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KISS has completed recording its new album, "Monster", for a summer release. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "It's A Long Way Down", "Back To The Stone Age", "Shout Mercy", "Out Of This World", "Wall Of Sound" and "Hell Or Hallelujah".

Speaking to VH1 Radio Network's Dave Basner following yesterday's (Tuesday, March 20) press conference at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California to officially announce details of KISS' summer co-headlining tour withMÖTLEY CRÜE, KISS vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley stated about the band's new CD, "'Monster' is really the culmination of everything this band has been in the past and where we're going. When we did [2009's] 'Sonic Boom', it was a big task for us because we were saying, 'How do we define who we are today without losing who we've been?' So, that was a tall order for us, but once we got that under our belts, we wanted to go back in and 'Monster' is far, far beyond anything we've done in terms of 'Sonic Boom' and yet it's right up there with some of the best stuff we've done. It's KISS."

So is there a single coming soon? Paul told VH1 Radio Network when to expect it and if it has a name.

"It should be right around the time of the tour," he said. "It does have a name but we haven't chosen it yet. I think our problem right now is that we have 13 great songs and any one of them has possibilities."

In a 2011 interview with Classic Rock magazine, Stanley stated about the band's decision to return to the studio so soon after releasing "Sonic Boom", "I wasn't interested in making an album unless I was in charge and no one agreed to it half-heartedly. The band's all there, all the time, and we cut the tracks all facing each other in the same room. Chemistry and camaraderie, that's essential. That's what made [2009's] 'Sonic Boom' so great, and this album is thunderously better."
GUNS N' ROSES' "Greatest Hits" collection, which was originally released in March of 2004, saw a huge digital sales increase this week, up 618 percent to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart, after shifting nearly 85,000 copies as part of the 25-cent Amazon price-matching promotions from the new competitor Google Play (both Amazon and Google Play were offering the album digitally for only 25 cents for one day only).

"Greatest Hits" has sold more than 5.2 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose, along with ex-members Slash and Duff McKagan, tried to block the release of "Greatest Hits" with a lawsuit, claiming that the record label had assembled the CD without their input. The band's label, Geffen Records, insisted that it was forced to put out a greatest hits album since Axl Rose had failed to deliver the long-delayed new GUNS album, "Chinese Democracy".

"Chinese Democracy", the 2008 album released by the current edition of GUNS N' ROSES after a 15-year wait, re-entered The Billboard 200 chart in April 2011 after it was made available at BestBuy.com for a reduced price of $1.99.

Best Buy was the exclusive U.S. retailer for "Chinese Democracy", reportedly paying $14 million for 1.6 million copies. But the album was a major sales disappointment, moving just 649,000 copies to date despite the curiosity and hype surrounding its release.

The CD was officially certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on February 3, 2009 for shipments in the United States in excess of one million copies.

Aside from Billboard and Spinner interviews and answering a number of fan questions at a GUNS N' ROSES message board, singer Axl Rose has done no promotion of any kind for "Chinese Democracy".

"Chinese Democracy" came out 15 years after its predecessor, 1993's "The Spaghetti Incident". It took more than a decade to record, during which every original member of the band except Rose was replaced and four different producers were used.

Nevertheless, Rose hinted in a 2002 interview that the lengthy sessions for the record had left him with enough material for two follow-ups.
Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash spoke to the QMI Agency earlier today (Wednesday, March 21) about the band's upcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

The 27th annual ceremony will be held on April 14 in Cleveland, Ohio, home to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum. Also scheduled to be inducted are RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, BEASTIE BOYS, THE SMALL FACES/FACES, Donovan and Laura Nyro. Freddie King well enter the Hall Of Fame as an Early Influence, while the late producer and TV host Don Kirshner will receive the Ahmet Ertegun (nonperformer) Award and producers Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns will receive the Award For Musical Excellence.

The ceremony will be taped for broadcast by HBO, which plans to air it in early May.

Slash told QMI Agency he had mixed emotions about the honor. "Either it hasn't hit me yet or maybe it's been so long since I had anything to do with GUNS N' ROSES that I just don't really get it," he said.

"And we're not playing. I would imagine that they asked us to play, but I know that we're not playing," he added.

Slash said that he expects former GN'R drummer Steven Adler to be there, too. "I could be positive Steven will be there," he said. "Steven wouldn't miss it." He was less certain of the attendance of the rest of GN'R's classic lineup, specifically the band's lead singer Axl Rose. The two have not spoken in years and Rose continues to hold a hostile stance toward his former bandmate.

"I don't know," Slash said when asked if Axl will make an appearance at the induction ceremony. "I would assume so but we haven't talked about it."

Ex-GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan told RollingStone.com that there has been "no communication" about the original members of the band performing together when the group is inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Asked if he knew what was going to happen at the ceremony, McKagan answered, "I don't. I know I'm going to go. I can't, at all, speak for anybody else. And won't. I'll be there with bells on." But he added, "There's been no communication about anyone playing. There was probably a day in the mid-1990s where I would have tried to gather the troops, but I'm just not that guy anymore. It's too frustrating to change anyone else . . . I'm not even sure I'd want to change how anyone else sees a situation."

On whether he hoped that the original lineup would perform together at the event, McKagan said, "I think it would be killer. Do I hope to? That's a tricky question. It would be awesome. You have those day dreams like, 'We'll go up and play 'Nightrain' and 'Brownstone' and throw down the microphone and drop off! That'll be killer!' But I doubt that'll happen."

McKagan, singer Axl Rose, guitarists Slash and Izzy Stradlin, and drummer Steven Adler will all be inducted into the Hall, along with later members, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and drummer Matt Sorum.
MÖTLEY CRÜE recently entered drummer Tommy Lee's studio called The Atrium in Calabasas, California to begin recording a new song that will be released to coincide with the band's upcoming summer co-headlining tour with KISS.

Speaking to VH1 Radio Network's Dave Basner following yesterday's (Tuesday, March 20) press conference at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California to officially announce details of the tour, MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist and main songwriter Nikki Sixx stated about the band's new track, "We're gonna play it on tour. We just wrote it and recorded it. We're just finishing mixing. It's called 'Sex' and it sounds very much like it's off of the first record [1981's 'Too Fast For Love']. And that was definitely on purpose. I've been writing very simple riffs for the last year and focusing on how these riffs would work for Vince [Neil, vocals], basically, and took it in the studio with Tommy and Mick [Mars, guitar] and the thing just came alive."

MÖTLEY CRÜE's latest studio album, 2008's "Saints of Los Angeles", sold 99,000 copies in the United States during its first week of release. The CD was CRÜE's first studio album since 2000's "New Tattoo", which has sold over 200,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The band's previous studio effort with all of its original members was 1997's "Generation Swine", which debuted and peaked at No. 4 on The Billboard 200, and has sold more than 300,000 units.

"Saints of Los Angeles" was loosely based on the band's memoir, "The Dirt", which was published in 2001.

MÖTLEY CRÜE's "greatest-hits" collection, suitably titled "Greatest Hits", was released on November 17, 2009 via Eleven Seven Music/Mötley Records.

CRÜE performed its classic 1989 album, "Dr. Feelgood", in its entirety on Crüe Fest 2, the sophomore outing of the band's summer festival tour, to celebrate the record's 20th anniversary.

Eleven Seven Music/Mötley Records re-released "Dr. Feelgood" on September 21, 2009.
MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee and guitarist Mick Mars will guest on the first half of tonight's (Wednesday, March 21) episode of the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with CRÜE by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625).

For more information, visit RocklineRadio.com.

MÖTLEY CRÜE and KISS held a press conference yesterday (Tuesday, March 20) at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California to officially announce details of their co-headlining 2012 North American summer tour, simply dubbed "The Tour". The trek — which will see KISS closing the show each night — will kick off on July 20 in Bristow, Virginia and will run through September 23 in Hartford, Connecticut. The Live Nation-promoted tour will go on sale beginning Friday, March 23 at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. The KISS Army fan club pre-sales begin Wednesday, March 21 at 10 a.m.

Said MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx: "Growing up, I had a KISS poster, AEROSMITH poster and SWEET on the wall, and for me to go out and do this together, it's an honor. I know what KISS is about — I've been watching them for years — and I think it's a perfect, perfect match. Maybe a match made in hell, in some places in America they may think, but it's a perfect match and it's gonna be all night long — hits, bombs, girls, topless a few. MÖTLEY CRÜE and KISS — I can't wait to experience it myself."

Added KISS frontman Paul Stanley: "Nikki and I have been in touch with each other and just going, 'This is awesome.' This is something we're all really fired up about. It's double what either one of us could do, so exponentially it's that much bigger. Whatever either band is capable of doing, you do it double on one night. It's out of the park, man. We're gonna level each city, literally."

With combined album sales of almost 200 million, KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE are more than just iconic; they remain today as the dominant powerhouses of rock music tallying 30+ chart-topping hits, countless sold out tours and awards and accolades from around the world. Known for their elaborate and spectacular stage shows, each band plans to give fans the ultimate summer concert experience with the most impressive lighting and sound production ever and their signature over-the-top pyrotechnics. This is the first time KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE will share a stage since 1982.
CINDERELLA has been forced to cancel its appearance at the M3 Rock Festival, set to take place on May 11-12 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. According to the festival organizers, CINDERELLA lead guitarist Jeff LaBar "is currently receiving attention for an unspecified medical condition and the band will be off the road through mid-June." Newly added to the bill are L.A. GUNS and GREAT WHITE.

In its fourth year, I.M.P. Presents M3 Rock Festival starts with the official M3 Kix-Off Party on Friday, May 11 at 7 p.m. The full-blown 2012 M3 Rock Festival begins Saturday, May 12 at 11 a.m.

Friday, May 11:


Saturday, May 12:


For more information, visit www.m3rockfest.com.
GREAT WHITEMark Kendall (lead guitar), Scott Snyder (bass), Audie Desbrow (drums), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards) and Terry Ilous (lead vocals) — will release its new studio album, "Elation", in Europe on May 18 and in North America on May 22 via Frontiers Records. The 12-song CD will mark GREAT WHITE's first effort with Ilous following the band's split with founding singer Jack Russell.

"This is a new birth of the band," Desbrow says. "I wanted to call the album 'Tabula Rasa', which means rebirth, but we went for 'Elation' because of the euphoria in the atmosphere. It's a fresh and healthier start than ever before. I'm like a kid in a candy store."

Kendall, one of rock's most notable guitarists, echoed Desbrow's pure excitement. "The energy in the studio is amazing," Kendall says. "This is the most excited I've been since I was nine years old and got my first guitar. It's remarkable to be doing our third record with Frontiers Records and to feel the love and support from Serafino and his team. They are truly part of the GREAT WHITE family."

Lardie, who also served as "Elation"'s producer, applauded the band's teamwork in the studio. He was struck by the group's songwriting approach and enthusiasm, and is certain that fans will embrace the record.

"The difference in this studio experience was simple," he says. "Everyone was completely present and contributed to the making of this album. As a producer, I feel my part is to get the best out of each of us and I got better than anyone's best!"

"Elation" track listing:

01. (I've Got) Something For You
02. Feelin' So Much Better
03. Love Train
04. Heart Of A Man
05. Hard To Say Goodbye
06. Resolution
07. Shotgun Willie's
08. Promise Land
09. Lowdown (bonus track)
10. Just For Tonight
11. Love Is Enough
12. Complicated

This version of GREAT WHITE is not to be confused with JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE, which features Russell alongside Robby Lochner (FIGHT) on guitar, Matthew Johnson (DOCTOR M, JACK RUSSELL) on guitar, Dario Seixas (FIREHOUSE, STEPHEN PEARCY) on bass and Derrick Pontier (GREAT WHITE, SAMANTHA 7) on drums.

Kendall, Snyder, Desbrow, Lardie and Ilous issued a statement in December in which they claimed that Jack Russell's "frail body" and "drug abuse" prohibited him from taking part in the band's performances for the past year. They additionally revealed that Jack had undergone "five major surgeries" after his drug abuse got so bad that "his body began to shut down and ultimately resulted in colostomy surgery from a perforated bowel." In the statement, GREAT WHITE also insisted that Russell "does not have the right to start his own GREAT WHITE or use the name without our names in the lineup."

GREAT WHITE's last studio album, "Rising" (featuring Russell on lead vocals), was released in North America in April 2009 via Shrapnel Records. The CD was issued in Europe in March 2009 through Frontiers Records.
Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL have announced that they will take an extended break immediately following their festival appearances this summer.

"It has been an unbelievable first 15 years, to say the least," says guitarist Oscar Dronjak, "and now we are taking a pause to ensure that we have another 15 years ahead of us."

There will be no HAMMERFALL activities in 2013, but the band promises to return strong the following year. "The plan is to use the year off to recharge our batteries and come back more vital than ever with a new album in 2014," explains singer Joacim Cans.

HAMMERFALL will celebrate its 15th anniversary at two special shows this summer: July 28 at Dalhalla in Sweden, and a week later at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. Joacim states: "Obviously, the gig to attend is the one in Dalhalla; that will be the biggest and most special show we have ever done! Two hours of music, special effects and guest artists! But we will not forget that it all started at Wacken for us once upon a time." The German festival was the first show HAMMERFALL ever played outside Sweden and marked the beginning of the long and passsionate relationship the band has enjoyed with the German metal fans. "This is why we have decided to pull out all the stops for these two shows, and really make them special," Oscar says, "It will be a fitting end to the first 15 years of our career."

HAMMERFALL's new album, "Infected", sold around 1,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD debuted at No. 16 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.

HAMMERFALL's previous CD, "No Sacrifice, No Victory", opened with 1,400 units to land at No. 38 on the Top New Artist Albums chart.

"Infected" entered the official chart in Sweden at position No. 2 (right behind LADY GAGA!). The CD was released in Europe in May 2011 and was made available in North America in June via Nuclear Blast Records. Laying down the foundation themselves in their own studio in Sweden, the members of HAMMERFALL then traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to finish it up with acclaimed producer James Michael (MÖTLEY CRÜE, SCORPIONS, MEAT LOAF). He also mixed the album, giving it a decisive updated edge without losing any of the essence of the band's sound.

HAMMERFALL was among the five final nominees that competed for the "Best Hard Rock/Metal" honor at the Swedish Grammis awards (Swedish Grammy equivalent), which was held February 14, 2012 at Kungliga Operan in Stockholm.
"Requiem For The Indifferent", the fifth full-length album from Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA, sold 4,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 104 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Design Your Universe", opened with 2,100 units to land at position No. 12 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.

"Requiem For The Indifferent" has registered the following first-week chart positions:

Holland: #12
Switzerland: #14
Germany: #26
Austria: #33
Portugal: #36
USA: #104
UK: #112

A CD-release party for "Requiem For The Indifferent" was held last Friday night (March 16) at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands. EPICA played the new album in its entirety, along with some older tracks, during the more-than-two-hour event. Pyrotechnics and special show elements were added as well.
** Fear Factory's The Industrialist is out June 5, 2012 on Candlelight Records. We spoke to frontman Burton C. Bell about the record's storyline.
"I am a being… My existence has value… My purpose right now is to relate my witness, without any bitterness or partiality, the motives of my present reality."
We can only print a partial prologue… Is the story top secret or meant to unveil itself as time and circumstances allow?
Burton C. Bell: The full story will be the limited edition book/CD that [Candlelight] will be releasing. Along with the story, I drew some very rough sketches to go along with some of the scenes. In time, I wish to post the entire story and on the Fear Factory website.
Who is the person in the prologue? A protagonist, antagonist or mere observer?
Burton C. Bell: The Industrialist is an automaton, and it is the protagonist of the story.
Actually, is the "person" in the prologue a sentient machine?
Burton C. Bell: It is an automaton that is becoming sentient as it collects more memories with each passing day. Through observation and learning, it has gained the 'will to exist'.
"Desperate and exhausted, I see the human character lying wasted in ruin, victimized by planned obsolescence, deteriorated by emotional distortion."
Can you explain The Industrialist title?
Burton C. Bell:The Industrialist is the incarnation of all industries in the form of an automaton. The mechanical, technological, and scientific advances through the Industrialist age led to the creation of The Industrialist. What was meant to help man, will eventually be man's demise.
Why is suffering important to the protagonist?
Burton C. Bell: The way I see it, suffering gives the protagonist a reason to better one's self, to make life better. It shows the reader that the actions of the protagonist are not unfounded, even if the actions are questionable.
Is suffering a uniquely human trait or does it extend to the protagonist? Does the 'will to exist' lend itself to others' "will to exist"?
Burton C. Bell: Though the protagonist is an automaton, the suffering is caused by the actions of man. The automaton is becoming more sentient every day, while man is eradicating it's kind through due process. I think the will to exist is within all life forms. The notion of suffering lends itself to adaption, modification of form and thought. Even a virus will evolve for the sake of existence.
"Questions that are irrationally logical…. I implore you to seek as I seek for the encoded design, the ultimate realization for all humanity, and now myself…"
Are there other automatons in The Industrialist?
Burton C. Bell: Yes, quite a few. There is one that is frequently called The Counterpart.
Do you see a future world of sentient or self-learning robots, as Asimov, Dick and Scott imagined?
Burton C. Bell: I do envision a world, (not far away), that is full of robots, androids, automatons, and other machines that are created to serve mankind. To say that these machines will become sentient is uncertain.
How does the Internet or a future version of it where 'everything's connected' play into the story, if at all?
Burton C. BellI did not consider the Intertron as part of the future story, however I did form the idea that all machines are able to 'talk' to each other.
Is The Industrialist part of a larger story? Something beyond its current scope?
Burton C. BellThe reader will see some references to today's whorl, but that's all they are; references. The story does not have an ending, and it may continue.
According to a posting on Roadrunner Records' web site, KORN frontman Jonathan Davis recently visited Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, where he spent time with wounded soldiers, did a signing, and underwent a brief course of bomb disposal training.

US Air Force Master Sergeant Jocelin Borisow, who coordinated the whole thing, said, "Basically, back in June/July of last year when KORN were in Korea, Jon asked me where he could go to hang out with troops. Since I was stationed in Greenland, I couldn't really help him. I did promise that if he was on tour near a base I was stationed at that I'd help him come on base to hang out with troops. When I found out that KORN were going to be on tour in Europe, I asked him if he was still interested in visiting the troops, and he said that he was, so I contacted the organizations on base that could help me get the right paperwork to bring him on base to visit. Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE) sent me all the required paperwork, which Jens Geiger made sure to get back to me so we could bring Jon on base. All of the coordination occurred between AFE, Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), USO Wounded Warrior Center, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) and myself at the 886 Civil Engineer Squadron. The whole process took almost three months to coordinate."

Jonathan's itinerary included putting on a bomb suit, learning how to operate a bomb disposal robot and taking a test that required him to pick up an egg with the robot's claw and drop it into a bowl without breaking it, which he did successfully. He then underwent a Readiness and Emergency Management: Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear Warfare Defense Orientation, did a signing and took photos with fans, then traveled to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to have lunch with wounded troops in the USO's Wounded Warrior Center, and visit others in their hospital ward, before heading to KORN's next gig.
On April 10, The End Records will reissue four iconic titles from Swedish metal band OPETH as part of the label's acquisition of rights to the Music For Nations catalog. Having collectively shifted more 300,000 copies, these three albums plus one live DVD/CD recording present the very best of OPETH from their black metal era to their progressive rock transformation. The albums, produced by Steven Wilson of PORCUPINE TREE, along with the magnificent live DVD and documentary "Lamentations", are necessary reissues for any OPETH enthusiast.

"Lamentations" Special Edition:

* Live DVD and 2-disc CD live recording (first time ever that the audio and video components will be in one package)
* Includes documentary on the making of sister albums "Deliverance" and "Damnation"

"Blackwater Park" Casebound Legacy Edition:

* "Blackwater Park" package includes bonus DVD, and 28-page full-color casebound booklet / digipak
* The band's first collaboration with PORCUPINE TREE frontman Steven Wilson
* First OPETH album ever released in North America

"Damnation" Reissue:

* Departure from the band's death metal sound and entrance into progressive rock genre

"Deliverance" Reissue:

* Album won Swedish Grammis award for "Best Hard Rock" performance
* Appeared in the Top 20 on Billboard's Heatseekers and Top Independent Albums charts
* Considered one of the band's heaviest albums

Click here to pre-order the reissues.
SOULFLY's eighth album, "Enslaved", sold 5,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 82 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Omen", opened with 6,000 units in June 2010 to land at No. 73.

SOULFLY's 2008 album, "Conquer", premiered with 8,400 copies to enter the chart at No. 66. This number was in line with the opening tally of the CD's predecessor, "Dark Ages", which shifted a little more than 8,000 copies during its first week of release in October 2005 to debut at No. 155.

"Enslaved" was released on March 13 via Roadrunner Records. The CD was recorded at TallCat Studios in Phoenix, Arizona and was produced by Chris "Zeuss" Harris, the seasoned knob twiddler behind some of the most notable bands in metal today, such as SHADOWS FALL, HATEBREED, THE RED CHORD and more.

"Enslaved" standard CD features the following 11 tracks:

01. Resistance
02. World Scum
03. Intervention
04. Gladiator
05. Legions
06. American Steel
07. Redemption of Man By God
08. Treachery
09. Plata O Plomo
10. Chains
11. Revengeance

The digital-only edition includes the following three bonus tracks:

12. Slave
13. Bastard
14. Soulfly VIII

SOULFLY's video for the song "World Scum" can be seen below. The clip was conceptualized by SOULFLY mianman Max Cavalera and director Thomas Mignone (MUDVAYNE, SLIPKNOT, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, MORBID ANGEL) and produced through Mignone's production company Doom Incorporated. Mignone filmed the video in and around Los Angeles. Various scenes depicting humanity's perspectives of some of the world's significant historical — such as the attack on the Russian Czar by nihilists, the mass production of Zyklon B poisons, the Gulag prisons, the assassination of the president, and a final showdown between Jesus and the Anti-christ — are seen and reflected in the song's lyrics. The cinematography is by Peter Leininger; the special EFX makeup is by Maggie Hunter, the production design is by Hanna Dryland, and digital compositing and post-production is by editor/visual EFX artist Christopher Neil.

SOULFLY's current lineup features Max and guitar dynamo Marc Rizzo, with STATIC-X's Tony Campos taking up the bass. The lineup is rounded out by drummer David Kinkade (BORKNAGAR, ARSIS, MALEVOLENT CREATION), a new-school, extreme skinsman whose brutality behind the kit brings a new flavor to the band.
DISTURBED vocalist David Draiman has revealed more information about his new musical project which he said will be in the vein of industrial acts like NINE INCH NAILS and MINISTRY.

Draiman announced the existence of the project when asked on Twitter what his current plans were. When a follow-up question asked him to if the new project would be anything "like dubstep," he wrote, "No, it's about as close to it as [NINE INCH NAILS] or MINISTRY or RAMMSTEIN are. Industrial predates dubstep. . . In other words, it is at all times a guitar-driven sound." He then added, "I'll give you a little more info, then I have to leave it alone for now. I'm working with Geno Lenardo from FILTER."

Lenardo (pictured below) was initially hired as a touring guitarist for FILTER's "Short Bus" tour in 1995, then later signed on as a full-fledged member, co-writing tracks on FILTER's second album, "Title Of Record" (released in 1999), and the group's follow-up disc, 2002's "The Amalgamut".

Lenardo most recently contributed three songs to the soundtrack to the film "Underworld: Awakening", including "Heavy Prey" (see video below), which was a collaboration with FLYLEAF singer Lacey Sturm. The CD, which came out in January through Lakeshore Records, sold 3,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at position No. 175 on The Billboard 200 chart.

DISTURBED went on an open-ended hiatus last fall, and although the members of the band expressed interest in working on other endeavors, Draiman told The Pulse Of Radio at the time that he wasn't sure if he would do a solo project. "I don't know," he said. "I'm concerned about that, to be honest. I think too many people have tried and failed. You know, I think that the number of artists that have done it and been successful at it, you can count on one hand, and I would never want to stymie my persona or my growth individually by doing something just for the sake of doing it. If I were going to do something, it would have really have to be something special."

Draiman said he will officially unveil the new project on the May 26 edition of VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show".

DISTURBED has not indicated when it plans to return, although all four members say they're likely to come back.

Aside from Draiman, DISTURBED bassist John Moyer has branched out recently by joining ADRENALINE MOB, a new group also featuring ex-DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy and SYMPHONY X vocalist Russell Allen.

DISTURBED will issue a limited edition box set of all five of its studio albums on vinyl on April 21, Record Store Day, called "The Collection". The six-disc package includes all the records remastered and pressed on 140-gram heavy duty vinyl, with each housed in new artwork that is unique and exclusive to the box. Only 2,500 copies will be available worldwide.
Connecticut hardcore/metal masters HATEBREED are currently making pre-production recordings of some of their new material before embarking on a six-date tour of South America with LAMB OF GOD and LACUNA COIL at the end of March.

A new photo of HATEBREED bassist Chris Beattie laying down tracks in the studio can be seen below.

In a recent interview with Australia's Loud magazine, HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta stated about where he sees the band's next CD going musically, "Well, there probably won't be any melody whatsoever. (laughs) It'll be fast, heavy, I would say very reminiscent of the last record's faster, heavier songs like 'Merciless Tide' and 'Hands Of A Dying Man'."

On the topic of a tentative release date for the next HATEBREED album, Jamey said, "I don't know. We were talking about that the other day and we were thinking about whether we should put something out in October, or should we try to maybe just wait until next January and tour more on the 'Perseverance' ten-year anniversary tour. Because originally we thought about doing some dates and just doing the whole 'Perseverance' album. But then we scrapped that idea and decided we were going to tour all of Europe and all of the festivals in the summer, and then promoters asked us to come to other places and we're going to do some more touring. So I don't know, I'm not sure yet."

The self-titled album from HATEBREED sold 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 37 on The Billboard 200 chart.

HATEBREED's previous collection of new material, "Supremacy", opened with around 27,000 copies back in September 2006 to land at No. 31. This number was roughly in line with the first-week tally registered by its predecessor, "Rise Of Brutality", which shifted more than 32,000 copies back in November 2003 to debut at No. 30.

HATEBREED's covers album, entitled "For The Lions", sold around 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release back in May 2009 to debut at position No. 58 on The Billboard 200 chart.

"Hatebreed" was released in North America on September 29, 2009 via E1 Music (formerly KOCH Records). The effort was made available on CD, digital download, vinyl and special edition with a bonus 65-minute DVD. "Hatebreed" was issued on Roadrunner in all other territories.
Massachusetts metallers SHADOWS FALL filmed a video earlier today (Wednesday, March 21) at an abandoned building in Brooklyn, New York.

A couple of photos from the video shoot can be seen below.

SHADOWS FALL is scheduled to release its seventh album, tentatively titled "Fire From The Sky", late spring/early summer via Razor & Tie. The CD was recorded at Zing Studios in Westfield, Massachusetts with longtime friend, producer/engineer and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE/TIMES OF GRACE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz. Adam D., who has previously manned the boards on albums by ALL THAT REMAINS, AS I LAY DYING, UNEARTH, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA and EVERY TIME I DIE, was also intimately involved in the writing of the new SHADOWS FALL material.

SHADOWS FALL recently wrapped up a string of intimate headlining warm-up shows in select cities before heading to Australia for this year's Soundwave Festival.

Fan-filmed video footage of SHADOWS FALL performing the new song "Fire From The Sky" in Australia can be seen below.

SHADOWS FALL's last album, "Retribution", came out on September 15, 2009. A concert DVD/CD, "Madness In Manila: Shadows Fall Live In The Philippines 2009", followed on October 25, 2010 via Everblack Industries/Ferret Music. The set included over 60 minutes of footage that was shot on April 30, 2009 at the Pulp Summer Slam in Manila, Philippines as well as a live audio CD.
"Omertá", the debut album from ADRENALINE MOB — the band featuring featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD), SYMPHONY X frontman Russell Allen, guitar virtuoso Mike Orlando (SONIC STOMP) and DISTURBED bassist John Moyer — sold around 6,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 70 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released in Europe on March 19 in Europe via Century Media Records and in the U.S. on March 13 through the newly formed Elm City Music in conjunction with EMI Label Services.

The 11-song effort — which was produced by ADRENALINE MOB and mixed by Jay Ruston, who has previously worked on ANTHRAX's "Worship Music" and STEEL PANTHER's "Balls Out" — includes a blistering reinterpretation of DURAN DURAN's classic "Come Undone" featuring guest vocals by Lzzy Hale of HALESTORM.

"Omertá" track listing:

01. Undaunted
02. Psychosane
03. Indifferent
04. All On The Line
05. Hit The Wall
06. Feelin' Me
07. Come Undone (feat. Lzzy Hale)
08. Believe Me
09. Down To The Floor
10. Angel Sky
11. Freight Train

ADRENALINE MOB travelled to Los Angeles last week to film a video for the song "Indifferent". In addition, the group taped an appearance on an episode of VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show".

ADRENALINE MOB will perform at several European festivals this summer, including Graspop Metal Meeting (June 22-24 in Dessel, Belgium) and Gods Of Metal (June 21-24 in Milan, Italy).

ADRENALINE MOB's first-ever headline tour made stops in various markets, including Chicago, Denver and San Francisco. ADRENALINE MOB also opened for GODSMACK on select dates of the Massachusetts act's headlining tour.

ADRENALINE MOB formed in early 2011 when Mike Orlando approached Allen with some material the guitarist had written. Allen and Orlando refined those ideas, at which time Allen reached out to longtime friend Portnoy to see if he had any interest in playing with them. Portnoy jumped on board and the beast that is known as ADRENALINE MOB was born.

Guitarist Rich Ward (STUCK MOJO, FOZZY) and bassist Paul DiLeo (FOZZY) announced their departures from ADRENALINE MOB in January due to scheduling conflicts with their other projects.
CANDLEBOX is set to hit the road this spring in support of its first studio album in nearly four years, "Love Stories & Other Musings". The first leg, covering 22 cities, launches on April 7 in Pensacola, Florida.

Produced by Ken Andrews (PETE YORN, A PERFECT CIRCLE, TENACIOUS D, BECK), "Love Stories & Other Musings" features nine new tracks and five bonus tracks, re-recordings of some of the band's biggest hits, including "Far Behind" and "Cover Me".

The enthusiasm for this new record is not just reserved for the fans, "Years ago I read something that changed the way I look at EVERYTHING! It struck so deeply that I have never forgotten it. It simply stated, 'without music, life would be a mistake,'" says CANDLEBOX lead vocalist and co-founder Kevin Martin. "I've never forgotten it, even when I was struggling to find a song or a melody it kept me searching and frankly I could not imagine my life without it [music]. This record for me is no mistake, it is our music and our love for what a great gift we have been given. 'Love Stories & Other Musings' is a new direction for us and I couldn't be happier to share it with our fans."

"I haven't felt this way about a release from CANDLEBOX since our first record. The feeling for this record is both refreshing and stimulating," adds guitarist Peter Klett. "I can't be more excited to release this music to the fans who have been with us for so long."

After signing to their new label AudioNest, CANDLEBOX are carving their own role in today's modern music scene, thanks to the support of their loyal fans. They have spent much of the past five years playing Stateside and abroad for troops and appearing at festivals on multiple continents.
Finnish blues metal band CONCRETE SWINE has made its debut EP, "Ural Express", available for streaming in its entirety at the group's MySpace page. The CD was recorded by Jani Loikas at Cursed studio in Hyvinkää, Finland and was mixed by Rick Greenwood (LEGACY OF DISORDER, BEAR WITNESS) at Geneva Post Audio studio in Denton, Texas. The mastering was handled by Maor Appelbaum (SEPULTURA, HALFORD, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ADRENALINE MOB) in Los Angeles. The blues harp on the EP was played by one of Finland's top blues musicians, Ismo Haavisto.

"Ural Express" EP track listing:

01. Concrete Swine
02. Man To Lead
03. Hot Air
04. Save Yourself


Mr. Brusila - Vocals
Mr. Numminen - Guitar
Mr. Penttinen - Drums
Mr. Lahtinen - Bass
Formed simply as a metamorphosis of cult speed metal act ZNÖWHITE, Chicago's CYCLONE TEMPLE stormed back onto the thrash metal scene with their Combat Records debut album, "I Hate Therefore I Am", and the future was finally looking extremely prosperous for the band. Unfortunately, as with far too many bands back then, they were unable to fully capitalize on the growing momentum because of personal struggles within their ranks and then the sudden closing of Combat Records.

When Sony Records closed the doors at Combat, this left CYCLONE TEMPLE without a label, but instead of calling it quits, the band regrouped and soldiered on. They continued combining elements of thrash metal, groove and even reggae into a style that was misunderstood and too far ahead of its time back in the early '90s.

"Building Errors In The Machine" and "My Friend Lonely", two formerly independent and diverse releases, are collected in a deluxe edition reissue with remastered audio and new essay by editor-in-chief of AOL Music's Noisecreep, Carlos Ramirez.

"My Friend Lonely" (deluxe edition) CD/digital track listing:

01. Hate Makes Hate
02. Down The Drain
03. My Friend Lonely
04. Me, Myself & I
05. Drug Of The Masses
06. Comfortably Superficial
07. Killing Floor
08. Time Heals All
09. The Law Of Relativity

Bonus Tracks

"Building Errors In The Machine" EP

10. Hate Makes Hate
11. Me, Myself & I
12. Down The Drain
13. Killing Floor
14. Drug Of The Masses

"My Friend Lonely" will be released on May 8.
Former SINERGY singer Kimberly Goss has revealed to Noisecreep that she is now a teacher at the School Of Rock in Naperville, Illinois, where she is also raising her 5-year-old daughter.

When asked if she is involved with any bands right now, the 34-year-old ex-wife of CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/vocalist and her former SINERGY bandmate, Alexi Laiho, said, "For me right now, all other things have taken a back seat to motherhood. I didn't want my daughter to be raised by nannies or babysitters, especially in the very beginning of her life, so I definitely chose to put my career on hold to concentrate on being a parent. Now that she's getting a little older, I felt good about slowly getting back into music by teaching part time at the School Of Rock. I'm also currently writing for a music supervision company, whose job it is to place background music in TV shows. Writing a big, majestic film score has always been a dream of mine, but even getting the chance to write small clips for TV shows has been a great experience and I'm really grateful to still be getting opportunities to make a living solely from doing music."

She added, "I would definitely love to start or join another band someday, but for the time being it's not too practical. My days consist of taking my daughter to school, ballet class, libraries, playgrounds, and of course catching great shows like 'Disney Princesses On Ice' or 'Sesame Street Live'. [laughs] I do have a feeling that getting back into a band will be somewhere in my future. The urge and desire is definitely still there and I have never stopped writing music. I just have to wait for the time to be right. Stay tuned!"

Regarding whether she would ever do a band with Alexi Laiho again, Goss said, "Alexi will forever be one of my dearest friends and he is without a doubt the greatest musician I have ever worked with, but we are both at very different places in our lives right now. That's not to say that some day in the future something like that couldn't happen, but it's certainly not in the cards anytime soon. I would actually love to finish the fourth SINERGY album that we started production on many years ago. At this rate we can probably look forward to a release date in June of 2042!"

In 2006, Nuclear Blast Records released a "Deluxe Edition" of SINERGY's debut album, "Beware the Heavens". The CD, which originally came out in 1999, features three bonus tracks, all of which have been previously released on assorted tribute albums: "Rock You Like A Hurricane" (SCORPIONS cover), "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (The Man After Midnight)" (ABBA) and "The Number of the Beast" (IRON MAIDEN).

SINERGY's last album, "Suicide by my Side", was released in 2002.

School Of Rock teaches kids to play guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, drums and combines weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting.
Jerry Gaskill, drummer for legendary rockers KING'S X, was released from the hospital earlier today (Wednesday, March 21) — more than three weeks after he suffered a heart attack and underwent an emergency operation. A brand new photo of Gaskill taken as he was leaving the facility can be seen below.

To help Gaskill pay his medical bills, KING'S X is offering a special MP3 download-only title, "Burning Down Boston: Live at The Channel 6.12.91". This release was edited and mastered from a stereo FOH (front-of-house) recording. While the audio is far from perfect sonically, the performance documents yet another magical night on tour while supporting the "Faith Hope Love" album. The band expands many of the cuts featured here, including performances that are blistering ("Moanjam"), heavy and funk-laden ("We Are Finding Who We Are"), beautiful ("The Burning Down"), and truly transcendental ("Over My Head"). A few songs from the show were omitted due to tape damage. However, three bonus tracks have been included (an additional 15 minutes) from the same show that were not presented in the main track listing.

In addition to the gift with this download, anyone who wants to further make a personal gift to Jerry to help him with his medical bills can send a check made out to Jerry Gaskill. Mail it to: Jerry Gaskill, c/o World Entertainment Inc., P.O. Box 3095, Sea Bright, NJ 07760. One hundred percent of your gift goes to Jerry Gaskill to help him defray his medical expenses. Jerry Gaskill is an individual and not a charity. Any funds given to him would be a gift and no further tax deduction for charitable contributions would be coming from him.

For more information, visit www.molkenmusic.com.
DEVILDRIVER bassist Aaron "Bubble" Patrick has been released from the hospital after receiving treatment for Streptococcus pneumonia, an inflammation and swelling of the lung, caused by an infection with the bacteria. According to his mother, Aaron will have to rest at least a week before getting on a plane, as the lungs cannot take the pressure.

Patrick is sitting out DEVILDRIVER's Metal Alliance Tour, which kicked off on March 15 at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Filling in for him is Aaron's former BURY YOUR DEAD bandmate Chris Towning.

Patrick joined DEVILDRIVER as the replacement for Jonathan Miller, who quit the band in March 2011, calling it "the most difficult decision of my life" but "something that I needed to do for myself."
"Cause And Effect", a brand new song from 69 CHAMBERS — the Swiss rock/metal trio featuring guitarist and producer Tommy Vetterli (CORONER, ex-KREATOR) and his wife, Nina Vetterli-Treml — can be streamed using the SoundCloud player below. The track, which features a guest appearance by vocalist Christian "Chrigel" Glanzmann of Swiss folk metallers ELUVEITIE, comes off 69 CHAMBERS' sophomore album, "Torque", due on April 27 via Massacre Records.

69 CHAMBERS' sound is described as "a minefield of contradictions — a place where brutality meets pop sensibility and downtuned riffs, battering drums and a driving bass collide with infectious melody."

69 CHAMBERS' debut album, "War On The Inside", was released in 2009 via Silverwolf Productions.


Nina Vetterli-Treml - Vocals, Bass
Tommy Vetterli - Guitar
Diego Rapacchietti - Drums

For more information, visit www.69chambers.com.
French metallers DARKNESS DYNAMITE are currently working on the follow-up to 2009's "The Astonishing Fury Of Mankind" for a late 2012 release. The instrumental parts for the new CD were recorded at Electrik Box Studio in Lille, France with Olive t'Servrancx while the vocals were laid down in Los Angeles. The mixing and mastering duties will once again be handled by Remyboy (MATS & MORGANS, DEMIANS, SYN, RODRIGUE) at AhddenTeam Studio in Lille.

DARKNESS DYNAMITE was formed in January 2007 and recorded its first EP, "Through The Ashes Of The Wolves", in June of that same year. After selling out the first pressing of the EP, DARKNESS DYNAMITE decided to take things a step further and started the composition of its first album. As the writing process unfolded, a few artistic feuds begin to arise between the band and their former singer, who was later asked to leave the group. Armed with a replacement frontman in Junior Rodriguez, the band's music started flowing again, only even stronger, as clear lines are drawn and the artistic direction becomes more defined.

According to a press release, DARKNESS DYNAMITE "combines heavy guitars, massive grooves and an intuitive sense for great harmonies and melodies to turn them into fantastic metal songs! [The band] integrates all of the modern metal flavours but takes inspiration from '80s metal with references such as METALLICA, GUNS N' ROSES, PANTERA and SEPULTURA. Their new vocal signature opens them a brand new horizon: heavy metal, rock, power metal… METAL!"
Canadian musician/producer Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, STEVE VAI, LAMB OF GOD, DARKEST HOUR, GWAR) played four shows in London in November 2011 dedicated to his tetralogy album concept — a great journey through Devin's different states of musical moods — which he started in 2009 with the albums "Addicted" (2009) and "Ki" (2009) and finished with last year's "Deconstruction" and "Ghost". The concerts were professionally recorded and filmed for a unique box-set release, which he has decided to call "By A Thread - Live in London 2011".

Due on June 18 in Europe and June 19 in North America through HevyDevy Records/InsideOut Music, "By A Thread - Live in London 2011" will contain all four shows on four DVDs, plus a five-CD set (the four albums and one disc with all of the encores).

Speaking to AOL's Noisecreep, Townsend stated about the upcoming multi-disc package, "We're going to do the four DVDs, four audio discs [CDS], one of bonus footage, and because the shows are too long to fit the encores on the audio discs, we have a disc of just the encores. . . There's bonus material from 'Ghosts' and 'Deconstruction'. We did a bunch of PUNKY BRÜSTER stuff [Townsend's 1996 project] and for 'Addicted' [concert] we did a bunch of old catalog stuff, just to flesh it out. So the people that come to the show are not just feeling ripped off that we played for 55 minutes and then buggered off."

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT released "Contain Us", a special tribute box set for its epic quadrology ("Ki", "Addicted", "Deconstruction" and "Ghost") on November 29, 2011 in North America. "Contain Us" was designed and created by Man Alive's Tom Bejgrowicz (who also conceived the classic and must-have MISFITS "Coffin" box-set) and is the ultimate collection for every diehard Devin fan. The standard box-set is priced at $80.00 while the hand-numbered box with the 10" and a lithograph drawn and autographed by Devin is $100.
Vocalist Brock Lindow of Alaskan metallers 36 CRAZYFISTS has issued the following update:

"After much thought and discussion in the 36 CRAZYFISTS camp, we have decided to break the silence and address some of the concerns that have been posted on our [Facebook] page.

"Firstly, our brother Thomas Noonan [drums] has decided to step away from the band, I have played music with T for over 20 years, he is one of my best friends, so he will be sorely missed, but we understand as we get older (and I mean OLDER), life takes on new meanings, so with his decision, we wish him a tremendous amount of success in his newest adventures…

"As for 36 CRAZYFISTS, we are currently working on our new album and at this point we have no release date for you guys.

"I have to be honest — last year was very difficult for my family as I lost my mother to cancer and from that dark period of my life, we as a band decided after 19 years of 36 CRAZYFISTS, we needed a break from the road. But as the years have rolled by, one thing I have learned throughout this band's career is that we have found ways to find new life and overcome tragedies to create something we are truly proud of. So with all of this, we are grateful and eternally indebted to all of our people for their undying loyalty and patience. We can't wait to get this record finished up and return to the road to connect once again."

36 CRAZYFISTS's latest album, "Collisions And Castaways", sold around 3,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 161 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at No. 3 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.

"Collisions And Castaways" was written and recorded between October 2009 and May 2010. It follows on the heels of 2009's DVD, "Underneath a Northern Sky", and is the band's second straight effort to feature Steve Holt in the producer's chair and Andy Sneap handling the final mix.
Portugal-based gothic progressive metallers ENCHANTYA have inked a deal with Massacre Records. The band's debut album, "Dark Rising", will be released on September 28. The CD was recorded by Fernando Matias (MOONSPELL, BIZARRA LOCOMOTIVA, GWYDION, WE ARE THE DAMNED) at The Pentagon Audio Manufacturers Studios.

ENCHANTYA was formed back in 2004 when Rute Fevereiro decided to pause her musical career with BLACK WIDOWS. In the summer of 2005, they recorded their first demo, "Moonlighting The Dreamer", and despite lineup changes, garnered a number of positiive reviews, played many memorable concerts and made a few TV appearances.

In 2007, ENCHANTYA won first place at the inaugural edition of the "Bandas Procuram-se" competition in Portugal.


Rute Fevereiro - Vocals
Nuno Seven - Guitar
MP - Bass
João Paulo Monteiro - Drums
Bruno Prates - Guitar
Sweden's MISERATION — the collaboration between SCAR SYMMETRY vocalist Christian Älvestam and Jani Stefanovic (ESSENCE OF SORROW, DIVINEFIRE) — has announced the addition of bassist Christian Lundgren to the group's ranks. The band states, "Lundgren has been a friend of Christian for a long time and they have played together in several bands throughout the years. Next to MISERATION, they're currently both a part of QUEST OF AIDANCE as well."

MISERATION is currently recording its third album for a tentative early summer release via Lifeforce Records.

MISERATION's "Dreamdecipher" video can be viewed below. The clip was directed by Markus Rytilahti of Ekman & Winroth.

"Dreamdecipher" comes off MISERATION's sophomore album, "The Mirroring Shadow", which was released in November 2009 via Lifeforce Records. The follow-up to "Your Demons - Their Angels" was recorded at Panic Room studios with producer Tomas "Plec" Johansson.

MISERATION previously described "The Mirroring Shadow" as "a step up, intensity- and aggression-wise," and "more technical than its predecessor." The band added, "This progression both came and felt very natural to us, once the new material started to take shape. Sound-wise, producer Tomas 'Plec' Johansson has really outdone himself on this one, giving the music a productional enviroment to die for! Crushingly pounding, yet crystal clear!"

MISERATION's debut album, "Your Demons, Their Angels", was released in September 2008.


Christian Älvestam - Vocals
Marcus "Skägget" Bertilsson - Guitar
Jani Stefanovic - Guitar
Oscar Nilsson - Drums
Christian Lundgren – Bass
"Torture", the twelfth studio album from Florida-based death metal veterans CANNIBAL CORPSE, sold 9,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Evisceration Plague", also opened with 9,600 units to land at No. 66. That was more than 50 percent higher than the opening tally of CANNIBAL CORPSE's 2006 CD, "Kill", which entered the chart at No. 170 after shifting more than 6,000 copies.

"Torture" was again produced by HATE ETERNAL's Erik Rutan at his own Mana Recording Studio in St. Petersburg, Florida as well as Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, and features the maniacal cover art by longtime CANNIBAL CORPSE artist Vincent Locke.

While "Torture" marks the latest progression in the band's sound, it also witnesses a return to what drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz accurately terms "the frenzied attack of 'Butchered At Birth' (1991) or 'Tomb Of The Mutilated' (1992)," infusing the band's advanced musicianship with the raw savagery that haunted their earlier releases, and in the process conceiving the definitive CANNIBAL CORPSE record.

"Torture" track listing:

01. Demented Aggression
02. Sarcophagic Frenzy
03. Scourge Of Iron
04. Encased In Concrete
05. As Deep As the Knife Will Go
06. Intestinal Crank
07. Followed Home Then Killed
08. The Strangulation Chair
09. Caged...Contorted
10. Crucifier Avenged
11. Rabid
12. Torn Through

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