As shitty as the political climate can be, the one silver lining you can rely on is that it’s going to inspire artists and musicians young and old to create some remarkable work. After a long slumber the boys in R.A.M.B.O. woke up to a world of alternative facts, conspiracy theories run amok, Boris Johnson and tales of “rigged” elections. All that kind of nonsense is the stuff that stimulates folks to create albums like Defy Extinction (Relapse Records).
Metallica has teamed up again with Wal-Mart to release a new series of EXCLUSIVE colored vinyl series for the albums Load (1996), Reload (1997), Garage Inc. (1998), St. Anger (2003) and Death Magnetic (2008). This follows the 2021 release of the “original five” Metallica albums and Hardwired… To Self-Destruct (2016). The albums are also available as a bundle while supplies last. Order from metallica or Wal-Mart now, with limited quantities in-stores.Continue reading →
Metallica has shared a pro-shot video of the band performing their classic cut “Blackened’ from the album …And Justice For All (Elecktra/Blackened Recordings). The concert took place at the new Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood Florida. Watch the clip now!
Well, that was quite the trip, but in like, a good way. There wasn’t some breakthrough moment of introspective self-discovery or anything of the sort for me but making it through Asclepius (Southern Lord) does feel nice. Where these songs written well ahead of time or were they discovered and jammed out through the recording process? Don’t know and don’t quite care. Iceburn somehow made it work and sound natural.
has earned the top 5 best-selling vinyl album releases in the USA this week as ranked by Billboardon the strength of the six new vinyl reissues of the band’s albums at Walmart. The band the first artist to claim all top 5 slots of the vinyl sales chart since the chart’s debut in 2011. Continue reading →
Much banter has gone down in the press this year about the pandemic legit ruining the industry, but one band that seems somewhat bulletproof is Metallica. The biggest Rock/Metal band ever in terms of sales dominates streaming with 1 Billion Spotify streams in 2019 (the band has not released 2020 data yet) and over 6000 units (usually over 2k physical copies) of TheBlack Albumalone sold weekly. They also sell tons of music via their website and www.metallicalive.com too and had a new release in 2020 with S & M2(Blackened Recordings). Now the band is teaming up Wal-Mart for a series of limited edition color-vinyl variants of six albums: Kill Em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, …And Justice for All, Metallica (aka The Black Album), and Hardwired… to Self-Destruct. Pre-orders are available now, with delivery expected in February of 2021!
Ozzy Osbourne At Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, by Stephanie Cabral (with permission MSOPR)
In an interview with Radio.com and reported by Blabbermnouth.net, Ozzy Osbourne reports that he has begun work on a new album with producer Andre w Watt. Watt wrote and produced Ozzy’s last album Ordinary Man (Epic Records) which was released earlier in 2020 and topped the Billboard charts worldwide.
Prisyn is an album that deals in opposites. On one hand, it is an expression of Evan Patterson’s artistic freedom, in the sense that it is quite far removed from Jaye Jayle’s previous works both in terms of sound and creative process. On the other hand, that creative process was linked to circumstances of enforced restriction and confinement. The album’s title itself – Prisyn – alludes to a ‘synthetic prison’ according to Patterson himself. The work was conceived while Patterson was on an extended tour. He began to compose music in these limited conditions using just his iPhone. Instead of fleshing out or reworking the pieces with the usual Jaye Jayle band, Patterson enlisted Ben Chisholm’s (Chelsea Wolfe) help to embellish and produce the songs. The result is an album of primarily electronic music: tense, brooding and claustrophobic. But, in the spirit of opposites, there is a counterpoint to the cold synth textures in the form of Patterson’s deep and rich voice. As he sings in the very first line of opener ‘A Cold Wind’, ‘The darkness meets the lightness / Or rather the lightness meets the darkness’.Continue reading →
Metallica continues their #metallicamonday’s series tonight with a 1989 show from Irvine, California, dubbed a “bootleg” with soundboard audio! This is from the “Damaged Justice Tour” 88/89 following the release of …And Justice For All. Make sure you’re subscribed to the Metallica YouTube channel to receive a notification when the show/charity drive begins is about to begin. Generous donations like these help AWMH provide grants like those announced last week to Feeding America, Direct Relief, Crew Nation, and the USBG National Charity Foundation in support of COVID-19 relief efforts.