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Tom DeLonge may or may not have left Blink-182 "indefinitely". The other members of the band, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker, told fans on Monday that he had left the group but DeLonge issued a statement a few hours later that said he was still a member.
On Monday it was announced that Blink-182 would be headlining the Musink Tattoo & Music Festival in Costa Mesa, Ca in March and that Tom DeLonge would be replaced at the show with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba.
Blink-182 reportedly sent out a statement to several media outlets that said DeLonge "didn't want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors."
A few hours later a publicist for DeLonge issued the following statement that quoted him saying, "I never quit the band. Actually, I was on the phone discussing a possible Blink-182 event in New York City when I heard the 'news.' The ONLY truth here is that I have commitments that limit my availability this year."
Hoppus then spoke with Rolling Stone about the situation. He told RS, "I'll walk you through the past two years of Blink-182 history: For the past two years, we've been working with a bunch of different labels to try and get a record deal because the three of us collectively decided that we wanted to make a record with a partner. A few months ago, Travis has this festival that he is co-owner of and presenting and he asked Tom and I if we would play and we said, 'No problem.' At the end of December, we were finalizing our record deal and on Christmas Eve, all three of us signed the deal. We had been talking about where we wanted to record, what producers we want to use, what day we want to start. This is all through e-mail. I don't think either of us have spoken to Tom in person in months, but everything's been moving positively.
"We booked January 5th to go into the studio. On December 30th, we get an e-mail from Tom's manager saying that he has no interest in recording and that he wants to do his other, non-musical stuff and that he's out indefinitely. There's a flurry of e-mails going back and forth for clarification about the recording and the show and his manager sends [an e-mail] back saying, 'Tom. Is. Out.' Direct quote. This is the exact same e-mail we got back in 2004 when Tom went on indefinite hiatus before."
Hoppus was then asked "So from your point of view, there was no ambiguity?" and he responded, "Absolutely. Every single thing that we've heard from his camp - from e-mails from his manager to our production team - was, 'Tom is out indefinitely. For the foreseeable future, Tom is done.'"
Read the full interview here.
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Slipknot will be following up their Prepare For Hell Tour with Hatebreed this spring by launching the Summer's Last Stand tour that will feature Lamb Of God, Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless In White.
The newly announced trek is scheduled to kick off on July 24th in West Palm Beach, FL at the Cruzan Amphitheater and will conclude on September 5th in Dallas, TX at Gexa Energy Pavilion.
Slipknot are launching the tour in support of their new studio album ".5: The Gray Chapter." As previously reported, the band are currently on the European leg of their Prepare For Hell Tour and will be kicking off the North American spring leg with special guests Hatebreed on April 29th in Pensacola, FL Pensacola at the Bay Center and wrap up on May 16th in Grand Rapids, MI at the Van Andel Arena.
The band will also be taking part in music festivals across the globe beginning with the Soundwave Festival in late February and early March in Australia. This spring they have lineup a number of appearances in the U.S. including Fort Rock, Welcome to Rockville, Carolina Rebellion and more.
In early summer the band will head back to Europe to appear at several leading music festivals including Rock Am Ring in Germany, the Download Festival in the UK, Hellfest in France and more. See all of the upcoming tour dates here.
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(Radio.com) Muse have revealed new clues about their forthcoming seventh album. In a new Instagram clip posted Monday morning, the band plays a brief audio snippet with a military commander screaming threats at a soldier.
Labeled "Psychological Abuse," the verbal rant is all that can be heard of the song, yet we can assume it's the lead-in to a new song, as other faders are clearly marked, SFX, vocals, guitars, bass, drums, etc.
And that's not all. Pausing the clip reveals a video screen on the sound board displaying the song's recording information. Of course the artist is labeled Muse, but under "Album" a single word has been entered: Drones.
It's not known if 'Drones' is the new album title, as indicated, or merely the track playing at that moment
or something else entirely. But it appears to be a deliberate tidbit of information. More including the clip here.
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Gregg Allman has just wrapped up his first solo tour following the Allman Brothers Band retirement and now the southern rock legend has announced a new spring tour.
Billed as "An Evening with Gregg Allman," the new tour will be kicking off on March 13th in Northfield, OH at the Hard Rock Casino and concluding on May 9th with an appearance at Austin City Limits Live.
Allman's solo band will once again feature guitarist Scott Sharrard, Peter Levin on keys, drummer Steve Potts, percussionist Marc Quinones, bassist Ron Johnson and horn players Jay Collins, Art Edmaiston and Marc Franklin, according to Rolling Stone. Check out the tour dates here.
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(Classic Rock) Former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl is absent from upcoming Kurt Cobain documentary Montage Of Heck - but the film's director says that could still change.
Brett Morgen interviewed the Foo Fighters frontman for the film, but didn't have time to add it to the version shown at the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend.
He tells Billboard: "We had a locked print. Trying to re-edit a film with a new interview in 10 days is kind of difficult. This is the picture I wanted - I didn't want there to be a lot of people in the film."
But he adds: "I hope we'll see a version with Grohl some time." Read more here.
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(Classic Rock) Boston mastermind Tom Scholz has revealed his anger over the release of recent album Life, Love & Hope on vinyl - even though he'd refused to approve the master version.
The band mainman, songwriter and producer says he always intended to launch the follow-up to 2002's Corporate America on LP, but he wanted to make sure it matched his notoriously high standards.
Scholz says: "Time and money went into making analogue mixes of the album so that serious listeners could hear the origin sound, instead of the now-typical sound of vinyl cut from digital mixes.
"As the world has converted to digital even when it's a bad idea, the facilities available to master an album from analogue tape to vinyl have nearly all gone away. Those that remain are not equipped or maintained like rooms were 20 years ago.
"The end result for Boston was an unacceptable vinyl master that had clicks, static and dropouts during many of the quiet segues between cuts." Read more here.
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(hennemusic) Former Megadeth duo Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover have confirmed the addition of Shadows Fall bassist Matt Bachand to the lineup for their new band, which also includes former Scar The Martyr singr Henry Derek Bonner.
Both Broderick and Drover issued separate statements in late November - just hours apart - that they were leaving Megadeth to pursue their own musical interests.
"I have known Matt for 15 years now and he is a great musician, songwriter, singer and all around great person," says Drover. "To say I'm jacked up about having Matt with us is an understatement!"
The band have been writing material for their debut album. "All the songs have shaped up nicely and there is a lot of metal dynamics on these songs, overall," explains the drummer. "Some of them are flat-out thrash-speed metal, others are uptempo, but I can assure you it is all 100% HEAVY METAL. Those who know me know I have always been an advocate for the more aggressive metal stuff, so if you're expecting anything to the contrary on this record, you would be dead wrong."
The group will begin recording its debut album this weekend in Hartford, CT. Read more here.
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(Prog) Former Aphrodite's Child singer Demis Roussos - best known for his career as a solo artist - has died at the age of 68. He's confirmed to have passed away at the Hygeia Hospital in Athens, Greece, but his cause of death has not been reported.
Born and raised in Egypt, Roussos moved to Greece with his family and co-founded prog outfit Aphrodite's Child in 1967 alongside keyboardist Vangelis, drummer Loukas Sideras and guitarist Silver Koulouris.
The band received most acclaim for third album 666, released in 1972 - it regularly appears in lists of the best 100 prog albums of all time and received acclaim for fourth track The Four Horsemen. Read more here.
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Former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler has announced that he will be launching a North American tour this fall in support of his new solo album, "Tracker," which will be released on March 17th.
The North American tour is scheduled to kick off on September 10th in Vancouver, BC, Canada at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and conclude on October 31st in Fort Lauderdale, FL at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
The new album will be released in various formats including a standard CD, a double vinyl, a deluxe CD with four bonus tracks, digitally, as well as box set that will include CD and vinyl copy of the album, a bonus CD featuring six extra tracks, a DVD with an exclusive short film directed by Henrik Hansen and an interview with Mark. Amazon is taking preorders for some of the formats here.
Knopfler had this to say about the album, "The album title 'Tracker' arrived out of me trying to find my way over the decades. Out of me tracking time - looking at people, places and things from my past, and out of the process of tracking as in recording tracks in the studio." Check out the tour dates and the album track details here.
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2015 is shaping up to be a big year for Faith No More. Not only does the band plan to release their first studio album since 1997's "Album of the Year" but the group will be launching their first North American tour since 2010.
The North American tour will be kicking off on April 15th in Vancouver, BC at the PNE Forum and will be concluding on May 15th in Philadelphia, PA at the Electric Factory.
The band is currently finishing work on the new album, which they are planning to release in May via their new imprint Reclamation Recordings. Faith No More's Bill Gould is overseeing the production of the new effort.
He had this to say about the tour, "Here we go. First North American tour dates, some in cities we haven't played in over 17 years. We are armed with the new material and ready for whatever comes our way."
The band will release the album's second single "Superhero" as a limited edition 7" single on March 17th. It will be released digitally on March 31st. Check out the tour dates here.
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(Classic Rock) A rare guitar owned by Johnny Ramone has sold at auction in the US for $71,000. The red 1965 Mosrite Ventures V1, pictured, was one of nine Mosrites owned by the Ramones man who died in 2004 from prostate cancer. It's autographed "Best always, Johnny Ramone, 5/22/90." It was auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction.
Their executive VP Bobby Livingston says in a statement: "One of just nine Mosrite guitars owned by Johnny Ramone known to exist - it's not surprising that it was able to achieve such an impressive figure."
Auction notes indicate the instrument was the guitarist's chosen six-string for TV appearances in the 80s and had been modified by Ramone - with a new tremolo system and a DiMarzio FS-1 bridge pickup added. Read more here.
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(Classic Rock) Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo and Anthrax counterpart Charlie Benante have been named thrash legends. They were handed awards for their pioneering work in the genre at the annual Bonzo Bash, held in California to commemorate Led Zeppelin sticksman John Bonham.
Benante told an audience of fellow musicians: "This is such an honour. Why do we do it? We're drummers and we love it. If what we did or do inspires someone then that's the greatest."
Lombaro pointed out the pair's award plaques weren't as accurate as they could have been: "It says 'inspiring drumming since 1986.' My first album was released in 83. I'll take Charlie's because his says 84." Read more here.
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(Classic Rock) Phil X says he can't be himself when playing with Bon Jovi - and adds that he doesn't even try to be like the man he replaced. The guitarist - full name Philip Xenedis - stepped in for Richie Sambora in 2011 and again in 2013 when Sambora walked away for personal reasons. While he's loved every minute with Bon Jovi so far, Xenedis says he can't really be himself unless he's performing with his own band, The Drills.
Discussing his involvement in the upcoming film Hired Gun, Xenedis tells The Double Stop Podcast: "When you're a hired gun, your level of creative input is limited. Even when I toured with Bon Jovi, I couldn't be Richie, because I'm not. But I couldn't really be me, so I became this guy in the middle somewhere who was between the two.
"When I did the first 13 shows with Bon Jovi in 2011, on Sunday night I played in St Louis, it was the last show. Jon asked me to sing the last verse of Wanted Dead Or Alive and it was in front of 20,000 people. When I came home on Friday, I played at The Roxy with The Drills. And to me it was as exciting - 200 people, my songs, doing my thing, with people in the front freaking out." Read more here.
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(TeamRock Radio) West Yorkshire's Paradise Lost have announced details of the bands 14th studio album, the follow-up to 2012's Tragic Idol. The Plague Within was recorded with Jaimie Gomez Arellano, who's previously worked with Ghost BC, Ulver, Cathedral and Angel Witch.
"We wanted to approach the new album differently this time by embracing the band's VERY early days, "says Nick Holmes. "We have written a very dark, yet melodic album, but this time many songs definitely have a death metal edge, which is something we haven't done for a long long time in Paradise Lost."
Last year, keyboardist Adrian Erlandsson hinted that the album might herald a return to the growling vocal delivery of the band's early releases. Read more here.
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(Classic Rock) Former Accept frontman Udo Dirkschneider says the band's current lineup play "without emotion." The singer - who's working with his new group UDO - declined to take part in Accept's 2009 reunion, and he was replaced by Mark Tornillo who has been with the band since.
And Dirkschneider says that what he has seen of the band with Tornillo at the helm has left him "disappointed." He tells the Lokaos Rock Show: "I was watching a show of Accept in Hamburg, and I was a little bit disappointed. It was without any emotion.
"For me, there was no band on stage. Playing-wise, it was okay, but it was without any emotion. It was automatic - like, do it and then go." Read more and stream the interview here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Pomona hardcore quintet Xibalba release their brand new album 'Tierra Y Libertad' this week and TeamRock are offering up a full stream of the album online.
The band's follow-up to 2012' Hasta La Muerte was recorded at The Pit studio in Van Nuys and produced by Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues, Disgrace).
Artist Dan Seagrave, the man responsible for Dismember, Entombed and Suffocation's album artwork, was commissioned to paint the cover for their third full-length release.
Check out the album and artwork here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Noel Gallagher says he'd only take part in an Oasis reunion for the money - but he's not sure he'll ever be asked. The band split in 2009 after relations collapsed between he and brother Liam.
Now Noel, who's poised to release his second High Flying Birds album Chasing Yesterday, tells Q: "Nobody has made us an offer. I've been in the same room as Liam and even then nobody's said, 'Weren't Oasis great? You should reform. But if I was ever going to do it, it would only be for the money."
He insists his comments don't mean he's "putting it out there" and adds: "Would I do it for charity? No way - we're not that kind of people. For Glastonbury? I don't think they've got enough money." Read more here.
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(Classic Rock) Joe Lynn Turner has announced he'll launch his intimate acoustic tour An Evening With... on April 1 in Edinburgh. The singer will perform songs from his extensive 30-plus-year career - which includes stints with Fandango, Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen, Deep Purple, Mother's Army, Brazen Abbot, Sunstorm and more.
Turner says: "It's been quite some time since I have visited the UK and Northern Ireland to see all of my friends and fans. I'm really looking forward to having such an intimate situation with Q & A and an acoustic set of songs. These shows will be very special indeed. See you all soon!"
Turner hinted last summer that a Rainbow reunion could be in the works, later adding the scenario would allow the band to go out "in a blaze of glory." Check out the tour dates here.
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(Gibson) Current KISS lead guitar player Tommy Thayer will be getting his own Epiphone Signature Model Les Paul this spring. The new guitar has a solid mahogany body with a plain maple veneer top finished in metallic white, offset by a chrome pickguard and chrome hardware.
Tommy has chosen to carry on the 'white and chrome' look by choosing a while Seymour Duncan JB humbucker for the bridge and a chrome Duncan humbucker for the neck position.
"My new 2015 signature model is the pinnacle of looks, style and flash," Tommy says. "I'm proud to put my name on a serious guitar that can be enjoyed at home or rock the biggest stages in the world."
The Limited Edition Tommy Thayer 2015 Signature Les Paul Outfit is released in Spring 2015, and includes a custom hard case, an "Inspired by" Custom Studded Leather Strap just like Tommy's original, a Hand Signed Certificate of Authenticity, a binder with certificate and official photograph, and Epiphone accessories including a user's manual, Epiphone poster, Epiphone bumper sticker, and more. See the guitar here.
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(Classic Rock) English prog outfit Cranium Pie have confirmed their next album will be entitled Mechanisms Part 2. The double-length work will be launched via Fruits de Mer on March 30. It's the follow-up to 2012's Mechanisms Part 1.
The album, which is described as being "reminiscent of late 60s/early 70s keyboard-driven progressive rock," contains four tracks, each one taking up a full side of the vinyl edition.
Cranium Pie say of the concept: "Bravely the last band on Earth clung to survival, transmitting their messages of hope over the short waves to any listener alive. Entombed in their subterranean domain, they made recordings using broken equipment salvaged from the museum of hospital radio.
More including a trailer video here.
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(Classic Rock) Veteran drummer Vinny Appice has recalled playing with Ronnie James Dio and John Lennon on their last ever shows. He's revealed that when Dio brought him into Black Sabbath for 1981's Mob Rules, the first track he played was Sabbath's Neon Knights - which was also the last song he played live with the iconic singer before his death in 2010.
Appice tells The Classic Metal Show: "Before I met Black Sabbath I met Tony Iommi the night before. The next day I went down to the rehearsal studio and I met Ronnie, Geezer Butler, Geoff Nicholls on keyboards and Tony again.
"The first song we played was Neon Knights - the first song I ever played with Ronnie and the last song I ever played with Ronnie. It's a weird trip between 30-something years from the first time to the last."
He only recently discovered that he was also behind the kit for Lennon's last-ever performance, shortly before his murder in 1980. Appice says: "We did the show at the Hilton and it was a live worldwide telecast. That was his last appearance ever - and I f***ing played on it. I didn't know that until a magazine called Guitar Aficionado came out last year." Stream the full interview here.
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(Classic Rock) An angry mother in Tennessee has exploded with fury after claiming the tail lights of a local school bus are pentagrams. She saw the patterns in the LED cluster behind the red circular casings, took a photo, and has demanded action from Durham School Services in Cordova - partly because she says Christians aren't allowed to display crosses on vehicles.
WMC Action News 5 reports: "Anyone who fears a God, if not God and Jesus Christ, should be outraged. If you can't put a cross on there, you can't put a pentagram on it."
The news service says they won't reveal her name because she's "getting death threats for her views." Education bosses haven't commented. Read more and see the photo of the lights here.
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(hennemusic) Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington is sharing photos following surgery on his leg, an injury that forced the cancellation of the remaining North American dates on The Hunting Party winter tour.
"Headed into surgery in an hour. Ass kicking will commence in 6 weeks," tweeted the singer on Jan 20, followed by a first post-op image of his foot in a cast. "I will now set off metal detectors everywhere."
On January 23, Bennington posted a photo while getting some fresh air outside in a wheelchair. "First ray of sunshine since the surgery. Thank you to everyone for all your support and well wishes."
On Monday, the rocker posted "Looking at my ankle for the first time since the surgery. IT LOOKS INSANE!!!!" and tweeted two pictures of the scars from the leg surgery.
"Lookin good," he wrote, adding, "Thanks for stopping at the tattoo Doc." Check out the photos here.
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(Prog) Mastodon's Troy Sanders says the band managed to be catchy without being cheesy on their latest album. The singer and bass player says last year's release Once More 'Round The Sun is more melodic than much of their previous work and that it was a conscious decision to go for hook-laden songs this time out.
But they were careful not to veer into cheesy territory. Sanders tells SpazioRock: "We've tried to incorporate more melody - not only guitar-wise, but vocal melodies and vocal harmonies and vocal patterns that really are catchy. Like hooks that bring you in and make a song more memorable.
"So we did spend more time and effort on trying to find those right vocal moments for this new record without cheating the song's music itself. You can find vocal patterns that are catchy and meaningful to the song without just being cheesy about it and singing for the sake of not screaming. We're always trying to be better songwriters, and just continue to evolve and make songs that don't sound like the last song we wrote." Read more here.
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(Prog) Jon Anderson has released a 40-minute audio documentary in which he explores the musical journey of his life. The former Yes frontman discusses how he was inspired by classical composers including Mozart, Delius and Greig, saying of Stravinsky: "I wanted to know how he did that - how did he manage to put all that together? I began playing piano."
He continues by talking about his adventures in Indonesia and China, discovering a gamelan music school, explorations in Bali and other journeys. Reflecting on how one's music will last far beyond one's life, Anderson says he'd love it if, some time in the future, a group of young musicians get together and say: "Let's do what Yes did - let's play their music and see what it would sound like now. That would be cool."
The Mysteries Of Music documentary includes Yes masterpiece Awaken along with many samples of music that's meant something to him over the years. Stream the documentary here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Cancer Bats have posted a video for their new single, 'True Zero'. The track is taken from the Toronto quartet's forthcoming album, Searching For Zero, which was produced by Ross Robinson (Slipknot, Korn, At The Drive In).
Frontman Liam Cormier recently told Metal Hammer about Robinson's infamous recording techniques, which included throwing objects at the singer's head while he was in the vocal booth.
Said Liam: "It was fun to go to work in a war zone! He only throws stuff when things are going well. It's part of the energy that he brings and you're stoked that he's throwing stuff at you while you're recording because that means everyone is killing it. He's not throwing a Coke can at your head because you suck!"
Watch the video here.
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(Classic Rock) Black Star Riders duo Ricky Warwick and Damon Johnson have spoken of their Thin Lizzy legacy and their love of Motorhead mainman Lemmy. The Lizzy offshoot men share their thoughts in a Q&A session ahead of the release of their second album The Killer Instinct, out on February 23 via Nuclear Blast.
Guitarist Johnson says: "I think that the Lizzy faithful have been incredibly supportive of this band doing two things. Creating brand new music, and continuing to celebrate and honour the spirit that was Phil Lynott, that was Thin Lizzy - and that is Thin Lizzy because Lizzy lives on in all of the fans, and in Scott Gorham for sure."
Asked about last year's split with bassist Marco Mendoza - who was replaced by Robbie Crane - the pair say they remain good friends with Mendoza. "Marco is our boy, he's our brother," Johnson reports. Read more and stream the full Q&A here.
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(Classic Rock) Uli Jon Roth says the songs he's written throughout his career are like his "children." The guitar icon releases Scorpions Revisited on March 10 via UDR, an album for which he has re-recorded a number tracks he helped write while working with the German metal band.
And he says going back to those old songs - originally recorded in the 1970s - was an enjoyable experience both in the studio and on the road with his band.
Roth tells LA Weekly: "When you're a songwriter, composer, your songs are a little bit like your children, and these are basically very, very old children of mine.
"They've grown up. They've gone through a lot of changes. They've seen a lot, and I still feel connected. Some more so than others, but particularly when we were recording them and playing them on tour, I felt very much connected.
"It was as if we've never been apart. But we have been apart because there was a very long stretch of time where I did not listen to them or play them live." Read more here.
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(Prog) The Sirens have launched a live video of their track Fearless. It's the third release from the collaboration between The Gathering's Anneke van Giersbergen, The 3rd And The Mortal's Kari Rueslatten and Leaves' Eyes and The Theatre Of Tragedy's Liv Kristine.
Kristine revealed the project came about following a chance meeting with van Giersbergen at the Masters Of Rock festival in the Czech Republic in 2013.
She said: "We only had a few minutes to talk between our gigs but we agreed that we should get together and tour. Anneke told me she had just talked to Kari and that was the 'go' for The Sirens."
The group head to South America later this week for shows in Mexico, Chile and Brazil. Watch the video here.
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Today Erik Olson from Lord Dying tells us about the song "A Wound Outside of Time" from their brand new album "Poisoned Altars," which was released this week. Here is the story:
"A Wound Outside of Time" is a personal piece about struggling with alcohol addiction and the madness that comes along with it. Something I have struggled with for the better part of the last 14 years or so. While it might come across seeming pretty dark I like to think the listener can also discover a sense of hope.
The lyrics for the song were written while we were in the studio. I was terribly unprepared as usual and in between Chris' guitar over dubs Joel told me that next thing was my vocals for 'Wound' and I was like oh sh*t! I've still gotta go write the lyrics!" So I jotted down what first came to mind.
The song was written while we were working on a handful of songs for 'Poisoned Altars', but this one came really fast. I wrote a couple of riffs and then showed them to Chris and then we realized the structure was there. We always wanted to write a few songs that were short and catchy. There really aren't enough of those out there in the metal world, this was our attempt.
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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