GHOST frontman Papa Emeritus IV (a.k.a. Tobias Forge) joined THE HELLACOPTERS earlier tonight (Friday, January 22) on Swedish national broadcaster SVT’s “På Spåret” (On The Track) quiz show to perform a cover of THE ROLLING STONES’ “Sympathy For The Devil”. You can watch video of his appearance below.
Last month, GHOST shared an end-of-year Facebook update indicating that announcements about new music and live shows will be forthcoming in the next few months. The Swedish act has been working on “several big things” for 2021 and will be issuing sporadic updates throughout the year.
Last October, Forge told Sweden Rock Magazine that he was planning to enter the studio in January to begin recording GHOST’s fifth album. “The actual recording will last around six weeks and then there’s two to three weeks of mixing and mastering,” he said. “So sometime in March the record should be finished, but it won’t be released until after the summer. As it looks now, knock on wood, we will then go on tour. We won’t release an album until we know that we are actually going on tour. The album release will coincide with the start of a tour. Of course, we could announce an album release date and then, for some reason, it might not be possible to tour, but that’s a whole other matter.”
In March 2019, at the final concert of GHOST’s “Prequelle” album cycle in Mexico City, the band introduced the new character who will front the act for its next LP phase: Papa Emeritus IV.
Forge performed as a “new” Papa Emeritus on each of the band’s first three LPs, with each version of Papa replacing the one that came before it. Papa Emeritus III was retired in favor of Cardinal Copia before the release of 2018’s “Prequelle” album.
In October 2019, Forge confirmed to U.K.’s Kerrang! magazine that there would be a new character fronting GHOST by the time the group’s next LP sees the light of day.
“Prequelle” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and features the chart-topping singles “Rats” and “Dance Macabre”.
In December 2018, GHOST nabbed two Grammy nominations, “Best Rock Album” for “Prequelle” and “Best Rock Song” for “Rats”.
Five years ago, GHOST became the first Swedish rock band ever to win a Grammy — 2016’s “Best Metal Performance” for the song “Cirice”.
Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly has been officially rescheduled for September 25-26, 2021 at Fillmore Philly. Tickets for the original 2020 festival dates will automatically be valid for the new dates.
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Kramer, the original made-to-rock-hard guitar brand, has been setting trends with a legacy of premium, performance-focused instruments since it was first launched in 1976. Made for rule-breakers that play fast and loud, Kramer has been embraced by legendary rockers and shredders like Eddie Van Halen, Vivian Campbell, Richie Sambora, Elliot Easton and Mick Mars and more during the height of the metal era in the 1980s — a period when it was the most popular guitar brand in the world. Kramer’s innovative approach and unwavering commitment to performance spans entry-level and intermediate guitars, to professional offerings, across the entire line and continue to make Kramer instruments the choice of today’s hard rock and metal legends.
New for 2021, Kramer debuts the new Artist Collection featuring a collaboration with Dave “Snake” Sabo (Baretta). From its iconic models and legendary artist collaborations to the original and modern collections, Kramer is back.
The Snake Sabo Baretta is the premier signature model from SKID ROW’s Snake. Inspired by his favorite road guitar, the Snake Sabo Baretta features a replica graphic commissioned by Sabo and created by legendary Kramer artist Dennis Kline. The Snake Sabo Baretta features a new Kramer 85-T Double Black Open Coil Humbucker that was designed by Gibson USA luthier Jim DeCola, a K-SpeedSlimTaper neck with jumbo frets, a Floyd Rose 1000 bridge system, and a EVH D-Tuna Drop D Tuning System.
“I’m so proud that the Kramer brand has been resurrected by Gibson and humbled by the fact that they’ve allowed me to be a part of it,” says Snake. “The Snake Baretta started out as a simple idea 35 years ago and played such a big part in our formative years. Now Kramer has kindly released it as a limited edition. I’m so proud and honored to be part of the Gibson and Kramer family. I hope everyone enjoys this guitar as much as I have since it was first made in 1985.”
A seven-and-a-half-minute video in which Snake discusses the Snake Sabo Baretta can be seen below.
SKID ROW spent the last few months recording the final chapter of the band’s “United World Rebellion” trilogy. The disc was tracked in part at a Nashville, Tennessee studio with producer Michael Wagener, who also helmed the group’s 1989 self-titled debut and 1991’s “Slave To The Grind”.
SKID ROW’s new LP will mark its first release with South African-born, British-based vocalist ZP Theart (DRAGONFORCE, TANK, I AM I), who joined the band in 2016 following the departure of Tony Harnell (TNT, STARBREAKER).
Unlike 2014’s “Rise Of The Damnation Army – United World Rebellion: Chapter Two” and 2013’s “United World Rebellion: Chapter One”, SKID ROW’s forthcoming release will be a full-length record.
SKID ROW previously collaborated with several outside songwriters on its new material, including Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR) and Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger of HALESTORM, a group that covered the title track of “Slave To The Grind” on its “ReAniMate: The CoVeRs eP” in 2011. SKID ROW also worked with songwriter-for-hire Marti Frederiksen, who has previously collaborated with AEROSMITH, DEF LEPPARD, Jonny Lang and Sheryl Crow.
SKID ROW’s 2020 “The Big Rock Summer Tour”, also featuring RATT, CINDERELLA’s Tom Keifer and SLAUGHTER, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe.
Two major pillars of Hellenic black metal majesty have risen once more under the name Yoth Iria, featuring current and former members of Necromantia and Varathron. Hear the resurrection of the mighty ancient ways on their debut album As the Flame Withers.
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Rock icon Rob Zombie will release the second single from his seventh studio album, “The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy”, on Friday, January 29. Due on March 12 via Nuclear Blast, the LP marks his first new album in nearly five years. “The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy” is a classic Zombie album to its core, with high-energy rages like “The Eternal Struggles Of The Howling Man” and “Get Loose” to heavy-groove thumpers like “Shadow Of The Cemetery Man” and “Shake Your Ass-Smoke Your Grass”. The new album is produced by Chris “Zeuss” Harris.
In November, Rob released an exclusive seven-inch, featuring the new single and B-side “The Serenity Of Witches”. Order the new single and pre-order “The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy” here.
“The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy” track listing:
01. Expanding The Head Of Zed
02. The Triumph Of King Freak (A Crypt Of Preservation And Superstition)
03. The Ballad Of Sleazy Rider
04. Hovering Over The Dull Earth
05. Shadow Of The Cemetery Man
06. A Brief Static Hum And Then The Radio Blared
07. 18th Century Cannibals, Excitable Morlocks And A One-Way Ticket On The Ghost Train
08. The Eternal Struggles Of The Howling Man
09. The Much Talked Of Metamorphosis
10. The Satanic Rites Of Blacula
11. Shower Of Stones
12. Shake Your Ass-Smoke Your Grass
14. What You Gonna Do With That Gun Mama
15. Get Loose
16. The Serenity Of Witches
17. Crow Killer Blues
In September 2019, Rob told NME that his new LP was “the best record” he had ever made. It’s a very big, crazy and complex record that I’m really excited to finally be able to release,” he said.
Asked if this is his favorite of ZOMBIE’s records that he has played on, guitarist John 5 told told Revolver: “Well, this is definitely the most musical — meaning there are a lot of different changes, and it’s very unorthodox how the structure is, you know? I have to be careful because I know people will take a little snippet of what I’m saying. So we’ll go with a very heavy, hooky ROB ZOMBIE record.”
Back in 2018, John 5 compared ROB ZOMBIE’s upcoming album to THE BEATLES’ groundbreaking LP “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, saying that it is “by far the best Zombie record that he’s ever done.” He added: “A lot of people say, ‘Oh, it’s just our greatest record,’ and I don’t say that. Whatever I say is so honest when I’m doing interviews. So I think it’s our best record.”
2016’s “The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser” was the second consecutive effort to feature Zombie and John 5 alongside bassist Piggy D. and drummer Ginger Fish.
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Legendary rock musician Ann Wilson has released a powerful new single. “Tender Heart” is available now at all DSPs and streaming services.
“‘Tender Heart’ came out of a personal struggle,” says Wilson, “but quickly evolved into a greater, more universal meaning. We as the human race are coming to realize realities we never dreamed we’d have to face — environmentally, culturally, financially, and health-wise. Humanity is coming to terms with uncomfortable, heartbreaking, terrifying truths. This song is for the soul whose heart is blindsided by reality, but is still soft and innocent. I hope people will identify with this song and feel they are not alone.”
Widely regarded as one of the greatest voices in the history of rock ‘n’ roll, Wilson will discuss “Tender Heart” and much more in a special interview with The Washington Post national arts reporter Geoff Edgers on his weekly Instagram Live show “Stuck With Geoff”, set for today at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 am. PT exclusively via the official Washington Post Instagram page.
“Tender Heart” follows last year’s release of “The Revolution Starts Now”, available now at all DSPs and streaming services; an official video is streaming now via YouTube. Written and originally recorded by Steve Earle, the track — which marked Wilson’s first new music in more than two years — was met by universal acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone, which praised it for “a sense of urgency that arrives like a jolt to the heart.” “With thrumming guitar and crashing high hat/kick drum combination, ‘The Revolution Starts Now’ is propulsive,” agreed American Songwriter. “Classic hard rock, it swells on the chorus, then falls away. Her voice is strong, somewhat dusky, retains its power.”
“The Revolution Starts Now” — which features original artwork by renowned American street artist and activist Shepard Fairey — is also being offered on limited edition signed seven-inch vinyl, available now for pre-order via AnnWilson.com. The single includes the exclusive B-side “Rooster”, originally performed by ALICE IN CHAINS; a live performance from last year’s “MoPOP Founders Award Honoring Alice In Chains: A Benefit For The Museum Of Pop Culture” is streaming now at the official Ann Wilson YouTube channel.
Ann Wilson is a true icon, known far and wide as lead singer and songwriter of the groundbreaking rock band HEART. Led by Wilson’s extraordinary vocal power, HEART has thrilled audiences for more than four decades, earning sales of more than 35 million and well-deserved induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2013. Wilson’s second solo album, 2018’s “Immortal”, saw her putting her unique stamp on songs made famous by a number of hugely influential artists, including David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Tom Petty, Amy Winehouse, and more. Produced by longtime HEART collaborator Mike Flicker, the album earned widespread critical acclaim, with Associated Press declaring it “an exciting, eye-opening look at largely obscure songs by big-name artists” and Goldmine praising Wilson for “her mighty vocal firepower and a far ranging creative spirit.”
Photo by Criss Cain
Adam Lambert has once again slammed Donald Trump, saying his presidency “was a disaster from day one.”
The QUEEN singer and former “American Idol” runner-up discussed the real estate mogul during an appearance on “Good Morning Britain” before Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as president and vice president, respectively, on Wednesday (January 20).
Speaking about the job facing the Biden/Harris team, Lambert said: “It is a tall order. I think that [Biden] needs to heal the country as best he can. And Kamala Harris by his side, I think, is an amazing panel for them to move forward and try to fix what’s broken. Also, I feel like in many cases, anything is better than what we’ve experienced in the last four years [laughs], so ever since the election, I’ve been just trying to tune out the chaos that is Trump. Obviously, we can’t fully ignore him, given what happened at the Capitol. I just hope that the public and the media don’t give him nearly as much attention as he’s been whoring about.”
Adam also defended Biden, who has been lambasted for, among other things, his age, memory, and speech. America’s 46th president has spoken publicly about his childhood experiences with stuttering and annotating his speeches to help with fluency.
“Obviously, public speaking is a big part of being president of the United States — no one’s gonna argue that,” Lambert said. “But in addition, I think it’s also about listening to people, it’s about putting together the right cabinet who can get the job done.
“How many people did Trump fire in four years? It was a disaster from day one,” Adam insisted. “Not just this last year since COVID; it was a disaster since day one. So I think that with Biden and Harris leading the way here, I think they’re gonna put together an appropriate cabinet to make the changes that we need, to heal the country, to help combat the COVID virus. I’m very hopeful that things are only gonna get better from here.”
Lambert went on to say that he understands why voters would long for stability and a return to the status quo that Biden and his nearly five decades of federal government experience represented after nearly four divisive and drama-filled years of the Trump administration.
“We have to keep in mind that he’s been in politics for so long, he knows how to work the system to try to get what we need,” the singer argued. “I think we just dealt with four years with somebody that was being viewed as this outsider that’ll shake things up. Well, he shook things up, but he didn’t know what he was doing, so he kind of crashed the car. And I think now we’re gonna have somebody that knows how to drive again.”
Prior to the 2020 presidential election, Adam was frequently critical of Trump’s policies on Twitter.
Last May, Lambert blasted Trump’s response to COVID-19, saying “when he has a press conference and he speaks, it just makes things worse. So if he would just maybe let the professionals, the medical professionals, step in, I think if he delegated a little bit more responsibly, that might be good.”
In June, Lambert called out Trump for his failure to “even try to act presidential amidst the chaos” over the death of George Floyd. He said: “Political views are one thing. Xenophobia and racism are not things I tolerate.”
‘They will make the changes we need.’
Asked what Joe Biden can do now, @adamlambert tells @piersmorgan and @susannareid100 that Biden will need to ‘heal the country as best he can.’
He adds that in many cases ‘anything is better than what we’ve experienced in the last 4 years.’ pic.twitter.com/hdubOwh6yr
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) January 20, 2021
U.D.O., the German metal band fronted by ex-ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider, will release its fifth live album, “Live in Bulgaria 2020 – Pandemic Survival Show”, on March 19 via AFM Records.
Last year forced many to face tough challenges, but U.D.O. managed to play a great show on September 18, 2020 under pandemic conditions in front of 2,500 fans at the Roman Amphitheatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, making it not only one of the world’s grandest shows under coronavirus, but also certainly beyond compare. This is exactly the feeling that the live recording captures.
The mood and emotions captured on the live DVD can barely be put into words. It is the only concert that U.D.O. played in 2020 and is an impressive example of what, with a huge amount of effort and planning, can actually be done during the pandemic. For decades, U.D.O. was renowned for playing up to 200 shows worldwide every year but in 2020, they too have been brought to a standstill.
Up until a few days before the concert in Plovdiv, it was not clear whether it could take place at all. Could the necessary hygiene regime be implemented? Could the band, whose musicians live in four different countries, even enter Germany? What would it be like, after more than nine months since the musicians had seen each other (by far the longest time since the band’s existence) to be back on stage together?
“It felt more than strange not seeing my fellow musicians for so long and not playing with them,” says Udo. “Normal is exactly the largest part of my life. It was suddenly switched off. The interpersonal relationships, sitting together, everything that you share with your colleagues away from the stage, suddenly disappeared.”
When, after all the trials and tribulations in Plovdiv, the band finally took the stage, a never-ending wave of euphoria from the audience swelled towards them, leading everything to feel a little unreal. “We just felt goose bumps,” says Udo. “You could tell by the people that they could hardly believe they were finally going to see a concert again. The mood that emanated from each one of them and us gave us all an incredible boost. None of us have ever experienced anything like this before.”
The setlist this evening was also unique. In addition to songs that were performed during the “Steelfactory” tour, there were a number of tracks that had rarely been played live, and because the situation was extra special, U.D.O. delighted the audience by playing some ACCEPT hits.
“Live in Bulgaria 2020 – Pandemic Survival Show” will be made available as a CD/DVD, Blue-ray/CD and limited vinyl (audio only).
01. Tongue Reaper
02. Make The Move
03. Midnight Mover
04. Wrong Side Of Midnight
05. Metal Machine
06. Independence Day
07. Rose In The Desert
09. Rising High
10. Prologue: The Great Unknown
11. In The Darkness
12. I Give As Good As I Get
13. Princess Of The Dawn
02. Drum Solo
03. Bass Solo
04. Hungry And Angry
05. One Heart One Soul
06. Man And Machine
07. Animal House
08. They Want War
09. Metal Heart
10. Fast As Shark
11. Balls To The Wall
12. Outro (Stillness Of Time)
SOULFLY has entered Platinum Underground in Phoenix, Arizona to begin recording recording its twelfth album for a late 2021 release via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2018’s “Ritual” is being produced by Arthur Rizk, who has previously worked with CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, POWER TRIP and CODE ORANGE.
SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera comments: “I’ve been working on this record with my son, Zyon, since June of last year. We are in the studio now with producer Arthur Rizk, creating a really wild record. Expect the unexpected! No rules, no limits, not holding anything back, just pure SOULFLY!”
In December, Max told the “Sappenin’ Podcast With Sean Smith” about the songwriting process for the new SOULFLY album: “The cool thing about Zyon, the way he plays drums, is he’s a bit like a wild animal — he has no restraint, man, and he just unleashes on the drum kit. Pure, pure brutality power drumming, and I love that. So that takes me back to a lot of the early records that I like — a lot of the old ENTOMBED stuff and CARCASS and NAPALM DEATH; out-of-control shit. So I think we have that kind of spirit going on on a lot of the new tracks.”
According to Max, he has also taken inspiration from “Max Trax”, the twice-weekly Internet video series he recently launched in which he discusses the inspiration for many of the songs spanning his nearly 40-year music career.
“I get inspired by the old songs,” he said. “I think the old material becomes an inspiration. So I think we’re gonna be able to create something unique from all that experience — from the old stuff to the new stuff. KILLER BE KILLED will probably be somehow an influence on the record, in some parts of the record,” he added, referring to his side project which has just released its sophomore album, “Reluctant Hero”, via Nuclear Blast. “So we’re just gonna maybe bring all that into the new SOULFLY.”
Last June, SOULFLY released a new digital EP, “Live Ritual NYC MMXIX”. The effort was recorded at The Gramercy in New York City on February 11, 2019 while SOULFLY was on tour in support of its most recent full-length album, “Ritual”. The audio for the EP was mixed and mastered by Charles Elliott (ABYSMAL DAWN) from Tastemaker Audio. Cover artwork was comprised of live photos taken by Rodrigo Fredes.
“Ritual” was released in October 2018 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2015’s “Archangel” was produced, recorded and mixed by Josh Wilbur (KILLER BE KILLED, LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA).
A box set containing previously unreleased music written and sung by Bon Scott has just been made available via Cherry Red Records.
Founded in Australia, rock band FRATERNITY will forever be associated with Scott, who would later join AC/DC and enjoy worldwide fame. However, Scott’s tenure with FRATERNITY has been poorly documented on the reissue market. Of the two albums the band had issued at the time, “Livestock” and “Flaming Galah”, neither album has been released officially. And their story has never been told accurately. Half a century later, “Seasons Of Change – The Complete Recordings 1970-1974” finally seeks to amend this oversight.
Curated in conjunction with surviving band members (Bruce Howe, John Freeman, Sam See, John Bisset, Uncle John Eyers and the estate of Mick Jurd) and their original manager Hamish Henry, this three-CD set seeks to offer the complete recorded output of FRATERNITY, including both their albums from 1971-72 (originally issued on Sweet Peach and RCA, respectively), utilizing the original master tapes and best possible remastering sources, adding all relevant non-albums singles As and Bs and EP tracks. Bonus tracks feature FRATERNITY backing THE VALENTINES’ Vince Lovegrove and their victory at the National Battle Of The Sounds competition where they claimed the title of Australia’s No. 1 band.
In addition, research by Victor Marshall for this package uncovered the long-lost Hamish Henry cache of session tapes which have been curated into FRATERNITY’s third album “Second Chance”. “Second Chance” also features live tracks recorded at PT Lincoln, South Australia as part of their historic Country Arts Tour and unheard songs including vocals and song writing contributions from Bon Scott. Famous artist Vytas Serelis, designer of the “Flaming Galah” cover returns with original cover artwork for “Second Chance”.
Musically, from their base in Aldgate, South Australia, FRATERNITY ran the gamut of musical styles in vogue on the rock scene at the dawn of the 1970s, from proto-heavy metal to country and soft rock, progressive music and a nod here and there to the earlier psychedelic boom.
“Seasons Of Change – The Complete Recordings 1970-1974” is beautifully presented, with exhaustive 18,000-word sleeve notes and unseen photos of the band from The Grape Organisation, which has worked in conjunction with Cherry Red’s Lemon label to create this new 50th-anniversary collection.
Disc One: Livestock
03. Raglan’s Folly
04. Cool Spot
05. Grand Canyon Suites
06. Jupiter Landscape
07. You Have A God
09. Why Did It Have To Be Me?
11. Seasons Of Change (Single Version)
12. Somerville (Single Version)
13. The Race Part 1
14. The Race Part 2
Disc Two: Flaming Galah
01. Welfare Boogie
03. Seasons Of Change
04. If You Got It
05. You Have A God
06. Hemming’s Farm
07. Raglan’s Folly
08. Getting Off
09. Somerville R.I.P.
10. Canyon Suite
11. The Shape I’m In
12. If You Got It
13. Raglan’s Folly
14. You Have A God
15. Seasons Of Change / If You Got It (Hoadley’s Battle Of The Sounds 1971)
Disc Three: Second Chance
01. Second Chance
03. Going Down
05. Patch Of Land
06. Cool Spot (Alternative Version)
08. Chest Fever
09. Little Queenie
10. The Memory
11. Just Another Whistle Stop
12. No Particular Place To Go
14. Rented Room Blues
15. Get Myself Out Of This Place (Alias Getting Off)
16. That’s Alright Momma