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Day in Rock Report for 10/22/2015



Travis Barker Offered Friends A Million Dollars To End His Life

(Radio.com) Blink-182's Travis Barker admits in a recent interview that following his 2008 plane crash, where he suffered second and third degree burns, he was in so much agony that he offered friends a million dollars to end his life.

The crash happened on a flight from South Carolina to California. Although the 39-year-old was in the hospital for four months and had to endure 27 surgeries, he was one of the lucky ones.

The crash claimed the lives of four passengers, including Barker's assistant Chris Barker, two members of his crew, and a security team member. DJ AM also survived the plane crash, but died in 2010 from an accidental drug overdose.

The Blink-182 drummer tells ABC, "I mean, [medical officials] had to take my phone out of my room because I was making these phone calls. I would call friends of mine and go, 'You know, I'll deposit a million dollars into whoever's bank account. Like, I'm done." Read more here.

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Ozzy Was Feared Kidnapped Following Binge With David Lee Roth

Author Greg Renoff reveals in a new interview that police once feared that Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne had been kidnapped after he disappeared following a drug binge with Van Halen's David Lee Roth.

Renoff discussed the story while speaking to the Boston Herald about his new book on the early years of Roth's band, "Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal".

When asked for one of his favorite stories of decadence that he discovered while writing the book, Renoff responded, "I didn't discover the story, but I was able to really flesh out all of the details about the notorious Birmingham, Alabama 'Krell [Cocaine] War' between Ozzy and [Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth].

"In November 1978 in Birmingham hotel room, they both snorted enough coke to kill an elephant. After a bus ride to Nashville, Ozzy passed out for 24 hours in the wrong hotel room and in effect was missing.

"The police thought he'd been kidnapped. Let's face it, any story involving Ozzy, DLR, and drugs is going to be a fun one to tell." Read more of the interview here.

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Queen Announce Special Record Store Day Release

Queen has announced that for this year's Record Store Day they will be using the special occasion to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their landmark track "Bohemian Rhapsody."

The special release on November 27th will feature the song released as a 12 inch limited edition vinyl that will include the original B-side "I'm In Love With My Car".

The legendary band received the Classic Song Award at the Q Awards earlier this week in London for the song, which celebrates its official 40th anniversary on Halloween, marking its original release on October 31, 1975.

A week prior to Record Store Day, the band will be releasing a special live package from that era. "Queen, A Night At The Odeon, Live At Hammersmith '75" is set to be released in CD, 2 LP vinyl and Super Deluxe Box Set formats as well as on DVD, SD Blu-Ray.

The show was captured during the final stop of the Queen Invite You To A Night At The Opera UK tour, which was the first tour to feature the band performing "Bohemian Rhapsody." here.

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Iron Maiden Add More Dates To Book Of Souls World Tour

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden have announced a series of select European dates as part of their 2016 world tour in support of their chart topping new double album "The Book Of Souls."

The band revealed that they will headline the Rock In Vienna Festival in Austria, which takes place between June 3-5 and will also headline the Sonisphere Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland on Friday June 3rd.

Iron Maiden have also unveiled two additional headlining shows, including the Telenor Arena in Osolo Norway on June 15 and the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, Denmark on June 21 with The Raven Age and special guests Ghost. Read more here.

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All Shall Perish Making New Music With Eddie Hermida

(TeamRock Radio) All Shall Perish have fought their way back from legal difficulties and they'll record a new album with Eddie Hermida, they've confirmed. He bowed out in 2013 when he took over from the late Mitch Lucker in Suicide Silence. But he's now set to work with both bands in the future.

All Shall Perish also features co-founders Matt Kukendall, Ben Orum and Caysen Russo, plus Chris Storey - but bassist Mike Tiner will not return as a result of the courtroom dramas.

A statement says: "The deathcore titans, hailed by fellow Bay Area dwellers like Kirk Hammett and Robb Flynn, are making new music. Hermida will continue in his role as full-time vocalist for Suicide Silence. Original vocalist Craig Betit also plans to contribute." Read more here.

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Sammy Hagar To Rock 49ers Halftime On Thursday Night Football

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar will deliver a special halftime performance at the San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA tonight, Thursday, October 22. Hagar will be joined by guitarist Vic Johnson for the event, part of CBS' Thursday Night Football lineup.

"We don't have confirmation on how much of the performance may be included in CBS' TV coverage," says Hagar, "so come in person if you want to be sure to enjoy it all! Redheads, post a gameday message using the hashtag #LevisStadium for a chance to be put up on the big screen when Sammy plays halftime at the 49ers vs. Seahawks game this Thursday!

"Whether you're in the crowd or across the country, the hashtag #LevisStadium on any social platform will get your comment/tweet submitted!

"Feel free to also tag the following to get all things Redrocker included in the viral conversation: #AWHAFY #49ers #Seahawks #LevisStadium" Read more here.

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Heaven's Baseman Part Ways With Frontman Aaron Buchanan

(Classic Rock) Heaven's Baseman have split with frontman Aaron Buchanan, and they've brought in We Are Harlot's Danny Worsnip as a stand-in for their upcoming shows.

The band report that the lineup change is amicable, and Worsnop's temporary position gives them time to recruit the perfect full-time replacement.

Buchanan joined the band in 2011 after the departure of Richie Hevanz, and appeared on 2012 debut album Filthy Empire. Heaven's Basement say: "We've all had a fantastic few years but we simply feel that our time together has run its course.

"We'll be looking for a new singer to move forward with and are excited for this new era. We can't wait to bring to life all of the new music that we have written and to get back onstage for you as soon as possible." Read more here.

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Metallica's Robert Trujillo Reveals Jaco Soundtrack Details

(Classic Rock) Metallica's Robert Trujillo has revealed details of the soundtrack album for his Jaco Pastorius film. Trujillo is the producer for the documentary Jaco, to be released on November 27 after a successful crowdfunding campaign. The album Jaco: Original Soundtrack will be issued on the same day via Legacy Recordings.

The 16-song collection features three new recordings, including a version of Pastorius classic Come On Come Over by supergroup Mass Mental, featuring Trujillo, Flea, Skindred's Benji Webbe and Ugly Kid Joe's Whit Crane.

The soundtrack was produced by Trujillo and Pastorius' son John. As well as Jaco solo tracks, it includes Weather Report classics and collaborations with Joni Mitchell, Ian Hunter, Herbie Hancock and more.

Pastorius is widely regarded as one of the most influential and talented electric bass players of all time. He died in 1987 at the age of 35 following a fight in a Florida club. Jaco will be available via VOD services, digital download and on DVD/Blu-ray. Check out the tracklisting here.

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Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Receives Gibson Les Paul Award

(Gibson) On Monday (Oct. 19), Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi was presented with the prestigious Gibson Les Paul Award at the 2015 Q Awards ceremony in London. The honor, bestowed in recognition of Iommi's outstanding contribution to music and pop culture, coincides with the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Les Paul.

"Many thanks to Q Magazine and to Gibson," commented Iommi. "I have a long history with the guitar-maker." To commemorate the event, Gibson compiled some thoughts about why Iommi is so deserving of this special honor.

He invented a new genre of music: Sure, the phrase "heavy metal" had been invoked before (check out the lyrics to "Born to Be Wild"), but it was Iommi's minor pentatonic riffs, combined with "doom-and-gloom" imagery, that truly gave birth to the genre. "Every time I'm questioned about this, it's been confusing for me," Iommi told Gibson.com, in 2008. "It's just something that came out of me that was totally different because it was like doomy and the riffs were a bit frightening. And you know, it was something that I felt. It's really a mystical thing."

He's met-and conquered-adversity: Dating back to when he severed the tips of two fretting fingers, in a pre-Black Sabbath accident, Iommi has always persevered in the face of potential setbacks. Early on, in 1974, he explained how he adapted in the wake of the injury, with the help of thimbles as prosthetics. "I had to start all over again, which was kind of a drag," he said. "It involved a lot of determination and a lot of hard work and practice. I had to adopt a totally different way of playing. I mean, it's much easier when the flesh is there as it should be. Instead of, say, pulling a note, I have to sort of push it up to get a vibrato."

He's a riff maestro: From "Iron Man" to "Paranoid," from "War Pigs" to "Children of the Grave," Black Sabbath's songs have been powered primarily by riffs that, today, are etched into the fabric of classic metal. With characteristic humility, Iommi tends to downplay that singular gift. "[Drummer] Bill Ward may have played something and I just reacted to it," he told Gibson.com, explaining the origins of the riff for "Iron Man." "But I'm not sure, I really don't know. Without Bill and Ozzy that song would have never happened. I think it came at rehearsal. It was one of those occasions where I said, 'I've got a riff, I'll come up with something.' Then I just built it, worked on it from that. A lot of that stuff came fairly quickly; it just sort of happened."

His influence is pervasive: The likes of Judas Priest, Megadeth, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Slayer-even Nirvana-would be unthinkable were it not for the pioneering impact of Iommi's work. Mastodon's Brent Hinds spoke for many when he wrote these words for Rolling Stone: "I remember the first time I heard Black Sabbath. My older brother got their album, Master of Reality, from a kid who lived next door. The music just struck me like lightning. Tony is a metal pioneer, but there's a real finesse to his playing; it's not all that fast. His phrasing has such a classic vibe, and I draw a lot of inspiration from Tony's trilling. I truly enter the Iommi-sphere every time I put a guitar on."

He's always taken the high road: Rock and rollers tend to be notorious back-biters. But … sift through the voluminous interviews Iommi has done through the years, and you'll be hard-pressed to find unkind words about anyone, including bandmates, former bandmates and peers. In 2008, Guitar World asked Iommi to recall his initial reaction to Ozzy Osbourne's first solo album, Blizzard of Oz. "It was good," he said. "I loved Randy [Rhoad's] playing. I didn't rush out right away to buy Ozzy's album because I was into what we were doing at the time. But I was pleased for Ozzy. It was the spark that got him going, and it was exactly what he needed." Later, in 2013, Iommi was asked about drummer Bill Ward's refusal to rejoin the band, purportedly over money issues. "It would've been nice to have had Bill involved," Iommi told Mercury News. "But we waited long enough for Bill, and what can we do? We can't make him do it. It was his decision. It was sad." Read more here.

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The Rolling Stones Release 'Mixed Emotions' Live Video

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones have released a video of their performance of "Mixed Emotions" as a preview to the forthcoming release, "From the Vault: Live at the Tokyo Dome 1990," which will be released as a 3-DVD and Blu-ray set, as well as a 4-LP+DVD package on November 13th.

The US Top 10 lead single from "Steel Wheels" introduced the 1989 album, which peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 and went on to sell more than 2 million copies in the States alone.

Due October 30 on DVD and Blu-ray with a new mixby Bob Clearmountain, the new live package captures the band during the first series of concerts they ever played in Japan.

"Mixed Emotions" is the second preview from the set following the group's cover of the 1963 Bob & Earl track "The Harlem Shuffle." Check out the new video here.

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Bruce Springsteen Goes Behind The Scenes Of The River Box Set

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen has released a behind the scenes preview video of his forthcoming 7-disc box set, "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection." Due December 4, the project present material recorded for his 1980 double-album, "The River", which delivered the New Jersey rocker 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.

"We recorded and recorded and recorded and recorded," says Springsteen. "We were in the studio day after day after day, you know. I probably worked the hardest on some of things that ended up as outtakes…you never knew, I never knew. I didn't know where it was going."

The 4CD/3DVD package offers the original double album alongside "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 set 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 package adds a hardcover 148-page coffee table book containing 200 studio and live photographs plus memorabilia documenting the album and the era. Watch the video here.

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Tremonti Leave The Door Open For Van Halen Return

(Classic Rock) Mark Tremonti says the door remains open for bassist Wolfgang Van Halen to hook up with Tremonti now that Van Halen's tour has come to an end. Wolfgang - the son of Eddie - played bass on Tremonti's second album Cauterize, but had to sit out the tour as Van Halen were on the road on a North American jaunt.

Tremonti - the solo project of Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark - hired Tanner Keegan to fill in, but would welcome Wolfgang back with open arms just as soon as he's ready.

Mark Tremonti tells Robb's Metalworks: "It's totally up to him. I think they just finished the Van Halen tour last week, and he's working on an album of his own.

"That will probably take precedence over this while he's doing that, but I'm sure when he's not doing that and whenever he wants to throw with us, he's got that opportunity. He's probably in my same situation. I've got Alter Bridge and Tremonti. Now he's gonna have that band and this band, so whenever the schedules match up, we'll be touring. But Tanner Keegan's out with us, and he's been killing it. The fans love him." Read more here.

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Rammstein Join Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath As Download Headliners

(Classic Rock) Rammstein have been confirmed as the Friday Main Stage headliners for next year's Download festival. The German metal icons take top billing at Donington on June 10. They're the third and final Main Stage headline act to be announced, after Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath.

Festival organizer Andy Copping says: "I cannot wait for this year- three of the biggest names in rock are heading to Donington. Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath have legacies to rival Download festival and its rich rock heritage, it's a match made in rock heaven.

"The mighty Iron Maiden back after another yet another no.1 album, the legendary Black Sabbath on their final tour and Rammstein, who blow me away every time I see them. Their headlining set at Download 2016 will make rock history." Read more including Rammstein's reaction here.

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Leslie West Streaming His Take On 'People Get Ready'

(Classic Rock) Leslie West has released his version of Curtis Mayfield classic People Get Ready with The Blues, which is featured on the Mountain man's album Soundcheck, to be launched on November 20 via Mascot Label Group.

West recently explained the album title by saying: "I used to hate soundchecks. With my partner Felix Pappalardi, if we did a soundcheck we'd have to do half a show.

"One of his, one of mine... and we both sang. I like doing soundchecks now, because he's not around to bust my balls." The record features guest appearances from Brian May, Peter Frampton and the late Jack Bruce. Check out the new song here.

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Devil You Know Release Uncensored 'The Way We Die' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Devil You Know have released the uncensored version of their video for The Way We Die. It can be seen via adult site Burning Angel and comes complete with an adults-only warning.

The track appears on second album They Bleed Red, to be launched on November 6. When the original cut was released, drummer John Sankey said:

"We had no interest in doing another performance video with us jamming out. This was all about us having fun, getting crazy, living the dream and sharing it with the world to enjoy."

Watch the original version and grab the link to the new uncensored clip here.

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Gary Holt Reveals His Most Important Contribution To Slayer

(Classic Rock) Gary Holt believes he's been a unifying force in Slayer - and it's one of the most important things he's brought to the band. The Exodus guitarist has been working with Kerry King and Tom Araya since the late Jeff Hanneman stepped back in 2011, and appears on the thrash icons' latest album Repentless, alongside drummer Paul Bostaph.

The two remaining original members haven't always had the closest of relationships - with frontman Araya admitting earlier this year that he and King often didn't communicate in the past.

Holt tells The Jasta Show: "People have asked me, 'What do you think is the most important thing you brought to Slayer?' It sounds like a really hippie way to say it - I'd say it's unity.

"I'm really close to everybody in the band. I maybe have been a bridge in keeping everybody smiling. I'm always in a good mood. I'm a hard guy to piss off."

He adds: "We have our times when I hang out with Kerry at night. I hang out with Tom and Paul at different times. But everybody's happy - everybody's enjoying it." Read more here.

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Escape The Fate Release 'Alive' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Escape The Fate have released a video for their song Alive, which is a track that comes from upcoming fifth album Hate Me, due on October 30 via Eleven Seven Music.

Frontman Craig Mabbitt says of the album: "It has been a real team effort this time around. We've all worked on lyrics, all contributed to the songwriting process.

"We're the most unified as a team I think we've ever been, certainly in my history in the band. I actually wish we hadn't done a self-titled album already because I think this is our most definitive statement yet." Watch the video here.

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Lenny Kravitz Releases Live Video For 'The Chamber'

(hennemusic) Lenny Kravitz is released a video of his performance of the 2014 single, "The Chamber", as a preview to the October 23 DVD, Blu-ray and digital release of his live concert film, "Just Let Go."

The tune was the lead single from his tenth album, "Strut", which peaked at No. 19 on the US Billboard 200 but failed to achieve Gold status in the country.

"The Chamber" follows the preview of his 1993 smash, "Are You Gonna Go My Way", from "Just Let Go", which was filmed over three months in late 2014 during the European leg of the singer's world tour in support of the project.

"The film takes a deeper look into what it's like to be on tour," says Kravitz, "and also gives an intimate perspective into my life with my band, both on and off the stage." Watch the video here.

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The Temperance Movement Stream Preview Of New Album 'White Bear'

(Classic Rock) The Temperance Movement have released an online preview stream for their forthcoming second album White Bear, which is scheduled to be released on January 16 via Earache.

The new online video preview includes clips from all 10 tracks on the follow-up to their self-titled 2012 debut, plus iTunes bonus song Time Won't Leave.

Guitarist Paul Sayers recently said: "It's a real step on for us, sonically and artistically. Playing so many shows together over the last three years allowed us to develop a really clear idea of where we wanted to go." Check out the preview here.

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Mostly Autumn Release Acoustic EP

(Prog) Mostly Autumn have released a new acoustic EP entitled Mostly Autumn Acoustic: The Genesis Revisited Tour 2014 which was recorded live on their support tour with Steve Hackett.

Bryan Josh and Olivia Sparnenn-Josh performed under the name Mostly Autumn Acoustic for a run of shows in 2014, and they describe the experience as "a very exciting journey with one of our heroes."

"Mostly Autumn Acoustic: The Genesis Revisited Tour 2014" comes complete with Sparnenn-Josh's recording of The Rain Song as a bonus track. Check out the song listing here.

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Butcher Babies Show Their Goofy Side With 'Igniter' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Butcher Babies have released a video for their track Igniter. The song is taken from second album Take It Like A Man which was issued in August via Century Media Records. The promo features footage shot during the band's performances at Download, the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards show and onboard HMS Hammer this year.

Singer Carla Harvey says Igniter is about "the anger and frustration that we can let consume and even destroy us at times." She adds: "When we first started Butcher Babies, I was in a much darker place and often let that rage overtake me, but after six years of having a healthy outlet for those feelings through our music, I'm a completely different person.

"I love that the video for Igniter, shot while we toured the UK this summer, shows a juxtaposition of on stage rage and our off stage fun personalities. It speaks volumes to the release that music provides not only for the listener, but the creators."

Fellow vocalist Heidi Shepherd adds that the clip shows the band's "goofy, off-stage personalities." Watch the video here.

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Mythra Reveals Details For Limited-Edition Anthology

(Classic Rock) Mythra have revealed the tracklist and artwork for their upcoming limited-edition anthology. The NWOBHM outfit will launch Warriors Of Time on November 30 via Skol Records. It features the classic tracks they recorded between 1979 and the early 80s, plus five new numbers written after they announced their comeback this year.

Vocalist Vince High previously told TeamRock they wanted to set the record straight with the authorised collection. He said: "This is important for several reasons - not least of which is the fact that the CD release in 1998 was done without any input from the band whatsoever.

"The company concerned even got some of the song titles wrong. We didn't know it had been released until after it came out. It's now long out of print and fans are having to pay silly money on the net." Read more including the tracklisting here.

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Operation: Mindcrime Add UK Dates To Winter Tour

(Classic Rock) Operation: Mindcrime have added four English dates to their winter European tour. Geoff Tate's band previously announced a 22-date trip around the continent, and they've now added December shows in Stourbridge, Southend, Buckley and Brighton.

The tour - in support of debut album The Key - kicks off in Germany on November 13 and tickets can be purchased via the band's website. Support at the English shows comes from British band ICON.

Former Queensryche singer Tate recently revealed his new outfit's second album has already been recorded, while work on the final part of the planned trilogy is underway. See the dates here.

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Bring Me The Horizon Release 'Happy Song' Live Video From Leeds Fest

(TeamRock Radio) Bring Me The Horizon have released a live video of their performance of "Happy Song" from this year's Leeds festival. The footage was captured during the Sheffield band's Main Stage performance at Leeds on August 30.

The track comes from Bring Me The Horizon's fifth album That's The Spirit, which was issued in September. On the album, frontman Oli Sykes previously said:

"This time round the challenge wasn't just for people to be impressed that a screamer's learned to sing. We had to come back with something that would be impressive for people who had no idea of the history of the band." Watch the video here.

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Napalm Death's' Live Corruption' Set For Limited Edition Vinyl Reissue

(TeamRock Radio) Napalm Death's 1992 live collection is due to be released on vinyl for the first time. It was previously only available on CD as part of a limited edition box set.

Live Corruption was recorded in 1990 at Salisbury Art Centre in England and features the band's classic lineup of Barney Greenway, Jesse Pintado, Mitch Harris, Shane Embury and Mick Harris.

On November 20, Earache Records will release the set on limited edition vinyl - with 300 clear and black splatter versions available and just 100 copies of a special 'black series' version being issued. See the track details here.

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Skunk Anansie Announce New Album 'Anarchytecture'

(Classic Rock) Skunk Anansie have confirmed the released of their sixth album, Anarchytecture, which is set to hit stores on January 15, ahead of a European tour which kicks off with two UK dates.

The band's management describe Anarchytecture as "a collection of hard-hitting alternative rock anthems, brimming with punchy riffs and the sort of fire that can only burn from the heart and soul of vocal powerhouse, Skin."

The follow-up to 2012's Black Traffic was produced by Royal Blood and Killing Joke engineer Tom Dalgety at RAK Studios in London, with mixing duties divided between Dalgety and Jeremy Wheatley. Mastering will be handled by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in New York. See the tour dates here.

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Singled Out: Doll Skin's Family of Strangers

Doll Skin, the up and coming all-female rock quartet, tell us about "Family of Strangers" from their "In Your Face" EP which was produced by Megadeth's David Ellefson and will be released on October 30th. Here is the story:

Family of Strangers was the very first song Doll Skin ever wrote. It existed before we gave our band the name Doll Skin, actually! We were adamant about adding an original to our set for the battle of the bands we were participating in at drummer Meghan's high school. It would be our first gig ever, and we knew not a lot of bands would have originals, especially for a small high school battle. As soon as Alex perfected the main riff, and Nicole wrote a solid bass part, Meghan knew exactly what lyrics to pull for the song.

A year back, she wrote the lyrics about how connected a room full of fans can feel to each other during a concert. Complete strangers can become instant friends because they already have one thing in common; their love for music. For that one day, these people can all feel like family. Sydney phrased the melody to sound pretty punk heavy. We wanted the song to be huge in sound! We actually sped up the tempo at least 25 bpm's after five months of playing it slower live. It sounds way cooler at a faster tempo. It evolved even more when we recorded it at the Platinum Underground!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the band and the new EP right here!

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