According to Billboard, LED ZEPPELIN's classic track "Immigrant Song" has landed on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart (dated April 29) for the first time. The tune entered the chart at No. 16, fueled by its appearance in the trailer for "Thor: Ragnarok".
"Immigrant Song" debuted on Hot Rock Songs with 7,000 downloads sold in the week ending April 13, up from a nominal sum the week before, according to Nielsen Music.
The third movie in Marvel Studios' Thor franchise, "Thor: Ragnarok", is due in theaters on November 3.
"Immigrant Song" first appeared on LED ZEPPELIN's third studio album, "Led Zeppelin III", released in 1970 via Atlantic Records.
Following the appearance of ZEPPELIN's "Kashmir" in "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" (1982), almost two decades went by before the cult film "Almost Famous" (2000) showcased the ZEPPELIN tracks "Misty Mountain Hop", "The Rain Song" and three others, followed by "Immigrant Song" in "School Of Rock" (2003) and "Shrek The Third" (2007), and "Good Times Bad Times" in "The Fighter" (2010). More recently, "When The Levee Breaks" was featured in "Argo", while "What Is And What Should Never Be" appeared in "Silver Linings Playbook", followed by "Good Times Bad Times" in 2013's "American Hustle" and "When The Levee Breaks" in 2015's "The Big Short".
Spike TV's hit original reality-competition series "Ink Master" returns for a ninth season on Tuesday, June 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, with the highest stakes yet and twice as much prize money on the line. This season, shops from all around the country are sending two of their strongest artists to compete for a $200,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked and, for the first time in "Ink Master" history, the title of "Master Shop."
This season comes with a new twist, as artists will be competing in pairs and representing their hometown shops. Throughout the competition, the artists are not only tested on their technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, as they must conceive and execute original tattoos on "human canvases." Each episode will focus on a different and distinct style of tattooing, and as always, while the artists' masterpieces will last a lifetime…so will their mistakes.
After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel comprised of JANE'S ADDICTION guitarist, filmmaker and artist Dave Navarro, as well as world-renowned tattoo artists Chris Nuñez ("Miami Ink") and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).
You can watch the "Ink Master" promo featuring Dave Navarro performing an original rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" below.
"Ink Master" completed its eighth season on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 with a live 90-minute finale that delivered 2.2 million viewers. Season 8 averaged 2.1 million viewers and was the second highest rated in series history among W18-49. For the full season, 57% of the audience was female, the most in series history, demonstrating the network's ongoing plan to deliver gender-balanced original hit series.
"Ink Master" is produced for Spike by Truly Original ("Swamp People", "The Real Housewives Of Atlanta", "Vanity Fair Confidential") with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock and Andrea Richter serving as executive producers. Truly Original is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD's video for the song "God Damn" will make its online debut on April 26. The clip was filmed in February in the Los Angeles area.
A preview of the "God Damn" video is available below. Also available is behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the clip.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD will join METALLICA for the latter's "WorldWired" 2017 North American tour. Produced by Live Nation, the summer's hottest ticket kicks off May 10 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland with openers VOLBEAT.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD is touring in support of its seventh album, "The Stage", which was given a surprise release at the end of October with almost no promotion beforehand.
"The Stage" debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 album chart back in November following its surprise release. Co-produced by the band and Joe Barresi, the disc features eleven panoramic tracks tied together by an Artificial Intelligence theme. Inspired by the writings of Carl Sagan and Elon Musk, the album is the band's first thematic release. While the term "AI" conjures up images of robots and fantasy films, the band steers clear of a science fiction storyline. Instead, the album sees them taking a futurist's look at the accelerated rate at which technology's intelligence is expanding and what that means — good and bad — for the future.
The album's epic 15-minute-plus closing track, "Exist", features a guest appearance by award-winning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson giving a spoken-word performance he penned specifically for the album.
Asked why AVENGED SEVENFOLD decided to release an album with no advance notice, singer M. Shadows told Rolling Stone: "Well, man, a lot of it has to do with boredom. [Laughs] Everyone else is dropping the breadcrumbs, having four or five singles before their record comes out. It completely takes away the mystique of the record; by the time it actually comes out, you've already done 50 interviews about what the record's about and is going to sound like. It's 2016; people's attention spans are so short at this point, who has time for three months of lead-up? You've got five guys over here who are very bored of that; so for us, it was about keeping the hype very short and sweet, and then executing on all levels. Here's the record – we spent a long time on it, and it's available for you now. And now we can all learn about the record together, after you hear it, instead of hearing all these things about it as we're dribbling crumbs at you. We just said, 'No BS this time — we're just going to do everything that we want to do, from the live show to the merchandising, to how we present this thing and how we release it.'"
Regarding how Neil deGrasse Tyson's involvement came about, M. Shadows said: "The song came from the idea of wanting to replicate the Big Bang in a heavy-metal sort of way, like, 'OK, this is what it would have sounded like when this happened!' It's like a huge classical piece. We love Gustav Holst's 'The Planets', but no one's really hit the Big Bang, so we did it! I wanted it to be all instrumental, and then Brian [guitarist Synyster Gates] was like, 'Well, I think there should be some vocals on it.' So we ended up with a compromise where it's like, 'OK, when the vocals come in, that's Earth — that's the first time that life starts after the cooling-down period of the Big Bang.' Originally, we wanted to use a recording of Carl Sagan reading an excerpt from 'The Pale Blue Dot', but [his estate] isn't really letting people use that. So we reached out to Neil."
ZAKK SABBATH, the all-star BLACK SABBATH cover band featuring guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE), bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (OZZY OSBOURNE, ROB ZOMBIE) and drummer Joey Castillo (DANZIG, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, BL'AST!), will release a limited-edition EP, "Live In Detroit", on June 16 via Southern Lord Recordings.
The three tracks comprising "Live In Detroit" were captured at the band's thundering performance at The Fillmore in Detroit, Michigan on October 28, 2016.
Southern Lord will release "Live In Detroit" as a one time, vinyl-only pressing in multiple color variants. Additionally, the band will have the "Live In Detroit" EP available for purchase throughout their upcoming tour (see dates below).
Check out the music video for "War Pigs", directed by Justin Reich, below.
"Live In Detroit" track listing:
01. War Pigs (13:25)
02. Supernaut (4:57)
03. Fairies Wear Boots (7:33)
ZAKK SABBATH will embark on its first-ever U.S. headlining tour next month, paying tribute to heavy metal's most important band of all time. The month-long trek will commence on May 18 and run through June 17, with stops at this year's Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma.
ZAKK SABBATH tour dates:
May 18 - Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
May 19 - Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
May 20 - BB&T Pavilion @ WMMR BBQ - Camden, NJ
May 21 - MAPFRE Stadium @ Rock On The Range - Columbus, OH
May 23 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
May 25 - Warehouse Live Studio - Houston, TX
May 26 - Gas Monkey Live - Dallas, TX w/ The Sword
May 27 - Catch The Fever Festival Grounds @ Rocklahoma - Pryor, OK
May 28 - Fubar - St. Louis, MO
May 30 - Exit/In - Nashville, TN
May 31 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Jun. 02 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
Jun. 03 - KQRC's Rockfest - Kansas City, MO
Jun. 04 - Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
Jun. 06 - The Pin - Spokane, WA
Jun. 07 - The Crocodile - Seattle, WA
Jun. 08 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
Jun. 09 - Riverview Ranch @ 40th Annual Redwood Run - Piercy, CA
Jun. 10 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA
Jun. 17 - El Rey - Los Angeles, CA
The official lyric video for the song "The Plague That Stalks The Darkness" from LOCK UP — the international grindcore "supergroup" featuring Kevin Sharp (BRUTAL TRUTH, PRIMATE, VENOMOUS CONCEPT), Anton Reisenegger (PENTAGRAM, CRIMINAL), Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH, BRUJERIA, VENOMOUS CONCEPT) and Nick Barker (CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR) — can be seen below. The track is taken from LOCK UP's latest album, "Demonization", which was released on March 10 via Listenable. The disc was recorded at Parlour Recording Studios in Kettering, U.K. with longtime friend and acclaimed producer Russ Russell (THE EXPLOITED, NAPALM DEATH, EVILE, THE BERZERKER, DIMMU BORGIR).
"Demonization" track listing:
01. Blood And Emptiness
02. The Decay Within The Abyss
05. Demons Raging
06. Desolation Architect
07. Instruments Of Armageddon
09. The Plague That Stalks The Darkness
10. Foul From The Pure
11. Mind Fight
13. Secret Parallel World
14. We Challenge Death"Demonization" is the first LOCK UP album to feature "vokillist" Kevin Sharp, who replaced Tomas Lindberg (AT THE GATES) in 2014.
Kevin made his live debut with LOCK UP at Manizales Grita Rock festival in Colombia in October 2014.
"Demonization" has been long in the making for a variety of reasons. Logistically, the band is based in different corners of the globe. Life invades at any given moment, disrupting the thought process as it does for anyone. At the same time, the realities/brutalities of life have also inspired the band's creative process in many ways.
Lyrically, this record deals with the rise and the fall and the rise again of the human consciousness: The struggle to resist the powers that be, the addiction of escape, the turmoil of reality, and how to survive the carnage and come out stronger....the reborn phoenix!
Musically, Reisenegger's riffs scream out in every mutated direction — fast, heavy and darkly colorful manifesting a true homage to the underground from which the band members all originate while simultaneously setting new standards in extremity. Barker's drumming surpasses lightning speeds of precision. The chaos is joyfully indefinable as he charges through the compositions like a bull to the red flag of hate. Embury's bass tones once again invoke rapid, low-end bestial movements to carry the lost souls across The River Styx! And Sharp, what needs to be said? Nearly thirty years of guttural exorcisms that continue to inspire the world underdogs. It just doesn't get any better that this.
Tye Trujillo, the 12-year old son of METALLICA's Robert Trujillo and member of NorCal group THE HELMETS, played his second show with KORN last night (Wednesday, April 19) at Espaço Das Américas in São Paulo, Brazil. Fan-filmd video footage of the concert can be seen below.
Tye is filling in for KORN's regular bassist, Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, who is unable to make the band's South American tour due to "unforeseen circumstances."
Said KORN in a statement: "We are bummed Fieldy can't join us on this run but excited to do a few gigs with a young player like Tye. We look forward to welcoming our brother Fieldy back when we return to the States in May."
Remaining KORN shows with Tye Trujillo on bass:
April 21 - Live Curitiba - Curitiba, Brazil
April 23 - Pepsi On Stage - Porto Alegre, Brazil
April 25 - Estadio Malvinas Argentinas - Paternal, Argentina
April 27 - Teatro Caupolican - Santiago, Chile
Fieldy will rejoin his KORN bandmates at the Carolina Rebellion festival on May 6.
Robert Trujillo told Brazil's Globo Play about Tye: "I never forced him on music. I always felt that if he wanted to embrace an instrument, great; I'd try to help him with it. So initially, at first, it was drums. And then around that same time, when he was one, he had a little plastic guitar, and he would play it all the time, just strumming it — always strumming it everywhere, to the point where the plastic was worn down."
He continued: "It's a beautiful thing, 'cause he's still a 12-year-old, and he still acts wild and crazy, as a twelve-year-old should, but when it comes to music, he's very focused. And with KORN, it's funny, because I haven't shown him anything at all for the KORN stuff — I've been too busy and I've been out of town a lot — and he's taking this opportunity very serious."
Robert Trujillo previously told the Huffington Post that Tye was "an amazing bass player and a really great writer. The bass lines that he's writing and the riffs, I'm like, 'Man, I wish I had written that.' He's coming up with stuff on his own, but he's also been influenced by players like Jaco Pastorius, but also Miles Davis or BLACK SABBATH or LED ZEPPELIN."
Trujillo added: "He's like a sponge. He loves funk. He loves James Brown, he's this little 12-year-old who's soaking up and embracing all this different music and I can tell that it's helping him creatively in what he's writing with his band."
Tye's own band, THE HELMETS, counts TOOL, ALICE IN CHAINS and METALLICA among their influences. Tye told Billboard last year, "We hate pop, we despise it. It's all the same sound."
The animated music video for the song "Gemini" from the Swedish classic/progressive rock supergroup THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA — featuring members of metal frontrunners SOILWORK and ARCH ENEMY — can be seen below. The clip was created by Elia Cristofoli a.k.a. Solingo, who has worked for companies like Volvo, Subaru and Canon in the past, and Francesco Mazzola and Andrea Vozzo of Peach Studio.
Commented THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA singer Björn Strid: "Elia has done a terrific job capturing the vibe of this song with his amazing animations. He had one month to complete it and worked day and night. This video showcases a relationship drama set in space, with an epic twist. The colors and the characters are amazing and also very mysterious. My personal perception of the animation is a slight He-Man-goes-to-Russia feel (or is it She-Ra??). Absolutely fantastic! Enjoy!"
Added Cristofoli: "When Björn asked me for a fully-cartoon music video in '80s style, with so many intergalactic babes destroying alien monsters, a joker grin drew on my face... I love '80s cartoons like He-Man, Ken Shiro, etc. Then David sent me the script with a storyboard. I read their story. These guys are out of control, I thought. Just as I like! I spent a few days studying the design of the characters and the spaceships, then I started drawing like a psychopath. I figure I was amused. I hope NFO fans like the video. Rock on!"
"Gemini" is taken from THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA's third studio album, "Amber Galactic", which will be released on May 19 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded at Handsome Hard Studio in Lund, Sweden. The album follows THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA's two previous releases, 2012's "Internal Affairs" and 2015's "Skyline Whispers".
Strid states: "'Amber Galactic' is a relationship drama set in space, the first classic rock space opera on double vinyl.
"As seasoned musicians, we're taking this project seriously, although we might come across as slightly retrofuturistic at times, there's no irony involved. It's just us trying to shape our future into a place where our race is led by female space commanders with pearl necklaces and a quasar sense of gravity.
"'Amber Galactic' is about setting free from genre boundaries and expectations that are put on people like us. We just want to create music that we would like to hear ourselves, but that isn't only for us.
"THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA is here to set you free, to invite you to enjoy music in whatever form it is presented.
"For this particular journey, we'd like you to follow us into space, but who knows where we'll go next! After entering the NFO universe, you won't ever be the same!"
"Amber Galactic" will be available as a limited edition digipak CD featuring an alternate cover art (see below), 2LP vinyl (black and violet sparkle) and as digital download and stream via all known platforms.
"Amber Galactic" track listing:
01. Midnight Flyer
02. Star Of Rio
04. Sad State Of Affairs
08. Space Whisperer
09. Something Mysterious
10. Saturn In Velvet
11. Just Another Night (bonus track, limited-edition digipak, vinyl)
12. Fly Tonight (Never Rewind) (bonus track, Japan only)
Strid previousy stated about the album: "'Amber Galactic' was made during late nights and way too early mornings, when sometimes, in the corner of your eye, you can catch a glimpse of another dimension, where all the women are heartbroken space commanders in evening gowns, the champagne is always free and the drugs won't hurt you.
"We wanted to create more than just a listening experience; instead we want it to be an alternative reality.
"We hope that after listening to 'Amber Galactic', you'll be wide-eyed, horny and slightly drunk."
Guitarist David Andersson added: "Musicianship in itself is not interesting, neither are the technical aspects of creating music. The ideas and visions behind the music are the only things really worthy of in-depth discussions.
"We've all reached a point where we can all pretty much play and sing whatever we want.
"We didn't talk much about chord changes or amplifiers during the recording sessions. But we spent a lot of time discussing Kierkegaard's concept of anxiety, different vintages of sparkling wine, the psychoacoustic aspects of modulation, the innate superiority of women and why a pearl necklace always look better when whoever wears it has a bored expression on her face."
When asked about the direction of THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA within the realm of classic rock, Strid explained with a chuckle: "Most other classic rock bands sound like weed or LSD — we sound like cocaine."
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA is:
Björn Strid - Vocals
Sharlee D'Angelo - Bass
David Andersson - Guitar
Richard Larsson - Keyboards
Jonas Källsbäck - Drums
Sebastian Forslund - Guitar, Percussion
Alternate cover art for limited-edition digipak CD:
Death metal overlords DYING FETUS have premiered the music video for "Fixated On Devastation", the first track off their impending eighth studio album, "Wrong One To Fuck With". The clip was filmed by Mitch Massie at the Voltage Lounge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 17.
"Wrong One To Fuck With" will be released on June 23 via Relapse.
On their first new release in over five years, the seasoned veterans manage to further stretch their creative and technical boundaries across ten complex tracks of pulverizing death metal, filled with more dynamic intricacies, brutal breakdowns and varied vocal patterns than ever before. Now over twenty-five years into their distinguished career, DYING FETUS cement their legacy with "Wrong One To Fuck With" and uphold their position as one of the most dominant forces in death metal today.
The first press of "Wrong One To Fuck With" on CD includes an expanded, deluxe packaging and the exclusive bonus track "Induce Terror".
"Wrong One To Fuck With" track listing:
01. Fixated On Devastation
02. Panic Amongst The Herd
03. Die With Integrity
04. Reveling In The Abyss
05. Seething With Disdain
06. Ideological Subjugation
07. Weaken The Structure
09. Unmitigated Detestation
10. Wrong One To Fuck WithDYING FETUS is currently touring Europe with HATEBREED.
Photo credit: John Sisk
Outspoken conservative rockers Ted Nugent and Kid Rock got to spend some time in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump on Wednesday night. They were joined by Sarah Palin, the former Alaskan governor and GOP vice presidential nominee, who posted photos of the visit on social media the following morning. Nugent also posted about the visit, saying that he dined with Trump to "Make America Great Again."
While in the White House, Nugent, Rock and Palin were photographed as they stopped by Hillary Clinton's portrait. Nugent's wife, Shemane, captioned the picture: "Sarah Palin, Kid Rock, and Ted Nugent walk into a bar..."
Nugent and Rock supported Trump during his presidential candidacy, with Rock recently selling a line of Trump-themed T-shirts. Among them was a shirt on which U.S. states that voted red are labeled "The United States of America" and states that went blue are called "Dumbfuckistan." Another shirt read "God, Guns And Trump," while a third suggested that Trump haters have something in their mouth.
Rock, who generally leans to the right, also supported Mitt Romney in 2012.
Nugent, a devout NRA member, suggested in a Janaury 2016 Facebook post that President Barack Obama should be hanged for treason.
Two years earlier, Nugent apologized for referring to Obama as a "subhuman mongrel," calling that word grouping "street-fighter terminology" and saying he wished he used "more understandable language," such as "violator of his oath to the Constitution."
It's been over two years since the release of critically acclaimed album "In Times", and now Norway's progressive metal legends ENSLAVED have entered the studio again to record their fourteenth, yet-untitled full-length release. Aiming for both wilder and yet more progressive and melodic horizons, the band, which celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary last year, never ceases to surprise and challenge their fans; they will once again step up to the plate. The recordings are taking place at Duper & Solslottet Studios in Bergen throughout April, and will be mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios. With its epic touch, the album promises to be original and refreshing — and to contain some surprising new elements.
"It is absolutely fantastic to be in the studio with these new songs," states ENSLAVED mastermind Ivar Bjørnson. "So many doors were opened with 'In Times' and the times that followed; for us as a band, for me as a composer and I guess for us all on a personal level. I have never worked this hard to put together music for an album before, and that intensity continues into the studio where everybody is giving their everything, every hour of every day. We are a tighter unit than ever before, which is obvious sonically. The concept conjured by myself and old war-brother Grutle is the strongest we have worked with. Finally, I am proud that we have taken more risks than ever before, and one in particular — and it is yielding awesome results. What does that mean? Stay tuned to find out!"
The eye-catching cover and artwork is once again being currently created by renowned designer and painter Truls Espedal. More info will be revealed soon.