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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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SAIGON KICK/Ex-SKID ROW Drummer PHIL VARONE Talks To SRO MAGAZINE INC. (Audio)
SRO Magazine Inc. writer Alicia Williams recently conducted an interview with former SKID ROW and current SAIGON KICK drummer Phil Varone. Varone spoke about past experiences with bands and musicians that he has played with, including SAIGON KICK, SKID ROW, PRUNELLA SCALES and MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. Varone, who claims he's had sex with over 3,000 women, published his book, "Un-Philtered: Real Life On And Off The Rock 'N' Roll Tour Bus", in April 2013 via Riverdale Avenue Books. The e-book and trade paperback is available through RiverdaleAveBooks.com, Amazon.com and other online venues. In "Un-Philtered: Real Life On And Off The Rock 'N' Roll Tour Bus", Varone shares his thoughts on what it's really like to be a rock star on a bus for weeks on end, the man-band bonding rituals, and the endless groupies. He tells the inside story of what it was like to sleep with more than 3,000 women — and remember only half of them. In one of the most riveting chapters of the book, "I Said/She Said — A Look into the Groupie Mind," the reader meets many of the women he bedded, It features often explicit stories from numerous women in his life, juxtaposed with Varone's memories (or lack thereof) of their encounters. "Un-Philtered" takes the reader through Varone's childhood on Long Island, his role in founding SAIGON KICK, and his bizarre journey through the '80s and '90s rock scene. Throughout the rock 'n' roll memoir, Varone tells readers how he sees the world in a no-holds-barred riff on American culture — from what makes it so unique and great to what makes it funny and often sad. Readers of "Un-Philtered" will find out what Varone thinks about Donald Trump, Mitt Romney and reality TV, and will finally learn what happens when the bathroom doesn't work on the tour bus. Varone closes the book with this thought: "I hope this book made you laugh, cry, mad, disgusted, shake your head or want a refund. The idea is to touch on emotions and even if it's for a split second, make another person think. I had the time of my life writing this for you and I hope to have made a few friends and fans along the way." Over the years Varone has been branded as a sex addict and has appeared on VH1's "Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew" show. "They've got an addiction claim for everything you can do, but I never considered myself a sex addict because sex never screwed up the rest of my life or my ability to function at a high level," Varone says. Varone has appeared on many TV shows, including "Miami Ink", "Californication", "NUMB3RS", "Oprah", "The Tyra Banks Show", "The Today Show" and many others. In 2010, Phil responded to ex-SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach's claim that Varone's decision to pose nude for the cover of the December 2010 issue of Playgirl magazine is "further proof that the name 'SKID ROW' has completely lost all credibility, cool, accuracy and is now devoid of all meaning in every way." Varone told the New York Post, "I'm grateful and proud of my time in SKID ROW and sorry [Sebastian] feels that way." Playgirl representative Daniel Nardicio defended Varone: "This coming from a man [Bach] who preceded David Hasselhoff in 'Jekyll & Hyde' on Broadway? Now that's the epitome of uncool." Varone joined SKID ROW in 2000 — about four years after Bach parted ways with the group.
ICE-T's BODY COUNT: First Interview With New Lineup On 'Final Level' Podcast (Audio)
The new episode of the Ice-T's "Final Level" podcast (web site) features the first interview with the new lineup of his metal band BODY COUNT. The group also engages in an a cappella cover song of the "Mister Ed" theme song. You can now listen to the podcast using the audio player below. BODY COUNT will take part in this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which kicks off on July 5 in San Bernardino, California. BODY COUNT will release its new album, "Manslaughter", later in the year via Sumerian Records. BODY COUNT's last album, "Murder 4 Hire", came out in 2006 via Escapi Music. Lyrically, the songs ranged from political ("The End Game"), personal ("You Don't Know Me [Pain]"), and religious ("The Passion Of The Christ"), to obsession ("In My Head"), armegeddon ("Dirty Bomb"), hate ("Lies") and relationships. A eulogy for fallen band member D-Roc was also included ("D Rocs [RIP]") as was a hilarious take on deep south rednecks ("Down In The Bayou"). The CD closed with "Mr. C's Theme", a show-stopping hard-rock instrumental. Ice-T's "Final Level" podcast (audio):
VAN HALEN's DAVID LEE ROTH Gets 'Happy' With NATURALLY 7 (Video)
VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth attended the April 20 concert in Tokyo, Japan by NATURALLY 7, an American music group with a distinct a cappella style they call "vocal play." Roth visited NATURALLY 7 backstage and joined them in singing "Happy". Check out video footage below. According to The Pulse Of Radio, Roth has said in the latest installment of his web series, "The Roth Show", that VAN HALEN is working on some kind of "secret' project. Roth said on the show, "Doing some catching up here, a little bit of a scrapbook. We've been doing a lot of traveling. [I've been] working on a great VAN HALEN project — can't announce anything or I'd have to come find you and swear you to secrecy." VAN HALEN has been mostly silent since coming off the road in summer 2012 and canceling a large portion of its touring plans behind that year's album, "A Different Kind Of Truth". The band — which reunited with Roth in 2007 after 23 years apart — has reportedly been working on its 13th studio album. Roth said in an interview late last year that VAN HALEN had started work on a new record, revealing, "I write lyrics routinely and the band plays together routinely, at least three times a week up at Ed's [Van Halen] place." "A Different Kind Of Truth" sold 187,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was is the band's first full-length offering with David Lee Roth since "1984" was released in January 1984. Roth exited the group in 1985, a year after its "1984" album was released.
KATAKLYSM: Drum-Cam Footage From Anaheim Concert
LA. Drummers.com has uploaded drum-cam footage of drummer Oli Beaudoin of Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based death metallers KATAKLYSM performing on April 18 at Mirror Image in Anaheim, California. Check it out below. KATAKLYSM recently announced that Oli Beaudoin will be the drummer for the band on the next album and future tours. KATAKLYSM has recruited Tommy Jones (TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL, EX DEO) to direct the video for the band's rendition of the SACRED REICH classic "The American Way". Jones previously also worked on KATAKLYSM's "Iron Will" DVD. KATAKLYSM's version of "The American Way" is taken from the band's new album, "Waiting For The End To Come", which was released on October 29, 2013 in North America via Nuclear Blast. The artwork by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, HATEBREED) was featured on the deluxe digipak and LP versions of the effort. The cover by Peter Sallai (SABATON) was featured on the standard jewel case and limited edition cassette tape versions. The follow-up to 2010's "Heaven's Venom", "Waiting For The End To Come" was recorded by KATAKLYSM guitarist Jean-François Dagenais, who has previously worked with MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX and DESPISED ICON, among others, and mixed by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (SUFFOCATION, HATEBREED, ARSIS).
Original KISS Guitarist ACE FREHLEY Interviewed By ARTISAN NEWS At ROCK HALL Induction (Video)
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley spoke to Artisan News about the band's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame following the April 10 ceremony at Brooklyn, New York's Barclays Center. You can now watch the report below. Asked how it felt to get up there with is former bandmates again after all the controversies leading up to the induction, Frehley told RollingStone.com: "It felt like I just saw those guys yesterday. We're brothers in rock and roll. The press seems to amplify the fact that we hate each other, and we really don't. We've had our differences over the years, but every rock and roll band does. Tonight, it felt like I had just left those guys the other day, and they were very gracious considering what we've been creating over the last 40 years." Regarding how he left it off with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley — both of whom have had some harsh words for Frehley and original KISS drummer Peter Criss in recent years, Frehley said: "They were congratulating me on the stage. But I had gotten calls from them a couple months ago when this first went down. We created something that no one can take away from any of us, and it withstood the test of time." Asked what he is proudest of when he looks back at those 40 years, Frehley said: "I think we're probably gonna go down in history as the greatest theatrical rock group in the world. I think that's probably gonna be an undisputable fact. And now that we're part of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, that just cements our place in history even better. And the cover on the Rolling Stone. [Laughs]" KISS did not perform at the April 10 event. The Hall Of Fame wanted the original quartet only to play, while Simmons and Stanley insisted on the current lineup performing as well. In the end nobody won that battle. The 29th annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony was taped and will air on May 31 on HBO. Despite their hard rocking image, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley never succumbed to the pitfalls of drugs and alcohol. Over the years, Simmons has never hidden his feelings about drug use, even when his bandmates were involved. He told The Pulse Of Radio that drugs are the number one reason for bands failing to live up to their potential. "I have no sympathy at all for anybody that doesn't have enough self-respect for themselves and for their bandmates, because when one guy decides that his dalliances with crazy things is more important that the welfare of his band, that guy doesn't deserve any success," he said. "Because a team is a team, and every guy's gotta carry the weight. You're only as good as your teammates."
ANVIL's LIPS Speaks To THE AGE OF METAL (Video)
The Age Of Metal recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Steven "Lips" Kudlow of Canadian metal legends ANVIL. You can now watch the chat below. ANVIL's new album, "Hope In Hell", sold a little under 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The disc follows up "Juggernaut Of Justice", which opened with around 1,600 units back in May 2011. The 2009 re-release of the band's 2007 CD, "This is Thirteen", registered a first-week tally of 1,400 to enter the Top New Artist Albums chart at No. 19. Released on May 27, 2013 in Europe and May 24, 2013 in Germany on SPV/Steamhammer, "Hope In Hell" is available in four different formats: as a limited-edition digipak including two bonus tracks, as a jewel case CD, double gatefold colored vinyl LP and as a digital download. These are the first cuts featuring ANVIL's new bassist Sal Italiano, who joined the band two years ago. "Hope In Hell" was written and recorded following an 18-month world tour which took ANVIL around the globe. Like "Juggernaut Of Justice", "Hope In Hell" was produced by Bob Marlette (BLACK SABBATH, AIRBOURNE, ALICE COOPER) at the NRG Recording studios in North Hollywood, California and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, SEPULTURA). "Hope In Hell" track listing: 01. Hope In Hell 02. Eat Your Words 03. Through With You 04. The Fight Is Never Won 05. Pay The Toll 06. Flying 07. Call Of Duty 08. Badass Rock N Roll 09. Time Shows No Mercy 10. Mankind Machine 11. Shut The Fuck Up 12. Hard Wired (bonus track) 13. Fire At Will (bonus track) Interview:
CRUCIFIED BARBARA: New Song 'To Kill A Man' Available For Streaming
"To Kill A Man", a brand new song from the Swedish all-girl hard rock quartet CRUCIFIED BARBARA, can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming fourth studio album, "In The Red", to be released on August 20 via Despotz Records. "We and many of us feel a huge impotence and rage when we hear and read about men who systematically abuse and rape women," commented the band. "This type of crime is something that happens every day, everywhere. "Of anger, we create music. Heavy substances and harsh riffs became the song 'To Kill A Man', a really heavy song in a double sense." CRUCIFIED BARBARA is putting the finishing touches on "In The Red", which was recorded at Music A Matic studio in Gothenburg with producer Chips Kiesby and engineer Henryk Lip, and is the follow-up to 2012's "The Midnight Chase". Formed in Stockholm in 1998 by bassist Ida Evileye (now-wife of MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake) and Force, CRUCIFIED BARBARA plays a fiery brand of rock 'n' roll tinged with metal and lashings of punk, pop, thrash, and whatever else dares to cross their path. Ida Evileye dominates her trusty Sandberg bass, Force rocks steady on her '76 Gibson Explorer, Coldheart belts out her unapologetic vocals while riffing all over her Gibson Gothic Flying V, and Nicki Wicked pounds on her hot pink sparkle Yamaha Maple drum kit until you're splayed across the floor with a bull's-eye knock-out punch that'll make you spit your teeth out. Now you know what happens when MOTÖRHEAD mates with THE RUNAWAYS.
TEXTURES To Celebrate 10th Anniversary Of 'Polars' Debut
With their fifth album in the works, Dutch progressive/technical metallers TEXTURES will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album, "Polars", this year. On account of this special occasion, TEXTURES will embark on a headline tour through Europe in October, during which the band will perform "Polars" in its entirety, supplemented with songs from the band's other albums. For two of these shows, the band has invited some special guests to make the festivity even bigger. These guests will be announced later these coming months. Tour dates: Oct. 18 - Madrid, Spain - Shoko Oct. 23 - Cologne, Germany - Underground Oct. 24 - Bulle, Switzerland - Ebullition Oct. 25 - Lyon, France - CCO Oct. 26 - Paris, France - Damage Festival Oct. 29 - London, UK - The Garage Oct. 30 - Eindhoven, The Netherlands - Effenaar KZ * Oct. 31 - Amstelveen, The Netherlands - P60 * * With special guests In 2004, TEXTURES made a dent in the metal scene with "Polars". Inspiring later bands like PERIPHERY, TESSERACT and MONUMENTS, their state-of-the-art combination of diverse metal styles would pave the way for new genres as modern, prog, math metal and djent. In honor of this, TEXTURES will release "Polars" exclusively on vinyl for the first time. "Polars" is still the only missing vinyl record in the four-album discography of TEXTURES. Also the band will release new "Polars"-related merchandise. Items can be purchased later this year.
SALIVA: Entire 'Rise Up' Album Available For Streaming
"Rise Up", SALIVA's ninth studio effort and second since the departure of original singer Josey Scott, will hit the street on April 29. Vocalist Bobby Amaru is back for his second set with the band, along with longtime drummer Paul Crosby and founding members Wayne Swinny on guitar and Dave Novotny on bass. The entire b>"Rise Up" album is available for streaming at Pandora. The official video for the CD's title track can be seen below. The clip was helmed by seasoned director Jon Vulpine, who has previously worked with DROWNING POOL, GEMINI SYNDROME and BACKSTREET BOYS. "The video for 'Rise Up' takes a different approach than we typically would have taken," states Amaru. "Our director, Jon Vulpine, sent a few different concepts over and one of them was a 'Mad Max'-type role and we all were hooked. Basically, it's a revenge piece but based around a group of people who get attacked but get the last laugh when it's said and done. Along with the fire, blood and explosions, we had a lot of fun making the video." Swinny said about Amaru, "We're lucky to have found him. We discovered him through one of our old crew guys. He really energized the rest of us. He's a great songwriter, and a top-shelf producer in his own right." According to The Pulse Of Radio, an earlier version of this album, called "In It To Win It", was released last fall as the band's first album through Rum Bum Records. "Rise Up" features a number of the same songs that were on "In It To Win It" as well as several new ones. The earlier record was later said to be a "sneak-peek" limited release for longtime fans. "Rise Up" track listing: 01. Rise Up 02. She Can Sure Hide Crazy 03. No One But Me 04. Lost 05. 1000 Eyes 06. Redneck Freakshow 07. Choke 08. Army 09. Closer 10. In It To Win It 11. The Enemy 12. I Don’t Want It SALIVA 2014 is: Wayne Swinny - Guitar Dave Novotny - Bass Paul Crosby - Drums, Percussion Bobby Amaru - Vocals
MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE Talks To 100.3 JACK FM About Performing With Symphony, Next Album (Audio)
Billy Kidd of the 100.3 Jack FM radio station in Dallas, Texas recently spoke to MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine about Dave's performance with the San Diego Symphony, the band's plans for a new studio album and their upcoming tour. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. Mustaine was a featured soloist on April 12 with the San Diego Symphony. The classical special concert, billed as "Symphony Interrupted", took place at the 2,200-capacity Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego, California. The event saw Mustaine perform Richard Wagner's "Ride Of The Valkyries" with the orchestra, as well as solos of Vivaldi's concertos from "The Four Seasons", plus Bach's classic "Air". MEGADETH's latest album, "Super Collider" has sold more than 80,000 copies in the United States since its June 4, 2013 release. The CD arrived in stores via Mustaine's new label, Tradecraft, distributed by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). Interview (audio):