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System of a Down Has 15 "Album-Worthy" Songs, Says Drummer

System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan has offered an encouraging update on the progress of his band's next album. In an interview with Kerrang!, Dolmayan reveals that SOAD has "been working on a new album for the last sixth months." "There's about 15 songs that I think are album-worthy," he says. "We don't know what's happening in terms of release, it's still not 100% as far as plans go. I want everyone on board and feeling good about it, that's what we're trying to accomplish right now." System's last album was 2005's Hypnotize, and Dolmayan says the band's next…

posted 2016/11/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Hail to the King: Avenged Sevenfold's "The Stage" Sweeps "Billboard" Rock Charts

Avenged Sevenfold has conquered all three of Billboard's rock album charts with The Stage. The band's seventh studio effort, which was surprise-released on October 28, debuts at number one on the magazine's Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts. The Stage is Avenged Sevenfold's fourth album to lead all three rock album charts at the same time, following 2013's Hail to the King, 2010's Nightmare and 2007's Avenged Sevenfold.  M. Shadows and company now join Nickelback as the only two acts to achieve that feat four times since 2007, the first year Billboard tracked all three tallies.…

posted 2016/11/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Imagine Dragons Premieres 360-Degree "Shots" Video

Imagine Dragons has shared a 360-degree video for their song "Shots." The new visual expands upon the magical realism themes of the original video, now with the added bonus of getting to observe everything from all angles. "Shots" is a track from Imagine Dragons' sophomore album, 2015's Smoke + Mirrors. They've since released a number of one-off singles, including "Roots" and "I Was Me." This past September, Imagine Dragons tweeted that they were back working in the studio. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/11/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Rockers React to Donald Trump's Election

Many rockers spent the election cycle making it clear via Twitter who they supported. Now, they've taken to Twitter to either cheer or bemoan the results. Here are a few reactions: Slipknot's Corey Taylor: "Do yourself a favor: find some friends in the black/latino/LGBT+ communities tonight. They're going to need your help- possibly protection." Nikki Sixx: "I love America.I hope we can grow from this." Tommy Lee: "Way to go America!! Good job guys!!! idiots!!!!" Sixx:A.M.'s DJ Ashba: "Congrats to our 45th President @realDonaldTrump MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! #UnitedWeStand #DividedWeFall #ElectionNight" Anthrax's Scott Ian: "Hey guys relax. I'm 17 hours…

posted 2016/11/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

The Offspring to Perform Before NASCAR Race

The Offspring is hitting the racetrack this weekend. The band will perform at Phoenix Raceway in Arizona prior to the start of the Can-Am 500 NASCAR race on Sunday, November 13. The performance will be the first on-track concert at Phoenix raceway. For ticket info, visit PhoenixRaceway.com. Last year, The Offspring released a new song called "Coming for You." The band is currently working on their 10th studio album, their first since 2012's Days Go By. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/11/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Watch Marilyn Manson Guest on "Salem" Tonight

Marilyn Manson will make his debut appearance on the TV series Salem Wednesday night. The shock rocker will be playing the recurring role of town barber and surgeon Thomas Dinley. You can watch a clip from tonight's episode now via Billboard.com. Salem is a fictional drama based on the infamous Salem witch trials of the 17th century. The show uses the track "Cupid Carries a Gun," from Manson's 2015 album The Pale Emperor, as its theme song. Manson's Salem appearance adds to the musician's growing TV resume, which also includes roles in Sons of Anarchy, Eastbound & Down and Californication.…

posted 2016/11/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock


Skillet Tops "Billboard" Mainstream Rock Songs Chart with "Feel Invincible"

Skillet should feel pretty invincible right now. The band's single "Feel Invincible" has conquered Billboard's airplay-based Mainstream Rock Songs chart, giving them their first number-one single on the tally. "'Feel Invincible' is #1 at rock radio!" Skillet writes in an Instagram post. "Thanks to everyone who has played the song, and thanks to everyone for listening! WE'RE STOKED!!!" "Feel Invincible" is the lead single from Skillet's latest album, Unleashed. The band is currently touring Europe in support of the record. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/11/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Some Kind of Inspiration: James Hetfield Is Lars Ulrich's Hero

Since he's the drummer for perhaps the most famous metal band on the planet, many aspiring musicians likely view Metallica's Lars Ulrich as their hero, but he's got a few of his own.  They include his father Torben, late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and his own bandmate, frontman James Hetfield. "He is just the coolest musician," Ulrich tells Rolling Stone of Hetfield. "He's put up with my s*** for 35 years, so there's gotta be appreciation in there for that. Sometimes I think he may be underappreciated in terms of just how vast his talent is." The two Metallica co-founders have…

posted 2016/11/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Marilyn Manson Premieres Violent, Political "SAY10" Video

Never one to be afraid of shocking imagery, Marilyn Manson has shared a particularly brutal music video for his new song "SAY10." The clip, which is just over a minute long, begins with Manson ripping pages out of the Bible, and ends with him violently decapitating someone who looks a lot like Donald Trump. If that sound like something you'd be into, you can watch the "SAY10" video now via The Daily Beast. "SAY10" is the title track from Manson's forthcoming 10th studio album, which is due out next year. "I don't think that, as an artist, I can make…

posted 2016/11/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Blink-182 Announces UK Arena Tour

Blink-182 will be spending next year's Independence Day across the pond. The pop-punk trio has announced a U.K. arena tour for 2017, which is set to kick off July 3. The two-week trek will conclude July 19 in London. You can visit Blink182.com for ticket info. Mark Hoppus and company will be supporting their new album California on their U.K. trip. The band toured the U.S. behind California over the summer. Here are Blink-182's U.K. tour dates: 7/3 -- Cardiff, UK, Motorpoint Arena7/4 -- Nottingham, UK, Motorpoint Arena7/5 -- Leeds, UK, First Direct Arena7/7 -- Birmingham, UK, Barclaycard Arena7/9 --…

posted 2016/11/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Tim Commerford Talks Voting, Wakrat and Why Metallica Should Take Him on Tour

Tim Commerford has never voted for president, and that won't change today. The Rage Against the Machine bassist's own voting mantra is "think global, vote local." "You can make a difference voting on propositions and for your local government," Commerford tells ABC Radio. "But when it comes to presidents, I'm just not a believer." Instead of voting for president, Commerford will spend Election Day celebrating the release of his new band Wakrat's self-titled debut album, which arrives on digital platforms today. Wakrat's sound is rooted equally in punk and jazz, and Commerford feels the result is something Rage fans will…

posted 2016/11/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock


Escape the Fate Shares Affecting "Breaking Me Down" Video

Escape the Fate has premiered the video for their song "Breaking Me Down." The affecting clip follows a son who watches his mother struggle with addiction. You can watch the "Breaking Me Down" video now on YouTube. Describing the video to Alternative Press, frontman Craig Mabbitt says it's "not about someone's mother specifically, but we thought it would depict someone who's the closest to an individual (a parent and a child) and the child picking up all the slack and just can't hold his mother up anymore if she herself doesn't wanna fix it." "Which is what the song is essentially…

posted 2016/11/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock