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SEBASTIAN BACH’s ’18 And Life On Skid Row’ Autobiography To Be Released In Paperback

Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach's autobiography, "18 And Life On Skid Row", which was made available last December, will be released in paperback on November 14. In "18 And Life On Skid Row", Bach recounts lurid tales of excess and debauchery as he toured the world with BON JOVI, AEROSMITH, MÖTLEY CRÜE, SOUNDGARDEN, PANTERA, NINE INCH NAILS and GUNS N' ROSES, and the details will make readers feel they were backstage. The book is filled with photos from Bach's own personal collection, and this new edition includes additional photos not previously published in the hardcover. Bach took on the task of writing solo to make sure his own voice came off the page — taking the opportunity to show off his humorous side as well. And his distinct voice comes through just as well on the page as it does the speakers, as Rolling Stone notes, "written in a funny, everyman style, '18 And Life' finds Bach as one of rock's most affable frontmen." Bach talked to Yahoo! last year about his decision to leave some of the juicier, more sordid details of his '80s rock-star exploits out of his autobiography. "There is a section on my computer hard drive which is called 'Cut Out of Book'… This isn't really a tell-all book. It's a tell-some book," he laughed. "I did write down a lot of sex. In my brain, before I wrote it down, I thought, 'This'll be killer in my book! This'll be great!' And then I'm reading it back, and it's like, 'Then she unzipped my fly and reached in for my manhood…' And I'm like, 'What the fuck? This is like being trapped on a tour bus with Billy Bush and the president. You're, like, a creep! Get this out of your book, dude. This is gross.'" In a 2015 interview with 100 Percent Rock, Bach spoke about his reasons for skipping over a lot of the sex and the drugs in his book. He explained: "When you're writing four hundred or five hundred pages, it's an immense project. It's a huge project. I don't really know if I should tell the dirtiest things that I could, because I'm still wrestling with [the fact that] I have kids, and I don't want my daughter reading something that I haven't told her that I actually did. There's kids to think about here." Sebastian confirmed that he plans to release a second book after spending the next few years focusing on his music career. "I know for a fact there's a second book in me," he told Vanyaland in a 2016 interview. "I could've kept going on this one, I could've made this one longer, but they cut me off because it's already pretty fucking long. [Laughs] I like to write — I really like it, and I enjoy it. I enjoy making stuff, but the next thing I make will be a record, a vinyl record. That's the next thing that I'm gonna make. But after that, yes, I'll do a book, because they want me to and I enjoy it." "18 And Life On Skid Row" came out via Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

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THE 69 EYES To Release ‘Christmas In New York City’

Even the Helsinki Vampires celebrate Christmas! To inject some black magic and gothic vibes into the most beautiful season of the year, Finnish rockers THE 69 EYES will launch their special music video for "Christmas In New York City" on November 24. The clip was filmed and directed by Ville Juurikkala, known from his previous work with THE 69 EYES, HIM, NIGHTWISH and AMORPHIS. "This is about the last thing we haven't done yet — so it's our time to release a Christmas song!" says THE 69 EYES singer Jyrki 69. "This is also our tribute to the RAMONES and New York which both have been our main influences. "This is our 'thank you for a great year' for our fans. The next 69 EYES album will be on its way soon!" The Christmas rock hymn will be available for download and streaming on November 24. The Finns are currently working on the follow-up to their 2016 album "Universal Monsters".

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MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN Responds To Fans Over ‘No Photos’ Policy

According to The Pulse Of Radio, A PERFECT CIRCLE frontman Maynard James Keenan has issued a brief response to fans following reports that more than 60 concertgoers were ejected from an APC show over the weekend for taking photos in violation of the band's stated policy. After a fan complained about the policy on Instagram, Keenan wrote: "No. Recording. Of. Any. Kind. For. 25. Years. Guided experience. Unplug and enjoy the ride." Keenan has also enacted a strict ban on photos with his other groups, TOOL and PUSCIFER, but it got renewed scrutiny after the ejections that took place at A PERFECT CIRCLE's show on Saturday night (November 4) in Reading, Pennsylvania. David Farrar, the general manager of the Santander Arena & Performing Arts Center where the band performed, said on Instagram after a fan revealed he had snapped some photos: "We tossed over 60 people last night for taking pics." He later added, "This was 110 percent the band's policy and has been for Tool, APC, and Puscifer… it's not a new policy." Stops on the current APC tour have featured printed warning signs posted around the venue, security guards announcing the policy and a video message displayed on the venue's video screens. A PERFECT CIRCLE continues its fall tour on Wednesday night (November 8) in Boston, Massachusetts. The band has been playing several new tracks on the road and recently issued a single called "The Doomed". A new studio album is expected out in early 2018.

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ANNIHILATOR Releases Music Video For ‘For The Demented’ Title Track

Canadian metal veterans ANNIHILATOR have released a music video for the song "For The Demented". The track is the title cut of the band's sixteenth studio album, which was released on November 3 via Neverland Music/Silver Lining Music. The effort was made available in a limited-edition digipack with lenticular cover, a jewel-case CD, a twelve-inch 180-gram colored vinyl in gatefold and digital download. "For The Demented" track listing: 01. Twisted Lobotomy 02. One To Kill 03. For The Demented 04. Pieces of You 05. The Demon You Know 06. Phantom Asylum 07. Altering The Alter 08. The Way 09. Dark 10. Not All There "It was time to analyze what a lot of fans over the years have kept telling me," says Waters. "It was time to sit down and figure out 'why' ANNIHILATOR's early 'thrash-meets-melodic' caught the ears of so many and to try to sweep the 'fan' part of my writing/playing/singing out the door and welcome back the mostly original Waters writing that was to be the first four ANNIHILATOR albums." Waters didn't venture back alone while looking back through ANNIHILATOR's history. "I was well aware that trying to re-capture the past usually fails, or at least won't come close," he says. "So, I decided to bring in fresh ears, both musically and physically with Rich Hinks, my bassist for the last few years. And doing most all of the records by myself, including writing and playing most all on my own, as well as mixing, mastering, engineering, etc… well, it can become routine and can often hinder you from being objective and more creative. "Rich came in and co-wrote the music with me, as well as co-produced the beginning stages of the record. His background of classic thrash metal meets a newer 'math' metal style was the perfect combination for me to simply ask, 'What do you think of this?' He would most-often reply with 'not the ANNIHILATOR style I like,' so we would keep going until we both felt that core ANNIHILATOR riffing and writing style presented itself." Jeff continues: "Bottom line, 'For The Demented' captures some feel from ANNIHILATOR's 1985-87 demos mixed with the first four ANNIHILATOR records. Back to the thrash-meets-melody but with some pure Waters guitar riffing, upgraded lead guitar shredding and vocals back to the demo days meets the 'King of The Kill' record. Lyrically, I placed a theme on the record: the human mind and all of its glory, complexity, diversity, weaknesses and insanity! Pretty much the craziness of the music is matched by the lyrics. "I think metal fans are going to hear much of what they have been waiting for from ANNIHILATOR," adds Waters. Since 1989, ANNIHILATOR have not stopped putting out records and touring the world. Despite the ever-changing climate of the metal world (and releasing a series of "different" metal records with various lineups along the way), Waters and company have consistently delivered strong albums since the band's debut, "Alice In Hell". Then there was 1990's best-selling "Never, Neverland", 1995's "King Of The Kill", "Schizo Deluxe" in 2005 and many other critically acclaimed releases up until "Suicide Society". The "under-the-radar" influence of this band, and Waters, has been felt throughout the entire realm of the metal world by a ton of well-known musicians and bands; that influence even stretching into the hard rock and instrumentalist genre. Waters, in his usual humble manner, offers this in response: "ANNIHILATOR's music has been influenced by a good hundred of my favorite bands and musicians; you can hear their contributions to what I have been doing all throughout ANNIHILATOR's catalog. It's a bonus and an honor when bands and musicians I love mention that I had something to do with their playing or songs!" ANNIHILATOR is: Jeff Waters (vocals, guitar) Fabio Alessandrini (drums) Rich Hinks (bass) Aaron Homma (guitar) Photo credit: Jasmina Vrcko

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ALICE COOPER Among Nominees For SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

Alice Cooper is among the 2018 nominees for induction into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. The Songwriters Hall Of Fame is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create music around the world. Other nominees include Mariah Carey, Tom Waits, PRETENDERS founder Chrissie Hynde, THE ISLEY BROTHERS and John Mellencamp. To qualify for induction, a songwriter must be a published writer for a minimum of 20 years with a notable catalog of hit songs. Eligible voting members will have until December 17, 2017 to turn in ballots with their choices of three nominees from a non-performing and three from a performing category. Six songwriters, or songwriting groups, will be officially inducted on June 14 at the annual Songwriters Hall Of Fame gala in New York. Known as "The Godfather of Shock Rock" as well as a heavy metal music pioneer, Vincent Damon Furnier, using the stage name Alice Cooper, wrote and recorded "I'm Eighteen" and "School's Out" — early 1970s hit songs that endure as teen anthems. Major Cooper hits include "Elected" and "No More Mister Nice Guy", and in 2011, he was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Cooper's collaborators have included AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry and HANOI ROCKS guitarist Andy McCoy, while prominent fans include Bob Dylan, the SEX PISTOLS' John Lydon — who called Cooper's album "Killer" the greatest rock album ever — and THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS, who cited 13 Cooper songs in their song "Why Must I Be Sad?"

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TRIBULATION To Release ‘Down Below’ Album In January; ‘Lady Death’ EP Due In December

Swedish quartet TRIBULATION will release its new album, "Down Below", will on January 26, 2018 via Century Media Records. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2015 release "The Children Of The Night" will be preceded by a brand-new seven-inch EP on December 22. Titled "Lady Death", it will include the album track "Lady Death" as well as the B-side "Skärselden". This release comes adorned by beautiful artwork crafted by TRIBULATION guitarist Jonathan Hultén and is limited to 1500 copies worldwide in the following versions, available for pre-order starting today: * Black vinyl: limited to 700 copies. Available at various mailorder stores * Clear vinyl: limited to 100 copies. Exclusively available at Century Media's mailorder * Transparent-red vinyl: limited to 200 copies. Sold by TRIBULATION on their upcoming tours * Transparent-orange vinyl: limited to 200 copies. Available at various mailorder stores * Dark-green vinyl: limited to 300 copies. Available at TRIBULATION's band store via King's Road TRIBULATION will commence its touring cycle for "Down Below" with runs across Central Europe and the U.K. supporting ARCH ENEMY and WINTERSUN, as well as dates in the East and South of Europe with INSOMNIUM. TRIBULATION comments: "More than one year has passed since we did the last tour of 'The Children Of The Night'. During this long period of silence, an intense creative process has taken place, and today we are proud to announce that our new album, 'Down Below', is recorded and ready to be released. It contains some elements from all our previous releases, but is also taking a step into uncharted waters. "We would like to thank our producer and friend, Martin Ehrencrona, for the excellent time in Studio Cobra. We are very pleased with the results! Also, big thanks to the amazing Anna von Hausswolff who contributed with her beautiful and awe-inspiring vocal landscapes on one of the album songs as well as another piece that serves as B-side on the forthcoming 'Lady Death' EP. We salute you both! "Now, we are eager to spread our wings again and embark on a new journey across the world. The starting point will be Europe and 12 January marks the first day of a tour together with ARCH ENEMY. Later in March we will travel further east and south of the continent together with INSOMNIUM. We are all very much looking forward to what is to come!" TRIBULATION are currently finalizing work for a promotional video of the upcoming album's opening track and first single, "The Lament", which will be launched on November 17. The pre-order of "Down Below" will be available on the same day. TRIBULATION is: Johannes Andersson - Vocals, Bass Adam Zaars - Guitar Jonathan Hultén - Guitar Oscar Leander - Drums

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TRIBULATION To Release ‘Down Below’ Album In January; ‘Lady Death’ EP Due In December

Swedish quartet TRIBULATION will release its new album, "Down Below", will on January 26, 2018 via Century Media Records. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2015 release "The Children Of The Night" will be preceded by a brand-new seven-inch EP on December 22. Titled "Lady Death", it will include the album track "Lady Death" as well as the B-side "Skärselden". This release comes adorned by beautiful artwork crafted by TRIBULATION guitarist Jonathan Hultén and is limited to 1500 copies worldwide in the following versions, available for pre-order starting today: * Black vinyl: limited to 700 copies. Available at various mailorder stores * Clear vinyl: limited to 100 copies. Exclusively available at Century Media's mailorder * Transparent-red vinyl: limited to 200 copies. Sold by TRIBULATION on their upcoming tours * Transparent-orange vinyl: limited to 200 copies. Available at various mailorder stores * Dark-green vinyl: limited to 300 copies. Available at TRIBULATION's band store via King's Road TRIBULATION will commence its touring cycle for "Down Below" with runs across Central Europe and the U.K. supporting ARCH ENEMY and WINTERSUN, as well as dates in the East and South of Europe with INSOMNIUM. TRIBULATION comments: "More than one year has passed since we did the last tour of 'The Children Of The Night'. During this long period of silence, an intense creative process has taken place, and today we are proud to announce that our new album, 'Down Below', is recorded and ready to be released. It contains some elements from all our previous releases, but is also taking a step into uncharted waters. "We would like to thank our producer and friend, Martin Ehrencrona, for the excellent time in Studio Cobra. We are very pleased with the results! Also, big thanks to the amazing Anna von Hausswolff who contributed with her beautiful and awe-inspiring vocal landscapes on one of the album songs as well as another piece that serves as B-side on the forthcoming 'Lady Death' EP. We salute you both! "Now, we are eager to spread our wings again and embark on a new journey across the world. The starting point will be Europe and 12 January marks the first day of a tour together with ARCH ENEMY. Later in March we will travel further east and south of the continent together with INSOMNIUM. We are all very much looking forward to what is to come!" TRIBULATION are currently finalizing work for a promotional video of the upcoming album's opening track and first single, "The Lament", which will be launched on November 17. The pre-order of "Down Below" will be available on the same day. TRIBULATION is: Johannes Andersson - Vocals, Bass Adam Zaars - Guitar Jonathan Hultén - Guitar Oscar Leander - Drums

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TRIBULATION To Release ‘Down Below’ Album In January; ‘Lady Death’ EP Due In December

Swedish quartet TRIBULATION will release its new album, "Down Below", will on January 26, 2018 via Century Media Records. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2015 release "The Children Of The Night" will be preceded by a brand-new seven-inch EP on December 22. Titled "Lady Death", it will include the album track "Lady Death" as well as the B-side "Skärselden". This release comes adorned by beautiful artwork crafted by TRIBULATION guitarist Jonathan Hultén and is limited to 1500 copies worldwide in the following versions, available for pre-order starting today: * Black vinyl: limited to 700 copies. Available at various mailorder stores * Clear vinyl: limited to 100 copies. Exclusively available at Century Media's mailorder * Transparent-red vinyl: limited to 200 copies. Sold by TRIBULATION on their upcoming tours * Transparent-orange vinyl: limited to 200 copies. Available at various mailorder stores * Dark-green vinyl: limited to 300 copies. Available at TRIBULATION's band store via King's Road TRIBULATION will commence its touring cycle for "Down Below" with runs across Central Europe and the U.K. supporting ARCH ENEMY and WINTERSUN, as well as dates in the East and South of Europe with INSOMNIUM. TRIBULATION comments: "More than one year has passed since we did the last tour of 'The Children Of The Night'. During this long period of silence, an intense creative process has taken place, and today we are proud to announce that our new album, 'Down Below', is recorded and ready to be released. It contains some elements from all our previous releases, but is also taking a step into uncharted waters. "We would like to thank our producer and friend, Martin Ehrencrona, for the excellent time in Studio Cobra. We are very pleased with the results! Also, big thanks to the amazing Anna von Hausswolff who contributed with her beautiful and awe-inspiring vocal landscapes on one of the album songs as well as another piece that serves as B-side on the forthcoming 'Lady Death' EP. We salute you both! "Now, we are eager to spread our wings again and embark on a new journey across the world. The starting point will be Europe and 12 January marks the first day of a tour together with ARCH ENEMY. Later in March we will travel further east and south of the continent together with INSOMNIUM. We are all very much looking forward to what is to come!" TRIBULATION are currently finalizing work for a promotional video of the upcoming album's opening track and first single, "The Lament", which will be launched on November 17. The pre-order of "Down Below" will be available on the same day. TRIBULATION is: Johannes Andersson - Vocals, Bass Adam Zaars - Guitar Jonathan Hultén - Guitar Oscar Leander - Drums

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GENE HOGLAN Hopes His Art Collection Will Be Unique

On November 16, drum legend Gene Hoglan will unveil his fine-art debut collection. Completed with art team SceneFour, the release is a pioneering effort in the new medium of crafting visual art through drum performance. In the clip below, shot during the production of his art collection, Gene discusses his hopes for the artwork he's created from rhythm. Says Gene: "I hope that we will be able to encompass whatever it is… Like [the art piece] 'Sinanaesthesia' or something — something like that. Whatever I'm trying to do up here, I hope it get captured to the point where people can get excited about it. I hope mine don't look like the other artists that you've had. I hope all of us are super individual in our approaches and stuff. So I guess I would like mine to stand out as, 'Wow! That is definitely Gene Hoglan. I can see his style right in one piece of artwork. I can envision what the guy is playing by seeing one piece of art.'" For more information, visit www.genehoglanart.com. Hoglan has joined an extraordinary group of drummers working with art team SceneFour in the medium, including Bill Ward (BLACK SABBATH), Dave Lombardo (SLAYER), Rick Allen (DEF LEPPARD), Mike Mangini (DREAM THEATER), Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), Mikkey Dee (MOTÖRHEAD, SCORPIONS, Nick Menza (MEGADETH). Gene has played drums with a number of extreme metal artists, including TESTAMENT, DETHKLOK, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL and DEATH. Hoglan recently released his second instructional DVD, "The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two". The set featured the Clock himself breaking down some of his favorite beats, telling stories and playing along with tracks from several of his most legendary projects, including STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, TESTAMENT and DEATH.

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GENE HOGLAN Hopes His Art Collection Will Be Unique

On November 16, drum legend Gene Hoglan will unveil his fine-art debut collection. Completed with art team SceneFour, the release is a pioneering effort in the new medium of crafting visual art through drum performance. In the clip below, shot during the production of his art collection, Gene discusses his hopes for the artwork he's created from rhythm. Says Gene: "I hope that we will be able to encompass whatever it is… Like [the art piece] 'Sinanaesthesia' or something — something like that. Whatever I'm trying to do up here, I hope it get captured to the point where people can get excited about it. I hope mine don't look like the other artists that you've had. I hope all of us are super individual in our approaches and stuff. So I guess I would like mine to stand out as, 'Wow! That is definitely Gene Hoglan. I can see his style right in one piece of artwork. I can envision what the guy is playing by seeing one piece of art.'" For more information, visit www.genehoglanart.com. Hoglan has joined an extraordinary group of drummers working with art team SceneFour in the medium, including Bill Ward (BLACK SABBATH), Dave Lombardo (SLAYER), Rick Allen (DEF LEPPARD), Mike Mangini (DREAM THEATER), Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), Mikkey Dee (MOTÖRHEAD, SCORPIONS, Nick Menza (MEGADETH). Gene has played drums with a number of extreme metal artists, including TESTAMENT, DETHKLOK, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL and DEATH. Hoglan recently released his second instructional DVD, "The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two". The set featured the Clock himself breaking down some of his favorite beats, telling stories and playing along with tracks from several of his most legendary projects, including STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, TESTAMENT and DEATH.

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