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SPIRALARMS, the San Francisco Bay Area-based heavy rock band featuring Craig Locicero (FORBIDDEN, ex-MANMADEGOD) on guitar, Tim Narducci (ex-SYSTEMATIC) on vocals, Chris “Cornbread” Lombardo on bass, Brad Barth on keyboards, Anthony Traslavina on rhythm guitar and Ron Redeen (THE ESSENESS PROJECT) on drums, will release its second album, “Freedom”, on October 22 via Steamhammer/SPV.

SPIRALARMS rose from the ashes of millennial bands SYSTEMATIC, FORBIDDEN and MANMADE GOD.

Friends since the age of 15, Narducci and Locicero bonded over their love of heavy metal and hard rock music. Looking back at that time period, Craig said, “[We were] probably the youngest kids in the East Bay metal scene that were drinking beer out in the parking lot after seeing bands like TESTAMENT and EXODUS play.”

Although the two remained friends throughout the years, they both went their separate ways and started bands of their own.

After years of playing with their respective groups, the two friends contacted each other and decided it was time to start playing music together again, and in 2004 SPIRALARMS was born.

“Freedom”‘s down-to-earth and very dynamic production deserves a mention. The album oozes a liveliness, which many other bands tend to lose in the studio. “We always work at the studio as a full band,” says Locicero. “The basic tracks of the new album were recorded in just about 16 hours, the rest was recorded by and by, but always in the same spirit. From the beginning, we never lost sight of our vision and that special flair which our new songs have.”

“Freedom” track listing:

01. Dropping Like Flies
02. Hold Me To The Sky
03. Exit 63
04. Blackmoon Morning
05. Drugs & Alcohol
06. Dealer
07. Lovers Leap
08. Tomorrow’s Dream
09. Freedom
10. I Lay Low (digipack bonus track)

The song “Dealer” can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below.

SPIRALARMS is:

Tim Narducci – Vocals/Guitar
Craig Locicero – Guitar
Anthony Traslavina – Guitar
Chris “Cornbread” Lombardo – Bass/Vocals
Brad Barth – Keyboards
Ron Redeen – Drums

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MEGADETH performed a short acoustic set on August 7 in front of a select group of fans at VEVO studios in New York City. The band played the following three tracks:

* Symphony Of Destruction
* Kingmaker
* She-Wolf

Video footage of the “She-Wolf” performance can be seen below.

Check out a review of the session at NY Hard Rock Music Examiner. Photos are available at this location.

MEGADETH has just completed a headlining run at this year’s edition of Gigantour, the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by Dave Mustaine.

In addition to MEGADETH, this year’s installment of Gigantour featured BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, DEVICE, HELLYEAH, NEWSTED and DEATH DIVISION.

MEGADETH‘s latest album, “Super Collider”, has sold 64,000 copies in the United States since its June 4 release. The CD arrived in stores via Mustaine‘s new label, Tradecraft, distributed by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). It marks MEGADETH‘s first release since the band’s split with Roadrunner Records.

MEGADETH filmed a video for the “Super Collider” title track on May 10 in the Los Angeles area. California-based model, actress, singer and songwriter Hunter Elizabeth was cast in the lead role in the clip, which she says is “about a high-school couple still loving each other after all the years after graduation, and at the 10-year reunion, both characters find themselves successful (a model and a mathematician) and still very in love.”

“That song kind of came from that ‘Symphony Of Destruction’ corner of my mind,” Mustaine told Guitar World magazine. “You can’t always play aggressive, thrashy stuff. Sometimes those aren’t even songs; they’re like musical rams. But because I’m not a pop guy, I’m also not really comfortable playing sing-along songs. To me, ‘Super Collider’ made sense like a normal song — a verse-chorus-verse-chorus kind of thing. It’s written the way a real songwriter would write the song, instead of just taking all these musical twists and turns.”

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According to Pacific Standard, newly published research has found “significantly higher levels of anxiety and depression among listeners of heavy metal/hard rock music, as compared with non-listeners.”

A sample of 551 college students was assessed on music preference and on symptoms of depression, anxiety, and trait anger.

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Forty years of hard rock and heavy metal to page and click through: with “History Of Metal”, the music magazine Metal Hammer explores the roots and development of hard rock music and presents the history of heavy metal to music fans as an interactive iPad app in two languages.

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Elliot Levin of the NY Hard Rock Music Examiner recently conducted an interview with guitarist John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE, ex-MARILYN MANSON).

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Elliot Levin of the NY Hard Rock Music Examiner recently conducted an interview with ADRENALINE MOB guitarist Mike Orlando.

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Elliot Levin of the NY Hard Rock Music Examiner recently conducted an interview with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Jason Hook.

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Elliot Levin of the NY Hard Rock Music Examiner recently conducted an interview with GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal.

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Elliot Levin of the NY Hard Rock Music Examiner recently conducted an interview with FIREWIND/OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Gus G.

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Elliot Levin of the NY Hard Rock Music Examiner recently conducted an interview with SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya.

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