ICED EARTH: Watch Lyric Video For New Song ‘Great Heathen Army’

The official lyric video for "Great Heathen Army", a brand new song from ICED EARTH, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Incorruptible", which will be released on June 16 via Century Media. The cover artwork for the disc (as well as additional illustrations to every song) was created by David Newman-Stump from Skeleton Crew Tattoo (pencil illustrations) and Roy Young (colors). "Incorruptible" track listing: 01. Great Heathen Army (5:21) 02. Black Flag (4:56) 03. Raven Wing (6:25) 04. The Veil (4:47) 05. Seven Headed Whore (3:00) 06. The Relic (Part 1) (4:59) 07. Ghost Dance (Awaken The Ancestors) (6:35) 08. Brothers (4:45) 09. Defiance (4:08) 10. Clear The Way (December 13th, 1862) (9:30) "Incorruptible" will be available in the following formats: * Deluxe CD digipak with extensive booklet, fold-out poster and slipcase (only available in Europe) * CD digipak (only available in the USA) * Strictly limited artbook with 36-page booklet with introduction, additional artworks, sketches and comments by Jon Schaffer to each individual song, CD and double 10" vinyl, worldwide limited to only 3000 copies * Deluxe 2LP version in various vinyl colors (see below for exact color split) with gatefold sleeve, 4-page lyric sheet, 180-gram vinyl, black anti-static inner sleeves, etching and 12-page LP-booklet with artworks to each of the 10 songs * Standard CD jewel case * Digital download / stream The 2LP version of "Incorruptible" is offered in the following vinyl colors: * Black vinyl: unlimited and offered through all retail channels * Dark-green vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available in the U.K. * Yellow vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available in France * Clear vinyl: limited to 100 copies, exclusively available at Century Media's European online store * Lilac vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at Nuclear Blast * Silver vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at EMP * Transparent-red vinyl: limited to 500 copies, distributed through RED in the USA * White vinyl: limited to 300 copies, exclusively offered in the USA through F.Y.E. * Transparent-orange vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively sold by ICED EARTH on tour The artbook version of "Incorruptible" will be offered in the following vinyl colors: * Transparent-red vinyl: main version, available through all retail channels * Clear vinyl: limited to 100 copies, exclusively available at Century Media's European online store * Golden vinyl: limited to 200 copies, available at various online stores * Black vinyl: limited to 200 copies, available at various online stores * Silver vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at Nuclear Blast * Transparent-orange vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively sold by ICED EARTH on tour Regarding how "Incorruptible" compares to previous ICED EARTH albums, guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer told Metal Wani: "They're all kind of their own thing, but I have a very strong gut feeling about this, and so does everybody in the band, that this is one of the really special ones. So I put it up there with 'The Dark Saga' [1996], 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' [1998], 'Dystopia' [2011] — it's in that league of records — so it's really gonna be something special, man. I know musicians always say that, but there is something going on here, so it's cool. We're all very excited about it." On the topic of the concept for the lyrics on "Incorruptible", Schaffer said: "There is no concept on this record; it's just ten individual tracks not related to each other. Actually, on 'Plagues Of Babylon' [2014], it was only the first six that were related to the 'Something Wicked' story; it was like a zombie apocalypse within the 'Something Wicked' framework. But this album, it's just ten individual songs. We have one called 'Clear The Way', which is about the Irish Brigade at the Battle Of Fredericksburg — very tragic, actually — but that's a big epic, like ten minutes; and then we have one called 'Black Flag', which is a pirate song. It's quite a… I think I pulled it off pretty well with the lyrics, to be able to tell such a big story in a very short amount of time. I think it's gonna be a highlight of the record. And then on [the last European] tour, [we opened] the show with a new song that will be the opener on the album — it's called 'Great Heathen Army' — that's got a Viking kind of a vibe to it. So there's a lot of different things, and none of it's really related. There's one called 'Raven Wing'… I can't really think of all of them righ now… 'Seven Headed Whore' — that's one that's actually pretty brutal; it's like a total kick in the balls. But, you know, there's a lot of varied emotions on this, and it's cool stuff, man." Asked about singer Stu Block's contribution to "Incorruptible", Schaffer said: "Well, he came at the end of… for about the last month or so of pre-production… maybe a little bit more… five weeks… and we worked on his vocal parts. We do it like Stu and I normally do it. Some of the stuff we write together. I mean, I write the musical arrangements and do all that — he doesn't play any instruments — but he comes in… At the end of the writing process is when we focus on his parts. And the lyrics that we worked on together, on a song called 'Brother', which is about our brotherhood, [between] Stu and I and within the band… We've gone through a lot of shit together and we've had a lot of great times together, but the bond is very strong, and that's clear. So it's just a song, really, for us. And then he wrote the lyrics for 'The Great Heathen Army'. I'm trying to think… I can't think of 'em, man; I have to look at the list [of songs]. But usually, he goes to an area and works, and I go in my area and work. And, like I said, on some songs we collaborate sometimes. On this one, the only we did was 'Brother'… We work in the way we always work. And it's a very cool chemistry." ICED EARTH took a break from touring in 2015, primarily due to Schaffer's second cervical fusion surgery. Longtime ICED EARTH drummer Brent Smedley returned to the band for the current recording and touring cycle. Smedley had to step down due to personal family reasons in 2013 shortly before the recording of "Plagues Of Babylon".
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CHRIS CORNELL’s Family Disputes Suicide Ruling

A lawyer representing the family of Chris Cornell released a statement expressing doubt that the former SOUNDGARDEN frontman intentionally killed himself, as a Wayne County medical examiner ruled yesterday. "Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris — or if any substances contributed to his demise," Kirk Pasich said. "Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages. The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions". Pasich noted that some medical literature indicates that Ativan can cause paranoid or suicidal thoughts, slurred speech and impaired judgment. In a separate statement, Cornell's wife, Vicky Cornell said the medication may have played a role in his death. "Chris's death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled. As everyone who knew him commented, Chris was a devoted father and husband. He was my best friend. His world revolved around his family first and, of course, his music, second. He flew home for Mother's Day to spend time with our family. He flew out mid-day Wednesday, the day of the show, after spending time with the children. When we spoke before the show, we discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do. When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him." Vicky Cornell continued: "What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details. I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life." Vicky Cornell concluded: "The outpouring of love and support from his fans, friends and family means so much more to us than anyone can know. Thank you for that, and for understanding how difficult this is for us." Chris Cornell was found dead in his hotel room after performing a show in Detroit with SOUNDGARDEN on Wednesday evening. Officials later concluded that he had hanged himself. In addition to releasing four solo albums, Cornell fronted AUDIOSLAVE which he formed with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE members Tim Commerford, Tom Morello and Brad Wilk. The supergroup released three studio albums before disbanding in 2007. SOUNDGARDEN was set to headline Rock On The Range on Friday, May 19 in Columbus, Ohio.

SCOTT STAPP Pays Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL With ‘Black Hole Sun’ Performance (Video)

CREED and ART OF ANARCHY frontman Scott Stapp paid tribute to Chris Cornell by singing the chorus to the SOUNDGARDEN classic "Black Hole Sun" at a concert in Pennsylvania. Stapp, who is in the middle of his "Live And Unplugged" spring tour, took a moment during his May 18 show at The Pullo Center in York to honor Cornell, the SOUNDGARDEN singer who was found dead in his hotel room after performing a show in Detroit on Wednesday evening. Officials later confirmed he had hanged himself. Fan-filmed video footage of Stapp's "Black Hole Sun" rendition can be seen below. A few weeks ago, Stapp was asked by Loudwire to name "the greatest pure rock singer." Scott responded (hear audio below): "You could go back to [LED] ZEPPELIN and talk about Robert Plant. [But] I think I'll throw something in that's more current rock history as opposed to rock and roll history from inception. And I would say someone who's still around today, who's still making records, who's in multiple bands and always delivers… I'd say currently Chris Cornell. Not only his vocal range and his style, but just his songwriting and his delivery. He brings it, man. I'm really a huge fan of him and everything that he's done. I just think all around, he's an extremely talented artist, songwriter, singer and guitar player. He can do so many different things to evoke emotion, man, from the soulfulness to the top end of his range when he gets metal and aggressive to his choice of melodies and how the melody in itself, despite what he's saying, can incite emotion. So I think he'll go down in history as one of the greats." In addition to releasing four solo albums, Cornell fronted AUDIOSLAVE which he formed with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE members Tim Commerford, Tom Morello and Brad Wilk. The supergroup released three studio albums before disbanding in 2007. SOUNDGARDEN was set to headline Rock On The Range on Friday, May 19 in Columbus, Ohio.

BRAD WILK On CHRIS CORNELL: ‘At Your Core, You Were A Smart, Sweet And Gentle Soul’

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk has paid tribute to Chris Cornell, saying that his former AUDIOSLAVE bandmate was "a smart, sweet and gentle soul." AUDIOSLAVE featured Cornell alongside Wilk and fellow RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE members Tim Commerford (bass) and Tom Morello (guitar). AUDIOSLAVE came together in 2001 following the then-dissolution of both SOUNDGARDEN and RAGE, releasing three studio albums and a historic concert set recorded in Cuba before Cornell exited in 2007, ending the band. In an Instagram post, Wilk wrote about Cornell: "The sadness of you leaving I can not begin to describe here. So close to home. I was in awe of your talent. The time I was able to spend with you, which was not enough, I will forever cherish. At your core, you were a smart, sweet and gentle soul. This is how I will always remember you. Love you Chris. Hard to believe this picture marks the last time I will ever see you here on earth." AUDIOSLAVE performed together for the first time in over a decade on January 20, reuniting at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles as part of the Anti-Inaugural Ball, a star-studded concert protesting the swearing-in of Donald Trump as the nation's 45th president. The band played three of its best-known songs: "Cochise", "Like A Stone" and "Show Me How To Live". Cornell was found dead in his hotel room after performing a show with SOUNDGARDEN in Detroit on Wednesday evening. Officials later confirmed he had hanged himself.

WEDNESDAY 13 Releases ‘Cruel To You’ Video

Wednesday 13, who mixes punk rock and metal with kitschy horror imagery and who is formerly one half of the MURDERDOLLS braintrust, will release his seventh solo studio album, titled "Condolences", on June 2 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The follow-up to 2015's "Monsters Of The Universe" was produced by Chris "Zeuss" Harris, who previously worked with Wednesday 13 and guitarist Roman Surman on the 2010 MURDERDOLLS album "Women & Children Last". The artwork was created by Travis Smith (OPETH, KATATONIA, NEVERMORE) and can be seen below. The official video for the song "Cruel To You" can be seen below. "Condolences" track listing: 01. Last Rites 02. What The Night Brings 03. Cadaverous 04. Blood Sick 05. Good Riddance 06. You Breathe, I Kill 07. Omen Amen 08. Cruel To You 09. Eulogy XIII 10. Prey For Me 11. Lonesome Road To Hell 12. Condolences 13. Death Infinity Wednesday 13 told Creative Loafing that "Condolences" may be his darkest and heaviest album to date. "The campiness is kind of gone off of this record," he said. "It's definitely heavier, and definitely the best-produced sounding thing, I think, I've ever recorded. A lot of people go, 'He's serious now!' Well, I'm 40 years old now. I'm growing with the music, my band, everything, and this record definitely has some experimenting with different sounds and things. The sense of humor is still always there, but maybe not as campy as it's always been, and sometimes that comes off more serious." Regarding the subject matter covered on "Condolences", Wednesday 13 said: "The theme is death, and it comes from everything from the point of view of a killer, the point of view of being killed, and the whole record ends with the title track 'Condolences' and that's like the funeral." He continued: "It's just a dark, weird record, kind of inspired by basically everybody who seems to be dropping around us. I kept seeing, 'Condolences, sorry for your loss,' and I saw that, and I themed the record around what's in the air right now." Photo credit: Jeremy Saffer
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THY ART IS MURDER To Release ‘Dear Desolation’ Album

Australia's premiere extreme metal export THY ART IS MURDER will release its fourth full-length album, "Dear Desolation", later this year via Nuclear Blast. Guitarist Andy Marsh explains the album title: "'Dear Desolation' was the easiest way to sum up the new record, and some of the issues we talked about. With lyrics ranging from extinction level events, to mortality's interaction with morality, 'Dear Desolation' seemed like an appropriate address toward nothingness, a call into the abyss from which we might not hear an answer." THY ART IS MURDER has also announced a fall 2017 European headlining tour, kicking off on September 29 in Munich, Germany. Commented the band: "We are super stoked to return to Europe, and this time with more U.K. dates than we have played in a very long time. For too long we have neglected the U.K. and we are going to make up for it in style. Joining us on our album headlining tour will be our great friends and ridiculously heavy bands, AFTER THE BURIAL, OCEANO and Australian blackened hardcore juggernauts JUSTICE FOR THE DAMNED. We can't wait to bring our new record to the road, and this will mark the very first leg of the 'Dear Desolation' world tour." "Dear Desolation" will mark THY ART IS MURDER's first full-length release since vocalist C.J. McMahon rejoined the band this past January. McMahon blamed his drug addiction for his departure from the group and has vowed to move forward as "a new man." He wrote on his Instagram account: "You made me a rock star, you made me a God, you made me immortal. I owe my fans everything. I made myself a drug addict, I made myself a liar, I made myself lose and destroy friendships, I made my family and friends hurt. I come back to the world a new man who, with my closest friends (THY ART IS MURDER), will prove that we are the greatest, strongest, and most powerful force in metal, I will take no prisoners, we will crush all charts and expectations. We will take over the game and raise the bar so no one will touch it or us. I am C.J. McMahon and I will stand as a king with my brothers for the rest of time." To cement McMahon's return to his rightful throne, the band released a brand new song titled "No Absolution". THY ART IS MURDER's third album, "Holy War", entered the official Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) chart at position No. 7 — the highest-ever position for an Australian extreme metal act. The Sydney-based band has generated controversy for the strong anti-religious stance of the title track's video, as well as the album cover which features references to a suicide bomber.

FILTER’s RICHARD PATRICK Says CHRIS CORNELL Saved His Life

Richard Patrick has credited Chris Cornell for saving his life when they met a decade and a half ago while they were both trying to get sober. The FILTER frontman was one of many musicians who paid tribute on social media to Cornell, the SOUNDGARDEN singer who was found dead in his hotel room after performing a show in Detroit on Wednesday evening. Officials later confirmed he had hanged himself. Patrick wrote on Instagram: "On September 28, 2002, I was ready to stop drinking so I went to a facility in Malibu to get sober. I was extremely skeptical and as an atheist I did not want to really try. Newcomers like me always want to shit-can everything. I woke up to some old guy saying, 'I hear you're a singer.' I said 'yes' and he said, 'There's some other guy here from a band called GARDENS OF SOUND or some shit. You guys might get along.' He was talking about Chris Cornell. "I took my first baby steps into a program of recovery that lasted all this time with Chris's help. Chris said, 'I know this shit feels goofy, but it's the only deal in town that seems to work.' I wouldn't have gotten it if Chris didn't legitimize the whole thing for me. For 28 days, Chris helped lead the way. "You saved my life, buddy. I'll never forget you. #chriscornell #gonetoosoon" Cornell admitted to becoming a "daily drug user" at the age of just 13 and returning to drug use after SOUNDGARDEN disbanded in 1997. He said he used "everything," describing himself as a "pioneer" in the use of OxyContin. In the mid-2000s, he went to rehab. "I'm not sure if it was the best place for me, but it worked," he later said.

On September 28, 2002, I was ready to stop drinking so I went to a facility in Malibu to get sober. I was extremely skeptical and as an atheist I did not want to really try. New comers like me always want to shit-can everything. I woke up to some old guy saying "I hear you're a singer." I said "yes" and he said, "there's some other guy here from a band called gardens of sound or some shit. You guys might get along." He was talking about Chris Cornell. I took my first baby steps into a program of recovery that lasted all this time with Chris's help. Chris said "I know this shit feels goofy but it's the only deal in town that seems to work." I wouldn't have gotten it if Chris didn't legitimize the whole thing for me. For 28 days, Chris helped lead the way. You saved my life buddy. I'll never forget you. #chriscornell #gonetoosoon

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ALICE COOPER: CHRIS CORNELL ‘Had The Best Voice In Rock And Roll’

Alice Cooper has paid tribute to Chris Cornell, saying the SOUNDGARDEN frontman "had the best voice in rock and roll." Chris co-wrote and performed on Alice's songs "Stolen Prayer" and "Unholy War", which appeared on Alice's 1994 album "The Last Temptation". Cornell performed a concert with SOUNDGARDEN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit on Wednesday night (May 17) and was found dead in his hotel room at midnight. His death has since been ruled a suicide. In a statement released on Thursday, Cooper said: "Chris Cornell, in our circle, was known as 'The Voice' because he had the best voice in rock and roll. "I was lucky enough to write and record two songs with him. His death comes as a total shock to all of us. 'Black Hole Sun' will live on as a classic, and his is a true legacy of rock and roll." In 2007, Cooper presented Cornell with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for Chris's "dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund and his devotion to helping other addicts with the recovery process." The MusiCares MAP Fund provides financial and other assistance to musicians in need of addiction recovery services, regardless of their ability to pay.

STERN PINBALL Encores AC/DC Pinball Machine For Limited Time

Stern Pinball, Inc., the world's oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball machines, has announced it was bringing back the popular AC/DC Pro and Premium pinball machines. Originally debuting in 2012, the AC/DC pinball machine honors one of the most legendary rock and roll bands the world has ever known. The game features twelve classic AC/DC hits, including "Back In Black", "Highway To Hell" and "You Shook Me All Night Long". Other exciting game features include two separate ramps, a lower playfield, a ball-shooting cannon, eight drop targets, a mechanized Hell's Bell and animations of the AC/DC band. Players can also join the party with a TNT detonator and the Devil's Jukebox. This tribute to one of rock and roll's most memorable bands pushes the auditory limits with its sound, style and infectious riffs. The AC/DC machine is designed to rock. The AC/DC Pro features technological upgrades featuring all LED lighting and a swinging bell. "The demand for the AC/DC machine was fantastic," said Gary Stern, founder, chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball. "Fans were clamoring to order the machine after we sold out." Pricing and availability: MSRP for sales to USA end-users, before any VAT, GST, Sales Tax, Duties or other taxes: Pro version: $US 6,099 MSRP Premium version: $US 7,699 MSRP AC/DC Pinball is available through authorized Stern Pinball distributors and dealers around the world.

STONE SOUR Pays Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL With ‘Outshined’ Performance At Rock On The Range Kick-Off Party (Video)

STONE SOUR paid tribute to Chris Cornell by performing a cover version of SOUNDGARDEN's "Outshined" Thursday night (May 18) at the Rock On The Range Kick-Off Party at Express Live! (formerly LC Pavilion) in Columbus, Ohio. Prior into launching into the song, STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor addressed the crowd, telling them: "We lost a rock and roll brother today. As you know, we lost Chris Cornell from SOUNDGARDEN today, sadly. He was one of my favorite singers, he was one of my favorite fucking all-time songwriters, and the fact that he's gone makes this world a little bit smaller. So one time, make some fucking noise for Chris Cornell. I had the pleasure of hanging out with him, and he was, honestly, one of the coolest motherfuckers I have ever met in my fucking life. So we decided that we were gonna pay a little tribute to Mr. Cornell tonight. We learned this song today. In fact, I'm not completely sure we've learned it. But goddamn it, we're gonna give it our fucking best. I'm gonna do my best." Fan-filmed video footage of STONE SOUR's "Outshined" performance can be seen below. Cornell performed a concert with SOUNDGARDEN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit on Wednesday night (May 17) and was found dead in his hotel room at midnight. His death has since been ruled a suicide. STONE SOUR's new album, "Hydrograd", will be released on June 30 via Roadrunner. The disc was recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, California with producer Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX and STEEL PANTHER.