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MOTÖRHEAD To Release ‘Under Cöver’ In September

One thing Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee liked to do throughout their years together in MOTÖRHEAD was grab a favorite song by another artist and give it a good old fashioned "Motörheading." To run them through the Motörizer, if you will. To rock them, roll them and even give them an extra twist and edge. In celebration of some of those finest moments, the band will release "Under Cöver", a collection of some of their best covers, and a collection which will include the previously unreleased version of David Bowie's timeless classic "Heroes". Recorded during the "Bad Magic" sessions in 2015 by Cameron Webb, it was one of the last songs the band recorded together. "It's such a great Bowie song, one of his best, and I could only see great things coming out of it from us, and so it proved to be," says Phil Campbell, "and Lemmy ended up loving our version." "He was very, very proud of it," says Mikkey Dee, "not only because it turned out so well but because it was fun! Which is what projects like this should be — fun!" "Under Cöver" will be available on September 1 in 1CD (digipak), 1x 180-gram black vinyl in gatefold, super deluxe boxset (1CD digipak, 1x 180-gram black vinyl and VIP guest pass), digital audio and MFiT Audio. To that ethic, the rest of the album contains loud and proud, raucous and raging rock 'n' roll takes on the likes of "God Save The Queen" (SEX PISTOLS), "Cat Scratch Fever" (TED NUGENT), "Rockaway Beach" (THE RAMONES), "Breaking The Law" (JUDAS PRIEST) and "Whiplash" (METALLICA) which earned the band a Grammy in 2005 for "Best Metal Performance." "We were happy with them at the time and we're happy with them now!" affirms Campbell, while Dee says, "We should remember that it's about having some fun with songs that we all loved." "Under Cöver" track listing 01. Breaking The Law (produced by Cameron Webb) 2008 02. God Save The Queen (produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2000 03. Heroes (produced by Cameron Webb) 2015 04. Starstruck (produced by Cameron Webb) 2014 05. Cat Scratch Fever (produced by Peter Solley) 1992 06. Jumpin' Jack Flash (produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2001 07. Sympathy For The Devil (produced by Cameron Webb) 2015 08. Hellraiser (produced by Billy Sherwood) 1992 09. Rockaway Beach (mixed by Cameron Webb) 2002 10. Shoot 'Em Down (produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2001 11. Whiplash (produced by Bruce Bouillet and Bob Kulick) 2005

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Late MEGADETH Drummer NICK MENZA’s Family And Biographer Vow To ‘Not Censor Anything’ In Upcoming Memoir

Late MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza's family, management and biographer are promising some shattering public disclosures about Nick's final months — and the disgraceful treatment they've received since the musician's sudden death. Late in the evening on May 21, 2016, Nick collapsed after suffering a heart attack during a concert with Chris Poland and Robertino "Pag" Pagliari in their band OHM: at The Baked Potato in Studio City, California and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said Menza died of hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Little more than a year later, the Menza camp has its crosshairs on MEGADETH founder Dave Mustaine, according to author J. Marshall Craig, manager Robert Bolger and Rose Menza, Nick's mother, who is now guarding and caring for the drummer's estate and legacy. Shortly after Nick's passing, Rose expressed her "enormous gratitude for the outpouring of love and condolences from Nick's many friends and fans," adding that she was "so happy and excited" that "Dave Mustaine has chosen to help celebrate Nick's life and help the boys (Nick's two surviving sons)" with a benefit memorial concert that was proposed to feature all willing former members of MEGADETH. In the days after Nick's death, Mustaine told Kerrang! magazine that, "The Nick that I know, at the end, I think that he… he went to heaven doing what he wanted to do: play drums. And I think that instead of us all mourning, we should celebrate his life, celebrate his legacy." Mustaine insisted in interviews that he had a "very, very close" relationship with the drummer, despite Menza's public accusation that the MEGADETH frontman sent him a "ridiculous proposal" for a failed 2015 reunion of the band's classic "Rust In Peace"-era lineup. In interviews and public posts on his social media, Nick revealed that Mustaine refused to pay for him rehearsals or even recording the next record, and offered an insulting weekly touring rate. When Nick's attorney and management submitted a counter-proposal, Mustaine allegedly lost his temper and scuttled the reunion, changing his phone number and e-mail address. Nick and Mustaine never spoke again, which Craig says is explored fully in the upcoming memoir, "Megalife: Nick Menza The Book". "Dave's betrayal was really a huge blow to Nick," Craig says. "But I can say that not long after, Nick was as sure as ever that he was better off and far more musically satisfied playing with Chris and Pag. He absolutely loved those guys. He was far more excited about the prospect of playing Europe with OHM: than he ever seemed to me when the subject of MEGADETH came up. He told me he wanted the reunion for what it could have and should have been — a celebration of a band at its zenith, regrouping one more time for the fans. "Yeah, it would have been great. And who's to say it still can't be sometime in the future," Nick said in his final interview with Craig, at Rose Lane Studio in Carpinteria less than a month before his death. "It sure doesn't look good now but I'll never say never; it's all up to Dave. It always has been." In the year since Menza's death, sadly, Mustaine has failed to not only stage a memorial concert featuring surviving MEGADETH alumni and for the benefit of Nick's sons — he has yet to call Menza's parents or even send a condolence letter. "He never called," Rose said this week from the family home in Studio City. "I am really upset at him (Mustaine). They were NOT good friends, no matter what he says now that Nick's not here to answer what's being said about him." Mustaine told the Q103 radio station a couple of days after Menza's death: "People think that we had this failed reunion attempt. There were several times that we tried to reconcile stuff, and it just didn't happen for whatever reason — I don't know why, but it didn't." Says biographer Craig: "Dave knows exactly why there was no reunion, since he pulled the plug — again — as can be clearly seen in mail exchanges between him and Nick, which Nick gave me complete access to. I've put the conversations in the book, unabridged," Craig says. "Dave's at once friendly and encouraging and then, in an instant, childish and rude; Nick comes across like, well Nick: polite, agreeable and accommodating, trying his best to get along and make it work. "I've been telling media before and after Nick's passing that he never sought to call out Dave for the things he did and said, which is completely true. Nick wanted to take the high road and, indeed, he always did, and we're honoring that legacy. "Believe me — there is A LOT that Nick revealed to me that is not in the book … though what is most fans will find pretty shocking, but not a surprise. "I am told that Mustaine has again been months late in paying Nick's estate royalties due, which has been a constant source of tension through all of the years I've known the Menza family. "In consultation with Nick's mom and dad and sister and ex, his manager Rob and Nick's closest friends, we're unanimous in the decision to not censor anything now." Craig, best known for his deeply behind-the-scenes books with THE ANIMALS frontman Eric Burdon and THE ROLLING STONES keyboardist and musical director Chuck Leavell, believes the most disgraceful incident so far is the MEGADETH frontman's treatment of Menza's surviving young boys. As for repeated declarations from Mustaine that he "sang almost every single note of Marty Friedman's guitar solos, and I wrote the majority of Nick's drum parts, and I wrote almost every bass note that Ellefson played" and "I did it to [former guitarists] Jeff [Young], Chris [Poland] and Al [Pitrelli], too," Craig, says that long before Nick's death, he held nothing back on discussing his time in MEGADETH and how the band's management treated him in years since. "I've been privy to it all," Craig says, "the e-mails, the attorneys' and managers' correspondence on both sides. I think it paints an ugly picture, but fans will be able to make that assessment for themselves when they see the book. "Nick didn't want a tell-all, and nothing about this book can be considered salacious in the least," Craig concludes. "But that doesn't mean it's not going to be controversial and perhaps bruise a few feelings that deserve to have the wind knocked out of them: This book is the truth — Nick Menza's true MegaLife.” The drum clinic video below was shot by J. Marshall Craig in 2013 at Nick's Disintegrator Studios in Studio City, California during the research/writing of "MegaLife: Nick Menza"

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ROADCASE ROYALE Feat. HEART’s NANCY WILSON: ‘First Things First’ Album Due In September

Nancy Wilson, one of the founding members of the legendary Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame group HEART, has teamed up with former Prince's NEW POWER GENERATION band member and R&B singer Liv Warfield to form the soulful, rock supergroup ROADCASE ROYALE. The band recently signed with Loud & Proud Records and plan to release their debut album, "First Things First", on September 22. The album was produced by fellow ROADCASE ROYALE band member Dan Rothchild (HEART) along with the band. "Nancy and Liv are magic together, and the musicianship is outstanding," said Tom Lipsky, president Loud & Proud Records. "The interesting blend of talents and influences is what makes ROADCASE ROYALE special. Most importantly, there is a fire within this group to do something original, to feed off each other and explore new creative directions. It is exciting to see that kind of passion and drive in artists that have already accomplished so much. We are proud to be their label partners." "ROADCASE ROYALE is a band I've always wanted to be in," says Nancy Wilson. "We all write and create songs as a unit. It's an inspired democracy. Liv and Ryan both bring a whole new level of magic to our new sound. I'm amazed after devoting my life to rock music how it now feels so brand new. That's why our first album is called 'First Things First'." Earlier this year, Rolling Stone premiered the live performance video of ROADCASE ROYALE's debut single, "Get Loud", saying, "The band builds a funky, nimble groove, led by Warfield's soulful belting and the acoustic/electric guitar attack of Wilson and Prince protégé Ryan Waters." The video was shot by celebrated photographer Neal Preston. "Get Loud", with its laid-back groove, provides a solid acoustic and electric foundation for Warfield's vocals — all about getting loud and standing up for women's equality. "Get Loud" blends this important message with the group's R&B and rock influences, resulting in a uniquely powerful track. The name of the band, ROADCASE ROYALE came to the group during a backstage meeting they had last year. Wilson said: "When I came up with the name ROADCASE ROYALE, it was an interesting symbol to me since the big heavy-duty road cases that our amps drums and guitars travel in are much like the musicians they accompany on the road. Strong and regal looking yet all scuffed up and dented, covered in funny stickers that tell the story of a crazy traveling circus." In addition to Wilson (guitar) and Warfield (vocals), ROADCASE ROYALE features Ryan Waters (lead guitarist) along with HEART members Chris Joyner (keys), Dan Rothchild (bass), and Ben Smith (drums). The sextet made its live debut March 25 at the fifth annual Rock Against MS benefit concert in Los Angeles. The band will play several headline dates beginning September 10 at The Gramercy Theatre in New York and will embark on a major U.S. tour this fall. Photo credit: Jeremy Dange

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LINKIN PARK Releases Statement About CHESTER BENNINGTON’s Death: ‘Our Hearts Are Broken’

The suriviving members of LINKIN PARK have released the following statement regarding the passing of their lead singer, Chester Bennington: "Dear Chester, "Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened. "You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we've seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you. "Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled — a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We're trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve. "Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don't know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much. "Until we see you again, LP." Bennington was found dead in his home in Palos Verdes near Los Angeles by one of his employees shortly before 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 20. A Los Angeles County coroner said on Friday that Bennington's "death is confirmed to be suicide by hanging." He added that "a bottle of alcohol was found in the room, but it wasn't close to the body and was not full." Bennington had been candid about mental health battles in numerous interviews over the years. He was an open book when it came to the darkness he wrestled with, from talking about depression, anxiety and substance abuse, to revealing that he was molested when he was seven years old.

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD To Headline Closing Night Of HOUSTON OPEN AIR

AVENGED SEVENFOLD will close out the final night (Sunday, October 15) of the second annual Monster Energy Houston Open Air at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman in The Woodlands, Texas. Festival producers Danny Wimmer Presents are very excited to bring the band back to Houston, after dangerous storms and lightning in the area prevented them from playing at last year's event. "We were ecstatic to get the call from Danny Wimmer about playing this year's Houston Open Air," said AVENGED SEVENFOLD vocalist M. Shadows. "We love playing Houston, and after last year's unfortunate weather, we've been looking forward to going back and giving our fans there a much-deserved headlining show. Can't wait to see you all." PROPHETS OF RAGE will shift from Sunday night to Saturday, just before FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's headlining set. Tom Morello from PROPHETS OF RAGE said: "We are excited to remain on Houston Open Air festival. PROPHETS OF RAGE wants to thank AVENGED SEVENFOLD for stepping up and taking our Sunday headline slot as we have a personal band conflict that makes us unable to play Sunday. PROPHETS will now make Houston RAGE AGAIN on Saturday, October 14 and AVENGED will do the same on Sunday!" As previously announced, Texas's biggest rock experience is set for Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15 and will feature performances from top rock artists on two stages, also including STONE SOUR, MARILYN MANSON, MASTODON, HALESTORM, IN THIS MOMENT, GOJIRA, OF MICE & MEN, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and more. Monster Energy Houston Open Air also features multiple onsite experiences and a Texas-sized food experience underscoring Houston's emergence as a great American food city. Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents, said: "AVENGED SEVENFOLD was the storm that we wanted to close out the first-ever Houston Open Air, but it's not the storm that we got. We've been working for a long time to get AVENGED SEVENFOLD back after last year's weather prevented them from playing. We're excited to have this second chance to bring the spectacle of A7X to the Houston Open Air stage on Sunday night. And Saturday is going to be amazing, with PROPHETS OF RAGE joining FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, MARILYN MANSON, HALESTORM, GOJIRA and more." The updated music lineup for Monster Energy Houston Open Air is as follows: Saturday, October 14: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH PROPHETS OF RAGE MARILYN MANSON HALESTORM GOJIRA IN THIS MOMENT OF MICE & MEN STARSET BEARTOOTH AVATAR CODE ORANGE GRETA VAN FLEET Sunday, October 15: AVENGED SEVENFOLD STONE SOUR MASTODON SUICIDAL TENDENCIES STEEL PANTHER ZAKK SABBATH AUGUST BURNS RED POWER TRIP RADKEY DED BLACK MAP PALISADES Single-day and weekend tickets for Monster Energy Houston Open Air are available at www.HoustonOpenAir.com. Fans are encouraged to buy early and save. Weekend passes start at just $66.66, and single day tickets start at $45.00. VIP upgrades are $40.00 per day or $75.00 for the weekend. Each VIP upgrade pass includes access to The VIP Lounge (located in the Event Center) which features air conditioning, a live video stream of main stage performances, VIP-only restrooms, and dedicated concessions (for additional purchase); a VIP-only entrance into the venue; and a commemorative Monster Energy Houston Open Air laminate.

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD To Headline Closing Night Of HOUSTON OPEN AIR

AVENGED SEVENFOLD will close out the final night (Sunday, October 15) of the second annual Monster Energy Houston Open Air at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman in The Woodlands, Texas. Festival producers Danny Wimmer Presents are very excited to bring the band back to Houston, after dangerous storms and lightning in the area prevented them from playing at last year's event. "We were ecstatic to get the call from Danny Wimmer about playing this year's Houston Open Air," said AVENGED SEVENFOLD vocalist M. Shadows. "We love playing Houston, and after last year's unfortunate weather, we've been looking forward to going back and giving our fans there a much-deserved headlining show. Can't wait to see you all." PROPHETS OF RAGE will shift from Sunday night to Saturday, just before FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's headlining set. Tom Morello from PROPHETS OF RAGE said: "We are excited to remain on Houston Open Air festival. PROPHETS OF RAGE wants to thank AVENGED SEVENFOLD for stepping up and taking our Sunday headline slot as we have a personal band conflict that makes us unable to play Sunday. PROPHETS will now make Houston RAGE AGAIN on Saturday, October 14 and AVENGED will do the same on Sunday!" As previously announced, Texas's biggest rock experience is set for Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15 and will feature performances from top rock artists on two stages, also including STONE SOUR, MARILYN MANSON, MASTODON, HALESTORM, IN THIS MOMENT, GOJIRA, OF MICE & MEN, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and more. Monster Energy Houston Open Air also features multiple onsite experiences and a Texas-sized food experience underscoring Houston's emergence as a great American food city. Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents, said: "AVENGED SEVENFOLD was the storm that we wanted to close out the first-ever Houston Open Air, but it's not the storm that we got. We've been working for a long time to get AVENGED SEVENFOLD back after last year's weather prevented them from playing. We're excited to have this second chance to bring the spectacle of A7X to the Houston Open Air stage on Sunday night. And Saturday is going to be amazing, with PROPHETS OF RAGE joining FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, MARILYN MANSON, HALESTORM, GOJIRA and more." The updated music lineup for Monster Energy Houston Open Air is as follows: Saturday, October 14: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH PROPHETS OF RAGE MARILYN MANSON HALESTORM GOJIRA IN THIS MOMENT OF MICE & MEN STARSET BEARTOOTH AVATAR CODE ORANGE GRETA VAN FLEET Sunday, October 15: AVENGED SEVENFOLD STONE SOUR MASTODON SUICIDAL TENDENCIES STEEL PANTHER ZAKK SABBATH AUGUST BURNS RED POWER TRIP RADKEY DED BLACK MAP PALISADES Single-day and weekend tickets for Monster Energy Houston Open Air are available at www.HoustonOpenAir.com. Fans are encouraged to buy early and save. Weekend passes start at just $66.66, and single day tickets start at $45.00. VIP upgrades are $40.00 per day or $75.00 for the weekend. Each VIP upgrade pass includes access to The VIP Lounge (located in the Event Center) which features air conditioning, a live video stream of main stage performances, VIP-only restrooms, and dedicated concessions (for additional purchase); a VIP-only entrance into the venue; and a commemorative Monster Energy Houston Open Air laminate.

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Watch Frustrated AXL ROSE Deal With Paparazzi And Autograph Hounds In New York City

GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose is featured in the latest episode of the GTV Reality video web series, where Giovanni Arnold can be seen meeting celebrities for autographs and filming every encounter POV (point of view). In the two-minute clip, Axl can be seen being cordial to fans after GUNS N' ROSES' intimate show in New York before attempting to get into the wrong car. He then apparently spots his ride but decides against getting into the vehicle when he realizes that are other people inside the car. Fans and paparazzi attempt to get more autographs from Rose and a frustrated Rose asks them to leave him alone. GUNS N' ROSES performed at Harlem's world-famous Apollo Theater last Thursday night (July 20) for a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers. The gig marked the first time that the band played at the iconic venue. The special event, taking place before the next leg of the band's North American "Not In This Lifetime" tour, aired live nationwide on SiriusXM's Guns N' Roses Radio. The concert also aired live on Howard Stern's Howard 101 channel. GUNS N' ROSES' "Not In This Lifetime" tour features three members of the classic GUNS N' ROSES lineup — Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan — backed by drummer Frank Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus, and keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Melissa Reese.

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OTHERWISE To Release ‘Sleeping Lions’ Album In September

Las Vegas rockers OTHERWISE are will release their third full-length album, "Sleeping Lions", on September 22 via Century Media. You'd be hard pressed to find a more fitting album title than "Sleeping Lions" for latest studio release from OTHERWISE. The album hits like a revelation, jolting the listener upright and transporting them from a dreamy landscape to a wide-eyed state of consciousness textured by humility and sandblasted by the winds that weather life. "We named the album 'Sleeping Lions' because that's what we feel like - we've been hibernating in our neon desert cave, licking our wounds and regaining our strength for the hunt," says OTHERWISE frontman Adrian Patrick, who along with guitarist Ryan Patrick, form one of the most incendiary sibling duos in modern music. "Now we're back on the prowl again, and our eyes are wide open. The album title absolutely references a bigger awareness of who we are and what we're capable of. The last thing you ever want to do is wake sleeping lions." The twelve-track epiphany runs an emotional gamut that juxtaposes the very nature of the recordings, "Angry Heart" flowing with the frontman's blistering vocal cadences as he "fills with hate" and "embraces the monster I'm becoming." As quickly as it boils over, the rage subsides on "Blame", one of the most sensitive statements of the band's career. "If it makes it better for you, just blame it all on me," the frontman pines, bleeding into the emotional effervescence of "Bloodline Lullaby", a heart-wrenching ballad of epic proportions. OTHERWISE is a band built on emotion and fueled by the feelings that drive our lives. Anger. Regret. Love. This isn't packaged rebellion, it's the real world. And it's what makes the band — and album — connect at such a visceral level. "Emotion is the most important element of our writing process," Adrian says. "We try to capture every aspect of the human condition so the subject matter of our songs runs the gauntlet of what it means to be alive. Every lyric comes from a very genuine and heartfelt place. There are no fictional storylines or tough-guy rhetoric in any of our tunes." One of the album's more mature musical excursions, "Monster" takes flight in a flurry of programmed embellishments and supple guitar play, an unbridled reminder of the relationship that destroys us all but we just can't bring ourselves to leave. The risks continue on "Nothing To Me", where the symphonic grandeur boils over amidst emotional disrepair, and "Suffer", where the guitars jangle more than mangle, conveying a melodic appreciation that far outweighs a more pedestrian quest for being heavy. "As artists, evolution is the lifeblood of creativity," continues the singer. "We spread our musical wings a bit more on this album in a concerted effort to remain true to ourselves and not conform to what others expect of us. Rock and roll is all about taking risks, and that's what we do best. If we were forced to stagnate or remain trapped in the same stylistic box, the fire inside us would burn itself out." One can confidently call "Sleeping Lions" the most mature chapter of OTHERWISE's impressive volume of work, but don't mistake mature for soft in the middle. Quite the contrary, the band's evolution is poignant both musically and lyrically, and they steer clear of the awkward growing pains that so many other bands endure. That's a bold statement when talking about a band whose had four singles crack the Top 20 at Active Rock radio — "Soldiers", "I Don't Apologize (1000 Pictures)", "Darker Side Of The Moon" and "Coming For The Throne" — seen "Soldiers" alone surpass eight million streams on Spotify, toured alongside such heavy hitters as STONE SOUR and PAPA ROACH, and shared festival stages on land and sea, appearing anywhere from Rock On The Range to Shiprocked, and everywhere in between. "Both 'Weapons' and 'Sleeping Lions' are special to us on several levels," the singer continues, pointing out a few of his favorite tracks. "Not only were they co-written with two of our idols, but 'Weapons' can absolutely be considered social commentary and 'Sleeping Lions' is basically our protest song. Album closer 'Bloodline Lullaby' serves as a tribute and legacy for our family, while the bonus track 'Won't Stop' is an anthem for our better angels... We try to infuse a sense of hope into all of our songs, regardless of how angry or sad or introspective they may seem. It's always an intentional goal of ours, to leave everyone, including ourselves, with a feeling of empowerment. We are eternally seeking the light through the darkness."

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SUICIDE SILENCE To Embark On ‘The Cleansing’ 10th-Anniversary Tour Later This Year

California deathcore masters SUICIDE SILENCE will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the release of their debut album, "The Cleansing", by performing the LP in its entirety on a U.S. tour later in the year. The news of the special trek was revealed by SUICIDE SILENCE drummer Alex Lopez during an interview he gave to ArmyOfOneTV at the Chicago Open Air festival on July 14. His comments came as he was laying out the timetable for rest of 2017, telling the site (see video below): "Right now, our plans for the future are to write. We're definitely eager to get in the studio. We've got some festivals coming up. We're playing the Warped Tour, and we're playing Knotfest Mexico, we're going to Ecuador… We're just doing a bunch of small shows, and then we're gonna do a tour later this year. It's gonna be a ten-year 'Cleansing' tour, so it's a ten-year run for our album 'The Cleansing'. I think we're gonna bring out some pretty cool bands, play the album for you and play some other stuff. So it should be really, really cool. I'm looking forward to it. And for those of you out there that want to see the first record be played live, come out and support. We're gonna have a bunch of cool surprises for everyone." SUICIDE SILENCE is continuing to tour in support of its controversial self-titled album, which saw the band take a noticeable change in direction from their traditional deathcore sound. The uproar over the LP's approach — featuring a more melodic and clean singing style, in the vein of acts like DEFTONES and KORN — even caused one disgruntled fan to launch a petition to stop the record coming out. Lopez defended SUICIDE SILENCE's decision to break away from their previous approach, telling ArmyOfOneTV: "I believe in artistic growth, which is kind of like THE BEATLES. They started off as a pop band, I guess, a dancey band, and then it turned into more of a psychedelic band and then it turned into a blues band. I'm an appreciator of evolution of a band. "I don't listen to the music, I listen to the people who are playing, so I like to transcend the same thing with our music," he continued. "We do it for ourselves, and for our fans as well, but before everything, it's an expression, so I don't wanna be playing the same thing the rest of my life. So writing songs and albums that are a little different and dynamic against each other is pretty much the goal, and we'll keep doing it. "We're heavy and we're soft. Heavy is not a tone, heavy is a feeling, so it's gotta captivate you and take you where you don't wanna go and make you feel things you don't wanna feel." Lopez admitted that "it's been a little different for people to adjust to" SUICIDE SILENCE's new sound, but he said that it's "what people need. A lot of people don't wanna adjust to things and they don't want change, but, like I said before, I don't wanna be playing the same thing over and over again," he explained. "You've gotta take risks as an artist in order to get new results, so we definitely took a risk on it, but I don't think that it was too much of a change." "The Cleansing" was issued in September 2007 through Century Media Records. Upon its release, it debuted at No. 94 on The Billboard 200 chart, selling 7,250 copies in its first week and becoming one of the best-selling debut albums in the label's history. Released this past February, "Suicide Silence" is the band's second album to feature vocalist Hernan "Eddie" Hermida, who replaced Mitch Lucker in 2013. Lucker died November 1, 2012 after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle crash in Huntington Beach that Halloween night.

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VIMIC Feat. Former SLIPKNOT Drummer JOEY JORDISON: Video Footage Of Corpus Christi, Texas Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of VIMIC, the new band featuring former SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison, perfoming on July 21 at Concrete Street Amphitheater in Corpus Christi, Texas as the support act for IN THIS MOMENT can be seen below. VIMIC in February p...

By | 2017-07-23T11:49:30-05:00 July 23rd, 2017|Rock News|Comments Off on VIMIC Feat. Former SLIPKNOT Drummer JOEY JORDISON: Video Footage Of Corpus Christi, Texas Concert