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Five Finger Death Punch have a big year ahead of them, with the Revolver Golden Gods taking place tomorrow (May 2) and a co-headlining stint on Mayhem Fest coming this summer. And it’s all prep work for a new album. Correction: make that two new albums.
The group announced today that they will be releasing their fourth and fifth studio albums in two installments. Volume 1 of the as-yet-titled album is due out on July 23 via Prospect Park, while Vol. 2 is slated for a fall release. Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory gave the following explanation behind releasing two albums instead of one:
“We came off the road after a couple of great years of touring and were really amped up to write the 4th record. Everybody was in the right headspace and the band tighter than ever so it was a perfect storm. We jumped in head first and found ourselves 12-13 songs deep fairly quick but were still coming up with better and better material so we looked at each other and said…. ok why stop there ?… let’s keep going. Once we passed the 24th song we knew we’re going to have to do a double album. We had this massive amount of music that’s very dear to us, possibly the best material this band has ever created. At that point there was no way to decide which songs to leave off the album. So we made the decision to release them all.”
Granted, releasing two albums within a year timespan is not a new concept at all (Stone Sour and Coheed And Cambria are a few recent examples). But if FFDP match the same success their last two albums had, they might end up with two albums that spend a long time in the top 200 at the same time as each other.
FFDP will premiere a new song called “Lift Me Up” during their performance at the Revolver Golden Gods tomorrow. The band also promised that they will be joined by a “very special surprise guest” for the song’s live debut. Who this guest will end up being is anyone’s guess, but you can watch live by watching on AXS TV and through Xbox LIVE and Facebook stream. If you haven’t yet, check out an audio snippet of a new song called “Here To Die” in the tour reel below. Read more »
Mark Hunter promised us a new Chimaira album this year, with the band even treating fans to a new song live and a few teasers. Now we know that Chimaria’s new album will be called Crown Of Phantoms and come out on July 30 via eOne Music. However, Chimaira also announced the launch of an Indiegogo campaign to help fund a special deluxe edition of the album.
Essentially, Chimaira is asking fans to help them fund two in-depth narrative music videos, a documentary about the album’s making, seven additional tracks for the deluxe issue, and a handful of other pretty cool extras. In case you need a little more convincing, though, the band also released a video short featuring a tied up and bloodied Hunter getting tortured by Sean Zatorsky (with his best Russian villain accent). If Mark doesn’t give fans this special deluxe edition of the new album, Dr. Z is gonna give it to him with a buzz saw!
Check out Chimaira’s video pitch, which also includes a snippet of new music, below. Chimaira has given fans 45 days to help raise their $30,000 goal. Head over to the band’s Iniegogo page to donate and see what cool packages they are offering. Read more »
This summer is poised to be an epic one for the mighty Viking metal gods. In addition to playing Mayhem Fest, Amon Amarth will be releasing album number 9 via Metal Blade this June. And now we have a glimpse at the cover artwork for Deceiver Of The Gods.
The group revealed the artwork (as seen above) via Reddit along with the following message:
“The cover depicts the last battle between the Gods and Loki who arrives at Vigridr field accompanied by the army of the dead during Ragnarok, the end of the world. We hope you enjoy it.”
Let’s see Thor 2 try to come up with a better plot line than that. Furthermore, the cover artwork looks pretty bad ass! And it turns out that we won’t have to wait long for new music, as the title track from Deceiver Of The Gods is expected to be made available for free download sometime this week. Till then, kick off your weekend by starring at this killer artwork.
UPDATE: As promised, Amon Amarth has made the title track to Deceiver Of The Gods for free download and stream (after having a little technical difficulties with its website). Let’s just say that the new song is as epic as the cover artwork. Go stream or download “Deceiver Of The Gods” in the player below.
Ghost B.C.’s sophomore album Infestissumam is without a doubt one of the most anticipated new releases of the month. However, now we’ll have to wait another week for it, as the album’s release has been pushed back from April 9 to April 16. Why, you ask? Well apparently, CD manufacturers weren’t too happy with some of its artwork.
According to SPIN, at least four manufacturers refused to print the artwork seen above that was supposed to be in the album’s deluxe version due to its sacrilegious imagery. Apparently, the manufacturers were less concerned by what resembles a satanic forest orgy and more worried by the upside down Jesus on a cross figure seen at the top. “We kept on getting turned down because of the CD art, which is basically a 16th century illustration of an orgy,” claimed an unidentified source SPIN claims is close to the band. “They weren’t surprised. The comment was ‘Well, I thought this would have happened sooner… The artwork was meant to provoke some sort of thought, but it’s been one obstacle after another.”
To avoid further delay, the band will simply use the original album cover for its deluxe editions. With that said, the “blasphemous” artwork will still be seen in the vinyl copies of the album, as well as in Europe. Infestissumam will still be released via Loma Vista Recordings, but now on April 16.
Even before the release of Ministry’s “comeback” album Relapse last year, Al Jourgensen made it clear that the industrial metal pioneers won’t be around for much longer. And in an interview with Noisey, Jourgensen revealed that Ministry has one more album in it before calling it quits for good… again.
During the interview, Jourgensen states that From Beer To Eternity will indeed be Ministry’s last album. The frontman started writing and recording the album in December right before guitarist Mike Scaccia’s sudden death. “Mikey was my best friend in the world and there’s no Ministry without him,” states Jourgensen. “But I know the music we recorded together during the last weeks of his life had to be released to honor him. So after his funeral, I locked myself in my studio and turned the songs we had recorded into the best and last Ministry record anyone will ever here. I can’t do it without Mikey and I don’t want to. So yes, this will be Ministry’s last album.”
While From Beer to Eternity is scheduled for a September release, Jourgensen states that Ministry definitely will not be touring. A main reason for that is due to the toll touring has taken on his health (hence the incident in Paris last summer). However, Jourgensen doesn’t rule out one big tribute show to Scaccia, saying “Maybe we’ll do one big show with Tommy [Victor] and Sin [Quirin] and the guys who made this band possible for the past few years. That would be a nice tribute to Mikey. But I can’t do a whole tour without him. Ministry was his life almost as much as mine, and I’m afraid it has to die with him. But damn if we didn’t go out with a bang!”
Like we’ve alluded to before, this isn’t the first time Jourgensen claimed Ministry would be done for good (the first time being in 2007). Whether From Beer To Eternity will indeed be the end of Ministry is anyone’s guess, but Jourgensen certainly seems content about it. Check out the album’s track listing, as well as video of Jourgensen and Scaccia in the studio together, after the jump. Read more »
Did you think that the 90 second samples of Geoff Tate’s new Queensryche album sounded a bit off? Apparently you weren’t alone. That’s why Deadline Music/Cleopatra Records hired producer/engineer Billy Sherwood (also formerly of Yes) to “remix” the record for an additional release.
After Sherwood let it slip that he was brought on to mix the album, Deadline issued the following statement to Blabbermouth clarifying details:
“Since previews of the new Queensryche album were made available to the general public on iTunes and other digital retailers, some of the response has been less than positive. Some complained about the overall quality of the recordings, and in particular the mix. We here at Deadline Music have the utmost confidence in the powerful songwriting and outstanding performances from Geoff Tate and crew on this album, but we also want the fans to know that we are listening to them as well! So, in the interest of democratic free choice, Deadline Music has commissioned the superbly talented musician/producer Billy Sherwood (formerly of YES) to remix the album. Now fans will be able to decide which mix they feel best represents the album: the original mix, which will be released on April 23rd, or the new mix by Billy Sherwood that will be made available at a future date to be announced…. WE REMIX, YOU DECIDE!”
So in short, Tate’s Queensryche will release TWO versions of the album (one with the original mix on its original release date, and the other featuring Sherwood’s touch). Why exactly they don’t hold off on releasing one version of the album with a mix everyone is happy with is unclear. However, it continues the “double” theme associated with Queensryche as of late.
It’s been well known that Queens Of The Stone Age’s new album will feature guest appearances from many big names, including Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Nick Oliveri, Elton John and many others. Now we know we know a lot more about the album, including its title, which label will release it, and even a small hint at what it sounds like (thanks to audio snippets).
Titled … Like Clockwork, QOTSA’s first album since 2007’s Era Vulgaris will be released in June. The album also marks the band’s first release via new label home, Matador Records (after years of being signed to Interscope). It’s unclear whether frontman Josh Homme’s own imprint Rekords Rekords will be involved in its release in some fashion, but this is a major addition to the indie rock label’s roster.
As an added bonus, QOTSA is also streaming a series of audio snippets from … Like Clockwork via their official website. In order to hear these samples, head over to the website, click on the image of artwork (as seen above) and hit refresh and repeat. While some of the snippets feature a few seconds of actual music and others simply sound like ambient noises, it’s a small taste that has us still looking forward to hearing more from the album.
Last month, Alice In Chains revealed the title to their long-awaited follow up to 2009 Black Gives Way To Blue. And not only do we now have the cover artwork for The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here to see, but we also have a few song titles to take a look at.
First, let’s discuss the cover (which was revealed via Twitter). Seen above, we admit that we’re a tad disappointed at its simplicity (though that’s not a bad thing either, per se). Apparently, though, Alice In Chains get a little more risqué with the lyrics. In a cover story with Revolver Magazine, the group supposedly revealed that the title track includes the lyric “The devil put dinosaurs here/Jesus don’t like a queer… No problem with faith, just fear.” In regards to the song/lyric, singer/guitarist William DuVall reportedly told Revolver that “We had to think a bit and discuss what the potential fallout might be. There’s a fine line between provoking and gratuitous offending. And there’s also a fine line between provoking and preaching.”
So far, we’ve only heard one song off of the album called “Hollow.” However, with a release date set for May 28, it should be only a matter of time till we get another taste from The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. Check out song titles slated to appear on the album below. Read more »
Have you ever wondered to yourself what Suicidal Tendencies’ favorite number is? Wonder no longer, for the band has released new details about their new album 13, which is due out on March 26. The album isn’t exactly the most uniquely titled, but that’s only the start of the band’s obsession with this particular number. On Suicidal Tendencies’ Facebook, the band had this to say regarding the album:
“The new album countdown begins! 13 years since the last new Suicidal Tendencies CD, the 13th Suicidal Tendencies release, 13 new songs, finally out in 2013. Tomorrow is March 13th, 13 days before 13 is released.”
Did someone in the band just watch The Number 23 or something? Anyway, these new details coincide with a music video release for the track “Cyco Style,” which was filmed by Pep Williams while the band was touring in Brazil and is available above for your viewing and listening pleasure. Check out the track listing to 13 after the jump. Read more »
Shortly after one Queensryche announced they had signed to Century Media Records, Geoff Tate’s version of the prog metal group revealed more details about their forthcoming album. We knew it would feature plenty of special guests (and is supposedly “stupidly heavy”) and will be released via Cleopatra Records. Now we know that the album will be titled Frequency Unknown and is due out on April 23.
But what’s the inspiration behind the album title? Well, the cover artwork seen above gives us a pretty good idea. As you can see, the cover displays a fist wearing gold rings with the letters “F” and “U.” In other words, it’s Tate’s subtle way of sending a message to his former bandmates (well, maybe not that subtle).
In addition, it’s also been revealed that Frequency Unknown will feature re-recordings of classic Queensryche songs as bonus tracks. This includes Tate’s version re-recording “Silent Lucidity,” “Empire,” “Jet City Woman” and “I Don’t Believe In Love.” So apparently the cover isn’t the only thing Tate’s using to say “FU” to the other Queensryche. Check out the full track listing to Frequency Unknown after the jump. Read more »