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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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As part of Affliction‘s “Rock Star Stories” series, Jose Mangin, SiriusXM director of programming and on-air host (Liquid Metal, Ozzy’s Boneyard, Octane), recently asked TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy to share a tale from the road. Check out the clip below.

TESTAMENT‘s recent tour of Australia was the band’s first with returning bassist Steve DiGiorgio (SADUS, DEATH, ICED EARTH).

TESTAMENT in January announced the departure of bassist Greg Christian. DiGiorgio rejoined TESTAMENT as Christian‘s replacement.

Steve was previously a member of TESTAMENT on “The Gathering” (1999) and “First Strike Still Deadly” (2001) albums.

Christian was forced to leave the band’s North American tour with LAMB OF GOD and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE in November 2013 for “personal reasons.” Filling in for him was EXODUS bassist Jack Gibson.

“Dark Roots Of Thrash”, a DVD/2CD release documenting TESTAMENT‘s sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, New York this past February, was made available on October 18, 2013 (Europe) and October 29, 2013 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. “Dark Roots Of Thrash” was produced by Get Hammered Productions, directed by Tommy Jones (DEATH ANGEL, KATAKLYSM, SOILWORK) and mixed by Juan Urteaga (VILE, EXODUS, SADUS, MACHINE HEAD). It captures a total of 19 live tracks with countless cams onstage and high above the audience, plus a special moshpit cam that makes you feel like you’re a part of the show.

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General Music News: Biographer also stresses that Courtney Love isn’t to blame for Kurt’s suicide.

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Legendary guitarist Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) will attend the first ever student concert on September 28 at the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy in Sioux Falls to support both the academy and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire.

Brennan Rock & Roll Academy founder and Dollar Loan Center CEO, Chuck Brennan, had the pleasure of meeting the legendary guitarist Slash at Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin, where Slash opened for KISS. Earlier that day, KISS made a stop by the Academy for a dedication of the KISS rehearsal rooms.

Brennan and Slash hit it off from the get go and started discussing the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy and the fact that it’s the first-ever free music program for the children of the Boys and Girls Clubs. “Slash was so impressed that he immediately wanted to get involved and show his support to the academy and the kids,” Brennan said. “Slash will be the first celebrity rock star to watch the kids perform and see their concert.”

But that was not enough for Slash. When he found out that one of the student bands had chosen the GUNS N’ ROSES version of “Knocking On Heaven’s Door”, he insisted that he get up and jam with the kids.

“Can you even begin to comprehend how cool it’s going to be for these kids who just learned how to play and are performing their first little concert in front of their peers to play with Slash?” Brennan said.

The student concert at the academy will feature three student bands that have been learning how to play instruments and rehearsing since the academy opened in April. The concert is NOT open to the public, which makes it even more special for the children.

After the show, Slash will meet the students and offer words of encouragement.

“This is a HUGE deal for not only the students and academy but also the community. This music program has taken on a life of its own around the country — having Slash brings it to the next level for sure,” said Brennan.

The Brennan Rock & Roll Academy is the first music program EVER in support of the Boys and Girls Club. Brennan made a 20-year commitment to the incredible program and facility in which the costs will exceed over $3,600,000.

“This academy means the world to me — it is in my home town and I myself was a member of the Boys and Girls Club growing up. It is amazing to receive so much support from iconic rock stars,” Brennan said.

“Since opening in April, many iconic rock stars have visited the academy and performed including KISS, Alice Cooper, Vince Neil, Robby Krieger, NIGHT RANGER and even George Lopez,” adds Brennan.

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star, the company which creates “beautiful lullaby versions of your favorite artists,” will release “Lullaby Versions Of A Perfect Circle” on September 17 via Roma Music Group.

With PUSCIFER being pretty active and TOOL still dangling a possible new album, it’s hard to tell when A PERFECT CIRCLE will return to the studio to record new music. Yes, frontman Maynard James Keenan is a busy guy, but for families looking to expose their littlest rockers to the music of A PERFECT CIRCLE, the crew over at Roma Music Group have the answer with the latest release in their growing collection of Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star titles.

“Lullaby Versions Of A Perfect Circle” presents a dozen of the band’s songs, reworked into “lush instrumental” versions perfect for rocking the nursery. Those who pre-order the set now via iTunes will receive “Judith” as an instant download.

“Lullaby Versions Of A Perfect Circle” track listing:

01. The Hollow
02. Judith
03. Blue
04. Imagine
05. 3 Libras
06. The Noose
07. Passive
08. Weak And Powerless
09. Pet
10. The Outsider
11. Orestes
12. Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums

A full-length version of “Judith” can be streamed below.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star is the premier pop music lullaby line, with more than a hundred titles to choose from across soundtracks, pop, rock, metal, country, alternative and more.

In its mission statement, Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star says, “We feel our lullaby line fills a vacant musical niche. There are other lines of pop music lullabies but we decided to take the approach of being high end musically rather than simply doing these as a novelty. After all, just because the music is for a baby it doesn’t have to sound unsophisticated. We feel we owe it to the artists that we are covering to do their music justice and our standard of quality transcends the lullaby genre. In fact, in addition to soothing babies our fans use our music for yoga, massage and sleep therapy or just general relaxation. We like to call them ‘lullabies for all ages’ and the diversity of use is testament to that.”

For more information, visit


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Fan-filmed video footage of Electra Mustaine, the 15-year-old daughter of MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine, and Jason Kertson, the grandson of Rob Lind, a member of THE SONICS, a Seattle-area band that helped shaped the punk rock music sound in the ’60s, performing their version of the MEGADETH song “A Tout Le Monde” last night (Thursday, August 22) at Louie G’s Pizza in Fife, Washington can be seen below.

According to, the concert benefitted Operation Ward 57, a non-profit organization that helps wounded servicemembers and their families.

Electra and Jason previously performed their version of “A Tout Le Monde” on King 5 TV‘s “New Day” with Margaret Larson, then joined Margaret to talk about their families’ respective musical legacies and why it’s important for them to respect and support the military. Brittney Hamilton, founder of Operation Ward 57, shared more about the work the group does and praised Electra, Jason and other young people who take such an active role to salute and support the military.

In a 2005 interview with Musician’s Friend, Dave Mustaine was asked if either of his children were musically inclined and if so, if there were any desires to follow in dad’s footsteps as a rock star. “My son [Justis] plays guitar in the band at the school he goes to,” Dave said. “He goes to a Christian Academy and he plays in the worship band there. Which, go figure, Dave Mustaine‘s kid’s playing worship songs! Which I’m very thrilled about, because when he was born, all I wanted was him to be able to know God’s word, and be a black belt in the martial arts style that I’ve been training in, so he could take care of himself and if he’s meant to die that he would go to Heaven. Pretty much everything I’ve wanted out of this kid, he’s done. He gets great grades, he’s beautiful like his mom, and he actually can play! When we were in Germany, he was soundchecking, and we found some peckerhead out there with a video camera taping him. I’m like, ‘You ain’t getting the exclusive on this kid, guy!’ We nabbed the camera. The drummer Shawn Drover‘s son, his name is Ryan, was playing drums and Justis was up there jamming on guitar. Now, Electra, my daughter, plays piano, and she’s got a really good voice, but she’s still seven, so a lot of that is just seven-year-old, childlike, angelic singing. Most really young children, when they sing, sound angelic and as soon as they cross that little imaginary line of puberty their voice starts to sound like two cats having sex in an alley.”


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An internal investigation is underway after a rock star and his girlfriend were given a private tour of Las Vegas in a police helicopter for a wedding proposal.

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An internal investigation is underway after a rock star and his girlfriend were given a private tour of Las Vegas in a police helicopter for a wedding proposal.

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star, the company which creates “beautiful lullaby versions of your favorite artists,” will release “Lullaby Versions Of Jane’s Addiction” on August 20 via Roma Music Group.

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In case you haven't checked your Facebook feed this morning, a lot of people are pissed at Rolling Stone magazine. The once-respected publication revealed that their next cover will have Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the young Boston bomber on the cover. While the story isn't exactly positive, it is sort of making a rock star out of …

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