Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Metallica, Ugly Kid Joe, Etc. Members Covering Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” As “The Wedding Band”

On July 26, Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe, etc.), Joey Castillo (ex-Queens Of The Stone Age, etc.), and Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves) played a special covers set as “The Wedding Band” at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall in Richmond Hill, ON. Now, some pro-shot footage of the group performing a cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” during the show has been shared online:

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Charm City Devils To Release New EP “1904”, Stream New Song “Skipping Stone”

Charm City Devils will be releasing a new EP titled “1904” on November 22. The effort is dedicated to their hometown of Baltimore and it was even named after the year of the great fire that burned the city. The first single from the EP, “Skipping Stone,” can be streamed below:

Vocalist John Allen commented:

“While writing and collaborating on the songs for 1904, I started reflecting on my life and music career and how the town where I grew up impacted my view of the world. The story of Baltimore is a direct parallel to what most people experience in life. In everyone’s life there is a change arc. We begin that change with ‘uninformed optimism’ only to find out that optimism quickly turns to ‘informed pessimism,’ and as the spiraling continues they ultimately bottom out at ‘crisis of meaning.’ It’s in the crisis part of life where a person has to decide if they are going to be stuck or are they going to pick themselves up and begin the upward struggle toward happiness and fulfillment. The first single, ‘Skipping Stone,’ is a journey into self-awareness and ultimately about being resilient.”

“We can write about Charm City Devils returning to their bluesy, modern-edged and southern-tinged hard rock anthems. We also can tell you about the desire to rock the masses, but you have heard all the puffery before. Rather than bore you with the same old bio, we want to give it to you straight. We are Baltimore and Baltimore is in all of us! We have lived our whole lives in and around this city. Baltimore was once vibrant. The town had jobs, low crime and was a place to truly call home. While it is tough to argue that Baltimore doesn’t have a myriad of issues, we still want to tell the story of what still thrives here, which is the Music.

Real life experiences are what we write about, what we sing about and what we care about. It’s gut wrenching to see our once ‘Charmed City’ fall to ruin. We all want to be a part of something grand and we all want to have a sense of pride, not only in ourselves, but also in our community.

We have lost friends to addiction. We have moved venues due to safety. We have been the victim of robbery, and almost every night the local news the leadoff story is about a murder. Yet we pray that one day, this will turn around and peace and love will conquer, but we know we are far cry from that salvation. We write and play music for the distraction from all the negativity and anxiety that surrounds us. Through personal experience we are reminded that when things are really bad, and we mean really bad, we have the outlet of music to channel all those emotions and hope that those that feel the same way can find the same hope through our songs.

Baltimore to us is what Detroit is to Kid Rock or Boston is to Aerosmith. It keeps us ground, motivated, and inspired. It’s the main reason we chose this profession and why we will always pursue our dreams.

If nothing else, the return of the Charm City Devils is a reminder that not all the news in Baltimore is bleak and in the face of adversity we have to “Roll on, Roll on, on like a Skipping Stone!”

Serj Tankian On The Possibility Of New System Of A Down Music: “The Status Has Not Changed”

During a recent interview with Billboard, Serj Tankian was asked about the possibility of new System Of A Down music once again. The frontman responded with the following:

“The status has not changed. We tour. We do shows together. We haven’t been able to see eye to eye to continue as far as creating new music together. Maybe one day that will change, maybe that won’t, but we’re all close friends and we enjoy each other’s company and we’re like family at this point, after 25 years. We’ll be announcing some new shows soon.”

Abigail Williams Premiere New Song “I Will Depart”, Reveal Details For New Album “Walk Beyond The Dark”

Abigail Williams have premiered a new song titled “I Will Depart” via Metal Hammer. This track is from the band’s new album “Walk Beyond The Dark,” which will be released on November 15.

“Walk Beyond The Dark” Track Listing:

01. “I Will Depart”
02. “Sun and Moon”
03. “Ever So Bold”
04. “Black Waves”
05. “Into the Sleep”
06. “Born of Nothing”
07. “The Final Failure”

The following was said about the new album:

“Abigail Williams returns with their boldest and most diverse offering to date.

‘Walk Beyond the Dark’ summarizes the band’s previous experiments into one defining statement.

The album deftly wields the forces of light and dark in skilled measure. Icy guitars and bleak atmospheres encircle. String accompaniments burst into rapture. Powerful guitars shift between slithering rhythms and all-out assaults.

The grandiosity of the band’s debut album arrives via intricate string accompaniments. The raw fury of their sophomore effort pummels. A sense of space and clarity evokes the band’s third album. And the gritty darkness and progressive oddity evoke the fourth.

‘Walk Beyond the Dark’ melds all previous efforts into an undeniable force, elevating the result to the next level.

Abigail Williams take their rightful crown as the lords of American black metal.

The melancholic futility of despair. Surrender to the mysterious void.”

Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage) Offers Update On The Weapon: “We Are A Few Weeks Away From Completing All Of The Tracking For Our First Official Release”

Killswitch Engage‘s Jesse Leach has offered an update on his hardcore/punk project The Weapon. He said the following:

“Angry, fast, socially aware, hardcore punk? Yeah we got that @theweaponnyc! We are a few weeks away from completing all of the tracking for our first official release! In the meantime check out 2 demos on Band Camp (link in bio above). Give a follow on our page and stay tuned. This band is the real deal and will definitely scratch your itch if you dig fist raising protest anthems!. Stay tuned. 🏴💀🏴 A”

Former Judas Priest Members To Perform The Band’s Music At Wolverhampton, UK Show

Former Judas Priest members K.K. Downing, Les Binks, and Tim “Ripper” Owens will be taking the stage for “a full-length set of Priest classics” at K.K.’s Steel Mill in Wolverhampton, UK on November 3. The show will find the trio joined by David Ellefson (Megadeth) and Thom Hazaert. Ellefson’s “Sleeping Giants” band and Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden) will open.

Downing commented:

“I am very pleased to have been asked to perform a unique and special concert with Megadeth’s David Ellefson to celebrate the release of his new book, ‘More Life With Deth’. The concert will also bring about the opportunity to play again with some very dear and talented metal legends from the past. The combination of these icons will for sure enable us to deliver up one of the most exciting concerts this year, so much so that it would not be out of place to call this the ultimate ass-kicking ‘MegaPriest’ fest, and is one that is not to be missed.”

Ellefson added:

“I speak very candidly in my new book ‘More Life with Deth’ about the significance Judas Priest played in my early musical trajectory, specifically the ‘Unleashed In The East’ live album with its picture-perfect image of what heavy metal should look and sound like. To me, that album, along with its powerful cover image, captured the excitement I felt for a new era of music, one that would transition me from my roots in American hard rock over to that of British heavy metal.

Over the years, K.K. and I became fast friends while we toured together with Priest and Megadeth, and I’m beyond thrilled to perform together onstage with him and his former Priest bandmates, as we light up the Steel Mill together for a night of molten metal classics!

Thom and I have been touring all summer across the USA supporting the new book and our ‘Sleeping Giants’ release. Plus Ripper and I have shared stages all around the world in the last decade or so, and now to add Les Binks in the mix, who to my generation was the ultimate metal double-bass drummer, this has become the ultimate ‘metal’ family reunion!”

It’s worth noting that there will also be a pre-show VIP event featuring a “More Life With Deth” book signing and a Q&A session with Ellefson, Downing and Hazaert, moderated by Mark Eglinton.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium Announce New Year’s Eve Show With Sausage

The Claypool Lennon Delirium, the band featuring Les Claypool (Primus) and Sean Lennon (The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, etc.), will be playing a special show at The Warfield in San Francisco, CA on New Year’s Eve (December 31). Notably, Sausage, the band featuring current and former Primus members Claypool, Todd Huth, and Jay Lane, will be opening the concert with their first set in 25 years.