Screamer Magazine August 2016
Featuring: . Also Included Michael Sweet, Letters From The Fire, Korn, Rob Zombie, Blues Pills, James Durbin, Letters From The Fire, Another Lost Year, KISS and Much More.

Articles in the August 2016 Issue

Interviews

  • MICHAEL SWEET - One Sided Wars

    Hard work and determination are the two keys for success in any facet of life.  For dynamic rock singer/guitarist Michael Sweet, the road has been paved with gold starting with the success of Stryper some three decades ago-- leading into a lengthy solo career, and even a stint in legendary rock band Boston.  In more recent years, Sweet teamed up

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  • LETTERS FROM THE FIRE - Rise From The Ashes

    Letters From The Fire is built and based on the trials, challenges and obstacles they’ve faced as musicians and as a growing, evolving band.  Their moniker and the songs played are both a reminder of the band’s history and a war cry to the future as a modern day new version.  The 2016 LFTF is rounded out by new voice

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Reviews

  • Return Of The Dreads Tour - KORN & ROB ZOMBIE Live!

    With the end of an era approaching, Irvine Meadows Amphitheater (formerly Verizon Wireless) has been holding its most exciting summer concerts to date. This past Sunday, The Return Of The Dreads tour made its way through the knowingly conservative city of Irvine, CA as metal favorites Rob Zombie and Korn played to a packed house proving once again how beloved

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  • BLUES PILLS - Lady in Gold

    Blues Pills have followed up on their self-titled debut album with a powerful punch, releasing Lady in Gold on Nuclear Blast Records. The rock/blues band is fronted by a powerful female vocalist, Elin Larsson, and she wastes no time in flaunting her vocal prowess, belting out the title track Lady in Gold,  a fast moving tune with amazing background vocals

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  • JAMES DURBIN - Riot On Sunset

    American Idol alumni and singer/songwriter James Durbin has finally released his long awaited third studio album titled Riot On Sunset on July 15th. When we interviewed Durbin for our May issue, he had described how he was really able to take his time on this record and a few of the songs were written years ago. It is plain to

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  • LETTERS FROM THE FIRE - Worth The Pain

    Bay Area pop rock band Letters from the Fire have resurfaced with a new record, new direction and new voice leading the way.  Through struggles and turbulence they found new powerhouse Alexa Kabazie, who nailed the first take bringing the “fire” back.  The band quickly restructured the music making her the focus cranking out 13 powerful tracks. Worth the Pain

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  • ANOTHER LOST YEAR - Alien Architect

    North Carolina based “freedom rock” group Another Lost Year has recently released their newest album titled Alien Architect. Formed in 2011, Clinton Cunanan (vocals/guitar), Adam Hall (bass/vocals), Jorge Sotomarino (guitar/vocals) and Nathan Walker (drums/vocals) have created a musical revolution as they tour North America. Alien Architect starts out with a clip from HBO’s Newsroom about why America is not the

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  • BLOODY HAMMERS - A Lovely Sort of Death

    Formed in 2012, the gothic doom band Bloody Hammers are surprisingly not from Europe, as many bands that adhere to a similar style are these days. However, they still have managed to hail from Transylvania County, North Carolina, which is in fact a real place. The band is the brainchild of Anders Manga, best known for his solo darkwave/gothic dance

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  • KISS Live! - Kennewick, WA

    Kennewick, WA July 10th, 2016 – “You wanted the best...you got the best” is a phrase that KISS is fond of saying. The band performed to a sold out Toyota Center Arena audience boasting an almost two hour set that left the KISS Army more than likely wanting the night to never end.  This particular Sunday evening was definitely a

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Press Releases

  • OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST Announces Exclusive Free Friday Night Camping Kick-Off Party

    As if the inaugural pairing of OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST--the biggest metal festival in North America EVER--wasn't enough...campers for this double-header music and lifestyle weekend like no other on the planet will now get the bonus of an exclusive free Friday night camping kick-off party.  The September 23 pre-festival concert will give campers early access to the campsite, allowing them time

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  • OPERATION: MINDCRIME Debut New Single "Left For Dead" (listen)

    Frontiers Music srl has released the first single, "Left For Dead" from the upcoming new album from Operation: Mindcrime, RESURRECTION. Get a first listen HERE. "Resurrection", the new album from Operation: Mindcrime, the brainchild of legendary vocalist Geoff Tate, is set for a worldwide release on September 23, 2016.  The album is available for pre-order on Amazon, iTunes and Google Play. Digital pre-orders come with an instant

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  • Alter Bridge To Release 'The Last Hero'

    Alter Bridge has been a band known for blurring the line between hard rock and heavy metal. As assets in both musical genres, the band returns with their fifth studio album, The Last Hero. The album is scheduled for worldwide release on October 7th by Caroline Records in the United States/Canada and Napalm Records throughout the rest of the globe.

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  • THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT Is Bringing The “Firepower” To The U.S. For A New Round Of Headlining Tour Dates

    “If Rock ‘n’ Roll is to be saved, or even needs saving, bands like this will lead the way...The band comes across as if they were spoon fed classic guitar rock since the day they were born, and the beauty is that they are 100% real – nothing slick, nothing corporate about them...organic...Yup, this is rock as pure as the

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  • MTV Premieres Pierce The Veil's "Circles" Video (watch)

    Pierce The Veil, one of the hottest breaking bands in the alternative/rock world today, will see its music video "Circles" exclusively premiered on MTV today, airing on AMTV, AMTV2, MTV Hits, MTV Live and mtvU beginning at 6:00AM ET.  "Circles" will also be available via MTV's Snapchat Discovery channel as well as on VEVO http://vevo.ly/ogxJNy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNqOEt5ptr4 The "Circles" video was directed

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  • The Devil Wears Prada - New Album, "Transit Blues" (video)

    The Devil Wears Prada - Mike Hranica (vocals), Jeremy DePoyster (rhythm guitar, clean vocals), Andy Trick (bass) and Kyle Sipress (lead guitar) - uncover the details for their anxiously-awaited sixth full-length album, Transit Blues (Rise Records), arriving October 7, 2016 in stores and at all digital retailers. It follows last year's Space EP that bowed at #18 on the Billboard

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  • Metal Meltdown; Extreme Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of ‘Pornograffiti’ With “Pornograffitti Live 25/Metal Meltdown” Blu-Ray/DVD/CD

    Last year marked the 25th anniversary of Extreme’s classic multi-Platinum, Grammy® nominated PORNOGRAFFITTI, the definitive album of the band’s career. To mark the anniversary, PORNOGRAFFITTI LIVE 25 / METAL MELTDOWN will be released September 23 by the award-winning production company Rock Fuel Media in association with Loud & Proud Records as part of their four-part “Metal Meltdown” DVD series. The

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  • Black Crown Initiate Debut "Selves We Cannot Forgive" Music Video (watch)

    BLACK CROWN INITIATE have debuted a new music video for the self-titled track "Selves We Cannot Forgive" via VEVO today. Directed by veteran director Justin Reich, this is the first video installment off the band's all new album. BLACK CROWN INITIATE released Selves We Cannot Forgive on July 22, 2016 via Entertainment One Music (eOne). The tracklist and visually mindbending cover art created

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  • Havok Announce Tour Dates With Megadeth, Amon Amarth + More (video)

    With work on the new album nearing completion, Colorado's thrash machine, HAVOK, are pleased to announce their next quest throughout the U.S.! The month-long trek will see HAVOK supporting MEGADETH alongside special guests SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, AMON AMARTH, and METAL CHURCH and will be the band's final outing before the release of their highly-anticipated Century Media debut. HAVOK's David Sanchez checked in with

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  • Opeth Releases First Studio Blog For, ‘Sorceress’

    Swedish experimental heavy-rock pioneers OPETH have released a new video blog, “Studio Report - Episode 1,” ahead of their upcoming release of Sorceress, which will debut on September 30th via the band’s imprint label Moderbolaget Records with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-F1XVNG7U0&feature=youtu.be In the new video, OPETH vocalist and guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt gives an in-depth tour of Rockfield Studios in Wales

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  • SOILWORK: Release First Inside Death Resonance Video Trailer

    Visionary swedish metallers SOILWORK have released the first "Inside Death Resonance" video trailer in which singer Björn "Speed" Strid talks about the band's upcoming special collection of rarities, Death Resonance (out August 19, 2016 via Nuclear Blast). Watch the video trailer on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel! Watch the official visualizer for "These Absent Eyes" on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel! The song was originally released on the Japan-only EP Beyond

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  • METAL ALLEGIANCE's New EP Fallen Heroes Available For Pre-Order

    METAL ALLEGIANCE recently announced they will release a special EP, entitled Fallen Heroes, on August 12, 2016. The band united to pay homage to the 3 legends - Lemmy Kilmister, David Bowie, and Glenn Frey - who impacted not just their lives but the world as well. Today, the band released a video where Alex Skolnick discusses the loss of the 3 legends

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  • THE CULT Announce Dates with Guns 'N Roses, Additional Headlining Shows

    THE CULT have announced a wide array of summer tour dates including four upcoming stadium shows with Guns N' Roses, as well as festivals and their own headlining concerts. The iconic band--founding singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy along with bassist Grant Fitzpatrick, drummer John Tempesta and keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Damon Fox--is on the road now in support of this

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  • The Apocalypse Blues Revue 'The Tower' (ft GODSMACK's Shannon Larkin & Tony Rombola)

    Provogue are delighted to announce the signing of The Apocalypse Blues Revue, the incredible new project from Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola. They will join the home of blues alongside Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, Warren Haynes, Leslie West, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Beth Hart and SIMO. As the legend goes, Robert Johnson infamously started his career by meeting the Devil

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  • HATEBREED Announce North American Tour Dates and "Something's Off" Music Video

    HATEBREED are pleased to announce a second assault on North America this fall, once again with their friends in DEVILDRIVER and DEVIL YOU KNOW. Today the band also released a music video for the song "Something's Off", which comes from their recent Billboard charting release The Concrete Confessional. Check out the clip directed by David Broadsky here. "Here we go again," comments vocalist Jamey

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  • Doll Skin Announce Summer Tour Dates with OTEP

    Hot off of a successful Spring tour including headlining dates and support dates with Otep, Lacey Sturm, Hellyeah, Escape the Fate and more, Doll Skin will once again hit the road for a handful of headlining dates, and will be joining OTEP for the “Equal Rights, Equal Lefts” Tour. Dates start July 21st in Sonora, Ca at the Gypsy Shack

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  • Black Stone Cherry "The Rambler" Video (watch)

    Billy Ray Cyrus has partnered with Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry on a music video for their beautifully haunting ballad “The Rambler,” which premiered on CMT Music and CMT.com. Cyrus stars in the video as the title character “The Rambler,” a drifter who tries to face his past in a simple tale of guilt, heartache, and longing for redemption. The video was directed by fellow

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  • NO SINNER Return To Europe In October 2016

    No Sinner will be returning to Europe in October 2016 to play songs from their new album Old Habits Die Hard which was released on 20th May through Provogue/Mascot Label Group (Joe Bonamassa, Black Stone Cherry, Monster Truck, Beth Hart). On Old Habits Die Hard, Colleen is barrelling down the highway, her grip on the throttle, and you better believe

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  • DevilDriver Drops Video For "My Night Sky"

    Southern California's revered groove metal band DevilDriver released their long awaited, 7th studio album, Trust No One this May via Napalm Records. Fans can purchase the record now at iTunes, Amazon, the Napalm Records Web Store and DevilDriver.com. It's no secret that front man Dez Fafara is a huge Cannabis fan and proponent of legalizing Marijuana.  In fact he has

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  • Slayer, Dark Horse Announce Comic Book Series

    Dark Horse Comics and thrash-punk titans Slayer have joined forces to deliver a new comic series this holiday season. With full participation from the band and taking inspiration from Slayer's recent Repentless music videos (filmed in support of their latest album, Repentless, on Nuclear Blast Records), disciple Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse) will pen the three-issue comic series with interior bloodlines drawn

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  • YES 2016 Summer Tour 'The Album Series' Kicks Off Monday, July 25; Drummer Alan White Issues Health Update

    YES officially kicks off their 2016 U.S. summer tour, billed as "The Album Series: Drama + Topographic 1 & 4," this Monday, July 25 in Lancaster, PA. The 28-date outing will feature the 1980 album DRAMA performed in its entirety, for the first time ever, and sides one and four of 1973's double album TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS, plus a

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  • Anthrax, 35th Anniversary

    Monday, July 18, 2016 -- Thirty-five years ago today (July 18, 1981), the then New York-based thrash/metal band Anthrax was formed and started on the road to help change the history of music.  Said co-founder Scott Ian, "Thirty-five years have passed since that day and my life has changed profoundly.  I am a husband, I am a father.  I am a

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  • MESHUGGAH Announce 2016 North American Tour

    The ninth wonder of the unnatural world, extreme tech-metal messiah's MESHUGGAH have announced their epic North American Fall 2016 tour. The trek will kick-off at the House Of Blues in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on October 10th, visit 2 Canadian cities as well as Knotfest Mexico before concluding in Maryland at The Fillmore on November 6th. Joining the band as special guests is none

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  • Al Jourgensen's SURGICAL METH MACHINE Releases Lyric Video for "Rich People Problems" (watch)

    MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen's new project, SURGICAL METH MACHINE, recently released their debut album via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band has released a lyric video for the song "Rich People Problems. " https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLJYs_rOpbk Surgical Meth Machine was recorded primarily at Jourgensen's home studio in Burbank, California with his longtime engineer Sam D'Ambruoso. In an October 2015 interview with In The Loop magazine, Jourgensen stated about how the idea for SURGICAL

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  • Opeth To Release 12th Studio Album, ‘Sorceress,’ On September...

    2016 marks the monumental return of one of heavy rock’s most unique, revered and fearless bands of the last three decades, OPETH. Over the years, the experimental, prog veterans have continuously reinvented themselves, pushing the boundaries of their craft and expectations of fans and critics alike. Today, OPETH announces their 12th album, Sorceress, will be released on September 30th and

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  • TYGERS OF PAN TANG Album Details & Cover Artwork

    “Once in a while in an band’s career comes a special time, a period where you feel it's all finally coming together and that time I'm proud to say is NOW! The new Tygers album is finished, done and dusted and ready to unleash our 'Tygertastic,' audience. You're gonna love this one, it's a MONSTER......”, Robb Weir, founder and guitarist of

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  • EPICA: Release First Trailer For The Holographic Principle

    Today, Dutch symphonic metal stars EPICA grant a little insight into the making of their massive new longplayer The Holographic Principle and release a first trailer form the studio. In this brand new clip, the band explains their songwriting process and even comes up with some musical surprises. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSlEVPjG7rg "Halfway through 2015, EPICA started a new journey: writing and recording the 7th studio album, The

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  • Breaking Benjamin Premiere Ashes Of Eden Video (watch)

    Multi-platinum rockers BREAKING BENJAMIN premiered their latest video for “Ashes Of Eden” today via Billboard.com.  The video, brought to life by director Kyle Cogen, was the vision of BREAKING BENJAMIN founder/singer, Ben Burnley, who calls it a “Sci-Fi or modern day take on the origin of our species.” The “Ashes Of Eden” video seamlessly blends live action, stunning visual effects

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  • FOREIGNER/NATE RUESS: "I Want To Know What Love Is" From Tonight's "Greatest Hits" Out Now

    Tonight, two vocal titans of two generations will team up for a new rendition of one of rock’s most legendary ballads for ABC’s summer program, “Greatest Hits.” On Thursday, July 14 FOREIGNER—lead guitarist Mick Jones, lead singer Kelly Hansen, bassist Jeff Pilson, multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel, guitarist Bruce Watson, Michael Bluestein on keyboards, and Chris Frazier on drums—joined musical forces with

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  • MESHIAAK Reveal 'Chronicles of the Dead' - ft. Jon Dette (Slayer, Anthrax, Testament), Dean Wells (Teramaze) and Danny Camilleri (4ARM)

    In a thrash world gone metalcore, blackened or conversely, NWOBHM-scrappy, it’s hard justice indeed that a band of brothers has come together to champion songwriting, performance, production, arrangement and even sequencing this forthrightly, Meshiaak bestowing on the scene an egregiously confident and “old soul” record that evokes the magic of Ride the Lightning, Rust in Peace, South of Heaven and

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  • For Today Issue A Major Announcement

    FOR TODAY ANNOUNCE FAREWELL TOUR "After over 11 years as a band, six full-length albums and one EP, we have decided to make 2016 the last year of For Today. "When we started this band in 2005, we never imagined that our music would make it out of Sioux City, Iowa, let alone take us all around the world multiple

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  • ERIC13 of COMBICHRIST Releases Official Video for New Single "DEVIL'S HIGHWAY"

    ERIC13 (guitarist of COMBICHRIST, singer of SEX SLAVES) has released the Official Music Video for his solo single "DEVIL'S HIGHWAY" (WURMgroup). Premiered on PureGrainAudio, "DEVIL'S HIGHWAY", filmed on the back roads connecting Philadelphia to the New Jersey shore, was self-directed and filmed by ERIC13 and edited by Eric Bower. The single itself features Ashley Dzerigian (Filter, Ceelo Green, Adam Lambert)

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  • ANVIL Releases Video For "Zombie Apocalypse" European and Canadian Tour Dates Confirmed

    Canadian Metal heroes ANVIL release a new video for the song "Zombie Apocalypse" taken from their new studio album "Anvil Is Anvil". Guitar player and singer Lips says about the song:  "Zombie Apocalypse is my personal favorite from the new CD...I love the feel and tempo which allows for melody and sheer power. I'm still finding it funny when I was

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  • TesseracT Debuts Reimagined "Survival Single"

    TesseracT has debuted the reimagined version of the single "Survival" today.  The track is from the all new 2-disc tour edition of TesseracT’s critically acclaimed studio album Polaris, with bonus disc Errai, releasing on September 16th via KScope. The package includes four re-imagined tracks from Polaris by the band’s long time live producer and sound engineer Aidan O’Brien – “Survival”, “Cages”,

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  • Rage Against The Machine's Tim Commerford Announces

    Commerford’s new politically charged Punk Rock trio Wakrat (pronounced wôk•rat) will make their UK live debut on Tuesday July 26 in a one-night-only appearance at The Black Heart in Camden with all proceeds from the gig going towards the homeless charity Shelter. Notorious for his infamous bass lines in Rage Against The Machine, Commerford fronts Wakrat on vocals and bass

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  • Primal Blues-Rock Duo THE PICTUREBOOKS Signs with ANOTHER CENTURY; Debut New Music Video (watch)

    Primal blues-rock duo THE PICTUREBOOKS has just announced their signing to US-based rock label Another Century. Featuring Fynn Claus Grabke [vocals, guitar] and Philipp Mirtschink [drums], the two perform blues-saturated heavy rock. The duo has received acclaim not only on their 2014 full-length ‘Imaginary Horse’ (RidingEasy Records), but also for their craft of building and customizing motorcycles, and their skateboarding

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  • Art of Dying Announce US Tour Dates

    Explosive Canadian rockers Art of Dying have announced the dates for their much anticipated US headlining tour, their first shows on American soil since releasing the critically acclaimed 13 song full length, Rise Up (Eleven Seven Music). Newcomers Children 18:3 and Letters From The Fire have been handpicked as support for the 40+ date run. Tickets and exclusive VIP upgrades

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  • TESTAMENT Announce Title And Release Date For Upcoming Album

    Legendary bay area thrash metal giants TESTAMENT have announce the title and release date of the band's upcoming 12th album. The Brotherhood Of The Snake will be released on October 28, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. The record was recorded under the watchful eyes of producer Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, HEATHEN, MACHINE HEAD), guitarist Eric Peterson and singer Chuck Billy and is currently being mixed and mastered by well-known metal producer Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, ARCH ENEMY,

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  • BLUES PILLS Release Fourth Lady In Gold Video Trailer (watch)

    Up and coming multi-national rock act BLUES PILLS has released the fourth video trailer for their upcoming album, Lady In Gold (out August 5), which the band answers a short and fun Q&A. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VrAhbZ0mzI&list=PLB4brr7vf-P42JMN6_0Q0m74LtwYyMIYn&index=1 If you missed the fist or second trailer, watch the videos below: First Trailer - talking about the title of the record and its meaning Second Trailer - talking about the

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  • Rat Pak Records Set To Release Michael Sweet's 'One Sided War' (video)

    Stryper frontman Michael Sweet returns with his most intense solo release to date. One Sided Waris Michael’s 7th studio solo album and is slated for release on August 26th via Rat Pak Records. Michael’s solo band is comprised of Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra, Evanescence drummer Will Hunt, bassist John O’Boyle and East Coast shred-master Ethan Brosh. The new album showcases

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  • NEW VIDEO: Monster Truck release 'Why Are You Not Rocking?' (watch)

    MONSTER TRUCK September/October 2016 European Tour with NICKELBACK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcU_BUY7KEs&feature=youtu.be You can buy tickets from: http://ilovemonstertruck.com/  Fri 2 September: Hartwall Arena – Helsinki, FINLAND Sun 4 September: Spektrum – Oslo, NORWAY Tues 6 September: Ericsson Globe – Stockholm, SWEDEN Thurs 8 September: Jyske Bank Boxen – Herning, DENMARK Sat 10 September: Zalgiris – Kaunas, LITHUANIA Tues 13 September: Hallenstadion – Zurich,

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