Filter Has Thirty Songs Written for Their Upcoming New Album


Lot’s of news in the camp of Rock legends Filter of late. They recently signed to Golden Robot Records and they are working on a new album for expected release most likely in 2022. Keeping the fanbase posted the band has been posting a lot on social media and revealed they have written 30 new songs, and choosing the best 10 for that album. In other news the band was scheduled to perform near Chicago, but was forced to cancel what would have been their first show back since before the pandemic due to bad weather.

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Watch Members of Slaves On Dope, Mastodon, Limp Bizkit, In Flames, 311, Veruca Salt, Filter, and The Used Cover Jane’s Addiction – “Mountain Song”


The Kings of Quarantine, led by members Slaves on Dope previously dropped an awesome cover of Faith No More’s “We Care A lot” with a gang of rock and metal stars. Now they are back and covering Jane’s Addiction’s Alt-Rock classic “Mountain Song!” The clip features Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit), Tanner Wayne (In Flames), P-nut (311), Louise Post (Veruca Salt), Richard Patrick (Filter) and, Bert Mccracken (The Used). One hundred percent of the profits for “Mountain Song” will be donated to ROADIE RELIEF, a fundraising effort to aid qualifying Roadies who have submitted an application for financial help during the Covid-19 crisis. Watch it now!

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Filter To Release Deluxe Edition of “Title of Record” Album For 20th Anniversary


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Multi-Platinum Rock band Filter is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their sophomore album Title of Record with a deluxe reissue, due out on August 9th via Craft Recordings. The album will be available in various formats including vinyl, CD and include many bonus track and exclusive liner notes. All formats are expanded featuring four bonus tracks: ‘(Can’t You) Trip Like I Do’ (originally recorded for the cult-classic soundtrack Spawn The Album), ‘Jurassitol’ (previously released on The Crow: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), plus remixes of the singles ‘The Best Things (Humble Brothers Remix)’ and ‘Take a Picture (H&H Remix).’ Both the two-LP set, and CD will feature new liner notes by author, journalist, and Side Jams podcast host Bryan Reesman. The expanded digital album also offers five additional rarities, including a live version of ‘Take A Picture,’ ‘The Best Things (Dub Pistols Club Mix)’ and more. The band is streaming one of those tracks, a live version of their smash hit ‘Take a Picture’ live from Hammerstein Ballroom in 1999, which you can hear below. Continue reading


Filter Launches Pledge Music Campaign For New Album


Filter has returned and needs the help of their fans to join in the creative process for their new album. Great news: for the first time in over 20 years, the original founding members – Richard Patrick and Brian Liesegang are making a new Filter album together. Both men have had distinguished careers together and apart, so this is exciting news for Filter fans. The band has launched a Pledge Music campaign (Sevendust, Judas Priest, Collective Soul) where the fans will help with the direction of the material, choose the final album title, and of course, purchase limited edition and custom merch earlier than the release pre-orders. Continue reading


AWOOGA – Conduit


You think I’d have learned with Slugdge. That whole book/cover, band/band name thing is long established by now… So, let me start by saying loud and clear, judge Awooga by their band name maybe not at your peril, but most certainly at your immense loss. Because debut full-length Conduit (Rockosmos) is truly excellent ,and if every person that finds something of interest in the barrage of words I’m about to spew about them goes and checks them out, and passes on the name to a friend or two, we have a chance of getting this quite special new band the coverage they deserve. Continue reading


Rob Halford, Slash, Ace Frehley, David Ellefson And More Perform At Alice Cooper’s Annual Christmas Pudding


Alice Cooper‘s 16th Annual Christmas Pudding benefit concert took place this past weekend in Phoenix, and it was a star-studded event. Continue reading


News: Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Scorpions, Five Finger Death Punch, etc Confirmed For Carolina Rebellion 2016


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Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion has been confirmed for May 6, 7 and 8, 2016 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Confirmed acts so far include:

Disturbed
The Scorpions
Rob Zombie
ZZ Top
Five Finger Death Punch
Shinedown
Deftones
Lynyrd Skynyrd
A Day To Remember
3 Doors Down
Alice Cooper
Bring Me The Horizon
Cypress Hill
Pennywise
Lamb Of God
Megadeth
Ghost
Sixx:A.M.
Anthrax
Collective Soul
Clutch
The Sword
The Struts
Asking Alexandria

Yelawolf
BABYMETAL
Pop Evil
Bullet For My Valentine
P.O.D.
Sevendust
Hellyeah
Between The Buried & Me
Parkway Drive
Black Stone Cherry
Saint Asonia
Trivium
Escape The Fate
August Burns Red
Turbowolf
Enter Shikari
Sick Puppies
Filter
Candlebox
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
New Years Day
Aranda
Thousand Foot Krutch
Red Sun Rising
Texas Hippie Coalition
Hands Like Houses
Code Orange
Failure Anthem
Avatar
Lacey Sturm
The Glorious Sons
From Ashes To New
Wilson
I Prevail
Monster Truck
Audiotopsy
Wild Throne
RavenEye

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Shihad – FVEY


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With a stellar canon in their back pocket, Shihad are arguably New Zealand’s greatest rock export, with five number one albums in their home country and a slew of alternative rock anthems to rely on for their vaunted live performances. While FVEY has been available in the Southern Hemisphere, since August last year, 2015 sees it breaking through the surface in the northern half of our planet via a PledgeMusic campaign.

The first thing to note is that Jaz Coleman (Killing Joke) is once more at the production helm, turning in a crystal clear, juddering sound that particularly suits the heavier, clanking grooves of the opening tracks, of which ‘The Big Lie’ takes the most plaudits with powerful heaves of guitar mugging before Jon Toogood invites you to share in a great chorus. Elsewhere, Coleman adds touches of appropriate class as the adrenaline drains away to more mid-paced lurches as the album progresses, ‘The Great Divide’ in particular touched by the dark rock of Coleman’s day job.

Kicking out the jams with the rockers and a run of songs that are reminiscent of Filter at their loudest, the album turns more brooding as it progresses, while still maintaining sufficient energy to stop matters from tailing off before ‘Model Citizen’ convulses and spits to pick up the aggro, and ‘Wasted In The West’ has a neck-snap that builds to an understated, chorus over a barrel of guitar.

FVEY (or Five Eyes – a reference to an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the US and the UK) adds the nous and cynicism of a band with their heads and foil hats screwed on to the class and depth of seasoned professionals yet manages to avoid sterile songwriting, even though the album pacing could have been helped by one of the rockers appearing later down the order.

At this stage in their twenty-six year career, Shihad could release good albums in their sleep; their stomping intros, questioning verses and intelligent choruses could almost write themselves. Yet their renewed focus and vigour, aided by the cerebral touches of Coleman’s production, answer the question the band themselves pose in ‘Think You’re So Free’, where Toogood hollers “Do you think we’ll wake up?”

Shihad are wide awake, five eyes open, and back at the top of their game.

 

7.5/10

STEVE TOVEY