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LED ZEPPELIN's double-disc DVD, entitled simply "Led Zeppelin DVD", was certified thirteen times platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) last month for sales in excess of 1.3 million copies in the USA alone. (Editor's note: According to Nielsen SoundScan, "Led Zeppelin DVD" has sold 1.229 million copies in the USA so far.)

Released in May 2003 by Atlantic Records, "Led Zeppelin DVD" features nearly five and a half hours of footage culled from just a handful of performances which were ever filmed during the band's extraordinary lifetime. Featured are performances from: London's Royal Albert Hall in January 1970, just one year after the release of their debut album, their triumphant five-night run at London's Earl's Court in May 1975, and their record-breaking shows at England's Knebworth Festival in August 1979, just one year before the death of drummer John Bonham led to the band's dissolution. Also included are songs from New York's Madison Square Garden in July 1973, which were not included in "The Song Remains The Same" concert film, the only previously released live ZEPPELIN footage. Other highlights of the DVD include: extremely rare television appearances, among them a performance for Danish television in March 1969, promotional clips, TV interviews, behind-the scenes material, and even a bit of fan-shot "bootleg" footage.
 
"Clockwork Angels: The Novel", the landmark literary collaboration between RUSH drummer and lyricist Neil Peart and bestselling sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson, will be released in September via ECW Press.

Speaking to SciFiPulse.Net, Anderson stated about how the novelization came to life, "Neil and I discussed the story of the album as he developed the songs, and so the plot came together as the lyrics were finished. I read the song lyrics as he completed them, but the last pieces didn't gel until I heard the rough mixes of the songs, music and words (back in February). Then I started writing."

He added, "[The novel and the album] are independent. You can enjoy the novel fully without listening to the album, even if you're not a RUSH fan. But if you are a RUSH fan, you've probably already heard the CD. I think you can hear the CD a couple of times, and play it while you're readeing the novel. The two should be greater than the sum of the parts."

Regarding the book cover, which was created by artist Hugh Syme, Anderson said, "Hugh contributed tremendously; he read parts of the drafts and found focal points that I hadn't seen (he was the one who picked up on the honeybee as a perfect symbol for the Watchmaker). Hugh was doing the illustrations for the songs, which appear in the CD booklet, as we were drafting the novel, so each image gave inspiration and setting for the scene. And then as we gave him drafts of certain scenes, he created new art exclusive to the book–particularly the clockwork gypsy, the alchemy college and the steamliner scoutship. Hugh and I worked together to crate a beautiful booklet to accompany the unabridged audiobook from Brilliance. I should also note the additional cool thing: Neil narrates the audiobook himself."
Nicole Powers of SuicideGirls.com recently spoke to Rob Zombie about the progress of the recording sessions for his new album, tentatively due before the end of the year.

"I'm really into this record right now," Rob said. "We have a long way to go, but it's the most free-sounding record I feel like I've made in a long, long time."

He continued, "As time has gone on, I feel at different moments in my career I've made a record that's significant for that time period. With WHITE ZOMBIE, 'Astro-Creep' was the significant record at that time for that band. Then the next one was 'Hellbilly Deluxe', my first solo record. You make other records and they're cool and they're good, they have good songs, but you haven't really turned the page to a new thing. I feel like this record is the beginning of the next phase of what I'm doing. It's just a big, crazy, live-sounding record. I just love it. It's hard to describe, but every once in a while a creative vein opens up and you head off in a direction that's just… you don't question it because it doesn't happen that often, let's put it that way.

He added, "One of the things that I think is the reason for this freedom is, once you have success, whether you know it or not, you subconsciously want to achieve more success or maintain the success that you've had. So, obviously, if you write a hit song, you try to write other hit songs. That's sort of the nature of the game. But, with the fact that nobody really buys records anymore, I'm not really sure what constitutes a hit record or a hit song. Those rules don't quite apply anymore, because you're not going to sell millions and millions of records no matter what you do. It just doesn't happen anymore really. So, because of that, you feel like, fuck it, who gives a shit? And because you feel that way, you almost feel like a new band does. You're not chasing the dragon anymore, you're just being creative and coming up with great stuff. And that's usually when you do have hits, strangely enough, because you're just creatively free at that moment."

The new ROB ZOMBIE album is being produced by Bob Marlette, who has previously worked with everyone from BLACK SABBATH and ALICE COOPER to WILSON PHILLIPS and LYNYRD SKYNYRD.
According to Vintage Vinyl News, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION's third album is schedule for release on October 30.

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION is the English-American rock band featuring the talents of bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, TRAPEZE, BLACK SABBATH), blues rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN), and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER).

"With this next album, I've had the luxury of being able to write for six months," Hughes recently told GuitarWorld.com. "With the first album I had six weeks, and the second one was about four months. But I've had a lot more time to write this one. If you look at Joe's schedule, he doesn't even have time to wipe his nose. I've been left as the keeper of the keys to write these albums."

In a recent interview with Artisan News, Hughes stated about BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION's musical evolution, "We just did two albums back to back, both successful records. And our live DVD is out now.

"We're really, really happy with the progress of where we're going musically. So we're sort of on course now."

Regarding the sound of the forthcoming BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION CD, Hughes said, "It's kind of a continuation… There's gonna be some darker stuff on there, because the lyrics I'm writing are kind of dark. There may be some moments of drama in there — I like drama in the music. So the songs I have ready are definitely a continuation of [the first and the second albums]."

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION released its first concert DVD, "Live Over Europe", on October 24, 2011 (Blu-ray followed on November 15) on the J&R Adventures imprint. The two-DVD live set was filmed with 14 HD cameras and 5.1 Surround Sound during the band's debut tour in the summer of 2011. Over three nights, playing to packed venues in the German cities of Hamburg, Munich and Berlin, the 18-song set list (17 originals and one cover) hits on both of BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION's albums — 2010's debut and 2011's sophomore release "2".

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION initially came to fruition when producer Kevin Shirley saw Hughes and Bonamassa join forces on stage in Los Angeles in November 2009 for an explosive performance at Guitar Center's King of the Blues event. Shirley then recruited Bonham and Sherinian for the project, which is named after the industrial area in the British Midlands where both Hughes and Bonham were born and raised.
SLAYER, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, BRING ME THE HORIZON and SICK OF IT ALL are among the newly confirmed bands for for next year's Soundwave festival in Australia, set to take place in late February/early March.

Tickets are priced at $189 including fees and public transport and go on sale Thursday, August 23, with a presale commencing seven days prior.

Soundwave dates:

Brisbane: Saturday, February 23
Sydney: Sunday, February 24
Melbourne: Friday, March 1
Adelaide: Saturday, March 2
Perth: Monday, March 4

Newly added bands:

SLAYER
CYPRESS HILL
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
BRING ME THE HORIZON
BILLY TALENT
MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE
THE AMITY AFFLICTION
SICK OF IT ALL
THE BLACKOUT
FUCKED UP
GALLOWS
THIS IS HELL
CEREBRAL BALLZY
POLAR BEAR CLUB
THE EARLY NOVEMBER
THE DEAR HUNTER
BLOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR
VERSES THE WORLD
SYLOSIS
CONFESSION


Previously announced acts:

A PERFECT CIRCLE
ANTHRAX
BLINK-182
CANCER BATS
CHUNK NO CAPTAIN CHUNK
DANKO JONES
DEAF HAVANA
DRAGONFORCE
DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED
FLOGGING MOLLY
FOZZY
GARBAGE
KINGDOM OF SORROW
KINGDOM OF SORROW
KYUSS LIVES!
LINKIN PARK
MADBALL
MEMPHIS MAY FIRE
METALLICA
MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK
OF MICE AND MEN
PARAMORE
PIERCE THE VEIL
RED FANG
SIX FEET UNDER
SLEEPING WITH SIRENS
STONE SOUR
SUM 41
THE BLACKOUT
THE LAWRENCE ARMS
THE OFFSPRING
THE WONDER YEARS
TOMAHAWK
VISION OF DISORDER
Finnish love metallers HIM will release a greatest-hits album, "XX - Two Decades Of Love Metal", on October 29 via Sony Music in Finland. The set will include the band's new cover version of the song "Strange World", originally recorded in the 1990s by Kevin Grivois a.k.a. .

The "Strange World" video and digital single is tentatively due on September 21.

H.I.M. is scheduled to enter the studio in September to begin recording its new album for an early 2013 release. The band will also bring back the Helldone Festival at club Tavastia in Helsinki, where they will perform for four nights in a row.

"XX - Two Decades Of Love Metal" TRACK LISTING:

01. Strange World (KÉ cover)
02. Join Me In Death
03. Heartkiller
04. Rip Out The Wings Of A Butterfly
05. The Kiss Of Dawn (radio edit)
06. The Funeral Of Hearts (radio edit)
07. Right Here In My Arms (radio edit)
08. Pretending
09. Buried Alive By Love (radio edit)
10. Gone With The Sin
11. Your Sweet Six Six Six
12. The Sacrament (radio edit)
13. Wicked Game (CHRIS ISAAK cover)
14. Killing Loneliness
15. Bleed Well (radio edit)
16. In Joy And Sorrow (radio edit)
17. Poison Girl
18. Scared To Death
19. When Love And Death Embrace (radio edit)
20. Heartache Every Moment

In March of last year, HIM parted ways with Sire/Warner Music following a six-year partnership that produced three albums. HIM frontman Ville Valo told Kerrang! magazine in February, "The thing with Warner is really a kind of a familiar story. When we signed with [the label], there were lots of people there who really loved the band, loved what we were doing; people who worked hard for us and who really had our best interests at heart. And now, of course, all of those people have left the company. So instead we had a bunch of people that we didn't know, who didn't know us, and who we felt didn't really understand what we are about and how to best represent us. All of a sudden, it felt like we didn't have a home anymore. It was time for us to move on."

HIM's discography on Sire includes the 2005 album "Dark Light", which was certified gold in the U.S. for sales in excess of 500,000 copies. Follow-up releases "Venus Doom" (2007) and "Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice" charted both in the U.S. and Europe.

"Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice" sold 26,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 25 on The Billboard 200 chart.
 
Bassist Mike D'Antonio of Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE told BostonGlobe.com that the band's split with Howard Jones was necessitated by the singer's struggle with personal issues, including diabetes that had gone untreated for several years. "It became very apparent we had to move on without him," D'Antonio said. "Howard didn't quit."

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE earlier in the year announced the return of Jesse Leach, who sang on the band's first self-titled album, which came out in 2000, and on their landmark 2002 Roadrunner debut "Alive Or Just Breathing". Leach left the band in 2002 and was replaced by Jones, but his work on "Alive Or Just Breathing" has always been revered by diehard, longtime KILLSWITCH ENGAGE fans.

"We heard Jesse was coming back in the band even before he said he wanted to be back in. He did eventually contact us, and said he was excited to come back," D'Antonio told BostonGlobe.com. "But there was this little management voice in the back of our heads saying, 'Make sure you make the right call on this.'"

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE is hard at work on material for the follow-up to 2009's second self-titled album. The new effort is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2013 via Roadrunner Records. Basic tracks for around 16 songs have been laid down, and vocal ideas for two songs have been recorded, with one of them, "No End In Sight", having recently leaked online.

"I didn't write much for KILLSWITCH [in the last couple of years] because I didn't know what was going to happen with the band," D'Antonio said. "But I did write with my old OVERCAST bandmate (current SHADOWS FALL singer Brian Fair) in our side band DEATH RAY VISION. That got me back to my roots of playing really aggressive music, and that aggression bled all over the stuff I started writing for KILLSWITCH."
"Blood", the fourth album from Southern California's IN THIS MOMENT, is likely to sell between 20,000 and 25,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on August 14 via Century Media Records.

IN THIS MOMENT's previous CD, "A Star-Crossed Wasteland", opened with 10,500 units back in July 2010 to debut at position No. 40 on The Billboard 200 chart.

The band's sophomore effort, "The Dream", registered a first-week tally of more than 8,000 copies back in October 2008 to land at No. 70.

"Blood" was once again produced by Kevin Churko, who has previously worked with OZZY OSBOURNE and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, among others.

IN THIS MOMENT began work on the new album just a few months following the departures of drummer Jeff Fabb and guitarist Blake Bunzel, who left the band late last year in order to join the backing group of "American Idol" finalist James Durbin. Fabb and Bunzel have since been replaced by Tom Hane (THYATEIRA) and Randy Weitzel (FLATLINE, 3/13, AMERICAN MASSACRE), respectively.

"Blood" track listing:

01. Rise With Me
02. Blood
03. Adrenalize
04. Whore
05. You're Gonna Listen
06. It Is Written
07. Burn
08. Scarlet
09. Aries
10. From The Ashes
11. Beast Within
12. Comanche
13. The Blood Legion
14. 11_11
The cover artwork for "Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue", the new album from Canadian rockers DANKO JONES, can be seen below. The CD will be released in North America on October 9.

Over the course of six full-length albums, DANKO JONES has forged a singular sound that draws equally from the blues, '60s garage, '70s hard rock, '80s hardcore, punky power-pop, Scandinavian metal, and classic stand-up comedy records without ever being fully defined by any of those sources. But while built from the same rudiments, each DANKO JONES record possesses a distinct sonic identity. "Born A Lion" (2002) brought the boogie and sledgehammer soul; "We Sweat Blood" (2003) was, by contrast, more anxious and aggro. "Sleep Is The Enemy" (2006) wielded the sharpest hooks. "Never Too Loud" (2008) was as slick as "Below The Belt" (2010) was stripped-down. But, compared to all that's come before, "Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue" is, hands down, the most emotional and, as a result, the most epic DANKO JONES album to date.

Now, don't be scared off by those E-words — there's not a children's choir, orchestra or piano ballad to be found within a 500-mile radius of this album. But what you hear on "Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue" is the DANKO JONES ideal blown up to skyscraping proportions, resulting in 13 tracks that are bolder, brasher, and brawnier than anything they've attempted before. The album is produced in full by their longtime partner in crime Matt DeMatteo and was mixed by Mike Fraser, known for his work with AC/DC, AEROSMITH, FRANZ FERDINAND and ELVIS COSTELLO, to name a few. It is also the first album recorded with "new" drummer Atom Willard — the sixth person in DANKO JONES history to hold the "drummer" title, but the first to stand on equal creative footing with Danko and his longtime foil, bassist John "JC" Calabrese. The man's résumé speaks for itself: Not only was Willard the driving percussive force behind Danko's all-time favorite San Diegan garage-punk armada ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT, he's also been keeping time for the multi-platinum likes of THE OFFSPRING, SOCIAL DISTORTION and ANGELS & AIRWAVES, so he knows how to drum his way around a massive tune.

The new DANKO JONES album follows the June release of "Bring On The Mountain" — a two-disc DVD featuring a 90-minute documentary, a short film, exclusive live clips from around the world and all the music videos they have ever done. A lengthy European tour scheduled for October/November was announced during spring. Tour dates in Canada, U.S. and Australia will be announced soon, with more European touring and a busy festival summer in 2013 also on the horizon.
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THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN has announced the amicable departure of rhythm guitarist Jeff Tuttle.

Commented the group in a statement: "Jeff Tuttle has been a valuable member of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN since the beginning of the 'Ire Works' cycle. He started his time with us in mid-2006 in a period of turmoil, and his positivity and team player mentality, his enthusiasm, and his fire onstage, will always be appreciated and will never be forgotten. That being said, for now, as you will read, his future with us is uncertain, but whatever the future holds for our relationship with him, we love him and wish him well and success as a brother who has gone into battle with us for six years, and we hope he enjoys and finds creative fulfillment in film school and his future endeavors."

Added Tuttle: "To the fans of DILLINGER, and to the multitude of people I've met, kicked, guitar-smashed, face riffed, or otherwise touched, I'm writing this to formally announce that as of today I will be taking my departure from THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN.

"The years I've spent with this band have been some of the greatest in my life. I've seen and done so many things I never thought possible and I will forever be grateful to these memories and to the band that made them possible.

"I'd like to thank everyone who has given me support and encouragement along the way and to express all the gratitude that fills my bones.

"DILLINGER is a beast that cannot be contained and I have no doubts that the band will continue on the road of destruction. I wish them nothing but the best in the years to come.

"Music is in my blood and I will continue making it with OLD GODS and my solo effort, MALO KONJCHE. I will also be taking the opportunity to study film and film production in the fall; something I've been deeply passionate about for many years.

"Life may lead me back to the DILLINGER fold in the future, but for now I've decided to pursue these creative paths. The past six years have been amazing and I'm lucky to have made it out alive. I'll never forget the time we shared on stage… the scars won't let me."

Stated THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN singer Greg Puciato: "I'd like to take a second to give a personal thank you to Jeff Tuttle, a great musician who became a great friend and who has given THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN his all over the last six years, and who now needs to follow his inner compass as it takes him towards other pursuits.

"This band isn't always easy to be in, mentally, emotionally, and definitely not physically, and Jeff always stepped up in every situation and crushed anything this animal of a band demanded of him.

"Jeff, it's been a pleasure having you in the trenches with us, and having you as a friend. You've been there through serious shit in my life and been a good ear on tour and a voice of reason whenever I've been losing my mind from personal issues, been a partner whenever I've decided that I wanted to do some insane 4 a.m. workout in a parking lot, and a fellow eater of breakfast at any time of day. I'm proud to have had you in the band and glad to have shared part of this crazy journey with you. You've scarred my mind with some of the most disturbing movies I've ever witnessed, and I hope to one day watch one that you make.

"Everyone, give Jeff a round of applause for nearly killing himself onstage with us every night, and for somehow not ever attempting to kill the rest of us… I know we aren't always easy to deal with.

"Thanks, Jeff."

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's latest album, "Option Paralysis", was re-released last year in a "Paralyzing Edition" exclusively as a digital download. This first-anniversary reissue included four bonus tracks, plus a video in the iTunes version.
 
According to The Calgary Herald, Canadian metallers STRIKER will support METALLICA at two sold-out shows on August 17 and August 18 at Rexall Place in their hometown of Edmonton, Alberta.

STRIKER landed the opening slot for METALLICA after winning a contest on radio station The Bear. There were more than 200 applicants, all sorted through by Bear music director Lochlin Cross with help from afternoon drive show host Scott McCord, who announced STRIKER as the winner on Wednesday evening.

"One reason why they stood out is that they come from the roots of where METALLICA came from, in that they have a North American twist on the early '80s new wave of British heavy metal," McCord explained to The Calgary Herald. "So many bands that pay homage to that do so in a wink-wink, nudge-nudge kind of way, sort of clowning around. But with STRIKER, there's sincerity to their music and the way they present themselves. They wear straight, tight jeans, and have these gleaming white high-tops; that kind of authenticity shines through. Some bands pretend to be what they are, but these guys mean it. They're going to make the city proud."

STRIKER vocalist Dan Cleary had the following to say about this momentous event: "We are so stoked to be opening for a band that had such an impact on us growing up! This is insane! And in our hometown, too! This could easily be the biggest show we get to play ever, and we are so grateful! So pumped!!!"

STRIKER's new album, "Armed To The Teeth", was released last month via Napalm Records. In addition, the CD "Eyes In The Night" and the "Road Warrior" EP were re-released the same month.
MÖTLEY CRÜE/SIXX: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx has slammed MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine for implying during a concert that Barack Obama was somehow responsible for recent mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin.

While performing with MEGADETH on August 7 in Singapore, Mustaine told the crowd, "Back in my country, my president is trying to pass a gun ban. So he's staging all of these murders, like the Fast And Furious thing down at the border and Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there. And now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple."

He continued: "I don't know where I'm gonna live if America keeps going the way it's going because it looks like it's turning into Nazi America."

Earlier today, Sixx took to his Facebook page to post a link to a Los Angeles Times article about Mustaine's rant and to include the following comment: "Dave Mustaine is a fucking asshole. I can't even imagine how deep this cuts the victims' families of these shootings. He owes every family an apology as well as our great country."

He then addressed Mustaine directly, writing, "Hey, Dave, if you think America is turning into 'Nazi America,' as you are quoted saying... Then move the fuck out…"
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ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann will chat live with host Bill Peters on tonight's WJCU "Metal On Metal" show at 7:00 p.m. EST. Hoffmann will discuss the band's forthcoming co-headlining North American tour with KREATOR.

You can listen to the show, now in its 30th year, live at 88.7 FM in the Cleveland, Ohio area or stream it live worldwide at www.wjcu.org.

KREATOR and ACCEPT will join forces for the North American "Teutonic Terror Attack" tour in September/October. Opening the trek through the U.S. and Canada will be Finland's SWALLOW THE SUN.

For a list of tour dates, go tohttps://www.facebook.com/accepttheband/app_123966167614127?ref=ts

ACCEPT's new album, "Stalingrad", sold around 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 81 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Blood Of The Nations", opened with around 2,900 units back in September 2010 to land at No. 187.

"Stalingrad" was released on April 6 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was once again helmed by British producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY), who worked on the band's critically acclaimed comeback effort, "Blood Of The Nations".
 
Members of TESTAMENT and BROKEN HOPE have slammed MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine for implying during a concert that Barack Obama was somehow responsible for recent mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin.

While performing with MEGADETH on August 7 in Singapore, Mustaine told the crowd, "Back in my country, my president is trying to pass a gun ban. So he's staging all of these murders, like the Fast And Furious thing down at the border and Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there. And now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple."

He continued: "I don't know where I'm gonna live if America keeps going the way it's going because it looks like it's turning into Nazi America."

"I think he must be back on drugs to even think what he is saying makes any sense," TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy, whose band has toured with MEGADETH many times before, told New York's Daily News. "There is freedom of speech and there just putting your foot in your mouth."

"I'd like to see Mustaine face any of the victims from either tragedy and tell them that Obama did this to them," said BROKEN HOPE guitarist Jeremy Wagner. "In fact, Mustaine, tell that to Ashley Moser who had a bullet lodged in her throat, a gunshot wound to her abdomen, and lost her 6-year-old daughter Veronica Moser-Sullivan when James Holmes fired upon them.

"I'm one of thousands who wish Mustaine would just keep his volatile mouth shut," added Wagner.

"I find it hard to accept this diatribe at face value," former RIP magazine editor Lonn M. Friend told the Daily News. "I go back 25 years with Mustaine and have long found him to be both a creative and conscious artist, a spiritual man who has battled and survived some pretty savage demons. These accusations are lunacy and just don't sound like the evolved rocker I know. Maybe he broke a string."

During yesterday's appearance on InfoWars.com, a web site run by radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Mustaine attempted to put his words in context and answer some questions. When asked what he really meant about what he said on stage, Mustaine explained, "To clarify things, no one can deny that there were criminal rogues in the administration. CBS News got the memos, Congress has the information and basically, Larry Pratt, the head of Gun Owners of America, who is a highly respected person, said that if they would stage 'Fast And Furious,' they'd be capable of staging anything. He continued, "And it was all done to blame the Second Amendment. We'd be fools not to look at this. Our U.S. border patrol agents were killed. And like I said, I was just quoting Larry Pratt. That's it bottom line."

Mustaine also admitted that he could have chosen different words to express himself. He told Jones, "In the heat of the moment, when you're onstage and you're talking, sometimes you're not as eloquent as you'd like to be. But like I said, I was just quoting what Larry said." He added, "We really need to investigate this and we need to have the Attorney General release the documents and find out who's responsible for this. People died and the democratic process says, 'Let's investigate this. Let's find out what's going on here.'"

Mustaine wrapped up the interview by saying, "I'm a patriot. I've always been controversial. I'm a political songwriter. And this wasn't done to hurt any of my fellow countrymen. I think that it's something that we really, really need to look into.

"I love our country and I respect it, my whole thing with this is that I think we should just look into it. I just think that we deserve to know the truth — that's it."
 
Guitarist Craig Locicero of San Francisco Bay Area metallers FORBIDDEN has posted the following message on his Facebook page:

"So everyone wants to pile on [MEGADETH mainman] Dave [Mustaine], who definitely has douchy tendencies.

"I don't know of anyone that has all of their facts straight on [James] Holmes [the alleged shooter in Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre], but I STRONGLY believe there is the possibility that he was a patsy. But not summoned by Obama himself. That is where I think Mustaine was ignorant and gives him too much credit/blame. But used by those who control the ebbs and flows of society.

"Take a long view of this upcoming dog-and-pony show called our 'free' election. If you do, you can see where the lines of division on race, sexuality, religion, freedom of speech and our rights to assemble are being drawn.

"Things are uglier than they have been in any recent history.

"Whichever side wins the fake election in November, there will be a backlash from the polarized extremists on the other side. This government and military are fully anticipating it as a certainty.

"So what does that mean in this very subject?

"These shootings are a possible catalyst to eradicate the right to bear arms in this country. It makes most people say, 'Hey, enough is enough. Let's make guns illegal here!' That sounds dandy to some folks, but it's beautiful music to the ears for those who crave division amongst our citizens.

"Take away the guns from all of the radicals and eradication becomes much easier. But nowhere near everyone with a gun is a radical.

"So while Dave supposedly shoved his feet into his mouth once again, I say he's close to the truth. A lot closer then most people want to accept.

"One thing is certain. People suck.

"Watch these videos for a little more [insight] and go ahead and hate the messenger if you wish."
 
Finnish epic metallers WINTERSUN will release their long-awaited new album, "Time I", on October 12 via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork for the CD was created by Cameron Gray and can be seen below.

Commented the band "We searched many options who could actually make the cover for 'Time I'. Cameron's way of creating art was just something that stood out immediately and we feel it suited best for Jari's [Mäenpää, WINTERSUN mastermind] vision as a cover for 'Time I'. We are really happy for the result and hopefully this collaboration continues in the future releases as well!"

To celebrate the "Time I" release, WINTERSUN will play two special shows in Finland. The first concert will take place on Octber 12 at Lutakko in Jyväskylä and the second on October 13 at Nosturi in Helsinki. Support at the shows will come from THAUROROD (Lutakko and Nosturi) and MEDICATED (Nosturi).

Commented WINTERSUN: "We're excited to start the 'Time' world tour from our home country with two shows in October! These two special album-release shows will be our first club gigs in Finland since 2006 and the first time ever 'Time I' songs will be heard live! The show attendees will also be the first ones to have a chance to get a signed copy of the new album.

"During the rest of the summer, we'll be rehearsing the new material and working on a new enhanced live show as well as doing some promo and preparing bonus material for the album. Right after the Finnish gigs, we'll continue on to Heidenfest tour in Central Europe and after that... Well, more shows will be announced soon. Stay tuned and hope to see you at the gigs!"

According to WINTERSUN mainman Jari Mäenpää, there are several reasons why the band's new effort, "Time" is being released as two seprate albums, titled "Time I" and "Time II". He says:

* "All the 80 minutes of material won't fit on a regular CD and we didn't want to cut anything out.
* "We want you to be able to hear new material sooner and not wait any longer and we want to go on tour sooner.
* "The music is very full and complex, so listening this kind of 'hard listening (not easy listening)' material straight for 80 minutes is a bit too much (even for me).
* "Both albums will be approximately. nice 40 min epic packages of fireworks.
* "We like the idea of releasing two albums within one year, so the band will stay more visible longer, which is important in these 'modern times.' No more years of silence for us!"

"Time I" track listing:

01. When Time Fades Away
02. Sons Of Winter And Stars
I) Rain Of Stars
II) Surrounded By Darkness
III) Journey Inside A Dream
IV) Sons of Winter And Stars
03. Land Of Snow And Sorrow
04. Darkness And Frost
05. Time

"Time II" will be released in 2013.

WINTERSUN will headline this year's edition of the Heidenfest tour, set to take place in October. Support on the trek will come from KORPIKLAANI, VARG, TROLLFEST and KRAMPUS.

WINTERSUN's debut CD was released in September 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records.
 
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Kamelot Sweden recently conducted an interview with the new KAMELOT singer Tommy Karevik. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Kamelot Sweden: Congratulations on your new job! Kamelot Sweden is very proud and happy that KAMELOT's new singer is from Sweden. Has it sunk in yet?

Tommy Karevik: Thank you! Both yes and no, actually, KAMELOT didn't have a singer for nearly two years, and during that time a lot of things were unsure. But it also meant that I had time to think things through in case I was asked. With that said, it's impossible to be fully prepared for the roller coaster ride that was set in motion once my name became official.

Kamelot Sweden: So, what went through your head when you got the offer?

Tommy Karevik: I think my reactions were really Swedish at first. I work full time as a firefighter, being a singer for SEVENTH WONDER is a full-time job as well, and I also have my beloved girlfriend Silvia. To add a full-time job as a singer in an internationally acclaimed band with ambitious touring/future plans was not an obvious choice at first. I was a guest singer on the European tour during 2011 and I started to feel for the music then and all the amazing people that surround the band. When Thomas [Youngblood, KAMELOT guitarist] asked me, I had absolutely no doubts!

Kamelot Sweden: The response on the Internet has been overwhelming. Were you nervous how the fans would react when the announcement was made?

Tommy Karevik: Of course I was a bit nervous... I completely understand that people are emotionally attached to Roy [Khan, former KAMELOT singer] and all the previous KAMELOT albums. With that said, I can only be myself and give it all I've got! I'm confident and I'm really happy about all the positive feedback that I have received!

Kamelot Sweden: How were the reactions when you met your fans at the concerts?

Tommy Karevik: It's been amazing actually! So many have been happy and supportive! I was prepared for the worst. I'm really grateful that it's been working out so well.

Kamelot Sweden: You've played a new song, "Sacrimony", at the festivals this summer. How was the audience response to it?

Tommy Karevik: Surprisingly well. From previous experience, when you play a new song live that nobody has heard before, the response is usually not very enthusiastic. But not in this case. I think people are really happy that there's going to be another KAMELOT album so quickly and that the singer situation is finally over.

Kamelot Sweden: The upcoming album, "Silverthorn", is a concept album. Can you tell us a little bit about it?

Tommy Karevik: In short, the story takes place in 19th century England. Everything revolves around a powerful family whose fate is sealed by an unexpected death. From there, the story kicks off and brings the listener on a journey through musical landscapes and emotional storms. It contains everything; love, hate, despair, reliance, happiness, sorrow, envy and anger. I think we'll keep the rest until the album is out.

Kamelot Sweden: Can you mention some more tracks from "Silverthorn"?

Tommy Karevik: A few tracks from the new album are "Prodigal Son", "Ashes To Ashes" and "Song For Jolee".

Kamelot Sweden: You replaced Roy Khan who had quite a unique stage presence, did it bother you to be compared with him?

Tommy Karevik: No. I'm gonna be myself out there and I don't think too much about it. I think the music channels a certain emotion and calls for a certain stage presence. The most important thing to me is that the audience feels what I feel when I'm on stage. Then I have succeeded. When it comes to similarities between us as singers, there will always be things that we do alike and things that we do differently, but that isn't something that I choose to focus on.

Kamelot Sweden: You've recorded a video in Belgrade. Can you mention which song you did, or is it still a secret?

Tommy Karevik: The first video will be "Sacrimony". The song also features Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE) and Alissa White-Gluz (THE AGONIST).
 
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.

Commented the band's infamous frontman, Dani "Filth" Davey, "This is our 10th commandment in metal. We have diversified and kept alive the spirit of this band and breathed it into something that I can proudly say, slays like an absolute motherfucker. The Manticore is coming… Long live the filth!"

Recorded in eight weeks at both Springvale and Grindstone studios (where it was also mixed by Scott Atkins), Suffolk, the album 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.

CRADLE OF FILTH will spread its darkness upon European lands with a tour throughout November and December.

CRADLE OF FILTH is:

Dani Filth - Vocals
Paul Allender - Guitar
James McIlroy - Guitar
David Pybus - Bass
Martin Skaroupka – Drums
 
Minnesota-based grind outfit AMBASSADOR GUN has inked a deal with Prosthetic Records.

"We are fucking psyched to be a part of the Prosthetic roster," stated the band. "This is a reputable and integral label in heavy music with amazing bands, and we're grateful for the opportunity."

The AMBASSADOR GUN track "Wounded Knee", taken from the band's forthcoming Prosthetic debut, can be streamed below. The song is described in a press release as "a mix of grindcore with death metal-infused thrash, blended with some punk and crust elements."

AMBASSADOR GUN, whose name stems from a certain style of sunglasses for pilots, was formed by high school buddies Tim Sieler and Luke Olson. After playing in similar punk and metal bands throughout the mid-'90s, the pair relocated to Minnesota in 2000. "From there," Olson recalls, "we started to write a lot of psychedelic, experimental metal in the vein of NEUROSIS and TODAY IS THE DAY and somehow blended it with the stylings of SLAYER and old-school HATEBREED."

This led to the 2007 release of their first EP, "The Streets Have Eyes" (This Dark Reign Recordings). It was not until 2009, however, that the band released their first full-length studio album, "When In Hell", through Pangea Recordings/Relapse Records.

"We had a new enthusiasm to write short, grind–punk-metal songs," said Olson.

After a few lineup changes, drummer Patrick Ruhland joined the band for the release of the 2010 EP "Fear And Coercion". Olson stated, "This guy is a blastbeat metronome. Writing, demoing and recording have been amazing!"

2011 proved to be a busy year for the newly regrouped band, as it saw the release of a seven-inch single titled "Rich" through Minor Bird Records as well as a split EP with Milwaukee thrashers ENABLER.

"We were looking for another band to do a split with," Olson says. "Jeff from ENABLER has been a good friend of ours for years now and heard we were looking from our buddy Logan, who was then playing guitar for ENABLER." Both bands were recorded over a weekend at Tim Seiler's studio, The Gun Range, in March of 2011, and the split was released on cassette and digitally in June of the same year. The split also earned AMBASSADOR GUN a spot opening for ENABLER on a recent East Coast tour, one of several DIY-style treks that have seen the group also perform with the likes of GAZA, IN DEFENCE, TODAY IS THE DAY, AFTER THE BURIAL, OTEP, DEAD TO FALL, RED SPAROWES and several more.

Look for more information about AMBASSADOR GUN's new album — tentatively set for a fall release — in the coming weeks.
 
Jack Mehoff of the Colorado Springs, Colorado radio station 94.3 KILO recently conducted an interview with vocalist Phil Labonte of Massachusetts metallers ALL THAT REMAINS.
On whether ALL THAT REMAINS will perform in the Czech Republic after Randy Blythe's (LAMB OF GOD) recent incarceration in the country on manslaughter charges:

Phil: "I assume that if we get booked in the Czech Republic, we'll be going. I'm not a huge fan of touring overseas anyways. Our label is a U.S. label and there's really not been a whole lot of representation in Europe or in other countries and stuff. We've had a few good experiences — specifically the Japanese; they really, really have been supportive of ATR and stuff — but there's not a whole lot of label support in Europe and stuff, so it's not as fun touring in Europe as it is touring in North America. So, I guess, really, if I'm gonna be straight-up honest, if we never went to Europe again, I really wouldn't care much. But I mean, if we get booked in the Czech Republic, we'll go and I'll do my best to avoid anyone getting on stage or contacting anyone who comes to the show. I mean, it will be something that I'm aware of, it will be something that I think about. I mean, it's something that I think about here in the U.S. Our manager called me up and he was like, 'Dude, there are times when you tell people you wanna see them knock the shit out of each other. And if you do that, you might get in trouble. Considering the Randy thing…' And I'm like, 'Ahhhh…..'"

On his recent allusion to the fact that he or may not have a weapon on stage:

Phil: "Yeah. Well, it depends on the state and the local laws. Me and a couple of partners have got a gun shop in New Hampshire, so that's what I wanna do after I stop yelling at a stick, so I'm pretty up on laws and I'm definitely aware of where I'm allowed to carry and where there's reciprocity for my concealed permit and stuff. So I know where I can and can't. But if I can, there's a very solid possibility that I have a gun on me, regardless of whether I'm on stage or walking around. I'm a gun dude, so…"

On recording the new ALL THAT REMAINS album, "A War You Cannot Win", with longtime producer Adam Dutkiewicz (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, AS I LAY DYING, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE):

Phil: "Recording with Adam is awesome. I think I've known Adam for going on 20 years. And I sound like an old man, and I can't even believe it, but yeah, I definitely have known Adam for 20 years. We did our first our record with him 10 years ago almost, just shy of 10 years. So we're really comfortable with him. He's a really good friend. Mike Martin, our guitar player, lives with him. Adam's got a house and Mike rents a room there. It's tough to find someone that you are more close and more comfortable all of ALL THAT REMAINS is working with Adam. And to be honest with you, not to name names, but there were some people that, we were trying to figure out who was gonna mix the record because Adam wasn't available. And we had some people that we sent stuff to do a test mix. I knew Adam was brilliant — I've known that for a long time — and I know that he's got a better ear than 99 percent of the people, of musicians, that I've ever met. But when you… again, I'm not gonna use any names, but when you send stuff out to names that are supposed to be big names and they send back something and you're just like, 'What the hell did you do?' They send back something that sounds like they just threw everything into a blender and just mixed it up and said, 'What do you think about this?' And you're like, 'If the guy that we're used to working with had done this, it would be done already. It's like you're shoving mashed potatoes into my ears. This doesn't make sense. How is it that you can't hear that this sounds terrible? And you're supposed to be a big name. And blah blah blah.' So there was a lot of, kind of like, woah, I knew that Adam was great, but I didn't realize that he was so great until we started working with people who were supposed to be great and they were terrible compared to the guy that I already knew was great."

On the musical direction of "A War You Cannot Win":

Phil: "The songs are strong. There's some really, really, really strong songs. I don't like to get too involved in tooting my own horn, but I think that we really wrote some killer songs. I mean, there's gonna be people with different opinions that are gonna go ahead and make comments based on their opinions and what they think we should have done, and that's all fine. But if you get past that and just look at the record for what it is and listen to the songs for what they are and judge them on their own merits as opposed to, 'I wanted you to write this record,' or 'I wanted the record to sound like this and it doesn't sound like what I wanted you to write a record to sound like,' if you just look at the songs and the material that's actually there, we really did a good job. There's gonna be critics out there that are gonna be like, 'Well, ALL THAT REMAINS, in my opinion, should have done this.' But the hilarious part is they're not in ALL THAT REMAINS, so no one gives a fuck [what they think]. And that's the thing about people on the Internet and blogs. Like, 'Oh, you should have done this. You should have done that. And blah blah blah.' Guess who's not in the band? You. Shut up, f****t. Seriously. Are you gonna sit there and be like, 'Ah, I think you should have done this. And I think you should have done that.' We don't give a fuck! We did what we wanted to do. So if you don't like it, s**k a d**k. I don't care. If you listen to the songs themselves and really base an opinion on the music that you're listening to without the bias of, 'I think you should have done this,' or 'I think you should have done that,' or 'I wanted your next record to sound like this,' or 'I wanted that,' and just listen to the stuff that we wrote, it's a killer album; it's great. It's a really, really well-put-together record. The songs are really strong, the melodies are all really cool, the hooks are there, there's heavy parts that really kind of pummel you a little bit. It's really there."
 
InsideSTL recently conducted an interview with FOZZY frontman and WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

InsideSTL: What makes "Sin And Bones" stand out from FOZZY's previous albums?

Chris Jericho: We really kind of honed in... [and] It's almost like METALLICA and JOURNEY were hanging out together with a little dash of COLDPLAY. We really took it to the next level... We made a very conscious effort [to create] almost our [version of METALLICA's] "Black Album." All the songs on top of the "Black Album" all fit a certain vibe, a certain framework. It became the best and biggest record, and we wanted to make "Sin And Bones" like FOZZY's "Black Album."

InsideSTL: How has FOZZY's audience changed since the band dropped the stage names, or has it?

Chris Jericho: That was 10 years ago... We've been together 13 years; a lot of bands come go in that time. We're very fortunate after 13 years… You have a lot of people [who were] there because they're Chris Jericho fans... Mostly now we have people that are FOZZY fans and that's the most important thing... A gimmick will only last for one time... [People either] like it or they don't, you've either got good music or bad music. At this point in time, we really kind of showed people worldwide [we have a] gimmick of this band that's a really great rock 'n' roll band... [with] high energy and a lot of fun.

InsideSTL: There hasn't been much publicity for the latest album on WWE programming like with "All That Remains". How do you feel that will affect album sales?

Chris Jericho: It's a different world now. Back then that was the only publicity we really had. Now it's a different thing... I think "Sandpaper" is going to be the theme for Summerslam... [But] we don't really rely on WWE to sell records... Our publicity and our promotion comes from the word of mouth and all [kinds of] other places.

InsideSTL: Would you like to be remembered more for your wrestling career or your music career and why?

Chris Jericho: When I was a kid, I had two dreams, [to become a professional wrestler and a rock star]. I was crazy enough to go for both of them … I mean, obviously wrestling is what I'm known for... [but] who knows what might happen over the next 10 years.

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