Monster Magnet To Release New Covers Album “A Better Dystopia”

Monster Magnet will be releasing a new covers album titled “A Better Dystopia” on May 21. The effort’s first single, a cover of Poo-Bah‘s “Mr. Destroyer,” can be found below, along with the cover art and track listing:

“A Better Dystopia” Track Listing:

01. “The Diamond Mine” (Dave Diamond DJ monologue)
02. “Born To Go” (Hawkwind cover)
03. “Epitaph for A Head” (JD Blackfoot cover)
04. “Solid Gold Hell” (The Scientists cover)
05. “Be Forewarned” (The Macabre cover)
06. “Mr. Destroyer” (Poo-Bah cover)
07. “When the Wolf Sits” (Jerusalem cover)
08. “Death” (The Pretty Things cover)
09. “Situation” (Josephus cover)
10. “It’s Trash” (The Cave Men cover)
11. “Motorcycle (Straight to Hell)” (Table Scraps cover)
12. “Learning To Die” (Dust cover)
13. “Welcome To The Void” (Morgen cover) (bonus track)

Dave Wyndorf commented:

“We all agreed that we would be bored out of our minds within a month of lockdown. Monster Magnet loves the road. It’s a lifestyle. So, I considered our options. Rather than panhandle on the internet, hawking masks and Zoom-rocking practice sessions for dollars, I suggested we record a “bunker record”. A total DIY affair (band only) recorded and mixed in Bob Pantella’s small but potent Freak Shop Studios/rehearsal space right here in New Jersey. But what to record?

I didn’t feel much like writing, but working on anything was better than watching the news as hospitals filled up, people died, and American politics went bat-shit crazy. The world roared ‘Dystopia! Apocalypse! Revolution!’. I’d heard those words before, and they brought to mind my childhood in the late 60’s/early 70’s… and the music… and short playlist of songs (just one of many) that I’d been carrying around with me on my whatever device to listen to before shows.

Of course, these tunes have also been in my head for more or less my whole life. These were not the popular hits of the time. This was like a playlist from the 4th dimension… strange bits of musical obscurity, mostly dredged up from that inglorious and freaky “twilight zone” time that preceded Arena Rock, Heavy Metal, Reggae and Disco. A no-man’s land of hard rock that still had remnants of psychedelia and garage punk but had abandoned any notion of “flower power” or frat house fun. And of course, they rocked. Yeah, these songs were it.”

Charlie Benante (Anthrax) To Release New Covers Album “Silver Linings”

Anthrax’s Charlie Benante will be releasing a new covers album titled “Silver Linings” on May 14. The effort will feature various tracks from the drummer’s “quarantine jam video series.” Pre-orders can be found HERE. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the Neal Casal Music Foundation.

“Silver Linings” Track Listing:

01. “City Of Blinding Lights” (U2 cover) (feat. Anthrax’s Frank Bello and Death Angel’s Mark Osegueda)
02. “Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns” (Mother Love Bone cover) (feat. Metal Allegiance’s Mark Menghi and Death Angel’s Mark Osegueda)
03. “Teardrop” (Massive Attack cover) (feat. Butcher Babies’ Carla Harvey and Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
04. “Run-DMC Medley” (Run-DMC cover) (feat. Run-DMC’s Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Volbeat’s Rob Caggiano, and Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
05. “Rhiannon” (Fleetwood Mac cover) (feat. Metal Allegiance’s Mark Menghi, Beauty In The Machine’s Jennifer Cella, and Randy McStine)
06. “Yer So Bad” (Tom Petty cover) (feat. Butcher Babies’ Carla Harvey and Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
07. “Transylvania” (Iron Maiden cover) (feat. Skid Row’s Dave “Snake” Sabo, Anthrax’s Frank Bello, and Anthrax’s Jon Donais)
08. “Presto Vivace” (U.K. cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz, Testament’s Alex Skolnick, and Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess)
09. “Bad Guy” (Billie Eilish cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
10. “Jimmy James” (Beastie Boys cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
11. “All The Way” (KISS cover) (feat. Trixter’s P.J. Farley, Kuarantine’s Joe McGinness, and Rob Zombie’s John 5)
12. “Mr. Speed“ (KISS cover) (feat. Trixter’s P.J. Farley and Kuarantine’s Joe McGinness)
13. “Public Image” (Public Image cover) (feat. Turbonegro’s Hank Von Hell, Sum 41’s Dave “Brownsound” Baksh, and Sum 41’s Jason “Cone” McCaslin)
14. “Funny Vibe” (Living Colour cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz, Living Colour’s Corey Glover, and Butcher Babies’ Henry Flury)

Benante said the following about the album:

“Back in February of last year with COVID and all the other B.S. that was going on, I was glued to the 24-hour news cycle on the TV and my phone, and I started to get really depressed. My girlfriend said I needed to turn off the news and suggested I do something creative, whether it was art or drumming or writing new songs, and she was right.”

“I knew a lot of my musician friends were going through the same thing I had been, so I started asking them if they wanted to get involved, play some songs with me, maybe make a video – that’s how it all started.”

“This isn’t a solo album. This is a record of my favorite songs done with some of my friends during a very dark time. We found a shining light and this is the result of that light. I was really happy that my musician friends came on board and helped make this record what it is. I appreciate all of them, and they all did such a fantastic job. Despite all of the darkness we’ve experienced this past year, there are ‘silver linings,’ that’s why I chose that title for the album.”

The record’s first single, Benante’s “Run-DMC Medley” with Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (Run-DMC), Rob Caggiano (Volbeat, ex-Anthrax), and Roberto “Ra” Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), can be found below:

Down Planning To Record New Covers Album

It looks like Down are planning to record a new covers album. Drummer Jimmy Bower recently confirmed the news during an interview with BraveWords.

Bower said the following:

“We’re supposed to do a covers record pretty soon, that’s the next thing. We haven’t figured out exactly when we’re going to do it, or completely what songs yet… it’s just been an idea we’ve had forever. I know that’s in the works. Down was scheduled to play some festival shows last summer (2020) in Europe, and they got cancelled. I think we’re booked again this summer, but it just depends (on the COVID-19 pandemic) you know.”

He also added the following when asked which tracks the band are covering:

“There’s definitely been some weird ones that I was like, ‘Wow, that would be killer!’ It’s going to be fun to do, to put our own take on ‘em. They’re not going to sound exactly like… we’ll put the Down take on it.”

“There’s a couple we decided on doing that I would think everybody would know, but then again you never know. Some of ‘em to me, are kind of obvious, just because I’m in the band. If you’re a true Down fan, you really know what we’re influenced by; some of ‘em will be no brainers. I’m excited to get working on that, it’s going to be really fun!”

Saxon Reveal Details For New Covers Album “Inspirations”, Premiere Video For Cover Of The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black”

Saxon have announced that their new covers album, “Inspirations,” will be released on March 19. A video for the effort’s first single, a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black,” can be found below:

Biff Byford said the following about “Paint It Black”:

“Loved this band since I first saw them and heard them. I liked The Beatles, but The Stones appealed to my rebel side; their iconic look… so many great songs, such a great attitude in the music!”

He also added the following about “Inspirations”:

“The warmth and feel of ‘Inspirations’ had so much to do with being together in this magnificent place [Brockfield Hall] and doing it ‘old-school’ style. This is how many bands back in the day —including some of the ones covered here — made such great albums, so it just felt really good to be able to do this somewhere like Brockfield Hall.”

“We wanted to do an album based on our influences, the songs and bands that inspired us to write what we did and still do and it was also interesting to see what my voice could do as I haven’t sung many of these songs before.”

“We didn’t want to change any of the songs too much, just play them more like Saxon and we also think it’s very important to have — and share with the fans — some fun in these dark times.”

“Inspirations” Track Listing:

01. “Paint It Black” (The Rolling Stones cover)
02. “Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin cover)
03. “Paperback Writer” (The Beatles cover)
04. “Evil Woman” (Black Sabbath cover)
05. “Stone Free” (Jimi Hendrix cover)
06. “Bomber” (Motörhead cover)
07. “Speed King” (Deep Purple cover)
08. “The Rocker” (Thin Lizzy cover)
09. “Hold The Line” (Toto cover)
10. “Problem Child” (AC/DC cover)
11. “See My Friends” (The Kinks cover)

Chris Cornell’s Posthumous Covers Album “No One Sings Like You Anymore” Released

Late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s posthumous covers album “No One Sings Like You Anymore” has received a digital release. You can find that on the service of your choice or pre-order a physical copy (out March 19) HERE.

“No One Sings Like You Anymore” Track Listing:

01. “Get It While You Can” (Howard Tate/Janis Joplin cover)
02. “Jump Into The Fire” (Harry Nilsson cover)
03. “Sad Sad City” (Ghostland Observatory cover)
04. “Patience” (Guns N’ Roses cover)
05.v“Nothing Compares 2 U” (Prince cover)
06. “Watching The Wheels” (John Lennon cover)
07. “You Don’t Know Nothing About Love” (Carl Hall cover)
08. “Showdown” (Electric Light Orchestra cover)
09. “To Be Treated Rite” (Terry Reid cover)
10. “Stay With Me Baby” (Lorraine Ellison cover)

Cornell‘s widow Vicky said the following:

“This album is so special because it is a complete work of art that Chris created from start to finish. His choice of covers provides a personal look into his favorite artists and the songs that touched him. He couldn’t wait to release it. This moment is bittersweet because he should be here doing it himself, but it is with both heartache and joy that we share this special album. All of us could use his voice to help heal and lift us this year, especially during the holiday season. I am so proud of him and this stunning record, which to me illustrates why he will always be beloved, honored, and one the greatest voices of our time.”

His daughter Toni also commented:

“When my dad was making this album, it was so fun – I remember waking up in the morning, having breakfast with him and going with him into the studio. We would take our piano lessons there, and Christopher would play video games with Brendan and my dad. We got to experience so much with him and have so many amazing memories. I’m really happy to be sharing this album. We love you, daddy”

His son Christopher added:

“We had so much fun in the studio during this time, and on days off we’d go to Tree People and hike around there. We would also play hide and go seek inside the Beverly Hills Hotel and when security would show up they would think it was so funny that my dad was running through fire escapes with us. For me, this album represents who my dad was. I’m really proud of him and his work. I hope you all love this record as much as I do.”

Helmet Planning New Covers Release And Early 90s Live EPs

During a recent appearance on the “Thunder Underground” podcast, Helmet’s Page Hamilton revealed that the band have several releases planned. This includes a covers record and two 90s live EPs.

Hamilton said the following [transcribed by The PRP]:

“I’ve wanted to do an album for a couple of years—a new album. But we’re sort of at the mercy of the record label. I’m talking to my managers like ‘Okay can we go to another label? They’re not stepping up and labels are having a hard time figuring out how to make money off of album sales and I’m sympathetic.

I understand that. But I have a deal with them and I’m supposed to, so what we’re doing is right now, is I also have a live album, we have a live album on the deal so we’re gonna release a CBGBS show from ’90 and a ‘Big Day Out‘ show from I think ’92, something like that—the first time we played Australia… It had to be maybe ’93, it was post-‘Meantime‘, pre-‘Betty‘.

And then the CB show, we didn’t have an album out yet. Those were the very early songs like ‘Impressionable‘, which was an AmRep 7″, I can’t remember what else is on there. One song didn’t have a title and I turned it into an intro to ‘Impressionable‘. And we did ‘Sinatra‘ and ‘Murder‘. So, there were songs that were going to be on ‘Strap It On‘.

So yeah, but we’re still releasing those two live EPs and then we did these all these cover songs during the recording of ‘Dead To The World‘.

And it was kind of like, we’re gonna release, then somebody at the management office screwed up so that set us back a year. It was like all this, one thing after another. So now we’re finally, the label’s like, ‘Oh, we’d like to be involved in that. We’ll release those.’ Because I’ve had the artwork done. They’ve been mixed.

And you know one song was mixed by Jay Baumgardner and mastered by Howie [Weinberg] during the ‘Dead To The World‘ mixing and mastering sessions.

And so we thought we had it ready to go. It’s just kind of like it’s, I, I understand. I mean the music business is looking for you know an instant hit. instant gratification. We put this out like Taylor Swift, and she puts a million dollars in our pockets on day two. That’s not Helmet.

But it’s nice to have our stuff out there to kind of expand the catalog, because I feel good about the catalogue that we’ve built, you know, over the all these years.”

Saxon Finishing Up New Covers Album “Inspirations”

Biff Byford has revealed that Saxon are planning to release a new covers album titled “Inspirations.” The band are currently finishing up the effort and more details are expected soon.

Byford said the following:

“I wanna tell you about a project we’re getting really excited about. We’re just finishing it; I’m just finishing the vocals off now. It’s gonna be a cover album.

Somebody had the idea of doing something a bit of fun, because our new Saxon album has been put back till next year. So, yeah, we’re gonna call it ‘Inspirations’, and it’s a collection of songs that inspired us and influenced us to go down the rock and roll highway, looking for fame and fortune. So, yeah, there’s some big songs on there, there’s some surprises, some really difficult songs to play and to sing. But we like doing it.”

He also added:

“I just finished the last vocal tonight. We did it the old way — old Marshall amps, old Marshall amps, real drums in a huge hallway in a big stately home that we used near York. So there’s gonna be a video about that soon. Hopefully you’re gonna be able to pre-order the album before release. And we’re gonna drop a single soon, so keep your eyes open on social media for that.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Miley Cyrus Working On Metallica Covers Album

During a recent interview with Interview Magazine, Miley Cyrus revealed that she is working on a Metallica covers album. She said the following about that:

“We’ve been working on a Metallica cover album and I’m here working on that. We’re so lucky to be able to continue to work on our art during all of this. At first, it [the COVID-19 pandemic downtime] felt uninspiring and now I’ve been totally ignited.”

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong To Release “No Fun Mondays” Covers Album In November

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will be releasing a new covers album featuring the various tracks from his “No Fun Mondays” series on November 27. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

“No Fun Mondays” Track Listing:

01. “I Think We’re Alone Now” (Tommy James And The Shondells cover)
02. “War Stories” (The Starjets cover)
03. “Manic Monday” (The Bangles cover)
04. “Corpus Christi” (The Avengers cover)
05. “That Thing You Do” (Adam Schlesinger cover)
06. “Amico” (Don Backy cover)
07. “You Can’t Put Your Arms Round A Memory” (Johnny Thunders cover)
08. “Kids In America” (Kim Wilde cover)
09. “Not That Way Anymore” (Stiv Bators cover)
10. “That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Eric Carmen cover)
11. “Gimme Some Truth” (John Lennon cover)
12. “Whole Wide World” (Wreckless Eric cover)
13. “Police On My Back” (The Equals cover)
14. “A New England” (Billy Bragg cover)