Tomahawk Get Weird in Rabid New Video for ‘Dog Eat Dog’

Tomahawk are back with their first album since 2013, Tonic Immobility. Featuring members of Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, the Jesus Lizard and Helmet, the experimental band has teamed up with Loudwire to premiere the new video for “Dog Eat Dog.”

The COVID-19 pandemic spurred a wild creative streak within Mike Patton. By October, the prolific singer had finished two full albums and was working on his third, though isolation slowed Patton’s superhuman progress down slightly as the months dragged by. With the re-release of Mr. Bungle’s The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo already in the books, it came time for Tomahawk to reappear, with the boys releasing the single “Business Casual” in January.

The video for “Dog Eat Dog” is a brutal one, pitting chained-up humans against each other in the style of a dog fighting ring. Blended in with archival footage of obedient doggies performing tricks, the music video is a perfectly weird visual for the new Tomahawk track.

“Dogs patiently wait, obediently, for humans to snuff each other out…so they can take over the world. Dogs rule!!!!” Mike Patton says, while guitarist Duane Denison adds, “It’s a statement about competition, oppression and unity — served up with a healthy dose of slapstick humor.”

Watch the “Dog Eat Dog” video below.

Tomahawk, “Dog Eat Dog” (Official Video)

Tonic Immobility will be released March 26 via Patton’s own Ipecac Recordings. To pre-order the album and to grab Tonic Immobility bundles, which include limited edition vinyl, click here.

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Hear Sabaton’s New Swedish-Sung Song (With English Translation)

Swedish power metal battalion Sabaton are back with a stunning video for “Livgardet,” their first new song since the release of 2019’s The Great War album. It’s sung entirely in Swedish and is a tribute to the 500th anniversary of the Swedish Royal Guard — Livgardet.

It’s fitting that Sabaton follow-up The Great War with a song commemorating a historic anniversary as that last record was made to honor 100 years since the start of World War I. Here, they shed their more typical power metal assault in favor of a bombastic five-minutes that are, of course epic, but set to a militaristic drum beat with a rigid, chanting-like vocal cadence.

As for the video, seen below, Sabaton played the part and donned military uniforms that served as a nod to the half-millennium old era.

“Since 2012 and Carolus Rex, we have been looking forward to writing more songs in Swedish, and we felt that we were not done with the history of our fatherland,” said bassist Pär Sundström.

Using this opportunity to serve up a history lesson, the bassist continued, “Over the past years, we have been discussing around topics until something obvious came up. One of the oldest military regiments in the world, the Swedish Royal Guard (Livgardet), was formed in the Sabaton home region in Sweden, Dalecarlia, in 1521 by the legendary Swedish king Gustav Vasa.”

“For the past 500 years, they have evolved with the times and served under various kings and queens around the world and are still active today,” Sundström added, furthering the education of Sabaton fans worldwide.

He added, “We felt that such an anniversary would be worth a song, and we aimed at writing a respectful tribute, an anthem for this Swedish regiment and its legacy. The rich 500 years of history is, needless to say, extremely hard to fit into one song, and that is why we mainly focused on the parts and battles that happened during the age of the Swedish Empire. We aimed to write a respectful tribute, a powerful anthem, for this Swedish regiment and its remarkable legacy.”

Watch the “Livgardet” music video in all its splendor toward the bottom of the page. View the lyrics directly below, which have been presented in Swedish and English (via Google Translate — translation may contain inaccuracies).

Look for the English version of the song to be released April 9.

Sabaton, “Livgardet” Lyrics

Smitt av eld och dalablod
Frusen mark och hjältemod
I en tid av krig de stod

Anor från blott 16 man
Rikets äldsta stridsförband

En tid
Av Krig

Vart vägen än bär
Att beskydda, gardet svär
För konung och rike de viger sitt liv

Knä om knä livgardet går
Kämpat för landsfader vår
Hängiven tjänst i 500 år
Från tåget över Bält
Stred vid Lund, på Narvas fält
De följa uti hjältars spår

Oavsett vem kronan bär
Till sin konung trohet svär
I en tid, av fred, de består

Traditioner i från förr
Vaktar ännu maktens dörr
I frid
Och i strid

Vart vägen än går
Runt vår konung gardet står
För land och för rike de offrar sitt liv

För Sverige i tiden
Dit konungen går
De gör vad som synes omöjligt, vad än framtiden spår

Vart vägen än bär
Att beskydda, gardet svär
För konung och rike de viger sitt liv

Ärat livgardet står
Grundat av landsfader vår
Hängiven tjänst i 500 år
Från tåget över Bält
Stred vid Lund, på Narvas fält
De följa uti hjältars spår

Sabaton, “Livgardet” Lyrics — English Translation (Via Google Translate)

Infected by fire and Dala blood
Frozen ground and heroism
In a time of war they stood

Descended from only 16 men
The kingdom’s oldest military unit

A time
Of War

Wherever the road leads
To protect, the guard swears
For king and kingdom they dedicate their lives

Knee to knee the lifeguard goes
Fought for our country father
Dedicated service for 500 years
From the train across the Belt
Struggle at Lund, on Narva’s field
They follow in the footsteps of heroes

Regardless of who wears the crown
To his king fidelity swears
In a time, of peace, they exist

Traditions from the past
Still guarding the door of power
In peace
And in battle

Wherever the road goes
Around our king guard stands
For country and for kingdom they sacrifice their lives

for Sweden in time
Where the king goes
They do what seems impossible, whatever the future holds

Wherever the road leads
To protect, the guard swears
For king and kingdom they dedicate their lives

The honor guard stands
Founded by our country father
Dedicated service for 500 years
From the train across the Belt
Struggle at Lund, on Narva’s field
They follow in the footsteps of heroes

Sabaton, “Livgardet” Music Video

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AFI Share Two New Songs, Announce ‘Bodies’ Album Details

AFI are back with a double dose of new music today. The band has just released their driving new rock track “Looking Tragic” along with the faster-paced cut “Begging for Trouble,” and they’ve now announced the details for their forthcoming album Bodies.

“‘Looking Tragic’ addresses the theme of overstimulation resulting in desensitization,” says frontman Davey Havok. “Melodic and driving, the song came to life quickly and immediately stood out as a track to make bodies, if not sentiments, move.” Check out the video and lyrics below.

Meanwhile drummer Adam Carson chimed in on the other new offering, “Begging for Trouble.” “After years of receiving early versions of songs from Jade and Davey, in forms that span loosely arranged chords and scratch vocal to fully realized demos, I think I have become quite adept at knowing which songs will or will not make the record,” stated Carson. “‘Begging For Trouble’ was green lit, at least in my mind, the moment I heard the vocals come in. To me, the track is a cornerstone of the new record.” The song and lyrics can be checked out below.

Both songs follow on the heels of the previously released pair of tracks – “Twisted Tongues” and “Escape From Los Angeles.” And with four songs revealed, AFI are now giving us the details on their upcoming release as well. Bodies is set for a June 11 release via Rise Records and pre-orders are being taken here. The full track listing and artwork can be viewed below.

The Bodies album was produced by the band’s own Jade Puget and mixed by Tony Hoffer. “AFI is such an integral part of who I am. What we do with AFI together is a foundation for me,” explains frontman Davey Havok. “Coming back is a return to a home I’ve always known.”

“I couldn’t do what I do in AFI in any other place,” adds guitarist Jade Puget. “Davey and I have written songs together for over 20 years now. I couldn’t find the thing he and I have together anywhere else, nor the thing the four of us have when we come together. AFI is home for me and will always be that.”

“At this point, it’s not even a choice. It’s just what I do,” drummer Adam Carson concurs. “I started this band with Davey when I was 16. It’s something that I love so much. It’s just a part of me.”

“Every album is an opportunity to show people a snapshot of our evolution,” adds bassist Hunter Burgan. “And with this band, it’s always something fresh. We’ve been playing together for so long that I have a deep understanding of each of my bandmates‘ musical styles, and yet I am still pleasantly surprised by the new things they bring to each record.”

As for what to expect, Puget cautions, “Anyone who knows our catalog knows that no two records really sit together. Some sit a little closer, maybe. We do certain things, just by virtue of who we are, that are consistent, but those things come about organically. Every time we do something, I have to judge it on its own merits. Some fans are going to judge a new album, or a new song, based on what’s come before. But as artists, we can’t do that, because it would only hinder our creativity.” Get ready to see what AFI provide listeners this time.

AFI, “Looking Tragic” (Official Video)

AFI, “Looking Tragic” Lyrics

Wait a minute. This may be boring.
Is it less than a total mess?
In a minute this may turn sour if we last.

Wait a minute. You may be boring
icy holes in my snowy head
ever dry and yet warmly melting in cold beds.

Everyone’s looking tragic
looking for the new panic
looking for a new panic in anyone.

He spun light into black skyscrapers.
She hid weapons beneath her dress.
Wait a minute. I may be boring you to death.

Everyone’s looking tragic
looking for the new panic
looking for a new panic in anyone.

What a total mess. I’ll take her.
What a total mess. I’ll take him.
What a total mess. I’ll take her.
What a total mess. I’ll take them.

Everyone’s looking panicked
looking for something tragic
looking for a new panic in anyone.

AFI, “Begging for Trouble”

AFI, “Begging for Trouble” Lyrics

Just for fun, my vibrant one, grow old.
With dying suns my vibrant one’s grown cold.

You grow cold as you wait for me in the night, as you struggle.
You’ll wait for me, for you asked for trouble.

We’re not done, my trembling one, be still
Til I come parading back in red frills with black thrills for you.

Tou wait for me in the night, as you struggle.
You’ll wait for me, for you asked for trouble.

Don’t take tears in your dress seriously.
Don’t take wounds in my chest seriously
And, desperately, I beg you

Wait for me in the night, as you struggle.
You’ll wait for me, for you asked…begged for trouble.
Just wait.

AFI, Bodies Artwork + Track Listing

Rise Records

1. Twisted Tongues
2. Far Too Near
3. Dulceria
4. On Your Back
5. Escape From Los Angeles
6. Begging for Trouble
7. Back From the Flesh
8. Looking Tragic
9. Death of the Party
10. No Eyes
11. Tied to a Tree

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Adrian Smith + Richie Kotzen Unleash Bluesy Jam ‘Scars’

Iron Maiden‘s Adrian Smith and The Winery DogsRichie Kotzen have provided one of the more intriguing pairings of 2021, and the two musicians, who have a collaborative record en route, have just released their second single “Scars.”

The track is a bluesy gem, starting off with a moody and downtrodden vibe accentuated by Smith’s weathered vocal and some blistering guitar playing. The tempo picks up as the song continues, with Kotzen’s guitar playing and power vocal adding to the mix.The pair co-wrote and co-produced the song as well as sharing guitars and vocals, with Kotzen jumping in on bass and drums as well. Check out the lyrics below:

Smith / Kotzen, “Scars” Lyrics

SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A HELPLESS CHILD ALONE IN THE NIGHT SOMETIMES I FEEL SO FAR FROM THE LIGHT

I’M ALONE ON AN ENDLESS ROAD LOOKING FOR A SIGN THE CROSSROAD STRETCHES OUT AHEAD BUT I DON’T KNOW WHICH WAY IS MINE

SO I’M GONNA RUN FROM THE WORLD ‘CAUSE I DON’T OWE YOU SO DON’T BE AFRAID I WON’T GET TOO CLOSE TO YOU I’M JUST A LONER

OPEN YOUR ARMS I’VE BEEN SCARRED I HOPE YOU HELP ME MEND TAKE ME TO HEART FROM THE START I’LL FOLLOW TO THE END

THE FUTURE IS A MYSTERY ONLY YOU CAN TRY BUT ALL I SEE IS RAIN BLACKING OUT THE SKY

SO I’M GONNA FOLLOW MY ROAD I’VE GOT NOTHING TO LOSE YEA MY PATH IS WRITTEN IN STONE THE STARS WILL ALIGHT FOR ME I KNOW THAT I’M GETTING CLOSER

OPEN YOUR ARMS I’VE BEEN SCARRED I HOPE YOU HELP ME MEND TAKE ME TO HEART FROM THE START I’LL FOLLOW TO THE END

WHY I WONDER WHY TIME WAS ON MY SIDE

MY WELL IS RUNNING DRY

OPEN YOUR ARMS IVE BEEN SCARRED I HOPE YOU HELP ME MEND

TAKE ME TO HEART FROM THE START I’LL FOLLOW TO THE END

YEA I’M JUST A LONER

I’M TIRED OF HIDING MY SCARS I HOPE YOU HELP ME MEND

YEA YEA

TAKE ME TO HEART FROM THE START I WILL FOLLOW TO THE END

YEA YEA YEA YEA

Kotzen says, ‘I remember ‘Scars’ being one of the songs we wrote in the very beginning of the process. There is something moody and mysterious going on in this track that I find quite engaging. This would be a great track for us to stretch out live for some guitar improvisation between the two of us.”

The two musicians also shot an eye-catching black and white video for the song, performing against the backdrops of mountainous desert and rocky seashore environs near their respective home studios in Los Angeles and London. The clip can be seen below and you can pick up their self-titled collection on March 26 via BMG. Orders are being taken here.

Smith / Kotzen, “Scars”

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New Song by U.K. Alt-Metal Group Vexed Is Sick of This World Too

Vexed, the up-and-coming alt-metal band from the U.K., have just dropped a Grindhouse-styled music video for the floor-punching new song “Hideous,” off the newly announced Culling Culture debut album.

Anger and disgust may be the most relatable human emotion on the Earth right now, which Vexed bottled, distilled and consumed undiluted at casket strength potency on “Hideous.” There’s a brilliant tradeoff in the way this four-piece structured their pounding grooves and serrated vocal assaults, with subtle shades of nu-metal influences.

“It gives us great satisfaction to share with you our Grindhouse inspired music video for our debut single, ‘Hideous’,” said the band. “Fueled by the feeling of ‘seeing red’ and having to decide how to react in moments of betrayal and rage, do you let your blood boil over or sit and wait for the killing instinct to pass?”

Watch the video and read the lyrics for “Hideous” toward the bottom of the page, where you’ll also find the album art and track listing for Culling Culture. Pre-order the album, out May 21 on Napalm Records, here.

Vexed, “Hideous” Lyrics

All I see is hideous

We’re so accustomed to the pain can’t see it’s killing us
There’s evil right before your eyes but you’re oblivious
But all I see is hideous
Disguised as victims but they feed off the delirious
Calculated subtle choices it’s insidious

You might have them fooled but not me
A wolf in sheep’s clothing is all that I see
So keep crying and whining go howl to the moon
‘Cos one day you’ll be left alone to lick your own wounds

You can’t pull the wool over my eyes
Your disguise is a failed attempt of looking elegant but to me you know all I see is…

Hideous

We’re so accustomed to the pain can’t see it’s killing us
There’s evil right before your eyes but you’re oblivious
But all I see is hideous
Disguised as victims but they feed of the delirious
Calculated subtle choices it’s insidious.

Am I the only person here who isn’t falling for your tears?
No amount of nudity can hide the ugliness beneath

All I see is hideous

We’re so accustomed to the pain can’t see it’s killing us
There’s evil right before your eyes but you’re oblivious
But all I see is hideous
Disguised as victims but they feed of the delirious
Calculated subtle choices it’s insidious

Sit, lie down, roll over if you please but all of your tricks little or big they don’t impress me
I’m the only one who’s got you all figured out
You and your fucking big mouth

Am I the only person here who isn’t falling for your tears?
No amount of nudity can hide the ugliness beneath

All I see is hideous

We’re so accustomed to the pain can’t see it’s killing us
There’s evil right before your eyes but you’re oblivious
But all I see is hideous
Disguised as victims but they feed of the delirious
Calculated subtle choices it’s insidious

Vexed, “Hideous” Music Video

Vexed, Culling Culture

Napalm Records

01. “Ignorant”
02. “Hideous”
03. “Fake”
04. “Epiphany”
05. “Misery”
06. “Narcissist”
07. “Weaponise”
08. “Purity”
09. “Drift”
10. “Aurora”
11. “Lazarus”

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Green Day’s ‘Here Comes the Shock’ Video Provides Aerobic Workout

Yes it’s the middle of winter and in the midst of a pandemic, so it may be a little harder than usual to get motivated to workout. Don’t fret, cause Green Day have got a new song and video that’s sure to get your blood pumping. You can check out the clip for “Here Comes the Shock,” complete with a “Punk Rock Aerobics” video, in the player below.

A lot of Green Day songs have plenty of energy and we suggest digging out several more and making a playlist to keep your workout going, but to get things rolling the band has enlisted Hilken Mancini of Punk Rock Aerobics to take you through a number of punk rock dance steps that will keep you in motion throughout.

Watch as Hilken shows off the “Skank,” the “Whack Jack,” “Iggy’s Punch,” her “You Be the Star Air Guitar,” the “Pogo,” the “Cross Cross,” the “Circle Jog” and the “Rock” over the course of this two-and-a-half minute song. And if you want to sing along while working out, the lyrics are below.

Green Day, “Here Comes the Shock” Lyrics

Here comes the shock

We got the numbers
gonna rumble in the street
We’re screaming bloody murder
We’re gonna take it to the grave

Bebop a lula baby
Annie get your gun
We’re gonna shoot it baby gonna do some damage and some damage will be done

Here comes the shock

We got the creatures and we got no place to go
We’re screaming truth to power
From the barrio

We are the broken records
Sitting in the sun
Turn up the amplifier
Gonna do some damage and some damage will be done

Here comes the shock

Green Day, “Here Comes the Shock”

The song is the first new track to be released outside the Father of All… album cycle. It’s currently available in North America at this location.

“Here Comes the Shock” received its official debut as part of a NHL highlights promo that aired during Saturday’s outdoor game between the Las Vegas Golden Knights and the Colorado Avalanche. Green Day have taken part in a cross-promotion deal with the National Hockey League that has seen the band’s music used in promos and had the group play the 2020 NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis.

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Chimaira’s Mark Hunter Guests on Pulverizing New Ghost Iris Song

Danish metalcore four-piece Ghost Iris have just released a music video for their new Comatose track, “Desert Dread,” which features a guest appearance by Chimaira frontman Mark Hunter.

This latest single follows up the debut Comatose hard-hitter “Paper Tiger” and showcases the band’s knack for lean songwriting and natural feel for crunching groove riffs that are hooks in their own right as “Desert Dread” builds to a buttery choral crescendo.

For Chimaira fans, hearing Hunter’s familiar screaming is a nice consolation after learning late last year that the band was discussing a reunion for a 2020 Christmas show and even noted the possibility that new music could materialize. Then came a pandemic, which put those plans on ice.

Comatose is a title that represents in a plethora of ways. It’s about the fact that many people are asleep, but even from a coma, one can arise,” said Ghost Iris of the forthcoming release.

“On the surface, it might seem extremely dark, nihilistic, and bearing of a defeatist attitude, but darkness cannot exist where there’s light. We all exist in the age of enlightenment and even though it seems as if we’re all screwed and the earth is almost destroyed, times will surely change. Arise from the coma, no longer comatose, we fight the demons.”

The band continued, “The artwork for Comatose depicts Kali, whose name translates to “she who is death,” as a mere mortal. To serve the title of the album, the majority of mankind are asleep and oblivious as to what is going on around them. Ultimately, we are death. However, there is no darkness without the light – let us all arise from the coma.”

Comatose drops May 7 on Long Branch Records. Pre-order the album here.

The lyrics and music video for “Desert Dread” can both be seen below as well as the album’s artwork and track listing at the bottom of the page.

Ghost Iris, “Desert Dead” Lyrics

Grant them blissful abortion

Justified mindless contortion
Grant them blissful abortion

“The choice is yours”
They swallow it raw
Pillars of four
Swallowing the law

Procreation – An ethical right
New life – an absence of might
Unsupervised growth
They’ll eternally loathe
Society pushes forward lies as it seem

Ghost Iris featuring Mark Hunter, “Desert Dead” Video

Ghost Iris, Comatose Album Art + Track Listing

Long Branch Records

01. “(3815935)”
02. “desert dread” feat. Mark Hunter
03. “paper tiger”
04. “cult”
05. “former self”
06. “coda”
07. “ebb//flow”
08. “cold sweat”
09. “coma”
10. “power schism”

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Marty Friedman Releasing Third ‘Tokyo Jukebox’ Album

Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman continues to flourish in Japan, and he’s once again delving into Japanese culture for inspiration with the third installment of his Tokyo Jukebox series.

Friedman started the series in 2009 with the initial Tokyo Jukebox album, followed with a sequel in 2011 and now makes this a trilogy with his third release coming on April 16 via The Players Club / Mascot Label Group.

The guitarist shares, “I’ve been playing stuff from the first two Jukebox albums live all over the world, and it’s taken on a life of its own. Especially in places like North and South America, Australia, Italy, France and even India. My fan base is very dedicated, and what I have found is that lots of new fans have been introduced to Japanese music and culture through me, which is very gratifying. On the tours it seems like aside from the dedicated guitar fans, the Japan fanatics have been noticeably growing, so now felt like the right time to do Tokyo Jukebox 3.”

Friedman reveals that it wasn’t merely just as simple as picking songs to cover for this new release. He explains that covering material is a more involved process in Japan. The guitarist says, “In Japan, you have to get permission to record and release cover versions, and that can be a very tricky and long process. So, the last thing I wanted to do was to ask permission to do a song, only to wind up not recording it for whatever reason. That would be very impolite. I spent several weeks choosing songs and demoing them to see whether I could create versions that I could get pumped up about, before I even approached any publishers. I came up with a short list of 20 songs, and from this chose about 15 that I knew I could really score with.”

To help whet your appetite for the new album, Friedman has issued a pair of tracks – “Makenaide” and “The Perfect World” – that will both be available as instant grat offerings for pre-orders of the new album. Pre-orders are now underway at this location.

Friedman just posted the video for “Makenaide” and offers, “I feel so incredibly fortunate and grateful for the love and support of wonderful people from so many countries and cultures around The World. With this video, I tried my best to share that unique feeling with you, and what better way than to have those cool folks jam for us. A huge thank you to everyone who took the time and energy to learn this song and make this video so fun to look at.”

The other new track, ‘The Perfect World,” actually dates back to 2018 for Friedman. He reflects, “Back then I did the song with Jean-Ken Johnny from Man With A Mission on vocals, and that was used as the main theme for the Netflix series B: The Beginning. On the day of release, the song went straight to the top of the Japanese iTunes chart.” This recording, however, is a fresh interpretation with Alfakyun, one of Japan’s premier female J-Pop singers performing the vocals. As Friedman offers, “It’s really a self-cover, so it fits in with the idea of this being a covers album.”

Much of the recording process was done at Power House Studios in Tokyo, with Friedman, who was also the producer on the project, joined by bassist Kiyoshi and drummer Anup Sastry. He shares, “Kiyoshi has been in my band for about six years now doing all my tours and recordings. She is a powerhouse, and I honestly have never seen anyone hit the bass as hard as she does, especially while keeping up with my kind of challenging music. Anup was a member of Skyharbor (an Indian/American progressive metal band) and has been on my last three albums. He is just plain phenomenal as well.”

In other Friedman news, the latest incarnation of his long-selling signature model guitar, Jackson`s MF-1, will be released this month. It is a brand-new Purple Cracked Mirror model, with a stunning design and ultramodern construction. Get a closer look here.

Marty Friedman, “The Perfect World”

Marty Friedman, “Makenaide”

Marty Friedman, Tokyo Jukebox 3 Artwork + Track Listing

Mascot Label Group

1. Makenaide
2. Senbonzakura
3. Gurenge
4. Kaze Ga Fuiteiru
5. Echo
6. The Perfect World (feat. Alfakyun)
7. U.S.A.
8. Shukumei
9. Ikuze Kaitou-Shoujo
10. Sazanka
11. Time Goes By
12. Japan Heritage Official Theme Song

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Andrew W.K. Releases Dark Synth-Metal Song ‘Babalon’

Party rock extraordinaire Andrew W.K. is now inviting you to step into an entirely new world, one that’s considerably darker than you’re used to, with a music video for the new song “Babalon.”

Anyone coming for a roaring stomper akin to “She Is Beautiful” or “Party Hard” is going to be met with something rather startling — dark, mournful melodies and jarring rhythms. Despite this shift in style, there’s still an absurd level of theatrics present in “Babalon,” which have always been an Andrew W.K. hallmark. Who says you can’t party in the dark?

Michael R.C., the conceptual director of the music video, commented, “With ‘Babalon’ we wanted the audience to slink back down Andrew’s tower and storm the gateway to the city of pyramids with him, or someone who looks like him. We had all been working really hard to lay thee gagging monster down, so it would dwell forever in the chasm of frivolous forming. All these images come from there, from where it’s going. That’s where we put Andrew.”

“Consciousness hasn’t opened reality, only nightmares. Zone-out now,” he added.

Watch the music video for “Babalon” at the bottom of the page and read the lyrics directly below. The 7″ version of the single can also be ordered through the Napalm Records webstore.

Andrew W.K., “Babalon” Lyrics
Annihilate
Annihilate
Annihilate
Turn me to dust

Regenerate
Regenerate
Regenerate
Harness my lust

The sanctified whore
The goddess of war
Creation unfurled
Gave birth to the world
The lover of chaos and strife

The crystallized tomb
The infinite womb
The blood of her veins
The cup and the reins
Spilling the elixir of life

Babalon

Persephone
Persephone
Persephone
To err is divine

Bring peace to me
Bring ecstasy
Sing unto thee
Woman enshrined

O Babalon
O Babalon
O Babalon
Feed me your wine

Destroyer of form
Unleashing the storm
With eternity’s kiss
She guards the abyss
Slicing the self like a knife

The slayer of mind
The queen of mankind
The daughter adored
The feminine lord
The virgin, the mother, the wife

Babalon
Babalon
O Babalon
Ah!

Andrew W.K., “Babalon” Music Video

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Myles Kennedy Drops New Song ‘In Stride,’ Announces New Album

The new year is bringing a new Myles Kennedy solo record. The Alter Bridge and Slash vocalist will follow up his Year of the Tiger debut with a new album titled Ides of March and he’s just dropped the brand new single “In Stride”

Calling in his cohorts from the previous record, Kennedy, drummer Zia Uddin and bassist Tim Tournier worked with longtime producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette in Florida over the past year in creating Ides of March. Like its predecessor, Kennedy expands the musical palette beyond what he typically uses within his other bands and that’s exemplified a bit with slide guitar playing a prominent role in the new single “In Stride.”

Fans of Kennedy’s harder edge rock sound will be pleased as the song displays his power vocals and a heavier overall sound. Meanwhile, the song and video work in tandem as a statement on what was a very trying year in the world.

The Stefano Bertelli-directed video for “In Stride” puts Kennedy in a mostly animated world, finding the calm inside a dining room while the world outside explodes into chaos with the population trying to decide what’s real and what’s fake. You can see the clip below.

“Chill out. That pretty much sums it up,” explains Kennedy about the single. “The lyric paints a picture of a survivalist preparing for an impending zombie apocalypse. It was inspired by the first wave of lockdowns as everyone was buying vast amounts of toilet paper and supplies. I started to ask myself if it might be wise to try and gain some perspective and not overreact… keep calm and carry on.” The lyrics for the song can be viewed below:

Myles Kennedy, “In Stride” Lyrics

You can panic you can burrow and wait
Impending doom is always on the take
One day you’ll wake up it’ll be too late
You didn’t take it all in stride

You can tremble as you fear for your life
You can bitch about the sign of the times
But the truth is that you gotta decide
If your only wasting your life

Cool down baby ya know
You’re gonna burn out in time
Sometimes ya gotta let go
And just open your mind

Take it all in stride

The talking head he said the end is near
He got your number but I stay cavalier
Don’t waste your time baby living in fear
You gotta take it all in stride

You can fortify your house on the hill
For fear the zombies gonna come for the kill
You’re prepping like a fool but you know the drill
And now you’re fit to be tied

Yeah, you are

Cool down baby ya know
You’re gonna burn out in time
Sometimes you gotta let go
And just open your mind

It ain’t no crime to behold
A little beauty sometimes

Pull yourself from below
And just step to the light
And just take it all in stride

Ain’t no point why you wasting
All your time commiserating
With all the ghosts you never come to find

And just live your life
You know I’m right
Goddamn I’m right

Cool down baby ya know
You’re gonna burn out in time
Sometimes ya gotta let go
And just open your mind

It ain’t no crime to behold
A little beauty sometimes

Pull yourself from below
And just step to the light
And just take it all in stride

And just take it all in stride
And just take it all in stride

As for the album, it’s said to include a mix of rock, blues and country. Ides of March is set for a May 14 release via Napalm Records and pre-orders are available here in a variety of configurations. Check out the album’s artwork and track listing below the new video.

Myles Kennedy, “In Stride”

Myles Kennedy, Ides of March Artwork + Track Listing

Napalm Records

Get Along
A Thousand Words
In Stride
The Ides of March
Wake Me When It’s Over
Love Rain Down
Tell It Like It Is
Moonshot
Wanderlust Begins
Sifting Through The Fire
Worried Mind

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Lacey Sturm Chooses Life in New Song ‘State of Me’

A new year brings new music from Lacey Sturm, who teased fans with the track “The Decree” last year. Pushing toward a new album expected this summer, Sturm returns to the spotlight with the new song “State of Me” that can be heard in the player below.

Sturm teamed up with Skillet couple John and Korey Cooper, whom she’d previously toured with, to co-write the track that takes a closer look at the decision to live your life day-in, day-out.

“Choosing life is violent in that we reject every subtle form of suicide, every eternal death choice that would try to disorient, distract and seduce us away,” says Lacey, who lost someone close to her in this season and has herself narrowly escaped suicide twice in her life. “Eternal life starts in our soul. So look at the state of it. And if you see eternal death, be violent against it, cut off every temporary thing that would bring that into your heart and reach out and cling to eternal life, even if it costs you this temporary one.”

“During times of loss, it’s obvious that what we see is temporary. We have to accept that. But what lingers after loss is what we can’t see. That is eternal,” continues Lacey. “What really matters is love, faith, the spirit. The soul. When I focus there, on the eternal things, I find a tremendous resolve to protect what matters most.”

Check out the impactful lyrics below:

Lacey Sturm, “State of Me” Lyrics

Look at the state of me
You can’t deny it
I’m gonna walk out
So follow me now
Just get behind me
Look at the state of me
You can’t deny it
I’m gonna walk out
So follow me now
Just get behind me

My eyes adjust and I’m ok
But I’m not gonna put up with this one more day
I can’t find the exit sign
But when I do, I’ll bolt into the sunlight
Some may fear running to the unknown
Please just tell me where else can we go

Look at the state of me
Look at the state of me

Broken, hostile state of my life now
Just get behind me
Just get behind me
Closing slowly they don’t own me
Just get behind me
Just get behind me
Get away
No blood to waste
Closing slowly they don’t own me
Just get behind me
Just get behind me

Look at the state of me
You can’t deny
Look at the state of me
Just get behind

Blood rush
Delirium
Deliverance from everything that kills them
If only we would heed
Yielded to the power to the urgency
Some may fear running to the unknown
Please just tell me where else can we go

Broken, hostile state of my life now
Just get behind me
Just get behind me
Closing slowly they don’t own me
Just get behind me
Just get behind me
Get away
No blood to waste
Closing slowly they don’t own me
Just get behind me
Just get behind me

Look at the state of me
You can’t deny it
I’m gonna walk out
So follow me now
Just get behind me
Look at the state of me
You can’t deny it
I’m gonna walk out
So follow me now
Just get behind me

Broken, hostile state of my life now
Just get behind me
Just get behind me
Closing slowly they don’t own me
Just get behind me
Just get behind me
Get away
No blood to waste
Closing slowly they don’t own me
Just get behind me
Just get behind me

Look at the state of me
You can’t deny
Look at the state of me
Just get behind

In addition to the Skillet pair, Sturm had one more collaborator. Her husband Josh Sturm produced, recorded and mixed the song while the accompanying video below was also filmed and edited by Josh and the single cover art was also created by Josh.

Additional details on the new album will be coming soon, but for now you can keep up with Lacey via her website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube accounts. “State of Me” is currently available via digital and streaming outlets via Followspot Records / The Fuel Music.

Lacey Sturm, “State of Me” Artwork + Video

Followspot Records / The Fuel Music

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Ice Nine Kills Cover Elvis Classic ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’

Ice Nine Kills are living up to the idea of a “bloody valentine” by dropping a brand new cover of the Elvis Presley classic “Can’t Help Falling in Love” just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Really, what else would you expect from singer Spencer Charnas and his horror-inspired crew? The clip, directed by Myles Erfurth, finds the singer wearing his heart on his straitjacketed sleeve as he tackles one of Elvis’ most tender of ballads. And yes, the clip does get a little gory, spreading plenty of red to get you in the Valentine’s spirit. Watch the video in full below.

Charnas, speaking about the decision to cover Elvis, stated, “I’ve always been a big Elvis fan, so the idea of taking this classic and splattering it with some signature INK bloodshed struck me as a match made in hell!” If you like the cover, it’s currently available via the platform of your choosing here.

The year may just be starting but Ice Nine Kills are already off to a great start. Charnas recently appeared on the new Hyro the Hero track “Retaliation Generation” as well. Stay tuned for more from Ice Nine Kills as the year continues.

Ice Nine Kills, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (Elvis Presley Cover)

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