Bullet For My Valentine has released a new single called “You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War),” from the band’s upcoming album Venom, due out on August 14th. Frontman Matt Tuck revealed that the song is about being bullied, something he says he and the band had a lot of experience with: “Me and the boys used to be kind of bullied back in school because we had long hair and we smoked cigarettes and we were into rock music and stuff. So all the rugby boys and everyone who were into sports used to give us a real hard time.” Tuck added that he wrote the track to reassure fans that bullying “happens to everybody, and it’s not a nice place to be when that happens. It took me a long time to actually pluck up the courage mentally and physically to stand up for myself, so it was kind of momentous moment for me . . . That’s what that song’s about, really. It’s about going through hard times and coming through the other side.”
After a four-year hiatus, Grammy Award-nominated, multiplatinum hard rock titans DISTURBED have announced their return with their sixth studio album, titled “Immortalized”, to be released August 21 through Reprise Records.
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The Smashing Pumpkins are currently on their first-ever acoustic tour, and during a show in Munhall, Pennsylvania last week, frontman William Corgan performed every song from the Pumpkins’ iconic debut Gish in a three-minute medley. Corgan joked that he would perform the band’s entire catalog in the same fashion. The acoustic trek ends later this week in Minneapolis, with the band beginning a full-on co-headlining jaunt with Marilyn Manson on July 7th in Concord, California. (Consequence Of Sound)
Metallica guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett performed the National Anthem on Sunday (June 14th) during Game 5 of the NBA Finals featuring San Francisco’s Golden State Warriors. Prior to the event, Metallica said in a statement, “By now we’re guessing that you’ve noticed that we like to support our home sports teams . . . GO DUBS!” The Warriors won, making it a 3-2 series heading into Tuesday’s (June 16th) Game 6. (Blabbermouth)
Metallica has shared footage of a performance of its 1983 classic “Whiplash” at the 2015 X Games in Austin, Texas on June 6th. The clip also includes guitarist Kirk Hammett, bassist Robert Trujillo and drummer Lars Ulrich doing a meet and greet, and the group warming up before the show. Metallica has also released audio of its X Games concert, with proceeds from the show’s download going to assist victims of the recent floods in Texas. (AntiMusic)
Slipknot has unleashed the creepy new video for “Killpop,” the latest single from the band’s current album, .5: The Gray Chapter. The clip, directed by Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan, features the group performing the song in an abandoned, decrepit building haunted by face-painted twins and a goat. Also among the eerie highlights is Crahan beating a keg with a baseball bat.
venged Sevenfold has posted a 90-second teaser online for its long-awaited new DVD, This Is Bat Country. The disc has been in the works for more than five years, with the band filming numerous shows around the world and planning to incorporate live footage into a chronicle of the band’s recent career. The DVD will contain performances from the band’s sets at key events like the Download Festival, Rock In Rio, Rock On The Range and others.
At the Chicago press conference on Monday (May 18th) for their joint End Times tour, Marilyn Manson and Smashing Pumpkins frontman William Corgan were asked about a band they were once rumored to be forming in 1997 called Fruity. Manson said that the name came about “because we thought that the pills made us feel fruity, that was it. I don’t really know what that meant, at the time.” Corgan added, “Everyone we would meet would be in the band. Like (Public Enemy’s) Flavor Flav was in the band, (porn star) Jenna Jameson was in the band, but then it never happened.” (Alternative Nation)
AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson returns in a new second season episode as host of the series Cars That Rock. In a clip posted online, Johnson visits the iconic MG factory in Longbridge, England to gain an insight into the beloved British make. A six-part series, Cars That Rock features Johnson meeting designers, engineers and car fans from around the world and visiting car plants and race tracks. It airs on the Quest channel in the U.K. (Blabbermouth)
Foo Fighters have posted a pro-shot mini-documentary online about the band’s Record Store Day (April 18th) performance in front of 100 people at the tiny Record Connection in Niles, Ohio. In the video, store owner Jeff Burke recalls how he got the money to originally open the store and then discusses with customers how important the Foos performance was, saying, “What a statement that really makes, by the Foo Fighters coming here and wanting to play for you guys. It’s mind-blowing.” (Diffuser)
Saint Asonia, the band formed by former Three Days Grace frontman Adam Gontier and Staind guitarist Mike Mushok, has released a first single called “Better Place.” As previously speculated, the band also includes Stereomud and Dark New Day bassist Corey Lowery and Finger Eleven drummer Rich Beddoe.
Halestorm celebrated Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 10th) by releasing the official lyric video for “Dear Daughter.” The piano-driven ballad about female empowerment is taken from the group’s new album, Into The Wild Life. The band included a message with the clip in which it wrote, “Happy Mother’s Day everyone! We thought today would be as good a day as any to premiere the official lyric video for ‘Dear Daughter.’ Enjoy!” (Loudwire)
Marilyn Manson plays a devilish figure in his new video for “The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles,” taken from his latest album The Pale Emperor. The black-and-white clip finds Manson roaming the alleyways of the City of Angels, performing religious rituals on those who cross his path, including The Wire and Boardwalk Empire actor Michael K. Williams. (Consequence Of Sound)
Icelandic outfit Of Monsters And Men have released a music video for “Crystals,” the first single from the band’s upcoming album Beneath The Skin. The group’s sophomore disc is scheduled for release on June 9th
Godsmack has released a music video for the song “Something Different,” the latest single off the band’s current album, 1000 Horsepower. Singer Sully Erna said that the song’s lyrics were inspired by his thoughts on relationships: “You know, most people in relationships don’t feel heard, you know, they don’t feel understood, and I think that song just reflects on everyday people that are in that relationship that, you know, was once great and now that like, “I see black, you see white — why do we keep missing each other here?’ So it’s just a very generalized kind of statement about being unseen and unheard in a relationship that was once probably really respected and honored.” Erna told a Boston radio station last year that “Something Different” was a “really special song, it’s really unique, definitely branching out from what we usually do.”
Pennsylvania’s Breaking Benjamin unveiled “Failure,” the first track to arrive at radio from the band’s fifth studio set, Dark Before Dawn. The follow-up to 2009’s Dear Agony is due out June 23rd and will mark the recording debut of the band’s new lineup, which features former members of Red and Adelitas Way in addition to founder, frontman and sole original mainstay Ben Burnley. The new single and album follow a long period of inactivity for the band during which Burnley battled health issues and engaged in legal action against two former members.
The official video for the Offspring’s new single, called “Coming For You,” has been released. The song is taken from the punk act’s upcoming 10th studio album, although there is no timetable yet for when the band will complete and release the full disc. Singer Dexter Holland said recently that the band is “maybe halfway” through writing the songs for the new record. (Blabbermouth)
Ex-Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Gilby Clarke reunited onstage this past Saturday (March 7th) during Slash’s concert at Mandarine Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. McKagan sat in for “It’s So Easy” and “Paradise City,” the latter of which also included an appearance by Clarke. McKagan also got onstage for the same two tracks during Slash’s March 6th show in Buenos Aires. McKagan’s band Loaded and Clarke’s act Coverheads served as opening acts for Slash at the March 7th gig. (Blabbermouth)
Slipknot is the subject of the latest video from Sock Puppet Parody, which pays tribute to iconic bands and glorifies their undergarments. The latest clip from the troupe is for the band “Socknot,” as it performs “Wait In Bleach,” a takeoff on the Slipknot hit “Wait And Bleed.”
A press release stated, “When socks are used as rags, they’re liable to go insane. These socks have reached their tearing point. Now they’ve snapped and formed the ultimate garage band, Socknot! The band is made up of misfit socks that have been all but used up. Frayed by the constant abuse, they have channeled that insanity into their hit single, ‘Wait And Bleach.’ This mosh pit of insanity hits you like a washboard and doesn’t let up.”
Halestorm has released a new video for the song “Amen,” taken from the band’s upcoming album Into The Wild Life. Singer Lzzy Hale said that the process of recording the album was unlike anything the group had done before: “Basically, you know, all of the tracks that you’ll hear on this record, all the basic tracks, we did live in this beautiful studio in Nashville — beautiful church studio, actually — and we all were in the common room in a circle and had to play every song over and over again until we were all kind of riding the same wave, and all the parts were done, you know, as a performance.” Into The Wild Life is due out on April 14.
“Into The Wild Life is not a departure,” reveals frontwoman Lzzy Hale. “It’s an invitation to all things Halestorm. Lyrically and musically, we explored everything that makes us tick. We set a new standard for this record and gave ourselves no choice other than to be unapologetically ourselves in every way. Peel away at the onion that is our third record if you dare and let us drag you deeper into our world.” (Kerrang)
Members of Slipknot joined Korn onstage Friday night (January 23rd) at the SSE Arena in London, England during the two bands’ joint U.K. tour to perform at cover of the Beastie Boys song “Sabotage.” Fan-filmed video footage of the collaboration has been posted online. Prior to the gig, a post on Korn’s Instagram account hinted that the two bands were “maybe doing a cover tonight in London” with a photo of the musicians performing together in soundcheck. Korn later announced on Twitter that a video of the entire “Sabotage” performance will be made available at some point in the future. (Blabbermouth)
Previously unseen footage of late guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott, drummer Vinnie Paul and bassist Rex Brown performing with their short-lived post-Pantera project Gasoline has been released. The 47-minute video was filmed on New Year’s Eve 2001 in Dallas, Texas and features the group playing cover versions of Led Zeppelin and Metallica songs, as well as six original tracks. A fan named Chris Stiles who filmed the show posted the video online, saying, “I don’t think it’s right to just hold on to it without letting others see what it’s like to be around (Dimebag).”
The Smashing Pumpkins have debuted a video for “Being Beige,” the new single from the band’s latest album, Monuments To An Elegy. The clip features frontman Billy Corgan starring alongside two eerie-looking twins. Monuments To An Elegy came out last month, but Corgan is already thinking about its follow-up, Day For Night, which will be out sometime this year. (Diffuser)
Slipknot is touring Europe and Australia for the next month or two, but the masked metal act might also be planning a second North American leg of its Prepare For Hell Tour. The band is already booked to play several festivals this spring, including Florida’s Welcome To Rockville on April 26th and North Carolina’s Carolina Rebellion on May 3rd
Islander has released a music video for “New Wave,” the latest single from the South Carolina band’s debut album, Violence And Destruction. Frontman Mikey Carvajal told Billboard that the track is a “joyful song about the end of the world.”
Kid Rock has released the video for “First Kiss,” the title track and first single from his upcoming 10th album, due out on February 24th.
Marilyn Manson has released a new song called “Deep Six,” which started streaming online Monday (December 15th) and will be available for purchase Tuesday (December 16th). The track is from Manson’s new album, The Pale Emperor, which arrives on January 19th. (Blabbermouth)
Soundgarden has released a surreal new video for “Storm,” one of seven previously unreleased recordings included on the band’s new collection of B-sides and rarities, Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path.
AC/DC has released an official stream of the title track from its upcoming album, Rock Or Bust, which arrives on December 2nd. The album is the band’s first without founding guitarist Malcolm Young, who was forced to retire earlier this year due to being stricken with dementia.
Footage of Metallica’s entire performance at this year’s BlizzCon gaming convention is now online. The performance took place during the event’s closing ceremony on Saturday (November 8th) in Anaheim, California. BlizzCon is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft game universes.
Papa Roach will issue its eighth studio effort, F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise) on January 27th.
Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows stars in a tutorial video for fans who want to learn how to play the band’s new mobile game, Hail To The King: Deathbat. The game came out two weeks ago after two years in development. he game is available on the App Store and Google Play for $4.99, Hail to the King: Deathbat features classic Avenged Sevenfold tracks along with a new and original score composed by the band.
Foo Fighters unveiled a second new track from the band’s upcoming album, Sonic Highways, in conjunction with the premiere of the second episode of the HBO documentary of the same name on Friday (October 24th). Called “The Feast And The Famine,” the song was recorded at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, Virginia and inspired by the D.C. hardcore punk scene in which Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl started his career with bands like Dain Bramage and Scream.
Theory of a Deadman have released a video for their new song “Savages” starring Alice Cooper. Alice’s contribution is a spoken word message saying, “Time after time we never learn from our mistakes / When we will realize we’re all just the same / We’re all humans fighting human nature to stay alive / We’re predators teaching our children to be just like us / To fear and hate like us / Will we ever realize we’re just savages? / God save us all.”
The legendary rocker’s part was recorded at his home studio in Phoenix. Band member Tyler Connolly recently told Loudwire, “He was great, you know he was a pro. He had never seen the lyrics before. He said, ‘I have this.'”
Music video by Bush performing The Only Way Out (Official Video). (C) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment
Three Days Grace has released a new song called “I Am Machine,” accompanied by a lyric video. The track is the second new track issued this year by the Canadian act, following the chart-topping “Painkiller” earlier this year. Both songs are expected to appear on the group’s upcoming fifth album, which Loudwire reports will now have a March 31st, 2015 release date.
Slipknot has revealed its new masks and its new members — at least what they look like — in the video for “The Devil In I,” the first single from the band’s upcoming album .5: The Gray Chapter.
Godsmack has posted the first two entries of a new video tour diary online. The band is currently leading the lineup of the Rockstar Energy Uproar tour and filming their activities. Episode one chronicles the first show of the tour, while episode two follows bassist Robbie Merrill on a go-kart ride and the entire band does a little daytime drinking. Drummer Shannon Larkin has also contributed a written diary. The next stop on the Uproar tour is September 16th in Irvine, California
In This Moment will release its fifth studio album, titled Black Widow, on November 18th. The first single from the disc, called “Sick Like Me,” is available at iTunes now.
Soundgarden helped launch the 2014 NFL season on Thursday night (September 4th) by playing a short pre-game concert outside CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The set, which was broadcast live by NBC, included “Spoonman,” “Outshined,” “Rusty Cage,” “My Wave” and “Been Away Too Long.” (Fan-filmed footage)
Slipknot has released “The Devil In I,” the first official single from the band’s upcoming fifth album.
Just watched the new HELLYEAH video for “Moth” and Kotter says that Chad Gray has a “Mullhawk” Mullet + Mohawk. Copyright that! – Zoey
Blue Cross Band, the blues-rock act featuring Godsmack guitarist Tony Rombola and drummer Shannon Larkin, has released a video for the song “Two Faces Of Evil.” The group made its live debut in June, with plans to record and release an album after the current Godsmack album and touring cycle is over. (Blabbermouth)
Sixx A.M. premiere video for “”Gotta Get it Right”. More HERE
Slash has revealed in a new interview at the Guitar Center in Hollywood that he originally aspired to play bass instead of lead guitar — until hearing a music teacher peel off some Cream licks changed his mind. Slash explained that since childhood friend and future Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler first opted to play guitar, he decided to learn bass. He recalled, “I went to a local music school and talked to the teacher and said, ‘I want to learn how to play bass.’ He asked me a few questions to figure out what I wanted to achieve. While he was talking to me, he was playing Eric Clapton’s Cream licks on electric guitar. I said, ‘That’s what I want to do,’ because I really didn’t know that much about guitars. So that was it — I switched over to guitar.”
Slash added that he learned how to play initially on a “beat up old Spanish acoustic that only had one string,” which was given to him by his grandmother.
He continued, “There was no stopping me at that point — I was obsessed with it no matter what obstacles or hurdles there were.”
Slipknot has unveiled the official video for “The Negative One,” the first new song released by the band in six years. The track is taken from the group’s upcoming fifth album, which is due out in October.
Linkin Park has premiered the new music video for the song “Final Masquerade” via MTV. The track is taken from the band’s latest album, The Hunting Party, which was released this past June. Linkin Park will head out next month on a North American tour with 30 Seconds To Mars and AFI.
The Offspring has released covers of tracks by Bad Religion and Pennywise to promote the upcoming “Summer Nationals” tour.
Rob Zombie and The Walking Dead comic book co-creator Tony Moore released a new animated short which doubles as a trailer for the upcoming game, Assassin’s Creed Unity at Comic Con 2014. The game is being released on October 28th.
Slash receives the “Guitar Legend” award at the 1st ever Alternative Press Music Awards 7/21/14
Royal Blood has unveiled the video for a new single called “Figure It Out.” The track follows up the rock radio hit “Out Of The Black,” with both songs taken from the band’s self-titled debut album, due out August 26th.
Avenged Sevenfold has issued a music video for “This Means War,” the latest single from the band’s 2013 album Hail To The King. The clip has been described as a “grisly street fight on the dark streets of an urban metropolis. Haunted by dark creatures and lost souls.
Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder surprised the almost 24,000 people attending the band’s concert in Stockholm, Sweden by drinking wine from a fan’s Converse shoe.
Jack White had the plug pulled on him by the venue owners during his set last Thursday night (June 26th) in Dublin, Ireland just as he was powering through an encore of Leadbelly’s “Goodnight, Irene.” But White didn’t let that stop him, pausing to inform the crowd of what had happened and then proceeding to belt the song out at the top of his lungs with help from the audience.
Nothing More has premiered a new lyric video for the song “Christ Copyright,” taken from the band’s self-titled debut album. Frontman Jonny Hawkins explained that the song is a critique of the way certain people in society try to force their beliefs on others: “It’s kind of just spreading the idea that doubt is a virtue, that complying is sometimes good but not always. It’s really focused on dogma, I think, underlying a lot of organizations, a lot of groups of people that get together and I think push any idea zealously with blinders on their eyes.”
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich told Metal Hammer in a new interview that the band’s new song, “The Lords Of Summer,” is going over well with fans hearing it live on the band’s current “By Request” tour. Ulrich explained, “It’s fun to play. It seems like the kids are enjoying it. There was actually somebody in the ‘Snake Pit’ the other day with a homemade ‘Lords Of Summer’ T-shirt on, which was very endearing.” Ulrich added, “It’s a good song. Hey, listen, who knows by the time the next record comes out whether it will be in its same shape or format. But it’s fun to play. And I think it’s going down well, from what I can tell, from my little spot.”
Foo Fighters set aside a portion of their headlining performance at this past weekend’s Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware to perform a string of classic rock songs, including Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out,” the Rolling Stones’ “Miss You,” Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” — with drummer Taylor Hawkins on vocals — and Queen and David Bowie’s “Under Pressure.”
Nothing More is about to crack the rock radio Top Five with “This Is The Time (Ballast),” the first single from the group’s upcoming self-titled debut. The disc is out next Tuesday (June 24th) and bassist Daniel Oliver was asked what it’s like to already be on tour before the record arrives “I don’t know, it’s kind of cool, you know, just to be out and kind of be building this anticipation so when the record finally drops, you know, people have heard the song and maybe heard some things leaked on YouTube or something like that. I don’t know, it’s a neat feeling, the buzz happening before the record drops, for sure.”
“World On Fire,” the title track from Slash’s upcoming album World On Fire, is now streaming online. The track arrived at rock radio stations late last week, while the full record is due out on September 15th. The disc follows up 2012’s Apocalyptic Love and is the second solo effort recorded by Slash with his band Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators.
Seether has premiered the video for “Words As Weapons,” the first single from the upcoming album Isolate & Medicate. Frontman Shaun Morgan told us that the tune was partially inspired by the interaction he sees online these days: “There’s a lot of online bullying and there’s a sort of anonymity that’s online and people saying mean things to each other. There seems to be like a real elevated level of nastiness towards each other and it just seems like, if they don’t have anything good to say, then why are they saying anything in the first place?” The clip was filmed in the historic Vasquez Rocks park north of Los Angeles and was influenced by French director Jean Cocteau’s 1949 film Orpheus.
Weezer has revealed via a video that the title of the band’s ninth studio album is Everything Will Be Alright In The End. The disc is produced by Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, who worked on Weezer’s “Blue” and “Green” albums. There’s no release date for the record yet, but it’s due out by the end of the year.
Theory Of A Deadman has released the music video for “Drown,” the first single from the band’s upcoming album Savages. The video has an old Western setting but also features a sinister twist. Frontman and songwriter Tyler Connolly explained how the track came together: “You know, I tried something different on this record — I tried to wake up every morning and write a song. So it lasted about three days and then I quit. But two of the tracks ended up on the record, ‘Sun Has Set On Me’ and ‘Drown.’ And I wrote the lyrics to ‘Drown,’ two months later I wrote the riff, and then put the lyrics to the riff. It doesn’t really happen that way a lot of times, but I sent the song to the guys and they all were just like, ‘Wow, this is great. This is totally what we need to do.'” Savages is due out on July 29th and is the fifth effort from Theory Of A Deadman, following 2011’s The Truth Is . . . .
The first trailer for Dumb and Dumber To has been released. The sequel has Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels’ characters, Harry and Lloyd, searching for Harry’s long lost daughter trying to get her to donate a kidney to him. The first film was released in 1994. Dumb and Dumber To will hit theaters on November 14th.
The full set of Linkin Park from Germany’s Annual Rock AM Ring Festival. Linkin Park was the final performer on Saturday night (June 7th.) They played for an hour and 41 minutes which covered their hits as well as material from their upcoming album, The Hunting Party, which is being released on June 17th.
The Full set from Metallica from Germany’s Annual Rock AM Ring Festival. Metallica was the headliner for the final night. They played for two hours and 20 minutes as part of their “By Request” tour where fans picked the setlist. Loudwire is reporting that the footage was professionally captured throughout the festival which wrapped up on June 8th after four days of performances.
Slash has launched a new web series called “Ask Slash” in which he answers fan questions about his upcoming new album, World On Fire. The third installment has been posted online now. World On Fire is due out on September 16th and is the second Slash solo effort to feature his touring band, Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators.
Metallica played the song “The Frayed Ends Of Sanity” live in its entirety for the first time ever on Wednesday night (May 28th) during the band’s set at the Sonisphere Festival in Helsinki, Finland. The group had previously played the song’s intro many times before, but always went from that into another track entirely. Wednesday night’s performance was part of the band’s “Metallica By Request” format for its current European tour, on which fans have selected each night’s songs online.
“The Frayed Ends Of Sanity” is taken from Metallica’s 1988 fourth album, . . . And Justice For All. Until Wednesday night, it was the last original song from all nine of Metallica’s studio albums that had never been performed live.
Bassist Robert Trujillo told CraveOnline.com last year that “The Frayed Ends Of Sanity” was Metallica’s “most challenging” song to learn on bass.