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.
"Sorry Not Sorry", the new video from GEMINI SYNDROME, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's latest album, "Memento Mori", which was released last August via Another Century. The alternative hard rock outfit continues to push the envelope both musically and thematically on the record, which is the follow-up to their 2013 debut, "Lux". "Memento Mori", which was produced by the legendary father/son duo of Kane and Kevin Churko, is a direct successor to "Lux" in a three-part trilogy; with the latter being a representation of birth, and the former acting a reminder of life.
Says GEMINI SYNDROME: "Our brand-new music video for 'Sorry Not Sorry' tells the story about a husband and wife who have lost themselves in vanity and greed. The woman injects herself with large painful needles and cuts her face, while the man chops up a briefcase full of cash and snorts it like drugs. As the wife sits down with her husband at the dinner table, she looks cartoonish, while the husband is sweating over a large mirrored plate of money. Things then really start to take a turn for the worse for them both and you gotta watch to find out their fate.
"The song itself shines a light on the collective mental illness that our society seems to be infected with. Now more than ever, it's so easy to lose ourselves in a false virtual reality that glorifies materialism and self-seeking satisfaction. We've become ironic memes of ourselves, social zombies lost in our devices, where tangible human interaction has become unnecessary and burdensome. We're desensitized from only seeing others and ourselves through self-imposed filters. It's time to wake up from the spell and look ourselves, and each other, in the eye."
GEMINI SYNDROME is currently taking part in the "Half God, Half Devil" tour with IN THIS MOMENT, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE and AVATAR.
EARTH CRAWLER, the new San Francisco Bay Area metal band featuring former FORBIDDEN and TESTAMENT guitarist Glen Alvelais, will release its debut album, "From Below", on May 5. Recorded at the Blue Room Recording Studio by mix and mastering engineer Eric Hill (XEROSUN, PLENTY HEAVY, GRAVEL, SOCOTRA), the effort "features six tracks of punishing riffs, melodically emotive and furious leads, dynamic vocal interplay that reaches into uncomfortable territory, and will show you that EARTH CRAWLER isn't afraid to wear their classic Bay Area Thrash influences on their sleeve," according to a press release.
A teaser for the album is available below.
EARTH CRAWLER's music doesn't concern itself with the confines of any subgenres. Since their inception in 2016, their goal has been to write songs that incorporate any and all influences from every corner of the musical world they have experienced, while challenging themselves to reside outside of each member's comfort zone. By not having a preconceived niche to fit in, EARTH CRAWLER creates songs whose journey is devoid of staleness or redundancy. Without rehashing concepts from song to song by bringing in elements of death metal, thrash, hardcore, post-metal, doom, and stoner metal to the table, nothing feels foreign to the world that EARTH CRAWLER lives in.
EARTH CRAWLER is:
Ryan Reynoso - Vocals
Glen Alvelais - Lead Guitar
Kimo Sanborn - Guitar, Vocals
Nick Benigno - Drums
Drummer Rikki Rockett feels very lucky to be on tour with his band, POISON, this spring. A year ago, he didn't know if he would survive tongue cancer. But after participating in an immunotherapy clinical trial at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, he was declared cancer-free in July 2016.
To give back, Rockett is now asking concert-goers to join him in supporting immunotherapy at Moores Cancer Center. At U.S. stops on the POISON tour now through June, attendees will hear his story, watch a video about Moores Cancer Center and be given the opportunity to donate $10 by texting "RIKKI" to 50555. (Anyone else at home can also participate at any time.)
"Without the doctors and staff at Moores Cancer Center, I can honestly say I don't think I'd be here today, to say nothing about playing drums and going on tour again," Rockett said. "I am incredibly grateful that I've got my life back and I'll get to see my two children grow up."
These "text2give" donations will directly support cancer immunotherapy at Moores Cancer Center, including research, clinical trials and patient care. Rather than directly targeting tumors as in traditional cancer therapies, immunotherapy boosts the body's immune system, better enabling it to attack cancer cells itself. This type of treatment is only available at a few specific medical centers around the country.
"We can't thank Rikki and all his fans enough for supporting our work," said Ezra Cohen, MD, co-head of the Solid Tumor Therapeutics Research Program, associate director of Translational Sciences and one of Rockett's oncologists at Moores Cancer Center. "We are delighted that Rikki responded so well to immunotherapy. He had already been through a lot with chemotherapy and radiation treatment before he came to us, but his cancer recurred. While this approach is still in the early stages and isn't right for everyone, with Rikki's support we hope to make immunotherapy available to more patients before they have to go through everything he did."
According to Cohen, immunotherapy has several advantages over traditional therapy: There are fewer side effects. It can specifically eradicate cancer cells almost anywhere in the body. And it's effective against tumors that are resistant to chemotherapy and radiation.
Rockett's clinical trial is testing a combination of two immunotherapy drugs that remove the defenses that cancers use to hide from the immune system. The first is Keytruda, a drug FDA-approved for some cancers — it helped get former President Jimmy Carter's metastatic melanoma into remission — but was only recently approved for Rockett's type of oral cancer. The second experimental immunotherapy drug Rockett receives in the trial is called epacadostat.
In addition to raising money to support research and patient care, Rockett is also spreading the word about immunotherapy. "My hope is that by talking to other cancer patients, I might be able to lessen their pain and suffering," he said. "I know from experience that chemotherapy and radiation are not fun. If I can help anyone else, it would help give reason to what I went through."
Text2give charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. You must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and data rates may apply.
POISON tour dates and locations can be found at poisonweb.com/tour.
SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell performed his new solo track called "The Promise" on last night's (Wednesday, April 19) edition of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon". The song is the title track from the upcoming film starring Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale and French-Canadian actress Charlotte Le Bon, a love triangle drama set against the Armenian genocide.
You can now watch video footage of Chris's "Jimmy Fallon" appearance below.
"The Promise" premiered last fall at the Toronto International Film Festival and opens in theaters April 21.
Chris will donate his proceeds from the song to the International Rescue Committee. The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic well-being, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster.
Chris's involvement in "The Promise" stemmed from his close friendship with the film's producer, Eric Esrailian. Having married into a Greek family, Chris had been exposed for years to stories about similar treatment suffered by the Greeks at the hands of the Turkish-ruled Ottoman Empire. "If it's something you or your family members went through, it's something you're faced with confronting on a daily basis," he said.
Immersed in these stories and after further research, he was inspired by the strength and perseverance of those who were affected by these tragic events. Chris aimed to help tell the story of the film, but also to connect it to the kind of brutality we still face today.
"The film and plot are your band mates and the song has to be true to the story and the characters in it," he added. "'The Promise', to me, is mainly about paying homage to those we lost in the Armenian Genocide, but it's also about shining a light on more recent atrocities. The same methods used in the Armenian genocide were used to carry out crimes against humanity in Bosnia, Darfur, Rwanda and right now in Syria on multiple fronts, contributing to a massive global refugee crisis. Unfortunately, the words 'never again' seem like just words when we recall these mass executions of the twentieth century, as well as renewed racism and prejudice around the world. Even in the U.S., the warning signs — isolating groups based on race and religion — are evident. We really need to tell these stories and keep telling them in as many different ways as we can. As humans, we have a tremendous capacity to trudge ahead in our lives and not look at the difficult and challenging moments… but I think it's important. Educating ourselves on the past is the best way to understand the present and avoid future atrocities by understanding and intervening. We must educate and stand as one to combat this fear and violence, and as citizens of the world, work to protect each other's human rights."
Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Terry George ("Hotel Rwanda", "Reservation Road", "The Shore"), "The Promise" takes place in 1914. As the Great War looms, the mighty Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople, the once vibrant, multicultural capital on the shores of the Bosporus, is about to be consumed by chaos. Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac), arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medial student determined to bring modern medicine back to Siroun, his ancestral village in Southern Turkey where Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries. Photojournalist Chris Myers (Christian Bale) has come here only partly to cover geo-politics. He is mesmerized by his love for Ana (Charlotte le Bon), an Armenian artist he has accompanied from Paris after the sudden death of her father. When Michael meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men. As the Turks form an alliance with Germany and the Empire turns violently against its own ethnic minorities, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to survive even as events threaten to overwhelm them.
Cornell's most high-profile musical contribution to a movie was "You Know My Name", his theme to the 2006 James Bond film "Casino Royale". Cornell has also contributed songs or title themes to films such as "Great Expectations", "Machine Gun Preacher" and "12 Years A Slave".
The singer told The Pulse Of Radio he prefers to make his solo material sound as different as possible from SOUNDGARDEN. "Writing any of my solo records, there's always this effort to try to make it different than the band that I'm known for," he said. "Mainly just 'cause I've never — as a music fan, never really liked when those two lines get kind of smeared."
SOUNDGARDEN recently announced a North American tour that will kick off on May 3 in Atlanta, winding down on May 27 at the Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, Oklahoma.
Support on selected dates will come from THE PRETTY RECKLESS and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN. This will be SOUNDGARDEN's first trek since a summer 2014 co-headlining run with NINE INCH NAILS.
SOUNDGARDEN has reportedly been working on material for its seventh studio album, which will follow up 2012's "King Animal".
Former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes will kick off the "Be Somebody" European tour with his band MEAN MAN on April 22 in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
For now, the Czech Republic, Germany, Holland, U.K., Norway, Sweden and France are on the calendar, but be sure that a lot more tour dates will be added in the upcoming period.
Having first toured Europe last year, MEAN MAN plays no less than seven W.A.S.P. classics in its set and includes a crowd invitation to three members of the audience to come and join in on "I Wanna Be Somebody", promising for a very memorable night. Free meet-and-greets are organized at the end of each gig at the merch booth.
All confirmed "Be Somebody" tour dates so far:
Apr. 22 - Sweet Fest - Ostrava - CZ
Apr. 25 - Cafe de Meister - Geleen - N
Apr. 27 - Garage de Luxe - Munich - D
Apr. 28 - Kubana Live Club - Siegburg - D
May 02 - The Rocknella - Barcelona - ESP (CD signing session + meet-and-greet)
Jun. 15 - The Musician - Leceister - UK
Jun. 16 - Yardsbirds - Grimsby - UK
Jun. 17 - Cathouse - Glasgow - UK
Jun. 19 - Bannemans - Edinburgh - UK
Jun. 20 - Redd Suite Live -Dundee - UK
Jun. 21 - King Billy - Northampton - UK
Jun. 22 - The Marrs Bar - Worcester - UK
Jun. 23 - The Cellar - Stafford - UK
Jun. 24 - The Rigger - Stoke - UK
Jun. 25 - The Diamond In - Sutton in Ashfield - UK
Jun. 26 - The Snooty Fox Club - Wakefield - UK
Jun. 27 - Robin 2 - Bilston - UK
Jun. 28 - Fat Lils - Witney - UK
Jun. 29 - The Underworld - London - UK
Jun. 30 - Satan's Hollow - Manchester - UK
Jul. 01 - [to be confirmed] - Liverpool - UK
Jul. 07 - Norway Rock Festival - Kvinesdal - N
Jul. 08 - Vicious Rock Festival - Trollhättan - S
Jul. 14 - Glassheim Rock & Kulturscene - Jevnaker - N
Jul. 15 - Rolling Wheels Motorcycle Club - Oppdal - N
Jul. 29 - Bourgogne France - HDC Macadam Motors
Nov. 11 - A Day Of Rock- Corby - UK
Holmes's latest album, "Shitting Bricks", was released in 2015 via M & O Music.
In an interview with Noisey, Holmes talked about his decision to move to France back in 2014. He said: "My wife is from France. But since I left W.A.S.P. I dangled around in L.A., trying to find musicians to play with, but it just didn't work out. The change of culture in the last ten years… My kind of music isn't played that much — not like it was in the '80s."
He continued: "[A few] years ago, I pulled into a 7-11, and this kid got out of his car. He wasn't listening to rock. When I was his age, that's all I listened to. That made me realize the kind of music I do here anymore… [He was listening to] hip-hop. And I just don't play that kind of music."
Holmes added: "I was talking to one of my friend's kids — he's in high school — and I asked him, 'Why don't you listen to rock, like DEEP PURPLE or something?' And he said, 'Man, that's pussy music.' This is a white kid. So I thought, if people don't listen to this kind of music anymore, why should I even be here? I'm in my 50s, but I want to still keep on going, kind of. So I talked to my wife and we decided to move. They listen to rock more over here. There's lots more concerts and stuff."
Holmes joined W.A.S.P. in 1982 and remained with the group until 1990. In 1996, Holmes rejoined W.A.S.P. and stayed with the band until 2001. Holmes has not played with W.A.S.P. since.
Holmes in 2013 released a solo album called "Nothing To Lose". Chris composed, performed, and produced the music and vocals, and teamed up with former MOTÖRHEAD drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor to perform on and engineer the effort.
Global rock icons IRON MAIDEN embark on the final leg of "The Book Of Souls" world tour this weekend, simultaneously launching a synergistic player-vs-player battle arena for their mobile game, Legacy Of The Beast. The game offers players a unique way to interact with the band's real-world activities, by introducing not only a replica of one of the tour stage productions, but also the debut of "The Book Of Souls" Shaman Eddie into the game, in his Mayan-themed incarnation as featured on the band's most recent studio album. Other characters from "The Book Of Souls" are set to follow.
Legacy Of The Beast is a definitive experience in the mobile RPG space — taking players on an unparalleled, epic, ever-expanding, strategic gaming journey via their smartphones & tablets.
IRON MAIDEN manager Rod Smallwood says: "With Legacy Of The Beast, we wanted to create something that appealed both to fans of MAIDEN music and gamers alike, wherever they are in the world, and I think we are well on our way to accomplishing that. The game has kept true to the band's history and development not only through their music but with Eddie too. This latest feature focused around our current tour is only the start of many new and exciting innovations we have planned to keep Legacy evolving and becoming even more addictive!"
Adds Llexi Leon, interactive creative director of Phantom Music Management: "The towering Mayan set piece of 'The Book Of Souls' world tour presented an ideal opportunity to expand the game and create a virtual event space to complement the band's live show — whether you're seeing IRON MAIDEN on the road or playing Legacy Of The Beast on your mobile, we’ve crafted a gaming experience that explores the Mayan world of 'The Book Of Souls' record and marks the first of many timed in-game events that will enrich the band's touring activity, engaging fans old and new across the globe in a way never before possible."
The unprecedented integration of IRON MAIDEN's creative output has seen the game and its characters featured on the side of MAIDEN's own 747, on bottle tops of their Trooper beer, on the iconic black t-shirts and shown in cinematic trailers at live shows — a synthesis that continues to push boundaries in both the digital and physical space.
Players of the game can look forward to many more significant new features and characters to collect over the coming months, including The Clairvoyant and Trooper Eddie, Social Chat and the Night City game world and cast — inspired by MAIDEN's early music catalog and distinct East London upbringing.
Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast is available now for free on Apple's app store and Google Play.
For more information, visit www.ironmaidenlegacy.com.
The previously announced U.S. tour by veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS was canceled after the band was denied entry to the United States Tuesday night at a Chicago airport, apparently due to the new immigration policies from the Trump administration.
The news of the tour's cancelation was broken by the Chicago club Reggies, where LOUDNESS was scheduled to perform Wednesday night.
A statement on the venue's Facebook page read: "Due to the new strict policies the U.S. government has placed on foreigners entering the country, LOUDNESS was denied entry into the United States and sent back home this morning. All shows on the U.S. tour are canceled. Refunds for Wednesday’s show will be issued at original point of sale."
LOUDNESS frontman Minoru Niihara confirmed in a post on his blog that the tour was scrapped. He wrote: "I stayed in Chicago for three hours and returned home." The singer added that neither he nor the band as a whole had ever before been denied entry to the United States.
LOUDNESS's agency Katana Music told Japan Today that the band was able to enter the United States in the past with proper invitation letters but that the immigration this time requested visas for the musicians.
Reggies owner Robby Glick told the Chicago Tribune that he spoke to the band's PR rep who cited an issue with "exemption papers," which were acceptable for entry the last time the band visited the U.S., but denied this time around.
"It's a little bit harder," said Glick. "I don't know if it's a product of the administration or if LOUDNESS was flying by the seat of their pants, but there is a difference since our new president came in."