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  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Sep 24, 2017 | 16:16 pm

    Leif Edling is working on a new CANDLEMASS song, to be released next year. The Swedish bassist and songwriter broke the news in a Facebook post, writing: "[The track] will see the light of day early 2018. It will be a part of something bigger, something really cool that will take [CANDLEMASS] on another adventure. This will be very exciting and a new challenge for me as a songwriter."Edling, who has been unable to tour the last few years due to unspecified health problems, also revealed that he is no longer a member of AVATARIUM, the band he launched more than four years ago. "My doctors have said absolutely NO to me for work with more than one band at the time," he wrote. "They did not like it when I did THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM album at the same time as [CANDLEMASS] 'Death Thy Lover' and they are always right, of course. As a result of this, I had another breakdown not long after 'Death Thy Lover' was ready."Although Edling is not a member of AVATARIUM anymore, he will continue to work with the band in the future. "[AVATARIUM guitarist] Marcus [Jidell] and [singer] Jennie [Jennie-Ann Smith] are good friends so I hope that [AVATARIUM's latest album] 'Hurricanes And Halos' will get the success it deserves. I'm quite sure of it. The reviews this far have all been mindblowing! (the ones outside of Sweden anyway, hahaha!) So when the next one is due, I will definitely be contributing!"According to Leif, he will carry on with his THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM project, which released its self-titled debut LP earlier this year. "There will definitely be another THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM album," he said. "Next year or the year after that. Promise!""Death Thy Lover" was released last year as CANDLEMASS's special thirtieth-anniversary EP.The four-track effort — which featured Mats Levén on vocals — was recorded during September/October 2015 and was made available as a four-page digipack, one-LP gatefold edition and one-LP gatefold webstore edition and old-school "skull-and-cross" slipmat. The cover artwork for the EP was created by Erik Rovanperä.

  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Sep 24, 2017 | 15:38 pm

    Former SLAYER and current SUICIDAL TENDENCIES drummer Dave Lombardo was interviewed on a recent installment of the "Peer Pleasure" podcast. You can now listen to the chat below.Asked at which point he knew that SLAYER had finally become successful, Lombardo said: "I think once we signed with Rick Rubin, once the major label interest happened, that moment, I think that was a turning point. It was, like, 'Wait, we're doing something special. We're gaining the attention of major companies, and managers as well.' I remember… Well, it was this manager. [Q Prime co-founder] Cliff Burnstein shows up at SLAYER's rehearsal. And Cliff Burnstein was about to choose whether he wanted METALLICA or SLAYER. And that happened. He obviously chose METALLICA. But there was a lot of interest [in SLAYER] from people. And, of course, we started playing bigger venues and traveling a lot more. So I think about that period was when everything just changed. We knew that we were on to something."Lombardo was effectively fired from SLAYER after sitting out the band's Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. He has since been replaced by Paul Bostaph, who was previously SLAYER's drummer from 1992 until 2001.Lombardo has just completed the first-ever U.S. tour with his DEAD CROSS project, which also features singer Mike Patton (FAITH NO MORE), bassist Justin Pearson (THE LOCUST, RETOX, HEAD WOUND CITY) and guitarist Michael Crain (RETOX, FESTIVAL OF DEAD DEER).

  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Sep 24, 2017 | 15:04 pm

    FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl spoke to U.K.'s Absolute Radio about Justin Timberlake's guest appearance on the band's new album, "Concrete And Gold"."He's the greatest," Dave said (see video below). "He's fun, he's smart, he's funny, obviously he's really talented. He's fun to hang out with. I mean, his career has taken him to quite a ride — going from the band that he was in when he was young and then going solo and then all the acting and stuff. He's really legitimized himself as an artist and a songwriter. And when he came in to sing on this song with us, he was such a pro, man — it was just like that [snaps fingers]; his pitch, his singing, everything was perfect. And then he gets behind the desk and he says, 'Okay, you might wanna roll off a little 2K on the high-frequency thing with the three-part harmony, favor this line over the others because that's the root note. He seemed like a producer, you know."Prior to announcing Timberlake as the mystery guest on "Concrete And Gold", Grohl previously described the singer and sometime actor as the "world's biggest pop star" and "more than a pop star," adding that he'd "been around a long time."In an interview with Rolling Stone, Grohl said that FOO FIGHTERS' collaboration with Timberlake came about because they were recording at the same Los Angeles studio and would hang out. Grohl explained, "We'd drink whiskey in the parking lot. He was really, really cool. Then the night before his last day, he says, 'Can I sing on your record? I don't want to push it, but — I just want to be able to tell my friends.'"Timberlake ended up doing background "la la la" vocals on the song "Make It Right".Grohl first teased fans about the collaboration in June, telling fans, "I'd never spent time with this person, and we had a blast together.”Other cameos on "Concrete And Gold" include Paul McCartney, THE BIRD AND THE BEE's Inara George, THE KILLS' Alison Mosshart and BOYZ II MEN singer Shawn Stockman.FOO FIGHTERS have lined up a fall North American tour that kicks off on October 7 in San Bernardino, California with Cal Jam 17, also featuring QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, CAGE THE ELEPHANT, Liam Gallagher, ROYAL BLOOD, THE STRUTS and more. The rest of the tour begins on October 12 in Washington D.C.


AOR Melodic Rock News

  • News Feed Sep 22, 2017 | 14:24 pm

    MECCA 'The Demos' 2-Disc Compilation Track Listing Revealed

    The name MECCA is synonymous with quality AOR and melodic rock. Each of the 3 albums released to date have been crafted over several years, with each song racking up a seriously impressive number of demos, alternative versions, re-writes and re-mixes before being labelled “done”.
    So, while we wait for a new set of songs to go through that lengthy process, Joe Vana has given MelodicRock Records the green light to delve back into the many folders of Mecca music that has built up since the 2002 debut, to bring you a very cool limited edition release –

  • News Feed Sep 22, 2017 | 08:15 am

    EUROPE Ready Launch 'Walk The Earth' Single

    WALK THE EARTH Album Now Available for Pre-Order (See Links Below)
    Release Date: October 20, 2017
    Hell & Back Recordings (Silver Lining Music)

  • News Feed Sep 21, 2017 | 11:30 am

    STEEVI JAIMZ Teams With PHIL VOKINS For New Project

    Steevi Jaimz, singer, songwriter. Probably best known for fronting the 1980's big selling, over the top, Glam Metal band Tigertailz. With whom he wrote and recorded their first Shoot To Kill EP and the debut album Young & Crazy. After his spell in Tigertailz, he signed to Carlin Music Publishing and released his first solo EP Kick That Habit-Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, with which he worked on with legendary Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham as producer.