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SIXX: A.M.'s JAMES MICHAEL, DJ ASHBA Talk 'Modern Vintage' Album In New Video Interview

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:00:07 +0000

Sophie Eggleton recently conducted an interview with SIXX: A.M. guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael. You can now watch the chat in two parts below. SIXX: A.M. — whose lineup is completed by MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx — will release its third album, "Modern Vintage", on October 7 via Eleven Seven Music. "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 The "Gotta Get It Right" video can be seen below. Said 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." Added 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'." 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."

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Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:29:09 +0000

Hayley Leggs of TotalRock Radio conducted an interview with vocalist Cristina Scabbia of Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL at this year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held August 7-10 at Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, West Midlands, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below. LACUNA COIL's latest studio album, "Broken Crown Halo", sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 1 via Century Media. "Broken Crown Halo" was recorded Italy by producer Jay Baumgardner (P.O.D., SEVENDUST, EVANESCENCE, PAPA ROACH) and engineer Kyle Hoffmann (P.O.D., BUSH, ZEBRAHEAD). The effort was mastered by Howie Weinberg, whose credits include RAMMSTEIN, SOUNDGARDEN, NIRVANA, DEFTONES and SHERYL CROW. Asked if she is satisfied with how "Broken Crown Halo" has been received by the fans and music critics alike, Scabbia told GetYourRockOut: "I'm very happy. Honestly, when we put out records, we don't really think about the response we could have or what people could think about it, not because we don't care about the music press or the fans at all, because we love our fans and the press, but it was more like a self -therapy. It's like writing a diary and translating it with words and music for us. So if people like it, good. If people don't like it, I mean, it's just like, we've been honest and we put out something that we think is honest from our side. We could have repeated ourselves over and over with older albums, just because people like them and just like, 'Oh, this is gonna be good, because it's gonna be sounding kind of like that.' But we're just not like that. So I'm totally happy that people [are] liking it. I think it's a great combination between our roots and the new influences, because you want to evolve as well." LACUNA COIL is currently touring as a quintet following the departures of guitarist Cris "Pizza" Migliore and drummer Cristiano "Criz" Mozzati. Marco "Maus" Biazzi is handling all guitar duties for the band while drummer Ryan Blake Folden is sitting behind the kit.

HAMMERFALL Performs New Song 'Hector's Hymn' Live For First Time (Video)

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:06:24 +0000

Fan-filmed video footage of Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL performing a brand new song, "Hector's Hymn", live for the first time on Friday, August 29 at Liseberg in Gothenburg, Sweden can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "(r)Evolution", which was released on August 29 in Europe and will be made available on September 2 in North America via Nuclear Blast. After taking a creative break last year, HAMMERFALL is fully recharged and back with a vengeance. The first single from "(r)Evolution", "Bushido", was released on July 18 digitally as well as on vinyl. The song sums up the band and its history perfectly, seeing as "bushido" means "the way of the warrior" in Japanese. Comments HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak: "This album has more single quality songs than anyone we've ever done before, as evidenced by the fact that pretty much the only single choice we all could agree on was 'Bushido'. It captures the essence HAMMERFALL as much as any other song we have ever written, and it is one of the absolute strongest efforts from our camp, ever. It's filled with energy, hunger and pure adrenaline, and if you don't like this one, you have no love for HAMMERFALL heavy metal!" With "(r)Evolution", HAMMERFALL takes things back to the roots in many ways, as the band once again worked with producer Fredrik Nordström, who helmed HAMMERFALL's two milestone releases "Glory To The Brave" and "Legacy Of Kings" during the group's early years and thus played a major part in the development of HAMMERFALL. The music for "(r)Evolution" was recorded in March and April at guitarist Oscar Dronjak's Castle Black Studios. Singer Joacim Cans then went to the United States for vocal recordings, once again working with James Michael (SCORPIONS, MÖTLEY CRÜE), who previously collaborated with HAMMERFALL on "Infected". The album was mixed and mastered by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman. "(r)Evolution" represents yet another reunion of sorts for HAMMERFALL, who hired cover artist Andreas Marschall, the "father" of HAMMERFALL's mascot Hector, to design the artwork for the new CD. "(r)Evolution" track listing: 01. Hector's Hymn 02. (r)Evolution 03. Bushido 04. Live Life Loud 05. Ex Inferis 06. We Won't Back Down 07. Winter Is Coming 08. Origins 09. Tainted Metal 10. Evil Incarnate 11. Wildfire


TED NUGENT Says SEBASTIAN BACH Is An 'Incredibly Gifted' Singer But A 'Weak' Man

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:33:27 +0000

Legendary rocker Ted Nugent recently spoke to about his new album, "Shutup&Jam!", why his enemies are like the chimps in "Planet Of The Apes", his take on John Lennon's "Imagine", and why RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's Tom Morello is actually a conservative. On Sebastian Bach: "I love the guy, he's incredibly gifted, a gentleman for the most part, but he's weak. He's weak. And he doesn't understand the concept of the [body as a] Sacred Temple. He doesn't understand accountability. He doesn't understand — clearly — how his indulgences and his poisons ruin his life. And his relationships, and his marriage. And his musical capabilities. I love the guy and if he's watching this, I love you, but when you're the drunk Sebastian Bach, you're nowhere near the Sebastian Bach that you are when you're clean and sober. Case closed. That isn't a Ted Nugent opinion, that's scientific truism." On his drummer Mick Brown, who got a DUI a few years ago backstage at one of Ted's shows: "Well, he had a couple of beers and went on a golf cart ride! Whoa! Let's crucify him! That's no big deal! Even I can look the other way for that! I have zero tolerance for dangerous criminal behavior that compromises the music. It was the last date of the tour. He watched me get up on stage with Tommy Shaw and the STYX guys and we played a DAMN YANKEES masterpiece, 'Coming Of Age'. I can understand how anybody could lose control of themselves under that musical jihad. It was a very powerful musical moment. It was very magical and I think he did a couple of extras, saw some good-looking chicks with short skirts… I don't bemoan his decision. A golf cart and two pretty girls? It was harmless." On Tom Morello: "Tom Morello claims to be an ultra-liberal. But let's examine Tom Morello's life, shall we? He works really hard. He gets up early. He puts his heart and soul into being the best craftsman he can be. Provides for and protects his family. He's true to his family. So far, he sounds an awful lot like Ted Nugent. [My new album] 'Shutup&Jam', if it's a shout-out to anybody, is probably a shout out to my good friend Tom Morello. Because we talk politics, and we should do it on film sometime, it's quite telling. Because the typical liberal, when they attempt to debate me, always ends up with a very predictable statement: 'Yeah, but still…' If you give people stuff, dependence will be the result. If you give a beggar money, you're helping to kill him! Because he will spend that money while you lie to yourself and feel good, you've actually expedited the death of that individual, because he will buy dangerous deadly things with that money! You gotta be kidding me! If he wants a sandwich, give him a sandwich! That's not what he wants! My point being: Tom Morello, I love him dearly, I respect his musical genius, and I respect him as a man. And when it gets time to have a legitimate political debate, we remain civil and gentlemanly, and eventually we can both shut up and jam because we both come from the Chuck Berry school of uppity, spirited, freedom-drenched American rhythm and blues." In a 2012 interview with, Bach stated about Nugent, with whom he appeared on "SuperGroup", the 2006 VH1 "reality" TV program also starring ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian, ex-BIOHAZARD bassist/vocalist Evan Seinfeld and drummer Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN, BONHAM, UFO, FOREIGNER): "To be honest with you, I think that Ted's political beliefs and social opinions overshadow how great a guitar player he is. More people know Ted for his outrageous views and political viewpoints. His music is so great, but a lot of people are disgusted by him. They don't like guns. People don't like racism, but he says some things that are from the Fifties. People don't think like that anymore; it's not acceptable. It's a shame because I love his music and he is funny as hell. He is so abrasive with his beliefs, it takes the fun out of it."

BELLUM Featuring Former DEVILDRIVER Members: Audio Of REBEL RADIO Interview Posted Online

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:54:10 +0000

Chicago's Rebel Radio recently conducted an interview with Santa Barbara, California-based metallers BELLUM, who feature in their ranks two founding members of the bands DEVILDRIVER (Evan Pitts and Jonathan Miller) and BUILT ON DECAY (Alex Chantes and Andy Villasenor). You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. Says BELLUM: "BELLUM has been an artistic release since Evan Pitts' departure from DEVILDRIVER. Pitts teamed up with Alex Chantes and later recruited Andy Villasenor. It had been productive, magical and sacred, but it was never revealed. Its evolution started to take shape when Jon Miller joined the creative process." Pitts left DEVILDRIVER in 2004, with Miller following in 2011. Miller called his exit from the group at the time "the most difficult decision of my life" but "something that I needed to do for myself." BELLUM is: Evan Pitts - Vocals, Guitar Jonathan Miller - Bass Alex Chantes - Drums Andy Villasenor - Guitar

GEORGE LYNCH Talks SWEET/LYNCH, KXM On 'Do You Know Jack?' Radio Show (Audio)

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:43:32 +0000

Jack Antonio conducted an interview with legendary guitarist George Lynch (T&N, DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB, SWEET/LYNCH) on the August 24 episode of "Do You Know Jack?" radio show on CKLB FM. You can now listen to the chat using the Mixcloud player below. SWEET/LYNCH, the new band featuring Lynch, guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet of Christian hard rockers STRYPER, bassist James Lomenzo (MEGADETH, WHITE LION, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Brian Tichy (S.U.N., WHITESNAKE), will release its debut album in early 2015 via Frontiers. The band's first lyric video for the song "September" — a tribute to the victims of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York — will be made available on September 11. The self-titled debut album from KXM, the project featuring Lynch alongside drummer Ray Luzier (KORN) and bassist/vocalist Doug Pinnick (KING'S X), sold around 9.800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 31 on The Billboard 200 chart. "KXM" was released on March 11 via Rat Pak Records. The CD was produced by KXM and Chris Collier, who is known for his work with LYNCH MOB, Lita Ford and Tommy Bolin, to name a few. KXM takes its name from the combination of the members' other projects: K from KORN, X from KING'S X and M from LYNCH MOB.

Pro-Shot Footage Of METALLICA Bassist ROBERT TRUJILLO's Colorado Performance With RODRIGO Y GABRIELA

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:24:31 +0000

METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo once again joined RODRIGO Y GABRIELA — the dynamic Mexican duo who became international world-music superstars with their self-titled album of aggressive acoustic guitars and irresistible Latin rhythms — on stage on August 17 at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado to perform a medley of METALLICA covers, including "Orion", "For Whom The Bell Tolls", "The Frayed Ends of Sanity" and "Battery". Professionally filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below. Natives of Mexico City, Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero began their careers as members of TIERRA ACIDA, a heavy metal band which played on the city's underground gig circuit for seven years. "Like a lot of Mexican youth, we were heavily influenced by American metal bands — METALLICA, MEGADETH, PANTERA, and also SEPULTURA," Gabriela explained. "It was a full band, very loud, and for vocals, Rodrigo would just scream. We played this way for seven years." Asked in a 2010 interview if RODRIGO Y GABRIELA's metal connections were fading, Rodrigo said: "No, it's growing, actually. You go to our shows and you see a lot of metalheads. It was great to have the recognition from the kings, from METALLICA themselves, to be in touch with them and having the opportunity to jam with Robert pretty often. It's great, because that opened the door for a lot of metalheads to understand that we come from there. It's clear for the people that we love metal."

NOTHING MORE Performs Acoustic Set On Nashville's 102.9 The Buzz (Video)

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:13:35 +0000

San Antonio, Texas alternative rockers NOTHING MORE recently played an acoustic set in the studios of Nashville's Rock Radio 102.9 The Buzz. You can now watch video footage of the performance below. NOTHING MORE's first single, "This Is The Time (Ballast)", has just hit No. 1 on the rock radio chart, nearly two months after climbing into the Top Five. Frontman Jonny Hawkins told The Pulse Of Radio that he hopes the themes of the song and the band's self-titled debut album are resonating with listeners. "I hope that it's an encouragement to others out there that can listen to the record and if any of it, just really the experiences, translate to other people and they recognize that maybe they're going through something similar or they can feel that same pain, that there is a way through it and there's calmer waters ahead if you stick with it and remind yourself that things will be all right and just stay the course," he said. "So I hope it's encouraging." NOTHING MORE's self-titled debut album sold around 8,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 33 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 24 via Eleven Seven Music. The band's current tour launched on August 5 in Kansas City and wraps up on September 12 in Portland, Oregon. NOTHING MORE will next join FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, VOLBEAT and HELLYEAH on a major trek beginning September 16 in Salt Lake City.

AEROSMITH's JOE PERRY Says His Memoir 'Goes Deeper' Than A Lot Of Other Autobiographies

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:51:34 +0000

In a brand new interview with, AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry spoke about his upcoming memoir, "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith", which is coming out on October 7. "I just got off the phone with our main guy at Simon & Schuster and there was literally a one-word change and he's heading downstairs to the printing room and they're going to start printing this week," Perry said. "We just need to get the artwork and pictures done. "It's been an intense learning process, doing an album compared to doing a book. "We're planning a press tour to be everywhere at once. We'll probably go out for a month. "I'll probably read parts of the book and do a Q&A with the people there or even an interview. We're exploring different things. "The Internet has opened so many different doors. Asked if there was anything in the book that he was worried about the other guys in AEROSMITH reading, Perry said: "Not really. I really can't say, but from my point of view, I really don't think so. They probably think there is worse stuff in there than there is. "When you don't know, there's probably a certain amount of concern, but I really think they'll be pleasantly surprised. "The main thing was, I took the gloves off and just wanted to tell the truth from my point of view, that was the most important thing. I probably read 30 autobiographies, 20 by musicians. This is definitely different than your average sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. We went over that ad nauseum in the first book (2003's 'Walk This Way'). "There's a much deeper story here about my relationship with the other four guys, Steven [Tyler, vocals] in particular, and keeping a marriage together and raising kids who grew up on the road. "Before my wife and I got married, we said we come first, and if we have kids, they're going to be with us, no matter what it takes. Even people who aren't AEROSMITH fans will find that interesting. "I don't think you have to be an AEROSMITH fan to get some insight into human nature. It goes deeper than a lot of the books that I've read." Perry worked on "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith" with author David Ritz, who has written books with B.B. King, Jerry Wexler and Bettye LaVette. Tyler's "Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?" autobiography was issued in 2011, while the band's drummer, Joey Kramer, had his own tale, "Hit Hard: A Story Of Hitting Rock Bottom At The Top", published in 2009. AEROSMITH bassist Tom Hamilton is also working on a book. Perry said: "I've wanted to write one for a while. But Joey put his book out and I wanted to leave some room there and then Steven put his book out. I didn't want to make it seem like mine was an answer to his, so I waited a little longer." Perry admitted to that he read Tyler's book, calling it "definitely Steven's truth, no doubt about it." He added: "He's allowed to perceive things how he perceives things. He can write his book any way he wants. But I didn't agree with a lot of the things he said. I know he worked hard on it, but it's got a totally different tenor and energy than my book. Mine tends to be a little more traditional. It's an autobiography in the real classic sense. I just hope Steven accepts the things I say about how I felt and how I saw things happen. I don't put words in other people's mouths or talk about conversations that I wasn't there for." joeperryrocksmylifebookcover

ACE FREHLEY Talks To About 'Space Invader', Struggles With Sobriety And His Time In KISS

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:29:13 +0000

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley recently talked to about his new album, "Space Invader", his cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker", the struggles of sobriety and his days in the "hottest band in the world." You can now watch the chat below. "Space Invader", the first new solo album from Frehley in five years, sold around 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on August 19 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). Ace's previous CD, "Anomaly", opened with around 17,000 units back in September 2009 to debut at No. 27. "Space Invader", which was made available in Europe on August 18 (three days earlier in Germany and Scandinavia) through SPV/Steamhammer, includes 11 brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker". Asked what the songwriting process was like for "Space Invader", Frehley told Guitar World magazine: "You know, all my life I've never had a formula for writing songs. Sometimes it starts with a guitar riff, sometimes it's a lyrical idea or just a melody. Sometimes I wake up with an idea. There's no rhyme or reason. Sometimes I write on an acoustic, sometimes on a bass. There's a song on the new album called 'Into The Vortex'. It's a riff song, but I wrote it on a bass guitar. Why? Because I write differently with a bass guitar in my hand than an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar. When I feel creative, I just sit down and start playing." Ace also spoke about the recording process for "Space Invader", telling Guitar World: "I did most of the recording at my friend's studio in Turlock, California, called the Creation Lab. Turlock is in the middle of nowhere — it's like a farming community — and that's why I loved it. I have Attention Deficit Disorder, and there are absolutely no distractions when working at this place. You record for eight or 10 or 12 hours, then you go back to the hotel and go to sleep. You wake up and go back to the studio. There's nothing else to do there, which means it's the perfect place for me to record. Plus, I like working with the least amount of people, and this studio is great because it's quiet and there aren't all kinds of people walking through. I did most of this record with just me and a drummer, Matt Starr. For a couple of songs I brought in Chris Wyse from THE CULT to play bass." The "Space Invader" cover artwork was created by Frehley's longtime friend, artist Ken Kelly, who designed the iconic cover art for two of KISS' best-selling LPs "Destroyer" (1976) and "Love Gun" (1977).

DEVILDRIVER's DEZ FAFARA Speaks To Australia's 'Rabid Noise' (Audio)

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:13:37 +0000

Nev Pearce of Australia's "Rabid Noise" podcast recently conducted an interview with vocalist Dez Fafara of California metallers DEVILDRIVER. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. DEVILDRIVER guitarist Mike Spreitzer told Dublin Concerts in a recent interview that the band has already begun working on material for the follow-up to last year's "Winter Kills": "We've already started writing for it," he said. "I know [John] Boecklin [drums] has a bunch of songs. I haven't really had a lot of time to write, because I just moved into a new house and I've been building a studio in my garage to replace the studio that I have in my parents' house, which I have outgrown, and that's where we've been doing all the pre-production. I can't even feel creative in that studio, I've been in there for so long. So I'm getting all my stuff out of there. I've been building this studio in my new house. I've been working on it for almost a year, in between tours, and it should be done in July. We have July and August off, so I'm going to spend all that time writing for the next record. Boecklin's already got probably, like, somewhere between three and five songs written, and a tentative date for recording of November/December, which means the record will probably be out some time next summer." Asked if DEVILDRIVER is feeling the pressure to top "Winter Kills", Mike said: "I've never really felt pressured. The only thing I kind of feel pressure about is not repeating ourselves too much, and hashing out the same type of record that we've done before. You know, I see things from a different perspective than our fans do, but there's a different vibe for every record for me. It always seems to come very organically for us. I just sit down and write. I don't really think about trying to do this or that or have a direction I want to go. To some extent, I do. Now that we've done the song 'Sail' [AWOLNATION cover], I think that kind of opened up some doors for me, where I can have more atmospheric tones, meshed with brutal guitars at the same time. Whereas before, I kind of strayed away from that. I didn't know if DEVILDRIVER fans would be into something like that, but they obviously do. 'Sail' has gotten a great response. You know, it's not our song, but we added a lot of elements to that." "Winter Kills" sold around 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 32 on The Billboard 200 chart. This figure is in line with the opening number of DEVILDRIVER's fifth CD, "Beast", which also shifted 11,000 units back in February 2011 to land at No. 42. The instrumental parts for "Winter Kills" were recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida while the vocals were laid down at singer Dez Fafara's home studio, with Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, ALL THAT REMAINS) handling production duties. The album's cover artwork features a photograph by Dean Karr. The layout was done by Ryan Clark of Invisible Creature.

SONIC SYNDICATE Interviewed By Germany's EMP ROCK INVASION (Video)

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:01:43 +0000

Germany's EMP Rock Invasion recently conducted an interview with Anglo-Swedish modern metal powerhouse SONIC SYNDICATE. You can now watch the chat below. The self-titled fifth album from SONIC SYNDICATE was released on July 4 via Nuclear Blast. The CD includes a total of 11 tracks, while the limited edition digipak features no less than three bonus tracks. "Sonic Syndicate" track listing: 01. Day Of The Dead 02. Black Hole Halo 03. Long Road Home 04. My Revenge 05. Before You Finally Break (feat. Speed/SOILWORK) 06. Catching Fire 07. Unbreakable 08. It Takes Me 09. See What I See 10. So Addicted 11. The Flame That Changed The World Limited-edition bonus tracks: 12. Diabolical Work Of Art 13. What We Shared 14. Another Soldier Down Commented SONIC SYNDICATE guitarist, main songwriter and founding member Robin Sjunnesson: "We decided to go with this one as a 'self-titled' release. Mainly because as an album, we have put everything we've got into it. All of our experience as musicians, the evolution of the music, the sound from all eras of the band, and also the road we have taken as people. This is us, this is SONIC SYNDICATE in all its beauty and destruction. It shows our strength, our love for melody, our scars, our energy. The cover art is a definite representation of that. In the background, a battle-torn city laid to waste, four figures emerging together with only each other to depend on in an environment so harsh, only those with a tough heart, body and soul can survive. "The tone throughout this album is definitely darker, and as my Swedish family would say, 'with a red line running in the middle,' so we put this into the color scheme. "We could not be more proud of this album, and we thank our fans for the support; it's because of them that we're here. This album is for you." The video for the song "Before You Finally Break" was shot by renowned director Patric Ullaeus (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR) and features SOILWORK singer Björn "Speed" Strid on guest vocals. Commented SONIC SYNDICATE singer Nathan James Biggs: "I'm honored to call Speed a friend. "I've been a big SOILWORK fan for years. Those guys were a massive hand in crafting that trademark Swedish sound so it made perfect sense to ask Speed when we knew we wanted to do a song with guest vocals. Performance-wise, I think we have similar styles and execution, but at the same time we both have our own thing going on, so the voices complement each other to great effect. My idea was also to have a real battle between our vocals. "I hate it when you have these 'featuring' songs and the guest just pops up for a chorus and then does backing vocals for a while in the verse or something. This is a real fight between us for the mic and I'm sure people are gonna appreciate that." Added Strid: "Working with SONIC SYNDICATE is always a pleasure, whether it's in the studio, tour, or in a cool-looking abandoned car shop in the industrial area of Gothenburg. "I loved recording vocals on this song and especially being able to do somewhat of a duet with Nathan Biggs. He's a truly talented singer and a good friend. "Doing the video was easy, fun and pretty intense at the same time. It turned out real sick. Check it out!" SONIC SYNDICATE 2014 is: Nathan James Biggs - Vocals Robin Sjunnesson - Guitar Karin Axelsson - Bass John Bengtsson - Drums


GODSMACK's SULLY ERNA: The Secret Of Our Success (Video)

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:51:37 +0000

GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna recently spoke to TeamRock Radio about the secret of the band's success. Check out the clip below. GODSMACK's sixth studio album, "1000hp" (One Thousand Horsepower), sold approximately 58,000 copies in its first week of release to land at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 album chart. The disc, which arrived on August 5, follows up 2011's "The Oracle", which topped the chart with sales of 117,000 copies in its debut week. The title track from "1000hp" is currently topping the rock radio chart and the band has just released an official video for the song. Sully Erna told The Pulse Of Radio that even though it was the last song written for the record, he knew it had to be the first single. "To me, once 'Horsepower' came out, I'm like, you know, look, this is a no-brainer," he said. "I mean, it's just obvious. Not only is it a fast, fun, punk kind of song, but it's about the history of the band. I mean, why wouldn't we launch that? Not only did we launch it first, but we felt like it kind of gave us a theme, going back to the roots, the beginning." 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 taking part in the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, which kicked off on August 15 in Clarkston, Michigan and will run through September 21.

MÖTLEY CRÜE's TOMMY LEE Uploads New Pro-Shot Video Footage Of 'The Crüecifly' Drum Solo

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:21:30 +0000

MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has uploaded professionally filmed video footage of his solo during the band's "The Final Tour". The three-minute clip, which was directed and edited by Bobby Hewitt, with audio by Nick Thayer, can be seen below. Dubbed "The Crüecifly", Lee's current drum stunt sees him bolted to a platform that moves on a roller coaster-type track near the arena ceiling, passing the band's inverted-pentagram lighting rig and spiked disco ball and spinning him 360 degrees vertically, rendering him upside-down. Lee told ABC News Radio, "I've been wanting to do [this] my whole life, and [other tours have been] leading up to this. This is like the mothership." Regarding how "The Crüecifly" came together, Lee said: "We started drawing it on paper one day, and you know, those cocktail napkins turn into reality and then you sit there and go, 'OH MY GOD.'" He added: "I wanted to add an extra seat. We're still kinda messing around with the insurance company, because it's one thing to insure me over the audience, but it's another to insure another just regular folk that I pick out of the crowd. That's a whole other animal, so we're working on it." "The Final Tour", which features legendary rocker Alice Cooper in the support slot, kicked off on July 2 in Grand Rapids, and after the July 4 show in Milwaukee, Lee tweeted why "The Crüecifly" was absent. He wrote: "Hi guys! Want you to know certain venues cannot handle The Crüecifly! It's not our fault their roof cannot hang the rig! It's massive!" Asked how long it took him to get used to riding the roller coaster while performing a drum solo, Lee told Music Radar in a 2011 interview: "I still don't know if I'm used to it! Everything to do with this is absolutely wrong. Playing upside down is insane. It's two or three times more difficult than what's normal. Your feet want to come off the pedals, your arms want to drop down — all of your body is fighting gravity. The only time it's comfortable is when you're in the down position; the rest of the time, everything's fucking out of control. The drum roller coaster is wild! [laughs]" Lee's 360-degree roller coaster drum kit was officially "retired" in May 2013 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The kit, which was introduced during the band's 30-year anniversary tour with POISON and the NEW YORK DOLLS in 2011, was described by The Hollywood Reporter as "a revamped version of the percussive light show Lee used in tours during the late 1980s. The 360, also known as The Loop, had a passenger seat for one lucky fan to ride shotgun with Lee at each show. Lee usually performed one or two complete rotations on the roller coaster himself, along with numerous half-rotations as teasers, before taking on an audience member for an additional two or three turns."

IN FLAMES Interviewed By Germany's BERLIN METAL TV (Video)

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:10:32 +0000

Berlin Metal TVRockNLive recently conducted an interview with Swedish metallers IN FLAMES. You can now watch the chat below. IN FLAMES' "Through Oblivion" video was once again helmed by Swedish director Patric Ullaeus of the Revolver Film Company AB, who has previously worked with HAMMERFALL, DIMMU BORGIR, EUROPE and LACUNA COIL, among many others. "Through Oblivion" is taken from IN FLAMES' eleventh album, "Siren Charms", which is due in the U.S. on September 9 via Sony/RED. The CD was recorded at Hansa Tonstudios (DAVID BOWIE, DEPECHE MODE, U2) in Berlin, Germany. The cover artwork was created by Blake Armstrong of Space Boy Comics and can be seen below. In a recent interview with ARTISTdirect, guitarist Björn Gelotte said: "I think 'Through Oblivion' is really cool. It's something we didn't try before. It's a very simple song, but there are elements in it that make it really complex. That one is very fun. I think it's going to go over very well live. That's going to be interesting to see how it turns out." Speaking about the band's mindset going into the making of "Siren Charms", Gelotte said: "We changed the scenery from how we normally do records. We've done quite a few in Gothenburg. We've done a few experiments. We went to Uppsala once. We did one record in Denmark. We rented a huge house, built two studios in there, and just winged it. It turned out great. It was an awesome experience. This time around, Anders [Fridén, vocals] fell in love with the Hansa studios in Germany. It's a classic studio in Berlin. So many classic albums have come from there, and so many artists have been there. He felt that maybe he could get inspired from that or something might rub off in the studio. I was like, 'Fuck it. For me, it doesn't really matter. I can record anywhere.' He was absolutely certain it was important for us to do that. I went down there and fell in love with it too. Anders explained the history of the place. David Bowie, U2 and DEPECHE MODE have all recorded there. All of these huge records have come from there. I was pretty sure it wasn't going to change anything. Listening back to it now, it did. Something came in there. There's a certain melancholic vibe to the album that I'm not sure would've happened anywhere else." He continued: "It was a genius move from Anders. He talked us into it. Basically, we weren't really hard to convince when we saw the studio and heard the history of it. It was an interesting thing to do. It changed things a little bit. We came down there with the same goal to make the eleventh record… We wanted to make something special out of it, and we really did… I think it's a sense of melancholy. It's not something depressing or sad in a bad way. It strikes a certain note — at least in my heart. There's a vibe in it. I could never recreate it just by using the same formula. It's something that just happens. It's a mix of a lot of things. The ideas Anders is talking about in the lyrics all the way until the final mix and the way we put on extra guitars and the effects are all a little sadder in a sort of uplifting and refreshing way. There are so many things that work together in giving it that vibe." "Siren Charms" track listing: 01. In Plain View 02. Everything’s Gone 03. Paralyzed 04. Through Oblivion 05. With Eyes Wide Open 06. Siren Charms 07. When The World Explodes 08. Rusted Nail 09. Dead Eyes 10. Monsters In The Ballroom 11. Filtered Truth

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BUCKCHERRY Performs Acoustic Set At WDHA 105.5 FM (Video)

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:41:37 +0000

California rockers BUCKCHERRY recently performed at short acoustic set live in Studio D at the WDHA 105.5 FM radio station in New Jersey. Check out video footage below. BUCKCHERRY has just released a new EP, simply titled "Fuck", via the band's newly established F Bomb imprint. A six-song EP that unapologetically rattles the speakers as much as it will the censors, the record features six balls-to-the-wall tracks that erupt with gritty riffs and sharp-tongued lyrics, including the radio single and riotous cover of Icona Pop's hit song "I Love It", which the band naturally cranks to 11 and renames "Say Fuck It". "Fuck" EP track listing: 01. Somebody Fucked With Me 02. Say Fuck It 03. The Motherfucker 04. I Don't Give A Fuck 05. It's A Fucking Disaster 06. Fist Fuck BUCKCHERRY frontman Josh Todd has said in a new interview with Yahoo! Music that "Fuck" is "not just some silly rock record," adding, "It's not about offending anybody as much as celebrating the word. There are so many ways to use the word. We wanted to capture that on an EP and not hold back or censor anything." The Pulse Of Radio asked Todd if it was difficult to keep coming up with lyrics based around one word. "It was actually super easy," he said. "I have no problem with profanity as you know, so it was like, 'How am I gonna do this in such a way to where — there's so many ways that people use the word and I want to capture that in song.' All the different ways that 'fuck' can come across, you know. That's what I thought about when I was sitting down writing lyrics."

MIKE PORTNOY On Possibility Of Reunion With DREAM THEATER: 'If I Was A Betting Man, I Wouldn't Put Money On It'

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:46:31 +0000

In the latest issue of U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine, drummer Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB) was asked by TESSERACT's Jay Postones what the chances are of Portnoy ever playing with DREAM THEATER again. "If I was a betting man, I wouldn't put money on it," Portnoy replied. "And that's not my doing. I never say never and haven't closed any doors. "I'm a very nostalgic person; I forgive and forget very easily… but I think the guys [in DREAM THEATER] have made it very clear they have no interest in looking backwards. "Those guys were a huge part of my life for a very long time, so I'm open to anything, anytime. "I guess the ball's in their court. We shall see." Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM THEATER more than 27 years ago, abruptly quit the band in September 2010 while on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD. He has since been replaced by Mike Mangini (ANNIHILATOR, EXTREME, JAMES LABRIE, STEVE VAI). In an October 2013 interview with Brazil's "Wikimetal", DREAM THEATER singer James LaBrie stated about his current relationship with Mike Portnoy: "I haven't spoken to Mike since he left the band. "Myself, personally, and the way that the band feels is we're moving forward. Mike Mangini is our drummer and he will remain our drummer until the day that we're finished doing this. It's just the way that it is. "The reason that DREAM THEATER is moving on is because we have somebody that completely clicks with the band, he understands the band and he's helping us fulfill our musical aspirations. "Mike [Portnoy], you know, he's moved on, he's working with musicians and doing the things that he wants to do musically, and I think he's happy with that. But as far as DREAM THEATER [is concerned], this is who we are and this is who we will continue to be. Mike Mangini is our drummer, and he will be."

EXODUS: More 'Blood In Blood Out' Album Details Revealed

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:25:44 +0000

San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS will release their tenth studio album, "Blood In Blood Out", in North America on October 14 via Nuclear Blast. The album art was illustrated by Swedish artist Pär Olofsson, known worldwide for his incredible renderings that have graced the covers of countless heavy metal albums, including EXODUS' "Let There Be Blood". "When I was working on the record, I was sitting around watching TV series like 'Gangland' and all these locked-up prison reality shows," says EXODUS guitarist and main songwriter Gary Holt. "And I thought, 'Yeah, that's like EXODUS.' It's a brotherhood. You bleed to get in, you bleed to get out. "I've been doing this kind of music since I was a teenager, and I'll be doing it 'till I can't physically do it anymore." The concept for the art was impressively envisaged by Olofsson based on the album title alone, as Gary Holt explains: "The concept came from Pär Olofsson. I fed him the title and he immediately came up with the final concept, and it's perfect! One of my favorite covers we've ever done and it fits the title and theme to a T!" "Blood In Blood Out" is EXODUS' first album since the departure of the band's lead singer of the past nine years, Rob Dukes, and the return of his predecessor, Steve "Zetro" Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004. "Blood In Blood Out" track listing: 01. Black 13 02. Blood In, Blood Out 03. Collateral Damage 04. Salt In The Wound 05. Body Harvest 06. BTK 07. Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage 08. My Last Nerve 09. Numb 10. Honor Killings 11. Food For The Worms "Blood In Blood Out" features a guest appearance by METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett on the song "Salt In The Wound". "It felt really casual, really cool — just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day," Hammett told "Me, recording a solo on their album was a huge thing for me. Other than the EXODUS demo that's been heard by a lot of people, it's the only time I ever recorded with EXODUS. It was a huge thing for me." He added: "I play a pretty cool solo, and then Gary comes in and plays another solo, and you know what? I listened to that and thought, 'Wow, it's 1982 all over again and here we are, Gary and I are trying to cut each other's heads off with our guitar solos.' Nothing has changed much in the last 30 years. I love it. I love those guys. I've only known them for most of my life, so I'm really happy that I finally got to record with them." Asked what EXODUS is doing differently on "Blood In Blood Out" compared to the band's previous efforts, Souza said: "I just think it's way more brutal now. I think if you look at the production value in the albums, from 'Bonded By Blood' [1985] and even 'Impact Is Imminent' [1990] and now you look at them, from 'Tempo Of The Damned' [2004] and then 'Shovel Headed Kill Machine' [2005] and 'The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A' [2007] and 'Exhibit B: The Human Condition' [2010] and now to 'Blood In, Blood Out', I just think the maturity level and knowing what you wanna sound like and knowing what you're going for and knowing what you do well. Not trying to second-guess yourself and go, 'Oh, we've gotta do this because of this.' It's not like that anymore. Now it's all about, 'Hey, we're EXODUS. We've been EXODUS for 30 years. And let's just be EXODUS.'" The album can be pre-ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA webshop in CD, digipak, and 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl formats. Bundles include a t-shirt with exclusive artwork for North America + a poster (while supplies last). EXODUS will head out to South America in October before returning for a supporting run in November with fellow metal titans SLAYER and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES. The Scion-sponsored leg of this U.S. tour launches on November 11 with two shows at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California. The 26-show trek includes nine headlining off-dates with additional performances to be announced soon. Tickets are on sale now via the links on the official EXODUS Facebook page. Due to the overwhelmingly demand, EXODUS is making their VIP Experience packages available for the entire tour via Fans are encouraged to get them as soon as possible, as VIP package sales will close seven days prior to each show day. For fans who have already purchased their show ticket and would like to be part of the EXODUS VIP Experience, contact SLO Customer Service at 888-756-4849 or Hammett was a member of EXODUS' original lineup before replacing Dave Mustaine in METALLICA in 1983. In fact, Hammett was not only the person who came up with the EXODUS name, but also the first from the band to meet original EXODUS singer Paul Baloff and brought him into the group. Dukes joined EXODUS in January 2005 and appeared on four of the band's studio albums — "Shovel Headed Kill Machine" (2005), "The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A" (2007), "Let There Be Blood" (2008, a re-recording of EXODUS' classic 1985 LP, "Bonded By Blood") and "Exhibit B: The Human Condition" (2010). exoduspreorderimagebloodin_638 exodsbloodinart

ACCEPT: More 'Blind Rage' First-Week Chart Positions

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:04:43 +0000

"Blind Rage", the new album from German/American metallers ACCEPT, has registered the following first-week chart positions: Germany: #1 Finland: #1 Czech Republic: #2 Hungary: #2 Switzerland: #9 Sweden: #16 Austria: #18 Japan: #22 USA: #35 Spain: #39 France: #44 Belgium: #48 UK: #85 Canada: #114 "Blind Rage" sold around 6,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. ACCEPT's previous CD, 2012's "Stalingrad", opened with around 5,400 units to debut at position No. 81 on The Billboard 200 chart. The group's 2010 album, "Blood Of The Nations", registered a first-week tally of 2,900 copies to land at No. 187. "Blind Rage" was released on August 15 via Nuclear Blast. Like its two predecessors, 2010's "Blood Of The Nations" and 2012's "Stalingrad", the new effort was helmed by British producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. The cover artwork was created by Daniel Goldsworthy. The "Stampede" video can be seen below. The clip was filmed on location in the high desert of California at the Devil's Punchbowl (a rock formation that looks like it's from another world) with director Greg Aronowitz ("Batman & Robin", "A.I. Artificial Intelligence", "The Lost World: Jurassic Park"). ACCEPT will promote "Blind Rage" with a European headlining tour which will kick off on September 19 in Copenhagen, Denmark. In a recent interview with Metal Assault, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann stated about the musical direction of "Blind Rage": "I think what we have here is really a collection of totally typical ACCEPT songs with the classic feel, and, of course, as always, there's an overriding theme of aggression and rage in all our music. I mean, otherwise it wouldn't be metal. "People call our music at this point 'classic metal,' I believe, and we just fell in love with the title 'Blind Rage' and the artwork. Interestingly enough, we don't even have a song called 'Blind Rage'. We just have a collection of songs that to me all feel totally 100 percent classic ACCEPT." Regarding the songwriting and recording process for "Blind Rage", Wolf said: "Andy is such a good partner now, we couldn't even imagine working without him on this album. He's such a natural fit and he did a great job on the last two albums. The only thing that we did way different this time from 'Stalingrad' is, we really took our time. 'Stalingrad' was really made almost in a rush, to be honest, because we had so many commitments right before we went to the studio to do the album and right after. Basically, by the time we started working on that album, we already knew when it had to be finished and what gigs we had booked. So that put us under enormous pressure, but this time, we really made sure it's right before it's ever released. We didn't work excessively long, we just took a little more time to make sure that we were in a little more comfortable place. These last few weeks we've just refined and tweaked little things that we normally wouldn't have the time to do." Speaking to Metal Wani ACCEPT singer Mark Tornillo stated about what fans can expect to hear on "Blind Rage": "You can expect more of the same, but you can also expect, on this album, a little more diversity, I think. And the way I see it, some of the songs sound more classic than the stuff that we've done. I mean, there are songs, I think, when I hear the opening riff, I go, 'Wow! That could be on 'Balls To The Wall'.' So you're gonna get a few different… I mean, we're not searching for a direction at this point. We're writing to please ourselves and to please our fans… We're not changing horses in the middle of a stream. I mean, if something works for us, we're gonna stick with it. We're certainly not gonna change direction, but I think we're not afraid to step out a little bit. We're also not afraid to go back and be what the band was in the '80s, which is what we've really strived for." On the topic of the vibe in ACCEPT during the songwriting process for "Blind Rage", compared to how it was for its two predecessors, 2010's "Blood Of The Nations" and 2012's "Stalingrad", Tornillo said: "The vibe is good. We're, I think, more relaxed at this point. 'Blood Of The Nations' was… We really had no idea where we were going at that point; we didn't even have a record deal when we wrote that record. We had no idea what was gonna happen and where it was gonna go, and we had a lot of time to do it. And then the response came, and we set the bar pretty darn high with that record. And then when we went back to do 'Stalingrad', we didn't have that luxury of time; they gave us a deadline, that they wanted the record by such and such a time, and it was a little more hectic. There was a lot more pressure than [there was on 'Blood Of The Nations']. Plus we had 'Blood Of The Nations' out there, and we had to try to top it, if possible, or at least try to get to where that record was. This one, we've had a little more time. This past year, all we did was festivals, which was nice, which gave us time to write on the road. And when we were done touring, we had a good three or four months to complete everything, which is a nice time frame."


LED ZEPPELIN Unveils Rare Version Of 'Black Dog' (Audio)

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:55:34 +0000

A rarely heard version of LED ZEPPELIN's seminal classic "Black Dog" can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. Simply titled "Black Dog (Basic Track with Guitar Overdubs)" , the raw recording provides the soundtrack to a trailer promoting the remastered version of "Led Zeppelin IV". The LED ZEPPELIN reissue campaign got off to a remarkable start in June as deluxe editions of "Led Zeppelin", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III" debuted in the top 10 of The Billboard 200 chart. The albums achieved similar international success with debuts near the top of the charts in more than a dozen territories, including Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom. The band has now prepared the reissues of "Led Zeppelin IV" (the third best-selling album in U.S. history) and "Houses Of The Holy". As with the previous deluxe editions, both albums have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album. "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy" will each be available October 28 from Atlantic/Swan Song in the following formats: * Single CD - Remastered album packaged in a gatefold card wallet. * Deluxe Edition (2CD) - Remastered album, plus a second disc of unreleased companion audio. * Single LP - Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP's first pressing in exacting detail. * Deluxe Edition Vinyl (2LP) - Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl. * Digital Download - Remastered album and companion audio will both be available. * Super Deluxe Boxed Set - This collection includes: - Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve. - Companion audio on CD in card wallet featuring new alternate cover art. - Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing. - Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve with new alternate cover art. - High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit. - Hard bound, 80 page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia. - High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered. The second round of reissues begins with one of the most artistically influential and commercially successful albums in the history of music, "Led Zeppelin IV". Released in November 1971, the album — which is officially untitled — defined the sound of rock music for a generation with ubiquitous anthems such as "Stairway To Heaven", "Rock And Roll", "Black Dog" and "When The Levee Breaks". The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999, has been certified 23x platinum by the RIAA. The "Led Zeppelin IV" deluxe edition includes unreleased versions of every song heard on the original album including alternate mixes of "Misty Mountain Hop" and "Four Sticks", mixes of "The Battle Of Evermore" and "Going To California" heavy with guitar and mandolin, and the fabled, alternate version "Stairway To Heaven", mixed at the Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles which lets fans hear one of the most revered songs of all time as they have never heard it before. LED ZEPPELIN topped the charts again in 1973 with "Houses Of The Holy", which features legendary tracks such as "The Song Remains The Same" and "No Quarter" while also showcasing the continuing evolution of the band's signature sound with the reggae-tinged "D'yer Mak'er" and the funk jam "The Crunge". The album has been certified diamond by the RIAA for sales of over 11 million copies. The seven unreleased tracks on the companion audio disc include rough and working mixes for "The Ocean" and "Dancing Days" that reveal a deeper look inside the recording sessions of these classic songs. Other standout recordings include the guitar mix backing track for "Over The Hills And Far Away" and a version of "The Rain Song" without piano. In 1968, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant formed LED ZEPPELIN, one of the most influential, innovative and successful groups in modern music, having sold more than 300 million albums worldwide. The band rose from the ashes of THE YARDBIRDS, when Page brought in Plant, Bonham and Jones to tour as THE NEW YARDBIRDS. In 1969, LED ZEPPELIN released its self-titled debut. It marked the beginning of a 12-year reign, during which the group was widely considered to be the biggest and most innovative rock band in the world. LED ZEPPELIN continues to be honored for its pivotal role in music history. The band was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and a year later was awarded with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm. Founding members Jones, Page and Plant — along with Jason Bonham, the son of John Bonham — took the stage at London's O2 Arena in 2007 to headline a tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun, a dear friend and Atlantic Records' founder. The band was honored for its lifetime contribution to American culture at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012. In January of 2014, the band won their first-ever Grammy Award as "Celebration Day", which captured their live performance at the Ertegun tribute concert, was named Best Rock Album. "Led Zeppelin IV" track listing 01. Black Dog 02. Rock And Roll 03. The Battle of Evermore 04. Stairway To Heaven 05. Misty Mountain Hop 06. Four Sticks 07. Going To California 08. When The Levee Breaks Companion Audio Disc 01. Black Dog - Basic Track With Guitar Overdubs 02. Rock And Roll - Alternate Mix 03. The Battle Of Evermore - Mandolin/Guitar Mix From Headley Grange 04. Stairway To Heaven - Sunset Sound Mix 05. Misty Mountain Hop - Alternate Mix 06. Four Sticks - Alternate Mix 07. Going To California - Mandolin/Guitar Mix 08. When The Levee Breaks - Alternate UK Mix "Houses of the Holy" track listing: 01. The Song Remains The Same 02. The Rain Song 03. Over The Hills And Far Away 04. The Crunge 05. Dancing Days 06. D'yer Mak'er 07. No Quarter 08. The Ocean Companion Audio Disc 01. The Song Remains The Same - Guitar Overdub Reference Mix 02. The Rain Song - Mix Minus Piano 03. Over The Hills And Far Away - Guitar Mix Backing Track 04. The Crunge - Rough Mix - Keys Up 05. Dancing Days - Rough Mix With Vocal 06. No Quarter - Rough Mix With JPJ Keyboard Overdubs - No Vocal 07. The Ocean - Working Mix

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