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  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Dec 19, 2014 | 11:50 am

    Norwegian progressive metallers LEPROUS are back in the studio working on the follow-up album to 2013's acclaimed album "Coal". The as-yet-untitled new CD is scheduled for a May 2015 release via InsideOut Music.Says LEPROUS in a statement: "We're super stoked about the new material we have composed. It's not really 'Coal' material, following our mantra about not making the same album twice."The writing process has been very different this time. Most of the music has been made by Einar, on a computer. Almost all the guitar riffs, for example (and Einar has no idea about how to play guitar…), so the guitar players were up for a challenge."At the moment, we're finished recording drums, and Baard has delivered a stunning performance, so now it's time for the rest of us to lay down the guitars, bass and keys, before we round the whole thing up with vocals-recordings in the beginning of the New Year."Mixing and mastering will take place in late January, so we expect a release in May, but all of that is up to our label. Right now, we're just concentrating on doing our part to perfection."LEPROUS recorded the drums for the new album at Sweden's Fascination Street / Studio Gröndal with David Castillo (KATATONIA, OPETH) and will — just like on "Coal" and its predecessor, "Bilateral" — be mixing the album with Jens Bogren at Fascination Street.Extensive touring plans are already in the works for LEPROUS and will be revealed soon.

  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Dec 19, 2014 | 11:36 am

    MARILYN MANSON: 'Deep Six' Video Released MARILYN MANSON will release his new album, "The Pale Emperor", on January 19, 2015 via the shock rocker's own label — Hell, etc. — in a joint venture with Cooking Vinyl.Manson collaborated on the new album, his first in over two years, with noted film composer/producer Tyler Bates ("Guardians Of The Galaxy", "300", "The Watchmen"). Bates will also join Manson as a member of his band on the upcoming American "The Hell Not Hallelujah Tour", which kicks off January 21, 2015 in Washington D.C.Manson's band on the national headlining tour also includes longtime bassist Twiggy Ramirez, Gil Sharone on drums and Paul Wiley on guitar.The track listing for "The Pale Emperor" is as follows:01. Killing Strangers02. Deep Six03. Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge04. The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles05. Warship My Wreck06. Slave Only Dreams To Be King07. The Devil Beneath My Feet08. Birds Of Hell Awaiting09. Cupid Carries A Gun10. Odds Of Even11. Day 3 (deluxe edition only)12. Fated, Faithful, Fatal (deluxe edition only)13. Fall Of The House Of Death (deluxe edition only)The official video for the song "Deep Six" can be seen below. The clip was directed by surrealist artist Bart Hess.Manson wascast in a recurring role in the hit FX series "Sons Of Anarchy". Manson plays Ron Tully, a "white supremacist prison shot-caller" who Charlie Hunnam's character, "Sons Of Anarchy" president Jax, uses to expand his power base during the show's seventh season.Manson has been steadily working his way into television in the past couple of years, making appearances on Showtime's "Californication", the Sundance Channel's "Wrong Cops" and HBO's "Eastbound & Down", along with voicing a demonic character on ABC's "Once Upon A Time".The singer made his TV scoring debut in April with the song "Cupid Carries A Gun", heard on the new WGN series "Salem".Manson told The Hollywood Reporter that the track "was the last track we just finished for my new album," adding "I liked the themes of 'Salem'. It looks at the witch trials without being cliche like most modern films."Manson's most recent full-length CD, "Born Villain", his eighth overall, debuted in the Top 10 on The Billboard 200 chart. The effort earned the singer his fourth Grammy nomination at the 2013 Grammys in the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" category for the album's lead single, "No Reflection".

  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Dec 19, 2014 | 11:19 am

    MELECHESH: 'Multiple Truths' Lyric Video Mesopotamian black/thrash pioneers MELECHESH will release their new album, "Enki", on March 10, 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2010's "The Epigenesis" was recorded in Greece by Giorgos Bokos (ROTTING CHRIST) while Jonas Kjellgren (IMMORTAL, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, OVERKILL, HYPOCRISY) took care of the mix and mastering at his Black Lounge Studios in Sweden. "Enki" also features guest appearances by Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA) and Sakis Tolis (ROTTING CHRIST) on vocals as well Rob Caggiano (VOLBEAT, ANTHRAX) on lead guitar.The lyric video for the song "Multiple Truths" can be seen below.Commented MELECHESH mainman, singer and guitarist Ashmedi: "I am flattered and honored to have esteemed guests appear on this multifaceted album."'Enki' solicited different approaches and new experiences."Max is a lion. I love his voice and the tribal and historic parallels of our lives are uncanny. He did an amazing job on 'Lost Tribes'."Sakis is an old friend and we toured together in the past. His voice added another dimension of mysticism on our 'Enki - Divine Nature Awoken'."Rob and I always wanted to collaborate and he is an agile and excellent guitar player so the lead he did on 'The Palm, The Eye And Lapis Lazuli' was perfect. It rocks and serves the track well."They all did an outstanding job and went above and beyond to make it happen despite their busy schedules."MELECHESH is more than a band — it is a society!"Added Caggiano: "I've been a fan of MELECHESH for a while now and it was an honor for me to play a solo on their new album!! These guys sound like nothing else out there!"Says Cavalera: "I was very honored that MELECHESH asked me to sing on their new album! I'm a big fan and I think 'The Epigenesis' is one of the greatest extreme metal records ever done! I love the fact that they come from a different part of the world like me. So our worlds finally collide! Long live MELECHESH!"States Tolis: "When I was told that our brother band MELECHESH would record their upcoming album in my hometown, I immediately picked up the phone and called Ashmedi to participate somehow. Ashmedi responded positively so I was ready to raise some serious hell... It is very interesting since we are sharing the same Mediteranean mentality as individuals."I believe this new album is one of the most unique and atmospheric metal albums I have heard the last years."Ashmedi took me to their majestic oriental path and showed me the way to tne new Babylon."I am definitely proud working with the Kings of Fire and I really recommend to check new MELECHESH album — it is really good!""Enki" can be pre-ordered in various formats (digipack, various vinyl colors), including a special t-shirt bundle, at this location."Enki" track listing:01. Tempest Temper Enlil Enraged02. The Pendulum Speaks03. Lost Tribes04. Multiple Truths05. Enki - Divine Nature Awoken06. Metatron And Man07. The Palm The Eye And Lapis Lazuli08. Doorways To Irkala09. The OutsidersAlmost all of the music and lyrics was again written and produced by MELECHESH mainman Ashmedi.MELECHESH spent one month in its rehearsal room in Hinzweiler, Germany preparing the material before entering the recording studio in Athens, Greece. The band wanted a Mediterranean place to capture the essence of the band’s origins.With so many nationalities in the band, MELECHESH have become more comfortable at being labelled as an act from planet earth or just Jerusalem without adhering to any man-made virtual borders. To the band, this is metaphorical rebellion.Said Ashmedi: "For the artwork we collaborated again with John Coulthart, who has done our previous two album covers."The art reflects the dynamics of the album and the world of MELECHESH: order and chaos. It amalgamates several spiritual, cultural and mythological concepts from the Near/Middle East and our lyrical aspects. Again, it was based in the golden ratio which for the purpose of this album seemed suitable.The pillars featured here are a continuation from the previous album and lead to a path of knowledge. John always manages to capture the essence of MELECHESH."

  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Dec 19, 2014 | 11:07 am

    Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) was interviewed on a recent edition of the "Sixx Sense" radio show hosted by MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx. You can now listen to the chat below.BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's new studio album, "Catacombs Of The Black Vatican", sold around 26,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart."Catacombs Of The Black Vatican" was released in Europe on April 7 via Mascot Label Group and one day later in North America through eOne Music.BLACK LABEL SOCIETY recently amicably parted ways with longtime guitarist Nick Catanese and replaced him with Dario Lorina (LIZZY BORDEN).BLACK LABEL SOCIETYs' "Angel Of Mercy" video was directed by longtime collaborator Justin Reich of the Antimatter Studio. The clip depicts a stripped down version of the wall of sound that is widely associated with the band.

  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Dec 19, 2014 | 10:58 am

    URIAH HEEP: 'Live At Koko, London 2014' Details Revealed Frontiers Music Srl will release URIAH HEEP's newest live album, titled "Live At Koko, London 2014", on February 20, 2015 in Europe and February 24 in North America.In January 2011, URIAH HEEP entered the studio to record "Into The Wild" and the band once again returned to the road for a worldwide tour. The group played in front of nearly 150,000 people in 58 different countries. On March 4, 2014, URIAH HEEP played in front of its "home" audience in London and performed an amazing show which was recorded in HD for a release in double CD/DVD and, for the first time, on Blu-ray."Recording a live DVD in London at Koko's was just fantastic. Our fans travelled from all over the world to be there, and be part of this magic night," says guitarist Mick Box. "This added so much to the atmosphere, and thankfully it was captured on camera. We debuted two songs from our new CD, 'Outsider', that night, and the reaction was just incredible, proving that we have the best fans in the world."Originally founded by vocalist David Byron and guitarist Mick Box, URIAH HEEP has been through an incredible number of permutations, with Box always at the helm. Longstanding keyboard player Phil Lanzon and vocalist Bernie Shaw were recruited nearly thirty years ago in 1986. Drummer Russell Gilbrook who has now been with the band seven years, has recorded studio albums "Wake The Sleeper", "Into The Wild" and "Outsider". "Wake The Sleeper" heralded an exciting new phase for the band, taking HEEP's classic sound right into the future. The band celebrated its 40th anniversary with an aptly titled greatest-hits re-recordings album called "Celebration". Dave Rimmer, who had been standing in for Trevor Bolder (ex-David Bowie's SPIDERS FROM MARS), continues as the bassist, with the band's diary for the foreseeable future as full as ever."Live At Koko, London 2014" track listing:CD1:01. Against The Odds02. Overload03. Traveller In Time04. Sunrise05. Stealin'06. I'm Ready07. Between Two Worlds08. Can't Take That Away09. One Minute10. Nail On The HeadCD2:01. Into The Wild02. Gypsy03. Look At Yourself04. Box Wah Box05. July Morning06. Lady In Black07. Free 'N' Easy08. Easy Livin'DVD/Blu-ray:01. Against The Odds02. Overload03. Traveller In Time04. Sunrise05. Stealin'06. I'm Ready07. Between Two Worlds08. Can't Take That Away09. One Minute10. Nail On The Head11. Into The Wild12. Gypsy13. Look At Yourself14. Box Wah Box15. July Morning16. Lady In Black17. Free 'N' Easy18. Easy Livin'


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  • News Feed Dec 19, 2014 | 15:42 pm

    URIAH HEEP 'Live at Koko, London 2014' Out Feb 20 via Frontiers

    URIAH HEEP’s “Live at Koko, London 2014”: British Hard Rock legends better and stronger than ever on their “home” stages!
    Out on Frontiers in February
    Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of URIAH HEEP’s newest live album entitled “Live at Koko, London 2014” on February 20th 2015 in Europe and February 24th in North America.

  • News Feed Dec 19, 2014 | 15:01 pm

    LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM Announce 'Level Eleven' European Release

    Last Autumn’s Dream - Level Eleven
    Release Date: 20.02.2015

  • News Feed Dec 19, 2014 | 14:48 pm

    SCORPIONS 'Return To Forever' in February

    Scorpions' new album, Return to Forever, will be released February 23rd in Europe, according to the band's official fan-club Crazyscorps.
    01. Going Out With A Bang
    02. We Built This House
    03. Rock My Car
    04. House Of Cards
    05. All For One
    06. Rockn Roll Band
    07. Catch Your Luck And Play
    08. Rollin' Home
    09. Hard Rockin' The Place
    10. Eye Of The Storm
    11. The Scratch
    12. Gypsy Life
    13. The World We Used To Know (bonus Deluxe Edition)
    14. Dancing With The Moonlight  (bonus Deluxe Edition)

  • News Feed Dec 18, 2014 | 14:02 pm



    Legendary Rock cover artist Ioannis will be making an appearance on Thursday 12/18/14 at the Infinity Music Hall in Hartford Ct. Ioannis will have art and prints displayed, and other items and will be available for photos and to sign artwork.
    Some of the bands art displayed, LED ZEPPELIN, URIAH HEEP, STYX, ALLMAN BROTHERS, BOB WEIR, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, SAGA, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, and much , much more.
    Ioannis completed the latest WIZARDS OF WINTER CD package as well as their backdrops and tour shirt artwork. He hopes to see you all there -  it will be a wonderful time.

  • News Feed Dec 18, 2014 | 13:31 pm

    REVOLUTION SAINTS Launch PledgeMusic Pre-Order


     Band Featuring Doug Aldrich (ex-Whitesnake), Jack Blades (Night Ranger) and Deen Castronovo (Journey) To Release Self-Titled Debut Album Via

  • News Feed Dec 18, 2014 | 13:26 pm

    LEAH "Kings & Queens" Album Teaser Posted Online


    The symphonic metal artist LEAH just released an album teaser video for her up-coming album "Kings & Queens" that will be released on January 30th in Europe and on February 3rd in North America through Inner Wound Recordings.

    Link to the video:

    Featuring musicians such as Timo Somers and Sander Zoer of Delain, and Barend Courbois of Blind Guardian and Vengeance, this 14-track masterpiece emerges as the heaviest of all her releases. Dabbling in worldly Celtic, middle eastern, and New-Age flavors, while lyrically laced with epic imagery of dystopias, fallen empires, spiritual warfare, love and destiny, this album proves to be very promising and is expected to be received by fans and critics as one of the top symphonic metal albums of the year.

  • News Feed Dec 18, 2014 | 13:16 pm

    THE DEVIL I KNOW Recruits A New Singer, New Album In Works

    The Devil I Know recruits a new singer, new album in works

    Migu Hilska has joined Finnish hard rockers The Devil I Know as their new lead singer. The group parted ways with the original frontman Matias Melleri earlier this year.

    The Devil I Know released their debut album via Inverse Records in late 2012 and are currently working on a new album due to be released in 2015.

    "Scream And Shout" music video:

  • News Feed Dec 18, 2014 | 12:33 pm

    BOWLING FOR SOUP Announce Greatest Hits Album

    Bowling For Soup Announce Greatest Hits Album
    "Songs People Actually Liked  Volume 1 The First 10 Years (1994-2003)"

  • News Feed Dec 17, 2014 | 14:14 pm

    CHINA SKY Release 'China Sky 2' via Escape Music Feb. 20

    CHINA SKY – China Sky II
    Release Date: 20th February 2015
    China Sky is:
    Ron Perry: Lead Vocals, acoustic guitars, and electric guitars
    Richard Smith: Bass, backing vocals
    Steve Wheeler: Lead guitars, and slide guitars
    Tim McGowan: Keyboards
    Bruce Crump: Drums  ex-Molly Hatchet
    Produced by: Ron Perry
    Mastered by: Mike Lind
    Track list:

  • News Feed Dec 17, 2014 | 14:02 pm

    RANDY BACHMAN New Project 'Bachman’s Heavy Blues' Drops April 15


    Guest soloists include: Neil Young, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph and Peter Frampton

    The man known as the “architect of Canadian rock n’ roll” is forging ahead into 2015 with a brand new project billed simply as BACHMAN. Joined by a virtuoso rhythm section with Anna Ruddick on bass and Dale Anne Brendan on drums, the trio’s debut effort entitled Heavy Blues will be available worldwide on April 15, 2015 through Linus Entertainment.