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Dimmu Borgir: Extreme icons

Some big, big names in the latest Bloodstock announcement.

Black metal legends Dimmu Borgir return to Catton in August as special guests on the Friday night, and are joined by fellow new additions in Hellyeah, Rotting Christ, Bloodshot Dawn, De Profundis and Aghast! Holy crap!

“We are excited for our return to Bloodstock 2014, the one and only UK festival we do this year,” say Dimmu. “It will be a special event for sure, without revealing too much, but a 20th anniversary show will not go unnoticed.  Await the return of symphonic darkness.”.

Head to bloodstock.uk.com and grab your ticket right now! Bloodstock 2014 takes place August 7-10 at Catton Hall, Derby and is headlined by Down, Emperor and Megadeth.

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Heavy-as-balls UK post-punk mainstays October File have unleashed a new song.

Heroes Are Welcome is taken from the band’s brand new album, The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair - An Introspective of the Human Condition, out May 26 via Candlelight.

The guys also play Bloodstock in August. Head to bloodstock.uk.com and grab your ticket right now! Bloodstock 2014 takes place August 7-10 at Catton Hall, Derby and is headlined by Down, Emperor and Megadeth.

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General Music News: "The Loudest Boat in the World" will set the sail on September 22.

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Lemmy: setting sail

Motörhead have joined in the floating festival craze, and in their inaugural stab at it, they’ve smashed it.

It was revealed last month that the first ever Motörboat would be setting sail later this year, and it’s now been confirmed that the cruise will take place from September 22-26, and is boasting some amazing names.

Megadeth, Zakk Wylde, Anthrax and Motörhead themselves are all confirmed for the lineup, as well as some pretty sweet smaller names, with plenty more set to be announced.

Head to www.motorheadcruise.com for more info.

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In November and December of 2012, MEGADETH blazed hot on the band’s “Countdown To Extinction 20th Anniversary Tour”, ripping through their entire double platinum 1992 album from start to finish before performing other classics from their recorded catalog. Recorded and filmed at Los Angeles’ Fox Theatre last December, “Countdown to Extinction: Live” is a definitive document of the acclaimed, sold-out tour.

In addition to MEGADETH‘s blistering performance of the entire “Countdown To Extinction” album, including the essential “Symphony Of Destruction”, “Foreclosure Of A Dream”, “Sweating Bullets” and “Skin O’ My Teeth”, “Countdown to Extinction: Live” features all of the other MEGADETH classics the band performed at the epic concert, including “Holy Wars” and “Hangar 18″ from 1990′s “Rust In Peace”, “Peace Sells” from the band’s influential, platinum-certified 1986 album “Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?”, and “Trust” from 1997′s platinum certified “Cryptic Writings”.

On September 24, “Countdown To Extinction: Live” was released on CD, DVD and Blu-ray via Capitol.

“Countdown To Extinction: Live” track listing:

01. Intro
02. Architecture Of Aggression
03. Ashes In Your Mouth
04. Captive Honour
05. Countdown To Extinction
06. Foreclosure Of A Dream
07. Hangar 18
08. High Speed Dirt
09. Holy Wars
10. Peace Sells
11. Psychotron
12. Public Enemy
13. She Wolf
14. Skin O’ My Teeth
15. Sweating Bullets
16. Symphony Of Destruction
17. This Was My Life
18. Trust
19. Outro

A performance clip of the song “Countdown To Extinction” is available below.

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On September 20, Honduras rock journalist Alvaro Villatoro (a.k.a. Lemmy Simmons) of Hard Heavy conducted an interview with former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.

Asked about his 2002 solo album “Life Afer Death”, Menza said: “Putting songs out with MEGADETH, it was really difficult; it was like pulling teeth to write songs in that band, because Dave [Mustaine], he’s so driven as far as having songs — he’s got many songs, so it’s hard to write a whole song by yourself. I kept bringing songs in and bringing songs in, and he was, like, ‘Nah, you just stick to playing drums and let me worry about the songwriting.’ And I was, like, ‘I’m just gonna make a solo record. So I had all these songs left over. So after I got fired, I said, ‘You know what? I’m just gonna put these out.’

“It was more of a personal thing and a project for me to do; I play everything on it. It was kind of, like, to kill some time and put out a record. Now they’re asking me to put it out again, and I’m, like, ‘Man, I already made that record.’

“I’ve got another record in the can right now that I’m ready to put out — THE ATOMIC DISINTEGRATOR, it’s called; that’s the name of my new project. And it’s very heavy. I’m very pumped. And I’m kind of looking to see to get some other players in there — whether they’re known guys or unknown guys. ‘Cause right now it’s just me doing everything and I can’t very well tour on that by myself. But I can definitely release a couple of tracks and see where it goes from there. I’m trying to do a cartoon with it for TV and a comic book. And it’s really cool. The whole concept is THE ATOMIC DISINTEGRATOR… It’s got some governmental, conspiracy, alien stuff in it. It’s mostly about current stuff that’s going on in the world. And the music is very metal, but more contemporary style — like MESHUGGAH-type, OPETH, GOJIRA. It’s heavy.”

Menza has been writing, recording and producing constantly but only releasing sporadic singles for years. That will all change when he opens the floodgates with the upcoming release of his memoir, “Nick Menza: Megalife”, by acclaimed writer J. Marshall Craig.

MEGADETH was a big part of my story,” Menza says, “but it was just one part. Jeff [Craig] has got me to talk about it all!”

Menza is currently negotiating a publishing deal for the book, which was written over the past 18 months. It features rare and never-before-seen photos of Menza with every band he’s ever been in, including, of course, MEGADETH.

“It’s a memoir of music,” writer Craig says. “But a lot more. It’s a book about chasing the ultimate gig, the ultimate drum setup, the ultimate sound and, it will come as no surprise to Nick‘s fans, the ultimate aliens, government conspiracies and anything else his muse sees fit to lay across his path.”

Menza‘s first performance was at the age of two on stage at the Montreux Jazz Festival when legendary jazz percussionist Jack DeJohnette (Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson) placed Nick on his kit. Thirty years later, he was stepping out on stage in front of thousands of screaming fans every night.

Menza, son of legendary jazz saxophonist Don Menza, was at the top of his game when MEGADETH started a world tour in support of its album, “Cryptic Writings”, but began to suffer knee problems and escalating pain. Doctors diagnosed him with a tumor. Surgery waylaid the drummer briefly, but he was relieved to learn the tumor was benign and was eager to rejoin his bandmates, who had continued their tour with a replacement drummer. But deteriorating relations within the band exploded and Menza was replaced permanently.

What does Nick have to say about it all now?

“Buy the book. It’s all in there!”

“Nick Menza: Megalife”, by J. Marshall Craig, is due in stores, in Kindle and eBook versions, in late 2013.

J. Marshall Craig is best known for his critically acclaimed work as writer for Eric Burdon‘s “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”, THE ROLLING STONES keyboardist Chuck Leavell‘s “Between Rock And A Home Place”, West Coast hip-hop history “Guilty By Association” (Damizza and J. Marshall Craig). Author of more than a dozen books, his work has been translated and published all over the world.

Following the reissue of the entire MEGADETH catalog, Menza was invited to reunite with the band in 2004. Days after a reunion was announced, Menza was fired after rehearsals and replaced with Shawn Drover. Mustaine said that this was because Nick “just wasn’t prepared.”

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In November and December of 2012, MEGADETH blazed hot on the band’s “Countdown To Extinction 20th Anniversary Tour”, ripping through their entire double platinum 1992 album from start to finish before performing other classics from their recorded catalog. Recorded and filmed at Los Angeles’ Fox Theatre last December, “Countdown to Extinction: Live” is a definitive document of the acclaimed, sold-out tour.

In addition to MEGADETH‘s blistering performance of the entire “Countdown To Extinction” album, including the essential “Symphony Of Destruction”, “Foreclosure Of A Dream”, “Sweating Bullets” and “Skin O’ My Teeth”, “Countdown to Extinction: Live” features all of the other MEGADETH classics the band performed at the epic concert, including “Holy Wars” and “Hangar 18″ from 1990′s “Rust In Peace”, “Peace Sells” from the band’s influential, platinum-certified 1986 album “Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?”, and “Trust” from 1997′s platinum certified “Cryptic Writings”.

On September 24, “Countdown To Extinction: Live” will be released on CD, DVD and Blu-ray via Capitol.

“Countdown To Extinction: Live” track listing:

01. Intro
02. Architecture Of Aggression
03. Ashes In Your Mouth
04. Captive Honour
05. Countdown To Extinction
06. Foreclosure Of A Dream
07. Hangar 18
08. High Speed Dirt
09. Holy Wars
10. Peace Sells
11. Psychotron
12. Public Enemy
13. She Wolf
14. Skin O’ My Teeth
15. Sweating Bullets
16. Symphony Of Destruction
17. This Was My Life
18. Trust
19. Outro

A trailer for “Countdown To Extinction: Live” is available below.

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Video footage of MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson‘s September 9 Guitar Center workshop in Austin, Texas can be seen below.

The autobiography of David Ellefson, co-founder and bassist of 11-time Grammy-nominated heavy metal titans MEGADETH, will be made available on October 29 via Howard Books. Ellefson‘s memoir, “My Life With Deth”, chronicles the story of Ellefson‘s fall into addiction during the band’s early years, followed by his subsequent recovery and the return to faith which championed the band’s rise to fame over the past several decades. The book was written with Joel McIver, the bestselling author of 21 books on rock music, and features a foreword by Alice Cooper. World rights to “My Life With Deth” were sold to Philis Boultinghouse at Howard Books by agent Lisa Gallagher at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.

Ellefson says: “My autobiography is not the usual tale of rock ‘n’ roll woe, but rather something I hope will truly inspire people. I have dedicated my life to my craft, and I wanted to share the story of how a kid with a bass guitar and the dream of rock stardom literally risked it all to move from the farm in Minnesota to Los Angeles, and with a lot of hard work, sacrifice and a little luck along the way, made the dream come true. I think the readers will enjoy the stories, as well as the hardships, of this way of life as a musician and artist. I’ve been very open about my life’s obstacles and the means by which I overcame them. Now, my hope is that this story will inspire others to follow their dreams and really live out the purpose for their lives, too.”

The book features contributions from Kerry King (SLAYER), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), Ellefson‘s current bandmate in MEGADETH Shawn Drover and also former colleagues Chris Poland and Marty Friedman.

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Megadeth frontman talks essence of guitar solos, claims Chris Broderick is the best guitarist he’s ever played with.

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“Gift Of Desperation”, the latest single from U.K. songwriter/producer Johnny Wore Black, is a collaboration with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson. Taken from Johnny Wore Black‘s debut album, “Walking Underwater”, which will be released early next year, “Gift Of Desperation” is a thought-provoking dark melodic song where the words and music explore some of the harsh realities of finding a way out of the darkness.

“Gift Of Desperation” will be released to accompany Ellefson‘s biography, “My Life With Deth” (Howard Books/Simon & Schuster, October 29, 2013) which tells of his unflinching story of rock ‘n’ roll excess in one of the world’s best-known bands. It’s an eye-opening account that pulls no punches of his journey from thrash metal legend to Lutheran minister. MEGADETH‘s history reads like a how-to manual of excess of all kinds. If you’re looking for revelations, they’re here, including the drug habits which brought the bandmembers to their knees.

“Gift Of Desperation” sees the continued participation between Johnny Wore Black and Ellefson after the two worked together on previous tracks “All The Rage” and “Up In Flames”. “Gift Of Desperation” is also accompanied by a video which David came to London to shoot. The song was mixed by Grammy Award-winning producer David Bottrill (TOOL, STONE SOUR).

“Gift Of Desperation” and “Walking Underwater” will be available from iTunes and other good digital retailers.

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