Hard rock hound dogs VOLBEAT today have announced a substantial tour with ghastly (in a good way) company!
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William from Alice In Chains has collabed on a hypnotic and dirgy, very layered and enveloping song called “We Who Walk in Light” with Greg Anderson of Sunn O))) and Goatsnake fame. The unique pairing of a song appears on The Lord’s Bandcamp project page HERE and you can hear it below as well.
“We Who Walk In Light” just came to me. I simply reacted to the music Greg sent, tracked and arranged all my parts at home alone. I wrote it as I was singing it, all at once, no second guessing. Thankfully, my wife was out of town at the time as she might have been a bit unsettled by some of the sounds emanating from the basement. It’s basically a heavy metal Buddhist monk choir with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan flying in for a cameo. I’m sure it’s channeling some of the tension of current times. I was happy to be asked by The Lord to collaborate and I’m glad to donate the proceeds to my friend Brother Wayne Kramer’s organization, Jail Guitar Doors.”
As stated above, proceeds from sales of this track will be donated to
Jail Guitar Doors
As we get pumped for the self titled album ZEAL & ARDOR that will be out the 11th of February 2022 (preorder it now HERE) , today we can also add that the controversial and revolutionary band will be part of a tour that will surely be spoken of in the legends of metal history someday.
The band announced it thusly on Facebook:
Servants! After way too long a time we are thrilled to announce we are touring the US. Not just that we will be supporting the mighty Mastodon and the incomparable Opeth. It goes without saying that we are beyond thrilled about this. See you out there. Tickets go on sale Sept 17th 10am local time.
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A statement from Mike Patton:
“Sorry to report that due to mental health reasons, I cannot continue with the currently scheduled Faith No More and Mr. Bungle dates.
I have issues that were exacerbated by the pandemic that are challenging me right now. I don’t feel I can give what I should at this point and I am not going to give anything less than 100 percent. I am sorry to our fans and hope to make it up to you soon.
The bands’ support me in this decision and we look forward to working through this in a healthy way.”
We want to send love to Mike, the fuckin’ GOAT, at this time. It takes a lot to be that honest about feeling subpar and to put health first. This is one way to stop stigma, to normalize that it is ok to have to sit things out if it might tip you into a spiral. One love and much respect to both bands.
The other members of Faith No More have ALSO issued a statement regarding the band’s tour cancelation:
“To say that we feel shattered by these cancellations would be a complete understatement. It has been a real challenge to return to this music after a 5 year absence, but we have been working hard for a few months now, and these last few rehearsals left no doubt that we were back to top form, which makes this statement very difficult to write.
Coming on almost two years of pandemic and lack of work, it has been heartbreaking to give our crew the news. We consider our crew like family. And then, equally importantly, we are aware of what this means to our fans, who have been patiently supporting us– hoping, as we have, for a break in this frustrating situation. Many folks have taken isolation quite hard, and patiently waited as shows have been postponed time and time again. This will be tough for them.
And yet in spite of all this, we have a family member who needs help. We believe that forging ahead with these dates would have had a profoundly destructive effect on Mike, whose value to us as a brother means more to us than his job as singer. He can count on our 100% support to do what he needs to do to get things right. Just as we also ask for your support right now.
Thank you for continuing to believe in us.”
– Bill, Jon, Mike B. & Roddy”
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— Faith No More (@FaithNoMore) September 14, 2021
RED FANG have announced today plans to cancel a slew of upcoming appearances out of caution over the current shit minefield that is American touring during a pandemic.
Unfortunately, our cautious optimism has turned into stark realism and we have decided to cancel our appearance at Louder Than Life festival and our upcoming Fall US tour in the interest of public safety. We feel it’s not realistic to play shows in a safe/responsible manner and the best thing to do is hang back and wait until the situation improves. Until then, take care of each other. Love, Red Fang.
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The humorous hard hitting heshers newest album is called Arrows and it fuckin’ slaps like gym shorts commando balls. Kudos to the band for following their moral compass.Add to My Radar
RUBY THE HATCHET have signed a deal with Magnetic Eye Records, joining the label as its biggest signing yet. The meteoric rising psychedelic rockers from New Jersey will release scorching new material in 2022 via the label.
Singer Jillian Taylor describes what’s ahead for RUBY THE HATCHET: “Our next album is going to encapsulate 5-plus years of musical growth. Multiple members have become singers and songwriters within the band, and listeners will hear new voices and directions picking up right where ‘Planetary Space Child’ left off and expanding upwards. Ruby has evolved a lot through our touring years, and there has been much to reflect on over the last year specifically. Our first foray with MER is going to be a major ear tease for what’s to come with the upcoming full-length. On our last US tour supporting Kadavar, we stopped into Earthquaker HQ in Akron, Ohio, for a session before our show that night. It was the dead of winter and we were trying out two new songs throughout the tour that the band was super excited about. At this point, we had been road-dogging for a few years straight and felt very much in the pocket. When we listened back to the session after returning home, we couldn’t believe it was live… Jeff France and the Earthquaker crew had captured us in the height of our tour tightness, and as soon as we brought it to MER, they agreed that this live session deserved a special release of its own. We like to take our time and truly try to challenge ourselves with every release, so thank you to everyone for waiting. It always feels as if we first embark by writing outside of our abilities, like trying to lasso wild horses in the dark, but now we’re saddled up and ready to ride.”
On the signing, Taylor continues: “This next group of songs really scratch the itch of rock and roll progression for us, and taking them to Magnetic Eye Records is something we are incredibly excited about. The gang had such a good feeling upon initially working with Jadd and MER several years back for our contribution to their Pink Floyd Redux releases. They were one of the first labels we saw doing curated cover compilations and reaching out to bands organically to get involved. Ruby has been in the game for a while now, but we keep it pretty simple and centered around the craft, something MER picked up on and made easy… no frills, just people digging music. Ideas and communication flow freely with them, and we are really looking forward to all the fun collaborations this partnership will bring.”
MER’s Jadd Shickler welcomes RUBY THE HATCHET: “Magnetic Eye took some big steps in 2020, and started to think about bands we’d always loved to imagine on our roster but hadn’t felt ready to approach previously”, reveals the label director. “Ruby the Hatchet immediately leapt to my mind. They’re masters at taking inspiration from decades of rock history and creating fresh, progressive, captivating songs. And live, there’s just no one and nothing like them onstage in this century. I couldn’t have been happier to find them excited at the prospect of working together, and I’m really stoked at the ways Magnetic Eye’s scope is expanding thanks to the arrival of bands like Ruby, Heavy Temple and Besvärjelsen. I can’t wait to see this all reach critical mass in 2022, and hope the fans of what we do are just as excited!”
RUBY THE HATCHET’s “Live at Earthquaker” 7-inch EP will arrive near the beginning of 2022. Their new full-length album will be released later in 2022 as well, and is being recorded with PAUL RITCHIE (The Parlor Mob, gods) at New Future Studio in Belmar, NJ.
The band have announced the following upcoming performances:
9/18/21 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s • with Heavy Temple, Grave Bathers & Leather Lung
9/24/21 – Seaside Heights, NJ – EJ’s for Cheap Thrills • with Wreaths and Castle Rat
10/3/21 – Princeton, NJ – Terrace F Club
10/29/21 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Saint • with Deathchant
10/30/21 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool • with High Reeper & Deathchant
10/31/21 – Boston, MA – The Middle East • with Sasquatch, Lo Pan & Deathchant
Melbourne hard rockers Stonetrip have released a song addressing addiction, a new single called “Nightmare”. Calling to mind early Def Leppard or The Cult with bluesy atmospheric enhanced hard rock, the song just has a certain feeling of authenticity that elevates it from your average rock fodder. Ricki Rae of Lighthill Sound Recording Studio worked on it with the group and the results speak for themselves.
From the press release:
‘Nightmare’ is the reality of silent suffering for too long. Your overindulgent urges catch up with your uncontrollable need for sex, drugs & rock ‘n’ roll, with them being continually consumed to a blur. You know the solution is too hard to deal with, yet you keep fighting yourself every day for the cure. You return to sleep, waking to do it all over again. It’s a Nightmare!
As someone who is on a nearly two years booze free stretch and has also been a narcotics addict, I found this tune very relatable. It called to mind a place I never want to go back to and the music made me thankful for the gains I have made and good people in my life.
With Guns N’ Roses eternal Appetite For Destruction inching towards its’ mid-thirties yesterday, it is a good time to consider the current state of hard rock genre. While the danger days of the Sunset Strip are gone or much more watered down than they used to be, the genre of hard rock as a whole was never confined to L.A. anyway. Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold pull huge crowds and still rule the roost currently and bands like Rival Sons or Royal Blood have been holding down the fort. And don’t forget the charming and dedicated Wolfie Van Halen! Who are some artists in the genre that inspire y’all currently? It is ok, Niratias – as Chevelle tell us. So it is ok if you aren’t decisive. We got you covered!
Ayron Jones has impressed me lately with a blend of soul, grunge influences and so much more. Jones can really play but also knows restraint and dynamics. Plus, I love any Seattle musician who gives props to Kim Thayil as an influence. Check out the Child Of The State release and turn your frown upside down with some great tunes. Certainly one of the coolest dudes in the game right now.
We are past the time when bands like Candlebox or Bush were in super heavy rotation but that doesn’t mean there aren’t modern rock bands getting lots of love. Some acts such as In This Moment, for example, have some stage shows that rival pop acts in scale and imagination. And Clutch continues to grow and dominate everything they take a Kraken at.
Count The Pretty Reckless out at your own peril. The band’s fourth album is basically unstoppable and a huge and vindicating moment for the Taylor Momsen led act. The Pretty Reckless became the first female-fronted band to have five number one singles when “Death by Rock and Roll” rose to the top of the Mainstream Rock Chart. I know that term is frowned upon as we all want to consider cis women (or any woman) a musician before their sex or gender identity but it still is a fucking rad accomplishment however you frame it. Much respect.
I never understood people who trash talked Momsen. She seems cool as fuck and her band rocks. They certainly are dedicated to their craft and it honestly just reeks of the basest sexism when people dismissed her out of hand. Who is laughing now, fuck faces?!! hahaha.
In April 2018, the band’s longtime-producer, Kato Khandwala, was involved in a motorcycle accident and died later due to injuries from the crash. I commend Taylor and the band for not giving up in such a bleak moment and for the fact that Taylor was able to come back from a dark time and reclaim her health. What is more rock and roll than a personal redemption?
August will see the release of Power Trio from outspoken power rocker Danko Jones, one of the most talented and fiery live performers in the world.
The long running band deserve an award at this point for being genre torch bearers and literally never sucking. Three cheers for hard rock’s continued survival!Add to My Radar
On October 22nd internationally, Dying Victims Productions will release a special new EP from Hexenbrett, Intermezzo dei quattro coltelli nudi, on CD, music cassette, and 12” vinyl formats. And today, Deaf Forever magazine’s website reveals the new track “Die Teuflischen von Acapulco (Satan Sangre).” Hear Hexenbrett‘s “Die Teuflischen von Acapulco (Satan Sangre)” in its entirety exclusively HERE.
It was but May of the cursed year of 2020 when Hexenbrett truly came into their own with their shockingly masterful debut album, Zweite Beschwörung: Ein Kind zu töten, courtesy of Dying Victims. While the enigmatic duo of Josto Feratu and Scarlettina Bolétte had definitely turned heads with Erste Beschwörung EP in 2019, their debut album’s idiosyncratic kaleidoscope of Varathron, Jean Rollin, Danzig, Goblin, and Van Halen emerged as completely unique and unlike little else around.
Predictably unpredictable, Hexenbrett return with a crazed ‘n’ crazy EP that’s the result of canceled concerts and tours: the four-song Intermezzo dei quattro coltelli nudi. As suggested by its titled, the record is no “beschwörung” but, rather, an intermezzo. Because, for the first time in the brief history of Hexenbrett, this EP does not feature performances by Josto Feratu or Scarlettina Bolétte. Instead, the tracks were recorded by what had been the live line-up for 2020, but of course under the watchful eyes and ears of the clandestine couple.
Suitably, Intermezzo dei quattro coltelli nudi strays some from the Hexenbrett sound so far revealed whilst etching the band’s twisted identity even further. With all songs and lyrics written by the duo of Feratu and Bollétte – except for a reverential cover of the early Misfits track “Return of the Fly” – the band’s original material here displays new facets in Hexenbrett’s sound: heavier, weirder, more atmospheric and more aggressive. It’s basically more of everything and the most accurate presentation of The Sound Of the Bloody Iris to date, and bloody fucking good no matter how you cut!
While Hexenbrett’s previous full-length record featured unexplainable additional sounds in the background of the tracks, the material on Intermezzo… had to be re-recorded many times as things got lost continuously. It seems as if Feratu and Bolétte are still haunted from their past… But hark! Intermezzo dei quattro coltelli nudi is no taster/teaser of the second Hexenbrett full-length. Those mysteries are only known to the duo.
In the meantime, hear the brand-new track “Die Teuflischen von Acapulco (Satan Sangre)” exclusively HERE, courtesy of Deaf Forever, Germany’s defenders of the true. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Hexenbrett’s Intermezzo dei quattro coltelli nudi
1. Die Teuflischen Von Acapulco (Satan Sangre) [4:39]
2. Return Of The Fly [Misfits cover] [3:00]
4. Joie De Mort [3:29]
5. Sadist [5:24]
Don’t be worried that the rock scene can’t handle both a Mammoth and a Mastodon, cuz they are entirely different beasts (ha). MAMMOTH WVH is, of course, the long gestating project of Wolfgang Van Halen. It sounds nothing like Mammoth Grinder. LOVING the superb album art, though.
Wolfie teased this baby for like half a decade, it feels like. Recorded at the iconic 5150 Studios, the production is very clean but the tones still sound great for what he is going for. Michael Baskette produced, known for working with Slash, Alter Bridge, Muddle of Pudd and more.
It is impressive that the young multi-instrumentalist pulled off this monster hard rock album in the midst of so much else going on. It serves basically as his “first Foo Fighters” record where so much was done by one person. And speaking of Foos, “Horribly Right” reminds me of them and STP in the stomp department. You can hear the time spent with Clint Lowery and Tremonti really paid off in that every song has catchy as fuck arena radio rock moments with big hooks. The tunes don’t differentiate themselves as much as Van Halen songs, but there is a lot to enjoy.
“Mr Ed” reminds me of Broken Valley-era LOA and lots of era STP, with a bigger, less miserable radio chorus ala Shinedown. WVH tends towards uplifting and sort of positive sounding melodies, never shying away from harmonies or feeling comfortable with being poppy- but never to a detriment. That is rare these days.
“Epiphany” is my favorite. A big soaring almost Jesusy chorus and piano and a big bridge that made me reminisce on “Right Now” Van Halen memories. Lifting you up to feel grand while still having something to say. “Where were you when it went to hell…”?
“Don’t Back Down” has a ‘Beautiful People’-esque drum and guitar interplay pattern in the verses (fuck Manson, just noticing a similar beat) but the song is basically a huge hard rock bluesy riff fest with very clean, uplifting vocal melodies. So much of this album is meant to propel momentum and make toes tap. Honestly, I get Lifehouse “Hanging By A Moment” vibes from a lot of the vocals but Wolfie has a higher register and is less annoying doing that style.
On the GnR tour the huge ending riff of this tune will blow heads off.
“Resolve” has a beautiful jangly guitar intro Van Hagar fans could get behind. The vibe is very bright and sort of reminds me of “Angel’s Son” by Sevendust (albeit without the sad theme of that classic). The guitar leads tone is just unbelievably crisp and smooth. Of course “Distance” is another highlight and a tribute to his dad, beloved and missed by millions.
All in all a solid and impressive outing right out the gate under incredible scrutiny. It is way more commercial than what I usually hang with, but you have to give props where due. Wolfgang is clearly dedicated and a great dude who deserves all the accolades and appreciation coming his way. I bet these tunes sound even better live!
French rock band MUDDLES have a new winner of a video for their song “Human Aptitude”, a melodic and shifting groove rock and metal hybrid that ought to appeal to fans of Chevelle, Lacuna Coil and many more. The song is from their imminent June 11 Klonosphere Records release Mind Muddling, and shows the serious (cough) aptitude of the group for writing melodic, tough-edged and memorable head boppers.
Track-listing de « Mind Muddling » :
03. September Day
04. Spring isn’t canceled
05. Toxic Friend
08. We are not Alright
10. Human Aptitude
Barbara Mogore – Chant
Jérome Pelouin – Guitare
Mario Light – Basse
Fabien Dunoyer – Batterie
Hard rock heroine and living legend LITA FORD will bring her lively legacy act to a slew of venues and a few Festivals this June and July in the USA! RESPECT!
5 – Sunbury, PA – Live United Live Music Fest
11 – Rice Lake, WI – AquaFest
24 – Brainerd, MN – Lakes Jam Festival
25 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
26 – Tulsa, OK – IDL Ballroom
1 – Indianapolis, IN – Marion County Fair
4 – Columbia, MD – M3 Rock Festival
8 – Streator, IL – Northpoint Field
16 – Ashland, VA – Marks & Harrison Pavillion
17 – Roanoke, VA – Berglund Performing Arts Theatre
19 – Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s
20 – Mentor, OH – Mentor Civic Amphitheater
21 – Lorain, OH – Rockin’ The River Festival
23 – Grover Hill, OH – Wetzel Moto Rally
24 – Columbus, OH – King Of Clubs
31 – Beaver Dam, KY – Rock The Dam Fest
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GET READY PEOPLE! 2021 Tour Dates! Rolling through your town in June & July, with more dates being announced soon! For more info & ticket-links, visit: https://t.co/03qjNzERxm! pic.twitter.com/GlByRprXH4
— Lita Ford (@litaford) May 17, 2021
BALA has come to shake you out of you complacency! The Galicia, Spain duo is Anxela Baltar (vocals, guitars) and Violeta Mosquera (vocals, drums), wielding heavy grooves and catchy but determined and anarchic vocals to excellent effect. I detect some L7 crunch and wolfish glee mixed with Breeders level melodic command, if more spiteful. In short, this fucking rips!
I am really tempted to pull the trigger on some tix for the NY show, but I have no idea wtaf I will be doing in October or where I will even be. I thought I would at least tell y’all and support the band that way.
The excellent band are supporting 2020’s The Great Dismal, a perfect jump on point for fans who somehow missed all their other dope records and a triumphant reminder of their power for everyone else.
Speaking of which, NOTHING celebrates the 5th anniversary of the Tired of Tomorrow full-length (my favorite) with a special deluxe LP! The limited LP features a flexi disc 7” with an exclusive unreleased demo and alternate ‘aged’ artwork. Officially out worldwide on November 5th.
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The gnarliest punk album of the year just dropped. Love Is A Lie, Filth Is Eternal from Filth Is Eternal (formerly F'd and B'd) reminds us that there was a time when Seattle bands were considered dangerous, when Mudhoney might jump on your face and half the roster of Sub Pop didn't look like even Starbucks wasn't gentrified enough for their tepid, pale faced indie rock bullshit. Filth Is Eternal plays an explosive blend of go for the throat, not a moment wasted punk n' roll married to Sonic Youth flirting dissonance and with tones ugly enough to make Fudge Tunnel blush and The Bronx seem like Captain & Tennille. Fronted by an actual snarling wild animal over some of the best riffs and beats you have ever heard. This record reminds me of a show I played in 1997 with my old band Fuse where I got wasted on unclean tapline Rolling Rocks and bottom shelf whiskey after getting a tattoo and ended up rolling on a country bar floor half nude and bleeding and smearing black grime and tattoo inky residue and blood everywhere, waking up the next day feeling kind of aroused and ready to fight literally anything but also half dead. Sirhan Sirhan is gonna get out of jail and be all stoked to enter polite society and this shit will play and it will retrigger a hypnotic trance and make dude go all Winter Soldier on some dudes. If your band doesn't bang as hard as the ending of "The Dog", just quit now.