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OF MICE & MEN's AARON PAULEY 'Cleared' To Tour Following Surgery

19 April 2019 - 03:41 PM

OF MICE & MEN's Aaron Pauley has been "cleared" to return to the road at the end of the month. The vocalist/bassist underwent surgery in early April to have some precancerous tissue removed and will now rejoin his bandmates on tour on April 27 at the So What festival in Houston.Earlier today, Aaron wrote on Twitter: "Got the call from my doctor following up with results from my surgery. It was a success! All of the precancerous tissue was completely removed, and I get my stitches out on the 24th, meaning I'm officially cleared to return to the road for our first show back on the 27th!"OF MICE & MEN pulled out of the first six shows of its U.S. tour with BEARTOOTH so that Pauley could have enough time to recover from his surgery.Last month, OF MICE & MEN scrapped its concert in Hartford, Connecticut after Pauley was taken ill. That medical issue was apparently unrelated to his most recent surgery.OF MICE & MEN recently released a video for a new song called "How To Survive". The clip was directed by Zev Deans (DENZEL CURRY, GHOST).OF MICE & MEN spent much of the fall hunkered down in the studio working on new material with producer Josh Wilbur. "How To Survive" is the first taste of new music from the Southern California quartet since last year's much-praised "Defy" album."Defy" marked OF MICE & MEN's first full-length release without vocalist Austin Carlile, who left the group due to his ongoing battle with Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that afflicts the connective tissue holding the body's cells, organs and tissue together.

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SCORPIONS/Ex-MOTÖRHEAD Drummer MIKKEY DEE Opens Rock Bar In Paris (Video)

19 April 2019 - 09:58 AM

Former MOTÖRHEAD and current SCORPIONS drummer Mikkey Dee spoke to "The Fernando Rock Show" at the launch of his rock bar, Alabama, in central Paris, France. The bar was opened to the public on April 12 and Mikkey was there to celebrate with everyone in attendance. Check out the chat below. Also available is a video recap of the grand opening.Says Dee: "Alabama is a tiny bar filled with rock spirit: a fine selection of beer and whisky, great music, and even a jukebox to play your favorite songs on vinyl."In September 2016, the 55-year-old Swedish musician was named as a permanent replacement for SCORPIONS' longtime drummer James Kottak.Dee had spent a few months filling in for Kottak before being upgraded to the positon of a full-fledged member. He spoke to the "Talking Metal" podcast about how the transition came about. "Overall, we clicked really right away — all of us together — and it sounded really good," he said. "I was filling in for James; he didn't feel good at that point, and he just needed some time off, I suppose. So that was about it. And then the guys decided to keep me. And I had nothing going at that point. So we just clicked. It just sounded right. And personally, we just liked it all. It was great. So here I am." Dee admitted that joining a band like the SCORPIONS, which has been in existence for five decades, "is easy to get into but it's so hard to get into at the same time, because they have their routines, they have their way of working and the whole thing, and so do I. So either it clicks or it doesn't, on the personal level and on the musical level," he said. "But here we clicked right away, they loved what they heard and how I played, and so did I. And it was great for me to join a band and play something else as well."Mikkey added: "After almost twenty-five years with MOTÖRHEAD, playing the same music, playing the same stuff and thinking that way as a drummer, it was a big, big challenge for me, and it was not easy — and it still isn't easy. These guys are very, very… They're great musicians, and they know what they want, they know how to sound, and I have to adjust myself at the same time as they really need to adjust to me. But I think we manage pretty good, and the result is a great, great live show. It's very tight, it's very heavy. I've heard some remarks about, 'Oh, back to the '70s,' kind of, and, 'Really powerful.' I'm giving it my best; I'm giving two hundred percent up there. So it's good."
Inauguration du bar !!

Quelle soirée !!! Mikkey et toute l'équipe ont adoré partager ce moment avec vous !! Laissez-nous vos notes et commentaires, racontez vos souvenirs, balancez vos photos, on veut tout voir !!Et rendez-vous ce soir au bar dès 17h pour encore plus de rock'n roll !!! ?

Posted by Alabama Bar on Saturday, April 13, 2019

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19 April 2019 - 09:40 AM

EMP Label Group, the label founded by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, has signed AMERICAN TERROR, the band featuring members of GRAYSON MANOR, SKID ROW, SUGAR RAY and PHUNK JUNKEES. AMERICAN TERROR will release its self-titled debut EP in the early summer. The EP was engineered, produced, and mixed by vocalist Brad Cox (GRAYSON MANOR) at his Black Paw Studios in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Brad is partners in the publishing company Black Paw Music with legendary producer Mike Clink (GUNS N' ROSES, Megadeth, METALLICA) and recently mixed ICARUS WITCH's album "Goodbye Cruel World". The EP was mastered by Troy Glessner (DISTURBED, August BURNS RED, ICON FOR HIRE) at Spectre Studios in Seattle, Washington.AMERICAN TERROR's studio and creative lineup is rounded out by guitarist Pat Valley (GRAYSON MANOR), bassist Murphy Karges (ex-SUGAR RAY), drummer Rob Hammersmith (SKID ROW), and DJ Soulman (PHUNK JUNKEEZ), with bassist GK Via (GRAYSON MANOR) stepping in live. GK and Brad had also previously teamed up in SUPERJAK, which was managed by Billy Milano (STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH, M.O.D.).Cox says: "We formed AMERICAN TERROR to do something new. It's classic punk attitude with metal grooves and a modern attack. It's the punch in the throat that music is missing. I think we really found the right guys to do something new and interesting. And when it came time to look for a label, we thought EMP was a perfect fit. After an introduction from our mutual friend Mike Clink, Thom and I hit it off, and it was instant chemistry. And from there it was pretty much inevitable."Adds EMP's Thom Hazaert: "AMERICAN TERROR is just a balls-to-the-wall, kick-ass, rock and roll band. And as a label that really straddles that fence between the classic and the modern, I knew they would be a great fit. When the guy who produced 'Appetite For Destruction' tells you to check out his friend's band, you do. And generally, it's gonna be awesome. And that was definitely the case with AMERICAN TERROR."

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NEW YEARS DAY: 'Shut Up' Lyric Video

19 April 2019 - 08:55 AM

The official lyric video for "Shut Up", the new single from NEW YEARS DAY, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's fourth studio album, "Unbreakable", which will be released on April 26 via RED Music. The follow-up to 2015's "Malevolence" was produced by Mitchell Marlow (ALL THAT REMAINS, IN THIS MOMENT, BUTCHER BABIES) and Scott Stevens (AMERICAN AUTHORS, HALESTORM, SHINEDOWN).The official music video for "Shut Up" will make its online debut next week. "'Shut Up' was written in a day, which just doesn't happen," states frontwoman Ash Costello. "I was going through some heavy personal stuff, and I was just, 'Don't tell me what I want. Shut up and give it to me.'""Shut Up" is the second song released from "Unbreakable", following last year's "Skeletons". Costello spoke about the inspiration for the "Unbreakable" album title last month during an interview with Kevan Kenney of the BUILD Series.She said: "When I really thought about the year it took to write the record, everything that I've been through, I really felt like came out unbreakable on the other side. As opposed to our record before this one, where I felt almost like I was too breakable. But now with the fans behind us, and our team behind us, and this new music, I really feel like I'm unbreakable."Costello said her favorite track from "Unbreakable" is "Come For Me", which she described as "a fight song. It's kind of my invitation to the world that if you've got something to say, come say it to my face, "she explained. "I think we can all use a song like that."According to Costello, she was in a much different headspace while writing "Unbreakable" than she was a few years earlier during the making of "Malevolence"."There was a breakup, and probably the worst breakup you could possibly imagine," Ash said. "I've never talked about who it was or what the exact circumstances are, and I never will. But when I wrote 'Malevolence' in about 2015, '16, it was the darkest time of my life on this planet. I really didn't think I was gonna make it out on the other side alive, and it shows in the songs, especially the title track, 'Malevolence'. It's not a happy record."Ash recently told Heavy New York that NEW YEARS DAY's new album was "being described as either the poppiest metal album or the most metal poppy album. Both I'm so stoked on. It's more fun."Costello went on to say that while it's "all good" to reach a wider audience with NEW YEARS DAY's new music, the change in the band's musical direction "was really more for me. I wanted to have fun with it. I wanted music that was fun for me. And I did that. And hopefully people love it too and it's fun for them."This past December, Costello told Alternative Press that "Skeletons" was "one of the lightest-sounding" tracks on the upcoming NEW YEARS DAY disc. "The record, actually, is quite heavy. So we figured we'd start at the bottom of the hill and work our way up instead of at the top and work our way down. So, what you can take away from 'Skeletons', though, is that the newer songs are gonna be very catchy. Even though it's gonna be very heavy music, the melodies and the lyrics are still going to be very, very catchy and poppy."In November, Costello said that NEW YEARS DAY's new LP will be "totally different" from "Malevolence". "'Malevolence' came out three years ago," she said. "Are you the same you were three years ago? I hope I'm not. I feel like I've improved in songwriting; I've improved in singing; I've improved in screaming. Every year that goes by, I learn more about want kind of artist I want to be and what kind of art I want to put out. It's changed quite a bit, so that's why we put out [the EP] 'Diary Of A Creep' to kind of be a little bit of a segue. We wanted to do a lot of what you can expect in the future. We covered everything from PANTERA to NEW ORDER. That's what you can expect. 'Skeletons' is the first taste — a heavy riff with a very catchy chorus... It's not completely left-field — it's still very NEW YEARS DAY — but it's growing up."Asked how the new album will differ lyrically from "Malevolence", Ash told Heavy New York: "'Malevolence' was mainly very anti-love, spiteful, really-upset-about-relationships album, because when I did that record, I had just found out that I had been cheated on in a five-year relationship. All that anger came out, especially in the title song. That's not a nice song. Now, I don't have a shitty relationship to use as fuel for lyrics, but my whole outlook has changed. Now there's kind of, like, a light at the end of the tunnel, so a lot of songs are going to reflect that." "Unbreakable" track listing:01. Come For Me02. MissUnderstood03. Skeletons04. Unbreakable05. Shut Up06. Done With You07. Poltergeist08. Break My Body09. Sorry Not Sorry10. My Monsters11. Nocturnal12. I SurvivedAlbum art credit: Marc LiscioNEW YEARS DAY will hit the road this spring with FALLING IN REVERSE. The U.S. tour will kick off in Las Vegas on April 20 and will wrap on May 24 in Los Angeles.Photo credit: Hristo Shindov

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SABATON: 'The Great War' Album Track Listing Revealed

19 April 2019 - 08:45 AM

Swedish heavy metal heroes SABATON will release their ninth full-length album, "The Great War", on July 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band's 20th-anniversary record will be a concept effort covering stories from the First World War."The Great War" track listing:01. The Future Of Warfare02. Seven Pillars Of Wisdom03. 82nd All The Way04. The Attack Of The Dead Men05. Devil Dogs06. The Red Baron07. Great War08. A Ghost In The Trenches09. Fields Of Verdun10. The End Of The War To End All Wars11. In Flanders FieldsSABATON started recording "The Great War" exactly 100 years after the end of the First World War (November 11, 1918) and took three months of intensive work to complete the album with longtime producer and collaborator Jonas Kjellgren at Black Lounge studios. The disc was mastered by Maor Appelbaum and the artwork was once again created by Peter Sallaí. "This is not the first time we sing about stories from this period in time, but now we felt the timing was right to make a full concept album about this war," the band said. Side by side with the album, the Swedes have worked hard to make their 20th year anniversary a very exciting year, and also started the SABATON History Channel — a unique collaboration between the band and multimedia historians Indy Neidell and Timeghost, capturing the power of social media to tell stories about the wars, battles and heroes behind SABATON's songs. "This is the biggest album we have taken on so far. There is so much depth and story around the songs that we never had before," bassist Pär Sundström states. "Expect many surprises as we have tried new things and we also went back in time to a concept we know a lot of you love. 'The Great War' has been created side by side with the SABATON History Channel to make 2019 the most exciting year in our 20-year history.”SABATON's next disc will be the group's first with guitarist Tommy Johansson (GOLDEN RESURRECTION, REINXEED), who replaced Thobbe Englund in 2016.SABATON's 2012 album, "Carolus Rex", was recently certified quadruple platinum in the band's home country of Sweden. The concept effort — which is the group's biggest success to date — charts the rise and fall of the Swedish Empire, in particular the life of Charles XII ("Carolus Rex") who ruled it for 21 years. In an amazing coincidence, the album's quadruple platinum certification came exactly 300 years after the king's death in 1718.To celebrate the album's success, and to commemorate the Swedish king who inspired it, SABATON released a special 300th-anniversary edition of "Carolus Rex" on November 30, which is the date Carolus Rex was killed in Norway.

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