Spiritbox Shares “Constance (Acoustic)” to Streaming and 7″ Vinyl Picture Disc

Spiritbox has announced the release of “Constance (Acoustic)”, an acoustic version, of their 2020 hit “Constance”. The reimagined version of the song was recorded in a church with accompaniment from a string trio earlier this year in conjunction with The Grammy Museum COLLECTION:live #spotlightsaturdays in partnership with BMG. Watch the full performance below, 7″ Vinyl Picture Disc, and stream today on all DSPs. All of these new songs released in the last year will end up on the band’s next full-length release Eternal Blue, out September 17th, under their new deal with Rise Records. Watch the teaser now! Watch the clip now!

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Machine Head to Celebrate “The Burning Red” with a Full Album Playthrough

Machine Head has announced a full album playthrough of their 1997 album The Burning Red (Roadrunner Records), to celebrate 22 years of that albums’ release. The performance will take place this Friday July 30th, 2021, on the band’ weekly livestream known as “The Electric Happy Hour.” Watch it at the links below!

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Metallica Shares a New Version of “Don’t Tread on Me” from “The Black Album Remastered”

Metallica has shared a previously unreleased demo version of “Don’t Tread on Me.” This track comes from The Black Album Remastered. Due out September 10th from Blackened Recordings. To celebrate thirty years of the biggest-selling album in rock or metal history, the band has long teased a celebration for their commercial blockbuster Metallica aka “The Black Album” all year. It is the best-selling album in the history of Nielsen SoundScan, outselling every release in every genre over the past 30 years. Now they have announced a massic digital, CD, and DVD – Blu-ray release. To commemorate its 30th anniversary, the Grammy-winning, 16-times-platinum-certified Black Album is receiving its definitive re-release. Remastered for ultimate sound quality, The Black Album remaster will be available in multiple configurations including 180-gram double vinyl LP, standard CD and 3 CD expanded edition, digital, and limited edition deluxe box set (containing the album remastered on 180-gram 2LP, a picture disc, three live LPs, 14 CDs (containing rough mixes, demos, interviews, live shows), 6 DVDs (containing outtakes, behind the scenes, official videos, live shows), a 120-page hardcover book, four tour laminates, three lithos, three guitar picks, a Metallica lanyard, a folder with lyric sheets, and a download card). The band will also release a second, massive tribute album by Pop and Rock stars the world over. Pre-orders are live with the link below.

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Mike Howe, Singer of Metal Church Has Died, Aged 55

Sad and sudden news as Metal Church singer Mike Howe has died. He was 55. No cause of death was revealed at this time. The news was broken by the band in a Facebook post, and Mike died at his home in Eureka, California today, July 26th, 2021. One of the best pure melodic singer ever in Heavy Metal, Howe originally hailed from Michigican singing for the band Breaking Point, Howe joined Metal Church for 1989’s Blessing In Disguise and would sing on six more releases from 18989 to 1993, and again from 2016 – to 2020 in his stints in the band. We’ll continue to track this news as it develops. We send our condolences to his family, friends and fans at this time. Continue reading

Slipknot Announce Knotfest Los Angeles with Bring Me The Horizon, Killswitch Engage, Fever 333, Code Orange, and More

Slipknot has announced another edition of their popular Knotfest events, this time for Los Angeles this fall. Taking place at Banc of California Stadium on Friday November 5th, Knotfest Los Angeles will see Slipknot performing at this stadium for the first time, The band will headline along with Bring Me The Horizon, Killswitch Engage, Fever 333, Code Orange, Vended and Special Guests – Cherry Bombs. This joins their already announced Knotfest Iowa event for September. Pre-Sales go live to their Outside The 9 & Knotfest Subscribers tomorrow at the links below.

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Metallica Books an Intimate at Hard Rock Live Casino Show in Florida This Fall

Metallica has booked an intimate show in a 700-seat casino theater in Florida at the at Hard Rock Live Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, presented by Blackened American Whiskey on Thursday, November 4, 2021! Tickets for the 7,000-seat theater show go on sale Friday, July 30th at 10 AM EDT, but Fifth Members can get theirs early with a special presale starting Wednesday, July 28th at 10 AM EDT. They are promising more shows to be announced soon. The buy links for this show can be found below.

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Watch Machine Head Perform Cover Tributes to Chris Cornell and Linkin Park

July 20th marked what would have been Chris Cornell’s (Soundgarden, Temple of The Dog, Audio Slave) birthday, but also the 4th anniversary of the death of Chris‘ best friend and fellow iconic singer, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. As part of their weekly livestream, Robb Flynn and Jared MacEachern of Machine Head performed covers of Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike” as well as Linkin Park’s “In The End” and “One More Light.” It was also Robb Flynn’s defacto birthday party livestream/hangout with cans so they also played MH hits, and deep cuts too. See the set list below with links to the entire stream and the specific tribute covers.

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Torn Between Two Worlds Shares a Video for their Cover of Adelle’s “Hello”

Symphonic metal greats Torn Between Two Worlds featuring Chris Rehn (Takida) andhave released a video for their cover of Adele’s iconic single – “Hello.” The cover is the follow up to their incredible pair of debut singles: “The Beauty of Deception” and “All Eyes on Me.” While familiar because it is a song in the cultural zeitgeist far beyond Pop and Metal, Torn Between Two Worlds takes the track and makes it their own, with Sarah’s fantastic voice and the tasteful track by Chris. Watch the video for “Hello” here:

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ALBUM REVIEW: Dee Snider – Leave A Scar

Dee Snider is sixty-six years old.

What the hell happened there? When I was a teenager, sexagenarians looked and acted like sexagenarians, damn it. Politicians, gardeners, doctors, Victor Kiam (Google him, kids). The lady down the road who only ever seemed to buy tea bags and cat food, and that embarrassing uncle who used to try and Moonwalk at every family party.

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Gaia Guarda and Lindsay Schoolcraft Share New Single “I Didn’t Break”

JUNO-Awards nominated singer/songwriter Lindsay Schoolcraft has teamed up with fellow Canadian Gaia Guarda to release “I Didn’t Break”, the first single off of the upcoming C Squared Underground Music Special compilation. Both artists bring their distinctive, but contrasting talents to the track! The compilation will be released on Bandcamp on September 17th 2021 and features clients and comrades of C Squared Music a new company formed by Corinne Westbrook and Curtis Dewar that helps bands with their promotion, marketing and sales. The compilation is the first album to be released under the new company’s name.

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