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KING DIAMOND Best-Of Collection Due In November

Danish heavy metal singer King Diamond has revealed to Full Metal Jackie that a comprehensive “best-of” collection from his namesake band will be made available on November 11 via Metal Blade Records.

The musician, who is also working on a new studio album from KING DIAMOND, says: “Metal Blade got the chance, through getting some of licenses from Roadrunner — well, Roadrunner is under Warner— so they got some licenses from them to actually release some vinyl of the old Roadrunner stuff, but also to do a best-of [collection]. And that’s something that’s coming out, a genuine best-of that is spanning the entire KING DIAMOND career. So there is one disc that is only Roadrunner material, one disc that is Metal Blade, but it’s [being] released through Metal Blade, the whole thing. And it sounds amazing.”

King, 58, whose real name is Kim Bendix Petersen, underwent open-heart triple-bypass surgery in November 2010. He has since completed his cardiac rehabilitation program and has stopped smoking entirely, changed his diet and is getting regular exercise.

KING DIAMOND received a Grammy nomination in the “Best Metal Performance” category for the track “Never Ending Hill” off the group’s latest album, “Give Me Your Soul … Please“.

Give Me Your Soul … Please” sold 4,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 174 on The Billboard 200 chart.

(via Blabbermouth)

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Enslaved Enter Studio To Record 13th Album

Earlier this year, Enslaved began working on their next album after they released RIITIIR back in 2012. The thirteenth studio installment by the Norway’s progressive extreme metallers is now underway as the recording process has started.

From his home in Bergen, Norway, Enslaved guitarist, songwriter, and founding member Ivar Bjørnson takes some time to give the following update: “My favorite time of year is whenever we enter the studio with Enslaved to record a new album. Now the season of creative madness, endless days, and bleeding fingertips is upon us again… O joy! As before, it is the unholy trinity that forms the first line of attack: I (guitar), Grutle (Kjellson, bass & vocals), and Cato (Bekkevold, drums), are recording the foundations of the album live, while Ice Dale (lead guitar) and Herbrand (Larsen, vocals & keys) will add their instruments and voice in their own studios after these initial core sessions. Then I will add some wackiness at my home studio, before we all get together again to finish it.”

(via Metal Storm)

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The Sinner Saints Debut “Too Much Pressure” Video

After their 2012 release ‘The Other Tomorrow’, The Sinner Saints return with their new single and video “Too Much Pressure“.

The band tells Sleaze Roxx that they are planning to release a single and video every five to six months, with this being the first.

Too Much Pressure” was recorded at Lennon’s Den studio in Chicago, Illinois with Colin Peterik and was mastered by Rodney Mills. The song is available now through iTunes worldwide and all other digital formats.

(via Sleaze Roxx)

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NIGHTWISH Completes Recording Vocals For New Album

Finnish / Dutch / British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have finished recording the vocals for their new album, due in the spring of 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The CD is the first to feature Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen following the abrupt departure of the band’s lead singer of five years, Anette Olzon.

Says the band: “We’re getting closer to the end of these magical recording sessions… But this milestone in its process was celebrated with as much joy as the recording itself!”

As previously reported, longtime NIGHTWISH drummer Jukka Nevalainen is sitting out the recording sessions for the group’s new CD due to health issues; Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN, SWALLOW THE SUN, TREES OF ETERNITY) has replaced him.

(via Blabbermouth)

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Dani Filth’s New Project Releases Video

Devilment, the new band fronted by Dani Filth (Cradle Of Filth, Temple Of The Black Moon), recently premiered the official music video for another brand new single, called “Even Your Blood Group Rejects Me“.

The song will be featured on the band’s upcoming debut album, The Great And Secret Show which is scheduled to be released on Halloween 2014 (October 31st) on Nuclear Blast.

The band consists of Dani Filth (vocals), Daniel Finch (guitar and samples) Colin Parks (rhythm guitar/lead guitar), Nick Johnson (bass guitar), Aaron Boast (drums), Lauren Francis (keyboards and vocals).

Their debut album was recorded at Grindstone Studios in Suffolk with producer Scott Atkins, who has previously worked with the likes of Cradle Of Filth, Behemoth, Amon Amarth, Sylosis and Gama Bomb.

(via Metal Storm)

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‘I Don’t Progress As A Songwriter That Much’

Greg Prato of Songfacts recently conducted an interview with guitarist Jeff Waters of Canadian metallers ANNIHILATOR. An excerpt from the chat follows below.

Songfacts: How does the last ANNIHILATOR album, “Feast“, compare to previous ANNIHILATOR albums in terms of songwriting?

Jeff Waters: Hmm. That’s a tough one. I’ve got to be honest: After being the main songwriter since the first record we did in ’89 — the main guy doing 90 to 100 percent of the writing on the records — it’s very tough to come up with stuff sometimes. You get writer’s block or you just simply come up with stuff that you’re kind of repeating from the past. “Feast” is our 14th record, so I’ve got to work very hard at that. But like a lot of writers, I try to change certain things up to get inspired. A lot of times writers will write after they get off the road and they’re all psyched about playing with other bands and hearing riffs from other bands live. Just seeing concerts or whatever things in your life you experience that might inspire you. But I think the actual songwriting process is kind of hard to deviate from: You’re kind of born with, “Okay, this is how I do it,” and it’s tough to get outside of that. There are some writers that can do that, which is just genius talent. But I don’t continually listen to music — especially new music — and I don’t practice guitar all the time like I did when I was younger, just because there are so many other things I have to do involved in the group and life in general. So I don’t progress, really, as a guitar player that much and I don’t progress as a songwriter that much. I’m simply, in a way, rehashing everything that I’ve soaked up in the first 10 years of my metal life that just keeps coming out in the songs. I’m sure if I went out and started listening to a lot of other new bands it would influence what I’m doing, but it’s not really what I want to do or what I’d like to do. I just like what I’m doing. The key for me is I’ve got to really work hard to review what I’ve written right after I write something and take at least a minute away from it or a day or whatever and say, “Holy crap, is this a SLAYER riff, for crying out loud?” You know what I mean? Like, sometimes you get too close to your favorite bands. But as long as you can be a bit objective and can squeak by and later on you look back at records and go, “Darn, that song could have been better,” or “This really sounded like an IRON MAIDEN harmony style.” But that’s like a tribute. It’s where I got my stuff from the in the first place, as a fan and guitar player. “Feast” is really no different. I just got lucky in the sense that I think somehow the songs on that one, at least the first half of the record, the songs sort of stepped up a level from the previous couple. Then again, when I say that a lot of people will argue and say, “No, no. Three records ago was your best one lately.” And some will say the last one. I’m lucky I’m in a band that doesn’t have the same style every single record and there’s little different styles of music that slip in there. Some people like the changes, and some people don’t. But I think “Feast” just got lucky because our singer Dave Padden and I were in a good frame of mind and something was different. I have no idea what it was. I think everybody agrees — at least overseas — it’s a better album that we’ve been putting out lately. Hey, imagine if there was a drug or a pill or something that could make a perfect song or the perfect record every time. AC/DC would have 15 “Back In Black“s by now.

(via Blabbermouth)

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Process Of Guilt With Full Split With Rorcal Streaming Online

Portuguese metallers Process Of Guilt are releasing a new split with Swiss band Rorcal. As of now, you can listen to the full streaming of the upcoming 12″ split online.

Process Of Guilt

On October 10th, the split will be released via Bleak Recordings and Cal Of Ror Records. Enjoy the crushing new sounds of Process Of Guilt and Rorcal.

(via Metal Storm)

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METALLICA, LINKIN PARK And DEFTONES Confirmed For Inaugural U.S. Edition Of ROCK IN RIO

METALLICA, LINKIN PARK and DEFTONES are among the confirmed bands for the inaugural United States edition of the Rock In Rio festival, set to take place on May 8-9, 2015 and May 15-16, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will feature six stages and unique lineups for each of the four days.

The announcement was unveiled as Rio de Janeiro and Las Vegas met in Times Square, the crossroads of the world, with an exciting surprise performance from past Rock In Rio artists John Mayer and SEPULTURA with the French industrial percussion group LES TAMBOURS DU BRONX to celebrate the festival’s 30th anniversary and first U.S. edition in 2015.

SEPULTURA and LES TAMBOUR DU BRONX performed in honor of their past Rock in Rio collaboration and guitar hero John Mayer took the stage to bring hits like “No Such Thing” and “Gravity” to the gathered crowd.

During the press conference, the organization also launched its Social Project “30 Years, Many Dreams“.

(via Blabbermouth)

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Veil Of Maya Part Ways With Vocalist Brandon Butler

Veil Of Maya have announced that vocalist Brandon Butler is no longer in the group. He was in the band since 2007 and the band didn’t really explain his departure.

The deathcore outfit merely wished him the best and says that are looking for a new frontman to fill his shoes. Veil Of Maya is also currently in the studio working on their next album to follow 2012’s Eclipse.

(via Metal Storm)

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