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THE OCEAN: 'Anthropocentric' Delayed

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Due to “technical problems during the manufacturing process,” the release date of “Anthropocentric”, the new album from THE OCEAN has been pushed back to November 19 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy; and November 22 in the rest of Europe. The CD will be released as a limited digipak containing special packaging with two dials on top of the digipak visualizing the concept of the two CDs.

“Anthropocentric” was completed at Studio Mecanique in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the same facility where the band’s previous effort, “Heliocentric”, was recorded and mixed. The new CD was mastered on August 25 by Svante Forsbäck in Helsinki.

Musically, “Anthropocentric” feels somehow heavier than “Heliocentric”. “The sound is more dense and maybe a tad more raw, which suits the songs perfectly”, comments guitar player Jonathan Nido. The album covers a similar sonic and dynamic range as “Heliocentric”, also including a number of calm, acoustic moments — but these are for the most part orchestrated with guitars, and not so much with piano and string section. The focus is on the heavy songs. “The album is a pretty big production, and still has a very earthy, organic feel to it”, says Staps. “We have spent a great deal of time on the basic sound this time around, drums, bass, guitars and vocals… and at this stage I am pretty confident that this will pay off in the end!”

As far as the concepts behind “Anthropocentric” are concerned, the focus is on man and his place in the universe: at the center, as many fundamental Christians still claim today, or more likely a dust particle in its periphery? All lyrics are circling around this question. “‘Anthropocentric’ will continue the critique of Christianity, inspired by the questions that Dostoyevsky asked and some of the answers that Friedrich Nietzsche and Richard Dawkins gave,” says Staps.

At the base of the album are three songs with the titles “The Grand Inquisitor I, II and III”. These songs have been inspired by the chapter of the same title in Fjodor Dostoyevsky‘s novel “The Brothers Karamasov”: a conversation between the brothers Ivan, an atheist, and Alyoscha, a monk. Ivan tells Alyoscha the story of a Second Coming of Christ in 16th century Sevilla. According to this parable, Jesus is arrested by the Catholic inquisition. The grand inquisitor who interrogates Jesus casts a new light on the legend of the temptation of Christ: he reproaches Jesus with having betrayed humanity and having deprived man of salvation by giving him freedom. The conversation between Ivan and Alyoscha mirrors, to some degree, the conversation between the grand inquisitor and Christ and raises more questions than it answers. “This long dialogue, which for the most part is rather a monologue of Ivan, is so complex and recondite that one could easily find inspiration for 10 concept albums about Christianity in it,” explains Staps.

Only six guest musicians appear on the album, all classical musicians, most of whom can be heard on the CD’s final cut. “Anthropocentric” is an effort by THE OCEAN‘s consolidated nucleus. “It is the first album where all members have actively partaken in the songwriting,” says Staps.

“Anthropocentric” track listing:

01. Anthropocentric
02. The Grand Inquisitor I: Karamazov Baseness
03. She Was The Universe
04. For He That Wavereth…
05. The Grand Inquisitor II: Roots Locusts
06. The Grand Inquisitor III: A Tiny Grain of Faith
07. Sewers Of The Soul
08. Wille Zum Untergang
09. Heaven TV
10. The Almightiness Contradiction
11. The Grand Inquisitor IV: Exclusion From Redemption

The last track is a bonus track which will only appear on the vinyl and the limited European deluxe digipak version.

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2018 Carolina Rebellion Lineup Includes Muse, Godsmack, Alice In Chains

The Mid-Atlantic’s Biggest Rock Festival features over 60 bands performing on four stages, plus barbeque and top-notch camping facilities.

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Festival producers Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Presents are bringing a diverse and unprecedented music lineup to the 8th annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC on Friday, May 4, Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 2018.

The Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion music lineup will feature many critically acclaimed, multiplatinum artists and the hottest up-and-coming talent including: Muse (in their first announced, and only American festival performance of 2018), Queens of the Stone Age, Alice In Chains, Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack (celebrating their 20th anniversary), Incubus, Shinedown, Billy Idol, Breaking Benjamin, Stone Sour, Halestorm, Stone Temple Pilots, In This Moment, The Used, Bullet For My Valentine, The Struts, Underoath, Clutch, Greta Van Fleet, and many more.

Many Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion bands will be performing brand new music from their upcoming 2018 releases, including Alice In Chains, Shinedown, Stone Temple Pilots, Halestorm, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, Sevendust, Pop Evil, and Red Sun Rising.

The Mid-Atlantic’s Biggest Rock Festival features over 60 bands performing on four stages, plus outstanding barbeque offerings in the Pig Out Village, and top-notch camping facilities. In 2017, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion had another record-breaking year, with more than 105,000 fans attending over three days.

The daily band lineup for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion 2018 is as follows (subject to change):

Friday, May 4: Alice In Chains, Shinedown, Stone Sour, Stone Temple Pilots, Bullet For My Valentine, Underoath, Parkway Drive, Pop Evil, Sevendust, Andrew W.K., Tremonti, Red Sun Rising, Avatar, Texas Hippie Coalition, Power Trip, He Is Legend, Turnstile, Counterfeit, Stick To Your Guns, The Wild!

Saturday, May 5: Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Halestorm, In This Moment, The Used, Trivium, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, Hatebreed, Butcher Babies, New Years Day, Shaman’s Harvest, From Ashes To New, Emmure, Toothgrinder, Palisades, Bad Wolves, Palaye Royale, Joyous Wolf, Them Evils

Sunday, May 6: Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Incubus, Billy Idol, The Struts, Clutch, Thrice, Baroness, Greta Van Fleet, Quicksand, The Sword, Red Fang, Code Orange, The Bronx, Mutoid Man, The Fever 333, The Blue Stones, Black Foxxes, Spirit Animal

Joe Litvag, Executive Producer of Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, said, “In all of the Carolinas there is only one music festival that has this kind of variety in a single weekend, spanning the rock spectrum and the decades of rock history. From Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, and Incubus to Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack, Shinedown, Halestorm, and Alice In Chains, Breaking Benjamin, Stone Temple Pilots…it doesn’t stop. And that is exactly what we wanted to accomplish for this year’s Carolina Rebellion–non-stop, incredible rock from a diverse range of top artists.”

Brent Smith of Shinedown said, “We are extremely honored to be playing Carolina Rebellion 2018. We have always admired how this event has grown year after year. With that being said, let’s get it on. Cya in May, Rebels!!!”

All General Admission and VIP tickets (including layaway options), as well as Hotel Packages and Camping options, are on sale now at www.CarolinaRebellion.com. Fans are encouraged to buy early and save. New for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion 2018: Each ticket price level has a limited number of tickets available, so attendees can save more by buying earlier. Ticket prices will automatically move to the next price level once a price allotment sells out. The layaway purchase option also allows fans to split the ticket cost into four monthly payments.

Current ticket pricing levels are as follows while supplies last:

Weekend VIP: $350.00 plus fees
Weekend General Admission: $149.00 plus fees
Weekend General Admission 4-Pack: $500.00 plus fees
2-Day General Admission (Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday): $99.50 plus fees
Single Day General Admission: $89.50 plus fees

Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Diamond Premier Hotel Packages are also available for purchase while supplies last.

Camping Packages are currently SOLD OUT. However, Camping Upgrades (to tent, basic RV or full RV camping) are still available for those that purchase GA or VIP weekend tickets.

Specially priced tickets for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion will be available for active military through partner GovX (www.govx.com) while supplies last.

Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is produced by AEG Presents and Danny Wimmer Presents and is brought to you in part by Monster Energy.

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Steve Vai’s Favored Nations Partners With Mascot Label Group

In addition to all future Favored Nations products, Mascot Label Group will also manage the re-release of the label’s back catalogue.

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Mascot Label Group has announced a new and exciting alliance with guitar legend Steve Vai’s Favored Nations Records label.

This strategic partnership is a reflection of the synergy created by the respect that Vai’s Favored Nations has garnered as the record industry’s leading boutique guitar-oriented recording label, and the strength offered by Mascot Label Group as one of the bigger, still growing and dependable independent purveyors of recorded music in the world.

Ed Van Zijl of Mascot Label Group says: “This is another great step for Mascot Label Group. We are always looking to move forward and collaborate with the best musicians and minds in the business, so we are very excited to be working with the prestigious Favored Nations Entertainment and with the great Steve Vai. Our future together will be very exciting.”

Steve Vai will continue to spearhead his label’s artists and repertoire department, but Favored Nations Entertainment will now benefit from the advantages of Mascot’s well-established business structure, which will provide strong marketing, publicity, and distribution on a worldwide basis.

Vai says: “We are absolutely thrilled that Favored Nations will be partnering with the Mascot label in Mascot overseeing all Favored Nations day-to-day biz. Ed Van Zijl and Mascot have a powerful infrastructure including marketing, accounting, distribution and artist development and have always been a tremendously artist friendly camp. This partnership will also be freeing up more of my time to focus on the A&R function I enjoy most in owning a label.

“And I’m happy to report my first signing under this new deal, The Mutual Admiration Society presented by Sterling Ball, John Ferraro and Jim Cox. This record is a dream treat for the lovers of melodic beautiful-sounding guitar. Along with the special guest artists who have contributed to this record, Sterling Ball’s unique technique and tone on the guitar is a surprise highlight.”

In addition to all future Favored Nations products, Mascot Label Group will also manage the re-release of the label’s back catalogue.

Founded in 1999, Favored Nations provides a platform for artists of the highest caliber to deliver exciting, energetic, and emotional performances in a market that was virtually invented by founder Steve Vai. Favored Nations artists have included Johnny A., Larry Carlton, Peppino D’Agostino, Marty Friedman, Johnny Hiland, Allan Holdsworth, Eric Johnson, Stanley Jordan, Steve Lukather, Novecento, John Petrucci, Eric Sardinas, Neal Schon, Dave Weiner, The Yardbirds and Dweezil Zappa, among others.

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Malcolm Young, AC/DC Guitarist And Co-Founder, Dead At 64

Musician who co-founded Australian rock legends in 1973 with brother Angus Young dies following battle with dementia

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AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young has died after battling dementia for several years, the band announced Saturday. He was 64.

Young died at home with his family at this bedside, the band said in a statement.

Young, along with his brother Angus, founded the legendary rock band in 1975 in Australia.

“Renowned for his musical prowess Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many,” the statement said. “From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.”

Angus Young, in a separate statement added that Malcolm took “great pride in all that he endeavored.”

“His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed,” he wrote. “As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done.”

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Stone Temple Pilots Announce ‘The X Factor’ Singer Jeff Gutt As New Frontman

Gutt originally auditioned for Stone Temple Pilots in September 2016 and was officially named the band’s new singer in May 2017.

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Stone Temple Pilots have selected one-time “The X Factor” contestant Jeff Gutt as their new vocalist. Gutt, who was a runner-up in season three of the reality television music competition show created by Simon Cowell, was announced as the band’s latest singer during a SiriusXM special earlier tonight (Tuesday, November 14) hosted by Eddie Trunk.

Gutt originally auditioned for Stone Temple Pilots in September 2016 and was officially named the band’s new singer in May 2017. He has spent the last year secretly writing and recording new material in Redondo Beach, California with bandmembers Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz.

Robert DeLeo said that he first found out about Gutt while he was on the road with the Hollywood Vampires. “We were playing Pine Knob — I don’t know what it’s called now; I know it as Pine Knob — up in Detroit, which is where [Jeff is] from,” the bassist said. “And after the show, there was a musician who said, ‘Hey, man, you should check this guy out.’ And that’s where I kind of heard of him first — it was through that guy. And it just happened that it came together like that.”

Regarding how he came to try out for STP, Jeff said: “I had heard about [the audition process], but I was on tour in the Middle East with my band at the time, so I was, like, doing my own thing, and that was everything that I had going on. And then when I got back, I was driving and I heard… I can’t remember what song it was, but a Stone Temple Pilots song came on the radio. So I called my buddy in New York who knows everybody in the music industry, and I was, like, ‘Hey, did they ever find a singer?’ And he was, like, ‘You know what? I’ll send ’em your stuff right now.’ And three days later, I got a call.”

Gutt said that he felt like he had the STP gig “before I even got in the room [with the other guys], to tell you the truth, just because if you don’t feel that way, you’re probably not gonna get it. You have to be confident,” he explained. “I mean, not cocky confidence, but I know my shit, I know what I’m doing. I’ve studied my craft. I’ve studied [original Stone Temple Pilots singer] Scott [Weiland] and the people Scott studied, and other singers of the era. I’ve really put in a lot of time into that, and if you’re not willing to do all of that, you’re not gonna be on the level to even be around these guys.”

Dean DeLeo said he and his bandmates “wanted someone who would not only do our earlier songs justice, but would also write new songs and carve out a different path forward with us. It took some time, but we found our guy,” he said.

Robert DeLeo aded: “Talk about a happy accident. It was clear right away that Jeff had the range to sing vocally challenging songs like ‘Piece Of Pie’ and ‘Interstate Love Song.’ But we soon discovered that he also has a great ear for melody and knew how to write a song.”

According to Kretz, “The chemistry was there from the start, and Jeff kept coming up with one great melody after another. We ended up finishing 14 songs, which is the most that Stone Temple Pilots has ever recorded for an album,” he revealed.

Jeff said that becoming Stone Temple Pilots’ new frontman feels like “joining Led Zeppelin, because, to me, they’re my Led Zeppelin.”

“No one will ever fill Scott’s shoes and I’m not trying to — he’s a legend, Gutt said. “But these songs deserve to be performed and people want to hear them. I’m just honored that the guys chose me to help them continue to build this band’s legacy.”

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Alice Cooper Nominated For Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Cooper has been nominated for induction in the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s prestigious “Performing Songwriter” category.

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Rock icon Alice Cooper’s catalog is rich with hits and anthems that have become definitive of a generation, among them “School’s Out,” “Elected,” No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “I’m Eighteen,” “Only Women Bleed,” “You And Me,” “I Never Cry,” “How You Gonna See Me Now,” and “Poison.” Due to this illustrious history and legacy, Cooper has been nominated for induction in the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s prestigious “Performing Songwriter” category.

Many of Cooper’s songs have been covered worldwide by other artists, everyone from Etta James, Elkie Brooks, Tina Turner, and Julie Covington to Anthrax, Joan Jett, Def Leppard, and Megadeth.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create music around the world. To qualify for induction, a songwriter must be a published writer for a minimum of 20 years with a notable catalog of hit songs. Inductees will be feted at the organization’s Annual Induction & Awards Gala on June 14, 2018, in New York City.

Cooper released his 27th album Paranormal this past July via earMUSIC.

Paranormal features special guests such as U2’s Larry Mullen Jr., who plays on 9 of the 12 new songs; Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top; and Deep Purple’s Roger Glover, as well as a long-anticipated mini-reunion of the original Alice Cooper band members on several songs.

Additionally, Cooper, who is currently wrapping up a seven-month world tour in Europe, running from November 8 through December 7, will be back on the road in 2018 for a North American trek, dubbed “A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper.” The tour kicks off on March 1 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and runs through March 29 in Indianapolis.

Alice Cooper tour dates:

3/1/18 — Windsor, ON —The Colosseum at Caesar’s
3/2/18 — Rama, ON — Casino Rama
3/4/18 — Baltimore, MD — The Lyric Theatre
3/5/18 — Englewood, NJ — Bergen Performing Arts Center
3/6/18 — Boston, MA — Boch Center Wang Theatre
3/8/18 — Uncasville, CT — Mohegan Sun Arena
3/9/18 — Morristown, NJ — Mayo Performing Arts Center
3/10/18 — Wilkes-Barre, PA — FM Kirby Center
3/13/18 — Moline, IL — TaxSlayer Center
3/14/18 — Madison, WI — Orpheum Theater
3/15/18 — South Bend, IN — Morris Performing Arts Center#
3/17/18 — Cherokee, NC — Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center
3/18/18 — Jacksonville, FL — Florida Theatre
3/20/18 — Melbourne, FL — King Center
3/21/18 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL — Broward Center for The Performing Arts
3/23/18 — Clearwater, FL — Ruth Eckerd Hall
3/24/18 — Orlando, FL — Hard Rock Live
3/26/18 — Greenville, SC — Bon Secours Wellness Arena
3/28/18 — Louisville, KY — Palace Theatre
3/29/18 — Indianapolis, IN — Murat Theatre
#On Sale 11/17

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