PRIMAL FEAR Teams Up With TARJA TURUNEN For 'I Will Be Gone' Music Video

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have released a new five-track single “I Will Be Gone”. Also available is the official music video for the title track, featuring a guest appearance by former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen.

“There were three famous vocalists on our final wish list,” bassist and producer Mat Sinner comments. “That it was Tarja who got involved in this song is a matter of pure joy for all of us. Working together on the song and video was totally relaxed and professional — a great experience also because Tarja’s and Ralf’s [Scheepers] voices go together incredibly well. Now, we can expand the ‘Metal Commando’ saga with a unique chapter. We’re all really proud of this single.”

Turunen adds: “I was very happy to receive the invitation to take part in PRIMAL FEAR’s beautiful song ‘I Will Be Gone’. We started our careers nearly at the same time many years ago, and finally got a chance to work together. I love the song and personally it helped me to stay connected and rock again, even if at the studio this time. I really hope that people will like this collaboration and that it will bring them joy especially during these difficult times we are living through at the moment.”

The new track “I Will Be Gone” showcases PRIMAL FEAR’s mellow, bittersweet side. The song, fragile and touching, gets an altogether new and deeply melancholic vibe with Tarja’s unbelievably emotional performance, showcasing a different facet of PRIMAL FEAR. Yet, it’s not the only gift they deliver on this five-track effort — just take “Vote Of No Confidence”, for example, an all-new, previously unreleased beast of a song. Clocking in at over six minutes, this storming, furious anthem gives a brilliant glimpse of things to come. Previously only available as bonus tracks on the limited “Metal Commando” digipack, three more tracks complete this release; enchanting guitar instrumental “Rising Fear”, massive mid-tempo smasher “Leave Me Alone” and heavy metal monument “Second To None”, making “I Will Be Gone” so much more than just another offshoot of a successful album.

“I Will Be Gone” track listing:

01. I Will Be Gone (feat. Tarja Turunen)
02. Vote For No Confidence
03. Rising Fear
04. Leave Me Alone
05. Second to None

PRIMAL FEAR’s 13th studio album, “Metal Commando”, was released in July via Nuclear Blast. The LP was produced by Sinner and mixed by Jacob Hansen.

SABATON Releases English-Language Version Of Latest Single, 'The Royal Guard'

Swedish metallers SABATON have released the English-language version of their latest single, “Livgardet”.

“The Royal Guard” comes with an impressive music video, which can be seen below.

The limited 12-inch vinyl edition of “The Royal Guard” features the new track as well as “Livgardet”, and comes with a beautifully etched B-side, noble gold foil prints and embossed artwork. For a strictly limited edition, the band has even visited the pressing plant and created a special vinyl that will contain real gunpowder.

This very special edition was sold out immediately after its announcement. The other configurations of the vinyl edition are mostly sold out as well and there are only a few copies left.

SABATON’s first new music since 2019’s “The Great War”, “The Royal Guard” honors the Swedish Royal Guards first established in the year 1521.

“Since 2012 and ‘Carolus Rex’, we felt that we were not done with the history of our fatherland,” bassist Pär Sundström explained. “Over the past years, we have been discussing around topics until something obvious came up. One of the oldest military regiments in the world, the Swedish Royal Guard (Livgardet), was formed in the SABATON home region in Sweden, Dalecarlia, in 1521 by the legendary Swedish king Gustav Vasa. For the past 500 years, they have evolved with the times and served under various kings and queens around the world and are still active today. We felt that such an anniversary would be worth a song, and we aimed at writing a respectful tribute, an anthem for this Swedish regiment and its legacy. The rich 500 years of history is, needless to say, extremely hard to fit into one song, and that is why we mainly focused on the parts and battles that happened during the age of the Swedish Empire. We aimed to write a respectful tribute, a powerful anthem, for this Swedish regiment and its remarkable legacy.”

As proclaimed by Kerrang! magazine, SABATON put the “(fire)power back into metal” and deliver bombastic, anthems of sacrifice, heroism, and determination, across nine studio albums and two decades of unforgettable performances. The songs “To Hell and Back”, “The Last Stand” and “Primo Victoria” have been streamed more than 200 million times on Spotify alone, where SABATON boasts more than two million monthly listeners. Over a million YouTube subscribers share in the band’s dual passions for hard rock and history. This precision combination propelled them to the top of the bills at the world’s largest metal festivals, like Wacken Open Air (Germany) and Bloodstock Open Air (U.K.).

SABATON is arguably one of the most important bands to emerge from the modern metal scene, journeying forth with confidence on a steady ascendence that’s rewarded them with five Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards (including “Best Live Band” three different years) and multiple nominations for the Swedish equivalent of the Grammy Awards, the Grammis. In 2016, “The Last Stand” debuted at No. 1 in three different European countries and cracked the Top 3 in four others. Brodén, Sundström, Chris Rörland (guitars), Hannes Van Dahl (drums) and Tommy Johansson (guitars) curate a festival of their own, Sabaton Open Air, that started back in 2008, as well as their own forward-thinking Sabaton Cruise, that is being held since 2009.

SABATON’s ninth album centered on World War I, often referred to as “The Great War.” “The Last Stand” delved into various “last stands” throughout history. “Livgardet” strengthens the band’s well-known reputation as experts, aficionados, and storytellers regarding the triumph and tragedy of battle.

SABATON headlined London’s Wembley Arena in February 2020. JUDAS PRIEST chose them as main support on their “50 Heavy Metal Years” tour of North America, scheduled for September and October 2021. The group will kick off 2022 with an unprecedented 29-city tour of their home country.

CHEAP TRICK Performs 'Boys & Girls & Rock N Roll' On 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' (Video)

CHEAP TRICK’s 20th studio album is out today, featuring the raucous “Light Up The Fire” and the blistering “Boys & Girls & Rock N Roll”, the latter of which the band performed on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” last night. “In Another World”, out digitally and on CD today via BMG, will be released physically on standard black vinyl on June 4. Limited-edition blue-and-white splattered vinyl will be available at independent record stores nationwide. In addition, a limited-edition picture disc will be available exclusively via Target.

The reaction to “In Another World” has been stellar at the DSPs. Currently in the #2 spot on the “Classic Rock Now” playlist, the album is also being featured on “Rock the World!,” “All New Rock” and “Most Wanted Rock.” At Apple Music, the band is being highlighted on the “Hard Rock Best New Songs,” “Hard Rock Artists We Love” and the “New in Rock” playlists.

Produced by longtime associate Julian Raymond, “In Another World” sees CHEAP TRICK doing what they do better than anyone — crafting indelible rock ‘n’ roll with oversized hooks, mischievous lyrics, and seemingly inexorable energy. Trademark anthems like the aforementioned “Light Up The Fire” and “Boys & Girls & Rock N Roll” are countered by more introspective — but no less exuberant — considerations of times past, present, and unknowable future on such strikingly potent new tracks as “Another World” and “I’ll See You Again”. “In Another World” — which marks CHEAP TRICK’s first new LP since 2017’s double-header of “We’re All Alright!” and “Christmas Christmas” — further showcases CHEAP TRICK at their most eclectic, touching on a myriad of distinct sounds and song approaches, from the swampy Chicago blues number “Final Days” (featuring fiery harmonica from Grammy Award-nominated singer and WET WILLIE frontman Jimmy Hall) to a timely rendition of John Lennon’s still-relevant “Gimme Some Truth”, originally released for Record Store Day Black Friday 2019 and featuring the instantly recognizable guitar sound of erstwhile SEX PISTOLS guitarist Steve Jones. As irresistible and immediate as anything in their already awesome catalog, “In Another World” is CHEAP TRICK at their irrepressible best, infinitely entertaining and utterly unstoppable.

CHEAP TRICK is, of course, one of rock’s hardest-working live acts, lighting it up at arenas, concert halls, and amphitheaters worldwide more than 150 nights each year. Alas, recent events have forced the band off the road for perhaps the longest hiatus of their storied history. CHEAP TRICK plans to return to the endless highway later as soon as they can, including North American and U.K. tour dates.

Tonight, iHeart Radio will host a CHEAP TRICK album-release party at 7 p.m. ET. Hosted by iHeartRadio’s Jim Kerr, the event will feature an intimate conversation as well as an exclusive performance and needle drops. Fans can tune in to the video stream on iHeartRadio’s YouTube and broadcast across iHeartRadio’s classic rock stations.

FEAR FACTORY Announces 'Aggression Continuum' Album; 'Disruptor' Single Due Next Week

FEAR FACTORY will release its first new song in over five years, “Disruptor”, on Friday, April 16. The track will appear on the band’s upcoming album, “Aggression Continuum”, due later in the year via Nuclear Blast Records.

A short riff teaser from the new FEAR FACTORY LP, courtesy of the band’s guitarist Dino Cazares, is available below.

Last September, singer Burton C. Bell issued a statement officially announcing his departure from FEAR FACTORY, saying that he “cannot align” himself with someone whom he does not trust or respect.

Bell’s exit from FEAR FACTORY came more than two weeks after Cazares launched a GoFundMe campaign to assist him with the production costs associated with the release of FEAR FACTORY’s long-awaited new LP.

Bell later told Kerrang! magazine that his split with FEAR FACTORY was a long time coming. “It’s been on my mind for a while,” he said. “These lawsuits [over the rights to the FEAR FACTORY name] just drained me. The egos. The greed. Not just from bandmembers, but from the attorneys involved. I just lost my love for it.

“With FEAR FACTORY, it’s just constantly been, like, ‘What?!’ You can only take so much. I felt like 30 years was a good run. Those albums I’ve done with FEAR FACTORY will always be out there. I’ll always be part of that. I just felt like it was time to move forward.”

Pressed about whether there is any chance of a reconciliation with FEAR FACTORY down the line, Burton said: “I’m done. I haven’t spoken to Dino in three years. I haven’t spoken to Raymond [Herrera, drums] and Christian [Olde Wolbers, bass] in longer than that, and I have no intention to. I’m just moving forward with my life.”

In October, Dino issued a statement in which he said that the door for Burton to come back to FEAR FACTORY wouldn’t “stay open forever.” The guitarist also revealed that Burton “lost his legal rights” to the FEAR FACTORY name “after a long court battle” with Herrera and Olde Wolbers. “I had the opportunity to do something right, and I felt that obtaining the name in full was the right thing to do for the both of us, so after nearly four years we can continue as FEAR FACTORY, to make more records and to tour,” he said. “That is why it is sad to hear that he decided to quit and, in my opinion, for whatever issues he has it seems like it could’ve been worked out.”

In explaining his reasons for starting a fundraising campaign, Cazares said that all donations will go toward covering newly incurred production costs involved with the making of the new FEAR FACTORY LP, including re-recording the drums, guitars, bass and keyboards, as well as mixing and mastering by Andy Sneap. Burton’s original lead vocals, which were recorded in full in 2017, will remain on the new version of the album.

FEAR FACTORY’s fundraising campaign marked the first public activity from the band since it completed a 2016 U.S. headlining tour on which it performed its classic second album, “Demanufacture”, in its entirety.

Bell’s ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS project released its second full-length album, “Apocrypha”, last October via Dissonance Productions.

On April 16th is the first time in over 5 years we released new music . The New song is called “Disruptor” You can preorder the new album “Aggression Continuum” at https://t.co/FqzwsyHEcN pic.twitter.com/HE18GdaHYU
— Dino Cazares (@DinoCazares) April 9, 2021

New Riff Teaser taken from the new Fear Factory album, first single comes out on April 16th for more new riffs go to my https://t.co/9U0ewgZhxo pic.twitter.com/UOMJohnQXU
— Dino Cazares (@DinoCazares) April 1, 2021

MOTÖRHEAD Drops 'Rock It' Single/Video From 'Louder Than Noise… Live In Berlin'

Strap in and enjoy a super-slice of what MOTÖRHEAD’s forthcoming “Louder Than Noise… Live In Berlin” will be offering, with the single and video for “Rock It”. Hailing from the band’s sixth studio album (1983’s “Another Perfect Day”), “Rock It” combines the drive, balls, roar, groove and bluesy swagger which underscores the core Motörsound, and, combined with the accompanying visceral live footage, courtesy of filmmaker Herwig Meyszner, fans will enjoy a robust re-blast of the live MOTÖRHEAD experience.

Featuring Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee, and recorded on December 5, 2012, at the Berlin Velodrom, “Louder Than Noise… Live In Berlin” is a crowning, definitive statement as to the power the trio had long held, with longtime producer Cameron Webb bringing his mixing skills to the party as well as doing a 5.1 mix of the DVD.

Throughout “Louder Than Noise… Live In Berlin”, the band’s powerful synergy boots its way through the speakers with the boisterous charm and dirty, dangerous, sweaty gusto that was the Kilmister/Campbell/Dee trademark. Highlights include the unapologetically furious “I Know How To Die”, a deliciously raucous “Going To Brazil”, a rudely raunchy “You Better Run” and a classic one-two haymaker of “Ace Of Spades” and “Overkill”. “Louder Than Noise… Live In Berlin” is all about the thick, raw and liberating power of MOTÖRHEAD live!

In so many ways, “Louder Than Noise… Live In Berlin” is a joyous celebration of Lemmy, Phil, Mikkey and this special night in Germany, and whether a collector completist or newbie to MOTÖRHEAD’s music, “Louder Than Noise… Live In Berlin” is a welcome reminder of what real rock ‘n’ roll is truly about. “Louder Than Noise… Live In Berlin” will be available on CD with bonus DVD, double vinyl and via your favored streaming platforms on April 23.

Track listing:

01. I Know How To Die
02. Damage Case
03. Stay Clean
04. Metropolis
05. Over The Top
06. Doctor Rock
07. String Theory
08. The Chase Is Better Than The Catch
09. Rock It
10. You Better Run
11. The One To Sing The Blues
12. Going To Brazil
13. Killed By Death
14. Ace Of Spades
15. Overkill

FOREIGNER, WHITESNAKE, STRYPER, L.A. GUNS Members Featured In Documentary On COVID-19's Decimation Of Music Industry

DailyBOOM Media has released “Let The Music Play”, a documentary on COVID-19’s brutal impact on the music industry, via YouTube (a mid-April release on Amazon Prime is also slated). This feature-length film was written by executive producer Cate Meighan, with Emmy Award-winning video-editor and co-producer Heather Dauterive, and an original score by award-winning multi-instrumentalist Jack Miele.

In early 2020, the music industry was readying itself for another blockbuster year. Acts like GUNS N’ ROSES and FOO FIGHTERS were gearing up for major tours, while MÖTLEY CRÜE announced a reunion that had sold out nationwide within days. Symphonic shows, festivals, Vegas residencies, and club gigs were all booked solid when COVID-19 brought everything to a screeching halt. Overnight an entire billion-dollar industry was shut down and the fact remains that it will be one of the very last industries to fully reopen.

Not everyone fortunate enough to grace the stage makes a ton of money, especially when you consider the massive amount of overhead that goes into booking even the smallest of club tours. Artists feel as though their lives are at stake because their livelihood is their life. If they cannot work, then they cannot feed their kids and they just aren’t going to make it. Right now, no one is waiting for a rock star to sign a contract or respond to an email- musicians are just as unemployed as those who would normally pay hard-earned money to see them play.

Those working behind the scenes in the industry are the hardest hit, living through a situation that snuck up on them and has then unfolded like a gradual continuation of an utter disaster. There is no money to be made, people are getting sick, and hundreds of thousands are dying. Many often do not realize just how much one venue benefits an entire community and the tourism industry. People stop for dinner before a show, they stay in a hotel, they shop, they fuel up before driving home. Everyone from parking attendants to the guy that stocks the ice behind a bar has been directly impacted by the hard-hit music business.

“Let The Music Play” is a feature-length documentary that gives viewers a detailed glimpse inside of this shattered and shuttered industry through the eyes of its’ hardest workers. Famous artists, indie artists on the rise, plus rock and dance acts working the club circuit on both coasts have all lent their voices to this documentary. We also hear from the National Independent Venue Association, various promoters, venue owners, and a mastermind merch guy that put together one of the most popular streaming concerts of the year. Every voice was crucial to the telling of this story, and they also share an equal amount of importance. They speak openly about the financial hardship, deep depression of losing something that they love so much (even temporarily), and the things that they are doing to help keep their own positivity and hope alive.

The filmmakers say: “Since we are dealing with COVID-19 restrictions and there is no such thing as a backstage interview, we met our interviewees exactly as they were. Some have studios at home with great cameras and others had a more normal setup. As a media team we prefer perfection of course, but these are not normal times and we needed to be authentic. This group of people has been so incredibly honest with us and we feel a responsibility to be just as honest with our viewers in how they are portrayed.”

The cast of “Let The Music Play” includes:

* Sal Abbatiello (promoter, manager, venue owner)
* Stacey David Blades (CRASHING WAYWARD, ex-L.A. GUNS)
* Whey Cooler (PRETTY POISON)
* Jesse James Dupree (JACKYL)
* Audrey Fix Shaefer (communications director NIVA/Save Our Stages)
* Tony Hall (DUMPSTAPHUNK, NEVILLE BROTHERS, Harry Connick Jr.)
* Joel Hoekstra (WHITESNAKE, CHER)
* Haley Johnsen (“American Idol” semi-finalist)
* Ron Keel (RON KEEL BAND)
* Todd Kerns (SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS)
* Jeffrey “Soave” Martinez (freestyle artist)
* Sabrina Nieves (THE COVER GIRLS)
* Jeff Pilson (FOREIGNER, ex-DOKKEN)
* Greg Ross (owner of Manic Merch, creator of Back To The Basement)
* Numa Saisselin (president of the Florida Theatre Of Performing Arts)
* Jade Starling (PRETTY POISON)
* Chris Steven (indie artist)
* Michael Sweet (STRYPER)
* Ace Von Johnson (L.A. GUNS, FASTER PUSSYCAT)
* Chip Z’Nuff (ENUFF Z’NUFF)

More information is available at www.letthemusicplay.org.

You can view “Let The Music Play” below.

Listen To New FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Song 'Burn The Sky'

Veteran Arizona thrashers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM have released a new song, “Burn The Sky”. The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming album, “Blood In The Water”, which will arrive on June 4 via AFM Records.

The track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. Blood In The Water
02. Burn The Sky
03. Brace For Impact
04. A Place To Die
05. The Walls
06. Cry For The Dead
07. The Wicked Hour
08. Too Many Lives
09. Grey Dragon
10. Reaggression
11. Undone
12. Seven Seconds ‘Til The End Of The World

This past January, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM guitarist Michael Gilbert told The Metal Voice about the musical direction of the follow-up to “The End Of Chaos”: “Well, this is the absolute perfect follow-up to ‘Chaos’. We couldn’t have planned it any better. We all basically put on our work boots, or whatever, and we started writing, and it ended up coming out… It’s like ‘The End Of Chaos’ on steroids, basically. I think you guys are gonna love it, man.”

Last November, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM announced Bill Bodily (CONTRARIAN, ex-INHUMATUS, ex-TOXIK) as the band’s new bass player. Before joining FLOTSAM AND JETSAM on a permanent basis, Bodily filled in for former bassist Michael Spencer during many shows of the group’s “Tour Of Chaos” in 2019.

Commented Bodily: “Joining FLOTSAM AND JETSAM is an honor as well as a huge step up in my musical journey. I’ve been friends with the guys for many years, and I’m a lifelong FLOTSAM fan. I look forward to the many adventures ahead and getting more acquainted with the legendary Flotzilla fans!”

The band added: “First and foremost, we would like to thank Michael Spencer for his time in FLOTSAM AND JETSAM. He joined us back in 2014, and we have accomplished so much together. We sincerely wish him the best in his future endeavors!

“A new chapter for FLOTSAM AND JETSAM beckons; Bill Bodily embodies a new focus and hunger within FLOTSAM AND JETSAM and we’re extremely excited to have him as part of the Flotzilla family. He’s not only a brilliant musician who has established himself in the thrash and death metal scene, but also a great human being, which made the decision to have him join the band a very natural one. Bill brings an amazing work ethic and a fervent desire to continue to learn, grow and develop his musical voice. He knows music talent alone isn’t enough, and that hard work, perseverance and a sense of humor goes a long way to sustaining a successful musical career. We welcome him with open arms!

“We’ve been working very hard on the follow‐up for ‘The End Of Chaos’. The new material is very heavy, and we’ve taken the sound and approach that we’ve had for the last two studio albums and amped up the aggressiveness without toning down any other elements. Everyone has done a superb job in the studio — even more so considering the unprecedented circumstances we are living in at this time. We are very excited about the music, and we hope and believe the new album will live up to everyone’s expectations.”

“The End Of Chaos” was released in January 2019 via AFM Records.

AFI Drops Two More New Songs, 'Dulceria' And 'Far Too Near'

AFI has released the official Adam Mason-directed video for the song “Dulceria”. Also available is a visualizer for the track “Far Too Near”. Both cuts are taken from the band’s eleventh album, “Bodies”, which will arrive on June 11 via Rise Records. The LP was produced and engineered by AFI guitarist Jade Puget, while the mixing was handled by Tony Hoffer.

AFI previously released four songs from “Bodies”: “Looking Tragic”, “Begging For Trouble”, “Twisted Tongues” and “Escape From Los Angeles”.

“Bodies” track listing:

01. Twisted Tongues
02. Far Too Near
03. Dulceria
04. On Your Back
05. Escape From Los Angeles
06. Begging For Trouble
07. Back From The Flesh
08. Looking Tragic
09. Death Of The Party
10. No Eyes
11. Tied To A Tree

Since the release of 1995’s debut album “Answer That And Stay Fashionable”, AFI (frontman Davey Havok, Puget, drummer Adam Carson and bassist Hunter Burgan) has written and recorded five Top 10 hit singles (“Miss Murder”, “Medicate”, “Love Like Winter”, “Silver And Gold” and “Girl’s Not Grey”), hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (with the stunning “Decemberunderground”), garnered worldwide critical acclaim and amassed a fiercely loyal global following whose members number in the millions.

BLACK VEIL BRIDES Release Music Video For New Single 'Fields Of Bone'; 'The Phantom Tomorrow' Album Details Revealed

BLACK VEIL BRIDES have released the official music video for their new song “Fields Of Bone”. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming album, “The Phantom Tomorrow”, which is due on June 4 via Sumerian Records.

“The Phantom Tomorrow” track listing:

01. The Phantom Tomorrow (Introduction)
02. Scarlet Cross
03. Born Again
04. Blackbird
05. Spectres (Interlude)
06. Torch
07. The Wicked One
08. Shadows Rise
09. Fields Of Bone
10. Crimson Skies
11. Kill The Hero
12. Fall Eternal

BLACK VEIL BRIDES frontman Andy Biersack told “Cutter’s Rockcast” about the lyrical themes covered on “The Phantom Tomorrow”: “It’s a concept record. There is a comic book happening as well. I actually just got off the phone this morning with the publishing company for the comic book. We’re developing all the artwork and everything for that. The story is essentially the idea… In our society, especially now, we have this love of building up heroes and obsessing over other people who often don’t give a shit about you or anybody else, and we kind of have these false idols and heroes. And so the story is kind of about taking this mythological character and the people putting all of this power on to them, and then ultimately turning their back on the character because nobody can fulfill the dreams and ideas that you put on somebody else. So it’s an alternate version of our own timeline where our obsession with heroes and the iconography of somebody that’s aspirational kind of gets out of control and becomes our whole society.”

Regarding how he came up with “The Phantom Tomorrow” concept, Andy said: “In January of last year, I just kind of sat down and started writing this story. I do a lot of drawing when I’m writing as well. I’m not great, but I like to be able to represent my ideas in that way. So I wrote out this whole story and drew character designs, and then, about a week and a half later, we were set to enter the studio, and it just kind of coincidental that this whole rush of this idea came to me. And so I went to the studio with everybody and said, ‘Look, this is what I think we should do,’ and laid out the story and the plot and the ideas. ‘Cause we’ve done concept records before. The kind of method that we’ve found is best is I give the concept and the ideas, as far as the narrative perspective, to the band, and then that is how we write as a band together, to get tone and how we are gonna get through this journey. I will take those songs and then go basically write the lyrics to serve the story and plotlines along the journey from song one to the last song.

“There are unfortunate kind of shackles that are put on it — meaning that you’ve gotta write within the context of what you’re writing,” he continued. “But I tried to keep this one more open-ended where it’s applicable… ‘Cause I didn’t wanna write about stuff I don’t know; I wanted it to be about my experience. And there’s really nothing about our story that doesn’t mimic the current situation, whether it’s on a personal level with people that I’ve known, or on a sociopolitical level, with the craziness of the world right now. The ideas are universal, and so that made it a little bit easier to kind of get through the journey. But as far as the comic book goes, it’s kind of the same thing — I come up with the story and the artwork ideas, and then work with people who are much more talented than I am to make that a reality.”

In November, BLACK VEIL BRIDES released a music video for the single “Scarlet Cross”. The track was produced by Erik Ron (GODSMACK, DANCE GAVIN DANCE, BUSH) and guitarist Jake Pitts and was accompanied by a music video directed by longtime collaborator Patrick Fogarty and based on a concept written by Biersack.

BLACK VEIL BRIDES celebrated the 10th anniversary of their debut, “We Stitch These Wounds”, with a brand new, reimagined, re-recorded 2020 edition of the album titled “Re-Stitch These Wounds”, released last July via Sumerian Records.

In November 2019, BLACK VEIL BRIDES announced the addition of bassist Lonny Eagleton to the group’s ranks. He joined the band as the replacement for Ashley Purdy, who exited the group earlier that month.

Eagleton previously played with Biersack (a.k.a. Andy Black) on his solo tour.

Biersack’s memoir, “They Don’t Need To Understand: Stories Of Hope, Fear, Family, Life, And Never Giving In”, arrived in December via Rare Bird Books.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's JESSE LEACH: 'We Have A Lot Of Liars And Deceivers At The Top Of Our Country'

During last month’s Headbangers Con, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Jesse Leach was asked by Rocking With Jam Man if he still stands by his statement from August 2020 that if there was ever a time for a revolution, that time is now. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “More than ever — more than ever we need a revolution. The two-party system does not work. It’s broken. It’s been broken for a long time. We have a lot of liars and deceivers at the top of our country. I don’t care who’s the president. They’re all a bunch of liars. We need to burn it down, and the people need to take over and take this country back. Period.”

Last summer, Leach blasted the “deceptive, corrupt and opportunistic government” for using “disinformation and propaganda tactics” to keep the population “in a state of paranoia and hysteria.” He wrote in an Instagram post: “Fear is the new currency by which we are all bought and sold by a ruling class that has little to no regard for its people. They benefit greatly from our fear and division as they slowly dismantle our economy. Something has got to give but it’s in our hands ‘we the people.’

“We are living in an age where our own people have become such bootlickers and lapdogs that they can’t see their subservient ways are the reason why we can’t muster up enough unity to push back! Instead of fear we need to gather our righteous anger and use it to organize and demand accountability and factual answers. They use our deaths as a platform and a number on a chart to continue to push their agendas. We are nothing but numbers in their eyes. They use any means necessary to manipulate and control us.

“We must wake up before it is too late and this Orwellian totalitarian state is solidified. If there ever was time for a revolution that time is now! Alas we are all so sedated, divided and force fed by false and ever manipulated information passed off as ‘science’ that previous and powerful unity is a distant hope. What a surreal and complicated shit show we are all living in. I won’t submit”.

Leach has been an outspoken critic of the U.S. government for a number of years. In a 2018 interview with Louder Sound, he said that “the majority of politicians are complete liars and the system that we’re under is all smoke and mirrors and deception. It’s a total scam. I completely disagree with all of it and I’ve become much more of an anarchist these days. I think we’re being lied to constantly.

“I know it sounds really dismal and dark, but I don’t believe that voting matters at all,” he continued. “That’s just where I’m at right now. I think it’s all bullshit. For me personally, as a lyricist and a songwriter and someone who’s paying attention, I like to walk a fine line when addressing these issues in music.

“I don’t have enough information to truly know everything that’s going on, so it’s difficult for me to take a hard stance on something when there are so many different angles.

“I just want people to think; I don’t want to sway them in one direction or the other,” he added. “But I do think it’s important to be aware of what’s going on around you.”

Last May, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE dropped “Atonement II B-Sides For Charity”, with 100% of the proceeds donated to the COVID-19 Relief Fund for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. The release featured six songs from the recording sessions for KILLSWITCH ENGAGE’s 2019-released and Grammy-nominated album “Atonement”, out via Metal Blade Records.