Avenged Sevenfold are potentially one of the most divisive metal acts out of the US since Metallica. All you need to do is look at their previous two albums, 2013’s Hail To The King & 2016’s The Stage to see the extreme polar oppositions these albums created. The former for how the band wore their Metallica influence on their sleeve, creating their own version of The Black Album, and then the following 2016 release throwing all of their previous influences and sounds up in the air, bringing in outside sources from the likes of Pink Floyd, and creating a wholly new progressive rock/metal experience.
Ahead of the kick off of the international dates of their 2023 Global Tour, Guns N’ Roses today announce the artists that will support the tour’s North American leg: Superstar Carrie Underwood, The Pretenders, Alice In Chains, The Warning, and Dirty Honey. In addition, the band will be adding new shows: one in Pittsburgh, PA at PNC Park on Friday, August 18 and another in Seattle, WA at Climate Pledge Arena on Saturday, October 14.
The most telling feature of Tomorrow Never Comes (Epitaph Records) is the cover. A band logo and four headshots are framed in a grid. It’s like seeing a novel that puts more emphasis on the well-known author instead of the book’s title, and it’s a testament to the longevity and the roots (radical) of Rancid, a band that’s been active since the early 1990s. Their tenth full-length focuses on the musical experience instead of a flashy album appearance.
After several days of teasing via social media posts with new photos and graphics, and messages from their text service, Code Orange has shared a 14-plus minute video with new footage, and what appears to be a new single. The band is also teasing an official announcement this Thursday, June 1st. The band recently released a new EP this spring, What Is Really Underneath? – containing elements of the 2020 full-length album Underneath. The band signed to the new label Blue Grape Music simultaneously, recently toured Europe, and has been announced for Riot Fest 2023 and Shiprocked 2024. Watch the clip below.
Metallica kicked off their M72 World Tour in Amsterdam on April 27th, 2023! Playing in the round and on a “no repeats” weekend format: two shows in each city, no repeats, the band played some brand new songs, deep cuts, and hits! Watch a pro-shot video of the band performing “If Darkness Had A Son” live in Paris, France. Metallica recently released their new album 72 Seasons, which landed at #1 on the UK charts and now, #2 in the US, according toBillboard. read our reviewshereandhere. 72 Seasons released on Blackened Recordings on April 14th, 2023!
Foo Fighters will release a new album, But Here We Are, June 2nd, 2023 via Roswell Records/RCA Records. Pre-orders are live for album configurations and new merch at the link below. The band has shared another new single to all streaming DSPs – “The Teacher.” This follows the previous tracks “Show Me How” and “Rescued. Kicking off their headline US tour last week, the band has added a new drummer, Josh Freeze.
Kramer, the original Made To Rock Hard guitar brand has been setting trends with premium, performance-focused instruments since 1976. Kramer is proud to welcome Dave Mustaine, the legendary guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and founder of the multi-platinum selling and GRAMMY® Award-winning band, Megadeth, to the Kramer Artist lineup with the release of the Kramer Dave Mustaine Vanguard. The new Kramer Vanguard guitars arrive in Ebony, Silver Metallic, and a limited edition “Rust In Peace” in Alien Tech Green. The Dave Mustaine Collection is now available globally and at all authorized Kramer dealers and at the link below.
Architects has announced they have parted ways with guitarist Josh Middleton (Sylosis), who had been with the band since 2016 as a touring musician, with an association with the band dating back to 2012. He had replaced co-founding guitarist Tom Searle, who had died in 2015. According to the post, the split is amicable and the band thanked Josh for his time in the band. Josh has yet to comment. The band just opened a series of shows for Metallica on the M72 Tour.