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Rod Whitfield of SF Media recently conducted an interview with keyboardist Jordan Rudess of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On the band’s new, self-titled album:

“Yeah, I’m so excited about it. I think it’s definitely one of our best, and we feel so good about it that we decided to stamp it with a self titled name, so everybody’s happy.

“We just feel that the band is at such a great point, personally and musically, that it was really time to mark this down, and say ‘Hey, you know what? If you want to know about DREAM THEATER this is it.’ It’s really a representation of who we are as people at this point in time. It was a fantastic year before this on the road with [recently added drummer] Mike Mangini, and getting him fully integrated into the band.”

On what Mike Mangini has added to the DREAM THEATER songwriting process:

“Having him come into the studio with us gave us that extra spark, not only musically, but he’s also such a lively, energetic fun guy. So it brought us to this very strong, unified and powerful level. Having him there was just a treat, because he’s such a unique person, his playing is really individual, and the way he thinks, he offered some really interesting ideas. Especially in the realm of rhythm, it was very cool.”

On the differences in the personalities and playing of Mike Mangini and former DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy:

“Yeah, I feel so lucky in my career to have worked with some of the greatest drummers, and guitarists as well, but we’re talking about drummers, and Mike Portnoy is one of the greatest drummers out there. We had a great time playing for many years together. And now we’re playing with Mangini, it’s a whole ‘nother wonderful musical experience. And what’s really cool is that all these great drummers that I’ve played with, they’re all so different, but what’s especially cool about Mangini is that, not only is he a different kind of a drummer, but he can also fit like a glove into the music. So when we play the older DREAM THEATER songs, it feels very comfortable. Even though he has a different approach, it kinda fits like a glove, if you will. So that’s obviously why he got the gig, because he can do that, but he can also offer some fresh and exciting ideas into what we’re doing.”

Read the entire interview at SF Media.

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Austria’s Stormbringer.at recently conducted an interview with AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows and bassist Johnny Christ. You can now watch the chat below.

As previously reported, AVENGED SEVENFOLD is teaming up with online entertainment site Machinima to bring fans brand new original content in the form of a six-episode animated series that will tell the fictional story of the Death Bat, the band’s longtime trademark and mascot. Directed by “Metalocalypse” producer Jon Schnepp, the series will air this fall on Machinima‘s HappyHour channel and will feature music from AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s new album, “Hail To The King”, which is set to arrive on August 27.

Lead singer M. Shadows revealed that the series will go “hand-in-hand” with a new mobile AVENGED SEVENFOLD game that the band has been developing for 18 months. He explained, “Without revealing too much, I will just say that it is an action-adventure game. It has been written and developed by the band and with our friends in Subscience Studios. It’s turning out awesome. We can’t wait to show you more when it’s ready . . . The game and the series will go hand in hand with each other. We hope you enjoy them both, because I know we have had a great time developing them.”

“Hail To The King” is AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s follow-up to 2010’s chart-topping “Nightmare” and the first album by the band to feature no musical contributions from late drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan.

Sullivan, who died in December 2009, did write some of the music that ended up on “Nightmare”. The Pulse Of Radio asked Shadows if his presence was missed on the new disc. “Obviously, you totally miss, like, what he would have brought to the table,” he said. “Like, I’m a hundred percent happy with these songs, but I know he would have had a couple of ideas of cool things to do. Also, he always brings three to four great songs. So on this process when you get to like song six or seven, you’re like, ‘Damn, I really wish we were at song 10, ’cause I’m really happy with these seven songs and Jimmy would have brought three in.’ So that was the big thing, it was just that it took us a lot longer to get where we wanted to get.”

AVENGED SEVENFOLD has also continued its relationship with game publisher Activision by contributing a song to the final pack of downloadable content for the wildly successful game Call Of Duty: Black Ops II.

The final content pack, called Apocalypse, will be available on the Xbox Live online entertainment network from Microsoft on August 27 and contains a new AVENGED track called “Shepherd Of Fire”.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD will begin a fall headlining North American tour on October 3 in Chicago, concluding on October 26 in Las Vegas. Support on the road trip will come from DEFTONES and GHOST.

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows has posted the following message on the band’s official web site:

“Dear friends, I wanted to start off by thanking those of you who came out to the three shows we did this weekend. We had a great time getting out of the studio and preparing for our ‘Hail To The King’ album release. We are excited about the 27th and we hope you all are as well.

“The reason I’m writing this is to shed some light on a few things we will be doing this fall besides touring and promoting ‘Hail To The King’. First, I would like to let you all know that for the past 18 months we have been writing and developing an iOS / Android-based mobile AVENGED SEVENFOLD game.

“Without revealing too much, I will just say that it is an action-adventure game. It has been written and developed by the band and with our friends in Subscience Studios. It’s turning out awesome. We can’t wait to show you more when it’s ready.

“What we can show you though is a trailer for the new ‘Hail To The King’ animated series that we and our friends at Machinima have been working on. The game and the series will go hand in hand with each other. We hope you enjoy them both, because I know we have had a great time developing them.”

AVENGED SEVENFOLD has continued its ongoing relationship with game publisher Activision by contributing a song to the final pack of downloadable content for the wildly successful game Call Of Duty: Black Ops II. The final content pack, called Apocalypse, will be available on the Xbox Live online entertainment network from Microsoft on August 27. Among its features will be a Zombies experience called “Origins”, which will include the brand new AVENGED SEVENFOLD track “Shepherd Of Fire” from the band’s upcoming album “Hail To The King”.

“Hail To The King”, AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s sixth album and the follow-up to 2010’s chart-topping “Nightmare”, is out on August 27.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD will begin a fall headlining North American tour on October 3 in Chicago, concluding on October 26 in Las Vegas. Support on the road trip will come from DEFTONES and GHOST.

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ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna did the voiceovers for the new game Letter Avalanche, described as “a new type of word game where gravity, physics and nerve all come into play.”

Says Joey: “I had a great time doing the voiceovers for it, [and I am] glad they asked me.

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Drummer Mike Portnoy (ADRENALINE MOB, FLYING COLORS, THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) has released the following update:

“I had a great time with my [ADRENALINE MOB] brothers at these last shows in South America.

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KINGS OF CHAOS, the touring project featuring former GUNS N’ ROSES members Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke and Duff McKagan.

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Megadeth: Back in the UK this summer

Megadeth release new album Super Collider this June via Dave Mustaine‘s own Tradecraft label, and the man himself has opened up to some of the pretty interesting influences surrounding the concept and conception of the thrash legends’ latest opus.

“I was up in Santa Barbara, and USA Today, as a newspaper, I started reading a long time ago because it had Sudoku in it,” he tells Bob Nalbandian’s Shockwaves/HardRadio. “I’m not really down with a lot of the viewpoints of the newspaper, but I kind of got used to reading it because of the puzzles in it — ’cause I love word puzzles; I like to enrich my word power. And there was a story in there about how they finally had identified the mass that goes around the molecules and stuff; it’s called the Higgs Boson and we had done that with the Super Collider. And I thought, ‘Wow, that’s a really cool story.’ Actually, the stuff’s called the ‘God particle.’ And I thought, knowing how closed-minded people are with my faith and thinking that that’s gonna change who I am as a person — which it did — and that that would also correlate into changing my guitar playing, which it didn’t, I didn’t wanna have a song called God Particle, because every village has its idiots, and unfortunately for me, a bunch of them follow me on the Internet.

“So we opted to call it Super Collider. And this first song is kind of, like, a song about no matter how bad things get, come with me, we’ll take the high road and we’ll hang out and have a great time and we’ll stick together until the end of the world, so to speak, when the world explodes like a Super Collider. Because the whole theory of the super collider is atoms swirling into one another at millions of miles an hour, I guess. I love the concept, I love the artwork that we have for this record — it’s the Hadron Collider, and that is a remarkable machine.

“And if you look at the Super Collider, the thing itself — whether it does a damn bit of good or not, nobody really knows; I don’t know how it’s gonna correlate to lowering gas prices or anything like that, or getting people to stop trying to run everybody’s lives right now and the dumbing down of America… But it’s really cool if you look at how big it is. A lot of pictures on the ‘Net will show this enormous machinery and guys the size of ants next to it. And the one picture that we used for our cover was, like I said, the Hadron Collider and it’s just beautiful stuff, man. Science is really interesting. I mean, I don’t believe in evolution, I believe in creation, so science only goes so far with me, but I really dig looking at that whole way that’s set up with the tubing and the piping and the reactors and all the stuff that goes along with it. You have to see it for yourself.”

Props to Blabbermouth for the transcript.

Dave‘s crew will play the following UK venues this summer:

Jun 3 Newcastle Academy
Jun 4 Glasgow Cademy
Jun 5 Manchester Academy
Jun 6 London Brixton Academy

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Finnish act Amberian Dawn has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band’s vocalist:

“Goodbye Heidi, welcome back Joonas and Emppu. Amberian Dawn sadly announce the departure of Heidi Parviainen. The first chapter of Amberian Dawn’s story is closed. The band and vocalist Heidi Parviainen, who has been a member of Amberian Dawn from the beginning, have decided to part ways.

“The decision to part company at the end of the year was made consensually in early 2012, thus meaning Amberian Dawn’s appearance at Metal Female Voices Fest was their last show together. Amberian Dawn wishes Heidi all the best for her future and thanks her deeply for the work, effort and contribution she provided during all these years.

“Furthermore the band line-up will change since drummer Heikki Saari and guitarist Kasperi Heikkinen are leaving the band and their positions are filled by ex-drummer Joonas Pykälä-aho and ex-guitarist Emil ‘Emppu’ Pohjalainen. Joonas and Emppu have been around a lot lately and you have seen them on AD’s previous European tour in 2011. In fact Joonas has played on all 3 European tours of AD so far and Emppu on 2. AD wishes Kasperi and Heikki well for their future and successful careers with their new band projects. Your talent and virtuosity was highly appreciated.

“The first chapter of Amberian Dawn lasted 5 years, brought forth 4 studio albums, 3 European tours and about 70 gigs worldwide. This was a great time for everyone involved, but now it’s time to move on and continue with a new line-up and new vocalist, who will be announced in December 2012. Welcome back on board Emppu and Joonas!”

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After the band’s van caught fire while on tour earlier this week, Decrepit Birth has now issued the following statement about having equipment and personal items stolen from the replacement rental van:

“More bad energy has come to us in the form of a theft last night night in San Francisco. Our rental van had the side window broken out and all of our personal bags with cash, laptop computers, cell phones, passports, and id’s were stolen.

“This was a major blow to go along with our van catching on fire in Canada and having to leave it there to be junked. At this point we will have to regretfully drop from the last few days of tour. The costs are overwhelming at this point, and to continue on would dig an even deeper hole of debt for the band, which we can’t afford.

“We had a great time touring with our brothers in Obituary, Broken Hope, Jungle Rot, and Encrust. These bands were beyond awesome to us during the past week of issues we’ve gone through.

“Thanks to all the fans for coming out and making this such a great tour aside from the bullshit. We gave it our all every night for you, our fans. We’re down but not out….

“If you feel like donating to our new van fund, you can send your donation via Paypal to decrepitbirth@msn.com. We really appreciate that our fans have reached out to us and offered to help, you guys are the best!”

Nuclear Blast Records also added: “If anyone in San Francisco has any information that can help lead to the arrest of the assholes who broke into Decrepit Birth’s van and stole all their things, please contact your local police station with any tips! These guys have been through enough already! Any help is much appreciated.”

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Ektomorf has released a new music video for the song “Unscarred,” which can be viewed below. The band has also issued the following announcement about a lineup change:

“Sadly Mike had to quit for family reasons. It was a great time with him playing music and we are still friends. There’s no bad blood between us at all. I had the intention to call Tamàs (Schrottner), our previous guitar player, again after two years. We had a great fucking talk the very next day. He joined us on the ‘Unscarred’ video shoot and now Tamàs is back in the band. We had a killer rehearsal and we are ready to kick asses on the ‘Black Flag’ tour! See ya all soon!”

The “Unscarred” track comes off the band’s new album “Black Flag,” released on August 31st, 2012.

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