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Day in Rock Report for 12/05/2015


Scott Weiland Bandmate Arrested, Drugs Reportedly On Tour Bus

A small amount of cocaine was reportedly found in Scott Weiland's bedroom on his tour bus in a search by police and a bandmate of the former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver has been arrested.

Weiland died in his sleep while on the tour bus in Bloomington, Minnesota on Thursday, December 3rd. The singer was on tour with his current band The Wildabouts.

Police in Minnesota obtained a search warrant for the tour bus following Weiland's death and according to CBS Minnesota (via Loudwire), they found a small amount of a substance in Weiland's room that tested positive as cocaine.

According to the report, the police also found some of the substance in Wildabouts bassist Tommy Black's room and he was arrested and is currently being held for possession of a controlled substance.

This is the second death in the band this year, in late March guitar player Jeremy Brown died just before the band released their debut album "Blaster". The Los Angeles Medical Examiner-Coroner's website lists Brown's cause of death as accidental from "multiple drug intoxication".

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Eagles of Death Metal NOT Joining U2 On Stage In Paris

Update: U2 shot down the reports, saying in a statement: "We're back in Paris and it's great to be here. Some people have been saying that Eagles of Death Metal will appear on stage with U2 tonight. This is not the case. We have another surprise guest planned for tonight's show.?" (Radio.com) Eagles of Death Metal will return to Paris and perform with U2 on Sunday, December 6. The rock band's Paris concert was the scene of a terrorist attack on November 13th.

After canceling their back-to-back November shows following the Paris terror attacks, U2 announced that they had rescheduled those performances for December 6 and 7. Eagles of Death Metal will join the band onstage at Paris' AccorHotels Arena for the last song.

The band's co-founder Josh Homme, who does not often tour with the band, will take part in the performance. It's sure to be an emotional moment for all involved. Read more here.

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Velvet Revolver Pay Tribute To Scott Weiland

Duff McKagan posted a tribute on behalf of Velvet Revolver to their former frontman Scott Weiland, who was found dead while on tour with his new solo band The Wildabouts on Thursday (December 3).

The former Guns N' Roses bassist writes on social media, "We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of our old friend and bandmate, Scott Weiland. We experienced a good chunk of life with Scott, and even in his darkest times, we all had hope and love for him. His artistry will live on, of that, there is no doubt.

"Deepest condolences and sadness are for his children, Noah and Lucy. We all travelled around this world together on tour; our band, wives, and kids…and we grew to a big family that still remains to this day.

"It's just so sad and brutal from any perspective. Rest In Peace Scott - Slash, Duff, Matt, and Dave"

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Bruce Springsteen Announces North American Tour

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have announced a 2016 North American tour in support of a newly-issued 7-disc box set marking the 35th anniversary of the 1980 double-album.

A nine-week series of shows promoting the box set will begin January 16 in Pittsburgh, PA and wrap up with two Los Angeles dates in mid-March. Each night of the tour will be mixed for release on Live.BruceSpringsteen.net as high-quality downloads and CDs, with recordings available within days of each performance.

"The Ties That Bind: The River Collection" presents the original record alongside "The River: Single Album" - originally named "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 4CD/3DVD package 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 River" earned Springsteen 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. See the dates here.

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The Dead Weather's Jack Lawrence Does Song For Blue Room Series

(BH) Jack White's The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs bandmate "Little" Jack Lawrence has written and recorded a new song for Third Man Records' The Blue Room Spotlight Series.

The new track, entitled "Silver Flying Machine," was written and recorded using Critter & Guitari's Septavox synthesizer and Terz amplifier, both exclusively built and designed for and inspired by Third Man Records by Lawrence who is also known for his work with The Greenhornes and City and Colour.

"Silver Flying Machine" is the third installment of this special live video series, that features visually striking presentations of intimate performances from Third Man's Blue Room venue, shot in-house on RED cameras and released in 4k resolution, according to the announcement. Watch the video here.

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Slayer Win 2015's Best Metal Video For Repentless

(HER) Slayer's video for the title track to their latest album "Repentless" beat out videos from Slipknot, Iron Maiden, Mastodon, and Ghost to win 2015's Best Metal Video in the 5th Annual Loudwire Music Awards.

The video was directed by BJ McDonnell and was filmed at the Los Angeles women's prison Sybil Brand and features cameos from Danny Trejo ("Machete," "From Dusk Til Dawn"), Tony Moran ("Halloween's" Michael Myers), Derek Mears ("Predators," "Friday the 13th") and Sean Whalen ("Men In Black," "Halloween II")

McDonnell had the following to say about the video award win, "We were up against some serious talent and great videos all around and I'm just overjoyed that we won.

"Everyone in our cast and crew worked their butts off to have the video truly represent the song and the band, and we think we achieved that. Working with Slayer has been a dream and I really hope to do it again soon. Thanks to everyone who voted for 'Repentless.'" Watch the video here.

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Hatebreed Recording New Album Under Nuclear Blast Deal

Hatebreed have announced that they have extended their relationship with Nuclear Blast Records to include a world wide deal for their forthcoming new studio album which they expect to release next spring.

The group is currently recording to the effort with long-time producer Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel) and it will be mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, Megadeth).

Frontman Jamey Jasta had the following to say, "Hatebreed signing to Nuclear Blast worldwide could not come at a better time and we're extremely excited to get this new album out and commence the world tour in 2016 and 2017!

"Our diehards have been patiently waiting for headline dates and new songs, we can't wait for everyone to hear what we have been working on!"

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Stone Temple Pilots Pay Tribute To Scott Weiland

(hennemusic) The Stone Temple Pilots have paid tribute to former frontman Scott Weiland in the wake of his passing in Bloomington, Minnesota on December 3. Weiland died in his sleep on his tour bus while on the road with his band The Wildabouts; he was 48 years old.

"Dear Scott, Let us start by saying thank you for sharing your life with us," said the band. "Together we crafted a legacy of music that has given so many people happiness and great memories. The memories are many, and they run deep for us.

"We know amidst the good and the bad you struggled, time and time again. It's what made you who you were. You were gifted beyond words, Scott. Part of that gift was part of your curse.

"With deep sorrow for you and your family, we are saddened to see you go. All of our love and respect. We will miss you brother, Robert, Eric, Dean" Read more here.

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Axel Rudi Pell Streams New Song 'The King Of Fools'

(Freeman) German guitar icon Axel Rudi Pell has released a lyric video for his new single "The King Of Fools" on the SPV/Steamhammer YouTube Channel ahead of its official release.

The single is set to be released digitally tomorrow, December 6th, and comes from Axel Rudi Pell's forthcoming album "Game Of Sins" which will be released January 22, 2016.

SPV/Steamhammer will offer the album in various configurations including: a DigiPak incl. 1 Bonus Track and Poster; a Jewel Case Clear Tray Edition; a 2LP Gatefold, 180 g, black Vinyl, CD in paper sleeve; a digital version; a limited edition box set that will include the Digipack, 2LP, Miniature Replica Fender Guitar 1:4 ARP Gift Box Case, Poster, Sticker, Photo card. Stream the new song here.

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Leon Alvarado Releasing Persistence Single and Short Film

(Glass Onyon) Prog instrumentalist Leon Alvarado has announced the release of a new short film and accompanying soundtrack single entitled "Persistence" on December 15, 2015. We were sent the following details:

The film is being described as "a short adventure of sight and sound". The soundtrack single features King Crimson's Trey Gunn, and was mastered by Andy Jackson who co-produced the latest Pink Floyd album.

Says Leon, "The film takes its own point of view at the chaotic pace that's involved in our every-day life as a global society. The point of the film is to look at the mostly man-made chaos and contrast it with nature's own process of going through time. In order to make the point, I changed the context of events so that the viewer can appreciate them from a different perspective. The music is an evolution from my last CD which was titled '2014 Music From An Expanded Universe' and wasn't recorded to fit the film but the other way around. I have always felt that my music is very cinematic in scope and making a film out of one of the pieces would be a natural move on my part.

"The CD itself has only two pieces of music on it. Originally I intended to release the music as a download-only single and the movie on my newly created Vimeo and YouTube channels. As I got deeper into the project I decided to get some CDs made for the collectivists out there. I suppose I could have waited until I had more music finished and release a full album or an EP but the reality is that I am also working on other projects that are quite different from this one and those projects will require a great deal of my attention. When I recorded 2014 with Trey Gunn, there were some tracks from those sessions that I felt could serve as a base for more music. I often wonder about my music, what if I do this to this piece or, what if I would have taken a different approach to the beginning of this piece? Those sorts of questions often lead me to either create new pieces or re-work older pieces. In this case, it led me to create the piece titled 'Persistence. For the CD itself I decided to add one more piece of music. I decided on 'Red Like Blood' which is one of the pieces that was released with the 2014 CD. It also happens to be one of my personal favorite pieces. In this way, the CD will have close to 13 minutes of music but more importantly, it will have two of the pieces that I am most proud of. The sound still very much influenced by King Crimson but still very original in its own right."

"Persistence" was a track that derived from an idea Leon had during the 2014 sessions. It was a track where he and Trey kept going back and forth in trying resolve some issues with the percussion tracks. Says Leon, "I was aiming at a percussion track that had a heavy improvisational feel to it and yet, kept a structure from which we could build on. Even though I somehow managed to kept it all in time and with a somewhat logical sense of phrasing, the overall sound came out a bit confusing and we couldn't get the rest of the instruments to quite develop their own parts until I reworked the drums and percussion. In the end it all worked out fine and we were able to move forward. After a few months, I went back into the studio and expanded the piece. I also added more percussion tracks as well as other tracks including the sounds which can best be described as a mix between a drowning cat and something Adrian Belew would do if he played under water. Jokes aside though, the sounds were fun to work with and in my opinion, add a lot to the overall piece."

As far as the film goes: Says Leon, "Usually the difference between something looking professional or not is money. Making your own albums or making your own short films require lots of money which is something we could always use more of. I self-finance my projects so I have to be very conscious of where my money goes. Like many people I have big dreams but not enough funding to make them happen. Instead, I get creative with my approach. I have been fortunate enough to have travelled around the world. Some places leave a bigger impression than others but when I visited Japan it left a big impression on me. Tokyo is an amazing city that at night it takes a very science-fiction aura to it. It is a place where old traditions literally meet the latest in technology creating sometimes such a big contrast that can be taken as chaotic, depending on your point of view. To capture the frenetic pace of it was something that appeal to me. Like Tokyo, there are many places in the world that carry a similar sense of what I call 'controlled chaos'. Vegas for example may not seem that chaotic despite the large mass of people walking the streets but when it's viewed through time-lapse photography, it changes the way we perceive it and it starts to look more chaotic. And of course, in most of the places that I have visited I didn't have a high-end video camera to capture everything I wanted to capture. When it came to make the film I went to a firm that specializes in handling stock footage and its rights. With the help of a friend of mine who's in the video business, we looked at hours and hours of film stock before settling into what we would use for the short film. The real job came into editing all of the cuts that comprise the film. I hope that people will like it enough to share it with friends. My main goal is to reach as many people as possible to watch the short. The few people that I have shown the final cut seems to really like it which is always encouraging."

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Reign Eternal Streaming Premonitions EP Online

(HRP) Reign Eternal are celebrating the release of their debut EP "Premonitions," on Friday (Dec 4) by offering an online stream of the entire release via their Soundcloud page.

Guitarist Ryan Simmons had the following to say, "Premonitions is packed with fierce riffs, energetic melodies and crushing breakdowns. We just wanted to combine a traditional metalcore sound with a more modern style. This for me, is what makes the ep so unique."

We were sent the following background information on the group: Reign Eternal is a five piece metalcore outfit based in Exeter Devon UK. Fresh onto the scene with their formation in 2014, they combine a mix of catchy, melodic choruses and heavy riffs. here.

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Product Of Hate Release 'Blood Coated Concrete' Video

Product Of Hate have released a new music video for the song "Blood Coated Concrete", which is a track from their forthcoming debut album "Blood Coated Concrete".

The "Blood Coated Concrete" video was directed by James Zahn with Gary Jones serving as assistant director and the video was produced by Robert Kurtzman. Watch it here.

Frontman Adam Gilley had the following to say about the track, "'Blood Coated Concrete' is an interesting song to have included on Buried In Violence since it's one of our oldest songs from a live perspective, but a fan-favorite and longtime set-closer.

"It was also our first music video, though most people will be experiencing it now for the very first time, complete with James Murphy's new audio mix. One of the visual pieces that we worked on with Robert Kurtzman and his Creature Corps, we had a blast shooting this - a video that adds to the brutality and in-your-face nature of the song.

"We've grown as a band since 'Blood Coated Concrete' was first written, but listeners can be assured that we've maintained the aggressiveness, and will bring it to new heights when Buried in Violence arrives this February!"

The new album was mixed and mastered by James Murphy, known for his work with Death, Testament and Obituary and will be released by Napalm Records on February 5, 2016.

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Failure Anthem Announce Debut Album First World Problems

(R&T) Razor & Tie have announced that they will be releasing Failure Anthem's debut album "First World Problems" on January 22nd, which features their single "Paralyzed."

The band is currently enjoying early success with "Paralyzed" (watch the video here) and are they are on the road as part of the Digeridoo Destruction tour supporting Like A Storm.

The album was produced and recorded by Drew Fulk and Failure Anthem's guitarist Kile Odell at Think Sound Studios in Greensboro, NC and ill be available as a standalone purchase and in various bundles with exclusive t-shirts, and includes instant downloads of the singles "Paralyzed" and "First World Problems". See the tour dates here.

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Capsize Streaming New Song 'Enough For Me'

(EVR) Capsize has released a stream of new song called "Enough For Me", which follows the recent release of the song "You Can't Come Home The Same" and incorporates clean singing into the band's sound for the first time.

The songs were produced by Matt McClellan (Being As An Ocean, Better Off) and are both available now on iTunes, Spotify, and as an instant download with the band's newest merch bundles on capsize.merchnow.com. Stream "Enough For Me" here.

"Everyone in the band is growing together and we're very proud of the natural progression that's happened since The Angst In My Veins came out," says vocalist Daniel Wand. "We accomplished everything we initially wanted to when we first made the band...now we're setting new goals and getting back in touch with influences that made us want to make music in the first place, not just what inspired the band's creation. Just like the 7" we put out when we first got signed, this is another very important stage in the band's transition. Every day we are letting ourselves be more of just that - ourselves, and I think that's a defining factor of creating longevity in what we're doing."

Capsize is currently on a North American tour with Silverstein, Senses Fail and Hundredth and the band plans to enter the studio in January 2016, to begin recording their sophomore full-length album. See the tour dates here.

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Vorkreist Streaming Song From Forthcoming Sacrifice EP

Agonia Records have announced that they will release French black/death metallers Vorkreist's new EP "Sacrifice" on January 29th and a track from the release is currently streaming online.

The EP will feature two tracks, mixed at Vamacara Studio (Order of Apollyon, the 135, Khaos Dei) and one of those tracks, entitled "Losing Sanity Key", can be streamed here.

The band had the following to say, "Chaotic and weak lives, from ashes to ashes, from dust to dust. What appeared so intense and bright soon fades away into oblivion and bitter haze. Human fears this black hole beyond us sucking our lives… There is a way to win, as She did. To give a life a meaning, by following a direction. This direction is Lower. It requires madness, by losing sanity key. With a new strength to overcome death. Through Sacrifice". See the tracklisting and package details here.

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Hail The Sun Announce Headline Tour And Stream New Song

Hail The Sun have announced a new headline tour and they are giving fans an early taste of their forthcoming debut album with Equal Vision Records (third album overall) with the release of a stream of a demo of a track that will be featured on the album.

The upcoming headline tour will feature support from Oranges and Makari and will be kicking off on January 8th in Sacramento, CA at The Boardwalk. The trek will conclude on January 20th in Clifton, NJ at Dingbatz.

Vocalist/drummer Donovan Melero had the following to say about the "Paranoia" demo (which can be streamed here) , "Musically and lyrically, this song is about the perspective of how you see yourself versus how others see you, and whether it matters or not if there is a difference.

"This is a demo version, of course, and will be redone in our sessions with Watts. We wanted to share this anyway to put something new out into the world and have it be something special for our friends and early supporters."

"We are going to be spending a month in New York in the studio with Mike Watts. Mike feels like the perfect fit for the raw, yet still polished, sound that we are seeking, and that some of our inspirations have captured in the past," "We aren't slowing down one bit stylistically, but rather taking the same Hail The Sun we all know and developing it even more. Our vision is another collection of songs that, when performed, we can play from the heart and really feel the meaning and vibe of each. We are all about playing music that we love, while keeping the integrity of songwriting and meaning intact. And we plan to do just that."

Following the tour they will enter the studio with producer Mike Watts (The Dear Hunter, Hopesfall, As Cities Burn) to record the forthcoming studio album. See the tour dates here.

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