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Daily Reload: Slayer, Foo Fighters + More

Slayer offer tickets to fan looking to sell his car to attend concert, Dave Grohl talks Foo Fighters’ ‘Sonic Highways’ follow-up + more.

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From:: http://loudwire.com/daily-reload-slayer-foo-fighters-more-2/

LYNCH MOB’s ‘Sun Red Sun’ Gets Release Date; Audio Samples Available

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On December 9, LYNCH MOB will release the “Sun Red Sun” EP via Rat Pak Records. The CD was written and recorded by the same lineup as the “Sound Mountain Sessions” EP: George Lynch on guitar, Oni Logan on vocals, Robbie Crane on bass and Scot Coogan on drums.

“Sun Red Sun” once again highlights the unique pairing of Logan and Lynch, showcasing their ever-evolving songwriting abilities. Mixed and mastered by Chris “The Wizard” Collier ( LITA FORD), it offers up straight-forward rockers like “Believers Of The Day” and “Play The Game”, as well as more groove-oriented cuts like “Erotika” and “Subliminal Dream”. The CD also features a dynamic Lynch guitar solo track called “Black Waters” as well as an acoustic ballad called “Sun Red Sun”, which is a tribute to late BADLANDS and BLACK SABBATH singer Ray Gillen, who died on December 3, 1993 of AIDS-related complications. The release also features a cover of BAD COMPANY‘s “Burnin’ Sky” and includes four remastered bonus tracks from the original “Sound Mountain Sessions” EP: “Slow Drag”, “World Of Chance”, “City Of Freedom” and “Sucka”.

“I was brothers with Ray,” Oni explained to “The Double Stop” podcast. “He was a good dude. He was a great guy to me. When I arrived into L.A., he was a beautiful man to me. He was an unbelievable talent. So this ‘Sun Red Sun’, it’s his extension for him. And this song ‘Sun Red Sun’ is written in the idea of that I’m speaking for him and I’m speaking for me. ‘Sun Red Sun’… you know, shine on me forever. That kind of thing. So you’ll hear it in the lyrics when you hear the song. So Ray is a dominant and principal meaning in the title of the album.”

Asked what it is about his chemistry with Lynch that keeps him coming back to the band after leaving the group several times in the last few years, Logan said: “It’s [George's] undeniable riffage — the riffage of the sexiness that he supplies to me that I get from no other. I can never get it from any other.

“We have a special thing going on. It’s been like that forever. And if you were to ask him, [he would tell you] the same thing: it’s like no other. It’s just the way that it works. Somehow, the energy and the synergy of what it about, it works together. He evokes the riffs that just make me wanna fucking write. That’s fine and simple. That’s it. He’s magical, he’s a purist, he’s a deep thinker, and I think he acknowledges me as the same.

“When he tells me, ‘Oh, man, that was a great lyric,’ I take that and run home with it. ‘Cause we’re acknowledging each other.

“I think we just need to let things happen at this stage. And I’m always gonna be there for it.”

LYNCH MOB‘s last release was the “Unplugged: Live From Sugarhill Studios” EP, which came out in March 2013.


From:: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/lynch-mobs-sun-red-sun-gets-release-date-audio-samples-available/

EPICA: ‘Victims Of Contingency’ Video Released

“Victims Of Contingency”, the new video from Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Remko Tielemans (TEXTURES) and was produced by the Kunstoff Kollectiv, the same team who were responsible for the band’s music video for “Storm The Sorrow”.

Comments EPICA guitarist Mark Jansen: “We’ve picked a heavy and brutal track this time as we wanted to surprise everybody. As ‘Victims Of Contingency’ is also a fan favorite, we are convinced that it is the right choice.

“The video for ‘Storm The Sorrow’ has been received very well by the fans, so we were very happy to work with Remko and his team again.

“We think the end result for ‘Victims Of Contingency’ is astonishing and I am very excited that we can finally share this video with all of you!”

“Victims Of Contingency” is taken from EPICA‘s sixth studio album, “The Quantum Enigma”, which sold around 3,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 110 on The Billboard 200 chart.

In a recent interview with Aux Portes Du Metal, Jansen stated about the lyrical themes covered on “The Quantum Enigma”: “‘The Quantum Enigma’ means that in quantum physics we can’t observe little particles without influencing them. It’s been proven in a very famous experiment called the dual slit experiment. As we are all made out of an infinite amount of particles, what does all of this mean for the world as we know it? Is the world still there when we’re not watching? Or is it a holographic projection coming from ourselves in a way? What is real and what is an illusion? The ‘solid’ matter as we know it isn’t that solid after all. It’s all energy which is spinning and turning in a way that it gives us the illusion of being solid.

‘The Quantum Enigma’ is pointing out such questions which are dealing about, thoughts, dreams, illusions of the mind. ‘The Second Stone’ talks about Alzheimer; people who get this disease die mentally for a first time, then after a while they die physically for a second time. ‘Victims Of Contingency’ talks about taking responsibilities for your deeds, and the power to learn from mistakes in order to grow as a human being. ‘Chemical Insomnia’ talks about the sleeping pill culture that goes totally out of proportions these days.”

From:: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/epica-victims-of-contingency-video-released/

Rigged – Better Left Unsaid Guitarists Rob Fernandez and Greg Fender

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What’s a pedal junkie to do when a Rigged column glosses over all things podiatric? At Gear Gods we’ve discussed midi foot controllers quite a bit recently, and in particular the comments sections have had some talk over whether the Behringer FCB1010 really is, once modded, the ideal control unit for the Kemper Profiling Amp (for the record we could suggest alternatives). So when the Kemper lovers in Better Left Unsaid glossed over that particular detail, I was crestfallen.

Still, time and beer heal most wounds, and we can focus on the good rather than the bad. No matter how the band is changing patches, Better Left Unsaid have gotten some massive tones out of the Kemper. Part of the secret is the arsenal of Strictly 7 swamp ash guitars. Yes, yes, we could go ranting about it is that a company called “Strictly 7″ has a custom guitar builder page looks like this:

But let’s not. Maybe the 7 is for luck, I don’t know.

In any event, they’re very nice guitars, and BLU seem to enjoy them quite a bit. We got the rundown on the band’s ampless setup below, as told by guitarists Rob Fernandez and Greg Fender. Take it all in and marvel at how, in the spirit of misnomers, the Better Left Unsaid has nary a Fender nor a Fernandes to be found in their collection. I mean, what the fuck?

For us in Better Left Unsaid, the biggest concern is to have our live sound match the album tone, but at the same time still maintain a great live feel. The biggest component in the sound department is the Kemper KPA Profiling Amp. It allows us to capture the sound in the studio and take it everywhere we go in a rack mounted case, and it really is the one stop shop for all our tone creating these days. On our self-titled album, we wanted to have a deep low tuning but we still wanted to keep it tight, so we chose our custom Strictly 7 27″ scale length 7 strings tuned to drop A#. Also for the track “Liberator,” we used a Strictly 7 28″ scale 8 string tuned to drop (F#). The extended scale really allowed us to keep the rhythms fast and tight while maintaining the tuning on a normal size of string (10-60 on 7’s) and (10-74 on the 8’s).

Rob’s Solar 7: North American Swamp Ash body with 5 piece maple neck thru design with an Ebony fingerboard. Pickups: Bareknuckle Holy Grail Matched Set.


Greg’s Cobra 7: North American Swamp Ash body, bolt on Maple neck with a maple fret board, and Bareknuckle Aftermath Pickups.


Our live rig features 4 custom Bob Gilmore designed cases. The cases house guitar, bass, drum, mixer, and our in-ear equipment. Each case is ATA-rated and has a shockmount rack system. Each one of the guitar cases has a Kemper KPA Profiling Amp, Korg Tuner, Nady In-Ear Wireless System, and a rack drawer for tools and components. As you can see, the setup is extremely simple compared to the years of carrying around multiple heads, pedals, etc. The simplicity allows the band to focus on the performance with little worry about having a major issue on stage.


Better Left Unsaid’s debut record, the aptly-titled (unlike Strictly 7 guitars) The Reissues, has been re-released in multimedia format via INgrooves Music Group. You can pick it up on iTunes, but feel free to watch the video for “Liberator” below if you’re the try-before-you-buy type.

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JUDAS PRIEST’s ROB HALFORD: Praying ‘Absolutely Works’

JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford, who has been clean and sober since January of 1986, credits his belief in a higher power for helping him in his recovery.

“I’m a different guy to when I was 20,” Halford said furing an appearance on HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta‘s official podcast, “The Jasta Show” (hear audio below). “I’ve been able to look at the world and see the world and find out what really is the most important and valuable thing, to me, as I live from day to day.”

He continued: “When I got clean and sober 28 years ago, that was a major change in my life. And part of my recovery is just having this higher-power belief. And it works. It works, man. It really, really is important.”

Halford added: “There probably will be people listening to [this] podcast who don’t have anything like that in their life, and that’s great; it’s all about acceptance. But I always say to people, if you’re thinking about it, the simplest thing I do is I pray. I pray quite a bit, actually. And even if you don’t believe in prayer, just have a go. Pray for a good day, or just pray for your friend, or whatever it might be. And it’s amazing, man, ’cause it absolutely works. I guarantee, it genuinely does work. And now I’m sounding like [American evangelical Christian evangelist] Billy Graham, but I’m just trying to express some of the things that are important to me on a day-to-day basis that make me able to walk out on that stage each night and do my work.”

While Halford states that he doesn’t want to preach and force people to drink and act responsibly, he is quick to warn up-and-coming musicians that there will be consequences to their actions.

“Whenever I have an opportunity to speak to new, young bands, and they go, ‘Rob, give us a bit of information,’ I just say, ‘Man, just go out there and do everything. Don’t listen to me. You’re gonna do stuff anyway, because it’s your life. But you’ll make choices that may kind of backfire a little bit along the way, and then when they do, think about it and think about what you’ve gotta do to overcome those things where you don’t feel good anymore or you’re angry about something,'” he said. “Because, if you become dependent, a lot of it is due to that kind of imbalance.”

He continued: “In a band, it’s really important to try and stay healthy. Because these people work hard, they put their money down to buy a ticket, they come to the show, they come and see you, they come and hear you, and they deserve the best show you can give them. So don’t go stumbling out on that stage feeling sick because you were up all night boozing or doing whatever. That’s disrespectful to your audience. And that’s just, again, wisdom.”

Halford added: “I hope I don’t sound like I’m preaching. I’m just trying to give [the] listeners just a little bit of an insight to what I think, again, is really important.”

In a recent interview with Classic Rock Revisited, Halford spoke in more detail about his decision to quit using substances. He said: “I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I will always remember the first show I did clean and sober… It was in New Mexico, in Albuquerque. I literally felt elevated, as everything was coming with such clarity. I was able to really… enjoy the performance of JUDAS PRIEST without having all of the other things in front of it. Since that day, it has been a miracle.”

Halford added, “Everybody has to face things in their lives at some point. It [doesn't have to] be booze and drugs. You can eat too much, or you can not exercise, or whatever… It is not easy staying clean and sober in rock and roll. There are temptations galore from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep, especially when you’re on the road. [But] I think we’re some of the strongest people, my friends and my sober brothers in metal.”

From:: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/judas-priests-rob-halford-praying-absolutely-works/

Live’s Patrick Dahlheimer: ‘It’s Still to Me as Good as It Ever Was’

Live bassist Patrick Dahlheimer tells ‘Loudwire Nights’ host Full Metal Jackie about recording ‘The Turn’ album, their musical transition and more.

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From:: http://loudwire.com/live-patrick-dahlheimer-still-as-good-as-it-ever-was/

Exodus fan not going to jail for posting Facebook lyrics

Remember James Evans? That’s the Exodus fan that decided to post some lyrics on his Facebook page. However, the Kentucky man posted the lyrics to “Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer), a song about a school shooting, that a resident of his town saw. Before long, the father of a three-month son was arrested was jailed for […]

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