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Mat Sinner (PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER) was interviewed on the latest edition of “The Classic Metal Show”, which is heard live on Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. EST at TheClassicMetalShow.com. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

SINNER‘s album of re-recorded versions of the best songs from the band’s early years, “Touch Of Sin 2” (in a nod to SINNER‘s 1985 album, “Touch Of Sin”), was released on August 30 in Europe and September 10 in North America via AFM Records.

Commented Sinner: “When we were younger and new to the music business, we were proud to be part of the Noise Records family and to get the chance to sign a contract with them. Reading this contract so many years later, you can’t but shake your head in disbelief and wonder what must have possessed us. The exclusive rights to the recordings have since been bought and sold numerous times with the effect that none of those who owned them has ever had any relation to either the production itself or to how it was created.

“Today, the older SINNER songs still enjoy great popularity within the scene. We continue to play them live, even though the CDs aren’t available any longer. It is Universal who owns the albums at the moment — but does not distribute the CDs. Therefore, they’re to be held responsible that CDs from this era can only be purchased at exorbitant prices. Unfortunately, the musicians and songwriters involved have no means of dealing with the matter — our hands are tied.

“When I offered to do a remix on several songs for a best-of album, I was told that the original tapes have mysteriously disappeared and were probably burned in an ‘accidental’ fire. That much about the pearls of our past.

AFM Records and I — business partners for many years — came up with the idea to once again record the best songs from this era. The album was supposed to feature several guests and to come with a wicked fan package. Initially, I was sceptical. But recent shows have shown the amount of fun and energy the band would put into these songs. However, I will only put this plan into action under one condition: the whole band has to lock themselves into the studio and record the whole thing together. I’m fed up with the assumption that it works if everyone records their stuff at home or comes cheaper. That’s bullshit — this challenge meets us at exactly the right time and we’ll face it!”

“Touch Of Sin 2”, which was mixed by Achim Köhler (PRIMAL FEAR, BRAINSTORM), features guest appearances by David Readman (PINK CREAM 69, VOODOO CIRCLE), Erik Martensson (ECLIPSE, W.E.T.), Tom Naumann (PRIMAL FEAR) and Diego Valdez (HELKER).

“Touch Of Sin 2” track listing:

01. Born To Rock
02. Comin’ Out Fighting
03. Bad Girl
04. Knife In My Heart
05. Concrete Jungle
06. Don’t Believe A Word
07. Shout
08. Germany Rocks
09. Danger Zone
10. Emerald
11. Blood On The Sand
12. Lost In A Minute
13. Masquerade
14. Heat Of The City

The official lyric video for “Comin’ Out Fighting” can be seen below.

SINNER‘s latest album, “One Bullet Left”, was released in September 2011 via AFM Records, the CD was recorded in Stuttgart, Germany with Mat Sinner producing and Achim Köhler engineering.

SINNER‘s current lineup features Mat Sinner (bass, vocals) and guitarist Christof Leim (THE NEW BLACK) along with Alexander Scholpp (TARJA, FARMER BOYS) on guitar, André Hilgers (RAGE) on drums and Alexander Beyrodt (PRIMAL FEAR, VOODOO CIRCLE) on third guitar.


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Steve Baltin of RollingStone.com recently conducted an interview with Robert DeLeo and Chester Bennington of the new version of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS.

Regarding his decision to join STONE TEMPLE PILOTS as the replacement for Scott Weiland, the LINKIN PARK singer said: “I think that this is happening at the right time. From an outsider, this is something I expected was going to happen. For us the transition has been about as smooth creatively as a band as possible. And the fact that we all get along so well, we enjoy each other’s company, we have the same work ethic and we’re all enjoying what we’re doing, it’s a trip in a lot of ways. At the same time I have the chance to write songs with two of my favorite songwriters that have ever written, Robert and Dean [DeLeo]. Writing songs with these guys, that’s something I can check off my list of shit to do.”

He continued: “One of the things I’ve enjoyed the most about this process is seeing these guys have a good time doing it, and everybody’s talking and we’re all smiling. I’ve seen this whole process become fun for these guys again and see the joy that everybody is having when we’re doing band-related stuff. So that, to me, is a really great reward . . . The depth or the length at which I think these guys have been operating for the last 10, 15 years, they’ve put their dues in and they’ve really tried to make it work. This was the choice they had to make, and if it wasn’t me it was going to be somebody else. STP is moving forward without Scott 100 percent, whether I say yes or no. So I’m just glad that it’s me, because I am such a big fan of the band — I know the songs as well as these guys know the songs, maybe even better than some guys know the songs. And I do my best to honor the legacy of the music. We just want to go out and fucking play and have fun doing it — play rock and roll really loud and smile.”

Speaking about STONE TEMPLE PILOTS‘ split with Weiland, Robert said: “It was a very difficult decision to terminate the face of your band. There are many paths to the history of certain bands and each one is a little different, but it all kind of turns out the same at the end. But it was a very difficult decision to do that. That’s as big as it gets. But we really didn’t have any other choice. I don’t want to get too into that right now because of legal things, but Dean, Eric [Kretz, drums] and I have been saddled by someone for a long time. We’ve always looked out for Scott‘s best interests and tried to be a great friend to someone who really didn’t care to be friends with us . . . And I don’t think we had any other choice. We knew that was what we wanted before we thought about getting another singer. I think Scott‘s made it very clear, his path and his decisions on what he’s done with or to this band. So when you’re in that situation, Dean, Eric and myself would rather move ahead. I want to have fucking fun, man, making music. I have the complete luxury of making music for a living. If I’m around people that don’t fucking get that, then I want to be around people who get that.”

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS will release a new five-song EP called “High Rise” on October 8. The disc will be the second release featuring Bennington following current single “Out Of Time”, which emerged last spring and went to No. 1 on the rock chart.

The band fired Weiland in February and sued him in May, accusing him of using the band’s name to advance his solo activities, while claiming that his poor performances, late arrivals, and addiction struggles harmed the band’s career.

Weiland has countersued, claiming that the band cannot use the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS name without him.

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“Too Big To Fail”, the new video from LOVE.MIGHT.KILL, the German/Italian melodic metal band led by drummer Michael Ehré (GAMMA RAY, FIREWIND, ULI JON ROTH, METALIUM), can be seen below. The song comes off the group’s sophomore album, “2 Big 2 Fail”, which was released last October via Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2011’s “Brace For Impact” was once again produced by Ehré and mixed and mastered by Markus Teske at his Bazement Studios.

“2 Big 2 Fail” track listing:

01. Save My Soul
02. XTC
03. Burn The Night
04. The One
05. Restless Heart
06. Home
07. The Great Escape
08. Too Big To Fail
09. We Fall
10. The Big Screen Pleasure (And Pain)
11. Alone
12. The Perfect Mistake

While “Brace For Impact” was composed by Michael and Jan, LOVE.MIGHT.KILL now has three more “fantastic” songwriters in its ranks, having been joined by Christian Stöver (guitar), Stefan Ellerhorst (guitar) and Sascha Onnen (keyboards).

LOVE.MIGHT.KILL is:

Jan Manenti – Vocals
Michael Ehré – Drums
Stefan Ellerhorst – Guitar
Christian Stöver – Guitar
Jogi Sweers – Bass
Sascha Onnen – Keyboards

For more information, visit www.lovemightkill.com.



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AVENGED SEVENFOLD took part in a question-and-answer session earlier today (Tuesday, August 27). The session, which was hosted by Nicole Alvarez of the Los Angeles radio station KROQ, took place at the Warner Bros. Records Patio in Burbank, California and is now available for viewing below.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD recently notched the fifth No. 1 single of the band’s career with “Hail To The King”, the title track of its newly released album. What sets AVENGED SEVENFOLD apart from a number of other current rock acts is that they have not used outside songwriters to help them write songs for the radio. In fact, singer M. Shadows told The Pulse Of Radio it never occurred to them. “I didn’t even know many rock bands used other writers,” he said. “I knew they did in the past — I knew Alice Cooper used to and, you know, AEROSMITH would use other writers. Coming from Warped Tour and the punk rock background that we came from, it never even crossed our mind. To us, it’s like, we try to create our art, and if we don’t have that creative outlet and it’s not working, I’d rather just wait it out until something that we want to say and we want to put down comes. But bringing in another writer never, ever crossed our mind.”

“Hail To The King”, the band’s sixth studio album, arrived on August 27.

The CD is AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s follow-up to 2010’s chart-topping “Nightmare”.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD will begin a fall headlining North American tour on October 3 in Chicago, concluding on October 26 in Las Vegas. Support on the road trip will come from DEFTONES and GHOST.



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AVENGED SEVENFOLD will take part in a question-and-answer session this Tuesday, August 27 at 3:30 p.m. PST (6:30 p.m. EST), to be streamed live via the band’s official web site, AvengedSevenfold.com. The session, which will be hosted by Nicole Alvarez of the Los Angeles radio station KROQ, will take place at the Warner Bros. Records Patio in Burbank, California and seating is limited.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD recently notched the fifth No. 1 single of the band’s career with “Hail To The King”, the title track of its upcoming album. What sets AVENGED SEVENFOLD apart from a number of other current rock acts is that they have not used outside songwriters to help them write songs for the radio. In fact, singer M. Shadows told The Pulse Of Radio it never occurred to them. “I didn’t even know many rock bands used other writers,” he said. “I knew they did in the past — I knew Alice Cooper used to and, you know, AEROSMITH would use other writers. Coming from Warped Tour and the punk rock background that we came from, it never even crossed our mind. To us, it’s like, we try to create our art, and if we don’t have that creative outlet and it’s not working, I’d rather just wait it out until something that we want to say and we want to put down comes. But bringing in another writer never, ever crossed our mind.”

“Hail To The King”, the band’s sixth studio album, will arrive on August 27.

The CD is AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s follow-up to 2010’s chart-topping “Nightmare”.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD will begin a fall headlining North American tour on October 3 in Chicago, concluding on October 26 in Las Vegas. Support on the road trip will come from DEFTONES and GHOST.

The band is playing a free show for fans in Los Angeles tonight (August 26), the day before the new record comes out.

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A trailer for “Too Big To Fail”, the new video from LOVE.MIGHT.KILL, the German/Italian melodic metal band led by drummer Michael Ehré (GAMMA RAY, FIREWIND, ULI JON ROTH, METALIUM), can be seen below. The full clip will be released on Sunday, September 1. The song comes off the group’s sophomore album, “2 Big 2 Fail”, which was released last October via Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2011’s “Brace For Impact” was once again produced by Ehré and mixed and mastered by Markus Teske at his Bazement Studios.

“2 Big 2 Fail” track listing:

01. Save My Soul
02. XTC
03. Burn The Night
04. The One
05. Restless Heart
06. Home
07. The Great Escape
08. Too Big To Fail
09. We Fall
10. The Big Screen Pleasure (And Pain)
11. Alone
12. The Perfect Mistake

While “Brace For Impact” was composed by Michael and Jan, LOVE.MIGHT.KILL now has three more “fantastic” songwriters in its ranks, having been joined by Christian Stöver (guitar), Stefan Ellerhorst (guitar) and Sascha Onnen (keyboards).

LOVE.MIGHT.KILL is:

Jan Manenti – Vocals
Michael Ehré – Drums
Stefan Ellerhorst – Guitar
Christian Stöver – Guitar
Jogi Sweers – Bass
Sascha Onnen – Keyboards

For more information, visit www.lovemightkill.com.



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Accoding to The Pulse Of Radio, AVENGED SEVENFOLD recently notched the fifth No. 1 single of the band’s career this week with “Hail To The King”, the title track of its upcoming album. What sets AVENGED SEVENFOLD apart from a number of other current rock acts is that they have not used outside songwriters to help them write songs for the radio. In fact, singer M. Shadows told The Pulse Of Radio it never occurred to them. “I didn’t even know many rock bands used other writers,” he said. “I knew they did in the past — I knew Alice Cooper used to and, you know, AEROSMITH would use other writers. Coming from Warped Tour and the punk rock background that we came from, it never even crossed our mind. To us, it’s like, we try to create our art, and if we don’t have that creative outlet and it’s not working, I’d rather just wait it out until something that we want to say and we want to put down comes. But bringing in another writer never, ever crossed our mind.”

“Hail To The King”, the band’s sixth studio album, will arrive on August 27.

The CD is AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s follow-up to 2010’s chart-topping “Nightmare”.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD will begin a fall headlining North American tour on October 3 in Chicago, concluding on October 26 in Las Vegas. Support on the road trip will come from DEFTONES and GHOST.

The band is playing a free show for fans in Los Angeles on Monday (August 26), the day that the new record comes out.

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German hard rock institution SINNER, which is fronted by PRIMAL FEAR bassist Mat Sinner, recently entered the studio soon work on an album of re-recorded versions of the best songs from the band’s early years. The resulting collection, en titled “Touch Of Sin 2” (in a nod to SINNER‘s 1985 album, “Touch Of Sin”), will be released on August 30 in Europe and Septemebr 10 in North America via AFM Records.

Commented Sinner: “When we were younger and new to the music business, we were proud to be part of the Noise Records family and to get the chance to sign a contract with them. Reading this contract so many years later, you can’t but shake your head in disbelief and wonder what must have possessed us. The exclusive rights to the recordings have since been bought and sold numerous times with the effect that none of those who owned them has ever had any relation to either the production itself or to how it was created.

“Today, the older SINNER songs still enjoy great popularity within the scene. We continue to play them live, even though the CDs aren’t available any longer. It is Universal who owns the albums at the moment — but does not distribute the CDs. Therefore, they’re to be held responsible that CDs from this era can only be purchased at exorbitant prices. Unfortunately, the musicians and songwriters involved have no means of dealing with the matter — our hands are tied.

“When I offered to do a remix on several songs for a best-of album, I was told that the original tapes have mysteriously disappeared and were probably burned in an ‘accidental’ fire. That much about the pearls of our past.

AFM Records and I — business partners for many years — came up with the idea to once again record the best songs from this era. The album was supposed to feature several guests and to come with a wicked fan package. Initially, I was sceptical. But recent shows have shown the amount of fun and energy the band would put into these songs. However, I will only put this plan into action under one condition: the whole band has to lock themselves into the studio and record the whole thing together. I’m fed up with the assumption that it works if everyone records their stuff at home or comes cheaper. That’s bullshit — this challenge meets us at exactly the right time and we’ll face it!”

“Touch Of Sin 2”, which is currently being mixed by Achim Köhler (PRIMAL FEAR, BRAINSTORM), will feature guest appearances by David Readman (PINK CREAM 69, VOODOO CIRCLE), Erik Martensson (ECLIPSE, W.E.T.), Tom Naumann (PRIMAL FEAR) and Diego Valdez (HELKER).

“Touch Of Sin 2” track listing:

01. Born To Rock
02. Comin’ Out Fighting
03. Bad Girl
04. Knife In My Heart
05. Concrete Jungle
06. Don’t Believe A Word
07. Shout
08. Germany Rocks
09. Danger Zone
10. Emerald
11. Blood On The Sand
12. Lost In A Minute
13. Masquerade
14. Heat Of The City

The official lyric video for “Comin’ Out Fighting” can be seen below.

SINNER‘s latest album, “One Bullet Left”, was released in September 2011 via AFM Records, the CD was recorded in Stuttgart, Germany with Mat Sinner producing and Achim Köhler engineering.

SINNER‘s current lineup features Mat Sinner (bass, vocals) and guitarist Christof Leim (THE NEW BLACK) along with Alexander Scholpp (TARJA, FARMER BOYS) on guitar, André Hilgers (RAGE) on drums and Alexander Beyrodt (PRIMAL FEAR, VOODOO CIRCLE) on third guitar.


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Scar Symmetry have not been doing well on keeping key members of the band, starting with losing Christian Alvestam back in 2008. Now one of their guitarists and songwriters is gone! According to the band's Facebook page: It is with heavy hearts that we finally make it official: Jonas has decided to leave Scar Symmetry. Due to scheduling …

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Even Pink Floyd got involved in the war of words between Pandora and songwriters this week. Meanwhile, you’ll love the new way to discover live music in your city.

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