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Day in Rock Report for 09/03/2015



Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Believes Sex Virus Caused His Cancer

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson says in a new interview that he believes that his throat and mouth cancer was caused by a virus that is contracted via oral sex.

Dickinson made the revelation during a Sirius-XM interview where he said, (via Ultimate Classic Rock, "It's a virus - HPV, human papilloma virus. They all are. I'm almost willing to bet, anytime you hear about somebody who gets tonsil cancer, throat cancer, lung cancer, whatever it is, if they're not heavy smokers and they're not massive, heavy drinkers, it's almost inevitably [HPV]."

He continued, "There's a five hundred percent increase in this type of cancer in men over 40 - five hundred percent increase. It's massive. It's the same virus that causes cervical cancer. The diagnosis is the same. It's the same words they use.

He went on to address the fact that some people have already discounted a similar claim made by actor Michael Douglas about the cause of his cancer, "everybody makes the jokes about Michael Douglas, 'cause he was having oral sex and it's just, like, okay, we need to get over that one, guys, because this is kind of serious. There's hundreds of thousands of people at risk for this."

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Def Leppard Release New Album Teaser Video

(hennemusic) Def Leppard have issued a 10-second video teaser promoting the fall release of their upcoming self-titled album. Expected in October, the UK rockers have been in the studio working on the follow-up to 2008's "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge" after completing some marathon songwriting sessions last year.

Frontman Joe Elliott recently revealed the project is essentially done. "Yeah, it's finished. We're just doing simple, last-minute adjustments," says Elliott. "The first song is going to go to radio [this] month. It's a 14-track, 55-minute album. It's just called 'Def Leppard' because that's what it sounds like. It doesn't sounds like any one specific era of Def Leppard. It's got everything.

"You'll listen and you go 'Oh, that sounds like Def Leppard' or you'll go 'That is Leppard, but sounds a bit like Led Zeppelin or Queen but you can hear the AC/DC or the Crosby, Stills and Nash coming through.'

"We have not shied away from anything that's influenced us in our growing up periods of our life. Just because we've made the kind of music we've made doesn't mean to say we don't like all of this other stuff." Watch the video here.

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Motorhead Cancel Live Shows Until Lemmy's Health Improves

(Classic Rock) Motorhead cancelled their scheduled appearance in Texas last night and won't return to live action until Lemmy is "properly rested." The band pulled out of their show in San Antonio - their second gig cancellation in the space of a week after a performance in Denver was called off earlier. Frontman Lemmy has also cut two shows short in that time, firstly in Salt Lake City last week and then in Austin on Tuesday.

Lemmy walked off stage four songs into the Salt Lake City gig last week, blaming breathing difficulties on the altitude. He managed just three tracks in Austin. The San Antonio show went ahead without Motorhead, as Saxon stepped in to headline.

In a statement, Motorhead say: "As you might have heard, Motorhead again had to abbreviate a performance due to Lemmy not feeling well. This is a direct follow-on from the altitude issues in Colorado and, clearly, Lemmy tried to get back at it too quickly.

"Lemmy will resume duties the moment he is properly rested and firing on all cylinders again." Read more here.

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Tom DeLonge's Angels And Airwaves Get Experimental With New EP

(Radio.com) Angels & Airwaves are set to release their new 4-song ...Of Nightmares EP tomorrow (September 4) and it's one of the band's most experimental works to date.

The new disc serves as a companion to Poet Anderson …Of Nightmares, the first of three Poet Anderson novels by Tom DeLonge and New York Times best-selling young-adult fiction author Suzanne Young.

Before DeLonge's much talked about split from Blink-182, he had been working feverishly on "four major franchises" one of which is Poet Anderson; a multi-media adventure about the connection between dreams and consciousness, with a lead character inspired by his own 9 year old son Jonas.

Following last December's release of the award-winning animated short film, Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, DeLonge delivered the full-length The Dream Walker album, followed shortly thereafter by the comic book series of the same name. Now, with the release of the first novel set for October 6, his band Angels & Airwaves are giving fans something to listen to as they read along.

"The book was going to come out as an enhanced novel where you can listen to the music as you read," DeLonge tells Radio.com. "So we needed music that wasn't going to distract you, but we also wanted this to be an EP where we weren't going in just to write completely normal songs. We wanted music to be experimental and artistic."

Speaking about how the EP's tracks came together, DeLonge explains that each song began as a single sound--something that inspired the rest of the melody--something that served as the initial building block. "It was always something small, some little beeping synth thing," says DeLonge. "This was definitely exploration in the studio. It wasn't going in and hammering out ideas that were already in mind." As an example, the song "Home," which DeLonge jokes as having the "worst title ever," was inspired by a hypnotic droning sound that he saw at an art installation. He notes the sound "always resonated with me." Read more here.

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The Kinks Reunion Still Possible Says Dave Davies

(Classic Rock) The Kinks guitarist Dave Davies fears the chance of a reunion has reduced to an "outside shot" - but still hopes it can happen. Speculation increased that he and brother Ray could settle their differences after the pair staged a private reunion last year, and even played music together. Both later spoke positively about going back to work.

But Dave tells Rolling Stone: "I'd say there's an outside shot. But where there's life, there's hope. I know Ray has a lot coming up, and I do as well, so we'll see how things span out.

"A lot depends on how Ray and I feel by the end of the year, physically, emotionally and psychologically. I wish I could give a more definitive answer - but I don't want to jump the gun." Read more here.

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Pantera Sock Puppet Parody Features Cameo From Vinnie Paul

(TeamRock Radio) Vinnie Paul makes a cameo appearance in a sock puppet parody of Pantera classic Walk. The former Pantera and current Hellyeah drummer pops up towards the end of the video by sock puppet band Hamptera.

It features the group singing about the inconvenience of socks sliding down the wearer's foot and includes lyrics like, "Each step is shifting down your shoe," and, "Re-adjust, sock, slipping' away."

An audience of socks headbangs along to the track before Paul's cameo. The people behind the Sock Puppet Parody previously took on tracks by Slayer, Drowning Pool and Immortal. Watch the Walk parody video here.

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Marty Friedman Streaming 'Jasmine Cyanide' From Upcoming Release

(TeamRock Radio) Marty Friedman has released a lyric video for his track Jasmine Cyanide. The song is taken from the upcoming digital deluxe re-issue of his 2014 solo album Inferno, due for release via Prosthetic on September 4.

Jasmine Cyanide and Ballad Of The Barbie Bandits are exclusive bonus tracks on the re-release and ex Megadeth guitarist Friedman says the former was the first song written for the album, before he decided to exclude it.

He says: "This was a big collaborative effort with the band Skyharbor, Danko Jones and myself. Dan Tompkins came up with the brilliant lyrics and melody line. Danko Jones heard Dan's amazing vocal tracks in the LA studio where I was working, because I had enlisted Danko to sing backups to Dan's lead vocals.

"Once we got started with that, Danko had a few vocal and lyrical ideas that I really liked and I couldn't ignore, so Danko and I did a rewrite on the spot. I love the song, but it didn't fit anywhere in the sequencing of the album nicely, so it didn't make it to the final album, and it found its way to the Japan bonus tracks." Watch the lyric video here.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Perform First Two Albums On New DVD and Blu-Ray

Eagle Rock have announced the release of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin'nérd & Second Helping - Live From Jacksonville At The Florida Theatre" on DVD, Blu-Ray and digitally on October 23rd and they have also revealed an online video clip from the package as a preview.

The new release was filmed during two special concerts earlier this year where the southern rock legends performed their first two studio albums in their entirety for the very first time. A preview clip of the performance of "Gimme Three Steps" can be seen here.

In addition to the standard versions that will be widely released, there will be a special version that will feature a DVD and 2-CDs that will be released exclusively at Walmart. Check out the tracklisting here.

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Public Image Ltd Launching What The World Needs Now Tour

Public Image Ltd have announced they will be launching a North American tour this fall in support of their new album, "What The World Needs Now", which is set to be released tomorrow, September 4th.

The band has not played North America in three years but that will all change on Halloween night when they perform at this year's Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA.

PiL will then launch a headlining tour the next night, November 1st, in Memphis at the New Daisy Theatre and they will conclude the trek on November 29th in Los Angeles at the Fonda Theater. See the tour dates here.

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Operation: Mindcrime Stream New Song 'The Stranger'

(Classic Rock) Operation: Mindcrime have released a lyric video for their track The Stranger. It's taken from the group's upcoming debut album The Key, issued on September 18 via Frontiers Music Srl.

The album marks Geoff Tate's first release since reaching a legal settlement with his former colleagues in Queensryche. The Key is the first in a trilogy of records that explores "international politics, the world economy and social ethos."

Tate revealed last month that the band have already completed much of the work on the second part of the trilogy. They previously released videos for the songs Burn and Re-Inventing The Future. Stream the new song here.

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Garbage Celebrating Self-Titled Debut's 20-Year Anniversary With Reissue

(Radio.com) With a 20-year anniversary tour already announced for this fall, alternative rock icons Garbage have announced a reissue of their seminal 1995 self-titled classic.

Garbage will be available in a standard edition, deluxe edition, and, for the die-hards, a super deluxe edition. The super deluxe contains all 12 original tracks + 9 G-sides (Garbage's cute way of saying B-side) + 29 remixes + 12 alternate versions.

For vinyl enthusiasts, the release will have a standard double-LP offering and a limited edition three LP set, which will also include a fanzine and an autographed photo of the band. Check out the list of unreleased tracks that will be available here.

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Autopsy Announce 4-Disc Set and Special Vinyl Release

Autopsy have announced two special releases this November via Peaceville Records including a limited edition four-disc set and a special Black Friday vinyl release of a new album.

The four-disc set, entitled "After The Cutting", is set to be released on November 13th and includes a book written by Dennis Dread along with new tracks, rarities and classic songs from the group.

The band will also be celebrating Black Friday (November 27th) with the special vinyl release of "Skull Grinder." The album features seven new songs that are featured on the "After The Cutting" box set. The band plans to release the effort on CD next year.

Autopsy had the following to say about the releases, "We at Autopsy HQ are pleased to have the opportunity to once again torture your minds and ear holes through the medium of recorded brutality. The band went back to Fantasy Studios in Berkeley in late July to record a brand new release called 'Skull Grinder.' Musically, it's just what you'd expect from us; no style changes, wimp outs, sell outs, settling down or caving in. Add to that acknowledgement of the obvious, some of Wes Benscoter's sickest art yet to (dis)grace the cover, and you have a new sledgehammer to the bowels with no apologies offered whatsoever.

"In case that isn't enough to bring the taste of bile into the back of your throat, let it be known that there is also a four-disc set on the way titled 'After the Cutting,' packed with hours of horrifying music, cover art from none other than Kev Walker as well as an extensive book written by Dennis Dread, riddled with interviews, photos and other assorted uncleanliness. The release date for both of these monstrosities is slated for this coming November. More details are forthcoming..."


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Black Stone Cherry Release Video From First Ever Live DVD

(Classic Rock) Black Stone Cherry will release their first ever live DVD next month. Thank You: Livin' Live is issued via Eagle Vision on October 30. The gig was shot on the band's Magic Mountain tour in Birmingham, England, in 2014. A video of their performance of White Trash Millionaire at the LG Arena show has been made available as a teaser.

The set is available to pre-order on DVD or Blu-ray and in a range of bundles with extras including CDs, t-shirts and other items. As well as the live show, the film includes interview material and additional live tracks shot at this year's Download.

Guitarist Ben Wells says: "We are beyond excited to bring you this live DVD. Growing up watching my Elvis and Aerosmith DVDs and VHS tapes, I never thought I would be in a band that would one day be releasing one - and in an arena at that."

Frontman Chris Robertson adds: "I remember our first gig headlining in Birmingham at the Barfly and I thought about that night many times as we were filming this DVD. It was truly an amazing experience that we will cherish forever and we have to give all the credit to the amazing fans for showing up and making it all possible." Watch the White Trash Millionaire video from the release here.

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Slayer's Tom Araya Explains His Respect For Anthrax

(Classic Rock) Slayer's Tom Araya says he can't wait to hit the road with Anthrax and that he admires Scott Ian and co for never changing who they are. The singer and bass player recalls meeting Anthrax for the first time on the 1990/1991 Clash Of The Titans tour. The two bands will tour together again later this year.

Araya tells the Metal Hammer Magazine show on TeamRock Radio: "They've never changed, they've always been the same guys. Which is a rarity because a lot of people change. It will be great to see them and do another tour with them. They have good humor, it'll be fun."

Amaya adds that he has also stayed pretty much the same, other than that he tends to avoid the spotlight when he's not on stage. He adds: "One thing that has changed is that I shy away from publicity. I don't make appearances. I won't go to a club, I feel uncomfortable. I'm a bass player and I play in this band called Slayer. And that's the extent of how I feel about what I do." Read more here.

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Foo Fighters and Social Distortion Lead Love Ride Festival Lineup

Southern California punk legends Social Distortion have been added to the bill of this year's Love Ride Festival benefit concert which is being headlined by the Foo Fighters.

The festival is set to take place Castaic Lake in Southern California (41 miles North of Los Angeles) on October 18th and is being staged to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Social Distortion's Mike Ness had the following to say, "We've wanted to be a part of the Love Ride for years now, so we are stoked that our friends the Foo Fighters asked us to be involved for the final ride; which makes it bitter sweet.

"Founder Oliver Shokouh and the Love Ride Foundation have done an amazing job over the years raising money and awareness for many great organizations, so we're looking forward to contributing to this year's effort and doing our part in raising awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. This incredible group of people assists our wounded service members with their injuries, illness', create support networks, help with their transition back into civilian life and more. We're honored to be performing this year and we're looking forward to a great day of rock 'n' roll for a great cause." Find more details about the event here.

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Tool Surprise Fans With Unusual Limited Edition Item

(Radio.com) Tool fans are chomping at the bit to any news about new music from the band. After all, it's been over nine years since they released 2006's 10,000 Days.

Fans hoping for an update on the effort were surprised by a post on the band's official web announcing a different type of new release: a limited edition Tool blanket.

The post poked fun at the band's lag between albums asking, 'Can I have your full attention please, yes You - checking to see if this is new album news? It's not, but I am certainly excited to announce that More Tool MULTI-PURPOSE BLANKETS have been produced - 3 DIFFERENT ONES in fact - all in VERY LIMITED QUANTITIES!" Each different version of the blanket will cost you $200.

The blankets are made from recycled Tool shirts and are 'comfortable for home use and durable enough for festivals."They have been made in the USA and feature a fleece bottomside and polyester thread and reinforced double stitching. Check out a photo of one of the blankets here.

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Ghost's Acoustic Performance Of 'If You Have Ghosts' Goes Online

(hennemusic) Ghost performed an acoustic version of Roky Erickson's "If You Have Ghosts" at HardDrive Radio studios and video from the session has surfaced online.

The Swedish band covered the tune as the title track to their 2013 Dave Grohl-produced EP after it originally appeared on Erickson's 1981 album with The Aliens, "The Evil One."

Ghost recently launched their third album, "Meliora", with an unplugged tour of US record stores. The follow-up to 2013's "Infestissumam" was produced by Klas Åhlund and mixed by Andy Wallace and sees the debut of vocalist Papa Emeritus III alongside the Nameless Ghouls.

"Meliora" delivered Ghost their first-ever US Top 10 when the album debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 8 with opening week sales of 29,000 copies.

Ghost will begin the Black To The Future North American tour at The Fillmore in Washington, DC on September 22. Watch the video here.

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Prog Supergroup Waken Eyes Announce Album and Stream Preview

(Prog) Prog supergroup Waken Eyes, featuring members of the Aristocrats, Symphony X and Darkwater, announced that they will release their debut album Exodus on October 30th.

The lineup features vocalist Henrik Bath (Darkwater), guitarist-keyboardist Tom Frelek, bassist Mike Lepond (Symphony X) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Aristocrats, Steven Wilson)

Frelek says: "The album is about being fearless - every song has something to do about fearlessness. It's an album for those who struggle to stand up for themselves and can't be heard." Check out the album teaser video here.

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Clutch Wanted Tommy Lee John To Guest On New Album

(Classic Rock) Clutch frontman Neil Fallon says he wanted actor Tommy Lee Jones to voice the opening track on upcoming album Psychic Warfare. The Affidavit features ambient noise and Fallon's spoken word as he plays the role of a detective. But he really wanted the star of No Country For Old Men and the Men In Black films to voice the part.

Clutch were keen to come up with an opening to the record rather than launch right into the track X-Ray Visions. After dismissing the idea of an instrumental opener, the settled on a piece that links to the second track.

In an album commentary video issue via the band's YouTube page, Fallon says: "When we got the mixes of the record we were on tour and we got to talking about how we could intro the record, other than just starting cold with X-Ray Visions.

"The subject of ambient noise came up. A couple of days later the bus was parked in Memphis, Tennessee, in front of The Peabody Hotel and I believe it was a jazz and blues awards ceremony that was going on. The place was just rammed.

"I walked into the lobby with my iPhone and made these circuits around the bar and lobby and recorded the conversations, the sounds of ice and drinks and clinking china."

He continues: "A couple of days later we listened to the ambient noise and it was hard to justify by itself, so I listened to the first words of X-Ray Visions and realized this could be a statement of sort.

"The person you hear speaking - I wanted to get Tommy Lee Jones to do it but I'm sure he's busy. I did my best to mimic the man, terribly. It's a private investigator or detective asking the character in X-Ray Visions what the hell happened." Watch the video here.

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Runaways' Jackie Fox Reacts To Chrissie Hynde's Rape Comments

(Classic Rock) Ex-Runaway Jackie Fox has spoken out over Chrissie Hynde's comments about rape this past weekend. Pretenders vocalist Hynde drew controversy by suggesting that women could sometimes be at fault over sex attacks, citing her own experience of being the victim of a biker gang assault at the age of 21, while under the influence of drugs.

In July Fox said she'd been raped by Runaways impresario Kim Fowley in a hotel room in 1975, while members of the band and their entourage looked on.And while she refuses to criticize Hynde personally, she's critical of the message she may have sent.

Fox, real name Fuchs, tells Yahoo: "It bothers me, because I don't know that she's gone out there and talked to rape victims. If you had seen the messages that people sent me, so many of them were about 'I've always thought it was my fault.' We already think that anyway.

"So this is just telling people who've gone through this experience of being raped or abused, 'Yeah, you're right, it is your fault.' But there's no such thing as asking for it. And poor judgment is not an invitation to rape, nor an excuse for it." Read more including Hynde's comments that sparked the controversy here.

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Angra Release 'Black Hearted Soul' Video

(Classic Rock) Angra have released a video for their track Black Hearted Soul. It's taken from the band's album Secret Garden, which was released in January, and features Megadeth guitarist Kiko Loureiro.

Loureiro replaced Chris Broderick in Dave Mustaine's crew and will appear on that group's 15th album. Angra said they were proud of their friend for landing the job in Megadeth, but recently admitted they would have to continue without him.

Founding guitarist Rafael Bittencourt told Revolver: "At this moment, Kiko is managing to finish the Secret Garden world tour with us, coupled with touring with Megadeth. Soon, that won't be possible, so he will be taking Megadeth as a priority, most probably as his exclusive band.

"Since we won't be able to count on having him with us very soon, the solution will be to find a substitute for him." Watch the new video here.

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Casablanca Release 'Closer' Music Video

(Classic Rock) Casablanca have released a video for Closer, taken from the band's new album Miskatonic Graffitti, the follow-up to 2013's Riding A Black Swan. The band include Ryan Roxie, who's played with Slash's Snakepit and Alice Cooper, and Sahara Hotnights drummer Josephine Forsman.

"Closer is about the couple Mat and Josie who find themselves confronted and chased by something or someone who've slipped through the passage to The Mountains, and seems to wanna kill 'em," say the band. "The story takes sudden turn, when Sgt Doom joins in. A classic horror story that ends in favour of the victim while the perpetrator ends up facing a cruel death."

"When Casablanca said they wanted a video that was part Lovecraft part Twin Peaks we couldn't pass on the opportunity to work with such cool influences - and great music too!" adds director Alex Taylor. "We used the opportunity to channel found footage horror films through our love of 70's horror like Evil Dead to make something that's hopefully as much fun to watch as it was to make."

Miskatonic Graffitti is released on September 25 on Despotz Records, and tells the story of The Originals, a group of creatures who pre-date H.P. Lovecraft's Old Ones and refuse to give up on their dreams of sex, love, rock and fast cars, despite the impending collapse of civilization. Watch the video here.

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Tony Banks Looks Back At Evolution Of Genesis' Complex Stage Shows

(Classic Rock) Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks has reflected on how his band began developing their complex stage shows. The veteran musician will be named this year's Prog God at the Progressive Music Awards this week.

He spoke to BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright alongside Matthew Wright, who'll present the annual ceremony at London's Underglobe today (September 3). Asked about prog music's celebration of elaborate performance, Banks said: "When we first came on the scene we tried to do as little as possible - I continue to do that! Fortunately, some other people in the group managed to get it together. Peter Gabriel became fantastic as a performer.

"I think he realized that when he was up there he had to do something. We had quite long instrumental sections and breaks between songs, he had to have something to do. Simple things like the flower became such a visual statement for Genesis."

He joked about his fellow 1970s prog giants: "We hated all the other ones - they were the competition. We hated the really successful ones most, Yes, ELP and that lot." Read more here.

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Kitten Pyramid Premiere 'High Five Scuba Dive' Video

(Prog) Kitten Pyramid have premiered their video for High Five Scuba Dive with Prog. The track features guest guitar by Matt Stevens, and it's taken from their EP of the same name, set for launch on October 23, to tie in with a UK tour supporting Tom Robinson.

The video tells the story of mainman Scott Milligan's late uncle, who started work with an ice cream van company before being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

Milligan says: "By this time he had started experiencing episodes that left him unable to work. More often than not he picked the ice-cream van up, drove it straight home and went to bed without doing his rounds - much to the disappointment of the local kids."

The story will be developed in the feature film Uh-Oh!, which shares its theme and title with Kitten Pyramid's 2014 debut album. Watch the new video here.

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Skindred Release 'Under Attack' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Skindred have premiered their new music video for new song Under Attack, a track that comes off the band's new studio album "Volume", which is set to be released on October 30th.

Speaking to Hammer about the video, drummer Arya Goggin says: "With the Under Attack video we wanted the band in a small space with our fans. Down and dirty. The song is such a riffing track so we wanted a video that would compliment it.

"Hanging out with fans and then going mental with them throughout the day was great fun. You can't fake that energy, and that's what the cameras captured." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Eat the Gun's Howlinwood

Today Hendrik Wippermann from Eat the Gun tells us about the title track of their brand new album "Howlinwood," which is set to be released in North America tomorrow (September 4th). Here is the story:

I always wanted to write a song that is dedicated to my love for being a musician. It's hard to do that without coming up with something that sounds rather cheesy or self-absorbed. So I tried to find something that describes the unique atmosphere music creates.

Like most times, inspiration surprised me with a fantasy name: Howlinwood. I thought about its meaning for a while and found it to be great name for an imaginary city where music is the center of all things. I asked myself why I would want to live in Howlinwood and came up with a simple rhyme that later became the song's chorus: "Take me to Howlinwood, where the music plays and life is good".

To me music is like a parallel universe or a second world I inhabit. It's a great place to hang out because everyday life just fades away and there's nothing else but music to care about.

The lyrics mainly deal with the realities of everyday life like unfulfilled dreams, the lack of freedom, or the striving for independence. All the things that make us want to break out and run free sometimes.

It doesn't matter if you're a musician or a music fan, we're all addicted to this special atmosphere that only music is able to create. It sets you free…ok, this definitely sounds a little cheesy but it's simply true.

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

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