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The Rolling Stones 'Hit A Wall' Recording New Album

(Radio.com) The Rolling Stones 'hit a wall' when they started working on new songs for the follow-up to their 2005 album A Bigger Bang, says Don Was, the producer of their upcoming record Blue & Lonesome.

"We'd gone in the studio to start cutting some new songs," says Was, who has worked with the Stones since 1994. "Around day three we just hit a wall and Keith suggested that, to cleanse the creative palette, we play 'Blue and Lonesome,' the Little Walter song. Fortunately we ran the tape and it was just awesome."

The process was so inspiring that the band continued on the same path. "The whole mood of the room changed dramatically in those three-and-a-half minutes," Was tells the BBC "So we said, 'let's do another one', and 'let's do another one.' "They just called songs off that they knew and loved. It was very spontaneous. And by the end of the day we had six." Read more including details about the Eric Clapton collaboration here.

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Nickelback Zing Royal Blood In Twitter Insult Exchange

(TeamRock) Nickelback showed their humor with a great comeback after Royal Blood compared them to US presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

The much-maligned Canadian rock band have long been the butt of many jokes - they were even the subject of a one-man crowdfunding campaign launched in 2014 in a bid to block them from playing all London music venues.

But Nickelback have previously insisted that no amount of internet hate can match the harshness of the jokes they make about themselves - and this time, they gave as good as they got.

Following the televised debate between Trump and Clinton on Sunday night, British two-piece Royal Blood say on Twitter: "Donald Trump + Hilary Clinton = Nickelback."

Nickelback then respond: "Nickelback jokes are like Royal Blood - they were a lot cooler a couple of years ago. Don't drink and tweet fellas. Stay safe." Read more here.

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Pantera Covered All Songs From Guns N' Roses' Appetite

(Classic Rock) Vinnie Paul says Pantera covered every song on Guns N' Roses' Appetite For Destruction before they hit the big time. The former Pantera and current Hellyeah drummer says that before they signed their first major record deal, Pantera were obsessed with Guns N' Roses' 1987 debut album and covered all 12 tracks.

Paul tells WRIF (via Blabbermouth): "It was huge, man. Before Pantera got a record deal, that album came out, and we covered just about every song on that record and it was before that band blew up.

"We were such fans of the music. And it took that record about a year before it caught on, and then it caught on. Man, it's one of my all-time favourite records. To this day, Welcome To The Jungle, you hear it in front of every football game, in front of every hockey game, it won't go away.

"And that's a great thing when there's a song that has that kind of life. And then, of course, they're back doing it and they're touring. I saw them the other night at the big, gigantic here in Dallas, and I thought it was amazing." Read more here.

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Cavalera Admits Korn Influenced Sepultura's Roots

(Metal Hammer) Igor Cavalera says Sepultura's classic album Roots was influenced by Korn. Recently, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis said he believed Sepultura "ripped off" his band's sound on their sixth album, released in 1996 and produced by Ross Robinson - who was also behind the desk on Korn's self-titled 1994 debut.

And while former Sepultura drummer Igor Cavalera admits Korn had an impact on Roots' sound, he insists it was far from the only thing they were listening to at the time.

Asked if Korn influenced Roots, Cavalera tells Do You Know Jack?: "I think they did. Not only them, but them with Deftones at the time, they had a particular sound that was quite interesting for us.

"And that's also one of the reasons that Ross Robinson came into the picture, because he could capture that raw sound at that time, and that was really cool.

"Those bands, they influenced us at the time of Roots, but I think there was a lot more going on than just that. So I think it's all part of a whole combination of elements. When we had someone like Carlinhos Brown, a massive percussionist from Brazil, or even someone like Mike Patton, there's a lot of things going on the record." Read more here.

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Tool's Traumatic Inspiration Discussed By Maynard James Keenan

(Radio.com) Maynard James Keenan's biography A Perfect Union of Contrary Things will arrive in bookstores November 8, but ahead of that release date Tool's frontman sat down with Rolling Stone to talk about working on such a personal narrative.

In the book, Keenan shares how his mother suffered from sexual abuse as a child, a trauma which impacted her throughout motherhood. Where his father was incredibly active, Keenan describes his mother as being incapacitated by her past. Growing up in that atmosphere, he channeled his family's shadows into Tool's lyrics. In the interview, he doesn't go into what songs resulted, but he did detail how songwriting helped him.

"I think like most things - the rich girl in Beverly Hills who breaks a nail, and her entire universe it coming apart because of it - it's all a matter of perspective," Keenan said. "Those kind of tragedies, you know, everybody has them.

"People around the world have them far worse than we will ever have. So what you can do is you can apply those things and build on them and learn from them rather than carrying them around at a torch for 'woe is me.' There's just things that happen. You just have to build on them and move past them and use them as a lesson because we do not have it bad." Read more here.

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Beach Boys Legend Brian Wilson Working On New Album

(Radio.com) Brian Wilson's new memoir (entitled I Am Brian Wilson) chronicles his struggles with drug abuse and mental illness resulting from his experimentation with psychedelics at the height of the Beach Boys' fame.

And while the October 11th release of his book is first on The Beach Boys legend's agenda, he also promises that fans could hear new music before the end of the year.

He told BBC Radio 1 that he's working on an album, a steady fallback for a guy who says he "[knows] how to write rock'n'roll." Wilson said drug use caused him to begin hearing sounds and sometimes "threatening" voices in his head, a horror he struggles with to this day. Read more here.

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Avenged Sevenfold Fans Guessing At Band's Tease

(Metal Hammer) Avenged Sevenfold have sparked speculation that they're about to announce something big by beaming their death bat logo in locations across the world.

Frontman M Shadows issued a brief teaser clip of as demo track in April this year. And while they haven't released a studio album since 2013's Hail To The King, speculation is mounting that something is brewing because of the appearance of their iconic logo.

Fozzy's Chris Jericho posted a picture of the logo on the dome of Toronto's Rogers Centre, saying: "Either Commisioner Gordon likes metal or something big is going on..." The logo was also spotted in London and Berlin. Read more here.

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The Devil Wears Prada Stream New Song 'The Condition'

(Metal Hammer) The Devil Wears Prada have made their song The Condition available to stream. It comes from their new album Transit Blues, which launched on Friday.

Frontman Mike Hranica recently opened up about his anxiety - which often flares up while the band are on the road. He said: "Prada's been an incredible vehicle for me to see some of the places I've been privileged to see, but it does take a toll and I do have a hard time keeping up my body physically.

"And there's the mental aspect - panic attacks, which are not so much fuelled by being on tour, but a lot of times it's that the excitement is a subconscious trigger.

"It's not fun, but it's something to deal with that made its way onto the album. We've been around for 11 years touring and I've said since day one that it's not as glamorous as it's often looked at." Listen to the new song here.

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Meshuggah Release 'Clockworks' Video

(Metal Hammer) Meshuggah have released a video for their track "Clockworks". It features on the band's eighth album The Violent Sleep Of Reason, which came out today (October 7) via Nuclear Blast Records.

They previously released a 360 lyric video for Nostrum along with a lyric video for Born In Dissonance.

Speaking to TeamRock, Meshuggah drummer and lyricist Tomas Haake said of Clockworks: "It's one of the songs on the album that isn't about current events, although it kind of ties in with a lot of that stuff.

"Tricky one to play, not just for the drums but the guitars as well. It's one of the most challenging things we've written in some time.

"Lyrically it's about looking into yourself, as if your mind was a clock of sorts, and you want to change the way you think and act and react to the things going on around you.

"So it's seen as a piece of a clock that you take out in your mind, disassemble all the little cogs and wheels in your mind, and put them back together to make sense of yourself." Watch the video here.

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The Winery Dogs Streaming Documentary Online

(Classic Rock) The Winery Dogs have shared a short tour documentary showcasing the band's performance in Mexico City from earlier this year. Singer and guitarist Richie Kotzen, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy were on the road in May in support of the trio's second album Hot Streak. And in the clip, filmmaker Nico Merkin follows the band around the city, showing them onstage, meeting fans and conducting promotional work.

Portnoy says: "Great video recap of The Winery Dogs in Mexico! The upcoming live Blu-ray/DVD from Santiago should be out early 2017."

Reflecting on what makes The Winery Dogs tick in the clip, Kotzen says: "It's an interesting combination. Billy has a way of playing the bass that's very unique - he incorporates the kind of lines on the instrument that a bass normally wouldn't do.

"Because I sing, every move that I make when I write is, 'How can I sing over that? What's the melody?' I look at it from that angle so it kind of keeps things in a more basic format.

"I think some of the crazy stuff - the over the top wild stuff comes more from the other two guys which is what makes it kind of unique. Not to say I don't bring crazy stuff, because I do." Watch the documentary here.

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Saxon Release Live 'Battering Ram' Video

(Classic Rock) Saxon have released a live video of their performance of "Battering Ram", which is the title track of their 2015 album. The clip is lifted from Biff Byford and co's live package Let Me Feel Your Power which launched across Europe this week and will be issued in North America on October 28.

Let Me Feel Your Power features material recorded in Munich and Brighton, along with bonus material taken from a Chicago show from September 2015. It'll be the NWOBHM veterans' 10th live album. They previously issued a clip of Wheels Of Steel.

Let Me Feel Your Power is available in several formats, including DVD/2CD, Blu-Ray/2CD, digital download and a deluxe vinyl version which also includes the Blu-ray and 2CD, and is limited to 1500 copies.

The band are currently working on the follow-up to Battering Ram, and are eyeing a summer 2017 release for the as-yet-untitled album. It'll feature the track They Played Rock And Roll, which frontman Byford recently reported was a tribute to late Motorhead leader Lemmy. Read more about that and watch the new live video here.

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Eric Clapton Releases Live Video For 'Wonderful Tonight'

(hennemusic) Eric Clapton is streaming a performance of his 1977 hit "Wonderful Tonight" from the recently-released set, "Live In San Diego with Special Guest JJ Cale."

The second single from "Slowhand" peaked at No. 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while the album reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 3 million in the States.

"Live In San Diego" captures Clapton in a 2007 concert as part of a tour in support of his and Cale's 2006 album, "The Road To Escondido." Cale sits in on five tracks, including three from "Escondido" and two made famous by Clapton: "After Midnight" and "Cocaine."

The guitar icon recently revealed the extent of health issues that have made playing music, among other things, a challenge for the 71-year-old. "I've had quite a lot of pain over the last year," said Clapton. "It started with lower back pain and turned into what they call peripheral neuropathy, which is where you feel like you have electric shocks going down your leg. [It's] hard work to play the guitar and I've had to come to terms with the fact that it will not improve. And I've had to figure out how to deal with some other things from getting old." here.

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Devilment Reveal Misfits and Danzig Inspiration

(Metal Hammer) Devilment frontman Dani Filth says the title of the band's upcoming second album was partially inspired by Misfits and Glenn Danzig. Devilment II: The Mephisto Waltzes will be released on November 18 via Nuclear Blast Records, with the Cradle Of Filth vocalist previously reporting it was sounding like a "f***ed-up Manson meets Rob Zombie."

And in a new video with Filth and keyboardist and singer Lauren Francis, he reveals more information on the follow-up to Devilment's 2014 debut album The Great And Secret Show.

He says: "The album title actually came about from the artwork - we had the artwork for the album cover before we had the album title.

"In the end, it was an amalgamation of the fact I really like Danzig and he named his albums I, II, III etc, but Danzig II was a particular favourite, so I thought Devilment II was quite cool.

"Misfits did a song called Mephisto Waltz, so that seemed like a great fit." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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In Flames Making Of The End and The Truth Videos Released

(Metal Hammer) A video showing how the videos for In Flames tracks The End and The Truth has been released. Both songs feature on the Swedish outfit's upcoming 12th album Battles, which is scheduled for a November 11 release and now available to pre-order.

The videos shared a concept, with the new clip revealing how director Patric Ullaeus put the pieces in place for the finished promos. Vocalist and lyricist Anders Friden recently revealed the meaning behind the album title, saying it was inspired by emotional conflicts.

He said: "All titles for every album come really late in the process. I write the lyrics and then I gather all the lyrics after we're done and I look at the album as a whole, then try to figure out what the theme is.

"With Battles, we all have our inner struggles from the day we are really young up until the day we die, so this album is about that and something everyone can relate to.

"We all have it - you can never get away from it. It could be inside and outside, between all kinds of people with all kinds of situations." Watch both The End and The Truth videos along with the making-of clip here.

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Cliff Burton Anticipated Metallica's Success

(Classic Rock) Cliff Burton predicted Metallica's future huge success, according to his father Ray. Ray Burton says his late son was always confident - although not cocky - about his abilities and Metallica's chances of hitting the big time.

Reflecting on the 30th anniversary of Cliff's death, Ray says the family still receive regular royalty payments and that his son was sure he'd be able to provide for his parents down the line.

Ray Burton tells The Metalsucks Podcast: "The royalties have been coming my way for quite some time. He could see things coming along, he felt that they were doing well.

"He told his mom and me, 'I'm gonna buy you two a house when this thing gets going better.' So he had an idea that the band was going to be a success. And boy, was it ever."

On Cliff's faith in his own ability, Ray adds: "Cliff knew he had talent, but he wasn't cocky about it. But he felt the music that he was getting and playing with James and Kirk and Lars was pretty good, and he was quite satisfied with it.

"He said that he felt that if he couldn't make a living with Metallica, he had enough talent to be a studio musician. So that's a lot of confidence in your own ability. But at the same time, I heard him say several times, 'There are a hundred kids out there in garages that play the guitar as well as I can.'

"That kind of thinking toward yourself also helps in everyday life. You have that confidence about your own abilities, and Cliff had a degree of confidence. But as I say, he wasn't cocky about it in any sense of the word." Read more here.

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Steeleye Span Announce New Album 'Dodgy Bastards'

(Prog) Folk proggers Steeleye Span will release the 23rd studio album of their career on November 18, titled Dodgy Bastards. The band have also released a trailer for the new album...

The album draws from the work of 19th century American scholar Francis James Child and his collection of English and Scottish Ballads. The album is appropriately titled, containing stories of murder, religion, incest, skulls, honour killings and tormented spirits - the perfect subject material for Steeleye Span's dark take on the music of the British Isles.

The album features the very first lead vocal from violinist Jessie May Smart on Brown Robyn's Confession, while Boys Of Bedlam sees vocalist Maddy Prior and guitarist Julian Littman combine on a spoken word/rap section! Watch the trailer here.

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Van Der Graaf Generator's Peter Hammill Announces Residency

(Prog) Van Der Graaf Generator founder Peter Hammill has lined up a three-night residency in London. He'll play at the city's Cafe Oto on March 2, 3 and 4, 2017, with tickets going on general release on October 12 from the venue's website.

The venue say in a statement: "Making a mockery of genre boundaries and consistently confounding expectations, Hammill's work spans numerous styles and approaches while always maintaining his own unique sound.

"Now, nearly five decades on from the debut Van Der Graaf Generator release, Hammill's creative spark shows no sign of abating and we're very excited to host him performing solo across three nights at Cafe Oto." Read more here.

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Opeth, Entombed AD and Grand Magus Stars Have Metal Gentleman's Club

(Metal Hammer) Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt has revealed that he is in a "metal gentleman's club" with members of Entombed AD and Grand Magus. The vocalist says he and Opeth bandmate Fredrik Akesson regularly meet up with Entombed AD guitarist Nico Elgstrand and Grand Magus frontman Janne 'JB' Christoffersson to drink and discuss topics ranging from music to their childhood teddy bears.

Akerfeldt tells Metal Hammer: "I love to have people over, and so we've started a gentleman's club. It's me, Fredrik, Nico from Entombed AD and JB from Grand Magus.

"We go out to have a drink, or we come to my place and we listen to music. We have a group email thing where we discuss the topics we're going to talk about at the next dinner. Like, if you had a teddy bear when you were a kid, what was it called? Things like that.

"It's very metal. We were talking about a name, and the one we came up with was The Swallowers, because we're always eating. I'm planning to get some rings made, because I know a silversmith, so it's a serious business." Read more here.

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Enter Shikari Release 'Hoodwinker' Video

(Metal Hammer) Enter Shikari have released a video for their new track Hoodwinker. The band began recording the song at the same time as their last single Redshift back in January.

They completed the track between summer festival performances. Frontman Rou Reynolds had the following to say about the reasoning for releasing a stand-alone track:

"Every now and then, outside of album releases and their attendant campaigns, it's nice to release a song into the wild, out-of-the-blue. To bowl it full force at the faces of the general public without prior warning." Watch the video and read more here.

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Magenta To Headline Nineteen-73 Live

(Prog) Magenta have been confirmed as headliners for a one-day event in the UK next year. They'll take to the stage at the Robin in Bilston on April 2, 2017, at an event titled Nineteen-73 Live.

It's the brainchild of Summer's End festival co-organiser Stephen Lambe and will also feature sets from Rob Cottingham's new band Cairo, Midnight Sun, which features Summer's End co-organiser Huw Lloyd-Jones on lead vocals and Elaine Samuels And Kindred Spirit.

Lambe says: "This is very much a triple-celebration. We will be launching Magenta's as-yet-untitled new album, celebrating my 55th birthday on that day - and also marking the first anniversary of Nineteen-73, the Progressive Rock promotion organization which I launched in the spring of 2016."
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Singled Out: Voodoo Terror Tribe's City of Sixes

Voodoo Terror Tribe are gearing up to release their new album "The Sun Shining Cold" next month and to celebrate we asked guitarist Emir Erkal to tell us about the song "City of Sixes". Here is the story:

City of Sixes was among a group of songs written for February Album Writer's Month in 2013. There was perhaps a song assignment of some sort to write about a city or locale, and the title "City of Sixes" had been in floating about. It's intended to be an ode to the Capital of the World; New York City.

Of course the lyrics are an allusion to the Big Apple being a place of sin and excess, using metal's favorite triangular-number in repetition and all that, but it's also a play on words. Sometimes sick, other times six. (Sic).

The song was originally intended to sound closer to Ministry, or Rob Zombie, but what emerged from the studio was a bit more melodic. What we perform live is somewhere in between, and progressively changing.

But NYC is the Mecca of Sin and Excess, and we wouldn't have it any other way. City of Sixes hopefully correctly expresses that sentiment.

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

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