This Week in Music – 26/09/2014

Here’s some pieces of news that has pricked the ears in the Maximum Volume office this past week.

AC/DC back in the news

Aussie rock legends AC/DC are in London, UK on the 4th October to film their new video for an as yet undisclosed track from their forthcoming album “Rock or Bust” which in due for release on 2nd December.

Anyone who wishes to appear in the video can take their chances by filling out the form at sweeps.acdc.com. The lucky winners will be contacted no later than 2nd October.

It’s been a busy time in the AC/Dc world in the past week or so with the announcement that bassist Malcolm Young has retired from the group due to ill health. Malcom, along with brother Angus, has been the main driving force for the band since they began. Good news for the Youngs’ though is that his replacement will be Malcolm’s nephew Stevie. Stevie covered for Malcolm on the band’s new album and has now got the gig full-time.

Also the band have aired a preview of the track “Play Ball” recently as part of the TBS network’s Major League Baseball post-season coverage.

New Motorhead video

Keeping on the video theme, rock n roll legends Motorhead are running a competition on their website inviting fans to submit “creative” footage from their gigs for a live video version of “Killed By Death” for a special tour edition of latest album Aftershock.

The tour edition of Aftershock will be a two-disc set containing the original albumand a bonus live disc from the band’s spring U.S. dates titled “Best Of The West Coast Tour”
Those wishing to take part must use the audio of “Killed By Death” from the new tour edition of “Aftershock” and entries should be uploaded to YouTube with “Killed By Death Fan Video Motörhead Contest” in the subject line. You could also go to the band’s official Facebook page and post links to your video creations on there.
All entries must be uploaded by Tuesday 30th September.

Campbell recovering from latest cancer treatment

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, has finished his latest round of treatment for cancer and is now, once again, in remission. Campbell will be receiving a stem-cell transplant in the next few days and is expected to be recovering for the next few months.

Unfortunately he will be unable to join the rest of the Leppard boys as they complete work on their new studio album and will also not be performing at the bands American shows later in the year.

Campbell wrote the following message on the official website: “As many of you know, I’ve been scheduled to start a stem cell transplant and as soon as I got home from tour I began the necessary tests and preparations. I’ll be admitted to hospital soon for all the yucky bits, so in the meantime I’m headed to Target to stock up on cozy pajamas, fresh underwear, and a sackful of car porn.

“Unfortunately, this means that I won’t be able to perform with the band on the upcoming NFL broadcast on September 28th, nor will I be able to do the shows scheduled for October/November.
“While I can’t say that I’m looking forward to the process ahead, I’m very much looking forward to what I feel will be a most successful outcome.

“Next year will be very busy for Def Leppard with a new album and a world tour, and frankly, I don’t think they would sound as loud without me, so I have no intention of letting the team down!
“See you all (with hair!) in 2015.”

Vesania to release new album

If Symphonic Black Metal is your thing, and why wouldn’t it be, then chances are you will be excited about the release of Poland’s Vesania’s new album which is due out on 28th October.

The band that features amongst it’s members Orion (Behemoth) and Daray (Dimmu Borgir, Vader), will release its fourth full-length album, “Deus Ex Machina”. via Metal Blade Records. It is the band’s first album in seven years and was recorded at Sound Division Studio.

The album title is a term from ancient Greek tragedy and translates to “god from the machine.”, which may give you a clue to the theme of the album.

Munroe leaves Metal Church

Vocalist Ronny Munroe has left American stalwarts Metal Church to apparently “pursue other interests.”

Munroe has fronted the band for ten years and made four albums including 2008’s classic “This Present Wasteland”.

The band released a statement: “Lead vocalist Ronny Munroe will be leaving Metal Church to pursue other interests. This is regrettable, but understandable. We wish Ronny success with his new endeavors. “

“To our fans, we want you to know that Metal Church is still very much alive and we will have some big announcements for you in the very near future.”

Munroe has recently released his third solo album, entitled “Electric Wake”, which included names such as George Lynch, Dave Rude and Paul Kleff.