Of Mice & Men Premiere New Song “Obsolete”

Of Mice & Men have premiered a new song titled “Obsolete.” This track is from the band’s new EP “Timeless,” which will be released on February 26 via SharpTone Records.

Aaron Pauley said the following about the new song:

“It’s a song about questioning how future-proof one is in the grand scheme of things, and acknowledging that maybe we aren’t at all. I think we all wonder, to a certain extent, whether or not we’ll fit into the future, or how we would, or what that would look like. Obsolescence is very prevalent in our lives. We see how quickly old phones become virtually useless, how quickly fads and trends come and go. It’s all too easy to ponder about when you’ll become a covered wagon, or a flip phone, or Myspace.”

He also added the following about the EP:

“There’s an old idiom about what you’re supposed to do when life gives you lemons. Sadly, to disappoint, this wasn’t exactly that. We started writing this EP shortly before the initial lockdowns in spring of 2020, before we knew that our world was about to become a radically different place. A lot of these songs were born from a place of wondering how we’d fit into 2020 and beyond, both as adults in our 30s as well as a band that’s a decade into our existence.”

Pauley also commented on signing to SharpTone Records:

“It’s pretty exciting to be working with a new label. We still have a great relationship with our previous label — it was just time to shake things up, and after conversations and meetings with various labels, we felt that our vision for the future of OM&M matched most closely with SharpTone‘s. Working with Shawn and the team has been incredibly rewarding, and we’re all super excited with what’s to come!”

SOM (Caspian, Etc.) Premiere “Awake // Sedate” Music Video

SOM (Caspian, ex-Junius, etc.) have premiered a new video for their new song “Awake // Sedate.” This track is from the band’s new EP “Awake,” which will be released on March 5. Here’s the full track listing for that effort:

01. “Awake // Sedate”
02. “Youth // Decay”
03. “Awake // Sedate” (Holy Fawn remix)
04. “Youth // Decay” (hisself remix)
05. “Open Wounds” (U DYE remix)
06. “Prayers” (Giuseppe Capolupo remix)

Vio-lence To Begin Recording New EP In January

Vio-lence have revealed that they are planning to start the recording process for their new EP on January 18. The band will be tracking the effort at Trident Studios in Pacheco California with producer Juan Urteaga.

Lovebites To Release New EP “Glory, Glory, To The World” In March

Lovebites will be releasing a new EP titled “Glory, Glory, To The World” on March 10. The effort will feature the following tracks: “Glory To The World,” “No Time To Hesitate,” “Paranoia,” and “Dystopia Symphony.” The band commented:

“On one hand, working on this album during the spread of coronavirus has been mentally draining. On the other, the music created in such darkness has managed to become full of feelings of salvation and light. This body of work is full of a positive power unlike anything else in the history of Lovebites.”

Papa Roach Release “20/20” EP Featuring Re-Recorded Songs

Papa Roach have released a new EP titled “20/20.” The effort features five re-recorded songs and it can be streamed below. Here’s the track listing:

01. “Scars” (Español) (2020)
02. “Last Resort” (2020)
03. “Scars” (2020)
04. “Getting Away With Murder” (2020)
05. “Between Angels And Insects” (2020)

Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) To Release “Matter Of Time” EP On Christmas Day

Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) has announced that he will be releasing a new EP titled “Matter Of Time” tomorrow (December 25). The effort will feature the following tracks:

01. “Matter Of Time”
02. “Say Hi”
03. “Just Breathe” (acoustic at home for Amazon)
04. “Future Days” (acoustic at home for 2020 Game Awards)
05. “Growin’ Up” (Bruce Springsteen cover) (acoustic at home)
06. “Porch” (acoustic at home for Amazon)

Watch Beyond The Black Cover Iron Maiden, Disturbed, Volbeat, And Sabaton Acoustically

Beyond The Black have digitally released a new EP titled “W:O:A Acoustic Clash – The Lockdown Session.” The effort features acoustic covers of Sabaton’s “To Hell And Back,” Disturbed’s “Down With The Sickness,” Volbeat’s “A Warrior’s Call,” and Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper.” You can find videos for those below. The band commented:

“A few weeks ago Thomas Jensen of Wacken Open Air challenged us to cover metal songs of his and finally your choice, in an acoustical manner. We accepted the challenge, worked the songs out in a short period of time and are happy that we can make the work and love we put into this available for you on all digital platforms from now on!…”

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Planning To Release New EP “Elasticity” In February

Serj Tankian previously revealed that he was planning to release a new EP featuring songs he originally wrote for System Of A Down and now he has revealed that he his planning to release the effort in February. The EP, which is titled “Elasticity,” was originally set to be released this fall, but the frontman delayed it to focus on raising awareness about the Nagorno-Karabakh war by releasing two new songs with System Of A Down.

Tankian told Rolling Stone the following:

“‘Elasticity’, the songs on that EP were written many years back. When I wrote them, the original concept, for me, was, ‘What rock songs can come out of me right now that I can possibly work with System on?’ So the intention was, actually, to sit down, and I’ve played them for the [other] guys [in System], and we even kind of messed around with some of ’em, and whatnot. And, obviously, we were unable to see eye-to-eye on continuing the future recordings of System, except for, obviously, these two songs for the cause that we’ve done, and that was before — obviously, a couple of years before. So these songs, I decided to finish them myself and release them. And they are really interesting and beautiful songs — going from really heavy type of System-esque type of music to really beautiful, ballady — including pianos and string arrangements and stuff like that. So, it’s quite diverse for just five songs. And thematically, it’s quite diverse as well — a song about terrorism; a song about protests in Armenia years ago; a song about my son Rumi, kind of also cut with the poet Rumi, in a way — it’s an homage to the poet Rumi and his namesake, basically, in a way. And a few other pieces. So it’s kind of all around the place, as everything I do is.”

He also added:

“[The EP] was supposed to come out in October, but when the war started, and when we decided to put out two songs with System, that took priority for me. And I just called the record company that we’re working with and just said, ‘We need to push this. Can we make this work?’ And they were very cool about it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou To Release New EP “The Helm Of Sorrow” In January, Share Cover Of The Cranberries’ “Hollywood”

Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou will be releasing a new EP titled “The Helm Of Sorrow” on January 15. The effort will feature four tracks including: “Orphan Limbs,” “Crone Dance,” “Recurrence,” and a cover of The Cranberries’ “Hollywood.” The latter can be found below, along with a short film called “Elysian Fields.”

Jon Bon Jovi Covers Tom Petty, Elvis Presley, And The Pogues For New Holiday EP “A Jon Bon Jovi Christmas”

Jon Bon Jovi has released a new holiday EP titled “A Jon Bon Jovi Christmas.” The effort, which can be streamed below, features covers of Tom Petty’s “Christmas All Over Again,” Elvis Presley’s “If I Get Home On Christmas Day,” and The Pogues’ “Fairytale Of New York.” Music videos for the tracks are also available to members of “The JBJ Experience.”