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SACRED REICH Is ‘Not Opposed’ To Making New Music

Arizona thrashers SACRED REICH are contemplating writing and recording their first new music in over twenty years. Formed in 1986, SACRED REICH is part of the second wave of thrash, along with TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL, DESTRUCTION and DARK ANGEL. Over the years, SACRED REICH has produced a catalog of politically charged aggressive songs that have stood the test of time. SACRED REICH's last studio album, "Heal", came out in 1996. The band broke up in 2000 and remained inactive until 2006 when they received offers to play European festivals. Since coming out of retirement more than a decade ago, SACRED REICH has almost exclusively played the European festival circuit every summer. But that will change this year as SACRED REICH is celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of its classic album "Ignorance". To commemorate this milestone, the band is bringing its "30 Years Of Ignorance" tour around the world, which kicks off in Europe on July 26. Following the European run, the trek will make its way to the USA in September, featuring BYZANTINE as support. During an appearance on a recent episode of "The Official Danko Jones Podcast", SACRED REICH bassist/vocalist Phil Rind confirmed that the band has reconsidered its previous stance on recording new material. "We're not opposed to maybe doing some new stuff, which is, for us, kind of a change of plan," Rind said (hear audio below). "We've always been adamant that we weren't gonna do any new music, and our attitudes have changed, so we'll see what's on the horizon." But Rind admitted that the desire to create fresh material may come with its own set of challenges. "Thinking about doing new music isn't just doing new music, it's making a commitment to do new music and support it," he said. "Wiley [Arnett], our guitar player, just opened a second restaurant, so it's pointless to try to do something if you really can't get behind it, so we need to talk about, if we do do something, is there an opportunity to support it properly, what are people available for, and all that kind of stuff.' According to Phil, his motivation to get creative is not influenced by the potential demand that may — or may not — exist for new SACRED REICH music. "Do people wanna hear [something new from SACRED REICH]? I don't know," he said. "I'm to the point where I don't care. I've always been more or less to the point that I don't care, because people go, 'Oh, there's a big audience.' I'm, like, 'Well, how do you know there's a big audience? How do any of us know?' We don't. We can make an assumption that there's an audience. But my point is, look, when we made our first record, there was no audience, no one knew who the fuck we were, and we did it anyhow, 'cause we didn't care, 'cause we knew we had to do it. So you just have to do it with the right attitude. You have to do it 'cause you want to, you think the time is right, you have something to say, and then you go from there. So there's all that crap." Adding that his "voice has actually gotten better" over the years and describing himself as a "more confident" singer than he was in the past, Rind said that he is not entirely sure what musical direction a new SACRED REICH album would take. "I'm super guilty of overthinking things, generally speaking, so I can obviously overthink, like, 'What does SACRED REICH even sound in 2017? Should I kowtow to whatever expectation that our fanbase may have of what we sound like?'" he said. "So there's all those things, like twenty years of not making new music. What do we sound like? And I finally just came to the realization we sound like whatever it is that we put out, and that'll be fine. Which is pretty obvious, I think, to probably most people, but to me, I had to work through the process and get to that thing. So we'll see." During the "Danko Jones" chat, Rind also laid out the SACRED REICH timetable for the rest of 2017. He said: "We've got four weeks of touring in Europe, which is like a long time for us, 'cause we really… basically, we have been doing [short runs] of maybe about two weeks. And then we have our first U.S. and North American shows in, like, twenty years — we're doing three weeks in the States and a couple of dates in Canada. And we're gonna do a thirtieth-anniversary edition of 'Ignorance' coming out, I think, end of July in Europe and then a few weeks later in the States and North America. And right now we're kind of in negotiation to get our whole catalog back, 'cause there's been an issue, contractually, with different record companies, so the records haven't been available 'cause we haven't had the rights to 'em. So I think we're on the verge of getting everything back. So that's really cool. And then we'll go from there."

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THE DEAD DAISIES’ ‘We’re An American Band’ Surpasses One Million Views

After playing at the world's largest rock festivals followed by concerts across Europe, Japan, South America and Mexico, THE DEAD DAISIES are returning home for the last leg of their world tour, playing twelve shows in support of their critically acclaimed new live album, "Live And Louder". A live rendition of the GRAND FUNK RAILROAD classic "We're An American Band" was released on July 4 in celebration of the nation's independence and its video was created to remind the world of what's great about America. The clip has already been viewed more than one million times on YouTube and Facebook. THE DEAD DAISIES lead singer John Corabi states: "We first performed the song for our troops in South Korea. We wanted to bring a little bit of something 'American' to our men and women in uniform, and give them a taste of home. The song went over so well we decided to keep playing it and then recorded it for the album." Dubbed "The Dirty Dozen Tour", THE DEAD DAISIES' invasion, with special guests THE DIVES, kicks off on August 10 in Chicago and wraps on August 27 in Las Vegas. In addition to these headline shows, the band will be playing some of the largest motorcycle rallies in the country, with performances at the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis on August 9, The EasyRiders Rodeo Tour in Chillicothe, Ohio on September 1 and at The National H.O.G. Rally at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee on September 2. THE DEAD DAISIES lineup: Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE, DIO) - Guitar John Corabi (MÖTLEY CRÜE, THE SCREAM) - Vocals David Lowy (RED PHOENIX, MINK) - Guitars Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE) - Bass Brian Tichy (OZZY OSBOURNE, FOREIGNER) – Drums Photo credit: Oliver Halfin

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PERIPHERY And ANIMALS AS LEADERS Announce Co-Headlining ‘Convergence Tour’

PERIPHERY and ANIMALS AS LEADERS will team up for a North American trek, dubbed "The Convergence Tour", this fall. "This tour is a long time coming," said ANIMALS AS LEADERS guitar player Tosin Abasi. "Beyond being some of our favorite musicians, the guys in PERIPHERY are some of our favorite people! Our careers share common roots and at times, common members. We can't wait to bring this show to you all." "We are incredibly excited to hit the road with our good friends in ANIMALS AS LEADERS this fall," adds PERIPHERY guitar player Mark Holcomb. "While we've done some short runs and one-off shows with AAL over the years, the idea to do a full-scale, co-headlining tour of North America has been something both our camps have discussed for the better part of seven years. Unfortunately, we were never able to line things up. Until now. We were also able to snag two amazing bands for portions of this tour as well, CAR BOMB for the first half and ASTRONOID for the second half." "The Convergence Tour" dates: Oct. 31 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall Nov. 01 - Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre Nov. 03 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection Nov. 04 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall Nov. 05 - London, ON @ London Music Hall Nov. 07 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa Nov. 09 - New York, NY @ Playstation Theater Nov. 10 - Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Nov. 11 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory Nov. 12 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE Nov. 14 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade Nov. 15 - Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works Nov. 17 - San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall Nov. 18 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live Nov. 19 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Nov. 21 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee Nov. 22 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Nov. 24 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern Nov. 25 - San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom Nov. 27 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom Nov. 28 - Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom Nov. 29 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox Dec. 01 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex (The Grand) Dec. 02 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre CAR BOMB opens October 31 – November 15 while ASTRONOID supports November 17 to December 2. Tickets for all shows are available this Friday, July 28 at 10 a.m. local time. ANIMALS AS LEADERS released their fourth album, "The Madness Of Many", last fall via Sumerian Records. Pitchfork dubbed the ten-track album "a dense and triumphant brand of instrumental metal," while Alternative Press noted that the three-piece "continue to cut through genre restrictions." PERIPHERY, who also released their most recent album, "Periphery III: Select Difficulty", via Sumerian, discussed the album with Guitar World, saying they "returned to their mantra," which made recording far easier and faster, and led guitar player Misha Mansoor to dub it his "personal favorite."

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ALICE COOPER: Audio Samples Of Entire ‘Paranormal’ Album

Audio samples of all the tracks that are set to appear on Alice Cooper's new album, "Paranormal", can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. Due on July 28 via earMUSIC, the disc features two songs written and recorded with the original members of the ALICE COOPER band and also has guest appearances by ZZ TOP guitarist Billy Gibbons, U2 drummer Larry Mullen and Roger Glover of DEEP PURPLE. There will also be a limited run of blood-red vinyl available at indie retailers across the country. The guitar-driven "Paranoiac Personality" is a perfect entry point to Alice's searing rock record, an album that explores the fringes of society, the end of the world, encounters with the devil and more. "Paranormal" was produced by longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin (PINK FLOYD, DEEP PURPLE). In addition to the new studio album and the two new recordings from the original ALICE COOPER band, fans will receive a bonus of six live tracks recorded at one of Cooper's 2016 shows in Columbus, Ohio. "Paranormal" track listing: 01. Paranormal 02. Dead Flies 03. Fireball 04. Paranoiac Personality 05. Fallen In Love 06. Dynamite Road 07. Private Public Breakdown 08. Holy Water 09. Rats 10. The Sound Of A New studio recordings with the original ALICE COOPER band: 11. Genuine American Girl 12. You And All Of Your Friends Live in Columbus, Ohio, May 6, 2016 with the current ALICE COOPER band: 13. No More Mr. Nice Guy 14. Under My Wheels 15. Billion Dollar Babies 16. Feed My Frankenstein 17. Only Women Bleed 18. School's Out "My definition of paranormal is something that is 'other than normal' or 'alongside of normal,'" says Cooper. "You could say my whole career has been that. I would look at what was normal and step left of it. That's what gets people's attention. They'd listen to our music and see our show and say, 'That's so strange...oh yeah, that's so Alice." In keeping with his passion for the unexpected, the singer decided to steer clear of writing another concept album like 2011's "Welcome 2 My Nightmare", and focused on creating an explosive collection of unforgettable standalone songs. "Bob Ezrin and I wanted to break the mold," says Alice. "I said, let's get 20 different ideas from 20 different places, put our spin on them, and go with whatever turns out the best." Out of the 20 tunes, they picked a dozen to immortalize, each played for thrills, chills and even a few laughs. "Dynamite Road" tells the story of a band that has a deadly encounter with the devil. In "Fireball", the singer has a bad dream about the end of the world, only to wake up in time to see it happening in real life. "Genuine American Girl" is about a tough guy who is transgender and not afraid to let the world know about it, and the title track is the tender story about a girl and her best ghoul friend. "Alice doesn't have a problem being scary," Cooper says about his rock and roll alter ego. "He likes to be a villain, but he also has a slapstick side. He'll threaten to slit your throat, and then slip on a banana peel." Banana peels aside, perhaps the biggest surprise on "Paranormal" is the historic two-song mini-reunion with his former bandmates, guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith. "When the original band broke up in 1975, there was no bad blood," explains Cooper. "There were no lawsuits — we had just burned out the creative process. We had gone to high school together and had recorded something like five platinum albums in a row. We were never out of sight of each other for 10 years. Everybody just went their own way. Neal, Dennis and I always stayed in touch. Mike disappeared for a while and Glen Buxton passed away in 1997, which was a big blow." "But last year Neal called me up and said, 'I have a couple of songs.' I said, 'Great. Bring 'em over.' Then he said Mike was stopping by, so I had them come to my house and we just worked on a few things for a week. Then Dennis called up and said, 'I got a couple songs.' So, I thought, 'Hey, let's do this!' When you listen to record, it just fits right in." One could argue that the two songs, "Genuine American Girl" and THE WHO-inspired "You And All Your Friends", do more than fit in. They stand out, as in their iconic sound being instantly recognizable. Like any great entertainer, Alice Cooper is compelled to over deliver. In addition to the 12 new tracks on "Paranormal", the singer has included a bonus disc of his current band playing killer live versions of some of his greatest hits, such as "No More Mr. Nice Guy", "Billion Dollar Babies" and "School's Out". Think of it as a taste of what to expect at an ALICE COOPER concert circa 2017, including a summer co-headline North American tour with the equally legendary DEEP PURPLE. "This album is like the sideshow at a circus," Cooper concludes. "It's a little creepy. There's a three-headed monkey and the snake woman, but you're intrigued. That's where Alice lives, and it's been the place to go for 50 years."

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LINKIN PARK Recordings Enter Midweek U.K. Charts Following CHESTER BENNINGTON’s Death

According to Billboard.com, nine of LINKIN PARK's recorded have entered the U.K.'s midweek charts in the wake of frontman Chester Bennington's tragic death. The band's 2001 debut, "Hybrid Theory", is on target to re-enter the chart at No. 3, and their...

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GEOFF TATE Doesn’t Know If Encounter With Former Bandmates In QUEENSRŸCHE Is Beginning Of Healing Process

Ex-QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate spoke to the Chicago Tribune about his recent encounter with his former bandmates at Rock Fest Barcelona in Spain where the band performed on one stage and he performed with rock opera project AVANTASIA on another stage. "We actually had kind words to say to each other, hugs and handshakes," Tate said. "I don't know if that's the beginning of the healing process. It's too early to tell. I can just say it was nice seeing everybody. It was good to actually be able to talk to each other." Earlier in the month, Tate told the "92 Minutes Of Hair With Mel" show on the Las Vegas, Nevada radio station KOMP 92.3 that watching QUEENSRŸCHE at Rock Fest Barcelona marked the first time he had seen the band play without him. He said: "I'd never heard their new singer [Todd La Torre], but I watched them play and they were great, and that singer is fantastic. He's amazing! He sounds just like me. It was eerie and weird. And then I met all the guys afterwards and shook hands with them, we hugged and said hello, and it was a really nice little reunion, you know, get-together." In April 2014, Tate and QUEENSRŸCHE announced that a settlement had been reached after a nearly two-year legal battle where the singer sued over the rights to the QUEENSRŸCHE name after being fired in 2012. Original QUEENSRŸCHE members Michael Wilton (guitar), Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Eddie Jackson (bass) responded with a countersuit. The settlement included an agreement that Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson would continue as QUEENSRŸCHE, while Tate would have the sole right to perform the albums "Operation: Mindcrime" and "Operation: Mindcrime II" in their entirety live. Tate told Metal Wani back in May that the only way he could ever play with his former colleagues in QUEENSRŸCHE again was if "everybody [got] in the same room and actually confront[ed] all the things that were said and all the things that happened. And that is a really big commitment, because there was some really negative stuff that went down. And I don't know if everybody has that kind of want to go through that. [Laughs] The money would be the big driving force that would get everybody together, and I don't need the money, so I'm not really motivated to sit in a room and listen to what I've had to listen to [laughs] with everybody. But, you know, again, never say never." QUEENSRŸCHE has released two albums thus far with La Torre on vocals: 2013's "Queensrÿche" and 2015's "Condition Hüman".

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Former MAYHEM Frontman MANIAC Resurrects DAMAGE INC. Fanzine And Publishes Retrospective Anthology

Following on from the recent announcement by former MAYHEM frontman Sven Erik Kristiansen (a.k.a. Maniac) that after thirty years he would be resurrecting Damage Inc., the date of September the 1 has been set for the relaunch of what was one of the original fanzines. Created and published by Maniac in 1985, Damage Inc. had to be put to one side after only two issues, due to the rapidly burgeoning Norwegian black metal scene, and the subsequent demands placed on the vocalist by his role in MAYHEM and the various other musical projects he was working on at the time. Recently, however, the iconic frontman has found the time to return to what has always been one of his primary interests — writing — and this has led him back to Damage Inc. a project that has always remained close to his heart. Eschewing the idea that zines nowadays have to either be "online" or appear as glossy publications that sacrifice content in order to appeal to advertisers, Maniac has remained resolute in his vision that Damage Inc. will lose none of its "old-school" attributes, and will remain true to the rough and ready fanzine concept of cut and paste and, according to him, will be much more rough than the first two issues, and contain "just darkness and good music." The comeback issue of Damage Inc. will follow on from the first two issues and will effectively be issue three. In keeping with his decision to ensure that the fanzine stays true to its original concept, it will only be available in selected shops in Oslo, Finland and Japan, or directly from Maniac himself from September 1 September via email at godintheschizoidmind@gmail.com (pre-orders will not be taken). However, since the original issues of Damage Inc. have now become much-sought after, and virtually impossible-to-find, collectors items, Maniac has teamed up with The Cult Never Dies, the U.K.-based publishing company, to create the book "Ultra Damaged: Damage Inc. Zine Anthology 1985/2017". The 118-page "Anthology" will be printed in large format (A4) on high-quality paper with a 350gsm card cover. All copies will be signed by Maniac. As well as containing the two original issues from 1986 and 1987, "Ultra Damaged..." will also include the new 2017 comeback issue, which includes interviews with TEITANBLOOD, CLANDESTINE BLAZE, DÖRAID, BIRTH RITUAL and DARKTHRONE, among others, as well as a long and exclusive interview with Maniac himself. The "Ultra Damaged: Damage Inc. Zine Anthology 1985/2017" is now available to pre-order from this location. Musically, too, Maniac has not been entirely inactive, just more low key, having collaborated both live and in the studio with artists like Niklas Kvarforth and SHINING, and Andrew Liles (NURSE WITH WOUND), as well as having taken up his former mantle of frontman for a couple of MAYHEM performances. Most recently he has recorded guest vocals on the upcoming album from Norway's WITCHFACE.

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CYHRA Feat. Former IN FLAMES, AMARANTHE Members: First Live Show Announced

CYHRA, the new band featuring former IN FLAMES members Peter Iwers (bass) and Jesper Strömblad (guitar) alongside ex-AMARANTHE singer Joacim "Jake E" Lundberg and LUCA TURILLI'S RHAPSODY drummer Alex Landenburg, will make its live debut on October 27 at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland. CYHRA recently recorded its debut album at Top Floor Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden for a fall 2017 release via Spinefarm. Speaking to AntiHero Magazine, Jake stated about CYHRA's formation: "I have been friends with Jesper for a long time, probably ten years. We met for the first time when I was working for IN FLAMES as a pyro technician back in the day. That was also when I got to know Peter. We had been friends since then. I was considering to make a solo album, and I would say that I have no idea what I'm going to do, but I'm probably going to write some songs as well. And he asked me, 'Would you do the vocals on my solo album?' And I said, 'Of course. Would you be interested in playing guitar on whatever I'm doing?' And he said yes. And then we started to talk about what our solo albums, projects, whatever it was meant to be would sound like and when we were discussing that we just realized that okay, we want the same. We want to make the same album. So that's where it all came to be and then we decided to start writing songs together. So, we were actually talking over a cup of coffee on a Friday and then on Monday we actually sat down in the studio and we started working on the first song. So that was really, really good. And then when we were doing the same thing there, we didn't know what to do. But after a couple of songs, everything started to come together. Then Jesper said, 'Okay what are we going to do?' And I said that I had the perfect drummer for this band, and that's Alex Landenburg. I said that you are going to love this guy. And a couple of months later we all met, and Jesper and Alex became best friends instantly. And then Jesper said that it would be cool if Peter would like to join. And so we asked him and he was still the bassist for IN FLAMES, and he said, 'Yeah, absolutely, I will gladly jump on board of this ship. But just to let you know, I am going to still be a member of IN FLAMES as well.' We were cool with that and then things happened like they did. Peter eventually decided to part ways with IN FLAMES. So now we're here recording the first album." Regarding the CYHRA sound, Jake said: "It is hard to describe what we sound like because we've been writing for almost a year. We've been influenced by so many different bands. We are, of course, influenced by ourselves. Because like, as the main songwriter in all our different projects before, you know, like, Jesper has his touch of things, I have the touch on my side, and also the other guys. Of course, you will find similarities in our former bands. But I won't say that we have reinvented the wheel in any way, but it's still something that sounds really, really fresh and new, even though music is music. You could always probably find similarities. But I would not say that it sounds like old AMARANTHE, or that it sounds like IN FLAMES. But you could completely, you know, recognize yourself within these boundaries." Jake E announced his departure from AMARANTHE in February, explaining at the time that he began to feel that "my place both on the albums and live was reduced; I felt like I was superfluous… I started to feel more like a backing singer." Iwers issued a statement in November saying that he was leaving IN FLAMES "to pursue other endeavors." He has since been replaced on the road by Bryce Paul, a member of the Southern California pop-rock outfit IVES. Strömblad quit IN FLAMES in February 2010 in order to continue receiving treatment for his alcohol addiction. He later formed THE RESISTANCE with Marco Aro (vocals, THE HAUNTED) and Glenn Ljungström (guitar, ex-IN FLAMES), only to exit that band in March 2016. THE RESISTANCE bassist Rob Hakemo later slammed Jesper in an interview, calling the guitarist "an alcoholic" and "drug addict" who "doesn't want to [get] sober."

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