Three decades ago, Queen singer Freddie Mercury and King Of Pop Michael Jackson entered Jackson’s home studio and collaborated on several tracks. This collaboration ceased when the pair had a falling out. This occurred in 1983. In 2011, the Jackson estate released the tapes to Queen guitarist Brian May, who has since been tweaking, mixing, and layering the demos with additional material. And, according to May, this Fall we’ll finally be able to hear these tracks.
May has stated “There are a few items in progress. We will have something for folks to hear in a couple of months’ time, hopefully.” He continues, stating that the project is, “…exciting, challenging, emotionally taxing. But cool.”
According to the official Brian May website, “The tracks are likely to include new guitar solos from Brian May along with Queen-style vocal harmonies.” READ MORE
Rockers Young Beautiful In A Hurry have released a 16-bit homage music video for their cover of Queen‘s “Don’t Stop Me Now”. The video, directed and edited by The Walking Dead composer Bear McCreary and featuring James Rolfe (Angry Video Game Nerd), is a love letter to the great Sonic The Hedgehog games from the Sega Genesis era. Head on below to give it a watch!
You can buy YBINA’s debut album here. READ MORE
It has been announced that prog-metal band TesseracT has booked a session at Sphere Studios with the intent of recording a live performance, although they did not specify what exactly they will be recording. The band has previously released a live DVD of themselves performing the entire Concealing Fate EP in one uninterrupted take (which you can see below), so it’s highly possible that this is the plan and that the band will be recording a one-take of their new album Altered State.
Bassist Amos Williams comments, “I am pleased to announce that TesseracT have just booked Sphere Studios to do another live session. The Concealing Fate live session we did was one of the most fun days I’ve ever had as a musician, so I’m really looking forward to recording and filming another batch of tracks with Francesco Cameli (New Model Army, Queen, BFMV, Gary Moore).”
Altered State will be released May 27th via Century Media Records. READ MORE
A truly odd and somewhat demented video for Puscifer‘s take on the Queen classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” can be seen below. The video was directed by Mike King, Flea Circus Films & Puscifer and stars Dina Martina, Laura Milligan, Carina Round, Dan Burns, and Maynard James Keenan. The video is being likened to something out of a Tim And Eric sketch, and it’s pretty easy to see why. Poorly imposed heads, strange expressions, odd make up, and purposefully misplayed instruments are all a part of this strange video.
The song comes from the band’s latest EP Donkey Punch The Night (review). The EP was released today and can be purchased on iTunes. READ MORE
“This record will give people a peak into the kind of things that influence us musically. We REALLY like all of these songs along with the bands who actually wrote this stuff because first and foremost we are HUGE music fans.” – Buzz Osborne
And with these words, The Melvins have announced that they will be releasing a covers album entitled Everybody Loves Sausages, which will come out Apr. 30th via Ipecac Records. The album will feature tracks from artists such as Venom, Queen, David Bowie, and many more.
Although the album is being billed as a release of the proper Melvins lineup (Osborne, Dale Crover, Jared Warren, Coady Willis), some of the songs were recorded by the “Melvins Lite” line up (Osborne, Crover, Trevor Dunn): “Female Trouble”, “Timothy Leary Lives” and “Romance By Tales Of Terror”.
The full track list can be seen below along with the album artwork. READ MORE
In what may be one of the most depressing things I’ve read today, Blabbermouth is saying that Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan spoke to The Pulse Of Radio’s Chilean Radio Futuro that there will be, “…No new disc. Not this year… I have not written any songs. So no, there is nothing.” According to Tool’s website, the other members (Adam Jones, Justin Chancellor, and Danny Carey) have been hard at work writing the music and are approximately halfway through.
Meanwhile, Keenan will be releasing a new Puscifer EP entitled Donkey Punch The Night on Feb. 19th. The EP will feature some new music as well as a cover of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. READ MORE
Puscifer, the project led by Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan, is streaming a new song entitled “Breath”. The track comes off the upcoming EP Donkey Punch The Night, which comes out Feb. 19th and features a cover of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. You can listen to the song here.
The EP also features singer/songwriter Carina Round whose album Tigermending landed on my Top Albums of 2012 list, which you can see here. READ MORE
Puscifer, the project from Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan, has opened up pre-orders for their upcoming EP Donkey Punch The Night, which will be released Feb. 19th. The EP features a cover of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, five remix tracks, as well as two originals. Singer Carina Round is also on the EP.
You can pre-order the album here. READ MORE
Thrash metal legends Anthrax will be releasing an 8-track EP entitled Anthems on March 19th in N. America. The EP features six covers from band such as Rush, Cheap Trick, Boston, and more, and two Anthrax tracks. For their cover of Boston’s “Smokin’,” the band brought in keyboardist Fred Mandel, who has recorded with Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, Queen, Elton John, and many more.
Drummer Charlie Benante comments on the Boston cover, saying, “If ever there were a perfect first album, it’s Boston’s first album. The harmony leads they did would later be heard by Iron Maiden, which of course would lead to thrash metal.”
Vocalist Joey Belladonna, “These are all bands I grew up with and have listened to forever. It’s just great music. I had fun singing these songs and I was happy recording together with Anthrax, doing classic rock songs. Fun stuff!” READ MORE
Artist Maxim Dalton painted a poster of 35 of the greatest guitar players ever. While it doesn’t include some famous axe wielders (I don’t see Dimebag Darrell on there), it is a pretty comprehensive painting of guitarists who have shaped and influenced their genres. The painting was released as a limited edition poster but sold out long ago.
But what I want to know is can you identify them all! So head on below to test yourself on your guitar player knowledge! READ MORE
Alright, I can’t guarantee 100% that this is the album artwork for Puscifer‘s upcoming EP Donkey Punch The Night. Yes, the Pusicfer official Facebook page posted it. However, it’s so…cheap, ugly, amateurish, and terrible that I can’t bring myself to believe that it’s the final artwork. I’m guessing it’s gotta be some kind of joke. It looks like someone put it together in MS Paint (the Windows 95 version). Check it out below if you dare.
The EP will be released Feb. 19th, 2013 and will include a cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. The band will be performing Apr. 6th, 2013 at Lollapalooza in Santiago, Chile. READ MORE
Avant garde electronic group Puscifer (led by Tool/A Perfect Circle vocalist Maynard James Keenan) will be releasing a new EP entitled Donkey Punch The Night on Feb. 19th, 2013. The 8-track EP will feature two new songs entitled “Breathe” and “Dear Brother” as well as a cover of of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and a cover of Accept‘s “Balls To The Wall”.
The EP was recorded at Keenan’s wine vineyard, Caduceus Cellars, with the same roster from 2011′s Conditions of My Parole (review) (Keenan, Mitchell, Round, Eustis, Matt McJunkins and Jeff Friedl) and guests Zac Rae (piano), Juliette Commagere (vocals), Josh Morreau (bass) and Claire Acey (vocals).
Puscifer has a few tour dates for late Winter/early Spring of 2013. Check below for the track list of Donkey Punch The Night as well as confirmed tour dates. READ MORE
Without a doubt, one of the most famous film demons is Pazuzu, otherwise known to the masses as Captain Howdy, the little punk that possessed Linda Blair in The Exorcist. That nasty bugger has caused nightmares ever since appearing on the screen in 1973 and has wormed his way into mass culture, from Futurama to Final Fantasy.
Now, someone has taken Pazuzu and recreated the classic Queen album cover for Queen II, which was immortalized in the music video for “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Check it out below! READ MORE
Interview conducted by Chris Lockett:
Bloody-Disgusting recently had the pleasure of talking with frontman Jacob Bunton about his latest endeavor as the singer for Steven Adler’s (Guns ‘N’ Roses) new band Adler, and the band’s upcoming debut album. We also talked about what’s going on with his other band Lynam, as well as his view on Top 40 music, and his love of Horror. Hit the jump for this exclusive interview!
Adler will be participating on the Kiss Kruise. More information can be found here. READ MORE
If you follow Mr. Disgusting on twitter, you’ll know that he is an avid follower of basketball. And if I were to guess, I’d assume that he’s also a phenomenal dancer. As in he’d rock the two-step followed by a Charleston and finish it all off with a tap dance routine that would leave Dulé Hill in tears. But all of this is besides the point.
The point here is NBA Baller Beats, a new game coming out for XBox Kinect on Sept. 11th. The game uses an official Spalding NBA game ball replica and your body motions to match your dribbles and “passes” to the beat of licensed music. I highly doubt that the game comes with a warranty for all the lamps, vases, tables, chairs, glasses, and whatever else is in your game room that you are going to destroy once that ball leaves your hand.
Below is a trailer for the game as well as the disc soundtrack and previously mentioned songs for the game. READ MORE
It’s always a good day when Bay Area thrash metal legends Testament announce a new album, don’t you think? Arriving July 31st in N. America (July 27th in Europe), Dark Roots Of Earth will bring nine tracks of blistering metal that pretty much guarantees Indiana Jones-esque face melting. The album is being produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Arch Enemy, Nevermore) and the album artwork (which you can see below) is done by Eliran Kantor, who has worked with Sodom and Atheist among others. Check below for a full tracklisting for the standard and special editions. READ MORE
Say whatever you will about the Canadians but apparently they know how to react after they’ve been arrested. In the video below, a man who was arrested and didn’t agree with his charges began singing Queen‘s iconic song Bohemian Rhapsody from beginning to end. He even went so far as to do a cappella of the parts that didn’t have lyrics.
Now, I’m not saying this was a bad idea. Hell, I think this is awesome! But singing a song where a line is, “Momma, just killed a man/Put a gun against his head/pulled my trigger, now he’s dead” when you’re under arrest and in a police car doesn’t exactly seem like the brightest of ideas. Know what I mean?
According to Rolling Stone
, American Idol winner Adam Lambert
(featured above in all his Photoshopped glory) has stated that he will be the new singer of British rock band Queen
. In an interview with the U.K.’s Daily Star, Lambert stated, “The intention is to pay tribute to Freddie [Mercury] and the band by singing some fucking great songs. It’s to keep the music alive for the fans and give it an energy that Freddie would’ve been proud of.”
A representative for Hollywood Records says, “The Daily Star item only mentions that Adam may perform with Queen at Sonisphere. This is not confirmed. Nothing has been signed. However, if this were to happen, Queen would be returning to the setting of their final concert with Freddie Mercury, which took place in 1986.”
Below is my response.
A little while ago, I was able to chat with The Walking Dead and Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary about his approach to composing, what we can expect from season 2 of The Walking Dead, his work with the Angry Video Game Nerd, and his love of Oingo Boingo. Check after the jump for the exclusive interview!
X-Japan, one of Japan’s biggest rock artists, is releasing Jade tomorrow, a digital single from the bands upcoming English debut album. Described as a mix between Queen and Muse, the song has mostly English lyrics and is actually pretty awesome! I’m fast becoming a big fan of X-Japan and I’m really excited to hear the new album.
Photo Courtesy: Nishioka
“This is a years-long dream of X Japan’s, to release a record in the Americas and in Europe,” said Yoshiki, X Japan’s leader/producer/songwriter/drummer/pianist. ”Music is very powerful, and we believe it can help us bridge the gap between east and west. We hope that ‘Jade’ will be the first step.”
Check out the video of Jade after the jump!
Toy Fair 2011 brings you all the goods with some of the coolest action figure premieres each year. I know that my desk yearns for some of them to spice things up. How cool would it be to have a long-arm Freddy staring at you while you work? Well, the Toy Fair also brings us many figures and busts of some of our favorite rock stars. After the jump, you can check out some awesome figures from Rush, Dimebag Darrell, Queen, Led Zeppelin, and more.
Dream Theater’s James LaBrie is easily one of the defining, elite and naturally talented vocalists the world has to offer and after selling over a million albums worldwide he further challenges himself with an aggressive and dynamic new solo effort. The much anticipated new full-length offering, Static Impulse, also marks LaBrie’s first solo effort in over five years and is sure to please his legion of diehard fans, as well as win over many new devotees in the process. Be sure to stay tuned to www.jameslabrie.com
for new information.
Static Impulse also features the immensely talented longtime songwriting partner and keyboardist Matt Guillory. Another notable performance is Peter Wildoer from metal titans Darkane on drums and screaming vocals. The group is rounded out by Marco Sfogli on guitars and Ray Riendeau on bass. Static Impulse is set for a September 28th release on InsideOut Music and was mixed and mastered by the renowned Jens Borgen (Opeth, Katatonia).
LaBrie states: “Hi everyone. The release of Static Impulse is one that the whole band is psyched about. This is modern Metal and as heavy and relevant as any other band out there going in a similar musical direction. There are riffs that will blow your head off and melodies both musically and vocally that are hypnotic. Get in the driver’s seat and let the ears bleed. Enjoy and see you out there with a tour to follow up and support this release.”
Guillory further comments: “One year and two months in the making and we’re finally done. I’m really pleased with the way this record came out. James sounds fantastic, as well as the rest of the guys. Without a doubt, it’s our heaviest record thus far yet at the same time, it’s also our most melodic. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”
In addition to Dream Theater’s numerous studio and live releases, LaBrie has also appeared on releases by Fates Warning, Redemption, Trent Gardner’s Explorer’s Club, Leonardo The Absolute Man, Frameshift, Ayreon’s The Human Equation, as well as tribute albums to Rush, Emerson Lake & Palmer and Queen.