Track Premiere and Q&A: Clifford Meyer (ex-ISIS) Scores New ‘Heavy Metal Horror’ Video Game The Axis Unseen

Clifford Meyer (ex-ISIS the band) teams up with veteran game wizard Nathan Purkeypile to soundtrack the new soon-to-be-smash video game The Axis Unseen.
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Five For Friday: December 3, 2021

This week’s new releases include the latest riff-filled albums from Unanimated, Genocide Pact, Hypocrisy and more!
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STRYPER Frontman Doesn't Care About Losing Followers Over Abortion Rights Comments: 'It's About Following Christ'

Michael Sweet of openly Christian rockers STRYPER says that he doesn’t care if he loses social media followers over his comments on abortion rights, explaining that “it’s not about following me, it’s about following Christ.”

On Thursday (December 2), Sweet, who has fronted STRYPER for nearly four decades, shared a video of protesters allegedly taking abortion pills (mifepristone) near the U.S. Supreme Court building to protest to a court challenge that could reverse Roe vs. Wade. None of the protesters were pregnant, said Amelia Bonow, co-founder of the abortion rights group Shout Your Abortion, who orchestrated the demonstration. In an accompanying message, Michael wrote: “When women are shamelessly and proudly taking ‘abortion pills’ on video with smiles on their faces, isn’t that a whole new level of evil? How and why is this acceptable in our world? Are we really this far gone? Celebrating the death of the unborn!!”

Sweet’s comments were predictably met with a large amount of disdain from pro-choice advocates who have condemned a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks. But the 58-year-old guitarist/vocalist has refused to back down, returning to his social media earlier today to share a follow-up post in which he explained his stance in greater detail.

He wrote: “Yesterday I posted a video showing 3 women taking ‘abortion pills’ and the flood gates opened. As they should. It’s about as serious a topic as there ever could be.

“First, I’m pro-life. If you didn’t know that by now then I truly have no words to explain that. Second, as much as I take issue with pro-choice – my anger came from seeing the joy and the smiles on the faces of the 3 women taking the pill. Without going into details, I know women who have had abortions and it was the most traumatizing event that took place in their lives. Still is. There was no joy, there were no smiles. Only pain. That’s the issue I had with that disgusting video. They were taking the pills (whether they were real pills or not) with a smile, as if it were a party and a fun thing to do. With little kids watching and soaking it it all in. Everyone should take issue with the presentation. I know the issues at hand will have many different opinions but the way that was presented should rub everyone the wrong way. Tasteless and classless.

“I will NEVER stand by and be silent when I see something so disturbing and yes – EVIL!” he added.

“To those who turned it around and use the ‘my body, my choice’ cliche – do you really think that this behavior is okay? If so, then we’re in worse shape than I thought.

“Anyway, I have absolutely no regrets for my post and I wouldn’t change a thing. I may lose some followers but that’s okay. It’s not about following me, it’s about following Christ”.

The conservative-leaning Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday as the justices consider Mississippi’s request to overturn Roe v. Wade — the court’s 1973 decision that legalized abortion in the United States — and uphold a state law that bars the procedure 15 weeks after conception.

According to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll, more than twice as many Americans (55 percent) say they want the court to reaffirm Roe v. Wade as say they want it overturned (24 percent).

Critics have said that tossing out the landmark rulings establishing abortion rights would tarnish the court’s reputation and open the floodgates to other challenges to well-settled law.

Sweet previously touched upon his views on abortion in a 2020 interview with Slabber.net. While discussing how he decides which presidential candidate he gets behind, he said: “It’s not anything new for people to hear from a Christian that they support pro-life. We want to see children that are unborn, live. The other side of that argument, for example, if the woman is raped and she loses her right to have an abortion, that’s a terrible thing as well, and I agree with that. You would think in this case a woman should have the choice to keep that baby or not keep that baby. It’s a tough argument. There are pros and cons to both sides of this argument. For me, as a believer, as a Christian, the pro-life pros outweigh the cons. Therefore, I’m a guy who typically gets behind whoever is the candidate that is pro-life as well.”

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EVERY TIME I DIE Frontman KEITH BUCKLEY Accuses Bandmates Of Secretly Plotting To Replace Him

EVERY TIME I DIE frontman Keith Buckley has accused his bandmates of secretly plotting to replace him.

Earlier today, EVERY TIME I DIE announced that it will play the last three concerts of its current tour without Buckley, explaining that the singer was taking time off from the road to “rest and prepare” for the band’s upcoming holiday shows, the annual events dubbed “‘TID The Season”.

Buckley himself issued a statement on social media earlier today saying that caring for his own mental health “has taken priority over EVERYTHING else” in his life. “the Love it has brought to everything I do has been clear to everyone that has seen me and I value my progress way too much to allow a setback,” he added in a tweet. “I am taking a hiatus from ETID to prepare for TTS.”

But after seeing EVERY TIME I DIE’s official statement regarding his absence from the road, Buckley returned to his Twitter to offer more insight into his decision to step back from touring. He wrote: “Now that I have seen the ‘official statement’ indicating that ETID is finishing the tour without their singer, I think I’m ready to tell you all a little bit about exactly WHY my mental health has had to become a priority over ETID. and trust I have receipts.

“While meditating in a side room yesterday I overheard my own brother tell an outsider that ETID had been in talks to replace me this entire time,” he continued, referencing EVERY TIME I DIE guitarist Jordan Buckley. “I thought they were my biggest supporters. but Jordan had lied. his concern was a cruel trick. their statement is proof.

“Traveling separately, away from alcohol and the behaviors of those who choose to drink, has brought me peace of mind and has made me the best performer I have ever been. I love the ETID community and finally felt like I was giving back in a meaningful way. And I will continue to.

“Being ostracized from a band I have built for 20 years because I made a decision to do whatever it took to be a good Human Being hurts me deeply, but trust me when I say I am the most mentally fit I have ever been,” Keith added. “This decision was made to protect myself from my own sibling.”

This past July, Buckley revealed that he was nine months sober after separating from his wife of over a decade and starting a new relationship. He talked about his decision to get clean during the pandemic in a recent interview with Alternative Press. He said: “One of the first things I realized was that I really liked who I was when I was drunk. That’s a very strange thing to say for a lot of people because there’s such negative connotations to it. But I always felt like my day-to-day was so overrun by other people’s shit, their energy, their words, their requests, their needs. Drinking just helped center me and get me back to my own vibe. I was, like, ‘Okay, that’s a feeling that I cherish. What do I need to do to get to that without drinking?’ I stopped drinking, and then I really just chased it, like, ‘What do I love, and what don’t I love?’

“The cool thing about the pandemic was clocks didn’t matter,” he continued. “Daylight didn’t matter. It was a perfect chance to just sit and be with yourself and understand how you worked. I actually liked being that vulnerable person that I was when I was drunk. Why don’t I just be vulnerable all the time? So I’ll stream, and I’ll do a Patreon where there’s literally a camera in my house. How much more vulnerable could I get?

“It works well because, aside from being a social experiment in vulnerability, it is also a way that I found to make it financially stable to where I don’t have to actually go get a job and risk my health or my daughter’s health. I could stay here surrounded by the people I love. I could be vulnerable as long as I want to, and then if I feel like I’m starting to get uncomfortable, I can just shut it down. I’m learning how to be truthful in what I say and making sure that if I am vulnerable, I don’t mentally check everything that I’m saying.”

EVERY TIME I DIE’s ninth studio album, “Radical”, was released in October via Epitaph.

“‘TID The Season” will take place in EVERY TIME I DIE’s hometown of Buffalo, on December 10 and December 11. The band will also support post-hardcore act UNDEROATH on the road early next year.

now that I have seen the “official statement” indicating that ETID is finishing the tour without their singer, I think I’m ready to tell you all a little bit about exactly WHY my mental health has had to become a priority over ETID. and trust I have receipts
— keith buckley (@deathoftheparty) December 3, 2021

while meditating in a side room yesterday I overheard my own brother tell an outsider that ETID had been in talks to replace me this entire time. I thought they were my biggest supporters. but Jordan had lied. his concern was a cruel trick. their statement is proof.
— keith buckley (@deathoftheparty) December 3, 2021

traveling separately, away from alcohol and the behaviors of those who choose to drink, has brought me peace of mind and has made me the best performer I have ever been. I love the ETID community and finally felt like I was giving back in a meaningful way. and I will continue to
— keith buckley (@deathoftheparty) December 3, 2021

being ostracized from a band I have built for 20 years because I made a decision to do whatever it took to be a good Human Being hurts me deeply, but trust me when I say I am the most mentally fit I have ever been. this decision was made to protect myself from my own sibling
— keith buckley (@deathoftheparty) December 3, 2021

caring for my own mental health has taken priority over EVERYTHING else in my life. the Love it has brought to everything I do has been clear to everyone that has seen me and I value my progress way too much to allow a setback. I am taking a hiatus from ETID to prepare for TTS
— keith buckley (@deathoftheparty) December 3, 2021

MEGADETH: First Official Coloring Book Now Available

The latest addition to the ever-expanding range from U.K. independent publisher Rock N’ Roll Colouring is the first official coloring book from MEGADETH, one of thrash metal’s most legendary and influential bands. It features 25 classic designs from genre-defying albums such as “Rust In Peace”, “Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?” and “Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!”, as well as many other iconic images from the band’s illustrious career.

Devised and created by two lifelong rock and heavy metal devotees and coloring book fans, Rock N’ Roll Colouring was formed by fans for fans. Every effort has gone into making sure this book does justice to the legacy of MEGADETH and their iconic figure, Vic Rattlehead, painstakingly re-creating some of the most famous heavy metal images of all time to ensure that MEGADETH fans everywhere get the best creative experience possible.

Coloring has proven significant mental health benefits including mindfulness, relaxation and increased focus and can be enjoyed by any age group. These books provide hours of creative and restful activity that combines the love of the music with the love of the art.

The MEGADETH book follows on from the previous Rock N’ Roll Colouring releases from IRON MAIDEN, ALICE COOPER, MOTÖRHEAD, JUDAS PRIEST, THIN LIZZY and MEGADETH.

The book can be ordered via Megadeth.com.

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Full EP Stream: Brick by Brick / Cutthroat

East Coast meets West Coast when Brick by Brick and Cutthroat join forces for a split seven inch.
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DREAM THEATER's JOHN PETRUCCI On Third GRAMMY Nomination: 'It's A Good Feeling'

Last month, DREAM THEATER was announced as one of the “Best Metal Performance” nominees at the 64th annual Grammy Awards, which will be held on January 31, 2022, at the Crypto.com Arena (formerly the Staples Center) in Los Angeles, California. The progressive metal legends were nominated for their song “The Alien”, the first single from their latest album, “A View From The Top Of The World”, which came out in October.

DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci discussed his band’s latest Grammy nomination during an appearance on MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn’s “No Fuckin’ Regrets With Robb Flynn” podcast. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “The first [Grammy] nomination we had, FOO FIGHTERS were on there. And they won it. I remember Dave Grohl had said something like, ‘Oh, they should have got this,’ which I thought was nice. But this time, I don’t know if I’m gonna remember all of [the other artists that were nominated], but I think it’s GOJIRA and MASTODON [that we are up against], and it’s a cool list. I remember there were a couple of years where I was surprised at the nominees — it seemed a little bit strange — but this seems appropriate. So we’ll see. It’s fun. It’s an honor to get nominated. It’s cool. Doing what we do and the way that we do it and getting recognized in that world is something that I never would have expected. And now for us, this is the third [nomination], so it’s cool. It’s a good feeling.”

When “The Alien” was first released in August, guitarist Petrucci stated about the track: “It’s the first one we wrote together. It gives people a window into what it was like when we initially met up after all of those months off. It has the adventure, the untraditional structure, the heaviness, and the hooks. It really set the tone for the album. James [LaBrie, vocals] wrote the lyrics about the idea of terraforming and looking beyond our Earth for alternative settlements. Since we’re going beyond our planet, ‘The Alien’ turns out to be us. I thought it was a cool and creative lyric by James.”

DREAM THEATER’s previous Grammy nominations were for the song “On The Backs Of Angels”, from 2011’s “A Dramatic Turn Of Events” album, and the single “The Enemy Inside” from 2013’s “Dream Theater”.

Last month, DREAM THEATER announced the rescheduled dates for its recently postponed North American leg of the “Top Of The World” tour. The shows will now kick off in Mesa, Arizona on February 2 and run seven weeks before ending in Austin, Texas on March 21. The tour will also make stops in Los Angeles, California; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; New York City and Dallas, Texas, among others, and will mark the first live performances of music from “A View From The Top Of The World”. ARCH ECHO will be the opener on all dates in the United States and FALSET will be the opener on all of the dates in Canada.

“A View From The Top Of The World” marked DREAM THEATER’s second studio album with InsideOut Music/Sony Music. The artwork was created by longtime cover collaborator Hugh Syme (RUSH, IRON MAIDEN, STONE SOUR). “A View From The Top Of The World” was produced by Petrucci, with engineering and additional production by James “Jimmy T” Meslin and mixing and mastering by Andy Sneap.

‘The Alien’ was the first track that we wrote for the new album when we all convened to write last October. We are thrilled to have it be recognized in this way. We are in some amazing company with this year’s nominees and wish them all the best of luck! #Grammys
— Dream Theater (@dreamtheaternet) November 23, 2021

EVERY TIME I DIE Frontman KEITH BUCKLEY To Miss Last Three Shows Of U.S. Tour

Buffalo-based hardcore heroes EVERY TIME I DIE will play the last three concerts of their current tour without singer Keith Buckley, who is taking time off from the road to “rest and prepare” for the band’s upcoming holiday shows.

EVERY TIME I DIE announced Buckley’s absence from the tour in a social media post earlier today. The group wrote: “Mental Health is a real issue and when not treated has an impact on so many people. Keith needs to take this time to rest and prepare for the holiday shows and we wish him a quick recovery. We also understand that so many of you have been looking forward to these last few shows on our tour. We don’t want to let you down so we’ll be playing these last three shows without a vocalist. Like Keith always says ‘this mic is your mic’. So come and help us finish up this tour. Anyone that no longer wants to attend will be given refunds at point of purchase.”

Affected shows:

Dec. 03 – Huntington, WV – The Loud
Dec. 04 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
Dec. 05 – Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27

EVERY TIME I DIE’s ninth studio album, “Radical”, was released in October via Epitaph. Produced and mixed by Will Putney (THE ACACIA STRAIN, BODY COUNT, THE AMITY AFFLICTION), the LP is 16 tracks of peak EVERY TIME I DIE, alchemized by a swampy summoning of southern rock and coarse poetry, the music swirls beneath sardonic and clever wordplay, cementing the band as leaders, not followers.

While inspired by the unrest and upheaval around the world over the past five years, “Radical” focuses on humanity, decency, self-worth, and even a bit of spirituality more so than politics.

“I’m dealing with difficult matters this time that isn’t only personal for me but are also universal and more communal experiences,” Keith previously explained. “The songs are realistic in that they acknowledge that things require a lot of work. But it’s ultimately a very hopeful and uplifting record.”

EVERY TIME I DIE’s holiday extravaganza, “‘TID The Season”, will take place in its hometown of Buffalo, on December 10 and December 11. The band will also support post-hardcore band UNDEROATH on the road early next year.

Mental Health is a real issue and when not treated has an impact on so many people. Keith needs to take this time to…

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Former BLACK SABBATH Singer TONY MARTIN Shares New Solo Single 'As The World Burns'

Former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin has released the official lyric video for his new song “As The World Burns”. The track is taken from his upcoming solo album, “Thorns”, which will arrive on January 14, 2022 via Battlegod Productions and Dark Star Records. Battlegod will handle distribution in Australia, Asia, Europe and Japan, while Dark Star will handle distribution in all of North and South America, including both physical and streaming.

Among the guest musicians set to appear on the LP are Scott McClellan (who helped write the album), Danny “Danté” Needham (VENOM), Magnus Rosén (HAMMERFALL), Greg Smith (ALICE COOPER, RAINBOW, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT) and Martin’s youngest son Joe.

“Thorns” track listing:

01. As The World Burns
02. Black Widow Angel
03. Book Of Shadows
04. Crying Wolf
05. Damned By You
06. No Shame At All
07. No Where To Fly
08. Passion Killer
09. Run Like The Devil
10. This Is Your Damnation
11. Thorns

Tony said in a statement: “This new album is probably the most ‘Tony Martin’ a Tony Martin album has ever sounded!! It’s got several surprises that will lift people’s eyebrows, I am sure. Largely but not entirely based around the riffs of Scott McClellan, new to the world scene, he has proved to be a worthy partner in crime for this release… I was able to make some great songs out of the riffs he was coming up with, which is very similar in the writing sense to that which I experienced with Tony Iommi. Different sound and style, but the riffing talent that someone like Scott has is very cool. It is diverse, melodic, powerful, thought-provoking and of a standard high as ever I have worked on. I believe there are stories still to tell, songs still to be sung, and with this album, I feel it’s achieved everything I could have wished for.

“Grateful to the people who have given their extra talents in appearances on this recording. It’s been a challenge in COVID lockdown, getting everyone’s performances from across the world, but in another way, it was a perfect opportunity to get it done.”

Martin’s last solo album, “Scream”, was released in November 2005 via MTM Music.

BLACK SABBATH released six albums with Martin on vocals: “The Eternal Idol” (1987), “Headless Cross” (1989), “Tyr” (1990), “Cross Purposes” (1994), “Cross Purposes Live” (1995) and “Forbidden” (1995). Eventually, Martin and his “Forbidden”-era bandmates were ousted when guitarist Tony Iommi reunited with SABBATH’s fellow original members.

In a 2012 interview with Über Röck, Martin said that he was “surprised” to see Iommi criticizing him in the guitarist’s “Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven And Hell With Black Sabbath” book (referring to the Martin period, especially the touring phase following the release of “Cross Purposes” in 1994, Iommi lambasted his former singer as “unprofessional” and having “no stage presence”). Martin said: “I mean, they never said anything to me. Surely, if you’ve got a problem, the first person you should say something to is the person that’s in the band with you… It sounds like a really stupid thing to say, as they didn’t say anything to my face — and, if that’s the case, then more fool them for not saying anything, because, you know, we could have fixed it. I said to them, endlessly, that if there was anything they wanted changed, done differently, just to say and we could fix it, but clearly, they didn’t, they hadn’t got the guts to, obviously, and to write about it in a book afterwards seems a bit daft to me. I’m not bitter about it, but it is surprising… It seems a bit stupid to say that after the event.”

Five years ago, Iommi told I Heart Guitar that “it’s a shame” that “it took a lot for people to accept” Martin as SABBATH’s vocalist. “It’s taken all these years later for people to say, ‘Oh blimey, that was a good band with good singing.’ So it took a long time to get people to really realize how good it was.”

In 2018, Iommi spent time in the studio remixing “Forbidden” for a future release. The LP, which features Martin, drummer Cozy Powell and bassist Neil Murray, is often regarded as SABBATH’s worst studio recording.

Photo credit: Rob Billingham

NICKELBACK's CHAD KROEGER Teams Up With MARIANAS TRENCH's JOSH RAMSAY On 'Lady Mine'

MARIANAS TRENCH frontman Josh Ramsay has just released his new solo effort, “Lady Mine”, featuring a guest appearance by Chad Kroeger of NICKELBACK). A bold, in-your-face throwback anthem that boasts blazing guitars, soaring vocals and a full horn section, it is the first single off Ramsay’s forthcoming debut solo album, titled “The Josh Ramsay Show”, set for release early next year.

No stranger to bold collaborations, Ramsay has worked with marquee names throughout his multifaceted career, including writing and performing credits with Carly Rae Jepsen, NICKELBACK, and 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, to name a few. In true Ramsay style, fans can expect a music offering that is nothing less than spectacular with plenty of familiar faces featured on the new album. These include JUNO and CCMA Award winner Dallas Smith, D.J. Sharkpocalypse, Fefe Dobson, FIONN, Ria Mae, Sara Ramsay, JUNO Award winner Serena Ryder, Tyler Shaw and Kroeger on “Lady Mine”.

Shares Ramsay: “Each track on this album is a different genre. For ‘Lady Mine’, I was going for a fun, throwback ’70s-style rock, drawing on the same sorts of influences that Lenny Kravitz might do. At least that’s what I set out to do. What I ended up with was something kind of crazy. You know — like if the ’70s had been on crack. Once Chad added his vocals on there, it got even crazier. But so much fun.”

During the start of the pandemic, Ramsay needed something to do while in isolation. He indulged himself by writing songs in as many different genres as possible. Josh explains: “My goal was to try and do as many genres as possible, so it feels kind of like a variety show. I see it as my ‘calling card’ — not just as a songwriter, but as a producer and arranger.”

“The Josh Ramsay Show” is a sweeping exploration of musical styles featuring collaborations with a wide range of Canadian singers from across the musical spectrum that rings in at 18 tracks in all. This album is a love letter to music as a whole, never sticking to the same genre twice.

As with every project he takes on, Ramsay wanted to push his personal limitations and challenge himself as a songwriter, singer, player, and producer with this new single. He played every instrument on the track (except horns), produced it, and co-mixed it with longtime friend, Dave “Rave” Ogilvie. That’s always been a defining characteristic of his output as with MARIANAS TRENCH, and in his role as producer and songwriter for artists like Carly Rae Jepsen, whose worldwide hit “Call Me Maybe” garnered Ramsay a Grammy nomination and a SOCAN Award for “Most Performed Song” in SOCAN history.

Ramsay has toured with MARIANAS TRENCH extensively in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. When not on the move, the multi-instrumentalist runs his own recording studio, The Umbrella Factory, in Vancouver, British Columbia.