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When it comes to playing death metal that gleefully rips your face off and dropkicks it into the depths of Hell, few do it better or with more bug-eyed malice than Aborted.

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Sickening’s new album “The Beyond,” a tribute to filmmaker Lucio Fulci, will be released in early 2015 via Amputated Vein Records. Today the band unveils the cover artwork for “The Beyond,” created by Daemorph Evil Art Dominion. The track listing is as follows: 1

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Relapse Records is extremely proud to announce the signing of Australian atmospheric black metal quartet Hope Drone. The label had this to say: “Formed in Brisbane, Australia in 2011, Hope Drone (Karl Hartwig – guitar, Christopher Rowden – guitar/vocals, Francis Keil – drums, Aaron Pickersgill – bass/vocals) quickly made a name for itself with its 2013 self-titled debut that was hailed by Cvlt Nation as ‘fresh, invigorating and captivating,’ by Scene Point Blank as a record that ‘achieves on all fronts’ and by Angry Metal Guy as ‘possibly the most devastatingly nihilistic recording I’ve ever heard, both instrumentally and lyrically.’ “After supporting acts like Neurosis, Deafheaven, Caspian and Rosetta in Australia, the band recorded their sophomore record once again with engineer Christopher Brownbill. The yet-to-be-titled album will see it’s release via Relapse in the Spring of 2015.” Guitarist Karl Hartwig commented on the signing and the upcoming material: “We’re stoked to be welcomed into the Relapse family and have our records released by the label that is responsible for some of our favourite releases.

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Spanish/Swedish metal band Sandalinas is working on a forthcoming album to be called “Circles,” produced by King Diamond guitarist Andy LaRocque at Sonic Train Studios (Sweden). The album will feature Rick Altzi (Masterplan, At Vance) on vocals and Chris Caffery (Savatage) as guest guitarist and composer, with a planned release in 2015.

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Tonight on the Metal Hammer Radio Show we’ve got some suitably doom-laden tunes to suit our blood-letting mood…

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General Music News: Band could play two shows in each city.

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The official video for “Scare Force One”, the title track of the seventh studio album from Finnish heavy metal monsters LORDI, can be seen below. The CD will be released on November 3 via AFM.

“Scare Force One” track listing:

01. SCG7: Arm Your Doors And Cross Check
02. Scare Force One
03. How To Slice A Whore
04. Hell Sent In The Clowns
05. House Of Ghosts
06. Monster Is My Name
07. Cadaver Lover
08. Amen’s Lament To Ra II
09. Nailed By The Hammer Of Frankenstein
10. The United Rocking Dead
11. She’s A Demon
12. Hella’s Kitchen
13. Sir, Mr. Presideath, Sir

The first single from the CD, “Nailed By The Hammer Of Frankenstein”, can be streamed below.

To celebrate the release of the new album, LORDI will play one of its infrequent domestic shows — the record-release party is set for November 1 at The Circus in Helsinki.

According to LORDI mainman Mr. Lordi, the material on “Scare Force One” is more experimental than before. It’s not a theme or concept record, per se, but there is a red thread that runs through all the songs.

Says the singer: “The overall sound of the band is more modern this time, and we’ve tried out some new tricks here and there. The basic LORDI building blocks are still present however, so there’s no shortage of melodic hooks in the songs. The first single, ‘Nailed By The Hammer Of Frankenstein’, is pretty representative of where the band is right now.”

In addition to its sound, the band has also tweaked its outward appearance. The new costumes, designed and built by Mr. Lordi as always, will be debuted at the record release show.

“I wanted to make the band’s colour scheme more unified than it has been and I think it worked out quite nicely,” Mr. Lordi says. “Hella and Mana have probably changed the most, and with the trip to a hair salon for a new dye job, they’re looking great.”

LORDI‘s last two albums were made in Nashville under the watchful eye of legendary producer Michael Wagener (SKID ROW, WARRANT). But this time the band wanted to do it differently and recorded the album with veteran Finnish producer Mikko Karmila.

“We really wanted to make this record in Finland, with a Finnish producer,” Mr. Lordi. “We finally managed to get Mikko Karmila to work with us, which is great. He has come up as a potential producer for the band on several previous occasions but now, we’ve really nailed it. We’ve definitely had no reason to regret this decision so far and are extremely happy with the album.”

LORDI‘s last CD, “To Beast Or Not To Beast”, was released on March 1, 2013 in Europe (excluding Finland) via AFM Records. The CD was made available in North America on March 19, 2013 through The End Records.

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General Music News: "I’m a different guy to when I was 20," he says.

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General Music News: New version of Ryan Gosling film aired on BBC3 last night (October 30).

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A public memorial for legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW) will be held on the fifth anniversary of his death at his gravesite at Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills cemetery in Los Angeles. His wife and manager Wendy Dio tells the “Maximum Threshold” radio show: “Next year, the 16th of May will be five years [since] Ronnie‘s passing, so we are inviting all the fans to come from all over the world. We’re gonna do a big public memorial up at Forest lawn in the Hollywood Hills. And we’ll have bands playing. It will be a celebration of Ronnie‘s life. And the night before, we’re gonna do celebrity bowling. And we’re gonna do a ‘ride for Ronnie‘ with motorcycles on the Sunday, which is on the 17th, and ending up with a barbecue in the park.”

Wendy also revealed that the fifth annual Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund awards gala will probably be held in October 2015. She added: “We’re raising money all the time for cancer. And we’ve raised over a million dollars, actually, since Ronnie passed, and we’ve given M.D. Anderson [Cancer Center in Houston, Texas] over $200,000, with Dr. Ajani — he was Ronnie‘s doctor, actually, and he’s a cancer specialist for stomach cancer. And we’ve also given T.J. Martell [Foundation] over $400,000 and that goes to gastric cancer, stomach cancer, prostate and colon cancers, and it goes to the Vanderbilt research center in Nashville. So we’ve been really busy raising money and giving money away to people, which is what we wanna do. We’re trying to also make sure that men get checked. Women are really good — they usually go to the doctors and get checked — men, you have to drag them there, so we’re trying to make sure that they get checked. Early detection saves lives, and they should get checked.”

According to Wendy, “Ronnie was a very charitable person, and we used to do a lot of things when Ronnie was alive. And I just have done more since he passed, because I wanted to make something of his passing — something positive to come out of it — and that’s how I feel. I feel that life has been good to me, and it’s always good to give back and raise money for different causes, and my causes are animals, cancer and veterans.”

Dio was renowned throughout the world as one of the greatest and most influential vocalists in heavy metal history. The singer, who was recording and touring with SABBATH offshoot HEAVEN & HELL prior to his illness, was diagnosed with stomach cancer in late 2009. He underwent chemotherapy and made what is now his final public appearance in April 2010 at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles.

A free public memorial service was held on May 30, 2010 at Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills cemetery in Los Angeles, attended by more than 1,500 fans, friends and fellow musicians.

In March 2011, it was announced that the surviving members of the final lineup of DIO would embark on a project with former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim “Ripper” Owens under the name DIO DISCIPLES.

Rock and metal musicians around the world paid tribute to Dio in the weeks and months following his death. STONE SOUR and SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor shared his feelings with The Pulse Of Radio about the fallen metal icon. “When I got that news that he had passed away, man, it seriously — it broke my heart. It broke it in two. Because honestly, I just feel like there will never be another Ronnie James Dio. He had such a pure voice — and still singing his ass off. I just know he’ll be missed, and I will miss him as well.”

Ex-VAN HALEN and current CHICKENFOOT bassist Michael Anthony also shared his memories of Dio with The Pulse Of Radio. “I don’t know anybody that didn’t grow up listening to his stuff,” he said. “You know, VAN HALEN, we used to do from the first RAINBOW album, we did ‘Man On The Silver Mountain’. I remember one time, the second VAN HALEN tour we were doing some festivals in Europe, and we actually played on the same show as Ronnie’s band. Real powerful voice, you know, and definitely a driving force in hard rock music, that guy was.”

Slash told The Pulse Of Radio that he felt the loss of Dio very keenly. “He’s just somebody I was influenced by,” he said. ” I played all the RAINBOW stuff, I played the DIO stuff, the SABBATH stuff when I was in, you know, high school. I don’t think that it’s really set in what a, you know, huge figure in rock ‘n’ roll we lost, you know. Really major. Probably one of the most influential heavy metal singers of all time.”

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