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 interviewhere.
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 interviewhere.
"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 morehere.
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 morehere.
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 sketchhere.
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 morehere.
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 morehere.
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 songshere.
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 listhere.
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 morehere.
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 morehere.
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 morehere.
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 morehere.
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 morehere.
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 morehere.
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 morehere.
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 listhere.
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 videohere.
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 arthere.
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 albumhere.
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 videohere.
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 trailerhere.
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 songhere.
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 songhere.
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" videohere.
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 trackhere.
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 ithere.
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 songhere.
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 videohere.
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 videohere.
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 videohere.
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.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the new EPright here!