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Swedish melodic metallers AMARANTHE will release a digital-only compilation of B-sides on October 30. “Breaking Point – B-Sides 2011-2015″ will feature eight tracks.

“As some of you know, AMARANTHE has recorded quite a few b-sides and bonus tracks throughout the years,” AMARANTHE guitarist Olof Mörck said. “We’ve always tried to keep the quality high, as something extra for our fans, but until now a lot of these tracks have been hard-to-find rarities, and quite spread out.

“We are now very excited to release a collection of some of the best b-sides and bonuses: ‘Breaking Point: B-sides 2011-2015′. It focuses on some of the best acoustic renditions of fan favorites as well as a couple of originals from the early days! Enjoy this rare and different side of AMARANTHE!”

“Breaking Point – B-Sides 2011-2015″ track listing:

01. Hunger (acoustic)
02. Afterlife (acoustic)
03. Amaranthine (acoustic)
04. Burn With Me (acoustic)
05. Trinity (acoustic)
06. True (acoustic)
07. Breaking Point
08. Splinter In My Soul

In other news, AMARANTHE will soon release a new video for the song “True”, taken from the 2014 album “Massive Addictive” and which is acoustically rendered on the B-sides release.

“With the high-octane energy of singles/videos ‘Digital World’ and ‘Drop Dead Cynical’,, we wanted a slightly more mellow third single,” Olof explained. “The choice fell upon ‘True’, which provides a great contrast with its hopeful yet melancholy lyrics and style. To match this with the perfect video, we once again turned to mastermind Patric Ullaeus, and the result is an inspiring and engaging take on how your dreams and visions don’t always turn out the way you planned. But instead, there might be something greater than you hoped for down the line, as long as your heart stays true.”

AMARANTHE will return to the U.S. fall on an epic headline tour with BUTCHER BABIES in tow.


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Upcoming Releases: Record is collaboration with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur.

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The next figure in the Guitar Gods series is the founder of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and former OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Zakk Wylde.

This figure representing the American musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist is limited to 1500 numbered units, stands at seven inches tall, and is made of a lightweight polyresin.

This item is in stock and ships immediately.

Displayed in a full color window box, here Zakk is accurately sculpted down to his beard, vest patches, and signature bulls-eye guitar.

All Guitar Gods figures are available at many independent retailers, comic shops, tattoo parlors, etc via distribution by MVD Entertainment Group — a company specializing in music-related distribution since 1986.





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Legendary jewelers The Great Frog, synonymous with the rock and roll scene since 1972, are preparing to launch the first of four official IRON MAIDEN rings with “Powerslave Eddie” ahead of the band’s “The Book Of Souls” 2016 tour.

The Great Frog, now in its 43rd year as the go-to brand for alternative, high-end jewelry, have handcrafted a series of four solid sterling silver rings to be released over the next 12 months in collaboration with IRON MAIDEN.

The first design in the collection, “Powerslave Eddie”, is named after IRON MAIDEN‘s iconic mascot of the “Powerslave” album era and features the mummified Eddie on the band’s celebrated1984-1985 “World Slavery Tour” artwork. It will be available to buy from November 6.

Each ring is unique and will be individually numbered with an authentication certificate signed by The Great Frog designer Reino Lehtonen-Riley included with every purchase.

The Great Frog have had a long-standing relationship with the band; in 1983 the London jewelers were asked by IRON MAIDEN‘s lead singer Bruce Dickinson to produce a one-off Eddie belt buckle ahead of the “Powerslave” tour. Unusually, this was carved straight into brass rather than traditional wax carving The Great Frog use to produce its jewelry.

With approval and close scrutiny from IRON MAIDEN‘s management, this has been a dream come true for lifetime IRON MAIDEN fan and The Great Frog owner Reino Lehtonen-Riley, who spent many childhood (and adult) years drawing the stunning IRON MAIDEN album cover art.

The Great Frog have previously launched official licensed rings with MOTÖRHEAD, SLAYER and ANTHRAX.

For more information, visit www.thegreatfroglondon.com.


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TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, the collaboration between longtime SAVATAGE singer/songwriter Jon Oliva and producer Paul O’Neill, has become one of the most successful stories in rock ‘n’ roll history. Defying the odds with each project, they continue to search for new and original ideas to bring to reality no matter how difficult the challenge.

The TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA saga continues this year with a new album, “Letters From The Labyrinth” — yet another endeavor in creating something different. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA founder Paul O’Neill‘s inspiration for this album came out of his love for history. As collector of antiquities and historical artifacts, he explains, “Over the years I have been able to read and hold in my hands letters from people that have inspired me and left a mark on civilization. People like Mark Twain, Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright — when I actually held a letter in my hand that President Lincoln wrote, it brought me into his world in a way I could never have imagined.”

Due on Nocember 13 via Universal Music, “Letters From The Labyrinth” finds a conceptually provocative song cycle pushing the proverbial envelope yet again — this time with what O’Neill calls TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA‘s “first hybrid album.” The overall concept is based on TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA‘s “Night Castle” (2009) and a dialogue between the wisdom of the past and the hopes for the future, via a correspondence between a child and an old friend of the child’s grandfather.

On “Letters From The Labyrinth”, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA deals with subjects as broad as humanity’s journey through the ages (“Time & Distance”), and as specific as bullying (“Not The Same”), the fall of the Berlin Wall (“Prometheus”) and the world banking controversies (“Not Dead Yet”).

“I love making music and I love making it relevant,” O’Neill says. “I always believed the arts have a way of inspiring and uniting people. We try to maintain that tradition on the albums and all the other projects we do. I think that when everything else is falling apart, people look to the arts to help make sense of things and put the events they are experiencing into some kind of context.”

“Letters From The Labyrinth” track listing:

01. Time And Distance (The Dash) (O’Neill, Oliva)
02. Madness Of Men (Beethoven/O’Neill/Oliva)
03. Prometheus (Beethoven/O’Neill/Oliva)
04. Mountain Labyrinth (Borodin/O’Neill)
05. King Rurik (O’Neill/Kuprij)
06. Prince Igor (Rimsky Korsakov/Borodin/Glazunov/O’Neill/Oliva )
07. The Night Conceives (O’Neill/Oliva)
08. Forget About The Blame (J Green)
09. Not Dead Yet (O’Neill/Oliva)
10. Past Tomorrow (O’Neill/Oliva)
11. Stay (O’Neill)
12. Not The Same (O’Neill/O’Neill)
13. Who I Am (O’Neill)
14. Lullaby Night (Bach/O’Neill)

Bonus track:

15. Forget About The Blame (featuring Lzzy Hale) (J Green)


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General Music News: Countdown reveals extensive campaign to get the show back on the air.

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Former CALIFORNIA BREED guitarist Andrew Watt will release his solo debut EP, “Ghost In My Head”, on October 9 via John Varvatos Records/Republic Records. The digital EP includes the first single from Watt, the title track, “Ghost In My Head”.

“Ghost In My Head” paves the way for Watt‘s blues-infused, guitar-driven rock prowess. Converging between a robust wall of distortion and a distinct vocal howl, the song and the EP in its entirety proves potent, powerful, and passionate with a surprise around every corner.

The 24-year-old Watt is no stranger to the rock scene, having received critical acclaim from rock icons including Jason Bonham and Chad Smith of the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, who lent his skills to the percussion heard on the EP. At a recent performance, Watt was joined onstage not only by Chad Smith but rock and roll photographer and director Danny Clinch (who performed on harmonica).

Watt will bring his sound to the masses on the road this fall as the support act for THE STRUTS on their upcoming North American run.

Born in New York and now based in Los Angeles, Watt conjured up a striking and soulful sound after touring and writing with numerous artists across genres since the age of 16. 2013 saw him co-found CALIFORNIA BREED with Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) and Jason Bonham (FOREIGNER, LED ZEPPELIN), release the group’s incendiary full-length debut, and tour with Slash and many others. Watt is also a producer, songwriter and musical director, working with artists across multiple genres, including Justin Bieber and Skrillex, Kygo, DJ Snake, Cody Simpson, SNBRN and more.

A devout CALIFORNIA BREED fan, John Varvatos asked to hear Andrew‘s solo music and offered him a deal in 2015.

“Ghost In My Head” is produced by Alain Johannes (ELEVEN, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, THEM CROOKED VULTURES) and features Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) and Joey Castillo (ex-QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, DANZIG) on the drum throne.

“Ghost In My Head” track listing:

01. High
02. Ghost In My Head
03. Seeing Red
04. Runaway


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The Devil Wears Prada frontman Mike Hranica has released his third book.

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AEROSMITH drummer Joey Kramer will open the Rockin’ & Roastin’ Café & Restaurant – At the Mountain in Newry, Maine with business executive Les Otten, former vice chairman of the Boston Red Sox, who is credited in large part with saving Fenway Park. Slated to open in December, the Rockin’ & Roastin’ Café & Restaurant will be housed in the current Phoenix House & Well space and will feature a coffeehouse and dining room with unparalleled views of Sunday River Mountain. The namesake is a nod to Kramer‘s 100% organic certified coffee company, Rockin’ & Roastin’.

Les Otten is a legend in skiing, and I couldn’t be more amped to partner up with him in this venture,” said Joey Kramer, chairman & founder of Rockin’ & Roastin’. “When I started Rockin’ & Roastin’ in 2012, I always hoped it would lead to opportunities in the restaurant industry and this one is a dream.”

Said Les Otten: “I’m very much looking forward to this partnership with Joey, and his Rockin’ & Roastin’ team. Since I graduated college, the Bethel and Sunday River areas have been such a huge part of my life and I’m thrilled about this new and exciting project.”

The exterior of the building will be reskinned, and the interior will undergo a total revamp fit for rock royalty. Among the unique memorabilia on display will be Kramer’s drum kit from the recent AEROSMITH “Global Warming Tour” — a hand-painted, glow-in-the-dark ensemble — making it a one-of-a-kind piece of rock history.

Among other renovations, the Rockin’ & Roastin’ Café & Restaurant will extend its prow front to the edge of the property with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the majestic mountains and with the addition of a unique built-in bar that boasts unobstructed views of the Sunday River Resort. The venue also will feature two other bars, live music and it will be open year-round.

Downstairs, there will be a casual café concept where baristas will prepare a variety of coffee drinks using the traditional Rockin’ & Roastin’ brews (Guatemala, Ethiopia, Sumatra), a signature espresso, an all-natural Swiss water-based decaffeinated version, organic flavored coffees and cappuccinos. For those looking to snack, it will offer fresh baked goods including coffee cakes, Danishes, pastries and muffins that are baked in-house as well as gourmet sandwiches. The menu items will be named with fun twists on AEROSMITH hits such as “Janie’s Got A Bun” and “Livin’ On A Wedge”. Upstairs, there will be a full-service dining room that will dish out fare fit for the whole family such as a series of steaks, seafood and other approachable, classic preparations.

“Our goal is to provide a dynamic ‘must see’ family-friendly venue with great food, great music and great views,” said Frank Cimler and Ron Mann, co-founders of Rockin’ & Roastin’. “We feel this will be a fantastic addition to the region, and hope to bring forth an unforgettable experience for residents and tourists alike.”

The Rockin’ & Roastin’ Café & Restaurant – At the Mountain currently is accepting applications for all restaurant positions, including internships. Resumes may be submitted through comments@rockinandroastin.com. The Rockin’ & Roastin’ Café & Restaurant – At the Mountain will be located at 9 Timberline Drive in Newry, Maine.


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RATT’S JUAN CROUCIER, the new project featuring Juan Croucier (RATT), Pete Holmes (BLACK ‘N BLUE), Mike Moore and Toni Aleman, made its live debut on September 24 at the Token Lounge in Westland, Michigan.

Multi-camera fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.

RATT’S JUAN CROUCIER exclusively plays songs from the RATT catalogue.

RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer, who last month elected himself the CEO of WBS, Inc.RATT‘s touring entity and the sole and exclusive owner of the RATT trademarks — has filed a trademark infringement action against Croucier claiming that Croucier “formed a band which tours around the world under the name Juan Croucier’s RATT’s [sic] and plays the songs of RATT.” Blotzer also objected to Croucier referring to himself “for marketing, promotions, advertising and for general purposes as ‘The Other Voice of RATT,” explaining that “Croucier was never the lead singer of RATT” and that “all members of [RATT] sang and sing harmony vocals during live shows and on records.”

According to Blotzer‘s complaint, “Croucier has been using trademarks which are identical, closely similar, or substantially indistinguishable” to the official RATT band logos “to promote Juan Croucier, his music, his services, Juan Croucier’s RATT’s [sic], his merchandise without [Blotzer‘s] permission or authorization.” In addition, Blotzer alleges that Croucier has used the RATT logo “intentionally, knowledge and deliberate disregard, in order to draw RATT fans away from [Blotzer‘s] band’s shows, to secure performances and venues so that [Blotzer‘s] band’s could not secure those same performances and venues, to confuse consumers, promoters, and venues to believe that Juan Croucier is still a member of RATT or is some way affiliated, associated, endorsed or sponsored by [Blotzer].”

Croucier rejoined RATT in 2012 for their show at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, Maryland. This marked his first appearance with the band since 1991.

RATT guitarist Warren DeMartini last month filed a lawsuit against Blotzer, claiming that the drummer is falsely advertising his “tribute band” as the real thing.

Blotzer announced on September 23 that he was taking control of the RATT name and was planning to hit the road with a new version of the group, which played shows earlier in the year under the name BOBBY BLOTZER’S RATT EXPERIENCE.


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