Witchery To Re-Release “Restless & Dead,” “Witchburner,” “Dead, Hot And Ready,” & “Symphony For The Devil”

Witchery have announced that they will be re-releasing their first three albums, “Restless & Dead,” “Dead, Hot And Ready,” and “Symphony For The Devil,” and their “Witchburner” EP on March 27. The records have been remastered and will feature reworked artwork by Kristian “Necrolord” Wåhlin, rare photos, and liner notes from the band and others close to them. The group commented:

“Ever miss the years when you used to roam the graveyard at midnight? Do you yearn for the years of the howling and do you think there just aren’t any good storms lately? So do we… Twenty-Two years after we put out our first release, we finally get the chance to bring Restless & Dead and the other three Witchery albums out of the grave and back into the world of the living (and the undead) again. Rejoice and do the W!”

Blue Öyster Cult Announce New Live Release “40th Anniversary – Agents Of Fortune – Live 2016” & “Heaven Forbid” Reissue

Blue Öyster Cult will be releasing a new live set titled “40th Anniversary – Agents Of Fortune – Live 2016” on March 6. The effort, which will be available on CD/DVD, Blu-ray, and vinyl, was recorded during the band’s April 18, 2016 show at Red Studios in Hollywood, CA in which they performed “Agents Of Fortune” in full for the Audience Music Network. Furthermore, the band will also be reissuing “Heaven Forbid” on March 6 as well.

“40th Anniversary – Agents Of Fortune – Live 2016” Track Listing:


01. “This Ain’t The Summer Of Love”
02. “True Confessions”
03. “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”
04. “E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)”
05. “The Revenge Of Vera Gemini”
06. “Sinful Love”
07. “Tattoo Vampire”
08. “Morning Final”
09. “Tenderloin”
10. “Debbie Denise”

DVD / Blu-Ray:

01. “True Confessions”
02. “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”
03. “E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)”
04. “The Revenge Of Vera Gemini”
05. “Sinful Love”
06. “Tattoo Vampire”
07. “Morning Final”
08. “Tenderloin”
09. “Debbie Denise”

Bonus Content:

* This Ain’t The Summer of Love (Audio only / Blu Ray only)
* Band interview
* Behind The Scenes TV Spot
* BOC My Story TV Spot
* Live On Audience Music TV Spot

“Heaven Forbid” Track Listing:

01. “See You In Black”
02. “Harvest Moon”
03. “Power Underneath Dispair”
04. “X-Ray Eyes”
05. “Hammer Back”
06. “Damaged”
07. “Cold Gray Light Of Dawn”
08. “Real World”
09. “Live For Me”
10. “Still Burnin'”
11. “In Thee” (live at Millbrook)

Tommy Gibbons (Ex-Flaw) Joins Farewell To Fear As Their Touring Guitarist

Tommy Gibbons has joined Farewell To Fear as their touring guitarist. This news comes after he previously said that he was stepping away from music after being fired from Flaw due to plagiarism allegations.

Gibbons commented:

“Well there you guys go…..a lot of you wanted me back!!!! So here I’M BACK!!!!!!! I want to thank you guys for all the support and love you have showed me…..I guess we’ll just see what happens…….”

Farewell To Fear added:

“*ANNOUNCEMENT* all of us from FAREWELL TO FEAR would like to welcome TOMMY GIBBONS as our TOURING GUITARIST!!!!!! He filled in for us for the Chris Jericho Cruise so let’s welcome Tommy and let’s see what the future holds!!!!!! More updates coming soon!!!!! Thank you all for the continued support”

[via The PRP]

Cognitive Announce Spring Tour With Cryptodira & Hath

Cognitive have announced a spring headlining tour. Cryptodira and Hath will open.

Tour Dates:

04/23 Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy
04/24 Brooklyn, NY – Gold Sounds
04/25 Baltimore, MD – Sidebar
04/26 Chesapeake, VA – Riffhouse Pub
04/27 Greensboro, NC – Lucky’s
04/28 Charleston, SC – Purple Buffalo
04/29 Jacksonville, FL – Archetype
04/30 Miami, FL – Churchill’s Pub
05/01 Tampa, FL – Pegusus Lounge
05/02 Tallahassee, FL – Blasted Music Hall
05/03 New Orleans, LA – Santos Bar
05/04 Ausin, TX – Come and Take It Live
05/05 Dallas, TX – Blue Light
05/06 Corpus Christi, TX – Boozer’s
05/07 Houston, TX – White Swan
05/09 Cincinnati, OH – Northside Yacht Club
05/10 Harrisburg, PA – JB Lovedraft’s

Cognitive guitarist Rob Wharton said the following:

“After taking some time off to write our new record we wanted to scratch the itch of getting back on the road. We’ve focused hard on writing our new songs and we’re glad we did. It’s been a while since we did a headliner so we decided to make it special and get a diverse lineup of bands.

We have been a fan of Cryptodira for a long time, and their brand of death/ and math metal is inspiring to say the least. We took Hath out last January prior to them releasing their critically acclaimed album ‘Of Rot and Ruin‘, so we’re thrilled to bring them out now that everyone knows who they are. We’re excited to hit some new cities and just thankful to be on the road again. Keep an eye out for us being in a town near you!”

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine To Discuss The Making Of “Rust In Peace” In New Book “Building The Perfect Beast”

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine has announced that he will be releasing a new book titled “Building The Perfect Beast” on September 8 via Hachette Books. The book will focus on the making of the band’s 1990 album “Rust In Peace.”

Here’s a synopsis of the book:

“‘Building The Perfect Beast’ details the making of Megadeth’s iconic record ‘Rust In Peace’, which was released in 1990, at an incredible time of flux and creativity in the rock world. Relayed by Mustaine, the book covers the process of hiring the band and supporting cast, of trying to handle the ensuing success, and ultimately the pressure of fame and fortune-which caused the band to finally break-up. In short, it’s a true story of groundbreaking anti-pop that was moving toward the mainstream (or the mainstream that was moving toward the band), at a time of great cultural change, power, ego, drugs, and other vices that went hand-in-hand with rock and roll, circa the late eighties-early nineties.

Little did Mustaine know that the birth pangs of the record were nothing compared to the oncoming pain and torment that would surround it. Alcohol, drugs, sex, money, power, property, prestige, the lies the band was told by the industry — and the lies they told each other — were just beginning, and much like rust in real life, these factors would ultimately eat away at the band’s bond until only the music survived.

‘Building The Perfect Beast’ is a story of perseverance, of scraping off the rust off that builds over time on everything: ourselves, our relationships, pop culture, art, and music.”

Gojira’s Mario Duplantier Shares New Drum Solo “Minotaur”

Gojira’s Mario Duplantier has shared a new drum solo, which he is calling “Minotaur.” The drummer said the following about that:

“Here is another drum composition I recently created. I named it “ Minotaur”. This solo has been composed around a drum pattern I particularly love, the alternate single stroke roll “between the hands and the feet”. I’ve never used it with Gojira, but this effect can be spectacular.”

Tim “Ripper” Owens Says He Would Like To Record A Cover Of Queen’s “Under Pressure” With Rob Halford

During a recent appearance on the “Ouch, You’re On My Hair” podcast, ex-Judas Priest vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens said he would like to collaborate with the band’s longstanding frontman Rob Halford. Specifically, Owens said he would “love to” record a cover of Queen’s “Under Pressure” with Halford.

Owens said the following when asked about a possible collaboration:

“We’ve never talked about it, which would be pretty awesome. Rob and I are friends, and it’s great… I would love to do something with Rob, and I’ve always thought about it, and I think the fans would love it. Even if we do a song or two.

Somebody laughed when I said this, but for the last 15 years, I’ve always said, man, I would love to do the song ‘Under Pressure’ with Rob. It would be a great over. And it’s funny, ’cause [that song features] two of my favorite singers, Freddie [Mercury] and especially David Bowie — I absolutely love David Bowie — and for Rob and I to do it, I think it would be an amazing thing.

I think it would be awesome to work with Rob. And I’m still great friends with the Priest camp and great friends with Rob. So it would be pretty awesome.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Haken Announce Special “Affinity” & “Aquarius” U.S. Dates

Haken have booked some headlining shows around their upcoming tour with Devin Townsend and The Contortionist. These concerts will see the band performing “Affinity” in full and celebrating the 10th anniversary of “Aquarius.” Here’s the dates:

03/04 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
03/08 Jefferson, LA – Southport Hall
03/17 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theatre
03/18 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
03/27 Miami, FL – Cruise To The Edge

Watch Sully Erna (Godsmack) & Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) Cover Alice In Chains & The Doobie Brothers

During a recent “Soundcheck Live” event at Lucky Strike Live in Los Angeles, CA, Sully Erna (Godsmack) took the stage to perform covers of Alice In Chains’ “Man In The Box” and The Doobie Brothers’ “Long Train Running” with Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Glen Sobel, Derek Frank, and Steve Fekete. You can see footage of that in the below video at about the 46:25 mark.

Candlemass To Release New EP “The Pendulum” In March

Candlemass will be releasing a new EP titled “The Pendulum” on March 27. You can check out the title track of that effort below:

Leif Edling commented:

“‘The Pendulum‘ is about hard riffing, epic choruses and total delusion the fanatical way. It is in fact the last thing I wrote for ‘The Door To Doom‘ album but didn’t have the time to finish it. Here it is in its grand/mad luster with a great mix by Niklas Flyckt, and produced by Marcus Jidell. It is followed by 5 unreleased demos from the DTD sessions because the whole sha-bang was at first supposed to be a double effort but got trimmed down to a single album eventually.

I love the Pendulum track, album quality if you ask me, and songs like “Porcelain Skull” and “Snakes Of Goliath” are not bad either.

They just didn’t make it to the final thing. So I hope you like this EP that features the “missing” songs. The last pieces of the puzzle of the 1 year recording that became the album “The Door To Doom“. Enjoy”

“The Pendulum” Track Listing:

01. “The Pendulum”
02. “Snakes Of Goliath”
03. “Sub Zero”
04. “Aftershock”
05. “Porcelain Skull”
06. “The Cold Room”