Motorhead’s Latest Live Recording Will Make Lots Of Noise Among The Band’s Most Devoted Audiences

Courtesy: Silver Linings Music/Motorhead Music

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic slowly continues to decrease and live shows   continue to make their return just as gradually, some bands are starting to announce their returns to the road. Others meanwhile continue to wait and see how things go or continue work on new studio material. Others still have simply been doing their part to give audiences their live fix with new live recordings. Motorhead fits into that latter group.  The band is scheduled to release its 14th (yes 14th) live recording Friday through Silver Linings Music, which also handles records for the band’s fellow British heavy metal act Saxon.  The recording, Louder than Noise…Live in Berlin, is a 15-song concert that was originally captured Dec. 5, 2012 at the Berlin Velodrome in Berlin, Germany.  It is a presentation that will appeal primarily to Motorhead’s most devoted audiences.  That is proven in part through the recording’s set list, which will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance of the set list adds to its appeal, to a point.  It will be discussed a little later.  The recording’s production rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Louder than Noise…Live in Berlin.  All things considered, they make this latest of Motorhead’s many live recordings another presentation that will appeal to the band’s most devoted audiences.

Louder than Noise…Live in Berlin is an intriguing new offering from Motorhead.  It is a presentation that will appeal largely to the most devoted of the band’s audiences.  That is due in part to its featured set list.  The set list runs 15 songs deep and pulls from much of the band’s early catalog.  It is the same set list that the band performed for much of its shows on its Kings of the Road Tour, which was ironically in support of Motorhead’s then latest album, 2010’s The World is Yours.  Only one song featured in the set list – ‘I Know How to Die’ – is from that album.  The other songs featured in the set list reach farther back.  That includes going all the way back to the band’s 1979 sophomore album Overkill and all the way up to 1992 album, March or Die.  Given, four albums from that stretch are omitted here – Motorhead (1977), On Parole (1979), Iron Fist (1982), Rock ‘n’ Roll (1987) – but that still does not matter.  That the band would treat audiences to so music from nine of its albums covering such a rich portion of its catalog is something special.  Add in a guitar solo that the band dubbed ‘String Theory’ that sounds like it belongs on a Pink Floyd record – which is quite a way to break up the otherwise nonstop energy in this set list – and the noted audiences get a set list that forms a solid starting  point for the recording. The overall set list is anything but unfamiliar.  Much of the set list featured here is composed of songs featured in many of the band’s existing live recordings.  That aside, longtime fans will still enjoy it.  The band’s performance of the set list adds its own touch to the presentation here.

The performance of Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell, and Mikkey Dee throughout the course of its performance here is notable because of its role in keeping audiences engaged and entertained.  As has already been noted, the concert, for the most part, keeps the energy high.  Even in more laid back moments, such as in ‘Metropolis,’ and ‘You Better Run,’ the band still manages to keep the energy flowing through the slower but still heavy arrangements.  Campbell works his way through each song expertly, complimenting Dee’s drumming and Kilmister’s bass work so well.  Kilmister’s confidence as he leads the way is just as entertaining.  Dee meanwhile, deserves his own praise, as he solidly keeps  the time in each high-energy composition. The band keeps the banter between songs to an extreme minimum, instead letting the songs and their energies do the talking.  The power in each song’s performance does much to illustrate the band members’ confidence, making for even more engagement and entertainment for listeners.  When the entertainment and engagement ensured by the band’s performance is considered along with that generated by the concert’s familiar set list, the recording proves even more appealing to the noted fans.  Thee two elements are only a portion of the recording’s presentation.  The recording’s production rounds out its most important elements.

It should be disclosed here that this critic was only provided a streaming audio presentation of Louder than Noise…Live in Berlin, rather than a streaming video link.  To that end, this discussion will focus solely on the recording’s audio production.  If a streaming video link is provided at some time, then this discussion will include a focus on that aspect.  Having noted all of this, the audio production that went into the audio-only presentation of Motorhead’s new recording is positive in its own right.  It is rich and fully immersive.  Kilmister’s semi-mumbling vocal delivery style is just as present here as on any of Motorhead’s studio recordings.  Campbell’s guitar cuts through in each song, including the deeply moving ‘String Theory’ guitar solo.  Dee’s cymbal crashes, snare hits, etc. are just as well-balanced against Campbell’s guitar and Kilmister’s vocals and bass.  At no point in the concert is any one part overpowering against the others.  The effect is that it makes the recording’s general effect just as appealing for audiences as the concert’s content.  When that content and the presentation thereof is considered together, the result is a presentation (at least in terms of the concert’s audio presentation) that Motorhead’s most devoted audiences will appreciate.

The audio-only presentation of Motorhead’s new live recording, Louder than Noise…Live in Berlin will appeal to any of the band’s most devoted, longtime audiences.  that is proven in part through its set list.  While clearly familiar, featuring a number of songs that are also featured in many of the band’s existing live recordings, the set list does well in its presentation of the band’s early catalog.  That is despite the fact that the concert was part of a tour that was meant to support then far more recent studio recording.  It celebrates Motorhead’s developmental years, which will itself appeal to the noted audiences.  The band’s performance of the recording’s featured set list will keep audiences engaged and entertained what with the energy exuded by each musician as the group makes its way through the set.  The recording’s production rounds out its most important elements.  Even considering that solely of the audio presentation, every level is expertly balanced throughout.  That is a tribute to the work of those who recorded the concert on site and those who handled the production in post.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of this recording.  All things considered, they make Louder than Noise…Live in Berlin a presentation about which Motorhead’s most devoted fans will make plenty of noise.  Louder than Noise…Live in Berlin is scheduled for release Friday through Silver Linings Music and Motorhead Music.

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Silver Linings Music Premieres ‘Rock It’ Live Clip From Motorhead’s New Live Recording

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Motorhead fans got another preview of Motorhead’s forthcoming live recording over the weekend.

Silver Linings Music, which is scheduled to release the band’s new recording, Louder Than Noise…Live in Berlin, April 23, premiered a live clip of the band performing its single, ‘Rock It‘ Friday. The clip is the second from the recording, coming more than a month after the recording’s first clip — that of the band performing ‘Over The Top‘ — was released.

The concert featured in the recording was originally captured Dec. 5, 2012 at the Berlin Velodrom. Approximately 12,000 people attended that concert.

The forthcoming recording will release on CD/DVD combo pack, 2LP, digital, and deluxe box set. The box set contains the recording on each noted platform and a bonus “Motorhead branded passport cover.”

The set list runs 15-songs deep and also features Motorhead hits, such as ‘Doctor Rock,’ Damage Case, and ‘Ace of Spades.’ The recording’s full set list is noted below.

Track Listing:

I Know How to Die – Live in Berlin 2012

Damage Case – Live in Berlin 2012

Stay Clean – Live in Berlin 2012

Metropolis – Live in Berlin 2012

Over the Top – Live in Berlin 2012

Doctor Rock – Live in Berlin 2012

String Theory – Live in Berlin 2012

The Chase Is Better Than the Catch – Live in Berlin 2012

Rock It – Live in Berlin 2012

You Better Run – Live in Berlin 2012

The One to Sing the Blues – Live in Berlin 2012

Going to Brazil – Live in Berlin 2012

Killed by Death – Live in Berlin 2012

Ace of Spades – Live in Berlin 2012

Overkill – Live in Berlin 2012

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Silver Linings Music To Release New Motorhead Live Recording

Courtesy: Silver Linings Music

Motorhead fans will get a new archived live concert from the band this spring.

The band is scheduled to release its new live recording, Louder Than NoiseLive in Berlin April 23 through Silver Lining Music. The concert featured in the recording was originally captured Dec. 5, 2012 at the Berlin Velodrom. Approximately 12,000 people attended that concert.

The forthcoming recording will release on CD/DVD combo pack, 2LP, digital, and deluxe box set. The box set contains the recording on each noted platform and a bonus “Motorhead branded passport cover.”

In anticipation of the recording’s release, Silver Linings Music has released a live clip of the band performing the song ‘Over The Top.’

‘Over The Top’ is just one of the songs featured in the forthcoming live recording. The set list runs 15-songs deep and also features Motorhead hits, such as ‘Doctor Rock,’ Damage Case, and ‘Ace of Spades.’ The recording’s full set list is noted below.

Track Listing:

I Know How to Die – Live in Berlin 2012

Damage Case – Live in Berlin 2012

Stay Clean – Live in Berlin 2012

Metropolis – Live in Berlin 2012

Over the Top – Live in Berlin 2012

Doctor Rock – Live in Berlin 2012

String Theory – Live in Berlin 2012

The Chase Is Better Than the Catch – Live in Berlin 2012

Rock It – Live in Berlin 2012

You Better Run – Live in Berlin 2012

The One to Sing the Blues – Live in Berlin 2012

Going to Brazil – Live in Berlin 2012

Killed by Death – Live in Berlin 2012

Ace of Spades – Live in Berlin 2012

Overkill – Live in Berlin 2012

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Foo Fighters’ New LP Is A Welcome Dose Of New Music

Courtesy: RCA

Foo Fighters officially returned Friday with its first new album in more than three years in the form of Medicine at Midnight.  While the wait for the band’s new nine-song record was a little long, it was a wait that ultimately has proven worth it.  That is because what the band has offered audiences in this 36-minute album is a presentation that exhibits a band that was not afraid of taking a risk, musically speaking.  The content is familiar at points, but also shows growth from the band.  The lyrical content generates its own interest and will lead to plenty of discussion among listeners, too.  ‘Waiting on a War,’ one of the album’s early singles serves well to support the noted statements.  It will be discussed shortly.  Much the same can be said of ‘No Son of Mine,’ which comes late in the album’s run.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘Chasing Birds’ is yet another way in which Medicine at Midnight shows how much it has to offer audiences.  It will also be discussed later.  When it is considered along with the rest of the album’s songs, the whole of the album becomes a work that while maybe not Foo Fighters’ best  album, is still an enjoyable addition to the band’s catalog.

Foo Fighters’ latest album – its 10thMedicine at Midnight is another record that the band’s established audiences and more casual fans alike will find enjoyable.  That is proven throughout the album through its musical and lyrical content.  ‘Waiting on a War,’ one of the album’s early singles, is one way in which this is proven.  While many audiences have lambasted the song, it is in fact quite an interesting work.  Front man Dave Grohl explained in a press release, that the song was spawned after having had a conversation with his daughter about her concerns about the possibility of the United States going to war with another nation.  Considering that his daughter was 11 years-old at the time, it would explain why the song’s musical arrangement starts out in such soft fashion.  Maybe that softer start is meant to echo his daughter’s innocence and maybe the emotion felt by father and daughter alike during the conversation.  As the song progresses, the energy picks up, becoming more intense.  That could represent Grohl’s growing tension as he thought about the discussion during the day.  It would make sense.

Keeping in mind that the song stemmed from a discussion between Grohl and his daughter, the lyrical content does well in its own right here to reflect the conversation.  The song opens, stating, “I’ve been waiting on a war since I was young/Since I was a little boy with a toy gun/Never really wanted to be number one/Just wanted to love someone.”  The contemplation continues in the song’s chorus, which finds Grohl asking, “Is there more to this than that?/More to this than just waiting on a war?”  This overall opening statement is powerful in its own right.  As Grohl noted in his noted press release, he grew up during the latter days of the Cold War during the 1980s.  That was a period of great tensions between the U.S. and Russia.  So it would make sense that he notes here, the issue of “waiting on a war/Since I was a little boy with a toy gun.”  The question that follows in the chorus echoes Grohl’s statement of feelings of frustration at everything that went on during his own childhood and how that of his daughter.  That frustration is presented just as much in the song’s second verse, which once again returns to his childhood, stating, “Every day/Waiting for the sky to fall/Big crash on a world that’s so small/Just a boy with nowhere left to go/Fell in love with a voice on the radio.”  He continues in the song’s post-chorus, “Just waiting on a war for this and that/There’s got to be more to this than that…Is there more to this than just waiting on a war?”  This overall statement is hardly the first time that any musical act has taken on the misery of war and even the fear of war.  However, it is just as powerful in the case of this song as in any of the song’s counterparts and predecessors.  The whole of this lyrical and musical content is certain to echo with listeners, in turn proving by itself why the album offers much to appreciate.  For all that it does to show what Medicine at Midnight has to offer audiences, “Waiting on a War’ is just one of the album’s standout tracks.  ‘No Son of Mine’ is another example of what the album has to offer.

‘No Son of Mine’ is a direct contrast to ‘Waiting on a War’ at least in terms of its musical arrangement.  Where ‘Waiting on a War’ was a controlled musical composition, this song’s arrangement is a more fiery work right off the bat.  Its sound actually echoes hints of Motorhead to a point in the verses, while the chorus sections oddly sound somewhat like Golden Earring’s ‘Radar Love.’  Yes, it sounds like one heck of a joining of influences, but the whole somehow works and makes the song memorable in its own right.  The energy exuded through the song’s up-tempo musical arrangement partners well with the statement made through its lyrical accompaniment.

Grohl pointed out during an interview that the song’s lyrical content is meant to present a socio-political commentary.  He said of the song, “This is the kind of song that resides in all of us, and it makes sense at the time, we let it out…Lyrically it’s meant to poke at the hypocrisy of self-righteous leaders, people that are guilty of committing the crimes they’re supposedly against.”  It doesn’t matter which side of the aisle on takes, politicians on both sides fit into this statement.  The statement in question is reinforced right from the song’s outset in its lead verse, which states, “No son of mine will ever do/The work of villains/The will of fools/If you believe it/It must be true/No son of mine.”  It is as if this is one of those hypocritical elected officials screaming to the treetops in front of the masses, convincing them that they are so pure and perfect.  Those officials continue crowing, “No son of mine will ever need/to beg forgiveness/No wicked deed/Head full  of evil/Heart full of greed/No son of mine”  There is so much overt piousness in this overall statement, it makes so clear the hypocrisy that the song is attempting to convey from those elected officials.  The self-righteousness of those individuals is made just as clear in the song’s third and fourth (yes, fourth) verses, so there is no need to continue on from here.  The song’s chorus puts the period to the statement as it reads, “Here we are/The living dead/Han to God/With one foot in the grave/Age of lost innocence/Don’t forget what your good book says.”  In other words here are those officials carrying on as they do so often, about religious views while not really walking the walk.  Between this final accent and everything noted in the song’s verses, what audiences get here is a damning indictment of this nation’s elected officials.  Again, it does not matter whether one is Republican or Democrat.  The reality is that these statements apply to elected officials on both sides of the aisle.  Paired with the fiery energy in the song’s musical arrangement, the whole becomes a work that is certain to show in its own way, the power of the song overall.  It is still not the last of the album’s most notable works.  ‘Chasing Birds’ is yet another way in which Medicine at Midnight shows its strength.

‘Chasing Birds’ is Medicine at Midnight’s penultimate entry.  This song’s musical arrangement is quite the laid back composition.  It is so relaxed that one might thing this song is meant to be a  positive work, but in reality, its lyrical content shows that it is in fact rather melancholy.

The melancholy nature in the song’s lyrical content comes right off the top in the song’s lead verse, which finds Grohl singing, “Chasing birds to get high/My head is in the clouds/Chasing birds to get by/I’m never coming down/My heart is six feet underground.”  That last couple of lines juxtaposing where the subject’s mind and heart reside is almost like a statement about someone trying so hard to escape some very negative feelings even though they clearly are there.  That seeming inner turmoil is made even clearer in the song’s chorus, which states, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions/Dark inventions of mine/The road to hell is paved with broken parts/Bleeding hearts like mine.”  Yet again, here, audiences are presented with a continued commentary about someone dealing with some heavy emotions.  The song’s second verse puts the final accent to the commentary, stating, “Chasing birds through the sky/And deep into the black/Chasing birds/Say goodbye/I’m never coming back/Here comes anther heart attack.”  This is a powerful statement that will certainly hit listeners hard.  Overall, the song’s lyrical approach is something rarely if ever tackled by Foo Fighters in any of its existing songs.  Keeping that in mind along with the way in which the topic was handled – including the role of the song’s musical arrangement alongside its lyrical content – the song in whole becomes another clear example of what makes Foo Fighters’ new album worth hearing.  When it and the other songs examined here are considered along with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole of that group makes the album overall while not the year’s best rock record, at least one of the year’s best.

Foo Fighters’ new album Medicine at Midnight is another worthwhile offering from the veteran rock band.  That is proven throughout the record in its musical and lyrical content alike.  Each of the songs examined here support the noted statements.  When they are considered along with the rest of the album’s songs, the whole makes Medicine at Midnight a dose of music that Foo Fighters fans and rock fans alike will welcome. Medicine at Midnight is available now.  More information on the album is available along with all of Foo Fighters’ latest news at:

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Saxon Announces Title, Release Date, Specs For New Covers Collection

Courtesy: Silver Linings Music

Saxon will open the new year with a new covers record.

The band is scheduled to release its new collection, aptly titled Inspirations, March 19 through Silver Linings Music. The 11-song record features covers of songs from bands, such as The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, and Thin Lizzy. Audiences can hear the band’s cover of The Rolling Stones’ famed song ‘Painted Black,’ which is featured in the compilation, here.

Front man Biff Byford, who released his own solo record School of Hard Knocks this year, talked about the band’s new compilation during a recent interview.

“We wanted to do an album based on our influences, the songs and bands that inspired us to write what we did and still do, and it was also interesting to see what my voice could do as I haven’t sung many of these songs before,” said Byford.  “We didn’t want to change any of the songs too much, just play them more like Saxon.  And we also think it’s very important to have – and share with the fans – some fun in these dark times.”

Alongside the noted covers, Saxon’s forthcoming compilation also features covers of songs from other acts, such as Motorhead, Toto, and Led Zeppelin. The collection was recorded at Brockfield Hall near York, in the United Kingdom. the structure was constructed in 1804 and houses the largest collection of paintings from Yorkshire’s impressionist artists — The Staiths.

Byford talked about recording in the facility during his noted interview.

“The warmth and feel of Inspirations had so much to do with being together in this magnificent place and doing it ‘old-school’ style,” said Byford. “This is how many bands back in the day -including some of the ones covered here- made such great albums, so it just felt really good to be able to do this somewhere like Brockfield Hall.”

Inspirations‘ track listing is noted below. The album will release on CD, vinyl, and digital outlets. Pre-orders are open.

Track Listing:

  1. Paint It Black
  2. Immigrant Song
  3. Paperback Writer
  4. Evil Woman
  5. Stone Free
  6. Bomber
  7. Speed King
  8. The Rocker
  9. Hold The Line
  10. Problem Child
  11. See My Friends

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New Bourbon Honoring Motorhead Legacy Set For Release

Courtesy: Adrenaline PR/Global Brews/Hillrock Distillery

Motorhead fans have a new way to celebrate the band.

The band’s surviving members — Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee — have partnered with Global Brews and the award-winning Hillrock Distillery to create a new, limited bourbon line. The new, cask strength drink is limited to 1100 bottles, with each bottle hand-numbered in a bespoke Ace of Spades gift box. the bourbon is part of the ongoing celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the release of Motorhead’s landmark album Ace of Spades.

According to information about the new limited line of bourbon, it exhibits hits of Hillrock’s Solera Aged Bourbon. The information adds, the bourbon is strengthened by an undiluted proof.

Cask A was bottled at 115.6-degrees with alcohol by volume of 57.8 percent, and is limited to a total of 599 bottles. Cask B was bottled at 115.3-degrees, with alcohol by volume of 57.65 percent. It is limited to 623 bottles.

A teaser video advertising the drink is streaming here.

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

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

Courtesy: BMG/Sanctuary Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons Debuts ‘We’re The Bastards’ Video

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The group debuted the video for its new single ‘We’re The Bastards‘ Friday. The song and its video are the second from the band’s forthcoming album We’re The Bastards, which is scheduled for release Nov. 13 through Nuclear Blast Records. The band debuted the album’s lead single ‘Son of A Gun‘ and its video last month.

Front man Neil Starr talked about the album in a recent interview.

“It’s definitely great to know that we have an audience now,” said Starr. “We know there are people that want to hear it, but the truth is that we just had fun with it. Once again, we made the record we wanted to make and it’s been really exciting. It was awesome to take our minds off everything and just concentrate on recording a kick-ass album for the fans to enjoy”

The video features the band’s fans lip synching to the song in a variety of settings. There are even some dogs who get into the act.

The musical arrangement featured in the band’s new single is a straight forward, guitar-driven rock and roll composition that will appeal to any guitar rock purist. The lyrical content that accompanies that musical content is a proud, no nonsense statement about the band getting out and performing live.

We’re The Bastards will release on CD; limited edition digi-pack with four bonus tracks; and 2LP vinyl.  The 2LP set will feature four different color patterns: black, orange/black splatter, gold, and sparkle.  Additionally, it will release as a digital album.  Digital pre-saves are open now.

The album’s track listing is noted below.

The tracklist reads as follows:
1. We’re The Bastards
2. Son Of A Gun
3. Promises Are Poison
4. Born To Roam
5. Animals
6. Bite My Tongue
7. Desert Song
8. Keep Your Jacket On
9. Lie To Me
10. Riding Straight To Hell
11. Hate Machine
12. Destroyed
13. Waves

Bonus tracks [limited digipak]:
14. Big Mouth (Live)
15. Freak Show (Live)
16. Dark Days (Live)
17. Rock ‘n’ Roll (Live)

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Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons Debuts ‘Son of a Gun’ Video; Announces Release Date, Specs For New LP

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Son of a Gun‘ Friday.  The song (and its video) is the first from the band’s forthcoming album We’re The BastardsPre-orders for the album are open now.  The album is scheduled for release Nov. 13 through Nuclear Blast Records.

Front man Neil Starr talked about the album in a recent interview.

“It’s definitely great to know that we have an audience now,” said Starr. “We know there are people that want to hear it, but the truth is that we just had fun with it. Once again, we made the record we wanted to make and it’s been really exciting. It was awesome to take our minds off everything and just concentrate on recording a kick-ass album for the fans to enjoy”

The ‘Son off a Gun’ video features the Starr, Campbell and the rest of the band’s members — Todd Campbell (guitar), Tyla Campbell (bass), and Dane Campbell (drums) — performing the new single in a dimly lit warehouse backdrop and crosses that with what looks like a gunsight focused on Starr at times as he sings.

The song’s musical arrangement is a straight forward, up-tempo composition that is grounded in its no nonsense guitar riffs, solid time keeping and heavy bass.  Its lyrical content come across as a social commentary of sorts.

We’re The Bastards will release on CD; limited edition digi-pack with four bonus tracks; and 2LP vinyl.  The 2LP set will feature four different color patterns: black, orange/black splatter, gold, and sparkle.  Additionally, it will release as a digital album.  Digital pre-saves are open now.

The album’s track listing is noted below.

The tracklist reads as follows:
1. We’re The Bastards
2. Son Of A Gun
3. Promises Are Poison
4. Born To Roam
5. Animals
6. Bite My Tongue
7. Desert Song
8. Keep Your Jacket On
9. Lie To Me
10. Riding Straight To Hell
11. Hate Machine
12. Destroyed
13. Waves

Bonus tracks [limited digipak]:
14. Big Mouth (Live)
15. Freak Show (Live)
16. Dark Days (Live)
17. Rock ‘n’ Roll (Live)

More information on Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons’ new album, single and video is available online now along with all of Campbell and company’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.philcampbell.net

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/PhilCampbellATBS

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/MotorheadPhil

 

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Ellefson Debuts New Compilation’s Lead Single; Unveils Initial Track Listing

Courtesy: Combat Records

Audiences got their first preview of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s new eponymous rock project this week.

The band — Ellefson (bass), Thom Hazaert (vocals), Andy Martongelli (guitar), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar), and Paolo Caridi (drums) — released the song ‘Wasted‘ Friday.  The song, a cover of the Def Leppard song, is the lead single from the group’s debut record, No Cover.

Ellefson’s cover of ‘Wasted’ features guest appearances from Frank Hannon (Tesla), Jacob Bunton (Mick Mars, Lynam), and Dave McClain (Ex-Machine Head, Sacred Reich).

The famed names featured on ‘Wasted’ are just some of well-known musicians and performers who make appearances on this record.  Also lending their talents to the album are equally well-known figures, such as Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Al Jourgensen (Ministry) and Gus G. (Firewind).

Along with debuting its lead single, Ellefson has also unveiled the initial track listing for No Cover.  The initial listing opens with a cover of Judas Priest’s timeless hit song ‘Freewheel Burning’ and also features covers of songs such as AC/DC’s ‘Riff Raff,’ Queen’s ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ and Billy Idol’s ‘Rebel Yell.’

The album’s initial track listing is noted below.  Two tracks are still TBA. Pre-orders are open now.

 

Tracklist:
1. Freewheel Burning (Judas Priest) ft. Jason McMaster, Gus G, Andy James, Dave McClain
2. Tear It Loose (Twisted Sister) ft. Eddie Ojeda, Dave McClain
3. Love Me Like A Reptile (Motorhead) ft. Doro Pesch, Greg Handevidt, Chuck Behler
4. Holiday in Cambodia (Dead Kennedys) ft. Charlie Benante
5. Rebel Yell (Billy Idol)
6. Wasted (Def Leppard) ft. Frank Hannon, Jacob Bunton, Dave McClain, Bumblefoot
7. Riff Raff (AC/DC) ft. Jason McMaster, Dave Lombardo
8. Nailed To The Gun (Fight) ft. Andrew Freeman, Russ Parrish, Jimmy DeGrasso
9. Not Fragile (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) ft. John Aquilino
10. Say What You Will (Fastway) ft. Troy Lucketta, Mark Slaughter
11. LOVE Machine (W.A.S.P.) ft. Dirk Verbeuren, Dave Alvin
12. Love Hurts (Nazareth) ft. Brandon Yeagley, Chuck Behler, Tyson Leslie
13. Sheer Heart Attack (Queen) ft. Bumblefoot, Doro Pesch, Charlie Benante
14. Sweet FA (Sweet) ft. Todd Kerns, Bumblefoot, Shani Kimelman
15. TBA
16. TBA
17. Auf Wiedersehen (Cheap Trick) ft. Al Jourgensen, Brandon Yeagley, Charlie Benante

Bonus Tracks
18. Eat The Rich (Krokus) ft. Dead By Wednesday

 

No Cover was co-produced by Ellefson, Hazaert, and Martongelli.  The record was engineered by Alessio Garavello, Matt LaPlant (Nonpoint, Lil Jon, Skindred) and John Aquilino.  Alessio and Garavello mixed the album alongside Randy Burns and others.

Ellefson talked about the record’s genesis in a recent interview.

“Before any of us started writing our own songs, we all began playing cover songs by our heroes during our formative years as musicians,” said Ellefson.  “So, it’s fun to go back in time and revisit those songs which helped us to become the artists we are today, especially when, ironically, many of those artists have now become peers and friends. During the process of recording some covers for B-Sides and bonus tracks for the upcoming Ellefson solo LP, Thom and I just said, “This is a blast, let’s just do a whole album of covers!” Literally, within 2 weeks, we had the songs recorded, and began calling our friends to join us, many of whom we had just performed with on the MEGA-Cruise back in October. From there, the album just fell into place.”

“A lot of our buddies have been playing covers and quarantine jams on the Internet during the pandemic, so this is really just an extension of that, but we took it the next level and actually recorded a full studio album,” he added.” We’ve been working remotely anyway, as we’re all over the Globe, so it was easy to incorporate some guests jumping in with some outstanding performances of their own. It’s been a really fun nod to making great music with our friends, who are kick-ass players, and many legends in their own right, which is the whole reason we got into this in the first place!”

Hazert expanded on Ellefson’s comments with his own thoughts.

“It’s all songs and artists that really mutually influenced both myself and David, especially a lot of early “Metal” and harder Classic Rock,” he said. “Some stuff I picked, some stuff he picked, but for the most part is was all artists that we both loved. What’s funny, as there’s a bit of an age gap, we were sometimes more influenced by different eras of the same bands. But it was really him saying, “Let’s do this song”, and me saying, “Yes!!! And let’s do this song.” And before we knew it, we had over 15 songs. And it’s a lot of album tracks, deep cuts, early tracks, stuff people might not expect, which was what was so fun.”

“It was also great that we were able to work in a lot of nods to David’s [Ellefson] history, getting Chuck Behler to play with us, bringing in original Megadeth guitarist Greg Handevidt to play on “Love Me Like A Reptile”, a song they used to play in cover bands together before they moved to LA (which we wrote about in More Life With Deth), and Randy Burns is going to mix a track or two,” added Hazert.  “As a singer, these are literally bands I’ve listened to, and covered all my life, and for me, getting to play with Eddie Ojeda, the Tesla guys, Charlie Benante, Jason McMaster, Mark Slaughter, etc, and sing these songs that mean so much to me. I mean, literally, the entire record is my bucket list of people I’d love to play with, and some of my favorite bands. So, it’s truly an honor to put together something so fun, and really as effortless as this was. It truly is a love letter to Rock N’ Roll, an homage to what made us, musically, who we are today.”

Ellefson resurrected Combat Records in 2017 as part of the EMP Label Group family.

Combat Records was a seminal punk and thrash record label in the 1980s.  Its doors closed in the mid-2000s after its catalog was absorbed by Sony Music.  Combat Records’ official relaunch took place in 2018.

Ellefson said in an interview in 2017, Combat Records would handle only new music because Sony has control of the label’s back catalog.

“…And to clarify, we do not own any rights to the Combat Records back catalog,” Ellefson stressed. “That is owned and controlled by Sony, and they have done a great job of curating it through other imprints. Combat Records will solely focus on new releases under the Combat banner. As always, thank you for your support and stay tuned for more details!”

More information on Combat Records, along with its latest news, is available online now

at:

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Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/combatrecordsofficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/combatrecs

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Ellefson is scheduled to release its debut full-length studio recording in spring 2021.  More information on Ellefson is available along with all of the group’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://davidellefson.com

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Twitterhttp://twitter.com/ellefsondavid

 

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