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Last updated on June 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM ET
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A new edition of Rocksmith - the game that lets you plug in a real electric guitar to help you learn how to play - was featured at this year's E3 convention. In fact, Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell was at Ubisoft's E3 booth showing off the all new Rocksmith 2014 Edition. The game will feature the Alice In Chains song "Stone" among many others.
Here's the Rocksmith 2014 trailer:
Session Mode is a new mode that was shown at E3. Exclusively in the all-new Rocksmith 2014 Edition, Session Mode allows you to jam with a customizable band that actively and dynamically responds to your playing.
Here's a video explaining Session Mode:
Rocksmith 2014 is due out this October 2013, sporting a new look, more flexible practice tools, new techniques and tunings, over 50 new hit songs, and much more. Rocksmith 2014 Edition will be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and for the first time, Mac, and is backward compatible with your library from the original Rocksmith.
Here's the list of songs revealed for Rocksmith 2014 so far:
Aerosmith - Walk This Way
Alice In Chains - Stone
Bob Dylan - Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
B'z - Ultra Soul
Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger
The Smashing Pumpkins - The Chimera
Dream Theater’s Jame LaBrie is back with a powerful new studio album effort entitled "Impermanent Resonance," to be released on July 29th, 2013 in Europe and August 6th, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic.
The new album’s dynamic opening track, “Agony”, is now available for streaming at Metalhammer.co.uk or in the player below. James LaBrie comments about “Agony” as follows:
"I am completely over the top with 'Impermanent Resonance' and here is its first single, ‘Agony’. I am more than sure that you will be banging your head and your blood will be coursing through you like jet fuel. As far as I am concerned this is only a teaser to 11 other tracks that will take you for a dynamic and emotional ride. Crank this song and Raaaaaaaawk!”
Matt Guillory, LaBrie’s songwriting partner for over a dozen years now and keyboardist / background vocalist on “Impermanent Resonance” also adds: More...
Fort Worth-based duo Pinkish Black is finally ready to announce the details for upcoming album and Century Media debut, "Razed to the Ground."
Due out September 17th in North America, "Razed to the Ground" was self-produced by Pinkish Black's own Jon Teague and Daron Beck, mastered by James Plotkin, and recorded at The Echo Lab with Matt Barnhart handling engineer duties.
For a preview of "Razed to the Ground," head over to NPR.org for the premiere of the album's title right here (you have to scroll down past the Kanye West bullshit).
The album's track listing is as follows: More...
Now just days from release, Mumakil's jackhammering third LP "Flies Will Starve" will hit the streets first thing next week via Relapse, out on June 25th in North America, preceded by release June 21st in Germany/Benelux/Finland and June 24th in the UK and abroad.
In an ongoing torrent of brutalizing propaganda, today the Swiss foursome shove another dose of ripping blastbeat treatment down your throats with the album’s third anthem “War Therapist." You can no schedule an appointment with your “War Therapist” via CVLT Nation here.
The previously posted "Death From Below" video is still available over at this location. You can also catch the band live:
6/21/2013 Fête de la musique 2013, stage Post Tenebras Rock - Geneva, Switzerland
6/28/2013 Moloko - Geneva, Switzerland *Flies Will Starve release party
7/05/2013 Obscene Extreme Festival 15 - Trutnov, Czech Republic
8/11/2013 Sylak Open Air Fest @ Stade Regis Perrin - St Maurice de Gourdans, France
8/30/2013 La Neuville @ Festival des arts bourrins 2013 - Chant d'Oisel, France
Italian power/progressive act DGM posted a new music video for the song "Trust." The song is the second music video for the band's latest LP "Momentum." The album is available now via Scarlet Records. The previous video for "Reason" can be viewed over here.
"Trust" was was filmed at Domination Studios by Matteo Ermeti. Check it out here:
Lineup changes continue for Pennsylvania metal act Power Theory, as the band announced that bassist Drew Foster would be departing the band due to the constraints and commitments of his job. Foster will continue to fill in for live shows when if there was a need and he would continue to work on the side project with guitarist BB Ballinger. The new bassist is Alan D'Angelo (Ex-Sleepy Hollow/Livesay).
The band's announcement reads as follows: "We are...very pleased to announce Alan D`Angelo (Livesay, ex-Sleepy Hollow) will be taking over duties as Power Theory bassist for Warriors of Metal IV - Open Air and the fall 'Metal Masters Tour' with Vicious Rumors, Leather Wolf, Seven Witches, and Power Theory's support role starting 10/03/13 in our home town, Philadelphia, and the forthcoming 'Driven By Fear' final recording sessions. Alan is a kick ass bass player and has great stage presence."
The band was forced to cancel its upcoming appearance in Delaware this weekend: "Unfortunately, we will have to cancel our 6/22/13 date with label mates Widow and good friends Infernal Opera at Mojo 13 in Wilmington, Delaware to prepare with Alan for our Warriors of Metal IV set in Ohio, on 6/29/13, but will attend to support the bands, and rest assured we will be in top form for our scheduled set at WOM IV."
Power Theory recently hired new vocalist Jeff Rose last month.
Swedish traditional metal act Tungsten Axe will release the debut LP "Swedish Iron" on June 28th via Iron Shield Records with distribution through Pure Steel Records. The band was founded in 2009 and released a self-titled demo in 2011. However, one day eight tracks were added to the Tungsten Axe songbook and the visions of a full length started to take form.
A friend of the band who is heavily into analogue recording technique offered studio time and on November 16, 2012 the band recorded what would become "Swedish Iron." The 4-track promo demo with outtakes from the recording session was sent out to appropriate labels and bookers. The album was intended as a vinyl LP as the first priority, but strong support from Iron Shield Records came with an offer to release it as a CD, which fueled the band. According to the press release the album is a "rough, honest and unedited live recording with only vocals, guitar solos and sound effects added on."
The track listing for "Swedish Iron" is:
2. Star of Mount Paekdu
3. Heavy Metal
5. Devil's Children
6. Swedish Iron
7. The Steel is Sacred
8. Elna K. Eriksson
9. Times More...
Members of MaYaN, Epica, HDK and DragonForce will partake in a new rock opera video game entitled "Karmaflow." A crowdfunding campaign for the release has been established with various per packages over at this location. The soundtrack to the game will feature a band and orchestra featuring the likes of vocalist Marc Hudson (Dragonforce), vocalist Henning Basse (MaYaN/Epysode/L.M.O.), guitarist Sander Gommans (HDK/Ex-After Forever) and drummer Arien van Weesenbeck (Epica/MaYaN) and the Metropole Orchestra.
About the game: "Karmaflow is a third person puzzle/platform adventure, and the world's first rock opera video game! The game is aimed at immersion and experience, and brings a new take on the genre of "rock opera". We are pursuing to bring you a never seen (and heard) before experience through the medium of video game. In a rich fantasy setting, you take on the role of the Karmakeeper, who is responsible for maintaining the balance in different worlds. You will travel to these worlds and have to save the Guardian Spirits that live there, by finding and unlocking the long lost Karmaflows. Through puzzling, platforming and exploration, you will be treated to an extensive story told through interactive music. The Karmakeeper will gain new abilities while making his way through rich environments, and uses sources of Good Karma he can find in the world to drive out the Bad Karma that led to the Guardian Spirits' downfall." More...