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Invincible Records announce Death Metal band BARBAROSSA

Invincible Records is proud to announce that the italian Death Metal band BARBAROSSA has just signed for the label that will release their official first Ep.
The album titled “Operation Barbarossa” contains 5 songs full of strong power influenced by Carcass, Dark Tranquillity and At the Gates..
The digital release will be available early December, 2016 on every worldwide webstores, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer, Google Music, Nokia, Emusic...

line-up:
Cristiano Perin: Drums
Alex Omega: Bass
Lorenzo Telve: Guitar/Vocal
Davy Scarpellini: Lead Guitar



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LINKIN PARK's CHESTER BENNINGTON: Don't Call KINGS OF CHAOS A 'Supergroup'

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 15:00

Past and present members of LINKIN PARK, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and GUNS N' ROSES will hit the road together for a string of East Coast dates under the KINGS OF CHAOS moniker, starting on December 17 in Montclair, New Jersey and ending on December 22 in Verona, New York. The mini-tour will be preceded by a three-night stand at the House of Blues in Las Vegas that begins Thursday night (December 1) and continues Friday and Saturday (December 2-3). The shows will feature former GUNS and VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum, LINKIN PARK vocalist Chester Bennington, Robin Zander of CHEAP TRICK, Billy Gibbons of ZZ TOP, BILLY IDOL guitarist Steve Stevens and bassist Robert DeLeo of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS. But despite the star-studded lineup, Bennington insists KINGS OF CHAOS can't be described as a supergroup. He tells Vegas Seven: "From my perspective, a supergroup is when members of two successful bands leave their bands and form something new. "My generational examples of a supergroup would be VELVET REVOLVER and AUDIOSLAVE. With the members of KINGS OF CHAOS, we're all in intact groups, so we have a large catalogue of songs from each of our bands that we can play live." The lineup at the Vegas gigs will feature guitarist Billy Duffy from THE CULT and SLIPKNOT vocalist Corey Taylor alongside Sorum, Bennington, DeLeo and Stevens. "We try to give everyone time to shine," Bennington says. "There are songs I'm not familiar with, which makes for a challenge and gives me a competitive boner. "Being in KINGS OF CHAOS brings me back to my early days in bands when I was doing it for fun. We don't have any originals. So how about we play covers of songs we love? "I'm just a fan, so when I go out and do, say, a JANE'S ADDICTION song, I want to do a great job and nail it. People don't want to hear the Chester Bennington version. So I sing it the way I heard it growing up." Sorum, who is the creative force behind the act, said, "KINGS OF CHAOS always delivers a badass lineup, and this tour will not disappoint. Where can you hear some of the most iconic songs in rock history packed into one show, performed by the actual artists who created them? Every night is a celebration of rock and roll." The drummer has hinted that KINGS OF CHAOS could record original music at some point in the future, but those plans have yet to materialize. Tour dates: Dec. 1, 2 & 3 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues Dec. 17 - Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre Dec. 18 - Huntington, NY @ The Paramount Dec. 20 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues Dec. 21 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza Dec. 22 - Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Resort & Casino kingsofchaoseastcoasttournodates_638

SUICIDE SILENCE - kick off European tour toda

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 13:00

Riverside, California-based extreme metal powerhouse SUICIDE SILENCE kick off their European tour today Paris, France. "Hold on to your butts cause we will be headbanging our way through your town! Bring your A game cause we will be bringing ours. The last time we were around you guys brought it hard as fuck now it's time to set the bar higher! Bring the FIRE!" - Eddie Hermida In the meantime SUICIDE SILENCE have finalized the work on the follow-up to 2014's »You Can't Stop Me!«, the band's first album to feature ALL SHALL PERISH singer Hernan "Eddie" Hermida on vocals. The as of yet untitled album is planned for an early 2017 release. CALIBAN SUICIDE SILENCE 01.12. FR Paris - Fleche d'Or 02.12. FR Toulouse - Connexion Cafe 03.12. ES Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2 04.12. ES Madrid - Sala Chango 06.12. CH Aarau - Kiff 07.12. GER München - Backstage Werk 08.12. AT Vienna - Arena 09.12. CZ Prague - Rock Cafe 10.12. GER Dresden - Reithalle 11.12. PL Wroclaw - Alibi Club 13.12. GER Frankfurt - Batschkapp 14.12. BE Antwerpen - Trix 15.12. NL Eindhoven - Dynamo 16.12. GER Hamburg - Markthalle 17.12. GER Münster - Skaters Palace 18.12. GER Karlsruhe - Knock Down Festival 20.12. GER Hannover - Musikzentrum 21.12. GER Köln - Live Music Hall 22.12. GER Berlin - SO 36 The UK dates that were meant to take place before the mainland run have been moved to March 2017. 19.03. UK London - KoKo 20.03. UK Manchester - Club Academy 21.03. UK Glasgow - Garage 22.03. UK Birmingham - O2 Academy 2 23.03. UK Bristol - Marble Factory 24.03. UK Southampton - Engine Rooms www.suicidesilence.net | www.facebook.com/suicidesilence | www.nuclearblast.de/suicidesilence

BEASTO BLANCO Feat. ALICE COOPER's CHUCK GARRIC: 'Death Rattle' Video Released

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 10:00

"Death Rattle", the new video from BEASTO BLANCO, the band fronted by long time ALICE COOPER bassist Chuck Garric, can be seen below. The song is taken from BEASTO BLANCO's self-titled, full-length second album, which was released on November 25 via Rat Pak Records. "Beasto Blanco" is the follow-up to the band's critically acclaimed 2013 release "Live Fast, Die Loud" (Rat Pak Records), which was endorsed by the likes of movie actor Johnny Depp, IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain, producer Bob Ezrin, and many more. The latest effort, which was produced by Ryan Greene (ALICE COOPER, LITA FORD, MR. BIG), features 11 new tracks and an amped-up cover version of Alice's hit song "Feed My Frankenstein" that also features Alice's daughter and BEASTO bandmate Calico Cooper. Influenced by bands such as WHITE ZOMBIE and MOTÖRHEAD, BEASTO BLANCO's all new 12-song, sophomore effort is a potent mix of heavy riffs, driving bass and melodic choruses. "I'm very proud of this release," says Chuck Garric. "This new album showcases the bands evolution as songwriters and our unity as a musical force." Calico adds: "This record is like a baseball bat to the chest that you want more and more of." The track listing for "Beasto Blanco" is: 01. Buried Angels 02. Grind 03. Feed My Frankenstein (ALICE COOPER cover) 04. Carcosa 05. Death Rattle 06. Dark Matter 07. Sadhana 08. I Rise 09. Machine Girl 10. Honey 11. Blind Drive 12. Damnation BEASTO BLANCO's fall/winter tour will include a string of U.S headline dates, as well as an arena tour of Europe with German hard rock heavyweights BÖHSE ONKELZ. They return home to the U.S for another run of headline dates that will conclude with performances on the 2017 Monsters Of Rock cruise in February.

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RATT Feat. DEMARTINI, PEARCY, CROUCIER To Headline Next Year's M3 ROCK FESTIVAL

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 05:00

The newly reunited RATT — featuring singer Stephen Pearcy, bassist Juan Croucier and guitarist Warren DeMartini — has been confirmed to perform at next year's edition of the M3 Rock Festival, set to take place on Friday, April 28, 2017 and Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: RATT (feat. Stephen Pearcy, Juan Croucier, Warren DeMartini) KIX DOKKEN TOM KEIFER LOVERBOY WARRANT WINGER VIXEN, JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE FASTER PUSSYCAT DANGER DANGER DANGEROUS TOYS LOUDNESS BANG TANGO BATON ROUGE AUTOGRAPH STATION VAIN MITCH MALLOY LITA FORD (special VIP-only set) As previously reported, Pearcy, Croucier and DeMartini — took control of the RATT name after a judge ruled against drummer Bobby Blotzer with respect to whether Croucier had committed trademark infringement by using the RATT name and logo to advertise his band RATT'S JUAN CROUCIER back in the fall 2015. The judge furthermore decided (WBS, Inc. v. Juan Croucier et al., Case No. 2:15-cv-07251-DDP) that the corporation WBS, Inc., of which Blotzer and DeMartini were thought to be the sole shareholders, and which Blotzer has claimed owns the RATT name and brand, did not have ownership interest in the RATT marks and that the name and brand was still owned by the members who were part of the original RATT partnership agreement: Pearcy, Croucier, DeMartini and Blotzer. Under a 1985 written Ratt Partnership Agreement, the name/trademarks are the property of the partnership and can only be transferred with the unanimous approval of all partners. Thus, in 1997 when Blotzer, DeMartini and Pearcy purported to transfer the trademarks to WBS, that transfer was invalid since Croucier, who was still a partner, was never advised of, and therefore did not consent to, the transfer. Thus, the partnership still owns the RATT name. Pearcy, DeMartini and Croucier have now expelled Blotzer from the partnership, according to a press release issued by the trio. Blotzer thus has no further interest in the RATT name and may now only refer to himself as a "former member of RATT," as per the partnership agreement. Pearcy, Croucier and DeMartini last performed together as the "surprise band" on October 1 on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise West, also known as Monsterwood. Joining them on stage at the event were former QUIET RIOT guitarist Carlos Cavazo, who played on RATT's last studio album, 2010's "Infestation", and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, who previously played with Y&T, WHITE LION and MEGADETH, among others. Blotzer has been touring the U.S. for the last year with his own version of RATT, featuring a rotating cast of musicians, including vocalist Josh Alan (ex-SIN CITY SINNERS). DeMartini filed a lawsuit against Blotzer last year, claiming that the drummer was falsely advertising his "tribute band" as the real thing. Speculation about Pearcy, Croucier and DeMartini forming their own version of RATT to rival Blotzer's gained traction in August after they were photographed hanging out together at a Los Angeles birthday party. Bobby later dismissed the idea, telling radio personality Eddie Trunk in an interview: "Well, it's absurd. It ain't gonna happen. Warren can't do that. If Warren was to join up in that thing, he would be in competition with his own band and corporation — RATT, WBSRATT. He would be kicked out on his rear end so quick… They'd have to call it something else; they couldn't call it anything but something else." rattm3rockfest2017poster

DJ ASHBA: Why I Turned Down Chance To Be Part Of GUNS N' ROSES Reunion Tour

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 03:00

Former GUNS N' ROSES and current SIXX: A.M. guitarist says that he walked away from GN'R after a six-year stint with the group because he wanted to focus on doing what he "really love[s] to do." Ashba, who joined GUNS N' ROSES in March 2009 following the departure of Robin Finck and stayed in the band until July 2015, told Eddie Trunk for the "Trunk Nation" radio show: "Well, there [were] multiple reasons [why I left GN'R] — a couple that I won't go into — but the biggest reason was I needed to get back to my roots, back to what I really truly believed in, and that was playing songs I helped write with [SIXX:A.M. bandmates] James [Michael] and Nikki [Sixx]. We [SIXX:A.M.] have five albums out [and] we have a ten-year career together. So we did a tour, 'Modern Vintage' tour, where it was, like, nineteen shows, and that tour really changed my life and put my career back into perspective — you know, being out on the stage and connecting with the fanbase." Ashba also once again claimed that he was approached about being part of GN'R's "Not In This Lifetime" tour, but that he declined, citing his desire to pursue SIXX:A.M. full time. "Axl called me and he really wanted me a part of the reunion, and I turned it down," Ashba said. "I felt if Slash is coming back, that's great — that's what the fans want, and I can go off and do what I really wanna do now… And we left [off on good terms]; everything is good. And I couldn't be happier for the fans out there. I'm a fan. Half of the band reunited, which excites me, but at the same time, it's the best of both worlds — I get to do what I really love to do, and that's play in SIXX:A.M." DJ added that he hasn't been in contact with Axl since his exit from GUNS N' ROSES and hasn't had a chance to see the reunited GUNS N' ROSES on the "Not In This Lifetime" tour. He explained: "My focus has been SIXX:A.M. a hundred percent . We went in and wrote a double album — 'Prayers For The Blessed' and 'Prayers For The Damned' — and we've been on tour ever since. So we've been incredibly busy ourselves." Only Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan from GN'R's "Appetite For Destruction"-era lineup are taking part in the band's current reunion. They are being joined by keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer. Also appearing with them is second keyboardist Melissa Reese. Ashba previously said that working with GUNS N' ROSES was "the most incredible journey I could have possibly imagined."

QUEENSRŸCHE: Why Fans Shouldn't Expect To Ever See Another 'Operation: Mindcrime' Sequel

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 02:00

Kim Monroe of the Rock 98.9 radio station conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton and singer Todd La Torre before the band's November 15 concert at the Showbox in Seattle, Washington. You can now watch the chat in four parts below. Speaking about how QUEENSRŸCHE has moved on following a nearly two-year legal battle with its former singer Geoff Tate where Tate sued over the rights to the QUEENSRŸCHE name after being fired in 2012, Michael said: "It was a big transition. So we had some hurdles to go through. But it was needed. It was time to retool the machine, basically. So we've been just rebuilding the band for the last four years. And we've been touring quite a bit. And we've put out two albums since then. And the fans are totally supportive of the band and Todd; Todd's killing it now." Added La Torre: "We've established a lot of connections that, from what I understand, were broken connections and it was a disconnection between people in the industry. And we've gotten really great praise and support from the band's peers, so that's always encouraging. And these are people that don't have to say that, but they pull you aside and express their support, and that's always nice. And, of course, the fans of the band seem to feel and express that they have their band back. And so we're really kind of honoring the legacy of the band while still creating new music and trying to show that we're still relevant and we're not just playing the classics and not creating new music." Asked if there is any chance of QUEENSRŸCHE revisiting the "Operation: Mindcrime" storyline and releasing another sequel to the band's 1988 masterpiece, Michael said: "A lot of people suggest that, but I think… Who's to say that we'll come out, maybe, with a thematic or a conceptual album. But that one is parked and… It's a timeless endeavor that is so special to people. And usually sequels are not as good in the movie industry and in the music industry." He continued: "I think [our current lyrical approach has] more [to do with] our surroundings, what we're feeling, what we're going through, how we're impacted by certain things. And it all kind of filters down into a creative, artistic way of expressing what's happening rather than being so blatant and in your face. I think if something can have different meanings to everybody, I think it's more fun for the listener." Todd concurred, explaining: "It's funny when you write something and you think that you know what that means and where it came from, and then you maybe read an [interview] with the songwriter, and he says, 'Well, actually, I just wrote it 'cause it rhymed. It didn't mean anything.' And people kind of feel let down. But the fact that there is that… you know, it's open to interpretation, is great." He added: "There's a lot happening in the world, [and] there's so much content to write from. And for me, I write most of the lyrics in the band. Of course, anyone [in the band] can write, and I'll sing whatever — I don't stifle anyone's lyrics — but usually my inspiration comes from sadness, it comes from tragedy, it comes from darkness, it come from bad things. But I always try to find a twist, to find the way out — a positive spin at the end. Because I don't think I've ever written a happy song in my life; it always stems from something really sad that really… it taps into people. And if you can come out with a positive angle, then all the better." QUEENSRŸCHE is in the middle of a month-long headlining tour of the United States. Support on the trek is coming from ARMORED SAINT and MIDNIGHT ETERNAL. In April 2014, Tate and QUEENSRŸCHE announced that a settlement had been reached whereby original QUEENSRŸCHE members Wilton, Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Eddie Jackson (bass) would continue as QUEENSRŸCHE, while Tate would have the sole right to perform the albums "Operation: Mindcrime" and "Operation: Mindcrime II" in their entirety live. QUEENSRŸCHE's latest album, "Condition Hüman", debuted at No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart, having shifted 14,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 8, 2015. The band will enter the studio in January 2017 to begin work on the follow-up effort, to be released via Century Media.

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DAVE MUSTAINE Explains Decision To Scrap 'Head Crusher' As Name Of MEGADETH Beer

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 01:00

Dave Mustaine was recently interviewed by WMSC's "The Metal Teddy Bear Experience" radio show about À Tout Le Monde, a new beer from Unibroue born of the friendship between its brewmaster Jerry Vietz and the MEGADETH mainman. Named À Tout Le Monde as a nod to one of the band's songs and one of their biggest hits in Quebec, this beer recalls the consonance of Unibroue's flagship beer, La Fin du Monde. Asked why he decided to name the beer À Tout Le Monde, Mustaine said (hear audio below): "I didn't name it that. We initially had a different name and started this process back before we had the lineup change [in MEGADETH; it had a different name ['Head Crusher'], and it was based around a song that I had written and had a little bit of some co-writing from a different songwriter, a different bandmember [former MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover]. When we went and talked to these guys [Unibroue], them being a company from Quebec, they wanted to figure out a way that it would tie in with the French heritage up there, the French-Canadian heritage, and so on and so forth. Because every one of their beers is French titled and it has a backstory to it." He continued: "'À Tout Le Monde' is one of the most successful American songs ever up in Canada with French lyrics. And my family on my dad's side had also journeyed through that part of Canada, through the French-Canadian side, down into Ohio, where they ended up residing, and our family grew from there. So we had a lot of relationship with that area. So when they said, 'You know, we want something French. How about we do À Tout Le Monde?' I thought, 'I don't know. Why did you pick that?' And he goes, 'Because 'à tout le monde' means 'everybody,' and we want everybody to try this beer.' And I was, like, 'Sold.'" Mustaine also spoke in more detail about why a decision was made to scrap the beer's original name. He explained: "The funny thing was, the name that we had before, it was called Head Crusher, and I was thinking, 'I don't know, man… Head Crusher beer versus À Tout Le Monde…' Head Crusher kind of sounds like one of those things where you do the super-hot-hot sauce kind of stuff where it's, like, something really dumb like 'Crap Your Pants Hot Sauce' or something really dumb. I think [the name À Tout Le Monde] is better. It's more palatable. I think that the people that see it, it's a conversation piece on top of it. It carries on the French backstory to everything, and it's just such a beautiful song." He added: "Plus, you know, when you think about it, we've had… Unfortunately, when you go to concerts, people sometimes will overdrink, and we've had a lot of unfortunate situations where people have gotten injured or even worse, lost their lives or the lives of their friends behind the wheel. And we didn't wanna make light of the whole thing with alcohol; we wanted to make sure that people drank responsibly, and that if they were gonna drink that they were drinking because they liked what they were drinking." À Tout Le Monde is a 4.5% abv saison that takes its name from a track on MEGADETH's 1994 album "Youthanasia", and features the group's mascot Vic Rattlehead on the label. It's described as follows: "À Tout Le Monde ale is a flavorful Belgian-style dry-hopped golden saison with hoppy and spicy notes. Topped by an unctuous head, this beer will give fans a clean, fresh taste and a crisp dry finish inviting to take another sip." À Tout Le Monde is now available in 12 oz. bottles (4 pack) at all Unibroue retailers in the United States, as well as on tap in several bars and restaurants. À Tout Le Monde is not Mustaine's first foray into the business of alcoholic beverages. Back in 2014, the MEGADETH leader teamed up with Fallbrook Winery winemaker Vernon Kindred to create the Mustaine Vineyards Cabernet.

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HAMMERFALL Guitarist On Drummer ANDERS JOHANSSON's Departure: It 'Was A Bulls**t Way Of Doing It'

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 00:00

Anthony Morgan of Metal Forces recently conducted an interview with HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. On beginning the writing process in late 2014 for latest album "Built To Last": Oscar: "That was just because I had some inspiration. It wasn't like I sat down and tried to write some stuff. That started much later, probably about a year later, so I guess it's fair to say that we started working on this album in September of 2015. Normally, we have six months that we dedicate to songwriting, only so that I can be home and work on the songs as much as I can do in that period. This time, however, we did not have that luxury. We were doing a couple of tours up until almost at least two months before we started recording I think or something like that, which is highly unusual. It's not something that I'm very comfortable with, because when I write songs, I wanna be at home — I wanna be in my controlled environment. I wanna be able to think about the songs not only when I'm working on them, but also afterwards like when I'm in the shower, or having dinner, or whatever. I let the songs grow in my mind a little bit. I did not have that luxury or the chance to get that done this time around, but it worked out anyway. It wasn't the best way of writing to make me feel calm because it was kind of stressful at times, but I think I'm super-satisfied with the results. You trust your gut feeling as you go along, and it worked out really well in the end." On "Built To Last" compared to previous albums: Oscar: "I would say that we started with '(r)Evolution' [2014], which was a good mix of the old HAMMERFALL and the new HAMMERFALL. I think this is a good continuation of that. Another factor that I think has to do with the fact that those two albums are similar is how they came about, because we recorded this album — 'Built To Last' — in exactly the same way as we did '(r)Evolution'. We used my studios, Castle Black Studios, for drums, guitar, and bass. Then we moved onto James Michael's studio in Los Angeles to do the vocals with Joacim [Cans], and Fredrik Nordström did the mix in the end, so it was exactly the same way of doing it. We felt 'Why change a winning team?' It worked really well on '(r)Evolution'. We all worked very fast and the result turned out great, so we figured to do it the same way now, and it turned out even better this time." On whether a verbal altercation occurred between the band and former drummer Anders Johansson: Oscar: "No, no. I mean, I still haven't talked to him, believe it or not. [Laughs] He didn't answer any calls at that time. The thing is with Anders, he's a very unique person, and the way he went about doing this thing was he didn't tell anybody what he was doing. He told our booking agency, because we had a tour booked for Latin America which included visas for Brazil. I know we had a show in Russia before that, and I think it had a name and everything. He told our booking agency that he wasn't going to be doing the tour, so they didn't have to book anything for him. Our booking agency came back to us and said 'Okay, so Anders isn't going to do the tour. He's out of the band. Who's going to be your drummer? So I know what name to put down on everything.' We were like 'Wait, what? What are you saying?' So, that's how he informed us. He didn't inform us, really. He just let us find out from a third party, which I think was a bullshit way of doing it. I told him this many times. It felt like after 15 years, we deserved better than we got. I think 15 years is something you don't just throw away like that, so I was really angry with him, or upset rather for a long time. The thing is, when this happened, the same day that I got the e-mail from our booking agency, I had just had my first child. We were at the hospital. I think this was the day after, actually, so I was a little bit preoccupied. My main focus was on my kid, obviously, my family, at that time." On leaving Nuclear Blast and signing with Napalm: Oscar: "The thing was, we had been with Nuclear Blast for 18 years. When we signed with them, through the next ten to 15 years, we were one of the bigger bands that they had. We had helped to build the label, but then they started signing a lot of bands, and a lot of bands that had had success. We felt that HAMMERFALL wasn't as big of a priority as we were before. They said we were, but you could tell — you could feel it. So, we started thinking 'Okay, the safe choice is obviously Nuclear Blast because they know how to promote a HAMMERFALL album.' There was no question about that, and again, there was never anything where we said 'That sucks. We wanna get out of here.' That was never the case. It was more a case of trying something new after 18 years. With Napalm Records, we found a label that actually really believed in HAMMERFALL. That wanted to make the band bigger and wanted to look forward, instead of just playing safe and doing the same things we've always done and have worked in the past. I guess that's what it was for us. It was a way for us to keep things fresh and feel like we're moving forward, basically." Read the entire interview at Metal Forces. hammerfallbandpromo2016_638

METALLICA: Behind-The-Scenes Footage From Making Of 'Dream No More' Video

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 00:00

Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of METALLICA's video for the song "Dream No More" can be seen below. The clip was directed by Tom Kirk, who previously helmed the band's video for "Moth Into Flame". "Dream No More" is taken from METALLICA's new album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", which debuted as expected at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart on Sunday night (November 27), selling 291,000 copies in its first week of release. Both of the band's previous outings, 2008's "Death Magnetic" and 2003's "St. Anger", sold more copies in shortened sales weeks. "Death Magnetic" moved 490,000 copies in a three-day window, while "St. Anger" shifted 418,000 copies in a similar frame. Nevertheless, the overall fan reaction to the new disc has inspired the band to release its next record sooner. Frontman James Hetfield told Italy's Linea Rock, "At least for now, we've booked out two years (of touring), at least. So I can't predict the future, but… I would like to make some new music sooner than eight years, for sure. (You get) such a pleasure and a joy of hearing your new music and having other people hear it. So we don't wanna wait that long." Meanwhile, Hetfield revealed in a separate interview with Metal Hammer that things got heated at one point between him and drummer Lars Ulrich in the studio while making the new disc. Hetfield explained: "We were in the studio and it was like, 'Hey, I'm the guitar player, I like this guitar part, I wanna play it.' He'd be like, 'This part is better,' and I was like, 'Since when are you the Riff Police?' So at that point it was, 'Okay, I'm done for now, I have to leave.' But a week later we were talking again." "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct" consists of two discs, containing a dozen songs and nearly 80 minutes of music. The album has already gone to No. 1 in 57 countries, with the album going Top 3 in 75 nations and Top 5 in 105 countries.

AC/DC Lands On FORBES's List Of Highest-Paid Musicians In 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 23:00

Forbes revealed its annual list of the highest-paid musicians of the year and legendary rockers AC/DC landed at No. 7, having made $67.5 million in 2016. Pop singer Taylor Swift topped the list with a whopping $170 million, followed by ONE DIRECTION at No. 2 with $110 million and Adele at No. 3 with $80.5 million. Madonna came in at No. 4 with $76.5 million and Rihanna landed at No. 5 with $75 million. It was reported in December 2015 that AC/DC had sold the most tickets last year. The rockers sold 2.31 million tickets to beat Swift's total of 2.27 million. AC/DC did benefit from performing 15 more shows than Swift. AC/DC also held down the No. 2 position when it came to gross sales with $180 million. Guitarist Angus Young told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that AC/DC has never changed its approach to its live shows even as it's played bigger and bigger venues. "Somebody once had said, 'You know, people know what they like and like what they know,'" he said. "In the beginning, we were a, you know, just a rock 'n' roll band, and, you know, when you would play in bars and clubs and stuff, you know, this is what the audience was coming to hear you for." AC/DC played what was believed to be the band's last-ever concert with bassist Cliff Williams on September 20 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Williams's decision to bow out of the group followed a string of personnel changes for the band that started with co-founding guitarist Malcolm Young's departure in 2014 after he was diagnosed with dementia. Last year, drummer Phil Rudd was sentenced to house arrest after he was found guilty on a drug charge, while earlier this year singer Brian Johnson was forced to step down or face the loss of his hearing. Assuming neither Rudd nor Johnson return, Williams's exit means that only Angus remains from the lineups that recorded classic albums like 1979's "Highway To Hell" — the last album recorded with late lead singer Bon Scott — 1980's "Back In Black" and 1981's "For Those About To Rock...We Salute You". The Philadelphia concert was the last of ten North American dates that were rescheduled after Brian Johnson had to leave the tour. As with the band's European shows earlier in the summer, the vocals were handled by GUNS N' ROSES lead singer Axl Rose. The band does not have any more shows on its itinerary at the moment and Angus Young has not indicated for certain whether the band will continue on.