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Former ACCEPT Frontman UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Doesn’t Want To Confuse People By Continuing Namesake ‘DIRKSCHNEIDER’ Band

Spark TV, which is part of the Czech monthly magazine Spark, recently conducted an interview with former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider and his son Sven, who plays drums in Udo's namesake band DIRKSCHNEIDER and his long-running solo outfit U.D.O. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how Udo was as a parent: Sven: "He was on the road a lot, but, of course, [he was] great. We always enjoyed the time when he was at home, which was sometimes not that much. But that's how it goes if you're a musician. You try to spend as much time and intensive time when you have two or three months off, then you try to spend it as well as possible." On whether rock music was a regular presence in the Dirkschneider household: Sven: "Absolutely not. It's a normal family life, what we did, or are still doing. When I'm at home, I have my wife and my dog and so there's nothing about rock and roll. As soon as I'm on the road, then we do rock and roll and live rock and roll, but as soon as I'm home, sometimes you really want to keep it away from you as well. I'm not going to concerts or anything. That was the same with my childhood. I had a normal family life. My sister, my mom, my dad, we tried to keep it as normal as possible." On how Sven was a son: Udo: "He was, let's say, in a way, quite easy. Yeah, I have nothing really to remember if there was something bad. No, he was quite easy growing up." On whether Sven always wanted to drum while growing up, or follow in his father's footsteps and become a singer: Sven: "Actually, I started when I was five, so pretty early. It was clear I was going to be a drummer at some point. There's no way you can compete [with someone like my father] and I don't want to, especially for me, it was clear from the beginning that I wanted to play the drums. I was more into rhythm stuff. I actually dreamed about it, but I never thought that I was going to play together with my dad, especially these songs that we are doing now. When we first played [ACCEPT classic] 'Metal Heart' with U.D.O., it was something very special for me. It was my all-time favorite song from my childhood." On Sven's favorite drummer as a youngster: Sven: "Actually, when I was a child, I didn't really think about anybody. But, the first drummer I really met and sat behind his kit was Mikkey Dee [MOTÖRHEAD]. Yeah, also now, he's a big influence on me. I think he's one of the greatest in the business. He was the first drummer I met as a little child. He let me sit behind him during the show and he showed me some stuff, so that was pretty cool. In 2015, I met him again when I played with SAXON two support shows for MOTÖRHEAD. It was pretty amazing because he stepped in for one song, he did '747' with SAXON, so I did the 'high-five' and he went up behind Nigel's [Glockler] kit. That was a great moment." On whether the two of them discuss each other's mistakes after shows: Udo: "Of course, we are always talking about when something was happening during the show. We always try to make it better. I think that's important. Not to say, 'Everything is okay. Everything works, and that's it.' No, we are talking about it when we have little mistakes and we want to change it a little bit. I think that's very important, to try to make it better." On whether Sven will continue to drum in U.D.O.: Sven: "I hope so. Of course. Definitely, of course." Udo: "Of course. He already did all the drum tracks on the new album. In between, we are working on a new U.D.O. album already. It will be out sometime between August or September of next year. It will be the same lineup. For me, it was very easy to say, 'Okay, I want to have this musician and this musician and this musician for DIRKSCHNEIDER.' For me, it was easy to keep the U.D.O. band. He [Sven] was playing some ACCEPT songs. That was the easiest way." On why DIRKSCHNEIDER will no longer continue once this current run of touring concludes: Udo: "Some people came up with this idea, you know, 'Why aren't you going to continue under DIRKSCHNEIDER?' No, we are working on the 16th U.D.O. album. We have a big following also with U.D.O. It may make the people confused. DIRKSCHNEIDER continued for nearly two years for ACCEPT songs, blah, blah, blah. I can't imagine coming up with an album called DIRKSCHNEIDER. People would get confused. We discussed this already and then we said 'We'll definitely continue under U.D.O.'" Udo and Sven Dirkschneider spent the last year and a half touring under the DIRKSCHNEIDER banner, performing classic ACCEPT songs for the last time. The trek, which was originally supposed to conclude with the band's North American run in January/February, has now been extended through early 2018. DIRKSCHNEIDER released "Live - Back To The Roots - Accepted!" on August 4 in Europe and August 18 in the USA as a DVD/2CD, Blu-ray/2CD and gatefold triple vinyl in two different colors.

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WITCHERY Guitarist PATRIK JENSEN Says Newer Album Production Jobs Give Him ‘Metal Fatigue’

Metal Wani's Chuck Marshall recently conducted an interview with guitarist Patrik Jensen of Swedish thrashers WITCHERY. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On why WITCHERY established the goal of releasing their new "I Am Legion" studio album a year after their previous "In His Infernal Majesty's Service": Patrik: "Historically, the band is over 20 years old. When we started out in '96, we were young and I guess naïve or so, but we said that we were going to put out two albums every year because that's what our old favorite bands did, like KISS and MOTÖRHEAD in the '70s. We said we're going to carry on that tradition. Then, around 2000, [Jensen's other band] THE HAUNTED took off and ARCH ENEMY [featuring WITCHERY bassist Sharlee D'Angelo] took off and our drummer [Martin Axenrot] joined OPETH and they're huge. There was just no time for us to get together and write and do albums anymore. Everything started to this four years, [2006], the next album ['Don't Fear The Reaper'], then it was 2010, 'Witchkrieg', then 2016, that was the twentieth anniversary [of the band]. I was thinking, 'Okay, we need to put out an album for that. I don't know if anyone is going to remember us.' So, we recorded an album for that. At least to us, people loved it. We were overwhelmed, but we were still not getting any offers to play festivals or tour or anything. I realized that people, they think there's going to be another six years until the next album comes and this is just a project band. That's why we want to make a point out of releasing it within one year. As soon as we announced we had another coming out, the offers started coming in. So that's the reason why we released them so close in time to each other." On whether the "raw" production job found on "I Am Legion" was intentional: Patrik: "It's very much a conscious decision because I've grown somewhat 'metal fatigue.' The newer productions that bands come out [with]. Everything sounds the same. Everyone is running the same plug-ins. All of this, 'I'm using this sample drum library. It sounds fantastic. [Famed METALLICA producer] Bob Rock did it, blah, blah.' Yeah, it sounds fantastic, but then everyone uses it. It gets boring, predictable. Also, if you play to a click, that means everyone, usually there's some driving force in a band like maybe, Malcolm Young would be the driving force in AC/DC and everyone plays around him or a drummer, so you get this unique band signature timing, but if everyone plays along to a click, that means that everyone has the same fifth or sixth member. There's always this guy that he or she is keeping the pace, which is the click track. And it just makes everything sound the same. WITCHERY has always made a point out of recording live. With this album, we went into the studio saying that 'We want the album to sound like old, natural drums.' I actually told [producer] Daniel Bergstrand that I wanted it to sound like VAN HALEN's drums on '1984', just something that people don't hear anymore these days. We are very happy with the outcome. It might be a silly word, but I want my metal to sound dangerous, like MOTÖRHEAD or something, old MOTÖRHEAD albums, you never knew what was going to happen. Maybe we're not as dirty and smelly as MOTÖRHEAD, but we still want to have that… you put on a WITCHERY album, we want to give the feeling that this band means business, that we love to play music. We try to create something, that's what we're trying to do." On his reaction when fans refer to WITCHERY as "black metal": Patrik: "I don't think it's entirely true, though, that said, black metal is a bit more forgiving than maybe thrash metal and [pure] heavy metal is. There's so much more you can do within the boundaries of black metal: atmospheric, or very lo-fi, orchestral, like DIMMU BORGIR. If you play thrash, it's mainly just thrash. If you play heavy metal, it's kind of IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST. Black metal is pretty generous in that perspective that there's so many different ways of playing it. But, I wouldn't call us a black metal band because we do play a lot of heavy metal riffs, even, a lot of thrash riffs, of course, even death metal riffs. Actually, there's a song off 'In His Infernal Majesty's Service' that's called 'Zoroast' that almost has a rock opening, the chorus there. I don't know what to call what we play, which is a good thing, I guess." "I Am Legion" was released on November 10 via Century Media Records. The album's initial CD pressing comes as a digipak with two bonus tracks: "Ragnarök" and "Apex Ghoul". "I Am Legion" is also available as 180-gram vinyl version on either black vinyl or limited colored runs on clear vinyl (100 copies via CM webshop) and transparent red vinyl (200 copies via CM Distro).

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DRAGONFORCE Bassist On His SINSAENUM Project: ‘I Have A Natural Tendency To Write Darker Things’

Metal Wani's Anne Catherine Swallow recently conducted an interview with DRAGONFORCE bassist Frédéric Leclercq about his extreme death metal project SINSAENUM, which also features former SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether any of the songs on the band's new "Ashes" EP were left over from their 2016 "Echoes Of The Tortured" debut album: Frédéric: "No, they were not leftovers. But as soon as the album was recorded, I never really stopped working on songs. Because everybody is so far away from each other, it is too difficult to actually write together. The contributions, I still write most of the stuff and the contribution is the same, I just send the songs, the demos, to the guys and they add their parts and they change [things] because I'm not really a good drummer, so I just write basic stuff. Then Joey is free to do what he wants based on those demos. 'Ashes' was probably the first song I wrote, probably when the album came out. I was already thinking about 'Okay, we need to come up with new songs.' I didn't want to stop there anyway. Because we didn't go on tour, that's why we thought it would be great to have a little something to give to the fans before the actual tour and the real album. That's why the EP is a bit of a 'Thank you for your patience.' That's where we are right now." On whether the 2015 terror attacks at the Bataclan theatre influenced his lyrical approach in SINSAENUM: Frédéric: "Yes, but it's not related to Bataclan. Everything that pisses me off is going to turn into music or everything that happens in my life is going to turn into music one way or another. All of the frustration, the hatred, the anger, that's going to be in the SINSAENUM 'box,' if you will. All the happier stuff is going in the DRAGONFORCE [box]. I put the happy stuff in the DRAGONFORCE folder, but I have a natural tendency to write darker things, so that's why the SINSAENUM folder has more stuff, if that makes any sense." On the band's plans to release the follow-up to "Echoes Of The Tortured": Frédéric: "The plan is to release the album in September next year, then to go on tour. That's the plan." On trying to schedule a proper tour for SINSAENUM given the other priorities of its members: Frédéric: "That's why I need to plan ahead. That's why I need to go, 'Okay, this is now going to happen this year.' Last year, we were that close to doing a few shows, but for a shitty reason, it did not happen. Now, I've been on tour with DRAGONFORCE for most of the year. Attila [Csihar, vocals] is busy as hell with MAYHEM. Joey just started VIMIC, so this year is not possible, so that's why I'm like, 'We'll have time, so we'll do another album.' I want to make sure everyone has a free calendar for 2018, October, and so far, everything seems okay. I don't want to say too much. One thing, I want to say, I could have not toured for the first album without all the members because I think it would have given people the wrong impression that it was just a studio album. Now that we are established and are the team that we are is doing more one than album, I'm less afraid of touring next year with one member not being there and replaced by someone else. I think people will understand more. I think if we would have done that for the first album, I think it would have been a huge mistake. I think now people will tolerate it a bit more, I hope." On whether SINSAENUM will keep the same lineup for their second album: Frédéric: "Yeah. So far, yes. Maybe I have my own ideas of what's going on, but so far, that's how it is, yes." "Ashes" was released November 10 via earMUSIC. The effort contains three brand new and EP-exclusive songs. Additionally, two previously exclusive Japanese bonus tracks can finally be enjoyed by the rest of the world. To top it all off, renowned French producer and musician Frederic Duquesne (MASS HYSTERIA, guitar) has provided a remix for "Dead Souls". The cover artwork was drawn by Maxime Taccardi, a dark, twisted artist who managed to capture the essence of SINSAENUM's music. SINSAENUM is rounded out by Sean Zatorsky (DÅÅTH, vocals), Seth Heimoth (bass) and Stephane Buriez (LOUDBLAST, guitar).

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PROPHETS OF RAGE: Pro-Shot Footage Of Entire Paris Concert

Professionally filmed video footage of PROPHETS OF RAGE's entire November 10 performance at Le Zénith in Paris, France can be seen below. PROPHETS OF RAGE is the supergroup featuring Chuck D, Tom Morello and other members of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE alongside CYPRESS HILL's B-Real. PROPHETS OF RAGE's self-titled debut album was released on September 15. The disc was recorded with legendary producer Brendan O'Brien who has done notable work with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and AUDIOSLAVE. "Prophets Of Rage" scored top chart entries in multiple countries across the globe in its first week. The album sold more than 21,000 copies in the U.S., entering Billboard's Top 200 Album chart at No. 16. The set's strong international chart showings include a No. 6 debut in the U.K., No. 8 in France, No. 14 in Germany, No. 4 in New Zealand and NO. 11 in Australia. Formed amid 2016's tumultuous election, PROPHETS OF RAGE have toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe and coalesced into an explosive unit capable of playing with equal parts precision, passion and muscle. The new album, with bold cover art created for the band by renowned street artist, Shepard Fairey, fuses the diverse styles, sonic firepower and hard-hitting social consciousness of their previous work into an inventive, compelling and timely new musical statement. Michael Moore, who directed the blistering, politically charged video for the track "Unfuck The World" declared: "PROPHETS OF RAGE is the right band, saying the right shit, at this very critical moment." "When we put this band together a year ago, I don't think any of us knew what to expect or how it would be received by the people," stated B-Real. "From that time to now, it's been amazing to see the growth of this new amazing band and to see the effect it has had on the fans we've played for. I feel blessed to be a part of it. Our chemistry is undeniable when we are on stage, and to finally bring forth a new album with that same powerful chemistry is exciting and we can't wait to see what the future brings." At its core, PROPHETS OF RAGE functions not only on a love of music, but a deep belief in its power as a tool and a weapon. Woven into the band's DNA are influences as varied as THE CLASH, KRS-One and Johnny Cash, as well as the undeniable ideals and aesthetics of its predecessors: PUBLIC ENEMY's frenzied, racing textures, RAGE's jaw-melting riffs, and CYPRESS HILL's manically playful party energy.

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SIN QUIRIN Says ‘AmeriKKKant’ Album ‘Has Stuff That I Don’t Think People Are Expecting From A MINISTRY Record’

Jay Nanda of Alamo True Metal conducted an interview with members of industrial metal pioneers MINISTRY prior to the band's November 12 show at the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, Texas. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcr...

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD Guitarist: ‘If People Hate What You’re Doing, It Means You’re Doing It Right’

Jorge Fretes of Spain's Goetia Media recently conducted an interview with AVENGED SEVENFOLD guitarist Zacky Vengeance. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether he pays attention to w...

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Members of SLIPKNOT, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, WHITESNAKE, POISON, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, STRYPER, KORN, OVERKILL, KREATOR, SEPULTURA and VOLBEAT are among the rock musicians and scores of other artists who reacted on social media to the passing of Malcolm Young. The 64-year-old guitarist and co-founder of the legendary Australian hard rock band AC/DC had been suffering from dementia for at least the past three years. Malcolm died peacefully on Saturday with his family by his bedside, a statement said. Malcolm Young struggled with the onset of dementia for a period of time prior to being admitted to full-time nursing care in Sydney, Australia beginning in 2014. Malcolm was replaced in AC/DC by Stevie Young, nephew of Malcolm and AC/DC guitarist Angus Young. Malcolm did not participate in the recording sessions for AC/DC's latest studio album, "Rock Or Bust", which arrived in December 2014. Malcolm Young was faced with two other massive health scares after the conclusion of the group's marathon 20-month tour in support of 2008's "Black Ice" album. First, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, which was detected early, enabling surgeons to operate on the guitarist successfully. Then he discovered he had a heart condition. Malcolm's death came just weeks after his brother George Young, guitarist for THE EASYBEATS and AC/DC producer, died at age 70. Malcolm is survived by his wife, two children and three grandchildren.

It is a sad day in rock and roll. Malcolm Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC. I had some of the best times of my life with him on our 1984 European tour. He will be missed and my deepest condolences to his family, bandmates and friends.

— Eddie Van Halen (@eddievanhalen) November 18, 2017

This is a monumentally sad day in Rock n Roll. RIP #MalcomYoung Take a moment of silence in his…

— Slash (@Slash) November 18, 2017

Rest in rock power AC/DC's #MalcolmYoung, #1 greatest rhythm guitarist in the entire history of rock n roll. THANKYOU for everything.

— Tom Morello (@tmorello) November 18, 2017

I have to go...I am losing it that Malcolm is gone. I hate this...

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) November 18, 2017

While most of the world goes on with the day, many of us are mourning the loss of the great #malcolmyoung . I can’t tell you how much joy he and @acdc have brought me. This is a legend, a real legend.lets all remember him not just today but every day ? Mal Rules!!

— Charlie Benante (@skisum) November 18, 2017

Our Thoughts & Prayers Are With His Family, Friends & Fans...Great Guy ...A Pleasure To Know...Truly Missed, Malcolm...XX

— David Coverdale (@davidcoverdale) November 18, 2017

So sorry to hear about the passing of Malcolm Young. I grew up on AC⚡️DC and always admired his playing. RIP and Godspeed my friend?

— MichaelSweet Stryper (@michaelhsweet) November 18, 2017

R.I.P. Malcolm.. Thank you for all the decades of amazing music & for rocking so hard for us all…

— Ray Luzier (@RayLuzier1) November 18, 2017

RIP Malcolm Young - A very important musician who helped shape the genre of hard rock.

— Derek Sherinian (@DerekSherinian) November 18, 2017

Wow...just got off stage here in Brisbane Australia (of all places) to the shocking news of Malcolm Young's passing. So of the great rhythm guitar players of all time. (James Hetfield and Scott Ian would be the 1st to say so themselves...) #RIPMalcolmYoung

— Mike Portnoy ? (@MikePortnoy) November 18, 2017

RIP Malcolm Young, co-founder Of the greatest Rock n Roll band ever.

— Gus G. (@gusgofficial) November 18, 2017

No no no no no no DAMNIT.

— The Boogie Knight Returns (@CoreyTaylorRock) November 18, 2017

R.I.P. Malcolm Young 1953-2017 ? You wrote the best riffs in the best band and you changed the world. #legend

— Robert Caggiano (@RobCaggiano) November 18, 2017

#malcomyoung RIP at a loss for words to properly express how huge his influence was on me and hard rock ?? we salute you now and forever

— WARRANT (@warrantrocks) November 18, 2017

RIP Malcom Young!!!

— Jason Bittner (@jbittnerdrums) November 18, 2017

RIP to the King of Rhythm Guitarist Malcolm Young. Thank you for your years of timeless music. We Salute you. @acdc

— Nonpoint (@nonpoint) November 18, 2017

Such sad news, RIP Malcolm Young. We Salute You! @acdc

— OVERKILL (@OverkillBand) November 18, 2017

There's no debate that #MalcolmYoung was the greatest rhythm guitar player & riff writer ever... #RIPMalcolmYoung

— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) November 18, 2017

RIP #MalcolmYoung Obrigado por tudo. Thank you, a true revolutionary! @acdc

— Andreas Kisser (@andreaskisser) November 18, 2017

R.I.P. Malcolm Young.

Thank you for the music and the inspiration.

— Kreator (@kreator) November 18, 2017

Malcolm Young was a HUGE inspiration to myself and countless others. Thank you for the decades of incredible riffs. Thank you for leading me down the path of rock n roll. On behalf of the entire world, THANK YOU FOR AC/DC

— Ben Bruce (@benjaminbruce) November 18, 2017

A proper legend. Have a beautiful journey. Rest in Peace, Malcom Young.

— Mina Caputo (@MinaCaputo) November 18, 2017

My thoughts, prayers & deepest condolences go out to the family, friends & everyone within the @acdc camp on the loss of the truly great #MalcomYoung. #ACDC has always been one of my favorite bands & Malcom will certainly be missed.

— Bret Michaels (@bretmichaels) November 18, 2017

The driving engine of AC/DC has died.A tragic end for a sometimes unsung icon. One of the true greats. RIP.

— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) November 18, 2017

RIP Malcolm Young...the backbone of AC/DC#RIPMalcolmYoung #ACDC

— kipwinger (@kipwinger) November 18, 2017

RIP Malcolm AC⚡️DC

— STEPHEN PEARCY (@StephenEPearcy) November 18, 2017

"..when I was a kid I wanted 2 things ... To be able to solo like SRV , And to be able to play…

— Shinedown (@Shinedown) November 18, 2017

Sad sad day.. Rest well Malcolm Young. Thank you for the riffs and all that you've done for Rock N Roll!! ? #RipMalcolmYoung

— Jamie Mathias (@BFMVJAMIE) November 18, 2017

I was dreaming of Malcom Young when I was woken by a text message of his death. Malcom was the diesel that powered the locomotive that had such impact on me. I was lucky to have met him on a few occasions. He was always very nice. I’m happy he is at peace.

— Scotti Hill (@ScottiHill) November 18, 2017

“Pick up your balls, and light up your cannon, for a 21 guns salute”
We love you Sir... Thank you... for everything.
R.I.P. Malcom Young

— Brent Smith (@TheBrentSmith) November 18, 2017

Rest well, Malcolm. We salute you. #MalcolmYoung #ACDC

— Nickelback (@Nickelback) November 18, 2017

All HAILS! Rest in Power riff Lord Malcom Young! SOLID player and a Rock n Roll Legend forever!…

— Jesse Leach (@EyeAgainstI) November 18, 2017

Another great has moved on? Thank you for your musical contributions. For being an inspiration to so many. May you #rip #malcolmyoung #guitarist @acdc ?#rocklegends #rocknroll #godspeed

— Marcos Curiel (@MarcosCuriel) November 18, 2017

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EVANESCENCE’s AMY LEE Wins ‘Hollywood Music And Media Award’ For ‘Speak To Me’ From Film ‘Voice From The Stone’

Amy Lee of the group EVANESCENCE won the Hollywood Music And Media Award for "Best Original Song - Independent Film" for the track "Speak To Me" from the film "Voice From The Stone" (starring Emilia Clarke). The song was written by Lee and Michael Wandmacher. The Hollywood Music And Media Awards (HMMA) ceremony — which took place Thursday night, November 16 at The Avalon in Hollywood — honors music in all visual media (film, TV, videogames, commercials and trailers). HMMA awards are selected by an advisory board and which includes journalists, music executives, music-media industry professionals comprised of the Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL), the Television Academy, the AMPAS Music Branch, NARAS and performing rights organizations. The awards are historically representative of the music nominees in key awards shows that occur months later. "I'm so honored and so proud!" says Amy Lee. "The experience of making this song was so special; it was surreal being let into the creative process of a film I loved so much." "As an artist, I look for opportunities that are musically challenging and push creative boundaries in pursuit of something wonderful," adds co-writer Michael Wandmacher. 'Speak To Me' is the result of such an experience. Working with Amy on this song was a privilege and career highlight. I'm thrilled that people are enjoying it." "Voice From The Stone" a haunting thriller, set in 1950s Tuscany, tells the story of Verena ("Game Of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke), a determined young nurse hired to help a young mute boy, who she realizes has fallen under the spell of a powerful and otherworldly persona trapped in the stone walls of the isolated castle in which he lives. Directed by Eric Howell, Lee was moved by the film and inspired to write "Speak To Me" after watching the story which depicts the strong bond between a mother and her son and the belief that love is stronger than death. Lee recorded the song at Skywalker Ranch and shot the official video on the film set in Tuscany, Italy. See Amy Lee perform the award-winning song "Speak To Me" live with a 28-piece orchestra on the sold-out EVANESCENCE "Synthesis Live" tour.

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AC/DC Co-Founder And Guitarist MALCOLM YOUNG Dead At 64

Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of the legendary Australian hard rock band AC/DC, has died at the age of 64. He had been suffering from dementia for at least the past three years. Malcolm died peacefully on Saturday with his family by his bedside, a statement said. "Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young," AC/DC wrote in a statement. "Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment, he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary, he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed." Malcolm's brother Angus said they were close until the end. "As his brother, it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special," he said. “He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever." In a separate statement to Australia's SBS, the band said: "Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many. From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans." Malcolm Young struggled with the onset of dementia for a period of time prior to being admitted to full-time nursing care in Sydney, Australia beginning in 2014. Malcolm was replaced in AC/DC by Stevie Young, nephew of Malcolm and AC/DC guitarist Angus Young. "We miss Malcolm, obviously," AC/DC singer Brian Johnson told TeamRock Radio in July 2014. "He's a fighter. He's in hospital, but he's a fighter. We've got our fingers crossed that he'll get strong again. "Stevie, Malcolm's nephew, was magnificent, but when you're recording with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn't well, it's difficult. But I'm sure he was rooting for us. He's such a strong man. He's a small guy, but he's very strong. He's proud and he's very private, so we can't say too much." The Sydney Morning Herald reported in September 2014 that Malcolm was being treated in a nursing home in Sydney, Australia. The facility was believed to be Lulworth House in Elizabeth Bay. A Young family connection told the newspaper, "If you were in the room with [Malcolm] and walked out, then came back in one minute later, he wouldn't remember who you are. He has a complete loss of short-term memory. His wife, O'Linda, has put him in full-time care." Malcolm did not participate in the recording sessions for AC/DC's latest studio album, "Rock Or Bust", which arrived on December 2, 2014. Stevie Young played with AC/DC once before during a 1988 tour, while Malcolm stepped out to deal with his dependency on alcohol. Malcolm is survived by his wife, two children and three grandchildren.

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Guitarist On Upcoming Album: ‘It’s One Of Our Best, If Not The Best’

During a question-and-answer session with fans earlier today (Friday, November 17) at the Bandit Rock radio station in Stockholm, Sweden, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Zoltan Bathory spoke about the band's upcoming follow-up to 2015's "Got Your Six" album, tentatively due in April or May of next year. "We are FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, so it's gonna sound like FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH," Zoltan said, before adding that the new disc would contain "no jazz fusion. It's a really good record; I think it's one of our best, if not the best," he said. "At this point, we're keeping our sound, but it's about songwriting and getting better and better songs," he explained. Prior to the arrival of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's new full-length album, the band will release a greatest-hits collection, "A Decade Of Destruction", including two new tracks, "Trouble" and "Gone Away". The hits collection and the already-completed new studio album are part of a deal to settle a legal dispute and close out the band's contract with its record company, Prospect Park. "We had a little bit of wrestling match with our record label, and we settled that issue," Zoltan said. "And we had a record that we recorded maybe a year ago. To be completely correct, we finished it a year ago — last December, something like that — and we had a little, as I said, wrestling match, a legal one, but now it's settled. And what it means to us is that we're putting out this greatest-hits record and a record that we recorded then. Since that, we recorded a couple of new songs, so that's gonna be added to that, but it's all new material that you guys, obviously, didn't hear before. So because the greatest hits also has two songs, we have about… in the next six or seven months, you guys are gonna hear about 17, 18 songs that are coming out, between all the records." According to the guitarist, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's upcoming album will contain "probably about 12" new songs "and a few bonus tracks on the deluxe edition But I'm really proud of it. Probably a couple… I would say maybe two or three of the best songs we've ever written [are] on this new record," he said. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's new disc was once again helmed by Kevin Churko, the Canadian record producer/engineer and songwriter who currently lives in Las Vegas, where he works out of his private studio, The Hideout Recording Studio. "[Kevin is] sort of like a sixth bandmember at this point," Zoltan said. "He understands the band, and he can really… We're kind of crazy, a little bit, especially [singer] Ivan [Moody]. So he has a manner and a way of working with the band that he doesn't really wanna change who we are. He sort of gets the best of us instead of steering the boat." FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH signed a new North American recording deal with Rise Records last year. They also filed a lawsuit against Prospect Park in April, asking a judge to release them from their contract and order the company to pay over a million dollars in damages. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has also dealt with Moody's struggles with substance abuse, which forced him to miss a number of shows last year and this past spring. The band is currently taking part in the biggest European arena rock tour of the fall. They are on the road co-headlining with IN FLAMES and special guests OF MICE & MEN.

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