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TNT Guitarist RONNI LE TEKRØ: 'Rock Was Just Better Before 1980'
Finland's Radio Rock recently conducted an interview with guitarist Ronni Le Tekrø of Norwegian/American hard rockers TNT. You can now watch the chat below. Asked what rock bands he listens to in his spare time, Ronni said: "It's pretty much CITY BOY, a British band from late '70s that I listen to when I listen to rock. [I don't listen to] many other bands, actually. [laughs] I have a big BEATLES collection. I think something happened with hard rock in… I don't know… '79 [or] '80, including my own shit. Rock was just better before 1980." Fan-filmed video footage of TNT's July 17 performance at On The Rocks in Helsinki, Finland can be seen below.TNT played its first official reunion show with singer Tony Harnell on January 17 at Gregers Live in Hamar, Norway. Harnell confirmed his reunion with TNT in October 2013, explaining in a statement: "After much discussion and lots of soul searching, I'm happy to officially announce that I'll be back behind the microphone with TNT. "I'm very proud of all we accomplished over the years and proud to have written and recorded all those great songs with my brother from another mother, Ronni Le Tekrø. "Sometimes it's just time to give the fans what they're asking for. "2014 is the 25th anniversary of the successful 'Intuition' album and we thought it would be a good time to get out and relaunch this little machine for you guys!" In August 2013, TNT parted ways with its frontman of the seven years, British vocalist Tony Mills (ex-SHY). He explained in a statement: "Maybe we did 500 shows or something like that, but not many out of Norway. "It has been the most prolific live period in my career, and when I felt the stagnancy and the lack of desire to grow and develop any further, I knew my time was done with the band. "I don't think it's sensible to expect new art from the band after thirty years, just a lot of re-living the past and reconstructions of old albums and performances. "None of us are getting any younger, but I have a great desire to not stop creativity in my life. I hate wasting days and singing songs from the past to satisfy old fans. "Nostalgia wasn't doing it for me. "We were never close as friends or anything like that, so there is no great loss, and I have no doubt they will reform the original lineup and just do the whole thing all over again. I wish them good luck on that. I have other releases to come that excite me much more than that." Harnell rejoined TNT on stage for their 30th-anniversary concert on June 2, 2012 at the Clarion Hotel in Trondheim, Norway. The group performed a special setlist while accompanied by the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (Trondheim Symfoniorkester). Also making a special appearance with the band was TNT's original singer, Dag Ingebrigtsen. After leaving TNT in 2006, Harnell was replaced by Mills, who has since appeared on three studio albums from the band: 2007's "The New Territory", 2008's"Atlantis" and 2010's "A Farewell To Arms".Harnell's last release as a member of TNT was the "Live in Madrid" DVD, which came out in September 2006 via MTM Music. The set, which was filmed on April 1, 2006 in Madrid, Spain, was accompanied by an 82-minute audio CD plus booklet liner notes from Harnell about his work with the group as well as an additional tour documentary by Darren Paltrowitz. Interview:
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QUEEN: 'Live At The Rainbow '74' Trailer
A trailer for the forthcoming "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74" package can be seen below. Sunday March 31, 1974 is a landmark date in the history of rock music. It is now celebrated in the multi-format release of a rare recording made at legendary London venue The Rainbow, of a concert by a then-up-and-coming band called QUEEN. Few who turned up for that iconic performance could have predicted they would go on to become arguably the world's best and most successful rock group, although many more may have suspected it after this stunning show. Among the unique material contained in this release are over a dozen tracks never previously released on any official QUEEN live album. The release will come in CD, vinyl and standard DVD or SD Blu-ray formats available as standard releases or special limited edition sets as well as digital formats. That concert, being heard live for the first time in the soon-to-be-released "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74", marked the culmination of the band's countrywide tour, their first as headliners — hot on the heels of a tour supporting MOTT THE HOOPLE, late in 1973, on which they were widely regarded as having blown the hit band off the stage. QUEEN got rave reviews, almost unheard of for a support band, and it was obvious that in future they would be top of the bill. The band's momentum had been building since the release of their eponymous album in July 1973 and, following their success on the MOTT tour, at the beginning of 1974 they were tipped as "Band Of The Year" in UK music paper Disc And Music Echo. Just before the March Rainbow gig, QUEEN performed their new single "Seven Seas Of Rhye" on must-see U.K. TV music show "Top Of The Pops". The highly coveted slot was a lucky break — they filled in for an absent DAVID BOWIE, who was unavailable — and the band made the most of it, delivering a thrilling performance that pushed the song into the Top 10. Although the group now had a first hit single under its belt, and second album "Queen II" had just been released to critical acclaim, many felt that playing The Rainbow was overambitious. It was the premier London venue of the time, on a par with L.A.'s Palladium and New York's Fillmore East. But the band had paid its dues, slugging it out in clubs and college halls for four years, and never doubting their own potential. The band's confidence was vindicated when the venue quickly sold out the capacity of more than 3,000 seats — with some fans paying as much as £1.20 for a ticket! QUEEN's performance was spectacular from the second that Freddie Mercury strutted onto the stage in his soon to become trademark white "eagle suit," a tight-fitting number specially made for him by top fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, which featured flowing winged sleeves. He pranced and posed, capturing the audience in seconds with his extraordinary voice and stage presence, while Brian May provided the counterpoint with his remarkable and ground-breaking guitar playing. The powerful "engine room" (as they liked to call it) of drummer Roger Taylor and bass player John Deacon completed a sound unlike anything British audiences had previously heard. Enraptured fans clapped and cheered, and gave the band a standing ovation. That electrifying show was recorded by Roy Thomas Baker, co-producer of QUEEN's first four studio albums, and slated to be the band's third album (and debut live album) — a career-defining release like JAMES BROWN's "Live At The Apollo" or THE WHO's "Live At Leeds". Intended to be a recording that captured the magic of a live band firing on all cylinders, "Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74" would undoubtedly have been a big success. But QUEEN's ferocious creative momentum produced a stack of new songs begging to be recorded and instead of releasing the live album the band went into the studio to record what was to become 1974's breakthrough album, "Sheer Heart Attack". As a result, the already completed Rainbow live album was shelved and consigned to the archives. Later in 1974 QUEEN had their first chart-topping single, "Killer Queen", which encapsulated their brand of driving rock and clever lyrics. It appeared on "Sheer Heart Attack", which was released in the autumn, was a massive hit and remains to this day many fans' favourite QUEEN album. To celebrate this success and crown a remarkable year, QUEEN returned to The Rainbow in November 1974 for two sell-out gigs that were even more spectacular than the one in March. These concerts included the typically flamboyant performance of "Now I'm Here" with which they had been wowing audiences on the tour. It featured Freddie apparently appearing in a spotlight on opposite sides of the stage almost simultaneously. The concerts received massive acclaim from fans and critics alike, and won over many who had until then doubted the band's potential. In this year, QUEEN also undertook their first concerts in Australia, USA, Sweden, Finland, Holland, Belgium and Spain. Now, a remarkable 40 years later, "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74" has finally surfaced from the archives, providing an invaluable record of emerging superstars demonstrating their talent.QUEEN, Virgin Records and Eagle Rock Entertainment are proud to announce that "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74" will be released on September 8, 2014 (U.K. on Virgin Records) and September 9, 2014 (U.S. through Hollywood Records) in a variety of formats all newly mixed and mastered to the highest contemporary standard. These range from a standard two CD package, a DVD, an SD Blu-ray, a gate-fold double vinyl (including an audio reproduction of the aforementioned original live album), a quadruple vinyl boxed set, to a super deluxe collector's edition. This comprehensive and fascinating package includes two CDs, a DVD and Blu-ray, a 60-page hardback book containing many rare photographs, and various items of memorabilia such as reproductions of the tickets, show souvenir programme and poster, as well as material from the band members' personal archives. Vinyl and super deluxe formats are released as limited editions. These recordings capture QUEEN at that time in all their glory: the dramatic stage presence, the highly original self-penned repertoire of songs, high-energy performances coupled with stunning melodic and harmonic content, and the uncompromising perfectionist approach to every aspect of their performance which is still maintained to this day.QUEEN dazzled their audiences in 1974 with an unforgettable show delivered with a skill and confidence which belied their youth. The tape machines were rolling, capturing the highly electric performances. Now, to mark the 40th anniversary of these legendary shows, here, finally, is "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74"— lovingly restored, edited, mixed and digitally mastered, and including much footage never previously seen. It is a collection every QUEEN fan will want to possess."Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74" package details Package one * One CD featuring the November show Package two * Two CD digipack, with one CD featuring the March show and the second CD featuring the November show Package three * DVD or SD Blu-Ray of the November show with four “bonus” tracks from March Package four (released in North America only) * SD Blu-Ray & CD combo box Package five * 2 Vinyl – Limited-edition gatefold double vinyl package, with one LP featuring an audio reproduction of the original March show live album and the other LP featuring highlights from the November show. Package six * 4 Vinyl – Limited-edition four-vinyl-LP boxed set, two LPs featuring the March show and two featuring the November show Package seven * Super Deluxe Box – Limited-edition Super Deluxe lidded boxed set package containing: 1) Two CDs, one CD featuring the March show and the second CD featuring the November show 2) A DVD and SD Blu-ray of the November show with four "bonus" tracks from March 3) A 60-page hardback book containing lots of previously unseen photographs, and (among other items), reproductions of two reviews, one from The Times and one from Disc And Music Echo. A series of four articles from the latter publication is also included. 4) Reproductions of two tickets from the March concert (those actually used by Brian's parents) 5) A reproduction of the tour itinerary folder for the March concert from promoter Mel Bush, including a letter instructing the band not to trash the hotel room or there will be dire consequences! 6) A reproduction of the 8-page show souvenir brochure 7) Two button badges — reproductions of items available at the concert 8) A reproduction of the purple and gold March concert poster 9) A reproduction of a fashion shoot in The Telegraph magazine, featuring the band with fashion models. 10) A reproduction of the sticker stage pass from the March concert"Queen Live At The Rainbow" will also be available as one disc and two-disc eAlbum."Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74" track listings: One CD: Sheer Heart Attack Tour - Live at the Rainbow, November '74 01. Procession 02. Now I'm Here 03. Ogre Battle 04. Father To Son 05. White Queen (As It Began) 06. Flick Of The Wrist 07. In The Lap Of The Gods 08. Killer Queen 09. The March Of The Black Queen 10. Bring Back That Leroy Brown 11. Son And Daughter 12. Guitar Solo 13. Son And Daughter (Reprise) 14. Keep Yourself Alive 15. Drum Solo 16. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise) 17. Seven Seas Of Rhye 18. Stone Cold Crazy 19. Liar 20. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited 21. Big Spender 22. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll 23. Jailhouse Rock 24. God Save The Queen Two CD digipack and four-vinyl LP boxed set: CD 1 Queen II Tour - Live at the Rainbow, March '74 01. Procession 02. Father To Son 03. Ogre Battle 04. Son And Daughter 05. Guitar Solo 06. Son And Daughter (Reprise) 07. White Queen (As It Began) 08. Great King Rat 09. The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke 10. Keep Yourself Alive 11. Drum Solo 12. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise) 13. Seven Seas Of Rhye 14. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll 15. Jailhouse Rock (Medley) / Stupid Cupid (Medley) / Be Bop A Lula (Medley) 16. Liar 17. See What A Fool I've Been CD 2 Sheer Heart Attack Tour - Live at the Rainbow, November '74 01. Procession 02. Now I'm Here 03. Ogre Battle 04. Father To Son 05. White Queen (As It Began) 06. Flick Of The Wrist 07. In The Lap Of The Gods 08. Killer Queen 09. The March Of The Black Queen 10. Bring Back That Leroy Brown 11. Son And Daughter 12. Guitar Solo 13. Son And Daughter (Reprise) 14. Keep Yourself Alive 15. Drum Solo 16. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise) 17. Seven Seas Of Rhye 18. Stone Cold Crazy 19. Liar 20. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited 21. Big Spender 22. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll 23. Jailhouse Rock 24. God Save The Queen Standard DVD and SD Blu-Ray: Sheer Heart Attack Tour - Live at the Rainbow, November '74 01. Procession 02. Now I'm Here 03. Ogre Battle 04. Father To Son 05. White Queen (As It Began) 06. Flick Of The Wrist 07. In The Lap Of The Gods 08. Killer Queen 09. The March Of The Black Queen 10. Bring Back That Leroy Brown 11. Son And Daughter 12. Guitar Solo 13. Son And Daughter (Reprise) 14. Keep Yourself Alive 15. Drum Solo 16. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise) 17. Seven Seas Of Rhye 18. Stone Cold Crazy 19. Liar 20. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited 21. Big Spender 22. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll 23. Jailhouse Rock 24. God Save The Queen Bonus tracks Queen II Tour - Live at the Rainbow, March '74 01. Son And Daughter 02. Guitar Solo 03. Son And Daughter (Reprise) 04. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll Double Vinyl LP Package: Queen II Tour - Live at the Rainbow, March '74 01. Procession 02. Father To Son 03. Ogre Battle 04. Son And Daughter 05. Guitar Solo 06. Son And Daughter (Reprise) 07. Keep Yourself Alive 08. Drum Solo 09. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise) 10. Seven Seas Of Rhye 11. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll 12. Liar Sheer Heart Attack Tour - Live at the Rainbow, November '74 01. Procession 02. Now I'm Here 03. White Queen (As It Began) 04. Flick Of The Wrist 05. In The Lap Of The Gods 06. Killer Queen 07. The March Of The Black Queen 08. Bring Back That Leroy Brown 09. Stone Cold Crazy 10. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited
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CANNIBAL CORPSE's PAUL MAZURKIEWICZ Talks To LITHIUM MAGAZINE (Video)
On July 25, Mike Bax of Lithium Magazine conducted an interview with drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz of Florida death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE backstage at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada during this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. You can now watch the chat below.CANNIBAL CORPSE will release its new album, "A Skeletal Domain", on September 16 via Metal Blade Records. The CANNIBAL CORPSE collective — vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, bassist Alex Webster, guitarists Pat O'Brien and Rob Barrett and drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz— approaches each recording session with a honed and precise vision of a band in their third decade of existence. With this new entry to their extensive catalog, they've switched gears, opting to work with producer Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DEVILDRIVER) at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida, after having tracked their previous three outings ("Kill", "Evisceration Plague", "Torture") with Erik Rutan. Boasting twelve-ominous tracks in forty-four spine-fraying minutes, the result is a massive, belligerent, and deliberate aural attack that finds the band at their peak of their notoriously hyper-kinetic, meticulously executed brutality. Preparation for "A Skeletal Domain" did not vary significantly from previous efforts. "At the end of the day, we're still making a death metal record, no matter where it's being recorded," relays Webster. Mark Lewis offered a slightly different, modern recording approach, but the band stressed that they could not be more pleased with their previous albums with Rutan, and the door is most definitely open to work with him again in the future. Changing producers is something the band has historically done after every few albums, if only to not get too comfortable. CANNIBAL CORPSE also tried to step outside of their comfort zone when it came to songwriting and their musical performances. "Consistency is often confused with repetition. We are established with what we do as a band, and we could relax and not push ourselves, but we try to push the envelope. That's what makes this exciting," Webster adds. "Anyone who really listens to this album with an open mind will hear that it's not same-old same-old." Mark Lewis would concur with Webster's analysis and even goes a step further by claiming that "there are moments on this record that have never happened in musical history." "A Skeletal Domain" track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. High Velocity Impact Spatter 02. Sadistic Embodiment 03. Kill Or Become 04. A Skeletal Domain 05. Headlong Into Carnage 06. The Murderer's Pact 07. Funeral Cremation 08. Icepick Lobotomy 09. Vector Of Cruelty 10. Bloodstained Cement 11. Asphyxiate To Resuscitate 12. Hollowed Bodies The song "Sadistic Embodiment" can be streamed below. Regarding the musical direction of the new CANNIBAL CORPSE material, Webster told Metal Wani: "I think it's… a dark-sounding album. Which, you know, it's a death metal album, so, of course, it should be kind of dark and eerie sounding anyway, but I think this one a little more than normal. That was kind of the direction the songwriting went in. Pat [O'Brien, guitar] actually wrote a lot on this album. This will be the first album where Pat wrote more songs than anyone else. He's really been super motivated, and he's been writing some great, great material that we're all really excited about. And some of it, it's very evil-sounding stuff. So I think our fans will be very happy. There's nothing on here that's even a million miles close to being a sellout, you know what I mean?! It's definitely full-on evil death metal. I think everyone will enjoy it."
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ALICE IN CHAINS: Interview Clip From 'Guitar Center Sessions'
Guitar Center, the world's largest retailer of musical instruments and equipment, and DirecTV, one of the world's leading providers of digital television entertainment services, will spotlight ALICE IN CHAINS in the award-winning music series Guitar Center Sessions on August 3 on DirecTV's Audience Network (Channel 239). Guitar Center Sessions features exclusive performances and intimate, enlightening conversations conducted by revered musical tastemaker Nic Harcourt. A clip of the ALICE IN CHAINS members talking about their "second chapter" as part of Guitar Center Sessions can be seen below.Guitar Center Sessions presented by JBL began airing Sunday, May 4. Now in its landmark eighth season, Guitar Center Sessions has been tuned into more than 15 million times since December, and is moving to an exciting new Sunday night time slot, airing inspiring performances each week at 8 p.m. exclusively on on DirecTV's Audience Network (Channel 239). It all kicked off with Seattle rock band SOUNDGARDEN performing songs that span their entire catalog. This episode, among others this season, was filmed live at South By Southwest (SXSW), on a rooftop perched high above the crowds with Austin's majestic skyline as a backdrop. "We are incredibly proud to present our viewers with yet another season of Guitar Center Sessions," said Dustin Hinz, director of music and entertainment marketing for Guitar Center. "Season 8 brings to life the stories, songs and journeys of a remarkable lineup of iconic and influential artists. Filming live at one of the world's biggest music festivals was the perfect way to celebrate both Guitar Center's 50th anniversary and the success Guitar Center Sessions has seen over the past 72 episodes." "DirecTV's Audience Network is honored to host another season of Guitar Center Sessions," said Chris Long, SVP original content and production, DirecTV. "We're excited to air an amazing showcase from this year's SXSW and to bring our customers another incredible lineup of talent in Season 8.""Guitar Center Sessions" captures exclusive live performances and interviews from noteworthy and influential artists in stunning hi-definition and 5.1 Surround Sound in Guitar Center's iconic location on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. In addition to show-stopping performances, each episode features intimate interviews conducted by renowned journalist Nic Harcourt, offering rare insights into the celebrated careers of these icons and the inspirations behind their music. "Guitar Center Sessions" is but one example of the music retailer's efforts to support artists by creating new avenues to expose their music to large audiences in an ever-changing music industry.
OPETH's FREDRIK ÅKESSON: Backstage At U.K.'s DOWNLOAD Festival (Video)
Guitarist Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH spoke to Roadrunner Records at this year's Download festival, which took place June 13-15 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.OPETH's highly anticipated eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion", will be released on August 26 via Roadrunner Records. The cover artwork was once again created by Travis Smith— with art direction by Åkerfeldt."Pale Communion", which was produced by Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime collaborator and PORCUPINE TREE frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson, was heralded by the lead single "Cusp Of Eternity". Pre-orders for "Pale Communion" made via the iTunes Store will receive an instant download of "Cusp Of Eternity" as well as a second album track, to be released on July 15, with multiple configurations also available via both the Roadrunner Records webstore and O Merch. In a recent interview with Noisey, Åkerfeldt stated about "Pale Communion": "Normally when I start writing for a record, I'm a bit nervous. You don't know whether or not you're going to be able to come up with something that you like or come up with something at all, to be honest. I was inspired because pretty early on, I wrote a song on the new album — the last song on there, which I ended up being really happy with. So I had some type of guidelines which was more melody, I think." He continued: "[2011's] 'Heritage' was somewhat deliberately fucked up all over the place because I love fucked-up-all-over-the-place-type music, but I wanted to do something more melodic with this album, so there's stronger vocal melodies and more melodies overall for this album. I was pretty consistent with that frame of mind throughout the writing process, so at least I had a plan with this album, and I normally don't, to be honest."
DREGEN Talks To Finland's RADIO ROCK About His Autobiography, Hanging With QUENTIN TARANTINO (Video)
Swedish guitarist/vocalist Dregen (real name: Andreas Tyrone Svensson) recently visited Finland's Radio Rock to talk about his autobiography and his evening with American film director Quentin Tarantino. Check out the clips below.Dregen earlier in the year announced his departure from former HANOI ROCKS singer Michael Monroe's solo band to focus on a solo career.Dregen released his self-titled debut solo album on September 25, 2013 via Universal Music in Sweden. The CD was issued via Spinefarm Records in the U.K. on September 30, 2013. Produced by Dregen and Pär Wiksten (THE WANNADIES), Dregen's first solo venture in a 25-year career that has seen him at the core of such internationally acclaimed acts as BACKYARD BABIES and THE HELLACOPTERS features all new material, and is a contemporary and inventive distillation of the Stockholm-based guitarist's far-reaching record collection. As well as being a key and original member of both BACKYARD BABIES and THE HELLACOPTERS, Dregen has also lent his skills to projects as diverse as INFINITE MASS ('70s-inspired, "Scarface"-lovin' sleaze-funk), SUPERSHIT666 (spontaneous rock'n'roll distortion with various WILDHEARTS and HELLACOPTERS members keepin' the needle maxed) and Michael Monroe's touring and recording band (the sleeve concept for MM's "Horns And Halos" album is his, too), so it's no great surprise that the aforementioned collection is both lovingly-compiled and built on punk as much as rock, jazz as much as blues…
ELUVEITIE: 'The Call Of The Mountains' Video Released
"The Call Of The Mountains", the new video from Swiss folk metallers ELUVEITIE, can be seen below. The song, which was made available as a digital single on July 25, is taken from the band's new album, "Origins", due on August 5 via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork for the CD was created by ELUVEITIE frontman Chrigel Glanzmann and can be seen below. The effort was once again recorded at New Sound Studio in Pfäffikon, a municipality in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland, with producer Tommy Vetterli (a.k.a. Tommy T. Baron; CORONER/ex-KREATOR guitarist). Comments ELUVEITIE: "['The Call Of The Mountains' is] a song about the long-searched-for destination at the end of the epic journey of the Celts, who were to become the Helvetians — a song about our mystical and unparalleled alps. "We shot the video in a fitting, beautiful (and sometimes vertigo-inducing) scenery, and we hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did making it for you!” "Origins" track listing: 01. Origins 02. The Nameless 03. From Darkness 04. Celtos 05. Virunus 06. Nothing 07. The Call Of The Mountains 08. Sucellos 09. Inception 10. Vianna 11. The Silver Sister 12. King 13. The Day Of Strife 14. Ogmios 15. Carry The Torch 16. EternityChrigel previously stated about ELUVEITIE's new album: "'Origins' deals in depth with Celtic mythology, or, to be more precise, with aetiological tales from Gaul in particular. Hence we're facing strongly mythical as well as spiritual subjects on this album, topics which we have approached very scientifically and in cooperation with several scientists and diverse universities. "Many aspects of Gaulish mythology and spirituality remain in the dark nonetheless, while others run through the theme like a golden thread — like this eminent, yet innominate god, for instance, of which the Gauls claimed to be direct descendants and which was compared to the Roman chtonic deity Dis Pater. "Today we cannot say which Gaulish god this was exactly. But according to all we know, it's likely that we're dealing with Sucellos here. Throughout space and time he appears over and over again — from very old spiritual customs of ancient Gaulish tribes in today's northern Spain all the way to later statues in today's Switzerland, France and elsewhere. Perhaps he is this mysterious nameless one. "The album cover of 'Origins' is designed after the hammer/club-shaped 'halo' of Sucellos, as seen on a statue, that was found in a shrine of a gallo-roman household in today's France. It was created under the scientific supervision of experts from the university of Zürich." ELUVEITIE recently announced the addition of violinist Nicole Ansperger to the group's ranks.ELUVEITIE's last album, "Helvetios", sold 4,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 143 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 3 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
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WOLF: 'Shark Attack' Video Released
"Shark Attack", the new video from Swedish metallers WOLF, can be seen below. The clip was helmed by Owe Lingvall at Dreamday Media, who previously directed the band's videos for the songs "Absinthe", "Voodoo" and "I Will Kill Again". The band says: "We filled an old barn with lights, smoke, sweat and pure metal and almost burned it down.""Shark Attack" is taken from WOLF's seventh studio album, "Devil Seed", which will be released on August 25 in Europe and on September 2 in North America via Century Media. This time around, the wolves teamed up with Jens Bogren (KREATOR, PARADISE LOST, OPETH) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden to deliver not only a heavy-sounding release but also one chock-full of clarity and complexity. With cover artwork created once again by legendary designer Thomas Holm (MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND), all the elements are aligned for this fierce slab of pure heavy metal mayhem. Comments WOLF guitarist Simon Johansson: "WOLF is back and once again we have worked with the amazing Thomas Holm for the album art. Thomas has a way of catching the feeling of an album and to put colors to our music. This time Niklas Stålvind also contributed to some drawings found in the booklet and the collaboration between the two of them turned out great. "'Devil Seed' starts as an embryo and when you least aspect it you find yourself dancing with the Devil.""Devil Seed" track listing: 01. Overture in C Shark 02. Shark Attack 03. Skeleton Woman 04. Surgeons Of Lobotomy 05. My Demon 06. I Am Pain 07. Back From The Grave 08. The Dark Passenger 09. River Everlost 10. Frozen 11. Killing Floor The lyric video for the song "My Demon" can be seen below. Comments WOLF founding member Niklas Stalvind: "Please enjoy 'My Demon', the first taste of the 'Devil Seed'. Spread it, share it and play it loud! Watch out for the whole album in August." Fans will be pleased to hear that WOLF is not only still true to its musical ideal, but delivers a fresh and unique take on the sound that is their unmistakable trademark. "I haven't been this pleased with the songs on a WOLF album since the release of 'Black Wings'," says Niklas Stalvind. "I really think we have taking our songwriting to the next level on this one and I hope that the metal fans will love it as much as we do." A short time after the new album's release, WOLF will take to the streets with a tour of the U.K., with further European dates to be announced soon. WOLF in 2011 parted ways with guitarist Johannes "Axeman" Losbäck and replaced him with Simon Johansson (ABSTRAKT ALGEBRA, BIBLEBLACK, MEMORY GARDEN). Simon previously played with WOLF in 2009 when they supported W.A.S.P. for four shows.WOLF's sixth album, "Legions Of Bastards", was released in April 2011 via Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2009's "Ravenous" was produced by Pelle Saether at Studio Underground in Vasterås, Sweden. The cover artwork was once again created by Thomas Holm (the man who was responsible for the legendary MERCYFUL FATE "Melissa" and "Don't Break The Oath" covers).
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DOWNSET: 'One Blood' Video Released
Hardcore punk/rap metal veterans DOWNSET released their new album, "One Blood", on July 21 after a 10-year hiatus. The video for the CD's title track can be viewed below. The clip was produced by Marcelo Palomino and Brian Cox of Digital Iris Productions. "Doing the 'One Blood' video was putting a big breath of fresh air into the lungs of DOWNSET," states guitarist Brian Ares Schwager. "We wanted to embrace our hardcore roots, our hip-hop roots, our graffiti roots and our Los Angeles roots, as well as unite many of our closest friends and family for a 'One Blood' debut show and reunion. The day of the shoot was a blast and working with Digital Iris Productions was a great experience capturing 'One Blood' on video." "When Marcelo called me to let me know we were doing the new DOWNSET video, I was ecstatic," states producer Brian Cox. "Being that I've been a fan of the band since my early teens and that he's been friends with those guys for years, we knew we had to produce what we felt best represents DOWNSET in its truest form. With 'One Blood', it was about bringing different genres, artistic styles and people together. We feel that idea of unity was encapsulated well in in the making of this video.""One Blood" was is available for download now via iTunes and Amazon. Produced by DOWNSET guitarist Brian Ares Schwager and mixed by Wesley Seldman, the CD was recorded in three locations — Venice And Overland rehearsal studio in Culver City, California; The Basement in Baltimore, Maryland; and Creating Better Sounds studio in Palmdale, California."One Blood" continues the epic tradition that only DOWNSET can truly express — hybridizing hip-hop and crushing riffs with lyrics that touch the world dramatically. "One Blood" reminds listeners of DOWNSET's critical position in this contemporary era of art, expression and music.DOWNSET recently finished up a brief East Coast tour, which included a stop at the famed This Is Hardcore Festival in Philadelphia this past Sunday, July 27, where the band performed a blistering set to new and diehard fans alike. In August, the band will travel out west to perform in Arizona, California and Nevada. Formed in 1986, DOWNSET released albums on the Mercury and Epitaph labels before disbanding in 2009. DOWNSET is:Ray Oropeza - VocalsBrian Ares Schwager - GuitarJames Morris - BassChris Hamilton - Drums
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CROWN THE EMPIRE's 'The Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways' Cracks U.S. Top 10
"The Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways", the sophomore album from the Dallas, Texas-based metalcore band CROWN THE EMPIRE, sold around 24,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on July 22 via Rise Records."The Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways" track listing: 01. A Call to Arms (Act I) 02. Initiation 03. Millennia 04. Machines 05. The Wolves Of Paris (Act II) 06. MNSTR 07. Second Thoughts 08. Maniacal Me 09. Satellites (Act III) 10. Rise Of The Runaways 11. Bloodline 12. The Phoenix Reborn 13. Johnny’s Rebellion Since bursting onto the scene in 2012 with its debut full-length, "The Fallout", CROWN THE EMPIRE has shown no signs of slowing down on its undeniable course toward world domination. The band sold over 60,000 copies of its groundbreaking first CD and has been busy touring the world repeatedly, and gracing magazine covers frequently.CROWN THE EMPIRE's relentless touring schedule has found them sharing stages with such acts as PIERCE THE VEIL, ASKING ALEXANDRIA and THE USED. After being the breakout band on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, the band was asked to return again this year as a main-stage act.CROWN THE EMPIRE has been on the cover of Alternative Press over three times in the past year, a feat that has never been accomplished by a new band. They appeared first as the cover artist for Alternative Press' "Bands You Need To Know" issue, then again for their "Stars of Warped Tour" issue, and the band was on the cover of the magazine's July 2014 issue to help build early support for the new album.
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Lollapalooza marks a decade in Chicago

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Allison Williams headed skyward as NBC's Peter Pan

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APNewsBreak: Ventura passage to be cut from book

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Fitz and The Tantrums headline US Open ceremony

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Rabe, Wolcott, Bidart among winners of PEN awards
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Killer of Kelsey Grammer's sister denied parole
DENVER (AP) — A man who raped and killed Kelsey Grammer's sister nearly 40 years ago has been denied parole after the actor testified against his release.
ESPN suspends Smith for comments on abuse

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Lawyers for Hollywood sex-abuse accuser want out
HONOLULU (AP) — Lawyers for a former child model accusing 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer of sex abuse said Tuesday they want to get off the case because their relationship with the accuser has deteriorated.
Prison for fraudster who lied about booking Bieber
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York man who stole millions of dollars from clients by falsely promising to book performances by world-famous recording artists like Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber has been sentenced to five to 10 years in prison.
Music aside, Queen of Soul is pumped for fair food

FILE - In a Thursday, May 29, 2014 file photo, singer Aretha Franklin looks up while seated on stage during Harvard University commencement ceremonies, in Cambridge, Mass. Franklin, the Queen of Soul says she's looking forward to tracking down one of the powdered sugar-covered confections while she's at the Ohio State Fair to perform on Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Aretha Franklin is jazzed about more than music at the Ohio State Fair: She's also looking forward to the food.


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