Rammstein Recorded A New Album During Quarantine

During a recent interview with Motor.de, Rammstein keyboardist Christian “Flake” Lorenz revealed that the band finished recording a new album during quarantine. He said the following about that:

“The fact that we couldn’t perform live increased our creativity. We had more time to think of new things and less distraction. As a result, we recorded a record that we hadn’t planned on.”

Exhorder Working On New Album, Announce European Tour

Exhorder have officially started work on a new album. According to vocalist Kyle Thomas, the band are currently “in pre-production” for the effort.

Thomas said the following during an appearance on “The Dan Chan Show” [via Blabbermouth]:

“I’m writing at home. Marzi’s [Montazeri, guitar] writing at home. Jason [Viebrooks, bass] and Sasha [Horn, drums] are writing at home. They work together as well. So everybody’s kind of piecing everything together. We share the files, we make recommendations to each other and tweak it. We’re just throwing it to the wall and seeing what sticks. But so far, we’ve got some really, really good stuff [in the works].”

He then continued after being asked about release plans:

“If it’s not released this year, it will probably be released in 2022. But Marzi’s got probably close to 10 songs written on his own. Jason and Sasha put together about a half a dozen. Mostly what I do for EXHORDER songs is I write parts, and then I submit them, and then they might get used here and there. That’s how it always was done in the past. There are some parts of mine that made it onto the old albums. But most of what I write, when I’m writing, ends up being more like the FLOODGATE stuff. On occasion, when there’s something that I’ve written, they’ll use. I’m not that worried about it. I just want great songs handed to me so I can do what I do.

My biggest part, outside of writing vocals and lyrics, is the arrangement — helping to piece the song into the format that it needs to be in. And just the overall production side of it, especially vocally, I like having input on — what part here, the intro should be this…

EXHORDER’s always been a team effort; it’s never been one person writing all the music, one person writing all the vocals. It’s not like that at all. It’s always been a collaborative effort, and I think that’s what makes us so good at what we do — you get all those different flavors melding into one dish, and then it’s something special.”

Thomas also added the following when asked if it feels “strange” for him to be the only founding member of the band:

“At this point, I’ve jammed with so many people over the years — so many different lineups for this and that, fill-ins and all this stuff. To me, it doesn’t really matter as much who’s there, as long as the material that’s being played is being played within the spirit of that band in particular. And the stuff that we’re writing now, it’s amazing. I play it for a lot of people that are my confidants, people love the band, and they’re gonna shoot me straight. And the new stuff that we’re working on, everybody’s, like, ‘Wow. It sounds like EXHORDER to me.'”

In other news, Exhorder have also announced a European tour with Gama Bomb, Evil Invaders, and Chronosphere:

09/17 Kortrijk, BEL – De Kreun (no Evil Invaders)
09/18 Essen, GER – Turock
09/19 Mannheim, GER – 7er Club
09/20 Paris, FRA – Le Petit Bain
09/21 Aschaffenburg, GER – Colos-Saal
09/22 Aarau, SWI – Kiff
09/23 Stuttgart, GER – Im Wizemann Club
09/24 Geiselwind, GER – Music Hall
09/25 Glauchau, GER – Alte Spinnerei
09/26 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo
09/27 Hamburg, GER – Bahnhof Pauli
09/28 Berlin, GER – Hole 44
09/29 Poznan, POL – U Bazyla
09/30 Wroclaw, POL – Pralnia
10/01 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
10/02 Munich, GER – Backstage Halle
10/03 Lindau, GER – Club Vaudeville

Buckcherry Reveal New Album Title

Buckcherry have revealed that their new album will be called “Breaking Down The Barricade.” The effort is expected to be released later this year.

Guitarist Stevie D. told Shawn Ratches of Laughingmonkeymusic the following about the record:

“We worked on this one with Marti Frederiksen, who’s like the sixth member of AEROSMITH. So the feel is gonna be a little bit different as well [compared to previous BUCKHERRY albums].

We banged one out in no time. Josh [Todd] and I had been, since quarantine, we started writing. And by the time September came around, we were ready to start tracking another album. But what we did is we went to Nashville and we wrote another batch of songs with Marti Frederiksen, and we were all ready to go by October, to record. We were so ready that it literally took us less than 10 days to record the whole thing.”

He went on to say that the band wrote over 25 songs, but only tracked 10:

“We thought about [releasing a double album], but right now, a lot of people aren’t releasing full-length albums — a lot of people just release singles and videos. So, we decided to cull the whole thing down to 10. The Japan release, we’re gonna release two extras.

I was talking with Josh, ‘Which [songs] do you wanna give up? Which ones do you wanna keep for the next album to work on?’

I just keep going. At some point in the writing process, you hit a brick wall, and that’s when it’s good to have these.

We have a new process now with Marti that really works for us and that we really like.”

He also added the following about release plans:

“If the numbers go down — the cases of COVID, let’s say — then we’ll be able to kind of work backwards from a release date or summer touring or spring touring. We’ve got some shows booked in February. But if the numbers start going down now, then they’re gonna say, ‘Well, we’re gonna start booking shows for spring moving forward.’ And if we can tour, then we’ll put out the album. So we’ll set a release date and then a book a tour from there.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Listen To Architects’ New Album “For Those That Wish To Exist”

Architects have officially released their new album “For Those That Wish To Exist“ and it can be streamed below. Notably, the effort features several special guests including: Parkway Drive’s Winston McCall, who can be heard on “Impermanence,” Royal Blood’s Mike Kerr, who can be heard on “Little Wonder,” and Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil, who can be heard on “Goliath.”

Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows On New Album Progress: “We Have Pretty Much 70 Percent Of The Record Done”

During a recent interview with Minneapolis’ 93X, M. Shadows offered an update on the new Avenged Sevenfold album. According to him, the band are about 70% done with the effort.

Shadows said the following:

“We’re working on stuff. We have pretty much 70 percent of the record done. We have some things we can’t finish right now ’cause of COVID — string players, et cetera. We know Andy [Wallace, AVENGED SEVENFOLD’s longtime mixer] doesn’t wanna travel, or his management doesn’t want him to travel because of COVID. So there’s just a lot of things going on.”

He also added the following when asked about release plans:

“It doesn’t make sense for us right now to put out a record and not be able to tour it. The world has changed. Putting out a record on Spotify without touring for a rock band, it just doesn’t make sense to us. So we’re gonna wait till everything is back, then we’ll come out with the record, finish it up, and all will be good.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Dave Mustaine Says Megadeth’s New Album Will Include A Cover Song

Dave Mustaine has offered an update on the new Megadeth album, while also revealing that the effort will include a cover song. The frontman said the following about the record during a recent episode of “The Dave Mustaine Show” on Gimme Radio:

“Lyrics, all done. Singing, almost all done. Guitar solos, in the process. And all the other little things that go on the record — the ear candy, the background vocals, the keyboards and percussion stuff — is also going down as we speak. [We’re] getting solos sent from Finland by Kiko [Loureiro], which is a really cool thing. And I just got a really cool lyric from David Ellefson sent over. Now it’s my job to finish writing his lyric and make it into a song. And then that is going to be the last lyric on the record. So I’m pretty stoked. And I can’t wait to tell you what cover song we chose for this record. I’ll tell you soon. I think you’ll get it. I’ve been giving you guys hints for a while. But I haven’t really let anybody know.”

[via Blabbermouth]

AFI Premiere New Songs “Looking Tragic” And “Begging For Trouble”

AFI have premiered two new songs, “Looking Tragic” and “Begging For Trouble.” Both tracks will appear on the band’s new album “Bodies,” which is set to be released on June 11. They will also be available as a limited edition 7 inch on May 28.

Davey Havok said the following about “Looking Tragic”:

“‘Looking Tragic‘ addresses the theme of overstimulation resulting in desensitisation. Melodic and driving, the song came to life quickly and immediately stood out as a track to make bodies, if not sentiments, move.”

Adam Carson added the following about “Begging For Trouble“:

“After years of receiving early versions of songs from Jade and Davey, in forms that span loosely arranged chords and scratch vocal to fully realised demos, I think I have become quite adept at knowing which songs will or will not make the record. ‘Begging For Trouble‘ was green lit, at least in my mind, the moment I heard the vocals come in. To me, the track is a cornerstone of the new record.”

“Bodies” Track Listing:

01. “Twisted Tongues”
02. “Far Too Near”
03. “Dulcería”
04. “On Your Back”
05. “Escape From Los Angeles”
06. “Begging For Trouble”
07. “Back From The Flesh”
08. “Looking Tragic”
09. “Death Of The Party”
10. “No Eyes”
11. “Tied To A Tree”

Svalbard’s Serena Cherry Shares Music Video For “Wretched Abyss” From Her Noctule Project

Svalbard’s Serena Cherry will be releasing the debut album from her Noctule project, “Wretched Abyss,” on May 28. You can find a video for the effort’s title track below:

Cherry told Revolver the following about the song and video:

“‘Wretched Abyss‘ is a song about Hermaeus Mora — who is the daedric prince of fate, knowledge and memory in ‘Skyrim‘. He often appears in a Lovecraftian form of tentacles in the game, this imagery combined with his unsettling psychological questline is what inspired me to write this song.

The video was shot at The Gryphon, which is Bristol’s best heavy metal pub and venue. We filled the live room with smoke and candles to create that ethereal vibe. The video was filmed by David Gregory and James Morgan of Cineoteric Films.”

“Wretched Abyss” Track Listing:

01. “Elven Sword”
02. “Labyrinthian”
03. “Wretched Abyss”
04. “Evenaar”
05. “Winterhold”
06. “Deathbell Harvest”
07. “Unrelenting Force”
08. “Become Ethereal”

Shadows Fall, Anthrax, Death Ray Vision, Etc. Members Join Forces In Living Wreckage

Jeff Gard (Death Ray Vision), Jon Donais (Anthrax, Shadows Fall), Matt LeBreton (Downpour), Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall, Act Of Defiance), and Jon Morency (Let Us Prey) have joined forces in a new band called Living Wreckage. The group’s debut album is expected to be released later this year. Donais had the following to say about the project:

“I have been wanting to do a band of this style for a long time. Good ol’ hard rock / metal that fits somewhere between Skid Row and Pantera. I was lucky enough to find the perfect guys for this and it’s great to be playing original music again with my Shadows Fall bandmate Matt Bachand. I can’t wait to share some music with everyone!”