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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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Darkest Hour will be embarking on their 20th Anniversary Tour, with select dates in North America and Europe. Check out the dates below with supporting act Dead to Fall.

To commemorate the milestone, Darkest Hour will be performing their critically-acclaimed 2005 release 'Undoing Ruin' in its entirety.

Guitarist Mike Schleibaum said, "To say we feel lucky to have been able to pursue this crazy dream of rocking and rolling for so many years would be a tremendous understatement. The honor that it has been to travel the world and make new friends while partying with old ones has not been lost on us. Playing live has always been at the heart of what we do as artists and therefore we felt it only right to commemorate our 20th anniversary as a band.

"We usually don't take much stock in nostalgia, but we plan on making this one hell of a party; so we've invited long time duders of the highest order, Dead to Fall to ensure that there will be no one left standing. These shows are for everyone else as much as they are for us, so we hope anyone who has felt a connection with the band over the years will come out and enjoy this party with us!"

Sumerian Records will be offering limited edition transparent blue double-vinyl for the 2014 self-titled album, with only 250 copies available for pre-order here.

Presenting sponsor ESP Guitars will be premiering a special commercial on Thursday, April 2 for Darkest Hour's 20th Anniversary on GuitarWorld.com and offering fans a chance to win an exclusive Darkest Hour Undoing Ruin guitar.
Revolver Magazine will also be sponsoring the tour, hosting behind-the-scenes content and opportunities for fans to win tickets to these limited engagements.

TOUR DATES
6/24 - Gramercy Theater @ New York City, NY
6/25 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
6/27 - Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck w/Ion Dissonance * no DTF
6/28 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
6/30 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/01 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat

For tickets and more information, go to fuckwaitingaroundtodie.com.

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Sweden-based hard rock act Thundermother will release a new album this fall via Despotz Records. In anticipation, the band has teamed up with revolver to premiere their new song, "It's Just a Tease." Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!

The band says, "We want to have short skirts, we want to flirt, we want to party and play rock n roll! That is what we do as women, and we do whatever we want."

For more on Thundermother, follow them on Facebook and Twitter. For more on DR, follow them on Facebook.

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Killswitch Engage has released a a clip off their upcoming live DVD of the band performing "No End in Sight" live at their Halloween show in Worcester, Massachusetts last year. Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!

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While Silverstein was headlining their 10-year anniversary tour for 'Discovering the Waterfront,' they took a bunch of disposable cameras out on the road with them. Here, the band and crew documented a raw behind-the-scenes look at life on the road.

Check out the pics below and let us know what you think in the comments!

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The Hottest Chicks Tour featuring a lineup of  Flyleaf, The Agonist, Fit for Rivals, Diamante, and Falling for Scarlet, begins in one week.

Check out the tour dates below. Tickets and VIP Packages are available at HottestChicksTour.com.

Kristen May of Flyleaf said, "I'm honored to be headlining the Revolver tour! Revolver has been a big supporter of rock music and I'm stoked to be a part of a tour celebrating female musicians."

The Agonist's Vicky Psarakis also added, "We're so excited to finally announce this Awesome U.S. tour! A huge thank you to Revolver for having us be a part of this great lineup. Come out and headbang with us, U.S.A.!"

Renee from Fit For Rivals had this to say "...this has been a long time coming...we are gonna bring it...Can't wait to melt some faces on the Revolver Tour...get ready."

Meanwhile, rocker Diamante said, "I'm so honored and excited to be part of this tour! Can wait to hit the road with these amazingly talented chicks!"

Each week, one band will be taking over our Instagram account, bringing you a behind the scenes look of the tour. Make sure you follow Revolvermag on Instagram to see the bands, crew, and shows in angles you would never see! Tour diaries will be also be posted each week, so make sure you keep checking back on revolvermag.com

Tour dates:
4/8 – Sauget, IL @ Pops
4/9 – Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
4/10 – Tulsa, OK @ Vanguard
4/11 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
4/14 – Nashville, TN @ Exit Inn
4/15 – Colombia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
4/17 – Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
4/19 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
4/21 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
4/22 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
4/23 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
4/26 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
4/28 – Little Rock, AR @ Revolution Room
4/29 – Monroe, LA @ Live Oaks
5/1 – Shreveport, LA @ Riverside Warehouse
5/3 – San Antonio, TX @ Kapones

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

By Richard Bienstock

If you're curious as to what a day in the life of an honest-to-god rock and roll band circa 2015 is like, look no further than the Beverly Hills that, until recently, was the shared residence of We Are Harlot's Danny Warsnop, Jeff George and Bruno Argra.

"Our alarms were set for 3:40 P.M. every day," recounts singer Worsnop. "That gave us 20 minutes to get dressed, get out the door and get to the bar at the end of the street, 'cause happy hour started at four. We'd drink for a bunch of hours, and at around 10 P.M. we'd go back to the house and write a song. Then it was back to the bars until closing time. After that, back to the house with a bunch of friends, where things would get really wild and really, um, we'll say 'illegal.' Then we'd crash out and, come 3:40 P.M., do it all again."

The fruits of We Are Harlot's labor—if it could indeed be called labor—can be heard on their recently released self-titled debut. And, much like the constant party that seemingly surrounded the writing process for these songs, We Are Harlot is a raucous, rowdy and, yes, wild affair. It's a 12-song collection of high-octane, top-down spitfire rockers and arena-ready ballads that explodes with piledriving riffs, classic '70s and '80s swagger and huge, hooky choruses. Throughout, the rhythm section of drummer Agra and bassist Brian Weaver provide ample swing and propulsion, while George splatters the proceedings with oodles of shredtastic guitar leads.

But the biggest surprise is the unusually melodic vocal performance from Worsnop, who, until now, was known more for the raw throated screaming and guttural grunts he contributed to his former band, Asking Alexandria. Despite rising to become one of the most dynamic and charismatic frontmen in metalcore, Worsnop says that his musical background is actually quite different.

"I didn't get into really heavy stuff until I was around 16 or 17," he says. "And even then it wasn't so extreme—it was stuff like Slipknot, Korn, Pantera. But my upbringing was rock and roll and the blues. My biggest inspirations were guys like Steven Tyler and Mick Jagger. I was a big Bryan Adams fan. I loved Michael Jackson. And my grandfather was a blues singer, which was a huge influence on me."

In fact, it was Worsnop's desire to explore these influences that first planted the seed for We Are Harlot...

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

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Columbus, Ohio metalcore act Contentions have premiered a new music video for their song, "Colorblind." Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!

The band says, "This song serves two purposes—giving you all the first listen into our full length record and spreading the message that no matter who, or what you are, no matter who or what you love, WE ARE ALL EQUAL."

For more on Contentions, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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