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(Classic Rock) The Foo Fighters have released a free five-track EP called Saint Cecilia. It's available via the band's website after a countdown clock, started earlier this month, finally reached zero.
The five-track title was recorded in the Saint Cecilia Hotel, Austin, Texas, while the band were on the last US leg of their Sonic Highways world tour. And they've dedicated the release to the victims of the Paris massacre, which led to the cancellation of the Foos' remaining European dates.
Mainman Dave Grohl says: "The Saint Cecilia Hotel, named after the patroness saint of music, is known as 'A lush retreat from the world.' That it is - 14 rooms and a small bar, tucked away in the trees within a bustling, neighborhood.
"As our van pulled up in the wee hours of September 30, 2015, I was struck with a rather impulsive idea: to record some songs on our days off, to give the world as a 'thank you' for the last two years.
"Returning to the city where the entire Sonic Highways concept was born, loading in one last time to a room that was never designed to be a recording studio a la Sonic Highways, and making some music! Fate? Destiny?
"The office was transformed into a control room and the bar was littered with microphones and cables. Amps were in the kitchen. Drums in front of the fireplace. Margaritas were made, friends came to visit, the sun went down, and before long we started making enough noise to drive the neighbors to start drinking along with us." Read more
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(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen has released a stream of the unreleased track "Party Lights" as a preview of his forthcoming 7-disc box set, "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection."
Due December 4, the project present material recorded for his 1980 double-album, "The River", which delivered the singer his first No. 1 US album on the Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 5 million copies in the States alone.
"We recorded and recorded and recorded and recorded," says Springsteen. "We were in the studio day after day after day, you know. I probably worked the hardest on some of things that ended up as outtakes
you never knew, I never knew. I didn't know where it was going."
The 4CD/3DVD package offers the original double album alongside "The Ties That Bind" - a 10-track album that Springsteen recorded in 1979 as a follow up to 1978's "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" but never released.
The set also includes 22 outtakes from the studio sessions alongside an hour-long documentary/interview with Springsteen and a legendary 1980 concert filmed at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.
The package adds a hardcover 148-page coffee table book containing 200 studio and live photographs plus memorabilia documenting the album and the era. Read more and stream the song
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Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe posted a lengthy message to fans explaining why the band pulled out of their European tour in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13th.
Blythe posted the following on his Randonesia blog, "At the request of management, I have agreed to write a post concerning our recently cancelled tour of Europe. I wouldn't have bothered to do this on my own, since a rather self-explanatory general statement has already been made explaining our reasons for leaving and that seems more than sufficient to me- the basic gist of the post was that something specific occurred that made some of us in the band feel that it was unwise to continue on with the tour, potentially putting ourselves, our crew, and large numbers of defenseless people in harm's way. Simple enough. And I won't elaborate on the details of that occurrence here, since I have no wish to add to the atmosphere of speculation and fear that currently surrounds terrorist activities in Europe- there are way too many ill-informed running mouths across the globe making an already tense, highly complex, and extremely fluid situation on that continent even worse. I feel pretty ridiculous even writing this (who knew deciding to cancel a tour after venues you have played start getting blown up would require any sort of explanation to anyone?), but since I have been asked nicely to do so by the people I employ to manage my band, I will.
"And as one of the band members who said 'I am done here,' I will speak solely for myself, not my band as a whole. I have no problem with this because, well, because frankly I don't give a rat's ass what most people think of me in general- historically, other people's opinions of what I should or shouldn't do or say hasn't made much of an impact on my decision making process, and it's not about to start now. Besides, I'm already more than used to being the bad guy, so I won't lose any sleep over the inevitable pissy internet comments. That kind of stuff just isn't significant enough to keep me up at night, and I don't pay much attention to it anyway- I'll leave that to the hand-wringers and gossipmongers who have nothing better to do. So here is what I have to say, and it's all I'm going to say on this matter, PERIOD- those with just half of a functional brain in their heads will easily understand, the rest
well, who really gives a f*** what you (don't) think anyway? Certainly not me."
Read the rest of his post here.
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(hennemusic) Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen's blues project Delta Deep has released a lyric video for the seasonal track "Take Me Home for Christmas." Available November 27, the song sees Collen joined by singer Debbi Blackwell-Cook, Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo, and drummer Forrest Robinson.
"Delta Deep has this great Christmas song reminiscent of the 1940's jazz era," explains Collen. "We didn't plan it that way but that's just how the song came out. We love it because it's not like your traditional Christmas song. It's a track that can literally be played year round simply because it's mellow and full of that smoky blues sound that's a part of all of us."
Delta Deep released their self-titled debut album earlier this year. The set includes guest appearances by Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliott, Whitesnake's David Coverdale, Sex Pistols/Manraze drummer Paul Cook and Girl/Manraze bassist Simon Laffy.
Def Leppard's new, self-titled album recently debuted at No. 10 on the UB Billboard 200. Read more and stream the new song
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(Classic Rock) Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke hopes that rumors about a reunion featuring Axl Rose and Slash are true. He says he doesn't know any more than the band's fans - but wants to see the classic-era lineup take the stage again.
Rumours have begun circulating once more after guitarist Slash revealed he and frontman Rose had settled their long-standing differences. Clarke tells California Rock News: "I hope it happens. I honestly have no information, but I hope it happens.
"It's great for music. It's great for rock music. It was a great band. Everybody's alive, healthy. It should happen." Clarke joined GnR after Izzy Stradlin's departure in 1991, then joined Slash's Snakepit in 1994 before focusing on solo work two years later.
He recently admitted that he was unlikely to be invited to return, saying: "I've got to be realistic - the fans want the original five guys, and I do too. It would be great to see that." Watch the full interview
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(Classic Rock) The chief of a Florida police force which fired a police officer after he sang with a death metal band while on duty says he didn't want the public "to be in fear of" the officer.
Officer Andrew Ricks of the City Of Sanford Police Department joined Vital Remains onstage at West End Trading Co venue in Sanford and helped introduce their track Let The Killing Begin. A video was sent to Chief Cecil B Smith who reacted by bringing the officer's impending resignation forward.
Now Smith says that Ricks' stunt was the latest in a string of incidents which cumulatively resulted in his sacking. But he adds that Ricks' actions were inappropriate, especially in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.
He tells The Daily Beast: "'Let the killing begin' is not an appropriate response to anything, considering the tensions between law enforcement and the communities, and considering the circumstances of things that have taken place in Paris and around our country. The last thing I want to do is have anyone be in fear of one of our police officers.
"For folks to believe that he was terminated because of the circumstances isn't true. What would have probably happened if Officer Ricks had remained on the job, is that we would have completed the internal investigation, for which he would have most likely received some form of discipline." Read more and watch the performance
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(Classic Rock) Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes has spoken for the first time since the Paris terrorist attacks. The singer says he believes many of the 89 killed at the Bataclan venue where the band were playing on Friday, November 13, died because they refused to leave their stricken friends.
In total, 130 people were murdered in the French capital by gunmen and suicide bombers. Extremist group IS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
In a brief trailer for a longer interview due to be released next week, Hughes tells Vice: "Several people hid in our dressing room and the killers were able to get in and killed every one of them, except for a kid that was hiding under my leather jacket.
"People were playing dead and they were so scared. A great reason why so many were killed is because so many people wouldn't leave their friends. So many people put themselves in front of people."
Hughes is joined by bandmate Josh Homme in the interview. Homme was not with the band in Paris. Watch the full interview
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(TeamRock Radio) Bring Me The Horizon have donated $10,000 to a fund set up after The Ghost Inside were involved in a fatal bus crash. The Sheffield outfit have diverted money made on merch on their current That's The Spirit tour to the GoFundMe campaign set up to pay for The Ghost Inside's medical expenses and for the funeral of the tour bus driver who lost his life.
BMTH say: "Yesterday as we came offstage we heard that our good friends in The Ghost Inside were involved in a terrible collision whilst on their tour bus in America.
"Unfortunately the drivers in both vehicles sadly passed away, and a large number of the band and crew have sustained serious injuries and are currently in care. Our thoughts are currently with the band, crew and families of all involved in this horrible accident.
"We first toured with The Ghost Inside in 2008 and have remained good friends with them since. Proceeds from our merchandise on this tour have been donated to a GoFundMe account set up to help with medical bills. We urge our fans to get involved and help with whatever you can donate too." Read more
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(TeamRock Radio) Quinn Allmann has left The Used by "mutual understanding," the band have reported. He announced a temporary hiatus in February, with his colleagues saying at the time that they were looking forward to his return in 2016.
Now the band has confirmed that his stand-in, Justin Shekoski of Saosin, will be staying on in a permanent role as the group gears up for a 15th anniversary tour.
The Utah outfit say: "Nothing can ever detract from the magic of the relationships that helped create the music that is The Used. For these beautiful memories we will be forever grateful.
"Quinn will not be returning to the band and Justin will be taking his place. The journey so far has been amazing, and we continue to feel very positive about what lies ahead." Read more
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(TeamRock Radio) Chicago chart toppers Disturbed have released a video for their track The Light. The song features on David Draiman and co's comeback album, Immortalized, released in August.
The album was their first studio material since 2010's Asylum. The band will head out on a US tour in 2016 and have also been confirmed for next year's Download at Donington Park on the weekend on June 10-12.
Draiman recently revealed the band struggled to get noticed in their early days, saying they were "blacklisted" for not being cool enough in their native Chicago. Watch the video
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(Classic Rock) Primus have released a video for their take on Willy Wonka track Candy Man. It's taken from latest album Primus & the Chocolate Factory - Les Claypool and co's 2014 reimagining of the soundtrack to 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
The typically eye-catching promo is directed by Ivan Landau, Edgar Alvarez and Webster Colcord and features the journey of a boiled sweet as it's picked up off the street by a boy.
Claypool tells Bass Player: "When we finished up the last album cycle, I had this idea of taking on some sort of sacred cow, either with my band or with Primus. And then when Herb came back, we were all excited about Primus.
"I always had the creepy Candy Man idea in my head, so it kind of stemmed from there. Every year, we do a New Year's show with a theme, so last year we decided to do the Wonka theme and play some of the songs from the Wonka soundtrack in our own way.
"Next thing I knew, we were doing the entire record. It just fell together so nicely. It's one of the smoothest undertakings I've done in a long time." Watch video
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(hennemusic) AC/DC were inducted into The Age Music Victoria's Hall Of Fame in Victoria, Australia on November 20. The Age reports the 10tth anniversary event at the Palais Theatre in St. Kilda saw the band honored as one of 10 inductees including the Seekers, Olivia Newton-John, the late radio DJ Stan Rofe, the Palais Theatre and Archie Roach.
In a statement, AC/DC lead guitarist Angus Young said it was "an absolute honor" to be recognized in the 10th year of the Hall of Fame. "Victoria has a special place in our hearts, especially the early years of the band. Thank you for the induction into The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame."
Music Victoria chief executive Patrick Donovan said AC/DC became "a sensation on Ripponlea-based Countdown as soon as the show exploded colorfully onto national TV" and soon launched themselves on the world.
"Two of the world's best axemen, Angus on lead and Malcolm on rhythm, forging some of the biggest, baddest riffs we'll ever know," said Donovan. "They moved to Melbourne, sharing a rental house in Landsdowne Road, St Kilda where they jammed and practiced, played blues records and wrote songs through the day and night." Read more
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(hennemusic) Wolfmother are streaming two tracks from their forthcoming album "Victorious." The Australian rockers are sharing "City Lights" and the title track to their fourth album and first since 2014's "New Crown."
Both tunes are available as instant downloads with pre-orders of "Victorious", which was recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with producer Brendan O'Brien.
Due February 19, "Victorious" sees sole original member vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale also handle bass duties and joined on the project by drummers Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Bruce Springsteen, A Perfect Circle) and Joey Waronker (Air, Beck, REM).
Stockdale began working on the record this past January at his Byron Bay studio in New South Wales, writing on every instrument and embracing the same creative approach he used on the band's debut album a decade ago.
"Back in the early days, I'd play guitar, bass, and drums and then present the ideas to the band and we'd work on the arrangement together," says Stockdale. "I thought it would be cool to get back to demoing ideas by myself and playing everything. It's a good way to do things because it can make the style more cohesive.
"We wanted to get back to that big sound. The album is a balance of garage-y energy and big production. It's wild, energetic and perfect for a festival main stage." Check out the songs
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(Classic Rock) Entombed AD have confirmed their next album will be released in February of next year. The Swedish metal veterans issue Dead Dawn on February 26 via Century Media. It's their second album under that name, having released their first record as Entombed AD - Back To The Front - in 2014.
Entombed added the AD to their name after they split with guitarist Alex Hellid. A single from the album is due in December. Guitarist Nico Elgstrand says: "After festering an eon inside the belly of the beast, it finally disposed of us. I'm not gonna tell you out of which orifice we were spawned, but I will tell you it was demeaning in the true sense of the word.
"From this horrible experience came the urge to express ourselves through sound and so we did. Now, it's done and we can only look proudly back on what we have created - a damn sinister sounding record. You might not be able to comprehend it, but you won't be able to deny it either." Read more
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(Classic Rock) Nordic Giants will support Tesseract on their 2016 UK tour, it's been announced. The duo, who released their debut album A Seance Of Dark Delusions earlier this year, will join previously confirmed band The Contortionist for the dates across the country in February.
Tesseract bassist Amos Williams says: "We are always very keen to take unusual, unique, and creative acts out on tour with us. Bands like The Algorithm and Chimp Spanner have, in the past, allowed us to create a diverse and entertaining package.
"Continuing in the fashion, we are excited to announce that Nordic Giants are joining us and The Contortionist for the UK leg of the Polaris World Tour.
"Nordic Giants are a blissful mix of post rock, electronica prog. And along with The Contortionist will help us create a fantastic evening of boundary breaking noise." See the tour dates
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(Classic Rock) Monster Truck have premiered their latest lyric video with TeamRock. The Enforcer is taken from the Canadian outfit's upcoming album Sittin' Heavy, due for release on February 19 next year via Mascot Label Group.
The track is a tribute to ice hockey's hardmen, known as 'enforcers.' Guitarist Jeremy Widerman says: "We wanted to write a raucous and anthemic tribute to our favorite sport, hockey.
"A rock'n'roll salute to enforcers everywhere who live by the unspoken code that demands retribution for a fallen teammate. Something that could serve as the soundtrack to a highly anticipated game and as the victory song after a crowd raising fight or goal."
On the album, frontman Jon Harvey adds: "Rock'n'roll should be a celebration. We try to do that as much as we can. Everything in life should be a celebration." Stream the song
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(Classic Rock) Peter Gabriel is to receive an award for his work co-founding the WOMAD festivals. He helped launch the World Of Music, Arts And Dance series in 1982, setting out with the aim of being "enthusiastic about a world that has no boundaries in its ability to communicate through music and movement."
The first festival pushed Gabriel close to financial ruin, leading to his one-off reunion with Genesis for the Six Of The Best show later that year. Since then WOMAD has continued to grow, with five events on its current schedule, including a return to Charlton Park, Wiltshire, on July 28-31.
Gabriel's efforts will be recognized when he's presented with the Outstanding Contribution To Festivals Award at the UK Festival Awards & Conference 2015, at London's Roundhouse on November 26. Read more
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(TeamRock Radio) Slaves have postponed all of their November tour dates as Isaac Holman recovers from a shoulder injury. The drummer and vocalist dislocated his shoulder during the British punk rock duo's recent gig in Norwich. The November shows have been moved to new dates in January, but Slaves say their December shows will go ahead as planned.
Meanwhile, an appearance set for November 25 at Wolverhampton's Wolfrun Hall has been cancelled due to refurbishments taking place at the venue.
Holman says: "As some of you may know I dislocated my shoulder whilst performing the other night. I went to hospital and they put it back in for me but I am now in a sling and do not have much mobility in my arm.
"The doctor said I can't drum for the next few weeks or there is a good chance it will come out again and cause some serious long-term damage. Therefore, we are going to have to pull out of the remaining shows of our November UK tour and they will be rescheduled to the dates below in January." Read more including the rescheduled dates
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(TeamRock Radio) Ghost want to record another EP between albums - but they're struggling to find the time. And they'll only do it if they can be certain it won't be too similar to their 2013 covers collection If You Have Ghost, which followed the launch of second album Infestissumam and came ahead of latest work Meliora.
One of the band's Nameless Ghouls tells AMBY: "We have a list of songs that we want to record. But the album took a lot of time and the recording ended up being a procedure that allowed for very little extra material.
"Whereas many bands go into the studio and record 17 songs, choose 13 and then leave the rest as an extra topping later, we never really got to do that. So we're trying to figure out: should we record an EP? When are we supposed to do that? We're basically on tour from now until December 2016." Read more
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(Prog) Asia guitarist Sam Coulson has released his debut solo album "Electric Classic," which is an effort that features his own takes on 10 famous classical works.
It follows Asia's 2014 album Gravitas, recorded after he replaced Steve Howe in the veteran outfit. Electric Classical is available now in CD and digital formats.
Coulson says: "I'm very proud of my first solo album. It's 10 of my favourite classical pieces, played on a couple of Fender Stratocasters. I really enjoyed recording them - I hope you enjoy listening." Check out a promo video
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(Prog) Kiama have released a final teaser for their upcoming debut album. The short clip is from the track Slip Away - taken from the album Sign Of IV, which will be released in January via Tigermoth Records.
The band includes Magenta mainman Rob Reed as well as Andy Edwards from Frost*, Luke Machin of Maschine and The Tangent, and Dylan Thompson from Shadow Of The Sun.
Kiama feature in the latest issue of Prog magazine, in which they explain their blend of prog and classic rock styles. Edwards says: "Rob and I came up with the idea when we were recording Magenta's The Twenty Seven Club.
"We were doing the drums in Rockfield Studios, which is where Rush recorded A Farewell To Kings and Queen did Bohemian Rhapsody. We started talking about the bands we grew up listening to and why those albums were so good for being recorded in that way.
"So it started with the idea of forming a band, writing together and then going into a room and recording together." Watch the video
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(TeamRock Radio) Epitaph Records and southern California music venue Chain Reaction have teamed up and will hold a fundraising event this coming weekend in aid of The Ghost Inside.
The group's bus collided with another vehicle in El Paso, Texas, leaving the bus driver and the driver of the other vehicle dead. The Ghost Inside's Andrew Tkaczykt, Jonathan Vigil and Zach Johnson were said to be in critical condition at University Medical Center after being airlifted from the scene. Their condition is said to be improving.
The label say on Instagram: "This Saturday, come on down to Chain Reaction in Anaheim for The Ghost Inside charity pop-up shop. All proceeds will benefit everyone involved in the recent accident. We'll have plenty of merch from your favorite Epitaph bands, so spread some love and we'll see you there." See the full post
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(Classic Rock) Stone Sour have released a stream of their cover version of the Iron Maiden classic Running Free, which appears on their forthcoming Straight Outta Burbank EP.
Frontman Corey Taylor had the following to say to Metal Hammer about the cover track, "If you're going to cover something, you want to go for the best. It's no secret that I'm a huge Maiden fan.
"Running Free had the spirit of what we were looking for - it's kick-ass, it's driving, it's got the Maiden guitar breaks." The Straight Outta Burbank EP is set to be released this week as part of Record Store Day's Black Friday campaign. Check out the song stream
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(Radio.com) Tool recently announced a short US tour, and now we're getting more details about the status of their long-awaited fifth studio album. Guitarist Adam Jones recently spoke with Rolling Stone about the recording's progress and process.
Jones says the band has about twenty ideas that they're currently working on, and when asked specifically if singer Maynard James Keenan had heard the material, he answered in the affirmative.
"Yeah. We have an FTP and a Dropbox and we're in communication. He's got other stuff he does, so we keep him in the loop, and he has written lyrics, but he's still working on that and he'll commit. The best thing for all of us is when the song is done. I don't write leads until the song is done. You want to get a vibe. And Maynard can work on lyrics, but until the song's done and he knows how the end is, he's still figuring out the flow."
"The thing with Tool is you have four critical thinkers who like different stuff, so our process is not an easy one but it's a very rewarding one. So yes, he is exposed to new music. It's always been this way and it probably will always be this way and it's just how people work."
He also shared his thoughts on Maynard's recent controversial comments about being conned into playing a Halloween show with the band. Read about that
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(hennemusic) U2 have announced the rescheduled dates for a pair of concerts they had scheduled in Paris that were cancelled following the November 13 terrorist attacks in the city.
The band will perform at the Accorhotels Arena in Bercy on December 6 and 7, with the second show filmed and broadcast December 7 on HBO at 9:00 p.m. ET.
"So much that was taken from Paris on the tragic night of November 13 is irreplaceable," said Bono, speaking from Dublin ahead of Monday's opening show of four in their hometown. "For one night, the killers took lives, took music, took peace of mind - but they couldn't steal the spirit of that city.
"It's a spirit our band knows well and will try to serve when we return for the postponed shows on December 6th and 7th. We're going to put on our best for Paris."
"The band wanted us to reschedule as soon as possible so that they could honor the commitment to their audience," added U2 Innocence + Experience tour promoter and producer Arthur Fogel. Read more
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(Classic Rock) Scott Weiland admits life on the road appeals to him much less as he gets older. The former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman is on tour with his band Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts and, as much as he loves performing, he says the state of the music industry makes touring more of a necessity than it's ever been.
Weiland tells South Detroit Soundhouse: "It's way harder. We used to have marketing budgets of a couple of million dollars, now it's like $75,000. You have to spend a lot of time on the road to make up for the loss of income from selling records.
"I'm not as keen on it as I was when I was in my 20s, especially being happily married and not being able to see my kids and stepson as much. My wife comes out and visits me on the road for a week or two at a time. But this is a long tour, nine weeks, so I'm missing her a lot." Read more
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(TeamRock Radio) The Ghost Inside's bass player Jim Riley says the condition of the band members hurt in last week's fatal bus crash is improving. The group's bus collided with another vehicle in El Paso, Texas, leaving the bus driver and the driver of the other vehicle dead.
The Ghost Inside's Andrew Tkaczykt, Jonathan Vigil and Zach Johnson were said to be in critical condition at University Medical Center after being airlifted from the scene.
In an update posted on Facebook, Riley says: "The last 48 hours have seen everyone's condition improve. We are surrounded by lots of loved ones and the vibe today is very positive. Asking again that you keep sending good juju our way and keep the families of the two drivers that lost their lives in your thoughts.
"It will be a few more days before we share any individual details. If you've seen any of the pictures that are floating around you know the serious nature of the situation and hope you understand the need for a little privacy and discretion.
"The doctors here are phenomenal and we are in the most capable of hands. Thank you for the love and support. Life is swinging hard. We are swinging harder." Read more including Jim's full post
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(TeamRock Radio) All Shall Perish fans have rallied to raise funds for singer Craig Betit's infant daughter's medical bills. Betit's partner Meghan Murphy gave birth to Harper on November 15.
She was born with "vascular abnormalities" that required immediate attention and the band asked fans to help raise $2000 to pay for the treatment.
A GoFundMe page set up by Betit has already surpassed that target, bringing in $3100 so far. The surgery included a procedure to remove a growth from little Harper's hip.
Craig Betit says: "Harper's surgery went fantastic. The growth has been removed and the incision closed up. If all goes well we should be back home within 48 hours. Thank you everyone for your thoughts, prayers, kind words, and all-round support."
Tests are ongoing to uncover the exact details of the baby's condition, and the money raised will help the couple continue to make the long journeys for her treatment without being under extra financial strain. Read more including the full post from the band
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(TeamRock Radio) No Devotion have released a video for their track Permanent Sunlight. It's taken from the band's debut album Permanence, released in September via frontman Geoff Rickley's own label, Collect Records.
No Devotion were formed from the ashes of Lostprophets. On the video, the band say: "Every one of us had a hand in helping out, with our good friend Liza directing us.
"It was a really great experience. We're definitely gonna do another one soon - darker, more cinematic visuals perhaps. And, yes, we plan to get on the road again too." Watch the video
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(Prog) Lion Shepherd have made their debut album available to stream via Prog. Hiraeth is out now via Glassville Records and the Polish band is led by vocalist Kamil Haidar and multi-instrumentalist Mateusz Owczarek.
Haidar says the band drew on influences from across the world for the album. He adds: "I love listening to artists from outside Europe and outside the US - from Israel, from North Africa, from the Middle East, from far Asia as well.
"This is tribal, ethnic and world music overall, it has such a big power and just to combine it with rock music, which is also very powerful, it's an explosion of emotions." Stream the album
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(Prog) Public Service Broadcasting have announced they'll stream their O2 Brixton Academy show in London on November 29. It'll be aired live via the O2 Academy Live website at 9pm.
The performance is one of three shows J Willgoose Esq and Wrigglesworth will play this month. They were forced to postpone five planned appearances in Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham and Norwich due to family issues.
Those dates will now take place in February. The duo have just released their Sputnik/Korolev EP and have issued Petar Dundov's remix of Sputnik from the record. Hear it
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(Prog) The Mute Gods have released a video for their track Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me. It's the title track of bassist and vocalist Nick Beggs' latest project, also featuring drummer Marco Minnemann and keyboardist Roger King. Their debut album is set for release on January 22.
Two versions of the video have been released - a regular shoot and a 360 degree version directed by Crystal Spotlight for mobile devices. The album will arrive on a limited-edition digipak CD, gatefold 2LP with CD and digital download. Watch the video
Beggs says: "The track was inspired by the speeches of General Dwight D Eisenhower and his warning to the free world about the rise of the Independent Industrial Military Complex." Watch the videos
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(Prog) Fractal Mirror have announced that they'll release their third album entitled Slow Burn 1 in February. It's the follow-up to Garden Of Ghosts, which was released at the end of 2014.
The band's Leo Koperdraat says: "For the new album we tried to write more compact and focused songs with interesting lyrics. We spent a lot of time and energy on the arrangements.
Brett Kull plays a crucial role again, adding guitars, keyboards and his unique background vocals. Despite the fact that the songs are more focused the progressive rock influences are still very much in place." Read more
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(Classic Rock) Adam Lambert watched as many Freddie Mercury video clips as he could find online before singing with Queen, he's revealed. The American Idol finalist has been performing alongside Brian May and Roger Taylor since 2011. They're currently touring North America then play the UK and Europe in January.
Lambert tells Absolute Radio: "I did some studying. I felt I really needed to. I was pretty familiar with them, but when I first started working with them, that's when I went onto the internet and scoured everything."
He adds a Mercury performance in Montreal stood out. "He's running around in shorts, with no shoes on. Watching him in that zone really made me understand him.
"He just didn't give a sh*t. He was like, 'I'm going to do whatever I want.' I think he kind of defined what a rock star was to me. He doesn't actually care - and he's so fabulous doing it." Read more
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(TeamRock Radio) Blessthefall frontman Beau Bokan says the band will never stray too far from their signature sound. While discussing the notable addition of "lighter" material on their two most recent albums, 2013's Hollow Bodies and this year's To Those Left Behind, Bokan admits the band will always look to evolve.
But he insists there will be no "drastic change" when they eventually get to work on their sixth album. On what dictates the direction of new material, he tells Substream: "It depends where we're at as artists and musicians at that point in time because we started writing To Those Left Behind a year ago. At this point right now, we're not really thinking about writing. So when we do start writing it, it'll be interesting to see what we're influenced by at the time.
"We're always going to be Blessthefall, it's always going to be our sound. We're not going to turn into something crazy. It won't be a drastic change, I don't want to say that. You'll always be able to tell it's us.
"We had such a great time making this album, and doing Hollow Bodies has opened up a few doors for us and we've been exploring some new sounds here and there. Then this record, we just kept with that." Read more
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(TeamRock Radio) Punk outfit Matt Grocott & The Shrives have released a video for their single Turn Me On. The British band's debut album Back In The Morrow was produced by Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, who was turned on to the group by his son Joey.
Joey Armstrong ended up playing drums on the album, with his dad laying down bass tracks. Joey Armstrong says: "Working on this project was super rad for me. I'm a musician who wants to be in the studio and I got lucky with Matt and Josh who both write killer songs. I learned the songs in the studio right before we recorded and it felt natural.
"These songs have influences from older bands and I listened to a lot of Elvis Costello's drummer Pete Thomas to get a vibe for what I wanted to do. I'm really excited with how they turned out and can't wait for people to hear them." Watch the video
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(TeamRock Radio) Creeper have announced that they will be launching a 12-date headline UK tour in early 2016. They also head out on the road for further dates with Neck Deep in 2016.
Creeper will be embarking on the tours in support of their EP The Callous Heart, which was released in September after they signed a deal with Roadrunner Records.
The band say: "We are so excited to announce today that next year we will be heading out on our first-ever headline tour. What's better still is that we have our best friends Grader joining us. I hope you're all as excited as we are." See the dates
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(Classic Rock) The Orchard have snapped up the rights to Shrapnel Records' back catalogue, it's been announced. As part of the deal, The Orchard will oversee physical and digital distribution of Shrapnel's 322 album archive, which includes music by Marty Friedman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Richie Kotzen, Tony MacAlpine, Greg Howe, Jason Becker and Vinnie Moore.
Shrapnel Records' founder Mike Varney says: "The distribution landscape has changed dramatically in the last 10 years, requiring greater staffing with expertise in digital distribution.
"Although the Shrapnel Label Group will continue making new records, the expanded distribution and accompanying administration of the back catalog was something we felt could be best served by a larger company."
He continues: "As a pioneer in digital distribution with a tremendous track record of more than 15 years, The Orchard was in a stronger position to effectively realize this for our catalogue." Read more
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(TeamRock Radio) Screenings of an Eagles Of Death Metal documentary have been cancelled at a film festival in the Netherlands following last week's terror attacks in Paris.
The Redemption Of The Devil was due to debut at the International Documentary Film Festival, which runs in Amsterdam from November 18 to 29. The film follows the band on the lead-up to the release of latest album Zipper Down.
The BBC reports that the film was pulled as the timing felt inappropriate after the band's show at the Bataclan in the French capital last week was the scene of a deadly terror attack in which 89 people were killed as part of a wider operation which saw a total of 130 murdered in Paris. Extremist group IS claimed responsibility for the assault.
Meanwhile, EODM's cover of Duran Duran track Save A Prayer reached no.53 in the UK Singles Chart after fans launched a campaign to get it to number one. Organiser say that, despite not hitting their goal, they are thrilled with the international response.
A statement on the Eagles Of Death Metal For No.1 Facebook page reads: "No.1 in the Rock Chart in 11 countries, no.1 in the Worldwide Rock Chart, no.1 in Portugal Main Chart, no.1 in the Amazon UK Main Chart and no.53 in the actual chart we were originally trying for.
"But what a glorious failure, look what we achieved around the globe and not forgetting that all of the royalties proceeds will be donated by Duran Duran to a worthy and unifying cause. We weren't expecting other countries' fans to get involved so it's been a wonderful and welcome surprise. Here's to those who went out to have a good time in Paris and never came home." Read more
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(TeamRock Radio) Trivium frontman Matt Heafy says his black metal side-project Mrityu was meant to be a secret before the cat got out of the bag. Heafy is working with ex Emperor mainman Ihsahn on the project and says it will be "a dream come true" when the material sees the light of day.
He tells Revolver: "Mrityu was initially intended to be a black metal band that I was never going to tell anybody I was in. I was going to make the music, and it was going to be pretty true to the 90s second wave-style-black metal - sort of like Darkthrone, early Dimmu Borgir, early Emperor. But while Mrityu has its roots in black metal, it's become something so much more. It's not just black metal - it's anything I've ever wanted to try.
"Ihsahn from Emperor will be producing it, and he's co-written several songs with me. We'll also be recording it in Notodden, Norway, where all the Emperor records were done." Read more
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(The Blues) Bernie Marsden will lead the lineup of a January benefit show for Larry Miller, who suffered a stroke in August. The benefit show takes place on January 15 at the Stables, Milton Keynes.
Miller's band will be joined by Mardsen, Del Bronham and others. It will focus on the music of those who provided Miller's main inspiration, including Rory Gallagher, Jimi Hendrix and Gary Moore.
Veteran guitarist Miller was forced to cancel a European tour after he was left with a paralyzed right arm and robbed of the ability to walk. Since then he's made progress with the help of specialist - and he's vowed to play guitar again. Read more
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(Prog) Horror icon John Carpenter will headline next year's ATP Halloween event Release The Bats. The All Tomorrow's Parties-run event takes place at The Albert Hall, Manchester on October 29 and London's The Troxy on October 31, 2016 - with gig-goers invited to dress up for the occasion.
Director and screenwriter Carpenter will perform a musical retrospective of his horror soundtrack work, his debut studio album Lost Themes, plus new material at the shows.
Apart from his recent foray into commercial music Carpenter has directed and scored iconic films including 1978's Halloween, 1980's The Fog and 1983's Christine. Read more and see the event poster
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(Prog) Mantra Vega, the project featuring former Mostly Autumn singer Heather Findlay and Dave Kerzner, will release their debut album The Illusion's Reckoning on January 25.
It features guest appearances from Nightwish's Troy Donockley and Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen, who plays the solo on the album's title track. Findlay says: "Having written and sung for this musical genius both in the past in Ayreon and working with him again recently for The Theater Equation, it made perfect sense to ask him to contribute a solo for the album, for which he has worked his usual spine chilling, other-worldly magic. We now have all mixes with only a few minor tweaks to go before completion."
The lineup is completed by guitarists Chris Johnson and Dave Kilminster, bassist Stu Fletcher, drummer Alex Cromarty, vocalists Irene Jansen and Angela Gordon and Remko de Landmeter on Bansuri. Check out a video
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(Prog) Rhys Marsh has announced a surprise solo album due for release on December 1. The Black Sun Shining will be issued via Autumnsongs Records and features a 42-minute song-cycle, in seven movements, which Marsh says is "intended to be listened to as one piece of music."
Marsh had the following to say, "I wasn't planning to make another album just yet, but I had a bit of time between projects in the studio and I came up with a few ideas.
"So I set up some microphones and spent seven days running back and forth, recording as I was writing. It was a lot of fun, and I quite often began with the rhythms, rather than chords, which is something I haven't tried before." Read more
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(Radio.com) On Thursday night at Seattle's Music Experience Project Museum a host of big names came out to play tribute to Led Zeppelin. One of those just happened to be the legend himself, Jimmy Page (via NME).
Page came onstage to end the event by playing Led Zeppelin's hit "Rock and Roll" with Paul Rodgers, former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Alice in Chains singer William Duvell.
At the ceremony, Page was honored with the EMP Founders Award. Elsewhere in the night, Nirvana's Kris Novoselic, Soundgarden's Kim Thayil, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and ex-Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin performed Led Zeppelin covers.
Page has been busy remastering Led Zeppelin albums Presence, In Through the Out Door and Coda, a project which should be concluding soon. Watch the jam
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(Radio.com) Eagles of Death Metal co-founder and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has announced that his charity, The Sweet Stuff Foundation, will raise money for victims of last Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris.
The charity's daily mission is to help the musical community and their families with the vital elements often overlooked during periods of illness and disability, which include transportation and medical treatment. But following the devastating attacks, Homme's charity announced that all donations received between now and the end of 2015 will go directly to the victims and their families.
The Sweet Stuff Foundation posted a message on Twitter today (Nov. 19) which reads, "Thank you for a moment to pause. Now time to help. Please donate." Attached is a photo of the Eiffel Tower with a guitar neck and tuning keys which states: "Let's honor the musicians and crew members killed in Paris." See it
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(Gibson) Rush has released R40 Live. The new live DVD serves as a fitting tribute to the band's four decade-long career and will contain close to three hours of footage, including many songs that have "either never been performed before or never been captured on video".
R40 Live saw the trio of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart perform a career spanning set against the backdrop of their 'devolving' stage design. The ambitious backdrop featured sets from the band's tours over the years, in reverse chronological order.
So while the DVD opens with the massive modern production of Rush's live sets from the 2000s, it closes with the bare minimalism and poignancy of 'Working Man' from their 1974 self-titled debut album. R40 Live was filmed across two shows in the band's hometown of Toronto during their 35-show North American tour earlier this year.
One of the highlights of the show is Rush's performance of 1991 classic 'Roll The Bones', which returned to the band's live set list after a decade. The rap portion of the song (it was the Nineties), features guest video cameos from Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Peter Dinklage, Chad Smith and more. Watch the trailer
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(Classic Rock) Europe have scored their first no.1 single on a Billboard chart. They're top of The Billboard & Clio Music's Top Commercials chart, which tracks the most popular songs used in US adverts.
The 1986 single has recently been used on insurance company Geico's advertising campaign, which has helped it claim the no.1 spot. The chart uses tagging data from Shazam, along with sales and streaming information tracked by Nielsen Music.
Billboard report that The Final Countdown had 12,000 Shazam tags in October. It also enjoyed 28,000 digital sales last month, and has been streamed 5.8 million times in the US - up from September's 3.7m.
The single has enjoyed huge success since it was first released in 1986, reaching no.1 in 17 countries but never climbed higher than no.8 on a Billboard chart until now. Read more
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(SB) The Smithsonian will be launching a crowdsourced rock and roll website on December 1st and will follow with a special book in 2017. They are calling on rock fans to share their photos with the project. They sent over the following details:
The Smithsonian wants your rock'n'roll shots! On December 1, 2015, Smithsonian Books and Smithsonian Media will launch rockandroll.si.edu. We're reaching out to the general public to go through their attics, basements, boxes, drawers, digital cameras, photo albums, cell phones, cloud, photo upload sites, and computer hard drives for pictures that show the greatest moments in the history of rock'n'roll. The Smithsonian is crowdsourcing for a site (rockandroll.si.edu) and book that will illustrate rock'n'roll as it has never been seen before with photos sent in by YOU.
Beginning with the site launch on December 1st you can send in your Jimi Hendrix pictures. Your Patti Smith shots. Your Radiohead photos. We want rock'n'roll as seen through your eyes: at clubs, concerts, festivals, and beyond. Your photos will also have a chance at being featured in the book. Each month the Smithsonian or special guests will choose the best photos that have been submitted.
The site will also feature select photos and text from rock artists, band managers, photographers, and more sharing their favorite photos and stories. The site will launch December 1st, and give the general public the opportunity to post their rock photos and help create one of the greatest collections of rock'n'roll photography ever. The book will be published in the fall of 2017.
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(Radio.com) Kentucky rock band Cage the Elephant will soon release their fourth album Tell Me I'm Pretty, and on Friday they made the second single from that project available.
"Trouble" is an ambitious, ethereal tune with a dark, almost ominous, guitar. "Trouble on my left, trouble on my right/ I've been facing trouble almost all my life," Matthew Shultz sings on the chorus.
Anyone who pre-orders the album will immediately be able to download "Trouble" and the first single "Mess Around." Dan Auerbach (who also worked on Lana Del Rey's and Ray LaMontagne's albums) produced the 10-track Tell Me I'm Pretty.
Cage the Elephant will appear on The Late Late Show with James Corden on December 10. Tell Me I'm Pretty will be available on December 18. Check out the tracklist and song "Trouble"
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(MSO) The Brian Setzer Orchestra will be performing an exclusive invitation-only private concert for SiriusXM listeners in New York City on Tuesday, December 1.
The "Christmas Rocks" concert, which will take place at The Hard Rock Cafe© in Times Square, will air on Saturday, December 5 at 10:00 pm ET on Outlaw Country, channel 60 , and through the SiriusXM App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at SiriusXM.
The concert will rebroadcast on SiriusXM's Holly, channel 13. See more rebroadcast times here. After the broadcast, the concert will be available on SiriusXM On Demand for subscribers listening via the SiriusXM app for smartphones and other connected devices or online.
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(Classic Rock) John Cale will release a reworked version of his 1982 solo album Music For A New Society next year and he has launched a video for the new version of the track "(I Keep A) Close Watch". It features a guest appearance from Amber Coffman and is directed by Abby Portner.
M:FANS features tracks from the original record, reimagined in the wake of the death of Cale's former Velvet Underground bandmate Lou Reed. It's released on January 22 via Double Six/Domino on 2CD, with the second disc including a remastered version of the original record featuring three previously unreleased bonus songs. Both discs are also available individually on vinyl.
Cale says: "Making any form of art is always personal to my mind. During the making of M:FANS, I found myself loathing each and every character written about in those original recording sessions of Music For A New Society.
"Unearthing those tapes reopened those wounds. It was time to decimate the despair from 1981 and breathe new energy, re-write the story. Then, the unthinkable happened. What had informed so much over lost and twisted relationships in 1981 had now come full circle. Losing Lou forced me to upend the entire recording process and begin again - a different perspective, a new sense of urgency to tell a story from a completely opposite point of view - what was once sorrow, was now a form of rage.
"A fertile ground for exorcism of things gone wrong and the realization they are unchangeable. From sadness came the strength of fire." Watch the video
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(TeamRock Radio) A planned documentary following the lives of three black metal fans from Iran, Columbia and Greece is seeking crowdfunding to make it a reality. Work started on Blackhearts in 2011 but with material gathered, Norwegian filmmakers need funds to aid in post-production.
They say: "We've managed to raise most of the funding needed already, but we've come to a crucial point in the process where we need a proper budget to ensure the quality of the final outcome.
"We need to make sure we have enough time for our editor and assistant editor to work their magic, we need to finish the sound design and do the color grading."
They continue: "In short we want to finish the rest of the post-production with the same level of high production value and attention to detail as we have done so far and make the best possible film for you to see." Read more and see a clip
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(Classic Rock) Simo have made another track from their upcoming album Let Love Show The Way available to stream via The Blues. Becky's Last Occupation is taken from the Joe Bonamassa-approved band's second album, to be released via Mascot Label Group on January 29 next year.
Let Love Show The Way was recorded at the Big House in Macon, Georgia, with JD Simo playing the guitar Duane Allman used on the first two Allman Brothers Band albums, and on Derek And The Dominoes' classic track Layla.
Earlier this week, they made I'll Always Be Around available to stream. The band is currently on a European tour before returning to the US in December. Watch the new video
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(Classic Rock) Tiger Paw Beverages Inc. in association with Jimi Hendrix's brother, Leon, have launched a liqueur named Purple Haze. It's said to be a "mildly sweet and unique blend of vodka, cognac and exotic berries" and is bottled at 17% ABV.
Leon Hendrix says: "I wanted to produce a high quality product that consumers would love while honoring my brother, Jimi, and all of his amazing work. He would drink Purple Haze liqueur if he could be here with us today."
It's been released to celebrate what would have been the late guitar icon's 73rd birthday on November 27. It's currently only available in the US cities of Atlanta, Savannah and Athens. It's due to expand into California later this month. Check out a video promoting Purple Haze
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(TeamRock Radio) Butcher Babies vocalist Heidi Shepherd says she feels shunned by some sections of the metal community. She says she's surprised to find that some of the same people who initially welcomed her and fellow singer Carla Harvey into the fold have since questioned her authenticity as a metal artist.
She tells the Houston Press: "A lot of metal elitists say stuff like, 'Look at her. She doesn't belong in metal. Look at her. She didn't grow up on metal. She couldn't possibly like metal because of the way she looks.'
"That's interesting because this was the exact same people who accepted me. I really think it's just this attitude, if you don't have a ton of tattoos, you don't belong in metal. Or if you're a girl, you don't belong in metal.
"I don't know what girls are supposed to look like in metal, but I guess I don't care what they're supposed to look like either. It's just really interesting to me that the same people who took me in are trying to push me out." Read more
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