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  • LAST IN LINE: Making Of 'Blackout The Sun' Song (Video)
    on March 22, 2019 at 13:38

    Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the song "Blackout The Sun" from LAST IN LINE can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's sophomore album, "II", which was released on February 22 via Frontiers Music Srl. As with 2016's "Heavy Crown", the new disc was produced by DOKKEN and FOREIGNER bassist Jeff Pilson. LAST IN LINE was formed in 2012, when Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Vivian Campbell — Ronnie James Dio's co-conspirators and co-writers on the "Holy Diver", "Last In Line" and "Sacred Heart" albums — teamed up with esteemed vocalist Andrew Freeman. The debut album "Heavy Crown" was released in February 2016, landing at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. Initially, the release had been preceded by tragedy when bassist Jimmy Bain unexpectedly passed away at the age of 68 on January 23, 2016. LAST IN LINE, honoring what they knew would be Bain's wish to keep the band moving, brought in renowned bassist Phil Soussan (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE) and committed to sustained touring in support of the album, hitting festivals, headlining clubs, and sharing the stage with metal luminaries such as SAXON and MEGADETH. In late 2017, the band gathered in Los Angeles to start the recording of the second album, which was produced by the band members and Jeff Pilson (FOREIGNER, DOKKEN), who also helmed the debut album. Having really jelled as a band while touring in support of the first disc, the songwriting came readily to the members. They've created a record that shows a big progression in sound, while immediately being recognizable as LAST IN LINE thanks to Appice's rhythms, thunderous bass from Soussan, amazing vocals from Freeman, and the roaring guitars of Campbell. "The musical style of 'II' is different from 'Heavy Crown', but it wasn't something that we planned to do," explains Campbell. "Phil is a more intricate player than Jimmy was and that, together with the natural growth and development of the band led us to the songs on the album. As always, we simply started to jam on ideas and see where they led us. But it's fair to say that the songs on this album sound more developed, with more parts and more experimentation than the songs on 'Heavy Crown'. The first album set a tone, but on 'II' we developed that idea and took it to the next logical stage." Appice, on the sound of the new record and songwriting process, says: "I always sound like me. Viv and I have been playing together for years and have the same feel and pulse and attitude. Now with Phil on bass, he allows a more melodic approach on the bass parts making the songs even more interesting. He fits in perfectly being from the same musical family and time as me and Viv. Mr. Freeman sings from his soul and completes the band's sound with his melodies and amazing range." He continues: "The songwriting process was the same as DIO's 'Holy Diver'. First, we have fun writing together. We get in a room and jam on riffs and chords until we hit on something good, then continue to build it into a song. Andy puts his magic on it and it all works out very well." Soussan says about how it was joining LAST IN LINE and the development of the songs: "It was refreshing to be able to write songs in such an organic fashion — by jamming and developing ideas as a group, without bringing in preconceived songs — something I haven't done for ages. The result was a true collaboration, a concept that is so rare these days! Vinny has a unique style of drumming that, beyond keeping beats, inspires riffs and arrangements and Vivian has a way of playing that has a conviction to every note. He is able to turn every riff into a signature. Andrew was creative and unrestricted, focusing his contemporary influences into vocal stylings and hooks that are outside the classic rock clichés. He is very much a perfectionist. Beyond trying to remain true to Jimmy's playing and to the heritage of the relationship between Viv and Vinny, everyone was completely open to exploring any possible idea. I am honestly prouder of our efforts on this album than anything in which I have been involved in for a very long time. With 'II', I would like to think that we have stretched out from 'Heavy Crown' to test some uncharted waters.... the evolution of LAST IN LINE!" "II" track listing: 01. Intro 02. Blackout The Sun 03. Landslide 04. Gods And Tyrants 05. Year Of The Gun 06. Give Up The Ghost 07. The Unknown 08. Sword From The Stone 09. Electrified 10. Love And War 11. False Flag 12. The Light Bain was reportedly suffering from lung cancer at the time of his death. […]

  • SENTENCED Photo Book 'Agony Walk' To Be Released In September
    on March 22, 2019 at 13:20

    Vesa Ranta, drummer for long-defunct Finnish metallers SENTENCED, will release a book, "Agony Walk – On The Road With Sentenced", on September 2. A unique 100-page picture book about a band that loved playing shows but hated touring, it contains Ranta's photos of SENTENCED's daily life between the years 1995 and 2003 when the band was most actively touring the world. The pictures of the book illustrate the group's tale and allow the viewer to witness situations that the fans were otherwise unable to see. Ranta became a trained, professional photographer already when SENTENCED was active. Previously he has published two books, "Lottovoittajien Pöydässä – Tarinoita Köyhyysrajan Takaa" (2017) and "Reunalla – Tarinoita Suomen Tyhjeneviltä Sivukyliltä" (2018), the latter of which received the Botnia Award. "Agony Walk – On The Road With Sentenced" is the first pure picture book by Ranta. The book contains the author's introduction in Finnish, English and German. "This is my personal, illustrated testament about the journey of our group," he says. "While I was going through my photo archives, I realized that these pictures deserve a life also outside my negative sleeves that were already gathering dust. I believe that the book will have something to offer to the people who have faithfully followed us on our path. These images will help the viewers understand what it was like to be on the road as a group. They store a little piece of Finnish rock history, too." People who pre-order the book will receive an authentic signed photo with their copy. The book is published by Ranta's own company, Western Siberia Media House. The exclusive retailer both in Finland and internationally through its online store is Levykauppa Äx, the leading chain of record stores in Finland. […]

  • Video Premiere: JINJER's 'Teacher, Teacher!'
    on March 22, 2019 at 12:45

    "Teacher, Teacher!", the new video from the Ukrainian metal band JINJER, can be seen below. The song is taken from the group's critically acclaimed EP "Micro", which was released in January via Napalm Records. Filmed in various concert venues throughout Europe on JINJER's last tour with AMORPHIS and SOILWORK, "Teacher, Teacher!" is a visually stunning portrayal of the band's exciting and energetic live show mixed over the unique progressive groove metal sound that sets it apart from the rest of the pack. The band comments on the new track and video: "The idea behind the song is about people that dictate their agenda by means of their status, position, or just their Internet claim to fame in order to impose their opinion on to others but those opinions aren't based on experience nor knowledge." JINJER is currently booking more tours on its quest for world domination, with dates already announced in Japan, Turkey, South Africa and Europe. Bassist Eugene Abdiukhanov recently told Metalshop TV that the plan is for JINJER to release its next full-length album in the fall. JINJER's second studio LP, "Cloud Factory" — which originally came out in 2014 — was reissued last year with two live tracks. […]

  • THE END MACHINE Feat. JEFF PILSON, GEORGE LYNCH, MICK BROWN, ROBERT MASON: 'Leap Of Faith' Video
    on March 22, 2019 at 12:28

    The official music video for the song "Leap Of Faith" from THE END MACHINE, the new band featuring three members of the classic DOKKEN lineup — George Lynch (guitar), Jeff Pilson (bass) and Mick Brown (drums) — along with former LYNCH MOB and current WARRANT singer Robert Mason, can be seen below. The track is taken from THE END MACHINE's debut album, which is being released today (Friday, March 22) via Frontiers Music Srl. Pilson said: "We think that, notwithstanding the obvious nod to our past experiences together, THE END MACHINE sound has a unique identity. Sonically, this is not just ex-DOKKEN members with a different singer or a rebooted incarnation of LYNCH MOB. This is a new sound. Everyone has been doing great on the album and there is a lot of energy and a lot of focus." Mason concurred, saying: "This is decidedly not me 'stapled' on to a DOKKEN record. I wouldn't have been involved if that was the intent. Fans will hear bits of our styles in this collection of songs, and while reminiscent signatures are undeniable, THE END MACHINE was purposely built to stand apart and on its own merit." Asked if the songs for THE END: MACHINE's debut album were written for the recent reunion of DOKKEN's classic lineup, Pilson told "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon": "I will say that the very early songwriting sessions, with George and I writing the music, we were thinking, 'Well, this could be DOKKEN. Who knows?' We just got together and started writing. But the thought in the back of our mind was, 'Well, maybe there is…' There was a lot of talk, and there was business talk about a possible DOKKEN record. So we wanted to just start writing. We wanted to write and that was kind of probably foremost on our mind. But we also realized very quickly, 'Well, this is kind of becoming its own animal.' And then when Robert got involved, it totally became its own animal. So, I would say it's kind of branched out of the writing that we did for the [recent DOKKEN CD, DVD and Blu-ray, 'Return To The East Live (2016)'], but not very much — only a slight degree." Pilson also talked about the musical and songwriting chemistry between him, Lynch, Brown and Dokken, saying: "What's so funny about the bonus track ['It's Just Another Day'] on the DOKKEN record ['Return To The East Live (2016)'] is that was one of the least painful recordings DOKKEN has ever made. [Laughs] It was so comfortable and natural — Don's vocals happened very quickly. It's ironic, really, because the band supposedly has so much strife within it or whatever. But on a musical level, chemistry-wise, we kind of can't help but do what we do. Don has a very distinctive voice, and very distinctive melodic sense, George has such a distinctive way of playing, and I think when Mick and Don and I sing, it's very unique. I mean, that is the chemistry — but that was the beauty of DOKKEN, and we appreciate that; we all do. And the thing is, [fans] have to realize is we're still kids at heart, so when George and I get together and start writing, we wanna keep writing. So if the DOKKEN thing doesn't happen for whatever reason, we wanna keep writing. And that's kind of where [THE END: MACHINE] sort of came into being, and that's a good thing — that's music happening organically. And I love that. And that's how I feel about this whole record — it just organically became what it is. It goes from very simple, straight-ahead groove-oriented rock to some kind of musical little adventures that are very, very cool. And, like I said, I'm just really, really proud of it." According to Jeff, who has been a member of FOREIGNER since 2004, the plan is to develop THE END MACHINE into a full-fledged band, with more albums and touring activity to follow. "I look at it in a very long-term way, 'cause I love playing with these guys — I just do," he said. "And yes, for the time being, the amount of live shows we could do will be limited — there's no question. I mean, FOREIGNER has no signs of slowing down yet. But I love playing with these guys and I love making music with these guys. So, yeah, I'm looking at it in the long term; I'm not just thinking of us as a side project for one record. We're looking at it as a band — a band that has contraints because of everyone's schedules, but that doesn't mean we don't have plans and hope in the future to nurture this into something more. There's only one challenge, but it is by far the biggest, and it's very overwhelming, and that's scheduling. The amount I tour with FOREIGNER, which, as I said, will not slow down, at least for the next couple of years. That's a very daunting challenge — it's very hard to work things out." "The End Machine" track listing: 01. Leap Of Faith 02. Hold Me Down 03. No Game 04. Bulletproof 05. Ride It 06. Burn The Truth 07. Hard Road 08. Alive Today 09. Line Of Division 10. Sleeping Voices 11. Life Is Love Is Music THE END MACHINE will play its first set of shows in April. Brown will be unable to make the dates and will be temporarily replaced by EVANESCENCE's Will Hunt. The details are as follows: April 04 - Whisky A Go Go - Los Angeles, CA April 05 - Count's Vamp'd - Las Vegas, NV April 06 - Encore - Tucson, AZ […]

  • YNGWIE MALMSTEEN: Lyric Video For 'Blue Lightning' Title Track
    on March 22, 2019 at 12:21

    The official lyric video for "Blue Lightning", the title track of the new album from Yngwie Malmsteen, can be seen below. The disc will be released globally on March 29 via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group. To call Malmsteen a "maestro" or "virtuoso" is to state the obvious. But such terms don't do sufficient justice to either his talent or impact. There are innumerable guitarists who have copied a small part of the vast musical spectrum that defines him, but nobody comes close to achieving what he has over a period of nearly four decades. This man is an undoubted pioneer, someone whose style and creativity has inspired so many others. While he first came to everybody's notice in Los Angeles with STEELER's self-titled album (1983), followed by ALCATRAZZ's "No Parole From Rock 'N' Roll" the same year and "Live Sentence" ('84), it's been what he's done since in a distinguished and far ranging career as a solo performer and band leader that has momentously shown Malmsteen's craft and worth as one of the elite guitarists on the planet. Combining skills that span a vast spectrum of inspirations, he stands as a giant, melding melody, technique and an epic scope in a unique and inclusive fashion. Now, with "Blue Lightning", the man highlights not only his enduring dexterity and diversity, but also pays homage to those from the blues world who have fueled his artistic spirit for so long. "I have always played around with old songs, both live and also in the studio," he said. "I did a similar album called 'Inspiration' a while ago (1996), and it was Mascot who came to me and suggested I do a blues record. "Now, I grew up in a classically trained family, and people know me for playing in what is called a neo-classical style. But when I got a guitar for my fifth birthday, what I would try to emulate were JOHN MAYALL & THE BLUESBREAKERS — I would jam along to what they did on record with Eric Clapton ('Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton' album). That's something people don't realize about me — I do have a strong interest in the blues. So, when Mascot came to me with the suggestion of doing an album of songs in this style, it didn't faze me at all. In fact, it seemed so natural." What Malmsteen has done here is combine choices which might seem almost obvious with some that will turn heads. He shares: "There were songs that were immediately clear I wanted to do. These were the likes of 'Purple Haze' and 'Smoke On The Water' which I have been playing since I was a kid. But then I also went for something like 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' which I wasn't sure I could do. In this case, it was about trial and error. I am delighted that I was able to do justice to the original." Anyone who is expecting Malmsteen to copy exactly the way the original versions sound is in for a shock. Because that is not what he has done. He reflects: "I have never been one of those people who wants to sit down and mimic the way in which a song sounds on record. I don't see the point in doing that. If all you want to hear is a song the way you remember it, then the originals are there for you. What I have done is add in my own vibe and personality, while paying tribute to what you already know. That way I feel I am being myself, yet also being respectful to those artists." One thing this album has allowed Malmsteen to do is to challenge himself, which is certainly the case of Eric Clapton's "Forever Man". He offers: "I heard this on the radio, and honestly I didn't know whether I could do it for this album. But I sat down and tried things, and they worked out. I had to rise to the occasion and am delighted to have done exactly that." This track showcases not only Malmsteen's celebrated guitar qualities, but also his maturing individual vocal confidence. He reflects: "On the singing side with 'Forever Man', I did it all in one take. I got the lyrics through, went into the studio, and just got them done. I am not someone who likes to do take after take. I feel you should be able to get it right the first time around. That applies to the vocal parts and also my guitar playing. And for the most part, this is the way I did 'Blue Lightning'." The man has also paid homage to a particular favorite. He shares: "When I was ten years old, I got DEEP PURPLE's 'Fireball' album, which I have always thought was very undervalued. And the song that really killed me was 'Demon's Eye'. And I was very keen to do it for the album. Thankfully, the key was just right for my voice, and I had so much fun doing it. In fact, I would say that I had a great time doing all the songs here." Aside from the covers, there are also four original tracks included. And these clearly bring to the fore Malmsteen's abiding love for the blues, as well as his capacity for doing interpretations possessed of emotion and depth. He offers: "I have always featured songs with a blues groove on albums. So, having my own material in this vein was very natural for me." The album is produced by Yngwie, and Malmsteen has followed a traditional manner in the way this was recorded. He shares: "In the old days, a band would go into the studio, do a couple of songs, then go out on tour, before returning to the studio to do a couple more new tracks. That's the way I did things this time. I have been so busy on the road in recent times that it was the most pragmatic way to do the album. In all, it took me about ten months to get it done, but by going in the studio in between touring commitments, I feel it kept everything fresh." "Blue Lightning" track listing: 01. Blue Lightning 02. Foxy Lady 03. Demon's Eye 04. 1911 Strut 05. Blue Jeans Blues 06. Purple Haze 07. While My Guitar Gently Weeps 08. Sun's Up Top's Down 09. Peace, Please 10. Paint It Black 11. Smoke On The Water 12. Forever Man Bonus tracks (vinyl and deluxe CD only) 13. Little Miss Lover 14. Jumping Jack Fis […]

  • JASON BECKER's Mother Says 'All Went Well' With His Operation
    on March 22, 2019 at 12:16

    On March 21, Jason Becker, the guitarist/composer who has had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, a.k.a. Lou Gehrig's Disease) for 30 years, underwent an operation to drain the abscess in his lung. According to his mother, Patricia Becker, "All went well and we are waiting on the lab results, but the doctor was encouraging and didn't see anything concerning. Next stop, Tuesday for an echo cardiogram. Serrana says that is so they can determine the sex of the alien in his heart. And she is a nurse, so she knows. Jason sends his love and huge gratitude!" Becker's story is one of brilliance, talent, determination, adversity, and, ultimately, triumph. A child prodigy on guitar, Jason rose to prominence as a teenager when he was one half of the technical guitar duo CACOPHONY, with his great friend Marty Friedman. In 1989, at only 19 years old and after wowing audiences all over the world, the young virtuoso became the guitarist for David Lee Roth, following in the huge footsteps of Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai. He wrote and recorded on Roth's third solo album, "A Little Ain't Enough", and was poised for superstardom when a nagging pain in his leg was diagnosed as Motor Neurone Disease (MND), also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's Disease, the same condition Stephen Hawking lived with for over five decades. It is a fatal condition with a life expectancy of maybe five years. Maybe. That was 30 years ago. He lost the ability to play guitar, walk, talk, and breathe on his own. But never lost his will to live or his desire to create music. Communicating through a series of eye movements with a system developed by his father, Jason spells out words as well as musical notes and chords. He imparts his musical vision to his team who then can input the notes into a computer, edit the parts to his exacting standards, and then generate charts for session musicians. His inspiring music and life story have been the subject of countless news articles, magazine cover stories, and an award-winning documentary, "Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet". Becker's latest album, "Triumphant Hearts", was released last December via Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group. The disc features guest appearances by a who's who of six-string gods, including Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Neal Schon, Steve Morse, Paul Gilbert and Joe Bonamassa. […]

  • MISERY INDEX: 'Naysayer' Video Released
    on March 22, 2019 at 12:06

    Death metal extremists MISERY INDEX have released an official music video for the song "Naysayer", taken from the band's latest album, "Rituals Of Power". The clip's arrival coincides with the launch of the group's European tour, which kicks off this Saturday, March 23 at Heidelberg Deathfest. MISERY INDEX will be supported by THE LION'S DAUGHTER as well as WORMROT and TRUTH CORRODED. The band comments on the video: "In order to celebrate the launch of our first tour for the new album, we offer a video for the track 'Naysayer'. "The video was filmed several weeks ago at our rehearsal space in Baltimore and is intended to capture the band/us in our most primal creative setting. The idea was to bring to life and visually animate what is perhaps the most ferocious, unrelenting song on the album. "'Naysayer' is to the point; it pulls the hoods off those who seek to hide behind walls (either material or digital) and calls them out for their inveracity and inhumanity. I am sure we all know a few 'naysayers.' "Turn it up, let it rip and sing along." "Rituals Of Power" was released on March 8 via Season Of Mist The artwork for the disc was created by Raphael Gabrio and can be viewed below. "Rituals Of Power" sees the powerhouse quartet unleash a barrage of ferocious death metal as violent as it is savvy. Their vicious vocals spit venom, laying bare the ills of a dystopian society gone mad. As rampaging new tracks like "New Salem", the title track, and "I Disavow" so brashly prove, "Rituals Of Power" is world-class modern extremity and MISERY INDEX only grows more powerful with time. "Rituals Of Power" track listing: 01. Universal Untruths (2:35) 02. Decline And Fall (4:36) 03. The Choir Invisible (4:26) 04. New Salem (3:24) 05. Hammering The Nails (3:46) 06. Rituals Of Power (5:20) 07. They Always Come Back (5:08) 08. I Disavow (4:21) 09. Naysayer (2:26) […]

  • FOO FIGHTERS Guitarist CHRIS SHIFLETT To Release 'Hard Lessons' Solo Album In June
    on March 22, 2019 at 11:57

    FOO FIGHTERS guitarist Chris Shiflett will release his fourth solo album, "Hard Lessons", on June 14 via East Beach Records & Tapes/Thirty Tigers. Produced by Grammy Award-winning Dave Cobb, the disc features 10 new songs, including the lead single "Welcome To Your First Heartache", which can be streamed below. Ahead of the release, each digital pre-order comes with an immediate download of "Welcome To Your First Heartache" as well as the album track "This Ol' World", which was released earlier this month. Of the music, Rolling Stone praises, "…he fully brings the guitar-slinging pyrotechnics. A lick, a verse and a couple mean solos are all Shiflett needs to make a statement." Recorded at Nashville's RCA Studio A, the album features Shiflett on electric guitar and Cobb on acoustic guitar as well as an all-star collection of studio musicians, including Chris Powell (Brent Cobb, Jamey Johnson) on drums and percussion, Brian Allen (Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson) on bass, Michael Webb (Ashley Monroe, ELI YOUNG BAND) on keyboards and Paul Franklin (Vince Gill, DIRE STRAITS) on pedal steel and Kristen Rogers (Anderson East, Lori McKenna) on harmony vocals. The album also features a duet with Elizabeth Cook on "The One You Go Home To" and special guest guitarist Laur "Little Joe" Joamets on "This Ol' World". Of the album, Shiflett comments: "I remember one night between FOO FIGHTERS gigs last year I went out for dinner with Dave Cobb to chit chat about making this record. He said he had a vision of me playing through an old Marshall JCM-800. So, when it came time to record, we found one on Craigslist, cranked it up and it was perfect. "I think this record hits a little closer to mixing everywhere I've been musically into one big blender and comes out something a little different. "Since it was my second time working with Cobb and Co. out there at RCA Studio A, I kind of knew what to expect as far as his process, so I intentionally didn't overthink or over-demo the songs because I didn't want to get too stuck on any ideas I brought with me. I couldn't be more excited about the results." After recently wrapping tours with Cook, BLACKBERRY SMOKE and Kendell Marvel, Shiflett will travel to Europe later this month for a series of sold-out shows across the U.K., Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Additional North American spring/summer tour dates to be announced soon. "Hard Lessons" is Shiflett's fourth solo album and the second in collaboration with Cobb, who produced 2017's widely praised "West Coast Town". Born in Santa Barbara and now based in Los Angeles, Shiflett is widely known as the guitarist for the FOO FIGHTERS as well as for his previous work with DEAD PEASANTS and NO USE FOR A NAME. In addition to his work as a musician, Shiflett is the creator and host of the biweekly podcast "Walking The Floor With Chris Shiflett", which Entertainment Weekly named one of "the best podcasts of 2018" stating, "The lively, genial, and deeply knowledgeable host puts his musician guests — from critical favorites to superstars, and ranging from country to punk — at ease, allowing them to expound on everything from inspiration to gearhead talk. A must for fans actually interested in hearing about the music." Past guests include Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Chris Stapleton, Sheryl Crow, Mike Ness, Steve Earle, John Doe, Sturgill Simpson, Lee Ann Womack, Vince Gill and more. "Hard Lessons" track listing: 01. Liar's Word 02. This Ol' World 03. Welcome To Your First Heartache 04. The Hardest Lessons 05. The One You Go Home To (feat. Elizabeth Cook) 06. Fool's Gold 07. I Thought You'd Never Leave 08. Weak Heart 09. Marfa On My Mind 10. Leaving Again […]

  • DEATH ANGEL To Release 'Humanicide' Album In May
    on March 22, 2019 at 11:25

    San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans DEATH ANGEL will release their long-awaited ninth full-length album, "Humanicide", on May 31 via Nuclear Blast Records. With "Humanicide", DEATH ANGEL has maintained its throne in the universe of thrash while still managing to remain progressive in their style. They apply a wide variety of different elements to their music, always pushing to add newness to their sound. This time around they've included everything from acoustic bits to guest musicians to even (for the first time) the notes of a piano. All 10 songs flow seamlessly yet each leaves its own distinct impression. The first single and title track, "Humanicide", triumphantly represents the entirety of the album, immediately energising the listener. Singer Mark Osegueda remarks: "I wanted to write something that metal fans could really grasp on to. Something dark and intense, that still makes sense. Right now, I think it's so apparent that the earth is in a sickened state." Guitarist Rob Cavestany adds: "When I wrote the music for our song 'Humanicide', I was shooting for an album opener that would have all the elements of an epic thrash opus. This meant a classic metal style intro leading into a ferocious 'Bay Area Thrash Riff-o-Rama' — complete with a crazy middle build-up section to ramp up the circle pit until it's all whipped up into a frenzy by the time the frenetic guitar solo hits, then concluding with a maniacal musical section leading into the outro. All it needed was the lyrics and vocal delivery to match the intensity and Mark went above and beyond the call of duty. Some of his best work, in my opinion. One of my favorite DA songs, for sure, it feels like the follow-up to our song 'Thrown To The Wolves'. Can't wait to play it live." For the fourth album cycle in a row, DEATH ANGEL returned to producer and friend Jason Suecof (DEICIDE, TRIVIUM) of Audiohammer studios for the recording and mixing, along with the mastering of the legendary Ted Jensen (SLIPKNOT, PANTERA) of Sterling Sound, who added the final touches and brought it all to life, with artist Brent Elliott White (LAMB OF GOD, MEGADETH) providing the ominous cover artwork. Adds Cavestany: "I'm ecstatic to present DEATH ANGEL's ninth studio album, 'Humanicide'. This collection of songs represents the band in its current state — united, vital, intense and (still) hungry like the wolf! I wanted this record to be quite diverse stylistically while obviously keeping with the parameters of metal. DA has been known to push the envelope and we absolutely did this time. So many emotions are expressed through our music, I'm very much looking forward to adding these songs into our live set list. As I savor this rare feeling of satisfaction, we proudly unleash this beast upon thee." "Humanicide" track listing: 01. Humanicide 02. Divine Defector 03. Aggressor 04. I Came For Blood 05. Immortal Behated 06. Alive and Screaming 07. The Pack 08. Ghost of Me 09. Revelation Song 10. Of Rats and Men 11. The Day I Walked Away (bonus track) DEATH ANGEL will celebrate the record's release by undertaking a European tour later this year, which includes a U.K. performance at Bloodstock Open Air on August 9. […]

  • BRET MICHAELS On Daughter RAINE's SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Swimsuit Success: 'I'm Really Proud Of Her'
    on March 22, 2019 at 11:05

    POISON singer Bret Michaels has told Fox News that he could not be prouder of his eldest daughter, 18-year-old Raine Michaels, who was recently announced as one of six finalists in the 2019 Sports Illustrated model search competition. This means that she has a one-in-six chance of shooting a spread for this year's edition of the iconic magazine issue. "As a father, I'm there from the cutting of the umbilical cord till right now, and I mean her mom too. I'm saying this, both of us, as parents, really, really proud of Raine," Michaels said. "She's done a great job. She is going to school at a really good university for broadcast journalism. She loves it. She's in Tennessee doing that." He continued: "She's one of those people who's a kind soul. She's humble. At the same time, she's a fighter. I'm really proud of her. I'm thankful for the views and the votes. Sports Illustrated — because I'm a sports fanatic — I'm so proud of her because it's also a great magazine for them to get recognized. All of the girls that entered, I give credit to, and the six finalists, it's amazing." Asked if he initially had any reservations about his daughter flaunting her figure for the magazine, Bret said: "I knew she wanted to model... You know they call it 'coming of age.' They're going into their own. She's 18 years old. She's making her decision on college, so you hope that you gave her the right skills and the right mindset to make the right decisions. That's all you can do and I'm there for her no matter what. "No matter what happens in her life, I'll be there as a dad because you want to be a good provider and a good protector, and I also tell her the risks that come with it," he added, noting that "there's a lot of great people and people that are going to be behind her and great, and you're also going to get some people that aren't great people — whether they are trying to talk her into some bad contract or they're perverts or whatever they are, you know. "She's going to have to deal with the good and the bad." Raine and 13-year-old Jorja Bleu, along with their mom and Michaels's on-off love Kristi Gibson, appeared in the short-lived 2010 reality show "Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It". Jorja Bleu co-wrote Bret's new single, "Unbroken", which was released on March 15. "She played piano on it and she sang the harmonies with me," Bret said about Jorja. "It was a great bonding experience. The song is about overcoming adversity." Photo credit: Mark Mazzanti View this post on Instagram Miami Glow???? @si_swimsuit X @fae A post shared by Raine Michaels (@rainee_m) on Jan 25, 2019 at 6:51pm PST […]

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