"Guess what?!? It's DONE!," says the band. "We have put the finishing touches on our next album. As we were in the 11th hour of wrapping it up, it dawned on us that we have never shared with you, in any sort of cohesive 'official' manner, the extensive covers we have worked on since 'Death Magnetic'.
"While digging into the bonus options to complement the 12-song album with additional material, we realized that none of our versions of these songs from some of our favorite and most respected artists have been readily available on our very own Blackened Recordings. So with that said, we're here to tell you about some changes we've made to the deluxe versions of 'Hardwired...' in place of the previously announced 'Riff Origins'".
"The 2016 version of 'Lords Of Summer' from the studio in its full glory, as originally promised, is still included," they explain, "but now we've added the 'Ronnie Rising Medley', originally only available only on the 'Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life' tribute album, along with the Iron Maiden cover of 'Remember Tomorrow' rounded out by Deep Purple's 'When A Blind Man Cries'. And, by the way, all of these tracks have been recently remastered for optimum 2016 sound quality. Just for fun (and because there was room!) the special set we did at Rasputin's in Berkeley, California on Record Store Day 2016 to celebrate the reissues of 'Kill 'Em All' and 'Ride The Lightning' is here all remixed and mastered.
"Lastly we had such an amazing time being a part of the first weekend of events ever held at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis last month. It was an honor and a thrill to test out 'Hardwired' live there and we just had to commemorate the debut by including the recording from that night here."
An updated tracklist for the Deluxe Edition of "Hardwired…To Self Destruct"here.
The Ultimate Collection is curated in conjunction with the band and features 31 songs remastered by engineer Andy Pearce. Black Sabbath are currently on their farewell The End world tour. The road trip comes to a close with two dates in their home city of Birmingham, UK, in February 2017.
On the prospect of Black Sabbath's career coming to an end, frontman Ozzy Osbourne previously said: "We started off as four guys from Aston who had a dream, and it came true beyond our wildest dreams.
"We were manipulated, ripped off, conned. We lost each other within each other. But it's great to have got this back just to end on a high note." Read morehere.
The set gives fans the opportunity to hear the evolution of the band and witness their part in cultural revolutions from their earliest recordings and studio sessions to the years prior to the release of "The Dark Side Of The Moon", one of the biggest-selling albums of all time.
"The Early Years 1965-1972" presents 7 individual book-style packages and feature 130 tracks, including TV recordings, BBC Sessions, outtakes and demos and more than 20 unreleased songs.
Also featured are 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio and more than 5 hours of rare concert footage.
In addition to the deluxe set, a 2-CD highlights album, "The Early Years - Cre/ation", will also be issued on November 11.
Each individual book-style package will be released separately early in 2017, except "Bonus Continu/ation", which is exclusive to the box set.here.
The story is based around teenager Shay Baker whose life is transformed in 1979 after he hears the music of the Clash for the first time - a moment in his life which opens "a new world of social consciousness and anti-establishment defiance beyond anything he's known in his dead-end London suburb."
London Town was directed by Derrick Borte and stars Daniel Huttlestone as Baker, while Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays Joe Strummer. Borte says he wanted to make the film to "illuminate the power that music has to change your life."
He adds: "This coming of age story is just a glimpse into a brief moment in the life of one young boy almost 40 years ago, set against the rise of punk and a backdrop of social political, and racial unrest that is incredibly similar and relevant to what we see happening in the world today." Watch the trailer and read morehere.
Tory says: "For 40-plus years, Rush has rocked the world with 39 albums and 70-plus singles and are third all-time for most consecutive gold or platinum albums.
"They have also given back to community through charitable work for UNICEF, United Way and Toronto Food Bank. From Willowdale to the world - the key to the city is theirs. Congratulations Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart." Read morehere.
The footage has been used in various films over the years and remastered segments will feature in new Ron Howard-directed film The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years which is released tomorrow (Friday, September 16).
According to Billboard, a lawsuit filed in the US District Court in New York says Bernstein, who died in 2013 at the age of 95, produced the concert and hired the Beatles and the support acts.
It reads: "Without Sid, the mastermind of the event, this film would never have been made. The Bernstein family is guided by their father's spirit of peace and humanity. However, they are also guided by principle and look forward to having an opportunity to present their case in court." Read morehere.
And along with rock and metal artists on the official soundtrack, the game will cater for Microsoft's Groove streaming service, giving subscribers access to an estimated 38 million songs to play as they drive.
Players without Microsoft Groove will be able to listen to almost 150 tracks within the game, with Sleeping With Sirens, A Day To Remember, Frank Iero, the Offspring, Every Time I Die, Bad Religion, Pennywise and Descendents joining the playlist.
A demo of the game is currently available on Xbox One which allows players to speed through rain forests, across beaches and along coastal roads. There's also a free-roam multiplayer mode giving players the opportunity to explore the sizeable game map. See the full tracklistinghere.
One of the band's Nameless Ghouls recently reported that Popestar, consisting mainly of cover versions, is designed to bridge the gap between Meliora and their fourth album, to be recorded next year.
He said: "If you hear the EP, don't think, 'Oh, the next album is gonna sound exactly like this.' But it's a good way for us to sneak in elements. You might hear a synth sound like this on the next record, but not as evident."
Earlier this week the band released a trailer in which cult mistress Sister Imperator destroyed their collection of industry awards, saying: "Do we take such trinkets as the measure of true accomplishment? No! We don't need their approval. The truth of our work is not measured by awards and nods from the establishment." Watch the videohere.
Explaining the idea behind the song Everyone Talking Over Everyone Else, singer Cory Brandan previously told Metal Hammer: "I guess you guys at Metal Hammer would know that the title is a tribute to Lemmy, but the song is about an abusive relationship.
"I myself was in an abusive relationship and I've never talked about that before. But I'm older now and I've got a bit of distance from it. So I felt like it was time for me to use my voice."
On the wider album, recorded at Minnesota's Pachyderm Studio where Nirvana made In Utero, Brandan added: "For me the biggest difference and the biggest influence on us for this record was where we recorded it.
"There is a very specific sound that comes from the live room in there. You can hear that room in those records, and it's really cool to us that you can hear that same room on ours.
"We are joined in some way to all these amazing bands that we grew up loving, and to me that is way more interesting than trying to make something on a computer." Read morehere.
The promo comes ahead of the trio's US tour this November, which will see the three frontmen perform eight dates across the country under the Trinity banner. And Bayley says further dates could be a possibility if the shows go well.
The former Iron Maiden vocalist tells Mitch Lafon: "The only time we had available was this very short window to do these dates, with the idea that if they go well, then we can do a much more extensive tour.
"I think this will be very special because it's three people that really love to sing and love this music, so I'm very excited about it. I hope it's a success." Watch the videohere.
Also, guitarist Adam Jones previously revealed an unnamed band member had been dealing with a "really scary, do-or-die" illness that held up the writing sessions.
Having left fans waiting for more than 10 years, Chancellor promises it will be worth it in the end. He tells Top Guitar: "Just trust me that it's going to be awesome. It's going to happen. It's in the oven. It's cooking, it's cooking." Read morehere.
Schnell left last year and Bain died in January. The current lineup is completed by bassist Phil Soussan and keyboardist Erik Norlander.
Drummer Appice recently said the band's other commitments had prevented them from touring as much as they'd like, adding: "A lot of people can't wait for us to come to their cities. It looks like next year we'll be able to do that, then we'll be able to hit all the big festivals in Europe too."here.
The pub will now be the UK's first community-owned rock venue, according to the people behind the campaign to save it. Alex Martindale of community group Save The Napier says: "I've been a regular in the Napier for the last 20 years. A 50-strong group of regulars has been working hard as a community to secure the future of the pub.
"We can't wait to welcome everyone to celebrate the reopening of our community rock venue. We have ideas for the continued development of the Napier" Read morehere.
She reports that she's made a provisional list of 31 tracks for the tour, and jokes that squeezing that many songs into a live set could be a problem. Nicks tells Rolling Stone: "We're gonna go on for like two hours then we're gonna go and do what Prince would, which is then go find a club and play the other 14 songs! It's all a lot of fun."
Reflecting on the death of Prince, who died in April after an accidental overdose, Nicks adds: "I feel really sad that Prince's journey didn't continue until he was 95. I think that for most of us, we're all gonna live to be in our 90s." Read morehere.
Olzon says: "I am so looking forward to sing on an album with Jani and to finally work with Frontiers. I believe it will be a perfect match and I am really happy that Jani and Frontiers asked me to do this with them."
Olzon sang on Nightwish albums Dark Passion Play and Imaginaerum and left the band in 2012, later claiming she had been fired because she had fallen pregnant.
As well as his work with Sonata Arctica, producer, songwriter and guitarist Liimatainen is a member of Cain's Offering alongside Stratovarius singer Timo Kotipelto. Read morehere.
Keylock's been working on his debut solo album with Fabrizio Grossi at the Supersonic Blues Machine man's Sounds Of Pisces studio in Santa Clarita, California.
And while no release date has been set, he talked to TeamRock earlier this year about the album - and highlighted his new track. He said: "We've got about 14 songs we're working on before we pick the final ones, but Medicine Man is definitely on there. There's Spin The Bottle, which has a laid-back Exile On Main St kinda vibe. That's about being young and getting into music, just taking a risk and going for it.
"Down is about people trying to knock you down - not necessarily in music, just in life. People trying to tell you how to be, how to live, what to say. That song is just about keeping a belief in who you are.
"Then there's Against The Grain, which is a Johnny Winter slide-riffy kinda thing. That song is my life story, really, about going against the grain to normal people my age." Check out the new songhere.
Joining headliners Onslaught - who will be celebrating their 30th anniversary by playing their classic breakthrough album The Force in full - are Nottingham's NWOBHM heroes masters of the grand guignol stage show Hell, New Yorks' rampant rock agitators Warrior Soul, UK thrash crew Bull-Riff Stampede and Italian fellow thrashers Mechanical God Creation.
They'll be joining NWOBHM heroes Oliver/Dawson Saxon, thrash veterans Anihilated, folk metal eccentrics Skyclad, progressive thrashers Beholder, old school thrashers Nightlord, Swedish metal goddesses Hysterica, extreme thrashers Huron, NWOBHM stalwarts Weapon UK, technical death/thrashers Furnaze and defenders of old school metal Dethonator. Read morehere.
First written as a journal entry a long time ago, Atlas Will Sound's guitarist turned the idea of "August" over to his lead singer in which came one of the most memorable, catchy rock songs the band has written thus far.
Johnny Bevilacqua (lead guitar): The words and instrumentals were written at two totally different times in my life. Though the diction of the words were changed a little by Than, I wrote down some thoughts one day in my bedroom as my little depressed-self couldn't sleep. You would be surprised at how creative ones mind can get during a lull. If nobody can figure it out yet, yes this song is about a girl. So, there sat a journal entry with no intention of ever becoming a song until about 3 years later when the words and melody meshed together too well to ignore. One night at the jam space, there came "August".
Than Morse (lead singer): We were jamming one night in summer 2015 having a few beers at the space when Johnny and I were trying to find some lyrics for what soon became "August". We had the guitar riff, the idea for drums, the beers, the scrap paper, the chicken wings and then the idea of converting the journal entry into the melody of the song. We hummed the chorus a few times at first, then we were immediately hooked and began working on it! It's a cool, groovy rock song reflective of a past relationship. This song could be a therapeutic release for many other people as well or even the reason for one to start head banging!
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the albumright here!