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BACKYARD BABIES and MICHAEL MONROE guitarist Dregen (real name: Andreas Tyrone Svensson) will not be touring with the former HANOI ROCKS singer for the remainder of the year so that Dregen can focus on promoting his debut solo album, available now in Sweden via Universal Music.

Says Dregen: “I was part of making two damn good rock n’ roll records at the same time. Both records are too good not to tour them and neiter Michael Monroe or me will disappoint our fans! The fantastic guitarist Rich Jones will temporarily fill in for me [on the road with Monroe].

“Please try to catch a show with both Dregen and Michael Monroe this autumn! They will both rock. And roll.”

Michael Monroe‘s new album, “Horns And Halos”, was certified gold in Finland for sales in excess of 10,000 copies within the first week of the CD’s release.

Released on August 27 via Spinefarm Records, “Horns And Halos” is the follow-up to the 2011 critically acclaimed “Sensory Overdrive”, winner of Classic Rock magazine’s “Album Of The Year” and a No. 1 record in Monroe‘s Finnish homeland.

The official video for Dregen‘s first solo single, “Just Like That”, can be seen below. The song received its world premiere on August 10 on Swedish national radio P3. It was then released on August 14.

Produced by Dregen and Pär Wiksten (THE WANNADIES), Dregen‘s first solo venture in a 25-year career that has seen him at the core of such internationally acclaimed acts as BACKYARD BABIES and THE HELLACOPTERS features all new material, and is a contemporary and inventive distillation of the Stockholm-based guitarist’s far-reaching record collection.

Recorded for the most part in Pär Wiksten‘s Hospital1 studio in Stockholm, with mixing handled by Michael Ilbert at the legendary Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin, these 10 tracks come in a variety of hues and colours, moods and textures, veering from hard-hitting blues (“Flat Tyre On a Muddy Road”), through sinewy, snake-hipped funk (“6-10”) and onto kool, KISS-inspired strut ‘n’ roll (“Mojo’s Gone”).

BACKYARD BABIES announced in November 2009 that they were going on an indefinite hiatus after completing a European tour.

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Behind-the-scenes footage from NIGHTWISH‘s August 10 photo shoot with photographer Tim Tronckoe can be seen below.

NIGHTWISH will release a new DVD, “Showtime, Storytime”, on November 29 as a limited 2Blu-ray + 2CD digipack, limited 2DVD + 2CD digipack, limited 2CD digipack, 2LP (colored) in gatefold and an exclusive Nuclear Blast mailorder edition.

“Showtime, Storytime” contains NIGHTWISH‘s entire August 3 performance at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany. The show, which was played in the front of 85,000 screaming metalheads, was directed by Ville Lipiäinen, filmed with seventeen cameras and has a total running time of 85 minutes. The second disc consists of a 120-minute tour documentary, “Please Learn The Setlist In 48 Hours”, also directed by Ville Lipiäinen, with no shortage of drama or overall madness. Also, there is a 16-minute NIGHTWISH Table Hockey Tournament, filmed on tour. In addition, there are two music clips: “I Want My Tears Back” (live at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland) and “Ghost Love Score” (live in Buenos Aires).

The Wacken Open Air appearance was the first of the three final shows of NIGHTWISH‘s “Imaginaerum World Tour”, which saw the band and their Dutch singer Floor Jansen (REVAMP, ex-AFTER FOREVER) playing 104 concerts in 34 different countries, with a total audience of over 1.5 million fans around the globe.

Commented NIGHTWISH mastermind and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen: “Our darling flying Dutchwoman, Floor Jansen, has been nothing but incredible during her time in NIGHTWISH on this tour, so this is a perfect opportunity to immortalize the current vibe of the band on film!”

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Fan-filmed video footage of PHILM performing a brand new song called “Train” on August 10 at the Getaway Rock festival in Gävle, Sweden can be seen below.

PHILM is the Los Angeles-based experimental post-hardcore triumvirate featuring former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo, guitarist/vocalist Gerry Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Pancho Tomaselli (WAR).

Stated Lombardo about “Train”: “The beat sounded like a steam engine or a powerful freight train. We decided to write a song around it.”

PHILM released its debut album, “Harmonic”, on May 15, 2012 via Ipecac Recordings.

“When people hear about my involvement in PHILM, they automatically assume that it will compare to SLAYER‘s sound,” explained Lombardo. “They couldn’t be more different. I have scaled down my drum set to a four-piece, reminiscent of the drummers from the late ’60s that influenced me. Each song is unique in itself, I like to refer to it as ‘rhythmic emotion.’ It’s almost like taking all the heavy songs of the ’60s and bringing that era to a modern plateau, then blending them with the modern trance and psychedelic sounds of today.”

Lombardo sat out SLAYER‘s Australian tour in February/March due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX). Dave has since been replaced in the band by Paul Bostaph, who was SLAYER‘s drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the group.

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UpVenue.com conducted an interview with guitarist Virus of DEVICE, the industrial-style project featuring DISTURBED frontman David Draiman, on August 10 at the Heavy MTL festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. You can now watch the chat below.

DEVICE has canceled all its tour dates for the next month and a half due to complications with the pregnancy of Draiman‘s wife. Draiman has decided to stay close to home until the baby is born, forcing the group to scrap all live appearances between now and the child’s due date in the first week of October. Draiman and his wife, Japanese-American model, actress and wrestler Lena Yada, are expecting a boy, already named Samuel Bear Draiman. Draiman revealed the news of the pregnancy on May 2 via Twitter before announcing it at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards.

Draiman told The Pulse Of Radio earlier this summer how excited he was about becoming a father. “I’m very much looking forward to it,” he said. “I’ve been wanting this for so, so, so long and to finally get to the point where he’s almost here — it’s getting me all verklemmt here. But it’s gonna be an amazing thing. I am overwhelmed with joy and just hope that Sam comes into the world, you know, a happy and healthy baby boy.”

Draiman and Yada were married in September 2011. The singer brought Yada up on stage recently during DEVICE‘s August 11 concert in Toronto.

DEVICE released a new music video earlier this month for the song “You Think You Know” from the band’s self-titled debut album.

DEVICE‘s debut CD entered at No. 11 on the Billboard album chart last April, selling 35,000 copies in its first week of release. Draiman launched the group last year after his main band, DISTURBED, went on hiatus in late 2011.

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David Deco Oosthuizen of The Metal Review conducted an interview with DEFTONES members Frank Delgado (turntables, keyboards) and Sergio Vega (bassist) prior to the band’s August 10 performance at the Oppikoppi Festival 2013 in South Africa. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Metal Review: Tell us about what’s been happening with the band since your latest album, “Koi No Yokan”, launched back in November 2012.

Frank: Well, our touring schedule has been hectic, of course, but we have learned after many years to take some important breaks more frequently as needed. We all have family, so these breaks are more important perhaps than in our younger years, so it all works out.

Sergio: For me, regular time home helps to balance all the important things in our lives. For “Diamond Eyes”, for instance, we used to do three months solid touring runs, which were awesome, as we were tight and cooking as a band, but it did create a sense of distance with our families, so balance is very important.

The Metal Review: Guys I have to ask, with the tragic passing of Chi Cheng on April 13, years after his 2008 accident which left him in a coma, it obviously affected you as a band. How have you managed to cope and come to terms with this sad event when it comes to the writing of new material?

Frank: For us, the creative process and our music are organic and when we get into the studio we do what we do best. We all know Chi would have wanted us to keep on going. We all overtly feel he is part of everything we do anyways and his legacy as such lives on.

The Metal Review: So vinyl is back right, what are your thoughts?

Frank: Oh, yes! CD never really improved much on the album thing at all, really. Vinyl still sounds so much better and is just cooler. We love vinyl; it is more tangible and for me as a DJ, I have a massive storage space housing a collection with thousands of vinyl records. With digital music, people get their songs on their devices, share new music and go see their favorite bands live. Music is now either digital or people buy it on vinyl, so the CD as a format has simply started to drop away, really.

The Metal Review: For me, looking back at your career and albums, you still stand out today with a unique sound, that quintessential DEFTONES sound essentially. Tell me about your creative process. Is there an “it” formula?”

Sergio: Oh, boy, I wish there was an “it” formula. We are veracious in our appetite for music. Our criterion is all energy based. It’s not modality, genre or the world around us but all of us as a band. One of us would, for instance, start with a killer riff and we would all be over that and start to unpack it and expand on it. It is all about the energy. That is what we keep checking for. Everything else works our organically. We never start out to write, say, a heavy or a light song. We start off with what we feel is different and then we take it from here.

Read the entire interview at The Metal Review.

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Cack Blabbath conducted an interview with bassist John Campbell of Richmond, Virginia metallers LAMB OF GOD prior to the band’s August 10 performance at the Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.

As previously reported, Prague, Czech Republic’s High Court upheld LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe‘s “not guilty” verdict on June 5 in connection with the death of a fan three years ago. The court’s decision is final.

Blythe was facing the possibility of conviction and a long-term jail sentence after a May 2010 incident in which Nosek, who attended a LAMB OF GOD performance in Prague, died almost a month later, allegedly from injuries sustained when he was thrown off the stage.

Though Blythe faced up to 10 years in prison, during the closing argument, prosecutors only asked the judge for the minimum sentence of five years.

In a recent interview with Full Metal Jackie, John Campbell spoke about what has been the most life-changing aspect of everything that’s happened over the last year. “It definitely makes you wonder where exactly you’re headed, what options you have in front of you,” he said. “I would say just the not knowing whether or not we were going to continue on with the band was an interesting situation to deal with.”

He added: “The incident in Prague was a situation where things were not done the way they were supposed to and a tragedy occurred. There’s a reason why things are supposed to happen a certain way and people are supposed to make sure they happen that way this point forward. Randy takes the stage to make sure everybody’s there to have a good time and to watch out for everybody, I don’t think it’s changed anything at all.”

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Radiosuicide Photography‘s RSPTV conducted an interview with guitarist Corey Beaulieu of Florida metallers TRIVIUM on August 10 at the Getaway Rock festival in Gävle, Sweden. You can now watch the chat below.

TRIVIUM‘s eagerly awaited new album, “Vengeance Falls”, will be released on October 15 via Roadrunner Records. Produced by David Draiman (DISTURBED, DEVICE), the follow-up to 2011’s “In Waves” is available for pre-order at Trivium.org. The first single, “Strife”, is available as an instant download with all pre-orders.

‘Vengeance Falls’ is the culmination of everything we’ve gone through; the representation of struggle endured from within and experienced from the world. Every failure and every success has led us to this moment. ‘Vengeance Falls’ is this moment in time,” said TRIVIUM vocalist and guitarist Matt Heafy.

Producer David Draiman added: “‘Vengeance Falls’ is a masterpiece of metal. It is [TRIVIUM‘s] finest work to date, and a record so strong that it will blow the doors open to a world they deserve to dominate.”

Long hailed as one of modern metal’s most powerful live acts, TRIVIUM will hit the road hard in support of “Vengeance Falls”, kicking off with a North American co-headline tour alongside DEVILDRIVER. The dates get underway Thursday, September 12 at Boise, Idaho’s Knitting Factory and then continue through mid-October.

“Vengeance Falls” marks a massive creative milestone for the acclaimed metallers. The collection — recorded earlier this year at Draiman‘s Austin, Texas home studio — sees the band pushing the envelope on their own distinctive sound, a sonic approach that saw “In Waves” hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums chart upon its release, not to mention a stunning Top-15 debut on The Billboard 200 — their highest chart rankings to date.

“Vengeance Falls” track listing:

01. Brave This Storm
02. Vengeance Falls
03. Strife
04. No Way To Heal
05. To Believe
06. At The End Of This War
07. Through Blood And Dirt And Bone
08. Villainy Thrives
09. Incineration: The Broken World
10. Wake (The End Is Nigh)

TRIVIUM filmed a video for an as-yet-undiclosed song off “Vengeance Falls” last month at Studio One in Orlando. The clip was directed by Ramon Boutviseth, who has previously worked with NONPOINT, DARKEST HOUR, INCUBUS and ALL THAT REMAINS, among others. Check out photos from the video shoot at this location.

TRIVIUM will hit the road in North America this fall with DEVILDRIVER, AFTER THE BURIAL and SYLOSIS.




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Radiosuicide Photography‘s RSPTV conducted an interview with guitarist Herman Li of British epic power metallers DRAGONFORCE on August 10 at the Getaway Rock festival in Gävle, Sweden. You can now watch the chat below.

DRAGONFORCE is recording the follow-up to last year’s “The Power Within” album, which was the band’s first with vocalist Marc Hudson. Since his live debut with the group in July 2011, Marc has gone on to front over 100 shows with DRAGONFORCE in 32 countries across the globe, including arenas with IRON MAIDEN as well as a mammoth headlining world tour to support the CD.

With a newfound wealth of experience for the new singer and two years of playing together, the DRAGONFORCE machine was at its most powerful when it entered Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden in May with Jens Bogren to start laying down tracks. Known for his work with the likes of OPETH, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK and SYMPHONY X, to name a few, Jens will undoubtedly help DRAGONFORCE make a killer-sounding album.

“The Power Within” sold 5,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 74 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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Hayley Leggs of Bloodstock Radio conducted an interview with bassist John Campbell of Richmond, Virginia metallers LAMB OF GOD prior to the band’s August 10 performance at the Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.

As previously reported, Prague, Czech Republic’s High Court upheld LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe‘s “not guilty” verdict on June 5 in connection with the death of a fan three years ago. The court’s decision is final.

Blythe was facing the possibility of conviction and a long-term jail sentence after a May 2010 incident in which Nosek, who attended a LAMB OF GOD performance in Prague, died almost a month later, allegedly from injuries sustained when he was thrown off the stage.

Though Blythe faced up to 10 years in prison, during the closing argument, prosecutors only asked the judge for the minimum sentence of five years.

In a recent interview with Full Metal Jackie, John Campbell spoke about what has been the most life-changing aspect of everything that’s happened over the last year. “It definitely makes you wonder where exactly you’re headed, what options you have in front of you,” he said. “I would say just the not knowing whether or not we were going to continue on with the band was an interesting situation to deal with.”

He added: “The incident in Prague was a situation where things were not done the way they were supposed to and a tragedy occurred. There’s a reason why things are supposed to happen a certain way and people are supposed to make sure they happen that way this point forward. Randy takes the stage to make sure everybody’s there to have a good time and to watch out for everybody, I don’t think it’s changed anything at all.”

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Hayley Leggs of Bloodstock Radio conducted an interview with guitarist Shane Clark of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-based metallers 3 INCHES OF BLOOD on August 10 at the Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, West Midlands, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.

3 INCHES OF BLOOD‘s latest album, “Long Live Heavy Metal”, was released on March 27, 2012 via Century Media Records.

For “Long Live Heavy Metal”, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD reunited with producer and engineer Terry “Sho” Murray (CITY OF FIRE, EXHIBITIONISTS), who worked with the band on their seven-inch single, “Anthems For The Victorious”.

3 INCHES OF BLOOD teamed up with Kim Thiessen to perfect their artistic vision for the album, which was released as a digipack and when opened, lays out similar to that of a book.

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