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Reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN have set "King Animal" as the title of their new album, tentatively due on November 13.

A short preview of a new SOUNDGARDEN song entitled "Worse Dreams" is available in the YouTube clip below.

SOUNDGARDEN guitarist Kim Thayil recently told Rolling Stone magazine about the upcoming CD, "It re-establishes that we still rock, we're still heavy, and we're still a little weird."

Other tracks set to appear on the album include "Blood On The Valley Floor" and "A Thousand Days Before", the latter of which "has a little Indian thing and some chicken-pickin'," Thayil said. "We call it 'country and eastern.'"

After reuniting in 2010, SOUNDGARDEN completed recording earlier this year on its first set of all-new material since 1996's "Down On The Upside".

The group's new song "Live To Rise" recently topped the Active Rock radio chart. The tune was taken from "Avengers Assemble", the companion soundtrack to the blockbuster movie "The Avengers".

According to The Pulse Of Radio, SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell recently revealed in an interview with the New York Times that there are some 15 songs from the band's earliest days that have yet to be released in any form. Cornell explained, "It was the first 15 we wrote. It was on a cassette that Kim [Thayil, guitarist] always referred to as 'The First 15.'" He added, "We were a band for a couple of years before we really did much (recording) . . . when we would go in to record, we tended to record the newest things we had written, because it was what we were most excited about."

Cornell continued that as a result, some of that earlier material fell by the wayside. He said, "We just got together in our room and started writing songs and did it very quickly. And then we would sit around and discuss what that sounds like, and then over time, I think we would maybe be critical about some of the things we were writing and playing and excited about some of the new stuff we were bringing into the band."

Drummer Matt Cameron told The Pulse Of Radio that the band's approach to making music hasn't changed that dramatically since its early days. "We started out very humbly here in the Northwest and I don't think we've ever really gone too far from those sort of ideals, which were, you know, real do-it-yourself, kind of '80s underground ideals," he said. "And it just feels good to lock up in a room together and write music together and play together that is uniquely our own thing."
The nearly forty-year career of heavy metal legends MOTÖRHEAD is chronicled in a new collectable book, "Motörhead: Live To Win", by Alan Burridge, to be released on August 28 via Cleopatra.

"Live To Win" is the full, in-depth MOTÖRHEAD story, with previously unpublished, revealing facts, rare and early photos, and is fully approved and endorsed by frontman Lemmy Kilmister (who also contributes to the introduction).

Official book descrpitoon: "The book starts in those early days in the 1970s, when the rocky start and personal struggles of the band threatened to keep it on the ground. But with Lemmy's focus and gutsy determination, the late part of the decade showed success in the U.K. The MOTÖRHEAD world domination of the 1980s and 1990s, including the release of 'Aces Of Spades', 'Bastards' and more, is chronicled with stories from nearly twenty years of heavy touring with everyone from DIO to OZZY OSBOURNE. The book concludes present day, with Lemmy cemented as a rock icon beside long-time bandmates Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee, and still driving that MOTÖRHEAD train in music history."

"Motörhead: Live To Win" will be available in stores and at online retailers for $36.98. The book is 220 full-color glossy pages with shiny silver trim, and includes a collectible full-color bookmark. The cover features a red and silver foil logo on black leatherette.

For more information, go to Amazon.com.
California thrash metal legends SLAYER have spent the last year and half touring without guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who is still recovering from necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease, which he is believed to have gotten from a spider bite. At last year's "Big Four" concert in Indio, California, Hanneman joined the band onstage for a two-song encore, but he hasn't yet been able to tour again.

Asked if Jeff's absence has delayed the recording process for SLAYER's new album, the band's other guitarist, Kerry King, told Artisan News (see video below), "Not yet. We've recorded very little. We got a little bit done. We had a 12-day window where we hijacked [producer] Greg Fidelman from METALLICA and worked with him a little bit. So we've got two [new songs] done; they've gotta be mixed. We've got two other ones that need vocals and leads. [There are] three other demos and three other [tracks] we still have to demo. But [this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour] is the last thing we're doing, so hopefully we'll get [the rest of the album] done before we pick up and tour again in October."

Hanneman did not take part in the recent recording sessions, but his absence did not affect the new labum's scheduling since King typically records all the basic guitar parts himself.

Regarding whether he ever thought one of his bandmates would get sidelined by such a rare condition, King said, "You hear about it, but I didn't even think we had that kind of spider in California. And I really think at the end of the day it's a speculation, because his arm was so fucked up, I can't imagine them even finding where they think it started, if you had my opinion. But, you know, that flesh-eating stuff, you can get scratched by a nail, you can get scratched by anything, and if you don't take care of it, it's gonna turn into something like that. But whatever got him, that is what happened — he had had the disease."

Hanneman is being temporarily replaced on the road by EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt, who has been described by King as "the Glenn Tipton of our era — really good, really polished and nobody talks about him. To this day, nobody really references [JUDAS] PRIEST and Tipton that much as guitar players and I feel the same way about Gary. EXODUS have a huge following but a little more overlooked than METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER, ANTHRAX — the 'Big Four,' so to speak, so [it's great] to be able to bring him to the forefront and shove him down people's throats and say, 'Hey, this motherfucker kicks ass. Pay attention.'"
Artisan News Service has posted a 27-minute video interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine conducted in May 11, 2012 during the band's tour with ROB ZOMBIE. During the chat, Mustaine spoke about his spine and neck surgery; MEGADETH's approach on its new album, "TH1RT3EN"; thoughts on METALLICA's anniversary; answering James Hetfield's request not to talk about a possible collaborationMETALLICA; his views on politics and the election; being maligned for his views; and more. You can watch the interview below.

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."

Mustaine in March made headlines when he told Canadian television and radio personality George Stroumboulopoulos that he is certain that President Obama "was born somewhere else than America."

"I have a lot of questions about [Obama], but certainly not where he was born," Mustaine said. "I know he was born somewhere else than America."

When Stroumboulopoulos pointed out that this school of thought made the musician part of the so-called "birther" movement, Mustaine countered, "I'm not calling a question to it, I just, you know, it's a point. How come he was invisible until he became whatever he was in Illinois?"

Stroumboulopoulos tried to further challenge Mustaine on his claims, causing the MEGADETH frontman to attempt to change the subject.

"I don't want to talk about my president," Mustaine said, before going on to admit that he was going to "have to do some more homework on where Obama came from."
Dean Markley USA has announced the release of the new Nick Catanese signature set of guitar strings. This collaboration offers select gauges from the Dean Markley Helix line of strings, as used by the BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist. The strings will be available worldwide through local dealers and online retailers.

The new Helix string uses a precise elliptical shape for the winding wires; eliminating the need for coatings, treatments or frivolous alloys. The new shape required a new hyper-elliptical winding process resulting in an increased number of wraps along the length of the string. More wraps, more mass. More mass, more tone. By using an elliptical wire, the gap between windings is diminished to help prevent buildup of sweat, grime and dirt. Additional benefits of the elliptical wraps are a smoother feel and less string noise without sacrificing brilliance, resonance and tone.

Catanese is the rhythm/lead guitarist for the American heavy metal band BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. Alongside BLS founder Zakk Wylde, Catanese has toured the world in support of nine studio albums, one live release and three video DVDs. Recognized for his unique ability to double Wylde's playing style and hold his own ground with him on stage, Nick has earned the "Evil Twin" moniker from Wylde himself.

For more information, please visit www.DeanMarkley.com.
Three of the leading gear/technology companies for both musicians and consumers alike are partnering up with Guitar Center for an in-store appearance unlike any other. The "Metal Masters" will be making a stop at Guitar Center in Union Square (25 West 14th Street) on September 6, a day before their sold-out clinic at the Gramercy Theatre. The signing will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will include appearances by Philip Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN), Kerry King (SLAYER), Dave Lombardo (SLAYER), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX), Frank Bello (ANTHRAX) and newly added masters Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG) and Gary Holt (EXODUS, SLAYER). There is a limit of one item signed per customer. There will be discounts on all Samson/Hartke/Zoom products and anyone who purchases one of their products will get moved to the front of the line. The Guitar Center in-store promises to be an event not to be missed.

If the still-circulating buzz from "Metal Masters 3" is any indication, "Metal Masters 4" will not disappoint anyone who is lucky enough to see it. "Metal Masters 3", which took place at the Key Club in Los Angeles, featured the "Metal Masters" demonstrating their personal techniques and styles used to create the music that millions bang their heads to every day. The highlight of the event came when vocalist and now returning "Metal Master" Philip Anselmo jumped onstage to perform SLAYER fan favorites "Angel Of Death" and "Raining Blood" before launching into five songs from the PANTERA classic album "Vulgar Display Of Power". Anselmo and the "Metal Masters" comprised of David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Chris Broderick (MEGADETH), Kerry King (SLAYER), Dave Lombardo (SLAYER), Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX), Frank Bello (ANTHRAX) and Mike Portnoy (ADRENALINE MOB, FLYING COLORS), blazed through "Mouth For War", "A New Level", "Walk", "Fucking Hostile" and "This Love". Geezer Butler, of the legendary BLACK SABBATH, joined all of the "Metal Masters" on stage for the finale of "Hole In The Sky".
CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer has inked a deal with Jack Ponti's Merovee Records, a joint venture with David Letterman's Worldwide Pants, for the release of his long-awaited debut solo album. Due in early 2013, the as-yet-untitled CD will feature 14 tracks that are described by Ponti as "intimate, organic, acoustic tracks to driving hard rock. It embraces the blues, rock and country roots." The lyrics will take an introspective look at the roller coaster ride that has been Keifer's life for the past 15 years. From being told that he would never sing again as a result of a partially paralyzed left vocal cord, to the emotional and personal battles that followed, his solo debut is a story of perseverance, a testament to the power of passion and will, when combined with a true love of music.

In a 2011 interview with Sweden's Metalshrine, Keifer was asked whether his solo album was going to be a whole lot different from CINDERELLA. Tom replied, "No, not really, because being the lead singer and the main songwriter and I did a lot of the guitar work in CINDERELLA, it's kind of hard to run from my sound. I had a lot of influence over those records so… I'm just doing what I do and that's hard rock inspired by blues and roots music. What I did in CINDERELLA is what I love to do and what I'm doing on my own is what I love to do. I try to be true to what I like. It's similar in that way, you know. Dynamically the records, the CINDERELLA records, and especially as they went on into 'Long Cold Winter' and 'Heartbreak Station', they had a lot of different flavors and colors and dynamics and different types of songs, which I always like because the bands that I grew up on, like, [LED] ZEPPELIN and THE [ROLLING] STONES, they really covered a lot of area musically. My solo record does that, too, and I think it makes for a more interesting record when it's not just the same song for 14 tracks."
Video of CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer performing a solo track, "Ask Me Yesterday", at the FMQB Triple A Convention in Boulder, Colorado on August 8 can be seen below.

Keifer has inked a deal with Jack Ponti's Merovee Records, a joint venture with David Letterman's Worldwide Pants, for the release of his long-awaited debut solo album. Due in early 2013, the as-yet-untitled CD will feature 14 tracks that are described by Ponti as "intimate, organic, acoustic tracks to driving hard rock. It embraces the blues, rock and country roots." The lyrics will take an introspective look at the roller coaster ride that has been Keifer's life for the past 15 years. From being told that he would never sing again as a result of a partially paralyzed left vocal cord, to the emotional and personal battles that followed, his solo debut is a story of perseverance, a testament to the power of passion and will, when combined with a true love of music.

In a 2011 interview with Sweden's Metalshrine, Keifer was asked whether his solo album was going to be a whole lot different from CINDERELLA. Tom replied, "No, not really, because being the lead singer and the main songwriter and I did a lot of the guitar work in CINDERELLA, it's kind of hard to run from my sound. I had a lot of influence over those records so… I'm just doing what I do and that's hard rock inspired by blues and roots music. What I did in CINDERELLA is what I love to do and what I'm doing on my own is what I love to do. I try to be true to what I like. It's similar in that way, you know. Dynamically the records, the CINDERELLA records, and especially as they went on into 'Long Cold Winter' and 'Heartbreak Station', they had a lot of different flavors and colors and dynamics and different types of songs, which I always like because the bands that I grew up on, like, [LED] ZEPPELIN and THE [ROLLING] STONES, they really covered a lot of area musically. My solo record does that, too, and I think it makes for a more interesting record when it's not just the same song for 14 tracks."
Niclas Müller-Hansen of Sweden's Metalshrine recently conducted an interview with German metal queen Doro Pesch. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Metalshrine: The times we are living in are a lot about gossip, bad reality shows where people are hurtful to each other and they say stupid stuff. It is a bit of a different society these days. I always find it admirable when people are like you and I feel I'm a bit like you and I try to see the positive stuff and I try to treat people in a kind way. One of the things I've thought of the last couple of years is that the main thing in life is about being a good person and to do good.

Doro: I couldn't agree with you more. Actually, I've got one little story to tell you and it's proof of that. On two occasions I did a past life regression and a year ago it was with a lady from Switzerland and you could tell that she knew that stuff. You look into her eyes and… yeah, she's a very wise woman. I didn't know if it would work but she said, "Lay down on the couch and relax." And I said, "No, it doesn't work with me." And then she said, "Tell me what you have on! Look at your feet!" and I looked at my feet and I started laughing. It was so funny and she said, "What's so funny?" and I said, "I have the weirdest shoes on. They are like little slippers. Where are my high heels or biker boots?" Then she said, "Well, look up!". You have your eyes closed during this, you're in a trance but you can still talk. I looked up and I had these weird clothes on and they were very uncomfortable and suddenly I was in this past life. I was a woman and I was in Hungary. It was pretty bad and I was hungry all the time and times were really tough. I saw myself on a horse, riding like crazy trying to warn the farmers of something and there was a war going on. This was a TV thing and for me it was interesting but to them it was not that interesting. Then I went into another lifetime and I was a guy and I was huge. I almost looked like Gerard Depardieu, like a butcher. It was 1648 in Dubrovnik and I'd never been there. We never played there. I was not so good and I was out with whores and drinking beer. It was unbelievable! I was married to a beautiful woman but she was boring and had two kids. Then they called me back for another TV thing and I said, "Yeah, it would be very interesting to do it again," so I went back and I actually saw myself dying in jail. I was sentenced to life and I was bad. I saw myself dying and then I saw something like my soul or something and it came out through my head and it formed into a light, like a little sun or a comet and then my whole conscience and all my feelings were in that thing and I looked down on my body and I was very sad and then another lifetime started. Then the lady said, "OK, now you've gotta come back!" and she woke me up and said, "Tell me the first thought that comes to mind!" and my first thought was that "You have to do good in life.That's the most important thing." It's very simple, but it's very important. Maybe that's why now I'm a little girl, because I overdid it. I had too much fun and I didn't care, so now I care. [laughs]

Metalshrine: Ronnie James Dio then? What did he mean to you?

Doro: When I first met him, I couldn't even speak English. It was in the '80s and it was my second tour. I think it was '87. The first one was with JUDAS PRIEST and it was my first time in Sweden and then with Ronnie James Dio in '87 and we had a great relationship but it was limited. We didn't really talk much. It was in the '80s and these big productions and there wasn't actually much time to talk. Then I did a song for a Dio tribute album, "Egypt (The Chains Are On)" and then times in the '90s were difficult when grunge was so big. Finally metal was coming back a little bit and I went to the "Magica" release party in New York. I went there and I said, "Hey Ronnie, congratulations to your new album!" and he said, "Oh, I'm so glad you're here. I wanted to tell you that I love the song you did for the tribute album!" Later on I was listening to the radio and Ronnie was on doing an interview and the DJ said "OK, what song do you wanna hear?" and he said "Let's hear 'Egypt (The Chains Are On)'." and it was our version. I was ready to cry and I was so touched. Then I did an interview with KNAC and my record was just being finished, "Calling The Wild" and then the lady asked me "So, any touring plans for the States?" and I said "Yeah, of course we wanna go on tour. Maybe opening up for somebody or do our own headlining tour in the clubs." She said, "How about a tour with Ronnie James Dio?" and I said, "Yeah, that would be awesome!" She then said "He's calling in an hour. Should I suggest it?" and she did. We ended up on tour together a couple of weeks later and it was the best tour in my life. It meant so much when metal came back in the States. I gave my life insurance to go on tour for the tour bus and the crew. It costs you and the record companies didn't do any tour support anymore. We went on tour together and it was the best tour. It meant so much. We went to Florida and I was watching the show every night and sometimes we went out to dinner, the whole crew and bands and it was so good. I remember Ronnie loved Indian food so we always went to Indian restaurants. At one of the last shows in Florida I was sitting next to the stage and suddenly Ronnie left the stage and the manager said, "You know what's coming, right?" I said "No." and then he said, "You're up!" and Ronnie came with a second microphone and on the last shows we did a couple of songs together. He was so inspiring and every night I watched the show. Even when he was exhausted and sick he gave it his all and he always took the time to greet every fan and write the autographs. I just thought, "I can learn from the best." We had a good vibe going. He didn't tell me, but he told some journalist that he was working on "Magica" 2 and 3 and that he wanted to do something together with me. I would've loved to do that. Who knows, maybe there is another life? [laughs]
German/Norwegian melodic metallers MASTERPLAN will enter guitarist/mastermind Roland Grapow's (formerly of HELLOWEEN) studio in Slovakia this weekend to begin recording their new album for a March 2013 release. The drums on the CD will be laid down by Czech musician Martin "Marthus" Skaroupka of CRADLE OF FILTH.

Commented Grapow: "I just came back from Hamburg two days ago from our final arrangement session with Axel [Mackenrott, keyboards] in his studio, for our new songs. That means we finished our songwriting, finally. This week we just do some prepairing for the big recording session on Sunday. Martin is coming to my studio in Slovakia, we will start recording drums from Monday on."

He continued, "We have written 20 tracks, which are, of course, the best we ever wrote bla bla haha ; ). We might pick just 13 or 14 tracks on the end, to be honest, we are very happy with the result! Our magic is still there.

"In September I will lay down all my guitar stuff and bass, vocals will be recorded around November. Axel records his keys in his studio in Hamburg, mixing in December. We are planning to finish the album [in] January.

"And yes, we have touring plans this time.... maybe a big surprise package with some other great bands... Keep the fingers crossed!"

Back in March, Grapow stated about MASTERPLAN's next album, "We are looking for a more powerful album this time... still with great melodies and feelings, but also with more orchestration and faster stuff again… just more metal."

In an August 2011 interview with the Czech web portal Kultura21.cz, Grapow said about MASTERPLAN's new material, "We have many, many new ideas which, I guess, are a little bit more modern and more aggressive as well. So we try not to follow any trends of MASTERPLAN — I'm not saying we're reproducing the first album or the third one or the fifth one. I think we always have to try to make some surprises for the people. The 'Time To Be King' album is great, but this new album sounds a bit different again. I always want to do this, because I'm not that kind of guy who wants to make every year the same album."

MASTERPLAN's last CD, "Time To Be King", was released on May 21, 2010 through AFM Records. The CD's first single, "Far From The End Of The World", was issued on April 16, 2010.
Trystan MacDonald of Lithium Magazine recently conducted an interview with vocalist Burton C. Bell of Los Angeles cyber metallers FEAR FACTORY. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Lithium Magazine: FEAR FACTORY has had some rough years with its lineup. With the new album, "The Industrialist", what was it like creating an album with you and Dino [Cazares, guitar] being the only creative forces behind it? What were the positives and negatives being the only two people to create the album?

Burton: It was fantastic, actually. It was like how we used to work in the old days. Dino and I were really the steam behind the engine of FEAR FACTORY. This record was myself, Dino and Rhys [Fulber, producer]; and the three of us really know what FEAR FACTORY is supposed to be. We're the ones who've been working with it since the very beginning. So, to me, it was a very focused album. We did exactly what we had to do and we were all on the same page. It felt really good and the fact that there were less people made it easier to get ideas across and it was easier to get what we needed to be done.

Lithium Magazine: Could you describe how you and Dino go into writing a song and writing an album?

Burton: It usually starts with a riff. Dino comes up with a riff and a beat comes with it. The beat is written afterwards to follow the riff and I'll sit and listen to it. We just start with a riff and I come up with ideas: vocal rhythms or a melody, and from there he just starts to add stuff and it starts building into a song.

Lithium Magazine: With your newest album "The Industrialist", did you find there were any challenges for you as the vocalist for writing lyrics that reflect the concept of the album?

Burton: It was a challenge, but it's the challenge that fuels me. The concept didn't really start sinking in until we came up with the title of the album. We had been writing songs and we had lots of words and titles, thoughts and quotes and whatever. Once the album title came into the picture though, that's when it really started to congeal as a full thought, as a full concept. Once that happened, everything that I wrote just made sense. Every time I start writing or start singing, it's a stream of consciousness, and I just went with it. It was quite exciting. Everything we were writing, everything we were recording was a fresh idea. You hear the excitement. You hear the intensity of something like: "Wow, this is killer! Let's just keep it going." You're not beaten over the head with redundancy. You don't hear that, you really hear a fresh excitement in it.

Lithium Magazine: Metal bands have to tour a lot. A lot of bands embrace the touring and many bands break up from the stress of it.

Burton: It's totally up to the individual. Some people are just not cut out for that kind of lifestyle, and some are. It really comes down to the individual and the real drive that they have to pursue their dream of music. If you're going to pursue music, you've got to go all the way, you can't do it half-assed. You have to give it your all, and touring is a big part of that — live shows in front of people all over the world. That's what we do and if it's not in you, you're not going to last.
German power metallers PARAGON will release their tenth album, "Force Of Destruction", at the end of October via Napalm Records. The CD was produced by Piet Sielck (GAMMA RAY, BLIND GUARDIAN, IRON SAVIOUR) at Powerhouse in Hamburg. Guest vocals on the bonus version of the song "Blood & Iron" were laid down by Kai Hansen (GAMMA RAY, UNISONIC) and Sielck. The cover artwork was once again created by Dirk Illing (SCORPIONS, RUNNING WILD), while the photos were handled by Stefan Malzkorn (GAMMA RAY, SAXON) and the cover layout was overseen by Claudia von Bihl (Auburn Records, ACCEPT, ANVIL).

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

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

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

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

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

PARAGON 2012 is:

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

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

Bünning quit PARAGON after the recording of 2007's "Forgotten Prophecies" because of "musical differences" but rejoined the band in 2009.
Classic southern California power/speed metalists HERETIC will record their first-ever live DVD on Saturday, August 25 at Malone's in Santa Ana, California. The night itself will be a return to the "glory days" of Southern California's thriving metal scene. Also on the bill are DEATHRIDERS (featuring former ANTHRAX vocalist Neil Turbin) and local speed metal monsters BRAIN DEAD. Betsy Bitch will serve as mistress of metal ceremonies.

HERETIC released the critically acclaimed "A Time Of Crisis" album on July 26 via Metal On Metal Records.

The band, formed in 1985 in Los Angeles, California, released an EP, "Torture Knows No Boundary" (1986), and a full-length, "Breaking Point" (1988), through Metal Blade Records before disbanding. Later on the founding member, songwriter and guitarist Brian Korban together with bassist Dennis O'Hara formed REVEREND, which featured the vocal talents of the late David Wayne (METAL CHURCH).

In 2011 Brian Korban reformed the band, recruiting Julian Mendez, the vocalist who sang on the band's first EP. Soon they were joined by the seasoned musicians, long-time friends and collaborators, guitarist Glenn Rogers (VIKING, ex-HIRAX, ex-DELIVERANCE, ex-STEEL VENGEANCE and others) and bassist Angelo Espino (BITCH, ex-REVEREND, ex-HIRAX, ex-ANGER AS ART, ex-UNCLE SLAM and others) and a young, but talented drummer Ignazio Coppola.
Swedish melodic metal maestros SOILWORK will enter the studio on August 23 to begin recording the follow-up to their 2010 release "The Panic Broadcast". In the producer seat this time will be none other than Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, BLOODBATH). The new album, entitled "The Living Infinite", will also mark the recording debut of long-time touring guitarist David Andersson (NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA).

"It's been a pretty long time coming, but as we speak I'm sitting here smiling my ass off listening to the demos that will forge into 'The Living Infinite'," commented the group's towering vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid. "I've been feeling pretty damn restless from this break to be honest with you, therefore it is with great excitement that I've approached this new album. As soon as we started working on songs in March, all my focus and energy went into building this new beast. We're finished writing songs and I'm currently laying down demo vocals and I'm having a blast. I feel very inspired.

"Around the time that we released 'The Panic Broadcast', I moved into a house by the ocean in a tiny fisherman's village. The ocean has given me so much inspiration and raised a lot of existential questions, which will inspire a lot of the lyrics on 'The Living Infinite', the words Jacques Cousteau used to describe the ocean. Pretentious? Hell yes, but in the most typical SOILWORK manner, with the right intensity, dynamics and melodies to back it up and make it real. I can't wait to team up with the rest of the guys and start putting this album on tape, together with the amazing producer Jens Bogren!"

"It's almost time to start recording 'The Living Infinite' and I seriously can't wait," added drummer Dirk Verbeuren. "The new demos are super intense guitar-wise with tons of harmonies and typical SOILWORK-style riffs. I hear 'A Predator's Portrait' peppered with some 'The Panic Broadcast', a hint of 'Stabbing The Drama' and a bunch of new spices thrown in for good measure. We've all been writing and arranging like mad for the past few months, now we're about to get together in the ole rehearsal space to finish everything up. It's gonna be a hell of a ride folks, and it'll be captured in stereo by the mighty Jens Bogren. Better sharpen your sledgehammers 'cause SOILWORK is back!"

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

"The Panic Broadcast" was SOILWORK's studio debut with axeman Sylvain Coudret, who joined in 2008.
"Now And Forever", the third album from Swedish female-fronted heavy rockers SISTER SIN, will be released on October 23 via Victory Records. The CD was recorded at Standstraight Studios in Stockholm with producer Chris Snyder and was mixed by Cameron Webb (MOTÖRHEAD, SOCIAL DISTORTION, DANZIG).

"Now And Forever" track listing:

02. End Of The Line
03. Fight Song
04. In It For Life
05. Hearts Of Cold
06. The Chosen Few
07. Hang 'Em High
08. I'm Not You
09. Running Low
10. Shades Of Black
11. Morning After

The official lyric video for "End Of The Line" can be seen below. The track was released on August 7 via all digital platforms worldwide.

Various pre-order options for "Now And Forever" can be found at VictoryRecords.com.

On August 16, Natalie of Natalie's World conducted an interview with SISTER SIN vocalist Liv Jagrell. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

SISTER SIN last fall released a video for its cover version of the MOTÖRHEAD classic "Rock 'N' Roll". The track, which was made available on all digital platforms worldwide via Victory Records in September, features guest vocals from the German metal queen Doro Pesch. It was produced by Snyder at Standstraight and was mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, England.

SISTER SIN's second album, "True Sound Of The Underground", landed at position No. 97 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.

SISTER SIN in November 2010 announced the addition of bassist Andreas Strandh to the group's ranks.

"True Sound Of The Underground" was released in North America on June 22, 2010 via Victory Records and was issued in Europe on July 23, 2010 through Metal Heaven Records.

For more information, visit www.sistersin.com.
Sweden-based metallers FRANTIC AMBER have turned to SellABand, a music web site that allows artists to raise the money from their fans and the SellABand community, in order to finance the recording of their debut album. The group's fan-funding target is 10,000 euros.

FRANTIC AMBER has performed at a number of festivals in the last two years, including Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock Festival, Metaltown and Rockstad Falun, and has toured in Sweden, Russia and Denmark.

Commented FRANTIC AMBER guitarist and founder Mary Säfstrand: "Until today, we have managed ourselves to promote our music and economically to record it. But to release a full-length album with all that it implies is simply over our heads. Now we ask for help to take the next step.

"The fan-funding program at SellABand has all possible steps, big and small, with rewards for each step, so everyone who wants to support us can do it."

According to a press release, FRANTIC AMBER's debut album "will be a mix of brutality, groove and melody. Classic metal meets modern metal, simply an album where rage comes with beautiful harmonies. It is the core and essence that FRANTIC AMBER is all about."

FRANTIC AMBER's "Wrath Of Judgement" video was viewed more than 100,000 times on YouTube and paved the way for the international digital release of the band's debut five-track EP, "Wrath Of Judgement", which arrived in 2011.
RED LAMB, the band led by former ANTHRAX guitarist Dan Spitz, has inked a deal with MIG Records.

Says Spitz: "I am so happy to have found the perfect fit for RED LAMB (in most countries outside of the U.S.) with MIG Records.

"I have known Rainer Hänsel at MIG since the first tour of Europe with ANTHRAX.

"MIG is a wonderful company headed by Manfred Schütz, who believes in the unique mission I am on and the new paths that must be administered in the music arena to get where I want to go. I'm absolutely positive Universal distribution, who is partners with MIG, will be a wonderful avenue for RED LAMB's music to get in the hands of all that love metal.

"This record deal will not extend to Mars, where I also have my guitar riffs playing in the Top 10 charts. I am now searching for an intergalactic record deal for those areas, but so far... no luck.

"The connection was made by Tammy Taylor at Artist International to whom I thank so very much deep down in my heart for all her hard work.

"Release date for Europe is expected in late September early October, with many live shows commencing thereafter."

RED LAMB's self-titled debut album was released in February via iTunes. The 12-song effort was co-produced by Dave Mustaine (MEGADETH) and Spitz and is described in a press release as "explosive hard rock, pop punk, alternative rock, with a taste of thrash." The CD was mixed by Grammy-nominated producer Johnny K (DISTURBED, 3 DOORS DOWN, DROWNING POOL, MEGADETH) and it features cover artwork by John Lorenzi, who worked on the last three MEGADETH studio albums — 2007's "United Abominations", 2009's "Endgame" and 2011's "TH1RT3EN" — as well as the band's 2007 box set, "Warchest". Grammy Award winner Chris Vrenna (NINE INCH NAILS, MARILYN MANSON) handled all synths and additional programming on the entire CD.

RED LAMB features Spitz (lead guitar, guitar, bass guitar, programming, background vocals, engineering, co-producer), Patrick Johansson (drums; YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, W.A.S.P.) and Don Chaffin (vocals and video productions).

"Red Lamb" track listing:

01. Watchman
02. The Cage
03. Get Up
04. Runaway Train
05. Angels Of War
06. Puzzle Box
. Keep Pushing Me

08. Warpaint
09. One Shell (In The Chamber)
10. Standby Passenger
11. Temptation
12. Don't Threaten To Love Me
In a recent interview with Metal Insider, Spitz stated about Mustaine's involvement with RED LAMB, "Dave heard what used to be my project [DEUXMONKEY] before RED LAMB and we were just cruising into the studio in one of his crazy cars, I think it was an Aston Martin or something. And he just fell in love with the music, and as a friend offered, 'Can I take this from you and kind of help?' At that point in time, I was wearing 50 hats, so it became quite difficult. It was just a blessing for Dave to say, 'Yeah, absolutely!' and that's where we started. His credit is he's a co-producer; we worked together on taking that material that was already recorded. All the music was done by me and recorded and we edited the music and moved verses and choruses around, shortening songs and got rid of the seven-minute solo if there was one. [laughs] . . . Dave worked with Donnie consistently day in day out on all the vocals. . . And previous to that, via electronic means, meaning e-mail and so forth, me and Dave took all the lyrics that I had written for the CD and we dissected those the same way we dissected the music. And Dave co-wrote every song on the album with me as far as the lyrics go and so that's his role in it. He's the co-writer on every song. So it's a wonderful collaboration."
According to The News Tribune, Stephen Wesley Ungerbuehler — who was known as Steve Unger when he played bass for METAL CHURCH from 2004 to 2009 — was convicted on Monday (August 20) on one count of unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance. Two more serious felony charges — leading organized crime and money laundering — were rejected by the jurors, who deliberated for two hours after a three-week trial.

Deputy prosecutor Karen Platt argued that Ungerbuehler was the leader of a ­marijuana-growing enterprise that raked in profits he laundered through his personal bank accounts.

A conviction for leading organized crime, the most serious count, would have carried a prison sentence of about five years.

Ungerbuehler's lawyer, Jay Berneburg, argued that his client helped a friend sick with cancer grow marijuana so she could use it as medicine.

The musician has most recently toured and recorded with WHERE ANGELS SUFFER (W.A.S.), which features in its ranks ex-W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes, Ira Black (guitar; METAL CHURCH, LIZZY BORDEN, HEATHEN), Rich Lewis (vocals; ANIMAL) and Stet Howland (drums; ex-W.A.S.P.).
COAL CHAMBER bassist Chela Rhea Harper has released the second EP from her solo project, SARASVATI, via Bandcamp. The effort, which was originally issued in 2008, is now available for purchase for the first time in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire. Chela says, "Those of you who buy the full EP will also get a bonus track with me on guitar featuring Vishal Singh from AMOGH SYMPHONY on drums and Mark Hawkins from DEVOLVED on bass."

The track listing for the EP is as follows:

01. A Distant Mirror (03:48)
02. Oceans Can Wait (03:28)
03. Crystalline (02:35)
04. Point Of No Return (03:44)

In an October 2011 interview with Full Metal Jackie, COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara stated about Chela, "She's Canadian and she's a bad-ass player. She's been playing for nearly 12 years. She plays five-string and . . . she grew up with COAL CHAMBER. She's only 26-27 years old. She knows the songs, and just hearing her on the phone, the excitement [in her voice], that's really what I wanted brought to the table. Where Meegs [guitar] and Mikey [drums] and I am right now, we're really excited so we needed someone that filled that excitement drawer and she did for sure; she's stoked."
Former VENOM/CRONOS guitarist Jim Clare has been working with Newcastle, U.K.-based rockers FALLEN MAFIA on their release "Leather, Lipstick & Cigarettes".

The band, which has its roots in mid-'80s hard rock, boasts the unique vocal talents of Hannah Elizabeth Neil, with the ferocious riffs of guitarist Chris Johnson, and combines a powerhouse rhythm section of Andy Milburn on bass and Matty Wilson on drums.

Jim, who provides additional guitars on the EP in addition to producing the band, said, "I was blown away with the power of this band when I first heard them. Loud, reckless, but most of all, great songs and hooks."

FALLEN MAFIA has completed work on a promotional video for the track "Leather, Lipstick & Cigarettes" and is playing selected dates around the U.K.

The band will record its debut album in fall and hopes to schedule additional European dates to coincide with the CD's release.
ALMAH — the Brazilian metal band led by former ANGRA singer Eduardo "Edu" Falaschi — has scheduled three shows in Brazil in September. The band will play two headline concerts — on September 8 at Manifesto Bar in São Paulo and on September 6 at Tribal Club in Santos — and will participate in one of the biggest Brazilian rock festivals, Porão do Rock in Brasília, on September 7.

Playing bass for ALMAH at the upcoming shows will be session musician Raphael Dafras.

Dafras started his musical career at the end of 1997, playing in local bands in the Paraná state. His most significant accomplishment so far has been his collaboration with German Pascual (NARNIA) on the singer's debut album, "A New Beginning", as a bass player and producer.

ALMAH's third studio album, "Motion", was released in Europe in October 2011 via AFM Records. The CD was recorded in May-June 2011 at Norcal Studios in São Paulo, Brazil and was mixed and mastered in July at Split Second Sound Studios in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Jochem Jacobs (TEXTURES).


Edu Falaschi - Vocals
Marcelo Barbosa - Guitar
Marcelo Moreira - drums
Gustavo Di Padua - Guitar
[to be announced] - Bass
Washington, D.C.-based metallers A SOUND OF THUNDER have entered Assembly Line Studios with producer Kevin "131" Gutierrez (SHINEDOWN, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT, RAVEN) to record their third full-length album entitled "Time's Arrow". Due in early 2013, the CD will feature the same band lineup, producer and studio that created 2012's acclaimed "Out Of The Darkness" release (Nightmare Records).

"Time's Arrow" will contain 11 new songs "combining rousing and catchy traditional metal with crushing modern production," according to a press release. The centerpiece of the album is the nine-minute sci-fi-themed title track. Guitarist and composer Josh Schwartz describes the song as "a high-octane headbanger with an unforgettable riff and an engaging story. Stylistically, it's IRON MAIDEN meets RUSH with a bit of MEAT LOAF thrown in for bombast." The tale begun in the lyrics is expanded in a short story by drummer Chris Haren, available in the limited box-set edition of "Time's Arrow".

On August 20, A SOUND OF THUNDER started a Kickstarter.com fundraiser campaign for the recording of "Time's Arrow". The campaign will run for 30 days and offers fans a chance to pre-order the album, have their name printed in the album booklet, reserve an ultra-limited box set edition of the album, and acquire unique and rare items from the band. Video at the band's Kickstarter.com page contains the first clips from the new album.

The band has also announced a second new release, "The Queen Of Hell" EP, due out in November. Also recorded at Assembly Line with Gutierrez, it contains four new tracks and is only available via the band's Kickstarter.com campaign. The cover art was provided by Serbian artist Dušan Markovic.

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

"The Queen Of Hell" track listing:

01. The Queen Of Hell (album version)
02. The Queen Of Hell (Two Queens Mix)
03. Trashed (BLACK SABBATH cover)
04. Let's Start A Fire


* Red vinyl
* Download card included
* 12" full color sleeve
* 2 new paintings by Dusan Markovic
* Exclusive "Legion of Thunder - The Queen's Guard" embroidered patch
* Limited to 250 copies worldwide
Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH have issued the following update:

"Out of respect for and loyalty to GORGOROTH's audience and collaborators, Infernus [guitar] has kicked Pest [vocals] out of the band, effective immediately. This after Pest informed the band that he would not be prioritizing doing the upcoming Latin American tour after all, just two weeks before the band was set to depart for Brazil.

"Infernus has decided that the tour will go on as planned, though, and Hoest of TAAKE will replace Pest as vocalist on the tour starting on September 7th.

"As for the next GORGOROTH studio album, 'Instinctus Bestalis', vocal duties will be handled by a Serbian Satanist known as Atterigner, of the band TRIUMFALL (Forces of Satan Records)."

GORGOROTH's upcoming tour in September has been extended to also include dates in Central America.

On the Brazil leg of the tour — the Setembro Negro Festival 2012GORGOROTH will be joined by KEEP OF KALESSIN. Two of these concerts will also see GORGOROTH co-headlining with AUTOPSY. After this, the tour will continue through Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala, with local support.
Swedish death metallers EVOCATION have announced the addition of bassist Gustaf Jorde (RAUBTIER, DEFLESHED) to the group's ranks.

EVOCATION will release its fourth studio album, "Illusions Of Grandeur", in Europe on September 24 via Century Media Records. The CD includes "ten tracks of supreme Swedish death metal, a perfect mélange of Stockholm rawness and Gothenburg epics," according to a press release.

The "Illusions Of Grandeur" title track can now be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

Cover artist Xaay, who previously worked with EVOCATION on the "Apocalyptic" album, has proven to be the best choice for the job, delivering a dark and desolate yet beautiful piece of art for the new album.

"Illusions Of Grandeur" was recorded at IF Studios (IN FLAMES, THE HAUNTED) and Evocation Studios with producer Roberto Laghi (IN FLAMES) and mixed at IF Studios by Laghi. It was mastered at Bohus Sound Studios by Dragan Tanaskovic.

As a very special guest, Johan Hegg of AMON AMARTH laid down vocals on the song "Into Submission".

"Illusions Of Grandeur" will be released on CD, limited-edition digipak CD (including three studio bonus tracks) and on LP (including a big-size poster of the album artwork).

"Illusions Of Grandeur" track listing:

01. Illusions Of Grandeur
02. Well Of Despair
03. Divide And Conquer
04. Perception Of Reality
05. Metus Odium
06. I'll Be Your Suicide
07. Crimson Skies
08. Into Submission
09. The Seven Faces Of God
10. Final Disclosure
11. Shades Of Shame (digipak bonus track)
12. Dark Day Dawn (digipak bonus track)
13. Dead Without A Trace (digipak bonus track)

EVOCATION's third album, "Apocalyptic", was released on October 29, 2010 via Cyclone Empire Records.
Danish old-school death metallers DEUS OTIOSUS will release "Godless" on Deepsend Records later in the year. The Danes' sophomore effort is the follow-up to "Murderer", which was made available through FDA Rekotz and American Line Productions.

A two-minute video clip featuring footage from the "Godless" studio sessions can be seen below.

In a world where no god watches or guides, human kind is left to fend for itself like feral children. And in this world, horror and cruelty of every unspeakable kind lives and breathes amongst us. These horrors are echoed in "Godless". This is old-school death metal with nuances of black and thrash, creating a heavy, down-tuned force that will appease the servants of Hell while they slave for their sins.

DEUS OTIOSUS joins DAWN OF DEMISE, THE CLEANSING and SPECTRAL MORTUARY in furthering Deepsend Records' dominating reputation as Danish Death Metal Central!

"Godless" track listing:

01. Snakes Of The Low
02. In Harm's Way
03. New Dawn
04. Pest Grave
05. Surrounded By The Dead
06. Cast From Heaven
07. Face The Enemy
08. Death Dance
Israel-based old-school death metallers SONNE ADAM will release a CD collection of their three vinyl-only EPs in September. "Messengers Of Desolate Ways" will consist of the EPs "Armed With Hammers", "The Sun Is Dead" and "Doctrines Of Dark Devotion" (a brand new MLP to be released on vinyl through Imperium Productions) as well as three previously unreleased songs.

Containing a total of 15 tracks, an overall playing time of more than 80 minutes and magnificent cover artwork by Metastasis.com (PARADISE LOST, ULVER, MORBID ANGEL, WATAIN), "Messengers Of Desolate Ways" "will be another prime example of dark sepulchral death metal," according to a press release.

"Messengers Of Desolate Ways" track listing:

01. Hater Of Mankind
02. The Day I Chose To Rot
03. World Of Everlasting Darkness
04. Bestow The Crown Of Death
05. The Deceiver Of The Desolations
06. Olam Belehavoth
07. Funeral Marches To The Grave (originally by THORNS)
08. The Way
09. Armed With Hammers
10. The Serpents Harvest
11. I Dream The Devil Sign
12. No Blood Flow
13. The Sun Is Dead
14. Inside His Mark
15. Funeral Marches To The Grave (originally bv THORNS, Melek-Tha mix)

Track 1-6 are taken from the "Doctrines Of Dark Devotion" MLP
Tracks 8-11 are taken from the "Armed With Hammers" EP
Tracks 13-14 are taken from the "The Sun Is Dead" EP
Tracks, 7, 12 and 15 are previously unreleased tracks

"Messengers Of Desolate Ways" will be sold only on SONNE ADAM's upcoming European tour with GRAVE, which kicks off in early September. It will be made available through regular distribution later in 2012.

SONNE ADAM's debut album, "Transformation", was released in April 2011 via Century Media Records.

The history of SONNE ADAM (which roughly translates into "hate humanity" in Hebrew) dates back to 2007 when a young Israeli duo consisting of Davidov (all instruments) and Dahan (vocals) started a musical project to create "death metal in the vein of early PARADISE LOST but with a more shamelessly evil and blasphemous touch and some MORBID ANGEL thrown in the mix." The band's first recording was an EP titled "The Sun Is Dead" (which so far remains unreleased), followed by another EP called "Armed With Hammers", which caught the attention of underground label Imperium Productions from Germany, which subsequently released it on seven-inch vinyl in 2010. The resulting underground buzz culminated in renowned German magazine Rock Hard naming it "Demo Of The Month" and predicting the band to become a hot topic among all death metal maniacs.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/sonneadam.
"Unrelenting Fucking Hatred", the debut album from Montreal's RAGE NUCLÉAIRE, will be released on October 19 in Europe and November 6 in North America via Season Of Mist. A 2LP vinyl edition will be available in North America, strictly limited to 300 copies.

"Unrelenting Fucking Hatred" track listing:

01. Violence Is Golden
02. Hunt With Murderworms, Sculpt With Flies
03. The Gift Of The Furnace
04. Fields Of The Crucified
05. Endziel
06. The Sorrow Children At Mourningside
07. 30 Seconds In The Killhouse
08. Unrelenting Fucking Hatred
09. The Gallows And The Black Coffin
10. The Feeding Habits Of Homo Horriblis

RAGE NUCLÉAIRE was formed by legendary vocalist Lord Worm (ex-CRYPTOPSY) and includes guitarist Dark Rage (ex-CRYPTOPSY) and bassist Alvater (ex-FROZEN SHADOWS) in its ranks. The group's influences range from early EMPEROR and IMMORTAL to ANAAL NATHRAKH and MYSTICUM.

The band issued the following statement: "If anyone had ever told us that some day we'd be signed to Season Of Mist, we'd have laughed at them. The point is, being accepted into the Season Of Mist family, along with such ungodly notables as ARCKANUM, MAYHEM and DEATHSPELL OMEGA, is like being given a Sith name — it feels great to be part of Season Of Mist's evil empire."

RAGE NUCLÉAIRE has already commenced work on its second album, tentatively titled "Annihilation Frenzy".

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