There is almost no band in history that had a success akin to “The Black Album.” Metallica exploded the band of the same name from the underground and made Rock, Heavy Metal, and yes, even Thrash as mainstream as it was ever going to get for a hot minute. From 1991-1995 Metallica was everywhere on tour, pop radio, MTV, Antarctica, Woodstock 1994 as the headliner, and much more. They were unstoppable. They sold tons of albums when it was only CDs and cassettes. They transformed the culture of underground heavy music and themselves in the process, and you can still feel the ripples in the industry from it. Like it or not, they changed everything.
Former longtime Metallica producer Bob Rock who worked on iconic albums from “The Black Album (Metallica), Load, Reload, Garage Inc., S&M, and St. Anger has sold his rights to “The Black Album”, among other pieces of music he helmed in the studio. Hipgnosis Songs Fund, an investment and song management company, acquired a total of 43 songs from Rock, who produced Metallica’s ‘90s discography and 2003’s St. Anger.
With the movie adaptation of Mötley Crüe’s biography The Dirt released on Netflix this year and corresponding album, memories of famous Hair Metal band have flooded back to old fans. The bands’ best-selling, best-sounding album found them at the top of their game musically and at the possible height of their popularity was Dr. Feelgood (Elektra) released thirty years ago today. It certainly is the best selling album of their career and has the most music on one release that holds up the best outside of Shout At The Devil (also Elektra).Continue reading
The Cult is celebrating thirty years of their classic Sonic Temple (Beggars Banquet). Produced by Bob Rock, the album has a lot is fingerprints on it: huge live drum sounds, choir-like vocal parts, layers of guitar tracks, and a ready-made arena rock sound that suited the band perfectly. Continue reading
We have heard the hype about The Dirt, the biopic about Mötley Crüe for a long time. They have tried to make this film for ages, while it languished in development hell, finally getting made and out now streaming on Netflix. By the bands’ own admission, much like the book, the film is full of exaggerated lurid rock star clichés and partially real stories about the band. It’s just so out there and real. Too real for most people, like the band was at times. Continue reading
Mötley Crüe’s highly-anticipated Netflix biopic The Dirt, based on the best-selling book about their career is out today. While we wait for the film to hit Netflix, we can jam the soundtrack in the meantime! Packed with 18 songs, including ‘The Dirt’ featuring Machine Gun Kelly (portraying Tommy Lee in the film), their Madonna cover of ‘Like A Virgin’, and two other songs ‘Ride With The Devil’ and ‘Crash and Burn’. On a first listen, these songs are better than the previous two new songs, being much heavier and in line with classic Crue albums, such as Dr. Feelgood. Pre-orders are also live at the link below.Continue reading
Mötley Crüe’s highly-anticipated Netflix biopic The Dirt, based on the best-selling book about their career has shared their first new music in years. The band has released their new video with footage from the film from their classic track “Home Sweet Home”. The film releases this week, on 3/22 from Netflix. Pre-orders are also live at the link below.Continue reading
As we previously reported, Mötley Crüe has recorded four new songs for the soundtrack to their upcoming biopic The Dirt, premiering on March 22 via Netflix. They will unveil a new song on the February 21 edition of Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones’s radio show, Jonesy’s Jukebox, on the 95.5 KLOS station in Los Angeles. Bassist Nikki Sixx will sit down for an interview with Jones on the KLOS Subaru Live Stage. The track is a collaboration with Machine Gun Kelly, one of four new songs recorded with longtime producer Bob Rock. Kelly plays Crue drummer Tommy Lee in the film. The Dirt also stars Daniel Webber (The Punisher) as singer Vince Neil, Douglas Booth as bassist Nikki Sixx and Iwan Rheon (Game Of Thrones) as guitarist Mick Mars. The film was directed by Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa director Jeff Tremaine. It was picked up by Netflix after being previously developed at Focus Features and before that at Paramount.Continue reading
Although “retired” for a few years now, bassist Nikki Sixx has confirmed that Mötley Crüe is recording four new songs for the film adaptation of the group’s biography, The Dirt – Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. The movie was picked up by Netflix after being previously developed at Focus Features and before that at Paramount. Directed by Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa director Jeff Tremaine, the film is expected to debut in 2019. Other Crüe members Vince Neil and Tommy Lee have been dropping hints to fans on social media about the new music. The band claims they will never tour again, but had not ruled out new music. As the band are executive producers of the movie, original music from the band in the form of their hits are expected to be in the film. Nikki termed the track, being recorded and produced in Hollywood by Bob Rock, as “ball busters’. Continue reading
In an interview with Alternative Press, Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett revealed that Greg Fidelman is the de facto producer of the bands new album, which is said to be currently in the final phases of recording. Recently performing their first show of 2016 at CBS Radio’s The Night Before concert event at Super Bowl 50, both James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich claimed on stage that there would be a new Metallica album released during 2016.
Kirk commented on Fidelman’s level of involvement:
“We have not brought in any [other] producer and it looks extremely [unlikely] we’d bring one in this late into the project.”
“The title ‘producer’ itself is a bit ambiguous. It differs from person to person. You can call Rick Rubin a producer, but he’s not the [same] type of producer as Bob Rock, who is there for every note. At the same time, Rick Rubin gets stuff done. Greg Fidelman is a different type of producer in that he’s with the engineer always looking to try and move the project forward. And that’s different from, say, Dr. Dre, who is the type of producer who is actually making backing tracks, producing music, writing music. In the hip-hop world, Dre is a producer. It’s so ambiguous. If you go by the traditional term, we’re doing it with Greg, pretty much.”
“Greg is a real pleasure to work with. Even though he can be a bit of a taskmaster, he listens to you. He’s super-flexible. He knows how to crack the whip without fucking pissing people off.”
Hammett also commented on the difficulties of making an album for Metallica at this point in their career:
“The hardest part” about recording Metallica is coordinating the bandmembers’ schedules so that the production process can move forward at a comfortable pace. “Hey, for us, life has its demands,” he said. “We’re trying to make an album and go on tour, trying to be a band, but we all recognize that if someone has a family situation, that takes priority over everything. That’s another reason why [the new album] is taking so long. That’s another obstacle for Greg Fidelman He’s always joking about it, but it really takes a lot of, like, you know, tap dancing and juggling.”
The new Metallica album will be their 10th album of original music, not including live albums, compilations and covers. It will be the first new full length album from the band since 2009’s Death Magnetic. Fidelman may be seen by fans as a controversial, but safe choice for the band in the producer’s chair. Known for his work with Slipknot and Slayer, Fidelman came under fire from fans for the sound quality (clipping) associated with the Death Magnetic finished product.
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