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Resident Rock Star conducted an interview with Ivar Bjørnson, guitarist, songwriter, and founding member of Norwegian progressive/psychedelic black metallers ENSLAVED, on February 11 at the Summit Music Hall in Denver, Colorado. You can now watch the chat below.

ENSLAVED‘s twelfth studio album, “RIITIIR”, sold around 2,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 8 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.

ENSLAVED‘s previous album, “Axioma Ethica Odini”, opened with 1,400 units back in September 2010 to debut at No. 16 on the Top New Artist Albums chart.

“Describing the sound on the new album is both easy and hard,” ENSLAVED‘s Ivar Bjørnson said. “It is easy because it sounds like ENSLAVED, whatever that means. It is hard because there are so many layers and different focal points. I have a feeling that it has a deeper complexity than our previous efforts, but at the same time, I do find it more catchy and moving. Then again, I am the opposite of objective in this, so again I’ll leave it up to the people outside the band to make up their mind.”

ENSLAVED‘s previous two CDs — “Vertebrae” (2008) and “Axioma Ethica Odini” (2010) — were released via Indie Recordings in Europe and Nuclear Blast in North America.

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American metallers STEEL PROPHET will release their long-awaited new album, “Omniscient”, at the end of June / beginning of July on limited-edition digibook CD, standard CD, limited-edition double LP and digital formats via Cruz Del Sur Music. The effort’s spectacular artwork was specifically created for “Omniscient” by German artist Timo Würz and represents one of the central themes of the album: “The Tree of Knowledge.”

“Omniscient” is a concept album based on an original story written by lead guitarist and founding member Steve Kachinsky Blakmoor, and “The Tree of Knowledge” displayed on the cover represents a very important “character” in the plot.

Following Blackmoor‘s suggestions, Würz has also created 12 additional, original panels that will guide the listener through the whole story. Blackmoor says: “It was great to work with Timo. His sense of form, color and space are impeccable. He has great imagination, and his familiarity with the concepts we wanted to work with made it a perfect fit in bringing the story ideas to life.”

STEEL PROPHET needs no introduction to the heavy metal world: with a long history, the band is particularly known for the technical and versatile guitar work of founding member Steve Kachinsky Blakmoor. And let’s not forget the soaring vocals of Rick Mythiasin, who has returned to sing with STEEL PROPHET for the first time since 2002’s “Unseen” album.

“Omniscient” is a conceptual, science-fiction-themed album, with a heavy dose of unusual philosophies and ideas, that will appeal to all fans of STEEL PROPHET‘s early works, especially the “Dark Hallucinations” period. This new album will have a visually outstanding package that will read like a graphic novel to highlight the story that underlines the music.

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Members of world-famous American rock band JOURNEY played the national anthem yesterday (Saturday, September 28) before Arizona State University‘s football game against USC in Tempe, Arizona.

Founding member and lead guitarist Neal Schon, accompanied by longtime keyboardist and backing vocalist Jonathan Cain, played the anthem approximately 15 minutes prior to kickoff.

Check out video footage of the performance below.

Schon, JOURNEY‘s only constant member, and Cain, who joined in 1980, co-wrote most of the band’s classic songs, including massive hit anthem “Don’t Stop Believin'”.

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Slayer’s Fall 2013 North American tour kicks off on October 22 in Anchorage, AK. Opening bands will be Gojira and 4ARM. The current lineup of Slayer is vocalist/bassist Tom Araya, guitarist Kerry King, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt, who continues to fill in for the late founding member Jeff Hanneman.

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KK: no regrets

Former Judas Priest guitarist and founding member KK Downing, who sensationally left the band back in 2011, has elaborated on his decision to leave the heavy metal legends, revealing that it wasn’t his own career that he felt was coming to a close…

“I’ll never get away from this ‘retirement’ thing. What happened was that I quit,” he tells The Midlands Rocks. “‘Retired’ implies that I am not physically able to do it. I am able to do it, but I didn’t want to do it; I just wasn’t enjoying it any more. A lot of things had changed. I think I counted about thirty reasons why I didn’t want to do it at the time, and that’s an awful lot of reasons.

“In all honesty I think that in so many respects it had run its course. If you’re part of a songwriting team you get the recognition and reward for creating something. But for me Priest became about going out and playing live and replicating exactly what people had enjoyed ten, twenty or thirty years ago.

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“The fans would be just as happy if they could see us take them on a walk down memory lane – I think that’s what people enjoy most. And I understand that, because if I could go out now and see Eric Clapton with Cream then I would be the happiest person in the world.”

“If the industry was still healthy and people still had to spend their hard-earned money buying a record, it would be different.

“We used to buy an album and think, ‘Well it’s not that good, but I’ll play it a million times and I’m sure I’ll get into it.’ Now it doesn’t get a second chance.

“In the past there was always the opportunity to create a record like The Dark Side Of The Moon orBritish Steel or Back In Black that would be indelible, and people will always come back to. I think that opportunity has gone now – it would take a miracle for one of those to happen again.”

Meanwhile, Judas Priest look set to release a new album next year, despite many assuming they’d call it quits after their Epitaph “farewell”. tour

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Members of world-famous American rock band JOURNEY are set to play the national anthem before Arizona State University‘s football game against USC on September 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Tempe, Arizona.

Founding member and lead guitarist Neal Schon, accompanied by longtime keyboardist and backing vocalist Jonathan Cain, will play the anthem approximately 15 minutes prior to kickoff.

Schon, JOURNEY‘s only constant member, and Cain, who joined in 1980, co-wrote most of the band’s classic songs, including massive hit anthem “Don’t Stop Believin'”.

The Sun Devils‘ first home Pac-12 contest of the season is the second annual Maroon Monsoon game, and also Sun Devil Club Night and Family Weekend. Fans are encouraged to once again wear maroon and help get the word out via social media using the hashtag #MaroonMonsoon.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online 24 hours a day at sundeviltickets.com, via phone at (480) 965-5812 or at the Sun Devil Stadium Ticket Office, located on the South side of Sun Devil Stadium at 500 East Veterans Way in Tempe. Be sure to follow @SunDevilTix on Twitter for all the latest news and announcements.

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Quality fan-filmed video footage of HELLOWEEN‘s September 23 concert at Stage 48 in New York City can be seen below.

HELLOWEEN is currently taking part in a 10-date North American tour. The band is travelling across the U.S. and Canada, bringing its power hooks and catchy melodies to fans who have yearned to see them since their 2008 tour with GAMMA RAY.

HELLOWEEN‘s new album, “Straight Out Of Hell”, sold around 4,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 97 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD entered the Media Control chart in Germany at position No. 4 — the highest chart position in the band’s history. It also landed at No. 4 in Finland and No. 2 on the international album chart in Japan.

“Straight Out Of Hell” was released in Europe on January 18 and in North America on January 22. The cover artwork for the CD was once again created by Martin Häusler, who previously worked with the band on the “7 Sinners” and “Gambling With The Devil” CDs.

“Straight Out Of Hell” was produced by Charlie Bauerfeind, who also worked on “7 Sinners”, and sees the five musicians maintaining a rawer edge throughout, working quickly in the studio (MiSueno Studio in Tenerife) and delivering 13 brand new compositions that, in the words of founding member, guitarist Michael Weikath, will “kick even the laziest listener’s ass!”

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Canadian classic metal band IVORY KNIGHT has announced its reunion after eight-year break. The band is currently in rehearsals and intends to return to the live stage first before deciding on whether or not to resume writing and recording.

IVORY KNIGHT‘s second full-length album, titled “Unconscience”, was released in January 2005. The CD was mixed and mastered by the Jeff Waters of ANNIHILATOR, and featured artwork by Gyula Havanscak.

During the late 1980s, IVORY KNIGHT was a name familiar to metal fans who witnessed the bands exciting live performances at venues including Ottawa’s Barrymores, Porter Hall, and (now-defunct) Roxannes in Hull. The band shared the stage with many great acts including SWORD and BLACKSTAR (featuring John Ricci and Jacques Belanger of EXCITER). The band recorded a demo, “Voices In Your Nightmare”, which received excellent reviews from all over the world. The band broke up in 1990 due to musical differences. Founding member John Devadasan Perinbam reformed the band in late 1999 with drummer George Nesrallah, bassist Steve Mercer, and guitarist Rob Gravelle. The group, featuring the soaring, powerful, passionate vocals of Perinbam and the virtuosity of Gravelle, recorded an album, “Up From The Ashes”, which received excellent reviews from fans and critics throughout the world. The band has played many shows in the Ottawa area including the Rainbow and Café Dekcuf.

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Queens, New York-based deathcore act EMMURE will enter the studio later this year to begin recording its sixth full-length album for a spring 2014 release via Victory Records.

EMMURE will close out 2013 by headlining the Never Say Die! tour in Europe (October 4-26) and then a full U.S. tour (October 29 – November 22) alongside ASKING ALEXANDRIA, SEVENDUST, ALL THAT REMAINS and FOR TODAY.

Comments EMMURE guitarist and founding member Jesse Ketive: “We couldn’t be happier to announce that following Never Say Die! and the ASKING ALEXANDRIA tour, we will be heading into the studio to work on the new album which is aimed for a spring release!

“We have been working hard in between our rigorous world touring schedule this past year and a half and we can’t wait to unveil new material.

“We have re-signed to Victory Records and there will be a lot of new things developing for EMMURE through the end of the year.

“Thank you for your constant support through the years and we promise to deliver one of the best EMMURE records to date. See you on tour.”

EMMURE‘s fifth full-length album, “Slave To The Game”, was released in April 2012 via Victory Records. The CD was recorded with producer Joey Sturgis (ASKING ALEXANDRIA, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA), who previously worked with the band on 2011’s “Speaker Of The Dead”.

“Slave To The Game” marked the recording debut of EMMURE‘s new drummer, Mark Costillo, who has previously played with BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME and BURY YOUR DEAD.

In an interview with Alternative Press, EMMURE vocalist Frank Palmeri stated about “Slave To The Game”, “I think this record is just brutal-sounding. It’s got everything I think that people expect from us — and I mean that in the sense that we kind of gave people, or at least for ourselves, more of what we felt the music should be from EMMURE. I’m probably making no sense right now. [laughs] It’s just a heavy fucking record. It’s another EMMURE record that hopefully people get to enjoy with us, because we dig it and that’s what it comes down to. We just make albums we try to enjoy and hopefully people can come along for the ride.”

When asked what Joey Sturgis brought to the recording this time around, Palmeri said, “He’s got kind of amazing input as far as the music goes and his creative mind. He’s a pro at what he does. Honestly, as far as heavy music goes right now — especially with this new age of bands that have come up and become so popular — a lot of their success is owed to Joey Sturgis. He’s not only such a talented engineer and producer, but he’s just a creative person all around that really brings something extra to the table when something is lacking or even perhaps just a new fresh mind to material that maybe bands themselves weren’t aware of. It’s always good to have an outside perspective from someone who is just talented. It paid off for us on our last album and I think this one as well.”

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To celebrate the October release of their ‘Knives’ EP, Tigertailz are giving away founding member Jay Pepper’s custom 1984 Kramer guitar.

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