Archive for the ‘Single Of The Week’ Category

kreatorWhen you think of iconic thrash metal bands, you would instantly name the Big Four of Thrash Metal and all of it’s members, but meanwhile in Germany the era of Teutonic Thrash was being born as well called The Big Teutonic Four of Thrash (Sodom, Destruction, Tankard, and Kreator). While all of the bands remain active even to this day, I only know of one releasing a brand new album in 2020 in Sodom, while this week’s Metal Single Of The Week comes from Kreator who are gearing up to release a live album in 2020 entitled London Apocalypticon – Live at the Roundhouse. The band has unleashed a track from the live album and it’s their track Satan Is Real which comes from the band’s previous studio album 2017’s Gods Of Violence. The studio version is fierce and in your face bone crushing metal, but the live track is not far behind as it perfectly catches all of that into a live recording which is amazing. This very London show was the last show on the long trek that featured Dimmu Borgir, Hatebreed, and Bloodbath. Singer/Lead Guitarist Mike Petrozza said, “Hordes! Welcome to London Apocalypticon’! This is the culmination of a long and epic touring cycle in support of Gods Of Violence’ — over 150 shows, five continents and many amazing memories made! We’re very proud to share this amazing piece of KREATOR history with you; three professionally shot shows, plus professionally mixed and mastered audio; all of which has been meticulously laboured over to produce the best-ever KREATOR live release! But if this is still not enough for you…you can witness the real thing this spring when we embark on the ‘State Of Unrest’ tour with the mighty LAMB OF GOD and POWER TRIP! Respect!” Check out the track below:

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bvbHopefully all of you celebrated safely what you were most thankful for on Thanksgiving, but as chaotic as Black Friday is there was one band that was willing to make it exciting. Questions were up in there as to the future of Black Veil Brides as far as who was going to replace Ashley Purdy on bass for the band and they answered that by announcing that Lonny Eagleton, who was the bassist for Andy Biersack’s solo band Andy Black would be the replacement. Now with Eagleton in the fold, the band decided to unveil their latest ep, The Night EP, in what the band is calling as part of a series of duologoies where they will release EP’s instead of full albums (I can only assume) and it is the first release from the band on their new label Sumerian Records. In an interview witrh Alt. Press Biersack told them, “With the feeling of nostalgia on this one, going back into the time when we were doing the rerecord [of We Stitch These Wounds]. The idea was to add two songs that felt very much like the band that we were in the past and maybe strayed away from [and] return to that form. Quite honestly, when you’ve been a band as long as we have and put out five full-length records, EPs and everything else, you want to do new stuff. I think this is a model that we’re really excited about, and moving forward, it’s a sustainable model that we can do, something that allows us to write songs together and release music, do music videos and artwork, bring it to people and say, ‘This is the new thing.’ And then half a year later, there’s another new thing.” The track I chose for the Rock Single Of The Week is the Avenged Sevenfold tinged Vengeance which is the better of the two tracks in my opinion. Check out the video below for the track and be on the lookout for more music from Black Veil Brides as it comes.

ozzy straight to hell2019 looked like a very gloomy year for the prince of darkness Ozzy Osbourne, but the last couple of weeks and months have been quite eventful for him. From his collaboration with Post Malone to the announcement of a solo album and brand new single in nearly ten years. I think it’s safe to say that Ozzy has finished 2019 on a strong note and just to let you know he also appears on stage for the first time I believe in a year when he joins Post Malone on stage at The American Music Awards this Sunday night. Today was another huge day for music releases as we get a couple of interesting covers from Marilyn Manson and Evanescence, but we also get a brand new track from Ozzy in Straight To Hell which will appear on his upcoming solo release Ordinary Man due out sometime early 2020. The special thing about the track is not only does it feature Duff McKagan of Guns N Roses, but Slash makes an appearance on the track as well and I believe this is only the 3rd time they have worked together. The track is definitely different than the previous single Under The Graveyard in where it is a more straightforward rock track sounding closer to bands like Clutch and High On Fire (musically that is). Check out the new single Straight To Hell and be on the lookout for the new album.

Love Me To DeathSuicide Silence is one of those bands that took a lot of crap over the sound and clean singing that was on an album that I personally loved in the self titled fifth album that came out in 2017. Now, we fast forward two years later and the band is ready to shut their haters the f**k up as they turn the volume and the intensity up in this week’s Metal Single Of The Week and the band’s brand new single Love Me To Death. The track is the fourth song on the band’s upcoming sixth album Become The Hunter and it goes right back to the band’s Deathcore roots which means it’s going to deliver some blunt force trauma to all the naysayers. The album comes out on February 14, 2020 via Nuclear Blast Records and the album was produced by the great Steve Evetts who has produced albums by Hatebreed, Sepultura, and more while the album was mixed by Josh Wilbur (Trivium/Gojira) and mastered by the one and only Ted Jensen (Pantera/Slipknot). Believe me as soon as you hit play on the player below, you will be a fan of the track so check it out and check out the artwork below and the track listing too.

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Become The Hunter Tracklisting:

1. Meltdown
2. Two Steps
3. Feel Alive
4. Love Me to Death
5. In Hiding
6. Death’s Anxiety
7. Skin Tight
8. The Scythe
9. Serene Obscene
10. Disaster Valley
11. Become the Hunter

time bomb singleAt one time there was no one bigger in bringing back an element of Nu Metal than Hollywood’s own Hollywood Undead. Through all the band member changes and losses, the group is still here and they are looking to end 2019 in style as they gear up for the release of their sixth studio album New Empire, Vol. 1 on February 14, 2020 through their new label Dove & Grenade. The band has already unleashed the track Already Dead and now they are releasing their latest single Time Bomb which also happens to kick the album off. The group definitely grows in the new single, but it features that same kind of intensity that the band is known for which is nice to see that they haven’t lost that.Johnny 3 Tears talked about the album saying, “This album is our attempt at reimagining Hollywood Undead, not just a new sound for this release, but a new sound for the band altogether. Our goal from the outset was to make music that stands alone from our other albums, yet seamlessly fits with what we’ve made before. Building upon the old to create a new sound and a New Empire.” If you would like to pre-order the album, you can do so by clicking here. Otherwise, check out Time Bomb below:

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Track Listing For New Empire, Vol. 1

1. Time Bomb
2. Heart of a Champion
3. Already Dead
4. Empire
5. Killin’ It
6. Enemy
7. Upside Down
8. Second Chances
9. Nightmare

king diam masquerade singleFor the last 40 years, there has been no one better in the world of conceptual horror and metal music then Denmark’s King Diamond. Whether it was in Mercyful Fate or on his own, King Diamond has delivered some of the most amazing stories through his music and he has always stayed true to his style since day one. Now it has been 12 years since the last time we heard new music from King Diamond which was 2007’s Give Me Your Soul…Please and a lot has happened since then, but he has back now with brand new music in the track Masquerade of Madness which is classic King Diamond to the core from the eerie feeling to the mixture of high pitched wails and low growls, and the monstrous guitar riffs that shake you to your very core. The track is the first single off the forthcoming 2020 release The Institute which if it’s anything like this track then it promises to be an absolute banger. As of right now, King Diamond is currently on tour, but in 2020, he promises to be apart of the Mercyful Fate reunion that is slated to happen. So stay tuned here for more information as it becomes available to us including the release date of the new album. Otherwise, check out the track below and bang those heads.

ozzy under the grave yardIt has been ten long years since the last time we had a single from the Prince Of Darkness, the Godfather of Metal himself Ozzy Osbourne. In 2010, he had released the album Scream with Guitarist Gus G and the album’s success was short lived. Fast forward ten years later and Ozzy has already recorded an album with Black Sabbath (13), did a farewell tour with them, and recorded a single with Rap artist Post Malone (Take What You Want). Ozzy has also had some downs to go with he ups as he had to cancel the rest of his farewell tour in 2018 due to some complications to pneumonia that sidelined the legend, but it was the recording with Post Malone that gave Ozzy hope again as he had a blast working with Post’s produce Andrew Watt. He had so much fun with Andrew Watt that he decided to record a solo album with him playing guitar and rounding out the band was Duff McKagan (GNR) on Bass and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on drums. There are reports that are saying that even Ozzy is calling this new album the best work he has ever done and when you listen to Under The Graveyard (This week’s rock single of the week) which is the latest single, you are hopeful for the rest of the album. Ozzy himself sounds absolutely amazing on the track that isn’t your prototypical ozzy song. There is a lot of alt-rock influence in it and you can hear the inspiration for Post Malone’s track in this one. My only problem with the song is the initial guitar solo which is way too fuzzy for my liking, but we’ll see how Zakk Wylde (who had nothing to do with the album) interprets it live. Check out the single below:

exhorder singleWhen you think of Groove Metal, the first band that pops into the minds of most metal heads is that of Dallas, TX’s Pantera. After all, they made the genre popular and they took it to new heights back in the 90’s, but what if I told you there was a band that pre-dated them in the groove metal genre. Would you believe me? Well, you should because the band that is considered the progenitors of the groove metal scene is none other than New Orleans Exhorder. The Groove metal titans returned to action back in 2016 when they reunited and now in 2019 have released their first album in 27 years (The Law was the last one) in Mourn The Southern Skies which was released on September 20TH via Nuclear Blast Records and was produced by Duane Simoneaux. The lineup now features former Superjoint Ritual guitarist Marzi Montazeri, Jason Viebrooks (Heathen) on bass, Forbidden’s Sasha Horn on Drums with vocalist Kyle Thomas and guitarist Vinnie LaBella as the only two from the original lineup that returned. The track I am presenting to you is the title track which is a nine minute epic that starts off very ominously with wind in the background as a clean channel guitar plays before Kyle Thomas comes in. The track does not disappoint as they bring the thunder and you should check it out below:

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sixx am singleThe Opioid crisis in America is real and it’s absolutely no joking matter because I myself know at least 4 people I was close with at one time that has passed away and is just another victim of the opioid crisis. That is why it is my pleasure to make Sixx: A.M.’s new single Talk To Me this week’s Rock Single Of The Week. Nikki Sixx has really taken the bull by the horns on this subject matter as he is a board member of the Global Recovery Initiative Foundation. Their mission reads as, “#TalktoMe is a movement by the National Opioid Action Coalition to use the power of conversation to overcome the stigma plaguing opioid use disorder. Join us in the conversation at http://www.noac.org.” That message accompanies the new track that gives various situations of when Doctors and various situations had gone wrong. Earlier this year, Johnson & Johnson were forced to pay out over 570 million dollars to the state of Oklahoma in their involvement in the crisis there. In an interview on MSNBC, Nikki commented saying, “This is a fantastic ruling in my opinion, but the question is ‘what’s going to happen with the money? I hope that it’s used for organizations to help with treatment facilities and to help, also, erase the stigma of addiction.”

sixx amNikki goes on to recount a situation where he was prescribed Opiates, “I just had my right shoulder reconstructed from years of performing and for six days, I had to take pain medication to get through that. I was prescribed that, I took it for the right reasons and then I got off of it. There are purposes for it, but if doctors are overprescribing and they just keep giving and giving and the pharmaceutical companies aren’t being honest about how addictive these pills are, this epidemic is just gonna keep getting worse and worse and worse.” The band has been kind of inactive since 2016, but this year they got together to write four songs for the greatest hits album so this track may be an extra the band had recorded. Nikki meanwhile stays busy as he attempts to bring The Heroin Diaries to the stage and I certainly can not wait for that. So for the time being check out the track Talk To Me and help spread the word so that we can all fight this epidemic together.

waiting by silvertombOne band that I loved and respected from the 90’s was Goth Metal act Type O Negative, but unfortunately Lead singer/bassist Peter Steele was taken away from us too soon and the band was no more. I felt as if the metal world was left with a huge void in it when Peter died, but his bandmates have lived on whether in bands like Seventh Void (Kenny Hickey & Johnny Kelly) or even A Pale Horse Named Death (Sal Abruscato & Johnny Kelly). For Kenny Hickey, things haven’t always been kosher as the guitarist has struggled in the past with addiction, love, and suicide, and the death of his friend Peter Steele. To try and help heal those wounds, Hickey has started a new band called Silvertomb which sees him reunite with Johnny Kelly once again and Hank Hell and he is joined by Joseph James (Agnostic Front) and Aaron Joos (Awaken The Shadow). Silvertomb also has an album coming out entitled Edge Of Existence on November 1ST via Long Branch Records. The album helped Kenny deal with the struggles that I mentioned before and while the band has already released the first single in Love You Without No Lies, they are back with a second single and this one is different in the song Waiting.

silvertombI say different because the song is very grunge like in the sound, but I have to say that I love the acoustic intro as it leads right into the metal and potatoes of the track. Kenny talks about the origins of Waiting saying, “After a long night in the studio wrestling with key changes and heavy riffs I became frustrated and picked up my acoustic and this song just sort of spilled out at 3AM. It was completed in around 15 minutes. I guess it was just what I needed: a straight up simple rock song to put my feet back on the ground.” Kenny continues to talk about why he decided to make Waiting the last track on the album, “I decided to end the record with it to refresh the ear after 36 minutes of dirge and weighty tuned down sludge, so it actually shares with the listener the state of mind I was in when it was written. It’s a song about wasting time and emotional energy over the things you’ve lost in life and the things you could never have.” I can not wait to hear more from these guys and hopefully we can see them on the road, but for now check out the track below and click here to check out all the pre-order bundles they have for you.

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Tracklist

1. Insomnia / Sunrise
2. Love You Without No Lies
3. So True
4. Not Your Savior
5. One Of You
6. Right Of Passage / Crossing Over
7. Eulogy / Requiem
8. Sleeping On Nails And Wine
9. Waiting