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Listen To New Mark Slaughter Solo Song ‘Devoted’

“Halfway There” is a stunning return to form, channeling the familiar hard rock sensibility of classic-era Slaughter releases.

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Slaughter vocalist Mark Slaughter will release his sophomore solo album, Halfway There, in May worldwide via EMP Label Group, the U.S.-based label of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. The follow-up to 2015’s independently released Reflections In A Rear View Mirror is a stunning return to form for Slaughter, channeling the familiar hard rock sensibility of classic-era Slaughter releases like Stick It To Ya and The Wild Life on “Hey You” and emotionally charged title track, “Halfway There,” with a mature, progressive, metal bent, evidenced on cuts like “Devoted,” “Conspiracy” and “Reckless.”

Produced and co-mixed by Slaughter with John Cranfield (AFI, Andy Grammer), with art by famed horror/album artist “Mister” Sam Shearon, Halfway There is slated to be released May 26 in North America by EMP Label Group/Amped, and EMP/SPV in Europe, and May 10 in Japan via EMP Label Group/Universal.

Mark will tour Japan in May with Slaughter, supporting Ratt, in conjunction with the Japanese release of the LP, with shows in Nagoya, Osaka, and a performance at the Tokyo Metal Summit on May 14 with Ratt, Sebastian Bach, Enuff Z’Nuff and more.

Not only is Halfway There a blistering showcase of Slaughter’s seemingly never-ending vocal abilities, but a glowing testament to his perpetually under served prowess as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, handling all production, engineering, songwriting, arrangements, guitar, and the bulk of the album’s instrumentation himself.

Slaughter says: “My first solo record was kinda getting back on the horse, so to speak. I mean doing everything and recording… I’m taking on a lot more tasks as an engineer/producer/ writer on all this… because I’m doing everything.

“Ultimately, at the end of the day, anybody who is a Slaughter fan will certainly understand that I am a large part of the Slaughter sound and vibe, so, obviously, if you like that, it’s in there. It’s just that I take a lot more liberties on the solo side that I probably wouldn’t do when it’s a group effort.”

He adds: “The record is basically… I spend a lot of time writing songs and things just grow out of me.. I’ll be woken up in the middle of the night from nowhere and the song’s just in my head and I just exorcise the demons and there you have it. I guess what it is is an artist makes art. And I’ve really come to the fact that since we haven’t made a Slaughter record in so long, it’s one of those things that I still have to make the art. That’s what I do. That’s what I love to do, and that’s what I’ll continue to do.”

EMP A&R director Thom Hazaert chimes in: “It’s been such an incredible honor to put this record together with Mark, who, truly, in my humble opinion, is one of the greatest hard rock singers and songwriters of our generation, and, what a lot of people don’t realize, just a phenomenal player as well.

“We spent almost a year going back and forth about the idea of putting the record out together. Obviously, Mark and David (Ellefson) have a great longstanding friendship, so it really was an amazing fit.

“From the first time I heard the working demos of these songs, I knew Mark was working on something very, very special.

“Growing up (and still) a huge Slaughter fan, I think these songs are going to not only resonate with the people who already love Mark and what he does, but carve a niche far beyond.”

Ellefson adds: “I have been friends with Mark for over 30 years, since he was in Vinnie Vincent Invasion, and there’s a lot of shared history. So when we started talking about the idea of putting this record out, yes, it was a great and natural fit.

“Mark is such a tremendous talent and songwriter, and the scope of that is truly evident on Halfway There.

“We’re extremely proud, and excited to have been able to partner with him on it, and can’t wait for the world to hear it.”

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Listen To John 5’s Cover Of Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’

The guitarist recorded the cover with his band, The Creatures — Ian Ross on bass and Rodger Carter on drums.

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Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 has premiered a cover of the Metallica classic, “Enter Sandman.”

The guitarist recorded the cover with his band, The Creatures — Ian Ross on bass and Rodger Carter on drums.

John 5’s latest studio album, Season Of The Witch, was released in March.

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A Perfect Circle Release New Song ‘The Doomed’

The track is the first music to be heard from the multi-platinum outfit’s highly anticipated 2018 full-length.

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A Perfect Circle have released the new song, “The Doomed.” The track is the first music to be heard from the multi-platinum outfit’s highly anticipated 2018 full-length.

“Fourteen years have passed since we released eMOTIVe,” said Maynard James Keenan. “A new release is long overdue. In light of this current difficult and polarized social, spiritual and political climate, we artist types need to open our big mouths and share the light a little louder.”

“Years of life experience has brought our music to this moment,” added Billy Howerdel. “We know where we came from. Deeply connected to the path we’re on.”

A Perfect Circle recently announced they had signed a worldwide recording deal with BMG and are in the studio working with producer Dave Sardy on the follow-up to 2004’s eMOTIVe.

“The Doomed” arrives as A Perfect Circle kick off the second leg of their first North American tour in six years, launching on Oct. 21 at the Aftershock festival.

Purchase “The Doomed” here.

A Perfect Circle tour dates:

October 21 Sacramento, CA Aftershock Festival
October 23 Colorado Springs, CO Broadmoor World Arena
October 25 Albuquerque, NM Tingley Coliseum
October 26 El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center
October 28 Toluca, Mexico Knotfest Mexico
October 30 Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena
November 1 Fairfax, VA EagleBank Arena
November 2 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
November 4 Reading, PA Santander Arena
November 5 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
November 7 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
November 8 Boston, MA Agganis Arena
November 10 Portland, ME Cross Insurance Center
November 11 Albany, NY Times Union Center
November 12 Syracuse, NY The OnCenter Arena
November 14 Montreal, QC Place Bell
November 15 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
November 17 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center
November 18 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center
November 19 Highland Heights, KY BB&T Arena
November 21 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
November 22 Grand Rapids, MI The DeltaPlex Arena
November 24 Chicago, IL UIC Pavilion
November 25 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
November 28 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
November 30 Vancouver, BC PNE Coliseum
December 1 Seattle, WA Key Arena
December 2 Portland, OR Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum
December 4 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena

The band’s current line-up is Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer), Billy Howerdel (Ashes Divide), James Iha (Tinted Windows, ex-Smashing Pumpkins), Jeff Friedl (Puscifer, The Beta Machine) and Matt McJunkins (Eagles of Death Metal, The Beta Machine).

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Listen To New Butcher Babies Song ‘Pomona (Shit Happens)’

The new song is the bands most unhinged and irreverent track to date, and fans who pre-order ‘Lilith’ will be able to download it as an instant grat.

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With two weeks to go until the release of their third studio album, Lilith, Hollywood-based metal outfit Butcher Babies have released another new track off the upcoming record. The new song, titled “Pomona (Shit Happens)” is perhaps the bands most unhinged and irreverent track to date, and fans who pre-order Lilith will be able to download it as an instant grat. The song is also available for streaming on Spotify.

Lilith is currently available for pre-order through various online retailers and streaming services. The new record comes out October 27 on Century Media Records.

In addition to the release of their new album, Butcher Babies are currently on a two month long North American tour supporting Hollywood Undead. The band will also be making an appearance at the Loudwire Music Awards on Tuesday, October 24 at The Novo Theater in downtown Los Angeles. A complete list of tour dates can be found below.

Butcher Babies North American Tour Dates w/ Hollywood Undead:

October 13, 2017 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ Club Five
October 14, 2017 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre (SOLD OUT)
October 15, 2017 – Sioux Falls, SD @ The District
October 16, 2017 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s (SOLD OUT)
October 18, 2017 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
October 19, 2017 – Billings, MT @ Pub Station
October 20, 2017 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
October 21, 2017 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
October 23, 2017 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
October 26, 2017 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy (SOLD OUT)
October 27. 2017 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl at The Palms
October 28, 2017 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
October 30, 2017 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
October 31, 2017 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
November 1, 2017 – Vancouver, CAN @ Rickshaw Theatre*
November 3, 2017 – Jerome, ID @ Diamondz Event Center*
November 7, 2017 – Minot, ND @ The Original*
November 8, 2017 – Fargo, ND @ Sanctuary Events Center
November 10, 2017 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
November 14, 2017 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
November 15, 2017 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
November 16, 2017 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
November 17, 2017 – Rochester, NY @ Anthology
November 18, 2017 – Portland, ME @ Aura
November 19, 2017 – Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
November 21, 2017 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
November 22, 2017 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
November 24, 2017 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
November 25, 2017 – Lancaster, PA @ Freedom Hall
November 26, 2017 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
November 28, 2017 – Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & The Mine
November 29, 2017 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
December 1, 2017 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall (SOLD OUT)
December 2, 2017 – Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
December 3, 2017 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
December 5, 2017 – Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Pavilion
December 6, 2017 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
December 7, 2017 – Tucson AZ @ Club X
December 9, 2017 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
December 10, 2017 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
December 11, 2017 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

* – Butcher Babies Headlining (No Hollywood Undead)

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Hear Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross’ Terrifying Take On ‘Halloween’ Theme

“John Carpenter, it’s your fault that I turned out the way I did,” the Nine Inch Nails singer says of watching ‘Halloween’ in 1978

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Nine Inch Nails duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have released a cover of director and composer John Carpenter’s theme to his classic 1978 film Halloween.

Reznor said in a statement: “I clearly remember my friends and I at thirteen years old conning our parents into letting us see Halloween when it came out in 1978. We left the theater forever changed. We were damaged and scarred, with the shit genuinely scared out of us and that theme stuck firmly in our heads. John Carpenter, it’s your fault that I turned out the way I did.”

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Matt Cameron Releases New Solo Song ‘All At Once’

The track is taken from Cameron’s new solo album titled ‘Cavedweller,’ which will be released on September 22.

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“All At Once,” a new song from Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Temple Of The Dog drummer Matt Cameron, can be streamed using the widget below. The track is taken from Cameron’s new solo album titled Cavedweller, which will be released on September 22.

The disc, which was completed before Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell passed away in May, features Matt on vocals and guitar, with drums by Mark Guiliana and bass by Tim Lefebvre, both of whom played on David Bowie’s Blackstar. “Mark’s performance on the title track was kind of mind-blowing,” Cameron told Rolling Stone. “That was kind of what I was hearing for a drum performance, so I just reached out through Instagram or Facebook and he got right back to me. Once he was on board, I had a little more confidence to complete the project.”

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