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Mastodon's Brent Hinds Injured In Motorcycle Accident

(Metal Hammer) Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds has been forced to bow out of supergroup Giraffe Tonge Orchestra's upcoming shows after breaking his leg in a motorbike accident.

He's posted a picture of his strapped-up limb on Instagram, explaining: "Broke my f***ing leg starting my motorcycle, goddamnit. Sorry to all the shows I was about to play with GTO and West End Moteal and Fiend Without A Face. Life's a bitch then you die. Happy thanking!"

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra also features William DuVall of Alice In Chains and Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan, alongside Dethklok's Pete Griffin and former The Mars Volta member Thomas Prigden. Read more here.

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Corey Taylor Addresses New Slipknot Album Speculation

(Metal Hammer) The next Slipknot album won't go into production for at least two years, says frontman Corey Taylor. He's responded to speculation after bandmate Shawn 'Clown' Crahan revealed that he and Jim Root were planning to start writing for the follow-up to .5: The Gray Chapter in February.

Last year Clown suggested that the band's sixth full-length release might arrive in 2017. Asked about whether the latest development means an album is coming soon, Taylor tweets: "Not really. That just means they're gonna start writing music. We won't go in the studio for 2 years."

He's planning to focus on Stone Sour in the coming months as they work on what will be their sixth release. He recently said: "We have 18 songs demoed. It's the best material we've ever written. This album, is going to eat people - it's so good. It's gonna destroy people." here.

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Metallica Add New Show Following Sell Out

(hennemusic) Metallica have added a second show in Mexico City on March 3 due to overwhelming demand. The Mexico City dates with special guest Iggy Pop land just ahead of a series of South American shows that include stops at Lollapalooza events in Brazil, Argentina and Chile a few weeks later.

"You guys are awesome!!!," says the band. "Tickets for the March 1st show have already sold out in less than two hours... perhaps you would like another night? The schedule is clear and we're excited to add a second show at Foro Sol in Mexico City on March 3, 2017."

Each ticket purchased to the Mexico City shows will include a choice of a physical copy or the digital version of the group's newly-released tenth album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct." The offer available nationwide in Mexico only and will run from November 23, 2016 until July 1, 2017. Read more here.

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A Day To Remember Win Battle Against Victory Records

(TeamRock) A Day To Remember have won their drawn out legal battle with their former label Victory Records and have been awarded a financial settlement of $4million.

The Florida band have been locked in a legal argument with Victory since 2011 over a breach of contract. A Day To Remember claimed that they had fulfilled the terms of a five-album deal, while Victory insisted live recordings and re-releases didn't count.
Now a jury in the US state of Illinois have found in the band's favour, awarding them $4m for unpaid royalties, and agreeing that some of the albums supplied by the band did count towards the five-album total. The jury also gave the band the composition rights to their songs, while Victory Records were awarded the sound recording copyrights.

In a statement, the band say: "As many of you know, more than years years ago we filed a lawsuit against Victory Records seeking freedom and resolution on several issues we had with them. For the past two weeks we have been in court arguing our case. Yesterday, the jury came back with a unanimous verdict in the trial granting us that freedom and resolution." Read more here.

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Foreigner Release 'The Flame Still Burns' Video

(hennemusic) Foreigner have released a video for "The Flame Still Burns", the title track to a 10-inch vinyl EP available on Record Store Day's Black Friday event on November 25.

Guitarist and founding member Mick Jones originally wrote the song for the acclaimed 1998 film "Still Crazy", which focuses on the career of a fictional 1970s rock band named "Strange Fruit." The tune went on to win the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for songwriting and this electric version marks the first time "The Flame Still Burns" has been officially recorded by Foreigner.

The first release to mark the band's 40th anniversary, the EP also contains a live version of "Juke Box Hero" and the original recordings of "Feels Like The First Time" and "Long, Long Way From Home" from the group's 1977 self-titled album debut. Watch the video here.

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Beatles Top Most Valuable Vinyl List

(Classic Rock) Records by artists including the Beatles, Sex Pistols, Queen and Led Zeppelin feature in a new list charting the most sought after vinyl. The top 20 most valuable records have been recorded by website LoveAntiques.com and vinyl specialist Phil Barton for the Daily Record.

The Beatles' White Album tops the most valuable record list, with a rare copy of the album owned by drummer Ringo Starr selling at auction for $790,000 last year.

A one-sided acetate of the Beatles 1963 single Love Me Do is worth £80,500 - as there's only one known pressing - while some versions of their debut album Please Please Me valued at up to £7500.

Other vinyl in the list includes Jean-Michel Jarre's 1983 album Music For Supermarkets, which has a price tag of between £10,000-£30,000. Jarre made only a single copy of the record available before destroying the master tapes. Read more here.

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Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins Releases Retro Video

(Radio.com) Before the Foo Fighters gear up to begin touring again in 2017, drummer Taylor Hawkins has been busy working on a solo mini album, KOTA. Today, he debuted the music video for KOTA's eccentric single "Ranger Rover B".

In the video, which takes Hawkins back to the days of VCRs and kitschy editing wipes, he stands in an empty, warehouse-like setting while the smoke rolls in and adds to the overall throwback effect.

Dressed in a brown and mustard striped tank top that is at times accompanied by a leather jacket, Hawkins sings in falsetto about a woman who did him wrong and doesn't exactly treat people fairly. "The Range Rover b----- doesn't wait/ But you'll have to wait if she's late," he sings in a staccato-like delivery.

Between the song's subject matter and the video's plentiful slow motion and profile shots, there's plenty to appreciate about this homage to the time when music videos reigned supreme. As a huge fan, Hawkins knows the era and does it right. Watch the video here.

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Queen and Adam Lambert Release Trailer For Live In Japan

(hennemusic) Queen + Adam Lambert have issued a video trailer for their forthcoming package, "Live In Japan." Due December 20, the multi-format release captures the band's headline performance at Japan's largest rock festival, Summer Sonic, on August 17, 2014 at Chiba's Marine Stadium.

The band's set of classics also featured a performance of "Teo Toriatte (Let Us Cling Together)", a song written by guitarist Brian May especially for the Japanese fans that also includes Japanese lyrics.

"We all thought it was quite a difficult gig," says May. "The audience was wonderful, but it was so hot and so humid, it was very difficult to play, but when we saw the video, we thought that it was great and the interaction with the crowd was great."

"The Japanese audience was so passionate, so emotional," adds Lambert. "You could feel the connection. And it's different than in other countries; there is something very special there." Watch the trailer here.

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Killswitch Engage Release Beyond The Flames Preview

(Metal Hammer) Killswitch Engage have released a clip from their upcoming Beyond The Flames: Home Video Part II package. The Blu-ray and CD will launch on November 25 (Friday) and features more than three-hours of never before seen footage, including interviews with the band, rare live performances plus a six-track EP. It'll only be available via participating Record Store Day outlets

The short clip focuses on vocalist Jesse Leach's return to the band in 2012, which the band revealed in a picture posted to their website. He returned to the fold following the departure of frontman Howard Jones that same year. Watch it below.

Leach previously said he initially felt "like a fraud" when he returned to the lineup as he wasn't sure he could sing Jones' songs. Leach said: "I turned it down initially thinking that I couldn't sing Howard's songs. I didn't know if I could mentally wrap my head around a song like My Curse.

"I couldn't really relate to it at the time. I thought to myself if I went on stage and tried to sing those songs I feel like a fraud. I think Howard has an incredible voice, very powerful."

He added: "I spent about a week and half with Howard's material and said to the management to put me on the list. It was a process. I think the first song that hit me was Arms Of Sorrow, which is a pretty dark song.

"From there it kind of naturally happened where I was able to attach my own thoughts and emotions to the songs. I don't even think of it now as a Howard song or a Jesse song." Watch the clip here.

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'Stars Have Aligned' For Asking Alexandria

(Metal Hammer) Asking Alexandria's James Cassells says it's time for the next chapter as they reach the end of touring commitments for 2016 album The Black. The drummer says "the stars have aligned" after vocalist Denis Stoff's acrimonious exit paved the way for the return of Danny Worsnop last month. He says it's now time for Asking Alexandria to begin working on their next album.

Fans have noted the conspicuous absence of The Black material at recent shows - the only record to feature Stoff - but Cassells denies that recent events have tainted the work.

He tells KFMX: "Don't get me wrong. We all love The Black, we had a great time recording it, and we toured it for a year and a half around the world.

"We've had a great time on it, but I think that whole chapter of our lives is now... it's time to go to the next step. The Black was the album we needed to release at the time, but now I feel like we're gonna go back to doing what we were doing with Danny, and we're gonna be moving forward with new music."

The drummer says that he, guitarist Ben Bruce and other members are "constantly writing music" while on tour - but they have a busy year ahead of them. Read more and watch the video clip here.

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Nightwish Promise Something Special When They Return

(Prog) Nightwish will return to action in 2018 with "something special" for fans, according to singer Floor Jansen. The band are taking a year off following the release and touring cycle in support of their eighth album Endless Forms Most Beautiful, with Jansen also revealing in September that she was four months pregnant.

But she reports that Nightwish fans will be rewarded for their patience once the band reconvene in 2018.

She tells Metal Wani: "Well, we'll be back in 2018. We haven't said anything about a record or what we're going to do. We have been keeping it a secret on purpose, because it's something special - something that I really think Nightwish fans will really like.

"But for now, we're taking a break from the whole thing - not because it wasn't good, but maybe because it was good. It's good to reflect on life and take a step back and sit and relax and do something else. And we'll be back with a vengeance in 2018." Read more here.

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Dream Theater's John Petrucci Hopes For Astonishing Musical

(Prog) Dream Theater's John Petrucci says he'd "love" to make their 2016 concept album The Astonishing into a musical. Their 13th title, released in January, explores a dystopian future where the power of music is used to wage war against an evil empire - and the guitarist says it would be "awesome" to introduce the story to a completely new audience.

He tells Metal Assault: "There have been many levels of this whole project from the very beginning. I imagined it first as a Dream Theater show, and then of course as a Dream Theater album, but beyond that, there's a video game that is in development, there's a novel that is in development."

Petrucci continues: "I think it would fit perfectly adapted as a musical, in the same way that The Who did that successfully with Tommy, and Green Day more recently with American Idiot on Broadway. That would be amazing.

"It's a whole different world from the rock and metal scene, so it's a different group of people to have to make those relationships with, but that's something that we're pursuing and I would love to see that. I think it would be totally awesome."

The guitarist previously hinted that the album could be made into a film in future. Read more here.

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Beartooth Release Live 'Hated' Video

(Metal Hammer) Beartooth have released a live video for their track Hated. The live performance was captured during the band's November 11 show at Express Live in Columbus, Ohio.

Beartooth had the following to say about the new clip: "We had a hometown show. We brought fire. We came to rock. Enjoy Hated live in Columbus from Express Live."

The song is taken from Beartooth's second album Aggressive, released earlier this year. Metal Hammer's review of the album reads: "The relentless earworms continue, each with a chorus that'll make fans of a good melody want to scream into their hairbrush while booting the nearest object across the room." here.

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Jean-Michel Jarre Announces Oxygene 3

(Prog) Jean-Michel Jarre will release the third and final part of his iconic Oxygene trilogy on December 2nd he has also released a video for the track "Oxygene Pt 17".

The record, which will contain cuts 14-20 and will be entitled Oxygene 3, celebrates the 40th anniversary of the classic album, which is widely credited with paving the path for many contemporary electronic musicians and DJs. Jarre describes the follow-up to 1997's Oxygene 2 as "adding a sense of now" to his existing work.

Jarre says: "Oxygene Pt 17 is the first single and a bright moment of the album. I wanted to create a groove with the melodic part on its own and to also create the real feel of a spacey trip - which is what Oxygene is all about - and with minimalist drums.

"What made and makes Oxygene different, is probably that an important part of the sound is made of white noise, creating a hazy atmosphere. It is ironic to think back in time when everybody was obsessed by improving the signal to noise ratio, that I used so much noise as part of my music."

. Watch here.

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Amon Amarth, Dark Tranquillity and Omnium Gatherum Spring Tour

(Metal Hammer) Amon Amarth have announced a tour with Dark Tranquillity and Omnium Gatherum in spring 2017. The band will be promoting their latest album Jomsviking on the forthcoming dates, while fellow Swedes Dark Tranquillity will support their new record Atoma on the trek.

Amon Amarth say: "We are having so much fun on our current European tour we decided we needed to come back and to do it again! We are definitely looking forward to playing some new places.

"This time we will continue the fun and lay waste to the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Austria, France and Spain with Dark Tranquillity and Omnium Gatherum. The shows will be fantastic, beer soaked nights of heavy metal.

"We look forward to seeing our crazy berserker fans, and we warn you to get ready to fight, pillage and raise your horns." See the dates here.

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Don Broco and Bowling For Soup Added To Slam Dunk

(TeamRock) Don Broco and Bowling For Soup are among a number of bands who have been added to the lineup for Slam Dunk 2017 which will take place in Birmingham's NEC on May 27, Leeds City Centre on May 28 and Hertfordshire's Hatfield Forum on May 29..

Ska punk outfits Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish will also perform at the shows. They'll be joined by Cute Is What We Aim For, who will be playing 2006 debut The Same Old Blood Rush With A New Touch in full, and We The Kings, who will perform their 2007 self-titled record in its entirety.

Headliners Enter Shikari will mark the 10th anniversary of their debut album Take To The Skies at the festivals. Frontman Rou Reynolds said: "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 honor to headline it in 2017." Read more here.

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T In The Park Festival Canceled By Organizers

(TeamRock) Organizers of Scotland's biggest music festival T In The Park have announced it will not go ahead in 2017. The event moved from its spiritual home of Balado in Kinross to Strathallan in Perthshire in 2015 and remained there this year.

Bosses say that a number of hurdles they have faced has forced them to take a year out to assess the future of T In The Park and so next year's event - due to be the 24th - will not go ahead.

The move from Balado was down to an oil pipeline that runs under the site and the 2015 switch to Strathallan got off to a bad start when the Scottish Government imposed site restrictions due to the presence of nesting ospreys.

In a statement, T In The Park organisers say: "When we launched back in 1994 there were only two music festivals in the UK - now there are many and T In The Park paved the way for all that have come and gone in Scotland since.

"However, the last couple of years have had their challenges. Against our will, and despite a prolonged fight, we were forced to move from Balado, Kinross in 2015.

"This move was a mammoth task for the event and one that was compounded by a series of onerous site restrictions placed upon us as preparations for the event in 2015 took place.

"The constraints - logistically and financially - that the resulting planning conditions put upon us are simply not workable." Read more here.

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Steel Panther's 360-Degree Concert Streaming Online

(Classic Rock) Steel Panther have streamed the 360-degree video shot during their performance at Los Angeles' Roxy Theatre. The 90-minute show took place earlier this week and comes before the February release of Steel Panther's next album Lower The Bar.

Vocalist Michael Starr recently told Metal Hammer that he was continually astonished with the success of his band, saying: "That's been my goal - I always wanted to have that happen… but I never thought it actually would!

"I never really thought past a 2000-seat theatre. I just thought, 'This is killer! If it stays like this for the rest of my life, I'll be happy!'"

Earlier this year guitarist Satchel argued against the band being labelled a parody act, saying: "We might have some funny sh*t but what it all comes down to is, it doesn't matter what you categorise something as, whether you say it's heavy metal, or comedy, or f***ing jazz improv comedy.

"I don't f***ing know what people want to call it. All I know is I like to write bitching songs." Watch the concert here.

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