Smashing Pumpkins Announce Double Album ‘Cyr’ + New Animated Show

After the debut of their new songs “Cyr” and “The Colour of Love” at the end of last month, Smashing Pumpkins have officially announced their double album Cyr and a new animated series titled In Ashes.

Cyr was produced by frontman Billy Corgan and will feature 20 songs. Founding members James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin joined Corgan in the making of the album, as well as guitarist Jeff Schroeder. The first two singles were synth, marking a whole new sound for the rockers. We’ll be able to determine whether the rest follows suit when it comes out on Nov. 27 via Sumerian Records.

Pre-order Cyr here now, and see the album art and full track listing below.

In addition to the album announcement, the Pumpkins have also shared the trailer for their upcoming animated series In Ashes. The first two episodes of the five-part show will be available Friday, Sept. 25, along with more new music from Cyr. Watch the trailer below.

Smashing Pumpkins – Cyr Album Artwork + Track Listing

Sumerian Records

01. “The Colour of Love”
02. “Confessions of a Dopamine Addict”
03. “Cyr”
04. “Dulcet In E”
05. “Wrath”
06. “Ramona”
07. “Anno Satana”
08. “Birch Grove”
09. “Wyttch”
10. “Starrcraft”
11. “Purple Blood”
12. “Save Your Tears”
13. “Telegenix”
14. “Black Forest, Black Hills”
15. “Adrennalynne”
16. “Haunted”
17. “The Hidden Sun”
18. “Schaudenfreud”
19. “Tyger, Tyger”
20. “Minerva”

Smashing Pumpkins – In Ashes Trailer

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NSFW: Alpha Wolf Debut Violent ‘Restricted (R18+)’ Music Video

Alpha Wolf, an ascending metalcore group out of Australia, have just put out what has to be the year’s most disturbing music video and one that requires a warning for all potential viewers due to its extreme and graphic themes. The rated-R clip for “Restricted (R18+)” makes no effort to mask the uncomfortable reality of domestic abuse, suicide and thoughts of revenge and murder.

“The following clip contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing, including scenes of assault, violence and suicide. Viewer discretion is advised,” reads a warning before the music video begins.

In “Restricted (R18+),” Alpha Wolf blend feral, brutish hardcore rhythms with scenes depicting a woman tormented by an abusive father figure at home. As the video plays out, we see the woman flash back to violent scenes from her childhood as she blankly stares down the manifestation of her younger self in the home’s halls. In the present, the father figure remains prone to violent action, which prompts thoughts of murder in the woman’s mind. We see this urge play out, but only in fantasy as the video ends on an overhead shot of the woman lying in a tub filled with blood-soaked water, her bleeding arm lying over the edge as blood pools on the floor.

Read the lyrics to“Restricted (R18+)” directly below and watch the NSFW video further down the page.

I had a dream I slit your throat
I saw you bleed, I saw you choke
Found peace in the prophecy
Though it left when I awoke

Trouble on my mind, digging graves in my sleep
Turn me loose, I might snap.

It’s the devil in broad day
Smile make a pretty face

Blame it on the bloodline, no
Blame it on the state of mind

Suffering soul, never let it go
Suffering soul, exorcise the ghost

Don’t you ever think I would forget
Don’t you ever think I would forgive
I’ll keep having these thoughts
Until you’re fucking dead

Been spinning webs in my head
Bending my mental backwards
Dying to justify insidious intentions

I had a dream I slit your throat
No sweet dreams, no goodnight

Predator, prey
Dreams a reality
Predator now prey
Now pray

If I were you, I’d wanna kill myself too

The song comes from Alpha Wolf’s forthcoming second album, A Quiet Place to Die, which will be released Sept. 25 through SharpTone Records and Greyscale Records. To pre-order the album, head here.

Alpha Wolf, “Restricted (R18+)” Music Video

Alpha Wolf, A Quiet Place to Die Album Art + Track Listing

1. “a quiet place to die”
2. “Creep”
3. “Golden Fate; Isolate”
4. “Akudama”
5. “Acid Romance”
6. “Rot In Pieces”
7. “bleed 4 you”
8. “Ultra-Violet Violence”
9. “The Mind Bends To A Will Of Its Own”
10. “Restricted (R18+)”
11. “don’t ask…”

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October 2020 New Music Releases

Bruce Springsteen has reunited with the E Street Band for the first time since their 2016 tour, and the latest edition of Record Store Day‘s RSD Drops offers another round of exclusive and limited-edition finds.

The below list of October 2020 new music releases also includes Blue Oyster Cult‘s first new record since 2001’s Curse of the Hidden Mirror. Bon Jovi‘s 2020 was delayed for months during the quarantine, giving the band enough time to continue writing. Two previously announced songs, “Luv Can” and “Shine,” have since been replaced. Elvis Costello has completed the follow-up to 2018’s Look Now, which brought home his first Grammy win in 14 tries.

Robert Plant unearthed three previously unreleased songs for the new career-spanning Digging Deep: Subterranea compilation. U2 have given 2000’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind an expanded 20th-anniversary makeover. A box set devoted to Tom Petty‘s 1994 album Wildflowers finally arrives, too.

This month’s upcoming concert sets are highlighted by the Eagles‘ first official release since the death of Glenn Frey in 2016. Live From the Forum MMXVIII also marks the recorded debut of new members Deacon Frey and Vince Gill. Queen + Adam Lambert are issuing their first full-length project together, while YesThe Royal Affair Tour: Live From Las Vegas documents a 2019 date at the Hard Rock Hotel.

More information on these and other new rock-related efforts can be found below. Remember to follow our continuously updated list of 2020 New Music Releases for details on projects issued throughout the year.

Oct. 2
Bangles, Gold (3CD)
Bob Mould, Distortion: 1989-2019 (24CD)
Bon Jovi, 2020
Corey Taylor [Slipknot], CMFT
Dave Edmunds, 5 Originals (3CD)
Frank Zappa, Halloween 81
Nickelback, All the Right Reasons: 15th Anniversary Expanded Edition
NRBQ, In Frequencies
Oasis, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?: 25th Anniversary Edition
Queen + Adam Lambert, Live Around the World (CD/DVD)
Robert Plant, Digging Deep: Subterranea
Roger Waters, Us + Them (soundtrack)
William Shatner, The Blues [Canned Heat, Pat Travers, Ritchie Blackmore, Albert Lee]

Oct. 9
Andy Bell [Oasis], The View from Halfway Down
Blue Oyster Cult, The Symbol Remains
Dire Straits, The Studio Albums 1978-1991 (6CD set)
The Doors, Morrison Hotel: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Howard Jones, Cross That Line (expanded 3CD/1DVD set)
John Lennon, Gimme Some Truth. The Ultimate Mixes
Replacements, Pleased to Meet Me (expanded reissue)
Rick Vito [Fleetwood Mac], Lucky in Love: The Best of Rick Vito
Patty Smyth, It’s About Time
Tears for Fears, The Seeds of Love: Super Deluxe Edition
Travis, 10 Songs
Various artists, JEM Records Celebrates John Lennon

Oct. 16
Allman Brothers Band, Warner Theatre, Erie, PA 7-19-05 (2CD)
Eagles, Live From the Forum MMXVIII
Hawkwind Light Orchestra, Carnivorous
Joey Molland [Badfinger], Be True to Yourself
Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Rust Bucket
Mick Fleetwood & Friends, Celebrate the Music of Peter Green and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac (David Gilmour, Pete Townsend, Steven Tyler, Billy Gibbons, Kirk Hammett, Christine McVie, others)
Tommy Lee [Motley Crue] ANDRO
Tom Petty Wildflowers & All the Rest

Oct. 23
Blue October, This Is What I Live For
Bruce Springsteen, Letter to You
Dan Fogelberg, Greatest Hits (vinyl reissue)
Greg Lake, The Anthology: A Musical Journey (2CD)
Joe Bonamassa, Royal Tea
John Prine, Crooked Piece of Time: The Atlantic & Asylum Albums (1971-1980) (7CD)
Little Richard, The Second Coming; Lifetime Friend (reissues)
Pearl Jam, MTV Unplugged
Thin Lizzy, Rock Legends (6CDs/1DVD)

Oct. 24: RSD Drops
Alice Cooper, Live from the Apollo Theatre Glasgow Feb. 19, 1982 (2LP)
Allman Brothers Band, An Evening With the Allman Brothers Band: First Set (2LP)
Bob Mould, Circle of Friends (2LP)
Cheap Trick, Out to Get You! Live 1977 (2LP)
Frank Zappa, You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore: Sampler (2LP)
Grateful Dead, Buffalo 5/9/77 (5LP)
Humble Pie, Official Bootleg Collection Vol. 2 (2LP)
Keith Richards, “Hate It When You Leave” b/w “Key To the Highway” (7-inch vinyl)
Judas Priest, Sad Wings of Destiny (2LP)
Mark Knopfler, Metroland: Music and Songs From the Film (LP)
Modern English, I Melt With You (12-inch vinyl)
Randy Newman, Avalon: Original Motion Picture Score; The Natural (LP)
Rolling Stones, Metamorphosis UK (LP)
Rory Gallagher, Cleveland Calling (LP)
Skid Row, Slave To the Grind: Expanded (2LP)
Soul Asylum, Hurry Up and Wait: Deluxe Version (2LP)
Toto, Live in Tokyo 1980 (vinyl)
UFO, Live in Youngstown ’78 (2LP)
Warren Zevon, Greatest Hits: According to Judd Apatow (LP)
Who, A Quick Live One (vinyl)

Oct. 30
Chris Squire [Yes], Fish Out of Water (Blu-ray high-resolution edition)
Duran Duran, Dreaming of Your Cars: 1979 Demos Part 2
Elton John, Elton John (vinyl reissue)
Elvis Costello, Hey Clockface
Grateful Dead, American Beauty (expanded anniversary reissue)
Joni Mitchell, Archives Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967)
Motorhead, Ace of Spades (expanded anniversary reissue)
Pantera, Reinventing the Steel (expanded anniversary reissue)
Procol Harum, Something Magic (2CD expanded edition)
Townes Van Zandt, Legend: The Very Best of Townes Van Zandt (two-disc set)
U2, All That You Can’t Leave Behind (expanded anniversary reissue)
Yes, The Royal Affair Tour: Live From Las Vegas

November and Beyond
David Bowie, Metrobolist (aka The Man Who Sold the World) (reissue)
Neil Young, Archives Volume 2; Return to Greendale (live)
Rick Wakeman, Christmas Variations (expanded reissue)
Wilco, Summerteeth (expanded anniversary reissue)
Elvis Presley, From Elvis in Nashville (four-disc set)
Jimi Hendrix, Live in Maui
Little Richard, Southern Child (previously unreleased)
Andrew Farriss [INXS], Andrew Farriss

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Elton John’s New ‘Jewel Box’ Unearths 60 Unreleased Tracks

The depth of Elton John‘s catalog takes the spotlight in Elton: Jewel Box, a new box set arriving Nov. 13. His long run of hits are skipped in favor of album tracks, demos, B-sides and other rarities spread across eight CDs.

More than 80 of the 148 songs in the collection are getting their first-ever digital release; 60 of those have never been available in any format.

The first two discs consists of 31 deep cuts, while the next three contain demos and songs recorded between 1965 and 1971 for John’s pre-fame groups like Bluesology and the Bread and Beer Band. The sixth and seventh discs compile 36 B-sides from 1976-2005, 17 of which have been previously available only on vinyl.

Elton: Jewel Box concludes with 16 songs singled out in John’s 2019 autobiography Me, from “Empty Sky” through “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” the Academy Award-winning duet with Taron Edgerton from last year’s Rocketman biopic.

You can see the track listing below.

Jewel Box is housed in an outer slipcase and contains a hardcover book containing liner notes, including John’s track-by-track commentary for the first two discs. You can hear a demo for “Sing Me No Sad Songs,” which John and Bernie Taupin wrote in 1969, below.

“To delve back through every period of my career in such detail for Jewel Box has been an absolute pleasure,” John said in a press release. “Hearing these long lost tracks again, I find it hard to comprehend just how prolific Bernie and I were during the early days. The songs just poured out of us, and the band were just unbelievable in the studio.

“I always want to push forward with everything I do and look to the future, but having time during lockdown to take stock and pull these moments from my memory from each era has been a joy. As a devout record collector myself, this project has really excited me, and I couldn’t be happier with the level of craft involved in such a carefully curated, lovingly constructed box set. I’m sure my fans will enjoy it as much as I have.”

Elton John, ‘Elton: Jewel Box’ Track Listing
Disc One: Deep Cuts
1. Monkey Suit — Elton John and Leon Russell
2. Where To Now St Peter?
3. Mellow
4. The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (1909-34)
5. Chameleon
6. Gone To Shiloh — Elton John and Leon Russell
7. We All Fall In Love Sometimes
8. Too Low For Zero
9. The Power — Elton John With Little Richard
10. All That I’m Allowed
11. The Bridge
12. The New Fever Waltz
13. Stone’s Throw From Hurtin’
14. The North
15. Hoop Of Fire
16. Boogie Pilgrim

Disc Two: Deep Cuts
1. Ticking
2. Crystal
3. All Quiet On The Western Front
4. Tell Me When The Whistle Blows
5. Freaks In Love
6. Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody) — Elton John and Leon Russell
7. The Emperor’s New Clothes
8. House
9. (Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket
10. Understanding Women
11. Shoot Down The Moon
12. Have Mercy On The Criminal
13. Blues For Baby And Me
14. My Quicksand
15. Street Kids

Disc Three: Rarities Part One 1965-1968
1. Come Back Baby — Bluesology
2. Mr. Frantic — Bluesology
3. Scarecrow (Piano/Tambourine Demo)
4. A Dandelion Dies In The Wind (Piano Demo)
5. Velvet Fountain (Piano Demo)
6. A Little Love Goes A Long Way (Piano Demo)
7. If You Could See Me Now (Piano Demo)
8. Mr. Lightning Strikerman (Piano Demo)
9. Countryside Love Affair (Piano Demo)
10. I Could Never Fall In Love With Anybody Else (Piano Demo)
11. I Get A Little Bit Lonely (Piano Demo)
12. The Witch’s House (Piano Demo)
13. Get Out Of This Town (Piano/Tambourine Demo)
14. Year Of The Teddy Bear (Piano Demo)
15. Where It’s At (Piano/Percussion Demo)
16. Who’s Gonna Love You (Piano/Percussion Demo)
17. Nina (Band Version)
18. Angel Tree (Piano/Guitar/Tambourine Demo)
19. Here’s To The Next Time (Piano/Tambourine Demo)
20. Thank You For All Your Loving (Band Version)
21. Watching The Planes Go By (Band Version)
22. When The First Tear Shows (Arranged Band Version)
23. Tartan Coloured Lady (Arranged Band Version)

Disc Four: Rarities Part Two 1968
1. Hourglass (Band Version)
2. 71-75 New Oxford Street (Band Demo)
3. Turn To Me ( Arranged Band Version)
4. Reminds Me Of You (Piano Demo)
5. I Can’t Go On Living Without You (Arranged Band Version)
6. And The Clock Goes Round (Piano Demo)
7. When I Was Tealby Abbey (Piano Demo)
8. I’ll Stop Living When You Stop Loving Me (Piano Demo)
9. Trying To Hold On To A Love That’s Dying (Piano Demo)
10. Sitting Doing Nothing (Band Version)
11. Regimental Sgt. Zippo (Band Version)
12. Cry Willow Cry (Band Demo)
13. There Is Still A Little Love (Band Demo)
14. If I Asked You (Band Demo)
15. Skyline Pigeon (Piano Demo)
16. Two Of A Kind (Arranged Band Version)
17. The Girl On Angel Pavement (Arranged Band Version)
18. Smokestack Children (Arranged Band Version)
19. Baby I Miss You ( Band Demo
20. All Across The Havens (Piano/Guitar Demo)
21. Bonnie’s Gone Away (Piano/Guitar Demo)
22. Just An Ordinary Man (Piano Demo)
23. There’s Still Time For Me (Piano/Guitar/Tambourine Demo)

Disc Five: Rarities Part Three 1968-1971
1. The Tide Will Turn For Rebecca (Piano Demo)
2. Dick Barton Theme (Devil’s Gallop) (Bread And Beer Band)
3. Breakdown Blues (Bread And Beer Band)
4. Taking The Sun From My Eyes (Arranged Band Version)
5. It’s Me That You Need (Band Demo)
6. Sing Me No Sad Songs (Band Demo)
7. The Flowers Will Never Die (Piano Demo)
8. In The Morning (Band Demo)
9. Open Your Eyes To The Sun (Piano/Tambourine Demo)
10. One Time, Sometime or Never (Band Demo)
11. Slow Fade To Blue (Piano/Guitar Demo)
12. Rolling Western Union (Piano Demo)
13. My Father’s Gun (Piano Demo)
14. Amoreena (Piano Demo)
15. Burn Down The Mission (Piano Demo)
16. Razor Face (Piano Demo)
17. Madman Across The Water (Piano Demo)
18. Holiday Inn (Piano Demo)
19. All The Nasties (Piano Demo)

Disc Six: B-Sides Part One 1976-1984
1. Snow Queen (Elton John and Kiki Dee)
2. Conquer The Sun
3. Cartier
4. White Man Danger
5. Tactics
6. Steal Away Child
7. Love So Cold
8. Les Aveux (Elton John and France Gall)
9. Donner Pour Donner (Elton John and France Gall)
10. J’veux D’la Tendresse
11. Fools In Fashion
12. Can’t Get Over Getting Over Losing You
13. Tortured
14. Hey Papa Legba
15. Take Me Down To The Ocean
16. Where Have All The Good Times Gone? (Alternate Mix)
17. The Retreat
18. Choc Ice Goes Mental
19. A Simple Man

Disc Seven: B-Sides Part Two 1984-2005
1. Lonely Boy
2. Highlander
3. Billy And The Kids
4. Lord Of The Flies
5. Rope Around A Fool
6. Medicine Man
7. I Know Why I’m In Love
8. Big Man In A Little Suit
9. God Never Came Here
10. The North Star
11. Did Anybody Sleep With Joan Of Arc
12. So Sad The Renegade
13. A Little Peace
14. Keep It A Mystery
15. How’s Tomorrow
16. Peter’s Song
17. Things Only Get Better With Love

Disc Eight: And This Is Me…
1. Empty Sky
2. Lady Samantha
3. Border Song
4. My Father’s Gun
5. All The Nasties
6. I Think I’m Going To Kill Myself
7. Philadelphia Freedom
8. Song For Guy
9. Sartorial Eloquence
10. Elton’s Song
11. Cold As Christmas (In The Middle Of The Year)
12. I Fall Apart
13. Amazes Me
14. The Last Song
15. American Triangle
16. (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again (Elton John and Taron Egerton)

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Ozzy: 40th Anniversary ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ Reissue + Two Live DVDs

Ozzy Osbourne has just announced a 40th anniversary expanded edition of his landmark debut solo album, Blizzard of Ozz. Also on the way are two live DVDs, all of which will arrive Sept. 18, just two days shy of the record’s actual anniversary.

On top of one of metal’s all-time greatest albums comes a set of new bonus tracks, most of which were culled from the 2012 Record Store Day Ozzy Live release, which was never made available in a digital format. Six of the seven new bonus tracks are taken from that live effort, which was recorded on the Blizzard of Ozz tour. The other is a live jam from the Mr. Crowley EP, also previously unavailable digitally.

Coinciding with the expanded album release are the Live & Loud and Live at Budokan DVDs.

Live & Loud was originally released in 1993 and features an assortment of Ozzy hits recorded in 1991 and 1992 on the Prince of Darkness’ intended retirement trek, dubbed ‘No More Tours.’ As for Live at Budokan, that was recorded at one gig in 2002 at the iconic Tokyo, Japan venue.

See the complete track listing for each release below.

Ozzy Osbourne, 40th Anniversary Edition of Blizzard Of Ozz Track Listing
01. “I Don’t Know”
02. “Crazy Train”
03. “Goodbye to Romance”
04. “Dee”
05. “Suicide Solution”
06. “Mr. Crowley”
07. “No Bone Movies”
08. “Revelation (Mother Earth)”
09. “Steal Away (The Night)”
10. “You Looking at Me, Looking at You” (current bonus track – originally the b-side to “Crazy Train”)
11. “Goodbye to Romance” [2010 guitar & vocal mix] (current bonus track)
12. “RR” [Outtake from Blizzard Of Ozz Sessions] (current bonus track)

New Bonus Tracks (previously unavailable digitally):
13. “I Don’t Know” – from Ozzy Live
14. “Crazy Train” – from Ozzy Live
15. “Mr. Crowley” – from Ozzy Live
16. “Revelation (Mother Earth)” – from Ozzy Live
17. “Steal Away (The Night)” – from Ozzy Live
18. “Suicide Solution” – from Ozzy Live
19. “You Said It All” (live) – from Mr. Crowley EP

“Live & Loud” DVD Track Listing
01. “I Don’t Want To Change The World”
02. “Desire”
03. “Mr. Crowley”
04. “I Don’t Know”
05. “Road To Nowhere”
06. “Flying High Again”
07. “Paranoid”
08. “Suicide Solution”
09. “Goodbye To Romance”
10. “Shot In The Dark”
11. “No More Tears”
12. “Miracle Man”
13. “War Pigs”
14. “Bark At The Moon”
15. “Mama, I’m Coming Home”
16. “Crazy Train”
17. “Black Sabbath”
18. “Changes”

“Live at Budokan” DVD Track Listing
01. “I Don’t Know”
02. “That I Never Had”
03. “Believer”
04. “Junkie”
05. “Mr. Crowley”
06. “Gets Me Through”
07. “Suicide Solution” (Osbourne, Rhoads, Daisley)
08. “No More Tears”
09. “I Don’t Want to Change the World”
10. “Road to Nowhere”
11. “Crazy Train”
12. “Mama, I’m Coming Home”
Encore
13. “Bark at the Moon”
14. “Paranoid”

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Alter Bridge Announce ‘Walk the Sky 2.0’ EP, Release New Video

Alter Bridge will be giving fans a follow-up to Walk the Sky, the band’s most recent full-length album. Along with a new EP, Walk the Sky 2.0, Alter Bridge have revealed a brand new video for “Native Son,” which you can watch below.

Walk the Sky marked another successful release for Alter Bridge, adding to the prolific legacy of vocalist Myles Kennedy and former Creed members Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips.

Walk the Sky 2.0 will be the band’s first EP in 15 years, featuring the new song “Last Rites” along with live versions of six Walk the Sky tracks. “Last Rites” was written, recorded and completed entirely during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The video for “Last Rites,” the seventh single from Walk the Sky, is an animated short created completely using stop-animation techniques and incorporating origami to create a unique visual effect. It starts by following a dark figure in a prairie farmland setting, while the viewer finds the character struggling to survive as that backdrop then morphs and gives way to industrialization. The visuals echo the lyrical sentiment, “I’m a native son in a foreign land. I’m just living in a world I can’t understand.”

Walk the Sky 2.0 will be released Nov. 6 via Napalm Records. Pre-orders include CD and shirt bundles along with colored vinyl and digital packages. To grab a copy of Walk the Sky 2.0, click here.

Alter Bridge: Native Son (Official Video)

Walk The Sky 2.0 Track Listing:

1 Last Rites
2 Wouldn’t You Rather (Live)
3 Pay No Mind (Live)
4 Native Son (Live)
5 Godspeed (Live)
6 In The Deep (Live)
7 Dying Light (Live)

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Rise Against’s New Song to Be on DC Comics Death Metal Soundtrack

Rise Against‘s first new song in three years, “Broken Dreams, Inc.” will be arriving on Sept. 16 as the lead track off the Dark Nights: Death Metal The Original Soundtrack, the companion album to the seven-issue DC Comics series, Dark Nights: Death Metal.

“Personally, being involved with this soundtrack is really fantastic,” commented Rise Against singer Tim McIlrath.

Recollecting a favorite memory, McIlrath continued, “Growing up, my little brother and I would ride our bikes to the newsstand near our house and spend all our money on the latest comic books, and Batman was a favorite. Also, Zach, our guitarist, is probably the biggest comic book geek in our band. He’s talked about how, along with his brother and father, they were all big DC fans — Batman, Robin, Superman, Aquaman, all the comic book series, the TV shows, and feature films. So, yes, we’re all very excited about being part of this.”

Listen to a teaser of “Broken Dreams, Inc.” further below.

The soundtrack was executive produced by Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, the John Wick franchise, Dawn of the Dead reboot). The iconic composer offered, “In Dark Nights: Death Metal, Loma Vista Recordings and I saw an opportunity to bring artists together to create a diverse soundtrack that is inspired directly by this incredible comic series.”

Addressing the elephant in the room, Bates clarified, “Our intent is not to literally create a death metal soundtrack, but instead, to illuminate the darkest corners of each character’s psyche from an authentic perspective that is thematically inherent in death metal music.”

“But a soundtrack is merely a collection of songs unless it is holistically intertwined with the story teller’s original work,” Bates added, “With the support of DC and Loma Vista Recordings, and with the help of several artists, I’m creating a short-form animatic film series derived from Greg Capullo’s original artwork for Dark Nights: Death Metal. I’ve invited artists on the soundtrack, and pop-culture personalities alike, to voice the characters illustrated in Scott and Greg’s masterful take on classic DC characters. This has possibly never been more relevant to real life than the challenging time the world is currently experiencing.”

“Broken Dreams, Inc.” will be the first new song Rise Against has released since putting out their eighth album, Wolves, in 2017.

Rise Against, “Broken Dreams, Inc.” DC Comics Trailer

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Dark Tranquillity’s Melodeath Reign Continues on ‘Phantom Days’

Swedish melodic death metal veterans Dark Tranquillity have revealed that Moment will stand as their first new album in four years. “Phantom Days,” the album’s opening track, has also been selected as the first single.

It’s never a question of if Dark Tranqullity will go heavy on the melodies; it’s more about how they will use them. On “Phantom Days,” the band gets playful with their songwriting, letting that soaring chorus rip before crashing back down with thrashier bits to round out Dark Tranqullity’s perfected sense of dynamism.

Listen to “Phantom Days” below.

Eager for fans to hear what else is to come, Dark Tranquillity, exclaimed, “It’s happening again! We are proud to announce that our 12th album Moment will be released on November 20 worldwide. This has been in the works for a long time and we hope this finds you well and gives some sort of respite in these trying times. Crank up ‘Phantom Days’ and find the best pre-order option. Cheers from the DT camp.”

This year saw the formal departure of founding guitarist Niclas Sundlin, who had taken a break from the band in 2016 to focus on family life. In his place, Dark Tranquillity made guitarists Christopher Amott and Johan Reinholdz permanent members, both of whom had been touring with the group since 2016.

Pre-order Moment hereand view the complete track listing and album art further down the page.

Earlier in 2020, Dark Tranquillity keyboardist Martin Brändström launched the metal-only social media app Bandbond where fans can follow bands and their members directly, without any nagging algorithms that only show you a small portion of the posts from accounts you follow.

Dark Tranquillity, “Phantom Days”

Dark Tranquillity, Moment Album Art + Track Listing

Century Media

01. “Phantom Days”
02. “Transient”
03. “Identical to None”
04. “The Dark Unbroken”
05. “Remain in the Unknown”
06. “Standstill”
07. “Ego Deception”
08. “A Drawn Out Exit”
09. “Eyes of the World”
10. “Failstate”
11. “Empires Lost to Time”
12. “In Truth Divided”

2020’s Best Metal Songs (So Far)

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Hatebreed Debut Bruising New Song, Announce Eighth Album

Hardcore heavyweights Hatebreed have finally unveiled all the details to their long-awaited new album, Weight of the False Self and alongside this news comes the album’s bruising title track.

“Weight of the False Self” couldn’t have come at a better time. Amid a dark 2020 comes this new Hatebreed anthem which implores listeners to unleash the power within and be the difference they want to see in the world.

The 12-track record will be the eighth from the Connecticut-based group and will not contain the “When the Blade Drops” single that was released earlier this year, before the album’s announcement was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Weight of the False Self will be released on Nov. 27 through Nuclear Blast. View the track listing and album art (by Eliran Kantor, who has worked with Testament, Soulfly, Hate Eternal, Iced Earth and others) further down the page. To pre-order your copy of the album, head here.

Read the lyrics to “Weight of the False Self” below (via AZ Lyrics) and listen to the song further down the page.

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

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

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

If you want to make a difference in the world (It means)
You have to be different from the world (You see)
No victim mindset, raise your standard
Your true self calls and you must answer

Life 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 willful self-abuse
Never justify another excuse

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

If you want to make a difference in the world (It means)
You have to be different from the world (You see)
Lift the burden keeping you from being free
Holding you to standards you’re not meant to reach

Lift the weight of the false self crushing you
Lift the curse of the fatalist haunting you
Lift yourself out from the death grip
Lift the burden on your shoulders

If you want to make a difference in the world (It means)
You have to be different from the world (You see)
Never justify another excuse
Lift the weight of the false self and you will be set free

Catch Hatebreed on the road in North America in the fall of 2021 as they head out with Parkway Drive, Knocked Loose and Fit For a King. Head to this location to see if the tour is stopping near you.

Not content to idle amid a down 2020, Hatebreed recently launched their own signature beer, ‘Breedbrew,’ in collaboration with Connecticut’s Witchdoctor Brewing Company. Meanwhile, frontman Jamey Jasta also eyed a new business venture, readying his own line of pasta dubbed ‘Jasta Pasta.’ Get the details on both here.

Hatebreed, “Weight of the False Self”

Hatebreed, Weight of the False Self Album Art + Track Listing

Nuclear Blast

01. “Instinctive (Slaughterlust)”
02. “Let Them All Rot”
03. “Set It Right (Start With Yourself)”
04. “Weight Of The False Self”
05. “Cling To Life”
06. “A Stroke Of Red”
07. “Dig Your Way Out”
08. “This I Earned”
09. “Wings Of The Vulture”
10. “The Herd Will Scatter”
11. “From Gold To Gray”
12. “Invoking Dominance”

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Joni Mitchell Announces Archival ‘Early Years’ Box Set

Joni Mitchell announced the first installment of an expansive archival series.

Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967), out Oct. 30, features almost six hours of previously unreleased audio, including home demos, live performances and her first known recordings.

She previewed the set with a 1963 Canadian radio version of the traditional song “House of the Rising Sun” (popularized the following year by the Animals). Mitchell was 19 at the time of the performance, captured by CFQC AM in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

You can listen to it below.

The five-CD and digital collection, available to pre-order now, showcases the period leading up to the singer-songwriter’s debut LP, 1968’s Song to a Seagull. The box includes early versions of songs from that record (“Michael From Mountains,” “I Had a King”), along with tracks that appeared on later records (1969’s “Chelsea Morning” and “Both Sides Now,” 1970’s “The Circle Game,” 1971’s “Little Green”).

The package, which features a 40-page booklet with new liner notes and unseen photos from Mitchell’s personal collection, concludes with a three-set 1967 nightclub show captured at the Canterbury House in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Both those shows — as the single-LP Early Joni -1963 and the three-LP set Live at the Canterbury House – 1967 — will be available Oct. 30 on individual 180-gram vinyl.

“The early stuff, I shouldn’t be such a snob against it,” Mitchell said in a statement announcing the set. “A lot of these songs, I just lost them. They fell away. They only exist in these recordings. For so long I rebelled against the term: ‘I was never a folk singer.’ I would get pissed off if they put that label on me. I didn’t think it was a good description of what I was. And then I listened, and … it was beautiful. It made me forgive my beginnings. And I had this realization … I was a folk singer!

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Pantera’s 20th-Anniversary ‘Reinventing the Steel’ Set Announced

A special edition of Pantera‘s final album, Reinventing the Steel, will arrive on Oct. 30 in honor of its 20th anniversary. The three-CD set brings together a remastered version of the original LP, a new mix made by Terry Date, instrumental rough mixes of every song and covers of Black Sabbath (“Electric Funeral” and “Hole in the Sky”) and Ted Nugent (“Cat Scratch Fever”) songs.

The track listing, as well as Date’s mixes of “Revolution Is My Name,” “Death Rattle,” and “We’ll Grind That Axe for a Long Time,” can be found below.

The producer, who worked on the band’s definitive early-to-mid-’90s albums, said he didn’t want to remix Reinventing the Steel, because he likes Sterling Winfield’s work on the original, according to a press release. But he eventually changed his mind because he felt fans wanted to hear his take on the material.

“I’m just trying to remember what we used to do as I’m going through this stuff,” he said. “But the riffs and performances are strong. It’s just classic Pantera.”

A two-LP 180-gram vinyl set, featuring the Date mix and eight of the bonus tracks, will arrive Jan. 8, 2021. It’s limited to 5,000 copies and comes in an embossed foil jacket. Both editions can be pre-ordered at Pantera’s online store.

Released in 2000, Reinventing the Steel was a return to form for the band. Its back-to-basics sound ran contrary to the nu-metal that was popular at the time. But tensions among guitarist Dimebag Darrell, drummer Vinnie Paul and singer Phil Anselmo led to Pantera breaking up shortly after the album’s release.

Pantera, ‘Reinventing the Steel’ 20th-Anniversary Edition Track Listing
Disc One: New Terry Date Mix
1. “Hellbound”
2. “Goddamn Electric”
3. “Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit”
4. “You’ve Got to Belong to It”
5. “Revolution Is My Name”
6. “Death Rattle”
7. “We’ll Grind That Axe for a Long Time”
8. “Uplift”
9. “It Makes Them Disappear”
10. “I’ll Cast a Shadow”

Disc Two: Original Album Remastered
1. “Hellbound”
2. “Goddamn Electric”
3. “Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit”
4. “You’ve Got to Belong to It”
5. “Revolution Is My Name”
6. “Death Rattle”
7. “We’ll Grind That Axe for a Long Time”
8. “Uplift”
9. “It Makes Them Disappear”
10. “I’ll Cast a Shadow”
11. “Goddamn Electric” – Radio Mix
12. “Revolution Is My Name” – Radio Edit
13. “I’ll Cast a Shadow” – Radio Edit
14. “Goddamn Electric” – Radio Edit

Disc Three: Bonus Tracks
1. “Avoid the Light”
2. “Immortally Insane”
3. “Cat Scratch Fever”
4. “Hole In the Sky”
5. “Electric Funeral”
6. “Hellbound”
7. “Goddamn Electric”
8. “Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit”
9. “You’ve Got to Belong to It”
10. “Revolution Is My Name”
11. “Death Rattle”
12. “We’ll Grind That Axe for a Long Time”
13. “Uplift”
14. “It Makes Them Disappear”
15. “I’ll Cast a Shadow”

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Pantera Reissuing ‘Reinventing the Steel’ With New Album Cover

Reinventing the Steel proved to be the final album from Pantera and 20 years later, the music and the memory lives on. The band has just revealed a 20th anniversary edition of the record, complete with new album art, a track-for-track remaster, as well as some alternative mixes and other bonuses.

The 3-CD version of the 2000 album is set to arrive on Oct. 30 while the 2LP version will be available early next year on Jan. 8. Among the highlights of this reissue set is a brand new mix of the entire record courtesy of producer Terry Date, who was at the helm of the Texas group’s four previous works — The Great Southern TrendkillFar Beyond DrivenVulgar Display of Power and Cowboys From Hell.

As a teaser for the full update, Pantera have shared three songs with the new Terry Date mix: “Revolution Is My Name,” “Death Rattle” and “We’ll Grind That Axe for a Long Time.” All three can be heard below.

Accompanying this reissue is a brand new album cover, which replaces the inebriated man in his boxer shorts jumping through fire that adorned the original release. This time, Pantera kept it simple, playing a bit off the album’s title while also giving a nod to one of Dimebag Darrell‘s guitar designs, which featured a diamond plate body.

View the new album cover and the full track listing for the CD and LP sets further down the page. Head here to pre-order.

Pantera, Reinventing the Steel Tracks With New Terry Date Mix

Pantera, Reinventing the Steel 20th Anniversary Edition Album Art

Rhino Records

Pantera, Reinventing the Steel 20th Anniversary Edition CD Track Listing

Disc One: New Terry Date Mix
01. “Hellbound”
02. “Goddamn Electric”
03. “Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit”
04. “You’ve Got To Belong To It”
05. “Revolution Is My Name”
06. “Death Rattle”
07. “We’ll Grind That Axe for a Long Time”
08. “Uplift”
09. “It Makes Them Disappear”
10. “I’ll Cast a Shadow”

Disc Two: Original Album Remastered
01. “Hellbound”
02. “Goddamn Electric”
03. “Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit”
04. “You’ve Got To Belong To It”
05. “Revolution Is My Name”
06. “Death Rattle”
07. “We’ll Grind That Axe for a Long Time”
08. “Uplift”
09. “It Makes Them Disappear”
10. “I’ll Cast a Shadow”
Bonus Tracks
11. “Goddamn Electric” – Radio Mix
12. “Revolution Is My Name” – Radio Edit
13. “I’ll Cast A Shadow” – Radio Edit
14. “Goddamn Electric” – Radio Edit

Disc Three: Bonus Tracks
Non-Album Tracks & Covers
01. “Avoid The Light”
02. “Immortally Insane”
03. “Cat Scratch Fever”
04. “Hole in the Sky”
05. “Electric Funeral”
Instrumental Rough Mixes
06. “Hellbound” *
07. “Goddamn Electric” *
08. “Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit” *
09. “You’ve Got To Belong To It” *
10. “Revolution Is My Name” *
11. “Death Rattle” *
12. “We’ll Grind That Axe for a Long Time” *
13. “Uplift” *
14. “It Makes Them Disappear” *
15. “I’ll Cast a Shadow” *

Pantera, Reinventing the Steel — 20th Anniversary Edition 2LP Track Listing

LP One: New Terry Date Mix
Side One
01. “Hellbound”
02. “Goddamn Electric”
03. “Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit”
04. “You’ve Got To Belong To It”
05. “Revolution Is My Name”

Side Two
01. “Death Rattle”
02. “We’ll Grind That Axe for a Long Time”
03. “Uplift”
04. “It Makes Them Disappear”
05. “I’ll Cast a Shadow”

LP Two: Bonus Tracks
Side One
01. “Avoid the Light”
02. “Immortally Insane”
03. “Cat Scratch Fever”
04. “Hole In The Sky”

Side Two
01. “Electric Funeral”
02. “Goddamn Electric” – Radio Mix
03. “Revolution Is My Name” – Radio Edit
04. “I’ll Cast a Shadow” – Radio Edit

* previously unreleased

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