Imperial Triumphant To Release New Album “Alphaville” In July

Imperial Triumphant will be releasing their new album “Alphaville” on July 31. Mr. Bungle‘s Trey Spruance produced the record with Colin Marston (Dysrhythmia, Krallice, etc.) handling engineering duties. The following guests also took part in the recording process: Tomas Haake (Meshuggah) [Taiko drums], Phlegeton (Wormed, Altarage) [Vocals], Yoshiko Ohara (ex-Bloody Panda) [Choirs], RK Halvorson [Barbershop quartet], Sarai Chrzanowski [Choirs], Andromeda Anarchia (Folterkammer, Dark Matters) [Choirs], J Walter Hawke [Trombone], and Colin Marston [Guitars]. Metal Injection shared the below behind the scenes look at the album sessions:

Guns N’ Roses, Smashing Pumpkins, Etc. Members Guest On Cherie Currie’s New Album “Blvds Of Splendor”

Cherie Currie (ex-The Runaways) will be releasing her new album “Blvds Of Splendor” in digital outlets on April 28. The effort, which was previously released on vinyl for Record Store Day, features guest contributions from Samshing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, Juliette Lewis, The Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle, The Veronicas, and ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum.

“Blvds Of Splendor” Track Listing:

01. “Mr. X”
02. “Roxy Roller”
03. “You Wreck Me”
04. “Black Magic”
05. “Blvds Of Splendor”
06. “Force To Be Reckoned With”
07. “Bad And Broken”
08. “Rock & Roll Oblivion”
09. “Shades”
10. “Draggin’ The Line”
11. “Breakout”
12. “The Air That I Breathe”
13. “What Do All the People Know?” (bonus track)
14. “Gimme” (bonus track)
15. “Queens Of Noise” (bonus track)

Sorum produced the record and had the following to say about it:

“Cherie’s voice tells it all, she is the real deal. And now more than ever that voice tells the story of where’s she’s been in her life. This record is about who Cherie Currie is now. We’ve waited a long time to hear this icon of Rock N’ Roll do what she does best. I’m very proud to be a part of this album by one of the best female singers of all time.”

Currie herself added:

“I’ve never had so much fun making a record before. We all looked at each other and went, ‘Oh my God, there’s magic happening here.’”

Primal Fear To Release New Album “Metal Commando” In July

Primal Fear will be releasing their new album “Metal Commando” on July 17. The first single, “Along Came The Devil,” and pre-orders will launch on May 15. Bassist Mat Sinner commented:

“I don’t want to throw around superlatives, but each of us went to their utmost limits and we are all very happy with the sound and song material. It’s pretty safe to say that this is a top album and maybe even our strongest record to date. It’s the perfect mix between our origins and our current style, a perfect balance and all band members did an awesome job playing and recording it. For me, ‘Metal Commando’ is the right album at the right time.”

Haken Premiere “Prosthetic” Music Video, Reveal Details For New Album “Virus”

Haken have premiered a new video for their new song “Prosthetic.” This track is from the band’s new album “Virus,” which will be released on June 5.

The group commented:

“‘Prosthetic‘ was the first song we completed during the ‘Virus‘ writing sessions and we always felt it would be the perfect opener for the album. It’s a very guitar heavy track with its roots in 80s thrash riffing, but with the unconventional rhythmic twists and turns we often like to explore in Haken. We sadly never had a Jeff Hanneman and Robert Fripp collaboration, but this song at least draws on inspiration from them both!

Lyrically the song is a bridge between our two albums ‘Vector‘ and ‘Virus‘. The message was brilliantly brought to life by video director Vicente Cordero, who also beautifully captured the live energy of the band in a way that both enhances the song, and perfectly sets the scene for what’s to come.”

Drummer Ray Hearne added:

“Since releasing ‘The Mountain‘ in 2013, one question has been asked of us time and time again, ‘who is the Cockroach King?’. This is something we were interested in exploring more deeply too, so we essentially did that through our music; elaborating and expanding upon the intervallic, harmonic, rhythmic and lyrical themes of that song. The end result is in an arc which spans across two albums: ‘Vector‘ and ‘Virus‘.”

“Virus” Track Listing:

01. “Prosthetic”
02. “Invasion”
03. “Carousel”
04. “The Strain”
05. “Canary Yellow”
06. “Messiah Complex I: Ivory Tower”
07. “Messiah Complex II: A Glutton For Punishment”
08. “Messiah Complex III: Marigold”
09. “Messiah Complex IV: The Sect”
10. “Messiah Complex V: Ectobius Rex”
11. “Only Stars”

Alestorm Premiere “Treasure Chest Party Quest” Video

Alestorm have premiered a new video for their new song “Treasure Chest Party Quest.” This track is from the band’s new album “Curse Of The Crystal Coconut,” which will be released on May 29. The group commented:

“Oh wow! We tried our very best to make a video that would alienate as many of our fans as possible. I think we succeeded! This song is about giving birth to yourself, selling out, and driving awful Yugoslavian cars. All the classic elements of pirate metal!”

“Curse Of The Crystal Coconut” Track Listing:

01. “Treasure Chest Party Quest”
02. “Fannybaws”
03. “Chomp Chomp”
04. “Tortuga”
05. “Zombies Ate My Pirate Ship”
06. “Call Of The Waves”
07. “Pirate’s Scorn”
08. “Shit Boat (No Fans)”
09. “Pirate Metal Drinking Crew”
10. “Wooden Leg Pt. 2 (The Woodening)”
11. “Henry Martin”

Covet Premiere “Nero” Music Video

Covet have premiered a new video for their new song “Nero.” This track is from the band’s new album “Technicolor,” which will be released on June 5.

“Technicolor” Track Listing:

01. “Good Morning”
02. “Atreyu”
03. “Parachute
04. “Predawn” (feat. Phillip Jamieson)
05. “Nero”
06. “Pirouette”
07. “Aries”
08. “Parrot”
09. “Odessa”
10. “Farewell”

Yvette Young said the following about the new record:

“There are so many textures and types of songs that it’s a new direction for us. Some of them have a nostalgic feel. Others can be quite heavy. ‘Technicolor‘ traditionally is a technique used to colorize old film. In the same spirit, we’re taking these sounds and developing them. The word encapsulates what we set out to do.”

David Adamiak added:

“The album features more colors in terms of not just the effects, but the songwriting and the rhythms. When you compile everything together, it’s our most diverse body of work yet. We’ve never had vocals with lyrics before. There were some vowels hummed on Currents, but it was gratifying to add Yvette’s voice like this.”

Converge, Ex-Job For A Cowboy, Etc. Members Join Forces In Umbra Vitae

Jacob Bannon (Converge, Wear Your Wounds, etc.), Mike “Gunface” McKenzie (The Red Chord, Wear Your Wounds, etc.), Sean Martin (Twitching Tongues, ex-Hatebreed, etc.), Greg Weeks (The Red Chord, Labor Hex, etc.), and Jon Rice (Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, ex-Job For A Cowboy, etc.) have launched a new band called Umbra Vitae. The group’s debut album “Shadow Of Life“ will be released on May 1 and the effort’s first single “Return To Zero“ can be streamed below:

Bannon had the following to say about the band, whose name was inspired by Georg Heym‘s 1913 poem of the same name:

“After reading the piece from Heym, I immediately felt connected to it. Later, while working on the previous Wear Your Wounds album, my love for Death Metal was rekindled. This was likely a reaction to working on non-aggressive music for such a concentrated period. As these songs started to form, the ominous nature of that original poem came to mind.

In many ways it embodied the character of what we were all creating together. For me, Umbra Vitae is darkly confrontational and my own internal struggles are nested within each song. At this point in my life it is of the utmost importance to use this art and music as the vehicle for a healthy purge of emotion. By design, even in something this intense, there is righteous intent to be a better human through the process of creating it.”

He also told Revolver the following about “Return To Zero“:

“‘Return To Zero‘ is about removing resistance in one’s life in order to be best version of ‘you’ that one can be. I feel that this is a relatable topic for many. What resistance is and how it manifests is unique to every single one of us. For me, this is a constant process and essential to being a better husband, father, friend, artist and human. Below you’ll find a section of the lyrics that state this better than I can in paragraph form. Thank you to everyone who continues to listen.”

“Bite down on the chain
Bow down to no one
Destroy the ego
Radiate love
Carve out a purpose
Where there was none
Compassionately
Wipe up the blood
Remove resistance
And exit the cage
Climb to your feet
Accept your rage
It’s time to reclaim
What’s rightfully yours
Bite down on the chain
And bow down to no one”

“Shadow Of Life” Track Listing:

01. “Decadence Dissolves”
02. “Ethereal Emptiness”
03. “Atheist Aesthetic”
04. “Mantra Of Madness”
05. “Fear Is A Fossil”
06. “Polluted Paradise”
07. “Intimate Inferno”
08. “Return To Zero”
09. “Blood Blossom”
10. “Shadow Of Life”