Day in Rock Report for 10/01/2015

Metallica Vs. Motley Crue Feud News To Vince Neil

It appears that someone forgot to tell Vince Neil that Motley Crue has had a longstanding feud with Metallica and he reveals in a new interview that he only learned of it with recent media reports.

Neil was interviewed on Tanner in the Morning show on Portland, Oregon's 105.9 the Brew on Monday (September 28th) to promote an upcoming show in the area and was questioned about the feud which was recently fueled by Tommy Lee posting a mocking photo online showing Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich with the words "Straight Outta Tempo".

Ultimate Classic Rock reports that Neil responded, "You have to ask [bassist Nikki Sixx] about that. I had no idea there was anything between us and Metallica until I read it. I had no idea."

The radio host then pressed Neil on it and the singer said, "I saw it, but, like I said, I had nothing to do with it. Because, like I said, I had no idea that there was any bad blood between us and Metallica.

"I wasn't involved. I have no idea. That's between Nikki and Tommy. Somebody said something to them, they said something back. Like I said, I wasn't involved."

He was then asked about the alleged lip-synching at the American Music Awards in 1997 which drew criticism from Ulrich and sparked a harsh response from Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx.

Neil says of that performance, "There is no lip-synching in rock 'n' roll; I mean, it just doesn't happen. So it's kind of stupid thing to even talk about, because, I mean, anybody who goes to the show can tell there's no lip-syncing involved. It's pretty lame." Stream the full interview here.

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Tom DeLonge Felt 'Severely Limited' By Blink-182

(TeamRock Radio) Tom DeLonge says his commitments to Blink-182 were holding him back from exploring other avenues of creativity. The singer and guitarist walked away from the pop punk icons earlier this year, with his place later being taken by Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba. Blink bassist Mark Hoppus this month revealed they were working on new music with Skiba.

Even though he's hinted he'd be open to a return to the band, DeLonge has revealed his reasons for leaving and says it allowed him to expand his horizons, such as his band Angels & Airwaves and a series of novels based around the Poet Anderson character.

He tells Radio.com: "I hit a very specific part in my life. I'm 39 years old. If I was to continue to stay in the studio for a year to write a record that I need to rehearse for eight weeks to go on tour for another six months, and it's only about those 12 songs, I'm going to be severely limited in what I can achieve artistically.

"I'm going to be looking back when I'm 50 going, 'F***, I really love all these other forms of art, I really wish I could have done something with it.' So what happened was that I decided just to do it. It afforded me the ability to be with my family a hell of a lot more. It afforded me to inspire other artists." Read more here.

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Megadeth Releasing New Music This Month

(Classic Rock) Megadeth will reportedly launch Fatal Illusion as the lead track from their 15th album, an Amazon listing has revealed. The CD single is set for release on October 16 via Universal Japan, and it's available for pre-order now.

Mainman Dave Mustaine revealed the tracklist in July, after completing recording sessions with new guitarist Kiko Loureiro and guest drummer Chris Adler.

The band's website is currently running a countdown clock, set to expire on October 2 (Friday) - when full album details could be revealed. Mustaine recently said: "Over the years we've always said, 'We're going back to our roots.' The naysayers just want Rust In Peace 20 times, which is never gonna happen."

However, he added: "A lot of the things were in that kind of vein. Now, is it going back in time? I don't know - but I like what I'm hearing." Read more here.

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Phil Anselmo Forms New Metal Supergroup

(TeamRock Radio) Phil Anselmo has completed a death metal EP with a supergroup called Scour, he's confirmed. It's thought to feature Cattle Decapitation's Derek Engemann, former Animosity man Chase Fraser, Strong Intention's Jesse Schobel and Pig Destroyer's John Jarvis.

More details will be revealed once final negotiations are complete. Anselmo tells Hellbound: "The Scour thing was just something that popped up - it's something I think I can kill, I can lay it out."

He says the EP features a handful of short songs and continues: "It's predominantly modern-ish thrashy black metal stuff. I'm going to put my own spin on it." Read more here.

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Court Rejects Lamb of God's Randy Blythe Claim For Damages

(TeamRock Radio) Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe's legal bid to be paid damages in the aftermath of his Czech Republic manslaughter trial has been dismissed by a couple in Prague.

The court this week threw out his claim for $640,000, calculated to address the difficulties he faced while charged with causing the death of a fan in 2010 before he was acquitted in 2013.

Blythe's Prague lawyer Michal Sykora has reported that the court dismissed his claim for 15.555 million koruna against the Justice Ministry - although he can appeal the decision.

The vocalist was arrested in 2012 and spent time behind bars before being freed, but voluntarily returned to the Czech Republic to face trial. Blythe said in July: "I felt ethically obliged to go to court. I had to do it so I could look at myself in the mirror. I didn't want it hanging over me." Read more here.

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Black Sabbath Add European Leg To Farewell Tour

(Classic Rock) Black Sabbath have announced a run of European dates for next summer. The shows are part of their final tour and they previously revealed their 2016 plans for North America, Australia and New Zealand.

The latest leg starts in Budapest, Hungary, on June 1 and travels across the continent into July. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will also play at Moscow's Olympisky Arena on July 12.

As previously reported, Sabbath have been confirmed as Friday night headliners at next year's Graspop Metal Meeting on June 17. There's still no word if estranged drummer Bill Ward will be part of the band's plans after the public spat between him and Osbourne.

Sabbath are expected to record their final studio album next year. See the new dates here.

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Muse Add Dates To Drones World Tour

(Classic Rock) Muse have added extra dates to the UK leg of their 2016 world tour. The trio will now play five shows at London's O2 Arena on their trek in support of latest album Drones.

They have also added an extra Glasgow date and a show in Birmingham. As previously announced, the tour will see the band perform 'in the round' from the middle of the arena for the first time.

Muse had the following to say about the stage setup: "This stage design and configuration will give fans a true 360 degree audio/visual sensory experience." See the UK dates here.

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The Beatles' First Management Contract Sells For $553K

(Radio.com) The Beatles first management contract sold Tuesday, September 29 at Sotheby's Rock and Pop auction in London (via Reuters). The buyer paid $553,121 for the paper, which was signed by all four Beatles, as well as their manager Brian Epstein.

John, Paul, George and Ringo signed the contract with Epstein in October 1962. Even though it was technically the group's second contract with Epstein, it was the first one to include Ringo, who had recently replaced Pete Best on drums, and therefore represent the Beatles as the world came to know them. Just days later, they would release their first hit single, "Love Me Do."

In a statement, Sotheby's specialist in books and manuscripts Gabriel Heaton said, 'Without this contract, and the relationship it represents, it seems inconceivable that the Beatles could have achieved all that they did. It took more than inspired musicianship and song-writing to remake popular music." Read more here.

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After The Burial Announce First Live Dates Since Death of Justin's Lowe

(TeamRock Radio) After The Burial have announced their first live dates following the death of guitarist Justin Lowe. Lowe's body was discovered in Wisconsin in July after an apparent fall from a bridge. He'd been suffering from mental health issues.

The band cancelled their scheduled live appearances in the wake of the tragedy, but later vowed they'd continue. In a new statement, they confirm they'll appear with The Faceless on their upcoming North American tour.

After The Burial say: "As you know, we cancelled our appearance on the Summer Slaughter tour to spend time with friends and family in an effort to rebuild after the loss of our brother.

"Everybody deals with tragedy in their own way, and at their own pace. Each way is unique to that person, but the common goal that all people share is to get back to living a normal life. A normal life to us is being on the road, meeting our fans, and sharing our music with the world.

"We're excited to announce this upcoming tour with The Faceless. It represents a huge step forward emotionally for us in the band. We still have the drive and motivation to deliver music to you guys, and we want you all to be able to look to us for strength." Read more and see the dates here.

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Emmure Pull Out Of We Came As Romans and All That Remains Tour

Emmure announced on Wednesday that they have been forced to pull out of the upcoming North American HardDrive Live Fallout Tour with All That Remains and We Came As Romans.

All That Remains broke the news to fans Wednesday afternoon via the following post on their Facebook which didn't name Emmure. They wrote, "The HardDrive Radio ‪#‎HardDriveLive‬: Fallout tour starts in just a couple of weeks. We've made some lineup changes.

"We'd like to welcome Like Moths to Flames and Devour The Day to the tour replacing our direct support band. Red Sun Rising and Failure Anthem will still be on the tour as well."

Emmure confirmed the news three hours later with a post on their Facebook page. They we wrote, "We want to apologize to All That Remains, We Came As Romans, the fans, promoters and anyone behind the scenes that is involved for having to pull off the 'HardDrive Live Fallout Tour'.

"On our recent trip to the UK and Russia, we've realized that we need to put more focus on other things we have going on in our personal lives at this time."

The HardDrive Live Fallout Tour will be kicking off on October 14th in Grand Rapids, MI at The Intersection and wrapping up on November 7th in Worcester, MA at The Palladium. See the dates here.

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Sunn O))) Announce First New Album In Six Years

(Prog) Sunn O))) will release their seventh album in December, following a six-year studio break. Kannon - the follow-up to 2009's Monoliths & Dimensions - is released on December 4 via Southern Lord Recordings.

It comes after the band revealed in January that they were planning a studio return as well as a number of live shows. They performed at this year's Temples Festival in Bristol and held a headline show in London in August.

Southern Lord say: "The album consists of three pieces of a triadic whole - Kannon 1, 2 and 3. The LP includes performances by long-term allies and collaborators Attila Csihar, Oren Ambarchi, Rex Ritter, and Steve Moore, to name a few.

"At the core, the composition centres around the dynamic and intense guitar and bass interplay of Sunn O)))'s founders Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson." Read more here.

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Killswitch Engage's New Album 'A Real Burdon' On Jesse Leach

(TeamRock Radio) Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach says he's had to battle through dark times while writing material for the band's seventh album. They're aiming to release the follow-up to 2013's Disarm The Descent next year - but the singer reports it's not been an easy process as he's found the experience to be emotionally overwhelming.

Leach says: "Sometimes the weight of the world bears down on me and rests on my shoulders. This album has been a real burden on my heart. I've rewritten songs three or four times, I've lost sleep many nights and I have fought bouts of dark melancholy.

"To me, writing this record had been one of the most challenging projects for me in my career." The vocalist says he wants the record to be "a true and honest depiction" of himself and the world around him, adding: "Music is there for me when no one else is - I owe it everything." Read more here.

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Why Five Finger Death Punch's Bathory Didn't Stop Onstage Meltdown

(TeamRock Radio) Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory has admitted he took no action while a spat between Ivan Moody and Jeremy Spencer became an infamous onstage meltdown.

A private argument between the pair became public at a show in Tennessee in May, with drummer Spencer walking off, followed by his bandmates, leaving frontman Moody on his own.

Moody later said that the incident was down to technical issues while Spencer admitted the band weren't proud of the incident. Now Bathory Sirius XM: "Ivan is a party animal - or used to be a party animal. He used to have problems with alcohol because it's just so easy.

"Ivan was pretty much down on that slope at the time. Add a little alcohol, a little bit of technical difficulties and things were going sideways." He continues: "I could have stepped in, but I wanted to see the slow-motion car crash myself. I think it had to happen. He had to wake up, sort of hit the wall. It was something I felt had to happen in order to avoid a bigger catastrophe later." Read more and stream the full interview here.

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Roger Waters Visited Beach Where His Father Died In WWII

(Classic Rock) Roger Waters has opened up on the emotional footage about his late father that appears in his The Wall concert movie. The former Pink Floyd man's Roger Waters The Wall hits cinemas this week.

It's based around scenes shot on his three-year world tour and accompanied by road-trip footage showing his first visit to the Italian beach where his father died during World War II.

Waters tells Rolling Stone: "I've never tried to visit, because my father's body was never found. I never really knew the circumstances of his death in any detail.

"We'd been in southern Italy, filming in the memorial garden at Cassino - a lot of people gathered, including a news crew. A British expat named Harry Shindler, living in Italy, saw it on his TV. He went, 'I might be able to help that person.'

"He traces people from the war who are missing, and tries to fill in the gaps. He called me and I went, 'Well, that's nice.' Bugger me - he found the spot where he was actually killed. The bit in the film that is just me looking at the sea, that is actually Anzio Beach. It was very moving to be there, but the whole trip was very moving." Read more here.

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Zao Give Fans Update On First New Album Since 2009

Zao have posted an update for fans on the progress that they are making on their new album, which will be the follow-up to 2009's "Awake?". The band report that the new effort will feature 13 tracks and they estimate that they will released in the middle of next year.

The band writes, "General recording updates. All of the music is tracked for the new album. There are about 13 songs set aside for the full length (one of which is 'Xenophobe' --- which has been given new vocals and will have a new mix).

"Dan has been popping into the studio once a week and putting down 2 songs a day. about 4 to go. Then Scott will add his vocals, and we will begin the mixing process.

"The remaining 5 songs from the session (not including 'Fear Itself') will be finished up with tracking as well for some as yet decided future use -- 7 inches, EP... don't know yet). You can probably expect the new full-length album middle of 2016 (rough estimate)."

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Robert Plant Reflects On Seeing The Who For The First Time

(hennemusic) Robert Plant recalls seeing The Who perform live for the first time in a new clip previewing the forthcoming concert film, "The Who: Live In Hyde Park."

"I was about 15 when I saw The Who," says Plant, "They played some of the town halls in the West Midlands. It was the most exciting and thrilling music scene I've ever been to.

"They really kicked ass and they blasted the place to pieces. It was amazing. It was just so animated: four guys were playing the most spectacularly exciting and electrifying music."

Iggy Pop is also featured in the preview of the film, which will see its premiere in cinemas worldwide on October 7. The project captures the band at the famed London venue earlier this year as they delivered the final UK concert appearance of their 50th anniversary farewell tour. Watch the video of Plant's interview and a live clip from the film here.

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B.B. King Named Secretary Of State For The Blues In Mississippi

(Classic Rock) B.B. King has been named as Secretary Of State for the Blues by authorities in Mississippi - and the late icon is the first musician to be elevated to such an office of honor in US history.

Governor Phil Bryant has signed the resolution alongside the four surviving previous governors of the state, and the document will be on show at the B.B. King Museum and Interpretive Center in Indianola, where he was buried following his death in May.

Mississippi Blues Commission chairman J Kempf Poole says: "It's a privilege to honor B.B. King as our Mississippi Secretary of State of the Blues. Mr. King is one of Mississippi's most influential sons - and with this designation I am proud to say that he has taken his rightful place at the head of the blues table." Read more here.

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Amorphis Release 'Death Of A King' Video

(Prog) Amorphis have released a video for their track Death Of A King. It's taken from their album Under The Red Cloud, which was launched last month via Nuclear Blast.

Guitarist Esa Holopainen recently revealed that the band left the choice of which songs to use as singles to producer Jens Brogen - because they couldn't decide themselves.

Holopainen said: "There's lots of elements in the songs, but every note and element is in perfect harmony - so the result is heavy and melodic. Under The Red Cloud will be in my personal top three Amorphis albums." Watch the video here.

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Nightwish Preview Endless Forms Most Beautiful Reissue

(Prog) Nightwish have released a trailer for the Tour Edition of latest album Endless Forms Most Beautiful, which is set to be released on October 30 via Nuclear Blast.

It contains the original record plus a DVD with two previously unseen live tracks, official videos, photo gallery, the full series of making-of mini-documentaries and additional items.

The limited-edition set won't be reprinted after the first run has sold out. It's available for pre-order now. Nightwish are currently touring South America and return to Europe in November, with a London show on December 19. Watch the trailer here.

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Elbow's Guy Garvey Releases 'Angela's Eyes' Video

(Prog) Elbow frontman Guy Garvey has released a video for his track Angela's Eyes. The shoot was filmed at The Carlton Club in Manchester, UK by Soup Collective and was inspired by "a documentary examining the workings of London strip clubs in the 1960s." Garvey reversed the gender roles for the promo.

The track features on the singer's debut solo album Courting The Squall, out on October 30. It was partially recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios.

He's joined on the record by Pete Jobson of I Am Kloot, Nathan Sudders from The Whip, keyboardist Ben Christophers and drummer Alex Reeves. Courting The Squall is available to pre-order and Garvey will embark on a European tour in November. Watch the video here.

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Mono and The Ocean Preview New Split EP

(Prog) Mono and The Ocean have released a teaser for their upcoming split EP Transcendental. It contains one track from each band, and arrives on October 26 in the UK, and the rest of the world on October 23, via Pelagic Records. It's being issued to mark their joint European tour, also featuring Solstafir.

Mono's contribution is titled Death In Reverse - it serves as a preview of their next full-length album, expected in early 2016. The Ocean's 13-minute contribution is called The Quiet Observer.

Transcendental is available to pre-order on CD, vinyl and via iTunes. The tour starts in Aarhus, Denmark on October 10 and wraps up at the Damnation festival in the UK on November 7. Check out the preview here.

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Trivium Deliberately Kept Silent While Making New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Trivium deliberately kept recording sessions for latest album Silence In The Snow under wraps as they wanted to be different to every other band. Their seventh record in out on October 2 (Friday) via Roadrunner. And singer and guitarist Matt Heafy reports the reason behind the decision was that they wanted fans to hear the material once it was ready, and not before.

Heafy tells Allschools: "We were looking at how the other bands were promoting their records. It was basically the same thing: band guy, Instagram, sitting by the computer with a beer, saying, 'Oh, I just finished drums.'

"We said, 'How can we be different?' Well, if everyone is talking about the record all the time, let's not let anyone know we're recording at all and just release it when it's done."

Heafy reveals they wanted to follow the model set out by the film industry, and adds: "When a movie is coming out, we're not seeing the 'making of' now - we're seeing trailers for the final product. We wanted to wait, release a video, and let that be the first thing versus us teasing stuff without music." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Devin Townsend Releasing Ziltoid Live Show

(Prog) Devin Townsend has confirmed that the DVD filmed at his Ziltoid show in London earlier this year will be launched on November 13 via InsideOut in various formats.

The musical was staged at the Royal Albert Hall in April, featuring special guests Chris Jericho, Dominique Lenore Persi and Jean Savole, with narration from Bill Courage and a troupe of 12 singers and actors.

Ziltoid Live At The Royal Albert Hall will be released as a 44-page artbook with three CDs, two DVDs and a Blu-ray disc, as a 3CD/DVD digipak and as a single Blu-ray disc. Read more here.

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Greg Lake Announces Reissue Plans For Early Solo Albums

(Prog) Greg Lake will re-release his two solo albums in a single volume in November - and he's also bundled together the 1990 material he created with Geoff Downes.

The ELP man's self-titled 1981 record has been combined with 1983's Manoeuvres, and extended with four bonus tracks that were only previously available in his From The Underground Vol 2 title.

At the same time, Lake and Downes have assembled their collaborative work under the title Ride The Tiger, including an alternative take and two unreleased tracks, Street War and Affairs Of The Heart. Read more here.

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AC/DC and Foo Fighters Rule On Top Fall Concerts List

(Gibson) Online ticket marketplace StubHub has unleashed its tally of the biggest concerts of fall 2015, and both AC/DC and Foo Fighters are towards the top of the list. The tally counts total sales on StubHub for concerts taking place from Labor Day through Thanksgiving.

AC/DC comes in at No. 2 on StubHub's list for their "Rock or Bust" tour. The Australian rockers also tote the highest average ticket sales per concert for any fall tour on StubHub.

Foo Fighters hold the No. 3 spot on the list. The band has been touring North America in support of their latest album, Sonic Highways, and the trek wraps up on Oct. 18 in Castaic, California. Dave Grohl has been performing this tour sitting on a guitar-decorated throne of sorts, after suffering a broken leg from falling off the stage at a Foo concert in Sweden.

Pop star Taylor Swift is at No. 1 on the list, which isn't a surprise. Check out the full roster here.

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Rush Stream Performance Of 'Roll The Bones' From R40 Live Release

(hennemusic) Rush are previewing audio of "Roll The Bones" from their forthcoming concert film, "R40 Live." Mixed by David Botrill (Tool, Muse), the title track to the band's 1991 album was recorded during two shows in the band's hometown of Toronto in June.

The concerts at the Air Canada Centre marked the first time the band have filmed in their hometown in almost 20 years, dating back to a 1997 recording at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on the Test For Echo tour.

Prior to that, the group filmed a concert video and later released an accompanying album for the Grace Under Pressure tour in 1984 at Maple Leaf Gardens.

The "R40 Live" version of "Roll The Bones" features a variety of special guests in the rap part of the song, including Jay Baruchel (She's Out Of My League), Les Claypool (Primus), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), The Trailer Park Boys, and Jason Segel & Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man).

The "R40 Live" concert film will be released on November 20 with more details to be announced soon. Check out the "Roll The Bones" stream here.

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David Gilmour Rocks New Songs On Jools Holland

(hennemusic) David Gilmour performed a pair of tracks from his latest album, "Rattle That Lock", on the BBC's Later with Jools Holland on Tuesday (Sept 29) and videos of the performance have been posted online.

The Pink Floyd guitarist delivered his new single, "Today", as well as the title track to the release, which landed Gilmour his second solo UK No. 1 album.

"It's thrilling to get a Number 1 album, we all want to hit the top spot, however long we've been at it, I'm delighted," said Gilmour. "I owe a debt of thanks to Polly Samson, for writing lyrics on four Number 1 albums, The Division Bell, On An Island, The Endless River, and now Rattle That Lock, and also to Phil Manzanera, my co-producer on the last three albums."

Gilmour is in the middle of a five-night stand The Royal Albert Hall in London as he winds down a sold-out 11-date European tour to launch the project.

The guitarist will next perform shows in South America this December ahead of a North American run in the spring of 2016. Watch the Jools Holland performance here.

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Monster Magnet Streaming New Song 'She Digs That Hole'

(hennemusic) Monster Magnet are premiering "She Digs That Hole", a track from their forthcoming album, "Cobras And Fire (The Mastermind Redux)." Due October 9, the project sees the New Jersey band overhaul their 2010 album, "Mastermind", much as they did with 2013's "Last Patrol" for its reissue as "Milking The Stars: A Re-imagining Of Last Patrol."

"With Cobras And Fire I wanted to present these songs in a much stranger and dirtier atmosphere," says frontman Dave Wyndorf. "Less 'classic rock' and more... well, I'd guess I'd call it a deranged fusion of garage-psych, fuzz punk and movie soundtrack music.

"It's almost completely re-recorded (with the bulk of the guitar and bass playing by co-producer Phil Caivano) and as in Milking The Stars I've added organ, piano, sitars and more to flesh out a completely new sound for these tunes."

"She Digs That Hole" is the third tune previewed from the package following "Mastermind '69" and "Watch Me Fade." Check out the new song stream here.

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Singled Out: Noah Hoffeld's Stop Slow Down

Cello rocker Noah Hoffeld tells us the story behind the song "Stop Slow Down", which is a track from his recently released new album "Play Human". Here is the story:

It was at this spot in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, that I had a strange experience a few years back. Today I find myself here again, strangely enough at the time of this writing. Taking refuge from the crowded city, I had found a lone tree overlooking a sprawling meadow. A great stand of oak and pine bordered a long spread of grass. The hot New York Summer was in full bloom and I needed some shade to cool off and collect my thoughts.

I sat back against the big oak trunk and tried to think. The school year would soon begin again and with it my teaching and 'real life.' I needed to start planning. But I couldn't bring a single thought into focus. I was pooped. All I could feel was a big blank staring back at me from within.

All of a sudden though I began to feel a strange surge of energy in my chest. A subtle sense of connecting with something bigger than myself. I was accustomed to having similar experiences while meditating or doing yoga but never while just hanging out. What was going on with me? Too much heat I figured. But then a new phenomenon joined the energy boost. I heard some words inside my head. I couldn't call them thoughts, because I wasn't thinking them! I felt totally divorced from any sense of making them happen and didn't have the usual sensation of 'this is me' that usually accompanies thinking. Instead, I had the opposite experience- that these words came from somewhere outside myself, or if not outside, from someone deep inside that I hadn't ever met before.

"Stop. Slow down. Remember who you are."

Those were the first words I heard. Then, the stream continued, "we came to be totally free, exactly who we are." This was getting weird. I wrote down what I was hearing on my phone. It was like a passage from a book on metaphysics or philosophy, only I wasn't reading it in a book. And It wasn't written by any author. The words were somehow coming to me from an unknown source, beyond my understanding.

When I got home that evening, I realized that I'd received a long chunk of text, almost like a poem. I was amazed by the knowledge that I could never have come up with such poetry- it was much deeper than I normally think or write and carried an authority I don't claim to have. Keeping an open mind and allowing myself to think outside my normal boundaries had led me to an altogether new mental or even what you might call a spiritual experience.

It wasn't long before I had set the words to a melody and chords on the piano. 'Stop Slow Down' was born, and in a short while I began to cast the song in sound in the studio, creating the third track for my new album, Play Human. The song fit right in with the many other rock tracks on the album also dedicated to a spiritual or humanitarian message- 'Let's get ourselves right so we can get the world right.' Little did I know it that day in Prospect Park, but I was given a precious gift. Whether it came from someone outside, like a spirit from another plane, or from somewhere deep inside myself, a layer I hadn't known before, I will maybe never know.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you watch the video here and learn more about the album right here!

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