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Bruce Dickinson (IRON MAIDEN), Ian Paice (DEEP PURPLE), Brian May (QUEEN), Alice Cooper, John Paul Jones (LED ZEPPELIN) and Uli Jon Roth (SCORPIONS) are among the musicians who took part in the 2012 edition of The Sunflower Jam, which took place on Sunday, September 16 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England.
Jacky Paice, wife of Ian Paice, set up The Sunflower Jam charity in 2006 to help people treat cancer within the UCLH (University College London Hospitals). Now the charity raises acceptance of an integrated approach in medical treatment. By educating, supporting, informing and developing services around patient-centric care, and by bringing together doctors, health professionals, scientists and patients, alongside an array of musicians who not only perform but support the cause, the organizers aim to create a wider network of support and raise awareness through their event.
The charity works by supporting initiatives set up to bridge the gap between integrated, functional and conventional medicine with a natural approach to wellness for children, young people, adults and their families with a range of acute and chronic emotional, mental and physical conditions.
Fan-filmed video footage of this past Sunday's concert can be seen below.
SCORPIONS' September 18 concert at Jockey Club in Asuncion, Paraguay was postponed due to a severe storm that claimed at least five lives and caused havoc in the capital and in several regions of the country.
Over 16,000 tickets were reportedly sold for the outdoor show, which was called off two songs into support band STEINKRUG's set.
The band and the promoters are reportedly hoping to reschedule the concert for sometime in October.
SCORPIONS spent the first three months of this year in the studio with producers Mikael "Nord" Andersson and Martin Hansen resurrecting a dozen unfinished songs from what some people believe was the band's best and most creative period — leftovers from the albums "Blackout" (1982), "Love At First Sting" (1984), "Savage Amusement" (1988) and "Crazy World" (1990) — for an album that is tentatively scheduled for release in 2013.
On September 18, Jacky Bam Bam of the 93.3 WMMR radio station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania conducted an interview with MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars. You can now listen to the chat at
Asked about MÖTLEY CRÜE's 1994 self-titled album, which featured John Corabi on lead vocals instead of Vince Neil, Mars said, "I thought that was probably… To me, and I can only speak for me, I think that was probably the best album we've done. Musical-wise, the songs, I felt, were strong. And just musically, to me, it was, I guess, my BEATLES 'White Album'; that's kind of how I feel about that one. I'm not saying that any of my other albums are crummy or anything like that — I love every album that we did — but that one just has a special thing for me."
Mars also spoke about his long-rumored solo album of R&B, soul, and blues songs, which he had asked American R&B and soul singer-songwriter Macy Gray to guest on. "I would love to have Macy Gray sing stuff for me," he said. "What I have in mind is not like your shuffle beat kind of blues, it's more of an Etta James kind of blues. If you listen to the first Paul Butterfield album, with Sam Lay playing drums, there's not a shuffle in it. He takes the drums and he does a whole different thing with them. I want lots of movement in the rhythm, so you can't help but move. Like a Macy Gray voice on it, or Andy Garcia — people like that are, to me, they're fabulous singers. Not that I wanna do a hodgepodge of singers and stuff, but to [have them] guest on a couple of songs would be very cool."
MEGADETH, DAUGHTRY and RAZORLIGHT will headline Gulf Bike Week 2012 next month at the Festival Park, Dubai Festival City, United Arab Emirates. MEGADETH will perform on October 18, with support from Dubai's very own resident rock bands ABSOLACE and SANDWASH.
Tyler Mervyn, Managing Director, Live Nation Middle East, said: "After a year hiatus from the Gulf Bike festival, Live Nation is thrilled to once again be working with Clarion and ecstatic to announce the concert series lineup for Gulf Bike Week 2012. We recognize that there is been a major void in live rock and metal music scene in Dubai, and put together this lineup with that in mind, and feel that the concerts will appeal to everyone; bikers, rockers or otherwise."
Commented MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson: "We are thrilled to be playing Dubai in October 2012. With the recent 'TH1RT3EN' album and current 'Countdown To Extinction' 20th-anniversary tour under way we will have a fantastic selection of songs for you at our concert. Until then....keep on 'thrashing 'till MEGADETH!'"
According to Atheists.org, TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French has been confirmed as one of the speakers at the 2013 American Atheists National Convention, set to take place March 28-31, 2013 in Austin, Texas.
The 50th-anniversary 2013 convention will host up to 1,500 atheists at the Hyatt Regency in Austin. Madalyn Murray O'Hair founded the organization in Austin 50 years ago.
David Silverman, president of American Atheists, stated, "We are thrilled to have Jay Jay French join us for our convention. Not only is Jay Jay a renowned guitarist, but he is providing leadership as an atheist in the music industry and as a role model."
Bassist Rex Brown (KILL DEVIL HILL, DOWN, PANTERA) rejoined his former bandmates in DOWN on stage last night (Tuesday, September 18) at Trees in Dallas, Texas to perform two songs: "Stone The Crow" and "Bury Me In Smoke".
Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.
During an April 2011 interview with High Times, former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo said that that since he underwent surgery in 2005 to repair several damaged disks in his back, he's helped many friends get clean and that he has about a 50 precent success rate in getting them sober. One person that he said he couldn't seem to help was his former PANTERA and DOWN bandmate Rex Brown. "That's the only rift between me and Rex; other than that, we're fucking best friends," Anselmo said. "He just can't stop fucking drinking."
He added, "I've tried. I gave it my all and I love Rex Brown with all of my fucking heart and soul. But, goddamnit, he will not put down that fucking bottle for any of us. He is, and has been told, he is going to die. I'm gonna tell you this: He's not gonna die on my time, because he ain't drinking around 'The Kid.' Straight up. And that means he can't be around right now, 'cause he's fucking drinking. And that's that. That's that fucking story in a nutshell."
Brown, who in 2009 was diagnosed with pancreatitis, a sudden inflammation of the pancreas, stated in a late 2011 interview about his health status, "It took them about five years to figure out what was going on. I had polyps on my pancreas, and what they did is they had to open me up. And I've never felt better in the last five years. . . I was in constant pain."
Speaking to Radio Metal in February, Brown said, "Phil and I are very good friends. We've made a pact with each other that we wouldn't talk about each other's music. That would be cruel for the fans. I talk to Kirk [Windstein, DOWN guitarist] all the time, I talked to Pepper [Keenan, DOWN guitarist] just last week. There's no animosity going on there. As part of my musical journey, I've moved on [from DOWN and am now playing with KILL DEVIL HILL]." He added, "My health is 300 percent better since I had this operation. I feel fine, I feel like I'm 25 again. I had some problems with my pancreas, that's taken care of now. I went to the doctor two months ago; everything is fine."
DOWN's current bassist is Patrick Bruders, who also plays with DOWN guitarist Kirk Windstein in CROWBAR.
During a recent interview with "The Classic Metal Show", DOKKEN guitarist Jon Levin revealed some of the details surrounding his rumored project with DOKKEN vocalist Don Dokken and legendary German axeman Michael Schenker. An excerpt from the chat follows below.
The Classic Metal Show: We've heard this rumor lately that after [the release of the new DOKKEN] record ["Broken Bones"] and [the touring cycle in support of the CD] that Don might put DOKKEN down and do something different. Would that piss you off if that were to happen?
Jon Levin: "That's a really good question. We were in Bulgaria three weeks ago or so — maybe a month at this point now — and I was really, really jetlagged. At six in the morning, I was sitting at a breakfast table with Herman Rarebell [former SCORPIONS drummer, who recently toured with Michael Schenker], and there was nobody else around. We were just talking. And then Michael [Schenker] came in. And, of course, I'm a huge, huge fan of Michael — he's actually an influence of mine; I think some of those influences are apparent on [the new DOKKEN album, 'Broken Bones'], too. He came up to me, and he said to me, 'We play an acoustical guitar tour together, you and me.' And I'm looking around like, 'Who are you talking to? Me?' He goes, 'Yeah, you and me playing the acoustic guitar together.' I was like, 'OK.' And, actually, Don was there, too, and [Michael] goes, 'And you [Don] will sing.' I actually didn't know that he was serious. I don't know if Don thought [Michael] was serious. But sure enough, I got a letter from [Michael's] lawyer a few days after I got home, saying, 'Michael is really excited about this. And 'Can you have Don start working on some music with him?' and so on and so forth. So we will see."
The Classic Metal Show: Is that something that you would want to do?
Jon Levin: "Oh, yeah, man. I mean, it's Don singing and myself and Michael playing guitar. That would be a dream for me, because he's one of my favorite players."
The Classic Metal Show: Would that not reduce what you do to being more of a rhythm player behind Michael?
Jon Levin: "None of that's been discussed, but I'm sure there will be some room for me to play as well."
Frontiers Records has set a September 25 North American release date for "Broken Bones". The effort will be released in two configurations: standard CD and limited-edition CD in digipak with a bonus DVD, which features a comprehensive "Making Of The Album" documentary.
"Broken Bones" was produced by DOKKEN frontman and namesake Don Dokken and was mixed by Bob St. John (EXTREME, DURAN DURAN, COLLECTIVE SOUL) and Wyn Davis (BLACK SABBATH, DIO, WHITESNAKE) and mastered by famed engineer Maor Appelbaum (HALFORD, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, SEPULTURA). The new set features a return to the band's signature sound of catchy melodies, hot riffs and monster production.
According to the Michael Schenker News And Tour Information web site, vocalist David Van Landing will front Michael Schenker's band on the upcoming North American tour, which is scheduled to kick off on October 3 in Modesto, California. David will be stepping in for Robin McAuley, who was originally slated to take part in the trek after recently reuniting with Schenker for their first full tour together in almost 20 years.
Van Landing, who has previously done three tours with MSG and had a short stint with CRIMSON GLORY, said: "I am just looking forward to getting out on the road again with the boys and seeing all my old friends and hopefully meet some new ones!!"
In addition to Schenker and Van Landing, the lineup for the forthcoming tour is expected to include Pete Holmes on drums, Wayne Findlay on guitar and Elliott Rubinson on bass.
Schenker's latest album, "Temple Of Rock", was released in Europe on September 23, 2011 and in North America on October 11, 2011 on CD and LP through Schenker's own Inakustik label via MVD Entertainment Group.
Due to a four-year battle with a recurring acid reflux and the nasty stomach bacteria HP, singer Robin McAuley has now been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia and requires surgery and can no longer participate in the upcoming MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP fall North American tour by doctor's order.
Commented Robin in a statement: "In light of the upcoming MSG shows beginning early October 2012, I regretfully am forced to cancel my appearance with Michael Schenker. I expect to be back in the saddle soon as this is taken care of but it's important for all the fans to know how very disappointed I am. I make a point of staying healthy and always ready to meet the challenges of each day as it comes. This is one of those days I rarely have to confront, but here it is nonetheless. I promise to be back at ya! Real soon! Be well, all of you, and thank you for your support."
According to the Michael Schenker News And Tour Information web site, vocalist David Van Landing will front Michael Schenker's band on the upcoming North American tour, which is scheduled to kick off on October 3 in Modesto, California.
Van Landing, who has previously done three tours with MSG and had a short stint with CRIMSON GLORY, said: "I am just looking forward to getting out on the road again with the boys and seeing all my old friends and hopefully meet some new ones!!"
In addition to Schenker and Van Landing, the lineup for the forthcoming tour is expected to include Pete Holmes on drums, Wayne Findlay on guitar and Elliott Rubinson on bass.
Schenker's latest album, "Temple Of Rock", was released in Europe on September 23, 2011 and in North America on October 11, 2011 on CD and LP through Schenker's own Inakustik label via MVD Entertainment Group.
German metal queen Doro Pesch will join forces with Swedish female-fronted heavy rockers SISTER SIN for a North American tour in February 2013.
SISTER SIN and Doro have toured Europe together before and are now bringing their united metal mission to North America.
Commented SISTER SIN frontwoman Liv Jagrell: "We've been waiting a long time to get back to the U.S. and to tour with one of my all-time idols is just a dream come true. We are so happy to get on the road again and see all of our fans out there. We're ready to give them a good ol' time of rock 'n' roll! We will be promoting our new album, 'Now And Forever', that we are all extremely proud of."
The dates are as follows:
Feb. 01 - Tampa, FL - Brass Mug
Feb. 02 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Feb. 03 - West Springfield, VA - Empire
Feb. 04 - New York, NY - BB Kings
Feb. 05 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
Feb. 07 - Toronto, ONT - Mod Club
Feb. 08 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
Feb. 09 - Columbus, OH - Al Rosa Villa
Feb. 10- Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Feb. 12 - Detroit, MI - Blondie's
Feb. 13 - Joliet, IL - Mojoes
Feb. 14 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
Feb. 15 - Waterloo, IA - Spicoli's Grill and the Reverb
Feb. 17 - Englewood, CO - Moe's
Feb. 19 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Feb. 20 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
Feb. 21 - San Francisco, CA - Thee Parkside
Feb. 22 - West Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
Feb. 23 - Tempe, AZ - Rocky Point Cantina
A video of SISTER SIN performing a cover version of MOTÖRHEAD's "Rock 'N' Roll" with Doro can be seen below. The clip was produced last year, encapsulating the relationship between these two, true metal torch bearers.
Doro's new EP, "Raise Your Fist In The Air", was released on August 3. The full-length album, "Raise Your Fist", will follow on October 19 via Nuclear Blast Records.
SISTER SIN's third album, "Now And Forever", 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).
PEARL JAM guitarist Mike McCready and ex-GUNS N' ROSES and VELVET REVOLVER bass player Duff McKagan are working with WALKING PAPERS, a new Seattle band launched by former SCREAMING TREES drummer Barrett Martin and longtime Seattle musician Jeff Angell. McKagan plays bass on the band's entire debut disc, while McCready contributes lead guitar solos. Mixed by Jack Endino, the record is due out on October 16 via Boredom Killing Business/Sunyata Records and the first single, "Your Secret's Safe With Me", is streaming at the band's Facebook page.
"Walking Papers" track listing:
01. Already Dead
02. The Whole World's Watching
03. Your Secret's Safe With Me
04. Red Envelopes
05. Leave Me In The Dark
06. The Butcher
07. Two Tickets And A Room
08. I'll Stick Around
09. Capital T
10. A Place Like This
11. Independence Day
Commented Martin: "WALKING PAPERS is excited to play our first international dates in the U.K. Two of us, myself and Duff McKagan, have debuted our first bands in London: Duff with GUNS N' ROSES, myself with both SKIN YARD and SCREAMING TREES.
"The British people understand rock and roll like no other country in the world, which is why fellow Seattleites Jimi Hendrix went there, why MUDHONEY went there, and why WALKING PAPERS is going there as well.
"Jeff Angell, our singer and guitarist, is a natural storyteller, and Ben Anderson plays keyboards like a classic soul man session player. With Duff and I as the rhythm section, let's just say we are the seasoned veterans. We play old-school, gritty, bluesy American rock and roll, and as a quartet, that's as real as it gets."
WALKING PAPERS tour dates:
Sep. 29 - Seattle, WA - White River Amphitheater
Sep. 30 - Portland, OR - Dante's
Oct. 05 - Seattle, WA - The Barboza (CD Release Party)
Oct. 19 - Little Rock, AR - Reno's
Oct. 20 - Little Rock, AR - Stickyz (CeDell Davis Tribute)
Nov. 06 - Rugby/Birmingham, UK - The Vault
Nov. 07 - Manchester, UK - The Ruby Lounge
Nov. 09 - Brighton/Southampton, UK - [to be announced]
Nov. 10 - Paris, France - Nouveau Casino
Nov. 11 - London, UK - The 100 Club
Dec. 06 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
Dec. 07 - Los Angeles, CA - The Viper Room
Dec. 09 - San Francisco, CA - [to be announced]
Dec. 14 - Portland, OR - Dante's
Dec. 15 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile Cafe
Martin and McCready previously played together in MAD SEASON, alongside late ALICE IN CHAINS singer Layne Staley. The band is currently being reactivated with new vocals being recorded over tracks originally laid down for an abandoned second MAD SEASON album.
McKagan was born and raised in Seattle and played in a punk band there called 10 MINUTE WARNING before migrating to Los Angeles and joining GUNS.
McCready and the rest of PEARL JAM are also working on their 10th studio album, which should be out sometime in 2013.
earMUSIC has set an October 19 release date for "Blackoustic", the first-ever acoustic album by Finnish heavy metal singer Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS, CAIN'S OFFERING, KOTIPELTO) and guitarist Jani Liimatainen (CAIN'S OFFERING, ex-SONATA ARCTICA). The duo has been working together and playing acoustic shows for a while, and the idea of recording an acoustic album came from the fans.
Comments Kotipelto: "The fans were recording our shows with their cell phones and the've been telling us that we should make an album, so they could have better quality recordings of the songs to listen at home. At first, we were just joking about it, but after a while we thought, 'Why not? As far as we know, not many people have done it before, at least not within the heavier music genre. Our initial idea was to make a self-financed album with a relatively small pressing and then just maybe sell them at our shows."
But instead of making it a "fan-club release," the duo has opted to work with the label earMUSIC/Edel, which also releases STRATOVARIUS's work since the album "Polaris".
Most of the songs were chosen from the duo's live setlist, including familiar STRATOVARIUS covers like "Black Diamond" and "Hunting High and Low", but also songs like "Serenity" and "Sleep Well" from Kotipelto's solo albums have been given the new acoustic treatment; proving that behind great heavy metal song, there's very often a stunning melody "screaming" to come out. Furthermore, the album includes beautiful cover versions of PETE TOWNSHEND's "Behind Blue Eyes" and DEEP PURPLE's classic "Perfect Strangers".
"Blackoustic" also features a brand new composition, "Where My Rainbow Ends", written by Jani Liimatainen, who says: "I remembered a song I wrote last winter. Originally it was an instrumental track, but after listening back to it I thought that the melody would work very well with vocals. We re-arranged the song into our acoustic format and — as a slave of habit — I wrote the lyrics for it the night before our last day of recording. It turned out surprisingly beautiful and delicate."
"Jani's new song is a beautiful ballad,", adds Kotipelto. "We have quite a few ballads on this album, as even the more rock oriented songs tend to sound more ballad-esque when performed by a duo."
"Blackoustic" was recorded at Kotipelto's cottage at Lappajärvi and mixed and mastered by the STRATOVARIUS guitarist / studio wizard Matias Kupiainen.
The duo will also hit the road in Finland in support of the album, although the first show was on the sea, performing at the Radio Rock cruise on the Baltic Princess on September 8.
"Blackoustic" track listing:
01. Sleep Well
02. Out In The Fields
03. Black Diamond
04. My Selene
05. Behind Blue Eyes
06. Hunting High And Low
07. Where My Rainbow Ends
08. Speed Of Light
09. Perfect Strangers
10. Coming Home
11. Serenity
12. Rainbow Eyes
13. Karjalan Kunnailla
"Carolus Rex", the new album from Swedish epic power metallers SABATON, has been certified gold in the group's home country for sales in excess of 20,000 copies. The band states, "This is the proof that you fantastic people out there care for the the music we do and will ensure that we can keep doing this for many years to come."
Note: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) in Sweden has revised the sales requirements for albums to reach gold status in the country twice in the last seven years — from the pre-2002 level of 40,000 to the current 20,000.
"Carolus Rex" registered the following first-week chart positions:
Sweden: #2
Poland: #7
Germany: #7
Finland: #9
"Carolus Rex" sold around 950 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 29 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.
"Carolus Rex" was released on May 22 via Nuclear Blast Records. The lyrics for the CD, which was made available in both English and Swedish, deal with the Swedish Empire (referring to the Kingdom of Sweden between 1561 and 1721).
The band previously stated about "Carolus Rex": "For the first time ever we have had an expert to help us out with the theme, the well-known Swedish historian Bengt Liljegren. We have also added some extra time in the studio to find the absolute right sound on 'Carolus Rex', and our producer, Peter Tägtgren, says that this album will mark a brand new standard for how a heavy metal album should sound like!"
Liljegren's published works include acclaimed biographies of Adolf Hitler and Karl XII. He also appeared in the popular Swedish TV series "Boston Tea Party".
SABATON recently parted ways with guitarists Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sundén, drummer Daniel Mulback and keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr. The band's new touring lineup is as follows:
Joakim Brodén - Vocals
Pär Sundström - Bass
Chris Rörland (NOCTURNAL RITES) - Guitar
Thobbe Englund (WINTERLONG, RAUBTIER) - Guitar
Robban Bäck (BALTIMOORE, PREY) – Drums
"We Come In Peace", the new DVD from Swedish industrial metallers PAIN, will be released in Europe on November 2 via Nuclear Blast. The DVD+2CD digibook and the Blu-ray+2CD digibook includes the entire final show of the first leg of PAIN's European tour on November 13, 2011 at Debaser Medis in Stockholm and clips from the band's July 2012 appearance at the Masters Of Rock festival in Vizovice, Czech Republic, as well as "tons of crazy backstage and behind-the-scenes footage."
A trailer for "We Come In Peace" can be seen below.
PAIN, MOONSPELL, SWALLOW THE SUN and LAKE OF TEARS will join forces for the "Into Darkness Tour 2012" in November.
PAIN's seventh album, "You Only Live Twice", was released in June 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Regarding the album's cover artwork, Tägtgren previously said, "I really wanted something 'Nightmare Before Christmas' meets 'Alice In Wonderland' kind of feeling but with our mascot, the Painhead in it. And Heile created that after what I wanted. And he did it in his own way. It really has this kinda Tim Burton feel to it. It will be really crazy with a big backdrop. We also gonna do some inflatable stuff with our Painhead. Its gonna be our Eddie, like IRON MAIDEN has it."

The latest episode of Shinedown TV's "ONEonONE" features SHINEDOWN guitarist Zach Myers as he conducts a question-for-question interview with FOZZY frontman and WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho. Check it out below.
SHINEDOWN and FOZZY are taking part in this summer's edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. The third annual rock extravaganza — which boasts a main stage lineup that also includes GODSMACK and STAIND — got underway on August 17 at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, Kansas, and continues through September 30.
SHINEDOWN's new album, "Amaryllis" debuted atop Billboard's "Rock Albums" chart and at #4 overall on The Billboard 200 — SHINEDOWN's biggest chart debut thus far — with over 105,000 units sold its first week out.
FOZZY's new album, "Sin And Bones", sold around 3,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 143 on the Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 1 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.

ORGY — the reactivated "death pop" band from California — will film the live portion of their new music video this Sunday, September 23 at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood.

The official lyric video for "Grime Of The Century", the first new single in over seven years from ORGY, can be seen below. The track, which was recorded at NRG Recording and Entourage studios in North Hollywood, California, was made available digitally on September 4 and as a physical CD on September 10.

Several photos from the studio can be found at WireImage.com.

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

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

Joining vocalist and sole remaining original member Jay Gordon in ORGY's new lineup are Carlton Bost (DEADSY, THE DREAMING, LUNARCLICK) on guitar, Ashburn Miller (DEADSY) on guitar, Nic Speck (RUN RUN RUN) on bass and Jamie Miller (SNOT, THE START) on drums.

In a recent interview with Icon Vs. Icon, Gordon was asked what the catalyst was for rebooting and moving forward with the project. "Ya know, it had just been too long," he said. "I was really interested in getting back out on the road. That was the first thing I wanted to do. It had been so long, I just wanted to get out there, brush the rust off and roll with it to see what happens. To do that you have to have a band and start playing gigs right away and that is exactly what I did."

On the topic of ORGY's new members, Jay said, "The new lineup is amazing! I don't plan on looking back, let's put it that way, they are that good. They are all amazing artists. Both guitar players, Carlton Bost and Ashburn Miller, came from DEADSY. The bass player, Nic Speck came from RUN RUN RUN. The drummer, Jamie Miller, is from SNOT and THE START. He is an amazing drummer! All of the guys are truly amazing performers and we get along great."

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the release of WHITE ZOMBIE's groundbreaking album "La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume I", original WHITE ZOMBIE drummer Ivan de Prume, along with Scott "SVH" Von Heldt (pictured below; former guitarist/vocalist for ex-KORN axeman Brian "Head" Welch), and Cirque du Soliel violinist Martin St. Pierre, are slated to release a cover of the WHITE ZOMBIE classic "Black Sunshine" under the moniker of HEALER. The song was recorded during sessions for an intended EP that was to be the group's follow-up to their debut album, "Awakening", which showcased a unique blend of metal and world music.
"We started covering 'Thunderkiss '65' and 'Black Sunshine' in our live set and the vibe was very fresh and original because of the violin and world elements we had as a band," stated Von Heldt. "When it came time to work on new material, we recorded 'Black Sunshine' just to get a feel for blending that raw ZOMBIE element with our own original twist, and in the end, I think we ended up with a pretty kick-ass version of an already classic metal track!"
HEALER was formed in 2005 and toured briefly from 2005 to 2007, including making an appearance on the Vans Warped Tour. They disbanded in 2008, with St. Pierre returning to Cirque du Soliel full time and Von Heldt joining Brian "Head" Welch's solo band. In 2011, de Prume and Von Heldt reunited and have been working on material for a new HEALER release, which they hope will see the light of day by early 2013.
"Black Sunshine" will be available October 31 via iTunes, Spotify, and other online retailers. The track can also be streamed using the SoundCloud player below.
British metalcore act BRING ME THE HORIZON has entered the studio with producer Terry Date (DEFTONES, PANTERA, SOUNDGARDEN, PRONG) to begin recording its fourth album for a 2013 release via RCA.
BRING ME THE HORIZON will play its only U.K. show of the year at the Alexandra Palace in London on November 10 as the co-headliners of the Vans Warped Tour with LOSTPROPHETS.
BRING ME THE HORIZON's third full-length CD, "There Is A Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let's Keep It A Secret", sold 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 17 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD also entered the official chart in the U.K. at position No. 13. The team at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden (where BRING ME THE HORIZON recorded 2008's "Suicide Season") was again at the helm of the recording, this time bringing in electronic and programming authority KC Blitz to assist with the instrumental aspects of the album.
Ivar Bjørnson, songwriter, rhythm guitarist, and lyricist for Norway's progressive extreme metal band ENSLAVED, will take part in a live Twitter question-and-answer session today (Wednesday, September 19) at 1:30 p.m. Pacific / 4:30 p.m. Eastern / 10:30 p.m. CET.
Fans are encouraged to tweet their questions @enslavedband using #RIITIIR.
At the end of the question-and-answer session, Ivar will post a link to an exclusive video; be among the first in the world to see it!
ENSLAVED's twelfth studio album, "RIITIIR", will be released in Europe on September 28 and in North America on October 9 via Nuclear Blast Records.
A track-by-track review of "RIITIIR" is available at Terrorizer.com.
"It has been only two years since we last released an album [2010's award-winning 'Axioma Ethica Odini'], and we've been touring Europe and North America several times since then," reflects Bjørnson. "Some might think that this schedule, and the fact that we celebrated our 20th anniversary last year, should result in some time off in the end. Nah. Like a space vessel that gains momentum by entering slingshot-orbits on its way through space, we seem to gain speed, direction, and strength on our journeys, through new releases and subsequent tours.
"Describing the sound on the new album is both easy and hard," Bjørnson continues. "It is easy because it sounds like ENSLAVED, whatever that means. It is hard because there are so many layers and different focal points. I have a feeling that it has a deeper complexity than our previous efforts, but at the same time, I do find it more catchy and moving. Then again, I am the opposite of objective in this, so again I'll leave it up to the people outside the band to make up their mind."
ENSLAVED's last two CDs — "Vertebrae" (2008) and "Axioma Ethica Odini" (2010) — were released via Indie Recordings in Europe and Nuclear Blast in North America.

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