AC/DC's BRIAN JOHNSON On 'Back In Black''s Massive Success: 'It's A Little Frightening'

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson says that he still can’t wrap his head around the fact that it’s been 40 years since the band recorded its classic “Back In Black” album.

On July 25, 1980, AC/DC released “Back In Black” in the U.S., followed by the album’s U.K. release on July 31. It was the band’s first album without lead singer Bon Scott, who had died a few months earlier after passing out and choking on his own vomit following a long night of drinking.

The group quickly decided to press on and hired Johnson from the band GEORDIE to take over on vocals, and they headed to the Bahamas for about six weeks to do the album. AC/DC had made some serious headway in America before Scott’s death, but no one knew how “Back In Black” would be received.

Asked in a new interview with WMMR’s Pierre Robert how he reflects on the incredible success of “Back In Black” — with the record having been certified by the Recording Industry Association Of America for U.S. shipments of 25 million copies — Johnson said (hear audio below): “It’s a little frightening. I was just a working boy. When I got to the Bahamas, [AC/DC guitarists] Malcolm and Angus [Young] came to me and said, ‘Hey, by the way, can you write lyrics?’ And I went, ‘Well, I’ll give it a shot.’ And the first night, they brought me a legal pad — yellow legal pad — and a pen, and a little cassette player. And they said, ‘Well, this song, it’s a very basic track.’ It was ‘[You] Shook Me All Night Long’. They gave me the title — they said, ‘It’s called ‘Shook Me All Night Long’.’ And I said, ‘Bugger, that’s a long one.’ And it was just a basic track of it there. But to this day, Angus argues it was ‘Back In Black’ [that we worked on first]. [Laughs] But I remember it being ‘Shook Me All Night Long’. I don’t know… And I remember just sitting there [and thinking], ‘What have I got to lose? I’ve got a week’s holiday in the Bahamas, at least.’ I wrote it down in about 20 minutes — honestly — and I went, ‘That’s it.’ And I took it to ’em next day, and they said, ‘Sing what you’ve written.’ And what you hear is basically [what I sang] that first day. And as soon as it finished, I went, ‘I like that. That’s a good little song.’ And then ‘Back In Black’ came, which was fascinating, because I never knew that I could sustain notes like that. That was Mutt Lange, the producer, who said, ‘Sing it higher. I’ve heard you do it.’ And I went, ‘Well, I’ll give it a try.’ And it was just like being set free from a strait jacket — once I found out I could do it, I went, ‘Wow! This is just [amazing].’ And I just wanted to do it all the time. [But] he had to keep pulling us back down. But it was a wonderful thing to discover that you could do — even at the age of 32. To me, I was way past it, and I didn’t think I would ever get a job with a rock and roll band at the age of 32. But the age of Bon when he passed. And it just kept getting better as the weeks went by with these new songs.”

Johnson also recalled the first time he heard the finished “Back In Black” album several weeks after he completed his vocal tracks.

“We were on a very tight budget, and I had to get out of [the studio in the Bahamas] in about six weeks,” he said. “So as soon as you were finished, they put you on a plane to save money with the facilities we were staying at. And I got back home, and I just went, ‘Well, I think I’ve just made a record.’ ‘Cause it wasn’t even mixed yet. And it was another six weeks to two months before I actually got a copy of it that came with the mailman. And I didn’t have a record player in the house. I took it to a friend’s — the guitarist in GEORDIE; he had a record player — and we put on ‘Hells Bells’, and I think it was a few bars in, and he went, ‘No, that’s never gonna fly. C’mon, let’s have a pint.’ He said, ‘You’re singing way too high. That’s not you.’ [Laughs] And I was heartbroken. I just went, ‘Oh, Jesus.’ So I went to the pub and drowned my sorrows, and he said, ‘Never mind.’ But it all worked out fantastically well.

“I still can’t get me head around the fact that it’s been 40 years since we did that,” Brian added. “And we can still sing [those songs] on stage. That’s the wonderful thing.”

“Back in Black” first went platinum in October 1980. The RIAA lists “Back In Black” as the fourth biggest-selling album of all time.

“Back In Black” included the singles “You Shook Me All Night Long”, which peaked at No. 35 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “Back In Black”, which peaked at No. 37.

Despite its massive success, it never got higher than No. 4 on the album charts. The band’s next album, “For Those About To Rock”, reached No. 1.

“Back In Black” was produced by Robert “Mutt” Lange, who went on to produce DEF LEPPARD, FOREIGNER, THE CARS, and BRYAN ADAMS.

In 2012, “Back In Black” was added to The Recording Academy’s legendary Grammy Hall Of Fame collection.

Last year, AC/DC launched a range of new merchandise to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Back In Black”.

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Earth Crisis To Release “Smash or Be Smashed” Via the Decibel Flexi Series

Get your deluxe Decibel subscription by Monday, March 1 to obtain this HIGHLY LIMITED flexi disc single from straight edge hardcore heroes Earth Crisis.
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ICED EARTH's JON SCHAFFER Is Still Being Held In Indiana Jail, Six Weeks After Being Arrested For Role In Capitol Riot

According to The Republic reporter Jordan Morey, Jon Schaffer is still awaiting extradition extradition to Washington D.C., five weeks after U.S. Magistrate for the Southern District of Indiana judge Mark Dinsmore signed an order for the ICED EARTH guitarist to appear in D.C.’s district court. Indianapolis law enforcement confirmed Schaffer was still being held by the U.S. Marshal Service at the Marion County Jail on Thursday (February 25).

The 52-year-old musician, who resides in in Edinburgh, Indiana, is facing six federal criminal charges after he was accused of spraying a police officer with a pepper-based bear repellant during the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Schaffer waived his preliminary hearing as well as his rights to an identity hearing and production of a warrant five weeks ago in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, court documents state. He will soon be transported by a United States marshal to Washington, D.C. where government lawyers and Schaffer’s legal team have mutually agreed to handle all proceedings.

Schaffer is entitled to a hearing on the issue of pretrial detention upon his arrival in D.C., court documents said.

Five weeks ago, government lawyers asked the judge to not offer Schaffer a bond when he goes in front of U.S. magistrate.

Schaffer must prove to the federal magistrate that he is not a threat to himself or the public before being released on bail. Others who have been charged for insurrection at the Capitol have been given bail but ordered to surrender their firearms, avoid contact with other alleged Capitol rioters and stay away from all state capitol buildings. Some other alleged rioters have been prohibited from using social media and participating in any political rallies.

Earlier this month, a man resembling Schaffer was seen in newly released security footage from the U.S. Capitol riot that the House impeachment managers obtained and submitted as evidence for former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial.

The clip in question, which was released by CNN on February 15, shows rioters charging through a breached entrance and engaging and pushing officers. Schaffer can be seen near the front of the mob, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, a tactical vest and black leather fingerless tactical gloves, and pointing his finger while yelling at the officers.

Schaffer was photographed wearing an “Oath Keepers Lifetime Member” cap during the insurrection. The Oath Keepers describe themselves as an association of former law enforcement and military personnel dedicated to “support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” But the Anti-Defamation League describes it as “a large but loosely organized collection of right-wing anti-government extremists who are part of the militia movement, which believes that the federal government has been coopted by a shadowy conspiracy that is trying to strip American citizens of their rights.”

Schaffer has been held in the Marion County Jail since surrendering to police on January 17. He made his first court appearance the following day.

Just hours after the insurrection, ICED EARTH fans recognized Schaffer in a photo released by federal investigators.

Schaffer is believed to be one of at least 400 people who are being investigated by FBI officials over their roles in the insurrection.

More than 230 criminal cases have been filed so far. Charges include unauthorized access, theft, damage to government property and assault on law enforcement officers.

TOMAHAWK Releases Music Video For 'Dog Eat Dog'

TOMAHAWK, the band featuring Duane Denison (THE JESUS LIZARD, UNSEMBLE), Trevor Dunn (MR. BUNGLE, FANTÔMAS), Mike Patton (FAITH NO MORE, MR. BUNGLE) and John Stanier (HELMET, BATTLES), will release its first full-length album in eight years, “Tonic Immobility”, on March 26 via Ipecac Recordings. The official music video for the disc’s second single, “Dog Eat Dog”, can be seen below.

“It’s a statement about competition, oppression, and unity — served up with a healthy dose of slapstick humor,” said Denison of the Eric Livingston-directed clip. Patton added: “Dogs patiently wait, obediently, for humans to snuff each other out… so they can take over the world. Dogs rule!!!!”

Pre-orders for “Tonic Immobility” are live now, with the album available in the following formats: digital, CD digipak, and 180-gram LP in textured gatefold packaging. Vinyl variants include standard black, coke bottle clear (indie retail exclusive — 5,000 available), opaque metallic silver (Ipecac webstore exclusive — 2000 available), and crystal clear (Newbury Comics exclusive — 1,000 available).

“‘Tonic Immobility’ could just be something in the air we’re feeling,” said Denison. “It’s been a rough year between the pandemic and everything else. A lot of people feel somewhat powerless and stuck as they’re not able to make a move without second guessing themselves or worrying about the outcomes. For as much as the record possibly reflects that, it’s also an escape from the realities of the world. We’re not wallowing in negativity or getting political. For me, rock has always been an alternate reality to everything else. I feel like this is yet another example.”

“Tonic Immobility” track listing:

01. SHHH!
02. Valentine Shine
03. Predators and Scavengers
04. Doomsday Fatigue
05. Business Casual
06. Tattoo Zero
07. Fatback
08. Howlie
09. Eureka
10. Sidewinder
11. Recoil
12. Dog Eat Dog

2013’s “Oddfellows” was TOMAHAWK’s first CD in over six years.

TOMAHAWK was dormant for five years after releasing a trio of albums: “Tomahawk” in 2001, “Mit Gas” in 2003 and “Anonymous” in 2007.

THE END MACHINE Feat. Ex-DOKKEN, WARRANT Members: 'Phase2' Album Details Revealed; 'Blood And Money' Video Released

THE END MACHINE, the new band featuring two members of the classic DOKKEN lineup — George Lynch (guitar) and Jeff Pilson (bass) — along with former LYNCH MOB and current WARRANT singer Robert Mason, will release its sophomore album, “Phase2”, on April 9 via Frontiers Music Srl. The official music video for the disc’s first single, “Blood And Money”, can be seen below.

“Phase2” features drummer Steve Brown, younger brother of former DOKKEN drummer “Wild” Mick Brown, who played on THE END MACHINE’s self-titled 2019 debut.

The new LP builds on the great bluesy hard rock music of the debut, but sees THE END MACHINE move more towards more towards a classic ’80s hard rock sound and the result is a 2.0 reboot of a killer music machine.

Says Pilson: “On this record, we set out to make the very best songs possible and are more than excited with how it turned out. We also weren’t afraid to let elements of the DOKKEN sound come through loud and clear. As a result, not only was it a very organic and collaborative process, but it was a helluva lot of fun as well!!! I feel these are some of the best songs we’ve ever written and I’m blown away by all the performances. George was on fire throughout, Robert makes it clear he’s one of the very best rock vocalists around, and Steve delivered with all the passion and enthusiasm any band could ever desire. All in all, it is a musical statement we can and will stand behind for a very long time!!!”

Adds Lynch: “Jeff, Robert and I had discussions prior to pre-production and writing sessions that we would make a concerted effort to emphasize hooks and accessibility in our writing. We made sure to constantly remind ourselves of the self-induced parameters we’d created for ourselves so as not to get sidetracked and lose focus. I think that that guidance served us well. I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished with THE END MACHINE ‘Phase2’.”

State Mason: “I feel that ‘Phase2’ is a logical progression from our debut record, and I echo Jeff’s point that, in the writing process, none of us felt we had to distance ourselves from our past nor our collective roots. That hit making Lynch/Pilson chemistry and song lineage is surely powerful and present, while allowing me freedom to both embrace it and show my own musical and lyrical flavors. This record shows us solidly in each other’s musical pockets and grooves, and speaking of, Steve Brown showed up to crush it on drums…and he can sing some mighty background vocals! We hope fans of all of our catalogs will embrace THE END MACHINE and ‘Phase2’!”

Originally born from an idea of Frontiers Music Srl president and A&R director Serafino Perugino, who wanted to have the classic lineup of DOKKEN team up with a killer vocalist, THE END MACHINE’s self-titled debut impressed mightily upon release. Far from being a simple rehash of the members resumes, THE END MACHINE proved to be a jelled unit who sounded exactly like the seasoned pros they are, while taking their hard rock past and putting a stamp of modern production on things courtesy of Pilson.

For their debut album, THE END MACHINE’s sound developed through several initial songwriting sessions between Pilson and Lynch, with Mason later partnering with them. While the lineup may have had fans making assumptions about the sound of the band, things took a different turn. Said Pilson at the time: “The real truth of it is that George and I have this great songwriting partnership that’s been going on for 35 years, and we love to work together. Robert really jelled with us too, thus making the process smooth.”

Track listing:

01. The Rising
02. Blood And Money
03. We Walk Alone
04. Dark Divide
05. Crack The Sky
06. Prison Or Paradise
07. Plastic Heroes
08. Scars
09. Shine Your Light
10. Devil’s Playground
11. Born Of Fire
12. Destiny

“Phase2” recording lineup:

George Lynch – guitar
Jeff Pilson – bass, keyboards and background vocals
Steve Brown – drums and background vocals
Robert Mason – lead and background vocals

THE WHO: 'The Who Sell Out' Super Deluxe Edition To Include 46 Previously Unreleased Songs

Initially released in December 1967 and described latterly by Rolling Stone as “THE WHO’s finest album,” “The Who Sell Out” reflected a remarkable year in popular culture. As well as being forever immortalized as the moment when the counterculture and the “Love Generation” became a global phenomenon and “pop” began metamorphosing into “rock.”

The new Super Deluxe Edition of “The Who Sell Out” features 112 tracks, 46 of which are unreleased, an 80-page, hard-back, full-color book, including rare period photos, memorabilia, track-by-track annotation and new sleeve notes by Pete Townshend with comments from the likes of Pete Drummond (Radio London DJ), Richard Evans (designer) and Roy Flynn (the Speakeasy club manager).

The Super Deluxe package also includes nine posters and inserts, including replicas of 20″ x 30″ original Adrian George album poster, a gig poster from The City Hall, Newcastle, a Saville Theatre show 8-page program, a business card for the Bag o’ Nails club, Kingly Street, a WHO fan club photo of group, a flyer for Bath Pavilion concerts including THE WHO, a crack-back bumper sticker for Wonderful Radio London, Keith Moon’s Speakeasy club membership card and a WHO fan club newsletter.

As a taster for the set an EP of Pete Townshend’s previously unreleased demos has today been released on all streaming services including “Pictures Of Lily” (new remix, previously unreleased), “Kids! Do You Want Kids?” (a.k.a. “Do You Want Kids, Kids?”) (previously unreleased) and “Odorono” (previously unreleased).

“The Who Sell Out” was originally planned by Pete Townshend and the band’s managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, as a loose concept album including jingles and commercials linking the songs stylized as a pirate radio broadcast. This concept was born out of necessity as their label and management wanted a new album and Townshend felt that he didn’t have enough songs.

The groundbreaking original plan for “Sell Out” was to sell advertising space on the album but instead the band opted for writing their own jingles paying tribute to pirate radio stations and to parody an increasingly consumerist society.

The homage to pop-art is evident in both the advertising jingles and the iconic sleeve design created by David King who was the art director at the Sunday Times, and Roger Law who invented the “Spitting Image” TV show. The sleeve features four advertising images, taken by the renowned photographer David Montgomery, of each band member Odorono deodorant (Pete Townshend), Medac spot cream (Keith Moon), Charles Atlas (John Entwistle) and Roger Daltrey and Heinz baked beans. The story goes that Roger Daltrey caught pneumonia from sitting in the cold beans for too long.

“The Who Sell Out” is a bold depiction of the period in which it was made, the tail-end of the “swinging-’60s” meets pop-art mixed with psychedelia and straight-ahead pop. It’s a glorious blend of classic powerful WHO instrumentation, melodic harmonies, satirical lyrical imagery crystallized for what was only the group’s third album. The album’s ambition and scope is unrivalled by THE WHO, or any other act from that period.

Within the bold concept, were a batch of fabulous and diverse songs. “I Can See For Miles”, a Top 10 hit at the time, is a WHO classic. “Rael”, a Townshend “mini-opera” with musical motifs that reappeared in “Tommy” and the psychedelic blast of “Armenia City In The Sky” and “Relax” are among the very best material anyone wrote during the 1960s

One of the most extraordinary albums of any era, “The Who Sell Out” is THE WHO’s last “pop” album. Two years later came “Tommy” — a double concept album about a deaf, dumb and blind kid.

“The Who Sell Out” Super Deluxe Edition

Disc 1 – Original mono mix, mono As & Bs and unreleased mono mixes

Disc 2 – Original stereo mix and stereo bonus tracks

Disc 3 – Studio outtakes, “fly-on-the-wall” versions of early takes of songs from the album sessions, “studio chat” etc.

Disc 4 – “The Road To Tommy” will contain stereo mixes of the studio tracks recorded in 1968 — some previously unreleased — plus 1968 As and Bs mono mixes (all tracks remixed from original 4 and 8-track session tapes in THE WHO vault)

Disc 5 – 14 of Pete Townshend’s original demos, previously unreleased and exclusive to this set

Bonus 7″ discs:

1. Track U.K. 45 repro “I Can See For Miles” (early mono mix with single-tracked vocal) and “Someone’s Coming” (original U.K. track single mix with single-tracked vocal)

2. Decca U.S.A. 45 repro “Magic Bus” (U.S./U.K. mono) and “Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde” (original U.S. Decca single mix)

80-page, hard-back full-color book, including rare period photos, memorabilia and track annotation and new liner notes by Pete Townshend with comments from from Pete Drummond (Radio Caroline DJ), Chris Huston (Talentmasters Studio), Richard Evans (designer), Roy Flynn (Speakeasy Club manager), Arnold Schwartzman (designer) and Andy Neill (WHO biographer)


Nine posters and inserts, including replicas of 20″ x 30″ original Adrian George poster; Gig poster — City Hall, Newcastle: THE WHO, TRAFFIC and THE TREMELOES; Saville Theatre 8-page program; Business card for the Bag o’ Nails club, Kingly Street; fan club photo of group; flyer for Bath Pavilion concerts including THE WHO; crack-back bumper sticker for Wonderful Radio London; Keith Moon’s Speakeasy club membership card; WHO fan club newsletter.

Other “The Who Sell Out” formats:

* 2LP deluxe (stereo) vinyl version, featuring the original album and extras highlights from box set.

* D2C 2LP deluxe (mono) vinyl version featuring the original album and extras highlights from box set pressed on colored vinyl; disc 1 “Odorono” red / disc 2 “Baked Bean” orange.

* 2-CD edition six-panel digi-pak with a 16-page booklet.

Also available in a variety of digital formats

TRIVIUM's MATT HEAFY Drops 'In Waves' Acoustic EP

Matthew Kiichi Heafy, the Japanese-American musician best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist for the Grammy-nominated heavy metal band TRIVIUM, has released the “In Waves” acoustic EP, featuring reworked versions of six songs from the group’s 2011 album of the same name. You can now listen to it in the YouTube clip below.

Featured songs:

00:00 In Waves
04:50 Built To Fall
07:58 Caustic Are The Ties That Bind
13:16 Of All These Yesterdays
17:16 A Grey So Dark
19:48 Shattering The Skies Above

According to Heafy, there will be an acoustic EP for every record except 2020’s “What The Dead Men Say”.

Heafy is also an avid gamer who steadily built his Twitch profile to massive success in the past few years. His Twitch efforts have been featured by Microsoft, TechCrunch, Forbes and beyond. He is also a practitioner of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and a food connoisseur. Heafy streams daily on his Twitch channel “matthewkheafy,” displaying the behind-the-scenes work it takes to stay in shape to play guitars and do vocals. He plays TRIVIUM songs by request and every day is a new show made by the fans, for the fans.

Some of Heafy’s notable accomplishments include hosting the first-ever full metal gaming village at Wacken Open Air, competing against Ninja in the Twitch Rivals Summer Skirmish, competing and celebrating the opening of Full Sail’s esports arena, creating Shroud’s theme song, being Streamlab’s top streamer merch seller of all time, being in the top 100 most subscribed to channels on Twitch, leading the charge as the pioneer of music streaming on Twitch (also partnering with Twitch to make the official how-to guides on streaming music on Twitch’s help page), and co-founding the Metal & Honey Foundation, which supports the Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for children. 100% of the proceeds directly benefit the music therapy program.

Heafy also recently appeared on “The Drew Barrymore Show”, where he surprised a fan and gifted him with a guitar.

TRIVIUM’s ninth full-length album, “What The Dead Men Say”, is available now via Roadrunner Records.

BLACK SABBATH: Listen To 'Lady Evil' And 'Die Young' From 'Heaven And Hell' And 'Mob Rules' Deluxe Editions

Singer Ronnie James Dio joined BLACK SABBATH in 1979 which resulted in two back-to-back classic albums: “Heaven And Hell” and “Mob Rules”. On those memorable albums, Dio’s soaring tenor and gothic songwriting were the perfect foil for the band’s bone-crushing mix of razor-sharp riffs, intense grooves, and dark imagery.

Rhino salutes the long shadow cast by this short-lived lineup with newly remastered versions of both albums expanded with rare and unreleased music. “Heaven And Hell: Deluxe Edition” and “Mob Rules: Deluxe Edition” will be released separately on March 5. Each album will be available on 2-CDs ($19.98), or a 2-LPs ($31.98). Due to space constraints, both vinyl editions include a selection of bonus material from the CDs. The music will also be available via digital download and streaming services the same day.

“Lady Evil” (7″ Mono Edit) from “Heaven And Hell: Deluxe Edition”, and “Die Young” (Live B-Side) from “Mob Rules: Deluxe Edition” can be streamed below.

Dio joined BLACK SABBATH for the first time in 1979 and quickly found kindred spirits in guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward. When “Heaven And Hell” was released in April 1980, the album was met with effusive reviews for the band’s return to form on metal masterpieces like “Neon Knights” and the title track. The album reached #9 in the U.K. and #28 in the U.S., where it was also certified platinum.

“Heaven And Hell: Deluxe Edition” adds several bonus tracks that have never been released in North America, including versions of “Children Of The Sea” and “Die Young” recorded live in 1980 in Hartford, Connecticut. The set concludes with live rarities like “E5150” and “Neon Knights” that originally appeared in 2007 on the Rhino Handmade’s limited edition collection “Black Sabbath: Live At Hammersmith Odeon”.

To follow up “Heaven And Hell”, the group returned to the studio in 1981 to begin recording “Mob Rules”, with drummer Vinny Appice joining the band for the first time. Released in October 1981 and certified gold, the album was another SABBATH classic, including standouts like “The Sign Of The Southern Cross”, “Turn Up The Night” and the title track.

“Mob Rules: Deluxe Edition” boasts an expansive selection of rare and unreleased recordings. Along with additional tracks from “Live At Hammersmith Odeon”, the collection also includes a newly mixed version of “The Mob Rules”. The cherry on top is an entire concert recorded in 1982 in Portland, Oregon. Highlights include stellar performances of “Neon Knights”, “Heaven And Hell” and “Voodoo”.

The Dio-fronted lineup disbanded in 1982 but reunited a decade later to record “Dehumanizer” and tour before going on hiatus again. The group came together again in 2006 to record three new songs for Rhino’s era-spanning collection “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years”. The collaboration led to a highly anticipated world tour in 2007 where the group was billed as HEAVEN & HELL. Their final album of new material, 2009’s “The Devil You Know”, again demonstrated the musical bond between the band members was unparalleled.

“Heaven And Hell: Deluxe Edition” 2-CD track listing

Disc One: Original Album (2021 Remaster)

01. Neon Knights
02. Children Of The Sea
03. Lady Evil
04. Heaven And Hell
05. Wishing Well
06. Die Young
07. Walk Away
08. Lonely Is The Word

Disc Two: Bonus Tracks

01. Children Of The Sea – Live B-Side Of “Neon Knights” *
02. Heaven And Hell – Live B-Side Of “Die Young” *
03. Lady Evil – 7″ Mono Edit (unreleased on CD)

Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT (August 10, 1980)

04. Neon Knights *
05. Children Of The Sea *
06. Heaven And Hell *
07. Die Young *

Hammersmith Odeon, London (Dec 31, 1981- Jan 2, 1982)

08. E5150
09. Neon Knights
10. Children Of The Sea
11. Heaven And Hell

2-LP Track Listing

Side One

01. Neon Knights
02. Children Of The Sea
03. Lady Evil
04. Heaven And Hell

Side Two

01. Wishing Well
02. Die Young
03. Walk Away
04. Lonely Is The Word

Side Three

01. Children Of The Sea – Live B-Side Of “Neon Knights” *
02. Heaven And Hell – Live B-Side Of “Die Young” *
03. Lady Evil – 7″ Mono Edit (unreleased on CD)
04. Neon Knights – Live 1980 *

Side Four

01. Children Of The Sea – Live 1980 *
02. Heaven And Hell – Live 1980 *
03. Die Young – Live 1980 *

“Mob Rules: Deluxe Edition” 2-CD track listing

Disc One: Original Album (2021 Remaster)

01. Turn Up The Night
02. Voodoo
03. The Sign Of The Southern Cross
04. E5150
05. The Mob Rules
06. Country Girl
07. Slipping Away
08. Falling Off The Edge Of The World
09. Over And Over

Bonus Tracks

10. The Mob Rules – Heavy Metal Soundtrack Version
11. Die Young – Live B-Side Of “Mob Rules” 7″ *
12. The Mob Rules – New 2021 Mix **

Live At The Hammersmith Odeon London (31/12/81 – 2/1/82)

13. Country Girl
14. Slipping Away
15. The Mob Rules
16. Voodoo

Live At Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR, April 22, 1982

17. Intro **
18. Neon Knights **

Disc Two: Bonus Tracks

Live At Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR, April 22, 1982

01. N.I.B. **
02. Children Of The Sea **
03. Voodoo **
04. Black Sabbath **
05. War Pigs **
06. Drum Solo **
07. Iron Man **
08. The Mob Rules **
09. Heaven And Hell **
10. Guitar Solo **
11. Sign Of The Southern Cross/Heaven And Hell – Reprise **
12. Paranoid **
13. Children Of The Grave **

2-LP Track Listing

Side One

01. Turn Up The Night
02. Voodoo
03. The Sign Of The Southern Cross
04. E5150
05. The Mob Rules

Side Two

01. Country Girl
02. Slipping Away
03. Falling Off The Edge Of The World
04. Over And Over

Side Three

01. The Mob Rules – Heavy Metal Soundtrack Version
02. Die Young – Live B-Side Of “Mob Rules” 7″ *
03. The Mob Rules – New 2021 Mix **
04. Sign Of The Southern Cross/Heaven And Hell – Reprise **

Side Four

Live At The Hammersmith Odeon London (31/12/81 – 2/1/82)

01. Country Girl
02. Slipping Away
03. The Mob Rules
04. Voodoo

* previously unreleased in North America
** previously unreleased

Watch KORN Guitarist BRIAN 'HEAD' WELCH's LOVE AND DEATH Project Perform 'Down' During Livestreamed Concert

Video of KORN guitarist Brian “Head” Welch’s LOVE AND DEATH project performing the song “Down” during its February 12 livestreamed concert can be seen below. The track is taken LOVE AND DEATH’s latest album, “Perfectly Preserved”, which arrived on the same day via Earache Records.

“Perfectly Preserved” is described in a press release as “a blistering but accessible full-length follow-up, driven by the spiritual resilience inherent in the first record, combined with an even starker depiction of real-life struggle.” Anger, broken relationships, lowered self-worth, and the collision of optimistic values with oppressive systems are all on display, from the arresting refrains of “Tragedy”, “Death Of Us” and “Affliction” to the bold, conqueror driven anthem of “White Flag”.

LOVE AND DEATH harness soaring melodies and crushing riffs, weaponizing them like a supernatural dagger to strike at the blackened heart of disillusionment from both within and without. With an instantly recognizable relatability, for anyone who has felt discarded or without value, the band crafts invigorating anthems filled with earnest pleas for mercy and certainty amidst the chaos of an uncertain world. This is heavy music to vigorously confront depression, heartbreak, and pain.

The band began with similar raw, authentic emotional honesty to what drove Welch to multiplatinum and Grammy Award-winning heights as a co-founder of genre trailblazers KORN. Forged as an outlet for recovery and redemption in a season of change, the creation of LOVE AND DEATH resulted in the powerful and dynamic 2013 debut “Between Here & Lost”. The album spoke plainly to the hearts of similarly disenfranchised fans all across the world.

“Perfectly Preserved” marks the introduction of guitarist, bassist and co-songwriter Jasen Rauch as a full-fledged member of the band, as well as second time producer for LOVE AND DEATH (co-produced by Joe Rickard). Jasen, best known as an integral part of chart-topping rockers BREAKING BENJAMIN, produced LOVE AND DEATH’s first album in 2013. The duo first met a year or two after the release of Head’s solo album, “Save Me From Myself” (2008). As Head experimented with synthesizers, it was Rauch who encouraged him to pick up his guitar and churn out new riffs.

“Jasen and I started writing together. I was trying to do new things, writing music on a keyboard at my house,” Welch recalls. “I credit him with the rediscovery of my love for the guitar.”

LOVE AND DEATH charge into this new chapter with a definitive lineup, which sees Head and Jasen side by side with the band’s original guitarist, JR Bareis, also on vocals and guitar, and powerhouse drummer Isaiah Perez. It was a perfect storm of friendship and creativity, as they all worked on the album in Nashville, Los Angeles, and Chicago, over several years.

Like A PERFECT CIRCLE or STONE SOUR, LOVE AND DEATH isn’t a “side project” or replacement for the guys’ respective bands. It’s an extension and companion, offering each of them a unique outlet to explore different aspects of their creative passions. “There are certain things we can do melodically in LOVE AND DEATH that might not work in KORN,” Rauch explains. “For me, there are certain creative risks I can take with the arrangements and production that wouldn’t fit with BREAKING BENJAMIN. In this band, we don’t worry about how long a song might be, for example.”

It’s also an opportunity for further collaboration with their friends from other bands. “The Hunter” features Jasen’s BREAKING BENJAMIN bandmate (and solo artist) Keith Wallen, who was also a major co-writer on the project. And Longtime comrade Lacey Sturm, formerly of FLYLEAF, sings on a metallic rendition of a surprising pop cover.

As with the “Lo Lamento” single released in 2016, Bareis steps up vocally, sharing frontman duties with Welch, whose own delivery draws on jaw-dropping life experience. From the heights of rock stardom to the depths of addiction, through an exciting resurrection to the daily battle to stay above water, every moment of truth is evident in his brutally honest screams. Bareis, by contrast, delivers anthemic and even haunting melodic vocals.

“Everybody knows my foundation,” says Welch, regarding the contrast in lyrical themes between “Perfectly Preserved” and the first LOVE AND DEATH album. “I feel like what our world needs most in this very unique moment in time are real storiesabout overcoming struggle. These are honest songs co-written by our group of friends targeting depression/mental health, challenging relationships, trauma, loneliness, and related issues.”

As their fans have learned to expect, LOVE AND DEATH is fearless in its open examination of contradictions and failure, making confessional music with an underlying anchor of purpose and hope. Like the band’s very moniker suggests, both “Love” and “Death” are very present in all that they do.

Track listing:

01. Slow Fire
02. Infamy
03. Down
04. Death Of Us
05. Lo Lamento
06. The Hunter (feat. Keith Wallen)
07. Tragedy
08. Let Me Love You (feat. Lacey Sturm)
09. Affliction
10. White Flag (feat. Ryan Hayes)


Brian “Head” Welch – Vocals, Guitar
Jasen Rauch – Bass
JR Bareis – Guitar, Vocals
Isaiah Perez – Drums