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The third part of a video track-by-track breakdown of ALTER BRIDGE‘s fourth album, “Fortress”, by Myles Kennedy (vocals, guitar) and Mark Tremonti (guitar) can be seen below. Due on October 8 via EMI Label Services, the CD was helmed by longtime ALTER BRIDGE producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette, known for his work with FALLING IN REVERSE, STORY OF THE YEAR and INCUBUS, to name a few.

“Fortress” track listing:

01. Cry Of Achilles
02. Addicted To Pain
03. Bleed It Dry
04. Lover
05. The Uninvited
06. Peace Is Broken
07. Calm The Fire
08. Waters Rising
09. Farther Than The Sun
10. Cry A River
11. All Ends Well
12. Fortress

In a recent interview with Kill Your Stereo, ALTER BRIDGE bassist Brian Marshall stated about “Fortress”: “I think it’s definitely a little bit more cerebral. I think every record we try to kind of better ourselves, and I think this record definitely shows that we’ve progressed, and the arrangements of the songs, we didn’t think about too much, rather just letting them evolve. In the end, I think it shows all of that as well. We would just try things out all the time, and eventually, some of the songs would get pretty lengthy and well, we didn’t care. We’ve got a couple of 6-7 minute songs on the record, and our fans like that, and we like it too. We like those journeys that we can take with a piece of music when we can really hit it hard and that’s just something ALTER BRIDGE has become accustomed with and it’s just kind of where we’ve gone. Consistently we’ve just kind of been pushing ourselves. The songs on the record are a bit more up-tempo as well. I think this is our epic. It’s our hardest rock record to date.”

Asked if there was any particular sound ALTER BRIDGE was going for when writing and recording “Fortress”, Marshall said: “There was no real pretense of how we wanted it to sound. We just got in there on several different occasions while Myles [Kennedy, vocals] was out with Slash. He would fly into Orlando when he could, and we would have set up at Mark‘s [Tremonti, guitar] house, and we had three different writing sessions, all of which were about a week a piece, and we just went with it and sort of pieced it together. There was no pretense, we just went with a lot of our different ideas for different parts. We just got in together and kinda went through the process. It was more or less the same as we always do it. The songs are just an evolution of where we are and that’s just how it is, really.”

Marshall also elaborated on the songwriting process for “Fortress”, telling Kill Your Stereo: “I think, like, Mark did a solo project, and he put forward some more up-tempo stuff, because I think when he was writing his own record he had a lot of material that he was writing for that in particular that was put aside and either not shown or not recorded, and I think there was some very heavy stuff. I think that kind of filtered its way into ALTER BRIDGE. Some of it was a bit over the top, but it was like, he would just bounce some of those ideas off of us, and then we would kind of try them together. We just tried to walk away from each writing process with a sense of satisfaction in the songs, even if it’s just a work in progress. So it was really just a lot of ideas that hadn’t seen the light of day yet. All of us have a lot of different influences. Like Myles has got his whole Jazz and blues influences. The combination of all of our influences kind of comes together and that’s how we get the ALTER BRIDGE sound.”

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The first two parts of a video track-by-track breakdown of ALTER BRIDGE‘s fourth album, “Fortress”, by Myles Kennedy (vocals, guitar) and Mark Tremonti (guitar) can be seen below. Due on October 8 via EMI Label Services, the CD was helmed by longtime ALTER BRIDGE producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette, known for his work with FALLING IN REVERSE, STORY OF THE YEAR and INCUBUS, to name a few.

“Fortress” track listing:

01. Cry Of Achilles
02. Addicted To Pain
03. Bleed It Dry
04. Lover
05. The Uninvited
06. Peace Is Broken
07. Calm The Fire
08. Waters Rising
09. Farther Than The Sun
10. Cry A River
11. All Ends Well
12. Fortress

In a recent interview with Kill Your Stereo, ALTER BRIDGE bassist Brian Marshall stated about “Fortress”: “I think it’s definitely a little bit more cerebral. I think every record we try to kind of better ourselves, and I think this record definitely shows that we’ve progressed, and the arrangements of the songs, we didn’t think about too much, rather just letting them evolve. In the end, I think it shows all of that as well. We would just try things out all the time, and eventually, some of the songs would get pretty lengthy and well, we didn’t care. We’ve got a couple of 6-7 minute songs on the record, and our fans like that, and we like it too. We like those journeys that we can take with a piece of music when we can really hit it hard and that’s just something ALTER BRIDGE has become accustomed with and it’s just kind of where we’ve gone. Consistently we’ve just kind of been pushing ourselves. The songs on the record are a bit more up-tempo as well. I think this is our epic. It’s our hardest rock record to date.”

Asked if there was any particular sound ALTER BRIDGE was going for when writing and recording “Fortress”, Marshall said: “There was no real pretense of how we wanted it to sound. We just got in there on several different occasions while Myles [Kennedy, vocals] was out with Slash. He would fly into Orlando when he could, and we would have set up at Mark‘s [Tremonti, guitar] house, and we had three different writing sessions, all of which were about a week a piece, and we just went with it and sort of pieced it together. There was no pretense, we just went with a lot of our different ideas for different parts. We just got in together and kinda went through the process. It was more or less the same as we always do it. The songs are just an evolution of where we are and that’s just how it is, really.”

Marshall also elaborated on the songwriting process for “Fortress”, telling Kill Your Stereo: “I think, like, Mark did a solo project, and he put forward some more up-tempo stuff, because I think when he was writing his own record he had a lot of material that he was writing for that in particular that was put aside and either not shown or not recorded, and I think there was some very heavy stuff. I think that kind of filtered its way into ALTER BRIDGE. Some of it was a bit over the top, but it was like, he would just bounce some of those ideas off of us, and then we would kind of try them together. We just tried to walk away from each writing process with a sense of satisfaction in the songs, even if it’s just a work in progress. So it was really just a lot of ideas that hadn’t seen the light of day yet. All of us have a lot of different influences. Like Myles has got his whole Jazz and blues influences. The combination of all of our influences kind of comes together and that’s how we get the ALTER BRIDGE sound.”

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ALTER BRIDGE‘s fourth album, “Fortress”, is available for streaming in its entirety in the YouTube clip below. Due on October 8 via EMI Label Services, the CD was helmed by longtime ALTER BRIDGE producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette, known for his work with FALLING IN REVERSE, STORY OF THE YEAR and INCUBUS, to name a few.

“Fortress” track listing:

01. Cry Of Achilles
02. Addicted To Pain
03. Bleed It Dry
04. Lover
05. The Uninvited
06. Peace Is Broken
07. Calm The Fire
08. Waters Rising
09. Farther Than The Sun
10. Cry A River
11. All Ends Well
12. Fortress

In a recent interview with Kill Your Stereo, ALTER BRIDGE bassist Brian Marshall stated about “Fortress”: “I think it’s definitely a little bit more cerebral. I think every record we try to kind of better ourselves, and I think this record definitely shows that we’ve progressed, and the arrangements of the songs, we didn’t think about too much, rather just letting them evolve. In the end, I think it shows all of that as well. We would just try things out all the time, and eventually, some of the songs would get pretty lengthy and well, we didn’t care. We’ve got a couple of 6-7 minute songs on the record, and our fans like that, and we like it too. We like those journeys that we can take with a piece of music when we can really hit it hard and that’s just something ALTER BRIDGE has become accustomed with and it’s just kind of where we’ve gone. Consistently we’ve just kind of been pushing ourselves. The songs on the record are a bit more up-tempo as well. I think this is our epic. It’s our hardest rock record to date.”

Asked if there was any particular sound ALTER BRIDGE was going for when writing and recording “Fortress”, Marshall said: “There was no real pretense of how we wanted it to sound. We just got in there on several different occasions while Myles [Kennedy, vocals] was out with Slash. He would fly into Orlando when he could, and we would have set up at Mark‘s [Tremonti, guitar] house, and we had three different writing sessions, all of which were about a week a piece, and we just went with it and sort of pieced it together. There was no pretense, we just went with a lot of our different ideas for different parts. We just got in together and kinda went through the process. It was more or less the same as we always do it. The songs are just an evolution of where we are and that’s just how it is, really.”

Marshall also elaborated on the songwriting process for “Fortress”, telling Kill Your Stereo: “I think, like, Mark did a solo project, and he put forward some more up-tempo stuff, because I think when he was writing his own record he had a lot of material that he was writing for that in particular that was put aside and either not shown or not recorded, and I think there was some very heavy stuff. I think that kind of filtered its way into ALTER BRIDGE. Some of it was a bit over the top, but it was like, he would just bounce some of those ideas off of us, and then we would kind of try them together. We just tried to walk away from each writing process with a sense of satisfaction in the songs, even if it’s just a work in progress. So it was really just a lot of ideas that hadn’t seen the light of day yet. All of us have a lot of different influences. Like Myles has got his whole Jazz and blues influences. The combination of all of our influences kind of comes together and that’s how we get the ALTER BRIDGE sound.”

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60minuten.net recently conducted an interview with ALTER BRIDGE and SLASH singer Myles Kennedy in Berlin, Germany. You can now watch the chat below.

ALTER BRIDGE‘s fourth album, “Fortress”, will be released on October 8 via EMI Label Services. The CD was helmed by longtime ALTER BRIDGE producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette, known for his work with FALLING IN REVERSE, STORY OF THE YEAR and INCUBUS, to name a few.

In a recent interview with Kill Your Stereo, ALTER BRIDGE bassist Brian Marshall stated about “Fortress”: “I think it’s definitely a little bit more cerebral. I think every record we try to kind of better ourselves, and I think this record definitely shows that we’ve progressed, and the arrangements of the songs, we didn’t think about too much, rather just letting them evolve. In the end, I think it shows all of that as well. We would just try things out all the time, and eventually, some of the songs would get pretty lengthy and well, we didn’t care. We’ve got a couple of 6-7 minute songs on the record, and our fans like that, and we like it too. We like those journeys that we can take with a piece of music when we can really hit it hard and that’s just something ALTER BRIDGE has become accustomed with and it’s just kind of where we’ve gone. Consistently we’ve just kind of been pushing ourselves. The songs on the record are a bit more up-tempo as well. I think this is our epic. It’s our hardest rock record to date.”

Asked if there was any particular sound ALTER BRIDGE was going for when writing and recording “Fortress”, Marshall said: “There was no real pretense of how we wanted it to sound. We just got in there on several different occasions while Myles was out with Slash. He would fly into Orlando when he could, and we would have set up at Mark‘s [Tremonti, guitar] house, and we had three different writing sessions, all of which were about a week a piece, and we just went with it and sort of pieced it together. There was no pretense, we just went with a lot of our different ideas for different parts. We just got in together and kinda went through the process. It was more or less the same as we always do it. The songs are just an evolution of where we are and that’s just how it is, really.”

Marshall also elaborated on the songwriting process for “Fortress”, telling Kill Your Stereo: “I think, like, Mark did a solo project, and he put forward some more up-tempo stuff, because I think when he was writing his own record he had a lot of material that he was writing for that in particular that was put aside and either not shown or not recorded, and I think there was some very heavy stuff. I think that kind of filtered its way into ALTER BRIDGE. Some of it was a bit over the top, but it was like, he would just bounce some of those ideas off of us, and then we would kind of try them together. We just tried to walk away from each writing process with a sense of satisfaction in the songs, even if it’s just a work in progress. So it was really just a lot of ideas that hadn’t seen the light of day yet. All of us have a lot of different influences. Like Myles has got his whole Jazz and blues influences. The combination of all of our influences kind of comes together and that’s how we get the ALTER BRIDGE sound.”

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M Shadows and Robb Flynn: Chums in real life?

Avenged Sevenfold frontman M Shadows has responded to the somewhat unseemly blog posted by Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn this week that gave a rather tongue-in-cheek critique of Hail To The King.

“Actually, Chris Jericho sent it to me [Tuesday] morning,” Shadows tells Canada’s 106.9 The Bear radio show. “He’s, like, ‘Dude, look at this B.S.’ [He was] going crazy. And I was, like, ‘Ah, Chris, I love you.’ But I read it, and I read it as a joke. I have met Robb on numerous occasions and he’s always been cool to me. And I just read it as a joke. I really don’t know what to say about it other than I agree with him on the Metallica Sad But True thing — that was obviously an inspiration for that song. Everything else, I kind of think he… If it is a joke, it was kind of overboard, ’cause it doesn’t make sense in my mind.

“But at the same time, he was saying it was a joke, so… I have no ill will towards those guys. I’ve met [Machine Head guitarist] Phil [Demmel] a couple of times; he’s cool. Robb is cool. And I think the guy has the right to go make… if it’s really a joke, in his mind… Some people might see it as being as an underhanded… joke. But, to me, if he just wants to go in there and write whatever he wants, I think that’s totally cool. Everyone has an opinion and everyone should be entitled to say whatever they want. So it’s no skin off our backs.”

“I think all the bands he said we were very inspired by…Sabbath, Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones. I think when you take a record like this and the way metal has become very blast-beat, screamy-oriented, when you kind of take things back and go to a more classic-rock feel, you’re gonna feel the similarities to what we were trying to do; we were trying to make an Avenged Sevenfold album from the early ’90s and late ’80s. It was just something that really intringued us and interested us. And so, for me, I think all those bands have always been an influence — you can hear that on City Of Evil. And Metallica has, obviously, influenced every single band that picked up a guitar and plays metal. So, yeah, all those bands, plus all the old greats.”

Listen to the full interview below (cheers to Blabbermouth for the transcript):

Hail To The King Tracklisting

Shepherd of Fire
Hail to the King
Doing Time
This Means War
Requiem
Crimson Day
Heretic
Coming Home
Planets
Acid Rain

Hail To The King is the follow-up to 2010′s Nightmare and is the first Avenged album to feature no writing credits from The Rev, who tragically passed away in 2009.

Order Hail To The King below:

iTunes:

Standard http://bit.ly/17g4SmT

Deluxe http://bit.ly/15HLL61

Single http://bit.ly/12DRuEP

Amazon:

Deluxe http://amzn.to/19t5PwD

Avenged Sevenfold will make a long-awaited return to the UK this winter, hitting the following three venues:

November 2013

Saturday 30 Manchester Arena

December 2013

Sunday 1 Wembley Arena, London

Thursday 5 LG Arena, Birmingham

The dates will serve as the OC metal heavyweights’ first UK shows since Download 2011, with tickets on sale now, priced at £28.50 (subject to booking fee) and available from this link.

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Owen Brown, who has attracted attention on a number of occasions for being heavy metal’s “oldest fan”, has sadly passed away at the age of 87.

Owen’s love of Iron Maiden, Megadeth and Judas Priest earned him props from bands and fans around the world as well as some international press, with his penchant for relaxing in his garden shed and blaring out his favourite music at ear-splitting volume shocking neighbours and peers alike.

“It’s great because I can play it as loud as I want in there,” he once told the Western Daily Press in an interview. “I can sit back with a drink and listen to Megadeth with no worries in the world.

“When all the kids were at home they would often ask me to stop playing it or turn it down but it’s only worth listening to at full blast.”

Megadeth themselves have lamented Owen’s passing, commenting via Facebook: “We would like to express our deepest condolences on the passing of Megadeth’s oldest and most cherished fan, Owen Brown. You will be missed.”

We’d like to reflect those condolences and pay tribute to a true defender and an absolute gent. RIP, sir.

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Airbourne: climbing all over the Golden Gods 2013

Unacceptably brilliant and generally bonkers Aussie rock heroes Airbourne release new album Black Dog Barking on May 20 via Roadrunner, and to celebrate this most momentous of occasions (plus the fact they’re playing our Awards in June), we’re offering a few lucky people the chance to take part in a Google+ Hangout with the guys themselves in two weeks’ time!

The Hangout takes place on Monday May 20 (time TBC) and you’ll need to make sure that you have a Google+ account all ready and set up, as well as a mic and webcam on your PC/laptop/whatever so that you can actually chat to the lads.

To enter, throw your details into the form below and start thinking of some freakin’ sweet questions, alrighty?

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And don’t worry if you didn’t manage to get in to the Hangout itself – you can watch it all unfold right here on May 20. ROCK ‘N’ ROLLLLL!

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– April 10th, 2013 – AS I LAY DYING , fresh off their co-headlining tour with The Devil Wears Prada, have announced that they will be joining fellow metal pioneers, Killswitch Engage , for the headlining tour this summer. The bands have toured together on multiple occasions, including 2005′s Ozzfest, and 2004′s tour with In Flames. Additional support on this tour will come from Miss May I and Affiance .

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Clutch: Monarchs of Maryland

Tonight, Clutch will be tearing up London’s KOKO armed with some tracks from new album Earth Rocker, Neil Fallon’s mighty beard and a whole load of groove.

In honour of this most prestigious of occasions, we got Art Editor and token Clutch fanatic James Isaacs to make us an ultimate Clutch playlist. You’re welcome:

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Bassist and founder of Stuka Squadron, Lord Graham Pyre, publicly addressed the current dispute with former members stemming from his split with the band. The band formerly known as Stuka Squadron changed its name to Iron Knights and will release the album “New Sound of War” on November 26, 2012.

Pyre has assumed the official website and is set to launch the sequel to the first Squadron album “Tales From the Ost” (See Metal Underground.com’s review at this location entitled Project Vulcan. The album is expected through Iron Crown Records soon.

The statement regarding the ongoing dispute (found here), reads as follows:

“Dear legionaries, vampires and metalheads

“As some of you will know I am in dispute with some members of the band formerly known as Stuka Squadron. I do understand that some of you will also be angry because of allegations representatives of the band have made on public forums. I will now endeavour to explain and answer some of these points.

“I founded the band which became Stuka Squadron in late 2007, inviting James Duke Fang to join me on what became the ‘We Drink Blood’ EP. We later took the decision to form a band. From the beginning the band’s concept and direction was entirely based around my ideas. These were not joint ideas and, in fact, I was resisted at every step. I created the look and stage show and went on to write all of the songs on the first album – songs that many of you like. Almost all of the lyrics and the riffs were written by me. On the few occasions I had help from other band members this is indicated in the album credits.

“I also paid for the vast majority of the recordings and other things out of my own pocket when they were needed – for example the red ‘We Drink Blood’ shirts, patches not to mention this website. I also turned down several very highly paid jobs to concentrate on the band. This influence continued until the recent album – where I devised the concept and ideas such as the ‘First Legion’. In terms of commitment, for two years I drove from Holland to London, sometimes every weekend for rehearsals and gigs.

“A long time prior to the recording of the recent album (which I wasn’t happy with either in terms of the music or the studio) it became clear that elements within the band and management were intent on forcing me out of the project that I had started, which had been directed and managed by me for years and which I had spent vast amounts on. For this reason I trademarked the name.

“I was eventually forced out of the band on spurious grounds (not being up to their standard – get over yourselves guys, THAT is ridiculous) via a brief email message. I requested a meeting with the band to ensure that my songs and ideas would be protected but they failed to meet me and my messages were ignored. I did not think it was fair that the band should still be using my ideas and songs if they could not even be bothered to contact me, nor that they were taking money for things I had paid for myself without paying me a penny, while also libeling me on the internet. Because they were ignoring me I was forced to engage a lawyer to advise me.

“The band have stated that I tried to prevent the release of the album, which is untrue. They have also stated that they have been forced to change their name to ‘Iron Knights’ – actually one of my lyrics. I also offered to let them continue with the ‘Stuka Squadron’ name, but they elected not to do so.

“I would like to point out that I was devastated on leaving the band, and that I am now sad to see that Stuka Squadron is no more – which I think was avoidable. However I think that changing the name was the right thing to do as the current act is playing a different style of music and has increasingly little in common with the Stuka Squadron of old.

“For me the worst part of this dispute is that it has affected the fans’ enjoyment of the project, so I would like to apologize to them on behalf of everyone involved. To make it up to you I intend to present you with a sequel to ‘Tales of the Ost’ which sounds more like the original band and which features at least FIVE new songs. Because this is for YOU – the fans – I cordially invite ANY former Squadron members to assist me in this task with the sole stipulation that neither ADL Management nor Metalbox Recordings are involved in any way.

“I have a few more legal issues to address, but am confident that these will be resolved shortly. As soon as this is complete I will cheerfully offer Iron Knights my full support, particularly James Duke Fang and Gravedigger Cox, due to our long standing former friendship and long years of joint service to the cause of METAL.

“I salute you all and will return shortly.”

Pyre

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