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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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Roadrunner Podcast #23 Is Out Now
In episode 23, we discuss the Mayhem Festival as a whole as well as Trivium and KING 810. We also talk about bands whose sound and imagery continues to evolve over time, and Nick chats with the guys from Heartist. Then it's Mark’s turn to discuss an underrated Roadrunner band and share some music from Opeth, Heartist and an Ill Nino song from the vault!
SEPULTURA's DERRICK GREEN Guests On 'The Heavy Metal Mayhem Radio Show' (Audio)
Vocalist Derrick Green of Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA was recently interviewed on "The Heavy Metal Mayhem Radio Show". You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. SEPULTURA's latest album, "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart", sold around 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD came out on October 29, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. Although it was inspired by Fritz Lang's classic 1927 movie "Metropolis", "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart" is not a concept album or a soundtrack like its precedessors "Dante XXI" (based on "The Divine Comedy") and "A-Lex" (based on "A Clockwork Orange"). "The Mediator Between The Head And Hands Must Be The Heart" was tracked over a 40-day period at producer Ross Robinson's (KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, SLIPKNOT) studio in Venice, California and was mixed and mastered by co-producer Steve Evetts, who previously worked with SEPULTURA on the "Nation" (2001), "Revolusongs" (2002) and "Roorback" (2003) albums, in addition to having collaborated with Ross on a number of other projects in the past. In a 2013 interview with Live-Metal.net, SEPULTURA singer Derrick Green stated about the new album title: "We always have the simple one-word titles or very basic. And with this we knew what we wanted to do. We wanted to maybe make people think a little bit. "I think we have become lobotomized, including myself, because I'm not putting myself outside of anything. I think a lot of times we live in a time where people are thinking actions or creating ideas — doing something in their head but going right to their hands. And they're missing the essential part, the heart and the compassion, that's behind what you are doing. And (the title) came from a movie called 'Metropolis' (1927) by a director called Fritz Lang, and it's a silent movie. And it's actually the first thing you see in the movie. And the meaning behind it is just that: It's impossible to be human without having the heart dictate what you're doing and why you're doing certain things. "So I believe this album has that passion and drive and love for music. "So many things I've been hearing are just about trying to be perfect, with the digital age and trying to make everything sound perfect. Like on albums and things like that, it doesn't even sound real. It doesn't sound human anymore. So this is something going back to really trying not to be perfect. We're trying to pull out that love and desire and just grabbing that moment, placing it on an album and recording it, and not being worried about those other things."
SLIPKNOT, FAITH NO MORE, JUDAS PRIEST, SOUNDGARDEN Confirmed For Australia's SOUNDWAVE
JUDAS PRIEST, SLIPKNOT, FAITH NO MORE, SOUNDGARDEN, LAMB OF GOD and FEAR FACTORY are among the confirmed bands for Australia's Soundwave XV festival, set to take place February 21-22 at Bonython Park in Adelaide and Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne and February 28- and March 1 at Olympic Park in Sydney and Brisbane Showgrounds in Brisbane. According to Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah, running Soundwave as a two-day festival means fewer clashes and longer sets. He is also promising better staging, production and infrastructure. "In recent years we have lost great bands over too many bands wanting to play after dark," he says. "This new set-up also gives us twice the dark. I am also hoping that this will give fans better value for money and a less stressful day." Day 1 FAITH NO MORE SOUNDGARDEN INCUBUS LAMB OF GOD ANTEMASQUE MINISTRY GERARD WAY MAYHEM NEW FOUND GLORY FEAR FACTORY HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD ATREYU THE AQUABATS AREA 7 GODFLESH CROWN THE EMPIRE THE INTERRUPTERS ICON FOR HIRE EMILY'S ARMY PATENT PENDING FIREWORKS THE BENNIES THE COLOR MORALE MONUMENTS NOTHING MORE DEATHSTARS NE OBLIVISCARIS Day 2 SLIPKNOT SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS MARILYN MANSON FALL OUT BOY JUDAS PRIEST GODSMACK ALL TIME LOW PAPA ROACH OF MICE & MEN ESCAPE THE FATE APOCALYPTICA LAGWAGON TONIGHT ALIVE CROSSFAITH BUTCHER BABIES CONFESSION THE SWELLERS CONDITIONS COLDRAIN KING 810 DAYSHELL THIS WILD LIFE Soundwave XV dates Weekend 1: Saturday, February 21 - Bonython Park, Adelaide (Day 1) Saturday, February 21 - Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne (Day 2) Sunday, February 22 - Bonython Park, Adelaide (Day 2) Sunday, February 22 - Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne (Day 1) Weekend 2: Saturday, February 28 - Olympic Park, Sydney (Day 1) Saturday, February 28 - RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane (Day 2) Sunday, March 1 - Olympic Park, Sydney (Day 2) Sunday, March 1 - RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane (Day 1)
NIGHTWISH Working On New Album: Third Making-Of Clip Posted Online
Finnish / Dutch / British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have released the third in a series of video clips featuring footage from the making of the band's new studio album, due in the spring of 2015 via Nuclear Blast. Check it out below. In the latest clip, NIGHTWISH offers a glimse at the songwriting process for the new CD. Commented keyboardist and main composer Tuomas Holopainen: "When I come up with a subject for the song, I always see it as a short movie. Each song is like a soundtrack for that movie in my head... It takes at least 12-18 month to write an album." Holopainen recently spent two and half weeks in Hattula, Finland with the band's producer/crew member Tero "TeeCee" Kinnunen recording a demo of the songs that will appear on NIGHTWISH's next studio album, the first to feature Dutch singer Floor Jansen. Commented Holopainen: "From the moment I start writing the song, I have the story in my head. I have a really clear vision how the songs should sound like at this point. Of course, they will change after band rehearsals and arranging. And they should change." Asked in a recent interview with Sweden's Metalshrine what Floor Jansen will bring to the next NIGHTWISH album, Tuomas said: "She [will] bring a lot of interpretations, some arrangements and positive energy for sure, but she [will] not [be] included in the songwriting process. She told me that the first time around, she has [her side project] REVAMP and Marco [Hietala, bass/vocals] and I will do just fine for now." Speaking to Germany's EMP Rock Invasion at the end of last year, Floor stated about the songwriting process for the next NIGHTWISH album: "I think it's more like it's always been. So Tuomas is gonna start writing. And how it's gonna evolve later on, we'll see. But I don't feel the necessity of me being an active songwriting member, because the music is so good. It's about the songs and the music that goes first and not about my ego wanting to join like that. But if I can participate or add something with my creative input, of course I would love that. Of course, I have creative energy in me that needs to come out one way or another, but that's where REVAMP comes in." Regarding whether she has any fears that, due to the band's troubled history with lead vocalists, her time with NIGHTWISH will not last very long, Floor told Finland's Radio Rock: "No. And whether this is in NIGHTWISH or in anything with anyone in everyone's lives, what guarantees do you have? So it's just about what you make of it and with the chemistry that you believe in. And I believe in the chemistry that we have today, 'cause it's been very strong since the beginning and grew to be better throughout the months. It's still a very recent thing. But what feels good now, that's where you should go from, and that's what I do." NIGHTWISH released a new DVD, "Showtime, Storytime", on November 29 as a limited 2Blu-ray + 2CD digipack, limited 2DVD + 2CD digipack, limited 2CD digipack, 2LP (colored) in gatefold and an exclusive Nuclear Blast mailorder edition. The set NIGHTWISH's entire August 3, 2013 performance at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany. The show, which was played in the front of 85,000 screaming metalheads, was directed by Ville Lipiäinen, filmed with seventeen cameras and has a total running time of 85 minutes. The second disc consists of a 120-minute tour documentary, "Please Learn The Setlist In 48 Hours", also directed by Ville Lipiäinen. In addition, there are two music clips: "I Want My Tears Back" (live at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland) and "Ghost Love Score" (live in Buenos Aires). The Wacken Open Air appearance was the first of the three final shows of NIGHTWISH's "Imaginaerum World Tour", which saw the band and their Jansen playing 104 concerts in 34 different countries, with a total audience of over 1.5 million fans around the globe. Jansen made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1, 2012 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington following the abrupt departure of the band's lead singer of five years, Anette Olzon. Tuomas Holopainen has known Jansen for more than 10 years already, having previously toured with her former band, AFTER FOREVER.
JUDAS PRIEST's ROB HALFORD: 'It Is Not Easy Staying Clean And Sober In Rock And Roll'
During a brand new interview with Classic Rock Revisited, JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford spoke about how being clean and sober since January 6, 1986 has affected his live performance as well as his singing ability. "I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired," Halford stated about his decision to give up the partying lifestyle. "I was sick of waking up every morning and feeling like shit. I think I came to an understanding that I wasn't giving at my full capacity. I wasn't able to give to my full ability because it was being held in place by booze and drugs." Asked if he remembers his first sober show, Halford said: "I will always remember the first show I did clean and sober. It was one of the most amazing shows I had ever done. It was in New Mexico, in Albuquerque. I literally felt elevated as everything was coming with such clarity. I was able to really listen to, and love, and enjoy the performance of JUDAS PRIEST without having all of the other things in front of it. Since that day, it has been a miracle." He continued: "It is good that we're talking about this. Everybody has to face things in their lives at some point. It can not only be booze and drugs, it can be anything. You can eat too much, or you can not exercise, or whatever. "I think the most important thing we need to be pushing in rock and roll and staying clean and sober is that you have to be a very strong person to do that. It is not easy staying clean and sober in rock and roll. There are temptations galore from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep, especially when you're on the road. "I think we're some of the strongest people, my friends and my other sober brothers in metal. We are way stronger now than we used to be. We are giving the best of ourselves now, more than we ever could before. I think that is the blessing of being sober." Regarding whether it was a moment of redemption when he was able to come back to PRIEST sober, Halford said: "For a lot of people in life, you just figure that maybe you want something different in life so you go down the street and turn left and see what happens. That is what I did. I enjoyed it and it was very fulfilling, and I still have ambitions in that respect left to complete. However, what I did discover when I was away from PRIEST, was that PRIEST really had given me everything that I really needed and wanted as a musician. It took a while for me to kind of make that journey back... for lots of different reasons. When I did come back, I loved the PRIEST tenfold and I couldn't wait to get back in the studio with 'Angel Of Retribution'. I couldn't wait to get back on stage with a band that I believe completes me." JUDAS PRIEST's 17th studio album, "Redeemer Of Souls", sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.
METALLICA's ROBERT TRUJILLO Joins RODRIGO Y GABRIELA On Stage In Colorado (Video)
METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo once again joined RODRIGO Y GABRIELA — the dynamic Mexican duo who became international world-music superstars with their self-titled album of aggressive acoustic guitars and irresistible Latin rhythms — on stage on August 17 at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado to perform a medley of METALLICA covers. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below. Natives of Mexico City, Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero began their careers as members of TIERRA ACIDA, a heavy metal band which played on the city's underground gig circuit for seven years. "Like a lot of Mexican youth, we were heavily influenced by American metal bands — METALLICA, MEGADETH, PANTERA, and also SEPULTURA," Gabriela explained. "It was a full band, very loud, and for vocals, Rodrigo would just scream. We played this way for seven years." Asked in a 2010 interview if RODRIGO Y GABRIELA's metal connections were fading, Rodrigo said: "No, it's growing, actually. You go to our shows and you see a lot of metalheads. It was great to have the recognition from the kings, from METALLICA themselves, to be in touch with them and having the opportunity to jam with Robert pretty often. It's great, because that opened the door for a lot of metalheads to understand that we come from there. It's clear for the people that we love metal."
CHAD GRAY Says MUDVAYNE Is Not Over Yet
HELLYEAH frontman Chad Gray says that MUDVAYNE is not over yet despite the fact that Gray's longtime MUDVAYNE bandmate Greg Tribbett was acrimoniously dismissed from HELLYEAH prior to the recording of the band's fourth album, "Blood For Blood". Asked in the new issue of 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, 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 four 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.
TESTAMENT Joined By ARCH ENEMY Singer At Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival (Video)
ARCH ENEMY singer Alissa White-Gluz joined TESTAMENT on stage on August 14 at the Summer Breeze festival in Dinkelsbühl, Germany to perform the TESTAMENT classic "Into The Pit". Fan-filmed video footage of her appearance can be seen below. TESTAMENT in January announced the departure of bassist Greg Christian. In a recent interview with 100PercentRock.com, Chuck Billy stated about Christian's latest exit from the band: "Well, I think Greg, he informed us that he wasn't going to be participating on the new record release and that was his last tour with us. We knew we had Australia coming up, so, of course, Steve DiGiorgio was probably one of the first ones to come to mind. He did 'The Gathering' record with us and we enjoyed that whole cycle of touring, so he was definitely, probably, our first choice. We didn't want to go through auditions and do all that. We just knew that he was here, and he could do it, and it was killer." Asked if there was a particular reason that Greg just had enough of it, Billy replied: "Well, I think that the last tour he just wasn't getting along, and he just decided that that was going to be the last tour with us, so we just kind of said, 'Well, okay. I guess we'll have to maybe look for what's coming up in the future.' You know — there's nothing we can do." ARCH ENEMY played its first show with Alissa White-Gluz on May 23 at Turbohalle in Bucharest, Romania. Angela Gossow, who joined ARCH ENEMY in 2000 and made her debut on the now-classic "Wages Of Sin" (2001), has stepped down as frontwoman and will focus on management, while Alissa takes her place. ARCH ENEMY's new album, "War Eternal", sold around 8,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 44.
DRAGONFORCE Interviewed By Italy's LINEAROCK (Video)
Italy's Linearock recently conducted an interview with British epic power metallers DRAGONFORCE. You can now watch the chat below. DRAGONFORCE's new album, "Maximum Overload", was released on August 19 in North America via Metal Blade and August 18 in Europe through earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group. The CD was recorded at Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with OPETH, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK and SYMPHONY X, to name a few. It marks the band's first-ever album involving an outside producer, having historically opted to record themselves in association with Karl Groom. "Maximum Overload" also features an all time first for DRAGONFORCE... a cover version! Guitarist Sam Totman explained: "Just before the last Australian tour, our manager suggested it might be interesting to do a cover for the next album, something we've always refused even to consider. Because we had all had a couple beers, every bandmember wrote down three songs each and we compared them all, just for a laugh. I wrote down 'Ring Of Fire' by Johnny Cash, an idea which the rest of the band loved, so we've DRAGONFORCE-ized it." "Maximum Overload" was released on standard CD, standard digital version, special edition CD with five bonus tracks and a bonus DVD, special edition digital version (same bonus material as special edition CD), and vinyl. The effort features a couple of surprises, notably a guest appearance on some of the songs from TRIVIUM's Matt Heafy. "Maximum Overload" is the follow-up to 2012's "The Power Within", which was the band's first with vocalist Marc Hudson. Since his live debut with the group in July 2011, Marc has gone on to front over 100 shows with DRAGONFORCE in 32 countries across the globe, including arenas with IRON MAIDEN as well as a mammoth headlining world tour to support the CD. DRAGONFORCE recently parted ways with drummer Dave Mackintosh and replaced him with former BRAINDAMAGE and KILL RITUAL member Gee Anzalone. A native of Turin, Italy, Gee is a drum teacher who graduated from the NAMM Academy of Milan and carries on the well established multi-national mix of musicians that make up DRAGONFORCE. Gee will make his live debut with DRAGONFORCE on the forthcoming "Maximum Overload" U.K. tour, which commences on September 17 in Edinburgh.
SEPULTURA's ANDREAS KISSER Joins ANTHRAX On Stage At Colombia's ROCK AL PARQUE; Pro-Shot Footage
SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser joined ANTHRAX on stage last night (Monday , August 18) at the Rock al Parque festival in Bogotá, Colombia. Professionally filmed video footage of the entire set can be seen below. (Note: Kisser first appears around the 46-minute mark.) Kisser toured with ANTHRAX in 2011 as the fill-in for ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian while Ian spent time with his family following the birth of his first child. Kisser made his live debut with ANTHRAX on July 2, 2011 at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany as part of a "Big Four" show with METALLICA, SLAYER and MEGADETH. In a letter addressed to Andreas on ANTHRAX's official Facebook page, the band wrote, "Words cannot express the feeling of love we have for you. From the first day, you were a part of the family. You were the only choice to fill in for Scott and that decision proved to be the right one. Thank you for being you." Speaking to RockAAA at the U.K. installment of the Sonisphere festival in 2011, ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello said, "Andreas locks in with the band like he was always here. So there's not a thought to playing; we don't have to worry. It's nice to go on stage and not have to worry. That's the last thing we wanted to do. And he's good, he's so locked in, even with the cues, the vocals everything. Boom! It's ANTHRAX."