TNT To Release ‘XIII’ Album In June

Norwegian/Spanish hard rockers TNT will release a new studio album, “XIII”, on June 8 via Frontiers Music Srl.

Spanish singer Baol Bardot Bulsara made his live debut with TNT last November at the Oslo Spektrum on Oslo, Norway, where the band performed as the support act for the SCORPIONS.

TNT said in a statement: “This will be a new chapter for TNT and we wish Baol Bardot Bulsara welcome as our new singer. We look forward to a new year with gigs and a new album coming up soon!”

Baol stated in a video message: “I’m very happy and very grateful to be here, to be a part of the TNT family now. This is a dream come true for me, actually, because I’ve been a fan of TNT since my teens. You could say I grew up listening to the band. So this is kind of a strange karma for me, you know. I just wanted to tell you that I’m here to continue with the legacy and hopefully see you all in the near future touring and having fun together.”

“XIII” track listing:

01. We’re Gonna Make It
02. Not Feeling Anything
03. Fair Warning
04. It’s Electric

05. Where You Belong
06. Can’t Breathe Anymore
07. Get Ready For Some Hard Rock
08. People, Come Together
09. Tears In My Eyes
10. 17th Of May
11. Catch A Wave
12. SunshineTNT announced in October that it was once again parting ways with American vocalist Tony Harnell.

Harnell rejoined TNT in May 2016, less than a year and a half after his previous departure from the group.

At the time of Harnell‘s latest exit from TNT, the band was said to be working on a new studio album for a 2018 release via Frontiers Music Srl.

Harnell previously quit TNT in January 2015 after a 15-month stint with the band.

British singer Tony Mills appeared on three studio albums from TNT: 2007’s “The New Territory”, 2008’s“Atlantis” and 2010’s “A Farewell To Arms”.


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TREMONTI ‘A Dying Machine’ Album Details

TREMONTI, the band comprised of Mark Tremonti on vocals/guitars, Eric Friedman on guitars, and Garrett Whitlock on drums, will release its fourth full-length album, “A Dying Machine”, on June 8 via Napalm Records. The disc was produced by Michael “Elvis” Baskette, who has helmed all previous TREMONTI albums along with ALTER BRIDGE‘s last four long-players.

From the militant drum assault of the album opener “Bringer Of War” to the instrumental closer “Found”, “A Dying Machine” is TREMONTI‘s most-diverse musical offering to date. Songs like “From The Sky”, “Throw Them To The Lions” and “A Lot Like Sin” are signature TREMONTI that fans have come to love from the trio. Tracks like “Trust”, “The First The Last” and “Desolation” take the listener to new places sonically, all backed by Tremonti‘s signature vocal style.

A teaser video with music from the album can be seen below.

“A Dying Machine” is the first concept album of Tremonti‘s career and the music is inspired by a story that came to Mark while on the last ALTER BRIDGE tour. During that time, the epic title track “A Dying Machine” was born. The story, which is being turned into a full-length work of fiction authored by Mark Tremonti and John Shirley, takes place at the turn of the next century where humans and fabricated beings called “vessels” are trying to co-exist. Tremonti and Shirley are working on finishing the novel to release alongside the record.

The track listing for “A Dying Machine” is:

01. Bringer Of War
02. From The Sky
03. A Dying Machine
04. Trust

05. Throw Them To The Lions
06. Make It Hurt
07. Traipse
08. The First The Last
09. A Lot Like Sin
10. The Day When Legions Burned
11. As The Silence Becomes Me
12. Take You With Me
13. Desolation
14. Found

TREMONTI will play a record-release show in Orlando on May 12 at the Social. They are also confirmed for Carolina Rebellion on May 4, the Lunatic Luau on May 5 and headline shows in Savannah on May 2 and Atlanta on May 7. The band heads over to Europe in mid-June for seven weeks of touring that includes dates as direct support for IRON MAIDEN alongside headline shows and European festival appearances.

TREMONTI‘s third album, “Dust”, was released in April 2016 via Fret 12.

“Dust”, which was recorded during same sessions as 2015’s “Cauterize”, featured Tremonti on vocals/guitars, Eric Friedman on guitars, Wolfgang Van Halen on bass and Garrett Whitlock on drums. Baskette produced “Dust”.

Although Wolfgang Van Halen was part of TREMONTI‘s touring band in 2013 and played on “Dust” and “Cauterize”, he sat out TREMONTI‘s tour schedule because of commitments with VAN HALEN.

TREMONTI recruited Tanner Keegan to play bass on its most recent tour.

LAMB OF GOD To Release ‘Legion: XX’ 20th-Anniversary Covers Album As BURN THE PRIEST

Richmond, Virginia metallers LAMB OF GOD may be one of the biggest bands in modern metal, but they will never forget where they came from. Mark Morton (guitar), John Campbell (bass) and Chris Adler (drums) formed the first incarnation of the band, BURN THE PRIEST, in the winter of 1994 after meeting four years earlier as students at Virginia Commonwealth University. Less than a year later, in the summer of 1995, they met vocalist Randy Blythe before adding Chris Adler‘s brother, Willie Adler (guitar), prior to transitioning to LAMB OF GOD — and the rest is global metal history.

Morton says: “To truly understand the essence of the band BURN THE PRIEST, one must first consider the landscape in which it began: the mid-’90s. Grunge and alternative music ruled the airwaves. Social media and the internet had yet to assume their role as our collective sources for entertainment and cultural exchange. It was a time when DIY ‘zines turned us on to new bands and regional scenes, and ‘copy and paste’ still implied a print shop and a glue stick.”

BURN THE PRIEST‘s self-titled debut album, released via Philadelphia-based Legion Records, documented what was, in essence, a primal punk band performing metal. Ultimately, as they grew in local popularity, the five-piece chose to stray away from their name to avoid being associated with satanic metal, choosing the name LAMB OF GOD.

Morton continues: “As our sound and songs developed, so did our goals… we began playing basement parties and warehouse shows and in doing so, we realized that the energy we were creating was transferable. The shows we played in those squats and warehouses [in Philadelphia] and the people we met there are forever embedded in our collective consciousness and the DNA of our band.”

As they enter their 20th year since releasing their first self-titled album as BURN THE PRIEST, the band will release a full-length covers album that reflects on the greatness of classic punk, hardcore, crossover and noise — rock subgenres that contributed to what LAMB OF GOD, and indeed, the world, now view as modern heavy metal.

As BURN THE PRIEST, the band presents “Legion: XX” — featuring tracks originally performed by CRO-MAGS, AGNOSTIC FRONT, QUICKSAND, MINISTRY, BAD BRAINS, MELVINS, S.O.D., THE ACCÜSED, BIG BLACK and Richmond punk band SLIANG LAOS. The tracks are performed with the unmistakable precision that has kept the band vital for two decades, but ultimately harks back to the raw, punk-driven sound first explored by four unsuspecting college students and a line cook-turned-vocalist in their formative years. Produced with Josh Wilbur at the helm, “Legion: XX” exhibits BURN THE PRIEST in their true element.

“Our inauspicious beginnings somehow grew into something none of us had ever even imagined possible, let alone aspired to, however, this is the story of BURN THE PRIEST,” adds Morton. “The songs we chose to cover on this album reflect that story. They are touchstones from that point in time. The inspiration we gleaned from these bands and these songs carries through our work and our creative pursuits, even to this day. Many thanks to these bands for lighting our fire and endless gratitude to our fans around the world for keeping it lit.”

“Legion: XX” will be released on May 18 via Nuclear Blast in Europe and Epic Records in the U.S. and will be available for purchase via all physical and digital retailers.

Today, fans can watch the brand new BURN THE PRIEST music video for “Inherit The Earth”, originally performed by THE ACCÜSED, and cut from “Legion: XX” (video directed by Travis Shinn).

“I’ve been an ACCÜSED fan since I was 14 when they were on the ‘Thrasher Skate Rock Volume 3’ compilation with C.O.C. and all these amazing crossover bands,” says Blythe. “Their singer Blaine Cook was a huge influence on me, vocally.”

Chris Adler recalls: “‘Inherit The Earth’ hit me in the face soon after I managed to get my grubby mitts on the album sometime around ’88. I got THE ACCÜSED record at a Yellow Banana record store on Route 1 south of DC while in route back from my ‘counselor’ to my home in Woodbridge, Virginia. I got home and grabbed my board and I rocked it on my Discman. At about 2:12 into the tune the clouds parted above me and on a loudspeaker, God bellowed down to me, ‘RECEIVE YOUR PURPOSE.’ That was the moment I knew that if I tried hard enough, I could convey myself and how I felt — with music. It will never be ‘ours,’ and we know that about all the tunes we’ve covered, but hopefully one of them hit you in the face as I had been, and God will part the clouds for you, too.”

“Legion: XX” track listing:

01. Inherit The Earth (THE ACCÜSED cover)
02. Honey Bucket (MELVINS cover)
03. Kerosene (BIG BLACK cover)
04. Kill Yourself (S.O.D. cover)

05. I Against I (BAD BRAINS cover)
06. Axis Rot (SLIANG LAOS cover)
07. Jesus Built My Hotrod (MINISTRY cover)
08. One Voice (AGNOSTIC FRONT cover)
09. Dine Alone (QUICKSAND cover)
10. We Gotta Know (CRO-MAGS cover)Bonus song (only on LP!):

11. In The Meantime (HELMET cover)

Blythe adds: “I have a radio show on Gimmie Radio, and [the station] is all metal shows except for mine. I do the punk rock show because I want to show the direct correlation between my band, and the punk scene going back to THE MC5 and THE STOOGES. There is a direct link — look at old pictures of METALLICA, SLAYER and ANTHRAX, and they’re wearing MISFITS, D.R.I., and C.O.C. t-shirts. They fused the technicality of metal with the intensity of punk rock. Before them, metal was like in slow motion. Speed metal bands were listening to DISCHARGE. I beat that drum all the time when I talk to kids.”

LAMB OF GOD will support SLAYER on the first leg of the latter band’s farewell world tour. The trek will kick off with a May 10 concert at San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center, with dates running through August 26 at San Jose, California’s SAP Center.


SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS To Release New Album In The Fall

It's Official: SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS To Release New Album In The Fall

SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS will return this fall with its as-yet-untitled third studio album. The group — Slash (guitar), Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns (bass, vocals) and Frank Sidoris (guitar, vocals) — has entered the studio with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (ALTER BRIDGE, IGGY POP, INCUBUS). Expect the group to announce a full North American tour for the fall.

“I’m excited about the new stuff we put together for this next record; it’s got some cool songs and it’s got a great live feel,” explains Slash. “I’ve been working with Myles, Brent and Todd for about eight years now. It’s been an amazing ride so far; as a band we continue to get better which is great. With the addition of Frank since the ‘World On Fire’ tour, I feel we have hit a great, creative stride which I definitely think shows on this next record.”

Slash adds: “GUNS N’ ROSES will be headlining European festivals this summer, it’s going to be a 110 percent performance and a huge blast. I love doing European fests and this is the first time we’ve done any proper festivals over there on the ‘Not In This Lifetime’ tour. It’s indescribable to explain these shows. I’m looking over and seeing Axl, Duff and Dizzy whom I’ve known forever, but it also feels like an entirely new experience with Richard, Frank and Melissa. It’s like being in a new band, except there’s a chemistry that is established from days of old, so it’s a natural thing that’s always been there.”

Rumors of a new CONSPIRATORS disc were started last December when Slash‘s girlfriend Meegan Hodges told a fan on Instagram that the guitarist was in the studio with Kennedy recording the next CONSPIRATORS album. But Kennedy claimed in a radio interview a short time later that there were no concrete plans for him to reunite with Slash and work on new music. The vocalist, who also fronts ALTER BRIDGE, went on to say that he would spend most of 2018 touring in support of his solo album, “Year Of The Tiger”, with 2019 likely to be dominated by his commitments to ALTER BRIDGE.

After a fan reached out to Meegan on Instagram asking her to clarify her previous comments following Kennedy‘s remarks, she responded, “Maybe you should ask the band guys,” and followed it up with a smiley face.

Kennedy has said in various interviews that he and Slash had about half an album’s worth of new material in the works toward the end of the “World On Fire” touring cycle, but Slash‘s touring commitments with GUNS had prevented him from becoming involved in any other projects.

After Slash and the CONSPIRATORS toured “World On Fire”, rumors about the long-awaited GUNS N’ ROSES reunion tour began to circulate and were confirmed in early 2016.

The current GUNS trek — which features Slash and fellow original members Axl Rose and Duff McKagan — launched in April 2016 and has since grossed more than $400 million, with more European dates coming this summer.

GUNS N’ ROSES has been off the road since November when it completed the North American stadium and arena run leg of the “Not In This Lifetime” reunion tour with three shows in Los Angeles.

Despite the success of the tour, there has been no indication that GUNS intends to record a new album anytime soon. The last GUNS studio album, “Chinese Democracy”, came out in 2008 and featured only Axl Rose from the band’s classic lineup. The last album on which Rose, McKagan and Slash appeared together was 1993’s covers set “The Spaghetti Incident?”

“Year Of The Tiger” was released on March 9 via Napalm Records.


JUDAS PRIEST Scores Highest Charting Album Ever In U.S. With ‘Firepower’

According to Billboard, JUDAS PRIEST‘s “Firepower” has entered the Billboard 200 chart at position No. 5, making it the band’s highest-charting album ever. 2014’s “Redeemer Of Souls” debuted and peaked at No. 6, while 2008’s “Nostradamus” landed at No. 11 and 2005’s “Angel Of Retribution” came in at No. 13.

“Firepower” moved 49,000 equivalent album units in first week of release. Of that sum, 48,000 were in traditional album sales, just shy of the 54,000 copies sold by “Angel Of Retribution” in that album’s first week. The “Firepower” chart position was bolstered by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer in association with the band’s current North American tour.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

As previously reported, “Firepower” landed at position No. 5 on the U.K. album chart. It marks the band’s highest ranking, and first time in the Top 10, since “British Steel” reached No. 4 in 1980. Elsewhere, “Firepower” has also become PRIEST‘s first-ever No. 1 in Sweden.

“Firepower” was released on March 9 via Epic. The disc was recorded by British producer Andy Sneap, the band’s longtime collaborator Tom Allom and engineer Mike Exeter (BLACK SABBATH). The cover artwork for “Firepower” was created by the Chilean/Italian artist Claudio Bergamin.

JUDAS PRIEST “Firepower” world tour marks the band’s first run of dates since guitarist Glenn Tipton announced that he was retiring from the road due to his battle with Parkinson’s disease. He is being replaced on tour by Sneap, also known for his work as the guitar player in NWOBHM revivalists HELL and cult thrash outfit SABBAT.

Tipton was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease four years ago — after being stricken by the degenerative condition at least half a decade earlier — but only recently announced he was going to sit out touring activities in support of “Firepower”. The guitarist, who is now 70 and has performed on every PRIEST album since the band’s 1974 debut set, “Rocka Rolla”, is not quitting the band, but simply cannot handle the rigorous challenges of performing live.

The North American leg of the “Firepower” tour will wrap on May 1 in San Antonio, Texas.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Announces 2nd Leg Of North American Tour

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will embark on the second leg of its North American tour with CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and EYEHATEGOD this summer. Set to commence July 14 in Cadott, Wisconsin, the trek will make its way through nearly two dozen cities, coming to a close on August 11 in Sayreville, New Jersey.

A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Wednesday, March 14 at 10:00 a.m. local time and end on Wednesday, March 14 at 10 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code “Blabbermouth” to access tickets before the general public.

Tour dates:

Jul. 14 – Cadott Rock Fest – Cadott, WI
Jul. 15 – Inkcarceration Music Festival – Mansfield, OH
Jul. 16 – Monarch Music Hall – Peoria, IA *
Jul. 17 – The Forge – Joliet, IL *
Jul. 18 – 20 Monroe Live – Grand Rapids, MI
Jul. 20 – Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE
Jul. 21 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
Jul. 22 – Cotillion Ballroom – Wichita, KS
Jul. 23 – The District – Sioux Falls, SD
Jul. 25 – The Clyde Theatre – Wayne, IN
Jul. 27 – Si Hall At The Fairgrounds – Syracuse, NY
Jul. 28 – Impact Music Festival – Bangor, ME
Jul. 29 – The Webster – Hartford, CT*
Jul. 30 – The Queen – Wilmington, DE
Aug. 01 – The Mill & Mine – Knoxville, TN
Aug. 02 – The Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC
Aug. 03 – Phase 2 – Lynchburg, VA
Aug. 05 – The Norva – Norfolk, VA
Aug. 07 – Rebel – Toronto, ON
Aug. 08 – Metlus – Montreal, QC
Aug. 09 – Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA
Aug. 10 – Paramount – Huntington, NY
Aug. 11 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

* No EYEHATEGOD

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY‘s tenth full-length album, “Grimmest Hits”, was released on January 19 via Entertainment One (eOne).

Regarding the songwriting process for “Grimmest Hits”, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY frontman Zakk Wylde told the Omaha World-Herald: “The only ideas I really had [prior to going into the studio] were ‘The Only Words’. I wrote that when I was sitting in a hotel room. It reminded me of a CREAM thing. The only other riff I had laying around was ‘Trampled Down Below’.

“Every record that we do, it’s like a box of cracker jacks,” he continued. “We don’t know what we’re gonna get till we get there.

“That’s the whole fun thing about making records. You’re going in with, ‘Let’s see what happens.’

“You could be listening to ‘Heart Of Gold’ on the radio and then me and you listening to that, it’d be cool if we wrote something like that.

“A lot of things happen like that. You get sparked off by writing the riff. Listening to [LED] ZEPPELIN or [BLACK] SABBATH or THE ALLMAN BROTHERS. What you end up coming out with can be something different.”

In a separate interview with Beatroute, Zakk talked about how he came up with the title for the new BLACK LABEL SOCIETY album.

“The record company was like, ‘Are there any hits on this record?'” he said. “I said, ‘No. It’s rather bleak and rather grim.’ That’s why I went with ‘Grimmest Hits’. You see, in order to have greatest-hits album, you need to have one special ingredient: good songs. We don’t have any of those.”

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY is:

Zakk Wylde – Vocals/Guitar
John DeServio – Bass
Dario Lorina – Guitar
Jeff Fabb – Drums

ROB ZOMBIE’s ‘Devil’s Rejects’ Sequel Begins Shooting

ROB ZOMBIE's 'Devil's Rejects' Sequel Begins Shooting; Title Confirmed

Rob Zombie has confirmed “The Devil’s Rejects 2: Three From Hell” as the title of his next movie, a sequel to his 2005 horror hit “The Devil’s Rejects”. The film, which started shooting earlier today (Tuesday, March 13), is said to continue the story of the Firefly clan — Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding, Bill Moseley as Otis and Sheri Moon Zombie as Baby — whom we saw go down in a torrent of bullets at the end of the first film.

It’s not clear whether Zombie plans to resurrect the Firefly trio from the dead in some kind of supernatural fashion in the new film or has found a way to explain that they survived the original movie’s climactic shootout.

“The Devil’s Rejects” is widely considered Zombie‘s best film. It’s a semi-sequel to his directorial debut, 2003’s “House Of 1,000 Corpses”, which introduced the Firefly family.

Zombie told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he was approached by the studio in record time about making a sequel to “House Of 1,000 Corpses”. “I went away for the weekend [the film opened], so they couldn’t find me till Monday,” he said. “So it was basically Monday. I think the film opened, like, on Thursday and I was gone, and they couldn’t find me, so by Monday they were already talking about it. Depending upon what you spent and what you made, I mean, that movie was profitable after one day. Whereas you get these other movies where they’re, like, ‘Oh my God, it made $100 million!’ and it’s still $100 million in the hole because they just spent so much.”

According to Bloody Disgusting, Zombie is in negotiations with Saban Films and Lionsgate to release “The Devil’s Rejects 2” in theaters, VOD, and home video. Zombie distributed his last movie, the partially crowdfunded “31”, through both companies.