Mikaela Premieres “Nightmare” Music Video

Mikaela has shared a new video for her song “Nightmare.” This track is from her latest album “Nocturne In Red.”

The following was said about the video:

“A nightmare that has tormented a dead woman’s mind, making her turn in her grave as a ritual is conducted bringing her to life, ending a nightmare that caused her her life. We experience the nightmare as it is relived in her subconscious until she is finally awake and ready to live again.

This short film is a direct metaphor in its entirety reflecting a true nightmare that we have all lived everyday through this pandemic running over way too many moons and causing too much death, especially those who’s music is their tool to life and such outlet was taken away from them. This is to serve as a reminder that nothing lasts forever, even a nightmare like this.”

Dave Grohl & Greg Kurstin Share Cover Of Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana”

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and Greg Kurstin (The Bird And The Bee) have shared a cover of Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana” as part of their “Hanukkah Sessions.” The duo said the following about that:

“Barry Pincus – not only one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th (or any) century, but a mega-mensch to boot! So, like a good neighbor, you deserve a break today. So grab a bucket of chicken and let’s get stuck on….. BARRY MANILOW’S ‘Copacabana!’“

Diamante Announces February U.S. Tour

Diamante has announced a February U.S. tour. Here’s the dates for that run:

02/01 Las Vegas, NV – The Space
02/02 Tucson, AZ – 141 Toole
02/03 Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge
02/04 Alburquerque, NM – Launchpad
02/07 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
02/08 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
02/10 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
02/12 Seattle, WA – Clock Out Longue
02/13 Portland, OR – Mano Oculta
02/15 Sacramento, CA – The Starlet Room
02/16 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
02/17 Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room

Iron Maiden Team Up With Marvel For New Merch Line

Iron Maiden have teamed up with Marvel for a new merch line. The new pieces of apparel, which can be found HERE, feature a number of comic book characters including Wolverine, Venom, and Deadpool. Iron Maiden‘s manager Rod Smallwood commented:

“Eddie has long stood shoulder to shoulder with the greatest super-heroes and we’re also pretty proud of the Worlds we created for his many incarnations – from battlefields to Egyptian tombs to frozen icescapes or futuristic cities. Juxtaposing some of the most recognizable characters in pop art & comic book culture into planet Maiden has been an ambition of ours for years and working with Marvel and their unparalleled character-based IP is the perfect fit in this day & age. To see such iconic characters alongside Eddie is something our fans have discussed for years and we think that the twist of placing Venom, Thanos, Thor or Deadpool in our Maiden worlds will excite fans of both cultures.”

Enslaved Announce “The Otherworldly Big Band Experience” Virtual Concert

Enslaved have announced a special virtual concert, which they are calling “The Otherworldly Big Band Experience.” The event will stream on December 21 and tickets for it can be purchased HERE.

Ivar Bjørnson commented:

“Soon, the sun will turn – once again marking the transition from one year to another and the onset of brighter days ahead. We are many who wish to see this coming Winter Solstice mark a lasting turning away from dark days behind us. We have kept it up all along; virtual tours, rehearsing, writing, and releasing an album and an EP. You heard us when we said, ‘this will not stop us!’ – the Enslaved Community has grown stronger through the crisis. Now we will close this cycle with a grandiose virtual concert, and hope for you to join us from all over the world.

‘The Otherworldly Big Band Experience‘ is about wanting to show even more of what Enslaved is: Enslaved is also an idea. It is a live band that is teeth-grittingly metal, has rock’n’roll in its DNA, while maintaining and expanding on its position as a groundbreaking progressive metal act. All while exploring the boundaries of Norse Mythology and Rune-lore, Psychology and History.

We have recruited both an extension to the line-up with the young and talented Bergen prog rock band, Shaman Elephant. We have worked together with some of the most talented moviemakers and visual wizards around – also young and from Bergen: Kolibri Media. Add the Enslaved live crew to the mix and you have got magic, no less.

We have aspired to create a concert film that reflects this expanded representation of Enslaved and cannot wait to show you all. It is bigger than any project we have done before, and it is unlike anything else you have seen in this kind of music. You will see and hear songs that have never been performed before. Songs you might have heard will sound and look like you haven’t seen and heard before. There is new material, and material as old as the band. One constant binds it all together: it is Enslaved.”

10 Years To Miss Upcoming Shows After Jesse Hasek Tests Positive For COVID-19

10 Years have pulled out of their upcoming shows with Theory Of A Deadman due to singer Jesse Hasek and members of their touring party testing positive for COVID-19. The band commented:

“Unfortunately, even after adhering to strict safety protocols, our singer Jesse Hasek, along with other members of the 10 YEARS touring party, have tested positive for COVID-19 and we will need to sit out the next handful of shows. We do not know exactly when we will be able to rejoin the tour at this point but we will keep you informed and updated as things progress! Jesse says he is feeling a little rough at the moment and is very sorry but hopes to be back in action soon. Stay tuned.”

Mötley Crüe Sell Rights To Their Entire Catalog To BMG

According to Variety, Mötley Crüe have sold the rights to their entire catalog to BMG. The deal was said to have been valued at about $150 million.

Mötley Crüe commented:

“It feels amazing to be collaborating with our new partners at BMG. Their extensive track record of success in rock made them the perfect home to continue preserving and growing our musical legacy, ensuring we always stay at the top.”

Their manager Allen Kovac also added:

“After working side by side with BMG for well over a decade, the relationship we have developed and success we’ve accomplished over the years made this a very easy transition to entrust with this treasured Rock catalog. Working with BMG in any capacity, whether that’s publishing or records, has always been a great experience.”

Abiotic To Release 10th Anniversary Edition Of “A Universal Plague” In December, Premiere New Song “Mutation”

Abiotic will be releasing a 10th anniversary edition of their “A Universal Plague” EP on December 3. The effort, which has been retitled “A Universal Plague: Mutation,“ will come with two bonus tracks including “Mutation” (feat. Dickie Allen and Ray Jimenez) and a re-recorded version of “Vermosapien.“ You can check out “Mutation” below:

The group commented:

“We’re so grateful to get to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our debut EP with the re-release of A Universal Plague: Mutation. Fans have been asking us to release the EP digitally and on vinyl for what feels like forever and we’re so pumped to be working with The Artisan Era to get this out to everyone with some bonus tracks for the fans. We decided to re-record the song that started it all for us, Vermosapien, with our new lineup and make some creative tweaks, including using 8 strings, to give the song new life while keeping true to our original sound.”

“The idea was to show the mutation we’ve made as a band, hence the name of the EP. We also added a brand new song (Mutation), featuring our former vocalists Dickie Allen (Infant Annihilator) and Ray Jimenez (Acaedia), which is easily the heaviest song we’ve ever written. I think fans are going to lose their minds to this song, hearing the blend of voices that have been part of the band’s 10-year span of plaguing the extreme metal scene. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported the band over the last decade. We are only able to do what we love to do because of you. Cheers!”

RATT’s Stephen Pearcy Postpones East Coast Shows After Testing Positive For COVID-19

RATT’s Stephen Pearcy has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the singer has been forced to postpone several East Coast shows.

The following statement was issued:

“As many of you may have already heard, Stephen Pearcy has unfortunately been forced to postpone this week’s dates on the East Coast. Out of an abundance of caution, Stephen tested for Covid after learning that others he’d been in contact with had tested positive. To this point, he’s only experienced the mildest of symptoms, and based on his condition and the timeline of his exposure he already appears to be close to a full recovery.

Stephen and his band regret not being able to play this week’s shows, but this is life in 2021, and we all need to be safe, sound and responsible. Tomorrow’s Dec 1 Warrandale PA show has been rescheduled to Feb 16, and the December 3-5 shows in Buffalo, Jordan NY and New Bedford MA are now moving to April 29 – May 1.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out since news broke last night, and to everyone for your understanding in the matter. Just to be clear, the dates listed above are the only impacted shows, and all other dates will play as scheduled. Stephen and his band are looking forward to getting back out as soon as safely possible!

UPCOMING SHOWS

2021

DEC 18 – Dubuque, IA
DEC 31 – Santee, CA

2022

FEB 11 – West Hollywood, CA
FEB 16 – Warrandale, PA
APR 29 – Buffalo, NY
APR 30 – Jordan, NY
MAY 1 – New Bedford, MA
JUL 30 – Beaver Dam, KY

More TBA”