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Resident Rock Star conducted an interview with Ivar Bjørnson, guitarist, songwriter, and founding member of Norwegian progressive/psychedelic black metallers ENSLAVED, on February 11 at the Summit Music Hall in Denver, Colorado. You can now watch the chat below.

ENSLAVED‘s twelfth studio album, “RIITIIR”, sold around 2,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 8 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

ENSLAVED‘s previous album, “Axioma Ethica Odini”, opened with 1,400 units back in September 2010 to debut at No. 16 on the Top New Artist Albums chart.

“Describing the sound on the new album is both easy and hard,” ENSLAVED‘s Ivar Bjørnson said. “It is easy because it sounds like ENSLAVED, whatever that means. It is hard because there are so many layers and different focal points. I have a feeling that it has a deeper complexity than our previous efforts, but at the same time, I do find it more catchy and moving. Then again, I am the opposite of objective in this, so again I’ll leave it up to the people outside the band to make up their mind.”

ENSLAVED‘s previous two CDs — “Vertebrae” (2008) and “Axioma Ethica Odini” (2010) — were released via Indie Recordings in Europe and Nuclear Blast in North America.

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KISS frontman Paul Stanley has confirmed via Twitter that his much-anticipated autobiography will be released next spring.

During an appearance on the “Sixx Sense” radio show hosted by MÖTLEY CRÜE/SIXX: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx last November, Stanley, 61, was asked if he has read some of the other rock and roll autobiographies out there and whether he has plans to write a book of his own.

“This will come back to haunt me, because, of course, mine is in the works,” Stanley said.

“Autobiographies, for the most part, to me, are like writing a love letter to yourself,” he continued. “I mean, George Orwell said that the autobiography is the most outrageous form of fiction. How objective can you be when you are writing about yourself.

“I’ve seen people around me write books and somehow they’re always in the center of everything that happened, they were the one who made it happen. There’s been a lot of those books that didn’t really interest me much. I thought Duff‘s [McKagan] book was great. I think a book that just says, ‘Gee, aren’t I the greatest thing?’ And ‘I was smarter than everyone else.’…”

Asked how his book will be different from the other rock and roll autobiographies and whether his book will be “a history lesson in music,” Stanley said, “Well, everybody will tell you the same thing: ‘Well, my book is brutally honest.’ It’s a history lesson in music, but it’s also a history lesson in somebody taking themselves and making themselves into something they weren’t — taking a not-so-great deck of cards and winning at poker. So it’s good. I think it’s terrific. Especially, it’s funny, at this point, with the three other guys from the original lineup having written books. It’s kind of like, ‘OK, have you all said your piece? OK? Now let me tell you what happened.'”

In a 2007 interview with Australia’s TheAge.com.au, Stanley stated about the prospect of writing an autobiography, “Show me anyone who writes about themselves and doesn’t find themselves in the center of the universe? I have seen other people’s autobiographies and I had some questions about those.

“Tooting my own horn is of no interest to me … it takes you away from real life. It’s a waste and I don’t find a need to sing my own praises.”

Original KISS drummer Peter Criss‘ memoir, “Makeup To Breakup: My Life In And Out Of Kiss”, landed at position No. 7 on the New York Times “Hardcover Nonfiction” best-sellers list. The book arrived last October via the Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner.

Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley‘s book, “No Regrets: A Rock ‘N’ Roll Memoir”, debuted on the New York Times “Hardcover Nonfiction” best sellers list at No. 10. The book, which was described as a look back at Ace‘s “life of sex, drugs, and rock and roll,” arrived on November 1, 2011 via Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

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Italian hardcore metallers Desire Before Death have signed with Murdered Music for the release of debut album “Beyond The Threshold,” due out December 3rd, 2012. Desire Before Death issued the following statement about the release:

“After two years of work spent in seeking a warmer and incisive sound, within an ever evolving musical genre, we tried to record an album that fully reflects these characteristics, highlighting our Swedish and hardcore influences with a natural sound. Thanks to the work of Dysfunction Production – that brought out the best of us – we think we have achieved this objective. We can’t wait to read the listener’s impressions and opinions!”

The “Beyond The Threshold” track listing is as follows:

1. Fracture
2. Down The Surface
3. Raised Walls
4. Every Motion
5. No Holds Barred
6. Silent Heart
7. The Deceit
8. Burn In Me
9. Straight Reaction
10. Fade Forever

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Italian hardcore metallers Desire Before Death have signed with Murdered Music for the release of debut album “Beyond The Threshold,” due out December 3rd, 2012. Desire Before Death issued the following statement about the release:

“After two years of work spent in seeking a warmer and incisive sound, within an ever evolving musical genre, we tried to record an album that fully reflects these characteristics, highlighting our Swedish and hardcore influences with a natural sound. Thanks to the work of Dysfunction Production – that brought out the best of us – we think we have achieved this objective. We can’t wait to read the listener’s impressions and opinions!”

The “Beyond The Threshold” track listing is as follows:

1. Fracture
2. Down The Surface
3. Raised Walls
4. Every Motion
5. No Holds Barred
6. Silent Heart
7. The Deceit
8. Burn In Me
9. Straight Reaction
10. Fade Forever

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Objective: Isolation, the digital-only collection of unreleased material from U.S. progressive black metal act SHROUD OF DESPONDENCY, is now streaming in its entirety on Apochs.net. The album, which…

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