Evil Invaders’ Latest LP Is A Mostly Successful Record

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Veteran metal outfit Evil Invaders released its latest album, Shattering Reflection Friday through Napalm Records. The band’s first third album and its first in nearly five years, it is a presentation that the metal masses will find worth hearing every now and then. That is due in large part to its wide range of metal arrangements, which will be discussed shortly. While the record’s musical arrangements do well for its presentation, their companion lyrical content sadly detracts somewhat from the presentation. This will be discussed a little later. The record’s production works with the arrangements to make for more engagement and entertainment. It will be discussed later. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation. All things considered, they make the album a mostly successful new outing for Evil Invaders.

Evil Invaders’ new album, Shattering Reflections, is a mostly successful offering that most metal fans will find worth hearing every now and then. That is due in large part to its featured musical arrangements. From start to end, the album’s 10 separate musical arrangements take listeners on a nice ride. Right from the outset, ‘Hissing in Crescendo,’ listeners are presented with an arrangement that is full-on vintage thrash metal. Front man Johannes “Joe” Van Audenhove’s half-sung screams pair with the razor sharp guitar riffs and fully precise time keeping and rich bass line to lend the whole to comparison to works from a wide range of the band’s counterparts. At some points, vintage Overkill can be heard in the arrangement. At others, Slayer front man Tom Araya comes to mind thanks to Van Audenhove’s vocal style. What’s more, audiences can also make comparisons to works from Exodus through the combination. It is just one way in which the musical arrangements prove so pivotal to the whole of this record. ‘Die For Me,’ which immediately follows, immediately lends itself to the sounds of Iron Maiden with the harmonies and style in the guitars. The vocals meanwhile are still borderline Araya-esque. On yet another note, a song, such as ‘My World’ conjures thoughts of vintage Metallica and Megadeth to a point. Though as it progresses, really enters another realm, adding to the interest. Simply put, the musical arrangements that the band presents throughout the record offer listeners a relatively healthy sampling of vintage metal styles. That forms a strong foundation for the record and makes it worth hearing.

While the musical content featured throughout the album forms a solid foundation for the presentation, that content’s companion lyrical content detracts from the record’s presentation to a point. The lyrical content is familiar, as Van Audenhove has noted in interviews. He has pointed out that it features themes of personal, inner thoughts, as well as ruminations on things going on in the world. That is a good thing. The thing of it all is the way in which he approaches those topics. Van Audenhove wrote the songs’ lyrics in a way that does leave some room for misinterpretation. What’s more, because of the way in which they are presented, and the very heavy nature of those themes, it is going to require audiences to be in a very specific mindset when listening to the album. Case in point is the theme featured in ‘In Deepest Black’ and ‘Eternal Darkness.’ Both of those songs come across as being about being in that dark mental and emotional place. Everyone has been there at one point or another in life, but the way in which the lyrics are presented makes these presentations very deep. If someone is not in that required head space, he/she will not fully appreciate the songs. In the case of, say, ‘Die For Me,’ the song opens sounding like something about someone who is dealing with backstabbers, which again is relatable for audiences. From there though, the song then turns and starts sounding more like something about a cult leader and in turn can easily be misinterpreted. So this is an example of how the album’s lyrical content does prove somewhat problematic to the record’s presentation. The content overall is not enough to make the album a failure, but is still of note, regardless.

Keeping in mind that the record’s lyrical content does not do enough to make the album a failure, there is one more item to note in examining the album’s presentation. That item is the album’s production. The production of the musical arrangements is important because of its role in the record’s general effect. The utmost attention had to be paid to each song from the more intense moments to the more reserved compositions. The more intense compositions required attention to make sure that no one part overpowered the others and each line complimented the others. In the matter of the deeper, more emotional moments, the added attention was there so as to have the fullest impact on listeners. Those painstaking efforts paid off, too. The result is that from beginning to end, the album’s general effect does just as much to keep listeners engaged and entertained as the album’s musical content. When the content and production are considered together, they make the album, again, worth hearing occasionally.

Evil Invaders’ latest album, Shattering Reflection, is an interesting new offering from the band. Its appeal comes largely through its featured musical arrangements. The arrangements are of note because of the wide range of vintage metal styles presented throughout the album. From influences of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, to those of Slayer, Exodus and others, the arrangements will reach a wide range of metal fans. While the record’s musical arrangements for a solid foundation for its presentation, the album’s lyrical content detracts somewhat from the presentation. That is because on one hand, much of it leaves itself too open for misinterpretation in how it is presented. On another hand, it also requires listeners to be in a very specific mindset in order to fully appreciate said content. Luckily, even with all of this in mind, the record’s lyrical content is not enough to make the album a failure. Keeping that in mind, the album’s production works with the musical content to make the album more worth hearing. The production is important to note because it balances the vocals and instrumentation from beginning to end, ensuring each musician’s performance is expertly balanced with that of one another. What’s more it also ensures the emotional impact of each arrangement is its fullest through that balance. Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation. All things considered, the album proves itself to be a presentation that a wide range of metal fans will find worth hearing every now and then.

Shattering Reflections is available now through Napalm Records. More information on the album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://evilinvaders.be

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/evilinvadersbe

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Annihilator’s ‘Metal’ Re-Issue Is A Mostly Successful Presentation

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More than 14 years after it released its album, Metal, veteran hard rock/metal band Annihilator will re-issue that record in the form of Metal II.  Originally released April 16, 2007 through SPV/Steamhammer, Metal featured 10 songs.  The album’s Japanese release featured a cover of Exciter’s ‘Heavy Metal Maniac’ as a bonus track.  This time out, the song is part of the album’s standard release, in place of the song ‘Operation Annihilation.’  Also featured in the album’s re-issue is a cover of Van Halen’s ‘Romeo Delight’ as an extra, bringing the album’s track count to 11 songs.  That cover is just one of the songs that makes the album successful.  It will be discussed shortly.  The band’s re-worked take of ‘Chasing The High’ is notable in its own right, too.  It will be discussed a little later.  The band’s cover of Excite’s ‘Heavy Metal Maniac’ is another notable addition to this presentation.  When it is considered along with the other songs noted here and with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes this new presentation of Metal a mostly successful record.

Annihilator’s forthcoming re-issue of its 2007 album, Metal – dubbed Metal II – is a mostly successful new presentation.  Its success comes in part through its cover of Van Halen’s ‘Romeo Delight.’  Front man Jeff Waters talked about taking on the Van Halen classic in a prepared statement.

“There was something about Women And Children First,” muses Annihilator’s, said Waters.  “It was massively brutal attitude meeting aggression — meets a DLR-fronted party. You have to remember when this came out. ‘Romeo Delight’ is the most ‘heavy’ song from VH, in my (and Kerry King’s!) opinion.”

“His [Eddie Van Halen’s] playing, writing, performance, and smile were second to none EVER,” added Waters. “He was a superb writer, lead guitar innovator, genius rhythm player, and was able to build a gear empire. He took chances. Did his own thing. It worked. Millions and more will mourn him, as long as the future world likes music. But we also will be celebrating forever, as musicians will continue to hand down the ‘EVH-Influenced-Musical-Genes’ to future generations!”

Annihilator’s take of ‘Romeo Delight’ stays largely true to its source material, backing up Waters’ statement. From the guitars to Waters’ own vocal delivery sound and style (which sounds a lot like that of David Lee Roth), to Fabio Alessandrini’s performance on drums and the very sound there, the song echoes Van Halen’s original quite well. Even bassist Rich Gray’s work on bass is so similar in sound and style to that of Michael Anthony. All of this is a tribute to those responsible for the song’s production. It makes the song sound so much like the original in its general approach.  All things considered here, the song proves to be just one of the works that makes this record stand out.  The band’s re-worked take of ‘Chasing The High’ does its own part to make the album interesting.

The band’s re-worked take of ‘Chasing The High’ stands out largely because of the guest appearance of Lamb of God guitarist Willie Adler.  Adler’s groove metal riffs work with the band’s more pure thrash leaning in the vein of vintage Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth to make the song in whole such a unique composition.  The intensity of the original composition is stepped up so much because of Adler’s addition to the mix.  The re-worked take on the song stays true to its source material.  It just steps it up a number of notches, making it even more intense.  To that end, the song stands on its own merits in the record’s overall body and shows even more what audiences have to appreciate from this re-issue.  The band’s cover of Exciter’s ‘Heavy Metal Maniac’ as a standard part of the record is one more positive aspect of the presentation.

The cover of Exciter’s ‘Heavy Metal Maniac’ stands out because as with the other songs examined here, it stays true to its source material.  In listening to the original song alongside this updated take of the song, the update is so impressive because it takes the source material and maintains its vintage metal sound but also really steps it up more.  The presentation sounds so much fuller in its new update.  Those responsible for the record’s production and re-mastering are to be applauded for their work just as much in this case as with the album’s other songs.  When the impressive result of that work is considered here along with the work that went into the other songs examined here and with the rest of the album’s songs, the whole makes Metal II a nice update on Metal

Annihilator’s forthcoming reissue of its 2007 album, Metal, Metal II, is a positive presentation from the veteran metal outfit.  That is proven through each of the extras featured in this re-issue.  When they are considered along with the rest of the record’s works, the whole becomes a mostly successful overall work. 

Metal II is scheduled for release Feb. 18.  More information on Annihilator’s new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.annihilatormetal.com

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Hatebreed Debuts ‘Instinctive’ Video; Announces New Live Dates

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Hatebreed premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single, ‘Instinctive (Slaughterlust)‘ Wednesday. The single is taken from the band’s latest album, Weight of the False Self, which was released in 2020 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The video for ‘Instinctive (Slaughterlust)’ features footage from Hatebreed’s time on last year’s “Metal Tour of the Year Tour.” The band joined Megadeth, Lamb of God, and Trivium for the tour.

In related news, Hatebreed also announced new live dates Wednesday. The band is scheduled to launch its new tour alongside Parkway Drive, The Black Dahlia, and Stick To Your Guns May 8 in Baltimore, MD. The tour is scheduled to run through June 5 in San Francisco, CA. It features performances in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Columbus, OH and Las Vegas, NV.

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

HATEBREED ON TOUR:
WITH PARKWAY DRIVE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, + STICK TO YOUR GUNS:
5/8 — Baltimore, MD — UMBC Event Center
5/9 — New Haven, CT — College Street Music Hall
5/10 — Pittsburgh, PA — Stage AE
5/11 — Columbus, OH — KEMBA Live!
5/13 — New York, NY — Hammerstein Ballroom
5/14 — Worcester, MA — Palladium Outdoors
5/15 — Montreal, Quebec — TBA
5/17 — Toronto, Ontario — RBC Echo Beach
5/19 — Atlanta, GA — Coca-Cola Roxy
5/20 — Daytona, FL — Welcome To Rockville
5/22 — Charlotte, NC — Metro Credit Union
5/23 — Cincinnati, OH — Ovation
5/24 — Ft Wayne, IN — Piere’s Outdoors
5/25 — Chicago, IL — Wintrust Arena
5/26 — St Louis, MO — The Factory
5/28 — Dallas, TX — So What Festival
5/29 — San Antonio, TX — Vibes Outside
5/31 — Wichita, KS — Wave
6/1 — Denver, CO. — Mission Ballroom
6/3 — Las Vegas, NV — Theater at Virgin Hotels*
6/4 — So Cal  — TBA*
6/5 — San Francisco, CA — The Warfield*
*No Stick To Your Guns

More information on Hatebreed’s new single and video is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://www.hatebreed.com

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Hyperia Goes Full Horror In ‘Operation Midnight’ Video

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Independent thrash metal outfit Hyperia premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the video for its new single, ‘Operation Midnight’ Thursday. The song is featured in the band’s forthcoming album, Silhouettes of Horror which is expected for release in March 2022. The album’s exact release date is under consideration.

The video for ‘Operation Midnight’ plays out like a sequence from a horror movie. A woman lays in bed, terrorized by hooded figures and visions of worms in her bed. meanwhile the band performs its single in footage spliced into the video.

The band talked about the song’s video and how it connects to the song’s lyrical content in a prepared statement.

“’Operation Midnight’ was a song that we wanted to be fast, punchy, and hard-hitting the whole way through,” the statement reads. “It is accompanied by a music video filmed by City Zero Films that was shot a few hours northeast of Vancouver in a secluded foresty area. The song is a good song to set the pace of the album, lyrically and musically. The lyrics focus around nightmarish hallucinations and terrors and seeing black hooded figures at the side of your bed. It has melodic and heavy parts that showcase the diversity of our new album.”

The musical arrangement featured in the band’s new single is a vintage thrash style composition. The powerhouse vocals alongside the instrumentation immediately lends the song to comparison to works from the likes of Anthrax, Annihilator, and even Megadeth to a lesser degree.

Silhouettes of Horror‘s track listing is noted below.

Track Listing:
1. Hypnagogia 4:17
2. Intoxication Therapy 4:38
3. Experiment 77 4:28
4. Severed 4:20
5. Prisoner Of The Mind 4:18
6. Terror Serum 4:51
7. Whitecoat 3:31
8. Silhouettes of Horror 3:54
9. Operation Midnight 4:22
10. Pleonexia 6:59
11. Gimme Gimme Gimme (ABBA Cover) 4:29
Album Length 50:13

More information on Hyperia’s new single, video, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://hyperiametal.bandcamp.com

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

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Dave Mustaine, Gibson Launch New Signature Guitar Line

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Dave Mustaine poses with the first guitar in his new signature line, the Gibson USA FLying V EXP.

Gibson has partnered with Megadeth founder and front man Dave Mustaine to release a new line of guitars.

The two sides have joined to release the new Dave Mustaine Collection. The first guitar in that collection is the Gibson USA Flying V EXP. The new guitar is available in limited quantities in various finishes here and through select dealers. A wider release is planned to take place in February. Audiences can call 615-933-6000 to place an order for one of the guitars.

The Dave Mustaine Collection will span acoustic and electric guitars and will feature original content and special projects across Gibson, Epiphone, and Kramer.

In related news, Mustaine was announced as one of Gibson’s brand ambassadors early this year. Audiences can watch him on Gibson TV’s latest episode of its series, Icons here.

More information on Gibson’s new partnership with Dave Mustaine is available along with all of the company’s news at:

Website: https://www.gisbon.com/en-US

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gibsonguitar

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Disconnected Sounds Ecological Alarm With New Single, Video

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Independent hard rock band Disconnected is doing its part to bring awareness to the planet’s ecological plight.

The band did so last month through its latest single, ‘Life Will Always Find Its Way‘ and its companion video. The song is featured in the band’s forthcoming album, We Are Disconnected. The album is expected for release in 2022, with an exact release date under consideration.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Life Will Always Find Its Way’ is an intense composition that blends elements of metalcore and progressive metal for a whole that is wholly unique. The addition of the symphonic metal elements to the mix makes for its own interest, too.

A brief statement from the band notes that the song’s lyrical theme delivers an ecological message. It reads, “‘Life will always find its way’ is a statement to raise ecological awareness, and the urgency to act. It is a clear shout out for ecology!”

The song’s video helps deliver that message by using visuals, such as the atom bomb exploding, massive tornados and hurricanes decimating cities, flooding, and plastic waste washed up on beaches.

In other news, the band announced Friday, it has been added to the lineup for the 2022 edition of the annual Hellfest festival in Clisson, France. The festival is scheduled to take place June 15-26, and also features performances from bands, such as Guns ‘N Roses, Nine Inch Nails, Megadeth, and Alice Cooper.

More information on Disconnected’s new single, video, album and live schedule is available along with all of the band’s latest news at https://www.facebook.com/wearedisconnected.band.

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‘Trivium Has Crafted One Of Its Best Albums And One Of The Year’s Top New Hard Rock & Metal Albums In ‘In The Court Of The Dragon’

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Veteran metal act Trivium is a band whose members clearly do not let a lot of grass grow under their feet.  A little more than a year after the band released its then most recent album, What The Dead Men Say, the band released another album, this time in the form of In The Court of the Dragon.  Its release Oct. 8 came on the heels of an extensive tour with Lamb of God, Megadeth, and Hatebreed, and leading into upcoming shows on Slipknot’s annual Knotfest.  One would think that with that tour and everything going on with the COVID-19 pandemic, the band would not have turned out this impressive record so soon, but somehow it managed to do just that.  The album is a strong new return from the band, too.  That is evidenced through its musical arrangements and lyrical themes alike.  ‘Like a Sword Over Damocles,’ one of the album’s early entries, does well to prove that true.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘The Shadow of the Abattior’ is another example of how this record’s musical and lyrical content make the album so interesting.  It will be examined a little later.  ‘The Phalanx,’ the album’s latest single and its finale, is one more way in which the album’s overall content shows the record’s strength.  It will also be examined later.  When this song and all of the others featured in this 52-minute record are considered together, they make In The Court of the Dragon one of the best of Trivium’s albums to date.

Trivium’s recently released album, In The Court of the Dragon, is among the best of the band’s records to date.  The band’s 10th album, it offers much for audiences to appreciate through its musical and lyrical content alike.  ‘Like A Sword Over Damocles,’ one of the album’s early entries, does well in itself to support the noted statement.  The five-and-a-half minute song’s musical arrangement is a full-on modern metal opus that will appeal to even the most diehard metal purists.  The opening riff and chants conjure thoughts of doom metal before things change and the arrangement turns more decidedly in a radio friendly direction.  That is due in part to the melodic hard rock choruses, which are comparable to the choruses from so many Sevendust songs.  Yes that’s quite a range, but it is definitely there, at least in the ears and mind of this critic.  The whole is a fully immersive composition, complete with raging guitar solo, that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.  The lyrical theme that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement makes for its own interest.

According to comments from guitarist Corey Beaulieu, the theme here is lifted from the original story of the Sword of Damocles, who traded places with King Donysius II of Syracuse.  Damocles learned a valuable lesson about virtue in the end.  Beaulieu said of his thought that stemmed from his research into the story, “What happens when the person who’s questioning you has your job and responsibility?”  He added that bassist Paolo Gregoletto built on that concept and the pair came up with the final lyrical presentation.  The influence of that story is evident throughout the song’s lyrical presentation.  Just as interesting is that it is a story that even in this format, will resonate with any listener because such situation rises in the real world daily.  Keeping that in mind, the lyrical theme and musical arrangement together make clear why ‘Like A Sword Over Damocles’ is a strong example of the power of this album’s overall content.  It is just one of the ways in which the album’s strength is displayed.  ‘The Shadow of the Abattoir’ does its own share to show why this album shines.

‘The Shadow of the Abattoir’ is, while not the album’s longest song, one of its longest.  It clocks in at seven minutes, 12 seconds.  Over the course of that time, the song takes listeners in a range of directions, opening with a classic metal style sound in its contemplative approach.  Front man Matt Heafy’s vocal delivery is one of the most interesting points of the song’s musical arrangement.  That is because the richness and bass in his voice sits somewhere between Metallica front man James Hetfield and Slipknot/Stone Sour front man Corey Taylor.  Again, yes, it sounds like quite the range, but it is there, and it makes for reason enough to hear this song, too.  When this is all considered against the song’s more fiery verses, the contrast between verse and chorus makes the song even more interesting in its musical side.  It is just part of what makes the song stand out.  The song’s lyrical content adds to the song’s interest, too.

It should be noted at this point that the band openly stated that the album’s lyrical content is based on mythologies that its members developed due to their own interest in literary mythology.  That aside, the songs still manage to relate to audiences.  This song’s lyrical content continues to prove that in its chorus as Heafy sings, “Don’t go searching for the battle/You won’t find any beasts to slay/You’ll rip yourself to pieces/You’ll drive yourself insane/In the shadow of the abattoir.”  An abattoir being a slaughterhouse, one cannot help but wonder which myth led to this kind of content.  That aside, the very message still connects with listeners.  In this case, the message comes across as being that of not going to look for trouble, because when you go looking for it, you will find it, just not in the way you might think.  You might find your own trouble in yourself.  The verses seem to build on that message as each finds the subjects in bad situations because they apparently went looking for those situations so to speak.  From the snow covering a path in the song’s lead verse, to people apparently succumbing to the sun and its heat in the song’s second verse, to a ship singing after going through dark waters in the third verse, these are all situations in which people found themselves in trouble because they put themselves in such situations.  This is all just this critic’s interpretation.  Hopefully it is somewhere in the proverbial ballpark.  If so, then it further shows why the album’s overall content makes the record so worth hearing.  It is hardly the last of the record’s most notable songs, too.  ‘The Phalanx,’ which closes out the album, is one more way in which the record’s musical and lyrical content combines to show the LP’s strength.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘The Phalanx’ opens in a decidedly almost orchestral metal fashion before soon transitioning into a more pure metal approach.  The seven minute, 16 second’s opening movement lends itself to comparisons to works from Megadeth and Avenged Sevenfold what with the guitars and vocal delivery style and sound. As the song progresses, it eventually returns to the more symphonic metal style approach and sound used in the arrangement’s opening bars, leading to something of an ABA pattern here.  The whole of the composition is a powerful presentation that will engage and entertain audiences easily in its own right.  When it is considered along with the song’s lyrical content, the whole becomes even more powerful.

In the case of this song’s lyrical theme, it comes across as a story of a man who sees the fallacy of war.  It would be interesting to know what myth the band came up with for this story and from what myth the band got its inspiration for the song.  Regardless, the way in which the song’s subject makes his revelation clear is moving.  Considering the mood that the song’s arrangement sets, that revelation gains even more power.  The combination makes the song stand out that much more as a key example of how much this album has to offer audiences.  When this song and the others examined here are considered along with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole shows that much more why In The Court of the Dragon successful.  All in all the album proves to be, again, one of the band’s best records to date.

Trivium’s recently released 10th album, In The Court of the Dragon is among the best of the band’s albums to date.  Its strength comes through its musical and lyrical content alike.  That is proven through all three of the songs examined here, one of which is among the album’s current singles.  When it is considered along with the album’s other singles, the other songs examined here and the rest of the album’s works, the whole makes the album one of the best of this year’s new hard rock and metal albums. 

In The Court of the Dragon is available now through Roadrunner Records. More information about Trivium’s new single, video and tour schedule is available along with all of Trivium’s latest news and more at:

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John 5 Announces New Album Details; Premieres Album’s Lead Single, Companion Video

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John 5 will release his latest album this fall.

The guitarist (a.k.a. John Lowery) is scheduled to release his new album, Sinner, Oct. 29. Pre-orders are open.

In anticipation of the album’s release, Lowery premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Que Pasa,’ and its companion video Friday. The song features a guest appearance by Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine. It features a musical arrangement that is easily comparable to works from fellow guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani.

The video for ‘Que Pasa’ features Lowery and his fellow musicians on stage in order to give audiences a look at what a live John 5 show looks like. Mustaine shows up on video singing the song’s only lyrics, “Que pasa, people/Que pasa.” Yes, it is that simple.

Lowery spoke highly of Mustaine during a recent interview.

“I have such an appreciation for Dave, and I love his voice, guitar playing and songwriting. And he kills it on ‘Que Pasa,'” he said. “It was such a joy to have him on this track.”

Lowery also discussed new album.

“When people hear this record, I want them to say, ‘Oh, that’s John 5,’” he said. “What you get with Sinner is the best of me. I just want to write memorable riffs that people will enjoy. When I sit on my couch and play my guitar, I play the same things you hear on the instrumental records. It’s honest. It’s real. It’s not a façade. This is how I play. This is what I love to do.”

The track listing for Sinner is noted below.

JOHN 5 | SINNER

Tracklisting

01. Welcome To The Island

02. For I Have Sinned

03. Euphoria (feat. Carla Harvey)

04. Que Pasa (feat. Dave Mustaine)

05. How High The Moon

06. Creepshow

07. Land Of The Misfit Toys

08. Crazy Little Thing Called Love

09. This Is How I Do It

10. Georgia On My Mind (feat. Peter Criss)

More information on John 5’s new album, single, and video is available along with all of his latest news at:

Website: https://www.john-5.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/John5official

Twitter: https://twitter.com/john5guitarist

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Rock Super Group The Lucid Announces New Album Details; Premieres Album’s Lead Single

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Members of Sponge, Fear Factory, and an ex-member of Megadeth have joined to make a new super group.

Vinnie Dombroski (Sponge), Mike Heller (Fear Factory) and David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth) have joined with guitarist Drew Fortier (Bango Tango, David Ellefson, Zen From Mars) to form the new rock super group, The Lucid. The group is scheduled to release its self-titled debut album Oct. 15 through SpoilerHead Records.

Ellefson said in a prepared statement, he was looking forward to the album’s release.

“It’s been a real blast making a record with these guys and I must say that it’s refreshing to explore some new musical avenues….to step out a bit from what each of us have done stylistically in our own careers,” he said. “There was an effortless synergy that came with creating these songs together which is always amazing when working with new people. I’m looking forward to everyone checking it out!”

Pre-orders are open now. The album’s track listing is noted below.

The Lucid will feature the following track listing:

1.Maggot Wind
2.Deaths of Despair
3.Spoiler Head
4.Hair
5.Maskronaut
6.Damned
7.Breech Boy
8.Pigs and Sons
9.Parade of Spit

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band premiered the record’s lead single, ‘Maggot Wind’ Wednesday. The song’s title conjures thoughts of something heavy and intense, but ironically, the song’s musical arrangement is anything but. Rather, it lends itself more to comparison to works from the likes of Alter Bridge. Just as interesting is that even with that in mind, the sound of Dombroski’s voice as he sings is comparable to that of the late great Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver front man Scott Weiland.

No information was provided about the lyrical theme featured in ‘Maggot Wind’ in the press release announcing the band’s formation, album details, and single debut. However, in looking at the lyrics provided with the song, it would seem that the song’s lyrical theme is a commentary of sorts about the state of the world. That is just this critic’s own interpretation.

In other news, Ellefson and Fortier are scheduled to appear together at a trio of dates this fall to support their new horror film, Dwellers. The movie is scheduled for release on Blu-ray and digital streaming services Oct. 12. It is available to pre-order through various limited edition bundles here.

Ellefson and Fortier’s scheduled appearances are noted below.

Crypticon, Minneapolis, MN – Sept. 10-12
Dead Conventions, Fort Wayne, IN – Oct 15-17
Chiller Theater, Parsippany, NJ – Oct 29-31

More information on The Lucid’s new single and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://thelucidofficial.bandcamp.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheLucid_Band

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Sepultura Debuts Quarantine Performance Of ‘Slave New World’

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Sepultura’s new “live” recording, SepulQuarta is now available.

The band released the collection of quarantined performances Friday 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.

Guitarist and founding member Andreas Kisser spoke highly of the collection of performances in discussing its release.

“The SepulQuarta album is probably the one I am most proud of!,” said Kisser. “2020 was the most difficult time for a band to survive, without the stage and the direct contact with the fans, but we managed to keep going strong and the album is a consequence of the unity plus the positive attitude from the band. The album sounds great, alive, and very real! All the guests did an amazing job and we feel more than ever that we have a huge Sepultura family out there. Thank you so much for everyone’s support and hope to see you all soon. This album is for you! Enjoy the music!”

In correlation with the recording’s release, the band premiered the video for its quarantine performance of its song, ‘Slave New World’ Friday with Trivium front man Matt Heafy. The video is the third from the recording. The band has also released videos for its quarantine performances of its songs, ‘Mask‘ and ‘Apes of God.’ Devin Townsend guested on ‘Mask’ while Death Angel’s Rob Cavestany appeared on ‘Apes of God.’

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.

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

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.

Front man Derrick Greene was optimistic about the tour finally getting off the ground as he talked about it during a recent interview.

“We are extremely excited to reconnect with everyone in North America for this upcoming tour,” he said. “We look forward to seeing all the people who have been anxious to see shows for the past two years. We will celebrate this re-connection of life and music together. See you soon!!”

Kisser echoed Green’s sentiments with his own comments.

“We can’t wait to go back on stage. We are very happy to announce our North American tour for 2022. We will see you all on the road, jamming old stuff new stuff and having the greatest time of our lives. See you all soon stay safe!”

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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