Deep Purple Debuts New LP’s Third Single

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Deep Purple debuted the latest single from its forthcoming album this week.

The band debuted its new single ‘Nothing At All‘ Friday.  The song is the third song from the band’s forthcoming album Whoosh!, which is scheduled for release Aug. 7 through earMUSIC.  It comes more than three months after the band debuted the video for the album’s lead single ‘Throw My Bones‘ and more than two months after the band debuted the video for the album’s second single ‘Man Alive.’

The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Nothing At All’ is pure classic Deep Purple, complete with keyboards, guitars and simple yet effective time keeping.  It will take listeners back to Deep Purple’s infancy in the best way possible.

The song’s lyrical theme come across as a social statement about what has happened to the world and how mankind has impacted the planet.

Whoosh! is scheduled for release Aug. 7 on limited edition CD/DVD mediabook combo pack, standard CD and digital.  Pre-orders are open now.  the album’s track listing is noted below.

 

Track list:
1.) Throw My Bones
2.) Drop The Weapon
3.) We’re All The Same In The Dark
4.) Nothing At All
5.) No Need To Shout
6.) Step By Step
7.) What The What
8.) The Long Way Around
9.) The Power Of The Moon
10.) Remission Possible
11.) Man Alive
12.) And The Address
13.) Dancing In My Sleep

Vinyl Side Split:

Side A: Throw My Bones / Drop The Weapon / We’re All The Same In The Dark / Nothing At All
Side B: No Need To Shout / Step By Step / What The What
Side C: The Long Way Round / The Power Of The Moon / Remission Possible / Man Alive
Side D: And The Address / Dancing In My Sleep

The band’s 21st (yes, 21st) album, it is also the third produced by Bob Ezrin (Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd).  The first of the trio, Now What?! (2013) reached #1 in five European nations and reached Top 10 status in 15 nations globally.  The second Deep Purple album produced by Ezrin, inFinite (2017), reached #1 in Germany and Switzerland, and earned Top 5 status in 11 European nations.  It charted at #105 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 chart.

More information on Whoosh! is available online along with all of Deep Purple’s latest news and more at:

 

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‘Live In Carthage’ Is A Positive Start For Myrath’s Live Catalog

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The global outbreak of COVID-19 has all but decimated the live music this year.  Stages the world over have gone dark and silent out of an overabundance of caution among promoters and bands alike.  As a result, audiences have been scrambling, looking for live content anywhere they can find it, whether online or otherwise.  Progressive metal outfit Myrath, ironically, released its debut live recording Live in Carthage right around the time that the outbreak really started impacting the United States.  The band’s first live offering is a presentation that fans of the noted genre will appreciate whether waiting for the return of live music on stage or just in general.  That is due in part to the concert’s set list, which will be addressed shortly.  The performance of that set list by the band adds to the recording’s presentation and will be addressed a little later.  The concert’s production and mixing put the finishing touch to its presentation.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the recording’s whole.  All things considered, they make Live in Carthage an impressive live debut from Myrath and a work that is one of this year’s top new live recordings.

Myrath’s debut live recording Live in Carthage is a strong offering from the progressive metal outfit.  That is proven in part through the recording’s set list.  The 17-song set runs just over 90-minutes in length.  While not a career-defining performance, the record still is deserving of its own credit.  It pulls largely from the band’s 2016 album Legacy – a total of seven songs from that album (more than half the album) are featured in the set list) – while four songs from the band’s then forthcoming album Shehili are featured in the set.  The band does not limit its set to those two albums.  Its 2011 album Tales of the Sands is also represented here with five songs from that record.  That is approximately half of that record.  Given, the band’s first three albums – Double Face, Hope, and Desert Call – are not represented here, but considering that at the time of the concert – held allegedly in 2018 at a hometown show of sorts at the Ancient Roman Theater in Carthage, Tunisia – the band was touring mainly in support of Legacy and Shehili, the group can be forgiven for not including nods to those aforementioned records.  Hopefully the band will present a much deeper dive into its catalog in its next live recording, keeping this in mind.  This aside, the fact that audiences get more than half of one of the band’s albums, almost half of another and even a small sampling of yet another ,that in itself is a good start and in itself, makes the recording worth experiencing.  This element is just one of the notable aspects of Myrath’s debut live recording.  The band’s performance of the set list adds to its engagement and enjoyment.

Myrath’s performance of its concert at the Ancient Roman Theater in Carthage, Tunisia is important to note because of the energy in the performance.  As noted, the set list is not career-defining, but at the same time, the songs chosen for the concert are all very high-energy compositions.  Even in the brief moments when the energy does pull back, in the opening bars of some of the featured songs, that pullback is short-lived.  The band members’ performances add to the energy even  more, as is evidenced in part by front man Zaher Zorgati’s commanding presence as he makes his way across the stage.  He engages the audience throughout, getting the most out of the crowd.  Meanwhile drummer Morgan Berthet seems so laid back even as he works through each song with such precision and power.  That contrast of his seeming so relaxed while he performed makes for its own statement.  Meanwhile, the nonstop energy exuded by keyboardist Elyes Bouchoucha, guitarist Malek Ben Arbia and bassist Anis Jouini adds its own impact to the performance.  The group’s performance does the talking for the group, as Zorgati uses only the briefest moments between songs to talk with the audience and introduce most of the set’s songs.  This is where the band’s performance presents its only negative.  Zorgati speaks wholly in French in those moments, in which he, his band mates and the audience collect their breath.  Now we, as Americans get an idea of how overseas fans of our American bands must feel when they experience their shows across the Atlantic and Pacific.  The thing is that Zorgati sings the songs in English, so why sing in one language and speak in another?  That aside, the band’s performance ensures audiences’ engagement and enjoyment from beginning to end of this performance by keeping the energy high and by not wasting too much time between songs on banter. Instead the band lets the music and performance do the talking.  Keeping all of this in mind, the performance put on by the members of Myrath really serves as the foundation for this recording’s presentation.  Together with the set list, the recording’s appeal becomes even more so.  To that end, audiences see even more why Live in Carthage may not be a perfect live debut for Myrath, but at the same time, why it is still a good first live outing for the group.

As much as the set list featured in Live in Carthage and the performance thereof does for this recording’s presentation, they are just two of its most notable items.  The concert’s collective production and mixing put the finishing touch to the recording’s presentation.  The footage itself adds so much to the viewing experience, as the angles, shots and transitions play right alongside with the energy of each composition and performance.  The shots last just long enough and present angles that heighten and translate well, the energy and emotion in each song.  The audio production and mix are deserving of their own share of credit, too.  Zorgati’s vocals are well-balanced with the work of his fellow band mates.  Their own work is well-balanced among themselves, too.  The whole of the group’s sound creates a powerful impact all its own for the concert.  Together with the video production and mixing (and post production editing), the overall experience that audiences get in viewing this concert becomes that much more engaging and entertaining.  Taking all of this into account, the production, mixing and editing that went into the final product puts the finishing touch to this presentation and makes it that much more appealing.  When this aspect of Live in Carthage is considered along with the recording’s overall content, the whole of the concert becomes a presentation that is a good live start for Myrath that leaves room for growth in the band’s next live recording.

Myrath’s debut live recording Live in Carthage is a good first effort from the band, in terms of live recordings.  That is thanks in part to its set list, which despite focusing more on the band’s more recent albums, still gives audiences a rich picture of those records.  The band’s performance of said set list adds more strength to the recording’s presentation.  The recording’s collective production, mixing and editing put the final touch to the presentation.  Each item noted is key in its own way to the whole of this recording.  All things considered, they make Live in Carthage a good way to get one’s live fix while we all wait for a vaccine to be found for COVID-19 and concerts to return.  It is also a good first effort from the band that shows hope for growth on the band’s next live recording.  Live in Carthage is available now on CD/DVD combo pack.  More information on the recording is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.myrath.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/myrath

 

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Alice Cooper Debuts ‘Don’t Give Up’ Video

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Alice Cooper is doing his part to help audiences get through the COVID-19 outbreak.

Cooper debuted the video for his new inspirational song ‘Don’t Give Up‘ Friday.  The video, which is essentially a lyric video, features pictures of audiences from around the world holding signs that make up the song’s lyrics.  Those pictures are incorporated into a digital globe, at the center of which is Cooper, performing his new single.

The song’s musical arrangement is a mid-tempo work.  The guitar line presents a sound that illustrates the emotional strain and stress that people are feeling right now.  Cooper meanwhile uses a matter of fact spoken word approach in the verses to deliver his message.  The singing used in the song’s chorus is meant to emphasize that despite all the emotional difficulties we all feel, there is hope.

Cooper elaborated on the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview.

“It’s a song about what we’ve all been going through right now and about keeping our heads up and fighting back together,” he said. ” And whatever you do — Don’t Give Up!”

‘Don’t Give Up’ was produced by Bob Ezrin.  A limited edition 7″ picture disc of the song will be available Aug. 14 through earMUSIC.  Pre-orders are open now.

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Website: http://alicecooper.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/AliceCooper

 

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Deep Purple Debuts ‘Throw My Bones’ Video

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Deep Purple will release its new album Whoosh! June 12. In anticipation of the album’s release, the band debuted the video for the album’s lead single this week.

The band debuted the video for the song ‘Throw My Bones‘ Friday.  The video features the space suit-clad figure from the album cover making his way through London and other areas of the world as the band performs the song in the background.

The song’s musical arrangement is a steady, mid-tempo composition with a hint of a blues-rock sound at its base.  The song’s lyrical theme is, according to information in a news release distributed Friday, meant to present a social commentary about looking at the bigger picture of the world and everything going on, and taking action.  The visualization is used to illustrate that message.

‘Throw My Bones’ is available to stream and download here.

Whoosh! is Deep Purple’s 21st full-length studio recording.  The forthcoming album will come more than three years after the release of the band’s most recent album, Infinite, which was released April 7, 2017 through Edel.  Whoosh! will be released through earMusic.

Whoosh! will be available as a limited edition CD/DVD Mediabook (which features a 1-hour-long discussion between Roger Glover and Bob Ezrin and full performance by the band at the 2017 Hellfest), 2LP/DVD edition, standard CD and digital.

More information on Whoosh! is available online along with all of Deep Purple’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.deep-purple.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/_DeepPurple

 

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Myrath To Release Its Debut Live Recording Next Month

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Myrath will release its first-ever live recording next month.

The progressive-metal outfit is scheduled to release Live in Carthage April 17 through earMusic.  The expansive set list featured in the CD/DVD combo pack includes a variety of the band’s latest hits and songs from its previous recordings.  Among the songs included in the set list are the like of ‘Believer,’ ‘Dance,’ ‘Get Your Freedom Back’ and ‘Endure The Silence.’

Deep Purple’s own Don Airey made a guest appearance during the band’s performance of ‘Believer,’ offering his talents on the song’s keyboard line.

Pre-orders are open now for Live in Carthage.  The recording’s track listing is noted below.

 

LIVE IN CARTHAGE TRACK LISTING:
CD:
“Believer” (Feat. Don Airey)*
“Asl”
” Born To Survive”
“Storm Of Lies”
“Dance”
“Wide Shut”
“Merciless Times”
“Get Your Freedom Back”
“Endure The Silence”
“Nobody’s Lives”
“Duat”
“The Unburnt”
“Sour Sigh”
“Tales Of The Sands”
“Madness”**
“Believer”
“No Holding Back”
“Drum Solo”**
“Beyond The Stars”
“Outro”**

BONUS:
Making-Of**

*Only on CD
**Only on DVD

 

More information on Myrath’s forthcoming debut live recording is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.myrath.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/myrath

 

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‘Shehili’ Is A Solid Return For Myrath

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Prog-metal band Myrath is gearing up to head back out on the road next month.  The band’s upcoming European tour schedule – set to launch Oct. 29 in Oslo, Norway – is in support of the band’s fifth full-length studio recording Shehili.  The album is a presentation that is certain to appeal to a wide range of audiences, not the least of which being the band’s own longtime fans.  It will appeal just as much to prog-metal fans in general as to Myrath’s own fans.  This is evident early on in the form of ‘Born To Survive.’  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Wicked Dice,’ which comes almost halfway through the album’s run is another of the album’s most notable entries that proves the album’s far-reaching appeal.  The album’s title track, which is also  the album’s finale, is yet another of the most notable additions that serves to show the album’s wide appeal among prog-metal fans.  It will also be addressed later.  When it is considered alongside the other two songs noted here and the likes of ‘You’ve Lost Yourself,’ ‘Monster in My Closet’ and ‘Mersal,’ that grouping – along with the rest of the album’s offerings – makes the album in whole a work that is one of this  year’s most notable new prog-metal offerings.

Myrath’s fifth full-length studio album is one of this year’s top new prog-metal albums.  It is a work that will appeal not just to Myath’s longtime fans but prog-metal fans in general who might not be so versed in the band’s catalog.  That is proven in part through the album’s first full song, ‘Born To  Survive.’  The song’s musical arrangement continues to cross the band’s familiar Middle Eastern musical roots, that have been incorporated into each of its past four albums, with its equally familiar heavy prog-metal sound for a whole that gives the album a solid start.  What is most notable about that prog-metal sound is that it can easily be likened to the sounds of some of Dream Theater’s greatest compositions.  It is important to note here that while the Dream Theater influence is obvious here, the band does not just rip off Dream Theater’s music and claim it as its own.  Rather, the band takes that influence and uses it to create its own equally powerful composition that will keep audiences engaged and entertained throughout its three-and-a-half-minute run time.  That heavy arrangement is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  Its lyrical content, which seems to focus on the issue of someone overcoming the people who set out to ruin others’ lives, is just as important to its whole.

Front man Zaher Zorgati sings in the song’s lead verse, “I have been deceived/Those I believed/Vultures and thieves/You are just liars/In my eyes/For envy and lust/You broke my soul/Took all of me/I faced betrayal/You evil liars/I stumbled on the way/You’ve rattled all my faith/Now I am whole again/I turn the page today.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Come bring it on/Give all you’ve got/When we’ll be done/You’ll get to know/I’m stronger than you thought/Way over, I will survive you/Judas outshine you.”  Zorgati leaves little doubt here as to the song’s lyrical message, which is a very good thing.  This is someone who has dealt far too long with some very bad people, but has not let those people get the better of him/her.  That is another aspect that makes this song’s lyrical content so important.  Gender is not  noted, so it can relate to males and females alike.  Sure, it is not the first time that any band/singer has ever crafted a song about overcoming the adversity of such people, but it is still a subject matter that is welcome any time it is presented.  That is because every listener can always benefit from such a reminder.  When this is all considered alongside the power in the song’s musical arrangement, the whole of the content serves to show why the song is such an important addition to Shehili.  While the song by itself goes a long way toward proving the album’s place among this year’s field of new prog rock  and metal albums, it is just one of the songs that serves that purpose.  ‘Wicked Dice’ is another of the album’s entries that serves that purpose.

‘Wicked Dice’ comes almost halfway through Shehili’s run.  The song’s musical arrangement forms its foundation, once again demonstrating the already noted Dream Theater influence.  Again, that influence, while there, is just that.  The band has taken said influence and used it to create yet another heavy work with its own identity.  The use of the strings and Middle Eastern elements creates a symphonic sound that couples with the arrangement’s heavier elements for a whole that makes the song easily comparable to some of the works from the band’s most recent album, Legacy (2016).  That comparison is made in the best way possible, too.  The arrangement does a lot to make the song widely appealing in its own way to the noted prog-metal audiences, and is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  Its lyrical content plays its own part in the the song’s presentation, too.

Zorgati sings in the song’s lead verse, “How can’t I see/The glow in your eyes/Flowing on the shape of your lies/Wake up to be/More than a dream/Fall into my trap/Let us roll the dice/Who knows when we will die/let it be/Let me catch your signs/Holding on, on and on/Faking the silence/Let me see underneath your eyes/Holding on, on and on/I’m breaking your laws.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “I’m breaking your mind/Don’t knock it until you have tried it for a night/You won’t be cast aside/Let us play, yeah.”  This one is a little more difficult to decipher than the album’s opener.  It would seem this is someone addressing another subject, trying to figure out who that second subject really is.  This is inferred as Zorgati sings, “How can’t I see/The glow in your eyes/Flowing on the shape of your lies.”  It is almost as if the song’s main subject is saying, ‘why can’t I see the real you?’  That is inferred even more in the song’s chorus as he sings, “Let me catch your signs/Holding on/Faking the silence/Let me see underneath your eyes.”  He seems to be saying to the second subject, ‘Let me see who you really are. Let me in.”  This, as always, is just this critic’s own interpretation and could be incorrect.  Hopefully it is somewhere close to being right if not being right.  With that in mind, the song’s lyrical content here would seem to be another situation to which plenty of listeners can relate.  That is if in fact, this critic’s interpretation is right.  Who has not been in that situation of trying to figure out who someone really is, regardless of the relationship?  The tone in the song’s musical arrangement builds on that seeming story, making the song that much more impacting.  When that impact is considered along with the impact of  ‘Born To Survive,’ the two songs together show even more why Shehili is an important addition to this year’s field of prog-metal offerings.  The songs are not the album’s only key additions.  The album’s finale/title track also serves, in its own way, to show why Shehili is one of this year’s most notable prog-metal albums.

‘Shehili’ is a fitting finale accent to this record with the intense dynamic changes throughout the course of its nearly four-and-a-half-minute run time.  The song opens powerfully with a full-on orchestra/hard rock combination that eventually gives way to the more subdued verse.  That subdued sound is offset with the heavier sound of the song’s choruses.  The juxtaposition of those moods makes the song’s musical arrangement in whole, engaging and entertaining in its own right.  It is just a part of what makes the song stand out, too.  The song’s lyrical content is just as important to the song’s whole as its musical arrangement.

This song’s lyrical story seems to come across as a love letter to the band’s homeland. That is inferred from the song’s very title, ‘Shehili,’ which is supposedly a dry, warm Saharan wind.  Given, Tunisia is not a Saharan or even sub-Saharan nation (it actually sits along the northern coast of Africa along the Mediterranean Sea), however, what is known as the Saharan Air Layer does cover large portions of North Africa.  Research shows the Saharan Air Layer is a collection of sand, dirt and dust that is lifted into the air above the North African desert region.  Tunisia is within that region.  Keeping all of this in mind, it makes even stronger ,the argument that perhaps this song is a love letter to Myrath’s home nation.  This is inferred as Zorgati sings in the song’s lead verse, “Open your sail for me/Like a soul searching to flee/In all that silence, be free/I’d like you to hear my plea/My face in the hot dry wind/On and on/And on and on/I’ll never be/Ever misled again/On my way home.”  The mention of the hot, dry wind seems to coincide with the natural phenomenon that is the Saharan Air Layer.  The added mention of never being misled again “On my way home” would seem to address that love for the nation.  He continues on even stronger, in the song’s second verse, “It’s like a gale to me/Don’t wanna lie to me/Walking alone to the sea/It’s my homeland that I need.”  There in itself is even more proof that this song seems to be a love letter to Myrath’s home nation, the very statement, “Walking to the sea/It’s my homeland that I need.”  Again, Tunisia is bordered on the north by the Mediterranean Sea.  It would seem that is what he is referencing.  The song’s chorus continues from here with the mention of the hot, dry wind and being “on my way home.”  Considering this and everything else noted, it would seem that lyrically speaking, ‘Shehili’ is really a love letter to Myrath’s home.  There is nothing wrong with that.  When this seeming message is coupled with the song’s powerful musical arrangement, the whole of those two elements makes the song a strong finish for Shehili and yet another example of why the album is one of this year’s most notable prog-metal albums.  The songs, considered along with the likes of ‘You’ve Lost Yourself,’ ‘Monster in My Closet’ and ‘Mersal,’ and the rest of the album’s entries strengthens that argument even more.  All things considered, the album proves itself another impressive release for longtime Myrath fans and for prog-metal fans in general.

Myrath’s fifth full-length studio recording Shehili is a strong contender for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new prog-metal albums.  It is a presentation that will appeal just as much to Myrath’s established fan base as it will to prog-metal fans in general.  That is due to a full grouping of prog-metal arrangements and to lyrical content that is just as powerful as its musical counterparts.  All three of the songs noted  here, and the rest of the album’s offerings, show that in their own way.  All things considered, they make Shehili just as appealing for those who are new to Myrath and its works as it will be to the band’s established fan base.  More information on the album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest tour news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.myrath.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/myrath

 

 

 

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Alice Cooper Announces New Live Recording, Live Dates

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Veteran rocker Alice Cooper has a new live recording on the way this summer.

Cooper is scheduled to release A Paranormal Evening at the Olympia Paris August 31 via earMUSIC.  Originally recorded December 7, 2017 at the world renowned Olympia the 90-minute concert recording will be available on 2CD digipack, 2LP Gatefold, and digital platforms.  The 2LP Gatefold will be available in separate white and red pressings.

A Paranormal Evening at the Olympia Paris features an 18-song set list including older material as well as some of his more recent works including, but not limited to: ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy,’ ‘School’s Out,’ ‘Paranoiac Personality’ and others.  The recording’s full set list is noted below.

TRACK LISTING:
CD1:

1. Brutal Planet
2. No More Mr. Nice Guy
3. Under My Wheels
4. Department of Youth
5. Pain
6. Billion Dollar Babies
7. The World Needs Guts
8. Woman of Mass Distraction
9. Poison
10. Halo of Flies

CD2:
1. Feed My Frankenstein
2. Cold Ethyl
3. Only Women Bleed
4. Paranoiac Personality
5. Ballad of Dwight Fry
6. Killer/I Love the Dead themes
7. I’m Eighteen
8. School’s Out

2LP COLORED:
SIDE A:

1. Brutal Planet
2. No More Mr. Nice Guy
3. Under My Wheels
4. Department of Youth
5. Pain
6. Billion Dollar Babies

SIDE B:
1. The World Needs Guts
2. Woman of Mass Distraction
3. Poison
4. Halo of Flies

SIDE C:
1. Feed My Frankenstein
2. Cold Ethyl
3. Only Women Bleed
4. Paranoiac Personality

SIDE D:
1. Ballad of Dwight Fry
2. Killer/I Love the Dead themes
3. I’m Eighteen
4. School’s Out

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The concert featured in this recording was the final of a tour in support of Cooper’s most recent full-length studio recording Paranormal, which was released in July 2017.  The album was Cooper’s first studio recording in six years at the time.  The 10-song record was produced by Bob Ezra and released as both a standard and double-disc edition with eight bonus tracks. it features guest appearances from the likes of Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Larry Mullen, Jr. (U2), Roger Glover (Deep Purple) and Cooper’s original band mates, Neal Smith, Dennis Dunaway and Micheal Bruce.  Paranormal is available now in stores and online via Amazon and iTunes, and is also streaming via Spotify.

Along with the upcoming release of A Paranormal Evening at the Olympia Paris, Alice Cooper also has more live dates coming up in support of Paranormal.  His latest live schedule launches August 3 in West Allis, Wisconsin and is scheduled to run through October 24. It includes scheduled performances in Cincinnati, Ohio; Los Angeles, California; Charlotte, North Carolina and a number of other cities across North America.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

ALICE COOPER ON TOUR:
8/3 — West Allis, WI — Wisconsin State Fair
8/5 — Sioux Falls, SD — Washington Pavilion
8/6 — Kansas City, MO — Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts
8/8 — Colorado Springs, CO — Pike’s Peak Center
8/10 — Las Vegas, NV — The Pearl at the Palms Hotel + Casino*
8/11 — Temecula, CA —  Pechanga Resort + Casino
8/12 — Los Angeles, CA — Greek Theatre*
8/14 — San Jose, CA — City National Civic
8/15 — Jackson, CA — Jackson Rancheria Casino
8/16 — Reno, NV — Grand Sierra Resort + Casino
8/18 — Bonner, MT — Kettlehouse Amphitheater
8/19 — Everett, WA — Angel of the Winds Arena
8/20 — Vancouver, BC — Queen Elizabeth Theatre
8/22 — Calgary, AB — Southern Jubilee Auditorium
8/23 — Edmonton, AB — Northern Jubilee Auditorium
8/25 — Saskatoon, SK — SaskTel Centre
8/26 — Estevan, SK — Affinity Place
8/28 — Winnipeg, MB — Burton Cummings Theatre
8/29 — Thunder Bay, ON — Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
8/30 — St. Paul, MN — Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
9/1 — Ft. Wayne, IN — Foellinger Theatre
9/2 — Huber Heights, OH — Rose Music Center at The Heights
9/4 — Cincinnati, OH — Taft Theatre
9/6 — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre
9/7 — York, PA — York Fair
9/8 — Atlantic City, NJ — Tropicana Atlantic City
10/4 — Albany, NY — Palace Theater
10/9  — Charlotte, NC — Ovens Auditorium
10/10 — Atlanta, GA — Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
10/12 — Chattanooga, TN — Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium
10/13 — Biloxi, MS — Beau Rivage
10/14 — Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hill Lawn
10/16 — Irving, TX — The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
10/17 — Park City, KS — Hartman Arena
10/19 — Memphis, TN — Orpheum Theater
10/20 — St. Louis, MO — Peabody Opera House
10/21 — Cedar Rapids, IA — Paramount Theater
10/23 — Des Moines, IA — Des Moines Civic Center
10/24 — Rockford, IL — Coronado Performing Arts Center
*Featuring Ace Frehley

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Tarja’s New Holiday LP Is A Beautiful, Haunting New Collection Of Holiday Standards

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The holiday season is officially upon us once again.  Halloween has come and gone, and now the annual flurry of Christmas ads has hit the airwaves and it won’t be long before the annual overdose of Christmas albums hits stores, either.  From one to the next, those albums exhibit little variance or originality.  Next Friday though, earMusic will offer that rare variance in the always overcrowded holiday music scene when it releases Tarja’s new holiday album from Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a Dark Christmas).  The best way to describe this new effort from the veteran Finnish performer is that it is as if famed goth director Tim Burton ended up manning the boards for a Trans Siberian Orchestra record.  Oddly enough, that actually is not a bad thing in this case.  From start to end, this 12-song record proves to be a solid standout holiday offering even with some of its more goth-style arrangements.

Tarja’s new holiday album from Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a Dark Christmas), is one of the most standout offerings in this year’s annual sea of holiday albums.  That is because its arrangements, while sometimes goth-oriented, actually are quite touching in their attempts to balance Tarja’s goth side with the arrangements’ source material. Her take on ‘We Three Kings’ is a prime example of this balance.  For the most part, this arrangement stays true to its source material.  However, it does add in Tarja’s familiar goth leanings through the use of keyboards (including what sounds like a harpsichord) and electronics.  When those elements are coupled with Tarja’s own soaring vocal delivery, the end result becomes a powerhouse composition that is certain to move even those not the least familiar with Tarja and her body of work.  That is especially the case when those elements are coupled with the fact that the song in large part stays true to the source material.  All things considered, the overall impact is one that easily shows that previously noted comparison to Trans Siberian Orchestra, and makes this entry one of the compilation’s most notable moments.  It is just one of those notable moments, too.  Tarja’s take on ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ is another of those moments.

The arrangement put together for Tarja’s take of ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,’ much like that of ‘We Three Kings,’ balances her general goth leanings with the song’s already minor chord arrangement for yet another powerful new take on the song.  Right from the song’s outset, the use of the multiple vocal lines conjures thoughts of some of Celtic Woman’s greatest compositions.  Yes, a comparison to Celtic Woman was just made here.  Just as interesting is the Middle Eastern vibe created from there through the use of what sounds like a tabla, a triangle.  The string arrangements, while creating again that goth vibe, also somehow creates a certain warmth to the song.  That warmth is only increased when it is set alongside the song’s keyboard arrangements and tubular bells.  As with ‘We Three Kings,’ the overall arrangement stays true to its source material, but when it is all joined as one, the end result is a take on a holiday standard that is almost completely unlike any other take on the song out there today or days past.  Considering this, it shows even more why from Spirits and Ghosts is one of the most standout of this year’s annual influx of holiday fare, and is still not the last of the collection’s songs to support that statement.  Tarja’s take on ‘Have Your self a Merry Little Christmas’ is one more of the collection’s most notable covers.

The cover of ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ included in Tarja’s new holiday album is yet one more example of what makes from Spirits and Ghosts such a standout collection of holiday musical fare.  This arrangement, highlighted largely by flowing keyboard lines, emotional accents crafted through cymbal rolls and expertly balanced crescendos and of course Tarja’s own moving vocal delivery, comes across as a work that could easily be used for a big budget holiday movie’s soundtrack.  That should come as no surprise considering the fact that the compilation was produced in part by Emmy Award®-winning film score producer Jim Dooley.  His work, along with that of co-producer Tim Palmer (Pearl jam, U2, David Bowie, The Cure), makes this one of the album’s most powerful works if not the compilation’s most powerful.  When it is set alongside the other arrangements noted here, and those not so directly noted (including the equally powerful but not necessarily holiday-themed take of ‘Amazing Grace), the end result is a collection that is certain to stand head and shoulders above its counterparts this holiday season.

from Spirits and Ghosts is one of the most notable of this year’s holiday offerings.  From start to finish, it offers takes on holiday standards that are almost completely unlike anything presented by its seemingly endless sea of musical holiday counterparts.  That is proven clearly through the songs noted in this review and even through those not noted, including the powerhouse take of the non-holiday-themed ‘Amazing Grace’ and the deeply moving take of ‘Feliz Navidad.’  Considering the world’s current political climate, Tarja’s take on this holiday standard gives it a powerful new identity that is so fitting this holiday season, ironically enough. Considering this and the rest of the record’s other covers, the whole of the record’s presentation makes it stand head and shoulders above its fellow musical holiday counterparts – a record that deserves at least one listen even if one is not familiar with Tarja or her body of work.  It is that powerful overall.  It will be available in stores and online next Friday, Nov. 17.  More information on this compilation is available online now along with all of Tarja’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Deep Purple Announces ‘Infinite’ Re-Issue

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Only seven months after it originally released its latest album Infinite on single and 2CD deluxe edition, Deep Purple has announced it is going to re-issue the album in a new extended edition.

InFinite (Gold Edition) will be released in stores and online Dec. 8.  The new extended edition of the album, which was originally released April 7, 2017, will feature the original album on its lead disc and the band’s new live recording The InFinite Live Recordings Vol. 1.

Originally recorded at this year’s annual Hellfest in France, the recording was previously announced only as a 3-LP vinyl collection that will be released the same day as the set included in the new 2CD set.  In anticipation of the live recording’s now dual release, the band has released a live clip of its hit song ‘Bloodsucker,’ which is included in that live recording.

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‘Infinite’ Proves Deep Purple’s Legacy Will Live On Forever

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More than 40 years ago Deep Purple first formed in Hertfordshire, England. Throughout the band’s life, it would see — like so many bands – its own share of highs and lows. Through it all, the band has managed to release some 20 albums, remaining one of the rock community’s most influential names along the way thanks to that body of work.  The latest of those 20 albums, Infinite, saw its release worldwide early this past April via earMusic.  It is yet more proof of why Deep Purple remains so influential almost half a century (if the band doesn’t disband, 2018 would mark its 50th year) into its life.  That is due in part to the musical arrangements presented throughout the course of the record’s 10 song, nearly 46-minute record.  Those arrangements will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical themes presented throughout the record are just as important to note as the album’s musical arrangements and will be discussed later.  The bonus 90-minute “making of” featurette included in the album’s extended edition is also key in showing why Deep Purple is still such an influential band.  Each element is critical in its own right to Infinite’s overall presentation.  Each element serves in its own way why this album is more proof of Deep Purple’s influence.  All things considered, this record shows without a doubt why Deep Purple remains an important part of the rock community and why it in itself is one of this year’s top new rock records.

Deep Purple’s latest full-length studio recording Infinite is a work that shows over its 10-song, 45-minute-plus run time why the band remains one of rock’s most influential acts almost 50 years after its formation.  It also shows itself to be one of this year’s top new rock albums.  That is due in no small part to the varied musical arrangements presented across that body. From beginning to end, the band keeps things fresh for its audiences.  Case in point is the contrast of the sounds in the album’s first two songs, ‘Time For Bedlam’ and ‘Hip Boots.’  The prior crosses Deep Purple’s progressive and hard rock roots together into one arrangement for a work that grows on listeners more with each listen.  The latter is more of a straight forward, radio-ready rock arrangement that, much like ‘Johnny’s Band’ takes listeners back to Deep Purple’s earliest days.  The album’s latest single, ‘The Surprising,’ is another example of why the album’s musical variety is so important to its whole.  Its arrangement is full on progressive rock.  ‘On Top of the World,’ by comparison, is a solid, infectious blues-based arrangement that is just as entertaining as its counterparts.  Between the variations in the arrangements noted here and those of the album’s other featured arrangements, those variations keep Infinite fully engaging and entertaining on their own.  Of course as much as the arrangements do to ensure listeners’ continued engagement in this record, they are only one of the album’s elements that ensures that engagement.  The album’s lyrical themes are just as varied as its musical arrangements.

The lyrical content presented throughout Infinite are just as varied as the record’s musical arrangements.  The band even pointed that out through a series of videos explaining the songs ahead of the album’s release.  Those videos are available now online via YouTube. The album starts off with a seeming socio-political commentary of sorts in ‘Time For Bedlam.’  That is inferred as front man Ian Gillan sings here “Right from the ashes of life I learned to behave/What to believe/What not to say from cradle to grave/Ah…like a good little slave/Sucking my milk from the venomous tit of the state/Clearly designed to suppress every thought of escape/Ah…I surrender to fate.” He continues in similar fashion in the song’s third verse and the song’s chorus, serving even more to create a picture seemingly of the noted statement. On a completely different wing, the album also presents at least one song centered on the familiar topic of broken relationships in ‘All I Got Is You.’  The album also features a polar opposite to that song late in the album’s run in ‘On Top of the World,’ which Gillan noted himself in one of the noted YouTube videos, was about a wild night in a hotel.  ‘Hip Boots,’ the album’s second song, presents its own notable lyrical theme that seems rather happily defiant about something.  It goes without saying that considering the variety of themes presented in the noted songs and the songs not noted here, this record presents just as much lyrical diversity as it does musical diversity.  Keeping this in mind, that lyrical diversity is still not the last of the record’s most important elements.  Its bonus content rounds out its most important elements.

The bonus DVD that comes with Infinite’s extended edition shows in its own right what makes the album so enjoyable (and the band still so influential) because it isn’t just another run-of-the-mill guerilla style “making of” featurette.  It is a full 90-minute program, narrated by Yes’ own Rick Wakeman, that feels like a news report than just some off-the-cuff poorly recorded piece that so many of its counterparts prove to be.  Audiences are taken into the band’s recording session with Producer Bob Ezrin to see firsthand how the album came together.  Audiences will be wowed to see the civility and respect between Ezrin and the band members throughout the album’s creative process. Watching Ezrin at work with the band is like watching a maestro at work with a group of ace musicians, offering constructive criticism versus the criticism that he could have otherwise offered.  It is such a breath of fresh air for a “making of” documentary to present such a distinguished experience.  That experience in turn gives even more respect, going full circle here, for the music presented throughout this album.  It also creates new respect for the band in whole because of that clear respect that its members have for one another, for Ezrin and that he has for them.  Keeping that in mind, while the bonus material included with this album may not seem like much on the surface, it is in fact a very valuable addition to the album, showing even more why Deep Purple remains almost 50 years after its founding one of the rock community’s most respected and revered acts today.  When this is considered along with the impact brought by the variety in the album’s musical and lyrical content, it becomes that much clearer why the band remains so respected and why this album is one of the year’s most respected rock records.

Deep Purple’s latest full-length studio recording Infinite is one of this year’s most valuable rock records.  Regardless of whether or not it is the band’s last studio album, it can be said easily that it is even more proof of why Deep Purple is one of the rock community’s most respected acts today even almost 50 years after its founding.  That is proven through the musical and lyrical variety presented throughout the album and the in-depth bonus material included in the record’s companion DVD.  Each element is important in its own way in supporting those statements.  All things considered, they prove without doubt that this is a record that every Deep Purple fan should own, the band’s last album or not.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Infinite is available online now along with all of Deep Purple’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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