EP Premiere: Begravement – Conjuring the Necromancer

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Here Are 35 Great Metal Albums You May Have Missed in 2020

Because we’re not even a full month into 2021 and there is still music to discover. And because you can’t get enough goddamn lists, here are 35 more from 2019 to chew on.
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Meet Woman Who Believes She Is Engaged To BRET MICHAELS And Texting Daily With NIKKI SIXX

MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx and POISON singer Bret Michaels need no introduction, as they have both been playing sold-out stadiums, packed with screaming and adoring fans, for years. On today’s episode of “Dr. Phil”, host Dr. Phil McGraw spoke with one of the musicians’ faithful followers, Tina, who claims to be more than just a fan. Tina’s friend Vivian says Tina believes this because she is being catfished by someone pretending to be the famous rock stars. Vivian says Tina has been scammed so convincingly that Tina believes she has not only been texting with both rock legends for the past six months, but that she is actually engaged to Michaels and in a serious loving friendship with Sixx.

Tina says she and Sixx have a “solid, good friendship” and they text 8-10 times a day. Tina says Sixx can’t call her because “his management won’t allow it.” As for Michaels, Tina says: “I love Bret Michaels, and he loves me. After three weeks of talking back and forth, he said he was falling in love with me… Several months ago, we were talking, and he had us take the oath over the Bible that we would be devoted to each other. After we took the oath, he proposed to me, and I said yes.”

However, Tina and the man she believes is “Bret,” whom she met on Instagram, have never spoken on the phone, and their entire communication is through text messages. “He tells me management pretty much controls him, that he can only text me,” she says. “He can’t talk to me on the phone or send a video for privacy and security reasons.”

Watch below to see what happens when the real Sixx surprises Tina face-to-face, and she receives a video message from the real Michaels. Will it be the proof Tina needs to finally acknowledge she has been taken advantage of by an imposter?

GENE SIMMONS Spars With His Twitter Followers Over Allegations Of Voter Fraud In 2020 Election

Gene Simmons has pushed back against baseless allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, saying “60 courts in various states dismissed ALL allegations of a rigged election.”

The KISS bassist/vocalist, who has been using his Twitter account in recent weeks primarily to share the latest political headlines and news about the ongoing pandemic, addressed the debunked claims that widespread election fraud denied President Donald Trump a victory in the November election while answering questions from his followers on social media.

After Gene shared an article about Goya’s board of directors silencing its CEO over his unfounded claims of voter fraud, one of Simmons’s followers asked him: “Isn’t it possible the election was rigged?”, to which the rocker replied: “60 courts in various states and 60 Judges (including Pres Trump appointed Judges) UNANIMOUSLY, and without exception, dismissed ALL allegations of a rigged election..and that Includes Trump appointed US Attorney General Bill Barr!!!”

A few minutes later, another Twitter user wrote: “Cases were dismissed on standing not evidence”, to which Simmons replied: “That’s correct. And what that means, (I have asked 2 law professors) is that a court 1st takes a look at the merits & if they seem far-fetched or bluntly speaking, idiotic, they dismiss it outright. Do your research. You will appear much more informed than this tweet.”

Another of Gene’s Twitter followers countered with: “No sir, no evidence was heard. Ultimately, SCOTUS decides these were state questions. The states, ran by ultra liberals, buried it.” Simmons responded: “You are misinformed, again…Many of the judges were appointed by former President Trump. Again, I urge you to do research. You will appear much more informed than this tweet.”

In December 2016, Simmons — a former contestant on Trump’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” show — told TMZ that celebrities should keep their political opinions to themselves — especially when it comes to the results of that year’s presidential election.

“Why does anybody give a squat what a guy in a band thinks about or anything like that?” he said. “The last thing I wanna do is to ask President Obama what he thinks about LED ZEPPELIN.”

Prior to the 2016 election, Simmons told People magazine that he liked how Trump was shaking up the presidential race.

“The important thing about Trump, and I’m not saying whether I’m voting for him, or Hilary [Clinton], or anybody else, is that he has changed the game,” Simmons said. “He doesn’t want your money. This guy funds his own campaign, and he is going to say things that tens of millions of people actually say quietly because politically it’s ‘incorrect.'”

In a March 2016 interview with Rolling Stone, Simmons described Donald Trump as “the truest political animal I’ve ever seen onstage.” The rocker explained: “He has no speechwriters, no editing, no nothing. He’s actually on tape going ‘motherfucker.’ You cannot turn away.”

Simmons stressed at that time that he wasn’t saying he was supporting Trump. “He has said some very vile, unkind things,” he said. “But don’t kid yourself. He speaks off the cuff, and what you see is what you get. And he’ll double down. If you ask him about building a wall [between the U.S. and Mexico] he’ll say, ‘Fuck you, I’m going to make it ten feet higher, just because you asked me.’ He’s not there to be your friend.”

“He’s good for the political system,” Simmons added. “The middle, the centrists, they can say, ‘What do you think of this?’ because everybody is sick and tired of being politically correct. Secretly, tens of millions, perhaps a hundred million people may actually have some positive feelings about a wall.”

Goya board silences CEO Robert Unanue after he tells Fox News the election was rigged – CNN https://t.co/hdhemQtdis
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) January 27, 2021

60 courts in various states and 60 Judges (including Pres Trump appointed Judges) UNANIMOUSLY, and without exception, dismissed ALL allegations of a rigged election..and that Includes Trump appointed US Attorney General Bill Barr!!! https://t.co/lMv8p2bNJx
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) January 27, 2021

That’s correct. And what that means, (I have asked 2 law professors) is that a court 1st takes a look at the merits & if they seem far-fetched or bluntly speaking, idiotic, they dismiss it outright. Do your research. You will appear much more informed than this tweet. https://t.co/dremImshZ6
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) January 27, 2021

That is correct. And, a statement of fact. Widely reported in all sorts of media. https://t.co/3nu2isajPl
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) January 27, 2021

NC, you are misinformed, again…Many of the judges were appointed by former President Trump. Again, I urge you to do research. You will appear much more informed than this tweet. https://t.co/VrmDulDLHE
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) January 27, 2021

And doesn’t it strike you as odd that President Trump appointed Judges completely dismissed all attempts question the election. In all states. Without a single exception.? https://t.co/AetvErfKeX
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) January 25, 2021

Not entirely correct. Over 60 Court decisions in various states, made by mostly Pres Trump appointees, all agreed without a single exception, that the election was legit. And often, with the comment that it was the most secure election…ever. You are misinformed. https://t.co/CP1ccusKNx
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) January 24, 2021

Agreed. Both far left and far right are extremists and I support neither. https://t.co/cH9FkPW490
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) January 25, 2021

I ignore all of it. I vote on individual issues and individual candidates. Political parties don’t interest me and I find all of them lacking. https://t.co/E5wDk7Wvg5
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) January 24, 2021

Universal Audio Announces UAFX Effects Pedals

The Golden Reverberator, Starlight Echo Station, and Astra Modulation Machine use a powerful dual-processor architecture.

Full Stream: Bleach Everything — “Bound/Cured”

Bleach Everything breaks on through to the other side on the avant punk hardcore masterpiece Bound/Cured.
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SAMMY HAGAR Says Catalina Island Pay-Per-View Concert Was 'Cool' But 'Not Financially Successful'

In a new interview with Radio.com, Sammy Hagar spoke about the possibility of playing more live shows during the coronavirus pandemic. Hagar and the rest of THE CIRCLE band performed last October at Sammy’s annual birthday bash, which was moved to Catalina Island in California. The audience watched the concert via the boat-in, a limited amount of socially distanced chartered boats that purchased mooring reservations in the bay at Two Harbors.

Hagar said (see video below): “[Our booking] agency is trying to find ways to do [more shows]. The drive-in movie theater thing, that didn’t appeal to me. I couldn’t do it. My fans are crazy. So we did the Catalina Island thing, where we said, ‘Well, let’s have a boat-in and see how that works.’ And that was cool, but it was so expensive. [Laughs] I mean, you wanna talk about paying to play. It’s, like, man. We had a to build a stage, we had to bring production — everything — on the Catalina. We had to stay there a week, with building everything out, and we did a pay-per-view, and it was successful, but it was not financially successful. But that wasn’t the idea — the idea was to finish up my birthday bash and get it done.

“Getting creative with it — I don’t like creative with trying to do a concert,” he explained. “I’m sorry. I don’t wanna do ’em from my home. The little things we did [were] fun — the ‘Lockdown Sessions’ [where the members of THE CIRCLE recorded themselves playing covers while in quarantine] — we did some great, creative things. It was great. But it was fun for me. But I have my fun by walking out on stage for two hours and playing the music and entertaining and talking to the folks and getting the feedback. There’s nothing that will ever replace that. And I need it. And I want it. And my fans need it. And they want it. And we’ve got to have it. So we’ve gotta get back to it.

“I don’t wanna play to half a house, because I’ve been offered [things like], ‘Okay, you can play in some states. But if it holds 10 thousand [people], you can only play for five,'” he added. “I don’t care about playing for five [thousand] — I’d play for five hundred. I don’t mind that at all. I just know that those five thousand people are not gonna stay in their seats and socially distance. The second we start getting it on and I start saying, ‘Are we having any fun yet?’ and holding the mic up in the air and [going], ‘Right now,’ they’re gonna be at the front of the stage all unsocially distanced, and it’s gonna get criticized or I’m gonna get sued or fined or something. So it’s a bummer.”

SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE released their massively popular “Lockdown Sessions” as an album collection titled “Lockdown 2020” on January 8.

“Lockdown Sessions” began in March 2020, when the COVID-19 shelter-at-home order went into effect. With time on their hands and their upcoming tour in limbo, the band’s legendary drummer Jason Bonham challenged his Hagar, Michael Anthony and Vic Johnson to record a warmup jam they’d been playing backstage before concerts for several years. Equipped with iPhones and their respective instruments, they each laid down their individual tracks from the den, music room, closet and even showers of their homes, and “Funky Feng Shui” and the band’s “Lockdown Sessions” were born.

Last May, SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE’s U.S. tour with NIGHT RANGER was officially canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Produced by Live Nation, the outing was scheduled to kick off July 9 in West Palm Beach, Florida at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre and make stops in Tampa, Cincinnati, Dallas, Phoenix and more, before wrapping September 20 in Chula Vista, California at North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre.

THE CIRCLE’s first album of all-original material, “Space Between”, was released in May 2019 via BMG.

McGregor Pedals Introduces the Crunch Plus Overdrive

Vancouver, BC, Canada – January 26, 2021 – Boutique pedal company McGregor Pedals has launched its second pedal: The Crunch Plus overdrive. It follows on the heels of the McGregor’s debut pedal, the Crunch Transparent Overdrive, a single-channel, low-gain overdrive pedal for guitar and bass, released in December 2019. Designed and built by Garth Heslop, …
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QUEENSRŸCHE Has Recorded 14 Or 15 Song Ideas For Next Studio Album

QUEENSRŸCHE singer Todd La Torre spoke to Canada’s The Metal Voice about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the follow-up to 2019’s “The Verdict” album. The group’s next disc will apparently mark the QUEENSRŸCHE recording debut of Casey Grillo who replaced original drummer Scott Rockenfield in 2017.

“Michael [Wilton, guitar] flew down [to my house in Florida] recently — a week or two ago — and Zeuss [producer Chris Harris] came down [as well],” Todd said (see video below). “And then Casey [Grillo, drums] lives here, so he was coming over every day. We recorded 14, 15 new song ideas. And then Michael’s coming back down again in, like, a month or so. So we’re writing new QUEENSRŸCHE stuff. And Zeuss is recording it in real time, as we are in a room coming up with fresh ideas on the fly. Eddie [Jackson, bass] and Parker [Lundgren, guitar], they may come down. It depends. Parker’s slammed with his guitar shop — he has a shop called Diablo Guitars, and he’s just exploding; things are going great for him. And Eddie’s songwriting at home, and he doesn’t feel safe traveling right now. So that’s why he didn’t come down. And I said, ‘Dude, I totally respect it and I get it.’ Absolutely.”

Asked about the possibility of QUEENSRŸCHE releasing a live album from his time with the band, Todd said: “We have tons of multi-track recordings from two years of live shows. And I told Eddie, ‘I think Michael has the hard drives. Why don’t we divvy up, send hard drives to each of us, and we’ll pick three songs — each guy picks three songs. ‘Cause you’ve got two thousand things to go through, and I’ll pick three songs, and I’ll just find the best live performances from those three songs, and maybe we can assemble 15 songs, or something, for a live record. That’s something we are talking about. I guess he’s been listening to songs and sifting through some of that material from live performances.”

Earlier this month, Rockenfield shot down suggestions that he quit QUEENSRŸCHE or retired from playing music. The drummer, who hasn’t performed with QUEENSRŸCHE in four years, took to his Facebook page to say that fans “have not been given the facts by any means” and implied that he would offer more details at a later date.

Scott’s comments marked the first time he has publicly addressed his status with QUEENSRŸCHE, which has used former KAMELOT drummer Grillo for touring purposes since April 2017.

When Rockenfield’s absence from QUEENSRŸCHE was first announced, it was reported that he was taking time off from the band’s touring activities to spend time with his young son, who was born in early 2017.

The drum tracks on “The Verdict”, were laid down by La Torre.

La Torre will release his debut solo album, “Rejoice In The Suffering”, on February 5 via Rat Pak Records.

THE PRETTY RECKLESS's TAYLOR MOMSEN: 'I Don't Compromise When It Comes To Art'

THE PRETTY RECKLESS frontwoman Taylor Momsen spoke to Terrie Carr of the Morristown, New Jersey radio station 105.5 WDHA about the importance of seeing her vision through to full execution while making music with her bandmates.

“I’m fine with compromising, but I’m not fine with compromising when it comes to art,” she said (see video below). “Anything that has to do with artistic expression — so from the songs to the production to the videos to the visuals — anything artistic, that has to be my way or just I’m not interested. Otherwise, what’s the point? I’m expressing myself. If you want to be a part of that, then that’s awesome. If you have a different vision for or you want to guide me in some other path, then I’m not the right person for you to be working with, because I’m on my own journey, I’m on my own path. So I don’t compromise when it comes to art, and that’s something that I’ve always had to fight for and stay true to my guns and my way of thinking. And luckily, I’ve had a really great team around me who really support that and really allow me to see my vision through, I guess. And then the way it’s released. And then you look for partners who understand your vision, at least to the best of their ability, and are on the same team and the same side and wanna just kind of accentuate that and accompany it and help it along. And that’s who you look for in partners — with labels and things like that — someone who really understands you as an artist to the best of their ability and just wants to help [get behind] that, instead of someone who wants to take you and turn you into something else. That’s just never worked for me.

“I feel like I look at life sometimes very basically,” she continued. “It’s very simple — it’s, like, okay, here’s what I like to do. And you’re telling me to do this. Well, I don’t wanna do that, ’cause I don’t like to do that. So, I’m gonna go back and do this, and if you wanna be a part of this, come to my side. And my bank account doesn’t necessarily thank me for it. But in the long haul, it’s something that makes me happy, and I can look back on my life and I can forward on my life and go, ‘I’m doing the right thing.’ Because I can go to sleep at night knowing I made the right decision for myself. And that’s what success is — making something that you’re proud of, and the rest of the world be damned.”

THE PRETTY RECKLESS’s new album, “Death By Rock And Roll”, will be made available on February 12 via Fearless Records in the U.S. and Century Media Records in the rest of the world.

The band’s latest single “And So It Went”. features a guest appearance by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello.

“Death By Rock And Roll” is THE PRETTY RECKLESS’s first album to be made without longtime producer Kato Khandwala, who died in April 2018 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

In addition to Morello, “Death By Rock And Roll” features Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron from SOUNDGARDEN. The song with Cameron and Thayil, called “Only Love Can Save Me Now”, was recorded at Seattle’s legendary London Bridge Studios, where seminal LPs like PEARL JAM’s “Ten” and SOUNDGARDEN’s “Louder Than Love” were laid down.