Day in Rock Report for 02/18/2016

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Metallica Expand Kill 'Em All and Ride The Lightning For Reissue

Metallica fans helped the band expand their first two album "Kill 'Em All" and "Ride The Lightning" for reissues that are set to be released on April 15th in CD, vinyl and limited edition deluxe box sets.

The band revealed the following details about the special reissues of the landmark albums, "A while back you may remember that we reached out to you for a little help as we began putting together reissues of both Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning. We are psyched to announce that the releases you've been helping us assemble will finally be hitting the streets on Friday, April 15 just in time for Record Store Day!

"Both albums have been remastered for the most advanced sound quality possible and will be available in three formats - CD, vinyl and a deluxe box set. The deluxe box sets include original source material from the band's personal collection with many never before heard or seen recordings along with books including rare photos and essays from those who were there.

"The deluxe numbered box set of Kill 'Em All includes four vinyl records, five CDs, one DVD, a hardcover book including rare photos and a patch while the deluxe numbered box set of Ride the Lightning includes four vinyl records, six CDs, one DVD, a hardcover book including more of those unseen photos, a mini-book of lyrics handwritten by James Hetfield and a set of three posters.

"The deluxe box sets are limited edition collectors' items, so get yours before they are gone! You may pre-order both deluxe box sets at the Met Store now and all six new items will, of course, also be available at your local record stores around the world on Friday, April 15th.

"We're excited to continue working our way through the catalog… this is just the beginning!" Check out the full tracklistings on Metallica's site here.

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Paul McCartney and Foo Fighter Denied Entry Into Grammy Party

(Classic Rock) Beatles legend Paul McCartney was turned away from R&B star Tyga's Grammy afterparty, along with Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and singer Beck.

Paparazzi footage shows the all-star trio attempting to get into the Argyle club in LA after the awards ceremony - and they were rejected by door staff twice.

After being denied access again, 21-time Grammy winner McCartney says: "How VIP do we gotta get? We need another hit, guys! We need another hit," before he adds jokingly to Beck: "Work on it!"

It's been reported that the rock icon and co had gone to the Argyle bash by mistake. The group later went to the Republic Records party hosted by Mark Ronson at Hyde Sunset And Kitchen cocktail bar.

Tyga said on Twitter: "Why would I deny Paul McCartney? Stop it. He's a legend. I don't control the door. I had no knowledge Sir Paul was there. I just performed and left."

He later tells Jimmy Kimmel: "I wish I had known he was outside, I would have went out there with the mic and brought him in." Read more and watch the video footage here.

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine On Why He Thinks He's Hated

(Classic Rock) Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine believes that those who rate him badly do so because of animosity from his split with Metallica in 1983 - and he believes they're misinformed.

He was fired by Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield for his outlandish behaviour, and replaced by Kirk Hammett. He went on to form his own band, partly as an act of revenge at the time.

But they've long since settled their differences, although some bad feeling appears to remain in some parts of the metal world. Mustaine tells Westword: "I think a lot of it goes back to the breakup. There are people who have picked up that feud - and they don't even know why they're choosing sides.

"I have nothing against Metallica fans. I was in both bands. I like Lars and I like James. And contrary to what people say, I do think Kirk is a good guitar player."

He admits: "In the beginning, when I was bitter, there was sh*t going back and forth. They were justifying firing me, and I was telling them they were wrong. That's just been perpetuated over and over again. It's been put to bed. I've got no beef with those dudes. We're two totally different bands." Read more here.

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Giraffe Tongue Orchestra Recruit Alice In Chains' William DuVall

(Classic Rock) Alice In Chains singer William DuVall has been revealed as the frontman for supergroup Giraffe Tongue Orchestra. The band created by The Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman and Mastodon's Brent Hinds have worked with a number of vocalists and last year announced Juliette Lewis had been guesting on some songs.

Now guitarist Weinman says DuVall is the man on the mic as the band work on their upcoming debut album. He tells Riffing With Christina (via Loudwire): "Juliette is actually not our main singer. She guested. But me and her have been working on songs, some of which are for Giraffe Tongue, some of which were just jams that we were working on. And she did some cool vocals on some of the GTO stuff. Actually, William from Alice In Chains is who has been singing with us."

On the writing process for the as-yet-untitled record, Weinman adds: "Most of the music was written before William got involved. But everybody is definitely in this band, it's a real democracy." Read more here.

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The Church Announce Special North American Spring Tour

The Church have announced that they will be launching a special tour of North American this spring where they will be treating fans to two full sets of music.

The first set of the show will feature the band performing their classic sophomore album "The Blurred Crusade" in full and the second set will feature classic tracks along with songs from their latest album "Further/Deeper."

The tour is scheduled to kick off on April 8th in Dallas, TX at the Sons of Herman Hall and the trek will conclude with a two-night stand in Evanston, IL on April 25th and 26th at SPACE.

In addition to the headline dates, the band is also scheduled perform at this year's Maverick Festival on April 9th in San Antonio, TX. See the tour dates here.

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Alice Cooper In The Studio For Love It To Death's 45th Anniversary

(ITS) The latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands catches up with Alice Cooper to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Cooper's breakthrough third album "Love It To Death". The show sent over the following details:

Detroit's blue-collar bars and cheap motels along Woodward Avenue may be less than 200 miles away from the steps of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, but it turned out to be a four decade odyssey for Alice Cooper. Only in Rock'n'Roll can a preacher's son named Vincent Furnier dress up in make-up, leather, and fishnet stockings while simulating his own execution by hanging, beheading, and electric chair as 10,000 mesmerized fans gladly pay for the macabre experience.

In 1969, five friends from Phoenix moved to Los Angeles as a band named Alice Cooper, but after recording two unsuccessful albums, Pretties for You and Easy Action on Frank Zappa's Straight Records label, Alice Cooper headed for Furnier's birthplace of Detroit in hopes of better luck. Inking a deal with Warner Brothers, they actually released two albums in 1971, Love It To Death and Killer , with both albums becoming instant successes because of hit songs "I'm Eighteen","Under My Wheels",and "Be My Lover".

With InTheStudio host Redbeard , Alice shares his fond memories of an early concert which illustrate the fact that the Alice Cooper band was unlike anything before.

He said, "We played at a thing called the Lenny Bruce's Birthday Party with The Doors, Paul Butterfield, Love, all of these great bands. Six to eight thousand people inside this place. Alice Cooper came on last. Within I would say four minutes we had cleared the place. They could not take it!... We were like everybody's Rock & Roll nightmare come true, and they sat there and their mouths were open, and then they ran for the door. It was the greatest reaction. There were four people left standing there, my manager Shep Gordon, Frank Zappa, and two of the GTOs." Stream the episode here.

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Monuments Announce North American Headline Tour Dates

Monuments have expanded their North American tour plans, announcing that they have added new headline dates surrounding their upcoming tour with The Contortionist.

The new headline dates will be kicking off on March 12th in Columbus, OH at The Summit and include over a dozen stops before concluding on April 28th in Oklahoma City, OK at 89th Street Collective.

The Contortionist tour, which will also feature Entheos and sleepmakeswaves is set to begin on March 21st in Albuquerque, NM at the Launchpad and will wrap up on May 1st in Detroit, MI.

The band had the following to say, "We're stoked to be returning to the US with our friends in the Contortionist, Entheos and new friends Sleepmakeswaves. We've been non stop writing for the past few months, it will be great to break up this process to give us some perspective by playing for all you wonderful people out there.

"Hey you might even get to hear some new material and some old material we've never played in America if you come along! We also have some headliner shows on the run that you can check [the tour date listing] to see if we make your city!"

Monuments will also be performing at several European music festivals this summer including Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium, Copenhell in Denmark, and the German music festivals With Full Force, Rockaue and Wacken Open Air. See all of the tour dates here.

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White Zombie Box Set To Be Released This Spring

(TeamRock Radio) White Zombie box set It Came From NYC box will be released on June 3. The package includes out-of-print EPs and LPs and a hardback book. The 39 tracks were remastered by former White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult.

Yseult previously said: "Jay, Rob and I have been working on a box set with Numero Group. It's coming out in spring or summer. We've been working on it for over a year. There's 50 pages of liner notes - they've been interviewing us for months. They've done a beautiful job on the booklet. It's going to be all vinyl, all the early records.

"Some of the extra tracks I didn't even remember. When we were in the studio usually we used everything we recorded, but we had a couple of extra songs here and there, so there's going to be a few surprises." Read more including track details here.

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Of Mice & Men Release Preview Of Full Circle Story Documentary

(TeamRock Radio) Of Mice & Men have released a trailer for an upcoming documentary called The Full Circle Story. The film will be released in five parts through a "fan-driven community" that will offer behind-the-scenes and exclusive content. More details on the initiative will be unveiled in the coming days.

The band say: "Over the course of the last two-plus years, we have had our lives filmed with the intention of creating the most honest, exciting and real documentary, showing our fans our truest selves.

"This film has been a long time in the making. It will be released as a five-part documentary series that takes the audience through the making of our album Restoring Force and how this album and our fans changed our lives." Read more and watch the preview here.

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Gus G Announce North American Headline Tour Dates

Ozzy Osbourne and Firewind guitarist Gus G has announced that he will be hitting the road this spring for select dates across North American in support of his solo album "Brand New Revolution".

The mini-tour is scheduled to kick off on April 15th in Rock Island, IL and will include stops in Michigan, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Canadian shows in Ottawa and Toroto.

He had the following to say about the trek "I'm very excited to play my first US and Canada shows in support of my new album Brand New Revolution! I purposely decided to do select, VERY exclusive and intimate shows for my die-hard followers. I know it's been long overdue and I hope to see you all there for some loud, hot and sweaty rocking nights.

"I will be playing mainly material from my two solo albums, but there will be some classic Firewind, Ozzy and Black Sabbath songs sprinkled into the set as well. These shows are not to be missed." See the tour dates here.

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The Virginmarys Stream New Song 'Motherless Land'

(Classic Rock) The Virginmarys have made their track Motherless Land available to stream. the song comes from their upcoming album Divides, due out on May 6. The record is the follow-up to their 2013 debut King Of Conflict.

The band say: "Motherless Land is a song about escape and it's full of questions about what we're collectively doing in 2016. It's about striving for peace, love and truth.

"Divides is the best work we have done and we can't wait for you guys to hear it. We can't thank you enough for your love, support and patience and we're really looking forward to us all being united at the gigs. We have the best fans in the world." Stream the song here.

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Graham Bonnet's Hometown Return In Documentary Series Episode

(Classic Rock) The latest episode of Graham Bonnet's tour documentary showcases his return to his hometown of Skegness. The former Rainbow man played The Suncastle in the English town on February 3 - and the third part of his All Day And All Night Long series features footage of his performance at the venue he last played at almost half a century ago.

Bonnet says: "I played here 49 years ago and it's really strange to be here - but it's kind of cool." The 18-minute documentary also shows the singer and his band touring the town, along with footage of his show in Glasgow, where Bonnet paid tribute to Scottish bassist Jimmy Bain who died last month.

He tells the Scottish crowd: "I would like to say something - you lost one of your fellow countrymen, Jimmy Bain. I would like to salute him - forever a member of Rainbow" Watch the episode here.

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Todd Rundgren 13-Disc Box Set Announced

(Prog) Todd Rundgren is the subject of a 13-disc box set containing the records that he released between 1970 and 1982. The Complete Bearsville Albums Collection is set to be released on February 26.

The collection contains the work he did with the label following his split with The Nazz, including Runt, The Hermit Of Mink Hollow and A Wizard, A True Star.

Rhino Records say: "It was 1972's seminal Something/Anything? - on which he played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts and acted as his own producer - that catapulted Rundgren into the superstar limelight.

"The Complete Bearsville Albums Collection houses 11 albums inside a 13CD clamshell box, showcasing the complete collection of Rundgren's finest work released on the exceptionally cool Bearsville label." Check out the track details and cover art here.

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New Years Day Release 'I'm About To Break You' Video

(TeamRock Radio) New Years Day have released a new music video for their track I'm About To Break You. The song comes from the band's third album Malevolence, which was released last year.

Singer Ash Costello says: "This video was so much fun to make. We are big fans of Mad Max and have always wanted to make a post-apocalyptic style video so I'm glad we pulled it out for I'm About to Break You.

"The location we filmed at was a few hours away from Los Angeles and they put on a festival every year called Wasteland Weekend that is dedicated to the post-apocalyptic lifestyle.

"We had a blast making props and riding around in those amazing cars. Having fans and friends join us as extras made it the icing on the cake." Watch the video here.

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Former Europe Guitarist Kee Marcello Making New Album

(Classic Rock) Former Europe guitarist Kee Marcello has signed a deal with Frontiers Music Srl. His last release with Europe was 1991's Prisoners In Paradise - and Marcello says he'll continue where that album left off, and draw upon demos he recorded with Joey Tempest and co between 1989-1990 under the Le Baron Boys banner.

Marcello says: "I'm really excited about this album. I'm making a new departure from the Le Baron Boys era, bringing it into the future. I've always felt that there was something magic about the material that Sony mysteriously refused to release on Prisoners In Paradise - and now the time has come to put things right. It's time to complete my unfinished symphony. This is the album that Europe never managed to record after Prisoners In Paradise."

The guitarist reports the material will have a "familiar ring" for fans of music from that era, and adds: "I've recorded two previously unreleased Le Baron Boys tracks on the album. With one foot in the past and one in the present I think this album will raise a lot of eyebrows." Read more here.

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Heliopolis Ink Deal For New Live Album

(Prog) LA symphonic prog outfit Heliopolis have penned a deal with Bad Elephant Music ahead of the release of a live album. Epic At The Majestic: Heliopolis Live At Rosfest was captured during the band's appearance at last year's festival in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It's due for release this summer, with no firm date yet announced.

Bassist Kerry Chicoine says: "All of us are excited to be partnering with Bad Elephant Music for the release of our live album. For a relatively new label with an incredibly diverse and unquestionably talented roster, BEM have forged their own unique path and they're now at the forefront of the progressive rock music scene.

"We're hoping this is the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership." David Elliott of BEM adds: "I've been a Heliopolis fan since their debut album City Of The Sun. They're true paragons in their field." Read more here.

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Yossi Sassi Reveals New Album Title and Details

(Prog) Yossi Sassi has confirmed his third album will be entitled Roots And Roads and released a preview video. It will be the first to be released under the banner of the Yossi Sassi Band.

The former Orphaned Land man has also promised a number of surprises, as pre-ordering begins to help fund the recording process. Sassi says: "This release hopefully includes more vocally-driven songs than before, featuring some guest vocalists that you haven't seen before in my project. Overall it really shows a nice evolution from the material I used to compose for Orphaned Land, and my solo work. I think you'll appreciate it."

Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal will contribute once again, while Sassi's daughter Danielle will make her studio debut on flute. Check out a preview video here.

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Moon Safari Tap Peter Jones's Tiger Moth Tales For London Show

(Prog) Peter Jones's Tiger Moth Tales have been confirmed as Moon Safari's support for their upcoming London show. The gig is scheduled to take place at the city's Borderline on May 11 and comes ahead of his appearance with Camel on their tour of Japan later the same month.

Jones has also provided lead vocals on Red Bazar album Tales From The Bookcase, which is scheduled to be released on March 15 via White Knight Records.

A message on Red Bazar's Facebook page, which Jones shared, says: "As you're probably aware, Peter Jones is not one to sit around doing nothing all day. For the last year or so he's been working tirelessly with the guys from Red Bazar and they have produced something quite special." See the post and a preview video here.

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Iron Maiden Stream Ed Force One Arrival In The UK

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden will broadcast the arrival of Ed Force One in the UK live on Periscope tonight. The plane's arrival at Cardiff Airport in Wales will be shown via the video app, with Maiden sharing info as it happens on their social media channels.

The 747 jumbo was expected to land in Wales at 10pm tonight (Wednesday, February 17) but bad weather has delayed the flight by about two hours. It will be piloted on the world tour by frontman Bruce Dickinson.

Maiden say: "Ed Force One, our new 747 jumbo, is all branded-up, ready to go and Bruce has his shiny new 747 type rating so he can fly the plane. Ed Force One flies into the UK on Wednesday evening and IronMaiden.com will be at Cardiff Airport, stepladder and phone in hand, to bring you the first footage live on Periscope. Keep an eye on the website or our social media channels for details - we're @ironmaiden on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

"As we initially announced, we'll be using Ed Force One right around the world as usual but also including the first few shows in Europe this time, making this the first time EF1 has visited Europe on tour." Read more here.

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Bring Me The Horizon Take Personal Trainer On The Road With Them

(TeamRock Radio) Bring Me The Horizon drummer Matt Nicholls says having a personal trainer on the road with the band has helped his live performances. The Sheffield metal heroes hired the personal trainer to keep them in shape on the road, and Nicholls says the effects have been impressive.

He tells Music Radar: "If I don't work out in the day and play a show I can feel groggy. If I work out it makes me feel good, my body feels ready. If I'm sat around all day doing nothing and I've eaten crap, I feel sluggish. Working out makes you feel energetic and positive, and you take that on stage with you."

The trainer is a friend of frontman Oli Sykes and he puts the band through their paces on a daily basis. Nicholls adds: "It's just general working out. When we first started touring we were kids and we were just like, 'Give me loads of beer, give me loads of food.'

"It's easy to get caught up in that, when you're on tour anyway it can be hard to eat good. I put on weight and started looking like sh*t to be honest with you." Read more here.

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Phil Campbell's All-Starr Band, Witchsorrow Added To Bloodstock

(TeamRock Radio) Phil Campbell's All-Starr Band and Witchsorrow lead the latest additions for this year's Bloodstock Festival which will be taking place on August 11-14th in Derbyshire, UK.

Motohead guitarist Campbell and his All-Star Band will be heading to Catton Park to headline the Sophie Lancaster Stage on Thursday night, as a treat to all the early campers. He's also officially opening Lemmy's Bar at 5pm.

London doom merchants Witchsorrow are also heading to the Sophie stage for some serious riffs. ""It gives us no small amount of pleasure to once again rain doom down upon Bloodstock," says frontman Necroskull. "It is an incredibly special place for us, and we are incredibly proud to stand alongside Twisted Sister, Venom, Slayer, and Paradise Lost in bringing heavy metal madness to Catton Park. Doom forever. Forever doomed." Read more and see the lineup here.

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Stone Temple Pilots And Chester Bennington Reuniting For One Show

(hennemusic) Stone Temple Pilots will reunite with singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park for a one-off performance at From Bach To Rock, a charity concert to benefit public schools in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

The March 26 event at the Norris Theater and Pavilion mixes rockers with world-renowned classical musicians to take the audience on a journey from 17th century to today's modern hits, with proceeds to be donated to the Peninsula Education Foundation (PEF).

In addition to STP, other performers include Gary Wright ("Dream Weaver"), Yutong (Pacific Symphony, LA Phil, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra), Chas West (Bonham, Foreigner), Marten Andersson (Lizzy Borden, George Lynch), Monte Pittman (Madonna, Solo Artist), Stan Sharp (Long Beach Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra) and Jane Lee (accomplished pianist). Read more here.

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The Pixies, Blondie, More Added To Music Of David Bowie Events

(Classic Rock) The Pixies, Blondie, Cat Power and REM's Michael Stipe have been added to the bills for the upcoming David Bowie tribute shows in New York. The sold out Music Of David Bowie events are being held at Carnegie Hall on March 31 and Radio City Music Hall on April 1 in memory of the late star who died last month at the age of 69 after battle with cancer.

Also confirmed for the events are Mumford & Sons, Amanda Palmer, Jherek Bischoff, Anna Calvi, Nancy Wilson and the Donny McCaslin Group - featuring Mark Guiliana, Jason Lindner and Bowie producer Tony Visconti who will act as the band leader and musical director at the gigs.

The events had been planned before his death on January 10, with Roots, Laurie Anderson, the Mountain Goats, Bette Midler, Perry Farrell and others having signed up earlier.

Organizers say: "The unexpected death of David Bowie has turned this tribute, which we have worked on for the last seven months, into a poignant celebration of his music by his friends, peers and fans." Read more here.

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Chantel McGregor Excited About New Guitar Designed For Women

(The Blues) Chantel McGregor is pleased that an electric guitar has finally been designed by a woman for women - because she's struggled with traditional instruments for years.

Art-rock musician St Vincent has partnered with MusicMan to create her signature STV six-string, describing it as "ergonomic, lightweight and sleek" - and adding: "There is room for a breast or two."

McGregor tells the Telegraph: "There are certain brands I can't use. They sound amazing but they have thick necks, and I have small hands. Not all girls have petite fingers, but many do, and it can make it a lot harder to play.

"Then there's the strap issue. I like to wear vest-tops, btu the fabric of the strap can cut into you. I have mine specially made in corduroy - but I really shouldn't have to.

"Breasts are a problem too. When you're sitting down you have to put your boobs on top of the instrument or they get squashed. Most of the time you don't even need to wear a bra, as you spend so much time with your breasts propped on the guitar." here.

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Blink-182 'Trashed' 16 New Songs and Started Over

(TeamRock Radio) Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker says in a new interview the band scrapped a full album's worth of material as they were writing the follow-up to 2011's Neighborhoods.

Barker and Mark Hoppus split with Tom DeLonge last year and brought in Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba. And the sticksman says Skiba's input has been invaluable. He tells radio station KX 93.5: "I knew he was going to be a great fit - but I didn't know it was going to be this great. The writing has been amazing. We actually wrote 16 songs and we trashed everything. We got back in the studio and did everything over."

Barker reports the material is the best they've created in over a decade - and they're still on track for a release later this year. He continues: "We're probably about 70-80% finished with the album and I think it's the best Blink album since 2003 - and I think fans will agree once they hear it.

"I can honestly say I haven't been excited about a Blink album like this in a long time." Listen to the full interview here.

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The Black Dahlia Murder Release 'Threat Level No. 3' Video

The Black Dahlia Murder have released a new animated music video for the song, "Threat Level No. 3", which is a track from their recently released album, Abysmal.

The new "Threat Level No. 3" video was written, directed, and animated by Adam Avilla. He had the following to say, "It isn't often that a band that you have listened to for fifteen years approaches you and wants you to draw four minutes of sheer madness for their new record. It's insane. Such a great honor. And the song rips!"

Frontman Trevor Strnad adds "Adam has done an amazing job of bringing the fiendish character behind 'Threat Level No. 3' to life in all his despicable glory. This is by far the best video we've ever brought forth and the best part of all...You don't have to look at our ugly faces once!" Watch the video here.

The new video comes as The Black Dahlia Murder prepares to launch a U.S. tour in April where they will be playing their first full-length, Unhallowed (2003), in its entirety as they visit intimate venues that they have not played at since the release of their debut. Fallujah and Disentomb will be supporting the band on the trek. See the tour dates.

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Hollywood Vampires Release New Song and Announce U.S. Live Date

(hennemusic) Following their performance at the Grammy Awards on Monday, supergroup The Hollywood Vampires have issued their new single, "As Bad As I Am" and the supergroup have also announced their first US concert of 2016.

The song is one of three bonus tracks featured on the just-released deluxe edition of the band's 2015 self-titled debut, which presented covers of classic tunes by T. Rex, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and more. "As Bad As I Am" is joined by covers of The Who's "I'm A Boy" and Love's "7 And 7 Is" on the expanded release.

Led by the trio of Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Aerosmith's Joe Perry, the group delivered the new single on the Grammys broadcast that also saw them pay tribute to late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, who passed away at his Los Angeles home on December 28.

The band's live lineup includes Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Tommy Henriksen and Bruce Witkin. The group will play the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York on May 24.

After the show, the group will head to Europe, where they will play Lisbon, Portugal's edition of the Rock In Rio festival on May 27, and a headlining appearance at Cadott, Wisconsin's Rock Fest in July. Read more and stream the new song here.

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Crossfaith Release Video For 'Wildfire' Featuring Benji Webbe

(TeamRock Radio) Crossfaith have released a video for their track Wildfire - featuring Skindred frontman Benji Webbe. The song is taken from last year's album Xeno and the promo features live footage captured with guest Webbe onstage alongside the Japanese electro-metal outfit on their 2015 joint tour.

Crossfaith mainman Kenta Koie says: "Wildfire is the sound of Crossfaith live shows. It's crazy, heavy and a real party. And this collaboration with the legend Benji from our boys Skindred is a proper banger that we just love to play. So if you want the best night of your life, come see us on the Xeno world tour soon in the UK and Europe."

Crossfaith tour Europe from this month, with The Qemists onboard as support for some UK dates. Webbe was in Japan with Skindred at the weekend for a show in Koto. The singer is recovering after an incident in his hometown on Newport which left him needing 24 stitches in his neck and throat. Two women were arrested in connected with the alleged attack. Watch the video here.

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Knifeworld Preview New Album and Announce Release Show

(Prog) Knifeworld have revealed the artwork for upcoming album Bottled Out Of Eden and announced a London launch show for the record as well as released a teaser video for the effort.

The follow-up to 2014's The Unravelling will be issued on April 22 via InsideOut Music. An album launch party will be held at London's Bush Hall on May 12, with tickets available via SeeTickets from 10am on February 17 (Wednesday).

Frontman Kavus Torabi says: "The beautiful artwork has been executed, once again, by Steve Mitchell at 57 Design. He's been responsible for all of our graphics since the beginning and, for me, his work really defines the look of Knifeworld."

The teaser video features footage shot during the recording of the album in a studio in Midi-Pyrenees in the south of France with Bob Drake. Check out the teaser video, the album art and track details here.

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Metallica Release Super Bowl Show Behind-The-Scenes Video

(Classic Rock) Metallica have released a behind-the-scenes video based around their pre-Super Bowl show in San Francisco. They played a gig at AT&T Park in their hometown the night before the NFL showpiece game between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos earlier this month.

The 36-minute clip shows drummer Lars Ulrich meeting fans, the warm-up session prior to the band hitting the stage, their photoshoot with Ross Halfin and live footage from the band's first live performance of 2016, including their track Master Of Puppets.
Video screens at the side of the stage declared: "Metallica, too heavy for halftime" after Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyonce got the nod to appear at the game itself. And frontman James Hetfield acknowledged that chances of them ever appearing at the sporting event were slim.

He told ABC News: "I have a feeling that ship has passed. We're not a variety show. We're not pop. We're not sparkly, and all that kind of stuff that seems to be what's needed for that." Watch the video here.

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Hacktivist Streaming New Collaboration With Jamie Graham

(TeamRock Radio) Hacktivist have released a stream of their collaboration with Jamie Graham. The Heart Of A Coward frontman guests on a new version of Hacktivist's single Deceive And Defy, the original of which was released in 2014.

The updated version will appear on the band's debut album Outside The Box, due out on March 4 via UNFD and Rise Records. Vocalist Ben Marvin says: "This song is about the illusion of success in mainstream music - how people can be loved one day then hated the next.

"There's nothing wrong with starting from the bottom and working to where you want to be. You're way more likely to last longer at the top and be remembered if you don't sell yourself out."

Guitarist Timfy James adds: "Deceive And Defy for me is an all-round impression of us as a band and what we stand for. You can't just buy your way into music - it takes blood, sweat and tears - something we know all about." Stream the song here.

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Ihsahn Pushes Back Release Date For New Album 'Artkis'

(TeamRock Radio) Ihsahn has pushed the release date of his upcoming solo album back by a month. Arktis was originally scheduled to be issued on March 4 via Candlelight Records, but the date has been changed to April 8.

The Emperor frontman worked with guests including Einar Solberg of Leprous, Matt Heafy of Trivium, Jorgen Munkeby of Shining, Tobias Ornes Andersen, also of Shining, and Norwegian author Hans Herbjornsrud on the album.

He previously said: "My focus for this album was to write within more traditional song structures and still give each song a strong individual identity, be that through a re-occurring melody, a chorus, sound design or the good, old guitar riff. I also wanted to explore this on the production side, blending organic rock sounds with more modern expressions." Read more here.

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