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Legendary AC/DC Guitarist Confirmed Dead

 

 

Malcolm Young has unfortunately been reported dead. The legendary rhythm guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC was reportedly announced dead at 64 after a long battle with dementia. His family, who lovingly surrounded him as he passed away, have released a statement:

”It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. Malcolm had been suffering from Dementia for several years and passed away peacefully on Saturday with his family by his bedside. Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many. From the outset he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans. Malcolm is survived by his loving wife Linda, children Cara and Ross, son-in-law Josh, three grandchildren, a sister and a brother. While thanking all for their overwhelming support and heartfelt condolences, the family ask that you respect their privacy during this time of heartbreak and grief. For those wishing to send messages to the family please visit the Sydney Morning Herald tribute site for Malcolm Young which will be available later today. The family have asked instead of flowers to send donations to The Salvation Army.”

Malcolm has been one of the most influential guitarists for almost 50 years, known for writing some of the most recognized riffs. Musicians all around the world have paid tribute to him online.

Evil Invaders Release A New Track And Details Of Their Upcoming Album

Belgium’s Extreme Metallers EVIL INVADERS are back! After touring extensively all over Europe in support of their highly acclaimed debut album “Pulses Of Pleasure” (2015) and their intense follow-up EP “In For The Kill (2016)”, these Belgians have managed to capture the ultimate collection of rugged adrenaline and compressed violence onto one record! Their second monstrosity of an album is called “Feed Me Violence” and will be released worldwide on September 29 via Napalm Records.

Having that said, the band have another special treat involving the release of their first video from “Feed Me Violence” for the song “Mental Penitentiary”.
Joe commented on the first track:
“One of the fast songs on the record and definitely one of the coolest tracks we’ve written so far! Pretty intense lyrics, which are definitely worth checking out! The mid tempo part in the middle gives a nice contrast with the fast shit that’s happening before and after. Making this video was compulsive endless lunacy! Fortunately only the camera guy got injured…” 

 

 

Feed Me Violence will be available as regular Jewel Case edition as well as 1LP Gatefold Edition. An unstoppable roller coaster ride of tempo switches and twists from start to finish! Pre-Orders will be available shortly!

The full track listing reads as follows:

  1. Mental Penitentiary
  2. As Life Slowly Fades
  3. Suspended Reanimation
  4. Broken Dreams In Isolation
  5. Feed Me Violence
  6. Oblivion
  7. Shades Of Solitude
  8. Anger Within
  9. Among The Depths Of Sanity

Meet this power package live on tour as support for mighty SEPULTURA, as well as on various summer festivals all over Europe! Find all dates listed here:

EVIL INVADERS live:
16.06.17 BE – Vosselaar / Graspop Metal Meeting
23.06.17 MT – Zebbug / The Garage

w/ Sepultura
27.06.17 AT – Dornbirn / Conrad Sohm
28.06.17 DE – Aschaffenburg / Colosaal
29.06.17 CH – Aarau / Kiff
11.07.17 DE – Münster / Sputnikhalle
12.07.17 DE – Cologne / Essigfabrik

30.06.17 DE – Gardelegen / Metal Frenzy Album
05.07.17 CZ – Trutnov / Obscene Extreme
09.07.17 BE – Antwerp / Antwerp Metal Fest
14.07.17 SE – Gavle / Gefle Metal Fest
15.07.17 DE – Balingen / Bang Your Head
16.07.17 NL – Lichtenvoorde / Zwarte Cross
22.07.17 DE – Essen / Turock Sommerfest
25.07.17 SL – Tolmin / Metaldays
29.07.17 NL – Steenwijk / Stonehenge
11.08.17 BE – Kortrijk / Alcatraz
12.08.17 NL – Wateringen / Waterpop
18.08.17 FR – Saint-Nolff / Motocultor
26.08.17 DE – Jena / ROCK:AM:WEHR (R:A:W)
30.09.17 BE – Aarschot / De Klinker / Album Release Show
07.12.17 BE – Leuven / Depot
08.12.17 BE – Hasselt / MOD
09.12.17 BE – Ghent / Vooruit
14.12.17 BE – Liège / Reflector
15.12.17 BE – Antwerp / Trix
16.12.17 BE – Kortrijk / De Kreun


– Lilas Mayassi

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The Classical Legacy Of The Orient And Neoclassicism In Odious’ Music

Odious is one of the well-known Egyptian Black/Death Metal bands and is also one of the leading and early Black Metal bands in Egypt. The music of Odious is based on combining the basic folk riffs and oriental instruments with pure extreme Black Metal music. Through this article, I will attempt to give you a complete image of the full journey of Odious.

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Jonathan Davis – Freaks Do It Better Campaign

I was someone who sits alone but not completely alone; music was my one and forever close friend. I needed nothing more. I thought it was okay to be different until I grew up and realized that people around you do not accept what’s different and people fear what does not belong and conform. It was all good though, I didn’t care much, yet as I kept getting older, I remember the first day at university, a group of my classmates bullied me for having different views, mocked me for my music and they way I dress, called me Satanist.

We all share similar stories about bullying. While some stand their ground and fight, others fall in depression and eventually suicide.

Korn’s frontman Jonathan Davis had his own share of this and here’s what he thinks about it: “FUCK BULLYING! I’ve been bullied so many times in my life for being “different” and I know a lot of you have as well. It’s time that us FREAKS stand together and show the world that it’s good to be a freak, weird, and straight up different.”

So he is launching a 2-week T-Shirt brand campaign with Merchful today to help those that are suffering from bullying or suicidal thoughts. Jonathan Davis continued: “As you know, bullying is something a lot of people have to deal with and many times that type of harassment leads to suicide. Let’s help shine a light on this crap, let’s be weird, let’s be different, but always be yourself. Let’s see how many people we can get behind this movement.”

Get your official “Freaks Do It Better” shirt in the link below:

http://www.merchful.com/products/jonathan-davis-freaks-do-it-better-bedifferent


-Lilas Mayassi

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Sepultura Releases “Machine Messiah” 2017

 

This year kicks off with Brazilian metal legends Sepultura with the release of their 14th studio album titled “Machine Messiah” via Nuclear Blast Records.

This album revolves around a central theme which is the “robotization of our society nowadays,” said guitarist Andreas Kisser: “The concept of a God Machine who created humanity and now it seems that this cycle is closing itself, returning to the starting point. We came from machines and we are going back to where we came from. The messiah, when he returns, will be a robot, or a humanoid, our bio-mechanical savior.”
Sepultura have always explored a lot of different styles and genres, and that trend continues on Machine Messiah, with 47 minutes of ripping riffs and impressive vocals. I personally think this album is a real kickass.

Pick up, download, and stream the album at http://media.nuclearblast.de/shoplanding/2017/Sepultura/machine-messiah.html

 

Check out “Phantom Self”:  


 

-Lilas Mayassi

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Deep Purple Releases ‘Time For Bedlam’ Single

Deep Purple, the British Rock legends that need no introduction for the decades of influential music on the myriad of bands we know today, have finally released the first single, “Time for Bedlam”, taken from their anticipated new album “InFinite” that will be available on April 7th 2017 via earMUSIC.

“Time For Bedlam” will be available as instant grat as part of the digital album pre-order, as well as on all streaming platforms starting from Thursday, December 15, midnight worldwide with the physical pre-order of the album to start at the same time. Also, a limited-edition EP for “Time For Bedlam”, with non-album songs and unreleased recordings, will hit the shops on February 3.

Singer Ian Gillan declared: “If you take it literally, you may, quite reasonably, think the ‘Finite’ part of the word describes the life of DEEP PURPLE, with a clear beginning and a nebulous end; but what of the ‘in’ bit? The word ‘infinite’ is a three-dimensional, double-edged sword. It describes something that goes on forever in all directions; not unlike its temporal equivalent ‘Eternal’. What’s that all about?

Check out the lyric video here:

The band recently announced their “Long Goodbye Tour”, which will bring the legendary live show once again all over the world. The band has not yet answered the many questions received by fans from all over the world who are speculating about the meaning of the title “InFinite” and “Long Goodbye”.

DEEP PURPLE — which has been eligible for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for two decades now — finally entered the Rock Hall as part of the class of 2016.


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QUEENSRŸCHE’s Hellfire Is Out Now

QUEENSRŸCHE released a new song, “Hellfire”, from their upcoming album “Condition Hüman” which will be available on October 2nd via Century Media.

Singer Todd La Torre tells Billboard: “Each song individually is its own story, which does not have to directly relate to the next song. However, each song is harmonious to a larger picture, which is the human experience, mortality and how each of us perceives the world around us based on our own observations and experiences, thus shaping human behavior.”

Queensryche Hellfire

Regarding the more aggressive musical direction of “Condition Hüman” compared to that of 2013’s “Queensrÿche”, Rockenfield said: “Our fans love metal, and we’ve been pretty good at doing metal in our past, so [we thought], ‘Let’s have fun with some of that again. Let’s do it and see what it means for us.’ We definitely had conscious discussions about it, and now that we have Todd, Todd loves metal, so it was easy to have that conversation about pushing the band in a little bit of that direction.” He added: “I think we wanted to show our fans that we can be a metal band and a rock band, and that we can also write songs that have writer dynamics. I still think we’re doing everything within all the realms of what QUEENSRŸCHE is known to be doing. This record is just another extension of that for us.”

Even with eleven gold and platinum plaques and several Top 10 hard rock anthems woven into the very fiber of the genre, Queensrÿche won’t relent. In fact, they are in the throes of a jaw-dropping creative resurgence.

Listen to Queensryche Hellfire Below

 


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PERIPHERY Drummer Performs DOOM’s Soundtrack Live!

DOOM is one of the most successful video games ever. And it has one of the heaviest soundtracks to say the least. This year at The Game Awards 2016 last Thursday, DOOM won the award for Best Music and Sound Design award. After the announcement, composer Mick Gordon performed a medley of the DOOM soundtrack live at The 2016 Game Awards with PERIPHERY drummer Matt Halpern! And it was WILD!

I think Game soundtracks could be a way to revive the Metal Scene worldwide. In 2014, there was a release of Pentakill – Smite and Ignite for the fictional band League Of Legends by RIOT games as a soundtrack for LOL, that featured Jorn Lande on Vocals for 2 Heavy Metal songs. Many games also have Heavy Metal soundtracks like Mortal Kombat, Diablo, and Carmageddon, among many more.

PERIPHERY Drummer Performs DOOM’s Soundtrack Live!

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25 Best Freddie Mercury Songs

It is indisputable that Freddie Mercury is one of the best front-men to have ever existed. What helped shape Freddie’s successes was having a great band beside him, one of the Biggest and Most Iconic Rock bands to ever walk the Earth: QUEEN. They are no ordinary band, and they are one of the fewest bands that all members contributed to and are credited for the writing of their biggest hits. And to summarize those hit songs into a list is a tough job. But we tried our best to choose the 25 Best Freddie Mercury Songs list.

In the list, we are including songs from Queen and Freddie’s Solo Albums.

25 Best Freddie Mercury Songs

25 – Bicycle Race – Jazz (1978)

24 I’m Going Slightly Mad – Innuendo (1991)

23 – Time (1986)

Released as a single with an instrumental on the B-side of the song. The song, along with “In My Defence”, was supposed to be part of the musical “Time” by Drake Clark, but the song never made the play, only to be released as a single and included in the cast album of the musical.

22 – In My Defence (1986)

21 – Save Me – The Game (1980)

20 – Innuendo – Innuendo (1991)

19 – Too Much Love Will Kill You – Made In Heaven (1995)

18 – Love Of My Life – A Night At The Opera (1975)

17 – Under Pressure – Hot Space (1982)

16 – The Invisible Man – The Miracle (1989)

15 – Radio Ga Ga – The Works (1984)

14 – Somebody To Love – A Day At The Races (1976)

13 – Living On My Own – Mr. Bad Guy (1984)

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Jason Becker NEW ALBUM In The Making

Jason Becker NEW ALBUM in the making

Jason Becker is an American guitarist and composer, and one of the greatest shredders ever. During his teenage years,  he became part of the Shrapnel Records-produced duo Cacophony with his friend Marty Friedman. They released the albumsSpeed Metal Symphony” in 1987 and “Go Off!” in 1988. Cacophony broke up in 1989 and Becker began doing solo work, having released his first album “Perpetual Burn” in 1988, also through Shrapnel Records. He later joined David Lee Roth’s band and recorded one album with him, “A Little Ain’t Enough”.

Jason Becker ALS diagnosis and new music plans

Becker’s performing career was cut short by Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is a neurodegenerative disease where the nerve cells that control your muscles die. The ‘living wires’ which connect your brain to your muscles degenerate, leading to a loss of mobility, loss of speech, and eventually impact the ability to breathe. In 1996, Becker lost the ability to speak. Now he communicates with his eyes via a system developed by his father. Despite his disability, Jason refused to let ALS silence him so he still composes music and a new album is on its way!!

Jason Becker NEW ALBUM crowdfunding campaign

Now, clearly Jason won’t be able to play his music himself. As a result, he decided to gather many of his friends to contribute. In the video below for his new Indiegogo campaign, he explains that he needs support from his fans to pay for the studio time and all the related expenses for making the album. He also announces a list of guest guitarists which is off the charts: Joe Satriani, Aleks Sever, Jeff Loomis, Trevor Rabin, Steve Morse, Gus G, Chris Broderick, and more. The rewards for contributing range from T-shirts and downloads to autographed guitars and sharing your guitar performance video on his page. This is potentially a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute to one of the greats and help make his music come to life. Therefore, check out the video and if you feel moved to contribute, you can do so here :https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jason-becker-s-new-album-music-guitar#/

“My bro Jason Becker is making a new album and I`ll be playing on a track for it this week! He has written a stunning piece of music, can not wait to play it! The guy is my constant inspiration…” – Marty Freedman (Oct 25, 2016)

Jason Becker NEW ALBUM

 

Jason Becker NEW ALBUM


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