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DEAD CROSS Feat. MIKE PATTON, DAVE LOMBARDO: ‘Obedience School’ Video

"Obedience School", the new Dennis Bersales-directed video from DEAD CROSS, the Southern California outfit featuring drummer Dave Lombardo (ex-SLAYER, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, MISFITS) and singer Mike Patton (FAITH NO MORE), can be seen below. The song is taken from DEAD CROSS's self-titled debut album, which will be released on August 4 via Ipecac Recordings. The effort was helmed by producer Ross Robinson, who has previously worked with KORN, DEFTONES, SEPULTURA and LIMP BIZKIT, among others, and was mastered at Golden Mastering in Ventura, California. DEAD CROSS, which is rounded out by Justin Pearson (THE LOCUST, RETOX, HEAD WOUND CITY) and Michael Crain (RETOX, FESTIVAL OF DEAD DEER), last year parted ways with singer Gabe Serbian. "Dead Cross" features a glow-in-the-dark cover (CD/LP) created by Eric Livingston, with vinyl available in a limited edition gold and a clear/red/black swirl. Joining DEAD CROSS on the bulk of their North American tour is SECRET CHIEFS 3. The San Francisco-based outfit, who describe themselves as "an ever-unfolding musical vision," features Patton's former MR. BUNGLE bandmate Trey Spruance. "I have no idea what kind of chaos it will conjure on stage or in the audience," said Lombardo of the five-week outing, continuing, "but I know it's going to be a hell of a good time." The late-summer tour kicks off on August 10 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California and includes a stop at Riot Fest in Chicago. Patton told Rolling Stone that he got involved with DEAD CROSS after reaching out to Lombardo to see if he could release the band's album on Ipecac. After getting a text from the drummer asking him to join the group, "my jaw dropped," the singer said. "I was like, 'Who, me? Hmm …' And I think it took like all of 30 seconds, but in a sarcastic way, I'm like, 'Yeah, of course. I can do this. Are you sure you want me?' So I kind of second-guessed him a little bit. And he said, 'Man, you'd be our dream vocalist.' And then it was just a matter of logistics. I decided to record it here in my basement, which is fitting. It shouldn't sound too polished." Regarding DEAD CROSS's musical direction, Patton said: "To me, it is a traditional hardcore record. It is very pointed, direct and visceral. Like, I wasn't going to play keyboards, add samples or any kind of orchestration. It was like, 'Yo, just go for it.' In some ways, it reminded me of stuff that we had collectively all grown up with and loved when we were like teenagers — bands like the ACCÜSED, DEEP WOUND or SIEGE, stuff that was just brutal, uncompromising and right to the point. I was listening to all those bands again before this came to be, so it was already back infused in my blood. And now I got a chance to do a pencil-in-your-eye record." Lombardo concurred, telling Rolling Stone: "The album is only 28 minutes long. And the funny thing is [SLAYER's] 'Reign In Blood' was 29 minutes. This album carries so much anger and frustration. You hear it in my drumming. It was the perfect birth of a hardcore album. It's one of the most brutal albums I've ever done."

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JAMES HETFIELD Slams KYLIE + KENDALL JENNER For Selling Unauthorized METALLICA T-Shirt: ‘It’s Disrespectful’

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has slammed Kylie and Kendall Jenner for selling "vintage" T-shirts with the pair's faces superimposed over some of rock and rock's biggest icons, including his band. The T-shirts in question were unveiled on the sisters' Kendall + Kylie online shop late last month, and featured images of METALLICA, Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, PINK FLOYD, THE DOORS, LED ZEPPELIN and the late Notorious B.I.G. overlaid with Instagram shots of the model/reality star siblings. The merchandise — which was being sold for $125 apiece and featured the logo "Repurposed in the USA" — did not go over well, and especially not with Voletta Wallace, mother of the late Christopher Wallace, the real name of Notorious B.I.G. She slammed the girls on Instagram, calling the shirts "disrespectful, disgusting, and exploitation at its worst!!!" The reality TV stars quickly withdrew the shirt from sale, explaining in a statement: "These designs were not well thought out and we deeply apologize to anyone that has been upset and/or offended, especially to the families of the artists." Asked by ET Canada for his opinion on Kendall and Kylie Jenner's T-shirt featuring METALLICA's "Kill 'Em All" album cover with an Instagram image of Kylie placed on top, Hetfield said (see video below): "I guess what they were thinking is, 'We can do whatever we want.' To me, it's disrespectful. We've spent thirty-six years working hard, doing our best to keep a really close connection with people, make every note count, and someone just throws something up over something that we feel… Not that it's sacred or anything, but show some respect." When the shirts launched on Kendall + Kylie, Ozzy's wife and manager Sharon made it perfectly clear that the Jenners failed to reach out to the BLACK SABBATH singer to secure the legal rights to his image. "Girls, you haven't earned the right to put your face with musical icons. Stick to what you know…lip gloss," she tweeted. Earlier this month, Sharon slammed the sisters' business practices again on the CBS talk show "The Talk". Osbourne, who is a co-host on the program, started the segment by reading her tweet aloud and then launched into a criticism of the Jenners, calling their T-shirt line a publicity stunt. "They are doing this for press, like they do everything, and I fell right for it by responding," she said. "They're getting their line up and running by using all these iconic performers to just state that they now have a line of merchandising," she said. "They know exactly what they're doing. They're not kids. They were brought up in this industry."

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JAMES HETFIELD Slams KYLIE + KENDALL JENNER For Selling Unauthorized METALLICA T-Shirt: ‘It’s Disrespectful’

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has slammed Kylie and Kendall Jenner for selling "vintage" T-shirts with the pair's faces superimposed over some of rock and rock's biggest icons, including his band. The T-shirts in question were unveiled on the sisters' Kendall + Kylie online shop late last month, and featured images of METALLICA, Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, PINK FLOYD, THE DOORS, LED ZEPPELIN and the late Notorious B.I.G. overlaid with Instagram shots of the model/reality star siblings. The merchandise — which was being sold for $125 apiece and featured the logo "Repurposed in the USA" — did not go over well, and especially not with Voletta Wallace, mother of the late Christopher Wallace, the real name of Notorious B.I.G. She slammed the girls on Instagram, calling the shirts "disrespectful, disgusting, and exploitation at its worst!!!" The reality TV stars quickly withdrew the shirt from sale, explaining in a statement: "These designs were not well thought out and we deeply apologize to anyone that has been upset and/or offended, especially to the families of the artists." Asked by ET Canada for his opinion on Kendall and Kylie Jenner's T-shirt featuring METALLICA's "Kill 'Em All" album cover with an Instagram image of Kylie placed on top, Hetfield said (see video below): "I guess what they were thinking is, 'We can do whatever we want.' To me, it's disrespectful. We've spent thirty-six years working hard, doing our best to keep a really close connection with people, make every note count, and someone just throws something up over something that we feel… Not that it's sacred or anything, but show some respect." When the shirts launched on Kendall + Kylie, Ozzy's wife and manager Sharon made it perfectly clear that the Jenners failed to reach out to the BLACK SABBATH singer to secure the legal rights to his image. "Girls, you haven't earned the right to put your face with musical icons. Stick to what you know…lip gloss," she tweeted. Earlier this month, Sharon slammed the sisters' business practices again on the CBS talk show "The Talk". Osbourne, who is a co-host on the program, started the segment by reading her tweet aloud and then launched into a criticism of the Jenners, calling their T-shirt line a publicity stunt. "They are doing this for press, like they do everything, and I fell right for it by responding," she said. "They're getting their line up and running by using all these iconic performers to just state that they now have a line of merchandising," she said. "They know exactly what they're doing. They're not kids. They were brought up in this industry."

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SEVENDUST’s CLINT LOWERY: ‘I Don’t Wanna Do Full-Length Records Anymore’

Scott Bowling of "Good Company" (web site) recently conducted an interview with SEVENDUST guitarist Clint Lowery. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about SEVENDUST's plans for the follow-up to 2015's "Kill The Flaw" album, Lowery said: "We're gonna do another record in November, man. We just started writing for it. "It's a different era, man," he continued. "It's, like, I'm touring with SEETHER [as the band's second guitarist], so there's that; I'm really focused on that. But we've [SEVENDUST] been demoing some stuff out, the same kind of creative team, and we're gonna see what happens. We're excited about it. We have a new label, Rise, and they've got some great bands, a great, creative team over there. So this will be our first real label that the band's ever had." Asked if it's true that SEVENDUST will be working with producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette (ALTER BRIDGE, SLASH) on the upcoming disc, Clint said: "I think so. It's still kind of in the works, but I think the label, they really want us to use someone outside of someone that we've already been with, just to break it up, and they're really pushing for it. So Elvis seems like a good fit." Lowery also talked about the different ways of releasing music that doesn't necessarily involve making whole albums. "I don't wanna do full-length records anymore," he said. "I mean, I'm old school — I love vinyl and I love the whole presentation of a full record — but I do wanna be open to new ways to release music. I don't feel like going in and taking a full year and this huge production and doing a full record. I mean, I believe in doing those, but I also believe that between these record cycles, just throw in a couple of sprinklings of new songs." He added: "I'm never gonna be one of those guys [that will say], 'Oh, don't try it. Let's just stick to the old thing until it's completely ran into the ground.' I'm open for new guys, a new energy and a new release strategy." SEVENDUST last year received its first-ever Grammy nomination after two decades together as a band. "Thank You", the debut single from "Kill The Flaw", received a nomination for "Best Metal Performance". SEVENDUST is comprised of singer Lajon Witherspoon, the dual-guitar attack of Lowery and John Connolly, and the driving rhythm section of Vince Hornsby on bass and Morgan Rose on drums.

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BRET MICHAELS Wasn’t Surprised DONALD TRUMP Won The Presidency: He ‘Is All About Capitalism And He Is Patriotic’

POISON singer Bret Micheals, who won Season 3 of Donald Trump's reality competition "The Celebrity Apprentice", was asked by Entrepreneur.com in a new interview how he would rate Trump as an entrepreneur. "Donald Trump would be at the very top," Bret responded. "Trump has the entrepreneurial spirit. He also has tough skin." Asked if he was surprised Trump won the presidency, Bret said: "No. America is built on capitalism. Trump is all about capitalism and he is patriotic. You have to put money back into the pockets of people to make democracy work. Hopefully, Trump can make America a better place and I think he can do that if he starts with the entrepreneurial spirit." Bret told the Tampa Bay Times last December that he never saw Trump say or do anything negative toward women or minorities. "If he was tough on anyone, he was tough on me," the singer said. He described Trump as an "amazing businessman" who "gets stuff done" and "was extremely great around my family and my kids." "I've never seen him do anything but talk about America and being an entrepreneur," Bret said. "And it really fires people up. I really, truly believe, if we give him a chance, I think he's going to do a great job." Michaels added that he had nothing against the Obama administration. "They were handed a rough economy, they were handed a rough situation, and I think he did good," he said. "Obama did a good job getting it to here, and now we've got to say, Trump is going to take it from here and take it up a notch for his term — or terms." POISON's reunited original lineup — Michaels, Rikki Rockett, Bobby Dall and C.C. DeVille — kicked off its North American tour with DEF LEPPARD on April 8 at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. The trek wrapped on June 25 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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KORN May Re-Team With Producer NICK RASKULINECZ For Next Album

Stephen Wayne of iRockRadio.com conducted an interview with KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch before the band's July 23 concert at Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the powerful production of KORN's latest album, 2016's "The Serenity Of Suffering", and the band's plans for a follow-up effort, Welch said: "A lot of that was Nick Raskulinecz. All these bands that you guys hear out in the world, without the producer, we would not be at the level that we're at, as far as sound and how you feel the music — from all the bands. Producers bring it together. They're like the next bandmember. And so we look forward to working with Nick Raskulinecz again — hopefully this [next] record." He continued: "Usually you stop a tour cycle and then you get together and you come up with the plan for the next record. So we're talking [about working with] Nick and there's other that we've talked about too, but we'll see. So we're still touring, and we're gonna do a little bit more touring — not in the U.S. anymore maybe. But we'll see next year what we're gonna do." "The Serenity Of Suffering" came out at the end of October. The track "A Different World" features a guest appearance from SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor. KORN and STONE SOUR have joined forces for a summer tour, which kicked off on June 16 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, Utah. The trek will continue through early August.

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Watch Official Trailer For BLACK SABBATH’s ‘The End Of The End’ Film

The official trailer for BLACK SABBATH's upcoming film, "The End Of The End", can be seen below. "The End Of The End" chronicles the final tour from the band that spawned the metal genre — BLACK SABBATH. On February 4, 2017, SABBATH stormed the stage in their hometown of Birmingham, to play the 81st and final triumphant gig of "The End" tour. This monumental show brought down the curtain on a career that spanned almost half a century. The sold-out performance marked the culmination of a global tour that saw the band play to over one and a half million fans. With their inception in 1968, BLACK SABBATH pioneered a sound that would form the basis of heavy metal, and to this day continues to influence bands the world over. The film brings fans the up close and personal story of the final, emotionally charged concert, as the band perform hits, including "Iron Man", "Paranoid", "War Pigs" and many more. Join SABBATH in the studio, as they deliver unique and exclusive performances of some of their favorite songs not played on the tour, and catch an intimate glimpse into the band's world; the music, relationships and banter, alongside personal anecdotes. The band said: "To bring it all back home after all these years was pretty special. It was so hard to say goodbye to the fans, who've been incredibly loyal to us through the years. We never dreamed in the early days that we'd be here 49 years later doing our last show on our home turf." "The End Of The End" offers you the chance to witness for yourself BLACK SABBATH's incredible swansong. As Ozzy Osbourne says: "What a journey we've all had. It's fucking amazing." This is the final word from the greatest heavy metal band of all time. Marc Allenby from Trafalgar Releasing said: "Trafalgar Releasing are excited to be expanding our music events with the legendary band, BLACK SABBATH, and their final ever historic show. We look forward to collaborating with Eagle Rock and BLACK SABBATH's management on 'The End Of The End'." For one night only on September 28 2017, over 1,500 cinemas worldwide will be showing a specially edited version of "Black Sabbath: The End Of The End". The film will be distributed to cinemas worldwide by Trafalgar Releasing on September 28 and will include the incredible final gig as well as unprecedented behind the scenes access to the band, filmed by director Dick Carruthers ("Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day", "Imagine Dragons: Smoke + Mirrors Live"). "The End, Live In Birmingham" will be released in various formats later this year. Tickets are now on sale worldwide with more cinemas to follow soon. If "Black Sabbath: The End of the End" is not screening in a specific area, fans can make a request for via "Demand It" it by filling out a form on the web site, and Trafalgar Releasing will do their best to bring the event to a cinema near them. For details of cinemas taking part in this very special one-night-only event and ticket information, visit www.blacksabbathfilmtickets.com.

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HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD To Release ‘V’ Album In October; ‘California Dreaming’ Video Available

HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD will release its fifth full-length album, "V" (Five), on October 27. The music video for the disc's first single, "California Dreaming", can be seen below. Powered by neck-snapping guitars and fast and furious bars, the song cycles between guttural rapping and quick quips. Everything culminates on the choral chant "We never sleep, in California we're dreaming." "It dissects both sides of California," HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD's J-Dog reveals. "You've got the glitz, glamour, sun, and surf. Then, you've got the super-fucked side of people not being able to afford rent, celebrities being assholes, and that fake façade. "We wanted to do a heavy song with a RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS-esque chorus. It's an old school vibe explored in a new way." "We're five brothers, and this is our fifth record," affirms Johnny 3 Tears. "Nothing gets to the essence of the music like this number does. Numerology has a lot of power. When we said 'Five', it just made sense. The fact that we could all agree on one word codifies who we are. It also nods back to 'No. 5' from our first album, because it was our fifth song. Moreover, it hints at this secret society of fans supporting us for the past decade. The number is significant, and this is a significant moment for us." HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD has also announced a new set of dates in support of "V", which will begin on September 30 at the Louder Than Life festival. Tickets and VIP Packages for all shows go on sale this Friday, July 28 at 10 a.m. local in each city. For all U.S. headline shows, BUTCHER BABIES will serve as direct support.

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QUIET RIOT Releases First Video In Almost Three Decades: ‘Can’t Get Enough’

"Can't Get Enough", the new video from QUIET RIOT, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's new album, "Road Rage", which will be released on August 4 via Frontiers Music Srl. QUIET RIOT is led by drummer Frankie Banali, who is joined by bassist Chuck Wright (who has been in and out of the band since 1982), guitarist Alex Grossi (who has been in the band since 2004), and new vocalist James Durbin. Durbin, who became known as the "metal guy" on 2011's season of "American Idol" after performing "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking The Law" with JUDAS PRIEST, hooked up with QUIET RIOT after the dismissal of Seann Nicols (a.k.a. Sheldon Tarsha; formerly of ADLER'S APPETITE). Nicols was with QUIET RIOT for just a few months, but long enough to record the vocals for an early version of "Road Rage". Banali told Billboard.com that, lyrically, "Can't Get Enough" comes from Durbin's life experiences: "From that perspective, I think a lot of people can relate to what this song is about. Musically, it is a very straight-ahead, driving rock song with great melodies in the tradition of QUIET RIOT." "Can't Get Enough" is the first video the band has shot in almost three decades. Banali told Billboard.com the group decided to make the video because it felt "the timing is right to give the fans a visual of the band. Between 1983 and 1987, QUIET RIOT videos were well represented on MTV. While obviously much has changed since, it seemed the time was right to release a video to show everyone what QUIET RIOT is all about in the 21st century." He added: "The band has always made fun videos, and this was certainly in keeping with that tradition." "Road Rage" was originally scheduled for release in the spring of 2017, but with the injection of newfound energy for the band with the addition of Durbin in the vocalist slot, the band decided to scrap the original sessions and record a new version of the album with the new and improved lineup. "Road Rage" track listing: 01. Can't Get Enough 02. Getaway 03. Roll This Joint 04. Freak Flag 05. Wasted 06. Still Wild 07. Make A Way 08. Renegades 09. The Road 10. Shame 11. Knock Em Down Durbin made his live debut with QUIET RIOT on March 18 at The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas. Banali revived QUIET RIOT in 2010, three years after DuBrow's death, along with Grossi and Wright. The group went through two vocalists — Mark Huff and Scott Vokoun — before settling on Jizzy Pearl in 2013. Pearl announced his exit from QUIET RIOT last October.

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