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Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Continues Acoustic Fascination With Solo Shows

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Machine Head ‘s Robb Flynn has gotten a taste of playing acoustic over the last couple of months and he’s anxious to work in a few more performances. As such, the singer-guitarist has booked four acoustic performances this coming week in California. Flynn recently broke out the acoustic guitar for his collaborative performance of the Black Sabbath classic ‘Die Young’ at the Mitch Lucker Memorial Concert . The vocalist joined members of Suicide Silence in saluting their late vocalist by singing the track. He stated, “I was surprisingly nervous, maybe because it was the first time playing it live, maybe not being able to rely on my usual bravado/attitude/’roar’ was a bit daunting. It was three acoustics and a vocal, naked and all about the passion.” Emboldened by the experience, Flynn agreed to perform acoustically again at the recent Tony La Russa Animal Rescue Foundation benefit . This time he tried out a pair of tracks — the aforementioned ‘Die Young’ and a reworked acoustic version of ‘Darkness Within.” The vocalist stated of the experience, “‘Die Young’ went down good. I sang the end a lot better than at the Mitch [Lucker] benefit, and then came time for the debut of the acoustic version of ‘Darkness [Within],’ just me and an acoustic, no sing-alongs, no band to kick in the heavy — a new version I had never played live. It worked, it totally worked. I nailed most of it, was a little flat in some parts at the very end, but overall it felt good and I was proud of myself for taking up the challenge.” Feeling good about his recent acoustic attempts, the Machine Head leader will now play full acoustic sets for the four newly-announced shows. The set list is expected to include a mixture of cover songs and reworked Machine Head favorites. All the shows are in the southern California vicinity, coinciding with the various Machine Head members’ upcoming appearances at the NAMM convention . Flynn, in particular, will be playing an acoustic performance at Epiphone Booth Friday (Jan. 25) at 4PM PT, and he’ll join Phil Demmel in a signing session at the EMG Booth at 11AM PT Saturday (Jan. 26) Robb Flynn Acoustic Shows: 1/21 — Hollywood, Calif. — On the Rox 1/23 — Riverside, Calif. — Mission Tobacco Lounge 1/24 — San Diego, Calif. — Brick by Brick 1/26 — Fullerton, Calif. — Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen [button href=”http://loudwire.com/machine-head-robb-flynn-hernia-surgery-new-live-album-2013-plans/” title=”Next: Robb Flynn Discusses Hernia Surgery + 2013 Plans” align=”center”]

David Draiman’s Device Secure Geezer Butler, Serj Tankian, M. Shadows + More for Debut Album

Ethan Miller, Getty Images There’s been a lot of anticipation for Device , the new project from Disturbed ‘s David Draiman , over the past year. But now the biggest update yet comes with Draiman  confirming  an all-star lineup of guest musicians for the album, as well as details on the disc’s first single and a tentative release date. Draiman says, “Crazy! Finally able to talk more about this amazing band. The first single off our debut record debuts at radio on Feb. 19 and we have a tentative release date for the record of April 9.” Black Sabbath  bassist  Geezer Butler , Deep Purple  singer-bassist  Glenn Hughes , Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows , System of a Down  singer  Serj Tankian , Rage Against the Machine guitar great Tom Morello and Halestorm  frontwoman  Lzzy Hale  will all make appearances on the disc. In addition, Draiman confirmed that his live band will employ Evanescence  /  Dark New Day drummer Will Hunt and Dope /  Eve to Adam guitarist Virus. Aside from Draiman, the band’s only other permanent member is onetime Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo. Draiman also mentioned that the video for ‘Vilify,’ which will serve as the aforementioned lead single, is filming today (Jan. 11). He concludes, “Album artwork coming soon! Can’t wait for all of you to hear this.” As previously reported, Draiman has described Device as an industrial band in the vein of Ministry and early Nine Inch Nails. [button href=”http://loudwire.com/disturbed-david-draiman-five-song-titles-debut-device-album/” title=”Next: David Draiman Reveals Five Device Song Titles” align=”center”]

10 Years Share Biggest Music Influences [Video] + Enter to Win a Prize Pack From the Band

In De Goot 10 Years unleashed their latest album, ‘Minus the Machine,’ back in August, and are now riding up the rock charts with the song ‘Dancing With the Dead,’ which follows the disc’s first single, ‘Backlash.’ Three-quarters of the band — singer Jesse Hasek, guitarist Ryan ‘Tater’ Johnson and drummer Brian Vodinh — recently stopped by Loudwire’s office for a chat, with each one naming their biggest musical influences. In addition, the band is teaming up with Loudwire to offer a prize pack consisting of an autographed white vinyl record, a signed poster, a beer coozie, stickers, a flat and a ‘Backlash’ T-shirt (all pictured below). So, check out the members of 10 Years discussing their biggest influences, and enter your info in the contest form below for a chance to win the aforementioned prize pack. And if you’d like to get your hands on 10 Years’ ‘Minus the Machine’ album right away, it’s available at Amazon for only $5 for a limited time. 10 Years Talk Biggest Influences [Loudwire Exclusive] 10 Years Autographed Prize Pack Enter your e-mail address for a chance to win an autographed white vinyl record, a signed poster, a beer coozie, stickers, a flat and a ‘Backlash’ T-shirt. Contest ends Jan. 18, 2013. Click here for official rules . By entering this contest, you will receive email newsletters from Loudwire. You may unsubscribe at any time. Email T-Shirt Size

Chuck Shaffer Picture Show Win 2012 Uproar Festival Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands

Facebook: Chuck Shaffer Picture Show Remember the name Chuck Shaffer Picture Show, because the group just emerged as the winner of the 2012 Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands. As a result of besting acts from 28 other markets, the group just earned a slot on the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival. In addition, the band will have the opportunity to record an EP with acclaimed producer Jay Baumgardner (Papa Roach, Seether, Drowning Pool, P.O.D.) at NRG Recording Studios in Hollywood and are walking away with $10,000 worth of music gear and other prizes. Music lovers can check out the up-and-comers in the latest episode of UPROAR TV, where the band performs at the Bristow, Va stop of the UPROAR festival. Watch the episode below. “The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is the ultimate summer rock tour and we are so honored to be a part of the 2013 experience,” says Chuck Shaffer Picture Show’s Ryan Johnson. “We’d like to thank Ernie Ball, Imagen Records, Rockstar Energy Drink and all of the judges for believing in us and welcoming us into the family.” In addition to the aforementioned festival slot, music gear and EP, the band’s grand prize package includes coverage right here on Loudwire as well as a feature in Revolver, a professional photo shot with rock photographer Lisa Johnson, a music video created by director Strait Hovartos, a one year supply of Ernie Ball strings, a one-year supply of Rockstar Energy Drink, free website design and two years of free hosting from Lunarpages. Chuck Shaffer Picture Show Win 2012 Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands [button href=”http://loudwire.com/2012-uproar-festival-overdose-rock-riches-massachusetts-show/” title=”Next: Check out a 2012 Uproar Festival Review + Gallery” align=”center”]

Deftones, ‘Koi No Yokan’ – Album Review

Reprise The guiding principle of Deftones albums is the push and pull between singer Chino Moreno and guitarist Stephen Carpenter. That’s an age-old rock ‘n’ roll construct — the tension between singer and guitar player — and Moreno and Carpenter being at consistent sonic odds is what makes Deftones music so dynamic. They employ this technique on their new album ‘Koi No Yokan.’ It’s recommended that you listen to all Deftones albums, especially this one, in the dark, with the volume turned up, to fully absorb the layers of sound without distraction or interruption. There is so much more going on under the surface of those quiet-loud bursts and the exchange of energy between Moreno’s croon and Carpenter’s heavy artillery demands a deeper listen. ‘Koi No Yokan’ is erected on the aforementioned foundation, with Carpenter pounding out gritty, bottom-heavy, resonant riffery, while Moreno adds a bit of an androgynous touch, thanks to his clean vocals, which have always been indicative of his PJ Harvey worship. Moreno screams like a banshee, at times, but it’s his clean, pretty vocals which are way more interesting to Deftones fans. They are almost like an instrument unto themselves. ‘Koi No Yokan’ is a bloodied record that bares its claws. ‘Swerve City’ opens the disc, and is the get-it-out-of-the-way song in that it makes the point that the Sacramento, Calif., band is here to rock and retain its heaviness. The lush ‘Romantic Dreams’ has a whimsical bend, with Moreno cooing “I wish this night would never end” over a Meshuggah-influenced gust of Carpenter riffage. That’s the case for much of his techy guitar tone, which anchors the album and makes it feel constructed of iron ore. The dynamics aren’t just at play because Moreno and Carpenter face off musically. DJ Frank Delgado is also working overtime to spin those extra sonic flourishes into the mix, like the sound bites buried under that gnarly riff in ‘Romantic Dreams.’ ‘Leathers’ has a ghostly, cinematic quality to the first few seconds, before it erupts into a torrent of screams and wails. ‘Poltergeist’ kicks off with handclaps and a engine-revving riff that could cause a 50-car pile up. ‘Entombed’ is the prettiest song on the record, with sweeping vocals and a shimmery tone. But that doesn’t mean it’s soft. It’s just swells with beats that sound like a thumping heart and there’s an electrical, Delgado-designed current that buzzes through the fade out. ‘Graphic Nature’ is melancholic, with chunky riffery, while the undulating single ‘Tempest’ has a melody line similar to that of ‘Change (In the House of Flies),’ which is the band’s biggest radio hit. It doesn’t sound like ‘Change,’ but it is from the same melodic family. ‘Gauze’ could cause an involuntary ejection from your seat, since it comes on with a full blast of noise. ‘Rosemary’ is a sweeping exercise in quiet-loud, Deftonesian dynamics and contrasts. It starts the final moments of the album correctly. It sends volts of electrical charges rushing through your veins. ‘Koi No Yokan’ is 11 tracks, so it doesn’t wear out its welcome or leave you wanting more, either. It’s a satisfying length and since the songs have such a thunderous guitar bottom end, it would tire you out if it went on for too long, so the band and producer cut things off at the right time. Much of the underlying flourish, provided by Delgado, has a film score quality to it and could be cut up, dissected, re-arranged and used in noirish thrillers. No, we don’t mean slasher or horror flicks, either. While ‘Koi No Yokan’ might not match ‘White Pony,’ which is the transitional and pinnacle album for the band that came out over 12 years ago, it has a similar spirit to that album and the self-titled release that followed it. In fact, if ‘Koi No Yokan’ had come out after 2003′s ‘Deftones,’ it would not interrupt the catalog’s flow. Overall, if the Smashing Pumpkins were heavier, ballsier and angrier, they’d make albums that sound like this, since Deftones do have an alt-metal vibe. Moreno’s lyrics are often from-the-journal-page and stream of thought, making them entirely open-ended and capable of attracting the disaffected. The album’s title is a Japanese term for the moment you know you will fall in love with someone, and the disc itself delivers more of what the band’s fans have come to love. Deftones already made that creative left turn a decade ago, and it served them well, so they serve it up again.

All-Star Jam Planned for Dio Cancer Fund’s Awards Gala + Dio Disciples Launch Fall Tour

Paul Kane, Getty Images Formed shortly after the legendary singer’s death two years ago, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research. The organization’s second Awards Gala is set for Halloween night (Oct. 31) at the Avalon in Hollywood, Calif. Performing at the ceremony will be the Dio Disciples, which includes former Dio members Craig Goldy (guitar), Simon Wright (drums) and Scott Warren (keyboards) along with vocalists Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and Oni Logan and bassist Bjorn Englen. There will also be an all-star jam session including Joey Vera (Armored Saint), Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), Glenn Hughes (Black Country Communion), Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), Stephen Pearcy (Ratt), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Michael Sweet and Oz Fox (Stryper,) David ‘Rock’ Feinstein and members of Buckcherry. Hughes, Banali, Pearcy, Belladonna and Feinstein are also awards presenters along with Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) and Eddie Money. Butler’s bandmate Tony Iommi, who has been battling lymphoma, will receive one of the awards. In addition, Iommi donated a Gibson prototype guitar for the event’s silent auction. The performance troupe Cirque Berzerk will also perform at the Gala, and Eddie Trunk of VH1 Classic’s ‘That Metal Show’ will serve as emcee. General admission tickets start at $200 and are available at the organization’s official site . Dio’s widow Wendy is the president and founder of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education. The organization has already raised more than $500,000. Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research and the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life. In related news, the aforementioned Dio Disciples kick off a North American tour tonight (Oct. 23) in Seattle. The group will be out in support of the ‘The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2′ collection that recently hit store shelves. Check out the full itinerary below and click here  if you’d like to purchase the CD compilation. Dio Disciples Tour Dates: 10/23 El Corazon, Seattle WA 10/24 Hawthorne, Portland OR 10/26 Hard Rock On The Strip, Las Vegas NV 10/27 Club Red, Tempe AZ 10/28 Ventura Theater, Ventura CA 10/30 Brick By Brick, San Diego CA 10/31 Avalon Theater, Hollywood CA 2nd Annual RJD Stand Up And Shout Gala 11/03 House Of Rock, El Paso TX 11/04 Trees, Dallas TX 11/07 Underground, Sandusky OH 11/08 Pierre’s , Ft. Wayne IN 11/10 Harpo’s , Detroit MI 11/11 Tap House, Akron OH 11/13 Asylum, Portland ME 11/15 Starland, Sayerville NJ 11/16 The Met, Providence RI 11/17 Revolution, Amityville NY 11/18 The Chance, Poughkeepsie NY 11/20 Crocodile Rock, Allentown PA

Metallica Offer Free Download of Orion Music + More Soundcheck

Donald Kravitz, Getty Images When we arrived at Bader Field the day before Metallica ‘s Orion Music + More festival, we were greeted with the band rocking out to one of our favorite tunes, ‘Creeping Death.’ It turned out that they were performing their usual pre-show soundcheck, working out all the kinks before they kicked off their first ever two-day fest. For those who weren’t lucky enough to be in Atlantic City to experience Orion, the band released both nights’ performances as downloads via LiveMetallica.com . While those cost money to download, Metallica has now released that Friday soundcheck as a free download . The soundcheck includes the aforementioned ‘Creeping Death,’ ‘Hell and Back’ from the ‘Beyond Magnetic’ EP and the instrumental ‘The Call of Ktulu.’ With this being a soundcheck, the band was not playing as serious as they would during an actual live performance. This is obvious when frontman James Hetfield, while jamming on ‘Creeping Death,’ decides to skip out on singing the first verse. This looseness provides a unique listening experience for ‘Tallica fans, making this a download you won’t want to miss. Orion Music + More was held at Bader Field in Atlantic City on June 23 and 24, 2012. It was Metallica’s first music festival that they created and the band has promised to turn it into an annual tradition. Download Metallica’s Orion Music + More Soundcheck here. [button href=”http://ultimatemetallica.com” target=”_blank” title=”Click Here For Complete Metallica Coverage” align=”center”]

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