MELVINS will release a double album, "A Walk With Love And Death", on July 7 via Ipecac Recordings. The dual albums find the trio of Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and Steve McDonald showcasing two distinct sides to the band's music: "Death", a proper MELVINS release, and "Love", the score to the Jesse Nieminen directed, self-produced short also titled "A Walk With Love And Death". A release date for the short has not been announced yet but a trailer has been made available. The song "Christ Hammer", taken from "Death", can be streamed below. "This was a huge undertaking," explained band ringleader Buzz Osborne. "All three things: the album, the soundtrack and the film are benchmarks for us." Drummer Dale Crover added, "'A Walk With Love And Death' is one giant, dark, moody, psychotic head trip! Not for the faint of heart. You'll sleep with the lights on after listening." The albums, which include guests Joey Santiago (THE PIXIES), Teri Gender Bender (LE BUTCHERETTES, CRYSTAL FAIRY) and Anna Waronker (THAT DOG), were self-produced with engineer Toshi Kosai. "A Walk With Love And Death" track listing: "Love" 01. Aim High 02. Queen Powder Party 03. Street Level St. Paul 04. The Hidden Joice 05. Give It To Me 06. Chicken Butt 07. Eat Yourself Out 08. Scooba 09. Halfway to the Bakersfield Mall 10. Pacoima Normal 11. Park Head 12. T-Burg 13. Track Star 14. The Asshole Bastard "Death" 01. Black Heath 02. Sober-delic (Acid Only) 03. Euthanasia 04. What's Wrong With You 05. Edgar the Elephant 06. Christ Hammer 07. Flaming Creature 08. Cactus Party 09. Cardboro Negro Photo credit: Chris Cassela
THE OFFSPRING frontman Dexter Holland, an avid scholar with both his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Biology, has completed his dissertation and will graduate today (Thursday, May 11) with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California. Holland began his studies before THE OFFSPRING achieved major commercial success with its third album, "Smash", in 1994. He eventually put his education aside to focus on his music career but asked the prestigious L.A. university five years ago if he could return and received the go-ahead. "You might ask, why are you getting a Ph.D.?" Holland writes in a statement on THE OFFSPRING's official web site. "Well, pick the correct answer from the choices below! A) I was bored B) I like suffering C) I am interested in the molecular dynamics of HIV infection and of virus:host interactions in general "No, the answer's not all three!... Actually, as many of you already know, I started the Ph.D. a long time ago, but put it on hold when we started touring a lot. I finally went back a few years ago. To finish, I had to research and write a thesis, or dissertation, which is kind of like the biggest term paper you'll ever do (mine is about 175 pages). "My research focused on the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, the virus which causes AIDS.I am interested in virology and wanted to contribute in some small way to the knowledge which has been learned about HIV and AIDS. This terrible disease remains a worldwide epidemic — over 35 million people worldwide are currently infected and living with the HIV virus. Over one million people a year die from this disease. "My research is not meant to be a cure or even an immediate step toward a cure, but I believe that by adding to the vast amount of information that we've learned about HIV in the last 30 years or so, we'll get there.Toward that end, I'm going to continue to do research, and you'll probably see some of my research papers get published here and there over the next few years. "So, what does this all mean for the band? It means...the BAND IS BACK ON! Well, we never really stopped touring and making records, but we'll be doing a bunch of shows all around the world this year plus recording new stuff every chance we get. Look for new music by us out soon." Dexter's thesis, "Discovery of Mature MicroRNASequences within the Protein-Coding Regions Of Global HIV-1 Genomes: Predictions Of Novel Mechanisms For Viral Infection And Pathogenicity", can be found at this location.
IN THIS MOMENT has apparently set "Ritual" as the title of its new album, tentatively due on July 14. The cover artwork for the follow-up to 2014's "Black Widow" was released earlier today via the band's social-media channels and can be seen below. The first single from "Ritual", a song called "Oh Lord", was premiered yesterday (May 10) on SiriusXM's Octane. IN THIS MOMENT frontwoman Maria Brink told Albany, New York's Q103 radio station about the lyrical themes covered on the new album: "I've always been a woman that's about empowering people and empowering women, and I've been very free with… I've been very free with my sexuality, I guess you should say, as far as just, like, just out there, and I wanted to show people, and definitely women, a different side of strength in me that was a really powerful force within me that didn't need the sexual part. So there's definitely a more serious overtone, a lot more just fire and very… I think people are really gonna really like this side, this more serious, deeper side of us." IN THIS MOMENT guitarist Chris Howorth recently told "The Cutting Edge Countdown" that "Ritual" is "different and cool and I think it's a different step for us but that I think our fans are really gonna like." Howorth said about the new CD's direction: "Stylistically, I think we went a little bit more raw, you know — like, not so much campiness like 'Sex Metal Barbie'. Not that there was anything wrong with that — we're always trying to experiment and do something different — but it's more serious, I guess, and a little more stripped down." IN THIS MOMENT has been performing two new songs on the current "Half God Half Devil" tour — the aforementioned "Oh Lord" and "River Of Fire". The tour marks IN THIS MOMENT's first full-scale run since serving as special guests on last year's "Return Of The Dreads" trek with KORN and ROB ZOMBIE. IN THIS MOMENT recently revealed its summer tour plans, confirming that it will stay on the road with MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, along with VIMIC and LITTLE MISS NASTY, in June, through July and into August. STARSET will appear on a handful of dates. Additionally, IN THIS MOMENT will support AVENGED SEVENFOLD on June 19 and PAPA ROACH on June 23.
We welcome you to Ritual... coming soon . pic.twitter.com/bHXChMeJct— In This Moment (@OfficialITM) May 11, 2017
Parlophone Records will follow 2014's reissue of the first eight IRON MAIDEN albums, which spanned the 1980s, with twelve brand new pressings of albums from the period 1990-2015 in heavyweight 180-gram black vinyl. A trailer for the upcoming reissues can be seen below. Unlike the 1980s reissues, which were cut from the original analog master tapes, the audio on these releases has been cut from the high-resolution remasters of 2015 when the MAIDEN catalog was digitally upgraded. They will be packaged in identical artwork to the initial vinyl releases. The records will be released chronologically across a three-month period: May 19: Collector's Box No Prayer For The Dying Fear Of The Dark The X Factor Virtual XI June 23: Brave New World Rock In Rio (Live) Dance Of Death A Matter Of Life And Death July 21: Death On The Road (Live) Flight 666 (Live) The Final Frontier En Vivo! (Live) As a bonus, the first two albums ("No Prayer For The Dying" and "Fear Of The Dark") will also be made available in an exclusive Collector's Box sized to house all 12 albums with additional space for fans to insert the latest MAIDEN studio album, "The Book Of Souls", which was released on triple black vinyl in 2015. The Collector's Box will be a strictly limited edition and available while stocks last. These high-quality black vinyls comprised of eight studio albums together with a specially selected choice of four live recordings from this period, completes the IRON MAIDEN album reissues series and offers MAIDEN fans the opportunity to own the band's entire studio album legacy on vinyl simultaneously for the very first time. IRON MAIDEN's "The Book Of Souls" tour resumed with a series of arena shows opening in Sportpalais, Antwerp, Belgium on April 22 and continuing into Germany, U.K. and Ireland, finishing with two sold-out shows at London's 02 arena on May 27 and May 28. The band then flies to the U.S.A for an extensive series of arena and amphitheater shows, including dates in Canada, ending with two nights in Brooklyn, New York on July 21 and July 22. This is the final leg of "The Book Of Souls" tour.
"Here Until Forever", the new video from Swedish metallers IN FLAMES, can be seen below. The stunning animated clip, directed by award-winning Mexican filmmaker Luis Téllez, is a masterclass in stop-motion animation. "Here Until Forever" is taken from IN FLAMES' latest album, "Battles", which was released last November via Nuclear Blast in all territories excluding North America and Scandinavia and Eleven Seven Music Group in the U.S. The CD was recorded in Los Angeles with Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson, who has previously worked with MOTÖRHEAD, BODY COUNT and SEPULTURA, among others. IN FLAMES singer Anders Fridén told FaceCulture that "Here Until Forever" was written for his son. The vocalist explained: "He's eight years old. I have this piece here, 'Come Clarity', which I wrote for my daughter when she was two. And he's seen that, and he asked all the time, 'Daddy, where's my song?' And I don't think I'd been ready to write something that would make him justice. But now… yeah, I was ready. So that one is, obviously, the most personal one, because it's very directed towards one person, for me. But I think the lyric is open for interpretation; it could be for anyone — someone that you love, or someone that you missed, or someone that you have a special bond with." Asked if his son has heard "Here Until Forever" and what he thought of it, Anders said: "He heard it. I think he cried the first time [he listened to it], 'cause he was so proud: 'This is about me.' And it's an important track, because we… You know, we are away [from each other] many months a year, and we have a little thing, me and him, for how we connect… If he feels sad and he wants to contact me, then we have a certain thing that I taught him to… so he feels safe." He continued: "I think he's super proud of that song. And then he can tell his friends, 'This is my song.' Stuff like that." IN FLAMES has recruited Bryce Paul — a member of the Southern California pop-rock outfit IVES — to play bass for the band on their current U.S. tour, which includes a number of headlining shows and festival appearances. Longtime IN FLAMES bassist Peter Iwers quit the band in November saying that he was leaving IN FLAMES "to pursue other endeavors." His replacement for some of the recent European shows was Håkan Skoger, who had previously played with PASSENGER and GARDENIAN.
Nuclear Blast has announced the signing of POSSESSED to a worldwide deal. Few bands have done more to push the boundaries of extreme metal than the legendary POSSESSED. Even fewer can create a unique style, which continues to set them apart from all others by being the very first in a genre they laid the foundation for. POSSESSED are by definition, the creators of death metal. Ever since they stormed onto the San Francisco metal scene in the early 1980s, POSSESSED has been redefining and breaking the rules for metal. Nuclear Blast is very excited to be a part of that continued legacy. Comments vocalist and founding member Jeff Becerra: "POSSESSED are pleased and honored to announce our joining the Nuclear Blast family. Currently, we are hard at work writing new material for our upcoming first full-length release on Nuclear Blast. I want to give special thanks to everybody at Nuclear Blast, and to all of our supporters. This has been a long time coming and this is a very exciting time for us." Watch a short teaser video announcing the signing that includes a short snippet of demo of a new song below. Fans can expect POSSESSED's first a full-length release in 31 years sometime in 2018. POSSESSED took San Francisco's metal scene by storm, playing with fellow Bay Area thrashers and friends EXODUS and other bands — many now long gone. In 1982-1983, they recorded a four-song demo. One of the demo tracks, "Swing Of The Axe", ended up on the "Metal Massacre 6" compilation and later on "The Best Of Metal Massacre". Released in October 1985 on Combat Records, "Seven Churches" set a new standard for extreme music. Combining lightning-fast riffs, Becerra's raspy trademark growl and speedy bass playing, pummeling drums and Randy Burns's production, "Seven Churches" created a whole new genre of music — death metal. "Seven Churches" went on to be one of Combat Records' best-selling albums. Not bad for a quartet of high school kids! "Beyond The Gates". Released on Halloween in 1986, this album was especially well-received in Europe where they toured at the end of the year. The album that changed the landscape of heavy metal, "Beyond The Gates" was the highest selling Combat album that year. After that tour, POSSESSED recorded and released "Eyes Of Horror", a five-song EP produced by Joe Satriani. Musically and lyrically advanced, the album touched on dark themes such as sin, drugs and violence and, of course, the devil. Not long after the release of the EP, LaLonde (early guitars) joined up with Les Claypool and PRIMUS. Soon after, Mike Sus (early drums) left to continue his studies at SFSU and Torrao (early guitars) decided he no longer wanted to play in a band. Becerra continued to play and joined some side projects, but mostly took time to pursue his goals in life including his attending SFSU. In 1992, while coming home from work, tragically, Jeff was shot twice by two different gunmen who were attempting to rob him. It would be seventeen and a half years before Jeff was again able to resurrect POSSESSED after receiving literally thousands of fan letters, e-mails and fan support. In 2006, Becerra joined with SADISTIC INTENT to record "The Exorcist" for a POSSESSED tribute album. Becerra and SADISTIC INTENT decided to do a few live shows to satisfy fans who had been clamoring for shows for decades. With such a positive response, Becerra and SADISTIC INTENT continued to play a number of successful shows, including Wacken Open Air in 2007, Maryland Deathfest 2009, and 2010's "Blackest Of The Black" tour. This lineup breathed life into SADISTIC INTENT and Becerra, and the two parties split amicably to play their own styles of metal, with drummer Emilio Marquez staying with Becerra and POSSESSED. After making several live appearances, including Graspop Metal Meeting in 2012 and "The Fallen Angel" 2012 European tour, "Cursed Over Europe" 2014 tour and the "Evil Over Europe" tour 2016, POSSESSED is primed and finally ready for a new era. The POSSESSED legacy has been highly influential in the realm of extreme metal, changing the genre forever. Ready to take it further, POSSESSED is planning several tour dates and writing new material that will change the face of death metal once more. POSSESSED is: Jeff Becerra - Vocals Daniel Gonzalez - Guitars Emilio Marquez - Drums Robert Cardenas - Bass Claudeous Creamer - Guitar
AEROSMITH's Joe Perry and Steven Tyler became same-day grandfathers on Wednesday, May 10. According to an announcement on AEROSMITH's Facebook page, the co-founders of the legendary Massachusetts hard rock band both welcomed new family members yesterday, with Tyler celebrating the birth of a grandson and Perry adding a granddaughter. "Congrats to Steven Tyler and Joe Perry on the birth of their new grandchildren. Both born today!" the post reads. "How cool is that! The newest member of the Tyler family is a beautiful little boy, 7 lbs 11 oz born at 5:45 am. The newest member of the Perry family is a beautiful little girl, 6 lbs 9 oz born at 2:11 pm. Let's give them a huge #BlueArmy welcome." Perry recently said that AEROSMITH pushed back a proposed North American tour for later this fall so that they can record a new album. The band heads out later this month on a prolonged string of dates dubbed their "Aero-Vederci Baby!" tour. Perry spoke about the band putting future shows on ice to hit the studio before the end of the year, telling AZcentral.com, "We postponed the American tour we were supposed to do this fall. And we're gonna go out and tour until, you know, we're done. And we're gonna try and hit every place we've ever played and never played. There's always new places to go. New countries. I'd like to play China and the Far East. There's a lot of places that are off the beaten path. Is this the last tour? Well, I don't know. I don't think so." AEROSMITH's most recent album, "Music From Another Dimension!", was released in November 2012 and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. Perry maintains that the strength of any album begins and ends with the quality of the songwriting. "We've made records that have taken two years and cost millions of dollars," he said. "We made records in the early days that cost next to nothing. And the correlation between the two is never, 'A great record costs a lot of money, or a shitty record doesn't cost much.' One doesn't have anything to do with the other."
U.S. extreme metallers ORIGIN will release their new album, "Unparalleled Universe", on June 30 via Agonia Records in Europe and Nuclear Blast Records in North America. For 20 years, ORIGIN has engaged a full-blown sensory assault of tight, taut, and technical death metal amplified by flashes of grindcore and groove. However, "Unparalleled Universe" sees the quartet — Paul Ryan (guitar, vocals), John Longstreth (drums), Mike Flores (bass, vocals) and Jason Keyser (vocals) — strengthen that blueprint with a handful of surprises. "It feels like an ORIGIN album, but it's unparalleled to what you might expect if you haven't heard us for 10 or 15 years," says Ryan. "To me, it's a true reflection of ourselves. I compare it to an action movie. Our earlier material is filled with action from beginning to end. Now, the idea is to add a little more depth and dynamics. You could say there are some twists in the plot musically." ORIGIN began compiling ideas for what would become "Unparalleled Universe" while touring in support of their 2014 sixth offering, "Omnipresent". Along the way, the record snatched their highest position on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, bowing in the Top 10. Meanwhile, it garnered acclaim from metal press and successful tours with everyone from ABORTED and EXHUMED to IMMOLATION and MARDUK over the last three years. They've also shined on the Summer Slaughter Tour in 2009 and 2014. On the road with BELPHEGOR last year, the members debuted a skeleton of the first single "Accident And Error" in front of packed crowds. "We would ask the audience to give us title ideas, but we could never discern what they were actually saying," laughs Ryan. "Riffs typically start on tour, and I keep them in my back pocket. That's the way it is. Ultimately, 'Unparalleled Universe' begins another era for ORIGIN. In the end, we're still writing death metal songs, but we're adding new dimensions. We're still ORIGIN." "Unparalleled Universe" was recorded and mixed at Chapman Studios in February 2017 alongside longtime collaborator and engineer Robert Rebeck (Tech N9ne). The band emerged with ten new songs, including a cover of BRUJERIA's "Revolución", that were mastered in March 2017 by Colin Marston at Menegroth - The Thousand Caves (ALTAR OF PLAGUES, JAROBE, KRALLICE) and wrapped in a cover prepared by Filip Ivanovic (DISMEMBER, CRYPTOPSY, GORGUTS). Track listing: 01. Infinitesimal To The Infinite 02. Accident And Error 03. Cascading Failures 04. Mithridatic 05. Truthslayer 06. Invariance Under Transformation 07. Dajjal 08. Burden Of Prescience 09. Unequivocal 10. Revolucion ORIGIN is: Paul Ryan - Guitar, Backing Vocals John Longstreth - Drums Mike Flores - Bass, Backing Vocals Jason Keyser - Lead Vocals
One of the most prolific hard rock vocalist of all time, Josh Todd (BUCKCHERRY) has returned with an amazing and dynamic new project appropriately dubbed JOSH TODD & THE CONFLICT. The group has just signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records and plans to release its debut offering, "Year Of The Tiger", early fall. In the meantime, JOSH TODD & THE CONFLICT will kick off this brand new partnership by headlining the label's sponsored stage at KISW's Pain In The Grass festival on June 24, alongside such acts as FOZZY, LIKE A STORM and many others. Todd states: "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. "Stevie D [BUCKCHERRY] and I wrote all the songs and it was a long time coming. He also co-produced the record with Eric Kretz (from STONE TEMPLE PILOTS) and we had a lot of fun doing it. "After working with Stevie beating a lot of songs into shape, we started understanding our songwriting language. "Stevie is a well-rounded musician and we are in the zone on this one. Both of us are in the same boat in every aspect of our lives and have been friends since I was 19. "This record is a divine intervention with a lot more to come. "The record is called 'Year Of The Tiger' and we are coming to every nook and cranny of the world to pulverize and mesmerize, put it on turn it up and go kick some ass! "These guys are great people and amazing players and it comes off live in a BIG way. You don't want to miss it." JOSH TODD & THE CONFLICT is: Josh Todd - Vocals Stevie D - Guitars/Back-Up Vocals Sean Winchester - Drums Greg Cash - Bass
earMUSIC has set a July 28 release date for Alice Cooper's new album, titled "Paranormal". It will be made available on 2CD digipak, 2LP, limited-edition box set and on digital formats — and will come with a special mini-album. A statement from earMUSIC reads: "The 12-track album has been recorded in Nashville with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin and features a very special bonus CD — a mini-album consisting of three brand new songs written and recorded together with the original ALICE COOPER band members Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce, alongside carefully selected live recordings. 'Paranormal' also features special guest appearances by U2's Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ TOP's Billy Gibbons and DEEP PURPLE's Roger Glover." During an appearance on last Friday's (May 5) episode of the SiriusXM radio show "Trunk Nation", Cooper said producer Bob Ezrin was responsible for getting Mullen Jr. involved in the sessions. "Bob Ezrin and I sat there, and Bob says, 'What do you think about Larry Mullen on drums?' And I went, 'That's a great idea. It'll change things up so much on just the basic tracks.'" Cooper also talked about the U2 drummer's somewhat unusual approach to recording. Alice recalled: "Larry [said], 'I wanna see the lyrics.' I said, 'Really?' He [said], 'Yeah, I play to the lyrics. I don't play to the bass.' And I said, 'That is so cool — just the idea that you're interpreting the lyrics on the drums.' So that totally makes the album another album." Gibbons, meanwhile, plays guitar on a song called "I've Fallen In Love And I Can't Get Up". "After we cut the record, I went, 'If Billy Gibbons doesn't play on this, we shouldn't put this one out,' 'cause, I mean, it is so much him," Alice said. "And he got the record, and he said, 'I've got the flu, but, man, this song makes me feel better.' He just killed it." In addition to performing on "Paranormal", original ALICE COOPER bandmembers Neal Smith (drums), Michael Bruce (guitar) and Dennis Dunaway (bass) were involved in the songwriting for the new record. "I wrote three songs [with them] for the new album. Dennis brought in two songs, Mike brought in a song. There's one song called 'I Wanna Be A Genuine American Girl'. It was gonna be 'I Want A Genuine American Girl', and I went, 'No, no, no. I Wanna Be A Genuine American Girl! It's really a tough song, so it's this guy going, 'I've gotta paint my nails, I've gotta do my hair.' [Laughs]" With regards to the "Paranormal" album title, Cooper said: "I love that title, 'Paranormal', but it's not really a scary record. There's a couple of scary songs on it, but [it is] 'paranormal,' meaning 'other than normal.' This is not a normal Alice record. Bob and I decided, 'No theme this time. We're gonna make a record of things that just get us off, songs that we like. And it might go in a lot of different directions, but these are just songs that get us off."