Professionally filmed video footage of METALLICA performing the song "Creeping Death" on July 7 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, and "Battery" on July 9 at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, Georgia can be seen below. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band is touring in support of its tenth studio album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", which features the single "Now That We're Dead". The North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" trek will hit stadiums in eleven more cities before ending in mid-August. METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone that the band was genuinely surprised to learn they could still play stadiums, saying, "It was like, 'Holy fuck, people really still care about this band in ways that you stopped taking for granted literally decades ago. It was very inspiring and kind of eye-opening." He added: "Full stadium runs can sometimes be a little intimidating. There's all these things to worry about like, 'You should really try to play maybe only on the weekend,' and, 'Where do you play on Tuesday?' and some of those practicalities can get a little bewildering. We just threw caution to the wind. Doing a stadium run seemed like the perfect thing on the back of how well this record has been received and all the good will that's out there in METALLICA's world right now." The next stop on the tour is Quebec City, Quebec, Canada on July 14. Support on the quartet's first North American trek since 2009 is coming mainly from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT, with GOJIRA taking over for the latter group for the last six shows. "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" was certified platinum on April 12 by the RIAA (Recording Association Of America). The platinum certification reflects a million equivalent album units, which blends traditional album sales, tracks sold from an album and on-demand audio and video streams. The recent gain in "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" sales is owed mostly to a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion with the band's stadium tour that went on sale on February 17. Redemptions of albums included with the purchase of a concert ticket register as a sale in the week the customer redeems/receives the album.
"Defying Gravity", the new video from MR. BIG, can be seen below. The song is the title track of the band's ninth studio album, which was released on July 7 via Frontiers Music Srl. The effort is available at traditional retail and all digital service providers, as is a deluxe-edition version with CD and bonus DVD that features music videos and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new album. "Defying Gravity" deftly showcases that patented MR. BIG blend of crunch and melody, from the freight-train ride of opening cut "Open Your Eyes" to the harmony-laden wonderment of "Damn I'm in Love Again" to the grateful/wistful nostalgia of "1992" (recalling the days when the band was flying high atop the singles charts with their international No. 1 smash "To Be With You") to the barnburning slide-blues closer, "Be Kind". Overall, "Defying Gravity" is prime evidence that the only thing MR. BIG remains tethered to is their ongoing pursuit of achieving creative excellence. Original members Eric Martin (lead vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitars), Billy Sheehan (bass) and Pat Torpey (drums) reunited with producer Kevin Elson (who was behind the boards for the band's 1989 self-titled debut, 1991's "Lean Into It" and 1993's "Bump Ahead") for an intensive six-day recording session in Los Angeles. While Torpey was unable to perform some of the songs on "Defying Gravity" due to a recent diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, Matt Starr has been filling in for him on a majority of the album. Starr also been touring with the band for the past couple of years, with Torpey able to play a couple of songs at each stop. "It was great to get back in the studio with our original producer, Kevin Elson," says Gilbert. "Kevin recorded all of our original classic albums from the '80s and '90s, and we immediately felt that magic chemistry with him on 'Defying Gravity'. We basically played live in the studio. "Over the years, we've all had a chance to experiment with every recording technique possible, but it's still always the best just to play together as a band. Most of my guitar solos were tracked live with the band. I've worked hard on my improvisation in the last few years, and it really paid off on this record… both melodically and on the face-melting stuff." "Defying Gravity" track listing: 01. Open Your Eyes 02. Defying Gravity 03. Everybody Needs A Little Trouble 04. Damn I'm In Love Again 05. Mean To Me 06. Nothing Bad (About Feeling Good) 07. Forever And Back 08. She's All Coming Back To Me Now 09. 1992 10. Nothing At All 11. Be Kind Photo credit: William Hames
"Buried Alive", the new video from former PANTERA bassist Rex Brown, can be seen below. The track is taken from Rex's debut solo album, " Smoke On This", which will be released on July 28 via Entertainment One (eOne). The disc marks the first time in B...
"Ignite", the new video from PROJECTED, the band featuring SEVENDUST members John Connolly (guitar) and Vince Hornsby (bass) alongside ALTER BRIDGE/CREED drummer Scott Phillips and guitarist/vocalist Eric Friedman (a.k.a. E-Rock; TREMONTI), can be seen...
"Fucked Up", the new video from JOSH TODD & THE CONFLICT, the new band featuring singer Josh Todd and guitarist Stevie Dacanay (a.k.a. Stevie D.) of BUCKCHERRY, can be seen below. The song is taken from JOSH TODD & THE CONFLICT's debut album, "Year Of The Tiger", which will be released on September 15 via Century Media. The clip, directed by the renowned Chris Cuffaro (PEARL JAM, GEORGE MICHAEL), is the second of three videos shot as a mini-concert this past May in the band's hometown of Los Angeles. Todd states: "Literally everything in my life was in disarray when I set down to write lyrics to this song. There were so many fucked up individuals I was having to deal with. All the circumstances were pushing me to get to another level. I love 'Fucked Up' because it's aggressive, honest and feels like it's coming off the rails at points. My favorite part is the bass vocal breakdown, as Greg has such a wicked tone and he is grinding it in there. It's easily one of my favorite tracks on the new album." "Year Of The Tiger" was co-produced by Dacanay and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS drummer Eric Kretz. The aforementioned new disc is also now available for pre-order (see below) and anyone pre-ordering "Year Of The Tiger" will also automatically receive an instant-grat track of the title song. Regarding the motivation to start this new project, Josh said: "I have a lot of story telling in me and I always wanted to start another band. Something more reckless and off-the-beaten rock path. "A lot of changes had taken place in BUCKCHERRY and I didn't want to go another year without making new music. "BUCKCHERRY is in a great place; we have a great new lineup and we have a handful of dates to complete this year. However, my full attention is on JOSH TODD & THE CONFLICT and the record dropping on September 15th. We're gonna do a worldwide tour behind this. My goal is to give each band a break, so I can stay consistently making music without over touring and build both situations into something really cool." He continued: "It was time for me to make a record. It has been two years since I put out new music and that's a long time for me. I am a student of the game and this was an opportunity to not just make a traditional-sounding rock record like I have been doing in the past. THE CONFLICT stuff is heavy, melodic and honest, with a lot of risk taking, and these are the records that bring out the best in me." JOSH TODD & THE CONFLICT is: Josh Todd - Vocals Stevie D - Guitars/Back-Up Vocals Sean Winchester - Drums Greg Cash - Bass
MASTERPLAN, which features former HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, will release a new studio album titled "PumpKings" on July 28 via AFM. The effort consists of reworked versions of HELLOWEEN songs from albums that Grapow played on during his time in the legendary German power metal band. Included are three songs from HELLOWEEN's "Pink Bupples Go Ape" (1991) LP, two from "Chameleon" (1993), three from "Master Of The Rings" (1994), one from "The Time Of The Oath" and two from "The Dark Ride" (2000). The song "Escalation 666", taken from "PumpKings", can be streamed below. "The idea for this project was born more than three years ago," Grapow recalls. "I'm proud of the songs, but these days I'd do certain things a bit different. So it was an easy decision to re-record them with MASTERPLAN now. It took quite a while to come up with the album because I was busy with other productions in my studio and in addition we had just released our 'Keep Your Dream aLive' DVD with MASTERPLAN in the fall of 2015, so there was no reason to rush things." "Our new versions of the songs are heavier definitely," Roland adds. "It would have been pointless to just reproduce the tracks exactly as they were back then. But I feel that with our new take on it, the different vocals and overall more rough attitude, 'PumpKings' could be an interesting thing for both MASTERPLAN and HELLOWEEN fans. However, it was great fun to revisit this very important phase of my career — like meeting old friends." "PumpKings" track listing: 01. The Chance 02. Someone's Crying 03. Mankind 04. Step Out Of Hell 05. Mr. Ego 06. Still We Go 07. Escalation 666 08. The Time Of The Oath 09. Music 10. The Dark Ride 11. Take Me Home MASTERPLAN's first-ever concert release came out in October 2015. "Keep Your Dream aLive" was made available as DVD/CD and Blu-ray/CD sets, both including the entire show from Masters Of Rock festival, recordings from Wacken Open Air, footage from the band's Asian tour and ProgPower USA, as well as all five official MASTERPLAN video clips. The Masters Of Rock show is featured on the CD. MASTERPLAN's latest studio album, "Novum Initium", was released in June 2013 via AFM. Joining guitarist Grapow in MASTERPLAN's current lineup are drummer Martin "Marthus" Skaroupka (CRADLE OF FILTH), singer Rick Altzi, keyboardist Axel Mackenrott and bassist Jari Kainulainen (STRATOVARIUS, SYMFONIA, DEVIL'S TRAIN).
THRESHOLD To Release ‘Legends Of The Shires’ Album In September; Lyric Video For New Song ‘Lost In Translation’
British progressive metallers THRESHOLD will release their new album, "Legends Of The Shires", on September 8 via Nuclear Blast. The lyric video for the first single from the disc, the ultra-prog epic "Lost In Translation", which has a running time of...
"Let 'Em Burn", a new song from San Antonio, Texas alternative rockers NOTHING MORE, can be heard below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "The Stories We Tell Ourselves", which will be released on September 15 via Better Noise Records. The record is available for pre-order at all digital retailers along with exclusive merch packages, signed vinyl and CDs at PledgeMusic. NOTHING MORE will celebrate the release of "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" with fans across North America by heading back out on the road for "The Noise Presents Nothing More: The Stories We Tell Ourselves Tour 2017". The extensive fall tour kicks off September 12 in Memphis, Tennessee and includes stops in Boston, Toronto, Denver, Dallas and the band's hometown, San Antonio. HELL OR HIGHWATER, MY TICKET HOME and labelmates AS LIONS will be joining NOTHING MORE as support. "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" track listing: 01. (Ambition; Destruction) 02. Do You Really Want It 03. (Convict; Divide) 04. Let 'em Burn 05. Ripping Me Apart 06. Don't Stop 07. Funny Little Creatures 08. (React; Respond) 09. The Great Divorce 10. Still In Love 11. (Alone; Together) 12. Go To War 13. Just Say When 14. Accept; Disconnect) 15. Who We Are 16. Tunnels 17. (End; Begin) 18. FadeInFadeOut You can't fake something like NOTHING MORE. Since the band's inception, they have cultivated a rapturous fanbase the old-fashioned way: By releasing groundbreaking music, tirelessly touring and cultivating a relationship with their fans that transcends trends. Correspondingly, the band's latest full-length, "The Stories We Tell Ourselves", sees frontman Jonny Hawkins once again bearing the soul of NOTHING MORE as his bandmates Mark Vollelunga (guitar), Daniel Oliver (bass) and Ben Anderson (drums) craft a sonic palette comprised of elements ranging from progressive metal to pop. Ultimately the album isn't just about the band's stories, it's also about the listener's personal narrative. "Many times there is a disconnect between the stories we tell ourselves about reality and reality itself. That disconnect is a void where suffering and self-frustration often enter our lives," Hawkins explains. "'The Stories We Tell Ourselves' is an introspective journey from the first song to the last. Making this album helped me stay tethered to reality as I navigated through challenges in my personal life. I believe it will do the same for others. The title alone was a constant reminder to stay grounded when extreme waves of anxiety, depression, and sadness would try and sweep me into fruitless thought patterns and self-destructive, tail-chasing. For NOTHING MORE, music has always been the source from which we find a positive way to move through challenging emotions… this record is no exception." Furthermore, the album will be relatable to anyone who needs to look deep inside of themselves and find the strength to carry on in the face of adversity. The songs on "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" were written early last year and recorded primarily on the road and in personal studios as production duties were often handled by Hawkins and the band themselves. "We are all very hands-on with the recording, so we decided that making this record on the road, when we were creatively thriving, would be ideal," Vollelunga says. While Hawkins previously wrote and performed most of the band's drum parts, this is the first album to feature Anderson, who joined the band in 2015. "Ben is an incredible drummer and gelled with our musical vision immediately," Oliver explains. "His talents also freed Jonny up to focus more on the production and melodies and I think that made this album come together in a really fluid way." From the relentless groove of "Don't Stop" to the emotive, anthemic bent of the PIXIES-esque "Still In Love", "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" proves that confessionals have never been so catchy — and songs like "Let 'Em Burn" seamlessly alternate between aggression and anthemic pop. "'Just Say When' is probably the most sentimental song we've ever written and it came at a time when I had these overwhelming feelings of frustration about a past failed relationship. I needed an outlet to get it all out," Hawkins explains. It has been said that the polar emotion to sadness is anger. This is most certainly true as all sentimentality transforms from "Just Say When" into a furious blaze during "Go To War", which sees Hawkins showcasing his dynamic vocal range over a mix of electronic and organic instrumentation. "Whenever this band has difficult emotions, we turn them into something positive through music. That alchemy is the biggest reason we continue to do what we do," he says of the cathartic process. Lyrically the band was further informed by everything from the writings of Carl Jung and C.S. Lewis to the potent psychedelic DMT, the latter of which helped open Hawkins's mind to new ways of understanding himself and the world around him. "'Funny Little Creatures' is about waking up to the fact that there are these creatures that you have within yourself and that there's often a lot more going on in our subconscious than we consider," he says. These ideas are mirrored in the artwork which ties directly into the central themes behind "The Stories We Tell Ourselves". However, while the content may be heady, the album also features more pop elements than any of the band's previous albums. Such is the case with the aforementioned "Don't Stop" which sees the band writing massive hooks that stretch toward the stratosphere. "I think 'Don't Stop' is totally genre-bending for us; we find inspiration in so many different kinds of music and felt it was important to not make rules about what we could or couldn't do with this record," says Hawkins. "This album definitely goes to a lot of places that we've never been before and I'm really proud of that," adds Vollelunga. Then there are the band's live shows which have become legendary for the kinetic energy they share onstage. "We come from a perspective that the live show should be a totally different type of experience than what you hear on the record and we try to show that in every performance," says Hawkins. It's clear that this is a band that can't wait to share "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" with their fans across the globe. Ultimately, "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" proves to all of us that even if our stories don't always have a happy ending there's a beauty in their very existence. Even during the album's darkest moments — Hawkins literally sings about being stuck in a hole on "Still In Love" — there's a hopefulness that permeates each of these songs that will inevitably resonate with new listeners while making the deep bond that NOTHING MORE has with their fans even deeper.
The official lyric video for Alice Cooper's new song "Paranormal" can be seen below. The song is the title track of his new album, which will be released on July 28 via earMUSIC. As previously announced, "Paranormal" features two songs written and recorded with the original members of the ALICE COOPER band and also has guest appearances by ZZ TOP guitarist Billy Gibbons, U2 drummer Larry Mullen and Roger Glover of DEEP PURPLE. The disc can be pre-ordered via Amazon and iTunes. There will also be a limited run of blood-red vinyl available at indie retailers across the country. The guitar-driven "Paranoiac Personality" is a perfect entry point to Alice's searing rock record, an album that explores the fringes of society, the end of the world, encounters with the devil and more. "Paranormal" was produced by longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin (PINK FLOYD, DEEP PURPLE). In addition to the new studio album and the two new recordings from the original ALICE COOPER band, fans will receive a bonus of six live tracks recorded at one of Cooper's 2016 shows in Columbus, Ohio. "Paranormal" track listing: 01. Paranormal 02. Dead Flies 03. Fireball 04. Paranoiac Personality 05. Fallen In Love 06. Dynamite Road 07. Private Public Breakdown 08. Holy Water 09. Rats 10. The Sound Of A New studio recordings with the original ALICE COOPER band: 11. Genuine American Girl 12. You And All Of Your Friends Live in Columbus, Ohio, May 6, 2016 with the current ALICE COOPER band: 13. No More Mr. Nice Guy 14. Under My Wheels 15. Billion Dollar Babies 16. Feed My Frankenstein 17. Only Women Bleed 18. School's Out "My definition of paranormal is something that is 'other than normal' or 'alongside of normal,'" says Cooper. "You could say my whole career has been that. I would look at what was normal and step left of it. That's what gets people's attention. They'd listen to our music and see our show and say, 'That's so strange...oh yeah, that's so Alice." In keeping with his passion for the unexpected, the singer decided to steer clear of writing another concept album like 2011's "Welcome 2 My Nightmare", and focused on creating an explosive collection of unforgettable standalone songs. "Bob Ezrin and I wanted to break the mold," says Alice. "I said, let's get 20 different ideas from 20 different places, put our spin on them, and go with whatever turns out the best." Out of the 20 tunes, they picked a dozen to immortalize, each played for thrills, chills and even a few laughs. "Dynamite Road" tells the story of a band that has a deadly encounter with the devil. In "Fireball", the singer has a bad dream about the end of the world, only to wake up in time to see it happening in real life. "Genuine American Girl" is about a tough guy who is transgender and not afraid to let the world know about it, and the title track is the tender story about a girl and her best ghoul friend. "Alice doesn't have a problem being scary," Cooper says about his rock and roll alter ego. "He likes to be a villain, but he also has a slapstick side. He'll threaten to slit your throat, and then slip on a banana peel." Banana peels aside, perhaps the biggest surprise on "Paranormal" is the historic two-song mini-reunion with his former bandmates, guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith. "When the original band broke up in 1975, there was no bad blood," explains Cooper. "There were no lawsuits — we had just burned out the creative process. We had gone to high school together and had recorded something like five platinum albums in a row. We were never out of sight of each other for 10 years. Everybody just went their own way. Neal, Dennis and I always stayed in touch. Mike disappeared for a while and Glen Buxton passed away in 1997, which was a big blow." "But last year Neal called me up and said, 'I have a couple of songs.' I said, 'Great. Bring 'em over.' Then he said Mike was stopping by, so I had them come to my house and we just worked on a few things for a week. Then Dennis called up and said, 'I got a couple songs.' So, I thought, 'Hey, let's do this!' When you listen to record, it just fits right in." One could argue that the two songs, "Genuine American Girl" and THE WHO-inspired "You And All Your Friends", do more than fit in. They stand out, as in their iconic sound being instantly recognizable. Like any great entertainer, Alice Cooper is compelled to over deliver. In addition to the 12 new tracks on "Paranormal", the singer has included a bonus disc of his current band playing killer live versions of some of his greatest hits, such as "No More Mr. Nice Guy", "Billion Dollar Babies" and "School's Out". Think of it as a taste of what to expect at an ALICE COOPER concert circa 2017, including a summer co-headline North American tour with the equally legendary DEEP PURPLE. "This album is like the sideshow at a circus," Cooper concludes. "It's a little creepy. There's a three-headed monkey and the snake woman, but you're intrigued. That's where Alice lives, and it's been the place to go for 50 years."
The official lyric video for "Open Sesame", a brand new song from German melodic metallers EDGUY, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's "Monuments"2-CD/DVD-package, which is being released today (Friday, July 14) via Nuclear Blast. In February 1992, a bunch of German kids set out from the middle of nowhere and founded a band that would conquer the hearts of a whole new generation of fans around the globe. Today, 25 years later, EDGUY's founding members Tobias Sammet and the two guitarists Jens Ludwig and Dirk Sauer, as well as Tobias "Eggi" Exxel (bass) and Felix Bohnke (drums), who joined the band 20 years ago, can look back at their hugely successful career to shows in more than 40 countries, countless tours in Asia, Australia and America, ten studio albums and Top 10 chart entries from all over the world. To celebrate such an exceptional career with their fans, EDGUY will get back on the road. And while the live program will only contain the best material of their entire career, the new release is not just a "greatest hits" album one would expect to accompany such a tour: "Monuments" includes brand new material, their best tracks of the last 25 years, and old rarities that have never been published before. In addition, the DVD includes an entire show from EDGUY's "Hellfire Club" tour in 2004 as well as the complete collection of the band's video clips. The limited edition includes an extensive coffee-table book containing material from throughout the entire history of EDGUY. Track listing: CD1 01. Ravenblack 02. Wrestle The Devil 03. Open Sesame 04. Landmarks 05. The Mountaineer 06. 9-2-9 07. Defenders Of The Crown 08. Save Me 09. The Piper Never Dies 10. Lavatory Love Machine 11. King Of Fools 12. Superheroes 13. Love Tyger 14. Ministry Of Saints 15. Tears Of A Mandrake CD2 01. Mysteria 02. Vain Glory Opera 03. Rock Of Cashel 04. Judas At The Opera 05. Holy Water 06. Spooks In The Attic 07. Babylon 08. The Eternal Wayfarer 09. Out Of Control 10. Land Of The Miracle 11. Key To My Fate 12. Space Police 13. Reborn in The Waste DVD 01. Mysteria 02. Under The Moon 03. Navigator 04. Wake Up The King 05. Land Of The Miracle 06. Lavatory Love Machine 07. Vain Glory Opera 08. Fallen Angels 09. The Piper Never Dies 10. Babylon 11. King Of Fools 12. Chalice Of Agony 13. Tears Of A Mandrake (feat. André Matos) 14. Out Of Control Video Clips: 15. Love Tyger 16. Robin Hood 17. Two Out Of Seven 18. Ministry Of Saints 19. Superheroes 20. Lavatory Love Machine 21. King Of Fools 22. All The Clowns The official lyric video for the new song "Ravenblack" can be seen below. Sammet states: "Whilst collecting all of this picture material together, we were once again made aware of how proud we are of what we have created. "There are probably not many musicians who are lucky enough to be able to look back on a 25-year-old band history at the end of their thirties. And especially without any lineup changes in the last 20 years! This is even more incredible considering that we’re not from Birmingham, New York or a German metropolis but from a small town called Fulda, a place where you normally only know about the insights of the music business by hearsay. I mean, as kids we started to play EDGUY shows even before we had visited concerts as fans ourselves! Then we started to play shows outside our home town, then outside Germany and, all of a sudden, we found ourselves touring in Asia, America and Australia on a regular basis, because apparently there were people who liked our music. And they became more and more. For us, this always felt quite normal, the next step was all that mattered. We didn't think about what happened while things were happening. But if you look back now, you will realize how lucky we were!" He continued: "It's now time to celebrate our anniversary with our fans. We'll celebrate our quarter century with the release of 'Monuments' and live in some selected cities! We'll perform a best-of set list, a journey throughout our past, with a lot of fuss and at full throttle! "The first quarter century is over and we want to honour these years with our fans! To the next 25 years!"