1980s Rock Hero Tony Lewis of The Outfield Has Died 

Sad news to report as Tony Lewis,  singer and bassist of Pop/Rock band The Outfield, who has a string of hit records in the 1980s has died. He was 62. No cause of death has been revealed. The news was passed down via Tony’s official Twitter account. The Outfield was a sensational pop-rock band with millions sold and 100s of millions in streams of their biggest tracks to this day. Tony release a solo album in 2018, and the band had an MTV Unplugged session earlier in 2020. RIP Tony. 

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Fear Factory Will Release a New Version of “The Industrialist” with Mike Heller on Drums

 

As reported by Blabbermouth.net, drummer Mike Heller (Malignancy) has confirmed to New Breed TV that the band’s 2012 album The Industrialist, will be released to digital services in a new version where the drum-machine used on the original recording will be replaced by Heller’s live drums. No word as to whether the current Kickstarter by Fear Factory for their new album Regenerate will also fund this endeavor. Interestingly The Industrialist is the only Fear Factory album not on streaming services. Heller commented: 

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BACON BLOODY BACON: Matt Bacon on Show Promotion Post-COVID

So I think we can agree that this coronavirus thing is gonna last a while. Like a while. Like probably until next fall. With this in mind, I think we can agree the booking landscape is also going to be changed in some unprecedented ways. Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #507: Even More Content Ideas for COVID-19

Matt and Curtis discuss how telling a story, any story about anything you can think of can help fans and peers connect to you. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #507 is streaming now and is all about Even More Content Ideas for COVID-19! The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).

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Anthrax Releases Two Signature Rye Whiskeys – “Evil Twin I” And “Evil Twin II” 

Legendary Thrash metal band Anthrax has announced their two new signature whiskey brands – “Evil Twin I” and “Evil Twin II,” limited edition, award-winning, high-end Double Cask Ryes. Only one barrel of each spirit will be produced, yielding 238 numbered bottles for “Evil Twin I” at cask strength of 120.1 proof. As “Evil Twin II” has not yet been “dumped,” the number of bottles and cask strength for it will be announced shortly. “Evil Twin I” is available to order starting today at Mash and Grape, and, if ordered before 10/23, delivery can be expected by 10/31, in time for Halloween! Details for ordering “Evil Twin II” will be announced shortly. Anthrax previously entered the spirits game with “The Healer” Bourbon and Anthrax Wardance Pale Ale Beer. Watch the teaser video unveiling with Scott Ian, now! 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Spirit Adrift – Enlightened In Eternity

Spirit Adrift could’ve followed the more accessible bent of 2019’s Divided In Darkness with more of the same but chose to mix things up to an even greater degree with their fourth full-length album. The tug o’ war between Doom and Traditional Metal that has defined their style has turned in the latter’s favor with more songs taking on upbeat tempos. The lyrics have also undergone a noticeable attitude adjustment with a decidedly optimistic outlook and an emphasis on metaphysical galactic imagery. There are enough common denominators to help Enlightened In Eternity (20 Buck Spin/Century Media) fit in with their established trajectory, but it may be their most drastic sound shift thus far.

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LIVESTREAM REVIEW: Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown – “Pressure”

Nashville-based rockers Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown dropped their highly anticipated album  Pressure on Friday, October 16th  to rave reviews.  Usually, a band who are constantly on the road, the group played their ONLY show of 2020 and crafted a special virtual live stream to celebrate the record release. The invigorating set was sprinkled with songs from across the TBSD catalog, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, and backstories on a handful of Pressure tracks. The chatbox during the performance was populated by grateful fans from every corner of the globe, showing the impact of the band worldwide as well as how much live music has been missed these past several months. 

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BORIS and Merzbow Announce New Collaboration Album – “2r0i2p0”

BORIS and Merzbow have announced a new collaborative album “2r0i2p0” (“Twenty Twenty R.I.P.”), due out December 11th, from Relapse Records. The two long-running avant-garde artists have worked together on split relapses and collabs before, always with explosive results. Watch the new music video for their single  “Away From You” now! Continue reading