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Day in Rock Report for 06/11/2024

Judas Priest have announced leg 2 of their Invincible Shield Tour with special guest Sabaton. The all-time greats will take over new markets in North America this fall with an additional 23 performances. All shows will feature music from their highly-anticipated album Invincible Shield.

Produced by Live Nation, the tour kicks off on September 13 at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC and makes stops in Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; Spokane, WA; Portland, OR; Los Angeles, CA; Phoenix, AZ and more before wrapping up with three shows in Texas on October 22, 24 and 26. (continue)

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John 5 is giving fans a look into his life and career with a brand-new song called "A Hollywood Story." The track, and accompanying video, details John 5's incredible journey, from picking up his first guitar at the age of 7 to recording acclaimed solo material and touring the world with the likes of Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Rob Halford and - currently - Motley Crue.

Says John 5 of the song, "'A Hollywood Story' is a look back on my career and how lucky I am to have had the experiences that I've had. When you're a little kid, in your room, dreaming of your future, I never could've dreamt of what has happened to me in real life. I'm so appreciative and so happy. So go after your dreams whatever they may be." (continue)

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Something wicked this way comes... Alkaline Trio has today announced new North American dates for their can't miss Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs The Tour 2024.

Kicking off at the Aztec Theater in San Antonio, TX, the headline dates will see the tortured triumvirate touch down in New Orleans, Buffalo, Milwaukee and more before wrapping up in Newport, KY at the MegaCorp Pavilion. (continue)

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Hot on the heels of the recent release of their first official live DVD/BluRay, 'Live in Los Angeles', Ukraine's very own modern metal phenomenon Jinjer has just announced what is poised to be one of heavy metal's most in-demand tours of the year. The progressive metal giants have once again set their sights on North America for a massive headline tour, featuring support from fast-rising Japanese metalcore unit Hanabie. and progressive metalcore mainstays Born Of Osiris.

As JINJER is currently in the studio recording their highly anticipated upcoming fifth studio album, fans can expect to hear a handful of brand new, never-before-heard tracks on the tour. Be among the very first to witness new music! #JINJER5 (continue)

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Schiffer Publishing have announced that they will be releasing Martin Popoff's new book "Hallowed Be Thy Name: The Iron Maiden Bible " on October 28th. We were sent the following details: A thrilling journey through the tumultuous history of Iron Maiden, one of the world's most legendary heavy-metal bands.

With unparalleled access to band members, managers, and exclusive archives, music critic and journalist Martin Popoff provides an intimate look into the life and times of Iron Maiden, from their humble beginnings in the dingy clubs of East London to headlining arenas and festivals worldwide, the band's story is one of resilience, creativity, and unrelenting dedication to the present day. (continue)

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Keeping the tradition of releasing new music every three years alive, vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Myles Kennedy - known for his work with rockers Alter Bridge and Slash and the Conspirators - is back with his third solo album, The Art Of Letting Go. The album marks the return of Myles, backed by his band comprised of Zia Uddin on drums and Tim Tournier on bass. The album is scheduled for release via longtime label home Napalm Records on October 11, 2024.

From the opening guitar riff of the title track "The Art Of Letting Go" to the haunting melody of album closer "How The Story Ends," Myles Kennedy is back with a collection of songs that is sure to cater to old and new fans alike. Songs like "Mr. Downside," "Miss You When You're Gone," and "Saving Face" showcase the memorable storytelling that has become synonymous throughout all of Myles' projects. (continue)

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Metal supergroup Duhkha have shared their new single "Ictal", from their forthcoming debut album, "A Place You Can't Come Back From." Ngagency sent over the following details:

Hailing from Southern California, Duhkha is comprised of members who have cut their teeth in the hardcore and metal scene over the past two decades, playing in bands like Eighteen Visions, Seizures, Teeth, and Dangers. Shortly after forming in 2020, Duhkha released their self-titled 7" in 2021 on Escapist Records. The band then spent much of 2021 and 2022 playing shows with the likes of Stick To Your Guns, END and Pressure Cracks before entering the studio in 2023. Today, they are proud to announce debut LP A Place You Can't Come Back From, available August 9th from Good Fight Music. (continue)

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In the lore of heavy metal, only a handful of artists can claim to have changed history, and even fewer can say they've done so twice. Enter Apocalyptica, and one of metal's greatest, most unlikely success stories. By any account, it's the stuff of legend, and it's about to come full circle as Apocalyptica announces their "Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2 Tour" across the United States, featuring support from guitar virtuoso Nita Strauss.

Formed in 1993 at the world-renowned Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, Apocalyptica began as a loving, lo-fi nod to Metallica from four classically trained musicians. Their debut album, Plays Metallica By Four Cellos, released in 1996, was a game-changer. As founding band leader Eicca Toppinen explains, "We just loved Metallica and we wanted to play it with the instruments we were able to play, which just happened to be cellos. We played a metal club in Helsinki, and then we were asked to do an album. Five months after it was released, we were opening for Metallica. It's still unbelievable to me." (continue)

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Trench are back with a brand new banger. The band has shared the video for "Divided Between New Skin." It's actually three singles in one: "Divided Existence," "Between Inverted Worlds," and "New Skin Protocol." Yes, it's a rager. Yes, it will tear your head clean off your neck with its ferociousness, while the animated video will capture your attention and never let it go. Essentially, Trench and "Divided Between New Skin" are the total hard rock package.

"The first track 'Divided Existence' is entirely electronic and was composed by Cole Young," says vocalist Jay Breen. "The song was designed to ease you in and take you on a journey leading into the first track. The song 'Between Inverted Worlds' tackles the emotions of always being between self doubt and self fulfillment. The track is about facing your defeat and self doubt. 'New Skin Protocol' is metaphorically about the reinvention of yourself though facing these emotions." (continue)

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Indie folk pop star Cherylann Hawk just released her brand new single "Love & Gratitude", and to celebrate we asked her to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

I am absolutely thrilled to finally be releasing Love & Gratitude into the wind. I say finally because I wrote it in 2012 after a friend from Pittsburgh called me up from Nashville saying that he was working for a record company, and they had signed a new gal who needed more material for her debut album. He mentioned that he felt that many of my songs could be countrified with a little fiddle or pedal steel, so he asked me to send him a few, which I did, and then I wrote 2 more songs as well... songs that sound country without any other instrumentation, one being "Love & Gratitude." (continue)

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