AC/DC continue to energize speculation and appear to be gearing up to an announcement with the launch of promotional moves built around the word "PWR/UP".
They kicked things off on Monday morning by changing social media profile photos and sharing a short teaser video with a glowing neon lightning bolt. They shared a different teaser video later in the day with the lightning bolt at different angles and brief glimpses of other letters.
The band also launched a new website design that shows the glowing lightning bolt with "PWR/UP" written beside it and on the far side of the screen. There is also a "Power Up" menu option that invites fans to sign up for a newsletter.
A poster outside guitarist Angus Young's former school was also revealed. A photo of an advertisement outside of Angus Young's former school was shared by Australian radio station Triple M that has "Are You Ready?" on top, with SYD below that and then PWR/UP, and then on the bottom is shows the url pwrup.acdc.com
The station tweeted the photo and wrote, "This poster has popped up outside Angus Young's old High School. What are AC/DC up to?" See the new sub-website and newsletter signup here.
(hennemusic) U2 are sharing a new lyric video for "Stateless", ahead of its inclusion on a series of expanded 20th anniversary reissues of their 2000 album, "All That You Can't Leave Behind."
"'Stateless' was recorded as part of the original album sessions," says the band, "but went on to feature on the soundtrack to the film The Million Dollar Hotel in 2000 instead."
U2 supplied much of the material for the soundtrack for the project directed by Wim Wenders and starring Jeremy Davies, Milla Jovovich, and Mel Gibson, among others.
The remastered tune is one of several songs included on the October 30 release of a 2020 Super Deluxe edition of the album, alongside bonus tracks, B-sides, studio outtakes, remixes and a 32-page hardback book from Anton Corbijn.
The multi-format 20th anniversary series will also be available in Standard, Deluxe, and Super Deluxe editions on CD, alongside vinyl, and digital versions that will feature a new 12-track remaster of the record and include an additional track, "The Ground Beneath Her Feet", in all formats.
"All That You Can't Leave Behind" went on to sell more than 12 million copies and win 7 Grammy Awards while becoming the only album in history to have multiple tracks win Record Of The Year ("Beautiful Day" in 2001 and "Walk On" in 2002). Watch the lyric videohere.
Metallica are continuing to give back. This time the band's charity has donated $250,000 towards wildfire relief efforts in their home state of California and other states on the west coast that have been hit hard by wildfires.
The group had this to say, "Wildfires have become a cruel and unwelcome annual benchmark in California, and this year we have seen them tragically extend across the entire west coast of our country.
"This is the fourth consecutive year, dating back to the formation of the Foundation, that All Within My Hands has activated to support fire relief: the critical local services component of our mission.
"This year, we will be donating a sum of $250,000 to five organizations on the front line of this environmental crisis that has made its way into the lives and homes of far too many.
"The organizations include the California Community Foundation's Wildfire Relief Fund, the Oregon Community Foundation's Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund, the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County's Fire Response Fund, the North Valley Community Foundation Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund, and the Community Foundation of North Central Washington NCW Fire Relief Fund.
"We would like to encourage you to join us in supporting those in need and our first responders in any way you can by donating money, non-perishable food, clothing and other supplies, or by giving your time volunteering or providing safe, temporary housing. Every little bit helps."
All Time Low may not be able to tour due to the pandemic lockdown but that isn't stopping them from bringing live shows to fans, as the band has announced a special streaming series.
The Basement Noise Concert Series will span five nights and is set to kick off on October 9th with a performance of their new album "Wake Up, Sunshine" in its entirety for the very first time.
The special series was captured in Nashville, TN back in July and apart from the full album kick off show, will be followed by nights with setlists curated by each member.
Tickets will go sale tomorrow, September 30th. See the dates here.
Prog rocker Tim Morse has shared his cover of the Pink Floyd classic "Dogs". The track appears on Morse's new compilation ""The Archaeology Project".
The collection features Morse's music from 2005-2020. He had this to say, "It seemed like a good time to reflect on the last fifteen years of being a recording artist. It was fun revisiting these songs and choosing what I consider to be the best examples of my songwriting to feature on this collection.
"I've remastered the older songs with Craig Long and I have to say the music has never sounded better. I was so pleased with the work that I ended up remastering more music than could fit on one CD and so I'm offering five extra songs as a download for no additional charge.
"There is also a new solo guitar instrumental, a remix/new vocal for the Mangoes song '200 Yards' and my cover version of the classic Pink Floyd song 'Dogs' on 'The Archaeology Project.' I especially like the imagery that Jay Leek came up with for the project - it has a nice 'Hipgnosis' feel to it."
The collection also features the first demo he recorded with Mark Dean, an early version of "Present Moment", as a bonus track. Tim explains, "The Guitar Etude that opens the album includes a bit of a melody that I wrote in my first song. I was never really happy with my vocals on the original version of '200 Yards' and so it was nice to redo the vocal and remix the song.
"Lastly, the cover version of 'Dogs' is something I've wanted to do for years. I've always loved that song and it was a fantastic experience to put my stamp on it with a fantastic group of musicians: Bret Bingham, Andrew Glasmacher, Charley Langer and Hope Rogers."
Check out his cover of the Pink Floyd classic here.
Sodom have released a lyric video for their new track "Sodom & Gomorrah." The song will be featured on the group's forthcoming album, "Genesis XIX," which is set to hit stores on November 27th.
Tom Angelripper had this to say about the new album, "This is definitely one of the toughest and most diverse studio recordings that SODOM have ever released."
He explained further, "Our riff suppliers, Yorck and Frank, are totally different types of musicians. Yorck is a died-in-the-wool metalhead who grew up with thrash music.
"Frank, on the other hand, also integrates blues and rock elements into his style, including the occasional Frank Marino or Rory Gallagher quotation, and writes songs that could have featured in the same or a similar way on Agent Orange.
"These are the diverse influences that make Genesis XIX what it is." Watch the lyric video here.
Cadaver have released a brand new track entitled "Morgue Ritual". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album, "Edder & Bile", which is set to arrive on November 27th.
The album marks the first record from the current lineup of the band. Anders Odden had this to say,, "I met Dirk Verbeuren during the 70000 Tons Of Metal festival in 2014. He was sitting in for Frost in Satyricon and we played 2 shows together.
"It turned out that Dirk was a huge Cadaver fan and at the time I had several songs in the making for what I thought might be a solo album. The idea of kicking this all into the 3rd version of Cadaver came into life and we started to share ideas.
"We had about 10 songs by the time Dirk was on tour in Europe with Megadeth in 2016. They played in my neighborhood and we spent the afternoon jamming. Cadaver was reborn.
"I started to pile up ideas for new tracks and time went by. I really wanted this to sound like Cadaver and be up to date, yet timeless. The music is what we both consider as death metal. I have my own way of writing riffs and he has his own way of expressing them on drums that just fits and sounds great.
"We finally found the time to hit the studio in early 2019 and recorded the album in LA where Dirk lives and works. The music just sparks of energy and freshness from the experience we had jamming together. We are truly kindred spirits and are in this for the long run for sure.
"'Edder & Bile' is the manifestation of our commitment to music and the start of everlasting life for the old Cadaver."
Dirk Verbeuren added, "'Hallucinating Anxiety' threw me for a loop when I first heard it as a teenager. As such albums tend to do, it quickly became one of my favorites.
"I followed Cadaver through various incarnations over the years, and when the chance to work with Anders unexpectedly presented itself, needless to say, I didn't have to mull it over.
"Our goal was for 'Edder & Bile' to capture the spontaneous, filthy energy of death metal. It was an effortless collaboration- things just naturally fell into place and the result speaks for itself. Feast upon this, death fiends!"
Stream the song here.
Electric Hydra have released a music video for their new single "Blackened Eyes". The song comes from the group's self-titled debut album, which is set to be released on November 27th.
Vocalist Sanne Karlsson had the following to say about the brand new single, "'Blackened Eyes' was an older and completely different song at the start.
"It's written in an ironic way about somebody who turned out to be really grumpy and bloody-minded after recently returning home from a US tour.
"The message in the text is that despite how much of a diva someone is, we are all going to end up looking the same way when we're six feet under." Watch the video here.
Frozen Soul have released a video for their new single "Crypt of Ice," which is the title track from their forthcoming album, out January 8 via Century Media.
"This year has been a nightmare-fueled fire and we're ready to bring in the cold front and finally show everyone the the record we've created," the band says.
"Crypt of Ice is everything we could have hoped for and we are really proud of how it's turned out. We can't wait for everyone to freeze while listening to it." Watch the video here.
Vanessa Collier just released her new studio album "Heart On The Line" and to celebrate we asked her to tell us about the single "Bloodhound". Here is the story:
"Bloodhound" was so much fun to write, arrange, record, and produce. It's a story about a guy that just can't stay away from trouble - it's like he is drawn to it. The song takes you from the moment he gets into trouble, to when he's serving time in prison, to when he's released, but just about to be drawn in again by the howl of the bloodhound. I love the early delta blues stuff and just about anything on slide guitar - I especially love early Bonnie Raitt for her slide playing and vocals. So, I always wanted to learn slide guitar, not just guitar, but specifically slide guitar and I love the sound of a resonator. I recorded the slide part on this song on a tri-cone Republic resonator with slide and I just love how the song came out. I had so much fun setting the scene layering the background vocals to sound haunting, building tension throughout the verses. Laura Chavez's solo takes the song to the next level and is probably my favorite solo of hers on the record, but they're all amazing. You'll also hear some unusual things like chains, which were dropped on a piece of wood on the studio floor to give the impression that this man is chained to the bloodhound somehow. There are a lot of layers in this story song and I think it rivals some of my favorite songs that I have written so far - hope you enjoy this song as much as I did writing and recording it!
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!
Burton C. Bell has announced his departure from Fear Factory. The move comes after some public controversy after the vocalist distanced himself from a crowdfunding drive announced by guitarist Dino Cazares.
The guitarist announced the drive to raise funds for the band's forthcoming album, which Bell says was completed and turned into the record company, but Dino says needed improvements that the GoFundMe campaign would allow for.
Bell revealed his decision to the leave the group with the following statement, "I consider myself a private person, preferring to keep my personal business to myself and trusted loved ones. I make my public statements with thoughtful intent, never deviating from the truth, in spite of the consistent series of dishonest representations and unfounded accusations from past and present band members; a toxic drama I choose to not be part of.
"The past several years have been profoundly agonizing, with these members bleeding my passion with depraved deceit. As a direct consequence of their greed, these three have dragged me through the unjust, judicial system, resulting in the legal attrition that has financially crippled me. In the end, these three members have taken possession of my principal livelihood. However, they will never take my 30-year legacy as the beating heart of the machine. A legacy that no other member, past or present, can ever claim.
"So, it is after considerable, contemplative soul searching that I have come to the realization that I cannot align myself with someone whom I do not trust, nor respect. Therefore, I am announcing to my fans my departure from Fear Factory, to focus all my energy and attention toward the continuing success for Ascension of The Watchers, and all my future endeavors.
"I am very proud of the Ascension of The Watchers' latest album, Apocrypha. The writing and recording process for Apocrypha has been a truly cathartic and artistic journey of exploration and growth for me. Reigniting my passions for my writing, allowing my music to flourish, enabling my soul to soar, saving me from the real hell that engulfed a significant part of my daily life. Collaborating with talented, kindred spirits has truly created an inspirational environment of support and mutual respect, a spirit I have missed for a very long time.
"I would like to thank all of my fans for their continued support throughout my career. I am very proud of my achievements, but, it is time for me to move forward. Now I look to the future with open eyes, open mind and open heart, as my artistic path strives for even greater success in music, writing and my art. It's true, 'the end is always the beginning'. The soul is free from the machine."
Ace Frehley has revealed that plans to have his former KISS bandmate Peter Criss appear on his recently released "Origins Vol. 2" covers album were sidelined by the drummer's medical issues.
"Origins Vol. 2" features guest appearances from former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, Lita Ford and Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander. Ace was asked in an interview with WRIF if he approached anyone else to appear on the record.
Frehley responded, The only person I wanted to get on the record that I couldn't get was Peter Criss. He had injured his shoulder, and I wanted him to do at least one drum track.
"And he was more than willing to do it, but he didn't wanna do it unless he was a hundred percent, so maybe we'll get him on 'Origins Vol. 3', which we actually are planning in a couple of years to put out." Listen to the full interview here.
Megadeth and Warrant are on the opposite ends of the metal spectrum, but Erik Turner recently revealed that he was briefly considered for a position in the original lineup of Megadeth.
Dave Mustaine formed the legendary thrash band with David Ellefson in 1983, shortly after Mustaine was ousted from Metallica. Turner shared that he answered an ad for a guitarist in the band, but things never progressed beyond a meeting with Mustaine.
Turner was asked about trying for the gig during an interview with Chuck Shute Podcast and he explained, "When I was 16, there was a paper called The Recycler in Orange County, and there was an ad in there. I had never heard of Metallica at the time, but it says ex-Metallica guitarist forming new band Megadeath. And inquire if you're interested.
"So I contacted Dave through the paper, the phone or whatever. And I went down I think it was Huntington Beach and it was his mom's apartment or something there that he was staying at. I don't know whose I think it was his mom. I don't know. I could be wrong.
"But anyways, I met Dave we talked. And that was it. I never got past that... Audition is to the next level of actually jamming with... but years laterr we lived in the same apartment building in Sherman Oaks. Dave and I and I would see him at different places and say hi. And I reminded him of that story. And yeah, he's always he's always been super cool to me. " Listen to the full interview here.
(hennemusic) Roger Waters is streaming video of a 2018 performance of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon" classic, "Us And Them", from the recent digital release of his 2019 concert film of the same name.
Now available via 4K, HD and SD Digital and Video On Demand and directed by Sean Evans, the project captures Waters live in Amsterdam on the European leg of his 2017 - 2018 tour, which was seen by more than two million people around the world.
The trek featured songs from legendary Pink Floyd albums including "The Dark Side Of The Moon", "The Wall", "Animals" and "Wish You Were Here", and from Waters' 2017 record, "Is This The Life We Really Want?"
Viewers on digital have access to all-new post-feature content including two additional concert songs not included in the original feature ("Comfortably Numb" and "Smell The Roses"), as well as "A Fleeting Glimpse", a documentary short featuring behind-the-scenes moments from the tour.
Following the new digital release, "Us + Them" will also be available via Blu-ray and DVD on October 2, while a companion soundtrack will be offered on CD and vinyl. Watch the videohere.
Signals, the group featuring former members of Of Mice & Men and A Skylit Drive, have released a brand new single, entitled "Kirkhaven", from their forthcoming album.
Former A Skylit Drive singer Michael "Jag" Jagmin and ex-Of Mice & Men guitarist Jonathan Kintz lead the lineup of the band, who will be releasing their new album "Death In Divide" on November 27th.
Jag had this to say about the new song, "Kirkhaven is the name of the street I grew up on in Dallas up until age 11. There's a lot to be said about what went on within those walls but it all comes back to my father's drug addiction. He unfortunately passed away in 2014 leaving me with a lot of unanswered questions. This song is my way of asking."
He said of the album, "Death In Divide has been literal years in the making, and the stories within span many ups and downs for both Jonathan and myself. There couldn't be more blood on the pages if we tried."
Check out the new song here.
(hennemusic) Alter Bridge and Slash singer Myles Kennedy has completed recording his second solo album. The rocker recently confirmed that he has been working on the follow-up to 2018's "Year Of The Tiger" with producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette, engineer Jef Moll, bassist Tim Tournier and drummer Zia Uddin.
"After spending the last 7 months writing and recording, the 2nd solo record is tracked and 'in the can' as they say," shared Kennedy on Instagram. "The process, which started with me writing and demoing for the first half of the year merged into connecting with @zznuddin @timothysonoftimothy and driving nearly 3000 miles to Florida with gear in tow to meet up with the legend that is @elvisliberace at his fine studio.
"We all lived in a state of lockdown for 7 weeks with no outside world and nothing to focus on but recording music and acting like a bunch of 7th graders hopped up on vast amounts silly juice. It was an incredible experience....Rock n Roll summer camp at it's finest.
"Thanks to my band and Elvis as well as his merry men @1f_jef and @joshuasaldate for helping bring yet another record across the finish line in best way possible. Love to y'all. #solorecord #MKII". Read morehere.
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