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Mumford & Sons will release their fourth studio album, titled Delta, on November 16th. The new record follows up 2015's Wilder Mind and 2016's South Africa-inspired EP. The lead single, "Guiding Light," made its debut on Thursday (September 20th) and the band is slated to perform the track live this Monday (September 24th) on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Although Wilder Mind found the band trading its acoustic instruments for electric guitars and anthemic songs, Delta sees them bringing back the acoustic instruments -- but putting them through production effects so that they’re often almost unrecognizable. The album also incorporates elements of electronica, rap, jazz and other new sonic territory for the British folk-rock quartet.

Frontman Marcus Mumford said about the disc's experimental nature, "After this record, we could go and make an electronica record and people wouldn’t be that shocked." Keyboardist Ben Lovett added that many of the lyrics on Delta were inspired by "the four Ds: death, divorce, drugs and depression."

Mumford & Sons plans to head out on a 60-date global arena tour later this year, with Lovett explaining, "The show’s going to be amazing . . . It’s a completely re-imagined version of a gig. No one’s ever done it, no one’s ever used arenas like this."



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Avenged Sevenfold vocalist M. Shadows has told Revolver in a new interview that his condition has improved after a blood blister on his vocal cords forced Avenged to cancel a summer tour with Prophets Of Rage and Three Days Grace. Communicating via email since he's still on vocal rest, Shadows explained, "Luckily, I didn’t have surgery. I was just put on a long vocal rest until the swelling went down. A lot of singers get this at some point, so it’s nothing to worry about. I’ve already been cleared to start humming and doing light warm-ups."

When asked what has been the hardest part about having to remain silent over the past two months, Shadows responded, "Not speaking when you are out in public is tough. People don’t understand and think you’re full of s**t."

Asked by Consequence Of Sound if he had to take any special precautions or go on a particular diet while recovering, Shadows said, "I'm always on a diet for singing, also acid reflux pills and lots of water. I could probably start singing very soon but I’m going to take this recovery slow just to make sure everything is as strong as it can be. I'll be ready to roll for the next record."

Shadows told us a while back that the band prefers to take its time to make a new LP: "In the very beginning, bands put out records almost every year and Led Zeppelin did it and this and that. But then some of my favorite bands would take three, four years to put out a record and when they did, it was a big event for me. And now, because of album sales, because people want to be on the road -- that's where they're making their money -- people want to get things out there and try to stay in the limelight at all times. It doesn't interest us to do that. We want to just put out the best product possible and when we have something that we're excited about, then we'll share it with everybody." .

AUDIO: AVENGED SEVENFOLD'S M. SHADOWS ON TAKING LONGER TO RELEASE RECORDS


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A previously unreleased song by Chris Cornell, called "When Bad Does Good," arrived late Thursday night (September 20th) along with details of a career retrospective of the late singer that will be released on November 16th. The set, simply titled Chris Cornell, will come as both a 17-song album and in a 64-track limited-edition deluxe box set featuring 11 previously unheard recordings.

The set will feature songs from all three of Cornell's bands -- Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple Of The Dog -- along with songs from his solo career. The first unreleased track, "When Bad Does Good," was produced, recorded, and mixed by Cornell and was found in his personal recordings archive. According to a press release, the track was a favorite of Cornell's and its existence was recalled by the singer's good friend, actor Josh Brolin.

Cornell told us before his passing that he always hoped younger Soundgarden fans would discover the group's early music: "We had enough commercial success that if you're a young rock fan, you're going to hear about us, but we have a lot of fairly obscure music that can be discovered by those fans, and I think that that's pretty cool 'cause that was what was exciting to me as a teenager, that was what made me passionate about rock music. It wasn't what was played on the radio so much as it was digging deep into some band's catalog and finding stuff that you'd never heard on the radio."

Both the 17-song edition and the 64-track limited-edition four-CD deluxe box set will feature packaging designed by Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, as well as a booklet containing previously unseen photos plus liner notes from Soundgarden's Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron, Audioslave's Tom Morello, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and producer Brendan O’Brien.

Additionally, a limited-edition super deluxe set will contain four CDs, one DVD, and seven 180-gram vinyl LPs. In addition to the 64 tracks, this version will contain 24 videos -- including two previously unreleased clips -- a 66-page hardcover photo book wrapped in linen with a red foil signature cover, three artist lithos, three photochromatic lithos inspired by Cornell’s lyrical fascination about the sun, a turntable mat, a microfiber vinyl cleaning cloth, and a 36x48-inch wall poster.

Cornell committed suicide in a Detroit hotel room on May 18th, 2017, shortly after completing a show with Soundgarden. He was 52 years old.

AUDIO: CHRIS CORNELL ON FANS DISCOVERING SOUNDGARDEN'S EARLIER MATERIAL


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Nine Inch Nails duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have been tapped to compose the score for the upcoming HBO series Watchmen, based on the classic graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The creator and executive producer of the series is Damon Lindelof, who previously created The Leftovers for HBO and has been involved in shows such as Lost.

Reznor and Ross have become prolific composers for a wide range of film and TV projects in recent years. They won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for their score for 2010’s The Social Network, and have also scored movies like Patriots Day, Gone Girl, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and the upcoming directorial debut from Jonah Hill, Mid90s. They also scored the documentary series The Vietnam War.

Nine Inch Nails is currently doing live dates in support of Bad Witch, the third in a trio of EPs that included 2017's Add Violence and 2016's Not The Actual Events. The trek next stops at the River City Rockfest in San Antonio on Saturday (September 22nd).



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Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith will lead a one-off supergroup called Chad Smith’s Super Mega Funktastic Jam Rock All Stars at a charity event on October 6th at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

The band will feature Coldplay singer Chris Martin, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, and Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan.

The event is dubbed "Will Ferrell’s Best Night of Your Life" and will be hosted by Ferrell. The actor and Smith have turned their uncanny resemblance to each other into a running joke that has also served as the springboard for a number of charity events. Along with Smith’s all-star band, comedians confirmed to take part in the festivities include Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, Samantha Bee, Michelle Wolf and Kumail Nanjiani.

Tickets go on sale Friday (September 21st) at 10:00 am local time and all proceeds will benefit Cancer For College, which provides college scholarships to low-income, high-achieving cancer survivors.