Metallica donates over 135,000 dollars to flood disaster victims in Germany.
As heavy rains swept across Europe in July 2021, regions of Western Germany saw an entire month's worth of rainfall within just 48 hours. This downpour led to flooding and grave disaster, with at least 184 deaths reported.
In August of 2021, as a show of support for those affected and in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of The Black Album, Metallica released a limited-edition "Enter Sandman" single. This release was distributed on numbered, glow-in-the-dark seven-inch vinyl as well as a Maxi CD and three-inch PockIt CD — all available exclusively in Germany.
n partnership with Universal Music Germany, the band announced that all sales profits would go directly to the flood victims. Nearly one year later, as the construction work in the affected regions is still in full swing, Metallica's All Within My Hands foundation is donating 130,000 euros (approximately $137,000) to Aktion Deutschland Hilft.
Megadeth are back! The legendary heavy metal band will close a summer of worldwide touring with the release of its sixteenth studio album, "The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!", on September 2 via UMe.
Featuring twelve new tracks, "The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!" will be made available on CD, vinyl, and cassette, as well as digitally through all online partners. There will also be a limited deluxe edition 2LP, 12-track album pressed on 180g black vinyl housed in a numbered gatefold jacket with a 12x24 lyrics/credits insert, a lenticular vinyl lithograph and a bonus seven-inch featuring "We'll Be Back" and the unreleased B-side "The Conjuring (Live)". The limited deluxe edition can only be purchased via Megadeth's official online store, through Sound Of Vinyl and uDiscover.
The first song to be released from "The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!" is the ferocious, quintessentially Megadeth track "We'll Be Back", which is accompanied by the world premiere of "We'll Be Back: Chapter I", an epic, action-packed short film chronicling the origins of Megadeth's mascot, Vic Rattlehead. Produced by Dave Mustaine, "We'll Be Back: Chapter I" is a soldier's tale of bravery, personal sacrifice, and the will to survive. It is the first installment of a trilogy of videos to be released in conjunction with the release of the new album "The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!".
"The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!" consolidates a furious return to form that began with the Grammy-winning "Dystopia", while pushing forward musically and marking Mustaine's recent triumph over throat cancer. Reuniting visionary Megadeth leader and sonic architect Dave Mustaine with co-producer Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Parkway Drive),who together helmed 2016's "Dystopia", the album was recorded at Mustaine's home studio in Nashville, Tennessee, with guitarist Kiko Loureiro and drummer Dirk Verbeuren. Bassist Steve DiGiorgio temporarily stepped in to record the album. With the kick-off of Meadeth's recent tour, Megadeth alumni James LoMenzo rejoined the MEGADETH family as permanent bass player.
"For the first time in a long time, everything that we needed on this record is right in its place," Dave Mustaine enthused. "I can't wait for the public to get hold of this!".
Featuring some of Mustaine's strongest songwriting while also incorporating writing from the rest of the band, "The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!" brings together everything that's exhilarating and distinctive about Megadeth. From the blistering throwback fury of "Night Stalkers" (featuring icon Ice-T) and first single "We'll Be Back", to the more mid-tempo and melodic "Soldier On!" and the very personal title track, with its enthralling twists and turns. "The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!" also features a cover of Dead Kennedys' "Police Truck" and Sammy Hagar's "This Planet's On Fire", the latter of which includes vocals from Hagar himself.
"The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!" track listing:
01. The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead! 02. Life In Hell 03. Night Stalkers (feat. Ice T) 04. Dogs Of Chernobyl 05. Sacrifice 06. Junkie 07. Psychopathy 08. Killing Time 09. Soldier On! 10. Célebutante 11. Mission To Mars 12. We'll Be Back 13. Police Truck (DEAD KENNEDYS cover) 14. This Planet's On Fire (Burn In Hell) (Sammy Hagar cover) (feat. Sammy Hagar)
Queensrÿche has just released its first single and video, "In Extremis", off its upcoming album, "Digital Noise Alliance". This new album will be available on October 7, 2022, via Century Media. The band's sixteenth studio album was once again helmed by Chris "Zeuss" Harris, who previously worked on 2015's "Condition Hüman" and "The Verdict" albums.
With a career that not only spans, but has charted the course of multiple genres, QUEENSRŸCHE remains a force in their own right. “Digital Noise Alliance”, QUEENSRŸCHE’s 16th studio album, that will be out October 7th, continues the ever-evolving legacy the Bellvue Washington born band began in 1982 when they first took hold of the flame with their hugely received self-titled 4-song EP. Their recent U.S. tour with Judas Priest proved that the band’s time off the road and in the studio only stoked their ambition and fire.
Once again teaming up with producer Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed), “Digital Noise Alliance” not only refracts QUEENSRŸCHE’s past accomplishments but also pushes into the band’s future. It is the band effortlessly moving from strength to strength: immediate and thought-provoking. Quintessentially QUEENSRŸCHE.
The band comments: “This song is about being on your deathbed surrounded by your loved ones. Clinging to the last sense available, letting them know you will still be hearing them after correspondence or perceived consciousness is visible. Other conceptual metaphors flash in and out, taking note of a world that will not bend to accommodate such suffering, a universe of mockery, and a universe void of such abilities.”
Right after the release of “Digital Noise Alliance” the band will embark on another tour opening for the mighty Judas Priest on their “50 Heavy Metal Years” tour.
QUEENSRŸCHE line-up: Eddie Jackson - bass Michael Wilton - guitar Todd La Torre - vocals Casey Grillo - drums Mike Stone - guitar
The original Alice Cooper 2015 reunion show is finally available on CD, LP and in digital shops worldwide. This new Alice Cooper live album will be titled "Live From The Astroturf" and will be released on September 30th, 2022.
Formed in 1968, the original Alice Cooper band forged a theatrical brand of hard rock that was destined to shock and had never been seen before. Within five years they would release no fewer than seven studio albums, amongst them their international breakthrough School's Out (including the Top 10 hit of the same name) and the US #1 Billion Dollar Babies (1973). By 1974, the band had risen to the upper echelon of rock stardom... and then, it dissolved.
In October 2015, over 40 years later, record store owner and superfan Chris Penn convinced the original line-up to reunite for a very special performance at Good Records, his record store in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Alice Cooper (vocals), Michael Bruce (guitar), Dennis Dunaway (bass) and Neal Smith (drums) were joined on stage by Alice’s current guitarist Ryan Roxie (standing in for the late Glen Buxton). A packed audience was expecting to attend Dennis Dunaway’s Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!’ book signing… but they ended up witnessing a full-blown happening.
The legendary reunion show including all-time classics such as “No More Mr. Nice Guy”, “I’m Eighteen” and “School’s Out”, is now becoming available for the very first time worldwide on September 30, 2022. Luckily, the event was also filmed. The documentary movie “Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper” (edited and directed by Steven Gaddis) was very warmly welcomed at Film Festivals all over the world by music fans as well as rock journalists. The documentary won multiple awards for its coverage of the historic event. The movie is included in the live album’s first print CD and Vinyl LP editions.
Pop the popcorn, blow up the balloons, dim the lights, and crank it up!
Tracklist: CD CAUGHT IN A DREAM (Vinyl Side A) BE MY LOVER I’M EIGHTEEN IS IT MY BODY NO MORE MR. NICE GUY UNDER MY WHEELS (Vinyl Side B) SCHOOL’S OUT ELECTED DESPERADO (Intr. Bonus-Track)
DVD/Blu-ray (Running time: over 100 minutes) DOCUMENTARY WITH ALL LIVE PERFORMANCES +EXTRAS: -Music Video “I’m Eighteen (Live From The Astroturf)” -Music Video “Under My Wheels (Live From The Astroturf)” -Extensive Interview with Dennis, Michael and Neal