Watch New Trailer For Metal-Inspired Video Game “Of Bird & Cage”

A new trailer has been released for the new metal-inspired video game “Of Bird & Cage.” That effort will be released on PC in 2021 and it will star Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) and Kobra Paige (Kobra And The Lotus) as “Ari” and “Gitta.” The following artists also contributed music to the game: Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Rob van der Loo (Epica), Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation), Casey Grillo (ex-Kamelot), Mike LePond (Symphony X), Rocky Gray (Living Sacrifice, ex-Evanescence), Davidavi ‘Vidi’ Dolev (Subterranean Masquerade), and Arnold Nesis (Capricia Productions).

Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) And Jared Dines Team Up For Cover Of Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”

Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) and Jared Dines have joined forces for a quarantine cover of Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” You can check that out below:

Asking Alexandria Share Quarantine Acoustic Performance Of “Antisocialist”

Asking Alexandria have shared an acoustic quarantine performance of their song “Antisocialist.“ The original version of the track is from the band’s latest album “Like A House On Fire.“

Ben Bruce commented:

“Over the years, we have been known to release many acoustic versions of our songs from a number of albums. ‘Antisocialist’ has rapidly become our most successful active rock single of our entire career, so we wanted to do something special.

Instead of just another ‘acoustic version’ of a song, we decided to really strip this one back and try and recreate the song as an unplugged version that lives and breathes its own identity. An unplugged, vulnerable rendition of the song that hopefully allows people to feel like they are in the room with the band whilst we play it.

To all of our fans, old and new, we truly hope you enjoy this unique version of ‘Antisocialist’ as much as we do. We love you.”

Asking Alexandria’s Danny Worsnop Joins Cast Of Upcoming Video Game “Of Bird And Cage”

Asking Alexandria’s Danny Worsnop has joined the cast of the upcoming video game “Of Bird And Cage.” The singer will voice a character named Ari, while his partner, Gitta, will be voiced by Kobra Paige (Kobra And The Lotus). The game is expected to be released next year with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Rob van der Loo (Epica), Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation), Mike LePond (Symphony X), and Rocky Gray (Living Sacrifice, ex-Evanescence) all set to be involved as well. Worsnop commented:

“We’ve had a lot of fun making this — it’s an entirely new approach, an entirely new concept, and a way to absorb the video game platform that I believe you guys are going to enjoy. There are a lot of incredible other musicians who’ve been involved in the casting, the creation, the scoring, and the performance within this video game and I would just want to say thank you to all of them who’ve been involved, and thank you to everyone who has created ‘Of Bird And Cage‘ for having me on board.”

Serj Tankian On Viral Video Of People Rocking Out To System Of A Down At A Nigerian Wedding Reception: “Simply Awesome”

A video of people rocking out to System Of A Down’s “Toxicity” at a Nigerian wedding reception recently went viral and it caught the attention of the band’s frontman Serj Tankian. He tweeted the following:

In addition to “Toxicity,” the reception also featured Asking Alexandria’s “Final Episode (Let’s Change the Channel)” and Disturbed’s “Down With The Sickness”:

Updated Release Schedule Posted For 2020 Record Store Day Events

As previously reported, this year’s Record Store Day will now take place across three dates (August 29, September 26, and October 24) due to the coronavirus pandemic. The full updated release schedule is available HERE. A list of rock/metal releases can be found below.

August 29:

  • August Burns Red – “Bones” (Fearless) (7″) (limited to 1,000)
    Backed with instrumental version on the b-side.
  • The Black Crowes – “Jealous Again” (UMe) (12″) (limited to 7,500)
  • Denzel Curry – “Bulls On Parade” (Loma Vista Recordings) (7″) (limited to 2,500)
    Featuring his covers of Rage Against The Machine and Bad Brains.
  • Def Leppard – “Rock N Roll Hall of Fame” (UMe) (limited to 4,000)
  • Entombed – “Clandestine – Live” (Sound Pollution) (2xLP) (limited to 500)
  • Fight – “A Small Deadly Space” (Real Gone Music) (limited to 2,200)
  • Hawkwind – “At The BBC 1972” (Parlophone) (2xLP) (limited to 5,000)
  • Hawkwind – “Quark, Strangeness & Charm” (Atomhenge) (2xLP) (limited to 1,500)
  • Judas Priest – “British Steel” (40th Anniversary Edition) (Legacy) (2xLP) (limited to 3,500)
  • Motörhead – “Ace Of Spades“/”Dirty Love” (12″ shaped picture disc) (limited to 4,000)
  • Pink Floyd – “Arnold Layne Live 2007” (Legacy) (7″) (limited to 7,400)
  • Refused – “Not Fit For Broadcast – Live At The BBC” (Spinefarm) (12″) (limited to 3,500)
  • Jimmy Urine & Serj Tankian – “Fuktronic Soundtrack” (Music On Vinyl) (LP) (limited to 2,000)

September 26:

  • Badflower – “The Jester“/”Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (Big Machine) (12″ picture disc) (limited to 2,000)
  • CHON – “Grow” (Sumerian) (LP) (limited to 1,500)
  • Graves At Sea – “History Of Sickness” (NecroCave Recordings) (12″) (limited to 750)
  • Chuck Mosley – “First Hellos And Last Goodbyes” (blocGLOBAL) (LP) (limited to 700)
  • Primus – “Suck On This” (Prawn Song) (LP) (limited to 5,000)
  • The Ramones – “It’s Alive II” (Rhino/Warner) (2xLP) (limited to 8,000)
  • Various Artists – “Nativity In Black” (Real Gone Music) (limited to 2,500)

October 24:

  • Asking Alexandria – “Stand Up And Scream” (Sumerian) (LP) (limited to 1,500)
  • Clutch – “The Obelisk” (Weathermaker Music) (16-LP box set) (limited to 550)
    Featuring “Strange Cousins From The West‘, “Blast Tyrant“, “Robot Hive – Exodus“, “Earth Rocker“, “Psychic Warfare“, “Full Fathom Five“, “La Curandera“, “Live At The Googolplex” (picture disc), “Jam Room” (picture disc), “Pitchfork & Lost Needles” (picture disc) and “Book Of Bad Decisions“.
  • Alice Cooper – “Live From The Apollo Theatre Glasgow February 19, 1982” (Rhino/Warner Records) (2xLP) (limited to 7,000)
  • DevilDriver – “Winter Kills” (Napalm) (2xLP) (limited to 1,400)
  • Dio – “Annica” (Niji Entertainment/BMG) (12″ picture disc)
  • Ice Nine Kills – “The Silver Scream: Killer Cuts” (Fearless) (10″) (limited to 2,500)
  • Infectious Grooves – “Take You On A Ride” (ORG Music) (12″) (limited to 1,500)
    Featuring one new track and three previously unreleased tracks from 1995.
  • Judas Priest – “Sad Wings Of Destiny” (eOne) (2xLP) (limited to 2,700)
  • The Obsessed – “Incarnate Ultimate” (Blues Funeral Records) (2xLP) (limited to 1,250)
  • Skid Row – “Slave To The Grind” (Expanded Edition) (Run Out Of Groove) (2xLP) (limited to 2,500)

[via The PRP]

Rock/Metal Musicians React To The Murder Of George Floyd

As the U.S. continues to be rocked by the death of George Floyd, the unarmed black man who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, MN, a number of musicians have taken to social media to speak up about the tragedy and the ongoing riots related to it. You can find some posts from various artists below:

Ice-T (Body Count):

Amy Lee (Evanescence):

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God):

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“We’re Hurting” 5.29.2020 Richmond, VA. LET ME MAKE THIS VERY CLEAR: as a peace loving man who has seen & very regrettably been involved in violence myself in the past, I CANNOT CONDONE VIOLENCE- it only hurts us in the long run. BUT… I can UNDERSTAND it. Last night, I went out to document a protest in Richmond, VA, walking for a couple of hours with the people, shooting photos & trying to capture this moment in history- this is what I do as a photographer, in times good & bad. It was peaceful for the most part while I was there, but very shortly after I left, it kicked off & the rioting/violence started. There were a few cop cars & a city bus put to the torch, windows smashed (including small businesses, a few of which were black-owned- how does this help? It DOESN’T), & lots of spray paint. Tear gas/flash bangs were deployed. There were reports of gunshots (from the crowd, not the cops), but thank God no one died last night. And although I have had my problems with police before, I cannot just hate all cops- I know some good ones who do their best to serve & protect. But I also have NEVER had to worry that a cop might kill me because of the color of my skin. The violence you are seeing is the result of years & years of bottled up pain & fear, the only voice left when peaceful means don’t seem to be working. I texted a musician friend in LA last night who is a black man- I asked him how he & his family were. “We're okay. We're hurting. We're angry. But we’re okay.” The two words that stood out the most to me: WE’RE HURTING. When people hurt bad enough, for long enough, they lash out. So instead of just being another voice screaming “Racism is bad!” I want to ask you ALL: please think about a time you were hurt & scared- how did you react? I know that I myself have reacted VERY BADLY before when I was hurt & scared. All I really wanted was for someone to HEAR ME, to LISTEN, to CARE, to try to UNDERSTAND ME, to RECOGNIZE MY PAIN. There are A LOT of people who are very hurt & scared right now, & they have had ENOUGH. Things have to CHANGE, or the violence will continue. I will be staying in tonight- if you are going out, please- be peaceful. My heart hurts… 😞

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Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage):

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Gathering my thoughts, my anger, my frustration and my warrior sense about what’s been going on in this country. It’s bigger than recent events it runs DEEP in our history! My heart is heavy, my soul is burdened but my determination to help and try to understand the big picture of the division we all are pushed into daily is strong. Yet another life taken and paraded on social media and the repercussions unfold. Is anger enough? What more can be done aside from post about it, write songs about it, live in fierce opposition to the persistent divide created because of it. I humbly ask what can be done? It’s not just the murder of George Floyd it’s the countless others that have died in a similar manner and many thousands that have died and never received media coverage. Our so called creed in this country a country that clams “liberty and justice for ALL” is under fire. How do you not react in anger in disgust and frustration?! I am “just a musician” and not a “political figure” but we are taking about HUMAN LIFE being taken. How do we NOT speak out against this wrong! It’s not about politics and I’m sick to my stomach seeing any one argue that point in any way! STOP using Black folks being murdered as an agenda to push politics!!! No, not all police are awful and murderous. In fact I know officers that are good people with the desire to actually serve and protect! So if you are one of those Good Cops use your voice now to show solidarity with citizens who are the victims of abuses of power! Just like me a white male is showing my solidarity to a people who have deep history and deep roots in the building and creating of the foundations and culture of this country. We need more unity and coming together to speak out and fight against WRONG! There is NO defending what continues to happen NONE. When heavily armed white skinned people can parade around in front of officers unharmed and unchecked and unarmed black folks are executed for the camera it sends a MESSAGE! Put aside ANY stupid political speculation about what is happening and lead with your mind. This should serve to UNITE us for the common good of us all NOT DIVIDE!

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Lzzy Hale (Halestorm):

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The fact that it took this long, and people had to resort to protesting and rioting in order to get some semblance of justice… is disgusting. It is the year 2020. We have to change as a human race. We need new leadership that will encourage and inspire unity and equality instead of division and violence. We as individuals need to practice kindness and love, not selfishness and hate. We are all living on this globe together. Treat others as you’d want to be treated and help where you can instead of hurt. And if you get your panties in a twist over the notion of LOVING ONE ANOTHER…then YOU are part of the problem. Let’s draw a hard line NOW! Out with the old dinosaur mentalities, and let’s start brand new, with new eyes to view the world as John Lennon imagined it. “Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people living for today Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace, you You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people sharing all the world, you You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one”

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Korn:

Green Day:

Black Veil Brides:

We Came As Romans:

Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria):

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Fever 333:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAyJHrVgbzn/

Power Trip:

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DON’T. MESS. WITH. THE. HORNET’S. NEST.

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Cedric Bixler-Zavala (The Mars Volta, At the Drive-In):

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAvwkAvA2tO/

Circa Survive:

Brian Fair (Shadows Fall):

Alexis Mincolla (3TEETH):

Venom Prison:

UPDATE: Here’s some more posts:

Senses Fail:

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour):

Jay Weinberg (Slipknot):

Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies):

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I was already upset watching #ahmausarbery being shot. Then watching the #georgefloyd video both gutted and enraged me to the point that it’s all I can think about. If you were unaffected by the video of the life leaving George’s face, there’s something wrong with you. After forty odd years of my life, I think things have actually gotten worse. If you don’t know, I am biracial. Growing up I experienced a great deal of racism. I watched my dad being racially profiled. Just two years ago I was racially profiled while on tour when two aggressive cops came to my hotel room because a front desk clerk told them a strange looking black woman with purple dreads seemed suspicious and must be a hooker. I don’t need sympathy for this…my point is that If someone that looks like me can be racially profiled so easily, imagine what black people go through on a daily basis and try to understand why there’s so much anger. It’s every dirty look, every “nigger” mumbled in their direction, every false accusation, every unwarranted pull over, all these videos of our brothers and sisters being murdered in cold blood building up to a boiling point. I heard someone say that these riots and protests are a public mourning. It gives me a little hope seeing so many different kinds of people mourning and protesting TOGETHER. THAT’S beautiful. The Looting on the other hand, makes me sick to my stomach. If you’re participating in that, you are an opportunist. A man died for that Louis Vuitton bag and those Nike shoes you just stole. You don’t give a shit about George. And maybe those big businesses can recover…but some small businesses that barely survived coronavirus definitely won’t survive being vandalized and looted now. Man, free stuff is cool but you know what’s cooler? Using this horrible incident to make an actual difference in your community. @miiabenante and I have been talking about this all week, and she asked me why these pissed off people can’t go to school to be lawyers or officers and make difference and I thought that was a pretty great idea 🙂 be safe. Love you all.

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Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy):

Ash Costello (New Years Day):

https://www.instagram.com/p/CA315lRFHae/?igshid=rwu1rbnmel7f

Arejay Hale (Halestorm):

In This Moment:

Rise Against:

Palaye Royale:

Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) Shares Cover Of Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black”

Asking Alexandria’s Danny Worsnop has shared a cover of Amy Winehouse‘s “Back To Black.“ The track is the first in a series of covers from the frontman.

Worsnop commented:

“I wanted to take some time to pay homage to some of the songs and artists that I love and who inspire me, and Amy Winehouse does so in spades. The soul and transparency in her music was always something I was drawn to, and it was a wonderful day spent in her shoes remaking and reimagining one of her greatest works with my own twist.

Amy, you were a true artist in the purest sense of the word. We were touched by your passion and your uniqueness. Your music forever hold a place in our hearts.”