David Ellefson, who as everybody knows is no longer a member of Megadeth due to a recent sex scandal, has agreed to produce some "drum riffs" of late Megadeth drummer, Nick Menza, which were unearthed recently. Ellefson will collaborate with several musicians from around the world to record new riffs and add new parts to Menza's existing riffs — an expected thirteen tracks, which will feature the heaviest and fastest drum material that Menza had even recorded. Ex-Megadeth bassit said about this project:"Posthumously, we're actually forming a new band with Nick".

In other news concerning Ellefson and Menza, Screaming Butterfly Entertainment has partnered with Ellefson and Ellefson Films on a new documentary about Menza, entitled "This Was My Life: The Story Of Nick Menza". Ellefson will be a co-producer of the film, and also will provide narration to guide the viewer through the exploration of the late Megadeth drummer's life.

Beth Hart has announced her new album, which will be titled "A Tribute to Led Zeppelin". Right below you can read the official press release.

The Grammy-nominated powerhouse vocalist Beth Hart takes on one of her most profound undertakings to date by channelling the legendary voice of Robert Plant on "A Tribute To Led Zeppelin". The album will be released on February 25 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group and will be available digitally, CD, and LP (Black vinyl, Orange transparent vinyl, and Splatter red gold vinyl).
 
The nine track album highlights the incredible musical spectrum that Led Zeppelin operated in. At the helm was super-producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance) and engineer Doug McKean (Goo Goo Dolls, Adam Lambert). The A-list musicians include Cavallo on guitar along with Tim Pierce (Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner); on bass was Chris Chaney (Rob Zombie, Slash);on keyboards was Jamie Muhoberac (Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones); on drums was Dorian Crozier (Celine Dion, Miley Cyrus, Joe Cocker), and Matt Laug played drums on Stairway To Heaven (Alanis Morissette, Alice Cooper). Orchestral arrangements were by David Campbell (Muse, Beyoncé). All that was left was the final piece of the puzzle... the voice.
 
Things clicked into place when Cavallo was producing Hart's previous album, War In My Mind (2019), and she did an impromptu version of "Whole Lotta Love" in the studio. He later asked about doing a whole record. Beth said, "I'm not doing this whole album. To do Zeppelin, you've got to be pissed off to hit that right. I can't go there; I've worked years to put my rage away."
 
She continues, "then the pandemic and all the things around it hit. So now I'm pissed off. I called my manager and said, have Rob and Doug send me all the music because I am ready to do this."
  
If you were to rewind, you could say the story for a Led Zeppelin album started further back; in May 2004 Hart prowled the stage at the Paradiso in Amsterdam for an incendiary performance of "Whole Lotta Love". The song became a semi-regular fixture in her setlist over the years, including a memorable performance with Slash.
 
As a child, the sound of "Black Dog" traveled from Beth's neighbor's house into her orbit. Her brother introduced her to the heavy rock of Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Her major-label debut came on Atlantic with the 1996 release of Immortal. The same label introduced Led Zeppelin to the world in 1969.
 
Earlier on in Beth's career, former VP of Led Zeppelin's Swan Song label, Alan Callan, recommended Beth contact Jeff Beck to work together. Hart and Beck have gone on to form a beautiful friendship. Beck and Jimmy Page are also friends, and for a while, bandmates in The Yardbirds. After Beck's departure from the band, they would eventually become Led Zeppelin.  
 
After her phenomenal performance at the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors for Buddy Guy, she received a standing ovation from Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones.
 
It's fitting that "Whole Lotta Love" is the opening song of the album. From there, it's a non-stop journey through "Kashmir", an enchanting version of "Stairway to Heaven" to a James Brown-esque funky strut of "The Crunge." Inspired medleys "Dancing Days/When The Levee Breaks" and "No Quarter/Babe I'm Gonna Leave You Now" stand on both sides of "Black Dog." The penultimate song, "Good Times Bad Times" leads into the orchestral ballad "The Rain Song," which closes the album. 
 
Talking about the music and legacy of Zeppelin, she says, "it's so beautifully done, it's timeless. It will go on forever. Sometimes people come along, and they're from another planet, and they make these pieces of art which will forever be."
 
Hart is recognized as one of her generation's most talented voices. She has sold out tours worldwide, including performances at historic venues such as Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, London's Royal Albert Hall, and the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. She's topped the Billboard Blues charts six times, gone double platinum and had a string of Top 10 charting albums across Europe.
 
On a final thought, Beth pauses and reflects to say, "this Zeppelin album allowed me to get all my rage out, and for that, I'm really grateful."

Tracklist

1. Whole Lotta Love
2. Kashmir
3. Stairway To Heaven
4. The Crunge
5. Dancing Days/When The Levee Breaks (Medley)
6. Black Dog
7. No Quarter / Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (Medley)
8. Good Times Bad Times
9. The Rain Song

Machine Head is working on its new, tenth studio album, which is yet untitled. Robb Flynn and Jared MacEachern (bass) spent the last week at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California, with producer Zack Ohren, preparing a new full-length disc, which will due out next summer. According to Flynn and MacEachern, the band is "making great progress on at least six different new songs, including a 10-minute-plus epic". 

Recently (June 2021) the famous metallers released the "Arrows In Words From The Sky" single, which was also recorded at Sharkbite and included the tracks "Become The Firestorm", "Rotten" and "Arrows In Words From The Sky". The line-up featured, apart from Flynn and MacEachern, drummer Navene Koperweiss (Entheos, Whitechapel, Animals As Leaders) and Zack Ohren.

Serious Black, the international power metal formation, is returning to the European stages this year!

The time has come! The live music is returning slowly. And so, the guys from Serious Black couldn't help but finally announce their "Kings Today Tour"! This year (!) the power metal group will return to European stages with a new album, a new front singer and the sidekicks Skeletoon and Seven Thrones.

In addition to classics songs from the albums “Magic”, “First Light” and “Suite 226”, fans can also look forward to the first live performances of the new album “Vengeance Is Mine”. The international power metal formation around bassist and founder Mario Lochert probably created the most powerful and imaginative work of their career, with great guitar riffs, grooving rhythms and hymn-like melodies. In terms of lyrics, the band goes into previously unexplored depths. Lochert: “This time I allowed insights into my inner and private life like never before, including how I think, how I feel, how I am, and how I can be to keep a band going. The lyrics on 'Vengeance Is Mine' reflect the past four or five years more broadly. Of course, this had an impact on the songwriting, which has become even more intense and emotional. "

The Serious Black mastermind talks about an album that will be released on February 25, 2022, but which will already provide plenty of appetite with four singles in advance. The track 'The Story' including a comprehensive lyric video was released on September 17, 2021, followed by the second release video "Rock With Us Tonight".

Lochert's assessment that his band has achieved a masterpiece with 'Vengeance Is Mine' has - at least in this context - a new name: Nikola Mijić, powerful vocalist from Serbia. And so comes together what fits together: With the expressive timbre of Nikola Mijić, the rapid riffs and hooks of their guitarist Dominik Sebastian, many driving grooves by drummer Ramy Ali and the varied songwriting by bassist and bandleader Mario Lochert, “Vengeance is Mine” is a perfect example of a deeply melodic and at the same time energetic and dynamic power metal album.

What could be better than finally getting back on stage and performing this powerful masterpiece live? See Serious Black live!

SERIOUS BLACK - KINGS TODAY TOUR 
Grey Attack , Skeletoon* and Seven Thorns**
24.11 21 ( ES ) BARCELONA - SALA BOVEDA
25.11. 21 ( ES ) MADRID - SALA ROCKVILLE
26.11.21 ( ES ) VITORIA - URBAN ROCK CONCEPT
27.11. 21 ( ES ) VALLADOLID - PORTA CAELI
28.11.21 ( ES ) VIGO - SALA MASTER
26.01.22 ( HU ) BUDAPEST – DÜRER KERT
27.01.22 ( AT )  SALZBURG - ROCKHOUSE 
28.01.22  (DE ) SELB - ROCKCLUB*
29.01.22 ( DE )  STUTTGART - CLUB ZENTRAL* 
30.01.22 ( DE )  SAARBRÜCKEN - GARAGE* 
31.01.22 ( CH )  PRATTELN - Z 7*
01.02.22  ( FR )  PARIS - LE CIRQUE ELECTRIQUE*
02.02.22 ( BE )  BILZEN - SOUTH OF HEAVEN* 
03.02.22 ( DE )  BREMEN - TIVOLI* 
04.02.22 ( NL )  TILBURG - LITTLE DEVIL** 
05.02.22 ( DE )  MONHEIM AM RHEIN - AULA AM BERLINER RING** 
06.02.22 ( DE )  BOCHUM - MATRI**
07.02.22 ( DE )  HAMBURG - LOGO**
09.02.22 ( DE )  FRANKFURT – NACHTLEBEN**
10.02.22 ( DE ) BERLIN -  PRIVATCLUB** 
11.02.22 ( CZ ) PRAG – STORM CLUB**
12.02.22 ( DE )  LEIPZIG - HELLRAISER**
13.02.22 ( DE )  MÜNCHEN - BACKSTAGE**
14.07.22 ( AT ) LEOBEN - AREA 53 FESTIVAL
23.09.22 ( CH ) TENNWIL - ROCKNACHT TENNWIL

....more shows announced to be soon .....

 

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