Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH have partnered with Swedish video game developer and publisher Ride & Crash Games AB to unleash a new mobile video game. The Game. You are Thor and your mission is simple: cleanse Midgard from all of the vile creatures that are threatening the (*ahem*) peaceful Viking way of life. There are three keys to ensure your success: (1) your hammer, Mjolnir; (2) your control of the freakin' thunder and lightning!; and (3) your fighting spirit is always high thanks to AMON AMARTH's epic music in retro style blasting from over the horizons and into your ears. The unique game features four worlds, four epic battles, 12 unique levels and 13 different AMON AMARTH tracks with retro video game sounds! The game is available worldwide to the public for iOS and Android phones and tablets for a retail price of $8.99. This link redirects the mobile or tablet user to their correct app store. The idea for the game was conceived in the fall of 2015 when Robert Chirico Willstedt, a video game producer in Stockholm and founder of Ride & Crash Games AB, met AMON AMARTH. Robert and the band bonded over epic amounts of beer and a common love of video games, and they started discussing how cool it would be if they could create a video game for AMON AMARTH. There and then, the idea was born of a retro style Viking platformer with AMON AMARTH music in '80s-sounding square wave format. Robert hand-picked a team of developers and designers to realize the game concept. The band met the development team continuously during the development process to ensure the end product would stay true to the initial vision of the game. AMON AMARTH is continuing to tour in support of its tenth studio album, "Jomsviking", which debuted at No. 19 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 21,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 31, 2016. "Jomsviking" was released via Metal Blade in North America and Sony Music internationally.
IN FLAMES singer Anders Fridén says that he finds it "stupid" when fans watch entire concerts through their cell phones but insists that he "would never throw them out" of the band's shows because of it. A PERFECT CIRCLE made headlines earlier in the month when more than 60 people were forcibly removed from the band's concert in Reading, Pennsylvania for taking pictures during the performance in violation of A PERFECT CIRCLE's super-strict "no photos" policy. During an interview with Finland's Kaaos TV conducted before IN FLAMES' November 14 concert in Helsinki, Fridén was asked if he is "bothered" by the sea of cameras and smartphones he faces during live appearances. "Well, 'bother' is not the right word," he replied. "I think it's… Honestly, I think it's stupid, in a way. They paid a lot of money to be [at the show], but I would never throw them out. But I do say it pretty much every show, 'Focus on the people up on stage instead of us through the lens of a camera.' As I said, [fans] paid a lot of money to [at the concert], and it's live music. But I also get that people are extremely eager to get, like, a memory and someone may wanna put something on the phone or on YouTube or update whatever thing they need to. And I would never go as far as [to] throw anyone out or judge them. I can only address it and say, 'Hey, maybe you think about just putting that phone down for a while.' But at the same time, I was with my daughter at another show the other day, and she's 13, and her whole generation, they're just sitting by the phone and are watching and filming and whatever. So, I mean, it is what it is. I can't do anything, and I won't do that much about it." A PERFECT CIRCLE guitarist Billy Howerdel told Billboard the band's "no photos or videos" policy has been a longstanding one for singer Maynard James Keenan and explained some of the reasons behind it. "The most important thing nowadays is just to reconnect. To actually be present is really tough for people nowadays. Everything is so immediate, and I think if you look at that as a mentality in general, it starts coming into the show. First and foremost is it's just rude to the people around you." Howerdel added: "I think at the end of the day it's time to just disconnect for a second. The videos that you take and for your own benefit, you put online — they look like shit and they sound like shit. We'd rather you communicate this orally; let people know what you saw and how you felt. It's much more powerful than giving a bad representation." Keenan has practiced the same policy with his other bands, TOOL and PUSCIFER, recently telling a fan online, "No. Recording. Of. Any. Kind. For. 25. Years. Guided experience. Unplug and enjoy the ride." IN FLAMES has just kicked off a European co-headlining tour with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH. The Gothenburg, Sweden-based outfit is touring in support of its 12th studio album, "Battles", which was released in November 2016 via Nuclear Blast in all territories excluding North America and Scandinavia and Eleven Seven Music Group in the U.S.
Brian Johnson has paid tribute to his AC/DC bandmate Malcolm Young, calling him a "genius" whose "riffs have become legend, as has he." Malcolm died on Saturday at the age of 64. He had been suffering from dementia for at least the past three years. ...
Dutch heavy rockers WITHIN TEMPTATION will embark on a European tour in the fall of 2018. The trek will take the band to 33 cities in 18 countries and will end the longest break WITHIN TEMPTATION has ever taken from touring. WITHIN TEMPTATION singer Sharon Den Adel explains: "When our last tour finished, I was having a rough time. I realized I needed take some time out with my family to deal with things and to rediscover myself. It took much longer than expected, but two years on, things have changed for the better. I created my solo album ('My Indigo') which helped me deal with my issues. And afterwards I suddenly found myself with an aching hunger again for more heavy, epic music. Then the music started to come by itself. I knew for sure that our seventh album was coming after all. "So here we are... presenting our seventh tour, and luckily it's not going to take so long anymore, because we are all more than impatient to get out there again!" Tour dates: Oct. 11 - Krasnoyarsk (RUS), Grand Hall Siberia Oct. 13 - Novosibirsk (RUS), House Of Culture Oct. 15 - Yekaterinenburg (RUS), Kosmos Oct. 17 - Nizhny Nivgorod (RUS), Milo Club Oct. 18 - Moscow (RUS), Stadium Club Oct. 19 - St. Petersburg (RUS), A2 Oct. 20 - Espoo (FIN), Metro Areena Oct. 22 - Stockholm (S), The Annex Oct. 23 - Oslo (N), Sentrum Scene Oct. 24 - Copenhagen (DK), Valby Hallen Oct. 26 - Poznan (PL), Sala Ziemi Oct. 27 - Warsaw (PL), Torwar Nov. 09 - Birmingham (GB), O2 Academy Nov. 10 - Manchester (GB), O2 Apollo Nov. 11 - Glasgow (GB), O2 Academy Nov. 13 - London (GB), O2 Academy Brixton Nov. 16 - Paris (F), Le Zénith Nov. 17 - Antwerp (B), Lotto Arena Nov. 19 - Cologne (D), Palladium Nov. 20 - Luxembourg (L), Rockhal Nov. 21 - Zürich (CH), Samsung Halle Nov. 24 - Amsterdam (NL), AFAS Live Nov. 25 - Groningen (NL), MartiniPlaza Dec. 08 - Berlin (D), Columbiahalle Dec. 09 - Hamburg (D), Mehr! Theater Dec. 11 - Prague (CZ), Forum Karlin Dec. 12 - Budapest (H), Tüskecsarnok Dec. 13 - Vienna (A), Gasometer Dec. 15 - Milan (I), Fabrique Dec. 16 - Ludwigsburg (D), MHP Arena Dec. 17 - Munich (D), Zenith Dec. 18 - Frankfurt (D), Jahrhunderthalle Dec. 22 - Tilburg (NL), O13 WITHIN TEMPTATION's last studio album, "Hydra", came out in January 2014. The follow-up to 2011's "The Unforgiving" debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking WITHIN TEMPTATION's first appearance in the Billboard Top 20.
LINKIN PARK was honored with the "Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock" award at the 2017 American Music Awards, which was held Sunday night (November 19) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. They beat out other nominees in the category IMAGINE DRAGONS and TWENTY ONE PILOTS. LINKIN PARK members Rob Bourdon, Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson took the stage to accept the award and honor frontman Chester Bennington, who passed away this summer. "First of all, thank you so much to all the fans here and around the world who voted for the band, who have supported the band through thick and thin," Shinoda said. Acknowledging his fellow nominees, Shinoda added: I got a chance to talk to those guys … who said really wonderful things about Chester. And they were similar to the things that our fans said all around the world about him, and we wanna dedicate this award to him, to his memory, to his talent, to his sense of humor, to his joy. "Remember, you guys — all of you, tonight — whether you're a fan or an artist, I want you guys to take a moment to appreciate what you've got and make Chester proud. Thank you guys so much," he concluded. You can watch part of LINKIN PARK's speech below. Bennington died on July 20 at his Los Angeles area home after committing suicide at the age of 41. LINKIN PARK paid tribute to Bennington on October 27 with an emotional three-hour show that featured numerous guests joining the band onstage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. LINKIN PARK will release a concert album titled "One More Light Live" on December 15. Recorded on the band's "One More Light" world tour, it features 16 songs, including "Crawling", "Numb", "What I've Done", "Heavy" and the title track from the group's latest studio album, "One More Light".
DEF LEPPARD has commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to 2015's self-titled album. "Def Leppard" was the band's first studio effort since "Songs From the Sparkle Lounge" in 2008. During a brand new interview with Classic Rock Revisited, DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen stated about the band's plans for the next LP: "We've started writing. We have three songs on the go. Rick Savage [bass] has one, a verse that he sent me. I was messing around with some melodies for that too, and Joe [Elliott, vocals] has this amazing idea and I have this one that's kind of finished. I have melodies, a chorus and all the guitar parts. So we've started, officially, without even knowing it, the next DEF LEPPARD album." According to Collen, DEF LEPPARD has "already started recording" material for its next release. "That takes a lot of the pressure off it," he explained. "I never get writer's block because I always stay busy. The great thing about music now is you can do it anytime with your computer. It's going to be awesome." Collen added that the new DEF LEPPARD music will "come out in drips and drabs. It'll probably be a traditional album, but you never know," he said. "If someone says we need a new DEF LEPPARD song, we'll put it out. It's great to have every option available." "Def Leppard" entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 10 with first-week sales of just over 30,000 units — nearly all from pure album sales.
German metallers MYSTIC PROPHECY will release a covers album, "Monuments Uncovered", on January 12, 2018 via Massacre Records. Singer Roberto Dimitri Liapakis comments: "This album is like a love letter to the music that accompanied so many of us, myself included, in the '70s, '80s and '90s — and believe me, you have not heard the songs like this before! I'm also really excited to show you a new and different side of MYSTIC PROPHECY!" The album was produced by Liapakis and MYSTIC PROPHECY at the Prophecy Studios, and mixed and mastered by Henrik Udd at Udd Recording Studios (ARCHITECTS, HAMMERFALL, BRING ME THE HORIZON, AT THE GATES, DELAIN). Dušan Markovic created the album's cover artwork. MYSTIC PROPHECY's "Monuments Uncovered" will also be available as a limited-edition digipak with an exclusive bonus track as well as limited vinyl LP. "Monuments Uncovered" track listing: 01. You Keep Me Hangin' On (KIM WILDE/THE SUPREMES cover) 02. Hot Stuff (DONNA SUMMER cover) 03. Shadow On The Wall (MIKE OLDFIELD cover) 04. Are You Gonna Go My Way (LENNY KRAVITZ cover) 05. I'm Still Standing (ELTON JOHN cover) 06. Because The Night (PATTI SMITH cover) 07. Space Lord (MONSTER MAGNET cover) 08. Get It On (T.REX cover) 09. Toyko (TOKYO cover) 10. Proud Mary (CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL cover) 11. The Stroke (BILLY SQUIER cover) (digipak bonus track)
Peter Tägtgren has defended DECAPITATED over accusations that the Polish musicians kidnapped and raped a woman on their tour bus nearly three months ago. The woman alleged she was gang-raped by all four members of DECAPITATED in their tour bus bathroom after the band's August 31 concert at The Pin concert venue in downtown Spokane. The woman said entered the bus for drinks with the band before each member forced themselves on her. The musicians were arrested on September 9 in Santa Ana, California after performing at the Observatory. They were held in Los Angeles County Jail before being extradited to Spokane, where they were charged with rape and kidnapping. Tägtgren, a Swedish multi-instrumentalist and producer who toured with DECAPITATED in 2006 as a member of his own death metal outfit HYPOCRISY, was asked about DECAPITATED's legal predicament during a recent interview with KNAC.COM. "I can't believe this shit. I think it's a setup," Peter said. "I mean, I've known [DECAPITATED guitarist] Vogg [Wacław Kieltyka] for many fucking years; we toured together eleven [years ago]. I mean, he's the only guy who's still in the band since we toured together, but I doubt the other guys would rape someone either, you know?" Admiting that he really has "no fucking clue what's going on," Peter said that the entire situation "just feels like science fiction," before once again jumping to DECAPITATED's defense. "Like I said, I really doubt they did it; I think it's a setup somehow," he said. "Some woman is jealous or has some chromosomal problems or something; I don't know. It's just too fishy for me." DECAPITATED announced in September that it was canceling all previously announced tour dates. The band also publicly denied the accusations. In a statement released last month, the DECAPITATED members said that the charges against them were pressed "as a procedural formality," adding that "without doing so, [the police] would be forced to release band. This is not a conviction or any indication of guilt or innocence." The musicians went on to say: "Some facts are indisputable at this point — that the original officer who took the complaint from the accuser stated, 'I do not have probable cause that a rape occurred,' and it's taken a full thirty days to file charges, which is right up against the point at which the defendants would legally have had to be released. "The band firmly refutes the allegations and are confident that once the facts and evidence have been seen and heard, they will be released and able to return home."
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MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson returned to his former hometown of Jackson, Minnesota on Saturday, November 18 for a special end-of-the-year/birthday celebration at Kat's Hog Heaven, the newest Ellefson Coffee Co. retail location. Located at 608 2nd St...
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH was joined by an elderly lady on stage during the band's concert in Oslo, Norway. The American heavy metal outfit was performing the song "Jekyll and Hyde" at the Oslo Spektrum last night (Saturday, November 18) when singer Ivan Moody motioned for a special guest on the side of the stage to step out and stand alongside him and his bandmates. After enthusiastically accepting the invitation, the woman ended up spending three minutes on stage with the members of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, dancing and playing air guitar to the track. She closed out her appearance by having her arms raised by bassist Chris Kael in appreciation of her efforts before getting a warm hug from Moody. The band later tweeted a video of the joint performance, writing in an accompanying caption: "Highlight of the night... Special Guest 'Heavy Metal Grandma' - we found this 70 years old lady rocking out in the first row ... She is more metal than you" FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH 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. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's follow-up to 2015's "Got Your Six" album is tentatively due in April or May of next year. Prior to the arrival of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's new full-length disc, 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.
Highlight of the night... Special Guest "Heavy Metal Grandma" - we found this 70 years old lady rocking out in the first row ... She is more metal than you ????? #heavymetalgrandma #airguitar #doubledevilhorns #LEGEND pic.twitter.com/QDE5Tj2Jfk— Five Finger Death Punch (@FFDP) November 19, 2017