Reactivated PESTILENCE Signs With HAMMERHEART RECORDS

Veteran Dutch extreme metallers PESTILENCE have inked a deal with Hammerheart Records. The band will enter the studio in June to begin recording its new album, "Hadeon", for a late 2017 release. Hammerheart has also come to an agreement on the PESTILENCE back catalog, but plans are still in the works to get all details finalized concerning these essential recordings ("Malleus Maleficarum", "Consuming Impulse", "Testimony Of The Ancients" and "Spheres"). It is hoped that those records will be reissued as deluxe 2-CDs and LPs later this year 2017. Joining vocalist/guitarist Patrick Mameli in the band's current lineup are Santiago Dobles (AGHORA) on lead guitar and Septimiu Hărşan (DISAVOWED) on drums. Although Alan Goldstein was previously announced as PESTILENCE's new bassist, Mameli explained on April 9 that Alan will no longer be involved with the group "due to differences within the business realm." Asked by a fan on Facebook why bassist Tony Choy — whose return to PESTILENCE was announced last October — is not involved with the band anymore, Mameli responded: "Choy's out. I only work with professional people." In July 2014, Mameli announced that PESTILENCE was "on a permanent hold" while he concentrated fully on his new NEUROMORPH project, which he said would be "more brutal, more crazy, more tech, more futuristic and more death" than his longtime outfit. PESTILENCE's seventh album, "Obsideo", was released in November 2013 via Candlelight Records. The CD was produced by Mameli and featured ten new songs. According to Mameli, the album's overall lyrical theme was "the journey of the human soul." In a 2013 interview with Live Reviewer, Mameli said that it was his "passion" that motivated him to keep PESTILENCE alive after all these years. He explained at the time: "I think we can still contribute to the death metal community. PESTILENCE has always been my passion since I formed the band. It feels like a child that's grown up now. If I would run out of ideas, that would be the end." Mameli also dismissed constant calls for a reunion with early PESTILENCE bassist/vocalist Martin Van Drunen, who sang on the band's classic albums "Malleus Maleficarum" (1988) and "Consuming Impulse" (1989). He said: "It's been 25 years. We try to become better musicians all the time. I think we deserve some credit for always looking ahead and trying to be innovative." pestilencehadeonsongtitles

MISS MAY I To Release ‘Shadows Inside’ Album In June; ‘Lost In The Grey’ Video Available

"Lost In The Grey", the new video from Ohio metallers MISS MAY I, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Ramon Boutviseth, who has previously worked with ASKING ALEXANDRIA and VEIL OF MAYA, among others. "Lost In The Grey" is taken from MISS MAY I's upcoming album, "Shadows Inside", which will be released on June 2 via SharpTone Records. The disc was co-produced by Drew Fulk (MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, EMMURE, CROWN THE EMPIRE) and Nick Sampson (ASKING ALEXANDRIA, BORN OF OSIRIS). Andrew Wade (A DAY TO REMEMBER, THE WORD ALIVE, NECK DEEP) handled all mixing duties. MISS MAY I vocalist Levi Benton states: "Our new video for 'Lost In The Grey' was by far the most extreme video we have ever done! The shoot involved an entire forest landscape set, live action volatile weather elements and rodents in mouths. We have never had a video like this before. The vibe for the song is really captured well and sets a great image not only for the song, but the record as a whole. "'Shadows Inside' is the most honest record we have ever created and a big part of that was just having the freedom and time to put everything we had into it. "This is a great first track to release to the mass as it represents the effort it takes to get out of the complacent and stale life people live. The song is about finding that hope and drive to push you to a new and better life. The lion has always represented hope and ambition and now with this video it's physical and represented as a mask that one needs to show them there is a better life for everyone, if you push for it." According to a press release, "Shadows Inside" "doubles as monster riff-fest and forcefully vocal driven statement shaped by changes both within and without. Make no mistake, this isn't an about-face album full of contrived sentiment or glossy emptiness. It's a record where the band challenged each other to work from outside of their comfort zone, to really hone in on what makes MISS MAY I vital, and deliver something fully authentic and raw." MISS MAY I will kick off their European run in support of THY ART IS MURDER and BEING AS AN OCEAN, dubbed "The Heaven And Hell Tour", on Sunday, April 16. Their first appearance on the Impericon Festivals 2017 is today in Vienna, Austria.
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SUFFOCATION: Official 360-Degree Visualizer Video For New Song ‘Your Last Breaths’

The official 360-degree visualizer video for the song "Your Last Breaths" from New York death metallers SUFFOCATION can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "...Of The Dark Light", which will be released on June 9 via Nuclear Blast Records. The disc was produced by SUFFOCATION and tracked at Full Force Studios with longtime engineer Joe Cincotta (OBITUARY). Mixing and mastering was handled by world-renowned producer/engineer Chris "Zeuss" Harris (HATEBREED, ARSIS, SUICIDE SILENCE). Cover artwork was created by Colin Marks (ORIGIN, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, KATAKLYSM). Comments founding guitarist Terrance Hobbs: "The moment we have been waiting for is here. Our new album, '...Of The Dark Light', will finally be released through Nuclear Blast on June 9, 2017! Over the last four-year period SUFFOCATION has taken its time to write this record and we couldn't be prouder. It is our most brutal record yet! "SUFFOCATION worked through the end of 2016 to hash out and lay down the tracks at Full Force Studios with Joe Cincotta and once again enlisted Zeuss to bring this creation to life! Myself, Frank Mullen, Charles Errigo, Eric Morotti and Derek Boyer have all pushed the limit of what SUFFOCATION is and we hope you enjoy it! "We also had the honor of having Colin Marks handling our artwork which is a new frontier for us and a different avenue and style to the traditional SUFFOCATION records. We also including some backup vocals from Kevin Muller (THE MERCILESS CONCEPT) which for us makes this album very unique! This will be our tenth studio release and we really hope you like '...Of The Dark Light'! Keep the grind alive and hope to see you on the road!" "...Of The Dark Light" track listing: 01. Clarity Through Deprivation 02. The Warmth Within The Dark 03. Your Last Breaths 04. Return To The Abyss 05. The Violation 06. Of The Dark Light 07. Some Things Should Be Left Alone 08. Caught Between Two Worlds 09. Epitaph Of The Credulous SUFFOCATION will embark on a U.S. tour with MORBID ANGEL and REVOCATION in late May. Photo courtesy of SUFFOCATION Facebook page
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METALLICA’s KIRK HAMMETT Says ‘Lulu’ Is One Of ‘Most Important Albums’ He Has Ever Been A Part Of

METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has once again defended "Lulu", the band's controversial collaborative disc with Lou Reed, calling it "one of the most important albums" he has ever been a part of. "Lulu" polarized fans around the world and earned METALLICA some of the most scathing reviews of its career. The effort featured the late THE VELVET UNDERGROUND frontman's spoken-word poetry and lyrics combined with METALLICA's musical assault for a jarring experience that didn't sound like anything METALLICA had ever attempted before. More than five years since its release, "Lulu" has only sold around 35,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Speaking to Chile's HumoNegro.com, Kirk said about "Lulu" (see video below): "I think it's one of the best things we've ever done. I mean, you can kind of call it a METALLICA album, but it's not really a METALLICA album. I think that's part of the reason why it's so misunderstood. People were thinking it was gonna be an album of heavy metal songs with Lou Reed, but no — it was a collaboration. It was our two musical entities coming together to build something fresh and new and unique. And the fact that it turned out so unique was, I think, a huge success. And I love it. I still listen to it. I miss Lou; it's a shame that he's not with us anymore. But in retrospect, that's one of the most important albums, I think, I've been a part of in my life. So that's how I feel about it." In a 2012 interview with Spin, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich admitted that the band was caught off guard by the vehement reaction to "Lulu", saying, "It was more spiteful than anyone was prepared for. Especially against Lou. He is such a sweet man. But when METALLICA do impulsive riffing and Lou Reed is reciting abstract poetry about German bohemians from 150 years ago, it can be difficult to embrace." Asked whether the band had second thoughts over some of Reed's lyrics, like "I swallow your sharpest cutter / Like a colored man's dick," Ulrich said, "I understand that to some 13-year-old in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, it can all seem a little cringe-worthy, but to someone raised in an art community in Copenhagen in the late '60s, that was expected." The collaboration between METALLICA and Reed was sparked by their performance together of Reed's "Sweet Jane" and "White Light/White Heat" at the 25th anniversary of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at Madison Square Garden in October of 2009. The songs were all written by Reed with extensive arrangement contributions by METALLICA. Only two songs on the album are under five minutes in length, while two are more than 11 minutes long and the closing cut, "Junior Dad", clocks in at 19 minutes. Reed died in October 2013 at the age of 71, five months after he had a life-saving liver transplant, according to his wife, Laurie Anderson.
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ALEX LIFESON Says ‘It’s Unlikely’ RUSH Will Ever Tour Again

Alex Lifeson says that "it's unlikely" that RUSH will ever tour again, but inists that he will "probably" collaborate with Geddy Lee in the future. RUSH's chronic tendinitis-suffering drummer Neil Peart hinted during a 2015 interview with Drumhead magazine that he would no longer tour with the band, revealing his daughter had already started referring to dad as "a retired drummer." A short time later, Lee played down Peart's comments, blaming the media for making too much of his bandmate's remarks. In a brand new interview with SiriusXM's "Debatable", conducted at last week's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in New York, the arthritis-stricken Lifeson stated about RUSH's current status: "I would say that it's unlikely that we'll tour again as RUSH. Really, we toured for forty-one years, and I have to say that first year off, I felt like I was grieving for my career and the band, but truly, forty-one years of touring the way we toured, I shouldn't feel badly about that." RUSH recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of its landmark 1976 album "2112" with a deluxe reissue featuring rare live and previously unreleased material, and, according to Lifeson, "right now there's some work being done on a similar thing with [1977's] 'A Farewell To Kings'." He said: "We're not really involved in that so much; it's a record-company thing, or a publisher thing. We like to be slightly involved, in just giving approvals and make sure that everything's done in a way that we would like to see it." Even though there are no plans for RUSH to regroup in the foreseeable future, Lifeson revealed that "Ged and I will probably do something together. He's been really busy. He's working on his own little book project. He's become quite a bass guitar collector, and he wants to do a little thing on the history of the instrument. So that's keeping him super busy." As for Peart, Lifeson said: "I'm not sure what Neil's doing these days. He's on the West Coast. He's always got something going on." Alex also talked in more detail about his plans to record and possibly release some of his newly composed solo material. "I'm writing a lot of music lately, and I'd like to do some stuff," he said. "I'm gonna play on a couple of other records over the next couple of months, just guesting and things like that. "I'll always play music, I'll always love music," he continued. "I've been playing a lot more guitar lately than I have in a long time and writing a lot of stuff on the acoustic [guitar]. I'm having fun writing trippy kind of atmospheric stuff, a lot of acoustic, some electric stuff, of course. But it's really kind of fun being sort of not the guy that I was, writing at that time with the band. It's all solo stuff. I'll get friends to play on it and things like that." While admitting that he didn't feel a "driving need" to release a solo record, Lifeson said that he had a more relaxed approach about making music these days. "It's funny. One day, it's, like, 'Yeah, this is exactly what I wanna do.' And then the next day it's, like, 'This sucks. Forget it. I'm not doing this,'" he said. "I love those songs, then I hate them, and then I love 'em again. So it's pretty typical, I think. It's a much more focused thing when it's the band. I just need to be more focused an a little more disciplined, I think. But it's something I would like to do."

LIFE OF AGONY’s MINA CAPUTO Says She Is ‘Right Person’ To Front STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: ‘I Would Blow Their Minds’

LIFE OF AGONY singer Mina Caputo (formerly known as Keith Caputo), who came out as transgender in 2011, says that she is the "right person" to front STONE TEMPLE PILOTS following the death of the latter band's original vocalist, Scott Weiland, and the departure of Weiland's replacement, LINKIN PARK's Chester Bennington. Bennington joined STP in May 2013 after the famed alt-rock group fired Weiland, who helped found the band in 1985. Chester and STP released the five-song "High Rise" EP in October of that year. It included the singles "Out Of Time" and "Black Heart". Two months after Weiland's December 2015 death, and three months after Bennington ended his two-year tenure with STP, the remaining members announced they would hold auditions to fill the role of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer. The band has not announced who will be joining the group as their new vocalist. Asked by Alternative Nation if she would like to be the new singer of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, Mina said: "Absolutely. I feel like I know the DeLeo brothers and Eric Kretz. But I'm much more closer to rock 'n' roll than a lot of people — I was born with a LED ZEPPELIN record in my hand, y'know? And that being said, the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS — to me — have always been like the modern-day LED ZEPPELIN. And I really always felt like I understood Scott's melodic sensibility. I always understood his masculine/femininity. I just feel like it's so meant to be. I feel like I'm the right person for the right equation, because not only would I do my damndest to honor the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS catalog — which is extremely Biblical to me — but more so than ever, I would love, love, love to create new music with the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS. With the DeLeo brothers. They are pretty much my top favorite of all musicians of all time. And I just feel like lyrically, melodically, the shit I've been through, that I would be able to deliver really." He continued: "I honestly don't think they really know the true essence and limitlessness of who I am as an individual, or a vocalist, or a front person. I think the only really good way for them to judge would be to actually get me in the room with them, or doing something new with them — to show them. Because I definitely have the sensibility. I know what they're looking for. I know what they want. I've watched many, many interviews with Dean and Robert, talking about kind of singer they want. And I'm the person. I know I am. And I know as far as loyalty… and if they wanted to do a lounge version of 'Plush', or a bossa nova version of 'Big Bang Baby', or a Spanish version of 'Where The River Goes' or 'Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart', I know they're looking for that singer that if they present like a jazz version of, let's just say, 'Dead & Bloated', they need a vocalist that can 'chameleon' their way vocally, lyrically, melodically into a new song or this already-existing song that they would want to do, and make it into this different kind of version. Because that's the kind of band that they are — they have no limits. And the songwriting ability, they're some of my favorite songwriters. Robert DeLeo is one of my favorite bass players, one of my favorite songwriters. Only because I know what I would put into that project too, and I know my own personal love of music and what music means to me, and what the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS music means to me. Everything that they were and everything that they contributed to rock 'n' roll… I would lose my mind if I got a call to just be like, 'Hey, come on and come down. Maybe we'll jam on something new.'" Mina added: "I think a lot of great people might be getting lost with the way that they're doing it. Because I haven't heard anything about anything — since they put that whole thing up. And I actually went that route. Just because I'm in the business or didn't think I should get any kind of special treatment because I'm in somewhat of a successful act or whatever, I went through the rings like everybody else, and then I didn't hear anything. I spoke to Eric a year ago, and I haven't really spoken to Eric since. God knows what they were going through — or went through. "Scott… we can never use that word 'replace,' because nobody ever, ever, ever could replace that man. And if I ever did get the gig, even if it was for one night and they did a special event with all different singers and I was singing one song, you can never replace Scott Weiland. That's not the idea of it. It's just honoring Scott's energy, it's honoring Scott's contribution to rock 'n' roll and creativity itself. I just feel like because I've been listening to them my entire life, and I know their catalog inside and out, I know even the way Scott shaped his lips to sing. I'm a singer. I grew up singing classical music, doing classical training. I understand — I can hear the vibrations coming out of his mouth. So I feel like I would be pretty, pretty, pretty good. "I think I would blow their minds — just like when I auditioned for THE DOORS. I blew their minds — Ray Manzarek stepped on his piano and was, like, 'Oh my God! Robby, do you hear this kid's baritone?' That's how that audition started — I kid you not. I was working on 'A Fondness For Hometown Scars' in L.A. — a solo effort in 2007. Around that time, that is when Ian [Astbury] left THE DOORS, and they were looking for a new singer. And I auditioned. Management loved me, the band loved me… but it's very political. And the manager was also managing the dude from FUEL [Brett Scallions] who eventually got the gig. And I had my manager at the time talking to them, 'If you love him' — Keith at the time — 'give him the fucking gig! You're going to give it to someone just because you're…' and I also understand that, it's a very political process, this business. And also, with Chester too — loved Chester, loved what he did for the PILOTS. But quite honestly, I think I could do a far better job of giving blood and guts, and that street, guttural wisdom. I loved what Chester did, but I believe in myself way more. Nothing against Chester, because I love him and I love LINKIN PARK. But if you don't believe in yourself more than anybody else, what's the point in doing what you've got to do? I'm not coming from a presumptuous corner, because that's not me at all. I'm just very secure and very confident in my abilities, and I know when I touch them right. I feel I'm a very underrated, very under-the-radar kind of vocalist. Almost as if people can't handle the light that comes from me, so they keep me under. And I felt like this business has been doing that to me for most of my career."

Listen To New LINKIN PARK Song ‘Good Goodbye’ Feat. PUSHA T, STORMZY

LINKIN PARK's new song "Good Goodbye" can be streamed below. The track, which is a collaboration with G.O.O.D. Music president Pusha T and U.K. rapper Stormzy, is taken from the band's upcoming album, "One More Light", which is due out May 19. The band previously released two more songs so far from the record, "Heavy" and "Battle Symphony". LINKIN PARK vocalist Chester Bennington recently defended the band against the backlash caused by the pop direction of "One More Light". Speaking with Rock Sound, Bennington said that the group began writing pop songs even before recording its heavy 2014 album, "The Hunting Party". He explained: "We started down a pretty clear path of writing some pretty serious pop music. Mike [Shinoda, co-vocalist] was giving me litmus tests like, 'Hey, what would you say if I said let's do a collaboration with Katy Perry or Kelly Clarkson?' and I was like, 'Fuck yeah! I actually really like pop music.'" Bennington continued: "It was just a test to see if I'd go, 'Absolutely not, that makes me want to puke' or if I'd be open to the idea, and I'm pretty much open to anything." Bennington added that the group started taking risks as far as back as its third CD, "Minutes To Midnight", saying: "If the songs are great, that should be all that matters. We feel like we're pushing ourselves creatively… We like to really play with our palette and expand our abilities as songwriters and performers, and that's what we did on this record." The singer also revealed that he went through a number of personal and family issues over the last couple of years that inspired the lyrics on the new disc, saying, "I literally hated life... it was a legitimate breakdown of me as a human being and then going through all of the effort and hard work it takes to rebuild it and reaping the rewards." "Heavy" features guest vocals from Kiara Saulters, and was co-written with pop songwriter Emily Wright, who has worked with artists like Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry. Photo credit: James Minchin

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ROCK GODDESS To Release ‘It’s More Than Rock And Roll’ EP In May

The reunited original lineup of ROCK GODDESS — the female power trio from the days of NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) featuring sisters Jody and Julie Turner along with bassist Tracey Lamb — will release a new three-song EP called "It's More Than Rock And Roll" on May 19. The effort will be made available digitally via Cargo Records and as a physical CD, complete with a four-page booklet in a jewel case, through ROCK GODDESS directly. The first 500 copies will be signed and numbered. Jody Turner wrote and produced all the songs on "It's More Than Rock And Roll", with Wes Maebe mixing and mastering the record. According to a press release, the "It's More Than Rock And Roll" title track "is a mid-paced roaster that has genuine depth, yet a chant-a-long chorus to get everyone on their feet. The lyrics betray the GODDESS's complete immersion in the passion of this genre. 'Back Off' sees the band locked into an assaulting groove, one full of a spirit born from that essential-yet-so-often-elusive balance between virtuosity and aggression. 'We're All Metal' not only namechecks iconic artists across metal and rock's past and present, but is an anthem for all ages. From six to 96, it'll get everyone pumping out the horn sign!" The video for the "It's More Than Rock And Roll" title track will premiere on Vintage TV at Nicky Horne's "Friday Rock Show' on April 21. "It's been a long time coming, but we got there," says Jody. "We are so proud of this, and of each other. We hope people enjoy it as much as we want them to." ROCK GODDESS was formed in 1977 in Wandsworth South London by Jody Turner (guitar and vocals) and Julie Turner (drums) when they were thirteen and nine years old, respectively. They recruited school friend Tracey Lamb on bass guitar. ROCK GODDESS first rose to the nation's awareness when they were first featured in Kerrang! No. 5 in 1981 in the "Armed And Ready" section as one of the bands to watch out for. After recording a four-track demo tape and an appearance at the Reading Festival in 1982, sharing a bill with IRON MAIDEN, plus regular shows at the Marquee club, the band landed a contract with the A&M label. They recorded their eponymous debut album with producer Vic Maile in 1983 and hit the lower end of the charts. A follow-up album, "Hell Hath No Fury", arrived a year later, by which time Lamb had left the band to form SHE and later to join GIRLSCHOOL. After their contract with A&M expired in 1987, ROCK GODDESS' already recorded (in 1985) third album, titled "Young And Free", was released only in France. The effort saw the band taking on a more commercial sound. ROCK GODDESS' career was cut short by financial and contractual problems, which forced them to disband shortly thereafter. ROCK GODDESS did briefly reform in 2009 and was due to play Hard Rock Hell festival in Prestatyn, and was also booked to perform at the Headbangers Open Air festival in Germany the following summer, but split before they had a chance to appear at either event. In March 2013, it was announced that the original ROCK GODDESS lineup had reunited and would start recording a new album.

METALLICA’s LARS ULRICH Is ‘Stunned’ And ‘Overwhelmed’ By Positive Response To ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’

Earlier this week, Jeremy Baker of the Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada radio station CFOX conducted an interview with METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. Asked if he would agree that METALLICA's new album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", contains musical elements of all of the band's previous efforts, Lars said: "In the last six months, as I've criss-crossed this wonderful planet and done lots of shows and interviews and appearances, I've heard so many analogies and assessments of this record. Thankfully, pretty much all of them have been super positive and very complementary. I've heard everything — you know, 'METALLICA is back to this,' or, back to that', 'or 'doing this again' — and I think that the best thing that I could do is kind of just nod my head and agree with all that." He continued: 'When we sit down and make a record, our primary goal is to come up with the best collection of songs possible in that moment. And sometimes when we've made records that have been a battlecry or a blueprint or a destination point that's been more obvious or more focused than at other times, on this record, there wasn't really a specific kind of thing that we were going after. We just wanted to, like I said, turn the best songs into the best record possible. I don't think that there's a right or wrong way to look at these songs." Ulrich added: "A lot of people seem to feel that this certainly has a correlation to previous METALLICA records, and I'm not gonna talk anybody out of that whatsoever. I'm stunned and kind of overwhelmed at the amount of love and appreciation that's coming in the direction of this new record. People have really embraced this record in ways that we did not even think was possible. So I'm happy with that. And all the rest of it's gravy. Like I said, if people think that it's this or that or whatever, I'm not gonna talk anybody out of it. It seems to just connect with people in ways that are very special and I'm, like, very appreciative of that. So it's a good time to be in METALLICA right now." Lars also talked about the stong sales performance of "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", which hit No. 1 in a staggering 57 countries, Top 3 in 75 countries and Top 5 in 105 countries upon its release last November. "This day and age when releasing records is such a crapshoot and you have no idea what's really gonna happen… I mean, it really is the Wild West out there, and the remnants of the once-functioning music business and all this stuff… I mean, who knows what the hell is gonna happen when you put a record out," he said. "So I'm just happy that people to, like I said, really care about this record, embrace it on a worldwide basis. This record has just really connected with people in so many different countries where we've been in the last couple of months, from Latin America to Asia — China, Mexico, Singapore or wherever — all these crazy, crazy, wonderful places we've been. Certainly in this day and age where putting records out is, like I said… you never really what's gonna happen and you never quite know what to expect. Twenty years ago, thirty years ago, there was much more of a… it would fall into an expected path: 'Here's the record. Now this is gonna happen. And that's gonna happen.' It would sort of be by the books. Nowadays, who knows what's up, down and sideways? So the fact that you can put out a record that people care about and that seems to connect and sell and sound somewhat relevant or contemporary, or whatever people say about it, is a pretty awesome thing." The North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" 2017 tour kicks off in Baltimore and will hit stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August. Support on the quartet's first North American trek since 2009 will come mainly from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT, with GOJIRA taking over for the latter group for the last six shows. The first European leg of "WorldWired" kicks off on September 4 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and stretches through November. After a break, the trek will pick up again on February 10, 2018 in Bologna, Italy, and continue through May, finishing up in Helsinki, Finland.

SEETHER: New Song ‘Nothing Left’ Available For Streaming

"Nothing Left", a brand new song from SEETHER, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's seventh full-length studio album, titled "Poison The Parish", which will be released on May 12. The first release via frontman Shaun Morgan's new label imprint Canine Riot Records, "Poison The Parish" is among the heaviest and emotionally pure efforts of the band's illustrious career. The album's epic lead single "Let You Down", premiered in February. The track's beautifully shot, horror-inspired video was unveiled via VEVO; watch it below. Recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, "Poison The Parish" marks the first album produced in its entirety by the band's lead singer and songwriter, Shaun Morgan. Playing with a newfound ferocity and purpose, the new material gelled quickly, providing Morgan's dense, melodic grooves and brooding subject matter a gritty luster and room to breathe. Fifteen years deep into an incredibly consistent and rewarding career, SEETHER continues to thrive, pushing its creative boundaries while remaining true to its fiercely loyal, worldwide fan base. "Poison The Parish" is SEETHER at its very best, a gripping and self-assured affirmation of a quintessential hard rock band in peak form. "Poison The Parish" track listing: 01. Stoke The Fire 02. Betray And Degrade 03. Something Else 04. I'll Survive 05. Let You Down 06. Against the Wall 07. Let Me Heal 08. Saviours 09. Nothing Left 10. Count Me Out 11. Emotionless 12. Sell My Soul SEETHER's "Poison The Parish" world tour will include headline shows and major festival appearances throughout the spring and summer of 2017. A portion of all tickets sold for the "Poison The Parish" world tour will benefit the Rise Above Fund, which is a subset of Suicide Awareness Voices Of Education, the largest suicide prevention organization in the country and the band's partner on the Rise Above Fest. Now in its fifth year, Rise Above Fest has expanded to two days, Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23 at Darling's Waterfront Park in Bangor, Maine. Performers include KORN, SHINEDOWN, STONE SOUR, SKILLET, HALESTORM, FALLING IN REVERSE and more. Photo credit: Marina Chavez
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