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Effective immediately, last Wednesday the European Union resigned the Dutch way of dealing with illegal downloading, meaning that from now on not only the one who offers illegal content (movies, music,series), but also the one who downloads illegal content should be prosecuted. We asked a couple of our relation for a short response: Ron van Hal (Aces High Promotions, ex Aardschok): I think this comes ten years too late.. Illegally downloading has been condoned so long, that we have started to think of it as normal and those who think differently, we consider as wining peopleBut there is evident proof that illegal downloading has drastically dropped back since the offer of decent legal online services. Consumers have started to see illegal downloading as such an obvious way to go, that I is unlikely they will ever start to find the way to the official stores. But although I embrace the decision, I still have doubts on the execution of this ban, as our government still leaves the cases in the hands of BUMA/Stemra and BREIN, who defend the rights of intellectual proprietors, which make them civil cases. But, for those who want to keep their conscious clear, there are plenty of paid alternatives available, with reliable service. So I think that is the future. Michiel Boesten (V2 Records): There will always be individuals who will dive under the radar and avoid prosecution, but the signal that is sent of this decision is a good one and will hopefully persuade more people to give the Legal options some support. Ronald Draijer (Suburban): Downloading is yesterdays news for a while now. I expect streaming to become te new standard. And there will always be those who really love music and buy actual physical products. Tim Toornvliet (Bits Of Freedom): This is a big step backwards. It proves to be hard to effectively execute copyright without putting severe limits to the freedom of those who go online. We think the EU should have a thorough debate on modernization of copyrights for artists.
Breaking news, although NOT confirmed: Dutch radiostation 3FM posted message on Twitter that AC/DC is calling it quits. Reason for that drastic decision is the health of guitarist Malcolm Young, according to a source who claims to be close to the band. You can read the message at this location (Dutch only, were sorry). Well keep you posted as soon as we know more about the matter.
UPDATE: lead singer (and car tvhost) Brian Johnson unveiled AC/DC's plans to enter the studio on May 10th. The AC/DC website doesn't respond to any of the allegations yet, but on the band's official Facebook page a statement is given: "After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the groups diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support. In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his familys privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music".
Former KORN touring guitarist Shane Gibson died on April 15th as a result of complications from a blood clotting disorder. He was 35 years old. Gibson was most recently a member of STORK, the project featuring super drummer Thomas Lang (PAUL GILBERT), lead singer VK Lynne (VITA NOVA, Eve's Apple) and bassist Kelly LeMieux (BUCKCHERRY, GOLDFINGER). STORK's second CD, "Broken Pieces", is scheduled for release April 29.
Looking back at an overwhelming 2014 edition of the Frankfurt Musikmesse, a date has already been set for 2015. Musicians, manufacturers, music journalist and pr people from all over the world will be able to get at the centre of where it all happens in Frankfurt, from April 1518 2015. Prospect exhibitors are offered a 10 percent discount if they reserve a spot before July 31st.
Heavy rock 'n roll band Kyng is to unleash their brand new album 'Burn The Serum' on Razor & Tie Records April 15th. You can check it out now entirely through the widget below, enjoy! More information on the band can be found here.
Ian Anderson, singer and fluitist of Jethro Tull, has stated to Blboard that he will not be putting new energy in his former band and that he will fully focus on a solo career. He also states that Jethro Tull in fact is dormant for over ten years and therefore called quits long time ago.
Orange Amplification sponsors, for the third consecutive year, the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards presented in association with World Of Tanks. This prestigious event, hosted by Steel Panther, takes place at the London Indigo2, Greenwich on the 16th June 2014, preceded by the pre-show boat party on HMS Hammer presented by Vans.
Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello inducted KISS into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame earlier tonight (Thursday, April 10) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Despite the mud-throwing history that went ahead of this event, the inauguration itself went amicable.
KATAKLYSM, have issued the following statement: We are here today to announce that Oli Beaudoin will remain behind the throne as the drummer for KATAKLYSM on the next album and future tours. Max has informed that he cannot continue or return to the ranks at this time due to physical health issues. KATAKLYSM welcomes Oli on board as we forge on. Max remains our brother and will always be a part of KATAKLYSM. Those who saw him in Montreal playing the Road To Devastation with us at the end of the show, saw that even with severe pain the boy still has the chops to perform. We wish him well and know our paths will cross again.
"Tin Soldier", the new video from WINGER, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's new album, "Better Days Comin'", which will be released on April 18 in Europe and April 22 in North America via Frontiers Records. Fans who preorder the album now from iTunes will receive instant downloads of "Rat Race" (the first single) and the album's title track. The effort is available for pre-order on Amazon.com in a standard and deluxe configuration. The deluxe edition comes in a glossy digipak and includes the bonus track "Another Beautiful Day" and a DVD including a "Making Of The Album" documentary as well as videos for the first single "Rat Race" and title track, "Better Days Comin'".
Record sales are not climbing back up yet, but the new STEEL PANTHER album All You Can Eat beats the sales for the opening week with 1 thousand copies. Balls Out sold 12.000 copies in the opening week, where the last effort, which was released on April 1st, sold 13.000 in the first week in the US. It also does extremely well in the illegal download charts. A new video for the third single, entitled Gloryhole is made. It might as well be the raunchiest thing you have ever seen from a band on YouTube.
The Facebook page for guitarist KARL COCHRAN (RATED X, JOE LYNN TURNER, VOODOOLAND) has been updated with the following news about his health: "Hello Everyone. This is Chris, Karl's good friend and guitar roadie/tech for the past 15 years... Here is what has happened. Yesterday morning, Karl collapsed at home, becoming unresponsive. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed as suffering from a stroke. That hospital emergency transported him to a bigger, better equipped hospital (keeping the name out for privacy sake). They performed more tests and scans, and determined that the left carotid artery, which feeds the entire left hemisphere of the brain, had become completely blocked. He was taken to emergency surgery in an attempt to open up the blocked artery. The surgeons were amazing, and tried for several hours, but all attempts to open up the blocked artery failed. Therefore, Karl suffered a massive stroke to the left hemisphere of his brain. Believe me when I tell you, there was nothing that could have been done... Karl is the strongest person I've ever known, and to quote him "if you knock me down, you better make sure I stay down, because if you don't, I'll keep getting up." Nothing is set in stone yet. Please keep him in your prayers and thoughts. He can use every ounce of positive mojo you possess. I will attempt to post regular updates (here) on his condition as it changes." Yesterday, KISS frontman Paul Stanley posted that Cochran woke from his coma and spoke, was moving and aware. Read all the updates at facebook.com/karl.cochran.9.
Former UFO bassist PETE WAY has issued the following health update: "I am halfway through my cancer radio therapy treatment. Feel so low and tired. Love reading all your comments and messages. They have helped me so much and keep me going. Please keep posting them. I just want to play my new album Walking On The Edge for you which has been delayed due to this. Love you. Pete." Walking On The Edge is being mixed by celebrated producer Mike Clink (GUNS N' ROSES, METALLICA, WHITESNAKE, MEGADETH) and is expected later this year.
Three years after the release of their Prosthetic debut, "Darker Handcraft", TRAP THEM will release the follow-up effort, "Blissfucker", on June 10. "Blissfucker" is now available for pre-order on CD, LP and cassette along with an exclusive t-shirt design. You can also order a special pre-order package featuring a T-shirt depicting the album artwork, limited-edition blue vinyl and more. The first single, "Salted Crypts", is now available digitally, and can be heard streaming below.
Candlelight Records has set a June 24 North American release date for "IX", the new album from CORROSION OF CONFORMITY. Produced by the band and longtime comrade John Custer, the album and lead single "On Your Way" will be available for preorders via iTunes, Amazon and other popular outlets beginning May 13.
"IX" track listing:
01. Brand New Sleep
03. Denmark Vesey
04. The Nectar
06. On Your Way
08. The Hanged Man
09. Tarquinius Superbus
10. Who You Need To Blame
11. The Nectar Revised
As reported on last weeks news, TIAMAT mainman Johan Edlund has released the following statement via the band's: Facebook page:
"I have decided to leave TIAMAT. My health, etc., doesn't work any longer. I say 'leave,' because I don't claim anything TIAMAT. If the other guys wanna continue, fine. Go ahead. Get a great good-looking vocalist, sign to Century Media and just do it. But I'm out and not even interested apart from wishing all the best for the band. All contracts and such will be handed out to Anders (Iwers, bass), Lars (Skld, drums) and Roger (Ojersson, guitar), if they're into it. I want nothing from this. I was spoiled too much of being an adult. Give someone a better chance. I will do the four festivals we have booked for the summer. Face it, there are other bands, plus even TIAMAT might get better! Love, my brothers, and thank YOU for your support! KISSES!"
INSOMNIUM will release their new album, Shadows Of The Dying Sun on April 28 via Century Media Records. The video for the song While We Sleep can be viewed below
ATTACKER have recruited Brian Smith as their new bassist following the departure of Jon Hanemann, who left the group to pursue other musical avenues.
HellCircles and Valery Records announce the participation as guest singer, on the upcoming album "Prelude To Decline", of Ralf Scheepers from PRIMAL FEAR. He will sing, together with Marco Parisi, the 7th track of the album, called "Our Drawing".
WHITECHAPEL will release their fifth full-length album, Our Endless War, on April 29 via Metal Blade. A full review will be released next issue.
THE SKULL, the new band featuring original members of TROUBLE Eric Wagner (vocals) and Jeff "Oly" Olson (drums) alongside longtime TROUBLE bassist Ron Holzner, SACRED DAWN guitarist Lothar Keller, and former TROUBLE bassist-turned-guitarist Chuck Robinson, has released two new singles The "limited-edition" white vinyl replica CD featuring "Sometime Yesterday Mourning" (side A) and "The Last Judgment" (side B) was made available on Tuesday, April 8 via Tee Pee Records.
AVATAR will release their new album, "Hail The Apocalypse", on May 16 via Gain Music in Europe and May 13 through eOne in USA. The CD was recorded in Karma Sound Studios, Bang Saray, Thailand, mixed by Jay Ruston (STONE SOUR, ANTHRAX, STEEL PANTHER) and mastered by Paul Logus (VOLBEAT, CLUTCH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE).
"Hail The Apocalypse" track listing:
01. Hail The Apocalypse
02. What I Don't Know
03. Death Of Sound
04. Vultures Fly
05. Bloody Angel
07. Tsar Bomba
08. Puppet Show
09. Get In Line
10. Something In the Way
Neal Schon has joined forces with bassist Marco Mendoza (BLACK STAR RIDERS, TED NUGENT, WHITESNAKE, THIN LIZZY) and drummer Deen Castronovo (JOURNEY, OZZY OSBOURNE, STEVE VAI, HARDLINE) to create a unique body of work with jazz and blues-inspired virtuosic hard rock playing, entitled "So U". The new album features Schon, Mendoza and Castronovo splitting vocal and writing duties, with many of the tracks also co-written by NIGHT RANGER/DAMN YANKEES songwriter, singer and bassist Jack Blades.
"So U" track listing:
01. Take A Ride
02. So U
04. What You Want
05. Love Finds A Way
06. On My Way
09. Big Ocean
The video for the song "Exotica" can be seen below. The psychedelic clip, which includes commentary from Schon, Mendoza and Castronovo, is one of two instrumental tracks from the effort.
20 years ago today, THE OFFSPRING released its breakout album "Smash" on Epitaph Records and made history. To celebrate, the band will begin playing the LP in its entirety on tour in Europe this May, June and early July before finishing out the summer with soon-to-be-announced U.S. "Smash" dates. Visit Offspring.com for the full list of current tour dates and to see which dates are the designated "Smash" shows. This August, Epitaph will commemorate the anniversary with a special 20th-anniversary edition of "Smash". Available now for pre-order via Offspring.com, this package will ship and be in stores in mid-August 2014 from Epitaph Records. The "Smash" 20th-Anniversary Edition will include the following:
* LP version containing the original 14 album tracks newly remastered on 180-gram vinyl
* CD version containing the original 14 album tracks from the most recent remastering
* Restyled album package artwork
* Large-format 24-page booklet featuring never-before-seen archive photos by Lisa Johnson
* Firsthand recollections and quotes from the band and others telling the story of that historic time
CROWBAR will release their new album, "Symmetry In Black", in North America on May 27 via Entertainment One Music.
"Symmetry In Black" track listing:
01. Walk With Knowledge Wisely
02. Symmetry In White
03. The Taste Of Dying
04. Reflection Of Deceit
05. Ageless Decay
07. The Foreboding
08. Shaman Of Belief
09. Teach The Blind To See
10. A Wealth Of Empathy
11. Symbolic Suicide
12. The Piety Of Self-Loathing
An EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for "Give 'Em Hell", the new solo album from former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach, is available below, due on April 22.
OPETH will release their eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion", on June 17 via Roadrunner Records.
DRIVING MRS. SATAN, the London/Naples-based acoustic trio which reinterprets famous metal songs in a unique acoustic style, released its debut album, "Popscotch", last August via Agualoca Records. The CD features covers of old metal classics from the likes of AC/DC, SLAYER, IRON MAIDEN, FAITH NO MORE and more performed with female vocals, acoustic guitars and double bass.
"Popscotch" track listing:
01. I Want Out (HELLOWEEN)
02. Battery (METALLICA)
03. Killers (IRON MAIDEN)
04. Caught In A Mosh (ANTHRAX)
05. Killed By Death (MOTRHEAD)
06. Hells Bells (AC/DC)
07. 2 Minutes To Midnight (IRON MAIDEN)
08. Can I Play With Madness (IRON MAIDEN)
09. Never Say Die (BLACK SABBATH)
10. South Of Heaven (SLAYER)
11. From Out Of Nowhere (FAITH NO MORE)
ENTHRONED returns with a new studio album entitled "Sovereigns". The follow-up to 2012's "Obsidium" is scheduled for an April 15 release via Agonia Records.
FATAL SMILE will release their fifth studio album, "White Trash Heroes", on April 25 via FS Records/GMR Music Group. The song "Hip MF" features a guest appearance by W.A.S.P. guitarist Douglas Blair. Additional backing vocals on the album were provided by Paul Sabu.
OBSESSION have announced the addition of drummer Yanni Sofianos to the group's ranks.
Artery Recordings has announced the signing of the Australian metalcore band CAPTURE THE CROWN.
EXCITER Exciter has reunited in its original line-up: guitarist John Ricci, drummer/vocalist Dan Beehler and bassist Allan Johnson. The band will perform at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany, April 24, 2015.
Original Mayhem drummer Kjetil "Manheim" Haraldsson, original Mayhem vocalist Eirik "Messiah" Nordheim, original Cadaver bassist Ren Jansen and Cadaver mainman/guitarist Anders "Neddo" Odden have joined forces in a new project called ORDER. A brand new one-minute video teaser for Order is available below.
PRONG 's new album, Ruining Lives, will be released through Steamhammer/SPV in Scandinavia on April 23, in Germany on April 25, in the rest of Europe on April 28 and in the U.S./Canada on May 13.
NIGHT RANGER will release their new studio album, High Road, on June 10 in North America via Frontiers Records.
CRIMSON SHADOWS have signed a deal with the Austrian record label Napalm Records.
DEATHSTARS will release its fourth studio album, The Perfect Cult, on June 13 via Nuclear Blast.
AMBERIAN DAWN will release its new album, Magic Forest, on July 8 (one day earlier internationally) via Napalm Records.
SINISTER are going to release a new concept album called "The Post-Apocalyptic Servant" next month . You can now listen to the brand new song "The Burden Of Mayhem" in its entirety below. "The Post-Apocalyptic Servant" will be released on May 23, 2014 via Massacre Records.
BLIND GUARDIAN have announced the first dates for their European tour, that will see the band en route through nine different countries in April and March 2015. Kicking off on April 10, 2015 in the Netherlands (Eindhoven - Effenaar), shows in Belgium, England, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy and Greece will follow, concluding the run on May 10, 2015 in Athens. From April 23 to May 02, BLIND GUARDIAN will be in Germany, with shows in Trier, Frankfurt, Bamberg, Munich, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Hamburg and as a highlight the home show at Dsseldorf Mitsubishi Electric Halle (former Philipshalle) on April 25, 2015. BLIND GUARDIAN will also perform live at the 70.000 Tons of Metal cruise that will be taking place January 22. to 26, 2015 and will take off at Miami to the Caribbean Sea. http://www.blind-guardian.com/tour/
Sam Duckworth, of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly., is set to headline a stage for the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance at Camden Rocks Festival on Saturday 31st May.
The Festival will see 20 bars in Camden taken over by more than 200 bands and over 8000 people. Sam will take to the Institute Stage at The Cuban along with a full line-up of bands featuring current and alumni students, including metal rockers Cypher 16 who are alumni from the school. The line-up will also feature one band from the Institutes International partner school in the Netherlands; Fontys Rock Academie.
MADBALL have set Hardcore Lives as the title of the band's upcoming ninth studio album. The album is set to be released June 27, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.
On April 18th the new EDGUY album SPACE POLICE - Defenders Of The Crown will be released (UK April 21st, USA April 29th). Now the video clip for the single 'Love Tyger' can be watched below:
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER are going to shoot a video clip for the brand new song "Freiheit Gleichheit Brderlichkeit" (English: LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY). The song is taken from their upcoming double album Tief.Tiefer. (out: May 30, 2014).
"A New Dawn Ending", the third studio album of ANCIENT BARDS, will be released on April 25, 2014, via Limb Music. The album will be third and final part of the "Black Crystal Sword Saga" trilogy, which began with "The Alliance Of The Kings" album in 2010, and was continued on "Soulless Child" in 2011. The album will include 10 songs, between them two suites: one of over 12 minutes, and one of nearly 17 minutes. The video clip for "In My Arms", the first single extracted from "A New Dawn Ending" can be seen below. "A New Dawn Ending" track listing:
01. Before The Storm (1:39)
02. A Greater Purpose (7:55)
03. Flaming Heart (6:52)
04. Across This Life (4:31)
05. In My Arms (5:25)
06. The Last Resort (6:06)
07. Showdown (12:48)
08. In the End (5:11)
09. Spiriti Liberi (4:49)
10. A New Dawn Ending (16:37)
O (Circle) from Belgium/ The Netherlands/ Germany release their new concept album on June 6, 2014 as Digipack CD as well as a limited edition LP with printed innersleeve and download code on Golden Antenna Records.
Corey Pierce of GOD FORBID reveals that he is teaming up with THY WILL BE DONE vocalist J. Costa, former ANTHRAX vocalist Dan Nelson, ex-Thy Will Be Done bassist Eric Tavares and long-time friend Rob McElroy to form LEAD PIPE CRUELTY.
Universal Music Group announced that it has acquired UK-based EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT, an independent producer and distributor of music programming. The terms of the agreement are not being disclosed. Based in London, Eagle Rock has produced and/or distributed both live concert and documentary films and programmes in various formats, featuring QUEEN, THE WHO, METALLICA, DREAM THEATER, JEFF BECK, ROLLING STONES, PINK FLOYD, ZZ TOP and many others.
MOTORFIRE releases "Burnout" the first single from their brand new full length album "Rising Fire" .
Former BON JOVI guitarist RITCHIE SAMBORA has confirmed a string of dates for for Europe with ALICE COOPER guitarist ORIANTHI on the bill as a special guest. Dates are available below: June 19 - Beethovensaal - Stuttgart, Germany. 20 - Kesselhaus - Munich, Germany. 22 - Huxley's Berlin, Germany. 24 - E-Werk - Koln, Germany. 26 - Bataclan - Paris, France. July 3 - O2 ABC - Glasgow, Scotland.
HELSTAR will release their new studio album, This Wicked Nest, on April 25th on CD and vinyl via AFM Records.
IRON MAIDEN bassist/founder STEVE HARRIS will be taking his solo/side project BRITISH LION back out on the road briefly this year with a 10-date European tour starting on July 8th in Norwich and rounding off with an open-air show at the annual International Motorcycle Convention at the Moto Clube De Faro, Portugal on Saturday July 19th. Tour dates: July 8 - Waterfront - Norwich, UK. 9 - Concorde 2 - Brighton, UK. 10 - Quarterhouse - Folkestone, UK. 12 - De Pul - Uden, The Netherlands. 13 - Zaal Jagersborg - Maasmechelen, Belgium. 14 - Divan Du Monde - Paris, France. 15 - Metronum - Toulouse, France. 17 - Shoko - Madrid, Spain. 18 - Custom - Seville, Spain. 19 - International Moto Clube de Faro Convention - Portugal.
BRAINSTORM have released a lyric video for 'Erased By The Dark', a track featured on the band's new album, Firesoul, which will be released on April 4th via AFM Records. Firesoul tracklisting: 'Erased By The Dark' 'Firesoul' 'Descendants Of The Fire' 'Entering Solitude' 'Recall The Real' 'Shadowseeker' 'Feed Me Lies' 'What Grows Inside' 'The Chosen' '... And I Wonder'.
REVOCATION begin a brand new chapter of their career by signing a worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records.
Jesse Hughes, the devilish leader of desert-rockers EAGLES OF DEATH METAL, counterculture icon, and frontman for his solo project Boots Electric, has built a temporary space where musicians hanging out in the Coachella Valley next weekend are invited to come relax, create, practice, and even record. Located at the invite-only Vestal Village event, Vatican City, as its been dubbed by Hughes, will feature an air conditioned compound with plenty of high quality recording gear from Orange Amps and Blue Microphones, as well as PA and drum equipment supplied by Guitar Center. Those in attendance can also check out the latest products from Orange, who will be featuring the newest version of their Windows PC, the Orange OPC MKIV.
Unique Leader Records signed INTERNAL BLEEDING to their roster.
PILLORY, will release their second full-length, Evolutionary Miscarriage, later this spring via Unique Leader Records.
Evolutionary Miscarriage Track Listing:
1. And The Defeated Emerge
2. Mass Enmity
3. Evolutionary Miscarriage
4. Imbeciles In Defiance
5. Phantasmagorical Beasts
6. Purify The Commonwealth
7. The Mental Defective
9. Distorted Axiom
11. Bipedal Prosecution
EMPTY release the promo video of a track from the new Etica Profana Negativa album. You can check it out below.
FOO FIGHTERS drummer Taylor Hawkins has launched a new side project called THE BIRDS OF SATAN with bassist Wiley Hodgden and guitarist Mick Murphy. The trio's self-titled debut album is released today, April 15 via Shanabelle Records. The album is now available for streaming in its entirety at this location. EMMURE released their new full-length album, Eternal Enemies, on April 15, via Victory Records. The video for the song Like LaMotta can be viewed here.
GOATWHORE will release its new album, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless, in July via Metal Blade Records.
FU MANCHU will release their new album, Gigantoid, on April 29 via the band's own At The Dojo Records. The song Invaders On My Back can be streamed here
This Is Your Life, the tribute to album to RONNIE JAMES DIO (which was released on April 1 via Rhino), sold around 15. 000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 20 on The Billboard 200 chart.
EPICA will release its new album, The Quantum Enigma, on May 2 via Nuclear Blast. The official lyric video for the song The Essence Of Silence can be viewed here.