Ace Frehley Premieres Animated Video For Cover Of Deep Purple’s “Space Truckin'”

Ace Frehley (ex-KISS) has premiered an animated video for his cover of Deep Purple’s “Space Truckin’.” This track is from his new covers album “Origins Vol. 2,” which will be released on September 18.

“Origins Vol. 2” Track Listing:

01. “Good Times Bad Times” (Led Zeppelin cover)
02. “Never In My Life” (Mountain cover)
03. “Space Truckin'” (Deep Purple cover)
04. “I’m Down” (The Beatles cover)
05. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (The Rolling Stones cover)
06. “Politician” (Cream cover)
07. “Lola” (The Kinks cover)
08. “30 Days In The Hole” (Humble Pie cover)
09. “Manic Depression” (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)
10. “Kicks” (Paul Revere & The Raiders cover)
11. “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” (The Animals cover)
12. “She” (KISS cover) (bonus track)

It’s worth noting that previous reports said that Lita Ford will be featured on “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander will be featured on “30 Days In The Hole,” Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS) will be featured on “Manic Depression” and John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.) will be featured on “I’m Down” and “Politician.”

David Ellefson (Megadeth) Recruits Anthrax, Sacred Reich, Crobot, Etc. Members For New Covers Album

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson will be releasing a new covers album titled “No Cover” on October 2. The 13-track record will feature covers of tracks by Motörhead, W.A.S.P., Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, Queen, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, and more.

Ellefson recorded the album with vocalist Thom Hazaert, guitarist Andy Martongelli, guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses), drummer Paolo Caridi, and the following special guests:

– Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
– Eddie Ojeda (ex-Twisted Sister)
– Brandon Yeagley (Crobot)
– Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)
– Frank Hannon and Troy Lucketta (Tesla)
– Mark Slaughter
– Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, ex-Watchtower, Evil United)
– Greg Handevidt (Kublai Khan, Ex-Megadeth)
– Chuck Behler (Ex-Megadeth)
– Gus G (Firewind)
– John Aquilino (Icon)
– Doro Pesch
– Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head)
– Dave Alvin (White Trash)
– Todd Kerns (Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators)
– Andy Freeman (Last In Line)
– Jacob Bunton (Mick Mars)
– Dead By Wednesday

Ellefson said the following:

“Before any of us started writing our own songs, we all began playing cover songs by our heroes during our formative years as musicians. So, it’s fun to go back in time and revisit those songs which helped us to become the artists we are today, especially when, ironically, many of those artists have now become peers and friends.

During the process of recording some covers for B-Sides and bonus tracks for the upcoming Ellefson solo LP, Thom and I just said, ‘This is a blast, let’s just do a whole album of covers!’ Literally, within 2 weeks, we had the songs recorded, and began calling our friends to join us, many of whom we had just performed with on the MEGA-Cruise back in October. From there, the album just fell into place.”

“A lot of our buddies have been playing covers and quarantine jams on the Internet during the pandemic, so this is really just an extension of that, but we took it the next level and actually recorded a full studio album.

We’ve been working remotely anyway, as we’re all over the Globe, so it was easy to incorporate some guests jumping in with some outstanding performances of their own. It’s been a really fun nod to making great music with our friends, who are kick-ass players, and many legends in their own right, which is the whole reason we got into this in the first place!”

Hazaert added:

“It’s all songs and artists that really mutually influenced both myself and David, especially a lot of early ‘metal’ and harder classic rock. Some stuff I picked, some stuff he picked, but for the most part is was all artists that we both loved. What’s funny, as there’s a bit of an age gap, we were sometimes more influenced by different eras of the same bands. But it was really him saying, ‘Let’s do this song,’ and me saying, ‘Yes!!! And let’s do this song.’ And before we knew it, we had over 15 songs. And it’s a lot of album tracks, deep cuts, early tracks, stuff people might not expect, which was what was so fun.”

“It was also great that we were able to work in a lot of nods to David’s history, getting Chuck Behler to play with us, bringing in original Megadeth guitarist Greg Handevidt to play on ‘Love Me Like A Reptile’, a song they used to play in cover bands together before they moved to L.A. (which we wrote about in ‘More Life With Deth’), and Randy Burns is going to mix a track or two. As a singer, these are literally bands I’ve listened to, and covered all my life, and for me, getting to play with Eddie Ojeda, the Tesla guys, Charlie Benante, Jason McMaster, Mark Slaughter, etc, and sing these songs that mean so much to me. I mean, literally, the entire record is my bucket list of people I’d love to play with, and some of my favorite bands. So, it’s truly an honor to put together something so fun, and really as effortless as this was. It truly is a love letter to rock n’ roll, an homage to what made us, musically, who we are today.”

Carcass, Intronaut, Exhumed, Etc. Members Cover Guns N’ Roses, KISS, Etc. Tracks For “FU*K THE VIRUS” Album

Members of Carcass, Intronaut, Exhumed, Gatecreeper, Dysrhythmia, Imperial Triumphant, and more have all contributed to a new covers album titled “FU*K THE VIRUS.” The effort, which was put together by Leon del Muerte (ex-Exhumed, etc.), features covers of songs by Guns N’ Roses, KISS, Def Leppard, The Beatles, Blue Öyster Cult, ZZ Top, etc. and it can be found on Bandcamp.

Mantar To Release ’90s Covers Album “Grungetown Hooligans II” In July

Mantar will be releasing a ’90s covers album titled “Grungetown Hooligans II” on July 26. The effort’s first single, a cover of Mazzy Star’s “Ghost Highway,” can be found below:

“Grungetown Hooligans II” Track Listing:

01. “The Bomb” (L7 cover)
02. “Puss” (The Jesus Lizard cover)
03. “100%” (Sonic Youth cover)
04. “Ghost Highway” (Mazzy Star cover)
05. “Can I Run” (L7 cover)
06. “Bruise Violet” (Babes In Toyland cover)
07. “Who You Drivin’ Now” (Mudhoney cover)
08. “Knot” (7 Year Bitch cover)

Inter Arma To Release New Covers Album “Garbers Days Revisited” In July

Inter Arma will be releasing a new covers album titled “Garbers Days Revisited” on July 10. The effort’s first single, a cover of Neil Young‘s “Southern Man,“ can be found below:

T.J. Childers said the following about the record:

“Hunter Thompson used to punch out pages of Ernest Hemingway on his typewriter just to get the feeling of what it was like to write that way. The same can be said for anyone learning a great cover song: there’s a lot to be deduced from the information there. Actually learning the songs can lead to inspirational, new musical ideas.”

“Covers have been an integral part of Inter Arma since the beginning of the band and some of these songs have a direct lineage while others are a little more… obscure. As timing would have it, we hope this provides a bit of an escape for listeners, given the surreal circumstances we’re in at the moment, because after all, great art should provide an escape which is part of why we chose to do this: sometimes you just wanna be runnin’ down a dream…”

The band also added the following about “Southern Man”:

“Inter Arma as a whole are massive Neil Young fans. ‘Southern Man’‘has been a staple of our live set for over a decade and we finally got around to putting it to tape. We hope you enjoy our spin on this timeless and still extremely relevant song.”

“Garbers Days Revisited” Track Listing:

01. “Scarecrow” (Ministry cover)
02. “Southern Man” (Neil Young cover)
03. “Hard Times” (Cro-Mags cover)
04. “March Of The Pigs” (Nine Inch Nails cover)
05. “The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill” (Hüsker Dü cover)
06. “In League With Satan” (Venom cover)
07. “Runnin Down A Dream” (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers cover)
08. “Purple Rain” (Prince cover)

Korn May Continue Work On Their Covers Album During Current Downtime

Korn have been talking about a possible covers album for awhile now and it looks like they may continue to work on it during their coronavirus downtime. Guitarist Brian “Head” Welch said the following about that during a recent interview with Metal Hammer:

“We have five or six [covers] done, and Jonathan Davis was really hyped on the idea of doing unique covers – just something fun. So we need to get back into that frame of mind. With this time off, that maybe could be a good idea – something to do while we’re at home.”

Ace Frehley Begins Work On New Album, Delays “Origins Vol. 2”

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation,” Ace Frehley (ex-KISS) revealed that he is using his coronavirus downtime to work on “new material for a studio record.” With this news, he also revealed that his covers album “Origins Vol. 2” has been delayed.

Frehley said the following:

“Because of this virus, everything has been pushed back. The release of my ‘Origins Vol. 2’ has been pushed back to the fall. I don’t wanna be too idle, so I decided to start recording my next studio record. What the hell?”

He also added the following about “Origins Vol. 2,” which was “done months ago”:

“We’re talking about the end of the summer. We might put out a single earlier than that — during the summer. We’re talking about probably not till September. But that can change. Don’t quote me or anything. First it was the summer, then it was the end of the summer. Last I heard it was September. Everybody’s worried about their health. Health comes first, because without your health, you’ve got nothing.”

[via Blabbermouth]

BPMD (Overkill, Vio-lence, Etc.) Share Video For Cover Of Aerosmith’s “Toys In The Attic”

BPMD, the band featuring Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), and Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance), have premiered a new video for their cover of Aerosmith’s “Toys In The Attic.” This track is from the band’s new covers album “American Made,“ which is set to be released on June 12.

Bobby Blitz commented:

“I remember waaaaaaaaaaay back when Overkill formed, we were cutting our teeth on covers as I was finding my way around the mic. The Aerosmith covers were right in my wheelhouse, so when Mike [Portnoy] picked ‘Toys’ to cover, I was like… ‘Hell Yea’!”

Phil Demmel added:

“It was tricky because Aerosmith have two guitarists, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, playing different things. So, as one guitar player, I had to pick a medium place between the two that sounded good. I thrashed it up a little by adding a lot of down picking and some gallops and triplets.”

“American Made” Track Listing:

01. “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” (Ted Nugent cover)
02. “Toys In The Attic” (Aerosmith cover)
03. “Evil” (Cactus/Willie Dixon cover)
04. “Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers” (ZZ Top cover)
05. “Saturday Night Special” (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
06. “Tattoo Vampire” (Blue Öyster Cult cover) (feat. Buck Dharma)
07. “D.O.A.” (Van Halen cover)
08. “Walk Away” (James Gang cover)
09. “Never in My Life” (Mountain cover)
10. “We’re An American Band” (Grand Funk Railroad cover)

Senses Fail Working On New Album & Covers Record

Senses Fail have been working on a new album, titled “What The Thunder Said, Hell Is In Your Head,” and a new covers record. The band tweeted the following about the new album:

They also tweeted the following about the covers album:

[via The PRP]