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What’s Next For In This Moment?

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Over the past decade In This Moment have led a trailblazing path across the metal scene with their ferocious blend of high-octane rifferama and the headline-grabbing antics of vocalist Maria Brink. But with no live dates pencilled in on the tour page of the band’s website and a string of illnesses and line-up changes, it’s a tense time for fans of the Californian five-piece to see what they’ll do next.

The band recently wrapped up a string of successful dates in Japan that illustrated how In This Moment can still deliver a richly theatrical yet deeply musical performance as they move into their second decade as a celebrated metalcore band.

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It’s hoped that the fact that In This Moment concluded their tour in the Far East with some shows with the highly-rated Vamps will do much to give them a fresh dose of inspiration as they head into the studio to start recording their as-yet untitled sixth studio album that’s rumoured to be pencilled in for release at some point during 2017.

The trip will have also given the band time to reflect after what’s been a gruelling few months with founding guitarist Chris Howorth revealing that he’s been suffering with acute arthritis in his neck and shoulders which led to the cancellation of a string of European tour dates earlier this year.

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As well as this, the band suffered the loss of their drummer Tom Hane who was reportedly feeling creatively unfulfilled by the band’s activities over recent months. But with the drumming powerhouse Kent Diimmel of 3 By Design stepping up to help out on a recent tour with Korn and Rob Zombie, it’s hoped that the band can soon start recording their next album.

And once the band’s lineup has been settled it’s expected that they could soon make an appearance in the top summer music festivals featured at the Lucky Nugget Casino site that will be of interest for fans of In This Moment as well as anybody with a healthy interest in the latest in online pokies games.

It will also be interesting to see how the band approach their next album as it seemed that they’d made a strong connection with the producer Kevin Churko on their last album, Black Widow. And with Atlantic Records on board to use major label muscle to help promote the band across the world, it’s hoped that it won’t just be on online pokies sites that we’ll see In This Moment in 2017.

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Guns N’ Roses Are Having A Hell Of A Year

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When we first learned toward the end of 2015 that Guns N’ Roses would be reuniting for Coachella and possibly even eyeing a stadium tour, we knew it would be an interesting year for one of rock history’s greatest bands. But even then, with the news that Slash would be rejoining the band and that live shows would be a reality once more, it was hard to imagine just how big a year this would become for Guns N’ Roses. As it’s turned out, 2016 has brought about a pretty complete revival of the band’s popularity, even without new music being made.

One of the earliest developments of the year actually had very little to do with the band’s activity. As word of the reunion tour spread, however, casino and gaming sites began hosting a GNR-based slot machine that’s been called a stellar tribute to the band’s 30th anniversary. It was released early in the year, though it’s not clear if it was made merely to commemorate the anniversary or to celebrate the tour. Regardless, it’s a game heavily infused with music and graphics from the band, and it’s put GNR in front of a new, young, online audience that frequents casino sites. That’s not to say GNR will be topping the charts in 2016, but it has been an interesting way for the band to gain some new exposure.

Publicity aside, the biggest thrill for fans was that as we got past Coachella and 2016 moved along, the tour did indeed continue, and there’s now word that it will likely stretch into 2017. That’s a pretty incredible thing when you recall that Coachella was thought to be a one-off appearance at one point! And as if an extended tour weren’t exciting enough, Axl Rose also said in an interview back in June that he wants to do more music with GNR — though he noted that such a project may or may not involve Slash. He made it clear he’d love to have Slash play, and he also discussed some of the challenges of putting out new music in the age of Google and YouTube. But ultimately, Rose sounded excited about the idea of providing some new material for devoted fans all over the world.

Maybe more enjoyable than new publicity, a lengthy tour, or even the promise of new music, however, has been the fact that the boys in the band appear to be having a lot of fun with their rejuvenation. In early July, we saw drummer Steven Adler reunite with the group for the first time in 25 years, playing a few songs when the Not In This Lifetime Tour stopped by Cincinnati. Originally part of the group in 1985, Adler only lasted a few years, but fans will remember him as part of the classic lineup, and the fact that the reunion tour drew him out of obscurity was just a blast.

We’ve seen reunions within reunions, enthusiastic performances, excited interviews, and even Slash crashing Broadway’s School Of Rock kids. All things considered, it’s been a hell of a year, and Guns N’ Roses may be having even more fun with it than their fans.

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‘The Chase Is Better Than The Catch’ From New Live Motörhead Is Hard To Watch

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The performance video of “The Chase Is Better Than The Catch” – taken from Motörhead’s upcoming live release Clean Your Clock – was recorded during two sold-out shows in November 2015. In just one more short month, legendary frontman Lemmy Kilmister would be dead after a battle with prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and congestive heart failure.

While understanding the significance of having one of Motörhead’s final performances documented, it’s hard to watch knowing what Lemmy was going through and how soon after he would succumb to his illnesses.

Acknowledging Lemmy’s courage and dedication to the music and his fans is how he should be remembered. Clean Your Clock is not how I want to remember Motörhead, but it may be just what Lemmy wanted. “I’m ready for death,” says Kilmister. “When I go, I want to go doing what I do best. If I died tomorrow, I couldn’t complain. It’s been good.”

Clean Your Clock will be released June 10.

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Clean Your Clock track listing:

1. Bomber
2. Stay Clean
3. Metropolis
4. When the Sky Comes Looking for You
5. Over the Top
6. Guitar Solo
7. The Chase Is Better Than the Catch
8. Lost Woman Blues9
9. Rock It
10. Orgasmatron
11. Doctor Rock
12. Just ‘Cos You Got the Power
13. No Class
14. Ace of Spades
15. Whorehouse Blues
16. Overkill

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