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Day in Rock Report for 11/30/2023

Megadeth icon Marty Friedman has given the holiday classic "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" a rock makeover for the "A Very Metal Christmas Vols. 1 & 2" compilations.

With the 2023 Christmas season in full swing, music fans are on the hunt for new versions of the Holiday songs they love and adore. Spirits have been lifted as word about two new Christmas metal compilations have begun to spread, A Very Metal Christmas Vols. 1 & 2. (continue)

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Speaking exclusively to Rock Candy Mag as part of an in-depth 20-page AC/DC cover story analyzing 'The Razors Edge' period of the band's history, former drummer Chris Slade told writer Andrew Daly about the group's mysterious inner workings.

"What I found out was that there are a lot of things left unspoken in AC/DC," explained the drummer. "Most of what's 'said' between Angus and Mal isn't said. They didn't need to talk." Slade was new into the band before the recording of 'The Razors Edge' in 1990 and he found that things were left unspoken in his audition too. "Malcolm and Angus set up chairs, watched me playing the whole time, and said nothing. Afterwards they asked me if I wanted anything. I asked for a cheese sandwich and a coffee - and that was it. I was in AC/DC." (continue)

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SoundExchange, the premier music tech organization powering the future of music, announced today that diamond-certified GRAMMY Award-winning band Imagine Dragons has been awarded a SoundExchange Hall of Fame Award for being among one of the most streamed creators in the organization's 20-year history.

"Imagine Dragons is one of those bands that you know will be around a long time," said Michael Huppe, President and CEO of SoundExchange. "Since their 2012 debut, they've churned out hit songs like 'Radioactive,' 'Demons,' and 'Believer' that continue to influence their genre. SoundExchange is happy to recognize Imagine Dragons as Hall of Fame artists for their enduring creativity and popularity." (continue)

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(hennemusic) Judas Priest is debuting a video for "Trial By Fire", the second single from their forthcoming album, "Invincible Shield."

The clip features the core lineup of Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis delivering the follow-up to the set's lead track, "Panic Attack". (continue)

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(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are streaming a lyric video for "Bite My Head Off", a track from "Hackney Diamonds" that features Paul McCartney on bass. The clip mixes unseen studio shots of the Beatle in action with live footage of the song from the group's surprise New York City club show at Racket on the eve of the album's release last month.

"Paul was so blown away. He was a bit like a schoolboy, like a kid in a toy shop," Ronnie Wood told Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon recently about the recording experience. "He loved it. He said, 'My dream! A Beatle gets to play on a Rolling Stones album!' He was really knocked out." (continue)

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Duran Duran have revealed the official music video for their new single 'Black Moonlight'. The song is where Duran Duran's dark side meets with their timeless, instantly recognizable dance-rock glamour, and features on the band's sixteenth studio album, Danse Macabre, which just scored the iconic British group their 10th UK Top 5 LP.

The creation of GRAMMY-winning director Jonas Akerlund (Madonna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga), who the band last worked with on their spectacular 'Girl Panic' clip, the visuals for 'Black Moonlight' follow Duran Duranthrough a performative séance - a haunting play on the history of clairvoyance and mysticism, inspired by the Danse Macabre album artwork, which itself features images adapted from a collection of vintage séance photos personally sourced by keyboardist Nick Rhodes at auction. The video was produced by Black Dog Films. (continue)

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Creed frontman Scott Stapp has released "Black Butterfly," the third single from his upcoming solo album, Higher Power. The album will be available everywhere on March 15, 2024 via Napalm Records.

Transcending defeats to emerge reborn, "Black Butterfly" is a grooving stunner with undeniable swagger that chronicles transformative growth. Over the track's unshakable chorus, charging riffs and soaring leads, Stapp flaunts hauntingly beautiful vocals in a motivational plea to push through the process of personal metamorphosis. (continue)

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(hennemusic) Metallica is sharing video of a performance of its "72 Seasons" single, "Lux AEterna", from a November 10 concert at Ford Field in Detroit, MI. The lead track to the group's eleventh studio album introduced the project last fall ahead of the record's release in April.

"Lux AEterna" was recently nominated for a 2024 Grammy Award in the Best Rock Performance category, where it will compete against tracks by Arctic Monkeys ("Sculptures Of Anything Goes"), Black Pumas ("More Than A Love Song"), Boygenius ("Not Strong Enough") and Foo Fighters ("Rescued"). (continue)

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Neal Morse has shared the video for his new single "I Hate My Brothers", from the upcoming new album, 'The Restoration - Joseph: Part Two' - the highly anticipated follow up to 2023's 'The Dreamer - Joseph: Part One' - out on January 12, 2024.

'The Dreamer - Joseph: Part One' concluded with Joseph unjustly imprisoned. In 'The Restoration - Joseph: Part Two,' the biblical narrative unfolds, chronicling how Joseph's wisdom and intelligence led him to become the viceroy of Egypt and, to the eventual reunion with his family. (continue)

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Hawaii melodic hardcore crew Mara Bloom recently released their debut album, "They Who Invite", and to celebrate we asked them to tell us about the song "Yomi". Here is the story:

Yomi is the fourth song on They Who Invite, and also a sort of marker for the darker mood that lasts throughout the rest of the album. It's a little heavier, a little faster, and a little more ominous than the songs that preceded it, and also marks an important point for the album's conceptual narrative. Its tale runs loosely parallel to the Shinto creation myth that inspired it, and reinvents some of these themes and characters in a modern and original setting that keeps listeners questioning the reality of what's really going on - right along with our protagonists. (continue)

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