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Fan-filmed video footage of British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley‘s (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) entire March 8 performance at the Underworld in London, England can be seen below.

Blaze‘s “Soundtracks Of My Life” tour will see him play 33 gigs in 40 days in 15 countries, celebrating Bayley‘s 30 years in the industry.

Bayley released a career-spanning double-disc collection, “Soundtracks Of My Life”, on October 31, 2013.

Metal Mind Productions recently released the two-CD version of Blaze Bayley‘s “Alive In Poland” (previously available only as part of the limited-edition “Alive In Poland” DVD) in Europe and North America.

“Alive In Poland” was recorded in Poland in April 2007 during the 21st edition of Metalmania festival in Katowice, Poland. It features a fantastic, over-one-and-a-half-hour show during which Blaze presented the best tracks from his discography, as well as select tracks from IRON MAIDEN (“Man On The Edge”, “Futureal”).

Bayley‘s latest studio album, “The King Of Metal”, was released in March 2012. The CD was recorded at Fear Studio in Ravenna, Italy.

The 50-year-old Bayley, who was born in Birmingham, was the original frontman in WOLFSBANE, but left in 1994 to replace Bruce Dickinson as the lead singer of IRON MAIDEN.

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General Music News: GWAR frontman passes away at the age of 50, official website confirms.

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On February 25, Norwegian/American hard rockers TNT performed at the studios of Norway’s public television network NRK as a part of a series showcasing Norwegian musicians. Check out footage of the performance at NRK.no.

TNT played its first official reunion show with singer Tony Harnell on January 17 at Gregers Live in Hamar, Norway.

Harnell confirmed his reunion with TNT in October 2013, explaining in a statement: “After much discussion and lots of soul searching, I’m happy to officially announce that I’ll be back behind the microphone with TNT.

“I’m very proud of all we accomplished over the years and proud to have written and recorded all those great songs with my brother from another mother, Ronni Le Tekrø.

“Sometimes it’s just time to give the fans what they’re asking for.

“2014 is the 25th anniversary of the successful ‘Intuition’ album and we thought it would be a good time to get out and relaunch this little machine for you guys!

“Can’t wait to see you all on tour!”

In August 2013, TNT parted ways with its frontman of the past seven years, British vocalist Tony Mills (ex-SHY). He explained in a statement: “Maybe we did 500 shows or something like that, but not many out of Norway.

“It has been the most prolific live period in my career, and when I felt the stagnancy and the lack of desire to grow and develop any further, I knew my time was done with the band.

“I don’t think it’s sensible to expect new art from the band after thirty years, just a lot of re-living the past and reconstructions of old albums and performances.

“None of us are getting any younger, but I have a great desire to not stop creativity in my life. I hate wasting days and singing songs from the past to satisfy old fans.

“Nostalgia wasn’t doing it for me.

“We were never close as friends or anything like that, so there is no great loss, and I have no doubt they will reform the original lineup and just do the whole thing all over again. I wish them good luck on that. I have other releases to come that excite me much more than that.”

Harnell rejoined TNT on stage for their 30th-anniversary concert on June 2, 2012 at the Clarion Hotel in Trondheim, Norway. The group performed a special setlist while accompanied by the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (Trondheim Symfoniorkester). Also making a special appearance with the band was TNT‘s original singer, Dag Ingebrigtsen.

After leaving TNT in 2006, Harnell was replaced by Mills, who has since appeared on three studio albums from the band: 2007′s “The New Territory”, 2008′s“Atlantis” and 2010′s “A Farewell To Arms”.

Harnell‘s final release as a member of TNT was the “Live in Madrid” DVD, which came out in September 2006 via MTM Music. The set, which was filmed on April 1, 2006 in Madrid, Spain, was accompanied by an 82-minute audio CD plus booklet liner notes from Harnell about his work with the group as well as an additional tour documentary by Darren Paltrowitz.

Photo credit: Kjell Solstad

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General Music News: Biographer also stresses that Courtney Love isn’t to blame for Kurt’s suicide.

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General Music News: "You can see a lot of hardcore and deathcore bands playing nu metal riffs," says Matt Heafy.

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Jagged Vision: friends in the right places

They play scintillating sludge mashed with heavy hardcore and come Kylesa-approved. Jagged Vision, you’re doing it right.

As vocalist Ole Wik puts it, “things have gone from zero to a hundred, really quickly.” That’s because a few short months ago, the Jagged Vision frontman and his bandmates – drummer Joakin SvelÂ, bassist Kato AustrÂtt and guitarists Harald Lid and Daniel Vier – were languishing in obscurity. Oh, sure, there was the occasional unearthing of their off-kilter brand of upbeat stoner rock/sludge core in and around the venues of western Norway, and you might even have seen someone strolling the streets of Stavanger decked out in one of their shirts, but it’s not like they were on the lips of many more folks beyond that. Until, as Wik explains, Daniel met Kylesa’s Phillip Cope.

“Daniel was a roadie for Kvelertak on their first international tour which was with Converge and Kylesa. From there, he got to know Phil.” Dan and Phil got along and Jagged Vision were looking for a producer to record their debut full-length, so a plan was hatched for the band to trek from Stavanger to Columbia, South Carolina and record at the Jam Room, the studio where the Kylesa man works when he’s not on tour. It was after spending two weeks in Columbia that Phil approached the quintet with the idea of signing to Retro Futurist, the boutique label he was assembling with fellow Kylesa-ians Laura Pleasants and Carl McGinley.

“At the time, we didn’t even know he was planning to start a label!” exclaims Wik. The result is Harvest Earth, the release of which was preceded by a month-long European tour featuring Jagged Earth and fellow Retro Futurist act, Sierra, supporting Kylesa. Not bad for a band who started playing ìsimplistic hardcore punkî and only got into ìstoner, doom and Black Sabbath when [they] got older. “That scene is really small here,” adds Daniel. “The band Purified In Blood are awesome and have been around forever, but it’s mainly just a group of long-haired dudes hanging around listening to loud music, so we’ve always looked to the UK and US for inspiration.”

The combination of the members’ hardcore roots and recent obsession with all things bearded, bare-chested and bong-watered gives Harvest Earth a unique edge as socially conscious shouting meets clipped ‘n ‘crunchy power chord progressions and boogie blues.

“Coming from a hardcore punk background, our lyrics will always have meaning. Harvest Earth is about how humanity exploits everything and us being five clueless dudes who feel we don’t fit in,” Wik laughs. “Going from hardcore to what we do now, we approached our music with a different mindset. The outcome is different and I can’t really put a finger on a band that sounds like us. I’m not even sure if what we do would be considered stoner or doom!”

Harvest Earth is out now on Retro Futurist

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QUEEN will return to North America for a 19-date arena tour with “American Idol” finalist Adam Lambert once again fronting the band. On Thursday (March 6) co-founders Brian May, Roger Taylor, and Lambert met the press at New York’s Madison Square Garden — which the band will return to play on July 17 for the first time since the group’s 1982 tour in support of “Hot Space”. The 2014 dates begin on June 19 at Chicago’s United Center and winds down a month later on July 20 at Columbia, Maryland’s Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Video footage from yesterday’s press conference can be seen below.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Brian May explained that he was eager to bring the current show to North America and hinted that this might be not only QUEEN‘s last hurrah — but the last chance to thank fans with a musical spectacle never to be forgotten. “We’re very excited, I must say,” he said. “It’s been a while, but this is a combination, which we feel works really well, and Roger and myself are feeling, y’know, it’ll be great to do this one more time — this is what we do. It’s very significant that we’re here in Madison Square Garden; and actually that was my condition for touring. I said to Jim Beach, our manager, ‘Get us Madison Square Garden, get us the Forum in L.A. and we can do this one more time.’ And, y’know, this is the man to do it with. I’m thrilled to be here and let’s do this.”

Roger Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio that the success of QUEEN‘s live shows with Lambert simply comes down to musical chemistry. “We’ve worked with Adam a few times now,” he said. “We had a wonderful tour, a short tour in Eastern Europe and in England, and that was probably the longest we’ve worked. Each time we’ve worked with Adam, it’s just worked very well with our music. He’s the most incredible frontman and we’re delighted to announcing a tour of North America. It’s just such a delight for us.”

Adam Lambert admitted that he stepped into pretty big shoes when he agreed to take the stage fronting QUEEN — a band that had perhaps the most legendary and charismatic frontman with the late Freddie Mercury. “At first, it was a little daunting, when we started our first incarnation of this. I was definitely… I was apprehensive,” he said. “He’s a big idol for me, and I thought to myself, y’know, ‘I hope that the fans dig this,’ y’know? ‘Cause there was a possibility that they wouldn’t. And it felt really good, the reception was warm, the press reaction to it the first time was very warm. And it’s such a treat to get on stage and pay my respects and pay tribute to one of my favorite singers ever — and to sing some of the greatest music ever written.”

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The official lyric video for the song “Into Hell” from Tel Aviv-based neo-thrashers HAMMERCULT can be seen below. The track is taken from the band’s second album, “Steelcrusher”, which was released on CD and colored vinyl on January 27 in Europe and February 4 in North America via Sonic Attack/SPV. The effort was produced by Tal Vaisman and mixed and mastered by Chris “Zeuss” Harris.

“Steelcrusher” track listing:

01. Hymn To The Steel (intro)
02. Steelcrusher
03. Metal Rules Tonight
04. Into Hell
05. We Are The People
06. Burning The Road
07. Ironbound
08. Unholy Art
09. Satanic Lust
10. Liar
11. Damnation Arise
12. Heading For War
13. In The Name Of The Fallen

The song “We Are The People” includes a guest guitar solo by SEPULTURA‘s Andreas Kisser.

The video for the “Steelcrusher” title track can be seen below.

Comments HAMMERCULT singer Yakir Shochat: “This is a live video of the band performing the song ‘Steelcrusher’ live for the first time, which is truly capturing the raw power and unstoppable energy of HAMMERCULT live stage show. It clearly can be seen that the mania raged well within the crowd and the band to one big extreme metal party!

“We have chosen to kickstart ‘Steelcrusher’ with the self-titled video and a live video because it old the real essence of us as a live band, without any filtering, editing and over-hyped budget or scripted stuff — just pure metal onslaught, and making the fans roar, which is what we do best.”

The “Steelcrusher” cover artwork was created by Andreas Marshall, the Berlin-based artist who has previously worked with BLIND GUARDIAN, IN FLAMES, RUNNING WILD and HAMMERFALL, among others.

“We definitely have European influences and have grown up with bands like KREATOR, DESTRUCTION and SODOM,” says HAMMERCULT frontman Yakir Shochat. “Lots of important groups signed with Noise Records in their early days. That’s why we’re particularly happy that ‘Steelcrusher’ will be out on Sonic Attack, Noise founder Karl Walterbach‘s current label. So as fans of that great Noise era, we’ve come full circle in that respect.”

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PALMS, the Los Angeles-based band featuring three former members of ISIS with DEFTONES‘ frontman Chino Moreno, premiered the outfit’s first music video, for the song “Future Warrior”. Check it out below. The five-minute clip, directed by Jon Mancinetti, perfectly encapsulates the visual elements that have accompanied the PALMS debut album’s release: a breezy Southern California landscape with rugged mountains and swaying palm trees.

PALMS released its self-titled debut album in June, with Spin describing “Palms” as “the slow-orbiting-rocket float of ‘Oceanic’-era ISIS painted in soft colors, now with the gushing, soaring melodies that would work on an older sibling’s mixtape next to CURE, ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN, US, or DEPECHE MODE” and Revolver proclaiming the album a “dreamy, swooning… masterpiece.”

The quartet played its first live shows in July, with four headlining dates on the West Coast followed by a performance at the Hollywood Bowl, as SYSTEM OF A DOWN‘s hand-picked openers.

PALMS came together following the demise of ISIS, with Jeff Caxide (bass), Aaron Harris, (drums) and Clifford Meyer (keyboards/guitar) electing to continue playing music together. “After a little time Jeff, Cliff, and I decided that it was insane that we all still lived here in Los Angeles and weren’t playing together,” Harris says. “It just sort of happened naturally, probably because we have been playing together for so long, and things started to come together. But we didn’t want to be instrumental: We wanted vocals. We just weren’t exactly sure who that would be at first.” The band, knowing that Moreno had been a fan of ISIS, thought he would be a great fit and he agreed. “A chance to work with the guys from ISIS sounded like a lot of fun,” Moreno says, “I’ve always been into the atmospheric sounds they had created with that project and felt my sense of melody would meld well with theirs.”

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“We’re All Stocked Up In Here”, the third song from DEEP ARCHITECTURE, the new “musical collaboration” between former THE HAUNTED drummer Per Møller Jensen and Danish musician Carsten Lender, can be streamed at this location.

Per Møller Jensen quit THE HAUNTED in October 2012. He explained in a statement: “This decision has been underway for a long time and cannot be attributed to [former THE HAUNTED frontman Peter] Dolving‘s departure [in early 2012].

“My penchant for music, creating — as in digging deep — and practicing has never been at a higher peak than now. When you throw musical differences between members in with that, I started feeling unfulfilled. This is not pointing fingers at anybody, but rather just seeing, accepting and acting on that fact.”

THE HAUNTED recently returned to the spotlight after almost a year without public activity and restructuring behind closed doors, following a major switch of lineups around fall of 2012. Joining bassist Jonas Björler and guitarist Patrik Jensen in the band’s current incarnation are Ola Englund (guitar; SIX FEET UNDER, FEARED), Marco Aro (vocals; THE RESISTANCE, FACE DOWN) and Adrian Erlandsson (drums; AT THE GATES, PARADISE LOST).

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