Jerry Cantrell Announces New Album Details; Debuts Album’s Lead Single, Video

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Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell is scheduled to release his new solo album this fall.

The album, Brighten is scheduled for release Oct. 29. Pre-orders are open. It is Cantrell’s first new album in almost 20 years.

In anticipation of the album’s release, Cantrell premiered the video for the album’s lead single, ‘Atone’ Thursday through Rolling Stone magazine. The track listing for Brighten is noted below.

Brighten Track List



Prism of Doubt

Black Hearts and Evil Done

Siren Song

Had To Know

Nobody Breaks You



Cantrell said in a prepared statement, the song’s arrangement, which features clear AIC influence along with an equally clear southern rock sensibility, that there was direct influence in the song from a more well-known composer in the track’s creation.

“As a fan of Ennio Morricone scores and Sergio Leone movies, it’s got a bit of that outlaw vibe, with a cool psycho hillbilly stomp” he said. “It’s been kicking around in my head for like 20-plus years, haunting me. Sometimes it takes a while for a good idea to find its best form. Such was the case with Atone.”

No information is provided in the press release regarding the debut of Cantrell’s new single. In listening to the song through, it comes across as a statement from someone wanting to make right what was once wrong. It is that classic theme of battling personal demons for all intents and purposes.

The video for ‘Atone’ follows Cantrell’s noted respect for Sergio Leone movies. It finds him out in an arid, mountainous setting. The black and white video has the look of something one might expect from one of Leone’s old spaghetti westerns.

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Record Kicks Announces Release Date, Specs For ‘The Black Stone Affair’ Soundtrack; To Release Soundtrack’s Lead Single Next Month

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News from independent record label Record Kicks is renewing interest in a little known Italian movie.

The label announced Tuesday through a press release, it will release the soundtrack to the movie The Black Stone Affair April 9. The movie was written and directed by then up-and-coming writer/director Stefano Paradisi. Had the movie ever seen the light of day, it would have made Paradisi as popular and respected as his more well-known Italian counterparts, Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni, according to those who worked on the film.

Although the movie likely will never see light of day, the discovery of the master reels for the movie’s soundtrack, and their restoration has led to its forthcoming release. The soundtrack was crafted by the independent music collective known as Whatitdo Archive Group.

In anticipation of the soundtrack’s pending release, Record Kicks will release the soundtrack’s lead single, ‘The Return of Beaumont Jenkins ft. Alessandro Alessandroni Jr.’ March 5. Its release will come in a limited run of 45s. Alessandroni is the son of Alessandro Alessandroni Sr., who worked with the likes of Ennio Morricone on a variety of soundtracks, including those from movies helmed by Sergio Leone.

According to information provided about ‘The Return of Beaumont Jenkins’ by Record Kicks, the song was intended for the final scene of The Black Stone Affair. A statement which addresses the song and scene was featured in the news release about the soundtrack and song. It states, “every hero needs a victory theme and ours, Beaumont Jenkins, finally receives his. After a bitter bullet-fueled showdown against Blood Chief, maestro Alessandro Alessandroni Jr’s iconic whistle can be heard across the expansive desert backdrop. Led by driving tremolo guitars and a pizzicato string ensemble, the music dramatically explodes into a victorious piano solo that carries our wounded hero away into the sunset, the elusive black stone in hand”.

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Serj Tankian Releasing Two New Albums This Summer


Courtesy:  Serjical Strike Records

Courtesy: Serjical Strike Records


System of a Down front man Serj Tankian will release two new albums this Summer via his own Serjical Strike Records.  The first of the two new records, Orca will be released first on June 25th.  It will be followed up with the experimental jazz album, Jazz-iz Christ on July 23rdOrca mixes influences of Twentieth Century composers with works written for modern films, showing a vast expanse of influences.  Among those influences are the likes of Philip Glass and Ennio Morricone.  It was originally composed in Tankian’s home studio, and came to fruition thanks to a Kickstarter campaign that helped bring it to life.  Conductor Werner Steinmetz held the baton for the recording of the records four acts. 

Courtesy:  Serjical Strike Records

Courtesy: Serjical Strike Records

Jazz-iz Christ, the second of Tankian’s upcoming release this Summer, started with just Tankian himself.  From there, it grew into a large collaborative effort that included work from:  pianist Tigran Hamasyan, flautist Valeri Tolstov, and trumpet player Tom Duprey.  Also making appearances on the new record are Stewart Copeland (The Police), actor/musician Davis Alpay, and Vincent Pedulla.  The album contains a total of fifteen compositions, most of which are instrumental, save for four songs.  That group of songs mix together progressive jazz, electronic, ethnic and rock elements. 

Both Orca and  Jazz-iz Christ will be available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon, and other online outlets including Tankian’s own website, and the Serjical Strike website,  Pre-orders for the deluxe limited editions of Orca begin this Wednesday, May 1st.  The deluxe limited edition of Orca includes a 180-gram picture disc, swag, and a signed copy of the actual score for the record.  Pre-orders for Jazz-iz Christ begin Wednesday, May 15th.  Audiences can check out audio samples of both records at the Serjical Strike Records website. 

A tour in support of both records will be held beginning September 19th at the Ukraina Hall in Ukraine.  The tour will come on the heels of the current System of a Down tour.  The current list of tour dates in support of Tankian’s new records is available below.  More dates will be announced at a later date.  To keep up with all of the latest tour information and news from Serj Tankian, fans can follow him on Facebook at and on his official website,

19 Sep 13 Thu Kiev Ukraine Ukraina Hall
21 Sep 13 Sat Yekaterinburg Russia Kosmos Hall
23 Sep 13 Mon Novosibirsk Russia DK Zheleznodorozhnik
25 Sep 13 Wed Krasnoyarsk Russia Philharmony
27 Sep 13 Fri Moscow Russia Crocus City Hall
28 Sep 13 Sat St. Petersburg Russia Orjktybyrsky Concert Hall
03 Oct 13 Thu Florence Italy Teatro Comunale
04 Oct 13 Fri Padova Italy Gran Teatro Geox
05 Oct 13 Sat Rome Italy Auditorium Parco Della Musica


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