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Korn Preview Corey Taylor Collaboration Song

(Metal Hammer) Korn have released a brief teaser clip from their new track A Different World, which features guest vocals from Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor.

The single is to be launched tomorrow (September 29) and it appears on upcoming album The Serenity Of Suffering, due on October 21 via Roadrunner Records.

Korn guitarist James 'Munky' Shaffer revealed the collaboration to Metal Hammer in July, saying: "We have Corey singing on one track and it's going to be a fan favorite, because he really lets loose."

He added: "On a heaviness scale of one to 10, with 10 being the 1994 self-titled, this album is a definite nine." Check out the preview here.

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King Conquer's Original Guitarist Brodie Wheeler Dies

King Conquer has suffered another loss as they have revealed that their original guitarist Brodie Wheeler has died. This follows the death of another former guitarist John Byrd earlier this year.

The band broke the news to fans with a Facebook post and urged those that suffer from substance abuse to seek help. They wrote, "Today we lost another brother to substance abuse. Our original guitar player Brodie Wheeler passed today!

"If it wasn't for him and Adam, this band would have never been started, and countless kids in the Florida scene would have never started going to shows and playing instruments. You will be missed man...

"If you battle with substance abuse, please reach out to someone. People will help if you want to be helped!" Band's Facebook page.

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Original Halloween Director Slams Rob Zombie

(Prog) Veteran filmmaker John Carpenter has slammed Rob Zombie, calling him a "piece of sh*t" during an interview with film students. Zombie directed a remake of Carpenter's 1978 horror movie Halloween in 2007 - but Carpenter says claims the shock rocker made in documentary Halloween: The Inside Story that he was "very cold" towards the singer simply aren't true.

In a video clip which has now been deleted, Carpenter says (via The Guardian): "He lied about me. He said that I was very cold to him when he told me that he was going to make Halloween. Nothing could be further from the truth.

"I said, 'Make it your own movie, man. This is yours now. Don't worry about me.' I was incredibly supportive. Why that piece of sh*t lied, I don't know. He had no reason to. Why did he do it?"

Despite insisting he was never cold to Zombie, Carpenter does go on to dismiss Zombie's take on central character Michael Myers. He says: "I thought that he took away the mystique of the story by explaining too much about Myers." Read more here.

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New Metallica Song Inspired By Lemmy

(Metal Hammer) Metallica frontman James Hetfield has revealed that one of the tracks on the band's new album is about late Motorhead frontman Lemmy. Murder One appears on Metallica's 10th album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, which is released on November 18 on the band's own Blackened Recordings label.

The title is a tribute to Lemmy's favorite Marshall Super Bass Head from 1976, affectionately named Murder One. The Metallica song features lyrics made up of Motorhead song titles.

In a question-and-answer session with fans on Sirius XM, Hetfield says: "Motorhead had a lot to do with Metallica sitting here right now. But just Lemmy, as kind of a father-figure, he helped us a lot.

"He was unafraid. He was a character. He was himself. He did his own thing to the last breath. No matter who you are, how could you not be inspired by that?" Read more here.

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Rik Emmett Streams New Song Featuring Rush's Alex Lifeson

(hennemusic) Rik Emmett is joined by Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson on "Human Race", a track from the former Triumph frontman's forthcoming album, "RES9", now streaming as a lyric video.

"When Rik asked me to play on his new album, I didn't hesitate for a second," explains Lifeson. "He's the consummate musician, a wonderful guitarist, and a terrific person, and it's always my pleasure to work with him any chance I can get.

"There is a rock purity in his songwriting and performance, and it's just so much fun to get together and throw ideas around. He's always so up and open for anything - even a notoriously uncooperative Rickenbacker 12-string!"

Due November 11, the project by Emmett and his touring band Resolution 9 - featuring guitarist Dave Dunlop, bassist Steve Skingley and drummer Paul DeLong - delivers new music with the help of guest appearances by Lifeson, Dream Theater's James LaBrie and a reunion with Triumph members Mike Levine and Gil Moore.

Lifeson sits in on "Human Race" and joins LaBrie on "End Of The Line", with the vocalist also contributing to the track "I Sing." The Triumph appearance on the bonus track, "Grand Parade", marks the first time the trio have reunited on record in three decades following Emmett's split from the group in 1988.

"This album represents a journey through my life," explains Emmett, "and the idea behind a lot of these songs is me trying to figure out who I am, and why I'm doing what I'm doing. There's a common thread of positivity here that ties into the records I was making 30 years ago. What did I learn from making them? You'll hear all of that echoed in the grooves of this album." here.

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Cinderella Was Sidelined By Drinking Problem Says LaBar

(Classic Rock) Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar believes it's his fault that the band have been inactive in recent years. The group's last album was 1994's Still Climbing and they haven't played live since 2013's Monsters Of Rock Cruise. And LaBar says he thinks his drinking problem is at the centre of the rift within the band.

LaBar tells the Izzy Presley podcast: "We all made a pact a long time ago to not continue Cinderella if one of us dropped out. And I think vocalist and guitarist Tom Keifer is going to stick to that. I don't talk to him anymore, so I don't really know for a fact. But we all made a pact not to do it if it wasn't the four of us - and it's not the four of us anymore.

"I can only speculate, but I believe it's all my fault. It's no secret that I've had a drinking problem. And it showed its ugly face on one of those cruises. I guess that's what caused a rift.

"Over 30 years, we've all gotten along every single day and almost never argued with each other. When I fell out on one of those cruise ships in front of everybody, that's when the band, and mostly Tom, took notice and was, like, 'What the f***?'"

LaBar reports he's entered rehab several times to cure his addiction, revealing that Keifer paid for much of his treatment, but adds: "I only stayed sober for a year. I got off painkillers that I was addicted to because of my hip surgery, which I needed, but I took it too far being a partying guy." Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Release Line Of Eddie Masks In Time For Halloween

(Classic Rock) A range of Iron Maiden Eddie masks has been unveiled in time for Halloween. Five officially licensed masks based on different eras of the Iron Maiden mascot are available at Trick Or Treat Studios, priced at $59.99 each.

The Eddie eras covered include the 1980 self-titled album, 1981's Killers, 1983's Piece Of Mind, 1984's Powerslave and latest effort, 2015's The Book Of Souls.

Also on offer is a full Piece Of Mind era costume, including the mask, torn trousers and a straitjacket. Trick Or Treat say: "This amazing costume comes with a real canvas straitjacket with working buckles and canvas blue shredded paints. Now you can look exactly like Eddie from the amazing album cover to Piece of Mind." The entire selection of masks can be viewed in the gallery here.

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Avenged Sevenfold Play Impromptu Intimate Show Following Fest Cancelation

Avenged Sevenfold played an impromptu show this weekend after the second day of the Houston Open Air Festival was canceled due to lightning storms.

The band was set to headline the event and decided that still wanted to play for as many fans as possible so they scrambled to find a venue to perform at and found the White Oak Music Hall, which was located about 15 miles from the festival site.

They ended up playing a 70-minute set at the 1200-capacity venue and offered this recap following the show "When the Houston Open Air Festival made the decision to cancel due to weather concerns we were so bummed to have to end the first round of tour on a sour note. We know our fans don't give up easily and neither do we, so we scrambled to make last minute arrangements to play for as many of our Houston fans as we could. " Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Preview Havana Moon DVD

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are sharing a video preview of their Cuban concert film, "Havana Moon", which will be released on November 11. Following its September 23 premiere in cinemas worldwide, "Havana Moon" will be available in various packages, including DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD, DVD+3LP plus a special Deluxe Edition.

The March 25, 2016 event saw the group perform their first-ever concert in Cuba during a groundbreaking free show before an estimated crowd of 1.2 million fans that also marked the first open air concert in the country by a British rock band.

Mick Jagger welcomed the massive crowd who had come to watch the historic show: "Finally the times are changing, Cuba we are so happy to be here," and joked with his bandmates during the performance, describing them as "The Revolutionary Ronnie Wood…Charlie Che Watts….Compadre Keith Richards"

Named after a Chuck Berry song and directed by Paul Dugdale, "Havana Moon" features a setlist of classics including "Jumpin' Jack Flash", "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll", "Honky Tonk Women", "Start Me Up", "Brown Sugar" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." Watch the video here.

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Joe Walsh Jams 'Rocky Mountain Way' On Conan

(hennemusic) Joe Walsh performed his 1973 classic, "Rocky Mountain Way", with The Basic Cable Band on TBS' late night show Conan on September 26 and video from the show has been posted online.

"I was mowing the lawn in Boulder, CO," said Walsh of the lyrical inspiration for the tune, written after his departure from The James Gang. "I looked up and saw the mountains and the back range and I thought 'this is better than the way I had.'

"And I got the words; I mean all at once. I ran in the house to write the words down, but the lawnmower kept going … over into the neighbour lady's garden. It was an expensive song to write."

The performance followed an extensive interview that saw the Eagles guitarist share a story of trashing a penthouse hotel room with actor John Belushi back in the70s, a feat that cost him $23,000.

"My job," said Walsh, "was to get across the state line before the maid saw the room." The guitarist was on hand to promote his involvement in writing a song for the new film "Citizen Soldier", which documents a group of soldiers in the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team - known since World War II as the "Thunderbirds" - and their life-changing tour of duty in Afghanistan. Watch the video clips from the show here.

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Cliff Burton Was Inspired By Classic TV Show Theme

(Metal Hammer) Cliff Burton was inspired to take up the bass guitar by the theme music for comedy cop show Barney Miller, his father Ray has revealed. On the 30th anniversary of Burton's death in a tour bus accident at the age 24, Cliff's family have set up a Facebook page where fans can pay tribute to the late Metallica bassist.

And his father Ray has recorded a video remembering his son's early path in to music. The death of his brother Scott led Cliff to learn a musical instrument and it was the Barney Miller music that got him hooked on the bass.

Ray Burton says: "Cliff's older brother Scott, who was 16 at the time, died of a brain aneurysm. Shortly after Scott died, Cliff came to his mother and me and asked if he could take up playing the bass guitar.

"The reason he liked the bass guitar was the Barney Miller show, a comedy cop show, which started off with a bass solo. And Cliff just loved that bass solo and he wanted to get the same sound that was in that show." Read more and watch the full video here.

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The Devil Wears Prada Release 'To The Key Of Evergreen' Video

(Metal Hammer) The Devil Wears Prada have issued a video for their track "To The Key Of Evergreen." The song features on the band's upcoming sixth album Transit Blues, which is set for release on October 7 via Rise Records, and comes after the US outfit split with drummer Daniel Williams.

Speaking about the direction of Transit Blues, frontman Mike Hranica tells Clrvynt: "When I hear older Prada recordings and such, this super-clean auto-tune bullsh*t kicks in, and I kind of quiver. Like, 'Why is that there? What's the point?'

"With 2009's Roots Above And Branches Below is where I started writing 'choruses' with all screaming because I liked that in heavier music, and then on Space, the singing came out of left field. Hopefully with Transit Blues, it's a bit more where it's this element that's very organic, as opposed, 'Here's the pop chorus, ta-da.'"

The Devil Wears Prada will embark on a North American tour in October with Memphis May Fire, Silverstein and Like Moths To Flames. They'll hit the road with drummer Giuseppe Capolupo. Watch the video here.

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Glass Hammer Stream New Song 'No Man's Land'

(Prog) Glass Hammer have premiered their track No Man's Land exclusively with Prog. It's taken from their concept album Valkyrie, which is released today (September 27), featuring long-time vocalist Susie Bogdanowicz in the lead role. The record explores the story of a soldier who becomes lost in war, who can only be saved by the woman who loves him.

Bogdanowicz tells Prog: "In No Man's Land we see our soldier going in to battle for the first time. It's dark, terrifying, and violent - and something happens to his soul. He becomes trapped in this darkness, never to return. The feeling of utter despair and death becomes his new home.

"The music in this song takes the listener on the dreaded journey, and by the time we hear Fred Schendel and Steve Babb's vocals at the end, it's sheer evil."

She says of the album experience: "It's ignited the desire to be the person that runs to someone's mess and be a part of helping them get out of the trenches. It's been done for me - I've been rescued from my mess.

"Singing the last two songs on the album stirred this powerful feeling of love in me, to go and show hope and love to someone who feels trapped.

"That may seem vain or naive. But I know there's validity in humbling ourselves, in order to meet someone where they are, and show sacrificial love. In my opinion that's the overwhelming theme of the album." Stream the song here.

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Suicide Silence Confirm New Album Details

(Metal Hammer) Suicide Silence have confirmed that their fifth album will be self-titled, and it'll arrive in February. It's their second release with frontman Eddie Hermida, following the death of Mitch Lucker in 2012. Hermida debuted on 2014's You Can't Stop Me.

The band confirmed the title via SiriusXM at the weekend. Guitarist Mark Heylmun recently said: "The record's going to be natural, raw and f***ing pissed. It's going to be exactly what music needs, which is some f***ing heart. Some f***ing blood. Some real f***ing give-a-sh*t passion.

"It's not going to be full of computer trickery. It's not going to sound like all the ProTools ninjas and Logic ninjas. We recorded with tape on this record. There's real music, it's not samples. We went for a record that speaks for us and really exemplifies where we're at as a band.

"It's going to be something else for people to witness - like a car accident they can't keep their eyes off." Read more here.

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Soundgarden Making Slow Progress On New Album

(Metal Hammer) Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil is sharing an update on the Seattle band's follow-up album to 2012's "King Animal." The rocker admits band member's commitments to Pearl Jam and the upcoming Temple Of The Dog reunion have impacted the pace of the project, which is in the demo stage.

"Right now, there are some other projects that are taking up bandmembers' time," Thayil tells Whiplash with Full Metal Jackie of KLOS Los Angeles. "Matt's [Cameron] got some Pearl Jam touring and projects. Matt and Chris [Cornell] together, of course, are working on this Temple Of The Dog thing.

"Over the past year, we've had a number of songwriting and jam sessions, Soundgarden, getting together to simply exchange ideas and document and record them. So we've had some rough demos of a dozen or so songs. We'll continue to do this as everyone's schedules open up. Hopefully next year we'll find ourselves in the studio fleshing out these ideas."

Thayil's update confirms the progress on Soundgarden's next record is now up to a dozen demos, and follows comments made by Cameron in July that six tunes were taking shape at that time with another writing session scheduled for last month. Read more and stream the full interview here.

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry Still Brimming With Riffs

(Classic Rock) Joe Perry says he's still brimming with riff ideas - and that's why he continues to make new music. The Aerosmith and Hollywood Vampires guitarist has been working on a solo album which he previously said would be mostly instrumental. And Perry reports that playing around with different sounds is something that continues to inspire him.

He also says he's getting better technically while working in the studio - and that's helped with how he structures his music. He tells The Musician's Ear: "It's always been about trying to steer clear of those standard riffs you use to practice, to warm up with, and really try to focus on something that works melodically.

"It's just like a vocalist who's looking for a melody to sing over the riff, or maybe even with a riff. That's how I go at it for most songs. The goal is to give the song something different - create something no one's heard before.

"That's why I keep making solo records. I'm still searching for those things. I've still got lots of riffs inside me, and lots of riffs on my iPhone. They need to get transferred on to some kind of recording format with some bass and drums." Read more here.

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Marilyn Manson Hates Being Branded A Celebrity

(Metal Hammer) Marilyn Manson says he hates being branded a celebrity as anyone can be famous these days. And he reports that he feels an obligation to be a rock star - even though it sometimes weighs heavy on him as there's more to him than some people might imagine.

He tells Dazed: "I really despise when people refer to me as a celebrity, because anyone can be a celebrity in this era. It's the very definition of the name Marilyn Manson, so this isn't new - anyone can be famous at any point by dying and being in an obituary or by killing someone and being on the front page. So I hate that term.

"It's been a rough year for me, since a lot of friends and family of mine have gone away. It's awful, but it lays a burden on me. I have this obligation to be a rock star.

"It's so vexing, to make sure I enjoy the dream while it's happening, because sometimes there's a lot going on, bad and good, and as a human being, I do have more than one dimension."

He continues: "But I'm fortunate that people are still charmed by my childlike humor, because I've never felt that I had immensely normal, handsome looks. I just let my sense of humor and my utter lack of respect for rules define me." Read more here.

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Magenta Announce Their Biggest UK Tour

(Prog) Magenta have announced their biggest ever UK tour for Spring 2017. It will be in support of both the band's 15th Anniversary, and their latest, as yet untitled album.

The follow-up to 2013's Twenty Seven Club will be released in April 2017, and alongside the core trio of Rob Reed, Christina Booth and Chris Fry will also feature guest drummer Andy Edwards (Kiama, Frost*, IQ). The forthcoming new album reportedly sees Reed leading Magenta back into long-form musical territory.

"We haven't played live a huge amount in the last couple of years, so it will be great to get back on the road for an extended series of dates and play pieces from the new album alongside some of our older material," Reed told Prog.

In a particularly busy period for the band, Magenta will also release a live DVD, Live At Leamington Spa, on November 12, and the band will perform a special acoustic show at Cardiff's Acapela Studios. See the tour dates here.

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Devin Townsend Refused To 'Tweak' Hit For Video Game

(Prog) Devin Townsend has revealed how he was approached to write the soundtrack for hit video game Fallout. The hardworking Canadian has his hands full with a string of musical projects, but says he would love to do a movie soundtrack one day.

However, he'd need guarantees that he'd not be tied down by bureaucracy before he agreed to get involved. Reflecting on his brief flirtation with writing music for video games, Townsend tells The Jasta Show: "When I was about 25, EA, Electronic Arts, said, 'Hey we've got a gig for you. We hear that you've done music.' I was like, 'Great. I could sit at home and write a bunch of video game music.'

"But the parameters for it were so contrary to the process that makes anything I do creatively of any value, that I failed in it in such a way that I realised right there I can either do it the way I do it, or it's not gonna happen at all.

"He was like, 'We can't get the rights to American Woman, the Lenny Kravitz version.' And I'm thinking in my head, 'I f***ing hate that song.'" The video game executive asked Townsend to rework the song to avoid coming up against any copyright issues, but he couldn't bring himself to do it.

Townsend adds: "I went home and I tried and I came back the next day and said, 'Dude, I'm out.'" Read more and stream the full interview here.

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Behemoth's Nergal Wants To Surprise Himself With New Album

(Metal Hammer) Behemoth leader Nergal says he wants to surprise himself on the follow-up to 2014's The Satanist. The band began working on fresh material earlier this year, with the frontman saying it would mark a "new chapter" for the band.

And he tells the new episode of Metal Hammer: In Residence that he won't deliberately push the band's sound, and instead explore different avenues on what will be their 11th studio outing.

Nergal says: "I hope we won't be pushing forward - I hope we're going to take some f***ing curves. That's what we did with The Satanist, we didn't try to push where we ended with Evangelion - we just took it to a different alley and that's what's going to happen next.

"It feels like I'm standing in front of 10 doors - I can open any of them and that's what I'm going to do. And knowing myself, I try to stick a foot in every door possible, so let's see what happens - let's be surprised.

"I'm definitely going to do my best to surprise myself in the first place." Read more here.

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X Japan Taking A Risk With New Album

(Metal Hammer) X Japan mainman Yoshiki Hayashi admits the band are taking a risk with their upcoming English-language album. The release of the group's as-yet-untitled sixth record was put on hold earlier this year when guitarist Pata was taken to hospital with a "life-threatening" condition.

While X Japan have still not given an update on when the album might surface, Yoshiki tells the South China Morning Post it might not connect with Western audiences in the way they hope.

He says: "There are still a lot of challenges ahead. I don't know how many people in the West are ready for artists such as us, coming from the East. There are still walls between the East and the West, a culture barrier. Being an artist from Asia, to go overseas and to perform in Western countries, it's not easy."

But Yoshiki hopes the album can help beat a path towards the West for other Asian artists. "We want to break that wall for new artists so they can become popular anywhere in the world," he adds. Read more here.

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