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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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KURT COBAIN: Early Demo Version Of 'Sappy' Available For Streaming
Hailed as one of the most innovative and intimate documentaries of all time, experience Kurt Cobain like never before in the only fully authorized portrait of the famed music icon in "Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck". Acclaimed filmmaker Brett Morgen expertly blends Cobain's personal archive of art, music, never-before-seen movies, animation and revelatory interviews from his family and closest friends. Wildly creative and highly praised, the documentary follows Kurt from his earliest years in this visceral and detailed cinematic insight of an artist struggling to come to terms and make sense of his place in the world. "Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck", will be released by Universal Music Enterprises in multiple formats, including the Super Deluxe Edition as well as in Blu-ray, DVD and digital video formats. The soundtrack album, "Kurt Cobain - Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings", will also be released on CD and digitally on November 13. A 2LP vinyl edition of "Kurt Cobain - Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings" will follow on December 4. In addition, a seven-inch single featuring "And I Love Her" and "Sappy (Early Demo)" is also scheduled for release on November 20. "Sappy (Early Demo)" can now be streamed in the YouTube clip below. "Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck Super Deluxe Edition" and "Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings" both include the highly anticipated soundtrack, an aural complement to the documentary in both concept and experience. Comprised from various early and raw cassette recordings made by Kurt alone, the soundtrack allows a rare, unfiltered glimpse into Cobain's creative progression from early song snippets and short demos to musical experiments and ultimately, pieces of songs or lyrics that eventually appeared on later NIRVANA albums. "Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck Super Deluxe Edition" will include the two-hour-plus full-length feature film and 48 minutes of bonus interviews on Blu-ray and DVD, a 31-track deluxe soundtrack on CD and cassette, a 160-page hardbound book with extended interviews and images from the Cobain archive, a puzzle with a collectable storage container, movie poster, postcards and bookmark. The 31-track deluxe soundtrack CD is exclusively available in the Super Deluxe Edition and showcases tracks from the documentary including spoken word, demos and full songs. "Kurt Cobain - Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings" soundtrack will be released in two stand-alone physical formats: a 31-track deluxe album available on 2LP vinyl and a standard edition 13-track CD. The standard soundtrack focuses on the music discovered on Cobain's personal cassettes. The soundtrack will also be available in standard and deluxe digital editions. The documentary, "Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck", is an authentic and unflinching look into Kurt's life, art and mind through his own unique lens. Following Kurt from his earliest years in Aberdeen, Washington, through the height of his fame, the film creates an immersive cinematic insight into an artist who craved the spotlight even as he rejected the trappings of fame. Brett Morgen who wrote, directed and produced the documentary began working on it in 2007 when Cobain's family approached him with the idea and offered him unrestricted access to all of Cobain's personal and family archives. The documentary features Cobain and Courtney Love's only daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, as a co-executive producer on the film and includes footage from various NIRVANA performances as well as unreleased home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos, and songbooks. The title, "Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck", takes its name from a musical collage that was created by Cobain with a four-track cassette recorder in 1988, of which there are two versions; one is about thirty-six minutes long and the other about eight-minutes long. Several of the film's scenes were animated by Stefan Nadelman and Hisko Hulsing. The film was co-produced by HBO Documentary Films and Universal Pictures International Entertainment Content Group. "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck", also internationally billed as "Cobain: Montage Of Heck", had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It was released in theaters across the globe by Universal Pictures and premiered on television in the United States in May, following a limited theatrical run. Following its initial global success, Abramorama re-launched Brett Morgen's critically acclaimed documentary, "Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck" in select theaters across the country on August 7.
RICHIE KOTZEN Unleashes 'Live' DVD
THE WINERY DOGS guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen, who made a name for himself via his hard rock, blues-influenced solo albums, has just released a new solo DVD, titled simply "Live", via CD Baby. The set, which was made available in Japan under the title "020215BLITZ-RK", features footage of Kotzen's concert on February 2, 2015 at Akasaka Blitz in Japan. Speaking with The Boca Raton Tribune, Kotzen stated about "Live": "I did [a concert DVD] years ago in Brazil and it was a great show but the cameras that were used were lower resolution and it wasn't a high-def thing and the audio was okay, but it wasn't that great. This time, we were able to go in with great cameras and great audio equipment, and they really capture what I do with my band. It's an exciting DVD. I play at a level that I don't really reach when I play with THE WINERY DOGS, just by the nature of the kind of music that we do on the trio, so i think it's going to be very interesting for people to watch me playing in that environment." "Live" track listing: 01. War Paint 02. Love Is Blind 03. Bad Situation 04. Cannibals 05. Walk With Me 06. Fear 07. Doing What The Devil Says To Do 08. Peace Sign 09. Drum and Bass Solo 10. Help Me 11. Remember 12. Fooled Again 13. You Can't Save Me 14. Go Faster Kotzen's 20th solo album, "Cannibals", was digitally released on January 8 via his Headroom-Inc label. THE WINERY DOGS, which also features drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB) and legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH), released its sophomore album, "Hot Streak", on October 2 in North America on Loud & Proud Records via RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via earMUSIC.
KORN Bassist Engaging Fans With Free, Exclusive Content During Tour
CallFire, Inc. announced a new integration with mobile marketing and loyalty company Mobilewave, further expanding CallFire's presence in the music, entertainment, and sports verticals. As part of the integration, CallFire's text messaging platform will connect brands and talent with their followers, enabling fans to get up front and personal with their favorite bands, celebrities, movie franchises, athletes, and teams. The integration is kicking off with KORN's national tour in October, with KORN bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu engaging fans with free, exclusive content during the tour including videos, photos and backstage sneak peeks. "Entertainment is a broad vertical where fans crave unique content and one to one interaction with celebrities, so text messaging makes perfect sense from a marketing and engagement perspective," said Brooke Temple, SVP Strategic Partnerships at CallFire. "I can't wait for the behind-the-scenes access [KORN] is bringing to its followers, and we're excited to help launch it to the masses." To receive free content enabled by Callfire's technology, fans can simply text "Rock" to "606060" to join Arvizu's text channel and unlock all of the exclusive content offered during KORN's tour. Through videos and photos, Arvizu will be sending fans behind-the-scenes looks backstage at a KORN concert, how the band prepares for a show, and what the bassist does on a day off while touring. Subscribed fans in select tour cities will also have the chance to win exclusive prizes, including the chance to get a backstage pass and catch the show from the best seat in the house — the stage itself. One lucky winner will also receive an autographed bass from Arvizu. "The band is always looking for ways to show our fans how much we appreciate their support," said Fieldy. "Instantly sharing never-before-seen videos and photos while on the go from our tour is a great way to reward our loyal fans and let them know how much we appreciate them. CallFire and Mobilewave make it so easy to share my favorite touring moments — I'm excited for our fans to get this exclusive access for the first time." Fieldy, impressed by technology, tells MediaPost.com that he wants to continually try new things. "It blows me away that the Starbucks app lets you pay with your phone by pressing the pay button and scanning the barcode," he says. "They're the biggest of the biggest company, and it takes three clicks to make a purchase." "Mobilewave is the only digital marketing firm providing free, exclusive content through text messaging and we're grateful CallFire is enabling us to provide this functionality to our customers," say Scotty Tanner and Butch Whitehead, founders at Mobilewave. "Now anyone with a fan base can engage followers with great unique content and perks." To learn more about CallFire's integration with Mobilewave, visit www.callfire.com.
OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Doesn't Think He Could Work With Any Of His Musical Idols
Guitaritst/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH recently answered a number of fan-submitted questions on a wide range of topics for the video question-and site asQme. Check out the clips below. Asked if he would ever consider putting together a supergroup to record a new album, Mikael responded: "I'm not sure if that's for me, to be honest. I think the band today is as good as it gets for me. I don't really have any wishes to work with anyone. Of course, I have idols, heroes of mine that I look up to, but I don't think I could work with them… One of my heroes is Ritchie Blackmore [RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE], but I couldn't work with him. What am I gonna do? I'm gonna tell him I have a riff? It doesn't work like that. So I'm not sure what to answer to that question." During an interview with Australia's The Rockpit, Mikael spoke about the sharp musical turn OPETH took with 2011's "Heritage" album and its follow-up release, 2014's "Pale Communion". He said: "I do understand and appreciate that 'Heritage' was a little bit of a shock to fans who are more into the heavy, death metal type of sound, and maybe it's a bit much to expect them to take it all in so we got a bit of shit for that record. I love that album with a passion, because, for me, it was natural, but I have seen that with the coming of the 'Pale Communion' record that people come up to me and say, 'I did not like 'Heritage' when it came out, but when you put out 'Pale Communion', I finally understood 'Heritage' and now I'm starting to like it.' So I'm hoping it's going to escalate into a love for that record." He continued: "People have been more gentle with us with 'Pale Communion' coming out, but there is still... Like, I don't have social media, I don't correspond with the fans in that sense, so I don't really get a lot of the confrontations about what the hell we are doing. My overall response to that question would be that people might be getting used to and maybe understand a little bit better about what we are trying to do. And, for me, that is good, of course. I never had a problem. For me, it was never a big step. For everybody in the band, it was not a massive thing for us to do 'Heritage', but I do accept that it might have been too curvy of a curveball for people who are not in the band, but now it's starting to calm down a little bit."
Backstage Tour With WITHIN TEMPTATION's SHARON DEN ADEL (Video)
In the seven-minute clip below, vocalist Sharon den Adel of Dutch symphonic rockers WITHIN TEMPTATION offers a backstage tour of one of the band's Dutch shows in early 2015. WITHIN TEMPTATION released a new live DVD/Blu-ray/2CD, "Let Us Burn - Elements & Hydra Live In Concert", on November 14, 2014. The set features two of WITHIN TEMPTATION's most-talked-about arena shows ever. The two dates are 2012's resplendent 15th birthday "Elements" concert and the final night of the "Hydra" European arena tour at Amsterdam's Heineken Music Hall in May 2014. "Let Us Burn - Elements & Hydra Live In Concert" was released in four formats — DVD + 2CD, Blu-ray + 2CD, 2CD, and digital album. The DVD and Blu-ray contain 34 live audio visual tracks in HD, mixed in 5.1 Dolby Surround. The 2CD and digital album comprise 32 live audio tracks. The two shows have a running time total of approximately 170 minutes.
BRING ME THE HORIZON Singer Urges Drug Addicts To Get Help
According to The Pulse Of Radio, BRING ME THE HORIZON frontman Oliver Sykes, who recently revealed that he went into rehab a couple of years ago to overcome an addiction to ketamine, is urging others with drug problems to get help. Speaking with Billboard, Sykes said, "For me, it had to get to its absolute worst for me to make a change. Hopefully for others, they won't have to. This may sound like the lamest advice in the world, but talk to someone, figure out why you're addicted. I don't believe that people are born or destined to be addicts." Sykes added, "There's always an underlying problem, whether it be self-medicating, using it as a coping mechanism, or using it to not feel all together. First figure out what that is, then work out a healthy way to combat the problem." The singer said he was "so reluctant" at first to talk to someone about his problem, saying, "I didn't think it would help. But even if there's no answer to your troubles, they will seem so much smaller once they leave your head." But Sykes' latest comments seem to contradict an interview he did earlier with Metal Hammer, in which he said, "I don't regret taking drugs — and I don't know if I should say it, but everyone should do drugs at some point in their life." BRING ME THE HORIZON's fifth studio album, "That's The Spirit", debuted at No. 2 last month on The Billboard 200 album chart, selling 62,000 copies in its first week of release. The chart and sales numbers were career highs for the British act. BRING ME THE HORIZON just launched a North American headlining tour that stops in Sayreville, New Jersey on Tuesday (October 6).
ANNIHILATOR: Music Video For New Song 'Snap'
"Snap", the new video from Canadian metal veterans ANNIHILATOR, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's fifteenth studio album, "Suicide Society", which was released on September 18 via UDR Music. As he has in the past, guitar wizard Jeff Waters handled all songwriting duties, played all guitar and bass, engineered, produced, mixed and mastered "Suicide Society", and he is also back commanding lead-vocal duties, as he did on the critically acclaimed "King Of The Kill" (1994), "Refresh The Demon" (1996), "Remains" (1997) and other ANNIHILATOR albums over the years. Waters previously stated about his return to vocal duties: "Dave [Padden, ANNIHILATOR's vocalist from 2003 to 2014) and I have, essentially, been ANNIHILATOR since 2003 but he resigned last December, citing having had enough of touring, being away from home and other commitments. I thank him for his 11 years with ANNIHILATOR. That said, ANNIHILATOR and I are known for never giving up and, occasionally, coming up with something even better than its former offering(s): this is undeniably the case with 'Suicide Society'!" With "Suicide Society", ANNIHILATOR goes headfirst into some of the most technically perfect, crisp, and crushingly taut, riffage Waters has ever produced. Although Waters' vocals keep traces of stylings from his "King Of The Kill" album, they now evoke a surprising blend of legends such as Layne Staley, Ozzy Osbourne, James Hetfield and Dave Mustaine. This, in a twisted way, mirrors Waters' signature blend of riffing, drums grooves and bass; all drawing from multiple sources and genres. Waters has built a worldwide reputation as being a premier guitarist and songwriter; the conciseness and arrangement of "Creepin' Again" is both an air-guitarist's dream and a sharp reminder of this. The gloriously-brutal thrash of "My Revenge" calls up a vintage of '85 with the technical chops of 2015. The neo-classic title track defiantly expresses anger at the state of world affairs, while offering up hope in closing. With the multi-layered power of the anthem "Snap", Waters illustrates the diversity of ANNIHILATOR's sound, without sacrificing one decibel of attack. "Metal fans will likely sport evil, satisfied grins on their faces, when they hear this record" chuckles Waters, "but in the words of Joe Perry: 'Let the music do the talking!'" "Suicide Society" track listing: 01. Suicide Society 02. My Revenge 03. Snap 04. Creepin' Again 05. Narcotic Avenue 06. The One You Serve 07. Break, Enter 08. Death Scent 09. Every Minute ANNIHILATOR's touring lineup includes drum monster Mike Harshaw, who continues on for his fourth year with the band, new guitarist Aaron Homma, and bassist Rich Hinks.
OVERKILL's BOBBY 'BLITZ' ELLSWORTH: 'There's No Vacations On Desert Islands And Supermodels'
Char Tupper of MetalTitans.com recently conducted an interview with vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth of New Jersey thrashers OVERKILL. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the progress of the songwriting sessions for OVERKILL's follow-up to 2014's "White Devil Armory" album, Ellsworth said: "Well, we just started the stove. You know, we just filled the pot with water and… But we're kind of always writing, so it's really easy to spill that information. I mean, if you do this for as long as we do, there's no, like, vacations on desert islands and supermodels and cocaine problems. We're hard-working New Jersey guys, so we're happy to be working. So, again, we're always writing. But I think one of the more interesting things that I've noticed about the later years for us is that there's less communication about what we're gonna do. It's more about unspoken communication, so that I surprise Dave [Linsk, guitar], who surprises D.D. [Verni, bass], and D.D. surprises both of us. And that's kind of like, 'Wow, that's really cool. I never thought of that.' As opposed to trying to ratchet it down with words, because words and music are not necessarily… It's not the best way to write music, especially this. We have no identity crisis; we know who we are. I can tell you this: I'ts gonna be an OVERKILL record , for sure, and I think that that's the honest answer." OVERKILL's first worldwide release on Nuclear Blast is a special box set comprised of the band's entire back catalog, made available on September 18. Titled "Historikill: 1995 - 2007", it contains 11 OVERKILL albums on 13 CDs and a bonus CD (containing demos, remixes and an unreleased cover song) in digi sleeves. OVERKILL and SYMPHONY X have joined forces for a North American tour in September/October. The 24-date co-headlining trek launched at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts on September 18, and will wrap up with a very special night at Terminal 5 in New York City on October 17 — the first time in the bands' combined histories that they'll play a show together in their own backyard. "White Devil Armory" sold around 8,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 31 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on July 22, 2014 in North America via eOne Music and on July 18, 2014 in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records. The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and was mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012's "The Electric Age".
MICHAEL MONROE Has 'Suffered Enough' For His Art
Former HANOI ROCKS singer Michael Monroe was interviewed by rock journalist Mitch Lafon for a recent edition of the "One On One With Mitch Lafon" podcast (Facebook page). You can now listen to the chat using the Spreaker widget below. Asked if he still finds inspiration in the same places as before for his lyrics, Monroe responded: "Well, partly it's the same. The basic thing is I get inspired by everyting I hear and see — my life in general. The more mileage you have, the more experience and more stuff you have to write about. The songs are mainly about my, or our personal experiences, and our lives in the past and the present. I actually feel pretty happy. I've never been complacent. Some people say you have to suffer for good art. I've suffered enough to… I mean, I've got enough character; I don't need to build any more character, I think. I've seen enough hardship to… You don't have to really be in dire straits to write a good song. To me, basically, it's positive energy. I like to write about things that make people maybe… maybe raise some questions. You don't have to turn your brain off to have a good time. Rock and roll, I mean, it's entertainment, but still, I believe that you should be aware your surroundings and be… I like to say things that tell the truth and be truthful and honest and not bullshit. You can't bullshit. So… Just be for real and that's it." Monroe will release his new studio album, "Blackout States", on Friday, October 9 via Spinefarm Records. The 13-track follow-up to 2013's "Horns And Halos" was produced by Chips Kiesbye (HELLACOPTERS, NOMADS) in Gothenburg, Sweden, and mixed by Petri Majuri in Helsinki, Finland. With "Blackout States", Monroe's current touring and recording outfit — comprised of bassist Sami Yaffa (ex-HANOI ROCKS, NEW YORK DOLLS), guitarist Steve Conte (ex-NEW YORK DOLLS, COMPANY OF WOLVES), guitarist Rich Jones (ex-BLACK HALOS, AMEN), and drummer Karl Rockfist (ex-CHELSEA SMILES, DANZIG) — provided strong creative support for a groundbreaking artist whose reputation continues to flourish. Many of rock's most noted performers, including Dave Grohl and Slash, have cited Monroe's unwavering drive and three-decade-plus career as a genuine source of inspiration. As with "Horns And Halos", the new recordings see Monroe both toasting the future and honoring the past, occasionally giving the nod to glam punk pioneers HANOI ROCKS, the group with which he forged his name in the early-to mid-'80s. Monroe will hit the road this fall for a co-headlining tour with Sweden’s sleazemongers HARDCORE SUPERSTAR and some very special U.K. shows with ALICE COOPER.
Video: Ex-PANTERA Bassist REX BROWN Jams BLACK SABBATH Classic With THEE ROCK N' ROLL RESIDENCY
Nashville, Tennessee's Tuesday-night jam band THEE ROCK N' ROLL RESIDENCY was joined on September 30 by legendary bassist Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN, KILL DEVIL HILL) and ACCEPT drummer Christopher Williams. Together they jammed BLACK SABBATH's "War Pigs", Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold" and the KISS classic "Cold Gin". Other guest players last Tuesday night included Eric Brittingham of CINDERELLA and former SHINEDOWN guitarist Jasin Todd. THEE ROCK N' ROLL RESIDENCY is Phillip Shouse (Rodney Atkins) on guitar , Jeremy Asbrock (John Corabi) on guitar and Chris Cann on vocals. Video footage of the "War Pigs" performance can be seen below (courtesy of www.chadleephotography.com). Speaking about PANTERA's commercial success following the release of the band's 1990 major-label debut, "Cowboys From Hell", Brown told the "Do You Know Jack?" radio show: "Everything was kind of changing at that point. All the hair bands and all that kind of stuff. Everybody was kind of stale. If you think about just songs in general, there were some pretty good songs that the look kind of took away from all that, 'cause you got lumped in with all that kind of crap. I'm not saying we did. But we just came around at a time that we saw a crack and we slipped through it, and we put a lot of hard work and a lot of touring [into it]." He continued: "Those first two records ['Cowboys From Hell' and 1992's 'Vulgar Display Of Power'], we toured nonstop. We had 32 days off on the 'Cowboys From Hell' tour, and that was the total time period between 18 months on, and then directly back in the studio." Brown added: "We just came in at a time when people needed us. We would stay out in the parking lots until six in the morning signing autographs. I think that really made a big, huge difference between us and other bands that were just, you know, 'go on the bus and bye.' You know, you meet one guy, and he goes, 'Man, those guys were cool.' And he tells another friend, and it gets around like that. "We were the biggest underground band of the '90s. We didn't have a lot of MTV [support], we didn't have any radio play. Now you go to any sporting event and hear one of our songs at a football game, which is great, but they wouldn't touch it back then. So we just kind of [flew] by the seat of our pants and kind of D.I.Y., and just toured our butts off and worked really, really hard."