Prog metal legends Dream Theater have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, Dream Theater, on September 24th. This will mark the band’s 12th studio album and it is the follow up to 2011′s A Dramatic Turn Of Events. It will be the first album to see new drummer Mike Mangini involved from the beginning of the creative process.
Guitarist John Petrucci states, “I see every new album as an opportunity to start over. To either build or improve upon a direction that has been evolving over time or to completely break new ground. This is the first self-titled album of our career and there is nothing I can think of that makes a statement of musical and creative identity stronger than that. We’ve fully explored all of the elements that make us unique, from the epic and intense to the atmospheric and cinematic. We’re incredibly excited about ‘DREAM THEATER’ and can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”
The album will be available in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard and special edition CDs, 180 Gram Vinyl Double LP, and a Limited Edition Box Set. Pre-orders will begin in July via the Roadrunner Records webstore. A world tour is also in the works and will be announced soon. READ MORE
When it was announced that Killswitch Engage was parting ways with vocalist Howard Jones, there was a great sense of loss amongst the fans. However, there was also a feeling of anticipation and hope as many people were holding their breath and secretly wishing that original vocalist Jesse Leach would return. When those prayers were answered the anticipation for a new KsE album skyrocketed.
Enter Disarm The Descent, the first album with Jesse Leach since 2002’s seminal Alive Or Just Breathing. It’s been 11 years, so naturally some questions arise. Does Leach still have what it takes for KsE? Was his return the best choice? Is this even an album worth venturing into? Head on below for my thoughts! READ MORE
Hard rock band Stone Sour have made their new album House Of Gold & Bones: Part 2 available to stream ahead of its April 9th release date. The album is the conclusion to the concept story that was begun with House Of Gold & Bones: Part 1, which was released last year.
Singer Corey Taylor says, “Part 2 is the exciting conclusion. You will hear darkness. You will hear reflections of Part 1. You will see what’s next. Most importantly, you will join the characters as they finally decide.”
The full album can be streamed here. The fantastic video for “Do Me A Favor”, which was directed by Phil Mucci, can be seen below (seriously, it’s Music Video Of The Year worthy, so go watch it). READ MORE
Hard rock/metal band Stone Sour has released an amazing video for “Do Me A Favor”, which comes from their upcoming album House Of Gold And Bones: Part 2 (out April 9th via Roadrunner Records). Directed by the always impressive Phil Mucci, the video is a visual masterpiece and never offers a dull moment, featuring brutal fistfights, zombies, and much, much more. I can’t recommend checking this video out enough. Head on below to see it!
Singer Corey Taylor explains, “The ‘Do Me A Favor’ video is actually based loosely on a part of the short story that happens towards the end. It’s a lot of action and fire. All the main characters are there: The Human, Allen, Peck, Black John and the Numbers… It’s a great ride.”
You can pre-order HOGAB:P2 on iTunes. READ MORE
Metalcore band Killswitch Engage has teamed up with AltPress to stream their new album Disarm The Descent, which comes out April 1st via Roadrunner Records. You can listen to the album by clicking the previous link or by heading down below.
Disarm The Descent is the first album to feature original vocalist Jesse Leach since 2002′s Alive Or Just Breathing. You can pre-order the album here
Keep an eye out for our exclusive interview with drummer Justin Foley, coming soon! READ MORE
Hard rockers Stone Sour have unleashed a 30-second teaser of a new song from House Of Gold And Bones: Part 2 entitled “Black John”. The song has an almost “dancey” vibe with a thick distorted bass and an upbeat drum beat. If this is their next single, I’ll fully admit that I’m liking it more than their current one, “Do Me A Favor”. You can hear the sample below.
HOGAB:P2 will be released April 9th. You can pre-order the album here. READ MORE
Now that Lamb Of God singer Randy Blythe has been cleared of all charges in the Prague manslaughter trial, the band has announced a full run of N. American tour dates that will see them touring throughout the US as well as a date in Canada. Support will come from Decapitated with Terror appearing through June 10th at which point The Acacia Strain will take over. The band will be touring in support of their early 2012 release Resolution (review). All tour dates can be found below.
The band has also announced that they will be putting on the “Metal On the Mountain” retreat on July 15th through 19th. Held at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York, the weeklong retreat (limited to 170 fans) will feature guitar and drum clinics, songwriting sessions, competitions, jam sessions, and a full band concert on the final night. There will also be lessons on how to mix a live show, and much more. More information can be found here. READ MORE
Norwegian rock band Kvelertak has just released a music video for “Månelyst”, which comes from the band’s upcoming sophomore album Meir (out March 26th via Roadrunner Records). Directed by Fredrik Hana, the video “captures the director’s adoration for horror films.” The video features one horror trope after another and is definitely a labor of horror love.
Hana states, “I wanted to make a video that didn’t have any repetitious elements. I wanted to get as far away as possible from the kind of videos that has two, maybe three unique elements on constant circulation.
“Also, I totally dig horror films, always have, so I wanted to make something that showed my unconditional love for the genre. Working with this particular band just makes me want to go all the way.”
You can watch the video below. READ MORE
Metalcore band Killswitch Engage has released a new single entitled “The New Awakening”. The song comes from the band’s upcoming album The New Descent, which comes out April 2nd via Roadrunner Records. It is the first album to feature original vocalist Jesse Leach since 2002′s Alive Or Just Breathing. The album was produced by guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz. The album is available for pre-order on iTunes.
You can hear the new single below. READ MORE
Hard rock/metal band Stone Sour have announced a US tour that will begin the first week of April and see them go until their performance at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards show in Los Angeles, CA on May 2nd. The ‘Revolver Road To The Golden Gods’ US tour will see support from In This Moment and Hell Or Highwater. The band will be touring in support of their upcoming album House Of Gold & Bones Part 2, which comes out Apr. 9th. The full touring schedule can be seen below. READ MORE
Hard rock/metal band Stone Sour have released a trailer for the upcoming music video for “Do Me A Favor”, which you can watch below. The video was directed by Phil Mucci, whose video for Pig Destroyer‘s “The Diplomat” landed on my Top 10 Music Videos Of 2012. Mucci is constantly proving that he is one of the freshest, most innovative, and certainly most interesting music video directors of today. And after watching this trailer, I can say that I’m extremely excited to see what he does with Stone Sour’s material!
“Do Me A Favor” comes from Stone Sour’s upcoming album House Of Gold & Bones Part 2, which comes out Apr. 9th via Roadrunner Records. READ MORE
Melodic metal masters Killswitch Engage have released an official video for their new single “In Due Time”, which comes from their upcoming album Disarm The Descent (out Apr. 2nd via Roadrunner Records). The video is a mix of band performance with behind-the-scenes footage of the music video shoot. You can watch it via Rolling Stone or head on below. READ MORE
Metal titans Anthrax have released a stream of their cover on Rush‘s classic song “Anthem”, which you can hear below. The cover will be released on their upcoming EP Anthems, which features additional covers of Thin Lizzy, Cheap Trick, Boston, and more. The EP will be released Mar. 19th in N. America. READ MORE
Metal legends Megadeth have unveiled Super Collider as the title of their 14th studio album. They have also announced that the album will be released in June and will be distributed by Universal Records. This comes after Megadeth’s split with Roadrunner Records, which was amicable.
Mustaine states, “It was a real thrill for us to learn there was an opportunity to join Universal. It seems like every time you see a great band or music video, it comes from a Universal label … Being with Universal is by far the most exciting and prestigious home for Megadeth ever! We are electrified with what the future holds and the possibilities such a powerhouse like Universal will bring for us all.
“We have worked with some great people over the years, and it is amazing to see so many of them on the Universal team for our new record, Super Collider. If Megadeth being here isn’t satiating enough, having Tradecraft as my own label is going to be really amazing for metal bands around the world.”
Head on below to see studio footage from Vic’s Garage. READ MORE
Hard rock/metal band Stone Sour has released a lyric video for their newest single “Do Me A Favor”, which is from their upcoming album House Of Gold & Bones: Part 2. The album comes out April 9th via Roadrunner Records and is the followup to 2012′s critically acclaimed House Of Gold & Bones: Part 1. You can watch the video below as well as see the album cover and track list. READ MORE
Melodic metal band Killswitch Engage has released a lyric video for their latest single “In Due Time”, which comes from their upcoming album Disarm The Descent. The song is now available for purchase on all digital platforms.
Their sixth studio album, Disarm The Descent will be released on April 2nd via Roadrunner Records and is the first album to feature singer Jesse Leach since 2002′s Alive Or Just Breathing.
Alright everyone, what are your thoughts about lyric videos? They’ve certainly taken a rise in the past two years as a cheap yet marketable option for bands. Are you into them or do you want a real video? Let me know in the comments below. READ MORE
Progressive rock band Dream Theater have unveiled a trailer for their upcoming live DVD/Blu-Ray Live At Luna Park. Filmed over two nights in Buenos Aires using 16 cameras, the concert provides fans with a full, rich experience as well as tons of behind-the-scenes extras that show the band in wardrobe, hanging out, etc… This is also the first live DVD/Blu-Ray with drummer Mike Mangini.
Guitarist John Petrucci states, “This is without a doubt the closest a viewer at home will come to experiencing a live Dream Theater concert. Between the hi-def and 3D video, the huge audio mix and the documentary style behind the scenes footage, you are truly transported to the arena and completely immersed in the entire live experience.
He continues, saying, “We have the greatest fans on the planet and the people of Argentina are no exception! The energy and vibe at Luna Park was truly electric and contagious. The perfect synergy between band and audience. We are immensely proud of this DVD and incredibly excited to share it with everyone!”
The DVD/Blu-Ray is expected to be released in May. Head below for the trailer. READ MORE
Hard rock/metal band Stone Sour have revealed the track listing for their upcoming album House Of Gold & Bones: Part 2, the follow up album to House Of Gold & Bones: Part 1, which was released late last year. The new album will be released Apr. 9th via Roadrunner Records. You can see the song list plus the album artwork below.
Stone Sour features Slipknot members Corey Taylor and Jim Root. The first single “Do Me A Favor” will drop on Feb. 12th. READ MORE
Norwegian hard rock band Kvelertak has been signed to Roadrunner Records. The band will be releasing their sophomore album Meir (“More”) on Mar. 26th. Their first single “Bruane Brenn” will hit iTunes on Feb. 5th.
Dave Rath, Senior Vice President of A&R at Roadrunner Records says, “Every decade or so, hard rock and heavy metal gets a well-deserved kick in the ass. Kvelertak is the band to do just that. These guys remind us that rock music should truly affect us. Roadrunner is proud to deliver Kvelertak to a world waiting for a musical awakening. If this band doesn’t get your heart racing, then you don’t have one.”
Below is their video for “Mjød”. READ MORE
Roadrunner Records artist Killswitch Engage has unveiled their new album title as Disarm The Descent and have announced that they will be releasing it on April 2nd. The first single, “In Due Time”, will be released digitally on Feb. 5th. There will be 12 tracks on their 6th studio album, which is also the first album to feature original vocalist Jesse Leach since 2002′s Alive Or Just Breathing.
Leach states, “It is with a grateful spirit that we prepare for this record’s release. From the music, to the lyrics, to the artwork, we are all proud of what we have accomplished. To me this is by far my best vocal performance, much thanks to Adam’s guidance and faith in my abilities. I am very grateful to be where I am in life, back in an amazing band with a record we are all excited for the world to hear. Thanks to all the fans for their warm welcome back and their undying love for Killswitch Engage.”
Head on below for the full track list. READ MORE
Prog rock/metal band Dream Theater have commenced recording their 12th studio album, which will be released through Roadrunner Records. The band has posted a few photos of gear and equipment that they’ll be using in the studio, which you can see below. The album, which will be the follow up to 2011′s A Dramatic Turn Of Events, does not yet have a release date or name.
Dream Theater recently resigned to Roadrunner Records. In a statement from the band, they say, “Roadrunner’s dedication and commitment to Dream Theater has been evident to all of us from the very beginning, and is consistent in all departments and on all levels, right on through to the top. Roadrunner is a record label that is not only great at what they do but who truly understand what Dream Theater is all about as well as the amazing people who support us all around the world whom we proudly call our fans. They are a record company we relate to as an organization firmly rooted in its ideals and mission, while always pushing the envelope in an effort to keep things moving ever forward. We’ve reached many career defining milestones while at Roadrunner and are all incredibly pumped in anticipation of our continued future together!” READ MORE
Let’s kick off 2013 with something fun, catchy, and grotesque, shall we? This week’s Twisted Video Of The Week is Korn‘s “Right Now”, which comes off their sixth studio album Take A Look In The Mirror. Check it out below!
Make sure to leave a comment with your suggestion for next week’s edition of Twisted Music Video Of The Week! READ MORE
Corey Taylor (Slipknot) has revealed that Stone Sour will be releasing House Of Gold And Bones Part 2 in April this year. The album is the follow up to House Of Gold And Bones Part 1, which was released Oct. 23rd, 2012. A single from HOGAB 2 will be coming out “very soon”.
He also reveals that issue #1 of the HOGAB comic will also be coming out in April, and that a second book will be released in the summer. READ MORE
Well, they’re in a TV commercial, that is. Yup, UK power metal group Dragonforce is now hitting the small screen courtesy of Capitol One mobile banking in a new marketing campaign.
In the commercial, which you can watch below, guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman are engaged in a vicious guitar solo battle (which is shot almost exactly like the battle in “Through The Fire And The Flames”). While one guitarist is rocking out, the other whips out his cellphone and checks his banking through the mobile banking app. Oh, and they also happen to be standing on an asteroid as it floats through space next to a blazing star. Is it strange that my only thought was, “I highly doubt the Wi-Fi signal is strong enough for them to access their data plan.”?
Dragonforce’s latest album is The Power Within, which came out April 15th, 2012. READ MORE