Blind Guardian Premiere “Violent Shadows” Music Video

Blind Guardian have premiered a new video for their new song “Violent Shadows.” This track is from the band’s new album “The God Machine,” which will be released on September 2.

Vocalist Hansi Kürsch commented:

“Since our WWW Virtual Wacken Performance, ‘Violent Shadows’ threw a massive, already overpowering shade on the expectations of The God Machine. We were pretty aware of the effects that the number would develop. The message is quite clear in my opinion: We’re able to go straightforward! With the single release, you get a very concise impression of the album’s precision and intensity.

Just one more thing: Everybody who thinks that the wait for the remaining five songs isn’t worth it, is completely wrong! Every single song is a firework and shines even brighter in context. Remember my words, enjoy ‘Violent Shadows’, and pre-order The God Machine. Today, September 2nd’s already yesterday.”

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Reunites With Ahrue Luster For “The Burning Red” Album Playthrough

Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn and the band’s former guitarist Ahrue Luster recently reunited for a playthrough of their 1999 album “The Burning Red.” The set also included select songs from their 2001 album “Supercharger” and some covers. Notably, bassist Jared MacEachern was unable to attend the playthrough due to a positive COVID-19 test. Despite this, he still recorded his parts from home.

Unearth, Madball, & Undeath Announce September Shows

Unearth, Madball, and Undeath have announced some September shows together. Here’s the dates:

09/18 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe @ Old National Centre
09/19 Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme
09/20 Columbus, OH – Ace Of Cups
09/21 Memphis, TN – Growlers
09/22 Birmingham, AL – Iron City (Unearth only)

DJ Ashba Teams Up With Natyash For “GDM Remake” Of “Malosa”

DJ Ashba (Sixx:A.M., ex-Guns N’ Roses) has teamed up with his wife Natyash for a “GDM Remake” of “Malosa.” You can check that out below:

DJ Ashba commented:

“When I first heard ‘Malosa’ by Natyash, I was blown away. I knew I had to do a GDM remake. I teamed up with JP On Da Track, taking her original vocals and created a brand new track around it. Our goal was to seamlessly combine the sounds of Latin, EDM and rock, resulting in a unique fusion of all three genres.”

Natyash added:

“‘Malosa’ by Ashba is a masterpiece! You’re gonna wanna listen to it over and over, simply because you’ve never heard something similar before. It’s the first Latin GDM track ever and I’m very proud to be part of it.”

Watch Metallica Jam “Master Of Puppets” With “Stranger Things” Actor Joseph Quinn

Metallica have shared footage of themselves jamming “Master Of Puppets” with “Stranger Things” actor Joseph Quinn backstage at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL. You can check that out below. As previously reported, an updated version of the track featuring “additional guitar tracks” from Robert Trujillo’s son Tye Trujillo was included in a scene in which Quinn’s character, Eddie Munson, was performing inside the “Upside Down.” Footage from that scene was also incorporated into Metallica’s Lollapalooza set.

Nothing More Digitally Release Extended Version Of “Tired Of Winning / Ships In The Night”, Announce “Spirits Vol. 1” Graphic Novel

Nothing More have digitally released an extended version of their song “Tired Of Winning / Ships In The Night.” The track will appear on the band’s new album “Spirits“ (out October 14) and the soundtrack for the upcoming film “The Retaliators” (out September 14).

In other news, the band have also announced that they have teamed up with Z2 Comics for a new graphic novel titled “Spirits Vol. 1.” The book, which was written by Dan Watters and illustrated by Christian Rosado, is expected to be released in spring 2023. Jonny Hawkins commented:

“The comic book focuses on four of the Spirit Types. As we were making the album, I came up with the concept for the Spirits Test. Imagine if the zodiac had a baby with the Meyers Briggs personality test, and that baby came out with a fascination with cryptic iconography and metal music… that is this test. Each of us has a Spirit Type and this comic book is an artistic expression of how those Spirit Types come to life in a world very much like our own.”

Mark Vollelunga added:

“I set forth on this collaboration with Z2 comics, and our manager, Will Hoffman, with the idea to expand the Nothing More world and allow the reader to dive deeper down the rabbit hole and elaborate on what these Spirit Types mean; where they came from and why they exist. We wanted to write stories that invoke a compelling sense of empathy and wonder while maintaining a very personal connection to Nothing More songs.

Dan Watters was the perfect dude for the job. He’s such a brilliant, captivating writer. Both of us shared inspiration from shows like The OA and Sense 8 and we wanted to accentuate the differences all people have when something in your life wrecks you… and that even though these differences may seem polarizing, we all still need each other. It’s because of these differences that you learn to survive and grow. This story shows that great strength and mutual respect come to those who learn how to embrace one another despite such differences.”

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Writes Afterword For New Book “Shudder’s Creepshow: From Script To Scream”

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett has written the afterword for the new “Creepshow” book “Shudder’s Creepshow: From Script To Scream”. The effort, which also includes a foreword by Stephen King, will be released on October 25.

Here’s a description of the book:

“‘Shudder’s Creepshow: From Script to Scream,’ produced by AMC Networks Publishing and ‘Creepshow’ showrunner and executive producer Greg Nicotero (‘The Walking Dead’), is a coffee-table book which brings fans behind-the-scenes of the acclaimed ‘Creepshow’ series with deep dives into its riveting origins, gripping development, provocative production, sinister special effects, and much more. Features a foreword by legendary storyteller Stephen King and an afterword by horror aficionado Kirk Hammett, Metallica’s lead guitarist. Based on the hit anthology series from Nicotero, Cartel Entertainment, Striker Entertainment, and in partnership with Titan Books, the book is written by Dennis L. Prince, designed by John J. Hill, and co-produced by Julia Hobgood. The series has been heralded as ‘an irresistibly macabre package,’ (Slant Magazine) and ‘an undeniable love letter to all generations of horror fans,’ (CBR), and over three seasons, has been one of the most watched programs on Shudder.”

Greg Nicotero commented:

“I grew up wearing down my fingertips paging through books on the making of my favorite movies. I was ravenous to learn the behind-the-scenes secrets. So, I’m excited to be able to present a glimpse behind the making of this epic show!”

Mike Zagari, head of AMC Networks Publishing, added:

“This jam-packed, behind-the-scenes ‘Creepshow’ book is perfect for fans of the show, as well as anyone passionate about horror entertainment and aspiring filmmakers and FX artists. The collaboration between Greg Nicotero, the ‘Creepshow’ series cast and crew, which are overseen by Monster Agency Productions, Stephen King, Kirk Hammett, the George A. Romero Foundation and many other talented individuals, exceeded all expectations!”

Sammy Hagar & The Circle To Release New Album “Crazy Times” In September

Sammy Hagar & The Circle have announced a new album titled “Crazy Times.” The effort will be available on CD and digitally on September 30 and on vinyl on October 28. You can find an official video for the title track below:

“Crazy Times” Track Listing:

01. “Intro: The Beginning of the End”
02. “Slow Drain”
03. “Feed Your Head”
04. “Pump It Up”
05. “Be Still”
06. “You Get What You Pay For”
07. “Crazy Times”
08. “Funky Feng Shui”
09. “Father Time”
10. “Childhood End”

Hagar commented:

“Working with Dave Cobb for the first time was enlightening. We went into the studio to record in the fall of 2021, when the world was starting to come out of the pandemic bubble we’d all been living in. The lyrics for ‘Crazy Times’ just came from that new freedom we were feeling, the freedom felt unbelievable, but a little uncertain, too. We had to ask ourselves ‘what are we doing here and what do we want?’

Going back in the studio, creating and being with the music is just what felt natural. And it was just so different from any record I’ve ever made. There was joy in the hard work, catharsis and the comradery we’d craved. It was like those two years of not being able to do very much fell away and we really all came together and let it out in the music and lyrics. We were able to express what we all felt.

Before I stepped into the studio with Dave, he’d told me he wanted the best of my career on this record, and he wasn’t going to let me get out of that studio until I gave it to him. So, I said, ‘If you expect that from me, at my age, as many records as I’ve made, you’re going to have to push me,’ and he said no problem. Obviously, I dug down and just tried to write good strong songs, great lyrics, great melodies and not worry so much about the arrangements because he had that covered. And he pushed and squeezed every one of us. We went in the studio with seven songs and came out with 10. We ended up co-writing three songs with Dave Cobb and the band — including the new track, ‘Crazy Times’.”