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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 On Auditorium Shores - Day 2

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Milla Jovovich Releasing Album Next Month


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Milla Jovovich is releasing an album.

The 36-year-old model-and-actress has been working with her ex-boyfriend Stuart Zender - who played bass in Jamiroquai - on some music and hopes people will be able to buy it by next month.

She is quoted by The Sun newspaper as saying: ''Hopefully by October I'll be able to put something out.

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Milla Jovovich Shows Off With Swordfighting


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Milla Jovovich enjoys swordfighting when she is drunk.

The 'Resident Evil' actress admits she can be a show-off and can't stop herself from trying to impress her friends with her swashbuckling skills when intoxicated.

She said: ''I'm a better sword fighter than anybody I know, that's for sure.

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Slash Announces New Album Apocalyptic Love


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Slash has announced he will release 'Apocalyptic Love', in May.

The record will be under the name Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the co-conspirators - after his vocalist and backing band - and will come out in in Europe on May 21 and in the US on May 22.

The group will then head out on a tour of the US, then over to Europe for a string of festival appearances.

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Various Artists, New Heavy Sounds Volume 2 Album Review


Sadly, it is not at all uncommon to hear some out of touch oik of a journalist declaring that 'rock' or even 'guitar music' is 'dead'. While I would certainly agree that guitar music does not feature quite so prominently in the charts as it did some ten years ago, to even think about suggesting that rock music is on its way out is a daft thing to do. Rock music is not dying; you just have to look in the right places for it. New Heavy Sounds Volume 2 is one such place.

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Slash's Family Use Nickname


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Slash's family call him by his nickname because it's "more exciting" than his real name.

The former Guns N' Roses guitarist was born SAUL HUDSON in England, but even his close family use his adopted moniker, because it reflects his larger-than-life rock persona.

When asked how his family refer to him, the 'By The Sword' rocker said: "They definitely call me Slash. It's hard to explain why that is.

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Noel Gallagher Wants More Prisons


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Noel Gallagher has called for more prisons to be built following the UK riots.

The 44-year-old rocker blames "brutal TV and videogames" for the outbreaking of violence and destruction that has swept several major cities since the weekend, and thinks there are currently no punishment strong enough to deter young people from criminal behaviour.

He said: "I can't understand where their energy for these riots is coming from. We live in this age of violence - and I don't care what other people say: Brutal TV and brutal video games are a reason for this pointless violence as well. The people are immune to violence, they are used to it. And if they get caught they aren't punished the right way. The prisons are already full? Then build new ones!

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Slash Starts Second Solo Album


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Slash has started work on his second solo album.

The 'By The Sword' rocker tweeted this morning (03.08.11) to say production has begun on the record, after arriving back in Los Angeles from playing a concert in Serbia over the weekend.

He tweeted: "Started 2nd round of pre prod today. It's going to be a rockin' fn' record! Iii|; )(sic)"

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Penelope Cruz Says Woman Should Age Gracefully


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Penelope Cruz wants to "slap" women who worry about getting old.

The 37-year-old actress - who gave birth to her first child Leo with her husband Javier Bardem in January - can't wait to have wrinkles because she believes they tell a person's life story.

She said: "When I hear a woman who is in her early 30s is worrying about growing old, I just want to slap her.

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Slash To Return To Stoke


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Slash is set to play his first show in his British hometown, Stoke-on-Trent.

The former Guns N' Roses guitarist will play in the British midlands town for the first time during a tour of Europe later this summer, his first visit since he was five.

He wrote on his twitter page: "Last show of South American tour tonight in Cordoba! Then home to work on new record until Euro tour in July! Its gonna be epic! *wink* (sic)

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The Sword, Warp Riders Album Review


 

Given that Texas four piece The Sword have already delivered songs with titles like 'The Horned Goddess' and 'Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzyphrians' on their first two albums, taking the final plunge and recording a sci-fi themed concept album would've seemed to have been the next logical step... For them.

The concept album has been a staple of the more hirsute end of rock since the prog era, but although Sword's J.D. Cronise, Kyle Shutt, Bryan Richie and drummer Trivett Wingo - yes - have clearly been over dosing on H.P. Lovecraft and 'Lick My Love Pump', as cliched as Warp Riders is aesthetically, musically it kicks some serious ass.

I won't insult your intelligence by going through the backstory - just checkout the sleeve art and make up your own mind. Instead let's focus on sound, a distinctly retro take on pretty much any kind of 'Heavy Metal' produced between the early seventies and the dawn of the thrash era. Opening instrumental 'Achceron/Unearthing The Orb' bludgeons any misconceptions you may have been harbouring that this might all have been about Faeries and magic wands, recalling Metallica in their jagged and super aggressive Master of Puppets mode.

Where it all started however was on this side of the pond, and dues are paid as you might expect to Zeppelin/Sabbath, both 'Tres Brujas' and 'The Warp Riders' preferring to rely on guile and cranked up dexterity rather than speed. Key to The Sword's ability to pull all this off is that what they're doing is borne from belief, not an attempt at pastiche, this grit meaning unintentionally or otherwise refusing to succumb to the curse of Wolfmother. J.D. Cronise is in possession of one of those lupine classic rock voices, not admittedly idiosyncratic enough for deification, but on the southern fried 'Lawless Lands' and the Thin Lizzy-esque highlight 'Night City' there are glimpses of what might be if he and his mates played things a little straighter.

The sense that this realisation isn't far from being made whole is only reinforced towards Warp Riders close, on - sigh - 'Chronomancer II: Nemesis' and '(The Night Sky Cried) Tears of Fire'. Both have a sense of spacy, epic power, with more riffage than you can patch your denim jacket to. In a sense they're nothing original, but equally this doesn't really matter, as this has been a genre so loyally supported by its fans that looking backwards for them holds few negative connotations. I could say listen to Warp Riders but first leave your prejudices behind; but instead I'll leave the final word to Den Dennis from Bad News - 'Heavy metal top of the class, stick the media up your arse'.


Andy Peterson

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