WITHIN TEMPTATION: Teaser For ‘Whole World Is Watching’ Video Featuring SOUL ASYLUM’s DAVE PIRNER

Within Temptation World is Watching
Within Temptation World is Watching

A teaser for “Whole World Is Watching”, the new video from Dutch symphonic rockers WITHIN TEMPTATION, can be seen below. The full clip will make its online debut next week.

“Whole World Is Watching”, the third single from WITHIN TEMPTATION‘s new album, “Hydra”, features a guest appearance by SOUL ASYLUM frontman Dave Pirner. It is a power ballad about facing and conquering your fears.

“When we wrote ‘Whole World Is Watching’, Dave was at the very top of our list,” said WITHIN TEMPTATION singer Sharon Den Adel. “He has such a captivating voice: it made the song exactly how it needed to be.”

“Hydra” will be released on January 31. The album will be available in several luxury formats. The cover artwork was created by Romano Molenaar (“X-Men”, “Batman”, “The Unforgiving”).

Pre-order “Hydra” via iTunes now, and you will instantly receive the first two singles: “Dangerous”, featuring a guest appearance by former KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Howard Jones and “Paradise (What About Us?)” featuring ex-NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen.

The digital premium album, complete with digi-booklet, will be available on iTunes and includes 18 audio tracks and a music video. The digital premium album features bonus “Evolution Versions” of four new songs, which contain audio commentary from guitarist Robert Westerholt and Sharon and give you unique access to the development of the songs, their lyrical inspiration and the sound of the initial demos and vocals.

“Hydra” digital premium album track listing:

01. Let Us Burn
02. Dangerous (feat. Howard Jones)
03. And We Run (feat. Xzibit
04. Paradise (What About Us?) (feat. Tarja)
05. Edge Of The World
06. Silver Moonlight
07. Covered By Roses
08. Dog Days
09. Tell Me Why
10. Whole World Is Watching (feat. Dave Pirner)
11. Radioactive (originally performed by IMAGINE DRAGONS)
12. Summertime Sadness (originally performed by Lana del Ray)
13. Let Her Go (originally performed by PASSENGER)
14. Dirty Dancer (originally performed by Enrique Iglesias)
15. And We Run (evolution track)
16. Silver Moonlight (evolution track)
17. Covered By Roses (evolution track)
18. Tell Me Why (evolution track)
19. Paradise (What About Us?) (feat. Tarja) music video (exclusive to iTunes premium version)

Aside from the digital premium version, “Hydra” will also be released in a deluxe box set including exclusive items many of you have been asking for, for a long time:

“Hydra” deluxe box set

* “Hydra” 18-track album including bonus tracks in the form of a media book with a hot foil print cover, featuring a 100-page booklet consisting of unique photos
* Double gatefold black vinyl version of the album including bonus tracks
* Instrumental version of the entire album
* Songbook with sheet music of the songs of the album
* “Hydra” guitar pick
* Packaged in an especially designed LP-sized box

In a recent interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com, Sharon stated about the songwriting process for “Hydra”“: “A lot of bands were inspired by the ’80s at the time we were writing ‘The Unforgiving’ album. There was a lot of music based on the ’80s coming out and it had a lot of ’80s flavors. With this new album, even though we’re only a few years further up the road, you can feel that music has changed again. Music is not inspired on the ’80s, but more like there are different influences in the music again. Music’s always organic, and you feel things are changing comfortably.”

She added: “When people asked us after ‘The Unforgiving’, ‘Are you gonna make another ‘Unforgiving’ album?” we said, ‘Of course.’ Because we were really full of it in a positive way. We really like the album a lot and still do like it a lot but we really feel there’s an ’80s feel to the songs. When we started writing this album, again we felt like we were already knowing we were gonna go a different direction also.”

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HUNTRESS Singer Gets ‘Brutal Case Of Food Poisoning’

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Bad Food Poisoning?

Singer Jill Janus of the Los Angeles-based, occult-themed traditional heavy metal band HUNTRESS has posted the following message on the group’s Facebook page:

“My beloved Hamburg [Germany], tonight for the very first time got a brutal case of food poisoning. I suspect a lamb chop.

“I display my humility and honesty for your viewing. (See photo)

“This is the reality of tour life. And those socks!

“Will someone help me out and get this sick bitch some decent socks?

“I’m out of mind (duh) but need you.

“The fans who came to see HUNTRESS tonight [as the support act for LAMB OF GOD], please know how much I LOVE YOU. I might barf all night, but I’m thinking of you inside my porcelain throne.

“Anyone who attended the show at the Rock Cafe tonight, e-mail me at info@huntresskills.com and I will write you a personal note + send you a HUNTRESS patch.

“Now, back to the puke party.”

HUNTRESS‘ sophomore album, “Starbound Beast”, was released on June 28, 2013 in Europe and on July 2, 2013 in North America via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded at Hobby Shop Studios in Los Angeles with producer Chris “Zeuss” Harris (SHADOWS FALL, HATEBREED, MUNICIPAL WASTE). The cover artwork for the effort was once again created by Vance Kelly (THE SWORD, GRAVEYARD, HIGH ON FIRE, PENTAGRAM, ALICE IN CHAINS, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, DEATH ANGEL), who previously worked on the group’s debut album, 2012’s “Spell Eater”.
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Delain Announces Release Date for “The Human Contradiction”

Delain The Human Contradiction
Delain The Human Contradiction

We are proud to announce the release date, cover art and tracklist of our new record: “The Human Contradiction”

We are really excited about the new tracks and can’t wait to share them with you! Keep an eye on this page for more news about the new record, including which guest musicians you can expect to hear. More information is coming soon! You can check the cover art, and read the tracklist below.

“The Human Contradiction” will be released on the following dates:
Switzerland, April 4, 2014
UK, Rest of Europe: April 7, 2014
USA and Canada: April 8, 2014
Japan, ANZ, South America, Russia: TBA
“The Human Contradiction”

1. Here Come The Vultures
2. Your Body Is A Battleground
3. Stardust
4. My Masquerade
5. Tell Me, Mechanist
6. Sing To Me
7. Army Of Dolls
8. Lullaby
9. The Tragedy Of The Commons

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LACUNA COIL To Release Broken Crown Halo In April, Announce U.S. Tour

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Lacuna Coil

Lacuna Coil have set Apr. 1 as the release date for their new studio album Broken Crown Halo. The album will be released through Century Media. The band had me pretty intrigued by how the described the recording process in a press release:

“We locked ourselves in an age-old studio in Milan, Italy, where history was strong and the past met with our future, vintage gear and the influence of classic Italian horror movies and bands like Goblin meeting the fresh and rough sounds of the modern world with unique and invigorating results. Broken Crown Halo is Lacuna Coil introducing a new order, and letting nothing stand in our way…”

I’m definitely going to give it a listen when I can! However, before the band drops the new record, they’ll be supporting Sick Puppies (and opened up for by Eyes Set to Kill and Cilver) on the Revolver Hottest Chicks In Rock Tour. The tour dates are as follows:

2/20: Wilmington, NC – Ziggy’s By The Sea
2/21: Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
2/22: Lexington, KY – Buster’s
2/23: Springfield, VA – Empire
2/24: New York, NY – Irving Plaza
2/26: Worcester, MA – Palladium
2/27: Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
2/28: Columbus, OH – Alrosa Villa
3/1: Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s
3/2: South Bend, IN – Club Fever
3/5: Broussard, LA – The Station Live
3/6: Houston, TX – Scout Bar
3/7: Austin, TX – Infest
3/8: Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
3/10: Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
3/12: Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
3/14: Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
3/15: Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
3/19: Los Angeles, CA – House Of Blues
3/20: Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues

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CHASTAIN’s LEATHER LEONE ‘Wanted A Much More Basic, Primal, Sound’ On ‘Surrender To No One’ Album

Leather Leone solo 2014
Leather Leone 2014

David Necro of CryptMagazine.com recently conducted an interview with CHASTAIN singer Leather Leone. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

CryptMagazine.com: How did the new [CHASTAIN] album (“Surrender To No One”) come together and what went into it?

Leather Leone: The new CD came about through increased conversation with [CHASTAIN guitarist David T.] Chastain. I value his knowledge and advice, I called him regularly when I was doing the SLEDGE LEATHER PROJECT. We eventually just fell into talking about making music again. As I say, the circle of life!

CryptMagazine.com: How is it working with David now compared to back in the ’80s?

Leather Leone: It’s the same intense, frustrating, glorious experience! Studio is not a favorite place of mine. I feel confined, too restricted! I prefer the stage. Chastain has certainly gotten used to dealing with attitude after our history. He gets the best out of me, for sure. It is quite the accomplishment when your creation is complete. As I always say, what a blessing!

CryptMagazine.com: What is the songwriting process now compared to back in the ’80s?

Leather Leone: We can now do all of our ideas and parts online. No longer necessary to be in the same room, which I miss! But other than that, it’s still hard work and dedication. The song remains the same!

CryptMagazine.com: How does this new album compare to the other CHASTAIN albums?

Leather Leone: As I listen to it, it seems like natural progression for us. Chastain and I absolutely have our sound! It’s hard for me to answer that honestly. It’s difficult for to me listen objectively when the CD is finished. From your feedback, it seems we have stayed classical while stepping forward. I intentionally did the vocals a bit dirtier than before. I wasn’t crazy about the vocal tone on “For Those Who Dare” and “Voice Of The Cult”. I wanted a much more basic, primal, sound. No layering, no doubling, no harmonies — just me and how well I was breathing that day.

Read the entire interview at CryptMagazine.com.

“Rise Up” lyric video:

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WITHIN TEMPTATION: ‘Hydra’ Listening Party Scheduled For Los Angeles

Within Temptation
Within Temptation

Dutch symphonic rockers WITHIN TEMPTATION will celebrate the February 4 North American release of their new album, “Hydra”, with a special listening party at The Joint, 8771 Pico Boulevard, in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jannuary 24 at 9 p.m. The event, which is open to the public, will be attended by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarists Robert Westerholt and Ruud Jolie of WITHIN TEMPTATION.

Fans are invited to attend and meet Sharon, Robert, and Ruud, listen to “Hydra” in its entirety, and take home a Nuclear Blast grab bag.

“Hydra” will be available in several luxury formats. The cover artwork was created by Romano Molenaar (“X-Men”, “Batman”, “The Unforgiving”), and can be seen below.

Pre-order “Hydra” via iTunes now, and you will instantly receive the first two singles: “Dangerous”, featuring a guest appearance by former KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Howard Jones and “Paradise (What About Us?)” featuring ex-NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen.

The digital premium album, complete with digi-booklet, will be available on iTunes and includes 18 audio tracks and a music video. The digital premium album features bonus “Evolution Versions” of four new songs, which contain audio commentary from guitarist Robert Westerholt and Sharon and give you unique access to the development of the songs, their lyrical inspiration and the sound of the initial demos and vocals.

“Hydra” digital premium album track listing:

01. Let Us Burn
02. Dangerous (feat. Howard Jones)
03. And We Run (feat. Xzibit
04. Paradise (What About Us?) (feat. Tarja)
05. Edge Of The World
06. Silver Moonlight
07. Covered By Roses
08. Dog Days
09. Tell Me Why
10. Whole World Is Watching (feat. Dave Pirner)
11. Radioactive (originally performed by IMAGINE DRAGONS)
12. Summertime Sadness (originally performed by Lana del Ray)
13. Let Her Go (originally performed by PASSENGER)
14. Dirty Dancer (originally performed by Enrique Iglesias)
15. And We Run (evolution track)
16. Silver Moonlight (evolution track)
17. Covered By Roses (evolution track)
18. Tell Me Why (evolution track)
19. Paradise (What About Us?) (feat. Tarja) music video (exclusive to iTunes premium version)

Aside from the digital premium version, “Hydra” will also be released in a deluxe box set including exclusive items many of you have been asking for, for a long time:

“Hydra” deluxe box set

* “Hydra” 18-track album including bonus tracks in the form of a media book with a hot foil print cover, featuring a 100-page booklet consisting of unique photos
* Double gatefold black vinyl version of the album including bonus tracks
* Instrumental version of the entire album
* Songbook with sheet music of the songs of the album
* “Hydra” guitar pick
* Packaged in an especially designed LP-sized box

In a recent interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com, Sharon stated about the songwriting process for “Hydra”“: “A lot of bands were inspired by the ’80s at the time we were writing ‘The Unforgiving’ album. There was a lot of music based on the ’80s coming out and it had a lot of ’80s flavors. With this new album, even though we’re only a few years further up the road, you can feel that music has changed again. Music is not inspired on the ’80s, but more like there are different influences in the music again. Music’s always organic, and you feel things are changing comfortably.”

She added: “When people asked us after ‘The Unforgiving’, ‘Are you gonna make another ‘Unforgiving’ album?” we said, ‘Of course.’ Because we were really full of it in a positive way. We really like the album a lot and still do like it a lot but we really feel there’s an ’80s feel to the songs. When we started writing this album, again we felt like we were already knowing we were gonna go a different direction also.”


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Alex Lindsay Roth and Bret Stark of Second Empire on WoM 1/18/2014

Second Empire
Second Empire

Alex Lindsay Roth and Bret Stark of Second Empire an Independent Symphonic Metal Band from Pittsburgh, PA. will be Live on The Women of Metal Radio Show this Saturday 1/18/2014 at 8pm Central Time on Insane Realm Radio

Alex Lindsay Roth
Alex Lindsay Roth

Second Empire is also the Women of Metal, May 2013 Band of the Month.

Bret Stark
Bret Stark Lead Guitar

LISTEN LIVE:
http://loudcity.com/stations/insanerealmradio

IN THIS MOMENT Forced To Postpone Arlington Heights Concert Due To Illness

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Southern California’s IN THIS MOMENT has released the following statement:

“Dear Chicagoland fans, we hate to do this, but we are forced to postpone tonight’s [Friday, January 10] show at Home Bar in Arlington Heights due to illness. Maria [Brink, vocals] has strep throat and cannot talk, much less sing; she is also running a high fever. We were hoping she would wake up today feeling better but her symptoms are much worse, leaving us no alternative other than postponing.

“We do not take this lightly and ask for your patience and understanding.

“A rescheduled date will be announced very shortly where all tickets will be honored.

“As for this evening: BUTCHER BABIES, DEVOUR THE DAY and ALL HAIL THE YETI will all still perform. This show will be free.”

IN THIS MOMENT will release “Blood Special Edition”, a two-disc set featuring the band’s breakthrough album “Blood” and the bonus live DVD “Blood At The Orpheum”, on January 21, 2014 in North America via Century Media. The set includes a bonus cover of the NINE INCH NAILS track “Closer” on “Blood”, and the live DVD contains a full 100-minute concert shot in Madison, Wisconsin earlier this year, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.

In Europe, “Blood At The Orpheum” will be released on February 17 as a limited-edition standalone DVD, and digitally in an audio-only format.

“Blood At The Orpheum” was filmed on May 21, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin. IN THIS MOMENT partnered up with longtime supporter, radio station WJJO, as part of their Mayday Maylay concert series. The band had a bunch of surprises in store for this show, including rarely played songs from their catalog and an all-new stage show created specifically for this concert.

IN THIS MOMENT’s DVD was directed by Brad Golowin who is known for his work with MISS MAY I and 10 YEARS, to name a few.

IN THIS MOMENT’s “The Hellpop Tour II” launched January 2 in Portland, Oregon and will wrap January 25 in Cape Coral, Florida. The band will then make a return engagement on the Shiprocked cruise January 26-30, which sets sail out of Miami, Florida to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Joining IN THIS MOMENT on “Hellpop II” are BUTCHER BABIES in direct support, DEVOUR THE DAY and ALL HAIL THE YETI.

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DORO PESCH To Perform ‘Raise Your Fist In The Air’ On German TV

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Doro Pesch 2014

German metal queen Doro Pesch will perform her song “Raise Your Fist In The Air” as the ring entrance music for WBO title holder Marco Huck during his boxing rematch against challenger Firat Arslan on January 25 at the Hans-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. The event will be broadcast on the German national TV channel ARD. Doro will perform live at approximately 23.00 CET.

Doro is a huge boxing fan and her best friend is the female boxing legend Regina Halmich. She even once got in the ring herself, in 2002, as part of a celebrity-boxing match.

“I am so much looking forward to perform my hit single ‘Raise Your Fist In The Air’ as a march-in hymn for world champion Marco Huck, as I am huge fan of boxing since my childhood,” Doro says. “I saw many fights live, mostly of my good friend Regina Halmich, for who I was playing few times in the ring.

“‘Raise Your Fist In The Air’ is the perfect song for a boxing fight, as it is about the fighting spirit, power and fists.”

Pesch will celebrate her 30th anniversary as a recording and touring artist by performing two special shows on May 2 and May 3 at CCD-Stadthalle in Düsseldorf, Germany. Several guests will join her on stage during the concerts, including Hansi Kürsch of BLIND GUARDIAN, Miland “Mille” Petrozza of KREATOR, and former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider.

Pesch’s latest CD, “Raise Your Fist”, landed at position No. 65 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

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SLASH, GLENN HUGHES Join LITA FORD On Stage At Whisky A Go Go (Video)

lita ford and slashLita Ford was joined by Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) and Glenn Hughes (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE) on stage during her headlining performance last night (Thursday, January 9) at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California as part of the nightclub’s month-long 50th-anniversary celebration. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.

Ford released a new live album, “The Bitch Is Back…Live”, on November 5, 2013 in North America, on October 25, 2013 in Germany and on October 28, 2013 in the rest of Europe through SPV/Steamhammer. The disc features a recording of Lita’s October 2012 performance at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California. The album was released as a digipak with a special booklet including fan photos and download.

In a recent interview with Geeks Of Doom, Ford stated about her tours: “They’re chaotic! It’s like going to war and then coming out winning. You’ve gotta win the war. It’s such a good feeling when you come out [and] you’re done. You go on these little adventures and [they’re] really difficult, in a good way. A challenge. And we got such a good band and we got such a great group of guys working with us that everything is so professional. We take a wacky situation and we make the best out of it. We come out of it with such a good feeling. All the shows have been so good they’re just magic because of the combination of people I have working with me.”

Ford’s latest studio album, “Living Like A Runaway”, was released on June 19, 2012 in North America. The effort was made available in four configurations: a double LP, limited-edition CD, standard CD and digital download. The artwork for the album was created by famed rock photographer Mark Weiss.

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