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After the official press release of an upcoming docu-drama film production about late AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott went viral on the Internet internationally last week, it has been learned that the film project organizers are seeking a producer to back the project.

"We have been approached by a number of prospective producers for this project in a fairly short period of time," said a source. "But, this is a historic opportunity for a producer to step in and back a project now with international credibility."

Much of the speculation centered around the project is who would handle the starring role portraying Scott. Moreover, who knew enough about the story to write a viable screenplay for the project? Rob Liotti (pictured below) took on the task. Liotti has portrayed Scott onstage for years in his tribute band TNT and is actually an American musician, writer, and actor.

"This is an an extremely unique opportunity for a producer to become involved with a project that will have built-in, worldwide appeal," Liotti said. "One thing of integral importance, however, is that it be the right producer for the project. This is a movie about a music icon. Therefore, the right producer clearly considers monetary investment and ROI [Return On Investment], but the passion needs to be there as well," the actor went on to say. "At this point, we are open-minded as to whom that person or company may be, but no agreement has been made to date. The budget for this film is certainly not over-the-top in necessity, but it is an investment nonetheless..."

Asked whether he thought the production investment may come from American or Australian investors, Liotti said that "it is difficult to speculate on that... it could come from New Zealand or the U.K. for that matter... I'm sure there will be a lot of radio interviews coming up, and that will surely enter into the topical discussion. I also just released a radio single called 'Long Gone' with SUITE 16, and another one to follow, so I am a busy guy right now! It's pretty overwhelming — in a good way."

Fans can keep up with the project at www.thebonscottmovie.com as well as on Facebook.

Melbourne rock singer Nick Barker previously played Bon Scott in a theatrical production about the AC/DC frontman's life.

Bon Scott died on February 19, 1980 in London, England. He choked to death on his own vomit while sleeping in a friend's car. According to the AC/DC FAQ web site, he and the friend, a musician named Alisdair Kinnear, had been drinking the evening of the 19th and Bon apparently fell asleep during the ride home. Kinnear could not wake Bon, so he left him in the car to sleep. Kinnear awoke early in the evening on the 20th, checked on Bon, and found him unconscious in the car. Bon could not be revived, and was pronounced dead.
Eagle Records has announced the release of "Re-Machined - A Tribute To Deep Purple's Machine Head" album on September 25.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of this landmark album and in recognition of the influence of the band, and of "Machine Head" in particular. Some of rock music's biggest names have each contributed a version of their favorite track on the album to create "Re-Machined - A Tribute To Deep Purple's Machine Head".

There are two wildly differing versions of the album's most famous track "Smoke On The Water", one from guitar hero Carlos Santana with vocals by Jacoby Shaddix and one from alternative rockers FLAMING LIPS, and METALLICA have contributed their own special take on "When A Blind Man Cries", a track recorded at the "Machine Head" sessions but originally released as the B-side to "Never Before".

IRON MAIDEN's "Space Truckin'" cover was actually recorded back in 2006. Lead singer Bruce Dickinson explains, "Initially we didn't think we'd be able to contribute anything due to our touring commitments. Then we remembered 'Space Truckin'' which we'd recorded as a single B-side during our 'A Matter Of Life And Death' album session, but never used. However now, thanks to Kevin Shirley's remixing skills, we're able to include it on 'Re-Machined'."

Drummer Lars Ulrich of METALLICA, who are also recording a song for the upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album, previously said, "We were asked if we'd contribute to the anniversary of 'Machine Head' — we can't turn that down. We're circling the Dio and PURPLE catalogs and hopefully we'll come up with something that is worthy of these wonderful men."

Initially released as a limited edition Classic Rock "fanpack" on September 3, this is a truly unique release that will appeal to rock fans everywhere.

"Re-Machined: A Tribute To Machine Head" track listing:

01. Smoke On The Water - CARLOS SANTANA
02. Highway Star - CHICKENFOOT
04. Pictures Of Home - BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
05. Never Before - KINGS OF CHAOS (Joe Elliott, Steve Stevens, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Arlan Schierbaum)
06. Smoke On The Water - THE FLAMING LIPS
08. Space Truckin' - IRON MAIDEN
09. When A Blind Man Cries – METALLICA
10. Highway Star - GLENN HUGHES, STEVE VAI, CHAD SMITH, LACHLAN DOLEY (exclusive track)

Several of the tracks — including METALLICA's cover version of "When A Blind Man Cries" and CHICKENOOT's redntion of "Highway Star" — can be heard at UltimateClassicRock.com. "When A Blind Man Cries" is also available for streaming in the YouTube clip below.

METALLICA's cover of "When A Blind Man Cries":
Legendary guitarist Slash spoke to The New Zealand Herald about being a solo artist after working with two of rock's most volatile frontman in Axl Rose (GUNS N' ROSES) and Scott Weiland (VELVET REVOLVER).

"Just being on my own has been really cathartic because it put everything in my lap," he said.

"Since I grabbed the reins and took off on my own, I have realized you don't need confrontation and volatility to make rock 'n' roll work. It's about playing music and having fun.

"I've always been in a band where there was a democracy, which was great, but there was always one guy who was really difficult."

Unlike Slash's solo debut, which featured different vocalists on each track and a number of guest musicians, the guitarist recorded all of his new CD, "Apocalyptic Love", with MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS, made up of singer Myles Kennedy (of heavy rockers ALTER BRIDGE), drummer Brent Fitz and bassist Todd Kerns:

"It's been a real blessing," Slash said of working with his current band. "I had gotten so used to such a tumultuous reality professionally that I was really inexperienced working in a situation where everybody just wants to get along and have a good time."

He added, "It takes a lot of the unnecessary bullshit out of the experience — and I work harder now than I have ever in my career. But at the same time it's really enjoyable because everybody's on the same page and we don't want to bog ourselves down with distractions and we just focus on the music.

"You know, when I started doing this it was a dream come true and I still look at it that way, but the last few years have been great because I've been doing exactly what it is I like to do and not having too much hassle doing it."

Asked about how he chooses which GUNS N' ROSES songs to include in his current live set, Slash said, "'Paradise City' and 'Sweet Child O' Mine' are songs I brought into the set when we first started touring. And there are a lot of songs that I had a major part in writing that we're not doing, but all the songs we are doing I had a major part in writing.

"But there really is no forethought [about which songs they play]. First off it has to be one that I enjoy playing. If it's fun to play, that's basically the criteria.

"'Nightrain' just works. There is no other song that drives like 'Nightrain'.

"Even though I did all those guitar parts [in 'November Rain'], I didn't bring the song to the table so I have no interest in doing songs like that.

"We haven't played ['Welcome To The Jungle'] for a long time. That's such a GUNS N' ROSES standard and it's one of those songs we do every once in a while and everybody goes crazy. But really, it's for the fun of it."
Famed book editor Jeremie Ruby-Strauss spoke with Thomas Scott McKenzie, author of the recent "Power Chord: One Man's Ear-Splitting Quest To Find His Guitar Heroes" about the history and future of the heavy metal memoir trend, about working with Ace Frehley (KISS), and details about the forthcoming memoir from Stephen Pearcy of RATT.

Ruby-Strauss, editor at Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, previously worked on Marilyn Manson's book and MÖTLEY CRÜE's legendary "The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band". More recently, Ruby-Strauss worked on Frehley's "No Regrets: A Rock 'N' Roll Memoir" and he also acquired a future book from Pearcy.

On his experiences with Ace Frehley:

Ruby-Strauss: "I'll never forget our initial meeting. He told a story of wanting to meet Keith Richards, but neither of them could physically stand up — so they were both propped up by assistants so they could shake hands briefly, before each slumped over. It was also very memorable when he rejected our cover and proceeded to design it himself. But you know, why not? We loved it and went with it, and the book went on to be a huge best seller."

On what fans can expect from Stephen Pearcy's forthcoming book:

Ruby-Strauss: "There will be a ton of sex, mind-boggling amounts of drugs, and, of course, a whole lot of RATT and roll. Hence our current working title, 'Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life In Rock'. There's also stuff about him breaking both legs as a kid and whatnot, but are you seriously not more intrigued by the sex and drugs?"

For the complete interview, visit SlushPile.net.
Earlier this month, it was announced that the first annual Mayhem Festival Cruise — which was scheduled to set sail on Friday, December 7, 2012 from the Port of Miami, Florida and travels to the Bahamas, returning to the mainland on Monday, December 10 — was canceled.

Last week, Jason Simms got a chance to interview Scott Ian for an upcoming feature on ANTHRAX in The Oregonian. While Jason had Scott on the phone, he asked the guitarist for his thoughts on the cancelation, since ANTHRAX was to be one of the voyage's headliners. Here's what he said in its entirety.

"I saw the press release [announcing the cancelation], and we were as surprised as everybody else. We were literally out on the [Rockstar Energy Drink] Mayhem [Festival] tour when we heard that the cruise was canceled.

"It's a bummer. We were all really looking forward to it.

"It's funny because us MACHINE HEAD, LAMB OF GOD, we're all good friends, we've all known each other forever. None of us had ever been on a cruise before. We were all in Europe this summer playing festivals together and we were like, 'What do you think of this cruise thing? What's your take on it?' Everyone was kind of like, 'Alright, it's a little weird, we're going to be stuck on this boat for four days,' but everyone was excited that we were going to get to hang out and all get really shitty and have a lot of fun. I know all of us were bummed and I heard from the MACHINE HEAD guys that they were bummed.

"Yeah, I don't know why [it was canceled]. I can speculate and think that maybe in this economy, it's kind of tough to sell a ticket for that much money. You get all these bands and it's three days on a boat, if you break it down to what it's costing you per day, it doesn't seem like a lot of money. But I understand where we're at in this world in 2012. People just don't have that kind of money to shell out. I can only assume it comes down to that."

Mayhem Festival Cruise promised to offer fans a chance to experience a blistering 90-minute set from each one of six killer heavy metal bands — LAMB OF GOD, MACHINE HEAD, ANTHRAX, HATEBREED, SUICIDE SILENCE and KINGDOM OF SORROW — as well as additional showcase sets from Century Media, Metal Blade Records, Roadrunner Records and Sumerian Records artists, including GOJIRA, PERIPHERY, BORN OF OSIRIS, BATTLECROSS, OTHERWISE, GIRL ON FIRE, ANTI MORTEM, and GYSPYHAWK. Mayhem veterans JDevil (Jonathan Davis of KORN) and DJ Starscream (Sid of SLIPKNOT) were also slated to perform full DJ sets each night.

For more information, visit www.MayhemCruise.com.
Singer Geoff Tate (QUEENSRŸCHE) has posted the following message on his Facebook page:

"Welcome 'Tate 1!' I have a new tour bus for my upcoming solo tour and QUEENSRŸCHE tours [see photo below]. She is about to go through her revamp to be ready to start touring this fall. She will be all custom and I plan on sharing this exciting experience with my fans who make my tours tours happen by having a launch party for her in October of this year. I will keep you posted on her progress. She has a long pedigree of famous tours but started her career as the tour bus for THE EAGLES on the 'Hotel California' tour."

Tate revealed last week that he will support ALICE COOPER on a Canadian tour in November, and will embark on a QUEENSRŸCHE "anniversary tour" in 2013 backed by an "all-star lineup" of musicians.

Tate's personal web site, GeoffTate.com, was recently upgraded with a new banner that reads "Geoff Tate: The Voice Of QUEENSRŸCHE." He is also billed on the web site for booking agency Monterey International as "QUEENSRŸCHE Starring Geoff Tate: The Original Voice." The band's lineup isn't listed.

Guitarist Michael Wilton, drummer Scott Rockenfield, bassist Eddie Jackson and Parker Lundgren (guitar) announced on June 20 that they were parting ways with Geoff Tate and recruiting La Torre of CRIMSON GLORY as his replacement.

Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield defeated Tate's motion for a preliminary injunction on July 13 that would have kept them from touring and operating under the band name,

Tate and his wife, Susan, QUEENSRŸCHE's former manager, filed a lawsuit against Geoff's ex-bandmates on June 22 in King County Superior Court over whether he should be awarded the QUEENSRŸCHE name after being dismissed from the group in June. Their complaint states Rockenfield, Wilton and Jackson wrongfully fired the singer and are tarnishing the group's brand by attempting to move forward without him.

If the case goes to trial, the date is set for November 18, 2013.
Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach tells The Macomb Daily that he has been approached to write a memoir, which he predicts will make MÖTLEY CRÜE's "The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band" "look clean" if he decides to take that tack. "It seems like such an overwhelming project, so don't hold your breath for it," Bach says with a laugh. "It has to blow me away before I release it. I want to write it by myself; I look at Duff McKagan's [VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES] book, Dee Snider's [TWISTED SISTER] book, they wrote them by themselves and they're amazing books. So I might try, but if it doesn't put goosebumps on my arm, I won't put it out."

Bach told the QMI Agency last year that his memoirs would likely be a collaboration with Larry Sloman, the same man who helped pen "Scar Tissue", the autobiography of RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS singer Anthony Kiedis.

"'Scar Tissue' had a lot to do with Anthony Kiedis's relationship with his dad, and I had a very 'strong' relationship with my dad," Sebastian said. "[My dad] was a famous painter in Canada, he owned Art Space in Peterborough in the '70s and we came from California, and we were like freaks in Peterborough. The Peterborough Examiner — all the articles about when my dad first got there, it was like, 'The hippies are coming to town!' I swear."

In a December 2011 interview with Martyr Magazine, Bach was asked what fans can expect from his autobiography, "I've had a crazy life. It's gonna be from Peterborough to SKID ROW to fuckin' the Don Jail to Broadway. It's gonna be a crazy story," he said.
Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach says that he is "friends" with Jon Bon Jovi again after he didn't speak to the BON JOVI frontman for many years following a dispute over money.

Despite the fact that the 1989 debut album from the Bach-fronted SKID ROW went five times platinum and produced several hit singes — including "18 And Life", "I Remember You" and "Youth Gone Wild", there was a lot of bitterness surrounding its success, largely due to the fact that in return for the helping hands of Jon Bon Jovi, SKID ROW reportedly had to enter a publishing deal with Jon's newly established Underground Music Company in which they waived their rights to publishing royalties. All money was paid to Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. After a public dispute, Richie Sambora gave his share of the money back to SKID ROW.

Speaking to ArtScenics TV this past June at the Hellfest festival in Clisson, France, Bach stated about his relationship with Jon Bon Jovi (see video below), "Bon Jovi took us on our first tour and we signed some papers with him that he got a cut of, if we made it big, that he would get compensated for helping us out. Nobody expected us to get as big as we got. Nobody thought that we would become a big band. That happens all the time in the music industry. Jon was like, 'We'll take you on tour, but if you guys make it big,' then he gets a cut of it. So I was bitter about that for awhile, but then I realized that we probably wouldn't have made it as big, or maybe at all, if he didn't take us."

He continued, "I actually had dinner with Jon a couple of years ago. We were staying at the Mandarin Oriental in London — me and Axl [Rose, GUNS N' ROSES singer] — and we were sitting there. And the waitress says, 'Hey, guess who's over in the corner.' And me and Axl go, 'Who?' She said, 'Jon Bon Jovi.' And I go, 'Get the fuck out of here.' He was in the corner. And I didn't know what to do. 'Cause we had had words… Most of them were mine. [laughs] So I go, 'You know what?! Fuck this. I'm gonna go over there and say 'Hi' to him.' 'Cause we used to be great, great friends; I had Christmas dinner at his house and stuff. So I stood up and walked over towards Jon, and Jon was looking at me, going, 'Are you gonna be a dick or are you gonna be nice?' He's looking at me, like, 'What are you gonna do? What are you gonna say?' And I was like, 'Hey, man, how is it going?' And he was, like, 'Hey, man?' And we stood up and we hugged and then he came over to me and Axl's table and we drank about 15 bottles of red wine, had a great time. He gave me his phone number and I've texted him a couple of times. He's a good guy. We're friends again."
GODSMACK kicked off the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival tour with SHINEDOWN, STAIND and others on Friday (August 17) in Bonner Springs, Kansas, with singer Sully Erna starting his first major tour since canceling a European run several weeks ago over throat issues. Erna told The Pulse Of Radio just as the trek got underway 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."

Also on the Uproar bill are PAPA ROACH, ADELITAS WAY, P.O.D., DEUCE, REDLIGHT KING and others. The tour pulls into Grand Rapids, Michigan on Tuesday (August 21).

GODSMACK will also be one of the headliners on the ShipRocked 2012 cruise this year, taking off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida in late November for five days.

GODSMACK's first-ever live album, "Live & Inspired", which sold around 16,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Released on May 15 via Universal Republic Records, "Live & Inspired" features fierce and furious live renditions of numerous hits from the Massachusetts rockers' five studio albums.
The Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival kicked this past Friday, August 17 off in Kansas City, Missouri. To celebrate the tour launch, Uproar's Rick Florino spoke with Brent Smith from SHINEDOWN, Sully Erna from GODSMACK and Rick DeJesus from ADELITAS WAY. Read the question-and-answer session here and listen to the exclusive conversation using the audio player below.

Brent, Sully and Rick discussed the camaraderie between Uproar bands, what to expect from their live performances, things they like to do when they're not on stage, and plans for a possible onstage collaboration at the end of the night on Uproar. The guys even talked about Adele, Lady Gaga and the general state of music.

Here are some excerpts from the diverse conversation:

Brent Smith: "We were doing a show in Boston at the House of Blues on our last record, and Sully was working on an album at that time. It was like two years ago. Sully came out to the show and brought some friends. He was like, 'Wait until he sings this cover of 'Simple Man'.' We didn't play it that night though. I saw him up in the VIP area, and he was like, 'Dude, I'm going to tell you this right now. I was so looking forward to that song, and you didn't play it.' I told Sully, 'There are some personal issues going on with that song right now. That's why we're not playing it.' Sully said something that changed my life actually on a professional level. He put his arm around me and said, 'Dude, it's not about you. It's about the audience. All of those people came here tonight. They wanted to hear your songs, but they wanted to hear that song and you didn't play it for them. You've got to remember something. It's an honor to do what you do for living, and need to give the people what they want.' From that night on, we put the song back in the set. He was right about that. It was something I had to open my eyes to. I never got a chance to thank him for that, but I want to thank him now."

Sully Erna: "I was trying to get the point across that it's about the hits. I came there as a fan. I didn't come there as a friend of Brent's. I wasn't coming there because we'd worked together for ten years. I came there because I was a fan of hearing some of the stuff they've written, along with that song. To me, that's one of their hits. Yeah, LYNYRD SKYNYRD wrote it, but so what? THE BEATLES wrote 'Come Together', and AEROSMITH did an amazing version of that. It's part of their thing. 'Train Kept A-Rollin'' isn't even an AEROSMITH song. I didn't find that out until years later. It's part of your thing now. People want to hear the hits. They want to hear the songs they love you singing. There's a reason why that song was huge on the radio. I try to tell young bands that all the time: 'Do not neglect the hits.' Do you think Steven Tyler wants to sing 'Dream On' every night thirty years later? Fuck no! He has no desire to sing that song, but he gets up there and does it. When he sees thirty-thousand people singing along with him, his whole train of thought changes at that point. It's about delivering to the audience and playing the songs. A lot of bands will go, 'We want to play the 'B' cuts because they're cooler. These are the ones that didn't make the radio.' They try to go for this underground vibe, and that's cool if you want to be in the clubs for the rest of your life. If you're going to play to 20,000 people and entertain at a level like we do, you've got to play the hits or you're going to be in trouble.

Brent Smith: "When we ended our last record cycle, I had interviews with quite a few journalists. They said, 'How does it make you feel the days of selling ten million records are over?' I said, 'That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard in my life.' You have to connect with people. There's a young lady by the name of Adele. She personifies a vocal style and honest, musical sensibility played with real instruments. She's about a month and a half off from selling 10 million records in the United States. It's a different style of music, but at the same time, it's not. It's rhythm and blues. Music is a pendulum. It's constantly swinging. It will always come back around. You can have a gimmick and shticks that work every once in a while, but it will always come back to drums, bass, guitar, fantastic vocals, and a killer song."

Sully Erna: "I want to endorse something Brent just said. He hit on something very important I think people need to realize. I have a different opinion about a lot of stuff. With Adele, he hit it right on the head. She's probably one of my favorite artists right now. I listen to less rock music now than I ever have. I draw influences from so many different styles of music. That's why when I did my solo record, it sounded completely different than anything I've done with GODSMACK because I'd draw from world music, DEAD CAN DANCE, and MAZZY STAR. These world artists play their instruments like we do, but it's a different style. For me, the beauty lies in the work put into it. I've got to tell you. Even with the electronica and pop artists out there, at times there are people writing songs for them, but it's still an art. For what it's worth, it can be really powerful. Nobody wants to like Lady Gaga in rock 'n' roll because she's the pop diva selling out arenas everywhere. Good for her! She's writing huge, fat hits. She won me over at a certain point. I'm gonna tell you straight up. When I saw that HBO special and I was looking at the 'Monster Ball' concert, at first I was like, 'This is ridiculous. It's so cheesy.' When those credits rolled at the end, they showed her in the dressing room, warming up with her backup singers and singing from her heart. That made me realize this girl doesn't run tape, and she can sing her ass off. I don't care what anybody says. You may love her, hate her, or think she's a kook, but she's the modern-day Grace Slick from JEFFERSON STARSHIP. She's just a really bizarre artist. That girl can really sing her ass off, just like Adele. I love the diversity of music and think it's important people keep trying different things because otherwise we all sound the same. We have to have those kinds of influences. My hat's off to them. Raw talent draws people to her — like Brent was talking about. Adele has sold 10 million records off raw talent. Some songs are just her and a piano or her and a guitar. She doesn't even need an instrument. She can just sing, and it's overwhelming because it's so amazing. Besides the lyrical content and being able to touch every broken heart in the world, there's still a passion and sincerity to her voice that's so important for people to hear, recognize, and embrace. That form of artistry isn't as around as it was when people were cutting vinyl like Etta James and Aretha Franklin. I'm glad people acknowledge that and it's becoming admired again. To me, that's the heart of rock 'n' roll. To hear a singer reach for that note and crack a little bit is the most beautiful thing in the world. I don't want it to be perfect all the time. Like Rick was saying, it gets carried away with auto-tuning and pushing buttons to make a song happen. There's an art to rock 'n' roll and this music that needs to be nurtured and savored. I'm so grateful for artists like that."
Florida-based, female-fronted power metallers SEVEN KINGDOMS have completed work on their third album, "The Fire Is Mine", for an October 9 release 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."

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
According to The Pulse Of Radio, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello has penned an op-ed piece for Rolling Stone on Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who was tapped last week to run for vice president on the Republican ticket alongside presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney. In a New York Times profile, Ryan — who is known for his far-right positions on both economics and social issues — claimed that he enjoyed the music of the ultra-leftist rap-rock quartet.

Morello has responded to that, writing, "Paul Ryan's love of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades. Charles Manson loved THE BEATLES but didn't understand them. Governor Chris Christie loves Bruce Springsteen but doesn't understand him. And Paul Ryan is clueless about his favorite band, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE."

He continued, "Ryan claims that he likes RAGE's sound, but not the lyrics. Well, I don't care for Paul Ryan's sound or his lyrics. He can like whatever bands he wants, but his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent is antithetical to the message of RAGE."

Morello also wrote, "Don't mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta 'rage' in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he's not raging against is the privileged elite he's groveling in front of for campaign contributions."

The guitarist concludes, "My hope is that maybe Paul Ryan is a mole. Maybe RAGE did plant some sensible ideas in this extreme fringe right wing nut job . . . That's one possibility. But I'm not betting on it."

Ryan has not issued any comment or reaction to Morello's piece.
Swedish blues rockers GRAVEYARD have set "Lights Out" as the title of their next album, due on October 26 via Nuclear Blast Records. A single, "Goliath", will precede the full-length CD on September 21 as a digital download and on seven-inch vinyl. The single will include a special non-album track, "Leaving You".

The "Goliath" seven-inch vinyl will be issued in four different colors (see below), featuring four different cover artworks.

Regarding the "Lights Out" cover artwork, GRAVEYARD states, "The cover is something completely different than the last cover. It has a lot to do with the title, 'Lights Out'. Our goal was that both the title and the cover would sum up the feeling of the album. And just to make things clear, 'Lights Out' is not a reference to either UFO or ENTOMBED. Even though both are excellent bands."

Comments the band: "The ['Goliath'] lyrics deal with the feeling that everyday life is a constant David vs. Goliath scene. You all know the story and the scene. You look around, get pissed off and want to 'stick it to the man.' Musically, it has many influences. And, as usual, we've tried to get it both heavy and swinging at the same time. So why don't you just shake your record collecting old ass to the beat of the new tune from your favourite Swedish numbskulls?"

GRAVEYARD was honored with the "Best Hard Rock/Metal" award at the Swedish "Grammis" gala, which was held on February 14 at Kungliga Operan in Stockholm.

GRAVEYARD's second full-length album, "Hisingen Blues", sold 1,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 48 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.

"Hisingen Blues" entered the official chart in Sweden at position No. 1. The CD, which was released in North America on April 19, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records, was produced, recorded, and mixed in 100 percent analog by Don Alsterberg (JOSÉ GONZALES, JUNIP, SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES, THE INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONSPIRACY) at Don Pierre Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Guitarist/vocalist Jesper Binzer of Danish rockers D-A-D frontman Jesper Binzer will release his official autobiography, "I Won't Cut My Hair", in Denmark on October 4 via Gyldendal.

Official book description: "Although only 46 years old, Jesper Binzer has experienced more than most, since the band was formed in 1982. The stories he tells now are energetic and entertaining in its rock memories associated with the band's 30-year anniversary on the Danish rock scene. 'I Won't Cut My Hair' says it honestly and unpolished from a life in the fast lane. It is the story of big hits, even bigger record contracts and wild concerts at home and abroad. But it is also the story of depression, substance abuse, therapy and economic downturn. Jesper Binzer says it all unsentimental and reflective. The book is richly illustrated."

D-A-D's 11th studio album, "DIC.NII.LAN.DAFT.ERD.ARK", was released last November. The follow-up to 2008's "Monster Philosophy" was helmed by Nick Foss, who previously worked with D-A-D on such LPs as "No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims", "Sympatico", "Everything Glows" and "Soft Dogs". The album title is a play on D-A-D's original band name DISNEYLAND AFTER DARK, which had to be changed after a threat of a lawsuit from The Walt Disney Company.
A day after he posted a lengthy message on his Facebook page in response to the uproar over MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine's suggestion that recent mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin were "staged" by President Obama, FORBIDDEN guitarist Craig Locicero has penned a follow-up piece to "set the record straight" with regards to the kind of person he is and to clarify some of the points in his original post. It follows here in its entirety.

"What an interesting 24 hours it's been. I've been thrown under more buses then Evel Knievel had jumped in his entire lifetime. All of this is very interesting, the human reaction to what scares us.

"First things first, I never intended for one of my posts to be picked up by Blabbermouth. It wasn't expected. I didn't realize my profile was being trolled for these things, so this was no publicity stunt! That being said, I'm OK with it, because I stand by my words.

"I guess I deserve some of the backlash just for using Dave Mustaine as my point of reference.

"Sorry, Dave, I don't know you personally, but we have plenty of mutual friends and peers. However, just like I did here, you put yourself out there... a lot. I do think you are closer to truth then people want to [accept], but I also think your delivery was even worse then mine. Just my opinion.

"I'm not going to use this post to jump directly back into the subject at hand, the Aurara shootings. Which, by the way, is an awful tragedy and I hurt as much as anyone not directly related to the victims. But I will save the details that lead me to my hypothesis for next time. This post is just to set the record straight as to what kind of person I am, because from what I'm hearing A LOT of people got it all wrong.

"Now, if I'm ever taken away or publicly smeared just for my words, please keep in mind these things and don't believe anything else you hear...

"I'm non-violent, not crazy, not depressed, not in danger to myself or anyone else.

I don't own or even want any guns. In fact, I hate guns, so don't get me confused with Ted Nugent.

"I'm not in a popular band, so I'm not rich. I'm in the middle class with a wife and son I love more then anything else on the planet. What I say and do is for my son and his children. That takes me out of the tax-bracket angle.

"I was born into a lifetime Democrat family that looks like Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition. I even voted for Obama in the last election... begrudgingly.

"I do NOT support either candidate for the next election and I think Ron Paul is a tool. Sorry. I also don't think Nader is the Cat's Meow. I'm simply disillusioned American citizen who sees through the facade.

"I, like tens of millions of others, would like to see our system fixed. Because it is obviously VERY broken!

"The idea that there is only Republicans and Democrats, right-wingers and left-wingers is INSANE and shame on us for buying into it. Shame on those who walk through the game sleeping. Shame on everyone for being content with the flawed system that's let the corporations and the churches run our politicians. Shame on those who think that just because they have a smart phone and live in a house with a TV and computer that they are free. There just isn't enough shame to go around.

"We the people? We fucked up!

"The way some of us deal with it is by openly calling it out for a discussion. That's who I am and how I'm wired and I'm not afraid to do it. What would be impressive if more people did that instead of just mailing it in and being defeated.

"So, in closing, the only reason the Aurora shootings have become a catalyst here is because the road it leads this country down. It's a twisted road with even more dissension and division in our near future. Even if [James] Holmes [the alleged shooter in Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre] isn't a patsy, which I still believe he is, he's being used as leverage against the citizens. One just needs to see who gains and who loses from such a tragedy with clearer vision."
British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH will release their tenth studio album, "The Manticore & Other Horrors", in North America on October 30 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Speaking to Metal-Trails.com at this year's Wacken Open Air festival, which took place August 2-4 in Wacken, Germany, CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani "Filth" Davey stated about the musical direction of the band's new album (See video below), "It's a slightly different direction for CRADLE OF FILTH. It's very fresh for people who appreciate our other works. It's a slightly shorter album, but we've concentrated on melody and different techniques that have been slightly missing from our music — it's a bit punkier, a bit more structured, a bit more singalong, but it's still extreme and it's still CRADLE OF FILTH."

He continued, "It's very hard to speak about it, because it's only been two years since our last record, so if it was so familiar, trying to explain what that record was like and what this record is like… Because there's so much going on in our music — there's symphonic parts and then there's really fast parts and slow, romantic interludes and, like I said, punk and New Wave Of British Heavy Metal in there. But it's all kind of wrapped up in theology and cinematic kind of soundscape. So it's hard to break it down and say, 'Well, this is what we're doing this time that's a bit different from the last time.' But it's good. We're really proud of what we're doing. I think people are gonna be very surprised when they hear it and go, 'Wow, that's CRADLE OF FILTH for 2012.'"

On the influences they have incorporated into the songwriting process for "The Manticore & Other Horrors":

Dani: "We're influenced by loads of stuff. We like recording out in the countrysides. We get a lot of influence from where we live. Music, obviously… [We're] very big fans of soundtracks, films and cult literature, 19th-century literature. Anything, really, can influence you, depending on the environment in which the album is created.

"We're very inspirational people, we're very artistic and stuff — sometimes autistic — and I couldn't actually where ideas come from, but, fortunately, we're not too few of them."

On whether CRADLE OF FILTH intentionally experimented on the new album:

Dani: "We had a mind to experiment with different sounds, and different instrumentation, different structures, different guitar sound, different drum sound, different vocal techniques… But again, at the end of the day, it's really about writing good songs and we think we've written 11 really good tracks for the new album and some bonus material for later on. And that can't be contrived — you can't just say, 'We're gonna do this, we're gonna do that,' it really has to be from the heart and the soul. But it doesn't hurt, along the way, to pick up influences from all the things I mentioned."

On CRADLE OF FILTH's touring plans for after the new album is released:

Dani: "The new album comes out October 31 or thereabouts — Halloween — and then we undertake a full European tour called 'Creatures From The Black Abyss'. It's us headlining, GOD SEED, ROTTING CHRIST and DARK END in support of us. There's gonna be a big stage show, it's gonna be very new, very novel, vey heavy metal, very CRADLE OF FILTH."

On whether "The Manticore & Other Horrors" is a concept album:

Dani: "It's probably a concept album as far as other people's concept albums go. 'Cause when people say, 'We've written a concept album,' it's generally just a couple of ideas thrown around a picture on the cover. This one is more like each song is like a satellite orbiting a bigger theme. So it has a concept of, sort of, monsters, personal demons and greater entities. But no, for once [we thought], 'Let's not be too predictable. People will expect something like that.' This time we've just gone and done a collection of really good, fast, intricate, theatrical heavy metal tracks."

On the most difficult part of making the new album:

Dani: "Trying to be fresh with ideas, I guess. I always write all the lyrics, so it's always… not a struggle, but I'm very particular about what I wanna do and try not to be too wordy with it. This time I was trying to balance the attributes that make up CRADLE OF FILTH, but with something that people can sort of sing along to. And that's relatively hard in itself. I guess the whole process of starting again from scratch and coming out with something at the end and feeling like you've worked so hard and that you've achieved something, because nothing comes easy; otherwise everybody would be doing it. So, I guess, before you start a record, you always see the climb and think, 'Oooh, this is gonna be difficult this time,' but it's worth that climb."

On whether he feels like they still have something to prove the fans or themselves with each new album:

Dani: "I think it's more to ourselves. Obviously, the fans are very important, but I think the fans believe enough in the band enough by now — or they should so — to realize and appreciate that if we write for ourselves , it's gonna then spill out onto the record and they're going to embrace that, hopefully."

Recorded in eight weeks at both Springvale and Grindstone studios (where it was also mixed by Scott Atkins), Suffolk, "The Manticore & Other Horrors" is a testament to the longevity of the 'FILTH, as not only does it reek of CRADLE's (feared or revered) brand of delicious metal vamperotica, but this thoroughly modern album places the band firmly in fresh killing fields anew.

"The Manticore & Other Horrors" itself possesses an altogether new atmosphere for the band, incorporating a heavier, faster NWOBBM punk vibe that is both current and cruel, blended with ornate orchestration and the quirky immediateness of 2000's "Midian" opus.

The album's title can be likened to a bestiary, a collection of stories on monsters - personal demons, Chimeras, literary fiends and world-enslaving entities to blame but a few. "Manticore", the ravening title track, is a song about a beautiful mythological horror that comes to be feared as the disfigurehead of foreign occupation in the Indian provinces.

The songs "Illicitus" and "Pallid Reflection" bare the sweet ingredients of vampirism and lycanthropy; the wicked "For Your Vulgar Delectation" and "Frost On Her Pillow" are woven perversely into grim fairy tales, whilst classic, monumental tracks like "The Abhorrent And Siding With The Titans" both extol tentacular Lovecraftian values.


Dani Filth - Vocals
Paul Allender - Guitar
James McIlroy - Guitar
David Pybus - Bass
Martin Skaroupka – Drums
Vocalist and gun enthusiast Phil Labonte of Massachusetts metallers ALL THAT REMAINS has been tapped as a regular guest on the third season of the television series "3-Gun Nation".

The series, which is hosted by country artist Mark Wills, airs Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. on the East Coast and Sundays at 7:30 a.m. on the NBC Sports Network.

The season-long, head-to-head challenge features two lead singers receiving instructional sessions from pro 3-Gunners while comparing their individual progress throughout the experience.

Wills explains, "I really enjoyed myself filming this season. Even though Phil and I play opposite music we both share a common passion for firearms and the 2nd amendment. It was fun to shoot with him and compete with a fellow lead singer and student of the game."

Labonte adds, "I love my music, but when I'm not on tour, I spend a lot of my time shooting. I have a lot of friends in the firearm industry, and I enjoy promoting the second amendment however I can. I'm pretty new to 3-Gun so I'm on a major learning curve. However, I can honestly say I'm pretty much addicted to it now."

This season of "3-Gun Nation" will feature Wills and Labonte being trained by some of 3-Gun's best shooters, including Colt's Clint Upchurch and team Noveske pros Jansen Jones and Rob Romero. Romero, a champion 3-Gunner, is also "3-Gun Nation"'s director of competition for the 2012 3GN Pro Series.

"Both Mark and Phil are accomplished musicians; however, they represent the average guy getting started into the game," Romero said. "You're not going to be as fast and accurate as us guys on TV overnight; it takes time and practice. We were able to break 3-Gun courses down for the common, everyday shooter who wants to get started."
DETHKLOK returns this fall with "Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III", the highly anticipated album that fans of the animated band have been begging for. The stars of the Adult Swim series "Metalocalypse" will unleash 12 brand new tracks, set to hit stores throughout North America on October 16 from Williams Street Records.

"Dethalbum III" was once again co-produced by "Metalocalypse" co-creator Brendon Small and DETHKLOK producer Ulrich Wild ("Dethalbum" and "Dethalbum II"). The cover art was also illustrated by "Dethalbum" and "Dethalbum II" cover artist Antonio Canobbio.

"Dethalbum III" will not only be released in its original CD and digital format, but also as a deluxe-edition CD/DVD and a clean version of the CD. The deluxe-edition CD/DVD will include a 32-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of "Dethalbum III", as well as music videos and much more. A vinyl edition of the album with special etching will be released on November 6.

"Dethalbum III" track listing:

01. I Ejaculate Fire
02. Crush the Industry
03. Andromeda
04. The Galaxy
05. Starved
06. Killstardo Abominate
07. Ghostqueen
08. Impeach God
09. Biological Warfare
10. Skyhunter
11. The Hammer
12. Rejoin

The fourth season of "Metalocalypse", created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha with Small executive producing, recently wrapped on Adult Swim and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 30. Along with all 12 episodes from the series' fourth season, the "Metalocalypse Season 4" DVD and Blu-ray releases will feature more than two hours of special features. Highlights from those features include a 90-minute feature film of Nathan Explosion tackling his latest Shakespeare reading, in "Nathan Reads Shakespeare 4: Comedy of Errors", a series of band member "StaresDowns," a look at DETHKLOK fan art, "MurderThoughts," a "Pickles Flyby" and much, much more.
According to Timo Isoaho of Soundi magazine, Finnish melancholic dark rock/metal icons AMORPHIS will enter the studio in September to begin recording their eleventh studio album for a March/April 2013 release. The as-yet-untitled CD will be helmed by Swedish producer/multi-instrumentalist Peter Tägtgren, who has previously worked with CHILDREN OF BODOM, CELTIC FROST, IMMORTAL, and DIMMU BORGIR, among many others. The initial sessions will take place at Petrax studio (CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH) in Hollola, Finland, with the band planning to utilize other studios to complete the CD.

"We wanted to approach the recording sessions in a completely new way and we decided to hire a producer to oversee the project from start to finish," AMORPHIS guitarist Esa Holopainen told Soundi.

AMORPHIS' latest album, "The Beginning Of Times", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 16 — the best chart position ever scored by an AMORPHIS album in that country. The CD also landed at position No. 1 on the Finnish chart.

Released on May 27, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records, "The Beginning Of Times" was described as "the most challenging AMORPHIS album so far in terms of both music and lyrics." Its central character is the iconic hero of Finnish mythology, Väinämöinen, whose tale has been masterfully retold by lyricist Pekka Kainulainen.

"The Beginning Of Times" was produced by the band; vocals were recorded under the guidance of Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH, TAROT) in his home studio in Kuopio. Like its predecessors, the album was mixed by Mikko Karmila. Its cover artwork shows Travis Smith's magnificent interpretation of the mythological birth of the world from a goldeneye's egg.
Maryland-based experimental, progressive metallers PERIPHERY have released the following statement:

"It is with great regret that we must announce PERIPHERY's withdrawal from the rest of the Summer Slaughter tour. Due to a family emergency, we are unable to continue on to the West Coast. We also want to take this moment to thank all the amazing fans old and new who came out to support us on this awesome tour and we also want to thank all the bands we played with, CEREBRAL BORE, EXHUMED, GOATWHORE, JOB FOR A COWBOY, VEIL OF MAYA, THE FACELESS, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, and CANNIBAL CORPSE as well as all the amazing crew who made this tour happen. We miss all of you and we had the greatest summer ever hanging and jamming out with all of you."

PERIPHERY's sophomore album, "Periphery II: This Time It's Personal", sold nearly 12,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 44 on The Billboard 200 chart.

"Periphery II: This Time It's Personal" was released in North America on July 3 via Sumerian Records and will be made available in Europe on July 16 through Century Media Records. The CD features guest appearances by John Petrucci (DREAM THEATER), Guthrie Govan (THE ARISTOCRATS) and Wes Hauch (THE FACELESS).

Speed metal punks MUNICIPAL WASTE will join forces with grindcore legends NAPALM DEATH for a fall co-headlining North American tour.

Launching on October 26 in Springfield, Virginia and presented by AMP and Hails & Horns magazines, the trek will feature direct support from California's own EXHUMED and will include one of the following four opening bands (depending on the date): sci-fi Arizona thrashers VEKTOR, Canadian punk band DAYGLO ABORTIONS, Bay Area crossover stalwarts ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT, and Colorado speed thrashers SPEEDWOLF.

The tour's added attraction includes guest sets from U.S. grindcore innovators REPULSION, Chicago punks DWARVES, and Seattle's MARTHA SPLATTERHEAD'S REVENGE.

Commented drummer Dave Witte of MUNICIPAL WASTE: "The energy will be off the charts! The tour in general is stacked with great bands and totally worth traveling for. I've been a huge NAPALM fan since the beginning and I'm thrilled to be able to combine forces for this tour."

"I've been wanting to tour with NAPALM for ages," MUNICIPAL WASTE vocalist Tony Foresta confesses. "I'm so glad this is finally a reality. WASTE and NAPALM hand-picked all of the openers. We're beyond stoked that all these great bands wanted to be a part of it. We're really excited!"


Oct. 26 - Springfield, VA - Empire
Oct. 27 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
Oct. 28 - New London, CT - El N Gee
Oct. 29 - Boston, MA - Middle East
Oct. 31 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electriques
Nov. 01 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
Nov. 02 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest**
Nov. 03 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's***
Nov. 04 - St Paul, MN - Station-4*


Nov. 05 - Winnipeg, MB - Osborne Village Inn
Nov. 06 - Regina, SK - Riddell Centre
Nov. 07 - Edmonton, AB - The Pawn Shop
Nov. 09 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater


Nov. 10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo's (with MARTHA SPLATTERHEAD'S REVENGE
Nov. 11 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
Nov. 13 - San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
Nov. 14 - Santa Ana, CA-Observatory (with REPULSION
Nov. 15 - Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues (with DWARVES
Nov. 16 - Tempe, AZ - Rocky Point
Nov. 17 - El Paso, TX - House Of Rock*


Nov. 18 - Ft Worth, TX - Rail Club***
Nov. 20 - Nashville, TN - Exit In
Nov. 23 - Richmond, VA - Kingdom
Nov. 24 - Charlotte, NC - The Casbah
Nov. 25 - Knoxville, TN - The Valarium
Nov. 26 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco
Nov. 27 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
Nov. 30 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
Dec. 01 - Tampa, FL - Orpheum Theater
Dec. 02 - Miami, FL - Grand Central, Barge To Hell Pre-Party**
Dec. 3-7 - Barge To Hell**

Finnish melodic death metallers MORS PRINCIPIUM EST will release their fourth album, …And Death Said Live", in December via AFM Records.

MORS PRINIPIUM EST previously issued three full-length albums through the French label Listenable Records. After the release of the band's most recent LP, "Liberation = Termination", in 2007, the band underwent significant lineup changes, and following a worldwide search for the right band members, began writing material for the new album in 2011.

Regarding the decision to sign with AFM, MORS PRINCIPIUM EST singer Ville Viljanen previously said, "We talked to some other labels, too, but AFM seemed the right choice for us. We can't wait to get to the studio in the summer and release the new album at the end of 2012. And then we will see what happens, when the people of AFM starts to work their magic."

MORS PRINCIPIUM EST last year parted ways with guitarists Tomy Laisto and Kalle Aaltonen. A new axeman, Andy Gillion from the United Kingdom, has since been recruited.


Ville Viljanen - Vocals
Mikko Sipola - Drums
Teemu Heinola - Bass
Andy Gillion - Guitar
Andhe Chandler - Guitar

MORS PRINCIPIUM EST's third album, "Liberation = Termination", was released in February 2007 via Listenable Records. The follow-up to "The Unborn" was recorded at Astia Studio in Finland and was mastered at Imperial Mastering in Concord, California.

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