Day in Rock Report for 09/17/2015

Indictment In Metallica Fan Morgan Harrington's Murder Case

A grand jury issued an indictment in the murder case of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington who disappeared after a Metallica concert at the University of Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena in October of 2009 and was later found dead.

Jesse Matthew Jr. was charged by the grand jury with first-degree murder and abduction with the intent to defile the case of the 20-year-old student, according to CNN.

Matthew was previously arrested in September of 2014 and charged with capital murder in the case of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, who disappeared from the same general area and at same time of night as Harrington.

Morgan's mother Gil shared the following reaction with WDBJ about the indictment, "That the person responsible will be brought to justice, there's a lot of satisfaction in that. Something as heinous as taking someone's life should have consequences. Today, finally, the domino cascade of consequences for Jesse Matthew for killing Morgan Harrington has started."

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Rolling Stones Plan New Studio Album

The Rolling Stones plan to record their first new studio album in a decade. Guitarist Keith Richard made the revelation during an interview to promote his new solo album, "Crosseyed Heart," which is set for release tomorrow (September 18th)

Richard had previously expressed his interested in the Stones making a new album and it now appears he will get his wish. He tells the Quietus, "I was at a meeting with the lads three or four days ago where everybody said, 'Yes! We must go in the studio!'"

The band has not yet set a timetable to work on the album, Richards reveals. They have a South American tour scheduled for early next year. He had the following to say in the interview about the timing, "Where or when I can't yet say, but in the near future.

"At last, I've got the boys wanting to get into the studio. They all have to want to do it at the same time. That's the thing with guys: You can't drag 'em in at gunpoint. But I've got the message that they want to. I'm hopeful, y'know?"

He then added in a follow-up interview, "I would say off the top of my head after the South American tour in February. But you never know. We might try to get into the studio before Christmas. I think that's sort of doubtful, with Christmas being Christmas, all that buildup. But at the same time, it's definitely in the works."

The band released their last studio album, "A Bigger Bang," in 2005.

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Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl Addresses Conspiracy Theory

(Classic Rock) Foo Fighters mainman Dave Grohl has laughed off the idea that he faked his stage fall to make money. He broke his leg during a concert in Sweden in June, and after cancelling just a handful of shows, returned to action from a throne he designed while under the influence of medication.

Grohl said in Portland, Oregon, this week: "I have a note from my doctor - although I'm really into the idea of a conspiracy theory. What if I didn't break my f***ing leg? What if I jumped off stage, fell on the ground and made it all look like it was a f***ing emergency?

"They dragged me off to the side, the band keeps playing, then 10 minutes later I magically reappear. Then I get somebody else's X-ray of a broken leg, make it into a T-shirt and we make millions of f***ing dollars.

"And I design this f***ing awesome throne so I don't have to stand up any more. Imagine that!" Watch video here.

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Black Sabbath Fans Reveal Special 45th Anniversary Plans

(Classic Rock) A group of Black Sabbath fans have announced that they will gather in the rehearsal space where the band honed their sound for a listening party this weekend.

Up to 50 people are expected to attend the Ozzy Zig, The Witch + The Warpig event at Birmingham's Newtown Community Centre on September 20 (Sunday) where 1970 albums Black Sabbath and Paranoid will be played and a range of Sabbath-related items will be on display in celebration of the 45th anniversary of the band's debut.

The event was organized by rock historian Rob Horrocks, who is the man behind a Birmingham walking tour called Crossroads Of Sabbath. Horrocks tells the Birmingham Mail: "Black Sabbath are the world's most successful rock band to have come from such a small area. People have always talked about the influence of the Beatles but I wonder if, in 100 years time, they will be talking about Black Sabbath more." Read more here.

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KISS Set Record With Most Gold Albums

The members of KISS have something new to be proud of as they have set the record of having earned the most Gold Album Record Awards by any American band.

The RIAA announced this week that the band has now earned a total of 30 gold albums, which includes 26 studio albums from the band as well as their 1978 solo albums.

The band has also earned 14 platinum album awards for one million in sales in the U.S. of each title and three multi-platinum awards. The Gold Album certification is awarded for 500,000 copies of an album sold in the U.S.

RIAA Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman had this to say, "Congratulations to KISS - the new Gold standard for albums by American bands. What an extraordinary achievement for an enduring band. Forty years later and the band is still rocking. Congratulations to KISS on their Gold album milestone and continued success."

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Epica Forced To Pull Out Of North American Tour

Epica have been forced to cancel the remaining dates of their North American tour with Eluveitie, The Agonist and Martina Edoff due to a family emergency for singer Simone Simons. The tour will continue without them.

The band released the following statement about the cancelation, "It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce the cancellation of all remaining shows of our North American tour.

"A couple of days ago, Simone had to fly back to the Netherlands to be with her family due to an emergency. Sadly, there has been no major improvement in that situation so it is impossible for Simone to return to the tour at this moment.

"Therefore, we have no other option than to cancel the remaining dates. However, the Revolver tour will carry on as scheduled with Eluveitie, The Agonist and Martina Edoff.

"We will again be rescheduling the North American tour in support of The Quantum Enigma for the beginning of next year. If you wish to refund your tickets you can do this through the venue. VIP tickets purchased through Sound Rink will be refunded automatically. Tickets for this tour will not be valid for the rescheduled dates.

"We want to thank all our fans and partners for their understanding and support in this difficult situation."

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ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Announces Fall Tour In Support Of Solo Album

ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons has announced the dates for his first ever solo tour, which he will be launching this fall in support of his forthcoming debut solo album, "Perfectamundo".

Gibbons and his solo band The BFG's will be kicking off the tour on November 11th in Atlanta, GA at the Variety Playhouse and concluding the trek on December 13th in Seattle, WA at the Neptune Theatre.

Following the North American trek, Gibbons will head to Cuba to perform at this year's Havana Jazz Festival. The BFG's will include Martine "G.G." GuiGui, Mike Flanigin and Alx "Guitarzza" Garza.

Gibbons has just released a video for "Treat Her Right," (watch it here), the first track from the new solo album, which is set to be released on November 6th by Concord Records and was produced by Gibbons and Joe Hardy. See the tour dates here.

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Def Leppard's New Album Being Released As Classic Rock Fanpack

(Classic Rock) Def Leppard's new album is to be released as a Classic Rock Fanpack on October 30. The Fanpack will include the CD (including an exclusive bonus track), a 116-page magazine featuring all-new interviews with all five band members, all-new photos and a track-by-track guide to the album, a series of collectable art cards, and a metal Def Leppard keyring. The album will also be available as a double-vinyl edition, while the regular CD will be released on November 27.

The Fanpack is available to pre-order here. Orders placed before 12pm (GMT) on Thursday October 1 will receive an exclusive window sticker featuring the Def Leppard album artwork, and be entered into a draw to win one of three pairs of VIP tickets aboard Def Leppard's Hysteria On The High Seas cruise, which departs from Miami in January next year. Pre-sale gifts and offers are only open to residents of US and UK.

The self-titled album is the band's 11th, and the follow-up to 2008's Songs From The Sparkle Lounge. "We got together to see what we had with maybe putting out a three track EP in mind," says Joe Elliott. "All of a sudden we had twelve songs on the go, and two more would come just a few weeks later. It's the first album we've ever made with no deal in place and no-one looking over our shoulders so the freedom was immense, and I think you can hear it in the songs." Read more and check out the first single from the album here.

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TesseracT Streaming New Album Polaris In Full Online

(Prog) TesseracT are streaming fourth album Polaris in full ahead of its release on September 18 (Friday). The nine-track follow-up to 2013's Altered State sees the return of vocalist Dan Tompkins, after Ashe O'Hara appeared on the third release.

Tompkins had this to say about the ablum: "Do you know that feeling you get as you're stood in line for a roller-coaster? That's the exact feeling we have about releasing Polaris.

"The stream signifies the real start of the Polaris World Tour for us. We can't wait to see you guys out there on the road as we try to visit as much of this tiny planet as we can over the next two years." Check out the stream here.

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Alice Cooper The Voice Of Children's Tale 'Peter and Wolf in Hollywood'

(Decca) Shock rock legend Alice Cooper voices all the characters in "Peter and Wolf in Hollywood", a modern reinterpretation of the Prokofiev's children's classic. We were sent the following details:

The album will be released on Deutsche Grammophon on November 13, along with a specially-designed iPad app aimed at children (age 5-8). It has been created by New York-based production company Giants Are Small, acclaimed for their signature fusion of theatre, live filmmaking, puppetry, and music. It is co-directed by live animation masters Doug Fitch and Edouard Getaz. The music is performed by the National Youth Orchestra of Germany, conducted by Alexander Shelley.

Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood tells the familiar tale of the resourceful Russian boy, but with a thrilling prequel set in modern-day Los Angeles, set off by the wolf's escape from the local zoo! Alice Cooper voices all of the characters (from the chirpy bird to the menacing wolf) as Peter embarks on a journey of robot building, a helicopter chase, and some melancholic introspection, all before he enters the forbidden meadow where he finally captures the wolf. The prequel includes a selection of works by great classical composers - introducing children to music by Mahler, Wagner, Elgar, Puccini, Grieg and many more.

Cooper is delighted with the story's modern-day twist. "I love the fact that it's moved on, and that Peter has come to Los Angeles to meet his grandfather, who turns out to be an old hippie! That gives the story a fresh dynamic. And I like that he's not in the least bit terrified by the wolf, when everybody else is freaking out."

Cooper says that narrating the tale took him back to his childhood. "I first heard this back in Detroit, when I was six or seven years old. My mum put the record on and I was instantly transported to another world," he recalls. "And it has been huge fun for me to do something new after nearly 50 years in the business." Check out the trailer here.

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Queen's Brian May's 3D Horror Movie Set For Halloween Event

(Classic Rock) Queen guitarist Brian May's 3D horror movie One Night In Hell is to become a star attraction in Hollywood this week. Showings commence at Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights 2015 on September 18 (Friday) and run until November 1. An accompanying app brings Diableres to life on Apple devices.

The short film, based on 19th-century stereoscopic techniques, is inspired by 1860s picture story Les Diableries, adapted by May into his 2013 book Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell.

His London Stereoscopic Company produced the feature along with Unanico Group, while the Czech National Symphony Orchestra collaborated on the soundtrack - which includes Queen classic We Will Rock You merged with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.

May says: "I'm devilishly happy that our demonic short film is to feature at Universal Studios, generating a new kind of Halloween Havoc. It Rocks. It jives. It'll rattle yer bones!" Read more and see the trailer here.

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Atreyu Streaming New Album 'Long Live' Online

(TeamRock Radio) Atreyu have made their comeback album Long Live available to stream in full. Their first release since 2009's Congregation Of The Damned is out tomorrow (September 18) and they've made all 13 tracks available. Also included is a track-by-track commentary from the band.

Alex Varkatzas says of the title track: "It's basically about our recommitment to music, our brotherhood and getting the band re-energised. On a broader spectrum it's about a commitment and passion for something that drives you."

Guitarist Dan Jacobs said earlier this month that the band needed their three-year hiatus to refocus, as the integrity of their music was at risk. Check out the album stream here.

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The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon Working On Solo Album

(TeamRock Radio) The Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon has confirmed he's working on his first-ever solo record. The singer revealed his plans via Twitter, but gave few details.

He posted a photo of himself with an acoustic guitar with a caption that reads: "I'm working on demos for my first solo record. More info to come."

As well as his work with The Gaslight Anthem, Fallon has worked with Molly And The Zombies and The Horrible Crowes. The Gaslight Anthem announced in July they'd go on hiatus after their European came to an end, saying they wanted to "step back until we have something we feel excited about." See his post here.

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Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Explains Epic Song 'Empire of the Clouds'

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson recently sat down with Radio.com to discuss the band's new double album "The Book of Souls" and during the chat he went into details about the two songs that he wrote for the album "If Eternity Should Fall" and eighteen minute epic "Empire of the Clouds".

He had this to say about "If Eternity Should Fall": "the first song on the album, the one that opens the album, was actually written for a solo album and was demoed with Roy Z [who produces many of Dickinson's solo records] out in L.A. And the demo that we did is effectively almost identical to the Maiden version. Maiden just effectively copied what we'd done, a few minor alterations.

"So that wasn't intentional; I didn't even know I was writing for Maiden at that point. I was just writing an opening title track for what was probably going to be a solo album and which was actually probably going to be a concept album. And the spoken word that's at the end of that track is actually the beginning of the story. So it introduces this character, 'Hello, I'm Doctor Necropolis, and I'm formed of the dead. My own two sons, I gave them birth, and I filled them, their living corpses with my bile.'

"So yeah, you think, 'Ah, that's cool. What's this about then?' And you never find out because it goes off into 'Speed of Light,' and you think, 'Well, that was weird. What was all that about?'

"And I did say to Steve [Harris], I said, 'Look, what do you want to do about this spoken word thing, because it fits with the rest of my solo thing, but I'm not sure it makes any sense. It's kind of a non-sequitur; it doesn't go anywhere for a Maiden album.'

"'Ah,' he said, 'but it's got a lot of soul. It mentions a lot of stuff about souls in there, doesn't it?' 'Yes, it does, yes, it does.' He goes, 'Oh, it's all good then.' So okay, great.

"Another thing about that track is it is actually in drop D guitar tuning. It's the first time we've ever done it in Maiden. So there was much furrowed brows and consternation about that."

He had the following to say about "Empire of the Clouds," which is the longest song Iron Maiden has ever recorded at eighteen minutes: "You write the melody in little bits. And originally I had no idea I was gonna write this song about the airship, the R101 disaster and the story of it and all that and what the song is actually about. All I had was two or three little pieces written for separate things, actually, and one of them had a line, 'Mist is in the trees, stone sweats with the dew/The morning sunrise, red before the blue,' and it was, basically it was setting a scene: this is dawn, something is gonna happen. And the idea was, yup, it's gonna be World War I fighter airplanes take off, and they'll die horrible deaths and a song about that.

"Well, that song ended up as 'Death or Glory.' So I was still left with this little intro. So okay, something's gonna happen here; what happens? And I thought, well, maybe I can write some more stuff. And I'm sitting at home, and I've got artifacts from airships sitting around. I went to some auctions and bought some stuff; I've got the pocket watch from one of the survivors from the R101, I've got a tankard from the R101, I've got various bits and bobs of other airships. I went, 'Why don't I tell the story?'

"I just finished reading a big, sort of encyclopedic crash report of it, 600 pages on it. I decided that I wanted to tell this story. This is a fantastic story. So I thought, well, what am I gonna call it? So the book that I just finished reading was called To Ride the Storm, because it was the storm that finally finished it off, really, then caused the crash in the end.

"So I put the little pieces together, and when I got enough verses and pieces, then I started putting them in order, and one of the last things I put together was the actual intro, the little [hums tune]. That came almost towards the end.

"And I suddenly realized that that then enabled me to do like a little overture piece at the beginning, which I would state most of the little melodies that were going to come later and put them as one separate little piece on its own, and then we put some cellos and some bits over it and some other little counter-melodies.

"And I'm thinking, 'This is getting quite sort of classical.' I don't know s- about classical music. Anyway, it's a piece, and it's definitely an overture. Opening, setting the scene instrumentally. And then we just tell the story through the various transitions that dramatize it, that build up the ash of leaves, the masks, the people are clapping and cheering, we've got that scene in there. It's very cinematic.

"When I write, all the words that I write come from the scene that is playing in front of my head. And even when I sing other people's lyrics I have to create the scene in my head before I can probably sing the song. Even if it's maybe not the same scene they were thinking of when they wrote it, I have to do it for myself in order to animate the words right. But that's the way we create the song.

"'Empire' was not written with guitars in mind; it was all written on piano. I knew obviously the band are gonna play it, and it's gonna get heavy towards the end. But at no stage when I was writing it did I write it with guitars in mind. There was horns, there was cello, there were fiddles, there was all kinds of different percussion and things like that. And that thinking through those instruments gave me the melodies, 'cause certain instruments suggest certain melodies.

"And then I thought, 'Well, it gonna be interesting now, seeing what happens when you play them with electric guitars.' It's gonna get 'Maiden-ified' as soon as you do that, which is fine." Read the full interview here.

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Scorpions Streaming Unreleased Blackout Era Demo

(hennemusic) The Scorpions are premiering "Running For The Plane", an unreleased demo from sessions for the group's 1982 album, "Blackout." The track is featured on the upcoming reissue of the album as part of the band's 50th Anniversary Deluxe Editions series, which will see the German rockers revisit their past with expanded reissues of eight of their classic albums.

Due November 6, the Scorpions will reissue "Taken By Force" (1977), "Tokyo Tapes" (1978), "Lovedrive" (1979), "Animal Magnetism" (1980), "Blackout" (1982), "Love At First Sting" (1984) and "Savage Amusement" (1988) - and 1985's "World Wide Live."

In addition to dozens of unheard studio tracks and live recordings, all CD releases are equipped with extended booklets featuring rare photos and, single covers, backstage passes and additional liner notes, while five of the eight albums include a DVD with live concert footage, TV performances and interviews from the period.

The remastered LP formats are released on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating the first pressing. They also come with an audio CD, featuring the original track listing and the same bonus audio as the CD formats. A limited and numbered Deluxe Box Set will contain all remastered vinyl discs. Stream the demo here.

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Rammstein Preview 'In Amerika' Documentary

(Classic Rock) Rammstein have released a trailer for their In Amerika documentary. The film is included in the Rammstein In Amerika double-DVD and double-Blu-ray package, which is released via Island/UME on September 25.

The German metal outfit's 2010 set at New York City's Madison Square Garden is also included - they have previously issued Rammlied and Ich Tu Dir Weh from that show as teasers. A 20-minute film on the making of 2009 album Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da is also part of the package.

In the documentary trailer, frontman Till Lindemann explains the band's trepidation when they first arrived in the US in the 1990s. He tells how they were pulled over by traffic cops and a breakdown in communication got things off to a bad start.

He says: "They were so inconsiderate. They wouldn't speak a little slower, it didn't work. I didn't understand a word. Then they mentioned some kind of fine, and I said, 'Is it fine?' But they wanted money." Watch the trailer here.

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Pearl Jam Reveal Pop-Up Shop Details

(Radio.com) The collaboration between Pearl Jam and Volcom will happen once again, and we finally have a date. The band announced via their Twitter account that the Pearl Jam X Volcom Pop-Up Shop will take place September 22-27 at Volcom's Soho location.

Per the band's website, "The Volcom store will be the only location where you can purchase the full NYC PJ merchandise line that week." Tuesday through Saturday, the store will release four different poster designs at random plus an array of other specialty merchandise.

The shop opens in conjunction with the band's appearance at the Global Citizen Festival which will take place on New York's Great Lawn in Central Park on September 26th. Read more here.

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Janis Joplin's Porsche To Be Auctioned

(Radio.com) Janis Joplin's Porsche, heavily stylized with colorful paintings, can be yours thanks to an auction by RM Sotheby's that is coming to New York City in December.

After Joplin bought the pearly white whip in 1968, she used the car as a canvas, having an attention-grabbing mural painted over the original color. Joplin died of a drug overdose two years later.

Prior to the auction, the 1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet has been parked at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. RM Sotheby's will be selling off the car for the family during its "Driven By Disruption" exhibition and auction set to take place in December 10. See the announcement tweet here.

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John Bush Explains Falling Out With Anthrax's Charlie Benante

(Classic Rock) Former Anthrax singer John Bush says he hasn't spoken to drummer Charlie Benante since saying the band would have to pay him if they wanted him to sing on 10th album Worship Music.

The thrash icons endured a challenging time while the record was in production, after falling out with Bush in the aftermath of a failed reunion with Joey Belladonna.

They hired Dan Nelson as new frontman and he completed work on his version of Worship Music - but he was dismissed before its release, leading to Bush's temporary return.

Now he's offered another reason for his second departure in 2010, which paved the way for Belladonna's return and the release of the album with his vocals the following year.

Bush tells Mitch Lafon: "I didn't participate in anything, and I always had on previous records. It was just the mindset of, 'Nah, no.' I even said, 'Okay, if you pay me this amount of money, I'll do it.' Because I wasn't doing it out of the love of my soul - I was doing it for another reason.

"I was like, 'You've got to pay me for it,' and that's when Benante got all livid on me and freaked out. And we still haven't spoken since then." Read more and stream the full interview here.

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Fearless Vampire Killers Announce New Mini-Album 'Bruises'

(TeamRock Radio) Fearless Vampire Killers have announced they'll released their Bruises mini-album on October 23. It's their first release since 2014 album Unbreakable Hearts and the band have issued a teaser video for the six-track record.

Vocalist and guitarist Kier Kemp says: "Bruises comes from the heart. It's allowed us to explore a whole new side of the band commenting on the darker side of human nature.

"It's still dark, but much more frank. Our ability as musicians and songwriters has also developed, so I think it's pretty unanimous within the band that this is our best material yet." Watch the trailer here.

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King's X Star Jerry Gaskill Announces Album, Streams First Track

(Classic Rock) King's X drummer Jerry Gaskill has announced he'll release his second solo album next month. He will released Love And Scars on October 30 via Rat Pak Records. It's the follow-up to his 2004 effort Come Somewhere.

Gaskill says the album has been a long time in the making, during which he suffered two heart attacks and lost all of his possessions in 2012's Hurricane Sandy. He says: "I've had some heavy obstacles to deal with, but the record is finally ready and I couldn't be more proud of what we've accomplished.

"The lyrical content of this album is simply about everyday life the way I see it and I hope that people will be able to relate to it on some kind of personal level."

The album features guest spots from Billy Sheehan, Phil Keaggy, Earl Slick, DA Karkos and Andee Blacksugar among others. Gaskill has made the record's opening song available to stream here.

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Steven Wilson Remixes Gentle Giant's 1972 Album 'Octopus'

(Prog) Gentle Giant's classic 1972 album Octopus has been remixed by Steven Wilson, and it's to be re-released on October 27. Along with the original eight tracks, the pack includes an extra 15 minutes of live material titled Excerpts From Octopus 1976, recorded while the band were on tour that year.

The Blu-ray edition will be presented in 96/24 PCM, DTS 5.1 Surround Sound Master Audio and features a selection of instrumental mixes, along with a flat transfer of the original mix.

Roger Dean, who created the 1972 cover, has contributed new sketches to the package, while artwork from the US release will also be included. Read more and see the artwork and track details here.

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Soilwork Release 'Enemies In Fidelity' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Soilwork have released a video for their track Enemies In Fidelity. The song comes from the Swedish outfit's 10th studio album The Ride Majestic, launched last month via Nuclear Blast.

Frontman Bjorn 'Speed' Strid said of the track: "It's a very melodic and atmospheric beast. This was one of the first songs I wrote for the new album and it holds a lot of surprises.

"The lyrics deal with whether you should escape or succumb to the suffering that you might experience in your life in order to find new strength." Strid previously revealed the band felt under pressure to deliver on the follow-up to 2013's The Living Infinite and revealed it was inspired by tragedy. Watch the video here.

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Mike Oldfield's Space Movie Soundtrack To Finally Be Released

(Prog) Mike Oldfield's soundtrack for 1979's The Space Movie is to be released as an album for the first time. It's to be launched on October 16, along with a director's cut edition of the film on a bonus DVD.

Oldfield was brought in by producer Tony Palmer after NASA made him an offer he couldn't refuse. Palmer recalls: "In 1978 I was shown the mountain of film collected from John Glenn, the first astronaut to orbit the Earth, until Apollo 17. Use whatever I wanted, I was told. From the beginning, I wanted Mike to write the music. The soundtrack that emerged is an inspiring match for the images."

Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the Moon, said at a screening in 2008: "I still get a chill hearing some of the talk-back which, like the footage, NASA had provided for Tony to use." Read more including details about an upcoming screening of the film here.

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Behemoth Release 'The Satanist' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Behemoth have released a music video for their track The Satanist. The song is the title track from their 2014 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Album Of The Year.

Frontman Adam 'Nergal' Darski says of the film: "Behemoth has always been about breaking boundaries, taboos, leaving its comfort zone and thinking out of the box.

"It's situated in modern Warsaw in the present times - it's where the carnal world meets the unknown." Earlier this year, Nergal said the follow-up to their 10th album would mark a new chapter in the band's development. He also made his memoirs available in English for the first time in March.

Behemoth head out on the road later this month, and they've been confirmed for Bloodstock 2016 where they'll play The Satanist in full. Watch the video here.

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Parkway Drive Streaming New Song 'Bottom Feeder'

(TeamRock Radio) Parkway Drive have just released a stream of "Bottom Feeder," which is another track from their forthcoming album Ire. Ire is a departure from Parkway's original breakdown-heavy metalcore and leaning in a rockier territory.

Speaking to Metal Hammer about the new album, frontman Winston McCall says: "We had a band meeting, and it turned out all of us were thinking the same thing: none of us would get creative fulfillment out of writing another Parkway metalcore album.

"It was a really odd point to be at; we didn't want to stop what Parkway was about, but at the same time there had to be a different way of doing it. It took a hell of a long time to get our heads around what that actually meant." Stream the song here.

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Sepultura's Andreas Kisser Talks Beatles Honor

(Classic Rock) Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser has warm memories of being invited to play with a Beatles tribute band at some of the places the Fab Four visited in their early days.

Kisser, who's also a member of supergroup Metal Allegiance, believes he's the only Brazilian artist to be named on the Cavern Club's wall of fame in Liverpool.

Kisser says in the video: "The band play the Beatles in very different ways - they respect the arrangements and stuff. They invite different musicians, and one year they invited me.

"Playing where John Lennon started, and where the Beatles played with Ringo Starr for the first time - you go to that world, it's cool." Read more and watch the full video here.

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Mono and The Ocean Announce Split Album

(Prog) Mono and The Ocean have announced they'll release a split album entitled Transcendental in October. It'll feature one track from each band - and it's being launched via Pelagic Records to mark their upcoming tour together, also featuring Solstafir.

Mono guitarist Takaakira 'Taka' Goto says their contribution entitled Death In Reverse will serve as a preview for their ninth album which is expected to be released in early 2016.

He adds: "The theme of this track is life and death and regeneration. Even when our bodies decay and decompose, our souls will prevail unchanged. Our bodies will act as seeds for the next generation, while our souls will journey together into our new eternal life.

The Ocean have recored The Quiet Observer for the release, said to be based on Gaspard Noe's movie Enter The Void. Read more here.

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Remembering B.B. King On His 90th Birthday

(Gibson) The great guitarist, raconteur and musical innovator B.B. King died on May 14 at age 89 - but the thrill of his music and his legacy do live on. Had King continued to reign over the world of blues, he - and the world at large - would have celebrated his 90th birthday on Wednesday, September 16.

King was simply the most influential electric guitarist. With various iterations of his femme fatale six-string Lucille slung over this shoulder, he was a stinging stylist with unmistakable vibrato and tone who had a profound impact on a plurality of players, including fellow Gibson legends Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, George Harrison, Joe Perry and Joe Bonamassa. His ringing vibrato, elegant tone and singing single-note melodies, and his soulful voice, helped King become a beacon for the best qualities of the blues - it's beauty, depth of feeling, storytelling, originality, character and musical excellence and evolution.

In addition to the indelible memories left by his performances, King gave us all the gift of roughly 75 authorized studio and live albums and compilations in a discography that spans from 1949 to 2012.

In recent decades King's albums have been starry affairs like the platinum-selling, Grammy winning collaboration with Eric ClaptonRiding With the King, 2005's birthday blues party with Billy Gibbons, Clapton, Bobby Bland, John Mayer, Roger Daltrey and Gloria Estefan called B.B King and Friends: 80, and the deeply rooted One Kind Favor, made with celebrity producer T-Bone Burnett.

Most listeners associate King with his 1970 break-though hit "The Thrill Is Gone," but King actually developed most of his repertoire, vocal phrasing and licks in the first 15 years of his career.

Take a look at 10 early King recordings that are signposts of those formative years here.

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More Videos From Ghost TV Appearance Go Online

(hennemusic) Ghost recently performed a series of tracks from their new album, "Meliora", on l'Album de la Semaine on French national TV channel, Canal + and more video from the appearance has been posted online.

The Swedish rockers played three tunes from the new release, including "Majesty", "Absolution" and the new single, "From The Pinnacle To The Pit", alongside "Year Zero" from 2013's "Infestissumam" and a cover of Roky Erickson's "If You Have Ghosts" from their 2013 Dave Grohl-produced EP of the same name.

Ghost recently launched their third album with an unplugged tour of US record stores. Produced by Klas Åhlund and mixed by Andy Wallace, "Meliora" sees the debut of vocalist Papa Emeritus III alongside the Nameless Ghouls. Check out the videos from the TV appearance here.

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Singled Out: Anfinnsaas

Norwegian metal duo Anfinnsaas will release their new self-titled album tomorrow (September 18th) and to celebrate we asked the two members of the band to tell us the story behind their debut single "Slått Fra Røstad." Here is the story:

Geir Anfinn Halland Johansen: When I wrote the single Slått Fra Røstad I really just wanted to make some energetic music I would enjoy to both play and listen to. This song, and all the others on the album, is a mix of traditional Norwegian folk drumming (yes, that's a thing!) mixed with Finsaas' fast, thunderous and untraditional guitar playing. I was, and still am, into metal music, but not as much the modern generic metal sound. Why do all the modern and new metal bands often sound so similar? Why not record an metal album the same way as the old, good sounding rock bands did? Lots of room mics, live one-take takes without much editing, lots of bleeds from every instrument and things in the room. That's the sound I like!
Slått Fra Røstad and the whole Anfinnsaas album was therefore recorded live with the help of Rhys Marsh at Autumnsongs Recording Studio, which is an old school studio with old school mics and old school recording technics. What you get as a listener is a really good and different sounding metal album. What would Slayer or Meshuggah sound like if they recorded their albums in 1969? Take a listen to Anfinnsaas - Slått Fra Røstad and you might get the idea!

Knut Finsaas: Slått fra Røstad was made through jamming at rehearsals and experimenting in the studio. It starts out with a drum beat, and me adding a guitar riff basically. It evolved over time, and after being edited, twisted and turned, it sounded like it does on the recording.

On this recording, as a guitarist, I primarily focused on rhythm and sound. Melodies/harmonies aren't that important as there are none. What I basically do is I hit more or less all the strings while pressing a variety of fuzz boxes, in different rhythmic patterns.

It's all about making a lot of noise.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the group and grab a link to a full album stream right here!

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