Kataklysm’s ‘The Killshot’ Might Be Their Heaviest Song Ever

Canadian death merchants Kataklysm have returned with a music video for “The Killshot,” the first song to be shared off their forthcoming 14th album, Unconquered.

The new track serves as the album’s opener, setting the tone with what may be the group’s heaviest piece of work yet, even factoring in their long lost frenzied style present on the Sorcery debut. Kataklysm have clearly tightened their grip on modern metal’s hallmarks while keeping everything true to their groove-laden 21st century output and ever-present death metal overtones.

Watch the music video further down the page and read through the lyrics (via Genius) to “The Killshot” as well.

Commenting on the first Unconquered single, Kataklysm stated, “‘The Killshot’ is very Machiavellian at its base meaning. The song deals with revenge and planning it out, I wrote the song in an open interpretation because everyone has their own story that they can attach to it. In general, the album deals with pain or setbacks, overcoming them and fighting back especially in today’s situation, the timing is on point. In February, we flew to Atlanta, Georgia, and worked with director Scott Hanson. We saw some of his creations and wanted to try his style. The experience was awesome, and we won’t forget it anytime soon. Everything went great but it was there, sitting at the airport that we first started seeing on all the screens that COVID-19 was about to shutdown the country.”

Here I come again
This time, to ruin your life
Because, everything you say is a lie
Everything you are is a lie
And I’m here to sever the ties

Fear the face of hate
The face of fear
And all the things you never could see
These words won’t kill
The silence will and everything you fail to reap
I feel your wrath
I feel your heart
I feel everything you are
This bond you broke
This trust you took
The monster you created is here

I know the things you did
I know who you really are!
Sow the seeds of confrontation
Into the soul of annihilation
Take the steps to enter the void
A declaration of war!

I’m locked and loaded
And I won’t miss
This is the killshot
I’m locked and loaded
And I won’t miss
This is my killshot

Face the face of war
The face of death
And all the justice that you deserve
You bring the dark
I bring the light
Your blood will spill in the hands of dissent
The sky will fall
Your world will end
And so will the lies you try to mend
My name is truth
My name is death
And I have come to take you away

We know the things you did, the things you did
I know who you really are!
Sow the seeds of confrontation
Into the soul of annihilation
Take the steps to enter the void
A declaration of war!

I’m locked and loaded
And I won’t miss
This is the killshot
I’m locked and loaded
And I won’t miss
This is my killshot

Unconquered will be released Sept. 25 through Nuclear Blast. Pre-order the album here and view the artwork and track listing beneath the music video.

Kataklysm, “The Killshot” Music Video

Kataklysm, Unconquered Album Art + Track Listing

Nuclear Blast

01. “The Killshot”
02. “Cut Me Down”
03. “Underneath The Scars”
04. “Focused To Destroy You”
05. “The Way Back Home”
06. “Stitches”
07. “Defiant”
08. “Icarus Falling”
09. “When It’s Over”

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The Hunna’s High Energy ‘I Wanna Know’ Is a Jam You Can’t Miss

How much do you miss live shows? After watching The Hunna‘s “I Wanna Know” video you’re going to be missing them even more and be all the more anxious for the band to return to the concert stage.

This rocker is just brimming with energy, so much so that we dare you not to rock out to this track. It includes a prerequisite energy expelling “Woooo!” and a killer all out jam out to conclude the track, leaving you breathless by the end.

“‘I Wanna Know’ is up there for us with one the best songs we’ve ever written,” says The Hunna’s Ryan Potter. “It’s high octane all the way through and doesn’t let up, it’s kind of our Motley Crüe moment on the album. We played it on tour before we’d even started recording the album from a demo we did with Feldy and it was insane every time!”

The singer continues, “Its story comes from a place of extreme lust and infatuation with someone, wanting to know how they tick, what they feel, what they believe, wanting to be apart of anything they do, almost so much you could literally blow up.” Check out the lyrics for the track below.

I wanna know where you’re getting your drugs
I wanna know what you breathe in your lungs
I wanna know who you kiss with your lips
Kiss with your lips
Kiss with your lips

I wanna know how to get in your bed
I wanna know how to fuck with your head
I wanna know how to lie to your face
Lie to your face
Lie to your face

What you wait what you wait
What you waiting for
I can taste it
I can taste it

Na na
Na na
Na na na

I CANT FAKE IT

I wanna feel all the heat of your sweat
I wanna strip you from your toes to your head
I wanna see what you can do with those hips
Do with those hips
Do with those hips

I wanna live with you by my side
I wanna die with you on my mind
I wanna kill what you leave behind
Leave behind
Leave behind

Fittingly, the band chose to showcase the pure unadulterated energy the song exudes in the live setting for their video (seen below). You can look for “I Wanna Know” on the band’s upcoming album, I’d Rather Die Than Let You In, which is due Oct. 2. The band worked on the record with producer John Feldmann, and the set includes guest turns from Blink-182’s Travis Barker, Twenty One Pilots’ Josh Dun and Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz. Pre-orders are available here.

The Hunna, “I Wanna Know’

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Greg Puciato Unleashes Heavy ‘Do You Need Me to Remind You’ Song

Dillinger Escape Plan may be no more, but singer Greg Puciato is still cranking out crushingly heavy music. The latest song from his forthcoming solo debut, Child Soldier: Creator of God, is “Do You Need Me to Remind You?,” a track that reminds us of the singer’s great range.

The song starts off in a more sludgy vein, pummeling beats crushing over slow ebbing wall of distorted low end guitar. Pulling back for the vocal, Puciato’s soulful yet gritty vocal delivery takes center stage, giving the song a darker and more vulnerable vibe until the chorus arrives with Puciato flipping the switch on a more aggressive delivery. The track itself ebbs and flows in waves between crushing heaviness and more melodic moments.

The new song is yet another example of the dedication Puciato has thrown into his new record, playing many of the instruments on the album on top of delivering killer vocals.

The singer, who played everything but drums and some programming for the record, explains, “I’d been writing for so many different projects, Dillinger, then The Black Queen, and Killer Be Killed…and I just kept on writing, It felt as if I had more to say, but nothing that necessarily filled the script of those bands, so I ended up with something that I found to be intensely personal and super satisfying, but also confusing as far as what to do with it. When I realized that it was a solo release, it was sort of an ‘oh that’s interesting’ moment, both terrifying and exciting at once, and challenging, and new, and that combo is almost always a good sign, so I committed to it.”

He continues, “It’s important to continue taking risks in order to grow both your creativity and your future possibilities, to create new avenues and freedoms for yourself, and it also felt like a good time for me to integrate and own everything that I am into one thing, without fragmentation or limitation. I needed to come out from telling myself that I always have to be ‘guy in a band,’ and to release this as my own name.”

“Do You Need Me to Remind You?” follows his previous solo tracks “Fire for Water” and “Deep Set.” If you like what you hear, the new album Child Soldier: Creator of God is currently available for pre-order at this location. The album will drop on Oct. 23. See the full track listing and artwork below the new video.

Greg Puciato, “Do You Need Me to Remind You?”

Greg Puciato, Child Soldier: Creator of God Artwork + Track Listing

Federal Prisoner

Heavy of Stone
Creator of God
Fire for Water
Deep Set
Temporary Object
Fireflies
Do You Need Me To Remind You?
Roach Hiss
Down When I’m Not
You Know I Do
Through The Walls
A Pair of Questions
Evacuation
Heartfree
September City

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Pallbearer Reveal Sabbathian Track ‘Forgotten Days’ + New Album

Pallbearer have just released the debut single from their upcoming fourth studio album, Forgotten Days. The album’s title track is filled with Sabbathian doom riffs, mixed in with Pallbearer’s signature vocal style.

The Arkansas act emerged in the 2010s as one of modern metal’s most consistently brilliant acts, hitting a new height of popularity with 2017’s Heartless.

“I’m extremely stoked to finally share this song with everyone,” says singer/guitarist Brett Campbell. “The video for ‘Forgotten Days’ tells the story of an unfortunate traveler who journeys too far, and becomes lost in the depths of both inner, and outer, space. What is real when you cannot trust your own mind?“

“Joe [Rowland] and I have always written lyrics separately,” adds Campbell. “But we always end up with lyrics that are connected by threads. I’m not sure why that is. Maybe it’s because we’ve been in close proximity for a long while. Between Heartless and Forgotten Days, we were home for an extended period of time. I think we finally had time to reflect. Memory is a big aspect of the new record. The passage of time. How things change as perspective changes. Was the past truly the way that you remember it at all?”

Forgotten Days is us exploring what is natural to us,” adds bassist Joseph Rowland. “The songs tell me where I need to go when I write. We wanted to focus on songs that were visceral and enjoyable to play live – that our audiences would enjoy experiencing. We’re also getting back to more of the groovier and heavier elements of Pallbearer. Heartless is fairly uptempo and technical. This one is a little more open, it hammers you.”

“This record has a lot of thematic ties to our first record,” Rowland continues. “When we were writing Sorrow and Extinction, my mother was terminally ill. It’s been 10 years since she passed. It’s taken me all of this time to take a really good look at myself. While we were writing Forgotten Days, I knew, ‘Now is the time to sit down and begin to understand who I have become.’”

Forgotten Days will be released via Nuclear Blast on Oct. 23. Listen to the album’s title track and check out its artwork and track listing below.

PALLBEARER – Forgotten Days (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

Nuclear Blast

Pallbearer, Forgotten Days Track List:

Forgotten Days
Riverbed
Stasis
Silver Wings
The Quicksand of Existing
Vengeance & Ruination
Rite of Passage
Caledonia

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Taylor Momsen: The Pretty Reckless’ New Album Is Coming in 2021

We already know that The Pretty Reckless have a new record underway, but until now, we weren’t quite sure when it was coming. Vocalist Taylor Momsen says the band’s upcoming album Death By Rock and Roll will be out in 2021.

The band dropped the debut, self-titled single from the album in May, which paid tribute to their late producer Kato Khandwala. We’ve also learned that there are a plethora of guests featured throughout the new set of songs, including Soundgarden legends Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil on a “five-minute epic” song called “Only Love Can Save Me Now,” as well as Rage Against the Machine‘s Tom Morello on “And So it Went.”

“It is a very weird thing to be releasing music right now,” Momsen told the Darryl Talks to Bands podcast. “It’s always a bit nerve-wracking to put music out into the world at any time, but certainly releasing music in these very unprecedented times is a bit scary.”

While the singer promises that more new music will be delivered to fans before the year is over, the album won’t be out until 2021.

“It’s very weird to release music and not be able to back it up with a tour. The circle doesn’t feel complete until you get to play the songs live,” she explained. “So it’s a very strange time. I think we’re doing the same thing that a lot of bands are doing — we’re just kind of waiting and observing and trying to see where this is gonna go.”

The Pretty Reckless don’t have a specific release date for the album just yet, but Momsen added that there will be “many more singles” before it comes out. Listen to the full interview below.

The Pretty Reckless’ Taylor Momsen Talks to the Darryl Talks to Bands Podcast

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Sully Erna Aims to Finish New Godsmack LP + Solo Record in 2020

Sully Erna isn’t just planning to have a new Godsmack album ready to go by the end of the year; he’s also looking to complete another solo album —  the follow-up to his 2016 outing Hometown Life — at the same time.

Outlining his dual “missions to accomplish in 2020 while the world is rehabbing,” Erna shared his intentions with Gary Spivak of Danny Wimmer Presents in a recent episode of the Offstage With DWP series.

Watch the video down toward the bottom of this post.

This year, Godsmack were due to play Danny Wimmer festivals such as Epicenter and Louder Than Life before the coronavirus pandemic prevented them from happening. But it looks like those unfortunate cancellations aren’t slowing down the Godsmack singer’s productivity otherwise.

“There’s a lot going on, but what is going to be permitted is yet to be told,” Erna responded when asked what’s next for him. “My main priority is to spend the rest of this year with my band, writing, rehearsing, recording, mixing, mastering, getting new Godsmack ready to go for the top of ’21.”

He continues, “And I’m really hoping to be able to get even a solo record done this year. So I’m going to try to get very aggressive with my creativity and get two records done before the holidays.”

Think that will keep the Godsmack frontman busy for the rest of 2020? Yet that’s not all. The musician is also hoping to release a documentary film about his life that he’s been working on for quite some time.

Erna adds, “The other thing that we are getting very close on is I have a feature documentary that’s been shot for many years now about my life story — from zero until I got a record deal — which is based on a book that I put out, The Paths We Choose. … We’re really hoping that’s going to be wrapped by the end of July and try to find a home for it, whether it’s Netflix or somewhere.”

All in all, Godsmack fans certainly have much to look forward to for 2021. However, for now, listeners can keep up with Erna in his ongoing video series, Hometown Sessionsover on YouTube.

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Rolling Stones’ Expanded ‘Goats Head Soup’ Adds Three New Songs

The Rolling Stones are adding three previously unreleased songs to an expanded version of Goats Head Soup.

The deluxe two-disc CD and vinyl editions of the murky, somewhat bloated 1973 album will be released on Sept. 4. They will include 10 rarities and alternative mixes, including the previously unreleased tracks “Scarlet,” “All the Rage” and the project’s lead single, “Criss Cross.” Led Zeppelin‘s Jimmy Page contributes guitar to “Scarlet,” which also features Rick Grech of Blind Faith on bass.

“I really feel close to this album, and I really put all I had into it,” Mick Jagger said in a statement announcing the new set’s release. “I guess it comes across that I’m more into the songs.” Eight of Goat Head Soup‘s original 10 songs were recorded in one four-week recording session in Jamaica, which Keith Richards notes “was one of the few places that would let us all in” at the time.

In addition to those 10 tracks, the four-disc vinyl and CD box set editions will also include the 1973 live album The Brussels Affair, which was previously available as two limited-edition vinyl box sets in 2012 that cost at least $750.

Watch the Rolling Stones’ ‘Criss Cross’ Video

The new CD set will also come with a 120-page photo and essay book, four replica tour posters and a Blu-ray disc featuring the original album in both high-resolution stereo and surround sound. The Blu-ray also includes music videos for “Dancing With Mr. D,” “Silver Train” and “Angie.”

A vinyl edition of Goats Head Soup featuring an alternate early version of the album’s cover art is available exclusively from the band’s website.

You can see the track listing for the sets below.

The Rolling Stones ‘Goats Head Soup’ Expanded Editions Track Listing
Original Album
1. “Dancing With Mr. D”
2. “100 Years Ago”
3. “Coming Down Again”
4. “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)”
5. “Angie”
6. “Silver Train”
7. “Hide Your Love”
8. “Winter”
9. “Can You Hear the Music”
10. “Star Star”

Rarities and Alternative Mixes (included on two- and four-disc box sets)
1. “Scarlet”
2. “All the Rage”
3. “Criss Cross”
4. “100 Years Ago” (Piano Demo)
5. “Dancing With Mr. D” (Instrumental)
6. “Heartbreaker” (Instrumental)
7. “Hide Your Love” (Alternative Mix)
8. “Dancing With Mr. D” (Glyn Johns 1973 Mix)
9. “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)” (Glyn Johns 1973 Mix)
10. “Silver Train” (Glyn Johns 1973 Mix)

‘The Brussels Affair – Live 1973’ (included on four-disc CD and vinyl box sets)
1. “Brown Sugar”
2. “Gimme Shelter”
3. “Happy”
4. “Tumbling Dice”
5. “Star Star”
6. “Dancing With Mr. D”
7. “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)”
8. “Angie”
9. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
10. “Midnight Rambler”
11. “Honky Tonk Women”
12. “All Down the Line”
13. “Rip This Joint”
14. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”
15. “Street Fighting Man”

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Napalm Death Announce New Album for 2020

Napalm Death have just announced their 16th studio album, Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism. The latest record from grindcore’s most legendary band will come out via Century Media Records on Sept. 18.

The wait for Napalm Death’s 2020 record has been the longest of their career, with five years having passed since Apex Predator — Easy Meat was unleashed. Throes of Joy looks to be Napalm Death’s first album without guitarist Mitch Harris since From Enslavement to Obliteration was released in 1988, as a new promo photo of the band does not include Harris.

“The phrase [began] sticking in my mind when I started thinking about the lyrical direction for this album was ‘the other.’ You could recognize at the time that there was a rapidly growing fear and paranoia being generated about everybody, from migrating people to people with fluid sexuality and this was starting to manifest itself in very antagonistic reactions that you felt were almost verging on violence,” vocalist Barney Greenway says about the album’s title.

“Not everybody resorts to such reactions of course, but even the basic lack of understanding can become toxic over time. I’m not saying that this is an entirely new phenomenon, but it has been stoked in recent history by some particularly attack-minded people in more political circles and, as ever, I felt that it would be the natural antidote to endorse basic humanity and solidarity with all.”

“The artwork specifically uses a white dove as a centerpiece, which of course is a commonly recognized symbol of peace and cooperation. The dove has been mauled very violently by a sterilizing hand and in death appears particularly broken and bloodied. However, through the violence you can see an equality symbol in blood on the chest of the dove, which perhaps demonstrates – visually at least – that equality cuts through in the end. A positive amidst many negatives then, much like the album title itself being a bit of an oxymoron – the celebration of humanity even in the mangling jaws of negativity.”

Check out the track listing for Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism below and keep an eye out for Napalm Death’s first single from the album coming soon.

Napalm Death, Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism Track Listing + Artwork:

Century Media

1. F**k the Factoid
2. Backlash Just Because
3. That Curse of Being in Thrall
4. Contagion
5. Joie De Ne Pas Vivre
6. Invigorating Clutch
7. Zero Gravitas Chamber
8. Fluxing of the Muscle
9. Amoral
10. Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism
11. Acting in Gouged Faith
12. A Bellyful of Salt and Spleen

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Zakk Sabbath Nailed It on Cover of Black Sabbath ‘Black Sabbath’

Earlier this year, Black Sabbath‘s landmark self-titled debut turned 50 years old. Zakk Wylde had revealed he intended to cover the record in full with his Zakk Sabbath tribute band and now that has finally come to fruition. The album, Vertigo, has been unveiled along with a faithful cover of the iconic Black Sabbath title track that put heavy metal in motion.

Those of you wary that Wylde’s signature pinch harmonics would dominate the immortal opening riff — you have made the wrong assumption. The trio of Zakk Wylde (guitar and vocals), Blasko (bass) and Joey Castillo (drums) embraced the herculean task of covering one of the most daunting songs in the entirety of the metal canon and did it with remarkable skill.

Listen to the cover toward the bottom of the page and view the Vertigo album art and track listing beneath the video.

“We recorded a live EP and were wondering what we could do next as a cover band, so the 50th album anniversary came just at the right time”, explained Blasko of the band’s decision to enter the studio. “Compared to Paranoid, which is almost like a best-of record, the bulk of the material on Black Sabbath is deep-cut, really experimental stuff that was never thoroughly explored, so that was a challenge, not to forget that we wanted to meet our own high standards.”

In an attempt to maintain a certain vibe about the Vertigo album, which is obviously a nod to the record label that first released Sabbath’s classic first record, Zakk Sabbath will not be releasing this cover set digitally. The aim is “to make the release feel authentic to the time when vinyl ruled the earth. It was such a cool time for those of us that grew up during that time. The fan experience with the physical product is irreplaceable with digital and streaming. We wanted to capture that authenticity.”

Vertigo will be released on Digipak CD and CD/DVD hardcover book with behind-the-scenes and making-of clips in addition to limited edition yellow vinyl. The album is set for a Sept. 4 release on Magnetic Eye Records and pre-orders can be placed here.

Zakk Sabbath, “Black Sabbath” (Black Sabbath Cover)

Zakk Sabbath, Vertigo Album Art + Track Listing

Magnetic Eye Records

1. “Black Sabbath”
2. “The Wizard”
3. “Wasp / Behind the Wall of Sleep / N.I.B”
4. “Wicked World”
5. “A Bit of Finger / Sleeping Village / Warning”

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Mike Portnoy, John Petrucci Reunite After 10 Years for Solo Album

Former Dream Theater bandmates John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy have reunited for their first album together in a decade. Portnoy revealed via social media that he played drums on Petrucci’s upcoming solo album, Terminal Velocity.

The team of Portnoy and Petrucci has given progressive music some of its finest works, both with Dream Theater and Liquid Tension Experiment. Following his departure from Dream Theater in 2010, Portnoy has played with acts like Adrenaline Mob, Flying Colors, the Winery Dogs, Sons of Apollo, Metal Allegiance and Twisted Sister, experiencing an extremely prolific career outside of his most famous band.

John Petrucci announced his highly anticipated sophomore solo album last month, revealing the record will be released in fall 2020:

Yesterday (July 1), both Portnoy and Petrucci announced their collaboration on the album, offering a teaser and track listing for Terminal Velocity while naming Steve Morse / Flying Colors’ Dave LaRue as their session bassist:

Terminal Velocity will be the first album John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy have both played on since Dream Theater’s Black Clouds & Silver Linings was released in 2009.

“You can see that with Lars and James of Metallica, Dimebag and Vinnie of Pantera, and Eddie and Alex Van Halen… I think John and I had that type of partnership,” Portnoy recently told MyGlobalMind. “We are both at our best and strongest when we work together, and I miss that relationship. He and I have a great personal relationship now and get together with our families. It would be a shame not to make music in some capacity in the future. I hope we can.”

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Eagles ‘Live From the Forum’ Concert Film Will Debut This Weekend

A brand new Eagles concert film, Live From the Forum MMXVIII, will debut on ESPN on Sunday.

The 26-song collection, complied from three September 2018 shows at the Los Angeles arena, will be the band’s first official release since the death of co-founding member Glenn Frey in 2016, and mark the recorded debut of new members Deacon Frey and Vince Gill.

“Music and sports fans have been shut out from live events for more than three months,” said Eagles manager Irving Azoff. “The premiere of Live From the Forum MMXVIII, this July 4th weekend on ESPN, is the Eagles’ gift to their fans. We are honored to be part of ESPN’s Sunday night programming, the home of such acclaimed shows as 30 for 30 and The Last Dance.”

Vinyl, CD, Blu-ray and DVD versions of the show will be released on Oct. 16. They are available for pre-order now at the Eagles’ official website.

You can see the track listing below.

‘Eagles Live From the Forum MMXVIII’ Track Listing
1. “Seven Bridges Road”
2. Joe Walsh: “How ya doin?”
3. “Take It Easy”
4. “One of These Nights”
5. Don Henley: “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen”
6. “Take It to the Limit”
7. “Tequila Sunrise”
8. “In the City”
9. Timothy B. Schmit: “Hey, everybody, that’s Joe Walsh”
10. “I Can’t Tell You Why”
11. “New Kid in Town”
12. Don Henley: “Just want to thank all of you…”
13. “How Long”
14. Deacon Frey: “Hello, everybody…”
15. “Peaceful Easy Feeling”
16. “Ol’ 55”
17. “Lyin’ Eyes”
18. “Love Will Keep Us Alive”
19. Vince Gill: “How about a nice hand for California, man…”
20. “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away”
21. “Those Shoes”
22. “Already Gone”
23. “Walk Away”
24. Joe Walsh: “Is everybody OK?”
25. “Life’s Been Good”
26. “The Boys of Summer”
27. “Heartache Tonight”
28. “Funk #49”
29. “Life in the Fast Lane”
30. “Hotel California”
31. “Rocky Mountain Way”
32. “Desperado”
33. “The Long Run”

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Jefferson Starship to Release ‘Mother of the Sun’ Album

Jefferson Starship are planning to put out their first album in 12 years, to be named Mother of the Sun.

Guitarist David Freiberg, the only original member remaining in the group, broke the news on Consequence of Sound’s Kyle Meredith With…. podcast. In discussing what will come next for the group, he said, “Actually, we have a new one coming out. I guess it’s actually going to start coming out next month. But yes, it’s called Mother of the Sun. S-U-N.”

The first single is expected to be “It’s About Time,” a collaboration between another founding member, Grace Slick, lead guitarist Jude Gold and singer Cathy Richardson. “It’s about how it’s time for women to run the world, because look what’s happened,” Freiberg continued.

“It’s About Time” isn’t the only link to their past. “What Are We Waiting For?” was inspired by a particularly favorite phrase of original leader Paul Kantner, whose death in 2016 became something of a catalyst for the other members to create their first release since 2008’s Jefferson’s Tree of Liberty. As Freiberg put it, the five musicians “completely gelled” after his loss, and they received the blessing of Kantner’s family and Slick, who retired in 1990, to carry on with the Jefferson Starship name.

The chemistry has continued through the COVID-19 pandemic, where they’ve been recording performance videos from their individual locations during the lockdown, and the public can expect to see them in the near future, as more details of Mother of the Sun become known.

“Everybody is listening to everybody all the time,” he added. “And everybody can’t wait to get back together, which is really unusual.”

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