Spielbergs unveil details of new album and share two new songs

Spielbergs have unveiled details of their second album and have shared two new songs – check them out below.

The follow-up to 2020’s ‘This Is Not The End’ is called ‘Vestli’ and will arrive on August 19 via their new label, Big Scary Monsters.

The band have given fans a taster of what to expect via new singles ‘When They Come For Me’ and ‘Get Lost’.

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Both tracks will feature on the record along with their last single ‘Brother Of Mine’, and 2020’s ‘Go!’.

Check out the new songs here:

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‘Vestli’ tracklist:

1. ‘The New Year’s Resolution’
2. ‘When They Come For Me’
3. ‘Every Living Creature’
4. ‘Go!’
5. ‘Kano GM’
6. ‘There Is No Way Out’
7. ‘Goodbye’
8. ‘Me and My Friends’
9. ‘Brother of Mine’
10. ‘Get Lost’
11. ‘George McFly’
12. ‘You Can Be Yourself With Me’

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Commenting on new single ‘When They Come For Me’, singer and guitarist Mads Baklien said: “Sometimes I feel like I am right on the verge of going crazy. It’s like I don’t recognise myself in what I say and do. And sometimes I feel like one day, inevitably, everything will come crashing down.”

Discussing the album, he continued: “The songs on ‘Vestli’ are all more or less about a feeling that there is no way to go. No escape. You are dealing with issues in your mind, regrets, shame, fear, should haves and could haves. No way out. Maybe you don’t like who you are or who you have become. You are stuck with being you.

“You are dealing with a lot of pressure and noise in your everyday life, and all you want to do sometimes is just to leave everything behind and find a quiet place somewhere to start a new life. But you can’t. You have commitments and responsibilities. You’re going nowhere.

“And now on top of everything, the entire world seems like an out-of-control aeroplane with a bunch of fucking nuts behind the wheel. And there is no way out. You carry the place you grew up inside you your whole life, for good or bad. Vestli is the name of the suburban borough in the north-eastern part of Oslo where both Stian and I grew up. You can leave Vestli but Vestli never leaves you.”

Reviewing their debut album, NME said: “Well, they’ve become something special, alright. A last chance may have just created your new favourite band, and at the very least the most promising debut of the year so far.”

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New Ozzy Osbourne album coming in September, says Sharon

Ozzy Osbourne‘s wife Sharon has confirmed that he’ll be releasing a new album this September.

She delivered the news during an appearance on The Graham Norton Radio Show which was recorded in April. Listen to the interview below.

“He’s good. He’s really, really good.” Sharon said, noting his recent bout with COVID. “He’s finished another album which is coming out in September. And there we are.

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“He’s busy in the studio. He still does all his writing and singing, and it keeps him really happy… He’ll never stop singing and writing. We’ve built him a big studio here [at the house in the UK], so he can do it all at home. And he can’t wait to come back, to be honest with you.”

Back in April, Ozzy said that his latest album was finished and would be released this year. “I’m so happy to let everyone know that I finished my new album this week and delivered it to my label Epic Records,” he said in a post at the time.

He added: “I’ll be sharing all the information about the album and its upcoming release with you in the next several weeks.”

During her conversation with Norton, Sharon also talked about how she and the legendary singer are moving back to their Buckinghamshire estate.

“I’m back here [in the UK] for three weeks right now,” she said in the interview. “And then I go home again for three and then come back here for a couple. So I’m going back and forth until Christmas until we move here permanently.

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“I’m bringing my hubby back. The kids are so American, they don’t wanna come back here. So it’s just Ozzy and I.”

The Black Sabbath frontman’s most recent release was 2020’s ‘Ordinary Man‘. In a five-star review, NME said “Ozzy Osbourne has already done more for music and popular culture than anyone had any right to expect. For someone who helped to invent modern metal, he’s held a stunning number of surprises up his cloak sleeve (see: a wildly successful solo career and genre-defining reality TV show). This rollicking album is yet another.”

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Watch James Hetfield thank his Metallica bandmates in emotional on-stage speech

James Hetfield praised his Metallica bandmates during an on-stage speech in Brazil last week, saying that their support “means the world to me”.

The frontman made the remarks while addressing the crowd at the band’s gig at the Estádio do Mineirão in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on Thursday (May 12).

Ahead of performing their song ‘Sad But True’, Hetfield spoke to the crowd by initially joking about the Metallica fan who recently gave birth during the band’s show in Curitiba, saying: “Maybe we’ll have a Metallica birthing section at our shows, especially in Brazil! It’s amazing, isn’t it? It’s crazy. We are so blessed.”

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Hetfield then spoke candidly about receiving support from his bandmates prior to going on stage in Belo Horizonte.

“I’ve gotta tell you, I wasn’t feeling very good before I came out here,” the frontman said. “[I was] feeling a little bit insecure, like ‘I’m an old guy, can’t play anymore’. All this bullshit that I tell myself in my head.”

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He then pointed to his bandmates: “So, I talked to these guys, and they helped me: as simple as that. They gave me a hug and said, ‘Hey, if you’re struggling on stage, we’ve got your back’. And I tell you, it means the world to me.”

As the crowd applauded, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich all ran up to Hetfield to embrace him in a group hug.

Hetfield then added to the audience: “Seeing you out there, I am not alone. I am not alone, and neither are you.”

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Last month Metallica announced Rye The Lightning, a whisky that was crafted with the help of low hertz frequencies generated by the band’s music to vibrate the barrels.

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Corey Taylor launches non-profit organisation to help PTSD sufferers

Corey Taylor has launched the Taylor Foundation, a non-profit organisation that aims to help service members and first responders affected by PTSD.

In a video posted to social media, the Slipknot and Stone Sour singer said that he’s “very excited to announce the launch of the Taylor Foundation as a non-profit charity”.

He explained that the charity is “looking to raise money for organisations that help treat or uplift members of the military and members of the emergency services who are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, otherwise known as PTSD”.

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Taylor added: “We’ll be partnering with pre-selected non-profits at each tour stop who are actively providing meaningful and creative assistance to those affected by PTSD.”

Along with the announcement, the rocker launched a sweepstakes for the chance to win two tickets to his solo London show later this year at London Palladium on October 17. The winner will get VIP treatment that includes hanging out with Taylor.

“We’re giving you the chance to support us, and in return, one lucky fan will get to hang out with me in London this October,” Taylor said. “We’ll put you up in a hotel, give you two VIP passes to my sold out show at the world famous London Palladium”.

He added that anyone who donates $50 or more “automatically gets a signed poster by yours truly”.

You can see Taylor’s post below:

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Earlier this week, Kelly Osbourne announced that she and Slipknot‘s Sid Wilson are expecting a child together.

The couple first made their relationship public back in February, with Osbourne writing on Instagram: “After 23 years of friendship I can’t believe where we have ended up! You are my best friend, my soulmate and I am so deeply in love with you Sidney George Wilson.”

Osbourne and Wilson, who is Slipknot’s DJ and additional keyboardist, have now both confirmed Osbourne’s pregnancy with their first child. Posting on Instagram yesterday (May 12), Osbourne shared a pair of images of herself holding a sonogram picture.

“I know that I have been very quiet these past few months so I thought I would share with you all as to why…” she wrote. “I am over the moon to announce that I am going to be a Mumma. To say that I am happy does not quite cut it. I am ecstatic!”

Meanwhile, Slipknot have partnered with the makers of the virtual gaming world The Sandbox to launch KNOTVERSE, billed as “a fully immersive space to host Web3 experiences” curated by Slipknot and their Knotfest brand.

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Listen to The Hu’s thunderous new track, ‘This Is Mongol’

Mongolian rockers The Hu have today (May 13) shared their thunderous new single, ‘This Is Mongol’ – check it out below.

The track is another preview of their upcoming second studio album, which is set for release later this year via Better Noise Music.

A statement said of the track: “As with all of their music, The HU connects the world to Mongolian culture and its unique core values of natural preservation and spiritual connection with the earth. These core values are on full display in the new, epic official video for ‘This is Mongol’.”

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Check out the song and video here:

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Speaking about the video, singer and tumur hhuur player Jaya from the band said: “We shot in the Mojave Desert, Nevada and the environment reminded us of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. We enjoyed shooting the video, it happened during our tour and it gave us a little break to reminisce about home.

“The song perfectly matched the environment we made the video in. It was one of the best memories we created as a band and it was special because our producer Dashka was with us to oversee the whole process.”

Producer Dashka added: “Creating this song meant so much to me. We are announcing our arrival through music and specifically through this song. In these uncertain times, I hope we are bringing positivity, empowerment and strength to fight for better days.”

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The Hu have previously shared a cover of Metallica‘s ‘Sad But True’ in Mongolian.

Their take on the track, hears them use traditional Mongolian instrumentation along with their signature style of throat singing. The same distorted guitar melody from the original song helps drive the song forward, but the folk rock band sing the lyrics in their native language of Mongolian.

‘Sad But True’ was originally released in February 1993 and appeared on Metallica’s eponymous fifth [‘The Black’] album. The track has 142 million streams on Spotify and more than 51 million views on YouTube to date.

“Like millions of people around the world, Metallica has been a huge influence and inspiration for us as music fans and musicians,” The Hu’s Gala said. “We admire their 40 years of relentless touring and the timeless, unique music they have created. It is a great honour to show them our respect and gratitude by recording a version of ‘Sad But True’ in our language and in the style of The Hu.”

Last year The HU were involved in Metallica’s Special 30th Anniversary ‘Blacklist Reissue Covers Project’, for which they covered the legendary band’s ‘Through the Never’.

The group are also due to head out on tour with Megadeth, Five Finger Death Punch, and Fire From The Gods later this year.

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