Day in Rock Report for 03/09/2016

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Beatles Producer George Martin Dead At 90

(Classic Rock) Legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin has died at the age of 90. Known affectionately as 'The Fifth Beatle,' Martin signed the band and produced all of their hit singles.

His passing was confirmed by the band's drummer Ringo Starr, who says via Twitter: "God bless George Martin. Peace and love to Judy and his family. Love Ringo and Barbara. George will be missed."

Martin also worked with artists including Gerry And The Pacemakers and Shirley Bassey while producing more than 700 records, winning a string of Grammys. He was also awarded an Oscar for the score of Beatles film A Hard Day's Night. Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Star Fighting Cancer

(hennemusic) Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to a statement released by his representatives via his social media pages.

His reps write, "Bill has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He is undergoing treatment and is expected to make a full recovery as it was caught in the early stages The Wyman family has asked for their privacy during this time. No further comment will be made at this point."

Wyman replaced Dick Taylor in the Stones in 1962 - just six months after they played their first show - and was a member of the group until his 1993 departure following the "Steel Wheels" tour; Darryl Jones has handled bass duties ever since. Read more here.

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Eagles Star Randy Meisner Reportedly In Psych Ward

(hennemusic) Founding Eagles member Randy Meisner spent his 70th birthday on Tuesday in a psych ward for threatening suicide after his wife accidentally shot herself in the couple's California home on Sunday.

The New York Daily News reports Meisner was hospitalized hours after the death of his second wife, Lana, from a single gunshot wound that occurred while she was moving a rifle out of a closet and something inside the gun case shifted and hit the trigger, causing the gun to discharge.

The former Eagle was in another part of the house when the gun went off, police said. The bassist was placed under a 72-hour hold, which could end Wednesday night or be extended an additional two weeks, according to attorney Troy L. Martin.

"He threatened to kill himself," said L. Martin. "He was very distraught. I can't imagine what it's going to be like for him to return to the house." Read more here.

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Metallica Announce Garage Sale

(Classic Rock) Metallica have unveiled a run of promotions on their webstore in the run-up to Record Store Day. The band will have a 'Garage Sale' on their Met Club store on March 10 at 1pm (Thursday) and are offering promotions in the lead-up to St Patrick's Day on March 18.

Metallica say (via Brave Words): "We've searched our shelves high and low to bring you the best offers on some of our favorite products. You'll find special offers on exclusive Met Club merch, last of their kind products, and rock bottom prices on so much more.

"Lucky random orders will receive goodies like official shirts or guitar picks from The Night Before or even used guitar strings we snagged from the studio.

"With all the merch flowing in and out of our doors, we're bound to pile up a few items with minor flaws here and there. So we're also offering a 'mystery grab bag' shirt for only $2.99, which is the perfect add on to any Garage Sale order." Read more here.

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Baroness Address Fan Sexual Assault Allegation

(Classic Rock) Baroness have slammed a fan who allegedly sexually assaulted another gig-goer at their recent show in Birmingham. The band have reacted to a blog post by writer Rosie Solomon who says a man subjected her to a sustained assault at the city's O2 Institute on February 29.

Solomon says she was left feeling "shaken, angry, upset, confused" by the incident, in which a man deliberately and repeatedly thrust his groin into her leg and made a suggestive comment, before she tried to report him to security staff.

In a statement, Baroness say: "The man detailed in this article, whoever you are, if you read this post, stay the f*** away from Baroness and our audience. We don't need you at our show, we don't want you in our audience.

"We have no tolerance for sexism, or any form of intolerant or insensitive behavior. In Baroness' real, functioning touring-world, we are witness to daily proof-by-example that gender exerts no weight on the scales of capability, strength or intelligence.

"Additionally, we are extremely sensitive to the gender-disparity that can exist, especially within the world of rock and metal music and we are embarrassed and disturbed that Rosie, or anyone, for that matter, could have had such a terrible experience at one of our shows." Read their full statement here.

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Killswitch Engage Streaming Two New Songs

(TeamRock Radio) Killswitch Engage have made two new tracks available to stream. Just Let Go and Alone I Stand have been released from the band's upcoming album, Incarnate, which is due out on March 11.

The follow-up to 2013's Disarm The Descent is the band's second since Jesse Leach returned to the frontman role. He said: "The definition of 'incarnate' is 'in the flesh,' and this record is who we are right now.

"Disarm The Descent was sort of my comeback album, and was about us feeling out the new vibe. But now I think we're all in a really comfortable place. We definitely have a strong sense of self as to who we are as a band." Stream the songs here.

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David Lee Roth Remembers David Bowie On New Roth Show Episode

(hennemusic) David Lee Roth pays tribute to David Bowie on the latest episode of his online series The Roth Show. Bowie passed away on January 10, just two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his final album, "Blackstar."

The Van Halen frontman reminisces about the early 70s-era when Bowie was exploring his Ziggy Stardust character, while recalling the fashions and styles of the day as he grew up in Southern California.

The singer has released several new editions of The Roth Show since his online return last month after a year without a social media presence.
Roth recently made headlines with the release of a new song, "Ain't No Christmas", as speculation in some corners of the internet continues about his future with Van Halen.

The singer's management responded to the recent chatter, saying, "It's poetry. It has nothing to do with Van Halen." Roth later issued a direct response on the matter via Facebook, stating: "On second thought, if all work is autobiographic, maybe this song is about Van Halen..." Watch the episode

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Ace Frehley Announces Album Launch Event

(hennemusic) Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has announced that he will launch his upcoming covers album, "Origins Vol. 1", with a live interview event in New York on March 23.

As part of the Backstory live interview series, the guitarist will sit down with Guitar World magazine editor Brad Tolinksi at the AOL studios to discuss the project that sees Frehley covering classic tracks by Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, KISS, Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf, Thin Lizzy and Free, among others.

Due April 15, Frehley is joined on the record by guests including former KISS bandmate Paul Stanley, Slash, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Lita Ford and John 5 as he traces the roots of his own career.

The Backstory event provides fans with the live interview, a meet and greet with Frehley and a limited edition autographed poster. Read more here.

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Gov't Mule's Next Album Will Be A 'Departure'

(The Blues) Gov't Mule's next album will be a "departure" from what they've done in the past, says mainman Warren Haynes. The band have indulged their passion for other people's music with their last four releases - Dark Side Of The Mule, focusing on Pink Floyd, Sco-Mule, featuring John Scofield, Dub Side Of The Mule and Stoned Side Of The Mule.

They followed 2013 album Shout! which features one disc of Gov't Mule tracks and a second with guest singers performing the songs. Haynes tells MusicRadar: "We have some conceptual ideas. We're just talking about what kind of record we want to make.

"I have a couple of songs written that are very much departures from anything we've ever done. I have a feeling that the overall spirit of the record will combine some directions we've never explored with directions going back to the very beginning of the band." Read more here.

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Metal Church Recruit Chris Caffery For U.S. Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Chris Caffery will step in as guitarist for Metal Church on their upcoming US tour dates. The Savatage and Trans-Siberian Orchestra axeman is filling in for Rick Van Zandt, who is reportedly recovering from surgery to treat a serious eye condition.

Caffery says: "It will be a lot of fun to play with my longtime bandmate Jeff Plate and the guys. The first time I toured with Kurdt his band Vanderhoof was opening for Savatage.

"Then my solo band opened for Metal Church on my Faces tour. All of these guys are amazing musicians. It's gonna be so awesome to hear Mike Howe every night." Read more and see the dates here.

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Rainbow Releasing Classic Monsters Of Rock Performance

(hennemusic) Rainbow will release their 1980 performance at the UK's Monsters Of Rock festival this spring ahead of the band regrouping for a series of live dates this June. "Rainbow: Monsters Of Rock - Live At Donington 1980" will be released as a DVD+CD set and via digital formats on April 22.

The package captures the last performance of the Rainbow lineup of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Don Airey, bassist Roger Glover, vocalist Graham Bonnet and drummer Cozy Powell as they headlined the first rock festival ever staged at Castle Donington.

The Donington set in support of the group's 1979 album, "Down To Earth" features new tracks alongside classics from earlier in their career including "Stargazer," "Long Live Rock 'n' Roll," "Catch The Rainbow" and more.

The Monsters Of Rock performance climaxes with Blackmore destroying his guitar and thrusting it into an amp which promptly bursts into flames before fireworks appear overhead to conclude the main event.

Rainbow are previewing the package with footage of "All Night Long." Check it out here.

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Hammerfall Announce New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Hammerfall have signed a record deal with Napalm Records to release their 10th album. In December, the Swedish outfit revealed they'd been working on the follow-up to 2014's (R)Evolution while on the road. And it's been announced that it'll arrive on November 4.

Hammerfall guitarist Oscar Dronjak says: "Hammerfall has been very successful and happy with Nuclear Blast for almost 20 years, but in order for us to continue to grow as a band and reach new heights we needed a fresh challenge.

"This felt like a right and necessary step at this point in our careers, in order to keep moving forward and upward at a high speed. We view this label change as an opportunity to create something special, and firmly believe our best times are still ahead of us. That's why we're very, very excited to work with the people at Napalm Records for our upcoming 10th studio album." Read more here.

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Anthrax Guitarist Scott Ian Nervous About 'Blood Eagle Wings'

(TeamRock Radio) Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian admits he was nervous about writing lyrics for their track Blood Eagle Wings. But he believes the result was worth the effort - and he's described it as the "centrepiece" of latest album For All Kings.

The band released an eight-minute torture-themed video for the song last week. Ian tells Louder Noise: "The working title was Epic because it just had a feeling about it. It took a long time - it's one of the last songs that got finished. It carried over for months and months. It deserved that."

He adds: "Lyrically it was the hardest for me to write. I was so nervous to do justice to the arrangement. I didn't know what I was going to say. Somehow I cracked that nut." Read more and watch the video here.

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The Melvins New Album All About The Bass

(TeamRock Radio) The Melvins have confirmed they'll release their bass-heavy new album in June. Basses Loaded features six bass players and is issued on June 3 via Ipecac Recordings.

Mainman Buzz Osborne and drummer Dale Crover are joined by Nirvana's Krist Novoselic, Redd Kross' Steve McDonald, Butthole Surfers' JD Pinkus, Big Business' Jared Warren and Mr Bungle and Fantomas man Trevor Dunn.

Crover also swaps the drum kit for bass on some tracks. Basses Loaded includes a nod to the band's favorite sport of baseball and features a version of Take Me Out To The Ballgame, heard regularly at ball games across North America.

The artwork and tracklist can be viewed here.

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The Resistance And Jesper Stromblad Part Ways

(TeamRock Radio) Guitarist Jesper Stromblad has left The Resistance - the band he helped form in 2011. But he and band have offered conflicting statements about why he left the group.

The Resistance announced the guitarist's departure, saying: "It's been a long time coming with a lots of ups-and-downs regarding Jesper and his struggle with depression. We all thought we could ride out this storm, but sometimes all things have to come to an end.

"We part ways on friendly terms and don't want any bad blood. To be honest, this has been really painful. After taking time to consider how to move forward, we ultimately found that we really do believe The Resistance can and should continue on. And so we will."

But Stromblad, who previously spoke out about his 20-year battle with depression and anxiety, has issued a counter-statement that disputes his former bandmates' version of the split.

He says he did quit the band, but adds: "I was not aware that depression was the reason. I totally admit that I'm an alcoholic and the band suffered a lot for that, but stuff happened during that time that changed my mind about lot and the direction I personally wanted to go." Read more here.

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Cult Of Luna Announce Limited Edition Reissue

(TeamRock Radio) Cult Of Luna's 2004 album Salvation is to be reissued on limited-edition vinyl next month. Earache Records will release the package on April 8 on black vinyl, along with a limited run of 300 red vinyl and 300 white vinyl pressings.

The white vinyl sleeve comes accented with a special spot varnish design, said to be how the band originally planned to release the album. The album cover has also been updated by original designer and band member Erik Olofsson who has also designed the inserts with liner notes from guitarist Johannes Persson.

Cult Of Luna's latest album Mariner, a collaboration with singer Julie Christmas, also arrives on April 8 via Indie Recordings. An 'unboxing' video has been released for the Salvation reissue which shows the various packaging in detail. It can be viewed here.

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Scott Weiland Interview Released By Cerwin-Vega

(Gibson) Cerwin-Vega conducted an interview with Scott Weiland and his longtime producer Rocco Guarino a few months prior to the singer's death. The company is now releasing the interview in four installments, with the first one being posted last Friday (March 4) on Cerwin-Vega's Facebook page.

In the first installment the late Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman share stories of his upbringing, and getting his start as a musician in Southern California.

"Probably the first band that really grabbed me was the Beatles. My father was a huge music fan. He turned me on to the Doors, he turned me on to Merle Haggard, he turned me on to the Beatles. His record collection was amazing. He was a huge influence on me," said Weiland during the interview, which took place at Lavish Studios, Scott's recording studio in Burbank, CA. Read more here.

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Modern Baseball Streaming Two New Song

(TeamRock Radio) Modern Baseball have made two tracks available to stream. The songs Apple Cider, I Don't Mind and Everyday are taken from third album Holy Ghost, released on May 13 via Run For Cover Records.

The band pulled the plug on dates in the UK and Australia last year as mainman Brendan Lukens took time out to deal with mental ill health and substance abuse issues.

He's now ready to undertake live shows again and after two UK dates last month, they head out on a European tour in support of the 11-track album in April. Stream the songs here.

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Knifeworld Release 'High/Aflame' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Knifeworld have released a video for their track High/Aflame. It's the opening song on the London psychedelic prog outfit's upcoming third album Bottled Out Of Eden, released on April 22 via InsideOut Music. The video was directed by regular collaborator Ashley Jones.

Frontman Kavus Torabi says "This High/Aflame is an edited version of the six and a half minute opener from Bottled Out Of Eden. We wanted to start the album with something joyful and this is the song that birthed itself as a result.

"Once again we worked with our long-time collaborator, Ashley Jones, and Innerstrings projections to create a video that was as colourful, giddy and ecstatic as the tune itself, something that looks how Knifeworld sound. I think I'm happier with how this turned out than any video we've done previously." Watch the video here.

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The Treatment Streaming New Song 'Bloodsucker'

(Classic Rock) The Treatment have released a stream of their track Bloodsucker. It features on their upcoming album Generation Me, out on March 18 via Frontiers Music Srl.

It's the follow-up to 2014's Running With The Dogs and the band's first with frontman Mitchel Emms and guitarist Tao Grey. Grey said of the album: "We can't tell you how excited we are to finally unleash Generation Me on the rock community.

"We feel that this is by far our strongest album, and we are absolutely stoked about playing these songs live on our upcoming tour." Check out the stream of the new song here.

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Architects Release 'A Match Made In Heaven' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Architects have confirmed details of their upcoming album and released a video for the first single. A Match Made In Heaven is taken from All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, which will be released on May 27 via Epitaph Records.

On the album recording process, frontman Sam Carter says the band left "everything we had in the studio." They add that it's the heaviest and darkest work they've ever produced.

This month the band were cleared by the Architects' Registration Board (ARB) to continue using their name after retired architect Ray Bryant reported the band to the profession's regulatory body. Watch the video here.

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King Crimson Recruit Jeremy Stacey For Upcoming Tour

(Prog) King Crimson have announced that drummer Jeremy Stacey will join them for their upcoming tour. Regular sticksman Bill Rieflin won't take part in the 2016 European dates, which start on September 4 at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.

Mainman Robert Fripp says: "Bill Rieflin recently decided to take a sabbatical, a decision supported by all the Crimson Brothers. So, what to do with September performances already sold out?

"Both Gavin Harrison and Jakko Jakszyk first thought was - call Jeremy Stacey. Jeremy grew up in the Bournemouth scene, where I went to see both Stacy Brothers at Bumbles - a Bournemouth club - in 1981." Read more here.

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Therapy? Release Video For Tides EP Title Song

(Classic Rock) Therapy? have made a video for the lead track of their forthcoming Tides EP, which features two exclusive bonus tracks (Smile Or Die and Slippies) and a special remix of Insecurity, will be released on April 15 through The Amazing Record Co..

Frontman Andy Cairns says: "There's a Samuel Beckett influence on Tides. I used to live near the harbour in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. I'd sometimes stay up all night to try to get inspiration for songs and often ended up going down to the pier and just look out at the waves. Later on, I found out that Beckett used to get a great deal of influence from that as well. I took that low point in my life and how I managed to dig myself out of it as an inspiration.

"The spark that lit the idea was a quote from his play Krapp's Last Tape," he adds. "It goes, 'Spiritually a year of profound gloom and indulgence until that memorable night in March, at the end of the jetty, in the howling wind, never to be forgotten, when I suddenly saw the whole thing. The vision at last… the fire that set me alight.' The idea was fortified after listening to Standing By The Sea by Hüsker Dü from their 1984 masterpiece, Zen Arcade." Watch the video here.

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Queensryche Announce European Summer Tour Dates

(hennemusic) Queensryche have announced dates for a summer tour of Europe. In support of the band's latest album, "Condition Human", the shows are a combination of headline dates and festival appearances that begin at Germany's Summer Breeze on August 19.

"We are very much looking forward to returning back to Europe!," says vocalist Todd La Torre. "The European rock and metal fans are perhaps some of the most passionate music lovers on the globe! We thank you all for your support and warm welcome each and every time we travel to Europe.

"Please join us for a memorable evening of music ranging from the obscure classics, well-known hits and new material from our latest release Condition Hüman! See you soon!!"

"Queensryche is excited to return to Europe," adds guitarist Michael Wilton. "The legacy of the band is continuing with anticipated festivals, cruises and rock venues. Come out and support the Ryche and live music!" See the dates here.

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Vardis Announce New Album 'Red Eye'

(Classic Rock) Vardis have revealed they'll release their fifth album Red Eye in May. The album launches on May 20 via SPV/Steamhammer on digipak CD, vinyl and on digital formats.

It features artwork by Graham Humphreys, who has previously produced work for Hammer Studios and posters for movies including Nightmare On Elm Street, Evil Dead and Evil Dead II.

Vardis lost bassist Terry Horbury last year after a short battle with cancer. He was replaced by Martin Connolly, but Horbury's playing remains on the album and his image is featured on the sleeve.

Frontman Steve Zodiac says: "We are very lucky to be able to welcome Martin Connolly to the band. Despite knowing Vardis would continue, after losing Terry so suddenly it took some time before we could consider playing with another bassist.

"By the time we were ready, the job required someone with the musicianship and experience not only to maintain the power of our live shows but to form a tight chemistry quickly." Read more here.

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Spock's Beard Replace Riverside As RoSFest Headliner

(Prog) Spock's Beard have been confirmed as the Saturday headliners at this year's RoSFest. They've replaced Riverside at the event which takes place in Gettysburg, US, on May 6-8, following the death of guitarist Piotr Grudzinski, who passed away last month aged 40.

Riverside say: "We would like to thank everyone for the support and your presence in those difficult moments. Piotr passed away unexpectedly of natural causes - sudden cardiac arrest. We have remained with emptiness and open wounds which need time to heal.

"For obvious reasons we have decided to cancel all concerts confirmed for this year. At the same time we would like to inform you that we are going to carry out this year releases scheduled for late spring and autumn 2016." Read more here.

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Big Boy Bloater Release I Love You But I Can't Stand Your Friends Clip

(The Blues) Big Boy Bloater And The Limits have released a video for their track I Love You But I Can't Stand Your Friends with TeamRock. It features on the band's latest album Luxury Hobo, which was released last month via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

Bloater tells TeamRock: "I thought it'd be great fun to reverse the rolls on this video and have me being stalked by a super fan who wants me all to herself and uses her voodoo to pick off the rest the band.

"The Limits are the most fabulous musicians - but when it comes to acting I don't think we'll be bothering the Oscars. When the director shouts, 'OK pretend you're dying in agony,' it's hard not to burst out laughing - especially with the rest of the band watching. Look out for the smirks of pain in the video." Watch the video here.

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Johnny Winter Documentary Performance Outtake Video Released

(Classic Rock) The producer of Johnny Winter documentary Down & Dirty has released a bonus scene in which the late bluesman performs a solo version of Murdering Blues.

The film was released last week by Greg Olliver, known for his work on the acclaimed Lemmy documentary.In the clip, Winter discusses his Gibson Firebird guitar, saying:

" I thought it looked cool, it sounded cool, it played good, so I bought it. $225, that's all it cost back then. Of course, that was back in the 1970s. It's the coolest-looking guitar I've ever seen."

He also talks about how and why he learned slide guitar, his first instrument and taking lessons when he was 12 years old. Watch the video here.

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Asphalt Graves Stream New Song 'Angst And Praise'

(TeamRock Radio) Asphalt Graves have released an online stream of their track Angst And Praise. The deathgrind outfit will issue their debut album The New Primitive later this year.

Asphalt Graves tell MetalSucks: "The outcome is a modern take on the classic death/grind of the 1990s, with influences coming from bands likes Repulsion, Napalm Death, Edge Of Sanity, Brutality, Righteous Pigs, Nasum, Lock Up, Phobia, Terrorizer, Disrupt, Carcass and more."

The group features ex-War Torn guitarist Adam Faris, ex-drummer of The Black Dahlia Murder and All That Remains, Shannon Lucas, current Misery Index and former Dying Fetus frontman, Jason Netherton, and GWAR bassist Brent Purgason. Stream the song here.

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Coldrain Announce Their First European Headline Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Coldrain have announced their first headline tour of the UK and Europe. They're about to hit the road across the US in support on fourth album Vena, which was released last year via Hopeless Records.

The Japanese outfit will begin the run of dates at Backstage By The Mill, Paris, on May 9th and wrap up at Reading's Sub 89 on the 27th of the month.

In January, Coldrain released a video for their track entitled Wrong and previously told Metal Hammer they were delighted to see the rise of Japanese bands in the West.

Frontman Masato David Hayakawa said: "It feels like, for the first time, that people from outside of Japan are excited about albums from Japanese bands and are bringing that hype. Hopefully people will now know Japan can play heavy rock music and that we do have that ability." See the dates here.

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Mayhem To Headline Temple's Festival

(TeamRock Radio) Mayhem have been announced as Friday night headliners at this year's Temple's Festival in Bristol. The event will take place at the city's Motion venue between June 2 and 5.

They join a bill that already includes fellow headliners Melvins (Saturday) and Carcass (Sunday), plus Vision Of Disorder, Voices, Mgla, All Pigs Must Die and many more.

Mayhem will be performing a set based around their classic 1994 De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, widely considered to be one of the most important black metal albums of all time.

"The first time I heard from Mayhem was in '91-'92 when I received a letter from Euronymous," says vocalist Attila Csihar. "I did not know that letter was gonna change my whole life. They were looking for a new vocalist for their debut record to replace Dead, who had passed away. Of course I said yes to their offer and in 1993 we recorded the album called De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas - one of the most magical recordings of all time." Read more here.

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Slaves Announce European Tour Dates

(TeamRock Radio) Slaves have announced a small European tour. They've lined up the shows in June and the seven dates will come after their appearance at Download the same month. The band will be supported by Palisades.

The Californian band (not to be confused with the British two-piece) were ejected from the 2015 Vans Warped Tour in the wake of allegations that singer Jonny Craig wasn't sober.

He told TeamRock Radio: "At first we were like, okay, this is probably the stupidest thing that's ever happened to us. I used to put a needle in my arm, so if I want to have a beer I think I'm entitled to be able to respect myself.

"They're calling my band enablers and all this sh*t. Those people have literally been here since the moment I started this band and have kept me clean." See the dates here.

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Butcher Babies Still Poor Despite Success

(TeamRock Radio) Butcher Babies say their success hasn't yet led them to financial security. The band released second album Take It Like A Man last year and launch a European tour in April. But worldwide recognition doesn't always equate to money in the bank, according to vocalists Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey.

Asked if there have been any disappointments in the band's career, Shepherd tells Rise To Offend: "To be able to go out and live my dream and be a metal singer, how can that be in any way, shape or form disappointing. You know, I think the only disappointing thing is that we're poor as sh*t."

Harvey adds: "There's a whole misconception if you're a signed band, and you tour the world, and you have a lot of fans coming to shows, all of a sudden you're making a ton of money. That's just not the truth." Listen to the full interview here.

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Animals As Leaders, Intervals and Plini Tour Announced

(Prog) Animals As Leaders have announced that they will be launching a widespread European tour with Intervals and Plini this summer. They will also appear at Hevy Fest in August.

The Washington DC instrumental prog outfit launch the trek with their previously announced appearance at Tech-Fest in Newark on July 8, after which they'll play eight further UK shows before heading to the continent.

Animals As Leaders say: "We are excited to announce that we are touring this summer in Europe with Intervals and Plini. Don't miss out." See all of the tour dates here.

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Alarion Release Paul Glandorf Studio Video

(Prog) Alarion have released a teaser video for their debut album - showing Paul Glandorf laying down vocals. Semistereo and A Day's Work frontman Glandorf - who also performs with Arjen Lucassen's live band - appears on the track A Life Less Ordinary.

Dutch group Alarion's debut Waves Of Destruction is expected in June of this year. The album also features vocals from Threshold frontman Damian Wilson. Rick Wakeman and Erik Laan also guest on the record.

Alarion is the solo project of Dutch guitarist Bas Willemsen. He says: "I love music, I love Alarion and I have happily and with all my heart put in my time, money and effort to create the album, to make it something truly special, record great guest musicians and get it out there and available to all of you." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Night Lights' Take My Hand

Night Lights frontman Mau Jimenez tells us about their single "Take My Hand" which is one of a series of singles the indie rock group plan to release this year. Here is the story:

I wrote the lyrics to "Take My Hand" at a time when I was desperate for change. I think I realized that people from our generation are discovering something inside of them doesn't quite fit with the world around us as it is. We're all unsatisfied because we have been tasked with discovering purpose in a world that doesn't sustain the dreams that call us. It hit me very hard towards the end of my college career. I didn't know what my purpose was, and I for sure didn't want to get stuck making money so I could spend my life. So I started soul searching, and mind you, I still am soul searching, but I came to some powerful realizations. I realized that if I did anything for my own sake, that it was pretty pointless. Like if I just did life for the sake of me and what I could gain from things, I'd turn up empty. So, I started putting my theory to the test and paying more attention to friends, to random people, and to my surroundings, and the more I extended a hand, the more I found the people around me were saving me from my depression and concurrently I from theirs.

So this song is kind of an ode to all the people whom have extended their hands to me, and whom are relentless in loving, forgiving, and embracing someone else in spite of all the crap they carry. As a band, were all hoping that the song inspires and reminds people of the importance of selflessness and how selflessness may in turn lead to self discovery and appreciation.

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

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