Annihilator is partnering with earMUSIC to give its fans a very special gift.
The band announced Friday through a news release, it is scheduled to release its next album, Metal II, Feb. 18. The album will release on CD digipack, 2 LP gatefold black limited and separate 2 LP gatefold transparent orange pressings. The record’s track listing is noted below.
METAL II TRACK LISTING: “Chasing The High” (Featuring William Adler) “Downright Dominate” (Featuring Alexi Laiho) “Army Of One” (Featuring Steve “Lips” Kudlow) “Couple Suicide” (Featuring Danko Jones + Angela Gossow) “Heavy Metal Maniac” (Featuring Dan Beehler + Allan Johnson) “Haunted” (Featuring Jesper Strömblad) “Romeo Delight” “Detonation” (Featuring Jacob Lynam) “Clown Parade” (Featuring Jeff Loomis) “Smothered” (Featuring Anders Björler) “Kicked” (Featuring Corey Beaulieu)
In anticipation of the record’s release, the band premiered the lyric video for the album’s lead single, ‘Downright Dominate’ Friday. The song features guest appearances from Dave Lombardo, Stu Block and the late great Alexi Laiho.
The song’s musical arrangement is a high-energy composition. The guitars and drums give the song a familiar full-on thrash style and sound. At the same time, audiences can also argue that the song bears something of a Pantera influence, what with its punch and heaviness.
No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing its debut. Looking at the lyrics featured in the video though, one can infer that it seems to deliver a message of determination and overcoming life’s obstacles. If that is indeed the song’s lyrical theme, it will connect with plenty of audiences.
The video features the song’s lyrics over footage of people preparing for a boxing match. That visualization of people preparing for a big fight would seem to hint even more at the noted inferred lyrical theme.
In other news, Annihilator announced in the noted press release, it is planning to re-issue many of its existing albums through earMUSIC. Exact release dates and which albums will re-issue are under consideration. Annihilator released its latest album, Ballistic,Sadistic. last year.
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A little more than a year after the release of its album, Question Everything, Helion Prime has re-visited that album with a re-issue of the record. Released Oct. 8, the album’s re-issue is highlighted by its bonus content. The album’s bonus content consists of seven songs that did not make the final cut for the album’s original 2020 release. One of the most notable of the previously released originals is the single, ‘Wash Away.’ It will be discussed shortly. Also of note is the band’s cover of Children of Bodom’s ‘Angels Don’t Kill.’ It will be discussed a little later. The band’s re-worked version of its original song, ‘The Human Condition’ is yet another example of what makes the album’s bonus content stand out. When it is considered along with the other bonus songs examined here and with the rest of the bonus tracks, the whole of the bonus content lives up to its title and makes Question Everything’s re-issue another successful offering from Helion Prime.
Helion Prime’s recently release re-issue of Question Everything takes the success of that album and builds on it even more. That is due to its bonus content. One of the most notable bonus tracks featured in the album’s re-issue comes in the form of ‘Wash Away.’ The song’s musical arrangement fits well with so much of the content featured in the album’s original body. The big, over the top guitar solo in the bridge, the richness in the drums and bass, the operatic vocals of front woman Mary Zimmer and the general guitar line gives the arrangement the sound of those vintage power metal ballads that were made so popular way back in the late 80s and early 90s. No, this song is not a power ballad, but it has that stylistic approach but thankfully avoids the cheese of those songs. It has more of the confidence of Helion Prime’s own works and those of the band’s fellow power metal counterparts, Unleash The Archers.
Making the song stand out even more is its lyrical theme. The lyrical theme featured in this song follows those of the songs featured in the album in its original release. It pays tribute to so many well-known scientists and great minds in general across history. In the case of this song, it pays homage to Ignaz Sammelweis, who discovered the health benefits of hand-washing in 1847. Considering everything going on in the world today, this is a fitting inclusion in the album’s re-issue. Even more important to note is that at no point does the band try to get preachy about it, trying to connect the song to the COVID-19 pandemic. If anything, it just comes across as being connected to the album’s overall theme of celebrating those noted great minds. This makes the song all the more appealing and just one example of what makes this re-issue successful. Also of note among the bonus tracks is the band’s cover of Children of Bodom’s ‘Angels Don’t Kill.’
Helion Prime’s cover of ‘Angels Don’t Kill’ The band’s take on this song stays true to its source material. There is no doubt about that. At the same time though, the band puts its own touch to the song with its power metal approach. The use of the keyboards alongside the guitars actually works surprisingly well throughout. On the other hand though, Simmer’s vocals just do not sound good here. She comes across as sounding like she was straining way too hard with the screams. It sadly does not match up to the vocals of the late great Alexi Laiho. That is not to say that her vocals were a failure, but it just sounds like she was trying too hard to deliver the same style vocals as Laiho. Odds are she has talent with more guttural vocals, but it just simply did not work here. That aside, the song still mostly works, and is a still positive addition to the re-issue’s bonus content. It is just one more of the notable bonus tracks featured in the re-issue, too. The re-worked take of the band’s original, ‘The Human Condition’ is yet another notable entry in the re-issue’s bonus content.
Helion Prime’s re-worked take of ‘The Human Condition’ stands out because of its production. Originally featured in the band’s 2018 album, Terror of the Cybernetic Space Monster, the re-recorded (IE remastered) take on the song stays fully true to the original work. Nothing was added to or taken from the original.other than the vocals. Songwriter Jason Ashcraft and former vocalist Sozos Michael handled vocal duties on the original song. Zimmer and Ashcraft pair up in the new rendition, which also sounds fuller through the remastering. The impact is just as powerful here as in the original composition. When this song is considered along with the other remastered songs featured in the record, the covers and the one previously unreleased new song, the whole of the bonus content more than makes the re-issue successful. They make the presentation one that audiences will enjoy just as much as the album’s original presentation if not more so.
Helion Prime’s recently released re-issue of its 2020 album, Question Everything is a positive new presentation that audiences across the board will enjoy. The record’s success is due primarily to its bonus content. From a previously unreleased original to a series of remastered originals from a past album, to a pair of covers, the bonus content featured here does well to build on the success of the album from its original release. All things considered, that blend of content – as evidenced through the examination presented here – makes the re-issue of Question Everything just as enjoyable as the original work if not more so.
Helion Prime’s re-issue of Question Everything is available now. More information on the band’s Question Everything re-issue is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:
Veteran guitarist Marty Friedman will appear on VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show this weekend.
Friedman will appear on That Metal Show Saturday, March 1st at 11pm ET. Friedman will join Mike Jones (Foreigner), Leslie West (Mountain), and Lita Ford (The Runaways) on this week’s edition of That Metal Show. Friedman jokingly noted in an interview that while the main purpose of his appearance was to promote his upcoming album Inferno, he also even more excited about being on the show because he got to talk to one of his own favorite guitarists of all time. “Of course I talked about my upcoming album, ‘Inferno,’” he said. “But there was another guitarist on the show, and I just had to ask him what I wanted to know ever since I was a kid — just what the hell was he thinking when he laid down one of the most unorthodox (and cool) solos ever. Hope they don`t edit that part out!” Tune in tomorrow night to find out!”
Inferno is scheduled to be released via Prosthetic Records May 27th in North America and May 26th in the UK and Europe, May 23rd in G/A/S and via Universal Records in Japan May 21st. It will be his first record of original material in four years and the first in over ten years that will be released simultaneously around the world. The album was recorded in Los Angeles with engineer Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Children of Bodom) and mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth). It will also include a number of A-list guest appearances from the likes of: Rodrigo y Gabriela, Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom), Keshav Dhar (Skyharbor), and David Davidson (Revocation) among others. The album’s track listing is included below.
Friedman will tour in support of his new album beginning May 1st in Tampere, Finland. He will serve as support act for Gus G. who is also set to release his new album this Spring. Friedman’s current tour itinerary is listed below.
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
5/1 Tampere, FL – Klubi #
5/2 Helsinki, FL – Nosturi #
5/3 Stockholm, SW – Stockholm Rocks Festival #
5/5 Gothenburg, SW- Tradgarn #
5/6 Malmo, SW – KB #
5/9 Krakow, PL – Lizard King #
5/10 Warsaw, PL – Progreja #
5/12 Munich,DE – Backstage #
5/14 Hannover, DE – Musixzentrum #
5/15 Essen, DE – Turock #
5/16 Zoetermeer, NL – De Boerderij #
5/17 Hasselt, BE – Muziekodroom #
5/18 Uden, NL – De Pul #
5/20 Savigny Le Temple, FR – L’impriente #
5/21 London, UK – O2 Academy Islington #
5/22 Nuneaton, UK – Queens Hall #
# with Gus G
Veteran guitarist Marty Friedman (Megadeth, Cacophony) has announced that his latest full length solo record in early 2014. No specific release date has been set as of yet. However, it has been confirmed that Friedman is hoping to have his new album out by Spring. It will be his first record comprised entirely of new material in four years. It will also be his first full length record in over ten years. According to Friedman himself, the album, titled Inferno, will be his heaviest record yet. “I’m extremely proud of the work I’ve done with Cacophony and Megadeth, but I was never interested in stopping there,” he said. “‘Inferno’ is the album that fans of my work with those two bands have always wanted me to make. I’ve finally made it, and completely on my own maniacal terms.” He added in an interview with Guitar World magazine that Inferno is “the most intense writing and playing I can do.” He went on to say of it that “I wanted to create a new landmark to which my future music will be compared. “That idea of just going completely balls-out — knowing what the full potential of my music and my playing could possibly be, and actually making it a reality — was what drove me through the whole process.”
Friedman’s fans will have plenty to look forward to on Inferno. That is because the record will feature Friedman teaming up with a number of other well-known guitarists including Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom), David Davidson (Revocation), and famed flamenco/metal acoustic duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. Friedman’s former Cacophony band mate Jason Becker also played a role in the creation of Inferno as the pair collaborated on some songwriting. Friedman said of his team-ups with the noted special guests, “On the guests’ songs, each would write a song from scratch, and then I would arrange it and add my parts to it.” He added “That way, we were both invested in it, and it’s a little bit of a deeper experience than just banging out a guest solo.”