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Former CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Vocalist ERIC EYCKE Dies

Eric Eycke, who sang on CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's 1984 debut album, "Eye For An Eye", has passed away. Just prior to his death, Eycke had reportedly been in hospice with various maladies. C.O.C. said in a statement that Eric's "broad musical knowledge shaped the band's early identity," adding that "[his] energy is evident on our first hardcore-era album, 'Eye For An Eye'." "This simply does not seem real," the group continued. "We traveled far and wide in a shitty van, blowing up stages together, trying to live up to the likes of the BAD BRAINS and BLACK FLAG." CORROSION OF CONFORMITY bassist Mike Dean told IndyWeek in a 2012 interview that Eric Eycke "was the kind of singer that people would be into hearing at that point. He was a hardcore kind of tough dude. Never could hear him; he would usually be running around and miss the microphone." Eycke, who has been described as the most agitated, energetic vocalist C.O.C. ever had, said about his approach to the band's early live performances: "In Richmond, we opened up for HÜSKER DÜ. Then we opened up for DEAD KENNEDYS down at the Pier, and I had already heard about the DEAD KENNEDYS so I was kind of in awe. I was, like, "Damn, Jello's [Biafra] here." I remember we finished our set, and I walked off and he just looked at me and he was, like, 'Goddamn, blown off the stage again.' That always stuck with me. If that's what it takes, then yeah, I can do that." Often characterized as a high-velocity hardcore record, "Eye For An Eye" was notable for including a punkified torching of JUDAS PRIEST's cover of Peter Green's "Green Manalishi". "It didn't really sound like us," CORROSION OF CONFORMITY drummer Reed Mullin later said about the album. "Well, we had done two or three songs at that place before, for the 'Why Are We Here?' compilation, the seven-inch. And that sounded pretty good, it sounded kind of like us because we were actually kind of heavy for that time. The only other hardcore band that was playing that stuff was VOID, I guess." Eric, for his part, told IndyWeek that "Eye For An Eye" "could have been so much better. Reed was like a kid in a candy store. He went back in and he remixed it after-hours. We did our time; we went home at six. He came in at seven and worked until ten. That's how we ended up with that product, and no, I'm not happy about it. But it is what it is. If you like it, you like it." "Eye For An Eye" was re-released in 2012 through Candlelight. This special reissue was remastered/packaged and included the EP "Six Songs With Mike Singing". Both titles has been out of print for years.

We are sad to learn of the passing of one time COC vocalist Eric Eycke, who's broad musical knowledge shaped the band's early identity. RIP pic.twitter.com/KuOn1i4eR2

— C.O.C. (@coccabal) September 23, 2017

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CHEAP TRICK To Release First Holiday Album ‘Christmas Christmas’

Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers CHEAP TRICK will rock in the Yuletide season with the release of their first holiday-themed album, "Christmas Christmas", out October 20 on Big Machine Records. Arriving mere months after their criticallyacclaimed eighteenth studio album, "We're All Alright!", CHEAP TRICK co-produced the holiday collection alongside their longtime collaborator, Grammy Award winner Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell, FASTBALL). With "Christmas Christmas", CHEAP TRICK delivers a sleigh full of rock and roll Christmas classics and festive favourites by WIZZARD, SLADE, Chuck Berry, the RAMONES and THE KINKS, as well as newly penned offerings like the joyous lead track "Merry Christmas Darlings". "Christmas Christmas" track listing: 01. Merry Christmas Darlings 02. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day 03. I Wish It Was Christmas Today 04. Merry Xmas Everybody 05. Please Come Home For Christmas 06. Remember Christmas 07. Run Rudolph Run 08. Father Christmas 09. Silent Night 10. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) 11. Our Father Of Life 12. Christmas Christmas CHEAP TRICK — whose four-decade-plus career has seen it play more than five thousand shows and counting — remains on the road this fall for a string of U.S. headline dates, long-awaited Canadian run as special guests on NICKELBACK's "Feed The Machine" arena tour and a top-billed set at Pembroke Pines, Florida's upcoming RockFest 80's (November 4). Additional dates — including some very special "Christmas Christmas" concerts — will be announced soon. CHEAP TRICK will also be among the icons performing at Rock Getaway 2017, an all-star, all-inclusive weekend event set for the Hard Rock Hotel in Rivera Maya, Mexico October 26-November 1. Set to appear on October 29, CHEAP TRICK joins a truly extraordinary lineup of legends, including STEVE MILLER BAND, Roger Daltrey, FOREIGNER, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, BAD COMPANY, LOS LOBOS, and many more.

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METALLICA: Pro-Shot Footage Of ‘Confusion’ Performance From Cologne

Professionally filmed video footage of METALLICA performing the song "Confusion" on September 16 at Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany can be seen below. As previously reported, METALLICA will reissue its third album, "Master Of Puppets", on November 1...

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IGOR CAVALERA On CAVALERA CONSPIRACY’s ‘Psychosis’: ‘We’re So Excited About This Record, It’s Insane’

Igor Cavalera spoke to Australia's Silver Tiger Media about "Psychosis", the upcoming fourth album from CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, his collaboration with his brother and fellow founding SEPULTURA member Max Cavalera. Due on November 17 via Napalm Records, the disc, which was produced by longtime friend Arthur Rizk, was recorded primarily at a studio in Phoenix, Arizona. Igor said (hear audio below): "Well, it's pretty much done. We just got the masters back. Me and Max, we just spoke about this, and we're so excited about this record, it's insane. It's one of those things where we can't stop listening to it. So I can't wait to have this album out, because it does represent exactly what we're thinking right now musically, with the influences of [playing the entire] 'Roots' [album] and, of course, all the new ideas that we have, listening to new bands. It's a compilation of all that. So I'm super excited about the new record. I hope people will feel the same." Asked what drives him to keep playing extreme music more than three decades into his career, Igor said: "I think it's just non-stop learning. That, for me, is the right word. 'Cause with drummer, or any instrument, you never stop learning. Every day I listen to certain music, I watch something, like a drummer, I'm just learning [from] it. And then trying to translate that to what I do in music, that's very important. So I think that's where the energy comes from — it's from never being comfortable with what you do, [and] always pushing more and more." He continued: "I think the minute you think you've done enough, I think it's over. I think in anything — in arts, in sports — as long as you're pushing, that's how you keep moving." "Psychosis" was mastered by Joel Grind from TOXIC HOLOCAUST and features a guest appearance by Justin Broadrick from GODFLESH on the track "Hellfire". Other songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Impalement Execution", "Terror Tactics", "Excruciating", "Crom" and "Insane". "Pandemonium" sold around 2,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 177 on The Billboard 200 chart. That disc was produced by John Gray, who had previously worked with SOULFLY. Max and Igor have spent more than a year touring under the "Return To Roots" banner, which sees them celebrating the twentieth anniversary of SEPULTURA's classic album "Roots" by performing the LP in its entirety.

By | 2017-09-22T10:26:33-05:00 September 22nd, 2017|Rock News|Comments Off on IGOR CAVALERA On CAVALERA CONSPIRACY’s ‘Psychosis’: ‘We’re So Excited About This Record, It’s Insane’

COREY TAYLOR On Feud With CHAD KROEGER: ‘He’s The One Who F**king Started It’

Corey Taylor says that he has been "trying to bury" his dispute with NICKELBACK after Chad Kroeger blasted STONE SOUR as "NICKELBACK Lite" and called out Taylor for allegedly saying that it was "easy" to write a hit song. In an interview posted in June with Sweden's Metal Covenant, Kroeger said that STONE SOUR was "trying to be NICKELBACK," adding, "Corey Taylor has said some really nasty things about me before in the press. He talks about how easy it is to write a hit song. Well, show me. Show me. Write one. I have yet to hear one. They're okay. But they're not as good as NICKELBACK. They sound like 'NICKELBACK Lite.'" During a brand new chat with Junkee, Corey laughed when Kroeger's comments were brought up, saying: "I have been fucking trying to bury that for months now! It's out of my hands, man! [STONE SOUR] played in Sydney [Australia] over the weekend, and people started a 'Fuck NICKELBACK' chant. I'm, like, 'Fuck, I'm never gonna get away from this!'" He continued: "It's so fucking funny, especially when I'm seeing all of these tweets and shit from fucking NICKELBACK fans. I'm, like, 'He's the one who fucking started it! I didn't say a fucking word!' "What are you gonna do? You can't control what people say, no matter how Trump feels about it. All you can do is ride the wave. Sometimes you'll get fucking wiped out. Other times, you'll stay on the board. It's fine." Corey told the 93.3 WMMR radio station that Kroeger's NICKELBACK bandmates "called and apologized" after Chad's comments made the news. "They were, like, 'It's not us. We promise. It's this guy. We don't…' And I had hung out with the band before, and they're super-cool dudes," he said. "So I was, like… Well, I figured it wasn't them. So I don't want people holding it against the band, because it's not them. It's Captain Ego from Planet Douche." Asked if there was any sort of "beef" between him and Chad prior to Kroeger's comments to Metal Covenant, Corey told the station: "No, not really. I mean, I said something maybe, like, fifteen years ago, but I was drinking then; nobody was listening to me then. And I hadn't said anything since; I don't even think about him. For real. This came so far out of left field that I woke up to everyone, like, blowing me up. And I was, like, 'Really?'" NICKELBACK released its ninth album, "Feed The Machine", on June 16, while STONE SOUR's new LP, "Hydrograd", arrived on June 30.

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VANDENBERG’S MOONKINGS: ‘Tightrope’ Video Released

"Tightrope", the new video from VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS, can be seen below. Four years after Adrian Vandenberg made a spectacular comeback with VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS, the band returns with a sophomore album, simply titled "MK II". Due on November 3 v...

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Listen To New NOCTURNAL RITES Song ‘What’s Killing Me’

"What's Killing Me", a new song from Swedish melodic metal masters NOCTURNAL RITES, can be streamed below. The song is taken from the band's long-awaited comeback album, "Phoenix", whch will be released on September 29 via AFM. The effort will be made available as a CD, digipak, on clear/blue/black marbled vinyl (limited to 250 units) and clear orange vinyl (limited to 250 units). "Phoenix" track listing: 01. A Heart As Black As Coal 02. Before We Waste Away 03. The Poisonous Seed 04. Repent My Sins 05. What's Killing Me 06. A Song For You 07. The Ghost Inside Me 08. Nothing Can Break Me 09. Flames 10. Used To Be God * 11. Welcome To The End * bonus track on limited digipak and vinyl (digipak also comes with a NOCTURNAL RITES patch) NOCTURNAL RITES previously announced plans to enter the studio in 2011 to record the follow-up to 2007's "The 8th Sin" album. Guitarist Nils Norberg left NOCTURNAL RITES in June 2008 and was later replaced by Christoffer Rörland. As of 2012, Rörland became the new guitarist in SABATON, while his spot in NOCTURNAL RITES was taken over by Per Nilsson. "The 8th Sin" in 2007 landed on the Japanese album chart at position No. 68 (No. 28 on "international" chart). NOCTURNAL RITES 2017 is: Jonny Lindqvist - Vocals Nils Eriksson - Bass Per Nilsson - Lead Guitar Fredrik Mannberg - Guitar Owe Lingvall - Drums

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WE CAME AS ROMANS Releases Video For ‘Lost In The Moment’

"Lost In The Moment", the new video from the Michigan post-hardcore outfit WE CAME AS ROMANS, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's fifth album, "Cold Like War", which will be released on October 20 through SharpTone Records. According to a press release, the disc represents adversity — in all of its various forms. It is a thrilling, energetic and immensely catchy compendium of songs that run the full gambit of emotion — aggression to sorrow, love to hate — to capture the fullest extent of the conflict and turmoil WE CAME AS ROMANS endured to make it to this point in their careers and their lives. "'Cold Like War' is about struggle, those trials," says guitarist and songwriter Joshua Moore. "They can turn us towards each other, towards those we love, towards those who have supported us. Because the last two years to us have felt like this giant war — an internal war — to figure out the right path for our band… to figure out how to stay together and be happy again." "Cold Like War" track listing: 01. Vultures With Clipped Wings 02. Cold Like War 03. Two Hands 04. Lost In The Moment 05. Foreign Fire 06. Wasted Age 07. Encoder 08. If There's Something To See (feat. Eric Vanlerberghe from I PREVAIL) 09. Promise Me 10. Learning To Survive

By | 2017-09-22T07:59:08-05:00 September 22nd, 2017|Rock News|Comments Off on WE CAME AS ROMANS Releases Video For ‘Lost In The Moment’

BILLY CORGAN Says Reunion Of Original SMASHING PUMPKINS Lineup ‘Has Been Knocked About’

SMASHING PUMPKINS founding member and main songwriter Billy Corgan has hinted at a reunion of the band's original lineup. Corgan has been touring under the SMASHING PUMPKINS name for several years with a newer lineup of musicians, although drummer Jimmy Chamberlin rejoined the band two years ago. More significantly, Corgan confirmed last year that he had repaired his friendship with original bassist D'Arcy Wretzky, after not speaking for nearly two decades. With Chamberlin back in the band already and guitarist James Iha joining them onstage for the first time in sixteen years in early 2016, a reunion of the group's original lineup appears to be imminent. "[A reunion tour] has been knocked about," Corgan tells Rolling Stone. "There's certainly gears that turn and things get waved around, but until it's inked, I'm in the dark as much as anybody … But I'll say this and I mean it: If we never play a note together again, that's okay. I'm way, way more interested in the fact that we have peace with each other. I've reached the point in my life where I'm not in a hurry to get to anything. If it's there, great. If it's not, cool." Corgan is happy to have reconnected with his former bandmates on a personal level. "Communicating solely through the fog of media is obviously not the best way to communicate in the era of fake news," Corgan says. "Often times I would try to explain to people that the issues were more familial than they were musical. People just don't believe you. Maybe because they don't want to since it's not as interesting." He attributes the original band's split to the fact that "we were in a pressure cooker for thirteen, fourteen years. We were literally together almost non-stop for a long time," he says. "We did a lot of work and we put ourselves through some crazy shit. When the family thing broke, it was one of those things like, 'Hey, have you talked to your cousin?' 'Eh, I love him, but you know, whatever.' So it was like that for a long time, and now that that's over, and the family thing is resolved, it's awesome." The original SMASHING PUMPKINS lineup last played together on April 24, 1999 in Los Angeles. Corgan's new, Rick Rubin-produced solo album "Ogilala", is due out October 13 via BMG.

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TESTAMENT: Classic Albums To Be Reissued With New Artwork

Five classic albums from San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT will be re-released on November 17 via Nuclear Blast. Albums being reissued: * "Live At The Fillmore" (1995) * "Demonic" (1997) * "The Gathering" (1999) (remastered by Andy Sneap) *...

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