MARCUS KING TO RELEASE DAN AUERBACH PRODUCED DEBUT SOLO ALBUM, ‘EL DORADO‘ON JANUARY 17th 2020 VIA SNAKEFARM RECORDS IN THE UK.
Marcus King today announced the release of his genre-bending debut solo record, ‘El Dorado’ – produced by Grammy Award winner Dan Auerbach; this 12-track release will be available from January 17th 2020 via Snakefarm Records in the UK.
Already a 23-year-old guitar phenomenon, El Dorado is set to further establish Marcus as an innovative songwriter and one of the most soulful voices of his generation. Following numerous sold-out headline shows and triumphant festival performances with The Marcus King Band, Marcus recently announced a 32-date US winter tour in support of the new outing.
El Dorado is a contemporary sonic exploration of classic rock, blues, southern R&B and country-soul, where subtle acoustics and pedal steel shine bright alongside raucous electric guitars and blistering solos. Following their previous collaboration on the song ‘How Long’, from the current Carolina Confessions album (2018), King and Auerbach co-wrote the 12 songs for El Dorado in only three days in the latter’s Easy Eye Sound studio.
On working with Marcus, Dan stated: “Marcus is known by so many as a phenom guitar player, and rightfully so. He’s regularly the best player in the room, hands down. I was equally blown away by the way he can sing – so effortless, so soulful, straight from the heart. He’s a naturally gifted writer too, which was clear straight away. Everything for him is so innate – that’s why he can always go right to the heart of a song and connect in a deeper way. He’s really one of a kind and I’m proud I got to work alongside him on this record.”
Debut single, ‘The Well’, a fuzzy, electric-blues composition which rumbles down the highway like Marcus’ jet black El Dorado, premiered today with Rolling Stone who stated: “The result is an album that expands on King’s established Southern jam-rock sound. On ‘The Well,’ the first song released from ‘El Dorado,’ King embraces the blues, firing off ferocious solos and singing about the fantasy of ‘easy street’. In short, it doesn’t exist, but that doesn’t stop King from pining for better times.”
The song’s lyrics reflect on hard work and hard times.
“When you have a $70 check go bad, you know times are tough,”Marcus recalls, adding, “‘The Well’ for me symbolizes the source of all my influences. It is everything that has happened to me to make me the man I am today.”
Playing professionally since he was 11 years old, Marcus King is a fourth-generation musician who followed in his family’s footsteps. His grandfather was a country guitarist and his father continues to perform live. Marcus’ pursuit of music often made him feel like an outsider, but equally provided comfort, especially when he was 13 and lost a friend during a tragic car crash.
Reflects Marcus: “She was the first girl I had feelings for, that was a really heavy moment, and writing songs was my expression. I also had undiagnosed bipolar disorder and my appearance and interests were not embraced by my educators and their pupils. They were good folks, but it kind of felt like being in prison and all I really needed to learn was music.”
At the age of 23, Marcus King has already been performing live for 15 years, establishing himself as an enthralling world class live music talent. He has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, made his debut at The Grand Ole Opry and performed with Chris Stapleton on a recent US arena tour; he has also played at the Crossroads Guitar Festival (founded by Eric Clapton) and at sold-out headline shows including his namesake event – The Marcus King Band Family Reunion. Previous Marcus King releases have received critical acclaim from the likes of VICE Noisey and Rolling Stone, who described him as an artist you need to know plus an “electrifying rock performer”.
El Dorado was written and recorded at Auerbach’s Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound, with legendary writers including Paul Overstreet, Ronnie Bowman and Pat McLaughlin.
Auerbach also enlisted revered studio musicians including drummer Gene Chrisman and keyboard player Bobby Wood. Their renowned work as members of the American Sound Studio band includes Dusty Springfield’s ‘Son of a Preacher Man’, Elvis Presley’s ‘Suspicious Minds’ and hits by Bobby Womack, Joe Tex & many others.
To celebrate the new Michael Monroe album ‘One Man Gang’ that is released this week we’ve got it reviewed and now we wanted to brighten up your day with something old, something New and something borrowed – Enjoy
Ok, so the title is a lyric from a U2 song about October but thats the closest Dublins favourite son is gonna get to RPM singles club and to be fair he wouldn’t stand a chance with some of this months singles. from multi-platinum recording artists to some of our favourites paying homage to the gods of Metal none the less its another mixed bag of genres but the standard is the usual high bar we like to set. So without further waffle lets plug the jukebox in and do us all a favour…
Down N Outz – This Is How We Roll (UMC) An uptempo rock and rolla from Joe and the boys sees some neat riffola on the verses courtesy of The Quireboys’ Paul Guerin and Guy Griffin. The band are nicely rounded off by Keith Weir (keyboards), Share Ross (Bass, ex Vixen) and Phil Martini (drums, Wayward Sons) Its the first track taken from the album of the same title and it doesn’t really sound too similar to any of the associated bands and is more in tune with Elliott’s love of ’70s glam rock and Mott The Hoople which is never going to be a bad thing. Buy Here
The Drowns – Hold Fast (Pirates Press) Heres the technical piece – this 12“ one-sided record will leave just about any vinyl collector speechless. On first inspection, this may seem like it’s a picture disc, but it’s not! As the leaves in the wreath are actually transparent! This one-sided record is actually digitally printed on the non-groove side, with two separate passes through the machine, creating one very cool (and very limited!) brand new style of 12“ – pressed on real vinyl, sounding great, unlike actual picture discs.
The possibilities are endless for creating eye-catching and powerful releases using this new method of digitally printing on records… pairing this brand new format with a band garnering so much praise and generating so much excitement right now is the perfect fit; and best way to spread the word about both things, fast! Right, got that? Wow it looks cool I’m sure you’ll agree but its no good if its joust going to be a wall hanger but The Drowns Hold Fast is a fuckin’ blinding slice of uplifting punk rock. The video for Hold Fast is below so you can check it out for yourself bu t’Demons’ is gang vocals and air pumping fist raised anthems and if this is a sample of what’s to come then the album is going to be something special.
Prohibition Dead – ‘Let Me Live Or Die’ (Why A Bassist Production) Clearly influenced by Queens Of The Stone Age this French two-piece make enough noise for a whole traditional four-piece band – its catchy has a solid foundation and will appeal to a lot of Jack White fans as well as the more grungy types. Its the second track off their soon to be released EP set for November. Its a decent loud slice of Fuzzy alt-rock so if that’s yer bag and you are partial to some Black Keys and QOTSA then fill yer boots this will please ya. Buy ‘Let Me Live Or Die’ Here
The Hip Priests / Spaceforce – Split (Speedowax) With shit island heading for implosion and the last 45 round-up not having a Hip Priests single included I was beginning to give up hope and was thinking whats the chuffin point then this bad boy turns up. With the finest sleeve to date, it was down to the boyz makin all the noiz to offer up a reason for continuing and they not only give us one track but two and drag along Spaceforce with one for good measure. ‘My Damnation’ and ‘Play It Loud’ are not so much passable little ditties but the latter is a fuckin’ order Play it loud is like Iggy and Ron joining Biff and the boys and kicking out the jams. ‘Play It Loud’ In your neighborhood! too damn right. as for ‘My Damnation’ its total potty mouth and like a heavyweight boxer punching you on the sly right below the belt love the bridge BVs and the solo rips (of course it does). It never gets boring saying it but they simply have no peers in the 45s stakes and there isn’t anyone making records as consistently good as these reprobates.
As for Spaceforce it’s a thankless task really but they hammer away like Maiden when DiAnno was da man (and when they had something to say) on ‘Ignition’ and their take on the Venom classic ‘Black Metal’ has my respect, you gentlemen, are all Hellbound. Black metal and little green men? I fuckin love this shit? Stonker of a single and the artwork is pure fuckin genius. Single of the month and might well be single of the year! How’s that!
BATS – The Call Of Cthulhu (Self Release) With the forthcoming release of their third studio album ‘ALTER NATURE’, this is the first video off the record. A dark as fuck take to be fair noisy, yup we like noisy. Messed up – yup again we like messed up. Twisted, ok you get the picture. It’s their first piece of new music in seven years. I’m still trying to work it out = nutters’.
The Empty Page – ‘You’re Tame'(Punk Fox records) Cats! but wait before we get carried away with the fluffy creatures we do need to tell you this single is available digitally everywhere and also on limited edition splatter 7″ vinyl from Rough Trade and other select indie record stores. The band stated it was an unashamed slice of 90s alt rock in the vein of Veruca Salt or Hole and we say theres nothing to be ashamed of there guys it might indeed have that retro outsider feel to it and the video is rather Terry Christian The Word about it but thats cool. Don’t smother your wild side you Empty Pages just keep being you doing what you do and when it’s as good as this and the previous singles then we’ll keep listening and telling others to follow suit. Do it and aren’t they cuddly? and those cats! (*No musicians were harmed in the making of this video) it’ll be on limited splatter vinyl and have the previous single on the flip side. Cool as.
oso oso “Basking In The Glow” (Counter-Intuitive Records) About to embark on his first UK tour here’s our introduction to Oso Oso with a great piece of guitar pop – power pop if you like it’s catchy and full of that raw guitar-driven pop not a million miles from some of the stuff Butch Walker puts out hows that for a none too shabby name check? . Check it out via the medium of video and just in case you’re curious here are the tour dates for this week coming around England – Oct 16 MARGATE, Elsewhere, Oct 17 BRIGHTON, Green Door Store, Oct 18 MANCHESTER, Deaf Institute, Oct 19 LEEDS, The Key Club, Oct 20 GLASGOW, The Hug & Pint, Oct 22 BIRMINGHAM, Sunflower Lounge, Oct 23 NOTTINGHAM, The Bodega,
Oct 24 LONDON, Boston Music Room, and Oct 25 BRISTOL, Louisiana All tickets are on sale now HERE
Mono In Stereo – ‘Different Kind Of Man’ (Rum Bar Records) Taken from their second album ‘Can’t Stop The Bleeding’ this uplifting honest slice of Heartland rock n roll with attitude it’s infectious like a bit of Springsteen if he recorded after a night on the dark fruits and a fistfight. Great rock n roll is always a good place to be and these cats nail it.
45 Rally – Tweets For My Sweet (Rum Bar Records) Tank tops and ties. Ok, its a first but we’re a broad church. 45 Rally are swinging their pants for sure it’s like some hip house party house band from the swinging ’60s with authentic tambourine backbeat sloppy backing vocals and awesome keyboards. ‘Bigly’ is up first and don’t take too long settling down or you’ll miss it. Like the Fuzztones chirpy brother theres nothing dark here it’s bubblegum garage done very well indeed and all the song titles come from Trump tweets! could have covered an album full from that bulb but an EP will do for starters Garage Rock from Switzerland who’d have thought it?
The Urban Voodoo Machine – Johnny Foreigner (Gypsy Hotel Records) Taken from the compilation album, ‘The Urban Voodoo Machine’s Friends And Family Album Vol 1’ it’s the band’s riposte to the xenophobia and rise in the UK of all things English nationalism and a rise by right-wing extremists that’s indeed been stinking up the place since Brexshit. We love ya Paul-Ronney Angel and of course you can stay, our home is your home, we don’t own this shit island. The Urban Voodoo Machine are as magnificent as ever with their sleazy booze-soaked bop n stroll and yet another must-have track gets added to their repertoire. Facebook
Dirty Sound Magnet – Skull Drawing Rose (Hummus Records) Swiss Psychedelic Rockers Dirty Sound Magnet the latest single from the Album due this week ‘Transgenic’ it isn’t even the longest single we’ve ever had on the 45rpm round-up that title goes to those pesky Hip Priests but this is the first psychedelic progressive Hard Rock song we’ve had entered our charts. Go fill yer boots ya pixie loving flute wielding prog rats.
The Crookeds – Sucker For Pain (Golden Robot Records) Some classic rock leanings add yet more textures to this month’s 45 RPM round up. Australian rockers The Crookeds bring their riff laden rock to the club where they mix up some alt rock with a more classic rock sound. With loud guitars and a Buckley esk soaring vocal. check it out rockers!
Lazybones – Trash Talk (Say Something Records) Inspired by the likes of Black Sabbath, Sex Pistols and Chas & Dave, using a fuzzy bass guitar, an amplified organ and drums, Lazybones create a trashy, unapologetic, to-the-point British sound. and ‘Trash Talk’ is a loud and unapologetic romp. All the way to the chorus its a bumpy ride but when you get there it’s like screaming on top of a mountain like PJ Harvey riding a rocket. You can stream this along with other Lazybones songs on Spotify the band head out around the UK later this month and early next to bosh gig goers over the head with their fuzzed up alt pop – check em out. Here – WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram
A Bunch OF Jerks – Dirt Nap (Rum Bar Records) The first track off their second album has the neat lead single ‘Dirt Nap’ – A snotty spikey slice of Garage punk. Where the gang vocals are young, loud and snotty and they mix up some B52s with a raw punk rock old school. It’s in yer face and will follow you around all night as you find your self shouting “Dirt Nap” at random intervals. This Boston awesome foursome come armed with a full-length (ooh er Mrs.) album where ‘Dirt Nap’ is lifted from and if this is anything to go by we’ll be all over some more of that. Check it out ya punks! Besides they had a song called ’70s Euro Minge’ for fuck’s sake what’s not to like. They obviously have all the right credentials Facebook
The Good The Bad And The Zugly – Staying With the Trouble ( Fysisk Format) What nice guys GBZ are. Offering to hold ones hand whilst we navigate these troubled times. Always great to hear what these loons are up to and they’ve not made a bad record yet. With this being the first peek at what’s to come on the new album ‘Algorithm & Blues’ it sounds a little restrained if I’m honest (in a good way obviously) Its anthemic and will make for a wonderful experience live I’m sure of that. Norway is delivering some fantastic bands and music at the minute and These bad boys are at the top of the pile now get your ears around this and pre-order the album because they’re touring early next year. I’m staying with the trouble and they can hold my hand any day. Facebook
Territories – Quit This City/Defender (Pirates Press Records) Wow, what a stunner this is to wrap up this singles Club. Hailing from Calgary and following on from their debut long-player last summer these two songs just blew me away. Its heartfelt chest-beating punk rock these longtime friends have been cutting their teeth for quite a while around Western Canada and since that debut album they’ve been building up a head of steam to this point and from the quiet intro of electric guitar and voice we then break out and deliver a stunning rousing single in ‘Quit This City’.
As the band gear up for their first jaunt to play Rock The Boat this will more than confirm their qualities and worthy place for being on that ship and kicking ass. I hope it won’t be a case of man overboard as the audience won’t be able to stay still when this erupts. The B side might be more solid paced with its thumping, driving bass line its so good I couldn’t resist digging into the bands back catalogue. Exciting times ahead. Go check em out and tell em RPM sent ya! Facebook
Last year I described the debut Cutthroat Brothers self-titled debut album as “ dirtier than a teenager’s mind” and less than twelve months later, Jason and Donny are back with a taste for all things evil. Are they still that nasty? Hell yeah !!
Twenty six minutes of the Devil’s own music, recorded and mixed over four days in Seattle Washington, with Jack Endino back stroking the knobs….. what’s not to like?
First up, the title track, ‘Taste for Evil’ starts where last year’s debut LP left off. Flat driving drums and stripped down dirty guitar, pure Jesus and Mary Chain . Thankfully ‘Shake, Move, Howl, Kill’ is more of the same, a kind of dirty double scoop of the most evil dessert.
I like ‘Out of Control’ a lot. It’s simple, straightforward and as cool as fuck. Next up ‘Wrong’ is so right with it’s rockabilly undercurrent. Is it a happy song ? Hell no !!
‘Black Candle’ has a pretty mean groove. A zombie dance tune for the apocalypse. And on we go. With ‘Medicine’ and Jason says relapse! Maximum groove, maximum cool. Say ‘perhaps’ to drugs kids.
‘Killing Time’ time is in danger of being up-tempo, while “Candy Cane” steams along like Satan’s own express train. ‘Get Haunted’ has a sweet riff and a groove that’ll earn the pole dancers of the undead tons of tips.
Side two closer “The King is Dead” is a moody beast and deserves to be the go-to tune for any self respecting serial killer’s hobby. You can almost hear the screams !!!
So there you go, a stripped-down review for a beautifully stripped-down album. Ten songs about sex, death, drugs and black magic, all drenched in blood and much like with their debut album….. Think Jesus and Mary Chain, think Cramps, think DEVIL’S MUSIC !!!!!
Hound Gawd! Records have the pleasure of releasing this fine slice of plastic this Halloween on vinyl, CD and in digital form.
The internet will tell you all you need to know about The Cutthroat Brothers. Go there and bully them into playing your town…..
08.11. DE / Berlin / Wild at Heart | 09.11. DE / Cologne / Sonic Ballroom | 10.11. BE / Liége / Prince Bishop Fest | 13.11. DE / Dortmund / Subrosa | 15.11. NL / Groningen / Vera | 16.11. NL / Den Haag / Musicon | 18.11. BE / Wunsdorf / Küsters Hof | 20.11. DE / Frankfurt / Dreikönigskeller | 22.11. NL / Diksmuide / 4AD | 23.11. DE / Hamburg / Monkeys Music Club and more to come..
ANNIHILATOR– A name that should not need an introduction in the METAL World but, for those who need one: this is a METAL band that started in Canada in late 1984 and since then, ANNIHILATOR has been touring and releasing records (selling millions of Albums to date), non-stop, for 30 years. January 24, 2020 marks the release of their 17thStudio Album, BALLISTIC, SADISTIC.
The belligerent and pugnacious first single, “I AM WARFARE”, is available now and can be streamed here
Cited by bands in the likes of Megadeth, Pantera, Dream Theater, Children Of Bodom, Lamb of God, Opeth, Trivium and many, many more as having some influence on their music, guitarist/vocalist JEFF WATERS (Annihilator’s founder, producer and song-writer) and ANNIHILATOR have continued to tour the world, year after year, whilst consistently putting out high-quality true-metal music.
Written, performed, engineered and produced by none other than Waters himself, BALLISTIC, SADISTIC was recorded at the brand new, state of the art, WATERSOUND STUDIOS UK, in Durham earlier this year.
“Almost every artist, initially, loves the songs they create. They are like your babies! In my case, it is difficult to be the main writer/producer and stay fresh, come up with new ideas or make old one’s better and I am well aware of that. Since “we” love what we do, we can be blinded to just how good or bad a song or record really is. Time will tell. Press, fans, band members, label, etc… They ALL will tell you what they think and, in their own ways, they are usually right!” Said Waters. “In this case, I throw that nonsense in the garbage and can tell you that we have made a record that is angry, technical, back to the first 3 records vibes and it is going to be difficult to continue writing another record after releasing this one!! Best record I’ve made since 2005’s Schizo Deluxe and I think many will argue that this new one is in the top 3. From the ‘Stonewall-esque’ track “PSYCHO WARD” to the haunting “I AM WARFARE”, the pissed-off “THE ATTITUDE” to the aggression and old-school technicality of “OUT WITH THE GARBAGE”, the record is like this: take the Alice, Neverland and Set The World On Fire records, make them angry, combine the old-school production with modern hi-tech studio gear, then add the best guitar work I didn’t know I still had in me, and you’ve got the best we could possibly offer. I honestly cannot wait for everyone to hear this.”
It takes a long time to reach legendary status, and no one can dispute that ANNIHILATOR and Jeff Waters are inspirations, teachers, legends and a force showing what hard work and love of your craft can bring to the world. It’s about the music. Nothing else. BALLISTIC, SADISTICwill be available as a Limited Edition Digipak, Coloured Vinyl and Digital formats.
Unstoppable and relentless, ANNIHILATOR will now embark on a 43 date, 18 country, European Tour, which will kick-off at Newcastle’s Riverside on October 12th.
SEE ANNIHILATOR (JEFF WATERS, AARON HOMMA, RICH HINKS & FAIO ALESSANDRINI) ON TOUR:
12 OCT – Riverside – Newcastle (UK)
13 OCT – Slay – Glasgow (UK)
15 OCT – Rebellion – Manchester (UK)
16 OCT – Steelmill – Wolverhampton (UK)
18 OCT – Pumpe – Kiel (DE)
19 OCT – Tivoli – Bremen (DE)
20 OCT – Zeche – Bochum (DE)
22 OCT – Luxor – Köln (DE)
23 OCT – Victorie – Alkmaar (NL)
24 OCT – Hedon – Zwolle (NL)
25 OCT – Biebob – Vosselaar (BE)
26 OCT – Underworld – London (UK)
27 OCT – Le Petit Bain – Paris (FR)
29 OCT – Illyade – Grenoble (FR)
30 OCT – Le Metronum – Toulouse (FR)
31 OCT – Santana 27 – Bilbao (ES)
01 NOV – Sala Mon – Madrid (ES)
02 NOV – Rock City – Valencia (ES)
03 NOV – Razzmatazz 2 – Barcelona (ES)
05 NOV – Locomotiv – Bologna (IT)
06 NOV – Legend Club – Milan (IT)
07 NOV – Kofmehl – Solothurn (CH)
08 NOV – Kaminwerk – Memmingen (DE)
09 NOV – Explosiv – Graz (AT)
10 NOV – Boogaloo – Zagreb (HR)
11 NOV – SKC Fabrika – Novi Sad (RS)
13 NOV – Havana Club – Tel Aviv (IL)
15 NOV – Fuzz Club – Athens (GR)
16 NOV – Principal Club – Thessaloniki (GR)
17 NOV – Joy Station – Sofia (BG)
19 NOV – Quantic Club – Bucharest (RO)
20 NOV – Form Space – Cluj-Napoca (RO)
21 NOV – Barba Negra – Budapest (HU)
22 NOV – Szene – Wien (AT)
23 NOV – Kwadrat – Krakow (PL)
24 NOV – Proxima – Warsaw (PL)
26 NOV – Lido – Berlin (DE)
27 NOV – Colos Saal – Aschaffenburg (DE)
28 NOV – Hirsch – Nürnberg (DE)
29 NOV – F-Haus – Jena (DE)
30 NOV – Substage – Karlsruhe (DE)
02 NOV – Red Club – Moscow (RU)
03 NOV – Club Zal – Sankt Petersburg (RU)
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗥𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗞𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆 – 𝗜𝗻 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗢𝗻 𝗡𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟲𝘁𝗵 – Uncompromising and unmissable, this one-night-only event features the short film paired with a full concert performance and a cinema-exclusive welcome from the band.
For nearly four decades, Slayer’s onslaught has proven them to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet – the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to. With their place in music history secure, Slayer – Tom Araya, Kerry King, Gary Holt and Paul Bostaph – in conjunction with Trafalgar Releasing, Nuclear Blast Records and Prime Zero Productions, will unleash the Slaytanic offensive on the big screen when “Slayer: The Repentless Killogy” debuts in movie theatres around the world on November 6, 2019. Uncompromising and unmissable, this one-night-only event will feature the short film paired with Slayer’s entire performance filmed at its August 5, 2017 concert at the Los Angeles Forum.
Revenge, murder, bloodshed and retribution. “Slayer: The Repentless Killogy” short film was written and directed by BJ McDonnell, who conceived and directed the three brutal music videos – “You Against You,” “Repentless,” and “Pride in Prejudice”- for Slayer’s final studio album Repentless (2015).
The “Repentless Killogy” motion picture begins with the powerful short narrative film that brings together the music of Slayer and the grisly story they wanted to tell. Opening with the trilogy of music videos assembled as one chronological storyline, we are introduced to the narrative’s main character Wyatt, a former Neo Nazi associated with “The Hand Brotherhood,” a gang whose signature mark was a bloody handprint left after a murder had taken place. Prior to the first music video, Wyatt had left the gang after he fell in love with Gina. The two had gone into hiding to escape his gruesome past and start a family, but The Hand Brotherhood was not going to allow that to happen, and Gina, pregnant with their first child, was savagely murdered as Wyatt was forced to look on. The film then segues into the present-time narrative that sees Wyatt on the run from law enforcement and the Nazi gang, but now dedicated to eliminating The Hand Brotherhood and seeking retribution wherever he can.
“The Repentless Killogy” stars many of the actors who appeared in the original video series: Jason Trost (“Beats of Rage,” “Hatchet III”) as Wyatt, Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk Til Dawn”), Richard Speight (“Band of Brothers,” “Supernatural”), Derek Mears (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Jessica Pimentel (“Orange Is The New Black”), Tyler Mane (“X-Men,” “Halloween !!”), Bill Moseley (“The Devil’s Rejects,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2”), Caroline Williams (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2,” “Sharknado 4”), and Sean Whalen (“Twister,” “The People Under The Stairs”).
Part two of “The Repentless Killogy” features Slayer’s entire live set performed at the Los Angeles Forum on August 5, 2017, and was directed by Wayne Isham who has directed videos for artists including Metallica, Foo Fighters, Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, and Britney Spears. Presented in front of one of the most striking stage productions of the band’s career, Slayer performs fan-favorites including “South of Heaven,” “War Ensemble,” “Mandatory Suicide,” “Dead Skin Mask,” “Raining Blood,” and “Angel of Death.”
The new album ‘New Day Rising’ will be released on 08-Nov-2019. All pre-orders will be fulfilled by release date and the band have some shirt / CD combo bundles available Here
‘New Day Rising’ is Eleven tracks of riff fueled, feel-good Rock and Roll. From Guitar heavy grooves to Motown flavoured ballads, this album takes the listener on an emotional rollercoaster of love. hate, heartbreak, and revenge. The album was recorded, produced and mixed by Leigh Fuge at his own studio. Rather than sit on the record the band decided to self-finance and self release their comeback to the music world. That wait is almost over and you can find out what all the fuss is about by securing your copy at the link above you’ll also get one track immediately as a download.
AFM Records are extremely excited to announce the new album ‘Killection’ from the acclaimed Finnish Hard Rock/Heavy Metal monsters LORDI! ‘Killection’ will hit the streets 31st January 2020 and this, the tenth album in the band’s history, has turned out to be the most extraordinary and varied album so far. Rock/Heavy Metal monsters LORDI were founded in 1992 by lead singer, songwriter, visual art designer and costume designer Mr. Lordi. The band has deep Finnish roots originating from the city of Rovaniemi in Lapland. In 2006 they celebrated their international breakthrough by winning the Eurovision Song Contest (‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’). But is it possible that this is only a pale misperception of our poor, limited reality? What if LORDI would have already been making music since the early 70’s? And what if they have been releasing one hit single after the other since those times and now, almost 50 years later, are looking back on a full collection of songs that have been successful ever since? This is exactly the idea that LORDI are executing with their newest studio album Killection.
Killection will be released on January 31st via AFM Records. Once more Mr. Lordi, the master of the masquerade, presents us with one of his ideas, absurd and genius at the same time, and comes up with a concept that has never been done before in the music industry: This is a compilation album that simply says “what if” LORDI had been in existence since the early 70’s. It contains all their imaginary hit singles from different periods done with painstaking attention to detail using authentic studios and vintage technology. This is how they would have sounded if LORDI had made music back then and therefore would have had the hit material to release this compilation now. This is how Mr. Lordi himself sums it up: “Killection is a fictional compilation album. It contains songs that LORDI would have written between the early ’70s through the mid-’90s. The compilation contains one “brand new” song from 2019 as well, cause that’s somehow always typical for compilations.“
Lethargy formed in 2000,and after nearly ten years of silence, a
new album emerges. Why now you might ask? A band that
offered much promise was signed to Powerage Records (Established by Classic Rock Magazine in 2010.) Following UK tours and festival appearances, and two albums that appeared in Classic Rock magazine’s Top 50 Albums of the year, Lethargy took an unannounced hiatus. By this time the band had been around for 12 years and the harsh realities of the music industry and the demise of Powerage Records had set in, leading the band to a crossroad. Prior to this hiatus, the band entered Mwnci Studios and The Boneyard Studios in West Wales with producer Will Maya (The Answer.) Until now the master tapes have remained in a box on a studio shelf. As the band is still lifelong friends they decided all the blood sweat and tears put into the album deserved to finally be heard. So here we are at the tail end of 2019 with the release of ‘After All This Has Gone’.
The album kicks off with the really riff-heavy and aggressive ‘Amphetamine’ now, straight away I thought had these boyos been from LA or Seattle then I’m confident that they would be clutching platinum records and gold discs. The sound is polished but it’s got grit and some dirt under the fingernails as well. As far as openers go this is impressive.
One of the things that shine through is whilst the record is heavy as fuck there is plenty of melodies and the songs are varied and boring they aren’t. They obviously worked hard on the harmonies within the band and the final result has paid off. The next few tracks pay testimony to this theory with ‘Redefine’ sounding like something Ozzy would have pushed his Mrs off a malibu cliff to have had in his repertoire several years ago when he was recording new music.
Having more than one able vocalist in the band is a plus you’ve got that variety as ‘It Ends Abruptly’ rides in on a strong Stone Temple Pilots groove with those gang vocals shining through. ‘Strike The Sky’ has more than a tip of the hat to Faith No More with some soaring vocals and a riff that’s heavier than a fuckin’ anvil. By the middle of the album ‘Dusk Is A Time For The Eyes’ and a slower more purposeful, measured number that lets the listener take stock. Another strong point is the songs are in the main about the four-minute mark which keeps them focussed and stops the temptation for the band to noodle off on a tangent which can often be the downfall for a lot of bands in this field of Rock.
‘Electric Sin’ is built on a riff (oh right you don’t say) and sounds like a dozen guitars are playing a symphony of riffola as it slows down to a grind but if this were sped up would be classic NYHC such is the fine lines. ‘No Horizen’ would have Wildhearts fans wetting their collective undergarments if this were on one of their records.
Now I did compliment the boys on their restraint with regards to the song lengths but to put a full stop they go and prove me wrong with an epic six-minute ‘Low Tide’ that meanders, ebbs and flows but to be fair didn’t feel almost six minutes and it did add another layer to the bombastic Riff Fest that a lot of this album is about. If you’re after guitars and strong vocals with a post-grunge meets Heavy Rock then this might well be your album. If you like any of the bands and styles I’ve mentioned then you will love this album ‘After All This Has Gone’ should see the band reignite a flickering flame into a blazing inferno. Lethargy are back and they’ve come out swinging and I’m still puzzled why these have sat for so long unreleased thank God that’s not the case anymore.