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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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THE PRETTY RECKLESS: 'House On A Hill' Video Released
"House On A Hill", the new video from THE PRETTY RECKLESS, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's latest album, "Going To Hell", which came out in March. "Going To Hell" yielded two No. 1 rock radio hits with "Heaven Knows" and "Messed Up World", making THE PRETTY RECKLESS the first female-fronted act to have its first two singles both hit the top spot. THE PRETTY RECKLESS is working on an acoustic album, according to an interview singer Taylor Momsen did with a North Carolina radio station. Although it's only been eight 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."
KORN: Watch 50-Minute Documentary On This Past Summer's 'Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival'
A 50-minute documentary on KORN's appearance at this past summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, shot by the band's videographer, Sebastien Paquet, can be seen below. KORN will release a limited-edition 300-page hardcover book including photos from the archives paired with brand new notes and commentary from the members. From the stage to the dressing room to the recording studio, you’ll have unlimited access to everything that went into the band’s career so far. As previously reported, former KORN drummer David Silveria posted a message on Facebook in which he thanked the band's fans on the 20th anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album, while also apologizing that he won't be able to celebrate by performing on the group's current tour. Silveria wrote, "To all the KORN fans around the world, I want to thank you with all of my heart for all of the success. Without the fans, KORN would just be a hobby." He continued, "As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our debut release, I can't believe it's been 20 long years. I'm sorry to all of the fans that I couldn't be there on tour to celebrate the anniversary, but that's just the way it goes." Silveria was the second member of KORN's original lineup to depart, leaving in late 2006. Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch exited the group in 2005 and continued working as a solo artist until rejoining KORN last year. Silveria retired to Huntington Beach, California and opened a restaurant.
FOO FIGHTERS Perform 'In The Clear' On 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (Video)
FOO FIGHTERS performed their new song "In The Clear" on yesterday's (Wednesday, November 19) edition of the hit syndicated talk program "The Ellen DeGeneres Show". Check out video footage of their appearance below. As previously reported, FOO FIGHTERS' new album, "Sonic Highways", sold around 190,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 album chart. The CD arrived in stores on November 10 but was held off by Taylor Swift's "1989" spending its third week in the top spot. The FOO FIGHTERS' previous outing, 2011's "Wasting Light", was the band's first No. 1, selling 235,000 copies in its first week. "Sonic Highways" was recorded in eight different iconic studios in eight different cities over the course of a year. The band laid down the music for the album in cities that have a great musical history and invited local legends to contribute to the sessions as well. The results have been chronicled in an eight-part HBO documentary series, also called "Sonic Highways", that frontman Dave Grohl directed. Earlier this week, FOO FIGHTERS confirmed the details of the band's biggest North American tour ever, which will hit arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums in the summer and fall of 2015, beginning in Washington D.C. on July 4.
MOONSPELL To Release 'Extinct' Album In March
Portugese metallers MOONSPELL will release their new album, "Extinct", in March 2015 via Napalm Records. The CD was completed at Fascination Street Studio in Örebro, Sweden with producer Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with KATATONIA, AMON AMARTH, OPETH and PARADISE LOST, among others. According to a press release, "Extinct" is "all but a musical and emotional manifesto. It puts the D of darkness back into dark metal. It's a true lesson for the new generations of goth metal about how it's played and felt with body and soul; a lesson taught by no others than our Portuguese gentlemen wolves." "Extinct" will be made available as a mediabook, jewel case, special limited deluxe edition and LP. "Extinct" will feature the following songs: * "Until We Are No More (Breathe)" * "Medusalem" * "Funeral Bloom" * "Domina" * "La Baphomette" * "The Last Of Us" * "A Dying Breed" * "Malignia" * "Extinct" * "The Future Is Dark"
Priest Forces British Hard Rock Band SEVENTH SON To Move Charity Gig
According to The Star, a British hard rock band was forced to move its benefit concert because a priest was afraid they would play "anti-religious" songs during their scheduled performance at the Polish Catholic Centre. SEVENTH SON was slated to appear at a fundraising concert at the Polish Catholic Centre in Sheffield to help ex-speedway racer Ricky Ashworth who was injured in a horror crash that left him in a coma for 90 days. But after Father Tomasz Wojick, who is in charge of the Polish Catholic Centre, saw a picture of the band on poster advertising the gig, he decided they could not perform at the event, saying that he could not guarantee they would not play anti-Catholic or anti-religious songs. Speaking through an interpreter, Wojick told The Star: "A lot of rock bands carry with them a wrong religious message, and they couldn't guarantee me they wouldn't do this here. They couldn't guarantee me that they don't sing any anti-Catholic or anti-faith messages in their songs. It is the picture as well; the posters signalled that this is the kind of music that is against religion." He added: "We haven't got anything against the band personally, but as it is a Catholic church hall, we were worried they would bring the Bible up in their songs." In response, SEVENTH SON frontman Bri Shaughnessy told The Star: "For starters I’m a Catholic myself! So we don't play any stuff like that. But they never even asked us anyway. We've been told the posters were put up at the club, and that's when the priest saw them. He made a judgement just on how we look." He added: "We do have stuff that is dark or gothic but that's it, really. It's how you interpret it." The benefit gig took place on November 14 at The Noose And Gibbet Inn instead.
AT THE GATES: 'Heroes And Tombs' Video Released
"Heroes And Tombs", the new video from Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES, can be seen below. The animated clip was created by Costin Chioreanu (Twilight 13 Media), who also designed the artwork for the band's new album, "At War With Reality", which was released on October 28 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media. Comments AT THE GATES vocalist and lyricist Tomas Lindberg: "I am very proud to be able to present the second video from 'At War With Reality', 'Heroes And Tombs'. To have Costin work on one of our songs this way has been very rewarding. It's like the next step of the album artwork, and basically more than I could have ever hoped for. Costin paints up a fevered and dark nightmare world that complements the lyrics and music up to the point of perfection. Now I just have to go convince him to do a full length movie for the whole album..." "At War With Reality" sold 7,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 53 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg and was mixed at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK, PARADISE LOST, KREATOR).
OZZY OSBOURNE: 'A Good Rock And Roll Show, To Me, Is Better Than Sex'
Ozzy Osbourne has criticized bands for lip-syncing and playing along to pre-recorded tapes during concerts, calling the practice "phony." In recent years, an increasing number of pop and rock artists have relied on backing tracks — that is, prerecorded tracks, either with or without vocals, that can help an artist better re-create an album performance — during their live shows. Some have used "guide vocals" — pre-recorded vocal tracks that they can sing over to add beef up their performance — so they can move around on stage and not sound winded. "You can't be just a live band," Ozzy told Consequence Of Sound. "A friend of mine said to me recently, 'Nobody knows their craft anymore; nobody is an artist. They just do it on machines now.' On the last BLACK SABBATH tour, one of the support bands was going on, and I remember thinking to myself, 'They sound really good.' And they were lip-syncing to machines. That ain't cool, you know. That's phony." He continued: "When you hear one of THE BEATLES sing, you know it's one of THE BEATLES. Not many people sound like me, and I'm not saying they want to. I love doing things at my own pace. Some guys are going on the stage and got two left feet, but that's life. I don't hide behind a Pro Tools machine to make everything sound wonderful. I sometimes have to say to the audience, 'Hey! I'm trying. I'm a bit of an oldie, but I'm trying!'" Ozzy added: "I remember a few years ago I did a gig in New York, and on the way to the show, I don't know what happened, but my voice just disappeared. But I got on the stage, and I croaked out this noise, and I didn't want to carry on. They tore the roof off and were just so happy to see me. There's something human about that, you know? "My job is to get the audience having fun, but now you don't have to do that. "I saw that Michael Jackson hologram on TV today. That was scary, that was. I said to my wife, 'Darling, I could just send my hologram on tour.' "There is nothing like a live, good rock and roll concert. It's the best when everything is in its right place and the mood is right. A good rock and roll show, to me, is better than sex." Ozzy also spoke about the progress of the songwriting sessions for his next solo album. He said: "I've written three songs. One is called 'Crack Cocaine', one is called 'Mr. Armageddon', and I can't remember the other title." He continued: "See, as I'm doing this BLACK SABBATH thing, I'm not just sitting on my butt watching the days go by. I'm 66 in a couple of weeks, so I ain't got that many living years, that's for sure. [Laughs] The essence of what I'm saying is, I don't want to finish the BLACK SABBATH tour and go, 'Ah, what do I do now?' So as I'm getting downtime, I am doing some writing when I can." Ozzy's last solo studio effort, "Scream", came out in 2010.
COREY TAYLOR On Use Of Phones At Concerts: 'People Need To Unplug And Realize That They're Missing Their Lives'
SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor has slammed people who spend an exorbitant amount of time looking at their phones, saying that "they're missing their lives." Taylor, who has had an active social-media presence through his personal Twitter and Facebook accounts, also believes that people who hold up their phones and film entire concerts while he is up on stage are "not enjoying" the show. Speaking to the WRIF radio station, Taylor said: "I enjoy Twitter, because there's no pressure like [there is on] Facebook. I don't even run my own Facebook — somebody else does, and mainly just to kind of retype what I put up on Twitter, to be honest. But I have a lot of fun with Twitter, because you've got a maximum of 140 characters, and I can kind of get in and get out, and everybody just kind of retweets now anyway; hardly anybody puts anything out there. So it's easy; I don't have to sit on it all day, like most of these zombies do." He continued: "So many people have their faces glued to their phones and they're not paying attention, I point and laugh anytime I see somebody trip walking down the street, and I'm brutal — I mean, I'm brutal. It's loud, it's obnoxious, there's a lot of pointing, I'm asking people, 'Did you see that?' I love it. I think it's funny." Corey added: "Get off your phones and pay attention to what they hell you're doing." Asked if he sees a lot of people looking at their phones at SLIPKNOT concerts, Taylor responded: "I see it every once in a while. People don't do it so much at our shows, and if they do, they do it from quite a ways back, because I empty whole water bottles into people as soon as I see them staring at their phone or tweeting or whatever." He continued: "There was this one poor girl, and god bless her, she was a fan, but at the same time, she wasn't being very covert about it. So I emptied four bottles into her, and oh my God, it had to have broken her phone. And then she was just bummed for the rest of the night, and I just kept shrugging at her, going, 'Hey, it's a live show. Pay attention, or don't be here.' "So, yeah, I don't see it as much anymore, because I think I've made the statement that I will ruin your phone if you do that in front of my show." Taylor also lamented the fact that concerts have turned into photography/video sessions, with videos being published on YouTube and photos on various social media sites within hours of the shows' completion. "You're gonna come down there and film it, but you're not gonna enjoy it?" he said. "I mean, get outta here! Are you serious?" He added: "People need to unplug and realize that they're missing their lives, dude. It's sad. And that may be me just being an old jerk, but I don't care. I don't care. Truth is truth; it doesn't matter what age you're at." SLIPKNOT's new album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", sold around 132,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on October 21 via Roadrunner.
UFO To Release 'A Conspiracy Of Stars' Album In February
British/American rock legends UFO will release a new album, "A Conspiracy Of Stars", on February 23, 2015 in Europe and March 3, 2015 in the U.S. via Steamhammer/SPV. The band consisting of Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar), Vinnie Moore (guitar), Andy Parker (drums) and Rob De Luca (bass) recorded almost a dozen new songs, produced and mixed in the Kentish town of Deal by Chris Tsangarides, renowned for his work with acts such as JUDAS PRIEST, THIN LIZZY and GARY MOORE. "A Conspiracy Of Stars" will be available as a digipak (including poster and bonus track), jewel case, vinyl double LP and for download. Says the band about the new CD: "'A Conspiracy Of Stars' is another successful combination of those typical UFO elements with fresh, contemporary ideas. We're confident that not only our longstanding supporters will get their money's worth, but that younger rock fans will also enjoy the album. We look forward to seeing you on tour!" UFO will hit the road in February and March 2015, playing Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Switzerland, and more, followed by a tour of Britain and Ireland in April and May. UFO's last album, "Seven Deadly", was released in February 2012 via SPV/Steamhammer. The effort was recorded with producer Tommy Newton at his Area 51 studio in Celle, Germany.
Video: METALLICA Performs 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' On 'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson'
METALLICA performed the song "For Whom The Bell Tolls" on the third night of the band's week-long residency as the musical guests on CBS-TV's "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson". Check out video footage of the band's appearance below. On Monday, METALLICA kicked off its "Ferguson" residency with a performance of "Hit The Lights", the opening track to its 1983 debut album, "Kill 'Em All". Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield also sat down with Ferguson for an interview. Tuesday saw the band performing "Fuel". Ulrich told Ferguson he was a big fan of the legendary British rock band MOTÖRHEAD and recalled how a picture of him taken after he vomited on himself ended up on the inner sleeve of a MOTÖRHEAD album. "[MOTÖRHEAD frontman] Lemmy [Kilmister] came to town," Ulrich remembered, "and I was pretty nervous, so [I drank] a couple of shots of straight vodka....So I tried that outside of Lemmy's hotel, walked in and a couple of hours later I woke up and I'd been photographed and it ended up on the inner sleeve of the next MOTÖRHEAD album." Ulrich also spoke about the upcoming 10th-anniversary release of the two-disc Blu-ray edition of the band's 2004 documentary, "Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster", which followed the band through the three most turbulent years of their long career, during which they battled through addiction, lineup changes, fan backlash, personal turmoil and the near-disintegration of the group during the making of their "St. Anger" album. "['Some Kind Of Monster' co-directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky] came up to San Francisco to film the process of us making a new record," Ulrich recalled. "And then over the course of the next few months, one breakdown after another breakdown occurred." "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" airs weeknights at 12:35 a.m. EST. Ferguson announced his exit from the program in April, shortly after he was passed over to replace David Letterman, who also revealed that he would retire next year. METALLICA is reportedly getting back to work this fall on its 10th studio album, due out sometime in 2015. 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.