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Hard rock act Hunter Valentine will release their new—and final—EP, 'The Pledge,' on February 14. In anticipation, the band has teamed up with Revolver to premiere their new song, "Blackout Nights." Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Vocalist/guitarist Kiyomi McClosky said, "'Blackout Nights' is a song about pushing yourself to your darkest limits. It's a song of struggle within oneself. We all make promises to ourselves at times to be better, but sometimes we fall victim to our own devices."

For more on Hunter Valentine, follow them on Twitter and Facebook.
 


 
So Long For Now Tour Dates:
Feb 11 - New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine
Feb 12 - Asbury Park, NJ - The Saint
Feb 13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Feb 14 - Philadelphia, PA - Milkboy
Feb 15 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
Feb 17 - Charlotte, NC - Milestone
Feb ​20​  - Miami, FL - Gramps
Feb 21 - Orlando, FL - Will's Pub
Feb 22 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
Feb 23 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
Feb 24 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
Feb 26 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Feb 27 - San Antonio, TX - Jack's Bar
Feb 28 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Feb 29 - Austin, TX - Stubbs BBQ Inside
Mar 03 ​- ​ Las Vegas, NV ​- ​ The Beauty Bar
Mar 04 - San Diego, CA - The Hideout
Mar 07 - Fresno, CA - Audie's Olympic
Mar 08 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill
Mar 10 - Seattle, WA - High Dive
Mar 11 - Portland, OR - Analog
Mar 14 - Denver, CO - The Walnut Room
Mar 15 - Kansas City, MO - Davey's Uptown
Mar 16 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
Mar 18 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rock Club
Mar 19 - St. Louis, MO - The Demo
Mar 20 - Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe
Mar 21 - Pontiac, MI - Pike Room
Mar 22 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
Mar 24 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs
Apr 01 - Palm Springs, CA - Hilton Palm Springs

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Zakk Wylde will release 'Book of Shadows II'—his first solo album in a full 20 years—on April 8 via eOne Music. The effort will be the follow up to the original'Book of Shadows,' his 1996 debut solo record. Like its predecessor, 'Book of Shadows II' will be a stripped-down, largely acoustic-guitar-and-piano affair.

Wylde has been working on new material since he wrapped up Black Label Society's 'Unblackened' spring tour last year. All songs on 'Book of Shadows II' were recorded and produced at Wylde's home studio, The Black Vatican, where he cut several of his recent releases. The new effort will be followed by a wave of tour dates in support to be announced soon.

Despite his pedigree with Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society, Wylde, of course, has a long history with playing lighter, introspective music. He has previously released two Black Label Society albums of stripped down material—'The Song Remains Not the Same' was released in 2011 which included acoustic versions of songs originally released on BLS's 'Order of the Black,' and 2013's 'Unblackened,' a live acoustic album that was recorded live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

Zakk will also be appearing at this year's NAMM Convention, taking place at The Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, January 21-24. Zakk's newly minted line of guitars, known as Wylde Audio, will be on full display in Room 210-D and will be signing from 3pm - 5pm on Friday, Jan. 22. Furthermore, Zakk Sabbath, a side project featuring guitarist/vocalist Wylde, bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens of the Stone Age) performing only Black Sabbath songs, will be playing at The Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, January 23.

 

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Dallas-based hard rock act Drowning Pool will release their new album, 'Hellelujah,' on February 5 via eOne. In anticipation, the band has teamed up with Revolver to premiere their new track, "Hell to Pay." Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!

To get 'Hellelujah,' visit iTunes. For more on Drowning Pool, follow them on Twitter and Facebook.
 

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Revolver's own Derek Soto was on hand to catch all the action for Killswitch Engage's holiday show—with special guests Unearth and Act of Defiance—on December 29 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. Check out the photos he captured for us below–you can also follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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By now you have seen our awesome January cover featuring Killswitch Engage, which was photographed by Jimmy Hubbard. Here, we have some behind-the-scenes outtakes from the photoshoot.

Revolver's January issue is on stands now and available for purchase in our webstore.

MORE KILLSWITCH ENGAGE: Killswitch Engage Featured on the Cover of Next Issue of Revolver — Read an Excerpt from the Cover Story

 

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A new Anthrax song, "Breathing Lightning," is now available for streaming. The song premiered on the BBC's Radio 1 Rock Show; also included is a short interview with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian.

"Breathing Lightning" is the second track to premiere from Anthrax's upcoming eleventh studio album, 'For All Kings.' The band previously premiered the song "Evil Twin."

'For All Kings' will be released February 26 via Megaforce Records.

Listen to the interview and song below. "Breathing Lightning" begins at roughly 5:30 in the stream.

Watch bassist Frank Bello, drummer Charlie Benante and Scott Ian talk about the writing and recording of the song:

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Motörhead frontman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister has died at the age of 70.

The news was confirmed via a post on Motörhead's Facebook page:

There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it's way down the street, with his family.

We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren't words.

We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please…play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy's music LOUD.
Have a drink or few.

Share stories.

Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.

HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.

Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister

1945 -2015

Born to lose, lived to win.

Revolver sends condolences to his bandmates, family and friends. R.I.P.

MORE LEMMY: Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Nikki Sixx and More Pay Tribute to Lemmy

MORE LEMMY: Motorhead Drummer Mikkey Dee: "Motorhead Is Over, of Course"

Revolver will follow this story and update.

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Yesterday Revolver released its Top 20 Albums of 2015which you can also check out in Revolver's January issue for full reviews.

Upon naming Lamb of God's 'VII: Sturm Und Drang' our No. 1, Album of the Year, we rang frontman Randy Blythe to see what he thought of the news and much more.

Interview by Richard Bienstock.

REVOLVER How does it feel to have 'VII: Sturm und Drang' named Revolver's Album of the Year?
RANDY BLYTHE I wish I could give some sort of Grammy-esque speech. I don't have anything prepared! But I mean, it's cool. And you guys have been behind us since the beginning, which is great. But my life hasn't exponentially changed since I got the news. Maybe tomorrow it'll hit me…like a sledgehammer. I'll go running down the street yelling, "Do you know who I am?"

Given everything that you went through in the past few years, did you ever think there was a possibility that a new album would never get made?
Well, every Lamb of God album is an album that might not get made, you know? You never know what's gonna happen with this band. So, yeah, if I was gonna go away to prison for 10 years the album wasn't gonna get made. But overall, no, I didn't really think that. Because this is what we do. So once that whole thing was cleared up it was, "Okay, let's make a record…"

Has the reception to the album been what you had hoped?
Truthfully, I don't pay much attention to all of that. For me, there's no real way to gauge a reaction until I play the songs on tour and see if they fly. Because there's no, like…what are those stupid things they put on the TVs? The Nielsen meters. It's not like there's a Nielsen feedback thing for albums, you know? But the songs we played live went over well. And I know that I like the record. I'm pretty pleased with it. So it's great that other people like it, too. If they hated it I'm sure we'd hear more about that [laughs].

Have your thoughts changed now that you've had time to live with it?
Well here's the deal with my band and our music: The only time I ever think about my band and our music is when I'm with my band onstage playing our music [laughs]. I don't listen to our records. I hate listening to our records. Because I hate making records. It's a terrible process. But I love playing live. I love going out onstage and seeing the fans. But as far as listening to our music? No way. I'm busy listening to Iggy and the Stooges.

Drummer Chris Adler has been doing some shows with Megadeth, and is going to be pulling double duty at concerts you guys are doing together. Any concern about that?
Well, guess how much mental energy I devote to Chris Adler being in Megadeth?

One hundred percent of your mental energy?
[Laughs] I don't think about the guys in my band, I don't think about what they're gonna do…I'm not sitting here going, "I wonder what Mustaine and Chris Adler are up to…" He asked if he could go play with Megadeth. Yeah, sure, go play with Megadeth. It's one of his favorite bands. It has no impact on my life. He's not my wife. He's a grown man and he can do what he wants to do. I don't think he, like, is upset at me because I went surfing this morning? Chris probably hasn't thought about me in months!

You recently finished up a summer tour with Slipknot. Are there more U.S. dates to come?
Oh, yeah. Generally a touring cycle for us is 18, 24 months, on average. So we're gonna be grinding it, going all around the world. And we'll have to do a headlining tour of the States. The Slipknot tour was great but we only played for 50 minutes. We like to do a longer set. And this is how we make a living. Because you don't make money on record sales anymore—despite our vaunted position as Revolver's Album of the Year! Unless that comes with a bonus I don't know about….

How about a new record?
The thought of the next record is so far out of my mind. It doesn't even exist in my universe. We just finished this whole thing…dude, no. The other guys, ask them. I don't know what they're thinking about. But I'm not thinking about it. I don't think about Lamb of God records until it becomes apparent that there's actually going to be one!

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Revolver's January issue featuring Killswitch Engage hits newsstands today! It is also available for purchase in our webstore. You can view the cover below, which was photographed by Jimmy Hubbard.

The January issue also has features on Megadeth and Baroness—as well as the results of our Readers Poll, a last-minute gift guide for rockers, and so much more! Click here to see a full preview.

MORE KILLSWITCH ENGAGE: Killswitch Engage Featured on the Cover of Next Issue of Revolver — Read an Excerpt from the Cover Story

 

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The following is an excerpt from the Megadeth feature in the January issue of Revolver. Here, drummer Chris Adler recalls how he was asked to join the thrash act and frontman Dave Mustaine talks about the lineup additions.

To read the rest, pick up the new issue on newsstands December 22 or get your copy here. Story by Dan Epsein.

"I got the call very early in the morning," Adler remembers. "Dave said, 'I want to know if you want to make a thrash record with me and Megadeth.' And I was just like, 'Uh... ab-so-fucking-lutely, yes!' For a lot of people, KISS or Aerosmith or Zeppelin was their band growing up, but Megadeth was that band for me. So to end up doing this was an absolute dream come true!"

Though he originally thought he'd just be laying down the drum tracks, Adler found himself weighing in on the album's songwriting and arrangements—and found Mustaine surprisingly open to his suggestions. "There was a song early on where I wanted to speed something up," Adler recalls, "And Dave said, 'Why do you want to do that?' And I said, 'Well, it reminds me of what I love about Megadeth—if I were to make a playlist called My Megadeth, those are the kinds of songs that would be in there.' Because I'm coming from this 'Peace Sells'/'So Far, So Good... So What?'/'Rust in Peace' thing; as a 16-year-old with raging hormones, this was the stuff that was getting me through the bus ride on the way to school.

"And he was really receptive to that. He was like, 'That's cool—tell me more about why it made you feel that way, and how this music affected you.' I think those talks really got him thinking about how these songs could be a little more faster or aggressive. I was glad to be a part of that."

"The thing that really is exciting about Chris is that he also is a bandleader," says [Dave] Mustaine. "I had no idea to the degree he followed Megadeth, and I was really flattered, because I have tremendous respect for Chris and his band's music!"

Adler says he's also enjoyed witnessing the creative energy that Loureiro—who con- tributes classical-style acoustic guitar to the instrumental "Conquer... or Die!" and plays a Chopin-like piano outro on the epic track "Poisonous Shadows"—has brought to Megadeth's music. "He plays so many different instruments, too!" adds Mustaine. "I walked into Kiko's hotel room in Japan, and there's a silver flute on his bed. And Ellefson goes, 'That was him? I thought I heard some dude shredding on the flute last night!'"

To read the rest, pick up the new issue on newsstands December 22 or get your copy here.
 

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