While She Sleeps To Release Special Edition Of “You Are We” In July

While She Sleeps have announced that they will be releasing a new special edition of their latest album “You Are We” on July 20. This version will come with the original album plus eight additional bonus tracks.

Track Listing:

01. “You Are We”
02. “Steal The Sun”
03. “Feel”
04. “Empire Of Silence”
05. “Wide Awake”
06. “Silence Speaks”
07. “Settle Down Society”
08. “Hurricane”
09. “Revolt”
10. “Civil Isolation”
11. “In Another Now”
12. “Feel” (reimagined live at St Pancras Old Church in London)
13. “Silence Speaks” (reimagined live at St Pancras Old Church in London)
14. “Hurricane” (reimagined live at St Pancras Old Church in London)
15. “Civil Isolation” (demo)
16. “Feel” (demo)
17. “Fear In Change” (instrumental demo)
18. “I Am While She Sleeps”
19. “Lost Ideas“

Guitarist Sean Long commented:

“We feel that ‘You Are We‘ demonstrated such a special connection between us and our fans so we wanted to give them the chance to receive as much content as possible from the campaign. We, even as a ‘heavy’ band, have always had a strong love for acoustic and stripped backed songs so it made sense to finally realize some of our songs in this way. The St. Pancras show was so much out of our comfort zone that it made the night electric.

‘Lost Ideas‘ is something people never get to hear, yet I think it’s so pure and interesting. It’s from the absolute beginning of the writing process and you get to hear the essence of some of our biggest songs in their simplest and most organic form. It also includes some natural ideas that never made it into any of the songs on You Are We itself. This is something I would have loved to hear from my favorite artists over the years so I’m happy we are giving our fans this chance.”

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’68 Stream “Summertime Blues” Cover

’68 are streaming their cover of “Summertime Blues,“ via Alternative Press. The track was originally performed by Eddie Cochran, but their version is more inspired by Blue Cheer‘s cover. The duo will digitally release a deluxe edition of their latest album “Two Parts Viper” tomorrow (April 27), and it will come with three bonus tracks including: “That’s The Plan Anyway, Now Figure Out How To Follow Through,“ “One Thing, However I Have Found To Be True,” and a director’s cut of “Summertime Blues.“

Josh Scogin commented:

“I have wanted to record a cover song for quite some time. We do a ton of homages live, everything from At The Drive In, Paramore, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin and Notorious B.I.G. to name a few. It varies from night to night, but these are always just small bits—maybe just a riff in the middle, or a signature lyric.

I really wanted to record a song, in its entirety, that was not written by me. So I did. I had several in mind, and someday I might get to those, but the song ‘Summertime Blues‘ just seemed to make the most sense, especially Blue Cheer’s version. Don’t get me wrong.

I love Eddie Cochran’s version, too (in fact you should go listen to it right now, it is so good), but with the rawness that Blue Chee‘r conjured up—in all their songs—it is easy for me to gravitate to it. All in all, this is just another chance for me to pay homage to another great band and another great song.”

In Hearts Wake To Release Deluxe Edition Of “Ark”

In Hearts Wake will be releasing a deluxe edition of “Ark” on June 8, via UNFD. This edition will feature some new versions of tracks with guest vocals from Thy Art Is Murder’s CJ McMahon and Dream State’s CJ Gilpin. It will also come with some reimagined versions of songs and a bonus instrumental disc. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Track Listing:

Disc 1:

01. “Ark”
02. “Passage”
03. “Nomad”
04. “Frequency”
05. “Warcry”
06. “Waterborne”
07. “Arrow”
08. “Flow”
09. “Overthrow”
10. “Elemental”
11. “Totality”
12. “Now”
13. ” Arrow” (feat. CJ Gilpin)
14. “Frequency” (reimagined)
15. “Waterborne“(reimagined)
16. “Adrift” (outro)
17. “Elemental” (feat. CJ McMahon)

Disc 2:

01. “Ark” (instrumental)
02. “Passage” (instrumental)
03. “Nomad” (instrumental)
04. “Frequency” (instrumental)
05. “Warcry” (instrumental)
06. “Waterborne” (instrumental)
07. “Arrow” (instrumental)
08. “Flow” (instrumental)
09. “Overthrow” (instrumental)
10. “Elemental” (instrumental)
11. “Totality” (instrumental)
12. “Now” (instrumental)

Morbid Angel Release Two-Disc Digipack Edition Of “Kingdoms Disdained”

Morbid Angel have released a new two-disc digipack edition of “Kingdoms Disdained” via Silver Lining Music. This version features the original album and a bonus disc with seven instrumental demo tracks that were previously only available as part of the deluxe box set. Furthermore, Silver Lining Music will also be releasing the effort as a limited edition 12 inch picture disc as part of Record Store Day (April 21).

Here’s the list of bonus tracks:

01. “Piles Of Little Arms” (Instrumental Version)
02. “Battlebots” (Instrumental Version)
03. “Sludge Creeper” (Instrumental Version)
04. “Acid Crusher” (Instrumental Version)
05. “7 String Swing” (Instrumental Version)
06. “Warped” (Instrumental Version)
07. “Secret Hell” (Instrumental Version)

Megadeth Announce Deluxe Reissue Of “Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!”

Megadeth will be releasing a deluxe, remixed and remastered edition of their 1985 album “Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!” on June 8. This version of the effort, which is titled “Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good – The Final Kill,“ has be remixed by Mark Lewis and remastered by Ted Jensen. The set will include the full album, along with live audio tracks from VHS tapes found in Dave Mustaine’s attic, the band’s 1984 three-track demo, and their cover of Lee Hazelwood‘s “These Boots” with recut vocals. It will also include revised artwork, new packaging with photos, flyers, etc. and new liner notes from Mustaine.

Track Listing:

01. “Last Rites” / “Loved To Deth” (remastered)
02. “Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!” (remastered)
03. “The Skull Beneath The Skin” (remastered)
04. “Rattlehead” (remastered)
05. “Chosen Ones” (remastered)
06. “Looking Down The Cross” (remastered)
07. “Mechanix” (remastered)
08. “These Boots” (remastered)
09. “Last Rites” / “Loved to Deth” (live) (1987 London, UK)
10. “Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!” (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
11. “The Skull Beneath The Skin” (live) (1990 London, UK)
12. “Rattlehead” (live) (1987 Bochum, Germany)
13. “Chosen Ones” (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
14. “Looking Down the Cross” (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
15. “Mechanix” (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
16. “Last Rites” / “Loved To Deth” (demo) (remastered)
17. “The Skull Beneath The Skin” (demo) (remastered)
18. “Mechanix” (demo) (remastered)

Various pre-order options are available with more information available HERE.

Five Finger Death Punch To Release New Album “And Justice For None” In May, Officially Announce Summer Tour With Breaking Benjamin, Etc.

Five Finger Death Punch have announced that their new album “And Justice For None“ will be released on May 18. You can find the details for the standard and deluxe versions below:

Deluxe Edition:

Track Listing:

01. “Trouble” (bonus track)
02. “Fake”
03. “Top Of The World”
04. “Sham Pain”
05. “Blue On Black”
06. “Fire In The Hole”
07. “I Refuse”
08. “It Doesn’t Matter”
09. “When The Seasons Change”
10. “Stuck In My Ways”
11. “Rock Bottom”
12. “Gone Away”
13. “Bloody”
14. “Will The Sun Ever Rise”
15. “Bad Seed” (bonus track)
16. “Save Your Breath” (bonus track)

Standard Edition:

Track Listing:

01. “Fake”
02. “Top Of The World”
03. “Sham Pain”
04. “Blue On Black”
05. “Fire In The Hole”
06. “I Refuse”
07. “It Doesn’t Matter”
08. “When The Seasons Change”
09. “Stuck In My Ways”
10. “Rock Bottom”
11. “Gone Away”
12. “Bloody”
13. “Will The Sun Ever Rise”

In other news, Five Finger Death Punch have also officially announced their tour with Breaking Benjamin, Nothing More, and Bad Wolves:

07/16 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre **
07/18 Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena **
07/20 Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
07/21 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
07/24 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/25 San Diego, CA – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
07/27 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
07/29 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater **
08/01 Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
08/03 Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion **
08/04 Dallas, TX – Starplex Pavilion
08/06 Southaven, MS – BankPlus Amphitheatre at Snowden Grove
08/07 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/09 Simpsonville, SC – Heritage Park
08/11 Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
08/12 Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Amphitheatre
08/14 Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
08/15 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
08/17 Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
08/18 Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
08/20 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
08/22 Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater **
08/24 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
08/25 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center **
08/28 Cincinnati, OJ – Riverbend Music Center
08/29 Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/31 Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center **
09/01 Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
09/03 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
09/06 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater **
09/07 Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
09/09 Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center **

* – Five Finger Death Punch & Bad Wolves only
** – Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin & Bad Wolves only

“…And Justice For All” Mixer Steve Thompson Says Metallica “Have No Desire” To Remix The Album For The Deluxe Edition

Despite the fact that Jason Newsted‘s bass parts are buried in the mix, Metallica apparently “have no desire” to remix “…And Justice For All” for the upcoming deluxe edition. Mixer Steve Thompson confirmed the news on the Talk Toomey Podcast.

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Thompson said the following about the initial mixing:

“The first day Lars would come in with pictures of an EQ setup [of] how he wanted his drums to sound, every drum. So I said to Barbiero, ‘Michael, why don’t you work with Lars and get the drums sounding the way he wants them and once you got that let me know.’

So he gets the sound that Lars wanted and I listened to ’em myself and said ‘Man, this sounds like shit.’ …And so I chased everybody out of the room, I started putting everything up, re-EQing drums, bringing the guitars up, bringing the bass up, because the bass was a great part because it was a perfect marriage with Hetfield‘s rhythm guitars, it just was great. And I’m blowing up the band and everything like that and Hetfield comes in and [he] thumbs up, everybody, he’s happy.

So when I was ready for playback, Lars comes walking in, listens to about 15 seconds and he says ‘turn it off.’ And he goes to me ‘Uhh, what happens to my drum sound?’ So I think I just probably said ‘You were serious?”

So I had to get the drum sound back to where Lars was happy and I wasn’t… And then he said ‘See the bass?’ I said ‘Yeah,’ he said, ‘I want you to bring it down about 5 or 6db. I said ‘Why,’ [he said] ‘Just bring it down.’ So I brought it down where you barely audibly could hear it. And he goes now ‘drop it down a little more’.

And I remember I think I turned around to James and James just put his hands up and I said ‘Really, why would you do that?’”

He then added the following about the deluxe edition:

“I just contributed to the anniversary album of ‘…And Justice [For All‘]. I just sent them a bunch of pictures and some outtakes, but they have no desire to re-mix the record. They want to keep it the way it is.

They might remaster it or something like that, but there is only so much mastering you can do. And I’ll tell you the truth, I don’t even know if those original multitracks could be saved. Because there are like 5 million edits in them from Lars‘ drums alone. So if you have the box and open it up there probably be about 50 million pieces of tape all over the place.”

He later stated:

“They’ve lived with it this long. I’ve lived with most of the criticism, ’cause everybody assumes it’s my fault. And I guess I have to take blame cause it says my name says mixed by me and Barbiero.

But I remember when Metallica got elected to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, they flew us in there to be a part of it—which I thought was great—and I remember hanging out with Lars and Lars basically came up to me and said ‘Steve, what happened to the bass on the record?’ He actually asked me that and I just said ‘Ok, I give up, I give up’ [laughing.]”

[via The PRP]