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.

LINKIN PARK’s CHESTER BENNINGTON On CHRIS CORNELL: ‘I Can’t Imagine A World Without You In It’

LINKIN PARK frontman Chester Bennington has paid tribute to SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell in a heartfelt open letter. 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 post on Instagram, Bennington wrote: "I dreamt about THE BEATLES last night. I woke up with [BEATLES song] 'Rocky Raccoon' playing in my head and a concerned look on my wife's face. She told me my friend has just passed away. Thoughts of you flooded my mind and I wept. I'm still weeping, with sadness, as well as gratitude for having shared some very special moments with you and your beautiful family." Bennington continued: "You have inspired me in many ways you could never have known. Your talent was pure and unrivaled. Your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up into one. I suppose that's what we all are. You helped me understand that. "I just watched a video of you singing 'A Day In The Life' by THE BEATLES and thought of my dream. I'd like to think you were saying goodbye in your own way. "I can't imagine a world without you in it. I pray you find peace in the next life. I send my love to your wife and children, friends and family. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life."

With all of my love Chris.

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SHINEDOWN’s ZACH MYERS ‘Loves’ BLABBERMOUTH.NET But Won’t Read The Comments Anymore

Rock Sins recently conducted an interview with SHINEDOWN guitarist Zach Myers. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Rock Sins: How far along are you guys with a new record. Have you started writing it yet? Zach: "Yeah, we probably have twelve songs done. Most bands go in and write and twelve songs and that's the record. You are very confident in yourself — you think you can just write the first twelve songs and that's it; you like what you do, I guess. [Laughs] For us, I think we have four great songs, we have six that are good and we have five that don't even have a chance to make the record. But that's the way we do it, and I think we are getting better as writers. because [2008's] 'The Sound Of Madness', I want to say there were close to forty or fifty demos that I still have, [2012's] 'Amaryllis' was twenty-eight and [2015's] 'Threat To Survival' was eighteen to twenty, so we're getting close. Soon maybe we'll be able to write twelve songs and say, 'Hey, here's the record.' [Laughs] You see a lot of people that write two singles and two really good songs and go, 'All right, we've got the singles.' If you keep track of our band, we wanna go six deep on every record. We started that with 'The Sound Of Madness' — we had six singles on one album, which is insane. 'Threat To Survival' was five or six. We could probably put out these first twelve songs and the record would still do fine, but I wanna write a twelve-single record every time." Rock Sins: When writing, do you guys write on the road or will you be taking time off after this tour to finish off the writing for the record? Zach: "We've never really written on the road until now. We have always been of two brains — we've always been of the brain that there's touring, and when you're done touring for that record, then you start writing, and that's how we've done it until 'Threat To Survival'. This record we're writing, we're recording and playing shows in the middle, which we've never done before. This time we've written twelve songs. On the last record, we didn't write one song until we finished the record cycle. Eric [Bass], our bass player, is kind of the patriarch of the writing process because he's an amazing producer and engineer, so he writes a lot on the road. So on this last arena tour we did in U.S., he was trying to do a song a day, so three of the songs that we have that are already done is stuff that he started in dressing rooms on the road." Rock Sins: I Being in the position you are in, you have to be careful [with social media], because all it would take is for a fan to take something the wrong way, screenshot it and then you see a headline on Blabbermouth: "SHINEDOWN guitarist called me blah blah blah…" Zach: "'SHINEDOWN guitarist says European audiences are smarter than American audiences' [was] probably one of the best headlines I ever read. [Laughs] I try not to do interviews as much as I can. We were over here [in Europe], and we were in the arena on one of the first nights of this tour [with IRON MAIDEN], and I walked passed the room where I did that interview. That was not even what I said, and he wouldn't release the audio, which really pissed me off, because if you heard the audio, that's not what I said. Me and Chris Jericho talked about this on his podcast. I love Blabbermouth, I check it every day, but the comments… I don't even read them anymore, if you're in there shitting on Ozzy [Osbourne] or METALLICA, then you are gonna destroy me, so I don't even bother anymore. [Laughs] But I still read Blabbermouth daily." Read the entire interview at Rock Sins.

Watch METALLICA Perform In Uniondale, New York

Fan-filmed video footage of METALLICA's May 17 performance at The New Coliseum Presented By NYCB in Uniondale, New York can be seen below. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. Hardwired 02. Atlas, Rise! 03. For Whom The Bell Tolls 04. Ride The Lightning 05. The Unforgiven 06. Now That We're Dead 07. Moth Into Flame 08. Harvester Of Sorrow 09. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) 10. The Four Horsemen 11. Sad But True 12. One 13. Master Of Puppets 14. Fade To Black 15. Seek & Destroy Encore: 16. Blackened 17. Nothing Else Matters 18. Enter Sandman A review of the concert can be found at Newsday.com. METALLICA was joined in Uniondale, as they will be on most of the rest of the trek, by VOLBEAT and AVENGED SEVENFOLD. The North American run will hit stadiums in 21 more cities before ending in mid-August. METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone that the band was genuinely surprised to learn they could still play stadiums, saying, "It was like, 'Holy fuck, people really still care about this band in ways that you stopped taking for granted literally decades ago. It was very inspiring and kind of eye-opening." He added: "Full stadium runs can sometimes be a little intimidating. There's all these things to worry about like, 'You should really try to play maybe only on the weekend,' and, 'Where do you play on Tuesday?' and some of those practicalities can get a little bewildering. We just threw caution to the wind. Doing a stadium run seemed like the perfect thing on the back of how well this record has been received and all the good will that's out there in METALLICA's world right now." The next stop on the tour is Gillette Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts on Friday (May 19).

VALLENFYRE Feat. PARADISE LOST, Ex-MY DYING BRIDE Members: Lyric Video For ‘An Apathetic Grave’

The official lyric video for "An Apathetic Grave", a brand new song from VALLENFYRE, the U.K. death metal band featuring Gregor Mackintosh, songwriter and guitarist of PARADISE LOST, alongside Hamish Glencross, formerly of MY DYING BRIDE, can be seen below. The track is taken from VALLENFYRE's third album, "Fear Those Who Fear Him", which will be released on June 2 via Century Media Records. Recorded by the band's new core lineup consisting of Mackintosh (vocals and guitar), Glencross (guitar and bass) and Waltteri Väyrynen (drums), "Fear Those Who Fear Him" was once again produced by Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE, NAILS) at GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts and mastered by Brad Boatright (OBITUARY, BEASTMILK, YOB) at Audiosiege Mastering in Portland, Oregon. The cover artwork was created by Hal Rotter. Comments Mackintosh: "As a second taster of our new album 'Fear Those Who Fear Him', we would like to present you with the song 'An Apathetic Grave'. By total contrast to the previously released track 'Kill All Your Masters', this one is an extremely miserable, crushing doom song about a man reaching the end of his life and reflecting on the futility of it all." "Fear Those Who Fear Him" will be released as gatefold LP+CD on limited colored and regular black 180-gram vinyl, as special edition digipak (international version), jewelcase CD (Canada, USA, Mexico only) and on all digital / streaming platforms. Inspired by the likes of HELLHAMMER, CELTIC FROST, AUTOPSY, ANTISECT, DISCHARGE, NIHILIST, ENTOMBED, early NAPALM DEATH, early BATHORY and CONFLICT, VALLENFYRE have forged a trademark sound between rotting death metal driven by a chainsaw-like guitar sound, filthy doses of crust and early grind as well as crushing, depraved doom. Onstage, VALLENFYRE performs as a quintet with live members Sam Kelly-Wallace (rhythm guitar) and Chris Casket (bass) completing the lineup. "Fear Those Who Fear Him" track listing: 01. Born To Decay 02. Messiah 03. Degeneration 04. An Apathetic Grave 05. Nihilist 06. Amongst The Filth 07. The Merciless Tide 08. Dead World Breathes 09. Soldier Of Christ 10. Cursed From The Womb 11. Kill All Your Masters 12. Temple Of Rats Mackintosh said: "Most bands refine their sound over the first two or three albums. Becoming more technically adept and honing their craft. VALLENFYRE have done almost exactly the opposite. We have devolved, made things simpler and crush most of the melody under swathes of rotting noise. From 'A Fragile King' to 'Splinters' and now to 'Fear Those Who Fear Him', we have become more savage, more raw and less compromising!"
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TOM MORELLO On CHRIS CORNELL: ‘I Am Devastated And Deeply Saddened That You Are Gone, Dear Friend’

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello has paid tribute to Chris Cornell, saying that his former AUDIOSLAVE bandmate's "beautiful voice and beautiful self will always be in my heart." AUDIOSLAVE featured Cornell alongside Morello and fellow RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE members Tim Commerford (bass) and Brad Wilk (drums). 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, Morello wrote about Cornell: "I love you, brother. Thank you for your friendship and your humor and your intellect and your singular and unmatched talent. It was a great honor to know you as a friend and as a band mate. I am devastated and deeply saddened that you are gone, dear friend, but your unbridled rock power, delicate haunting melodies and the memory of your smile are with us forever. Your beautiful voice and beautiful self will always be in my heart. God bless you and your family." 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".

CHRIS CORNELL’s Official Cause Of Death: Suicide By Hanging

A medical examiner has determined that SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell killed himself. The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office said that Cornell died as a result of a "suicide by hanging." The Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News both reported that Cornell was found dead in a hotel room at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel with "a band around his neck." However, these reports have not yet been corroborated by official police sources. A full autopsy report, including toxicology results, has not yet been completed. Cornell performed a concert with SOUNDGARDEN at the Fox Theatre on Wednesday night (May 17) and reportedly appeared to be in good spirits to those in attendance and even talked about "the next place we play" during the show. SOUNDGARDEN spokesperson Brian Bumbery called the death "sudden and unexpected" and said Cornell's wife and family were shocked by it. In a statement, he said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy. Sources who talked with Cornell's wife, Vicky Karayiannis, Thursday morning told TMZ that she spoke with her husband during soundcheck before he took the stage with SOUNDGARDEN in Detroit and after Wednesday night's show. Vicky was reportedly adamant that Chris was "not in any way, shape or form in a suicidal state. She doubled down and said there were no signs he was at all depressed," according to the site. During their 13-year marriage, Cornell and Karayiannis became parents to two children — Toni, 12, and Christopher, 11. Cornell was also father to daughter Lillian Jean, 16, from his first marriage to former SOUNDGARDEN manager Susan Silver. 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. "We are devastated to hear about the sudden passing of Chris Cornell last night," the festival's organizers said in a statement. "He was a true hero to music. The voice of a generation. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the entire music community. The voice of an angel, now watching down on us as we celebrate and honor him all weekend long."

MASTODON Drummer’s ARCADEA: ‘Army Of Electrons’ Video

"Army Of Electrons", the new Core Atoms-animated video from ARCADEA, can be seen below. Hailing from the fringes of the cosmos, ARCADEA will make its arrival known with the release of its self-titled debut album on June 16 via Relapse Records. ARCADEA was born when drummer-vocalist Brann Dailor of MASTODON teamed up with guitarist and keyboardist Core Atoms (ZRUDA) to create a synth-laden progressive, heavy psych band. Adding guitarist Raheem Amlani (WITHERED) on synth, the three recorded their visionary, ten-song synth odyssey at Orange Peel Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. Unlike their other bands, ARCADEA uses only keyboards in a unique blend of crushing, organic drums and psychedelic synthesizers. The music is at once electronic but not electronica, synthetic but not processed, heavy but not metal. The album envisions a future five billion years from now, where the impending collision of galaxies creates a new order of planets. Where cold, distant moons pledge alliance to new suns and expanding gas giants implode into black holes. Ancient drones, forever adrift, record toxic tales of love between dying stars. Where lifeforms in suspended animation, dream among the ice rings of Saturn and cosmic war wages among gods and planets. It is in this universe that ARCADEA reign supreme as the last surviving space wizards since the final extinction. "Arcadea" track listing: 01. Army Of Electrons 02. Gas Giant 03. Rings Of Saturn 04. Neptune Moons 05. Infinite End 06. Electromagnetic 07. Motion Of Planets 08. The Pull Of Invisible Strings 09. Through The Eye Of Pisces 10. Worlds Can Go On 11. Magnificent Facade Photo credit: Core Atoms
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HALESTORM’s LZZY HALE Pays Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL: ‘We Will All Carry Your Legacy Forever’

HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale has paid tribute to Chris Cornell, saying that his influence "will always show itself in the music we create." Cornell performed a concert with SOUNDGARDEN at the Fox Theatre on Wednesday night (May 17) and was found dead in his Detroit hotel room at midnight. Police in Detroit told Billboard that they are investigating Cornell's death as a possible suicide. In a post on her Instagram account, Lzzy wrote: "There are no words to describe my feelings about Chris Cornell's sudden passing. His influence on me and the way so many others approached the microphone will always show itself in the music we create. He is survived by his wife and three kids including a beautiful daughter whom I heard also has an amazing voice of her own. "Chris, we aren't sure what demons or circumstances brought you to your passing at only 52... but we thank you for the loudness, the guts, blood and the sweat you gave us in this life ... we will all carry your legacy forever. #chriscornell ...say hello to heaven." HALESTORM recorded a version of SOUNDGARDEN's "Fell On Black Days" for its third covers EP, "ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP", which came out in January. In addition, the Cornell-penned song "Hunger Strike" by Chris's side project TEMPLE OF THE DOG was covered on HALESTORM's first covers EP, 2011's "ReAniMate: The CoVeRs eP".