Listen To New DREAM EVIL Song ‘Creature Of The Night’

"Creature Of The Night", a new song from Swedish metallers DREAM EVIL, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's sixth album, aptly titled "Six", which will be released on May 26 via Century Media Records. Commented the band: "When we chose from all recorded songs the ones to be released on the main album, we summoned a Heavy Metal Jury which ranked the songs. From this ranking, the top 12 songs were set for 'Six'. The song 'Creature Of The Night' got the highest ranking from the H.M.J., so it was a no-brainer to have this song as a single." "Six" track listing: 01. Dream Evil 02. Antidote 03. Sin City 04. Creature Of The Night 05. Hellride 06. Six Hundred And 66 07. How To Start A War 08. The Murdered Mind 09. Too Loud 10. 44 Riders 11. Broken Wings 12. We Are Forever The official video for the song "Antidote" can be seen below. The clip was directed by the band's longtime partner in visuals Patric Ullaeus (IN FLAMES, LACUNA COIL, DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY). DREAM EVIL stated about the track: "When it comes to choosing a single for 'Six', you need to have a song that 'punches' the fans in their faces. 'Antidote' is just that type of in-your-face-punch song, so for us the choice was natural. And don't forget that metal is not just music, it's a way of living… as you clearly can see in the video." In addition to the album's standard version as CD and digital download, will be made available as a 180-gram vinyl version with a poster and bonus CD as well as in the limited-edition mediabook CD format with two bonus tracks ("Under Attack" and "Nowhere To Run") and three stickers. The follow-up to 2010's "In The Night" was once again produced by DREAM EVIL guitarist Fredrik Nordström at his own Studio Fredman facilities, which is the birthplace of many modern metal masterpieces by such bands as IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, HAMMERFALL, AT THE GATES, DIMMU BORGIR, POWERWOLF, ARCHITECTS and BRING ME THE HORIZON. The "Six" cover artwork, which can be seen below, was again created by Gustavo Sazes (ARCH ENEMY, AMARANTHE, FIREWIND). In related news, May 26 will also see the release of the third DREAM EVIL album, "The Book Of Heavy Metal", for the first time ever on vinyl. Considered a modern heavy metal classic by many, 2004's "The Book Of Heavy Metal" will be available on 180-gram black vinyl with the entire album on CD as a bonus. DREAM EVIL is: Niklas Isfeldt - Lead Vocals Fredrik Nordström - Lead Rhythm Guitars Mark U Black - Lead Lead Guitars Peter Stålfors - Lead Bass Patrik Jerksten - Lead Drums
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RITCHIE BLACKMORE’s RAINBOW To Release ‘Land Of Hope And Glory’, ‘I Surrender’ Singles Next Week

The revamped version of RAINBOW will release its first new music in more than two decades on May 26. Two tracks are currently available for pre-order on iTunes: a new song called "Land Of Hope And Glory" and a re-recording of the RAINBOW classic "I Surrender", which was written by Russ Ballard and was first released by RAINBOW in 1981. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore stepped away from his Renaissance-inspired brand of music with BLACKMORE'S NIGHT last year to perform a handful of shows with a brand-new lineup of the band he had formed after quitting DEEP PURPLE. Although Ritchie initially said that he had no plans to make a new RAINBOW album — explaining in early 2016 that he wanted to "just get back to playing the old songs one more time" — he revealed to Japan's Burrn! magazine that he changed his mind. The current incarnation of RAINBOW includes singer Ronnie Romero, originally from Chile but now settled in Madrid, Spain, as well as STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson, BLACKMORE'S NIGHT drummer David Keith, bassist Bob Nouveau (a.k.a. Robert "Bob" Curiano, ex-BLACKMORE'S NIGHT), and backing singers Candice Night and Lady Lynn. Blackmore was full of praise for Romero, who spends some of his time fronting the Spanish metal band LORDS OF BLACK and is a member of a new project called THE FERRYMEN. "When I heard him, he seemed like the right guy to sing the [Ronnie James] Dio-era songs of RAINBOW," Ritchie told Burrn!. "He is versatile, he can sing like Freddie Mercury or Ronnie James Dio or Graham Bonnet. "The reason I did not ask [former RAINBOW singer] Joe Lynn Turner [to get involved in the RAINBOW comeback] is because I thought European fans wanted to hear the Dio lineup of RAINBOW. "I was very surprised that tickets [to the first RAINBOW comeback shows] sold out in 15 minutes. It was nice to know so many people wanted to hear RAINBOW at this time." Joe Lynn Turner last year slammed Blackmore for the guitarist's decision to go out and perform classic DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW material with a new group musicians instead of reforming RAINBOW with a more "authentic" lineup. Less critical of the new RAINBOW lineup was former DEEP PURPLE bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, who admitted to Metal Express Radio earlier this year that he had watched some YouTube clips of the new RAINBOW lineup performing in 2016. "Singing Ronnie's [James Dio] songs needs a special kind of singer and I think the young chap did a reasonably good job and I think Ritchie may well have found the guy for him," Hughes said of Romero. "He was certainly a good fit for RAINBOW." The two shows RAINBOW played in Germany last June were caught on camera to produce "Memories In Rock - Live In Germany", which was released in November via Eagle Rock Entertainment on DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD, and digital formats. After Ritchie left DEEP PURPLE for the final time in 1993, he reformed RAINBOW for one album (1995's "Stranger In Us All") and one tour, ending things in Denmark in 1997. RAINBOW will embark on its first U.K. tour in twenty-two years next month.

STONE SOUR, LIVE Members Pay Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL At ROCK ON THE RANGE Festival (Video)

STONE SOUR's Corey Taylor and Christian Martucci paid tribute to Chris Cornell Friday night (May 19) at the Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio. Tonight's headlining slot was to feature SOUNDGARDEN, but that band's appearance was canceled as a result of Cornell's tragic death. Just before Taylor and Martucci's performance, LIVE played set that included a version of AUDIOSLAVE's "I Am The Highway" in the SOUNDGARDEN singer's honor. The STONE SOUR members took the stage and performed a cover of PINK FLOYD's classic "Wish You Were Here", followed by a rendition of the Cornell-penned TEMPLE OF THE DOG song "Hunger Strike". After Taylor and Martucci played, video and audio footage was displayed of Cornell's various projects, including his isolated vocals in the SOUNDGARDEN song "Black Hole Sun". Cornell apparently committed suicide by hanging on Wednesday night (May 18) after SOUNDGARDEN played a show in Detroit. He was 52 years old. Cornell's family issued a statement Friday questioning whether his death by hanging was intentional and if "substances contributed to his demise." Chris and his wife Vicky had two children, 12-year-old Toni and 11-year-old Christopher, while Chris also had a 16-year-old daughter, Lillian Jean, from his first marriage to former SOUNDGARDEN manager Susan Silver.
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THE CULT Pays Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL With Emotional Live Debut Of ‘Sound And Fury’

THE CULT performed an emotional version of its song "Sound And Fury" live for the first time Thursday night (May 18) as a tribute to Chris Cornell, who was found dead earlier that day. THE CULT singer Ian Astbury introduced the track, which appears on the band's 2016 album "Hidden City", by telling the crowd (see video below): "Today is a very hard day for us. Chris Cornell… If you've got tears, now is the time to let it go. Everything — fucking everything. All of it. All the shame, all the fucking regret, the things you didn't do, the people you didn't tell that you loved that left, the girl that left, the guy that left. Young brother, life, it's profound, it's fragile. You know, we all make choices. "This is a song that we don't even know, really, but we're gonna do it tonight for Chris, for his family, for you guys, who are fans, friends. We're gonna try and see if this comes off. I'm gonna have to use the paper. This is for the Cornell family, for Susan Silver, for the children. This is 'Sound And Fury'." Cornell apparently committed suicide by hanging on Wednesday night (May 18) after SOUNDGARDEN played a show in Detroit. He was 52 years old. Cornell's family issued a statement Friday questioning whether his death by hanging was intentional and if "substances contributed to his demise." Chris and his wife Vicky had two children, 12-year-old Toni and 11-year-old Christopher, while Chris also had a 16-year-old daughter, Lillian Jean, from his first marriage to former SOUNDGARDEN manager Susan Silver.

ROCK ON THE RANGE Festival Evacuated Due To Severe Weather

The organizers of this weekend's Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio have evacuated attendees due to a severe thunderstorm warning in effect. Attendees were asked to exit MAPFRE Stadium and seek shelter in their vehicles. Music fans who did not have a vehicle on-site were asked to seek shelter at the Lausche Building, located at the rear of the parking lot. Earlier this afternoon, the organizers released an update, saying that their "on-site meteorologist has determined that the severe threat should expire by 7 or 7:30 p.m. (subject to change). Once we receive the all-clear, we will reopen doors and resume the show," they said. The three-day event was scheduled to feature sets from KORN, BUSH, THE OFFSPRING, METALLICA, PRIMUS, VOLBEAT, COHEED & CAMBRIA and dozens of others. Friday night's headlining slot was to feature SOUNDGARDEN, but that band's appearance was canceled as a result of frontman Chris Cornell's tragic death. It is rumored that SOUNGARDEN's performance will be replaced by a Cornell tribute set featuring a host of guest musicians, including members of STONE SOUR. A couple of video updates from Rock On The Range, courtesy of Kilpop's Tina Smash, can be seen below.

Former EUROPE Guitarist KEE MARCELLO Joins Forces With FAIR WARNING Singer TOMMY HEART

Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of KEE OF HEARTS, a new band project built around two true melodic rock superstars: Tommy Heart, singer of FAIR WARNING, and Kee Marcello, former EUROPE guitarist. With a lineup rounded out by Ken Sandin (ex-ALIEN) on bass and Italian drummer Marco Di Salvia (PINO SCOTTO), the guys started working on the album in late 2016. With their songwriting strongly focused on melodic rock songs, the album came to completion under the direction of producer Alessandro Del Vecchio and covers a wide spectrum of styles with a lot of attention given to crafting great hooks delivered by musicians that know how to deliver the goods. Musically, the band operates in a territory defined by Scandinavian AOR meeting German melodic hard rock with influences from the classic U.S. AOR giants (think GIANT, JOURNEY, etc.).

BLOODCLOT Feat. CRO-MAGS, Ex-DANZIG Members: Listen To New Song ‘Kali’

BLOODCLOT, the project featuring John Joseph of the CRO-MAGS, plus former members of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE (Joey Castillo, drums; Nick Oliveri, bass), and DANZIG (Todd Youth, guitar), will release its new album, "Up In Arms", on July 14 via Metal Blade Records. The cover artwork for the disc can be seen below. The song "Kali", taken from "Up In Arms", can be streamed below. BLOODCLOT has confirmed a near-three-week U.S. tour with NEGATIVE APPROACH. ] In addition to being the leader of one of the most influential hardcore bands of all time — the CRO-MAGSJoseph is an author, an outspoken advocate of plant-based nutrition, and a competitive Ironman tri-athlete. Youth — who played in AGNOSTIC FRONT at the age of 12 — has played guitar with a myriad of artists, including DANZIG, Glen Campbell, MOTÖRHEAD, Ace Frehley, and many more. Additionally, Nick Oliveri has played bass in QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, alongside one of the most sought-after drummers in the scene, Joey Castillo — who has also sat behind the kit for DANZIG and EAGLES OF DEATH METAL. These four renowned musicians came together when CRO-MAGS guitarist AJ Novello was unable to play a show, and John Joseph called Todd Youth to fill in for him. The two rekindled their friendship and enjoyed playing together so much that a decision was made to reform BLOODCLOT (whose origins date back to a 1981 BAD BRAINS tour). Todd began the songwriting process, and soon after, Joey Castillo and Nick Oliveri were recruited to join the band. With the new lineup in place, and songs to record, Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel offered BLOODCLOT a worldwide deal. BLOODCLOT is: John Joseph (CRO-MAGS) - Vocals Todd Youth (ex-DANZIG) - Guitars Nick Oliveri (ex-QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) - Bass Joey Castillo (ex-QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, ex-DANZIG) - Drums Photo credit: Wass Photography, Dustin Jack Photography, Lloyd Nickell, Tony Virgadamo
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BLOODCLOT Feat. CRO-MAGS, Ex-DANZIG Members: Listen To New Song ‘Kali’

BLOODCLOT, the project featuring John Joseph of the CRO-MAGS, plus former members of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE (Joey Castillo, drums; Nick Oliveri, bass), and DANZIG (Todd Youth, guitar), will release its new album, "Up In Arms", on July 14 via Metal Blade Records. The cover artwork for the disc can be seen below. The song "Kali", taken from "Up In Arms", can be streamed below. BLOODCLOT has confirmed a near-three-week U.S. tour with NEGATIVE APPROACH. ] In addition to being the leader of one of the most influential hardcore bands of all time — the CRO-MAGSJoseph is an author, an outspoken advocate of plant-based nutrition, and a competitive Ironman tri-athlete. Youth — who played in AGNOSTIC FRONT at the age of 12 — has played guitar with a myriad of artists, including DANZIG, Glen Campbell, MOTÖRHEAD, Ace Frehley, and many more. Additionally, Nick Oliveri has played bass in QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, alongside one of the most sought-after drummers in the scene, Joey Castillo — who has also sat behind the kit for DANZIG and EAGLES OF DEATH METAL. These four renowned musicians came together when CRO-MAGS guitarist AJ Novello was unable to play a show, and John Joseph called Todd Youth to fill in for him. The two rekindled their friendship and enjoyed playing together so much that a decision was made to reform BLOODCLOT (whose origins date back to a 1981 BAD BRAINS tour). Todd began the songwriting process, and soon after, Joey Castillo and Nick Oliveri were recruited to join the band. With the new lineup in place, and songs to record, Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel offered BLOODCLOT a worldwide deal. BLOODCLOT is: John Joseph (CRO-MAGS) - Vocals Todd Youth (ex-DANZIG) - Guitars Nick Oliveri (ex-QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) - Bass Joey Castillo (ex-QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, ex-DANZIG) - Drums Photo credit: Wass Photography, Dustin Jack Photography, Lloyd Nickell, Tony Virgadamo
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Ex-PANTERA Bassist REX BROWN Says Debut Solo Album ‘Was Meant To Be Listened To On Vinyl’

Lance Hall of WJSC-FM's "The Silk And Steel Power Hour" recently conducted an interview with former PANTERA and DOWN bassist Rex Brown. You can listen to the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his first solo album, "Smoke On This": Rex: "I wouldn't say it sounds like classic rock, but I would say I was influenced by it. Yeah, I had a really good time. I had a really good friend in [Nashville-based guitarist and songwriter] Lance Harvill and we wrote a bunch of songs, starting putting a team together and created this chemistry in the studio and it started coming together. We said, 'Well, we'd better put something together.'" On writing the album in Nashville, Tennessee: Rex: "Yeah, I've been to Nashville [before]. There's always been a plethora of good players, but I never left the studio. It's all listening to old vinyl and about writing the songs. It's all about the song." On whether there are similarities between his solo work and the REBEL MEETS REBEL project that featured Rex and his PANTERA bandmates Vinnie Paul Abbott (drums) and "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (guitar) with country singer David Allan Coe: Rex: "Not really. That was a cool thing. That was one of Dime's things he did on the side and said, 'Do you want to come down and play bass on it?' There was never any contrived notion, then Vinnie put the record out or no one would have ever known about it." On his recent PledgeMusic campaign: Rex: "I had never done that before and someone goes 'Oh, would you like to do the Pledge fund?' They got me into it and I went 'You can't beat that. At least these people can get a place to get the music and also get a place to get vinyl. That was important for me with this record. This record was meant to be listened to on vinyl." On whether he recorded "Smoke On This" using analog or digital technology: Rex: "We used both on select tracks. With the technology these days, it's virtually the same. Of course, we used all analog gear; it's just what you record on. When we were kids, the Abbott brothers, their dad, had a studio and we would always go down when we were fifteen years old and watch these cats play. We were fifteen years old going 'Oh shit.' We learned to record at a very early age. This a natural progression of what I wanted. I've said it a lot over the last couple of years, but this is where I feel comfortable right now and where this thing might potentially go… We're just getting our feet wet." On his touring plans: Rex: "Yeah, we're going to tour in the fall. We're going to hit everywhere. It's not going to be a two-year process. You'll see. Stay tuned." On who will be in his touring band: Rex: "I've got a touring band now. You'll hear about that shortly. We're trying to get the single out, get it going, then we'll get the videos next. We're just letting the wind blow, man. There are some big plans, but I ain't going to give it all away. I'm ready to do it, man." "Smoke On This" is due on July 28 via Entertainment One (eOne). The disc will be the first time in Brown's career in which he will serve as both lead vocalist and guitarist in a band.
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TOMMY THAYER Says ‘It’s Crickets’ When KISS Plays Lesser-Known Songs Live

Maggie Wright of Full Metal Rock conducted an interview with KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer prior to the band's May 7 show at Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway. You can listen to the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how the band approaches choosing songs for their live setlist: Tommy: "That's always a challenge, because there's so much back material and so many records that have been recorded over the years. The first KISS record came out in 1974, so we're looking at forty-three, going on forty-four years now, that's a lot of material to choose from. And, of course, you have the classics and so many people are depending on hearing those songs and if you don't play them, they get pretty pissed off. Then there's die-hard fans, the purists, who want to hear the deeper cuts, we try to throw a few things in. But then again, the masses, it's crickets sometimes with some of those songs. It's a fine line. We try to balance it out the best we can." On why KISS often doesn't play any material from their most recent studio album, 2012's "Monster": Tommy: "Again, you've got the classic songs, and I'm going to be honest with you: Not as many people know the stuff that's on 'Monster', the most recent record that came out a couple of years ago. Just because, as you know, records aren't selling like they used to. The record business is in a huge decline. The sales aren't there. People aren't getting the new music as much. So I guess that's reflected when we decide on what songs to play." On going up on one of KISS's many stage lifts: Tommy: "Luckily, I don't have a fear of heights and that sort of thing. Paul [Stanley, guitar/vocals], actually gets a little shaky. He gets clammy hands when we come down at the beginning of the show. [Laughs] Going up on those lifts, you just have to have faith in the fact that they're really professionally put together and it's all really rehearsed and it's safe. That's the most important thing to begin with. You go up on those things the first few times and it's even higher when you get up there than it looks from where you're standing down below." On getting comfortable being a part of KISS after formally replacing Ace Frehley in 2002: Tommy: "By the time we toured the first year I was in the band, we were touring the U.S. and North America and we played shows like at Madison Square Garden. I remember being onstage, for instance, at the Garden, I'm thinking 'Oh My God. How did this happen?' It's kind of mind-blowing." On whether his career path resembles the 2001 "Rock Star" movie that starred actor Mark Wahlberg: Tommy: "It's a lot like that movie, actually. People have referenced that before. They say 'Your story, Tom, is a lot like that 'Rock Star' movie that Mark Wahlberg was in.' It's kinda like that. It's like a real-life version of that. I think that was based on the JUDAS PRIEST thing, [Tim] 'Ripper' Owens and his whole thing. He was a big fan and played in a tribute band and got to be in JUDAS PRIEST for a while. It's very interesting. When you put your mind to something, it's interesting how life evolves and reveals itself. People say 'Tommy, you're smart. You have this all planned.' Actually, I didn't. It all happened in a weird way, one thing leading to another. I didn't have a big long-term plan. I just loved doing it and being around the music business and being in bands. I just followed my passion and this is where it ended up, which is very cool." On KISS's willingness to put its name on various merchandise: Tommy: "It's interesting because KISS really is an enigma. KISS is a different band than your average-type band. Most bands, people say, 'Oh, where's your credibility? You can't do that kind of thing, or this, or 'Scooby-Doo'. Come on.' KISS, we can pull it off. We can do it." KISS kicked off its month-long "KissWorld" tour on May 1 at the Olympijskiy Stadium in Moscow, Russia and has European dates scheduled through May 31 at London's O2 Arena.