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DEFOX RECORDS & INVINCIBLE RECORDS are proud to announce the record deal with the japanese Thrash Metal band called DEAFLOCK.
Deaflock is an old school thrash metal group formed in Nagoya in 2000, after the demo called simply "Deaflock" and the participation to a compilation "Earthquake A.G.M" the band publish "Reality Of False Pasts",the first album of the group which was showing the old school attitude.
Now the band presents new album titled "Courage to expose all" that contains 9 songs in vein of furious Thrash'n'Death sound, fast and
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W.A.S.P. Guitarist DOUGLAS BLAIR To Introduce SIGNAL2NOISE Project To Finnish Audiences
With the next W.A.S.P. release — tentatively titled "Golgotha" — and the band's subsequent tour slated for spring of 2015, Douglas Blair, the group's American lead guitarist, stands poised to finally introduce his long-mothballed "main" project, the aptly named power duo SIGNAL2NOISE, to Finnish audiences during the interim. In association with Rock Academy Finland — for whom Blair is a visiting professor (traveling to and coaching groups at the program's various nationwide locations) — the duo will be scheduling club shows to perform music from its "Fighting Mental Illness" collection. Along with Boston drummer John Anthony, Douglas will also be hosting daytime clinics/workshops at Rock Academy Finland locations in each city. Blair — who's relocating to Turku, Finland from Boston — formed SIGNAL2NOISE at the turn of the millenium when he decided to tackle a new instrument he'd actually designed and developed for his bassist. The GuitarCross is an 8-string bass/guitar hybrid that allows the player to play both guitar (5 strings) and bass (3 strings) simultaneously and completely separately through multiple amplifiers. The instrument will certainly catch the attention of the growing Extended Range Guitar (ERG) and prog communities, in the vein of MESHUGGAH and ANIMALS AS LEADERS. Known more for his spinning saw-blade themed stage guitars with W.A.S.P., Douglas explains the GX concept: "There's a really cool American industrial band from the '90s called FILTER, and how they used two guitars slamming harmonized single low notes inspired me to find a way to have my bassist do that, with me (on my guitar). That's where it started — with one note — and now it's expanded exponentially. Two of us can sound like five — with no backing tracks whatsoever." "I'll be using John [Anthony] whenever his busy schedule allows, but I'll also be looking for creative and innovative drummers of all types to collaborate in this way. As is the flexible nature of a duo, styles can move in any direction — and I'll also look forward to working with guest vocalists and soloists along the way!" As if all that were not enough, Blair contends the duo will perform "inside out": Anthony's drums set up in front of Blair (standing on a riser), adding that this arrangement actually "mirrors the reversal of roles that is occuring quite often while we play — the GX takes rhythym, while the drums take the lead role." For more information, visit www.s2nusa.com.
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's KNUTSON, GILBERT Interviewed On FULL METAL JACKIE's Radio Show (Audio)
Singer Eric "A.K." Knutson and guitarist Michael Gilbert of Arizona metallers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM were interviewed on the August 22-24 edition of Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below. To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to FullMetalJackieRadio.com. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM is preparing to enter the studio to begin work on a new album for a tentative early 2015 release. Asked by Felicity Hall of GetYourRockOut at this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival if the band has begun writing new material yet, Eric "A.K." Knutson said: "We've written a little bit. We have some songs that were actually written for 'Doomsday For The Deceiver'  and 'No Place For Disgrace'  that never made it to the record, and we're pulling those out of the vault and we're gonna try to kind of revamp them and see if we can turn them into something cool." Eric also spoke about FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's renewed energy and attitude towards the touring lifestyle after only playing sporadic shows and engaging in limited touring activity for many years. "This business, for me, is more fun than it ever has been, and I'm ready to play anywhere," Eric said. "I think back in the day, we were so worried about where the next girl was coming from, where the next beer was coming from, where the next party was, and now it's much, much more about the music to us and the fans and that short time on stage we have; that's really the best part of all of it. And it's a completely different look at the industry now for us, and it's more fun than ever." According to Eric, one of the top motivating factors in keeping FLOTSAM AND JETSAM alive more than 30 years after the band's formation is the inspiration his band has provided for so many of the newer artists, many of which acknowledge FLOTSAM as an influence. "One of my biggest payments about being in this band is all the bands from around the world telling me, 'You know what?! You guys are the reason why I play guitar," he said. "You guys are reason why I sing or why I do this.' An that's one of the biggest paybacks you can get in this business. And we get that from a lot of bands, just saying, 'I grew up listening to you. You're the reason why I do this.' And that's better than any paycheck you can get anywhere." FLOTSAM AND JETSAM recently parted ways with guitarist Edward Carlson and bassist Jason Ward and replaced them with Steve Conley and Michael Spencer, respectively. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's current lineup is as follows: Eric "A.K." Knutson - Vocals Michael Gilbert - Guitar Kelly D. Smith - Drums Michael Spencer - Bass Steve Conley - Guitar FLOTSAM AND JETSAM released "No Place For Disgrace - 2014", a re-recording of the band's second album, "No Place For Disgrace", on February 14 in Europe and digitally on February 18 in North America via Metal Blade Records. The physical CD was made available in North America on March 4. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM returned to Metal Blade Records for the release of the group's 2012 album, "Ugly Noise".
Ex-IRON MAIDEN Singer PAUL DI'ANNO Says His Voice Is 'Actually Getting Better' As He Is Getting Older
In episode 41 of "One On One With Mitch Lafon", Canadian rock journalist Mitch Lafon speaks with former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno. You can now listen to the chat using the Spreaker widget below. Asked about the difficulties of pulling off some of his classic material live as he is getting older, Paul said: "I've got tell you one thing, my voice is actually getting better. I'm hitting notes I've never hit in quite a long time. And you know why? 'Cause I don't fuss about over it. Some people, they go, 'Oh, I've got a slight cough. Let's cancel the whole show. The whole tour's gonna be off.' If you look at my touring schedule, it's brutal, normally. I do this five, six, seven days a week, something like that, and I'm still hitting those notes. And I'm really happy with what we're doing in the studio. I'm hitting notes Rob Halford can't hit anymore/. So I'm doing quite well; I'm really happy. And the reason why is 'cause I don't fuss about over it. A slight little cough? 'Oh, no, that's it; everything is off.' Me, I don't care of me voice. I still smoke, I still drink. I still have it, mate." Di'Anno recently revealed that he was scrapping his retirement plans and was in the process of recording a new album with his new band called ARCHITECTS OF CHAOZ (also featuring members of Paul's longtime German touring backing group THE PHANTOMZ). Due to a number of health issues, including a knee problem, Di'Anno announced in July 2012 that he would stop touring in 2013. His farewell tour had since been extended to 2014. Asked in an interview with "The Metal Voice" about his "farewell" tour, Di'Anno interjected: "It's not a farewell tour. I was gonna retire because of a bad knee. And it was really pissing me off. What it is, I've got a knee replacement, 'cause it's all damaged; I've had a couple of motorcycle accidents. I thought about quitting — not because I wanted to, but I thought, 'This could get worse. I'm doing more damage to it.' But then I thought, it doesn't make a difference; it's about the voice. So it's not the farewell tour. And I spoke to the wife and she said, 'Oh, my God. If you stay home for two months, I'll probably murder you.' So I decided in the end, 'Fuck it.' Doing all these things is great, but I actually wanna be part of a band." Paul Di'Anno's April 9 performance at Lizard Club in Krakow, Poland as part of the Doładowanie festival was professionally filmed for an upcoming DVD, titled "The Beast Arises", to be released on October 6 in Europe through Metal Mind Productions and October 7 in North America via MVD. "The Beast Arises" will also be made available on CD, digital and vinyl. The setlist for Di'Anno's concert in Krakow included some of the best IRON MAIDEN tracks from the period when Di'Anno was the band’s lead singer, as well as KILLERS and Di'Anno solo tracks. The DVD will also contain bonus features such as an interview with Di'Anno, a photo gallery and more. Di'Anno recorded two classic albums with IRON MAIDEN before being fired and replaced by Bruce Dickinson. He went on to front a number of other bands, including KILLERS and BATTLEZONE, and released several solo records. Asked why he thinks his two LPs with MAIDEN became timeless and iconic in the rock history, Di'Anno told Spotlight Report: "I think because when we started, the whole punk thing was so bloody huge, which I loved and still love punk to this day, and the heavier music just became so distant; they called it dinosaur rock back in the day." He continued: "When we got signed and the whole New Wave Of British Heavy Metal started, that's what really kicked off what we have today. If it wasn't for MAIDEN and bands like SAXON, MOTÖRHEAD, etc., you would never have had bands like METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX. If you didn't have those bands, you would never have had SEPULTURA, MORBID ANGEL and then PANTERA, etc. So at the time, they were just bloody good albums, but in the history of things, they really kicked off what started for anything today that has heavy guitar. And yeah, they are timeless. Those albums still sell millions. You don't see the crap that was around then still selling shit, like SHAKIN' STEVENS or SPANDAU BALLET, do ya?"
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's REED MULLIN Speaks To THE AGE OF METAL (Video)
The Age Of Metal recently conducted an interview with CORROSION OF CONFORMITY drummer Reed Mullin. You can now watch the chat below. Due to a torn rotator cuff, Mullin was forced to sit out CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's recent live dates. He was temporarily replaced by Eric Hernandez, formerly of KYLESA. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY explained: "Eric came to our attention when we approached Rick Smith of TORCHE about filling in and he recommended Eric, who he grew up with in Miami. Eric has also filled in for Ricky in TORCHE a few times with great results. He is, like Reed, a hard hitter, and thankfully possesses the capacity to learn and digest detailed material quickly and accurately." CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's two-week North American run commenced on August 20 in Spokane, and is scheduled to come to a close in Vancouver on September 1. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's new album, "IX", was released on July 1 via Candlelight. The CD was produced by the band and longtime comrade John Custer.
ASKING ALEXANDRIA: 'Moving On' Video Released
British metalcore act ASKING ALEXANDRIA just completed its most successful and high-profile tour yet as part of the main stage on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. The band's new music video for the track "Moving On" gives everyone a small glimpse into the musicians' lives on and off that stage. It's their most honest and unfiltered video offering to date. Comments ASKING ALEXANDRIA guitarist Ben Bruce: "For the first time in our careers, we are showcasing ourselves in the most sincere light possible. No drugs, no partying, no script and no bullshit. It's just the five of us completely vulnerable. "No matter what the circumstance, being away from those you love and care about is very difficult and drags you down. Luckily for us, we have incredible fans that love and support us and help us through our toughest times. "I hope this video gives you all a little bit of a look into our world. "Thank you for all of your continued support and for keeping us going." ASKING ALEXANDRIA's third album, "From Death To Destiny", sold 38,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. Speaking about the songwriting process for "From Death To Destiny", Ben Bruce told The AU Review: "I had a lot more fun, albeit having to pay a lot more money this time round. "The first two records, being the main songwriter, I had my laptop, so I would go in to Garage Band and program in a drum beat that I thought would sound cool, and record over it and write a song that way. This one, we had no time off, so I was stressing out about writing this record. So I basically used one of my royalty checks to buy my own tour bus, and I ripped out the back lounge and half of the bunk area, and converted it into a fully functioning studio that had a vocal booth, a drum kit, live amps, mics, everything. So this time I spent a lot of time at the back of the bus with James [Cassells, drums], and we would just jam back and forth and record our jam sessions. That's basically how we wrote this album."
DOPE Signs European Deal With STEAMHAMMER/SPV
Chicago industrial metal outfit DOPE has inked a deal with Steamhammer/SPV for the European territory. The band's new album, "Blood Money", will be released in the spring of 2015. Comments Steamhammer A&R representative Georg Schröder: "We are proud to release the upcoming DOPE album within Europe. "Since their album 'Group Therapy', which was released in 2003, this band is one of my absolute faves when it comes to industrial metal! Therefore, it is a pleasure for us to bring the new album, 'Blood Money', to Europe." DOPE's music video for the track "Selfish" can be seen below. Directed by DOPE mainman Edsel Dope, this is the first music clip the band has unleashed to the masses in five years. The new digital-only single "Selfish" will be available through Steamhammer/SPV within Europe on September 12. "Very excited to begin sharing new DOPE music with our fans," says Edsel Dope. "DOPE is returning with a vengeance after a five-year hiatus that concluded after touring alongside BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and SEVENDUST following the release of the bands fifth album, 'No Regrets'. Edsel continues, "These are some of our most punishing works to date." To celebrate, DOPE has announced a batch of U.S. tour dates with (HED) P.E.
BUCKCHERRY's JOSH TODD And KEITH NELSON Speak To MULATSCHAG About 'F**k' EP (Video)
Austria's Mulatschag recently conducted an interview with Josh Todd (vocals) and Keith Nelson (guitar) of Californian rockers BUCKCHERRY. You can now watch the chat below. BUCKCHERRY has just released a new EP, simply titled "Fuck", via the band's newly established F Bomb imprint. A six-song EP that unapologetically rattles the speakers as much as it will the censors, the record features six balls-to-the-wall tracks that erupt with gritty riffs and sharp-tongued lyrics, including the radio single and riotous cover of Icona Pop's hit song "I Love It", which the band naturally cranks to 11 and renames "Say Fuck It". The official video for "Say Fuck It" can be seen below. "Fuck" EP track listing: 01. Somebody Fucked With Me 02. Say Fuck It 03. The Motherfucker 04. I Don't Give A Fuck 05. It's A Fucking Disaster 06. Fist Fuck BUCKCHERRY frontman Josh Todd has said in a new interview with Yahoo! Music that "Fuck" is "not just some silly rock record," adding, "It's not about offending anybody as much as celebrating the word. There are so many ways to use the word. We wanted to capture that on an EP and not hold back or censor anything." The Pulse Of Radio asked Todd if it was difficult to keep coming up with lyrics based around one word. "It was actually super easy," he said. "I have no problem with profanity as you know, so it was like, 'How am I gonna do this in such a way to where — there's so many ways that people use the word and I want to capture that in song.' All the different ways that 'fuck' can come across, you know. That's what I thought about when I was sitting down writing lyrics."
MORGOTH: New Song 'God Is Evil' Available For Streaming
Reactivated German death metallers MORGOTH have just released a seven-inch EP/digital single titled "God Is Evil" featuring two brand new tracks. The song "God Is Evil" can now be streamed below. Comments the band: "Finally, after 17 years, we have some new tunes to share with you. "We are excited about the nearing release of the 'God Is Evil' single, which contains the title track as well as the song 'Die As Deceiver'. These two brand-new songs are meant to be a first teaser for our upcoming album, 'Ungod', which we will be recording later this year for a release early 2015 via Century Media Records." "God Is Evil" is available on black vinyl and limited golden vinyl (300 copies). The powerful artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu, who has previously worked with ARCH ENEMY, GRAVE, DARKTHRONE and many others. MORGOTH released its first-ever live album and DVD, "Cursed To Live", on June 25, 2012 via Century Media Records. The audio tracks were mixed at Unisound Studio in Sweden with Dan Swanö (OPETH, KATATONIA, DISSECTION). "Cursed To Live" is the documentation of MORGOTH's 20th-anniversary celebration of the band's all-time classic album "Cursed" (released by Century Media Records in 1991). It was released on CD, a limited DVD+2CD as well as a limited deluxe 2LP. The live show featured on the album was recorded at the band's triumphant show headlining Way Of Darkness festival 2011, at which MORGOTH performed an extensive set of 15 songs, with the main focus on the songs off "Cursed". The cover artwork — with an intentional nod to the original "Cursed" art — was designed by the renowned artist Dirk Rudolph (RAMMSTEIN, IN EXTREMO, APOCALYPTICA), who had also created the original artwork for "Cursed". MORGOTH 2014 is: Marc Grewe - Vocals Harry Busse - Guitar Sebastian Swart - Guitar Sotirios "Soti" Kelekidis - Bass Marc Reign - Drums
AEROSMITH's JOE PERRY Remembers Having To Teach METALLICA To Play 'Train Kept A-Rollin''
In a brand new interview with Michael Christopher of Vanyaland, AEROSMITH's Joe Perry spoke about the story in the guitarist's new memoir, "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith", when he had to teach METALLICA how to play the blues classic "Train Kept A-Rollin'" at the 2009 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame jam because they didn't know it. Asked why he thinks it's so important for musicians to know the history of music and why so many artists seem ignorant of it or simply not interested in learning about it, Perry replied: "I think from just being fascinated by the thrill of music and especially pop music, I mean we're not talking about classical music — that's another whole world — but as far as pop music and the music we are talking about I think at least from the point of view from understanding what it is about music that makes you feel that way. And 99 percent of people who listen to music don't know and don't care, and frankly, it's not their job to care. Their job is to enjoy it and have fun with it or listen to it to give you a lift or to mellow you out or whatever you want that's what it's for. 'Any old way you use it,' like Chuck Berry said. "I don't think it's a prerequisite that you have to go back and study the way popular music evolved from the interior of Africa to the coast of Africa through England and the islands down in the Caribbean and then to the Delta. I don't think that parts important unless you're just interested in it. I think the elements that make up that feeling that you get that's important. "METALLICA has made great music and a great name for themselves. Their sound is original they deserve to be in the Hall Of Fame. The story wasn't meant to be a put down and I hope it doesn't come across that way, it's not how I meant it. It's more of an observation that every generation seems to get away from the original stuff and it's also that each generation is going to have to find their inspirations. They're going to hear something and they're going to go, 'I like that or I don't like that.' It may be the type of thing where you're not hearing something and you know you can do it better. I know that is part of what I was feeling. I was thinking, 'Well I can do that. I can get on stage and do that or I'm missing something when I see this band or that band. We can put another twist on it or we can try this or try that and then add a little bit of our own originality to it.' "I don't think you have to read Delta Blues 101 to make good music, but I think we're seeing the end of an era where we're seeing so many of the originals pass away over the last 10 to 15 years; we've lost so many originals. Thankfully a lot of it has been preserved. I wish they would've had iPhones and video recorders back in Robert Johnson's day. At least they got those recordings."
EVERGREY: EPK For 'Hymns For The Broken' Album
An EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for "Hymns For The Broken", the new album from Swedish metallers EVERGREY, can be found below. Not too long ago EVERGREY was almost dead. Long live EVERGREY. Yes it's true, one of the most original metal bands to come out of Sweden almost called it quits. It wasn't a decision vocalist/guitarist Tom S. Englund had spent hours or weeks brooding over, but as time passed following the band's "Glorious Collision" album from 2011 he felt less and less inspired to continue. Perhaps it was the splintering of the band lineup in 2010 — which saw Henrik Danhage (guitars), Jonas Ekdahl (drums), and Jari Kainulainen (bass) leave on friendly terms — or maybe it was the business side of the music that had worn him down, but Englund had seriously considered throwing in the towel. Fate had other plans, however, and he found himself working alongside his former bandmates due to circumstances beyond his control. The end result of that unplanned collaboration, which was meant to be temporary, resulted in a re-energized EVERGREY creating "Hymns For The Broken", arguably the strongest album in the band's 16-year career. "We needed a stand-in drummer for a few shows that had already been booked," Englund explains, "because Hannes [Van Dahl] had been offered the chance to join SABATON, so I naturally called Jonas to see if he was available. We also needed a second guitarist, so I asked Henrik and he was fine with it. While we were doing those shows, we realized that we were having a lot of fun with the music again." "I'd say that the guys coming back saved EVERGREY because I wasn't 100% set on doing an album," Englund admits. "And I'm amazed. The band sounds hungry, the album sounds awesome, and I can say there's not a weak song on it. I like it a lot, which is strange because usually I'm so tired of the music after working on an album for such a long time. Honestly, I've never felt I've been as close to the music as I am with 'Hymns For The Broken' because all the bits and pieces are in there. It's exactly what my vision for the album was. Usually you get about 80% of it right, but this is 100% what we wanted." EVERGREY treads familiar musical territory on "Hymns For The Broken', but they most certainly haven't rehashed any of their previous eight albums. Their trademark elements of dark and light, rage and melancholy, and Englund's signature vocals are all intact, but there's a raw energy in EVERGREY's new music that hasn't been heard in years, if ever. "I think you can hear that the album is full of energy, full of life," says Englund. "It's definitely hungry, and it sounds different from any of the other releases we have. I'm not bashing our other albums at all; 'Hymns For The Broken' is just a different approach. I sang pretty much everything in writing mode, so the initial ideas were there from the beginning. We didn't try to go back and polish things up. Also, bass and drums were recorded together live in the studio, and we didn't stop until we had the take we wanted. We were after the spontaneity and I think you can hear it." Producer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, AMARANTHE, PRIMAL FEAR) mixed "Hymns For The Broken" and is considered by Englund to be the best man for the job. According to Tom, Hansen knew instinctively what the band wanted to do with the new music. Working from the original demos, "he made the songs sound 100 times better." Taking the cover art and song titles on "Hyms For The Broken" at face value, it seems the thread woven through the album is tied to the concept of battle, war and revolution. EVERGREY isn't making a political statement, however. Nothing could be further from the truth. "Hymns For The Broken" is about the human struggle that has been so present on all of EVERGREY's albums. "For the last six years I've gone through a major transition, which has pushed me into corners where I've discovered things about myself that I didn't know existed," Englund reveals. "It's an album about finding out you're not the person you thought you were, which is something that can be scary and terrifying and rewarding. It's been one hell of a journey. I'm not saying that my journey has ended or that I have the answers to anything. I'm confident enough to stand here and do this again. I think we've used our music as a forum for people who feel the same way we do about things, to make people feel less alone in some way." "Hymns For The Broken" track listing: 01. The Awakening 02. King Of Errors 03. A New Dawn 04. Wake A Change 05. Archaic Rage 06. Barricades 07. Black Undertow 08. The Fire 09. Hymns For The Broken 10. Missing You 11. A Grand Collapse 12. The Aftermath EVERGREY 2014 is: Tom S. Englund - Guitar, Vocals Rikard Zander - Keyboards Johan Niemann - Bass Henrik Danhage - Guitar Jonas Ekdahl - Drums