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British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have completed work on their brand new studio album, to be released later in the year.

Speaking to Artisan News at last night’s (Monday, March 17) VIP listening party for the Ronnie James Dio tribute album “This Is Your Life” and awards gala at the Avalon in Hollywood, California, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford stated about the band’s new CD (see video below): “The record is finished; it’s absolutely finished as of today.” He added: “It’s a relief. It’s a relief because whenever PRIEST makes an album, like any band, you put your heart and soul into it; it is that typical ‘blood, sweat and tears.’ It’s not an easy thing to do 40 years later. But PRIEST has always been up for the challenge of that, and it’s one of things that we love to do more than anything else as we move on through our metal years. So this is a great time for PRIEST: 40th anniversary, a brand new record. Life couldn’t be better.”

In a 2013 interview with Billboard.com, Halford described the new PRIEST CD’s sound as “hard. It’s heavy. It’s something we think our PRIEST fans will be thrilled with. We know we have a reputation to maintain, and we know we have to deliver something really strong and solid. The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about JUDAS PRIEST — I don’t think I can say anything more than that without being hung, drawn and quartered.”

Speaking to VH1 Radio Network‘s Dave Basner, Halford said about what fans can expect from JUDAS PRIEST‘s next LP: “We felt it was very important to follow up [2008’s] ‘Nostradamus’, the last release, and that was a concept experiment and it was a real success for us and the fans loved it, but I think our fans and ourselves as a band, we want to get back to the side of PRIEST that we haven’t heard for a few years and reemphasize and remake those big, heavy metal statements again.”

PRIEST‘s next album will mark the band’s first release with Richie Faulkner, most recently guitarist in the backing band for Lauren Harris (daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris).

Faulkner joined PRIEST as the replacement for original PRIEST guitarist Kenneth “K.K.” Downing, who announced his retirement from the band in April 2011.

Asked how it has been collaborating on new music with Faulkner, Halford told Guitar World in a 2012 interview: “Really, really strong. Exciting. He’s riffing and saying, ‘Robby, I’m thinking of this and this and this.’ It’s really exciting to have that kind of energy, because you feed off of it.”

He added: “[Richie] went through the ritual on [the ‘Epitaph’] tour, did great work on stage, the fans embraced him, so it’s now time to see what we’re capable of, the writing trio of Glenn [Tipton] and Richie and myself.”

Regarding whether technology has changed JUDAS PRIEST‘s songwriting process at all, Halford said: “It’s dangerous to walk around with a flash drive on a bunch of keys. [Laughs] To a great extent, it doesn’t really change. The technology is amazing in terms of the advantages it brings to music now, some of it good, some of it very bad. It’s all about discipline and self-belief, determination, wanting to do the best you can do and not accepting anything that’s below par. We’ve always had that attitude in PRIEST. We’ve always felt really strongly about any track that goes out for our fans. We’re still doing it like we always have: firing up the riffs and finding a vocal melody to go with it, me going into me wonderful world of the Roget’s Thesaurus and trying to come up with a new lyric and a new idea. And that’s what we’ve been doing for four decades.”

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The 2014 Heavy Metal Truants Charity Bike Ride to Download Festival is happening this June!

It was one of the biggest success stories in the metal calendar last year, and for 2014 it’s back and bigger than ever. Once again, Heavy Metal Truants will be strapping up and getting down to the business of a 161-mile charity bike ride from London’s Alexandra Palace, all the way to Donington for Download Festival 2014 – and you can be part of it!

Last year saw a genuinely motley crew made the arduous journey up to metal’s hallowed grounds, including the likes of Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto, Perry from Pendulum, TesseracT’s James Monteith, Ben Joliffe from Young Guns, Nick Holmes from Paradise Lost and legendary Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood.

“Metal fans like to get up off their backsides and do things, it’s a very proactive tribe,” says Rod. “Last year’s ride to Donington was a lot of fun and it raised £94,000 for kids in need, but they and others still need our help, and this is a great way to do that with an interesting and varied bunch of riders. It’s totally metal in that we are all in it together, rough and smooth, whether you are a fan, band member, journalist , editor, manager or involved in the metal music biz . We ride together, eat together and drink together. And it’s a blast. Check it out and do some good for other people, too. If you have the heart and soul and liver, come and join us”

This year will once again see some very special names join the fun – not to mention some representatives from our parent company and Truants sponsor TeamRock and our very own editor-in-chief, Alexander Milas. “Metal has always been about community,” says Alexander. “The chance to take to the road with a bunch of like-minded goons and raise money for kids is one-of-a-kind, and a genuine adventure. The ride is hard and the days are long, but I guarantee it’s an experience you’ll never forget.”

This year’s ride sets off at the crack of dawn from London’s Alexandra Palace on Wed June 11 and will finish around midday on the Friday in time for the start of Download 2014! Entrants are asked to contribute an entry price of a minimum of £250 towards the costs(which are actually around £550 per head), which covers everything except for your beers.

Tickets for Download are not included but on arrival you do get to spend all day Friday (only!) in the Metal Hammer tent backstage and wander off to see any bands you want and maybe even get a pint or two of Trooper. You must also pledge to raise or pay a further minimum of £1300 for three very noble causes – Childline, Teenage Cancer Trust and Nordoff Robbins, and once your target is met, all that’s left is to get training and get ready for the ride of a lifetime! On yer bikes!

For more information on Heavy Metal Truants and how you can support or join them, just head to http://www.heavymetaltruants.com/

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GetYourRockOut conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein of New Orleans sludge metal veterans CROWBAR before the band’s February 28 concert in Manchester, England. You can now watch the chat below.

CROWBAR will release its new album, “Symmetry In Black”, in North America on May 27 via Entertainment One Music. The CD, which will be made available in Europe on May 26 through Century Media Records, was produced by CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein and Duane Simoneaux and was mixed by Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA).

Comments Windstein: “We are so proud and excited about what we have accomplished with this record! The focus, determination and attitude in the band is at an all-time high.

“We are 100% ready to get this juggernaut rolling and never touch the breaks again.

CROWBAR will not be stopped!”

The release of “Symmetry In Black” will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the CROWBAR‘s inception. Windstein continues: “CROWBAR is my heart and soul. The music is a part of me that I am extremely proud of.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be putting all of my energy and focus into something that I created 25 years ago!

“We are extremely excited to release our 10th full length & to bring the riffs to as many people as possible on tour.”

Windstein exited DOWN in September 2013 in order to focus “100%” on CROWBAR. He was replaced in DOWN by the band’s longtime stage manager and HONKY founding guitarist Bobby Landgraf.

CROWBAR last year announced the addition of bassist Jeff Golden to the group’s ranks.

Jeff is from Bolton, Connecticut, but currently resides in Estero, Florida.

CROWBAR is:

Kirk Windstein (Guitar, Vocals)
Matt Brunson (Guitar)
Tommy Buckley (Drums)
Jeff Golden (Bass)

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An EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for “High Rise”, the debut EP from the new version of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS featuring LINKIN PARK‘s Chester Bennington, can be seen below. The effort will be released on October 8 via 13Star Records.

“High Rise” track listing:

01. Out Of Time
02. Black Heart
03. Same On The Inside
04. Cry Cry
05. Tomorrow

The official lyric video for the song “Black Heart” can be seen below.

“Out Of Time” reached the No. 1 position on both the Mediabase Active Rock and Mainstream Rock chart last month.

“In terms of style, when the DeLeo brothers [Dean and bassist Robert] get in the studio and start writing, they have a very unique way of putting chords together and structures and the type of chord progressions they put together,” Bennington told Fuse News of the writing process in the new STP. “So, in that sense, it’s gonna be undeniably the sound of STP — I mean, they’re the heart and soul of the band. Naturally, I’m not [former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer] Scott [Weiland], so I’m not gonna think of the same melodies, I’m not gonna think of the same lyrical content and such, so in that sense, naturally, there’s gonna be a difference in terms of how I interpret what the band puts together musically. I think that’s one of the reasons why we’re so eager to get the [new STONE TEMPLE PILOTS] EP out, because we want people to hear the new direction and feel the vibe of the new music. Because there’s definitely a vibe in that EP that is fresh and it’s new but it still feels very STP.”

He added: “When we started writing, the ideas came so fast; every single day, it semed like there was four or five things that we were all bringing in and contributing in terms of new songs. We could have easily spent three more months on this thing and had a full-length record out. There’s enough material there for us to do that and start getting into the next one. So in terms of the amount of creativity that’s been going on, it’s very healthy.”

STP fired Scott Weiland in February after reuniting with him in 2010 for a series of tours and one self-titled album. The band had previously been on hiatus since 2002, primarily due to the singer’s struggles with drugs and alcohol.

The group sued Weiland in May, accusing him of using the band’s name to advance his solo career, while claiming that his poor performances, late arrivals, and addiction struggles harmed the band’s career.

Weiland has countersued, claiming that the band cannot use the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS name without him.

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The new version of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS featuring LINKIN PARK‘s Chester Bennington will release an EP, “High Rise”, on October 8 via 13Star Records. The effort will contain five new tracks:

01. Out Of Time
02. Black Heart
03. Same On The Inside
04. Cry Cry
05. Tomorrow

Video footage of Bennington and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS guitarist Dean DeLeo talking to Artisan News about “Black Heart” can be seen below.

“Out Of Time” reached the No. 1 position on both the Mediabase Active Rock and Mainstream Rock chart last month.

“In terms of style, when the DeLeo brothers [Dean and bassist Robert] get in the studio and start writing, they have a very unique way of putting chords together and structures and the type of chord progressions they put together,” Bennington told Fuse News of the writing process in the new STP. “So, in that sense, it’s gonna be undeniably the sound of STP — I mean, they’re the heart and soul of the band. Naturally, I’m not [former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer] Scott [Weiland], so I’m not gonna think of the same melodies, I’m not gonna think of the same lyrical content and such, so in that sense, naturally, there’s gonna be a difference in terms of how I interpret what the band puts together musically. I think that’s one of the reasons why we’re so eager to get the [new STONE TEMPLE PILOTS] EP out, because we want people to hear the new direction and feel the vibe of the new music. Because there’s definitely a vibe in that EP that is fresh and it’s new but it still feels very STP.”

He added: “When we started writing, the ideas came so fast; every single day, it semed like there was four or five things that we were all bringing in and contributing in terms of new songs. We could have easily spent three more months on this thing and had a full-length record out. There’s enough material there for us to do that and start getting into the next one. So in terms of the amount of creativity that’s been going on, it’s very healthy.”

STP fired Scott Weiland in February after reuniting with him in 2010 for a series of tours and one self-titled album. The band had previously been on hiatus since 2002, primarily due to the singer’s struggles with drugs and alcohol.

The group sued Weiland in May, accusing him of using the band’s name to advance his solo career, while claiming that his poor performances, late arrivals, and addiction struggles harmed the band’s career.

Weiland has countersued, claiming that the band cannot use the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS name without him.

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The Rock Pit recently conducted an interview with guitarist Rob Cavestany of San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Rock Pit: I wanted to ask you also about the [new DEATH ANGEL] album title, “The Dream Calls For Blood”. I get the impression that it signifies some kind of battle cry or something. What’s the meaning behind the name?

Rob: Yes, that is truly what it is; it’s a battle cry, but it’s also a mantra for us. Mark [Osegueda, vocalist] came up with that phrase when he wrote the lyrics for that song. I loved it when I read that. I was, like, “That’s awesome, brother. I can totally feel where you’re coming from,” and he’s representing our entire feeling about that which is for us, the dream is what we do. It’s our band, it’s keeping our band alive and staying in this musical world that we live to do and we have always done since we were little kids. That’s the dream, and the blood represents everything that you put into it, and I mean everything. The countless hours, the blood, sweat, the tears, the heart and soul, all the sacrifices that goes along with it. Without trying to sound like it’s all negative and dark, which it’s obviously not, but a lot of it is. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes. People don’t realize, nor do they really care to know about it, because it’s not really the important part, doesn’t have much to do with the music that they are listening to and stuff but if you want to know the fuel behind what drives something like this, and what pushes you to bring out these things, it’s just exactly that. And for us, it’s all the personal reality that we are experiencing going through being in this band. The curse and the blessing that music is to us and the dream is your goal. The thing that you are reaching, your goal. Everyone has one, or at least hopefully they do. Many people do and they do everything in their power to make it happen, and that’s what we do and we are just kinda pointing out. It’s like us just releasing and venting out what it is to us and also a message to others that it’s possible for other people to achieve their goals and their dreams but they have to put into it to get out of it.

The Rock Pit: In recent years, thrash metal seems to have gained quite a bit of interest with a lot of newer bands popping up and more fans getting into it. What’s your take on this resurgence of thrash metal?

Rob: I think it’s fucking amazing, man! It’s great and about time. It doesn’t surprise me, just because to me it’s a solid genre, or sub-genre of metal, it’s a solid brand of music. It’s timeless in its own way. Of course, there are aspects of it that are dated, just like anything else, but the style of music in and of itself, it has such elements that just makes the blood pump and it’s exciting and it’s got killer musicianship, but it’s got fucking loads of attitude and it’s street level. It can really relate, and especially to the youth, and that’s why we got turned on to it when we were so young. It’s exciting, and it has all those elements, and I’m just really glad to see that a lot of younger bands and a lot of people in general are, if they didn’t catch it the first time round, if they were too young or just weren’t paying attention, maybe now is the chance for them to latch on and taste the flavor of this music that’s called thrash. It’s fun, it’s a fucking killer time and there’s a lot to be gained from delving into it and letting it take over your mind and your soul.

Read the entire interview at The Rock Pit.

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The new version of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS featuring LINKIN PARK‘s Chester Bennington will release an EP, “High Rise”, on October 8 via 13Star Records. The effort will contain five new tracks:

01. Out Of Time
02. Black Heart
03. Same On The Inside
04. Cry Cry
05. Tomorrow

The official lyric video for the song “Black Heart” can now be seen below.

“Out Of Time” reached the No. 1 position on both the Mediabase Active Rock and Mainstream Rock chart last month.

“In terms of style, when the DeLeo brothers [Dean and bassist Robert] get in the studio and start writing, they have a very unique way of putting chords together and structures and the type of chord progressions they put together,” Bennington told Fuse News of the writing process in the new STP. “So, in that sense, it’s gonna be undeniably the sound of STP — I mean, they’re the heart and soul of the band. Naturally, I’m not [former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer] Scott [Weiland], so I’m not gonna think of the same melodies, I’m not gonna think of the same lyrical content and such, so in that sense, naturally, there’s gonna be a difference in terms of how I interpret what the band puts together musically. I think that’s one of the reasons why we’re so eager to get the [new STONE TEMPLE PILOTS] EP out, because we want people to hear the new direction and feel the vibe of the new music. Because there’s definitely a vibe in that EP that is fresh and it’s new but it still feels very STP.”

He added: “When we started writing, the ideas came so fast; every single day, it semed like there was four or five things that we were all bringing in and contributing in terms of new songs. We could have easily spent three more months on this thing and had a full-length record out. There’s enough material there for us to do that and start getting into the next one. So in terms of the amount of creativity that’s been going on, it’s very healthy.”

STP fired Scott Weiland in February after reuniting with him in 2010 for a series of tours and one self-titled album. The band had previously been on hiatus since 2002, primarily due to the singer’s struggles with drugs and alcohol.

The group sued Weiland in May, accusing him of using the band’s name to advance his solo career, while claiming that his poor performances, late arrivals, and addiction struggles harmed the band’s career.

Weiland has countersued, claiming that the band cannot use the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS name without him.

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The new version of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS featuring LINKIN PARK‘s Chester Bennington will release an EP, “High Rise”, on October 8 via 13Star Records. The effort will contain five new tracks:

01. Out Of Time
02. Black Heart
03. Same On The Inside
04. Cry Cry
05. Tomorrow

The song “Black Heart” can now be streamed below.

“Out Of Time” reached the No. 1 position on both the Mediabase Active Rock and Mainstream Rock chart last month.

“In terms of style, when the DeLeo brothers [Dean and bassist Robert] get in the studio and start writing, they have a very unique way of putting chords together and structures and the type of chord progressions they put together,” Bennington told Fuse News of the writing process in the new STP. “So, in that sense, it’s gonna be undeniably the sound of STP — I mean, they’re the heart and soul of the band. Naturally, I’m not [former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer] Scott [Weiland], so I’m not gonna think of the same melodies, I’m not gonna think of the same lyrical content and such, so in that sense, naturally, there’s gonna be a difference in terms of how I interpret what the band puts together musically. I think that’s one of the reasons why we’re so eager to get the [new STONE TEMPLE PILOTS] EP out, because we want people to hear the new direction and feel the vibe of the new music. Because there’s definitely a vibe in that EP that is fresh and it’s new but it still feels very STP.”

He added: “When we started writing, the ideas came so fast; every single day, it semed like there was four or five things that we were all bringing in and contributing in terms of new songs. We could have easily spent three more months on this thing and had a full-length record out. There’s enough material there for us to do that and start getting into the next one. So in terms of the amount of creativity that’s been going on, it’s very healthy.”

STP fired Scott Weiland in February after reuniting with him in 2010 for a series of tours and one self-titled album. The band had previously been on hiatus since 2002, primarily due to the singer’s struggles with drugs and alcohol.

The group sued Weiland in May, accusing him of using the band’s name to advance his solo career, while claiming that his poor performances, late arrivals, and addiction struggles harmed the band’s career.

Weiland has countersued, claiming that the band cannot use the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS name without him.

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Fuse News recently conducted an interview with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS guitarist Dean DeLeo and singer Chester Bennington. You can now watch the report below.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS will release a new five-song EP called “High Rise” on October 8. The disc will be the second release featuring LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington following current single “Out Of Time”, which emerged last spring and went to No. 1 on the rock chart.

“In terms of style, when the DeLeo brothers [Dean and bassist Robert] get in the studio and start writing, they have a very unique way of putting chords together and structures and the type of chord progressions they put together,” Bennington said of writing process in the new STP. “So, in that sense, it’s gonna be undeniably the sound of STP — I mean, they’re the heart and soul of the band. Naturally, I’m not [former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer] Scott [Weiland], so I’m not gonna think of the same melodies, I’m not gonna think of the same lyrical content and such, so in that sense, naturally, there’s gonna be a difference in terms of how I interpret what the band puts together musically. I think that’s one of the reasons why we’re so eager to get the [new STONE TEMPLE PILOTS] EP out, because we want people to hear the new direction and feel the vibe of the new music. Because there’s definitely a vibe in that EP that is fresh and it’s new but it still feels very STP.”

He added: “When we started writing, the ideas came so fast; every single day, it semed like there was four or five things that we were all bringing in and contributing in terms of new songs. We could have easily spent three more months on this thing and had a full-length record out. There’s enough material there for us to do that and start getting into the next one. So in terms of the amount of creativity that’s been going on, it’s very healthy.”

STP fired Scott Weiland in February after reuniting with him in 2010 for a series of tours and one self-titled album. The band had previously been on hiatus since 2002, primarily due to the singer’s struggles with drugs and alcohol.

The group sued Weiland in May, accusing him of using the band’s name to advance his solo career, while claiming that his poor performances, late arrivals, and addiction struggles harmed the band’s career.

Weiland has countersued, claiming that the band cannot use the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS name without him.

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“The Motor City Madman” Ted Nugent returned to “Quinn’s AM Army” just before his stop in Baltimore during the summer tour.

Just days after making headlines for his comments regarding the George Zimmerman acquittal, Nuge talks respect for tools, guns, racism, independence and life.

The interview in its entirety can be heard using the SoundCloud widget below.

Shawn Quinn hosts the “AM Army” morning show weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on mainstream rock station 94.3 WQCM.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Nugent cut loose with his opinions on racial profiling, George Zimmerman verdict backlash and several other topics during an interview on Nick Cannon‘s podcast,. Nugent explained, “I think when you use the word profile, if a Dalmatian has been biting the children in the neighborhood, I think we’re going to look for a black and white dog . . . We played the Milwaukee state fair a couple years ago and these black mobs were just attacking white folks coming out of the fair. And over and over again I watch the news and here’s a rape and here’s a burglary and here’s a murder in Chicago. Twenty-nine shot. Twenty-nine blacks shot by 29 blacks. At some point you got to be afraid of black and white dogs if the Dalmatian’s doing the biting.”

The rocker also shared that he doesn’t believe that African Americans are oppressed. He explained, “I’m not buying any claim of black oppression. We have a black president, a black attorney general, black Supreme Court justices, we have Nick Cannon, we have the most respected and revered black leaders and entrepreneurs and CEOs and entertainers. There is no limitation to anybody of any color, any race, any ethnicity, any sexual orientation if you put your heart and soul into being the best that you can be, to speak clearly and show up early and produce more than the competition. I don’t care where you’re from, you will be the American dream. Case closed.”

Later during an interview with WXBR in Massachusetts, Nugent shared his thoughts on Stevie Wonder‘s boycott of Florida following the George Zimmerman verdict. He said, “So 700 black people, mostly young children and young people were slaughtered in Chicago last year by black people, and not a peep out of Stevie Wonder? . . . Are you kidding me? What is this, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest? How brain-dead do you have to be? How strangled by denial, how dishonest, how cheap do you have to be to focus on a clear-cut case where all the evidence, from the DOJ, from the FBI, from the army of investigative specialists in Florida determined that George Zimmerman acted in self-defense against a life-threatening attack by hoodlum, dope-smoking Trayvon Martin?”

Interview (audio):

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