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“Diamond Blade”, the new video from CIRCLE II CIRCLE, will be released on Thursday, March 20. The clip is largely comprised of in-concert footage shot by CIRCLE II CIRCLE fans at shows during the band’s 2013 tour of Europe, Brazil, and the USA.

Comments CIRCLE II CIRCLE lead vocalist Zak Stevens: “We wanted to capture the everyday life vibe on tour and show some of the behind-the-scenes stuff that we see from our viewpoint on the road. These are the things that make the time on tour go by lightning fast for the guys in the band, but also make memories that last a lifetime.

“This video is dedicated to all of the fans, bands, crew, agents, and support personnel who made this tour possible.”

CIRCLE II CIRCLE is currently working on its next studio album, tentatively scheduled for release in the fall.

CIRCLE II CIRCLE‘s sixth studio album, “Seasons Will Fall”, was released on January 25, 2013 via earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group.

Formed in 2001, CIRCLE II CIRCLE has always reinvented itself throughout the years, constantly maintaining the signature sound that fans around the world love. The turning point for the band came in 2012 with CIRCLE II CIRCLE‘s monumental performance of the entire SAVATAGE album “The Wake Of Magellan” at the world’s largest heavy metal festival, Wacken Open Air in Germany. What followed was a sold-out European club tour.

“Seasons Will Fall” is CIRCLE II CIRCLE‘s strongest album to date from both a musical and production standpoint. It blends Stevens‘ history and unique “SAVATAGE style” with the fresh sounds he developed with his current outfit. From the howling guitar riffs on “Diamond Blade” and “Killing Death” to the energetic sound of “Never Gonna Stop”, it contains everything you want from a heavy rock album.

In an interview with Metal Babe, Stevens said about the CD, “The record is sounding really great and the goal of this album from the beginning was for it to be the best CIRCLE II CIRCLE to date. Of course, that’s a lofty goal, but I really think we’ve done it here with ‘Seasons Will Fall’.”

He added, “From the beginning, we wanted it to have some elements of all five previous releases, along with some entirely new sounding stuff. So that’s basically what we’ve done with ‘Seasons Will Fall’. We’re really happy with how it turned out.”

Asked if there is a certain theme or concept that this CD focuses on, Zak said, “Being that it’s not a concept album, the record focuses on a variety of different subjects. What I notice right away in the music and the lyrics is the amount of introspection of everyday life. Because of this, it really reminds me of our first album, ‘Watching In Silence’. It really has that sort of feel to it. It also reminds me of ‘Burden Of Truth’ in some ways, too, but this one’s definitely not a concept album in that sense.”

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On September 19, former PANTERA and current KILL DEVIL HILL bassist Rex Brown took part in a clinic at Sam Ash in New York City. A two-minute Artisan News report on the event, which includes a short interview with Brown, can be seen bleow.

Hartke recently announced the addition of Brown to its already impressive roster of artists. Rex is best known as one half of the driving rhythm section of legendary metal band PANTERA and is currently further developing his signature sound with his new band KILL DEVIL HILL. KILL DEVIL HILL will release its sophomore album this fall on Century Media Records.

“I’ve been playing bass for a long time and I recently had the great fortune of pluggin’ in to a Hartke rig,” says Rex. “My new rig gives me the flexibility to control my tone and blast my sound in any size venue. This Hartke rig slams like a concrete sledge. I’m looking forward to being part of the Hartke family for ANOTHER very long time.”

This past March, Rex released his memoir entitled “Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera”. He also made an appearance on VH1 Classic‘s flagship program “That Metal Show” in support of the book. He will be hitting the road with KILL DEVIL HILL this fall in support of their new release.

Rex was recently announced as part of the festivities at Bass Player LIVE! 2013. He will participate in the Bass Player LIVE! Concert and Awards Show, presented by Hartke, which will be a historic tribute to BLACK SABBATH‘s Geezer Butler. The show will take place at the Fonda Theater on November 9. And on Sunday, November 10, Rex will be a part of a bass panel, again hosted by Hartke, alongside Billy Sheehan, David Ellefson and Frank Bello.

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On September 19, Metal Mark of SkullsNBones.com conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current KILL DEVIL HILL bassist Rex Brown at Sam Ash in New York City. You can now watch the chat below. Also available is footage of Rex‘s Sam Ash clinic.

Hartke recently announced the addition of Brown to its already impressive roster of artists. Rex is best known as one half of the driving rhythm section of legendary metal band PANTERA and is currently further developing his signature sound with his new band KILL DEVIL HILL. KILL DEVIL HILL will release its sophomore album this fall on Century Media Records.

“I’ve been playing bass for a long time and I recently had the great fortune of pluggin’ in to a Hartke rig,” says Rex. “My new rig gives me the flexibility to control my tone and blast my sound in any size venue. This Hartke rig slams like a concrete sledge. I’m looking forward to being part of the Hartke family for ANOTHER very long time.”

This past March, Rex released his memoir entitled “Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera”. He also made an appearance on VH1 Classic‘s flagship program “That Metal Show” in support of the book. He will be hitting the road with KILL DEVIL HILL this fall in support of their new release.

Rex was recently announced as part of the festivities at Bass Player LIVE! 2013. He will participate in the Bass Player LIVE! Concert and Awards Show, presented by Hartke, which will be a historic tribute to BLACK SABBATH‘s Geezer Butler. The show will take place at the Fonda Theater on November 9. And on Sunday, November 10, Rex will be a part of a bass panel, again hosted by Hartke, alongside Billy Sheehan, David Ellefson and Frank Bello.

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Brazil’s Wikimetal podcast recently conducted an interview with DOKKEN frontman and namesake Don Dokken. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.

DOKKEN‘s eleventh studio album, “Broken Bones”, sold around 2,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 173 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in North America on September 25 via Frontiers Records, the effort was made available in two configurations: standard CD and limited-edition CD in digipak with a bonus DVD, which features a comprehensive “Making Of The Album” documentary.

“Broken Bones” was produced by Don Dokken and was mixed by Bob St. John (EXTREME, DURAN DURAN, COLLECTIVE SOUL) and Wyn Davis (BLACK SABBATH, DIO, WHITESNAKE) and mastered by famed engineer Maor Appelbaum (HALFORD, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, SEPULTURA). The new set features a return to the band’s signature sound of catchy melodies, hot riffs and monster production.

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On July 27, Fret 12 conducted an interview with guitarist Jason Hook of Las Vegas metallers FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH backstage at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater in Tinley Park, Illinois. Jason explained how his 18-year long friendship with drummer Jeremy Spencer led to his audition with this band after its first record. Being on the road with ALICE COOPER helped Jason cut his teeth on the live circuit, while his musical skill became an asset to the band’s writing and eventually their very unique signature sound. You can now watch the chat below.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH‘s new album, “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1”, sold 112,000 copies in the U.S. to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart. The record arrived in stores on July 30. The chart and first-week sales numbers are both career highs for the group, whose previous effort, 2011’s “American Capitalist”, sold 91,000 copies in its first seven days to enter the chart at No. 3.

The group’s 2009 sophomore album, “War Is The Answer”, moved 44,000 copies to land at No. 7. All three previous FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH releases have gone gold.

“The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1” is the first half of a two-record set, with the second half due to arrive sometime this fall.

After coming up with 25 songs for the album, the band first envisioned putting them out all together in one double-disc set, before deciding to split the collection into two separate releases.

First single “Lift Me Up” features guest vocals from JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford. Other guests include IN THIS MOMENT singer Maria Brink, SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera, HATEBREED vocalist Jamey Jasta and rapper Tech N9ne.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will kick off a headlining North American trek on September 15 at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California.

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Hartke has announce the addition of famed bassist Rex Brown to its already impressive roster of artists. Rex is best known as one half of the driving rhythm section of legendary metal band PANTERA and is currently further developing his signature sound with his new band KILL DEVIL HILL. KILL DEVIL HILL will release its sophomore album this fall on Century Media Records.

“I’ve been playing bass for a long time and I recently had the great fortune of pluggin’ in to a Hartke rig,” says Rex. “My new rig gives me the flexibility to control my tone and blast my sound in any size venue. This Hartke rig slams like a concrete sledge. I’m looking forward to being part of the Hartke family for ANOTHER very long time.”

On September 19, Rex Brown will make his debut Hartke appearance at the Sam Ash in New York City, located on West 34th Street. The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. and will feature Rex discussing some of his favorite bass techniques, as well as demonstrations of some of his famous riffs from throughout his career. The event is free and open to the public on a first-come basis.

This past March, Rex released his memoir entitled “Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera”. He also made an appearance on VH1 Classic‘s flagship program “That Metal Show” in support of the book. He will be hitting the road with KILL DEVIL HILL this fall in support of their new release.

Rex was recently announced as part of the festivities at Bass Player LIVE! 2013. He will participate in the Bass Player LIVE! Concert and Awards Show, presented by Hartke, which will be a historic tribute to BLACK SABBATH‘s Geezer Butler. The show will take place at the Fonda Theater on November 9. And on Sunday, November 10, Rex will be a part of a bass panel, again hosted by Hartke, alongside Billy Sheehan, David Ellefson and Frank Bello.

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Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal of Metal Assault recently conducted an interview with vocalist Dez Fafara of California metallers DEVILDRIVER. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Metal Assault: Your new album, “Winter Kills”, is coming out on August 27th via Napalm Records. I was listening to it, and I think it’s pretty dynamic. It’s very raw in many ways but it’s also melodic. Would you say that’s a fair description?

Dez: Yeah, absolutely! It’s got a lot of presence to it. It’s upfront and not over-produced. The vocals for pretty much every single track were recorded in first takes, so it has a very “live” feel. It’s full of groove and hooks, and has very tight arrangements. So yeah, that’s a fair assessment.

Metal Assault: Talking of the past two records, “Pray For Villains” was a pretty melodic, metalcore-type album but then “Beast” was a lot heavier, and now you are coming out with “Winter Kills”. What would you say about the musical changes from album to album? Are you going heavier with each one?

Dez: Well, I wouldn’t exactly say that. I think DEVILDRIVER has a signature sound that drives every single record, but then every record has to be different. So if you listen to “The Last Kind Words” and then “Pray For Villains”, they are very different. And again, “Beast” is different from “Pray For Villains”. That one, for me, was definitely a more melodic record, and “Beast” was a more ferocious, volatile, almost punk rock record. We tend to not make the same piece of art twice, so that’s where we are with that.

Metal Assault: In terms of your vocals on this album, physically how did the challenge compare to what you did on previous albums?

Dez: Oh, I found myself extremely focused on this record because I built a home studio. You’d think that placing yourself in an unfamiliar environment away from home would actually add to that raw feeling or that pushing edge that blues, punk rock and metal need when you’re recording, but I found that it was quite the opposite and working in that manner was taking me away from that feeling. So I built my home studio and what I found was focus. I got almost all of it in first takes. If we didn’t get something in the first take, we would start with it again the next day itself because I wanted to keep that vibe going. Vocally, I think the songs have hit the mark on this album and combined well with the writing of the other musicians in the band. All around, I’m really happy with this record and I’m excited to put it out.

Metal Assault: This is your first release on Napalm Records. Before you started writing or at any time during the process, was there any directive from them as to what they expected from you or did they just let you run with whatever you wanted to do?

Dez: Well, we’re with Napalm here in the States and overseas, we’re also with Roadrunner Records and Warner Bros. in Australia, and we signed with Metal Blade for Japan. So, I don’t think any of our label partners were telling us what to do. We knew we had a record in us even before we were making any of these deals. We knew what we had to do and we had to really come to the table. For a lot of bands, the first two records are great and then everything after that is an attempt to follow or match that. I don’t think DEVILDRIVER is one of those bands. I think we keep getting better on each record. Each record has our signature sound, but there is evolution and growth in the band each time. Any time there’s growth in art, it’s better. So, the labels just expected us to deliver whatever we were going to do art-wise.

Read the entire interview at Metal Assault.

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DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen will unveil his second art collection on September 19. Check out the official trailer below.

Allen‘s fine-art debut collection, “Electric Hand: Rhythm + Change”, was shown in March and April at America’s premiere art gallery, Martin Lawrence Galleries at the Forum Shops in Las Vegas. His entire collection of rhythm on canvas was on display, and fans were encouraged to visit the gallery while they were there to see it and own the final pieces available in the world. There were also two live question-and-answer events with Rick at the gallery where he discussed the collection and met the public.

Allen is translating rhythm into a visual art medium through an extensive process involving drumbeat, light, photography, and graphic design. The result is a collection of abstract imagery built directly from Allen‘s rhythmic prowess. And as one of the pioneers in this new medium, Allen is holding true to a lifetime of breaking barriers and new ground.

Rick Allen is one of the most acclaimed drummers in the history of rhythm. His powerful and unique rhythmic voice has profoundly influenced the signature sound of DEF LEPPARD in their rise to become one of the greatest rock bands in history selling more than 100 million albums worldwide. With “Electric Hand: Rhythm + Change”, music and art lovers are witnessing Allen‘s rhythm translated into the medium of visual art.

Allen‘s legacy is rich, one of perseverance both professionally and personally. Following the loss of his left arm in 1984, Allen and DEF LEPPARD forged on together, developing some of their finest material and certainly their most commercially successful releases. Allen, who was already an idol to the music community, also became a leader in the philanthropic world with wife and musician Lauren Monroe. Together, the duo has founded the Raven Drum Foundation with a mission to serve, educate and empower veterans and people in crisis. With a rich legacy of music and humanitarian work, Allen is gearing up for another chapter in his story with his fine art debut, “Electric Hand: Rhythm + Change”.



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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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They’re returning to their signature sound after 2011’s experimental dubstep album and reuniting with founding guitarist Head.

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