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Avenged Sevenfold Tops All Rock Album Charts With The Stage

Avenged Sevenfold enjoyed a big first week with their surprise album release "The Stage", which has topped all three of Billboard Magazine's rock album charts.

The album hit stores on October 28th without a prior announcement from the band and has now claimed the no. 1 spot on the Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts, and came in at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 Chart (overall sales and streaming).

Guitarist Zacky Vengeance was featured a recent installment of the Whiplash podcast and had the following to say about the surprise album release, "We wanted to do something very, very special for our fans this day of age, and we put a lot of thought, care and consideration into not trying to drop breadcrumbs for them for months and bore them, and give them an event that they deserve. So we're really excited about it."

He also said, "The old world order of putting out four singles before you release an album is so boring to us. We certainly don't know if this is the right way to go about it, but our fans seem to be enjoying it thus far." Listen to the full interview here.

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Cliff Burton Would Have Been Very Against Softer Metallica

(Classic Rock) Metallica frontman James Hetfield believes late bassist Cliff Burton would have been resistant to the path the band eventually followed, especially on their Load and Re-Load albums.

Burton died in 1986 as Metallica were on the road in support of that year's classic album Master Of Puppets. And the follow-up ...And Justice for All, released two years later, is notorious for how then bassist Jason Newsted's bass is so low in the mix.

Hetfield is confident Burton wouldn't have allowed that to happen and he also thinks Burton would have had something to say about later albums Load and Re-Load, which he describes as "the U2 version of Metallica."

In an exclusive interview with Metal Hammer, Hetfield says: "I certainly would have thought there would have been some resistance, for sure. When I go back and I listen to ...And Justice For All, it couldn't have stayed on that path.

"We needed to bring in another set of trusted ears. I think Cliff would have probably interjected some different stuff, getting his bass heard and some more musically challenging things, probably.

"I would certainly think that Load and Re-Load, I would have had an ally that was very against it all - the reinvention or the U2 version of Metallica." Read more here.

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Motorhead Need Rock Hall Induction After Lemmy's Death Says Hetfield

(Metal Hammer) Metallica frontman James Hetfield says it's "really, really important" to have Motorhead inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame following the death of icon Lemmy.

The British band have been eligible since 2002 but remain unelected, alongside several notable artists who might have been expected to have been bestowed the honor.

But the Metallica man, who entered the Rock Hall in 2009, believes there's an added urgency in Lemmy's case. Hetfield tells 95.5 KLOS: "There are so many great bands that haven't been acknowledged - and if they do or don't, it's not up to me.

"It's just a nod, a tip of the cap. What does it really mean to be in there? I don't know. But to some of these bands it might mean the world. With the passing of Lemmy, it's really, really important for me to see Motorhead acknowledged in that - because there's no more rock'n'roll person on this planet than Lemmy." Read more here.

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Alex Lifeson Helps Dance Duo Cover Rush Classic

(Prog) Alex Lifeson has collaborated with Canadian dance music duo DVBBS on a cover of classic Rush track Closer To The Heart, it's been revealed. The EDM version is set for release early next year and follows Lifeson's guest appearance with former Triumph man Rik Emmett.

DVBBS consists of brothers Chris and Alex Van Den Hoef, whose appreciation for Rush is well-known. Alex says: "They're the greatest Canadian band of all time.

"When we were given the chance to remake a song with Alex, you can imagine how excited we were. We can't wait to bridge the gap between generations."

Chris adds: "I grew up a drummer, so Neil Peart was a legend to me, and a strong influence on my career." Read more here.

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Dio Hologram Motives Revealed By Disciple

(Classic Rock) Dio Disciples guitarist Craig Goldy has described the hologram of Ronnie James Dio as a way of giving the late icon back to his fans - rather than attempt to raise the dead.

The projection of the vocalist was debuted at the Wacken festival in Germany earlier this year, and his widow Wendy confirmed plans were being made to make it part of a festival set in 2017.

Goldy - who played four stints with Dio between 1986 and the singer's death in 2010 - tells Loudwire: "What we tried to do as a gift to the fans was to give them him.

"It wasn't like we were trying to raise him from the dead. We know he's gone, but he's not gone. People love him because of the kind of person he was. Ronnie brought that 'Oh my God' moment, so that's what we tried to do in a similar way, just to keep that alive." Read more here.

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System Of A Down Have 15 Songs Ready To Record For New Album

(Metal Hammer) System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan says the band have 15 new songs in contention for their sixth album. Dolmayan reveals System Of A Down have been working on the follow-up to 2005's Hypnotize for the last six months and admits they are feeling the pressure as they approach 12 years since their last studio release.

He tells Kerrang: "We've been working on a new album for the last six months and there's about 15 songs that I think are album-worthy. We don't know what's happening in terms of release, it's still not 100% as far as plans go.

"I want everyone on board and feeling good about it, that's what we're trying to accomplish right now. There's a tremendous amount of pressure on us, though, because it's been 11 years - at least 12 by the time it comes out." Read more here.

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Phil Collins Won't Rule Out Reuniting With Genesis Bandmates

(Prog) Phil Collins has returned to music and he now says that he 'wouldn't rule out' working with his former Genesis bandmates Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks in the future.

The drummer-turned-singer previously said that writing his autobiography Not Dead Yet made him re-examine his time with the band. Now he recalls the spontaneous creativity he had with guitarist Rutherford and keyboardist Banks during their studio sessions.

He tells Prog: "Doing the book, I was reminded just what good friends we are. What I will say is that I consider what we had was pretty special. That the three of us would come in with nothing - there wasn't just one or two writers - we'd all three come in with nothing and we'd start playing until something happened.

"We'd record it and come back to it a few weeks later and from there songs would develop. That is pretty special, to have a relationship with guys that can do that. So I wouldn't rule it out." Read more here.

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Slayer Has A Wealth Of Music For Next Album

Slayer's Kerry King revealed in a recent interview that the band already has a wealth of new music that they can use for the follow up to their 2015 release "Repentless".

King tells El Paso radio station KLAQ 95.5 FM (via BraveWords), "We do have a bunch of new material that no one's ever heard, and if the lyrics don't change that musically, the songs are done - full production, with (producer) Terry Date from the last record.

"So I'm gonna work on lyrics with that in mind, but if I get some awesome idea that the song has to change, we'll have to record it again. But I'm sure some of them won't. So it's a very cool place to be, 'cause we've never been in this position with this many songs - they weren't leftovers, they just weren't finished." Stream the full interview here.

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Amaranthe Singer Jake E Stepping Away From The Band

(Metal Hammer) Amaranthe's vocalist Jake E has announced he'll "take a break" from the band. The co-founder of the Scandinavian outfit says he wants to focus on other projects - and doesn't know when he'll return.

He says: "It's been seven long, extremely pleasant, instructive and exciting years. During this time we have reached an almost unimaginable success with the band.

"I now feel that the time is right to take a break from touring and pursuit things I wanted to do for a long time. For how long I'll be gone is hard to say at this point.

"I wanna send the biggest gratitude to all the fans out there that has been supporting us through all the years, and I will see you soon again." Read more here.

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Mona Surpass One Million Streams Of 'In The Middle'

(Metal Hammer) Mona are celebrating over 1 million Spotify streams for their track "In The Middle". The song is the title cut from the group's new EP, which was released late last month.

The "In The Middle" EP is the group's first new release in two years and finds them signed to a new label and according to their camp with a "renewed sense of purpose".

Frontman Nick Brown had this to say, "We have always been a tight knit group, but the vibe is the best it's been and we are looking forward to bringing these songs to the public. Very few things matter in this world, and we think music is one of them." Stream the title song here.

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Glass Animals Returning To U.S. For Winter Live Dates

UK indie rockers Glass Animals have announced that they will be returning to the U.S. for a pair of headline shows later this month ahead of several radio show festival appearances next month.

They will kick things off with their own show at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on November 27th followed by a concert in Richmond, VA at The National on November 30th.

The band will then appear at nine music festivals put on by various radio stations across the U.S. beginning with WEND The End in Charlotte, NC on December 1st and wrapping up on December 14th in Portland, Or at the December to Remember festival.

The new dates follow the group's sold out North American fall tour which they launched in support of their sophomore album "How To Be A Human Being." See the dates here.

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Nightwish Release 'Alpenglow' Live Video

(Metal Hammer) Nightwish have released their performance of Alpenglow from live DVD Vehicle Of Spirit. It was shot at London's Wembley Arena during their Endless Forms Most Beautiful tour, and it's released on December 9 in Europe, with a North American release to follow in January.

The package includes the London show, a second show in Tampere, Finland, and a third disc of bonus material. Mainman Tuomas Holopainen says of the set: "I remember the show being very special - both a goal achieved, and a starting point. The crowd was heartwarming. The presence of Richard Dawkins on stage was just mindblowing. The overall experience was a once-in-a-lifetime thrill ride!"

He recently said that the band's ninth album, to be recorded after they take a year off in 2017, would develop the themes explored in Endless Forms Most Beautiful, adding: "Not everyone in Nightwish is keen on fairy tales and Tolkien - but we all had a mutual respect for this subject matter, and everyone played their parts with big smiles on their faces." Watch the video here.

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Mike Portnoy Reveals What He Misses About Dream Theater

(Prog) Mike Portnoy admits he misses the control he had in Dream Theater. The drummer was the mastermind behind much of their work for 25 years before he left in 2010.

Though he's always maintained it was the right decision, he says the collective songwriting process for his other projects The Winery Dogs and Flying Colors can be "incredibly frustrating."

He tells Noisefull: "To be honest, I miss being the captain of a ship. Because after I left Dream Theater, I've never been the clear leader. Everything I've done like Flying Colors, The Winery Dogs, they're more collaborative roles - and to be honest, I do miss the amount of control that I had in Dream Theater.

"I was able to make 90% of the decisions and direction in Dream Theater on my own and didn't really discuss everything and those guys kind of trusted me with that. So, I do kind of miss that." here.

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Rolling Stones In The Studio For Havana Moon

The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were the guest on the latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio where they discussed their recently released concert film and album "Havana Moon" which documented their historic concert in Cuba. The show sent over the following details:

Mick Jagger shares with In The Studio host Redbeard his thoughts on what makes the Stones a viable live act even today. "I think the thing about... the Rolling Stones now then maybe they were is they are consistently a good band.

"We use to go out to do a tour and I can remember fantastic nights when the band would play brilliantly. Then I'd go out other nights and it would be terrible and I would feel really awful at the end of the show... and that doesn't seem to happen anymore." Stream the episode here.

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The Ramona Flowers Release 'Start To Rust' Video

The Ramona Flowers released a new music video for their track "Start To Rust". The song comes from their sophomore album "Part Time Spies", which was released in September.

Frontman Steve Bird had this to say about track, "Start To Rust was written after I dreamt the melody and woke up singing the first line and sung it into my phone.

"The song is about the break up of a relationship and wondering how you got to the point of not being able to look or talk to someone you once loved, whilst thinking how did we get here?" Watch the video here.

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Enter Shikari To Headline Slam Dunk Festival

(Metal Hammer) Enter Shikari will mark the 10th anniversary of debut album Take To The Skies in headline sets at the expanded Slam Dunk festival series next year.

Rou Reynolds and co will appear across the May bank holiday weekend in Birmingham, Leeds and Hatfield. Slam Dunk celebrated its own 10th anniversary in 2016.

Frontman Reynolds says: "Slam Dunk is a festival that we've been attending from the very start - Slam Dunk South is actually on the campus of my old uni in Hatfield.

"It's grown into one of the most important festivals in alternative music, and it'll be an absolute honour to headline it in 2017." He adds that it "feels totally mental" that Take To The Skies will be 10 years old when they perform.

"The fact that we get to reminisce and relive tracks we recorded so long ago, and that are still held so dear by many, is something I could never have anticipated back then.

"We'll never write another album like it, since Enter Shikari isn't really a band that looks backwards, so to speak." Read more here.

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Grand Magus Announce Spring Sword Songs Tour

(Metal Hammer) Grand Magus have announced that they will be launching a UK and Ireland tour next spring. They'll play eight headline shows in March and April following their appearance at Pwllheli Hammerfest in North Wales.

Frontman Janne 'JB' Christoffersson says: "By Odin's beard! The Magus will be returning to the British isles for a headline tour with all that it entails in 2017. We will bring the metal without compromise, forged in iron - crowned in steel."

Grand Magus will be promoting their latest album Sword Songs on the forthcoming trek. Christofferson previously said of the follow-up to 2014's Triumph And Power: "We put all of our sweat, blood and tears into this new album and I think that you can hear that. For me, Sword Songs is the best Grand Magus album ever.

"The new songs are faster and more aggressive than on Triumph And Power, and we have also included some more extreme and harder stuff. I'm convinced that there are some future classics on the disc." See the tour dates here.

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Singled Out: Oni's Barn Burner

Oni are gearing up to release their new album "Ironshore" and to celebrate we asked vocalist Jake Oni to tell us about the new single "Barn Burner". Here is the story:

We originally discussed a "get in the pit and die" track on the album and "Barn Burner" is exactly that track. Musically, we went for something fast, heavy, and based around dream-like, mysterious tones. The track is inspired by a dream about parallel universes, lined up like ripples in the water. A girl walked between the ripples and changed her surroundings at will. Working on this concept, the words just poured themselves onto the page. It is pretty technical and has plenty of riffs that will make your head spin.

We recently did a premiere of "Barn Burner" online, and we presented it as a lyric video directed by Wovenwar / ex-As I Lay Dying guitarist Nick Hipa. We're really glad that he was able to work on this one with us.

As the first track on our new album Ironshore, you will encounter a lot of guttural sounds, and extreme metal that we love to play. "Barn Burner" is one of nine tracks that are packed full of contrasts and contradictions, grace and violence. We don't want to produce endless sound-alike tracks, instead each track has a distinct character of its own; we refuse to limit ourselves to a single mood or tone and this will be clear when you listen to the album in its entirety.

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

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