DEICIDE To Release ‘Overtures Of Blasphemy’ Album In September

Florida death metal veterans DEICIDE will release their long-awaited new album, “Overtures Of Blasphemy”, on September 14 via Century Media. The follow-up to 2013’s “In The Minds Of Evil” was produced by Jason Suecof (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, TRIVIUM) at AudioHammer Studios in Sanford, Florida. The cover artwork was created by Zbigniew M. Bielak (GHOST, PARADISE LOST, MAYHEM) and can be seen below.

DEICIDE frontman Glen Benton states: “This album came together over time, meaning we didn’t want to rush it.

“A few people might remember an interview where Steve Asheim (original member, drummer/songwriter) said ‘the material is done, but it’s just not there yet.’ Well, that was the jumping off point of when this album truly started taking shape and the songs became what they are now…complete, compact and effective. As the band pushed forward, so did the writing process and a few other processes which made the record and the band stronger. The result is ‘Overtures Of Blasphemy’, perhaps the group’s strongest release to date.

Jason Suecof lended his considerable talents and attention to detail in making the tracking of the songs as great as they can be and the final mix as sonically brutal, yet as listenable as possible. An arduous process, but one well worth the time and effort.”

Bielak states: “If you experienced the death metal boom of the early ’90s first hand, you know why DEICIDE‘s flaming logo was the ultimate threat in the sanity department.

“Working with Glen Benton was a great honor and a throwback to the time when death metal aesthetics were at their vilest.

“Satan Spawn the Caco Deamon is alive and well.”

DEICIDE in 2016 parted ways with longtime guitarist Jack Owen and replaced him with Mark English (MONSTROSITY).

DEICIDE 2018 is:

Glen Benton (Vocals, Bass)
Steve Asheim Drums)
Kevin Quirion (Guitars)
Mark English (Guitars)

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ALICE IN CHAINS To Release ‘Rainier Fog’ Album In August

ALICE IN CHAINS will release its new album, “Rainier Fog”, on August 24. The latest single from the effort, “So Far Under” can be streamed below.

About “So Far Under”, ALICE IN CHAINS vocalist/guitarist William DuVall says: “It’s about feeling completely up against it — outnumbered, surrounded, facing seemingly unbeatable odds and being really pissed off about it. It was inspired by personal circumstances, as well as events in the wider world. But it’s not as resigned to defeat as it may seem. The lyric is a cold, hard assessment of a difficult situation but the music has a message all its own. There’s still room to flip the script. Every aspect of writing and recording this song will always be remembered with a lot of joy — from recording the basic tracks and the guitar solo at Studio X in Seattle to doing further overdubs at Nick Raskulinecz‘s studio in rural Tennessee. Everyone in the band and our studio team really stepped up and knocked it out of the park on this one. We’re extremely proud of this song and the entire album.”

“Rainier Fog” marks a few firsts for ALICE IN CHAINS: in addition to being their first album in five years, it’s their first album for BMG and their first time recording in their hometown of Seattle in more than 20 years (worth noting that the album title is a tribute to Seattle). They recorded at Studio X, the same facility where they tracked 1995’s self-titled “Alice In Chains” album (back when the studio was known as Bad Animals). The “Rainier Fog” recording process also saw the band spend time at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles and at the Nashville studio of producer Nick Raskulinecz. “Rainier Fog” is the third straight ALICE IN CHAINS album recorded with Raskulinecz and engineer Paul Figueroa. The album was mixed by Joe Barresi (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, TOOL).

“Rainier Fog” track listing:

01. The One You Know
02. Rainier Fog
03. Red Giant
04. Fly

05. Drone
06. Deaf Ears Blind Eyes
07. Maybe
08. So Far Under
09. Never Fade
10. All I Am

Guitarist and co-vocalist Jerry Cantrell told Guitar World about the upcoming LP: “It’s not that we were keeping it a secret — we just didn’t want to say a whole lot about it until we had something to say. And we certainly have something to say with this one. It’s a fucking strong record.”

As for the musical direction of the new ALICE IN CHAINS material, Cantrell said: “It’s a record we haven’t done yet, I can tell you that. But it’s also a record that has all the elements of anything you would expect from us. It’s got our fingerprint. And we’re really proud of the material that we wrote and the performances we captured. There’s some really heavy shit, some really ugly stuff, some real beautiful stuff, some weirdo trippy shit… it’s good!”

Cantrell also addressed the fact that it has been five years since the release of ALICE IN CHAINS‘ last album. “It’s a lot of work doing a record,” he said, “and I think it gets harder the older we get. But we just wait until we’re ready and until we have enough material that’s up to the ALICE IN CHAINS standard, and then we do what we do. This is just the racket that we make when we get together.”

“The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” was the band’s second disc with Duvall, who joined in 2006 following the death of Layne Staley.

“The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” sold 62,000 copies in its first week of release. It followed up 2009’s “Black Gives Way To Blue”.

The first two singles from “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”, “Hollow” and “Stone”, both hit No. 1 on the rock radio airplay charts, while the album itself debuted on the Billboard album chart at No. 2.

METAL ALLEGIANCE ‘Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty’ Features Members Of OVERKILL, ACCEPT & Others

METAL ALLEGIANCE — with its four core members: David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT), Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, ex-DREAM THEATER) and Mark Menghi — began as a celebration of heavy metal, powered by the almost tribal bond shared between the extreme music community’s most revered trailblazers, armed with a list of contributors onstage (and off) that read like a Wikipedia entry on the genre itself.

The band will release its sophomore album, “Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty”, on September 7 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The thrash-worshiping disc merges old-school legends with the modern metallers of the scene to produce groove-driven, adrenaline-soaked anthems while tackling the frustrating state of the world.

Guest musicians on “Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty” include Trevor Strnad (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER), John Bush (ARMORED SAINT), Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (OVERKILL), Mark Tornillo (ACCEPT), Max Cavalera (SOULFLY), Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH) and Johan Hegg (AMON). The album also marks the return of Mark Oseguesda (DEATH ANGEL) and Troy Sanders (MASTODON).

The official video for the first single from the disc, “Mother Of Sin”, featuring Ellsworth, can be seen below.

“Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty” was produced by Menghi and Skolnick while Mark Lewis of MRL Studios handled the mixing and mastering. The cover artwork was created by renowned artist Marcelo Vasco (SLAYER, MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY, HATEBREED) and Rafael Tavares.

“Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty” track listing:

01. The Accuser (feat. Trevor Strnad)
02. Bound By Silence (feat. John Bush)
03. Mother Of Sin (feat. Bobby Blitz)
04. Terminal Illusion (feat. Mark Tornillo)

05. King With A Paper Crown (feat. Johan Hegg)
06. Voodoo Of The Godsend (feat. Max Cavalera)
07. Liars & Thieves (feat. Troy Sanders)
08. Impulse Control (feat. Mark Osegueda)
09. Power Drunk Majesty (Part I) (feat. Mark Osegueda)
10. Power Drunk Majesty (Part II) (feat. Floor Jansen)

ACCEPT To Release ‘Symphonic Terror – Live At Wacken 2017’ In November

German/American heavy metal legends ACCEPT will release a live set, “Symphonic Terror – Live At Wacken 2017”, on November 23 via Nuclear Blast. Fans can expect a unique ACCEPT show, shot on August 3, 2017 at the legendary Wacken Open Air festival, where the band played the biggest and most extraordinary show of its career in front of 80,000, on top of thousands more fans watching via a live stream.

The two-hour concert was divided into three parts, showing the full creative power of ACCEPT: The first part featured the premiere of new tracks “Die By The Sword” and “Koolaid”, as well as some of the band’s most popular songs, such as “Restless And Wild” and “Pandemic”. The middle part featured guitarist Wolf Hoffmann accompanied by a symphony orchestra, presenting the best tracks from his recent solo album, “Headbangers Symphony”, which includes metal versions of some of the world’s biggest classical compositions (e.g. from Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi). And in the last but not least part, fans were able to bang their heads to ACCEPT anthems (also accompanied by the orchestra), such as “Princess Of The Dawn”, “Breaker”, “Fast As A Shark” and “Metal Heart”, as well as to newwe songs like “Stalingrad”, “Shadow Soldiers” and “Teutonic Terror”. The finale was an eight-minute version of ACCEPT‘s classic song “Balls To The Walls”.

“This was a mash-up of intensity and precision,” Wolf Hoffmann says about the fusion of heavy metal and classical music. “The fans are extremely open-minded, but I was nervous ’till the last minute before the show anyway. After all, it’s still a metal festival! But I think that, after many years of ACCEPT combining both worlds, fans have started to really accept this concept.”

After the Wacken performance, Hoffmann told TotalRock‘s Whitney Alyson Ribbins: “It was phenomenal. We didn’t really know what to expect. We did some rehearsals and stuff, but that was the first time we were ever on stage with an orchestra. It was totally different to what we normally do, but it sounded fantastic and it felt great. Everybody was smiling, the orchestra people had a lot of fun, the conductor was in a great mood and everybody was, like, ‘This is fun.’ It all went really, really smooth and it couldn’t have gone better.”

He continued: “A lot of preparation went into it — months of talking about it and organizing everything and writing the scores and writing all the sheet music for everybody, because playing with an orchestra, you can’t just jam.”

Asked whether this was something he would like to do again, Wolf responded: “Yeah, I’d love to. For me, classical music… the sound of an orchestra is something that has always fascinated me. My whole life I have wanted to combine the two elements together. I’ve done it by using classical bits and pieces in my solos over the years, then I made a solo record, then I made a solo record with an orchestra and now finally live on stage with an orchestra like that, fifty people, it was a dream come true.”

What started as a world premiere at Wacken will be continued in early 2019. ACCEPT is planning to tour with an orchestra across Europe in the spring of next year. “I really hope we will be able to fulfill our dream — we are working hard on it!” Hoffmann says. “What I can already say now is that there will be lots of optical and musical surprises that fans of ACCEPT have never experienced before. We want to multiply what we have achieved in Wacken and are happy about every bit of support we get. One thing is for sure: 2019 will be exciting!”


SUNFLOWER DEAD To Release ‘C O M A’ Album

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SUNFLOWER DEAD TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM C O M A VIA EMP LABEL GROUP 10/19. ANNOUNCE UPDATED LINEUP INCLUDING POWERFLO/EX-FEAR FACTORY BASSIST CHRISTIAN OLDE WOLBERS.

6/19/18

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Hard Rockers SUNFLOWER DEAD have announced they have signed to EMP LABEL GROUP, who will release the band’s upcoming third album C O M A, October 19th.

The album, produced by Dave Fortman (Slipknot, Evanescence) features an updated lineup of the band, including founding members Vocalist (and Accordion player) Michael Del Pizzo, Guitarist Jaboo, and Jamie Teissere (Droid), rounded out by Powerflo/Former Fear Factory bassist Christian Olde Wolbers, and Brian “Brett” Weir, formerly of Starset, on drums.

The follow up to 2015’s It’s Time To Get Weird, which featured the Active Rock Top 40 hit, and title track, “It’s Time To Get Weird”, featuring Jonathan Davis of Korn, C O M A is a stripped down, raw beast of a modern Hard Rock record, to match the band’s recently stripped down image. Starting life, and continuing through 2 records with intricate costumes and heavy, zombie-esque, stage makeup, C O M A sees the band step out from behind the image, and put the focus on the songs.

Says vocalist Del Pizzo, “Though we are extremely proud of what we have accomplished on our own with the more theatrical version of the band, SFD has grown considerably. The entire process of writing and recording this album was fueled by a sense of aggression unlike anything in our previous output. It was clear to everyone involved that this was the moment to strip off the makeup, sign with a label and let the music speak for itself. So we did. And when it came down to it, EMP was definitely the right place.”

He adds, “We have known Thom (Hazaert) forever. He actually helped launch SFD’s first album and got us our first national tour back in 2012. Combine that with having David Ellefson on our side, and this was an easy decision.

Adds guitarist Jaboo, “The music on C O M A is more focused, vicious and emotionally dialed in than any of our previous work. This record is like the rebirth of the band similar to what Christopher Nolan did with the Batman saga. That rebirth is that much stronger with the addition of Christian Olde Wolbers (Fear Factory, Poweflo) on bass and Brian “Brett” Weir (Downplay, Starset) on drums.”

Says EMP’s David Ellefson, “Sunflower Dead is a great, hardworking band who truly embodies the type of DIY ethos that EMP was built on. They have not only released their own records and had great success at radio, but also managed to tour the World supporting major artists, all without the support of a label. We’re proud to welcome them into the EMP Family!”

Sunflower Dead spent the last 3 years on the road supporting Weird including dates with SNOT and KORN in the UK, both legs of IN THIS MOMENT’s “Hellpop” Tour, as well as runs supporting AVATAR, HELLYEAH, and MUSHROOMHEAD. The band will hit the road again in the Fall to support C O M A.

CLUTCH Announces North American Tour With SEVENDUST

Maryland rockers CLUTCH have announced U.S./Canada fall dates for their “Book Of Bad Decisions Tour 2018”. CLUTCH is making the following special offer for this tour: The price of a ticket when purchased in advance online includes a physical CD copy of CLUTCH‘s new album, “Book Of Bad Decisions”. Fans will receive information on how to redeem the album after purchasing the advance ticket online. Offer valid through October 29, open to U.S. residents only. Not valid on resale tickets. Offer only valid for CLUTCH headline dates. Festivals, Canadian headline dates and the October 13 date with SYSTEM OF A DOWN are exempt from this offer. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, June 22 at 10 a.m. local time.

Support on the tour will come from SEVENDUST and TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN.

Tour dates:

Sep. 16 – Chicago IL – Riotfest **
Sep. 18 – St Paul, MN – Myth Live
Sep. 19 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
Sep. 21 – Houston TX – House of Blues

Sep. 22 – San Antonio TX – River City Rock Fest **
Sep. 23 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
Sep. 25 – Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
Sep. 27 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
Sep. 28 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
Sep. 29 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade *
Sep. 30 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life **
Oct. 02 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
Oct. 03 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
Oct. 05 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
Oct. 06 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
Oct. 07 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
Oct. 08 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Oct. 09 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Oct. 11 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
Oct. 12 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater
Oct. 13 – San Bernardino, CA – Glen Helen Amphitheater w/SOAD ***
Oct. 14 – San Diego, CA – North Park/Observatory
Oct. 15 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
Oct. 17 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Oct. 18 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s Nightclub
Oct. 19 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
Oct. 20 – Detroit, MI – The Filmore Detroit
Oct. 21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Oct. 23 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
Oct. 25 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Oct. 26 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Oct. 27 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Oct. 28 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory

* No SEVENDUST
** Festival date; CLUTCH and festival bill only
*** Date with SYSTEM OF A DOWN; no SEVENDUST

CLUTCH‘s new album, “Book Of Bad Decisions”, will be released on September 7 via the group’s own Weathermaker Music label. The disc was completed at Sputnik Sound studio in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Vance Powell. The album cover was designed by renowned photographer Dan Winters.

Singer Neil Fallon previously explained that the “Book Of Bad Decisions” title came “from a song on the album, which, to me, it’s a pretty dark song. I was trying to write lyrics that were kind of like a Cormac McCarthy novel in about three and a half minutes,” he said. “But anyone in their life does bad decisions, and you can look back and see the repercussions of that spread out like a pebble thrown into a pool. We’ve made bad decisions; we’ve also made really good ones. Thankfully, all of us are surrounded by good people that ride our wheelhouse when we get a little tipsy.”

SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS To Release ‘Living The Dream’ Album In September/Announce North American Tour

SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS To Release 'Living The Dream' Album In September; North American Tour Announced

SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS will release their new album, “Living The Dream”, on September 21 via Slash‘s own label Snakepit Records in partnership with Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2014’s “World On Fire” is Slash‘s fourth solo album, and third with his band featuring Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns (bass, vocals) and Frank Sidoris (guitar, vocals).

For “Living The Dream”, Slash and his band re-teamed with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (ALTER BRIDGE, IGGY POP, INCUBUS); the group is currently putting the finishing touches on the powerful 12-song collection.

The band will support the disc by embarking on tour of the U.S. and Canada in early September.

The artist pre-sale starts tomorrow at 10 a.m. local time on each stop. Use the password “SLASH18” to fet your tickets at SlashOnline.com.

Tour dates:

Sep. 13 – Whisky A Go Go @ Los Angeles, CA
Sep. 15 – The Van Buren @ Phoenix, AZ
Sep. 16 – Kaaboo Del Mar @ Del Mar, CA
Sep. 18 – The Depot @ Salt Lake City, CA

Sep. 19 – Fillmore @ Denver, CO
Sep. 21 – Paradise Cove Margaritaville @ Tulsa, OK
Sep. 22 – Winstar @ Thackerville, OK
Sep. 24 – Stubbs @ Austin, TX
Sep. 26 – House of Blues @ Houston, TX
Sep. 28 – Louder Than Life @ Louisville, KY
Sep. 29 – Four Winds Casino Resort @ New Buffalo, MI
Oct. 01 – Wellmont Theatre @ Montclair, NJ
Oct. 02 – Fillmore @ Silver Spring, MD
Oct. 04 – Casino Rama @ Rama, Canada
Oct. 05 – Pier 17 at South Street Seaport @ New York, NY
Oct. 06 – Mohegan Sun @ Uncasville, CT
Oct. 09 – Paramount @ Huntington, NY
Oct. 10 – Electric Factory @ Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 11 – House Of Blues @ Boston, MA
Oct. 14 – Aftershock @ Sacramento, CA

 

Back in March, Slash said that he was “excited” about the material that was written for the upcoming SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS album. “It’s got some cool songs and it’s got a great live feel,” he said.

“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.”

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 dates coming this summer and this fall.

Despite the success of the “Not In This Lifetime” reunion 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?”

Kennedy‘s debut solo album, “Year Of The Tiger”, was released on March 9 via Napalm Records.