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Avenged Sevenfold Stream New Song And EP Coming This Week

Avenged Sevenfold fans can now rock out to a brand new song and they will soon be able to do the same while playing the forthcoming Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 game.

The band have released their new single "Mad Hatter", which is the lead track to their forthcoming "Black Reign" EP (out this Friday) which features the four tracks the band collaborated with for Black Ops. The new game hits on October 12th.

Frontman vocalist M. Shadows had this to say, "Black Ops 4 looks insane and is something completely new for fans, so we felt that we should take a similar leap with the music and go for something bigger, darker and more cerebral." Check out the song here.

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KISS To Rock America's Got Talent Finale

(hennemusic) KISS will open the season 13 finale of NBC-TV's America's Got Talent on Wednesday, September 19. The two-hour event will determine the winner among 10 finalists as they battle for $1 million in prize money and a chance to headline at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

Among the finalists are magician Shin Lim, singer Michael Ketterer, aerial dance group Zurcaroh, Duo Transcend (aerialists), comedians Samuel J. Comroe and Vicki Barbolak, singer Daniel Emmet, violinist Brian King Joseph, singer Glennis Grace, comedienne Vicki Barbolak, and singer Courtney Hadwin.

Hosted by Tyra Banks, the series includes a judging panel of Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel. The America's Got Talent finale will be broadast September 19 starting at 8 p.m. ET on the NBC television network. here.

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Slash Streaming New Song 'My Antidote'

(hennemusic) Slash ft. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators are streaming the track "My Antidote" as the latest preview to the September 21 release of their new album, "Living The Dream."

The song was one of five tunes that saw their live debut during an exclusive show for SiriusXM listeners at the famed Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, CA on September 11 that served as the unofficial launch of the band's fall tour of North America.

An appearance on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Livc the next night was followed by the official opening night gig on September 13 at the Whisky as Slash and the group - vocalist Myles Kennedy, drummer Brent Fitz, bassist Todd Kerns and guitarist Frank Sidoris - returned to the live concert stage.

The band will follow the fall series with an early 2019 tour of the UK and Europe; the six-week, 21-show run - which will open in Offenbach, Germany on February 7 - will include four UK stops before it wraps up in Lisbon, Portugal on March 15. Check out the song here.

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The Cranberries To End With Final Album Following Dolores' Death

The Cranberries were hit with tragedy back in January when frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan died suddenly. The band revealed that they plan to release their final album before putting an end to the band.

The band was working on the follow up to their 2017 effort "Something Else" when Dolores died but the band has continued work on the effort that they hope to release next year.

Guitarist Noel Hogan spoke with The Guardian and revealed the following about the album, "Dolores had an awful lot going on and she was on a roll of being able to write.

"Lyrically, the new album is very strong. She always said she found it hard to write songs when she was happy. She always said, put a bit of misery in her life and it was easier. We will do this album and then that will be it. There is no need to continue."

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Black Star Riders Replacing Guitarist With Stone Sour Star

(hennemusic) Black Star Riders have announced a change in the band's lineup. Guitarist Damon Johnson has decided to part company with the group at the end of the year to concentrate on a solo career and session work; he'll be replaced by Christian Martucci from Stone Sour at the start of 2019.

"3 excellent albums in 6 years with this great band is one of the proudest achievements of my career, and it has been glorious," explains Johnson. "My family and I have decided to focus our efforts into growing my solo career and I'm excited to be home more to take advantage of working and writing in Nashville. Though I'm moving on from BSR, I will continue to work with Ricky in 'Warwick Johnson', and plan on being a part of any Thin Lizzy commitments in the future. Much love and continued success to the entire band and to the incredible Black Star Riders fans worldwide."

"I just want to thank Damon for being part of the band and three great records together and I wish him all the best," says Scott Gorham. "For BSR it's onwards and upwards!"

Martucci was selected for Black Star Riders duty following a series of auditions by the group in Los Angeles last month.

"As a fan who's been inspired by their music, it's an honor and privilege to be a part of Black Star Riders," states Martucci. "I'm really looking forward to this!"

"Christian Martucci is a sonic force of nature, an insanely talented guitar player and a wonderful human being and I'm delighted he has become part of the BSR family," adds Warwick. "His musical pedigree speaks for itself. He will be an amazing addition to Black Star Riders, bringing a new edge and dynamic presence to the band. I eagerly look forward to writing, recording album number 4 and touring the world with him, Robert, Scott and Chad. The best way to predict the future is to go and create it. The best is yet to come!" Read more here.

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Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Announces A Life In Music Events

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi will be the featured guest at a pair of upcoming UK interview events next month that will be billed as "Tony Iommi With Phil Alexander: A Life In Music".

At the special events fans will see Iommi in conversation with respected journalist and broadcaster Phil Alexander at the Paisley Town Hall in Paisley, Scotland on Friday, October 12 and at Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, Scotland on Saturday, October 13.

"I'm really looking forward to spilling the beans with Phil Alexander at our 'A Life In Music' shows," says Iommi. "I've known and worked with Phil for a long time and he probably knows more about my career than I do! He's got a great sense of humor and, combined with a nose for every last detail, it'll be fun delving into all periods of my career."

Iommi and Alexander have crossed paths through the years as part of the journalist's career in print, radio, TV and online, including stints as editor of Kerrang! and editor-in-chief for Mojo before being appointed global creative director of Kerrang! magazine and Rock Music Media. Read more here.

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Metallica Release Dreamy Live Video

(hennemusic) Metallica performed the "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" track, "Dream No More", at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND on September 8, and the band are streaming professional footage from the event.

The 2016 record debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 to deliver the group their sixth US chart-topper. The set was named Top Rock Album at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, and was shut out at the 2018 Grammy Awards, where it had two nominations: for Best Rock Song ("Atlas, Rise!") and Best Rock Album; the latest recognition marked Metallica's 22nd and 23rd Grammy nominations, while the band have won nine times since 1989.

During their current fall tour of North America, Metallica will release multiple 30th anniversary editions of their 1988 album, "...And Justice For All", on November 2. Watch the video here.

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Clutch Score Their Biggest Chart Hit With Book Of Bad Decisions

(hennemusic) Clutch have scored their highest-ever UK chart placement as "Book Of Bad Decisions" debuts at No. 13 in the country, according to the Official Charts Company.

The achievement tops a No. 20 spot for the Maryland outfit's previous set, "Psychic Warfare", and a large jump from the No. 50 peak of 2013's "Earth Rocker."

Clutch recorded "Book Of Bad Decisions" at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, TN with producer Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton, The Raconteurs).

"I think probably naming the record is the most difficult thing for us," explains drummer Jean Paul Gaster. "The title of a record really kinda sets the tone for how the listener is going to have their first impression of that album."

"It's a hand-wringing exercise," adds singer Neil Fallon. "It's like naming a child: you go back and forth, what's good and what's bad. Me personally, I was always kind of reluctant to name it after a song because it kind of catapults that song into a limelight.

"But, thinking about it, 'Book Of Bad Decisions' really grew on me because it implies that somehow every song is sort of a chapter in this book of bad decisions." here.

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Ann Wilson To Play Jimmy Kimmel

(hennemusic) Ann Wilson of Heart will perform on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday, September 19th to promote her newly-released covers album, "Immortal".

The album sees the rocker deliver a diverse set of tracks that pay homage to some of her favorite songs and artists, all of whom have passed away in recent years - including tracks by David Bowie, Tom Petty, Chris Cornell, The Eagles and more.

"The original working titles evolved as the concept for the album evolved, a little bit at a time," explains Wilson. "As my understanding of what I had undertaken grew and clarified, I realized a larger truth; that the souls may have departed but the songs will forever be their resonances.

"These are the poets of our time and their expressions must be handed down. Poetry is lasting and elemental like carvings in rock." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Compass & Cavern's Play Your Cards Right

Denver alternative rock duo Compass & Cavern just released a new track called "Play Your Cards Right" and to celebrate we asked Will Timbers to tell us about the song. Here is the story:

I (Will) was in the middle of an especially bad period of writer's block. I hadn't written a song in months, and barely felt passionate about anything specific to even attempt writing. So I tried a new technique. I got my loop pedal to create a background effect with bell-like sounds from my guitar. I started playing harmonics at random times in a short loop, but I didn't get the chaotic sound I imagined - instead, I had four notes that were extremely ordered. It was a cool, unusual order of notes that fit perfectly into a 7/8 feel. That ended up being the main hook in Play Your Cards Right (the one that comes in at 0:11), with the lead synth doubling the part. I even named early demos of the song "Harmonic Loop" because it helped me remember it.

I kept the loop going and started playing chords over it until I came up with the chorus. I loved the idea of going from this sweet, bell-like sound to a wall of aggressive, distorted guitars, so I went with some heavy, low chords. One of my favorite tricks to make a guitar sound enormous is to play power chords on the A string with the low 5th on the E string. Guitarists will know what I'm talking about here! Through the magic of the physics of sound, this makes the guitar sound like it's hitting the root note an octave lower, but it doesn't actually seem to crowd the bass frequencies. 311 introduced me to the idea first, and it was perfect for the huge chorus I was imagining for this song.

When I had the chords down, I started playing around with melodies. I wanted something to match the aggression of the guitars, so I tried out melodies higher in my range. I came up with the melody and the line "how do you sleep at night" almost simultaneously because of how well the two fit together. There's something about those words that worked with the rhythm and notes, and my vocal range specifically, so I kept them. I ended up writing all of the lyrics around that one line.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!

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