Ministry Are Already Almost Done With A Follow-Up To “Moral Hygiene”

Ministry previously announced that their new album “Moral Hygiene“ will be released on October 1 and now it looks like a follow-up is already in the works. During a recent interview with Loudwire, frontman Al Jourgensen revealed that he is almost done with another new Ministry album and a new Lard album.

Jourgensen said the following about working on new music during the pandemic:

“I felt like Jack Nicholson in The Shining before I got crazy and tried to axe my girlfriend — ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…’

Seriously though, there was nothing to do. We took weekends off, but for 52 weeks we just kept recording and we wound up with this album and also finished up a new Lard album. We haven’t had a Lard album in forever and I’m still waiting on some tracks from Jello [Biafra]. We recorded here, then [Jello recorded] vocals in San Francisco and sent them back.

We also started working on a new Ministry record [to be released after Moral Hygiene] that we’re almost done with. Until we can go on tour, I just keep working. What else am I going to do? If I stay in the studio, the local crime rate stays down.”

Lordi To Release “Lordiversity” Box Set In November, Premiere “Believe Me” Video

Lordi will be releasing a new box set, titled “Lordiversity,” on November 26. The effort, which will be available as a seven-CD box set and as a seven-vinyl box set, will feature seven new albums including: “Skelectric Dinosaur,” “SuperFlyTrap,” “The Masterbeast From The Moon,” “Abusement Park,” “Humanimals,” “Abracadaver,” and “Spooky Sextravaganza Spectacular.” You can find a video for the first single, “Believe Me,” below. Mr. Lordi commented:

“Within a week when the ‘Killectour’ was cut short in March 2020, I realized we’re gonna have to use the sudden extra time somehow. It was clear that it is the time to start planning the new album, even though ‘Killection’ was released not even two months before. I was thinking that the most boring thing we could do after ‘Killection’ is to do another basic Lordi album. And I was very much enjoying the different styles of songwriting, recording and production on ‘Killection’, but another boring idea would have been to do a part 2. Since ‘Killection’ is a fictional compilation album from a fictional back catalog that doesn’t exist, I got the idea that the only thing that could top that is to record and release that fictional back catalog. And until Halloween 2021 the fictional back catalog will be no longer fictional, it actually will exist… at least for the most part. My original idea was to release 10 albums, but the label said that is insane. But seven is a number they felt that is somewhat sane, hahahaha!”

Weezer Plan To Release Four New Albums In 2022

During a recent appearance on “Good Morning America,” Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo revealed that the band are planning to release four new albums next year. He said the following about that:

“I guess I’ve had a lot of time on my hands so I wrote four albums that we’ll put out next year. It’s called ‘Seasons,’ and each album comes out on the first day of the season. Spring is kind of like happy chill. And then we move through to dance rock, like a Strokes-style album for the fall, and then sad acoustic, Elliott Smith-style for winter.”

[via Loudwire]

New King Diamond And Mercyful Fate Albums Will Be Ready In 2022

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” King Diamond offered updates on the new albums from his eponymous band and Mercyful Fate. According to him, both records will be ready in 2022.

King Diamond said the following:

“Writing-wise, we are far with both albums. Andy [La Rocque, KING DIAMOND guitarist] is doing a second run-through with his songs, the way he has been correcting a lot of things. Hank [Shermann, MERCYFUL FATE guitarist] has done the same thing, and I’m waiting for those songs to come back. The story is written, even for both KING DIAMOND albums, ’cause [the new KING DIAMOND album] ‘The Institute’ will be a two-album story. And that story is finished completely. I have a lot of vocal ideas for what they have sent me. I am writing my own [songs musically] too.”

“60 percent of the KING DIAMOND [material], at least, will be mine — my songs — and all lyrics, naturally. MERCYFUL FATE also, I will be writing more in the direction of ‘Don’t Break The Oath’. Hank will be writing more music than me, but I will certainly write my share too. Back then, on ‘Don’t Break The Oath’, I wrote ‘Gypsy’ and ‘The Oath’ and ‘Come To The Sabbath’ and then this little piece together with Michael Denner, ‘To One Far Away’. So, it’ll be more like that — maybe Hank will have six songs and me four — but we’ll see how it turns out in the end. We’ll probably have too many songs.”

He also added the following about release plans:

“The KING DIAMOND is next year for sure. MERCYFUL FATE will be ready to be released next year — a hundred percent sure too — but it will have to wait until KING DIAMOND is done, if you know what I mean. In the meantime, we’ll be getting the writing done.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Lordi Plan To Release Seven New Albums In October

Lordi have revealed that they are planning to release seven new albums in October. The records will serve as the “fictional back catalogue” that songs were pulled from for the band’s 2020 “fictional compilation album” “Killection.”

Mr. Lordi, commented:

“Within a week when the ‘Killectour’ was cut short in March 2020, I realized we’re gonna have to use the sudden extra time somehow. It was clear that it is the time to start planning the new album, even though ‘Killection’ was released not even two months before. I was thinking that the most boring thing we could do after ‘Killection’ is to do another basic Lordi album. And I was very much enjoying the different styles of songwriting, recording and production on ‘Killection’, but another boring idea would have been to do a part 2. Since ‘Killection’ is a fictional compilation album from a fictional back catalogue that doesn’t exist, I got the idea that the only thing that could top that is to record and release that fictional back catalogue. And until Halloween 2021 the fictional back catalogue will be no longer fictional, it actually will exist… at least for the most part. My original idea was to release 10 albums, but the label said that is insane. But seven is a number they felt that is somewhat sane, hahahaha!”

The band also added:

“The albums will sound all different from each other, they’re all in different styles and fictional eras in the ‘Killection’ timeline. Five of the seven albums are already done, by the way, and number six is well on the way.”

Godsmack Working On “Full-Length Rock Record” And “Cool Vibey Acoustic” Release

During a recent appearance on “The Mistress Carrie Podcast,” Sully Erna talked a bit about Godsmack’s current projects. Among them are “a full-length rock record” and a “cool vibey acoustic album or EP.”

Erna said the following [via Blabbermouth]:

“We are working hard this year and isolating and locking ourselves in the studio to not write one record but to write two records. We always listen to our fans and we pay attention, and although we write the kind of music that we love and that we wanna write that satisfies us, we still like to hear and try to honor the fanbase that’s stuck by us for the last 26 years. So one of the things they’ve always asked us, ‘When are you gonna do another acoustic record? That was so cool that one you did.’ But that acoustic record [2004’s ‘The Other Side’ EP] really was nothing more than our own songs stripped down into acoustic cover version of ’em with a couple of originals on it. So this year, what we wanna do is create a full-length rock record, but we also want to go back and create a really cool vibey acoustic album or EP, so we can launch a couple of records, or at least have ’em in the can. And that’s our goal. We’re gonna be in there all year just writing music. And if it’s a big fat rock song, it’s gonna go in one folder, and if it’s kind of a cool piano piece or acoustic track, it’s gonna go in another folder, and then we’re gonna record everything and then pick our favorites and put out a couple of albums’ worth. So we have no [intention] of slowing down whatsoever right now.”

He also added the following when asked if the band are using any outside songwriters:

“Not yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I do at some point. ‘Cause the last record, I really enjoyed the process of not only writing by myself or writing with my band, but then I ventured out too, and I worked with some other writers who are just really great songwriters, like [John] Feldmann, who writes for BLINK-182 and 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER and a really weird list of bands that no one would ever make the connection of GODSMACK and those kind of artists. Great artists, but just a different style of music. Or Erik Ron. Or even Clint Lowery from SEVENDUST; I did some writing with him. And I enjoyed the process a lot, and out of that process, I got some great songs. And so, yeah, it does inspire me, and it makes me think outside the box.

I’m way past the ego side of this business and who writes it and trying to hero everything myself. If I write it, great. I enjoyed it. I wrote ‘Unforgettable’, I wrote ‘Under Your Scars’ — those are two big songs that became No. 1s on the last album. But I co-wrote with ‘Bulletproof’ and ‘When Legends Rise’, and I’m not embarrassed to say that or shy about it. I have no ego when it comes to that.

I have always been someone who has endorsed the thought of ‘do what’s best for the song.’ And whoever needs to get credited for that is the person that gets credited for it. But for me, it’s just about writing the best music I can write and continuously evolving into the best songwriter I can be. And that’s my goal. I look up to — Elton John is my favorite all-time artist for songwriters. And I would like to be able to just have the music live on and be able to evolve into being a timeless songwriter one day. ‘Cause that’s gonna be my legacy — that’s the only thing I have on this planet to leave behind and do my small little miniscule part on this planet to help people.”

Born Of Osiris Have Already Started Writing Another New Album

Born Of Osiris are still sitting on their new album, but it looks like the band have already started writing material for its follow-up. Guitarist Lee McKinney confirmed the news during an appearance on the “BREWtally Speaking Podcast” saying that he has about “six songs written, for a Born Of Osiris record that isn’t out, when the new one isn’t even out.”

McKinney said the following while discussing the coronavirus pandemic:

“It’s been a to two-sided coin for us. One is—at least at the beginning—I wouldn’t even say at all anymore, but at the beginning, everyone was home. Right? Nobody could really work at all. And so, when records came out right then, I can see why everyone was giving their attention to this record because they had nothing else to do.

But as people started trickling back to work slowly, slowly, my mindset—and I had some of my guys were like: ‘No, let’s put it out now because people will hear it well they got nothing going on and it’ll be special time in their life.’ Okay, I get it. there’s no wrong here.

This is just opinions and perspectives, and mine was the same thing as Every Time I Die… I don’t want to put out a record that we worked years on, and then it’s out, and then a year from now we get to play show again and the first show someone comes up and goes, ‘What are you guys gonna put out a new record?’ I’m like, ‘Oh God.’

So yeah we’re sitting on it, it feels like we fell off the face of the earth. I’ve been trying to do content. So, this March I did a video for each song off of my solo record that didn’t have one previously. So I’ve trying to like be out in the world a little bit but um, it’s a tough time, and those decisions are tough to make. Do we put the record out?

But I will say this, the plan for us, is when we can get on the road again—or just when we have an end goal, or you know place to start where we can kind of start touring; We’re gonna put three music videos out put the record out and by then the thought is okay now we’re back, the world’s back, we’re going to give them this record. But this time we’re going to follow-up a year later or less.

So the thought is when things go back to normal we’re gonna just hit on all cylinders and just be… You know I respect what Bring Me The Horizon‘s been doing because they’ll drop a song, and then a month later, a song, and then another song. And I understand that it pisses some people off—not me I love that by the way—but this pisses some people off because they’re like—I’ve done singles in the middle of nothing and the question is—’When’s the album?’ and it almost feels like it belittles your song.

And so for me I want to like, stay in the open but it’s hard because you know you can’t tour right now. So what we plan on doing is when things come back to normal, drop the record, couple months later my second solo record will come out, and then we’ll tour and then follow-up pretty much immediately because I’m already.

I’m looking at four songs on my third solo record on my desktop right now, and like, six songs written, for a Born Of Osiris record that isn’t out, when the new one isn’t even out. you know what I mean? So the hope is when we come back we hit hard.”

[via The PRP]

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) Has Another EP And Two Cinematic/Instrumental Albums In The Works

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian recently revealed that he is planning to release his new EP “Elasticity” on March 19 and now it looks like he already has more new material in the works. Among his plans, are another new EP, two albums of cinematic/instrumental music, and more.

Tankian told Kerrang! the following:

“All I can tell you is that I have some material ready from last year because lockdown was a musician’s studio dream, in a way. You can get in and work because you don’t need to travel or anything else. I was able to create and finish a lot of music as well.”

“I was able to finish this EP, I’ve created another EP of a different genre of rock, more electronic and mellow and beautiful. That type of music. I’ve got two records of cinematic music, instrumental music of stuff that I’ve had that I created for the sake of it, and a 24-minute modern piano concerto that I’ll be releasing this year.”

He also added

“I know I’m scheduled to do some film scores, and they’re accompanying genres and flavors that I enjoy, because each film is different, each director wants a different thing. I’ll end up with a record — a soundtrack — of music that I’ve never done before that I could completely create: that’s an artist’s wet dream, right? Whatever comes to me from the universe in terms of the type of music, I have no idea…”

Jeff Loomis Working On New Solo And Arch Enemy Albums

During an appearance on “The Riffhard Podcast,” Jeff Loomis offered an update on his current plans. The guitarist says he is working on a new solo album and a new Arch Enemy album.

Loomis said the following about his next solo record:

“It’s my third solo album for Century Media, it’s gonna be an all-instrumental thing. So really I’ve keeping busy doing that, doing guest solos for people. I’m actually writing a little bit of music for video games.”

He also added the following about the new Arch Enemy album:

“I’m also doing solos for the new Arch Enemy album. I don’t even know when we’re going to release that yet, but I’m gonna start work on that very soon. We have a tentative tour coming up for September, if that happens. Let’s hope so.”

[via Blabbermouth]