Nothing to scratch your head at here, just the feel good news that AC/DC are indeed back with the second single “Realize” from their impending monster new album Power Up (out November 13th). I keep thinking of PWR BTTM when I see the PWR/UP stuff online, but whatever. The music is as utilitarian yet grand in bluesy, gritty scope as ever. Sure, there is a song called “Through The Mists Of Time”, which sounds like a Maiden or Rhapsody Of Fire song title, but you can’t blame the lads for getting a bit misty eyed or nostalgic in their old age. Still, this is no bullshit, true rock n’ roll.
While I haven’t been crazy about the album titles for the last few releases from the band, there is no questioning that the music still packs the punch and distinctive qualities the group are legendary for. The follow-up to 2014’s Rock Or Bust features AC/DC‘s 2020 lineup of Brian Johnson (vocals), Phil Rudd (drums), Cliff Williams (bass), Angus Young (guitar) and Stevie Young (guitar).
Power Up was recorded over a six-week period in August and September 2018 at Warehouse Studios in Vancouver with producer Brendan O’Brien. Having this exist in a miserable 2020 is downright fucking heartwarming news.
Kick back and enjoy the sound of some real veteran pros doing what they do best with a touch (but not too much) of modern slickness, but not too much greasing of the wheel. This is just good, workmanlike stadium level songwriting (with a slight touch of “Thunderstruck” melodic call back in the backing melody). God bless AC/DC and rock n roll.Add to My Radar
ELECTRIC CHILDREN, the grungy, glammy and trippy true rock n roll band helmed by Ramblin’ Eddie Lopez have premiered a new song at New Noise Magazine HERE. “Elizabeth Le Fey Will Have Her Revenge On Echo Park” is a soul rocking number that shouts out the woman behind Globelamp, a musical artist who has dealt with a lot of fake allies in the music scene.
This melodic but gritty new single will be on their forthcoming anticipated double LP, Moon Dreams, coming out in 2021 along with two other LPs, two EPs, and two new singles as part of a an ambitious release schedule for the band for next year. Moon Dreams will have appearances from members involved with Christian Death, Queens of the Stone Age, Jessika Von Rabbit, The Screamers, Brainspoon, and The Blasters.
This new single was produced by Ramblin’ Eddie Lopez and recorded by Zach Riley at Big Bad Sound Los Angeles. For fans of Screaming Trees, The Dead Weather, The Scientists, and X.
As we inch deeper into spooky season a lot of great bands are getting around to releasing stuff before the impending end of the year (and potential civil war). It has been a dread filled existential crisis of a year for likely everyone and so it is some solace to see the creative juices flow from some of our guiding lights. It sure is a hell of a lot better to hear good music than be awash in internet propaganda from QAnon folks who have rebranded Nazi Cult themes to suit their disgusting, fact-eroding purposes. I am sorry if this bullshit has infected the logic of any of your loved ones. It is really horrific and sad that these dipshits have any traction and cloud real anti-trafficking efforts with disinfo as well.
Anyway, from Eddie Van Halen passing to Trump skipping around the White House giving out Covid like Halloween candy to imbecile Rand Paul suggesting the fly that landed on Pence is part of the ‘deep state’, I could really use some fucking rock n roll! How about you?
First up, GRETA VAN FLEET return! I for one LOVE this band. They are back with a light bearing, groove heavy, rambling rocker “My Way, Soon”. I was worried they were breaking up after a few hazy social media posts recently but I guess the hiatus has thankfully passed.
Y’all need to get lives and stop shitting on these dudes so hard for wearing their Zep influences. This song reminds me a bit of “Over The Hills And Far Away” in a good way, a song made for joy, introspection and travel without slipping into Journey “Faithfully” levels of cheese. The melodies are infectious and lift your spirits while the band sound more comfortable than ever. Probably my favorite song from them since the likewise ear worm filled “When The Curtain Falls.”
Let’s get frank here. How many bands sound like Ramones , Misfits or hell, even Green Day? About a zillion. Or wanna be Depeche Mode bands or Interpol biting Joy Division? Or ultimate problematic losers Foxygen doing DARVO on Globelamp as well as trying to rip off Stones and ELO terribly. Greta are really nice guys doing what they love and actually play instruments for fucks sake and fans love it so stay pressed. It’s 2020- try to enjoy life.
“This song was inspired by what three years of touring did by opening so many doorways. This is my truth, how I feel about all of our travels, but I know it echoes the experiences and changes of perspectives for Jake, Sam, and Danny as well,” says Josh.
As Danny explains, “The definition of ’normal’ has very much broadened over the past couple of years, and it has affected us as musicians, especially in the writing and recording of this new album. We realized that while growing up, we had been shielded by a lot of things, we were unaware of a lot of things. And then we were thrown out into this huge world, and it was a bit of a culture shock at first.”
Killer Be Killed, the actual super group (that term gets tossed out much 2 casually often), are back as well! Max, Ben, Greg and Troy are all part of some of the most iconic bands in modern underground history and this collaboration has always seemed too “pinch me” good to be true, but it’s indeed actually real! The band’s excellently named Reluctant Hero sophomore album is due in November.
The track debuted yesterday via Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal hosted by Jose Mangin. The video, which was shot in Arizona last month, was directed by Jim Louvau and Tony Aguilera. All we can say is, “Fuck yeah, dudes!”
I am loving the whole rollercoaster of a heavy mind bending tune but Troy especially is commanding in his patented rough edged melodic style vocals.
Troy said of the song: “Dissecting the idea of uncertainty and how you pull from that to find your way. ‘Dream Gone Bad’ was initially spearheaded by Max and I, and as I listen back, through the collaborative process this creation’s final form has now become a dream-come-true.”
Prepare to have your mind exploded, fam. Let’s goooooooo.Add to My Radar
There are no words for how sad I am about the passing of Eddie Van Halen. The rock icon succumbed to cancer and left behind a huge, untouchable legacy. I like Van Halen better than fucking Led Zep, ok?! The guitarist forever changed the landscape of modern sound and inspired so many with his unfathomable compositions and dizzying talent. I listened to “Runnin’ With The Devil” tonight after I was done ugly crying and throwing up once and got goosebumps on my arms during the solo even though, like you, I have heard it a hundred thousand times.
Thank you so much Eddie for all you gave us! It was a thrill of my life to play briefly in a EVH and Motley tribute show and get to open for Jake E. Lee and it was so fun playing your songs on a stage and imagining what it was like for you guys. “Unchained” is the funnest song to sing in the world. It was touching to see Sammy offer condolences to Wolf. This is just brutal. No one has ever replicated what you did the same way.
A band who could combine humor, soul, pop, technical prowess, fun, sadness, theatrics and so much more. A person who encompassed it all. A legend.
Please play “Dreams” loudly tonight or any song from any era and just LOVE it all.
We’ll get higher and higher
Straight up we’ll climb
We’ll get higher and higher
Leave it all behind
— Wolf Van Halen (@WolfVanHalen) October 6, 2020
Oh NO! Speechless. A trailblazer and someone who always gave everything to his music. A good soul. I remember first seeing him playing at the Starwood in 1976 and he WAS Eddie Van Halen. So shocked and sad. My condolences to Wolfie and the family. https://t.co/ExAWzFAEYJ
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) October 6, 2020
HE CHANGED THE COURSE OF GUITAR WHAMMY BAR ROCK & RHYME… A GAME CHANGER… AND HIS MELODIC CRAZY WAS OVER THE TOP… WE’LL MISS YOU EDDIE…
LOVE FROM ABOVE
— Steven Tyler (@IamStevenT) October 7, 2020
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I’m just devastated to hear the news of the passing of my dear friend Eddie Van Halen. He fought a long and hard battle with his cancer right to the very end. Eddie was one of a very special kind of person, a really great friend. Rest In Peace my dear friend till we meet again. pic.twitter.com/Qs8tsLPANJ
— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) October 6, 2020
Rest In Peace Edward Van Halen. https://t.co/VdUACX5zJn
— Official Dio (@OfficialRJDio) October 6, 2020
Crushed. So fucking crushed. RIP Eddie Van Halen. You changed our world. You were the Mozart of rock guitar. Travel safe rockstar.
— —Nikki Sixx— (@NikkiSixx) October 6, 2020
Eddie Van Halen and Neil Peart were just too good for 2020.
We all are
My heart is broken
— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) October 6, 2020
Eddie Van Halen 🎸 Rest in Rock.
— Garbage (@garbage) October 6, 2020
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If pop hard rock infused glory is your bag you will be all about the stadium ready new Icon For Hire jam “Curse Or Cure”. One of the biggest sounding songs yet from the mega popular outfit (almost half a million monthly listeners on Spotify), “Curse Or Cure” channels stuff like Linkin Park and Pvris for maximum melodic and huge rock vibes. I feel like Halsey or From Ashes To New fans would heavily fuck with this as well.
“Curse Or Cure” was recorded during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic with the band merging their quarantine with Nashville Producer David Thulin in order to safely create the song. Then the track was mixed remotely by Grammy-Nominated engineer Romesh Dodangoda (Bring Me The Horizon, Don Broco, Busted and Kids in Glass Houses) in Cardiff, United Kingdom.
Happy Labor Day Freakend, head bangers. I hope you have all seen Bill & Ted 3 by now and are sort of aimlessly looking for something to chase it down with, cuz I have your RDA of hard rock fun right here! Here are two fun new music videos to help you keep your fists pumping over the weekend and into the far future.
First up we head with the mastermind Mr. Corey Taylor down ‘HWY 666’ in a new animated clip! #CMFT is out Oct. 2nd and is gonna own hard rock for late 2020. This song is demon spit, burnt asphalt and pure rebellion.
And secondly we have a rad new cover by Madame Mayhem for you of the Aerosmith classic “Livin’ On The Edge”, certainly fitting for these times. I always loved Joe’s guitars in this song and the cover does it justice! Just enough sweet and snarl in perfect balance. Makes sense…Madame Mayhem is very talented and this cover song was produced and arranged by Mark Hudson, who was also a songwriter on the original “Living On The Edge” with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
The video is “From The Vault” throwback footage, making of, and behind the scenes of the hustle at the beginning of MM’s rock career, a real behind the scenes take with live performance shots too! Crank it up! You can’t fake this kind of road won , rock as lived experience authenticity! And did we mention her voice rules?!Add to My Radar
Black Veil Brides have today released the re-recorded track “Perfect Weapon” off their recently announced brand new, re-imagined, re-recorded 2020 edition of their debut album re-titled Re-Stitch These Wounds. It sounds dominating and confident. Fans can check out the re-imagined track, “Perfect Weapon” below. This new album comes in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their debut We Stitch These Wounds. The forthcoming album Re-Stitch These Wounds will be released via Sumerian Records on Friday, July 31st. Pre-Orders are available from ReStitchTheseWounds.com.
Speaking on Re-Stitch These Wounds and his band’s 10th year milestone, frontman, Andy Biersack says:
“We are so excited to have the opportunity to revisit and reimagine our debut album for its 10 year anniversary. A decade ago I was just a teenager trying to find my way and meet like minded musicians, I was fortunate enough to meet Jake and Jinxx and we clicked instantly. I can remember writing so many of these songs in the tiny Hollywood apartment Jake and I shared and tracking our own demos, so to have the opportunity to take a look at these songs again and update them for the modern era of the band with Jake at the helm producing and mixing is a full circle moment for us.
We have never been happier as a band then in the current lineup and it’s amazing to get the chance to start over and do with this record what we always wished we could have done the first time around. This isn’t meant to be a replacement for the original album but rather a companion piece that we hope fans can enjoy and see the musical evolution of the band in a unique way.”Add to My Radar
Having a very bad and emotional day due to a death in the family. Distracting myself from feeling down by sharing some good old fashioned rock n’ roll with you all to try to make the world a cooler place. Really enjoyed the take no prisoners new jam “Gasoline” from Swedish hard rock fighters BÜRNER. These guys are no bullshit and will release the new album Baptized in Gasoline on 30th September 2020 via Time To Kill Records. It truly scratches the Lemmy itch and is a bad ass tune that picked me up off the ground a bit. Maybe it will cheer you all up as well if needed. Either way, the band fucking rock.
01. Hey Hey
03. Kill You Til You’re Dead
04. Run Like Hell
07. The Burner
08. Don’t Fake The Ache
10. Million Reasons To Cry
Extra tracks (only on CD):
12. On the Shitlist
How is everyone today? I am Reeling from finally seeing the 2018 movie Overlord. That was intense. Wow, a future cult classic. Why didn’t anyone tell me how good it was? Like The Thing meets Inglorious Basterds and with Jovan Adepo! That parachute scene is one of the craziest combat scenes I have ever seen in a war/horror movie. I am also pretty annoyed NY is going into stage 4. I just don’t think this reopening shit is safe yet, periodt. Especially when we are learning how much fucking grift went into the “relief” with no rent freeze and shit cash compared to other countries we are allegedly superior than. Kanye and megachurches and slimebag Kushners get relief but American citizens have to listen to Mitch gaslight? Hell no. Anyone trashing Ilhan Omar on Twitter right now is a moron and not to be trusted at all. We DO need huge structural and economic reform. Do not let bootlicking slugs fool you.
Phew. Anyway, RIP to the goat Ennio Morricone. I did not see enough tributes to his greatness on Facebook. For A Few Dollars More is my personal favorite theme he did. It is absolutely perfect. Speaking of the uber-corrupt Facebook, I only still use it for family and some people I would lose complete contact with otherwise, but I did become Facebook friends with friggin’ Mortiis today. That is one of the coolest things to happen to me perhaps ever. Speaking of brilliant instrumental music, you all better be listening to Spirit Of Rebellion. Talk about a genius.
First up, Resurrected In Black is the stunning brand new new release from Lynette Cerezo’s ongoing Berlin/LA triumph Bestial Mouths. One of the key acts spearheading a relevant revival of gothy, club friendly but also experimental and daunting industrial music with psychic cave-like depths (see also Caress, Vowws, Boy Harsher for semi-kindred spirits), Bestial Mouth’s latest is the most commanding yet. Cerezo really takes full control here and the results are incomparable. The song arrangements are even more gripping than before and showcase one of the strongest vocalists out there these days the way she deserves. Fave tracks: Dry As Dust, The Loss, The Fall.
NYC avant-garde Candiria offshoot Spylacopa have been an enduring and powerful project over the years, somehow manifesting an almost primeval channeling of energies regardless of the widely morphing genres John LaMacchia’s interests roam amongst. The current stellar line-up also includes Frank Godla, Sabrina Ellie and Michael MacIvor and they have released a killer cover of Ween’s most cult classic tune “Baby Bitch” this week HERE. John and Sabrina killed it on the vox together and man that fretless sounds so fuckin’ good with Frank’s drums. Also love the beefy fills that are like barely restrained but don’t cross the threshold. This is why Godla is a drumboat (that is a new technical term for drummers who create a vortex of nerdy percussion crushes amongst other percussionists, haha).
Mixed by John LaMacchia and mastered by Mario Quintero / Audio MQ, the cover sounds incredible and is for a good cause, to benefit The Innocence Project. Full premiere here at Brooklyn Vegan! Support. Seriously, we need to make sure people aren’t wrongfully convicted and that lives are not destroyed. PMA.
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My favorite live band of prison planet escaping Earth rockers are likely just as good via virtual concert.
Clutch will perform a streamed concert titled “Live From The Doom Saloon Volume 1” on May 27th. They will be supported remotely by Crowbar, Blacktop Mojo, and Saul. That’s a decent range of hard rock variety. This unique online concert format has been produced in conjunction with Sound Talent Group (STG), and LiveFrom Events and will use cutting-edge streaming technology to close the distance between the bands and the fans for an amazing virtual concert experience.
Says Neil Fallon: “Over the past weeks, Clutch has been streaming very short sets on our YouTube channel, OfficialClutch. We are excited to announce that we will be playing a much longer set and teaming up with Crowbar, Blacktop Mojo, and Saul for a virtual four-band bill. Doors are at 3:30 PM, Saul goes on at 4 PM, followed by Blacktop Mojo at 4:35 PM and Crowbar at 5:10 PM. Clutch’s set will start at approximately 5:55 PM. All times are Eastern Standard Time. Have a beer in your pajamas!”
Pre-registration is available today, with tickets going onsale on Wednesday at 10am EST: www.livefrom.events/ DoomSaloon
Clutch also revamped their fan fave stoner anthem (one of several, haha) “Willie Nelson”. The new version is a little cleaner production-wise and slightly more uptempo/soulful.Add to My Radar
WALKING BOMBS has released a new track in association with Nefarious Industries. The Guns N’ Roses influenced punk song features guests Taraka Larson (ex-Prince Rama) and Sean-Paul Pillsworth (Nightmares For A Week).
Hear WALKING BOMBS’ “Brash Bandages” early via New Noise Magazine at THIS LOCATION.
Nefarious Industries will release “Brash Bandages” on all digital platforms this Friday, Marcy 27th. Find preorders HERE.A new album will follow later this year.
“The song was a meditation on if it was possible to write a tune inspired by GnR but about how to survive in life and make healthier choices for yourself emotionally, spiritually and physically,” Evans says. “We jokingly were calling it “Appetite For Kombucha”. It still rocks though and was super fun to crank out before I get full bore working on my next album.” – Morgan Y. Evans
The single follows WALKING BOMBS’ productive 2019 which saw the release of two albums through Nefarious Industries, leading with the Suicide By Citizenship collaborative album with Gridfailure, which featured guests from Tad, Kylesa, All Out War, Built To Spill, Surmiser, Globelamp, Full Scale Riot, Megalophobe, and more. Just a few months later, the outfit released the Sphinges, Sibling Selves And Queens album which featured guests from Cycle Sluts From Hell, The Beautiful Bastards, Globelamp, Gridfailure, Stormland, and others.Add to My Radar
Springfield, MO Hard rock road tested melodic sensations Paralandra are a best kept not-so secret band in the genre who could appeal with ease to Delain, Godsmack and Halestorm fans. The group have a solid work ethic and are back with a timely new video -filmed by Adrienne Beacco- for their new song “Love Will Win.” Big vocals and a lot of guitar shred in this one over in charge rock grooves that mean business. I like the lyric where I think Casandra Carson is saying ,“when the lie is so sweet you’ll follow your fiction.” Hope I got that right!
Anyhow, give the video some love below and hopefully it gets your mind off of the stressful virus for a moment. Sending hope and a raised fist out to everyone reading this.Add to My Radar
Metallic hardcore troopers RINGWORM have some looming tour dates with fellow veterans All Out War, the buzzed about High Command and ragers Genocide Pact (who just got a killer nod from no less than Kerrang as one of the top 50 best death metal bands right now).
RINGWORM is touring in support of their 8th studio album Death Becomes My Voice, out now on CD/LP/Digital. Physical packages are available via Relapse.com HERE. Digital Downloads / Streaming Services are available HERE.
Tour Dates BELOW.
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Technical death metal pioneers DEEDS OF FLESH return after a seven year hiatus with their 9th studio album Nucleus, set for release via Unique Leader Records on 11th December 2020 (Vinyl release 15th January 2021). The band's first release since the tragic passing of guitarist / vocalist and Unique Leader founder Erik Lindmark, who lost a battle with sclerosis in 2018, Nucleus features guest performances some of the biggest names in extreme metal to celebrate his life and contribution to metal. Vocalist Jacoby Kingston is joined by members of Pathology, Gorguts, Dying Fetus, Submerged, Decrepit Birth and more. With a mix of the old and new style of DEEDS OF FLESH writing, this album is the completion of a story that began with Of What's to Come (2008) and ran through Portals to Canaan (2013). The music was written by Erik Lindmark (RIP), Craig Peters, Ivan Munguia and Darren Cesca, and had been recorded and partially mixed for almost four years. When Erik Lindmark passed in 2018, vocalist Jacoby Kingston came out of retirement to help finish the album. Alongside long-time drummer Mike Hamilton, they finished the story arc, wrote the lyrics and made the vocal arrangements for Nucleus.