BMG’s Re-Issue Of Motorhead’s ‘Iron Fist’ Is A Mostly Successful Offering

Courtesy: BMG

Motorhead’s 1982 album, Iron Fist, is among the more important entries in the band’s expansive catalog of studio recordings.  The band’s fifth album, it was the last that featured the band’s original lineup of front man Lemmy Kilmister, drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” and guitarist Eddie Clarke.  It was also a presentation that has come to be known as one of the band’s more controversial records.  That is because of the back story of its production.  Originally produced by Vic Maile, its production would eventually be completed by Clarke.  The discussions on the changeup have shown different thoughts and explanations on what happened, but even Kilmister himself said in 2000 of the record, that it was among his least favorite albums because of the production.  Now four decades after the album’s release, it has received another re-issue, its second following one re-issue in 1996 through Castle Communications and a second in 2005 through Sanctuary Records.  This latest re-issue comes through BMG.  It is accented by two discs of bonus content and new liner notes.  This will all be addressed shortly.  While the bonus content featured in this new re-issue anchors its presentation, the production of the original album really does prove somewhat problematic, proving Kilmister right.  It will be addressed a little later.  The various platforms on which the record has been made available are of their own note and will also be discussed later. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of this re-issue.  All things considered they make the 40th Anniversary re-issue of Motorhead’s Iron Fist an interesting presentation that most of the band’s fans will find worth adding to their libraries.

BMG’s new 40th anniversary re-issue of Motorhead’s Iron Fist is a presentation that casual fans and the band’s most devoted fans will find worth adding to their libraries.  The presentation here is anchored by the bonus content featured with the re-issue.  The bonus content is being marketed as being previously unreleased, but that is not entirely the case.  Some of the bonus content featured here was previously released in the album’s 1996 Castle Communications re-issue of the album.  Among the bonus content carried over from that re-issue are ‘(Don’t Let ‘Em) Grind You Down’ (Alternative Edition) and ‘Young and Crazy’ (Alternative take of ‘Sex & Outrage’).  ‘Lemmy Goes to the Pub’ (Alternative take of ‘Heart of Stone’) is also included here, carried over from the Castle Recordings re-issue.  ‘Same Old Song, I’m Gone’ (Alternate take of ‘Remember Me, I’m Gone’) is also here along with ‘Remember Me, I’m Gone,’ which was also a Castle Recordings bonus track.  The previously unreleased content comes primarily in the form of the instrumental tracks, ‘Spongecake,’ ‘Ripsaw Teardown’ and the ‘Peter Gunn’ theme song.  That track is quite interesting in itself.  The amped up take on the popular song is a fun, rocking composition that stands out strongly on its own positives.  The same can be said of ‘Spongecake.’  The gritty sound of the bass and guitar together alongside the drums gives the song such a great garage punk sound and style that anyone will appreciate.  When it, ‘Peter Gunn’ and ‘Ripsaw Teardown’ are considered together, the trio of instrumentals make for plenty of engagement and entertainment in their own right.  When they are considered along with the other previously released bonus tracks, that collective makes the bonus content all the more a positive for this presentation.

Another bonus that comes with the album’s new re-issue is a “media booklet” that comes with plenty of liner notes and pictures.  Sadly the booklet was not included with media copies of the re-issue so that item cannot be examined.

While the bonus content that accompanies the album’s latest re-issue is important to its presentation, being the likely difficulty in finding the previous re-issues, the overall presentation is not perfect.  As noted earlier, Kilmister noted in an older interview that he was not overly happy with the final product that was Iron Fist because of the production.  In listening to the original album that is part of the overall presentation, the production is questionable.  Klimister’s vocals are washed out in comparison to the instrumentation.  It honestly sounds like his vocals were recorded at a distance while the instruments were quite airy in their own right.  Simply put, the production here is less than perfect.  The thing is though, as questionable as the album’s production is, it serves, to a point, as a historical point for the band.  It shows the band’s growth in terms of that aspect of its records.  So again, while the production is hardly perfect, hearing the problems with this item makes for more appreciation for how far the band came over time following that record’s release.  It is clear that the band learned an important lesson from the album’s production, and in turn improved from one record to the next in this aspect.

Knowing that the production of the album itself does not doom the record, there is still one more item to examine here.  That item is the overall availability of the re-issue.  According to information on the band’s official web store, it is available as part of eight separate packages.  Among those packages is the presentation of the re-issue in a 2-CD set with media book, a 3-disc vinyl set with media book, 2-CD/media book set with t-shirts, and even a complete deluxe set that includes the re-issue on both vinyl and CD, as well as the t-shirts and media book.  The deluxe set is listed at $253 while the simplest package (the 2-CD set) is listed at $20.  The vinyl set is listed at $60.  The 2-CD set with media book and t-shirts is listed at $79.  This is all important to note in that even with shipping and handling, that means most audiences who are likely to buy one of these sets, will pay less than $100 for the complete set.  What’s more, the 2-CD set without the tour t-shirts averages at $22.23 through Target, Walmart, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  Amazon and Target each list the 2-CD set below that average at $19.79, so even with shipping and handling, the final price will still be just over $20.  By comparison, shipping and handling for the 2-CD set with tour shirts will average slightly more, closer to $30.  The bigger picture is this:  Most audiences are likely to purchase the 2-CD or 2-disc vinyl set.  That set comes with the media book, so audiences will not break the bank on the most basic presentation whether through Amazon or Target.  Meanwhile, audiences who are maybe more devoted will be just as open to paying higher prices.  So again, in the end, the wide variety of packages through which the re-issue is available doe prove to be just as positive as the re-issue’s bonus content.  Keeping that in mind, those two items and even the historical importance of the album’s production make this re-issue a presentation that plenty of Motorhead (and rock fans in general) will find worth owning.

BMG’s brand new re-issue of Motorhead’s Iron Fist is an interesting presentation from the company, which has also re-issued records from the likes of Sepultura, Saxon, and Overkill in the past year or so.  Its interest comes in part through its bonus content.  Most of the bonus content was previously released, unlike how it is being marketed.  There is also some previously unreleased content.  Having all of that content in one place makes for its own appeal.  The production of the album itself is questionable, just as Kilmister had said so many years ago before his passing.  At the same time, that production does serve an important historical purpose, so it is still important in its own right.  The widespread availability of the re-issue in terms of various packages (and the outlets through which it is available) rounds out the most important of the re-issue’s elements.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the re-issue’s presentation.  All things considered they make BMG’s re-issue of Iron Fist a work that most Motorhead fans and rock fans in general will find appealing.

Iron Fist is available now. More information on BMG’s latest Motorhead re-issue is available along with all of the latest Motorhead news at:

Websitehttps://www.motorhead.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/OfficialMotorhead

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/myMotorhead

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Devildriver’s New Box Set Offers Audiences Plenty To Applaud

Courtesy: BMG

Veteran metal band Devildriver has been in the headlines quite a bit in recent months.  The band announced last month, it had made a pair of lineup changes, welcoming original bassist Jon Miller back to the band in place of Diego Ibarra.  Along with that change, the band also announced the addition of new guitarist Alex Lee (Holy Grail) to the lineup.  Miller was one of the founding members of Devildriver and remained with the band until 2011, when he was replaced first by Aaron Patrick, then Chris Towning and then by Ibarra.  Lee is the band’s third rhythm guitarist behind Neil Tiemann most recently and founding member Jeff Kendrick before him.  The lineup changes make Miller and front man Dez Fafara the band’s only original members in its current lineup.

Only weeks prior to the announcement of Devildriver’s latest lineup change, the band announced June 8, that it would release its new five-disc box set, Clouds Over California.  Originally, the box set was scheduled for release Friday through BMG, but then an update to that date announced late last month stated the set’s release date had been pushed back to Aug. 19.  This despite the band claiming as recently as Friday, that the box set dropped Friday.  In other words, there remains no clarity at this point on the set’s exact release date.  That aside, the collection is a set that most Devildriver fans will find just as appealing as modern metal fans.  That is due in no small part to its featured albums, which will be examined shortly.  The platforms on which the collection is available are just as important to note as the albums themselves.  This will be examined a little later.  The records’ liner notes round out its most important elements and will also be examined later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the collection.  All things considered they make Clouds Over California a shining new offering from Devildriver.  Yes, that awful pun was fully intended.

Devildriver’s new five-album box set, Clouds Over California is a positive new offering from the veteran modern metal outfit.  Its appeal comes in part through its featured records.  The records featured here are the band’s first five albums, Devildriver, The Fury of Our Maker’s Hand, The Last Kind Words, Pray For Villains, and Beast.  All five albums were released through Roadrunner Records.  All of the albums that the band has released since then have come through Napalm Records.  So simply put, what audiences get in this collection is essentially the first chapter (so to speak) of Devildriver’s catalog.  To that end, maybe BMG should have called this new set, The Roadrunner Years.

The collection by itself is impressive in its general presentation.  There is an even deeper appeal to the records because what audiences get here is not just the albums’ standard releases, save for the band’s debut self-titled record, but three of the records in their expanded formats.  Devildriver did not have an expanded edition, and The Last Kind Words allegedly had an expanded edition released through Hot Topic stores nationwide that had a bonus track, ‘Damning The Heavens.’  That extra track is not included in the record’s presentation here, but the other three albums are all presented in their expanded formats.  To that end, audiences still largely get a very special presentation of the band’s Roadrunner Records catalog here.  Keeping that in mind, the albums that make up the main body of Clouds Over California are reason enough for diehard Devildriver fans to own this collection.  They are just part of what makes the collection worth adding to any fan’s library.  The platforms on which the collection is available add at least somewhat to that appeal.

The collection is available on CD and vinyl pressings.  This means that whether one is more a fan of vinyl and all of the problems that come with it, or more a fan of CDs, audiences on both sides of that proverbial aisle will be able to enjoy the collection.  This shows that Devildriver and officials with BMG made sure not to alienate any of the band’s audiences in this case. 

Of course, the pricing for the sets is clearly (and starkly) different between them.  That cannot be ignored. The CD set’s average price point is $45.39 while the set’s vinyl box averages in at $182.74.  Those prices were figured by averaging prices listed through Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  Books-A-Million, another of this country’s biggest retailers, did not list the set on either platform.  Best Buy only listed the set on vinyl while the other outlets listed it on both platforms.  Between the set’s much more affordable price on CD and the CD set’s more compact nature, audiences are going to be much more inclined to purchase the collection on that platform than on vinyl.  Those who want to shell out the big bucks and make even more room for the vinyl set are welcome to do so but the CD set clearly is going to be more appealing, at least to this critic.  Moving on from this discussion, the liner notes that accompany the collection round out the collection’s most important elements.

The liner notes that come with the set were composed by Fafara and are presented in a 20-page booklet that is new to the set.  Along with that, each of the albums come with their original liner notes.  So what audiences get in terms of this secondary content is not just the original liner notes with lyrics but a whole new set of liner notes looking back at the albums and their place in Devildriver’s history.  All of this extra content pairs with the expansive presentation of the collection’s primary content to make the collection’s overall presentation that much more appealing.  Add in the fact that Devildriver and BMG made the collection available for fans of CDs and vinyls alike and the collection gains that much more appealing for a wide range of audiences.  All things considered, Clouds Over California makes for a good way to tide audiences over until Devildriver releases its next new album, which hopefully will come sooner rather than later.

Devildriver’s new five-album box set, Clouds Over California, is a strong new offering from the veteran metal band.  It will appeal to most of the band’s established audiences as well as more casual fans of the band.  That is due in no small part to its featured albums.  The albums in question are all of the records that Devildriver released through Roadrunner Records.  Those records make up the first half of the band’s catalog.  The second half, which is also composed of five records, has come through records released via Napalm Records.  Just as important here is that three of the five records featured here are presented in their expanded rather than their standard editions, so audiences get, for the most part, a special treat here.  The band’s debut self-titled record was only presented in a standard form in its initial release, so there are no worries there. The availability of the collection on both CD and vinyl ensures that none of the band’s fans have been ignored, though the cost of the vinyl set is far more cost prohibitive than that of the set’s CD platform.  The liner notes featured with the set round out its most important elements as there are some familiar liner notes and some equally in-depth new liner notes to boot.  Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the collection.  All things considered they make Clouds Over California a mostly positive way to tide Devildriver’s fans over until the band releases its next album.

More information on Clouds Over California is available along with all of Devildriver’s latest news at:

Website: https://devildriver.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/devildriver

Twitter: https://twitter.com/devildriver

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BMG Announces Details For Soulfly Box Set

Courtesy: BMG

BMG is going to re-issue four of Soulfly’s albums this summer.

The company is scheduled to release the new box set, The Song Remains Insane June 17 on CD and vinyl. The collection culls the band’s first four albums — Soulfly, Primitive, 3, and Prophecy — into one collection. All four albums will be presented in their standard release editions and will be complimented with an extra disc of bonus tracks, previously released on various pressings of those albums.

Many of the bonus tracks featured in the extra disc are actually featured in the expanded edition of the band’s debut self-titled album, which was released in 1998. Those tracks are ‘Cagnaceiro,’ ‘Ain’t No Feeble Bastard,’ ‘The Possibility of Life’s Destruction,’ ‘Tribe (Tribal Terrorism Mix),’ ;Quilombo (Zumbi Dub Mix),’ and ‘Umbabarauma (World Cup Mix)’. The disc also features bonus tracks from Primitive in the form of ‘Terrorist (Total Destruction Mix)’ and ‘Soulfire.’

Pulled from the Japanese release of 3 is the band’s cover of Pailhead’s ‘I Will Refuse.’ Speaking of covers, the band’s cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘Under The Sun,’ which was featured in a special digipack release of 3 is also included in the bonus disc. The lone previously unreleased track is ‘Berimbau Jam.’

The collection’s full track listing is noted below.

SOULFLY
Eye For An Eye
No Hope = No Fear
Bleed
Tribe
Bumba
First Commandment
Bumbklaatt
Soulfly
Umbabarauma
Quilombo
Fire
The Song Remains Insane
No
Prejudice
Karmageddon
 
PRIMITIVE
Back To The Primitive
Pain
Bring It
Jumpdafuckup
Mulambo
Son Song
Boom
Terrorist
The Prophet
Soulfly II
In Memory Of…
Flyhigh

3
Downstroy
Seek ‘N’ Strike
Enterfaith
One
L.O.T.M.
Brasil
Tree Of Pain
One Nation
9-11-01
Call To Arms
Four Elements
Soulfly III
Sangue De Bairro
Zumbi
 
 
PROPHECY
Prophecy
Living Sacrifice
Execution Style
Defeat U
Mars
I Believe
Moses
Born Again Anarchist
Porrada
In The Meantime
Soulfly IV
Wings

 Soulfire
Cangaceiro
Ain’t No Feeble Bastard
Possibility Of Life’s Destruction
Chaos
Soulfire
I Will Refuse
Under The Sun
Tribe (Tribal Terrorism Mix)
Quilombo (Zumbi Dub Mix)
Umbabarauma (World Cup Mix)
Terrorist (Total Destruction Mix)
Berimbau Jam

In other Soulfly news, the band announced in January, that Fear Factory founding member and guitarist Dino Cazares had been tapped to join the band on the road for its winter/spring 2022 tour. The tour launched Feb. 7 in Las Vegas, NV and ran through March 19 in Gallup, NM.

Soulfly front man and founder Max Cavalera and his brother Iggor (who together also founded Sepultura) are now mapping out their tour performing two classic Sepultura albums, Beneath The Remains and Arise. The schedule for that tour is noted below.

TOUR DATES:

May 22 – Sun – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM

Link: https://holdmyticket.com/event/389143

May 23 – Mon – Jake’s – Lubbock, TX

Link: https://www.stubwire.com/event/maxiggorcavalera/jakessportscafeandbackroom/lubbock/26070/

May 24 – Tue – Amplified Live – Dallas, TX

Link: https://wl.seetickets.us/event/Max-and-Iggor-Cavalera/471477?afflky=AmplifiedLive

May 25 – Wed – The Hall – Little Rock, AR

May 26 – Thu – Brooklyn Bowl – Nashville, TN

Link: https://www.ticketweb.com/event/max-iggor-cavalera-return-brooklyn-bowl-nashville-tickets/11877385?pl=bbowlnash

May 27 – Fri – The Loud – Huntington, WV

Link: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4175255/max-iggor-cavalera-returnbeneath-arise-huntington-the-loud

May 28 – Sat – Maryland DeathFest – Baltimore, MD

May 31 – Tue – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

Link: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/00005C63F2557582

Jun 1 – Wed – Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT

Link: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/3819443/max-iggor-cavalera-returnbeneath-arise–new-haven-toads-place-of-new-haven

Jun 2 – Thu – XL Live – Harrisburg, PA

Link: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/02005C630C308AE3 

Jun 3 – Fri – King of Clubs – Columbus, OH

Link: https://wl.seetickets.us/event/Max-and-Iggor-Cavalera/471469?afflky=TheKingofClubs 

Jun 4 – Sat – The Forge – Joliet, IL

Link: https://www.ticketweb.com/event/max-and-iggor-cavalera-return-the-forge-tickets/11874985

Jun 5 – Sun – Piere’s Event Center – Ft. Wayne, IN

Link: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4181683/max-iggor-cavalera-fort-wayne-pieres-entertainment-center

Jun 6 – Mon – The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN

Link: https://thevogue.com/events/max-iggor-cavalera-june-6-2022/

Jun 7 – Tue – Delmar Hall – St. Louis, MO

Link: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/06005C66E21494AE

Jun 8 – Wed – Royal Grove – Lincoln, NE

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/max-iggor-cavalera-tickets-290924321477

Jun 10 – Fri – Oriental Theater – Denver, CO

Link: https://holdmyticket.com/event/390934

Jun 11 – Sat – Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT

Link: https://www.24tix.com/event/932738126

Jun 13 – Mon – Elks Temple Spanish Ballroom – Tacoma, WA

Link: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/2822299/max-iggor-cavalera-returnbeneath-ariseall-ages-tacoma-mcmenamins-spanish-ballroom-elks-temple

Jun 14 – Tue – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR

Link: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/5046050/maxx-iggor-cavalera-returnbeneath-arise-portland-hawthorne-theatre

Jun 16 – Thu – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA

Link: https://wl.seetickets.us/event/MAX-andIGGORCAVALERA/471196?afflky=GreatAmericanMusicHall

Jun 17 – Fri – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA

Link: https://wl.seetickets.us/event/MAX-andIGGORCAVALERA/471206?afflky=GreatAmericanMusicHall

Jun 18 – Sat – The Belasco – Los Angeles, CA

Link: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/09005C64CB6868FB

Jun 21 – Tue – Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/max-and-igorr-cavalera-return-beneath-arise-tickets-291566442077

Jun 22 – Wed – Scout Bar – Houston, TX

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/max-iggor-cavalera-return-beneath-arise-tickets-291064580997

Jun 23 – Thu – The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX

Jun 24 – Fri – Rockhouse Outside – El Paso, TX

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/max-iggor-cavalera-tickets-291102233617

Jun 25 – Sat – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ

Link: https://www.ticketweb.com/event/max-iggor-cavalera-marquee-theatre-tickets/11877005?pl=themarquee

More information on BMG’s new Soulfly box set is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.soulfly.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/SoulflyOfficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheSoulflyTribe

More information on the Cavalera brothers’ upcoming tour is available online at https://returnbeneatharise.com.

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ZZ Top Announces New Album, Tour Details

Courtesy: Merlis For Hire

ZZ Top will release its latest album this summer.

The band is scheduled to release its new album, Raw, July 22 through Shelter Records/BMG. The album was recorded in connection with the band’s 2020 Netflix documentary That Little Ol’ Band From Texas. The album is billed as the soundtrack to the documentary and features songs, such as ‘Tube Snake Boogie,’ ‘LaGrange,’ and ‘Brown Sugar.’

Raw will release on CD, 180-gram vinyl, and all digital platforms. The record’s track listing is noted below.

RAW Tracklisting:

Side 1

Brown Sugar

Just Got Paid

Heard It On The X

La Grange

Tush

Thunderbird 

Side 2

I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide

Gimme All Your Lovin’

Blue Jean Blues

Certified Blues

Tube Snake Boogie

In related news, ZZ Top will embark on a new tour in support of its new compilation record titled the Raw Whisky Tour. The tour, which will feature new bassist Elwood Francis with front man Billy F. Gibbons and drummer Frank Beard, is scheduled to launch May 6 in Niagra Falls, ON. It is scheduled to run through Aug. 27 in Beaver Dam, KY and features performances in cities, such as Loveland, CO; Saratoga, CA and Gran Island, NE.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are on sale.

Date:               City / State:                             Venue:

May 6               Niagara Falls, ON, CAN           Fallsview Casino Resort

May 2               Paso Robles, CA                     Vina Robles Amphitheatre

June 1              Redding, CA                            Redding Civic Auditorium

June 2              Saratoga, CA                           The Mountain Winery

June 5             Jacksonville, OR                      Britt Pavilion

June 7              Bend, OR                                 Hayden Homes Amphitheater

June 8              Walla Walla, WA                      Wine Country Amphitheater

June 9              Spokane, WA                           First Interstate Center for the Arts

June 12            Billings, MT                              MetraPark – First Interstate Arena

June 14            Grand Junction, CO                 Las Colonias Park Amphitheater

June 17            Tucson, AZ                              Casino Del Sol’s AVA Amphitheater

June 19            Colorado Springs, CO              Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts

June 21            Loveland, CO                           Budweiser Events Center

June 22            Grand Island, NE                     Fonner Park – Heartland Events Center

June 24            Park City, KS                           Hartman Arena

June 25            Oklahoma City, OK                  Zoo Amphitheatre

June 26            Little Rock, AR                         First Security Amphitheater

June 29            Rogers, AR                              Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion

July 1               Toledo, OH                              Toledo Zoo & Aquarium – Amphitheater

July 2               Sterling Heights, MI                 Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre,Freedom Hill

July 5               Fort Wayne, IN                        Foellinger Theater

July 9               Greenville, WI                          Greenville Lion’s Park  

July 22             Boston, MA                              Leader Bank Pavilion 

July 23           Watertown, NY                          Watertown Fairgrounds Baseball Diamond    Aug 27            Beaver Dam, KY                      Beaver Dam Amphitheater

More information on ZZ Top’s new documentary soundtrack and tour is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://www.zztop.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/ZZTop

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/zztop

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New Motorhead Photo Retrospective Available Now Domestically; Coming Soon In The UK

Courtesy: BMG

Motorhead fans have a new way to take in the band’s live history.

Fast & Loose: Snapshots From The Graham Mitchell Archive, 1977-1982 was recently released for American readers through BMG. The book is scheduled for release Dec. 30 in the United Kingdom. A trailer for the book is streaming here.

Mitchell offered the following comment on the retrospective:

“I somehow knew how important it all was,” he said. “I knew I needed to capture at least some of those moments. I’d see the band to the stage and then immediately go out into the house, jostle with the punters, and get what I could.”

Added Mitchell, “Most of my images “are one-shot photos, and there’s no flash on any of them. They were done at 400 ASA to speed up the film and take advantage of whatever natural light I could get, so I was always flying by the seat of my pants whenever I clicked the shutter.”

More information on Mitchell’s new photo retrospective is available along with all of the latest Motorhead news at:

Websitehttps://www.motorhead.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/OfficialMotorhead

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/myMotorhead

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Shout! Factory, Arrow Video, Others Offer Audiences Plenty Of Alternatives To All The Prequels, Sequels, and Remakes Hitting Theaters, Streaming Services

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

It seems like ever year, audiences everywhere are seeing an increase in the number of classic TV shows and movies that were once popular everywhere they go.  It really is a sad state of affairs.  Of course that is not the only avenue in which older content is getting renewed so to speak.  The originals also get new life every now and then on DVD and Blu-ray through various distributors, sometimes in better form than others and vice versa.  This year saw a handful of classic TV shows and movies get some laudable re-issues and some less so. 

What is most interesting about this year’s field of top new DVD and BD re-issues is the wide range of companies that released said titles.  It shows that along with the likes of Shout! Factory – which has made quite the name for itself over the years in the home entertainment field – other familiar and up-and-coming names are really working to make their names known in that field, too, such as Arrow Video and Corinth Films, making for so much more variety.

From Shout! Factory’s re-issue of Explorers, to Arrow Video’s re-issue of the original Dune, to even Mill Creek Entertainment’s re-issue of the classic, short-lived animated series, The Critic, this year’s re-issues and the companies that released them offered audiences plenty of alternatives to the never-ending ocean of prequels, sequels, and reboots that filled theaters and streaming services this year.  As with every list from Phil’s Picks, this list features the Top 10 titles in the given category with five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15.  This year’s list was not easy to compile but is complete.

Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks’ 2021 Top 10 New DVD/BD Re-Issues.

PHIL’S PICKS’ 2021 TOP 10 NEW DVD/BD RE-ISSUES

  1. Explorers
  1. Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series
  1. The Final Countdown
  1. The Belles of St. Trinian’s
  1. Ken Burns’ Baseball
  1. The Rolling Stones: A Bigger BangLive at Copacabana Beach
  1. Dune
  1. Motorhead: No Sleep Till Hammersmith
  1. The Interrogation
  1. The Snake Girl and the Silver Haired Witch
  1. The Transformers: The Movie
  1. Superman: The Animated Series
  1. The Critic: The Complete Series
  1. Star Trek: The Original Series
  1. Emergency: The Complete Series

It should be stressed here that in the case of Emergency and Star Trek, those two series sets are intentionally set at the bottom of this year’s list as, their positives are few.  They are the least of the year’s best new re-issues.  Audiences would do well to largely avoid these sets.  There is a reason they are at the bottom of even the honorable mention titles.  Keeping that in mind, this year’s list of top new DVD and BD re-issues is officially wrapped.  There are still plenty of other lists coming, such as the year’s top new box sets for grown-ups, families, and even family DVDs/BDs.  Stay tuned!

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‘Everything Louder Forever’ Is A Fitting Tribute To The Legacy Of Motorhead

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Motorhead fans got a very special early Halloween treat over the weekend courtesy of BMG.  The treat in question came Friday in the form of the new compilation set, Everything Louder Forever.  The truly career-defining collection is just the latest from BMG, which also released a new collection of albums from Sepultura last month.  The company also has a new box set of Overkill’s albums scheduled for release next month.  Getting back on the subject at hand, BMG’s new Motorhead collection is a presentation that every Motorhead fan will welcome.  That is due in large part to its featured songs, which will be discussed shortly.  The set’s availability is also of note and will be examined a little later.  The set’s packaging rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make the collection yet another impressive offering for Motorhead fans.

Motorhead fans have had plenty to enjoy from the band this year.  The band’s then new live recording, Louder Than NoiseLive in Berlin was released in April, this roughly six months after the band released the expanded 40th anniversary edition of its 1980 album, Ace of Spades in late October 2020.  The release of Louder Than NoiseLive in Berlin was followed a little more than two months later with the re-issue of the band’s classic live recording, No Sleep Til Hammersmith in another expanded package.  Now the band is closing out the second straight year with another big release in the form of Everything Louder Forever.  The expansive compilation spans the band’s nearly 40-year career with songs from nearly every one of the band’s 23 total albums, including its 1984 compilation record, No Remorse.  Only one of the band’s albums – On Parole (1979) — is left out here.  Every other record gets at least one nod, while others receive representation through multiple songs.  In other words, this compilation is not just another run-of-the-mill singles collection.  It is a career-spanning collection that pulls from the band’s biggest albums and its lesser-known releases.  Even the songs are a mix of singles and lesser-known songs.  ‘Ace of Spades’ is here alongside ‘Shine.’  ‘Motorhead,’ from the band’s self-titled 1977 debut is also here alongside the likes of ‘Rock Out’ from 2008’s Motorizer and ‘I’m So Bad (Baby I Don’t Care)’ from the band’s 1991 album, 1916.  In all, the collection’s songs total 42 in all.  They come from every one of the band’s official releases.  For those who don’t know, Parole was actually released in 1979, but was done so without the band’s approval, so for all intents and purposes, it is an unofficial Motorhead release.  To that end, this collection’s songs represent the whole of the band’s catalog in one setting for the first time ever.  If that is not reason enough to own this collection, nothing is.  This is just one reason for audiences to own the collection.  The collection’s availability adds to its appeal.

The 42 total songs that make up the collection’s body are presented on separate 2 CD and 4 LP platforms.  It is also available as a separate 2 LP/2 CD set, digital download, and through streaming.  In other words, the collection is available through a wide range of platforms.  Whether one prefers CD, LP, or digital, the collection is available to fans of every kind of audio delivery.  The fact that officials at BMG would make sure to release the collection on so many sets is important to note in that it shows they made sure not to alienate any of the band’s fans at any level.  It makes sure that all of the band’s fans were approached, and is so laudable in its own way.  When this is considered along with the set’s packaging, the two elements enhance the presentation even more.  That item – the packaging – rounds out the set’s most important elements. 

From what can be inferred from pictures of the packages, the 2 CD set is in a gatefold presentation in which the CDs sit on their own spindles therein.  This protects the discs from touching and marring one another.  The 4 LP set places each vinyl disc into its own standalone sleeve of sorts inside a larger box that holds each sleeve.  This protects the vinyl discs from one another in its own way.  The 2LP set meanwhile sets the LPs into a gatefold package, too.  Each disc rests in its own side, thus protecting the discs even in this case.  Keeping all of this in mind, BMG clearly took time to make sure that the discs could be played by for a long time, considering the noted packaging for each platform.  What’s more, it also shows that BMG made sure not to alienate any of the band’s fans at the same time by releasing the collection through so many platforms.  Keeping all of this in mind, the set’s packaging proves to be just as important to its presentation as its content.  Together, the two elements make the set even more appealing to Motorhead fans.  Keeping all of this in mind, the set’s availability and its related packaging make this presentation the best Motorhead set to date.

BMG’s brand new Motorhead collection, Everything Louder Forever, is the best retrospective of the band’s catalog to date.  It is a must have for any Motorhead fan.  That is proven in large part through the recording’s featured songs.  The songs – 42 in all – are a full representation of the band’s official catalog.  It reaches all the way back to the band’s 199 self-titled debut and all the way to the band’s final studio album, 2015’s Bad Magic.  Along the way, every one of the band’s albums is represented by at least one song, with some getting multiple nods.  The availability of the album on multiple platforms ensures that none of the band’s fans are alienated.  From fans of vinyl to digital aficionados to those who prefer CDs, everyone can enjoy the collection.  The set’s packaging in each platform ensures the discs are protected from one another, thus making sure audiences can enjoy the music for a long time to come provided they take proper care of the collection.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the collection.  All things considered, they make Everything Louder Forever the best of this year’s new compilations and the best Motorhead compilation to date.

Everything Louder Forever is available now through BMG. More information on Motorhead’s new hits collection from BMG is available along with all of the latest Motorhead news at:

Websitehttps://www.motorhead.com

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Sepultura, BMG’s New ‘Sepulnation’ Retrospective Collection Is Imperfect But Entertaining

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Sepultura is among the most influential and important acts in the hard rock and metal communities today.  The band has built that reputation over the course of more than 30 years and 15 albums.  This even as the band has seen multiple changes in lineups and labels over that span.  BMG revisited a handful of the band’s albums last week with its new retrospective box set, Sepulnation: The Studio Albums 1998-2009. This five-disc set is an intriguing profile of Sepultura and its catalog.  That is due in large part through its featured albums, which will be discussed shortly.  Also of note in this set is its packaging, which will be discussed a little later.  The set’s pricing rounds out the most important of its elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of Sepulnation: The Studio Albums 1998-2009.  All things considered, they make the set an imperfect but still entertaining.

Sepultura’s new retrospective box set, Sepulnation: The Studio Albums 1998-2009, is an intriguing offering from the band and BMG.  It is an imperfect presentation but still entertaining presentation.  That is due in part to its featured albums.  The albums featured in this set are: Against (1998), Nation (2001), Roorback (2003), Dante XXI (2006), and A-Lex (2009).  They are all records on which current front man Derrick Green serves.  There are other band members new and old on these records, too.  However, going back to the realization that Green is still the band’s front man (former front man Max Cavalera continues to focus mainly on his Soulfly project to this day) makes one wonder why BMG chose these records. That is especially considering none of the records in this set have been or are considered watershed moments for the band.  They have not received the response that some of Sepultura’s early albums received.  So again, the albums featured in this set are entertaining in their own right, but they are not the most standout additions to the band’s catalog.  No information was provided about why the featured albums were chose in the initial press release announcing the set’s release, so again, only officials at BMG know the answer to that question. .

While the general presentation of Sepulnation: The Studio Albums 1998-2009 is a mixed bag of sorts, it is not the only element worth examining here.  The set’s actual packaging is also of note.  The packaging here is actually largely positive.  This applies to its CD and vinyl presentation alike.  The CD package is space saving to say the least.  It is almost the same shape and size as the case for a standard single-disc CD.  So, it will not take up much space either on a CD rack or even on a shelf.  It should be noted here that the CDs are each placed inside their own cardstock quality insert complete with the albums’ original case art for front and back.  There are no booklets with the CDs, which is disappointing, too, but not a complete loss considering the relative accessibility of lyrics for each album online.  The vinyl collection places each album on a two-disc set inside a larger box that is designed in its own ergonomically-designed case.  Having noted the positive of the set’s packaging in each of its presentations, it becomes clear that this element is a definite plus to the set’s overall presentation.  It is just one more of the notable items in this set, too.  The collection’s pricing rounds out its most important items.

The pricing for the anthology in each of its platforms is of note because of the marked difference in each.  The average price point for the set’s CD platform is $38.24 while the vinyl box set averages $164.48.  Keeping in mind that both sets are presented the same way (sans liner notes) but in ergonomically-designed boxes, the vinyl pricing seems exceptionally high.  The CD platform on the other hand is relatively affordable.  One can only assume that the vinyl set is so much more expensive than the CD collection because each is presented in a two-disc presentation versus the single-disc presentation of each album in the CD set.  It is that much more proof that as much as some people want to believe that vinyl is so much cooler/hipper than CDs, the affordability of the CD set and the fact that the audio quality is of equal level on each platform makes the CD set’s pricing that much more appealing.  Sure, the noted Revolusongs EP is apparently not featured as part of the anthology’s CD platform, but that is still beside the point.  The pricing here (alongside the equally relatively affordable separate listings) works with the positive audio quality and general packaging to make the set positive overall.  That is even considering the headscratcher of a reason for the inclusion of the featured albums.

Sepultura and BMG’s newly released box set, Sepulnation: The Studio Albums 1998-2009, is an interesting new presentation from the two sides.  The anthology features five of the band’s albums that span a time frame of approximately 11 years.  Audiences will find that the albums are not considered landmarks for the band, either.  To that end, it makes one wonder why the albums were chosen for the collection.  That aside, they are still at least a good way for audiences to complete and/or build their library of the band’s expansive catalog.  That is a positive in its own right and gives the collection at least some appeal.  The ergonomic packaging in both the CD and vinyl platform is also a positive.  That is because it is space saving for audiences across the board.  The set’s pricing for its CD platform is also a positive.  The average price point for the CD set, achieved by averaging prices listed through Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers (it was not listed through Best Buy and Books-A-Million at the time of this review’s pricing) is less than $40.  The only retailer to exceed that price point is Barnes & Noble Booksellers, at $43.99.  The vinyl set’s pricing is nearly $200.  That is a negative considering that it offers the exact same presentation of that in the set’s CD presentation.  To that point, the set does have its own positives, but also negatives.  Keeping all of this in mind, Sepulnation: The Studio Albums 1998-2009 proves to be clearly an imperfect presentation, but still entertaining at least to a point. 

Sepulnation: The Studio Albums 1998-2009 is available now.

More information on Sepultura’s new box set is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more now at:

Websitehttps://www.sepultura.com/br

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/sepultura

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/sepulturacombr

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New Motorhead Hits Collection Coming

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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:

Websitehttps://www.motorhead.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/OfficialMotorhead

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/myMotorhead

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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:

Websitehttps://www.sepultura.com/br

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/sepultura

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/sepulturacombr

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