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SATAN To Release ‘Trail Of Fire – Live In North America’ In October

Metal News - Blabbermouth
August 6th, 2014

British heavy metal legends SATAN will release a live album in October to celebrate their live debut appearances earlier this year on the North American soil in support of their latest and very succesful album "Life Sentence", released on Listenable in...


DRAGONFORCE’s Cover Version Of JOHNNY CASH Classic ‘Ring Of Fire’ Available For Streaming

Metal News - Blabbermouth
August 6th, 2014

A cover version of the Johnny Cash classic "Ring Of Fire" by British epic power metallers DRAGONFORCE can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below. The song is taken from DRAGONFORCE's new album, "Maximum Overload", which will be released on August 19 in North America via Metal Blade and August 18 in Europe through earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group. The CD was recorded at Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with OPETH, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK and SYMPHONY X, to name a few. It marks the band's first-ever album involving an outside producer, having historically opted to record themselves in association with Karl Groom. Guitarist Sam Totman explained how the "Ring Of Fire" cover came about: "Just before the last Australian tour, our manager suggested it might be interesting to do a cover for the next album, something we've always refused even to consider. Because we had all had a couple beers, every bandmember wrote down three songs each and we compared them all, just for a laugh. I wrote down 'Ring Of Fire' by Johnny Cash, an idea which the rest of the band loved, so we've DRAGONFORCE-ized it." "Maximum Overload" will be released on standard CD, standard digital version, special edition CD with five bonus tracks and a bonus DVD, special edition digital version (same bonus material as special edition CD), and vinyl. The effort features a couple of surprises, notably a guest appearance on some of the songs from TRIVIUM's Matt Heafy. "Maximum Overload" is the follow-up to 2012's "The Power Within", which was the band's first with vocalist Marc Hudson. Since his live debut with the group in July 2011, Marc has gone on to front over 100 shows with DRAGONFORCE in 32 countries across the globe, including arenas with IRON MAIDEN as well as a mammoth headlining world tour to support the CD. DRAGONFORCE recently parted ways with drummer Dave Mackintosh and replaced him with former BRAINDAMAGE and KILL RITUAL member Gee Anzalone. A native of Turin, Italy, Gee is a drum teacher who graduated from the NAMM Academy of Milan and carries on the well established multi-national mix of musicians that make up DRAGONFORCE. Gee will make his live debut with DRAGONFORCE on the forthcoming "Maximum Overload" U.K. tour, which commences on September 17 in Edinburgh.

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STERN Announces Improved AC/DC Pro Pinball Machine

Metal News - Blabbermouth
August 6th, 2014

Stern Pinball, Inc., the world's oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball games, announced an upgraded AC/DC Pro model with all LED lighting and a newly designed swinging bell. Originally released in early 2012, AC/DC and Stern Pinball ha...


GODSMACK: Fifth ‘1000hp’ Studio Webisode Available

Metal News - Blabbermouth
August 6th, 2014

The fifth and final webisode featuring footage from the recording sessions for GODSMACK's new album, "1000hp" (One Thousand Horsepower), can be seen below. The series takes fans behind the scenes into the group's custom-built studio and rehearsal facility near Boston and to Ocean Way Studios in California during the writing and recording processes. GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna told journalist Gary Graff that after taking a break from the band, the quartet found it easy to work together again. "Looking back now, in hindsight, we just needed a break," he said. "That's what it was, and we weren't allowing that before, not long enough. And we kind of were touring so relentlessly that we had to get away from each other, I think. And now the band came back and we started talking and we were in such a strong place. We really missed each other. The love was still there, man. The brotherhood is stronger now than it's ever been. And when it was time to start writing again, y'know, the guys had brought in a batch of songs and I had a batch of songs I'd been working on and we kind of laid it on the table and started carving through them and seeing which ones we were gonna lighten up and which ones were gonna make the cut." The follow-up to 2010's "The Oracle", "1000hp" was released on August 5 via Republic Records. The "1000hp" title track and GODSMACK's first all-new single since 2011 arrived at rock radio stations on June 9. Erna told The Pulse Of Radio how the track came together: "It's one of those songs that surprisingly came out and was written from back to front in, like, an hour. I started putting one thing together with the next, and then Shannon [Larkin, drummer] started jumping in and then we arranged the whole song, and literally within an hour, maybe 90 minutes, this whole song was written and it was one of the last songs that we wrote, and it ended up becoming the first single." Erna described the sound of the "1000hp" album to The Pulse Of Radio as "a little bit more raw, a little bit more open. The writing was a little freer. The production is really kind of raw and in your face, and the songs, man — I'm really, really excited about these songs. And I have to tell you honestly, I wasn't that excited about writing this record at first." GODSMACK is among the confirmed bands for the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, set to kick off on August 15 in Clarkston, Michigan and run through September 21.

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Video Premiere: SIXX: A.M.’s ‘Gotta Get It Right’

Metal News - Blabbermouth
August 6th, 2014

"Gotta Get It Right", the new video from SIXX: A.M., the band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx alongside guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Paul Brown in mid-June. The track, which is now available on iTunes, is taken from SIXX: A.M.'s third album, "Modern Vintage", due on October 7 via Eleven Seven Music. Says Sixx: "Like our favorite bands from the 1970s, SIXX: A.M. is rooted in songwriting, musicianship and lyrics — three core elements that helped to define that era. SIXX: A.M. has taken even more pages from this book on 'Gotta Get It Right' and the rest of 'Modern Vintage', having hopefully created a record that demands to be discovered again and again." Says Michael, who also produced "Modern Vintage": "On the first two albums, SIXX: A.M. established a musical freedom that few bands get to enjoy. 'Gotta Get It Right' is clearly a birth child of that creative freedom and an exciting next step for us as our goal was to create something which confounds both expectation and categorization." Ashba adds: "'Gotta Get it Right' is a great example of how SIXX: A.M. has set out to celebrate the music that has influenced us over the years and we truly feel we've made a genre-defying album with 'Modern Vintage'." "Modern Vintage" track listing: 01. Stars 02. Gotta Get It Right 03. Relief 04. Get Ya Some 05. Let's Go 06. Drive 07. Give Me A Love 08. Hyperventilate 09. High On The Music 10. Miracle 11. Before It's Over Sixx spoke to Revolver magazine last year about how the new SIXX: A.M. CD is different than its predecessors. "When we did [our 2007 debut] 'The Heroin Diaries', it was the soundtrack to a book," he said. "And when we did 'This Is Gonna Hurt', there was a lot of inspiration that drew from the photography in my book 'This Is Gonna Hurt' as well as the bandmembers' personal experiences and how they related not only to the characters in the book, but what they'd gone through growing up. Without meaning to, it hinted at this whole concept of bullying. If you're different than other people you're made fun of and you're made to believe you'll never achieve your dreams. Loosely, that's what 'This is Gonna Hurt' was about. We feel like between 'The Heroin Diaries' and 'This is Gonna Hurt', we've exposed a lot of wounds and we've talked about how to recover from them, but we haven't had a chance to really celebrate. I think this album is a celebration." Asked if SIXX: A.M. took a different approach to writing the songs this time around, Sixx said: "We put a lot fewer restrictions on ourselves. We went into genres that you wouldn't expect us to possibly be influenced by, but unless you know the bandmembers, you don't know that there are all kinds of influences, especially from the '70s and some of the great bands that came out of that era. So when we started writing, it was almost ridiculous. The songs were so left of center that you're like, 'These could never be on a record.' We were creating something so different, and once we got the songs written, people said, 'God, it reminds me of QUEEN's 'Night At The Opera' at times. It reminds me of EDGAR WINTER GROUP 'Free Ride' and these amazing things off of 'They Only Come Out At Night'. There was still the drama and the texture that SIXX: A.M. brings, but there was this celebration happening. Then as we started layering in the guitars, bass, drums and vocals, you started to go, 'Wow, this is a SIXX: A.M. album!' But it started out as not." Sixx also spoke about whether he is concerned that the musical diversions won't appeal to fans of the first two SIXX: A.M. albums. "I think SIXX: A.M. fans are going to love this record and I think new people will come in and be really surprised by it and become fans as well," he said. "I don't think our first two records sound like the same type of record, but I do think there's a sound with the band and I think we're going to continue on that tradition." 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 — Sixx is also a syndicated radio host; Ashba is a member of GUNS N' ROSES; James Michael is a famed rock producer who has worked on records for PAPA ROACH, HALESTORM and others — this marked the band's first chance to perform in support of their "This Is Gonna Hurt" album, 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".

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MEGADETH’s DAVE MUSTAINE Explains Why He Refused To Share Stage With DISSECTION And ROTTING CHRIST

Metal News - Blabbermouth
August 6th, 2014

"Met Al Metal" — Israel's metal radio show hosted by brothers Lior and Niv Peleg — conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine ahead of what was supposed to be the band's August 6 appearance in the country (since canceled due to ongoing security issues in the area). You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether there is anything else he could have done had he not chosen to pursue a career in music: Mustaine: "Oh, yeah. I love teaching people stuff. It's no secret how dedicated I am to our fanbase. A lot of fans, they know, they've had experiences with me where we've talked a lot. I see a lot of musicians who, they act like they care, but do they really go out on a limb for them and spend their time…? I remember several times standing out after a concert, wet hair and it's either snowing or raining, and I'm outside my bus signing autographs. That's the stuff that's important. It's not the stuff that's easy to do. Because the easy stuff is… anybody can do it. It's the hard stuff that makes it valuable at the end of the day. What would I do if I wasn't a musician? I'd probably be a teached. 'Cause I used to teach martial arts, and I've been a guitar teacher for… [chuckles] Ever since MEGADETH started, I've always had to show the new guy the parts." On whether he has any regrets about certain aspects of his career and whether there are things he would have done differently if he had a chance to do them all over again: Mustaine: "Oh, sure. I would love to have said goodbye to [original MEGADETH drummer] Gar Samuelson before he passed away. There's a couple of things I wouldn't have done myself, like ODing and I probably wouldn't have punched James [Hetfield, METALLICA fronman] in the mouth. There's a lot of stuff. You look back in hindsight and you think, 'God, I probably should have done that differently.' But, see, that's the importance of when you have someone in your life as a role model to help you. There's an ancient Asian proverb that says, 'A smart man learns from his mistakes, but a wise man learns from the mistakes of others.' Who knows? That may be from the Book Of Proverbs; I don't know where it originated from. But I would rather learn from your mistakes than my mistakes, because it's less painful that way. I think that because I've shared my life and a lot of the things that I've done right and wrong, it's helped a lot of our fans in their personal lives and definitely a lot of musicians too. Because, I mean, I've been doing this for 30 years and it's fairly obvious to anybody that has a brain that people have been trying to hold me back." On his take on what's going on in the Middle East right now: Mustaine: "Let me just correct one thing. [The MEGADETH song 'Holy Wars'] wasn't specifically about Israel. That song was about the IRA. And it was saying, 'Don't look to Israel to be the place where the conflict is, because it's right under your own nose. It can be wherever you're at.' You know, terrorism is something that… I believe the rules of fighting have changed. When you see a soldier that will get in front of a baby carriage to protect the child and the mom, that's honor. When you see a soldier get behind the carriage and the mom and hide like a coward, that's not not honor. When they start going into hospitals and schools and shooting people in there and fighting from there, that's not honor. There were rules that we used to fight, there was honor with the warriors, and we just don't have that anymore. And, to me, I think that it's much more, I believe, it's much more honoring when you have two combatants that will fight in the open instead of somebody hiding. But that's just me. That has to do a lot with my martial arts upbringing, that has to do a lot with the way that I've solved conflicts. There were a couple of times in my career where I've had some other musicians that have called me out about stuff, and I've gone right up to them, and I said, 'Look, if you wanna settle this, we can settle this in the ring, and we'll do it like gentlemen.' And we ended up talking it out. And I think because of me having the courage to go up to somebody instead of going, like, 'Ah, you're a pussy. You're this. You're that.' That stuff doesn't help, especially when it's a guy in a band that you really like and, unfortunately, something's happened. A lot of times, the press and the media sometimes get it wrong and they'll say stuff… Like, from my language into somebody else's mother tongue and when they may re-translate it back again… For example, if I did an interview and it was translated into Spanish and then back from Spanish into English, man, it could totally change. It could go from saying, like, 'I think that guy is crazy' to 'I think that guy's retarded.' And there'a a total difference between, like, 'Get crazy,' you know, like Ozzy says, and 'Get retarded.' You know what I mean?! [laughs]" On his refusal to share the stage with the openly Satanic Swedish metal act DISSECTION at an Israeli festival back in 2005: Mustaine: "Well, the truth of the matter is when I first had gotten my life back in order back in 2002, I had made some changes. I had a severe injury to my arm, and when my career had stopped, it made me really take a hard sideways look at everything, and I figured, just for now, because I don't...


BULLET: First ‘Storm Of Blades’ Album Trailer

Metal News - Blabbermouth
August 6th, 2014

The first trailer for "Storm Of Blades", the new album from Swedish hard rockers BULLET, can be seen below. The CD will be released on September 5 in Europe and Sepember 9 in North America via Nuclear Blast. The band's fifth longplayer marks the first recording to feature BULLET's new guitar player Alexander Lyrbo, who replaced Erik Almström in 2012. "Storm Of Blades" track listing: 01. Uprising 02. Storm Of Blades 03. Riding High 04. Tornado 05. Hawk Eyes 06. This One’s For You 07. Hammer Down 08. It's On 09. Crossfire 10. Run With The Hunted 11. Coming In Loud (digipack bonus) Check out the cover artwork below. "This is a fast and heavy back-to-the-roots album," the band comments. "A lot of the feeling, BULLET had in the beginning is there but with a up-to-date sound and craftsmanship. "Now with the young blood Alex on the guitar, always thirsty for metal, the songs ended up just like that: Heavier, faster and more raw than on previous albums. We can now at last truthfully say; this is our best album this far and most likely the rawest since the 'Heavy Metal Highway' recording in 2002” BULLET came up with the "Storm Of Blades" album title during a soundcheck before a show last year. "We wanted to make the toughest BULLET song ever and this riff popped up," says the band. "The first impression was the image of knifes falling from the sky and the title 'Storm Of Blades' was born. To make this song the title track of our new album became a must as it is a tale about destruction, apocalypse and horror!" "Storm Of Blades" was recorded during December/January 2014 and April/May 2014 at the Pama Studio in Torsås, Sweden. It was produced by BULLET and Magnus "Mankan" Sedenberg. Immediately after making several summer festival appearances and the album release, BULLET will hit the road again, with two well-chosen support bands. "STALLION and STRIKER will be our fellow hellraisers on the first leg, and this tour should not let a fan of heavy metal music down," says BULLET. "We will raise hell, we will drink beer, we will bang our heads together and kill grunge... again! Prepare for the storm of blades!"

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DECAPITATED: New Single ‘The Blasphemous Psalm To The Dummy God Creation’ Available For Streaming

Metal News - Blabbermouth
August 6th, 2014

Polish death metallers DECAPITATED will release their sixth album, "Blood Mantra", on September 26 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2011's "Carnival Is Forever" was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland with producers Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski. The CD cover artwork was created by the Polish artist Lukasz Jaszak, who previously worked with the band on "Carnival Is Forever". "Blood Mantra" track listing: 01. Exiled In Flesh 02. The Blasphemous Psalm To The Dummy God Creation 03. Veins 04. Blood Mantra 05. Nest 06. Instinct 07. Blindness 08. Red Sun 09. Moth Defect (digipack bonus track) The song "The Blasphemous Psalm To The Dummy God Creation" can be streamed below. The track will be released as a digital single on August 8 via Nuclear Blast MP3, Amazon MP3, iTunes and Google Play. Comments DECAPITATED guitarist and founding member Waclaw "Vogg" Kieltyka: "Extreme and groove — I think that's the best way to describe our new album. "This time we feel that we have something totally crushing and huge. "'Blood Mantra' is the most heavy and mature album we ever did in our carrier. I cannot wait to start to play songs live because riffs are soo deep and powerful." DECAPITATED's forthcoming effort will mark the recording debut of the band's new drummer, Michal Lysejko, who joined the group in time for their tour with LAMB OF GOD in January. Vogg previously stated that the musical direction of the next DECAPITATED album: "We flirt with various tempos mixing death metal with grindcore and almost outright black metal atmosphere together with more, so to speak, 'crowd-puller' beats verging on groovy, almost stoner-rock climates. There are also a few more modern metal rhythmic riffs where we return to the climate of 'Organic Hallucinosis' album. I'm certain that the very fact we are again, after 9 years, in Hertz studio will evoke the spirit of that album. The vocals sound very promising. Rasta [Rafał Piotrowski] is a much more experienced vocalist compared to the 'Carnival Is Forever' album times. And his voice sounds more powerful and deeper." "Carnival Is Forever" sold around 2,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 11 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. "Carnival Is Forever" was released in North America on July 12, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Heavy Metal At The Gates Of Paleontology

Metal News - Blabbermouth
August 6th, 2014

A collision from deep time to present: a half-meter long worm with deadly jaws that lived 420 million years ago, and paleontologist Mats E. Eriksson (Lund University) who discovered its impressive and never-before-seen remains. A diehard fan of Scandinavian metal legend King Diamond, Eriksson dubbed the creature Kingnites Diamondi. With this ancient organism's musical nomenclature, connections were formed to deliver a fierce metal hymn — AT THE GATES frontman Tomas "Tompa" Lindberg vocalizes the piece backed by American industrial black metal upstarts INVERTIA — the black cherry on this cake being the participation of one of Germany's top dark ambient talents SEETYCA. Eriksson composed the lyrics based on the scientific paper he authored about the fossil polychaete worm Kingnites Diamondi, and conveys the story of the predatory creature from a first-person narrative point of view, that of the creature itself. The story focuses on the inferred life style of the creature, in fact a true "Deep Time Predator"; its subsequent entombment, fossilization and how the remains are used as environmental proxies by scientists today. As a lifelong heavy metal fan, Eriksson's lyrics ooze of dark, metallic features and like the name of the fossil itself, the wording flirts with the musical legacy of King Diamond. Accompanying the original version of "Deep Time Predator" is an INVERTIA-based remix by producer Submerged, and an amazing sonic experiment, the first of its kind: vocalist Tompa reads the abstract of the scientific paper itself against an eerie experimental black metal background, with atmospherics provided by American sound deformers ZERFALLMENSCH — unlocking the unseen door between paleontology and metal. Last but not least is a raging, thrashy death metal version of "Deep Time Predator" from Tomas Andersson of resurrected band DENATA. This also celebrates the first sonic output of the band since their last official release, "Art Of The Insane", in 2003. This project is a direct collaboration with Professor Mats E. Eriksson, the scientist who fathered and described the fossil, and the Science Slam Sonic Explorers (SSSE). SSSE is a collective of musicians and researchers, captained on the scientific side by the geologist Achim G. Reisdorf (University of Basel., Museum Of Natural History Bern), and on the audiovisual side by New York's Submerged (Kurt Gluck), head of global musical renegade outpost Ohm Resistance. The SSSE group was formed in 2013 to bring published scientists together with published musicians, and combine their talents to create a new form of sound and visual art — one that specialized in distilling complex scientific ideas into a language all could understand, set to music and complemented with visual art. SSSE already knocked at the gates of heavy metal with the science tune "IDA", which is a collaboration of Jørn Hurum (University of Oslo), supergroup GATOR BAIT TEN and LIFE OF AGONY singer Mina Caputo (formerly known as Keith Caputo). Now, "Deep Time Predator" goes like a bull let loose in the stadium.

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TRIPTYKON: ‘Aurorae’ Video Released

Metal News - Blabbermouth
August 6th, 2014

"Aurorae", the new video from TRIPTYKON — the occult/avant-garde metal project formed by former HELLHAMMER/CELTIC FROST singer, guitarist, and main songwriter Tom Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. Tom Gabriel Warrior) — can be seen below. The clip was directed by Philipp Hirsch — who previously collaborated with TRIPTYKON on the group's highly acclaimed "Shatter" video — and was filmed earlier this year in Leipzig, Germany. As was the case with "Shatter", the "Aurorae" clip is based on concepts by Hirsch and Warrior. The "Aurorae" video is to be followed later in 2014 by an EP of the same title, featuring additional unreleased music by the group and released through Century Media/Prowling Death. Moreover, the end of the year will see TRIPTYKON embark on a major European tour with AT THE GATES. "Aurorae" is taken from TRIPTYKON's second album, "Melana Chasmata", which was released on April 15 (one day earlier internationally). The CD was made available through a collaboration between TRIPTYKON's own label, Prowling Death Records Ltd., and renowned metal giant Century Media Records. This is the same label partnership responsible for CELTIC FROST's final album, "Monotheist" (2006), HELLHAMMER's "Demon Entrails" demo compendium (2008), and TRIPTYKON's debut album, "Eparistera Daimones", and "Shatter" EP (2010). Like its predecessor "Eparistera Daimones", the album was produced by TRIPTYKON's singer/guitarist Tom Gabriel Warrior and guitarist V. Santura and recorded and mixed at V. Santura's own Woodshed Studio in southern Germany as well as at TRIPTYKON's rehearsal facilities in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2013 and 2014. "Melana Chasmata" is further distinguished by featuring, for the second time for TRIPTYKON, the extraordinary art of recently deceased Swiss surrealist HR Giger. Following "Eparistera Daimones", the group began to make arrangements for an entirely different cover for the second album. Completely unexpectedly, HR Giger approached Tom Gabriel Warrior in October of 2011 to express his appreciation of how TRIPTYKON had used his art on the first album and to propose a continuation of the artistic collaboration. This development thus marked the first time any musical artist had worked with HR Giger on three albums (CELTIC FROST's "To Mega Therion", and TRIPTYKON's "Eparistera Daimones" and "Melana Chasmata"), and it commemorates a collaboration that had lasted for 30 years. TRIPTYKON consists of V. Santura (guitar, vocals), Norman Lonhard (drums, percussion), Vanja Slajh (bass, vocals), and Tom Gabriel Warrior (voice, guitars).

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AMARANTHE To Release ‘Massive Addictive’ In October

Metal News - Blabbermouth
August 6th, 2014

Gothenburg, Sweden's AMARANTHE, known for fusing melodic metal with elements of EDM, will release its third album, "Massive Addictive", on October 21 via Spinefarm Records. "Massive Addictive" is true to its title. The band's signature, larger-than-life sound, comprised of kinetic riffing, pulsating beats and celestial, melodic choruses, remains in tact, but the album finds AMARANTHE continuing to explore a range of dynamics and with a willingness to push themselves even further. "Massive Addictive" was tracked at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, EPICA) at the helm. The 12-song album is a flawlessly executed clinic of masterfully and carefully crafted European metal, boasting Olof Mörck's surgically precise riffs and soaring solos alongside Morten Løwe Sørensen's rhythmic thrust and Johan Andreassen's booming low-frequency assault. Elize Ryd's vocals are as emotive and empowering as ever, filling the room, while Jake E's melodic vocals are an outpouring of power. New screamer Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson puts his stamp on the material, as well. The sound is both massive and addictive, from the unforgettable, driving sounds of "Drop Dead Cynical" to the anthemic title track to the stadium-sized soar of "Digital World" to the emotionally haunting power semi-ballad "True". "Massvive Addictive" is an exercise in dynamics and is one that refuses to play by any sort of genre-specific, prescribed rules. "We have lived and breathed this album every hour and every day the last year, and to know that this music is about to reach everyone's ears is beyond exciting," guitarist Mörck enthused about "Massive Addictive". "Following the first leg of the 'Nexus' world tour, we sat down and agreed that we wanted the next album to be really fresh, new and even to raise a few eyebrows, all while retaining our signature sound." He continued, "'Massive Addictive' is in every way that huge leap forward we wanted to achieve and the album definitely contain our strongest song writing to date. The press often asks us to 'describe the album with three words'; this time, the answer is simple — it's MASSIVE, it's ADDICTIVE, and most importantly, it's AMARANTHE!" "Massive Addictive" track listing: 01. Dynamite 02. Drop Dead Cynical 03. Trinity 04. Massive Addictive 05. Digital World 06. True 07. Unreal 08. Over and Done 09. Danger Zone 10. Skyline 11. An Ordinary Abnormality 12. Exhale amaranthemassivecd


SLIPKNOT’s COREY TAYLOR Says Fans Will Have To Wait A Bit Longer To Learn New Drummer’s Identity

Metal News - Blabbermouth
August 5th, 2014

SLIPKNOT has unveiled the official video for "The Negative One", the first new song released by the band in six years. The track is taken from the group's upcoming fifth album, which is due out in October. The disc follows up 2008's "All Hope Is Gone" and is the band's first without founding bassist Paul Gray, who died in 2010, and drummer Joey Jordison, who was let go late last year. SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio that fans will have to wait a bit longer for things like the new drummer's identity and the record's title. "We're keeping a lot of that under wraps, out of fairness, because we want the music to speak for itself," he said. "We don't want people listening to our music and making up their minds about something before they even know what the music is. So trust me, you know, when the time is right, we will give you the answers that you need, and that's the way it is." Reports have suggested that SLIPKNOT has recruited drummer Jay Weinberg to play on the new album and tour. Weinberg is the son of Max Weinberg, longtime Bruce Springsteen and the E STREET BAND drummer. SLIPKNOT announced in December 2013 that it had parted ways with Jordison. The band has not disclosed the reasons for Jordison's exit, although the drummer issued a statement in January saying that he did not quit the group. The clip for "The Negative One" was directed by SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan, who has directed most of the band's music videos and concert documentaries. Taylor told the BBC that "The Negative One" is not the official first single from the album, explaining, "That was just a gift for the fans, like we wanted them to hear a piece of the album. The single [titled 'The Devil In I'] comes out in a few weeks and it's completely different. It's more melodic, but it's dark, it's powerful man, its something different, people are going to lose their minds when they hear that." The singer told The Pulse Of Radio that Gray's death forced the band's remaining members pulled closer together in the studio. "It was almost like getting to know each other again," he said. "We were all kind of grieving in our own way and dealing with things in our own way, and knowing that we had to be healthy to go in, we had to be creative to go in, and knowing that we were gonna have to fill this huge void, we just kind of took it upon ourselves to make up for that emptiness by being a little bit of Paul. Like we were all a little bit of Paul in our own way." The second edition of SLIPKNOT's Knotfest event will take place on October 24-26 in San Bernardino, California. More than two dozen other acts will join the headliners, including FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, VOLBEAT, OF MICE & MEN, IN THIS MOMENT, HELLYEAH and ATREYU.

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