Deftones’ New Song ‘Genesis’ Is Heavy as F–k

Deftones can do no wrong, and their newest song “Genesis” is one of the heaviest of their career. From the highly anticipated Ohms, Deftones mix fat grooves with the violent, yet etherial vocals of Chino Moreno.

The title track to Ohms was received with massive fanfare earlier this year, easily wracking up three million views on YouTube in a month. While “Ohms” fits into the more atmospheric, transcendental side of Deftones’ sound, “Genesis” is uncompromising and vicious, expertly balancing a simple, two-note main riff from a reinvigorated Stephen Carpenter, who sat out for much of the Gore writing sessions.

Check out the lyrics to “Genesis” below via Genius:

[Verse 1]
I reject
Both sides of what I’m being told
I’ve seen right through
Now I watch how wild it gets
I finally achieve
Balance, balance, balance, balance
Approaching a delayed
Rebirth, rebirth, rebirth, rebirth
I’m positive
There’s no sense to what I’m being sold
Yet here I go
I watch how wild we get
Oh, can you taste your life?
Balanced, balanced, balanced, balanced
How will you spend your time?
Reborn, reborn, reborn, reborn

[Chorus]
Climbing out of the ashes
Turning time inside out
We’re miles beyond the sound

[Verse 2]
We’ll start again
Taste a lifestyle that never gets old
Yet here we go
Just watch how wild it gets
I finally achieve
Balance, balance, balance, balance
Approaching a delayed
Rebirth, rebirth, rebirth, rebirth

[Chorus]
Climbing out of the ashes
We’re turning time inside out
We’re floating off in the ether
We’re miles beyond the sound

[Bridge]
We’re everywhere
No need to return
I’ll show you the way
We’re everywhere
No need to return
I can show you where
No need to return
I can show you

[Chorus]
Climbing out of the ashes
We’re turning time inside out
Floating off in the ether
We’re miles beyond the sound

[Outro]
Oh, can you taste your life?
Balanced
How will you spend your time?
Reborn

“Everybody gets together and we lock ourselves in a room and we write together, which I think that’s the important part, that we’re not just sending ideas over the Internet,” Moreno recently explained to Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. “We’re actually writing music together. But once we do that, everybody steps away and goes back into their own little worlds, and then we take a tally on what’s this and what’s that and then we can work that way. So it’s worked out for us.”

Ohms was recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles and Trainwreck Studios in Woodinville, Washington, reuniting the band with producer Terry Date. Listen to “Genesis” below and you can pre-order the album ahead of the Sept. 25 release at this location.

Deftones – Genesis (Official Music Video)

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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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Rise Against Unleash First New Song in Three Years + Batman Video

Rise Against have just debuted their first new song since 2017, “Broken Dreams, Inc.” The track acts as a companion piece for DC’s Dark Nights: Death Metal comic books, debuting with a music video inspired by the limited series.

Dark Nights: Death Metal is a seven-part series promising to act as the final battleground for Batman to take on one of his most evil and sadistic foes, The Batman Who Laughs. The first three issues, created by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, have already been released, with the remaining four scheduled into 2021.

As for “Broken Dreams, Inc.” the Rise Against track bridges the DC universe with the social issues the United States faces today.

“’Broken Dreams, Inc.’ speaks to today’s changing landscape of American society, the opportunities that are available to some but not to others, the people who are able to benefit versus those who get left behind, who suffer and end up as casualties. How do we level the playing field so everyone can have a real chance at attaining the American Dream?,” says Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath.

“One word, ‘disruption.’  You have to put power into the hands of the people, not business, you have to value people and community over profit. You can’t have a shareholder-run country or a shareholder-run world, a world that values profit above all else, because profit above all else can result in dangerous repercussions for humankind.”

“Broken Dreams, Inc.” is the opening cut to the official Dark Nights: Death Metal soundtrack, which also features Marilyn Manson’s “Warship My Wreck.”

Watch the video for Rise Against’s new track below and click here to check out Dark Nights: Death Metal.

Rise Against – Broken Dreams, Inc. (DC – Dark Nights: Death Metal Version / Lyric Video)

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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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Dinosaur Pile-Up Cover Run-D.M.C. Classic ‘It’s Tricky’

Beware of spinning, levitating cubes! Dinosaur Pile-Up learn that the hard way in their new video for “It’s Tricky,” a cover of the Run-D.M.C. classic that the band released as an Amazon Original.

The GrainFreeze-directed clip finds the band caught in the midst of an alien invasion, copping a few music video tropes along the way.

Singer Matt Bigland says, “We basically wanted a chance to make our own Beastie Boys/Busta Rhymes-esque video, but for a Run-D.M.C. song. So when Amazon Music kindly agreed to put a video into production we were like OK LET’S GOOOO!!”

He adds, “‘It’s Tricky’ is such a fun song, so we wanted to make sure the video wasn’t taking itself too seriously and that the end result would be a party. We also wanted to include us getting abducted by aliens (because why not), us dressed up AS THE ACTUAL ALIENS ABDUCTING OURSELVES because I’m into that ‘same person playing both roles’ thing, a scene that kind of reminded us of Foo Fighters’ ‘Monkey Wrench’ video (because it’s cool as hell) and as much ’90s sci-fi special effects as we were allowed to include because we were brought up on that shit.”

The singer says the pitch to the director was accepted, but went a bit beyond what they expected. “When we turned up to shoot on the day, and we found ourselves stood in a legit movie studio with seemingly countless people running around with 40foot green screens and back drops of the Grand Canyon and shit,” says Bigland. “I realized that it had all gotten horrendously out of hand, and that our little idea of ‘let’s make a fun/stupid Beastie Boys music video about us getting abducted by aliens’ had turned into a legit Busta Rhymes music video that was actually gonna look really really sick. I then instinctively ate a chimichanga that was way too hot for me, donned a news anchor suit with the actual universe printed on it, and went on to deliver a performance many critics are describing as ‘kind of ok in a Ted Danson kind of way.’ All in all, it was a huge success.”

The new cover comes on the heels of their 2019 album, Celebrity Mansions.

In other Dinosaur Pile-Up news, the band has started figuring out their 2021 touring after 2020 was wiped out due to the pandemic. At present, their touring has been relegated to European shows. Tickets are available here and dates can be viewed below.

Dinosaur Pile-Up, “It’s Tricky” (Amazon Original)

Dinosaur Pile-Up 2021 Tour Dates

Feb. 20 – Leeds, U.K. @ The Wardrobe
Feb. 26 – London, U.K. @ O2 Forum Kentish Town
May 10 – Middlesbrough, U.K. @ Town Hall
May 12 – Birmingham, U.K. @ O2 Academy
May 13 – Nottingham, U.K. @ Rock City
May 14 – Nottingham, U.K. @ Rock City
May 15 – Edinburgh, U.K. @ Usher Hall
June 9 – Manchester, U.K. @ O2 Victoria Warehouse
June 10 – Southampton, U.K. @ O2 Guildhall
June 11 – Cardiff, U.K. @ Cardiff University Great Hall
June 12 – London, U.K. @ Alexandra Palace
July 10 – Madrid, Spain @ Mad Cool Festival
Sept. 11 – Torquay, U.K. @ Burn It Down Festival

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Code Orange Announce ‘Under the Skin’ Acoustic Album Release

Code Orange rocked fans with an acoustic livestream performance, and now that performance is the subject of a new album release. Under the Skin will arrive this Friday (Sept. 4) as a digital album, chronicling the performance, and to get the ball rolling, the band has also now shared their video for their cover of Alice in Chains’ “Down in a Hole” (as seen below).

Seeming similar to the long-running MTV Unplugged series, the Under the Skin livestream added a few digital twists and turns to the action. The band will also be issuing limited edition Under the Skin merch including a DVD of the performance to go along with the digital release. Check the band’s webstore for pre-order options.

The Under the Skin arrival adds to a big year that already included the release of their Underneath album. The set includes the singles “Swallowing the Rabbit Whole,” “Underneath” and “Sulfur Surrounding,” with the latter track also being represented on the Under the Skin acoustic set. You can pick up the Underneath album here.

In other Code Orange news, the band appeared earlier this summer at the WWE’s NXT Takeover: In Your House. The group has enjoyed ties to the wrestling scene, previously offering “Let Me In” as an entry theme for “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt.

Code Orange, “Down in a Hole”

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Roadrunner Records

1. bleeding in the blur
2. who i am
3. autumn + carbine
4. (bugs)
5. ugly
6. only one
7. (quarantine)
8. down in a hole
9. (peace)
10. dreams 1 + 2
11. (dr3am)
12. sulfur surrounding
13. under the skin
14. hurt3

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Korn’s Munky Raising Disability Awareness in ‘Prosthetic’ Video

Korn‘s association with The Mendenhall Experiment continues with guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer turning up in the video for the song “Prosthetic.”

Brandon Mendenhall, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, has overcome the neurological condition to become a respected musician and his story was previously told in the award-winning documentary Mind Over Matter, which was helmed by filmmaker and Korn videographer Sebastien Paquet.

The new video finds Munky jamming with Mendenhall’s band as they rock out the song “Prosthetic” from their self-titled EP. Mendenhall told Metal Hammer, who premiered the video, “Working alongside my hero, James ‘Munky’ Shaffer from Korn, to create ‘Prosthetic’ was a dream come true. It was also one of the scariest ‘sink or swim’ moments of my career, and in the end, I feel like it is a testament to how far I’ve come as a musician.”

He adds, “It was also great working as a band with our vocalist Mario Valadez to craft a lyrical landscape that not only tells the story of my journey, but also makes ‘Prosthetic’ an anthem against discrimination. Reminding us all that no matter what divisions in life we may face, we are not alone and we’ll get through them together.”

Munky stated, “[He] is a big inspiration, not only for myself but it should be for lots of people that not only want to get into music, but that want to follow their dreams in anything.”

The Mendenhall Experiment issued their self-titled EP in 2017 and are currently at work on the follow-up album, Against All Odds, that is expected to arrive in 2021.

Check out the video below and watch the documentary Mind Over Matter via Amazon Prime.

The Mendenhall Experiment (featuring Munky), “Prosthetic”

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Evanescence Debut ‘Use My Voice’ Music Video

Evanescence have just released the third single, “Use My Voice,” from their long-awaited new album, The Bitter Truth. The song features a litany of powerhouse rock women, including Halestorm‘s Lzzy Hale, The Pretty RecklessTaylor Momsen, Within Temptation‘s Sharon den Adel and violinist Lindsey Stirling.

“This is an era of awakening, and full of powerful beauty. I hope to inspire others to seek truth, find their own voices and use them as I step up to use mine,” Lee says of the empowering track. “Don’t let anybody speak for you. Only you can do that.”

The song —which also features Lee’s sisters Carrie South and Lori Lee Bulloch and Amy McLawhorn, who is the wife of of Evanescence guitarist Troy McLawhorn —is part of Evanescence’s campaign to encourage voter registration.

You can watch the “Use My Voice” HeadCount PSA (featuring a clip of the new song) below, and register to vote, check your registration, or find out about your remote voting options amidst the COVID-19 pandemic at UseMyVoice.org.

Watch the official music video further down the page.

“The songs came from all different places, they’re not all in the same vein. It’s going really great. It’s a combination of a lot of things. It’s definitely 100 percent us. But it’s also taking risks, and I think it’s meaningful — deeply meaningful… A lot of it has attitude,” said Amy Lee in an interview with Loudwire earlier this year.

Becoming a mother as well as losing her brother has had a profound impact on Lee as a songwriter. “I definitely have felt like I have one foot on the other side a lot the past two years,” the singer said, “So there’s a lot of writing that’s, I guess in a way back to my roots in that I’m searching for meaning in things… That stuff’s all in there. But it’s not all dark and serious.”

With three singles out, Evanescence have still not set a release date for The Bitter Truth, but they did vow that the record will be out at some point in 2020. It will be the band’s first album of all brand new material since their self-titled 2011 release, with the 2017 album, Synthesis, tiding fans over with two new original tracks and a host of reimagined classics.

Read the lyrics to “Use My Voice” (via Genius) directly below and hear the song further down the page.

Cover my ears and close my eyes
Just long enough to stop the noise
Go and take everything and throw it away
But I will use my voice

Drown every truth in an ocean of lies
Label me a bitch because I dare to draw my own line
Burn every bridge and build a wall in my way
But I will use my voice

Whether you like it or not, you’re gonna take what I got
If we can’t talk about it, we just keep drowning in it
Give me credit or not
I give and I give a lot
But don’t you speak for me

No, don’t you speak for me

Nevermind me, I’m a waste of your time
Never gonna fit in the box that you need
And I can read between the lines, yeah
Gather your friends and wave your gun in my face
But I will use my voice

Whether you like it or not, you’re gonna take what I got
If we can’t talk about it, we just keep drowning in it
Give me credit or not
I give and I give a lot
But don’t you speak for me

But don’t you speak for me

Whether you like it or not [x4]

One day soon it’s gonna fall back on you
No more lies, we’re gonna break right through
Like it or not

If we can’t talk about it, we just keep drowning in it
Give me credit or not
I give and I give a lot
But don’t you speak for me

No, don’t you speak for me

Don’t you speak for me!

Evanescence, “Use My Voice” Music Video

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Escape the Fate Reveal ‘Sno Babies’ Anthem ‘Walk On"

Escape the Fate have emerged from their post-album break to release a new song titled “Walk On” that will not only feature in the upcoming movie Sno Babies, but also is targeted for their 2021 studio album.

The track starts on the melodic side for the group, adding a stomp-clap beat and intensifying into a full on anthem from the second verse and chorus moving forward.

“Lyrically the new single is a message of positivity,” explains singer Craig Mabbitt.”‘Walk On’ is a song about recovery, about not giving up when things seem impossible to overcome, it’s always darkest before the dawn and you just need to hold on until the sun rises. Walk on.”

The video is a mix of live performance combined with footage and dialogue from the upcoming Better Noise Films movie Sno Babies, which delivers a story about how easy it is to fall into a pattern of addiction and substance abuse.

This marks the band’s first new music in over two years, but they are working toward a new album. The song itself was produced by John Feldmann and the band’s own Kevin Thrasher. Feldmann says, “It was awesome working again with Escape The Fate! Craig is family and incredible in the studio and Thrasher … What a talent! Him coproducing this song with me was a real treat and a real joy.”

Stay tuned for more Escape the Fate in 2021 and look for Sno Babies being released On Demand on Sept. 29.

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