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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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CROWBAR: 'Symmetry In White' Video Released
"Symmetry In White", the new video from New Orleans sludge metal veterans CROWBAR, can be seen below. The clip was helmed by Mike Holderbeast of Cement Level Studios (GOATWHORE, HIGH ON FIRE, EYEHATEGOD), who previously directed the band's video for the track "Walk With Knowledge Wisely". "Symmetry In White" is taken from CROWBAR's new album, "Symmetry In Black", which sold around 3,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 68 on The Billboard 200 chart. CROWBAR's previous CD, 2011's "Sever The Wicked Hand", opened with around 3,500 units to land at position No. 4 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. "Symmetry In Black" came out in North America on May 27 via Entertainment One Music. The CD, which was made available in Europe on May 26 through Century Media Records, was produced by CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein and Duane Simoneaux and was mixed by Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA). Windstein exited DOWN in September 2013 in order to focus "100%" on CROWBAR. He was replaced in DOWN by the band's longtime stage manager and HONKY founding guitarist Bobby Landgraf. CROWBAR last year announced the addition of bassist Jeff Golden to the group's ranks. Jeff is from Bolton, Connecticut, but currently resides in Estero, Florida. CROWBAR is: Kirk Windstein (Guitar, Vocals) Matt Brunson (Guitar) Tommy Buckley (Drums) Jeff Golden (Bass)
ALLEN / LANDE: 'Down From The Mountain' Lyric Video Released
The official lyric video for the song "Down From The Mountain" from Jorn Lande (MASTERPLAN, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and Russell Allen's (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB) fourth ALLEN / LANDE collaborative album, "The Great Divide", can be seen below. The CD was released on October 17 in Europe and will be made available on October 21 in North America via Frontiers Music Srl. Following three successful discs written, played and produced by Swedish musician Magnus Karlsson (of PRIMAL FEAR and STARBREAKER), "The Great Divide" represents a substantial change in that former STRATOVARIUS guitarist and main composer Timo Tolkki took on the challenge to write and produce the new recording. Tolkki also performs all instrumentation on the album except for drums, which are handled by Jami Huovinen. Work on the album started in late 2013 when the first songs were demoed and sent to the two singers, who loved the direction of the new music. Also, for the first time, Lande has contributed vocal melodies and lyrics to the album. The final result is certainly outstanding and the crisp mixes from Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, PLACE VENDOME, UNISONIC) make for an amazing-sounding album. Stunning cover art created by French artist Stan Decker completes the package. "The Great Divide" track listing: 01. Come Dream With Me 02. Down From The Mountain 03. In The Hands Of Time 04. Solid Ground 05. Lady Of Winter 06. Dream About Tomorrow 07. Hymn To The Fallen 08. The Great Divide 09. Reaching For The Stars 10. Bittersweet "The Great Divide" pre-order links: * Amazon * iTunes A three-song trailer is available below. The third ALLEN / LANDE collaborative CD was released in November 2010 via Frontiers. Entitled "The Showdown", the CD was mixed by Achim Köhler (PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER, SILENT FORCE). "Down From the Mountain" lyric video:
VINNIE PAUL Says Pickle Juice Is Ultimate Hangover Remedy
Rooster of the 94.5 FMX radio station in Lubbock, Texas recently conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. Asked what he would recommend as a hangover remedy, Vinnie said: "There's a couple of things. There's two things that would really do it for you. Obviously, the one that people are pretty aware of that we've been doing for years, which is pedialyte [the electrolyte-loaded liquid, which is given to dehydrated babies]. It definitely has about, I don't know, ten times the electrolytes of Gatorade or anything like that. [Drink] a bottle of that and that'll get you back on the right track. And then, to me, even a more immediate cure, which I discovered that I really love, is pickle juice, man. I don't know what it is, but something about the vinegar gets up right up to your muscles and rehydrates you and gets you back going. I drink almost a bottle of pickle juice every day, man, and it keeps me going great." HELLYEAH's fourth album, "Blood For Blood", sold around 17,000 copies in its first week of release to land at No. 18 on the Billboard chart. The band's previous effort, 2011's "Band Of Brothers", opened with 19,000 copies back in July 2012 to debut at No. 19. HELLYEAH is currently touring North America as guests of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and VOLBEAT.
GOTTHARD Films 'C'est La Vie' Video In Cuba: Making-Of Footage Posted Online
Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "C'est La Vie", the new video from Swiss hard rockers GOTTHARD, can be seen below. The clip was filmed on location in Cuba. The song is taken from the band's latest studio album, "BANG!", which was issued in North America via The End Records. On June 24, the digital version of "BANG!" was made available, with a deluxe version containing three bonus tracks released on August 12. For over 20 years, GOTTHARD has toured the globe throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia in support of 14 studio and live albums, and has collected multiple gold and platinum awards along the way. Recorded at the group's own Yellow House Studios in Lugano in the Swiss canton of Tessin, "BANG!" was mixed at the Dutch Wisseloord Studios (MICK JAGGER, PAUL MCCARTNEY, TINA TURNER) by Ronald Prent (SCORPIONS, DEF LEPPARD, WITHIN TEMPTATION). For the members of GOTTHARD — Nic Maeder (vocals), Leo Leoni (guitar), Marc Lynn (bass), Hena Habegger (drums) and Freddy Scherer (guitar) — the dynamic boogie groove of the title track is also new ground for the band, reflecting their unbridled energy and pure confidence. For Maeder, "BANG!" is not only his second album with GOTTHARD, but also the convincing proof that he belongs in the band, that he has become one of them and his voice and his qualities as a songwriter are indispensable. Title track "BANG!", the first single off the album, truly represents the GOTTHARD sound and evolution. Catchy hooks, wailing guitars and Maeder's lush vocals grab your ear, making "BANG!" a song you will never forget. These songs are set against a background of classic GOTTHARD rock tunes like "Get Up 'N' Move On", "Jump The Gun" and "My Belief" which traditionally grace every album by the Swiss combo. All told, "BANG!" presents a compelling mix that is sure to take its rightful place in the proud legend of GOTTHARD. "You can't really compare different albums, but if one record comes closest in sound, it is probably 'Lipservice' (2005), except there's more of a playful feel to 'BANG!' and the arrangements spring one or two surprises," says Habegger. "BANG!" track listing: 01. Let Me In Katie 02. BANG! 03. Get Up 'N' Move On 04. Feel What I Feel 05. C'est La Vie 06. Jump The Gun 07. Spread Your Wings 08. I Won't Look Down 09. My Belief 10. Maybe (Duet Version) 11. Red On A Sleeve 12. What You Get 13. Mr. Ticket Man 14. Thank You U.S. bonus tracks: 15. I Want It All 16. You Can't Stop Me 17. My Daddy Told Me GOTTHARD's 2012 album, "Firebirth", marked the band's first release with singer Nic Maeder, who was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, lived in Melbourne, Australia and grew up between Switzerland and "Down Under." GOTTHARD's previous vocalist, Steve Lee, was killed on October 5, 2010 in what has been described as a freak road accident in Nevada.
RIOT V: 'Unleash The Fire' Trailer
The remaining members of legendary metal pioneers RIOT are back and are ready to unleash the follow up to 2011's reunion record "Immortal Soul". Due on October 22 in Scandinavia, October 24 release in Germany, October 27 release in the rest of Europe and October 28 in the U.S. and Canada via SPV/Steamhammer, "Unleash The Fire" marks the first release from the band without the late, great founding guitarist Mark Reale, who passed away in early 2012 and was limited on his participation on "Immortal Soul" because of his health issues. The band was encouraged at the request of Mark and the Reale estate to forge ahead in his honor and will dedicate this new offering to him. The album promises to please fans of the "Thundersteel" era of RIOT, as main songwriter and longtime Reale music collaborator Don Van Stavern does much of the writing, as he did on "Thundersteel" and "The Privilege Of Power". Don is joined by longtime RIOT bandmate, songwriter and Reale's guitar partner of over 20 years, Mike Flyntz, to create what they feel is something they are proud to call a RIOT record. The RIOT V lineup is completed by powerhouse vocalist extraordinaire Todd Michael Hall (BURNING STARR, REVERENCE), Frank Gilchriest (VIRGIN STEELE, RIOT's "Army Of One") and former Mike Flyntz guitar student and resident shredder Nick Lee. This new onslaught headlined sold-out shows in Germany, Greece, Spain and Italy and played the prestigious festivals Metal Assault and Metal Apocalypse earlier this year, and will headline next year's Keep It True festival, which is already sold out. "Unleash The Fire" will be available as a digipak version with one bonus tack, a double gatefold colored vinyl version with one bonus track, as a standard version and as a digital download. "Unleash The Fire" limited digipak (including one bonus track): 01. Ride Hard Live Free 02. Metal Warrior 03. Fall From The Sky 04. Bring The Hammer Down 05. Unleash The Fire 06. Land Of The Rising Sun 07. Kill To Survive 08. Return Of The Outlaw 09. Immortal 10. Take Me Back 11. Fight Fight Fight 12. Until We Meet Again 13. Thundersteel (live) (bonus track) "Unleash The Fire" jewel-case version: 01. Ride Hard Live Free 02. Metal Warrior 03. Fall From The Sky 04. Bring The Hammer Down 05. Unleash The Fire 06. Land Of The Rising Sun 07. Kill To Survive 08. Return Of The Outlaw 09. Immortal 10. Take Me Back 11. Fight Fight Fight 12. Until We Meet Again "Unleash The Fire" double gatefold LP, blue vinyl (including one bonus track): Side 1 01. Ride Hard Live Free 02. Metal Warrior 03. Fall From The Sky 04. Bring The Hammer Down Side 2 01. Unleash The Fire 02. Land Of The Rising Sun 03. Kill To Survive Side 3 01. Return Of The Outlaw 02. Immortal 03. Take Me Back Side 4 01. Fight Fight Fight 02. Until We Meet Again 03. Thundersteel (live) (bonus track) The official trailer for "Unleash The Fire" is available below.
CLUTCH's JEAN-PAUL GASTER: 'You Have To Be Honest About What It Is You're In A Band For'
In a brand new interview with Aesthetic Magazine Toronto, drummer Jean-Paul Gaster of Maryland rockers CLUTCH spoke about the band's longevity and how the group has managed to keep its original lineup intact for nearly 25 years. "You have to be honest about what it is you're in a band for," he said. "For us, it was because we wanted to play good shows and make good records. "We didn't do this because we wanted a career; we didn't do this because we wanted to party; we didn't do this for the chicks or to be big stars on MTV. We did this because we like music. That's not to say that those other reasons are illegitimate, but if you want to keep your shit together in the long run, make sure that your bandmates are like-minded. "Whatever your goals are, it's going to be a better deal for everyone when you're all on the same page. "We all have a unified attitude towards the small and big things. We're all at practice on time. We're all at soundcheck on time. If you can't all be as dedicated to the work aspect of being a band, then it's going to be really tough being a band." Gaster also talked about placement of the band's music in television shows, including "The Walking Dead", "Sons Of Anarchy" and during countless UFC fights, as well as being part of soundtracks for video games like "Left 4 Dead", "Tony Hawk's Underground" and "Need For Speed: Pro Street". "Up until now, we just found our music involved in projects that we thought were cool anyway," he said. "If someone approached us to have a song in a movie we just thought looked like shit, for example, we probably wouldn't go for it. "There are a couple of things to remember here, though: the industry itself is a shell of what it used to be. Maybe years ago bands would find themselves in a situation like that and say, 'I'm not going to sell out.' And maybe years ago you could have made that argument, but at this point, bands are struggling at the local pubs, let alone getting gigs across the country, let alone a record deal. So the fact is, if this is what you do for a living, you have to find ways to make money any way that you can. For some people that means sacrificing who you are artistically." He continued: "You never know what's going to come from what. We've talked to fans who'd never had the chance to see us live but ended up hearing us because we ended up in a video game or on a TV show. That's what they were into and maybe they wouldn't have been exposed to us otherwise. "Any way that you can get your music out there, it's going to benefit your band. "It's important for bands to create and utilize as many tools as they can get their hands on. "You're never going to make your living purely off record sales. You've got to profit from concert tickets, merch and whatever else comes your way. That's how a musician has to think these days. "We're all here to make a living off of music — you really just have to do whatever you can to spread the word."
PAUL STANLEY Says Illegal Music Downloading Is 'Morally And Ethically Wrong, And It Hurts People'
KISS frontman Paul Stanley believes that illegal music downloading is "morally" and "ethically wrong," and laments the fact that new artists "don't have a chance in hell" of "ever getting that pot of gold." During an appearance on the "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast, Stanley was asked what KISS' chances of success would be like if the band was starting out today. He replied: "We'd be fucked, in plain English, because the music industry as it exists today is not even an industry, it's just shambles. And now artists are in a position to have to take what the public, so to speak, is willing to give them. In other words, with this onset of 'file sharing'… well, file sharing is just a fancy way of saying 'stealing.' You can't share what you don't own. The idea that somebody is taking songs or music off the Internet and taking it for free and calling it 'file sharing' is like me saying 'transportation borrowing,' and I steal you car." He continued: "When people create art with the hope of being not only accepted but also being rewarded so they can pay their rent and send their kids to school and things like that, and that doesn't happen, that's what stealing does. But the person who steals on the Internet somehow doesn't feel the same as going into a store and stealing a cassette — which don't even exist anymore. But if you go into a store, if you go into a Barnes & Noble or some place and steal a book, that's blatantly, and very clearly, illegal. Downloading something somehow skirts the ethical and moral question of taking something that doesn't belong to you and not paying the person for it… "The truth is what you don't own you can't take for free. You can, but it's wrong. It's morally wrong, it's ethically wrong, and it hurts people." Stanley added: "Look, for me, it's a question more about morality in my case. It's not gonna change my life any, but it sure bothers me that somebody is taking what they don't own, and it bothers me that somebody who's trying to succeed now and starting off doesn't have a chance in hell, more than likely, of ever getting that pot of gold." When Rogan pointed out to Stanley that is still possible for some artists to get that "pot of gold" through touring and merchandise sales, Stanley replied: "Yeah, but that shouldn't be dictated to by the circumstances, that should be a choice. The idea, 'Well, you're still getting…' Well, who are you to decide where I get my money? 'Well, you're still getting it over there?' But since when do you have jurisdiction over my revenue." Stanley also spoke about other artists' reluctance to join METALLICA's infamous lawsuit in 2000 against the Napster file-sharing service and drummer Lars Ulrich's legal battle with the company, which effectively drove Napster out of business. The KISS frontman said: "Well, a lot of artists are wondering where their royalties are now. You can't put milk back in a bottle — spilled milk — and, unfortunately, things transpired that there's really no getting around at this point. So was Lars out of line? No. He was just saying, 'I should be paid.' It has nothing to do with whether he's wealthy or not. Who are you to dictate that he has enough?" Asked if there is any way for artists and music fans to "meet in the middle" and find an acceptable solution to the illegal music downloading problem, Stanley said: "Why do I have to meet you in the middle? Why do I have to compromise because of circumstance? You should respect my integrity and you should respect my art instead of me going, 'All right, well, you got me. So I'll take 50 cents on the dollar instead of you giving me the dollar?' Wrong. It's wrong." He continued: "Was it Thom Yorke and his band [RADIOHEAD]…. Didn't they do an album [2007's 'In Rainbows'] where they offered it on the Internet and said, 'Just pay what you would like for it'? Well, they got nothing. You know how much they got? Nothing. Look and see what it averaged per album. It was a total stupid move. And I don't think they'll do that again." Stanley added: "Most of the time, the guy who wants to share the most has the least to share."
AMON AMARTH's JOHAN HEGG Could Hold World Record For 'Sleeping The Longest'
Piper of KidsInterviewBands.com conducted an interview with vocalist Johan Hegg of Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH on October 19 at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio. You can now watch the chat below. Asked if he could hold a world record, what it would be for, Hegg replied: "Probably sleeping the longest. My family is always complaining I always sleep all the time. Too long." Piper also asked Hegg: "If I asked one of your teachers what you were like as a kid, what would they say?" He replied: "Ah…. Probably that… Depending on which teacher you asked. [laughs] Some might say I was kind of a troublemaker, some might say I was actually a good student, some might say that I was a quiet guy. Depending on the class and the teacher I had." AMON AMARTH's ninth studio album, "Deceiver Of The Gods", sold around 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record, which arrived in stores on June 25, 2013 via Metal Blade, was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, United Kingdom, and was produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (OPETH, MEGADETH, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE).
New Orleans Tops FOO FIGHTERS' List Of Favorites On The 'Sonic Highway'
FOO FIGHTERS recorded its upcoming album, "Sonic Highways", in eight U.S. cities, including Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. The Pulse Of Radio asked bassist Nate Mendel which of the eight towns that FOO FIGHTERS visited was his favorite. "It's New Orleans, 'cause it's such a unique town and we — we just had fun there really, is what it came down to," he said. "It wasn't a studio, we were in the Preservation Hall, which seems like it's a movie set — it doesn't even seem like a real building. And yeah, we just did things that like are so far out of our normal orbit of experience as a band." The "Sonic Highways" eight-part series, which documents the making of the album, premiered this past Friday (October 17) on HBO. FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl, who directed the documentary, interviewed a number of personalities for the series, including Slash, Dan Auerbach of the BLACK KEYS, LL Cool J, Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Pharrell Williams, Joan Jett, CHEAP TRICK ‘s Rick Nielsen, Paul Stanley of KISS, Joe Walsh, ZZ TOP's Billy F. Gibbons, Macklemore, Buddy Guy and even President Barack Obama. FOO FIGHTERS completed a week-long residency on CBS-TV's "Late Show With David Letterman" this past Friday.
SICK OF IT ALL's CRAIG SETARI: 'We Were Always Primarily A Live Band'
SROMaginc.com recently conducted an interview with bassist Craig Setari of New York hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL. You can now listen to the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how the hardcore scene has changed over the years: Craig: "It used to be very 'do it yourself'; it was a real homegrown vibe, it was all your friends. The people that were there were there because they spent time, effort and their own money to be involved in this — meaning that they bought the records, they tracked the records down, they went to the shows, they drove, they started a band, they were active within the scene. Now you have a lot more casual fans, and there's nothing wrong with that; it doesn't have to be everybody's complete and total life. Now you get more exposure — everything gets more exposure — and, in a way, it's good because in the '80s, you'd get fans that would become lifelong fans [whereas] the changeover is a little quicker now; the people come in and out a little quicker now than they used to back in the '80s or even the '90s." On how digital music downloading has affected SICK OF IT ALL's record sales: Craig: "Yeah, that's a strange thing. Once the whole digital download thing happened, it kind of killed record sales quite a bit. But we've been fortunate, 'cause we were always a band that was primarily a live band. Our real proving ground and our main thing was touring and performing, so it hasn't had a terrible effect on us, although it has affected us somewhat. So, really, [for] us, it's about going on the road and playing and playing and playing. The records, all they do is give you an outlet to get new music out so you can go back on the road. If were a Top-40, hit-single-type band, it probably would have affected us worse. Or, actually, if we were even just a middle-of-the-road band that relied on record companies to continue our career, it would have affected us a lot. And although we dabbled in bigger record companies for a short period, we never sold ourselves to 'em in a heavy way, really, — we kind of just did things the old-school way — so we're still going strong." SICK OF IT ALL's new album, "The Last Act Of Defiance", was released in Europe, Australia and New Zealand on September 29, and in North America on September 30 via Century Media. The eye-catching cover artwork for the CD was created by Ernie Parada, who has already designed posters, merchandise and album art for numerous bands and artists from the punk and hardcore scene such as HATEBREED, PROPAGANDHI, RANCID and THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM. "The Last Act Of Defiance" was helmed by SICK OF IT ALL's longtime friend and producer Tue Madsen, who recorded the album at Nova Studio in Staten Island, New York and mixed it at his own Antfarm Studio in Denmark.