Floor Jansen (Nightwish) has shared a cover of Heart’s “Alone.” The track features music from Joost Van Den Broek and Jansen had the following to say about it:
“Picking Alone from @thebandheart (Heart) as my second cover on YouTube felt like the right decision. I have performed this song with Nightwish, After Forever and even at the Christmas Metal Symphony! So when I saw many of you requesting this song, I got to work! Hope you enjoy it!”
August Burns Red have shared footage of themselves performing “Barbarian” during their virtual “Thrill Seeker” 15th anniversary show. That event was streamed live on November 14. As previously reported, the band will also be playing a virtual “Christmas Burns Red” holiday show on December 12.
Exhumed will be playing a virtual concert on December 26. You can find tickets for that event HERE. The band said the following about the performance:
“We are extremely pumped to announce our take on the “internet gig!” GOREIFIED AT THE GRIND GUIGNOL will go live worldwide on December 26, 2020. For just $8 you’ll receive an email with a link to download / stream the gig for 90 days. The gig itself is 1+ hour of never-before-seen Exhumed live footage, recorded by a multi-camera crew with pro-tools audio. The show features all the never-before-seen casket-crushing classicks and disgusting deep cuts you can handle! US Customers can also check out exclusive bundle packs which include a new Longsleeve design exclusive for this show and a limited gig poster!”
Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor’s solo track “HWY 666” has been chosen as the theme song for the WWE’s “TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs” event. The pay-per-view event will take place on December 20 at a new Thunderdome set up at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, Florida.
A new biopic focusing on Heart is currently in the works. The movie will be written and directed by Carrie Brownstein and produced for Amazon by Lynda Obst.
Ann Wilson said the following about the biopic during an interview with Lyndsey Parker on SiriusXM’s “Volume West”:
“I can’t tell you all about it, because it’s still being written right now. I saw the first draft of [Brownstein’s] script, and it’s really cool.”
She went on to say that “a few actresses have come forward” to play her and her sister Nancy, but “no one that’s right.” She continued: “But it’s known that the role of Nancy and the role of me is now being cast.” One actress interested in playing Ann was Anne Hathaway, but Wilson said she doesn’t “think she’s exactly right for it.”
She also added the following when asked if the lead actresses will actually sing or lip-sync:
“I’m really not sure. That’s still in development right now. Because of COVID, it slowed everything down. But it’s definitely coming along.”
North Kingsley, the band featuring Shavo Odadjian (System Of A Down), Ray Hawthorne, and Saro Paparian, will be releasing a new EP titled “Vol. 2” on December 4. You can find a teaser for that effort below:
Psychosexual, the band fronted by ex-Five Finger Death Punch drummer Jeremy Spencer, have released a new covers EP titled “Songs To Stalk You By.“ The effort includes the group’s takes on KISS’ “Watchin’ You,” Stone Temple Pilots’ “Sex Type Thing,” Queensrÿche’s “Gonna Get Close To You,” Type O Negative’s “Love You To Death,” David Bowie’s “Love You Till Tuesday,” and The Police’s “Every Breath You Take.” Notably, ex-Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook guests on “Watchin’ You” and “Gonna Get Close To You.” Spencer commented:
“This is a fun little compilation of bands I love. There is definitely a tongue-in-cheek creepiness to the themes that tie the songs together, and that’s what made them so much fun to record. The fact that stalking and social distancing go hand-in-hand is just a happy coincidence.”
Macabre have premiered an animated video for their song “Joe Ball Was His Name.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Carnival Of Killers.”
Corporate Death commented:
“Joe Ball was a serial killer called the Alligator Man. I started writing this song around our Grim Scary Tales era, but never actually finished it until getting things in place to record Carnival Of Killers. Reading more about him and his evil deeds from way back in the 1930’s I tried to give the song an old-time ragtime feel. I hope you like it, it’s a little different, but so are we.”
Amanda Odenlid, who created the video, added:
“I made the Macabre Minstrels videos just for fun, back when my interest in true crime had really taken off full force (thanks to discovering Macabre, actually). The “chibi”-style I used first saw the light of day when I started making a sort of tongue-in-cheek webcomic about Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer living together. I like the style because it is simple but expressive, and I also like the clash that occurs between the cartoony VS the grotesque and morbid. Having listened to Macabre for 10+ years has made me realize that, while morbid, there is also quite a lot of dark humor in their music as well. Kind of like my own art, in a way.
As for this new video about Joe Ball; making it basically forced me out of an art-block I’d been having, also making me rediscover how fun it was to draw in this old chibi-style of mine. I went from only having heard of Ball’s name somewhere, to almost knowing everything about him that there is to know (except his exact body-count). Despite the grim subject-matter, it was really fun to learn something new and to revisit my old passions for drawing and video-making!”
Volbeat have premiered a new live video for their song “Sorry Sack Of Bones.” That clip was filmed during a 2019 show that the band played in Stuttgart, Germany. The live version of the track is from the group’s new live album “Rewind, Replay, Rebound – Live in Deutschland,“ which was released today (November 27).