Saxon have release a lyric video for Queen Of Hearts. It’s taken from Battering Ram, the follow-up to 2013’s Sacrifice.

“With Queen of Hearts I wanted to write something around Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland, and it’s about the chess game that happens in the story,” says Biff. “I wanted it to have prog-feeling in the way of its ambiance and mood. It is a masterpiece of metal and stylistically it is loosely based in Court of the Crimson King by King Crimson.”

Battering Ram was produced by Andy Sneap at his Backstage Recording Studios in rural Derbyshire, and will be released on October 16. Biff has described the album as “a clash between the retro Saxon and the modern Saxon.” The band released a video for the title track in July, and will head out on tour in November, before joining Motorhead for their 40th anniversary shows early next year. 

Battering Ram track listing
1. Battering Ram

2. The Devil’s Footprint

3. Queen Of Hearts

4. Destroyer

5. Hard and Fast

6. Eye of The Storm

7. Stand Your Ground

8. Top Of The World

9. To The End

10. Kingdom Of The Cross

Bonus Track: Three Sheets To The Wind (The Drinking Song)    


Ten Commandos: Cameron, Coats, Johannes and Shepherd

A Seattle supergroup featuring members of Soundgarden, Queens Of The Stone Age and Pearl Jam have announced their debut single will be released this week.

Ten Commandos feature Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, QOTSA guitarist Alain Johannes, Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd and Burning Brides frontman Dimitri Coats. Their single Staring Down The Dust is out on October 9 (Friday) via Monkeywrench Records, with an album to follow in November.

Reports claim that Screaming Trees vocalist and long-time QOTSA collaborator Mark Lanegan is also involved, although he is not named on the band’s Facebook page or included in a group promo shot. It is thought Lanegan guests on Staring Down The Dust, but is not a member of the group.

Independent label Monkeywrench was formed by members of Pearl Jam in 2009.


Live At Copps recorded at 2012 final gig set for 4LP/Blu-ray release

Alexisonfire have announced they’ll release a limited-edition album entitled Live At Copps.

It was recorded at their farewell show at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Canada in 2012 and will be issued in a 4LP/Blu-ray package.

Only 1600 will be made available and pre-orders are being taken for the 24-track record, with the Blu-ray featuring video from the gig along with bonus extras.

Last month, guitarist Wade McNeil stated the band were “officially back” but the group later played down hopes of a permanent reunion.

Live At Copps tracklist

Young Cardinals

Boiled Frogs

Heading For The Sun

.44 Caliber Love Letter

Drunks, Lovers, Sinners And Saints

No Transitory


Rough Hands

Charlie Sheen VS Henry Rollins

Born and Raised

Waterwings (And Other Poolside Fashion Faux Pas)

You Burn First

We Are The Sound

Keep It On Wax

Accept Crime

Mailbox Arson

Get Fighted

Old Crows

The Northern

Dogs Blood


Pulmonary Archery

This Could Be Anywhere In The World

Happiness By The Kilowatt


Opeth mainman says he’d only explore idea of heavy sound if individual tracks called for it – but admits it’s unlikely

Opeth mainman Mikael Akerfeldt says he thinks its unlikely he’ll ever return to the screaming vocals he used on the band’s earlier material.

But he reports it’s something he’d explore further if new tracks called for that style of sound.

He tells asQme: “Next year I guess we’ll focus on new music. When it comes to screams, I don’t know. If the songs we write need the screams, they’ll be on there.

“I have a feeling that I won’t write those kind of songs. I’ve been screaming for more than 20 years, so I’m not as good as I was. I’m a pretty chilled out person so I don’t really have that in me any more.

“I can do it when we’re playing some of those old songs. But for me to write new music as aggressively as I wrote 10 or 15 years ago, it’s not likely – but you never know.”

Earlier this year, Akerfeldt insisted fans couldn’t dictate the band’s direction, despite coming under fire from some about using clean vocals.

Opeth will celebrate their 25th anniversary by playing their 2005 album Ghost Reveries in full at London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on October 18. They were forced to move the show from the city’s Palladium due to “production issues.”


David Gilmour has released an animated video for his track The Girl In The Yellow Dress.

It was created by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Danny Madden and is the latest song taken from the former Pink Floyd man’s Rattle That Lock album, out last month.
The song’s lyrics were penned by Gilmour’s wife, the author Polly Sampson, who says she drew on her novel writing experience while working on the track.
She tells NPR: “The Girl In The Yellow Dress actually felt incredibly similar to writing a short story. With A Boat Lies Waiting, I really tried to get under David’s skin. 
“There was no point in me writing a song that he naturally wouldn’t sing, so I tried to look as clearly as I could through his eyes. It feels very similar to writing fiction. 
“The added advantage is that there’s someone prompting me. There is no blank piece of paper, because the music is there.”
Gilmour recently wrapped up a run of European dates, including five nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall. He’ll head to South America in December for five appearances.


Everyone’s favourite big-haired prog metallers Coheed And Cambria are premiering their new video for Eraser exclusively with Metal Hammer.

Eraser is taken from Coheed And Cambria’s upcoming eighth album The Color Before The Sun.
Speaking to Metal Hammer about the new song, drummer Josh Eppard says: “Eraser embodies the music we grew up on better than any other Coheed song to date.
“We were little sponges in the ’90s when the Pumpkins and Nirvana were creating a landscape all their own. I hear those bands in our song Eraser and I’m extremely proud of that.”

Watch here:
The Color Before The Sun is out 16 October, via 300 Entertainment.

Halestorm singer stars as ‘Sister Of Sin’ at US show

Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale swapped her usual attire for a nun’s uniform as she answered Ghost’s call for women to work as ‘Sisters Of Sin’ at their shows.

Hale and a member of her crew were on hand at The Pageant in St Louis, Missouri, on Tuesday. It follows Ghost’s request for female fans to serve drinks on their world tour.
In a Facebook post, Halestorm say: “Sometimes you have a day off in St Louis on the same day that Ghost is playing in town. And sometimes Ghost not only invites your band out to see their show, but also has your singer and production assistant be Sisters Of Sin for the evening. Thank you, Ghost, that was awesome.”
Papa Emeritus III and co are in the US until November 1, then head to Europe in support of latest album Meliora, released in August. Halestorm continue their own world tour.