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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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JOE PERRY's 'Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith' Spends Two Weeks On NEW YORK TIMES Best Sellers List
AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry's memoir, "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith", spent its initial two weeks on the New York Times "Hardcover Nonfiction" best sellers list. The book entered the chart at No. 8 and remained in the Top Ten (No. 10) in week two. "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith" came out on October 7 via Simon & Schuster. The guitarist worked on "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith" with author David Ritz, who has written books with B.B. King, Jerry Wexler and Bettye LaVette. Asked if writing the book gave him a chance to lay some stuff to rest that might have been more private and that hadn't been publicly exposed, Perry told Soundworks Collection: "I thought that I had already done that, frankly, and I was surprised at having to get into it again. But I feel like going through it and talking about it has helped process it more." He continued: "I feel like anything like that, whatever it is — whether it's the death of a parent, or you do something that's screwed up and you realize you fucked up — you put it somewhere and you never forget it, but you just put it in a box somewhere back there in your memory and just leave it alone. And some of those boxes I've had to go back and open up, but after going through it, every time you do that, the impact of it gets less and less. Yeah, it was cathartic in some ways. It wasn't a lot of fun. It was a lot more fun talking about the good stuff, no doubt about it. But you have to have both in there to make the book interesting." AEROSMITH singer Steven Tyler's "Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?" autobiography was issued in 2011, while the band's drummer, Joey Kramer, had his own tale, "Hit Hard: A Story Of Hitting Rock Bottom At The Top", published in 2009. AEROSMITH bassist Tom Hamilton is also working on a book. Perry said: "I've wanted to write one for a while. But Joey put his book out and I wanted to leave some room there and then Steven put his book out. I didn't want to make it seem like mine was an answer to his, so I waited a little longer." Perry admitted to RollingStone.com that he read Tyler's book, calling it "definitely Steven's truth, no doubt about it." He added: "He's allowed to perceive things how he perceives things. He can write his book any way he wants. But I didn't agree with a lot of the things he said. I know he worked hard on it, but it's got a totally different tenor and energy than my book. Mine tends to be a little more traditional. It's an autobiography in the real classic sense. I just hope Steven accepts the things I say about how I felt and how I saw things happen. I don't put words in other people's mouths or talk about conversations that I wasn't there for."
LITA FORD Joined By Former THE UNION UNDERGROUND Guitarist PATRICK KENNISON
Hard rock queen Lita Ford has announced the addition of guitar player Patrick Kennison (THE UNION UNDERGROUND, HEAVEN BELOW) to her band. Patrick has been on the road with Lita and the rest of the group the past few weeks and is adding a new energy to the performances. Says Lita: "Patrick Kennison is our latest and greatest addition to Team Lita! He shreds on guitar and is killer at singing backing vocals. He adds so much energy to the already thunderous sound, just another reinforcement that we will be blowing the doors off the place, and killing it in our future recordings. We are able to bring down the house together with Marty O'Brien jamming on bass and Bobby Rock behind us bashing the drums. Together they are the best of the best musicians, Hollywood California's finest lineup." Adds Kennison: "It's both an honor and a blast to share the studio and stage with the queen of metal. "I attended many Lita Ford concerts as a kid and was always blown away by her guitar playing and take-no-prisoners approach to the concert stage." In other news, Lita narrated the brand new Randy Castillo documentary called "The Life, Blood And Rhythm Of Randy Castillo". The film is the story of the late drummer who played with OZZY OSBOURNE, MÖTLEY CRÜE, LITA FORD and other rock and roll icons of the 1980s and 1990s. The movie will premiere on November 4 at the Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles, California. Ford's long-awaited autobiography will be released in the spring via HarperCollins. More details on the book will be made available soon. Photo credit: Ryan Whitehead / Ardent Owl Media
SLASH Featured In Original 2-Part Documentary And Live Concert Event
Guitar Center and DirecTV announced a two-part documentary and live concert event examining the life and music of Grammy Award-winning guitarist Slash. With a world tour on the horizon and his new album, "World On Fire", debuting in the Top 10 and garnering worldwide critical acclaim, the iconic guitarist remains one of the leading influences in music. In a 90-minute live concert event — "Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators Live From The Sunset Strip" — viewers get a front row seat to Slash's recent show at one of Hollywood's most iconic venues, The Roxy, as part of Guitar Center's 50th-anniversary celebration. Filmed in stunning 4k and 5.1 surround sound, the special features songs from "World On Fire" as well as classic GUNS N' ROSES and VELVET REVOLVER hits. The concert brings a rock legend back to the stages where his career began: The Sunset Strip. Watch a trailer for "Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators Live From The Sunset Strip" below. The concert special leads into a 90-minute documentary directed by Martyn Atkins that takes viewers into the studio with the rock legend, combining new and archival footage with interviews from the artists and colleagues that influenced his incredible career. Tracing the rock icon's incredible journey, "Slash Raised On The Sunset Strip" covers his childhood in both England and California's Laurel Canyon, his discovery of the guitar and arrival on the Sunset Strip, his meteoric rise with GUNS N' ROSES, the evolution of VELVET REVOLVER, Slash's solo career and his current band featuring Myles Kennedy and THE CONSPIRATORS. Slash speaks in intricate detail about his drive and approach to the craft, successes, challenges, influences and collaborations with multiple artists. Interviews with rock legends, including Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Nikki Sixx, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler, Matt Sorum, Jerry Cantrell, Lemmy, Dave Mustaine, Marc Canter, Alan Niven, as well as Slash's wife Perla Hudson and more reveal the stories of how it all came to be and, more importantly, where he's heading. Watch a trailer for "Slash Raised On The Sunset Strip" below. "Our incredible partnership with DirecTV has allowed us to produce nearly 100 episodes of award-winning television, present cinematic musical experiences and now, venture into documentary filmmaking," said Dustin Hinz, vice president of brand experience and entertainment marketing, Guitar Center. "We are honored to feature Slash, an artist of such incredible character and talent and someone with whom we share a 30-year relationship. This project not only celebrates the songs of one of rock's most iconic figures, but the story behind the man that made them a reality and is another step in the evolution of our mission to develop engaging, inspirational story driven films and broadcast content. We plan on continuing this foray into documentary production by telling the stories of other influential and iconic musicians in order to inspire our viewers and perpetuate a culture that celebrates musicians." "DirecTV is thrilled to present a film that captures the history of an extraordinary music icon," said Bart Peters, vice president of production and development, DirecTV. "Slash embodies not just prolific talent, but, more so, the spirit of rock and roll. This film allows fans to hear his compelling story in his own words and through his iconic music. Slash's distinctive sound has made him an international superstar, and we're proud to take this ride with him back to the Sunset Strip."
MACHINE HEAD: First 'Bloodstone & Diamonds' Album Trailer
The first trailer for "Bloodstone & Diamonds", the new album from San Francisco Bay area metallers MACHINE HEAD, is available below. Audio samples of the songs that are set to appear on the CD can be found at MachineHead1.com. "Bloodstone & Diamonds" will be released on November 10 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was produced by MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn and Juan Urteaga, and like the last seven of eight MACHINE HEAD albums, was masterfully mixed by Colin Richardson. Additional tracking, editing, and mixing was done with Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY) and Steve Lagudi. Regarding the musical direction of "Bloodstone & Diamonds", Flynn told Metal Hammer magazine: "There's definitely a lot of urgency on this record. It's a really heavy record arid there's a dark and evil vibe to a lot of it, but I feel like there's more of a rock vibe in there too. It's stripped down at times, and I like that. I think that sense of urgency has carried over from the demos we did, which were all done very quickly and spontaneously. We tried to keep that spontaneous vibe on the album." He continued: "At one point we started getting really anal on the tracks and spending tons of time on stuff, and we'd listen back and say, 'You know what? This doesn't have the vibe of the demos.' The demos were so fuckin' frantic, so we changed our mindset and now it's a little bit looser. Some of the guitar takes are basically live. Often, 40 or 50 percent of a song came from a spontaneous, live take and that's killer! It adds energy and makes the songs feel alive." Regarding the "Bloodstone & Diamonds" album title, Flynn said: "Without getting too philosophical on ya, bloodstone and diamonds represent two of the hardest materials on earth. It is also a lyric from the opening track of the album, 'Now We Die'. "In many cultures, the bloodstone has been used as an amulet to protect against evil, and is the symbol of justice. Diamonds are the hardest natural material on earth (which is how we feel about our music), and it also represents the diamond logo I drew 22 years ago (in my wife's apartment on Dover St. in Oakland) that has become the symbol for the band." "Bloodstone & Diamonds" track listing: 01. Now We Die 02. Killers & Kings 03. Ghosts Will Haunt My Bones 04. Night Of Long Knives 05. Sail Into The Black 06. Eyes Of The Dead 07. Beneath The Silt 08. In Comes The Flood 09. Damage Inside 10. Game Over 11. Imaginal Cells (instrumental) 12. Take Me Through The Fire Photo credit: Travis Shinn
TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Offers His Opinion On JUDAS PRIEST's 'Redeemer Of Souls', ROB HALFORD's Solo Albums
Impact metal channel conducted an interview with powerhouse American singer Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) before his September 26 concert in Dublin, Ireland. You can now listen to the chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether he is still in touch with the guys from JUDAS PRIEST: Tim: "I am in touch with the guys, but not… I mean, we're really good friends, including Rob [Halford], but we really don't stay in touch as much as I'd like, as probably all of us… But we're all so busy doing other stuff, you know, so you really don't stay in touch that much. But I'll call 'em every now and then, or they'll call me, or drop an e-mail, and [we're] still good friends." On whether he liked the latest JUDAS PRIEST album, "Redeemer Of Souls": Tim: "I do like it, yeah. I think it's a good record." On the 2001 Warner Bros. movie "Rock Star", starring Mark Wahlberg as a salesman-turned-rock star styled after Owens, who fronted a JUDAS PRIEST cover band before being tapped to become the new lead singer of the actual group: Tim: "Well, I'm actually honored. But the things is, it's loosely based [on my story], and originally we were really gonna be a part of it, but [the filmmakers] just weren't making it accurate, so we pulled away. But I think a true movie about my life would have been much more interesting, just because of the things that happened. At that time, metal wasn't thriving — in the mid-'90s; '96 when I made PRIEST — so it's just what they portrayed; they always portrayed the sex, drugs and rock and roll. Just some of the things they did… But, to be honest, it's a pretty big honor to have them make a movie." On Rob Halford's solo albums and Rob's other projects, like TWO: Tim: "I loved his solo records, and I loved FIGHT. When the first FIGHT record [1993's 'War Of Words'] came out, it was just perfect for what I like; that first FIGHT record was just absolutely perfect for what I like, to tell the truth. And I like his solo records. I didn't really to the TWO as much, so I can't say too much. It really wasn't my cup of tea that much, and I think it was more because, not the music and that he experimented and did different stuff, I think it was just I didn't hear the Rob Halford soaring vocals when I heard it. But I can't say much about it, 'cause I never really listened to it that much." On PROJECT ROCK (formerly ROCKSTAR), the band featuring Owens alongside Keri Kelli (SLASH'S SNAKEPIT, ALICE COOPER, RATT) on guitar, James Kottak (SCORPIONS, KINGDOM COME) on drums, Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT, WHITESNAKE, DIO) on bass and Teddy "Zig Zag" Andreadis (GUNS N' ROSES) on keyboards: Tim: "It's going good. We have an album written and recorded and ready to go. We were gonna release it on a label, but we weren't happy with the contract. But it's good. 'Cause it just started off as an all-star cover band doing all of our stuff. And I think Keri Kelli is a very great driving force and he is very talented, so he said, 'Let's write some songs.' And we wrote a record. So it's really good. 'Cause it's a little bit different for me. Every song.. almost every song, but maybe three, you can hear on the radio somehow, but not in a commercial way, in a metal way. It's a little more straightforward and hold-your-beer-up-and-sing-along kind of stuff. It's really cool. I really like it a lot." On the upcoming third album from CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED, the project led by acclaimed metal drummer Richard Christy (ICED EARTH, DEATH, LEASH LAW, CONTROL DENIED, BURNING INSIDE): Tim: "Yeah, we're gonna be maybe recording it this year. If not, it'll be early next year. I just talked to Richard the other day. So he's getting all the stuff together and we're gonna be heading into the studio soon, probably, with that. I mean, there's so much going on. Everybody's always, like, 'Why don't you do your own music?' to me. I'm, like, I do my own music a lot. I mean, think about it: two CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED records, a solo record, BEYOND FEAR, PROJECT ROCK now. I'm working with a band called TRED that has Michael Orlando [ADRENALINE MOB] on guitar, Rudy Sarzo [QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, DIO] on bass and A.J. Pero [TWISTED SISTER, ADRENALINE MOB] on drums. We have about six demo songs written. A new BEYOND FEAR record is gonna be ready to go. And even when I tour, I'm doing a setlist [where] the majority are my songs. Even if it's JUDAS PRIEST, it's 'Jugulator' and 'Demolition'. So I stay busy and I'm looking forward to doing the new CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED." Owens recorded two studio albums with JUDAS PRIEST — 1997's "Jugulator" and 2001's "Demolition" — before the band reunited with Rob Halford in 2003.
METALLICA Schedules Week of Performances On CBS' 'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson'
METALLICA will spend an entire week in November as the musical guests on "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson". Says the band: "We're excited to celebrate Craig Ferguson's final season on CBS as he has asked us to join him for an entire week of performances starting Monday, November 17th. We'll be playing every night that week and on the first night (Monday) we'll sit down with Craig to chat about all things 'TALLICA. Members of METALLICA's official fan club, Met Club, should log in to the band's web site for information about how they can be guests in the studio audience during the filming of the show in Los Angeles, California. "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" airs weeknights at 12:35 a.m. EST. Ferguson announced his exit from "The Late Late Show" in April, a short time after David Letterman revealed he would be retiring from the "Late Show" next year. Ferguson is averaging 1.3 million viewers this season, according to USA Today. METALLICA will release a limited 12-inch vinyl single of the new song "The Lords Of Summer" on Record Store Day Black Friday, November 28. The single will feature the "first pass" studio version of the song as well as a live take recorded in Rome in July. This collectable vinyl will only be available through independent record stores and Metallica.com. METALLICA is reportedly getting back to work this fall on its 10th studio album, due out sometime in 2015.
HALESTORM To Release Vinyl Edition Of 'ReAniMate' Covers EPs
Atlantic recording group HALESTORM has announced an array of activity while recording the hugely anticipated follow-up to 2012's chart-topping "The Strange Case Of…" The Grammy Award-winning hard rock band is working in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, CAGE THE ELEPHANT), with the as-yet-untitled third album slated to arrive in 2015. Meanwhile, HALESTORM is set for a second run supporting Eric Church on his blockbuster "Outsiders World Tour". The new dates begin January 8 at New Orleans' Smoothie King Center and then continue through early February. The "Outsiders World Tour" carries on the phenomenal pairing of HALESTORM and Eric Church, a collaboration begun when the country superstar teamed with HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale for a show-stopping duet performance of his hit single "That's Damn Rock & Roll" on this summer's 2014 "CMT Music Awards". HALESTORM will next join forces with Church and the acclaimed "Outsiders World Tour" on November 20 at Green Bay's Resch Center, with dates scheduled through mid-December. Acclaimed as one of modern hard rock's most explosive live acts, HALESTORM will rev up for the "Outsiders World Tour" with their own slate of headline shows, beginning November 11 at Chattanooga's Track 29. In other news, Hale has just been honored with Gibson USA's Limited Edition Lzzy Hale Explorer, an iconic new guitar inspired by its namesake's rebellious spirit and distinctive style. "Since I first held a Gibson, I dreamt of having a model all to my own," Hale says. "This Explorer is a reflection of me. A classic metal shape, with a touch of regality that you can only find in a woman who loves rock 'n' roll. I'm so happy to unleash 'Lady Evil' into the world... named solely after the way this guitar makes me feel when she's in my arms. I know you will love her too!" In other news, HALESTORM will release a vinyl edition of both of their previously released covers EPs. "ReAniMate: The CoVeRs Collection (2011-2014)" will be available on December 2 via the band's webstore.
THE PRETTY RECKLESS' TAYLOR MOMSEN Reveals Memorable Halloween Story (Video)
Piper of KidsInterviewBands.com conducted an interview with singer Taylor Momsen and bassist Mark Damon of THE PRETTY RECKLESS on October 28 at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio. You can now watch the chat below. THE PRETTY RECKLESS is working on an acoustic album, according to an interview Momsen did with a North Carolina radio station. Although it's only been seven months since the band issued its "Going To Hell" album, Momsen revealed, "We just recorded an acoustic version of a medley. It's how we originally wrote the songs, so it's kind of an inside take, or look, into how 'Going To Hell' actually started. 'Cause everything started acoustically." Momsen added, "If you can't play it all the way through, front to back, on an acoustic guitar, then it's not a good enough song to bring in the band." Guitarist Ben Phillips told The Pulse Of Radio that THE PRETTY RECKLESS doesn't have one set way to write a song. "I think the purpose is the only consistency," he said. "Our purpose is to hopefully come up with a really unique, clever, good quality idea that could last years, years and years of playing and touring and whatever. We'll sit with things to see if we like it, we'll drop it — so we really have an ethic of how we want the songs to come out." The acoustic album does not have a release date yet, but is likely to arrive sometime in the next few months. Momsen also revealed that she is writing a book, saying, "I'm writing a book, I'm writing a screenplay… I've already written half the next record. Writing inspires writing, art inspires art, so it's kind of a never-ending process." THE PRETTY RECKLESS released their debut album, "Light Me Up", in 2010 and followed it up last March with "Going To Hell". "Going To Hell" has yielded two No. 1 rock radio hits with "Heaven Knows" and current single "Messed Up World", making THE PRETTY RECKLESS the first female-fronted act to have its first two singles both hit the top spot.
#1: The Gray Chapter
Slipknot's fifth album, .5: The Gray Chapter, has debuted #1 on the BIllboard charts! Congrats to the band and thanks to all the maggots who bought the record!
ANTHRAX's JOEY BELLADONNA On Next Album, New Guitarist And Keeping His Voice In Shape (Audio)
Brazil's Wikimetal podcast recently conducted an interview with ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On ANTHRAX's latest addition, guitarist Jonathan Donais (formerly of SHADOWS FALL): Joey: "He's super good, man. Jon's a good guy to deal with. He seems to really be happy playing with us. He's got everything down that he needs to get down, how to be in the band. The flow is good. It's great. It was originally a really easy transition, 'cause… You know what?! [We didn't have to spend] too much time looking around for people [only to] find out a couple of them that we had gotten didn't work out or something. So it was pretty easy, I have to say." On the progress of the songwriting sessions for ANTHRAX's follow-up to 2011's "Worship Music": Joey: "Well, there's definitely progress. The music's coming along quite good right now. I haven't done anything on the vocal end of it. I've [just] been working on some stuff at home on my own." On how he still manages to hit all the notes live while performing with ANTHRAX after all these years: Joey: "Well, you've really got pay attention, for sure. There's no doubt; otherwise you're not gonna be in the game. I don't know… I have a certain mindset. I've just gotta focus on what's going on. Obviously, you have to be ready to be able to sing those songs, and to be capable. I don't know where any of that is for anyone to take note of. I just know that you really have to be on your toes to sing each night. You have to pace yourself, in a way. I mean, I'm pretty wild [on stage] — I move around a lot — so there's not a lot of breath… I give up a lot of breath by doing that, you know — not sitting still — so I'm winded quite a bit. But that's the way I like to do it. I can't just stant there. When I [play with my] cover [band], I'm [sitting] at [the] drums all night — I'm not moving one bit — which is challenging too, because that headset is in your face and you can't move, so you have to learn how to dynamically sing into that without shouting. Some people like to move the mic around and [do] some kind of fancy vibrato shit, [but] that's not really a good way to do it. There's definitely some techniques and stuff that I try to do, and a lot of it is just a natural thing. You've gotta be able to find that button." ANTHRAX issued a live-in-concert DVD "Chile On Hell", on September 16. The effort was filmed at the Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile on May 10, 2013 and features ANTHRAX performing an extended set that featured songs from the band's entire catalog.