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  • SORCERER Announces New Bassist JUSTIN BIGGS
    Swedish epic heavy doom metal warlords SORCERER have announced the addition of bassist Justin Biggs to the group's ranks. Says the band: "This may come as a surprise to some, maybe not to others. Justin is the handsome fellow on stage left that has been filling in for Johnny Hagel on all our gigs this past year, doing a splendid job, we hasten to add, and we're very happy to announce that he is now a full-time member. "Coming from a heavier direction than some of us other guys, we're really excited to see what he will bring to the table in terms of songwriting. He's already played us some of his ideas for the album and they are heavy as shit so we are very much looking forward to bringing his musical personality into the SORCERER sound. "But what about Johnny, you ask? Well, we are also very happy to say that he will stay on as a member but not playing live with the band. He will take part in some of the decision-making and the creative direction of the band but most importantly he will still be every bit as involved in the songwriting as before, and we wouldn't have it any other way so all you Hagel fans, stay cool. He's still with us. "Also, as we stated a couple of days ago, we've started doing some serious work on the third album. There's a ton of new music floating around, and although it's still early days in the writing process, we can promise you that this album will be an absolute beast. We plan to write at least until early summer, do a few exclusive festivals (as of now we're playing Bang Your Head!!! and ProgPower USA) and then head into the studio early fall to record the album for an early/mid-2020 release. Shit can always happen, but this is the game plan." SORCERER released its latest album, "The Crowning Of The Fire King", in October 2017 via Metal Blade Records. SORCERER emerged out of Sweden in the late 80s and was one of the very early bands to champion what is now known as "epic doom metal." Besides genre pioneers CANDLEMASS, groups like SOLITUDE AETURNUS, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT and SORCERER were among the few groups around representing this style of metal. During its existence, SORCERER produced two self-financed cassette releases, both of which quickly became underground cult classics regularly hailed by metalheads as some of the finest of the era. After a few personnel changes, the group disintegrated in 1992 and since then some of the bandmembers went on to find some success with other groups. Bassist Johnny Hagel achieved greater success in TIAMAT and later SUNDOWN. Vocalist Anders Engberg has also made a name for himself with several other bands he has fronted, such as LION'S SHARE, TWILIGHT and SECTION A. In the fall of 2010, members of SORCERER were coaxed into reforming to play a one-off gig at the Hammer Of Doom festival in Germany and, a year later, the Up The Hammers festival in Athens, Greece. Both shows were received extremely well and the thoughts of putting together a new album started to take form. In March 2015, SORCERER released the critically acclaimed "In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross". SORCERER played several festivals in support of the album — Sabaton Open Air and Rock Hard Festival, among others, with the latter especially being a huge success for the band, selling out their entire merch supply even before finishing their set. 2015 also saw the release of the EP "Black", which consisted of three songs left over from the "In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross" sessions, as well as an acoustic version of the track "Prayers For A King". In the end of 2015, the band started to write material for a follow-up album to "In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross". Progress went pretty fast and ten new tracks emerged out of the royal epic doom chest. The songwriting carried on throughout 2016, and in early 2017, they went into the studio to record. During the recording, the band and drummer Robert Iversen parted ways because of musical differences, and Lars Sköld (TIAMAT, AVATARIUM) filled the role as session drummer on the album. In the early summer of 2017, the album was ready to be mixed by the very talented Ronnie Björnström (AEON, CUT UP, 220 VOLT), who also turned the knobs on their last album. The mastering this time was expertly handled by Mr. Thomas "Plec" Johansson (SOILWORK, WATAIN).
  • IZEGRIM: 'Retraumatized' Video
    Dutch death thrash ragers IZEGRIM have released a video for the song "Retraumatized", which is taken from their latest EP, titled "Beheaded By Trust". The clip follows the band throughout its performance at the sold-out Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival, which took place on December 14. The video was directed by Sebastiaan Spijker of Ik Wil Ook Een Videoclip. IZEGRIM's Marloes comments: "From preparations, to soundcheck, to the gig at the prestigious sold-out Eindhoven Metal Meeting: it's all packed into Izegrim's latest videoclip. No expensive props, no bluescreens, no storyline or silly choreography. This is 100% IZEGRIM at its best!" "Beheaded By Trust" was recorded, mixed and mastered at Kohlekeller Studio (ABORTED, BENIGHTED) in December 2017. The cover artwork came courtesy of Kirill Semenov. "Beheaded By Trust" is the follow-up to 2016's "The Ferryman's End", which drew a positively roaring press response worldwide and saw the band touring and sharing stages with the likes of FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, KREATOR, ANNIHILATOR, ONSLAUGHT and more.
  • THE RAVEN AGE Feat. IRON MAIDEN Bassist's Son GEORGE HARRIS: 'Fleur De Lis' Lyric Video
    THE RAVEN AGE, the U.K.-based band led by IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris's son George Harris, has shared the official lyric video for its new song, "Fleur De Lis". It is the third THE RAVEN AGE track with Matt James as vocalist, following the previously released "Surrogate" and "Betrayal Of The Mind", and the next dose of what to expect from the band's second album, "Conspiracy", which is due on March 8 via the group's own label Corvid Records. The "Fleur De Lis" clip creatively features stunning, fantasy animations representing the tale of French heroine Joan Of Arc. The track and visuals fall in line with the historical myths and legends that form the entire album and are the core influence of THE RAVEN AGE's lyrics and themes. THE RAVEN AGE released its critically acclaimed debut album, "Darkness Will Rise", in 2016. It saw them championed by the likes of Metal Hammer and Planet Rock, who crowned them "Best New Band 2017" at their awards, and earned them slots at festivals such as Bloodstock, Hellfest, Wacken Open Air, Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park and Download. The band has continued to spread its wings, honing its craft, perfecting its sound and identity, and with the recent addition of vocalist Matt James (a.k.a. MJ) and guitarist Tony Maue bringing a new dimension and diversity to the band's songwriting and sound, they've created the new era of THE RAVEN AGE which is evident throughout the entirety of "Conspiracy". George Harris explains: "We're so proud of it. It's definitely keeping within the spirit of the band but we've really expanded what we can do and delved into new topics and sounds. A lot of that is to do with what MJ has brought to the band. With him on board we've grown enormously from the first album." Drawing inspiration from their interest in historical myths and conspiracies, lyrically the tracks tell stories of desperation and inhumanity throughout different periods of time, delving into the lives and experiences of people from years ago. The album is the second part to their story, where clues are left in everything from the artwork to the lyrics which point to what may later come to pass, and interlock with what THE RAVEN AGE is all about. They've created something more than just a record, but instead an artistic, conceptual identity as they set to write their own legacy. "I've always been fascinated by the legend of the ravens of the Tower of London," continues George. "The fact that the collective noun for ravens is a Conspiracy really inspired the album, the title and the artwork around it. In this fantasy world the ravens are actually being held captive at the Tower, they aren't there of their own accord. Their wings have been clipped and they're prisoners of the Tower to keep Britain from falling. This record develops the story with all sorts of twists and tangents." The album opens with a harmonious instrumental, equipped with delicate guitar lines and an accompaniment of euphoric synths and strings before yielding into recent single "Betrayal Of The Mind", which was written as a result of mental health issues, spreading awareness through the lyrics of how it affects so many people in different ways. It then leads into the raging metal riff of the aforementioned "Fleur De Lis" and "The Day The World Stood Still", which enters with a melodious dynamic, creating space between the album's brutal moments, soaring into a momentous chorus showcasing James's vocal capabilities. Elsewhere the racing Christian mysticism inspired "Stigmata" is filled with thunderous drum patterns from Jai Patel and heavy bass parts from Matt Cox, while the haunting intro of "Seventh Heaven" explodes into a colossal outbreak of commanding riffs expertly executed by guitarists George Harris and Tony Maue before dropping to a stripped-back section with James's exposed vocals taking center stage. Continuing their running theme of historic references, the calmer "The Face That Launched A Thousand Ships" draws inspiration from the legend of Helen of Troy, whose incomparable beauty resulted in a fleet of a thousand ships setting sail to rescue her leading to the Battle Of Troy. Similarly, "Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier" is named after the U.S. monument which stands in tribute to those exhumed and unidentified from battles over the years. Also included is "Surrogate", the album's debut track from earlier in 2018, and the sharp and fierce "Scimitar" before the epically sullen, grand finale "Grave Of The Fireflies", which resumes the dynamic rise and fall that resonates throughout the whole of Conspiracy. "Conspiracy" track listing: 01. Bloom Of The Poison Seed 02. Betrayal Of The Mind 03. Fleur De Lis 04. The Day The World Stood Still 05. Stigmata 06. Surrogate 07. Seventh Heaven 08. Forgotten World 09. The Face That Launched A Thousand Ships 10. Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier 11. Scimitar 12. Grave Of The Fireflies THE RAVEN AGE will head off on its biggest European headline tour in March and April before joining IRON MAIDEN for a huge leg across North and South America.
    METALLICA and FOO FIGHTERS are among the artists that performed Wednesday night (January 16) at the Chris Cornell tribute concert at the Forum in Los Angeles, California. A number of pop stars also appeared at the event, billed as "I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell", such as Miley Cyrus, Brandi Carlile, Adam Levine, plus country artist Chris Stapleton and Ziggy Marley. Rock artists that honored the singer included Josh Homme of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, Tim McIlrath of RISE AGAINST, Taylor Momsen from THE PRETTY RECKLESS, Perry Farrell of JANE'S ADDICTION, THE MELVINS, BLACK SABBATH's Geezer Butler and Ryan Adams, along with members of Cornell's bands SOUNDGARDEN, AUDIOSLAVE and TEMPLE OF THE DOG. THE MELVINS opened the evening with a three-song set that included a cover of SOUNDGARDEN's "Spoonman", while the FOO FIGHTERS ran through SOUNDGARDEN's "No Attention", plus two songs previously covered by SOUNDGARDEN, DEVO's "Girl U Want" and CHEECH AND CHONG's "Earache My Eye", before closing the set with "Everlong". Homme played a solo rendition of SOUNGARDEN's "Rusty Cage" while MAROON 5's Adam Levine and PEARL JAM's Stone Gossard joined forces on "Seasons", the song Cornell recorded for the "Singles" soundtrack. Cyrus sang "As Hope and Promise Fade", before two of the surviving members of AUDIOSLAVE — guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk — played a five-song set with a rotating lineup of guest singers (Perry Farrell on "Cochise", Juliette Lewis on "Be Yourself", McIlrath on "Set It Off", Carlile on "Like A Stone" and Dave Grohl on "Show Me How To Live") and bassists (BLACK SABBATH's Geezer Butler, METALLICA's Robert Trujillo and JANE'S ADDICTION's Chris Chaney). Introduced by comedian Jack Black, METALLICA opened its four-song set with a cover of SOUNDGARDEN's "All Your Lies", followed by two of its own classic tracks, "For Whom The Bell Tolls" and "Master Of Puppets", before closing with SOUNDGARDEN's "Head Injury". Cornell's widow, Vicky, took to the stage to pay tribute to her husband. "We all know how music can change us, but Chris did something more extraordinary — he changed music and paved the way for so many from Seattle to across the globe," she said. "And that legacy, and his influence, will live for generations to come. I am so proud that, along with his legacy, his philanthropic work continues to grow and flourish. "Chris would be so very proud. Simply put, to me, and because of all of you, Chris lives on, a music immortal whose passion for helping others is more alive today than ever." Chris's 14-year-old daughter Toni received a standing ovation after performing a cover of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" while standing in front of a picture of her father. The show was presented by Cornell's family and closest friends, with Jimmy Kimmel hosting. Each ticket purchased online for the show included a copy of Cornell's recently released self-titled career retrospective album. Chris took his own life in May 2017 after a SOUNDGARDEN show in Detroit. "I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell" setlist: THE MELVINS 01. Kicking Machine 02. With Your Heart 03. Not Your Hands 04. Leech 05. Heart Of Honey 06. Spoonman Rita Wilson 01. The Promise Nikka Costa and Alain Johannes 01. Disappearing One Chris Stapleton 01. The Keeper FOO FIGHTERS 01. No Attention 02. Earache My Eye 03. Girl You Want 04. Everlong (Acoustic) Josh Homme 01. Rusty Cage Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, and Stone Gossard 01. Seasons Miley Cyrus 01. Two Drink Minimum AUDIOSLAVE (Tom Morello and Brad Wilk) 01. Cochise (with Geezer Butler and Perry Farrell) 02. Be Yourself (with Geezer Butler and Juliette Lewis) 03. Set It Off (with Chris Chaney, Sam Harris and Tim Mcllrath) 04. Like A Stone (with Chris Chaney and Brandi Carlile) 05. Show Me How To Live (with Robert Trujillo and Dave Grohl) Toni Cornell and Ziggy Marley 01. Redemption Song METALLICA 01. All Your Lies 02. For Whom The Bell Tolls 03. Master of Puppets 04. Head Injury Ryan Adams (Daphne Chen, Richard Dodd, Eric Gorfain, Leah Katz, and Don Was) 01. Dead Wishes 02. Fell On Black Days TEMPLE OF THE DOG 01. Preaching The End Of The World (Nikka Costa, Alain Johannes, Stone Gossard, Brendan O'Brien, and Josh Taylor) 02. Can't Change Me (Nikka Costa, Alain Johannes, Stone Gossard, Eric Avery, and Josh Freese) 03. Hunted Down (William DuVall, Jerry Cantrell, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, and Josh Freese) 04. All Night Thing (Fiona Apple, Brendan O'Brien, David Garza, Jeff Ament, and Matt Chamberlain) 05. Reach Down (Miguel, Nikka Costa, Stone Gossard, Brendan O'Brien, Jeff Ament, and Matt Cameron) 06. Say Hello 2 Heaven (Miley Cyrus, Brendan O'Brien, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, and Josh Freese) 07. Hunger Strike (Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton, Stone Gossard, Brendan O'Brien, Jeff Ament, and Matt Cameron) SOUNDGARDEN 01. Rusty Cage (with Taylor Momsen) 02. Flower (with Marcus Durant) 03. Outshined (with Marcus Durant and Stone Gossard) 04. Drawing Flies (with Taylor Momsen, Buzz Osbourne, Matt Demeritt, and Tracy Wanamae) 05. Loud Love (with Taylor Momsen, Tom Morello, and Wayne Kramer) 06. I Awake (with Taylor Hawkins and Buzz Osbourne) 07. The Day I Tried To Live (with Taylor Hawkins and Buzz Osbourne) 08. Black Hole Sun (with Brandi Carlile, Peter Frampton, Tim Hanseroth, and Phil Hanseroth)
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    Soundgarden Loud Love with Taylor Momsen, Wayne Kramer and Tom Morello

    — Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) January 17, 2019

    Outshined .. Chris Cornell tribute show in LA

    — Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) January 17, 2019

    It’s @Metallica time at the @chriscornell Tribute #IAmTheHighway

    — Jason Minnix (@JasonMinnix) January 17, 2019

    Brad Pitt intro and Toni Cornell/Ziggy Marley - Redemption Song

    — Alternative Nation (@AltNationNet) January 17, 2019

    Audioslave with Perry Farrell & Geezer Butler - Cochise

    — Alternative Nation (@AltNationNet) January 17, 2019

    Miley Cyrus - Two Drink Minimum

    — Alternative Nation (@AltNationNet) January 17, 2019

    Fiona Apple. Temple of the Dog. #ChrisCornellTribute

    — Antiquiet (@antiquiet) January 17, 2019

    Wow. @Miguel doing “Reach Down” with Matt Cameron is EVERYTHING right now.

    — Vanessa Franko (@vanessafranko) January 17, 2019

    Miley Cyrus fronting Temple of the Dog

    — Daniel Kohn (@danielkohn) January 17, 2019

    Miley Cyrus and Temple of the Dog - Say Hello 2 Heaven

    — Alternative Nation (@AltNationNet) January 17, 2019
  • GEDDY LEE Says A New Solo Album Is 'Certainly Possible'
    RUSH frontman Geddy Lee — who recently released a book called "Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book Of Bass" — has told CTV's "Your Morning" that he hasn't ruled out making a new solo album. "Well, that's certainly possible," he said (see video below). "I've sort of been ensconced in this thing [working on the book] for the last two and a half years. And now that that's done, after I finish my shameless promotion of it, I'll start putting my mind to writing some music." To date, Lee has only released one solo album, 2000's "My Favourite Headache". The disc was recorded during a time when RUSH's future was uncertain. The band was in the midst of what would be a five-year break from the road following the tragic deaths of drummer Neil Peart's daughter and wife in 1997 and 1998, respectively. "Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass" documents the evolution of the bass guitar since the 1950s and shows how those evolutions changed the sound of popular music as we know it. The book includes photos of Lee's massive bass collection, as well as interviews with fellow bass players like John Paul Jones of LED ZEPPELIN, Bill Wyman of THE ROLLING STONES and U2's Adam Clayton. RUSH has been completely inactive since completing its "R40 Live" tour four years ago. Peart was battling enormous physical pain through much of the trek, including a foot infection that made it agonizing for him to even walk. A few years ago, RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson told Rolling Stone that he receives injections for psoriatic arthritis. He was previously hospitalized for anemia from bleeding ulcers and suffered breathing problems. Lifeson and Lee have repeatedly said that RUSH will never do a show unless all three musicians agree to take part. They haven't performed as RUSH without Peart since he joined the band in 1974.