Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) Shares New Tracks “Free Thoughts” And “Grieving Banner”

System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian has shared two new tracks, “Free Thoughts” and “Grieving Banner.” These songs will appear on the musician’s next release “Cinematique,” which will be available on August 6. That effort will feature 25 cinematic compositions and it will be split into two parts, with one being classical compositions (“Illuminate”) and one being modern compositions (“Violent Violins”). “Free Thoughts” will be featured as part of “Illuminate,” while “Grieving Banner” will be featured as part of “Violent Violins.”

A Day To Remember Announce Fall Tour With Asking Alexandria & Point North

A Day To Remember have announced a fall headlining tour. Asking Alexandria and Point North will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

09/28 Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
09/29 Philadelphia, PA – The Met
09/30 Washington, DC – The Anthem
10/02 West Springfield, MA – The Big E Arena
10/04 New York, NY – The Rooftop at Pier 17
10/07 Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheater
10/08 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
10/09 Chicago, IL – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
10/11 Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
10/13 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
10/14 Salt Lake City, UT – The Great Saltair
10/15 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Casino
10/17 Las Vegas, NV – The Theater at the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
10/18 Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre
10/20 Los Angeles, CA – The Palladium
10/22 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
10/24 New Braunfels, TX – Whitewater Amphitheater
10/26 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
10/27 Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
10/29 Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion
10/30 Springfield, MO – O’Reilly Family Event Center
11/01 Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Civic Auditorium
11/02 Columbia, SC – The Township Auditorium
11/03 Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy
11/05 Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live
11/06 St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheater

Papa Roach Premiere New Song “Swerve” Featuring Sueco The Child & Fever 333’s Jason Aalon Butler

Papa Roach have premiered a new song titled “Swerve.” The track, which features Sueco The Child and Fever 333’s Jason Aalon Butler, serves as the first single from the band’s upcoming album.

Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix said the following:

“This track came at the very end of the writing process for our upcoming album and truly feels like the culmination of years of experimenting with our sound coming back to a new version of Papa Roach. We’re kicking off this new chapter of our careers with a next-level track and couldn’t imagine doing it with anyone other than Jason and Sueco.”

Sueco also commented:

“This is one of the favorite songs I’ve ever made. Papa Roach has been an inspiration of mine since I was a kid, so working with them was super dope and a dream come true!”

Butler added:

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- this band has somehow managed to be a legacy AND relevant all at once. So, naturally, when I got the call to hop on this track there was no question. With Sueco doing his thing the track’s got 3 different vibes that all work together. This shit is different and that’s exactly what rock needs. More DIFFERENT Shit. Thanks to these modern legends for making sure it happened.”

Watch Halestorm Get Inducted Into Central Pennsylvania Music Hall Of Fame

During their July 30 set at the York State Fair in York, PA, Halestorm were inducted into the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall Of Fame. You can see fan-filmed footage of that below. Lzzy Hale commented:

“We are so honored and excited to be inducted into the 2021 class of the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall Of Fame. Thank you so much to everybody that helped raise us and launch us into where we are today. We will see you all on the other side.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Nickelback Working On New Album

During an interview with Tulsa Music Stream, Nickelback bassist Mike Kroeger confirmed that the band are working on a new album. However, release details are still pending.

Kroeger said the following:

“That is happening right now. Music is being composed and recorded up in Canada. We were out there, and something came up and our producer had to take some time off. So I took that opportunity to [return home] to Los Angeles with family and spend a little bit of time at home. But I’ll be headed back up there in a couple of weeks to pick it up again.”

He continued when asked about release plans:

“Release dates are primarily arrived at by business interests, like record labels and whatever. We don’t have one of those. We’ve been managing ourselves for about a year. So, the answer is no. We’re doing it on our schedule, at our own pace, and it’ll be done when it’s done. ‘Cause we’ve blown up deadlines in the past lots of times. Because we feel that you can make a good record and be late, but you can’t, or you shouldn’t, make a shitty record to be on time. So we won’t be pressed for time. And in this case, we don’t have to worry about that, ’cause we’re on our own schedule. We’re doing what we wanna do when we wanna do it. We’re paying for everything. Nobody can tell us what to do. We just have to decide when we wanna go on tour. It turns out we’re booking a tour for next summer. So we’ll have to get some stuff squared away and out there to the people in advance of that.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale Joins Small Town Titans Onstage For Cover Of Temple Of The Dog’s “Hunger Strike” In York, PA

During their July 30 set at the York State Fair in York, PA, Small Town Titans were joined onstage by Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale for a cover of Temple Of The Dog’s “Hunger Strike.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:

Watch Vio-lence, Vision Of Disorder, Nonpoint, Etc. Members Cover Don Henley‘s “The Boys Of Summer“

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Tim Williams (Vision Of Disorder, Bloodsimple), Robb Rivera (Nonpoint), Piggy D (Rob Zombie, The Haxans), and Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through) have joined forces for a cover of Don Henley‘s “The Boys Of Summer.“ You can check that out below. Phil Demmel commented:

“Been wanting to do a cover with Robb Rivera, Tim Williams and Piggy D for awhile, but as the the Vio-lence recording was progressing and other (paying) opportunities were becoming priority to my recording practice, I was phasing out the collab-a-jams as the music industry is starting to crawl back. Then @pauliezofficial approached me about contributing another song for the @davidzfoundation fundraiser this year it presented this opportunity to jam with my buds. My wife Marta added some awesome keys and our youngest son, Magnus makes his video premiere. Please check out the foundation and it’s cause and thanks to all who helped create this jam.”

Auri (Nightwish) Premiere New Song “The Valley”

Auri, the band featuring Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish), Troy Donockley (Nightwish), and Holopainen’s wife Johanna Kurkela, have premiered a new song titled “The Valley.” This track is from the group’s new album “II – Those We Don’t Speak Of,” which will be released on September 3. Holopainen commented:

“‘The Valley’ is an ode to homecoming. It’s about things worth a long wait, and about all the wondrous waypoints on the road. And while you’re wandering on that road, why not write a little tune to keep you company. A tune most delicate and hard to catch, but willing to reveal itself once you’ve made your journey, and have almost reached home.”

Butcher Babies & Five Finger Death Punch Members Featured In Rue Vox’s Music Video For “90s Villain”

Rue Vox has premiered a new video for her new single “90s Villain.” The clip, which can be seen below, features Butcher Babies’ Henry Flury and Heidi Shepherd as well as Five Finger Death Punch’s Chris Kael.

Rue Vox commented:

“90s Villain shows how our character defects can find a way to take us out in the end. I wrote this song to kind of call myself out in how I’ve been a terrible girlfriend in my past. In the video I’m a serial killer who ends up getting murdered by her would-be-victim. It symbolizes how the worst parts of us have to die, sometimes involuntarily, in order for us to truly live.”

Director Shane O’Neal added:

“Rue Vox is a beast of a talent behind the microphone and her creativity doesn’t stop there. She came to me with the inspiration for her music video to be a female slasher and the epitome of a 90s Villain. We took our love of giallo films to the next level and delivered a pulp-esque style short film. We shot on Red camera with appearances by Butcher Babies and 5FDP’s Chris Kael, and all slated in the dingiest, grimiest motel on the Las Vegas Strip as each victim plays the odds with a seductress. And so the slaughterhouse began.”

Joyous Wolf Premiere “Fearless” Music Video

Joyous Wolf have premiered a new video for their new song “Fearless.” Frontman Nick Reese commented:

“‘Fearless’ was a bit of a wild card. We completed it in the final days of our album sessions and it was the only song we hadn’t completed prior. It became one of those songs that fell together in an effortless way. I’ve found myself reflecting on how unafraid I was as a kid. I feel like that’s something more than a few people can relate to. For the most part, I like to believe we are born fearless and we are conditioned to be afraid.”