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DEAFLOCK Thrash Metal from Japan

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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CROBOT Signs European Deal With NUCLEAR BLAST

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:10

Central Pennsylvania old-souled, dirty groove rock quartet CROBOT has inked a deal with Nuclear Blast for the European territory. The band is working with acclaimed producer Machine (CLUTCH, LAMB OF GOD) on its upcoming full-length debut, due out this fall. The CD will be made available in the U.S. via Wind-Up, the label that issued CROBOT's self-titled four-song EP in May. "We're honored to have Nuclear Blast as the international wind beneath our beards," states CROBOT vocalist Brandon Yeagley. "With bands like GRAVEYARD, SCORPION CHILD, ORCHID and KADAVAR on their roster, Nuclear Blast is the perfect place for CROBOT to nest." CROBOT embodies a mixture of groove-heavy riff-rock that will want to make you bang your head and shake your ass. Think of them as WOLFMOTHER's American cousins who smell like leather (they make leather-scented air fresheners!) and whose music scorches your ears like hot sauce to the taste (yes, they even have their own hot sauce!). You can't help but feel that you are taken into another dimension and back again with the songs of CROBOT. The press have been quick to praise their live shows as The Buffalo News says "…a set described by one concert-goer as 'the nastiest groove-metal I've heard this side of SOUNDGARDEN.'" CROBOT is Brandon Yeagley (lead vocals, harmonica), Chris Bishop (guitar, vocals), Jake Figuroa (bass) and Paul Figuroa (drums). CROBOT's video for the song "Nowhere To Hide" can be seen below.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 06:10

RockNLive conducted an interview with vocalist Gary Cherone and guitarist Nuno Bettencourt of Massachusetts hard rockers EXTREME perior to the band's June 21 performance at Hellfest in Clisson, France. You can now watch the chat below. Asked if EXTREME will follow the lead of other artists by releasing singles or EPs in the future instead of full-length albums, Bettencourt said at the Hellfest press conference: "This is the first time we've ever gone on the road without new music [to promote], and I'm kind of embarrassed about that, to be honest. "You know, it's doing that [we were performing] the [entire 1990] 'Pornograffitti' album [on some of the record tour dates], so it gives you a bit of an excuse to not have [a new] album [to tour behind]. But we're definitely working on [new] stuff, and by the end of the year, we should have a new album in. It won't be a little one; it'll be a regular size." EXTREME's first studio album in thirteen years, "Saudades de Rock" (pronounced "sow-dodge") was released in the U.S. on August 12, 2008 on Open E Records and distributed by Fontana. The European version of the CD, which came out on August 1, 2008, included a bonus track, the "Americocaine" demo from 1985, the very first studio recording of EXTREME. The iconic rock foursome — vocalist Gary Cherone, guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, bassist Pat Badger and new drummer Kevin Figueiredo — recorded their fifth studio offering at NRG Studios in Los Angeles with Bettencourt at the helm as producer and mixer. "Saudades de Rock" boasted 13 tracks, including the infectious roar of "Star", the groove-laden, swagger of "King Of The Ladies", a raw funk rock anthem called "Learn To Love", and the expressive ballad "Ghost". EXTREME's "Take Us Alive" live CD and DVD came out on May 4, 2010 in the U.S. via Frontiers Records. This performance was recorded on the last night of their tour at the House of Blues on August 8, 2009 in EXTREME's hometown of Boston.

HELLION To Release 'Karma's A Bitch' Mini-Album

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 05:10

Los Angeles-based female-fronted metallers HELLION will release a new mini-album, "Karma's A Bitch", on October 7 via New Renaissance in North America and October 8 in Europe through HNE/Cherry Red. The cover artwork for the CD was designed by British artist Wolven Claws of The Crystallomantic Art. Featuring vocalist Ann Boleyn, drummer Simon Wright (formerly of AC/DC, DIO and UFO), keyboardist Scott Warren (formerly with DIO and HEAVEN & HELL), bassist Bjorn Englen (formerly with YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), and up-an-coming shred guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle, HELLION's new tracks were produced by Wright and Boleyn alongside legendary British studio figure Ken Scott, who has produced such iconic albums as David Bowie's "Hunky Dory", "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars", "Aladdin Sane" and "Pinups". A top producer at Abbey Road Studios, Scott is also acknowledged as one of the five principal engineers for THE BEATLES. He has engineered countless classic works, including George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass", Elton John's "Madman Across The Water", "Honky Chateau" and "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player". Other credits include gold and platinum albums by SUPERTRAMP, David Bowie, MISSING PERSONS and KANSAS. A new HELLION song, "Hell Has No Fury", can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below.


NEW MEDICINE: 'Breaking The Model' Due In August

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 05:10

Minneapolis-based alternative rock quartet NEW MEDICINE will release its sophomore album, "Breaking The Model", on August 25 via Imagen Records. The first single from CD is "One Too Many", an upbeat rocker that every person who has ever had an alcoholic drink can relate to. The song was mixed by Chris Lorde Alge and a lyric video for the track can be seen below. From the intro piano and strings melody of album opener "Breaking The Model" to the final chords of album closer "Boy Like Me", it is clear that frontman and songwriter Jake Scherer wanted to create something different than the band's previous work. Grabbing elements from various musical influences from all genres of music, "Breaking The Model" shows a definite progression in the sound that the band showcased on its debut, "Race You To The Bottom". "I hope people appreciate that we pushed the envelope and didn't make the samerecord twice," Scherer explains. "We tried some new things, but we never lost our attitude or lost sight of where we came from. We want to make rock 'n' roll cool, young, dangerous, and exciting again." "Breaking The Model" was produced by Kevin Kaddish, known for his work with O.A.R., SKILLET, MEAT LOAF and Miley Cyrus, to name a few. The track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Breaking The Model 02. Desire Into Gold 03. One Too Many 04. Broken Girl 05. All About Me 06. World Class Fuck Up 07. Dead Love Song 08. Like A Rose 09. Heart With Your Name On It 10. Fire Up The Night 11. Boy Like Me Formed in 2009, NEW MEDICINE burst onto the scene with its 2010 debut, "Race To The Bottom". That CD went on to sell over 30,000 copies based on the strength of the music, radio support and a extensive road work alongside AVENGED SEVENFOLD, HALESTORM, ADELITA'S WAY, HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD and STONE SOUR. NEW MEDICINE is Jake Scherer on vocals, Dan Garland on guitars, Kyle LeBlanc on bass and Dylan Wood on drums.


METALLICA: Official Footage of Vienna Concert

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 04:10

METALLICA's official YouTube channel Metallica TV has been updated with fly-on-the-wall footage shot by a MetOnTour.com reporter on July 9 in Vienna, Austria. The 16-minute clip includes footage of drummer Lars Ulrich in the Met Club meet-and-greet and "Master Of Puppets" and "Whiskey In The Jar" from the show. The band's setlist for the concert was as follows: 01. Battery 02. Master Of Puppets 03. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) 04. Ride The Lightning 05. The Unforgiven 06. Lords Of Summer 07. Wherever I May Roam 08. Sad But True 09. Fade To Black 10. ...And Justice For All 11. One 12. For Whom The Bell Tolls 13. Whiskey In The Jar 14. Nothing Else Matters 15. Enter Sandman Encore: 16. St. Anger 17. Blackened 18. Seek & Destroy As previously reported, METALLICA stars in the latest ESPN "This Is SportsCenter" ad. The clip, which debuted on July 14 during this year's All-Star Home Run Derby, plays off the idea that the band members don't know what to do with themselves since Yankees star reliever Mariano Rivera retired last season and took his "Enter Sandman" entrance music with him — so the band begins a desperate search for something else to do. Drummer Lars Ulrich said, "Sometimes it can be quite freeing to put yourself at the mercy of others. ESPN's commercials have a tendency to be hilarious. We were like, 'That sounds like a good time.' The whole thing had an overriding impulsivity to it." The long-running series of comical "This Is SportsCenter" ads promote ESPN's "SportsCenter" sports news show. The commercials, which debuted in 1994, are presented in a deadpan mockumentary style, lampooning various aspects of sports and sports broadcasting. After completing a recent European festival run, METALLICA has just one show on its calendar for the rest of 2014, at the Heavy MTL festival in Montreal on August 9. The band is slated to enter the studio and begin recording its 10th studio album this fall.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 02:10

"Cantina del Infierno", the new video from Angeleno extreme metal band DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Thomas Mignone (SEPULTURA, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, DANZIG, MORBID ANGEL) and features very special appearances by MORBID ANGEL frontman David Vincent (as the "Diablo" himself), and metal promoter/journalist/model Metal Sanaz. "Cantina del Infierno" is taken from DIA DE LOS MUERTOS' new EP, "No Money - No Fiesta", which can be downloaded for free from the band's web site, DDLM.net. Recorded at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, California and mixed by Roy Z (SEPULTURA, JUDAS PRIEST, BRUCE DICKINSON), "No Money-No Fiesta" is the follow-up to the band's successful "Satanico-Dramatico", and includes a version in the Portuguese language of the song "Crush, Kill, Destroy" from the long-defunct Brazilian cult '80s black/death metal band SARCÓFAGO. DIA DE LOS MUERTOS will play Mexico's Hell & Heaven Fest, set to take place on October 25.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 01:10

KING DIAMOND has tapped Swedish musician Pontus Egberg (THE POODLES, LION'S SHARE, ZAN CLAN) to fill in on bass for the band's upcoming shows following the recent departure of Hal Patino. A photo of Egberg rehearsing with the rest of the KING DIAMOND band earlier today can be seen above. Patino released a statement yesterday calling KING DIAMOND's frontman and namesake "a tired, bitter, old man" and denying that he has a drug problem, despite the singer's implications to the contrary. After King announced Hal's exit from KING DIAMOND, Patino posted a message of his own claiming that he was offered a "totally ridiculous" salary for the band's five shows this summer, calling the move "disrespectful" and insisting that he quit the band in disgust two days before King announced Patino was "relieved of his duties" as the bassist for KING DIAMOND. King then responded with a lengthy posting on his Facebook page, accusing Patino of "putting out extreme lies" about King's character and slamming Hal for asking for more money at the last minute after the rest of the band and the crew already accepted the same salary as they had received for last year's European tour. KING DIAMOND's next live appearance is scheduled for July 25 at Gröna Lund in Stockholm, Sweden. KING DIAMOND in December 2012 signed a new three-album worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records. The band is expected to begin work on a new CD later in the year for a 2015 release.

SKID ROW's DAVE 'SNAKE' SABO: 'We Have Longevity Because We Respect The Audience'

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 00:10

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently conducted an interview with SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Icon Vs. Icon: Obviously, your dreams became a reality and you have been doing what you love for a long time now. To what do you attribute the longevity of SKID ROW? Sabo: An appreciation and respect for the fans, the consumer, the person who makes a conscious decision to buy a SKID ROW record or a ticket to see us live. First of all, being able to play music for a living is something I feel a lot of people take for granted. We absolutely do not. We realize this isn't a birthright; it's a privilege to be able to get out and play music every night and as your means of living. We are incredibly humbled by it and it doesn't get lost on us that people make a conscious decision to spend their money on what you are doing, whether it is coming to see your show or buying your record. That is such an amazing compliment that something we put together and built some 28 years ago is something people still believe in enough to support it. It is the most amazing and humbling thing I have ever experienced. We are reminded of it every day. They are the reason we are able to travel the world and make music for a living, which is the most incredible thing in the world. That is why we have longevity — because we respect the audience. Icon Vs. Icon: You have been hard at work on your latest EP, "Rise of the Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two". Did you have any particular goals or expectations for this release? Sabo: Songwriting is a very selfish act. It has to be. I say that because you have to write for yourself for it to be pure. If you are writing for radio or a particular trend, then you are not being true to yourself. When we write from the perspective of what matters to us, what appeals to us and what we want to hear, we do that to the best of our ability and then, from there, we hope it connects. Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't, but at least it's for real, it's pure and it's not disingenuous. Once you start writing from the standpoint of "I want this song to be on the radio, so have to write it a particular way..." I think it becomes a bit disingenuous. We have never looked at it like that. Our sensibilities from a songwriting perspective run the gamut from pop music to heavy old-school metal. You take all of those things, my influences, Rachel Bolan's influences, along with the influences of Scotti [Hill], Johnny [Solinger] and Rob [Hammersmith], put them in a pot, mix them together, it comes out a SKID ROW song. First and foremost, it is always about being true and respectful of the process and to ourselves. This record was a rediscovery of things for Rachel and I. We get in these conversations before we start writing any record. We just start peeling away the layers of life, if you will, because this is our form of expression. We started questioning each other asking, "Why do we do this? What is the essence, spirit and soul of why we do this in the first place?" It is because when we first picked up a guitar, a bass or any sort of instrument and started writing music, it was because that was the only way we truly knew to express ourselves. Whatever angst moments we might have been going through in life, we got through by expressing it through music. Maybe we weren't the greatest communicators with other people verbally or maybe we weren't the greatest at social interactions but for us music was the great communicator. Music was our pressure valve and allowed us to release what we needed to release in order to get through life. Basically, what problems you have at 16 or 17 year old might seem mundane by the person you are today but their impact was no less severe than the things we go through today as adults. They are just as powerful except you are dealing with it from a different age mindset but the force of it is still the same. That force we felt propelled us to write music because it was form of expression and the same holds true today. We just peeled away the layers and got to the core of life and why we do this. Once we got there, the lightswitch went on and everything just clicked. Again, you are writing from a really selfish standpoint and it needs to be that way. We just seemed to be on the same page throughout that time. I can honestly say I didn't know it was going to be this way but this record was the most fun I have ever had making a SKID ROW record. From start to finish, it was a lot of hard work but it was such a joyful experience. Everyone just seemed to be in lock-step with one and other. Icon Vs. Icon: It is great to hear you so passionate about the band's work these days. Were there any particular challenges you encountered in bringing this EP to life and what did you learn from the process? Sabo: I have known this but it seems in this situation, less is more. You have to adjust in this world almost on a daily basis. Change is right in front of you and it is occurring all the time. Things move at the speed of light in our world now. As people, we don't have the expendable time we used to have to invest ourselves in sitting and listening to a record that is an hour long or 15 songs long. By and large, we don't have that luxury, it seems. We wanted to do something that didn't keep us in the studio for months at a time and allowed us to release product quicker in shorter spurts, if you will, and not browbeat the public. We are giving them something to where they hopefully want more and then they will get it eight months down the line. It is kind of the same thing as putting together a 20-song record, but just cutting it up over the course of two years and releasing it in three different installments. We also wrote each EP before we recorded because we didn't want to write all 15 or 20 tracks and just space out their release. We wanted to be very much in the moment, so that is what we have been doing and we will do that with the next EP as well. It has really served us well. It has kept everything really fresh and there is a sort of urgency and immediacy to it. I like that a lot and I think it comes across in listening back to it. I think we have also gotten to the point that we are so appreciative of what we have and are so thankful. We are really humbled by it all. I think with that comes a respect for the audience and what the band has been able to do over the course of the past 28 years. There is a respect for the songwriting, along with a respect for each other. For these EPs, I think everything sort of presents itself at that particular time. That is what really worked for us with this last EP in particular. Rachel and I really became conscious of how fortunate we are. To still be songwriting partners, band members and best buds after all this time is really something. That doesn't get lost on us through this whole process. We are keenly aware of being present and in the moment. It sounds cliché but when it really does happen it is something truly incredible. I think we are just going to take that philosophy and presence of mind into the next release and create from there. It is a great sampling and a great place to be in when you are both on the same page with one and other. The results are something to behold. Read the entire interview at Icon Vs. Icon.

SEBASTIAN BACH: 'I Want To Make A Record That You Can Listen To The Rest Of Your Life'

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 00:10

Anna Zurek of Myglobalmind webzine recently conducted an interview with former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Myglobalmind: So what would you say is the main difference between the tracks on your new album, "Give 'Em Hell", and older ones on, for example, "Kicking & Screaming"? Bach: Well, "Kicking & Screaming" was written a lot by a guy called Nick Sterling [guitar]. This kid that was in my band, that I was very impressed by him at the time. But it did not work out between me and him in the long run, which is really unfortunate, but I am a… I do not know what the right word is… I get the job done. I. Get. The. Job. Done. No matter who is in my band. I do not put out a record that, if I do not feel like it is a 100 percent, that it can be it, then it does not come out. So some people say, "Well, you have to work with them." No. Because my job has been with me for 10 years; we do not get in arguments. You know, Duff McKagan [GUNS N' ROSES], I get along great with him. He plays on half the record. Steve Stevens from Billy Idol's band plays on three songs. John 5 [ROB ZOMBIE] is on the first single, "Temptation". But these guys love to work with me. If you do not want to be the best you can be, then I am hard to work with. Like, if you just want to put something out to get paid, I am not your guy. I want it to sound like the best it can sound and I will not rest until it sounds that way to me. Myglobalmind: That is great and rare nowadays, especially with younger musicians. Bach: I know what you are saying. The difference between a singer like me or Ozzy [Osbourne] or Steven Tyler… When I started out, you could not be a lead singer unless you had your own sound that was all your own. Let me explain that. Ozzy Osbourne — nobody sounds like that. Jon Bon Jovi — you know his voice. Steven Tyler — nobody sounds like that. Vince Neil — nobody sounds like that. Rob Halford — nobody sounds like that. Sebastian Bach… I had my own sound. I do not sound like Axl Rose. All of us are identifiable in our vocals, and immediately, when you hear me sing or talk, you know that is Sebastian Bach. Same with all the stars of [the time] when we were kids. These days, what you just said, I do not think that anybody tries in bands now coming up. I do not hear any lead vocalist that is coming with his own new, brand new, unique sound. Like none. Zero. If there are some, tell me! [laughs] Myglobalmind: Where do you usually get your inspiration from for songs and lyrics? How do you create songs within the band? Bach: Well, you know, each song is different and each album is different, but my goal is to make some music that I want to listen to over and over and over and over again because, lord knows, the first SKID ROW album, people have been playing that album for 25 years and they always will. Nobody gets sick of it. So that is my goal. I want to make a record that you can listen to the rest of your life. You know and that is kind of a major accomplishment. I mean, I do not even know if I am accomplishing it. To me, I am. You know those things only come to light over the course of time. So, to my ears, "Kicking & Screaming" and "Angel Down", they sound really good, so that is all I can do. I did not know when we were making the first SKID ROW album that anybody would like that. You do not know that when you are making it. You are like jamming and "We Are The Youth Gone Wild," oh that is cool! And then the whole fucking planet fucking freaks out! You do not know that while you are doing it. Read the entire interview at Myglobalmind.

PRIMUS Drummer TIM ALEXANDER Recovering After Successful Heart Bypass Surgery

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 23:10

PRIMUS drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander underwent a successful bypass procedure earlier today to remove blockage from arteries near his heart. The band writes on its Facebook page: "The mighty Tim 'Herb' Alexander has pulled through surgery, the blockage from his heart has been removed with no complications and all signs point to a glorious and speedy recovery." Alexander, 49, originally left PRIMUS in 1996 and played sporadically with the band in the early 2000s in addition to being involved with various other groups, including LAUNDRY, A PERFECT CIRCLE, PUSCIFER and a solo project. Before he rejoined PRIMUS in 2013, he played on several of the band's albums, including 1991's "Sailing The Seas Of Cheese" and 1993's "Pork Soda". Alexander was the first drummer of A PERFECT CIRCLE, performing early live shows with the band, and recording drums for the track "The Hollow" on the band's debut album, "Mer De Noms". He is listed as a member in the band's DVD/CD release "aMOTION". Alexander is a member of Maynard James Keenan's PUSCIFER project. He has toured with them and can be heard on several of their recordings.