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According to The Times-Picayune, KISS will perform a free concert in Woldenberg Park along the Mississippi River in downtown New Orleans the weekend of the NCAA Men's Final Four. The concerts are part of a full slate of festivities throughout the college men's basketball championship weekend. KISS will kick off "The Big Dance Concert Series" on Friday, March 30. The band last performed in New Orleans during the 2009 Voodoo Experience in City Park.

As previously reported, KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE are expected to officially announce their "massive" U.S. co-headlining tour on Tuesday, March 20 at 5:00 p.m. EST. The trek will reportedly kick off on July 19 and run for almost three months.

KISS members declined to reveal any details about the upcoming tour at the "Kiss By Monster Mini Golf" grand opening on Thursday, but the band's guitarist, Tommy Thayer, did tell the Las Vegas Sun that he really enjoyed the CRÜE's performance at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in February, saying, "MÖTLEY CRÜE is one of my favorite bands." He added that KISS would be interested in entertaining such a monthlong residency at some point. "It would have to be way over the top, but we're a band that does things over the top anyway," he said. "We know no boundaries."

KISS has completed recording its new album, "Monster", for a late spring 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".
 
North American syndicated rock radio show "In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands" celebrates the 25th anniversary of one of the best-selling hard rock albums in history, WHITESNAKE's "1987".

After eight studio albums in 10 years, WHITESNAKE had managed to keep hard rock relevant, in an everchanging '80s rock market in the U.K., while America had yet to fully embrace the band. Bandleader/singer/songwriter David Coverdale was sidelined with a potentially careerending chronic sinus infection midway through this project. Coverdale reveals to show producer and host Redbeard just how serious his health scare was. "He (the doctor) put a small flashlight into my mouth... and said, 'This is the worst sinus infection I've ever seen, I'm surprised you could even talk.' I came back and prepared for surgery and a 50 percent chance I would never be able to perform again."
Three million dollars in debt and having just recovered from throat surgery, Coverdale put it all on the line.

"We shot three videos in two weeks, 'Still Of The Night', 'Here I Go Again', 'Is This Love', and things just went nuts."

"In The Studio" is syndicated on over 50 radio stations throughout North America.

The WHITESNAKE "In The Studio" program will air the week of March 19.

To stream this interview online, go to this location.
 
"Clockwork Angels" is being turned into a novel by Colorado-based sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson, who wrote on Facebook, "Most of you are aware of my long-standing friendship with (RUSH drummer) Neil Peart . . . For more than twenty years, Neil and I have wanted to collaborate on something MAJOR, a way we could tie together our imaginations, and at last that's happening. I'm writing the novelization of RUSH's forthcoming album, 'Clockwork Angels'."

Anderson added that he worked with Peart to "flesh out the epic story told over the course of the music," which involves "lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life."

According to Amazon.com, ECW Press has set a September 1 release date for the "Clockwork Angels" novel.

"Clockwork Angels" will be released on May 29 in the U.S. via Roadrunner Records and in Canada through Anthem/Universal Music. The CD will be made available in Japan on May 23 via Warner Music.

RUSH started work on the follow-up to 2007's "Snakes & Arrows" in late 2009 with the production team of Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, STONE SOUR) and engineer Richard Chycki (AEROSMITH, DREAM THEATER).

Two songs from "Clockwork Angels" that were previously digitally released, "BU2B" and "Caravan", were reportedly re-recorded for the forthcoming CD due to a record label change in the middle of the making of the album.

The organizer of the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals has told NME.com that he would not consider booking the current lineup of GUNS N' ROSES again.

GUNS N' ROSES headlined the Reading and Leeds festivals in August 2010 and came onstage an hour late at Reading and 30 minutes late at Leeds, with both shows cut short due to venue curfews.

GUNS N' ROSES lead singer Axl Rose said from the stage at Leeds as the band's set was halted, "We would like to play a few more songs for you tonight but someone is telling us the show's over." He also launched an F-bomb at the festival's promoters before leaving.

Meanwhile, at Reading, Rose staged a sitdown protest when the band's set was stopped at midnight. The curfew had already been extended half an hour for the group at that point.

Many members of the crowd jeered the band when it arrived onstage 60 minutes late, while a number of audience members also left before the set even started. According to Gigwise.com, the crowd continued to disperse throughout the band's performance.

Melvin Benn, chief executive of organisers Festival Republic, who had previously said that he would definitely book the band again, told NME.com that he would not invite GUNS again in the band's current incarnation.

"I wouldn't have the current lineup, certainly not at the moment. It doesn't feel right," he said.

When asked if he'd consider booking the band's original lineup, Benn replied, "Of course, if it was the original lineup, I would definitely consider it and if they could tell the time, it would be fantastic. With the original lineup, it would be something very special. We'd have to give them all a watch each, but we'd certainly try to get them if they reformed."
 
Live Nation has announced that three of the most incendiary bands from the "alt rock" era are coming together to tour arenas throughout the U.K. this September. THE CULT, THE MISSION and KILLING JOKE will be hitting the road together for the first time in celebration of the dazzling trails they've continually blazed through the musical landscape since their respective inceptions. This incredible tour, the likes of which hasn't been seen before, will be hitting arenas in Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham and London. THE CULT, THE MISSION and KILLING JOKE tickets will go on sale on Friday, March 23 at 9 a.m. and will be available from LiveNation.co.uk.

THE CULT are one of the most influential and controversial rock bands of our time. They have continued to push musical and artistic boundaries making them as vital today as ever. The tour comes on the heels of the band releasing their
brand new studio album, "Choice Of Weapon", due for release via Cooking Vinyl on May 21 in the U.K. (May 22 in North America). The album was written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, recorded in New York City, Los Angeles, the California high desert and the band's Witch Mountain studio between July and December2011. Longtime CULT collaborator and producer Bob Rock, who produced one of THE CULT's most successful albums, the platinum-certified "Sonic Temple", put the finishing touches on the foundations that were laid by co-producer Chris Goss. The new release features founding members Astbury on vocals and Duffy on guitars, with drummer John Tempesta and bassist Chris Wyse.

On this incredible gathering of vitally important musicians, Ian Astbury had the following to say: "This is a fantastic bill and these will be magical shows ,a unique occasion that we look forward to with great anticipation. The band is killing it right now and we are excited to get back to the business of playing live."

Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams left the SISTERS OF MERCY and formed THE MISSION, enlisting Simon Hinkler and Mick Brown into their ranks. Having performed together in Europe before, but never on our shores, this special tour will see THE CULT and THE MISSION performing together for the very first time ever in the U.K.

Speaking on the tour, Wayne Hussey had the following to say: "It'll be great. We played a festival show in Belgium with THE CULT back in October last year and it was really lovely to see Ian and Billy again, it was like no time had passed at all. We'd gone our separate ways over the years and travelled different roads but I always think of Ian and Billy as brothers in arms, kindred spirits. I'm looking forward to hearing 'Sanctuary' every night. And it'll be great to have KILLING JOKE along, too. I've been a long time admirer of Jaz and his cohorts. I was fortunate enough to be able to work with Jaz, he is a huge personality. It'll be good to see him again."

Since the emergence of the post-punk scene KILLING JOKE have been pioneers across multiple genres from metal, industrial to dance. They have been covered by everyone from METALLICA to FOO FIGHTERS evolving and influencing musical generations for three decades. In 2008 the original members Jaz Coleman, Geordie Walker, Youth and Big Paul Ferguson reunited for a sold out world tour which culminated in the band recording the critically acclaimed album "Absolute Dissent" on Spinefarm/Universal. The album went on to win Metal Hammer "Album Of The Year" and they were honoured by Jimmy Page at the Classic Rock Awards for Innovation. 2012 sees them return with highly anticipated new studio album, "MMXII", released April 2 on Spinefarm/Universal.

Speaking on the tour, Youth adds: "KILLING JOKE are honoured and are proud to celebrate together and play alongside THE MISSION and THE CULT, at this great gathering of the tribes. We look forward to unleashing an apocalypse of sonic destruction and giving the crowd a good kick in the teeth."
 
John Katic of GuitarWorld.com recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson about David's new book, "Unsung: Words And Images", featuring never-before-published original lyrics and images. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

GuitarWorld.com: You recently released a self-published book, "Unsung: Words And Images". Can you tell us what inspired the project and how it got started?

Ellefson: I have a lot of lyrics from just the past few months, ideas that were really good, but I wasn't necessarily inspired to go through the process of writing music around them all. Setting the lyrics to photo images opened up a whole new realm of creativity with these words and didn't confine me to having to edit ideas to fit into a specific musical genre, either.

GuitarWorld.com: Were the works in the book written specifically for the book?

Ellefson: Much like when you compile a musical album, the lyrics started to shape the book very naturally. Once I realized the potential, I had to not be locked into writing only genre-specific lyrics, other ideas started to flow effortlessly. Pieces like "Sweet Affections", "Goddess Divine" and even "The Cycle" really helped round out the book and give it some unique emotion and variety that I may not have been able to put on a musical album with many of the same lyrics.

GuitarWorld.com: The photos used in with each piece — were they take with a piece in mind or did you look through photos to find what fit your vision?

Ellefson: I was really blessed to find a fantastic creative team to help me put this book together. Raffaella is a photographic artist and, as a result, she has so many great photos we were able to utilize. Her specialty is taking random, thought-provoking photos of various subjects, much the same way I create thought through lyric ideas. Bringing our creative works together with mine was a really unique way to co-create with our respective mediums.

Read the entire interview from GuitarWorld.com.

"Unsung" is available now for purchase through Blurb.com in a deluxe hardcover "Gift" edition, softcover high-gloss version and instant downloadable version through the iBooks app for iPad and iPhone.

For more information, visit DavidEllefson.com.
 
Reformed heavy metal legends ACCEPT will release their new album, "Stalingrad", on April 6 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was once again helmed by British producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY), who worked on the band's critically acclaimed comeback effort, "Blood Of The Nations".

"Stalingrad"will be made available in the following formats:

* Limited CD+DVD
* CD
* 2LP (red) in gatefold
* 2LP (white/red) in gatefold - exclusive Nuclear Blast mailorder edition

"Stalingrad" track listing:

01. Hung, Drawn And Quartered
02. Stalingrad
03. Hellfire
04. Flash To Bang Time
05. Shadow Soldiers
06. Revolution
07. Against The World
08. Twist Of Fate
09. The Quick And The Dead
10. Never Forget (bonus track)
11. The Galley

DVD contents:

Official Bootleg

Live at Bang Your Head!!! 2011

01. Princess Of The Dawn
02. Pandemic
03. No Shelter

Live at Masters Of Rock 2010

04. Teutonic Terror
05. The Abyss

Video clips

06. Teutonic Terror
07. Pandemic

The "Stalingrad" title track is available for streaming in the YouTube clip below.

Commented ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffman: "ACCEPT and Andy Sneap have the perfect synergy. This was so clear with 'Blood Of The Nations' and we are excited to continue on that path. Andy is not only an amazing and prolific producer but also a very good friend who has long become a member of the ACCEPT family."

Regarding the musical direction of ACCEPT's next album, Hoffmann told The Rock Pit last year, "We're just gonna have the same attitude, the approach; we're just gonna do more of the same, you know, without it being the same. More similar-style stuff, hopefully fresh new ideas. And I mean, we're not gonna… The intention is not to change it right now. I mean, why would we? . . . But I have to say, it's always easier said than done. It's incredibly difficult to write songs that are sort of reminiscent of the past but they're not, you know, rip-offs of your own music. That sounds incredibly very simple, but it's really not, especially if you have a sort of history of 15 albums or whatever we have. Then there are always similarities that you have to avoid. It can't be too close, but it can't be too far away from it. So it's a pretty fine line that you have to walk sometimes, but, you know, hopefully we'll manage again."

ACCEPT's July 15, 2011 performance at last year's edition of the Bang Your Head!!! festival in Balingen, Germany marked the band's return to a five-piece format after the group spent a couple of months touring as a quartet due to the fact that guitarist Herman Frank suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung in a stage fall on May 6, 2011 in San Antonio.

"Blood Of The Nations" was released in North America on September 14, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. Recorded at Sneap's Backstage Studio in Derbyshire, England, the CD marked the debut of the band's latest addition, vocalist Mark Tornillo (ex-TT QUICK).

ACCEPT 2012 is:

Wolf Hoffmann: Guitar
Peter Baltes: Bass
Herman Frank: Guitar
Mark Tornillo: Vocals
Stefan Schwarzmann: Drums
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Californian rockers RATT are preparing to release a digital-only compilation album via iTunes containing "music from their vaults, unreleased and live tracks from 1983 to 1991." More details will be made available soon.

"Infestation", the first studio record in 11 years from RATT, sold around 14,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 30 on the Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on April 20, 2010 via Loud & Proud.

"Infestation" was produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette (CHEVELLE, ALTER BRIDGE) at his Virginia studio, marking the first time the band has recorded outside of Los Angeles. The album is full of attitude and of reflection, cycling through a range of emotions. There are party anthems that RATT are known for alongside more contemplative, thoughtful tunes.

RATT is currently working on a new album for a tentative late summer release.
 
 
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, Japan and USA on May 18. The 12-song CD will mark GREAT WHITE's first effort with Ilous following the band's split with founding singer Jack Russell. In addition, GREAT WHITE's 30th-anniversary show at the Key Club in Hollywood, California on March 22 will be professionally filmed and recorded for an upcoming live album and concert DVD.

Stated Kendall: "We are extremely excited about our new studio album and are looking forward to sharing our new music with you all."

The cover artwork for "Elation" can be found below.

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.
 
John Parks of Legendary Rock Interviews recently conducted an interview with SKID ROW guitarist and DOWN manager Dave "The Snake" Sabo. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Legendary Rock Interviews: Your name came up a few times in the Sebastian [Bach, ex-SKID ROW singer] interview we just ran and in the interest of fairness we wanted to get ahold of you to give you a chance to respond.

Sabo: First of all, thank you, John, for your patience and diligence in getting this done. I'm sorry I wasn't able to do it sooner. Had I simply been the desk jockey Sebastian described me as, I probably would have been able to get back to you way more quickly. (laughs) One of the first things I noticed in his interview with you was that it was clear he has no idea what it is that I do. (laughs) He talks about me being a manager and not really a touring act. Then he follows it up by saying he's not saying that to be a dick, (laughs) but that's kind of a "dick" thing to say. So, I found a lot of what he said to be humorous and ridiculous at the same time to talk shit about my career. His words kind of diminish what I've been working so hard at doing these last six years in my work. Having said that, I am a guitar player first and foremost and always have been. SKID ROW is my band and I read stuff like that and it dawns on me how much Sebastian doesn't know me or know anything about me even after all these years. That's fine; it's not like we've made an effort to sit there and follow each other's careers since the split, but still….to put down what I do as a manager and say I simply hook up things for Phil Anselmo [DOWN, ex-PANTERA] is kind of demeaning. Rick Sales is his manager. Is that all Rick does is sit around and arrange interviews for Sebastian?? I doubt it, there's a LOT that goes into being an artist manager and that usually falls on a publicist which is something Sebastian should know. At the end of the day, his interview really just added a little humor to my day.

Legendary Rock Interviews: Do you have any personal insight as to how he viewed the breakup? It was mentioned that Sebastian didn't like the material he was presented with?

Sabo: I think we all have our own personal viewpoint or truth as far as what we perceive to be behind the breakup that happened all those years ago. I have a pretty good memory, John, and there's some truth to what he said, but in all honesty, this is what I remember. I remember writing six songs and he can't tell you what those six songs were, because, in all honesty, to the best of my knowledge, he never listened to them. [Manager] Scott McGhee brought them down to his house and said, "At least give these a listen," and Sebastian was so pissed off at us at the time and we were just so distant from each other that it just got really bad to the point of him not even listening to the material. From what I was told, he just threw the tape at Scott and said, "I'm not singing that punk rock bullshit," because that's just how Sebastian viewed Rachel [Bolan, bass]. That reaction of not even bothering to listen to it was what set me in motion as far as thinking maybe it was just time to move on. The thing is, from the first album on, Rachel had always brought that punk rock influence to the band; it was nothing new. It was always Rachel that turned the rest of us on to that stuff and had that RAMONES or PISTOLS influence. Songs like "Piece of Me" or "Bonehead" never would have happened were it not for Rachel's influence.

Legendary Rock Interviews: I love the passion Sebastian has for everything, he's almost exhausting to talk with but it's always fun. Why did things get so bad between Sebastian and the rest of you guys?

Sabo: I think a lot of times what happens a lot times in these situations is that people's idiosyncracies or characters can become masked or hidden when you are experiencing a certain degree of success. When that success starts to fade, certain character issues will come out and rear their head be it in a positive way or a negative way.

Legendary Rock Interviews: You start seeing a different side of someone when you go from playing sold-out arenas to sold-out clubs.

Sabo: Yeah, and to be honest, it never really bothered me, John. I've said this a hundred times in interviews, so it's really no newsflash. It never really bothered me. I can't say I was totally unaffected by it, but not to the degree that it affected Sebastian. It really, really affected him when that happened, at least from my vantage point. It angered him and he tended to act out and create personal issues with the band at that point. The way he treated Rob [Affuso, drums] was particularly awful at that time and I think a lot of it had to do with us being very cognizant of our waning popularity. Sebastian, for some reason, just took that whole thing very, very personally. I think we all did but I know that I never looked at any of our success or acclaim as a birthright or that the world owed me it, I understand that level of fame does not last forever. I looked at every bit of it as an absolute gift and still do to this day, including talking to you. To be able to still be involved in this very tough business is amazing and I am very, very grateful. I think it is a blessing that all five of the original members of SKID ROW are still in the business even though some of the band are doing their own thing. I never got into this to be a "rock star." I wanted to be a guitar player and write songs and the fact that I am still able to do that is incredible. To be able to write songs that people enjoy or relate to is amazing. I truly am thankful to be able to play to any sized audience and accomplish what we continue to do.

Legendary Rock Interviews: Do you question him saying that you and Rachel wanted to control every aspect of the songwriting and that was part of what led him to frustration?

Sabo: That is so untrue. If that were true, then Sebastian's name would not be on any of the album credits for "Subhuman Race" or any of the other things he got credit for, including "Slave To The Grind". The thing is, to the best of my knowledge, Sebastian really didn't write all that much when he was in the band. We always, always operated on the premise that the best idea wins regardless of who writes it. It's true that over the course of the band, Rachel and I had built the ability to be able to write well together. I can't really put a finger on why it happened; it just happened. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry write a lot and the other guys write as well, but just not as much as that combo. Rachel and I have a certain thing and have always interacted very, very well with one another and those songs are result of that relationship built over time. It's not that Sebastian and the other guys didn't attempt to write as much as that they didn't write as much. Some of what they wrote was very, very good and some of it wasn't. I've always been able to write the best with Rachel and that ended up being a lot of the material the band was built upon. We were always open to other guys in the band writing though because we always wanted SKID ROW to be about the band and the bandmembers' input and writing.
 
Marilyn Manson will perform his song "The Beautiful People" with German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN live at this year's ECHO awards show.

"The Beautiful People" was originally released as a single from the Manson album "Antichrist Superstar" in 1996.

The German music awards show ECHO will be broadcasted live on ARD on March, 22 at 8:15 p.m. All fans can witness the performance at the same time via livestream at this location.

Marilyn Manson will release his long-awaited new album, "Born Villain", on May 1 (one day earlier internationally) via Cooking Vinyl and Manson's own label Hell, Etc.

RAMMSTEIN's long-awaited retrospective release, "Made In Germany 1995 - 2011", was made available on December 13 through Universal Germany's marketing and distribution deal in the U.S. with Vagrant Records.
 
The self-titled debut album from KILL DEVIL HILL — the band featuring Vinny Appice (HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, DIO) on drums, Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN) on bass, Mark Zavon (RATT, W.A.S.P., 40 CYCLE HUM) on guitar and Jason "Dewey" Bragg (PISSING RAZORS) on vocals — will be released via SPV/Steamhammer on the following dates:

U.S./Canada: May 22
Germany: May 25
Rest Of Europe: May 28

"Kill Devil Hill" was originally due on March 27 but had its release date pushed back so that the band could record another track at the last minute. The group explained, "It was decided that a song that was to be a bonus track might be released as a single, so in order to include that song on the CD we needed an additional track to include as a bonus in its place."

"Kill Devil Hill" was produced by Warren Riker, who is best known for his work with DOWN, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, SUBLIME and CATHEDRAL. The effort will be available in a standard CD edition, as an iTunes digital download, and double gatefold LP.

"Kill Devil Hill" track listing:

CD:

01. War Machine (3:09)
02. Hangman (3:40)
03. Voodoo Doll (3:53)
04. Gates Of Hell (4:53)
05. Rise From The Shadows (4:03)
06. We're All Gonna Die (4:26)
07. Strange (3:31)
08. Time & Time Again (3:50)
09. Old Man (3:06)
10. Mysterious Ways (2:25)
11. Up In Flames (6:04)
12. Revenge (4:54)

Double Gatefold LP:

Side 1 (14:56)

01. War Machine (3:09)
02. Hangman (3:40)
03. We're All Gonna Die (4:26)
04. Time & Time Again (3:50)

Side 2 (10:21)

01. Old Man (3:06)
02. Mysterious Ways (2:25
03. Revenge (4:54)

Side 3 (10:07)

01. Rise From The Shadows (4:03)
02. Up In Flames (6:04)
03. Strange (3:31)

Side 4 (12:56)

01. Voodoo Doll (3:53)
02. Gates Of Hell (4:53)
03. Drawbridge (5:58) (bonus track)

iTunes Digital Download:

01. War Machine (3:09)
02. Hangman (3:40)
03. Voodoo Doll (3:53)
04. Gates Of Hell (4:53)
05. Rise From The Shadows (4:03)
06. We're All Gonna Die (4:26)
07. Strange (3:31)
08. Time & Time Again (3:50)
09. Old Man (3:06)
10. Mysterious Ways (2:25)
11. Up In Flames (6:04)
12. Revenge (4:54)
13. Gates Of Hell (acoustic version; bonus track)

The song "Time & Time Again" can be streamed using the SoundCloud player below (courtesy of RevolverMag.com).

According to Appice, KILL DEVIL HILL's sound is "like a cross between BLACK SABBATH, ALICE IN CHAINS and a little bit of LED ZEPPELIN thrown in. It's heavy, but with a lot of cool hooks and melodic overtones, too."

The members of KILL DEVIL HILL previously stated about their songwriting and recording approach, "We are going old school meets new; no sample drums here!!"

KILL DEVIL HILL made its live debut on April 29, 2011 at the Key Club in Hollywood, California.

KILL DEVIL HILL is:

* Jason "Dewey" Bragg (PISSING RAZORS) - Vocals
* Mark Zavon (RATT, W.A.S.P., 40 CYCLE HUM) - Guitar
* Rex Brown (DOWN, PANTERA) - Bass
* Vinny Appice (HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, DIO) – Drums
 
A limited-edition collector's DVD featuring highlights from the ProgPower USA XII festival, which was held September 14-17, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia, is available for pre-order at this location.

The set, which is expected to ship in the first week of April, features 14 bands, 27 songs and 3 hours of music.

The track listing is as follows:

* THERION - "Dies Irie", "Nifelheim"
* EVERGREY - "Broken Wings", "A Touch Of Blessing"
* SANCTUARY - "Battle Angels", "Taste Revenge"
* IHSAHN - "The Barren Lands", "On The Shores"
* FORBIDDEN - "Adapt Or Die", "Twisted Into Form"
* VANDEN PLAS - "Holes In The Sky", "Rush Of Silence"
* LABYRINTH - "In The Shade", "Lady Lost In Time"
* MOB RULES - "Children Of The Flames", "Trial By Fire"
* WHILE HEAVEN WEPT - "Of Empires Forlorn", "Voice In The Wind"
* ELDRITCH - "Heretic Beholder", "Incurably Ill"
* VOYAGER - "Lost", "The Meaning Of I"
* RED CIRCUIT - "Homeland", "Absinth"
* HAKEN - "Celestial Elixir"
* CREATION'S END - "World Holocaust", "Creation's End"
 
The fans demanded it, and the fans finally got it. After 20 years apart, the long-awaited TRIUMPH reunion of vocalist/guitarist Rik Emmett, bassist/keyboardist Mike Levine, and vocalist/drummer Gil Moore took place at Sweden Rock Festival, on June 7, 2008. And now, the band is putting the finishing touches on the DVD of that historic performance.

The tentatively titled "Live At Sweden Rock Festival" set will consist of a DVD and CD, with a release date targeted for later this spring.

"It's great to finally be able show the world TRIUMPH's reunion show at the Sweden Rock Festival," says Mike Levine. "It certainly is one of the most memorable performances of our entire career! And they said it would never happen…"

"Live At Sweden Rock Festival" will be released on the TML label, distributed by UMG in Canada and ADA in the U.S. The set will be released throughout Europe on Frontiers Records.

The band's setlist for the Sweden Rock Festival performance was as follows:

01. When The Lights Go Down
02. Lay It On The Line
03. Allied Forces
04. Never Surrender
05. I Live For The Weekend
06. Blinding Light Show
07. Rocky Mountain Way
08. Magic Power
09. Rock And Roll Machine

Encore:

10. Fight the Good Fight

As one of the godfathers of prog metal and leading lights of arena rock, TRIUMPH formed in 1975, and built a large and loyal fanbase by the late '70s on the strength of their non-stop touring schedule throughout Canada and the USA and the success of their classic albums, "Rock & Roll Machine" and "Just A Game".

But it was in the 1980s when TRIUMPH truly became a force to be reckoned with, as a string of gold/platinum-certified albums ("Progressions of Power", "Allied Forces", "Never Surrender" and "Thunder Seven") and classic hits ("Fight the Good Fight", "Magic Power", "Lay It On The Line") solidified the group as one of rock's top concert attractions.

TRIUMPH pushed the limits of arena rock to the max with is legendary live shows and virtuoso playing. Add to it some of the most recognizable and celebrated radio classics, a vault full of gold and platinum sales awards for their ten studio albums and there you have one of the most successful rock acts of the 1970s/1980s.
 
Metal As Fuck recently conducted an interview with vocalist Angela Gossow of Swedish/German extreme metallers ARCH ENEMY. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.

On what separates "Khaos Legions" from the band's previous releases:

Gossow: "We like to scratch ideas around on the road, it's basically down to our influences, the situations we are faced with on a daily basis, political turmoil, music we listen to, the vibe from people and other musicians whilst touring. For example we were heavily into blues after touring Chicago. We were writing this album for three and a half years, it's our musical journey, and this album shows our versatility. It's very confronting."

On ARCH ENEMY's atheist pro-freedom-of-mind message:

Gossow: "Freedom is all about revolution, risk and courage. We were heavily influenced by revolution in this album, the revolutions in history and all the situations going on around us today. The revolutionists currently in Syria and Africa, risking their lives for freedom, escaping religious persecution and a lot of them are women."

On whether she always knew she wanted to be involved with this genre of music and use the accompanying vocal style:

Gossow: "I have forever been a fan of metal, and always death metal. I'm German, you know. In Germany, growing up you got a proper job and bands were just a little hobby you had on the side. I always felt grounded. So I did the usual, sent myself to university, degrees in economics, marketing etc until in 1991 the underground scene in Germany began to rise; however, there was never any money in death metal —there still isn't any money in death metal (laughs) — but growing up, I never considered or even thought to myself that I could do this as a job, you know. Now it's prospered into a business as such with 10 employees, a very DIY business."

On taking over management duties for ARCH ENEMY in 2008:

Gossow: "I couldn't be victimized by the industry any longer. Seriously, freedom and self approach was the only way for us to survive. Record labels wanted their cut, booking agents, tour managers, promoters, PR, distribution — they all wanted a percentage. I became jaded and disillusioned. There was no money, yet we owed so many people. We couldn't go on like that for much longer; we would most certainly die and didnt want to continue living like shit. So we took it over ourselves. We now own all of our music, all of our publishing and we practice what we preach. We knew that if it was destroyed, it was destroyed by our own hands. We are stronger now because of it, though. We feel very empowered by the decision and we have been extremely lucky and fortunate over the past twelve years to have the love and support from our fans."
German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER will release their new album at the end of August via Napalm Records. The CD is currently being recorded at Principal Studios in Münster, Germany. The band is laying down at least 10 new original compositions as well as "a cover version of a male, 'not-heavy-metal' artist," which the group said "won't be another German 'Schlager' song... it will be 150 percent pure GRAVE DIGGER metal. Again we transferred the spirit of the '80s into the sound of 2012."

GRAVE DIGGER last fall extended its contract with Napalm Records. The band said in a statement, "Napalm is a small and hard-working team that is as effective and productive as a company of 70 people. Always reachable and competent, they work with their artists individually. These are the strengths of Napalm, and that is why we have signed a deal for three more records under the Napalm banner."

"The Clans Are Still Marching", the latest DVD from GRAVE DIGGER, entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 56 (German chart rules allow music DVDs to enter album charts).

GRAVE DIGGER's latest album, "The Clans Will Rise Again", was released in Europe on October 1, 2010 via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded between mid-May 2010 and mid-July 2010 at the Meadow Studios, which is owned by GRAVE DIGGER's new guitarist Axel Ritt, and Principal Studios, where all of GRAVE DIGGER albums since 1995's "Heart Of Darkness" have been tracked. It was produced by Chris Boltendahl and mixed by Jörg Umbreit.
Troy Donockley has built up a formidable reputation as both a composer/arranger and as a multi-instrumental musician/performer. He is a leading virtuoso of the uilleann pipes (and the low whistle) and has performed and is known all over the world. His music, which has been described as "a peculiar brand of epic classical-folk-progressive fusion," can be heard in TV, media and movies (such as "Robin Hood" and "Ironclad") and through various commissions. Troy co-founded the BBC Award-nominated band THE BAD SHEPHERDS and as a producer/musician has recorded and toured with various artists such as NIGHTWISH, Maddy Prior, Barbara Dickson, Maire Brennan (Clannad), MIDGE URE, Iona, Roy Harper, Lesley Garrett, STATUS QUO, Del Amitri, Alan Stivell, MOSTLY AUTUMN and many, many more.

Troy's first album, "The Unseen Stream", released in 1998 was critically acclaimed globally for its unique fusion of traditional/classical forms. His second album, "The Pursuit of Illusion" (2003) continued to push the boundaries with a highly individual blend of the English classical and Irish folk traditions. And then, onto the latest album, "The Madness of Crowds", featuring a large cast of brilliant musicians it goes even further than before in the quest to make the most emotional and uncommercially driven music possible. If any modern music can shake off the ravages of fashion and hark back to a time when music was created and listened to as art rather than as commodity and accessory, then by definition this does precisely that...the essence of that 'lost world.

"I have a massive range of influences — from PINK FLOYD to Mahler, Johnny Cash to VANGELIS, PLANXTY to YES, and Vaughn Williams to Neil Young," says Troy.

And now, particularly for the uninitiated, a compilation of Troy's work, "Messages – A Collection of Music From 1997-2011", is available from Gonzo MultiMedia.

"I have been asked many times to put together a good overview of my work and so here we are," says Troy about "Messages". "All the tracks are from my previous three solo albums, but there are two new and unreleased pieces, both of which I am very proud."

In other news, Troy just begun a year-long world tour with NIGHTWISH, although has some "grand ideas" in the pipeline for his next solo project.

Lastly, Troy has this to impart to his listeners: "I really hope you enjoy the two new pieces on 'Messages'. Do try and listen in a darkened room, with headphones — just like you did when you were a kid."

For more information, visit www.troydonockley.co.uk.
 
STORM CORROSION, the long-discussed and highly anticipated collaboration between two of the modern progressive rock scene's most innovative and multi-talented artists — Mikael Åkerfeldt of OPETH and PORCUPINE TREE's Steven Wilson — has launched its official web site at StormCorrosion.com. The pair will release "Storm Corrosion" on May 8, but you can pre-order it in two deluxe packages starting today.

The "Storm Corrosion" Special Edition Blu-ray/CD Set & Collector's Edition Double LP Bundle (pre-order link) is $50, and includes the album on 180-gram black virgin vinyl, in a gatefold jacket with exclusive artwork; a digital download of the entire album in high-quality FLAC files; the Blu-ray/CD version of the record, which offers the album on CD; a Blu-ray disc containing a 5.1 audio mix of the entire album, two exclusive demo tracks, and five instrumental tracks; a 24" x 36" fold-out poster; and a separate 12" x 12" poster autographed by both Mikael Åkerfeldt and Steven Wilson.

The "Storm Corrosion" Collector's Edition Double-LP Set (pre-order link) is $35, and includes the vinyl version, the digital download, and the two posters.

"Storm Corrosion" track listing:

CD

01. Drag Ropes (9:52)
02. Storm Corrosion (10:12)
03. Hag (6:28)
04. Happy (4:53)
05. Lock Howl (6:09)
06. Ljudet Innan (10:20)

Blu-ray:

01. Drag Ropes
02. Storm Corrosion
03. Hag
04. Happy
05. Lock Howl
06. Ljudet Innan
07. Drag Ropes
08. Storm Corrosion
09. Hag
10. Happy
11. Lock Howl
12. Ljudet Innan
13. Drag Ropes (demo)
14. Hag (demo)

A little background information on the genesis of this project: Åkerfeldt and Wilson have been friends since the late '90s, when Wilson co-produced OPETH's revered "Blackwater Park" album. Over the years, they'd often spoken of working on a project together, but it wasn't until recently that they managed to make something happen, when Mikael flew over to visit Steven in the U.K. and they ended up in Wilson's home studio throwing ideas around. That visit was the nascence of a whole self-titled album, written and produced by the pair, and mixed by Wilson.

The sound of STORM CORROSION can best be described as enchanting, orchestral, ambient, epic (half the album's tracks clock in around the 10-minute mark) and nothing short of surprising to the new ear. However, the musicians' respective fanbases will be primed to appreciate the new output, with Wilson's recent solo album, "Grace For Drowning", and OPETH's "Heritage" having brought them to a logical place to understand STORM CORROSION. This eponymous collection is almost viewed as one side of a musical triangle.

Says Wilson, "If you'd asked me three months ago about the music, I would have said, 'Expect the last thing you would expect.' But actually, now that 'Heritage' and 'Grace For Drowning' have come out, I don't think it's going to be that much of a shock to people, because it's almost like a third part of the trilogy, in a way. If anything, it's even more orchestral, even more stripped down, even more dark, twisted and melancholic… but it certainly feels like it comes from the same place as 'Heritage' and 'Grace For Drowning', which indeed it does because it was written during the same period."

"Some of the music on this record I think is the most beautiful music I have participated on ever," adds Åkerfeldt. "There's some magical sections on there. Musically, I think we've created something earthy, a bit frightening, exhausting, profound and rather intense. All at the same time. I can safely say I don't know any other band or artist that sounds anything like STORM CORROSION. I guess that was also one of our goals, so to speak."

Roadrunner Senior VP of A&R, Monte Conner, welcomed STORM CORROSION to the Roadrunner family, commenting, "I am honored to have the Roadrunner logo on the STORM CORROSION album. Steven Wilson and Mikael Åkerfeldt have demonstrated time and time again that they are two of the truest and most important artists working today, and it is not often that I get to work with musicians of this caliber. This album is a beautiful piece of work that will appeal to fans of Steven and Mikael's past records, while at the same time exploring new avenues for both artists."
 
Ross "The Boss" Friedman (MANOWAR, THE DICTATORS), Jack Starr (VIRGIN STEELE, BURNING STARR, GUARDIANS OF THE FLAME), Jason McMaster (DANGEROUS TOYS, WATCHTOWER, IGNITOR, BROKEN TEETH) and Martin DeBourge (DAMIEN THORNE) will make guest appearances on "Witching Metal Ritual", the new album from Austin, Texas-based traditional metallers WITCHES MARK. The follow up to the band's 2009 debut EP, "A Grim Apparition", is tentatively late summer/early fall via Heaven And Hell Records.

Recorded and engineered by Stuart Laurence (AGONY COLUMN, IGNITOR) at Isotope Studios and featuring the stunning artwork of Canadian artist Yannick Bouchard of Illusory Dreams, "Witching Metal Ritual" features guitarist Robb Bockman on lead vocals for the first time as well as new drummer Scott Palmer (OF THE FALLEN, DEMONTUARY).

WITCHES MARK is:

Robb Bockman - Guitar, Vocals
Robert Williams - Guitar
Andy Gonzalez - Bass
Scott Palmer - Drums

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/witchesmarkband
 
SHINEDOWN will perform on the Monday, March 26 episode of ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (which will actually air the morning of Tuesday, March 27). Check your local listings for details.

SHINEDOWN vocalist Brent Smith told The Pulse Of Radio last week that the release of the band's fourth album, "Amaryllis", on March 27 will be accompanied by an e-book called "For Your Sake: Inside The Making Of Amaryllis", which Smith described as the first of its kind in the music industry. The "completely interactive" e-book will feature commentary, video footage and other content.

Smith told The Pulse Of Radio more about the concept behind the e-book. "Back in the day, like when you used to go in and buy records, for people that are a little bit more digital consumers, this e-book is something that brings you back to that element of getting a record and then going inside of it," he said. "But it's really going inside of our minds, you know, during the making of the record, and there's so many different storylines inside of all the different aspects of the making of the record. It's a doorway into the mind of all of us."

Smith did not say whether the e-book would come with the "Amaryllis" CD or would be available as a separate download or purchase.

Two songs and videos have already been released off "Amaryllis": "Bully" and "Unity". "Bully" is currently No. 1 on the rock radio chart.

SHINEDOWN will lead the 2012 edition of the Avalanche Tour, which kicks off on March 27 in Anaheim, California, with ADELITAS WAY, NEW MEDICINE and ART OF DYING also on the bill.
 
Although the San Francisco Bay Area is primarily known as the home of thrash metal, it gave birth to several classic heavy metal bands as well, including DAMMAJ.

Formed in 1978 by vocalist Greg Hill and bassist Steve Gilbert, DAMMAJ's original lineup included two other Gilbert brothers — Mick and Richie — on guitars, and drummer Bob Newkirk. After several demo recording sessions, the group entered the studio with producer Dan Johnson (SAVATAGE, DEATH) and sound engineer Jim Morris (CRIMSON GLORY, NASTY SAVAGE) and recorded its debut LP entitled "Mutiny", released in 1986. The music stood its own ground as a strong reminder of what made for good, solid heavy metal out of the San Francisco scene. It got rave reviews in Kerrang!, Metal Hammer and various European magazines and still to this day gets good praise as a classic and solid metal album.

Now, more than 20 years later, DAMMAJ is back, having recently inked a deal with the Polish label Skol Records, founded by producer Bart Gabriel (JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR, CRYSTAL VIPER, SACRED STEEL). The cooperation will start with the re-release of "Mutiny". The album was remastered from the original master tapes, and the CD package will include not only thick booklet with lot of classic photos and all the lyrics, but also bunch of ultra-rare bonus tracks.

The "Mutiny" re-release will have its premiere on April 27 at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany.

For more information, visit www.skolrecords.com.
 
STONES OF MADNESS, the new band formed by Scott Thompson (DRY KILL LOGIC) and ATHEIST/NEUROTICA frontman Kelly Shaefer, has released "I Need", the new single from their forthcoming debut album. The group is joined on drums on this track by former NEUROTICA skinsman G.J. Gosman in what marks the first recording by Shaefer and Gosman since 2002

"I am really excited about how this has all come to fruition," says Shaefer. "Scott Thompson is a really great guitar player, and we came together by chance, through producer Scott 'Scoob' Bush (ex-THE NIXONS), who was an old friend of mine from the NEUROTICA days, and it has just fallen together since then rather easily, and without the pressures of record companies or managers."

This is a direction shift for Thompson, who spent some years bashing it out on the scene with the New York-based band DRY KILL LOGIC, and is quite a departure from Shaefer's work with ATHEIST.

Kelly describes the material as "big thick guitars, along with some fucking big catchy vocals.... bashers to sing along with, cranked to 11, of course."

STONES OF MADNESS will continue work on its debut album for a yet-to-be-determined label and then head out for some shows.
Nick Azinas of Peek From The Pit conducted an interview with vocalist Dez Fafara of California metallers DEVILDRIVER when the band played at The Hangar in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 16. You can now watch the chat below.

When asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for DEVILDRIVER's sixth album, Dez said, "We used to put a record every two years. I don't think it's gonna be [like that this time]. We are free agents right now, which means we're [no longer signed to Roadrunner Records and we're] talking to many record companies. It's gonna be a very critical record for us, when it does come out, and we're gonna take time to write it. I actually heard one track the other night that is incredible. We all started writing vocals to it right when we were sitting in the back [of the bus], so if it's gonna stay on that route, I think it's gonna be an incredible record."

Dez also spoke about the the musical direction of DEVILDRIVER's new material and whether the band will attempt to make the next record even more "brutal" than "Beast". "We continue to make our records diverse, which is cool," he said. "Every record is different with DEVILDRIVER, so I think we're gonna surpass what we've done in the past. And then going into the 'brutal' question, it's like, man, everybody is as brutal as everybody now. So we wanna have some diversity and we wanna have some moments and some clarity within the songs. I think the thing we're really focused on is songwriting. We don't have a producer chosen, we don't have the [studio] time [booked]. We don't even know if we're gonna release a record in 2013, maybe 2014, or maybe fall of 2013; we're not sure. So there's all this stuff up in the air. But what we do know is we're having a good time writing and exchanging feelings on the songs. . . Like I said, it's gonna be a very important record in our career, so we're gonna take time and we're gonna craft it."

As previously reported, DEVILDRIVER bassist Aaron "Bubble" Patrick is sitting out the band's Metal Alliance Tour after being diagnosed with Streptococcus pneumonia, an inflammation and swelling of the lung, caused by an infection with the bacteria. Filling in for Patrick is his former BURY YOUR DEAD bandmate Chris Towning.

The Metal Alliance Tour — which also features THE FACELESS, DYING FETUS, JOB FOR A COWBOY, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, IMPENDING DOOM and WRETCHED — kicked off this past Thursday, March 15 at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

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."

DEVILDRIVER recently took part in the European "The Eighth Plague Tour" with MACHINE HEAD, BRING ME THE HORIZON and DARKEST HOUR.

"The Eighth Plague Tour" kicked off on November 1 in Oslo, Norway and wrapped on December 6 in Manchester, England.

"Beast", the fifth album from DEVILDRIVER, sold a little over 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 42 on The Billboard 200 chart.
 
Kelly Garni, original bassist and founding member of QUIET RIOT, will release his long-awaited autobiography, "Angels With Dirty Faces", in October. The book contains a very heartfelt and earnest look at Kelly's life, music and friends offfers an "all-access pass" into every corner of his world, including his lifelong friendship with legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT).

According to a press release, "Angels With Dirty Faces" is filled with everything fans have been asking for; insight to the beginnings of a leading band in the hard rock/heavy metal scene, behind-the-scenes photos, handwritten letters from fans, as well as memories and recollections from fellow musicians and much more.

Pre-sale opportunities will be available through a special Kickstarter campaign starting in July.

For more information, go to this location.

In an interview with UltimateRandyRhoads.com, Garni stated about Rhoads, "It's too bad that people never really got to know him, because he was a much bigger person than he was a guitar player. His guitar playing, as good as it is, is very hard to overshadow. But what a great person. They always say when people die, 'He was the world's nicest guy. What a sweet man…' even if the guy was a piece of shit. But that was not the case with Randy. He was a very good person. He was a practical joker. He liked to pull pranks on people, and sometimes they were even a little on the mean side. But he would never hurt anybody. He was a very wise guy, as far as helping you out with problems. He was very intuitive, very sensitive. A good heart. Guitar playing was such a big thing — it was all he ever did. You almost had to be around him twenty four hours a day to know him outside of his guitar playing. When he talked on the phone, he was on the guitar. When he was eating his dinner, he had his guitar in his lap and he played between bites. When he was watching TV, he was playing guitar. Always the guitar. You literally had to be in a car with him, with driving, to not have him playing a guitar. So very few people got to know him well. . . It was almost as if there wasn't even a person outside of that guitar, to most people. And I think that adds to his mystique. He didn't really get the opportunity to do many interviews. Very, very few. He was somewhat introverted. If we'd do a show, afterwards you'd walk out the door and there would be a line of groupies. He didn't go for that. He left with his girlfriend. Or maybe he kinda went off away from everybody and he had a drink. He wasn't really into partying, so to speak, but when he was, that's when the practical jokes came."
 
Oulu, Finland-based metal band ZENITH REUNION will release its debut album, "Utopia", on April 25 via Violent Journey Records.

The track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. Can't Feel The Pain
02. Naked Boy
03. Dust
04. Gone Forever
05. FF
06. Victim Of Time
07. Truth Inside
08. Darkness Fall
09. Utopia

The song "Can't Feel The Pain" can be streamed below.

Formed in the early '90s, ZENITH REUNION's "unique sound" draws influences from "heavy guitar messengers of the '80s and '90s like STONE, TAROT, ZERO NINE, ACCEPT and DREAM THEATER," according to a press release. These powerful but beautifully rugged guitar riffs together with bass- and drum sections' progressively colored rhythm work are entwined with melodic and harmonic vocals to update the last few decades' heavy rock to present. The whole package is crowned by talented solos bursting with nuances and surprises."

ZENITH REUNION is:

Jouni Juurikka: Lead Vocals
Jukka Uusi-Illikainen: Guitar, Backing Vocals
Vocal Jukka Ihme: Guitar, Backing Vocals
Jukka Jokikokko: Bass, Backing Vocals
Ville Hanhisuanto: Drums, Backing Vocals

For more information, visit www.zenithreunion.com.
 
Swedish hard rockers CRAZY LIXX have released a new single, "Into The Night", via iTunes. A physical copy of the single has been made available in Sweden through Sweden Rock Magazine in the issue that will hit the streets this week. This special release will include two exclusive acoustic bonus tracks (unavailable elsewhere): "Riot Avenue" and "Fire It Up".

"Into The Night" is the first single from CRAZY LIXX's new album, "Riot Avenue". which will be released on April 24 in North America via Frontiers Records. Produced by the bandmembers themselves, the CD finds CRAZY LIXX in fine form, with eleven sexy, hard-rocking new tracks on the their third studio release (the second for the Frontiers Records label).

Formed in southern Sweden in 2002, CRAZY LIXX was among the first bands to emerge in what has now become known as "The New Wave Of Swedish Sleaze" alongside CRASHDIET, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, BABYLON BOMBS and VAINS OF JENNA.

"Riot Avenue" track listing:

01. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
02. Young Blood
03. Riot Avenue
04. Fire It Up
05. Downtown
06. In The Night
07. Church Of Rock
08. Heatseeker
09. Sweet, Bad & Beautiful
10. Be Gone
11. Only The Dead Know
 
The self-titled debut album from American mathcore band THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN has been reissued and is out now in Europe on CD and, for the first time ever, on vinyl LP.

Originally released in 1997, the album immediately created a stir in both hardcore and metal circles with its intensity and technical approach, and saw the band going on to become one of the most important heavy bands in today's scene.

"The Dillinger Escape Plan" is available now on limited edition digipak CD, as well as on ultra-limited coloured vinyl as part of Earache's "First Time on Vinyl" campaign.

The vinyl version is available in the following quantities and colors:

100 - Yellow & Black Splatter (sold out)
200 - Clear
300 - White
400 - Black
 
New York hardcore legends AGNOSTIC FRONT will play the exact same set from their classic live album "Live At CBGBs" at the following shows:

March 30 - United Blood Festival - Richmond, VA
March 31 - Asbury Lanes - Asbury Park, NJ
April 01 - EHR - Long Island, NY

Commented vocalist Roger Miret: "So for these upcoming three shows at the end of the month, and in celebration of our 30 year anniversary, we will be performing the classic 'Live At CBGBs' set list in order! So revisit the glory days of 1989 when it was released and when 'Anthem' made its first ever video premier from that historical show!"

AGNOSTIC FRONT's latest album, "My Life My Way", was released in March 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida and features 13 new powerful and anthemic songs laid down by Erik Rutan (MADBALL, GOATWHORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, etc.) under the watchful guide of producer Freddy Cricien of MADBALL. The record was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (SEPULTURA, SUFFOCATION, UNEARTH) in New Windsor, New York.

The "My Life My Way" cover artwork was brought to life this time by artist Todd Hubber, who also works with vocalist Roger Miret on designing his street wear clothing line American Made Kustom.
 
Steven Rosen of Ultimate-Guitar.com recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, ex-SEPULTURA). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Ultimate-Guitar.com: How did you get the new members?

Max: With Bobby [Burns], we got rid of him, and Joe [Nunez] quit and didn't want to play music anymore, which was something he told me years ago. He said, "You know, Max, I'm not gonna do this forever." I'm like, "Yeah, I know," and he said, "At some point I'm gonna let you know that I'm out and I want to do some camera work." And the time came and it was cool 'cause it came right in between records so he gave me the chance to find somebody before I started working on the new record.

Ultimate-Guitar.com: Where did you find Tony Campos [bass] and David Kinkade [drums]?

Max: I found Tony to replace Bobby. [Tony] was a great guy [who] played with ASESINO with Dino Cazares and PRONG and MINISTRY and had toured with me in STATIC-X when he used to come and sing the chorus of "No" every night and come onstage. I knew he was a badass bass player but I did not know he was that professional, man. 'Cause when I started playing with him, I noticed it's a whole new level of bass playing. He's in a whole category and plays so solid and he doesn't fuck around. He's just killer, a killer guy to have in the band.

Ultimate-Guitar.com: And David Kinkade?

Max: There was an email David sent to the office with some clips of him playing with BORKNAGAR and it was as extreme as fuck, man. All this crazy death metal shit and I'm like, "Yes, that's what I need right there. This is the guy we need," I told myself. "With a drummer like that, I can make some records, man. I can turn SOULFLY around again." So I flew David here from Chicago and jammed with him for two days and said, "Show me some of that double bass shit I heard on that video," and he started doing it and I was like, "Yeah, man, fuckin' yeah." It sounded like old MORBID ANGEL and GOJIRA and precision. A double bass that's not sloppy and precise and just played right.

Ultimate-Guitar.com: And you picked producer] Zeuss.

Max: Enter Zeuss. I got familiarized with some of Zeuss's material and I really liked the new stuff that he did. He's known more for working with SHADOWS FALL and HATEBREED but I was more into the other records he did that were obscure like OCEANO and WHITECHAPEL and THE RED CHORD. Those are the records I really liked his production on and thought this guy was great and had a great ear for heavy music. Delivers great drum sounds and great guitar sounds, so I was really excited to work with him. And he was really excited to work with me. He's been a fan for a long time so it was a great match. We got along great from the first day in the studio and we talked about metal and what I wanted to do. He's like, "Max, I'm gonna promise you right now I'm gonna give you a new sounding record. It's gonna sound nothing like anything else you've ever done. This is my promise to you — that you're gonna come out of here with a new record that you're proud of it, a new sound, a new SOUFLY. You can look back at these other records and say, 'This one is different.'" He made a promise to me in the beginning and he kept it, man. It is a new record; it is a new sound.

Ultimate-Guitar.com: Dez [Fafara of DEVILDRIVER] sang on "Redemption Of Man By God".

Max: He told me that the week I call him 'cause I was in the studio and I found out they were gonna be in Phoenix on tour with ARCH ENEMY. I called him and he said, "Man, it's weird. I just been listening to a lot of [SEPULTURA's] 'Chaos A.D.' this week." And I was like, "Wow, that's weird. That's kind of a cool coincidence." He's like, "Yeah yeah, I've been hooked on 'Chaos A.D.' and been listening to the record like non-stop all week long and now you call. That's just weird, man." I was like, "Well you're gonna be here on this day so I'm gonna come around and kidnap you from your soundcheck and you're gonna come record with me, man." He was like, "Yeah yeah, fuck yeah." So he came and I played him the song "Redemption Of Man By God" and there was something that happened with that song. There's a preacher voice in the end, which came out of Tony's bass rack. And it was this preacher talking about Egypt and blood on the walls and sacrifice of the firstborn kid. We put that in the end of the song and it was this fuckin' crazy religious freak guy talking about Biblical shit.

Ultimate-Guitar.com: And on "Revengeance", you have the whole Cavalera clan: Richie, Igor and Zyon.

Max: Yeah, the whole tribe is there, man. It was insane. It was a family day and the next thing I know I'm sitting with my kids and talking about the song. I had me, Igor, Richie and Zyon all in a little group and I saw Zeuss come out of the booth with his camera all excited. "I've got to take a picture of this Cavalera moment." So he takes the picture and I'm like, "Go back to the booth, man. You're a producer and you're acting unprofessional." [laughs] Busting his chops.

Ultimate-Guitar.com: What was that like working with your family?

Max: Well, we had a whole day for the song and I work a little bit with Zyon a couple days earlier in the house and we did the main song but then little Igor got involved and he changed the beginning of the song and he came up with a new riff that I really liked and he came up with a chorus riff that we put in the middle of the song. So I liked his input because he was actually writing riffs and I was so proud because he's only 16. I was like, "It's cool you're writing riffs, man. That's the way to go." And then we all sing on it: I had a verse and Richie had a verse and Igor had a verse. The song is about their brother that was murdered in '96 and it's really a cry for justice and blood on your soul and revengeance and really hardcore. Asking questions kind of song and amnesia and all this shit and it turned out really good. It was recorded all live so it was recorded different from the rest of the record so it has more of a raw dirty kind of sound. When I listen to it I love it from the beginning when I first heard it. I told Zeuss, "It sounds great, man. It sounds real dirty and raw and fucked up. I really like the sound of the song." So I'm gonna put it as the last song on the record so I can finish the record with this song.
 
Vic Firth has uploaded an "Artist Spotlight" video feature on TOOL drummer Danny Carey, featuring interview clips and footage from the band's January 28 concert at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. During the chat, Carey revealed that he was hoping TOOL would enter the studio in June/July to begin recording its new album.

TOOL has reportedly been writing material for its long-awaited new album, which would follow up 2006's "10,000 Days".

Keenan has been touring with PUSCIFER behind its second album, "Conditions Of My Parole", and also did some shows with A PERFECT CIRCLE in the past year.

While he enjoys performing, Keenan told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that he's not into the travel. "If I could do something that would get the music out there and get the performances out there in a way that didn't require me leaving home, I would for sure do it," he said. "Soon as they invent an affordable holographic projection of touring, I'm all over it (laughs). A simultaneous performance all across the country, one night, but you stay in one spot and it's holographic — I'm in."
 
ORGY, the reactivated "death pop" band from California, has issued the following statement:

"Due to high demand for new music, ORGY must reschedule the last five dates of their current 'Bad Blood Tour 2012' in Sacramento, Tacoma, Portland, Oakland and Tempe so the band can get into the studio. These markets will be rescheduled for the second leg of the tour, which is expected to begin in the middle of May (exact dates to be announced), along with new markets that the fans have been asking for. The newly reformed band apologize for the inconvenience to the fans but promise the wait will be well worth it. The Hollywood, California rockers are excited to record new music and get a single out to radio before they hit the road again."

Fan-filmed video footage of ORGY's March 6 concert at Irving Plaza in New York City can be seen below.

Joining vocalist and sole remaining original member Jay Gordon in ORGY's new lineup are Carlton Bost (DEADSY, THE DREAMING, LUNARCLICK) on guitar, Ashburn Miller (DEADSY) on guitar, Nic Speck (RUN RUN RUN) on bass and Jamie Miller (SNOT, THE START) on drums.

In a recent interview with Icon Vs. Icon, Gordon was asked what the catalyst was for rebooting and moving forward with the project. "Ya know, it had just been too long," he said. "I was really interested in getting back out on the road. That was the first thing I wanted to do. It had been so long, I just wanted to get out there, brush the rust off and roll with it to see what happens. To do that you have to have a band and start playing gigs right away and that is exactly what I did."

On the topic of ORGY's new members, Jay said, "The new lineup is amazing! I don't plan on looking back, let's put it that way, they are that good. They are all amazing artists. Both guitar players, Carlton Bost and Ashburn Miller, came from DEADSY. The bass player, Nic Speck came from RUN RUN RUN. The drummer, Jamie Miller, is from SNOT and THE START. He is an amazing drummer! All of the guys are truly amazing performers and we get along great."
 
Peaceville Records has announced the signing of cult Norwegian band MYSTICUM. The group's second studio album, "Planet Satan", an effort almost 15 years in the making, will be recorded later in the year.

MYSTICUM's past releases, consisting of 1996's "In The Streams Of Inferno" and the collection of the band's other works, "Lost Masters Of The Universe", will both be re-released by Peaceville with new artwork and with remastered sound, plus bonus material. Release dates for these titles and "Planet Satan" will be announced in time.

"There is truly no other band quite like Mysticum," commented Peaceville Records in an official statement. "A perfect concoction of cold, primitive black metal and forward-thinking ideas from an act unafraid to push boundaries. The hell of 'In The Streams Of Inferno' has had a lasting and profound impact on many since 1996, and so it is finally time to welcome the return of MYSTICUM with the long-overdue arrival of 'Planet Satan' to infect the masses once more."

Added the band, "MYSTICUM is back! A few months ago, we decided to gather forces again, and finally start the making of the cursed album, 'Planet Satan'. After considering several offers and going through negotiations, we decided to sign with Peaceville Records in order to have a proper record label to back us up. Peaceville will handle our complete discography and also make our old material available. So along with 'Planet Satan', you can expect re-releases of 'In The Streams Of Inferno' and 'Lost Masters Of The Universe'."

One of the pioneering industrial black metal forces to emerge in the early '90s, MYSTICUM brought to the world a completely unique brand of psychedelic discordant black metal with insane drum machine patterns and synths. The band was originally signed to Euronymous' Deathlike Silence Productions. However, this venture proved to be cut short following his murder, forcing MYSTICUM to look elsewhere for the release of its eventual debut album, "In The Streams Of Inferno".
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The first official photo of the new lineup of Sweden's OCTOBER TIDE can be seen below.

Vocalist Tobias Netzell and bassist Pierre Stam recently left OCTOBER TIDE in order to focus on their family lives and other projects and have since been replaced by Mattias Norrman (ex-KATATONIA) and Alexander Högbom (VOLTURYON, SPASMODIC), respectively.

Commented the band: "We are thrilled about this new strong lineup and more than ready to focus on the future and things to come. Our primary goal and mission for now is to continue to write new breathtaking material for the next album which will most likely be recorded during the summer for a late 2012 release."

OCTOBER TIDE's current lineup:

Fredrik Norrman (KATATONIA, UNCANNY) - Guitar
Mattias Norrman (KATATONIA, DELLAMORTE) - Bass
Alexander Högbom (VOLTURYON, SPASMODIC) - Vocals
Robin Bergh (AMARAN, GOREMENT) - Drums
Emil Alstermark (MANDYLON) - Guitar

OCTOBER TIDE's latest album, "A Thin Shell", was released in North America in September 2010 via Candlelight Records. The band's first CD in ten years followed the 2009 reissue of its debut, "Rain Without End" (Candlelight).

Formed in 1995 by then-KATATONIA guitarist Norrman and KATATONIA/BLOODBATH vocalist Jonas Renkse, OCTOBER TIDE quickly made a mark with two albums recorded and released during the years 1997 and 1999 ("Rain Without End" and "Grey Dawn", respectively). Much of the band's music was written during a short break up of KATATONIA which later proved only temporary as the band would reform and continues today. OCTOBER TIDE would not perform live during this short period of activity and few interviews with the members were granted despite praise from both media and fans. The band, until reforming in late 2009, would maintain a cult status throughout the doom/metal community.
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Swedish black metallers MARDUK will release their 12th studio album, "Serpent Sermon", via Blooddawn Productions/Century Media Records on the following dates:

Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway: Friday, May 25
Rest Of Europe: Monday, May 28
Spain, Italy: Tuesday, May 29
Sweden, Finland, Hungary: Wednesday, May 30
Australia, New Zealand: Friday, June 1
USA/Canada: June 5

"Serpent Sermon" track listing:

01. Serpent Sermon
02. Messianic Pestilence
03. Souls For Belial
04. Into Second Death
05. Temple Of Decay
06. Damnation's Gold
07. Hail Mary (Piss-Soaked Genuflexion)
08. M.A.M.M.O.N.
09. Gospel Of The Worm
10. World Of Blades

The album will be made available as standard CD, vinyl and limited-edition media book with an exclusive bonus track entitled "Coram Satanae".

A CD listening session for journalists and media was held in Stockholm on February 11.

Several photos from the studio can be seen at this location.

MARDUK will embark on a North American tour in June with support from 1349, WITHERED and WEAPON.

The band will play its first hometown show in Norrköping in over 12 years on April 28 at Skandiateatern.

MARDUK's latest EP, "Iron Dawn", was made available at the Maryland Deathfest in May 2011 and at the six North American shows that followed.

According to a press release, the songs included on "Iron Dawn" differ from the concept that is being created for the next full-length album. Therefore this EP was made available as a special treat for all MARDUK legionaries out there.

"Wormwood", the eleventh album from MARDUK, sold around 650 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 99 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.
 
GOD SEED, the Norwegian band featuring former GORGOROTH members King (bass; real name: Tom Cato Visnes) and Gaahl (vocals; real name: Kristian Espedal), has spent the past several months working on the material for its debut album at various locations in Norway. GOD SEED is laying down ten new songs which "will show the band from a different side but well-rooted in what Gaahl and King are known for in the past," according to a press release.

Said King: "We are in the middle of recording of the first GOD SEED album. It will contain music we have worked on for the last couple of years. This release will mark a new beginning for the band. We have handpicked new members who have done a superb job on the record. We are still in the process of recording, but will shortly come back with more info."

GOD SEED's "Live At Wacken" DVD and CD was released on January 27 in Europe and January 31 in North America via Indie Recordings.

"Live At Wacken" includes footage of the group's infamous live show from the 2008 edition of the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany where they performed on the main stage in front of 75,000 screaming fans.

The Wacken performance was a reconstruction of GORGOROTH's controversial "Black Mass" show from Krakow in 2004 filmed in a TV studio in Kraków, Poland. The concert featured sheep heads on stakes, "crucified" nude models, satanic symbols, and eighty liters of sheep's blood. The band came under fire for violating Polish anti-blasphemy laws as well as Polish animal-rights laws, resulting in a police investigation with allegations of religious offence and cruelty to animals. The band went free of all charges and at Wacken 2008 they recreated this now-legendary show in all its glory.

This spectacular show is made available as a live CD, including the film of the entire show on DVD. The album is only available in a deluxe digipack edition and holds liner notes from the band about the process of recreating this special show.

"Live At Wacken" features session players Nick Barker (drums) and Ice Dale (guitar) alongside King and Gaahl.

GOD SEED came to life after Gaahl and King lost a court battle in early 2009 against guitarist Infernus (real name: Roger Tiegs) over the rights to the GORGOROTH band name.

Commented King: "GOD SEED represents a more spiritual side to us than what GORGOROTH did. GOD SEED represents the will to grow; the will to be the super man, so to speak. I think it's a suitable name for what we will represent in the future. I am also aware of the fact that we use the word 'God' in the name. It will challenge the weak minded in the respect that we in the past used the word Satan a lot, but it's all about the same thing. The God within man, and the God within nature. I never believed in a Christian force named Satan. I believe in the God within man."

Gaahl left GOD SEED in 2009 because he chose to retire from metal music.
 
Sick Drummer Magazine and Perseverance Holdings Ltd. have announced the "Death To All Tour 2012" in benefit of Sweet Relief. This five-city tour will feature a majority of DEATH's amazing musicians, as well as special guests. This tour is to celebrate the life and music of Chuck Schuldiner, as well as to raise awareness of Sweet Relief Musicians Fund — a charity that provides financial assistance to career musicians faced with illness, disability or age-related problems.

This tour will kick off in San Francisco, California and work its way to Orlando, Florida — stopping in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York along the way.

The drums will be handled by Gene Hoglan ("Individual Thought Patterns", "Symbolic") and Sean Reinert ("Human"). On bass will be Steve DiGiorgio ("Human", "Individual Thought Patterns") and Scott Clendenin ("The Sound Of Perseverance"). Guitar duties will be shared by Paul Masvidal ("Human"), Shannon Hamm ("The Sound of Perseverance") and Bobby Koelble ("Symbolic").

Commented Hoglan: "I am fully stoked to be a part of this landmark metal event! 'Death To All' promises to be the highlight of the summer and for me, getting to play with my old friends Steve DiGiorgio and Bobby Koeble, as well as seeing the mighty Sean Reinert and Paul Masvidal ripping it up, as well as the boatload of surprises I'm sure will be in store is more than enough to have me chomping at the bit to kick this thing off. What a great way to pay tribute to the man who brought all of us together, Mr. Chuck Schuldiner. And, it's hopefully bringing a spotlight to an amazing cause, SweetRelief.org. Check it out. It's a good thing. And 'Death To All'? It's gonna be a great thing."

The dates are as follows:

June 22 - The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
June 23 - House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
June 26 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
June 28 - Irving Plaza – New York, NY
June 30 - The Beacham - Orlando, FL
 
Three years have lapsed since the last CATTLE DECAPITATION offering. In that time, the band toured the globe, reaped a legion of new devotees and have now written their most palatable, yet abrasive record to date. Titled "Monolith Of Inhumanity", CATTLE DECAPITATION manage yet again to forge another beautiful deathscape that will leave fans of 2009's "The Harvest Floor" breathless, bloodied and spent.

"Monolith Of Inhumanity" is CATTLE DECAPITATION's fifth studio offering on Metal Blade Records. Set for North American release on May 8, the record was produced by Dave Otero of Denver's Flatline Audio and sees the band exploring innovative new techniques in song writing and general musical progression without abandoning their signature formula of confrontational audio wreckage and self-loathing lyrical content. Artwork was handled by Wes Benscoter. The culmination of Benscoter's unearthly abilities fused with vocalist Travis Ryan's demented views have once again proven to be memorable and fitting for what the music holds in store for the listener.

In addition, CATTLE DECAPITATION has collaborated with famed pop culture artist Tom Bunk for a very special art project that will be available at the band's webstore. Tom is best known for his work for the 1980s Garbage Pail Kids trading cards and MAD magazine, and has created an incredible GPK-inspired CATTLE DECAPITATION trading card set that must be seen to be believed.

"Monolith Of Inhumanity" track listing:

01. The Carbon Stampede
02. Dead Set On Suicide
03. A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat
04. Forced Gender Reassignment
05. Gristle Licker
06. Projectile Ovulation
07. Lifestalker
08. Do Not Resuscitate
09. Your Disposal
10. The Monolith
11. Kingdom of Tyrants

A new CATTLE DECAPITATION song entitled "A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat" can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

CATTLE DECAPITATION will join forces with ORIGIN, DECREPIT BIRTH, ABORTED, RINGS OF SATURN and BATTLECROSS for the "Occupation Domination" U.S. tour in April/May.
 
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