|Lostprophets Singer Denied Bail For Child Sexual Offenses Charges|
Watkins appeared in magistrates' court in Cardiff Bay yesterday (December 20th) where it was revealed that he is facing six charges relating to sexual offences against two young children, reports BBC.
He faces one charge of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child under 13 and four child pornography related charges.
A 24-year-old woman faces the same charges as Watkins and a 20-year-old woman faces all the charges except conspiracy to rape.
On Tuesday, South Wales police named Watkins in a statement about the charges: "A Pontypridd man has been charged with sexual offences against children and is due to appear at Cardiff Magistrates' Court today.
"The 35-year-old has been charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under 13 and possession/distribution of indecent images of children.
"In order to assist their investigation, South Wales Police has named the man as Ian Watkins, a member of the rock group Lostprophets."
|Jason Newsted Releases First Song From New Post-Metallica Band|
The song was released digitally on iTunes and will be featured on Newsted's debut four-song EP "Metal," which will be released on January 8th on the music service.
Newsted used social media and fans to announce the EP release. As we previously reported he sent out a graphic of a hand-written note with details about the release, the fans then posted it on their Twitter accounts and Newsted retweeted their posts.
Newsted was interviewed on the 'Friday Night Rocks' radio show last month about his new band and why he decided to simply call it Newsted and his open-ended vision for the musical direction of the group.
He told the show this about the band name, "I've thought about this for a long time, putting my name on a project other than just coming up with a clever name, like Echobrain or Papa Wheelie or something. We have a lot of cool names for projects, but this is the first time with my name and really trying to get out to the people that I played for by the millions in the past with Metallica."
He also spoke about the musical direction from the new group, "Whatever it ends up being if it's five songs, 20 songs, 50 songs I don't even know what the heck I'm gonna do. I have so much music from over the years. I have a bunch of new stuff I'm just trying to figure out exactly what I wanna unleash on everybody first. That's kind of what it's coming down to the timing of things and how I wanna hit people with it."Listen to the new song here.
|Slipknot's Corey Taylor Takes On Ghosts In New Book|
Taylor tells ABC News Radio is almost done with the book.
"I'm about 15-20,000 words from being finished," Taylor said. "Book two should be turned in the next few months and hopefully get out by summer."
He also explained what the book's topic will be. "The working title is A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven, and it's basically my experiences with ghosts, which I know is going to freak a lot of people out," he explains.
"It's just about the things I've seen, the places I've lived, telling some of my friend's stories, because it seems like everyone either has a ghost story or desperately wants one."
|Nightrage Doing One-Off Reunion With Former Singer Tomas Lindberg|
The band's current singer Antony Hδmδlδinen explains, "So, as some of you may already know, the band has been selected to play the Gothenburg Sound Festival in January. Unfortunately, due to some scheduling conflicts I was unable to resolve, I will have to miss this show. It will be the first Nightrage show in six years that I will miss and it completely sucks!
"This festival's lineup is of legendary proportions (Ceremonial Oath, Gardenian). But fear not I am proud to announce that we are going to just tack one more to that list of legends for our friends and fans in Sweden. That's right, the one and only Tomas Lindberg will be helping us for this one-off show. And it's safe to say I am jealous as f**k not to see this take place. I have also seen the setlist for this show, and let me tell you, no one will be disappointed."
Lindberg appeared on Nightrage's first two albums (2003′s "Sweet Vengeance" and 2005′s "Descent Into Chaos").
|Blink-182's New EP Streaming Online|
Kicking off the 5-song eclectic E.P. is "Disaster," a track that sounds as if inspired by Delonge's Angels & Airwaves with its trademark bombastic keyboard-laden riffs.
Track 2, "When I Was Young" is a look back at youth through the rose-colored glasses of an adult; on one hand, depressing, yet strangely uplifting.
The third song, the E.P.'s title track is a more traditional Blink-182 tune and boasts what could be the longest end fade of any of their songs, clocking in at over a minute.
"Boxing Day," Track 4, is a powerful post-Christmas acoustic downer while the final song,
"Pretty Little Girl" is slightly more experimental high-speed tune, featuring guest vocals from a fast-spitting Alabama rapper and Barker collaborator Yelawolf.Listen here.
|Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Joins National Guitar Museum Board|
As an advisor to the National Guitar Museum, Iommi will add his insight and experience to the museum's mission to promote and preserve the legacy of the guitar.
While he is known worldwide for classics like "Iron Man", "Paranoid" and "Heaven And Hell", Iommi has also spent much of his career looking for ways to improve guitar technology and make the guitar more playable.
"I welcome the opportunity to be part of the National Guitar Museum's goal to highlight the history of the guitar the instrument that has been part of my life since I was a teenager," said Iommi. "There is so much more to the guitar than six strings and a slab of wood. Everything about it is fascinating, from how it is crafted to the legion of people who have played it."more on this story
|Slash Releases New Facebook App|
Users can watch from different vantage points and choose between multiple synchronized camera views as well as being able to rotate and zoom in and out in real-time.
Mativision's partnership with Slash has already seen a similar app released for iPhone. Slash says: "I think the 360 application definitely takes the listener into the world of the musician so that you can actually be in the room where the artist is recording or in a live situation where you can be all around the stage and behind the stage and it just gives it a lot more depth and it really sort of puts you in the world of what the artist is doing."Watch the Slash interview about the app.
|Attack Attack! Recruit I Am Abomination Singer|
Druyor had this to say: "After Caleb and AJ decided that they would no longer continue on with the band, I was asked if I would like to join and make a new record with them. I said yes to both. The decision was very easy to make due to the fact that we've been friends for almost the entire duration of both our bands' careers."
Shomo also commented about leaving the group and told fans about his new group, Beartooth: "So as you all have heard and the internet somehow revealed before i got the chance to, as john announced last week, i have also left AA. Technically i have been out of the band for about three months now, but the guys wanted to wait to announce until they had everything lined up with the new guy which i had no problem with. Honestly me and john have very similar reasons for leaving (if you all got the chance to read his amazing farewell message.)
"I have horrible clinical depression and have for years. as you may have heard from my speeches i gave during about the last 6 months or so of my touring career with AA i have been suicidal since middle school. I've struggled on and off with eating disorders, self image problems since i was announced as the frontman a few years ago, and various substance abuse and addictions for about the past year. Having thousands of people tell you your a "fat piece of sh*t" isn't exactly the easiest thing to deal with at 17, and i could imagine ever. I am very scatter brained and just kinda am ranting so deal with me for this being so all over the place.
"I love all of the guys that have ever been involved in AA. Great dudes, very supportive as well. Starting about a year ago i started to really go into a downward spiral mentally. Having panic attacks, mental breakdowns, cutting myself off from the world for weeks at a time, writing insanely depressing songs, not too fun. I had a lot of stress in my life/demons haunting me and in no way wanted to face it head on and deal with it. As you may have guessed this doesn't help problems in the least.more on this story
|Danko Jones Announce More Volbeat Tour Dates|
New stops in Medicine Hat, AB, Minneapolis, MN, Chicago, IL and Toronto, ON have been added to the trek.
The North American tour kicks off on March 6th in Dallas with Danko Jones providing direct support for Volbeat throughout the tour.
Danko Jones will also be playing Banana 101.5's "End of the World Party" on 12/21 Flint, MI @ Holiday Inn Gateway. Center
|Neil Young Moving Forward With Pono|
Young Tweeted earlier this month that Pono will roll out the service's cloud-based music-library component and portable digital-to-analog players by summer 2013.
During an interview with David Letterman in September, Young said he was "negotiating with Sony" and working on transferring albums including The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan and Highway 61 Revisited for Pono. And Young is very serious about this: Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports that he and Pono raised $500,000 investment in November.
In the past, Young has been critical of the MP3 / AAC formats and before that, even CDs. But Pono will be hi-res. Some reports suggest that, on average, a five-minute song on Pono would require 300MB of storage space.more on this story
|Pathology Reunite With Matti Way and Tim Tiszczenko|
The band had this to say: "Pathology is happy to announce the return of singer Matti Way and long-time original guitarist Tim Tiszczenko. Both members Jon and Oscar are no longer with the band. Pathology would like to thank them for there time and efforts.
"This is now the prime Pathology lineup from the Age Of Onset, Legacy era. We are very excited for this change, We will now have the best of both worlds with a mix of the old and new.
"Pathology is already working on new material for a late 2013 release. The band has also completed there 3 album commitment to Victory Records and will be open to new options."
|Abriosis Giving Away New Song|
"Crypsis, the opening track on Vessel, gets 2 thumbs up for being Fast and Furious, says Vin Diesel," says Abriosis. You can download it here.
Abriosis will release Vessel on February 1st, 2013 and it the first Abriosis recording to feature the band's new vocalist, Alxs Ness (ex-Without Mercy).
In keeping with tradition, the band plans to release the digital version of the EP entirely for free via their official website,www.abriosis.com.
You can preview all the tracks on the EP via the official video trailerhere.
|Atreyu Sideband Hell or Highwater CD Release and The Darkness Tour|
The band have set a February 5, 2013 release date for their debut album, Begin Again. The band features Saller on guitar and vocals.
Begin Again will feature 11 tracks, including the forthcoming single "Gimmie Love" and "Go Alone" (featuring M. Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold), as well as three bonus tracks, "Pretty Penny," "The Boxer" and "Tragedy" (Villain Remix).
Saller comments "We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the Chicago based record label, Pavement Music for the release of our debut album Begin Again. 2013 promises to be a big year for Hell Or Highwater. We're excited to be a part of the Pavement Music family."
Hell or Highwater will be hitting the road for a North American tour with The Darkness in January, which kicks off January 10th in Ft. Lauderdale and wraps up in Aspen, CO on February 2nd.
|Frank Zappa's Family Trust Letting Fans Release Roxy By Proxy|
For a $1000 licensing fee, fans can own a master duplication copy of Roxy By Proxy (All Roxy No Elsewhere): 76 minutes of never-before-released Frank Zappa master recordings from the Roxy performances of December 9 & 10, 1973 including "Inca Roads," "Penguin in Bondage," "T'Mershi Duween," "Dog/Meat," "RDNZL," "Cheepnis & Dupree's Paradise," "King Kong," "Chunga's Revenge" and more.
They will also be provided with liner notes and packaging artwork so they can duplicate the CDs to sell at any price they choose, with a $1.20 per CD mechanical royalty to be paid back to Zappa Records. The opportunity is valid now through December 28.
Interested fans/participants can sell as many copies of the album as they'd like at the retail level, as official licensed distributors for the Zappa Family Trust. They can also give CDs away as gifts. All the details can be found here.
Proceeds from this unprecedented opportunity are being used to complete the long-awaited film The Roxy Performances--recorded December 10, 11 and 12, 1973 in Los Angeles and released in part on 1974's Roxy & Elsewhere CD--for eventual theatrical release and on DVD. According to the ZFT, "You are the ones who want it and you are the ones we need to help us make it happen! This is also a big Thank You to all the fans that are ready willing and able to participate in the ultimate adventure of distributing this record. We are gratefuland we are hopeful that you will show us how to do it better than it has ever been done before."
|Untold Story of INXS Film Planned|
|Turbogeist Releasing EP and Touring With Pure Love|
Co-produced by the band and Chris Sheldon (who has previously worked with Pixies, Radiohead & Foo Fighters, amongst others), Ancient Secrets was recorded at Livingston Studios in North London, and will be available as a digital download plus a limited edition vinyl 10".
Inspired in part by Apocalyptic times, Ancient Secrets includes five ripping tracks, with man's stuttering evolution at the core of the action; the featured songs include "Mermaid's Revenge" (about our ill-fated attempts to conquer nature), for which a video has recently been filmed, and "Zero Friends'"(society's slow death by social networking).
Before the release, Turbogeist will be hitting the road with Pure Love (former Gallows frontman Frank Carter and ex-Hope Conspiracy & Suicide File guitarist Jim Carroll) for a 14-date UK tour which kicks off on February 6th.more on this story
|The Veer Union Want Fans To Kickstart Their New EP|
The band is offering several donation packages to assist in covering expenses for the forthcoming EP, due out early 2013.
"The music industry is changing rapidly, but I personally think companies like Kickstarter are paving the way for real artists to have careers by closing the gap between bands and their fans, making it possible for careers to flourish and bands to continue doing what they love," said Earl.
"This is why The Veer Union needs your help NOW more than ever. We have started recording a brand new EP called 'Life Support Part 1.' This record is going to be the most special to me because it is a record made possible by the fans, for the fans, as you are our 'LIFE SUPPORT' and could not do it without you. We can't wait to see you all out on tour in 2013."
To help fuel the Kickstarter campaign, The Veer Union has released a lyric video for a brand new song "The World I Wanted" here. "The World I Wanted" features a completely revamped The Veer Union lineup and is available for purchase as part of the Kickstarter campaign.
"I have written and recorded a brand new song called 'The World I Wanted' with the new members of the band," added Earl. "This song depicts the depression and personal struggles during the last six months after finding myself on my own."
Fans can learn more about the Kickstarter campaign via a special video message from vocalist Crispin Earl here. Or visit the campaign pagehere.
|Last Call Giving Away Holiday Song|
"After a very long year, we'd like to thank everyone who's supported us and our new record. It's been a great way to close out the year and bring in the new. Happy Holidays from Last Call." You can download it here.
The band will be playing a hometown record release show for their new album, Dog Years, on Jan. 5th at the Knight Hall in Las Vegas.
The show will feature support from Caravels, Heart to Heart, Stickup Kid, The Letter You, Alaska and Dreamcatchers.more on this story
|Death Wolf Releasing New Album|
Besides the Danzig-influenced material in the vein of the songs on Death Wolf's self-titled debut album, fans can also expect II: Black Armoured Death to cover a wide musical spectrum that will surely be worth a listen for every fan of dark sinister punk rock with a metal edge.
Death Wolf will also be releasing a new 7", Bloodscent, this month. Featuring different arrangements of two tracks on II: Black Armoured Death, this limited 7" will be hand-numbered and pressed on white wax-- and only available at CM Distro and on the road this February/March on Death Wolf's tour with Marduk, Moonspell and Inquisition.more on this story
|Arise As Kings Change Their Name To Left Behind And Give Away Song|
The band had this to say about the name change, "We have a few reasons for this change. First of all, we have grown so much and matured a great deal in the past year and a half of being a band, to the point where Arise As Kings no longer fits our music, our mindset, or us anymore. We also wanted a fresh, brand new start. A new chapter of our music and of our lives."
The band is offering fans a free download of their newest single "Haunted."
The band's next single "No Forgiveness" features Jordan Bradley (aka Bone) from Embracer.
The group is currently finishing their first EP as Left Behind with Brette Ciamarra at Studio 344 in late January, and releasing a music video shortly afterwards.more on this story
|Paganland Releasing New Album in March|
We were sent this background on the band: Paganland was founded in 1997 by Ruen and Bilozor in Lviv one of the most beautiful Ukrainian cities, whose developed traditions incorporated the European cultural spirit of the last millennium, and every stone breathes with centuries-old history of decline and revival, wars and temporary rest.
The natural mysticism hidden in the Carpathians' greatness, the dense woods, and pure mountain sources could not but affect musicians with a pagan outlook.
Therefore, Paganland's debut demo Gods of Golden Circle (1999) and the demo Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (2004), one way or another, had been nearly related to pagan metal.
The line-up changes, routine of rehearsals, and hardships of concert activity caused Paganland's breakup in 2005, but three years later, the group re-formed and in 2011 recorded the first full-length album, Wind Of Freedom, having resumed their concert activity.more on this story
|Singled Out: James Williams' Eclectic Shred|
Eclectic Shred song was written with my drop c secret open tuning. It is a tuning I have used threw the years I have never herd anyone else use this tuning.
The style in which I composed the song is as diverse as the whole cd and the definition of the word Eclectic. So I incorporated allot within the composition musically, with special guest Mike LePond of Symphony X played the bass on it and Matt Guillroy of James Labrie did a killer keyboard solo at the breakdown development section. I played the rest of the keyboard pads with the string arraignments threw out.
It is a prog power metal fusion song that I named the title track of the cd. It has melody, plenty of shred instrumentation and groove elements with odd time meter.
It should satisfy the music thirst of all prog instrumental fans of Al Dimeola, and jazz to metal heads that like Dream Theater, Symphony X, and want guitar virtuoso music with structure and melody line than just thrown together rhythms with lead guitar over it.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the albumright here!
|Whitesnake's David Coverdale Releases The Night Before Christmas Video|
"A Visit from St. Nicholas", also known as "The Night Before Christmas" and "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" from its first line, is a poem first published anonymously in 1823 and generally attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, although the claim has also been made that it was written by Henry Livingston, Jr.
A few months ago, Coverdale revealed that Whitesnake are working on some projects that will see the light of day next year, including a live album and a separate in-concert DVD from the Forevermore world tour, plus special expanded editions of "Into The Light" and "Restless Heart."Watch it here.
|Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler InTheStudio|
It started in 1980 with Making Movies , a Top 20 album, their third, produced by current Interscope Records Chairman and American Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine and featuring the song "Skateaway", soon to be an MTV classic as well.
By 1982, Mark Knopfler would take over the production duties and deliver Love Over Gold , featuring a 14 minute epic "Telegraph Road" along with the Top 10 rock track "Industrial Disease".
Mark shares with InTheStudio program host Redbeard that moment when the song is no longer your own. "When you realize that different songs are being used in people's lives, when they tell you it's become 'theirs', the song has finally becomes theirs. And so what they think of it becomes something you don't want to spoil. I get pleasure from the fact people use the music to live with."
Stream part one here and part twohere.
|Terra Terra Terra Release Lyric Video and Offer Free Song Download|
The new album, The Space We Create will be released on January 15 and is the follow-up to 2009's Man Like A Mind, Soul Like A Child.
The album was recorded with Jesse Cannon and Mike Oettinger at Cannon Found Soundation Studios in New Jersey.more on this story
|. Rock Reads: Turn it Up|