OBITUARY and current GORGOROTH bassist Frank Watkins, as their business manager. Drummer Gus Rios left MALEVOLENT CREATION in February due to "personal differences." Rios joined MALEVOLENT CREATION in 2008 as the replacement for Dave Culross. Rios recorded and co-mixed the band's tenth studio album, "Doomsday X", and laid down the drum tracks on MALEVOLENT CREATION's 2010 CD, "Invidious Dominion". MALEVOLENT CREATION recently finished recording its new album. The CD is expected to include the tracks "Corporate Weaponry" and "Face Your Fear", the latter of which can be streamed below. The song was recorded, produced and mixed at Rios' studio, Riversound Productions, except for the vocals, which were laid down with Jim Nickles at his Shredly Studios. MALEVOLENT CREATION's latest album, "Invidious Dominion", was released in August 2010 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records (in Europe through Massacre). The effort was made available in various territories as a regular CD; digipack with bonus material; and vinyl LP.

DAVE LOMBARDO's PHILM To Release 'Fire From The Evening Sun' In September

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, July 25, 2014 - 20:51

PHILM — the Los Angeles-based experimental post-hardcore triumvirate featuring drummer Dave Lombardo (SLAYER, AMEN), guitarist/vocalist Gerry Paul Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Francisco "Pancho" Eduardo Tomaselli (WAR) — will release its sophomore album, "Fire From The Evening Sun", on September 16 (one day earlier internationally) via UDR. Without a doubt, every fan of hard rock and extreme metal knows the name Dave Lombardo. For nearly two decades the drummer provided the impulsive, whipping rhythm for thrash metal pioneers SLAYER, which is why fans and critics crowned him as the "godfather of double bass." He also proved his talents outside of the strict thrash corset and cooperated with musicians like Mike Patton (FAITH NO MORE), GRIP INC., John Zorn, MELVINS and many more. The newest outlet for his extraordinary creativity acts under the banner of PHILM: With his bandmates Gerry Nestler and Francisco "Pancho" Tomaselli, he has found two companions who also deny any genre restrictions. On their new album, "Fire From The Evening Sun", the trio acts accordingly: free and unlimited. As Lombardo states: "We tend to live on the heavy side, but we also touch on haunting, desolate, ambient sounds." The estimation of frontman Gerry Nestler also emphasizes the great variety of the band: "Heavy but sensitive, powerful and atmospheric. The music of PHILM is channeled through the many different influences of drum and bass, expressionism, and underground that is indigenous to the street. " The result of this cooperation is a truly exceptional album that has its roots in the heavy music but stretches its branches into all possible genres. With his demanding and innovative drumming, Lombardo provides for the rhythmic base on which songs like the impulsive opener "Train", "Blue Dragon" with its detailed guitar and bass play or the drum-'n'-bass-influenced "Turn In The Sky" can unfold. Nestler adjusts his vocals to this varied music and masters imploring whispering or coaxing clean vocals as superior and emotional as aggressive shouting or nearly manic screaming. PHILM pay special attention to the haunting atmosphere of their songs that evokes goose bumps over and over again. Be it the malign undertone in "Lady Of The Lake", the dark beginning und the nearly psychedelic guitar solo of "Silver Queen" or "Corner Girl", which closes the album in a laid-back but also sinister mood. "Fire From The Evening Sun" track listing: 01. Train 02. Fire From The Evening Sun 03. Lady Of The Lake 04. Lion's Pit 05. Silver Queen 06. We Sail At Dawn 07. Omniscience 08. Fanboy 09. Luxhaven 10. Blue Dragon 11. Turn In The Sky 12. Corner Girl

DREAM THEATER Keyboardist: 'European Audiences Are More Willing To Go Along For The Ride'

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, July 25, 2014 - 20:24

Italy's "Heavy Demons" radio show recently conducted an interview with keyboardist Jordan Rudess of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. Asked how it feels to be back on the road in Italy, Rudess said: "Europe is a hotspot for DREAM THEATER, and Italy is probably among the hottest spots, so it's great to be here. I know the fans are really excited about everything, and we are too. And personally, I love coming to Italy, 'cause it's probably my favorite place of all the choices of where we can go. I have a lot of friends [here], and there's a lot of pluses [to being in Italy], as you know." Regarding whether there has been a difference in reactions to DREAM THEATER's new, self-titled album between the audiences in America and those in Europe, Rudess said: "This album's been very well received, but I guess the main difference that I would say is the general difference that happens all the time at the shows, and even as reaction to the music, which is that there's certain places in the world, like where we are right now, that it is more passionate about things, and especially with music that's a little bit more demanding, more challenging, that you need to invest more personal energy into to get back the satisfaction, I find that the European audiences are more willing to go along for the ride than the American audiences. That's not to say that there aren't a lot of people in the U.S. that will go along for the ride, but I find it more happening around here." Rudess spoke to GetYourRockOut at this year's Sonisphere festival about whether the band has already begun thinking about the follow-up to last year's self-titled release. He said: "We haven't really gotten into serious band discussions about what's gonna happen next, although we've had little discussions between some of us about what we would like to see happen next. At the same, if I get a good idea in the middle of the night, or whatever, I'll record it onto my iPhone. I elected James [LaBrie, vocals] to kind of be the keeper of some of my ideas; I'll send him little YouTube clips of me playing something I think is cool. And then when it wraps around and we get into writing again and start our process, then we'll go back an see what we've got and kind of figure it out." Rudess also reassured fans that there are no plans for DREAM THEATER to stop making new music and become a nostalgia act. He said: "Oh, no no no. We love what we do. We're passionate about making music and as composers; that's just who we are. DREAM THEATER has never been a band that hit at a particular fashionable point and said, 'OK, that's basically it.' We're a band that really… It's important to us to write music and put it out there and to work together. And we love it. And that's why we keep going." DREAM THEATER's latest, self-titled album sold around 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on September 24, 2013 via Roadrunner.

THE RAVEN AGE Featuring IRON MAIDEN Bassist's Son GEORGE HARRIS: Toulouse Concert Footage

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, July 25, 2014 - 20:00

THE RAVEN AGE, the band led by George Harris, son of IRON MAIDEN and BRITISH LION bassist Steve Harris, supported BRITISH LION on a 10-date European tour that kicked off on July 8 in Norwich and wrapped at the annual International Motorcycle Convention at the Moto Clube De Faro, Portugal on July 19. Quality-filmed video footage of THE RAVEN AGE's July 15 performance in Toulouse, France can be seen below. THE RAVEN AGE is a melodic metal band from London, United Kingdom consisting of five individuals who very quickly became friends through sharing a love for heavy music and a passion for songwriting. In 2009, guitarists Dan Wright and George Harris began establishing their vision of a band that combines contemporary heavy music with powerful melodic vocals to create an epic and unique sound. After writing their first album, they began searching for likeminded musicians to join the band and make their vision a reality. Taking on bass player Matt Cox in 2012, with vocalist Michael Burrough and drummer Jai Patel joining in early 2013, the line up was complete and ready to take their music to the stage. THE RAVEN AGE released its debut EP on July 5. The track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Uprising 02. Eye Among The Blind 03. The Death March 04. Angel In Disgrace THE RAVEN AGE is: Michael Burrough - Vocals Matt Cox - Bass Dan Wright - Guitar George Harris - Guitar Jai Patel - Drums

THE AGONIST: Third 'Eye Of Providence' Studio Video

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, July 25, 2014 - 19:42

Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based melodic death metallers THE AGONIST will release their new album, "Eye Of Providence", on November 11 in North America (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media. The band's first CD with new vocalist Vicky Psarakis was recorded at The Grid studio in their hometown with producer Chris Donaldson (CRYPTOPSY). Vicky joined THE AGONIST as the replacement for Alissa White-Gluz, who left the band to focus on her new gig as the frontwoman of ARCH ENEMY. The third in a series of video updates from the studio can be seen below. THE AGONIST released a two-song digital single on April 29 via Century Media. These tracks were the first to feature Psarakis. 01. Disconnect Me 02. Perpetual Notion Commented THE AGONIST guitarist Danny Marino: "Creating this album has been an amazing experience so far. "Vicky has breathed new life into the songwriting process and we are so excited to share these first two tracks with the world! "The songs on this album represent a culmination of the past 10 years, as well as a new beginning for THE AGONIST. We're also thrilled to be back in the studio with our old friend and longtime engineer Chris Donaldson. "We can't thank our fans enough for their ongoing support in this new and exciting chapter of THE AGONIST!" The official lyric video for "Disconnect Me" can be seen below. THE AGONIST's third album, "Prisoners", debuted at No. 19 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. THE AGONIST 2014 is: Vicky Psarakis - Vocals Danny Marino - Guitar Chris Kells - Bass Simon McKay - Drums Pascal "Paco" Jobin - Guitar