These Beasts Release Cover Of Alice In Chains’ “Sickman” Featuring Pelican’s Dallas Thomas

These Beasts have released their cover of Alice In Chains‘ “Sickman.” This track features Pelican’s Dallas Thomas and it will appear on Magnetic Eye Records‘ upcoming tribute to Alice In Chains‘ “Dirt.” That effort, which is titled “Dirt (Redux),” is set to be released on September 18.

These Beasts commented:

“We have never really played a cover song as a band in the first place, much less recorded one to go an album. So listening to what might be one of Alice in Chains‘ most unconventional songs musically, ‘Sickman,’ at first we were a bit apprehensive, and we spent a couple of months just talking about how we should approach it before we even started learning it. We are proud of what we came up with to keep it sounding like These Beasts while still being able to deliver a version that hardcore Alice in Chains fans might enjoy.

‘Dirt‘ came out when I was a kid. I was really into ‘Facelift‘ and ‘Dirt‘ when they came out and enjoyed some Alice in Chains stuff after those albums, but I didn’t really keep up with them. Fast forward to new Alice in Chains and I really like what they are doing.

As a guitar player, I have always respected and admired what Jerry Cantrell has been doing. He is a great guitarist, much more than I am and that is the reason is why I asked my friend Dallas Thomas (Pelican, The Swan King, Asschapel), another guitar player who’s playing I admire, to come in and play some leads on the recording. He blasted out within a couple of hours what would have taken me days or weeks to figure out.

Going back to ‘Dirt‘ though, it had been many years since I had put on the album. So, as a band, we started taking in the whole album again. I didn’t realize as a kid how dark Layne‘s lyrics really were and after spending a lot of time digging into ‘Sickman‘ it did occasionally get me in a weird headspace sometimes trying to interpret those lyrics over and over in my head.”

Deftones, Faith No More, System Of A Down, Etc. Confirmed For 2021 Hellfest Open Air Festival

The lineup has been confirmed for the 2021 Hellfest Open Air festival in Clisson, France. The event will take place on June 18-20, 2021 and it will feature a majority of the bands that were previously booked for the scrapped 2020 edition.

Lineup:

June 18:

Mainstage 01:

Deftones
Dropkick Murphys
Opeth
Leprous
Soen
Ego Kill Talent
Frog Leap

Mainstage 02:

Volbeat
The Offspring
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Ghostemane
The Distillers
The Inspector Cluzo
Danko Jones
The Wildhearts
Laura Cox

Temple Stage:

Mayhem
Abbath
Rotting Christ
Primordial
The Great Old Ones
Seth
Mephorash
Numen
Tremplin Voice Of Hell

Altar Stage:

Obituary
At The Gates
Death DTA
Entombed A.D.
Grave
Cadaver
Necrowretch
Tremplin Voice Of Hell

Warzone Stage:

Suicidal Tendencies
Powerflo
Youth Of Today
Dog Eat Dog
Slapshot
Cro-Mags
Higher Power
In Other Climes

Valley Stage:

Electric Wizard
Baroness
OM
Witchcraft
Black Mountain
Elder
ASG
Greenleaf
Abrahma

June 19:

Mainstage 01:

Faith No More
Puscifer
Rival Sons
Heaven Shall Burn
Northlane
Crystal Lake
Fire From The Gods

Mainstage 02:

Deep Purple
Airbourne
Steel Panther
Alestorm
The Darkness
L7
The Dead Daisies
Galactic Empire

Temple Stage:

Wardruna
The Hu
Ensiferum
Taake
Kampfar
Einjerjer
Helheim
Aktarium
Artus

Altar Stage:

Sepultura
Sacred Reich
Flotsam And Jetsam
Loudblast
Exciter
Xentrix
Rectal Smegma
Brutal Sphincter
Karras

Warzone Stage:

Social Distortion
The Toy Dolls
Agnostic Front
Reverent Horton Heat
Anti-Flag
Frustration
Guerilla Poubelle
Lion’s Law
Grade 2

Valley Stage:

Envy
Mono & The Jo Quail Quartet
John Garcia & The Band Of Gold
High On Fire
Pelican
Me And That Man
The Picturebooks
Duel
Point Mort

June 20:

Mainstage 01:

System Of A Down
Korn
Maximum The Hormone
Jinjer
Lacuna Coil
Kontrust
Deadly Apples

Mainstage 02:

Judas Priest
Running Wild
Down
Michael Schenker
Doro
Delain
Sortilege
Battle Beast
Tempt

Temple Stage:

Watain
Alcest
Belzebubs
Borknagar
Gaahls Wyrd
Regarde Les Hommes Tomber
Numenorean
Penitence Onirique
Deliverance

Altar Stage:

Devin Townsend (by request set)
Dying Fetus
Misery Index
Ingested
Dyscarnate
Exocrine

Warzone Stage:

Walls Of Jericho
While She Sleeps
Deez Nuts
Jesus Piece
Moscow Death Brigade
Rotting Out
Landmvrks
Wolfpack

Valley Stage:

Killing Joke
Perturbator
Life Of Agony
3TEETH
Hangman’s Chair
Twin Temple
Inter Arma
Lysistrata
Ecstatic Vision

Pelican Postpone June Tour, Release New Live Album

Pelican have postponed their June tour with Inter Arma due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite this, there is some good news as the band have just released a new live album titled “Live at The Grog Shop” via Bandcamp. That effort was recorded during the group’s September 15, 2019 set at the Grog Shop in Cleveland, Ohio.

Pelican commented:

“It will come as no surprise that we are forced to postpone our June tour with INTER ARMA due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was not reached lightly – sharing this music with people in the live environment is sacred for us; it brings a special sense of purpose and catharsis to our lives that we depend upon.

As a very minor consolation, we are sharing a new live album recorded at the Grog Shop in Cleveland of last year via our Bandcamp page. We’d been planning to share a recording from the Nighttime Stories tour at some point and now seems to be the moment – with no definitive sense of when we’ll be able to perform together again, we felt compelled to make this available now.

We’ve also made all out remaining shirts from recent tours available on the same page – all shirts come with an automatic download of the live album.

We hope we can revisit these songs in front of audiences again soon. Until then, please take care of yourselves; stay safe, stay healthy.”

Deftones, Faith No More, System Of A Down, Etc. Set For 2020 Hellfest

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Hellfest Open Air Festival. The event will be held in Clisson, France on June 19-21 and the daily stage lineups can be found below.

June 19:

Mainstage 01: Deftones, Incubus, Opeth, Leprous, Ego Kill Talent, Soen, and Frog Leap

Mainstage 02: Volbeat, The Offspring, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Inspector Cluzo, Ghostemane, Danko Jones, The Wildhearts, and Laura Cox.

Altar Stage: Obituary, Death DTA, At The Gates, Entombed A.D., Grave, Unleashed, Cadaver, Necrowretch, and Tremplin Voice Of Hell.

Temple Stage: Mayhem, Abbath, Rotting Christ, Primordial, The Great Old Ones, Seth, Mephorash, Numen, and Tremplin Voice Of Hell.

Valley Stage: Electric Wizard, Baroness, OM, Witchcraft, Black Mountain, Elder, ASG, Greenleaf, and Ecstatic Vision.

Warzone Stage: Body Count, Suicidal Tendencies, Powerflo, Youth Of Today, Dog Eat Dog, Slapshot, Jesus Piece, Higher Power, and In Other Climes.

June 20:

Mainstage 01: Faith No More, Infectious Grooves, Alter Bridge, Heaven Shall Burn, Thy Art Is Murder, Crystal Lake, and Fire From The Gods.

Mainstage 02: Deep Purple, Airbourne, Steel Panther, Alestorm, The Darkness, Last In Line, L7, The Dead Daises, and Galactic Empire.

Altar Stage: Sepultura, Sacred Reich, Flotsam And Jetsam, Exciter, Loudblast, Xentrix, Rectal Smegma, Brutal Sphincter, and Karras.

Temple Stage: Wardruna, The Hu, Ensiferum, Taake, Kamppfar, Einjerjer, Helheim, Aktarium, and Artus.

Valley Stage: Envy, Mono & The Jo Quail Quartet, John Garcia & The Band Of Gold, High On Fire, Pelican, Me And That Man, The Picturebooks, Duel, and Point Mort.

Warzone Stage: Social Distortion, The Toy Dolls, Agnostic Front, Reverent Horton Heat, Anti-Flag, Frustration, Guerilla Poubelle, Lion’s Law, and Grade 2.

June 21:

Mainstage 01: System Of A Down, Korn, Maximum The Hormone, BABYMETAL, Jinjer, Lacuna Coil, Kontrust, and Deadly Apples.

Mainstage 02: Judas Priest, Running Wild, Down, Michael Schenker, Doro, Delain, Sortilege, Battle Beast, and Tempt.

Altar Stage: Devin Townsend, Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder, Periphery, Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Ingested, Dyscarnate, and Exocrine.

Temple Stage: Watain, Alcest, Belzebubs, Borknagar, Gaahls Wyrd, Regarde Les Hommes Tomber, Numenorean, Penitence Onirique, and Deliverance.

Valley Stage: Killing Joke, Perturbator, Life Of Agony, 3TEETH, Hangman’s Chair, Twin Temple, Inter Arma, Lysistrata, and Abrahma.

Warzone Stage: Walls Of Jericho, August Burns Red, While She Sleeps, Lionheart, Rotting Out, Landmarks, Moscow Death Brigade, and Wolfpack.

Pelican To Release New Album “Nighttime Stories” In June, Premiere New Song “Midnight And Mescaline”

Pelican have announced that their new album “Nighttime Stories” will be released on June 7. The effort’s first single, “Midnight And Mescaline,” can be streamed below. That track will also be released as a 7″, along with “Darkness On The Stairs,” as part of this year’s Record Store Day (April 13).

The following was said about the new album in a press release:

“‘Nighttime Stories‘ was an album title initially proposed for Tusk, the hallucinatory art-grind band that included PELICAN members Trevor Shelley de Brauw, Larry Herweg, and Schroeder-Lebec, in addition to vocalist Jody Minnoch.

The writing of Nighttime Stories was instigated shortly after Minnoch‘s unexpected death in 2014, and some of the dissonant viscera and dark psychedelic structures that were characteristic of Tusk‘s sound began to unconsciously inform the album’s direction.

In homage to their departed colleague, PELICAN applied the previously discarded title and pulled many of the song titles from notes Minnoch had sent to inspire the direction of the unrealized album. As the writing of Nighttime Stories progressed, [guitarist Dallas] Thomas also experienced a heavy loss with the passing of his father, to whom the album pays tribute on opening track ‘W.S.T.‘ (on which Dallas performed his guitar parts on his father’s Yamaha acoustic).”

“Nighttime Stories” Track Listing

01. “WST”
02. “Midnight And Mescaline”
03. “Abyssal Plain”
04. “Cold Hope”
05. “It Stared At Me”
06. “Nighttime Stories”
07. “Arteries Of Blacktop”
08. “Full Moon, Black Water”

Tour Dates (with Cloakroom):

06/20 Ferndale, MI – Loving Touch (with Greet Death)
06/21 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
06/22 Montreal, QC – Bar de Ritz
06/23 Boston, MA – Great Scott
06/24 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bazaar (with Planning For Burial)
06/25 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle (with Planning For Burial)
06/26 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
06/27 Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
06/28 Cincinnati, OH – Northside Yacht Club
06/29 Chicago, IL – Metro (with Young Widows)

Watch Isis (The Band), Cave In, Old Man Gloom, Etc. Perfom At Los Angeles Caleb Scofield Tribute Show

A special tribute show for the late Caleb Scofield (Cave In, Old Man Gloom, etc.) was held at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA yesterday (October 13) and it featured performances from Cave In, a reunited Isis (performing under the name Celestial), Pelican, Old Man Gloom, and 27. You can watch footage of the full concert below. Like the previous tribute show, Cave In were joined by Caleb‘s brother Kyle and Nate Newton (Converge, etc.). 100% of the proceeds from the show went towards Scofield‘s family, who you can still help out via GoFundMe.

Los Angeles Caleb Scofield (Cave In, Etc.) Tribute Show To Be Streamed Live

A special tribute show for the late Caleb Scofield (Cave In, Old Man Gloom, etc.) will be held at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA tomorrow (October 13) and fans will be able to stream it live via scofieldbenefit.merchtable.com. That concert will feature Cave In, a reunited Isis (performing under the name Celestial), Pelican, Old Man Gloom, and 27. 100% of the proceeds will go towards Scofield‘s family, who you can still help out via GoFundMe.