Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star, the company which creates “beautiful lullaby versions of your favorite artists,” will release “Lullaby Versions Of Soundgarden” on August 19 via Roma Music Group.
“Lullaby Versions Of Soundgarden” track listing:
01. Black Hole Sun
02. Fell On Black Days
03. Burden In My Hand
06. The Day I Tried To Live
07. Rusty Cage
08. Hunger Strike
The song “Black Hole Sun” can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
Check out audio samples at this location.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star was born for the parent that wants to pass along their biggest passion to their child, music. Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star transforms popular music into instrumental lullabies perfect for babies, yoga or just relaxation. Now, parents can enjoy the music from LADY GAGA to METALLICA in soothing lullaby style. With over 135 titles to choose from, Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star is the largest line of pop, rock, metal and jamband music lullabies in the world.
These aren’t novelty recordings. They are cute, they are soft but these are serious recordings. Roma Music Group, which releases Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star, is run by two music industry veterans who put the fidelity of these recording at the top of the priority list. Let’s face it, much like the brand name clothes you buy for your infant, this music is really for you. Whether you are raising a metal baby, rocker or hippie baby, Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star has your music transformed from arena anthems into nursery classics.
Fan-filmed video footage of Florida death metal veterans OBITUARY performing two new songs — “Visions In My Head” and “Violence” — on August 10 at the Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, West Midlands, United Kingdom can be seen below.
OBITUARY will release its ninth studio album, “Inked In Blood”, on October 28 via the band’s new partnership with Relapse Records.
OBITUARY‘s first full-length CD in over five years was recorded by the band this past April at its own RedNeck Studio in Gibsonton, Florida.
“Inked In Blood” track listing:
01. Centuries Of Lies
02. Violent By Nature
03. Pain Inside
04. Visions In My Head
05. Back On Top
07. Inked In Blood
08. Deny You
09. Within A Dying Breed
10. Minds Of The World
11. Out Of Blood
12. Paralyzed With Fear
The “Inked In Blood” cover artwork can be seen below.
Commented OBITUARY on the new material: “We don’t know how to explain it but we really hit the ‘metal nail’ on the head with this album.
“We have been writing and working on the new material for nearly three years now and we could not be more excited how these songs have all turned out.
“All the stars seem to have aligned for us and this release, with the songs, production and overall feel of this record, the band is more solid than ever.”
The album recording was funded by an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign in late 2013. Now the band has partnered with Relapse worldwide to maximize the release and impact of what is surely their heaviest and most cohesive record in 20 years.
The group elaborated on the decision to create the Kickstarter campaign and sign with Relapse.
“We always knew that our fans were some of the most devoted fans on the planet and they proved it by stepping up, being a part of something new and supporting us with our Kickstarter campaign,” says the band. “This was an amazing display of true fan support and we could not be more proud of everyone who helped raise the money to record this album by pre-ordering it, buying all the cool stuff we offered and just being a part of something that we believe will be the way of the future. Now we have teamed up with Relapse Records to have them get this new album out there, in stores and available to the fans worldwide.
“We are very excited about our partnership with Relapse and are looking forward to working beside them with the release. They are a great label and super-cool people who have shown us that they are excited to have OBITUARY on their roster and are ready to push this album to its fullest potential.”
Fan-filmed video footage of OBITUARY performing the “Inked In Blood” title track on June 13 at the Copenhell festival in Copenhagen, Denmark can be seen below.
John Tardy – Vocals
Trevor Peres – Guitar
Donald Tardy – Drums
Terry Butler – Bass
Kenny Andrews – Guitar
“Visions In My Head” and “Violence” performance:
“Inked In Blood” performance:
As the world continues to mourn actor and comedian Robin Williams following his death on Monday (August 11) at the age of 63, artists from every field of entertainment are sharing their thoughts about the late comic giant. The Pulse Of Radio caught up with BUSH frontman Gavin Rossdale on Tuesday (August 12) and asked him to share what he’ll remember most about Williams. “For me personally, along with his film work, it was his stand-up work that was just completely mesmerizing,” he said. “He was just from literally another dimension, the way that he could bounce around, and his delivery, his timing, the subject matter — and just his humanity and his warmth and compassion, and as we’ve seen so often, behind all that warmth and compassion there’s such a sadness as well. It’s just so devastating for his family, and just a very, very sad time.”
Williams‘ body was discovered Monday morning by an assistant in a bedroom at the actor’s California home. The coroner stated that Williams committed suicide by hanging.
In addition to actors, filmmakers and executives in Hollywood, rock musicians ranging from Ozzy Osbourne to Flea to Corey Taylor have posted their reactions to Williams‘ death on Twitter.
Rossdale is currently in the final stages of completing BUSH‘s sixth studio album, with details about the title, release date and first single to be revealed soon.
The band’s last album, 2011’s “The Sea Of Memories”, followed a 10-year hiatus and featured the No. 1 rock single “The Sound Of Winter”.
Central Pennsylvania old-souled, dirty groove rock quartet CROBOT will release its new album, titled “Something Supernatural”, on October 28 via Wind-Up. The CD was produced at Machine Shop studios by Machine (CLUTCH, LAMB OF GOD, COBRA STARSHIP, GYM CLASS HEROES), who also worked with CROBOT on the band’s self-titled EP.
The good-time anthem and first single “Nowhere To Hide” — a track that sounds like THE BLACK CROWES driving a Camaro — has cracked the Top 20 at radio, climbing to No. 16 this week with major market support, including SiriusXM Octane, WIIL Chicago, WRIF Detroit, KISW Seattle, KXXR Minneapolis, WIYY Baltimore, WJRR Orlando and WFTK Cincinnati, among others.
CROBOT spent the past few years honing its live show and garnering a devoted following from its bombastic U.S. performances at festivals and clubs shows. After high-profile tours with CLUTCH, THE SWORD, TRUCKFIGHTERS, KYNG and KILL DEVIL HILL, the band will soon announce headlining dates for the fall.
CROBOT embodies a mixture of groove-heavy riff-rock that will want to make you bang your head and shake your ass. Think of them as WOLFMOTHER‘s American cousins who smell like leather (they make leather-scented air fresheners!) and whose music scorches your ears like hot sauce to the taste (yes, they even have their own hot sauce!). You can’t help but feel that you are taken into another dimension and back again with the songs of CROBOT. The press have been quick to praise their live shows as The Buffalo News says “…a set described by one concert-goer as ‘the nastiest groove-metal I’ve heard this side of SOUNDGARDEN.'”
CROBOT is Brandon Yeagley (lead vocals, harmonica), Chris Bishop (guitar, vocals), Jake Figuroa (bass) and Paul Figuroa (drums).
CROBOT‘s video for the song “Nowhere To Hide” can be seen below.
The cover artwork for “The Devil In I”, the official first single from SLIPKNOT‘s forthcoming fifth album, can be seen below. Due out in October, the disc follows up 2008’s “All Hope Is Gone” and is the band’s first without founding bassist Paul Gray, who died in 2010, and drummer Joey Jordison, who was let go late last year.
In a recent interview with BBC Radio 1‘s “Rock Show”, SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor described “The Devil In I”, which is due “in a few weeks,” as “completely different” from the song “The Negative One”, which was released on August 1 via the band’s official web site. “It’s more melodic, but it’s dark, [and] it’s powerful, man,” Taylor said about “The Devil In I”. “It’s something different. People are gonna lose their minds when they hear that.”
Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio that fans will have to wait a bit longer for things like the new drummer’s identity and the record’s title. “We’re keeping a lot of that under wraps, out of fairness, because we want the music to speak for itself,” he said. “We don’t want people listening to our music and making up their minds about something before they even know what the music is. So trust me, you know, when the time is right, we will give you the answers that you need, and that’s the way it is.”
Reports have suggested that SLIPKNOT has recruited drummer Jay Weinberg to play on the new album and tour. Weinberg is the son of Max Weinberg, longtime Bruce Springsteen and the E STREET BAND drummer.
SLIPKNOT announced in December 2013 that it had parted ways with Jordison. The band has not disclosed the reasons for Jordison‘s exit, although the drummer issued a statement in January saying that he did not quit the group.
The video for “The Negative One”, which can be seen below, was directed by SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan, who has directed most of the band’s music videos and concert documentaries.
The second edition of SLIPKNOT‘s Knotfest event will take place on October 24-26 in San Bernardino, California. More than two dozen other acts will join the headliners, including FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, VOLBEAT, OF MICE & MEN, IN THIS MOMENT, HELLYEAH and ATREYU.
Vocalist Ralf Scheepers of German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR says that “no dirty laundry” will be aired regarding the band’s split with drummer Randy Black.
It was announced on Monday (August 11) that the Canadian-born Black will leave PRIMAL FEAR effective August 16, one day after the band’s performance at the Summer Breeze festival in Germany. His exit from the group was attributed to “irreconcilable differences” between the drummer and Scheepers, but no further details were given.
In a new posting on his Facebook page, Ralf addressed Black‘s departure from PRIMAL FEAR, writing, “For all of you out there who are wondering now about the reasons why Randy has left the band: we’ve agreed to keep the reasons private! Decisions are made and have to be accepted!
“It’s as sad as it is, but Randy and I have agreed on having respect to each other and there will be NO dirty laundry!
“If we can’t work together as pros anymore, we still can go separate ways like pros!
“So please show some respect to Randy‘s decision, to him as a person, the band’s future and me as a person.”
PRIMAL FEAR will announce its new drummer in September.
Black joined PRIMAL FEAR in 2003 and played on the band’s last six studio albums beginning with 2004’s “Devil’s Ground”.
PRIMAL FEAR‘s tenth studio album, “Delivering The Black”, was released on January 24 in Europe and January 28 in North America via Frontiers Records. The follow-up to 2012’s “Unbreakable” landed at position No. 16 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
Fan-filmed video footage of TWISTED SISTER‘s August 10 performance at the Heavy Montreal festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada can be seen below.
“We Are Twisted F*cking Sister!”, a movie about TWISTED SISTER‘s club days by German filmmaker Andrew Horn, in nearing completion.
Horn took to the crowdfunding site Indiegogo last year to help raise the $150,000 he has projected it will take for the film to receive a full release.
In a videotaped message posted at Horn‘s YouTube channel, TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider said Horn got at the heart of the band’s “‘Rocky’-esque story of a band of brothers from the New York area who toughed it out for nearly a decade before finding fame and fortune.” The singer went on to describe the end result as “for people who are original fans, hardcore fans, true fans — or want to know more about this band.”
He added: “This is independently done, which is the way a documentary of this kind should be [and not like other rock documentaries where the] band puts together … a piece of propaganda to make [themselves] look good.”
TWISTED SISTER, which reunited in 2001, performs about 12 shows a year, including festivals around the world, holiday-themed performances and occasional local concerts. It has released several live CDs and DVDs over the past decade but has no intention of recording new material.
“We don’t tour regularly and I don’t see any reason to [make a new record],” guitarist Jay Jay French told NorthJersey.com. “If I told you we were going to play new songs and take some classics out of the set, you’d kill me.”
The second of five video clips featuring a track-by-track breakdown of IN FLAMES‘ eleventh album, “Siren Charms” can be seen below. Due in the U.S. on September 9 via Sony/RED, the CD was recorded at Hansa Tonstudios (DAVID BOWIE, DEPECHE MODE, U2) in Berlin, Germany. The cover artwork was created by Blake Armstrong of Space Boy Comics and can be seen below.
On June 10, IN FLAMES lead singer, Anders Fridén spoke to Finland’s Kaaos TV about “Siren Charms. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On whether the recording process for the new IN FLAMES album was relatively “typical”:
Anders: “I don’t think we do any typical recording. Every album is slightly different, and this time was more different, because we sold the studio that we had in Gothenburg, so we had to go somewhere else. And the choice… what we picked was we went to Berlin and recorded at Hansa Tonstudios, which is a classic studio with a lot of history. I was there at the beginning of last year, and when I got home, I told the boys, ‘This is the place where I wanna record the new album.’ And they were all up for the idea.
“Last summer, the last show we did was Summer Breeze [festival in Germany]… We did another show in Stockholm, but the [last] official show we did was in Summer Breeze. And after that, we started writing pretty much immediately. We had a few weeks off, and then at the beginning of November, we entered the studio and recorded for six weeks. And it was hard, it was tough, because that was half the time that we had on the previous album. It was kind of intentional, because we wanted to see if the pressure could add something to the album. And we mixed the album in early January and here we are talking about it. I feel really good now that we have some distance and I’m super pleased with the result. It’s a new step for IN FLAMES. People will find typical IN FLAMES, they will find something new. I think there’s a little bit for everyone.”
On whether IN FLAMES had a specific goal in mind for the new album:
Anders: “We don’t have a master plan, to be honest. We just try to create the best possible album we can at the moment where we are in life at that point. So we never look at other bands or any genres and say, ‘Oh, this is what we wanna do.’ I mean, we went to Berlin for a reason, that studio, to see if we draw some energy from that studio. The pressure, especially from my end, it was… We had some ideas and structures and parts of songs, but the… The first two weeks, we put everything together, but I had nothing — I had no vocal melodies, no lyrics, no nothing. And I wanted to see if I could deliver under pressure and what that would do with me as a songwriter. So I had to draw inspiration from something, so I was watching a lot of documentaries about people in really bad situations, a lot of drug-related documentaries and so on. And from there, there’s so much sadness and desperation, but there’s hope as well, to get away from all the misery. There’s love and there’s hate, and I kind of used that. Then the title, ‘Siren Charms’, a siren is in Greek mythology; it’s like a womanly creature who sings nice songs and lures sailors to the depths. And I used that kind of image to describe something in life that will charm you, and she has to symbolize the good and the evil part, so to speak. So it covers the whole album and all the theme of the album, if there’s a theme. And all the different songs are around this topic. [They’re] not very happy songs…. I think it has a sad tone or something. It was created under a lot of emotions and stress and inspiration as well, because of this time pressure, but it was supposed to be like that. I hated myself towards the end of the recording, because of this. I was, like, ‘Why do you put yourself in this situation?’ But at the end of the day, I’m happy I did and I got through to the other end.”
On how “Rusted Nail” was chosen to be the first single from the new album:
Anders: “All the songs, for me, are great. And for the first time… ‘Cause usually, I’m, like, ‘OK, this is the single, this is the video, this is how everything should be and look and whatever.’ And now, it was, ‘I can’t pick and choose. Record company, you decide.’ And I guess they took ‘Rusted Nail’, because it shows where IN FLAMES are today, and it’s a nice description of the album. It has a little bit of that and a little bit of this. To me, you could pick any song; I like them all.”
On whether he considers “Siren Charms” to be a natural progression from 2011’s “Sounds Of A Playground Fading”:
Anders: “For me, yeah, sure. Every album is equally important. And if it wasn’t for [1996’s] ‘The Jester Race’, [2000’s] ‘Clayman’ or ‘Sounds Of A Playground Fading’, there wouldn’t be any ‘Siren Charms’. So, for me, it’s a natural progression. It’s three years between this one and the last one, and this is where we are today. So, for me, it’s totally natural. It might not be as natural for some other people, but that’s their decision.”
“Siren Charms” track listing:
01. In Plain View
02. Everything’s Gone
04. Through Oblivion
05. With Eyes Wide Open
06. Siren Charms
07. When The World Explodes
08. Rusted Nail
09. Dead Eyes
10. Monsters In The Ballroom
11. Filtered Truth
The “Rusted Nail” video can be seen below. The clip was helmed by Swedish director Patric Ullaeus of the Revolver Film Company AB, who has previously worked with HAMMERFALL, DIMMU BORGIR, EUROPE and LACUNA COIL, among many others.