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Family Confirms AC/DC's Malcolm Young Has Dementia
(hennemusic) Sad news from Down Under as the family of legendary AC/DC rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young have confirmed media reports that the guitarist has been diagnosed with dementia.

"Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their privacy," Young's family said in a statement to People magazine.

A recent report out of Australia quoted sources connected to the Young family that the rocker has been moved into full-time care in a nursing home facility in Sydney's eastern suburbs specializing in dementia.

AC/DC recently announced Malcolm's retirement from the band he started with brother Angus in November of 1973. Read more here.

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Jimmy Page Looks To Form New Band
(hennemusic) Jimmy Page has lost hope for a Led Zeppelin reunion and is considering plans to start a new project next year where he will play music from his entire career including new material.

"I don't think it looks as though that's a possibility or on the cards, so there's not much more I can say about that," Page told the NME during a playback of the forthcoming reissues of "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy" at Olympic Studios in London on Tuesday. "I'm not going to give a detail-by-detail account of what one person says or another person says. All I can say is it doesn't look likely, does it?"

During Tuesday's playback session in London, Page shared his thoughts on forming a new project. "If I was to play again it would be with musicians that would be… some of the names might be new to you," said the guitarist.

"I haven't put them together yet but I'm going to do that next year. If I went out to play, I would play material that spanned everything from my recording career right back to my very, very early days with The Yardbirds. There would certainly be some new material in there as well."

"I love playing live, I really do," he added. "Live concerts are always an interesting challenge because it means you can always change things as you're playing every night. You can make it even more of an adventure. I would play all of the things I'm known to play - instrumental versions of 'Dazed And Confused' etcetera, etcetera…"

Read more here.

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New Found Glory Claims One Direction Stole Their Song
( One Direction have a long history of very - too? - closely tributing their favorite artists. Most recently, the band almost had legal action taken against them by Def Leppard for borrowing chords from "Pour Some Sugar on Me" in their song "Midnight Memories," and, before that, it was the Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go" that they were copying in "Live While We're Young."

Now, New Found Glory are alleging that they've been ripped off by One Direction. The pop-punk band's guitarist Chad Gilbert took to Twitter to call out the similarities between the main piano riff in their song "It's Not Your Fault" and One Direction's new track "Steal My Girl," as Alternative Press points out.

"Props to the @onedirection "steal my girl" single for reworking the "it's not your fault" piano part into a top 40 single. Let me get a cut," he tweeted, before mocking One Direction's fans and the track "What Makes You Beautiful."

Read more here.

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Weezer Streaming New Album Online
( Bands claim to revisit their old sound all the time. Whether they do that or not - and to what effect - is a whole other question, but the declaration, at least, is there.

Weezer have teased a return to form on Everything Will Be Alright in the End - it's an album full of self-referential lyrics; just look at the entire first verse of lead single "Back to the Shack," which finds frontman Rivers Cuomo singing about how he'd returned to lead guitar, to the fans' eternal gratefulness.

As for whether or not the album as a whole, from its lyricism to its instrumentation and overall sound, represents Weezer of yore rather than Weezer of bore (sorry, that was really horrible), curious listeners can now stream Everything Will Be Alright in the End in full on iTunes Radio.

Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses' Bumblefoot Says It's Not So Easy For Axl Rose
(Classic Rock) Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal says he has grown during his time with the band but he admits life is very different for him and frontman Axl Rose.

Thal says it is impossible to compare the process of putting out his own solo record and the logistics behind Axl Rose releasing a new GNR album and he insists it's not easy for the much maligned mainman.

Thal tells Legendary Rock Interviews: "I don't even know how to begin to compare the two. For one thing, in my own situation, in Bumblefoot world, I have all the keys to the whole project. I know I have to write an album, record it and release it.

"In the GNR world, Axl holds the key, and when he decides to do something is when he decides to do it, and it's definitely at a different pace than say when I do things.

"Axl and I are two different people with two different lives and two totally different sets of hurdles to jump over, which totally affects our ability to release what we create.

"It's very hard to bust out anything when life becomes more complicated or you have more people trying to pull you in a million different directions or distract you. The bigger a band gets, the more that happens - so at Axl's level, it's definitely not easy and there's a million fires to put out where at my level there is maybe 10 fires."

He had a lot more to say here.

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Judas Priest Already Looking Forward To Next Album
(Classic Rock) Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford says he's ready to get back into making music after the success of 17th studio outing Redeemer Of Souls. And he reveals the band have a "hunger" to produce something special on their next album.

The Metal God tells Billboard: "There's a sense there's another great metal song to write, another great metal album to put together, and another great tour to go out on.

"It's the hunger - if you've still got that, it serves a series of purposes and reasons why you still do it. Maybe we're chasing the elusive finale, but right now I feel like it's amazing to think what might come next.

"I'm ready to jump into the next Judas Priest album." More from Rob here.

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Sixx A.M. Went For Bigger Vibe On New Album
(Classic Rock) DJ Ashba says Sixx A.M.'s upcoming third album was improved by the addition of live drums in favour of programmed beats. The band - led by Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx and featuring Ashba on guitar and James Michael on vocals - release Modern Vintage on October 7 via Eleven Seven Music.

And the addition of In This Moment drummer Jeff Fabb - who has also performed live with Black Label Society - made a big difference to the recording sessions, according to GNR man DJ Ashba.

Ashba tells Legendary Rock Interviews: "Jeff Fabb is an incredible drummer. It was a lot of fun to work with him and we were really happy to have him on the record.

"It was the first album where we actually felt it was important to capture that big album vibe we were going after. To bring in a live drummer, it really made a huge difference". Read more here.

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Halestorm Producing 'Magical' Moments In The Studio
(Classic Rock) Halestorm have issued a studio update video from their current recording sessions. The US rockers are working on the follow-up to their second album, 2012's The Strange Case Of… And frontwoman Lzzy Hale, who recently revealed the group still feel like 14-year-olds, says the fact all four band members are recording simultaneously rather than individually is producing "magical" moments.

She says: "The approach to this record is very different than our past two records - it's very performance-based. It's based on whether or not we can all hit it at the same time or whether or not I can hit a note without having to be auto-tuned. It's definitely a challenge."

"We're going back to the beginning - it's the four of us in a room playing the songs that we've worked hard to narrow down and write - it's incredible. I'm so excited every day to wake up and get into the studio.

"Everyone's going after the emotion of it. They're going after the performance and is it magical? That's what we're going after - that amazing performance. We're all on the same level and just riding this wave together."

Read more and watch the video here.

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Nine Below Zero's Classic Lineup Reunites For Tour
(Classic Rock) Nine Below Zero have reformed their classic lineup and have announced a UK tour. Dennis Greaves, Mark Feltham and Brian Bethell reunited with Mickey 'Stix' Burkey for a one-off 30th anniversary show in London in 2012. Now Burkey has made the move permanent and they hit the road this week on a tour which takes in 22 dates between October and May.

The band released remastered versions of 1981 album Don't Point Your Finger and Third Degree from 1982 earlier this year via Universal - and Greaves reveals those two albums will make up the majority of their live set.

He says: "We are only performing songs from the first three albums Live At The Marquee, Don't Point You Finger and Third Degree. "To be back on tour with all the guys is incredible - the energy, enthusiasm and the magic are back. We never had a hit single but we became a cult band with an almost fanatical following. It will be great for us all to reconnect with the fans."

More including the tour dates here.

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Pink Floyd Engineer Andy Jackson Releasing New Album
(Classic Rock) Grammy-nominated Pink Floyd engineer Andy Jackson has confirmed he is to release his fourth solo album on November 3. Entitled Signal To Noise, the album is described in a press release as 'a fine modern, progressive work' which 'draws on Andy Jackson's exemplary work as an engineer and producer.'

Jackson says: "The album reflects on the sorting of what is important in life from the humdrum of everyday existence, and is in itself an analogy for the process of the creation of the album."

Signal To Noise will be available as either a single CD edition or a two-disc Digipack deluxe limited edition with a 5.1 Surround Mix. Jackson made his name as a recording engineer at Utopia Studios in London where he worked on Boomtown Rats' I Don't Like Mondays and Spandau Ballet's Chant No 1.

More details and a trailer for the album here.

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Yes and IO Earth Lead Cruise To The Edge Lineup
(Prog) Next year's floating prog festival Cruise To The Edge will feature Yes and IO Earth, as will be taking place onboard a bigger boat, organizers have revealed.

Cruise To The Edge 2015 will take place onboard the Norwegian Cruise Liner Pearl from November 15 to 19 and will sail from Miami, visiting Key West, Florida and a private island in the Bahamas.

The vessel will feature multiple stages of progressive rock music, 13 bars, 16 dining options a four-lane bowling alley and a rock climbing wall.

Bigelf, Anathema, Caravan, Allan Holdsworth and Messenger are among the other artists confirmed so far. Read more here.

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Idlewild Ending Their Five-Year Hiatus
(TeamRock Radio) Scottish rockers Idlewild have announced their comeback after a five-year hiatus. And the band have confirmed a run of acoustic shows around the UK starting this week, mainly in the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

Frontman Roddy Woomble is joined by guitarist Rod Jones and drummer Colin Newton, as well as new members Luciano Rossi on keyboards and Andrew Mitchell on bass.

Formed in 1995, Idlewild's most recent album was 2009's Post Electric Blues. The band will formally announce their comeback on Steve Lamacq's BBC 6Music show on November 3.

Check out the upcoming dates here.

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Enslaved Get To Work On New Album
(Prog) Norwegian prog metal veterans Enslaved have begun work on their 13th studio album. The as-yet-untitled record is expected to be released in early 2015 via Nuclear Blast and will be the follow-up to 2012's RIITIIR.

Guitarist Ivar Bjornson says: "My favourite time of the year is whenever we enter the studio with Enslaved to record a new album. Now the season of creative madness, endless days, and bleeding fingertips is upon us again."

Bjornson, along with frontman/bassist Grutle Kjellson and drummer Cato Bekkevold, are laying down the foundations of the album. Guitarist Ice Dale and keyboardist Herbrand Larsen will add their input following the initial sessions before coming together to finish the album. here.

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Nick Cave Launching Winter Tour
(Classic Rock) Nick Cave has announced a rare solo tour of Europe that will see him play five UK concerts next spring. The Australian singer/songwriter will launch the 19-date run at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall on April 26.

He'll also perform in Edinburgh, Gateshead, Nottingham and London before playing shows in Europe and Russia in May. Cave will be joined on stage by four of the seven members of his band, the Bad Seeds, including violinist and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis, bassist Martyn Casey, drummer Thomas Wydler and keyboard player Barry Adamson.

Cave recently released 20,000 Days, a film that tracks a fictitious 24 hours in his life during the recording of his 2013 album Push The Sky Away. Read more and grab the dates here.

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Funeral For A Friend Announce Album and Release First Song
(TeamRock Radio) Funeral For A Friend have confirmed the release of seventh album Chapter And Verse - and launched lead track You've Got A Bad Case Of The Religions.

The follow-up to 2013's Conduit appears on January 19 via Distiller Records. It's described as "unapologetically political" and "a far cry from the band's early material."

Vocalist Matthew Davies-Kreye says the track offers a stark warning: "Never trust something you can't see with your own eyes." Funeral For A Friend hit the road next month ahead of a full UK tour in January. Listen to the new track here.

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U2 Eligible For A Grammy After All
( U2, the band who've become inescapable after loading their latest album Songs of Innocence onto the world's iCloud, might still be just as ubiquitous come next February when the GRAMMYs take place.

Even though they released their new album for free, with a full physical release coming next month, the band have found a way to become eligible for the award ceremony by pressing limited-edition vinyl right before the cutoff date.

The GRAMMYs require that an album or song is available for purchase before Sept. 30, and the band acted fast, shipping a small batch of LPs to stores, as noted by Rolling Stone.

According to a representative for the GRAMMYs, who spoke to the publication, "As long as the album, be it CD, vinyl or digital, is available commercially for sale to the public by our eligibility cutoff date at a nationally recognized retailer or website, then it's eligible for consideration."

Read more here.

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Tesseract Ink Deal For Release Of Next Album
(Prog) Prog rockers Tesseract have penned a deal with Kscope via whom they will release their third album next year. The band have reportedly finished writing half of their forthcoming album and are set for a Europe-wide tour with co-headliners Animals As Leaders.

Bassist Amos Williams says: "Really looking forward to discovering the possibilities of working with such a creative label. We admire everything Kscope has done with bands like Anathema, Katatonia and Steven Wilson, and can't wait to see where they will guide TesseracT in this new chapter of the band. Very excited."

Earlier this summer TesseracT brought former singer Daniel Tompkins back into the band after parting company with Ashe O'Hara - a reorganisation of the line-up which Williams described as 'seamless.' Tompkins' first show back with the band was on the main stage at this year's UK Sonisphere Festival.

Check out the upcoming dates here.

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Devin Townsend Launches Ziltoid Web Video Series
(Prog) Devin Townsend has released a new video series and a website dedicated to his alien character Ziltoid. ZTV stars the alien first introduced by Townsend on 2007's Ziltoid The Omniscient concept album. The follow-up Z2 will be released on October 27.

Townsend says: "It's been a few weeks since the Z2 album was delivered, and we've been getting everything ready for the upcoming tours and the release of the records.

"As I've mentioned, Z2 is an experiment for me in trying different mediums to illustrate a concept, and as such I'm really excited to present to you the new Ziltoid website, and the first of three ZTV episodes leading up to the album release.

"The crowdfunding campaign has allowed me to actualise Ziltoid and its music in ways I'd always hoped for, and the idea with the three web episodes is to set up the concept of the album."

More details here.

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Engel Reveal New Album Release Plans
(TeamRock Radio) Engel, featuring In Flames guitarist Niclas Engelin, have announced that they will be releasing their fourth studio album Raven Kings on November 27th.

The follow-up to 2012's Blood Of Saints is the first to include vocalist Mikael Sehlin, who joined last year following the departure of Magnus 'Mangan' Klavborn.

A press release says: "Raven Kings is produced by founders Marcus Sunesson and Niclas Engelin. Engel have established themselves as one of the most stunningly impressive and stylish acts in their genre. Now it's time to unleash their true potential."

Read more here.

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John Petrucci Glad Dream Theater Stayed True
(TeamRock Radio) Dream Theater's John Petrucci says he is proud of the band's decision to remain true to their prog roots and ignore more popular forms of metal. The guitarist adds that he is thrilled to see upcoming bands citing Dream Theater as one of their influences and describes the process as "coming full circle".

Petrucci tells Ultimate Guitar: "One of the cool things is when you see it come full circle, meaning playing a style that's obviously not what's popular, and it's not the easy road and it's very difficult.

"But by doing it in the way that we did, we were able to develop really strong and deep roots that have grounded our career and made it a long-term and long lasting career with fans that give us so much and are so dedicated throughout the years." Read more here.

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Scott Ian Relives Metallica Drama In Excerpt From Memoir
( Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian is a great storyteller. So great in fact, that these days in between Anthrax tours, he does "Speaking Words" shows (similar, kind of, to Henry Rollins' one-man shows). And now, he's collected many of his stories into his memoirs (co-written with Jon Weiderhorn), I'm the Man: The Story of That Guy From Anthrax, due out October 14.

The Jamaica, Queens-based band were one of the seminal groups in the early U.S. thrash metal scene, along with Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer (nowadays, they're known as "The Big Four"). In this excerpt, Ian tells the story of future Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine's unceremonious firing from Metallica, and he recalls picking up his replacement - former Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett - from the airport.

It was New Year's Eve 1980, and we had a big party at my friend Richie Herman's house. He lived on the first floor of our building, and his dad was always out of town, so we had fifty or sixty people at his house to celebrate my birthday. I went nuts. I'd been drinking before, but now I was almost legal. I was seventeen, and I drank so many screwdrivers made with that ultrapremium vodka, Popov. It's right up there with Grey Goose and Tito's, if they tasted like used Russian bleach. I must have had twelve. I have vague memories of making out with this girl, and we stopped kissing because I was getting queasy. I felt the vomit come up my esophagus, and I pulled away and puked all over her and then proceeded to puke all over Richie's bathroom.

I crawled up the stairs one flight back to my mom's apartment, crashed out, and woke up the next day still throwing up. I was sick for two or three days. Just the smell of booze nauseated me for years after that. Looking back, that was an advantage because I didn't drink much during all the formative years of Anthrax, and that helped me maintain focus. I'd go to bars and have a beer or two, but I was not part of the Alcoholica team. Looking at Metallica now, they had a totally different dynamic. Their music was strong enough to hold up even when they were sloppy drunk, and even when Dave Mustaine was in the band they really were the Four Horsemen. They just all had very strong, different personalities. James Hetfield was actually the wallflower. He was quiet like [Anthrax drummer] Charlie [Benante] with a good sense of humor and hadn't developed his rock star persona yet. He looked awkward around people, but when he was holding his guitar and screaming into the mike he was right at home. That was where he belonged, even though he never said anything onstage. That was all Dave.

Mustaine was the real front man of the band. He did all the talking onstage and he had that rock star personality. He was also an out-of-control, mean drunk, but he had a sharp sense of humor. Lars could be funny, too, and he could talk a ton of s-t. He actually couldn't really play when they started. He learned by jamming along with James's songs and just got better as they went. It would be hard to imagine Lars in any other band, but he's the right drummer for Metallica. He was also the voice of the band from day one.

If I were to single any of them out as someone who looked like he didn't belong, it would be Cliff. Anthrax and Metallica had a certain look: tight jeans, high-top Nike or Converse sneakers, metal T-shirt, leather jacket, or denim over leather. And then there was Cliff in his bell bottoms, cowboy boots, R.E.M. T-shirt, and jean jacket decorated with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Misfits pins. He was definitely an oddball, but in his own way, he was the most metal of all of us because he flew his own flag and he was the most talented musician-possibly the best I had ever met-even better than [original Anthrax bassist Dan] Lilker. He was a virtuoso bassist, and he understood music and theory. Compared to him, we were cavemen. He was very aloof but not standoffish. He was cool, laconic. He almost resembled a character from the '50s, like the Fonz from Happy Days, if the Fonz played in Molly Hatchet. Cliff would stand there with a cigarette, give you a squint-eyed Clint Eastwood grin and say, "What's up?"

Read the rest here.

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Queen Release Alternate Version of Freddie Mercury's Love Kills
(hennemusic) Queen are premiering a new ballad version of the Freddie Mercury tune, "Love Kills", as a preview to their forthcoming compilation, "Queen Forever."

The original song was the first solo track recorded by the late Queen legend in 1984; it was featured in producer Giorgio Moroder's 1984 restoration and edit of the 1927 silent film "Metropolis", as part of the project's new soundtrack.

Due November 10 (Nov. 11 in North America), "Queen Forever" presents a mix of Queen's hits and classic tracks, including three previously unreleased songs featuring Mercury.

The package include a long anticipated track from Queen and Michael Jackson, "There Must Be More to Life Than This", a previously unfinished Mercury-Queen track "Let Me In Your Heart Again" originating from the band's "The Works" album recording sessions, and the new stripped-down take on "Love Kills."

Check out audio of new ballad version and video of original video by Freddie here.

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Alice Cooper Goes Behind The Scenes of Paul McCartney Project
(hennemusic) Alice Cooper is featured in a behind the scenes preview of the forthcoming Paul McCartney tribute album, "The Art Of McCartney." Cooper performs versions of The Beatles' classic, "Eleanor Rigby", and "Smile Away" from McCartney's second solo release, 1970's "Ram."

Due November 17 (Nov 18 in North America), the project features a variety of artists joining McCartney's long time band to perform songs from the bassist's legendary songwriting catalog.

Guests include Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, The Cure, The Who's Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, Dr John, Yusuf, Barry Gibb, Jamie Cullum, KISS, Chrissie Hynde, ELO's Jeff Lynne, and many more.

Watch the behind the scenes with Alice and listen to the full version of his cover of Eleanor Rigby here.

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Rancid Releases Video For Three New Songs
( Rather than get a few songs here and there over a few weeks or even months, Rancid fans got a triple shot of new music Monday evening. The band has released a video featuring three new songs from Honor Is All We Know, their eighth full-length set for release Oct. 27.

Of the album's 14 tracks, the new video features the band's signature sound on "Collision Course," title track "Honor Is All We Know" and the ska-inspired "Evil's My Friend."

Shot in black and white, the Bay Area punk band chose to stay far away from fancy visual effects in favor of a stripped-down performance on a David Letterman-esque sound stage, surrounded by stacks of amps.

Produced by Epitaph Records founder and Bad Religion member Brett Gurewitz, the new album was recorded in Los Angeles at Red Star Studios and The Boat, a studio owned by Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, known for its resemblance to beached double-decker houseboat with its porthole-style windows.

Watch the video here.

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Three Days Grace Reveal New Song 'I Am Machine'
(TeamRock Radio) Three Days Grace have launched a lyric video for the track I Am Machine. It was recorded during one of the band's studio sessions, where they are laying down tracks for their as-yet-untitled fifth album, which is marked for a March 2015 release.

The track features new frontman Matt Walst, who took over vocal duties following the departure of Adam Gontier in 2013. Walst joined from My Darkest Hour.

Drummer Neil Sanderson tells Loudwire: "As far as the record, it's almost done. It's turning out to be pretty heavy musically - a lot like our first couple of albums. I Am The Machine is hot off the press - we filmed ourselves during the recording process for the song."

Check out the video here.

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Original Judas Priest Singer Streams New Atkins May Project Song
(Classic Rock) Atkins May Project have made a track from their new album available to stream. Here Comes The Rain is taken from the group's third album Empire Of Destruction, out now via Gonzo Multimedia.

Atkins May Project features original Judas Priest singer Al Atkins. He is joined by guitarist and artist Paul May. May says: "Our first album, Serpents Kiss, set the benchmark for the second, Valley Of Shadows, a mature classic metal affair. That in turn set a much higher new benchmark for Empire Of Destruction, which has evolved into something I believe will stand the test of time, an to be album to proud of."

The first 1000 CDs comes with a limited-edition DVD. The version of Here Comes The Rain that has been made available for streaming is shorter than that which appears on the album.

Listen to the song here.

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Paul McCartney Releases New Wings Video
( Paul McCartney doesn't seem to like downtime. When he's not working on new music via making music videos and putting together a deluxe edition of last year's New, or working on even newer music via secret collaborations with Aerosmith's Joe Perry and possibly even Kanye West or video game soundtracks, he's curating his solo catalog via a series of reissues.

The next releases in the reissue series will be Wings' 1975 album Venus and Mars and 1976's At the Speed of Sound, and McCartney has just released a video for "Call Me Back Again" from the former album.

It's really more of a lyric video, with the words popping up on the screen alongside animation and archival photos of McCartney. Watch the new video here.

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Enchant Streaming Title Track From First Album in 10 Years
(TeamRock Radio) Enchant have streamed the title track of The Great Divide - their first album in 10 years. It follows the premiere of Within An Inch via Prog earlier this month.

Guitarist Douglass Ott's latest lineup features singer Ted Leonard (Spock's Beard), bassist Ed Platt, keyboardist Bill Jenkins (Sound Of Contact) and drummer Sean Flanegan (Cynthesis).

Ott says: "There was a time I was unsure of Enchant's future - but fear not. We're very excited and proud of this endeavour. It's classic Enchant, but with a bunch of new twists and turns. It's been a long time in the making, but it's surely worth the wait."

Listen to the new song here.

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Prog Supergroup Soen Release New Video
(Prog) Prog supergroup Soen have revealed a brand new video ahead of the release of their second album in November. The video for Tabula Rasa from the forthcoming Tellurian album was directed by Kirke Ailio Rodwell.

Soen guitarist Kim Platbarzdis says: "It is finally time for the first video from our forthcoming second album Tellurian to surface. The video features the song Tabula Rasa, and gives a glimpse into our common frustrations with the world, the way it's run today and how the effects of it exclude no one."

Tellurian, which is the successor to 2012's debut offering Cognitive FIN #32, is scheduled for release on November 3 via Spinefarm Records. Check out the new video here.

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Mark Lanegan Band Streaming New Song
(Classic Rock) The Mark Lanegan Band have made their new track "Harvest Home" available to stream and they have confirmed a run of UK dates for early next year.

Harvest Home is one of the 10 tracks that will appear on the group's upcoming new album Phantom Radio, due out on October 20 via Vagrant Recordings.

Former Screaming Trees frontman and long-time Queens Of The Stone Age collaborator Lanegan will bring his band to the UK and Ireland in January next year for 11 gigs as part of a wider European tour.

Check out the tour dates and stream the new song here.

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Singled Out: A is for Atom's Song For You
Today Mike Cykoski from A is for Atom tells us about the title track from their most recently EP "Song For You," which was released earlier this year. Here is the story:

"Song for You" is a song that that came about during the breakup of my marriage. It was one of the dramatic moments, I had never written a song for her was one of the reasons for her leaving. I usually get around to things in my own time, so I guess better late than never. It's not really meant as a cut down on her-more a meditation on my own procrastination and bad patterns in my past relationships. I really like the kind of smart-ass-ness of the song-"well take that, here's a song for you…and you're gone." I though it was a good title track for this EP because most of the songs are about difficult topics from my past disguised with deceivingly mundane titles, (and the line reappears at the end of "The White Dress")

I wrote it in my during my studies at NYU where it went through a lot of critiques, revisions, lyric changes, etc. Music school gave me more of a thick skin when it came to songwriting, and that song was maybe a little too personal, but it was really good that I did it.

That's where I met Julian Cassia, who produced the song and the EP. It was on the shelf for a while and we revised it again into its current version, funky bass line, swirling synths and kind of bare vocals. The guitar work from Julian is very good on the track, I like the Middle Eastern vibe of the first solo. The song is different live, where we've added more vocal harmonies and simplified some of the bass lines. It is a very fun song to play (and hopefully hear) live!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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