When Pantera’s album Reinventing The Steel (Elektra Records) was released on March 21st, 2000, no one at the time thought it would be the final album from the band that dominated the metal sphere in the 1990s. But with the break up of the band and the murder of Dimebag Darrell Abbott in 2004, it proved to be their final transmission. Previously announced via Rhino Records, the album is getting a new release with two new versions, featuring an unreleased mix by producer Terry Date. The band has released three songs with the new mix, 30 and will also be available through digital and streaming services. Three of Date’s new mixes “Revolution Is My Name”, “Death Rattle”, and “We’ll Grind That Axe For A Long Time’ you can hear right now. These tracks, from the CD version will be released on October 30th. Also coming early next year, “Reinventing The Steel: 20th Anniversary Edition” will also be released as a double-LP set on silver vinyl that features the new Terry Date mix on one album, plus eight rare bonus tracks making their vinyl debut on the other. Limited to 5,000 copies, the 180-gram audiophile vinyl collection comes in an embossed, foil jacket and will be available on January 8th 2021.
Heavy Metal forefathers Black Sabbath will release a “super deluxe” edition of its classic 1970 album Paranoid on October 8 via Rhino Records. The Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition includes the original album, in addition to a rare 1974 Quad Mix of the album folded down to stereo, plus two concerts from 1970, from Montreux and Brussels, that are pressed on vinyl for the first time. The five-LP set comes with a hardbound book with extensive liner notes featuring interviews with all four band members, rare photos, and memorabilia, a poster, as well as a replica of the tour book sold during the “Paranoid” tour.
Bands rarely take risks anymore. Many times bands stick to an established formula and fear of change or reprisal from fans keeps the sounds regurgitating and prevents real growth. Then you have a band like Stone Temple Pilots, themselves riding the crest of their major 2019 comeback album, self-titled album, and a triumphant world tour that preceded and followed the release. You couldn’t blame them with all the past tumult if they played it safe and made another mostly rocking album to appease the fans. However, on their surprising unplugged album Perdida (Rhino), they did anything but play it safe. Continue reading
One of the hardest things for veteran bands to do is overcome expectations. Especially if you have reached legend status, it’s tough to live up to the hype your own fan base can hang on you. Tougher still is when you have to overcome adversity to do it, and honestly, a lot of acts don’t recover. Stone Temple Pilots have remained musically consistent in their career, even when things didn’t go a planned. If you can name a major rock band that has had two iconic lead singers pass away and recover, let me know. In the end, it’s all about how you battle back. And in that regard STP have proven they have a real punchers temperament on their new self-titled album (Rhino).Continue reading
THIS RULES! Rhino Records have revealed that they will be releasing expanded editions of Sepultura‘s Chaos A.D. and Roots albums on November 3rd. Continue reading