By Haley Biermann
Stone Sour has released their new album Hydrograd in full! The album can be streamed in its entirety through its YouTube playlist. You can also take a listen to the disc, which was released today via Roadrunner Records.
The album was recorded at Sphere Studios in Hollywood, California, and produced by Jay Ruston.
Frontman Corey Taylor discussed the live studio setting with iHeartRadio. He said there was “No click, no grid, no beat detective, no Auto-Tune, no fake guitar sounds, everything was real.”
Stone Sour recorded a total of 18 songs at the studio, 15 of which appear on the CD.
The album is over an hour long, and contains a variety of styles. You can feed your hard rock craving with metal riffs and Taylor’s harsh yells by listening to “Somebody Stole My Eyes,” but also cool off with more traditional singing and even a country-folk style with “St. Marie.” Taylor calls the album “an evolution. It's taking everything that we've done on the last few albums, and really honing it down and turning that diversity into more cohesion”
Taylor also said of the album, “It's some of the best music that we've ever created as a band, and I hope that people listen to my singing and my writing and just can see where I'm at from a personal standpoint and from a professional standpoint. I feel like it's my best work that I've done in a long time and I don't really care if people don't hear it, say it's heavy or whatnot. It's just really good straight-up rock and roll, and it's amazing."
"Hydrograd" track listing:
02. Taipei Person/Allah Tea
03. Knievel Has Landed
05. Song #3
07. The Witness Trees
08. Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song Is Dumb & So Am I)
09. Thank God It's Over
10. St. Marie
12. Whiplash Pants
13. Friday Knights
14. Somebody Stole My Eyes
15. When The Fever Broke
By Haley Biermann
Avenged Sevenfold have released a cover of “Retrovertigo.” The track was first released in 1999 by American rock band Mr. Bungle.
“Retrovertigo” follows the band’s rendition of Mexican folk song “Malagueña Salerosa,” which came out earlier this month. The new track doesn't come as a complete surprise, as Avenged promised to continually add new material to their latest album The Stage. The band’s 7th album was released last October via Capitol Records, and only continues to grow.
Vocalist M. Shadows said of the album expansions, “For us, the idea of turning an album into a living piece of art and adding new installations is really intriguing. It expands the journey.”
Avenged Sevenfold takes the original and relatively soft “Retrovertigo” and puts a heavy metal spin on it. The cover was released during the band’s North American tour with Metallica and Volbeat.
Check out the new track below!
By Haley Biermann
Suicidal Tendencies unleashed a new music video for "Living for Life." The track is off of World Gone Mad, which the band released in 2016. The band chose to keep only the song’s best moments, cutting the original 5 minute track down to three. But don’t think you’re missing out, as the video track contains killer snare fills from Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo. The fills certainly succeed in maintaining the energy Suicidal is known for.
The video consists of quick cuts through the band’s exhilarating live performances at festivals or the more unconventional skate park. There are also clips of frontman Mike Muir raging around backstage halls as he roars the song’s message directly into the camera. We don’t know about you, but he has our attention in living life fully.
Mike Muir recently said on Full Metal Jackie's radio show, “I think that with World Gone Mad, I think it's a perfect statement record to fit in with all what else we've done in the past and it's a good way to end it.”
Although World Gone Mad may be Suicidal Tendencies’ final album, the band announced via Facebook that fans can look forward to new EPs due out in the fall. Check out the new video below!
By David McNally
Nothing More unveiled a fiery music video today for their new lead single “Go To War” from their upcoming album, The Stories We Tell Ourselves. The band has also announced that the new album is set to drop on September 15 via Better Noise Records.
The song showcases Johnny Hawkins incredible vocal range, begining with soft, erratic vocals from the front man. As the track picks up and gains momentum, heavy guitar riffs begin to creep out from under Hawkins vocals. Warning: headbanging will commence during the chorus!
The track is about trust in relationships and the stupidity of the arguments that ensue when trust begins to fade.
“Trust is the foundation of every relationship. As trust erodes, our need for control grows. ‘Go to War’ is about how we circle the problem, unknowingly spinning the web tighter. If you circle enough, it becomes a spiral. If you spiral enough, it becomes a war,” says Hawkins.
But with the addition of a video to match the single, the band also places a political focus on war and how numb political leaders become to their mindlessness.
In the video, the band tells the story of a band playing at a dive bar where couples are arguing while the bars televisions are simultaneously airing a political rally to inspire a nation to go to war. As the song builds up to the heavy chorus, absolute insanity breaks out. The arguments heat up and turn into brawls, embodying a metaphorical “war.” Check out the video below!
Pre-order The Stories We Tell Ourselves here.
The Stories We Tell Ourselves track listing:
1. (Ambition; Destruction)
2. Do You Really Want It
3. (Convict; Divide)
4. Let ’em Burn
5. Ripping Me Apart
6. Don’t Stop
7. Funny Little Creatures
8. (React; Respond)
9. The Great Divorce
10. Still In Love
11. (Alone; Together)
12. Go to War
13. Just Say When
14. (Accept; Disconnect)
15. Who We Are
17. (End; Begin)
By Haley Biermann
Everyone has a favorite holiday tradition, and most rock fans can agree that the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s electric take on popular Christmas and winter-themed songs is one to look forward to. But with the tragic passing of the band’s creator Paul O’Neill this past April, some wondered if the Trans-Siberian Orchestra would still hold a 2017 tour.
Fans will be happy to know that the band confirmed their annual winter tour. The group posted an update on their website stating, “While all of us, the members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our friend and leader Paul O'Neill, we are determined to carry on the rock theater project to which he dedicated his life.”
The post continues, “Paul always talked about how he saw TSO as both an idea and ideal that would continue long after he stepped off the "flight deck" (his name for the stage). We hope to continue his work of providing a timeless, multi-generational tradition like those created by his idol Charles Dickens. In that spirit, we are proud to announce that Trans-Siberian Orchestra will return with their 2017 Winter Tour featuring the cherished tale 'The Ghosts of Christmas Eve'!”
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra released six full-length albums during O’Neill’s lifetime. The Recording Industry Association of America certified five out of the six albums with either platinum, multi-platinum or gold status. O’Neill passed away on April 5 at age 61 from what was officially reported as intoxication after battling numerous chronic illnesses.
By Haley Biermann
The 2017 Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards have announced 3 award recipients as well as new performers and special guests to appear at the big event. The APMAs will be broadcasted live on July 17 from the Quicken Loans Arena, Ohio.
Hosted by Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack, the event will showcase a diverse, and might we add insanely awesome, lineup. We can expect to see nothing short of killer performances by the Grammy nominated Plain White T’s, American rock/metal band Nothing More, as well as Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale.
A plethora of special guests will also be taking the stage. Fans can get pumped to see artist appearances from some of the biggest names in the alternative rock music industry. Members from As it Is, Avatar, Atilla, Creeper, I See Stars, PVRIS, Slipknot, Wonder Years, and many more are ready to rock our worlds this July.
The event will additionally honor influential musicians. Korn will take home the Vanguard Award for their contribution to music culture in challenging themselves and influencing others to re-invent traditional heavy rock. Critically acclaimed rock band Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace, who has utilized music to advocate for the LGBQT community in creating transgender politics awareness, will receive this year’s Icon Award. The Influencer Award will go to Goldfinger frontman and producer John Feldmann for his work to change the music industry landscape by helping bands to hone and harness their skills.
The show will include a one-time performance deemed PUNK GOES POP LIVE! to feature artists on Fearless Records' Punk Goes Pop Vol. 7, which is due out on July 14.
Tickets to the APMAs are available now! Take a look at special offers and VIP packages here. Want to see your favorite artists receive an award? Vote for them here by June 30!
By Haley Biermann
Headrush had the chance to catch up with Brian Wille, lead singer of the rising metalcore/djent band Currents.
The band formed in 2011 and has evolved quite a bit since then. Currents is comprised of Connecticut based band members Brian Wille, who became the lead vocalist in 2015, Jeff Brown (drums), Chris Wiseman (guitar), Ryan Castaldi (guitar) and Dee Cronkite (bass).
Wille said along with his joining Currents came the band’s drive to begin touring. While previous shows occurred mostly within Connecticut, the band felt they were ready to branch out. Willie said the new objective was “Let’s do this and go as far as we can with this.”
Currents released their debut album The Place I feel Safest on Friday June 6. Wille, who had previously released 2 EPs, talked about the inspiration behind the album. He told Headrush,
“I’ve never been on a full record. There were things I wanted to talk about that I felt I had never had the chance to nail it right or just never felt like there was a time to talk about it. I took this as an opportunity of like, ok this is our first big release…I want to put everything out on the table.”
Wille also discussed the band’s signing with SharpTone Records. He said of the company, “These people get us, they get where we want to go…It was kind of a match made in heaven sort of deal. They were very supportive of us doing whatever we wanted to do with the record.”
Currents has been performing in metalcore band Miss May I’s Shadow Inside tour since the end of May. When asked what Currents has gained from the tour, Wille said, “Oh my God, we’re gaining everything from this tour. Thank you to Miss May I, for real, for letting us hop on and open for them and the other bands.”
Wille appreciates having the opportunity to see new places, meet new people, get in front of large audiences, and gauge what fans like to hear.
Wille also talked about what we can expect from Currents in the future. He said, “We’re taking it a day at a time. Hopefully we’ll get to tour more, because that would be fantastic.”
You can find The Place I Feel Safest on iTunes, Spotify, and the SharpTone Records MerchNOW page!
By David McNally
After weeks of teasing fans with new material, The Foo Fighters have announced today that their upcoming album, Concrete and Gold will be released September 15 – the latest since their 2014 album, Sonic Highways.
The news comes just days after the band debuted “Lah Di Da” on June 16 at Secret Solstice Festival in Iceland. Prior to this, the Foos unexpectedly released a new single and video – ‘Run.’
Fans can expect to hear a much different sound from the band on Concrete and Gold. Working with pop producer, Greg Kurstin. Grohl said the band is aiming to create “Motorhead’s version of Sgt. Pepper’s… or something like that.” .. Count me in!
The transition in sound is evident in ‘Run’ as the band creates an intense juxtaposition between voice and melody.
The band also announced today that they will be playing at Cal Jam 17, on October 7 in San Bernardino.
Stream the Foo Fighters latest single, ‘Run’ here.
Concrete and Gold track listing:
By Vicky Branca
The Maine has released dates for their upcoming US tour dubbed “Modern Nostalgia.” The fall tour will start on 10/24 in Los Angeles, CA and wrap up on 11/24 in Anaheim, CA. Supporting acts include DREAMERS and Night Riots - who will also support them in the UK in September.
The Maine will play their album, American Candy, in its entirety. While American Candy had its designated tour in 2015, it has remained a fan favorite since it’s release that year.
Lovely Little Lonely, the band’s newest album, will also be played in full. “The Modern Nostalgia Tour is something we thought you could love and I hope you do. Excited to bring LLL to life,” stated Pat Kirch, drummer. This has fans excited as The Maine is known for their aesthetically pleasing stage designs and innovative renditions of their songs live.
Tickets are on sale now, and more dates are to be announced! Click here for tickets and dates!
By Haley Biermann
It’s no question that Metallica’s Lars Ulrich is royalty where drumming is concerned. But Lars, a native of Denmark, was officially dubbed an actual knight by Frederik, the Danish crown price.
Lars received the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Dannebrog. The Knight’s Cross is awarded to a Danish citizen for military service, a contribution to the arts, sciences, or business life, or to one who strives to work for Danish interests.
The drummer received the award on behalf of Queen Margrethe for his contribution to music on May 26. The ceremony reportedly took place during Frederik’s trip to San Francisco.
Lars’ bandmates wondered in an Instagram post, “Does this really mean we must address him as Sir Lars now?”
They congratulated the drummer saying, “Not bad for a snot-nosed kid from Gentofte!”
Congrats to Sir Lars on his knighthood! Right when we thought he couldn’t get any cooler…