MUDVAYNE, ATREYU, CROWN THE EMPIRE And AFTERLIFE Added To Lineup For Inaugural 'Voragos: Destination Lunasea Beach' Cruise
Voragos: Destination Lunasea Beach has announced several exciting additions to the lineup for the private island festival and five-day rock cruise coming in early 2022. The list of newly added acts includes the recently reunited MUDVAYNE (which continues to partner with Danny Wimmer Presents for their first live performances after a 12-year hiatus), ATREYU, CROWN THE EMPIRE and AFTERLIFE.
MUDVAYNE will play both on board and at Lunasea Beach and will replace CHEVELLE who regrettably have to cancel their Voragos Lunasea Beach appearance due to a conflict with their upcoming touring schedule. All other previously announced acts will be appearing, including ROB ZOMBIE, MASTODON and more.
“I still can’t believe I’m saying…MUDVAYNE IS BACK,” says Chad Gray of MUDVAYNE. “It’s been a long time coming. We are very excited to get back on stage in front of all the OG Oxygen Wasters and the New Ones that have NEVER seen us! We’re looking forward to being on the maiden voyage of DWP’s Voragos cruise. Let’s Go!”
The anticipated rock festival vacation experience — which takes place February 16-21, 2022 aboard the amenity-packed Norwegian Pearl Ship and will be docking for one day in Belize for a one-of-a-kind private island beach festival — now has an official host with SiriusXM’s Jose “Metal Ambassador” Mangin coming on board to emcee the event and host various activities with fans and bands.
“I’m far beyond stoked to be hanging and partying with so many friends and family on Voragos, and getting to host it is even better,” comments Jose Mangin. “This destination cruise is going to be one for the record books for sure! A festival on the beach, and concerts on board, it’s so badass! I can’t wait to throw down hard with you and my metal shipmates in MUDVAYNE, MASTODON, ATREYU, my AZ homies DED, ROB ZOMBIE and so many others!”
Voragos will also include special appearances by SiriusXM’s Shannon Gunz and the cast of “That Space Zebra Show”, who will be participating in special fan experiences throughout the cruise. This fall, “That Space Zebra Show” will launch the “Battle For The Big Seas” showdown on the DWPresents Twitch channel, where unsigned bands will compete for the chance to perform on the inaugural voyage of Voragos. Look for more details about how to submit and enter the contest coming soon.
In addition, Voragos is excited to announce the first on ship experiences that fans can participate in. The first revealed theme night is “Party Like A Rockstar”, where cruisers can dress up like their favorite artist. Confirmed cruise activities include: Pool Deck Party with DWP CEO Danny Hayes, Rock N’ Roll Trivia hosted by Jose Mangin, Show Us Your INK Mixer, Flip Cup Tournament, Beer Pong Tournament and exclusive to Voragos Founders Club Members, a Daily Bourbon Tasting with DWP Team Members. Many more theme nights, activities, meet & greets, as well as additional exclusive Founders Club events will be announced in the coming months.
Bands performing on board Norwegian Pearl (February 16, 17, 19 and 20) are as follows (subject to change):
BLACK STONE CHERRY
CROWN THE EMPIRE
ESCAPE THE FATE
NEW YEARS DAY
FIRE FROM THE GODS
ALL GOOD THINGS
The Lunasea Beach Festival (February 18) — available exclusively to cruise guests (no separate tickets will be sold to the public) — will include an exclusive headlining set by ROB ZOMBIE along with performances by MUDVAYNE, BLACK STONE CHERRY, NEW YEARS DAY, TETRARCH and AMIGO THE DEVIL.
Additionally, the ship will be home to the Voragos Storytellers Stage, featuring intimate performances from AMIGO THE DEVIL, Kevin Martin (of CANDLEBOX), Brett Scallions and Austin Meade, as well as the Voragos Comedy Stage with multiple sets from Jim Breuer, Big Jay Oakerson, Rachel Feinstein and Shayne Smith. Each night will also offer a Midnight After-Party starring Brass Against, The Voragos Shut Up & Dance and more.
Departing from Miami, Voragos will be the ultimate vacation of every rocker’s dreams, with more than 45 performances across five total stages, both on board and on the beach. Most bands will be playing multiple sets throughout the five-day excursion as well as participating in additional activities.
Cabins are on sale now at www.voragos.com with pricing starting at just $898 per person for a four-guest interior room (plus taxes and fees). Guests are able to make a deposit and pay the remaining balance in monthly installments over time leading up to the event.
Voragos: Destination Lunasea Beach is the creative partnership of Danny Wimmer Presents and Sixthman, merging the expertise of the best in rock festivals on land and the leaders of rock at sea. Like each company’s signature events, Voragos merges the signature world-class talent and unrivaled immersive festival experiences that each has become respected for throughout their decades in business.
The luxurious Norwegian Pearl will serve as the floating venue for this rock adventure. Guests will be able to enjoy Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature freedom and flexibility to choose between 11 onboard bars and lounges, 15 dining experiences, a casino, one outdoor pool, hot tubs and a full menu of spa treatments.
Harvest Caye in Southern Belize is the Caribbean’s premier private island destination featuring an expansive pool with a swim-up bar, salt-water lagoon for water sports, exclusive seven-acre beach and exciting shore excursions ranging from zip lining across the island to snorkeling the world’s second largest barrier reef.
Over the coming months, Danny Wimmer Presents and Sixthman will be working with Norwegian officials to assure the destination event conforms to then-current social distancing protocols.
For more information on Voragos: Destination Lunasea Beach, visit www.voragos.com.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Shares Snippet Of New Version Of 'The Bleeding' From Upcoming 'The Way Of The Fist' Re-Recording
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH recently entered the Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada to begin recording its new album for a 2022 release. In addition, the band has commenced re-recording its debut LP, 2007’s “The Way Of The Fist”, for its 15th anniversary.
Late last night, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Zoltan Bathory took to his Instagram to share a snippet of the new version of the song “The Bleeding”, which originally appeared on “The Way Of The Fist”. Check it out below.
Back in May, Bathory explained the decision to rework the LP, writing in a social media post: “It was a truly self produced DIY album, mostly recorded in my living room, so we thought it would be really interesting to hear it with a proper big production”.
“The Way Of The Fist” was originally released in July 2007 and was certified gold in April 2011 for sales in excess of 500,000 copies.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH’s upcoming album will be the band’s first with its latest addition, renowned British virtuoso Andy James, who replaced Jason Hook last year. James was previously featured on “Broken World”, a song that was included on the second installment of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH’s greatest-hits collection, “A Decade Of Destruction – Volume 2”, which came out last fall.
Each of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH’s first six albums — “The Way of the Fist”, 2009’s “War Is The Answer”, 2011’s “American Capitalist”, 2013’s “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1” and “Volume 2”, and 2015’s “Got Your Six” — has gone either gold or platinum in the U.S.
The band has had two dozen songs hit the Top 10 on the Mainstream Rock or Hard Rock Digital charts, starting with “The Bleeding”. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH’s 2010 cover of BAD COMPANY’s “Bad Company” was certified platinum for accumulating a million certified units.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH’s No. 1 hits include “Coming Down”, “Lift Me Up”, “Battle Born”, “Wash It All Away”, “Sham Pain”, “When The Seasons Change” and “Blue On Black”.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH’s most recent album, 2020’s “F8”, debuted at No. 1 on rock charts around the world, with Top 10 mainstream chart debuts in the U.S., Austria, Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K. and more. “F8” features No. 1 hit singles “Inside Out”, “A Little Bit Off” and “Living The Dream”.
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Italian rockers and Eurovision 2021 winners MÅNESKIN have teamed up with Iggy Pop on a new version of their hit single “I Wanna Be Your Slave”.
MÅNESKIN first teased the collaboration, which will be officially made available on August 6, via a cryptic video posted on their social media, showing a Zoom call with Pop.
“I Wanna Be Your Slave” is taken from MÅNESKIN’s latest album “Teatro D’ira: Vol I”, which was released in March. The LP has since been certified platinum in Italy and now boasts over 400 million streams.
Following its epic win at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, MÅNESKIN has climbed up the charts worldwide, achieving unprecedented results for Italian artists: they are the first Italian band in the history of music to crack the U.K. singles chart with two singles at the same time — at No. 6 and No. 10 — and collecting new certifications every week, both in Italy and abroad.
“I Wanna Be Your Slave” was certified platinum in Italy, as well as in Finland and Poland and six-times platinum in Russia, and was certified gold in Austria, Greece, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Turkey; “Zitti E Buoni” (three times platinum in Italy) was certified gold in the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and was certified platinum in Finland, Greece, Ireland, Poland and five-times platinum in Russia; “Begginc” was certified gold in Finland, Malaysia, Poland, seven-times platinum in Russia and is climbing up the Spotify Top 50 charts in Canada, Australia, while “I Wanna Be Your Slave” also climbs the chart in Canada, Brazil, Australia and Peru, where it also peaked at No. 1 on the Viral 50 chart, together with seven other songs by MÅNESKIN.
MÅNESKIN will grace the stage at the greatest music festivals in Europe during the summer of 2021 and in 2022, alongside some of the biggest names in the global music scene, and will perform, for the first time ever, at key sports arenas in Italy as part of their 13-date tour across the country (organized and produced by Vivo Concerti). That trek already boasts over 100,000 tour tickets sold and six sold-out concerts, and which will be held this winter and next spring.
MÅNESKIN & IGGY POP – I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE
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BOB DAISLEY Says It Was 'Pathetic' Of SHARON OSBOURNE To Have His Parts Re-Recorded On OZZY First Two Albums
In a brand new interview with Rolling Stone, Bob Daisley spoke about the controversial 2002 re-recordings of the drum and bass parts on OZZY OSBOURNE’s classic first two solo albums, 1980’s “Blizzard Of Ozz” and 1981’s “Diary Of A Madman”.
The tracks originally played by bassist Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake on both albums were replaced on the reissue by Robert Trujillo (now in METALLICA) and Mike Bordin, respectively, after Daisley and Kerslake sued Ozzy and his wife/manager Sharon Osbourne over royalties. They were restored for the 30th-anniversary editions.
Asked how he felt when he learned that his parts on the first two Ozzy records had been re-recorded, Bob said: “To be honest with you, I thought it was pathetic. Someone sent me a copy of one of them, and I laughed. I thought, ‘Is this a joke?’ I just didn’t think it was done right. The thing is, you can’t reheat a soufflé. You can’t take the ingredients out of a cake and then try and bake it again. It happened once. We did various takes of each song and we used the parts where each of us shined the best. There might be five takes of ‘Crazy Train’ or four takes of something else, or eight takes of something else, and we picked the one that had the best vibe. And it was four people being recorded in a room together. You can’t change that.
“And the fans hated them for it. It was, like, ‘God, you’ve got no respect for the fans and everyone that spends money on this music.’ They were hated for it. I’m just quoting what fans said, not me.”
Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio he was against the idea of replacing the original tracks when he found out about it. “Believe me, it wasn’t my doing,” he said. “I mean, I didn’t know that was being done, ’cause Sharon was fighting all the legal things that were going down at the time. I said, ‘What did you do that for?’ And she said, ‘The only way I could stop everything was if it went to that level.’ And I said, ‘You know what, whatever the circumstances were, I want the original thing back.’ I mean, I wouldn’t have done that.”
Daisley told Rock Cellar in a 2012 interview that the 30th-anniversary reissues of both albums could have featured the material as bonus content. He explained, “I offered to supply tapes of our rehearsals and writing sessions, to go as proper bonus material. And I just said that I wanted a royalty out of it, because it’s my stuff. But they wouldn’t do it because they didn’t want to give me a royalty — they just wanted to buy it.”
Daisley said that he and Kerslake were fired because of disagreements with Sharon over a number of things, including refusing to do two shows in one day out of worry that Ozzy would blow out his voice.
According to the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA), 1980’s “Blizzard Of Ozz” has been certified quintuple platinum for shipments in excess of five million copies, while 1981’s “Diary Of A Madman” has been certified triple platinum for more three million units sold.
UNDEROATH will release its seventh full-length album, “Voyeurist”, on January 14, 2022 via Fearless Records. To celebrate the announcement, the band shared the anthemic new track “Hallelujah”, which serves as the second single from “Voyeurist” and is sure to be a staple of their live set for years to come.
“Hallelujah” boasts one of the most addictive hooks of the band’s career over a soundscape anchored in chaotic guitars, soaring synths, and percussion that will rattle the listener to their bones. Fans were offered a sneak peek of the track earlier this week in exchange for granting camera access at voyeurist.io. Once on the web site, they were able to listen along as they got a glimpse at other fans doing the same.
Guitarist Tim McTague summarizes the track: “I think the song is one of the more powerful songs on the album for a myriad of reasons, but sharing a night of beers and stories with a handful of the people you love, unpacking a ton of heady concepts and recording a choir really put an exclamation point on the song for me. It’s dark, beautiful, haunting and heavy all at the same time. That’s what UNDEROATH does best in my opinion.”
“Voyeurist” marks the first time in UNDEROATH’s storied career that they took the recording process completely into their own hands. Doing so led to plenty of difficult conversations, but it also provided the ideal situation for artistic innovation. As McTague continues: “I’ve always wanted to record our own album. I think we just needed to get into a headspace personally that would allow criticism and critique to land in a productive and constructive way.” The result is the most collaborative album of UNDEROATH’s career and, anchored in a profound respect for each other, one that left no stone unturned creatively. McTague adds again: “We grew so much in real time and I think the record speaks to that growth and collaboration. I haven’t ever felt this attached to a project in my life.”
UNDEROATH refers to “Voyeurist” as “high-def violence” — technologically advanced but undeniably visceral. Conceptually, “Voyeurist” has several interrelated meanings, each tying back to the concepts of how we curate ourselves through social media and how that facade masks a lot of what we actually experience in life. The album is a cohesive listening experience with enough layers to provide fans with a fresh take and new favorite track on every spin.
“Voyeurist” is available for pre-order now, including a deluxe animated vinyl that features a plastic o-card sleeve that activates playback of the jacket’s interlaced video imagery.
“Voyeurist” track listing:
01. Damn Excuses
03. I’m Pretty Sure I’m Out of Luck and Have No Friends
04. Cycle ft. Ghostemane
06. (No Oasis)
07. Take A Breath
08. We’re All Gonna Die
This far into their storied career, UNDEROATH has unsurprisingly faced their fair share of adversity. Through the trials and tribulations, a commitment to their craft and a sense of accountability rooted in mutual respect for each other has ensured that each new chapter for the band continues to mold their legacy in a positive fashion. With their shared history of remarkable accolades and trying hardships continuing to shape who the individual members are as people, UNDEROATH is still just scratching the surface of what they can accomplish as a band. There are few acts in the annals of rock history that can say their best work is still ahead of them almost two decades into their career. Fortunately, UNDEROATH falls into that category. As the world opens back up in 2021, the band is deeply committed to living up to the high expectations that fans (and themselves) have come to expect for anything associated with the project. It will undoubtedly be something special to witness as this next chapter in the UNDEROATH story manifests.
Tom Morello world premiered the debut song from his new album “The Atlas Underground Fire” today on six SiriusXM channels.
The RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist’s cover of “Highway To Hell” featuring Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder first aired on SiriusXM’s Lithium, E Street Radio, Pearl Jam Radio, Turbo, Classic Rewind and Ozzy’s Boneyard channels earlier today.
“The Atlas Underground Fire” features additional collaborations with BRING ME THE HORIZON, PHANTOGRAM, Chris Stapleton, Mike Posner, Grandson and more.
Morello’s cover of “Highway To Hell” (courtesy of SiriusXM) can be streamed below.
Tom said about the cover: “Our version of ‘Highway To Hell’ pays homage to AC/DC but with Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder, bringing this legendary song into the future. One of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll songs of all time sung by two of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll singers of all time. And then I drop a shredding guitar solo. Thank you and good night.”
“The Atlas Underground Fire” will be released on October 15 via Mom + Pop Music.
Speaking about “The Atlas Underground Fire”, which was recorded during the coronavirus pandemic, Morello said: “During lockdown I had no access to an engineer so I had to record all of the guitar parts on the voice memo of my phone. This seemed like an outrageous idea but it lead to a freedom in creativity in that I could not overthink any of the guitar parts and just had to trust my instincts.
“This record was a life raft in a difficult time that allowed me to find new ways of creating new global artistic connections that helped transform a time of fear and anxiety into one of musical expression and rocking jams.”
“The Atlas Underground Fire” track listing:
01. Harlem Hellfighter
02. Highway To Hell (featuring Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder)
03. Let’s Get The Party Started (featuring BRING ME THE HORIZON)
04. Driving To Texas (featuring Phantogram)
05. The War Inside (featuring Chris Stapleton)
06. Hold The Line (featuring grandson)
07. Naraka (featuring Mike Posner)
08. The Achilles List (featuring Damian Marley)
09. Night Witch (featuring phem)
10. Charmed I’m Sure (featuring Protohype)
11. Save Our Souls (featuring Dennis Lyxzén of REFUSED)
12. On The Shore Of Eternity (featuring Sama’ Abdulhadi)
Tom previously covered the AC/DC classic “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” for the 2018 protest compilation “Appleseed’s 21st Anniversary: Roots And Branches”.
Morello hosts SiriusXM’s “Tom Morello’s Radio Comandante”, a weekly show dedicated to a new musical theme which airs on a SiriusXM channel that suits the current show’s theme. Additionally, listeners can hear Morello’s “One Man Revolution” on SiriusXM’s Lithium channel, as well as SiriusXM’s original podcast “Tom Morello’s Maximum Firepower” available on the SiriusXM app. Listeners can also tune in to Morello’s three SiriusXM channels Tom Morello’s Battle Hymns Radio, Tom Morello’s Heavy Metal Happy Hour Radio and Tom Morello’s Riffs, Rhymes & Rebellion Radio.
Stephen Pearcy has once again floated the possibility of the surviving members of the classic RATT lineup reuniting to play live shows or make a new studio album.
Pearcy made the comments four months after he was joined by his former bandmate Bobby Blotzer during the RATT singer’s livestream concert from the world-famous Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip.
Asked in a new interview with “Waste Some Time With Jason Green” where the prospect of a classic RATT reunion stands at the moment, Pearcy said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Look, all of us had our rounds — everyone. It just wasn’t me against whoever. We all had our rounds, as most bands do. That’s how you get longevity. We’ve always gotten back together because it’s the music. And that’s my main concern.
“The bands that have had this kind of longevity — and thank God for that, because there are bands that never got the time of day in the ’80s that are getting more airplay and notice than ever before…
“We’re not the most dysfunctional [band],” he continued. “I’ll tell you, there’s bands who don’t see each other; they just get on stage to take care of business. There is a still a business in the music business, if you want it there to be.
“It’s not just Bob — we all had our rounds. I mean, that’s just the way it works. You’ve been a band of brothers for so many years, you piss on each other and shit happens. But I did state I see no reason doing a RATT record unless it’s all the original members; there’s no reason. I can just write songs and do what I do because it makes me happy. I can do it whenever I want.”
Asked when the last time was that he talked to former RATT guitarist Warren DeMartini, Stephen said: “Uhm… Indirectly, probably a couple of weeks ago.” He then clarified that he hadn’t been in contact with him through e-mail but that they did have communicaton “through sources.” He added: “Put it this way: Everybody’s talking about a reunion and this. Hey, look, life’s short. I can sit around and do nothing, but that’s not the kind of person I am, whether it’s in the music business or anything else. I just move forward. If something goes down with the original members, that would be great. If it doesn’t, c’est la vie.”
Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier are the sole remaining original members in RATT’s current lineup, which made its live debut in July 2018 in Mulvane, Kansas. Joining them in the band are drummer Pete Holmes (BLACK ‘N BLUE, RATT’S JUAN CROUCIER) and guitarists Jordan Ziff (Marty Friedman) and Frankie Lindia (David Lee Roth).
RATT — featuring Pearcy, Croucier and DeMartini — played a number of shows in 2017 after reforming a year earlier in the midst of a highly publicized legal battle with Blotzer over the rights to the RATT name. They were joined at the gigs by guitarist Carlos Cavazo, who played on “Infestation”, and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, who previously played with Y&T, WHITE LION and MEGADETH, among others.
BLACK SABBATH To Release 'Technical Ecstasy' Deluxe Edition Feat. Previously Unreleased Outtakes, Alternative Mixes And Live Tracks
BLACK SABBATH embraced change in 1976 when the heavy metal innovators started managing themselves and began exploring different sounds on the band’s seventh studio album, “Technical Ecstasy”. The record reached #13 in the U.K. and was certified gold in the U.S.
BMG honors this daring album with a collection that includes a newly remastered version of the original, a brand-new mix by Steven Wilson, plus more than 90 minutes of previously unreleased outtakes, alternative mixes and live tracks. “Technical Ecstasy: Super Deluxe Edition” will be available on October 1st as a 4-CD set and 5-LP set on 180-gram black vinyl. Both the 4-CD and 5-LP versions are available for pre-order now. The remastered studio album will be available the same day on digital download and streaming services. The newly remastered version of “Back Street Kids” is available today digitally.
In the summer of 1976, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward headed to Miami to record “Technical Ecstasy” at the famed Criteria Studios. The band was coming off a world tour for their previous album, “Sabotage”, that had found their live performances evolving to include keyboards and synthesizers. These newly incorporated instruments and sounds were then introduced into the recording process on “Technical Ecstasy”. The new songs encompassed a wide range of styles from the hard charging “Back Street Kids” and ballad “It’s Alright” to the funky “All Moving Parts (Stand Still)” and progressive “Gypsy”. The album also featured the single “It’s Alright”, which was the first SABBATH song to feature lead vocals by Ward. The “Deluxe Edition” presents a newly remastered version of the eight-track album, along with an entirely new mix of the album created by Steven Wilson using the original analog tapes.
“Technical Ecstasy: Super Deluxe Edition” comes with eight previously unreleased outtakes and alternative mixes. Among those are different mixes of “You Won’t Change Me” and “Rock ‘N’ Roll Doctor”, as well as both outtake and instrumental versions for “She’s Gone”. The collection concludes with 10 previously unreleased live tracks recorded during the 1976-77 “Technical Ecstasy” world tour. The songs touch on different eras of the band’s history with early tracks like “Black Sabbath” and “War Pigs” alongside new songs “Gypsy” and “Dirty Women”.
The collection comes with an extensive booklet featuring artwork, liner notes, rare memorabilia and photos from the era, plus a replica of the 1976-77 world tour concert book and a large color poster.
“Technical Ecstasy: Super Deluxe Edition” 4-CD/5-LP track listing
Disc One: Original Album 1976 (2021 Remaster)
01. Back Street Kids
02. You Won’t Change Me
03. It’s Alright
05. All Moving Parts (Stand Still)
06. Rock ‘N’ Roll Doctor
07. She’s Gone
08. Dirty Women
Disc Two: New Steven Wilson Mix
01. Back Street Kids *
02. You Won’t Change *
03. It’s Alright – Mono Version
04. Gypsy *
05. All Moving Parts (Stand Still) *
06. Rock ‘n’ Roll Doctor *
07. She’s Gone *
08. Dirty Women *
Disc Three: Outtakes & Alternative Mixes
01. Back Street Kids – Alternative Mix *
02. You Won’t Change Me – Alternative Mix *
03. Gypsy – Alternative Mix *
04. All Moving Parts (Stand Still) – Alternative Mix *
05. Rock ‘n’ Roll Doctor – Alternative Mix *
06. She’s Gone – Outtake Version *
07. Dirty Women – Alternative Mix *
08. She’s Gone – Instrumental Mix *
Disc Four: Live World Tour 1976-77
01. Symptom Of The Universe *
02. War Pigs *
03. Gypsy *
04. Black Sabbath *
05. All Moving Parts (Stand Still) *
06. Dirty Women *
07. Drum Solo / Guitar Solo *
08. Electric Funeral *
09. Snowblind *
10. Children Of The Grave *
LP One: Original Album Remastered
01. Back Street Kids
02. You Won’t Change Me
03. It’s Alright
01. All Moving Parts (Stand Still)
02. Rock ‘n’ Roll Doctor
03. She’s Gone
04. Dirty Women
LP Two: New Steven Wilson Mix
01. Back Street Kids *
02. You Won’t Change Me *
03. It’s Alright – Mono Single
04. Gypsy *
01. All Moving Parts (Stand Still) *
02. Rock ‘n’ Roll Doctor *
03. She’s Gone *
04. Dirty Women *
LP Three: Outtakes & Alternative Mixes
01. Back Street Kids – Alternative Mix *
02. You Won’t Change Me – Alternative Mix *
03. Gypsy – Alternative Mix *
04. All Moving Parts (Stand Still) – Alternative Mix *
01. Rock ‘n’ Roll Doctor – Alternative Mix *
02. She’s Gone – Outtake Version *
03. Dirty Women – Alternative Mix *
04. She’s Gone – Instrumental Mix *
LP Four: Live World Tour 1976-77
01. Symptom Of The Universe *
02. War Pigs *
03. Gypsy *
01. Black Sabbath *
02. All Moving Parts (Stand Still) *
LP Five: Live World Tour 1976-77
01. Dirty Women *
02. Drum Solo / Guitar Solo *
01. Electric Funeral *
02. Snowblind *
03. Children Of The Grave *
* previously unreleased
Photo credit: Sam Emerson
The restorative powers of extreme music are hardly in dispute at this point. Irrespective of reasons why, listening to truly horrible, grim and violent music is fundamental to our overall sense of well-being. And sometimes, only the absolute most extreme thing will do. Whether it’s metal classics like MARDUK’s “Panzer Division Marduk”, HATE ETERNAL’s “King of All Kings” and ANAAL NATHRAKH’s scabrous debut “The Codex Necro” or flat-out noise assaults like MERZBOW’s immortal “Venereology”, getting smashed to bits by insane levels of sound and aggression is simply one of life’s great joys. With that in mind, VESSEL OF INIQUITY could be the perfect antidote to your post-pandemic funk, or simply a fitting soundtrack to your baseball-swinging, window-smashing personal meltdown. Either way, “The Doorway” is as visceral, filthy and extreme as anything else around in 2021, virulent super-bugs notwithstanding.
If you have ever thought that BLUT AUS NORD were a bit a too cheerful, VESSEL OF INIQUITY have a new shade of black just for you. In this twisted sonic realm, lumbering, drawn-out doom is just as important as the relentless scree of maxed-out electronics and black metal blasting that dominates much of “The Doorway”. This is a profoundly despondent and hateful howl into the void, with no light, no love and only the bitter laughter of the unjustly defeated. In particular, the 12-minute funeral grind of “By Allusion Called” is heroically grim and unrelenting. Elsewhere, the meandering horror of “Three Drops of Milk Before Retiring” begins like an underwater acid trip before swiftly transitioning into the sound of a bombing raid on some gargantuan pan-dimensional scrapyard. Even the more straightforward songs are delivered with such skull-shattering, everything-on-11 intensity that the riffs warp and weft in the air, beholden to the vagaries of demons unleashed and transformed into an inhuman rush of ugly power. “Dying” and the title track are both ferocious, while “Self Not Self” blends feral insanity with more suppurating, tectonic doom. Those with a strong constitution will note that the closing “Ascension” is the best of the lot: nine minutes of untamed black metal anarchy, delivered with psychotic levels of malicious energy.
In the best possible way, “The Doorway” is exhausting. Play it really loud when you want your visitors to leave. Trust me.
Recently recorded rehearsal footage from RESIST & BITE, the new band featuring former TESLA guitarist Tommy Skeoch, can be seen below. Joining Skeoch in the group are ex-LYNCH MOB lead vocalist Nathan Utz, guitarist Steve Stokes, drummer David Parks and bassist Brian Powell.
RESIST & BITE is currently mixing its debut album, which was recorded over a 21-period at Sound Stage Studios in Nashville, Tennessee with producer and engineer Michael Rosen.
RESIST & BITE’s debut single, “The Myth I’m Livin'”, came out in March 2020. A follow-up single, “Fate”, arrived this past June.
Skeoch left TESLA in 2006 and went on to receive treatment for substance-abuse issues. He has since been replaced by Dave Rude. Asked in an interview with SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” if he exited the group of his own accord or if he was asked to leave, Tommy said: “I was fired. I was getting fucked up and I was definitely in the wrong about a lot of stuff, and they put up with it for a long time. But at the same time, none of us were angels, and we put up with a lot of stuff from the other guys for a long time too, and they’re still there. So I felt like a little scapegoated by the thing. And the other thing is they didn’t want people — I guess for the benefit of my family, so it wouldn’t look bad — they said, ‘Tommy’s just gonna spend time [with his family].’ That’s why nobody knows, and that’s why you’re asking this question. Everyone’s confused on even what happened. Basically, I was fired. I was getting fucked up, and I kept fucking up, and I kept telling ’em I wouldn’t, and I just couldn’t stop.”
Skeoch added that he accepts responsibility for the circumstances that led to his departure from TESLA. “I do, of course,” he said. “But I also believe we put up with a lot of shit for a long time from almost every other guy in the band, and they’re still there. So I don’t know what’s up with that; that’s a little weird to me.”
Last September, TESLA guitarist Frank Hannon was asked by Detroit’s WRIF radio station if the band will ever work with Skeoch again. Hannon said: “When we were kids, Tommy Skeoch and myself, I was 16 and he was about 19 or 20. I used to really look up to him — I was a huge fan of his style, and still am, a great fan of his guitar playing. We were like best buds. And then we would collaborate and write songs like ‘Modern Day Cowboy’ or any of those TESLA songs, we’d write ’em together. But as time went on, man, the egos and the problems — myself included — throughout the years, the competition, it really drove a wedge between us. And the drugs and alcohol just really destroyed our relationship, I’ve just gotta be honest. We weren’t supposed to talk about this stuff, but now I figure it’s been long enough.
“I don’t see that TESLA will ever go back, because we love Dave Rude, and Dave has really been a great addition to the band. And it would be disrespectful to him to go backwards to a toxic thing, a relationship that really got very toxic.
“Unfortunately, I don’t think that TESLA will work with Tommy again — ever,” Frank reiterated. “But I will say that myself, personally, I have always loved Tommy and I just wish him the best. I’m so glad that he’s still alive, and I know he’s got a new band out [RESIST & BITE] that put a song out called ‘The Myth I’m Livin”. It was kick-ass; it had Tommy’s guitar. Look, I’m getting goosebumps right now. Every time I hear Tommy Skeoch play, it brings a smile to my face, ’cause he’s freakin’ awesome. As a musician, I have nothing but love and respect for the guy. But I don’t think TESLA will ever work with him again. But I do wish him the best.”
In a 2011 interview with Noisecreep, TESLA singer Jeff Keith stated about Skeoch: “Look, everyone in TESLA has been through their own substance-abuse issues. But Tommy got in too deep again. So the band told him that the only way we would be able to make this work is if he was clean and sober. I felt like we couldn’t ask him to do that if we weren’t going to commit to it too. So I was the first one to say that I wouldn’t drink, or do anything else, on the tour. The next thing you know, the other guys did the same thing. Troy [Luccketta, drums] has been clean and sober for over 20 years, so it wasn’t even an issue for him… Tommy couldn’t stay off the stuff he was doing. It broke my heart to see it, but we knew we had to replace him.”