IN FLAMES Begins Work On New Album

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Swedish metallers IN FLAMES have commenced the songwriting sessions for their next studio album, tentatively due in 2014.

IN FLAMES‘ tenth CD, “Sounds Of A Playground Fading” (Century Media), sold around 14,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart.

IN FLAMES‘ previous album, “A Sense of Purpose” (Koch) opened with 20,000 units to land at No. 28. This was slightly less than the opening tally of “Come Clarity” (Ferret), which shifted just under 24,000 copies in February 2006 to enter the chart at position No. 58.

“Sounds Of A Playground Fading” was the first IN FLAMES album to be recorded without founding guitarist Jesper Strömblad, who quit the band in February 2010 in order to continue receiving treatment for his alcohol addiction.

IN FLAMES guitarist Niclas Engelin recently sat out a few of the band’s shows. His temporary replacement for those gigs was Patrik Jensen fromTHE HAUNTED.

KISS Taps Director ALAN G. PARKER For 'You Wanted The Best… You Got The Best' Movie

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KISS has tapped Alan G. Parker to direct “You Wanted The Best… You Got The Best – The Official Kiss Movie.

Parker‘s credits include “Never Mind The Sex Pistols”“Who Killed Nancy”“Rebel Truce: The History Of The Clash” and “Monty Python: Almost The Truth”.

“You Wanted The Best… You Got The Best – The Official Kiss Movie”promises to offer the most in-depth look yet at the band who formed in New York in the early ’70s as WICKED LESTER and went on to sell over 75 million albums.

“We are thrilled to have Alan onboard to help tell the definitive KISS story, a story of insanity… dedication… and a take-no-prisoners attitude combining to create the most spectacular beast in rock ‘n’ roll history;KISS,” says KISS frontman Paul Stanley. “Alan‘s knowledge of the band amazed even us! We wanted the best…. we got the best!”

Adds KISS manager Doc McGhee: “It’s an epic undertaking and everyone’s committed 100 percent to bring this story to the big screen. We knew Alan was the only man for the job and we can’t wait to get started.”

“I’m incredibly proud to be on board for this film,” says Parker, “telling the story of a band I love so much and that has such a rich history.”

KISS has just completed a Canadian tour in support of its latest album,“Monster”. The band’s North American dates will run through August 18 in Hollywood, Florida, with a four-date Japanese trek scheduled for October.

EMPEROR – "There Will Be No New Studio Album Or A Worldwide Tour"

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Legendary Norwegian black metallers EMPEROR will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their album, In The Nightside Eclipse, at next year’s Wacken Open Air. Ihsahn (Vegard Sverre Tveitan) and Samoth (Tomas Haugen) will be joined by Faust on drums, and they will perform the album in its entirety.

“There will be no new studio album or a worldwide tour, only a few exclusive festival appearances next year, to mark the celebration of this landmark album.”

AMON AMARTH, APOCALYPTICA, ARCH ENEMY, AVANTASIA, BEHEMOTH, CHILDRENOF BODOM, ICED EARTH, KING DIAMOND, KREATOR, PRONG, and SCHANDMAUL are also among the first batch of acts confirmed for Wacken Open Air 2014.

rganizers state: “The biggest metal party of the year is still in full swing and you made the festival an unbelievable event. We’re looking forward to celebrating the last hours of W:O:A 2013 with you! And already we announce the first package of stunning mega acts for next year! In 2014 we will celebrate 25 years of Wacken Open Air – 25 years of metal madness – together with you!

The biggest metal party of the world is what it is because of you – the fans! And we will again present a high-class and varied line-up with great Wacken debutants, bands which haven’t played for a long time and also some of the beloved Wacken classics.”

STRYPER Set North American Release Date For No More Hell To Pay Album; Artwork, Tracklisting Revealed

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Frontiers Records has announced the release of iconic Christian rockers STRYPER’s new studio album, No More Hell To Pay; the offering has been confirmed for a November 5th release in North America and will be available in two formats – standard CD and deluxe digipak featuring exclusive video content. Produced by frontman/guitarist Michael Sweet himself, the set features some of Stryper’s strongest and heaviest material ever.

Sweet also commented, “No More Hell To Pay marks our 30 year anniversary and what a journey it has been! It’s our eleventh studio release since our first album in 1984 (The Yellow & Black Attack) and it’s quite possibly our best record to date. Why? It’s everything you might expect from a Stryper record – high octane vocals, layered vocal harmonies, guitar solos galore, driving drums and bass and an energy that hasn’t been achieved since our glory days. The message is equally as powerful as it offers hope and inspiration to anyone listening. If you’re a Stryper fan, it’ll make you proud to be one. If you’re not, listen with caution as you may actually become one. We’ve been waving the striped flag for 30 years and we’re proud to say that it’s an honor to still be making music with you and for you. The best is yet to come and it’s coming November 5th!”

No More Hell To Pay tracklisting:

‘Revelation’
‘No More Hell To Pay’
‘Saved By Love’
‘Jesus Is Alright’
‘The One’
‘Legacy’
‘Marching Into Battle’
‘Te Amo’
‘Sticks & Stones’
‘Water Into Wine’
‘Sympathy’
‘Renewed’

Stryper is currently playing select tour dates around the nation as a warm-up for an upcoming extensive tour around the release of No More Hell To Pay. Please see below for remaining tour dates.

August
9 – Bolingbrook, IL – Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill
10 – West Allis, WI – Wisconsin State Fair
13 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House*
14 – West Hollywood, CA – The Whiskey A Go Go*
16 – Henderson, NV – Club Madrid at Sunset Station Hotel & Casino*
30 – Wendover, NV – Peppermill Casino

*Michael Sweet and Oz Fox acoustic set

ALICE COOPER BOOKS SYMPHONIC TOUR FOR 2014

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The Rock Meets Classic tour’s mission statement promises “legendary voices of rock meeting a symphonic orchestra and a rock band.” And that’s exactly what they’ll be delivering next year, when Alice Cooper headlines a number of 2014 dates.

Not too many details of Cooper’s Rock Meets Classic run have been revealed, but we do know that he’ll be on the road with the show for a series of European dates taking place in March and April (you can take a look at the complete list below). Other confirmed acts include Midge Ure, Joe Lynn Turner and Kim Wilde. Primal Fear drummer Randy Black, a member of the Rock Meets Classic band, reacted to the news by saying, “It’s going to be more of those “pinch me” moments on this tour for sure! Can’t wait to start working on the songs.”

The tour will offer Cooper fans a chance to hear his music in a different setting, but this isn’t the rocker’s first experience with an orchestra; in 1999, he participated in the British Rock Symphony tour, appearing as part of a lineup that included Roger DaltreyEric Clapton and Ann Wilson of Heart. The Rock Meets Classic dates will be part of a busy year for Cooper, who’s also getting ready to release a new album of classic-rock covers.

Alice Cooper 2014 Rock Meets Classic Tour Dates
3/09 – Berlin, Germany
3/11 – Fankfurt, Germany
3/12 – Neu-Ulm, Germany
3/13 – Nuremberg, Germany
3/14 – Wurzburg, Germany
3/16 – Passau, Germany
3/18 – Mannheim, Germany
3/19 – Kempten, Germany
3/20 – Munich, Germany
3/21 – Regensburg, Germany
3/23 – Zurich, Switzerland
3/25 – Strassbourg, France
3/26 – Innsbruck, Austria
3/27 – Ingolstadt, Austria
3/29 – Halle-Westfallen, Germany
3/30 – Leipzig, Germany
4/01 – Hamburg, Germany
4/02 – Essen, Germany
4/04 – Stuttgart, Germany
4/05 – Dresden, Germany

DEVILDRIVER Premiere Video for "The Appetite"

DEVILDRIVER will be releasing their sixth studio album Winter Kills August 27th via Napalm Records.  Winter Kills is available in four configurations including a Deluxe Digibook with CD (including two bonus tracks: “Shudder” and “Back Down to the Grave”) and Live DVD (Featuring 45 minutes of live raw DEVILDRIVER power. No studio over dubs at all just the band at their best and includes fan favorites “Clouds over California” and “The Wretched”), standard CD version, digital version and for the first time in DEVILDRIVER history, a 2LP Gatefold edition. 

 

DEVILDRIVER has partnered up with Crave Online for a premiere of the band’s new video.  Starting today the video for the song “The Appetite” can be viewed exclusively HERE.  The video was directed by Dan Burke of PianoFight Films.

 

In support of their new release Winter Kills California Groove Metallers, DEVILDRIVER will be hitting the road this fall on a co-headlining tour with Trivium.  Support on the tour will come from After the Burial and Sylosis.  Everything kicks off in Boise, ID on September 12th and rolls through October 17th in San Diego, CA

 

Winter Kills is now available for pre-order on iTunes.  Pre-ordering the album entitles you to an instant grat track download of “Ruthless”.  The album can also be pre-ordered on Amazon

 

A lyric video for the first single “Ruthless” is available for viewing HERE.

 

The band recorded the album in Florida at Audio Hammer Studios and vocals in Los Angeles, CA at Dez’s home studio with Mark Lewis (Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, All That Remains) handling production duties.  DEVILDRIVER has worked with Lewis previously on “Beast” and “The Last Kind Words” and producer Mark Lewis’s prolific leadership of the new school of metal has yet again helped DEVILDRIVER deliver another Epic heavy Metal record.  This record melds what the band does best. In your face power as well as the California Groove sound the band pioneered.

 

DEVILDRIVER has always been a band on a three-pronged mission: Work hard, rock harder, and kick as many asses as possible in the process. The band tours forever and has since its beginnings. Their live performances and circle pits are as legendary as their music.

DevilDriver with Trivium, After the Burial and Sylosis:

9/12: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory

9/13: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory

9/14: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

9/16: Calgary, AB @ Macewan Ballroom

9/17: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall

9/18: Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon

9/19: Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick

9/21: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

9/23: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall

9/24: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix

9/25: Montreal, QC @ Corona

9/27: New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater

9/28: Boston, MA @ House of Blues

9/29: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place

9/30: Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts

10/2: Silver Springs, MD @ Fillmore

10/3: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

10/4: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

10/5: Detroit, MI @ Harpos

10/7: Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore

10/8: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

10/10: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom

10/11: Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion

10/12: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

10/13: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater

10/15: San Francisco, CA @ Regency

10/16: Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues

10/17: San Diego, CA @ SOMA

SLAYER To Headline New York's Theater At MSG And Hollywood Palladium For First Time In 25 Years

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SLAYER will headline concerts at two venues it hasn’t played in 25 years — the Hollywood Palladium on Monday, October 28, and New York’s Theater at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, November 27, the night before Thanksgiving. GOJIRA and 4ARM will support.

Registered SLAYER fan-club members will be receiving a special email offering them “first-access” to purchase tickets through a special pre-sale that begins tomorrow. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, August 9 at 10 a.m. local time. Log on to www.slayer.net for more ticketing info.

This will be the first time that SLAYER — bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, guitarist Kerry King, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt, who continues to fill in for the late founding member Jeff Hanneman — will play a concert in New York since the Big Four concert at Yankee Stadium on September 14, 2011, and the band’s first Hollywood show since 2010’s Jägermeister Music Tour.

Over the past eighteen months, SLAYER has toured throughout Europe, India, Japan, South America, and Australia, and co-headlined the 2012Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival of North America.

SLAYER has also been confirmed to play the Fun Fun Fun Fest, to be held at the Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas November 8-10.

While recovering from the devastating loss of HannemanAraya andKing have begun to work on new material and hope to spend some time in the studio prior to these dates.

OZZY Says 'Incredibly Overweight' WARD Isn't Physically Capable Of Playing With BLACK SABBATH

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BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne has disputed original drummerBill Ward‘s claim that Ward was physically capable of taking part in the group’s current world tour.

Ward said in a new interview with Guitar International that he sat outSABBATH‘s current reunion because of a contract dispute and not physical issues, as the other members of the band have suggested. Wardexplained, “I was offered a contract, and I couldn’t sign it. I would never, ever show up for a commitment that I could not do physically . . . It was one of the toughest decisions that I ever had to make, because I absolutely and without question wanted to play.”

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk played on SABBATH‘s new album, “13”, while Tommy Clufetos is the touring drummer for the group, which plays Tuesday night (August 6) in Detroit, Michigan.

Speaking to the New York Daily NewsOzzy stated about Ward‘s absence from the SABBATH tour: “I don’t think he could have done the gig, to be honest. He’s incredibly overweight. A drummer has to be in shape. He’s already had two heart attacks. I don’t want to be responsible for his life.”

Despite this, Ozzy said “the door is always open” to Ward to return and admitted that without him “it’s not the same.”

Ward said he’s open to returning to SABBATH, but on one condition: “I play all or nothing.” It’s been speculated that SABBATH wanted Ward to play only part of its live shows because he wasn’t in shape to perform an entire concert.

Osbourne told The Pulse Of Radio that he couldn’t necessarily blameWard for the way he felt about that. “I mean, if someone said to me, ‘You should sing with this guy,’ I’d be pissed off, you know,” he said. “I mean, it’s understandable, the way he feels. I’m not saying he’s wrong or right, you know. But we had a mission to do an album, you know, and I mean, I think it would have taken twice as long as it did and that was long enough already, you know.”

In an interview with Mojo earlier this year, Ozzy revealed that Ward was not prepared when he came to the band’s earliest rehearsals for the reunion.

He explained, “We looked at Bill, and he couldn’t remember what the fuck we were doing. He didn’t come clean and say, ‘I can’t cut this gig, but can we work something out, guys, where I’ll come on but with another drummer backing me up?’ Or, ‘I’ll come and play a few songs.’ That would have been cool.”

Ward said that playing for only part of the set “would kind of be aligning to my demise in SABBATH and minimize me. I’m the drummer in SABBATHand quite capable of doing the job.”

TED NUGENT To Release 'Ultralive Ballisticrock' In October

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Legendary rocker Ted Nugent will release “Ultralive Ballisticrock” — a new 2 CD+DVD available in three formats (2CD+DVD deluxe edition digipak, DVD/Blu-ray and digital download) — on October 22 on Frontiers Records. The live footage was captured and recorded by 7 cameras in 5.1 audio mix on the “I Still Believe Tour” at Penn’s Peak on August 14, 2011.

The lineup on the album consists of the legendary-and-still-raging Nugenton guitar and vocals, Derek St. Holmes (rhythm guitarist and the voice on “Stranglehold”) on guitar and vocals, Greg Smith (RAINBOW) on bass and Mick Brown (DOKKEN) on drums. The setlist is killer, packed with the songs that forever changed the face of rock, and the performances are razor sharp and electrifying, adding up to a sonic and visual extravaganza that’s not to be missed.

Says Nugent: “To be surrounded by such world-class passionate virtuosos is every musician’s dream and I live it every song, every concert, every night, every lick, every tsunami of soul sweat. You dogs deserve me!”

Track listing for the show:

Disc1

01. Free For All
02. Stormtroopin’
03. Wango Tango
04. Just What the Doctor Ordered
05. Wang Dang Sweet Poontang
06. Need You Bad
07. Turn It Up
08. Raw Dogs & War Hogs
09. Dog Eat Dog

Disc 2

10. Hey Baby
11. Fred Bear
12. I Still Believe*
13. Motorcity Madhouse
14. Cat Scratch Fever
15. Stranglehold
16. Great White Buffalo

* First time available on an album (previously only available as a digital download)

DVD/Blu-ray Bonus Footage:

“Spirit of the Wild”
“The Making of Ultralive Ballisticrock”

SATYRICON: Bonus Tracks For Self-Titled Album Revealed

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Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON will release their new, self-titled studio album on September 8 in Europe via Roadrunner Records. The CD was produced by SATYRICON frontman Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven and was recorded in Norway, and mixed by Adam Kasper. The effort will feature a guest appearance by Sivert Høyem, the Norwegian singer best known as the vocalist of the rock band MADRUGADA.

“Satyricon” is available for preorder in the following formats:

* Red transparent vinyl
* Clear vinyl
* Mixed color vinyl
* Black vinyl
* Digipack CD

“Satyricon” track listing:

01. Voice Of Shadows
02. Tro Og Kraft
03. Our World, It Rumbles Tonight
04. Nocturnal Flare
05. Phoenix
06. Walker Upon The Wind
07. Nekrohaven
08. Ageless Northern Spirit
09. The Infinity Of Time And Space
10. Natt

Limited-edition CD digipack bonus tracks:

11. Phoenix (Recording Session Mix)
12. Our World, It Rumbles Tonight (Deeper Low Mix)
13. Natt (Wet Mix)

Comments Satyr: “We are back! Sorry it took so long, but we needed the time to be able pull off a record like this.

“Comparing this one to previous records is time wasted, it is SATYRICON; constantly on the move.

“Naming this record ‘Satyricon’ was the most obvious thing in the world. We have never done a record which captures the spirit of this band in such a way. Ever. It will demand a lot from you as a listener, but I know you will love it. It will grow on you and that is why it will stay with you forever.

“We won’t tour as much in the future as we used to, and that will just make every tour more special. This album and this tour is for you and ourselves. It is our moment!”

Check out photos from the studio at this location.

Speaking to AOL‘s Noisecreep at this year’s Inferno festival, Satyrstated about SATYRICON‘s upcoming album: “To me, it sounds very authentic, it’s organic-sounding. And in this digital age where music is mostly played through computers, a lot of that analog vibe gets lost in translation when you play music through medias like that, but I still wanna do it because there’s nothing quite like it. To me, it just makes everything sound the way it’s supposed to sound — it’s dynamical; the music is alive, it’s not overly compressed, the levels are not pushed. So, musically speaking, it’s a very atmospheric record… This record is full of life. There are a lot of surprises here, but I think it’s gonna be a record that’s gonna help the black metal movement perhaps find a new way for the future.”

SATYRICON has always pushed boundaries and never conformed to what was “expected”. That mindset continues to this day, as they awill take part in a very special, exclusive show on September 8 at Oslo’s NorwegianNational Opera House, where they will perform together with Norway’s 55-strong National Opera Chorus.

The special event is part of the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, and fans of both SATYRICON and the National Opera Chorus can look forward to a very unique and exciting evening, which coincides with the worldwide release of SATYRICON‘s new CDtitled.