Sabaton Premiere “Livgardet” Video

Sabaton have premiered a new song titled “Livgardet.” The Swedish-language track honors the Swedish Royal Guards and an official video for it can be found below:

Bassist Pär Sundström commented:

“Since 2012 and ‘Carolus Rex’, we have been looking forward to writing more songs in Swedish, and we felt that we were not done with the history of our fatherland. Over the past years, we have been discussing around topics until something obvious came up. One of the oldest military regiments in the world, the Swedish Royal Guard (Livgardet), was formed in the Sabaton home region in Sweden, Dalecarlia, in 1521 by the legendary Swedish king Gustav Vasa. For the past 500 years, they have evolved with the times and served under various kings and queens around the world and are still active today. We felt that such an anniversary would be worth a song, and we aimed at writing a respectful tribute, an anthem for this Swedish regiment and its legacy. The rich 500 years of history is, needless to say, extremely hard to fit into one song, and that is why we mainly focused on the parts and battles that happened during the age of the Swedish Empire. We aimed to write a respectful tribute, a powerful anthem, for this Swedish regiment and its remarkable legacy.”

An English version of the song, titled “The Royal Guard,” will also be released on April 9. Multiple vinyl pressings will be available including one that contains actual gunpowder.

Epica Premiere “The Skeleton Key” Video

Epica have premiered a new video for their new song “The Skeleton Key.” This track is from the band’s new album “Omega,” which was released today (February 26). Simone Simons commented:

“Welcome to ‘The Skeleton Key’ multi-layered dreamworld. Don’t forget to bring your Skeleton Key to unlock all the secrets within yourself! I hope this song will haunt you until we can see each other again.”

Liquid Tension Experiment (Dream Theater, Etc.) Premiere “Beating The Odds” Video

Liquid Tension Experiment, the band featuring Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), and Tony Levin (King Crimson, etc.), have premiered a new video for their new song “Beating The Odds.” This track is from the group’s new album “LTE3,” which will be released on March 26.

The band commented:

Petrucci:

“This was a riff that I brought into the sessions that I thought was interesting because it’s in an odd time and phrased in a way that is hard to wrap your head around at first until you understand where the groove is. When I first presented it to the guys, their initial reaction was ‘how are you feeling that?’ When the band enters after the opening riff, it probably sounds a little ‘odd’ because the time signature is a bit unclear until the song gets going. If LTE ever had a ‘prog pop hit’ this would be it.”

Rudess:

“I remember the look of confusion on ALL our faces when JP started playing that opening riff! It’s was seemingly so straight ahead but with a bizarre rhythmic twist! Took a while to internalize that, but then we all loved it! One of the great things about LTE is the fact that we just let ourselves loose and have FUN!”

Portnoy:

“‘Beating The Odds’ is the second song we wrote in the LTE3 sessions. I jokingly referred to it as ‘the feel-good song of the pandemic’ in the studio as it has a very upbeat happy feel to it…but also takes a few cool musical twists and turns ranging from the glorious melodic chorus and end vamp to the dark driving solo sections.”

Levin:

“Starts with an off-step riff, kind of like walking upstairs backward, but at the repeat you get it. Then it opens up into ‘anthem land.’ Later there are unison bass lines where both Jordan and John got flangy sounds that work well with the bass. Mike’s unstoppable energy is evident here, and we’ve got more fantastic J&J solos. At only five and a half minutes, we start fading out… a short song by our standards. But we’re just getting warmed up.”

Stephen Pearcy Rumored To Be Joined By Former RATT Drummer Bobby Blotzer During Upcoming Virtual Concert

According to Metal Sludge, there are rumors circulating that seem to suggest that Stephen Pearcy will be joined by his former RATT bandmate Bobby Blotzer during an upcoming virtual concert. That show will reportedly be filmed on February 26-27 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA. Notably, Pearcy has since shared the Metal Sludge article along with the caption: “Hmmm, we’ll have to wait and see.”

Tomahawk (Faith No More, The Jesus Lizard, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Dog Eat Dog”

Tomahawk, the band featuring Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle), Duane Denison (The Jesus Lizard), Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle), and John Stanier (Battles, ex-Helmet), have premiered a new song titled “Dog Eat Dog.” This track is from their new album “Tonic Immobility,” which will be released on March 26.

Cane Hill Premiere “God Is The Enemy” Music Video

Cane Hill have premiered a new video for their new song “God Is The Enemy.” Elijah Witt had the following to say about the track, which completes the band’s “Krewe De La Mort” collection:

“‘God Is the Enemy’ is an honest comment on contemporary Christians and their skewed views of living Christ-like. From the hypocrisy of the church shielding its abusive history (and their present) to the blatant racism, control of women’s bodily autonomy using the bible as a scapegoat — it’s obvious that the followers of Christ have gone astray. ‘GITE’ implores you to imagine how the religious world would react if someone claimed to be the son of God again.”

GoFundMe Launched For 3TEETH Drummer Nick Rossi Following Recent Theft

Thieves recently broke into 3TEETH drummer Nick Rossi’s car and made off with his laptops, hard drives, in-ear monitors, passport, midi keyboard, GoPro cameras and more. You can help him out by donating via GoFundMe.

Rossi commented:

“On Saturday February 20th, my backpack was stolen from my car. Anyone who knows me, knows this backpack contains my whole life in it. My backpack holds everything I need to keep my world spinning: two laptops I use to keep what little income I have left coming in via drum lessons and audio visual work, as well as all of my music production equipment, software, and programs. Also gone are my in-ear monitors, headphones, 3 GoPro cameras, passport, midi keyboard, several hard drives, notebooks full of ideas, plans, song charts, aspirations, inspirations…gone. My stomach still twists into knots at the feeling of this thief violating my space and belongings.

In an instant I felt the last connection I had left to my career had been severed. Being a musician whose primary role in the music industry is live performances and touring, I was already working extremely hard to remain active behind the scenes in new roles while my livelihood suffered the standstill, and intense uncertainty brought on by COVID-19. This theft was salt in an already gaping wound. It added severe insult to injury. It was a swift, malicious kick while I was already down.

I filed a police report with the LAPD, though they all but assured me the backpack was gone for good. I also hit a wall with insurance that ruled out filing a claim. I spent Monday evening listing out what I had lost and adding up the cost to replace it all. When I finished my stomach sank as I looked at a figure approaching $5,000.

Exhausting every other resource, I have created this campaign to humbly ask for your help. 100% of proceeds go directly to helping me replace what was stolen in the shortest amount of time so I can get back to work. I know times are tough for many of us right now, so please do not feel any obligation to me. Please only consider supporting me if you can afford to do so.”

[via The PRP]

Fear Factory’s “Mechanize” & “The Industrialist” Are Now On Streaming Services

Fear Factory’s “Mechanize” and “The Industrialist” are officially back on streaming services. Dino Cazares recently confirmed the news on Twitter. However, since the guitarist doesn’t own the rights to “Archetype” and “Transgression,” those records are still unavailable to stream.

Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows On New Album Progress: “We Have Pretty Much 70 Percent Of The Record Done”

During a recent interview with Minneapolis’ 93X, M. Shadows offered an update on the new Avenged Sevenfold album. According to him, the band are about 70% done with the effort.

Shadows said the following:

“We’re working on stuff. We have pretty much 70 percent of the record done. We have some things we can’t finish right now ’cause of COVID — string players, et cetera. We know Andy [Wallace, AVENGED SEVENFOLD’s longtime mixer] doesn’t wanna travel, or his management doesn’t want him to travel because of COVID. So there’s just a lot of things going on.”

He also added the following when asked about release plans:

“It doesn’t make sense for us right now to put out a record and not be able to tour it. The world has changed. Putting out a record on Spotify without touring for a rock band, it just doesn’t make sense to us. So we’re gonna wait till everything is back, then we’ll come out with the record, finish it up, and all will be good.”

[via Blabbermouth]