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Zakk Wylde‘s solemn piano-driven performance of Black Label Society‘s “In This River” at last night’s ‘Revolver Golden Gods‘ awards ceremony can be viewed below. The performance served as a tribute to various fallen metal and hard rock luminaries with a listing of artists appearing across the backdrop throughout the song.
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Otep Signs With Slipknot DJ’s Management Company, New Album In The Works

Otep have signed a new management deal with Mach 2.8 Entertainment Group—a company founded by Slipknot‘s acrobatic DJ Sid Wilson and his business partner Symon Mead. Otep frontwoman Otep Shamaya said of the new partnership:

“I’ve been a friend and fan of Sid for years and it’s a true honor to be managed by such a talented and triumphant artist.”

Along with the new management deal comes word of a seventh studio album from the un-retired outfit. The group plan to release it digitally through Sono Recording Group and Spotify. Otep will also be a part of next month’s ‘The Civil Unrest Tour‘, which features Wayne Static, Dope, Smile Empty Soul and more.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich had a chat about the bands new album and summer European touring plans with Rollingstone.com. Speaking of their current process, he offered:

“We’re going through the grind. We’re in there doing riffs and putting them into songs. We don’t really write one song and then show up the next day and do another one. We just work on riffs and sections, connecting riffs and tempos and moods. We’ve been doing this, off and on, for the better part of a year. We’re going to do these dates this summer and then really hone down. I’d say that right now, we’re in the fourth inning.”

He later added:

“We’re going to start talking about who is going to produce the album. We haven’t started recording yet. But we are deep into the songwriting part of it.”

New Cult Of Luna & God Seed Remixes Available

Cult Of Luna and God Seed solicited a number of artists to remix their tracks in honor of the two outfits approaching European tour. Thus far the project has see Petrels rework Cult Of Luna‘s “Passing Through” and Whalesong take on “In Awe Of” by the same outfit. Meanwhile, Obsidian Kingdom delivered their own take on God Seed‘s “Lit“. Those first three tracks can be heard below with more to come over the next few weeks:
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Alternative Press magazine will be hosting their first-ever ‘Alternative Press Music Awards‘ this year. The ceremony will take place at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum in Cleveland, OH on July 21st. Blink-182‘s Mark Hoppus will serve as host with the awards show to be live broadcast on AXS TV.

Live performers confirmed for the ceremony include:

Fall Out Boy
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Misfits
A Day To Remember
All Time Low
Brendon Urie
(of Panic! At The Disco)
Asking Alexandria
twenty one pilots

Further performances are expected to be announced along with surprise guests planned. Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Emmure frontman Frankie Palmeri, Black Veil Brides singer Andy Biersack and Machine Gun Kelly and Korn have all signed on to appear thus far as well.

During the ceremony Billy Corgan will be presented with the ‘Alternative Press Vanguard Award“. Joan Jett meanwhile will be honored with the ‘AP Icon Award‘.

Fan voting has been launched for 12 different awards categories. You can cast your vote now at Altpress.com with a list of nominees available below. For more details on the event, head here

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Cannibal Corpse, Revocation & Aeon Announce Fall European/UK Tour

Cannibal Corpse, Revocation and Aeon have announced the following European/UK tour together. Cannibal Corpse and Revocation in particular both have been in the studio lately tracking new albums for a release later this year.

10/14 Jyväskylä, FIN – Lutakko
10/15 Helsinki, FIN – Nosturi
10/17 Stockholm, SWE – Debaser Strand
10/18 Oslo, NOR – Vulkan Arena
10/19 Gothenburg, SWE – Sticky Fingers
10/21 Zwolle, NET – Hedon
10/22 Sarrebruck, GER – Garage
10/23 Lyon, FRA – Ninksi Kao
10/24 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 2
10/25 Madrid, SPA – Arena
10/27 Toulouse, FRA – Le Bikini
10/28 Paris, FRA – Trabendo
10/29 Strasbourg, FRA – La Laiterie
10/30 Antwerp BEL – Trix
10/31 London, UK – The Forum
11/01 Leeds, UK – Damnation Festival (no Revocation/Aeon)
11/02 Lille, FRA – Splendid
11/04 Frankfurt, GER – Bastchkapp
11/05 Ludwigsburg, GER – Rockfabrik
11/06 Osnabruck, GER – Rosenhof
11/07 Hamburg, GER – Klubsen
11/08 Aalborg, DEN – Aalborg Music Festival
11/09 Copenhagen, DEN – Amager Bio
11/11 Berlin, GER – C-Club
11/12 Prague, CZE – Club Roxy
11/13 Munich, GER – Backstage
11/14 Glauchau, GER – Alte Spinnerel
11/15 Studnice, CZE – Fleda
11/16 Krakow, POL – Fabryka
11/17 Warsaw, POL – Progresja
11/19 Graz, AUT – Eplosiv
11/20 Budapest, HUN – Club 202
11/21 Zilina, SLO – Klub Smer
11/22 Vienna, AUT – Szene
11/23 Grgar, SLO – Mostovna Club
11/24 Treviso, ITA – New Age
11/25 Milan, ITA – Alcatraz
11/27 Lausanne, SWI – Les Docks
11/28 Pratteln, SWI – Z7
11/29 Bochum, GER – Matrix

Live footage of Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera joining Suicide Silence onstage for a cover of his former outfit Sepultura‘s track “Roots Bloody Roots” is now available. The pairing took place at last night’s ‘Revolver Golden Gods Awards‘ in Los Angeles, CA. Suicide Silence will release their new album “You Can’t Stop Me” on July 15th through Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
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Slayer Perform New Track “Implode” Live, Audio Available

Slayer debuted a new track titled “Implode” during their surprise three-song set at last night’s ‘Revolver Golden Gods Awards‘ ceremony in Los Angeles, CA. You can find audio of that song below. The band also performed “South Of Heaven” and “War Ensemble” during the set. A free download of the studio version of “Implode” can be found via slayer.net. The band have also revealed a new label deal with Nuclear Blast, the following press release was issued on the matter:

“LOS ANGELES, CA – THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 — Last night at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Slayer surprised the capacity crowd with an unannounced performance, kicking off the show with a three-song set that included the global premiere of ‘Implode‘, the band’s first new studio recording in five years.

Recorded earlier this month at Henson Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Terry Date and co-produced by Greg Fidelman, ‘Implode‘ is now available as a free download as a ‘thank you’ to the band’s fans for their continued support. Or, as Kerry King put it, “you have been waiting for us, now we are delivering for you.” Registered members of Slayer’s fan club were sent an email right around midnight giving them the link to the song and a chance to hear it before it was made public. ‘Implode‘ can now be downloaded at slayer.net.

Later this year, the two-time Grammy-winning Slayer will begin recording a new album, tentatively set for an early 2015 release date. The album will make Slayer history as it will be released on Nuclear Blast Records through the band’s own label imprint, closing out a 28-year relationship with Rick Rubin and American Recordings.
No name for the imprint has been decided on yet.

Rick has played a huge role in our career, we’ve made some great albums with him,” said Slayer’s Tom Araya. “But today is a new day, record companies don’t play the kind of role they once did, and we really like the idea of going out on our own, connecting directly with our fans, and Nuclear Blast is fired up about taking on that challenge with us.”

All future recordings on the band’s label imprint will be released worldwide exclusively through Nuclear Blast.

“I was a teenage rebel when ‘Show No Mercy‘ came out,” said Markus Staiger, owner of Nuclear Blast, “and I identified with that record. It was the most extreme, aggressive thing at the time. They were then and still are the most brutal metal band on the planet! I really cannot express how proud I am that we are able to work with Slayer to join the Nuclear Blast family. We are ready for that next record and, I’m sure it will go into metal history!”

Added Nuclear Blast label manager Gerardo Martinez, “The prospect of helping Slayer take a leading role in the creative process surrounding their releases, projects and other cross-promotional opportunities is the ultimate honor for me, a metalhead who grew up in Los Angeles listening to Slayer. Nowhere in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that Nuclear Blast would be making history alongside one of the best bands in metal.”

Slayer – Tom Araya/vocals, bass, Kerry King/guitar, drummer Paul Bostaph, and Gary Holt who continues to stand in for the band’s founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman – will spend the next few months on the road touring major North American and European festivals as well as headlining dates, sharing the stages with Metallica, Iron Maiden and more (see below), but are expected to be back in the studio in the fall to record the rest of the new album.

Stay connected to slayer.net for all the updates.

MAY
9 The Great Salt Air, Salt Lake City, UT
10 Fillmore, Denver, CO
11 Shrine, Billings, MT
13 Uptown Theatre, Kansas City, MO
15 The Pageant, St Louis, MO
16 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
17 Rock on the Range, Columbus, OH

EUROPEAN TOUR
MAY
28 Sonisphere Festival @ Hietaniemi Beach, Helsinki, Finland
30 STHLM Fields @ Gardet Royal Park, Stockholm, Sweden
31 FortaRock Festival Goffertpark, Nijmegen, Netherlands

JUNE
1 Sonisphere Festival @ Valle Hoven, Oslo, Norway
3 Horsens Gaol, Horsens, Denmark
4 Sonisphere Festival @ Imtech Arena, Hamburg, Germany
5 Den Atelier, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
7 Rock AM Ring, Nurburgring, Germany
8 Rock Im Ring, Nurnberg, Germany
9 Z7 Konzertfabrik, Prattein, Switzerland
13 Nova Rock @Pannonia Fields, Nicklesdorf, Austria
15 Live Club, Milan, Italy
16 Estragon, Bologna, Italy
18 Paloma, Niems, France
20 Hellfest @Rue de Champ Louet, Clisson, France
21 Tons of Rock Restival, Halden, Norway
24 Stadion Miejeski, Poznan, Poland
26 La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
27 Graspop, Dessel, Belgium
30 Limelight, Belfast, Ireland

JULY
1 Academy, Dublin, Ireland
4 Paris Le Zenith, Paris, France
5 Sonisphere Festival @ Knebworth, Knebworth Park, England

AUGUST
3 Milo Club, Nizny Novgorad, Russia
4 Arena Moscow Club, Moscow, Russia
5 A2 Club, St. Petersburg, Russia
8 Brutal Assault Festival, Old Army Fortress Josefov, Jaromer, Czech Republic
10 Heavy Montreal Festival @ Parc Jean Drapeau, Montreal, Quebec”

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The 2014 ‘Revolver Golden Gods Awards‘ were handed out tonight, April 23rd, in a ceremony that took place at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA. The awards show saw Slayer open with a surprise three-song set that included a new track titled “Implode” as well as “South Of Heaven” and “War Ensemble“.

Aside from some unfortunate technical issues and flubs—including Billy Sheehan accidentally awarding the ‘Paul Gray Best Bassist’ to Paul Gray—the show largely went down as planned.

Among the performances was Suicide Silence playing their first US show with their new frontman Eddie Hermida. They performed “You Only Live Once“, “No Pity For A Coward” and were joined by Soulfly‘s Max Cavalera for a cover of Sepultura‘s “Roots Bloody Roots“. The Pretty Reckless, A Day To Remember and Joan Jett And The Blackhearts all performed as well.

Zakk Wylde took to the piano for a solemn performance of Black Label Society‘s “In This River” amid a backdrop of metal and hard rock’s fallen heroes.

Meanwhile, after a lengthy soundcheck, Guns N’ Roses did indeed take to the stage with Duff McKagan; playing “It’s So Easy“, “Welcome To The Jungle“, “Better“, “This I Love“, “You Could Be Mine“, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “November Rain“—during which the live stream of the event abruptly cut off.

Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose received the ‘Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award‘ award at the ceremony and Joan Jett was honored with the 2014 ‘Golden God Award‘.

See below for who took home the various fan-voted awards:
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A third batch of tracks from Sumerian Records‘ B>Florence + The Machine tribute “Sumerian Ceremonials: Florence + The Sphinx – A Tribute To Florence + The Machine” are now online and ready for streaming. After the break you can check out Born Of Osiris covering “Seven Devils“, Upon A Burning Body taking on “Lover To Lover” and Fever Dreamer‘s rendition of “Leave My Body“.

Sumerian Ceremonials: Florence + The Sphinx – A Tribute To Florence + The Machine” has been earmarked for a May 13th release date on Sumerian Records. It also features covers from the likes of Stick To Your Guns, Darkest Hour, Asking Alexandria‘s Ben Bruce and more. Additional details can be found at Sumerianceremonials.com.

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Wolves At The Gate To Release New Album “VxV” In June

Wolves At The Gate‘s new album “VxV” (aka ‘five by five’) will hit stores on June 10th through Solid State Records. Will Putney (Vision of Disorder, For Today) oversaw the production and mixing duties for the album. Guitarist/vocalist Steve Cobucci commented of the effort:

VxV really came together in an unexpected way. Never had I felt so uncertain about about WATG songs going into the studio, yet never have I been so thankful for the finished product. It’s a strange feeling to know in your heart that the songs are good but so unsure of how they’d come to fruition. I really hope that people can see the thought and time put into each track. Beyond the music I hope that people can continually see the abundant love of God, His sure and rich mercies, and the infinite worth of Jesus Christ.”

Both the cover art and track listing for the release can be found below:

01 – “VxV
02 – “Wake Up
03 – “Dust To Dust
04 – “Return
05 – “Relief
06 – “The Bird And The Snake
07 – “Rest
08 – “East To West
09 – “Wild Heart
10 – “The Convicted
11 – “Majesty In Misery
12 – “The Father’s Bargain
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Machine Head Reveal Opening Act For July US Tour

Machine Head have announced that Anti-Mortem will open for them on their July US ‘Killers & Kings Tour.’ Those dates include:

07/08 Fresno, CA – Strummers
07/10 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
07/11 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
07/13 Billings, MT – The Carlin
07/15 Minot, ND – The Original
07/15 Fargo, ND – The Venue
07/17 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
07/18 Toledo, OH – Mainstreet
07/21 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
07/23 Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s
07/24 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
07/25 Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom