New Motorhead Hits Collection Coming

Courtesy: BMG

A mew collection of Motorhead’s music will release this fall.

Everything Louder Forever is scheduled for release Oct. 29 through BMG. The collection will release separately on a deluxe 4LP foldout Edition, 2LP/2CD, 2CD, 2LP, digital download, and streaming formats. According to information presented in a news release distributed Thursday, the collection is billed as the first Motorhead collection that culls music from each era of the band’s history.

In anticipation of the collection’s release, BMG and the band premiered a new video for the band’s classic single, ‘We Are Motorhead’ Thursday. The video features live footage of the band performing live on a mountain of monitors and through various video effects. This takes place as the song plays over the visualization. Audiences can view the video and pre-order the set here.

The collection’s track listing is noted below.

2CD & 4LP track listing:
Overkill
We Are Motörhead
Snaggletooth
Rock It
Orgasmatron
Brotherhood Of Man
In The Name Of Tragedy
Bomber
Sacrifice
The Thousand Names Of God
Love For Sale
Killed By Death
I’m So Bad (Baby I Don’t Care)
Smiling Like A Killer
Sharpshooter
Queen Of The Damned
Keys To The Kingdom
Cradle To The Grave
Lost Johnny
The Game
Ace Of Spades
Burner
Stone Dead Forever
Bad Woman
Just Cos You Got The Power
Stay Out Of Jail
No Class
I Am The Sword
The Chase Is Better Than The Catch
God Save The Queen
R.A.M.O.N.E.S.
Iron Fist
Rock Out
Dirty Love
Shine
Overnight Sensation
On Your Feet Or On Your Knees
I Ain’t No Nice Guy
Sucker
1916
Choking On Your Screams
Motörhead

Motorhead most recently re-issued its live recording, No Sleep Til Hammersmith in June. Its release was preceded by the release of another live recording, Louder Than Noise… Live in Berlin.

Motorhead’s timeless classic ‘Ace of Spades’ got a special treatment July 17 at the Torenfestival in the Dutch town of Weert. The performance was initially met with surprise by festival attendees. That is visible in the video available here.

More information on Motorhead’s new hits collection from BMG is available along with all of the latest Motorhead news at:

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Details Announced For New Sepultura Retrospective Set

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BMG will revisit a series of Sepultura’s albums this fall.

The company is scheduled to release the new collection dubbed SepulnationThe Studio Albums 1998 – 2009 Oct. 22. The set will release separately on an 8 LP vinyl set and 5 disc CD set.

As an added bonus, the collection will also feature Sepultura’s rare covers EP, Revolusongs digitally. The EP features the band’s take on classic songs from acts, such as Exodus, U2, and Public Enemy. The band premiered the video for its take of Public Enemy’s ‘Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos‘ Thursday.

The albums featured in SepulnationThe Studio Albums 1998 – 2009Against (1998), Nation (2001), Roorback (2003), DanteXXI (2006), and A-Lex (2009) — reach back to current front man Derrick Green’s beginnings with the band after taking over from now former front man Max Cavalera and reach up to the noted point. From that point, the band, with Green, has released four more albums, Kairos (2011), The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be The Heart (2013), Machine Messiah (2017) and Quadra (2020).

In related news, Sepultura released its new quarantine record, Sepulquarta Aug. 13 through Nuclear Blast Records. The semi-live recording culls performances that the band recorded during its “SepulQuarta” video podcast throughout the pandemic. The performances were by famous figures, such as Phil Campbell, Devin Townsend, and Alex Skolnick.

The full track listing for SepulQuarta is noted below.

This is the full tracklist featuring all international guest musicians:

01. Territory (feat. David Ellefson)
02. Cut-Throat (feat. Scott Ian)
03. Sepulnation (feat. Danko Jones)
04. Inner Self (feat. Phil Rind)
05. Hatred Aside (feat. Angélica Burns, Mayara Puertas & Fernanda Lira)
06. Mask (feat. Devin Townsend)
07. Fear, Pain, Chaos, Suffering (feat. Emmily Barreto)
08. Vandals Nest (feat. Alex Skolnick)
09. Slave New World (feat. Matthew K. Heafy)
10. Ratamahatta (feat. Joao Barone & Charles Gavin)
11. Apes Of God (feat. Rob Cavestany)
12. Phantom Self (feat. Mark Holcomb)
13. Slaves Of Pain (feat. Fred Leclercq & Marcello Pompeu)
14. Kaiowas (feat. Rafael Bittencourt)
15. Orgasmatron (feat. Phil Campbell)

The limited edition, marbled pressing of the recording is already sold out, but black vinyl pressings are still available along with CD pressings. Additionally, the album is available digitally.

In other news, the band announced last month, it hopes to finally launch its “Quadra Tour” next spring. The band has scheduled the tour’s launch for March 4 in Sacramento, CA.

The tour was originally scheduled to take place in spring 2020, and was initially postponed until this year as a result of the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 tour was then postponed because of the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.

The month-long tour, which is in support of the band’s most recent album, Quadra, is scheduled to run through March 9 in Berkeley, CA. It features performances in cities nationwide, such as Atlanta, GA; Minneapolis, MN and Greensboro, NC. Sacred Reich will serve as support for the tour, along with Crowbar and Art of Shock.

The upcoming tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

Confirmed dates for SEPULTURA‘s “North American Quadra” 2022 tour with SACRED REICHCROWBAR, and ART OF SHOCK are:
3/04/2022  Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA 
3/05/2022  The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT*
3/06/2022 Oriental Theater – Denver, CO*
3/08/2022 Wildwood – Iowa City, IA
3/09/2022 Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
3/10/2022 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
3/11/2022   Harpo’s – Detroit, MI 
3/12/2022  The Forge – Joliet, IL*
3/13/2022  Thunderbird Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA*
3/15/2022  Irving Plaza – New York, NY
3/16/2022  Opera House – Toronto, ON CANADA
3/17/2022  Corona Theater – Montreal, QC CANADA
3/18/2022  Big Night Live – Boston, MA 
3/19/2022  Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
3/20/2022  Soundstage – Baltimore, MD 
3/21/2022  House of Blues – Cleveland, OH 
3/23/2022  Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC*
3/24/2022  Masquerade – Atlanta, GA 
3/25/2022  Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL 
3/26/2022  The Orpheum – Tampa, FL* 
3/28/2022  Southport Music Hall – New Orleans, LA*
3/29/2022  Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX*
3/31/2022  Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
4/01/2022  Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
4/02/2022  GMBG – Dallas, TX*
4/03/2022  Rockhouse – El Paso, TX 
4/05/2022  The Nile Theater – Phoenix, AZ* 
4/06/2022  House of Blues – San Diego, CA 
4/08/2022  Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, CA 
4/09/2022  The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA
* New shows and not rescheduled

More information on SepulQuarta and Sepultura’s planned live dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more now at:

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Motorhead’s ‘No Sleep Til Hammersmith’ Re-Issue Will Appeal To Most Of The Band’s Fans

Courtesy: BMG/Sanctuary Records

Fans of the legendary hard rock band Motorhead are getting a second helping of the band’s live material this year.  It will come Friday in the form of the re-issue of the band’s classic live recording, No Sleep Til Hammersmith.  Scheduled for release Friday through BMG/Sanctuary, it will come less than two months after the release of the band’s latest live recording, Louder Than NoiseLive in Berlin.  That recording was released in April through Silver Linings Music.  This 40th anniversary re-issue of No Sleep Til Hammersmith offers a lot for audiences to appreciate, beginning with the main concert’s set list.  This will be discussed shortly.  The expansive bonus content that accompanies the main feature adds even more to the appeal of the re-issue’s presentation and will be discussed a little later.  The production of the content rounds out the most important of the re-issue’s elements and will be discussed later, too.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the recording.  All things considered, they make the recording another welcome addition to the music library of any Motorhead fan.

BMG/Sanctuary’s forthcoming 40th anniversary re-issue of Motorhead’s 1981 live recording No Sleep Til Hammersmith is an impressive new presentation.  It is a recording that will appeal to any Motorhead fan.  That is due in part to the set list featured in the recording’s main concert.  The 16-song set list featured in the new re-issue features the original 13-song set from the band’s original No Sleep Til Hammersmith recording plus three bonus soundcheck performances.  One of those soundchecks is of the band’s song ‘Stay Clean,’ which was originally featured in the band’s 1979 album Overkill.  There is also a full live version of that song featured as part of the set list along with five other songs from the album, four of eight songs featured in the band’s self-titled 1977 debut record, two tracks from the band’s other 1979 album, Bomber, and three more from the band’s timeless 1980 album Ace of Spades.  Given, Overkill gets the most nods in this main concert, but the bigger picture is that even though the concert itself was in support of Ace of Spades, it pulls from all of the band’s albums up to that point.  So what audiences got (and get here again) is a rich cross section of the band’s catalog up to that point.  That rich cross section (which is created in part through the bonus soundcheck performances) is made even richer through the addition to this re-issue of the band’s previously unreleased concerts that made up its very brief “No Sleep Tour.”

The concerts that made up Motorhead’s brief “No Sleep Tour” were held March 28-30, 1981 at the Queens Hall and Newcastle City Hall in England.  All three concerts repeat songs originally featured in the band’s original No Sleep Til Hammersmith concert, but also offer some variances.  Case in point is the March 30 concert at Newcastle. That concert replaces the three soundcheck performances and its cover of ‘Train Kept A Rollin’’ with performances of ‘The Chase is Better Than The Catch,’ ‘Bite The Bullet,’ ‘Too Late Too Late,’ and ‘Fire Fire’ while also adding in the songs, ‘Leaving Here,’ ‘Jailbait,’ and ‘Shoot You In The Back.’  That brings the total song count from Ace of Spades performed live eight of its 12 songs, enriching the overall catalog representation even more.  ‘Too Late Too Late’ is taken from Overkill, bringing that album’s total representation to seven of its 10 songs.  So between the two concerts, audiences are getting that much representation of the band’s catalog, which is pretty rich to say the very least.  The other two concerts do not offer any additional songs in their set lists.  That aside, the performances thereof in each concert makes for its own enjoyment.  That is because of the amount of energy that Kilmister and company put forth in each performance.  All things considered between the primary concert and the bonus, previously unreleased concert recordings, this new re-issue offers audiences so much to appreciate.  The only downside to the whole is that the concerts are being released in audio formats, but not any full, audio-visual presentations.  Officials at BMG and Sanctuary can be forgiven for that shortcoming.  Sure, it would have been nice to have had a full audiovisual presentation of all four concerts, but the audio-only presentation is still enjoyable in its own right.

Speaking of the concerts being presented in audio-only platforms, that makes the box set’s audio production just as important as anything else in this presentation.  Listening through all of the box set’s concerts, audiences will be pleased at the work put in to remaster the original tapes here.  Kilmister’s voice was always a house rocker.  That goes without saying.  His powerful vocals are well-balanced with the audio levels of his band mates’ performances in each performance.  The sound is just as raucous in these recordings as in any of the band’s other live recordings.  Keeping that in mind, the production that went into this recording’s presentation paid off.  It ensures that the concerts are just as enjoyable for their sound as for their content.  When all of this is considered with the story featured in the box set’s companion book, the whole becomes a completely immersive and enjoyable offering that any Motorhead fan will enjoy.

BMG/Sanctuary’s forthcoming re-issue of Motorhead’s No Sleep Til Brooklyn is a presentation that any Motorhead fan will appreciate.  That is due in part through the remastered presentation of the band’s original main concert feature.  It sounds just as good as the original concert if not better.  Adding to the main feature are the bonus soundcheck performances previously unreleased in the recording’s original release.  The addition of the three bonus concerts in whole enhances the presentation even more.  That is because they are themselves previously unreleased and that at least one of them builds on the amount of the band’s catalog released up to that point.  The production of the recordings brings everything together, completing the box set’s presentation.  That work ensured that the audio-only presentations all sound the best possible and succeeded in the process.  When this element is considered along with the rest of the box set’s noted elements, the whole (including the new bonus book) makes the re-issue overall a presentation that most Motorhead fans will appreciate. 

No Sleep Til Hammersmith is scheduled for release Friday through BMG/Sanctuary Records.

More information on Motorhead’s upcoming re-issue of No Sleep Til Hammerstein is available along with all of the latest Motorhead news at:

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Previously Unpublished “Rolling Stone” Magazine Motorhead Interview Unearthed

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Rolling Stone magazine has unearthed a previously unpublished interview with Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister.

The half-hour-long interview was originally recorded in 1981 at the offices of the band’s then label, Bronze Records, by journalism Malcolm Dome ahead of a festival at which Motorhead was scheduled to perform. The performance was part of the band’s support of its live recording, No Sleep Til Hammersmith.

The release of the previously unpublished interview is part of the push by BMG to promote the upcoming re-issue of No Sleep Til Hammersmith. The re-issue is scheduled for release June 25.

The band premiered a soundcheck performance of ‘Stay Clean‘ June 11. That performance is one of a handful of extras featured in the upcoming box set. The full information for the box set is noted below.

The No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith CD box set contains:

  • The No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith album, remastered from the original master tapes, featuring extra bonus tracks and newly unearthed, previously unreleased sound check recordings.
  • The three full recordings of the concerts that made up No Sleep, never before released in their entirety.
  • The story of No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith told through previously unpublished and new interviews with the people that were on the road at the time.
  • Never before seen photos and rare memorabilia.
  • Double sided, A3 concert posters from 1981.
  • Reproduction USA ’81 tour pass.
  • MOTÖRHEAD ‘England’ plectrum.
  • 1981 European tour badge.
  • Reproduction Newcastle City Hall ticket.
  • Port Vale gig flyer post card.

The box set’s track listing is noted below.

CD BOX SET TRACKLISTING
NO SLEEP ‘TIL HAMMERSMITH   Ace of Spades Stay Clean Metropolis The Hammer Iron Horse No Class Overkill (We Are) The Roadcrew Capricorn Bomber Motörhead Over The Top Train Kept A Rollin’ Stay Clean (soundcheck) Limb From Limb (soundcheck) Iron Horse (Soundcheck)LIVE AT NEWCASTLE CITY HALL 30/3/1981   Ace Of Spades Stay Clean Over The Top Metropolis Shoot You In The Back The Hammer Jailbait Leaving Here Iron Horse Fire Fire Capricorn Too Late Too Late No Class (We Are) The Road Crew Bite The Bullet The Chase Is Better Than The Catch Overkill Bomber Motörhead
LIVE AT NEWCASTLE CITY HALL 29/3/1981  Ace Of Spades Stay Clean Over The Top Metropolis Shoot You In The Back The Hammer Jailbait Leaving Here Fire Fire Capricorn Too Late Too Late No Class (We Are) The Road Crew Bite The Bullet The Chase Is Better Than The Catch Overkill Bomber MotörheadLIVE AT LEEDS QUEENS HALL 28/3/1981   Ace Of Spades Stay Clean        Over The Top   Metropolis       Shoot You In The Back The Hammer    Jailbait Leaving Here   Fire Fire           Capricorn         Too Late Too Late        No Class          (We Are) The Road Crew         Bite The Bullet The Chase Is Better Than The Catch      Overkill           Bomber Motörhead
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Gary Numan’s New Album Is Anything But An “Intruder” In This Year’s New Rock Albums Field

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Veteran musician/singer/songwriter Gary Numan is scheduled to release his latest album, Intruder, Friday.  His 24th (yes, 24th) album, this 13-song record will come more than three years after the release of his then most recent album, Savage (Songs from a Broken World) appeal strongly to Numan’s established audience base as well as most fans of electronic and industrial rock and metal.  That is proven in part through the musical arrangements featured throughout the album.  They will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical themes featured alongside the album’s musical arrangements will make for their own share of interest.  They will be addressed a little later.  The album’s production rounds out its most important elements.  It will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is key in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the album another engaging offering from one of the rock and metal world’s most respected figures.

Despite its title, Gary Numan’s forthcoming album Intruder will not be viewed by audiences or critics as an intruder.  Rather, it is a presentation that most audiences and critics will welcome.  That is proven in part through the album’s collective musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question are largely everything that audiences have come to expect from Numan, with their electronic/industrial style approaches.  The same brooding, keyboard-driven sound and style presented in Savage (Songs from a Broken World) and its predecessor, Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) are present here, too.  Though, a close listen reveals that even with that stylistic similarity, the arrangements are not just copy and paste works.  There are subtle variances in the songs between this record’s compositions and those of the aforementioned records.  The arrangements here are even more controlled and “softer” for lack of better wording, than the heavier but equally intense works in those albums.  That is really what listeners will catch in their close listens.  This aspect of Intruder is certain to keep the noted audiences engaged and entertained throughout the album.  It is just one part of what audiences will find appealing in the presentation.  The record’s lyrical content adds its own touch to the album’s interest.

The lyrical content featured alongside the album’s musical arrangements is of note because of their heavy nature.  This is an album that lyrically is not just an everyday listen.  Case in point is the lyrical content of ‘I Am Screaming.’  This song comes across as a person trying to comfort someone who is in a dark place, emotionally speaking.  That is inferred right from the song’s lead verse and chorus, in which Numan sings, “Do you regret the words you never said?/Do you feel lost like I do?/Do you regret the things you never did/As if time waited for you?/Can you see me?/Can you feel me?/Can you hear me?/I am screaming”  As the song progresses, the subject’s reassurance to the second person comes into play as Numan sings, “Do you regret the songs you never sang?/A love betrayed and broken/Do you regret the life you never lived?/A thousand dreams unopened/You’re welcome to walk with me/You’re welcome to walk alone/You’re welcome to stand with me/You’re welcome to stand alone.”  The song’s third verse follows in similar fashion.  To that end, what audiences get here is a song that touches so well on the deep emotions that people feel when they reach that “dark night of the soul” but reminds them that they are not alone and can get through things.

‘A Black Sun’ is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  In this case, Numan seems to the so-called loss of one’s influence.  In this case, that loss of innocence happens not through any criminal act, but through another existential crisis of sorts.  That is inferred in part in the song’s lead verse, in which Numan sings, “When I was a child my life seemed endless/Too far to see/When I was a child the world was waiting and called to me/And everyone I loved would live for eternity/And everything I dreamed would all come true for me/But now I feel the end come/My childish dreams are undone/I cry under a black sun/And every song is unsung/You will hear me when the wind sighs/You will feel me beside you always/You won’t see me but I’ll be with you.”  The song’s second verse plays out in similar fashion, so there is no need to continue there.  This is a state of mind in which everyone has found themselves.  To that end, it makes the song’s lyrical theme here that much more accessible.  The fashion in which the lyrics are delivered adds even more to that accessibility.  Keeping that in mind, audiences see even more here why the album’s lyrical content is important to its presentation.

‘Saints and Liars’ is one more example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  In the case of this song, it comes across as a commentary about religious fundamentalism.  In this case, it indicts those most pious individuals who claim to be anything but self-righteous.  This is inferred early in the song’s lead verse, which states, “Can you see your fallen God?/He’s standing next to me, far from home/Can you hear your broken promises?/I am what you’ve been waiting for.”  The seeming indictment continues in the song’s second verse, which states, “Can you feel your righteous anger?/It’s like a poison that feeds the soul/Can you hide from Saints and liars/When every word is the death of me?/And this is who you are.”  Between this seeming message, those presented in the album’s other noted works and those in the rest of the album, the whole makes clear why this album’s deep, heavy lyrical content is so important to its presentation.  It will grip listeners just as much as the album’s musical content with its ability to so richly translate so many familiar thoughts and feelings that people go through.  Numan is to be commended for all of this.  Even with this in mind, the album still has one more item to examine, its production.

As already noted, the arrangements featured throughout the course of Intruder are familiar for Numan’s established audience base.  The electronic/industrial sound that he has used for such a long time is present throughout the album.  Also noted is the controlled presentation of each arrangement here to make the songs distinguishable from those in Numan’s existing catalog.  That control is a tribute not only to Numan and his fellow musicians, but also to those behind the boards.  The keyboards and drums had to be balanced out just right with Numan’s vocals in each song.  The same is to be said of the guitars.  The attention to detail within song leaves the arrangements fully immersive from one to the next.  Each instrument and each vocal line is expertly balanced with its counterparts to make each song that strong even in their more subtle presentations.  This is a testament to the work put in to ensuring each presented arrangement.  The impact, along with that of the album’s overall content, makes the album in whole that much stronger.

Gary Numan’s latest album, Intruder, is a presentation that will appeal easily to any of his established audiences.  It will appeal just as much to fans of electronic/industrial music.  That is proven in part through its musical arrangements.  The arrangements prove familiar in comparison to the arrangements featured in most of Numan’s existing albums.  Of course there are subtle differences here that make the arrangements different from his other works, in terms of their sound.  The lyrical themes featured in this record add their own interest to the record.  That is because they touch on topics that are familiar to any listener.  They are deeply emotional and heavy statements, too, which adds to their impact.  The production of the record’s songs rounds out its most important elements.  It ensures that each song presents audiences with the fullest impact there, too.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make the album another successful offering from one of the most respected names in the hard rock community.  Intruder is scheduled for release Friday through BMG. 

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BMG, Niji Entertainment’s New Dio Live Re-Issues Will Appeal To Dio’s Most Devoted, Vinyl-Loving Fans

Courtesy: BMG/Niji Entertainment

Late last year, representatives with Niji Entertainment – the company responsible for many recent Dio re-issues – and BMG announced that the were partnering to launch a new series of re-issues of Dio’s archived live recordings.  That series launched Friday with the re-issues of his previously released live recordings Evil or Divine: Live in New York City and Holy Diver Live.  These two re-issues are presentations that will appeal to some audiences and at the same time, prove somewhat intriguing.  The recordings will prove appealing in part because of their expanded availability.  This will be discussed shortly.  The set lists featured in each set list makes them intriguing.  This will be discussed a little later.  The additional content featured with the re-issues will appeal to audiences, too, but only to a point.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of these first two re-issues in BMG and Niji Entertainment’s Dio live re-issues series.  All things considered, they make the recordings a presentation that will appeal primarily to Dio’s most devoted fans.

BMG and Niji Entertainment’s brand new re-issues of his live recordings Evil or DivineLive in New York City and Holy Diver Live are presentations that will find appeal among a specific audience group.  That group is the most devoted Dio fans.  That is due in part to the fact that the previously out-of-print recordings have been made available in this presentation on two separate platforms – CD and LP.  Evil or Divine: Live in New York City is now available on 2CD mediabook and 3LP set.  Specific details were not provided information presented about the recordings, so it has to be assumed in this case, the CDs in question contain the 15-song set from the original 2002 concert while the “book” features pictures and new liner notes about the concert.  The LP set contains the noted concert, too.  This will appeal to those audiences who are more fan vinyls than CDs. 

The re-issue of Holy Diver Live also features the original concert, which was recorded in 2005, on a 3LP set.  Once again, this will appeal mainly to vinyl aficionados as part of the ongoing to appeal to those audiences.  What’s more, the recording was pulled directly from the recording’s original 2006 presentation on CD, DVD and Blu-ray.  In other words, audiences get from this presentation the same concert that they got in the concert’s previous release here on each platform, just in an audio-only format instead of on a full audio-visual presentation.  On a similar note, the track listing of the Live in New York City is lifted from the concert’s 2003 DVD release rather than its 2005 CD release.  This leads into the recordings’ most intriguing and somewhat problematic issue, that of the track listings as they relate to the platforms on which they have been released here.

Courtesy: BMG/Niji Entertainment

It has been noted that the new re-issues of Dio’s live recordings Evil or Divine: Live in New York City and Holy Diver Live are positives for Dio’s most devoted fan base because in this case, BMG and Niji Entertainment have made them available on CD as well as vinyl sets.  Those vinyl sets even feature some bonus content, which will be discussed later.  While that is true, one also cannot help but wonder why the recordings were not also re-issued on Blu-ray in this case.  That is especially the case with Evil or Divine: Live in New York City.  The set list from that recording’s DVD release is what audiences get on the 2CD and 3LP set here.  It has yet to receive a Blu-ray re-issue, and considering that concerts are meant to be heard and seen, there is no denying that having the DVD set list re-issued exclusively on audio rather than also on audio-visual presentations is slightly disconcerting.  Even in the case of Holy Diver Live, knowing that the set list featured in the CD and LP platforms came direct from the concert’s previous releases, one cannot help but wonder why the concert was not re-issued here on DVD and Blu-ray as well complete with the bonus content featured in the vinyl set.  The end result here is that while it is good that these concerts have been re-issued, it becomes clear that these re-issues are being aimed primarily at Dio fans who are also vinyl fans more so than Dio fans in general.  Yes fans who prefer CDs to vinyl are rewarded, but fans who prefer experiencing concerts in full rather than those who would take them in on audio-only platforms are left out here.  So to that end, while the availability is expanded here, that expansion is still only to a point. It is not enough to make these re-issues failures, but that aside, it does still detract from the recordings’ presentations.

While the limited expansion of Dio’s new live recordings definitely detracts from the re-issues’ success, the bonus content offered to those who can look past that issue will appeal in its own way to the noted targeted audiences.  The CD presentations of each re-issue offer those audiences what has to be assumed to be (again no details about the specifics of the mediabooks were released in the information about the re-issues) extra photos and possible liner notes for the concerts.  While maybe not a whole lot, those possible photos will make up slightly for the concerts not being re-issued on DVD and/or Blu-ray.  They will help give audiences at least a glimpse into the concerts.  The vinyls feature their own bonuses.  The Live in New York City vinyl offers audiences four songs total from Dio’s albums, Angry Machines, Magica, Killing the Dragon, and Master of the Moon.  BMG and Niji Entertainment, by the way, re-issued all four of those albums on CD last year.  The Holy Diver Live brings in the same bonus content that was featured in its original release so long ago.  So in all, audiences who purchase the vinyl re-issues of the recordings will get their own bonus content, as will fans who get the CD re-issues.  It is just that those who buy the vinyl re-issues will get even more out of those re-issues than those who buy the CD re-issues.  To that end, the bonus content featured in these recordings’ re-issues, on each available platform, but it is a limited positive.  That is because audiences who get the vinyls really get more albeit slightly more, than those who buy the recordings’ CD re-issues.  Keeping this in mind along with everything else discussed here, it becomes clear that while audiences will appreciate having these previously out-of-print recordings in their music libraries, those who do will be a more targeted audience than all of Dio’s fans.

BMG and Niji Entertainment’s new re-issues of his live recordings Evil or Divine: Live in New York City and Holy Diver Live are interesting presentations.  They give audiences who might not have otherwise had the recordings on any of the platforms from their previous releases something to appreciate.  That is due to the somewhat expanded availability of the recordings here.  Fans of vinyl and those of CDs will both be able to take in the concerts on the respective platforms.  Of course while audiences are also somewhat punished because the recordings were not re-issued on DVD or Blu-ray whereas their predecessors were.  That is going to limit the appeal for these recordings.  The bonus content featured with the recordings offers its own appeal for audiences. Though considering the information provided did not lay out as directly, the bonus content featured in the CD platforms as the vinyl re-issues, one cannot help but feel that the vinyl re-issues offer more to appreciate in terms of bonus content than the CD re-issues.  Keeping all of this in mind, BMG and Niji Entertainment’s new re-issues of Evil or Divine: Live in New York City and Holy Diver Live will appeal to a Dio’s most devoted fans, especially those who prefer vinyl to any other platform.  These re-issues are available now.

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Motorhead’s ‘Ace Of Spades’ 40th Anniversary Box Set Is A Great Tribute To A Great Album And Band

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Forty years ago Motorhead released what has gone on to become one of the most beloved records in the history of rock when it released Ace of Spades.  The timeless album got its own re-issue Friday thanks to officials at /Sanctuary Records in the form of the Ace of Spades Box Set.  This multi disc box set is a fitting tribute to the album and to the legacy of Motorhead.  That is proven in part through the expansive content featured in the box set.  It will be discussed shortly.  The box set’s packaging adds to the appeal of its presentation.  It will be discussed a little later.  The set’s average price point rounds out its most important elements and will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the box set.  All things considered, the 40th anniversary presentation of Ace of Spades proves itself a fitting tribute to an important album and band.

BMG/Sanctuary Records’ newly released 40th anniversary celebration of Motorhead’s landmark album Ace of Spades is a fitting tribute to the album and band.  It is a presentation that the band’s most devoted audiences will welcome in their music libraries.  That is proven in part in its expansive content.  Audiences do not just get a standard CD re-issue here.  This set is a multi-disc vinyl collection that features the band’s album re-mastered along with two previously unavailable double live albums separate previously unreleased instrumentals and demos ad b-sides.  Between the live content, the b-sides, demos, instrumentals and the album, the total track count comes to 73.  Along with all of the musical content, audiences also get a bonus comic book, 40-page book that tells the story of Ace of Spade’s creation, “Ace of Spades Tour” booklet, and dice to go along with the board game featured in the packaging.  This aspect will be discussed shortly.  Adding to the appeal even more is that the collection also features a DVD loaded with a full live concert from 1981 and a series of live TV clips.  The live content on the live vinyls is impressive in its own right because on one hand its production is top notch.  On the other hand, the content is not limited to just Ace of Spades.  Rather, it features music that the band had composed up to and including that point. 

The DVD that comes with the box set is an impressive added accent in its own right to the presentation.  The editing between the talk show content and live content is smooth.  What’s more, the quality of the vintage footage is surprisingly appealing, too.  Considering that most of the footage was recorded in 1980 and 1981, it has clearly stood the test of time.  That in itself is sure to instill a certain sense of nostalgia among the band’s most devoted and longtime fans.  One of the most powerful moments in the presentation comes early in its nearly hour-long presentation as drummer Phil Taylor noted that being in the band was what kept him out of any trouble, and how honestly appreciative he was to be able to be part of the band.  The moment when the band is sitting down for an interview on a Swedish talk show is a great light hearted moment, too.  Audiences will laugh as Lemmy Kilmister talks about being fired from his first band and starting Motorhead literally three days later.  It’s one of those moments when one can only imagine what the rock world would have been like had Lemmy not parted ways with that first band.  It was one of those blessing in disguise moments, obviously.  That anecdote that he shares is just one of the wonderfully entertaining discussions that audiences get from that talk show.  Audiences will have even more to discover for themselves when they purchase this box set.  When the content on the Blu-ray is coupled with the material on the vinyls, that whole makes for so much for audiences to appreciate.  That goes without saying.  All of this is just part of what makes this box set a win for Motorhead fans.  The box’s very packaging adds even more to its presentation.

The packaging for the new Ace of Spades box set is so stand out in part because of how it contains everything.  The vinyls are essentially stacked inside their own unique “sleeves” inside the bigger case.  Essentially they are their own packaging as their own releases within the bigger box.  They are stacked one on top of another, but still protected with enough room to move around inside the box without danger of damage.  Fans will really appreciate this aspect of the packaging.  What’s more, it opens and closes easily and safely without concern about it coming open accidentally.

On another note, the packaging also doubles as a board game, complete with the previously noted dice.  So not only do audiences get lots of great music here, but they also get to play a game while taking in that great music at the same time.  Simply put, Ace of Spades’ 40th anniversary box set stands out just as much for its packaging as for its content.  Now keeping all of this in mind, there is one last element to examine, the pricing.

Ace of Spades 40th Anniversary box set is not an inexpensive set.  Using listings at Target, Best Buy, Amazon, and Walmart, its average price point is $165.  It was not listed at Barnes & Noble Booksellers or at Books-A-Million.  That seems like a high price on the surface, but considering that the box contains the Ace of Spades album, two double live recordings, a DVD loaded with live content, a disc containing rarities and b-sides, another disc of previously unreleased instrumentals from the Ace of Spades sessions, a facsimile tour booklet, board game complete with dice, and a comic book, the price really adds up.  If audiences consider the average price of a full-length album, the price for a double live recording, and everything else, the pricing is about right.  To that end, yes, the average price point is high, but it is not over the top.  Amazon offers the lowest of the prices, at $149.82 while Best Buy’s listing of $179.99 is anything but the best buy here.  Target’s listing of $153.99 is the middle ground for this set.  Walmart has the second highest price at $174.98.  Regardless of which retailer audiences choose, the quantity and quality of the content makes the box set a welcome offering for Motorhead’s most devoted and longtime fans.  When this is considered along with the content and packaging, the whole shows that even more to be true.

BMG/Sanctuary Records’ new 40th Anniversary re-issue of Motorhead’s landmark album Ace of Spades is a standout among this year’s field of music re-issues.  That is proven in part through its expansive content, which will keep listeners engaged and entertained for a long time.  The box’s packaging builds on that appeal even more for many reasons.  The pricing for the box set rounds out its most important elements, as noted here.  Each item noted is important in itself to the set.  All things considered, this box set proves a must have for Motorhead’s most devoted and longtime fans.  The set is available now.  More information on the box set is available along with all  of the latest Motorhead news at:

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Release Date, Specs Announced For Fleetwood Mac Re-Issue

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Fleetwood Mac and BMG have partnered to pay tribute to former member Peter Green.

The band has joined with BMG to er-issue its 1969 album Then Play On.  The band’s third album, it was the last to feature Green, who died July 25.  The re-issue is scheduled for release Sept. 18 on vinyl and CD.

The album’s forthcoming re-issue will have four bonus songs, new liner notes penned by Anthony Bozza and a new forward by Mick Fleetwood.  The CD release will feature the new notes in a media book while the vinyl release will feature the new additions in a 16-page booklet.

The album’s track listing is noted below.

 

Tracklisting:

  1. Coming Your Way
  2. Closing My Eyes
  3. Fighting For Madge
  4. When You Say
  5. Show-Biz Blues
  6. Under Way
  7. One Sunny Day
  8. Although The Sun Is Shining
  9. Rattlesnake Shake
  10. Without You
  11. Searching For Madge
  12. My Dream
  13. Like Crying
  14. Before The Beginning
  15. Oh Well – Pt. 1
  16. Oh Well – Pt. 2
  17. The Green Manalishi ( With The Two Prong Crown)
  18. World In Harmony

 

Green left Fleetwood Mac following the release of Then Play On — that title is taken from the opening line of Shakespeare’s famed play “The 12th Night” — after he was diagnosed with schizophrenia.  He spent a portion of the mid-1970s in hospitals to receive treatment for the mental disorder.

The cause of Green’s death is unknown.  Mick Fleetwood, who formed Fleetwood Mac alongside Green has praised Green, saying he deserved the majority of the credit for the band’s early success.

More information on Fleetwood Mac’s forthcoming re-issue is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

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Run The Jewels’ Fourth Album Secures The Duo’s Place Among The Industry’s Elite Rap, Hip-Hop Acts

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This year has been a strange and stressful one for performing artists.  Thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak and the overabundance of caution that has been taken throughout the music industry, release dates for EPs and albums from acts in every genre have been shifted up and pushed back with little to no warning.  Now thanks to another issue, the protests that have come forth as a result of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police, another change recently happened in another act’s release date.  Hip-hop duo Run The Jewels was originally scheduled to release its new album Run The Jewels 4 in September.  Then it was pushed up to this past Friday, June 5.  Because of everything happening in recent days, the duo released the album two days earlier on June 3.  Two days difference for release is not that much.  Regardless, it can be said of the duo’s fourth full-length studio recording that it is an enjoyable new offering.  That is thanks to the album’s musical and lyrical content.  Each item will be addressed here.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements and brings everything together.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make the fourth entry in Run The Jewels’ album series one more of this  year’s top new rap and hip-hop albums.

Run The Jewels’ latest full-length studio recording – its fourth so far – is another impressive offering from the duo.  That is thanks in part to the record’s collective musical arrangements.  The album’s musical content is a strong hybrid of old school hip-hop beats and sampling with more modern rap and hip-hop elements.  The vocal delivery style of the duo – El-P and Killer Mike – plays just as much into the musical content as the music itself.  The direct, rhythmic fashion in which the men deliver each song’s lines is unique as it boasts its own vibe even as it works right in time with the beats.  The pair works just inside the lines, so to speak, to keep things just interesting enough in their delivery.  This sort of overall presentation seems increasingly rare in hip-hop and rap.  The last time that any act presented such a sense through its work was perhaps from Outcast.  That is the closest comparison that this critic can make in listening to the record’s musical aspects.  Keeping this in mind, the musical element of Run The Jewels 4 forms a strong foundation for the record.  That foundation is strengthened even more through the record’s lyrical content.

The lyrical content featured alongside Run The Jewels 4’s musical elements is important to note because of its depth.  Much as with the duo’s past albums, the lyrics featured throughout the album defy the trappings of so many rap and hip-hop albums, presenting commentary that will engage audiences.  This is proven in part through the song ‘Walking in the Snow,’ which focuses on a variety of topics.  Late in the song’s run, the duo tackles the nation’s systemic racism, stating, “The way I see it you’re probably freest from the ages one to four/Around the age of five you’re shipped away/For your body to be stored/They promise education/But really they give you tests and scores/And they predictin’ prison population by who scorin’ the lowest/And usually the lowest scores the poorest and they look like me/And every day on evening news/They feed you fear for free/And you so numb you watch the cops choke out a man like me/And ‘til my voice goes from a shriek to a whisper/”I can’t breathe”/And you sit there in the house on the couch/And watch it on TV/The most you give’s a Twitter rant/And call it a tragedy.”  The song continues in similar fashion with its direct statement addressing the systemic racism in this nation.  It is a sharp, precise condemnation of everything going on.  It is a statement that is certain to connect with listeners.  Earlier in the song, the duo even compares the state of the world to the Nay prison at Guantanamo Bay, called for short “Gitmo.”  There is a line, which states, “This whole world’s a s*** moat/Filled to the brim like GitMo.”  The song even goes after the “pseudo-Christians” and their view of certain things going on in the world.  It’s one more way in which just this one song proves the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  The song in whole is even more biting and is certain to be one of the album’s most memorable and important works.

‘Ooh La La,’ the album’s second song, is another example of what makes the lyrical content in this record so important.  At one point in this song, the duo seems to address Donald Trump and his legions.  This is inferred first as Killer Mike states, “F*** a king or queen/And all of their loyal subjects/I’ll pull my p*** out and p*** on their shoes in public.”  This critic could be wrong in the interpretation, but at the same time, that Trump acts as if he is a king or dictator is a telling statement.  That mention of a king or queen’s subjects could be a reference to Trump’s legions who give in to everything that he says and does.  It’s just one of the statements that is sure to have listeners engaged in this case.  It’s just one more way in which the album’s lyrical content proves to be so important.  ‘Never Look Back’ is yet another example of the important of the album’s lyrical content.

‘Never Look Back’ is important because it comes across as one of the duo reminiscing on his upbringing.  That is inferred in the song’s lead verse in which a mention of the rapper’s parents is made.  It states of their influence, “Never look back/Heard ‘em say that before/Sound like the type of advice I’d ignore/Funny how time feel off/Tick tock/You think deaths beat/It drop a clock shot.”  At another point, the song’s most important statement is made:  “So here’s the play: you can’t go forward and you can’t go back/The past/The present/The future/All irrelevant/The only thing that matters is latitude/Gratitude is everything/Time is nothing.”  In other words, focus on one’s self, not where one is going and where one has been.  That’s a hard-hitting statement that will resonate with any listeners.  To that end, that statement, along with the rest of the song’s content and that of the rest of the album’s songs, makes the album’s lyrical content clearly something hugely important.  Together with the musical content, the album’s lyrical content shows even more why the record’s overall content makes it so engaging and entertaining.  Those elements, together with the album’s sequencing, add even more impact to the album’s presentation.

In examining RTJ4’s overall sequencing, the record keeps its energy flowing relatively stable from beginning to end.  The record’s first half boasts a mid-tempo vibe with its beats and rhymes.  As it reaches its midpoint in ‘Walking in the Snow,’ the record slows down, but is still impacting in its own right.  The record’s energy gradually builds back again from there until it reaches its penultimate point, ‘Pulling the Pen.’  From there, the record closes out on a more mid-tempo work in ‘A Few Words For The Firing Squad.’  Each song boasts its own powerful, engaging energy and content.  Looking back, the record’s sequencing proves to be just as important to its presentation as its content because it ensures that the album’s energies keep things just as interesting as the general content.  To that end, it is in fact just as important as the album’s content.  Together with the musical and lyrical material, the album’s presentation ensures its place among this year’s new rap and hip-hop albums.

Run The Jewels’ new album RTJ4 is a fully engaging and entertaining presentation that every rap and hip-hop fan should hear.  That is due to musical content that is a fresh breath of old school hip-hop and rap.  The album’s lyrical content does its own part to ensure listeners’ engagement, as does its sequencing, as has been evidenced here.  Each item noted is important in its own right to the whole of this album.  All things considered, they make RTJ4 one of this year’s top new hip-hop and rap albums.  It is available now.  More information on Run The Jewels’ new album is available along with all of the duo’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.runthejewels.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/therealrunthejewels

Twitter: http://twitter.com/runthejewels

 

 

 

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Mark Morton Plots Release Of New EP, ‘Ether’

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Mark Morton has another record on the way.

Morton, who spends most of his time with metal outfit Lamb of God, is scheduled to release his new EP Ether in January through Rise Records/BMG. The EP’s release date will be announced soon. The five-track record’s lead single ‘All I Had To Lose,’ which features a guest appearance by Mark Morales (Sons of Texas) is scheduled to debut Jan. 10.

The EP’s release comes almost a year after the release of his solo debut Anasthetic, which was released March 1 through Spinefarm Records.

Morton talked about the EP’s impending release in a recent interview.

“I’m thrilled to announce the upcoming release of my new, five-song EP Ether on Rise Records!,” he said.  “Once again I’ve had the great pleasure of working with some amazingly talented artists and friends to assemble this collection of tunes, all of which feature a strong acoustic guitar component.  Inspired by the acoustic sets I had the opportunity to perform last spring and summer in support of Anasthetic, I began writing some new songs to reflect that more mellow vibe.  I’m stoked with the results and I can’t wait for everyone to hear what we’ve been putting together.  I’ll be debuting these tunes on my upcoming U.K. acoustic tour, so you can hear them live before they’re released anywhere else!”

Morton also discussed working with Morales and the EP’s other guests — Lizzy Hale, John Carbone and Howard Jones — on the EP.

“I continue to be honored to have the chance to work with so many incredibly talented people and I remain beyond grateful to the fans that have come alongwith me and supported these projects.  Thanks so much, everyone!”

Ether‘s track listing is noted below.  The record was produced by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Soulfly, Gojira).

Ether tracklisting:
1. All I Had To Lose (featuring Mark Morales)
2. The Fight (featuring John Carbone)
3. She Talks To Angels (featuring Lzzy Hale)
4. Love My Enemy (featuring Howard Jones)
5. Black (featuring Mark Morales)

The U.K. dates that Morton mentioned are listed below.

MARK MORTON UK tour dates:
1/8 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
1/9 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 3
1/10 – Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse
1/11 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy 2
1/12 – London, UK @ Camden Underworld

More information on Morton’s new EP, tour dates and more is available online at:

 

Websitehttp://markmortonmusic.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/markmortonmusic

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/MarkDuaneMorton

 

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