Les Claypool Says Primus Are Going To Open For Slayer On The Final U.S. Leg Of Their Farewell Tour

According to Les Claypool, Primus are going to open for Slayer on the final U.S. leg of their farewell tour. He said the following during an appearance on Bill Burr’s Thursday Afternoon Monday Morning Podcast:

“There’s another thing too that’s kind of a secret, but maybe I can tell you now… So it looks like we’re confirmed — we’re gonna play the last, the very last run supporting SLAYER’s very last tour; PRIMUS is… It’s starting at Madison Square Garden [in New York City] and ending at The Forum [in Los Angeles]. That’s the rumor.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Steve Perry (Ex-Journey) Shares Official Music Video For “We’re Still Here”

Steve Perry (ex-Journey) has premiered a new video for his song “We’re Still Here.” This is the singer’s first official music video in nearly 25 years. The track appears on his latest solo album “Traces.”

Album Review: Iron Age Mystics’ “Pride Before The Fall”

Iron Age Mystics have been releasing their debut album “Pride Before The Fall” in four separate parts and each section is full of rockin’ tunes that carry a message. The record is a political statement about the pressing issues of today and that’s why you really have to pay attention to the lyrics. The highlight of part one is “Save It For The Revolution,” a bluesy track that takes on the current flawed system. The highlight of part two is “Down Deep,” a catchy song that focuses on people who try to make a humanitarian difference in the world. The highlight of part three is “Big, Bad Motherfucker,” another political anthem that even has a quote from presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The highlight of part four is “You’ve Got The Power,” a groovy track that let’s people know that everyone has the power to evoke change. All in all, “Pride Before The Fall” is a political protest album with solid musicianship. If you like music that tries to make statement, this one is definitely for you.

Listen To New Mötley Crüe Songs “Ride With The Devil” & “Crash And Burn”

Mötley Crüe are streaming two new songs, “Ride With The Devil” and “Crash And Burn.” These tracks were recorded for the soundtrack to their film adaptation of “The Dirt.” That movie was officially released via Netflix today (March 22). The soundtrack is now available as well. If you missed the other new tracks, you can find “The Dirt (Est. 1981)” (feat. Machine Gun Kelly) HERE and the group’s cover of Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” HERE.

Scott Stapp (Creed) Premieres New Song “Purpose For Pain”

Scott Stapp (Creed) has premiered a new song titled “Purpose For Pain.” This track is from his new solo album “The Space Between The Shadows,” which will be released in July.

Stapp commented:

“‘Purpose For Pain’ is about seeking a higher meaning, a spiritual mentality when dealing with our struggles and life’s painful moments. There are unexplainable, dark times that everyone goes through, and that pain is real. If we can dig deep and hold on to hope during the most difficult situations, believing there is a purpose waiting for us on the others side, we can find meaning and clarity that gives us the strength to keep fighting.”

Tour Dates:

06/20 Oshkosh, WI – Waterfest Concert Series
06/21 New Buffalo, MI – Four Winds Casino Resort – Silver Creek Event Center
06/22 St. Charles, IL – The Arcada Theatre
06/27 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
06/28 Toledo, OH – Civic Music Hall
06/29 Boardman, OH – Ribs-N-Rock Festival
07/10 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater
07/12 Houston, TX – House of Blues
07/13 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
07/14 Oklahoma City – Tower Theatre
07/25 New York City – Sony Hall
08/02 Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Dr. Raza

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to artists that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Dr. Raza.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your music:

DR. RAZA: My name is Dr. Raza. I am a self-taught keyboard player and a one-man band with a background in Dentistry and I make synthesizer based progressive, instrumental rock. I specialize in a DIY approach to music that is conducive to the modern lifestyle and purposely avoid elaborate productions and recording setups. My aim is to push artistic barriers while demonstrating that people do not need the latest and the best gear to make decent music.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

DR. RAZA: I take influences from a wide variety of genres of music from classical and jazz to progressive rock/metal and all kinds of metal sub-genres. My biggest influences include Dream Theater, Rush, King Crimson, Emerson Lake and Palmer and YES. I am also heavily inspired by the works of progressive keyboard players such as Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson, Jordan Rudess, Kevin Moore and Derek Sherinian.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

DR. RAZA: My latest release is my album titled “Brain in a Jar” (Coming May 1st 2019). ‘Brain in a Jar’ is a concept instrumental album set sometime in the uncertain future and tells the story of a musician, set inside a virtual world that exists only inside a large supercomputer and actual humans have long since been extinct. The story follows the life, struggles and the happenings of the protagonist Octava all while acknowledging that the existence they are living in is a simulation. I always emphasize to my listeners that in order to fully understand my music, listeners read the concept story that is present within the release notes in order to fully grasp what my music is about.

I feel what I do appeals to a lot of metal fans in general in addition to fans of the progressive genre. Metal music (and the fan culture in general) have always been at the cutting edge of thematic discussions that involve issues of the day as well as pushing thought when it comes to talking about broader more abstract and social issues. My music is not only technical in nature, which a lot of metal music is, but also touches on various philosophical and ethical issues that pertain to our species and presents them in a relatable way, dressed as a science fiction story. This discussion combined with my command over the compositional narrative makes my music highly appealing to the readers of your site.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

DR. RAZA: People can expect to hear energetic and heavy music that is not traditionally expected of keyboards. They can expect to be entertained by the expertise of the performance and question the limitations that are traditionally put on the unexplored richness of the synthesizer sounds.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do yourself in 5 years?

DR. RAZA: I see myself as having a sustainable career as a full time in 5 years’ time which will allow me to look forward to planning my first North American Tour.

The Damned Things Premiere “Something Good” Lyric Video

The Damned Things, the band featuring Scott Ian (Anthrax), Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die), Joe Trohman (Fall Out Boy), Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy), and Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio), have premiered a lyric video for their new song “Something Good.” This track is from the group’s new album “High Crimes,” which will be released on April 26. Buckley commented:

“‘Something Good‘ is a feel-good song about feeling bad. It’s about hurting people you care about because it is not in your nature to do the right thing even when you want to. A dark moral story with a really sunny feel.”