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Session conducted an interview with former NEVERMORE and current CONQUERING DYSTOPIA guitarist Jeff Loomis at this year’s Musikmesse fair, which was held March 12-15 in Frankfurt, Germany. You can now watch the chat below.

Loomis redesigned his main Schecter signature signature-series JL-7 black seven-string electric guitar for 2014. It includes increased access and playability, lighter weight, thinner neck, Hipshot hardtail and new tones from the EMG 57/66 set.

CONQUERING DYSTOPIA is the project featuring Jeff Loomis and Portland, Oregon studio musician Keith Merrow. The group’s self-titled debut album was mixed at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with Mark Lewis (ARSIS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, DEICIDE, SIX FEET UNDER).

The recording lineup for “Conquering Dystopia” is completed by Alex Webster (CANNIBAL CORPSE) on bass and Alex Rudinger (THE FACELESS) on drums.

Loomis previously contributed a guest guitar solo to Keith‘s second full-length instrumental album, “Awaken The Stone King”, which came out in January 2011.

The special tour edition of Loomis‘ latest album, “Plains Of Oblivion”, was released on April 16, 2013 via Century Media Records.

“Plains Of Oblivion – Tour Edition” features three bonus tracks, in addition to the original “Plains Of Oblivion” disc that was released in 2012.

Loomis‘s second solo album, “Plains Of Oblivion”, sold 2,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 179 on The Billboard 200 chart. The effort landed at No. 2 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

“Plains Of Oblivion” was released on April 10, 2012 in North America (one day earlier in Europe) via Century Media Records. The CD was produced by Aaron Smith (7 HORNS 7 EYES) and features cover artwork by Colin Marks of Rain Song Design, who has previously worked with ALL SHALL PERISH, THE END and XERATH.

Loomis and drummer Van Williams announced their departure from NEVERMORE in April 2011 due to personal differences with singer Warrel Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard. Their replacements have not yet been announced.

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Polish death metal veterans VADER will release their new album, “Tibi Et Igni” (a Latin phrase which translates to “For You And Fire”), on May 30 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2011’s “Welcome To The Morbid Reich” was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland with producers Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski. The artwork was handled this time by a true legend of visuals, Joe Petagno (MOTÖRHEAD).

Commented VADER mainman Piotr “Peter” Wiwczarek: “Joe is a legend! Not just because he created MOTÖRHEAD logo or breathtaking artworks for many outstanding albums. Joe is over all times and his imagination touches the Hell itself…. And this is enough reason to ask him for painting ‘a Hellfire’ for VADER‘s new music. He accepted it and… made me so proud!”

Joe Petagno added: “They have been on my ‘get in touch’ list for years. Finally we managed it and for a killer album very appropriately titled: ‘Tibi Et Igni’.”

“Tibi Et Igni” track listing:

01. Go To Hell
02. Where Angels Weep
03. Armada On Fire
04. Triumph Of Death
05. Hexenkessel
06. Abandon All Hope
07. Worms Of Eden
08. The Eye Of The Abyss
09. Light Reaper
10. The End

Digipak Bonus:

11. Necropolis
12. Des Satans Neue Kleider

Bonus 7″ Vinyl:

Side A: Necropolis
Side B: Przeklęty Na Wieki (Cursed Eternally)

“Tibi Et Igni” will be made available as a standard jewelcase CD, digipak (with 2 bonus tracks), as colored vinyl with a bonus seven-inch EP (including 2 bonus tracks) and exclusively at Nuclear Blast mailorder as a limited digipak edition with a signed VADER tourbook.

VADER will release a special seven-inch single containing two tracks from “Tibi Et Igni”. The single is titled “Go To Hell” and includes the following songs:

Side A: “Where Angels Weep”
Side B: “Triumph Of Death”

The song “Where Angels Weep” will also be available digitally.

The vinyl and the digitally version will be released on April 18 via Nuclear Blast.

You can pre-order the single (red, white and black vinyl) at this location.

VADER‘s forthcoming effort will mark the recording debut of British drummer James Stewart (DIVINE CHAOS), who replaced Pawel “Paul” Jaroszewicz in 2011.

VADER‘s latest album, “Welcome To The Morbid Reich”, was released in Europe on August 12, 2011 and in North America on September 13, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records. The effort was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland and features the cover artwork of Zbigniew Bielak (DESTRÖYER 666, WATAIN). The band laid down a total of 12 songs for the CD, which was mixed and mastered in May 2011.

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A two-minute video clip featuring highlights of MANOWAR‘s recent short U.S. tour can be seen below.

Released on Febraury 28, “Kings Of Metal MMXIV” is a completely new recording with many surprises, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of “Kings Of Metal” and MANOWAR‘s following world tour.

Already a significant force with international success since their debut album “Battle Hymns”, the “Kings Of Metal” release in 1988 and the following world tour in 1989 catapulted MANOWAR into a new sphere. Songs like “Heart Of Steel”, “Kings Of Metal”, “Hail And Kill” and “Blood Of The Kings” became instant classics, celebrated since by metal fans all over the world. For “Kings Of Metal MMXIV”, MANOWAR have recorded these timeless metal anthems with new arrangements and their signature “larger-than-life” sound that sealed their place in heavy metal history.

“Our fans have made us the ‘Kings Of Metal’, and with this tribute to one of their favorite albums, we honor them and thank them for their unparalleled support and loyalty!” said MANOWAR vocalist Eric Adams.

“Kings Of Metal MMXIV” features nine main tracks packed with face-melting metal, plus nine bonus tracks with over 40 minutes of additional music.

“We have pushed man and machine to the maximum level to honor the original recordings that we all love, and to add new aspects and surprises that give this new album its own character,” said MANOWAR bassist and producer Joey DeMaio. “The sound is again as massive and majestic as it has always been,” he continued.

“Recording this album has been an amazing experience! After playing the songs so many times on tour, Donnie and I now had the opportunity to contribute our own sound and elements that the fans have come to love from our live performances,” explained guitarist Karl Logan.

For the new narration on the spoken word track “The Warrior’s Prayer MMXIV”, MANOWAR joined forces with celebrated British actor Brian Blessed. Blessed is a renowned Shakespeare and character actor who has starred, among others, in Kenneth Brannagh‘s “Henry V”, Oliver Stone‘s “Alexander”, in “King Lear”, and as Prince Vultan in the cult movie “Flash Gordon”.

For special effects of the highest level on “The Warrior’s Prayer MMXIV”, sound effects specialist Hamilton Sterling was recruited; a Hollywood veteran who has contributed to action blockbusters, including “Batman – The Dark Knight”, “Men In Black 3”, “War Of The Worlds” and “Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World”, two of which won Oscars for “Best Sound Editing”.

“Kings Of Metal MMXIV” was released as a 2-disc CD with two 24-page booklets and additional new art by legendary fantasy artist and longtime collaborator Ken Kelly, and as a digital double album.

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KORN‘s 11th studio album, “The Paradigm Shift”, will be released on October 8. A deluxe edition will feature two bonus tracks and a documentary DVD called “Reconciliation”. The CD is the first to feature original guitarist Brian “Head” Welch in more than eight years. Welch rejoined the group permanently earlier this year after leaving in 2005.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, KORN frontman Jonathan Davis chatted with Loudwire about what to expect from their new outing as well as how his addiction to Xanax affected his work.

When asked about the album, the 42-year-old rocker responded, “I’m excited about this one. A lot of people are talking about it, which is good. It’s different, as you may have heard. I think by not doing the same thing over and over it helps us remain relevant. For some bands like AC/DC, it’s actually a good thing to not change things too much. They have an awesome formula. But our formula is to be kind of different each time out.”

Davis went on to discuss his recent stint in rehab because his Xanax addiction saying, “People started wondering about me and the stuff that was going on in my life. I was not doing it recreationally — I was doing it because I have anxiety problems. My doctor said, you should only be on this stuff for a month or so but it was a lot longer. So I went to rehab in Bakersfield, a real rehab place, not some fru-fru place. I was in there for week, shaking like a fish and almost having seizures and all that stuff. Then I got out and went to see the guys in the band. I’ve been on prolonged detox for like five months now. Hard to explain what it feels like. But I made the new record with one foot in limbo and one in reality. Hopefully now I can help a lot of kids, our fans that are going through things like this. Lots of kids suffer from these conditions and I like to help out, that’s a big thing for me. It’s just who I am. I have no problem talking about anything and if I can help others, then great.”

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Finnish goth metallers THE 69 EYES will release a new compilation album, “The Best Of Helsinki Vampires”, on November 1. The collection will include a brand new song, “Lost Without Love”, written by the singer Jyrki69 and dealing with situations he and the band’s drummer, Jussi69, have both gone through.

“The Best Of Helsinki Vampires” track listing:

CD1

01. Lost Boys
02. Perfect Skin
03. Brandon Lee
04. Lost Without Love
05. Feel Berlin
06. The Chair
07. Dead Girls Are Easy
08. Radical
09. Tonight
10. Dance D’Amour
11. Borderline
12. Rocker
13. Dead N’ Gone
14. Rosary Blue (feat. KAT VON D)

CD2

01. Never Say Die
02. Gothic Girl
03. Betty Blue
04. Sister Of Charity
05. Love Runs Away
06. We Own The Night
07. Red
08. Devils
09. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
10. Wasting The Dawn
11. Kiss Me Undead
12. Crashing High
13. Stolen Season
14. Ghost

THE 69 EYES released a digital EP, “Love Runs Away”, via iTunes on February 1. The effort included two previously unreleased bonus songs, “Rosary Blue” and “Dracula’s Castle”.

“Love Runs Away”, the third single and opening track of THE 69 EYES‘ latest album, “X”, which came out in September 2012, has by now already become a live favorite with its pure rocking metal riffs and a chorus with a bulletproof hook line.

The larger-than-life ballad duet “Rosary Blue” on which Jyrki69 is accompanied by world-famous tattoo artist and “L.A. Ink” star Kat Von D is the first of two never-before-heard bonus tracks. Jyrki69 said: “We’ve known each other for some years and since Kat is also starting to make music, I thought it would be interesting to have her on board. The song is amazing and with her help, it turned out even more magical — it’s like our own ‘Stairway to Heaven’.”

The final track, “Dracula’s Castle”, is at least equally interesting, as it can be considered pure rockabilly — or rather gothabilly! Jyrki69 shared its background: “THE FUZZTONES is one of my all-time favorite bands and I’ve got to know their leader Rudi Protrudi a bit. We wrote this track with him in Berlin one night before our show and he actually even sings backing vocals on it. Words can’t describe the feeling of making music with your own idol — I still can’t believe it! The song is like a Scooby Doo-on-acid-by-Halloween kind of gothabilly track.”

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U.K.’s Total Guitar magazine recently conducted an interview with KORN guitarists James “Munky” Shaffer and “Brian “Head” Welch. You can now watch the chat below.

KORN‘s 11th studio album, “The Paradigm Shift”, is the first to feature original Welch in more than eight years. Welch rejoined the group permanently earlier this year after leaving in 2005.

KORN will release “The Paradigm Shift” on October 8. A deluxe edition will feature two bonus tracks and a documentary DVD called “Reconciliation”.

In an interview with AltSounds, KORN singer Jonathan Davis was asked if “The Paradigm Shift” was the band’s way of trying to appease KORN‘s hardcore fans after the dubstep influence on the last CD. “We wanted to do what we do best,” he said. “Yes, we love our fans, but we’re not trying to make the same record over and over. Sure, when we write certain parts we say to each other, ‘The fans are gonna go crazy here,’ but the fans that are the most vocal about it, if we paid attention to that all the time, we’d just be making the same thing over and over.”

Speaking about Welch‘s return to the group, Davis said: “It was good to have him back, and it opened up the opportunity for Head and Munky to do what they’re so good at. You know, playing off each other. So, it just clicked as if no time had passed. It was great to have our brother back again. With him being back and everything… it really worked.”

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Caleb Smith of “The Sick Room” radio in New Zealand recently conducted an interview with vocalist Dez Fafara of Californian metallers DEVILDRIVER. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

DEVILDRIVER‘s sixth album, “Winter Kills”, sold around 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 32 on The Billboard 200 chart. This figure is in line with the opening number of DEVILDRIVER‘s fifth CD, “Beast”, which also shifted 11,000 units back in February 2011 to land at No. 42.

The instrumental parts for “Winter Kills” were recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida while the vocals were laid down at Dez Fafara‘s home studio, with Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, ALL THAT REMAINS) handling production duties. The album’s cover artwork features a photograph by Dean Karr. The layout was done by Ryan Clark of Invisible Creature.

“Winter Kills” was made available in four configurations, including a deluxe digibook with CD (including two bonus tracks, “Shudder” and “Back Down To The Grave”) and live DVD (featuring 45 minutes of live raw DEVILDRIVER power — no studio overdubs at all, just the band at their best — and including fan favorites “Clouds Over California” and “The Wretched”), standard CD version, digital version and, for the first time in DEVILDRIVER history, a 2LP gatefold edition.

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RockTalent.de recently conducted an interview with KORN singer Jonathan Davis at the Hyatt hotel in Germany. You can now watch the chat below.

KORN‘s 11th studio album, “The Paradigm Shift”, is the first to feature original KORN guitarist Brian “Head” Welch in more than eight years. Welch rejoined the group permanently earlier this year after leaving in 2005.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, the melodic, almost pop-driven style of the first single, “Never Never”, has met with some mixed reactions from KORN fans, which Jonathan Davis told Metal Hammer was his intention. He explained, “We put this out first cause I knew it was going to piss off a lot of people. And um, so I did it. That song ain’t for dudes, it’s for the ladies.”

Guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer told The Pulse Of Radio that the new disc is another big step forward for the band musically. “The melodies on it, on the tracks we did, they just sound like, so much like a mature band,” he said. “Sounds like they’re well thought out, the themes of, you know, the songs that Jonathan wrote about — it’s just where we are now. Every record’s just sort of a snapshot of where you are musically, personally . . . financially. [laughs].”

KORN will release “The Paradigm Shift” on October 8. A deluxe edition will feature two bonus tracks and a documentary DVD called “Reconciliation”.

The band will kick off a headlining North American tour on September 26 in Philadelphia, concluding in Las Vegas on October 12.

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AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson makes a guest appearance on “The Last Ship”, a soundtrack primarily featuring Sting for a Broadway production of the same name. Johnson can be heard on the song “Sky Hooks and Tartan Paint”, which is one of eight bonus tracks on the super deluxe edition of the album.

A 90-second snippet of “Sky Hooks and Tartan Paint” (courtesy of Ultimate Classic Rock) can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below.

“The Last Ship” explores the central themes of homecoming and self-discovery, drawing upon Sting‘s memories of growing up in the shadow of the Swan Hunters Shipyard in Wallsend. His personal reminiscences illuminate universal truths — the complexity of relationships, the passage of time and the importance of family and community — to form an affecting, complex parable for our modern times.

The play, in which Sting has been creatively immersed for nearly three years, debuts on Broadway in 2014 and is a collaboration with Tony Award winners Joe Mantello (director; “Wicked”, “Other Desert Cities”), John Logan (writer; “Red”, “Skyfall”) and Brian Yorkey (writer; “Next to Normal”). “The Last Ship” tells the story of the demise of the shipbuilding industry in 1980s Newcastle which had, for so long, shaped and overshadowed the city, its development, and its community.

Due on September 24, “The Last Ship” album is produced by Rob Mathes (Sting, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Lou Reed, Carly Simon) and engineered and mixed by Donal Hodgson. It will be available as both a digital and physical release in two configurations — a 12-song version and a 2-disc deluxe version featuring 5 additional tracks. (The 12-song version will also be available on vinyl.) A super deluxe edition, containing 2-discs comprised of 20 tracks within special packaging, will also be sold as a physical product exclusively at Amazon.com. AmazonMP3 will be the exclusive retailer for the 20-track, super deluxe digital edition.

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France’s ArtScenics recently conducted an interview with KORN singer Jonathan Davis. You can now watch the chat below.

KORN‘s 11th studio album, “The Paradigm Shift”, is the first to feature original KORN guitarist Brian “Head” Welch in more than eight years. Welch rejoined the group permanently earlier this year after leaving in 2005.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, the melodic, almost pop-driven style of the first single, “Never Never”, has met with some mixed reactions from KORN fans, which singer Jonathan Davis told Metal Hammer was his intention. He explained, “We put this out first cause I knew it was going to piss off a lot of people. And um, so I did it. That song ain’t for dudes, it’s for the ladies.”

Guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer told The Pulse Of Radio that the new disc is another big step forward for the band musically. “The melodies on it, on the tracks we did, they just sound like, so much like a mature band,” he said. “Sounds like they’re well thought out, the themes of, you know, the songs that Jonathan wrote about — it’s just where we are now. Every record’s just sort of a snapshot of where you are musically, personally . . . financially. [laughs].”

KORN will release “The Paradigm Shift” on October 8. A deluxe edition will feature two bonus tracks and a documentary DVD called “Reconciliation”.

The band will kick off a headlining North American tour on September 26 in Philadelphia, concluding in Las Vegas on October 12.

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