Danny Elfman Shares a New Version of “Kick Me (ft. Iggy Pop)” – Announces “Bigger. Messier.” Album

Danny Elfman has announced Bigger. Messier. – a brand new genre-defying album of remixed and reimagined versions of songs from his acclaimed 2021 record Big Mess. New collaborations and guest vocal features from a sprawling array of artists including Trent Reznor, Iggy Pop, HEALTH, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Zach Hill of Death Grips, Xiu Xiu, Squarepusher, Ghostemane and many more, the 21-track project brings the songs of Big Mess to life in a completely new light while marking the first time Elfman has ever released a remix collection of his work on this scale. Available in vinyl, CD and digital formats, with two exclusive bonus tracks featured on the digital edition, Bigger. Messier. will officially be released August 12th, 2022 via ANTI- / Epitaph Records. Pre-order the album now HERE and see below for complete track-listing information. Elfman has also shared a new version of “Kick Me” re-envisioned by punk legend Iggy Pop, which you can check out now!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Municipal Waste – Electrified Brain

The artwork that emblazons Municipal Waste’s Electrified Brain (Nuclear Blast) sets the scene as strongly as anything else could have: a Flying-V guitar violently piercing the left cheek of a skeletal head that’s also being shocked. That’s precisely what the nearly thirty-four-minute attack feels like. It’s a pummeling marathon of fun-loving ire, of bodacious violence. Continue reading

Metallica Cancels Frauenfeld Rocks Concert Due To Positive COVID-19 Test

Metallica has been forced to pull out of its headlining appearance at the Frauenfeld Rocks festival in Switzerland Wednesday night (June 29th, 2022) after a member of the band’s “family” has tested positive for COVID-19. Metallica shared a statement via social media: “It is with a very heavy heart that we are announcing that we will not be appearing at Frauenfeld Rocks in Switzerland today, as unfortunately, a member of the Metallica family has tested positive for Covid. We are beyond sorry to disappoint those of you planning to attend this show.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Shinedown – Planet Zero

The chatter in the buildup to Shinedown’s seventh album Planet Zero (Atlantic Records) has focused on the lyrics and subject matter and a new ground for a band who have stood up for unity, mental health support, and anti-bullying. Freedom of speech has long been a vanguard of rock lyrics, and it is interesting that Shinedown’s challenge of cancel culture has been seen as evidence of an underlying conservatism, though lines about people being “woke, but not awake” and sections of the society being “Clueless and Dramatic” will invite comment, even if the stated intention is to encourage exploration of nuance and individuality. Indeed, the band stated on the album launch “It’s not a record for the right, it’s not a record for the left… it’s a record for all of us.”

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CONCERT REVIEW: Tremonti – Hawxx Live at SWG3

Guitar Gods rarely look backward in coming forward. Mark Tremonti, for instance, has recently aligned his star with none other than a certain Frank Sinatra – but more of that later. The pressing matter in hand is the fretboard master’s ongoing tour of the UK and Europe.

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Psychonaut Shares a New Single and a Video “Interbeing” – New Album Due Out This Fall

Post-Metal trio Psychonaut will release their new albumViolate Consensus Reality on October 28th via Pelagic Records. Stay tuned for more info on the new album including track listing, additional singles, and preorders to be unveiled in the coming weeks. The band has shared their first single and video “Interbeing,” out now on all streaming platforms.

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PODCAST: Episode #172: Jacob Charlton of Thornhill – The Ghost Cult Interview

Ghost Cult caught up with Jacob Charlton of Thornhill for a new interview on the podcast! Jacob discussed their new album Heroine, out now on UNFD. Jacob discussed avoiding the sophomore jinx as a band, signing to UNFD and the company they keep with other bands, and much more!

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Multicult and Child Bite to Release Split EP This Week

Birds of a feather and extreme music groups Multicult and Child Bite have teamed up for a new split release, due out this Friday via Hex Records for purchase on Bandcamp and streaming on all DSPs. The project was three years in the making, but ketp a secret from fans and will be available on a limited vinyl pressing. Pre-order the album at the link below. Child Bite is on tour right now and will have limited copies for sale at the merch table. Continue reading

Travis Barker Hospitalized in Los Angeles

According to published reports Travis Barker, legendary Punk drummer known for Blink-182 and The Transplants, creator of MusInk festival, and producer of pop stars like Willow, Avril Lavigne, Machine Gun Kelly and others, has been hospitalized in Los Angeles. His condition is unknown at the present time, but he tweeted ominous “God Save Me” while en route to the hospital, and his daughter posted asking for prayers for her father as well. Travis has wed two months ago to celebrity Kourtney Kardashian, and had recently had his home profiled on HGTV where he discussed working from his home studio and the current state of his happy life. We’ll update this news and follow up with more information as it develops. Get well soon Travis!

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