Watch Nita Strauss & David Ellefson Cover Iron Maiden’s “Aces High” Live

During her June 13 show at Basement East in Nashville, Tennessee, Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.) was joined onstage by David Ellefson (Megadeth) for an instrumental cover of Iron Maiden’s “Aces High.” You can see footage of that below:

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Within Temptation Planning To Work On New Music In The Fall

It looks like Within Temptation are planning to start working on new music in the fall. Sharon Den Adel confirmed the news in the below interview with Kaaos TV:

The singer said the following:

“We’re gonna be touring maybe next year again. But after the summer [of playing shows], which will end for us in September — we will start to write again. Because we want to maintain that, because we are on a new path and we still have to develop ourselves in direction more than we are doing already.

I love touring, but I’ve been on tour already now almost for a year again. And so it’s, for me, very important to be in the studio back and to work on new ideas,” she continued. “And — I don’t know — I just wanna make music also. I wanna combine it better than being on tour for four years again and then start a new album; I wanna start now already.”

She went on to say the band are considering different options to release new music, including possibly releasing various singles before finishing an album:

“The people are not really waiting for an album anymore — people are actually waiting for a new song. So we want to give people maybe sooner some songs already — new songs — and then eventually release an album… Do it more like DJs — they come up with new songs here and there sooner, and then they drop an album later on. But you still have, of course, the way you have to do your promotion — you still have to have the promotional moment to build something up for. So, we’re still figuring out how to do that.”

She also added the following when asked about the possibility of releasing an EP:

“No, because EPs don’t get the attention of journalists or anything. It’s too small — people don’t pay attention enough to it, and you give away a lot of new songs, which you worked very hard [on]. So you want to combine it all on a new album.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Mastodon Tease Visuals For “Crack The Skye” 10th Anniversary Tour

Mastodon have shared a three minute video to tease the animated movie that they are using on the LED screens during their ongoing “Crack The Skye” 10th anniversary tour. You can check that out below: