Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Metallica And ZZ Top Members Performing Fleetwood Mac’s “The Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown)”

Pro-shot footage of Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, and more performing a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown)” can be seen below. The live video was recorded during a tribute show for Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green on February 25 at the London Palladium. The full concert, which took place several months before Green’s death, will be screened in cinemas across the U.K. on March 23 and March 28, 2021. After that, the film will be released as a gatefold 4LP set, a 2CD/Blu-ray mediabook, and digitally on April 30, 2021.

Matt Heafy (Trivium) And Jared Dines Release New Collaborative EP

Matt Heafy (Trivium) and YouTuber Jared Dines have released a new collaborative EP titled “Dines X Heafy.” That effort features five tracks including “Dear Anxiety,” “Can We Turn Back Yesterday?,” “Dying At The Sight Of The Rain,” “To Save Me From Myself,” and “We Lost It All.”

Dines commented:

“Matt was pre-internet in the way he launched his career, releasing records, playing shows, and signing to a label. “I’m post-internet in the way I launched my career by using YouTube, Facebook, and all of these other video apps. It is interesting to see the crossover though. Matt has done everything traditionally. At the same time, he embraced new technologies instead of shutting them out.

By doing this together, we get to be in both worlds. The EP was recorded in a raw and real manner. So, it has a different element. It would be cool to show everyone it does not matter if you are a guitarist from Instagram or you are in a big band, you can do things together. At the end of the day, the goal is simple — we’re just trying to write good songs and create some cool shit.”

Heafy added:

“Streaming actually helped me improve as a singer and as a guitarist, because I’m practicing all day in front of people. The culture is very regimented. However, I have always had that mentality, because my mom is Japanese, and my dad was a marine. Now, it is a combination of three things: streaming, training, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Those practices made me better at what I do and prepared me to jump into something new. I took a very different approach to DINES x HEAFY. It all came very organically without any planning.”

You can find a video for “Dear Anxiety” and streams of the other tracks below:

Todd La Torre (Queensrÿche) To Release Debut Solo Album “Rejoice In The Suffering” In February

Todd La Torre (Queensrÿche) has announced that he will be releasing his debut solo album “Rejoice In The Suffering” on February 5, 2021. The frontman said the following about the effort:

“‘Rejoice In The Suffering’ was truly a labor of love. It’s a pure metal record that certainly showcases a wide range of my vocal abilities. I feel there is something for any true fan of metal on this album. This album is full of groove, dynamics, power, and substance and I can’t wait for people to hear it.”

“Rejoice In The Suffering” Track Listing:

01. “Dogmata”
02. “Pretenders”
03. “Hellbound And Down”
04. “Darkened Majesty”
05. “Crossroads To Insanity”
06. “Critical Cynic”
07. “Rejoice In The Suffering”
08. “Vexed”
09. “Vanguards Of The Dawn Wall”
10. “Apology”

Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:

11. “Fractured”
12. “Set It Off”
13. “One By One”

GWAR Team Up With Catoctin Creek For “Ragnarök Rye”

GWAR have joined forces with Catoctin Creek to create “Ragnarök Rye.” The 92 proof (46% ABV) whiskey is expected to be released in February 2021.

A press release said the following:

“Eons ago, the members of the intergalactic shock rock band known as GWAR descended on this world as passengers on a flaming comet that would bring about the destruction of most life on Earth. The asteroid plowed into the continent of Antarctica with devastating force, melting the ice, setting much of the world ablaze, and leaving a massive crater filled with the purest Antarctic water and a strangely intoxicating ichor that flowed from the veins of the immortal GWAR. Legend recorded these events as the tale of Ragnarök, the end of days. But like all endings, it was also a beginning. Now, this blood of the gods, harvested from the great caldera, has been distilled and bottled by Catoctin Creek Distilling Company as Ragnarök Rye.

The mad scientists at Catoctin Creek conducted experiments on aging the blood of GWAR in barrels made from the different types of wood scorched by the comet’s blast. They used the rarest of grains and watered their mash bill with the melted Antarctic ice to create a single 92 proof rye whisky, potstilled and then aged in charred new White Oak. Members of GWAR then hurl the whisky barrels into the orbit of the Moon, causing contraction to take place as the barrels spin under the influence of the deathly coldness of space and the life-giving heat of the sun. The end result is Ragnarök Rye, an exquisite beverage graced with notes of cherrywood and sugar maple to produce subtle flavors unheard of in a traditional rye whisky. Truly, there is nothing else in the vast universe like the rock band GWAR, and in tribute to the band’s originality as the most elaborate, and transgressive theatrical production in heavy metal history, the distillers at Catoctin Creek have made sure there is nothing else like Ragnarök Rye.”

GWAR’s Blothar the Berserker commented:

“Ahh, such a powerful spirit. A delicious sacrament to drink in preparation for battle, and it’ll get you really, really crazy.”

Catoctin Creek founder and general manager Scott Harris added:

“We were quite surprised when GWAR showed up at our distillery. Purcellville is a quiet town, so to have these intergalactic visitors was—honestly — a little stressful. We had to constantly keep an eye on them to keep them from breaking stuff, and they even tried to eat our dog, Otto. The only way we could get them to leave was to agree to bottle their whisky for them.”

Allegaeon Release “Concerto In Dm” Digital Single

Allegaeon have digitally released a new two-track single. The effort features covers of Johann Sebastian Bach‘s “Concerto In D Minor” and John McCrae’s war poem “In Flanders Fields.”

Greg Burgess commented:

“What can we say about J.S. Bach that hasn’t already been said? Musical genius? Greatest composer to ever walk the earth? It’s all been written before, so I’ll go to what he means to Allegaeon. I first heard this piece back in 2000, and it has been a dream of mine to arrange this piece for a metal band; it only took 20 years to make it a reality.

For anyone who has never worked on Bach before, the learning process is painstaking. Just when you think it’s a repeat of a section you’ve already learned, you’re suddenly in a new key, or there is a variation that totally throws a wrench in your muscle memory. In short, recording this piece was the most challenging thing I’ve ever attempted in this band. And I’m insanely proud of it. Crank it loud and get lost in it.”

Riley McShane added:

“Originally, these songs were part of the first draft track-listing of ‘Apoptosis‘. In fact, this alternate track-listing – including these two songs – ended up being the running order for the ‘Apoptosis‘ LP. However, over a year after the initial release, we decided to put the songs out in a digital format for everyone to enjoy, just in time for the holiday season. Who needs Trans-Siberian Orchestra when you have Allegaeon covering Bach?”

“Metallica: The Story Of The Songs The Band” To Premiere On Reelz This Sunday

“Metallica: The Story Of The Songs” is set to premiere on Reelz this weekend. You can check that out on December 6 at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.

The following description of the episode was shared on reelz.com:

“We delve into the three tracks that turned Metallica from underground thrash metal pioneers to indisputable conquerors of the heavy metal world. We meet the record exec that took a chance on signing them, the engineers and mixers on the frontline, their legendary music video director and trusted industry insiders who witnessed the rise of the world’s biggest metal act. Starting with their 1989 breakthrough anti-war anthem ‘One’, we hear from engineer Michael Barbiero who provides unique insights into the recording process and the controversy and self-sabotage that surrounded it that almost drove him to quit. Next, Metallica release the gruesome and chilling ‘Enter Sandman’ the hit that skyrocketed them to global commercial success – alienating their cult-following but accruing a newfound mainstream audience. We hear all about the bands bickering and infighting from Mike Tacci, the engineer on the frontline and meet legendary Metallica video director Wayne Isham who lifts the lid behind the nightmarish video. With the band, at breaking point after a slew of critically panned records and with frontman James Hetfield battling crippling addiction and personal demons their next album proves to be their toughest challenge yet. Title track ‘St Anger’ sees Metallica risk their commercial credibility, releasing their most experimental and raw sounding record to date. We hear from long-time Metallica engineer Mike Gillies who witnessed the aggression and implosion of a band teetering on the brink of collapse and recalls the unique recording process that led to this huge hit. Relive Metallica’s wild ride and the three songs that saw them become the biggest heavy metal band on the planet.”

“Black Sabbath: Breaking The Band” To Premiere On Reelz This Sunday

“Black Sabbath: Breaking The Band” is set to premiere on Reelz this weekend. You can check that out on December 6 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.

The following description of the episode was shared on reelz.com:

“Black Sabbath: One of the greatest rock bands on the planet the so called fathers of heavy metal came from very humble origins to become among the most successful – and outrageous – of rock stars. Their hedonism was legendary, as was their volatility. ‘Black Sabbath: Breaking the Band’ will follow their journey from their early beginnings to sell-out tours and chart-topping success, to their eventual break up. Combining high-end stylized drama reconstruction, extensive archive and revealing interviews, we’ll chart the turbulent history of a band who battled with egos, Satanists, crippling drug and alcohol addictions and music business mobsters who robbed them of everything they had.”

North Kingsley (System Of A Down) Release New EP “Vol. 2”, Premiere “False Idols” Video

North Kingsley, the band featuring Shavo Odadjian (System Of A Down), Ray Hawthorne, and Saro Paparian, have released a new EP titled “Vol. 2.” The effort features three songs including “False Idols” (feat. Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA), “Rifle In Thought,” and “Shadowbox.” You can find an official video for “False Idols” below. Hawthorne had the following to say about that track:

“We, as individuals, empower and idolize people who care for their own interests above ours. We need to recognize that. We need to look at things from all angles, and decide on our own what we agree and disagree with. We can’t continue to fall in line with the false idols that we bring upon ourselves. They’re coming from more places than you may think.”

Greta Van Fleet To Release New Album “The Battle At Garden’s Gate” In April, Premiere New Song “Age Of Machine”

Greta Van Fleet have announced that their new album “The Battle At Garden’s Gate” will be released on April 16. With this news, the band have also released a new song titled “Age Of Machine.” You can check that out below:

Josh Kiszka told Rolling Stone the following about the new record:

“There are definitely Biblical references. Not just in the title, but throughout the entire album.

This is a world with the ancient civilizations in it, just like our own parallel universe, really. It’s an analogy. Each song is a theme. A magnification of different cultures and civilizations inside of this world searching for some kind of salvation or enlightenment.”

Danny Wagner continued:

“We realized that whilst growing up, we had been shielded by many things and we were unaware of a lot of things. And then we were thrown out into this huge world, and it was a bit of a culture shock at first. But as we started to travel a lot, meet new and different people and experience different cultures, our definition of ‘normal’ changed.”

Sam Kiszka added:

“I suppose that everything has changed except what got us here in the first place. Everything – our perception of the world, perception of life itself, what it means to be an artist, what it means to be part of a beautiful, gorgeous society. We’ve gained a larger understanding of why we’re all here.”

Guitarist Jonathan Hultén Exits Tribulation

Tribulation have parted ways with guitarist Jonathan Hultén. Joseph Tholl will now be taking his place.

Tribulation commented:

“After 16 years of creative, expressive, artistic and spiritual exchange and co-operation Jonathan has decided to leave the band to pursue whatever else life has in store for him in the future.

We know that whatever he decides to do in the future he will do it in the same wholehearted, immersive and meticulous way that he has tackled all the trials and tribulations that are Tribulation, and we truly wish him the best of luck in those endeavours.

The idea and concept of death and rebirth has always played a big role in the band mythos and while Jonathan leaving leaves a big chunk of what has built, maintained and nurtured the creature that is Tribulation behind, we are confident in our vision for the times to come, and we will build something new and once again ride the frightening yet powerful waves of creative uncertainty into the new decade!

‘Vetera transierunt: ecce facta sunt omnia nova’”

Hultén also issued his own statement:

“Friends. After 16 years of playing together, the time has now come for me to part with Tribulation. For some time I’ve been swinging between doubt and determination in a recurring questioning of whether I am the right person in the right place, and in the end this is the conclusion that has been reached. This year made it more clear than ever that first and foremost I have to follow my heart rather than the mind – even if it means walking away from a lot of things I love doing and people I love. Life is too short to not follow your heart, wherever it might lead. I don’t know what the future holds, the only thing I do know is that I have to try to live in a way that makes me happy.

I wish Johannes, Adam and Oscar all the best in the world. I’m looking forward to seeing them continue on the adventurous cruise on the ship that is Tribulation, and all the glorious moments they will experience along the way. I am also very happy to pass the torch to the amazing Joseph Tholl, one of my favorite songwriters of all time. The magic he will introduce into Trib will be an invaluable treasure and I couldn’t imagine a better addition to the band.

And most importantly – I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who has supported, appreciated and helped us along the years. I thank you from the bottom of my soul, you made this journey into what it has been. Thank you for everything!

However, this is not a goodbye. I won’t stop creating music and art as long as there is a heartbeat left in this body, that’s a promise. Much love…”

Tholl added:

“As a long-time fan and friend of the band it’s sad for me to see Jonathan leave, but it’s also an honour that I’ll get to cherish his great work. I’m thrilled to join this assembly of old friends and I’m looking forward to be a part of what the future holds for Tribulation.”