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AC/DC’s BRIAN JOHNSON: MALCOLM YOUNG ‘Gave Rock And Roll A Fist’

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson paid tribute to Malcolm Young, saying his late bandmate gave rock and roll "a fist" and "a kick in the ass." Malcolm, who co-founded AC/DC with his brother Angus in 1973, died on Saturday (November 18) at the age of 64 aft...

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Italian Heavy Metal Singers FABIO LIONE And ALESSANDRO CONTI Join Forces For ‘Lione/Conti’ Album

Frontiers Music Srl will release the self-titled debut album from LIONE/CONTI on January 26, 2018. Alessandro Conti is the voice of the Italian power metal band TRICK OR TREAT and in 2011 was tapped as the voice of LUCA TURILLI'S RHAPSODY ("Ascendin...

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KREATOR Releases Music Video For ‘Hail To The Hordes’

German thrash titans KREATOR have partnered with Record Store Day to release a Black Friday exclusive. This Friday, November 24, a limited-edition (1,000 copies) of "Hail To The Hordes" on picture-disc vinyl will be available exclusively at your local indie record stores. In celebration of the release, KREATOR has issued a music video for "Hail To The Hordes" which highlights the band's hometown show at Grugahalle in Essen, Germany from last March. The clip was directed by Matthias Kollek of Vault Video. KREATOR is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "Gods Of Violence", which entered the official chart in Germany at position No. 1. The cover artwork for the album was created by renowned artist Jan Meininghaus, who also made the limited-edition artwork for KREATOR's previous effort, 2012's "Phantom Antichrist", and has lent his talents to bands like BOLT THROWER, ACCEPT and OVERKILL in the past. KREATOR frontman Mille Petrozza told Metal Wani about the reception to "Gods Of Violence": "It couldn't be better. To us, the way we measured the success of our record is 'How do the fans react in the live situation to the songs we put in the setlist?' For [the latest] tour, we've added, like, five or six new songs to the setlist. Reactions are just as good for, let's say, 'Extreme Aggression' or one of the classic songs. To us, it's mind-blowing. It shows us that we did something right."

Kreator - Hail To The Hordes

Hordes! Hail to you! #hailtothehordes #godsofviolence "Hail To The Hordes" is available as a limited edition picture disc in the US and Canada as a Black Friday exclusive on November 24th. US: http://www.recordstoreday.com/Stores Canada http://www.recordstoredaycanada.ca Find your record store here: nuclearblast.com/kreator-htth-blackfriday Taken from the album "Gods Of Violence". Order your copy here: http://www.godsofviolence.com/ "Hail To The Hordes" video by Matthias Kollek / Vault Video http://www.vaultvideo.de/

Posted by Kreator on Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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OPETH Leader Loves Not Knowing What Next Album Will Sound Like

In a brand new interview with Ireland's Overdrive, guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH was asked if fans can expect to hear more experimentation and evolution from the band in the future. "I'm not one of those guys that sits there with calendar thinking, 'Okay, I need to do this kind of album now and then I have to do that kind of album later,'" he said. "I really like not knowing what is happening or where the direction of the music is taking us. "When I was starting out, I was just really happy to be in a band and playing music," he continued. "I was more inclined to look forward with things instead of enjoying the present, which is what I tend to do now, with my music career as well as my private life. "Musically, I love being in a position of when people ask me, 'What do you think the next album is going to be like?' and I'm there thinking, 'I really don't know.' In fact, sometimes I still don't know until the whole thing is finished. When I write one song a certain way, the next song might be completely different, which I love." Mikael also talked about OPETH's musical evolution over the years, saying that he is "very happy with where we are at the moment. What happened with the change in style was not really a big thing for us, especially for me, because I've been consuming music that's different to death metal for a very long time," he explained. "I'm sure it was a little drastic for the fans. "When we released 'Heritage' [2011], it really was intended to open up a few more doors for us, and now as a result of that, I feel freer when I write. I could technically write another 'death metal' record, but I'm elsewhere right now. So, I'm not really sure if we have discarded the shackles, but I know that there are fans out there that are not with us anymore. But I want to play music that makes me happy, and right now I'm feeling very free with everything. "As a band, we got really tight after the tour cycle for 'Heritage', which was a very long tour, which we actually started doing before the album was released. We had a considerable portion of the album in the live sets and that was just a trial by fire as we were evolving and playing something different to audiences before the album was released. It really showed a different sensibility to this band that's been there before but we never really showcased it. That was a huge learning curve for us." OPETH is expected to spend much of 2018 working on material for the follow-up to 2016's "Sorceress" album for a tentative 2019 release.

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PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS: ‘Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue’ Album Details Revealed; First Song Released

PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, the project led by the former PANTERA and current DOWN/SUPERJOINT frontman, will release its sophomore album, "Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue", on January 26, 2018 via Anselmo's Housecore Records in the U.S. and Season Of Mist in other parts of the world. The disc is the follow-up to PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS' debut, "Walk Through Exits Only", which came out in 2013 to mostly positive reviews. Anselmo comments: "Our new album, 'Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue' is going to get hated. It's going to get loved. Like every record, I've ever done, I put zero expectations upon my peers, critics, or the general fucking public. If you take one thing away from it, let it be this: Do not bog yourself down to one brand, character, or whatever. Have the guts to spread your wings and fucking flourish. I can promise you this is a beginning. As my music trickles out over the next two years, it's going to be quite the roller-coaster ride. This new ILLEGALS is just the tip of the whole fucking avalanche." The lineup of the THE ILLEGALS has changed on several position since album one. This is what Philip has to say about his new crew: "Their creative input is fucking fantastic. This is something that was very different from the first record where I was very staunch. I wanted it to be ugly. I was very firm that I was writing every fucking note. The thought was, 'This is my contribution to ugly music right this second in a heavy metal vein.' That was great at the time. 'Walk Through Exits Only' made its own little statement that I am a free agent and I belong to no single band. This time, I worked closely with everyone. We tried different ideas together. It made the spirit of this thing come alive even more because of the enthusiasm these guys bring. It enhanced the integrity of the project." "Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue" track listing: 01. Little Fucking Heroes 02. Utopian 03. Choosing Mental Illness 04. The Ignorant Point 05. Individual 06. Delinquent 07. Photographic Taunts 08. Finger Me 09. Invalid Colubrine Frauds 10. Mixed Lunatic Results The song "Choosing Mental Illness" can be streamed below. Anselmo is an iconic artist — maybe a little bruised, scarred, singed, and somewhat battered by time, himself, and others. But the Lousiana resident remains proudly standing, unbent, and still angry. Loved and hated, attacked and praised, Philip is not ready to go down into the archives of musical history without a fight. His new cooperation with the band that Philip himself created, THE ILLEGALS, is as brutal, kicking, lashing, and fury-filled as one could expect from this artist and "Walk Through Exits Only". "Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue" is a much the metaphorical fist in the face and display of force as his adherents could wish for. "Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue" is not a simple repeat of the past — as tempting as that might sound, considering that no other artist left a deeper mark on metal in the 90's than PANTERA. Raging, roaring, and bulldozing their way through the metal scene, the Texans have left a lasting legacy. At their front stood anger and hostility personified, Philip H. Anselmo. What followed for example with DOWN and SUPERJOINT RITUAL has further cemented the singer's reputation as a living legend. As an artist in his own right, Philip finally emancipated onto a solo-path with "Walk Through Exits Only", which enabled him to do exactly as he pleased – with no need to compromise on anything. "Walk Through Exits Only" sold around 8,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was produced by Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over a couple of years at Philip's New Orleans studio, Nodferatu's Lair. Back in October 2015, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS parted ways with guitarist Marzi Montazeri and replaced him with Mike DeLeon. Anselmo told Metal Underground about the split with Montazeri: "What I wanted to do with Marzi was jumpstart his career, which I did. He's the type of guy that needs to be the focal point of pretty much anything he does. So he's got that now and I'm happy for him. More power to him." Regarding how the addition of DeLeon came about, Anselmo said:"Mostly from his association with my drummer, Blue [José Manuel Gonzalez], and my other guitar player/bass player from SUPERJOINT, Steve [Stephen Taylor]. Steve Taylor was constantly saying, 'DeLeon is the guy. DeLeon is the guy. He wants it the most! He wants it the most!' I trust them. I trust their judgment. I trust their intuition. So far, every time DeLeon has come to jam, it has been serious grinding. He takes a good beating, man. He's great. He's a pleasure to work with." PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS lineup: Philip H. Anselmo: Vocals Mike DeLeon: Lead Guitar José Manuel "Blue" Gonzalez: Drums Stephen "Schteve" Taylor: Guitar Walter Howard: Bass

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LABYRINTH To Release ‘Return To Live’ CD/DVD And Blu-Ray In January

LABYRINTH, Italy's finest purveryors of power/prog metal, held their first reunion show at Frontiers Metal Festival in Trezzo Sull'Adda on October 30, 2016. The revamped lineup played "Return To Heaven Denied", the band's most popular record (so far), ...

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Former OZZY OSBOURNE Guitarist GUS G. Signs Solo Deal With AFM RECORDS; New Album Due In April

Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, has signed a worldwide deal with AFM Records for his solo band. "I'm very excited and happy to confirm that I've signed a worldwide solo record deal with one of Europe's premier record labels, AFM Records!" Gus said in a statement. "In my opinion, AFM is one of the few labels today that care for artist development, their team is really passionate about what they do and they have fresh and exciting ideas. We briefly worked together on FIREWIND's 'Immortals' album for the North American territory and now I'm looking forward to the full-scale collaboration on my next solo album." Gus is currently working on a brand new solo album for an April 2018 release. In the meantime, the guitarist will embark on a North American tour with Vinnie Moore, kicking off on November 28 in Derry, New Hampshire. Gus will present a surprising, brand new power trio lineup for the very first time: he will be joined by Dennis Ward on bass/vocals and Richie Monica on drums. "Metal fans might know Dennis as the bass player from the bands UNISONIC and PINK CREAM 69," says Gus. "What people might not know about him is that he's a multi-talented songwriter, producer and singer. Since me and Dennis have been working on songs for FIREWIND's latest album release but also now on my upcoming solo record, I only felt it was natural to invite him to play this music with me on stage. So, obviously forming a power trio is a new setup and we're really looking forward to rocking the U.S. crowds this winter but also with my upcoming album tour cycle." AFM Records A&R executive Timo Hoffmann says: "After releasing FIREWIND's latest studio album, 'Immortals', in North America earlier this year, we are beyond excited that Gus decided to make AFM the new label home for his solo career as well. No words needed to praise the man's qualities — Gus was a household name and highly acclaimed musician/songwriter long before he joined Ozzy's band. Ever since its inception, he is the driving force behind FIREWIND and in addition has established a solo career, delivering outstanding up-to-date hard rock with finesse. Fans can look forward to a fantastic new Gus G. album which will see the light of day in April 2018."

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QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Frontman Recalls Influence Of MALCOLM YOUNG

According to The Pulse Of Radio, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE singer/guitarist Josh Homme has spoken out about how late AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young — who died earlier this week — inspired him when he was first getting the QUEENS off the ground. Homme explained to Mojo that after leaving his previous band, KYUSS, he spent some time with SCREAMING TREES where he tried to emulate Malcolm's style of playing. Homme recalled: "I wanted to see what it was like when you just played one thing until you got lost in a trance. One note is so much more difficult than 50. That’s what I learned in [SCREAMING TREES], because I was playing rhythm, I was trying to play like Malcolm Young, trying to play a riff like a robot." Homme added that he ditched the "robotic" sound after his sound man introduced him to German bands like CAN and British post-punk acts such as WIRE. He said: "I had the first QUEENS record written, this robotic trance stuff, and then my friend Hutch, our soundman who has turned me on to so much music... plays me CAN, NEU!, WIRE... I was like, 'What?' Really disheartened." Malcolm passed away last weekend at the age of 64, after battling dementia and other health issues for several years. His death led to a wave of tributes from artists including Dave Grohl, Tom Morello, FOZZY's Chris Jericho, Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul Stanley, Lars Ulrich, SHINEDOWN and many, many others. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE are touring in support of their seventh studio album, "Villains".

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Funeral For AC/DC Guitarist MALCOLM YOUNG To Be Held On Tuesday In Sydney

The funeral for AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young will be held on Tuesday, November 28 at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia. According to News.com.au, it will be held at 11 a.m. on the same day as the annual celebration of Australian music, the ARIA Awards. Malcolm, who co-founded AC/DC with his brother Angus in 1973, died on Saturday (November 18) at the age of 64 after suffering from dementia and failing health for several years. Malcolm retired from AC/DC in 2014 after his health issues were made public. Angus carried on as the sole original member of AC/DC, with his and Malcolm's nephew Stevie replacing Malcolm in the lineup for the recent "Rock Or Bust" LP and tour. Artists around the world have continued to pay tribute to Malcolm in the wake of his passing, with GUNS N' ROSES and FOO FIGHTERS both performing AC/DC songs in recent days to memorialize the fallen guitarist. Malcolm and Angus's older brother George, a member of "Friday On My Mind" pop act THE EASYBEATS and co-producer of many of AC/DC's now-classic early albums, preceded Malcolm in death last month at the age of 70. Malcolm was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1953 and moved with his family to Australia 10 years later. He formed AC/DC in 1973 with Angus and led the band until his retirement, playing on every album except "Rock Or Bust". He and Angus are co-credited with every song in the AC/DC catalog. AC/DC rose from its beginnings in Australia to become one of the biggest and most enduring rock bands in the world on the strength of its live show and iconic albums like "Highway To Hell", "Back In Black" — which remains one of the highest selling LPs of all time — and "The Razor's Edge". Malcolm told The Pulse Of Radio years back that AC/DC always wanted to give its fans a spectacular show. "They pay good money for a ticket," he said. "They want to see things. They want lights, and they want bigger. They want this and that. We understood that. The band's all about entertaining." Malcolm's exit ended up being the first in a string of departures that included longtime drummer Phil Rudd, who was confined to house arrest after being found guilty of drug charges, and singer Brian Johnson, who faced total hearing loss if he stayed on the road. Bassist Cliff Williams also announced his retirement after a nearly 40-year run with the band at the end of the "Rock Or Bust" tour. Angus did assemble a new lineup to complete the band's touring commitments last year, including GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose on the mic, but has not made any public announcements yet about the group's future.

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STRYPER Frontman MICHAEL SWEET To Release ‘Sole: Songs And Stories From A Life In Music’ Solo DVD

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet will release a new solo DVD, "Sole: Songs And Stories From A Life In Music", in December. The set was filmed on June 2 at the Narrows Center For The Arts in Fall River, Massachusetts and will be made available at Sweet's ...

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