Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Music News and New Music For March 12th, 2014

So of course, when running your own blog it can be tough to keep up with the s**tload of stuff that comes across our ears over a weekend!  Some good, some bad, some not even worth mentioning.  I guess that's how I use AFGM in general.  These articles that I go through everyday from various sites (Blabbermouth,. CBC, National Post, AV Club, Exclaim, Music News, Rolling Stone, etc.) and sort of "filter" some of the nonsense news such as the latest fashion design, who's got beef with who and who ISN'T doing music...still.

These articles brought forth are for a few different reasons:

1. It is relevant music information that pertains to you as a reader, no matter the level of intent or the genre.

2. They are relevant to the music I would be currently listening to or a genre I have put some attention and focus on.

3. I am rather patriotic about my Canadian music, so that always comes as a first for me.  I enjoy music from all parts of the world respectively, but I still have to promote local if I can.  Canadian music rocks!

4. Because it's humorous and we can ALWAYS use a good laugh.  Rarely will it be at someone's expense...but then again I am just the guy talking about it.  They're the ones causing the comments.

So in closing, I trust you all will not read EVERY single article posted here.  But I hope you find something of use here and keep the conversation going by forwarding it onto someone else.  Click on each article heading for redirection to the full article.  Cheers!

Queen and Adam Lambert Announce North American Tour:

6/19 Chicago United Center
6/21 Winnipeg MTS Centre
6/23 Saskatoon Credit Union Centre
6/24 Edmonton Rexall Place
6/26 Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome
6/28 Vancouver Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
7/1 San Jose SAP Center
7/3 Los Angeles The Forum
7/5 Las Vegas The Joint
7/6 Las Vegas The Joint
7/9 Houston Toyota Center
7/10 Dallas American Airlines Center
7/12 Detroit The Palace of Auburn Hills
7/13 Toronto Air Canada Centre
7/14 Montreal Bell Centre
7/16 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center
7/17 New York Madison Square Garden
7/19 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
7/20 Washington, DC Merriweather Post Pavilion

Stooges' James Williamson Recruits Mark Lanegan, Ariel Pink, Jello Biafra to Re-record Unreleased 'Raw Power'-era Material Without Iggy Pop:

"Some of the arrangements have been changed a bit and there's a few lyrical tweaks, but pretty much they're true to the originals." -Williamson

TAYLOR HAWKINS' THE BIRDS OF SATAN - 'Thanks For The Line' Song Available For Streaming:

The self-titled debut album will be out April 15th, 2014 via Shanabelle Records.

OZZY OSBOURNE To Be Honored At Tenth-Anniversary MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert:

"Ten years ago MusiCares merged with the Musicians' Assistance Program, originally founded by Buddy Arnold, to create the MusiCares MAP Fund.  Since then our addiction recovery resources and programs have grown substantially, and this annual benefit provides a meaningful way to recognize artists and industry professionals who are on the front lines in the battle to fight this crippling disease. It's an honor to celebrate Ozzy and Jeff in our 10th anniversary year, and we know it will be an extraordinary evening filled with heartfelt words and serious rock and roll." -Neil Portnow (President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares)

"I know firsthand about the ravages of addiction and I also know that the MusiCares MAP Fund is a vital safety net for people in the music industry who need help with substance abuse.  This organization literally saves lives."  -Osbourne

Neil Young to Launch Pono Music Through Kickstarter:

"PonoMusic is a full system that includes both an online music store ( and a playback device (The PonoPlayer). The PonoPlayer offers a digital-music listening experience that transcends the limitations of a multi-function smart phone. The PonoPlayer will bring this experience to you in your home, car, or through your headphones. will offer the finest quality, highest-resolution digital music from both major labels and prominent independent labels, curated and archived for discriminating PonoMusic customers. The Pono desktop media management application allows customers to download, manage and sync their music to theirPonoPlayer and other high-resolution digital music devices."

BUCKCHERRY's 'Dreamin' Of You':

"It's always been something very peaceful for me and that's what I wanted to capture in the song. I just felt like it fit the song. So to go down there and have a nice time and sit by the campfire and sing a song, that's what 'Dreamin'' kind of feels like to me. So that's why we did it. It was something really simple and cool." -Todd

BLACK SABBATH: 'Complete Studio Albums (1970-1978)' Box Set Due In April:

- Black Sabbath (1970)
- Paranoid (1970)
- Master Of Reality (1971)
- Vol. 4 (1972)
- Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)
- Sabotage (1975)
- Technical Ecstasy (1976)
- Never Say Die! (1978)

The Winery Dogs Kicking Off First Ever “Dog Camp”:

"The Winery Dogs excitedly kick off “Dog Camp” this summer. The immersive program for aspiring musicians of all ages and levels will take over Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY from July 21 – 25, and it sees the band’s iconic members Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, and Richie Kotzen host an unforgettable program. This is the opportunity for campers to get up close and personal with three legends as they attend instrument- specific clinics, learn songwriting mechanics, and enjoy intimate performances from the group. The dogs are loose…."

Linkin Park, 30 Seconds To Mars & AFI Summer North American Tour Officially Announced:

08/08 West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre
08/09 Tampa, FL – George M. Steinbrenner Field
08/12 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
08/13 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
08/15 Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
08/16 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
08/18 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Banks Art Center
08/19 Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
08/21 Darien Lake, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
08/23 Montreal, QC – Parc Jean Drapeau
08/24 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
08/26 St. Paul, MN – Minnesota State Fair
08/27 Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
08/29 Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Band Amphitheatre
08/30 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Theatre
09/05 The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
09/06 Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
09/08 Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
09/10 Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
09/11 Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
09/13 Quincy, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre
09/15 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
09/16 Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
09/18 Wheatland, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
09/19 Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion

Linkin Park Release New Single “Guilty All The Same”:

“The reason we went with this single first is that we think it’s a good look into the DNA of the record that we’re putting out this summer. A few months ago I was making some demos and writing this stuff and it sounded like something that you could play on the radio. listen to a lot of indie music… and I was listening to the demos and thought, I don’t want to make any of that music. What is it that’s not out there right now that I’m all about, that I’m fired up about that is a void? It ended up being this new material.” -Mike Shidona

BLACK STONE CHERRY - 'Magic Mountain' Cover Artwork Unveiled:

"Not since before our first album have we felt the freedom and confidence that we felt while writing and recording this album.

After touring the world behind three previous albums that we are extremely proud of, we feel this album best captures the live energy, honesty and vibe that encompasses our true musicianship." -BSC


Guest musicians on the eponymous album include Dave Grohl (guitar), Pat Smear (guitar), Drew Hester (percussion), and Rami Jaffee (keyboards), among others.

Rush Remaster Self-Titled Debut for 40th Anniversary Reissue:

"The eight-song album was remastered at Abbey Road Studios using the original analogue tapes, and then pressed on 200-gram vinyl. The reissue features the original artwork and includes a reproduction of Rush's first poster, three lithographs, a family tree poster, and a digital download of the album. By the looks of things, there aren't any bonus tracks."

Liam Gallagher Tells Oasis Fans Not to Buy 'Definitely Maybe' Reissue:


Devo Raising Funds for the Family of the Late Bob Casale:

“As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning. 

He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got.

He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again.

His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.” -Gerald Casale, Devo founder

"I'm heartbroken about Bob's sudden passing. I will always miss him." - Bob "Bob1" Mothersbaugh, Devo guitarist

"We are shocked and saddened by Bob Casale's passing. He not only was integral in DEVO's sound, he worked over twenty years at Mutato, collaborating with me on sixty or seventy films and television shows, not to mention countless commercials and many video games.

Bob was instrumental in creating the sound of projects as varied as Rugrats and Wes Anderson's films. He was a great friend. I will miss him greatly. " - Mark Mothersbaugh, Devo founder

Sigur Rós Offshoot Jónsi & Alex Scoring New Film 'The Wilderness of James':

"Through an infatuating girl and a charismatic stranger, James starts to open his eyes as he's forced to deal with some hard truths."

ANNIHILATOR's JEFF WATERS - 'If You Can't Take Care Of The Business Side, Then You Won't Have A Career':

"The best feelings in the world are when you write a song, and the second best feeling is when people appreciate the song. Number one is that you have got to like it first. You just have to take care of the business. If I was starting up now, it would be very difficult for a musician to start now because the record companies want more and more of a piece of you. In ANNIHILATOR's case, it is much easier because we have a track record of selling records for a couple of decades. They can rely on us putting out at least a good album, if not hopefully something better. There are lots of things. If you are drinking and doing drugs, and if you want a long career, then you have a real problem. If you are not keeping your head clean and sober, then you can't really take care of business. If you can't take care of the business side, then you won't have a career. It's that simple and it's why it's called the "music business," because you want to play music, but if you want a career in it, you must take care of the business side. You can't do that if you are fucked up, or have a big ego, because you think that you are a big rock star and you think that you deserve everything. You will just get taken by other people. That is more like advice, and things to look out for. The best part is, obviously, when you write the song and you like it — that's the best feeling in the world. Playing in front of a lot of people, or a small amount of people, that really like what you are doing and everything in between, is amazing, the travelling, the food, are amazing. You learn to find out what people in the business are good people and the other 95% of the assholes in the business you learn to stay away from them. Or how to deal with them, and yeah, there you go." -Waters

ARCH ENEMY To Release 'War Eternal' In June:

“We’ve been producing ourselves, as we did on ‘Khaos Legions’. We have a clear vision of what we want ARCH ENEMY to sound like, and we can actually achieve it without the help of outside producers. We also have the advantage of having two talented sound engineers among our ranks in Daniel Erlandsson (drums) and Nick Cordle (guitar).

We’ve been tracking at a few different studios here in Sweden, the drums at Fascination Street Studio and guitars and bass in another room. We just finished vocals in a third studio with engineer Staffan Karlsson (‘Khaos Legions’) and the mix and mastering will done by Jens Bogren at his Fascination Street mixing facility.

Musically, this album is going a few places we haven’t visited before. As our fans have come expect, our albums have all had their own vibe and ‘War Eternal’ will leave its own mark. Lyrically it's a much more personal record, and I feel the songs have more dynamics and depth than ever before. The songs are loaded with strong and vicious metal, drenched in tons of melody and emotion. All the trademarks of ARCH ENEMY are present, just more in your face and turned up to 11.

A lot of times life is a struggle, a war against what I like to call ‘mental chains’ in society that try to prevent you from living life the way you want, that try to stop you from making your dreams come true. I have always resented that and I always will. The title sums up our collective attitude a band as well; stages will be destroyed, eardrums will bleed. There will be no choice. This, ladies and gentlemen, is ’War Eternal’...” -Michael Amott

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE - 'Know Your Enemy' Unauthorized Biography Coming Soon:

"I'm also delighted to announce the imminent appearance on bookshelves of Know Your Enemy, my biography of Rage Against The Machine (see left for links to Amazon). I've wanted to write a Rage book for some years now, but felt that the story needed to wait until the band's glory years are behind them, as they now almost certainly are. A natural peak came in 2009 and 2010 with the X-Factor-slaying 'Killing In The Name' and the Victory show in London, and I was lucky enough to have the organiser Jon Morter help out with that side of Rage's fairly insane tale.

Elsewhere in the book I enlisted the help of several learned writers and academics to illuminate the various sociopolitical issues which Rage address in their music and offstage activism, making Know Your Enemy rather different from the usual rock yarn. I even got Tom Morello's blessing to write it, although the band themselves declined to be involved. Hope you like it -- I certainly had a blast putting it together." -Jol McIver

Robotic arm gives amputee drummer 'superhuman' skills:

“The second drumstick has a mind of its own. The drummer essentially becomes a cyborg. It’s interesting to see him playing and improvising with part of his arm that he doesn’t totally control.  Jason can pull the robotic stick away from the drum when he wants to be fully in control, or he can allow it to play on its own and be surprised and inspired by his own arm responding to his drumming." -Professor Gil Weinberg (Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology)

Tool Say Work On New Album Is Still “Ongoing”:

“Last night, Adam Jones, in a private conversation with fans attending the Portland Tool concert, joked that the band’s new album was not only finished but coming out the next day. Unfortunately, his off-the-cuff joke was taken out of context. Work on the forthcoming album is ongoing and as soon as it is done, trust me, we will be the first to let everyone know.”

Heavy Montreal Announces 2014 Lineup with Metallica, Slayer, Lamb of God, the Offspring:

"A fourth stage will be added this year in order to showcase more artists, including many local bands, and to maximize the festival experience for the fans. And, after a ton of success last year, the HEAVY MANIA wrestlers will return to HEAVY MONTRÉAL this summer."

Slayer, The Offspring, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Fucked Up, Bad Religion, D.R.I., Three Days Grace, Dropkick Murphys, Pennywise, Bat Sabbath (Cancer Bats' Black Sabbath tribute), Body Count, Monster Truck, Protest the Hero, Madball, Apocalyptica, Hatebreed, Exodus, Grimskunk, Alestorm, Whitechapel, Biblical and more have all been added to the lineup.

KILLER BE KILLED Featuring CAVALERA, PUCIATO, SANDERS: Debut Album Cover Artwork Revealed:

1. Wings of Feather And Wax
2. Face Down
3. Melting Of My Marrow
4. Snakes of Jehova
5. Curb Crusher
6. Save The Robots
7. Fire To Your Flag
8. I.E.D.
9. Dust Into Darkness
10. Twelve Labors
11. Forbidden Fire
12. Ghosts Of Chernobyl (vinyl only)

The self-titled debut album on May 13th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records

Ghost Ship Octavius (Ex-God Forbid/Nevermore) Launch Kickstarter For New Album:

"We will be using all money raised to pay for production costs including: Hiring Grammy Award Winning Producer Neil Kernon to Produce, Engineer, Mix and Master the album, Studio Time at one of Seattle's best Studios for Drum and Vocal Production (Guitars, Bass and Keyboards will be done at Matt's Home GSO Studios), Manufacture and Shipment of all Perks including the Digital Album, the Physical CDs, Limited Edition Vinyl Records, Limited Edition GLOW IN THE DARK Graphic T-Shirts, GSO Crew Stickers and Autographed Posters. Artistic Design and layout will be handled by Adōn and Van." -GSO

Sworn Enemy Sign With Rock Ridge Music, New Album Due In May:

"It's been a while since I've been this excited about SWORN ENEMY and for good reason.  We have a brand new record coming out through Rock Ridge Music." -Sal LoCoco

"Living On Borrowed Time" will  on May 13th, 2014 via Rock Ridge Music/ADA.

Devil You Know (Ex-Killswitch Engage, Etc.) Streaming New Single “Seven Years Alone”:

The bands debut album “The Beauty of Destruction” will be out on April 29th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records.

DEATHSTARS To Release 'The Perfect Cult' In June:

"The Swedish industrial rock band DEATHSTARS returns with a blast when they release their long anticipated fourth studio album »The Perfect Cult«, on June 13th."


"This will be everything you've come to expect from a night out with us, except even louder, with more great bands and no way of escaping!  If you thought waves could rock a boat, you've got another thing coming with this lovely little outing!" -Kilmister

SABATON - First 'Heroes' Album Trailer:

1. Night Witches
2. No Bullets Fly
3. Smoking Snakes
4. Inmate 4859
5. To Hell And Back
6. The Ballad Of Bull
7. Resist And Bite
8. Soldier Of 3 Armies
9. Far From The Fame
10. Hearts Of Iron

"Heroes" will be released on May 16th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records.


"It's been a great musical adventure from the beginning, but the time has now come to go our separate ways and continue to make music that we love." -Appice

"I'm really excited about coming on board with KILL DEVIL HILL.  I've been a fan since their debut and have known the guys for a long time. It's also clear that I have some really big shoes to fill. I'm ready for that challenge as I prepare for KILL DEVIL HILL's next chapter. This is gonna be a blast!" -Kelly

††† (Crosses) Announce North American Dates:

03/17 San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
03/18 Corpus Christi, TX - Brewsters Street
03/19 Dallas, TX - Trees
03/20 Abilene, TX - Lucky Mule Saloon
03/21 El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
03/22 Lubbock, TX - Jake's Backroom
03/24 Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
03/25 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
03/26 Salt Lake City, UT - Club Sound
03/28 Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Live
03/29 Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
03/31 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
04/01 Portland, OR - The Hawthorne Theater
04/02 Vancouver, BC - Venue
04/03 Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
04/05 Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades
04/11 Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
04/16 West Hollywood, CA - The Roxy
04/17 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
04/18 Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

Brightwell (Ex-Attack Attack!/For The Fallen Dreams) Release “Separation” Lyric Video:

Osheaga 2014 Lineup Announced:

HIM - Early Catalog Digitally Reissued In U.S. Via THE END RECORDS:

"We feel truly blessed to have our sonic offspring being given a new lease of life in the U.S. by The End Records, the home for many of our aural idols, both old and new.  For the past months, the infamous 'Love Metal' archives have been extensively scoured by us for rare, exclusive and downright scary musical nuggets for an experience in Finnish melancholy like no other, so please consider yourself warned…" -Ville Valo

'Super Duper Alice Cooper' To Receive World Premiere At 2014 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL:

"Alice's story is told not only by the man himself, but through exclusive interviews with members of the original Alice Cooper band, Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon and Dee Snider."

Chevelle Reveal “La Gárgola” Track Listing And Cover Art:

1 – “Ouija Board“
2 – “An Island“
3 – “Take Out The Gunman“
4 – “Jawbreaker“
5 – “Hunter Eats Hunter“
6 – “One Ocean“
7 – “Choking Game“
8 – “The Damned“
9 – “Under The Knife“
10 – “Twinge“

“La Gárgola” will be released on April 1st, 2014 via Epic Records.

Whitechapel Announce 'Our Endless War,' Stream New Track:

1. Rise
2. Our Endless War
3. The Saw Is the Law
4. Mono
5. Let Me Burn
6. Worship the Digital Age
7. How Times Have Changed
8. Psychopathy
9. Blacked Out
10. Diggs Road
11. A Process so Familiar (Bonus Track)
12. Fall of the Hypocrites (Bonus Track)

"Our Endless War" will drop in stores on April 29th, 2014 via Metal Blade Records.

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