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Southern California’s female-fronted hard rockers IN THIS MOMENT have just launched their latest single, “Whore”, to radio.

While “Whore” has been getting traction at radio stations across the country, it was more important for the band to create a message that conveys the true intent behind the use of the “whore” word. Singer Maria Brink created the term Women Honoring One Another Rising Eternally to give new meaning away from the derogatory connotation of the “whore” word.

“I am so proud and excited for the world to hear ‘Whore’. This is an honest and raw movement that needs to be heard!” exclaims Brink.

“The message behind this song is taking back control. It is about taking the power from a disgusting and degrading word and turning it back around on the accuser. It’s about self-empowerment, love, and liberation.”

The imagery the band has created around the release of “Whore” is just as provocative as the word itself, yet all goes back to the important message the band has created. Brink explains: “I decided to pose nude for the visual art for ‘Whore’ to evoke a raw vulnerable emotion. The word ‘whore’ written down my back, and the dunce cap symbolize me placing myself on the stake for those who are suffering and I can only hope to encourage at least one person to find the self worth and love they deserve to transcend out of a painful situation into a beautiful one. It is about finding our power and taking a stand.

“We are resilient beings and need to realize our incredible strengths.

“I will not bow down to others’ perceptions of me; I will only rise in the name of art, love and music.”

Adds IN THIS MOMENT guitarist Chris Howorth: “One of the best things about the song ‘Whore’ is all the feelings and thoughts that the word alone provokes, and that’s great, but at the end of the day, it’s just a word. The only power it really has is the power that we give it. It’s really just about taking the power back from the word, and when you get past all the controversy of the word, you have a bombastic rock and roll song with crushing guitars and huge drums that will have you screaming whore at the top of your lungs! Listen with your heart!”

IN THIS MOMENT will return to headline status this fall as part of the first-ever Hellpop tour. The trek, which will also feature MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, KYNG and ALL HAIL THE YETI, will kick off October 24 in Tempe, Arizona and run through November 27 in Los Angeles, California. The 25-city tour will make stops in Houston, Texas; Orlando, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; and Salt Lake City, Utah, to name a few. IN THIS MOMENT will also play a special Halloween show in Shreveport, Lousiana on October 31 which will be a spectacle not to be missed.

IN THIS MOMENT‘s fourth album, “Blood”, debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard album chart and has sold more than 185,000 copies in the United States since coming out in August 2012.

IN THIS MOMENT professionally filmed its May 21 concert in Madison, Wisconsin for the group’s first-ever live DVD. IN THIS MOMENT has partnered up with longtime supporter, radio station WJJO, as part of their Mayday Maylay concert series. The band had a bunch of surprises in store for this show, including rarely played songs from their catalog and an all-new stage show created specifically for this concert.

IN THIS MOMENT‘s DVD is being directed by Brad Golowin who is known for his work with MISS MAY I and 10 YEARS, to name a few.

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Not to be confused with John Zorn‘s in-and-out jazz and folk tribe nor the short-lived thrash crew from the late eighties, this death metal unit from Philadelphia was founded in 2008 by guitarist Chris Milewski. Contained amongst his ranks is former IMMOLATION, RELLIK and GOREAPHOBIA skin crusher, Craig Smilowski, who fields drums on two tracks of MASADA‘s “Hideous Rot” EP. Also brought on board for the same deuce on the EP is RELLIK bassist Matt Dwyer.

While still obviously in a developing phase, MASADA employs a few moments of ingenuity outside of their choppy and clunky delivery. Cazz “The Black Lourde of Crucifixion” Grant handles the band’s ralphs and even drums on two tracks, “Hideous Cerebral Pulp” and “Exist to Rot”. Interestingly, those songs bear a better sound capture than the murky production on the Smilowki-Dwyer-aided “Suffer Mental Decay” and “Toxic Unreality”.

Sure, the expanded personnel on the latter two tracks opens up MASADA‘s songwriting, in particular the grinding final bars of “Suffer Mental Decay” and then with Dwyer‘s reverberating bass chops taking the forefront of “Toxic Unreality”. However, it’s a shame these tracks are smothered by Dwyer‘s lines and Cazz Grant‘s putrid growls. Also looped with an encompassing narrative soundbyte on “Toxic Unreality”, you have to work a bit to hone in on Smilowski and Milewski.

“Hideous Cerebral Pulp”, handled exclusively by Milewski and Grant, is, oddly enough, the best track of the EP. Despite the limited performing numbers here, the mix is crisper and tighter. We can hear Chris Milewski homogenously layering his guitars and vibrating bass licks with Cazz Grant‘s drumming evenly sewn in. Grant‘s growls may be tempered somewhat in the mix of this cut, but it’s almost staggering how more professional “Hideous Cerebral Pulp” rings than “Suffer Mental Decay” and “Toxic Unreality”.

In-between “Hideous Rot”‘s five tracks is a superb (if downright bizarre) flute and reed percussion interjection, “Fluxeotherapy”, delivered by BLACK WIDOW UK‘s Clive Jones. Spiked by a disturbed lace of sex moans and shivers, “Fluxeotherapy” comes off like JETHRO TULL for S&M fetishists. Afterwards, “Exist to Rot” rumbles forward with a pretty sharp slowdown sequence in which Chris Milewski weaves a VOIVOD-inspired guitar nocturne.

“Hideous Rot” could have been better had the Dwyer and Smilowski tracks been given the same care in transfer. Otherwise, there’s some pretty cool stuff to chew on here with minimal investment time. MASADA may or may not become a write-off side project, but it’s to their benefit to utilize a uniform production value if there’s any objective of continuance.

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Artisan News recently conducted an interview with vocalist Mike Hranica and guitarist Chris Rubey of the Dayton, Ohio Christian metalcore band THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA. You can now watch the report below.

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA‘s fifth studio album, “8:18″, is likely to sell between 18,000 and 22,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on September 17 via Roadrunner

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA‘s fourth album, “Dead Throne”, opened with 32,000 units back in September 2011 to land at position No. 10 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Long acclaimed as among one of the most potent and provocative bands in modern American metal, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA made a massive leap forward with the stunning “8:18″. The album — executive-produced by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE‘s Adam Dutkiewicz and produced by the band along with producer/engineer Matt Goldman (UNDEROATH, THE CHARIOT) — sees the group driving its relentless sonic approach with more might than ever before, giving extreme power to frontman Mike Hranica‘s grim, emotional lyricism.

“8:18″ track listing:

01. Gloom
02. Rumors
03. First Sight
04. War
05. 8:18
06. Sailor’s Prayer
07. Care More
08. Martyrs
09. Black & Blue
10. Transgress
11. Number Eleven
12. Home For Grave
13. In Heart

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA has announced details of an upcoming North American headline tour. “The 8:18 Tour”, which will see the band accompanied by THE GHOST INSIDE, VOLUMES and TEXAS IN JULY, gets underway November 2 in Detroit at the Royal Oak Music Theatre and continues through December 20, wrapping in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Singer Mike Hranica commented: “We’ve loved playing two new songs over the course of this year, and with that being said we’re really excited to debut more material live. For me, ’8:18′ is meant to reflect a live sense of vocals, so doing another headline tour like this is going to be excellent.”

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Richard Bienstock of Guitar World recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine and guitarist Chris Broderick. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Guitar World: You’ve stated publicly that you feel Chris is the best guitarist you’ve ever played with.

Mustaine: He’s such an enigma. What Chris is capable of doing and what he does are two totally different things. He could do a mind-blowing, over-the-fretboard seven-string solo for six minutes. But he can also play something incredibly melodic. You need to be able to play what fits the song. And that’s the cool thing about the journey we’ve been on together: we’ve learned a lot about each other as people and learned a lot from each other as players. And when it comes to solos, especially for a band like this, you gotta think about it. You gotta really think about where you’re going. You can’t just do scales and sweeps. That said, the guy can do 800 notes in four bars if he wants to.

Guitar World: Chris, how does it feel to hear Dave say things like that?

Broderick: It’s always very humbling, because he’s worked with a lot of incredible guitarists. Every past player in MEGADETH has brought something great to the table, and I think I’m lucky to be counted among them. But as far as how I work with Dave, in a way he makes it easy. The type of personality I am, I like to have a direction and a path and to know what I’m doing. And Dave has such a clear idea of what he wants that I don’t have to deal with a lot of decisions. I just pick up my guitar, put it on and play the songs.

Guitar World: As much as the band explores new territory on “Super Collider”, there are also some vintage MEGADETH moments. [MEGADETH bassist] Dave Ellefson has said that parts of the new record reminded him of “Killing Is My Business… and Business Is Good!”, and you can certainly hear that on something like the second half of “Dance In The Rain”.

Broderick: Definitely. When I hear a rhythm like the one at the end of “Dance In The Rain”, I start thinking about songs like “Rattlehead” [from “Killing Is My Business…”] and all of that older stuff that has so much angst to it. I definitely draw from that. I think there’s a direct line to those parts. They have that same mood. That same aggression.

Mustaine: But you know, when I’m writing stuff, I don’t think, This sounds like it’s from this era. I don’t have the ability to think like that. I wish I could. God, I’d go back to “Rust In Peace” and write another one! Because I was listening to it the other day and I thought, Man, what the fuck was I thinking when I wrote that? Because I know my limitations and shit, and I listen to the title track and I think, That was a lucky day!

Guitar World: Along those lines, you’ve been doing some of the old albums onstage for a few years now, first with the “Rust In Peace” 20th anniversary tour and more recently for a similar celebration for “Countdown To Extinction”.

Mustaine: It’s like a big giant circle. We were actually mixing the “Countdown” live DVD at the same time we were doing “Super Collider”. And the interesting thing is, I was listening to those songs and thinking they’re just as relevant today. Take “Psychotron”, and think about all the stuff that’s going on now with drones [unmanned combat vehicles]. So I don’t feel that there’s such a big stretch between then and now with this band. The only time I experience the passage of time is when I try to sing some of those songs. My voice doesn’t go that high anymore!

Read the entire interview at Guitar World.

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Guitarist Chris Rubey of the Dayton, Ohio Christian metalcore band THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA recently talked about some of his tattoos for PitCam TV‘s “Behind The Ink” segment. The clip can be viewed below.

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA‘s new album, “8:18″, will be released on Sepember 17 via Roadrunner Records.

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA officially unveiled the start of pre-orders for “8:18″ with a direct video invitation to their fans around the world, streaming now at their official YouTube channel. All pre-orders at tdwpband.com receive instant free MP3 downloads of two new tracks, “Home For Grave” and “Martyrs”. Pre-orders are also available now on the iTunes store.

Furthermore, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA have announced details of an upcoming North American headline tour. “The 8:18 Tour”, which will see the band accompanied by THE GHOST INSIDE, VOLUMES and TEXAS IN JULY, gets underway November 2 in Detroit at the Royal Oak Music Theatre and continues through December 20, wrapping in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Singer Mike Hranica commented: “We’ve loved playing two new songs over the course of this year, and with that being said we’re really excited to debut more material live. For me, ’8:18′ is meant to reflect a live sense of vocals, so doing another headline tour like this is going to be excellent.”

Long acclaimed as among one of the most potent and provocative bands in modern American metal, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA made a massive leap forward with the stunning “8:18″. The album — executive-produced by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE‘s Adam Dutkiewicz and produced by the band along with producer/engineer Matt Goldman (UNDEROATH, THE CHARIOT) — sees the group driving its relentless sonic approach with more might than ever before, giving extreme power to frontman Mike Hranica‘s grim, emotional lyricism.

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Singer Tim “Ripper” Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DIO DISCIPLES) joined guitarist Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SBIERIAN ORCHESTRA) on stage on August 24 at Ripper’s Rock House in Akron, Ohio to perform a couple of SAVATAGE classics: “Edge Of Thorns” and “Hall Of The Mountain King”. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.

In a recent interview with Metal Meltdown, SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva explained why he is focusing on TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and is no longer interested in making albums and touring with SAVATAGE. “The bottom line comes down to, perish the thought, but it comes down to making a living,” he said. “We’re not 21 anymore.

“When people sometimes actually get snotty with me about it, and I’m like, ‘Where the hell were all you guys when we needed you to buy the record?’

“If SAVATAGE would have released ‘Dead Winter Dead’ and it sold 2 million records, we wouldn’t be having this conversation right now.”

He continued: “Somebody else explain to me how I could release the same song the next year and it sell millions. And then I walk around and I’ve got six platinum records on my wall, and not one of them says SAVATAGE on it, folks. So what am I supposed to do? I’ve got a family to take care of. I’ve got responsibilities. I gave it as much time as I could to break. Now I have something that’s become very successful. It’s paid the bills for everybody, it’s provided a living for all the guys from SAVATAGE. We’re still a family, we’re still together, we still love each other. Why would I want to do anything to destroy that? Why would I want to put a monkey wrench in that to rehearse a week and go put a SAVATAGE thing together? It doesn’t make any sense to me.”

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THE BLACK CROWES have revealed their final tour plans for 2013. In addition to their concerts running from September 5 to December 13, the band have announced all-acoustic shows October 18, 19, 21 and 22 at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York and electric shows October 24, 26, 27 and 29 at New York City’s Terminal 5. Look for the iconic band to end the tour on a high note December 14 in San Francisco at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The Port Chester, New York City and San Francisco performances will all feature very special guests; go to www.blackcrowes.comfor all the latest. Tickets for the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York and Terminal 5 in New York City go on sale Friday, August 23 at 12:00 p.m. local time. Tickets for Bill Graham Civic Auditorium go on sale Sunday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

The band have confirmed that after these concerts, THE BLACK CROWES have no future plans for touring, as band members will focus in 2014 on solo releases and projects.

Lead singer/guitarist Chris Robinson says, “This year in THE BLACK CROWES has reaffirmed my belief in the power of music and the power of love. Can’t wait to see what the future holds. Long live rock and roll!”

Guitarist/vocalist Rich Robinson says: “The tour this year has been incredibly positive. From our own shows, and into the TEDESCHI TRUCKS tour where we found our musical soulmates. Really great vibes all around. I’m looking forward to the fall for some great shows.”

Drummer Steve Gorman said,: “The tour this year has been a great run, and we’re looking forward to the fall dates in a lot of our favorite towns. The turnout and response from the fans has been overwhelming. After 23 years of doing all we could to kill this beast — and I mean we really threw everything we had at it but just couldn’t get it to die — I think it’s obvious that the best course of action is to enjoy it as much as we can.”

THE BLACK CROWES“Lay Down With Number 13″ tour — ending a two-year hiatus — kicked off March 24 with five sold-out U.K. shows. They’ve been flying high since in the U.S. and in Europe, where they performed June 18 to July 6, including headlining shows, festivals and two stadium concerts with Bruce Springsteen.

Yesterday (August 15), THE BLACK CROWES wrapped a successful co-headlining summer amphitheater tour with the TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND. They will perform this weekend (August 18) at the Peach festival in Scranton, Saturday before heading out September 6 for various festival and headlining dates.

Pictured above from left to right: Steve Gorman, Rich Robinson, Chris Robinson, Jackie Greene, Sven Pipien, Adam MacDougall

Photo credit: Ross Halfin

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Matt Phelps of Über Röck recently conducted an interview with former W.A.S.P.

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Brazil’s Wikimetal podcast recently conducted an interview with former MEGADETH and current OHM: guitarist Chris Poland.

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Hayley Leggs of Bloodstock Radio conducted an interview with guitarist Chris Howorth of Southern California’s IN THIS MOMENT at this year’s Download festival, which took place June 14-16 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom.

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