"I think it will be a pretty in-your-face year, at least the back half of it," Ulrich tells Rolling Stone. "Obviously, we've gotta finish the new record now. But thankfully we're quite far along. Hopefully we should be able to knock that on the head this spring, I would guess. So we will be gearing up and playing shows and doing all that fun stuff again soon."
Ulrich estimates Metallica have spent about nine months on the project so far as they review the new material in a variety of ways. "Nowadays, we sit and go, 'That's a great piece of music,' and 'That's really cool,' and then we'll play it faster, then slower, then half a step down, exploring all these options," he says. "There are 75 different ways to play something, and you end up f***ing driving yourself nutty." Read morehere.
The shows are in addition to the Beatles icon's three gigs in Germany this spring. Tickets for the North American dates go on sale at 10am local time on March 14.
This week, McCartney led the tributes to Beatles producer Sir George Martin, who died at the age of 90. McCartney said: "If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George.
"From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I've ever had the pleasure to know." See the dateshere.
Weird Al tells Rolling Stone: "We're doing a shorter set because the Bowl will not let you go over. I think 84 minutes is the cutoff. It's going to be a truncated set, but on the positive side, the show is with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
"So, as we speak, there is an arranger that is arranging my set for them. I'm extremely excited about it. I'm going to be playing all the hits with an orchestra. I never imagined Smells Like Nirvana with strings before, but you're gonna hear it that night." Read more and see the dates for the tourhere.
However, he will require ongoing treatment and his bandmates are asking fans to help via a GoFundMe campaign. They say: "Doc suffered cardiac arrest in early November last year. His condition quickly progressed to multiple organ failure, and he was on life support for almost two weeks. At the time, his doctors gave him a 5% chance of survival. But by the power of PMA, love and family, he was able to pull through and survive.
"He spent nearly three months in the hospital, until he was finally able to be transferred to a medical rehabilitation facility where he is getting the proper physical therapy and treatment that he needs to make a full recovery." Read morehere.
The camera finds frontman Jeremy McKinnon on a psychiatrist's couch seemingly attempting to explain his paranoia to the decrepit doctor. But purging his fears doesn't seem to pay off as his psychosis takes on the form of a monster that stalks him and the band through the course of the high-energy video.
When asked if the band has other songs ready to go, frontman Jeremy McKinnon remarked, "I don't know man. We're just putting out this one song for fun. I mean, I think this is fun." Greeted with laughter from Beats 1 host Zane Lowe, McKinnon continued. "We've actually never just come out of nowhere and been like, 'Here's something new." Watch the videohere.
"This song always reminds me of a sultry David Bowie song," guitarist Rick Nielsen tells Rolling Stone. "I liked it from the first time we attempted to do it. It's just a moody, interesting piece with some heavy guitars in the middle. The last line is 'Are you gonna be here when I wake up tomorrow,' and then Bowie passed away after we recorded it."
Due April 1, "Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello" is the band's 17th studio album and their first in five years. The project was produced by longtime associate Julian Raymond, who has co-written several Cheap Trick tunes through the years.
"When I Wake Up Tomorrow" follows the lead single, "No Direction Home", which was offered as a free download in December when Cheap Trick celebrated news of their induction into the 2016 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
The Rockford, IL band will enter the 2016 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame during an April 8 ceremony at New York's Barclays Center alongside Deep Purple, Steve Miller, Chicago and N.W.A. Watch the videohere.
The band will kick off a UK tour later this month, where they'll play dates in a number of so-called "smaller" towns. Frontman Matt Heafy said: "The UK was the first place to ever truly embrace Trivium and make us feel at home. I feel now - at this very moment in time - Trivium is a better live band than we have ever been.
"For us to pay true homage to the place who took us in first, we can now give them the Trivium they have always deserved." The shows will see new drummer Paul Wandtke making his UK debut with the band. Trivium will also head out on a run of US shows next month supporting Sevendust. See the dates and watch the new videohere.
Hyde had this to say about the album, "Those of you familiar with my work with The Futureheads may be expecting an album of new wave inspired, four-part harmony, guitar music. 'Malody' couldn't be further away from that. The album is based around my first instrument, the piano, and also features violin, cello, double bass, tenor and baritone sax, pedal steel and trumpet."
Discussing the album's themes, Barry explains: "What is 'malody'? Malody is a word I have invented, derived from the words, melody and malady. A malody is a melody that expresses mental malaise, mental illness and deep sadness or its opposite, mania. I know about these things as I am bipolar. This album is a musical representation of what it feels like to experience the extreme states of mind that characterise bipolar existence. Like many bipolar people, creativity is central to my life, central even, to my illness. This album is a bipolar album, it was written in the rare and exquisite moments of intense creativity that comes in an almost complimentary way with the highs and lows. It's a deep, highly personal catharsis, a document of my experience." Stream the songhere.
He's looking to raise $500,000 in the space of a month - and so far the film titled Who The F*@% Is Frank Zappa has hit $180,000 after just two days. Winter says: "Other docs have tried to tell Frank's story but we've got something no one's ever had - we've got thousands of hours of new stuff to look at.
"Frank kept pretty much everything but no one outside the family has ever had permission to use it - until now. We're allowed to use everything - but before we can do that, we have to find out what's here, digitise it and make sure it's in a form we can use." Read morehere.
Frontman Jamey Jasta describes the record as "no glitz, no glam, just pits, all slam." The follow-up to 2013's The Divinity of Purpose is produced by longtime collaborator Zeuss, who has also worked with Rob Zombie and Suicide Silence, and mixed by Lamb Of God and Megadeth engineer Josh Wilbur.
On the artwork created by Slayer collaborator Marcelo Vaso, Jasta adds: "I think Da Vinci said it best when he said painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
"Marcelo was able to capture a feeling that will accompany our musical and lyrical vision and he put together a striking piece that speaks volumes." The artwork and the tracklist can be viewedhere.
Tate tells Metal Wani: "You just have to keep yourself open to new ideas and not get bewildered at life. I think that's a thing that a lot of older people go through.
"You just get burnt out, tired of beating your head against the wall in some area of your life. That's when the bitterness can set in. And you definitely don't wanna end your days as a bitter person."
Tate also confirmed the follow-up to The Key - the second part of the band's planned album trilogy - is due in September. Watch the full interviewhere.
Bassist Chad Hanks said: "Tango Umbrella, sonically, feels like a combination of The War Of Art and The Feeding. It's a logical progression for us as we continue experimenting with different feels, sounds and vocal styles. It's heavy in every way possible, and I really think our fans are going to love it."
American Head Charge recently pulled out of their UK tour with Mushroomhead on two weeks' notice. The trek will continue without them, though no replacement act has been announced as of yet. Check out the previewhere.
Patton previously said: "Kaada's compositions have always resonated deeply with me and his orchestral arrangements for this project are harmonically dense and delicious.
Each individual piece is so well constructed and inventively assembled that my vocal passages practically sang themselves. I'm hoping very much that we can seduce some eardrums and welcome listeners into this lush sonic 'otherworld.'" Watch the videohere.
The follow-up to the Southampton blues rock three-piece's 2014's Himalayan is produced by Pixies collaborator Gil Norton and was recorded at Rockfield Studios.
Guitarist Russell Marsden says: "It's definitely a new era. The first three records were like a trilogy, a piece of work in of themselves. We wanted to do those things, and we did them all. We took a breath, took a look at what we'd done, and started from scratch again." Stream the new songhere.
Juliano has followed Sepultura for a number of years, through "a time of tension and triumph for the band, as they toured and recorded their albums Kairos and The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart."
The band plan to release their 14th album this year and have recently posted a string of images from the studio. Check out one of the photos and watch the film trailerhere.
Lacuna Coil singer Cristina Scabbia says of the album: "It's called Delirium and there's tons of reasons for it. It's been a crazy couple of years for different reasons, for personal reasons and for a lot of things that we will disclose, or we will tell later.
"It's heavier than the previous albums we did, which is kind of surprising. A lot of bands are going the other way around, getting softer and more accessible."
The band split with longtime guitarist Marco Biazzi earlier this year, bringing in Black Lodge's Daniel Sahagun as a temporary replacement. Check out the trailer, artwork and tracklist for Deliriumhere.
"We wrote the song Pale Blue Eyes after visiting the Salton Sea on our first trip through the United States, playing the stage of the infamous 'Range' at the Slab City Prom 2013," says frontman Christoph "Lupus" Lindemann. "Slab City or 'The Slabs' is a snowbird campsite in the Californian Sonora Desert 156 miles northeast of San Diego, where RV-people, outlaws and squatters from across North America formed a wild and lawless 'city' from debris around the famous and colorful Salvation Mountain built by Leonard Knight in the 1980s.
"There are no rules in the slabs (besides 'Don't be an a**hole') and during one of those memorable Slab City nights, we found ourselves dancing around the fire alongside this wild desert bunch, dressed in discarded ball gowns and watching the sunrise from atop the Salvation Mountain. This song, an ode to 'a mysterious lady with pale blue eyes', is actually about cross-dressing drummer Tiger in his purple dress, looking so fine…" Watch the videohere.
On the heels of their fall 2015 North American tour, the Back In The USSA tour will hit 19 cities starting in Santa Cruz, CA on April 8 and wrapping up in Boston, MA on May 4.
"If music and good times are in your soul, come see us perform live," says frontman Justin Hawkins. "A Darkness show is a place where believers come together, where fluids are shared and dreams are built. But most importantly, rock and roll is crowned king every night!" See the dateshere.
"These Kids Nowadays" is the first song we worked on together and recorded. Sort of like our "first born" it signaled the beginning of a very big family. We knew right then we had something special we had to hold on to and keep working on. It has one of the most recognizable melodies out of all of our songs, a great synth hook and lyrically it hits you hard right out the gate with "Someone's naked no one is listening".
I remember spending hours and hours at the old Swinghouse studios on Formosa going through material Lucas would demo for us and as soon as These Kids Nowadays came up I remember the whole band going oh yeah we can get down with this. Everyone started working on individual parts and little by little we put it together. We decided to have Lucas sing the verses, Eric the pre chorus and have both of them sing the choruses which started this beautiful "co-fronting" situation you rarely see with kids in rock bands these days. Pun intended. The great thing was that we discovered how well their voices blend together and kept that theme going through out the album. Pre-production ended with J.P Bowersock coming in the room and giving us performance notes for the studio. I remember one of the tips he gave with regards to the rhythm section was to switch the kick drum and my bass pattern in the last chorus from an eighth note pattern to sixteen. It was really subtle but elevated the overall punch and feeling of the song when it needed it the most. He also gave tips to Lucas and Eric on vocal delivery with regards to contrast from verse to pre-chorus.
We went to the Village Recording Studios in West L.A shortly after and it was really a matter of picking the best take out of a pool of very solid performances which J. P has down to a science. The band's ears can get really jaded after a while which is why a great producer like J.P is so important. We tracked all the rhythms section instrumentation live and then Eric went to town with his synth lines. Honestly it felt effortless. We had a great time and I said to myself if this is an indication of how this album will go down then we're all in for a great time. It was also the beginning of our relationship with Ghian Wright as our main head engineer. We couldn't be happier with the man. Although his base is at the Village we took him with us for most of the album as we roamed around different studios in L.A.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the albumright here!
Hellfest published Anselmo's letter on their Facebook page. It reads: "My awful mistake has taken a toll on my reputation, and justly so. However, I must point out, you damned-well know me better than this drunken incident could ever describe. Hellfest is my heart.
"And my embarrassment is tremendous, because I only have love for people all over this skirmishing earth. So my brother, it f***ing rips my heart into further pieces to let you know, I don't think I should do any Euro festivals this year.
"So please I beg you, give me this time to get my brain clear, and to come back (if you will have me back) next year my brother, I implore you." Read morehere.
The pair of songs originally appeared on the group's eighth album, "Screaming For Vengeance." The project peaked at No. 17 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to platinum status for sales of more than 2 million copies in the States.
Due March 25, "Battle Cry" captures the band live at Germany's Wacken Festival last summer in front of an audience of 85,000 while on tour in support of 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls."
"More than ever, we take care of the production side of Priest," says frontman Rob Halford. "And we put out different sides of it at Wacken. We'd never used sidestage screens like that before, as they added a different dimension to Priest. The light show was just extraordinary, and the Blu-ray really gives you the chance to see us in quite a unique way."
The live package will be available as a 15-track CD, with the entire show on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as digital audio and video formats. Watch the videohere.
The band will be launching the tour on March 21st at the The Juggernaut at Gallup, NM and will conclude the tour on May 7th at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA .
Guitarist Dino Cazares had this to say, "To me, this album sounds not one day older today than it did in 1995. It's a metal classic for the ages and I'm excited that we are finally going to be able to perform it live in its entirety and songs from Genexus. Play fearlessly."
Frontman Burton C. Bell adds, "I am looking forward to the upcoming tour where Fear Factory will be performing Demanufacture in full for the first time since we released it in 1995. We have some good friends joining us for everyone's enjoyment. Please come and support the bands that tour hard, and play harder!"
The hour-long concert features musical styles ranging from heavy metal to bluegrass, ending with a montage of iconic guitar riffs. Watch the concert footage here.
The band consists of John 5 on guitar, Ian Ross on bass, and Rodger Carter on drums. The Behind the Nut Love continues through the Northeast concluding in Londonderry, New Hampshire on March 20th.See the tour dates here.
"After years of talking about doing a run together, I'm glad Memphis May Fire and us have finally made it happen," reveals We Came As Romans' vocalist Dave Stephens. "We've been close with the other bands on the tour since the beginning of our careers, and I have no doubt it will be nothing but an amazing time. Get your tickets quick cause this is a tour you won't want to miss!"
Memphis May Fire's Matty Mullins adds, "We've been talking about doing a tour like this with WCAR for ages. Finally, our schedules aligned and it's happening! With Miss May I and For Today also on the bill, this package is stacked! All great bands and all great friends of ours. I believe this will be one of 2016's most exciting tours. See ya there!"
Just prior to the co-headline run, We Came As Romans will head out on a headliner of their own, with support from Miss May I, Wilson and Sworn In. The ten date run will kick off in Grand Rapids, MI on April 15.See the tour dates here.
The Week Off From Work Tour will kick off their upcoming east coast U.S. tour on March 26th in Rockaway, NJ - visiting a total of six cities before closing the tour in Philadelphia, PA on April 2nd.
They will be touring in support of their debut full-length album Thalassas. According to the announcement, combining influences ranging from classic groups such as Rush and Yes to modern experimental and prog performers Mastodon and The Mars Volta, Thalassas truly opened doors for the band - solidifying them as a group to watch in the up-and-coming progressive metal scene. Members of the press dubbed the album "adventurous" "virtuosic" and "technical" - to name a few choice descriptors.See the dates here.
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