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BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler has released the following statement:

"I feel sad to see the SABBATH reunion becoming a bit of a soap opera on the Internet.

"It has been a very tough year for us as a band, having announced our reunion plans, only for Tony [Iommi, guitar] to be diagnosed with lymphoma, leaving us no choice but to postpone the proposed SABBATH tour, and then for Bill [Ward, drums] to go public on his site about an unsignable contract.

"None of us knew how Tony was going to respond to his intensive chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. Ozzy [Osbourne, vocals] and myself flew to England to be with Tony, and on his 'good' days, we'd meet at his home studio and put ideas together for the upcoming album, all sitting down together, no drummer involved, just three of us quietly putting together ideas. We thought that when we had enough songs together for a full band rehearsal, we'd move back to L.A and put the whole thing together with Bill. Unfortunately, to our surprise, Bill issued a statement on his site saying he'd been offered an unsignable contract. He hadn't told any one of us he was having contractual problems, and frankly, those things are worked out between our representatives, and never between the four of us, let alone in public.

"We had the idea of keeping just one show in this year, hoping that Tony would be well enough for that show, and that things with Bill would be sorted.

"As you may expect, a one-off show at Donnington festival (Download) costs an absolute fortune to stage, involving over 50 people, transport, airfares, hotels, meals, agents, promoters, accountants, lawyers etc, so none of us, expected to make much money from it — it was a one-off SABBATH show for the fans, before we go into recording the new album. Apparently, this wasn't acceptable to Bill's representatives; they wanted an amount that was so unrealistic that it seemed to have been a joke. So we resigned ourselves to doing Download without Bill, hoping he'd change his mind and at least make a guest appearance.

"We started rehearsals a few weeks ago with Tommy Cluefetos, the drummer who will be on the 'Ozzy And Friends' tour. Brilliant drummer and good bloke. It was decided we'd better do a warm-up show, to break the ice since we haven't played together live. The O2 Academy was available in Birmingham, where we were rehearsing, so we decided on that, and to make a donation to Help For Heroes charity, since we'd be ironing out any glitches we may have. Then Bill put out a further statement saying he'd been ready to play the Birmingham show , but he was expected to have to do it 'for free.' Well, I think that's basically how you raise money from gigs for charity — you play them 'for free.'

"All I am saying is that there are two sides to everything.

"I do hope to play with Bill again some day. For whatever reason, it wasn't meant to be this time. Bill's made his decision, and I have to respect that. Hopefully this painful year will be worth the wait for the new SABBATH album and end in joy and happiness for all."
Kamran Haq, concert promoter at Mutiny Events, has tweeted a picture of what he claims is the setlist for tonight's (Saturday, May 19) BLACK SABBATH headlining performance at the 3,800-capacity O2 Academy in Birmingham, England. Kamran writes, "I'm at the show! Setlist was in front of me so grabbed a pic!" He also posted a photo of SABBATH's pre-concert soundcheck, which can be seen below.

The setlist is as follows:

01. Into The Void
02. Under The Sun
03. Snowblind
04. War Pigs
05. Wheels Of Confusion
06. Electric Funeral
07. Black Sabbath
08. The Wizard
09. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
10. N.I.B.
11. Fairies Wear Boots
12. Lord Of This World
13. Tomorrow's Dream
14. Sweet Leaf
15. Symptom Of The Universe
16. Drum Solo
17. Iron Man
18. Dirty Women
19. Children Of the Grave
20. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
21. Paranoid

BLACK SABBATH's first performance in the band's hometown in 13 years will feature three-quarters of the legendary heavy metal act's original lineup — guitarist Tony Iommi, singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler. Tommy Clufetos, a member of Ozzy's solo band, is filling in for original SABBATH drummer Bill Ward, who is sitting out the group's reunion shows due to a contractual dispute with his bandmates.

All tickets for tonight's show reportedly sold out within 10 minutes of going on sale on May 4.

BLACK SABBATH was supposed to tour the Europe and North America this year as part of a worldwide trek in support of a new album, but guitarist Tony Iommi's cancer diagnosis put those plans on hold.

Ozzy, Iommi and Butler recently spent time in London recording their first album together in 33 years, although without drummer Bill Ward it is not the original SABBATH reunion announced last November.
BLACK SABBATH performed earlier tonight (Saturday, May 19) at the intimate 3,800-capacity O2 Academy in Birmingham, England as a warm-up for the band's upcoming appearance at the Download festival.

According to various fan reports, the setlist for the show was as follows: (**TO BE CONFIRMED**)

01. Into The Void
02. Under The Sun
03. Snowblind
04. War Pigs
05. Wheels Of Confusion
06. Electric Funeral
07. Black Sabbath
08. The Wizard
09. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
10. N.I.B.
11. Fairies Wear Boots
12. Tomorrow's Dream
13. Sweet Leaf
14. Symptom Of The Universe (intro only)
15. Drum Solo
16. Iron Man
17. Dirty Women
18. Children Of The Grave


19. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (intro only)
20. Paranoid

Commented BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler after the show: "Thank you, thank you, thank you Birmingham. Best fans ever — you brought out the best in us. It was a privilege playing for you tonight. Tony [Iommi, SABBATH guitarist] was a hero — you were the best medicine he has had. Proud to be a Brummie."

According to Black-Sabbath.com, tonight's concert was professionally recorded and filmed.

BLACK SABBATH's first performance in the band's hometown in 13 years — and their first concert since 2005 — featured three-quarters of the legendary heavy metal act's original lineup — guitarist Tony Iommi, singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler. Tommy Clufetos, a member of Ozzy's solo band, is filling in for original SABBATH drummer Bill Ward, who is sitting out the group's reunion shows due to a contractual dispute with his bandmates.

All tickets for tonight's show reportedly sold out within 10 minutes of going on sale on May 4.

BLACK SABBATH was supposed to tour the Europe and North America this year as part of a worldwide trek in support of a new album, but Iommi's cancer diagnosis put those plans on hold.

Ozzy, Iommi and Butler recently spent time in London recording their first album together in 33 years, although without drummer Bill Ward it is not the original SABBATH reunion announced last November.

BLACK SABBATH has been confirmed for this year's Lollapalooza festival, which takes place on August 3-5 at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois.
Original BLACK SABBATH members Tony Iommi (guitar), Ozzy Osbourne (vocals) and Geezer Butler (bass) have released the following statement:

"At the request of [original BLACK SABBATH drummer] Bill Ward, through his attorney, so as to not give the public the wrong impression about his involvement in the current BLACK SABBATH lineup, we have temporarily removed Bill Ward's images from the main pages of the BlackSabbath.com official website. In accordance with Bill Ward's attorney's request, we are doing so for the duration of the forthcoming shows."

BLACK SABBATH played a hometown concert in Birmingham, England earlier tonight (Saturday, May 19) as a warm-up show for the band's appearance at the Download festival at Donington next month. Tommy Clufetos, a member of Ozzy's solo band, is filling in for original SABBATH drummer Bill Ward, who is sitting out the group's reunion shows due to a contractual dispute with his bandmates.

A furor erupted online in 2007 after photos of Michael Anthony at the official VAN HALEN web site were either removed or replaced by an image of guitarist Eddie Van Halen's son Wolfgang, who played bass on the group's recent album and tour. The photos were restored less than two days later.
Slash has once again shot down the possibility of VELVET REVOLVER reuniting with singer Scott Weiland for a new album and tour.

Weiland told ABC News Radio last week that he was making new music with VELVET REVOLVER four years after he was unceremoniously kicked out of the band at the end of a U.K. tour. "We've all grown a lot," Weiland said. "We're able to put egos and differences and old… conflicts aside and so that's really cool."

He added, "They gave me a couple of [new] songs and myself and [guitarist] Dave [Kushner] and [bassist] Duff [McKagan] are gonna be getting together for a songwriting session next week."

Weiland also claimed that VELVET REVOLVER would hit the road for a short tour before the end of the year. "Slash's solo album gets released [on May 22] and so he's gonna do some touring on that and then we're gonna go and do some [VELVET REVOLVER] shows in the later part of summer into early fall," the singer said.

During an appearance on last night's (Friday, May 18) edition of Eddie Trunk's "Friday Night Rocks" radio show on New York's Q104.3 FM, Slash was asked about Weiland's comments and whether there is any truth to the reports that VELVET REVOLVER was once again working with the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman.

"I was doing a radio interview [with the 'Half-Assed Morning Show' on the Minneapolis, Minnesota radio station 93X on Monday, May 14] and we just rolled into town," Slash said. "I got out of my [tour bus] bunk and I dropped my guys off and went straight to this radio station. So I'm acclimating to the morning show, which you know the energy levels of those morning guys. I'm trying to get the coffee in my system. And [the radio show host] starts saying something at one point where he goes, 'So Scott Weiland's back in VELVET REVOLVER. And how does that feel?' And I was like, 'Woah! What?' And he goes, 'Yeah, Scott said you guys are writing together and you're gonna be on the road by the end of the year.' And I was just like, 'Am I delirious? What are you saying?'"

He continued, "Anyway, then, which was a good thing, he played me a tape of the actual conversation with Scott saying all this stuff. I was like, 'What the f…?' And that was it. And I called Duff, and I was like, 'Duff, do you know anything about this?' And Duff says, 'I have no idea.' So that was it. I was just in a state of shock."

He added, "I talked to Dave Kushner and he said that he and Scott had some conversations at some point about getting back together. But I remember that was sort of Scott's M.O. when we did that reunion thing [VELVET REVOLVER reunited for a short performance at the January 'Love You Madly: A Concert For John O'Brien' at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California. (see video below) — Ed.] So he's been interested in burying the hatchet and getting back together and sort of juggling this whole STP/VELVET REVOLVER perfect-world thing. And I'm, like, there's no way that's gonna happen. I love Scott — he's a great guy when I'm not in a band with him. I'd just like to keep it that way. So there's no truth to this whole thing. [It's been given] way more attention than it even deserves."

When asked by RollingStone.com whether he would be open to a full-fledged VELVET REVOLVER reunion at some point down the road, Weiland said, "Yeah, I definitely would, some time. If Maynard [James Keenan] can do it with A PERFECT CIRCLE and TOOL, then there's no reason why I shouldn't go and do it with both bands [STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER]."

Weiland reunited with his original band, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, just as his run with VELVET REVOLVER was coming to a close. STP has toured constantly since and recorded a new album in 2010.
According to TMZ.com, VAN HALEN decided to postpone 31 of its previously announced summer concerts because the guys in the band felt like the current schedule was "too much, too fast" and they were "losing their focus." The site quotes a source "close to the band" as saying "They're simply burned out" and adding, "They want to make sure their concerts are not a routine ... they want every performance to be special." The members of the group want to take some time to "recharge their engines" and return to the road with a renewed energy and enthusiasm.

As for rumors that Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth are feuding, TMZ.com's source states, "It's total B.S."

A major selling point of VAN HALEN and David Lee Roth reuniting was that all of the squabbles and musical differences that tore the band apart in the mid-'80s had been resolved — a point that Roth and Van Halen have always been quick to drive home to the public. "We really have reformed this team like a brother team that it never was before," Roth said, according to The Pulse Of Radio. "I think you hear that in my voice here, and we think we got it right this time. You come and judge the performance harshly. Please, I beg you, come on down and see." Added Eddie Van Halen: "None of us want to give you less than our best and we are at our best."

VAN HALEN's new album, "A Different Kind Of Truth", has sold 377,000 copies in the United States since its February 7 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The CD is the band's first full-length offering with original singer David Lee Roth since "1984" was released in January 1984.
Megadeth can be considered one of the most legendary sounds in all of music, not just Metal. They are synonymous with a time period, moments in the lives of so many of their fans. They may have a different look than when the band was formed in 1983 but they are one of the founding fathers and would definitely find themselves on the Mount Rushmore of American Metal music and can still fill festival stadiums all over the world. They have been doing their thing for almost 30 years and show no signs of stopping. They had released their fittingly named 13th studio album TH1RT3EN last year before they came to Cincinnati. They will return to Ohio as one of the main acts at next week's Rock on The Range.
Over the past year, Amy had time to speak with band drummer Shawn Drover two times and lead guitarist Chris Broderick at Mayhem Festival about life on tour and what the future holds for the band. Their timeless sound continues on and will be able to be heard on the Main Stage in Columbus next Sunday night with Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie.
Excerpts with Chris
Amy: I know you joined the band in 2008, right?
Chris: Yeah, the very beginning.
Amy: What was it like the first time you played and jammed with Dave (Mustaine)?
Chris: It was a little intimidating at first I think. But one of the things that really happened was we had to get to work so quickly. We had to get so much done so fast.
Amy: Because of the album and the tour right?
Chris: Well yeah because of the tour at the time. I didn't really have time to think about what was going on. I was just working. I was trying to knock out as many songs as I could before we went on tour less than a month away. That was my focus really.
Amy: You are a classically trained guitarist, right? Can you tell me, how do you think that prepared you for Megadeth and to play metal music?
Chris: Well I don't know if anything prepares you for Metal music or Megadeth. But I do think it does give me a different skill set, one where I can look at more melodies and harmonies and construction of those types of the aspects of the music and apply what I've learned in classical guitar theory or classical theory to the Metal genre.
Amy: That's kind of what stood out to them, right, when they called you to join the band, because you did a lot of classically trained type work?
Chris: It's hard for me to say. I know it was an influence on their decision, but I know that it was a recommendation of Glen Drover and Shawn Drover that encouraged them to call me.
Amy: Good recommendations. They probably didn't even have to ask.
Chris: And then some of the YouTube clips that I had posted also.
Amy: I have been hearing so many bands that are picking people off YouTube. It's really amazing, Cinderella type stories of people being picked up off YouTube videos.
Chris: Well it's one of those things that is awesome in a way because it gives the individual the power of PR, somebody that can market you and get you to the right people to get you a gig or get you the right contact. So it is kind of cool that way.
Amy: What has been your highlight of the Big 4 concerts so far?
Chris: It was probably the last Big 4 show actually in the UK. That was pretty huge. We got to play on stage with some of the original members of Diamond Head. Honestly, they weren't my biggest influence. They were a little bit before my time. But because I am playing with so many people that they heavily influenced, it was instant respect on my behalf and their behalf. It was quite awe-inspiring to see Hetfield  (James) kind of bowing down before him when he went to do the solo. It was awesome.
Amy: What is it like on the road these days? Is it really clean living?
Chris: Yeah. It almost has to be because we have so much going on. I couldn't do all this press and all the meet and greets and stuff like that. It works out pretty well for me too because luckily I never acquired a taste for that kind of that thing. I guess I am too Type A. I always want to be in control.
Excerpts with Shawn:
Amy: I read that you were the one that reached out to Dave Ellefson to re-join the band. You're kind of the one in the band that brings everybody together. Is that true and how did that all come about?
Shawn: Well, the situation came about that we needed to get a bass player and, in my mind, it had to be David. The trick was to get David (Ellefson) to want to do it and for David (Mustaine) to say yeah, work out whatever crap they had in the past. In my greedy little mind, I just wanted him back in the band. I think that's what the fans ultimately wanted. Within two days, David was in the studio and we were going over tunes for the Rest in Peace tour that we were getting ready to do at the time. It's all a timing thing. Everything happens for a reason and it just kind of worked out that way.
Amy: And when your brother left, you also recommended Chris, right?
Shawn: Yeah, Glen and I. When Glen decided to leave, I said, "OK, we have to suggest some replacements and there was a really short list." This is a really tough gig for any musician, but certainly for the lead guitar player. So the list was very short. Between Glen and I and Dave's tech Willie G, we just kind of came up with Chris on the top of the list. And within a day, he was all but in the band. He talked to management and I think he went to see Dave the next day. Yeah, I guess I am the guy.
Amy: Obviously Dave was an easy choice because he had been there before. But how do you know who is going to fit in. How do you have the feeling about somebody whether it is going to work out?
Shawn: Well David was a no-brainer. He was in the band for 20 years before they split up. I hoped that would work out again and it has, it's been great. With Chris, it was basically, we just did a checklist. He doesn't drink or do drugs. He doesn't have a huge ego. His guitar regiment is amazing, all he does is practice. He practices all the time. He is a very healthy guy. He has a very strict regiment to be as great as possible. I had seen him play live. I saw him with Nevermore and Jag Panzer. I knew he was a great guitar player. You don't want to bring anybody into the band that could potentially be a pain in the ass or whatever.
Amy: It's a lot of together time.
Shawn: Right. Because you have to spend all your time together on a bus. There was definitely a mental checklist of what I wanted before I would recommend somebody. Lucky for me, it has worked out. Chris is great.
Amy: What is your greatest rock n roll moment?
Shawn: There's a lot of great moments. Certainly the Big 4 has been great. The first Big 4 show that we did in Warsaw, Poland, we finally got together and played after so many years. That was certainly a defining moment in my career. One of the best moments for me was joining Megadeth. If I had to pick a moment, I would pick the first Big 4 show. Just all that stuff coming together. There were probably 100,000 people at that show. It was just unreal. The whole atmosphere was just electric that day. It was definitely one of the best moments of my career as a musician.
Amy: When your brother left and Chris took over, was it hard for you?
Shawn: Yeah. I didn't want him to leave. Looking back now, I understand it. I understand. He had a hard time even joining the band, he had a young son at the time. The original plan when we joined Megadeth was to tour for a month then take a month off. We'd have a lot of home time. As things progressed and we got more and more popular and there was more demand around the world, you have to go with it. You just can't say no, you have to go where you are wanted on tour. Originally that was supposed to be the Farewell Tour. A lot of people don't remember that. We were going to retire. Here we are seven years later. We had a change of heart. Things were going so well that we wanted to run with it. That being said, the tours got longer and longer and the breaks got shorter and shorter. Over the course of three or three and a half years that just started to eat at him. He had only one son and wanted to watch him grow up. I understand that. I respect that. And touring is not for everyone either. Some people don't deal with it as well as others. Glen handled it well. It was just eating at him to not be at home more. And you couldn't do this and be at home more. Something had to give. It sucked, I hated it. But I understand it. Everything happens for a reason. He's happier now.
Amy: Does he still play at all?
Shawn: Yeah. He just released a solo record about two months ago. He just doesn't want to tour much anymore.
Amy: He still loves music.
Shawn: Absolutely. He has a full-on studio in his house. He fills in for a band called Testament when their guitar player Alex has other obligations or can't tour for certain amounts of time. Glen steps in and does it. So he gets to do that and that makes him happy. By the end of the tour, he's ready to go home again. He's good part time doing that stuff. He's certainly happier now doing what he does.
Amy: What was the highlight of the GiganTour this year?
Shawn: Oh God, to name one? Just the overall of touring with Motörhead for me was the big thing. Megadeth had toured with Motörhead years and years ago back in '86 I think it was, played several shows together but for me, since I joined the band, I hadn't toured with Motörhead so that was a real big thrill. I just thought the package was great and we had a lot of amazing shows. Just the overall vibe and all the shows had a good vibe to it and the overall experience was really positive.
Amy: Did you guys play together at all?
Shawn: On stage together? Both bands? No, we never did that. We kind of did our own thing and that was it. We never really talked about getting on stage and jamming or anything like that. That of course would have been cool but I think due to the time constraints of the venue, you only have x amount of minutes to play and there is a curfew and that whole thing. My guess was we just kept to our set and just went with that. That was probably one of the reasons why we didn't get up and jam.
Amy: We met last year. One of the things you said was that TH1RT3EN was made up of true Megadeth songs. How do you describe or what characteristics make up true Megadeth songs?
Shawn: The thing about us is that we have so many different kinds of Metal tunes, we have got the ultra fast and furious Metal stuff and the more dynamic stuff, and then there is the stuff that is almost, I don't want to use a dirty word in Heavy Metal, mainstream, more acceptable songs for the average Hard Rock and Metal listener you know? I think it is really hard, with TH1RT3EN we kind of explored everything we could within the parameters of Metal. We obviously won't put a Disco song or a Country tune on there or anything like that. We tried to push it as far as we could yet still be true to who we are. We are one of those lucky bands that are able to do different kinds of Metal and get away with it. It's a really great place to be and I think TH1RT3EN really represents a lot of the different kinds of Metal that Megadeth plays and has played over the years.
Amy: What is your favorite TH1RT3EN song to play live?
Shawn: "Never Dead", and we just started playing it about a week ago. I think it is the fourth song we are playing live now from the new record and we just started debuting it this past week  on the tour we are currently doing with Rob Zombie. It has been going over really well and I am happy that we are playing it.
Amy: What do you do with your down time on the road?
Shawn: Lately I have been playing a lot of golf. On the road or off the road?
Amy: Either.
Shawn: On the road, on days off, I have been trying to play more golf, just something to get out of the hotel and do something normal and kind of enjoy the day. Being cooped up on a hotel on a day off, sometimes there is nothing to do around a hotel and that can be really confining and claustrophobic almost a little bit so I try to get out, even if I am going to see a movie or something, just try to do something normal on the road. Off the road, it is all just spending time with the family and doing the normal, everyday stuff at home. I enjoy both.
Amy: Growing up, I know it is hard if you have kids that play drums and you started really young. Was your family supportive of you playing drums and doing music growing up?
Shawn: Absolutely, my whole family played. My Father and both my brothers are guitar players and I am a guitar player as well but I obviously gravitated more towards drums. Yeah, my parents were always supportive. We started at a young age so nothing but support from my parents for sure. And the same is true with my kids. My son is now 20 and he has been playing drums since he was about 10 or 11 years old I think. He has been playing for a good ten years now. He is a great drummer. It is kind of cool to see your son, and I never pushed him or gave him lessons, he just kind of jumped on a kit and started going at it and over time learned things and over time he has developed into a really good drummer. It is really cool that it has been passed down to another generation of my family now as far as a musician.
Amy: What can fans look forward to for Rock on the Range for you guys?
Shawn: Business as usual. It doesn't matter where we play, it doesn't matter who we play with or what type of venue it is. We go out and try to give the best show we can and entertain the people who are there the best we can. We don't deviate from that plan ever so we just go up there with the intention to assault the people musically just give them the best Megadeth show that they have ever seen. That is always our intention.
Amy: I know Dave spoke before about this being your last record with Roadrunner and the label Roadrunner has gone through a lot of changes recently. Is that still the case or are you guys still with them?
Shawn: The contract is up with Roadrunner; our current contract is up. That is not to say we are not going to re-sign or not re-sign. The answer is honestly I don't know. We haven't even discussed with going forward what our plans are. I don't even know, we are so focused on this tour right now that we haven't begun to think about this stuff. At some point we are going to have to, but that is all business stuff and that will all be sorted out in a timely fashion when that time comes. For right now, we are in the middle of supporting this record and touring. We don't know what the plans are.
During a brand new interview with Greece's Rock Overdose, SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo revealed that the band is putting the finishing touches on a two-song EP, to be released later this year, possibly in time for their appearance at this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival . "Kerry [King, guitar] and Tom [Araya, bass/vocals] are recording it right now; they are doing the vocals," he said.

Lombardo previously stated about SLAYER's new material, "[It sounds like] SLAYER. . . Traditional fans will be pacified and non-traditional fans will be like, 'Again?'"

Speaking to U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine, Kerry described the new SLAYER songs as "really refreshing and energetic." He added, "One thing I can tell you is that the songs are shaping up in the classic SLAYER style. You won't be hearing us doing acoustic stuff. [laughs]"

Kerry also said that he was hoping that Greg Fidelman, who co-produced 2009's "World Painted Blood" with Rick Rubin, would be at the helm for the new album. "That's the idea, anyway," Kerry told Metal Hammer. "But it all depends on his availability. . . I don't think we'll spend long in the studio this time, either. We're gonna do it old-school style and get things done fast."

SLAYER will perform its classic 1986 album "Reign In Blood" in its entirety at All Tomorrow's Parties' second U.K. "I'll Be Your Mirror" event, which is scheduled to take place the weekend of May 25-27 at Alexandra Palace, London, England.

SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman has been forced to sit the band's forthcoming tour dates due to complications from a spider bite.

Hanneman contracted necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease, from a spider bite over a year ago.

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt will fill in for Hanneman on SLAYER's summer tour, which begins at All Tomorrow's Parties.

SLAYER's latest album, "World Painted Blood", sold 41,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 12 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Lombardo's side project PHILM — which also features guitarist/vocalist Gerry Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE) and bassist Pancho Tomaselli (WAR) — released its debut album, "Harmonic", on May 15 via Ipecac Recordings.
ARTISTdirect.com's editor-in-chief Rick Florino recently conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

ARTISTdirect.com: Did you have a favorite riff or solo from [PANTERA's] "Vulgar Display Of Power"?

Anselmo: Well, there's always a soft spot in my heart for the main riff in "A New Level" because it's so fucking crushing. Guitar solos…I really like them all. I'm not going to lie. Darrell was a fantastic guitar player. The solo on "A New Level" is a ripper, man. It's so tasteful and sonic in its delivery. I won't say it's my favorite guitar solo. Once again, I'm always an overall fan of anything Dimebag laid down. In my memory right off the bat, it's one of his great solos.

ARTISTdirect.com: Where are you at on the [upcoming] DOWN EP?

Anselmo: It's finished! That motherfucker is mastered and done. It's really stripped down. It's raw. Any feedback I've gotten on it has been, "It sounds like classic DOWN." It is what it is, man. I think it turned out pretty good.

ARTISTdirect.com: How many songs are on it?

Anselmo: It's six good, long-ass songs. The body of work is there. There's big chorus and slow BLACK SABBATH-infused heavy metal rock 'n' roll with a bit of a southern twist and of course dual guitar work reminiscent of a band like TROUBLE. Lord knows without TROUBLE, DOWN would be in trouble. [Laughs] Really, it's DOWN. I'll let you outside listeners make your damn opinions, and that's that.

ARTISTdirect.com: [Your upcoming] solo record ["Walk Through Exits Only"] sounds like it's really close to your heart.

Anselmo: Yeah, it's something I've wanted to do for a long time. Once again, I'll leave it up to the mass listeners to judge it. I think it's very extreme without being any type of "core" or death metal, black metal. You can't really slide it into a slot. As far as heavy stuff goes, I hope I'm treading on new ground. I can't compare it to anything else. There's a lot going on musically and riff-wise. To me, it's the type of record that the more spins you give it, the more you hear within what's going on overall. Those are my favorite kinds of records. You can't catch everything on the first listen, and there's some depth to it. It's going to be very interesting. I can't wait to put this motherfucker out.
Courtney Devores of CharlotteObserver.com recently conducted an interview with legendary drummer Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, KILL DEVIL HILL).

When asked about the formation of KILL DEVIL HILL — which also features 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 — Vinny said, "I had a long career, but since I was a kid, I wanted to have my own band. It was a dream, and it never really happened. I always wound up playing with SABBATH or DIO, and it always got in the way. . . It went from me by myself and getting Rex in the band, who is a known player, and then we got a deal. [I thought] 'Wow. This is cool.' We did a tour in a bus. We didn't sleep in the car. We just got nominated for best debut album in Germany."

Appice previously described 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."

Vinny told CharlotteObserver.com: "I'm not into the screaming thing. I like playing heavy loud music, but I'm not into that. I grew up in a different era where there was melody and harmonies. They don't have to be nice. They can be weird and minor key and dark. Dewey can go for it. There are great melodies on the album and hooks. But yet it's still dark. It's not happy."

KILL DEVIL HILL's self-titled debut album 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 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.
German metal queen Doro Pesch has set "Raise Your Fist" as the title of her new album, due in the fall via Nuclear Blast Records. An EP, "Raise Your Fist In The Air", will precede the full-length effort on August 3.

"Raise Your Fist" was recorded and written in the U.S., Germany, and Scandinavia. Doro says, "Right now we're in the mixing stages and are close to finishing everything. Most important to me are the power hymns 'Raise Your Fist In The Air' and 'Victory', which will also be available on the forthcoming EP! Both songs have been played live on our last tour and also made last year's Wacken Open Air shake! 'Raise Your Fist In The Air' will also be available in French… which is going to be very interesting. For the diehard fans of German songs like 'Für Immer' ['Forever'], there are two songs in the same vein — sensitive and quite dark 'Human Rights' and the very emotional 'Engel' ['Angel']. There are also a lot of fast songs like 'Little Headbanger' and various fist-pumping ones featuring amazing guests like Gus G. (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIREWIND) on 'Last Man Standing' which fans will for sure dig live. We also have a song that honors the late Ronnie James Dio called 'Hero' and another highlight named 'It Still Hurts' featuring MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister. The cover artwork has once again been created by British artist Geoffrey Gillespie who is a close friend and companion since he made it into the Guinness Book Of World Records for his 'Triumph And Agony' cover as the biggest album cover in the world. Since then, he's done ten covers for us!"

The "Raise Your Fist In The Air" EP will be made available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download.

"Raise Your Fist In The Air" EP track listing:

01. Raise Your Fist In The Air
02. Victory
03. Engel
04. Lève Ton Poing Vers Le Ciel

In a 2011 interview with Canada's XplosiveMetal.com, Pesch spoke about the song "Raise Your Fist In The Air" which she played for the first time at last year's Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany. ""It got great feedback [from the Wacken audience]. . . . It was originally written by a Wacken fan, a metalhead, and then I did my own thing to it. It was actually a diehard Wacken fan who did a demo and sent it to the promoter. He sent it to me and said, 'Hey, how about we make a Wacken anthem and here's an idea from a diehard Wacken fan.' I listened to it and thought, 'Hey, that's great.' Then we worked on it and continued working on it. Just to tell you how that song came about, it was a collaboration with a diehard fan and it was actually really good. Sometimes the fans have the best ideas. It was so dead-on."

Fan-filmed video footage of Doro performing the song "Raise Your Fist In The Air" on October 1, 2011 at the Milk club in Moscow, Russia and October 22, 2011 at the Metal Female Voices Fest IX, held at the Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium, can be seen below.

During a 2011 interview with Metal Kaoz, Pesch was asked about the progress of the songwriting and recording sessions for her next studio album. "I think we have completed 80 percent of the new record and there are some great songs coming up," she replied. "Actually, one song is dedicated to Ronnie James Dio and the working title is 'Hero'. That's a very special song. I was a big Dio fan and I know that there are so many fans out there are missing him so much, so definitely this song will be on the new record. Also they will be some speed metal songs, some anthems songs and, of course, some power ballads."

In conjunction with the Stateside release of the mammoth "25 Years In Rock" 2 DVD/CD set, Doro performed two special shows in New York City on September 9, 2011 and Chicago on September 11, 2011. Both nights included clips from the DVD, limited edition merchandise and an autograph session followed by a performance by the metal queen herself.

Released in Europe in 2010 (also via Nuclear Blast), the epic "25 Years In Rock" two-DVD/CD set includes Doro's 25-year anniversary show in its entirety as well as clips from her 2,500th concert and so much more.

"Fear No Evil", the latest album from Pesch, was made available in North America in June 2009 via AFM/Dismanic/Ryko Distribution.
"The Devil Made Me Do It 3", the new single from SCUM OF THE EARTH — the band led by former ROB ZOMBIE guitarist Riggs — will receive its premiere on Saturday, May 19 during the New Jersey Devils/New York Rangers Eastern Conference Finals game at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

The song is the first single from SCUM OF THE EARTH's forthcoming third album, titled "The Devil Made Me Do It", due out in the fall of 2012.

Being a passionate hockey fan, Mark Nawara, president of Goomba Music, thought he would send the song to the New Jersey Devils and they loved it.

"When I heard the track, I immediately thought of the Devils and I figured the song could fit in during their upcoming home games in the quest for the Stanley Cup," said Nawara. "On an impulse, I contacted the team and they loved the song and are going to use it in some way."

"I'm excited that the New Jersey Devils decided to use the song," stated Riggs. "The track definitely had an anthem feel when I wrote it."

Goomba Music will release "The Devil Made Me Do It 3" on iTunes and other digital music outlets on Tuesday, May 22.

SCUM OF THE EARTH's latest CD, "Sleaze Freak", was released on October 23, 2007. The explicit (PA) version of the album was made available at most retailers containing an added DVD video. The DVD consists of footage filmed while recording and mixing the album documenting the recording and mixing process and many hijinks of the band around town, in the studio, and on the road.

SCUM OF THE EARTH's first studio album of all-new material since the critically-acclaimed debut "Blah…Blah…Blah…Love Songs For The New Millennium" (2004), "Sleaze Freak" contained 13 brand new songs described by Riggs as "heavy-as-hell grinding, stripper-rock." "It's a much more intense collection of material than 'Blah…Blah…Blah…'" said Riggs. "We did everything we wanted to do this time around, which allowed us to really embody the whole red-light-district sleazy vibe into the material."
Millions and millions of fans all over the world have enjoyed the amazing music from classic rock bands such as JOURNEY, TOTO, CHICAGO, DEEP PURPLE, STARSHIP, RAINBOW and FOREIGNER. The songs that truly are the soundtrack of generations.

Imagine that you could see a live concert with not only one but up to four of the legendary singers, performing their biggest hits together backed by a world-class band of famous top musicians!!

Welcome to Legends: Voices Of Rock. The legendary singers include Grammy-winning and million-selling names like Bobby Kimball (TOTO), Fergie Frederiksen (TOTO), Joe Lynn Turner (DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW), Bill Champlin (CHICAGO), Steve Augeri (JOURNEY) and more!!!

The two guys behind Legends are Swedish guitar players Tommy Denander and Sayit Dölen.

Tommy Denander is a Grammy-nominated, world-famous top guitarist who has played on more than 2,000 albums with superstars like Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper, Paul Stanley, Ricky Martin, Celine Dion, Peter Cetera, B.B. King, Carlos Santana and many more.

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With handpicked top musicians and a serious effort to play the hits with the original
quality — and sometimes better — Legends: Voices Of Rock offers a top-quality show for any part of the world.

The project is currently on tour and next up is Japan in June and various festivals in Scandinavia this summer. Shows for all over Europe, Russia, Australia, China and
America are in the making for 2012 and 2013.

For more information, visit www.legends-vor.com
Tehelka recently conducted an interview with drummer Chris Adler of Richmond, Virginia metallers LAMB OF GOD. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Tehelka: Was starting out as a band in the '90s harder than it is now? If so, why? What was it that worked for you?

Chris: Starting a band then was hard, but easier than it is now. The Internet was just beginning then and we were distributing all our music online. We would play anywhere we could — at house parties, functions, everything. That, I believe, is the key to success — to be able to get out and play. Our goal was not to make money; you can't expect art to pay very well. We didn't expect to be METALLICA. Things are different now and every kid who has a laptop can make music in his basement with high-quality sounds, live with his parents and pay bills. People have to try much harder now; every six minutes, there is a better-sounding band releasing a track.

Tehelka: A few days ago, [LAMB OF GOD] vocalist Randy Blythe said the industry is dying because Marilyn Manson's new ablum opened at #10. What are your thoughts on that?

Chris: Randy and I don't always agree. According to me, Manson's career finished a long time ago.

Tehelka: Tells us about your new album and what makes it different from the previous ones?

Chris: "Resolution" is a little different from our two previous albums. The songs are more progressive and dynamic. We have picked a lot from our earlier records, the ones before the two last ones. It is difficult to produce seven records that sound different without getting boring.
To make their record-release party in Hollywood a memorable one, Sweden's epic metal specialists SABATON are inviting all their Southern California fans to attend their May 23 show at the Key Club dressed in World War I- or World War II-period regalia to celebrate the arrival of their sixth studio album, "Carolus Rex".

Any female or male in period dress can pick up their FREE Nuclear Blast grab bag at SABATON's merch table after the show. Those interested in putting an outfit together can visit The Supply Sergeant on Hollywood Boulevard or California Surplus Mart on Santa Monica Boulevard.

The lyric video for the English version of SABATON's new single, "A Lifetime Of War" (Swedish: "En Livstid i Krig"), can be seen below. The track comes off "Carolus Rex", which will be released in Europe on May 25 via Nuclear Blast Records. The lyrics for the CD, which will be made available in both English and Swedish, deal with the Swedish Empire (referring to the Kingdom of Sweden between 1561 and 1721).

The band previously stated about "Carolus Rex": "For the first time ever we have had an expert to help us out with the theme, the well-known Swedish historian Bengt Liljegren. We have also added some extra time in the studio to find the absolute right sound on 'Carolus Rex', and our producer, Peter Tägtgren, says that this album will mark a brand new standard for how a heavy metal album should sound like!"

Liljegren's published works include acclaimed biographies of Adolf Hitler and Karl XII. He also appeared in the popular Swedish TV series "Boston Tea Party".

"Carolus Rex" - English version track listing:

01. Dominium Maris Baltici
02. The Lion From The North
03. Gott Mit Uns
04. A Lifetime Of War
05. 1 6 4 8
06. The Carolean's Prayer
07. Carolus Rex
08. Killing Ground
09. Poltava
10. Long Live The King
11. Ruina Imperii

"Carolus Rex" - Swedish version track listing:

01. Dominium Maris Baltici
02. Lejonet från Norden
03. Gott Mit Uns
04. En Livstid i Krig
05. 1 6 4 8
06. Karolinens bön
07. Carolus Rex
08. Ett Slag Färgat Rött
09. Poltava
10. Konungens Likfärd
11. Ruina Imperii

SABATON was forced to cancel the first three shows of its current U.S. tour — which was scheduled to start on April 10 in Tampa, Florida — due to delays in obtaining visas over the Easter weekend for the band's four new members.

SABATON recently parted ways with guitarists Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sundén, drummer Daniel Mulback and keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr. The band's new touring lineup is as follows:

Joakim Brodén - Vocals
Pär Sundström - Bass
Chris Rörland (NOCTURNAL RITES) - Guitar
Thobbe Englund (WINTERLONG, RAUBTIER) - Guitar
Robban Bäck (BALTIMOORE, PREY) – Drums
STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor recently spoke to Revolver magazine about the band's forthcoming fourth studio album, which is tentatively going to come out in October. The project — which will likely end up becoming a double effort — will follow up 2010's "Audio Secrecy".

"Picture [PINK FLOYD's] 'The Wall' crossed with ALICE IN CHAINS' 'Dirt' with some good heavy blasts in there," Corey said. "The heaviest song is a total ass-kicker that sounds as if SLAYER and ANTHRAX had a baby. Then, there's a darker bluesy dirge that has the vibe of LED ZEPPELIN's 'In My Time Of Dying'. There's even a little industrial vibe. It's definitely going to blow people's fucking minds.

Taylor added that he came up with a very ambitious concept for the disc.

"The album is a morality play about a man who's standing at the crossroads of his life trying to figure out what to do next," he said. "He's going, 'Do I move foward and evolve? Do I become more responsible or do I run backwards and pilfer the basket of youth?' Sometimes it's romantic to live in the mistakes that you made when you were 20, and condemn yourself to perpetual adolescence."

The album is being recorded at Sound Farm Studios, just outside STONE SOUR's home base of Des Moines, Iowa, with producer David Bottrill (TOOL, MUSE, STAIND).

Guitarist Josh Rand recently said that the CD will be "another progression for the band," adding. "Musically, we have always challenged one another to push things to our limits, and this record is no exception."

STONE SOUR recently parted ways with bassist Shawn Economaki. A replacement bassist has yet to be announced.

Taylor and STONE SOUR guitarist Jim Root will also be busy this summer with SLIPKNOT as that band headlines the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
The original lineup of TALAS — consisting of legendary bassist Billy Sheehan, guitarist Dave Constantino and drummer Paul Varga – will reunite for a one-off performance on July 28 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, New York. The show is part of the 2012 Hard Rock "Rocks Old Falls Street, USA Summer Outdoor Music Series", which will feature a total of six shows starting July 7 and running each Saturday evening through August 11.

The free concerts are supported with help from the city of Niagara Falls and private sponsors. Local radio stations 97 Rock and 103.3 The Edge will serve as broadcast partners for this year's series.

Kings of the Buffalo bar circuit, TALAS slogged it out through the '70s and '80s, hoping for the breakthrough that never quite came. When David Lee Roth left VAN HALEN, Sheehan immediately joined Roth's band, putting an effective end to TALAS.

Sheehan, Constantino and Varga were the first musicians to be inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall Of Fame, and Constantino and Varga have remained active in the Western New York music scene. Sheehan is based in California, where he performs with a variety of ensembles, including MR. BIG.
Canadian heavy metal trio CAULDRON recently entered the studio to begin recording its third full-length album. The follow-up to 2010's "Burning Fortune" is being laid down in Parkdale, Toronto, where the band is once again working with producer Jameson Elliott. The as-yet untitled CD is due to be released later this year on Earache Records.

Commented CAULDRON singer and bassist Jason Decay: "We recently entered the studio to record our new album. Pretty much the same set up as last time with Jameson Elliott producing with us and recording close to home in Parkdale (Toronto) like we did on 'Burning Fortune'. Chris (Rites) has been nailing the drums and I really think this is the best we've ever sounded in the studio so far. We feel very strongly about the new stuff and can't wait for people to hear it."

CAULDRON's latest album, "Burning Fortune", was released in February 2011 via Earache Records.
Irish folk metallers WAYLANDER will release their fourth full-length album, "Kindred Spirits", on July 16 in Europe and August 14 in North America via Listenable Records. The CD was mastered at Finnvox studio (CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH) in Finland.

"Kindred Spirits" track listing:

01. Echoes Of The Sidhe
02. Lámh Dearg
03. Twin Fires Of Beltíne
04. Of Fear And Fury
05. Grave Of Giants
06. A Path Well Trodden
07. Quest For Immortality
08. Erdath
09. Kindred Spirits

According to WAYLANDER, "'Echoes Of The Sidhe' deals with the enduring fascination in celtic countries with the Sidhe/the Fairy folk/Tuatha De Danann which has survived the coming of christianity as well as the modern age of enlightenment. The belief in the old Gods and the existence of higher plains of existence has endured and will continue to do so."

On the topic of the second song on the album, WAYLANDER says, "'Lámh Dearg' — meaning Red Hand, the symbol of the northern province of Ulster of which Northern Ireland makes up two thirds. For the first time since our debut demo, the conflict in Northern Ireland is used as subject matter for one of our songs. This song is about love for the land which transcends politics, where the land itself is sacred while mankind are merely the custodians for the generations to come. Concentrate on what unites us as it's a lot more than people have knowledge off due to a blinkered mindset. In effect this song is a modern pagan perspective on the conflict we have endured."

WAYLANDER's last album, "Honour Amongst Chaos", was released in 2008 via Listenable Records.
BLEEDING THROUGH guitarist Dave Nassie has announced several clinic appearances for May and June, all sponsored by his partners at Charvel and Fender. Each of these clinics is FREE to the public. Dave will be joined by other members of BLEEDING THROUGH at some events, including bassist Ryan Wombacher and drummer Derek Youngsma.

The details are as follows:

May 29, 4:00 p.m.
Milano Music
Mesa, Arizona

June 2, 4:00 p.m.
West LA Music
Santa Monica, California

June 9, 2:00 p.m.
Guitar Trader of San Diego
San Diego, California

June 21, 6:30 p.m.
Bananas At Large
Santa Rosa, California

June 22, 7:00 p.m.
Legend Music
Manteca, California

June 23, 3:00 p.m.
Bizarre Guitar
Reno, Nevada

Dave's lead guitar work appears all over this year's BLEEDING THROUGH album on Rise Records, "The Great Fire", as well as the previous self-titled set.

BLEEDING THROUGH will hit the road in the U.S. in July/August with their friends in DEMON HUNTER and CANCER BATS as part of "The True Defiance Tour".
Los Angeles-based goth-metallers VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE! will release their new album, "Hellbound And Heartless", on June 19 via Hollywood Waste Records. According to a press release, the CD "showcases the darker side of VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE!, focusing on message-driven lyrics and deriving musical influence from industrial rock icons such as MARILYN MANSON and ROB ZOMBIE. "

"Hellbound And Heartless" was co-produced by the band and Mike Sarkisyan and Tommy Decker, both members of Grammy-nominated alternative-metal act SPINESHANK. Every song on the album presents a fresh, new morsel of gothic darkness for fans to sink their teeth into.

"Early on while recording this record I felt an amazing force behind it," says vocalist Michael Vampire. "'Hellbound And Heartless' is a piece of me and a lyrical representation of who I am. I dedicate this record to our fans and everyone that believed in our vision. Get ready for the new name in horror rock 'n' roll... VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE!"

"Hellbound And Heartless" track listing:

01. I: Hellbound
02. I Can't Breathe
03. Beauty Queen
04. Drug Of Choice
05. II: The Inferno
06. Star Of 666
07. Kiss Of Death
08. Rape Me (NIRVANA cover)
09. Plastic
10. III: The 7th Gate
11. Unholy Eyes
12. Social Suicide
13. IV: Born Individual
14. Anti Hate
15. Hell On Earth
16. Amanda's Song

Check out the cover artwork below.

"I Can't Breathe", the first track to be revealed from the new album, recently premiered with Alternative Press and received an overwhelming positive response.

VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE! recently parted ways with bassist Philip Kross. Filling in on bass for the Vans Warped Tour this summer will be Adam Vex (SUFFER WELL, AESTHETIC PERFECTION, IMPERATIVE REACTION).

VAMPIRES EVERWHERE!'s full-length debut, "Kiss The Sun Goodbye", was released in May 2011 through Hollywood Waste/Century Media Records. The CD was recorded with producer Fred Archambault, who has previously worked with AVENGED SEVENFOLD and DEFTONES.
When CANDLELIGHT RED recently toured with SEVENDUST, they automatically struck up a friendship with drummer Morgan Rose. Realizing that they saw completely eye-to-eye musically, it made perfect sense for Rose to produce CANDLELIGHT RED — which will soon become a reality, as both factions will work together on an EP.

"While having CANDLELIGHT RED on tour with SEVENDUST, I was able to get familiar with their music and build a friendship with some of the band members," explains Rose. "So when they approached me with a desire for me to produce them, I jumped at the opportunity. After talking about what our goals were for the recording, we were happy to realize our goals were one and the same. To capture the band's live sound is the objective, and it's gonna happen. I'm beyond excited to get these songs finished and out to their fans!"

And CANDLELIGHT RED guitarist Jeremy Edge shares Rose's excitement regarding the upcoming sessions (which will soon commence at Arkitekt Studios in Butler, New Jersey, with Mike Ferretti serving as engineer). "We are beyond pumped to have Morgan work with us!" he said. "He is not only one of the world's most phenomenal rock drummers, He is a guy that really gets what the sound and energy of our band is all about. We are going to have some of the most intense CANDLELIGHT RED material our fans have heard yet!"

Hailing from Central Pennsylvania, CANDLELIGHT RED — which includes vocalist Ryan Hoke, bassist Jamie Morral, and drummer Brian Dugan, in addition to Edge — recently issued its debut full-length, "The Wreckage" (available for sale via iTunes).

Fans will be able to catch CANDLELIGHT RED on tour this entire summer, as they are currently gearing up for a June tour with CROSSFADE, as well as grabbing a spot on the multi-band Uproar Festival.
CALL ME NO ONE — the new project featuring SEVENDUST drummer Morgan Rose and guitarist Clint Lowery — will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn on Monday, June 4 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with CALL ME NO ONE by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). The show will be streamed on the "Rockline" web site for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.

For more information, visit RocklineRadio.com.

The first official photo of CALL ME NO ONE can be seen below. The group's lineup is rounded out by bassist Rek Mohr (HURT) and guitarist Alan Price (SOULS HARBOR, SHINEDOWN).

CALL ME NO ONE's debut album, "Last Parade", will arrive on June 5. The CD's first single, "Biggest Fan", was made available to purchase on iTunes on April 24.

"Last Parade" track listing:

01. The World Is Dead
02. Thunderbird
03. Soapbox
04. Hillbilly
05. Alls Well
06. Biggest Fan
07. Please To Meet You
08. Broken Record
09. War Song
10. Last Parade

The record will also include two bonus tracks.

Rose told The Pulse Of Radio that CALL ME NO ONE has turned into something bigger than he and Lowery first envisioned. "This isn't really a side project. This is another band," he said. "I mean, other people have done it, but I guess that the closest thing we could compare it to is like STONE SOUR to SLIPKNOT, you know. I mean, we're gonna go ahead and do this, then when this runs its course, it should be right on time for SEVENDUST to get back and rolling."

Lowery recently described the sound of CALL ME NO ONE as "kind of NINE INCH NAILS meets FOO FIGHTERS."

SEVENDUST guitarist John Connolly and bassist Vince Hornsby also recently launched a new project, joining forces with CREED/ALTER BRIDGE drummer Scott Phillips in a new outfit called PROJECTED.

PROJECTED has already entered the studio to begin recording its debut disc, to be made available later in the year.

SEVENDUST itself will begin writing its ninth studio effort this summer, with plans for an early 2013 release. SEVENDUST issued its most recent outing, "Cold Day Memory", in April 2010.
Dark and brutal death metallers CHTON and dirty death thrashers CLEAVER will release a digital split single, "Screaming For Death", on May 21 via Morningstar Music. Both bands hail from Trondheim, Norway, and the two tracks on the digital split single give fans a taste of what's to come from the groups in the near future.

"Screaming for Death" track listing:

01. CHTON - Death Awaits (edit)
02. CLEAVER - The Screams Will Break Your Throats

The split single will be available from all the major digital stores, including iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and 7digital.

CHTON recently completed work on its sophomore album, "The Devil Builds", and is about to sign with a label for the CD's release. The effort will be made available this fall on both CD and vinyl.

CLEAVER is still looking for a label to release the band's debut album, "When There's No More Room In Hell..." The CD is finished recorded and features ten tracks of dirty old-school death/thrash.

Both CHTON and CLEAVER played at this year's edition of the Inferno festival.

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