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Chris Cornell Died At The Age Of 52

Rock Star Chris Cornell died at the age of 52 according to the article published by The Associated Press, read below:

UPDATE:

The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office said that Cornell died as a result of a “suicide by hanging.”
The Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News both reported that Cornell was found dead in a hotel room at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel with “a band around his neck.” However, these reports have not yet been corroborated by official police sources.
A full autopsy report, including toxicology results, has not yet been completed. – Blabbermouth

Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at age 52, according to his representative.

Cornell, who had been on tour, died Wednesday night in Detroit, Brian Bumbery said in a statement to The Associated Press.

Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected” and said his wife and family were shocked by it. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.

With his powerful, nearly four-octave vocal range, Cornell was one of the leading voices of the 1990s grunge movement with Soundgarden, which emerged as one of the biggest bands out of Seattle’s emerging music scene, joining the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains.

Formed in 1984 by Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto, Soundgarden’s third studio album, “Badmotorfinger,” in 1991 spawned enormously popular singles “Jesus Christ Pose,” ″Rusty Cage”, and “Outshined” that received regular play on alternative rock radio stations.

Cornell also collaborated with members of what would become Pearl Jam to form Temple of the Dog, which produced a self-titled album in 1991 in tribute to friend Andrew Wood, former frontman for Mother Love Bone.

Three years later, Soundgarden broke through on mainstream radio with the album “Superunknown,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Record in 1995. It included hit singles “Spoonman,” ″Fell on Black Days,” ″Black Hole Sun,” ″My Wave”, and “The Day I Tried to Live.”

Soundgarden disbanded in 1997 due to tensions in the band, and Cornell pursued a solo career. In 2001, he joined Audioslave, a supergroup that included former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, and Tim Commerford. The band released three albums in six years and also performed at a concert billed as Cuba’s first outdoor rock concert by an American band, though some Cuban artists have disputed that claim.

Audioslave disbanded in 2007, but Cornell and Soundgarden reunited in 2012 and released the band’s sixth studio album, “King Animal”, in 2012.

In addition to his music, Cornell also became involved in philanthropy and started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse, and neglect.

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Associated Press writer Dennis Waszak in New York contributed to this report.



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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Founder PAUL O’NEILL Dies At 61

With a Heavy Heart, we bring you this sad news. Trans-Siberian Orchestra‘s founder Paul O’Neill was found dead at the age of 61. The cause of death was described by the band’s official page as a “chronic illness”. Statement embedded below.

Paul O’Neill was a legendary music producer who worked with many Rock and Pop icons such as Savatage, Madonna, Sting, Aerosmith, Heaven, Metal Church, Bon Jovi, Dio, and many more. From his humble beginnings at Leber-Krebs Inc. until founding and producing one of the biggest Touring act in the last 2 decades, Paul O’Neill left a remarkable mark into our world. Rest In Peace.

About Paul Paul O’Neill

(Taken from TSO official Website)
Paul O’Neill: Composer, Lyricist, Producer

Paul O'NeillTrans-Siberian Orchestra was formed in 1996 by Paul O’Neill who immediately approached long time friends and collaborators Robert Kinkel and Jon Oliva to form a core writing team. Paul O’Neill is a rare talent; a prolific writer and producer with a tremendously varied career in the music industry. A New York City native, O’Neill shaped his passion for music around the varied sounds he was introduced to while growing up – from Queen to classical, Yes to Harry Chapin, Broadway musicals to Jim Croce. After playing with a number of rock bands through high school and playing folk guitar gigs at downtown clubs, Paul took his first serious musical steps almost 20 years ago as the guitarist in the touring productions of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Hair.” From 1980-85 he worked at Leber-Krebs Inc., the legendary management company that launched the careers of Aerosmith, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Ted Nugent, The New York Dolls, The Scorpions, and Michael Bolton among others. In the 1980’s, Paul became one of the biggest rock promoters in Japan, promoting every tour of Madonna and Sting done in that decade, as well as some of the biggest rock festivals with such acts as Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and Ronnie James Dio. O’Neill’s productions include Aerosmith’s platinum “Classics Live, Volumes 1 & 2,” Savatage’s critically acclaimed “Hall of the Mountain King,” “Gutter Ballet,” the rock operas “Streets,” “Dead Winter Dead,” as well as the “Badlands” debut album. From there he expanded his horizons to create the ageless and widely praised Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO). The platinum selling band quickly became one of Lava/Atlantic’s top artists. An established songwriter, O’Neill has also written and directed several music videos highlighted by “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)” from TSO’s debut album “Christmas Eve and Other Stories,” as well as the TV special “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” starring Michael Crawford, Ossie Davis, Jewel, and TSO. TSO’s music has recently been featured in several films such as “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” and “Little Vampires.”

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SAMAEL SIGNS WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH NAPALM RECORDS

The old school Swiss metal band SAMAEL officially signs a worldwide deal with Napalm Records. The band is working on releasing a new album later in 2017.

Napalm’s A&R Sebastian Münch is so proud to announce the worldwide signing with the Swiss cult band SAMAEL.
He states that “I could not be prouder! Today we would like to announce the worldwide signing of the Swiss cult band SAMAEL! SAMAEL has created some of the most lethal and authentic Black Metal albums with “Blood Ritual” and “Ceremony of Opposites”! With a more industrial approach later on, masterpieces likes “Passage” and “Eternal” saw the light of day!

SAMAEL’s reaction on signing with Napalm Records: they are thrilled to be working and tightening the knot with Napalm Records for the release of their new album: “We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve tightened the knot with Napalm Records for the release of our new album! We’re looking forward to this exciting alliance for what will undoubtedly be the most important record in the S A M A E L history!”

SAMAEL is very excited about this signing and believe this could be the most important record in S A M A E L history!

SAMAEL TOUR DATES:

  • Inferno Festival – Oslo Norway: April 14, 2017
  • MetalMania 2017 – Katowice Poland: April 22, 2017
  • The Dome – London UK: May 14, 2017

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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


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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

 

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OverKill’s “Mean, Green, Killing Machine” UNLEASHED

New Jersey Thrashers Overkill released another track, “Mean, Green , Killing Machine”, from their upcoming 18th studio album, “The Grinding Wheel”, that will be out on February 10, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. Continue reading

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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Tony Iommi Cancer Treatment Resumed

Back in August, the major news was that Tony Iommi was cancer free. Today, Tony Iommi Cancer Treatment will resume after a lump is found in Black Sabbath guitarist’s throat. Continue reading

Drummer ADAM SAGAN Dies Of Cancer At 36

There are no words to describe the loss of a person, let alone the loss of a friend. ADAM SAGAN was an exceptional drummer loved by all the musicians whom he have worked with. Adam played the drums for Circle II Circle, White Empress, Into Eternity, and Witherfall. But he was not only a drummer, Sagan was also a teacher and a mentor and owned a couple of start-up businesses.

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