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Singer Josh Todd of Californian rockers BUCKCHERRY was interviewed by Terrie Carr for the latest edition of “Box Of Rock” on WDHA-FM 105.5 FM, the rock music station licensed to Dover and Morristown, New Jersey. You can now watch the chat below.

BUCKCHERRY has completed work on a new EP that will follow up last year’s “Confessions” album. Todd revealed the news in an interview with PopCultureMadness.com, saying, “We just made an EP that we’re gonna be releasing in the spring that we’re really excited about. I don’t wanna give it away yet, but there’s definitely a theme to this EP, and if you’re a BUCKCHERRY fan, it’s a must-have. So it’s really cool, and probably one the funnest times I’ve had writing songs.”

Todd admitted that the band continues to make records despite the fact that CD sales across the board continue to decline. He explained, “The record will go away at some point, because it’s a single-driven market now. Everybody’s going on iTunes and they just buy the songs that they like — that’s it. They don’t buy records. I mean, you see it all the time now, even in pop music — (there’ll be) a big pop single, and they’ll sell millions of singles, and then the record drops and they sell, like, 15,000 units.”

BUCKCHERRY guitarist Keith Nelson told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he wasn’t discouraged by CD sales. “I believe in the album as an artform,” he said. “I don’t think that putting two songs that are gonna be played on the radio and then a bunch of filler stuff — that’s not why we do this. But I have lost faith in the number of records sold as an indicator of success, because our audience is growing, our business is growing. Nothing has receded, except the actual number of physical records that are sold. So I don’t think that’s a true indication of our success.”

Todd said in his interview that BUCKCHERRY has to tour more than ever to make up for the lack of CD sales, revealing, “You’ve gotta be on the road if you wanna make a living at this. There’s no longer these days where you drop a single and sell millions of records and go out and tour for six months and then you can just chill and enjoy your life.”

BUCKCHERRY‘s sixth studio album, 2013’s “Confessions”, sold 18,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 20 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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Dream Theater: proggy style

Prog metal legends Dream Theater have released a special, limited-edition box set version of their self-titled new album, out now via Roadrunner!

The box set comes with the following awesome bonuses:

* Exclusive artwork by Hugh Syme

Custom Box Set Holds:

* Custom 2GB Majesty symbol USB stick containing:
– Isolated stems of “Behind The Veil”
– “Take This For The Pain (Mike Mangini Audition Improv Jam)” — 30-minute documentary.
* Exclusive 7″ of “The Bigger Picture” on clear vinyl, wrapped and sealed with a custom wax seal.
* Gel-skin iDots of Majesty symbol for iPhone.
* 2-disc embossed deluxe edition digi with bonus disc of 5.1 audio mix + expanded packaging.
* 180-gram 2-LP embossed gatefold vinyl with high quality FLAC files of full album.

Bundle Includes:

* Limited-edition collector’s box set
* Digital album
* Digital FLAC album

ORDER IT HERE

Dream Theater Track List

01. False Awakening Suite
I. Sleep Paralysis
II. Night Terrors
III. Lucid Dream
02. The Enemy Inside
03. The Looking Glass
04. Enigma Machine
05. The Bigger Picture
06. Behind The Veil
07. Surrender To Reason
08. Along For The Ride
09. Illumination Theory
I. Paradoxe de la Lumière Noire
II. Live, Die, Kill
III. The Embracing Circle
IV. The Pursuit of Truth
V. Surrender, Trust & Passion

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Dream Theater: proggy style

Prog metal legends Dream Theater have released a special, limited-edition box set version of their self-titled new album, out now via Roadrunner!

The box set comes with the following awesome bonuses:

* Exclusive artwork by Hugh Syme

Custom Box Set Holds:

* Custom 2GB Majesty symbol USB stick containing:
– Isolated stems of “Behind The Veil”
– “Take This For The Pain (Mike Mangini Audition Improv Jam)” — 30-minute documentary.
* Exclusive 7″ of “The Bigger Picture” on clear vinyl, wrapped and sealed with a custom wax seal.
* Gel-skin iDots of Majesty symbol for iPhone.
* 2-disc embossed deluxe edition digi with bonus disc of 5.1 audio mix + expanded packaging.
* 180-gram 2-LP embossed gatefold vinyl with high quality FLAC files of full album.

Bundle Includes:

* Limited-edition collector’s box set
* Digital album
* Digital FLAC album

ORDER IT HERE

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Video footage of the unboxing of the limited-edition box-set version of the new, self-titled album from progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER can be seen below.

Product Description

* Exclusive artwork by Hugh Syme

Custom Box Set Holds:

* Custom 2GB Majesty symbol USB stick containing:
– Isolated stems of “Behind The Veil”
“Take This For The Pain (Mike Mangini Audition Improv Jam)” — 30-minute documentary.
* Exclusive 7″ of “The Bigger Picture” on clear vinyl, wrapped and sealed with a custom wax seal.
* Gel-skin iDots of Majesty symbol for iPhone.
* 2-disc embossed deluxe edition digi with bonus disc of 5.1 audio mix + expanded packaging.
* 180-gram 2-LP embossed gatefold vinyl with high quality FLAC files of full album.

Bundle Includes:

* Limited-edition collector’s box set
* Digital album
* Digital FLAC album

The limited-edition box-set version of “Dream Theater” is available for $99.99 from the Roadrunner Records webstore.

“Dream Theater” is likely to sell between 30,000 and 35,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on September 24 via Roadrunner

DREAM THEATER‘s previous CD, “A Dramatic Turn Of Events”, opened with 36,000 units to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 8. The band’s 2009 effort, “Black Clouds & Silver Linings”, premiered with 40,000 copies to land at No. 6. This was roughly in line with the first-week tally registered by its predecessor, “Systematic Chaos”, which shifted 36,000 copies in 2007 to enter the chart at No. 19. 2005’s “Octavarium” premiered with 27,000 copies to debut at No. 36.

Speaking to Ultimate-Guitar.com, guitarist John Petrucci stated about “Dream Theater”: “I think it’s building on [what we did on the “A Dramatic Turn of Events” album], but taking it to the next level. One of the things I really wanted to do on ‘A Dramatic Turn of Events’ was to create something that was sonically very rich and high-def and powerful and I think we accomplished that. But on this album, I wanted to take that even further…. [I wanted to] get more cinematic with it and more earthy and aggressive and bigger. I wanted a bigger, more forward in-your-face kind of sound. I think that kind of dictated the sounds we went for while we were writing and recording and then ultimately how it was mixed. So yeah, it was kind of building on that, but taking it to the next level. You always need to progress and to try and do something different and kind of have a little bit different take on it and a different perspective. But hopefully make it better as you go.”

The nine-track disc was recorded at Cove City Studio in Glen Cove, Long Island, with Petrucci producing and Richard Chycki engineering and mixing. It’s the band’s second album with drummer Mike Mangini, and the first one on which he was a part of the writing process from Day One.

In January, Petrucci said of Mangini‘s work: “When people hear the drumming on this album, they’re gonna be pretty freaked out. On the last album, he did a great job, but he wasn’t there for the writing process and he was interpreting drum parts that I had programmed. Even though he used his creativity, of course, to change them up and do his thing, I feel like now he’s just Mike Mangini unleashed. It’s all him. It’s all his creativity, all his decisions and ideas and man, the guy’s an animal.”

“Dream Theater” track listing:

01. False Awakening Suite
I. Sleep Paralysis
II. Night Terrors
III. Lucid Dream
02. The Enemy Inside
03. The Looking Glass
04. Enigma Machine
05. The Bigger Picture
06. Behind The Veil
07. Surrender To Reason
08. Along For The Ride
09. Illumination Theory
I. Paradoxe de la Lumière Noire
II. Live, Die, Kill
III. The Embracing Circle
IV. The Pursuit of Truth
V. Surrender, Trust & Passion

“Dream Theater” was made available in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard and special edition CDs, 180-gram double LP, and a limited-edition box set.

The video for the song “The Enemy Inside” was directed by Bill Fishman (RAMONES, STEVE RAY VAUGHAN). The strictly conceptual clip deals with the torment of a soldier who’s struggling with reintegrating into his life back home due to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Regarding the song’s lyrics, Petrucci told Billboard.com: “At the time that we were in the studio working on the [new DREAM THEATER] album and I was writing lyrics, the Boston Marathon bombings happened. There was a lot of discussion of terrorism and PTSD as if affects people who witness traumatic events like terrorism, so it was just very on my mind. It linked very well with the mood of the song, and as we started to get into it, I watched some documentaries and things like that. I was like, ‘This is really something that needs to be written about.'”

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Danish/American hard rockers ROYAL HUNT will release their twelfth studio album, “A Life To Die For”, in November through Marquee/Avalon (Japan and Southeast Asia) and Frontiers (Europe and North America). The material has been described as a continuation of the band’s last CD, “Show Me How To Live”, but with new elements in in both the songwriting and production departments. The cover artwork was created by Kai Brockschmidt (PINK CREAM 69, PRETTY MAIDS) and can be seen below.

“A Life To Die For” will be mde available in three different versions:

* Digipack CD + DVD (containing live footage from the band’s last year tour, tour documentary and interviews)
* Regular CD
* 180-gram vinyl, gatefold

“A Life To Die For” track listing:

01. Hell Comes Down From Heaven
02. A Bullet’s Tale
03. Running Out Of Tears
04. One Minute Left To Live
05. Sign Of Yesterday
06. Won’t Trust, Won’t Fear, Won’t Beg
07. A Life To Die For

In order to upgrade its trademark sound, ROYAL HUNT employed a large number of classical/orchestra players in the studio as well as a large choir.

Frontiers Records released ROYAL HUNT‘s box set, “20th Anniversary – Special Edition”, on November 23, 2012 in Europe and January 21, 2013 in North America.

After the highly successful 20th-aniversary tour in support of ROYAL HUNT‘s last album, “Show Me How To Live”, ROYAL HUNT decided to celebrate the occasion with a very special “best-of” package containing three CDs and one DVD. The release included the best ROYAL HUNT songs from all 11 albums, a brand new song plus three newly recorded acoustic versions of three additional tracks and a DVD featuring all the promotional video clips shot by the band during their long ride.

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“I Am Of Death (Hell Has Arrived)”, the new video from Ohio metallers SKELETONWITCH, can be seen below.

Says SKELETONWITCH guitarist Nate Garnette: “It’s never a bad time when you combine 100 beers, several bloody sheep skulls, murder in the woods and five headbanging maniacs. It’s an even better time when the end result is a killer classic/slasher video. This time we went with the ‘even better time.’ Enjoy!”

“I Am Of Death (Hell Has Arrived)” comes off SKELETONWITCH‘s new album, “Serpents Unleashed”, which will be released on October 29 via Prosthetic Records. The follow-up to 2011’s “Forever Abomination” was recorded this past spring at GodCity Studio with Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE, KVELERTAK, HIGH ON FIRE). The cover artwork for the CD was created by John Baizley (BARONESS, KYLESA, KVELERTAK), who previously worked with ‘WITCH on 2007’s “Beyond The Permafrost”.

“Serpents Unleashed” track listing:

01. Serpents Unleashed
02. Beneath Dead Leaves
03. I Am Of Death (Hell Has Arrived)
04. From a Cloudless Sky
05. Burned From Bone
06. Unending, Everliving
07. Blade On The Flesh, Blood On My Hands
08. This Evil Embrace
09. Unwept
10. Born of the Light That Does Not Shine
11. More Cruel Than Weak

Pre-order “Serpents Unleashed” digitally via Bandcamp now or physically on CD, audio cassette, three different 180-gram LP variants (black, clear or red) and a limited-edition seven-inch collector’s box via www.skeletonwitch.com. Also available for pre-order now is a new vinyl pressing of “Beyond The Permafrost”, which is back in print on 180-gram black vinyl as well as a new 180-gram clear vinyl variant.

Over the past decade, SKELETONWITCH has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe with a who’s who of modern heavy metal and performed at some of the genre’s largest festivals (Wacken Open Air, Graspop Metal Meeting, Summer Breeze, Ozzfest, Tuska, Bloodstock), in the process gaining a dedicated legion of fans on both sides of the stage. The band recently completed a successful run of high-profile dates opening for Sweden’s GHOST, a group they will again perform alongside this fall.



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The second in a series of video clips featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of “Serpents Unleashed”, the new album from Ohio metallers SKELETONWITCH, can be seen below.

Due on October 29 via Prosthetic Records, the follow-up to 2011’s “Forever Abomination” was recorded this past spring at GodCity Studio with Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE, KVELERTAK, HIGH ON FIRE). The cover artwork for the CD was created by John Baizley (BARONESS, KYLESA, KVELERTAK), who previously worked with ‘WITCH on 2007’s “Beyond The Permafrost”.

“Serpents Unleashed” track listing:

01. Serpents Unleashed
02. Beneath Dead Leaves
03. I Am Of Death (Hell Has Arrived)
04. From a Cloudless Sky
05. Burned From Bone
06. Unending, Everliving
07. Blade On The Flesh, Blood On My Hands
08. This Evil Embrace
09. Unwept
10. Born of the Light That Does Not Shine
11. More Cruel Than Weak

Pre-order “Serpents Unleashed” digitally via Bandcamp now or physically on CD, audio cassette, three different 180-gram LP variants (black, clear or red) and a limited-edition seven-inch collector’s box via www.skeletonwitch.com. Also available for pre-order now is a new vinyl pressing of “Beyond The Permafrost”, which is back in print on 180-gram black vinyl as well as a new 180-gram clear vinyl variant.

Over the past decade, SKELETONWITCH has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe with a who’s who of modern heavy metal and performed at some of the genre’s largest festivals (Wacken Open Air, Graspop Metal Meeting, Summer Breeze, Ozzfest, Tuska, Bloodstock), in the process gaining a dedicated legion of fans on both sides of the stage. The band recently completed a successful run of high-profile dates opening for Sweden’s GHOST, a group they will again perform alongside this fall.



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THE WINERY DOGS, the power trio featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB), legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH) and guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen (MR. BIG, POISON), was interviewed by Terrie Carr for the latest edition of “Box Of Rock” on WDHA-FM 105.5 FM, the rock music station licensed to Dover and Morristown, New Jersey. You can now watch the chat below.

THE WINERY DOGS‘ self-titled debut album sold around 10,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in North America on July 23 via Loud & Proud Records and in Japan on May 15 via Victor Entertainment, the CD was mixed by Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX, ADRENALINE MOB, STONE SOUR and STEEL PANTHER.

“Bands like [LED] ZEPPELIN and THE WHO, THE [ROLLING] STONES, and THE BEATLES, CREAM, and [Jimi] Hendrix. I mean, I grew up with that stuff,” Portnoy told Voice Of America. “And, although I’ve been able to pay tribute to it throughout my career with tribute bands and things like that, I’ve never been in an all-original band that was kind of playing classic rock power trio stuff. That’s how I describe this band: just a straight-up rock band.”

Regarding the songwriting process for THE WINERY DOGS‘ album, Portnoy said: “In all cases, the music was the very first element and from there, Richie would start melodies on top of it. Sometimes the final lyrics were there, coming up on the spot, and other times he would take the melodies and write lyrics later. There were a couple of examples of Richie having something and bringing it in. In those cases, like ‘Damaged’ and ‘Regret’, we just left them. Because in those two particular cases, the songs were great as they were.”

Portnoy was full of praise for his THE WINERY DOGS bandmates, telling Voice Of America: “Billy Sheehan is my favorite bass player on earth and he has been for almost 30 years now. So to work with him and make music with him for me is an honor. And Richie is someone I have the utmost respect for as an artist. I mean, he is just so underappreciated, not only as a guitarist, but as a singer and a writer as well. I think for me, the most exciting aspect of this band is for people to discover Richie that aren’t aware of what a musical genius he is.”

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The first in a series of video clips featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of “Serpents Unleashed”, the new album from Ohio metallers SKELETONWITCH, can be seen below.

Due on October 29 via Prosthetic Records, the follow-up to 2011’s “Forever Abomination” was recorded this past spring at GodCity Studio with Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE, KVELERTAK, HIGH ON FIRE). The cover artwork for the CD was created by John Baizley (BARONESS, KYLESA, KVELERTAK), who previously worked with ‘WITCH on 2007’s “Beyond The Permafrost”.

“Serpents Unleashed” track listing:

01. Serpents Unleashed
02. Beneath Dead Leaves
03. I Am Of Death (Hell Has Arrived)
04. From a Cloudless Sky
05. Burned From Bone
06. Unending, Everliving
07. Blade On The Flesh, Blood On My Hands
08. This Evil Embrace
09. Unwept
10. Born of the Light That Does Not Shine
11. More Cruel Than Weak

Pre-order “Serpents Unleashed” digitally via Bandcamp now or physically on CD, audio cassette, three different 180-gram LP variants (black, clear or red) and a limited-edition seven-inch collector’s box via www.skeletonwitch.com. Also available for pre-order now is a new vinyl pressing of “Beyond The Permafrost”, which is back in print on 180-gram black vinyl as well as a new 180-gram clear vinyl variant.

Over the past decade, SKELETONWITCH has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe with a who’s who of modern heavy metal and performed at some of the genre’s largest festivals (Wacken Open Air, Graspop Metal Meeting, Summer Breeze, Ozzfest, Tuska, Bloodstock), in the process gaining a dedicated legion of fans on both sides of the stage. The band recently completed a successful run of high-profile dates opening for Sweden’s GHOST, a group they will again perform alongside this fall.



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Ohio metallers SKELETONWITCH will release their new album, “Serpents Unleashed”, on October 29 via Prosthetic Records. The follow-up to 2011’s “Forever Abomination” was recorded this past spring at GodCity Studio with Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE, KVELERTAK, HIGH ON FIRE). The cover artwork for the CD was created by John Baizley (BARONESS, KYLESA, KVELERTAK), who previously worked with ‘WITCH on 2007’s “Beyond The Permafrost”.

“Serpents Unleashed” track listing:

01. Serpents Unleashed
02. Beneath Dead Leaves
03. I Am Of Death (Hell Has Arrived)
04. From a Cloudless Sky
05. Burned From Bone
06. Unending, Everliving
07. Blade On The Flesh, Blood On My Hands
08. This Evil Embrace
09. Unwept
10. Born of the Light That Does Not Shine
11. More Cruel Than Weak

The track “Burned From Bone” is available now as a free* download by texting SERPENTS to 24587, and behind-the-scenes studio footage of the band recording the track at GodCity can be seen below.

Pre-order “Serpents Unleashed” digitally via Bandcamp now or physically on CD, audio cassette, three different 180-gram LP variants (black, clear or red) and a limited-edition seven-inch collector’s box via www.skeletonwitch.com. Also available for pre-order now is a new vinyl pressing of “Beyond The Permafrost”, which is back in print on 180-gram black vinyl as well as a new 180-gram clear vinyl variant.

Over the past decade, SKELETONWITCH has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe with a who’s who of modern heavy metal and performed at some of the genre’s largest festivals (Wacken Open Air, Graspop Metal Meeting, Summer Breeze, Ozzfest, Tuska, Bloodstock), in the process gaining a dedicated legion of fans on both sides of the stage. The band recently completed a successful run of high-profile dates opening for Sweden’s GHOST, a group they will again perform alongside this fall.

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