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STEVE VAI – Interactive 24-Hour online “GuitarTV.com” channel on May 10th – 2011-04-30

STEVE VAI has posted the following update:

“Hi Folks,
Some 10 years ago I purchased the domain name GuitarTV.com with a vision to one day launch an interactive 24-hour online video channel streaming performances of the world’s greatest guitar players in multiple genres, live concerts, guitar-related movies, and more.

Well, someday is here!

On May 10th we’re launching GuitarTV.com with a live event from Musicians Institute in Hollywood. You could win an Ibanez JEM by RSVPing here and joining us online for the launch. Get early site access by registering at GuitarTV.com. Peace.”

 

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PAIN – The ‘You Only Live Twice’ new album bonus CD details – 2011-04-30

Fresh news from PAIN headquarters, Peter Tägtgren’s new album, “You Only Live Twice”, will be released on June 3 via Nuclear Blast Records. There will be a two-disc version and here you check out the complete track list:

Regular CD

01. Let Me Out
02. Feed The Demons
03. The Great Pretender
04. You Only Live Twice
05. Dirty Woman
06. We Want More
07. Leave Me Alone
08. Monster
09. Season Of The Reaper

Bonus CD

01. Crawling Thru Bitterness (unreleased bonus track)
02. The Great Pretender (Millboy & Peka P Remix)
03. Dirty Woman (MC Raaka Pee Remix)
04. You Only Live Twice (Rectifier Remix)
05. Leave Me Alone (Rectifier Remix)
06. Eleanor Rigby (Live at Sundown Festival, 2008)
07. Follow Me (Live in Brussels, 2009)
08. I Don’t Care (Live at Raimsmes Festival, 2009)
09. Bitch (Live at Raismes Festival, 2009)

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SYMPHONY X – Two new songs available for streaming – 2011-04-29

“The End Of Innocence” and “Dehumanized” are tracks off the new SYMPHONY X album Iconoclast which are now available for streaming on the band’s official Facebook page.

Iconoclast is SYMPHONY X’s eighth studio album and will be available in Europe on June 17th and in North America on June 21st. Illustrator and film concept artist Warren Flanagan (Watchmen, The Incredible Hulk, 2012) is the talent behind the album artwork. The new album is also the band’s Nuclear Blast debut and the follow-up to 2007’s Paradise Lost, which has sold over 60,000 copies in North America.

SYMPHONY X just launched their North American headlining tour yesterday in Philadelphia with Boston‘s Powerglove and Montreal’s Blackguard. SYMPHONY X performed several songs from the new album in Europe and will be playing an extended set for their American and Canadian fans. Tour dates for are as follows:

04/21/11 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
04/22/11 Best Buy Theatre – New York, NY
04/23/11 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
04/25/11 Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA
04/26/11 Salle Albert Rosseau – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
04/27/11 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/29/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
04/30/11 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
05/01/11 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
05/02/11 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
05/04/11 Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
05/06/11 Showbox – Seattle, WA
05/07/11 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
05/08/11 The Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
05/10/11 House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
05/11/11 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
05/13/11 Trees – Dallas, TX
05/14/11 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
05/15/11 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
05/17/11 The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
05/18/11 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
05/19/11 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
05/20/11 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
05/21/11 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
05/22/11 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA

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CHROME DIVISION – “Bulldogs Unleashed” making of trailer available -2011-04-29

Norwegian doomsday rock n roller CHROME DIVISION (featuring Shagrath/DIMMU BORGIR and Shady Blue aka Athera/SUSPERIA) just posted the official making of the upcoming video clip for the song “Bulldogs Unleashed”. Check it out at THIS location or at the player below. “Bulldogs Unleashed” comes off the brand new album “3rd Round Knockout” which marks the bands first one to feature Shady Blue on vocals and will be released May 6, 2011 via Nuclear Blast.

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SAMAEL – New Album “Lux Mundi” out now & online stream – 2011-04-29

The new Album of the Swiss legends SAMAEL “Lux Mundi” is out now. The band will be streaming their new album from today on until Friday, May 6, 2011. Check it out at their official FACEBOOK page HERE and listen to the tunes of “Lux Mundi” before SAMAEL hit the road in September they’ll give a taste of the new material at the FOLLOWING festivals.

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MIKE MANGINI Is New DREAM THEATER Drummer – 2011-04-29

Mike Mangini, the 48-year-old session artist who has played forANNIHILATOREXTREMEJAMES LABRIE and STEVE VAI, has officially joined DREAM THEATER as the replacement for the recently departedMike Portnoy.

Commented Mangini:

“The day that I got the phone call to be in DREAM THEATER, it took my brain a minute to assemble what was going on, and when it sank in, the feeling was just of tremendous relief.

“It means so much to me, I almost felt like crying a couple of times. [Laughs] I didn’t know what to do.

“What it means to me to be part of not only such a legendary band, butthis band, is a sense of fulfillment and purpose. I feel like a puzzle piece, and with Mike [Portnoy] in particular, I feel really honored to carry on the torch for him; I’m carrying on his spirit.”

Regarding the decision-making process, the members of DREAM THEATER had the following to say:

Jordan Rudess (keyboards):

“The thing that stands about Mike Manginiis that he [plays] with such intensity and direction and power, and that was very engaging.

“It was hard to totally decide; you can’t just say, ‘OK, it’s him and write off some other guy, because they’re both incredible.”

John Petrucci (guitar):

“We unknowingly used a method that we use when we write music, which is, ‘Just hear out my side.’

“During that discussion, we kind of came to some conclusions, we hashed things out, and at the end of the discussion, it was clear. We made a decision.”

John Myung (bass):

“A lot of it was just how felt with each particular drummer. It turned out that we were kind of all on the same page as to who we needed to carry on. I think it was meant to be.”

Mangini is notorious for his technical prowess and holds three out of four World’s Fastest Drummer titles. These include the Fastest Matched grip at 1,247 strokes in 60 seconds; Fastest Hands, which he earned by executing 1,203 single-stroke notes in 60 seconds without drumsticks mallets etc.; Fastest Traditional Grip which he earned by executing 1,126 strokes in 60 seconds; and Fastest Single Stroke Foot record, playing 13,222 hits in 15 minutes and 5,222 hits in five minutes. He’s written two books about his drumming techniques. These books, titled “Rhythm Knowledge”, are a practice method for deconstructing and simplifying complex polyrhythms and time signatures.

Mike joined ANNIHILATOR in 1991 and appeared on the band’s “Set The World On Fire” album. He toured with the group in support of the CD until 1994 at which point he was asked to play with the Massachusetts band EXTREME, replacing that group’s original drummer Paul Geary. After EXTREME dissolved in 1996, he was informed through drummer Jonathan Mover that guitarist Steve Vai was auditioning drummers for his live band. Mike successfully auditioned for Steve Vai‘s band and relocated to Los Angeles.

From late 1996 to early 2000, Mangini was the highly regarded drummer of Vai‘s live ensemble, which also included bassist Philip Bynoe, guitar wizard Mike Keneally and (in 2000) guitarist Dave WeinerMike also recorded several drum tracks for Steve‘s “Fire Garden” and “Ultrazone”albums. In 2005, he accepted a full-time teaching position at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and today he is a prominent faculty member in the school’s percussion department.

The third and final webisode in which the members of DREAM THEATER share with their fans some of the intense process, along with the musical joy, that went into choosing a new drummer can be viewed below.

The members of DREAM THEATER have been extremely sensitive to the fact that this is not only a monumental decision in their own lives, but also a critical moment in the lives of their fans around the world.

Guitarist John Petrucci said:

“The departure of our lifelong bandmate and friend was an unexpected and truly heartbreaking blow, the fact that as a result of that event we’d be introduced to seven infinitely capable and uniquely talented drummers was heartening.”

The following seven drummers took part in the DREAM THEATER audition process:

Aquiles Priester (age 39) (ANGRA, PAUL DI’ANNO)
Peter Wildoer (age 36) (DARKANE)
Marco Minnemann (age 40) (KREATOR, NECROPHAGIST, EPHEL DUATH, JOE SATRIANI)
Virgil Donati (age 52) (PLANET X, SEVEN THE HARDWAY)
Derek Roddy (age 38) (HATE ETERNAL, NILE, TODAY IS THE DAY)
Mike Mangini (age 48) (STEVE VAI, EXTREME, ANNIHILATOR)
Thomas Lang (age 43) (JOHN WETTON, ROBERT FRIPP, GLENN HUGHES)

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MEGADETH – “Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?” 25th anniversary edition makes the Times Square – 2011-04-29

MEGADETH’s digitally remastered album “Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?”, has been expanded for a commemorative 25th Anniversary release in multiple configurations on July 12th by Capitol/EMI. It is currently getting the Times Square advertisement in New York City, and is seen by more than 1.5 million people a day. Check out the photo below.

All versions, including a 2CD lift-top box, digital album, and a deluxe 5Disc+3LP box set, include a previously unreleased 1987 concert from the band’s first world tour and new liner notes written by Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and METALLICA‘s Lars Ulrich.

The deluxe box set also includes previously unreleased and rare mixes of the album’s tracks and hi res audio for the remastered album and concert, as well as an expanded 20-page book, plus 8”x10” photos and reproductions of vintage Megadeth memorabilia. The cover of the box uses a new, unique process of lenticular 3D which reinterprets the original cover, creating the illusion of Megadeth’s Vic Rattlehead character jumping out of the art.

In his liner notes for the new edition, Dave Mustaine reflects on writing the album’s title track:

“I had written other lyrics by now, but there was something different about ‘Peace Sells’ because it told my story about my faith; my beliefs; my distrust of government; my work ethic; my integrity. This was MY song.”

“If there’s a new way, I’ll be the first in line”

“Amen! I was so tired of not shaving, not bathing, not eating, not having a home, a companion, NOTHING. Yeah, I’ll be the first in line, but it had better work this time. Well, it was working, thank God, just fast enough for what I needed, but not nearly as fast as I would hope.”

“Whether you heard this record for the first time in 1986, or you hear this record for the first time today or tomorrow, Peace Sells is a great heavy metal album,” writes Lars Ulrich in his liner notes for the new edition. “Nothing more, nothing less. It has stood the test of time. And will continue to do so.”

“Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?” track listings:

2CD / Digital (Booklet with liner notes by Dave Mustaine and Lars Ulrich):

Disc 1 (original album, remastered)

01. Wake Up Dead
02. The Conjuring
03. Peace Sells
04. Devil’s Island
05. Good MourningBlack Friday
06. Bad Omen
07. I Ain’t Superstitious
08. My Last Words

Disc 2 (previously unreleased 1987 concert)

01. Wake Up Dead
02. The Conjuring
03. Bad Omen
04. Rattlehead
05. Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good
06. Looking Down The Cross
07. My Last Words
08. Peace Sells
09. These Boots Were Made For Walkin’
10. Devil’s Island
11. Mechanix
12. Last RitesLoved To Deth
13. Good MourningBlack Friday

Deluxe 5Disc+3LP Box Set

* Two 8×10 photos / two 8 ½ x 11 reproduced vintage concert flyers / one reproduced vintage ticket stub / 20-page book with liner notes by Dave Mustaine and Lars Ulrich

Disc 1 (original album, remastered – tracklist above)

Disc 2 (Dave Mustaine mixes & masters for 2004 album reissue – tracklist above)

Disc 3 (Randy Burns mixes, remastered)

01. Wake Up Dead [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]
02. The Conjuring [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]
03. Peace Sells [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]
04. Devil’s Island [previously unreleased]
05. Good MourningBlack Friday [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]
06. Bad Omen [previously unreleased]
07. I Ain’t Superstitious [previously unreleased]
08. My Last Words [previously unreleased]

Disc 4 (previously unreleased 1987 concert – track listing above)

Disc 5 (hi-res audio: original album + previously unreleased 1987 concert – tracklists above)

LP 1 (original album, remastered – track listing above)

LPs 2 & 3 (previously unreleased 1987 concert – track listing above)

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PHAZER – “Wake Me” new video is up and free song for download – 2011-04-29

Portuguese rock metallers PHAZER have just launched a brand new video clip for the song “WAKE ME” and it can be watched below. This is the first video clip for the second single “Wake Me” from their first album “Kismet”.

The video is a project for final year cinema students at the Lusófona University. Conceptually, it’s a anti-video clip with no budget of a rehearsal of PhaZer, with the inclusion of intentional filmmaking errors, showing the band’s performance in a very small room recreating their usual rehearsal room.

Credits: Directors (Cláudia Domingues and Vitor Carvalho); Producers (Cláudia Domingues, Vitor Carvalho, Salvador Freitas and Sebastião Luzio); Editors (Cláudia Domingues and Vitor Carvalho); Camera Operator (Sebastião Luzio) Lighting (Salvador Freitas).

“Wake Me” also features as soundtrack of the new Dartmoor film production “Ride Your Way”, filmed and edited by Ryszard “RyyS” Syryczyński. Many days of filming, 11 riders, 6 countries, contests, trips and jams with a mix of dirt jump, street, skatepark and freeride actions on MTB and BMX – all of this in an over 1 hour production plus special bonus section. Check out the video below.

In the meantime, you may free download the song “SERIOUS KILLER” at the bands official MySpace.

 

KISMET track list:

1 Wake Me
2 War of Shouts
3 Serious Killer
4 #
5 Kismet
6 Rebel
7 The Unknown
8 Black Suit Zombie
9 Stay For Them
10 Fear Itself
11 And Then It All Began

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IN FLAMES – Second webisode posted – 2011-04-29

IN FLAMES has posted the 2nd of 6 episodes following the band in the studio while the group recorded the brand new album “Sounds of a Playground Fading”.  Check out the clip below, or watch the previously uploaded first video at this location. The new album will see a June 21st, 2011 North American release via Century Media Records.

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