TheJamZone 2018 - Heavy Metal Music News Review

Interview: A Conversation with Mark Gemini Thwaite of MGT
Antihero Magazine's James Geiser recently had the chance to chat with guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite, known by his fans simply as MGT. We talked about his new collaborative record, Gemini Nyte, with Ashton Nyte, the long-distance recording process that he faced when creating the record, his ... Read more at Antihero Magazine

Wanderer's "Dirt" Waves Goodbye to the Triple Rock
… As a form that so highly values emotive and wrenching live shows, hardcore music on wax perpetually faces an uphill battle: the recorded tracks rarely match the visceral intensity of those same songs played live. With their upcoming Abandoned EP, Minneapolis quartet Wanderer does its ... Read more at Invisible Oranges - The Metal Blog

The Tension and Ambiguity of Xenosis's "Night Hag"
… The mere utterance of "tech-death" can set off a long chain of argumentative violence. From accusations of an obsession with virtuosity to the oft-cited resulting sterility of the seemingly mechanized performances, these complaints and criticisms are well-trodden ground for both ... Read more at Invisible Oranges - The Metal Blog

Anthrax's Charlie Benante Slams Trump for Florida School Shooting Tweet

Anthrax's Charlie Benante Slams Trump for Florida School Shooting Tweet
Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has criticized President Trump following the recent school shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead. After Trump stated that the FBI should have been focusing their attention on investigating the shooter instead of his possible collusion with Russia, Benante ... Read more at Loudwire

All That Remains' Phil Labonte on 'Frustrating' Gun Debate: 'Just Passing a Law to Pass a Law Isn't a Good Idea'
The public outcry has been deafening after the Parkland school shooting last week. Many Americans seem to agree that something needs to be done to change gun control laws. But what that "something" is has been on Phil Labonte 's mind, and the All That Remains singer feels ... Read more at Loudwire

Watch Black Label Society's Unlucky Grim Reaper in 'A Love Unreal' Video Clip
Black Label Society have released a video for their latest single, "A Love Unreal," pulled from their new LP, Grimmest Hits , which came out last month (Jan. 18). The clip was directed by long-time collaborating director Justin Reich and depicts the album's mascot, a hapless grim ... Read more at Loudwire

Rocklahoma 2018 Reveals Daily Lineups
You've seen the bill, but for those of you who want to plan ahead or are just looking at a single-day pass, Rocklahoma has broken down the roster of bands playing this year's festival into daily lineups. The three-day music weekend starts May 25 with A Perfect Circle headlining opening ... Read more at Loudwire

Stone Temple Pilots Reveal Reflective New Song 'The Art of Letting Go'
Stone Temple Pilots  showed that their new singer  Jeff Gutt  can rock, via their first new songs, with "Meadow" and "Roll Me Under." Now, they're giving fans a chance to hear their new lineup's softer side with the new track "The Art of ... Read more at Loudwire

In This Moment + Halestorm to Rip Across America With New Year's Day + Stitched Up Heart
Four of rock's female-driven forces are teaming up for a killer U.S. tour. Beginning April 27, In This Moment , Halestorm , New Year's Day and Stitched Up Heart will be hitting the road together for a short run across America. Maria Brink , Lzzy Hale , Ash Costello and Mixi on one tour? ... Read more at Loudwire

ART OF ANARCHY Sues Vocalist Scott Stapp For $1.2 Million For Not Touring Or Doing Any Promo Work
Art Of Anarchy, the band featuring ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Disturbed bassist John Moyer, Creed vocalist Scott Stapp, and then guitarist Jon Votta and drummer Vince Votta, are in court again. According to SI Live, Stapp is being sued ... Read more at Metal Injection

DEVIN TOWNSEND Is Working On A Ziltoid Mobile Game & Music

DEVIN TOWNSEND Is Working On A Ziltoid Mobile Game & Music
Devin Townsend revealed on January 31 that he'd be putting Devin Townsend Project on hold to explore other creative venues. Townsend recently took to Twitter to clarify that "People ask me what I'm working on and the truth is, I'm not. I'm just spending time with friends ... Read more at Metal Injection

MACHINE HEAD Cancel Two More Shows As Robb Flynn's Throat Issues Persist
Machine Head just announced Des Moines, IA and Madison, WI shows are definitely off. The shows later this week in Minneapolis, Minneapolis and Chicago are questionable. Flynn was diagnosed with a lung infection a few days ago. In a new message, Flynn reveals that the band assumed that he would be ... Read more at Metal Injection

Former SABATON Guitarist THOBBE ENGLUND Releases 'The Draining Of Vergelmer' Album
Swedish multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer Thobbe Englund (ex-SABATON, WINTERLONG) has released his new solo album titled "The Draining Of Vergelmer" via Metalville Records. Following the successful 2017 release of "Sold My Soul" and a European tour, seeing Englund going ... Read more at BLABBERMOUTH.NET

BIFF BYFORD Isn't Thinking About Retirement: 'The SAXON Ship Doesn't Have Any Brakes'
Matt Coe of Dead Rhetoric recently conducted an interview with frontman Biff Byford of British metal legends SAXON. A few excerpts from the chat follow below. Dead Rhetoric: "Thunderbolt" is SAXON's 22nd studio album. What factors do you believe contribute to the consistent and ... Read more at BLABBERMOUTH.NET

VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS Release 'Reputation' Lyric Video
Classic rock icon Adrian Vandenberg and his VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS return with their brand new single "Reputation", taken from their new album "MK II" which was released in November on Mascot Records. The riff-rollcoaster of "Reputation" is classic rock at its ... Read more at BLABBERMOUTH.NET

SONS OF APOLLO Feat. PORTNOY, BUMBLEFOOT, SOTO: 'Alive' Music Video
SONS OF APOLLO - the new progressive metal supergroup featuring former DREAM THEATER bandmates Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, as well as guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS) and vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (W.E.T., ... Read more at BLABBERMOUTH.NET

Former EUROPE Guitarist KEE MARCELLO Releases 'Fix Me' Video

Former EUROPE Guitarist KEE MARCELLO Releases 'Fix Me' Video
"Fix Me", the new video from Kee Marcello, can be seen below. The track is taken from his latest studio album, "Scaling Up", which was released in October 2016 via Frontiers Music Srl. With "Scaling Up", the former EUROPE guitarist is using his past as a springboard to ... Read more at BLABBERMOUTH.NET

HALESTORM And IN THIS MOMENT Announce North American Co-Headlining Tour; BLABBERMOUTH.NET Presale Available

HALESTORM And IN THIS MOMENT Announce North American Co-Headlining Tour; BLABBERMOUTH.NET Presale Available
Atlantic recording group HALESTORM have announced details of a milestone North American tour showcasing all female-fronted hard rock outfits. The dates - co-headlined by Roadrunner recording group IN THIS MOMENT - begins April 30 in Houston, Texas and then travels through mid-May. Support ... Read more at BLABBERMOUTH.NET

Heavy Delinquency - The Clearing Path
In societies in which the intelligible dominates aesthetics, where order and cleanliness are traits to be desired and celebrated, esoteric-ism is a form of aesthetic rebellion. Instead of ideals which make something easy to digest and, thus, to market, the delving into esoteric ideas confuses and ... Read more at Heavy Blog Is Heavy

MELVINS Streaming New Song "Stop Moving To Florida"

MELVINS Streaming New Song "Stop Moving To Florida"
The Melvins return with the new album, Pinkus Abortion Technician (April 20th, Ipecac Recordings), featuring both ongoing Melvins' bass player Steven McDonald (Redd Kross, Off!) and Butthole Surfers', and occasional Melvins', bottom ender Jeff Pinkus on bass. Listen to the album' ... Read more at Bravewords.com - News

SAXON Frontman BIFF BYFORD On Upcoming Tour With JUDAS PRIEST - "We Just Feel That This Package Is Iconic"

SAXON Frontman BIFF BYFORD On Upcoming Tour With JUDAS PRIEST - "We Just Feel That This Package Is Iconic"
Saxon will be touring with Judas Priest and Black Star Riders across North America, beginning next month. In an interview with Dead Rhetoric, frontman Biff Byford discusses the upcoming trek. Read an excerpt below:Dead Rhetoric: You'll be touring with Judas Priest and Black Star Riders across ... Read more at Bravewords.com - News

THE WHO Live At The Fillmore East 1968 Restored And Remastered For Show’s 50th Anniversary; Double CD / Triple Vinyl Due In April

THE WHO Live At The Fillmore East 1968 Restored And Remastered For Show's 50th Anniversary; Double CD / Triple Vinyl Due In April
The Who were in New York to conclude a gruelling tour on April 4th, 1968, the day that Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. America was already a country divided; Anti-Vietnam demonstrations, civil rights disturbances and militant student activism. With this turmoil as a backdrop on Friday ... Read more at Bravewords.com - News

DIRTY THRILLS Release "The Brave" Music Video

DIRTY THRILLS Release "The Brave" Music Video
The video for the new single by blues-rock quartet Dirty Thrills is available for streaming below. The classy promo was shot by director Keir Siewert and features actor Christopher Kouros.Says the band: "'The Brave' began as a song that honours the memory of a man who passed away... - Read more at Bravewords.com - News

Former EUROPE Guitarist KEE MARCELLO Debuts “Fix Me” Music Video

Former EUROPE Guitarist KEE MARCELLO Debuts "Fix Me" Music Video
Former Europe guitarist, Kee Marcello, has released a video for 'Fix Me', a track from his 2016 album, Scaling Up. Watch the clip below.Conceived and recorded in the winter and spring of 2016, Scaling Up encompasses all the influences and genres in which the Swedish musician has been ... Read more at Bravewords.com - News

KISS - Rarest Vinyl LPs In The World Unearthed On Three Sides Of The Coin Podcast; Video
Episode #270 of the Three Sides Of The Coin podcast is available for streaming below."Tom Shannon, author of KISS My Wax the KISS LP Bible joins to talk all about KISS vinyl. Tom talks about the rarest KISS vinyl albums. He offers his tips on what you should look... - Read more at Bravewords.com - News

JADED HEART To Release Devil's Gift Album In March; “Wasteland” Music Video Streaming

JADED HEART To Release Devil's Gift Album In March; "Wasteland" Music Video Streaming
Germany's Jaded Heart will release their new album, Devil's Gift, on March 30th via Massacre Records. A video for the track "Wasteland" is available for streaming below. Pre-order the album here.Tracklisting:"Wasteland""The Enemy""Set Free""Scre ... Read more at Bravewords.com - News

ORIGIN Announce The Unparalleled World Tour 2018 Featuring RINGS OF SATURN
US death metal giants, Origin will set off on a headlining European tour in March and April. The band's trek of the Old Continent will be the first since the release of the Unparalleled Universe album from 2017, and will hit the venues not only with technical fury, but side... - Read more at Bravewords.com - News

PERFECT PLAN To Release All Rise Album In April; "In And Out Of Love" Music Video Posted

PERFECT PLAN To Release All Rise Album In April; "In And Out Of Love" Music Video Posted
Hailing from Örnsköldsvik in the cold northern section of Sweden, Perfect Plan is a new AOR combo founded in late 2014. Since their inception, the guys have had the vision to come up an with exciting musical blend of classic Scandinavian AOR (think Work of Art, Treat, early Europe) with... ... Read more at Bravewords.com - News

SHORT BUT SWEET:  REBEL WIZARD —  “GREAT ADDICTIONS TO BLINDINGLY DARK, WORLDLY LIFE”

SHORT BUT SWEET: REBEL WIZARD - "GREAT ADDICTIONS TO BLINDINGLY DARK, WORLDLY LIFE"
The first track on the new Rebel Wizard EP, 'The sickness of all knowledge', begins with an excerpt from a recording of a public talk given in 1981 in Amsterdam by the philosopher, speaker, and writer Jiddu Krishnamurti (b.1895 - d.1986). It reads as follows: So knowledge has ... Read more at NO CLEAN SINGING

AN NCS VIDEO PREMIERE:  SIGNS OF THE SWARM — “NIGHTCRAWLER”

AN NCS VIDEO PREMIERE: SIGNS OF THE SWARM - "NIGHTCRAWLER"
Last November, Unique Leader released the latest album by Pittsburgh's Signs of the Swarm, whose musical concoctions straddle intersecting lines of brutal death metal, slam, and deathcore. The seventh track on that 10-track release was 'Nightcrawler', and that song is the ... Read more at NO CLEAN SINGING

Scott Stapp Sued for $1.2 Million by Art of Anarchy Bandmates
Life is full of ambiguities, gray areas, and things ultimately unknowable. But there is a fact the certainty of which is unquestionable: Art of Anarchy must stop hiring singers named Scott. The band, you may recall - which includes Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N' Roses), John Moyer ... Read more at MetalSucks
Devin Townsend Working on New Ziltoid Music + App
Devin Townsend is ten years older than I am, but he somehow has fifteen times as much energy. We know that the composer/singer/guitarist/producer/comedian/deity is currently working on four albums and a live DVD; I don't know if this is related to one of those albums or is something separate, ... Read more at MetalSucks
Rotten Sound's New Song Will Cure Your "Boredom"
There are a lot ways one could describe the music of Finland's Rotten Sound… but "boring" ain't one of them. This is certainly true of "Harvester of Boredom," the group's new track. The whirling, reverb-soaked song sounds like it was recorded while the ... Read more at MetalSucks
Rockshots Records Signs SHADYGROVE Featuring Members of Elvenking, Sound Storm, Evenoire; New Album "In The Heart of Scarlet Wood" Out April 6th
(contact info below) NEWS RELEASE Montreal, QC - February 20, 2018   For fans of Loreena McKennitt, Enya, Blackmore's Night Rockshots Records Signs SHADYGROVE Featuring Members of Elvenking, Sound Storm, Evenoire New Album 'In The Heart of Scarlet Wood' Out April ... Read more at Asher Media Relations
Art of Anarchy Sue Scott Stapp For $1.2 Million Over Failure to Promote Band
Art of Anarchy might want to consider continuing as an instrumental outfit as they've had absolutely no luck on the vocalist front. The New York City based rock band recently filed a lawsuit against Scott Stapp , alleging he "repeatedly and continually shirked his contractual obligations ... Read more at Loudwire
Inferi Premiere New Song “Behold the Bearer of Light” Feat. Trevor Strnad Of The Black Dahlia Murder
Inferi Premiere New Song "Behold the Bearer of Light" Feat. Trevor Strnad Of The Black Dahlia Murder
Inferi premiere a new song entitled "Behold the Bearer of Light", taken from their upcoming new album "Revenant", which comes out April 21 on The Artisan Era. The Black Dahlia Murder frontman Trevor Strnad lends some of his distinctive screams to it too. Check out now "Behol ... Read more at Daily Heavy Metal News
BLAZE BAYLEY - The Redemption Of William Black Audio Samples Streaming
BLAZE BAYLEY - The Redemption Of William Black Audio Samples Streaming
Former Iron Maiden frontman, Blaze Bayley, is set to release the third album in his Infinite Entanglement trilogy on March 2nd. The new album, The Redemption Of William Black, is the highly-anticipated third part of the trilogy, bringing the sci-fi concept to a conclusion. Audio samples from the... - Read more at Bravewords.com - News
SUPERJOINT Release Official Live Video For "F@#k Your Enemy"
SUPERJOINT Release Official Live Video For "F@#k Your Enemy"
Superjoint have released an official video for "Fuck Your Enemy", shot live in New Orleans, LA on the band's 2017 tour. The clip, shot by Mike Holderbeast, Carolyn Babauta, Ed Holub, John Deal and Steven W Richardson, was recorded and mastered by Steven W. Watch in 4K below: - Read more at Bravewords.com - News
From the darkest abysses of Italian noise music: HEXN/BETA Split
HEXN is back from the deepest, darkest abysses of Italian noise music after their previous work, al-khīmiyya in 2016. This time it has paired with BETA, a project with members from groups that command respect, like Viscera and Morkobot. This split album (out via Svbterrean Tape) between ... Read more at CVLT Nation
Unnerving Noise Premiere GRIDFAILURE ” Irritum”
Unnerving Noise Premiere GRIDFAILURE " Irritum"
Inside the mind of insanity, the thoughts of fear, the sound that triggers unwanted emotions - this is what happens when you play the new GRIDFAILURE too loud! This New York harsh experimenter does not create easy listening music, and why should he when that's not his game plan! He goes ... Read more at CVLT Nation
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