King Diamond’s New Album Won’t Arrive Before 2023

During a recent interview with The Metal Voice, Metal Blade Records founder and CEO Brian Slagel revealed that King Diamond’s new album won’t be released before 2023. Despite this, he also mentioned that a new Mercyful Fate album may arrive “sometime soon-ish.”

Slagel said the following:

“I had a really good conversation with [King Diamond] the other day, and he’s working on both KING DIAMOND and MERCYFUL FATE. I might have heard a demo or two that sounded really, really good.

I don’t know when either of these records are gonna come out, ’cause King likes to do things at his own speed. It’s, like, ‘Hey, whatever works for you is totally fine with me.’ But I was very happy with what I’ve heard so far. So hopefully everybody will be pretty happy.

MERCYFUL FATE is doing a bunch of festivals this summer — knock on wood — as long as they don’t get canceled. And then they’re also playing Psycho [Las Vegas] fest in Las Vegas, which I think will definitely be the only U.S. date. There’s a possibility there could be a Canadian date somewhere along the line here too. But we’ll see.

But there will be a new KING DIAMOND record, I’m hoping, in 2023. And there will also be a new MERCYFUL FATE record sometime soon-ish.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Tim King Says SOiL Have “Two Records’ Worth Of Material Recorded”

During a chat with That Metal Interview, SOiL’s Tim King offered a new update on the band. He said the following:

“SOiL’s still going. We just hit 25 years this January with SOiL. We’ve got two records’ worth of material recorded which we’ll put out later on this year. So that’s still a major part of my life and we still do a lot with that. That’s my main band and everything like that.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Alice Cooper: “I’m Working On Two Albums Right Now”

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Alice Cooper revealed that he is working on two new albums. According to him, the records “will really be hard rock albums.”

Cooper said the following:

“I’m working on two albums right now, actually — two studio albums. And all I can say is that one is written — totally written — and we’ll be doing bed tracks for that one pretty soon. And then the other one is just a touch in the future, but that’s being written right now too. They’re two entirely different kinds of albums, but they’re Alice Cooper pure rock and roll albums. The two albums will really be hard rock albums.”

He also added:

“It’s kind of like the old days when you’re touring and putting out records at the same time. It kind of takes me back to when you’re doing ‘Love It To Death’ and then you tour for ‘Love It To Death’. While you’re doing ‘Love It To Death’, you’re writing ‘Killer’. When ‘Love It To Death’ is over, ‘Killer’ comes out and then you go support that. And while you’re doing ‘Killer’, you’re writing ‘School’s Out’. So we’re kind of piggybacking everything. And I kind of like that. It keeps everything moving. I don’t like those big chunks of time when there’s nothing going on.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Devin Townsend To Digitally Release New Albums “The Puzzle” & “Snuggles” Tomorrow

Devin Townsend has announced that he will be digitally releasing his new albums, “The Puzzle” and “Snuggles,” tomorrow (December 3). Physical copies are expected to arrive at a later date.

“The Puzzle” Track Listing:

01. “Chromatic Ridge”
02. “Life Is But A Dream”
03. “Yucky Lung”
04. “Kittenhead”
05. “Shark In The Ice”
06. “Devil In The Details”
07. “Hammerhead Sugarplum”
08. “Me And The Moon”
09. “Anxiety In Pyjamas”
10. “The Yugas”
11. “Albert Hall”
12. “Starchasm”
13. “Perfect Owl”
14. “Maybe Over The Void”
15. “Light Year Whale”
16. “FrogFlowers”
17. “Mother”
18. “Southern Sky Geometry”
19. “The Puzzle”
20. “Monuments Of Glitch”

“Snuggles” Track Listing:

01. “Beyond Measure”
02. “Blue Dot”
03. “Drifting And Dreaming”
04. “Sundance”
05. “Minds Are Changing”
06. “The Ocean”
07. “Distant, Elegant”
08. “Replikiss”
09. “I Agree”
10. “Tryst”
11. “Sunset Rump”
12. “The Option”

Pre-orders can be found HERE. Among them is a set featuring an accompanying film that can be viewed on a built-in 7″ screen.

Psycho Synner (Ex-Five Finger Death Punch) Release Nine New Albums

Psycho Synner, the band fronted by ex-Five Finger Death Punch drummer Jeremy Spencer, have just released nine new albums. Spencer said the following about that:

“We couldn’t play shows because of the pandemic, so we locked ourselves up and wrote and recorded nonstop. Nine albums later, we have really found our groove, so to speak.”

Here’s the complete list of releases:

  • “Unholy Hymns For The Children” (their debut)
  • “Bite The Snake” (the slimy, electric rock record)
  • “As The Demon Dances Under The Blood Red Sky” (the psychedelic record)
  • “Fuck The Fire” (the straight ahead face-smasher)
  • “Killing You Softly” (the acoustic record)
  • “666 BC Volume 1: The Burning Years” (first of a double album)
  • “666 AD Volume 2: The Scorched Years” (second of a double album)
  • “Dying To See You” (the straight up metal record)
  • “The Devil Made You Do It” (the Satanic rock ‘n’ roll record)

Fans that purchase physical copies of all nine albums at psychosynner.com will also receive a digital covers EP titled “Songs To Stalk You By.” Furthermore, the band have also premiered a new video for their new song “Bite The Snake”:

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]