NIKKI SIXX Issues New SIXX: A.M. Album Update

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Rock band SIXX: A.M. — which consists of bassist Nikki Sixx, guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael — is continuing work on material for its third album, tentatively due later this year.

In a new posting on his Facebook page, Sixx — who will embark on a twelve-show residency with MÖTLEY CRÜE at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas September 18 through October 6 — stated about the progress of the recording sessions for the new CD: “James has been with DJ in Vegas recording guitars on the new SIXX: A.M. album.We have a little ways to go to finish off the whole album, but were zeroing in on what the first single will be. It’s not gonna be easy.

“I am so proud of this album from the ground up. These songs are very unique. JamesDJ and myself feel we have topped ourselves, but in the end, [the fans] will be the ones who make that decision.

“We have agreed on the album title and the artwork direction. Photo sessions, videos, going over album cover concepts and mapping out release dates are all hovering above our heads now… The excitement is growing and things looks great for us to play live at some point.”

In a recent interview with LoudwireSixx stated about how the newSIXX: A.M. material is sounding: “This time we really want to fly on our own. We started out the songwriting process by having conversations about how far we can push ourselves musically … Our conversations were, ‘Let’s go as far to the left as we can, musically,’ and once we finish up a handful of songs that are pretty out there … I don’t even want to use any kind of references because it’ll throw people and they won’t really understand what I’m talking about. But we’re just taking a lot of chances musically and at this point nothing sounds at all like SIXX: A.M. that you would know, because we’re taking such huge leaps of faith that we’re going to land on our feet. But once we finish what we have now, we’re going to start backtracking into who we are as a band that we know at least. I think you’re going to end up with some songs on the album that are sort of surprising and bands that always did that for me were likeQUEEN. There would be songs on QUEEN‘s albums that would be like, ‘I can’t even believe that came out of a rock band,’ and that’s what we want to do. We want to take those leaps of faith and in the end, we are a rock band so we’ll go back to that at some point.”

SIXX: A.M., made a rare appearance — its first in four years — on April 11, 2012 at Revolver Golden Gods Awards at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

As each band member has been kept busy with their other careers — Sixxis also the bassist for MÖTLEY CRÜE and a syndicated radio host; Ashbais currently touring with GUNS N’ ROSESJames Michael is a famed rock producer who is currently working on new records for PAPA ROACH,HALESTORM and others — this marked the band’s first chance to perform in support of their current album, “This Is Gonna Hurt”, which supplied the #1 rock anthem “Lies Of The Beautiful People”.

“7”, the latest EP from SIXX: A.M., came out in December 2011 and sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The effort contained acoustic versions of songs from the group’s first two albums — 2007’s “The Heroin Diaries” soundtrack and 2011’s “This Is Gonna Hurt”.

Released on May 3, 2011, SIXX: A.M.‘s sophomore album, “This Is Gonna Hurt” is a companion piece to Sixx‘s “This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx” book, a follow-up to his New York Times bestseller, “The Heroin Diaries”.

"Pissed And Driven… And Awesome!" -Jay Scorpion

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It’s been five years since the debut record from Black Water Rising. Finally on August 13th ‘Pissed And Driven’ will be released. I’ve heard the new record and it was well worth the five year wait. Each track is just as solid as the one before it. Short and sweet, get ‘Pissed And Driven’ from Black Water Rising on August 13th!

‘PISSED AND DRIVEN’ is now available for Pre-Order on iTunes and features a bonus track! https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/p****d-and-driven/id683337653

New AVENGED SEVENFOLD Song To Be Featured In 'Call of Duty: Black Ops II: Apocalypse'

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The epic climax of Activision and Treyarch‘s Call of Duty: Black Ops IIDownloadable Content (DLC) Season Pass culminates with Apocalypse. Available first on the Xbox Live online entertainment network fromMicrosoft on August 27, the game’s fourth and final DLC Pack delivers fourthrilling and diverse multiplayer maps, and the all-new wildly creativeZombies experience — “Origins”.

With ApocalypseActivision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, and its award-winning studio Treyarch have partnered with award-winning Warner Bros. Records rock bandAVENGED SEVENFOLD, who contribute the song “Shepherd Of Fire”from their upcoming album “Hail To The King” to the Zombiesexperience, which will be featured in the intro cinematic video for“Origins”. Along with AVENGED SEVENFOLD, famed comics illustrator and painter Alex Ross has also lent his talent to “Origins”, providing original art that features the original Zombies heroes. One of the most esteemed comic book artists of all time, Ross is most famous for his work with DC and Marvel Comics, and has won many notable awards for his artistic design.

Apocalypse is Treyarch‘s grand finale to Call Of Duty: Black Ops II,” said Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia. “It is the perfect culmination of our efforts, and fan feedback, with two all-new multiplayer maps for players to experience for the first time, and two fully reimagined fan-favorite multiplayer maps from past games — and Origins, our most epicZombies experience to date. Apocalypse is a DLC pack that our fans will never forget.”

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Apocalypse will be available first, exclusively on Xbox Live for the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system fromMicrosoft for 1200 Microsoft Points on August 27, with other platforms to follow. Players who have already purchased the Season Pass can download Apocalypse as soon as it becomes available.

“Hail To The King” will be released on August 27. The long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s “Nightmare” was once again produced by Mike Elizondo and is the first to be wholly written without drummer and key songwriter James “The Rev” Sullivan, who died in December 2009.Sullivan has since been replaced by Arin Ilejay, a former member ofCONFIDE.

ONSLAUGHT To Release 'VI' In September

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British thrashers ONSLAUGHT will release their sixth album, “VI”, on September 20 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2011’s “Sounds Of Violence” was mixed by Thomas “Plec” Johansson (TIAMATSCAR SYMMETRY) at Panic Room studios in Skara, Sweden.

Comments ONSLAUGHT guitarist Nige Rockett: “Well, the new album,‘VI’, is finally complete and ready to roll on September 20th, and man, it has exceeded all our expectations, by a long long way!! We really pushed ourselves to the limits in making this record and I think that truly shines through in the final results.

‘VI’ is the most brutal and technical album ONSLAUGHT has ever made, no question. It’s old school, it’s contemporary and it’s fucking aggressive in the extreme, with a few big surprises thrown in for good measure!

“We’ve gone about the whole album-making process with a completely different approach and mindset this time around, ranging from the artwork (by Pär Olofsson) through to the final mixes with Thomas Johansson, who I must single out for mention along with our drummer Michael Hourihan for really upping the ante in the ass-kicking stakes!

“We’re feeling kind of proud right now and pretty confident the fans are gonna dig it too!”

“VI” track listing:

01. A New World Order
02. Chaos Is King
03. Fuel For My Fire
04. Children Of The Sand
05. Slaughterize
06. 66 Fucking 6
07. Cruci-Fiction
08. Dead Man Walking
09. Enemy Of My Enemy

A bonus track on the limited digipak and 2LP vinyl will be a re-recorded version of “Shellshock” (taken from the 1989 album “In Search Of Sanity”), featuring legendary Japanese thrashers UNITED.

OBITUARY To Record New Album In November

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David E. Gehlke of DeadRhetoric.com recently conducted an interview with singer John Tardy of Florida death metal veterans OBITUARY. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.

DeadRhetoric.com: What was the tipping point in terms of you doing something like this? Your relationship was Roadrunner wasn’t always so rosy, but with Candlelight you were a priority, at least.

John Tardy: Yeah, we thought about it back then. It was one of those things where we talk about it and talk about [it], but don’t really do anything. When it came time to get an album done, we were always like, “Okay, let’s sign.” Obviously, because of those contracts we signed withRoadrunner early on, that music is just gone. I couldn’t print up a copy of“Slowly We Rot” if I wanted to and start selling them. That’s a sad thing. And to think back then as teenagers signing those contracts, we had no idea to ask attorneys to look them over to see that it was a pretty standard contract. Come to find that signing something away from an entire lifetime doesn’t seem “standard” to me. But, those days are gone and we’ve learned a lot from that, so, the stuff we did with Candlelightwas all licensing, so that music comes back to us. That was a good thing that we got the music back and were in control. Two different things.Candlelight could have done a lot more — I don’t think they had enough albums pressed when the first album [2007’s “Xecutioner’s Return”] came out. When it got to the stores, there was one copy per store, and they were gone. If you’re lucky enough to get the kids to go down the store, that’s one thing, it’s another if you get them to go and it’s not in the store so they have to wait a month, so by that time, they could download it. A lot of things have changed from when we first started to now. We could take the master from the ten grand that I was talking about, and we could do a digital-only release, then you don’t have to do anything. Then it really doesn’t cost you anything — that’s not what we really want to do. We’ve been talking with Century Media a lot. They’re really cool dudes and seem interested in working with us on any level, which is cool. If we could get some backing and get some cash in our pocket, we could do a lot more with this record. If we fall a little short, and need help to get some kind of distribution deal or help with pressing or something like that, we could probably get a much better deal for ourselves and maintain control of the record. Then we could get someone like Century Media to help with us on the marketing end because it seems like they have a really long reach.

DeadRhetoric.com: From the sounds of it, you will be working withCentury Media in some form for the upcoming album? Is that correct?

Tardy: It is. We’ve talked to them a lot the last couple years, even for them to do the album. When we told them the initial plan to do the album by ourselves, they offered to work with us on any level we wanted them to. Those guys are really cool. Any time you see a metal band on Century Media, they usually give them a pretty good shot in marketing. We’ll see. We’re working hard to get funding one way or the other and theKickstarter was a really good start.

DeadRhetoric.com: What’s the progress on the new album?

Tardy: We really are — which is why we went ahead and started with that campaign — we’re going to have the master done in December. We’ll be recording in November. Most of the songs are done now; we only have a couple more to put together. We want to get about 13 songs ready; have 12 for the CD and have one in the wings to do something as a bonus. So we have the bulk of those things done; there’s probably five, six, seven of them that are nearly complete, and another three or four where the structure is really there, we have some filling in to do. There’s a couple more we have to put together. We’re doing our best and we’re trying to get them all done. Before we jam them, we want to give ourselves a month of just playing them time and time again, getting the feel for them and really feeling them out to make changes. That way, it gives you some flexibility to make changes, so the more you hear them, the more flexibility you have to make changes. That’s where we’re at. We hope to finish writing soon. Be done recording in November, mixing in December, and bam, have the thing out next year, and get the campaign started in January.

To read the entire interview, go to DeadRhetoric.com.

GUNS N' ROSES Thanks Fans For Their Patience

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GUNS N’ ROSES has released the following statement via its social media sites:

“Generally speaking, at this time, we have no information on tours, albums, or DVDs. When things get confirmed, we will let you know. Thank you for your patience.”

GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal recently told Rolling Stone that there is music ready to go for GUNS N’ ROSES‘ follow-up to 2008’s “Chinese Democracy”. He explained, “There’s a lot of stuff, it’s just a question of all of us organizing. We’re still doing shows, and I think once we clear our schedule and focus more on new music, it’ll happen. We just have little things on the back burner, just waiting for the right time for us to organize and make something new out of it. Hopefully we can make more music — that’s what it’s about.”

According to The Pulse Of RadioThal believes that the group’s fans want to hear something new from GUNS too, saying, “They want new music, and we can do it. It’s not that we’re done. I’m not ready for that. We need to keep making music. We have a great band that’s ready to do it and can do it well.”

Any chances of a new album, of course, depend on frontman Axl Rose. It took Rose 13 years to finish “Chinese Democracy”, burning through hundreds of thousands of dollars, multiple producers, every last remaining original member of the group and a few replacements before he was done.

The finished product got mixed reviews and was a relative flop, moving less than one million copies in the U.S.

But Rose remains an enigma. He has not spoken about making a new album in any of his rare interviews, still insists on going onstage late, and skipped out on GUNS‘ induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2012.

SEBASTIAN BACH Back In The Studio Working On New Album

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Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach is currently in the studio working on his next album with producer Bob Marlette (BLACK SABBATH,ALICE COOPER), who helmed the singer’s last solo CD, 2011’s “Kicking & Screaming”.

Comments Bach: “Today we are back in the studio crafting riffs and working on melody lines. Bob Marlette is working his magic and helping me out with the upcoming opus of epic-ness. Expect high-energy music…. perfect for driving quickly, or jack-hammering concrete. Working on lyrics… but don’t want to beat you over the head with sobriety, or ex-wives, or ex-bandmembers, or any of the other constant bullshit that I seem to be personally dealing with. So I am choosing my words carefully… because this music is straight-up, balls-to-the-wall, kick-you-in-the-nuts rock ‘n’ roll. And I need the words to reflect that.”

Bach‘s next solo CD, which is tentatively due in early 2014 via Frontiers Records, is expected to feature contributions from Steve Stevens(BILLY IDOL) and Los Angeles-based guitarist Jeff George, who previously played with ASKING ALEXANDRIA‘s lead vocalist Danny Worsnop. Making a guest appearance on the album will also be bassistDuff McKagan (DUFF MCKAGAN’S LOADEDVELVET REVOLVERGUNS N’ ROSES).

Bach‘s brand new CD/DVD package, “ABachalypse Now”, was released in North America on March 26 via Frontiers Records. The “ABachalypse Now” Ultimate CD/DVD Edition includes never-before-seen footage from last year’s Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium, the full never-before-seen Hellfest set from France and the fully-remixed and remastered Nokia show from Los Angeles (originally broadcast on AXS TV), as well as bonus music videos. The DVD contains a running time of nearly 160 minutes. “ABachalypse Now” was made available in two configurations: the Ultimate CD/DVD Edition (2 CDs + DVD) and a standalone DVD.

QUEEN's BRIAN MAY Undergoes Knee Replacement Surgery

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According to The Pulse Of RadioQUEEN‘s Brian May has kept his fan base on top of his knee replacement surgery via his official web site,BrianMay.com, posting on August 6: “I’m THROUGH!!! With a shiny new knee. This no walk in the park (!) but for 1st time in months I feel optimistic and free of that OLD pain. Thanks so much for the great messages — it means a lot. Bri zzzzz.”

In addition to his new album with Broadway star Kerry Ellis, called“Acoustic By Candlelight”May has been putting the finishing touches on the soon-to-be-released 1983 Freddie Mercury/Michael Jacksondemos. In addition to that, he and drummer Roger Taylor have been working on new QUEEN tracks with legendary producer Chris Thomas.

Chris Thomas is best known for his work on THE BEATLES‘ “White Album” and numerous projects with Paul McCartneyPete Townshend,THE PRETENDERSPINK FLOYDBADFINGERINXSSEX PISTOLS,Elton JohnU2, among others. The sessions mark his first behind the boards for QUEEN.

There’s no word who the two vocalists singing lead on the tracks are, or when they’ll be released.

The Pulse Of Radio asked QUEEN drummer Roger Taylor if he and Brian May have remained as close as they were during QUEEN‘s heyday. “Very close,” he said. “I mean, we are, y’know, what’s left of QUEEN. And, y’know, I saw him yesterday, we had a meeting. We see one other all the time — ’cause there’s so much to talk about. Seems like there’s more and more to talk about. And we don’t always agree all the time, but we are very close, yeah.”

ICED EARTH Completes Recording New Album

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North American metallers ICED EARTH have finished recording their new album, “Plagues Of Babylon”, for a January 2014 via Century Media Records.

Says ICED EARTH guitarist/mainman Jon Schaffer: “There’s quite a selection of epic heaviness on your way, for release early next year.

“We arrived in Sweden and are heading on to Portugal for a few festivals, and then on Monday, we start the mix!”

Speaking to Metal4 magazine at last month’s Rockharz open-air festival in Germany, Schaffer said about the upcoming CD: “It’s a bit of a different thing for us, because it’s half of a concept and the other half is [standalone] tracks. Musically, I think it’s just another step in the right direction. It’s really heavy, it’s very melodic. It has a really epic feeling. Even though there isn’t, like, a monster, long epic track, the overall feel of the songs is very epic. I mean, there’s no ‘Dante’s Inferno’ or‘Gettysburg’ or the ‘Something Wicked’ trilogy or something like that on here, but I’m really happy with it.”

Songtitles set to appear on “Plagues Of Babylon” (among others):

Plagues of Babylon
Democide
Among The Living Dead
The Resistance
If I Could See You
Peacemaker
Cthulhu
Parasite

ICED EARTH recently parted ways with drummer Brent Smedley for “personal family reasons.” He has since been replaced by Raphael Saini(CHAOSWAVE).

ICED EARTH has been hitting it relentlessly, with the recent studio album,“Dystopia”, being the most toured album in the band’s illustrious history.

One of the many highlights of the “World Dystopia Tour”, a headlineshow at the historic Kourion Amphitheatre in Cyprus, was recently released on Blu-ray, DVD and in many other formats under the title “Live In Ancient Kourion”.

“Dystopia” was released in October 2011 via Century Media Records. The CD marked the band’s recording debut with singer Stu Block (INTO ETERNITY), who joined ICED EARTH in March 2011 following the departure of Matt Barlow.