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AXL ROSE Pays Tribute To ‘Chinese Democracy’ Arranger And Orchestra Conductor PAUL BUCKMASTER

Axl Rose has paid tribute to Paul Buckmaster, saying that he feels "very fortunate" to have met the half-British, half-Italian string arranger who died Tuesday at age 71. Buckmaster worked on orchestral arrangements for GUNS N' ROSES' 2008 studio album "Chinese Democracy", contributing to the tracks "Street Of Dreams", "There Was A Time", "Madagascar" and "Prostitute". He is also renowned for working with Elton John, THE ROLLING STONES, David Bowie and many others. In 2016, he collaborated with HEART on the "Beautiful Broken" album. The GUNS N' ROSES singer tweeted on Thursday (November 9): "Very sorry to hear of Mr. Paul Buckmaster's passing. I feel very fortunate to have met him n' have his involvement in GNR. My deepest condolences to his friends, fans n' loved ones." Buckmaster is probably best known for his work on John's early albums, where he provided the orchestral arrangements for such classic tracks as "Tiny Dancer" and "Your Song". He also teamed with THE ROLLING STONES for "Moonlight Mile" and "Sway" on the group's "Sticky Fingers" album.

Very sorry to hear of Mr. Paul Buckmaster's passing. I feel very fortunate to have met him n' have his involvement in GNR. My deepest condolences to his friends, fans n' loved ones.

— Axl Rose (@axlrose) November 9, 2017

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THE DARK ELEMENT Feat. Former NIGHTWISH Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist: ‘The Ghost And The Reaper’ Video

THE DARK ELEMENT, the new musical project featuring former NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon and Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen, has released the official music video for the song "The Ghost And The Reaper". The track is taken from THE DARK ELEMENT's self-titled debut album, which is being released today (Friday, November 10) via Frontiers Music Srl. Since word of this project got out, fans have been frothing at the mouth with anticipation for its arrival. And no wonder considering the talent involved! Anette is widely known for being the immaculate voice on the hit albums from NIGHTWISH, "Dark Passion Play" and "Imaginareum". Jani has recently been busy in CAIN'S OFFERING alongside STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto, but left a deep mark on the minds of all power metal fans thanks to his time in SONATA ARCTICA. Said Liimatainen: "I have always been a big fan of Anette's voice and when the opportunity to work with her arose, writing and producing an album, it was something I just couldn't say no! It has been a blast working on the songs and I can't wait for everyone to hear the final result. This will be epic! The songs are extremely melodic and to the point. My goal has been to write catchy songs with hooks that will haunt your dreams, and I think it's pretty much 'mission accomplished.' Stay tuned for something special!" Olzon told The Noise Beneath The Snow about THE DARK ELEMENT: "It's a great thing I'm very happy I am a part of. When I was asked to do this project, I had no idea of how Jani's songs would sound, so it was a bit of a gamble until I heard the first demo and I could relax, 'cause I immediately heard it would be a great album. And it's been a positive vibe from both magazines and fans so far, so I hope it will be a big success, of course." Regarding how her involvement with THE DARK ELEMENT came about, Anette told Metal Temple: "I had done vocals on one of Frontiers bands, SECRET SPHERE, and got a question from them if I'd be interested in singing on a whole studio album project with Jani. I had never heard his songs, so I hesitated at first since he is a Finn [laughs], but my husband said he thought I'd give it a go and, well, I'm very happy I did now. For me, this is a fun little project on the side that grew to be something really good and I hope Jani and me can do more albums, 'cause he is just an amazing songwriter who really captured what my voice is capable of doing." "The Dark Element" track listing: 01. The Dark Element 02. My Sweet Mystery 03. Last Good Day 04. Here's To You 05. Someone You Used To Know 06. Dead To Me 07. Halo 08. I Cannot Raise The Dead 09. The Ghost And The Reaper 10. Heaven Of Your Heart 11. Only One Who Knows Me Musicians: Anette Olzon - Lead Vocals Jani Liimatainen - Guitars, Keyboards, Programming Jonas Kuhlberg - Bass Jani "Hurtsi" Hurula - Drums * Piano on "Someone You Used to Know" and "Heaven of Your Heart" by Jarkko Lahti * Backing vocals by Anette Olzon, Petri Aho, Anssi Stenberg and Jani Liimatainen * Growls on "Dead To Me" by Niilo Sevänen

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THE DARK ELEMENT Feat. Former NIGHTWISH Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist: ‘The Ghost And The Reaper’ Video

THE DARK ELEMENT, the new musical project featuring former NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon and Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen, has released the official music video for the song "The Ghost And The Reaper". The track is taken from THE DARK ELEMENT's self-titled debut album, which is being released today (Friday, November 10) via Frontiers Music Srl. Since word of this project got out, fans have been frothing at the mouth with anticipation for its arrival. And no wonder considering the talent involved! Anette is widely known for being the immaculate voice on the hit albums from NIGHTWISH, "Dark Passion Play" and "Imaginareum". Jani has recently been busy in CAIN'S OFFERING alongside STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto, but left a deep mark on the minds of all power metal fans thanks to his time in SONATA ARCTICA. Said Liimatainen: "I have always been a big fan of Anette's voice and when the opportunity to work with her arose, writing and producing an album, it was something I just couldn't say no! It has been a blast working on the songs and I can't wait for everyone to hear the final result. This will be epic! The songs are extremely melodic and to the point. My goal has been to write catchy songs with hooks that will haunt your dreams, and I think it's pretty much 'mission accomplished.' Stay tuned for something special!" Olzon told The Noise Beneath The Snow about THE DARK ELEMENT: "It's a great thing I'm very happy I am a part of. When I was asked to do this project, I had no idea of how Jani's songs would sound, so it was a bit of a gamble until I heard the first demo and I could relax, 'cause I immediately heard it would be a great album. And it's been a positive vibe from both magazines and fans so far, so I hope it will be a big success, of course." Regarding how her involvement with THE DARK ELEMENT came about, Anette told Metal Temple: "I had done vocals on one of Frontiers bands, SECRET SPHERE, and got a question from them if I'd be interested in singing on a whole studio album project with Jani. I had never heard his songs, so I hesitated at first since he is a Finn [laughs], but my husband said he thought I'd give it a go and, well, I'm very happy I did now. For me, this is a fun little project on the side that grew to be something really good and I hope Jani and me can do more albums, 'cause he is just an amazing songwriter who really captured what my voice is capable of doing." "The Dark Element" track listing: 01. The Dark Element 02. My Sweet Mystery 03. Last Good Day 04. Here's To You 05. Someone You Used To Know 06. Dead To Me 07. Halo 08. I Cannot Raise The Dead 09. The Ghost And The Reaper 10. Heaven Of Your Heart 11. Only One Who Knows Me Musicians: Anette Olzon - Lead Vocals Jani Liimatainen - Guitars, Keyboards, Programming Jonas Kuhlberg - Bass Jani "Hurtsi" Hurula - Drums * Piano on "Someone You Used to Know" and "Heaven of Your Heart" by Jarkko Lahti * Backing vocals by Anette Olzon, Petri Aho, Anssi Stenberg and Jani Liimatainen * Growls on "Dead To Me" by Niilo Sevänen

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AMBERIAN DAWN Releases ‘Dragonflies’ Lyric Video

Finnish symphonic metallers AMBERIAN DAWN have released the official lyric video for the song "Dragonflies". The track is taken from the band's eighth album, "Darkness Of Eternity", which is being released today (Friday, November 10) via Napalm Records. "Darkness Of Eternity" track listing: 01. I'm The One 02. Sky Is Falling 03. Dragonflies 04. Maybe 05. Golden Coins 06. Luna My Darling 07. Abyss 08. Ghostwoman 09. Breathe Again 10. Symphony Nr. 1, Part 2 - Darkness Of Eternity 11. Anyone (bonus track) AMBERIAN DAWN keyboardist and mastermind Tuomas Seppälä comments: "'Darkness Of Eternity' is one of the most emotional AMBERIAN DAWN albums so far. It's got some really bombastic songs in mood of dark and symphonic melodic metal and in contrast to that also some really poppy songs too. "For me, it's really hard to stick in one genre only and I constantly want to compose different kinds of songs!" Tuomas adds: "The song 'Symphony Nr.1, Part 1 - The Witchcraft' told the story on the last record, 'Innuendo', before the time of 'Magic Forest'. The little girl is a healer and village elders buried her alive in a coffin. The track 'Symphony Nr.1, Part 2 - Darkness Of Eternity' on our upcoming record 'Darkness Of Eternity' tells the story of the girl lying in the coffin trying to get out. Darkness is asking her to dance the waltz of eternity. The story will continue in Part 3 and we will tell you how she became the Magic Forest's evil witch!" Regarding the "Darkness Of Eternity" recording process, Tuomas says: "We did a lot of production at legendary Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland: drum recordings, mixing by Mikko Karmila and mastering by Mika Jussila. We also used a live string section on orchestral parts and that added nice color on the sound. "It's easy for me to say that this album is without any doubt the best sounding AMBERIAN DAWN album ever! It's a kind of monument for me and it introduces the many sides of me as composer. "I still feel very lucky that I've got Capri [Päivi Virkkunen] on this band because she's probably the only singer capable singing all of those different styles with superior sound and feeling." AMBERIAN DAWN released a compilation album of songs that originally appeared on their first four albums — "Circus Black" (2012), "End Of Eden" (2010), "The Clouds Of Northland Thunder" (2009) and "River Of Tuoni" (2008) — to showcase Virkkunen after the departure of Heidi Parviainen. "Re-Evolution" was made available on June 14, 2013 in Finland, distributed by Suomen Musiikki. AMBERIAN DAWN is: Tuomas Seppälä – Keyboards, Guitar Päivi "Capri" Virkkunen - Vocals Emil Pohjalainen - Guitar Jukka Hoffren - Bass Joonas Pykälä-aho - Drums

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AMBERIAN DAWN Releases ‘Dragonflies’ Lyric Video

Finnish symphonic metallers AMBERIAN DAWN have released the official lyric video for the song "Dragonflies". The track is taken from the band's eighth album, "Darkness Of Eternity", which is being released today (Friday, November 10) via Napalm Records. "Darkness Of Eternity" track listing: 01. I'm The One 02. Sky Is Falling 03. Dragonflies 04. Maybe 05. Golden Coins 06. Luna My Darling 07. Abyss 08. Ghostwoman 09. Breathe Again 10. Symphony Nr. 1, Part 2 - Darkness Of Eternity 11. Anyone (bonus track) AMBERIAN DAWN keyboardist and mastermind Tuomas Seppälä comments: "'Darkness Of Eternity' is one of the most emotional AMBERIAN DAWN albums so far. It's got some really bombastic songs in mood of dark and symphonic melodic metal and in contrast to that also some really poppy songs too. "For me, it's really hard to stick in one genre only and I constantly want to compose different kinds of songs!" Tuomas adds: "The song 'Symphony Nr.1, Part 1 - The Witchcraft' told the story on the last record, 'Innuendo', before the time of 'Magic Forest'. The little girl is a healer and village elders buried her alive in a coffin. The track 'Symphony Nr.1, Part 2 - Darkness Of Eternity' on our upcoming record 'Darkness Of Eternity' tells the story of the girl lying in the coffin trying to get out. Darkness is asking her to dance the waltz of eternity. The story will continue in Part 3 and we will tell you how she became the Magic Forest's evil witch!" Regarding the "Darkness Of Eternity" recording process, Tuomas says: "We did a lot of production at legendary Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland: drum recordings, mixing by Mikko Karmila and mastering by Mika Jussila. We also used a live string section on orchestral parts and that added nice color on the sound. "It's easy for me to say that this album is without any doubt the best sounding AMBERIAN DAWN album ever! It's a kind of monument for me and it introduces the many sides of me as composer. "I still feel very lucky that I've got Capri [Päivi Virkkunen] on this band because she's probably the only singer capable singing all of those different styles with superior sound and feeling." AMBERIAN DAWN released a compilation album of songs that originally appeared on their first four albums — "Circus Black" (2012), "End Of Eden" (2010), "The Clouds Of Northland Thunder" (2009) and "River Of Tuoni" (2008) — to showcase Virkkunen after the departure of Heidi Parviainen. "Re-Evolution" was made available on June 14, 2013 in Finland, distributed by Suomen Musiikki. AMBERIAN DAWN is: Tuomas Seppälä – Keyboards, Guitar Päivi "Capri" Virkkunen - Vocals Emil Pohjalainen - Guitar Jukka Hoffren - Bass Joonas Pykälä-aho - Drums

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY To Release ‘No Cross No Crown’ Album In January; Listen To First Single ‘Cast The First Stone’

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will release its new album, "No Cross No Crown", on January 12 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. It will be made available on CD, digital, vinyl, and cassette formats. In 2014, after nearly a straight decade traversing the globe as a guitarist with New Orleans supergroup DOWN, Pepper Keenan reconnected with the core CORROSION OF CONFORMITY trio of Woody Weatherman, Mike Dean and Reed Mullin to hit the road hard. "Reed called me and mentioned maybe playing a couple shows," Keenan recalls. "I said, 'Let's just go to Europe and see if it works.' So we went to Europe and then ended up going back four times in one year... We toured for a year and then started tracking about ten or eleven months ago." Recording in North Carolina with longtime producer John Custer, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY cut "No Cross No Crown" in about forty days over the course of a year. "We took our time and didn't put any pressure on ourselves," Keenan says. "I'd go up from New Orleans and we'd do four or five days at a time, just hacking away at it. It was fun because we did it like a demo, but in a studio. We were writing and putting it on tape at the same time. We took what parts we thought were great from the old days and weren't scared to go backwards. It kinda wrote itself that way." Some of these new jams sound like could've easily been on "Wiseblood" or "Deliverance", two of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's most revered records. On "No Cross No Crown", beefy Southern stompers like "The Luddite", "Little Man" and "Forgive Me" are interspersed with melancholy guitar interludes like "No Cross", "Matre's Diem" and "Sacred Isolation" — just like SABBATH used to do in the '70s. "We started doing that on 'Deliverance'," Keenan points out. "My theory on that is that if you're trying to make a record flow, you need to break it up a little. When you need a breather, write an interlude. I like writing those mellow pieces just to space things out and make the next thing come in heavier." The album's iconic title comes from a recent tour stop in England. "We were playing this old church from like the 1500s that had been turned into a performing arts center," Keenan recalls. "The dressing room had stained glass windows and one of them showed this poor fella being persecuted. Underneath it said, 'no cross no crown.' So I just took that idea. We're not trying to be on a soapbox, but we used it as a catalyst to write songs around." Which is to say that "No Cross No Crown" has a lot less to do with politics or religion than its title implies. "I think everyone needs to get away from that mindset in general," Keenan offers. "It just seems to be a mess out there nowadays. We need to get back to being humans and taking care of each other and simple things like that. For us, the terminology 'no cross no crown' is a theme. It's mentioned in like three songs throughout the album. We just weaved it through as we went." "No Cross No Crown" stands as irrefutable proof of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's ability to overcome. "CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and the prior records I've done with them didn't just go away," Keenan observes. "It's an honor to be back out there and have an opportunity to do it again in a real way and not some washed-up reunion thing. Even before we wrote the record, we were out there for a year seeing there was a demand for it and that there was a void that we could fill. That's been CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's deal from day one. We're not chasing anybody around. We're not gonna worry about what the new trends are. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is CORROSION OF CONFORMITY." "No Cross No Crown" track listing: 01. Novus Deus 02. The Luddite 03. Cast The First Stone 04. No Cross 05. Wolf Named Crow 06. Little Man 07. Matre's Diem 08. Forgive Me 09. Nothing Left To Say 10. Sacred Isolation 11. Old Disaster 12. E.L.M. 13. No Cross No Crown 14. A Quest To Believe (A Call To The Void) 15. Son And Daughter The song "Cast The First Stone" can be streamed below. In advance of the release of "No Cross No Crown", CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will join BLACK LABEL SOCIETY for a mammoth North American live takeover. The tour begins December 27 in Denver, Colorado and will wind its way through nearly four dozen cities, the journey coming to a close February 27, 2018. Additional support will be provided by EYEHATEGOD and RED FANG on select shows.

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY To Release ‘No Cross No Crown’ Album In January; Listen To First Single ‘Cast The First Stone’

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will release its new album, "No Cross No Crown", on January 12 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. It will be made available on CD, digital, vinyl, and cassette formats. In 2014, after nearly a straight decade traversing the globe as a guitarist with New Orleans supergroup DOWN, Pepper Keenan reconnected with the core CORROSION OF CONFORMITY trio of Woody Weatherman, Mike Dean and Reed Mullin to hit the road hard. "Reed called me and mentioned maybe playing a couple shows," Keenan recalls. "I said, 'Let's just go to Europe and see if it works.' So we went to Europe and then ended up going back four times in one year... We toured for a year and then started tracking about ten or eleven months ago." Recording in North Carolina with longtime producer John Custer, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY cut "No Cross No Crown" in about forty days over the course of a year. "We took our time and didn't put any pressure on ourselves," Keenan says. "I'd go up from New Orleans and we'd do four or five days at a time, just hacking away at it. It was fun because we did it like a demo, but in a studio. We were writing and putting it on tape at the same time. We took what parts we thought were great from the old days and weren't scared to go backwards. It kinda wrote itself that way." Some of these new jams sound like could've easily been on "Wiseblood" or "Deliverance", two of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's most revered records. On "No Cross No Crown", beefy Southern stompers like "The Luddite", "Little Man" and "Forgive Me" are interspersed with melancholy guitar interludes like "No Cross", "Matre's Diem" and "Sacred Isolation" — just like SABBATH used to do in the '70s. "We started doing that on 'Deliverance'," Keenan points out. "My theory on that is that if you're trying to make a record flow, you need to break it up a little. When you need a breather, write an interlude. I like writing those mellow pieces just to space things out and make the next thing come in heavier." The album's iconic title comes from a recent tour stop in England. "We were playing this old church from like the 1500s that had been turned into a performing arts center," Keenan recalls. "The dressing room had stained glass windows and one of them showed this poor fella being persecuted. Underneath it said, 'no cross no crown.' So I just took that idea. We're not trying to be on a soapbox, but we used it as a catalyst to write songs around." Which is to say that "No Cross No Crown" has a lot less to do with politics or religion than its title implies. "I think everyone needs to get away from that mindset in general," Keenan offers. "It just seems to be a mess out there nowadays. We need to get back to being humans and taking care of each other and simple things like that. For us, the terminology 'no cross no crown' is a theme. It's mentioned in like three songs throughout the album. We just weaved it through as we went." "No Cross No Crown" stands as irrefutable proof of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's ability to overcome. "CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and the prior records I've done with them didn't just go away," Keenan observes. "It's an honor to be back out there and have an opportunity to do it again in a real way and not some washed-up reunion thing. Even before we wrote the record, we were out there for a year seeing there was a demand for it and that there was a void that we could fill. That's been CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's deal from day one. We're not chasing anybody around. We're not gonna worry about what the new trends are. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is CORROSION OF CONFORMITY." "No Cross No Crown" track listing: 01. Novus Deus 02. The Luddite 03. Cast The First Stone 04. No Cross 05. Wolf Named Crow 06. Little Man 07. Matre's Diem 08. Forgive Me 09. Nothing Left To Say 10. Sacred Isolation 11. Old Disaster 12. E.L.M. 13. No Cross No Crown 14. A Quest To Believe (A Call To The Void) 15. Son And Daughter The song "Cast The First Stone" can be streamed below. In advance of the release of "No Cross No Crown", CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will join BLACK LABEL SOCIETY for a mammoth North American live takeover. The tour begins December 27 in Denver, Colorado and will wind its way through nearly four dozen cities, the journey coming to a close February 27, 2018. Additional support will be provided by EYEHATEGOD and RED FANG on select shows.

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THUNDER Releases Music Video For ‘Christmas Day’

THUNDER's music video for the brand new song "Christmas Day" can be seen below. The band will release the track to bookend a very successful phase in its career, which culminated with two studio albums in a row entering the U.K. Top 10 chart. The most...

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SHAWN DROVER On MEGADETH: ‘DAVE MUSTAINE Gave Me A Career, And I’ll Always Be Thankful’

Former MEGADETH and current ACT OF DEFIANCE drummer Shawn Drover recently spoke with the "Talking Metal" podcast. The full chat can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On ACT OF DEFIANCE's second album, "Old Scars, New Wounds": Shawn: "I'm really proud of the record. It's a great progression from our first record. Like the first record, we kind of don't have any musical parameters — well, keeping it within the realm of heavy metal, of course, but that's a broad term in itself. We don't have any reservations about playing some thrash tunes, or having a progressive metal song, an old-school metal song, whatever we're comfortable with doing. As long as it falls under the category of heavy metal, we're quite comfortable putting it out. This record is a real reflection of that, even more so than the first record. It's quite diverse, but it definitely covers a lot of ground within the genre of heavy metal. I'm real proud of it." On how the writing process differed as compared to the group's 2015 debut album, "Birth And The Burial": Shawn: "It was nice to have a little bit more time to create music and have all four of us contribute as songwriters and lyricists. It made it a little more of a seamless record than the first one. The first one, Chris [Broderick, guitars] and I had so many hats to juggle, and deal with so many things. It was a little more hectic. This record was a little more laid back and seamless to do in terms of creativity. "Whoever can write a great song for the band, and it works for the band, then that's great. To have four songwriters in our band... We all play guitar, so to have four guitar players in the band is definitely a beneficial thing in a lot of different ways. Certainly from a songwriting perspective, it's better to have everybody contributing musically instead of just Chris — 'Oh, he's the guitar player. He writes the songs.' It's a lot to take on, and it's good to have different perspectives and songwriting variations between the guys. I think it really works well for us." On his favorite moments with MEGADETH: Shawn: "It was all good stuff. I have nothing bad to say at all about that band. Dave Mustaine gave me a career, and I'll always be thankful to him for that. I was very good friends with him for 10 years, and at a certain point, I just wanted to move on and express my own musical vision and do the things I wanted to do before I got too old. I'm not a spring chicken — I'm 51 years old — so I just started to think, If I want to do something, the clock's ticking here. Oddly enough, Chris was kind of thinking the same thing, so we just made a decision: why don't we do our own thing? But I have nothing but good things to say about that camp. Dave gave me a career, and I have nothing but good things to say about him and the entire organization. I wish them the best." On starting ACT OF DEFIANCE so quickly after leaving MEGADETH: Shawn: "I let Chris and [David] Ellefson know that I'd left. I quit first, and Chris pretty much did it almost right away as well, so it was kind of a double whammy. I let him know what I was wanting to do. I wanted to get right back at it and express my own musical vision, and he was, like, 'I was thinking about the same thing.' I wanted to make sure that Chris, because Chris is such a shredder guy, I wanted to make sure he didn't want to do some kind of instrumental shred stuff. Although I love that stuff, that's not something you can go and tour with and be a real band — by and large, anyway. He was like, 'Let's do a full-on metal band, get a singer and the whole nine yards,' so that's what we did." On how the band will approach touring in support of their new album: Shawn: "For the last record, we did over 110 shows. A lot of them were headlining shows. Looking back, it was cool that we did that, certainly, just to go out there and grind it out and prove to everybody that we were willing to do whatever it took to get the band out there, and to show everybody that no, we're not some stupid-ass supergroup, project, whatever people want to coin us. This is a real band, and we want to tour and support every new release. I don't regret doing what we did at all, but going forward, I think it's better for us to be an opening band on a larger tour to get exposed to more people. It's all about exposure — you've got to get your product out and the awareness to as many people as possible, because there's such an overabundance of product coming out. Even stuff that's not released — there's so much on the Internet and YouTube, it's hard to keep track of it all. To go on tour — and that's the one thing that still remained true from the old days — bands back in the day, bands put out a record and they went on tour, and that's the only way you could see them. You couldn't watch them on YouTube, because there was no YouTube back then. That still remains true, even though anybody can pull up a show that you did last night because someone's going to film it, you're not getting the real experience. It's not the same watching it on your crappy little laptop as to going to a live venue and getting your head blown off from the sheer volume. It's a different experience. If you're not there, it's not the same. For us, we have that old-school sensibility of we have to go out and support the release that we're currently putting out, and we're going to play everywhere we can play as much as we can play, and get it into as many people's faces as possible." "Old Scars, New Wounds" was released on September 29 via Metal Blade Records. The disc was mixed by Dave Otero, who has previously worked with CEPHALIC CARNAGE and CATTLE DECAPITATION, among others. The cover artwork was created by Travis Smith (KING DIAMOND, OPETH, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD).

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FREEDOM CALL Frontman CHRIS BAY To Release ‘Chasing The Sun’ Solo Album In February

It's a well-known predicament that the FREEDOM CALL founder and frontman Chris Bay shares with many other composers: occasionally, his wealth of inspiration goes beyond the stylistic and thematic scope of his own band. "I permanently write songs and am constantly working on ideas in the studio," he explains. "That's why I've collected a whole lot of tracks over the years that on the one hand don't really suit FREEDOM CALL and on the other are just too good to gather dust in my archive." The solution to his "luxury" problem: February 23, 2018 will see the release of Bay's first solo album, "Chasing The Sun", on Steamhammer/SPV, committing himself in his very own, unmistakable way to the music that has inspired him since the very early days of his career. And although the songs on the album were created over a long period of time, Bay produced the whole material in spring 2017 at his own studio. Which must be one of the reasons why "Chasing The Sun" — despite the diversity of the individual tracks — sounds cohesive. Alongside a number of rock songs in characteristic Chris Bay style, he has skilfully blended in modern sound elements on the opening track "Flying Hearts", added Wurlitzer piano touches, which bring to mind the currently trendy 1970s, on "Hollywood Dancer" and risked a song with a slow shuffle groove, a consciously dark atmosphere and an avant-garde flair in "Where Waters Flow In Heaven". In stark contrast to this is the first single release "Radio Starlight", with its obvious airplay potential, which will be released digitally on December 1 and to which there will be also a video clip, which triggers with tantalizing images wanderlust and will definitely makes you hungry for more. This title once again underscores the boundless ease with which Bay moves in his world of music. As the album title "Chasing the Sun" already suggests, Bay casually processed the desires and wishes that probably each of us holds in this dark season.. sun, freedom, warmth and harmony ... a "summer hit" in winter, a matter of interpretation.

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