NONPOINT's 'X' Gets Tentative Release Date
NONPOINT's tenth album, "X", is tentatively due on August 24 via Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to 2016's "The Poison Red" was produced by Fred Archambault, who has previously worked with ATREYU and AVENGED SEVENFOLD, among others. Speaking to Z97.5's "Morning Mayhem" radio show, NONPOINT vocalist Elias Soriano stated about the band's upcoming disc (hear audio below): "The album's aggressive, and the new songs that we've been playing live are extremely aggressive and the fans have really taken to all the teasers. We're giving people what we believe is a record that we can play it from front to back and really start turning some heads, because we've really, internally, taken it to another level and really challenged ourselves. We had a great and amazing producer working behind the board with us, Fred Archambault. And just playing it for fans and playing it for our inner circle, people are floored by the direction that we've [taken]." Soriano told the "SixX Strings" podcast that he "felt like things weren't being rushed" during the recording process with Archambault. "He wanted to entertain the idea not only because it was an idea coming from one of the guys in the band, but he wanted to see what the hell it would sound like, whether or not it was cool," he said. "If we even doubted it for a second, he dug in deeper and goes, 'Well, maybe it's not the right tone. Let's try this.' It seemed like we weren't going to have enough time, but we actually finished a day early. It just really felt different this time, and it shows in the final product. I haven't been prouder of a record." NONPOINT is currently on the road in North America with BUTCHER BABIES on the "Kings & Queens" tour. Photo by Tammy Vega
DIAMOND HEAD Has Finished Mixing 'Most' Of New Album
NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) legends DIAMOND HEAD are putting the finishing touches on their new album, due later in the year. "It's done. We've recorded it," guitarist Brian Tatler told Rock Hard magazine at this past weekend's Rock Hard Festival in Germany (see video below). "We've mixed most of it; there's one more song to go. There's a track on it called 'The Sleeper'… It's great. The last album was good, the self-titled album, 'Diamond Head'. We think this is great as well; we think it's possibly better. So we're looking forward to getting some reaction from press and fans once it's released." DIAMOND HEAD recently inked a management deal with Thrashville Management, the company led by MEGADETH mainman (and former METALLICA member) Dave Mustaine and his son Justis Mustaine, along with CTK Management founder Danny Nozell. DIAMOND HEAD's latest, self-titled album was released in June 2016 via Dissonance Productions. The effort was the band's first to feature Rasmus Bom Andersen on vocals and its release ended an eight-year silence for the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal icons. Asked about the fact that both METALLICA and MEGADETH have cited DIAMOND HEAD as a major influence, Tatler told Wrinkly Rockers Club: "It's flattering. What can I say? It's great. I'm so glad that happened. I think it's helped keep the band going. I don't think we'd be having this conversation if we hadn't been covered by METALLICA. It's brought in so many fans. A number of times, people have said, 'I got into you through METALLICA.' They read the small print. They presume 'Am I Evil' is written by METALLICA until they go, 'Woah! [It says it was written by] Tatler/Harris.' And they go, 'Okay. Let's have a look at this band,' and then think, 'Actually, I quite like that.'"
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME To Release 'Automata II' In July
Progressive metallers BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME will release part two of their conceptual, two-part, epic album, "Automata", on July 13 via Sumerian Records. Tommy Rogers (vocals) states: "Holding our tongues for 'Automata II' was challenging. We worked so hard on these songs and finally we get to release the other half of this material to the world! I think this is some of the best material we've ever released. It's a result of everything we’ve been striving for up to this point. There are plenty of twists/turns and bizarre moments, but there is also a lot of beauty in the music and the story. 'Automata' is now complete and our antagonist found his version of home and peace. We are all in this together." Dan Briggs (bass) adds: "'Automata II' sees us at our most dynamic and most creative. It feels like turning a page into a whole new terrain and us working all these years together to arrive at this point. It's quirky, adventurous, melodic, dark and full of theatrics." "Automata II" track listing: 01. The Proverbial Bellow (13:16) 02. Glide (2:13) 03. Voice of Trespass (7:58) 04. The Grid (9:45) What if dreams could be broadcast for the purpose of entertainment? Could you consume the innermost thoughts of another person on screen? If you could, what does that say about an attention-starved audience? More importantly, what would become of the dreamer? BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME poses those questions and more on its two-part eighth full-length and introductory offering for Sumerian Records, "Automata". The North Carolina quintet — Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr. (lead vocals, keyboards), Paul Waggoner (lead and rhythm guitar, backing and lead vocals), Dustie Waring (rhythm and lead guitar), Blake Richardson (drums) and Dan Briggs (bass, keyboards) — explores these themes by personally smashing boundaries once again. "Automata" marks the band's first proper double LP-spanning concept. Moreover, they continue to expand their ever-evolving style, upholding a tradition of progression in the process. "We never want to repeat ourselves," affirms Paul. "We're always trying to do something different, and this album fell right into that sort of pattern. We push ourselves into new places, while retaining our basic sound. Musically, we go somewhere that's fun and challenging. We never know how it's going to turn out. These are uncharted waters for us. We've never written an entire piece and presented it in separate parts like this." "All of our music should build up to the newest record," Tommy leaves off. "That's what happens with 'Automata'. You can take little snippets from our past throughout this album. It sounds like BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, but it's still new. We hope to keep the music industry on its toes. This is part of doing that."
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE: 'Voices' Video Released
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE has released the official music video for the song "Voices", which is featured on the band's 2017 album "Graveyard Shift". Directed by Travis Shinn and Jeremy Danger (A PERFECT CIRCLE, MARILYN MANSON), the clip can be seen below. Having recently wrapped the North American leg of its headline "Graveyard Shift" tour, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE is set to hit the road again this June for the final cross-country run of Vans Warped Tour. The trek is set to get underway way June 21 in Pomona, California and continue through the top of August. Furthermore, vocalist Chris Motionless will be hosting workshops with The Entertainment Institute at each stop of the tour, discussing with fans the universal hardships of finding your voice and your identity in life. MOTIONLESS IN WHITE recently parted ways with longtime bassist Devin "Ghost" Sola. Filling in for him at the band's current shows is the group's former guitarist, TJ Bell. Founded in 2005, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE has won over audiences worldwide with its aggressive music and arresting imagery. The band has proven a ferocious and inventive live act, earning an increasingly fervent fan following via countless headline shows, festival sets, and tours alongside such iconic acts as SLIPKNOT, KORN and BREAKING BENJAMIN.
KISS Guitarist TOMMY THAYER Receives Honorary Doctorate From Oregon's Pacific University: Photos
Oregon's Pacific University awarded an honorary doctorate to longtime university Trustee Tommy Thayer, the lead guitarist for legendary rock band KISS, at the university's spring undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 19 at Hanson Stadium on the Forest Grove Campus. Thayer, who grew up in Beaverton and graduated from Sunset High School in 1978, has served on Pacific's Board of Trustees since 2005. He has helped the university generate more than $3.5 million for its NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics program, primarily through a highly successful celebrity fundraiser Legends, which ran from 2007 to 2016. In 2016, the 10th anniversary Legends event launched the creation of the Tommy Thayer Endowments for Music and Athletics, benefiting students in both programs at Pacific. Last spring, the Pacific University Board of Trustees approved awarding Thayer a doctorate of humane letters degree for his philanthropic leadership efforts that have directly helped thousands of Pacific student-athletes. Prior to receiving his degree during the ceremony, Thayer gave the keynote address to the class of 2018 consisting of approximately 350 bachelor's degree candidates. Check out photos and an interview with Portland's NBC affiliate KGW below.

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IRON MAIDEN's BRUCE DICKINSON: 'The Music Industry Exploited Its Customers'
IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson says that the decline of the music industry can be blamed partly on the fact that record companies failed to take advantage of the digital revolution. The digital music revolution started with Napster — the file-sharing service dreamt up by two teenagers in 1999 and shut down in 2001. A prime example of disruptive technology, Napster allowed people to download just about any track or album they wanted — for free. The music industry never really recovered. Music-industry lobbying group Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sued around 18,000 people between 2003 and 2008 in an attempt to discourage people from downloading songs from filesharing sites like Kazaa. While the legal actions brought widespread attention to copyright theft, many viewed them as heavy-handed. Earlier this month, during an appeance at the VTEX Day 2018 in São Paulo, Brazil, Dickinson told GloboNews' "Conta Corrente" that record companies have no one to blame but themselves for the predicament they now find themselves in. "The music industry exploited its customers," he said (see video below). "The record companies were making a lot of money for not doing very much. They believed the downloading would just disappear. But it didn't, and they didn't do anything about it. They didn't see downloading as being a great way to access their fans, their customers, if you like. But bands did — the bands were way ahead of the record companies. "Brazil, for example, had one of the youngest audiences of any country in the world," he continued. "And consequently, they had a huge uptake on Internet activity. So, for a band like IRON MAIDEN, who, we embraced the Internet very early on, we were making contact with people in Brazil directly. And that was great for us. But the record companies failed to understand that because they were too arrogant, they were too old, they were too slow." Eventually, the industry did embrace digital music, but it took Apple and iTunes to do it. Earlier this year, Dickinson told Comebackstage that "Napster destroyed the concept of music having any value, which is terrible. I think the guy [who started Napster] should be locked up, and maybe he has been — he deserves to be," he said. "It was an act of pure selfish destruction. And what he did was he used the enthusiasm of the audience… Because the audience is not guilty — they could get all this great music for free. Why wouldn't they do that? They didn't realize that what they were doing was destroying an entire culture… And it's hard to see where a whole generation of musicians is gonna come from now. People who are brilliant musicians don't get paid for doing amazing jobs." Bruce said in a 2015 interview that streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music benefit established artists more than they do the aspiring ones who have yet to break through.
JOE SATRIANI Thinks CHICKENFOOT Will Work On New Music Later This Year
Joe Satriani thinks CHICKENFOOT will reassemble before the end of the year to begin working on new music. The supergroup, which features the legendary guitarist alongside former VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar, ex-VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith, has been largely inactive since 2012 when it toured with Kenny Aronoff on drums due to Smith's busy schedule with his main band. Last week, CHICKENFOOT reunited at the Fillmore in San Francisco during the fifth annual "Acoustic-4-A-Cure" benefit concert. The even marked the band's first performance together in just over two years. Asked during a brand new interview with "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon" about CHICKENFOOT's current status, Joe said: "Well, a couple of nights ago, we were on stage at the Fillmore here in San Francisco, and we played a four-song set acoustically. That was crazy; I'm playing CHICKENFOOT songs on acoustic — wow, that's just crazy. But we had such a good time, and I know we were all wondering what was gonna happen. And the undeniable magic between us was palpable; everybody felt it. And afterwards, everybody said, 'You guys have to record another record,' and everybody wanted to do it. So everyone was hugs and smiles and we said, 'Let's do it.' So I was pretty shocked, because it looked like it wasn't gonna happen this year, but I think it is gonna happen this year. So I think the next step is writing and [seeing] if we can all get in the same city at the same time again for a couple of days. That's the way the band operates. We never have three months where we rent a chateau in France and record an album; that'll never happen. It's here and there, hit the ground running, which I like in a way. It keeps the juices flowing and the spirits up and we don't waste time. So I think that's good." Satriani went on to say that CHICKENFOOT will probably never be "a touring band." He explained: "I don't think Sammy's thinking, 'I wanna do 70 shows in four months.' I don't think there's ever a chance of getting him on a tour bus ever again. [Laughs] And I don't blame him. The man has already done it; you know what I mean? And I understand now that, from his perspective, he doesn't want to feel like the job will stop him from being creative. And so I think that we all have to work around each other to give each other what we need to get to this next step. So I'm cool with just doing a record or doing a record and a couple of maybe residencies around the world. I think that whole thing about us touring like JOURNEY or DEF LEPPARD or something like that, CHICKENFOOT, I don't think, was ever going to do that, because we all have other things we're doing. But I've learned to love it. [Laughs] It's been frustrating in the past, 'cause I'm so used to touring and I love touring and I love the life and the tour bus and I love travelling. But it's different, I guess, when you're a singer. And those guys have accomplished a lot more in their careers than I have, so they have a different set of desires at this point in their lives." In March 2017, CHICKENFOOT released "Divine Termination", its first new tune in five years, on "Best + Live", the band's first-ever best-of collection. CHICKENFOOT's most recent album of all-new material was "Chickenfoot III", the band's second LP, issued in 2011. Satriani released his sixteenth solo album, "What Happens Next", in January via Sony/Legacy Recordings.
TAD MOROSE: 'Apocalypse' Lyric Video
The official lyric video for the song "Apocalypse" from veteran Swedish metallers TAD MOROSE can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's tenth album, titled "Chapter X", which will be released on June 15 via GMR Music. After the release of "St. Demonius", the quintet took to the road to do what they do best, destroy clubs, theatres and festival stages all across the European continent. "2015 and 2016 was the same as always with these guys — lots of fun touring and collecting souls, or, as most people call it, 'gaining new fans,'" says singer Ronny Hemlin. TAD MOROSE spent much of 2017 holed up at Hemlin's Studio Claustrophobic and working at the pace of "freedom." There was no pressure or time restraints so the five worked when they wanted and how they wanted. "The actual recording process was the same as for the two previous albums," says guitarist Christer Krunt Andersson. "Kenneth recorded his guitars at his place and I recorded mine at my studio. The drums, bass and vocals were recorded at Studio Claustrophobic. This way we all can record whenever we want. Then we meet up and listen through everything at Studio Claustrophobic and add some bits and pieces. Then when we are satisfied it goes into mixing. The mixing was done yet again by Ronny and his studio partner Johan." "Chapter X" opens with the powerful "Apocalypse", a semi-proggy, symphonic melodic metal tune loaded with a chorus that kicks the listener in the ass while "Deprived Of Light" is straight-up double bass melodic power metal with a stench of '80s Germany yet very modern at the same time. "I Am Night" is a fist to the face with a chorus that screams for an audience sing-along and album closer, "… Yet Still You Preach" calms things down with an atmospheric feel. Signing with GMR Music in the spring of 2018, TAD MOROSE has a new home to tie to their new chapter. "It feels great to have signed with GMR!" Andersson declares. "We are really looking forward to see how this will evolve. We've got some shows booked for the summer and more to come. It feels great to get back on the stage again since playing live is the fuel in our engine." Mastering of "Chapter X" was handled by Jonas Kjellgren at Black Lounge Studios and the band turned to an old friend, Rainer Kalwitz ("A Mended Rhyme") to take care of the album's artwork. TAD MOROSE is: Ronny Hemlin - Lead Vocals Christer Krunt Andersson - Guitar Kenneth Jonsson - Guitar Johan Löfgren - Bass Peter Morén - Drums
MADBALL: Third Trailer For 'For The Cause' Album
The third trailer for "For The Cause", the upcoming album from New York hardcore veterans MADBALL, can be seen below. Due on June 15 via Nuclear Blast, the follow-up to 2014's "Hardcore Lives" was co-produced by Tim Armstrong (RANCID), who is also featured on one song on the album. It was mixed and mastered by renowned producer Tue Madsen (MESHUGGAH, THE HAUNTED, SICK OF IT ALL) at Antfarm Studios in Denmark. Former MADBALL guitarist Matt Henderson laid down the guitar tracks in the studio, but will not join the group on tour. MADBALL recently revealed that legendary rapper, actor and frontman Ice-T (BODY COUNT) guests on one track on "For The Cause". Commented Ice-T: "It's an honor to record with the legendary MADBALL. BODY COUNT draws its closest similarities to New York hardcore. This is a natural." Added singer Freddy Cricien: "It's truly an honor to have Ice-T on our record! I grew up on his music from his early hip-hop stuff till now. He's an iconic figure but also a 'class act'; you don't always get both at once. Ice has a great respect for New York hardcore and MADBALL, means the world. This was meant to happen.... real recognizes real." Last October, MADBALL parted ways with longtime guitarist Brian "Mitts" Daniels. The New York outfit called the split "a very hard and heartbreaking decision for all involved." "For The Cause" track listing: 01. Smile Now Pay Later 02. Rev Up (feat. Sick Jacken) 03. Freight Train 04. Tempest 05. Old Fashioned 06. Evil Ways (feat. Ice-T) 07. Lone Wolf 08. Damaged Goods 09. The Fog (feat. Tim Timebomb & Steve Whale) 10. Es Tu Vida 11. For You 12. For The Cause 13. Confessions (bonus track; CD and LP only) The original version of the "For The Cause" title track was released last September via the "Family Biz" split seven-inch single, which saw the Cricien-fronted outfit joining forces with Pennsylvania's blue-collar-core heroes WISDOM IN CHAINS.
BLEEDING THROUGH: Making Of 'Love Will Kill All' Album
Behing-the-scenes footage from the making of "Love Will Kill All", the new album from reunited California metallers BLEEDING THROUGH, can be seen below. The disc will be released on May 25 via SharpTone Records. "Love Will Kill All" track listing: 01. Darkness, A Feeling I Know 02. Fade Into The Ash 03. End Us 04. Cold World 05. Dead Eyes 06. Buried 07. No Friends 08. Set Me Free 09. No One From Nowhere 10. Remains 11. Slave 12. Life Commented BLEEDING THROUGH vocalist Brandan Schieppati: "After five years away, we realized the heartbeat of BLEEDING THROUGH is still beating. "We feel one of the best things that we could have done was to step away and concentrate on other aspects of our lives and let the dust settle on BLEEDING THROUGH, as people knew us. "Our motivation to write the record was purely because of our passion for our music — the creative blood that runs through our veins, which hasn‘t changed since 1999. "I feel that our creativity and passion is being put on display in this new record, 'Love Will Kill All'. We feel music is the ultimate expression and whether people want it or not we felt the need to express ourselves again. The beauty is that no one can stop it from happening. "For so many years, I felt that BLEEDING THROUGH was a band that was held back because of other people interests in the band, whether it was business or personal. I just felt trapped by the business of the industry and outside perception. "BLEEDING THROUGH is all about the music and the people who enjoy it. That was lost for a while and now it's found. " With nearing an hour's worth of new music on "Love Will Kill All", the band emerges from its slumber with renewed energy, aggression and musical precision. Effortlessly blending scathing, skin-peeling metallic elements with hard-hitting hardcore and jaw-dropping symphonic elements with a brash take-no-prisoners attitude, BLEEDING THROUGH inflicts pain and awe in equal amounts with every razor-sharp cut their forthcoming effort has to offer. Coupled with a new label, BLEEDING THROUGH has been granted a new lease on life — and the ears of the heavy-music loving masses — as "Love Will Kill All" is a collection of coming-home anthems from heavy music's prodigal sons returned to retake their throne. BLEEDING THROUGH's last album, "The Great Fire", was released in January 2012 via Rise Records.
CLUTCH Frontman Talks About New Single 'Gimme The Keys' (Video)
A three-minute video of CLUTCH frontman Neil Fallon talking about the band's new single, "Gimme The Keys", can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Book Of Bad Decisions", which is due on September 7 via the group's own Weathermaker Music label. The disc was completed at Sputnik Sound studio in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Vance Powell. "Gimme The Keys" was written about CLUTCH's first tour back in 1991, a time where the bandmembers began to cut their teeth in the live music business, dealt with show cancellations and incidents on the road. One particular show in a shed surrounded by cornfields in Lawrence, Kansas ultimately turned ugly over a missing microphone and accusations brought by drunk and gun-toting security people at the end of a long day. "Gimme the keys they can keep the guarantee / Gimme the keys and get the hell out of dodge" is a reflection of the mood of that night. "With Vance Powell as producer, we were able to make a very different kind of an album" says drummer Jean-Paul Gaster. "The songs feel as if they could jump out of the speakers!" Bassist Dan Maines seconds that when he says: "Recording in Nashville with Vance Powell gave us a new and fresh approach towards making an album that truly captures the live energy of CLUTCH in a way I don't think we've done before." Guitarist Tim Sult adds: "Laying down guitar tracks with Vance was fun and inspiring. Going through and trying out his and his engineer Mike Fahey's collection of vintage amps was one of my favorite recording studio experiences. I think the outro solo of 'Emily Dickinson' turned out particularly great." "Book Of Bad Decisions" track listing: 01. Gimme the Keys 02. Spirit of '76 03. Book of Bad Decisions 04. How to Shake Hands 05. In Walks Barbarella 06. Vision Quest 07. Weird Times 08. Emily Dickinson 09. Sonic Counselor 10. A Good Fire 11. Ghoul Wrangler 12. HB Is in Control 13. Hot Bottom Feeder 14. Paper & Strife 15. Lorelei The album cover was designed by renowned photographer Dan Winters and can be seen below. Speaking to "The Liquid Conversations" host Shawn SixX, Fallon stated about working with Powell: "He comes from the live background; he's a touring engineer, front-of-house… he's one of us. And so he came out on the road with us for three or four days, and his philosophy was just to put microphones in front of the cabinets, record the band all together in one room. It's a very simple thing that's kind of gotten lost in translation. And the album, listening to it now, I know it's gonna be a really honest and accurate portrayal of how [the songs] are gonna sound on stage." Asked how "Book Of Bad Decisions" compares to 2015's "Psychic Warfare", Fallon said: "I think it's more stripped down in some regards. There's more of a wider range of tempos. There's more songs; there's 15 of 'em on there. At this point, I was so close to it for so long, I kind of can't see the forest for the trees; I have to take a step back to understand what this record is, if that makes any sense." Neil also touched upon the new CLUTCH album title, explaining that it came "from a song on the album, which, to me, it's a pretty dark song. I was trying to write lyrics that were kind of like a Cormac McCarthy novel in about three and a half minutes," he said. "But anyone in their life does bad decisions, and you can look back and see the repercussions of that spread out like a pebble thrown into a pool. We've made bad decisions; we've also made really good ones. Thankfully, all of us are surrounded by good people that ride our wheelhouse when we get a little tipsy." "Psychic Warfare" debuted at No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart after shifting 26,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 8, 2015.
AVATAR: 'The King Welcomes You To Avatar Country' Video Released
AVATAR's video for the song "The King Welcomes You To Avatar Country" can be seen below. The clip was directed by the Swedish band's longtime collaborator Johan Carlén. "The King Welcomes You To Avatar Country" is taken from AVATAR's latest album, "Avatar Country", which was released on January 12 via Entertainment One in North America and Century Media Records in the rest of the world. The disc was produced by Jay Ruston (STONE SOUR, ANTHRAX, STEEL PANTHER) last summer at Spinroad Recording Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden. AVATAR vocalist Johannes Eckerström told Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show about the more positive lyrical approach of "Avatar Country" compared to 2016's "Feathers & Flesh": "In one way, I think it's a very natural thing for any band to do. Once you did A, you want to do B, once you paint something blue, the next painting you want it to be red because you're done with blue for a while. I think that is part of, if not all bands, many band's journey, go forward, whatever you end up doing, you don't want to do what you just did. But in this case, also, because 'Feathers & Flesh', it was a story about failure, fear, loss, death. It was very dark and very sad, really. Sadness was a big part of it and it was a piece of fiction. So, this is a reaction against all that. Instead, we decided to speak the truth and open the borders to Avatar Country; tell people the truth of the nature of our king and since the album is a celebration of our king, it naturally becomes, as you said, about hope, strength, life, really. It's a heavy metal celebration this time around, at least compared to what we done in the past. It has some heavy messages anyway. In the name of the king, let's celebrate." Asked why every songtitle on "Avatar Country" has the word "king" and whether the word is significant to the overall concept of the album, Johannes said: "I think it speaks for itself: That we are celebrating our mighty king of Avatar Country, who is a glorious king indeed, so glorious that he has seven solos in the first song. There are so many aspects to this king and there are so many different ways of telling his story and so many aspects of him, that you do need a full album. So, that is why yes, you're right, we have 'Glory To Our King', 'Legend Of The King', 'King After King', 'King's Harvest', 'The King Speaks', or my personal favorite title, 'Silent Songs Of The King Part 1 - Winter Comes When The King Dreams Of Snow', because there's so much to him." Avatar will embark on a stretch of European dates this summer including some notable festivals along the way.
Watch JAMES HETFIELD Play GHOST's 'Cirice'
METALLICA's James Hetfield can be seen playing the GHOST song "Cirice" in a new video. The footage, which can be seen below, was filmed at METALLICA's headquarters in San Rafael, California and shows the guitarist/vocalist playing the opening riff from the track, which originally appeared on GHOST's 2015 album "Meliora". "Cirice" earned the Swedish-based band the 2016 Grammy Award for "Best Metal Performance." Back in 2011, James told Sweden's SVT that he was "in [GHOST's] fan club." He added: "I had no idea what they looked like until I saw the video. I heard the music first and I thought it was very great very unique, very melodic and a breath of fresh air for metal. It reminded me a bit of '70s kind of rock that I liked as well. So yeah, I love the band." GHOST lead singer and founder Tobias Forge told BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show With Daniel P. Carter" that some of his "first really big shows" were seeing METALLICA." He added: "That also set a standard. So now, being mentored by [them] and being close to them and close to their crew and watching that operation, it's, for me, very, very inspiring, and I'm happy that I have the luxury of seeing that. METALLICA was also one of my brother's favorite bands, so there's definitely moments where — because he passed away, basically, just before GHOST happened — so there's definitely moments there where it's… You have that feeling of, 'Look at this. I'm here watching this. Being asked to… I just played on this stage now. There's James Hetfield playing that song.'" GHOST's new album, "Prequelle" will be released on June 1 via Loma Vista Recordings.
DAVE GROHL Admits He Still Can't Listen To NIRVANA
According to The Pulse Of Radio, FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl admitted in a new interview with GQ that he still finds it difficult to listen to the music of NIRVANA, the band that gave him his first commercial success but ended with the suicide of singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain in April 1994. Grohl explained: "When Kurt died, every time the radio came on, it broke my heart. I don't put NIRVANA records on, no. Although they are always on somewhere. I get in the car, they're on. I go into a shop, they're on." Grohl added that his memories of making the NIRVANA albums he played on are as vivid as ever, saying: "I remember everything about those records; I remember the shorts I was wearing when we recorded them or that it snowed that day." Although he has achieved vast success on his own terms with FOO FIGHTERS, Grohl remarked that he could not have done it without the experiences he went through in NIRVANA. He said: "I was 21... I thought I knew everything. And being in NIRVANA showed me how little I really knew. They were some of the greatest highs of my life, but also, of course, one of the biggest lows. Those experiences became a footing or a foundation on how to survive." Grohl launched FOO FIGHTERS in late 1995, a year and a half after Cobain's death, and has recorded nine albums with the group. FOO FIGHTERS will resume their current North American tour in support of the band's 2017 LP, "Concrete And Gold", on July 6 in Columbia, Maryland.
STONE SOUR's JOSH RAND On Getting Clean: 'I Feel Like A New Person'
HardDrive Radio's Lou Brutus conducted an interview with STONE SOUR guitarist Josh Rand during this past weekend's Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the treatment he received earlier this year for "an alcohol and Xanax dependency," Rand said: "Everything, for me, basically came to a head when we did ShipRocked [in January]. I was prescribed a bunch of stuff, and, really, that's the main thing that I needed to break away from. I didn't really start drinking until the last year and a half, but the problem is when you mix that with prescription drugs. And it really just sent me in a downward spiral and into a depression where I really didn't even get out of my bunk unless I had to and I was kind of forced to. And I just, one day, just decided… I was, like, 'I feel terrible. I've gotta do something about that.' And I just made the decision on our way to Canada, which was not easy. Literally, we were in a connection to get up there, and I just decided that I needed to go home and get stuff sorted. 'Cause, as I said, I just hit this wall where I just was in a funk and I knew that there was more to life than feeling the way that I did. [I thought,] 'I have all these positive things; I shouldn't feel the way that I do.' Then I definitely went home and worked on that, with the support of the band and family and everything. I mean, I have a great support group; I'm very, very lucky. But the great thing is, when I came back, honestly, I have that energy of like it being 2002 all over; it's like this whole rebirth for me and stuff. So it's been an amazing couple of weeks for me coming back." Asked how he is filling the time on the road now that he is clean and sober, Josh said: "Right now I'm a workout maniac. [Laughs] Everybody thinks I'm crazy. I've been working out two times a day. I'll go down and I'll spend two hours in the gym in the daytime, and then sometimes, depending on how I feel after the show, I'll go and I'll powerwalk for another hour or an hour and a half. But that's how I've just been keeping busy, and I feel better. As I said, one of the main reasons [for me wanting to get clean] is I just felt terrible — physically and mentally, [I felt] just tired. And since I've started working out and gotten off everything, I feel like a new person." Rand told the Des Moines, Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3 that he was first prescribed Xanax eight years ago for anxiety related to flying. He said: "And then over the course of the last couple years I started drinking and when we started touring, I was basically day-drinking. But not drinking to get messed up, but just to maintain, I guess. Or to be able to cope, to have this buzz." STONE SOUR is touring in support of its sixth studio effort, "Hydrograd", which came out last June and features the chart-topping rock radio hit "Song #3". The band will support Ozzy Osbourne on the initial North American leg of the legendary vocalist's "No More Tours 2" tour, which kicks off August 30 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
RICHIE KOTZEN, VINNIE MOORE And GUS G. To Team Up For U.S. Shows In The Fall
Guitar legends Richie Kotzen, Vinnie Moore and Gus G. will join forces for a 10-date U.S. tour in the fall. Prior to the trek, Vinnie and Gus will play four shows in Texas without Kotzen. Vinnie Moore and Gus G. tour dates: Sep. 13 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar Sep. 14 - San Antonio, TX – Rock Box Sep. 15 - Dallas, TX – Trees Sep. 16 - Lubbock, TX - Jake's Richie Kotzen, Vinnie Moore and Gus G. tour dates: Sep. 18 - Scottsdale, AZ - BLK Live Sep. 19 - Las Vegas, NV - Count’s Vampd Sep. 20 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House Sep. 21 - Sacramento, CA - Holy Diver Sep. 23 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater Sep. 24 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven Sep. 26 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi’s Sep. 28 - Santa Clarita, CA - Canyon Club Sep. 29 - Agoura Hills, CA - Canyon Club Sep. 30 - Pasadena, CA - The Rose Kotzen's 21st solo album, "Salting Earth", was released in April 2017 via his own custom label, Headroom-Inc. The disc veers from the balls-out, heads-up declaration of the opening track and first single, "End Of Earth", to the burning-sky harmonic thrust of "Thunder" to the Prince-like funk-jazz swing of "This Is Life" to the acoustified take-me-as-I-am self-reflection of the album's final song, "Grammy". Kotzen's previous solo release, 2015's diverse, far-reaching "Cannibals", was a well-received hit among his core fan base, and "Salting Earth" cuts like the aforementioned "End Of Earth", "Thunder" and "Divine Power" all showcase the scorching guitar solos and soaring vocals that one would expect from a Kotzen solo album. That said, there's also quite a vulnerable side on display here that's perhaps best demonstrated in the stripped-down approach to the album's closing salvo, "Grammy". Moore's latest solo album was released in October 2015 via Mind's Eye Music. Titled "Aerial Visions", the disc featured drummer Richie Monica (TANTRIC, POPPA CHUBBY), and bassists Dave LaRue (STEVE MORSE, FLYING COLORS, THE DREGS), Rob DeLuca (UFO, SEBASTIAN BACH), Dorian Heartsong (JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE) and Elliott Dean Rubinson (ULI JON ROTH, MSG). Vinnie has released eight critically acclaimed solo albums; six albums and one DVD as a member of rock royalty legends UFO; and one album with band RED ZONE RIDER. His solo and UFO releases as well as live performances have amassed rave reviews all around the globe from both fans and music press, inspiring guitarists worldwide and launching him into aerial guitar superhero distinction. Gus G.'s latest solo album, "Fearless", was released on April 20 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2015's "Brand New Revolution" marks Gus's first release since exiting Ozzy Osbourne's band in 2017. On "Fearless", Gus joins forces with vocalist/bassist Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, UNISONIC) and drummer Will Hunt (EVANESCENCE).
Doctor Found Not Guilty In Overdose Death Of Former 3 DOORS DOWN Guitarist
According to the AL.com, an Alabama physician has been acquitted of federal charges that he improperly prescribed fentanyl and other drugs to 3 DOORS DOWN guitarist Matt Roberts, who died of a drug overdose in August 2016. Dr. Richard Snellgrove faced a 13-count federal indictment in Mobile alleging unlawful distribution of controlled substances and health care fraud. A jury returned its verdict on Monday after hearing closing arguments and beginning its deliberations on Friday. Snellgrove was accused of prescribing five different drugs — including methadone, hydrocodone, loraxepam and fentanyl — with different names, all intended for Roberts. Roberts was found dead at a hotel in West Bend, Wisconsin, where he was scheduled to perform at a charity event for veterans. West Bend police say the cause of death was determined to be a prescription drug-related overdose. Snellgrove allegedly began prescribing drugs to Roberts as early as 2005, fully knowing that the guitarist had addiction problems. Less than three months before he died, in late May 2016, Roberts and Snellgrove texted about Prince's death. "During this exchange, Roberts stated that he understood Dr. Snellgrove needed to drop 'things down,'" said a motion filed in the case by Richard W. Moore, U.S. Attorney for Alabama's Southern District. "Prior to this text message exchange, Dr. Snellgrove prescribed fentanyl to Roberts, both directly and indirectly, during the months of March and April 2016. Following this text message exchange, Dr. Snellgrove did not prescribe fentanyl again to Roberts until July 12, 2016." Roberts's family is also suing Snellgrove and Rite Aid Corp. and others in a civil lawsuit in state court in Alabama. A founding member of 3 DOORS DOWN, Matt left the band in 2012 to concentrate on his health after experiencing circulation problems that were exacerbated by the group's heavy touring schedule. He was replaced by Chet Roberts (no relation).
LYNCH MOB: Quality Video Footage Of Pasadena Concert
Fan-filmed video footage of LYNCH MOB's May 12 performance at The Rose in Pasadena, California can be seen below (courtesy of Jim Antera Ross). LYNCH MOB was rejoined by singer Robert Mason for a number of shows this spring, including appearances on the Monsters Of Rock cruise and at the '80s In The Park festival. He came back to the band following the departure of Oni Logan. During an interview with Eddie Trunk, LYNCH MOB guitarist George Lynch declined to get into specifics about Oni's decision to exit the band in January, explaining: "We have tremendous respect for each other on the musical level, and I'll just leave it there and wish him well. I'm sure he's going to do fine. He's one of the great ones. Maybe he hasn't been recognized like I feel he should be. To me, he's a modern-day Paul Rodgers. We made a lot of fantastic music together, including the latest record, 'The Brotherhood' — which didn't turn out to be such a brotherhood after all [laughs], but it's a beautiful, beautiful record. I'll have a soft spot in my heart for these guys and wish it had continued on, but it didn't, so..." LYNCH MOB's current lineup also includes returning drummer Scot Coogan. "I played with Scot off and on in various projects over the years, and he was in LYNCH MOB a number of variations, most recently up to a few years ago," the guitarist told Trunk. "Scot's wonderful. He brings so much to the table. He's one of those multitasking guys. He's a great singer; he's a great songwriter; and he plays everything a little bit. He's very tuned in with drum programming and the recording side of it, so that always helps. He's like a Swiss army knife, plus his drumming, it's got a great R&B feel. LYNCH MOB has that — LYNCH MOB has this blues-based, R&B-based, heavy rock thing. He really brings a lot to the table. He's a great fit, and we're great friends." Logan first hooked up with LYNCH MOB in 1990, but exited the group after the release of its first album, only to rejoin the George Lynch-led outfit in the late 2000s. "The Brotherhood" was released last September via Rat Pak Records.
SEBASTIAN BACH: 'Keeping Up With The Sebastians' Episode 4
Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has uploaded episode four of his "Keeping Up With The Sebastians" YouTube series. Says Bach: "In this episode, we go from rehearsal in the hut all the way to Orlando, Florida, mothertruckers!" Bach recently began "cutting demos" for one of the tunes for his next studio album. According to the singer, the song was written by former MARILYN MANSON and current ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5, "and it rips." Sebastian previously stated that "the mission" of his next record "is to capture a cool vibe, and I think that really involves live drummers playing — not just a drum machine, which seems to be too pervasive today in music." He added that the album would "be more uplifting and fun." Bach hasn't released a full-length disc since "Give 'Em Hell", which was criticized by some for sounding "too modern" and a departure from his '80s hard rock past. Sebastian's autobiography, "18 And Life On Skid Row", came out in December 2016 via Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
ASSASSIN Signs With MASSACRE RECORDS
Massacre Records has announced the signing of the German thrash veterans ASSASSIN. The band's new album will be released in the spring of 2019. Originally formed in 1985, the band has already released numerous demos, albums as well as a DVD. They aren't strangers to the stages at festivals and in clubs either. ASSASSIN's latest studio album, "Combat Cathedral", came out in May 2016 via Steamhammer/SPV. After founding member and vocalist Robert Gonella left ASSASSIN in 2014, new singer Ingo "Crowzak" Bajonczak joined the group. In late 2016, longtime ASSASSIN guitarist Michael Hoffmann exited the band for "personal reasons." He has since been replaced by Frank "Blackfire" Gosdzik (KREATOR, SODOM).

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