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Day in Rock Report for 11/01/2018

Slipknot Give Fans Treat With Surprise Video Release For New Song

Slipknot decided to give their fans a Halloween treat with the release of a brand new song called "All Out Life" along with a music video for the track directed by band member M. Shawn Crahan.

Frontman Corey Taylor had this to say about the new track, "'All Out Life' is a song that is trying to do 2 things - bring everyone together, but also remind everyone that the past is not something to be discarded with disdain.

"People are so eager to find the Next Big Thing sometimes that they sh*t all over the bands and artists that have come before, thus making the past feel disposable, like a dirty thing. F*** that - why should we pay attention to your mediocre future when you can't be bothered to celebrate an amazing past? I'd rather listen to a guaranteed hit than a forced miss. 'All Out Life' is the anthem that reminds people that it's not the date on the music- it's the staying power."

The video can be streamed here and Clown, aka M. Shawn Crahan, had this to say, "Right now is a very exciting time for Slipknot. We've been working on new music for the last two years, and 'All Out Life,' the song and the video, is just one of many concepts in the works. It's a fitting taste to get you to the next thing. Get ready for what's to come. We challenge you to All Out Life."

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Imagine Dragons Stream New Song 'Machine'

Imagine Dragons have released a stream of a brand new song called "Machine". The track comes from the group's forthcoming studio album, "Origins," which is set to hit on November 9th.

Origins was conceived as a sister album to the band's previous album "Evolve". Frontman Dan Reynolds had this to say, "It's about seeking new ground but also appreciating your roots.

"When we create, we create with no boundaries, no rules. We find it thrilling to make music that feels different and new to us." Take A listen to the new song here.

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KISS Rock Classic Song On The Tonight Show

(hennemusic) KISS performed their 1977 single, "Love Gun", on NBC-TV's The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on October 30th and video of the performance has been shared online.

The appearance was to promote the band's "End Of The Road" farewell world tour, which will see the classic rockers head out on a three-year trek around the globe one last time.

"All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who've filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years," says KISS. "This will be the ultimate celebration for those who've seen us and a last chance for those who haven't.

"KISS Army, we're saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we'll go out the same way we came in... unapologetic and unstoppable."

KISS will kick off the opening leg in North America with a show in Vancouver, BC on January 31, followed by a two-month summer series in Europe that will start in late May. Watch the late night TV performance here.

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

Metallica's 1986 album "Master Of Puppets" was voted the band's best album ever by the readers of Metal Hammer in a recent poll, the publication has revealed.

They launched an online poll and after the roughly 7,000 votes were tallied "Puppets" came out on top, followed by their sophomore album "Ride the Lightning" and "... And Justice For All".

Metal Hammer editor Merlin Alderslade had this to say, "There's a reason albums like Master Of Puppets keep topping polls like these. More than a classic, flawless heavy metal record, it's a cornerstone for an entire subculture - the moment where metal's biggest band hit their stride and produced a piece of work that would shape our world for decades to come.

"It also shows that the good readers of Metal Hammer have damn fine taste when it comes to these things. That said, you also voted for Lulu above Garage Inc, you absolute bastards."

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Blacklist Union Giving Away Album In Tribute To Todd Youth

(Tag) Blacklist Union frontman Tony West has announced that that he is paying tribute to the tragic death of iconic New York Hardcore guitar legend and former bandmate Todd Youth, by offering a limited free download of the "Back To Momo" album through the remainder of 2018.

The close friends, described as "...two controversial characters. Rock n roll to the bone With huge hearts and both very misunderstood," co-wrote the explosive 2015 LP that was applauded by both long term fans and music critics alike.

Tony West had this to say, "I just lost one of my best friends . we wrote this amazing record together. I want to make sure people hear it. Todd had a fire in his soul for rock 'n' roll . I'm going to miss you so much. I love you very much Todd . See you on the other side my friend . R.I.P. " Get the free download here.

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Korn's Jonathan Davis Releases 'Basic Needs' Video

Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has released a brand new music video for his track 'Basic Needs,' which is the 3rd single from his recently released solo album 'Black Labyrinth'.

Jonathan had this to say about the song, "Basic Needs is essentially as close as I get to writing a love song. It also gave me a chance to explore different instruments and styles of world music, and step outside of what may be considered 'the norm.'

"The two other videos I've released for this record have been telling a story in reverse. This video continues that pattern." Watch the new promo clip here.

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Pink Floyd's Nick Mason Announces North American Tour

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has announced that will perform vintage material by the legendary UK band on a spring 2019 tour of North America.

Billed as Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets - after the group's second album - the drummer is joined by Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp, Lee Harris of the Blockheads, bassist Guy Pratt and composer Dom Beken, a collaborator with late Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright.

The lineup strictly performs material from Pink Floyd's pre-"The Dark Side Of The Moon" era, including songs from their groundbreaking 1967 debut, "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn."

"With the help of some like-minded friends, I have embarked on a voyage of discovery of the music that was the launchpad of Pink Floyd and my working life," says Mason. "It seems too early to retire, and I missed the interaction with other musicians."

The five-week spring series (see dates below) will hit most US major cities after it opens in Vancouver, BC on March 12. here.

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Brian Setzer Announces Christmas Rocks! Live Concert Film

Brian Setzer and his 19-piece Orchestra has announced that they will be releasing their new concert film "Christmas Rocks! Live" on Blu-Ray on November 9th.

Filmed in Santa Barbara at the historic Granada Theatre, the 18-song film highlights Setzer's arrangements of holiday classics such as "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree," "Jingle Bells" and "Here Comes Santa Claus" in addition to hits "Stray Cat Strut," "Jump, Jive An' Wail," and "Rock This Town." Also featured is Setzer's rendition of the "Nutcracker Suite."

Christmas Rocks! Live, which comes with an audio download, is set for release just prior to The Brian Setzer Orchestra's November 16 launch of their 15th anniversary "Christmas Rocks! Tour that is set to visit 25 cities. Read more

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The Hold Steady Announce The Weekender

The Hold Steady fans in the UK mark your colanders fro the weekend of March 8th through 10th of next year because the band has announced The Weekender.

The special three-day concert event will be taking place at London's Electric Ballroom on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9, followed by a limited capacity third show at Oslo, in Hackney, London on Sunday, March 10.

In addition, an exclusive screening of The Hold Steady's acclaimed 2009 documentary, A Positive Rage, will be held the afternoon of Sunday, March 10 at the Picturehouse cinema in Hackney.

"The UK has always been so great to The Hold Steady," says Finn. "We're excited to be returning for another weekend in 2019. As for Frank, he's has always been a vocal fan of ours. It's an honor to be asked to play his festival. Looking forward to being a part of the energy in Boston!" Read more here.

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Kamelot Returning to North America For New Tour Leg

Kamelot have announced that they will be returning stateside to embark on the second North American leg of The Shadow Tour next fall, which will feature support from Sonata Arctica and Battle Beast.

The 2019 tour is scheduled to begin September 10th in Silver Spring, MD at The Fillmore and run through October 12th in Tampa Bay, FL at Jannus Live.

Guitarist Thomas Youngblood had this to say, "We're very excited to announce we're bringing The Shadow Tour back to North America again for another round. On the previous tour we missed some of our favorite cities due to logistics, we demanded to return to North America as soon as possible and visit these great cities.

"Completing this amazing lineup is the addition of Finland's Sonata Arctica and Battle Beast. Don't miss this amazing package and once in a decade lineup." See the dates here.

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Underoath And Kayzo Release New Collaboration 'Wasted Space'

Kayzo marked Halloween (October 31) with the release of a brand new rock collaboration called "Wasted Space" which features a team up with the band Underoath.

The producer had this to say about the song, "'Wasted Space' is everything you wouldn't expect from an electronic producer like myself and a legendary band such as Underoath. This is a head-on collision of sonic frequencies and sounds from different sides of the musical world. This is true experimentation in its rawest form.

"When I was told of the opportunity to work with Underoath, it brought me back tomy hockey days prior to music. Their album They're Only Chasing Safety was on heavy rotation for me during my athletic career. It was a perfect opportunity to put to test the idea I have been pushing forward of theblurring of worlds and sonic sounds of my youth in rock, pop punk and my love for electronic music."

Underoath added, "Kayzo is super excited about music and this track and that's why we are so so excited about it. It's refreshing these days and in this time see someone as excited as he is about music." Check it out here.

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Bowie/Iggy/Rundgren Sideman Hunt Sales Returns With New Album

Hunt Sales, who is best known as a work as a sideman for Todd Rundgren, Iggy Pop and David Bowie (including being a cofounder of Tin Machine), is putting his sideman status aside with the launch of Hunt Sales Memorial's new album "Get Your SH** Together" on January 25th. We were sent the following details -

"I'm gonna f***ing tell you who I am," says Sales with gruff candor. "What I really am is my kids' father and my wife's husband. And I'm a heroin addict. A bad heroin addict for 40 years. I've been a crackhead. And I've been a criminal. Those are the facts. But I don't do drugs anymore. I'm sober now. All I do is make music - so let's not be late for the show."

In a career that began when he was teen in the mid-'60s, Sales has seen and done it all. Beyond his impressive rock and roll c.v. he's played blues for the legendary Lowell Fulson, recorded with funk master Bootsy Collins, jammed out with Tex-Mex all-stars Los Super Seven, devoted himself to mastering organ trio music and Dixieland jazz, and served up songs across the spectrum for film and TV. If there's a professional or creative path to explore, Sales has traveled it.

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Grand Magus Share Video From Recording Studio

Grand Magus are giving fans a little taste of their work on the follow up to the to their 2016 album "Sword Songs" with the release of the first video trailer from the recording studio.

The group is currently at Sweetspot Studio in Sweden to kick off the recording process with producer Staffan Karlsson (Arch Enemy Firewind, Spiritual Beggars). Watch the trailer here.

Singer/guitar player JB had this to say, "The Magus is back in the studio to record the ninth album. It's been a very special process this time. We decided to let go of the current philosophy to record drums first and then bass and then guitar etc.

"This time we met up, jammed and created together during the last six months with the goal to record basic tracks live. That basically means the thing we do every time we play live. When we do that, we play together. It's music after all, not a science project. This led us to use the studio you see in the video. We recorded take by take (usually first takes, haha) until the groove, feel and violence was right. Now we will start with the overdubs, solos and vocals. We are chuffed and we think you will be too. Metal victory!"

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Alice In Chains Stream 'Never Fade' Video Preview

(hennemusic) Alice In Chains are streaming a preview of a video for "Never Fade", the new single from their latest album, "Rainier Fog." The song is third issued from the set, following the lead single, "The One You Know", and the follow-up, "So Far Under."

Recorded with producer Nick Raskulinecz at studios in Seattle, Nashville and Los Angeles, "Rainier Fog" debuted at No. 12 on the US Billboard 200 while scoring a triple-header of No. 1 entries on Billboard's Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts, marking the second time the Seattle outfit has topped all three - following the same feat with their 2013 release.

The project marks the band's third album with singer William DuVall, who was brought into the fold in 2006 when the Seattle outfit regrouped following an extended hiatus after the 2002 passing of Layne Staley. Watch the clip here.

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Magnum Announce Live At The Symphony Hall Album

Magnum have announced that they will be releasing "Live At The Symphony Hall" on January 18th, 2019 as 2CD DigiPak, 3LP Gatefold, download and stream. We were sent the following details:

Every music lover knows that the closing concert of a long tour is always a very special event. For weeks in advance the audience has been able to read up on how much the band has been celebrated in their previous concerts evening after evening and they are all the more excited to see their heroes with their own eyes. After having played those numerous concerts, the band is in excellent shape, perfectly attuned to one another and of course they want to outdo themselves with this final show. One of those tour finales took place on 19 April 2018 inside Birmingham's Symphony Hall. It was there that the British rock band Magnum completed their Road To Eternity tour, which consisted of 42 concerts, and performed at the highest level.

"A truly magical evening", guitarist Tony Clarkin confirms, "especially seeing as the show was a sort of home game for us, since all of us are from around the area between Birmingham and Wolverhampton, although during the last 20 years we have performed in Birmingham only once. In this respect it was a special moment for Magnum in more than one way." According to the occasion, band members Tony Clarkin, vocalist Bob Catley, bassist Al Barrow as well as their two newest members keyboarder Rick Benton and drummer Lee Morris confidently played their way through a well-chosen mix of classics and newer songs, which rather successfully join the ranks of the band's long tradition of atmospheric rock songs. Read more

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Singled Out - Them's Circuitous

Them just released their new album "Manor of the Se7en Gables" and to celebrate we asked KK Fossor to tell us about the song "Circuitous". Here is the story -

Circuitous is one of 24 tracks that when put together sequentially spawns 1 story. The 14th track in this intertwined tale of horror puts the listener right smack in the middle of a scene where the narrator "KK Fossor" and his assistant "Remsen" flees the unholy grounds of Sweet Hollow Cemetery.

A ritualistic ceremony gone as planned puts the duo in direct line of fire from the towns' people of Sweet Hollow. Determined to survive another day, KK and Remsen take flight north towards a little town in Massachusetts known as Salem.

This unplanned, indirect path takes these two through treacherous grounds and dangerous areas in order to throw their pursuant off course. Unable to locate these two fugitives, the constable of Sweet Hollow contracts the last known witch hunter, Peter Thompson, to find and bring KK Fossor to Justice...Dead or Alive!

Story, Lyrics and Music were written and recorded between September 2017 and May 2018.

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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