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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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CHILDREN OF BODOM's ROOPE LATVALA Interviewed By THE AGE OF METAL (Video)
The Age Of Metal conducted an interview with guitarist Roope Latvala of Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM on March 3 in Tempe, Arizona. You can now watch the chat below. CHILDREN OF BODOM kicked off a six-week major-market North American headlining tour on February 14 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada and is hitting 32 markets across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping with a two-night stand at New York City's Irving Plaza on March 28 and March 29. The tour features support from folk metal heroes TÝR and represents CHILDREN OF BODOM's first Stateside headlining run since the release of the band's new LP, "Halo Of Blood". New York fans will have the opportunity to see two unique CHILDREN OF BODOM shows, a different set each night. In addition, 100 two-night packages are available for New York City which include one ticket for each evening, early entry to the venue both nights, an exclusive show poster and access to the VIP Balcony section. CHILDREN OF BODOM's eighth album, "Halo Of Blood", sold 8,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was made available on June 11 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover art was created by Sami Saramäki, who was responsible for the artwork on previous CHILDREN OF BODOM albums "Follow The Reaper", "Are You Dead Yet?" and "Hate Crew Deathroll". CHILDREN OF BODOM's new album was recorded at Danger Johnny Studios in Helsinki. For the recording of the LP, CHILDREN OF BODOM has teamed up with recording engineer Mikko Karmila, who worked with the band on their fan-favorite albums "Hatebreeder", "Follow The Reaper" and "Hate Crew Deathroll", as well as Swedish producer Peter Tägtgren (MARDUK, AMON AMARTH), who oversaw production of both vocals and keyboards on the record. The album was mixed at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki.
THE PRETTY RECKLESS Singer Says Her Personal Life Is Nobody's Business
According to The Pulse Of Radio, THE PRETTY RECKLESS singer Taylor Momsen has a message for anyone who wants to judge her by her appearance, her personal life or her current job: it's none of your business. Momsen, still best known for her role as good-girl-gone-bad Jenny Humphrey on the show "Gossip Girl", told Kerrang! magazine, "I don't live my personal life publicly. What I do personally is, frankly, none of your business. If someone takes a picture of me smoking, they call me a bad role model… I'm just an artist. The role model is the music, not me as a person. I'm not here to be your entertainment — the music is." Momsen began acting at the age of three with a part in a Shake 'N' Bake commercial, landing her first big role as Cindy Lou Who in 2000's "How The Grinch Stole Christmas". She told The Pulse Of Radio that even now as a rock artist, she's not embarrassed by her early work as a child actor. "I mean, it's a part of your past so you roll with it, but I don't, I barely remember it," she said. "I mean, I was three in the commercial and five in 'The Grinch', so (laughs) it's a very distant memory. But when it's on, I'll leave it on for about two minutes and then I change the channel [laughs] — it's a little too trippy." Some parents have slammed the title and lyrics of THE PRETTY RECKLESS' latest album, "Going To Hell", but Momsen told Kerrang! that they miss the meaning, explaining, "They're thinking of a shallow level of hell. It means that they aren't getting the point of the record. Touring the world changed my perspective. There are so many problems and it doesn't seem like anyone''s talking or writing about it." The latest single from "Going To Hell", "Heaven Knows", is No. 2 this week on the rock radio chart. The band is currently on tour in Europe with FALL OUT BOY but will return home to perform at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards on April 23 in Los Angeles.
IRON REAGAN Signs With RELAPSE RECORDS
Relapse Records has announced the signing of Richmond, Virginia hardcore thrash supergroup IRON REAGAN. Consisting of current and former members of MUNICIPAL WASTE, CANNABIS CORPSE, DARKEST HOUR, MAMMOTH GRINDER and SUPPRESION, IRON REAGAN is recording its sophomore full-length with guitarist Phil Hall at Blaze Of Torment Studios in Richmond before sending it off for mixing with CONVERGE's Kurt Ballou. A fall release is expected. Commented IRON REAGAN vocalist Tony Foresta: "I've always wanted to work with Relapse for years. Their reputaion of releasing so much great underground music speaks for itself. "We are all extremely excited about signing with Relapse and putting out this rager of an upcoming record. Having Kurt Ballou on board mixing is just the icing on he cake. "We are about 75% done tracking the record here with Phil in Richmond, and between this and the rad tours we have coming up, it's looking to be a very exciting year. "I couldn't think of a better label to put this record out on and am really looking forward to a long future with Relapse." IRON REAGAN will hit the road this Sunday on a seven-week run that will take them to SXSW and back and includes dates with OCCULTIST and GHOUL. In its short time as a band, IRON REAGAN has already released a demo EP and a full-length via A389 Recordings, and a split with EXHUMED via Tankcrimes.
'Super Duper Alice Cooper' To Receive World Premiere At 2014 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
Eagle Rock Entertainment, in association with Banger Films, has announced the world premiere of "Super Duper Alice Cooper" at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, where it will screen as part of their Spotlight section. Taking us through his life and career, Alice presents his story in the first ever "doc opera" film — a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation, and rock opera. "Super Duper Alice Cooper" is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr. Jekyll whose rock 'n' roll Mr. Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher's son who struck fear into the hearts of parents as Alice Cooper, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as frontman for a group of Phoenix freaks in the '60s to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the '70s to his triumphant comeback as '80s glam metal godfather, we will watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each other's souls. Alice's story is told not only by the man himself, but through exclusive interviews with members of the original Alice Cooper band, Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon and Dee Snider. "Super Duper Alice Cooper" is the creation of Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn at Banger Films, producers of "Iron Maiden: Flight 666" (2009 SXSW Audience Choice Winner) and "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage" (2010 Grammy-nominated and Tribeca Audience Choice Winner), and much-lauded filmmaker Reginald Harkema, winner of the TIFF Special Jury Prize for his film "Monkey Warfare". The 13th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 16 to April 27 at locations around New York City. In a 2012 interview with Spinner.com, Dunn stated about the Cooper documentary: "We know Alice through various projects that we've done. We interviewed Alice for 'Headbanger's Journey'. He's also featured pretty prominently in two episodes of [the new groundbreaking documentary series] 'Metal Evolution', both in [the] Shock Rock and Early Metal U.S. [episodes]. He's a pretty fascinating character, who has been through a lot in his life. He's one of those musicians that maybe he hasn't had a hit in a long time, but everyone knows who Alice Cooper is because of his influence on pop culture and the big songs he had in the '70s. "We're exploring a different stylist approach with this film. It won't be talking heads; it's going to be more of an archival and animated journey through his career. "He's such a rich visual artist, it makes so much sense to try and do it in a different way. "I think we're just a little bit sick of doing talking head interviews, to be honest [laughs], after doing 300 of them for 'Metal Evolution'. So it's really the story of Alice's career from the '60s right up to the '80s and everything he went through — the ups and the downs, battles with alcoholism, being raised in a Christian family, rebelling against that but then coming back to faith later in his career, and moving from town to town, and trying to find his place." Alice Cooper's latest album, "Welcome 2 My Nightmare", sold 18,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart. Cooper's previous CD, 2008's "Along Came A Spider", opened with just under 10,000 copies to land at No. 53. Recorded with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, who produced the original multi-platinum "Welcome To My Nightmare" album in 1975, "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" picks up right where they left off, with Alice trapped in his own warped mind.
BLACK SABBATH: 'Complete Studio Albums (1970-1978)' Box Set Due In April
After forming BLACK SABBATH in 1969, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Terry "Geezer" Butler and Bill Ward went on to record one of the most influential canons of music in the history of rock and roll. Warner Bros./Rhino brings together the original quartet's groundbreaking eight-album run for "Black Sabbath: Complete Studio Albums (1970-1978)". The hard-hitting, eight-disc boxed set will be available on April 15. Presented in a clamshell box, the set contains all of the studio albums BLACK SABBATH recorded for Warner Bros. Records during the 1970s, including its iconic, eponymous debut (1970), the multi-platinum landmark "Paranoid" (1970), the platinum albums "Master Of Reality" (1971), "Vol. 4" (1972), and "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" (1973), as well as the gold albums "Sabotage" (1975), "Technical Ecstasy" (1976), and "Never Say Die!" (1978). "Black Sabbath: Complete Studio Albums (1970-1978)" features: * Black Sabbath (1970) * Paranoid (1970) * Master Of Reality (1971) * Vol. 4 (1972) * Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973) * Sabotage (1975) * Technical Ecstasy (1976) * Never Say Die! (1978) The past few months have been busy ones for BLACK SABBATH. Following hugely successful shows in North and South America, Australia, Asia and Europe, the band won its second Grammy Award when the song "God Is Dead?" picked up the trophy for "Best Metal Performance". The group will kick off another North American tour on March 31 with a show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. In the weeks that follow, the trek will hit ten cities in Canada, including stops in Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton, before it wraps on April 26 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. These dates are part of the band’s final shows of its 2013-14 world tour in support of its first studio album in 35 years, "13". A resounding success, the album entered the charts at #1 in 13 countries (including their first #1 in the U.S.). Another run of European festivals and headlining shows will follow this summer.
DELAIN: 'Your Body Is A Battleground' Lyric Video Released
The official lyric video for the song "Your Body Is A Battleground" from Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers DELAIN can be seen below. The track comes off the band's new album, "The Human Contradiction", which will be released via Napalm Records on the following dates: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, April 4 Rest of Europe: April 7 USA, Canada: April 8 "The Human Contradiction" track listing: 01. Here Come The Vultures 02. Your Body Is A Battleground 03. Stardust 04. My Masquerade 05. Tell Me, Mechanist 06. Sing To Me 07. Army Of Dolls 08. Lullaby 09. The Tragedy Of The Commons The CD once again features a guest appearance by Marco Hietala of NIGHTWISH and TAROT; George Oosthoek (ex-ORPHANAGE); and THE AGONIST vocalist Alissa White-Gluz. Comments DELAIN: "We are very excited about the much-anticipated return of vocal force Marco Hietala on our upcoming record. "After our collaboration with Marco on our first two albums, we can't help but hearing his voice in some of the songs we write! We love his contributions on 'The Human Contradiction': Marco adds greatly to the power of 'Your Body Is A Battleground' as well as to the melancholia of 'Sing To Me'." Says Marco: "I've done quite a few visitations on select albums during my career. DELAIN and their albums are among the most frequent. If you listen to their stuff, you'll know why. Martijn and his group seem to have plenty to say, both musically and lyrically. Keep it up, mates!" DELAIN last year released a special album, "Interlude", via Napalm Records. The effort was described in in a press release as "a fantastic blend of brand-new songs, special versions and mixes of popular DELAIN tracks, covers, and the beautiful single 'Are You Done With Me'. Thanks to the new mix, the well-known anthem shines with a new-found splendor. The album includes a special DVD featuring exclusive live footage and clips from the band's career.
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT Announce 19-Date North American Summer Arena Tour
QUEEN + Adam Lambert will reign over a highly anticipated North American summer tour starting at the United Center in Chicago on Thursday, June 19. Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert will come together for the first time in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Dallas and more. The 19-date tour wraps Sunday, July 20 in Washington, D.C. at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, their only outdoor summer concert. The tour is presented by Live Nation. Tickets will be on sale beginning Friday, March 14 through the Live Nation mobile app and at LiveNation.com. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, March 10 at 10 a.m. local time in the USA and Tuesday, March 11 at 10 a.m. local time in Canada. QueenOnline.com subsribers will be sent an email with links and a password for pre-sales on March 10. QUEEN + Adam Lambert received glowing reviews for their performance together at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas last September, triggering a conversation between Adam, Roger and Brian to take the show on the road. The threesome first shared the stage during "American Idol" in May 2009 for a performance of "We Are The Champions". They teamed up again in 2011 at the MTV European Music Awards in Belfast, Ireland for an electrifying eight-minute finale of "The Show Must Go On", "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" and in the summer of 2012, Lambert performed a series of shows with QUEEN across Europe as well as dates in Russia, Ukraine and Poland. They also performed three sold-out gigs at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. "Let's ROCK those beautiful arenas JUST ONE MORE TIME!" said Brian May. "I'm completely in awe of the QUEEN phenomenon," added Lambert. "The thought of sharing the stage for a full set in North America is so beautifully surreal. I'm honored to be able to pay my respects to Freddie's [Mercury] memory; he's a personal hero of mine, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band. I know this tour will be a huge milestone for me, and with the support of Brian, Roger and the rest of the band, I feel like magic will be on display.” The dates are as follows: Jun. 19 - Chicago, IL - United Center Jun. 21 - Winnipeg, MN - MTS Centre Jun. 23 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre Jun. 24 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place Jun. 26 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome Jun. 28 - Vancouver, BC - Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena Jul. 01 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center Jul. 03 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum Jul. 05 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint Jul. 06 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint Jul. 09 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center Jul. 10 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center Jul. 12 - Detroit, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills Jul. 13 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre Jul. 14 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre Jul. 16 - Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center Jul. 17 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Jul. 19 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena Jul. 20 - Washington, DC - Merriweather Post Pavilion
RONNIE JAMES DIO To Receive Posthumous 'Lifetime Achievement Award' From 'Syracuse Area Music Hall Of Fame'
According to Syracuse.com, legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio, frontman for bands like RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH, DIO and ELF, will be posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award tonight (Thursday, March 6) from the Syracuse Area Music Hall Of Fame at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse. The award will be accepted by Dio's son, Dan Padavona. "I was a rock fan and a huge fan of his music, especially ELF and RAINBOW," Padavona told Syracuse.com. "But most of what I knew was from reading in magazines. It was very surreal." According to Dan, he had a somewhat distant relationship with his father growing up after Dio and Padavona's mother split when Padavona was four years old. "I hope it's a way to get closer to my father in his death than I did in his life," he said of the award. "I'm sure he'd be very happy that I'm up there with Rock (David 'Rock' Feinstein of THE RODS, who is Ronnie's cousin) and a few of his closest friends." Dio was renowned throughout the world as one of the greatest and most influential vocalists in heavy metal history. The singer, who was recording and touring with SABBATH offshoot HEAVEN & HELL prior to his illness, was diagnosed with stomach cancer in late 2009. He underwent chemotherapy and made what is now his final public appearance in April 2010 at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles. A free public memorial service was held on May 30, 2010 at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, attended by more than 1,500 fans, friends and fellow musicians. In March 2011, it was announced that the surviving members of the final lineup of DIO would embark on a project with former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens under the name DIO DISCIPLES. Ronnie James Dio, real name Ronald James Padavona, was born in New Hampshire on July 10, 1942. He moved to Cortland, New York at a young age, where he began playing with local acts. A street in Cortland, Dio Way, was named after him in 1988. He released his first single, with a band called RONNIE AND THE REDCAPS, in 1959. His first heavy rock act, ELF, released three albums and opened for DEEP PURPLE, where Dio's voice caught the ear of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. Blackmore recruited Dio for his own band, RAINBOW, after leaving PURPLE in 1975. Dio recorded three studio albums and one live set with RAINBOW before exiting in 1978, including "Rising" and "Long Live Rock And Roll". He replaced Ozzy Osbourne in BLACK SABBATH in 1980, recording the "Heaven And Hell" and "Mob Rules" albums, plus "Live Evil", before leaving in 1982. He rejoined the group 10 years later for an album called "Dehumanizer", and again teamed with the group under the HEAVEN & HELL banner in 2006. HEAVEN & HELL released an album called "The Devil You Know" in 2009. He has also recorded 10 studio albums with his own band, DIO, including a classic 1983 debut, "Holy Diver", and an equally renowned follow-up, 1984's "The Last In Line". Dio was also behind the HEAR N' AID project, a collection of metal artists who recorded the track "Stars" in 1985 to raise funds for African famine relief. Rock and metal musicians around the world paid tribute to Dio in the weeks and months following his death. STONE SOUR and SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor shared his feelings with The Pulse Of Radio about the fallen metal icon. "When I got that news that he had passed away, man, it seriously — it broke my heart. It broke it in two. Because honestly, I just feel like there will never be another Ronnie James Dio. He had such a pure voice — and still singing his ass off. I just know he'll be missed, and I will miss him as well." Ex-VAN HALEN and current CHICKENFOOT bassist Michael Anthony also shared his memories of Dio with The Pulse Of Radio. "I don't know anybody that didn't grow up listening to his stuff," he said. "You know, VAN HALEN, we used to do from the first RAINBOW album, we did 'Man On The Silver Mountain'. I remember one time, the second VAN HALEN tour we were doing some festivals in Europe, and we actually played on the same show as Ronnie's band. Real powerful voice, you know, and definitely a driving force in hard rock music, that guy was." Slash told The Pulse Of Radio that he felt the loss of Dio very keenly. "He's just somebody I was influenced by," he said. " I played all the RAINBOW stuff, I played the DIO stuff, the SABBATH stuff when I was in, you know, high school. I don't think that it's really set in what a, you know, huge figure in rock 'n' roll we lost, you know. Really major. Probably one of the most influential heavy metal singers of all time."
SABATON: First 'Heroes' Album Trailer
The first trailer for "Heroes", the new album from Swedish metallers SABATON, can be seen below. The CD will be released on May 16 via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork for the effort was created by Péter Sallai. There will also be "alternate artwork for some editions," according to the band. The cover artwork for both the standard and special "Heroes" editions can be seen below. "Heroes" track listing: 01. Night Witches 02. No Bullets Fly 03. Smoking Snakes 04. Inmate 4859 05. To Hell And Back 06. The Ballad Of Bull 07. Resist And Bite 08. Soldier Of 3 Armies 09. Far From The Fame 10. Hearts Of Iron In addition to the standard jewel-case CD, there will be a vinyl version (different colors), a limited-edition digipak (featuring two bonus tracks), limited earbook (including five bonus tracks) and digital download (with one bonus track). "We had the title in mind since before we even recorded 'Carolus Rex' and we already had ideas for artwork years ago," says SABATON bassist Pär Sundström. "We had a few different ones to choose from, but when we saw this one, we knew it was the right one for this album." "Heroes" was recorded at The Abyss, the recording studio in Pärlby outside Ludvika, Sweden owned and operated by record producer and musician Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN). "[Peter] still has some aces in his sleeves that we are sure will lift the new album," says Sundström. SABATON played its first show with new drummer Hannes Van Dahl on November 16, 2013 at the Metal Hammer Paradise festival in Germany. Regarding their decision to enlist Hannes Van Dahl, SABATON said in a statement: "For some time, there has been rumors about Robban [Bäck] coming back soon, or that Snowy [Shaw] would fill in for a while longer, or even take Robban's place permanently behind the drums. "To put an end to these rumors we now present our new full-time member in SABATON: Hannes Van Dahl. "Hannes has previously played in EVERGREY, which we have toured with in the past, and he has also worked side by side with us as drum technician for Snowy during his time in SABATON." SABATON will return to the U.S. and Canada in April as direct support to American metallers ICED EARTH on their "Worldwide Plagues" North American tour. Opening each show on the six-week trek will be Dutch metallers REVAMP (featuring NIGHTWISH singer Floor Jansen). SABATON's last album, "Carolus Rex", was released on May 22, 2012 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). SABATON in 2012 parted ways with guitarists Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sundén, drummer Daniel Mulback and keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr.
CRUCIFIED BARBARA Signs With DESPOTZ RECORDS
Swedish all-girl hard rock quartet CRUCIFIED BARBARA has signed a recording and publishing deal with Despotz Records. The band is putting the finishing touches on its fourth album for an August release. Said CRUCIFIED BARBARA in a statement: "We have more energy and take a much clearer position than ever before, and the result has been so far our absolute best, hardest and most important album. "We are super excited to have signed with Despotz. The album of the year deserves a fantastic record label." Added Despotz co-founder and partner Ömer Akay: "The signing of CRUCIFIED BARBARA fits perfectly in line with our strategy and goal to be a choice for Sweden's biggest rock bands, where they can work closely with a local Stockholm-based music company on a global basis with an international PR and distribution network. We are incredibly proud that these wonderfully gifted musicians chose to sign with Despotz." CRUCIFIED BARBARA's latest album, "The Midnight Chase", was released in May 2012 in Europe and in July 2012 in North America via Nuclear Blast. The CD was recorded at Music-A-Matic Vintage Recording Studio in Gothenberg, Sweden with sound engineer Henryk Lipp and producer Chips Kiesby. Formed in Stockholm in 1998 by bassist Ida Evileye (now-wife of MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake) and Force, CRUCIFIED BARBARA plays a fiery brand of rock 'n' roll tinged with metal and lashings of punk, pop, thrash, and whatever else dares to cross their path. Ida Evileye dominates her trusty Sandberg bass, Force rocks steady on her '76 Gibson Explorer, Coldheart belts out her unapologetic vocals while riffing all over her Gibson Gothic Flying V, and Nicki Wicked pounds on her hot pink sparkle Yamaha Maple drum kit until you're splayed across the floor with a bull's-eye knock-out punch that'll make you spit your teeth out. Now you know what happens when MOTÖRHEAD mates with THE RUNAWAYS.