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SEVENDUST acoustic album, “Time Travelers & Bonfires”, sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart.

“Time Travelers & Bonfires” was made available on April 15 via 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services. On April 1, they hit the road for their first U.S. headlining tour of the year, entitled “An Evening With Sevendust”, which kicked off in Athens, Georgia at the Georgia Theatre. It’s their first acoustic trek since 2004, when they were touring in support of their second album, “Seasons”, and a format their fans have been anxiously awaiting for once again.

The Atlanta band — Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals), John Connolly (guitar/vocals) and Vince Hornsby (bass/vocals) — recorded “Time Travelers & Bonfires” at Architekt Studios in Butler, New Jersey (where they recorded their previous “Black Out The Sun” album). It is a collection of brand new songs, along with re-recorded SEVENDUST classics. Newly re-recorded songs include “Black”, “Gone”, “Denial”, “Karma”, “Trust” and “Crucified”. Six brand new songs have also been written and recorded for the acoustic album. It’s not the first time SEVENDUST has explored their acoustic side. Their critically acclaimed “Southside Double-Wide” live acoustic album was released in 2004.

“People liked ['Southside Double-Wide'] so much and have asked for so many years for us to do it again that we had a meeting and said, ‘Hmm, why don’t we do an acoustic album and see what happens,” Witherspoon told Billboard.com.

“We went in full guns blazin’, man,” he added. “It was serious work. It was a serious project. We wanted to come different and bring the different sound and still have that acoustic element there but give it some salt, too, and keep it in that SEVENDUST vein that we’re still gonna be able to have a good time and stand up and jump around and not do it in the same vein people are normally used to.”

“Time Travelers & Bonfires” track listing:

01. Come Down
02. Under It All
03. The Wait
04. Upbeat Sugar
05. One Life
06. Bonfire
07. Gone
08. Denial
09. Trust
10. Crucified
11. Karma
12. Black

The song “Bonfire” — one of the six new tracks written and recorded for “Time Travelers & Bonfires” — can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below (courtesy of Billboard.com).

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Latvia’s Alternative.lv web site recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, KILLER BE KILLED). You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.

SOULFY‘s ninth album, “Savages”, was released on October 1, 2013 via SOULFLY‘s new label home, Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was produced by Terry Date, who is known for his work with such acts as PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN, among many others. Guest vocal appearances on “Savages” include SOULFLY bass player Tony Campos, CLUTCH‘s Neil Fallon, NAPALM DEATH‘s Mitch Harris, Jamie Hanks of I DECLARE WAR and SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera‘s son Igor Cavalera (of LODY KONG).

The cover artwork for “Savages” was created by renowned artist Paul Stottler, who is best known for his work on SACRED REICH‘s legendary “Surf Nicaragua” cover.

Date previously mixed SOULFLY‘s “3″ (2002), “Prophecy” (2004) and “Dark Ages” (2005) albums, but had never produced any of the group’s CDs.

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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.

Guitar Center Sessions presented by JBL will begin 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 kicks 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,” says 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.

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Pittsburgh, PA tech death metal machine Kamikabe has released a playthrough video for the song “Nefarious,” which comes from debut full-length “Aberration of Man,” released in August 2012 via Unique Leader Records.

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In preparation of the forthcoming new long player from Salt Lake City outfit Dwellers, The Obelisk is pleased to offer up teaser track “Son Of Raven.” Give it a listen over at this location . The broody tune comes by way of the band’s “Pagan Fruit” full-length, which was recorded and engineered by Andy Patterson (SubRosa, Catholic Girls) at The Boars Nest, mixed by Eric Hoegemeyer (Luder) at Tree Laboratory in Brooklyn, and mastered by Chris Goosman (Sasquatch, Five Horse Johnson, Lo-Pan) at Baseline Audio Labs in Ann Arbor, Michigan, “Pagan Fruit” will be available for consumption via Small Stone on May 6th, 2014. The track listing is: 1.

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Two titans of symphonic death metal will join forces this Summer, for the most momentous event of the season: the Conquers of the World Festival 2014! Rock the Nation America bring us some of the finest metal acts in the world with this year’s annual installment. Co-headliners SEPTICFLESH (Greece) and FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE (Italy) will embark […]

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German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER will release their 1th studio album, “Return Of The Reaper”, via Napalm Records on the following dates:

July 11: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Benelux
July 16: Spain, Sweden, Norway
July 14: Rest of Europe
July 15: USA, Canada

The “Return Of The Reaper” cover artwork (see below) was created by Gyula Havancsák of Hjules Illustration And Design, who has been responsible for all GRAVE DIGGER artwork since 2004′s “The Last Supper”.

The CD was recorded at Principal Studios (KREATOR, IN EXTREMO, GRAVE DIGGER) in Senden, Germany.

GRAVE DIGGER vocalist Chris Boltendahl recently revealed that “Return Of The Reaper” will be stylistically reminiscent of GRAVE DIGGER‘s classic albums “Heavy Metal Breakdown” (1984), “Witch Hunter” (1985) and “The Reaper” (1993).

“Return Of The Reaper” track listing:

01. Return Of The Reaper
02. Hell Funeral
03. War God
04. Tattooed Rider
05. Resurrection Day
06. Season Of The Witch
07. Road Rage Killer
08. Dia De Los Muertos
09. Satan’s Host
10. Grave Desecrator
11. Death Smiles At All Of Us
12. Nothing To Believe

GRAVE DIGGER‘s last album, “Clash Of The Gods”, was released on August 31 , 2012 in Europe and September 4, 2012 in North America via Napalm Records. A six-song mini-CD, “Home At Last”, preceded the full-length effort on July 27, 2012 in Europe and August 7, 2012 in North America.

“The Clans Are Still Marching”, the latest DVD from GRAVE DIGGER, entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 56 (German chart rules allow music DVDs to enter album charts).

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British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have launched a countdown suggesting that they will reveal more information about their much-anticipated new studio album in five days via their official web site, JudasPriest.com.

Speaking to Artisan News at last month’s VIP listening party for the Ronnie James Dio tribute album “This Is Your Life” and awards gala at the Avalon in Hollywood, California, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford stated about the band’s new CD: “The record is finished; it’s absolutely finished as of today.” He added: “It’s a relief. It’s a relief because whenever PRIEST makes an album, like any band, you put your heart and soul into it; it is that typical ‘blood, sweat and tears.’ It’s not an easy thing to do 40 years later. But PRIEST has always been up for the challenge of that, and it’s one of things that we love to do more than anything else as we move on through our metal years. So this is a great time for PRIEST: 40th anniversary, a brand new record. Life couldn’t be better.”

In a 2013 interview with Billboard.com, Halford described the new PRIEST CD’s sound as “hard. It’s heavy. It’s something we think our PRIEST fans will be thrilled with. We know we have a reputation to maintain, and we know we have to deliver something really strong and solid. The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about JUDAS PRIEST — I don’t think I can say anything more than that without being hung, drawn and quartered.”

Speaking to VH1 Radio Network‘s Dave Basner, Halford said about what fans can expect from JUDAS PRIEST‘s next LP: “We felt it was very important to follow up [2008's] ‘Nostradamus’, the last release, and that was a concept experiment and it was a real success for us and the fans loved it, but I think our fans and ourselves as a band, we want to get back to the side of PRIEST that we haven’t heard for a few years and reemphasize and remake those big, heavy metal statements again.”

PRIEST‘s next album will mark the band’s first release with Richie Faulkner, most recently guitarist in the backing band for Lauren Harris (daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris).

Faulkner joined PRIEST as the replacement for original PRIEST guitarist Kenneth “K.K.” Downing, who announced his retirement from the band in April 2011.

Asked how it has been collaborating on new music with Faulkner, Halford told Guitar World in a 2012 interview: “Really, really strong. Exciting. He’s riffing and saying, ‘Robby, I’m thinking of this and this and this.’ It’s really exciting to have that kind of energy, because you feed off of it.”

He added: “[Richie] went through the ritual on [the 'Epitaph'] tour, did great work on stage, the fans embraced him, so it’s now time to see what we’re capable of, the writing trio of Glenn [Tipton] and Richie and myself.”

Regarding whether technology has changed JUDAS PRIEST‘s songwriting process at all, Halford said: “It’s dangerous to walk around with a flash drive on a bunch of keys. [Laughs] To a great extent, it doesn’t really change. The technology is amazing in terms of the advantages it brings to music now, some of it good, some of it very bad. It’s all about discipline and self-belief, determination, wanting to do the best you can do and not accepting anything that’s below par. We’ve always had that attitude in PRIEST. We’ve always felt really strongly about any track that goes out for our fans. We’re still doing it like we always have: firing up the riffs and finding a vocal melody to go with it, me going into me wonderful world of the Roget’s Thesaurus and trying to come up with a new lyric and a new idea. And that’s what we’ve been doing for four decades.”

Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral

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Kickin Valentina have released a video for the song “Get Ready”, from the Atlanta band’s current self-titled EP.

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Former ANTHRAX and current VOLBEAT guitarist Rob Caggiano recently spoke with “HardDrive Radio” about his first guitar, his time in ANTHRAX and touring with the other so-called “Big Four” of 1980s thrash metal — METALLICA, MEGADETH and SLAYER. You can now watch the chat below.

VOLBEAT‘s latest album, “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies”, was re-released in a special “tour edition” on November 4, 2013. The new version of the act’s fifth studio album contains new bonus tracks and a live DVD. The latter features footage of the group performing at a number of major summer festivals in Europe, including the Download festival in the U.K., Rock Am Ring and Rock’n'Heim in Germany, Hellfest in France and Denmark’s Roskilde Festival.

“Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies” debuted at No. 1 in several countries when it arrived in April 2012, with the disc entering the Billboard album chart at No. 9.

“Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies” has sold more than 200,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

VOLBEAT has just returned to North America as part of a tour that is bringing the Danish/American quartet coast to coast. The run began at The Fillmore in Denver, Colorado and will wrap the second week of May on the East Coast, with TRIVIUM and DIGITAL SUMMER supporting.

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