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(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin have filed a response in a federal court in California to a copyright lawsuit over the creation of their 1971 classic, "Stairway To Heaven."
The suit - brought by the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California and members of the band - claims the acoustic introduction to "Stairway" was lifted from their 1968 instrumental, "Taurus."
The Wrap reports Led Zeppelin's response is light on detail, mostly denying the allegations or claiming insufficient knowledge to answer them. "Answering paragraph 11 of the First Amended Complaint, including the First Amended Complaint's footnote 1, Defendants admit that Led Zeppelin has been called one of the greatest bands in history and its members were and are exceptionally talented," the group's answer reads, "but otherwise deny each and every allegation contained in paragraph 11 of the First Amended Complaint."
The group admit to playing shows with Spirit on their first US tour - where the Los Angeles band claims Jimmy Page was exposed to "Taurus" - and to using part of the Spirit song 'Fresh Garbage" in a medley they performed during some concerts in 1968 and 1969. Read more
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Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager Sharon Osbourne "collapsed from mental and physical fatigue" at her home on Friday and will be taking a month off from the CBS talk show "The Talk", according to Variety.
"Her doctors report that she is suffering from 'extreme exhaustion' and assessed that she most likely returned to work too soon after being hospitalized recently for pneumonia," a representative for Osbourne said.
"Sharon has been advised and has agreed to to take a month hiatus to recover fully from these recent events. Sharon would like to thank everyone at The Talk for granting her this time off and to all friends, family and others for their incredible support." Read the report
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(Classic Rock) Scott Weiland is "still technically" a member of supergroup Art Of Anarchy, according to guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal. The former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman has repeatedly denied he ever joined the group and insists he was hired as a session singer and songwriter only.
Thal previously suggested the group could tour with another vocalist, but he now appears to be clinging on to hope that Weiland could still return to the fold - despite the singer describing it as a "scam".
Thal tells Revolver: "Art Of Anarchy hasn't received any official written communication that Weiland is no longer the lead singer of Art Of Anarchy. There are certain legal steps you'd need to take in order to officially leave a band. We've been offered great touring opportunities with Scott on board even before the record's been released.
"He's still technically in the band, and that all needs to be addressed. We're keeping every option and door open. Aside from Scott, all the band members are on board for getting on stage with this. As for with who - stay tuned." Read more
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(Prog) A man died after falling from an overhead walkway onto protruding metal rods at a Chevelle concert. Kyle Kirchhoff, 24, was at the band's show in Chicago, USA, on Friday night when the accident took place. According to the Chicago Tribune, Kirchhoff died at the scene at around 10.20pm.
The Tribune reports that Kirchhoff was with two friends at the Aragon Ballroom's second-floor balcony when they wandered through a door and found their way to a catwalk where they were able to watch the show.
After a while, his friends noticed Kirchhoff wasn't with them and they found his body below. He had fallen around eight feet onto two metal rods which wounded his chest.
The show was stopped and he was taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10.54pm. On their Facebook page, Chevelle say: "To our fans, as you may or may not have heard, an extremely unfortunate event occurred at our show in Chicago Friday night.
"We were asked by police to stop our set so that the authorities could tend to an injured fan. Once the severity of the accident was determined, the authorities cleared out the venue to give them time to investigate." Read more
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(Classic Rock) Slayer have confirmed their 11th album is called Repentless - after a song inspired by late guitarist Jeff Hanneman - and it'll be released via Nuclear Blast on September 11.
It's their first record since Hanneman's death in 2013, with Exodus' Gary Holt in his place. It's also the first since splitting with drummer Dave Lombardo earlier that year, and bringing back Paul Bostaph.
Kerry King spoke about the album with Metal Hammer for their cover interview of their current issue (no 270). "There's a couple of songs that are going to be on it that the fans might know," he said. "'Atrocity Vendor' was released in the States on the B-side of some single, so now it's 'Atrocity Vendor 2015'. It's completely re-recorded. It's got new leads, new vocals, Paul playing drums ... it's pretty cool. There's a brand new version of 'Implode' on there. The version of 'When The Stillness Comes' is brand new compared to the single [that's already] out."
He continued: "The first song is called 'Repentless' and that one's pretty much... I call it the Hannemanthem! I wrote that for Jeff. Oh, dude, it's fast as f***. You don't know what the f***'s coming! A song called 'Vices' is on there somewhere. It's super heavy. It'll pummel you in the face. 'Take Control''s another fast one. 'Cast The First Stone''s another heavy one."
King added: "There's 12 songs on it, one being the intro, one being 'Implode', one being 'Atrocity Vendor' and one being 'When The Stillness Comes', but every version of those songs you may have heard before is different, so I think that's cool, but I also wanted them to be part of a collection. I like the finality of songs belonging on a record. It's probably about 40 or 45 minutes, maybe less. We did 'God Hates Us All' and we put every song we had at the time on the record because that was the trendy thing to do, but as soon as we did that, I vowed never to do it again. I grew up with 10-song albums."
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The Rolling Stones launched their 15-city North American ZIP CODE stadium tour with a sold out show in San Diego at Petco Park on Sunday night, May 24th.
The band kicked off their set with "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (see a video clip here) and the show included lead vocals from guitarist Keith Richards on "Slipping Away" and "Before They Make Me Run", according to the tracklisting on their official website.
The Stones were also joined on stage for the performance of "Bitch" by the show's opening act Gary Clark Jr. Other hits in the set included "Gimme Shelter", "Paint It Black", "Brown Sugar," "Miss You," "Start Me Up," "Sympathy For The Devil" and the encores "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction".
Check out the set list here.
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(Classic Rock) Drummer Mac Poole - who once turned down the chance to join Led Zeppelin - has died after a battle with cancer. The well-travelled sticksman from Birmingham, England, played with a host of bands and was a well-known face in the burgeoning music scene of the 60s and 70s. As well as stints with The Dangerfield Band, Warhorse and Gong, he also played with Big Bertha, Marsha Hunt, Hungry Heart and Nick Simper's Fandango.
Poole apparently had links to Led Zep in their early days, but did not join when offered the chance. He also played in a band called Magill, along with Hawkwind's Huw Lloyd-Langton. He passed away on Thursday,
Poole's friend Paul Greens says via Facebook: "He was a friend for well over 30 years, a great drummer who would help me out time and time again. We had some great gigs together. From the 70s at the Midland, Dangerfield/Greenie Allstars in the 80s, The Solid Gold gigs in the 90s and The Honeycombs after the millennium. RIP mate, you need the rest. I will miss him terribly." Read more
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(Classic Rock) Clutch bassist Dan Maines has left the band's current tour with Mastodon to be with his partner as she gives birth. The band confirmed in an Instagram post that Maines has returned home to Maryland and that Fu Manchu's Brad Davis will fill in for the remaining few dates of the joint US tour.
Davis was on bass duties at last night's show in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and will also be on board for the show in Columbus, Ohio. Clutch are due to fly to Europe for a string of dates, starting with an appearance at Rock Im Park in Nuremberg, Germany, on June 5.
A video of Davis was uploaded to Instagram, along with the caption: "Dan had to bolt back to Maryland and have a baby. So Brad Davis of Fu Manchu was kind enough to lend his skills and bring this tour on home. His warm up routine is a bit different than Dan's." Watch the video
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(Classic Rock) Geezer Butler says he has "no idea" if Black Sabbath's final tour will ever happen. The bassist and guitarist Tony Iommi reunited with estranged drummer Bill Ward at last Thursday's Ivor Novello Awards in London where the band were given the Lifetime Achievement Award. Singer Ozzy Osbourne was not at the ceremony.
Months after Osbourne's wife and manager Sharon Osbourne said the band would play their "farewell show" at Ozzfest Japan in November, that appearance was then cancelled and Ozzy suggested a final tour and album would be coming in 2016.
However, Butler is not entirely convinced. Saying he has "no idea" if it will happen, he tells the NME: "I'd love to keep going, I'd desperately want to keep going before I kick the bucket."
Iommi adds: "It'd be lovely to do a last tour, it'd be really nice to do that." Read more
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(Classic Rock) Lollapalooza organizer Perry Farrell says he was " very angry" when this year's headliners Metallica played his festival for the first time back in 1996 but is now "honored" to have them play the festival.
The Jane's Addiction frontman tells Rolling Stone: "I was very angry the first time they played Lollapalooza," he admits. "I helped create the genre alternative, and alternative was against hair metal, teased-out hair, spandex, bullsh*t rock music.
"Metallica, in my estimation at that time, wasn't my thing. I was into alternative and punk and underground. My friends were Henry Rollins and Gibby Haynes and Ice-T."
He has now changed his tune: "[Metallica was] not the first group that I didn't want to play Lollapalooza, because I have an obligation to my patrons. I'm all about genuine, authentic, heartfelt, the real deal," he says. "So I was not sure about Metallica back in those days. It's my f***ing party and I'll have who I want." Now he says, "I like their music." Read more
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(TeamRock Radio) Wild weather at the Rocklahoma festival led to scheduled performances by Linkin Park and Volbeat being cancelled for the second day of the festival this past weekend.
Thunder, lightning and heavy rain at the site in Pryor, Oklahoma, left organisers with no choice but to evacuate the area and call off Saturday night's planned sets.
Anthrax and Halestorm were among the bands who played on day two of the festival before the weather intervened. Organizers said on Saturday evening: "Due to the continued inclement weather in Pryor, we will be cancelling the rest of the bands scheduled to perform tonight. We want all our patrons to stay safe, so if you are on-site camping, we encourage you to stay at your campground." Read more
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(hennemusic) Gregg Allman is sharing video of "One Way Out" as a preview to his forthcoming release, "Live: Back To Macon, GA." Due August 7, the project captures Allman and his solo band live in concert on January 14, 2014 at the city's Grand Opera House, a 1,000 seat venue that was built in 1884.
The singer was joined by guitarist Scott Sharrard, bassist Ron Johnson, keyboardist Ben Stivers, drummer Steve Potts, Allman Brothers veteran Marc Quinones on percussion, saxophonists Jay Collins and Art Edmaiston and Dennis Marion on trumpet.
The band was also joined by special guest and Gregg's son, Devon Allman. "Macon has a very special place in my heart," says Gregg. "To go back there and play this show was heavy, and to be on stage there with Devon, made it even heavier. The whole thing made me very proud."
The live record features a mix of solo tunes, Allman Brothers Band tracks and covers. Allman will launch a summer tour at the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, TN, on June 12, and he'll be joined by The Doobie Brothers for some dates late in the trek. Check out the video and the tracklisting
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(Classic Rock) Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley says he would have "made it" whether or not he joined the band. Space Ace, who had two spells in KISS before his final show with the band in 2002, says his perseverance and desire to be a musician were always going to see him reach the heights.
Asked what advice he would give to young musicians, Frehley tells Music Business Facts: "Practice, practice and more practice. And never give up - persevere. I always believed that even if I wouldn't have joined KISS, I would have joined another supergroup and made it."
Frehley, who released his latest solo album Space Invader last year, adds that he isn't bothered by current Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer wearing his Spaceman makeup - so long as he keeps getting paid for it. Read more
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(Classic Rock) Mark Slaughter says he was asked to write for Velvet Revolver when the band were auditioning for lead singers in 2002. But Slaughter, who released his debut solo album Reflections In A Rear View Mirror earlier this year, says while the project would have been "really cool" it wasn't right for him.
He tells Totally Driven Radio: "When Guns N' Roses flew apart and they were about to start Velvet Revolver, I was sent a song. I wrote a verse and a chorus and sent it back for that gig but the truth of the matter is that these guys have a kind of Hollywood, rock 'n' roll thing and I'm the milk and cookies of the whole era. It really didn't fit but the music was really interesting and that would have been a really cool thing if it would have flown."
He says Great White also expressed an interest in acquiring his talents and reports he could have been in place for Vinnie Vincent Invasion's debut in 1986 instead of Robert Fleischman. Read more
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(Classic Rock) Rob Halford says he has always strived to deliver a "message" in his lyrics. The Judas Priest frontman says he takes great pride in the words he writes and believes that helps the songs live on.
Discussing the 30th anniversary of classic Priest album Defenders Of The Faith, Halford tells Goldmine: "I've always felt that it is my role in Priest to have a message, whether it be of any great value, or if it is just entertaining.
"Because I am an avid book reader and I love movies, I just love every aspect of the arts. Visually, I find them very stimulating as a lyricist. I had a blast on that record writing about vampires and sentinels and then jawbreakers.
"The fans love that record so much. We played some of the songs in Brisbane and the Aussies were going mental for it. A lot of young metal fans were there as well. I was looking out into the crowd and there were a lot of metalheads in their teens going crazy for a record that was there long before they were." Read more
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(hennemusic) U2 were joined by fan when they performed the rarely-played "In God's Country" during their concert in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday. Rolling Stone reports the group was all set to play "The Sweetest Thing" on the B stage until Bono stopped them.
"This guy I met earlier asked us to try 'In God's Country,'" he said. "Let's try a little of it." As The Edge worked out the chords of a tune he hadn't played in 14 years, Bono looked around the floor for the fan. "Are you the dude? "Do you know the chords?"
The fan was brought onstage, outfitted with an acoustic guitar and - with some help from Bono - started the song that was last done a handful of times in 2001, but hasn't been part of the regular setlist since 1987's Joshua Tree tour. Read more and watch video of the performance
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(The Blues) Mavis Staples and JJ Grey are among the guests on the 11th album by New Orleans collective Galactic. Into The Deep will be released on July 17 via Mascot Label Group, and follows 2012's Carnivale Electronicos.
The band drew inspiration from people and ideas close to their hearts. Robert Mercurio says: "We look for uniqueness and a quality that makes the people we collaborate with distinctively who they are."
Into The Deep was produced and arranged by Ellman Mercurio (bass), who was joined in the studio by longtime guitarist Jeff Raines, keyboardist Rich Vogel and drummer Stanton Moore. Read more
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(hennemusic) Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has revealed the title of his forthcoming fourth solo album. Cornell will release "Higher Truth" in September, ahead of newly-announced dates for a solo acoustic tour of New Zealand and Australia.
The singer began recording the project in mid-January before heading to Australia with Soundgarden in February to perform as part of the Soundwave Festival series; he completed the record upon his return to Seattle in March.
"Higher Truth" follows 1999's "Euphoria Morning", 2007's "Carry On", 2009's "Scream" (2009) and the 2011 acoustic live album, "Songbook", from his tour of the same name. Read more
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(Classic Rock) Cyril Neville says blues supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood bears close comparison to the Neville Brothers band. RSB are about to release their fourth album Don't Look Back: The Muscle Shoals Sessions recorded at Muscle Shoals studios, featuring new members Tyrone Vaughan and Bart Walker on guitars, who have replaced replace Devon Allman and Mike Zito respectively. They join founders Cyril, drummer Yonrico Scott and bassist Charlie Wooton.
Neville tells the Laughlin Entertainer: "Actually, it's not much different because the Neville Brothers made a whole lot of different styles of music in one show.
"It's definitely an extension of the Neville Brothers but it's also an extension of what Charlie, Yonrico, Bart and Tyrone have been doing-and now that stuff is all boiling in the same musical pot." Read more
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(The Blues) The long-awaited documentary about British jazz and blues guitarist Billy Jenkins has been released online. The Religion Is The Blues was directed by Antonio Rui Ribeiro.
The film covers Jenkins' leftfield take on the blues, his bone-dry sense of humour - and his other life as a conductor of humanist funerals. Jenkins explains: "As the music industry as we knew it is dying, I thought I'd go out and do some funerals."
He's steered his own musical path in a career going back to the 70s, including work with his Voice Of God Collective. Along the way he's gathered fans including comedian Stewart Lee, singer Claire Martin and promoter Simon Thackray, all of whom appear in the film. Read more
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(Classic Rock) Tim 'Ripper' Owens has recalled how he got his job with Judas Priest after singing just one line of a song - and says he was the only person who auditioned for the band.
He joined in 1996 after Rob Halford had quit in 1992, but had to bow out when the original frontman returned in 2003. And he describes the way he landed the position as "a bit of luck."
Owens tells Akron Buzz: "I don't think they had a singer for about four years, then they finally looked for a singer. I was really the only singer who auditioned - I went in there and sang one line of a song, and made the band."
They'd already seen a video of his final performance with a tribute band, and that led to an invitation to make contact with Priest's management. Owens recalls: "I get a call saying, 'You have to call this number - it's Judas Priest. It's a lady named Jayne Andrews. I ran and got a Priest album and started looking for her name, and it was there.
"I called and they said, 'You have a passport? We want to meet you. We don't know if you've got to sing - we want to just see you're not an LA rock star.' That was their kind of words." Read more
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(Prog) Tame Impala have released a new music video for their track 'Cause I'm A Man, which comes from their third album Currents, ahead of the album's released on July 18th.
The song drew strong opposing reactions from fans when mastermind Kevin Parker released it in April. Some enjoyed the change of approach, while others demanded to know why he'd moved away from psychedelia.
But Parker said earlier this month: "I wouldn't say making psychedelic music is my focus. That's not the modus operandi for Tame Impala - it's about making music that moves people."
Watch the video
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(TeamRock Radio) Children Of Bodom have confirmed work on their upcoming ninth album is almost complete. They began recording the follow-up to 2013's Halo Of Blood in April. Now frontman Alexi Laiho and keyboardist Janne Wirman say the as-yet-untitled record won't be too far away.
Laiho says: "We have been recording for the last two months and we're finally almost done. We're doing the gang shouts right now and I think the album's going to kick f***ing ass."
Wirman adds: "It's going to rock and we're going through the final process of mixing." Laiho said he was planning to write "angry sh*t" for the album after their US tour with Machine Head was cancelled last year. Check out the announcement video
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(TeamRock Radio) King 810 have sneakily released a new track taken from a brand new project. With little fanfare, the Flint mob just released a stream of the new song "Revenge."
Featuring fellow Michigan native Trick Trick, Revenge is a mix of King's haunting, evil heavy metal and Trick Trick's straight-up hip-hop and is taken from their upcoming Midwest Monsters 2 mixtape..
If that sounds like your bag, the new mixtape features more rappers including Freddie Gibbs, Zuse and Game Spittaz. Check out the stream of the new track
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(TeamRock Radio) Outside The Coma - the latest project from Sikth's Mikee Goodman - have just released a "colorful "new music video for a track called "Flavour Of The Weak."
Speaking about the video, Mikee says: "This March I was in Tokyo, and we shot this music video from midnight and 7am! We got the dancers, actors and everyone through contacts out there.
"I'm really pleased with how it turned out. The song has a very strong 'of the moment' lyrical theme. It's a very colorful mockery of modern culture." Watch it
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(TeamRock Radio) Bring Me The Horizon, Deftones and Marilyn Manson are among the latest acts to be added to the tracklist for Guitar Hero Live. The console game will be released this autumn.
Bands already announced include Green Day, Black Veil Brides and Fall Out Boy. The game's creators have added another 10 acts to the list. Along with BMTH, Deftones and Marilyn Manson, two-piece Royal Blood, metal outfit Trivium and Mastodon have also been confirmed. Marmozets, Killswitch Engage, Of Mice And Men and Vista Chino make up the latest additions.
BMTH will release their highly-anticipated live package BMTH: Live At Wembley Arena on May 29. Along with Marilyn Manson and Black Veil Brides, they are also appearing at next month's Download festival.
Check out the latest additions
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(Prog) Mike Vennart has issued a lyric video for the track Don't Forget The Joker. The song comes from the former Oceansize and Biffy Clyro man's debut solo project The Demon Joke, set for release on June 22 via Superball Music.
Vennart says: "Don't Forget The Joker is pretty much the centre piece of the album, certainly from a lyrical standpoint. It's different to the rest of the material in that it sounds drunk, half-played and slurred, which is kinda what the words are about."
The album features Vennart, his ex Ozeansize bandmates Steve Durose and Richard 'Gambler' Ingram, along with Ginger Wildheart drummer Denzel. Read more and check out the video
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(Prog) Former Abel Ganz vocalist Martin Haggarty returns with new band Field Of Vision, and they've released a stream of their track If Tomorrow Comes. It's taken from the trio's debut EP The Vicissitudes Of Life, launched this week after 25 years away from the prog scene.
It was to be released in November, until Haggerty, keyboardist Graham Holley and drummer/guitarist David MacDonald were all hit with career issues and other unspecified "life-changing events."
Haggerty says: "Ironically the two-track EP's subject matter is the uncertainties of life and facing up to mortality. A premonition, perhaps - or have we temped fate?
"Either way we're committed to furthering our music. We've waited a long time for this. We hope the EP acts as a taster and generates funds for our album, which we're currently writing. That is, if Lady Luck finally smiles on us
" Check out the song
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(Prog) Irish prog metallers Shardborne have released a behind-the-scenes video clip from recording sessions for their debut album, Living Bridges. The band recorded drums in the former Franciscan Church in their home city of Limerick.
The album will be released on July 10 via Out On A Limb Records and it's mixed by Jamie King - known for his work with Between The Buried And Me and Scale The Summit.
Drummer Ben Wanders says: "Myself, and out guitarist Ciaran Culhane often used the space for recordings that we did for other bands so we were quite familiar with the space prior to doing our own album there.
"There was a rehearsal facility attached to the building for a while which we used frequently as well so we were there quite a bit. The room is massive and sounds great. Add in the beautiful setting, which makes for a pretty intense place to record in.
"It's extremely reverberant, and while that's not great for a live band recording, it produces great results for drums." Watch the video
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(Prog) Perfect Beings have released a music video for their track Helicopter. It's taken from their upcoming self-titled debut album which is set to launch on June 30 via My Sonic Temple.
The track is said to have "a much darker meaning to its lyrics, being critical of warrantless government surveillance and of what the US has become since 9/11."
The LA-based band last year released a behind-the-scenes clip of their recording sessions for the album. Guitarist Johannes Luley said: "We're breaking down traditional song structure. I think our music has a pop sensibility because Ryan Hurtgen writes beautiful melodies - strangely pop. It's not your typical pop music, of course, but it's accessible and you can relate."
Perfect Beings are also planning on launching a PledgeMusic campaign on Wednesday (May 27) to help with the production, manufacturing, promotion and distribution of their planned second album. Further details will be issued in due course. Watch the video
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(Prog) District 97 have issued a trailer for their upcoming album In Vaults. The album was recorded in Chicago and was helped in its production by a successful Kickstarter campaign.
It'll be released on June 23 via Laser's Edge and follows last year's live release of King Crimson covers with John Wetton titled One More Red Night. The band's last studio album was 2012's Trouble With Machines.
Drummer Jonathan Schang last week told Prog how the band's experiences over the past few years have helped shape their sound. Check out the In Vaults tracklist and trailer
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Duff McKagan spoke with WIND-FM's Hunter and Michaels morning show about the break up of the original lineup of Guns N' Roses and also his views on the possibility of a reunion.
McKagan had this to say about the break up, "I think every band is different, for sure. With our band, it was a lot of things. We just got really big. Once we started getting big, we got really big really fast. And there's no 'how-to' instructional manual for that thing, what happens to your life. We just fall into every kind of stupid typical thing that we thought we'd never fall into."
He also had this to say about the possibility of a reunion, "It could happen, and it could not. And I think it would be wonderful, one day, if we reconciled, first and foremost. That alone would be cool." Stream the full interview at Loudwire
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Fear Factory has announced that Nuclear Blast will be releasing their new album, entitled "Genexus," across the globe on August 7th. Dino Cazares provided some more details:
"The sensation of finalizing our newest album is one of relief and joy, wrapped within a massive whirlwind of excitement," says Cazares. "We really feel this is a very special Fear Factory album.
"While being careful not to replicate ourselves, this album still has a very classic Fear Factory vibe that we feel will appease both old and new fans. The aggressive, melodic and industrial elements are all intact and shine more than ever.'
"Burt and I produced the album with Rhys Fulber co-producing. Damien Rainuad and Giuseppe Bassi handled most of the keys and pre-production. We also enlisted the masterful metallic skills of Andy Sneap for an amazing mixing job!"
"We would like to thank everyone who has been a big part in the making of this record. We can't wait for everybody to hear it."
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Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor is making the rounds promoting his new book "You're Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look At the Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left" and during an interview he discussed his view of the current music scene.
Taylor tells Kerrang (via Blabbermouth), "I take a lot of 'popular music' to task and people who are hailed as geniuses but didn't really earn it. Some of the things that come out of these people's mouths are just f-ing unbelievable."
He also took exception to Fall Out Boy's recent album title. "I've got a couple of friends who are in this band, but Fall Out Boy saying they're going to 'save rock 'n' roll'
Are you f-ing kidding me? You? With the s-t that I've heard for the last two albums, that's you saving f-ing rock and roll? No, I don't think so."
He then ties that album title in with recent claims by Gene Simmons of KISS about the state of the rock music scene by saying and how he doesn't see things the same way, "But whether it's Fall Out Boy saying they're saving rock 'n' roll or Gene Simmons saying rock is already dead, I'm standing here with sold out shows, a No. 1 album around the world and I'm going, 'Really? When did this happen?'"
Taylor adds, "Rock ebbs and flows. It always has. As shiny and new as these people like to think pop music is, it's the same six people who write every f-ing song for some of these talentless f-holes and I'm not worried about anything. These people have been trying to kill us for 30 years and it keeps not happening."
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Arch Enemy have announced that that they will be headlining this year's edition of the Summer Slaughter Tour that will be hitting North America this July and August.
The tour will also feature sets from Born Of Osiris, Veil Of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Obscura, After The Burial, Cattle Decapitation, and Beyond Creation.
The tour will be kicking off in Denver, Co. On July 28th at The Summit Music Hall and the announced dates will be wrapping up on August 23rd in San Francisco, CA at The Regency Ballroom, with more dates still to be announced.
Arch Enemy's Michael Amott had this to say: "Very pleased to be returning to North America on our current 'War Eternal' campaign...It's an absolute honor to headline the 2015 edition of the legendary Summer Slaughter tour! See you all very soon!"
See the tour dates here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Slipknot percussionist Clown thinks the band's sixth album could appear in early 2017 - and he says passion for the project is already there. They're on the road for the rest of this year with some shows already booked for next, meaning they won't find time to concentrate on the follow-up to .5: The Gray Chapter until mid-2016.
Clown tells Loudwire: "It takes six months to make a record, so it could be as early as the first quarter of 2017. We're in the rhythm of writing all the time, which is a very helpful tool. It's not anything that won't get used. Usually if we're writing, it's passion."
Guitarist Jim Root told Metal Hammer earlier this month that it was difficult to say what direction the material would take. He said: "There's a couple of different ways to approach it - we could approach it like we did Iowa compared to the first release, or we could approach it like picking up where The Subliminal Verses or The Gray Chapter left off." Read more
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Soilwork have revealed that they will be following their North American tour and European summer festival appearances with a full European tour this fall.
The fall trek will be dubbed The Tour Majestic and will feature support from Hatesphere. The tour will be kicking off on November 27th in Malmφ, Sweden and concluding on December 19th in Lyon, France.
Soilwork Dirk Verbeuren had this to say about the tour, "It's been ten years since an unforgettably epic European tour with our brothers in Hatesphere. Now that our tenth album is almost ready to be unleashed, we can't wait to once again share the stage with Hatesphere and bring you another monumental dose of top class melodic death metal!"
Prior to that outing, Soilwork will be hitting the road across North American with Soulfly, Decapitated and Shattered Sun on the "We Sold Our Souls to Metal Tour" which will launch on September 30th in Los Angeles and wrap on October 30th in Albuquerque, NM.
See all of the tour dates here.
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DragonForce have set a July 10th release date for their very first home video release "In The Line of Fire". The band has revealed the tracklisting and a trailer for the new DVD.
"In The Line of Fire" was captured during the band's Ultimate Stage headline set at the Loud Park Festival in the Saitama Super Arena, Japan back in 2014.
The DVD was mixed and mastered by Damien Rainaud in Los Angeles, CA., produced and edited by Herman Li and will include the following songs: "Fury of the Storm," "Three Hammers," "Black Winter Night", "Tomorrow's Kings," "Seasons,"" Symphony of the Night," "Cry Thunder," "Ring of Fire," "Through the Fire and the Flames" and "Valley of the Damned."
It appears that there will also be a two-disc DVD/CD version that will include the CD bonus track "Defenders". The DVD will also include bonus behind the scenes footage. See more details and the trailer
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(Gibson) The former home of late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis will converted into a museum honoring the classic band, reports London's The Guardian. Joy Division fan and entrepreneur Hadar Goldman purchased the house after fans failed in an attempt to buy the property in order to prevent developers from taking it.
"Although I paid nearly double the asking price, I felt as if I had to get involved, especially after hearing the plight of fans who had failed to raise the necessary funds to buy the house owned and lived in by one of the musical heroes of my youth," Goldman said.
"Joy Division left a musical legacy which has influenced many of today's bands. The Joy Division legacy deserves to be taken into the 21st century, to raise awareness into one of the most seminal bands in the history of contemporary music."
Curtis's bandmate Peter Hook praised the movement to convert the house into a museum. "I think it's a great compliment if someone wants to make it into a museum for a group that culturally changed music, not once but twice," he said. "Ian has such a fantastic legacy and the fact people are inspired by it all around the world can only be a good thing." Gibson report
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(Classic Rock) Founding Sepultura drummer Igor Cavalera says that the current lineup of the group is "deteriorating the brand" by continuing without him and his brother Max.
While proud of everything he and Max achieved with the band before Max left in 1996 and he walked away 10 years later, Igor says it's tough to see the band continue with vocalist Derrick Green and drummer Eloy Casagrande in their places.
Cavalera - who now plays with Max in Cavalera Conspiracy - tells AntiHero: "It's tough, because, of course, we're super proud of everything we've done with Sepultura. The little thing that bugs me is that I think they're deteriorating the brand itself of Sepultura with fans by doing the tours and continuing without me and Max being there. So it's tough. But at the same time, there's nothing that we can do about it. We've gotta do what we do and keep playing."
On the chances of a reunion of Sepultura's classic lineup, Igor adds: "I don't know if, in the future, we're eventually gonna do the reunion. Right now, what I can say is me and Max are having a blast doing what we do with Cavalera Conspiracy and also playing songs that we wrote when we were kids, like Troops Of Doom and stuff like that, so I don't really see that we really need the reunion thing." Read more and watch the full interview
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(Classic Rock) Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach has described bass player Rachel Bolan as 'the band's Bill Ward.' Bach - who was sacked by Skid Row in 1996 - says Bolan is the only member of the band who has a problem with him. Comparing the situation to that which exists between Black Sabbath's estranged drummer Ward and frontman Ozzy Osbourne, Bach hints that jealousy could be at the heart of Bolan's dislike of him.
He tells Metal Injection: "I've talked to all of those guys except the bass player, and he is the one that has it in for me. Some of these musicians like to use this term 'lead singer's disease,' and I think that's a way of dealing with the extra attention that the frontman gets.
"And it's not just Skid Row - it's Aerosmith, Van Halen, Kiss and Black Sabbath. I guess Rachel is, like, the Bill Ward of Skid Row. I think that's really what it is. Because I haven't given that guy any reason to dislike me in 19 years." Read more
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(TeamRock Radio) Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor is behind the music for upcoming video game Batman: Arkham Knight. He's listed as music consultant on the title, set to be launched on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on June 23.
Producers have released a trailer for the game last week featuring NIN track The Wretched, and tweeted: "Please join us in thanking Trent Reznor for his vision."
It's been suggested by fans that he was instrumental in getting directors Tim and Jeff Cronenweth to work on the project, after collaborating with them on Gone Girl and Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - the latter winning Reznor a Grammy. Check out the trailer
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(Classic Rock) Things could have been so different for Clutch, had frontman Neil Fallon continued in his early role as the band's DJ. The singer started out as the group's guitarist before a stint handling samples and spinning discs. Guitarist Tim Sult recalls the origins of the band and how a change in musical direction led to Fallon switching roles.
Originally called Moral Minority, the band featured a singer called Brian who left before a name change to Glut Trip and the addition of a new singer, Roger Smalls.
Sult tells My Global Mind: "Neil sang on the second Moral Minority demo if I remember correctly. Then Brian decided he wanted to be the singer and wanted Neil to do samples. Brian got really into Ministry and he wanted to do a Ministry type thing.
"We were only teenagers and went through phases really quick. So in 1989 he brought me into the band to play guitar and Neil was doing the samples. This guy Brian sang, so that was really the original first line up of Clutch. Neil was the DJ, literally." Read more
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(TeamRock Radio) Bullet For My Valentine frontman Matthew Tuck believes upcoming album Venom will be the "biggest metal record of the year." The follow-up to 2013's Temper Temper will be released on August 14 and the band have lined-up a 19-date UK and Ireland tour to support their fifth studio outing.
Tuck tells Kerrang (via Blabbermouth): "We've got massive hopes for this album. We truly believe it's going to be the biggest metal record of the year. We've had these feelings in the past and we've always been spot on, but this one feels way more special than anything else we've ever done. So fingers crossed, it's going to do what we want it to do."
Tuck also praises bassist Jamie Mathias who was brought into the fold earlier this month to replace Jay James who departed in February. He adds: "We held auditions for a few guys, and when he came, he just smashed it. He fitted in instantly, especially with the Welsh connection. He plays like a beast and he sings like an angel." Read more
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(Prog) Steven Wilson says the more electronic feel of latest solo album Hand. Cannot. Erase. came purely from the storyline - and that's why it's so different to previous record The Raven That Refused To Sing.
While his second outing was inspired by 19th-century material, its follow-up is based in current times, which suggested a different direction to him. Wilson tells the Boston Globe: "For me, the concept is always responsible for the musical palette.
"The Raven was an album where the underlying concept was the classical ghost story, with an emphasis on so-called 'Gothic' fiction. That suggested to me a more vintage musical palette.
"Now, here's a concept that's set in the heart of the city in the 21st century. To me that says, 'Okay, you're going to need more electronic sounds, almost semi-industrial sound design, if you want to reflect life in the heart of a metropolis.
"That stylistic range, and the fact that it's distinctly different from the previous record, ultimately grew out of the story." Read more
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(TeamRock Radio) Bong have released a stream of the 17-minute song "Time Regained" which is from their brand new studio album "We Are, We Were And We Will Have Been".
"This is a song about living...," says frontman Dave Terry, "weathering the storm, standing unyielding against the forces that assail us on all sides, revelling in the short time we have to live, knowing that whatever may befall us, this time will never be undone; we will always exist, in the past, from today to the most distant of futures."
The three-piece have made their vision of the boundless nature of time, and our place within it more explicit than ever. TeamRock offer an exclusive glimpse through the aether and into the undulating realms beyond in the elongated form of the first track of two
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Exmortus have announced that they have returned to Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, Ca with producer Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Immolation) this week to begin recording their new album.
The band expect to release the new album this fall via Prosthetic Records and the effort will be feature their new bass player Michael Cosio (ex-Abysmal Dawn).
Drummer Mario Moreno had this to say, "2014 was a great year for Exmortus and the campaign for 'Slave to the Sword' has been relentless since its release. This year has been a little quiet for us but with good reason.
"We're excited to announce that we'll be entering the studio at the end of this month to once again record with the mighty Zack Ohren. Zack did a phenomenal job on 'Slave to the Sword' and we're ready to record some more bone-crushing, face-melting shred for you all!"
The band has also lineup some live performances in July.
See the tour date here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Lower Than Atlantis will tour the UK again in December, they've confirmed - and it sees them headlining at their biggest venues to date. The run of seven gigs follows a journey around the country in April, and appearances at the Slam Dunk festivals last weekend.
The band launched their self-titled fourth album in October. Last month frontman Mike Duce said their belief in music had been rekindled after a period in which they "lost their way."
He added: "We just care about music again. If we cared about money we'd be f***ing investment bankers or something." Check out the upcoming UK tour dates
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(Glass Onyon) Spiders & Snakes have announced that they will be recording their first-ever live album in honor of their 25th Anniversary at the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in W. Hollywood, CA this Thursday, May 28th 2015 at 10pm.
The all ages show is in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the "Glitter n Glam Rockfest" shows that once ruled the Hollywood underground glam rock/shock rock scene of the mid-late 90s and includes sets by Rebel Rebel, Willow Wisp and Molly Vamp. Doors open 8pm.
The 2015 Spiders & Snakes lineup is comprised of band co-founders Lizzie Grey (London, Ultra Pop), on Lead vocals and Tim Yasui (London, Ultra Pop) on drums/Lead/backing vocals and long-time band members Phil St. Vincent on Bass/Lead/backing Vocals and Chris Sheridan (Sweet Savage/James Kottak) on Lead Guitars/Lead/backing Vocals - the very same lineup who recorded the band's ninth studio album "Year Of The Snake" and that is currently on tour this summer in support of this new album.
Year of the Snake features appearances by Billy Sherwood (Yes, Circa), Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Ryo Okumoto (Asia feat Jon Payne/Spock's Beard/Aretha Franklin), Betsy Bitch (Bitch) and Rik Fox (Steeler, Wasp) and was produced by Gavin Ross in Burbank, California, mixed by Anthony Focx (Steven Tyler, Vince Neil, Nightranger, Ted Nugent) in Nashville, Tennessee and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Yngwie Malmsteen, Rob Halford, Sepultura, Yes) in Los Angeles, California during the Chinese calendar Year Of The Snake.
Check out the video for "Kawasaki City"
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(TeamRock Radio) Yorkshire metallers While She Sleeps lead the additions to this year's Camden Rocks festival on May 30. Also joining the bill are: Red House Glory, Flies + Flies, No Sugar, The Touch, Fake The Attack and B Movie Thieves.
The festival - which is in its fourth year - will take place in most of Camden's venues, pubs and bars, including Electric Ballroom, Underworld, Proud Camden, Barfly, Jazz Cafe and Dingwalls.
While She Sleeps frontman Loz Taylor says: "We're stoked to be a part of this year's Camden Rocks Festival! It's already shaping up to be a killer day. We can't wait to tear Camden up!" Read more
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(Radio.com) The latest Minimation, where Radio.com animate interviews with legendary artists goes back to last year when Slash spoke to them about going on tour with Michael Jackson. He clashed with MJ's guitarist over one issue, and it wasn't about who gets to solo first.
In last week's Radio.com Minimation, Slash told us the story of how he ended up playing guitar on Michael Jackson's 1991 album, Dangerous. The two artists hit it off pretty well. MJ was used to playing with great six-stringers (he'd worked with Eddie Van Halen and Steve Stevens on previous albums). And Slash was used to working with eccentric singers (perhaps you've heard of one W. Axl Rose?).
And so, Slash did a few shows with the King of Pop as his special guest. Of course, MJ already had a guitar player - namely Jennifer Batten, a face-melting soloist in her own right. But no matter how good you are at your instrument, when you're in Michael Jackson's band, there are rules you must follow. Such as, taking part in on-stage choreography. So, it's understandable that she figured, he she had to learn to dance, Slash would as well.
Slash, who at the time was a member of Guns N Roses, the baddest band in the land, was pretty firm on his stance: He was not going to dance. As he told Radio.com, Batten was "losing her mind about it."
At that point, Michael got involved, taking her down to "the sports bathrooms" (i.e. the locker rooms) and moderated. Spoiler: Slash didn't learn choreography.
But Batten wasn't the only person annoyed by Slash performing with Jackson; if a recent interview by Guns' former manager is accurate, the Jackson/Slash shows led to Slash exiting GNR. Watch the video
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(hennemusic) Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach has announced that he will publish his autobiography, "18 And Life On Skid Row", on January 19, 2016 via Harper Collins.
Billed as an "uncensored, unfiltered memoir," the former frontman for Skid Row tells the story of his life and times - from joining Kid Wikked at 14 to selling more than 20 million albums with Skid Row to building a successful solo career.
Bach also developed a career as an actor, appearing on numerous television shows and on Broadway. From growing up in The Bahamas and small-town Canada to the world's concert stages, "18 And Life On Skid Row" is Bach's life story in his own words. Read more
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(TeamRock Radio) Soulfly's 10th album will have a "very exotic" feel, according to mainman Max Cavalera. Archangel will be released on August 14 via Nuclear Blast - and Cavalera states it's a departure from 2013's Savages.
He tells Rock Revolt: "It's a very biblical, very mystic, very exotic kind of album. This is a totally different vibe.There's songs like Sodomites, about the destruction of Sodom, Shamash about the Akkadian god of the sun, Ishtar, which is the Babylonian queen and Titanomachy which is about the war of the titans.
"So there's really more mystic, exotic sounds and songs and lyrics. So it's really cool. It's really artistic which I like about it." He previously said Archangel was "one of those records that comes out once in a lifetime" and called it "heavy as hell." Watch the full interview segment with Max
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(hennemusic) The Darkness are streaming their new album, "Last Of Our Kind", ahead of release on June 1. "Last Of Our Kind" will be available on limited edition color vinyl, CD and digital download.
The follow-up to 2012's "Hot Cakes" was produced by guitarist Dan Hawkins and sees the debut of drummer Emily Dolan Davies, who replaced Ed Graham after a split last year.
Davies left the band last month, just weeks after she made her live debut with the group; she has since been replaced by Rufus Taylor, the son of Queen drumming legend Roger Taylor.
The Darkness will launch the album with a showcase concert at Dingwalls in London on June 3, followed by a series of UK festival appearances this summer. Stream the album
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(Classic Rock) Black Star Riders guitarist Scott Gorham has recalled how Thin Lizzy were astonished when The Boys Are Back In Town became their breakthrough hit - because they hadn't wanted it on their Jailbreak album.
The 1976 single has been listed in Rolling Stone's 500 greatest songs of all time, and in Q's 100 greatest guitar tracks. But Gorham tells Classic Rock: "We were playing in some club in the US when our manager came in and said, 'Well, looks like we've got a hit.' We were like, 'Which song?' Seriously, we didn't have any idea at all which song it was that had taken off for us."
He continues: "To tell you the truth, we weren't initially going to put The Boys Are Back In Town on the Jailbreak album at all. Back then you picked 10 songs and went with those because of the time restrictions of vinyl.
"We recorded 15 songs, and of the 10 we picked, that wasn't one of them. But then the management heard it and said, 'No, there's something really good about this song.' Although back then, it didn't yet have the twin guitar parts on it." Read more
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(hennemusic) Metallica have announced that they have added a performance of the national anthem to their duties when they headline the 2015 X Games in Austin, Texas next month.
"Not only are we playing a show at the X Games," says the band, "but James and Kirk will also be performing 'The Star-Spangled Banner' prior to the Moto X Speed & Style competition on Saturday, June 6."
Metallica were joined by pioneering skateboarder Tony Hawk to make the announcement of their appearance at the June 4-7 event, which showcases the best in extreme sports. Read more
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(Prog) Symphony X have released a lyric video for their track Nevermore. It's taken from their ninth studio album Underworld, to be released on July 24 via Nuclear Blast.
Guitarist Michael Romeo recently said that the band wanted to ensure the follow-up to 2011's Iconoclast was a "total listening experience from start to finish."
He added: "It's heavy and aggressive as f*** when it needs to be - yet soaring and emotional at other times. I think the balance is just right. It had to have all the elements of what we normally would do, just tweaked up a notch." Check out the video
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(TeamRock Radio) You Me At Six will spend this summer working on the their fifth album, guitarist Max Helyer has confirmed. He says it's been two years since they got together to flesh out ideas - and he thinks the follow-up to 2014's Cavalier Youth will start a new chapter for the band.
Helyer tells Kerrang: "We have the Isle of Wight festival on June 12 and then over the summer we're going to record. We're going to jam and enjoy ourselves being musicians and find where our sound is going to take us.
"We've got ideas but we're very different people now and I think it's going to show the next progression of our band. We've done 10 years but what's going to be the next 10 years for You Me At Six and what are we going to bring?"
He adds: "I think we want to achieve higher levels and hopefully get another number one album." Watch the full interview clip
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(Prog) Breaking Orbit will release their second album on May 29, they've confirmed. Transcension will be available form digital outlets as well as in physical formats on the band's website.
Transcension is the follow-up to the Aussie prog outfit's 2012 debut The Time Traveller and was recorded at Sydney's The Grove Studios with producer Dylan Mitrovich. The nine-track record promises to take listeners "from the softest of instrumental breaks to the most complex and intense heavy moments."
Singer Matt Quayle says: "We have evolved alongside the creation of this album. It's not only a continuation of the story of The Time Traveller, it's a massive leap forward for us as well." Read more
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(Prog) Town Portal are premiering a video of them performing a live version of their single Yes Golem with TeamRock. Yes Golem is taken from the Danish instrumental post-rock outfit's second album, The Occident, out now.
On the track, Town Portal say: "The recurring opening riff of this song has been around since the early stages of writing The Occident. It has consistently been referred to as the 'Golem riff', and though I don't remember the original reason for this, we still find that the reference to this mythological creature resonates well with the brute, jagged and sort of clumsy nature of the riff.
"The Yes Golem then, is this manmade creation that will blindly agree to anything without consideration of the possible consequences. This creature holds a special place in The Occident. Prior to a UK tour in April we had the chance to visit our English label Small Pond, to record this live video session of the song. Enjoy." Watch the video
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(Prog) The lineup for this year's ProgPower Europe festival has been completed with the addition of Enchant. They'll appear at Baarlo, Netherlands, on the weekend of October 2-4 alongside Leprous, Pagan's Mind, Soen, Myrath, Caligula's Horse and others.
It's the US band's first performance in Europe for 10 years, and follows the launch of ninth album The Great Divide last year. ProgPower promoters say: "It's been a long-time wish to announce the addition of Enchant. With over 25 years of experience, we're looking forward to them playing. Adding them is the best way to complete 2015's lineup."
Last year guitarist Doug Ott told how "life got in the way" of the band's career, adding: "We never planned to take a break at all. People got married, people got divorced, people had children, jobs came and went.
"We got together and played a few here and there. But it wasn't until two years ago we started thinking we could actually make another record." Check out the full lineup details
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