Re: [Classic_Rock_Forever] Song of the year 1982 finals rd. 4


20 Peter Gabriel Shock the Monkey
13 Duran Duran Hungry Like the Wolf
19 Judas Priest You've Got Another Thing Coming
6 Duran Duran Rio
11 Aerosmith Lightning Strikes
12 Rush Analog Kid
7 Who Athena
3 Clash Rock the Casbah
5 Rainbow Stone Cold
28 Whitesnake Here I Go Again
29 Alabama Mountain Music


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[Classic_Rock_Forever] Song of the year 1982 finals rd. 4


Choose your top ten favorites from the list, preferably after looking
up ones you don't know on youtube or somewhere, and list them in your order of preference.

1 Eddie Money Think I'm in Love
2 Sammy Hagar There's Only One Way to Rock
3 Clash Rock the Casbah
4 Toto Rosanna
5 Rainbow Stone Cold
6 Duran Duran Rio
7 Who Athena
8 Steve Miller Band Abracadabra
9 Aldo Nova Fantasy
10 Tears for Fears Mad World
11 Aerosmith Lightning Strikes
12 Rush Analog Kid
13 Duran Duran Hungry Like the Wolf
14 Asia Heat of the Moment
15 Billy Squier Everybody Wants You
16 Fleetwood Mac Hold Me
17 AC/DC For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)
18 John Cougar Hand to Hold On To
19 Judas Priest You've Got Another Thing Coming
20 Peter Gabriel Shock the Monkey
21 Go-Go's Vacation
22 Go-Go's We Got the Beat
23 Eddie Money Shakin'
24 REO Speedwagon Keep the Fire Burnin'
25 Bob Seger and Silver Bullet Band Shame on the Moon
26 Steve Winwood Valerie
27 Saga On the Loose
28 Whitesnake Here I Go Again
29 Alabama Mountain Music
30 Jackson Browne Somebody's Baby

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[Classic_Rock_Forever] Song of the year 1982 finals rd. 3 results


Here are the results

21 Pretenders Back on the Chain Gang
22 Prince 1999
23 Journey Open Arms
24 J. Geils Band Freeze Frame
25 Men at Work Who Can It Be Now?
27 Scandal Goodbye to You
26 Asia Only Time Will Tell
28 Tom Petty and Heartbreakers You Got Lucky
29 Don Henley Dirty Laundry
30 Cars Since You're Gone

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[Classic_Rock_Forever] monthly matchup show August 31, 2012 final


On the the final, hope some people come back soon. Please pick your favorite of the 2 songs. I can give this one 34 days. Tomorrow, we start a new month.

Heart Black on Black II


Dwight Yoakam A Thousand Miles From Nowhere

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[Classic_Rock_Forever] monthly matchup show August 29, 2012 semifinal results


Here are the results. Winners are in the finals.

Dolly Parton Dirty Job 4
Heart Black on Black II 5

Dwight Yoakam A Thousand Miles From Nowhere 6
Dwight Yoakam and Sheryl Crow Baby Don't Go 3

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[Classic_Rock_Forever] Re: Song of the year 1977 finals rd. 4


My picks.

1 Emerson, Lake and Palmer Fanfare for the Common Man
2 Foreigner Long, Long Way From Home
3 Fleetwood Mac Chain
4 Bee Gees Stayin' Alive
5 Bonnie Tyler It's a Heartache
6 Kansas Point of Know Return
7 George Thorogood and Destroyers One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
8 Supertramp Give a Little Bit
9 Aerosmith Draw the Line
10 Santana She's Not There
> 26 Pink Floyd Pigs
> 30 Rush Closer to the Heart
> 8 Elvis Costello Watching the Detectives
> 22 Marshall Tucker Band Heard it in a Love Song
> 11 Pink Floyd Sheep
> 12 Chicago Baby, What a Big Surprise
> 6 Lynyrd Skynyrd What's Your Name
> 19 Ram Jam Black Betty

> 1 Supertramp Give a Little Bit
> 2 Bad Company Burnin' Sky
> 3 Player Baby Come Back
> 4 Jimmy Buffett Marguaritaville
> 5 Santana She's Not There
> 6 Lynyrd Skynyrd What's Your Name
> 7 Steely Dan Peg
> 8 Elvis Costello Watching the Detectives
> 9 Bee Gees Stayin' Alive
> 10 Kansas Point of Know Return
> 11 Pink Floyd Sheep
> 12 Chicago Baby, What a Big Surprise
> 13 Daryl Hall and John Oates Rich Girl
> 14 Emerson, Lake and Palmer Fanfare for the Common Man
> 15 Queen Tie Your Mother Down
> 16 Fleetwood Mac Chain
> 17 Electric Light Orchestra Telephone Line
> 18 David Bowie Heroes
> 19 Ram Jam Black Betty
> 20 Aerosmith Draw the Line
> 21 Bonnie Tyler It's a Heartache
> 22 Marshall Tucker Band Heard it in a Love Song
> 23 Foreigner Long, Long Way From Home
> 24 Steve Miller Band Swingtown
> 25 George Thorogood and Destroyers One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
> 26 Pink Floyd Pigs
> 27 Jackson Browne Pretender
> 28 Steve Miller Band Jungle Love
> 29 James Taylor Handy Man
> 30 Rush Closer to the Heart

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[Classic_Rock_Forever] The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Van Halen, Black Country Communion and tons more hard rock and heavy metal news


The Rolling Stones will play four dates in November, two at
London's O2 Arena and two at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a
source tells
Richard Branson and
Australian promoter Paul Dainty will     promote, and the source says
the Stones will be paid $25     million for the four shows.
Earlier this year, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards said the Rolling     Stones
wouldn't go on tour in 2012 to celebrate the band's     50th golden anniversary.
But in July, Richards dropped hints to the BBC about possible     live shows.
Rolling Stones   Tour: Who Will Produce, If It Happens       After All?
"We're playing around with the idea and had a couple of     rehearsals," he
said. "We've got together, and it feels so     good." The 68-year-old
guitarist added: "There's things in the     works; I think it's
definitely happening. But when? I can't say     yet."
Michael Cohl -- who's produced Rolling Stones tours from     1989's
  Steel Wheels through their last, the $558       million-grossing
(according to Boxscore) Bigger Bang tour of     2005-2007 -- told in late June that he didn't have any current     information about
a 50th Anniversary tour for the band.
Michael Cohl, Live Nation Settle Lawsuit; Rolling       Stones Tour On Its Way?
"Nothing I know of," he said. "Not even off the record. On     the record, off
the record, it's all the same. I got nothin'     today."
Stay tuned to for more on this developing story.
In other   related Stones news, a documentary on the Rolling
Stones, "Crossfire Hurricane," will debut Nov. 15 on HBO and     receive
  a theatrical release in the UK before being broadcast     on BBC 2.
Directed by Brett Morgen, the film includes
never-before-seen     footage and fresh interviews from the band
members. Tremelo     Productions and Milkwood Films produced the film;
Eagle Rock     Entertainment in London is handling distribution.
Another documentary on the Stones, a restored version of Peter
Whitehead's   never-released film  "The Rolling Stones:     Charlie Is My
Darling - Ireland 1965," will screen at the New     York Film Festival
in September before ABKCO releases it on DVD     and Blu-ray Nov. 6. Read more
Faber has set a September 6 release date for the "Trampled Under Foot: The Power And Excess Of Led Zeppelin" book by British music critic Barney Hoskyns.

The 624-page book is described as follows: "A unique look at the history, adventures, myths and realities of this most legendary and powerful of bands, it is a labor of love based on hours of first-hand and original interviews. What emerges is a compelling portrait of the four musicians themselves, as well as a fresh insight into the close-knit entourage that protected them, from Peter Grant to Richard Cole to Ahmet Ertegun, giant figures from the long-vanished world of 1970s rock. Featuring many rare and never-before-seen photographs, it is also the first book on LED ZEPPELIN to cover such recent events as their triumphant 2007 O2 Arena gig and Robert Plant's Grammy-winning resurgence of recent years."

In a recent interview with, Hoskyns stated about "Trampled Under Foot", "Most [existing LED ZEPPELIN books] recycle tales of groupies and mudsharks and chucking TV sets out of windows. For me, this is terribly boring. I wanted to demystify the band but, at the same time, I uncovered stuff that's even more shocking. ZEPPELIN were the biggest band on Earth in the 1970s and were a law unto themselves. They drove through red lights in limousines, there were many brutish incidents of physical violence. Any mess was cleaned up very efficiently."

He added, "[I interviewed] nearly 200 people [for the book] and I had earlier interviews with [Jimmy] Page, Robert Plant and [John Paul Jones] in the bank. The sheer number of interviews persuaded me to repurpose it as an oral history, without an overarching narrator."
John Wiley & Sons has set a November 6 release date for "Led Zeppelin: The Oral History Of The World's Greatest Rock Band", a new book by Barney Hoskyns, a contributing editor at British Vogue who is the author of the bestselling book "Hotel California" and the co-founder of online music-journalism library Rock's Backpages.

The 576-page hardcover is based on more than 200 interviews with everyone from Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones to road manager Richard Cole, their late manager Peter Grant, and many others central to the ZEPPELIN story.

With Plant on lead vocals and Page on guitar, LED ZEPPELIN is one of the most iconic, legendary, and influential rock bands in musical history. Tales of their indulgence in sex, drugs, and excess have swirled for decades. In this definitive oral history of the band, Hoskyns finally reveals the truth about LED ZEPPELIN, paring away the myths and describing what life was really like for four young men on top of the world, enjoying fame on a scale that not even THE BEATLES experienced as a touring live act. Through fresh new interviews with the surviving band members, close friends, their tour manager, and scores of other fascinating characters, Hoskyns provides deep insights into the personalities of the band members and chronicles the group's dramatic rise, fall, and legacy.

Other notes:

* Features striking photos of the band both on and offstage, many published here for the first time
* Takes a fresh look at LED ZEPPELIN's music, cultural significance, and legend, as well as the highs and lows of the sex, drugs, and rock and roll lifestyle on the road
* Analyzes the way the band wrote, arranged, and recorded, from how they created the stupendous sound and dynamics on "Dazed And Confused" and "Whole Lotta Love" to the group's folk-suffused acoustic side embodied in songs like "Friends" and "That's The Way"

In a recent interview with, Hoskyns discusseed some of the shocking details he uncovered about the band during its 1970s heyday.

"ZEPPELIN were the biggest band on Earth in the 1970s and were a law unto themselves," he explained. "They drove through red lights in limousines, there were many brutish incidents of physical violence. Any mess was cleaned up very efficiently."
North American syndicated rock radio show "In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands" celebrates one of rock and roll's historical comebacks, AEROSMITH's "Permanent Vacation".

After blazing through the mid-'70s with their first four studio albums, AEROSMITH had gone from "The Train Kept A Rollin'" to "the train's derailing." Years of hard drug abuse, personal and professional conflicts would break down the band by the close of the decade. The stakes could not have been higher or the outcome more uncertain for the band's sober reunion, the 1985 "Done With Mirrors" LP, which stumbled out of the gate. However, AEROSMITH's fabled phoenix-like resurrection 25 years ago with "Permanent Vacation" was due in great part to the zealous publicity from then-new manager Tim Collins utilizing the clout of music mogul David Geffen's record label, plus the prime years of MTV. But none of that would have mattered if it wasn't for the music, including "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)", "Rag Doll", and the monster power ballad "Angel", all of which added up to over five million copies sold.

Singer Steven Tyler tells "In The Studio" host Redbeard, "If someone was to ask me, 'Steven...What's the secret to life?' Persistence. If you want it bad enough, you can be a rock 'n' roll star... If you're persistent, you will get it."

The "Permanent Vacation" episode of "In The Studio" is available for streaming at this location.
According to The Westmorland Gazette, IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson took part this past Sunday in the Grasmere Sport's Guides Race in England — where he came 161st out of 181.

Bruce lined up with MAIDEN guitarist Dave Murray's daughter Tasha for the event, which he completed in 26 minutes and 21 seconds.

Dickinson posed for pictures and spent time talking to locals after his race.

The singer and MAIDEN guitarist Dave Murray were in Grasmere for the wedding of manager Andy Taylor's daughter Louise.
VAN HALEN has released the following statement:

"Eddie Van Halen underwent an emergency surgery for a severe bout of diverticulitis. No further surgeries are needed and a full recovery is expected within four [to] six months.

"VAN HALEN's scheduled November 2012 tour of Japan is currently being rescheduled and the band looks forward to seeing and playing for their fans in 2013."

According to WebMD, diverticulosis happens when pouches (diverticula) form in the wall of the colon. If these pouches get inflamed or infected, it is called diverticulitis. Diverticulitis can be very painful.

VAN HALEN recently canceled the 31 North American tour dates it initially postponed in May.

Both singer David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen denied rumors that they were fighting again on the road, with fatigue and an over-ambitious schedule given as the reasons for curtailing the group's live work.

Eddie told Guitar World in a new interview that the band intends to stick around for a while, saying, "It feels more like a band and a family than it ever has . . . We're all very opinionated about things, but it's all for the benefit of the music."

The band has been supporting its new album, "A Different Kind Of Truth", VAN HALEN's first album in 14 years and first with Roth since 1984.
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, TRAPEZE), drummer Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN, FOREIGNER), Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, ALICE COOPER, BILLY IDOL) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, will release its third album, "Afterglow", on October 30 (one day earlier internationally).

Just like its two predecessors, "Afterglow" was overseen by Kevin Shirley, whose catalog of hit records for LED ZEPPELIN, IRON MAIDEN, AEROSMITH, JOURNEY, THE BLACK CROWES and many more has made him one of the hottest producers that rock music has to offer. Shirley — who had the idea of putting Hughes and Bonamassa together in a band together after seeing them jamming onstage in Los Angeles back in November 2009 — is the group's unofficial "fifth member."

The additions of Jason Bonham, esteemed son of LED ZEPPELIN's John, who took his father's place when the legendary group made musical history by reuniting at London's O2 Arena in December 2007, and the in-demand Derek Sherinian, made them a force to be reckoned with. An air of expectancy and excitement greets the unveiling of "Afterglow".

When issued in September 2010, BCC's self-titled debut was described by Classic Rock magazine as "possibly the best hard rock album of 2010," while Mojo magazine awarded it 4 stars. Music Radar hailed the disc as "a potent and stomping collection of riff-heavy rockers that will undoubtedly stun listeners."

During its first week of release in the U.K., the album hit the #1 spot in the official Top 40 Rock Albums chart. It was voted #3 in Classic Rock magazine's "Critics Album Of The Year" poll, and listeners of Planet Rock radio crowned BCC as the "Best New Band" of 2010.

Issued a mere nine months later, in time for a well-received slot at the High Voltage festival in London, "Black Country Communion 2" was darker and deeper than its predecessor. Once again it topped the U.K.'s Rock Albums chart. The band were also the recipients of the "Best Breakthrough Act" award at Classic Rock magazine's prestigious Roll Of Honour ceremony. Acknowledging that more than a single listen was required to fully appreciate its "depth and artistry," the same magazine rightly called "BCC2" "one stone-solid classic song after another."

This time, with Bonamassa busy notching up the miles to promote his biggest solo record to date — "Driving Towards The Daylight" reached No. 2 in the U.K.'s Top 40 Albums chart — BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION (the distinctive name is a reference to the industrial area in the Midlands of Great Britain where both Hughes and Bonham were born and raised) had far more time to prepare "Afterglow"… and it shows.

"There were six months to write this album, and I'm really excited by the way it came out," comments Glenn Hughes, the man responsible for the bulk of its contents. "I wanted to make a record that stood up to the first two, but not to repeat either of those records. There would be absolutely no point beginning it with a song like 'Black Country' [the distinctively energetic track that kicked off the debut]."

The band assembled to record "Afterglow" in a studio in Westlake Village, about 70 miles outside of Hollywood, during five supremely productive days. Its 11 songs are set to delight all fans of high quality hard rock, also those that admire singers of distinction. Hughes is not known as The Voice Of Rock for nothing.

In terms of content, "Afterglow" expands upon the progression that took place between "BCC" and "BCC2". Rich in hooks, melodies and choruses, it's nonetheless another of those highly rewarding albums that bears additional fruit with repeated spins.

"I wanted this album to have more acoustic moments than the previous two," explains Hughes. "I wanted to hear more of Derek [Sherinian] and I wanted the more angelic voice of Glenn as well as the more aggressive one which is there on songs like 'Crawl' and 'Midnight Sun'. Above all, I wanted more drama."

Hughes shares lead vocals with Bonamassa on the song "Cry Freedom". "The vocal sound that Kevin got on this record is second to none — it's his best work yet with BCC," believes Hughes. "We butted heads a little on the first and second albums, simply because we're both control freaks, but this was the record on which Kevin and Glenn became friends."

Indeed, Hughes speaks of Shirley in the most glowing terms. "Kevin only needs three hours of sleep per night; he's hyper and super-intelligent," says Glenn. "He cracks the whip but he also knows exactly what he's talking about when it comes to music."

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION hopes to tour "Afterglow" at the start of 2013.

Here's a breakdown of the album's contents in the words of Glenn Hughes:

"Big Train": "It's very quirky and British-sounding. Jason Bonham is an incredible timekeeper. I love the way he provides the engine room on that song."

"This Is Your Time": "Let's give Jason Bonham a little more love. He writes his songs on an iPhone whilst driving his car, which is completely nuts. It really helps the groove factor. He emailed me some footage of him playing this song. He wrote the music and I wrote the lyrics. It has a huge chorus, too. Jason is not just a brilliant drummer — he's a great songwriter."

"Midnight Sun": "I had my wallet stolen in a Starbucks and arrived late at the studio. When I got there, the guys were fooling around with a song that sounds quite a lot like THE WHO, thanks to those Rabbit Bundrick-style keyboards. I picked up my bass and joined in. It's quite a romp; there's a definite vibe of Moon and Entwistle."

"Confessor": "The first album had 'No Time', which was slow and groovy. I wrote 'Confessor' that way too, but when Jason heard it he insisted upon playing it — in his own words — like his dad would have done. We're a democratic band and I went along with that. When he turbo-d it up it really came to life."

"Cry Freedom": "I sang this one alone originally until Kevin pointed out that the album didn't have a song with split vocals. Joe and I sing well together. I've never had a problem sharing a microphone with other great singers. We really let rip off one another on this one, which has a ZZ TOP/HUMBLE PIE kind of a vibe."

"Afterglow": "[At more than six minutes long] it's an epic song. I was adamant that this album should have a proper title instead of a number. I played it to the band right at the end of sessions — purposely so. When they heard it on acoustic guitar, everybody agreed that it should name the album."

"Dandelion": "I wrote it slower than we recorded it; maybe I had too much coffee that day. Had we done it that way then maybe it would have sounded a bit dirge-like. Jason sets the tempos — he's got a really good ear for the way that a song should sound."

"The Circle": "It's one of my favorites on this record. It gives me the chance to use my 'breathier' voice. Kevin asked me to sing it an octave higher than I intended, and it worked. The high voice in the chorus is not my falsetto, it's my upper register natural voice. I'm singing about being powerless; being in a dreamlike state. People have spoken about my voice and bass playing for so many years, I hope that this time they notice my lyrics because I'm very proud of them."

"Common Man": "That's another of the songs that came from Jason. When he sang me its melody acapella, I could hear myself singing it. It could have been a song from DEEP PURPLE's 'Stormbringer' album; he wrote it for my voice."

"The Giver": "When you listen to the end of the song, if people are trying to figure out what key it's in, I'm playing a capo [a device that raises the pitch of notes] on the fifth fret. When I wrote it, I deliberately held back from completing it because it needed Joe's input. Kevin helped as well."

"Crawl": "Some people may know that this song was going to be on 'BCC2' but we held it over because there simply wasn't enough room. To me, it fits this album a lot better. It's a really aggressive song — it's dangerous and angry. I love it. It's a great way to finish the record."
Roseville, California has declared September 15, 2012 as Sammy Hagar Day.

According to the Roseville Patch, the date marks the opening of the Red Rocker's new restaurant and entertainment venue, Sammy's Rockin' Island Bar & Grill, in Downtown Roseville.

Hagar will perform live at the restaurant during an invitation-only event on September 15; the grand opening is scheduled for September 22.
According to, legendary bassist Duff McKagan (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) and musicians from the Seattle band REWIND joined a cancer-stricken 13-year old boy on stage this past Tuesday (August 28) to perform to a packed house at the Hard Rock Café in Seattle, Washington.

Simone Capelli, who barely speaks English, was flown to Seattle by the Make-A-Wish foundation so he could have his rock-and-roll dream come true.

"Simone is just a cool kid, he is cooler than most." said McKagan. "It's not about me or any grown-ups."

"Tonight is about making him feel like a rock star," said Wish manager Jessie Elenbaas.

"[Simone] is very fragile right now, but his prognosis is good. He is getting better," added Elenbaas. "I hope this night helps cushion what he's been going through.

"This is his setlist. Everything he knows how play: METALLICA, GUNS N' ROSES, AC/DC, NIRVANA."

Make-A-Wish is an international foundation, and the branch in Italy called on Make-A-Wish in Seattle to help create this special night.

Watch a video report from below. Read more at this location recently conducted an interview with ADLER and LYNAM frontman Jacob Bunton. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. How'd this all come about with ADLER? Did you know Steven [Adler, ADLER drummer] beforehand?

Jacob Bunton: No, I'd never met him before. I was actually at Jani Lane's [WARRANT] memorial, and he was actually a friend of my whole band LYNAM's, and I was with a producer friend of mine, a guy named Jay Ruston, and he knew Steven and the guys. They were looking for a singer, because Steven was tired of doing the ADLER'S APPETITE thing. He had been doing it for a while where they just played GUNS N' ROSES cover tunes for all of the fans, and he wanted to do something brand new from scratch. So he was also looking for pretty much a new band from scratch, and Jay said, "I know the guy to sing," and Steven had heard LYNAM's song "Is This A Heartbreak Or A Loaded Gun?", and he really liked it. He also didn't think that I sounded like anybody else, and that's what he liked; he wanted a singer that didn't sound like anybody else so that when the song came on the radio people would be like, "Oh, well that's THAT band." And a lot of the bands on the radio now, depending on what format, if you turn on an Active Rock station, it's hard to tell who's who. And if you turn on a Top 40 station it's hard to tell who's who; It could be Katy Perry, it could be Pink, it could be Britney Spears, you never know these days because everything pretty much sounds the same. So that was that, and then he came to my hotel a day or two later, and we really hit it off. We started talking about different bands that we both love, music that he grew up on and music that I grew up on. It was funny, because obviously the music that he grew up on was '60s and '70s rock, you know, everything from the RASPBERRIES to QUEEN to THE DOORS. And, of course, the music that I grew up on was GUNS N' ROSES and MÖTLEY CRÜE and all of that. [laughs] So the album's first single, "The One That You Hated", which is excellent by the way, tell me a little bit about how that came to be.

Jacob Bunton: Thank you! Yeah, that was actually the first song that me and Lonnie [Paul], wrote together, and the last song that we recorded. How it came about was we were just sitting in Lonnie's living room with a couple of acoustic guitars, and I had the music and the verses, I just didn't have the chorus, and once it got to the chorus, Lonnie just started singing "I'm the one that you hated," and I was like, "That's it, that's awesome!" So it came together really naturally and really quick. And the funny thing is, it's the first single, but it's not like it's the best song on the record or anything like that. Literally, Steven was about to go into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and he said, "You know, Slash has got his thing and Duff [McKagan] has got his thing, but nobody's heard anything from me for a long time. I would like my fans to know what I'm up to." So, literally, we just pointed at a piece of paper with all of the songs that we had recorded on it, and went, "Eeny meeny miny moe," and that's the one that we picked. And we shot the video, and the cool thing about it is VH1 just added the video two weeks ago. So they've been playing it, which is very cool. And as far as the ADLER album goes, is there a release date for that yet?

Jacob Bunton: Yeah, as far as ADLER goes, there's no release date for it. The record's been done now for a little while, but it's still getting mixed and mastered. I think half of the record is now mixed, so we're probably looking at early next year before the record is actually released.
According to the KARE television station, a 13-year-old girl's dream came true Wednesday at the Minnesota State Fair when she got to meet MÖTLEY CRÜE/SIXX: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx.

Chloe McCarty made a video last fall in which she used SIXX: A.M.'s song "Skin" to reveal that she has a mental disorder called trichotillomania, which causes her to pull out her hair, and as a result, be bullied by her classmates.

"Basically, it was just telling who I am, what my story was and making people feel like no matter who they are it's okay to be themselves," Chloe explained.

Sixx was so moved after watching the video that he tweeted, "Chloe, I wanna meet you. You are a role model … Your strength will give others hope .. THANK YOU." Sixx also arranged for a conference call with McCarty in December that also included his SIXX: A.M. bandmates. "They were thanking me — but I was thanking them the whole time," McCarty told the Boston Herald. "I mean, it was their song."

Chloe yesterday also got to meet MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee and Nikki's "Sixx Sense" radio show co-host Kerri Kasem.
TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider will headline the "Rock Of Vegas" summer concert series with a free show at 9 p.m. Saturday on the Third Street Stage at the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, Nevada. He will be joined by Grammy-winning producer/guitarist Bob Kulick and legendary heavy metal bassist Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, DIO), along with the L.A. Horns led by Doug Katsaros.

Fremont Street Experience presents its summer concert series "Rock Of Vegas" with an entertainment lineup of legendary rock 'n' rollers from the 1980s. The free concert series in Downtown Las Vegas runs all summer long and ends on Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy this outdoor free concert under the lights of VivaVision and stroll up and down Fremont Street Experience for an exciting evening downtown.
GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna has started training to run the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon, which is scheduled to take place November 11 in San Antonio, Texas. He has taken to his official Facebook page to ask sponsors and fans alike to support his run to help him raise money for children's hospitals around the country through a charity called 4-LOVE-24.

The Rock 'N' Roll Marathon series is a collection of road running events owned and operated by Competitor Group, Inc. The series is known for lining race routes with live bands, cheerleaders and themed water stations.

Rock 'N' Roll Marathon started as a single race in 1998, and is now said to be the "world's largest running series," with a global tour schedule of 27 events in 2012.

Erna wrote on Facebook, "Started officially training 2 weeks ago for the 26.2 mile Rock N Roll Marathon in San Antonio, Nov. 11th 2012! Hoping to get sponsors and fans to help support me and raise money for children's hospitals around the country. Follow me on,, twitter and facebook for updates on my training, cheer me on and wish me luck!!"

GODSMACK recently scrapped a number of dates on its European tour due to Erna's vocal problems. The singer told The Pulse Of Radio that he's fine now, and explained what happened. "It was actually a bit of an infection that I had in the back of my throat, and I was exhausted, I hadn't slept in three days when we got to Europe, and it was just a combination of being like really tired, singing exhausted and just pushed myself a little too hard," he said. "And I injured it enough that I had to kind of shut it down, but it wasn't like a permanent injury or something like that. It was the first and only time it's ever happened in my career, and I don't expect this to become a habit."

The European jaunt was GODSMACK's first in nine years, although they were only able to complete two of the fourteen shows, in London and Belgium.
VOODOO CIRCLE, the German/British band featuring members of PRIMAL FEAR and PINK CREAM 69, has extended its deal with AFM Records. The group is currently working on its third album, entitled "More Than One Way Home", for an early 2013 release.

VOODOO CIRCLE's sophomore CD, "Broken Heart Syndrome", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 64. The effort was once again mixed and mastered by Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, KROKUS), and was described in a press release as "a huge step forward and shows the band's boundless musical possibilities."

Alex is well known throughout the rock and metal scene as the mastermind of SILENT FORCE, former guitarist of SINNER and touring guitarist of PRIMAL FEAR. His exceptional compositions and instrumental skills secured him highest respect from other musicians and a strong worldwide fan base. In Japan, where quality is still the most important aspect when it comes to music, he is hailed as a "guitar hero" and fills the venues.

According to a press release, "Alex chose to walk in huge footsteps with VOODOO CIRCLE, because the immense impact and influence that bands like RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE had are undeniable. But if there is just one German musician who can fill this big boots and arouse with new energy, we definitely talk about Alex Beyrodt."


David Readman (PINK CREAM 69) - Vocals
Mat Sinner (SINNER, PRIMAL FEAR) - Bass
Markus Kullmann (DEZPERADOZ) - Drums
Zlatko "Jimmy" Kresic (LIQUID HOME) - Keyboards

VOODOO CIRCLE's self-titled debut album was released in 2008.
German power metallers PARAGON will release their tenth album, "Force Of Destruction", via Napalm Records on the following dates:

October 19 - Germany, Austria, Switzerland
October 24 - Spain, Finland, Sweden, U.K.
October 26 - Benelux
October 29 - Rest of Europe
November 6 - USA, Canada

The CD was produced by Piet Sielck (GAMMA RAY, BLIND GUARDIAN, IRON SAVIOUR) at Powerhouse in Hamburg. Guest vocals on the bonus version of the song "Blood & Iron" were laid down by Kai Hansen (GAMMA RAY, UNISONIC) and Sielck. The cover artwork was once again created by Dirk Illing (SCORPIONS, RUNNING WILD), while the photos were handled by Stefan Malzkorn (GAMMA RAY, SAXON) and the cover layout was overseen by Claudia von Bihl (Auburn Records, ACCEPT, ANVIL).

PARAGON bassist Jan Bünning previously stated about "Force Of Destruction", "Piet Sielck has done an awesome job. To me, it sounds like a heavier and more 'life' version of 'Revenge' mixed with the guitar sound of 'Law Of The Blade'. Just perfect!

"Our guitar player Wolle [Wolfgang Tewes] wrote a album full of PARAGON classics and our 'newbie' Jan Bertram shredded a whole bunch of great lead guitar parts. And Buschi [Andreas Babuschkin; vocals] seems to be like wine — he's getting better and better and has delievered the best performance he has ever done."

The track listing for the new PARAGON CD is as follows:

01. Last Day On Earth (intro)
02. Iron Will
03. Tornado
04. Gods Of Thunder
05. Bulletstorm
06. Blood & Iron
07. Blades Of Hell
08. Dynasty
09. Rising From The Black
10. Demon's Lair
11. Secrecy

Jan Betram previously played with PARAGON's drummer, Chris Gripp.

PARAGON 2012 is:

Andreas Babuschkin - Vocals
Wolfgang Tewes - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Jan Bertram - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Jan Bünning - Bass, Backing Vocals
Chris Gripp - Drums, Backing Vocals

PARAGON's last album, "Screenslaves", was released in November 2008 via Massacre Records. The CD was produced by Uwe Lullis (ex-GRAVE DIGGER, REBELLION) at Black Solaris Studio in Frankfurt.

Bünning quit PARAGON after the recording of 2007's "Forgotten Prophecies" because of "musical differences" but rejoined the band in 2009.
While LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe is back home in America after five weeks in prison in the Czech Republic, his legal problems are far from over. Manslaughter charges are still hanging over Blythe, and at some point over the next few months he will have to return to Prague and stand trial. Faced with continuing massive legal bills, LAMB OF GOD has decided to create an eBay auction of equipment and memorabilia to raise money for Randy's legal bills. All equipment was either used on tour or in the recording studio or in a video. The auction features items provided by all five members of LAMB OF GOD. In addition, a number of musicians have offered equipment to be used in the auction. Guitars have been donated by MACHINE HEAD's Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel as well as Slash and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH. MEGADETH's David Ellefson and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's Chris Kael have each contributed a bass and the members of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH also have contributed a signed skateboard.

Justice Now, the site set up for donations, will remain open for those wishing to donate to Randy's defense fund.

LAMB OF GOD appreciates all of the support Randy has received since his arrest on June 28 and is thankful for all of the donations that have been made in these tough economic times.

As stated before, without the fans, there is no LAMB OF GOD.

Click here for the link to the LAMB OF GOD memorabilia site and here for the link to the Justice Now site.

Blythe was released from a prison in Prague on August 2, more than a month after he was arrested and incarcerated. Blythe was facing the possibility of conviction and a long-term jail sentence after a 2010 incident in which a fan attending a LAMB OF GOD show died almost a month later, allegedly from injuries sustained when he was thrown off the stage. Blythe's predicament galvanized the heavy rock community, with artists across the hard rock genre pledging their support.

Interviewed by a Czech media outlet before boarding the plane to go home, Blythe said, "I'm relieved to be out of jail but if it's necessary for me to return to Prague to go to this court thing, I certainly will, I'm no flight risk."

Blythe added that he had no memory at all of the incident in question, saying, "I feel very bad that a fan of my band is dead and his family has to go through it, it's terrible, I feel awful for them but it's a tragic coincidence . . . we had no knowledge whatsoever that someone had been injured much less died."

The case is expected to be heard in court in December.
LAMB OF GOD returned to the live stage on August 17 in Council Bluffs, Iowa as part of SLIPKNOT's first-ever Knotfest, an extraordinary two-date metal and hard rock festival.

Blythe and his bandmates are already rescheduling a canceled U.S. tour for October.
"Hollow's Gathering" features guest appearances by Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH), Blaze Bayley (WOLFSBANE, IRON MAIDEN), Michael Vescera (OBSESSION, LOUDNESS, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Amanda Sommerville (TRILLIUM, AVANTASIA), Markus Grosskopf (HELLOWEEN) and many others. The album was mixed by Matt Smith (THEOCRACY) and mastered by Miro at the Gate studio (AVANTASIA, KAMELOT, RHAPSODY) in Wolfsburg, Germany. The artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco (BLIND GUARDIAN, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, ICED EARTH).

SOULSPELL was conceived by drummer Heleno Vale. Many vocalists play different characters in a story concerning the conflicts among human emotions. These characters face situations of internal conflict as they are requested for making decisions which, without their knowledge, affect and change the course of the present, future, and even past of all the other characters.

The SOULSPELL story intends to make us wonder how a fifteen-year-old boy, a powerful evil dragon, or even a simple humble lumberjack, by simply living and believing, can interfere in the lives of all in every possible dimension.

Check out an album teaser below.

"Hollow's Gathering" track listing:

01. Hollow's Gathering
02. A Rescue Into The Storm
03. To Crawl Or To Fly
04. Anymore
05. Adrian's Call
06. Change The Tide
07. From Hell
08. The Keeper's Game
09. The Dead Tree
10. Whispers Inside You
According to, former DIO/RAINBOW bassist Jimmy Bain (full name: James Stewart Bain) was arrested last night for DUI and illegally possessing prescription medication.

Bain, 64, got into a minor accident in his '95 Toyota Camry around 9:30 p.m. and failed a field sobriety test administered by responding police officers. The cops also found Vicodin pills that were not prescribed to Bain.

Bain was arrested and booked for misdemeanor DUI and felony possession of prescription medication.

Bain, who also had an outstanding drug warrant, was released on $60,000 bail.

Bain was previously arrested in Hollywood, California on December 16, 2005 — just three days shy of his 58th birthday — on charges of driving while under the influence.

In an interview with The Cutting Edge web magazine believed to have been conducted sometime in 2003, Bain spoke openly about his battle with drug and alcohol abuse and his efforts to get cleaned up. An excerpt from the chat follows below.

The Cutting Edge: Not everyone knows you've had quite a battle with drug and alcohol abuse yourself. How has your life change since you've cleaned up?

Bain: "The most important thing is that I've got my family back. My mother and father both passed away in the last three years but they were able to see me clean. I have a wonderful woman in my life and my beautiful daughter. I was happy that they were able to see that I could do it. I've come to appreciate life more on a day-to-day basis. Every day that I have, as long as I stay clean, is positive for me. I'm very active now in helping others. I visit hospitals and jails and I do panel discussions to help others recover. Not as a member of DIO, but as a guy whose been through it and can shed some light on the recovery. You do it because you want to help people who are in the same position you were at some point."

The Cutting Edge: What was it for you that turned you around?

Bain: "A judge. He saved my life. When you're taking drugs, you are spiritually bankrupt. You're like the walking dead. You're not committed to anything accept getting high. Since I got clean, I feel I'm a better writer and player now. I can focus. I've recorded over 60 albums and only made two clean. The last two."

Veteran hard rock bassist James Lomenzo (MEGADETH, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, DIO DISCIPLES, WHITE LION, HAIL!) is set to compete in the new season of "The Amazing Race", premiering on Sunday, September 30 at 8 p.m. EST.

The 11 teams hoping to win a grand prize of up to $2 million were announced by CBS today.

Lomenzo, 53, will compete with teammate Mark "Abba" Abbattista, 45, a friend, entertainment lawyer and HAIL! manager.

When asked what the biggest challenge was that he and his teammate will face on the "Race", Lomenzo responded, "I don't think we will have too many challenges. We work pretty well together."

While the prize money remains at $1 million, if the team which wins the first leg end up as victors of the entire competition, they will double the prize and receive $2 million.

"The Amazing Race" is an eight-time Emmy Award-winning reality series hosted by Emmy Award-nominated host Phil Keoghan, which pits 11 teams, each comprised of two members, against each other on a trek around the world for approximately 25 days. At every destination, each team must compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, and only when the tasks are completed will they learn of their next location. Teams who are the farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning $1 million.
Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA have already written "about 11 new tracks" for their sixth studio album, which the band plans to record sometime in 2013. The group says on its Facebook page, "This material sounds killer so far."

EPICA's fifth full-length album, "Requiem For The Indifferent", sold 4,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 104 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Design Your Universe", opened with 2,100 units to land at position No. 12 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

"Requiem For The Indifferent" was released on March 9 in Europe and four days later in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany under the watchful eye of Sascha Paeth.

EPICA will embark on an extensive North American tour this fall. Support on the trek will come from ALESTORM, INSOMNIUM, SYSTEM DIVIDE, DESTINY POTATO.

Bassist Rob van der Loo (MAYAN, DELAIN) recently joined EPICA as the replacement for Yves Huts.
Swedish metallers SABATON toured Jerusalem, Israel's Ammunition Hill with soldiers ahead of sold-out Tel Aviv concert on Thursday (August 30).

SABATON has written several songs praising and celebrating the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The band's 2006 song "Counterstrike", from their landmark "Primo Victoria" album, recounts the lightning victory the IDF accomplished in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Ammunition Hill is the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Six-Day War and s the main official memorial symbolizing the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem.

"[The members of SABATON are] like family," Yishai Sweartz, the Tel Aviv head of Raven Music, which promotes metal shows and albums and brought SABATON to Israel on its previous trips, told The Jerusalem Post. "They love Israel. The last time they were here, they asked to visit Latrun, and this time they asked me where else they could visit, so I suggested Ammunition Hill."

"When you read about something, which is what we did before writing the song 'Counterstrike', you get your own images in your head," SABATON bassist Pär Sundström told The Jerusalem Post. "So even though I knew most of the information already, I like the movie because it helped me visualize better what went on."
Austin, Texas metal luminaries THE SWORD will release their fourth album, "Apocryphon", on October 22 via their new label partners Razor & Tie. The CD was produced and engineered by J. Robbins (CLUTCH, JAWBOX) at Magpie Cage Studios and will feature cover art by famed comic book artist J.H. Williams III (Batwoman, Promethea).

In other news, THE SWORD will appear on the Monday, September 3 episode of Travel Channel's highly rated show "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations - The Final Tour" at 9:00 p.m. The segment was shot in March in Austin, Texas at the SXSW music festival.

A description of the segment: "First Tony grabs a drink with THE SWORD at their favorite local bar, The Draught House. They then take him to Quality Seafood Market for some fish tacos, fried catfish, and oysters — all with the band's brand-name hot sauce."

THE SWORD's branded hot sauce "Tears Of Fire", will be available on Tuesday, September 4 at

Creator of the sauce, Brian Rush, says, "[THE SWORD] wanted something hot, but with a good flavor. I already make a really hot red habanero sauce (August In Austin), so it was just a matter of taking that over the top. I added the infamous Ghost Chile, the hottest pepper in the world along with some extra spice to give it another dimension of zing. This is an otherworldly sauce with both flavor and heat, named after a killer song for one of the best bands Austin has to offer."

Asked about the band's decision to work with J. Robbins on "Apocryphon" after self-producing two records and then working with Matt Bayles, THE SWORD guitarist Kyle Shutt told, "We're all huge CLUTCH fans, and we know those guys real well. [James] did two of their last three records, and those sound great, so we figured it was a no-brainer. We called him up and he was into it. He saw our live show at a club in Baltimore on the tour before we came here so he could get a feel of the kind of show we put on because we wanted to make an album that sounds like we do live in a club. And it was great. It was a real speedy process."

On the topic of the musical direction of the new album, Shutt said, "It is a reflection of everything that we [have gone] through and the lessons we learned. We then deal with these situations metaphorically in our lyrics. This record is just 10 banging hard rockers. There's no real 'stick-out' thrash song, or, like, this one is the ballad. I don't think there's going to be any instrumental songs on this record, either, so that'll be a first for us. It's just 10 kick-ass rock songs."

Regarding the subject matter covered in the new songs' lyrics, Shutt said, "There are lyrical themes that weave in and out of the songs, but there's no story or anything like that. With 'Warp Riders', J.D. [guitarist/vocalist John Cronise] had already written [the story] and now he [doesn't] have the time to sit down and write another book. We had the idea to make a comic book for 'Warp Riders', but we had some really poor management at the time, so nothing really came together with that and it was going to cost so much money that it never saw the light of day. It was just a nice thing we did. Now we're moving on to other things."
Kentucky rockers BLACK STONE CHERRY have canceled their previously announced appearance at the fourth annual ShipRocked, the ultimate rock music cruise vacation which sails November 27 - December 1. The band's frontman, Chris Robertson, said in a statement, "I have received a blessing and my son will be born on November 25th, if everything goes to plan. The due date being so close to the date of the cruise has caused us to have to cancel our performances. I hate it, but with our band and our friend Alan, we all live 'family first.' I hope you all understand. And hope to see you on ShipRocked 2013!"

BLACK STONE CHERRY's previously announced shows in September will go ahead as scheduled.

BLACK STONE CHERRY in February released a music video for their single "In My Blood", taken from the band's third album, "Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea". The documentary-style video follows Private First Class (PFC) Randy Hirneisen, a 20-year-old U.S. Army soldier stationed in Europe, as he is deployed in Afghanistan, redeployed back to Germany, and finally sent home to Augusta, Georgia, where his wife Cindy Torres introduces him to their two-month-old son Randy Hirneisen Jr. for the first time.

Although BLACK STONE CHERRY has a number of family members and friends who are or have been in the military, Chris Robertson told The Pulse Of Radio that the song "In My Blood" itself is open to interpretation. "When you write a song, you write it for what you feel, but you hope people interpret it to how they feel," he said.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, HALESTORM singer Lzzy Hale has been named the "Hottest Chick In Hard Rock" in Revolver magazine's annual round-up of the sexiest female rockers. Hale tops a list of 25 women that includes current tourmate and EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee at No. 2, "Gossip Girl" star Taylor Momsen at No. 3, IN THIS MOMENT's Maria Brink at No. 6 and many others. The poll appears in the magazine's new issue, on sale next Tuesday (September 4).

Hale says she's pleased to top the survey and gave us her perspective on it. "My view of it really is to make sure that you're good at what you do, and so that when people actually want to look beyond the centerfold [laughs, that you're actually good and you have something to back it up," she says. "I think that most of us are really trying to push the envelope and, you know, make sure that we're musicians first and that the sex is just kind of the icing on the cake."

HALESTORM and EVANESCENCE are currently touring together on the "Carnival Of Madness" trek, which next stops in Clifton Park, New York on Friday (August 31).

Lee has been joining Hale onstage during numerous dates on the tour to perform the HALESTORM track "Break In".

EVANESCENCE is touring behind its self-titled third album, while HALESTORM is out in support of its sophomore effort, "The Strange Case Of…"

Revolver magazine's Top 10 "Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock" are:

01. Lzzy Hale (HALESTORM)
03. Taylor Momsen (PRETTY RECKLESS)
04. Ash Costello (NEW YEAR'S DAY)
05. Brooklyn (PICTURE ME BROKEN)
06. Maria Brink (IN THIS MOMENT)
07. Kimberly Freeman (ONE-EYED DOLL)
08. Anissa Rodriguez (EYES SET TO KILL)
09. Alexia Rodriguez (EYES SET TO KILL)
10. Cristina Scabbia (LACUNA COIL)
Sacramento, California-based alternative rock band DEFTONES has set a November 13 release date for its seventh studio album, entitled "Koi No Yokan". The group worked again with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who helmed 2010's "Diamond Eyes" and has also worked on albums by RUSH and FOO FIGHTERS.

"Koi no yokan" is Japanese for a feeling that is similar to (but not exactly the same as) love at first sight. It's the sense a person gets upon meeting someone, where they just "know" they are going to fall in love. It implies that future love is inevitable.

To support the CD, DEFTONES will hit the road on a nationwide headlining tour, with special guest SCARS ON BROADWAY, which kicks off October 9 in Ventura, California and concludes on the West Coast mid-November. Tickets on sale next Friday, September 7 via

The dates are as follows:

Oct. 09 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
Oct. 10 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
Oct. 12 - Portland, OR - Roseland Ballroom
Oct. 13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SODO
Oct. 14 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore
Oct. 16 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
Oct. 17 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
Oct. 19 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium
Oct. 20 - Kansas City, MO - Harrah's
Oct. 21 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note
Oct. 23 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
Oct. 24 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
Oct. 26 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
Oct. 28 - Philadelphia, PA - The Electric Factory
Oct. 29 - Boston, MA - HOB Boston
Oct. 30 - New York, NY - Terminal 5

DEFTONES debuted two new songs — "Roller Derby" and "Rosemary" — during a July 28 concert West Hollywood, California.

Speaking to QMI Agency, DEFTONES< singer Chno Moreno said that the two tracks are not necesasarily the best indication of what fans can expect to hear on the upcoming effort.

"I don't think those songs are the ones that best represent our record," he said. "They're two different songs, one is a lot more ambient ['Rosemary'] than the other ['Roller Derby'], the other is a lot more aggressive. But they're cool, they balance each other out. The songs already sounded great live before we recorded them. When we wrote the record we pretty much wrote it live."

The group also intends to continue their tradition of recording several cover tunes that could end up as B-sides, with Moreno revealing that they've been toying with songs from ELVIS PRESLEY and EARTH, WIND & FIRE, among others.

"The fun stuff is playing somebody else's song and recording it," he said. "We're always open to new stuff. It's fun for us to do something that's out of our element and something you wouldn't expect from a heavier type of rock band. So hopefully it will be something that's a little off the cuff and left of center."
ORGY, the reactivated "death pop" band from California, is preparing to release "Grime Of The Century", its first new single in over seven years. The track, which was recorded at NRG Recording and Entourage studios in North Hollywood, California, will be made available digitally on September 4 and as a physical CD on September 10.

ORGY will promote the single release by embarking on three-to-five-week tour in November. Additional dates in "major markets" will take place at the end of 2012 and in early 2013.

An audio sample of "Grime Of The Century" is available below.

Several photos from the studio can be found at

ORGY canceled the last five shows of its spring "Bad Blood Tour 2012" "due to high demand for new music."

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."
Swedish metallers SOILWORK are currently in the studio with producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, BLOODBATH) recording the follow-up to their 2010 release, "The Panic Broadcast". The Soilworkers have been toiling away and burning many a midnight oil to bring us not just one CD of amazing music, but two! That's right, SOILWORK's upcoming album, "The Living Infinite", will be a double album!

Commented SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid: "So here's the scoop. Me and the boys have been waiting to share this for quite some time now: 'The Living Infinite' will be a double album! A REAL double album, in the true sense of the word, which means no fillers and no leftovers.

"I've been wanting to do this for a while and I proposed the idea to the rest of the guys in the band during our festival tour last summer. Everybody liked the title 'The Living Infinite' and also the idea of working towards the goal of releasing a double album. David Andersson was already playing with us last summer, so he has also been a part of this goal from the start.

"I feel very excited and proud that we've managed to find the inspiration and dedication it takes to create somewhat of a conceptual double album, especially since it's dealing with a lot of existential questions.

"We are currently hard at work in the studio, putting this beast on tape. Things are sounding incredibly good so far.

"So excited about this and can't wait to share the awesomeness with you all!"

"The Living Infinite" will mark the recording debut of SOILWORK's longtime touring guitarist David Andersson (NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA).

SOILWORK's latest album, "The Panic Broadcast", was released in Europe on July 2, 2010 and in North America on July 13, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.

"The Panic Broadcast" was SOILWORK's studio debut with axeman Sylvain Coudret, who joined in 2008.
New York death metal veterans SUFFOCATION and hard rockers ZEBRA are among the inductees for this year's class of the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame. TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider will receive the Harry Chapin Award at the event, which will be held on October 18 at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. Snider will also perform selections from his "Dee Does Broadway" album.

The fourth induction class will include:

* 2012 Harry Chapin Award recipient and previous Long Island Music Hall Of Fame inductee Dee Snider of TWISTED SISTER
* Classic rock band, BARNABY BYE
* THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL's Joe Butler and Steve Boone
* Singer, Taylor Dayne
* Songwriter, Ervin Drake
* Concert Security Systems, Inc. and founder Ira Maltz
* Songwriter, Ellie Greenwich
* Jones Beach Theater
* Classical composer, Leo Kraft
* Musicians from the Shinnecock Indian Nation
* Metal band, SUFFOCATION
* WALK-FM radio
* Jazz pianist, Randy Weston
* Progressive rock band, ZEBRA

Long Island Music Hall Of Fame will also honor 2011 Music Educator Of The Year, Robert W. Kreuger.

Tickets are on sale now for the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame's Fourth Induction Award Ceremony and Fundraising Gala. General seating tickets for the October 18 Fundraising Gala are $50 and $75, and are available through The Paramount box office at 631-673-7300 or online at Premium VIP seating is available, to include full dinner and show.

For information about Premium seating, please contact Long Island Music Hall Of Fame at 631-331-0808 or email

"Since our formation seven years ago, the artists who have createdour musical history, as well as the Long Island community, have been exceptionally supportive of the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame and its efforts," said James Faith, Chair of the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame Board. "This special event is an important step in the building of this Island's newest music museum, educational center and home for our rich musicheritage. We are especially thrilled to have Long Island's newest state of the art concert venue, The Paramount, host this great night."

Inductees are selected by the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame Board Of Directors from anevolving and growing list of people, artists, and entities that wereborn, raised, founded, or have resided on geographic Long Island (Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk) for a significant portion of theircareer. Induction is based on historical importance and thesignificance of their contribution to Long Island's rich musical heritage.

"Since the inception of the idea to build The Paramount, it has been our goal to support the growth of music and the arts on Long Island, said the owners of The Paramount. "We share similar goals with the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame in that The Paramount strives to showcase legends and encourage rising stars. We are honored to provideour support and open our doors to this the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame and Long Island music fans."
ISIS will release "Temporal", a retrospective collection of unreleased rarities, remixes and videos, on November 6 via and Ipecac Recordings.

"Temporal" spans the groundbreaking band's entire discography with inclusions from "Mosquito Control" to the band's final full-length album, "Wavering Radiant".

"It was fun and also very nostalgic collecting material for this release," commented Aaron Harris. "I hear our catalogue differently now that I'm not living with these songs day to day. This is a special collection of outtakes, demos, unreleased tracks and videos; some of which I think we even forgot about."

"Temporal" track listing:


01. Threshold Of Transformation (demo) *
02. Ghost Key (alternate demo version) *
03. Wills Dissolve (alternate demo version) *
04. Carry (demo) *
05. False Light (demo) *
06. Grey Divide (demo) *


01. Streetcleaner (GODFLESH cover, recorded in 1999)
02. Hand Of Doom (BLACK SABBATH cover, originally released on the "Sawblade" CD, 1999)
03. Not In Rivers, But In Drops (MELVINS/LUSTMORD remix; originally released on "Holy Tears", 2007)
04. Holy Tears (Thomas Dimuzio remix; originally released on "Nirbid", 2008)
05. Temporal (Recorded in 2009) *
06. Way Through Woven Branches (Originally released on MELVINS/ISIS split LP, 2010)
07. Pliable Foe (Originally released on MELVINS/ISIS split LP, 2010)
08. 20 Minutes/40 Years (Acoustic version) *

DVD (official music videos)

01. In Fiction
02. Holy Tears
03. Not In Rivers, But In Drops
04. 20 Minutes/40 Years
05. Pliable Foe *

* Previously unreleased

In other news, Decibel magazine profiles one of ISIS' landmark albums, "Oceanic", in the magazine's September issue. The seven-page interview with all five bandmembers (Jeff Caxide, Mike Gallagher, Aaron Harris, Clifford Meyer and Aaron Turner) speaks to the "sea change" that "Oceanic" was for heavy music. Albert Mudrian, editor-in-chief for Decibel, explains: "ISIS may have left a massive void in heavy music's body when they sailed away for good a couple of years ago, but the ripples of 'Oceanic' continue to cause waves a decade after its release."

Harris, Caxide and Meyer recently partnered with Chino Moreno (DEFTONES) to form PALMS. The band's debut album will be out in early 2013 via Ipecac.

Turner's OLD MAN GLOOM released "No" in late June and he will be touring Japan this September with MAMIFFER.

Gallagher continues on with his solo project MGR as well as scoring films, most recently "22nd Of May".
Florida-based, female-fronted power metallers SEVEN KINGDOMS will release their third album, "The Fire Is Mine", on October 9 via Nightmare Records. The CD was recorded in May at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida with legendary producer Jim Morris (ICED EARTH, OBITUARY, JON OLIVA'S PAIN, JAG PANZER).

According to a press release, "'The Fire Is Mine' shows a great solidification in [SEVEN KINGDOMS'] sound and direction; they've amped up every aspect from songwriting, vocals to production and live performance. This one goes to eleven on all counts — including the number of tracks! The vocals and beautiful crystalline melodies of Sabrina Valentine are uniquely set in a furious power/thrash metal attack, blended with epic choirs and the occasional beer-chanting of the men of SEVEN KINGDOMS."

Commented SEVEN KINGDOMS guitarist Camden Cruz: "Words cannot describe how excited we are to get this album out to the masses. We have further developed our sound on this album, and I think many will agree that it's a whole step above the last record, in every way possible. This is also our 'best'-sounding record we have done. We truly believe everyone will enjoy it! We had many of our fans donate to the recording which was a tremendous help. This record was made possible by YOUR help! Thank you."

01. Beyond The Wall
02. After The Fall
03. Forever Brave
04. Flame Of Olympus
05. Symphony Of Stars
06. The Fire Is Mine
07. Kardia
08. Fragile Minds Collapse
09. In The Twisted Twilight
10. A Debt Paid In Steel
11. The King In The North

SEVEN KINGDOMS' video for the song "After The Fall" will receive its exclusive premiere at the ProgPower USA festival on Saturday, September 15. It will be shown that evening on the big screens in between sets from PRETTY MAIDS and SYMPHONY X.

A screenshot from the video can be seen below.

SEVEN KINGDOMS's sophomore album was released in July 2010 via Nightmare Records.

Formed in Deland, Florida in 2007 by Camden Cruz and Bryan Edwards, SEVEN KINGDOMS entered Morrisound Recording in Tampa in August 2007 to record its debut self-financed independent release, "Brothers of the Night", which was lyrically inspired by the literary works of George R. Martin.

After playing shows throughout the Southeastern region of the United States with such bands as SONATA ARCTICA, THE AGONIST, STEPHEN PEARCY and CIRCLE II CIRCLE, SEVEN KINGDOMS returned to Morrisound in 2009 to begin work on its self-titled sophomore effort.


Sabrina Valentine – Vocals
Camden Cruz – Guitar
Kevin Byrd – Guitar
Aaron Sluss – Bass
Keith Byrd - Drums
Washington, D.C.-based heavy metallers A SOUND OF THUNDER are now offering their new EP, "Queen Of Hell", exclusively through The EP serves as a follow-up to the 2012 studio album, "Out Of The Darkness", and teaser for the band's next studio CD, "Time's Arrow", due in spring 2013.

"Queen Of Hell" was produced by Kevin "131" Gutierrez (SHINEDOWN, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT, DECEASED) at Assembly Line Studios in Virginia. A SOUND OF THUNDER guitarist Josh Schwartz states, "We had too much great material for our next album and weren't willing to shelve it, so the EP was a no-brainer. It gives us a great reward to offer the fans who support our fundraising campaign for the next album, and reduces the wait time for new music from the band."

A preview of the new release is available below.
Hardcore supergroup VEHEMENT SERENADE will release its debut self-titled seven-inch single on September 25 via Fast Break Records. The two tracks featured on the effort, "Refuse The Lie" and "Scratched Off The Map", "will showcase the band's dynamic and relentless vision of metal meets post-hardcore," according to a press release. The B-side, "Scratched Off The Map", will be limited to this release only.

Featuring hardcore veterans Karl Buechner (EARTH CRISIS, FREYA), Mike Couls (SKARHEAD, CRO-MAGS, AGENTS OF MAN), Jamin Hunt (SWORN ENEMY, HATEWORK), Eddie Ortiez (SUBZERO, CATTLE PRESS, CANDIRIA) and Pauly Antignani (SWORN ENEMY), VEHEMENT SERENADE has cultivated and honed a style that embraces each member's experience and history. VEHEMENT SERENADE unites their strengths and combines their specialized knowledge into a sound that ignites both passion and fury.

"Refuse The Lie" and "Scratched Off The Map" were recorded and produced by Joey Z of LIFE OF AGONY at Method Of Groove studios in Brooklyn, New York.

VEHEMENT SERENADE plans to spend the rest of the year appearing at limited engagements, including next month's East Coast Tsunami Fest, where fans can pick up a limited color version of the band's single. VEHEMENT SERENADE will also be putting the finishing touches on its full-length debut for a spring release.
eremiah Johnson and Randy Haines, along with the rest of Ara'Kus Productions, will appear at the historic Everett Theatre in Everett, Washington on November 9 and November 10 as part of "Aeterno Elementum", a unique heavy metal opera that features powerful stage performances, authentic medieval battles (choreographed and enacted by members of the the Seattle Knights), and the soaring heavy metal music of the Ara'Kus band. Ara'Kus Productions seeks to create a unique experience for the audience by blending centuries old operatic conventions with the contemporary beat of heavy metal music, all while keeping it accessible and appropriate for all ages.

"We're all extremely excited to be bringing this unique form of storytelling back to the historic Everett Theatre," says Jeremiah Johnson, founder of Ara'Kus Productions and composer of "Aeterno Elementum". "This is really something different that you have to see to fully appreciate, and even long time fans will find a lot of new material to enjoy."

Exploring the dark regions of the human soul, the visceral tale told by "Aeterno Elementum" features foul betrayal, impossible redemptions, and an all-important glimmer of hope in the darkness.

Ara'Kus Productions brings an incredible cast of actors, acrobats, singers, and other performers to create an epic stage production that isn't so much watched, as it is experienced. These great talents include:

* Jeremiah Johnson, tenor and guitarist
* Randy Haines, guitarist
* Andrea Williams, soprano
* BJ Becker, actor
* Melody Anne, aerialist
* Byron Heflen, Seattle Knights

For more information, visit

BENEDICTUM vocalist Veronica Freeman makes an appearance on the "Queen Of Hell" EP, performing a duet with A SOUND OF THUNDER vocalist Nina Osegueda on the title track.

"Veronica is a real metal monster of a vocalist, and has the power and presence to deliver this kind of classic metal," said Schwartz. "She is a true queen of metal and together with Nina, your speakers might just explode!" .

Freeman commented: "Sometimes I get asked to do a special project and I have to give it a bit of thought, but with Nina, having performed with her on stage before and knowing how she can 'bring it,' I knew it was not only going to be a lot of fun, but that it would be some kick-ass music to work with. It was a real honor to be asked to work with her and A SOUND OF THUNDER. Hmmmmm, hope to do something more in the future... you never know!!"

The cover art for "Queen Of Hell" was created by Serbian artist Dušan Markovic and can be seen below.

"We've always wanted to do an homage to the classic fantasy and swords & sorcery themed metal album covers," says Osegueda. "As you can see, we've gone all horns up with the 'Queen Of Hell' art... I finally have the throne of skulls I've always wanted!"

On August 20, A SOUND OF THUNDER started a fundraiser campaign for the recording of "Time's Arrow". The campaign will run for 30 days and offers fans a chance to pre-order the album, have their name printed in the album booklet, reserve an ultra-limited box set edition of the album, and acquire unique and rare items from the band.
Pulverised Records has announced the signing of Malaysian death metal deviants LAVATORY. The band is currently working on its full-length debut for a 2013 release.

Spawned in 2012, LAVATORY released a five-song EP entitled "Transgression" earlier this summer, showcasing the band's unwavering penchant for raw, Swede-ian death metal as originally conjured by the likes of ENTOMBED, CARCASS and DISMEMBER.

Notes LAVATORY throat-slasher Muntah Ke Darah of the union with Pulverised: "It's a dream come true for LAVATORY to sign with Pulverised as we are the first Malaysian band offered with this opportunity."

Adds Pulverised Records label manager Roy Yeo: "LAVATORY caught us by complete surprise when we first heard them, and truth be told, there really aren't many bands in the Southeast Asia region paying tribute to the elder statesmen of Swedish death metal! This sinister alliance between LAVATORY and Pulverised Records will prove to be an interesting yet lethal one indeed. We cannot wait to hear how they will pick up from where they left off with the 'Transgression' EP. Something tells me that a mixture of sick, crushing and rotten death metal is coming our way!"


Muntah Darah - Vocals
Djinn - Guitar
Jahanam - Guitar
Musibath - Bass
Pelesit – Drums
DIMENSION F3H, the Norwegian death metallers led by Morfeus (LIMBONIC ART), are putting the finishing touches on the songs for their third album, entitled "This Mechanical World". The band hopes to enter the studio within the next couple months to begin recording the CD for an early 2013 release.

Video footage of DIMENSION F3H's performance earlier this summer at the Elements Of Metal festival in Norway can be seen below.

DIMENSION F3H's second album, "Does The Pain Excite You?", was released in June 2007 via Dark Essence Records.

The band's debut CD, "Reaping The World Winds", came out in 2003 through Hammerheart Records.
Virginia grindcore titans PIG DESTROYER have revealed the full details of their highly anticipated new album, "Book Burner". The band recorded the razor-sharp fifth-full length and first album in over five years at guitarist Scott Hull's Visceral Sound Studios.

Due on October 22 via Relapse Records, "Book Burner" features 19 tracks with a return to the band's raw, misanthropic sound. The effort will be available on multiple formats, including CD, deluxe 2xCD, LP, deluxe 2xLP, cassette, digital and an extremely limited ultimate edition dubbed "The Order Of The Godless Swine."

The deluxe editions will each contain a bonus disc of punk covers and a short story, titled "The Atheist", penned by frontman JR Hayes. "The Atheist" is a post-apocalyptic tale about a decaying world taken over by the violence of religion that showcases the renowned lyricists' unsurpassed style for the first time as prose. The deluxe 2xLP will also contain an etched b-side featuring artwork by WORMROT frontman Arif Rot. The ultimate edition, limited to 100 copies, includes an exclusive t-shirt, autographed deluxe 2xLP on exclusive blood red color vinyl, a PIG DESTROYER flip-top wick style lighter, and an Order Of The Godless Swine membership card, which includes a digital download of the whole collection plus an alternate "dynamic" mastering job of both records done by Scott Hull intended to be played at maximum volume. The membership card will also entitle each card carrying member to a free t-shirt directly from the band at any PIG DESTROYER show.

PIG DESTROYER will make select special appearances at various festivals and shows throughout the year, including Calgary's Noctis Fest, the U.K.'s Damnation Festival and Maryland Deathfest 2013.

"Book Burner" track listing:

Disc 1: Book Burner

01. Sis
02. The American's Head
03. The Underground Man
04. Eve
05. The Diplomat
06. All Seeing Eye
07. Valley Of The Geysers
08. Book Burner
09. Machiavellian
10. Baltimore Strangler
11. White Lady
12. The Bug
13. Iron Drunk
14. Burning Palm
15. Dirty Knife
16. Totaled
17. Kamikaze Heart
18. King Of Clubs
19. Permanent Funeral

Disc 2: "Blind, Deaf, and Bleeding" (Deluxe Editions Only)

01. Depression (BLACK FLAG)
02. Wolfs Blood (MISFITS)
03. Lights Out (ANGRY SAMOANS)
04. Can't Tell No One (NEGATIVE APPROACH)
05. Deny Everything (CIRCLE JERKS)
06. Betray (MINOR THREAT)
07. Who Are You? (VOID)
Finnish melodic death metallers PAIN CONFESSOR will release their fourth album, "Incarcerated", on October 12 via Spinefarm Records.

The track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. Oceans Of Sickness
02. Blood Eagle
03. Inward
04. Grief
05. Incarcerated
06. Gravel
07. Grim River
08. Serpent Spine
09. Tarnished Halo
10. Vitriol

A trailer for the album can be seen below.

Commented PAIN CONFESSOR: "'Three down, fourth to go.' Finally, someone utters. But what's the deal with the new full-length? We are rowing a truly grim river. The renewed lineup boasts with vigor to go through a stone wall, the material heavy as a murderer's burden. Is it better than [2004's] 'Turmoil'? No, it is a completely different record and stands on its own upon fresh soil. The crew's newest inmates bring along a whole new bag of tricks with which to drill deeper into the hidden reaches of human mind with newborn fervor."


Make Kivistö - Vocals
Mikko Kivistö - Bass
Pasi Laihanen - Keyboards
Jaakko Kunnas - Guitar
Tuomas Kuusinen - Guitar
Aki Kuusinen - Drums

PAIN CONFESSOR's third album, "Purgatory Of The Second Sun", entered the Finnish chart at position No. 15 back in March 2007.
The Tampa, Florida death metal scene was part of Rachel Maddow's August 28 segment debunking stories in the day's news on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show". In the five-minute clip below, Maddow separates fact from fiction on conventional wisdom about Tampa's relative stripperiness and its death-metallurgy. (Note: The death metal portion of the segment begins around the three-minute, 45-second mark.)

Tampa, which was known the "death metal capital" of America in the early 1990s, is playing host to the 2012 Republican National Convention, a current gathering of the United States Republican Party members during which Delegates officially nominated Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for President and Vice President of the United States, respectively.

The convention is being held during the week of August 27 in Tampa at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

On August 25, Reuters published a story in which reporter Andy Sullivan wrote, "Some say it's ironic that a party that includes large numbers of religious conservatives would hold its convention in the city that fostered a musical genre known for album titles like 'To Hell With God' and 'Butchered At Birth'."

"It's kind of like having a group called Abstinence For The Sexually Anxious holding its convention in San Francisco," Steve Huey, a critic at, told Reuters. "Or a group called Society For The Hatred Of Corn deciding to meet up in Iowa."

During her show, Maddow explained that "Tampa is considered the birthplace of death metal. It's home to such famous death metal bands as DEICIDE; that was their music video we played a clip of a moment ago. Also, the well-known band OBITUARY. Also, HATE ETERNAL and MORBID ANGEL and the band CANNIBAL CORPSE, which Bob Dole tried to make very famous in the '90s when he criticized them publicly the year before he ran for president. Bob Dole's friends at CANNIBAL CORPSE, they were not from Tampa, they're from New York, but they moved to Tampas, because Tampa is America's 'home sweet home' for death metal."

Maddow joked, "Death metal is the honest-to-goodness traditional Tampa experience. If you're in Tampa for the Republican convention, don't go to a strip club. Wait 'till you're going to Cincinnati. Death metal you should check out."

"Maybe I'm just a really boring human being, but I was not aware of Tampa being a death-metal capital," Tampa Bay Host Committee president Ken Jones told Reuters. "Maybe had I known that, I could have used that to raise a few dollars."

Reuters also spoke to several death-metal musicians, all of whom made it clear that they do not spend much time talking about politics.

"There is usually something far more creative and worthwhile happening that distracts our focus from the ever-important empty suits who promise everything and deliver nothing," said MORBID ANGEL frontman David Vincent.

"The kind of people that are going to listen to Bob Dole's opinion are not the kind of people who want to listen to our music in the first place," CANNIBAL CORPSE bassist Alex Webster said. "There are plenty of Republican death-metal fans. I'm sure we have fans on both sides of the fence."

"It's just like they're all coming home anyway," DEICIDE drummer Steve Asheim said about the prospect of thousands of religious conservatives descending on his city. "Down here every other block it's churches and strip bars. It's nothing new for us, man."

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