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Day in Rock Report for 12/15/2018

Chester Benning Appears On Lamb Of God's Mark Morton Solo Album

Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton is offering fans an early taste of his forthcoming collaborative album project "Anesthetic" with a stream of the lead single.

The new track is entitled "The Truth Is Dead" and it features guest appearances from Arch Enemy frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz and Mark's LOG bandmate Randy Blythe. Listen here.

The album is set to hit stores on March 1st in various formats including CD and vinyl and it features appearances from late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, Jacoby Shaddix, Myles Kennedy, Mark Lanegan, Chuck Billy, Jake Oni, Mark Morales, Naeemah Maddox and more. Read more here.

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Metallica's Master Of Puppets Voted Best Album Of 1980s

Metal fans have confirmed the legendary status of Metallica's 1986 album "Master Of Puppets" after voting it the best album of the 1980s in a new online poll.

35,000 online readers of Classic Rock/Metal Hammer (aka Louder) cast their votes in the survey with the Metallica classic coming out on top, followed by Guns N' Roses' debut "Appetite For Destruction" at no. 2 and AC/DC's blockbuster "Back In Black" rounding out the top 3.

Louder's Content Director Scott Rowley had this to say, "In the 80s, a lot of mainstream metal sounded lame. It was the era of Reagan and Thatcher, AIDs and apartheid, and they were all singing about girls and worrying about their hair.

"Metallica's first three albums sounded livid in comparison - frustrated, angry and defiant - the perfect soundtrack for the times. Master Of Puppets started like the score for a spaghetti western and by the time it finished eight tracks later, the world had changed just a little."

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Rival Sons Streaming 'Feral Roots'

So Cal rockers Rival Sons have released a visualizer video for their new track "Feral Roots," which was shot by Rival Sons' frontman Jay Buchanan and Steven Bradley in the woods of Franklin, TN.

The song is the title track to the band's forthcoming major label debut which is set to hit stores on January 25th. Watch the new visualizer promo clip here.

Jay had this to say, "The primal intensity of FERAL ROOTS reflects a certain unrest at the heart of the album. With its nuanced explorations of both the wild and domestic struggles of love and truth, FERAL ROOTS ultimately argues for pushing beyond pure survival instincts and striving for something more exalted: to reclaim a long diluted genre through a galvanizing return to form."

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Asking Alexandria Get Animated For 'Vultures'

Asking Alexandria have released a new animated video for their track 'Vultures' to celebrate the 1st anniversary of their self-titled album which hit stores on December 15th of last year.

Guitarist Ben Bruce had the following to say, "Simply put, Vultures means the world to us. We wrote this song at a time that was completely volatile in AA's relationship.

"We have since made amends and have written and created a video that speaks truly of what we have been through and overcome as Asking Alexandria. I hope you enjoy this visual as much as I have enjoyed creating it. Much love, Ben." Watch it here.

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Singled Out: Silent Theory's Before The Storm

Silent Theory recently released a music video for their single "Before The Storm" and to celebrate we asked frontman Dakota to tell us about the song. Here is the story:

"Before the Storm" is about addiction. When Mitch wrote the music, the opioid dependency epidemic was in full swing. Not to mention a few catastrophic hurricanes causing immense damage, it felt like those two things should go hand in hand. We wanted to attempt to show that this crisis affects a wide spectrum of people. From those that actively seek the high, to those that accidentally took that extra step too far and got trapped. We are a band that writes about the atmosphere of the moment we are living in and this was no exception. I put a lot of myself personally into this song and I was incredibly nervous about its release because of that. I am proud to say its reception has been positive, and the entire band feels nothing but gratitude. This song is a solid step in the right direction as far as refining our sound. With this positive response, that only encourages the thought that we are doing something right. We also wanted to let you guys know, we read the messages you send us about the obstacles you've overcome and the 'thank you's' we get about our music helping you through those tough times. We see them and we take them with us into every new line we write. We want to continue to make music that resonates with our fan base. Because of that, and all the other reasons stated, we dedicate this song to those who suffer or those who know someone dear to them that has suffered, from addiction. Of all types.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself right here!

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Korn Taking Their Time Says Head

Korn are taking their time on work for their forthcoming follow-up to their 2016 album "The Serenity Of Suffering," according to Brian "Head" Welch.

The guitarist gave an update on the new record during a recent interview on WRIF radio. He said, "We have been taking our time - taking a break. A month with the family, a couple of weeks in the studio writing. So where we're at is we're done with the drums of the songs that we've written, and I think we're gonna write more. And the guitars aren't done yet. The bass is far from being done. Vocals have been messed with a little bit. And so we're taking our time, man. And we're gonna hit it hard the beginning of the year and hopefully get this thing knocked out."

He added, "We've taken the biggest break that we have in years, and it was meant to be. Someone's watching over us, because Jonathan [Davis, KORN singer] and his tragedy that he's gone through, he needed time off and he needed to focus on things more. So, yeah, it's been good, but we can't wait to get back, man. We've got things cooking, so we're hoping to make some announcements early next year."

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Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin Give Back

Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin have revealed that they have donated $60,000 dollars to two charities from proceeds from their just completed North American arena tour.

5FDP donated $30,000 to VETPAW (Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife), which aims to end the illegal poaching of Rhinos, Elephants and other endangered species.

Breaking Benjamin donated $30,000 to many years St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, whose mission is to help further research to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

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Atreyu Announce Beer Release Party

Atreyu are latest metal band to launch their very own branded beer. The band revealed that they have teamed up the Noble Ale Works brewery to create "Atreyu Superhero DIPA With Orange Zest."

We were sent the following details: Led by Citra and El Dorado, this hazy DIPA gives soft notes of lychee, tropical fruit, and butterfly kisses, while bright California navel oranges keep the party going.

On December 16, at noon EST, there is a special can release party at Noble Ale Works Brewery. Fans will have the chance to sample the "Atreyu Superhero DIPA With Orange Zest" and hang out with the band in person.

Four packs of the beer will be available for sale. You won't want to miss this limited release. Cans will be exclusively available for sale at Noble Ale Works tasting room, located at 1621 S Sinclair St, Anaheim, CA, 92806.

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Samantha Fish Expands Spring Tour

American Blues rocker Samantha Fish will be crossing the pond next spring for a UK tour and has announced that she has added an additional date to the trek.

The new show will be taking place at the Sage 2 in Gateshead on Tuesday May 7th. Samantha will be launching the tour in support of her new studio album which will be released in early 2019. See the dates here.

She had this to say, "I'm never gonna be a traditional blues artist, because that's not who I am. But it's all the blues for me. When Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf came out, what they were doing didn't sound like anything that had been done in blues before. You've gotta keep that kind of fire and spirit. I'm never gonna do Muddy Waters better than Muddy Waters, so I have to be who I am and find my best voice."

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Singled Out: Season Of Ghosts' A Place To Call Home

Season of Ghosts recently released their new album "A Leap Of Faith" and to celebrate we asked the band's single and chief songwriter Sophia Aslanides to tell us about the song "A Place To Call Home". Here is the story:

A couple of months ago, we released a song called "A Place To Call Home". When you create something earnestly, with people you love, it radiates all over, it cannot be overshadowed by anything. That's how I live my life, how I create. Earnestly. This song, this video was no different.

It all started from an idea that Max, our drummer, had. He said he knew a company that operates helicopters and thought it would be cool to use it for a video. Somehow it seemed to fit in with back story of the song. The lyrics are about trying to rediscover yourself, redefine your direction, re-calibrate your life purpose. Sometimes we get lost along the way, distracted by petty, every day disturbances, viruses of the soul that we allow to command us. Those viruses can be so strong, they can impede our ability to see, to be who we are, we forget our mission, as our brain becomes cloudy and sometimes our reflection in the mirror looks awkward, funny, unfamiliar. This is the story behind "A place to call home".

Of course in practice, trying to tell the same story on video, with some of your favourite people in the world, can have miscellaneous results. We agreed to fly Intetsu from Japan for this video. He's a long time friend and work partner, from back when I worked with his Visual Kei band, AYABIE. Nowadays, he also is a videographer and having him around was a blessing. His way of work is so smooth and comforting, even for the camera-shy, like me. What particularly impressed me. was the fact that while I was about to throw up when the helicopter was maneuvering across the Italian skies like crazy, he was shooting in the cabin with the calmness of a Zen master. "That's dedication!", I thought, while I kept shouting at the pilot to stop spinning us around like we were possessed.

Reading about and listening/watching the actual thing are two entirely different stories, so I encourage you to look the song up on Youtube and also check out our new album, "A Leap Of Faith". Thanks for reading. Cheers! - Sophia

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

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