Plini Premiere New Video “Salt + Charcoal” – New EP “Sunhead” To Be Released This Month

Plini has a new EP called “Sunhead” scheduled for a July 27th release. Below you can check out a video for the a first song titled “Charcoal And Dust” from it. The track features guest backing vocals and production from Skyharbor‘s Devesh Dayal.

Speaking of how the effort came to be, Plini himself commented:

“I started working on the material almost straight after ‘Handmade Cities‘ was released in 2016, sort of with the goal to make a very big, small EP – aiming to put as much detail and refinement into the composition and playing as possible. Both musically and emotionally, the music is greatly influenced by the amount of touring and travel I’ve done in the past couple of years.

I was particularly inspired by Animals As Leaders (who I toured Europe and North America with in 2016), by the musical adventurousness in their last album, and Disperse (who I toured with in Europe in early 2017) for the way they seamlessly combined contemporary pop and electronic elements with prog-metal – updating a genre that sometimes seems (ironically for the name, “progressive”) entrenched in old musical cliches.

Aside from this, I think the ‘Sunhead‘ EP is a musical expression of the pure excitement that comes with traveling to new places, meeting new people and eating new things.”

August will find Plini out playing the following European/UK shows:

08/10 Karlovy Vary, CZE – Musicians Festival
08/11 Josefov, CZE – Brutal Assault
08/14 Budapest, HUN – A38 Roof
08/15 Krakow, POL – Alchemia
08/16 Warsaw, POL – Hydrozagadka
08/18 Somerset, UK – ArcTanGent Festival
08/19 London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
08/22 Mosta, MLT – Razzett L’Ahmar

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Fit For A King Premiere New Music Video “The Price Of Agony”

Fit For A King premiere a new music video for their track “The Price Of Agony” which you can stream below. The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming new effort “Dark Skies“, which will be out in stores on September 14th via Solid State.

Fit For A King vocalist Ryan Kirby says of it:

“The song is about the political divide not just in America, but around the world and how this divide has caused us to not just disagree with others, but to despise people with differing views, even though outside of politics, we all have more in common than we allow ourselves to believe.”

As previously reported, Fit For A King have this headlining tour with Like Moths To Flames and Currents booked for later this month:

07/18 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
07/19 Fort Worth, TX – Rail Club
07/20 Tyler, TX – Crossroads
07/21 Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street
07/22 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
07/24 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
07/25 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
07/26 Van Nuys, CA – White Oak
07/27 Reno, NV – Jub Jubs
07/28 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
07/29 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
07/31 Wichita, KS – Rock Island Live
08/01 Kansas City, MO – Davey’s Uptown
08/02 Sioux Falls, SD – Big Bars
08/03 Duluth, MN – Red Herring Lounge
08/05 Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome
08/07 Lansing, MI – The Loft
08/08 Charleston, WV – The Bakery
08/09 Fayetteville, NC – Drunk Horse Pub
08/10 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
08/11 Orlando, FL – Soundbar
08/12 Margate, FL – O’Malleys
08/14 Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall

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Redemption launches video for new single, “Someone Else’s Problem”, online

– July 10th, 2018 –

On July 27th, Redemption will release their seventh full-length album, Long Night’s Journey into Day – the first to be produced with Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Primal Fear, Amaranthe, Doro, etc.). For a preview of Long Night’s Journey into Day, the band has launched a video for the new single, “Someone Else’s Problem” (directed by Patric Ulleaus / Revolver Films; Evergrey, Amaranthe, Dimmu Borgir, Europe, Arch Enemy), which can be viewed at: youtube.com/watch?v=QQKHm_l-vcc

For another preview of Long Night’s Journey into Day, the previous singles – “Little Men” and “Indulge In Color” – can be heard now at: metalblade.com/redemption – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:


– ltd. first edition Digipak-CD with 2 exclusive bonus tracks
– jewel-case CD
– 180g black vinyl
– navy-blue/red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– transparent light blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– marine blue/green marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

The follow-up to 2016′s The Art Of Loss, which van Dyk counts amongst Redemption‘s very best, Long Night’s Journey Into Day is inarguably the sound of a band at the height of their powers. As followers of Redemption are also aware, it is the first full-length since the departure of vocalist Ray Alder, and features the debut of Evergrey vocalist Tom Englund. “We were unable to tour ‘The Art Of Loss‘ because Ray was not able to actively participate in Redemption any longer, so we decided it was time to part company shortly after its release. Ray is a dear friend, and I have nothing but respect and love for him and what we created together. But at some point, it just became untenable.” Of course, Alder’s shoes were not exactly going to be easy to fill, and it was essential that his successor be someone who would immediately command respect, as well as somebody who could exceed expectations when it came to performance. Moreover, it was integral that they had someone who could fully invest in the lyrical themes concerning the human condition, which have always been central to Redemption. So, the fact that from the beginning of his career Englund has penned lyrics about feelings of doubt, fear and despair with an unshakable emotional authenticity made him the perfect choice. “Because of the power of his voice and the emotion he brings, this isn’t going to be a shocking transition for fans. Tom’s also a very versatile vocalist, and being a songwriter, he has a tremendous melodic and compositional sensibility, and on top of that, we’ve known each other for many years, and there is a level of not just professional respect but personal friendship to it all.”

Guitarists Chris Poland (Megadeth, OHM) and Simone Mularoni (DGM) return as guest musicians. When it came to backing up the music with visuals, the band once again turned to a longtime collaborator, Travis Smith, whose humbling resumé includes records by bands such as Art Of Defiance, Opeth and Iced Earth.

Long Night’s Journey into Day track-listing
1. Eyes You Dare Not Meet in Dreams
2. Someone Else’s Problem
3. The Echo Chamber
4. Impermanent
5. Indulge in Color
6. Little Men
7. And Yet
8. The Last of Me
9. New Year’s Day
10. Long Night’s Journey into Day

As previously announced, Redemption will appear at ProgPower USA 2018, along with a special show at the Whisky A Go Go, with more USA dates coming soon. See below for all dates!

Redemption live:
Sept. 7 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage (ProgPower USA)
Sept. 19 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go

Redemption line-up:
Tom Englund – vocals
Nick van Dyk – guitars
Sean Andrews – bass
Chris Quirarte – drums
Vikram Shankar – keyboards

Redemption online:
http://redemptionweb.com
https://www.facebook.com/RedemptionBand
https://twitter.com/RedemptionOfcl

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Great White Replaces Vocalist Terry Ilous With Mitch Malloy

Legendary rock band Great White announce that Mitch Malloy is now its lead singer. Malloy, a celebrated songwriter and artist now based in Nashville, takes the reigns as only the third lead vocalist in Great White’s 36-year history.

“Mitch is an incredible singer, artist, songwriter and engineer,” lead guitarist, Mark Kendall said. “We’re beyond excited to stretch our musical muscles with a fresh, new take on Great White’s catalog of hits. Terry Ilous has been released to join his other projects. We wish him the best of luck and thank him for his run with Great White.”

Malloy, who originally hails from Dickinson, N.D., charted his first solo single, “Anything At All” in 1992. His subsequent hits “Nobody Wins In This War” and “Our Love Will Never Die” also made Billboard’s Top 100. Most recently he’s been cranking out penned hits and producing clients for his Malloy Master Tracks studio. These clients include Taylor Swift, Boys Like Girls, Kenny Loggins, Craig Morgan, Johnny Gates and many more.

Malloy has been in this is this situation before. In 1996 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, Van Halen, asked Malloy to take the reigns as its singer. Although Malloy didn’t take the gig, he further established his reputation as a universally- respected frontman. He’s thrilled to be a part of Great White. He’s not trying to be a “clone” of previous singers Jack Russell and Ilous.

“I have to represent this music honourably,” Malloy said. “I respect what has come before me, and have to remind fans of where they were when they first heard these songs. I also have to be myself at the same time. When I first heard my own voice with Great White’s music, I knew something special was going on.”

Guitarist and keyboardist, Michael Lardie, praised Malloy for his musical chops and reputation. “We had an immediate rapport with Mitch,” Lardie said. “I’m positive the fans will embrace Mitch and continue to support Great White. This music is bigger than any one person.”

“We’re ready to rock with Mitch,” drummer Audie Desbrow added. “2018 and beyond still has a lot in store for Great White. Don’t ever count us down and out. It feels like we’re just getting started.”

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Jungle Rot Premiere New Track “A Burning Cinder”

A brand new Jungle Rot song entitled “A Burning Cinder” has premiered online streaming below. The group’s self-titled new album will be out in stores on July 20th via Victory.

Explains frontman Dave Matrise:

“The US Administration, taking a cue from the President, have exposed themselves as the blind leading the blind. I needed to write something demonstrating that there will be retaliation and revolt, ultimately ending up with mass global war and the earth charring into a burning cinder.”

Jungle Rot will be out touring with Havok and Extinction A.D. on this summer run kicking off on July 21st:

07/21 Saskatoon, SK – Black Cat Tavern
07/23 St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
07/24 Chicago, IL – Reggies Rock Club (no Jungle Rot)
07/25 Lansing, MI – The Loft
07/26 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
07/27 Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall
07/29 Montreal, QC – Heavy Montreal
07/30 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
07/31 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
08/02 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre
08/03 Iowa City, IA – Gabes
08/04 Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge
08/05 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater

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Lizzy Borden storms Billboard charts with first album in 11 years, ‘My Midnight Things’

– June 26th, 2018 –

It turns out that the time away from the music scene has not dulled the appetites of hard rock fans for Lizzy Borden, as his new album, My Midnight Things, has already left a deep impression on five different Billboard charts. These placings include #11 on Top New Artist Albums, #17 on Current Hard Music Albums, #43 on Top New Artist Albums Consumption, #46 on Independent Current Albums, and #148 on Top 200 Current Albums. Additionally, the album also made the Canadian charts – hitting #84 on Top Hard Music Charts.

“We live in a streaming world now, where everyone gets their music for free,” explains Lizzy. “But I want to personally thank all the great Lizzy Borden fans out there who shopped online or drove down to your local mom and pop music store and actually paid for my new album. You guys got Lizzy Borden back on the charts! And the fact that you’ve all embraced ‘My Midnight Things‘ in such an amazing way is the icing on the cake. Thanks again, and I will see you all soon on the ‘My Midnight Things‘ tour!”

Released on June 15th via Metal Blade Records, My Midnight Things can be purchased and previewed at: metalblade.com/lizzyborden

Having signed a new contract with Metal Blade on the strength of three demo tracks, Borden opted to produce My Midnight Things himself, with Joey Scott as co-producer, who also handled all the drumming duties. “I knew what I was going for and had doubts that I could find a producer who would understand that,” Borden explains. “My approach is very different than what is happening in today’s current sound.”

The album was also mixed by Greg Fidelman (Metallica, Black Sabbath, Adele, U2) and mastered by Tom Baker (David Bowie, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Tom Petty), and is already receiving rave reviews, from Alt Revolt, Pure Grain Audio, and Royal Flush:

Borden paints a ten-song art gallery show and lets the listener decide what he or she sees on the canvas.”Alternative Revolt Magazine

“Catchy riffs and melodies that are sure to be trapped inside your head, bouncing around your skull for days to come.”PureGrainAudio

“The resulting creation yielded what is arguably the strongest vocal performance of Borden‘s career.”Royalflushmagazine.com

Lizzy Borden online:
http://www.lizzyborden.com
https://www.facebook.com/Reallizzyborden
https://twitter.com/realLizzyborden
https://www.instagram.com/reallizzyborden

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Dream Theater Enters The Studio To Begin Writing New Album

In late 2017, Dream Theater signed with Sony Music’s progressive imprint InsideOutMusic. Now, in preparation for the band’s fourteenth studio album and their first album ever produced in collaboration with this leading worldwide label, they are pleased to announce that they have entered the studio to begin the writing process.

Recently, John Petrucci and James LaBrie shared a quick video update from the writing sessions on the band’s official Facebook page (see below).

James comments: “We’ve been here for one week and it is going sensational. Everybody is in the one room… and I gotta tell you, if the first week is any indication of where this album is going, you’re in for a treat.”

John adds: “There’s a lot of ideas flowing, and it’s already been really productive after only a week in. So far the music is heavy, progressive, melodic, shredding and it’s epic.”

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Members of Metallica, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold and More Pay Tribute To Late Pantera / HELLYEAH Drummer Vinnie Paul

The family of Vinnie Paul have confirmed that he passed away in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas, NV. A medical examiner will set out to determine his cause of death after which, his body will be transferred back to Texas to be buried alongside his mother and his brother, the late Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.

Members of Metallica, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold etc. pay tribute to Late Pantera and HELLYEAH Drummer Vinnie Paul. Below’s what they have to say:

Thank you for all the good times, Vinnie…your incredible hospitality and warm vibe was infectious and inspiring. Here’s to another shot of Crown Royal and a next level game of air hockey down the road! RIP, brother. Much love. ?? pic.twitter.com/ehNXoO88jY

— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) June 23, 2018

Very sad news this evening. This man always treated me & the guys in my band like family, from the very first time we ever met him with his brother at a Damageplan gig in Texas– whether backstage at a show, on his crazy tour bus, at his club, at his house, he was always a gracious host to us. He just wanted people around him to be happy. I didn’t see Vinnie much the last time we played a gig together because I heard he was in a very foul mood– this was highly unusual for him. Why was he in a foul mood? Because we were playing a big festival in Chicago, he had bought a TON OF FOOD to grill in the parking lot for everyone (as usual), & the fire marshall came and shut him down before he could start the bar-b-que. That’s the type of dude he was– he just wanted to make sure people were having a good time, & he took steps to make that happen. He also did me a very solid favor when I was in some very serious legal trouble a while back by writing a detailed letter to a judge explaining what had happened to his brother & the need for good stage security– that wasn’t an easy thing for him to do, but he did it anyway because he was a true friend and knew I needed some help– I’ll never forget that, & I made sure he knew I appreciated it. He also never minded when I got in his face with my camera– I took this photo with a 50mm fixed lens at a festival we were playing with Hellyeah in Iowa in 2016– that means I was basically inside his drum kit. When he saw me poking my head in there, he just turned, flashed me this grin, & kept on rocking. I love this photo– Big Vin smiling and doing what he did best. Rest In Peace, Vinnie Paul. You’ll be missed. BIG LOVE.

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Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away.
Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands
Pantera and Hellyeah.
No further details are available at this time.
The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time. pic.twitter.com/4yCzabmWVt

— Pantera (@Pantera) June 23, 2018

GOD BLESS VINNIE PAUL – 1964-2O18 – FATHER VINNIE,Your Compassion for others & Your Love for seeing everyone around you Happy I will never forget – Your Heart of Gold Made The World a Better Place – Go be w/Your BELOVED BROTHER – I LOVE YOU – tBLSt SDMF pic.twitter.com/8VC3T3hQa2

— Zakk Wylde (@ZakkWyldeBLS) June 23, 2018

I just woke up in Belgium to the news that my friend Vinnie Paul has passed away. Another metal hero taken too soon. Say hello to Daryl for me. Rest In Peace, my dear friend. @Pantera @hellyeahband #vinniepaul

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) June 23, 2018

Tragic news about Vinnie Paul today. He was one of the warmest people I knew. A truly good & fun friend. We’re going to miss you more than you could possibly have known. RIP buddy. https://t.co/yQqruY4tio

— Slash (@Slash) June 23, 2018

Shocked and saddened to hear of Vinnie Paul’s passing. A true original. Had some good laughs when we toured with @Pantera. Gone too soon. pic.twitter.com/adiO8B16jf

— Geezer Butler (@GZRMusic) June 23, 2018

Terribly saddened by the news of Vinnie Paul’s passing. Vinnie was a beloved fixture in the rock and metal communities and we will miss seeing him out on the road. His impact on heavy music is immeasurable. Rest In Peace Vinnie, condolences to your family, friends and fans.

— Alice Cooper (@alicecooper) June 23, 2018

R.I.P. Vinnie Paul.
Epic brothers. Both gone now. Loved watching PANTERA live back in the day…a true force of nature.#vinniepaul #pantera #dimebagdarrel #RIPVinniePaul pic.twitter.com/lDjJEPgUEg

— Michael Amott (@Michael_Amott) June 23, 2018

I’m sad. One of many hammered nights I spent with this man… stunned. ??
R.I.P. V.P. pic.twitter.com/ks6uxfbjID

— Robb Flynn (@TheGeneralMH) June 23, 2018

This is so sad-I’ll miss u Vinnie.. R.I.P. brother… #RipVinniePaul https://t.co/2IRTvGEkSb

— FrankBello (@TheFrankBello) June 23, 2018

RIP Vinnie Paul. Friend. Humorist. Badass drummer. All-around good man. Condolences to the family. You will be missed bro…

— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) June 23, 2018

Very saddened to wake up in Belgium today to the news of Vinnie Paul’s passing. You were a good friend and left us an amazing legacy. Go home in peace…. #ripvinniepaul hellyeahofficial… https://t.co/Wwn5VQqzbr

— David Ellefson (@ellefsondavid) June 23, 2018

Like his brother, he spent his energy sharing his talent with us and bringing heavy music to people all over the world. His unique presence will be sorely missed down here. https://t.co/ZknPIrj2io

— Marty Friedman (@marty_friedman) June 23, 2018

Super sad news. Great guy/Great drummer. No idea what happened. Like his bro, gifted & too young to go. May they jam in eternity #RIPVinniePaul https://t.co/Y2XRmXScXg

— Alex Skolnick (@AlexSkolnick) June 23, 2018

Goodbye my friend, sad to see you go. @vinniepaul3

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Rest in Peace Vinnie Paul. pic.twitter.com/3PHSWSBURw

— Official Dio (@OfficialRJDio) June 23, 2018

Vince. Love you man. RIP #vinniepaulabbott

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Thanks for the one of a kind memories my dear friend, I hope that you are in the arms of our brothers. pic.twitter.com/zNulWNAt5H

— Synyster Gates (@SynysterGates) June 23, 2018

?? RIP Vinnie Paul, my condolences to the HELLYEAH extended family, band, crew, fans & everyone whose life was made better/touched by his kindness, generosity & bad ass drumming. Such a star & a game changer. Getcha pull in the next dimension brother!

— Jamey Jasta (@jameyjasta) June 23, 2018

Fuck man. Just waking up to the news. Another one of our friends In Rock gone way to soon. Respect and love to his close friends and family. Such a Sweetheart.
Rip Vinnie Paul.

— Mina Caputo (@MinaCaputo) June 23, 2018

Don’t even know what to say. Vinnie was such an incredibly fun and joyful person to be around. Some of the greatest times of my life were spent throwing back drinks with Vinnie and brother… https://t.co/TtNfItxB1I

— Brian Fair (@brianshadfall) June 23, 2018

Vinnie, you will be missed. R.I.P #vinniepaul #rip #wewillmissyoubrother pic.twitter.com/P8AuZG04jH

— John 5 (@john5guitarist) June 23, 2018

RIP Vinnie Paul – metal drumming will not be the same without you my friend! pic.twitter.com/ZfspSNMPC0

— Jason Bittner (@jbittnerdrums) June 23, 2018

RIP Vinnie Paul, such a sad day..what a loss for the rock and metal community, such a legend.. pic.twitter.com/7pGygJqw01

— Mark Tremonti (@MarkTremonti) June 23, 2018

Thank you for inspiring us, Vinnie! #RIP pic.twitter.com/BaehM2KRLC

— Trivium (@TriviumOfficial) June 23, 2018

RIP Big Vin..
..brothers together again.
Cowboys raisin’ Hell in Heaven!
Thank you both for teaching ALL OF US how it’s done.#cowboysfromhell pic.twitter.com/jSwIa67hVQ

— Obituary (@obituarytheband) June 23, 2018

RIP Vinnie. Loss for words my friend. Still can’t register. ??

— STEPHEN PEARCY (@StephenEPearcy) June 23, 2018

Sad to hear about my friend Vinnie Paul’s passing. One of the true great ones. He’ll truly be missed. RIP Brother.

— Vince Neil (@thevinceneil) June 23, 2018

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Vokonis Premiere New Song “Runa” From Upcoming EP “First Contact: Music From The Original Soundtrack ‘The Planet of Doom’”

Swedish doom metal outfit Vokonis premiere a new song entitled “Runa”, taken from the upcoming EP “First Contact: Music From The Original Soundtrack ‘The Planet of Doom’”. “The Planet of Doom” is an animated fantasy/sci-fi film inspired by doom metal. Produced by Riff Lodge Animation (responsible for this Conan video), the movie will feature musical contributions from Cirith Ungol, Orchid, Wo Fat, Ufomammut, Mos Generator, Slomatics and Vokonis.

Check out now “Runa” below.

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Imonolith Premiere Demo Version Of New Track “The Reign”

Imonolith premiere a demo version of their new track “The Reign“. The band are comprised of current and ex-members of Threat Signal, Devin Townsend Project, Strapping Young Lad.

States the group:

“‘The Reign‘ is about how society can negatively influence the mass majority. Life is all about living it your own way and not trying to be someone you’re not. Be yourself. This may be an aggressive and heavy sounding song, but it has a positive underlying message.

This is just ONE side to Imonolith‘s overall sound. ‘The Reign‘ represents part of the heavier side of our music. On the flip side, you can expect a lot of melody (vocally and instrumentally), with vocal hooks, memorable guitar riffs and creative, plotting rhythms throughout our music. Imonolith was based and built off of being versatile. Stay posted for more music to come soon!”

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