Alice In Chains are gearing up to release the follow-up to 2009′s Black Gives Way To Blue. Their upcoming album is as-of-yet-untitled and has an unspecified early 2013 release date. To hype up the release, the band is going to be unleashing a new song entitled “Hollow” on Dec. 18th. However, if you want to hear a snippet, you can head to Amazon and click on the little ‘Play’ button next to the song.
I checked it out and it’s everything I could’ve wanted. It sounds like pure Alice In Chains and it has only increased my hopes and dreams for the next album. I can’t wait to hear it! READ MORE
Alice In Chains has posted a message on their Facebook describing the circumstances that will bring about a new song entitled “Hollow”, which comes from their as-of-yet-untitled follow up to 2009′s Black Gives Way To Blue.
They state, “Every day for the next 10 days, a new lyrical phrase from our brand new song “Hollow” will be posted at @aliceinchains on Instagram. We want you to create an image inspired by or featuring a single word or phrase from those lyrics. Next, share those photos on Instagram or Twitter tagging #HOLLOWAIC. On 12/18, visit aliceinchains.com/hollow to see your photos and other fan photos from around the world, then hear and become, “Hollow.””
The first lyric image can be seen below. READ MORE
In a recent interview with Guitar World, Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell discussed the follow up album to 2009′s Black Gives Way To Blue, which has an unspecified 2013 release date. The album marks the second release since the passing of original singer Layne Staley and was recently completed with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones) and engineer Paul Figueroa.
Cantrell states, “It’s like having to deal with the sophomore jinx for the second time in our career.”
He continues, saying, “In my opinion, [Black Gives Way To Blue] stood up to anything else we’ve put out in our career. And this new one is right up there as well.”
More information will be available in the January issue of Guitar World. Now, tell me, is anyone else as excited for this new album as I am? I seriously cannot wait to hear it! READ MORE
Smile Empty Soul and current tourmates HURT have recorded a cover of the classic Alice In Chains song “No Excuses”, which originally appeared on the Jar Of Flies EP. According to Flint, MI’s Banana 101.5, who premiered the track, the track will be made available for download at some point in the future with the proceeds likely going to a benefit or charity. You can listen to the track here.
Personally, I wasn’t a big fan of the cover. Then again, I’m a big fan of AiC, so it’s pretty hard to please me in that regard. Still, I can tell that they remained true to the source material and the very fact that they covered the song shows that they have a passion and respect for the band. Just not my cup o’ tea. READ MORE
Both Alice In Chains and Muse have been confirmed for Rock In Rio 2013, joining Metallica, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, and Iron Maiden. The festival will take place Sept. 13th-15th and continue Sept. 19th-22nd. Alice In Chains will be performing on Sept. 19th, the same day as Metallica. Muse’s date has yet to be confirmed. More information can be found here.
There hasn’t been much news from the Alice In Chains camp. There is strong speculation that there will be a follow up to 2009′s Black Gives Way To Blue in Spring of 2013, but nothing has been confirmed just yet. As we hear more, we’ll be sure to let you know. READ MORE
Hard rock group Deftones have announced a Nov. 13th release date for their upcoming seventh studio album KOI NO YOKAN (loose Japanese translation: “The sense one can have upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall in love”). The album was recorded with Nick Raskulinecz (Alice In Chains, Foo Fighters, Rush), who also produced 2010′s Diamond Eyes.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, singer Chino Moreno stated, “Obviously we’re an aggressive band – not the heaviest, but there’s a lot of attack. But there’s also this lush beauty that flows within everything that we do, and that’s my favorite part of the band. To me, it’s the epitome of what the Deftones do.”
The band will also be embarking on a headline tour with support coming from Scars On Broadway. Tour dates are below. READ MORE
Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready has announced that Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan (pictured below) will be the replacement vocalist for Mad Season. Lanegan takes over vocal duties from Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), who passed away in 2002.
Mad Season released only one album, the 1995 gold-selling Above, which produced the two hit singles “River Of Deceit” and “I Don’t Know Anything”. The band disbanded when bassist John Baker Saunders passed away in 1999.
McCready has announced that a new album might well be in the works. More details are available here. READ MORE
A week and some change ago, I wrote about a movie entitled Grassroots that featured two “never-before-heard” Layne Staley songs. Hearing new music from the deceased Alice In Chains vocalist was something that really inspired and invigorated many readers. Alas, it looks like the two songs in the film have been out for quite a while. The songs, “Things You Do” and “It’s Coming After”, can be heard below. This is definitely disappointing news for fans and I’m feeling the sting quite a bit.
The film, which is based on a true story, focuses on two music journalists who want to enter the political world regardless of their complete inexperience in the field. It stars Jason Biggs, Joel David Moore, Cobie Smulders, and Lauren Ambrose. READ MORE
This past Wednesday, Pearl Jam‘s Mike McCready was joined by ex-Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin at a benefit show in Seattle where the two performed the Mad Season single “River Of Deceit”. The two were joined by Duff McKagan’s Loaded‘s Jeff Rouse on vocals and bassist Rick Friel. You can see video footage of the performance below.
In a recent interview, McCready stated that he plans on reissuing the band’s sole album Above, which was released in 1995, as well as possibly touring later this year. There are also plans to release a live album. But perhaps the sexiest nugget of information is that there are apparently unreleased tracks in the vault that he’d like to see finished and released. GrungeReport has an article that suggests that ex-Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan is going to take over singing duties for the new material, replacing late Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley.
What say you readers? Excited by this news? READ MORE
In a recent interview with RollingStone, Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell opened up about the long-awaited new studio album, which is a follow up to 2009′s Black Gives Way To Blue. The new album was delayed when Cantrell underwent shoulder surgery but plans are no back on track.
“It‘s time to get to work and the material is really interesting, the body of work that we’ve done. It’ll be as different as any one of our records is to any other, and it’ll also be just as recognizable. It’s an Alice record, for sure.”
Whereas the last album was a tribute to the late AIC singer Layne Staley, the new album will be the next step forward. Cantrell expands upon this idea, “”Albums, to me, are like snapshots of periods of time, and it’s kind of a mosaic of all the people involved. It’s a process that you go through to make it happen lyrically and musically. It’s always been our style to tell our story.”
Cantrell hopes the album will come out either late this year or early next year.
Alright readers, what do you think? I can’t wait to hear some new AIC material, so I’m beyond excited to see what the new album sounds like. READ MORE
In 1984, after releasing and touring in support of their album “1984” (review), the biggest hard rock band of all time, Van Halen, parted ways with lead singer David Lee Roth. Only two years later, they hired a new frontman named Sammy Hagar. The general consensus is that it was a pretty bad move, and ended up causing the band to sound like the one thing that you could NEVER call them during the David Lee Roth era, bland. Flash forward to 1998. Having now parted ways with Hagar, the band hired and recorded an album with their third lead singer, Gary Cherone. This proved to be a devastating move for the band, as the album received negative reviews from fans and critics alike, as well as poor album and ticket sales. Now flash forward to present day. It is 2012, and after 28 years of drama and bad decisions, the original Van Halen lineup (sans bassist Michael Anthony), has released a new studio album, “A Different Kind Of Truth“. Now the only question left is, has it been worth the wait? READ MORE
A new Staind album. For me, a reason to rejoice, but for many of their haters and detractors, another chance to say the same old thing about the group that has been said for about 10 years now. “They went soft”, “They sold out”, or “All Aaron Lewis does is whine and cry for an hour on each album.” Even though I disagree with all of the above statements, to someone who already isn’t a fan of the band, I can see these points. Well friends, if you are one of the haters of Staind, then their new self-titled album is for you. READ MORE
When you’ve got a band that features members from Type O Negative, Life of Agony, and Biohazard, you know you’re in for a treat. I mean, with names like that behind A Pale Horse Named Death, there’s no way it can go wrong, right? Well, check after the jump to see if that statement holds true.
Okay, admission time: I loved ‘Fallen‘. It wasn’t a musical masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but it was a fun bubblegum pop hard rock album that wasn’t pretentious and had a lot of catchy songs. Now, ‘The Open Door‘ on the other hand was pretty awful. Nothing on that album stood out to me and I quickly shelved it. So, I’m kinda on the fence after reading that Amy Lee and the Evanescence crew are supposedly entering the studio to record their third album with producer Nick Rasculinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones, Alice In Chains)
Amy Lee: ”We can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve been working on. We’ve written more than an album of songs. We’ve been finding ourselves, reinventing our sound, experimenting with things we’ve never done before and at the same time embracing the things we love most about Evanescence. This journey has made us the strongest we’ve ever been as a band, and I am in love with the music. Nick Rasculinecz is the perfect fit for this record and we are all very excited to get into the studio together.”
What are your thoughts readers? Ready for some more Evanescence?
Update: “Jerry and Sean are mourning the loss of their friend and ask that the media respect their privacy — and the privacy of Mike’s family — during this difficult time. Their thoughts & prayers are with Mike’s family.” – A statement from Alice in Chains.
Update: It’s kind of sickening to see reporters automatically assume that he died of an overdose. I’m not saying that an overdose isn’t a possibility, but I am saying that we should wait for the facts to come out before making official statements. Until I hear otherwise, there is no official cause of death.
News has just come out that former Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr, who appeared on season 3 of Celebrity Rehab, has passed away. Details aren’t out yet as to the cause of death. Starr appeared on ‘Facelift’, ‘Sap’ and ‘Dirt’, which I consider one of the finest grunge albums of that era.
Rest in peace Mike and hopefully you find peace and comfort wherever your journey takes you next.
Mike Starr, Layne Staley, Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney
Alice In Chains have released a video for ‘Last Of My Kind’, which comes off their latest album, ‘Black Gives Way To Blue’. The video is a compilation of live recordings from the vast amount of touring the band has done over the past year (and then some). Check out the video below and let us know if you were at one of those shows.
The early 90’s were the time when I was figuring out exactly what musical styles spoke to me and what drew my interest. It was also a time when music was…well, music, unlike much of today’s offerings. Gone were the days of hair and speed metal as well as electronic and synth-based bands, replaced by grunge, the beginnings of nu-metal, an evolving and growing hip-hop/rap genre as well as the popularization of contemporary country music. It was the end of an era that had grown into stagnation and the beginning of a fresh, new time that brought many of my (now) favorite artists to the forefront of the music scene.
One of these bands is Alice In Chains, whose 1992 release ‘Dirt’, is considered by many to be one of those ‘timeless’ albums that appears over and over in Top (insert number here) albums of (insert however long here). So, do I agree? Does ‘Dirt’ deserve all of these spots and this recognition? Find out after the jump.
So, it’s practically Halloween, a time of year that I, and I know many of you, love. We get to decorate our yards with gravestones, skeletons, dismembered limbs. We get to dress up as our favorite monster or creature. We get to have horror movie marathons. Basically, it’s the greatest time of the year, hands down. So I figured in the spirit of Bloody-Disgusting Music, why don’t I put together a list of 10 creepy music videos to just add fuel to the Halloween fire that’s burning in you all. This list is in no particular order, I just wanted to share them with you. The first is here and the remaining nine are after the jump. Enjoy!
Recently, Sully Erna of Godsmack fame posted a MySpace EPlaylist of songs that shaped his musical upbringing and his styles of today. Unfortunately for MySpace (and fortunate for us), they didn’t allow any descriptions to be posted along with those songs. Well, Sully sent them on over to Bloody-Disgusting for all of you readers to check out after the jump!
Sully Erna’s solo project, ‘Avalon’, is now available on iTunes or in stores everywhere, so make sure to pick up a copy!
For more information on Sully’s solo project, check out his official MySpace or Facebook.
As they gear up for September 7th release of highly anticipated new album Audio Secrecy, 3-time Grammy nominees Stone Sour have announced plans for a special intimate show/record release party at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York City on August 30th.
The special performance will be available for the entire world to see via a live stream that can be viewed on stonesour.com and roadrunnerrecords.com beginning at 8:30 pm EST.
Among the songs in that night’s set will be hook-laden lead single “Say You’ll Haunt Me,” (currently No. 6 at Active Rock and No. 17 at Modern Rock radio) and hard-charging new track “Mission Statement.” The band recently offered the latter as a free download and the response was massive, as fans downloaded the song more than 1,000 times an hour during a two-day period.
Stone Sour (lead vocalist Corey Taylor, guitarists James Root and Josh Rand, bassist Shawn Economaki and drummer Roy Mayorga) and producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Deftones) recorded Audio Secrecy at Blackbird Studios in Nashville during the destructive storms and devastating floods that hit the historic heart of Music City.
Metalheads rejoice: North America’s biggest thrash tour in 20 years is announced, as 1991′s original American “Clash of the Titans” lineup – Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax – will tour together once again on Leg Two of the American Carnage Tour. This trek kicks off September 24 at Verizon Wireless Theatre in Dallas, TX and will play 20 dates, including New York’s Nassau Coliseum, concluding at Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on October 21.
On Leg Two of American Carnage, Megadeth will continue to roar through its landmark 1990 album Rust in Peace from front to back, while Slayer will rip the roof off by performing its much-lauded Seasons in the Abyss album, which was also released in 1990. Anthrax recently welcomed back singer Joey Belladonna, who defined the band during their heyday, and now permanently back in the band, will be front-and-center.
Check after the jump for a great deal of information as well as tour dates!
36 CRAZYFISTS is pleased to announce the July 27th release of their upcoming Ferret Music effort, Collisions and Castaways. Hunger for a new record has been building in the hearts of fans since 2008’s The Tide and Its Takers. To accent this exciting news, 36 CRAZYFISTS is offering a pre-order of Collisions and Castaways, available HERE. The pre-order packages include your choice of an individual CD, a CD + exclusive pre-order shirt, or a CD + pre-order shirt and flag. All packages will include a signed booklet, only while supplies last. Finally, make sure to head over to 36 CRAZYFISTS’ MySpace and view the brand new layout.
Since forming 16 years ago, the band have released four records through three different labels, and have shared the road with the likes of Alice in Chains, Atreyu, Killswitch Engage, Chimaira, Diecast, God Forbid, Walls of Jericho, and Poison the Well. Collisions and Castaways, was written and recorded between October 2009 and May 2010. It follows on the heels of last year’s DVD outing, Underneath a Northern Sky, and is the band’s second straight effort to feature guitarist Steve Holt in the producer’s chair and Andy Sneap handling the final mix, Collisions and Castaways sees the band evolving into a three-piece unit following the 2008 departure of bassist Mick Whitney, who left the group to spend more time at home with his wife and children. Drummer Thomas Noonan and frontman Brock Lindow round out 36 CRAZYFISTS’ lineup, with longtime guitar tech Brett “Buzzard” Makowski filling in on bass for the band’s upcoming touring plans.
Three-time Grammy nominees STONE SOUR have announced a September 7th release date for their much-buzzed-about new album Audio Secrecy. “It’s probably the best thing I’ve done in a long time,” lead singer Corey Taylor recently told MTV News. “We recorded 18 songs — and knowing that every tune not only has its own identity but is damn good, I’m very, very proud of that.”
The band is giving fans a sneak preview of the album by offering a limited-time download of a new song titled “Mission Statement.” Says Taylor, “In this day and age, it’s important to be strong enough to know who you are. This song is not only a rallying cry for us, but it says everything about what this album means to us. This is just the beginning.”
“Mission Statement” will be available for 48 hours only beginning this Thursday, June 10th at 11am EST. The track can be downloaded at www.stonesour.com.
The album’s first commercial single will be “Say You’ll Haunt Me,” which ships to modern rock and rock radio on Tuesday, July 6th.
Three-time Grammy nominees STONE SOUR have revealed that Audio Secrecy will be the title of their highly anticipated new album, which is slated for release later this summer. The band and producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Rush) are currently holed away at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN, where they’re putting finishing touches on the much-buzzed-about record.
“Audio Secrecy is the summation of everything we want, everything we crave and everything we fight for,” says lead singer Corey Taylor. “The dimensions go further than anything we’ve ever tried before. It’s metal, rock, slow, soft, hard, fast, bitter, beautiful and most importantly, it’s REAL. You can’t get an album like this out of a band that doesn’t exist. We’re throwing caution out the damn window.”
The band (vocalist Corey Taylor, guitarists James Root and Josh Rand, bassist Shawn Economaki and drummer Roy Mayorga) will be previewing select songs from Audio Secrecy during their performances on this summer¹s Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. The 36-date tour launches August 17 in Minneapolis, MN and will visit arenas and amphitheatres across North America before wrapping October 4 in Madison, WI. Tickets for Uproar go on sale Saturday, May 15 in select markets and are available via www.RockstarUproar.com and www.livenation.com.