PRONG Release Lyric Video for “Turnover”

New Album Ruining Lives Out May 13th in North America on SPV/Steamhammer 

PRONG has released a lyric video for the new song “Turnover” taken from their brand new album “Ruining Lives”.  The video can be viewed HERE.

 

The new album “Ruining Lives” is out now in Europe and will be released in the USA/Canada on May 13th through Steamhammer/SPV as a limited Digipak version that includes 1 bonus track and a poster, as a double gatefold colored vinyl version incl. 1 bonus track and the CD in cardboard sleeve, as a standard CD version and download.

 

The album is available for pre-order on Amazon and iTunes.

 

PRONG Live 2014

22.07. I-Milano – Lo-Fi

24.07. SLO-Tolmin – Metaldays

26.07. D-Viersen – Eier mit Speck Festival

27.07. NL-Eindhoven – Dynamo

29.07. NL-Rotterdam – Baroeg

30.07. D-Weinheim – Cafe Central

31.07. D-Wiesbaden – Schlachthof

01.08. D-Wacken – Wacken Open Air

08.08. GB-Derbyshire – Bloodstock Open Air

09.08. B-Kortrijk – Alcatraz Festival

23.08. D-Bad Wünnenberg – Wünnstock Open Air

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WHITECHAPEL Our Endless War In Stores Today on Metal Blade Records

 

“Bozeman’s lyrics and the guitar solos enter into realms that touch your soul in a way never before”

-Rock Revolt Magazine-

 

“Whitechapel are positioned to follow to the purveyors of “pure American metal” to a more mainstream metal crowd without compromising their integrity.”

-Exclaim!-

 

“The torchbearers of the modern scene.”

-Metal Riot-

 

“Fierce, punishing and motivated.”

-About.com-

Our Endless War is a ruthlessly honed album that refuses to compromise on brutality; it is also by far WHITECHAPEL‘s most streamlined, atmospheric, and emotionally powerful release, pushing every aspect of their sound to the next level.  Today sees the release of this highly anticipated beast of an album.  The album can be ordered at http://www.metalblade.com/whitechapel.

 

Today, hometown fans in Knoxville, TN will have a chance to meet WHITECHAPEL and pick up a copy of Our Endless War at a special in-store autograph signing.  The signing will take place at FYE at the West Town Mall located at 7600 Kingston, Pike Ste. 1464 in Knoxville, TN.  The signing begins at 7:00 PM.

 

During the recording of Our Endless War the band shot a series of behind the scenes and in-studio videos documenting the process.

 

The first episode in the series focuses on the pre-production and the band’s writing process for the new album.  It can be viewed HERE.  The second video showcases each member sharing their part in tracking the riffs that made up the album and can be viewed HERE.  The third episode takes a closer looks at lead singer Phil Bozeman’s performance and lyrics on the album.  This album is his darkest and most personal material to date lyrically and in the video he explains the meaning behind some of the songs on the album.  The clip can be viewed HERE. The fourth and final episode in the series has been released.  This video is a general overview and recap of the making of the record.  The members share their expectations and goals for the album in hope that it will help expand their career and take them to the next level.  The video can be viewed HERE.

 

WHITECHAPEL‘s lyric video for the song  “Our Endless War” can be viewed HERE.

 

WHITECHAPEL will take part in a co-headline tour DevilDriver.  Support on the tour will come from Revocation, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil and Fit For an Autopsy.  The tour runs from May 17th in Denver, CO through June 23rd in Austin, TX.  A trailer for the tour can be viewed HERE.  A complete list of dates can be found below. 

 

The band have also confirmed an appearance at this year’s Heavy MTL Festival on August 9th as well as select headline dates around their appearance.  These shows run from August 7th through August 12th.  

Our Endless War Track Listing:

1.    Rise

2.    Our Endless War

3.    The Saw is the Law

4.    Mono

5.    Let Me Burn

6.    Worship the Digital Age

7.    How Times Have Changed

8.    Psychopathy

9.    Blacked Out

10. Diggs Road

11. A Process So Familiar (Bonus Track)

12. Fall of the Hypocrites (Bonus Track)

 

WHITECHAPELw/ Carnifex, Within The Ruins and Cruelhand

4/24: Jacksonville, FL @ Roc Bar

4/25: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum

4/27: Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco

*Festival Date

 

WHITECHAPEL in Mexico

5/3: Zapopan, Jalosco, MX @ Calle 2 Pabellon B

5/4: Monterey NL, MZ @ Café Iguana

5/5: Mexico City, MX @ Plaza Condesa

 

WHITECHAPEL w/ Revocations and Rivers of Nihil:

5/14: St Louis, MO @ Fubar

5/15: Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar

WHITECHAPEL w/ DevilDriver, Revocation, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil and Fit For An Autopsy

5/17: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

5/18: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater

5/19: Tempe, AZ @ Marquis Theater

5/20: West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

5/21: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

5/22: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge

5/23: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spade

5/24: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

5/25: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factor

5/26: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factor

5/27: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

5/29: Calgary, AB @ Marquee Beer & Market Stag

5/30: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall

5/31: Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre

6/1: Fargo, ND @ The Venue

6/2: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights

6/3: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

6/4: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes

6/5: Kokomo, IN @ CenterStage Bar and Grill

6/7: Knoxville, TN @ The International

6/8: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts

6/10: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House

6/11: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar

6/12: New York, NY @ Stage 48

6/13: Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts

6/14: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage

6/15: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall

6/16: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

6/17: Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live

6/18: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

6/20: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

6/21: Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock

6/22: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar ‘N Grill (Outside)
6/23: Austin, TX @ Mohwak

 

8/7: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall*

8/8: Ottawa, ON @ Ritual*

8/9: Montreal, QC @ Parterre Parc Jean-Drapeau – Heavy MTL 2014**

8/10: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

8/12: Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club

 

*With Stick To Your Guns

**Festival Appearance

SCORPIONS Drummer JAMES KOTTAK Jailed For Insulting Islam In Dubai Airport

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According to The National, SCORPIONS drummer James Kottak will spend a month in a Dubai, United Arab Emirates jail after he was convicted on Tuesday morning of insulting Islam.

The 51-year-old American musician had reportedly consumed five glasses of wine on an April 3 flight from Moscow to Dubai while travelling to Bahrain on a Gulf Air flight to perform two days later at the country’s Formula One grand prix. After taking a wrong turn and entering the transit hall, Kottak “started swearing and talking about ‘non-educated Muslims’ before he flashed his middle finger at passengers,” according to witnesses. Police said he also lowered his trousers and showed people his behind.

An officer said he heard Kottak saying “what is this disgusting smell” before the drummer insulted Islam. “I didn’t see anything else but I heard him,” the officer said. “I then informed my supervisor, who came and took the defendant away.”

A 27-year-old client service employee at the airport added: “When he [Kottak] saw the Pakistani and Afghani passengers, he covered his nose and said that there was no way he will travel with them.” He added that the drummer then started swearing repeatedly at the arrivals area of Terminal 2. “He wasn’t talking to a person specifically but was talking in general,” the client service employee said. “He was very nervous at the time and talking loudly.”

A 25-year-old Jordanian passenger services agent said Kottak came over to her and “was shouting ‘non-educated Muslims’ then he went to the office of the head and flashed his middle finger at the passengers.”

Kottak denied that he insulted Islam, telling prosecutors: “I don’t remember saying these words and I did not flash my middle finger.” He also denied taking down his trousers, saying: “This is not true — I just lifted my shirt up to show the tattoo on my back” as a “spontaneous act.” “There is no way that I would say such a phrase about Muslims, whether I was drunk or not,” he said.

“I confess to drinking alcohol but I refuse the other two charges, I did not do them,” he added.

In addition to spending one month in jail, Kottak — who has been in custody since April 3 — was fined 2,000 dirhams (approximately $545) for drinking alcohol without a license.

Kottak‘s time spent in detention will be deducted from his sentence.

Because of his arrest, Kottak did not perform with his bandmates at the April 5 show at the 2014 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix and was replaced at the gig by Mark Cross (TAINTED NATION, FIREWIND, OUTLOUD, HELLOWEEN, METALLIUM).

In a 2005 interview, Kottak, who has been in the SCORPIONS since 1996, stated about his audition for the band: “I was always a SCORPIONS fan for the songs on the radio because in America they played them non-stop. I was never the guy that went out and bought their records but I always liked their songwriting and the songs and the whole vibe. Then I was in a band called KINGDOM COME in 1987-1990 and we opened for the SCORPIONS and I saw them and they were so professional on the Monsters Of Rock tour, [and] I was totally blown away. But I never went out and bought their albums, I never went out and bought any other albums either. I was a fan of all music — good or bad. It was on the radio so much, I didn’t need to buy it. I spent all my money buying drums, drumsticks and cymbals. In the audition, I knew most of the SCORPIONS music from playing in cover bands. I’m from Louisville, Kentucky. That’s how I earned my money in the early ’80s — we played ‘Still Loving You’, ‘Rock You Like a Hurricane’, ‘Big City Nights’. The flattering point with the SCORPIONS [was] when I did fly to Germany for the ‘audition,’ it wasn’t so much an audition, more like, ‘Let’s get together and see how it feels.’ So, I was very flattered about that because they did audition like another 25 drummers. I was very flattered to be picked.”

OTEP Is Now Managed By SLIPKNOT’s SID WILSON

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OTEP, the band led by singer, poet, illustrator, author and activist Otep Shamaya, has signed an artist management deal with Mach 2.8 Entertainment Group, a company consisting of founder-CEO Sid Wilson and his partner Symon Mead. Wilson is otherwise known as #O (Number Zero), the Grammy Award-winning “turntablist” (DJ) for the band SLIPKNOT.

OTEP will enter the studio later this year to record its seventh album, to be released for streaming/distribution by Sono Recording Group (SRG) and their partner Spotify.

“I’ve been a friend and fan of Sid for years and it’s a true honor to be managed by such a talented and triumphant artist,” said Shamaya, calling the collaboration a “powerful alliance of art and industry, OTEP and Mach 2.8.”

OTEP‘s sixth full-length studio album, “Hydra”, sold around 2,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 155 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was issued in January 2013 via Victory Records.

OTEP were formed in Los Angeles in 2000 and immediately signed to Capitol Records, an achievement based solely on the strength of its live performance. They were selected to appear at Ozzfest after Sharon Osbourne witnessed one of these incendiary performances. Their debut at Ozzfest was only their ninth live show, a major achievement for any band. It would be the kick-off for a career spanning more than 14 years.

BROTHER FIRETRIBE Premieres New Video on Metal Insider

 

New Album Diamond in the Firepit out June 3rd in North America on Spinefarm Records

BROTHER FIRETRIBE – the melodic rock maestros from Finland featuring Nightwish guitarist Emppu Vuorinen – have revealed their brand new video for the single “For Better Or For Worse”. The song is taken from their third studio album, Diamond In The Firepit; this 12-track offering will be issued on May 5th in the UK, May 2nd in Europe and June 3rd in North America, all via Spinefarm Records. 

The video for “For Better or For Worse” is being exclusively premiered by Metal Insider today, check it out HERE.

 

Diamond In The Firepit is the band’s first full-length release since Heart Full Of Fire (2008), a gold record in their native Finland; the BFT catalogue is completed by debut album, Breakout (2006), plus the Live At Apollo DVD (2010).

Diamond in the Firepit Track Listing:

01. Intro

02. Love’s Not Enough

03. Far Away from Love

04. For Better or for Worse

05. Desperately

06. Edge Of Forever

07. Hanging by a Thread

08. Trail of Tears

09. Winner Takes It All

10. Tired of Dreaming

11. Reality Bites

12. Close To the Bone

 

Amazon CD

 

Singer Pekka Ansio Heino spoke about the band’s upcoming release:

 

“We’re thrilled to be back in action after 5 years which seems like a life time! We wouldn’t be THIS thrilled if the new album hadn’t turned out be exactly how we wanted it to be. It’s just as bold, big, polished, hooky and sticky as we pictured it. A lot of hard work was spent making it happen and now it’s time for the best part of making music; taking it out and playing it live. We can’t wait to meet our old friends again and hopefully make some new ones along the way. Hope you enjoy Diamond In The Firepit. Thanks for still being there and sorry for the delay, let’s have some serious fun!”

 

BROTHER FIRETRIBE will be touring extensively in support of Diamond in the Firepit. Currently the band has a CD release show scheduled for May 3rd in Helsinki, Finland at Virgin Oil Co and an appearance set for The South Park Festival in Tampere, Finland at Eteläpuisto on June 7th. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

BROTHER FIRETRIBE Live:

3/5: Helsinki, FIN @ Virgin Oil Co.

6/7: Tampere, FIN @ Eteläpuisto

MÖTLEY CRÜE: New Songtitle Revealed

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MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars and bassist Nikki Sixx have confirmed to Guitar World magazine that the band is working on a new song, which Mars revealed is titled “All Bad Things Must Come To An End”. “It’s probably about half finished. We have to wait for Vince [Neil] to sing it, and then I’ll do my soloing and ear candy all over it and stuff like that,” he said.

“All Bad Things Must Come To An End” is being helmed by James Michael, the frontman of MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx‘s SIXX: A.M. project who produced, mixed and co-wrote CRÜE‘s last studio album, 2008’s “Saints Of Los Angeles”. Michael told Artisan News last week about the track: “As we know, the CRÜE is getting ready to hang it up. And we discussed for a while doing a final song. And that’s a tall order. There was a lot of pressure on us to make sure that we did it right and that we celebrated everything that they were known for. So I think we’ve done it. And it’s an outstanding song. I think it’s gonna be an absolutely amazing way to go out swinging.”

In the Guitar World interview, Mars described MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s musical future as “kind of vague, I guess,” but confirmed that he will “absolutely” start working on a solo album at some point following the band’s recently announced “The Final Tour”. “I think what a lot of people may say — and I say ‘may’ because I don’t know — is, ‘This is crap,'” he said. “Or, they may say, ‘Wow! I didn’t know Mick could write like that! I didn’t know Mick could play guitar like that!’ … I play rock and roll with a blues edge to it. And my solo album will be that kind of stuff, but also I believe a lot heavier than MÖTLEY. And that’s not to say there’s anything wrong with MÖTLEY music, because at the time we came up we were heavy. But I want to take the next step.”

Regarding MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s plans for the upcoming tour, Sixx said that the band’s setlist will include all the hits the CRÜE fans have come to love and expect to hear at the group’s shows. “I mean, if you went to see AEROSMITH for the last time and they skipped ‘Dream On’? You’d be fucking pissed,” he explained. “It will be a celebration, but at the same time I don’t want to live off the MÖTLEY CRÜE legacy. I want to be proud of what we’ve done as a band and then also look forward to new things.”

Sixx in January said that that it’s unlikely that the band will release another full-length album of new material and will instead make select tracks available via special projects in order to maximize their impact. Sixx told the Rapid City, South Dakota radio station 95.1 KSKY: “We have music written, [but] it’s not put together yet.” He added: “It’s hard, to be honest with you, to spend six [or] nine months to write eleven songs — all those lyrics… everything… the vocals, the guitars, the bass, the sonics, the mixing, the mastering, the artwork… You put it out and nothing [happens], because now people cherry-pick songs. So we go, ‘Why don’t we write songs and find vehicles to get one, two or four songs to ten million people rather than eleven songs to a hundred thousand people. That’s how we’re thinking. I don’t know if it’s right or wrong, but that’s how we’re thinking.”

MÖTLEY CRÜE in 2012 released a brand new song called “Sex” to coincide with the launch of the band’s North American co-headlining tour with KISS.

Written when the group was together during their residency in Las Vegas in February 2012, “Sex” was the first studio track from the CRÜE since their June 2008 release of “Saints Of Los Angeles”.

JACKSON, ROCKENFIELD And WILTON Will Be Sole Entity Recording And Touring As QUEENSRŸCHE

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QUEENSRŸCHE members Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton and Geoff Tate have released the following joint statement:

“We wanted to let QUEENSRŸCHE fans around the world know that an amicable settlement has been reached between Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton and Geoff Tate with regard to the future of the QUEENSRŸCHE name. According to the agreement, original QUEENSRŸCHE members Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton along with recent members, Todd La Torre and Parker Lundgren, will now be the sole entity recording and touring as QUEENSRŸCHE, performing selections from their entire musical catalog that spans over 30 years of material. Original QUEENSRŸCHE lead singer Geoff Tate will continue to record, perform and pursue a variety of other creative endeavors and, as part of the agreement, will have the exclusive rights to perform ‘Operation: Mindcrime I’ and ‘II’ in their entirety as a unique performance. Both sides wish each other well and are excited about what the future holds. We want to thank the fans for standing beside us through this ordeal and look forward to sharing our music with you for years to come.”

The QUEENSRŸCHE corporate assets will be evenly divided among Wilton, Jackson, Rockenfield and Tate.

According to The Seattle Times, Tate will embark on a brief QUEENSRŸCHE “farewell” tour this summer before launching a new chapter his career.

“It’s the rebirth of QUEENSRŸCHE and the way it used to be,” Wilton told The Seattle Times. “We’re rebuilding the QUEENSRŸCHE name.”

Added Tate: “One thing that’s really important for people to understand is that this never went to court. They [Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield] bought the name from me. But I retain ‘Operation: Mindcrime’. It’s sort of similar to the PINK FLOYD situation where Roger Waters retained ‘The Wall’. ‘Mindcrime’ was my thing and my story, so it’s appropriate that I keep that. So they will continue on as QUEENSRŸCHE, and I will continue on as me.”

QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton recently revealed that the band is continuing work on material for the follow-up to last year’s self-titled effort. “We’ve already begun the process for the next album,” he said. “We have probably six songs demoed so far. We’re taking it in a direction suited to what we do as QUEENSRŸCHE but maybe a little more progressive and heavier. The thing is, you never know what you really have until it’s complete. It’s like carving a piece of clay and seeing how it turns out. You peel off the layers until you get to something really cool.”

Tate — who was fired from the Seattle progressive rock band in 2012 after fronting it for three decades — and his wife, Susan, QUEENSRŸCHE‘s former manager, filed a lawsuit in June 2012 asking the judge to award them the rights to the band’s name in exchange for Tate paying Eddie Jackson (bass), Michael Wilton (guitar) and Scott Rockenfield (drums) the fair market value for their interests in the QUEENSRŸCHE companies. Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson filed a countersuit against the Tates in which they accused Geoff of creative obstruction and violent behavior, and Susan Tate of questionable business practices.

While ruling against Tate, the presiding judge determined that there was no legal hurdle in Tate also using the name with an all-new lineup of musicians. “I don’t see any reason that Mr. Tate can’t have the benefit, if he gets other members, of whatever name he uses of using the brand,” Superior Court Judge Carol A. Schapira said during the July 13, 2012 court hearing. “I think [doing that would be] inherently confusing, although I’m sure the market can get these things sorted out,” she added.

Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson last year accused Geoff Tate of “continu[ing] to harm the QUEENSRŸCHE brand” since the Tates‘ original lawsuit was filed in June 2012. In a court document, they wrote: “The newest self-titled QUEENSRŸCHE CD release by the [Todd La Torre-fronted version of the band] entered the U.S. charts at #23 and continues to get 9-out-of-10-star reviews and is still selling very well on a weekly basis around the globe. In comparison, Geoff Tate released his own QUEENSRŸCHE CD in April of [2013] titled ‘Frequency Unknown’ and depicted as F.U. on the cover, which entered the charts at #82, received very bad reviews around the world, and has slowed to almost no more weekly sales. [The Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE‘s] new CD even outperformed the last two CDs of them with Geoff Tate, selling more in a month than the ‘Dedicated to Chaos’ CD has since its release in 2010, and charting much better than both that album and the previous one, ‘American Soldier’. Thus, the return to the classic sound [Tate‘s former] bandmates have made with the new CD and live shows has been met with overwhelming success.”

They added: “Geoff Tate also chose very poorly in hiring live musicians that have shown that they are not capable of representing the correct performances of the QUEENSRŸCHE music legacy, and he was constantly replacing them. He has been offering his low-quality version of QUEENSRŸCHE to the promoters at a much reduced rate, as low as $10,000 per night, when, in fact, [his former] bandmates have done their best to keep the authorized QUEENSRŸCHE at an average of well over $20,000 per show this entire year. However, this becomes harder and harder with Geoff Tate‘s sub-par band and cut-rate pricing that continues to be damaging to the QUEENSRŸCHE brand and legacy no matter who ultimately wins control after trial.”