Panic Room welcome Dave Foster to the fold

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Panic Room have confirmed that Dave Foster, guitarist with Steve Rothery Band, will join them for touring and recording commitments this year.

The prog-rockers parted ways with guitarist Paul Davies in 2013, with Adam O’ Sullivan replacing him on a temporary basis.

Foster – who also plays as part of Mr So & So – is now onboard for Panic Room’s live shows in April and May and will record their 5th studio album with the band during the year.

Posting a statement via their Facebook page Panic Room said: “Panic Room are preparing to unveil a powerful live show which will celebrate the finest and most-loved music from across all four of the band’s award-winning albums.

“Each event will feature a full electric set plus an exclusive acoustic set, and we are very excited to welcome Dave aboard for these shows.

“He will also be part of the recording line-up for Panic Room’s fifth studio album, which we plan to begin later this year. He’s a great all-round musician, who is equally gifted on the electric and acoustic guitar, and fans lucky enough to have heard Dave play with the SRB or Mr So & So will already know some of what he’s capable of.

“And in addition to his musical skills, he’s also a really lovely guy.”

A full set of live dates for the April/May tour are being finalised now and will be revealed in due course.

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The Agonist praise producer Chris Donaldson

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The Agonist have been speaking in praise of their producer Chris Donaldson.

In a new studio update, the band’s drummer Simon McKay says: “The good thing about working with Chris is that he’s really calm. If you hit a bump and it’s not working, he’ll just let you work it out. There’s not much you can do other than hammer out the kinks at that point – he’ll tell you if it’s not good.”

Says guitarist Danny Marino: “We see eye to eye on some things and we don’t see eye to eye on other things when it comes to recording production,” he says. “It’s good because sometimes you need someone to tell you ‘no’ and that you should maybe consider other ideas. The end result is a really good balance of his way of doing things and ours.”

Donaldson was in the production seat for The Agonist’s first three albums, and has returned for this album, Eye Of Providence, the band’s first with new vocalist Vicky Psarakis. Previous vocalist Alissa White-Gluz left The Agonist early this year to join Arch Enemy.

You can watch the latest studio update in full below:

The Agonist are currently on tour, and will play:

11th of Aug: The Face Bar, Reading, UK
12th of Aug: The Robin, Bilston, UK
14th of Aug: Metal Frenzy Festival, Germany
15th of Aug: Summer Breeze Festival, Germany
16th of Aug: Rockstadt Extreme Festival, Romania
30th of Aug: Beaverfest, Canada
6th of Oct: Umeda Club Quattro, Osaka, Japan
7th of Oct: Nagoya Club Quattro, Nagoya, Japan
9th of Oct: Shibuya Club Quattro, Tokyo, Japan
18th of Oct: Circo Volador, Mexico

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Johnny Marr announces new solo album, ‘Playland’

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Guitar legend Johnny Marr has announced details of his new solo album.

The former Smith’s man will release Playland on the 6th of October. It will be the follow up to his debut solo album, The Messenger, that was released in 2013.

The new album was recorded in London at Tritone Studios, and the lead single, “Easy Money”, will be released on the same day.

In interview with NME, Marr said: “It was deliberate to work in London. Where you work definitely affects how it sounds and seeps into the music, and I’ve developed a really good feeling for London in the past couple of years, I like the frenetic atmosphere.”

“The album’s main themes are the atmosphere of the city, and the preoccupations of the people who live in them,” Marr continued. “Those preoccupations being consumerism, sex and anxiety, or distraction and transcendence from those things.”

Playland was co-produced by Marr and bandmember and co-producer Doviak. Mixing was handled by Claudius Mittendorfer in New York, and mastering at Abbey Road by Frank Arkwright, who has in the past worked with Arcade Fire, The Smiths, New Order, Joy Division, Coldplay, Oasis and Primal Scream.

The full tracklist for Playland is as follows:

Johnny Marr Playland“Back In The Box”
“Easy Money”
“Dynamo”
“Candidate”
“25 Hours”
“The Trap”
“Playland”
“Speak Out Reach Out”
“Boys Get Straight”
“This Tension”
“Little King”

Marr and his band will embark on a series of live dates in the UK during October, playing:

13th of Oct: Lincoln The Engine Shed
14th of Oct: Southend Cliffs Pavillion
15th of Oct: Bexhill De La Warr
17th of Oct: Wolverhampton Civic Hall
18th of Oct: Cardiff Great Hall
20th of Oct: Bournemouth O2 Academy
21st of Oct: Cambridge Corn Exchange
23rd of Oct: London O2 Academy Brixton
24th of Oct: Bath Pavilion
25th of Oct: Manchester O2 Apollo
27th of Oct: Glasgow O2 Academy
28th of Oct: Newcastle O2 Academy
29th of Oct: Leeds O2 Academy

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New Judas Priest LP ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ enters UK Top 20

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British heavy metal legends Judas Priest have entered the official UK Top 20 with new album, Redeemer Of Souls.

Their 17th studio album currently sits at No.12 in the chart, their third best placing of their entire career. Only their 1980 classic album British Steel and it’s follow up Screaming For Vengeance have placed higher.

Speculation was rife that Priest might split up following departure of guitarist KK Downing in 2011, but speaking in interview on Nikki Sixx’s Sixx Sense radio show, frontman Rob Halford said Redeemer… wouldn’t be the band’s last LP: “No. Absolutely not,” he replied when asked.

He also revealed that Redeemer Of Souls’ title track is his current favourite, explaining: “It’s very precise, articulate song and it carries all the classic vibe of Judas Priest.”

You can listen to the title track from Redeemer Of Souls below:

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Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell confirms cancer has returned

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Vivian Campbell, guitarist with Def Leppard, has confirmed that his cancer has returned.

Campbell revealed he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in June 2013, but announced that it had gone in to remission in November. In a recent interview with Palm Beach radio station 98.7 The Gater however, he said it “…seems to be, kind of, coming back again.”

“I’m not concerned about it. I mean, it always was a little bit touch-and-go,” he continues. “But, you know, it’s just a process to get through… it’s something I need to start the process [for]. I need to get a handle on [it], so that I am free and clear to tour this summer. So, all good. You know what I mean?”

The guitarist has insisted that he wants to tour with his bandmates this year. In April Def Leppard confirmed a summer co-headlining tour with Kiss. Campbell also says that his illness will not impact on him completing the band’s new album, which is tentatively scheduled for release in Spring 2015.

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