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Fan-filmed video footae of the Stockholm, Sweden-based progressive metal band SEVENTH WONDER, which features in its ranks current KAMELOT singer Tommy Karevik, performing on September 12 at the ProgPower USA XV festival in Atlanta, Georgia can be seen below. SEVENTH WONDER's fourth CD, "The Great Escape", was released in December 2010 via Lion Music. After he was officially announced as the new KAMELOT singer in June 2012, Karevik stated about his position in SEVENTH WONDER: "I will not leave SEVENTH WONDER! The SEVENTH WONDER guys and all of you fantastic and supportive fans out there will not get rid of me so easily! I love you all and you are the reason I got to where I am today! We are already working on some stuff for the next SEVENTH WONDER album and really can't wait to show it to you all!" SEVENTH WONDER is: Andreas Blomqvist - Bass Johan Liefvendahl - Guitar Tommy Karevik - Vocals Andreas Söderin - Keyboards Stefan Norgren - Drums

CHARM CITY DEVILS: 'Battles' Full-Album Stream

"Battles", the third album from the Baltimore-based hard rock outfit CHARM CITY DEVILS — John Allen (lead vocals), Anthony Arambula (bass), Jason Heiser (drums), Nick Kay and Victor Karrera (guitars) — is available for streaming in its entirety below. Scheduled for release on September 23 via The End Records/ADA, the CD promises to delight fans with the return of Grammy-winning producer Skidd Mills (SAVING ABEL, EGYPT CENTRAL, 12 STONES), who helmed the group's 2012 sophomore release, "Sins", which spawned the hit single "Man Of Constant Sorrow", landing at No. 20 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Comments Allen: "Our new CD, 'Battles', is about struggle — from small to large. It's about perseverance, loss and the hope of triumph. From the opening cut, 'Tear It Apart', to the fading last note of 'Let It Go', the album speaks, lyrically, from the heart about tenaciousness from the start of life until the bitter end." Allen previously stated about CHARM CITY DEVILS' renewed collaboration with Mills: "Working with Skidd was a no-brainer, really. He manned the board for our highest-charting single and always gets the sweetest tones! Plus, he's a good, down-to-earth dude; he's one of us. "Battles" track listing 01. Tear It Apart 02. Crucify 03. Shots 04. Everyday 05. Want 06. God's Gonna Cut You Down 07. Lying To Yourself 08. Rich N Famous 09. Destiny 10. Karma 11. Let It Go Allen stated about the "Shots" single and video, which can be seen below: "Outwardly, the song seems like a party anthem, but to me, it's more. "Sure, this song and video are about as rock and fucking roll as you can get! But, to me, it's the band! "There's no outside songwriters, no overblown production, we are wearing our influences on our sleeves. "The video is a documentary of the touring life of the band, and lyrically, it's a plea to a close friend to please get help for his addictions before it's too late. "This is one of the songs that every night I know I have physically, mentally and emotionally left it all out on the table!" "Battles" full-album stream:

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RUSH To Release 'R40' 40th-Anniversary Collectors Box Set In DVD And Blu-Ray

Canadian rock legends RUSH will release a special "R40" video box set on six Blu-ray discs or ten DVDs this coming November to celebrate their 40th anniversary. The set features live footage spanning all four decades of the band's career, including over two hours of unreleased material, a rare performance of entire seven-part version of "2112", three unreleased tracks from the 1974 vault plus RUSH's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction. 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of RUSH's eponymous debut album in 1974. This superb collector's box set brings together live performances by RUSH from each decade of their career. It includes "Rush In Rio", "R30", "Snakes & Arrows Live", "Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland" and "Clockwork Angels Tour" plus a bonus disc of previously unseen and unreleased live material stretching from 1974 to 2013. To the delight of fans, the bonus disc will include all eight songs from the Laura Secord Secondary School show in 1974 which features original drummer John Rutsey. That recording includes two RUSH originals "I've Been Runnin'" and "The Loser", as well as their cover of Larry William's "Bad Boy", made famous by THE BEATLES. The bonus discus also features five songs from songs from the Capitol Theatre in 1976 such as "Anthem" and "Lakeside Park", the rarely performed full, seven-part version of "2112" filmed in 1997, "Lock And Key" from the "Hold Your Fire" tour, as well as footage from the glorious evening when RUSH fans got their beloved band inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. RUSH are renowned for the energy and excitement of their live concerts and this set brings together some of their finest performances. The ten DVD (or six Blu-ray) discs are contained in a stunning 52-page hardback book measuring 305mm x 225mm with the ten discs contained in five additional rigid insert pages each holding two discs. The 52 pages of the book are filled with memorabilia and photographs documenting 40 years of RUSH live in concert. This is the ultimate collection of RUSH live performances, beautifully presented. For more information, including the complete track listing, visit Rush.com.


ACE FREHLEY Announces Lineup Of His Touring Band

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has announced the touring lineup for the first leg of his first U.S. shows in four years. The 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee has tapped none other than Richie Scarlet, who rode shotgun performing rhythm guitar and vocal duties on Ace's "Trouble Walking" platter in 1989, and will do so again on stage. Richie toured with Ace in 1984 and 1985 and periodically from 1989 through 1995 and was also known for touring with Sebastian Bach. On bass and vocals will be Chris Wyse from Queens, New York. Previously recording with Ozzy Osbourne and playing on Mick Jagger's 2001 solo album, Chris is well known as the bass player from THE CULT since 2006. Chris can also be heard on Frehley's new album, "Space Invader", on select tracks. He also covers bass duties in his current band OWL. Finally, Scot Coogan will be behind the drum kit for Frehley's upcoming tour. Coogan played with Frehley for five years until 2012 when he left Ace's band to focus on other projects. He has since toured and recorded with LYNCH MOB and sat behind the kit for Lita Ford on the 2012 "Rock Of Ages" tour with DEF LEPPARD and POISON. "I consider Ace a friend, and I will always be his drummer," Scot said. "When he called me about doing shows, I was honored. We are both excited to have the chance to play together once again." Coogan recently completed work on the debut album from RED ZONE RIDER, a three-piece band also featuring world-class guitar hero Vinnie Moore (UFO) and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Keeling. RED ZONE RIDER's self-titled CD was made available on September 16 via Magna Carta. Says Frehley: "I can't wait to hit the road again with this new lineup. I'll be performing Ace classics as well as songs off my new CD, 'Space Invader', for the enjoyment of the fans. Let there be rock!" Matt Starr, the featured drummer on "Space Invader", will spend the next few months touring with MR. BIG as the replacement for Pat Torpey, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. "Space Invader", the first new solo album from Frehley in five years, sold around 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on August 19 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). Ace's previous CD, "Anomaly", opened with around 17,000 units back in September 2009 to debut at No. 27. "Space Invader", which was made available in Europe on August 18 (three days earlier in Germany and Scandinavia) through SPV/Steamhammer, includes 11 brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker".

THE CROWN To Release 'Death Is Not Dead' Album In January

Reactivated Swedish death/thrash metallers THE CROWN will celebrate their 25th anniversary with the release of a new studio album, "Death Is Not Dead". The CD's cover artwork was created by Björn Gosses of Killustrations and can be seen below. Says the band: "So, what's new in THE CROWN camp? Well, in just a few months we are celebrating our 25th anniversary in the name of death metal. "Can you believe it? 25 years filled with blood, sweat and tears and one hell of a pile of good albums to be really proud of. "But this celebration is not only to look back and be nostalgic. It's also to embrace the very bright future of this band. We feel great at the moment and we will make 2015 the best year so far. "Do you wanna join the ride? Well, then don't hesitate to continue to read. "We know that a lot of you folks out there have waited and waited for some new shit but guess what!? The wait is over. "For the past two years, we have worked really hard writing and recording our new album, 'Death Is Not Dead', and it's finally ready to be unleashed upon mankind January 12, 2015. "'Death Is Not Dead' is something that we're extremely proud of. We truly hope that you will dig it and give it the support that it needs and deserves. We have definitely done our best to produce a death metal classic. "For those who can't wait for 2015, we will release our very first seven-inch single ever with the track 'Headhunter' on October 27, limited to 1000 copies. Pre-orders start on September 29. B side for this single will be our version of 'Unfit Earth', originally recorded by NAPALM DEATH." "Death Is Not Dead" track listing: 01. Reign 02. Headhunter 03. Iblis Bane 04. Eternal (PARADISE LOST cover) 05. Struck By Lightning 06. Speed Kills (Full Moon Ahead) 07. Herd Of Swine 08. Horrid Ways 09. Ride To Ruin 10. Meduseld 11. Godeater Bonus CD on limited digipack edition: 01. We Come In Peace (Piece by Piece) 02. Agent Orange (SODOM cover) In other news, THE CROWN has parted ways with drummer Janne Saarenpää. Says the band: "Janne Saarenpää decided to focus on other things for a time not specified. We truly respect his wishes and support him on his new adventures. Although there will always be an open spot for him in this band, so if he decides to come back he is more than welcome. So we wish him good luck for the future and would like to thank him for everything in the past. Our live situation will therefore look a bit different, but we have that covered already. More info on that when time comes." THE CROWN last year announced the addition of guitarist Robin Sörqvist (IMPIOUS) to the group's ranks. THE CROWN played its first concert with returning vocalist Johan Lindstrand on May 5, 2012 at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg, Sweden. This marked the band's first appearance in Gothenburg in 12 years and was the group's only show in Sweden that year. THE CROWN's last album, "Doomsday King", came out in September 2010 via Century Media Records. The CD was the group's first — and only — release to feature vocalist Jonas Stålhammar. "Headhunter" teaser (audio):

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SLIPKNOT Struggled To Find 'Exact Wording' For New Album Dedication To Late Bassist

SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor says that the band wanted to pay tribute to its late bassist Paul Gray with the group's fifth studio album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", but struggled to get the right wording for the CD title. "We had a handful of [ideas] that we were kind of bandying about," Taylor told Mistress Carrie of the Worcester/Boston, Massachusetts radio station WAAF. "And me and Clown [percussionist Shawn Crahan] were talking about… We just kind of got on the phone together, and it was, like, 'Look, what do you think?' And we went back and forth a handful of times until we both kind of hit on the title. And we both sat back and we were, like, 'That's it. That feels really, really good.' 'Cause we knew there was gonna be a dedication to Paul there. We didn't know how to do it, we didn't have the exact wording until we both kind of sat down and shot it back and forth and really got to the point where we knew we had the title." According to Taylor, the lyrics on ".5: The Gray Chapter" deal with many of the emotions, including denial and acceptance, that he and his bandmates felt in the four years since Gray was found dead in an Iowa hotel room after accidentally overdosing of morphine and fentanyl. "Just from a lyrical standpoint, I knew that there were gonna be a handful of songs about Paul," Corey said. "Because we miss him, we love him. But I also knew that in order to tell this correctly, we were gonna have to come at it from a very emotional point of view, and that meant facing some of the emotions that we had dealt with over the last four years, whether it was guilt, anger… Because there is a natural progression that happens before you kind of reach that point of acceptance. And there's nobody really there to coach you through it. And, in fact, this band, we didn't even talk about it until we got into the studio. I mean, even on the road, we were just kind of ducking our head and getting through it and doing what we could for each other. But until we got into the studio, until some of the guys started reading what I was writing, we hadn't talked about it, we hadn't talked about what we had all gone through indivudally. And when we did that, it opened up so much for us that it then became music without fear. Because we all knew we had each other's back. There's some songs about that on there as well. 'Cause some of the stuff was written in the studio. So there's a lot of pain here. But at the same time, it's because you're going through these roller coasters of emotion and you're trying to get a handle on them until you just, basically, kind of resign yourself to the point where you're not gonna get a handle on it until you let yourself feel it. And that's what it comes down to." SLIPKNOT guitarist Jim Root, who composed much of the music for ".5: The Gray Chapter", told Revolver magazine that Gray influenced the songwriting process for the new CD. "It's weird, man," Root said. "I'm not a very spiritual person, and the whole religion thing, I'm kind of on the fence about a lot of that stuff. So when somebody loses someone who's close to them and says that they're still with them, I've always thought that was bullshit or whatever. But I was out in the garage and working on an arrangement for a song that turned into either 'The Devil In I' or 'Sarcastrophe'. Normally when I write, I throw down the first thing I come up with, then I double it, then I throw a bass on it, and then I put the drums around it. But on this arrangement, I noticed that I wasn't just throwing the riff down — I was trying different variations on it, trying different positions on the neck, and thinking about melodies while coming up with what the chord progression was going to be… "I suddenly realized, 'Fuck, man! That's what Paul used to do!' Paul was so meticulous. He would overthink everything, even if it was just how to get from one chord to the next chord. He would explore every possibility on the fretboard, especially if he was writing it on the guitar. And it made me go, He's here, man — he's helping me write this shit! And it blew my fucking mind. I had to put my guitar down, and I put my head in my hands. I was like, 'You fucker!'" ".5: The Gray Chapter" will be released on October 21 via Roadrunner. It is SLIPKNOT's first without album without Gray and drummer Joey Jordison, who was fired from the band in December. The identities of the band's new bassist and drummer have not yet been revealed, but both appeared — disguised in the same newly designed mask — in the video for "The Devil In I", the first single from the new album. Nonetheless, it is widely believed that the new bassist is Alessandro "Vman" Venturella, who sports the exact same tattoo on his hand that was spotted on the hand of the new bassist in the video. SLIPKNOT's new drummer is thought to be Jay Weinberg, son of longtime Bruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg.

PAPA ROACH's JACOBY SHADDIX Says His Uncle Gave Him Herpes

Hit The Floor magazine sat down with Jacoby Shaddix of PAPA ROACH at last month's Reading festival in England to give him the "HTF Firsts" treatment. Jacoby talked about kissing his uncle, the demise of Banooch the dog, and why he decided to smash his back into a nail. Check out the clip below. On his first kiss: Jacoby: "My first kiss was when my uncle kissed me and he gave me herpes. It was terrible. Anybody else got herpes? Yeah, you do. Don't lie to yourself. I know you got it, you watching this." On what message he has for his fans: Jacoby: "If I've got a message to my fans, it's go be yourself. You know what I'm saying? No matter what's going on out there in the world, believe in yourself and go be yourself, because that's what the world wants from you — is you to be you, and not you to be a copy of somebody else. You know what I'm saying? That's what P-ROACH is about. We're just us. We're not trying to emulate somebody else or something else. Be yourself and be proud." As previously reported, Jacoby Shaddix will co-direct the video for PAPA ROACH's new single, the title track of its eighth studio album "F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise)", which will come out in early 2015. Shaddix told Kerrang! magazine that "F.E.A.R." is "probably the most positive record we've written," adding, "There's obviously been an element of hope within the despair of the music that we write, and I think that that's always key, and that's very important to what we do, is to always have that element of hope, and that's laced throughout the record." Shaddix, a recovering alcoholic and drug user, said he was nervous about camping out in Las Vegas during the recording sessions for the new album. He explained, "I've been sober for a few years now, and it was just, like, 'All right, how am I gonna go to Vegas and stay focused?' And I just had to put my spiritual armor on and just go out there and do my best to be creative." Shaddix described the new album as "all things good PAPA ROACH — it's big, banging riffs, it's a very guitar-heavy record . . . It spans across the board, from heavy to reflective, to just in your face, out of control. It's just everything that we believe is great about PAPA ROACH."

VINNIE PAUL: People Really Have To Come To Grips With The Fact That PANTERA Is Over

During a recent interview with Ant May of PlanetMosh, former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott was once again asked about the possibility of a hypothetical PANTERA reunion featuring Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) filling in for the late "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott on guitar. "It's been answered a million times, and I'll answer it again," Vinnie said (hear audio below). "Without Dimebag Darrell, there is no reunion. And that's all there is to it. We were a very influential band, and we touched millions and millions of people with that band, but it's over. People really have to come to grips with that, and that's all there is to it. If all of us were still here, then the possibility would truly be there, but since it's not, you know… It's selfish of the fans to want something that they can't have. And they don't ever understand that, and I get it. There's things I want in this world too. You know, people in fucking hell want ice water, but they're not gonna get it. So… Anyways, I'm glad that the people who have decided to follow me in HELLYEAH do, and hopefully more of them will. And the ones that wanna live in the past are gonna live in the past." Vinnie was similarly dismissive about the prospect of a PANTERA reunion when he spoke to Germany's EMP Rock Invasion earlier in the year. He said: "It's unfortunate that people go, 'Oh, wow, man, they can get Zakk Wylde to jump up there on stage and it's PANTERA again.' No, it's not, you know. It's not that simple. If Eddie Van Halen was to get shot in the head four times next week, would everybody be going, 'Hey, man, Zakk, go play for VAN HALEN. Just call it VAN HALEN.' You see what I'm saying? I mean, it's really selfish for people to think that, and it's stupid. It's not right at all." He continued: "They call it a reunion for a reason. It's called bringing the original members back to what it was. So there's a lot of these things that they call reunions that aren't really reunions. They've got one dude from the band floating around in them, you know. That's not a true reunion. With PANTERA, it'll never be possible." Asked if he ever feels pressure with HELLYEAH to live up to the immense legacy of PANTERA, Vinnie said: "Never, because it's a different band. If you played for a soccer team and you get traded to another soccer team, you're gonna kick ass for that soccer team just like you did the other one. You may not achieve the same goals, or you may achieve higher goals; you never know. But that's what happens when you change teams and do different things." Dimebag's longtime girlfriend Rita Haney in 2011 called on Vinnie and former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo to settle their differences in honor of Dimebag, who was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004. Vinnie, who is Dimebag's brother, and Anselmo have not spoken since PANTERA split in 2003. But the relationship got even more acrimonious when Vinnie indirectly blamed Philip for Dimebag's death, suggesting that some remarks the vocalist had made about Dimebag in print just weeks earlier might have incited Dimebag's killer. Haney told the producers of "Behind The Music Remastered: Pantera" that she forgave the singer after they found themselves unexpectedly face to face at a concert in California. Interview (audio):

ROB ZOMBIE Guitarist JOHN 5 Says His Upcoming Pay-Per-View Concert Will Be 'Cool'

On October 18, former MARILYN MANSON and current ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5 will play his first-ever solo concert, bringing his twisted musical visions to life as he performs songs spanning his entire solo career including, live tracks from his new studio album, "Careful With That Axe", released this past August through 60 Cycle Hum. The event will be hosted by Chris Broderick of MEGADETH and will see John 5 backed by THE CREATURES consisting of Rodger Carter (drums) and Larry "Bones" Dennison (bass; DIO, TONY MACALPINE, LITA FORD). This live online experience allows the audience personal time with John 5 in an in-depth question-and-answer session in real time, which Broderick will moderate. The audience will also have a chance to win unique giveaways throughout the show for the Top 13 supporters, including a signed John 5 Squire Telecaster, several signed BOSS pedals and other cool signed gifts. This event will be broadcast online only, on October 18, 2014, across three time zones; The Americas at 7:00 p.m. (PST); Europe at 7:00 p.m. (BST); and the Pacific Rim at 7:00 p.m. (HKT). This pay-per-view event goes on sale September 18. This will not be archived for later viewing, so get your tickets before it sells out. Details can be found at www.john-5.com. Speaking to Rock Hard Live at this past weekend's Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California, John 5 said (see video below): "I'm gonna do three concerts 'cause of three different time zones — one for America and Canada, one for Europe and one for Japan and Australia. It's totally live and you can ask questions. It's gonna be kind of set up like 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno', but with a lot of music. Actually, the guys that are putting it on worked on 'The Tonight Show' the whole time and the Johnny Carson show. So it's funny. It's gonna be cool."

BUSH To Reissue Four Older Albums

According to The Pulse Of Radio, BUSH will reissue four of its previous albums on October 14 in remastered editions, including 1994's "Sixteen Stone", 1996's "Razorblade Suitcase", 1999's "The Science of Things" and the 1997 remix LP, "Deconstructed". Frontman Gavin Rossdale told The Pulse Of Radio that putting the reissues together has been a bittersweet experience. "We've done some remastering of the stuff and we've got some nice things planned, some alternate versions of things," he said. "It's been quite nostalgic for me, going back into the past, I mean looking through oceans of old photographs and being maybe quite nostalgic when I try not to be nostalgic. It's fun and enlightening and heartwarming and sad all at once." All of the tracks — including hits like "Glycerine", "Machinehead" and "Comedown" — have been remastered in high resolution from their original audio recordings. BUSH's sixth studio album, "Man On The Run", will arrive on October 21 through BUSH's own imprint, Zuma Rock Records. It features the single "The Only Way Out". The new disc follows up the band's 2011 comeback effort, "The Sea Of Memories", which was the first all-new BUSH album in a decade.

HELLYEAH's CHAD GRAY On New Lineup: 'The Energy On And Off The Stage Is F**king Amazing'

On September 14, Capital Chaos TV conducted an interview with HELLYEAH vocalist Chad Gray and bassist Kyle Sanders at the Aftershock festival in in Sacramento, California. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about what it's like playing in a band with former PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, Gray said: "He's a great dude. He's one of the warmest dudes you'll ever meet, one of the most generous people you'll ever meet. He believes in this fucking band so much. I believe in this band so much. Kyle believes in this band so much, [Christian] Brady [guitar] and Tom [Maxwell, guitar]… It's our whole life. I mean, [Vinnie] really embraces it. If it wasn't for him… He makes a lot of things possible for us. 'Cause, you know, supergroup, all that shit, whatever, man, people can say whatever they want. We didn't say it. Somebody else said it. I believe Revolver [magazine] said it, and we've had to live up to that tag since then. But we're starting over; we really are. And we're fucking four records in, and we're starting over. And with the lineup change [referring to recent departures of bassist Bob 'Zilla' Kakaha and guitarist Greg Tribbett], even more so. But we love where we're at. The energy on and off the stage is fucking amazing." HELLYEAH's fourth album, "Blood For Blood", sold around 17,000 copies in its first week of release to land at No. 18 on the Billboard chart. The band's previous effort, 2011's "Band Of Brothers", opened with 19,000 copies back in July 2012 to debut at No. 19. Gray and Maxwell revealed in a separate interview with Loudwire that the band came close to breaking up before it finally parted ways with Tribbett and Kahaha. Maxwell explained, "They just pretty much had a lot of other stuff going on in their life that just took the focus of the band away, and for us to continue, we had to part ways with them. It was a toxic situation that almost broke the band up. They just couldn't get it together and it was a very painful time for us, it was very emotional, but I think, you know, with the love we have for each other and the band, we needed to kind of do the worst case scenario and part ways with them." Maxwell told The Pulse Of Radio that both Kahaha and Tribbett had their own specific issue that were hurting the group. "I don't think Bob ever really was as passionate about this band," he said. "He never became a full member or anything like that. It just didn't gel, so it was just time just to part ways, you know. And with Greg, I think he had just a lot of stuff that happened to him in his life in recent years that really affected him and became distracting for us and we just couldn't go forward." Gray said that the recording sessions for the band's new album, "Blood For Blood", were emotionally volatile, saying, "This is such a heavy record on so many levels — it's not just the anger, the frustration, the angst, but its also the helplessness that we felt." HELLYEAH is currently touring North America as guests of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and VOLBEAT. Interview:


SYMPHONY X's New Album Will Really Please The Band's Old Fans

American progressive metal veterans SYMPHONY X have entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up to 2011's "Iconoclast" for an early 2015 release. Regarding the musical direction of the new SYMPHONY X material, SYMPHONY X bassist Michael LePond told the "Talking Metal" podcast (hear audio below): "I think this album is not gonna be as heavy as our last one, 'Iconoclast'. If I had to compare this one, I would say it's a combination of [2002's] 'The Odyssey' meets [2007's] 'Paradise Lost'. It has a lot of classic SYMPHONY X elements in it, and I think our old fans are really gonna appreciate this one. So we're really excited about it. And hopefully we can get it all recorded by the end of the year and then hopefully get it released early spring." According to LePond, "It wasn't a conscious decision to go back to the older sound; it just kind of happened. That's the way we write songs. We just start writing songs, and wherever it takes us, it takes us. But there's a lot of really cool, classic SYMPHONY X things in there. It's very, very musical. It concentrates just more on solid songs and great melodies." The bassist also spoke about SYMPHONY X's continued success and seeming ability to gain new fans without compromising the musical ideals that form its core identity. "One thing that's really amazing about SYMPHONY X and about our fans is, it seems like every record, we move up a little bit more, we get just a little bit more popular," he said. "We don't jump up into stardom; it's a slow climb. I mean, the band's been together just about 20 years now, and it just seems like with every album, our fan base grows just a little bit more, and we've been able to hold the old fans too. So, thankfully, we're still growing." He continued: "It's always an amazing thing to see someone really young discovering SYMPHONY X. It just gives you the gas to keep going and just keep working hard." SYMPHONY X's ninth studio album, "Iconoclast", sold more than 7,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 76 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Paradise Lost", opened with around 6,500 copies back in July 2007. "Iconoclast" was released in June 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records. UDR/Warner has set a September 26 release date for the first-ever solo album from LePond. "Mike LePond's Silent Assassins" is described in a press release as "a fantastic heavy, power metal album that combines all influences of Mike LePond's favorite bands from the past and present. This album is packed with kick-ass vocals, scorching riffs and epic styling; there's something in there for any style of metalhead!" "Mike LePond's Silent Assassins" features guest performances by guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (HALFORD, TESTAMENT), lead guitarist and drum producer Michael Romeo (SYMPHONY X), vocalist Alan Tecchio (HADES, WATCHTOWER), and, of course, mainman Mike LePond on bass and rhythm guitar.

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Glenn Danzig was interviewed on the September 12-14 edition of Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below. To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to FullMetalJackieRadio.com. Asked when fans can expect to see the follow-up to DANZIG's 2010 album, "Deth Red Sabaoth", Glenn said: "I'm working on that right now." He added: "It seems like time just slips out of your hands. You wake up and, like, two or three years have passed. "DANZIG did a lot of touring on this last record — I think more touring than I've ever done before. But it was spaced out over X amount of years. "I think it's time to just sit back a little after these shows in the fall and try and get everything I've been doing out." Danzig recently spent time in the studio working on an EP of Elvis Presley covers. A tentative early 2015 release is expected. DANZIG's cover version of the the classic Lee Hazelwood/Nancy Sinatra song "Some Velvet Morning", featuring a guest appearance by Cherie Currie (THE RUNAWAYS), was made available for streaming last year. The track was supposed to appear on Danzig's covers album, which was also due to include Glenn's renditions of classic songs from BLACK SABBATH, ELVIS PRESLEY and ZZ TOP, among others. Danzig was in the studio in February with DANZIG guitarist/bandmate Tommy Victor (also of PRONG) recording three new tracks for the next DANZIG album. As of six months ago, Glenn had five new songs in various stages of completion. The first new DANZIG studio album in six years, "Deth Red Sabaoth", sold 11,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart. "Deth Red Sabaoth" was released on June 22, 2010 via Evilive/The End Records. Produced by Glenn, the CD was recorded in Los Angeles over the course of 2009.

PARADISE LOST's ADRIAN ERLANDSSON Says Next Album Will 'Surprise' Some People

PARADISE LOST drummer Adrian Erlandsson has revealed to Greece's Rock Overdose that there are "about nine songs" ready in demo form for the band's next studio album and "they're quite a lot heavier" than those on PARADISE LOST's last CD, 2012's "Tragic Idol". He added: "I think some people will be surprised." Asked what style of vocals PARADISE LOST singer Nick Holmes will adopt on the band's next album, Adrian said: "I can't say, 'cause it's only demos [that have been recorded] so far. I think there will probably be a mixture, but it will, in parts, probably, possibly be heavier than 'Tragic Idol'. But you don't know until it's been recorded [properly]. Okay, there may be one thing on the demos, but when you come to do the album, it becomes something else." As previously reported, PARADISE LOST will perform with an orchestra on September 20 at the Roman theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. For the one-off concert, the band will be joined by the renowned Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra founded nearly 70 years ago and made up of over 100 highly qualified musicians. The orchestra has its roots in the hundred year old orchestral tradition in Plovdiv and over the years has launched the careers of many world-famous conductors. The prestigious evening will be promoted by the Bulgarian independent radio station Tangra Mega Rock and orchestrated by conductor Levon Manukyan who wrote the first metal ballet and is the founder of the Levon Manukyan Collegium Musicum orchestra. During his career, Levon has given the classical treatment to rock and metal works by MARILYN MANSON, ALICE COOPER, DREAM THEATER, AC/DC, EVANESCENCE, GUNS N' ROSES, KISS, LED ZEPPELIN, NIRVANA and JUDAS PRIEST, and worked with world-famous soloists including ex-NIGHTWISH vocalist Tarja Turunen. Said the band: "We have recorded elements of orchestration many times in the studio over the last two decades, as many of our songs lend themselves well to classical arrangement. However, we have never before had the chance to play with a real orchestra in a live situation, so it's very exciting to have the opportunity to play with Plovdiv Philharmonic and in such a prestigious location as the Roman theatre." "Tragic Idol" sold around 900 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 32 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. Released in April 2012 via Century Media Records, "Tragic Idol" was recorded in part at The Chapel studios in Lincolnshire, England and features cover art by by Parisian designer Valnoir, who has previously worked with MORBID ANGEL, LAIBACH, ULVER and WATAIN, among others.

PRONG's TOMMY VICTOR Talks To IMPACT Metal Channel (Video)

Impact metal channel conducted an interview with PRONG guitarist/vocalist Tommy Victor before the band's August 7 concert in Dublin, Ireland. You can now watch the chat below. PRONG is touring North America in support of its latest release, "Ruining Lives", which came out earlier this year via SPV/Steamhammer. The tour kicked off on September 10 in Los Angeles, California and will run through October 14 in San Francisco, California. Many of the dates will see PRONG playing alongside thrash masters OVERKILL. Following a quick break, the band will take part in SLIPKNOT's Knotfest on October 25 in San Bernardino, California. PRONG recently completed filming a video for the song "Remove, Separate Self", taken from "Ruining Lives". Brian Cox and Marcelo Palomino directed the clip, which can be seen below. Comments PRONG mainman Tommy Victor: "PRONG has made a video for the song 'Remove, Separate Self', the new single from our recent LP, 'Ruining Lives'. The song and the video are distinctively PRONG, with a soul-searching and apocalyptic vibe. As a follow-up to 'Turnover', we will release it on seven-inch vinyl as well. The single and video will correspond with our U.S./Canada tour starting September 10 through October 14. Enjoy the video and we'll see you out on the road!" SPV/Steamhammer released a new digital single of "Remove, Separate Self". There are two versions of the single, which was made available on September 12. The seven-inch single will be released on October 24. The standard version of the single will include the following tracks: 01. Remove, Separate Self (album version) 02. "Separate Self, Remove" inspired by and created from "Remove, Separate Self" by PRONG (Matt Heafy de-mix) Comments TRIVIUM's Matt Heafy about the "de-mix" he created: "With 'Remove, Separate Self', I was initially engulfed by hints of images and characteristics of a futuristic, dystopian world. Whether that was the initial intent of the piece or it was meant to be something entirely different, that became the feeling I kept coming back to. Perhaps with the main line — the title itself — the idea of 'separating yourself' made me think of unplugging oneself from something larger; whether metaphorically from an old way of life or literally in some sort of mecha-future. The idea was to take it one step further, to take the song itself, components of it, and a few secret ingredients, and create that world a little further that I imagined in the first place. "Sometimes 'remixes' do it right, but I wanted to take a completely different approach to what people think a 'remix' is in the first place, even one's idea of what a song should sound like." The exclusive iTunes edition of the single features a bonus track, which is a version of "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck". This song was taken from PRONG's "Unleashed In The West - Official Bootleg".


SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR: Firing JOEY JORDISON 'Was One Of The Hardest Decisions We Ever Made'

SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor says that firing Joey Jordison, the band's drummer of 18 years, was "one of the hardest decisions" the group ever made, but insists that he and his bandmates are "happy" to have moved on. SLIPKNOT announced its split with Jordison in December 2013 but did not disclose the reasons for his exit. The drummer subsequently issued a statement saying that he did not quit the group. Speaking to UK's Metal Hammer for the magazine's October 2014 issue, Taylor stated about Joey's departure from SLIPKNOT: "I can't talk too much about it because we're going through the legalities of everything right now and settling everything, but it's when a relationship hits that T-section and one person's going one way and you're going the other. And try as you might to either get them to go your way or try and go their way, at some point you've got to go in the direction that works for you. This is me speaking in the broadest terms, with respect to Joey. I guess to sum it up, it was one of the hardest decisions we ever made." He continued: "We're all happy right now and we hope that he is. I've known him since '91, and that was before we were in bands together, and he's incredibly talented; he's just in a place in his life, right now, that's not where we are... in the nicest terms." Asked to address rumors that Joey's dismissal from SLIPKNOT was drug related, Corey replied: "There's only so far that I can give an explanation. For me, that has to be a sign of growing up, because before I would've just railed at whatever I thought the supposed evil was, but now it's like, how do you explain to the fans? And that's the hardest part, because no matter what explanation you give, it's not gonna make them happy. I'm sure there are fans out there who have their own theories about it…" According to Corey, he no longer has a relationship with Jordison. "I haven't talked to Joey in a while, to be honest," he told the magazine. "That's how different we are. It's not because I don't love him and I don't miss him. And it is painful; we talk about him all the time, but at the same time, do we miss him or do we miss the old him? That's what it really comes down to. It's just a fucking shame." SLIPKNOT on Friday (September 12) revealed its new masks and its new members — at least what they look like — in the video for "The Devil In I", the first single from the band's upcoming album ".5: The Gray Chapter". The clip, directed by percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan, shows off the new headgear worn by the seven original members, while giving us brief glimpses of the band's new drummer and bassist, who are both wearing the same mask. The band has not revealed the identity of either new member, but now new evidence has surfaced online that the man replacing Gray is named Alessandro "Vman" Venturella. Venturella has served as a guitar tech for MASTODON, COHEED AND CAMBRIA and others, while also playing in the band KROKODIL. A side-by-side comparison of Venturella's distinctive hand tattoo and that from the person playing bass in the "The Devil In I" video reveals that they appear to be the same. SLIPKNOT's new drummer is widely believed to be Jay Weinberg, son of longtime Bruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg. ".5: The Gray Chapter", SLIPKNOT's fifth studio album, arrives on October 21 and is the band's first without Jordison and bassist Paul Gray, who died in May 2010. metalhammerslipknotcover

BRING ME THE HORIZON Keyboardist Says OLI SYKES Is 'A Different Person' After Overcoming Addiction

Kaytie The Rock Goddess of the Rock 105.7 WOBG radio station in Fairmont, West Virginia recently conducted an interview with keyboardist Jordan Fish of the British deathcore act BRING ME THE HORIZON. You can now listen to the chat using the SondCloud widget below. Speaking about BRING ME THE HORIZON frontman Oli Sykes' recent revelation that the singer was "addicted to a drug called ketamine" prior to the making of the band's latest album, "Sempiternal", Fish — who joined BRING ME THE HORIZON in 2012 — said: "It was weird because I first met Oli and the rest of the guys when I was in another band before, and he was a big fan of my old band, so that's kind of how I got to know him. And the first few times I met him, I didn't even know him very well, but I just thought he was a bit crazy, 'cause he always erratic, I guess. Yeah, I mean, I just thought he liked to drink." He continued: "When I first met him, he was just going through [his addiction], and they went away to write. This was before I'd even been involved. They went away to write, and it didn't go well. I know he kind of had a bit of an epiphany type thing, like, 'Shit, I need to actually go to rehab,' or whatever. And he went for a while. He was in there for over a month, I think. And I was still texting him on and off around that time. And when he came out, he said, 'Do you wanna come and write with the band?' The writing sessions they'd done before he went in had not been productive at all, really; they'd come out with nothing, because, obviously, he was going through so much and stuff like that. So when I came in, it was kind of, like, fresh… He'd just come out and he was okay, but it was all very new, and I think everyone around him was still concerned about him, 'cause he'd been through so much and stuff. It was a very weird time. So then I went to Sheffield — 'cause I don't live in the same place as the rest of the guys — and the first time I went up, I just worked with him for a couple of days. And we got really into it. And the first song we did was 'And The Snakes Start To Sing'; that was the only demo that they'd brought forward from those sessions. It was just the guitar chords that Lee [Malia] had written for the bulk of the song. So then we worked on that. We got really stuck into it. "I can't speak for Oli, but I think from that point on, when we worked on that song, and it came out really cool, and he was really into it, really excited by it, and it was a new way of writing for the band and stuff, and I kind of think that gave him a good drive and good focus. And I think it helped a lot for him to have re-found his love for writing music and stuff, 'cause then after that, I went up pretty much every week for about two and a half months. And it's a three-hour drive for me… so I was, like… And I wasn't in the band at that point, so I was just doing it… I didn't really know what I was doing. At first I was helping out with electronics, then I was kind of writing with Oli and Lee. Every week, I'd go up and I'd sit there with Oli and Lee and we wrote the whole album that way. "So, yeah, I think for him it was quite a cathartic process, because he'd just been through it and he was re-finding and rebuilding his relationships with everyone. "I've heard a lot from the other guys and Oli has told me a lot about how bad it was beforehand, and I definitely didn't see it at its first, so I don't know the ins and outs of it. But my experience with Oli has just been as a level-headed, for the most part… Obviously, I knew him kind of before, but most of my relationship has been since he came out of rehab, and he's a completely different person, from what I can tell." Sykes publicly owned up to his addiction while accepting the "Album Of The Year" award for "Sempiternal" at the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards in Cleveland, Ohio at the end of July. He told the crowd: "I want to say something that I never thought I'd actually talk about. Before we wrote 'Sempiternal', I was a fucking drug addict. I was addicted to a drug called ketamine; I was on it for years and I was fucked off my head. My band wanted to kill me, my parents wanted to kill me and my fucking brother wanted to kill me; everyone wanted to kill me, everybody wanted to fucking take me to hell, but they didn't. They stood by me, they supported me through all of that shit and we wrote 'Sempiternal' because of it. "No one fucking knows, no one fucking knows this, but I went to rehab for a month, and through that time, as well as my fucking band and my family, you guys — you had no fucking idea that I was in rehab — but you were sending me letters, you were sending me texts, you were sending me fucking emails. "And when I got out of that rehab I didn't want to fucking scream anymore, I wanted to sing it from the fucking rooftops. And it's all thanks to you, so thank you very much." BRING ME THE HORIZON's fourth album, "Sempiternal", sold 27,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 2, 2013 via Epitaph.

'Fear Clinic' Film Featuring SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR Frontman COREY TAYLOR: World Premiere Announced

"Fear Clinic", the new horror flick which marks SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor's first featured role in a film, will receive its world premiere on October 22 at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Hollywood, California. Taylor, along with the movie's director, Robert Hall, will be on hand for a question-and-answer session. For more information, click here. "Fear Clinic" stars Robert Englund, best known as Freddy Krueger in "A Nightmare On Elm Street", as Dr. Andover, a doctor who treats patients afflicted with crippling phobias by inducing hallucinations inside an invention he calls the Fear Chamber. "Working with Corey was amazing," said Hall. "He's such a huge horror fan and his enthusiasm and excitement shine through. His involvement brings the film to a whole new level, and fans are going to freak when they see him in the role." As a lifetime horror fan, Taylor said, "I'm such a horror geek, comic geek and action figure geek. I'm inspired by so much — from Hunter S. Thompson and Quentin Tarantino to 'The Dark Knight' and 'Halloween'. Just show me something that doesn't suck, and I'm happy," he laughed. Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio what it was like to work with a horror icon like Englund. "One of the coolest dudes I've ever met," he said. "You know, we were sitting in the makeup trailer and he's telling me stories from the '80s of being at the Rainbow with GUNS N' ROSES and I'm like, 'Please tell me more!' You know? Sweetest dude I've ever met, super fun, super awesome and we had a really good time like making that stuff. And I had a handful of scenes with him and I, I had a really good time." Taylor told Full Metal Jackie about his involvement in "Fear Clinic": "That was a blast! I was approached by [METALLICA bassist] Robert Trujillo. His friend Robert Hall was the director for 'Fear Clinic' and Rob had offered Robert the part. But Trujillo couldn't do it; he was going to Antarctica with METALLICA. He said, 'Who is someone you’d love to work with?' I guess Rob said Corey Taylor. So he put us in touch and within two weeks I was on the set. It was pretty sweet." He continued: "I had always said I wanted to be in a movie and try my hand at it. It was kind of the perfect opportunity." He added: "It was a fantastic learning experience. I learned a lot just from watching everybody. I really got into it, I grew a mustache for the part so I could look extra creepy. I had a super blast with it." In the film, which began life in 2009 as a five-episode series for the web site FearNet.com, Taylor plays a clinic employee named Bauer who struggles to keep things under control when all hell breaks loose. The movie centers around one traumatic event that induces phobias in a group of different people.

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METALLICA To Release 27 Live Albums On CD

METALLICA's official web site has been updated with the following message: "We've been extremely proud to offer virtually every show we've done in the past ten years as a download within days of the shows happening... sometimes even hours! Over the years we've been able to offer more download options adding HD audio and Apple lossless files to the mix, but we still get requests for the 'old-school' compact disc. To celebrate ten years of Live Metallica, we're going to make that happen! Starting today through the end of this year, every show that we've played in 2014 will be released on CD! We are gonna roll out three shows at a time on Mondays. "We want to keep it simple so we'll go in order of when the shows were played starting with Bogotá, Colombia, Quito, Ecuador and Lima, Peru from the March South American run. Next week the next three shows will be available and so on. For those of you who want it all, we're also giving you a chance to pre-order a box set with all 27 shows included, which will ship in December. There's that special concept of a volume discount and you'll have a box to store all your CDs in. CD's will be priced at the very clever price of $19.81 a pop with the box set at $417.00 (spot the savings!) and you can place your orders at either LiveMetallica.com or in the Met Store. "And for you vinyl junkies, select shows will be released on limited-edition 180-gram vinyl early next year. And once again, we here at your friendly METALLICA HQ want your input as to which shows you would like to see on vinyl... YOU choose from the 27 shows we've played this year by voting for your favs here. We'll take the top four that receive the most votes and press them up for you to order in early 2015. Voting will close on September 26. "Let us know what you think and look for many more releases and some cool box sets in the New Year!" METALLICA played the following shows in 2014: March 16 - Parque Simon Bolivar, Bogota, Colombia March 18 - Parque Bicentenario, Quito, Ecuador March 20 - Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru March 22 - Estadio do Morumbi, Sao Paulo, Brazil March 24 - Jockey Club, Asuncion, Paraguay March 27 - Estadio Monumental, Santiago, Chile March 29 - Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina March 30 - Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina May 12 - MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert at Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA May 28 - Sonisphere at Hietaniemi Beach, Helsinki, Finland May 30 - Gardet Royal Park, Stockholm, Sweden June 01 - Sonisphere at Valle Hovin, Oslo, Norway June 03 - State Prison Open Air, Horsens, Denmark June 04 - Sonisphere at Imtech Arena, Hamburg, Germany June 06 - Rock Im Park at Zeppelinfeld, Nurnberg, Germany June 08 - Rock Am Ring, Nurburgring, Germany June 09 - Pinkpop Festival at Megaland, Landgraaf, Netherlands June 28 - Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Great Britain July 01 - Rock in Rome Sonisphere at Ippodromo Cappannelle, Rome, Italy July 03 - Rock Werchter at Werchterpark, Werchter, Belgium July 04 - Sonisphere at St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland July 06 - Sonisphere at Knebworth House, Stevenage, Great Britain July 08 - Aerodrome Festival at Incheba Open Air, Prague, Czech Republic July 09 - Krieau Rocks at Krieau Open Air, Vienna, Austria July 11 - Sonisphere at National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland July 13 - ITU Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey Aug. 09 - Heavy Montreal at Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, Quebec METALLICA's performance at the Heavy Montreal festival in early August marked the sole North American date on the "Metallica By Request" tour, which hit Europe and South America earlier in the year. The trek featured the band playing 17 songs requested online by fans in each city, with the final slot in the set list taken by a new song, "Lords Of Summer". METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told Metal Hammer in an interview that "Lords Of Summer" went over well with fans hearing it live on the band's "By Request" tour. Ulrich explained, "It's fun to play. It seems like the kids are enjoying it. There was actually somebody in the 'Snake Pit' the other day with a homemade 'Lords Of Summer' T-shirt on, which was very endearing." Ulrich added, "It's a good song. Hey, listen, who knows by the time the next record comes out whether it will be in its same shape or format. But it's fun to play. And I think it's going down well, from what I can tell, from my little spot." Ulrich said that in the past when the band has played fresh material live, sometimes the songs have not even had finished lyrics or titles. But he remarked that "Lords Of Summer" is "a little further along in terms of it being, sort of, together, so we're quite comfortable playing it. It's kind of written for this tour." The drummer recently told "Metal Zone" about the band's next record, "I'm pretty convinced that 90 percent of the record is actually written, it's just gotta be kind of assembled between all those riffs. It's just a matter of connecting this to this and sort of shaping it into a song." Frontman James Hetfield said something very similar when The Pulse Of Radio asked him a while back about the status of the band's new material. "We've come up with enough material for a record, for sure," he said. "We've gone through maybe one-tenth of the material that's on our riff CDs, but we've got enough for an album. We just haven't had the time to really focus on it and dial in and start whittling at these masterpieces, hopefully."