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Of Mice & Men's Austin Carlile Undergoes Surgery

Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile revealed via Twitter posts on Friday (October 21st) that he was undergoing the first in what will be a series of surgeries.

Carlile tweeted, "First of a few surgeries today! Will be doing something called blood patching, to fix the three major tears currently in my spine...base of neck/back of head, mid back between my 11 and 12 vertebrae due to a bludgeoned disc, and lower back just above tailbone! Here we go!"

The surgeries come after the band was forced to cancel their European tour earlier this month due to Carlile's heath issues. He suffers from a genetic disorder called Marfan Syndrome. Read more about the condition here.

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Korn's The Serenity Of Suffering Album Streaming Online

(Metal Hammer) Korn are streaming their latest album The Serenity Of Suffering in full. All 11 tracks on the follow-up to 2013's The Paradigm Shift can be heard online, and the record is on sale today (October 21).

Frontman Jonathan Davis recently discussed the work with Metal Hammer, saying: "I think it's returning to our roots - but it's new and it doesn't sound like any of the other albums. It's f***ing heavy, man!"

He added of his lyrics: "We summed it up with the title of the record. I choose to write about the dark things in life. I'm happy, I've got a family I love, and I love touring. But when I'm in those dark places and I suffer from depression, it seems like suffering is the place that's home for me. It's my familiar old friend, and when I'm happy it's kind of foreign for me.

"I'm 45, I'm not 16 any more. I'm not singing about high school. There's still challenges in life and this is my therapy. Half the time, I don't know what the f*** I'm writing about - it's like, 'I'm 45… what the f*** do I have to bitch about?' But it doesn't necessarily get any better." Check out the album stream here.

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Rolling Stones Stream New Song 'Hate To See You Go' Clip

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are sharing an audio preview of the Little Walter classic, "Hate To See You Go", from their forthcoming blues covers album, "Blue & Lonesome."

The updated version was premiered Thursday by BBC Radio 2 host Ken Bruce and will be available to stream and download on Friday.

Alongside "I Gotta Go", it's one of two tracks from the late Louisiana musician featured on the Stones first studio album in more than decade.

Due December 2, "Blue & Lonesome" was recorded over three days in December last year at British Grove Studios in West London and was produced by Don Was, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

The group played live in the studio without overdubs and were joined on two tunes by Eric Clapton, who happened to be in the next studio making his own record.

"This album is manifest testament to the purity of their love for making music," says Was, "and the blues is, for the Stones, the fountainhead of everything they do." Check out the song clip here.

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'Lazarus' Featuring David Bowie's Final Recordings Streaming

(Radio.com) The Lazarus soundtrack, featuring the last recording by music legend David Bowie, was released on Friday (October 21st) and is now available to stream in full online.

In the last months of his life, David Bowie wrote an off-Broadway musical called Lazarus. A sequel to the 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth, which starred Bowie, Lazarus opened to rave reviews at the New York Theatre Workshop in December. It was then commissioned for a London run.

Now, the soundtrack for the musical is available for streaming. In addition to featuring 19 songs written by Bowie and sung by cast members including Michael C. Hall, the album includes the last three songs Bowie recorded before he died.

'No Plan" , 'Killing A Little Time" , and 'When I Met You" were all written and recorded by Bowie specifically for Lazarus and are believed to his final recordings. Listen to the full album here.

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Zakk Wylde's Zakk Sabbath To Stream Halloween Show For free

Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde's Black Sabbath tribute band Zakk Sabbath have announced that they will be offering a free online video stream of their concert on Halloween.

The band, which also features Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie) and Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens Of The Stone Age), will be playing a sold-out show at the Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn that night. It will stream for free via ZakkSabbath.live.

The Halloween headline show follows Zakk Sabbath's current tour with Clutch which is scheduled to conclude on October 30th in Worcester, MA at The Palladium. See the dates here.

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Trent Reznor Excited About New Nine Inch Nails Album

(Radio.com) Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor says that he is excited creatively as he revealed that he and songwriting partner Atticus Ross are making progress on the follow-up to NIN's 2013 album Hesitation Marks.

"Things are going good and when we have something we think is excellent we will unleash it on the world," he said, reports Rolling Stone. Reznor added that he's enjoying writing for a band again after having spent much of the last year creating music for soundtracks.

"I'm feeling creatively excited," he said. "And I've reminded myself - as I've veered off into technology for a while - that the act of writing and self-examination that comes from making music really helps me understand who I am again." Read more here.

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Alice Cooper Announce Special Record Store Day Release

(Classic Rock) Alice Cooper is to release a 7-inch single titled Live From The Astroturf next month. The single will launch on Black Friday - November 25 - and a video of their performance of I'm Eighteen has been released. The clip also features a brief interview with Dunaway, Bruce and Smith.

It features live cuts of I'm Eighteen and Is It My Body, with the tracks recorded last October when Cooper reunited with his original bandmates Dennis Dunaway, Michael Bruce and Neal Smith at Dallas music store Good Records.

They played a short set to help promote Dunaway's book Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! memoir. The single will be limited to 2500 copies worldwide and pressed on coloured vinyl and presented in a gatefold foil jacket. The package will also be bundled with six double-sided art prints. Read more and watch the video here.

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Randy Blythe Auctioning Lamb Of God Gold Disc For Cancer Charity

(Metal Hammer) Randy Blythe is to auction a Lamb Of God gold disc to assist a cancer charity, in memory of the late fan who inspired the band's upcoming The Duke EP.

He wrote the title track as a tribute to Wayne Ford, who died last year, aged 33, after a five-year battle against leukaemia. The pair had known each other since 2012.

This week Blythe told how he'd asked Ford for a message he wanted to live on after him - and although he didn't receive a reply, the lyrics for The Duke were inspired by their other interactions.

The frontman said: "Those of us who think about how we'll die hope that we'll do so with dignity. But no one knows how they'll handle death until it comes for them." Read more here.

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Metallica To Play Their Very First Concert In Hong Kong

(hennemusic) Metallica will perform their first-ever show in Hong Kong in the New Year as part of the band's World Wired tour in support of their tenth album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct."

"We told you how excited we are to hit the ground running in 2017 with tour dates in Asia and we're back today with a Metallica first - a show in Hong Kong!," says the band. "Thirty-five years and still beyond psyched to go to new frontiers, so this promises to be a very special night as we hit the stage at the AsiaWorld-Expo on January 20, 2017."

Tickets will go on sale October 27 at 10:00am local time through HK Ticketing (HKTicketing.com and hotline 31 288 288), K11 Select and Tom Lee Music Store.

The Hong Kong date marks the second concert in Asia in 2017, following Metallica's opening show of the year at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea on January 11. Read more here.

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Alter Bridge's New Album Scores Top 10 Chart Debut

(hennemusic) Alter Bridge have scored a Top 10 debut for their fifth album, "The Last Hero", on the US charts. Billboard reports the project enters the Billboard 200 at No. 8 with opening week sales of 28,000 units (27,000 in traditional album sales).

The feat marks the first time the band have been in the US Top 10 since their debut, "One Day Remains", debuted and peaked at No. 5 on the charts in 2004.

Alter Bridge's previous three records made the US Top 20, with "Blackbird" reaching No. 13 in 2007), "AB III" peaking at No. 17 in 2010, and "Fortress" hitting No. 12 in 2013.

"The Last Hero" also debuted in the Top 10 in several other countries including the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy, among others. Read more here.

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As I Lay Dying Guitarist Slams Tim Lambesis

(Metal Hammer) Former As I Lay Dying guitarist Nick Hipa has slammed his former bandmate Tim Lambesis, saying the singer still thinks of himself as a victim - despite serving six years behind bars for plotting to have his wife murdered.

Lambesis was jailed in 2014, leading Hipa to split with the band and form Wovenwar with Shane Blay, Josh Gilbert, Jordan Mancino and Phil Sgrosso - the latter leaving the band earlier this year.

Lambesis recently filed a $35 million lawsuit against a medical team he alleges denied him medication after he was caged - a move which Hipa says proves the singer hasn't changed.

Hipa tells Billboard: "It's sad to see somebody that we spent so much of our lives with end up in such a place. He could have made such a great impact on this world, but he just gave in to the worst parts of himself.

"Even more discouraging for me is the fact that he's trying to file a lawsuit for that amount. It says to me he's still the same sort of personality at his core - nothing has changed. He thinks of himself a certain way, and he thinks of himself in a situation he created as a victim." Read more here.

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Dillinger Escape Plan's Weinman Scared About Ending Band

(Metal Hammer) The Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman says he will miss the band's frantic live shows when the band call it quits. The group confirmed recently that their new album, Dissociation, will be their last and that they'll split once the related touring commitments come to an end.

Looking back on a number of smaller shows they've played in recent weeks, guitarist Weinman says not having those to look forward to scares him - even though they often lead to nasty injuries.

He tells Fret 12: "The last couple of weeks we've done intentionally small shows. My eye like exploded so bad. I had to play all the shows and I couldn't see, I had stitches.

"That's not a big deal, it's what happens when you're in such close proximity and trying to have the free expression. I love the small shows, but there are some shows we played in the last few weeks that were straight up stupid.

"The scary thing for me, in ending this, is I'm not scared of continuing to do this - I'm scared of not having those shows." Read more here.

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Fozzy Releasing New Album Next Year

(TeamRock) Fozzy have announced that they have renewed their deal with Century Media Records and will release a new album in 2017. Frontman Chris Jericho says via Twitter: "Proud to announce that we just signed a new record deal with Century Media. Get ready for Fozzy 2017!"

Fozzy's last album was 2014's Do You Wanna Start a War and Jericho previously said they hoped to continue their blueprint of ignoring the temptation to stick too rigidly to any genre when it came time to record their seventh album.

The WWE superstar told TeamRock: "We will continue with this very open mentally and not worry if it's too heavy, too fast, too poppy, too dancy or whatever. Just look at Queen. There's a reggae song, a rockabilly song, a metal song, a disco song - and they're all great because Queen are doing it.

"We kind of adopted that Queen vibe of, let's keep an open mind and write 12 great songs and not worry about what category they fit in, because it's all Fozzy and that's all that matters." Read more here.

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Extreme Release Live 'Get The Funk Out' Video

(hennemusic) Extreme have released a video of their performance of "Get The Funk Out" from the newly-available package, "Pornograffitti Live 25: Metal Meltdown."

Alongside the No. 1 hit "More Than Words" and Top 5 follow-up "Hole Hearted", the second single from 1990's "Extreme II: Pornograffitti (A Funked Up Fairy Tale)" helped propel the project to sales of more than 2 million copies in the States.

Extreme marked the 25th anniversary of the record by performing it in its entirety on the road last year, including the Boston group's appearance at the Metal Meltdown event at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

Headlined by Twisted Sister - who issued the first DVD set in the Metal Meltdown series earlier this year - the show also saw sets by Great White and Skid Row.

"Over 25 years after this iconic album was released, we captured the band at their very best," says producer Barry Summers. "Watching Nuno Bettencourt's off-the-charts guitar solos is simply mind-blowing, as confirmed by Queen's Brian May and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, whom we filmed paying homage to the Guitar God himself in the RockShow documentary.

"One of the highlights of the documentary is a moment where Gary and Nuno are sitting on the doorstep of Gary's childhood home, and they perform a spontaneous version of 'More Than Words'." Watch the video here.

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