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  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Feb 28, 2015 | 12:28 pm

    ALL THAT REMAINS frontman Philip Labonte says that the "tax laws," not the police, were responsible for the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who was stopped for selling loose cigarettes in New York City and placed in an apparent chokehold by a white police officer.Labonte recently made headlines in the rock media when he suggested that the obstacles faced by the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) community do not equal those experienced by the black community. Asked by Radio.com to clarify his comments, the singer said: "I think it was pretty clear. African-Americans have had a shit deal. You look at the prison system, I think black people [outnumber white people] six to one. You had slavery, you had Jim Crow, and now you've got— and this is something that [American politician] Rand Paul says — you have a racial outcome."He continued: "I don't think that cops are walking around [saying], 'Let's go get us a black guy!' I don't think that that's happening. But, at the same time, I think that… It all boils down to legislation. Because the places where the police tend to have to patrol more [are the] poor neighborhoods. I mean, Eric Garner shouldn't be dead for selling loose cigarettes. And it wasn't the cops that killed him, even though the cops were physically on top of him [when he died]. It was the tax laws. It was the government that killed him. Leave the guy alone. Let him fuckin' sell cigarettes. The reason that he's selling [unpackaged] cigarettes is because it's ten dollars a frickin' pack in New York. And poor people can't afford ten dollars a pack! So the people that are hurt by laws aren't the rich people, they're poor people. So if you're a poor person, and you're getting a shit deal, stop voting for people that wanna pass laws. Vote for people that want to repeal laws. More freedom is gonna end up with less negative consequences. And you won't have people like Eric Garner dying for no fuckin' reason. He had six kids! I mean, he was resisting, in the thought process of he was not submitting to be taken away. But he wasn't trying to hurt anyone. They're, like, 'Oh, he was arrested thirty times.' You know what? Tell him to move along thirty-one [times], tell him to move along thirty-two [times], tell him to move along thirty-four times, tell him to move along a hundred more times. Don't beat the crap out of the guy. Or kill the guy."Labonte also spoke about another high-profile case where a grand jury declined to indict a police officer for killing an unarmed man. On November 24, 2014, a St. Louis County grand jury decided there wasn't probable cause to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old. The shooting almost immediately triggered protests in the St. Louis suburb, as demonstrators took to the streets to speak out against what many saw as yet another example of police brutality against young black men. The situation subsequently escalated and drew national attention when police fired tear gas and rubber bullets into a crowd of peaceful protesters after telling them to go home, declaring they were "no longer a peaceful protest.""As much as we've been bashing on the situation with Garner, the New York Police, and the people of New York did everything right [in the wake of the tragedy]," Labonte said. "The people in Ferguson did everything wrong. The police came out in full combat gear."He continued: "You look at the '60s, there were bombings in the '60s, there were riots, there was violence, you didn't see cops in full kit, like they were going into Afghanistan or Iraq. They had their riot shields, they had their batons and they had helmets. Fine. And then as soon as the Highway Patrol took over in Ferguson, you didn't see the guys out with their ARs [rifles]. You don't need overwatch on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. You don't need an elevated sniping position. That's so overblown. And, because the guy died, you're gonna go and burn down a building? That's retarded too."Labonte added: "As bad as the whole situation overall is, the over-militarization of police, the over-legislation, I think that those two issues are totally studies in the complete wrong thing to do, on both sides, and the complete right thing to do. New York did a great job. Ferguson? Not so much."ALL THAT REMAINS's new album, "The Order Of Things", was released on February 24 via Razor & Tie.

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  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Feb 28, 2015 | 10:01 am

    SOULFLY recently entered the studio with producer Matt Hyde (SLAYER, CHILDREN OF BODOM, MONSTER MAGNET, WINDS OF PLAGUE) to begin recording its tenth album for a late summer release via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.Speaking to Spotlight Report at this month's Soundwave festival in Australia, SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera said (see video below): "The next SOULFLY comes out in August. I'm finishing the vocals right now. The music is all done. It was done with Matt Hyde in L.A., and it's incredible. [It's] a really good record. I'm very happy with this record. And I'm gonna be, probably… after the SOULFLY album comes out, I'm probably gonna be one year or a year and a half on the road for SOULFLY."In a recent interview with SkullsNBones.com, Max Cavalera said about SOULFLY's upcoming CD: "I need to prepare a really good SOULFLY record for the fans. I really wanna do it killer. And the more time I spend writing the riffs and getting the ideas for the SOULFLY record, the better record it will be. Instead of waiting for the last minute and do it real quick… Hopefully [I can] think of some cool guests to be on the tenth record — the big tenth record. We're gonna try to make some kind of campaign about [it] — ten records; that's quite amazing. But we're gonna try to make a really cool [album]."He continued: "We've got a really solid band. I love Marc [Rizzo, guitar], [and] I love Tony [Campos, bass]. And it looks like Zyon [Cavalera, Max's son] is gonna drum again for the next CD. So we're gonna kick his ass, [and] try to get [him to be] more in the ball with us. And we'll see how that goes."SOULFY's ninth CD, "Savages", was released on October 1, 2013. The CD was produced by Terry Date, who is known for his work with such acts as PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN, among many others. Guest vocal appearances on "Savages" included SOULFLY bass player Tony Campos, CLUTCH's Neil Fallon, NAPALM DEATH's Mitch Harris, Jamie Hanks of I DECLARE WAR and SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera's son Igor Cavalera (of LODY KONG).

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  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Feb 28, 2015 | 09:50 am

    THE GENTLE STORM Featuring ARJEN LUCASSEN, ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN: 'Heart Of Amsterdam' Video Released "Heart Of Amsterdam", the new video from THE GENTLE STORM, the collaboration between AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen and former THE GATHERING singer Anneke Van Giersbergen, can be seen below. The song is taken from THE GENTLE STORM's debut album, "The Diary", which will be released on March 25 via InsideOut Music.Says Anneke about "Heart Of Amsterdam": "The song is a tribute to the city of Amsterdam, the hometown of the story's leading character Susanne."Seventeenth-century Amsterdam was a center of shipping, shipbuilding, and trade. Amsterdam flourished, and a wonderful city was the result."We shot the video in the center of Amsterdam. It was freezing cold and I couldn't move my fingers anymore during the last shots, but it was all worth it. I love how the video turned out!"Lucassen and Van Giersbergen originally crossed paths in 1998 for AYREON's breakthrough third album, "Into The Electric Castle". Ten years later they teamed up again for AYREON's seventh album, "01011001", both having established themselves as world-renowned heavy metal/rock artists in the decade between releases. Although their respective musical styles went in vastly different directions during that time, Arjen and Anneke retained a common ground that ultimately led to the creation of THE GENTLE STORM.THE GENTLE STORM's double album is an epic production of AYREON proportions, divided into two parts as a full-on metal assault (CD1) and lighter folk arrangements (CD2). It also heralds Anneke's return to the realms of heavy guitars and soaring vocals reminiscent of THE GATHERING's breakthrough album "Mandylion"."The Diary" cover artwork can be seen below. Arjen said: "I loved the front cover of the last STREAM OF PASSION album, so I tracked down the cover artist, Alexandra V. Bach. I sent her some samples of the THE GENTLE STORM music, and explained the album concept. She made a moodboard that captured the feel of the story and the music. We then gave her the go-ahead to design the cover. She did an amazing job that exceeded our expectations: Alexandra's cover art represents THE GENTLE STORM perfectly!"THE GENTLE STORM's album release will be followed by live dates through the spring and summer European festival season.Known for touring extensively year after year, Anneke will take THE GENTLE STORM on the road backed by well known Dutch talents. Arjen, however, will not be part of the live production.

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  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Feb 28, 2015 | 09:37 am

    According to The Pulse Of Radio, Jimmy Page credits the outtakes featured on LED ZEPPELIN's 1975 abum "Physical Graffiti" for helping define the band's beloved double album set, which just was reissued in expanded form this week. Just under half of the set was culled from the band's three previous albums — but none were discarded at the time due to their quality, but rather for not fitting the vibe of their parent album. Page told The Pulse Of Radio that with the extra room available on "Physical Graffiti", there finally was room for these orphan tracks to find a place.The Pulse Of Radio asked Jimmy Page if the inclusion of the outtakes from "Led Zeppelin III", "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy" were due to specific types of songs not being recorded during the "new" 1974 sessions for "Physical Graffiti". "Well, there's a number of contributing factors to it," he said. "The first thing is, that what comprises, like, the '74 recordings — 1974, I should say, [laughs] otherwise people might think there's 74 tracks and there's more to come! Um, but it was the second visit to Headley Grange. And on the first visit to Headley Grange, we'd come out with the material for the fourth album, for heaven sake. And there were three tracks left over; one of those was called 'Boogie With Stu', another one of those was 'Night Flight', and another was 'Down By The Seaside'. If you think about it, none of those tracks could've substituted anything that wagon the fourth album. That was really, really compact. It was perfect, y'know what I mean? The whole pacing of what was on it, and everything — but nevertheless — those three tracks were really cool; they all had strong character to them. And there was also 'Houses Of The Holy', [which] is an important one, because 'Houses Of The Holy' was kept back intentionally from the album 'House Of The Holy', to go on the next album — whatever album that may be. There was 'The Rover', there was the instrumental 'Bron-Yr-Aur' — there was this, that, and the other. They were all these things that were actually strong character pieces that could well go into a double album."

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  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Feb 28, 2015 | 00:17 am

    SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser took part in a workshop on February 26 at Oficinas Culturais do Estado de SP in Brazil. Video footage of his appearance can be seen below.Kisser's solo debut, "Hubris I & II", was nominated in the "Best Brazilian Rock Album" category at the 2010 Latin Grammys.SEPULTURA's new live offering titled "Sepultura And Les Tambours du Bronx: Metal Veins - Alive At Rock In Rio" was released in North America on September 16, 2014 via Eagle Rock Entertainment."Metal Veins - Alive At Rock In Rio" is available on CD, DVD and for the first time in the band's history, Blu-ray via a partnership with Rock In Rio, MZA Music and Eagle Rock Entertainment. In addition, the DVD includes an exclusive documentary of behind-the-scenes preparation with interviews, rehearsal and soundcheck footage and clips of the band just seconds before they hit the stage.SEPULTURA's latest album, "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart", sold around 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD came out on October 29, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records.

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AOR Melodic Rock News

  • News Feed Feb 27, 2015 | 04:17 am

    THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA To Release New Album In The Spring

     
    UPDATED: THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA To Release New Album In The Spring

    THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA - the classic-rock band featuring Björn Strid (SOILWORRK), David Andersson (SOILWORK, MEAN STREAK) and Sharlee D' Angelo (ARCH ENEMY, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS) will release its second album for a spring 2015 release.

    In an interview with Rocknytt.net songtitles set to appear on the upcoming album include "Lady Jade", "Stiletto" and "Spanish Ghosts". http://www.rocknytt.net/intervjuer/15288-the-night-flight-orchestra-spelar-in-nytt-album-rekryterar-ny-medlem

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  • News Feed Feb 27, 2015 | 01:41 am

    BAD COMPANY To Release Deluxe Editions of First Two Albums

     
    Bad Company have recently found the original multi-track tapes from their first two albums and in the process discovered previously unreleased tracks, takes, and mixes from those sessions which form the bonus material on brand new deluxe editions.
    Bad Company (1974) and Straight Shooter (1975) have been remastered using the original tapes to create new Deluxe Editions. The two-CD versions include all of the newly discovered bonus tracks, while their 180-gram vinyl counterparts offer as much bonus material as they can fit on a second vinyl record.
     

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  • News Feed Feb 26, 2015 | 13:22 pm

    MAGNUM 'Escape From The Shadow Garden - Live 2014' Out May 6


    British melodic rock icons MAGNUM are releasing a new live album which was recorded at selected venues from their successful “Escape From The Shadow Garden” European tour in the spring of 2014. The set list comprises songs chosen  from 7 of their 18 studio albums, the band have produced this album so that fans can fully appreciate the songs penned from Magnum’s beginning, in the 1970s, right up to the present day.

    "Escape From The Shadow Garden - Live 2014" will be released in Scandinavia on May 06th, in Germany on May 08th, in Europe on May 11th and in the USA on May 12th as a super jewel case version, double gatefold vinyl version and download through SPV/Steamhammer.

    TRACKLISTING:

    Super Jewel Case

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  • News Feed Feb 26, 2015 | 06:50 am

    The Private Photo Shoot that Sparked a War Inside VAN HALEN

    Author Greg Renoff has spent the last five years researching and writing Van Halen Rising, which will be published this October by ECW Press.
    In the meantime, he's written a Van Halen article for Medium, which has just been published. I'm happy to plug this for Greg. Read below....

    Twitter - https://twitter.com/GregRenoff
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/vanhalenrising

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  • News Feed Feb 26, 2015 | 04:48 am

    Sweden's REACH Announce Album Release Date


    Swedish hard rockers REACH will release their debut album, Reach Out To Rock, on March 4, 2015 via Sun Hill Production/Cargo Records. The Reach Out To Rock cover artwork can be seen below.

    Reach Out To Rock track listing:

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