AVENGED SEVENFOLD “SURPRISE-RELEASE” NEW ALBUM ‘THE STAGE’

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Avenged Sevenfold have become the first ever rock band to drop an unannounced album as both a digital and physical release.

The band announces the release of the album immediately following their groundbreaking global virtual reality event.

The Stage, is A7X‘s seventh studio album, and their first for Capitol Records.

The Southern California-based quintet (vocalist M. Shadows, guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, bassist Johnny Christ and drummer Brooks Wackerman) revealed the news at midnight eastern, surprising the millions of fans who were watching their live-streamed performance from the rooftop of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, CA.

The groundbreaking event saw the band give a 3D/360-degree live-streamed virtual reality performance, enabling fans around the globe to view the show on Universal Music Group’s newly released VRTGO VR platform, powered by VRLIVE’s advanced technology, and experience Avenged Sevenfold’s electrifying set as if they were there for this first-of-its-kind immersive event.

Fans attended the event in-person, flooding the streets and sidewalks around the tower to experience a concert amplified by augmented reality (AR) technology, which intensifies real-world environmental elements with computer-generated sensory input such as graphics, video and sound to enhance the live experience. VRLIVE streamed the event to 50 Samsung Gear VR headsets on the ground level of the event for fans to virtually transport themselves to the stage. Afterward, the band celebrated with fans, taking photos and sharing stories about the secretive release.

The Stage is the follow-up to Avenged Sevenfold’s 2013 release, Hail To The King, which entered The Billboard 200 at No. 1. Co-produced by the band and Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool), The Stage is a work of immense scope and ambition, featuring 11 panoramic tracks tied together by an Artificial Intelligence theme. Inspired by the writings of Carl Sagan and Elon Musk, the album is the band’s first thematic release. While the term “AI” conjures up images of robots and fantasy films, the band steers clear of a science fiction storyline. Instead, the album sees them taking a futurist’s look at the accelerated rate at which technology’s intelligence is expanding and what that means—good and bad—for the future.

The album’s epic 15-minute-plus closing track, “Exist,” features a guest appearance by award-winning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson giving a spoken word performance he penned specifically for the album.

Working with new label Capitol Records, the band’s plans for a stealth release were months in the making, and kicked off a few weeks ago with a guerrilla campaign that saw projections of their deathbat symbol mysteriously appearing on landmarks around the world. Fans and media reported sightings and shared images from Paris, Sydney, London, Japan and Berlin, to name but a few. Anticipation and conspiracy theories reached fever pitch when rumours regarding supposed album titles and a December release date began to spread.
The album also marks the band’s first release with acclaimed drummer Brooks Wackerman, known for his work with Bad Religion and whose discography also includes albums from Tenacious D and Suicidal Tendencies.

WWE to make history at Hell In A Cell PPV

WWE are set to make history at Hell In A Cell in more ways than one… It was announced this morning by Mick Foley on Facebook that the first ever Women’s Hell in A Cell match featuring Hall of famer Ric Flair’s daughter, Charlotte and WWE Raw Women’s Champion, Sasha Banks, will not only take place at the PPV but will actually Main Event it!

Off the back of a monumentous episode of Raw, where we saw the return of Goldberg after 12 years, WWE Hall of Famer and Raw General Manager, Mick Foley posted the following on his Facebook page:

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CHILLS

Forget for a moment about Stephanie McMahon’s jumping high-five or my awkward attempt to hug the #RAW Comissioner. The biggest moment of the night for us came when the #WWE cameras were off, and Stephanie and I just looked at the #HIACposter, realizing that for #WomensWrestling, history is upon us – as Sasha Banks and Charlotte will main event the #HIAC PPV. I am so happy for Sasha, for Charlotte, for all the women who paved the way, and all those who aspire to follow in their footsteps. It is no exaggeration to say that looking at that poster gave me chills…and they were multiplying. 

 

 

For both Sasha and Charlotte this is huge, and a pinnacle for Women’s wrestling. Women in WWE have long been laughed at as nothing more than glorified models there to make up the numbers. But, nowadays these ladies are proving once and for all that they do have the talent to compete alongside the biggest male stars in their industry.

It is an accolade for both women which is so richly deserved, and we just hope that they are able to live up to the expectations placed upon their shoulders.

Hell In A Cell takes place on Sunday 30th October 2016, live on the WWE Network (which you can still purchase for only £9.99.)

 

Green Day announce Three UK Headline Dates

Green Day have today announced that they will be returning to The UK this coming February as part of their Revolution Radio Tour.

The three dates will take place in Leeds, Manchester and London on 5th, 6th and 8th of February respectively. It will be their first full shows in the UK since headlining Reading & Leeds Festivals back in 2013.

Tickets are sure to be in high demand, and go on sale this coming Friday, the 9th September at 9am.

You can purchase tickets for the event Here.

Support will come in the shape of The Interrupters 

 

Catch the shows and the Rebellious Noise crew at the following venues:

LEEDS – First Direct Arena – Sunday 5th February 2017

MANCHESTER – Manchester Arena – Monday 6th February 2017

LONDON – The O2 – Wednesday 8th February 2017

Talk and Beans: Suicide Squad

Episode #7 is about the most anticipated movie of the summer, Suicide Squad.

Scott and Tom discuss everything from The Joker’s grill to DC’s movie timeline compared to the Marvel movie timeline. Get ready for some laughs and a whole load of mixed emotions.

 

 

 

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Diddy has curated the WWE 2K17 soundtrack

Long time WWE fan and hip hop mogul P Diddy has announced that he has put together the track listing for the latest instalment of the WWE 2K franchise. Diddy has previously worked with the WWE having performed live at Wrestlemania 29 in New Jersey.

Talking about the game, Diddy said “I am a huge WWE fan. I love the intensity and the competition and I wanted fans to feel that energy in the soundtrack for WWE 2K17″. The soundtrack coincides with the Bad Boy 20-Year daily reunion tour and the track listing reflects that with Diddy choosing some of his own back catalogue of hits to artists he have inspired him, both new and old.

Diddy will be appearing on WWE Raw this week and the game is scheduled for worldwide release on October 11th 2016. The track list is as follows:

* Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$ (feat. Rico Love) – “What About The Rest Of Us”

* Anderson .Paak – “Come Down”
* Andy Black – “We Don’t Have To Dance”

* Axwell Λ Ingrosso – “This Time”

* Black Sabbath – “Paranoid”

* Bring Me The Horizon – “Run”

* FIDLAR – “Drone”

* French Montana (feat. Kojak Black) – “Lockjaw”

* iSHi (feat. French Montana, Wale, & Raekwon) – “We Run”

* P. Diddy, Black Rob & Mark Curry – “Bad Boy For Life”

* Travis Barker & Yelawolf – “Out of Control”

* Twenty One Pilots – “Ride”

* Yellow Claw (feat. Lil Eddie) – “We Made It”

Talk and Beans: The Wolf of Wall Street

Episode #6 has the boys talking about The Wolf of Wall Street.

Tom & Scott are joined by Jamie from inoneplace.com as they talk about Scott’s recent first viewing of the film, Jamie’s experience at a Jordan Belfort seminar, the films themes and best moments and there may be a marriage proposal in there too.

 

 

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Avenged Sevenfold announce Huge 2017 Tour

ded74b25-229e-4a3c-a141-01ae1f436543In December 2013 Avenged Sevenfold celebrated their No. 1 album ‘Hail To The King’ with a sold out arena tour taking in Manchester, Birmingham and London’s Wembley Arena.  They followed that with an awe inspiring headline slot at Download Festival in June 2014 cementing their unshakable reputation for breath-taking live performances.

Now the band are set to return to the UK bigger and badder than ever.  They have announced an eight date UK tour for January 2017 which includes London’s O2 Arena.  The dates go on sale on Friday July 29th 9 a.m. priced £45/£37.50 regionally and £45/£37.50/£30 for London
(subject to booking fee) via www.livenation.co.uk and www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

The band will have Disturbed as Special Guests on the tour, with In Flames opening.

January 2017
Tuesday 10th    Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Thursday 12th  Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Sunday 15th      Sheffield Arena
Monday 16th    Manchester Arena
Tuesday 17th    Birmingham Genting Arena
Thursday 19th  Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Friday 20th       Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Saturday 21st   London O2 Arena

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Nintendo announce mini NES

This week the world has been taken back to 2000 with the Pokemon craze being in full swing again. Now, Nintendo want to take us all the way back to the 1980s with their recently announced “Nintendo Classic Mini“. The Nintendo Entertainment System is one of the most beloved consoles of all time, sparking the gaming revolution that got the industry out of the crash of 1983.

The new mini console will have 30 built in classics such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, PAC-MAN and Kirby’s Adventure. The system will be able to connect to TVs via HDMI and will include a classic NES controller to help recreate that authentic retro feeling.  The controller will also be able to be used on the Wii and the Wii U for its Virtual Console games. The system will be powered by USB and will come with a cable but not a plug.

The one thing missing in this system is the ability to play your original carriages. There have been third party attempts at nostalgia based consoles like this in the past that have used both emulation and cartridge based games, so it’s a shame the original doesn’t let you dust off those bad boys as well. However, the full list of games included is pretty impressive itself.

The retro machine will launch on November 11th and will cost $60 in the US.

The full list of games is below

Balloon Fight

Bubble Bobble

Castlevania

Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong Jr.

Double Dragon 2: The Revenge

Dr. Mario

Excitebike

Final Fantasy

Galaga

Ghosts ‘n Goblins

Gradius

Ice Climber

Kid Icarus

Kirby’s Adventure

Mario Bros.

Mega Man 2

Metroid

Ninja Gaiden

Pac-Man

Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream

StarTropics

Super C

Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. 2

Super Mario Bros. 3

Tecmo Bowl

The Legend of Zelda

Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link

Pokémon Go officially released in the UK

Thats right, the game that’s filled up your news feed and timelines for the past week is officially out today in the UK. Gone is the temptation for potentially dodgy APK files and fake iTunes accounts, the official release is here and it should hopefully mean a much more stable version for us all.

Pokémon Go has been the most anticipated mobile game in history and whilst the huge number in downloads before official release must not have been the plan for the Pokemon team, at least it’s helped fuel that excitement for the game.

Right, we’re off to catch Pokémon in the office.

Talk and Beans: Euro 2016

Episode #5 is our Euro 2016 special.

Scott and Tom are joined by Dan “The Stat Man” and run through some of the highlights of the tournament. Listen out for their votes for best goal, favourite viral fan video, best hair, worst kit and much more unnecessary but fun topics. The boys also discuss England’s continued footballing problems and who they would like to see as the next England Manager.

 

 

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