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Day in Rock Report for 08/10/2015



Slipknot Want To Make Movie With Double Concept Album

(TeamRock Radio) Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has revealed the band's plans to make a double-length concept album have expanded to include a tie-in movie. But he says the project won't even be started for at least two years.

Speculation has increased in recent weeks that the follow-up to last year's .5: The Gray Chapter would be Slipknot's answer to Pink Floyd's The Wall or The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Taylor tells Q103 Albany: "Clown and I and Jim have been talking about what would be next. The idea we had was to come up with the concept, then provide the soundtrack for it.

"But I told them the other day, 'Let's take it even further. Let's make our Purple Rain, let's make our The Wall. With a movie - not just the album, but do a movie.' They were pretty into it."

He adds: "It's going to be a few years before we even get into that. But the fact that we're laying the steps for it now just means that we're right back to where we were, which us five steps ahead of the game." Watch the full interview here.

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Metallica In The Studio and Recording Says Hammett

(Classic Rock) Kirk Hammett has reassured fans that work is continuing on Metallica's long-awaited tenth studio album. Drummer Lars Ulrich said in May "I wouldn't hold my breath" over a completion or release date.

Now Hammett says: "It seems like we might not be doing anything - but we're in the studio, we're recording, we're working on music. We're in for weeks at a time doing exactly that."

The band headline the Reading and Leeds festivals at the end of August. They just released a live clip from their appearance at Lollapalooza in Chicago earlier this month. Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Phil Rudd Hopes For AC/DC Return Following Home Detention

(hennemusic) AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd says he is hoping to return to the legendary Australian band's lineup when he finishes his 8-month home detention sentence in New Zealand.

"I've got a lot to think about now," Rudd tells 3 News. "I've grown up, but not grown old. I hope there's a difference. I still want to play the drums. I've got a lot of game left and I reckon I'm just starting to f***ing get cleared up. So I just want a chance to get back in with the boys and just carry on from there. This last tour bulls**t, you know, sure. Last tour, AC/DC will never retire, Angus will never retire."

After Rudd recorded "Rock Or Bust" with AC/DC in Vancouver last year, the band hired former member Chris Slade to handle drum duties in his place for the group's world tour, which launched on April 10 at Coachella.

"Slade! He's a good drummer, mate," says Rudd. "Chris Slade's a good drummer but I've got no idea what he's doing up there. Trust me, I know what I'm talking about. I got nothing against Chris. It's just he hasn't got a permanent job. I hope! That's all."
"I'm going to be back," he adds. "I've never been fitter; I've never felt better; I've never been psychologically or physically in better shape my whole life, and I love playing. I've realized who I am and what I can do and I just want a chance to go out there and show everyone who the man is. I'm the man."

In April, Rudd entered a guilty plea to one count of threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis stemming from a series of incidents in 2014. Read more here.

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Evanescence Reveal Lineup Change

(Classic Rock) Evanescence guitarist Terry Balsamo has been replaced by a musician Amy Lee describes as the band's "missing piece." German Jen Majura will take part in the band's autumn tour, which could include sets chosen by fans.

Lee - who confirmed an end to Evanescence's three-year hiatus in July - says: "After two albums, countless adventures around the world and on the stage, Terry's time has come to an end.

"As difficult as that is, we stand unified knowing it's the right thing for all of us. We will always love you, Terry." She says that Majura was found after "scouring the globe" and continues: "I found Evanescence's missing piece in South Germany. She plays like a supervillain, sings like an angel and laughs like a great friend." Read more here.

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Police Call On Metalheads To Help Identify Dead Metal Fan

(Classic Rock) An investigator in the US state of Wisconsin hopes metal fans can help identify a man who was found dead 20 years ago. The body of a person aged 17-20 was found in Rock County in 1995, wearing a Venom shirt, and all attempts to find out who he was have failed. He's referred to as John Clinton Doe.

Now a charity has put up posters in metal venues and clubs, in the hope that someone might recognise a fellow music fan. The sign features a Venom logo and a reconstruction of how the man might have looked.

Jack Freiss created the Find JCD Project while working in the Rock County coroner's office. He's no longer employed there, but he's vowed to keep the project alive. Read more and see the sketch here.

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Rush's Alex Lifeson Says Health Issue Isn't As Bad As People Think

(Classic Rock) Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has played down the effects of his arthritis, saying it isn't preventing him from playing. Frontman Geddy Lee said in May that he feared his colleague's pain would be the main factor in ending their live career, saying: "It kind of hurts me to see him when he's having a bad day, physically."

But Lifeson tells That Metal Show: "You have to be careful what you say these days - I almost regret ever mentioning it in the past. Everyone thinks, 'Oh, his hands. He's got arthritis. That's it, he can't play.'

He adds: "I feel it, just like we all do as we get older, aches and all of that stuff - but it doesn't impede my playing. It makes it a little more difficult, a little more challenging to do the fast stuff, and there's a little bit of feedback that I get from it the next day. But it's nothing that really stands in the way." Read more here.

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Yes Pay Tribute To Chris Squire At First Concert Since His Death

(Classic Rock) Yes began their first concert since the death of Chris Squire by paying an emotional tribute to the late bassist. The only man to have played in each of the prog veterans' lineups passed away in June after a battle with cancer. He'd been replaced by Billy Sherwood since beginning treatment earlier this year.

Last night in the Grand Theater, Mashantucket, Connecticut, the lights went down save for a single white spot, illuminating a Rickenbacker bass on a stand in the position traditionally occupied Squire.

A wave of applause erupted as images of the musician were displayed on stage screens and the sound system played Onward, one of his compositions from 1978's Tormato album.

Jon Davison, Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, Alan White and Sherwood performed a 90-minute set. Three songs in singer Davison thanked the audience for their support, saying: "We're all celebrating the magic of music - but also the remembrance of a great friend. We love you, Chris." Read more here.

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Dave Grohl Performs On New B'Last EP

(Classic Rock) Dave Grohl takes part in the latest EP from hardcore punk outfit B'last! - the Foo Fighters mainman recorded drums and oversaw production of the two-track title.

He stood in for former Queens Of The Stone Age drummer Joey Castillo, who was busy with other commitments when sessions took place. Bassist Nick Olivera, also ex-QOTSA, was also previously engaged, and was replaced by Black Flag's Chuck Dukowski.

Grohl, who's worked with Bl'ast! before, said in 2013: "They were the quintessential California hardcore band. They skated, they jammed, and they were like an explosion live." Read more and stream the songs here.

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Twenty One Pilots Lead Madden 16 Soundtrack

(TeamRock Radio) Twenty One Pilots' track Heavydirtysoul will be included in American Football video game Madden 16, it's been announced. The latest entry in the long-running sports series will be released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 25 through Electronic Arts.

Other songs of note that have made it into the game include Don Broco's Automatic, The Cadillac Three's I'm Rockin' and Blackberry Smoke's Holding All The Roses.

Worldwide Executive Of Music And Marketing for EA, Steve Schnur says: "For the last few years, our Madden soundtracks focused on recreating the stadium experience. But with Madden 16, we've returned to our roots for introducing new artists and new music."

Part of the tracklist has been added to Spotify, with further songs to be revealed throughout the coming months. See the list here.

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Dave Mustaine Explains Megadeth's Latest Lineup Changed

(Classic Rock) Dave Mustaine says Megadeth's latest lineup changes were inevitable as the departed members didn't share his vision for the band. Megadeth recruited Kiko Loureiro and Chris Adler after Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick quit. The new lineup is working on the band's upcoming 15th album, due out later this year or in early 2016.

And mainman Mustaine insists the switches are a good thing, comparing them to changes made by Slayer and Metallica down the years. He tells The Leader:

"Bands are living organisms, and sometimes when you have four people and they don't all have the same vision, you've got to ask yourself what's good for the band rather than the individual, and we made some changes. The two guys we have playing for us now have been great.

"My godfather is Alice Cooper. How many guys has he had in his band? Slayer has had tons of people and Metallica has had changes, too. We all go through these unfortunate changes." Read more here.

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Thin Lizzy's Philip Lynott Celebrated In New Play

(Classic Rock) A new play about late Thin Lizzy frontman Philip Lynott from former EastEnders actor Rob Mountford debuted on Friday evening at the Edinburgh Festival.

Described as "a hilarious, philosophical, rock 'n' roll one-man show", Vagabonds - My Phil Lynott Odyssey is an hour-long soliloquy co-written by and starring 40-year-old Mountford, who played Dr Farah Singh in the long-running soap back in 2013.

The storyline is jointly inspired by the lives of Thin Lizzy leader Lynott, who died in 1986, and by 40-year-old Mountford himself. The actor, whose CV also includes The Royal Shakespeare Company and spots on Casualty, tells Classic Rock:

"Phil was a black Irishman and I'm a brown Brummie but we both grew up as mixed race kids in predominantly white areas, and when that happens you either allow people to push you around or you take life by the scruff of the neck and go for it. Phil did the latter, and I thought it was about time there was a play about him." Read more here.

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Led Zeppelin Score Top 10 Debut For In Through The Out Door Reissue

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin's expanded reissue of their 1979 album, "In Through The Out Door", has debuted in the US Top 10. Billboard reports the album reenters the Billboard 200 album chart at No. 9 with opening week sales of 24,000 units (23,000 from pure album sales).

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

"In Through The Out Door" originally spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 1979 and was last on the chart in 1980. Industry sources expected a Top 10 debut for all three of Led Zeppelin's July 31 reissues, but 1976's "Presence" and 1982's "Coda" failed to hit the mark; their chart positions will be revealed when the new chart is posted on Tuesday. Read more here.

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Red Dragon Cartel Singer Wants New Album To Be A Little Badlandsish

(Classic Rock) Red Dragon Cartel singer Darren James Smith doesn't want to go into the details of how he got his job back with Jake E Lee's band. He's just glad to be given a second chance after leaving in March and hopes the band's new album goes into the musical territory of Lee's former band Badlands.

Lee struggled to replace him, with four other men having taken on the role before the original frontman's comeback was confirmed last week. Smith tells SleazeRoxx: "I don't know the reasons - but I like to think it's because I'm the guy for the gig, I guess."

He'll soon start co-writing the group's second album - which he says could sound like Lee's former band Badlands. "It's going to be a band effort," Smith reports. "I haven't heard anything yet, but I'm hoping it's going to be a little Badlandsish. I really love that stuff. Jake is quite a creative guy, so who knows what he's going to toss at us?" Read more here.

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Atreyu Ask Fans For Help With New Music Video

(TeamRock Radio) Atreyu are looking for fans to submit videos and photos to appear in the video for their next single Do You Know Who You Are. The song follows the title track of the group's sixth album Long Live as the second tune issued from the project, which will be released on September 18 via Spinefarm Records.

The band say: "Do You Know Who You Are? Want a chance to be in our next video? Tell us who you are. Simply send us a photo or video showing us. Are you a father? A warrior? A mother? A writer? A lover?

"Write it on a card, spell it in sand, whatever. We want to see as many of you as possible get involved and get creative to show the world who you are." Read more here.

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King Crimson Releasing 16-Disc Thrak Anniversary Box Set

(Prog) King Crimson have revealed the contents of the 16-disc box set that marks the 20th anniversary of their Thrak album. It features 12 CDs, two DVDs and two Blu-rays, packed with extended, unreleased and remastered recordings from the lineup's first rehearsals to their final show.

The double-trio arrangement featured mainman Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, Trey Gunn, Bill Bruford and Pat Mastelotto. Thrak Box highlights includes an unreleased concert video from 1995, bassist Tony Levin's personal road movies, and footage from recording sessions at Peter Gabriel's RealWorld Studios.

Crimson say: "If the stereo material sounds wonderful - and it does - the hi-res stereo and the 5.1 Surround mixes are a revelation. This is a lineup that's best heard in multi-channel Surround Sound." Read more here.

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Phil Anselmo Doesn't See Pantera Reunion As Realistic Possibility

(TeamRock Radio) Phil Anselmo says he doesn't get bored of being asked about a Pantera reunion - even though he doesn't think it's going to happen. The frontman, drummer Vinnie Paul and bassist Rex Brown field the query on a regular basis, and sometimes even indulge in speculation about who might replace late guitarist Dimebag on stage.

Anselmo tells National Rock Review: "It doesn't really bother me. I understand the concern, the want. I understand, if the opportunity was there, what it would mean to a lot of people."

But he continues: "Right now there's really no truth in it. The only people within the band that even communicate are Rex and I. So it's not very realistic." Read more here.

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Spotify Reveal Top 25 Heavy Music Genres

(TeamRock Radio) Spotify have released a list of the top 25 heavy music genres, with alt metal in the number 1 position. The streaming service say bands including Disturbed, Korn, Papa Roach and Nonpoint are among the most-listened acts in metal.

They've split the genre into 91 different specialties, with nu metal, hard rock, groove metal and rap metal proving to be most popular. That includes namechecks for bands including Drowning Pool, DevilDriver, Linkin Park - and Ted Nugent.

Spotify's list includes crossover entries, with Korn, Disturbed and Papa Roach among bands that appear in more than two lists. The service said in June that metal fans remained most loyal to their favourite bands out of all music fans. Check out the list here.

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Trivium Frontman Matt Heafy Explains His Screams

(TeamRock Radio) Trivium frontman Matt Heafy has revealed he only took up screaming because he couldn't sing. He's delighted he can now deliver more melodic vocals - despite the mixed response to latest track Silence In The Snow.

Heafy says: "Since I was 12 I wanted to be a great singer. I screamed because I couldn't sing. I'm proud and excited to finally be able to do what I love the way I love. Screaming is easy - singing in hard. I've always been a fan of what's harder."

He explains the track, which gives Trivium's seventh album its title, was written during sessions for 2008 album Shogun, saying: "Shogun fans rejoice. Didn't like Shogun? You may not dig this."

And he adds: "I love both sides of you all regardless. We always want to evolve, and make what we want to make. Other bands do what they think people want, or are told to - we do what we want every time. And we love our Trivium supporters worldwide." Read more and check out the band's new video here.

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Golden Void Announce New Album 'Berkana'

(Prog) Golden Void, led by Earthless' Isaiah Mitchell, will release second album Berkana next month. The follow-up to their 2012 self-titled debut arrives on September 18 via Thrill Jockey Records.

It was recorded with producer Tim Green and also features Camilla Saufley-Mitchell, Justin Pinkerton and Aaron Morgan. Mitchell tells Prog: "We put Berkana together pretty quickly because our label put a deadline on when the album needed to be completed. Life was very busy so a deadline was helpful.

"We had more time in the studio so we were able to take our time and really find the best texture or harmony for the part at hand. Tim Green is a great person to have on your side when you're searching for the right ingredients for a song." See the track details and cover art here.

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Fear Factory Streaming Entire New Album 'Genexus' Online

(TeamRock Radio) Fear Factory are streaming their ninth album Genexus in full - and they've also released a video for lead track Dielectric. The follow-up to 2012's The Industrialist is launched on August 7 via Nuclear Blast.

Vocalist Burton C Bell recently explained: "The word 'genexus' is a hybrid of two words - 'genesis' and 'nexus.' It describes the next transition in human evolution, as man moves forward to a mechanical state of being.

"The cognitive machine has arrived, and it wants autonomy. This machine struggles, like every other human has throughout the course of history. This is the story of every one of us." Watch the new video and stream the album here.

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Kid Rock Does Surprise Jam With Ted Nugent

(hennemusic) Ted Nugent made a surprise appearance during the opening night of Kid Rock's record-setting 10 sold-out show home stand at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, MI on August 7 and video of the jam shot by Ted's wife from the front row has been posted online.

The Michigan natives shared the stage late in Rock's 2-hour set, with the host preparing to launch into "Cat Scratch Fever" before Nugent bolted on stage to take over.

"LORD HAVE MERCY!!," posted Nugent after the concert. "The mighty MotorCity Madhouse LIVES & Kid Rock & his killer band make all Detroit/American rockers very very proud! Amazing opening night of their record breaking 10night sellout run at PineKnob North of Detroit!

"I figured I could take a quick break from fishing, grab ol killer Byrdland Blackie & show the boys how to krankout the Motown guitar classic CATSACRATCHFEVER with maxximum piss&vinegar ultra attitude & SpiritWild! Damn that was crazyFUN! It's only Rock-N-Roll but I like it! KidRock is my sonic bombast BloodBrother!! YOWZA!!"

Rock's other guest on opening night was his son, Bobby Jr., who joined the singer for an encore version of "Good Time Lookin' For Me." Part of Rock's summer tour with Foreigner in support of his latest album, "First Kiss", the dates shatter previous ticket sale records for the state of Michigan, previously held by Garth Brooks at approximately 107,000 tickets; the shows will see Kid Rock sell over 145,000 while also breaking the record for most consecutive dates at the venue, formerly held by Bob Seger. Watch the video here.

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Trailer For Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese's Rock Drama Vinyl Released

(Classic Rock) The first trailer for Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese's rock drama Vinyl has been released. The nine-part series about the fortunes of a 1970s record label exec will air next year on US network HBO. Scorsese will direct the pilot and serve as an executive producer alongside the Rolling Stones frontman.

Vinyl features actors Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Andrew 'Dice' Clay and P.J. Byrne, while Jagger's son James will star as Kip Stevens, the singer of fictional punk outfit Nasty Bits.

Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Otis Redding and Elton John will also be portrayed in the show. The Rolling Stones reissued their 1971 album Sticky Fingers in June, while guitarist Keith Richards hinted they could soon begin work on the follow-up to 2005's A Bigger Bang. Watch the trailer here.

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Bon Jovi Stream New Song 'Blind Love' And Plan New Tour

(Classic Rock) Bon Jovi have released a lyric video for their track Blind Love. The song is one of the tracks that will appear on "fan album" Burning Bridges, to be released on August 21.

Frontman Jon Bon Jovi recently said: "This is a fan record to accompany a twelve-show international tour. It's sort of a hint as to where we're going musically - but the new album, the real new album, will be early next year."

The band's published dates for the short international tour start with a show in Indonesia on September 11 and end with one in Israel on October 3. Stream the new song here.

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Disturbed Streaming New Song 'What Are You Waiting For'

(TeamRock Radio) Disturbed have released a lyric video for their track What Are You Waiting For. It's taken from comeback album Immortalized, to be launched on August 21 after the band ended a four-year hiatus.

Frontman David Draimain recently revealed he writes most of his music while smoking weed, saying: "It helps me relax. I can see the holes in the rhythm and the melody and I'll know where I can go, and what the possibilities are."

The band were this week revealed to be among the most listened metal acts on Spotify. They feature in the latest edition of Metal Hammer, out now in print, digital and via TeamRock+. Stream the new song here.

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Blessthefall Release 'Walk On Water' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Blessthefall have released a music video for their track Walk On Water. It's from fourth album To Those Left Behind which is set for release on September 18 via Fearless Records.

Frontman Beau Bokan called the follow-up to 2013's Hollow Bodies as a "giant f***ing leap forward." adding: "We're constantly trying to outdo ourselves.

"We're at our absolute best as musicians and songwriters. We're looking forward to seeing where this album will take us." Check out the new "Walk On Water" video here.

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The Sword Streaming New Song 'Dreamthieves'

(Classic Rock) The Sword have released an online stream of their track Dreamthieves. The song comes from their fifth album High Country, which will be released on August 21 via Napalm Records.

They previously revealed Mist & Shadow from the follow-up to 2012's Apocryphon. Speaking about High Country, frontman JD Cronise tells Noisey: "I hope our fans will be open to it. I know some of them will be, and they spread the word to other people who may not have been into our older stuff.

"I just want people to dig it. It's meant to be a generally positive vibe, not super intense or doomy - just a classic rock record with different shades of tones and a good time." Stream the new track here.

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Drowning Pool's Bodies Get Sock Puppet Parody

(Classic Rock) Drowning Pool are the latest band to have their work spoofed by YouTube channel Sock Puppet Parody. Slayer, Rage Against The Machine and Immortal have all been sent up by the channel in the past.

Sock Puppet Parody have now taken Drowning Pool's 2001 single Bodies and reworked it as Let The Laundry Hit The Floor. It features alternative lyrics which describe the fate of dirty socks escaping from a washing basket.

The band, who said they were planning a studio return this year to record the follow-up to 2013's Resilience, saw the funny side of the video and posted a link to it on their Facebook page. Watch it here.

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Ghost Streaming New Song 'Majesty'

(hennemusic) Swedish occult rockers Ghost have released an online stream of "Majesty", a track from their forthcoming third album, "Meliora." Due August 21, the project sees the debut of new vocalist Papa Emeritus III alongside the Nameless Ghouls following the resignation of his three-month older brother Papa Emeritus II.

Produced by Klas ┼hlund and mixed by Andy Wallace (Slayer, Nirvana, Guns N' Roses, Linkin Park), "Meliora" is the follow-up to the band's second album and major label debut, 2013's "Infestissumam."

"Majesty" is the fourth track issued in advance of the album, following "Absolution", "From The Pinnacle To The Pit" and the lead single, "Cirice." The group will launch the Black To The Future North American tour at The Fillmore in Washington, DC on September 22, which will be followed by fall dates across Europe. Stream the song here.

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Symphony X Release 'Kiss Of Fire' Lyric Video

(Prog) Symphony X have released a lyric video for their track Kiss Of Fire. The song comes from their ninth album Underworld, which launched in July via Nuclear Blast.

Guitarist Michael Romero tells Prog: "This one does have a lot of elements of what we've done in the past. There might be a song with sections that could have been on The Divine Wings Of Tragedy, our third record, or there might be a heavy song that sounds like it could have been on Iconoclast.

"It's pretty diverse. It's a good balance of everything we've done, but also a little bit different because we're trying to fine-tune the songwriting and really pay attention to the melodies and the arrangements and flow." Watch the video here.

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Blurred Vision Release 'All I Wanted' Lyric Video

(Prog) Blurred Vision have released a lyric video for their track All I Wanted. The song comes from the trio's debut album Organized Insanity, which was launched in April via Cherry Red.

The psychedelic pop outfit, led by Iranian-born brothers Sepp and Sohl Osley, first drew large-scale attention when Roger Waters approved of their 2010 cover of Another Brick In The Wall.

They describe All I Wanted, produced by Terry Brown, as "a reminder of how precious our here and now is." It was inspired when all three members became uncles, leading them to realize: "There is nothing more humbling than to be in the presence of a newborn or a young child, when all you can think about is protecting their innocence. At the same time, you're forced to understand why we lose that simplicity as we get older and create the barriers that separate us from one another." Check out the lyric video here.

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Riverside Release Fear Teaser For 'Love, Fear And The Time Machine'

(Prog) Riverside have released another trailer for sixth album Love, Fear And The Time Machine. After the launch of a clip focusing on the Love element, the latest teaser concentrates on Fear.

The follow-up to 2013's Shrine Of New Generation Slaves is set for launch on September 4 via InsideOut. Frontman Mariusz Duda recently said: "I wanted to combine the 70s and the 80s.

"The 80s was a decade of musical growth for me - I remember being enchanted by music deep with bass, chorus and all kinds of reverb." Watch the new teaser video here.

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The Black Atlas Singled Out Week: Moonsong

Doom-rock artist The Black Atlas just released his new solo EP "Devils" and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about some of the tracks for the effort. Today he tells us about "Moonsong". Here is the story:

I was on the A train headed uptown after having purchased the Marseilles Tarot deck at a small retailer of curios and cards, a local haunt in Manhattan's West Village at that time. At first I was unsure whether or not to take the deck out right there in the shaky subway car, or wait 'til I was home, at my desk. However, at last I was compelled. Lifting the lid, I turned the box upside down and let the deck slide into my palm. I looked over to my left, at my girlfriend at the time. She was asleep, with her head on the train car wall. Feeling a little nervous and excited, I began to shuffle the cards facedown, without looking at them. I was trying to go by feel. I had done this many times before. I cut the deck and drew a card: La Lune.

The colors were stark, and the artwork somewhat crude, but the sight of it seemed to literally evoke a resonant note somewhere inside my body. The crustacean crawling forth from waters of untold depth, the howling dogs beside the trail that leads winding over the horizon to the foreign city, the moon heavy and low in the night sky. All familiar symbols to me, but somehow seen for the first time. I put the card back in to the deck and began shuffling again. Vigorously. Thoroughly. Cutting the deck once more, I drew the first card on top yet again: La Lune. I felt a chill run through me. Immediately, I glanced up at my girlfriend, still asleep next to me. She had not seen me draw the card twice consecutively.

Later that night, I sat at my desk, alone, with the deck in front of me. Almost afraid of what may happen, I shuffled the cards again, cutting the deck three times now. After a deep breath and a moment's hesitation, I drew once more: La Lune.

The Moon is the eighteenth Tarot Trump of the Major Arcana. Its symbolism includes the realm of mysticism, the exploration of the unconscious world of dream images. A few nights later, I would write "Moonsong" almost in its entirety. Inspired by the recurrent Tarot card, I wrote the lyrics entirely stream of consciousness, drawing from first thoughts, and dreamlike imagery that appeared while writing. The subject most present to me in this song is the dreamlike underworld, where images from the wellspring of creativity and meaning abut and intrude upon the waking mind's rigid rationality. Most significantly, much like my experience on the subway train, these images are experiences in themselves, which we may never truly share with another person. We are the sole witness to our own dreamlife.

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