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SPREAD EAGLE will release its first album in over 26 years, "Subway To The Stars", on August 9 via Frontiers Music Srl. The latest single from the album, "Grand Scam", can be streamed below. Founder and bassist Rob De Luca states about the disc: "Our primary intention was to go back to the egg. Not to the debut album, but even before then. When we were unsigned, rehearsing in the East Village NYC and just putting our first songs together. We worked every day and night on our dream. We were a gang and no one could tell us we couldn't accomplish something. That's when we were at our rawest and nastiest and the intensity was completely off the meter. Of course, you can never truly go back in time, everyone learns and evolves; however, I wanted to remember that feeling of writing razor riffs in those basement spaces in 1989, then add it to current experiences." SPREAD EAGLE burst upon the hard rock scene of the late '80s/early '90s playing a brand of rock that hailed straight from the mean streets of New York City. When Paul DiBartolo (guitar), Rob De Luca (bass), and Tommi Gallo (drums) moved to New York City and met up with Ray West (vocals), East Coast Streetmetal was born. The group was quickly snatched up and signed to MCA/Universal Records, then sent straight into the legendary Record Plant studios to record their debut album. The self-titled debut was produced by Charlie Gambetta and featured a gritty and dangerous sound, wailing vocals and razor-sharp guitar, demonstrated through songs such as "Switchblade Serenade", "Scratch Like A Cat" and "Broken City". Four years later, after the release and touring of their second album, "Open To The Public" (also produced by Gambetta), the band took an extended break and went about their own personal projects. SPREAD EAGLE reformed in 2006 under the direction of Ray West and Rob De Luca (who has also worked with UFO and Sebastian Bach) along with two new members, Ziv Shalev (guitar) and Rik De Luca (drums). The band has been together ever since and decided to start production on a new album. Songs for "Subway To The Stars" were put together in the Music Building in NYC, which is the exact same place where the songs for their debut album were rehearsed and written. Recording took place at Studio E in Brooklyn, New York with Grammy Award-winning engineer Tom Camuso. "Subway To The Stars" track listing: 01. Subway To The Stars 02. 29th Of February 03. Sound Of Speed 04. Dead Air 05. Grand Scam 06. More Wolf Than Lamb 07. Cut Through 08. Little Serpentina 09. Antisocial Butterfly 10. Gutter Rhymes For Valentines 11. Solitaire SPREAD EAGLE lineup: Ray West - Lead Vocals Rob De Luca - Bass, Vocals Ziv Shalev - Guitars Rik De Luca - Drums, Percussion [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZCeIxb2omk&w=638&h=359] [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YWYEhwArMc&w=638&h=359]

Dave Mustaine has thanked his family, friends and fans for their support in the week since he announced he was diagnosed with throat cancer. The 57-year-old MEGADETH leader revealed his cancer diagnosis on June 17 on social media. He said that he has already begun treatment as part of a plan that his doctors feel has a "90% success rate." Earlier today, Mustaine released a brief video message in which he said: "Hi. I wanted to take a moment real quick and thank my family, my friends and the best fans in the world for all of your support and love the last few days. We're gonna beat this thing together." Also today, MEGADETH drummer Dirk Verbeuren posted a new photo of Mustaine in recording studio, along with the caption: "Dave Mustaine working on #megaalbum16 like a true warrior. Let's keep Dave and his family in our thoughts. #davemustaine #megadeth" Although most of MEGADETH's previously announced 2019 tour dates have been canceled as Mustaine undergoes treatment, the MEGADETH-curated Megacruise — which is set to take place October 13-19 — will still depart as scheduled, and the band will be a part of it in some form. Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson are the two remaining original members of MEGADETH, which was formed in 1983, following Mustaine's dismissal from METALLICA. Rounding out MEGADETH's current lineup is Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, who was previously best known for his work with ANGRA. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUZQY7Nqr0U&w=638&h=359]

Dave Mustaine working on #megaalbum16 like a true warrior. Let's keep Dave and his family in our thoughts. #davemustaine #megadeth

Posted by Dirk Verbeuren on Monday, June 24, 2019

Fan-filmed video footage of STATIC-X's June 22 concert at Warehouse Live in Houston, Texas can be viewed below (courtesy of YouTube user "GuitarVfxHeaven"). STATIC-X kicked off its reunion tour on June 18 in Tempe, Arizona. The North American trek, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of STATIC-X's platinum-certified "Wisconsin Death Trip" album and pays homage to late STATIC-X frontman Wayne Static, features co-headliner DEVILDRIVER and support from DOPE. While the identity of STATIC-X's touring singer has not been officially revealed, strong rumors suggest that DOPE frontman Edsel Dope is pulling double duty during the trek and performing with drummer Ken Jay, guitarist Koichi Fukuda and bassist Tony Campos. "Project Regeneration", featuring the last recordings of Static, will be released later this year. The rest of the group's original lineup will also be featured on the album and in the music videos. STATIC-X is currently focused on finishing 12 tracks for "Project Regeneration", with almost all of them set to feature Wayne's lead vocals. STATIC-X is in the process of finalizing a label partner in order to ensure that "Project Regeneration" will be promoted and distributed worldwide, just like all of the band's previous albums. Last fall, STATIC-X released a teaser featuring clips from a brand-new music video, as well as five new STATIC-X tracks — "Road To Hell", "Something Of My Own", "Terminator Oscillator", "Hollow" and "Disco Otsego" — along with a personal message from Campos about the inspiration behind "Project Regeneration". Wayne Static died in November 2014 after mixing Xanax and other powerful prescription drugs with alcohol, according to the coroner's report. The 48-year-old, whose real name was Wayne Richard Wells, was found dead in his Landers, California home. Static founded STATIC-X in 1994 and achieved commercial success with "Wisconsin Death Trip", which included the rock radio hit "Push It". The group issued five more studio albums before disbanding permanently in June 2013. Static had been pursuing a solo career at the time of his death. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTwzmhhnbGE&w=638&h=359] [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mypOwVj5iYM&w=638&h=359]

Professionally filmed video footage of METALLICA performing the song "St. Anger" on June 18 at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England can be seen below. "St. Anger" is the title track of METALLICA's 2003 album, which was released at the end of a turbulent two-year period in which bassist Jason Newsted left the group, frontman James Hetfield went for a lengthy stay in rehab, and the entire band threatened to break apart. The album's raw, lo-fi production, lack of guitar solos and unorthodox sound were not well-received by many of the group's fans, who still often cite it as METALLICA's worst record. "St. Anger" has nevertheless sold more than six million copies worldwide, although fans have generally not warmed up to it in the 16 years since its release. METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich admitted to The Pulse Of Radio a while back that the band was surprised by the hostile reaction to "St. Anger". "It threw us a little bit, sure, 'cause the whole thing was to just keep it as raw as possible," he said. "And I'd like to think that we accomplished that [laughs], to the point of obviously a little too raw for some people, and that's okay. I mean, it is what it is. I have not one regret about it. I'm proud of it, proud that we had the balls to see it through." METALLICA's "WorldWired" tour has played more than 130 shows across the world since its 2016 kick-off. Last November, Ulrich told The Mercury News that the trek could last through early 2020. The San Francisco Bay Area metal giants have been touring in support of their latest album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", which came out in November 2016. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTbZteoq8Zo&w=638&h=359]

SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor spoke to BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show With Daniel P. Carter" about the band's upcoming sixth album, "We Are Not Your Kind". Due on August 9, the disc was once again recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed SLIPKNOT's 2004 album "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)" and helmed 2014's ".5: The Gray Chapter". "As a whole — and I can say this honestly — it is probably the furthest we've pushed the boundaries of creativity and experimentation, while also not losing our identity," Corey said. "There are bands out there who, they go for all of that experimentation and they forget who they are — they forget that there's an audience that wants to hear a certain type... It doesn't have to be the exact thing, but there has to be a certain emotion that they are looking for, that they wanna hear... There has to be that touchstone. You can go as far out as you want, but you have to be able to pull them back to that feeling that made them fans in the first place. And I really think we did that with this album. We not only went places that we've hinted at, musically, over the years, but never really went full-bore, but we're also doing heavier things than we've ever done." Taylor continued: "We're still a band that has always just written music for us. If we're not impressed by it, we're not putting crap out, you know? Even stuff in retrospect where we may take a listen to it later and go, 'Ah, I don't know if that was us.' But at the time, we're absolutely backing it, no matter what. So as long as we continue to write music for us first and the audience second, that's how you keep that excitement." Corey also talked about SLIPKNOT's new live show, which the band debuted on June 7 at Rockfest in Hyvinkää, Finland. "It's been really good," he said. "The set's been pounding. The show looks amazing. We're all playing really well. We're getting bigger pops from things like [last year's standalone single] 'All Out Life' than we do from stuff like 'Duality', which is nuts… Honestly, it's everything that we've wanted to do for years, and we just never had the budget and we had also had a lot of people around us telling us we couldn't do it… We want people all over the world to see the same show. If there's an A and B rig, they're identical. We don't wanna come in with some tired, half-assed bullshit. It's not who we are, and we've had to contend with that almost our entire career. So not only is it interactive — there's video, there's fire — but the whole set looks like an industrial complex. This is our attempt to create some IRON MAIDEN stuff, which is something we've been trying to do for a while." SLIPKNOT's European tour will run through a July 5 appearance at the Resurrection Fest in Spain. It will be followed by the "Knotfest Roadshow" headline tour of North America. VOLBEAT, GOJIRA and BEHEMOTH will join as special guests on all dates. Produced by Live Nation, the 29-city outing will kick off July 26 in Mountain View, California at Shoreline Amphitheater and continue through September 8 where it will conclude with a performance at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soYhSfE4nMk&w=638&h=359] [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N871KHLzHyQ&w=638&h=359] [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdkoX9pc8jU&w=638&h=359] [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF-7KZBsaLk&w=638&h=359]