Ghost’s Tobias Forge Reveals The Concept Of The Band’s New Album

During a recent interview with KLAQ, Ghost’s Tobias Forge revealed the concept behind the band’s upcoming album. According to him, the effort will focus on “the rise and ultimately the unescapable fails and falls of empires.”

Forge said the following:

“The album that I have been working on, I came up with that concept years ago. We played in Seattle in 2013, 2014 — something like that — we played at Showbox At The Market. I remember that day I came up with the idea for this record, this upcoming record. Because I got a book called ‘The Rule Of Empires‘ [full title: ‘The Rule Of Empires: Those Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, And Why They Always Fall‘.] So, basically, I wanted to make a record about the rise and ultimately the unescapable fails and falls of empires. And an idea like that can take — at least me — quite far.

So once you get that idea of, like, ‘Oh, now I know what the pile is gonna look like. I know now what not to put in there.’ And it was the same thing with ‘Prequelle‘; it was gonna be about the great death, a medieval, primordial threat of annihilation which was, I guess I wouldn’t say carnal but maybe a tiny tad more spiritual and philosophical death, with the ever presence of actual termination. Whereas this record about the empires was gonna be a little bit more practical, I guess; a little bit more, I don’t wanna say political. So it wasn’t really hard to be inspired by the last couple of years.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Raven Black Share Cover Of “This is Halloween” From “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

Raven Black have released a cover of Danny Elfman’s “This is Halloween” from Tim Burton’s 1993 film “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” The band commented:

“Being our favorite all time HALLOWEEN Movie, created by Tim Burton, it was natural for us to want to cover this song. We both love everything Tim Burton and Disney so doing this cover has been an amazing honor! It was extremely fun to sing all the different parts together and give it our Raven Black carnival metal twist. “

In other news, the group have also announced a special “This is Halloween” show at The Music Factory in Battle Creek, Michigan. The event will take place on December 11 and it will also feature: Fate Destroyed, Mantra Of Morta, Sepsiss, and Monster Dolls.

Dead Rabbitts (Escape The Fate, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Acceptance”

Dead Rabbitts have premiered a new song titled “Acceptance.” Craig Mabbitt (Escape The Fate) commented:

“This song is very important to me, it’s about the best decision I ever made, sobriety. I hope this can help inspire you to find the light if you are in a war with similar demons.”

Ex-Nightwish Singer Tarja Turunen Teams Up With EDM Artist Torsten Stenzel For New Project Outlanders

Ex-Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen and EDM artist Torsten Stenzel have joined forces for a new project called Outlanders. The band’s first single, “Closer To The Sky” (featuring Trevor Rabin of Yes), will be released on November 26. Aside from Rabin, the group will also be working on music with a number of other guests including: Al Di Meola, Joe Satriani, Jennifer Batten, Steve Rothery (Marillion), Mike Oldfield, Walter Giardino (Rata Blanca), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), and Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth).

Former Death Manager Eric Greif Passes Away

Former Death manager and president of Perseverance Holdings Ltd., Eric Greif has sadly passed away at the age of 59. According to Blabbermouth, “Greif was reportedly an insulin-dependent diabetic for much of his life, which was briefly cured by a pancreas transplant, but it failed a few months later and health continued to be a struggle for him.” He was also seeking a kidney donor before his death. The following message was posted on Death’s Facebook page:

“The world has lost an absolute warrior and proponent for metal and music in general. Eric was first introduced into my life as a child when he was chucks manager and friend then later on in my late twenties when we met in Philadelphia to strike up a deal with relapse records to finally give chucks legacy a proper home. All of you are enjoying chucks music on all of these wonderful platforms and releases now because of this man. Eric was average in physical stature but once he opened his mouth there was no doubt he was a giant. He was a loving father and one of the most articulate and interesting men I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Please keep his mother and children in your thoughts. The art of existence is fragile indeed…..”

Deftones Share Unused Alternate Cover Art For “Saturday Night Wrist”

In honor of the 15th anniversary of “Saturday Night Wrist,” Deftones have shared an unused alternate cover for the album. The band said the following about that:

“#SaturdayNightWrist turns 15 this Halloween. Featured here is an unused, alternate concept for the album cover by Frank Maddocks. Revisit at lnk.to/saturdaynightwrist

Watch Foo Fighters Cover The Beatles With Paul McCartney At 2021 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

Last night (October 30), Foo Fighters were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame by Sir Paul McCartney (The Beatles). During the ceremony, McCartney also joined the band onstage for a performance of The Beatles’ “Get Back.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below. The full ceremony will also be available to watch on HBO and HBO Max on November 20.

Watch RATT’s Stephen Pearcy Join Sammy Hagar Onstage For Cover Of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock And Roll”

During Sammy Hagar & The Circle’s October 29 show at The STRAT in Las Vegas, NV, the band were joined onstage by RATT’s Stephen Pearcy for a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock And Roll.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below: