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  • FLOTSAM AND JETSAM To Release 'The End Of Chaos' Album In November
    on May 23, 2018 at 17:18

    Veteran Arizona metallers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM will release their new album, "The End Of Chaos", on November 9 via AFM Records. Says FLOTSAM AND JETSAM vocalist Eric "A.K." Knutson: "Are you ready for this? I don't think you are. You'll have to pull up your big girl pants and prepare yourself." The cover artwork for "The End Of Chaos" can be seen below. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM recently officially welcomed Ken Mary (ALICE COOPER, ACCEPT) as the band's permanent drummer. Mary began touring with the group last year after Jason Bittner was invited to join OVERKILL. "It's always awesome to play with the mighty FLOTSAM AND JETSAM," Mary said. "The music is super-challenging and at the same time a great deal of fun to play. With such great musicians in the band that are also great guys, it's going to be a blast!" "We're excited to announce that Ken will be our new drummer," added the band. "Ken has already tracked all the drums for our upcoming album slated for release later this year, and we're all looking forward to the fans experiencing a new chapter in the history of FLOTSAM AND JETSAM." FLOTSAM AND JETSAM is currently touring North America alongside Swedish power metal veterans HAMMERFALL. […]

  • POISON Bassist Says Not All Members Agree On Recording New Music: 'I Don't Want To Point Any Fingers'
    on May 23, 2018 at 16:59

    POISON bassist Bobby Dall has told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he would love to record new music with the band, but that not all the members agree. "I don't want to point any fingers," he said. "But it would be fantastic. I'm absolutely for it. It's a matter of getting these four members to get three or four months of their lives set aside to record." POISON's last album of new material was 2002's "Hollyweird". Back in 2007, they released "Poison'd", an album of covers. In a 2017 interview, POISON drummer Rikki Rockett acknowledged that part of the reason the band hasn't been motivated to work on new music has been the fact that fans rarely show interest in hearing fresh material performed live when classic rock groups go on tour. "We could write the second coming of 'Talk Dirty To Me', and I don't know if people wanna hear it or not, and that's a frustrating thing; it really is," he said. "AEROSMITH was able to do it, but not everybody is. I mean, even THE ROLLING STONES have had problems with that in the last few years. So… I don't know. But I do think it's important to stay viable. For the 'über fans,' it's always a really, really good thing. And that's what you do it for — you do it for you, you do it for the real fans, the real true fans." More recently, Rockett admitted that he and other members of POISON harbor some resentment toward vocalist Bret Michaels, whose frequent tours as a solo artist caused the band to take a five-year break from the road. "I think we need to get away from each other and do other things, but at the same time, I think he spent a little too much time away," Rockett said. "There's definitely some resentment, but not resentment like I want him to fail. I want him to do good. I just want POISON to be important too, and I would like [him] to put a little more energy into POISON." POISON kicked off the "Nothin' But A Good Time 2018" tour with CHEAP TRICK and POP EVIL on May 18 at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, California. […]

  • FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's 'And Justice For None' Projected To Sell 65K-70K First Week
    on May 23, 2018 at 16:45

    According to Billboard, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's "And Justice For None" is likely to sell between 65,000 and 70,000 units (mostly from traditional album sales) in its first week of release to land at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. "And Justice For None" will apparently be kept from the top spot on the chart by BTS's new album "Love Yourself: Tear" and POST MALONE's "Beerbongs & Bentleys", both of which are expected to move over 100,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 24 (the former driven mostly driven by traditional album sales while the latter is powered largely by streaming activity). The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the June 2-dated Billboard 200 chart is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard's web sites on Sunday, May 27. In a brand new interview with Iowa's Rock 108, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH bassist Chris Kael said that "And Justice For None" marks "the first time that we've had the album available on Spotify the first week of release, because the other years, they didn't count streaming towards physical sales and album sales. But now, they've gotten together and streaming actually counts towards album sales," he said. "So this is the first time we've actually gone in guns blazing on every single platform — whether it be physical sales, your vinyl, all that stuff, streaming, Apple Music, everything. It's all available now right out of the gate. And we're really hoping that we can pull off some magic on this thing. We've had several No. 2s — and by No. 2s, I mean No. 2 slots. Smack talkers on Blabbermouth, all right? [Laughs]" FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's sixth album, "Got Your Six", sold 119,000 units in its first week of release to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The group's first four albums all sold at least 500,000 units, but they still haven't had a No. 1 album, though "Got Your Six" was their third consecutive set to debut at No. 2. Standard cover: Deluxe cover: […]

  • NONPOINT's 'X' Gets Tentative Release Date
    on May 23, 2018 at 15:20

    NONPOINT's tenth album, "X", is tentatively due on August 24 via Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to 2016's "The Poison Red" was produced by Fred Archambault, who has previously worked with ATREYU and AVENGED SEVENFOLD, among others. Speaking to Z97.5's "Morning Mayhem" radio show, NONPOINT vocalist Elias Soriano stated about the band's upcoming disc (hear audio below): "The album's aggressive, and the new songs that we've been playing live are extremely aggressive and the fans have really taken to all the teasers. We're giving people what we believe is a record that we can play it from front to back and really start turning some heads, because we've really, internally, taken it to another level and really challenged ourselves. We had a great and amazing producer working behind the board with us, Fred Archambault. And just playing it for fans and playing it for our inner circle, people are floored by the direction that we've [taken]." Soriano told the "SixX Strings" podcast that he "felt like things weren't being rushed" during the recording process with Archambault. "He wanted to entertain the idea not only because it was an idea coming from one of the guys in the band, but he wanted to see what the hell it would sound like, whether or not it was cool," he said. "If we even doubted it for a second, he dug in deeper and goes, 'Well, maybe it's not the right tone. Let's try this.' It seemed like we weren't going to have enough time, but we actually finished a day early. It just really felt different this time, and it shows in the final product. I haven't been prouder of a record." NONPOINT is currently on the road in North America with BUTCHER BABIES on the "Kings & Queens" tour. Photo by Tammy Vega […]

  • DIAMOND HEAD Has Finished Mixing 'Most' Of New Album
    on May 23, 2018 at 14:14

    NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) legends DIAMOND HEAD are putting the finishing touches on their new album, due later in the year. "It's done. We've recorded it," guitarist Brian Tatler told Rock Hard magazine at this past weekend's Rock Hard Festival in Germany (see video below). "We've mixed most of it; there's one more song to go. There's a track on it called 'The Sleeper'… It's great. The last album was good, the self-titled album, 'Diamond Head'. We think this is great as well; we think it's possibly better. So we're looking forward to getting some reaction from press and fans once it's released." DIAMOND HEAD recently inked a management deal with Thrashville Management, the company led by MEGADETH mainman (and former METALLICA member) Dave Mustaine and his son Justis Mustaine, along with CTK Management founder Danny Nozell. DIAMOND HEAD's latest, self-titled album was released in June 2016 via Dissonance Productions. The effort was the band's first to feature Rasmus Bom Andersen on vocals and its release ended an eight-year silence for the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal icons. Asked about the fact that both METALLICA and MEGADETH have cited DIAMOND HEAD as a major influence, Tatler told Wrinkly Rockers Club: "It's flattering. What can I say? It's great. I'm so glad that happened. I think it's helped keep the band going. I don't think we'd be having this conversation if we hadn't been covered by METALLICA. It's brought in so many fans. A number of times, people have said, 'I got into you through METALLICA.' They read the small print. They presume 'Am I Evil' is written by METALLICA until they go, 'Woah! [It says it was written by] Tatler/Harris.' And they go, 'Okay. Let's have a look at this band,' and then think, 'Actually, I quite like that.'" […]

  • BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME To Release 'Automata II' In July
    on May 23, 2018 at 13:54

    Progressive metallers BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME will release part two of their conceptual, two-part, epic album, "Automata", on July 13 via Sumerian Records. Tommy Rogers (vocals) states: "Holding our tongues for 'Automata II' was challenging. We worked so hard on these songs and finally we get to release the other half of this material to the world! I think this is some of the best material we've ever released. It's a result of everything we’ve been striving for up to this point. There are plenty of twists/turns and bizarre moments, but there is also a lot of beauty in the music and the story. 'Automata' is now complete and our antagonist found his version of home and peace. We are all in this together." Dan Briggs (bass) adds: "'Automata II' sees us at our most dynamic and most creative. It feels like turning a page into a whole new terrain and us working all these years together to arrive at this point. It's quirky, adventurous, melodic, dark and full of theatrics." "Automata II" track listing: 01. The Proverbial Bellow (13:16) 02. Glide (2:13) 03. Voice of Trespass (7:58) 04. The Grid (9:45) What if dreams could be broadcast for the purpose of entertainment? Could you consume the innermost thoughts of another person on screen? If you could, what does that say about an attention-starved audience? More importantly, what would become of the dreamer? BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME poses those questions and more on its two-part eighth full-length and introductory offering for Sumerian Records, "Automata". The North Carolina quintet — Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr. (lead vocals, keyboards), Paul Waggoner (lead and rhythm guitar, backing and lead vocals), Dustie Waring (rhythm and lead guitar), Blake Richardson (drums) and Dan Briggs (bass, keyboards) — explores these themes by personally smashing boundaries once again. "Automata" marks the band's first proper double LP-spanning concept. Moreover, they continue to expand their ever-evolving style, upholding a tradition of progression in the process. "We never want to repeat ourselves," affirms Paul. "We're always trying to do something different, and this album fell right into that sort of pattern. We push ourselves into new places, while retaining our basic sound. Musically, we go somewhere that's fun and challenging. We never know how it's going to turn out. These are uncharted waters for us. We've never written an entire piece and presented it in separate parts like this." "All of our music should build up to the newest record," Tommy leaves off. "That's what happens with 'Automata'. You can take little snippets from our past throughout this album. It sounds like BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, but it's still new. We hope to keep the music industry on its toes. This is part of doing that." […]

  • MOTIONLESS IN WHITE: 'Voices' Video Released
    on May 23, 2018 at 13:18

    MOTIONLESS IN WHITE has released the official music video for the song "Voices", which is featured on the band's 2017 album "Graveyard Shift". Directed by Travis Shinn and Jeremy Danger (A PERFECT CIRCLE, MARILYN MANSON), the clip can be seen below. Having recently wrapped the North American leg of its headline "Graveyard Shift" tour, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE is set to hit the road again this June for the final cross-country run of Vans Warped Tour. The trek is set to get underway way June 21 in Pomona, California and continue through the top of August. Furthermore, vocalist Chris Motionless will be hosting workshops with The Entertainment Institute at each stop of the tour, discussing with fans the universal hardships of finding your voice and your identity in life. MOTIONLESS IN WHITE recently parted ways with longtime bassist Devin "Ghost" Sola. Filling in for him at the band's current shows is the group's former guitarist, TJ Bell. Founded in 2005, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE has won over audiences worldwide with its aggressive music and arresting imagery. The band has proven a ferocious and inventive live act, earning an increasingly fervent fan following via countless headline shows, festival sets, and tours alongside such iconic acts as SLIPKNOT, KORN and BREAKING BENJAMIN. […]

  • KISS Guitarist TOMMY THAYER Receives Honorary Doctorate From Oregon's Pacific University: Photos
    on May 23, 2018 at 13:04

    Oregon's Pacific University awarded an honorary doctorate to longtime university Trustee Tommy Thayer, the lead guitarist for legendary rock band KISS, at the university's spring undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 19 at Hanson Stadium on the Forest Grove Campus. Thayer, who grew up in Beaverton and graduated from Sunset High School in 1978, has served on Pacific's Board of Trustees since 2005. He has helped the university generate more than $3.5 million for its NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics program, primarily through a highly successful celebrity fundraiser Legends, which ran from 2007 to 2016. In 2016, the 10th anniversary Legends event launched the creation of the Tommy Thayer Endowments for Music and Athletics, benefiting students in both programs at Pacific. Last spring, the Pacific University Board of Trustees approved awarding Thayer a doctorate of humane letters degree for his philanthropic leadership efforts that have directly helped thousands of Pacific student-athletes. Prior to receiving his degree during the ceremony, Thayer gave the keynote address to the class of 2018 consisting of approximately 350 bachelor's degree candidates. Check out photos and an interview with Portland's NBC affiliate KGW below. #KISS guitarist #TommyThayer received a doctorate of humane letters degree from Pacific University and delivered the...Posted by KISS on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 In 2009, as a Pacific trustee, Tommy Thayer helped present his father, Gen. James. B. Thayer, with an honorary doctorate...Posted by Pacific University on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 […]

  • IRON MAIDEN's BRUCE DICKINSON: 'The Music Industry Exploited Its Customers'
    on May 23, 2018 at 12:31

    IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson says that the decline of the music industry can be blamed partly on the fact that record companies failed to take advantage of the digital revolution. The digital music revolution started with Napster — the file-sharing service dreamt up by two teenagers in 1999 and shut down in 2001. A prime example of disruptive technology, Napster allowed people to download just about any track or album they wanted — for free. The music industry never really recovered. Music-industry lobbying group Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sued around 18,000 people between 2003 and 2008 in an attempt to discourage people from downloading songs from filesharing sites like Kazaa. While the legal actions brought widespread attention to copyright theft, many viewed them as heavy-handed. Earlier this month, during an appeance at the VTEX Day 2018 in São Paulo, Brazil, Dickinson told GloboNews' "Conta Corrente" that record companies have no one to blame but themselves for the predicament they now find themselves in. "The music industry exploited its customers," he said (see video below). "The record companies were making a lot of money for not doing very much. They believed the downloading would just disappear. But it didn't, and they didn't do anything about it. They didn't see downloading as being a great way to access their fans, their customers, if you like. But bands did — the bands were way ahead of the record companies. "Brazil, for example, had one of the youngest audiences of any country in the world," he continued. "And consequently, they had a huge uptake on Internet activity. So, for a band like IRON MAIDEN, who, we embraced the Internet very early on, we were making contact with people in Brazil directly. And that was great for us. But the record companies failed to understand that because they were too arrogant, they were too old, they were too slow." Eventually, the industry did embrace digital music, but it took Apple and iTunes to do it. Earlier this year, Dickinson told Comebackstage that "Napster destroyed the concept of music having any value, which is terrible. I think the guy [who started Napster] should be locked up, and maybe he has been — he deserves to be," he said. "It was an act of pure selfish destruction. And what he did was he used the enthusiasm of the audience… Because the audience is not guilty — they could get all this great music for free. Why wouldn't they do that? They didn't realize that what they were doing was destroying an entire culture… And it's hard to see where a whole generation of musicians is gonna come from now. People who are brilliant musicians don't get paid for doing amazing jobs." Bruce said in a 2015 interview that streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music benefit established artists more than they do the aspiring ones who have yet to break through. […]

  • JOE SATRIANI Thinks CHICKENFOOT Will Work On New Music Later This Year
    on May 23, 2018 at 11:36

    Joe Satriani thinks CHICKENFOOT will reassemble before the end of the year to begin working on new music. The supergroup, which features the legendary guitarist alongside former VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar, ex-VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith, has been largely inactive since 2012 when it toured with Kenny Aronoff on drums due to Smith's busy schedule with his main band. Last week, CHICKENFOOT reunited at the Fillmore in San Francisco during the fifth annual "Acoustic-4-A-Cure" benefit concert. The even marked the band's first performance together in just over two years. Asked during a brand new interview with "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon" about CHICKENFOOT's current status, Joe said: "Well, a couple of nights ago, we were on stage at the Fillmore here in San Francisco, and we played a four-song set acoustically. That was crazy; I'm playing CHICKENFOOT songs on acoustic — wow, that's just crazy. But we had such a good time, and I know we were all wondering what was gonna happen. And the undeniable magic between us was palpable; everybody felt it. And afterwards, everybody said, 'You guys have to record another record,' and everybody wanted to do it. So everyone was hugs and smiles and we said, 'Let's do it.' So I was pretty shocked, because it looked like it wasn't gonna happen this year, but I think it is gonna happen this year. So I think the next step is writing and [seeing] if we can all get in the same city at the same time again for a couple of days. That's the way the band operates. We never have three months where we rent a chateau in France and record an album; that'll never happen. It's here and there, hit the ground running, which I like in a way. It keeps the juices flowing and the spirits up and we don't waste time. So I think that's good." Satriani went on to say that CHICKENFOOT will probably never be "a touring band." He explained: "I don't think Sammy's thinking, 'I wanna do 70 shows in four months.' I don't think there's ever a chance of getting him on a tour bus ever again. [Laughs] And I don't blame him. The man has already done it; you know what I mean? And I understand now that, from his perspective, he doesn't want to feel like the job will stop him from being creative. And so I think that we all have to work around each other to give each other what we need to get to this next step. So I'm cool with just doing a record or doing a record and a couple of maybe residencies around the world. I think that whole thing about us touring like JOURNEY or DEF LEPPARD or something like that, CHICKENFOOT, I don't think, was ever going to do that, because we all have other things we're doing. But I've learned to love it. [Laughs] It's been frustrating in the past, 'cause I'm so used to touring and I love touring and I love the life and the tour bus and I love travelling. But it's different, I guess, when you're a singer. And those guys have accomplished a lot more in their careers than I have, so they have a different set of desires at this point in their lives." In March 2017, CHICKENFOOT released "Divine Termination", its first new tune in five years, on "Best + Live", the band's first-ever best-of collection. CHICKENFOOT's most recent album of all-new material was "Chickenfoot III", the band's second LP, issued in 2011. Satriani released his sixteenth solo album, "What Happens Next", in January via Sony/Legacy Recordings. […]

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