Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) To Release New Solo Album “Dropped Frames, Vol. 1”

Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) will be releasing a new solo album titled “Dropped Frames, Vol. 1” on July 10. The mostly instrumental effort is a result of Shinoda’s recent livestreams on Twitch in which he worked on music with assistance from fans. He told Spin the following:

“Dropped Frames is just as much about the live channel as it is about the ‘album.’ The collection of songs is a highlight reel of the tracks I make on the channel, but a big part of the experience is the stream itself. When I start, I usually have very little idea of where it will go. What comes out is a product of the viewers’ suggestions, my spur-of-the-moment ideas, and whatever inexplicable magic is floating in between.”

“Dropped Frames, Vol. 1” Track Listing:

01. “Open Door”
02. “Super Galaxtica”
03. “Duckbot”
04. “Cupcake Cake”
05. “El Rey Demonio”
06. “Doodle Buzz”
07. “Channeling Pt. 1” (feat. Dan Mayo)
08. “Osiris”
09. “Babble Bobble”
10. “Session McSessionface”
11. “Neon Crickets”
12. “Booty Down”

Three tracks from the album, “Open Door,” “Osiris,” and “Super Galaxtica,” can be streamed below:

Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament Releases New EP “American Death Squad”

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament has released a new solo EP titled “American Death Squad.” The effort is available in digital outlets now and it can also be pre-ordered on vinyl. Ament commented:

“In the days following the postponement of our tour, I found it necessary to find an outlet for the energy we had created going into the tour. Pivot was the word of March. So, every morning, I retreated to the studio with the goal of writing a song every day, no matter how shite. Days of isolating and watching the news of the destruction courtesy the virus (and the ineptitude of our leadership or as named here, the American Death Squad) made for vivid dreams and a helplessness. These were some of the first songs out of the gate. Raw and succinct.”

Brujeria Release New Single “COVID-666”

Brujeria have released a new digital single titled “COVID-666.“ The effort features the title track on the a-side and “Cocaina” on the b-side. The group commented:

“The Coronavirus is the Devil’s plague sent to purge humanity of all kinds! Leaving survivors to suffer with no jobs, no money and forces a social media lifestyle on the entire world! On the bright side of it all… now I can go out shopping without scaring everyone to death! Jajajaja.”

Thomas Giles (Between The Buried And Me) Releases New EP “Feel Better”

Between The Buried And Me’s Tommy Rogers, aka Thomas Giles, has released a new EP titled “Feel Better.” The effort comes with three songs including “Fade It Out,” “Never Enough,” and “Better.”

Counterparts Premiere New Songs “Purer Form Of Pain” & “Strings Of Separation”

Counterparts have released a new two-track single titled “Purer Form Of Pain.“ The effort comes with the title track as well as “Strings Of Separation.“ Both songs were recorded during the sessions for the band’s latest album “Nothing Left To Love.“

Brendan Murphy commented:

“One person’s trash is another person’s treasure… so here’s 2 more b-sides I guess? We wrote these songs when we were in the process of recording Nothing Left To Love and for whatever reason, they just didn’t fit the vibe of the album so we decided to cut ’em.

Since you guys seemed pretty stoked on the Private Room EP we figured why not just throw these up? At the very least, it’ll occupy like 5-10 minutes of your time… and who knows when the 5 of us will even be able to cross the border to be in the same room and record more music?

You might love them, you might think they stink, either way it’s all good by me. They’re b-sides! Who gives a shit?”

Ho99o9 Premiere New Songs “Christopher Dorner” & “Pray Or Prey”

Ho99o9 have released a new benefit EP. The effort comes with two tracks, “Christopher Dorner” and “Pray Or Prey,” and proceeds from it will go towards the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Campaign Zero, Advancement Project, and the National Black Disability Coalition. You can purchase the EP HERE.

Machine Head Premiere New Songs “Stop The Bleeding” Featuring Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach & “Bulletproof”

Machine Head have released a new digital single titled “Civil Unrest.” The effort comes with two new songs including “Stop The Bleeding” (feat. Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach) on the a-side and “Bulletproof” on the b-side. You can find an official video for “Stop The Bleeding” and a stream of “Bulletproof” below:

Notably, Machine Head will be donating a significant portion of the streaming proceeds from “Stop The Bleeding” to the Grassroots Law Project. Robb Flynn said the following about that track:

“I wrote and sang the lyrics on Wednesday, May 27th 2020, the day that the four officers who murdered George Floyd were (originally) not charged with anything. This day was engulfed in protests and riots across America. I drove into Oakland past large demonstrations already happening and in a fury wrote down everything I was feeling after watching the horrific footage. Within hours, what I wanted to say, what I needed to say had been recorded in the song.

I decided to sing it over a song called ‘Stop The Bleeding’, that we had recorded back in December. 2018 with Jared [MacEachearn] and Carlos Cruz [Warbringer] on drums.”

“I had been speaking with Jesse for maybe six months about singing on the song, as it always had a little bit of a Killswitch vibe to me. Unfortunately (or fortunately), our schedules hadn’t lined up, but with the subsequent lockdown from coronavirus, we had time to make it work. After what happened to George Floyd, I sent him the lyrics I’d written and he replied saying he was ‘100% on board.’ Jesse is someone I consider to be a pioneer and in many ways, one of the men who changed the face of metal. His contribution to this song made it extremely powerful and it’s an honor to have him be a part of it.”

Leach added:

“Being asked to be part of this song is an honor. Yes, because it’s Machine Head, but more importantly, this is a message that needs to be heard and spread. These issues concerning abuses of power and racism are timeless. I have written about these previously and I’ll write about them again. I think Robb really nailed this one, both lyrically and sonically. My hope is this song helps awaken those who hear it. Robb has been a frequent voice of the voiceless in these times, so teaming up with him is a no brainer. We need more of our metal community to speak out on social issues and help raise awareness, especially during these crucial times. Music is the soundtrack to our lives; it transcends language and culture. This is the reason we as musicians need to do our part to spark thought and discussion on these types of issues. We can make a difference through music and we can help stop the bleeding.”

Flynn also said the following about “Bulletproof”:

“The lyrics for ‘Bulletproof’ were finished in the aftermath of not only the Ahmaud Arbery murder at the hands of white supremacist, but everything twisting out of control in our world. The isolation and craziness of the pandemic, the lockdown protesters storming government buildings with AR-15s, as well as the blatant lies and conspiracies pouring out of our political leaders’ mouths, hour by hour, day after day.”

Sevendust’s Clint Lowery Releases New EP “Grief & Distance”

Sevendust guitarist Clint Lowery has released a new EP titled “Grief & Distance.” The effort features three new songs, “Distance,“ “Haunted” and “I’m Wrong“, and new acoustic versions of “What’s The Matter” and “Kings.“ Lowery commented:

“This EP was my way to process the loss of my mother, and the hard hit and the uncertainty of my livelihood from the pandemic. I escaped into my basement and into the songwriting process…it never fails me.”

The Acacia Strain Release New EP “Y”, Officially Announce New Album “Slow Decay”

The Acacia Strain have officially finished spelling out “Decay” with the release of their “Y” EP. The effort features two new songs, “One Thousand Painful Stings“ (feat. Spiritbox’s Courtney LaPlante) and “EARTH WILL BECOME DEATH,“ and it can be streamed below:

In other news, The Acacia Strain have also confirmed that their new album “Slow Decay” will be released July 24. A majority of the tracks from the record have already been released across the band’s recent EPs. Vincent Bennett said the following about that:

“The whole concept is reality breaking down around us. We’ve done our time on earth, broken through the boundaries of what reality actually is, and we’re now witnessing our collective descent into madness.

Lyrically and sonically, everything reflects that. You’re getting the vision piece by piece. The whole theme is a slow dive. By the same token, it organically becomes one record instead of just one big push out of the gate.

As soon as you think you’re getting the hang of it, we throw out a wrench with the full-length. There’s no evidence to suggest we’re aren’t actually in a living hell. The things happening around us could be out of a comic book or a movie.

The idea is, ‘This can’t be real.’ Maybe something happened. Maybe we’re all dead and we don’t even know it. Maybe we’re just living in some augmented reality hellscape of actual planet earth.”

“Slow Decay” Track Listing:

01. “Feed A Pigeon Breed A Rat”
02. “Crippling Poison”
03. “Seeing God” (feat. Aaron Heard of Jesus Piece)
04. “Solace And Serenity”
05. “The Lucid Dream” (feat. Jess Nyx of Mortality Rate)
06. “I breathed in the smoke deeply it tasted like death and I smiled” (feat. Zach Hatfield of Left Behind)
07. “Crossgates”
08. “Inverted Person”
09. “Chhinnamasta”
10. “One Thousand Painful Stings” (feat. Courtney LaPlante of Spiritbox)
11. “Birds of Paradise, Birds of Prey”
12. “EARTH WILL BECOME DEATH”

Various album bundles and a vinyl version of “Y” are available to pre-order HERE.