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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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GUNS N’ ROSES Announces Summer 2018 European Tour

GUNS N' ROSES has announced the summer 2018 European leg of the "Not in This Lifetime" tour, including headlining appearances at several festivals. The trek will kick off June 3 in Berlin, Germany, conclude on July 21 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The dates will include an appearance at the U.K.'s Download festival on June 9 and a June 21 headlining slot at Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting. "It's great to have this iconic line up of GUNS N' ROSES headlining at Download," promoter Andy Copping said in a statement. "I am sure I am not alone when I say I have been wanting this to happen for years. It will be an incredible show and will be one of the highlights of the Download weekend." GUNS N' ROSES summer 2018 tour dates: Jun. 03 - Berlin, Germany - Olympiastadion Jun. 06 - Odense, Denmark - Dyreskuepladsen Jun. 09 - Donnington, UK - Download Jun. 12 - Gelsenkirchen, Germany - Veltins Arena Jun. 15 - Firenze, Italy - Firenze Rocks Jun. 18 - Paris, France - Download Jun. 21 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting Jun. 24 - Mannheim, Germany - Maimarktgelände Jun. 26 - Bordeaux, France - Matmut Stadium Jun. 29 - Madrid, Spain - Download Jul. 01 - Barcelona, Spain - Estadio Olympico Jul. 04 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Goffertpark Jul. 07 - Leipzig, Germany - Festwiese Jul. 09 - Chorzow, Poland - Stadion Slaski Jul. 13 - Moscow, Russia - Otkritie Arena Jul. 16 - Tallinn, Estonia - Tallinn Song Festival Ground Jul. 19 - Oslo, Norway - Valle Hovin Jul. 21 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Ullevi Stadium Pollstar reported earlier in the year that "Not In This Lifetime" tour was the most popular and highest-grossing global tour of 2017. About seventy people travel with the show in addition to the truck drivers; that number goes upwards of five hundred, including the local workers, by show date once catering, security, etc. are factored in, according to the tour's production manager, Dale "Opie" Skjerseth. GUNS kicked off its long-rumored and long-awaited reunion tour in April 2016 with a club show in Hollywood and appearances in Las Vegas and at California's Coachella festival. The "Not In This Lifetime" tour features classic lineup members Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Axl Rose (vocals) backed by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Fank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and new second keyboardist Melissa Reese.

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PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS: Making Of ‘The Age Of Absurdity’ Album Part One

The first in a series of video clips featuring footage from the making of "The Age Of Absurdity", the upcoming debut album from PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS (formerly PHIL CAMPBELL'S ALL STARR BAND), the band featuring MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell alongside his sons Todd, Dane and Tyla, plus vocalist Neil Starr, can be seen below. The disc was recorded at Rockfield Studios and Longwave Studios in Wales and produced, engineered, and mixed by Romesh Dodangoda. The record was then passed over to the acclaimed Abbey Road Studios in London for mastering. The album will feature eleven songs and one bonus track and will be released on January 26, 2018 via Nuclear Blast. The album will be available in various formats, with pre-orders launching soon. Commented Phil Campbell: "I am really excited for the fans to hear our debut record. Every part of the process was done in Wales, from the writing, to the recording and even the artwork! "The album title, 'The Age Of Absurdity', was inspired by the crazy world we live in today. The world to me seems to be a bit of a theater show, so the album artwork idea just seemed to fit so well with the whole concept and album title." Added Starr: "Writing and recording this album was a lot of fun. We got to record at Rockfield Studios where so many great artists had been over the years — it really was inspirational. Hearing the blistering riffs that the Campbell family seem to churn out effortlessly made me ensure I pushed myself to the limits when writing the melodies and lyrics. It's an album that I, and the rest of the band, are very proud of and can't wait to share it with the world!" "The Age Of Absurdity" track listing: 01. Ringleader 02. Freak Show 03. Skin And Bones 04. Gypsy Kiss 05. Welcome To Hell 06. Dark Days 07. Dropping The Needle 08. Step Into The Fire 09. Get On Your Knees 10. High Rule 11. Into The Dark 12. Silver Machine (HAWKWIND cover feat. Dave Brock of HAWKWIND)* * only to be included in the first pressing of the CD version of the album The cover art was created by Matt Riste and can be seen below. PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS' last release was a digital-only live EP, "Live At Solothurn", which came out in June.

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PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS: Making Of ‘The Age Of Absurdity’ Album Part One

The first in a series of video clips featuring footage from the making of "The Age Of Absurdity", the upcoming debut album from PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS (formerly PHIL CAMPBELL'S ALL STARR BAND), the band featuring MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell alongside his sons Todd, Dane and Tyla, plus vocalist Neil Starr, can be seen below. The disc was recorded at Rockfield Studios and Longwave Studios in Wales and produced, engineered, and mixed by Romesh Dodangoda. The record was then passed over to the acclaimed Abbey Road Studios in London for mastering. The album will feature eleven songs and one bonus track and will be released on January 26, 2018 via Nuclear Blast. The album will be available in various formats, with pre-orders launching soon. Commented Phil Campbell: "I am really excited for the fans to hear our debut record. Every part of the process was done in Wales, from the writing, to the recording and even the artwork! "The album title, 'The Age Of Absurdity', was inspired by the crazy world we live in today. The world to me seems to be a bit of a theater show, so the album artwork idea just seemed to fit so well with the whole concept and album title." Added Starr: "Writing and recording this album was a lot of fun. We got to record at Rockfield Studios where so many great artists had been over the years — it really was inspirational. Hearing the blistering riffs that the Campbell family seem to churn out effortlessly made me ensure I pushed myself to the limits when writing the melodies and lyrics. It's an album that I, and the rest of the band, are very proud of and can't wait to share it with the world!" "The Age Of Absurdity" track listing: 01. Ringleader 02. Freak Show 03. Skin And Bones 04. Gypsy Kiss 05. Welcome To Hell 06. Dark Days 07. Dropping The Needle 08. Step Into The Fire 09. Get On Your Knees 10. High Rule 11. Into The Dark 12. Silver Machine (HAWKWIND cover feat. Dave Brock of HAWKWIND)* * only to be included in the first pressing of the CD version of the album The cover art was created by Matt Riste and can be seen below. PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS' last release was a digital-only live EP, "Live At Solothurn", which came out in June.

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SCORPIONS Release 2017 Version Of ‘Follow Your Heart’ From ‘Born To Touch Your Feelings – Best Of Rock Ballads’

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release "Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best Of Rock Ballads", an essential anthology of new and classic recordings from the seminal German hard rock band SCORPIONS, on Friday, November 24. "Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best Of Rock Ballads" will be available for digital streaming and download as well as a 1CD physical configuration. Showcasing SCORPIONS' career-spanning command of the rock power ballad idiom they helped pioneer and engineer to perfection, "Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best Of Rock Ballads" includes definitive interpretations of some of the group's most beloved rock anthems as well as the premiere of two brand-new SCORPIONS songs — "Melrose Avenue" and "Always Be With You" — and a scorching 2017 version of "Follow Your Heart", the album's first single, which can be streamed below. "Always Be With You", the brand new song by Rudolf Schenker, is a deeply emotional declaration of love and story of change written by the guitarist/composer shortly after the birth of his youngest son. "Melrose Avenue", named after one of the most famous strips in Los Angeles, is the most recent song of Matthias Jabs, its music perfectly capturing the enchanting sense of life in California. "Nowadays, ballads are the pinnacle of rock music," says SCORPIONS frontman Klaus Meine. "If they're well-written, they will go straight to the hearts of the fans." "Growing up, we didn't really listen to Mozart or Haydn but rather to Elvis, THE ROLLING STONES or Little Richard," says SCORPIONS founder Rudolf Schenker. "But still, the more serious kind of music is what we were influenced by starting at a very young age. There's no denying that." The album features original artwork from photographer Ellen von Unwerth and production by Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen. Forty years ago, the SCORPIONS song "Born To Touch Your Feelings" was released for the first time and it stands to this day as an abiding musical credo of Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, Matthias Jabs, Pawel Maciwoda and Mikkey Dee. "Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best Of Rock Ballads" track listing: 01. Born To Touch Your Feelings ("MTV Unplugged" Studio Edit) 02. Still Loving You ("Comeblack" Version) 03. Wind Of Change ("Comeblack" Version) 04. Always Somewhere (2015 Remaster) 05. Send Me An Angel (New Acoustic Version 2017) 06. Holiday (2015 Remaster) 07. Eye Of The Storm (Radio Edit) 08. When The Smoke Is Going Down (2015 Remaster) 09. Lonely Nights 10. Gypsy Life 11. House Of Cards (Single Edit) 12. The Best Is Yet To Come 13. When You Came Into My Life ("MTV Unplugged" Studio Edit) 14. Lady Starlight (2015 Remaster) 15. Follow Your Heart (New Full-Band Version 2017) 16. Melrose Avenue (New Song) 17. Always Be With You (New Song) Meine revealed during last month's SiriusXM Town Hall radio interview that the band's record company "wanted us to come up with a couple of bonus tracks" for the best-of-ballads collection "and we went in the studio and everybody came up with great ideas… We just finished a recording session and listened to the first mixes and stuff, and it sounds pretty good. It's gonna be a 'best of ballads,' but with those new tracks. And it's gonna be a cool project." Regarding how the idea for the collection came about, Klaus said: "Sony Music approached us and said, 'C'mon, guys. You have so many powerful songs. And we wanna put it together in some kind of compilation you guys never did before.'" Meine added that while the SCORPIONS are known in the U.S.A. mostly for their harder-edged material, like "Rock You Like A Hurricane", "in other parts of the world, SCORPIONS are very famous for the ballads, like 'Still Loving You' in France. And in Asia, they love the ballads, and in Russia, 'Wind Of Change' and all those songs are very powerful — equally as powerful as 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' here," he said. "So we talked about [doing] this. In different parts of the world, people like different types of music. So we can offer [a compilation that includes all the best of the softer songs]." SCORPIONS' last release was 2015's "Return To Forever", partially comprising songs the band had in the vault from the '80s. It was the final recorded appearance of SCORPIONS' longtime drummer James Kottak, who was dismissed from the band in September 2016 during his well-publicized his battle with alcoholism. He has since been replaced by MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee. SCORPIONS were recently forced to cancel the remainder of their North American tour dates with MEGADETH after Meine was diagnosed with "severe laryngitis." The singer was advised by a top throat specialist in Los Angeles to rest his voice or risk permanent vocal damage.

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SCORPIONS Release 2017 Version Of ‘Follow Your Heart’ From ‘Born To Touch Your Feelings – Best Of Rock Ballads’

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release "Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best Of Rock Ballads", an essential anthology of new and classic recordings from the seminal German hard rock band SCORPIONS, on Friday, November 24. "Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best Of Rock Ballads" will be available for digital streaming and download as well as a 1CD physical configuration. Showcasing SCORPIONS' career-spanning command of the rock power ballad idiom they helped pioneer and engineer to perfection, "Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best Of Rock Ballads" includes definitive interpretations of some of the group's most beloved rock anthems as well as the premiere of two brand-new SCORPIONS songs — "Melrose Avenue" and "Always Be With You" — and a scorching 2017 version of "Follow Your Heart", the album's first single, which can be streamed below. "Always Be With You", the brand new song by Rudolf Schenker, is a deeply emotional declaration of love and story of change written by the guitarist/composer shortly after the birth of his youngest son. "Melrose Avenue", named after one of the most famous strips in Los Angeles, is the most recent song of Matthias Jabs, its music perfectly capturing the enchanting sense of life in California. "Nowadays, ballads are the pinnacle of rock music," says SCORPIONS frontman Klaus Meine. "If they're well-written, they will go straight to the hearts of the fans." "Growing up, we didn't really listen to Mozart or Haydn but rather to Elvis, THE ROLLING STONES or Little Richard," says SCORPIONS founder Rudolf Schenker. "But still, the more serious kind of music is what we were influenced by starting at a very young age. There's no denying that." The album features original artwork from photographer Ellen von Unwerth and production by Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen. Forty years ago, the SCORPIONS song "Born To Touch Your Feelings" was released for the first time and it stands to this day as an abiding musical credo of Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, Matthias Jabs, Pawel Maciwoda and Mikkey Dee. "Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best Of Rock Ballads" track listing: 01. Born To Touch Your Feelings ("MTV Unplugged" Studio Edit) 02. Still Loving You ("Comeblack" Version) 03. Wind Of Change ("Comeblack" Version) 04. Always Somewhere (2015 Remaster) 05. Send Me An Angel (New Acoustic Version 2017) 06. Holiday (2015 Remaster) 07. Eye Of The Storm (Radio Edit) 08. When The Smoke Is Going Down (2015 Remaster) 09. Lonely Nights 10. Gypsy Life 11. House Of Cards (Single Edit) 12. The Best Is Yet To Come 13. When You Came Into My Life ("MTV Unplugged" Studio Edit) 14. Lady Starlight (2015 Remaster) 15. Follow Your Heart (New Full-Band Version 2017) 16. Melrose Avenue (New Song) 17. Always Be With You (New Song) Meine revealed during last month's SiriusXM Town Hall radio interview that the band's record company "wanted us to come up with a couple of bonus tracks" for the best-of-ballads collection "and we went in the studio and everybody came up with great ideas… We just finished a recording session and listened to the first mixes and stuff, and it sounds pretty good. It's gonna be a 'best of ballads,' but with those new tracks. And it's gonna be a cool project." Regarding how the idea for the collection came about, Klaus said: "Sony Music approached us and said, 'C'mon, guys. You have so many powerful songs. And we wanna put it together in some kind of compilation you guys never did before.'" Meine added that while the SCORPIONS are known in the U.S.A. mostly for their harder-edged material, like "Rock You Like A Hurricane", "in other parts of the world, SCORPIONS are very famous for the ballads, like 'Still Loving You' in France. And in Asia, they love the ballads, and in Russia, 'Wind Of Change' and all those songs are very powerful — equally as powerful as 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' here," he said. "So we talked about [doing] this. In different parts of the world, people like different types of music. So we can offer [a compilation that includes all the best of the softer songs]." SCORPIONS' last release was 2015's "Return To Forever", partially comprising songs the band had in the vault from the '80s. It was the final recorded appearance of SCORPIONS' longtime drummer James Kottak, who was dismissed from the band in September 2016 during his well-publicized his battle with alcoholism. He has since been replaced by MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee. SCORPIONS were recently forced to cancel the remainder of their North American tour dates with MEGADETH after Meine was diagnosed with "severe laryngitis." The singer was advised by a top throat specialist in Los Angeles to rest his voice or risk permanent vocal damage.

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