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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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Video: HALESTORM Performs New Songs In Norwich, England
Fan-filmed video footage of HALESTORM performing three new songs — "Amen", "Apocalyptic" and "Mayhem" — on March 2 in Norwich, England during the band's U.K. headlining tour can be seen below. HALESTORM has released a new video for "Amen", taken from the group's upcoming album, "Into The Wild Life". Singer Lzzy Hale told The Pulse Of Radio that the process of recording the album was unlike anything the group had done before. "Basically, you know, all of the tracks that you'll hear on this record, all the basic tracks, we did live in this beautiful studio in Nashville — beautiful church studio, actually — and we all were in the common room in a circle and had to play every song over and over again until we were all kind of riding the same wave, and all the parts were done, you know, as a performance," she said. "Into The Wild Life" is due out on April 14. The new disc follows up HALESTORM's Grammy-winning 2012 sophomore effort, "The Strange Case Of…" HALESTORM is currently on the road in Europe and will begin a North American tour with THE PRETTY RECKLESS on April 22 in Nashville.
METALLICA Drummer LARS ULRICH's Bachelor Party Attended By JAMES HETFIELD, Actors BRADLEY COOPER, IAN MCKELLEN
According to People.com, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich celebrated his upcoming wedding to model Jessica Miller with a bachelor party thrown by "King Of The Hill" creator Mike Judge over the weekend in San Francisco. Ulrich was joined at Lucky Strike bowling alley on Saturday by METALLICA frontman James Hetfield and actors Bradley Cooper and Ian McKellen. A source told People.com that Cooper was the “top bowler” and that the group hung out in a "private Green Room," where they "ate sushi and spinach dip," before heading off to a celebratory dinner. Ulrich, 51, and Miller, 31, got engaged in July 2013. This will be the third marriage for Lars, who was previously married to Debbie Jones and Skylar Satenstein. Ulrich has two sons, Myles and Layne, with Satenstein, and a third boy, Bryce, with Danish actress Connie Nielsen. Miller, who was previously in a relationship with SYSTEM OF A DOWN guitarist Daron Malakian, is a professional model, and has appeared on the cover of various international editions of Vogue magazine. She has also been a model for Gap, H&M and Chanel, among others.
Ex-W.A.S.P. Guitarist CHRIS HOLMES: The Kind Of Music I Play 'Just Doesn't Work' In U.S. Anymore
In a brand new interview with Noisey, former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes was asked he was surprised by the attention he got with the video for his song "Let It Roar". "No," he responded. "I think it's just because people are talking trash about me. You know, once it gets on Blabbermouth, they start talking about how crappy it is. They're always gonna compare everything I do to W.A.S.P., no matter what. So they start bad-mouthing it. That's probably why it's gotten so viral. But you know, [the video] is just what I do in [my new hometown of] Cannes [France]. It’s a beautiful city. You see me fishing and stuff. I think one part of the video shows a wave hit the rocks and almost knock me off. [Laughs] It's a neat town. You can't do the same things in L.A." Holmes also talked about his decision to move to France last year. He said: "My wife is from France. But since I left W.A.S.P. I dangled around in L.A., trying to find musicians to play with, but it just didn't work out. The change of culture in the last ten years… My kind of music isn't played that much — not like it was in the '80s." He continued: "About two years ago, I pulled into a 7-11, and this kid got out of his car. He wasn't listening to rock. When I was his age, that's all I listened to. That made me realize the kind of music I do here anymore… [He was listening to] hip-hop. And I just don't play that kind of music." Holmes added: "I was talking to one of my friend's kids — he's in high school — and I asked him, 'Why don't you listen to rock, like DEEP PURPLE or something?' And he said, 'Man, that's pussy music.' This is a white kid. So I thought, if people don't listen to this kind of music anymore, why should I even be here? I'm in my 50s, but I want to still keep on going, kind of. So I talked to my wife and we decided to move. They listen to rock more over here. There's lots more concerts and stuff." Holmes has just released a new album called "Shittin' Bricks". Holmes joined W.A.S.P. in 1982 and remained with the group until 1990. In 1996, Holmes rejoined W.A.S.P. and stayed with the band until 2001. Holmes has not played with W.A.S.P. since. Holmes last year released a solo album called "Nothing To Lose". Chris composed, performed, and produced the music and vocals, and teamed up with former MOTÖRHEAD drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor to perform on and engineer the effort.
CHAD GRAY Doesn't Know If MUDVAYNE Will Ever Work Together Again
In a brand new interview with Greg Prato of Songfacts, HELLYEAH and MUDVAYNE singer Chad Gray was asked if he thinks MUDVAYNE will ever work together again. "I don't know if the full band will," he responded. "Who knows — they might be putting something else together. We were talking for a while and that whole Greg thing went down [MUDVAYNE guitarist Greg Tribbett left HELLYEAH in 2013] and everything kind of fell apart. Our relationship, which was the only truly solid relationship in the whole group, although Matt [McDonough, drums] and I are still great, Ryan [Martinie, bass] and I still briefly talk. I mean, the only way I personally would want to do MUDVAYNE is if everybody licked their wounds and got over it." He continued: "There's a lot of things in that band that tore us apart. Maybe MUDVAYNE was the martyr for people that stopped supporting music. You sell 159,000 records the first week, and then the next record is like, 'Whatever, fuck it.' Maybe it's a subliminal message if you don't support things… MUDVAYNE's probably bigger now than it ever was. So, people want what they can't have." Asked in Revolver magazine if Greg's exit from HELLYEAH hit him especially hard, seeing as the two of them started off paying together in MUDVAYNE, Chad said: "Yeah, man. He has always been my right-hand man. He's been the back I look at when I'm writing songs and the sounding board for my ideas. When everything went sideways, it was like losing a great friend. I was filled with fear and I had mixed emotions. At first, I was like, Goddamn, I don't know if I'm ever gonna be able to do this without him." Questioned directly if MUDVAYNE is officially over, Chad replied: "I don't think so. We all still talk. I'm not ready to put a headstone on anything yet." Back in March 2014, MUDVAYNE posted a message on its Facebook page denying that the band had broken up. The group wrote at the time: "Final explanation… MUDVAYNE is on hiatus. With respect to all the bandmembers, we are all doing something in music that satisfies our appetite right now. When the time is right, MUDVAYNE WILL be back in action. In no shape or form is this a disrespect to our fans. We love our fans and will give them all they can handle when it is time. 'Till then, patience is needed." It's been more than five years since MUDVAYNE released its self-titled fifth album and little has been heard about the band since then. But in a late 2010 interview with the music blog Warwick, MUDVAYNE bassist Ryan Martinie discussed the group almost entirely in the past tense. When asked about the quartet's musical evolution, Martinie said, "I think that what we did is valuable. It's become a cog in the wheel of music in some sort of way. We are a piece of musical history now . . . We were always just responding to our environment. I always saw the band to be important as an aspect of my life, as something that was supposed to take us places that are positive, and in that sense everything that happened with the band has happened for a reason." MUDVAYNE did not tour behind its fifth album, which was barely promoted and sold weakly upon release.
ALTER BRIDGE Guitarist's TREMONTI To Release 'Cauterize' Album In May
TREMONTI, the band led by CREED and ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti, will release its second album, "Cauterize", in May. The track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Radical Change 02. Flying Momkeys 03. Cauterize 04. Arm Yourself 05. Dark Trip 06. Another Heart 07. Fall Again 08. Tie The Noose 09. Sympathy 10. Providence Audio samples of five songs from "Cauterize" can be streamed below. The tracks available for preview are "Another Heart", "Cauterize", "Flying Monkey", "Providence" and "Sympathy". The follow-up to 2012's "All I Was", TREMONTI's new CD was helmed by producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette, who previously worked with ALTER BRIDGE and SLASH. Speaking to the American Forces Network, TREMONTI drummer Garrett Whitlock stated about the band's new album: "We recorded 20 songs for this record, so we're still trying to figure out what we're gonna with all of 'em. But I think it stacks up well against the first one. "I really do think that we kind of figured out what our strengths were, recording the first album, and with this album, we kind of took that and capitalized on all of it. "I think, as far as playing goes, everybody was on their 'A' game, and we're really happy with it. "There's some really good, heavy songs on there; there's some good atmospheric stuff. So we really tried to just take what we enjoyed about the first record and capitalize on that with the second one. I feel like we hit our mark, and we're all really happy with the final product." VAN HALEN bassist Wolfgang Van Halen joined Tremonti's solo band for touring purposes after ALTER BRIDGE bassist Brian Marshall dropped off the project. With ALTER BRIDGE and CREED both still active, The Pulse Of Radio asked Tremonti a while back how he knows which songs are right for each project. "I've just gotten this filter, this intuition that tells me what songs go to which band, and with my solo stuff, the rhythm section is so different from the other bands, I think it really stands apart," he said. "I think it's a little more aggressive than both the other bands." Tremonti recorded "All I Was" using ideas rejected by his ALTER BRIDGE bandmates, who felt some of the material was too "speed metal" for their sound. Tremonti revealed, "I tried it with them about 10 times and it would never stick. I didn't want those ideas to go to waste . . . Now it's a living, breathing band so we gotta keep it going." Tremonti's other act, ALTER BRIDGE, released its fourth album, called "Fortress", in 2013.
METALLICA's 'The Unforgiven' Covered By HARP TWINS (Video)
Identical twins Camille and Kennerly Kitt have released a new album, "Harp Attack 2", featuring 14 harp duet covers of rock and metal songs from the '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, and 2000s, plus a 15th bonus track featuring special guest musicians. "Harp Attack 2" track listing: 01. Dance Of Death (IRON MAIDEN cover) 02. Hotel California (EAGLES) 03. Eye Of The Tiger (SURVIVOR) 04. The Unforgiven (METALLICA) 05. Every Breath You Take (THE POLICE) 06. House Of The Rising Sun (THE ANIMALS) 07. A Tout Le Monde (MEGADETH) 08. My Immortal (EVANESCENCE) 09. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (EURYTHMICS) 10. Rhiannon (FLEETWOOD MAC) 11. Crazy Train (OZZY OSBOURNE) 12. The Bard's Song (In The Forest) (BLIND GUARDIAN) 13. Carry On Wayward Son (KANSAS) 14. Don't Stop Believin' (JOURNEY) 15. Hotel California (featuring Sonido Urbano and Kevin Bartlett) The official video for Camille and Kennerly's arrangement of METALLICA's "The Unforgiven" can be seen below. Known as the "harp twins," Camille and Kennerly perform internationally as a dynamic acoustic and electric rock harp duo. As the world's only known identical twin professional harpists, Camille and Kennerly have a passion and flair for arranging and performing contemporary music for harp duet. Camille and Kennerly are known for their remarkable duet harp arrangements of songs by artists such as GUNS N' ROSES, LED ZEPPELIN, METALLICA, AEROSMITH, AC/DC, DEEP PURPLE and many more. The twins also arrange and perform a jukebox of Broadway, video game, TV and movie soundtrack hits. In addition to being prolific arrangers, Camille and Kennerly compose and perform their own original pieces for harp duet. In December of 2013, Camille and Kennerly released their first covers albums, "Harp Attack", featuring 14 of their most popular rock and metal arrangements, and "Harp Fantasy", featuring 14 of their most popular TV and movie soundtrack, anime, and video game arrangements. Camille and Kennerly began posting harp duet music videos of their rock, metal and contemporary cover arrangements on YouTube several years ago. The twins have since acquired over 14 million total views on their 100 percent independently produced videos in addition to amassing legions of fans worldwide — including over 100,000 YouTube subscribers and over 100,000 Facebook fans. Camille and Kennerly are known for their personal interaction with their fans — responding to more fan messages and comments than any other artist of their echelon. "The Unforgiven":
SCOTT WEILAND AND THE WILDABOUTS: Teaser For 'White Lightning'/'Circles' Video
Former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland and his band THE WILDABOUTS will release their first album ever on March 31. Titled "Blaster", the CD was produced by Rick Parker (BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB) and recorded throughout 2014 at Lavish Studios in Burbank and at The Sandbox in Beachwood Canyon. "Blaster" features twelve tracks, all but one written by Weiland. A video teaser for the tracks "White Lightning" and "Circles" is available below. SCOTT WEILAND AND THE WILDABOUTS recently parted ways with drummer Danny Thompson and replaced him with former QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and CALIFORNIA BREED drummer Joey Castillo. Weiland told The Pulse Of Radio that touring with his solo band changed the way he approached writing his new album. "It's much more of an overall collaborative effort, and it's much more rock 'n' roll and it's a newer thing, 'cause we've been creating our own sound as we've been touring, and the sound grows and evolves and changes as we collaborate together as writers," he said. His last solo effort was the more experimental "Happy In Galoshes", released in 2008. Weiland is taking THE WILDABOUTS on tour starting on February 22 in Scottsdale, Arizona, with shows booked through May.
NIGHTRAGE: New Song 'Desperate Vows' Available For Streaming
Greek/Swedish melodic death metallers NIGHTRAGE will release their sixth studio album, "The Puritan", on April 24 via Despotz Records. "The Puritan" — described in a press release as "an uncompromising, eerie, dramatic and melodic death metal journey in its purest essence" — welcomes new NIGHTRAGE vocalist Ronnie Nyman to the mix. Nyman joins NIGHTRAGE guitarist and founding member Marios Iliopoulos and bassist Anders Hammer after performing with the band last year on its Japanese and Russian tours. "The Puritan" was produced by Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, DEVIN TOWNSEND, SOILWORK) and George Nerantzis at Dugout Productions in Uppsala, Sweden. "The Puritan" track listing: 01. The Puritan 02. With A Blade Of A Knife 03. Desperate Vows 04. Endless Night 05. Foul Vile Life 06. Stare Into Infinity 07. Lone Lake (Instrumental) 08. Son of Sorrow 09. When Gold Turns To Rust 10. Fathomless 11. Kiss Of A Sycophant The song "Desperate Vows" can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below. Also available is the music video for the CD's first single, "Kiss Of A Sycophant". Says Marios Iliopoulos: "'Kiss Of A Sycophant' is traditional NIGHTRAGE melodic death metal. We feel that with this album we manage to combine the death metal ferocity with ethereal melodies and great hooks all in one nice metal amalgam." NIGHTRAGE was founded in 2000 in Greece by Marios Iliopoulos and his close friend, Gus G., who departed after the band's second album, "Descent Into Chaos". During the band's 14-year career, NIGHTRAGE has released five studio albums and toured across Europe, the U.S., Canada and Asia while employing various musicians from AT THE GATES, EVERGREY, DARK TRANQUILLITY, AMARANTHE and FIREWIND. NIGHTRAGE signed a record/publishing deal with Swedish music company Despotz in summer 2014 before entering the studio with Daniel Bergstrand and George Nerantzis. "Today we are proud to announce that we have signed an album deal with Despotz Records," commented Iliopoulos. "We are super excited to work with such a dedicated bunch of people." "Dreams can really come true; NIGHTRAGE is a living proof of that," added Ömer Akay, Despotz Records co-founder and partner. "I'm honored to be working with Marios and NIGHTRAGE; we truly have the same background and visions to take the band to the mainstream." NIGHTRAGE is: Marios Iliopoulos - Guitar Ronnie Nyman - Vocals Anders Hammer - Bass
EUROPE: Entire 'War Of Kings' Album Available For Streaming
Swedish hard rock veterans EUROPE will release their tenth album, "War Of Kings", on March 10 via UDR Music. Recorded at the brand new PanGaia Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, produced by Dave Cobb (RIVAL SONS) and engineered by John Netti, the CD sees the classic rocking quintet confidently creating 11 monsterously melodic, yet hard-hitting, classic rock and roll standouts for their fervent global audience. The entire CD can be streamed at Yahoo! Music. It is also available below. "War Of Kings" will be available in multiple formats, as a CD digipak, a CD jewel case, a vinyl LP and in digital download format. Says EUROPE singer Joey Tempest: "'War Of Kings' is the album we always wanted to make, ever since we were kids listening to bands like [LED] ZEPPELIN, [DEEP] PURPLE and [BLACK] SABBATH. And after hearing Dave Cobb's amazing production for RIVAL SONS, we simply had to work with him. Our adventure is still ON!" EUROPE's place as a legendary classic rock band was platinum-stamped early in their career, having enjoyed an explosive period of worldwide success in the '80s, under-pinned by their hit album and single "The Final Countdown", before going on hiatus between 1992 and 2003. They reunited and quickly settled into a period of re-establishment which has seen them re-enforce their reputation worldwide as one of the premier purveyors of blues-tinged classic rock with an edge and some kick. Their last album, 2012's "Bag Of Bones", saw EUROPE hit the UK top 40 rock album charts and debut at No. 2 on the Swedish national charts, and "War Of Kings" is set to take full advantage of the global groundwork EUROPE have put in over the last few years. Joey adds: "Hey! We took the long road! but we wanted to re-establish EUROPE the proper way. It's taken 10 years and countless tours since the reunion, but we're finally getting there! And we’ve done it our way!" EUROPE commenced their roadwork supporting "War Of Kings" with a U.K./Ireland tour in Dublin on March 2 (their first visit to Ireland in 25 years) before continuing in the U.K. with BLACK STAR RIDERS. Says Joey: "Looking forward to 'tons' of touring in 2015! It's getting harder and harder to be modest and humble about this band! It doesn't get much better than this!" "War Of Kings" track listing: 01. War Of Kings 02. Hole In My Pocket 03. The Second Day 04. Praise You 05. Nothin' To Ya 06. California 405 07. Days Of Rock 'N' Roll 08. Children Of The Mind 09. Rainbow Bridge 10. Angels (With Broken Hearts) 11. Light It Up 12. Vasastan (instrumental) (bonus track) (digipack and Japanese editions only)
ANTHRAX: Audio Snippet Of Contribution To 'Catch The Throne: The Mixtape'
HBO has teamed up with some of the music industry's top artists for the second installment of "Catch The Throne: The Mixtape", for the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series "Game Of Thrones". Building on the success of Volume I — with over 2.5 million streams to date — that attracted hip-hop and reggaeton fans alike, "Volume II" will feature Method Man, Snoop Dogg and Yandel and will transcend genres by adding Grammy-nominated metal bands KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and ANTHRAX to the mixtape lineup. The mixtape will be released in anticipation of the season 5 debut of "Game Of Thrones", airing April 12 on HBO. A snippet of ANTHRAX's contribution to "Catch The Throne: The Mixtape" can be streamed in the Instagram post below. Scott Ian, founding member of ANTHRAX, told Finland's Kaaos TV: "[Our contribution to the mixtape] was a song we had already written [for our next studio album]. We didn't have time to start writing something brand new from scratch. We listened to all the material we had and made the decision. That one just… We all thought the same thing. Everybody listened to the demos and we all had the same idea that this one demo just sounded like that should be the song for 'Game Of Thrones', so it was a pretty easy decision. The lyrics weren't written yet, though — we only had the music — so then [the show producers] said you have to pick something about the show to write about. And I got to write about exactly what I wanted to write about [the Lannister family], so I was very happy about that. It was a really fun thing for me to do, because I'm such a massive fan of the show. So are Charlie [Benante, drums] and Frankie [Bello, bass] — they're really big fans. So it was just something really exciting that we got the call to do that. And we were, like, 'Yeah!' A lot of times you get calls for things, and it's kind of, like, 'Naaahhh. Just say no.' But this we were very excited about." Produced by Launch Point Records, the 15-song mixtape features diverse artists representing "Game Of Thrones" families, leveraging themes and highlights from season 4. Showcasing the importance of music in "Game Of Thrones", each song on the mixtape samples music from the show's season 4 soundtrack. This year's mixtape also weaves in the overarching theme of fire and ice, providing listeners with an exciting lineup of heavy metal and hip-hop artists. Lucinda Martinez, SVP of multicultural marketing at HBO, stated: "'Catch The Throne: The Mixtape' garnered much praise and piqued interest of artists wanting to partake in its sequel. We're excited to seize the opportunity to channel the fandom of these artists into 'Volume II' and give audiences another opportunity to experience original music inspired by the show. We are particularly excited to integrate heavy metal into the mixtape this time around to continue our celebration of this groundbreaking series." "Catch The Throne: The Mixtape Volume II" will be released next month free of charge. Listeners are encouraged to share using the hashtag #CatchTheThrone. Viewers can access previous seasons of "Game Of Thrones" on HBO GO, HBO On Demand or by checking local listings for replays.
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