IRON MAIDEN’s BRUCE DICKINSON Delivers Defiant Message Of Solidarity Following Manchester Terror Attack

British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN used their performance in Cardiff on Wednesday night to pay tribute to the people who died in Monday's terrorist attack in Manchester. While introducing one of the songs from the band's latest album, "The Book Of Souls", MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson told the crowd: "There are various people running around the world at the moment with their fingers on various buttons and all this bullshit. It makes you wonder a little bit as to whether or not we are entirely safe in the hands of lunatics. But regardless of all that, we feel entirely safe in the hands of the eight thousand lunatics here tonight. "The main fact of life at an IRON MAIDEN show is that we don't care where you're from, we don't care what religion you are, we don't care what color you are and we don't care what you had for breakfast. If you are here tonight, then, frankly, we all come in peace, all right? "So, with respect to the — I'm only gonna refer to it probably once — the awful shit that happened the other night in Manchester, the biggest response that we can make to the bullshit and the people who want to hate and who want to destroy is to give them back love and joy and rock and roll." Eariler in the week, IRON MAIDEN issued a statement expressing the band's shock at the Manchester terror attack, but promising fans that their remaining U.K. dates would go ahead. The legendary heavy metal band has two more shows left on its U.K. tour: at London's O2 Arena on Saturday and Sunday. The O2 has released a statement advising fans to turn up early. It reads: "Enhanced security is in place for all events. Please head down early and pack light as we only accept small bags into the area. "Along with everyone else, we are shocked and saddened by the terrible tragedy in Manchester. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected and their families." IRON MAIDEN's "The Book Of Souls" world tour will return to North America for an extensive series of arena and amphitheater shows in June and July. Support on the trek will come from GHOST.

BROKEN HOPE Releases ‘The Carrion Eaters’ Video

"The Carrion Eaters", the new video from death metal veterans BROKEN HOPE, can be seen below. The clip, directed by Maciej Pieloch, executes sumptuous gluttony digested in savage death metal as it reveals the twisted feeding rituals of cadaver craving subhumans. "I'm really proud of 'The Carrion Eaters'. It's super-sick and catchy and rotten to the gore!" says BROKEN HOPE guitarist Jeremy Wagner. "The Carrion Eaters" is taken from BROKEN HOPE's new album, "Mutilated And Assimilated", which will be released on June 23 via Century Media Records. Produced by Scott Creekmore, available formats include a limited-edition CD+DVD digipak in North America and in a special edition CD+DVD digipak in Europe; as well as digital and streaming versions available on all the major outlets worldwide. "Mutilated and Assimilated" track listing: 01. The Meek Shall Inherit Shit (02:48) 02. The Bunker (03:28) 03. Mutilated And Assimilated (03:31) 04. Outback Incest Clan (02:31) 05. Malicious Meatholes (03:50) 06. Blast Frozen (01:58) 07. The Necropants (03:14) 08. The Carrion Eaters (03:07) 09. Russian Sleep Experiment (03:15) 10. Hell's Handpuppets (02:48) 11. Beneath Antarctic Ice (01:25) 12. Swamped-In Gorehog (06:21) The "Mutilated and Assimilated" artwork was created by Wes Benscoter and can be seen below. BROKEN HOPE in 2015 overhauled its lineup by adding bassist Diego Soria (DISGORGE) and guitarist Matt Szlachta (DIRGE WITHIN, CHIMAIRA). BROKEN HOPE is: Damian Leski - Vocals Jeremy Wagner - Guitars Mike Miczek - Drums Matt Szlachta - Lead Guitars Diego Soria – Bass Regarding the follow-up to 2013's "Omen Of Disease", Wagner said: "BROKEN HOPE studio album number seven?! Un-fucking-believable! I'm floored at how amazing our new album turned out. The songs are relentless and violent and dark and heavy — and all from a fresh and ferocious place we haven't shared before. Moreover, thanks to my new studio and the stellar work of engineering/producing Jedi — Scott Creekmore — the production is on a sonic level like we've never had in our career. "For me personally, I feel 'Mutilated And Assimilated' is my own finest hour as a guitarist and lyricist since I formed this band as teenager. I've never felt this inspired before. The album has my strongest riffage to date, it also has Leski riffage on a few songs, it has my best friends on it, and in a crazy twist, I used Jeff Hanneman's guitars to write the album with and used them to track with in honor of his influence on myself and the world of metal."
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METALLICA, LED ZEPPELIN, PEARL JAM, SOUNDGARDEN Members Pay Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL At Memorial Service (Photos)

Members of METALLICA, LED ZEPPELIN, PEARL JAM, LINKIN PARK and JANE'S ADDICTION are among the friends and colleagues who paid their respects to SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell earlier today (Friday, May 26) as his ashes were laid in his final resting place. The private event on the Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever Cemetery included eulogies by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's Tom Morello, PEARL JAM's Jeff Ament, LINKIN PARK's Chester Bennington and Brad Delson and SOUNDGARDEN's Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron. Bennington sang "Hallelujah" for mourners, which included Cornell's widow and two young children. A photo of Cornell final resting place — located next to that of his friend, Johnny Ramone — can be found at TMZ.com. More photos from the service are available on the Daily Mail web site. Cornell committed suicide on May 18 in a Detroit hotel room. The results of toxicology test are pending and will reveal what, if any, other substances besides his prescription medication Ativan were in his body at the time of his death. Cornell took Ativan for anxiety, with his family's lawyer suggesting last week that side effects of the drug have been linked to suicidal feelings. SOUNDGARDEN's longtime house engineer and tour manager, Ted Keedick, told TMZ that the vocalist seemed to be "high" and "fucked up" during the band's last performance in Detroit, hours before Cornell's death. He said that the singer was "out of character from note one of the show." Cornell's remains were cremated on Tuesday (May 23). After 3:00 p.m. local time on Friday, following the private ceremony, the public is welcome to visit the gravesite.

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METALLICA, PEARL JAM, SOUNDGARDEN, LINKIN PARK Members Pay Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL At Memorial Service (Photos)

Members of METALLICA, PEARL JAM, LINKIN PARK, NIRVANA and JANE'S ADDICTION are among the friends and colleagues who paid their respects to SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell earlier today (Friday, May 26) as his ashes were laid in his final resting place. The private event on the Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever Cemetery included eulogies by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's Tom Morello, PEARL JAM's Jeff Ament, LINKIN PARK's Chester Bennington and Brad Delson and SOUNDGARDEN's Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron. Bennington sang "Hallelujah" for mourners, which included Cornell's widow and two young children. A photo of Cornell final resting place — located next to that of his friend, Johnny Ramone — can be found at TMZ.com. More photos from the service are available on the Daily Mail web site. Cornell committed suicide on May 18 in a Detroit hotel room. The results of toxicology test are pending and will reveal what, if any, other substances besides his prescription medication Ativan were in his body at the time of his death. Cornell took Ativan for anxiety, with his family's lawyer suggesting last week that side effects of the drug have been linked to suicidal feelings. SOUNDGARDEN's longtime house engineer and tour manager, Ted Keedick, told TMZ that the vocalist seemed to be "high" and "fucked up" during the band's last performance in Detroit, hours before Cornell's death. He said that the singer was "out of character from note one of the show." Cornell's remains were cremated on Tuesday (May 23). After 3:00 p.m. local time on Friday, following the private ceremony, the public is welcome to visit the gravesite.

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CHRIS CORNELL Manager On Singer’s Suicide: ‘It’s Incredibly Bizarre’

Chris Cornell's longtime manager, Ron Laffitte, says that the SOUNDGARDEN fronman "must have been out of his right mind" to have committed suicide just hours after performing with the band in Detroit on May 17. The singer was pronounced dead on May 18 after being found unresponsive in his Detroit hotel room. A full autopsy and results of toxicology tests are pending, although Cornell's wife has said he may have taken more of an anti-anxiety drug than he was prescribed. His family issued a statement last week questioning whether his death by hanging was intentional and if "substances contributed to his demise." Speaking to CNN, Laffitte said: "Nobody saw this coming, his bandmates didn't see this coming. It's totally out of character for the Chris that I've known and worked with for the last ten years. It's incredibly bizarre. I have to think that something threw him off the tracks ... he must have been out of his right mind." Laffitte told CNN that he last spoke to Cornell on the afternoon of his death when they discussed plans for Chris to perform at the 2017 Global Citizens Music Festival this September in New York. "He was just really excited about this specific idea that we were going to do," Laffitte recalled. "He said, 'We aren't just going to make pop history with this one, brother. We are going to make real history.' I would say the last couple of months, he was as optimistic and happy as I can ever recall him... He was so excited about all these things and a new record we were going to put out in the fall." Cornell took Ativan for anxiety, with his family's lawyer suggesting last week that side effects of the drug have been linked to suicidal feelings. Cornell's remains were cremated on Tuesday (May 23), with a private funeral service scheduled for Friday (May 26) at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. After 3:00 p.m. local time on Friday, following the private ceremony, the public is welcome to visit the gravesite.

BRUCE KULICK Says He Had To Play Politics In KISS

Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick has revealed he had to take band politics into account when pitching a song to Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley during his twelve years in the band. Speaking to Hot Metal, the 63-year-old said he could never play a song idea for both Simmons and Stanley — he had to chose which one would give him the best chance of success. "During my years with KISS, it was always a challenge to make Gene or Paul really zone in and say, 'I wanna work on that,'" Kulick said. "Then the issue with them was, if you played something for Gene, you can't play it for Paul. You know what I mean? It was like you had to pick and choose your battles and everything. "Anyway, that was always like an interesting dynamic but understandable. Groups are very much like that. Just like within a family you know, you can tell one brother one thing but you wouldn't mention that to the other ... your sister or whatever." During the extensive chat, Kulick also discussed going out socially with Paul Stanley years before joining the band — because brother Bob Kulick was a friend of the Starchild. "Paul was a huge rock star living like a king in New York City," Bruce recalled. "Bob would go, 'Come on along, let's go', we were in Queens we’d hang out, 'We're going to the movies with Paul Stanley,' and everyone was like, 'Wow, that's kind of cool.' "That was kind of weird. I'm not saying I really got to know him well. You know when you have that level of fame, you're very carefully with your circle of people you hang with. But that helped when Paul realized, 'You know, I'm hearing good things about Bruce, not only from Bob, from other musicians in L.A.' That's how I really got my start, so I'm grateful to my brother obviously for the introduction but the rest was all my own." In 1984, Bruce joined KISS, where he remained as their lead guitarist for more than a decade, accompanying the band on the "Animalize" tour and continuing with the band until the 1996 reunion tour. Bruce is heavily featured on "Kissology – Vol. 2" and "Vol. 3", the band's DVDs spanning their historic 40-year career.

CHRIS CORNELL’s Music Sales And Streams Up More Than Five Hundred Percent Following His Death

According to Billboard, Chris Cornell's catalog of music — including his solo releases and recordings with his various bands — has seen a 552 percent increase in combined sales and on-demand streams since his tragic passing on May 17. Cornell's songs have been streamed (in both audio and video format) 32.5 million times in the week ending May 18 (up 549 percent from 5 million), his catalog of albums sold 38,000 copies (up 1,732 percent from 2,000), and his songs sold 144,000 downloads (up 2,222 percent from 6,000). Seven Cornell tracks have landed on the Hot Rock Songs chart: SOUNDGARDEN's "Black Hole Sun" (No. 7), "Fell On Black Days" (No. 16) and "Spoonman" (No. 19); AUDIOSLAVE's "Like A Stone" (No. 10), "Show Me How To Live" (No. 21) and "I Am The Highway" (No. 25); and TEMPLE OF THE DOG's "Hunger Strike" (No. 18). Cornell committed suicide on May 18 in a Detroit hotel room. The results of toxicology test are pending and will reveal what, if any, other substances besides his prescription medication Ativan were in his body at the time of his death. Cornell took Ativan for anxiety, with his family's lawyer suggesting last week that side effects of the drug have been linked to suicidal feelings. SOUNDGARDEN's longtime house engineer and tour manager, Ted Keedick, told TMZ that the vocalist seemed to be "high" and "fucked up" during the band's last performance in Detroit, hours before Cornell's death. He said that the singer was "out of character from note one of the show." Cornell's remains were cremated on Tuesday (May 23), with a private funeral service scheduled for Friday (May 26) at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. After 3:00 p.m. local time on Friday, following the private ceremony, the public is welcome to visit the gravesite.

Is COREY TAYLOR ‘Stronger Than All’? (Video)

SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor recently took part in The Rock Reel's "Stronger Than All" challenge. He was asked to hold a five-kilogram solid steel hammer with his arm stretched out to the fullest and hold it as long as he could. You can now watch the results below. STONE SOUR's new album, "Hydrograd", will be released on June 30 via Roadrunner Records. The disc was recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, California with producer Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX and STEEL PANTHER. The band tracked the album live in the studio, cutting a total of 18 songs from which 15 will make the CD. Taylor previously stated about "Hydrograd": "We have six singles on this album. I'm really excited. This album is great because it's got elements of everything. It's got the heavy energy of the '80s, there's punk moments, there's hard rock moments — all the great amalgam of music. There's even jazz and hip-hop moments; it's really, really cool. It's probably the coolest album I've made since the first SLIPKNOT album. I feel very confident making that statement because it's so good." STONE SOUR has had eight Top 10 songs on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs, dating back to "Bother" in 2002. The band has landed three top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 and has sold 2.1 million albums in the United States to date, according to Nielsen Music.

METAL CHURCH’s KURDT VANDERHOOF Has ‘A Big Pile Of New Songs’ Ready For Next Album

Kurdt Vanderhoof has confirmed that METAL CHURCH has commenced the songwriting sessions for the follow-up to its 2016 album "XI", tentatively due in early 2018. "I actually have a big pile of new songs — demos — ready to go, and Mike [Howe, vocals] and I are gonna start putting it together and we're gonna try to start putting a new record," the guitarist told the "KDUX Morning Show" (hear audio below). Kurdt also spoke in more detail about the METAL CHURCH songwriting process, saying that it comes about organically. "The only way I approach writing a METAL CHURCH record is, does it sound like a METAL CHURCH record?" he explained. "I've never been one to try to take chances and break new ground with things; that's never been my kind of thing. I just wanna definitely keep it old school and heavy and powerful, but it's gotta be melodic; there has to be vocal melodies and notes and things like that. Things that some bands and people don't really do anymore, which is, I guess, fine, but that's not really something that I wanna listen to. So it's still gotta be musical. So I just kind of approach it that way — it's gotta be musical, it's gotta be melodic, and it still has to maintain power and be metal. But it's definitely old school — just kind of like 'XI' was." "XI" debuted at No. 57 on The Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 11,000 equivalent album units. Produced by Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris "The Wizard" Collier, the band's eleventh studio release marked the return of Howe, who first appeared on 1989's "Blessing In Disguise" album. METAL CHURCH released a live album, "Classic Live", on April 28. Produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof, this special edition release features nine classic METAL CHURCH songs recorded on the band's 2016 tour and also includes a special bonus track, a powerful new studio version of "Fake Healer" that features a duet with QUEENSRŸCHE vocalist Todd La Torre.

DRAGONFORCE: Part Three Of Official Interview About ‘Reaching Into Infinity’ Album

Part three of a three-part interview with the members of DRAGONFORCE about their new album, "Reaching Into Infinity", can be seen below. In this clip, they talk about musicians they look up to and the very first instrument they learned. "Reaching Into Infinity" was released on May 19 via earMUSIC on CD, LP and a special-edition CD and DVD. The follow-up to 2014's "Maximum Overload" marks the band's third full-length studio release with singer Marc Hudson, who joined the group in 2011 following the departure of original frontman ZP Theart (now in SKID ROW). The bulk of the recording sessions for "Reaching Into Infinity" took place at Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden with producer Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with OPETH, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK and SYMPHONY X, to name a few. The band also laid down tracks while touring their "Killer Elite" best-of album, utilizing Lamerluser Studios in London, U.K.; Dark Lane Studios in Witney, U.K.; as well as the band's own Evil1 Studios in Charleville-Mézières, France and Shredforce One Studios in California. "We were flying out, playing a festival, then back into the studio, then back out again," explained DRAGONFORCE bassist Frédéric Leclercq, who also handled the majority of songwriting on this album. "It was very intense and very tiring. I obviously played bass but also a lot of rhythm guitar, electric and acoustic, and lost my temper a few times. I think we all did at some point, because we wanted to deliver nothing but the best." For their seventh studio album, DRAGONFORCE have opened up their sound like never before, capturing the fierce, forlorn and fun with both menace and melody. "I think we have proven that playing fast was something we were good at, so this time I wanted to bring even more diversity into our music," Frédéric continued. "It's great to challenge ourselves instead of staying in a comfort zone, and I really wanted to experiment with Marc's vocals. I think people are going to be surprised at his brutality." "Reaching Into Infinity" is DRAGONFORCE's first album to feature Gee Anzalone, the Italian drummer who has laid down an insanely impressive performance to provide the perfect backbone to the DRAGONFORCE sound, which, of course, still boasts the bands trademark crazy-fast solos, courtesy of guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman. "The title of the album explains pretty much what we are trying to do with our music," Frédéric concluded. "Today's world is really crazy — there is fear of the future, uncertainty. But the power of music is infinite, and it can give strength and hope to people." "Reaching Into Infinity" will be available on the following formats: Standard Edition 01. Reaching Into Infinity 02. Ashes Of The Dawn 03. Judgement Day 04. Astral Empire 05. Curse Of Darkness 06. Silence 07. Midnight Madness 08. WAR! 09. Land Of Shattered Dreams 10. The eDGE OF THE wORLD 11. Our Final Stand Special Edition with multi-angle Bonus DVD: Disc 1 - CD 01. Reaching Into Infinity 02. Ashes Of The Dawn 03. Judgement Day 04. Astral Empire 05. Curse Of Darkness 06. Silence 07. Midnight Madness 08. WAR! 09. Land Of Shattered Dreams 10. The Edge Of The World 11. Our Final Stand Bonus Tracks 12. Hatred And Revenge 13. Evil Dead Disc 2 - Bonus DVD DRAGONFORCE Live at Woodstock Festival Poland 2016 01. Holding On 02. Heroes Of Our Time 03. Operation Ground And Pound 04. Holding On (Multi-angles) 05. Heroes Of Our Time (Multi-angeles) 06. Operation Ground And Pound (Multi-Angles)
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