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Do you get ever get tired of shameless band promotion? Brian Storm shows all the terrible cliches in his new video, "How to Make Your Band Famous," put up by Artery Recordings. Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!

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L.A. hardcore act Matriarchs will release their new album, 'Scandalous Jointz,' this summer via Five Rings Records. In anticipation, the band has teamed up with Revolver to premiere their new song an lyric video for "Deadman." Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!

For more on Matriarchs, visit their Reverbnation and Facebook.

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The following article is an excerpt from Revolver's April/May 2015 issue.

by J. Bennett

Floor Jansen was at home in the Netherlands on a Saturday morning in September of 2012 when she got the call. Multiplatinum Finnish symphonic metal outfit Nightwish were on tour in the U.S. and had a serious problem: Their singer, Anette Olzon, was sick and couldn't perform. When the other members of Nightwish got tourmates Alissa White-Gluz (currently of Arch Enemy) and Elize Ryd (of Amaranthe)—both of whom were singing with Nightwish's support band, Kamelot, at the time—to fill in one night, Olzon took to the Internet to express her dismay. Two days later, Olzon was out and Jansen was in, at least for the rest of the tour. "I had to leave on Saturday, the same day they called, and the first show was on Monday," Jansen explains. "I knew their music, but I was not able to sing anything without having the lyrics. And their latest album at that point, 'Imaginaerum,' I never even heard."

With the help of lyric sheets and some very understanding fans, Jansen pulled it off. She finished the tour and was asked to do more shows before being officially asked to join as an official member—along with British uilleann pipes player and longtime Nightwish collaborator Troy Donockley—in 2013. Fast-forward to the present day, and Nightwish are set to release 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful,' their first album with Jansen at the helm. As she tells Revolver, the Dutch vocalist is so committed to her new gig that she moved to Finland and is in the process of learning the incredibly difficult Finnish language.

REVOLVER Were you surprised to get the call from Nightwish asking you to go on tour with them?
FLOOR JANSEN Yes. I had no idea what was going on with them at that time, so you can imagine—a hundred thoughts and emotions went through my system. It was such a heavy thing to do that it wasn't until the weeks after the tour, when I came home again, that I started to realize the full extent of what just happened. [Laughs] Whoa, you know. I didn't dream it.

It was a real trial by fire. You had to have lyric sheets onstage with you at first.
Of course. It's 90 minutes of music—you cannot learn it in 84 hours. It was crazy because the band was having a very high-stress situation with the previous singer. Somewhere around one o'clock local time on Sunday morning, I landed in Salt Lake City. The tour bus drove by the hotel at four in the morning, and that's when I joined the guys. Sunday was a travel day, and Monday was the first show in Seattle. Of course that show wasn't perfect, so we all were very happy that the Seattle audience was accepting of the situation. They helped me. But I had lyrics onstage and cues from the band and the audience was very cool. It was a special night, and every night it became better.

It seems like Nightwish fans have accepted you much more readily than they did your predecessor, Anette Olzon—who of course replaced the band's original singer, Tarja Turunen. Have you felt generally welcomed by the fans?
Amazingly, yes. The good thing about the sudden start is that I didn't have time to start worrying about anything other than, "Am I gonna be able to do the show?" I didn't think about if the fans would accept me or even if the band would accept me. I just thought about getting the show right. But the fans were super-receptive and friendly to our situation and to me right away. I know that Anette had a much more difficult start, but I don't know why this is. People are so dedicated to this band, you know? So a singer— the right one—really matters. People are really passionate about it. They're also passionate when they don't like it, but there's not much I can do about that case [laughs]. We have a saying in the Netherlands: "The higher the tree, the more wind you catch." But the majority of the reactions have been very positive, and that's the important thing.

For the rest, pick up our April/May 2015 issue. It is available for purchase in our webstore.

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Halestorm have premiered their entire new album, 'Into the Wild Life,' now via Yahoo Music. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments!

'Into the Wild Life,' is out on April 14 via Atlantic Records.

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Stoner rock act Luna Sol will release their new album, 'Blood Moon,' on April 20 via Slush Fund Recordings. In anticipation, the band has teamed up with Revolver to premiere their new song, "Your War," which features Dizzy Reed. Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!

To get 'Blood Moon,' visit Slush Fund's webstore. For more on Luna Sol, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Oceans Ate Alaska's guitarist Jibs enjoys toying around with bartending and makes drink recipes with band themes. Check out his The Amity Affliction-inspired recipe for "Flowerbomb" below.

"Flowerbomb"

  • 25 ml Chase Mulberry Sloe Gin
  • 25ml Chase Elegant Gin
  • 12.5 ml Elderflower Cordial
  • 50ml Cranberry Juice
  • Shake and top with Soda
  • Garnish with edible flowers!

 

 

 
Oceans Ate Alaska's new album, 'Lost Isles,' is out now via Fearless Records. Check out their music video for "Vultures and Sharks" below.
 

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Swedish metal act Mindghost have premiered their new 'Game of Thrones'-inspired track, "The Mother of Dragons." Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!

To get "The Mother of Dragons," visit Bandcamp. For more on Mindghost, follow them on Facebook.

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Megadeth has announced their new guitarist.

Kiko Loureiro of Angra will officially join the band.

Frontman Dave Mustaine said, "I first met Kiko around 8 years ago for a cover shoot for Burrn! magazine. I had no idea who he was, other than the fact he was tremendously talented and that the staff from Burrn! held him in high regard. Since then I've come to see what a guitar virtuoso he is, and I'm deeply encouraged by his depth and talent. Very few Megadeth alumni have had the same feel and ability as Kiko. As Frank Sinatra says, 'The best is yet to come!'"

Late last year, both guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover left Megadeth.

It was also announced earlier this week that Lamb of God's Chris Adler has joined Megadeth in the studio.

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Italian instrumental trio Stearica will release their new album, 'Fertile,' on April 13 via Monotreme Records. In anticipation, the band has teamed up with Revolver to premiere a new song, which features Coliseum's Ryan Patterson, "Nur." Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Ryan Patterson of Cloiseum said, "In December 2007, Coliseum was added last minute to a bill in the small French town of Lille that included STEARICA and Toronto's Lullaby Arkestra, the kind of beautifully diverse bill that happens too infrequently. Over a meal before the show, we all met and shared stories, the collective connection of bands who travel the world. We were welcomed with open arms, the thing I recall most about the evening was a genuine sense of camaraderie and sincere kindness from the folks in STEARICA. We played our sets that night, all vastly different but with the connective tissue of sincerity and passion. These brief moments and memories stick with us. Years later, I was invited to lend my voice to a new STEARICA song and gladly accepted. To take part in making music together, across oceans and many years after our first meeting, brings these memories back and rekindles friendships. I was an honor to be a part of STEARICA's music."

To get 'Fertile,' visit Monotreme Records' webstore. For more on Stearica, follow them on Facebook.
 

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The following article is an excerpt from Revolver's April/May 2015 issue.

by Sammi Chichester

When Roger Miret picks up Revolver's call in Arizona, he's already on his third cup of coffee. Needless to say, the Agnostic Front singer is alert and chatty. But it's not just the caffeine that has the vocalist wound up; it's also the release of Agnostic Front's latest record, 'The American Dream Died.' "I just think I love the times that we're living in right now. This record is so relevant, real and genuine," says Miret. "It kind of feels like the time I wrote 'Victim in Pain.'"

While that groundbreaking 1984 hardcore album was rooted in political events of the era, according to Miret, politics has always been a big part of what his band is about. "From day one we've been singing about being anti- war, anti-society, anti-establishment. We fight oppression and overcome oppression. We're a people's band."

Indeed, on 'The American Dream Died' Agnostic Front continue to be a band for the people. The 16-track record, which features Madball's Freddy Cricien, H2O's Toby Morse and Sick of it All's Lou Koller as guests on "Never Walk Alone," boasts the kind of blistering hardcore punk songs that fans have come to know and love from the New York stalwarts.

"I've been feeling for the first time in a long time super angry at stuff again. I have no problem writing songs about New York City or unity—I'm passionate about those things. But watching the world and what has going on in the past seven years, I've been super angry and I want to voice my opinion on it," Miret says. Revolver was only too happy to give him a soapbox from which to rant.

REVOLVER Why do you feel the American dream is dead?
ROGER MIRET I came from Cuba when I was four years old. My family was seeking the three big things this country stands for: Liberty, justice and freedom. I just feel little by little these three major things—and I'm not talking about material stuff—are being stripped away from you. Some of it is true, like that the housing market destroyed people and the economy. But there is so much injustice, and our rights are being taken away from us. My theory is 20 years from now they're going to look at the Constitution and not know what the fuck it is.

Coming from Cuba, what was it like growing up in America?
It was really hard. I was four, my brother was two, my sister was months old, and my mother was 20. We wanted to get away from the Castro regime because we didn't agree with him. We came here and lived in poor neighborhoods. In school they put me in classes with slower kids until I learned how to speak English. I grew up in bad ways, but I went through it and fought it. I like to believe we're all in a better place now.

What was the inspiration behind 'The American Dream Died' track "Enough Is Enough"?
Watching the news. I was doing some research on my computer, because the media is very biased toward a political party, which- ever one it may be. I was just feeling like, "When is enough going to be enough? When are people going to fucking stand up for them- selves? What's it going to take in this country for people to do something?" Apparently it's going to take a lot. It's like the Thomas Jefferson quote—a little rebellion is good.

For the rest, pick up our April/May 2015 issue. It is available for purchase in our webstore.

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