Album Review: Lamb of God “Live in Richmond, VA” LP

“Live in Richmond, VA” LP

Lamb of God

Epic Records

Tracks: 10

Our Score: 4.5 out of 5 stars


Originally, released June 19 of 2020Lamb of God’s first new album in five years was met with universal acclaim. The self- titled album landed at number one on the Overall, Rock and Metal iTunes album chart upon release and would then go on to take the coveted #1 spot on Consequences of Sound’s Top 30 Metal + Hard Rock Albums of 2020. “Live in Richmond, VA” was recorded at The Broadberry in the band’s hometown of Richmond, Virginia and gives fans their first live taste of the new material due to the COVID 19 pandemic postponing the bands scheduled spring/summer tour.

When COVID-19 brought the world to a standstill in early 2020 it also brought with it a whole host of questions and problems. For musicians they could no longer support new releases due the traditional routes of promotion being put on hold or cancelled. To combat that artists turned to live streaming performances which fans could watch from the safety of their homes. Lamb of God took that model and ran with it. Over the course of two nights in September of 2020 the band performed their latest self-titled release just as it appears on the studio version. Live albums tend to be hit or miss for me, but I have to say I actually almost prefer the live version of “Lamb of God” to the studio version. Don’t get me wrong the studio version is a great album but this newly released live version really captures the band in their element giving each of the ten songs extra edge and bite. “Momento Mori” and “Resurrection Man” kick off each side of the LP setting the standard high for the tracks which follow. Songs like “Checkmate”, “Gears” and “Poison Dream” pulverize your senses via the razor like vocals of Randy Blythe and the twin guitar attack of Willie Adler and Mark Morton while other songs like “New Colossal Hate”, Bloodshot Eyes” and “On The Hook” go straight in for the kill with thunderous bottom end courtesy of bassist John Campbell and drummer Art Cruz.

This was a record I found myself listening to multiple times in one sitting. A rarity for me as I tend to have a tension span that is a bit on the shorter side especially when it comes to music. The overall mix of the album combined with the bands impressive performance kept me coming back for more even after listening to it in succession. Though I had wished the full live performance had been included on the 150 gram LP as those missing songs would have been a nice bonus but, given the time constraints vinyl present I understand. Thankfully, the complete performance is available in a Deluxe three-disc version of “Lamb of God” which includes the studio version of the record, the live version including two bonus tracks and a live DVD performance. If you missed the initial streams or you want to revisit those performance’s, you will certainly want to grab one of these as you won’t be disappointed.   

Track Listing:

Side: 1

1.) Memento Mori

2.) Checkmate

3.) Gears

4.) Reality Bath

5.) New Colossal Hate

Side:2

1.) Resurrection Man

2.) Poison Dream

3.) Routes

4.) Bloodshot Eyes

5.) On The Hook

ATREYU ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM BAPTIZE OUT JUNE 4

BAND SHARES TWO NEW SONGS
LISTEN TO “WARRIOR” + “UNDERRATED

Atreyu have announced their new album Baptize, out June 4 via Spinefarm Records. Pre-order it here.

The band has shared not one but two brand new songs from the record.

Listen to the anthemic “Warrior,” featuring Travis Barker, and “Underrated.”

“‘Warrior‘ is song about persistence and never giving up,” the band shares. “We hope this song can be the puzzle piece that helps people realize that we ALL have the capacity for greatness. Sometimes, greatness can exist in the shadows and lives buried under negativity, trauma, or anxiety. ‘Warrior’ is about searching through all of that endless darkness to finally find the sunrise.” 

Atreyu continues, “When we wrote ‘Warrior,’ the idea to do a big marching drum break came about. We wanted it to feel like a hometown football game. Travis Barker was the perfect person to bring this to life. It’s cool to have him be a part of the song and to perform in a different light than what people may be used to.”

About “Underrated,” the band says, “We’ve always had to prove ourselves. We’ve never been handed anything nor have we taken any shortcuts. It’s never been ‘the easy way.’ Over two decades later, we’re still making our mark.” 

BAPTIZE TRACK LISTING:

“Strange Powers of Prophecy”

“Baptize”

“Save Us”

“Underrated”

“Broken Again”

“Weed”

“Dead Weight”

“Catastrophe”

“Fucked Up”

“Sabotage Me”

“Untouchable” Feat. Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach

“No Matter What”

“Oblivion” Feat. Matt Heafy of Trivium

“Stay””Warrior” Feat. Travis Barker 

ATREYU ARE:

Brandon Saller — Vocals

Dan Jacobs — Guitars

Travis Miguel — Guitars

Portner McKnight — Bass + Vocals

Kyle Rosa — Drums

SUZI QUATRO Drops Title Track from New Studio Album ‘The Devil In Me’ Out March 26 via SPV/Steamhammer

Rock n’ Roll Queen SUZI QUATRO has released a new single and music video from her upcoming studio album. “The Devil In Me” is the title track for Quatro’s new LP, which will see a March 26th release on Steamhammer. The artwork for the single was created by famous Brazilian Neo-Pop artist Romero Britto. Fans can watch the video for “The Devil In Me” here: https://youtu.be/7klLUVWXAo0

Suzi Quatro‘s new studio album, ‘The Devil In Me’, will be released on March 26th, 2021 through SPV/Steamhammer as a CD DigiPak (incl. fold-out poster), 2LP gatefold version (incl. 2 bonus tracks), and download + streaming: https://SuziQuatro.lnk.to/TheDevilInMe 
‘The Devil In Me’ Tracklisting:
CD Version
1. The Devil In Me 3:242. Hey Queenie 4:083. Betty Who? 3:574. You Can‘t Dream It 3:105. My Heart And Soul 5:13 (long version)6. Get Outta Jail 3:187. Do Ya Dance 2:44 8. Isolation Blues 3:369. I Sold My Soul Today 2:3710. Love‘s Gone Bad 4:3511. In The Dark 3:0812. Motor City Riders 3:54
2 LP Version:
Side A: 1. The Devil In Me 3:242. Hey Queenie 4:083. Betty Who? 3:574. You Can‘t Dream It 3:10
Side B:1. My Heart And Soul 5:13 (long version)2. Get Outta Jail 3:183. Do Ya Dance 2:44 4. Isolation Blues 3:36
Side C:1. I Sold My Soul Today 2:372. Love‘s Gone Bad 4:353. In The Dark 3:084. Motor City Riders 3:54
Side D:1. Can I Be Your Girl 3:34 (bonus track)2. Desperado 3:37 (bonus track)
SUZI QUATRO Live 2021
4.17.21: UK-Peterborough – Showground
5.9.21: DE-Dessau – Anhalt Arena
5.10.21: DE-Dresden – Kulturpalast
5.12.21: DE-Wuppertal – Historische Stadthalle
5.14.21: DE-Mönchengladbach – Red Box
5.17.21: DE-Berlin – Friedrichstadtpalast
5.22.21: DE-Siegen/Hilchenbach – KulturPur
5.23.21: DE-Fulda – Esperantohalle
5.28.21: DE-Stuttgart – Liederhalle
6.19.21: ES-Vitoria-Gasteiz – Azkena Rock Festival
6.26.21: DE-Neuleiningen – Burgsommer
8.1.21: DE-Seebronn – Rock of Ages Festival
8.4.21: DE-Monschau – Burg Monschau
8.5.21: NL-Steenwijkerwold – Dicky Woodstock Festival
8.14.21: DE-Mülheim – Freilichtbühne
8.21.21: DE-Rust – Europa Park
9.3.21: DE-Cottbus – Stadthalle
9.4.21: DE-Zwickau – Stadthalle
9.5.21: DE-Dexheim – Kultur auf dem Hof
9.17.21: DK-Vejle – Musikteater
9.18.21: DK-Knebel – Fuglsøcentret
9.19.21: DK-Copenhagen – Docken
10.03.21: DE-Neuruppin – Kulturkirche (sold out)
10.30.21: DE-Dillingen – Lokschuppen
11.6.21: DE-Mannheim – Rosengarten
11.23-30.21: AUS- Brisbane – Rock The Boat
12.18.21: DE-Leipzig-Arena
2022 
4.20.22: London, UK – Royal Albert Hall
4.30.22: Obertraubling, DE – Airport-Eventhall
6.3.22: Ulm, DE – CCO Halle

MYLES KENNEDY to Release Sophomore Solo Album, The Ides Of March, on May 14, 2021 via Napalm Records

Pre-Order HERE

Watch the Official Video for Debut Single “In Stride” HERE

[Photo Credit: Chuck Brueckmann]
Never a musician to waste any precious time, Alter Bridge and Slash and the Conspirators vocalist MYLES KENNEDY used the recent pandemic downtime to finalize his sophomore solo album. The finished result is the exciting new offering, The Ides Of March, which incorporates Myles’ love of rock, blues and country and is slated for release on May 14, 2021 via Napalm Records.

During his time at home due to all touring being canceled, Myles created the framework for the song ideas that would make up The Ides Of MarchHe then called up his cohorts from his Year Of The Tiger debut – longtime friend and drummer Zia Uddin and bassist/manager Tim Tournier – and the three musicians drove to Florida to record the album with longtime producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette. From the slide guitar riffs of the album opener “Get Along” to the pensive blues style of closer “Worried Mind,” it is clear that Myles has crafted a formidable follow up to his debut solo album. While Year Of The Tiger was more of an acoustic exploration through Myles’ mind, The Ides Of March finds him strapping on his electric guitar and pushing himself as a guitarist/songwriter. Tracks like “A Thousand Words,” “Wake Me When It’s Over” and “Moonshot” showcase the diverse musical arrangements that have garnered Myles fans globally across all of his projects. The epic “The Ides Of March” clocks in at over seven minutes, and Myles, Tim and Zia showcase their musical chops on the track.

The first single, “In Stride”, opens with Myles showcasing his slide playing before delivering a lyrical message to “take it all in stride.” The video for “In Stride” marks a return by Stefano Bertelli (who created the recent “Native Son” video for Alter Bridge) and shows an animated Myles as he takes the end of the world in stride.

“Chill out. That pretty much sums it up,” explains MYLES KENNEDY about the single. “The lyric paints a picture of a survivalist preparing for an impending zombie apocalypse. It was inspired by the first wave of lockdowns as everyone was buying vast amounts of toilet paper and supplies. I started to ask myself if it might be wise to try and gain some perspective and not overreact… keep calm and carry on.”
Watch the music video for “In Stride” HERE:

Pre-Order The Ides Of March HERE

The Ides Of March tracklisting:1) Get Along                           
2) A Thousand Words
3) In Stride
4) The Ides of March
5) Wake Me When It’s Over
6) Love Rain Down
7) Tell It Like It Is
8) Moonshot
9) Wanderlust Begins
10) Sifting Through The Fire
11) Worried Mind

The Ides Of March will be available in the following formats:
– Digital Album
– 1 CD Jewel Case
– 1 CD Digipack (Napalm mailorder, limited to 500 worldwide)
– 2 LP Gatefold Black Vinyl
– 2 LP Gatefold Gray Vinyl 
– 2 LP Gatefold Bottle Green Transparent Vinyl (Napalm mailorder, limited to 400 worldwide)
– Die Hard Limited Edition: 2 LP Gatefold Clear Splatter Mint/Violet/White Vinyl + Aluminum Print (Napalm mailorder, limited to 300 worldwide)
– Limited Deluxe Box: Glow In The Dark Vinyl + Cover Artprint + 7” Glow In The Dark “A Thousand Words” Vinyl Demo Single + Pendant + Slipmat (Napalm mailorder, limited to 700 worldwide)

Queensryche Vocalist Todd La Torre Talks About His New Solo Album “Rejoice In The Suffering”

Todd La Torre is the lead vocalist for the heavy metal band Queensryche. On February 5th Todd released his debut solo album titled “Rejoice in the Suffering” via Rat Pack Records. Media Mikes had the chance to speak with Todd recently about the albums creation, working his friend Craig Blackwell and what it’s been like working on and releasing and album during the pandemic.

Adam Lawton: Can you give us some background on the new album “Rejoice in the Suffering”?

Todd La Torre: This is a record I have wanted to do now for many, many years. Due to the rigorous touring schedule I normally have things keep getting moved to the back burner and shelved. Once the pandemic hit and touring was officially shut down I called my friend Craig Blackwell who co-wrote the album with me and who also plays guitar, keys and bass to help me get this done. We wrote and recorded the album in about four months. We wanted to write songs that brought us back to our roots as fans of heavy metal and something we could listen to while cruising around in our cars.

AL: Being this was something you had wanted to do for some time now how much of the album was written prior to getting together with Craig?

TL: We had the title track which was written around 2015. That was the only completed song at the time. Craig had a few other ideas and some riffs but we never really sunk our teeth into everything until March of last year. Other than “Rejoice in the Suffering” and maybe a verse for “Pretenders” that was all we really had to start with. The majority of the record was really crafted from scratch when we first got together last year.

AL: Was your writing process for this record similar to when you are working with Queensryche?

TL: For me it was very different. In Queensryche you have five guys in the band. All the guys will have different things that they have written that they then bring to the group. They may have ideas or songs that are different from what I might do and there are a lot more people involved with the process. With this it was just myself and Craig. We were able to move along pretty quickly being it was just the two of us. A lot of these were written in less than a couple days. For instance “Crossroads to Insanity” Craig gave me the music and I had all the lyrics in about a day and a half. “Vanguards of the Dawn Wall” was another one that was written in two days. A lot of these songs were done in a similar amount of time. Queensryche can take a very long time as it’s a totally different process.

AL: How did you keep yourself from going too far into the creative aspects of the record being there were just two of you working on it?

TL: I wanted things to be groove oriented. Craig is a great player and I was able to build on that and really craft the drums around his playing. He would sit down work out everything for his solos as opposed to just noodeling. No page was left unturned by any means but we defiantly didn’t want to over think things either.  

AL: Given the lack of touring and promotion options right now due to the pandemic what made you decide to go ahead and release the album when you did?

TL: The release of this was never contingent on touring live. This was just an artistic expression with me and my friend writing songs and putting them out there for people to listen to. If I am able to do some shows around the album later on in the future that would be awesome. I don’t earn a living as a solo artist as Queensryche is my priority. The timing of this release had no bearing on when I could tour or support the record like I would with a Queensryche release. By putting the record out early and ahead of others I think it’s going to get a little more hang time and I can enjoy it being out there for a whole year. Another plus of releasing the album now is that generally when you release an album you start touring the next day. You are then playing brand new material that not everyone has heard yet and the response might not be that great because of that. With this having extra time to get out to fans due to both the pandemic and my work with Queensryche I think when/if I get to do a solo show its going to make it that much better as people will have had ample time to absorb the music.

AL: What was the reception like from the other Queensryche guys when you told them you were planning to do a solo record?

TL: They have heard me talking about this for quite a few years now. When the pandemic hit we were all trying to figure out what that meant and what we were going to do. Up until that point we had been working our asses off for 9 years since I joined the band. This was a much needed break for everyone. The guys were very receptive and thought this was a great time to be able to do it. I knew if I didn’t do it now that quickly things would be starting up again with Queensryche. This could not have come at a better time for me. Things are done, the record is out and I can go on and only have to focus Queensryche. The guys were very happy for me to be able to show other sides of myself as a musician.

AL: Do you see yourself doing another solo album when time allows?

TL:  I will do another record. I already have three songs written that are much heavier. I have other riffs and ideas that aren’t yet fully completed but those will most likely be on the second record as well. I am going to let this first one get some legs and traction and then once the new Queensryche album is done and out I will start making plans to get this second one out and then once the dust settles from everything I will release another one.

For more information on Todd La Torre and Craig Blackwell visit:

www.toddlatorre.com

www.facebook.com/official.toddlatorre

www.facebook.com/craigblackwellartist

Foo Fighters New Album “Medicine At Midnight” Out Now

NEW ALBUM OUT NOW ON ROSWELL RECORDS/RCA RECORDS
http://foofighters.co/MAM

Medicine at Midnight Radio on Apple Music Hits Debuting Monday, February 8th

The rock doctors will see you now: Foo Fighters have finally unleashed all nine doses of their much heralded new album, Medicine at Midnight  (Roswell Records/RCA Records). 

Medicine at Midnight’s release ends the wait that was first kicked into high gear last year with the Mainstream Rock/Rock Airplay #1 “Shame Shame” and bludgeoning “final f*ck you to 2020” (UPROXX) “No Son of Mine,” and more recently the epic ballad to cathartic scream of  “Waiting on a War.” While anticipation has built exponentially with each new track, early critical notices been amongst the most enthusiastic of the band’s 26 years in the game, including:

“(FOUR STARS) Brighter and more optimistic than anything they’ve ever done… Even the harder-rocking songs overflow with ear candy.”—ROLLING STONE

“One of Foo Fighters’ best albums of this century.”—WALL STREET JOURNAL

“Dave Grohl and company have another winner on their hands.”—MERCURY NEWS


Medicine at Midnight can now be purchased, streamed or download in its entirety at http://foofighters.co/MAM.

Medicine at Midnight’s release wraps up Foo Fighters’ week-long partnership with Spotify, which featured surprise ‘Midnight Drops’ of of exclusive video, audio, and playlist content— an occasion marked by the band’s larger than life appearance on Spotify’s Times Square billboard.

To celebrate the release of their new album, the Foo Fighters will host a special six-part radio series: Medicine at Midnight Radio on Apple Music Hits. Each band member will host an hour-long episode where they’ll explore their personal inspirations and reflect on the creative process behind the album. Fans can tune in every day next week, beginning Monday, February 8th at 4:00p PST on Apple Music Hits at apple.co/FFRadio and simultaneously on the band’s new limited-run SiriusXM channel, Foo Fighters Radio (channel 105). Dave also joined Zane Lowe on his daily Apple Music 1 show earlier this week to chat about the album. Listen to their conversation HERE

Medicine at Midnight is produced by Greg Kurstin and Foo Fighters, engineered by Darrell Thorp and mixed by Mark “Spike” Stent.

Foo Fighters are Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear, and Rami Jaffee.

LAMB OF GOD to Release Deluxe Edition of Critically Acclaimed Self-Titled Album on March 26

Lamb Of God Deluxe Edition to Include Bonus Tracks, Live Album and Live DVD

Pre-Orders and Bonus Track “Ghost Shaped People” Available Now

LAMB OF GOD has revealed plans to issue a three-disc deluxe edition of last year’s critically acclaimed self-titled album featuring the full record with two bonus tracks and a live version of the album, along with a DVD performance of Lamb Of God on March 26 via Epic Records.

“This album, and in particular, this deluxe edition is something I’m incredibly proud of,” says guitarist Willie Adler. “Throughout the process of writing, recording, and the subsequent filming of the live stream, I knew we were creating much more than a collection of songs. Much more than a simple streamed performance. This was focused energy. Energy that, to me, is very tangible. And now, more than ever, in an era where human interaction is so limited, art…..be it music, visual, or otherwise, is a human connection point. And we need as much of that as possible! I hope everyone enjoys this deluxe edition as much as we enjoyed creating it. Thank you.”

-orders for the set are available now, along with the bonus track “Ghost Shaped People.” The live CD and DVD portion of the deluxe edition features the first of LAMB OF GOD‘s two ultra-successful live stream events from September 2020, in which the band performed their critically acclaimed, self-titled album Lamb Of God in full, plus an encore of four songs including “Ruin,” “Contractor,” “512,” and the debut live performance of “The Death Of Us,” a new song the band wrote and recorded in quarantine for the Bill & Ted Face The Music movie and soundtrack. The DVD includes a new director’s cut with bonus material. Watch the trailer for the deluxe package now at https://youtu.be/ihoFtYAfgEc.

Pre-orders for the set are available now, along with the bonus track “Ghost Shaped People.” The live CD and DVD portion of the deluxe edition features the first of Lamb of God’s two ultra-successful live stream events from September 2020, in which the band performed their album Lamb of God in full, plus an encore of four songs. The DVD includes a new director’s cut with bonus material. Watch the trailer for the deluxe package now at http://lambofgod.lnk.to/deluxe.

Originally, released June 19 of last year, LAMB OF GOD’s first new album in five years was met with universal acclaim – not only among major rock journalists, but with all strata of metal fans around the world. 
But critics, media and the industry aside, perhaps the most telling statistic is the year-end US Metal Radio chart, where the new album dominated at #1 by a massive margin (over 2,000 more spins than the album at #2). Lamb Of God spent nine weeks in the #1 spot and never left the top 10 since debuting on the chart in February. Metal Radio is the lifeblood of the US metal world, largely staffed by college students and regional tastemakers, playing the music that they know their local metal fans want to hear. 

LAMB OF GOD’s self- titled album reached the coveted #1 spot on Consequence of Sound’s Top 30 Metal + Hard Rock Albums of 2020, stating, “Along with bringing in the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, LAMB OF GOD have been one of music’s most important acts over the past 20 years. From their phenomenal instrumentation to the potency of their sociopolitical lyricism, LAMB OF GOD remain titans of the genre, continuing to craft remarkable works of thrilling and captivating adrenaline… also proves to be a profound work of heavy metal… perhaps the most important metal album of 2020. It’s not only the album of LAMB OF GOD’s career, but the heavy album of the year.”

At iTunes, LAMB OF GOD has landed at number one on the Overall, Rock and Metal iTunes album chart upon release.

The complete track listing for Lamb Of God Deluxe Edition is:

Disc 1

Lamb Of God Original Album + 2 Bonus Tracks 

1.    Memento Mori

2.    Checkmate

3.    Gears

4.    Reality Bath

5.    New Colossal Hate

6.    Resurrection Man

7.    Poison Dream feat. Jamey Jasta

8.    Routes feat. Chuck Billy

9.    Bloodshot Eyes

10.  On The Hook

11.  Ghost Shaped People

12.  Hyperthermic/Accelerate

Disc 2

Lamb Of God – Live From Richmond, VA 

1.    Memento Mori (Live)

2.    Checkmate (Live)

3.    Gears (Live)

4.    Reality Bath (Live)

5.    New Colossal Hate (Live)

6.    Resurrection Man (Live)

7.    Poison Dream (Live)

8.    Routes (Live)

9.    Bloodshot Eyes (Live)

10.  On The Hook (Live)

11.  Contractor (Live)

12.  Ruin (Live)

13.  The Death of Us (Live)

14.  512

Disc 3

Lamb Of God – Live From Richmond, VA DVD 

1.    Memento Mori 

2.    Checkmate

3.    Gears

4.    Reality Bath

5.    New Colossal Hate

6.    Resurrection Man

7.    Poison Dream

8.    Routes

9.    Bloodshot Eyes

10.  On The Hook

11.  Contractor

12.  Ruin

13.  The Death of Us

14.  512

Digital copies will contain only Disc 1 and Disc 2.

A separate vinyl edition of Lamb Of God – Live From Richmond, VA will also be available. 

Lamb Of God – Live From Richmond, VA vinyl track listing:

Side 1

1.    Memento Mori

2.    Checkmate

3.    Gears

4.    Reality Bath

5.    New Colossal Hate

Side 2

1.    Resurrection Man

2.    Poison Dream

3.    Routes

4.  Bloodshot Eyes

5.    On The Hook

LAMB OF GOD eagerly awaits their return to the road to support Lamb of GodTheir North American co-headline tour with Megadeth and support from Trivium and In Flames has been rescheduled to begin in July 2021 and their headline tour in the UK and co-headline tour with Kreator in Europe will take place in November and December 2021. Tickets for both tours are on-sale at lamb-of-god.com/tour

LAMB OF GOD deliver the album of their career with self-titled effort…This album isn’t just an awesome release from LAMB OF GOD, but a perfect record to unite metalheads as one.” – Consequence of Sound

“There is a world-weary pessimism that permeates right to the bones of LAMB OF GOD’s breathtaking eight LP.” – Kerrang!

“The band has been vocal about the good place it’s in right now, and it shows in these songs.” – Metal Injection

LAMB OF GOD know, after all, that their true essence is a brutish machismo and that they are a vehicle for total catharsis.” – Rolling Stone

“This is a record that’s the most authentic version of the band LAMB OF GOD want to be.” – NME 

“The Virginian metal stalwarts’ self-titled album – their first release with Adler’s full-time replacement Art Cruz – boasts all the neck-snapping technical riffage and burly roars we’ve come to love,” -Revolver’s 25 Best Albums of 2020.

LAMB OF GOD is:

D. Randall Blythe – Vocals 

Mark Morton – Guitar 

Willie Adler – Guitar 

John Campbell – Bass 

Art Cruz – Drums 

SUZI QUATRO to Release New Album “The Devil in Me” March 26th via SPV/Steamhammer

New Single Coming February 19th!

It’s got to be a very special release that has Suzi Quatro announce proudly: “The Devil In Me is the best album in my career to date!” After all, the American rock vocalist would hardly utter such superlatives lightly. Suzi’s enthusiasm for her latest offering has many reasons, twelve of them to be precise. Because The Devil In Me consists of exactly a dozen songs, each of them – from the opening track and title song to the final ‘Motor City Riders’ – a real highlight. 

The reasons for Suzi’s remarkable creative explosion: on the one hand the lockdown, which kept her from her usual touring life in spring 2020, and on the other another collaboration with her son Richard Tuckey, which had already worked out extremely well on her predecessor album No ControlSuzi“Starting spring 2020, almost one hundred of my shows were cancelled and Richard would also have been on tour with his band had not all concerts been cancelled or postponed. So I said to him: ‘We should make the most of our free time, write new material and allow ourselves to be inspired by the things that are currently going on in the world.’ I already knew that Richard and I make a brilliant team, after all No Control had been a major success and a very special recording for us. Although I would never have thought that we’d be able to surpass it. But everybody who’s heard The Devil In Me and all the people who had worked on the previous album have told us: ‘This album is even stronger!’”

The album presents Suzi’s full range of musical diversity plus a number of surprises. From rock tracks such as ‘The Devil In Me’, ‘Get Outta Jail’, ‘Motorcity Riders’ and ‘Hey Queenie’ to fairly unusual numbers such as the pub atmosphere-inspired ‘Loves Gone Bad’ with its intimate mood or ‘In The Dark’ which is accompanied by elegant piano and provocative saxophone sounds, Suzi presents herself from a whole range of different aspects. “Richard wanted this album to have a through line, so that you could put any track on, and it just fit… he also said he wanted this album to be as important and groundbreaking as my first one. So that is how we approached this project, and that is what we accomplished.”

Tracklisting:
CD Version
1. The Devil In Me 3:24

2. Hey Queenie 4:08

3. Betty Who? 3:57

4. You Can‘t Dream It 3:10

5. My Heart And Soul 5:13 (long version)

6. Get Outta Jail 3:18

7. Do Ya Dance 2:44 

8. Isolation Blues 3:36

9. I Sold My Soul Today 2:37

10. Love‘s Gone Bad 4:35

11. In The Dark 3:08

12. Motor City Riders 3:54

2 LP Version:
Side A: 1. The Devil In Me 3:242. Hey Queenie 4:083. Betty Who? 3:574. You Can‘t Dream It 3:10
Side B:1. My Heart And Soul 5:13 (long version)2. Get Outta Jail 3:183. Do Ya Dance 2:44 4. Isolation Blues 3:36
Side C:1. I Sold My Soul Today 2:372. Love‘s Gone Bad 4:353. In The Dark 3:084. Motor City Riders 3:54
Side D:1. Can I Be Your Girl 3:34 (bonus track)2. Desperado 3:37 (bonus track)

The new studio album “The Devil In Me” will be released on March 26th, 2021 through SPV/Steamhammer as CD DigiPak (incl. fold out poster), 2LP gatefold version (incl. 2 bonus tracks), download and stream.

SUZI QUATRO Live
2021

17.04. UK-Peterborough – Showground

09.05. DE-Dessau – Anhalt Arena

10.05. DE-Dresden – Kulturpalast

12.05. DE-Wuppertal – Historische Stadthalle

14.05. DE-Mönchengladbach – Red Box

17.05. DE-Berlin – Friedrichstadtpalast

22.05. DE-Siegen/Hilchenbach – KulturPur

23.05. DE-Fulda – Esperantohalle  

28.05. DE-Stuttgart – Liederhalle 

19.06. ES-Vitoria-Gasteiz – Azkena Rock Festival

26.06. DE-Neuleiningen – Burgsommer

01.08. DE-Seebronn – Rock of Ages Festival

04.08. DE-Monschau – Burg Monschau

05.08. NL-Steenwijkerwold – Dicky Woodstock Festival

14.08. DE-Mülheim – Freilichtbühne

21.08. DE-Rust – Europa Park 

03.09. DE-Cottbus – Stadthalle

04.09. DE-Zwickau – Stadthalle

05.09. DE-Dexheim – Kultur auf dem Hof

17.09. DK-Vejle – Musikteater

18.09. DK-Knebel – Fuglsøcentret 

19.09. DK-Copenhagen – Docken 

03.10. DE-Neuruppin – Kulturkirche (sold out)

30.10. DE-Dillingen – Lokschuppen

06.11. DE-Mannheim – Rosengarten

23.11.-30.11. AUS- Brisbane – Rock The Boat  

18.12. DE-Leipzig-Arena  

2022

 20.04. UK- London – Royal Albert Hall 

30.04. DE- Obertraubling – Airport-Eventhall

03.06. DE-Ulm – CCO Halle        

Every Kanye West Album, Ranked

Kanye West is undoubtedly one of the most controversial figures in hip-hop. His rise to fame was meteoric, and he found himself showered with accolades for some of the most important and exciting work in the hip-hop genre for many years. However, as his behaviour in the public eye became increasingly erratic and he began to consider potentially ill-advised bids for political office, the focus on what should have been important – his music – fell by the wayside.  In his personal life, his separation from reality star Kim Kardashian generated headlines, and left the pair scrambling for the help of a divorce attorney. That’s a shame, because Kanye’s work is enduring even to this day. Here’s our definitive ranking of every major Kanye West studio album from best to worst. 

1. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010, Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam)

Nothing other than this maximalist masterpiece was ever going to grace the top spot. Kanye’s fifth album is where upstart hopeful Nicki Minaj first cut her teeth, and she does such a superb job of proving herself that she effortlessly upstages heavy hitters like Rick Ross and Jay-Z on “Monster”. The production is where this record really shines; it’s everything-all-of-the-time pomp and circumstance, brilliantly undercut by Kanye’s insecure boasting and smart wordplay. A work of genius through and through.

You can take a look at this wonderful infographic provided by Betway to tell you more about why MBDTF is viewed as Kanye’s masterpiece.

2. Yeezus (2013, Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam)

Some might call giving Yeezus the number 2 spot controversial, but we’re confident in our choice. Kanye’s industrial-inflected ode to alt-hip-hoppers Death Grips is industrial, abrasive, and quite brilliant. From unconventional love song “Bound 2” all the way through to braggadocious anthem “Black Skinhead”, Yeezus once again oozes Kanye’s confidence, but it doesn’t have the pained insecurity of its predecessor. That said, large amounts of machinery-influenced swag are no mean replacement for human foibles. We’re still waiting on the true sequel to Yeezus; Ye outdid himself with this record, and hasn’t quite managed to top it since.

3. Late Registration (2005, Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam)

The second in a trio of Kanye albums themed around education, Late Registration earned him the somewhat unfair title of backpack rapper. All that title actually amounts to is “hip-hop artist willing to talk about real issues”, and Late Registration certainly has plenty of that. “Diamonds from Sierra Leone” integrates Shirley Bassey’s classic “Diamonds Are Forever” expertly, while “Gold Digger”, “Heard ‘Em Say” and “Touch the Sky” are instant classics. Throw in some impressive guest spots from the likes of Lupe Fiasco, The Game, and Nas, and you’re looking at a certified mid-2000s hip-hop masterpiece.

4. The College Dropout (2004, Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam)

Ranking Kanye’s first three albums really is a matter of preference; they’re all brilliant, and you could perhaps take numbers 2, 3, and 4 on this list as a sort of unified second place. To our ears, however, The College Dropout just about lacks some of the swagger and self-assuredness present on Late Registration. Of course it does; it’s Kanye’s first record, so he has a lot to prove. Not that “Jesus Walks” or “Through the Wire” aren’t instantly gripping; they’re hauntingly produced and full of West’s painful lived experiences, metaphysical in the former case, very physical in the latter. Kanye had produced for other artists before, but this is where he came into his own.

5. Graduation (2007, Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam)

Although still an excellent work in its own right, Graduation clearly shows Kanye growing somewhat tired of the overarching concept of his first three records. Lead single “Stronger” interpolates a Daft Punk sample to great effect, while elsewhere, “Homecoming” and “Flashing Lights” continue Kanye’s blissful officiation of the marriage between complex beats and clever wordplay. This one’s a little weaker than the other two, though, and not quite as overstuffed with potential radio hits. It’s starting to look a little filler-y, which is why 2010’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy invigorated West’s career and elevated the artist’s profile to the degree that it did.

6. Ye (2018, GOOD Music, Def Jam)

Ye looked like it might be a turning point for Kanye. After 2016’s The Life of Pablo, Ye saw Kanye turning inwards. Its stark, almost unbearably poignant cover (which simply reads ‘I hate being Bi-Polar, its awesome [sic]” tells a tale of the kind of music to be found within. While Kanye doesn’t quite bear his soul on this album, it’s certainly more experimental and less maximalist than his previous releases, and at just 23 minutes and 41 seconds, it suggests an artist making music more for personal therapy than anything else. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite fulfil the promise of its intriguing setup; its songs sound more like sketches than complete works, which is very un-Kanye.

7. The Life of Pablo (2016, GOOD Music, Def Jam)

Unlike My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which couldn’t have stood to lose a single track, The Life of Pablo is in dire need of an editor (which is perhaps why 2018’s Ye is so short). The album has 20 songs on it, and about half of them are memorable enough to stick around after a few listens. At 66 minutes, The Life of Pablo could easily have lost 20 minutes from its running time and would not have suffered in quality terms. That said, “Father Stretch My Hands” and “Ultralight Beam” are brilliant, and lead single “Famous”, while not without its controversies, is a compelling listen. Also, this album has Chance the Rapper on it, and prior to 2019’s The Big Day, that was something to get excited about.

8. 808s & Heartbreak (2008, Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam)

We’re placing 808s & Heartbreak so low on this list only because it gave rise to the cringeworthy and irritating “emo rap” movement spearheaded by Drake and his ilk. Kanye was, to put it simply, better than this; “Love Lockdown” has an irresistible beat and piano refrain, but it’s hard to remember a lot of 808s’ other tracks. Kanye’s flirtation with Auto-Tune here became a fully-fledged relationship, and to put it simply, he can’t sing. This means his warbling on tracks like the aforementioned “Love Lockdown” comes across as ineptitude, something the rapper has never before had to acknowledge or deal with.

9. Jesus Is King (2019, GOOD Music, Def Jam)

Oh, Kanye…what went wrong? While a Christian rap album from hip-hop’s erstwhile production king isn’t necessarily a bad idea in and of itself, Jesus Is King continues Ye’s problem of having demos instead of songs, only here there’s no personal introspection to save the project. Instead, the album comes across as a half-baked paean to a belief system only Kanye can really understand. His love for God isn’t evident here; instead, it sounds like he’s at war with himself, trying to reconcile a history of personal turmoil with a spiritual side. While that sounds exciting, believe us when we say Jesus Is King’s turgid songs find a way to make it dull.

GRETA VAN FLEET ANNOUNCES SOPHOMORE ALBUM, “THE BATTLE AT GARDEN’S GATE”

Brand New Single, “Age of Machine,” Is Released Today

After three years, one-million concert tickets sold across five continents, four consecutive #1 singles, a GRAMMY Award, and performances on “The Tonight Show” and “Saturday Night Live,” GRETA VAN FLEET is hurtling into the future with its second album, The Battle at Garden’s Gate due April 16, 2021 (Lava/Republic Records).  The album can be pre-ordered HERE.

A bold evolution from the band’s 2018 full-length debut Anthem of the Peaceful ArmyThe Battle At Garden’s Gate came together primarily on the road or while in the studio after the runaway success of 2017’s “Highway Tune” led to the band packing up, leaving home, and eagerly soaking up new experiences on an extended road trip around the world. Over the past three years, Greta Van Fleet – vocalist Josh Kiszka, guitarist Jake Kiszka, bassist Sam Kiszka, and drummer Danny Wagner – played to hundreds of thousands of people across North America, Europe, Japan, Australia, South America, New Zealand, and the UK.  While driving to gigs, the first-time world travelers passed many unfamiliar sights, from the favelas in Sao Paulo to the Gold Coast of Australia and everywhere in between, meeting and enjoying conversations with fans and other musicians that opened up new worlds to them.  

To cap off the change-filled era, the quartet moved from Michigan to Nashville, immersing themselves in Music City’s rich history.  The melding of all these experiences opened their eyes to amazing new worlds of culture, history, philosophy and spirituality – and ushered in an entirely new way of looking at life and the approach to their music.  Accordingly, Greta Van Fleet poured everything they experienced into these new songs – the music reflects their spiritual and intellectual growth, increased awareness of the inequalities plaguing the modern world, and deep empathy for what other people are going through.   

“We realized that while growing up, we had been shielded by many things, and we were unaware of a lot of things,” says drummer Danny Wagner.  “And then we were thrown out into this huge world, and it was a bit of a culture shock at first.  But as we started to travel a lot, meet new and different people and experience different cultures, our definition of ‘normal’ changed.” 

“I suppose that everything has changed except what got us here in the first place,” adds bassist Sam Kiszka.  “Everything – our perception of the world, perception of life itself, what it means to be an artist, what it means to be part of a beautiful, gorgeous society.  We’ve gained a larger understanding of why we’re all here.”

Greta Van Fleet L-R:  Jake Kiszka, Josh Kiszka, Sam Kiszka, Danny Wagner
Photo Credit:  Alyssa Gafkjen

In general, the album’s arrangements are spacious and leisurely, giving the music pleasing dynamics, as the band touches on all manners of rock ‘n’ roll.  The Battle at Garden’s Gate is cinematic, capturing the breathtaking energy of an exciting fight scene or the smoldering passion of a brooding, heroic protagonist saving the day.  The new music also illustrates that the members of Greta Van Fleet are paving the way for a new generation of musicians – ones that use rock ‘n’ roll’s foundational elements to build an entirely new sonic blueprint. 

Sonically, The Battle at Garden’s Gate also feels bracingly modern, an embodiment of genre-blended musical freedom.  Recorded in Los Angeles with Greg Kurstin (Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney), the album is ambitious and expansive, marked by epic journeys such as the second single, “Age of Machine,” released today (check it out HERE), and the Top 5 rock hit “My Way, Soon,” which boasts a towering chorus hook and rip-it-up-and-start-again lyrics.

Josh explains, “It’s very dynamic, lyrically speaking.  And that’s the human experience.  It’s much more than pain or fear; it’s also beauty.  People need people, and love is important.”  Lyrically, The Battle at Garden’s Gate muses about the influence of technology on modern life; the role conflict plays in the global sphere; the deceptive fulfillment of tangible riches; and philosophical questions about life, love and power. 

“There was a lot of self-evolution happening during the writing of this album that was prompted by experiences I had, experiences we all had, so a lot of contemplation occurred,” Josh says, while Jake adds, “It’s reflecting a lot of the world that we’ve seen, and I think that it’s reflecting a lot of personal truth.  What Josh does very well with the lyrics is telling ancient tales with a contemporary application.” 

For Josh, working with Kurstin provided the confidence he needed to push his songwriting into these vivid dimensions.  “I’m always a little bit hesitant about my abilities as an artist; I think a lot of artists feel that way,” he says.  “But Greg hovering over me while I’m on the piano, taking an interest in what I was doing – that was really important for me.” 

That added confidence is obvious.  Josh sounds commanding on each song, stretching his already-acrobatic voice to newer heights, while the instrumentalists fearlessly push themselves into new territory.  Easy going organ and acoustic folk-rock riffs drive one song, while another ends in a torrent of guitar noise that rivals Neil Young’s onstage guitar freakouts with Crazy Horse.  “For all of us, the performances – and the aspects of them that are captured – preserve where we’re at musically in time right now,” Jake says.  

The future is unwritten, and the sky’s the limit for these curious travelers and truth-seekers. Josh says, “certainly after this, we’ve grown in so many ways.  This album has taught us a lot, about life in general, about ourselves, about all of us, about the world we live in.”

VOCALIST JAMES DURBIN ANNOUNCES DEBUT DURBIN ALBUM

 (photo credit Heidi Durbin)

“THE BEAST AWAKENS” DUE FEBRUARY 12, 2021

FIRST SINGLE, ‘KINGS BEFORE YOU’ FT. CHRIS JERICHO & PHIL DEMMEL OUT NOW

Hailing from the shores of Santa Cruz, CA, USA, modern heavy metal revivalist James Durbin is on the verge of releasing his boldest, heaviest album to date with the announcement of the debut album from DURBIN, “The Beast Awakens”. Coming February 12, 2021 via Frontiers Music Srl, fans can get their first taste of the album with the release of the single ‘Kings Before You’ featuring Chris Jericho (Fozzy) and Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head, Vio-lence). Listen to the song on your favorite streaming platform or on YouTube HEREhttps://youtu.be/7ojvtjwZYgM

Pre-order/save the album HEREhttps://orcd.co/beastawakens

James Durbin is finally releasing the album he has always wanted to over the course of his decade long recording career. Combining his love of all things DIO, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest, Durbin set out to craft his own signature strain of fantasy inspired power metal for his debut Durbin album, “The Beast Awakens”. 

“I’ve found a home for my creativity with Frontiers. They really share my vision for the type of metal I wish to create and we’re all excited to see where it will lead,” 

says Durbin. ‘Kings Before You,’ the first single released from Durbin’s forthcoming album, features guest vocals from Fozzy vocalist (and AEW Wrestling star) Chris Jericho and renowned guitar wizard Phil Demmel (BPMD, ex-Machine Head).

For each of the solo sections on the remainder of the album tracks, Durbin called upon his own axe wielding brethren to help out. Jon Yadon Jr., Marc Putnam, Dylan Rose, and Nick Gallant all contributed guitar solos for the album. Due to the situation with COVID-19, the album was recorded largely remotely, with only Durbin himself, alongside his producer Ellison, occupying the recording studio. Durbin says,

“the fact that the album sounds the way it does, with the way it was recorded, is a testament to the passion of everyone involved. I am very grateful for all the love and care that was given to my songs and I can’t wait to unleash my metal upon the world.”

All the songs included on “The Beast Awakens” were written solely by Durbin himself. “2020 has been such a strange year for all of us. Coincidentally, our shelter in place order happened just as I had begun writing for the album. It really forced me to write by myself and not rely on others to write the riffs for me. And then to write the lyrics and melodies too,” tells Durbin. 

Once the songs were written and demoed by Durbin, he brought in the rhythm section of virtuoso drummer Mike Vanderhule (Y&T) and master bassist Barry Sparks (Ted Nugent, Scorpions, Dokken, B’z). With Durbin handling the album’s rhythm guitars, his core lineup was complete. 

James Durbin is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Santa Cruz, California. Many associate his name with his appearance on Season 10 of American Idol (2011), where he was unabashedly flying the flag for heavy metal. In fact, on the finale, he appeared with undisputed metal gods Judas Priest for rousing renditions of “Livin’ After Midnight” and “Breaking the Law” and also appeared with legendary guitarist Zakk Wylde. This was followed by Durbin’s debut album, 2011’s “Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster” that blended a mix of hard hitting riffs, vulnerable lyrics, and Durbin’s signature scream. James has also worked and performed alongside many incredible musicians including Stevie Wonder, Don Was, Sheryl Crow, Tom Jones, Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe, Bob Babbitt of The Funk Brothers, and Steel Panther, just to name a few. 

Durbin’s signature vocal prowess and powerful stage presence have earned him stamps of approval and praise from rock and metal royalty like Steven Tyler, Sammy Hagar, Rob Halford, and more. He has four full length albums to his name, in addition to lending his voice to a handful of various albums.
James Durbin is an artist on the rise and a performer you don’t want to miss. Expect his debut record under the name “Durbin” in early 2021. Fans of heavy metal revivalists like Haunt, Eternal Champion, Sumerlands, Enforcer, and the like, as well as hard rock and classic heavy metal fans in general are in for a treat!

Lineup:
James Durbin – Vocals. Rhythm Guitars
Jon Yadon Jr., Marc Putnam, Dylan Rose, & Nick Gallant – Guitars
Barry Sparks – Bass
Mike Vanderhule – Drums

ALICE COOPER UNVEILS ROCK & ROLL THE FIRST SONG FROM THE UPCOMING STUDIO ALBUM “DETROIT STORIES”

FEATURING: STEVE HUNTER, JOHNNY BEE, PAUL RANDOLPH, PLUS “HONORARY DETROITER” JOE BONAMASSA

“Rock & Roll”: A Detroit Story…

Alice Cooper releases “Rock & Roll” today as a first taste of the upcoming studio album Detroit Stories, coming February 262021 on earMUSIC.
“Rock & Roll,” a classic song by The Velvet Underground from the album Loaded, is not a casual choice: It’s a song of joy and celebration of that magical moment when we all first turned on Rock and Roll radio …and it saved our lives. 

Have a listen: Maybe it will save yours too!

Here are some interesting Detroit Stories for the fans of rock and roll trivia and for those who believe that nothing happens by chance (especially in Detroit). 

In 1971, the Alice Cooper Group was working in Detroit, with producer Bob Ezrin. Around the same time, also in Detroit, a band called… Detroit, which featured Mitch Ryder, Johnny Bee and Steve Hunter, recorded a heavy new arrangement of Lou Reed’s “Rock & Roll” also produced by… Bob Ezrin.

It was when he heard that version that Lou Reed decided to work with Ezrin on the follow-up to his monster hit album “Transformer.” Their collaboration produced the seminal and fascinating classic album Berlin.
But wait, there is more!  

Steve Hunter, the amazing guitar player who created the iconic main riff that drives Detroit’s cover of the song in 1971, ended up working with Ezrin on many of his productions. He toured and recorded with Alice and with Lou Reed as well…and that same riff is the backbone of this new recording of the song which was done in…Detroit, of course.

Alice Cooper and Lou Reed shared a relationship of mutual respect and friendship over the years. Bob and Lou collaborated several other times and were dear friends for 40 years. Alice and Bob can’t remember how many albums this is and have been creative partners for 50 years.

Listen to Alice’s powerful new version of Lou Reed’s “Rock & Roll” featuring Johnny “Bee” Badanjek (Detroit Wheels), Steve Hunter (Detroit), Paul Randolph (legendary Detroit jazz and R&B bassist) and special guests Joe Bonamassa and Tommy Henriksen (for this occasion, crowned “Honorary Detroiters”) here: https://alicecooper.lnk.to/RocknRoll

A visualizer for the single can be found on YouTube:https://youtu.be/wmkf57yffT0

Detroit Stories Alice’s upcoming new album, is a celebration of the sound and spirit of the Golden Era of Detroit rock. 

“Detroit was Heavy Rock central then,” explains Alice, “You’d play the Eastown and it would be Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, the Stooges and the Who, for $4! The next weekend at the Grande it was MC5, Brownsville Station and Fleetwood Mac, or Savoy Brown or the Small Faces. You couldn’t be a soft-rock band or you’d get your ass kicked.”

“Los Angeles had its sound with The Doors, Love and Buffalo Springfield,” he says, “San Francisco had the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. New York had The Rascals and The Velvet Underground. But Detroit was the birthplace of angry hard rock. After not fitting in anywhere in the US (musically or image wise) Detroit was the only place that recognized the Alice Cooper guitar driven, hard rock sound and our crazy stage show. Detroit was a haven for the outcasts. And when they found out I was born in East Detroit… we were home.”

50 years later, Alice and Ezrin have united in Detroit with their Detroit friends to record Detroit Stories, Cooper’s new album.  If 2019’s Breadcrumbs EP laid down the trail to the city, Detroit Stories drives like a muscle car right down Woodward Ave.  

Discover Detroit Stories as they were meant to be told.

BLACK VEIL BRIDES Return With New Single “Scarlet Cross” From The Upcoming 2021 Album The Phantom Tomorrow

Epic Video Directed By Longtime Collaborator Patrick Fogarty Can Be Seen Here: http://smarturl.it/scarletcross

After teasing fans for days on social media, Los Angeles rockers Black Veil Brides are releasing a new single and video for the track “Scarlet Cross.” The song comes from the band’s upcoming 2021 concept album The Phantom Tomorrow – the band’s sixth full-length album. The album tells the story of the antihero character “The Blackbird” and a group of societal outcasts known as simply as “The Phantom Tomorrow.” The first single “Scarlet Cross” – produced by Erik Ron (Godsmack, Dance Gavin Dance, Bush) and guitarist Jake Pitts – is available via all digital partners today. 

The video for “Scarlet Cross” was directed by longtime collaborator Patrick Fogarty and based on a concept written by frontman Andy Biersack. The video was filmed on the Santa Clarita Studios backlot and is the first in a series of videos that will follow the story of the main character “The Blackbird.”. The video opens as a female member of “The Phantom Tomorrow” takes to the streets only to be discovered and followed. As things get dire, the “The Blackbird” arrives only to fade to black. Shot to look like an old school comic book serial, the video ends with the cliffhanger tease leaving the viewer unsure of the fate of the heroine or her attackers. The video for “Scarlet Cross” can be seen here: http://smarturl.it/scarletcross.

Black Veil Brides are hard at work putting the finishing touches on the upcoming album The Phantom Tomorrow– scheduled for release via Sumerian Records in 2021More information on the latest musical creation from Andy Biersack, Jake Pitts, Jinxx, Lonny Eagleton and Christian Coma will be available in the near future. 

“We are incredibly excited to share not only this new song ‘Scarlet Cross,’ but also our vision for the world of “The Phantom Tomorrow” and its characters. We are in the final stages of writing for this record and have begun work on our forthcoming “The Phantom Tomorrow” graphic novel. We intend to continue to share elements of the story in the coming months and can’t wait for everyone to see what we have been working on!” 

Photo Credit: Jonathan Weiner
L to R: Lonny Eagleton (Bass), Jake Pitts (Guitars), Andy Biersack (Vocals), Christian Coma (Drums), Jinxx (Guitars)

Like their band name suggests, Black Veil Brides evoke transcendent visions of an impenetrable hereafter, intermingling with a steely focus on the dark passions and elusive mysteries of the here and now. A romantic fantasy first summoned in a small town by founder Andy Biersack – a creative who was fascinated with death rock, theatricality, and monsters (both real and imagined). It wasn’t until moving to Los Angeles that the unstoppable force the band is currently was finalized. The band (and its members Andy Biersack, Jake Pitts, Jinxx, Lonny Eagleton, Christian Coma) Instagram and Twitter accounts command close to 10 million followers between them. Vale, the group’s most recent full-length album, went to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Hard Rock Albums chart. In the hearts and minds of their fans, Black Veil Brides represents an unwillingness to compromise and a resistance to critics (personal and professional), fueled by the same fire as the group’s own heroes, the iconoclasts whose creative output, once dismissed, is now canonized.

Album Review: MOTÖRHEAD “Ace of Spades” 40th Anniversary Deluxe Collectors Box Set

“Ace of Spades” 40th Anniversary Deluxe Collectors Box Set

MOTÖRHEAD

BMG

3- 12” LP’s, 1- 10” EP, 1 DVD

Our Score: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

In 1980, fresh off the back of two essential albums, “Overkill” and “Bomber” the previous year, MOTÖRHEAD continued to get bigger, better, louder and faster by the second. The “Ace Of Spades” album release was a magical moment in rock’n’roll history, an album which had enormous global impact and continues to resonate and inspire people worldwide. Fans to this day still remember where they were when they first heard it, and it immediately inspired bands worldwide to absorb the album’s energy, speed, and attitude into their own work. To commemorate the releases 40th Anniversary BMG has released the “Ace of Spades” 40th Anniversary Deluxe Collectors Box Set. The comes packed with 3 twelve inch LP’s, 1 ten inch EP, a Live DVD, Replica tour program, 40 page Ace of Spades history book, Rock Commando comic and to top it all off a poker dice game all of which comes housed in commemorative box which doubles as a game board.

 After the passing of MOTÖRHEAD founder and front-man Lemmy Kilmister in 2015 fans of the band were left wondering what would become of the work left behind by “The Worlds Loudest Band”. Thankfully BMG has been giving the bands catalog the royal treatment and nothing good be truer when it comes to this 40th anniversary package. After setting the bar high with 2019’s “1979” box set which focused on the “Overkill” and “Bomber” releases the “Ace of Spades” Anniversary editions is built on that foundation and taken “One Louder”. Housed in a heavy weight box with faux wood burned graphics the set grabs your attention even before you can gaze upon it’s enclosed treasures. Box sets often tend to be hit or miss by either not having enough content or a repetitive track listing that includes multiple versions of one song. I am here to say that “Ace of Spades” is neither of those! Yes the release focuses solely on this one album however the box set feature not only just on the album itself but also this period of the band as a whole. From the half speed mastered version of the studio album which sounds absolutely amazing, to two different live performances from 1981, a 19 track album of outtakes, B-sides and rarities titled “The Good, The Broke and the Ugly and a 10” EP containing seven instrumental tracks from the “Ace of Spades” sessions. That’s just the audio portion of the release! Also included is a DVD titled “Ace on Your Screens” which showcases original interviews related to the album as well as live and studio performances. Most collections would stop there but not this one! Going even further down the MOTÖRHEAD rabbit hole fans are treated to a reproduction of the “Ace Up Your Sleeve” 1980 tour book, a reproduction of the 1980 “Rock Commando” comic, a 40 page compilation piece by Kris Needs titled “Born  To Lose- Live To Win The Ace of Spades Story” and to top it all off a MOTÖRHEAD themed poker dice game (with the game board being printed on the inside of the box cover) every piece of this release was carefully planned out with the true fan in mind.

I can’t say enough good things about the look and quality of this release. All the record sleeves are printed on high quality cardstock and paper which add to the release’s aesthetic as even when its just sitting on your shelf the collection begs to be picked up and played. Given the sheer amount of material contained listeners should not get bored easily as the video and literary pieces add to the music providing a multi-pronged attack on your senses. Though the set does not include digital downloads of the material you do get a really cool dice game which on game night may help you recruit a few new unsuspecting listeners to your jean vested battalion and well that can’t be all that bad. MOTÖRHEAD “Ace of Spades” 40th Anniversary Deluxe Collectors Box Set is a must have for that headbanger in your life and with the holidays just around the corner get ahead of the game and tuck one of these beauties away.

BOX SET TRACKLISTING

Ace of Spades

Side One

Ace Of Spades

Love Me Like A Reptile

Shoot You In The Back

Live To Win

Fast And Loose

(We Are) The Road Crew

Side Two

Fire Fire

Jailbait

Dance

Bite The Bullet

The Chase Is Better Than The Catch

The Hammer

A Fistful Of Instrumentals

Side One

Ace Of Spades (demo)

Hump On Your Back (demo)

Shoot You In The Back (demo)

Fast And Loose (demo)

Side Two

Dirty Love (demo)

Love Me Like A Reptile (demo)

Dance (demo)

Riders Wearing Black

Live At Whitla Hall, Belfast – 23rd Dec 1981

Side One

Ace Of Spades

Stay Clean

Over The Top

The Hammer

Shoot You In The Back

Metropolis

Side Two

(We Are) The Road Crew

No Class

Bite The Bullet

The Chase Is Better Than The Catch

Side Three

Jailbait

Leaving Here

Capricorn

Too Late, Too Late

Side Four

Overkill

Bomber

Motörhead

Dead Man’s Hand

Live At Parc Expo, Orleans – 5th March 1981 Side One

Ace Of Spades

Stay Clean

Over The Top

Metropolis

Shoot You In The Back

Side Two

The Hammer

Jailbait

Leaving Here

Fire Fire

Love Me Like A Reptile

Side Three

Capricorn

Too Late, Too Late

(We Are) The Road Crew

No Class

Side Four

Bite The Bullet

The Chase Is Better Than The Catch

Overkill

Bomber

The Good, The Broke & The Ugly

Side One

Ace Of Spades (Alternative Version)

Dirty Love

Love Me Like A Reptile (Alternative Long Version)

Shoot You In The Back (Alternative Version)

Side Two

Hump On Your Back

Fast And Loose (Alternative Version)

(We Are) The Road Crew (Alternative Version)

Fire Fire (Alternative Version)

Jailbait (Alternative Version)

Side Three

Waltz Of The Vampire

The Hammer (Alternative Version)

Dirty Love (Alternative Long Version)

Bastard

Godzilla Akimbo

Side Four

Love Me Like A Reptile (Alternative Version)

Dirty Love (Alternative Version)

Please Don’t Touch (Performed by Headgirl)

Bomber (Performed by Girlschool)

Emergency

Ace On Your Screens DVD

Part 1: MOTÖRHEAD on TV 1980-1981

Part 2: BBC In The City; Live In Belfast ‘81

Part 3: 5.1 audio mix of Ace Of Spades

JULIEN BAKER ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM LITTLE OBLIVIONS OUT FEBRUARY 26 VIA MATADOR RECORDS

Photo Credit: Alysse Gafkjen

SHARES FIRST TRACK /VIDEO “FAITH HEALER

Julien Baker will release her third studio album, Little Oblivions, on February 26 via Matador Records. Today she reveals the first look at the album via “Faith Healer.” She says, “Put most simply, I think that ‘Faith Healer’ is a song about vices, both the obvious and the more insidious ways that they show up in the human experience. I started writing this song 2 years ago and it began as a very literal examination of addiction. For awhile, I only had the first verse, which is just a really candid confrontation of the cognitive dissonance a person who struggles with substance abuse can feel– the overwhelming evidence that this substance is harming you, and the counterintuitive but very real craving for the relief it provides.  When I revisited the song I started thinking about the parallels between the escapism of substance abuse and the other various means of escapism that had occupied a similar, if less easily identifiable, space in my psyche.

“There are so many channels and behaviors that we use to placate discomfort unhealthily which exist outside the formal definition of addiction.  I (and so many other people) are willing to believe whomever– a political pundit, a preacher, a drug dealer, an energy healer– when they promise healing, and how that willingness, however genuine, might actually impede healing.”   Watch the Daniel Henry-directed video here.

“Faith Healer” introduces the exhilarating, widescreen musical palette and infectious spirit of risk-taking found on Little Oblivions, a transformative sonic shift from Baker’s more spare and intimate previous work. Engineered by Calvin Lauber and mixed by Craig Silvey (The National, Florence & the Machine, Arcade Fire), both of whom worked with Baker on 2017’s Turn Out the Lights, the album was recorded in Baker’s hometown of Memphis, Tennessee between December 2019 and January 2020. Baker’s tactile guitar and piano playing are enriched with newfound textures encompassing bass, drums, synthesizers, banjo and mandolin, with nearly all of the instruments performed by Baker.  The album weaves unflinching autobiography with assimilated experience and often hard-won observations from the past few years, taking Baker’s capacity for starkly galvanizing storytelling to breathtaking new heights.

Little Oblivions is the follow up to Baker’s 2017 sophomore album and first on Matador, Turn Out The Lights.  The New York Times said Turn Out The Lights is “the work of a songwriter who has resonated with an international audience (…), the rare second album that, despite new self-consciousness, stretches beyond an unspoiled debut to reach for even bigger things, with all its passion intact”. The Sunday Times said “the mix of detached vocals, lush arrangements and laid-bare post-mortems on love, loss, dysfunction and acceptance is devastating”. Baker went on to perform songs from the album on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and CBS This Morning.
In 2018 Baker formed boygenius with Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus. The resulting eponymous EP and joint North American tour made for one of the most celebrated and talked about musical communions of 2018, highlighting Baker among the forefront of a burgeoning generation of era-defining artists. 

Baker shot to worldwide attention in 2015 with show-stopping debut, Sprained Ankle. Recorded in only a few days, it was a bleak yet hopeful meditation on identity, addiction, faith, resilience and redemption. MOJO called it “comforting as it is unsettling as it is cathartic”, while Pitchfork noted, “if you prefer redemption songs to sound as raw as they feel, Sprained Ankle could bring you to your knees”. The album went on to appear on many end of year lists.

An intense and immersive performer, her live shows were described by The New Yorker as “…. hushed, reverential. The only sounds you hear between songs are her fingers as she tweaks the tuning on her electric guitar, scattered whispers between friends, and the rustling as the crowd waits patiently for Baker to start strumming again”.

Baker has collaborated on studio recordings with Frightened Rabbit, Matt Berninger, Becca Mancari, Mary Lambert, and on stage with Justin Vernon, The National, Sharon Van Etten, Ben Gibbard and others.