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German hard rock veterans MAD MAX will release their new album, “Interceptor”, on November 5 (October 28 in Europe) via Steamhammer/SPV. The cover artwork for the CD was created by Thomas Ewerhard and it alludes to Mel Gibson’s legendary desert car in the movie classic “Mad Max”.

A snippet of the song “Godzilla” can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below.

The four MAD MAX musicians — Michael Voss (vocals, lead guitar), Jürgen Breforth (guitar), Roland Bergmann (bass) and Axel Kruse (drums) — promise “full throttle from start to finish” and sum up the direction of their new record in just two words: “It rocks!” Or, as guitarist Jürgen Breforth puts it: “Whereas some rock groups become insipid and balladesque with time, we’ve taken the opposite route and deliver nothing but pure energy.”

Like its predecessors, “Interceptor” was produced by frontman Michael Voss at his Kidpool Studio in Münster, with the drum recordings completed at the renowned Principal Studios in Senden. The record was mastered at the MSM Studios in Munich, where once upon a time GOTTHARD added the final polish to their works. Breforth says: “This time we made a conscious decision to allow ourselves more external output, yet without overdoing it.”

There are ten new songs to marvel at on “Interceptor”, including “Turn It Down”, the obligatory cover song by THE SWEET. “It’s what our fans are used to, so we just have to grit our teeth,” jokes Breforth.



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RockNLive.org recently conducted an interview with Swiss hard rock veterans KROKUS. You can now watch the chat below.

“Dirty Dynamite”, the 17th studio album from KROKUS, entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 17. This marks the first time in KROKUS‘ history that the band has landed in the Top 20 of the German chart.

“Dirty Dynamite” was released on February 22 in Europe via Sony Music and in North America on March 5 via The End Records. The CD marks the return of KROKUS guitarist Mandy Meyer after 30 years. Sound engineer for the recording sessions was again Dennis Ward, who also recorded the band’s last album, “Hoodoo”.

Drummer Freddy Steady left KROKUS in May 2011 because he “concluded that he really wanted to play music just for fun in small clubs rather than conquering the world, playing arenas on huge stages with pyro props, etc.,” according to guitarist Fernando Von Arb.

KROKUS recently recruited Flavio Mezzodi as the band’s new drummer.

KROKUS“Dög Song” video can be seen below. The clip focuses on the band’s the new mascot, the English Bulldog Da Dög, who is pictured on cover of KROKUS‘ latest album, “Dirty Dynamite”.

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Rudolf Schenker, guitarist and founding member of German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS, recently spoke to Gibson about the strangest shows his band has ever had. Check out the chat below.

On September 11, September 12 and September 14, SCORPIONS will play three concerts in Athens, Greece under the banner “MTV Unplugged – Scorpions Live In Athens” at the Lycabettus Theatre over the roofs of the ancient city. For the first time in the history of the “MTV Unplugged” series, a concert in Greece under the open sky will take place.

The SCORPIONS will perform their biggest hits, album classics as well as some exclusive new songs in the typical sound and arrangement of “MTV Unplugged”. They will be supported by national and international surprise guests, to be announced at a later date.

Says the band: “‘MTV Unplugged’ was already top on our wish list and therefore we have gladly accepted the offer to stage these concerts as part of our farewell tour. We are [happy to be working] together with MTV on this very special event in Athens.”

“MTV Unplugged – Scorpions Live In Athens” will be released at the end of 2013 on CD, DVD and Blu-ray disc. In addition, the performance will be premiered on MTV and VIVA in Germany.

SCORPIONS spent the first three months of 2012 in the studio with producers Mikael “Nord” Andersson and Martin Hansen resurrecting a dozen unfinished songs from what some people believe was the band’s best and most creative period — leftovers from the albums “Blackout” (1982), “Love At First Sting” (1984), “Savage Amusement” (1988) and “Crazy World” (1990) — for an album that is tentatively scheduled for release later this year. “It will be material that was never finished; songs with pure SCORPIONS DNA from a very exciting time,” singer Klaus Meine confirmed to Classic Rock. “Once we close the book on the crazy touring schedule, that’s something we’ll pick up again.” An album of all-new SCORPIONS material may surface as well, according to Meine. “At this point nothing is out of the question,” he said. “When we said adios with ‘Sting In The Tail’, our label, Sony Music, cried, ‘No, no, no… What about this idea? What about that idea?’ There are some offers you just can’t refuse. I don’t want to say too much right now, but I can reassure you there is still life in those bloody old SCORPIONS.”

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German hard rock veterans MAD MAX will release their new album, “Interceptor”, on November 5 (October 28 in Europe) via Steamhammer/SPV. The cover artwork for the CD was created by Thomas Ewerhard and it alludes to Mel Gibson’s legendary desert car in the movie classic “Mad Max”.

The four MAD MAX musicians — Michael Voss (vocals, lead guitar), Jürgen Breforth (guitar), Roland Bergmann (bass) and Axel Kruse (drums) — promise “full throttle from start to finish” and sum up the direction of their new record in just two words: “It rocks!” Or, as guitarist Jürgen Breforth puts it: “Whereas some rock groups become insipid and balladesque with time, we’ve taken the opposite route and deliver nothing but pure energy.”

Like its predecessors, “Interceptor” was produced by frontman Michael Voss at his Kidpool Studio in Münster, with the drum recordings completed at the renowned Principal Studios in Senden. The record was mastered at the MSM Studios in Munich, where once upon a time GOTTHARD added the final polish to their works. Breforth says: “This time we made a conscious decision to allow ourselves more external output, yet without overdoing it.”

There are ten new songs to marvel at on “Interceptor”, including “Turn It Down”, the obligatory cover song by THE SWEET. “It’s what our fans are used to, so we just have to grit our teeth,” jokes Breforth.

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Southern California alternative rock veterans SMILE EMPTY SOUL have revealed the cover art and track listing for their sixth studio album, “Chemicals”, due out October 1 on the band’s new imprint, Two Disciples Entertainment.

“Chemicals”, a record vocalist/guitarist Sean Danielsen describes as “a very raw album for today’s standards,” will be the debut release on the new label. In conjunction with Pavement Entertainment, Two Disciples Entertainment will see the band controlling all aspects of marketing and promotion for the new record and impending tours.

Commented Danielsen: “We’ve been on a different label with every release in our career, and we were tired of not being the priority.

“We started our own label with a business partner who’s been a great friend to us over the last 10 years, and found distribution through some other longtime friends of ours. Now we’re running the campaign ourselves and we’re totally in control, doing what we feel needs to be done.”

According to the vocalist, fans can expect the same emotional rock the band has delivered since its inception in 1998, but with an evolved edge, sharpened from over a decade on the road.

‘Chemicals’ still has our signature sound,” he adds, “but it has its own feel apart from our other work.”

And with regards to the album title, “‘Chemicals’ made so much sense to us because of the day and age we live in. We’re all eating, drinking, and breathing chemicals on a daily basis and there’s no escape.”

“Chemicals” track listing:

01. Black And Blue
02. False Alarm
03. Chemicals
04. Balance
05. Swim
06. New Low
07. Real
08. Sitting Ducks
09. Mechanical Rationality
10. Landslide

SMILE EMPTY SOUL will kick off a string of summer tour dates later this month leading up to the release of “Chemicals” this October.

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Seattle rock veterans make a big announcement, as they hint at a possible new album cover.

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Riff-Mag.com conducted an interview with Swiss hard rock veterans KROKUS at this year’s Hellfest, which was held June 21-23 in Clisson, France.

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“Dög Song”, the new video from Swiss hard rock veterans KROKUS, can be seen below.

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British rock veterans STATUS QUO have announced the addition of drummer Leo Cave to the group’s ranks.

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The Winery Dogs, featuring rock veterans Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) and Richie Kotzen (Poison), have signed with Loud And Proud Records.

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