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Armonight are back with the fourth album

NEROCROMO MUSIC and Heart Of Steel Records are proud to present 'Who we really are' the fourth album of italian rockers ARMONIGHT.
Armonight are back with an excellent Hard Rock sound influenced by the 70's and 80's classic anthems, the band are founded in Vicenza, Italy in 2007 by Fjord and Lara.
The Release contains 12 songs in vein of the spirit of Aerosmith, Heart, Joan Jett and will be available on digital market in 2015, July 20th on every worldwide webstores, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer, Google Music, Nokia, Emusic...



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THE ANSWER To Release 'Solas' Album In October

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 04:10

Northern Irish rockers THE ANSWER have completed work on their new album, "Solas", for an October 14 release. The CD was produced by Andy Bradfield and Avril Macintosh, who previously worked with THE ANSWER on their 2006 album "Rise". "Solas", which is the Gaelic (Irish language) word for "light," is also the title of the lead track on the new album. Commented THE ANSWER lead singer Cormac Neeson: "All I will say about this record is that it's a journey and one we've never really taken before, so prepare yourselves for a few surprises. But don't worry, they are ridiculously good surprises... well, I think so anyway." THE ANSWER's last album, "Raise A Little Hell", was released in North America in March 2015 via Napalm. THE ANSWER consists of Cormac Neeson (vocals), Paul Mahon (guitar), Michael Waters (bass) and James Heatley (drums).

RICH WARD Discusses Short-Lived Reunion Of STUCK MOJO's Classic Lineup (Audio)

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 03:10

STUCK MOJO and FOZZY guitarist Rich Ward was interviewed on a recent edition of the "Talk Toomey" podcast. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. STUCK MOJO's new album, "Here Come The Infidels", will be released on June 24. The CD was once again produced by Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and ACCEPT, among others. In addition to Ward and longtime drummer Frank Fontsere, "Here Come The Infidels" features STUCK MOJO's latest additions, vocalist Robby J and bassist Len Sonnier. Speaking about why a planned reunion of STUCK MOJO's classic lineup — featuring vocalist Bonz and bassist Corey Lowery — fell apart less than a year after playing a well-received show in the band's hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, Ward said: "We did the reunion show the day after Christmas [2014], which was kind of the homecoming, hometown Atlanta show, and then we did two shows in April [2015] — one in Charlotte, and then we did a festival in Virginia. The Charlotte and Virginia show were together, and it wasn't really until after the Charlotte show, I was, like, 'Ugh.' And all of us were the same way; we all kind of had the same [feeling about it]." He continued: "There is a sense that people would like to frame this as a 'Rich-versus-Bonz' or 'Bonz-versus-Rich' thing, which it never has been. It's always been [that] we're a band and we make decisions as a band. Part of it was, too, that after the third show, which was the festival, Corey and I had spoken… Corey actually filled in on bass for us for FOZZY on a European run that we did, and it was great; we were getting along really good. And then Corey obviously got this offer to go play for SAINT ASONIA, and he says, 'man, I don't really know what's going on schedule-wise now, because I'm the new guy, but I am in the band, and I'm kind of waiting on confirmation of what the touring schedule is gonna be looking like and stuff, but this is pretty much looking like my deal, my gig.' 'Cause we had asked him to do more FOZZY shows as well, 'cause it was a really cool thing, for he and I and Frank to be on stage again together. But he knew, I knew, everyone knew, with that lineup, the SAINT ASONIA thing was going to take off; there was no doubt that that thing was going to be one of the bigger releases, certainly of the year, and possibly it could be one of the bigger bands of the genre. So the idea that we were going to carry on with Corey was obviously not going to happen." Ward added: "When Bonz leaves the band, as he has a few times, it isn't like we splinter off and it's, like, two guys go one way and the manager follows this guy. It's always [that] everybody else stays intact and then Bonz leaves. And the reason is… It's not because we don't like Bonz. Bonz is a great guy. As a matter of fact, he stayed at my house many times. My wife loves him, I love him, my dad loves him. He's a sweet man, and he's a great entertainer. I like being onstage with him, 'cause he's crazy, right? I mean, he's the real deal. And that's what makes him such a powerful frontman — that it's real. There's none of this performance that he's putting on, the show… What you see is what you get. And when I was in my 20s, dealing with that energy was… For me, I was crazy too. I mean, we were fighting all the time, and I don't even mean within the band; of course we did. I mean, all four of us, we were in a van for three hundred days a year, so we fought like cats and dogs, but we also fought as a gang against other bands and against fans. We were just living like wild dogs for years on the road, which was great, which is what made us a great live band, and at some point, when we started getting into our 30s, I think we all just started saying, 'Man, this kind of energy is going to get one o us killed.' And the joy was gone. Now, we'd walk off stage feeling like we were doing something special and unique, but the joy of making music was gone, because the relationships were so splintered and so fractured. And this was right when we were making the 'Declaration Of A Headhunter' record in 2000. And I just told the guys, I said, 'Man, I just don't wanna do this anymore,' and everybody else said, 'Dude, me either.' So Frank and I, and Dan Dryden, who was the bass player at the time, and the manager and the booking agent and all the crew guys decided that we were gonna do this SICK SPEED band, which basically was just STUCK MOJO but with a singer. And then we were also doing FOZZY, and it was the same guys in that band, same crew, same manager, except for Chris Jericho was singing. So we stayed together as a unit. Now, obviously, we had a couple of lineup changes over the sixteen years since 'Declaration Of A Headhunter', but the one commonality has always been that nobody ever left this organization to go play with Bonz and his solo band. "For folks who are wanting to make this an issue of 'Rich versus Bonz,' it's, like, listen, everybody else was free to go play with Bonz, the same way I was free to go do another project with Bonz, or do STUCK MOJO with just Bonz and I. Like I said, it all came down to, we just couldn't do business together anymore. And it was all of those things that make him such a special and unique artist is the things that made us decide we just didn't wanna do it with him anymore. It just became difficult, it became strenuous. And again, there are some things that I don't wanna share because it's just stupid and I don't wanna throw anybody under the bus, but there were some legal things that were keeping us from being able to do certain tours and stuff. And it was at a place where we had to make a decision: Is this band wanting to move forward? 'Cause if it's going to move forward, we're gonna have to make a change." Rich went on to say: "It was the same thing that happened to [2007's] 'Southern Born Killers', where I had written most of the album with the idea of Bonz being the vocalist. The same thing I did with 'Here Come The Infidels'. I had already written three or four songs, and we were already into the process. So I was married [to the idea of making a new STUCK MOJO album]… Once I'm sitting there on the side of the river with a pole in the water, I'm gonna fish. We're gonna make the record. And that's when we had a band meeting, and everyone sat together, including management and our agents, record company. 'What are we gonna do?' And we made a decision to move forward and just see what happens, and see if there's another guy out there. And I met Robby J., who is now the vocalist of the band, I met him online. The timing was just… it wasn't an accident. The day after we split with Bonz, I saw a video of him online. And it wasn't like I was on YouTube searching." Ward added that while he still has tremendous respect for Bonz as a frontman and entertainer, they can simply no longer be in a band together. "The problem is that the great frontmen who can tap into that moment, into the burst, it's the same thing as… I mean, you see these frontmen throughout history, the ones who can't turn it off and have a real hard time leaving that on the stage are the ones where there's problems," he explained. "And I don't even have to bring the guys up; you can name the ten or fifteen frontmen or guitar players who you read about in the news all the time, because they can't leave that energy on stage. You've got guys like [Ronnie James] Dio and Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie, who are absolute maniacs on stage, who are just great — they have this thing — and when they come off stage, it's not like they're a different person, they just know how to bottle it. It's the same thing as a race car driver who gets in his car and drives 90 miles per hour to get a soda. It's, like, 'No, no. Wait until you're on the track.' It doesn't mean you can't drive fast, but you have to be able to…" He continued: "If you want to be an artist, and being an artist means that you have to work — at least in a rock band — it means you have to work with other people. It's the same thing as there are people who can play on baseball teams, who can play in group sports, and then there's people who just need to play golf and tennis, because it's hard to play in a group environment because of what they carry. And I'm sure there are other guys who will be a great fit for Bonz." "Here Come The Infidels" is available for pre-orders through Pledge Music. Interview (audio):

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Former LITTLE ANGELS Frontman TOBY JEPSON To Release WAYWARD SONS Debut

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 03:10

Toby Jepson has been a busy man since the hugely successful LITTLE ANGELS disbanded in 1994. His production wizardry has been in high demand, with acts such as THE VIRGINMARYS and THE ANSWER calling on him to produce their albums. He has been instrumental in the rise of James Toseland's band, co-writing and producing two albums with the act who are a growing force on the live circuit and making serious waves in Europe and the U.S. Add to that several co-writing credits with Katie Melua and you have a great idea of the depth and quality of his songwriting. He has even managed to squeeze in a few solo EPs along the way to keep his faithful fanbase engaged and entertained. Now Frontiers has announced that Toby Jepson is back doing what he is best known and loved for, and that his new band, WAYWARD SONS has signed to the label, and will commence work on a new album imminently. It is all about songs for Toby. He is not someone to do anything by halves, his heart and soul will be put into producing a record that will make him proud and that we are certain will be greeted with enthusiasm from his loyal fans and the wider rock audience across the world. Toby sums it up himself: "I feel I have unfinished business, stories still left to tell, points to make, noise to create, all of the above...besides, it wasn't a choice, more of a need. My intention is very simple. I want to write about what makes me tick; about what I believe in. Hopefully you will believe in it too. It will be warts and all." Expect the album in the first half of 2017. tobyjepsonfrontierssigning_638

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: 'The Getaway' Title Track Available For Streaming

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 02:10

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS will release their eleventh studio album, "The Getaway", on June 17 via Warner Bros. Records. The CD's title track can now be streamed below. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS frontman Anthony Kiedis said that the band scrapped at least two albums worth of songs and wrote new ones when it began working with producer Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton on "The Getaway". Speaking with Los Angeles radio station KROQ, Kiedis explained: "We had an unusually difficult experience making this record where we wrote 20 to 30 songs and it was all ready to go and we thought it was happening, and then Flea went snowboarding and broke his arm real bad." Kiedis continued: "So we rethought everything and then we didn't have a producer and we were just sort of lost in space with all these songs… When all the dust settled, Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse, emerged and said, 'Let's go make a record.' We were, like, 'Great! We have all these songs,' and he was, like, 'Leave those there. Let's go write new songs in the studio.' So the process began over again." Kiedis said that although Burton had listened to all the songs the band had already prepped, "He just wanted to see what would happen when we went into the studio and started something fresh." The singer admitted that there was "pushback" at the first to the idea, but added, "The only way we saw this working was to have trust in him and get rid of our old ideas and our old way of doing things." "The Getaway" track listing: 01. The Getaway 02. Dark Necessities 03. We Turn Red 04. The Longest Wave 05. Goodbye Angels 06. Sick Love 07. Go Robot 08. Feasting On The Flowers 09. Detroit 10. This Ticonderoga 11. Encore 12. The Hunter 13. Dreams Of A Samurai RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS will perform at a variety of music festivals around the world this summer, including headlining Lollapalooza in Chicago on July 30.

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Ex-SLAYER Drummer DAVE LOMBARDO Still Thinks About JEFF HANNEMAN

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 00:10

Former SLAYER and current DEAD CROSS drummer Dave Lombardo was interviewed on a recent installment of HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta's official podcast, "The Jasta Show". You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. Speaking about how the recent spate of rock star deaths have affected the way he continues to process the passing of his onetime SLAYER bandmate Jeff Hanneman, Dave said: "[The death of David] Bowie was the one that fucked with me bad. Because he left… He knew… Now, being an artist, it's, like, you know you're gonna die. What would you do? Record, record, record, record, record, put a package together. Okay, put this out at this time. Okay, put this out… He planned it out, and that's amazing. "It's inspiring when you see somebody do it that way, but then it's very heartbreaking when you see someone like Jeff leave us at that age, and know the reason why, and doing everything you can in your power to help him get out of it, but it didn't work." He continued: "That's what I think sucks about [how] sometimes these bands that they… they break up and then they don't work together again. And it's, like, when the person dies, it's over; you can't jam with that guy again. And that's the thing that gets me is that when these musicians pass away — whatever it is; natural death or disease or alcohol or whatever… drugs — you can't jam with those guys [again], you can't feel that connection. What you feel with your bandmates, if something happens with one of your bandmates, it's over. I think that, for me, is the most heartbreaking part when you lose a fellow musician is that you lose that musical connection, that magic that happens when only you guys play together. You could bring anybody else on there, but it's not gonna be the same; the energy is just different." Lombardo added: "Being able to process what happened to Jeff… It was rough when I first heard about it, and still, the person, the human being, I still think about him on occasion; he comes to my mind." Hanneman died in May 2013 from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver. He is credited for writing many of SLAYER's classic songs, including "Angel Of Death" and "South Of Heaven". Lombardo was effectively fired from SLAYER after sitting out the band's Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. He has since been replaced by Paul Bostaph, who was previously SLAYER's drummer from 1992 until 2001. In addition to Lombardo, DEAD CROSS features members of THE LOCUST and RETOX. The band's first studio recording, a song called "We'll Sleep When They're Dead", was recently made available.

D-A-D To Begin Recording New Album In October

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 00:10

Sonic Shocks conducted an interview with vocalist/guitarist Jesper Binzer of Danish rockers D-A-D before the band's April 27 concert at London, England's Islington O2 Academy. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about D-A-D's plans for the follow-up to 2011's "DIC.NII.LAN.DAFT.ERD.ARK" album, Jesper said: "We are working very hard at the moment. We have recorded eleven songs on the demo level. At least six of those, we feel, are extremely good… very good songs. So we need to record some more demos. We'll do that in June, and then we will start recording the album for real in October. We promise." Jesper also talked about how the D-A-D's songwriting process has evolved more than thirty years into the band's career. He said: "Unfortunately, it hasn't changed at all. It's still us fighting in the rehearsal space. No one really brings a full song; everybody works together on each song. And, of course, sometimes it's very tedious, sometimes it's very quick. Sometimes the creative juices are flowing so much that you [put together] two songs in one day. But sometimes, you know… 'No, I don't like the chorus,' and 'I don't like the verse. 'But yesterday you said the verse was…' 'Yeah, but I lied.' But, on the other hand, it's so nice that the four of us can put all our energy and all our love behind a new song, and that's going on with at least six of the new songs." D-A-D made its first U.S. appearance in over 20 years in March 2013 at Revolution in Amityville, New York. "DIC.NII.LAN.DAFT.ERD.ARK" was originally released in November 2011. The follow-up to 2008's "Monster Philosophy" was helmed by Nick Foss, who previously worked with D-A-D on such LPs as "No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims", "Sympatico", "Everything Glows" and "Soft Dogs". The album title is a play on D-A-D's original band name DISNEYLAND AFTER DARK, which had to be changed after a threat of a lawsuit from The Walt Disney Company.

Video: LACUNA COIL Performs In Brooklyn, New York

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 00:10

Fan-filmed video footage of LACUNA COIL's May 25 performance at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, New York can be seen below. LACUNA COIL's new album, "Delirium", will be released on May 27 through Century Media. The CD was recorded at BRX Studio in Milan between December 2015 and February 2016. The effort was produced by LACUNA COIL bassist and main songwriter Marco "Maki" Coti-Zelati, with engineering by Marco Barusso and additional assistance from Dario Valentini. Coti-Zelati also created the artwork for "Delirium", which is based on an atmospheric session captured by Italian photographer Alessandro Olgiati. Speaking about the heavier musical direction of"Delirium" compared to some of the recent LACUNA COIL records, vocalist Cristina Scabbia told Planetmosh: "We already had the feeling that this would be a much heavier record, just because we… You see it, when you start to write music, to put down the new compositions, you kind of see the general direction. Of course, everything can change, but at the very beginning, we started to work on something more heavy. And plus, we just realized that even during the live shows, we were enjoying much more to perform the most energetic songs out of the LACUNA COIL catalog. So we definitely wanted to do something different, not only compared to the previous records we did — at least the last ones — but we wanted to do something pretty different from the bands that, in our genre, were doing, in a way, because maybe fans and press, whatever, people were expecting us to go softer and maybe more into a rock direction while we went the other way around and made it heavy. I'm happy that this record is surprising a lot of people — really happy — 'cause that's kind of the reaction that we were hoping for." Added singer Andrea Ferro: "That's also one of the reasons why we opened the record with a song like 'The House Of Shame', which is one of the heaviest songs of the record. We really wanted people to say, 'What is this? Is it LACUNA COIL really?' That's exactly the effect that we wanted. We wanted this record to be just another record, just because we have to put it out. We wanted it to be something that said, 'Okay, this is LACUNA COIL in 2016, opening a new chapter in their career and just showing that they're still interested in experimenting with their music,' and going places we haven't been so far." On the topic of the "Delirium" album title, Cristina said: "The title came from… It actually came out while we were working on the 'Delirium' song; there's a song on the record that has the same title. And while we were working on music and lyrics at the same time, this word popped out and came out and opened a lot of doors, and we started to think about the whole Universe. We thought about the overall idea, we thought about the location, we imagined this asylum, this fictional asylum based on a real abandoned asylum that we visited. So it really came out during the songwriting. It's something that came out in such a weird way, because it really, really let it all start." Added Andrea: "Basically, once we found the word, we thought about connecting the concept of the record, the concept of the mental illness with the smaller topic of everyday craziness — the craziness you experience personally every day in real life. Some of us went through some depression, some other people had some family problem that forced them to experience a different moment in their life. And so we played with the symptoms and we did a bit of research about the characteristics of each mental illness and then drag it into this concept, which is we imagined a sanitorium, a LACUNA COIL sanitorium, like the record, basically, and every song is like a room of the sanitorium where a patient is facing a different kind of illness. So, for example, in the song 'You Love Me 'Cause I Hate You', we took inspiration from the Stockholm Syndrome, which is when you fall in love with a person that is keeping you prisoner. But, of course, we've never been kept prisoners, so the real story is about a love story, a relationship where you are imprisoned, and even if you know it's very toxic for you, you can't get out of it, because you think it's the right thing, so you try everything possible to save it, to make it work, although you know it's not gonna happen. So this is the kind of metaphors we've been using once we found the concept, basically." LACUNA COIL has recruited Diego Cavallotti as a fill-in guitarist for the band following the recent departure of Marco "Maus" Biazzi. Biazzi left LACUNA COIL in January, explaining in a statement: "I felt I couldn't add more in this project any longer so I decided to leave my second family, LACUNA COIL, to take a different path for a new challenge in my life.

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Video: New DEVILDRIVER Lineup Performs In Houston

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 23:10

Fan-filmed video footage of DEVILDRIVER's May 25 performance at Warehouse Live in Houston, Texas can be seen below. DEVILDRIVER's seventh studio album, "Trust No One", entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 43 with first-week sales of just over 12,000 units — nearly all from pure album sales. The set follows the No. 32-peaking "Winter Kills", which was released in August 2013 and opened with 11,000 copies. "Trust No One" was released on May 13 via Napalm Records. The CD was once again produced by Mark Lewis (ARSIS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, DEICIDE, SIX FEET UNDER) with assistance from Jason Suecof (AUGUST BURNS RED, DEICIDE, DEATH ANGEL). The new effort marks the group's first release since the departures of guitarist Jeff Kendrick and drummer John Boecklin and addition of axeman Neal Tiemann and former CHIMAIRA sticksman Austin D'Amond. Said frontman Dez Fafara: "'Trust No One' is a vicious record filled with huge grooves and big hooks, guitar bass assery and thundering drums! Lyrically it goes to a realistic space exploring a ton of different emotion and headspaces regarding being human and what it means to exist. The band worked long hours writing as well as in the studio along with our producer to forge 'Trust No One'! I hope you turn it the fuck up and enjoy this record from start to finish!" Added Spreitzer: "'Trust No One' is the record that I’ve been wanting to write for twelve years." DEVILDRIVER has tapped former WAYNE STATIC guitarist Diego Ibarra (a.k.a. Ashes) to play bass on its tour in support of "Trust No One". Ibarra joined DEVILDRIVER as the replacement for former BURY YOUR DEAD guitarist Chris Towning, who appeared on "Winter Kills". Boecklin and Kendrick played their last show with DEVILDRIVER as part of the 2014 Knotfest in Devore, California.

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MACHINE HEAD Frontman ROBB FLYNN's DIMEBAG Guitar Returns

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 21:10

Back in 2010, MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn's Martinez, California house was burglarized. Stolen with the cash, jewelry, and other items were four guitars, and amongst these four was easily one of his most meaningful possession, a 1997 Washburn Dimebolt guitar that was given to him onstage at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago by the late, great PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Last night, some six years later, it was returned to him along with an un-released Epiphone prototype. How? When Holly Cherry put a $10 dollar online bid to buy an unclaimed storage unit in San Bernardino, she had no idea what she would find. Tucked away in said storage unit, she discovered that it had two electric guitars. So, like anyone, she went about getting a valuation on them. Luckily the unreleased Epiphone Signature Series prototype had Flynn's autograph on the back. Using the Google Translate app to take a photo of the name, it eventually pulled up various stories on the theft. She then e-mailed some photos over to Bryan Kehoe at Jim Dunlop strings and pedals (longtime sponsors of MACHINE HEAD). Bryan forwarded the pics to Robb's high school buddy and former FORBIDDEN bandmate Craig Locicero, who contacted Robb. Opening the e-mail, Flynn was stunned to find photos of two of the four guitars, including the beloved Dimebolt. Flynn explained: "I've had so many false leads over the last six years, I can't even tell you, literally hundreds, and while was grateful for everyone’s enthusiasm in helping find them, but I had kind of given up hope." He adds: "You can imagine my shock when that e-mail came through and it was really them! I was sitting in our son Wyatt's gymnastics class waiting for it to start, and I blurted out 'HOLY S**T, they found my guitars!' My kids laughed and said, 'What what?'" Holly agreed to meet Robb in Oakland where the guitars were returned, miraculously, in near-perfect condition considering they were stolen without a case, and only missing one volume knob. In closing, Flynn said: "I'd like to thank Holly Cherry for being so amazing throughout this entire process; she truly is an outstanding human being. I'd also like to thank Officer Ian Leong of the Martinez Police Dept. who has stayed on the case for over six years, and has been unrelenting in hunting down the thieves. Lastly, huge, huge, HUGE props go out to Craig Locicero and Bryan Kehoe for contacting me with this info, and also to Chris Wallace and Wes Anderson for connecting the dots. "The Ibanez guitar that I used to write and record MACHINE HEAD's debut, 'Burn My Eyes', is still out there missing, so I'm asking all the Head Cases to keep their eyes peeled. But for now, the Dimebolt is home and it's moments like these that make you believe, man, they make you believe!"

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THE OBSESSED: Listen To Demo Version Of New Song 'Be The Night'

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 21:10

A demo version of the new song "Be The Night" from the reactivated THE OBSESSED, one of the early BLACK SABBATH-influenced doom metal bands on the American continent, can be streamed below. The track will appear on THE OBSESSED's forthcoming studio album, which will be recorded this summer and released in the fall via Relapse. Guitarist/vocalist Scott "Wino" Weinrich, who has also played with SAINT VITUS, SPIRIT CARAVAN, THE HIDDEN HAND and SHRINEBUILDER, is joined in THE OBSESSED's current lineup by longtime partner Dave Sherman (SPIRIT CARAVAN, EARTHRIDE) and drummer Brian Constantino (a former THE OBSESSED drum tech). Weinrich commented on THE OBSESSED's new record deal and the band's reformation: "The time is now for rebirth of THE OBSESSED. Fueled with the anger, wisdom and energy of all things past, this monumental achievement is the culmination of many years of dogged determination and the belief in the music. "This music that we and many others find healing and inspirational. At last it sees the light, uncompromising and laden with passion and intensity that we'll immortalize on our new album. "We're happy to officially announce our signing with Relapse Records. They also believe in the music and are very understanding of our integrity, vision and aspirations. "On tour right now in the USA, we are celebrating this experience with glorious sound. Join us on this golden road. Thanks to all who believe!" Weinrich announced THE OBSESSED's return in March on social media, explaining in a statement: "All over the world I've listened to friends tell me, 'We want you to bring back THE OBSESSED,' so I have decided to resurrect THE OBSESSED." He added that he was "waiting for the right combination of ability, attitude and personality to accomplish this goal." Forged in 1976 in Maryland, THE OBSESSED weathered various lineup shifts and an on-again-off-again status over the course of a winding, forty-year history. The band released three now-legendary full-lengths — 1990's "The Obsessed", 1991's "Lunar Womb" and 1994's "The Church Within" — as well as a gaggle of seven-inch singles and compilation appearances. "The Church Within" was Wino's most critically hailed album. Despite being co-released by Hellhound Records and the major label Columbia Records, the music-buying masses were not ready to embrace doom in 1994 and instead fixated on buying records by rehashed pop-punk bands. Several factors led to "The Church Within" becoming THE OBSESSED's last full-length album. Despite not becoming a top-seller, the album remains hugely influential. THE OBSESSED is in the middle of a near-month-long U.S. tour with support from THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX and KARMA TO BURN.