Archive for the ‘Single Of The Week’ Category

Breaking Benjamin is one of those bands that has had it’s ups and downs which included the band taking a hiatus and not seeing new music released for six years. I have to give it to the fans of this band because they waited and they made 2015’s Dark Before Dawn a huge success for the band and now the band has a brand new album entitled Ember which will be released in 2018. To keep fans satisfied until the album is officially released the band has provided us with the first single of the album in the very atmospheric track Red Cold River. While the track may be atmospheric in nature, it has some real heavy elements to it that make it a cool track to check out. Vocalist/guitarist Benjamin Burnley’s vocals on the track can go from being intense to very melodic and I loved it. The band will be going on a month long tour with Bullet For My Valentine and Avenged Sevenfold and Synyster Gates talked about it saying, “We’ve been friends with these guys for a long time. Bullet for My Valentine, we’re bros. We’ve been in the trenches with those guys. My god, the fact that both bands are still around blows my fucking mind. They’re the coolest dudes and obviously we’re super fans of the music and the genres make sense. Breaking Benjamin, talk about songwriting, I mean, some of the greatest songwriters of the modern era. And, obviously it’s a little heavier. So to bring a pretty unique package you got super heavy, then there’s us and whatever the fuck that is and then really super strong songwriting through that hard rock filter.” Check out the track below:

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One of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time is none other than Birmingham, England’s own Judas Priest. Judas Priest is a band that deserves so much credit as far as the metal world is concerned and the fact that they were snubbed by the rock and roll hall of fame is ludicrous. Nonetheless, the band took all of 2017 off to ensure that they would deliver a brand new album that was co-produced by Tom Allom (his first since 1988’s Ram It Down) and Andy Sneap (his first effort) called Firepower.  Rob Halford talked about the pairing of the two saying, “Tom Allom has got this classic metal thing and Andy [Sneap] is a bit more of a ‘modern metal producer’ but his thinking is a little bit different to Tom’s. And I think to get this balance between that classic old school metal to what Andy’s world is was just a remarkable coalescence.” The first track that was unleashed off the album is the song Lightning Strike and upon first listen you can hear old school Judas Priest all over the track. The track has me excited for what Firepower will offer when it comes out March 9TH via Epic. You can pre-order the album now by going here, but for now check out the track below:

As always we are feeling generous and it is Christmas Eve after all so we have your Metal single of the week for you guys. One question though, what happens when you mix the Black Sabbath of Asia with one of the New Wave Of American Metal’s most celebrated singer and you put on a soundtrack to a cool Taiwanese film? Well, I have the answer for all of you guys and it’s a kick ass track called Souls Of The Revolution which is from the film Tshiong and is by the band Chthonic and it features Randy Blythe with some guest vocals. Oh by the way, the band and Randy Blythe are also in the movie. According to Loudwire, “Tshiong tells the story of a man from the countryside, A-tek (played by Tsai Chang-hsien), who decides to go to Taipei to seek help from Chthonic when his village faces a malicious development project. Along the way, he becomes Chthonic’s driver. Being a naïve fan of Chthonic, he believed the band members were akin to superheroes and would fight the injustice befalling his village, but gradually he discovers that they are not as courageous as he thought.” Check out the track below and the trailer for the film below that.

bvbIt’s Christmas Eve which means all of you should just about be getting into the Christmas spirit or else you’ll have the Krampus on your tail. Nevertheless, I know one band that has decided to get into the Christmas spirit and that band is the wildly popular Black Veil Brides. Last year around the same time, the band had unleashed a single on to the world by the name of The Outsider which had fans clinging on to the hopes of a new record in 2017. Now here we are and the band has just unleashed a new single entitled The Last One and has promised that an album will be released in 2018 by the name of Vale. The track starts off making you think that it’s going to be a piano driven track until the twin guitar duo of Jinxx and Jake Pitts take over in this hard charging high octane track. When talking about the album, Andy Biersack said, “The central narrative once again finds ‘The Wild Ones’ characters facing the challenge of moving on from the pain and anguish of their past and looking to a new chapter in their lives. This concept is one that is near to my heart and I believe will resonate with those that find themselves cast on the fringe of society.” The album will be released on January 12 and you can pre-order it here. The band is also heading out on the road in a co-headlining trek with Asking Alexandria and you can check out all the tour dates below.

Black Veil Brides/Asking Alexandria Tour

01/10 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Complex
01/11 – Denver, Colo. @ Fillmore Auditorium
01/12 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
01/13 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Myth Live
01/15 – St. Louis, Mo. @ The Pageant
01/17 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Stage AE – Indoor
01/18 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ 20 Monroe Live
01/19 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Eagles Club Stage
01/20 – Chicago, Ill. @ Riviera Theatre
02/02 – Worcester, Mass. @ Palladium
02/03 – Portland, Maine @ State Theatre
02/04 – Montreal, Quebec @ M Telus
02/05 – Toronto, Ontario @ Rebel
02/07 – Norfolk, Va. @ The NorVa
02/08 – New York, N.Y. @ Terminal 5
02/09 – Baltimore, Md. @ Rams Head Live
02/10 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Electric Factory
02/12 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Tabernacle
02/13 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Marathon Music Works
02/14 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
02/16 – Dallas, Tex. @ Gas Monkey Live
02/17 – Houston, Tex. @ House of Blues
02/19 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ El Rey Theater
02/20 – Tempe, Ariz. @ The Marquee
02/22 – Boise, Idaho @ Knitting Factory Concert House
02/23 – Portland, Ore. @ Roseland Theater
02/24 – Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox SoDo
02/25 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Vogue Theatre
02/27 – Spokane, Wash. @ Knitting Factory Concert House
03/01 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Warfield Theatre
03/02 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ House of Blues

Some of you out there may know who MGT is and some of you may not know who they are. Last year, the band which is made up of namesake and former The Mission guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite, The Awakening’s Ashton Nyte, and Killing Joke’s Paul Ferguson on drums recorded a cover of ABBA’s Knowing Me Knowing You with Ville Valo of HIM. Now the supergroup of sorts is back with a new album Gemini Nyte and they have a brand new song for us to hear in All The Broken Things. Together, the band brings back the hay days of Goth Rock/darkwave with the brand new track intact with all the cool guitar licks and the driving bass riffs. Mark talks about the track saying, “All the Broken Things’ was one of the first songs that Ashton and I wrote after our initial collaborations on the MGT debut album Volumes in 2015 and we knew it should be the first single from our new album when we performed it live on tour this summer and saw how well it was received. Strident and commanding, it’s a real statement of intent and indicator of the heavier vibe of the new album. It was also an honor to get one of our favorite drummers, Paul Ferguson of Killing Joke, to play on the songs — he totally rocks it. Any fans of our work together on the last album will love this new record.” Check out the track below:

220px-MakdcoverAs you can see above is that we have also split the Single Of The Week post into two with one for rock and one for metal. One of the most punishing bands that I have been lucky to witness in a live setting is the one and only Morbid Angel who return with a brand new album that comes out tomorrow (December 1ST) in Kingdom Disdained (their first since 2011) and it features one of their former members in Steve Tucker who returned to take over bass/vocal duties in 2015. Earlier in the year, the band had unleashed Piles Of Little Arms which let fans know that the band was not finished after their previous effort Illud Divinum Insanus  was considered a failure. Now the band has released a second single of the album in For No Master which continues the notion that there is still plenty left in the tank for the Death Metal legends. The track is punishing and unforgiving as new drummer Scott Fuller lets you know that he is there with his excellent drum riffs while Trey Azagthoth melts your face off with his guitar shredding. It doesn’t get any better than this, can it?  I guess we’ll have to listen to the new album to find out! Check out the track below:

Zakk Wylde may be one of the greatest guitarists in metal history and it may go down like that when it is all said and done. While touring with his Black Sabbath cover band Zakk Sabbath in 2017, the year has been a busy one for him. He has gotten back with the man that brought him into the business in Ozzy Osbourne and now he has a brand new album that he is bracing to release in 2018 entitled Grimmest Hits. he has decided to give us an early Christmas present when he unleashed the track All That Once Shined for all of us to listen to. When you check out the track, you can tell that Zakk is boasting his love for Black Sabbath and the doom metal genre that the legends started. The track is absolutely laced with it and it kicks ass. I also love the way Zakk is singing now a days because it sounds like a combo of Ozzy and Alice In Chains. You should definitely give this track a listen and prepare for the album as they get ready to release it on January 19, 2018. You can pre-order the album by going here or get the digital version here. Check it out below: