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dream theater

Prog metal legends Dream Theater are streaming their new, self-titled opus right now!

Click here to listen to Dream Theater in all its glory.

Dream Theater lands September 23 via Roadrunner. Catch Dream Theater on the following dates next year:

Feb 13:  Manchester O2 Apollo
Feb 14: London Wembley Arena
Feb 15: Wolverhampton Civic Hall

Dream Theater Tracklist

01. False Awakening Suite
I. Sleep Paralysis
II. Night Terrors
III. Lucid Dream
02. The Enemy Inside
03. The Looking Glass
04. Enigma Machine
05. The Bigger Picture
06. Behind The Veil
07. Surrender To Reason
08. Along For The Ride
09. Illumination Theory
I. Paradoxe de la Lumière Noire
II. Live, Die, Kill
III. The Embracing Circle
IV. The Pursuit of Truth
V. Surrender, Trust & Passion

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Soundgarden: returning legends

Something tells us that Soundgarden have been watching a bit of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Check out their new video for Halfway There to see what we’re banging on about.

Halfway There is lifted from the grunge icons’ pretty damn swell comeback album, King Animal, out now.

“I think that will be it for a while,” comments guitarist Kim Thayill on the band’s immediate plans. “I’ll be working on compiling the Soundgarden B-Sides box. We have a lot of songs that were released on European and Australian releases, movie soundtracks – various things like that, that have yet to be compiled into album form.”

Meanwhile, you can catch Soundgarden on the following dates this month:

Sep 13: Manchester O2 Apollo
Sep 14: Birmingham Academy
Sep 16: Dublin O2
Sep 18: London O2 Academy Brixton

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OZZY OSBOURNE and FIREWIND guitarist Gus G. (real name: Kostas Karamitroudis) was interviewed on the August 16-18 edition of Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to FullMetalJackieRadio.com.

Full Metal Jackie: FIREWIND celebrated its 10th anniversary by releasing a live album called “Apotheosis – Live 2012” and it’s sort of an end of a chapter in the FIREWIND story. It’s an overview of the first 10 years of recorded music and a farewell to singer Apollo [Papathanasio]. So is now a good time to think of taking the band in different direction?

Gus: Good question. I haven’t thought of it, actually. I haven’t thought how the future is going to be for the band. Right now we are touring with our new singer, Kelly Carpenter, who is actually an American guy who lives in Belgium, so he’s close to Europe. You know, it’s going really good with him and we’ll see what happens. I can’t image that the next music we will put out will be somewhat different, but I guess it will be great, too. You have to keep your own identity somehow.

Full Metal Jackie: Gus, you formed the band and you’re one of the members from the beginning. Many people regard FIREWIND as your band kind of like your other gig where it’s Ozzy‘s band. What’s the most important lesson you have learned from him about being a leader?

Gus: Ozzy is a leader but he’s the best player and he makes everyone feel special. He gives everyone the spotlight. He’s a team player. He’s such a professional guy and it’s been amazing to tour with him. He’s the first guy to show up and the last guy to leave. You wouldn’t expect that, right? But he still does it and still has such a passion after 40-plus years.

Full Metal Jackie: Did you ever think in a million years that you would play in a band with Ozzy Osbourne?

Gus: Never in a million years; just like you said it. I mean, come on, you know being from Greece, you don’t even think about it, like even when I got called to do the audition and I was like, “I probably won’t get the gig, but…”

Full Metal Jackie: But at least you get to say you got to audition for Ozzy.

Gus: Exactly! I will have the coolest story for my friends and whoever for life. Like, hey I got to jam with Ozzy for a few songs. Little did I know.

Full Metal Jackie: How do you feel about the difference between the fans here and the fans out there in the U.K.?

Gus: I think it’s very similar. I mean, American audiences know their metal and love their metal. You know, it’s the same in the U.K. I mean, you’re from here, so you spot differences but for me I see a lot of similarities. They are both passionate and love going crazy at the concerts, that is for sure.

Full Metal Jackie: Gus, your formative musical influences are a wide range of styles from progressive infusion to classic rock. What has been invaluable from coming from a diverse background in terms of the music you make now?

Gus: What sums up my style is, I have such a love for hard rock and the ’70s and ’80s. But also blending it with the modern stuff. Obviously I’m from the newer generation. I guess that’s what I’ve been trying to do all these years; mix it up. Have that classic rock or classic heavy metal vibe into the stuff I’m doing now.

Full Metal Jackie: You had a solo record coming out. What are you working on?

Gus: I’m working on my first solo album. It’s going to be something completely different from what I’ve been doing with FIREWIND. It’ll be more on the classic rock vibe, or straightforward rock and roll. There’s going to be some instrumentals with some different singers on it; special guests. I’ve been out here tracking drums in L.A. Now I’m going to go home and start tracking guitars.

Full Metal Jackie: You’ve played with everyone from ARCH ENEMY to DREAM EVIL, IN THIS MOMENT and many others. How does being so active musically benefit what you bring to FIREWIND?

Gus: I don’t know. Does it bring anything? I guess for me, I would think of myself as a musicians who can adapt to different situations depending on whatever band I’m jamming with.

Full Metal Jackie: There’s got to be different dynamics in every band you’ve ever guested in.

Gus: There is. You can’t compare anything with a band like ARCH ENEMY with FIREWIND. Obviously, it was a much heavier band, more brutal stuff. But I think I’ve been learning from each band I’ve played with. That’s helped me shape my sound and my style. I think somehow I hope some of that reflects what I’m doing with FIREWIND. Although that falls into a different genre.

Full Metal Jackie: What are you plans for the rest of the summer and beyond?

Gus: We actually played a bunch of festivals over in Europe and we’ve been gigging, doing festivals since late April. Now July was a break for us but we’re going back to do a few festivals again in Europe; Bloodstock and Summer Breeze. Then I think there are talks about going to Australia. We had that tour but we postponed it, it was supposed to happen last April. So, I’m hoping we’ll be putting that back together and announcing some Australian shows at the tail end of the year. In between I’ll just be finishing recording my solo project.

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Motorhead

Following Motörhead being forced to cut their set short at Wacken due to Lemmy’s ongoing health issues, Slash has posted an update on the progress of the rock ‘n’ roll icon.

“Visited Lemmy today; he’s doing well,” says the legendary guitarist. “There’s been a lot of rumors. But he’s in good shape and finishing Motörhead record now.”

The band themselves posted the following statement following their Wacken set:

“The show had to go on because that’s how Lemmy rolls. Even though he was not 100% fit, he refused to feel he was letting the 85,000 Wacken fans down.

“They kicked ass in the 100-plus-degree heat for a shortened, but powerful, set before Lemmy finally realized he might have bitten off a little more than he could chew. Thus, he will embark upon the recuperation recommended. We know that rumors are flying around, but once he fully recharges, Motörhead will be back, don’t you worry!”

New Motörhead album Aftershock is due later this year, and the band are due to play the following UK dates with Saxon in the Autumn:

Weds 13th November 2013 – NOTTINGHAM Royal Concert
Thur 14th November 2013 – NEWCASTLE City Hall
Sat 16th November 2013 – LONDON Brixton O2 Academy
Sun 17th November 2013 – LONDON Brixton O2 Academy* 
Tue 19th November 2013 – WOLVERHAMPTON Civic Hall
Wed 20th November 2013 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Fri 22nd November 2013 – GLASGOW O2 Academy

* No Saxon performance

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS — the Swedish band featuring ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott and bassist Sharlee D’Angelo, along with vocalist Apollo Papathanasio (ex-FIREWIND) — will embark on a European tour in October, with U.K.’s PURSON as special guests.

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Motorhead

Worrying news as Motorhead were forced to cut their set at Wacken Open Air short last night due to Lemmy’s health.

While we’re yet to hear precise details of what has happened, the band finished their set after only six songs and did not return. The rock ‘n’ roll legends were forced to cut short the majority of their European dates this summer after Lemmy suffering an “Unspecified Hematoma”, but Lemmy was believed to be back on the mend.

The band are due to play the following UK dates with Saxon later this year:

Weds 13th November 2013 – NOTTINGHAM Royal Concert
Thur 14th November 2013 – NEWCASTLE City Hall
Sat 16th November 2013 – LONDON Brixton O2 Academy
Sun 17th November 2013 – LONDON Brixton O2 Academy* 
Tue 19th November 2013 – WOLVERHAMPTON Civic Hall
Wed 20th November 2013 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Fri 22nd November 2013 – GLASGOW O2 Academy

* No Saxon performance

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Motorhead

Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell has offered a promising update on Lemmy, whose health issues forced the band off the road this summer:

“Hey, everyone out there. Better prepare yourselves big time, ‘cos our mind-blowing new record, Aftershock, will be coming out! Lemmy is on the mend and we are gonna be touring our asses off! Business as usual real soon!”

Phew! That business should see the legends and 2013 Golden God winners hit the UK for their traditional November UK tour, this time with fellow icons, Saxon:

Weds 13th November 2013 – NOTTINGHAM Royal Concert
Thur 14th November 2013 – NEWCASTLE City Hall
Sat 16th November 2013 – LONDON Brixton O2 Academy
Sun 17th November 2013 – LONDON Brixton O2 Academy*
Tue 19th November 2013 – WOLVERHAMPTON Civic Hall
Wed 20th November 2013 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Fri 22nd November 2013 – GLASGOW O2 Academy

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Motorhead

Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell has offered a promising update on Lemmy, whose health issues forced the band off the road this summer:

“Hey, everyone out there. Better prepare yourselves big time, ‘cos our mind-blowing new record, Aftershock, will be coming out! Lemmy is on the mend and we are gonna be touring our asses off! Business as usual real soon!”

Phew! That business should see the legends and 2013 Golden God winners hit the UK for their traditional November UK tour, this time with fellow icons, Saxon:

Weds 13th November 2013 – NOTTINGHAM Royal Concert
Thur 14th November 2013 – NEWCASTLE City Hall
Sat 16th November 2013 – LONDON Brixton O2 Academy
Sun 17th November 2013 – LONDON Brixton O2 Academy*
Tue 19th November 2013 – WOLVERHAMPTON Civic Hall
Wed 20th November 2013 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Fri 22nd November 2013 – GLASGOW O2 Academy

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Motorhead

2013 Golden God winners Motörhead were forced to cancel some shows last week after Lemmy was taken ill suffering a haematoma, and the legendary rock ‘n’ roll icons have been forced to cancel the remainder of their European summer dates so that he can fully recover.

“It all started when he received a nasty blow to the hip,” drummer Mikkey Dee tells Aftonbladet. “Then in the Royal Kensington in London a fire alarm went off – he had to go eight floors at night. It was hopeless.”

“He needs to drain fluid from the body, and it can’t be done too quickly,” Mikkey adds of Lemmy’s current situation. “While you’re lying down and can’t move you can easily get pneumonia.”

“He’s so sad – it has a greater effect on him than it would have on someone else. It’s like chopping the hands off a pianist.

“He’s on the mend; however, it takes longer for him.”

“We are terribly sorry,” he adds in an interview with Expressen. “But we have considered this properly. Thing don’t always work out as planned. I hope our fans understand, and we’ll focus on the upcoming album and our European tour in the autumn.”

Get well soon, Lem! Those planned Autumn dates include a UK trek, which hits the following venues:

Weds 13th November 2013 – NOTTINGHAM Royal Concert
Thur 14th November 2013 – NEWCASTLE City Hall
Sat 16th November 2013 – LONDON Brixton O2 Academy
Sun 17th November 2013 – LONDON Brixton O2 Academy* 
Tue 19th November 2013 – WOLVERHAMPTON Civic Hall
Wed 20th November 2013 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Fri 22nd November 2013 – GLASGOW O2 Academy

* No Saxon performance

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Greek metal act Firewind announced that the band will issue a new live LP “Apotheosis – Live 2012,” chronicling the band’s 10th Anniversary on the “Few Against Many Tour.” The recordings were captured from performances in Greece and all over Europe last year prior to the departure of singer Apollo Papathanasio (Evil Masquerade/Spiritual Beggars), who was temporarily replaced for 2013 live performances by Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Agadio/Darkology).

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