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]

BPMD (Overkill, Vio-lence, Etc.) Sign With Napalm Records

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 signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records. As previously reported, the group’s debut album, which is tentatively titled “American Made,” will feature covers of tracks from the 1970s.

Menghi commented:

“We’re super excited about our first BPMD record. Last summer, I was inspired and came up with this crazy idea and here we are, not even a year later, and it’ll see the light of day in these very trying times. The planet needs something to feel good about, and I 100% whole-heartedly believe these tunes will do the trick. Buckle up and make way for BPMD…”

Ellsworth added:

“The BPMD sessions were very fun. They took us all back to our roots and even pre-roots. As it developed, we all realized it was something special, as did Napalm Records, with one listen!”

BPMD are currently scheduled to make their live debut at the Old Bridge Elks Lodge in New Jersey on May 30 as part of “Bulldozer Bash 5.” That event will benefit the Old Bridge Militia Foundation.