Memoriam To Release New Album “To The End” In March

Memoriam have announced that they will be releasing their new album “To The End” on March 26. The effort’s first single “Onwards Into Battle” will be released on January 22.

The following was said about the album:

“Marking the beginning of a second trilogy of albums, ‘To The End’ serves as something of a prologue to the first three Memoriam albums. Working backwards and narrating the life story of the leader whose demise was depicted in the first trilogy, the lyrics on the album may play out in a fictional realm, but they incorporate inspiration from real life. A central theme of war is coloured with political fulminations and everyday experiences that combine to create a cohesive and enthralling chronicle.”

The band also commented on the cover art:

“We are really chuffed to be collaborating with Dan [Seagrave], his vision and interpretation of ideas are totally unique and its fantastic to be involved in the creative process with him – seeing the ideas that we have transformed into stunning images that we are proud to have as artwork for our albums. His style is second to none, so much so that using any other artist at this point would seem like a compromise; his attention to detail is incredible. ‘To The End’ is the first album of this trilogy and features the events that led up to the scenes depicted on our first album, ‘For the Fallen’. The art shows the king leading his troops into the last battle in which he was killed. It looks bloody killer.”

Seagrave added:

“In this moment we’re capturing the dawn of the onslaught of the city; visible from the industrial outskirts, as the forces descend with a pincer movement into the valley, spreading destruction towards their goal. The king character to me at this stage has become something of a creature – beyond human. There is an elemental shift in its DNA and a detachment of its ordinary senses. Held together by earthly materials, I feel its presence brings with it a surrealistic sickness that affects the immediate environment and those who tread within its boundaries.

My aesthetic look of this was to combine the retro military tech of the early 20th century with the memory of renaissance times art. For example, tanks that have bas relief sculpture, and inventions such as the flying wingsuit – a metallic armoured vehicle contraption worn by the foreground figure. There’s less of a literal darkness in the depiction. Here there seems to be a permeating flow of dust particles, like a concocting mist of specular ice and grey concrete. The dawn of a bright day reacting with it, both illuminating and deadly.”

The Crown Premiere “Motordeath” Video, Reveal Details For New Album “Royal Destroyer”

The Crown have premiered a new video for their new song “Motordeath.” This track is from the band’s new album “Royal Destroyer,” which will be released on March 12. The group said the following about that effort:

“It is our album number ten, so now we are in the big boys club. I think it in some ways is our crowning achievement, and it encompasses our sound across all albums on one defining record. It’s got it all – the early 90s death metal stuff, the haunting melodies, the thrash, the punk, the grind, the heavy metal and the more epic and doomy stuff.”

“Royal Destroyer” Track Listing:

01. “Baptized In Violence”
02. “Let The Hammering Begin!”
03. “Motordeath”
04. “Ultra Faust”
05. “Glorious Hades”
06. “Full Metal Justice”
07. “Scandinavian Satan”
08. “Devoid Of Light”
09. “We Drift On”
10. “Beyond The Frail”

The CD version will also come with a demos release titled “Deathrace 13.” Here’s the track listing for that:

01. “Deathexplosion” (demo)
02. “No Tomorrow” (demo)
03. “Executioner” (demo)
04. “Face Of Destruction” (demo)
05. “I Won’t Follow” (demo)
06. “Deliverance” (demo)
07. “Vengeance” (demo)
08. “Natashead Overdrive” (demo)
09. “Dead Man’s Song” (demo)
10. “Are You Morbid” (demo)
11. “Bow To None” (demo)
12. “Cold Is The Grave” (demo)
13. “Rebel Angel” (demo)

ERRA Premiere “Divisionary” Video

ERRA have premiered a new video for their new song “Divisionary.” This track is from the band’s new self-titled album, which will be released on March 19.

Jesse Cash said the following about the song:

“It’s a song about our relationship to technology. The song is pretty on the nose and intentionally a bit tongue-in-cheek. It creates a sort of campy parallel between our phones and religion. In the song, technology is God and we are all zealous fanatics of the service it provides, which is a distraction from our immediate realities, which is presence.”

He also added the following about the album:

“It’s clearly an evolution of the same band, it sounds like a record we wrote, but it’s such a big step forward from the last one that it seemed like the perfect time to self-title a record. We wanted to give people who have been following ERRA the sense that we’re starting a new chapter, with something fresh.”

J.T. Cavey continued:

“We’ve always tried to have a balance of classic song structures, intertwined with experimental adventures. This album especially is music written for musicians that also appeals to the masses. There are a lot more breakdowns on this record, but also bigger melodies. The most important thing was to write music we enjoy.”

“ERRA” Track Listing:

01. “Snowblood”
02. “Gungrave”
03. “Divisionary”
04. “House Of Glass”
05. “Shadow Autonomous”
06. “Electric Twilight”
07. “Scorpion Hymn”
08. “Lunar Halo”
09. “Vanish Canvas”
10. “Eidolon”
11. “Remnant”
12. “Memory Fiction”

Gatecreeper To Release “An Unexpected Reality” Tomorrow

Gatecreeper will be releasing a new record titled “An Unexpected Reality” tomorrow (January 13). The effort will feature seven short grind, punk and hardcore tracks, as well as one 11-minute death-doom song titled “Emptiness.”

“An Unexpected Reality” Track Listing:

01. “Starved”
02. “Sick Of Being Sober”
03. “Rusted Gold”
04. “Imposter Syndrome”
05. “Amputation”
06. “Depraved Not Deprived”
07. “Superspreader”
08. “Emptiness“

Vocalist Chase Mason commented:

“I think the social media environment has just fried our attention spans. Trying to hold someone’s attention for two or three months with a typical album roll-out doesn’t seem feasible with everything else currently going on in the world.”

“It’s meant to be listened to as a whole, so we didn’t wanna break it up or release a couple songs ahead of time as ‘singles’ or whatever. We also didn’t wanna treat it like it’s our next full-length. Because it’s not.”

“I’ve had the idea to do a record like this for a while. In 2020, we were supposed to be touring all year. Once everything got cancelled, we decided it was the perfect time to turn this idea into a reality.”

“This release was an opportunity to experiment and expand on different ideas within the Gatecreeper formula. It doesn’t necessarily signify a new direction for the band, but we’ll definitely have a couple new tools in our toolbox moving forward.”

NOFX Team Up With Avenged Sevenfold For New Song “Linewleum”

NOFX have teamed up with Avenged Sevenfold for a new song titled “Linewleum.” You can find an official video for that track below. With this news, NOFX have also announced that their new album “Single Album“ will be released on February 26.

NOFX’s Fat Mike said the following about the new song:

“I have no idea why ‘Linoleum‘ is THE NOFX song that is covered by so many bands, while other NOFX songs get hardly any attention. ‘Linoleum‘ wasn’t a single; it had no video; it got no radio play, and most importantly, it didn’t even have a chorus!!! All popular songs have choruses! WTF!

So, one night I stayed up till 4:00 am checking out all the different versions on YouTube. Watching hundreds of bands from over 28 countries (mostly Indonesia) doing ‘Linoleum‘ was a humbling experience for me. So I decided to write a song that was a shout-out to all those people that learned those four chords and remembered the non-rhyming lyrics.

Then I asked the biggest of all the bands (Avenged Sevenfold) to play some leads on the song. Then M Shadows suggested we do a video together. Then I figured I should put all of the bands in the video. Well, I couldn’t fit all the bands, but I picked a bunch of cool ones! A song about not playing a song that’s not a hit song with a video about other bands covering the song! This is why I love punk rock and writing punk songs. Rules out the door!”

He also added the following about the new record, which was originally going to be a double album until the band’s plans were derailed by the coronavirus pandemic:

“When you write a double album, you write differently. I was writing really different songs, and some fun songs, but you have to make a double album interesting enough to listen to the whole way. I wanted to make a perfect double album, and I didn’t accomplish that. So I decided to just make a single album, hence the title.”

“Single Album” Track Listing:

01. “The Big Drag”
02. “I Love You More Than I Hate Me”
03. “Fuck Euphemism”
04. “Fish In A Gun Barrel”
05. “Birmingham”
06. “Linewleum”
07. “My Bro Cancervive Cancer”
08. “Grieve Soto”
09. “Doors And Fours”
10. “Your Last Resort”

Liquid Tension Experiment (Dream Theater, Etc.) To Release New Album “LTE3” In March

Liquid Tension Experiment, the band featuring Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), and Tony Levin (King Crimson, etc.), have announced that their new album “LTE3” will be released on March 26. Pre-orders will launch on January 22.

“LTE3” Track Listing:

01. “Hypersonic”
02. “Beating The Odds”
03. “Liquid Evolution”
04. “The Passage Of Time”
05. “Chris & Kevin’s Amazing Odyssey”
06. “Rhapsody In Blue”
07. “Shades Of Hope”
08. “Key To The Imagination”

A bonus disc featuring nearly an hour worth of improvised jams will also be included. Here’s the available formats:

* Limited deluxe hot pink 3LP+2CD+Blu-ray Box Set (including a poster and 4 artcards, Blu-ray includes a 5.1 surround mix with visuals, and full band interview from the studio)
* Limited 2CD+Blu-ray Artbook
* Limited 2CD Digipak
* Gatefold black 2LP+CD
* Digital album (2CD)

Petrucci commented:

“After over 20 years since the last time we recorded together, the four of us stepped into the studio and it was as if no time had passed at all! All of the magic that made the first two LTE albums so special was still there and we had such a great time making this record. I’m extremely proud of what we created together and can’t wait for everyone to hear it!”

Portnoy added:

“The best thing to come out of 2020 was this long-awaited reunion! And it was surely worth the wait as after all these years, the magic chemistry was still there and stronger than ever!”

Blaze Bayley (Ex-Iron Maiden) To Release New Album “War Within Me” In April

Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden) has announced that his new album “War Within Me” will be released on April 9. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

“War Within Me” Track Listing:

01. “War Within Me”
02. “303”
03. “Warrior”
04. “Pull Yourself Up”
05. “Witches Night”
06. “18 Flights”
07. “The Dream Of Alan Turing”
08. “The Power Of Nikola Tesla”
09. “The Unstoppable Stephen Hawking”
10. “Every Storm Ends”

Sammy Hagar & The Circle To Release “Lockdown 2020” In January

Sammy Hagar & The Circle have announced a new album titled “Lockdown 2020.” The effort will be released on January 8 and it will feature mostly covers that were tracked during the band’s “Lockdown Sessions.” Fans that pre-order the album will receive the group’s cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes” as an instant-grat track. Notably, all proceeds from that single will be donated to food banks nationwide.

“Lockdown 2020” Track Listing:

01. “Funky Feng Shui”
02. “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (The Who cover)
03. “Good Enough” (Van Halen cover)
04. “Three Little Birds” (Bob Marley cover)
05. “Whole Lotta Rosie” (AC/DC cover)
06. “For What It’s Worth” (Buffalo Springfield cover)
07. “Keep A-Knockin'” (Little Richard cover)
08. “Right Now” (Van Halen cover)
09. “Don’t Tell Me What Love Can Do” (Van Halen cover)
10. “Sympathy For The Human” (Sammy Hagar & The Wabos cover)
11. “Heroes” (David Bowie cover)

Hagar commented:

“When we first start doing these lockdown sessions, it was only meant to stay in touch with the fans until we could get back out on the road again. But as the weeks and months drew on, it also became a fun way to keep the band together, musically and creatively.”

He also added the following about “Heroes,” which was the last track that the band recorded for the album:

“With the addition of ‘Heroes’, it made sense to help those who are struggling from the effects of COVID-19. It probably wouldn’t have happened without it.”

Sirenia Premiere “Addiction No. 1” Video, Reveal Details For New Album “Riddles, Ruins & Revelations”

Sirenia have premiered a new video for their new song “Addiction No. 1.” This track is from the band’s new album “Riddles, Ruins & Revelations,” which will be released on February 12.

Morten Veland said the following about the new song:

“This is our first single taken from the upcoming album. Musically I feel that this song really shows a modernized and new side of Sirenia. I find the song very catchy, but heavy at the same time. Furthermore we have given the electronic elements a bigger role in this song. We hope you’ll enjoy it!”

He also added the following about the album:

“‘Riddles, Ruins & Revelations’ is Sirenia’s tenth studio album. The album is very diverse, as a Sirenia album should be. There’s a lot of material that shows the band from a new side, and there is lots of material that is to be expected from the band musically. All in all the album will take the listeners through a journey that will cover both familiar and unexplored musical landscapes. We hope that you will enjoy the journey.”

“Riddles, Ruins & Revelations” Track Listing:

01. “Addiction No. 1”
02. “Towards An Early Grave”
03. “Into Infinity”
04. “Passing Seasons”
05. “We Come To Ruins”
06. “Downwards Spiral”
07. “Beneath The Midnight Sun”
08. “The Timeless Waning”
09. “December Snow”
10. “This Curse Of Mine”
11. “Voyage Voyage”

Evergrey Premiere New Song “Forever Outsider”, Reveal Details For New Album “Escape Of The Phoenix”

Evergrey have premiered a new song titled “Forever Outsider.” This track is from the band’s new album “Escape Of The Phoenix,” which will be released on February 26.

“Escape Of The Phoenix” Track Listing:

01. “Forever Outsider”
02. “Where August Mourns”
03. “Stories”
04. “A Dandellion Cipher”
05. “The Beholder”
06. “In The Absence Of Sun”
07. “Eternal Nocturnal”
08. “Escape Of The Phoenix”
09. “You From You”
10. “Leaden Saints”
11. “Run”
12. “The Darkness In You” (artbook bonus track)