Don’t Fix What’s Not Broken: Hatebreed Finds Success With Familiar Approach To Its New Album

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Hatebreed has, for more than 25 years, remained at the forefront of the hardcore community by utilizing a very familiar approach, combining heavy, intense music with lyrical content that constantly promote self determination and perseverance.  It is a formula that the band has used time and again on its albums, to a certain level of success, too.  Considering the success that the band has found on those album, it should come as no surprise that the band used that formula once more on its latest album, Weight of the False Self.  It is just one of the aspects worth examining in this, the band’s eighth album.  Keeping that in mind, the record’s sequencing is worth examining in itself, and will be addressed a little later.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements and will be discussed later, too.  Each item noted here is important in its own right.  All things considered, they make the album a work that will appeal easily to Hatebreed’s established fan base.

Hatebreed’s brand new, eighth album Weight of the False Self is another offering from the band that will appeal easily to the band’s established fan base.  That is due in part to the fact that it follows the old adage that if something is not broken, it does not need fixed.  Just as with its predecessors, the album features a combination of intense, hardcore-infused musical arrangements with constant lyrical reminders for listeners to look to themselves to overcome their own personal demons and all of life’s obstacles.  Case in point is the album’s lead single and album opener, ‘Instinctive (Slaughterlust).’  The song’s heavy, intense musical arrangement is everything that audiences have come to expect from the band, what with its pummeling guitar line, equally pounding drums and bass, and of course intense screams from front man Jamey Jasta.  Jasta screams right from the song’s outset, “Here kindness ends/Weakness dies/No one else/Never bow/Never break/So I tap into the savagery.”  He adds in the song’s second verse, “Come with me down the abyss/Where shadows spawn from emptiness/I must transform to shed this husk/New urge to fulfill my slaughterlust/I sacrifice to dominate/My savage nature now unleashed/Breath swift and sharp against clenched teeth/Animal intuition empowers me.”  This is clearly someone who is feeling some very powerful thoughts and emotions.  He continues in the song’s chorus, stating, “I have become instinctive/Like an animal/Untamable.”  Again, here is someone who is going through a lot.  In presenting such feelings and thoughts, the heaviness in these lyrics and their musical accompaniment in whole makes the song a clear example of how the song’s combined contents makes it so appealing to the band’s fan base.

The album’s title track and second single is another example of how that combined content serves to make the album so appealing to the noted audiences.  It is heavy in its own right in terms of its musical content.  What’s important to note that the song’s musical arrangement stands out against that of the album’s lead single, but is still familiar to longtime fans.  Where the lead single’s musical arrangement was a direct, forward composition, this song’s arrangement takes listeners back to the slightly more melodic hardcore sound that the band has utilized throughout its life, too.  It’s not just heavy, crunching guitars (though they are there, clearly).  Rather it incorporates that element with a more structured melodic approach here, which again will appeal to the noted audiences.  It couples with the song’s familiar, no nonsense, and uplifting lyrical content to make the song stand out even more.  Right from the song’s outset, Jasta writes, “If you want to make a difference in the world, it means/You have to be different from the world you see/Free yourself from burdens that you know exist/Don’t carry the curse of the fatalist.”  This statement is repeated twice more before the song reaches its core, in which Jasta writes, “Lift the weight of the false self crushing you/Lift yourself up from malevolence/Lift the curse of the fatalist haunting you/Lift yourself out from the death grip/Lift the burden upon your shoulders/There’s a challenge that’s begging to be risen to/There’s a voice and it’s your true self calling you/End the cycle/Kill all the willful self-abuse/Never justify another excuse.”  Point blank, this is another familiar lyrical theme from Jasta.  It is that noted message of self-determination and perseverance. It is encouraging listeners to be the best that they can be, and to rise above their own limitations, as well as those set by people around them.  It is a message that even as many times as it is delivered, is always welcome.  To that end, when it is paired with the song’s equally familiar stylistic approach to the song’s musical arrangement, the whole becomes another example of why this record’s collective musical and lyrical content is so important to its whole. 

Perhaps the most intriguing addition to Hatebreed’s new album, in terms of its musical content, is its closer, ‘Invoking Dominance.’  The song opens with a distinct doom metal style approach, which is something rather unheard of from this band.  Of course, that new approach just under a minute before the band launches into its familiar hardcore approach.  Even with the brief variation, the very fact that the band would branch out even that much is worth noting.  It shows that maybe, just maybe, when and if Hatebreed releases its next album, audiences will get more of that growth from the band.  One can only hope.  Once the band launches into that more familiar musical approach, the equally familiar lyrical content comes into play, with Jasta screaming, “I must reclaim what’s mine/Invoking dominance inside/If it means I put my life on the line/This voice cannot be denied/Now I reclaim what’s mine/test the waters/Sick of the pain/Enter unforgiving domain/Thought this was over….I’m going for the kill/thought you could poke the scorpion’s nest…You thought this was over/It’s not over ‘til you take your final breath.”  The rest of the song follows a similar line from there, with that continued theme of facing great odds and refusing to give up in order to take what is rightfully one’s own.  This is metaphorical language to a point, delivering a message of overcoming those obstacles, “reclaiming what’s mine” or rather reclaiming that self confidence no matter what it means facing.  Yet again it is a familiar topic and theme from Hatebreed that will appeal to the noted audiences.  When it is paired with that noted equally familiar musical arrangement, the whole proves once more why this record will appeal so strongly to Hatebreed’s established fan base.  That assurance is strengthened even more when it is considered alongside the other songs noted here and the rest of the album’s entries.  Of course all of that taken into consideration, the album’s content is just one part of what make it so appealing for audiences.  The sequencing of the album’s songs adds to its appeal.

As has already been noted, the musical arrangements that make up the body of Hatebreed’s new album are familiar for longtime fans.  The stylistic approach presents a constant energy from one song to the next.  The only point at which the album perhaps even begins to pull back is in ‘A Stroke of Red,’ the album’s midpoint.  The stylistic approach here is slightly slower, in terms of tempo, but the heaviness is still there, so even in this case, the song still keeps the record’s energy flowing.  The previously noted doom metal intro to the album’s closer, ‘Invoking Dominance,’ is the only other point at which the record pulls back. Again though, that pullback is only temporary.  Once the song reaches the one minute mark, the energy picks back up, returning the album to its energetic high right to the song’s (and album’s) end.  Simply put, the album’s sequencing ensures listeners’ engagement and entertainment throughout with its maintained high energy.  That aspect, coupled with the album’s content, strengthens the album’s foundation even more, and in turn ensures even more that the band’s established fan base will appreciate the album.  It still is not the last of the album’s most important elements.  Its production rounds out its most important elements.

The production featured in Weight of the False Self is important to address because of everything already examined.  There is so much ferocity exuded throughout the course of the record’s 34 minute run time.  Considering this, it would have been so easy for the vocals, or the guitars, or even drums and bass to get lost in the mix.  Luckily though, that did not happen at any point.  From beginning to end, the instrumentation is expertly balanced.  Additionally, the instrumentation is just as well-balanced with the songs’ vocals.  The result of the work that went into the record’s production is a presentation that is just as heavy and raw as any of Hatebreed’s existing records.  When this is taken into account with the album’s sequencing and its content, the whole of the album leaves the band’s established fans fulfilled, agreeing that this record is just as appealing as any of Hatebreed’s any other albums.

Hatebreed’s latest album Weight of the False Self  is a record that is just as certain to appeal to the band’s established fan base as any of the band’s existing records.  That is proven in part through its combined musical and lyrical content, as evidenced here.  The record’s musical arrangements are just as fiery and intense as those featured in the band’s previous albums, using a familiar stylistic approach from beginning to end.  The lyrical content is meant to uplift listeners just as much as that in the band’s past works, too.  The sequencing of the album’s songs keeps the energy flowing solidly throughout, ensuring even more, listeners’ engagement and entertainment.  The album’s production puts the finishing touch to its presentation, making sure that everything is balanced throughout the album.  Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make Weight of the False Self another work that will appeal easily to Hatebreed’s fans.  The album is available now.

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Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons Debuts New Single, ‘Born To Roam,’ Companion Video

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Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons premiered another single from its new album this week.

The group debuted its new single ‘Born To Roam’ Friday along with the song’s companion video Friday. The song and its video are the fourth from the group’s brand new album We’re The Bastards, which releases today through Nuclear Blast Records.

Campbell encouraged everyone to pick up the group’s new album, stressing, “If you want some feel good rock n roll to help you through these continuing depressing times and need something to uplift your spirits then buy this album! You won’t regret it.”

‘Born To Roam’ and its video follows the debut of the album’s singles, ‘Bite My Tongue,’ ‘We’re The Bastards,’ and ‘Son of a Gun.’

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Born To Roam’ is a composition that will appeal to any southern rock fan. The lyrical content that accompanies that content is familiar in its own right, with its story of a person who is clearly a loner. It’s similar, stylistically to songs from the likes of Bon Jovi, Metallica and others in that aspect.

The video that accompanies the song is a stop motion presentation of sorts that finds Campbell in a medieval setting, battling knights and making his way across a countryside. The song meanwhile, plays over the video.

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In other news, Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons have launched a new apparel line. Specifically speaking, the band has launched a new line of t-shirts to help pay its road crew since live performances are all but nonexistent right now.

Said the band about the new shirts, “We’ve just released a We’re the Bastards crew t-shirt where all the profits will go towards our amazing and extremely hard-working road crew during this tough time with no live touring.”

In more related news, drummer Dane Campbell has launched his own podcast called “Drum For The Song.” the podcast is available to stream through Spotify and YouTube.

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:

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Machine Head Front Man Robb Flynn Debuts ‘Circle The Drain’ Acoustic Take, Companion Video

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Machine Head front man Robb Flynn has heard the pleas of the band’s fans.

Flynn debuted the acoustic take of the band’s song ‘Circle The Drain‘ Friday along with its video. The debut of the song’s acoustic take comes eight months after the band debuted the full, heavier version as an intentional anti-Valentines Day anthem.

Flynn talked about the creation of the song’s acoustic take in a recent interview.

““When the pandemic hit in March, and all Machine Head tours got canceled, I started doing free Acoustic Happy Hour shows on Machine Head‘s Facebook page to get out the pent-up energy, entertain some friends, have some laughs, and have a few drinks every Friday, “said Flynn. “As we had just released our new song “Circle The Drain” fans started asking for me to play it, so I started messing around with it and came up with a re-imagined version of it. It got a phenomenal response… People genuinely loved it, and were continually asking me to release it, and so I recorded it a few weeks back in my home studio, and here it is.”

The newly released acoustic take of of ‘Circle The Drain’ is a dramatically different take of the original, electric version of the song, and gives the song a completely new identity from that of the full version. The song’s original take presents someone who has been overwhelmed by the anger felt in realizing he has been deceived by his loved one. The acoustic take meanwhile, presents someone who is more torn. It makes for an interesting presentation.

Flynn talked back in February, about the inspiration behind the song’s lyrical theme.

“The song is inspired by an acquaintance of mine who returned from Afghanistan, only to have his relationship fall apart with his girl,” he said.  “She had messed around on him, then got paranoid about him messing around on her, and drove him crazy.  We had a conversation on Valentine’s Day and he said to me, ‘They were just circling the drain…’  The phrase struck me.  A few days later I incorporated it into the song I’d been working on.”

Flynn continued, “It was a strange parallel with my life at the time, having recently had two band members quit, and even more bizarrely, two long-time couple friends of my wife and I, also divorced.  It was breakup season, and it played out with friends taking sides, people not being invited to certain events anymore, social and emotional pressure and all the typical stuff that happens when a relationship goes bad.”

Flynn, referring back to his story about his friend who was in Afghanistan, said hearing the story and writing the song from the story was cathartic.

“Watching this guy pull through it helped me pull through my own upheaval,” he said.  “the lyrics to ‘Circle The Drain’ came out of that frustrating time.  It’s a sad song about relationships gone bad, but accepting that it’s over, and making yourself move on.  I wrote it in a more metaphorical tone, as I didn’t want it to be about my life, but to be about anybody’s life who may be going through a rough time like that.  It may not be a song that connects with everyone, especially those in a solid relationship.  But if the day ever comes when your life goes awry, this song will be a lifeline for you, something to help pull you up out of that dark place.  the irony that he and i had the original conversation on Valentine’s Day, and we are now releasing it on Valentine’s Day isn’t lost on me.  It really is the anti-Valentine’s Day song.”

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The acoustic take of ‘Circle The Drain’ is just the latest song that Machine Head has released. The band also released two other new songs, ‘Bulletproof‘ and ‘Stop The Bleeding.’ The songs make up the band’s two-song single, Civil Unrest. Both songs are available to stream and download here.

‘Stop The Bleeding’ features guest vocals from Killswitch Engage front man Jesse Leach.  While Flynn said in an interview about the song, that he brought Leach on-board because the song has a KsE sound, a close listen also reveals an old school Machine Head sound.  The song’s lyrical content addresses the events that followed the death of George Floyd at the hands of a group of Minneapolis, MN police officers.

Flynn discussed the song’s inspiration in a recent interview.

“I wrote and sang the lyrics on Wednesday May 27th, 2020, the day that the four officers who murdered George Floyd were (originally) not charged with anything,” he said. “This day was engulfed in protests and riots across America. I drove into Oakland, past large demonstrations already happening and, in a fury, wrote down everything I was feeling after watching the horrific footage.  Within hours, what I wanted to say, what I needed to say had been recorded in the song.”

Additionally, Flynn talked about bringing Leach on for the song, noting that the collaboration was in the works even before the events of May 27.

“I had been speaking with Jesse for maybe 6 months about singing on the song, as it always had a little bit of a Killswitch vibe to me,” said Flynn.  “Unfortunately (or fortunately), our schedules hadn’t lined up, but with the subsequent lockdown from coronavirus, we had time to make it work. After what happened to George Floyd, I sent him the lyrics I’d written, and he replied saying he was “100% on board”. Jesse is someone I consider to be a pioneer and, in many ways, one of the men who changed the face of metal. His contribution to this song made it extremely powerful and it’s an honor to have him be a part of it.”

Leach spoke highly of Flynn in discussing the song’s creation in his own comments, adding he was glad to take part in the song.

“Being asked to be part of this song is an honor,” said Leach.  “Yes, because it’s Machine Head, but more importantly, this is a message that needs to be heard and spread. These issues concerning abuses of power and racism are timeless. I have written about these previously and I’ll write about them again. I think Robb really nailed this one, both lyrically and sonically. My hope is this song helps awaken those who hear it. Robb has been a frequent voice of the voiceless in these times, so teaming up with him is a no brainer. We need more of our Metal Community to speak out on social issues and help raise awareness, especially during these crucial times. Music is the soundtrack to our lives, it transcends language and culture. This is the reason we as musicians need to do our part to spark thought and discussion on these types of issues. We can make a difference through music and we can help stop the bleeding.”

Flynn talked about the lyrical theme of ‘Bulletproof’ during a separate, recent interview.

“The lyrics for ‘Bulletproof’ were finished in the aftermath of not only the Ahmaud Arbery murder at the hands of white supremacist, but everything twisting out of control in our world,” he said. “The isolation and craziness of the pandemic, the lockdown protesters storming government buildings with AR-15‘s, as well as the blatant lies and conspiracies pouring out of our political leaders’ mouths, hour by hour, day after day.”

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

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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)

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:

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Accept Debuts ‘The Undertaker’ Video

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Veteran metal band Accept debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘The Undertaker‘ Friday. The song and its video are the first from the band’s forthcoming album Too Mean To Die, which is scheduled for release Jan. 15, 2021 though Nuclear Blast Records.

According to information available about the very goth-style video, the building shots were filmed at a mansion in Poland and the cemetery shots were recorded at a cemetery in Nashville, TN. The video’s eponymous character is dressed in a vintage style outfit and donning makeup that makes him look like a cross between The Crow and The Joker. The information provided did not name the actor who portrayed the undertaker.

In related news, the band announced through the noted information, it will reveal the album artwork for Too Mean To Die when ‘The Undertaker’ reaches 500,000 streams on Spotify. Additionally, fans who stream the new single can also earn a chance to have a one-on-one zoom meeting with the members of Accept.

‘The Undertaker’ is available to stream and download here. Additionally, it is available on limited edition 7″ vinyl pressings in Europe and the United States. The European pressing is in gold/marble and the American pressing is in red.

Too Mean To Die was mixed by Andy Sneap (Arch Enemy, Fozzy, Megadeth).

Front man Wolf Hoffmann talked about the album’s title in a recent interview.

“We wanted to approach the Corona situation with a twist,” he said. “Accept are the “Metal Soldiers” – we march on and on. We are ‘too mean to die'”.

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

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Sabaton Debuts ‘The Future Of Warfare’ Video

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Sabaton debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘The Future of Warfare‘ Tuesday. the song and its video are the seventh from the band’s latest album The Great War.  Its debut follows that of the singles ‘Great War,’ ‘82nd All The Way,’ ‘The Red Baron,’ ‘Fields of Verdun,’ ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom,’ and ‘The Attack of the Dead Men‘ and their companion videos.

The video takes a new approach from that of the band’s past videos.  This time out, the band presented the song’s story through the use of Legos.  The stop motion style presentation tells the story of The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, which took place on Sept. 15, 1916.  British and French military forces fought against the German military during the battle, which was part of the bigger Battle of the Somme.

The overall Battle of the Somme was a tactical loss for the German forces, and was a key moment in the German’s eventual defeat during World War I.

The musical arrangement featured in Sabaton’s new single is everything that audiences have come to expect from the band, presenting the band’s very distinct, familiar power metal approach.

In other news, Sabaton is scheduled to launch the latest leg of its tour in support of The Great War on Nov. 4 in Kazakhstan.  The tour is scheduled to run through Dec. 13.  From there, the band will take some time off before heading back out on the road on Jan. 22 for yet another leg of its tour, which will take the band across Sweden, Europe and the United States.

The tours’ full schedules are noted below.

SABATON Live:

2020: 
04.11.      KZ     Almaty – Bariber Club
07.11.      RUS   Chelyabinsk – Entertainment Galaxy
08.11.      RUS   Yekaterinburg – Tele Club
10.11.      RUS   Ufa – Tinkoff Hall
12.11.      RUS   Samara – Zvezda
14.11.      RUS   Volgograd – Vs Club
16.11.      RUS   Nizhny Novgorod – Milo
17.11.      RUS   Nizhny Novgorod – Milo
19.11.      RUS   Voronezh – Arena Hall
20.11.      RUS   Voronezh – Arena Hall
21.11.      RUS   Rostov-on-Don – Krop Arena
23.11.      RUS   Krasnodar – Krop Arena
24.11.      RUS   Stavropol – Major
26.11.      BLR    Minsk – Falcon Club

13.12.       SE      Baltic Sea – M/S Baltic Queen *SOLD OUT*

2021:
22.01.      SE      Karlstad – Nöjesfabriken
23.01.      SE      Örebro – Conventum
25.01.      SE      Umeå  – Idun, Folkets hus
26.01.      SE      Östersund – Folkets hus
28.01.      SE      Piteå – Pite Havsbad
29.01.      SE      Luleå – Kulturens hus
30.01.      SE      Skellefteå – Folkparken
01.02.      SE      Helsingborg – Sundspärlan
02.02.      SE      Malmö – Slagthusetmmx
03.02.      SE      Halmstad – Live
04.02.      SE      Trollhättan – Folkets Hus
06.02.      SE      Ronneby – Klubb Ron
07.02.      SE      Eskilstuna – Lokomotivet
08.02       SE      Uppsala – Uppsala Konsert & Kongress
09.02.      SE      Huskvarna – Folkets Park
10.02.      SE      Kristianstad – Södra Kasern
12.02.      SE      Älmhult – Arenan
13.02.      SE      Borås – Ahaga
14.02.      SE      Linköping – Konsert & Kongress
15.02.      SE      Kalmar – Kalmarsalen
17.02.      SE      Norrköping – Flygeln
18.02.      SE      Gävle – Gasklockorna
19.02.      SE      Borlänge – Galaxen
20.02.      SE      Falun – Magasinet
22.02.      SE      Sundsvall – Avenyn
24.02.      SE      Värnamo – Gummifabriken
25.02.      SE      Mölnlycke – Råda Rum
26.02.      SE      Karlshamm – Bellevueparken
27.02.      SE      Skövde – Valhall

15.07.      BG      Mogilovo – Midalidare Rock 2021
07.08.      SE       Falun – Sabaton Open Air
29.08.      CH       Aarburg – Riverside Open Air
13.09.      US       Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
17.09.      US       Youngstown, OH – Covelli Center
22.09.      US       Milwaukee, WI – Miller Life High Theater
25.09.      US       St. Louis, MO- Saint Louis Music Park
29.09.      US       Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
06.10.      US       Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
08.10.      US       Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theatre at Planet Hollywood
09.10.      US       Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
12.10.      US       San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
13.10.      US       Austin, TX – H-E-B Center
15.10.      US       Dallas, TX – Pavillion at Toyota Music Factory
16.10.      US       Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheatre
28.10.      US       Oxon Hill, MD – MGM National Harbor
30.10.      US       Ledyard, CT – Foxwood Casino Arena

Tickets are available now on https://www.sabaton.net/tour/

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Hatebreed Announces Release Date, Specs For New LP; Debuts Lead Single’s Lyric Video

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Hatebreed has a new album on the way.

The veteran hardcore band is scheduled to release its next album, Weight of the False Self Nov. 27 through Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-orders for the album are open.  In anticipation of the album’s release ,the band debuted the lyric video for its lead single/title track Friday.

The video places the song’s lyrics over imagery, such as a burning cityscape and crumbling statues (whose remains are being lifted to the sky instead of falling to the ground).  The crumbling statues going skyward is meant to help illustrate the song’s lyrical message of rising above everything happening in the world and being a better person.  That is a familiar message that has run through all of the band’s songs.

Front man Jamey Jasta talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview.

“When writing lyrics and riffs, I try to be in the moment, getting a mental picture of my current reality in order to convey what I want to say,” said Jasta about the new material. “Sometimes, I think my reality consists of two irreducible elements, expressed by the age-old interior battle of the dualistic self. The angel on one shoulder stands firm, providing reason, wisdom, and compassion while the devil dances angrily on the other, ranting with passion, spite, and dark desire. I often wonder if a truly centered mind is attainable, an effortless and non-dualistic state of equilibrium. Until then, I’ll just listen to both sides of my personality and hope I make the right choice. At the end of the day, the listener will choose to hear what they want, but when I am writing, I imagine the voice of the angel to be a lil’ louder.”

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Weight of the False Self’ is just as familiar to audiences as its lyrical theme.  That is evident through the heaviness in front man Jamey Jasta’s vocal delivery, the crunching guitars, pounding drums and equally heavy bass.  The approach taken here is everything that audiences have come to expect from Hatebreed.

Weight of the False Self was produced by the band’s longtime friend ZEUSS, who produced many of the band’s previous albums.  The album’s cover art was designed by Eliran Kantor.

The record’s track listing is noted below.

WEIGHT OF THE FALSE SELF TRACK LISTING:
“Instinctive (Slaughterlust)”
“Let Them All Rot”
“Set It Right (Start With Yourself)”
“Weight of The False Self”
“Cling to Life”
“A Stroke of Red”
“Dig Your Way Out”
“This I Earned”
“Wings of The Vulture”
“The Herd Will Scatter”
“From Gold to Gray”
“Invoking Dominance”

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

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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)

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Michael Schenker Reveals ‘Immortal’ Cover Art

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Audiences are getting to see the artwork for this week for the next Michael Schenker Group record.

Schenker (UFO, Scorpions, Michael Schenker Fest) revealed the cover art for MSG’s forthcoming album Immortal Friday.  The artwork, created by Zsofia Dankova (Powerwolf) shows Schenker atop what looks like a mountain, guitar in hand atop the mountain and amps just below and a flag flying behind him in the wind.  The artwork seems to hint at Schenker being that proverbial “king of the mountain.”

The debut of Immortal‘s cover art comes less than a month after the announcement of the album’s release date an general specifications were made.  According to that announcement, Immortal is scheduled for release Jan. 8, 2021 through Nuclear Blast Records.  Its release will come more than a year after Schenker released his latest Michael Schenker Fest album Revelation.

The most recent information available states that as of Friday, Schenker has finished recording Immortal.

“We have a lot of guest musicians, who will undoubtedly help to make it an exceptional success. First of all I want to say that I am very grateful to any musicians that have helped to create a fitting tribute to my long career on this special release. I want to thank all of them for their incredible contribution.”

Nuclear Blast Records Founder Markus Staiger said in his own comments, he was looking forward to Schenker’s forthcoming MSG album.

“I am really looking forward to releasing this brand new MSG album, after the two excellent Michael Schenker Fest records,” he said. “At the age of 14, the self-titled MSG debut completely blew me away and helped to shape my taste, since then I’ve followed and loved his music and unique compositions. Those ten new tracks are pure magic!”

Immortal was recorded primarily at Kidroom Studio in Germany with Schenker’s longtime partner Michael Voss.  Voss co-produced the album with Schenker and provided vocals for two of the album’s songs.

Schenker praised Voss for his work.

“It is always a pleasure to work with Michael Voss, who works around the clock and is a phenomenal musician and producer,” he said. “He was composing the melody and lyrics for a power ballad I had written the music for, and he ended up singing along. It turned out so amazing, I did not think anyone else could have done a better job for this song. Truly great.“

Voss is just one of the individuals who will provide vocals for Schenker’s new MSG album.  Ronnie Romero (Rainbow) will provide vocals along with Voss, Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), and Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Deep Purple).  Joining the group for the album are musicians Steve Mann on keyboards, Barry Sparks (Dokken) on bass, and Bodo Schopf, Simon Phillips (ex-Toto), and Brian Tichy (Phill Rocker, ex-Godsmack, ex-Whitesnake) sharing drumming duties.

Schenker spoke highly of Tichy as he talked about the album’s lineup of musicians.

“Brian was thrilled to be part of it,” he said of Tichy’s involvement in the album. “He is a master of groove and ended up playing on six songs. I could not believe it: This man is something else. He is a true natural and very original. With his input, it made the album very solid and complete. So guess what – I am very happy.”

Also joining the collective for Schenker’s new MSG record is famed keyboardist Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater, Sons of Apollo, Alice Cooper).  Schenker said of Sherinian’s performance on the album’s opener,”Derek and myself trading solos, it sounds unexpected and beyond my expectation. Absolutely fantastic!“

Immortal will feature 10 songs, including one composition that Schenker created when he was a child, titled ‘In Search of the Peace of Mind.’

Schenker spoke at length about the song during his recent interview.

“I wrote this song when I was 15 years old, it was my first ever written piece of music which I recorded with Scorpions on our first studio album Lonesome Crow in 1970, getting released in 1972 – when I had already left Scorpions to join the British rock band UFO in June of 1972 – when I was 17,” he said. “We re-recorded this song for my 50th anniversary as a celebration and it turned out to be an epic; with an extra extension at the end of the song, which turned out absolutely fantastic with Simon Phillips on drums, doing his usual amazing stuff.“ The result is a true highlight and features even more surprises: “Gary Barden sings the first verse,  continued by Ronnie Romero – and in the end we have Ronnie, Doogie White, and Robin McAuley screaming their heads off, as a tribute to my 50th anniversary. Absolutely amazing. Thanks to the guys for doing this!“

Immortal will release as a standard CD and a limited edition expanded edition complete with the Michael Schenker Fest live recording Bang Your Head.  Schenker said of the recording, which was recorded two years ago in Balingen/Germany, “Unfixed, raw, pure and great! There’s a couple of small mistakes, but because the show and recording went so well, I decided to keep it the way it went on the night. It’s live, magic and pure.“

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Machine Head Debuts ‘Bulletproof’ Lyric Video

Machine Head debuted the video for its recently released song ‘Bulletproof.’

The band debuted the song’s lyric video Tuesday.  The video’s debut comes less than two months after the band debuted the video for the companion to ‘Bulletproof,’ ‘Stop The Bleeding (ft. Jesse Leach).’  The songs were released in June on a 2-song digital single titled Civil Unrest.

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The ‘Bulletproof’ lyric video features the song’s lyrics over footage of the protests and riots that have happened nationwide this year.  The song’s arrangement plays over it all in the meantime.  The song’s lyrical theme is illustrated through the noted footage while the furious riffing takes listeners back to Machine Head’s glory days.

Front man Robb Flynn talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview.

“The lyrics for ‘Bulletproof’ were finished in the aftermath of not only the Ahmaud Arbery murder at the hands of white supremacist, but everything twisting out of control in our world,” he said. “The isolation and craziness of the pandemic, the lockdown protesters storming government buildings with AR-15‘s, as well as the blatant lies and conspiracies pouring out of our political leaders’ mouths, hour by hour, day after day.”

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