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WEDNESDAY 13 Announces Second Leg Of ‘Condolences Across America 2017’ Tour

Wednesday 13, who mixes punk rock and metal with kitschy horror imagery and who is formerly one half of the MURDERDOLLS braintrust, has announced the second leg of headlining dates supporting his latest critically acclaimed album "Condolences". Says Wednesday 13: "We are excited to continue our 'Condolences Across America' tour to the East Coast of the USA. We have been having a blast with our new stage show and playing the new songs live. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the shows." Support on the WEDNESDAY 13 tour will come from EYES SET TO KILL and REPULSUR. Tour dates: Sep. 21 - The Warehouse - Clarksville, TN Sep. 22- The Concourse at The International - Knoxville, TN Sep. 23 - Ground Zero - Spartanburg, NC Sep. 24 - State Theater - St. Petersburg, FL Sep. 26 - The Masquerade (Hell Room) - Atlanta, GA Sep. 29 - Canal Club - Richmond, VA Sep. 30 - Shocktober Fest - Sinking Spring, PA Oct. 01 - One Centre Square - Easton, PA Oct. 03 - Diesel Concert Lounge - Pittsburg, PA Oct. 04 - Machine Shop - Flint, MI Oct. 05 - Rockpile - Toronto, CAN Oct. 06 - Rockpile - Toronto, CAN Oct. 07 - Piranha Bar - Montreal, CAN Oct. 08 - Brass Monkey - Ottawa, CAN Oct. 09 - Middle East (Downstairs) - Cambridge, MA Oct. 10 - Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY Oct. 12 - HMAC - Harrisburg, PA Oct. 13 - The Agora - Cleveland, OH Oct. 14 - Aftershock - Kansis City, MO Oct. 15 - Outland Ballroom - Springfield, MO Oct. 19 - Sunshine Studios - Colorado Springs, CO Oct. 20 - Mesa Theater - Grand Junction, OR Oct. 21 - Diamondz Event Center - Jerome, ID "Condolences" was released 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). 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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SHADOWSIDE Releases ‘Alive’ Video

Brazilian metallers SHADOWSIDE, who feature in their ranks Swedish bass player Magnus Rosén (ex-HAMMERFALL), have released the official music video for the song "Alive". The track is the first single from the new SHADOWSIDE album, "Shades Of Humanity", which was recorded and produced in Sweden by Fredrik Nordström (ARCH ENEMY, HAMMERFALL, EVERGREY) and Henrik Udd (ARCHITECTS, ARCH ENEMY, DREAM EVIL). The "Alive" clip was produced and shot at Adrenaline Studios in Orlando, Florida by director of photography Daniel Stilling, known for his works in "The Martian" film and "Criminal Minds" series. "Alive" is not only a music video, it is a short film that features the power of resilience represented by the four elements of nature, where the band members Dani Nolden (Air), Magnus Rosén (Earth), Raphael Mattos (fire) and Fabio Buitvidas (water) experience situations of life and death, at the edge of impending disasters. Will they be able to fight for their lives? "Shades of Humanity" explores deep subjects such as depression, abortion, the Mariana Dam disaster in Brazil and mankind's moral values, branching out in musical ways nobody expected while still keeping their heavy guitar riffs and catchy melodies. "Shades of Humanity" will be released on July 26 in Japan via Spiritual Beast, July 28 in North America/Europe via EMP Label Group (the U.S.-based label of MEGADETH bass player David Ellefson) and September 4 in Brazil via Furia Music Records. "Shades Of Humanity" track listing: 01. The Fall 02. Beast Inside 03. What If 04. Make My Fate 05. Insidious Me 06. The Crossing 07. Stream Of Shame 08. Parade The Sacrifice 09. Drifter 10. Unreality 11. Alive 12. Haunted (Japanese bonus track)

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KEE OF HEARTS Feat. Former EUROPE Guitarist KEE MARCELLO, FAIR WARNING Singer TOMMY HEART: EPK For Debut Album

An EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for the self-titled debut album from KEE OF HEARTS, the project featuring singer Tommy Heart (FAIR WARNING) and guitarist Kee Marcello (ex-EUROPE), can be found below. The disc will be released on September 15 via Frontie...

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JOHN PETRUCCI Says ‘Pull Me Under’ Is ‘Probably’ The Most Important Song Of DREAM THEATER’s Career

DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci spoke to Germany's Gitarre & Bass about the twenty-fifth anniversary of the band's breakthrough album "Images And Words", which the group is performing in its entirety on the "Images, Words & Beyond" tour. You can now watch the chat below. Asked if he and his bandmates had a feeling during the recording process that "Images And Words" would turn out to be such an important album for them, Petrucci said: "Well, we had no idea that it would end up doing what it did for us — basically launch our touring and international career as a band. That's really what it did. We had no idea, no. In fact, we didn't even write songs, really, that had that potential in that atmosphere, because all the things that were being played on the radio sounded nothing like DREAM THEATER, so we didn't really think we had a chance. They were playing NIRVANA and PEARL JAM. There was still some kind of '80-ish bands around and stuff. Even the band that David Prater, the producer, had done right before us was this band FIREHOUSE, and they were like a big pop-metal ballad band. So we didn't think we had any place. But we did feel really good about how the album came out. We felt very proud of it. We knew that it sounded good. I remember feeling really proud anytime I would play it for somebody. Like, 'Oh, you have to hear this. Check it out.' And the reaction was always, 'Wow! That sounds really good.' So we knew there was something there, but we had no idea what it would do for us." Buoyed by the success of the album's first single, "Pull Me Under", "Images And Words" eventually went gold in the U.S. and established the band as a standard-bearer for complex-yet-melodic progressive metal. The song and accompanying video received airtime on radio and MTV and expanded DREAM THEATER's audience. "'Pull Me Under' was a surprise to everyone, 'cause 'Pull Me Under' is… it's over eight minutes long, never meant to be a single," Petrucci told Gitarre & Bass. "Again, the songs being played on the radio were nothing like DREAM THEATER, but, for some reason, it must have stuck out to where people were calling the radio stations: 'What is that band? Oh my God! I wanna hear that song again.' And that kind of snowballed and grew, and 'Pull Me Under' became a rock radio hit. And I remember at the time I was living in New Jersey, on the East Coast of the U.S., and I'd turn on the radio and I'd hear it all the time. It was a cool feeling." Asked if "Pull Me Under" is the most important song of DREAM THEATER's career, John said: "Yeah. Probably. Yeah. If you think about what it did for us as far as the future is concerned, it really put up on the map. It enabled us to go from local guys driving around in a van, playing to a few people in clubs to an international touring band with this whole long and very busy and productive career. And who knows? Without that kind of initial spark, we may never have been able to be as successful as we have. I mean, who knows? Maybe we would have. I don't know. But it certainly, certainly helped. Big time." DREAM THEATER is planning to bring the "Images, Words & Beyond" tour to North America in the fall. Each performance will see the iconic progressive rock band delivering a live set of "Images And Words" in its entirety along with fan favorites from their renowned catalogue.

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MINISTRY Announces U.S. Tour With DEATH GRIPS; BLABBERMOUTH.NET Presale Available

American industrial metal juggernaut MINISTRY, led by Al Jourgensen, has announced a co-headlining U.S. tour with experimental rap trio DEATH GRIPS. The trek kicks off at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts on October 13 and will hit Pittsburgh, ...

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LAMB OF GOD Frontman On Opening For SLAYER: ‘You Have To Be Confident And Hit It Really Hard’

LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe spoke to Greg Prato of Long Island Pulse about the band's summer tour as the support act for SLAYER. Asked if it's as difficult opening for the California thrash legends as everyone says it is, Blythe said: "For us? No. And I'll tell you why. Our first real tour that we ever did we were opening for GWAR. And GWAR fans… they can be as passionate and as ruthless as SLAYER fans. If you give them a chance, if they smell weakness, they will attack. And all you'll hear is, 'GWAR! GWAR! GWAR!' It's certainly the same situation with SLAYER — they will 'SLAYER!' chant you off the stage, if you don't come correct. When we went out on this tour with GWAR… we knew it was like that, so we played at a breakneck speed, three to four songs in a row… Never even gave them a chance, no space in between songs, to start chanting. And that sort of hit-it-hard and hit-it-aggressive mentality has stayed with us. "Touring Germany opening up for [SLAYER]… that was interesting. We didn't get chanted off the stage, but at that time, the German SLAYER fans were very much there for SLAYER. It was kind of like crickets. They're looking at you like [says in German accent], 'Why are you not SLAYER? We are here to see SLAYER?' [Our video guy] even made up this character called Baron Von Nobody Cares. He was this German guy who would sit there and look at you and go, 'Ah! You are not SLAYER.' "When you open up for a band like SLAYER, you have to come out and you have to be confident and hit it really hard. And that's what we've done from the beginning, and it's served us well. You can't slack when you play with SLAYER, that's for sure. Their fans…God knows what they'll do to you. [Laughs]" LAMB OF GOD's tour with SLAYER and BEHEMOTH kicked off on July 12 in Bemidji, Minnesota and will run through August 20 in Phoenix, Arizona. Blythe recently told the "Sixx Sense" radio show that it will be "time to take a break for real" after the completion of LAMB OF GOD's current touring cycle and "concentrate more on writing and being at home with the family." LAMB OF GOD released a new EP called "The Duke" last November via Epic. The EP's title track, which was recorded during the sessions for the band's last album, "VII: Sturm Und Drang", was inspired by the plight of a LAMB OF GOD fan named Wayne Ford, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010 and died five years later at the age of 33.

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CKY: ‘Replaceable’ Video Released

"Replaceable", the new video from the American rock act CKY, can be seen below. The ong is taken from the band's latest LP, "The Phoenix", which was released on June 16 via eOne Music. The all-new LP is the first release since CKY put out "Carver City"...

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STEELHEART To Release ‘Through Worlds Of Stardust’ Album In September

STEELHEART — the brainchild of Miljenko Matijevic, whose powerful voice and multi-octave range is the heart and soul of the band — will release its new album, "Through Worlds Of Stardust", on September 15 via Frontiers Music Srl. The first single from the disc, "Got Me Runnin'", can be streamed below. Says Miljenko: "I cannot express how excited I am for you all to hear this new album. Our focus was to bring back the magic in the music with songs that have been lived, loved, laughed and struggled. I best describe this album as 'deep, sexy, loving, twisted, romantic, and hungry rock 'n' roll.' The record was recorded throughout parts of the world, including a live string section recorded in Stockholm, Sweden. I truly hope you enjoy this album as it was created from the heart and no corners were cut. Love you all; we look forward to seeing you on the road." Although they were lumped in with the glut of long-haired hard rock bands emerging in the early '90s, STEELHEART was always more forward thinking than their peers and the 2017 version of the band has a contemporary and edgy feel, while still retaining the patented powerful vocals of Miljenko. On "Through Worlds Of Stardust", Miljenko has fused his past, present, and future together, creating an undeniable piece of hard rock music. Certainly fans of the band's first three classic albums will be happy to hear those powerful pipes back in action, but fans of modern hard rock acts like HALESTORM, SHINEDOWN, ALTER BRIDGE and other melodic-minded rock heavyweights will find much here to love. STEELHEART released their self-titled debut album in 1990 and, based on the buzz around the hit single "I'll Never Let You Go", was a smashing success (for example, 33,000 albums were sold in one day in Japan) and quickly reached platinum sales. STEELHEART's sophomore album, "Tangled In Reins", was released in 1992 to critical acclaim and rave reviews, but moderate success in terms of sales in the U.S. (by early '90s standards) due to the well documented rise of grunge music; however, East Asia was a different story, where the band was widely embraced yet again. In the midst of promotion of the album, a serious accident happened on Halloween night in 1992, when an improperly secured lighting truss hit Matijevic on the back of the head, breaking his nose, cheekbone, jaw, and twisting his spine. Almost impossibly, Matijevic managed to walk off the stage of his own strength before being rushed to a hospital. STEELHEART, as it was known, ended that night. Four years later, Matijevic formed a new version of STEELHEART with Kenny Kanowski (guitars), Vincent Mele (bass), and Alex Makarovich (drums) to record and release his third album, "Wait". The album was very different musically from the previous two albums, but featured the song "We All Die Young" (millions of streams and counting on Spotify) which was later included as a re-recorded version in the movie "Rock Star", which saw Matijevic providing the singing voice for Mark Wahlberg's character. The movie soundtrack was performed by Matijevic (and Jeff Scott Soto) on vocals along with Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne's then-guitarist and frontman of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), Jeff Pilson (DOKKEN, FOREIGNER), and Jason Bonham. "Through Worlds Of Stardust" track listing: 01. Stream Line Savings 02. My Dirty Girl 03. Come Inside 04. My Word 05. You Got Me Twisted 06. Lips Of Rain 07. With Love We Live Again 08. Got Me Runnin' 09. My Freedom 10. I'm So In Love With You Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Guitars, Ebow Guitars: Miljenko Matijevic Musicians on the album: Guitars: Uros Raskovski Bass: James "Rev" Jones, Sigve Sjursen, Jesse Stern Drums: Mike Humbert, Randy Cooke Piano: Daniel Fouché, Ed Roth Guest guitar solo and part rhythm on "My Dirty Girl" by Kennet Kanowski Strings composed and conducted by Glen Gabriel Orchestrated by Anthony Weeden Performed by Stockholm Strings

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STONE SOUR Announces Fall 2017 U.S. Tour With STEEL PANTHER

STONE SOUR has announced details of its highly anticipated fall headline tour which begins September 24 at Omaha, Nebraska's Sokol Auditorium and then travels through mid-October. Support comes from special guests STEEL PANTHER, BEARTOOTH, MAN WITH A MISSION and CHERRY BOMBS on select dates. The tour will also include stops at a number of upcoming festivals, including Englewood, Colorado's High Elevation Rock (September 23), Janesville, Wisconsin's JJO Sonic Boom (September 30), Louisville, Kentucky's Louder Than Life (October 1), Houston, Texas's Houston Open Air (October 15), and Sacramento, California's Aftershock (October 21). Tour dates: Sep. 23 - Greenwood Village, CO - High Elevation Rock Festival * Sep. 24 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium + Sep. 26 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre + Sep. 27 - St. Paul, MN - Myth+ Sep. 28 - Fargo, ND - Fargo Civic Auditorium + Sep. 30 - Janesville, WI - JJO Sonic Boom * Oct. 01 - Louisville, KY - Louder Than Life * Oct. 03 - Bethlehem, PA - Bethlehem Event Center + Oct. 04 - Niagara Falls, NY - The Rapids Theatre + Oct. 07 - Sioux Falls, SD - The District ^ Oct. 08 - Wichita, KS - The Cotillion ^ Oct. 10 - Clive, IA - 7 Flags Event Center ++ Oct. 11 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater ++ Oct. 13 - San Antonio, TX - Vibes Event Center + Oct. 14 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Pavilion + Oct. 15 - Houston, TX - Houston Open Air * Oct. 18 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues ~~ Oct. 19 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues ~ Oct. 21 - Sacramento, CA - Monster Energy Aftershock * STONE SOUR's new album, "Hydrograd", rocketed on to the charts, debuting at No. 1 on three Billboard lists: Top Current Albums, Top Rock Albums and Top Hard Rock Albums. "Hydrograd" also debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, marking the band’s fifth consecutive Top 10 debut on that chart. Furthermore, "Hydrograd" debuted at No. 5 in the U.K. (the band's highest debut ever in that country), No. 2 in Australia (highest debut ever), and was Top 5 in Germany, Japan and Switzerland. "Hydrograd"'s lead single, "Song #3", spent a fourth straight week at No. 1 at Active Rock Radio, marking the Grammy-nominated band's fourth No. 1 single and eighth Top 5 single at the format. "Song #3"'s Ryan Valdez-directed video has received over three million views on the band’s official YouTube channel while garnering 4.7 million streams on Spotify, including placement on Rock This and Rock Hard playlists. STONE SOUR is currently on an epic summer trek alongside fellow Roadrunner recording group KORN. Dubbed "The Serenity Of Summer Tour", the trek is set to continue through early August.

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GEOFF TATE Says He Had A ‘Nice Little Reunion’ With QUEENSRŸCHE In Spain, Calls TODD LA TORRE A ‘Fantastic’ Singer

Geoff Tate says that he recently had "a really nice little reunion" with his former bandmates in QUEENSRŸCHE, almost exactly five years after his acrimonious split with the group. In April 2014, Tate and QUEENSRŸCHE announced that a settlement had been reached after a nearly two-year legal battle where the singer sued over the rights to the QUEENSRŸCHE name after being fired in 2012. Original QUEENSRŸCHE members Michael Wilton (guitar), Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Eddie Jackson (bass) responded with a countersuit. The settlement included an agreement that Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson would continue as QUEENSRŸCHE, while Tate would have the sole right to perform the albums "Operation: Mindcrime" and "Operation: Mindcrime II" in their entirety live. During a July 16 appearance on the "92 Minutes Of Hair With Mel" show on the Las Vegas, Nevada radio station KOMP 92.3, Tate was asked if he has had any contact with his former bandmates since his exit from QUEENSRŸCHE. He responded (hear audio below): "I just did, actually. It's funny that you should mention that. Two weeks ago [on June 30], I was in Barcelona, Spain and I was playing with a band called AVANTASIA. I did a guest appearance with them, and they were headlining the [Rock Fest Barcelona] festival. And I read on the roster list that QUEENSRŸCHE was opening the festival. So I went out earlier in the day and watched their set. It was the first time I'd seen the band play without me. I'd never heard their new singer [Todd La Torre], but I watched them play and they were great, and that singer is fantastic. He's amazing! He sounds just like me. It was eerie and weird. And then I met all the guys afterwards and shook hands with them, we hugged and said hello, and it was a really nice little reunion, you know, get-together." Drummer Stet Howland of METAL CHURCH — who also played at Rock Fest Barcelona on June 30 — commented on the Tate-QUEENSRŸCHE mending of the fences on the BLABBERMOUTH.NET Facebook page. He wrote: "Todd happened to be in [METAL CHURCH's] dressing room right after Geoff Tate complimented him. Todd was blown away with Geoff's kind words and sincerity. Shortly after, he (Todd) came up and sang with us and was AWESOME! Spoke with Geoff a bit at our hotel, he was really cool. Both are amazing singers and both were very nice guys when I spoke with them. And rest assured, I'm a shit talker when there's shit to talk. But these guys were both awesome that day. Just sayin'." La Torre was asked in an interview last month if he could ever envision a scenario where Tate would return to the band either for an album or a tour. Todd said: "For me personally, I respect what those [other] guys [in the band] would ever decide to do. "I think that this is a forward-thinking band," he continued. "I think that we're in a really good place and we're writing music that… The band has regained that sound that I think was — and I hate to say it, 'cause I love Michael — but was missing for a very long time. We play everything in standard tuning, and I always try to aim high and do the best that I can. "But me personally speaking, if some crazy thing happened where [Geoff] came back or whatever… I mean, I think we would cross that bridge if we came to it. I don't see it in the foreseeable future, but crazy things have happened, so who knows?" Todd added: "I have no personal issue — for the record — with him. I don't know him as a person, just as an artist, so I respect what he's done as an artist. And so I'm emotionally detached from him in that sense. I don't really care. I care about what I'm doing with the band." Wilton also weighed in on the subject, saying: "I think, basically, Todd said it. We've got something really great right now, and we're letting it grow, we're letting it expand." He went on to say: "I don't have a crystal ball or [a way to predict the future]. I kind of live in the now, and it's one show at a time. So I just don't think that way." Tate told Metal Wani back in May that the only way he could ever play with his former colleagues in QUEENSRŸCHE again was if "everybody [got] in the same room and actually confront[ed] all the things that were said and all the things that happened. And that is a really big commitment, because there was some really negative stuff that went down. And I don't know if everybody has that kind of want to go through that. [Laughs] The money would be the big driving force that would get everybody together, and I don't need the money, so I'm not really motivated to sit in a room and listen to what I've had to listen to [laughs] with everybody. But, you know, again, never say never." QUEENSRŸCHE has released two albums thus far with La Torre on vocals: 2013's "Queensrÿche" and 2015's "Condition Hüman".

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