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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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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Drummer Is 'Happy' With Next Album's Recording Progress
MikeJamesRockShow.com conducted an interview with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH drummer Jeremy Spencer at this past weekend's Reading festival in Reading, England. You can now watch the chat below. Asked about the progress of the songwriting and recording sessions for FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's follow-up to last year's "Got Your Six" album, Jeremy said: "We've got a few tracks so far that we're really digging on. "You know, it kind of changes course throughout the whole recording process; it starts one way and it finishes another way." He continued: "I would prefer if we had more time to be off road and actually record, but we have to kind of fit it in when we can, and it's going well, and we're happy." According to Jeremy, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will continue working on the new album over the course of the next few months while staying on the road in support of "Got Your Six". "We'll be back in the studio finishing up [the next] record, but we'll be touring this one up through the end of this year," he said. "Got Your Six" was officially certified gold on August 8 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales in excess of 500,000 copies. Effective February 1, the RIAA started including on-demand audio and video streams and a track sale equivalent in determining which releases get the coveted album awards, a change that follows a similar tweak in 2013 to include on-demand streams for its digital single award. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH recently signed a North American deal with Rise Records. The band's first album with Rise, the BMG-owned rock label, will be released following the completion of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's obligation to its current label, Prospect Park. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH announced a new co-headlining arena tour with SHINEDOWN that will kick off on October 18 in Little Rock, Arkansas and run into December. SIXX A.M. and AS LIONS will be along as support.
OPETH: Sixth 'Sorceress' Making-Of Webisode
Swedish progressive metallers OPETH will release their twelfth album, "Sorceress", on September 30. The band's first effort for Nuclear Blast via OPETH's imprint label Moderbolaget Records is proof chief architect Mikael Åkerfeldt has a near-endless well of greatness inside. From the album's opener "Persephone" to "The Wilde Flowers" and "Strange Brew" to the album's counterpart title tracks "Sorceress" and "Sorceress 2", OPETH's new full-length is an unparalleled adventure, where visions cleverly and secretly change, colors mute as if weathered by time, and sounds challenge profoundly. The sixth studio webisode for "Sorceress" — in which guitarist Fredrik Åkesson talks about the guitar recordings and the amps and effects he used on this release — is available below. For "Sorceress", OPETH returned to Rockfield Studios in Wales, also home to pivotal releases from QUEEN, RUSH and JUDAS PRIEST, where the Swedes had tracked "Pale Communion" in 2014 with Tom Dalgety. The band spent twelve days recording at the countryside venue among its serene and inspiring surroundings. The result is nothing short of a powerful and intriguing record that will add yet another layer to the band's celebrated career. "The new album 'Sorceress' is our twelfth studio album since our beginnings in 1990," says Åkerfeldt. "I find it difficult to understand that we've been going on for twenty-six years, let alone that we've made twelve records now, all of which I am very proud of. 'Sorceress' is no exception. "I love this album, as does the whole band. I wrote the music during five-six months and we spent only twelve days recording it at Rockfield studios in Wales. "I find that once again we've taken a step forward. Or sideways, Or backwards. Somewhere!? It's different! It's extremely diverse. And if I may say so myself, extremely good. I feel the right to say that since I like to think I know this band better than anyone on the planet. Also, I always manage to detach myself from the record and listen as a fan. "It's a fine little record. My favorite in our discography right now. Of course. That's how it should be, right? It's both fresh and old, both progressive and rehashed. Heavy and calm. Just the way we like it. Hopefully there'll be others around the globe sharing this opinion. It was a joy to make it. A fucking joy to record it, and a sheer joy listening to it. So there you have it!" "Sorceress" track listing: 01. Persephone 02. Sorceress 03. The Wilde Flowers 04. Will O The Wisp 05. Chrysalis 06. Sorceress 2 07. The Seventh Sojourn 08. Strange Brew 09. A Fleeting Glance 10. Era 11. Persephone (Slight Return) OPETH has announced a North American headline tour, set to kick off with a performance at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest on September 24 in San Bernardino, California. The tour, with THE SWORD as support, will continue through the following month before wrapping up on October 26 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Band photo credit: Stuart Wood
GLENN HUGHES Says He Turned Down Offer To Join RITCHIE BLACKMORE For Rock Shows This Summer
Glenn Hughes claims that he turned down an opportunity to join Ritchie Blackmore for live appearances where the guitarist revisited his past with RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE. Prior to the three shows Blackmore played earlier this summer with an all-new version of RAINBOW, the legendary axeman hadn't performed an exclusively hard rock concert under the RAINBOW moniker since May 1997. Since that time, the guitarist had focused his efforts on composing and performing renaissance and baroque-inspired music with his wife, Candice Night, in their band BLACKMORE'S NIGHT. Asked for his opinion on the new RAINBOW, Hughes told HardrockHaven.net: "[Ritchie] asked me to do it with him. And I said no because he wanted to, funny enough, he wanted to use an unknown singer and I said, 'It's not me. It's not me to do that.' I've done that with David [Coverdale, former DEEP PURPLE and current WHITESNAKE singer] and it was good. I don't want to do it again. It was something… I said, I very eloquently said, 'No, thank you. I really would like to see you, but I can't do this at the point where I am right now.'" Hughes also commented on WHITESNAKE's 2015 release "The Purple Album", which was billed as "a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale's time as the lead singer for DEEP PURPLE's Mark III and Mark IV studio albums." Glenn said: "Jimmy Page told me 18 months ago, 'Have you heard this? David's album on the PURPLE.' I said, 'Excuse me?' Page is telling me and I'm going, 'Thanks for telling me.' [Laughs] I didn't know about it. So I didn't know about it until it was announced, and then David sent me a copy and wanted my opinion. I got back to him, and blah, blah, blah, blah. And then I guested with him onstage last year in Beverly Hills and it was great. "David and I, for all intents and purposes… I'm really good friends with David. I mean, really, like as close as you can get, but he didn't want to tell me about 'The Purple Album' for some reason. I never asked him. I wasn't upset at all. I absolutely wasn't. He just put his own spin on it. He just put his own spin on those songs and I gave him my two cents' worth. I said, 'Great, I think you did a good job on changing the stuff up a little bit.' You know?" He continued: "I think the reason he did it is because we were going to get together with Jon Lord to do a Mach III and, when Jon died, David figured out to get Ritchie in would be impossible and then Ian Paice is with… so I think he just went off on his own and did his own tribute. And I never had a problem with it. People think I did, but I never had a problem with whatever David does… "I was informed by Jimmy, but I was a little bit surprised, you know? I was quite surprised that I wasn't asked to do something with him on it, because it would have been great, I think, for fans, but I think he wanted to put his own spin on it which I also understand. Like I said, David and I are as close as you can get." Hughes, who was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame earlier this year along with Blackmore, Coverdale, Lord, Rod Evans, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and Ian Paice, has just completed work on a new solo album for an early November release.
Video Premiere: PRETTY MAIDS' 'Face The World'
"Face The World", the new video from Danish hard rock veterans PRETTY MAIDS, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Kingmaker", which will be released on November 4 via Frontiers Music Srl. The track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. When God Took A Day Off 02. Kingmaker 03. Face The World 04. Humanize Me 05. Last Beauty On Earth 06. Bull's Eye 07. King Of The Right Here And Now 08. Heavens Little Devil 09. Civilized Monsters 10. Sickening 11. Was That What You Wanted PRETTY MAIDS' last release was 2014's "Louder Than Ever", a collection of new songs and re-recorded tracks from the band's past albums. The CD included eight re-recorded classic songs from the 1995-2006 era, plus four brand new songs specially written for this record and a special bonus DVD including archive footage from the '80s and brand new interviews. Regarding the PRETTY MAIDS lyric-writing process, frontman Ronnie Atkins told Myglobalmind in a 2013 interview: "Well, it's often that the atmosphere of the song sort decides which direction the lyrics will take. I'd always preferred to write about something that most people could relate to, not being political in trying to take people in any direction or inspire them to. But there's so much shit going on in this world that there's plenty to write about. But let me state I'm no, and don't pretend to be some sort of, Dylan or Lennon! [Laughs] After all, we've always seen ourselves and what we do as merely entertainment and not pretending to be highly intellectual." PRETTY MAIDS is: Ronnie Atkins: Vocals Ken Hammer: Guitar Rene Shades: Bass Allan Tchicaja: Drums
SHARON OSBOURNE Says DONALD TRUMP Is 'Disgusting' And 'Completely Insane'
Sharon Osbourne says that controversial Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is "disgusting" and "completely insane." Ozzy's wife and manager, who holds dual American and British citizenship, tells The Sunday Times about the prospect of a Trump presidency: "It's very, very scary. I don't believe he thought he would get this far. He just wanted to build the brand, and now I think he's terrified. "His wife is gorgeous, I mean, God bless her, she didn't sign up for this. She signed up for Park Avenue and a blowjob every night and the credit card. That's what she signed up for. "I feel very sorry for her having that big thing on top of you every night. I mean, he's disguuuuusting. Disgusting. He is, like, completely insane." Sharon previously defended Melania Trump after Donald's wife was accused of plagiarizing a 2008 speech by Michelle Obama. "I feel badly for her," Sharon said on her talk show. "As a woman, I feel really badly for her. She's in a situation that is so huge. Sharon added that she was convinced Melania wrote her own speech. "I'm sure she did write it, and I'm sure she put her heart in it. I'm sure that she researched other candidate's wives' speeches," Sharon said, explaining how Melania might have borrowed segments from Michelle's speech. "She obviously connected with the words of the First Lady and I think that she being from where she is, she doesn't realize that people hang on your every word. Everything you say is going to be researched. She doesn't know. She's in something with is so huge, so big, she's like doggy paddling to stay above the water." Sharon, who worked with Donald Trump on "Celebrity Apprentice", told Conan O'Brien that she "would be terrified" if Trump were actually elected president, "because he's a narcissist," she said. "He just is — he knows that about himself.... And if somebody disagrees with him, he doesn't take it well. And to think that this man would have his hand on that button — can you imagine? He's got such a quick, fiery temper."
SIRENIA To Release 'Dim Days Of Dolor' Album In November
Norwegian-based symphonic gothic metal veterans SIRENIA have set "Dim Days Of Dolor" as the title of their upcoming album. Due on November 11, it consists of eleven brand new songs plus one bonus track. The artwork was once again created by Gyula Havancsák from Hjules Illustration And Design. All recordings have been completed and the album is currently being mixed at Hansen Studios in Denmark. SIRENIA recently parted ways with their Spanish singer Ailyn Giménez García for "personal reasons." The band said in a statement: "We part ways on good terms and we wish Ailyn the best of luck for her future endeavors. Thanks a lot for the great years we shared in the band and thanks for all your efforts in this period; we are forever grateful. It has been a true delight and privilege working with you. May all your dreams be fulfilled and may your future shine." The new SIRENIA singer will be officially announced on September 8. SIRENIA was forced to cancel a recent concert in the Czech Republic after Ailyn's mother died, "a tragic event that had an impact on Ailyn's health as well," the band explained. Another show in Kherson, Ukraine went ahead with the help of a session singer, Emmanuelle Zoldan, who had contributed guest vocals to every SIRENIA album since 2004. Ailyn released a statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET in which she said that her exit from SIRENIA was not her decision. Ailyn (born: Pilar Giménez García) joined SIRENIA in 2008 as the replacement for Monika Pedersen, who left the group a year earlier after only one album due to "musical differences." Ailyn was best known as a former contestant on the Spanish version of "The X Factor", the biggest television talent competition in Europe. She appeared on four studio albums with SIRENIA: 2009's "The 13th Floor", 2011's "The Enigma Of Life", 2013's "Perils Of The Deep Blue" and 2015's "The Seventh Life Path".
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER And NAPALM DEATH Announce U.S. Co-Headlining Tour
After completing an extensive trek this past spring, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER is ready to head out on the road again — first, joining Max and Igor Cavalera's "Return To Roots" for some performances across North America, before kicking off a co-headlining USA run with NAPALM DEATH. Set to begin November 1, this "Abysmal Predator" co-headliner features ABNORMALITY, PIG DESTROYER, MISERY INDEX and POWER TRIP as support on select performances. THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will also headline a few shows before and after they join this highly anticipated tour package. THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER singer Trevor Strnad comments: "It is our great pleasure to once again reunite with our longtime pals in NAPALM DEATH; we really hit it off with them when we were just little tykes on our first-ever European tour so many years ago. To this day, NAPALM remain a vital force in music and are some of my absolute heroes. It feels great to finally be able to announce this amazing line-up we've been brewing...Keeping a secret this good was killing me inside! All of the bands are absolutely killer and we couldn't be more proud to be considered a part of this elite. We'll see you this fall, bring your helmet!" THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and NAPALM DEATH "Abysmal Predator" tour dates: Nov. 01 - Farmington, NM @ Top Deck Nov. 02 - Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red Nov. 03 - Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory Nov. 04 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Nov. 05 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel Nov. 07 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Depot Nov. 08 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall Nov. 09 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room Nov. 10 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge Nov. 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom Nov. 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts Nov. 13 - Baltimore, MD @ Sound Stage Nov. 14 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall Nov. 15 - New York, NY @ Les Poisson Rouge Nov. 16 - Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Pete's Nov. 17 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Nov. 19 - Houston, TX @ Numbers Nov. 20 - San Antonio, TX @ Rock Box Nov. 21 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey With PIG DESTROYER (Nov. 13-15) With MISERY INDEX (Nov. 1-11) With POWER TRIP (Nov. 12-21) With ABNORMALITY (Nov. 1-21)
It's Official: MISFITS Recruit Ex-SLAYER Drummer DAVE LOMBARDO For Upcoming Shows
As first reported by BLABBERMOUTH.NET on July 21, it has now been confirmed that the classic-era lineup of the horror punk outfit MISFITS has recruited Dave Lombardo (pictured; SLAYER, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) to play drums for the band for their upcoming shows at the end of the summer. Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein will reunite for first time since 1983 to headline this year's Riot Fest. The reunion, billed as "The Original Misfits," will take place at the Riot Fest in Denver and Chicago. The first show is scheduled for September 2-4 at Denver's Riot Fest And Rodeo, while the second will happen at Riot Fest And Carnival, set for September 16-18 in Chicago. "The MISFITS created the horror punk attitude and had a massive influence on modern rock, punk and metal," Lombardo told Rolling Stone. "It was an easy decision for me to join them for these monumental shows. I was honored to be asked, and am very excited to be playing with the band." "I first met Dave back in 1988 when DANZIG did four shows with SLAYER in the U.S., before the first DANZIG album was released," Danzig said. "Dave is one of the best drummers around, and I can't wait for everyone to see him pounding MISFITS songs live for these special shows." Only added: "With the immensity of the two shows we're planning together, the biggest decision we had was who is going to keep time and power this monster machine on drums? When Dave Lombardo's name was thrown into the ring, Glenn and I were immediately on the same page from the very start; a good sign of things to come. I think the darker side of punk we created with the MISFITS spawned the growth and evolution of punk into thrash, and sired bands like METALLICA and SLAYER, just as we inspired countless others in the punk revolution." According to Only, the reunion came about after a meeting he had with Danzig in January. The pair had gotten together with the MISFITS management in order to discuss the rights to the band's name and merchandising with a view towards avoiding any further litigation between the parties. Glenn didn't rule out more dates after the Riot Fest shows, saying: "We'll see how it goes. It may lead to some other work, but who knows how it's going to turn out? I mean, I don't think it's going to be a disaster; I think it's going to be incredible." Regarding what fans can expect to see at the upcoming MISFITS concerts, Danzig said: "I'm just going to do what I normally do, which is to go out there and try and have a great time myself and make sure everybody has a fantastic fucking time. I want them to be so blown away they don't know what the fuck just hit them." The original MISFITS band broke up in 1983, and bassist Jerry Only brought forth a new version of the MISFITS in 1995. Various members have come and gone, but Only, along with BLACK FLAG's Dez Cadena, has kept some form of the MISFITS in the recording studio and on the road for most of the last two decades. After the original MISFITS disbanded, vocalist Glenn Danzig went on to form SAMHAIN and then the eponymous DANZIG. Several albums of reissued and previously unreleased material were issued after the group's dissolution, and their music became influential to punk rock, heavy metal, and alternative rock music of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
MESHIAAK Feat. Former SLAYER/TESTAMENT Drummer JON DETTE: Third 'Alliance Of Thieves' Making-Of Clip
The third webisode featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "Alliance Of Thieves", the debut album from MESHIAAK, can be seen below. Released on August 19 via Mascot, the CD was recorded at GREEN DAY's Jingletown Recording Studios in Oakland, California. Based in Melbourne, Australia, MESHIAAK features veteran extreme metal drummer Jon Dette, who has played with SLAYER, ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT and ICED EARTH, alongside TERAMAZE guitarist Dean Wells, former 4ARM frontman Danny Tomb and bassist Nick Walker. Wells says: "We went with keeping the sound as band-orientated and organic as possible, but with using a lot of modern technology. "It's a blend of old and new because we recorded to two-inch tape for the drums through an old Neve desk, but the rest of the album was produced in my home studio. "We also went with a mixer named Jacob Hansen who is known for a lot more progressive music. But I think the combination really gives MESHIAAK a new and fresher sound than most traditional thrash albums. "And so we've tried to create something fresh among the guidelines of traditional metal and thrash with some progressive elements, although at the same time we wanted to make music feel like when we first discovered bands like MEGADETH, METALLICA, MACHINE HEAD... even ALICE IN CHAINS and SLIPKNOT." Wells adds that the progressive overtones in MESHIAAK's music come largely from his interest in other musical genres not typically associated with an extreme metal band. He says: "I have a lot of influences outside the metal world such as TOOL and DREAM THEATER, and a lot of guitar instrumentalists as well like Guthrie Govan and Joe Satriani. "At times, I had to be brought back into line to keep things metal and exciting. I think that's what makes MESHIAAK unique — the melting pot of influences we have. Perfect soundtrack for punch-ups with your mates." "Alliance Of Thieves" track listing: 01. Chronicles Of The Dead 02. It Burns At Both Ends 03. I Am Among You 04. Drowning, Fading, Falling 05. At The Edge Of The World 06. Last Breath Taken 07. Maniacal 08. Alliance Of Thieves 09. Death Of An Anthem
KORN Guitarists Want To Tour With Younger Bands
According to The Pulse Of Radio, KORN guitarists Brian "Head" Welch and James "Munky" Shaffer told Alternative Press in a new interview that they're interested in touring with some of the younger, up-and-coming bands on the heavy rock scene. Welch said: "I would love like to do something next year… in the next couple years, doing tours just that we haven't done. Maybe with some of these other younger bands, like A DAY TO REMEMBER or something like that, you know? OF MICE & MEN… I would love to just bring the generations together." Shaffer added: "I love almost every record from BRING ME THE HORIZON and to see their evolution and how they… Their early stuff is so heavy but where they're headed is just so fresh and new, I'm a big fan of that band." Welch agreed with Shaffer, saying: "When we get all gray-haired and stuff and we just kind of play less or whatever or hang it up one day, when I think of a band or bands that can take that slot and headline, BRING ME THE HORIZON is Number One for me." The Pulse Of Radio asked Welch a while back to name the most important thing he would advise young musicians about being in a rock band. He said: "You've got to get it in your head and your heart right now that you being this musician, it's not for you. It's for the fans. If you want to go out there and play onstage for a living, you are giving your life for your fans. And it's not about them worshiping you, it's about you giving a gift to them that they can appreciate. And once you make it about you, you're gonna start to shake and you're gonna break down and fall." KORN's new album, "The Serenity Of Suffering", is set to arrive on October 21. The first single, "Rotting In Vain", has just cracked the Top 10 at rock radio. The follow-up to 2013's "The Paradigm Shift" features a guest appearance by SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor on the song "A Different World". KORN's current co-headlining tour with ROB ZOMBIE winds down on September 3 in Bristow, Virginia. KORN will then hit the road with BREAKING BENJAMIN, starting September 24 in Fargo, North Dakota.