Listen to Joan Jett, Billy Idol Guest on Miley Cyrus’ New Album

Miley Cyrus released her new album Plastic Hearts, featuring collaborations with rock icons Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett and Billy Idol.

Jett can be heard on “Bad Karma” while Idol duets on “Night Crawling” and both songs can be heard below. The track “Midnight Sky” featuring Nicks was released earlier this month.

Cyrus has been friends with both singers for some time, although her relationship with Jett is probably better known. In an extensive interview discussing the LP, Cyrus admitted that, at one point, she’d misunderstood how similar they were as she read a book that featured Jett’s written notes. “I was looking at pictures of her, getting inspired, and I was like, ‘Shit, we have the exact same handwriting!’” Cyrus recalled. “I was like, ‘Man, me and Joan DO have a lot in common. I even have her handwriting.’” Then she realized it was her own writing, after she’d felt inspired to scribble down some lyrics and the book had been the closest thing to hand. “I do not remember her writing about floating through space with an astronaut,” she said.

Explaining her decision to ask Jett to appear on Plastic Hearts, she recalled that producer Mark Ronson had told her: “This is the most Miley record of all time.” She continued: “I thought, ‘There’s only one person who could own this record more than me – it’s Joan Jett.’ Because that’s who instilled that mentality into me.”

She went on to explain she’d known Idol for years too. “I think the first thing I ever did for Billy was like 2013; I actually think that’s just when I’d just dyed my hair platinum and just shaved my head – I had short little spiky hair, and I looked like Billy Idol,” she said. “I really used him as the inspiration for the transformation that I had.” She added that his music had played a role too: “The way that he kinda married like rebellion, but also his music had like incredible hooks – he showed me that I could have balance, that I could make music that I and other people could love.”

Miley Cyrus and Joan Jett – ‘Bad Karma’

Miley Cyrus and Billy Idol – ‘Night Crawling’

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System of a Down’s ‘Chop Suey!’ Hits One Billion Views on YouTube

The music video for System of a Down’s legendary breakout single “Chop Suey!” has just hit one billion views on YouTube. The milestone comes only months before the iconic song marks its 20th anniversary.

Having recruited a cult following with their debut self-titled album, System of a Down were poised to become the next great cult band in the vein of Frank Zappa or Primus, but with the release of 2001’s Toxicity, the Armenian-American band blew apart those expectations and attracted monumental mainstream success. Becoming one of the most bizarre acts to garner universal acclaim, Toxicity hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, going on to be certified triple platinum by the RIAA.

“I remember when I wrote ‘Chop Suey!’ we didn’t even have a tour bus yet,” Malakian recalled during an interview with Loudwire. “We were still in an RV and I was playing my acoustic guitar in back of the RV where there was a bed. I never write on the road. That’s one of the few, very few songs that I wrote while I was on the road, I remember writing the song when the RV was on the highway. I don’t know where we were, probably [driving] to the next gig, and it all came to me just hanging out in the back of the RV playing my acoustic guitar.”

He continued, “I can always feel when I write something good and I can always tell when I write something that needs a little work. I thought it was really good, but did I think it was going to turn into this huge song that was gonna get on MTV and become a huge hit for System of a Down? No. I didn’t know that. I didn’t know that it was gonna be our first [hit] single. I didn’t think it was gonna be so huge, but at the time I thought it was good. I was a fan of it.”

“Chop Suey!” — released Aug. 13, 2001 — was the first single from Toxicity. Its middle-eastern tonality and wild pacing immediately stood out from ‘90s and early 2000s nu-metal favorites, allowing System to solidify their identity as an avant-garde band, rather than just another angst-ridden clone act.

“All of a sudden I’m walking in the mall, and there are people who recognize me and know who the hell I am through the video asking for pictures, asking for autographs,” Malakian recalled. “I was a big famous rock star, yet I was still living with my parents.”

According to bassist Shavo Odadjian, “Chop Suey!” was originally title “Suicide,” the name was changed following a discussion with System’s record label. “‘Chop Suey!’ is ‘suicide’ chopped in half,” Odadjian told Loudwire. “We had to pick and choose our battles — we couldn’t battle everything. We were smart about it, we made it something cool.”

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At the end of the 2010s, “Chop Suey!” was the eighth-most watched music video on YouTube from the 2000s, accumulating more views (at the time) than Linkin Park’s “In the End” and 50 Cent’s “In Da Club.” As of 2020, “Chop Suey!” has been certified gold or platinum in at least four countries.

By any metric, “Chop Suey!” is one of the 21st century’s definitive singles across all genres and one of the greatest metal songs of all time. Congratulations to System of a Down for reaching the incredible milestone. Watch the video for “Chop Suey!” below.

System Of A Down – Chop Suey! (Official Video)

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George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ Set for Expanded Remix

A remix of the Phil Spector co-produced All Things Must Pass was one of the late George Harrison‘s long-held goals. Asked about his monumental debut years later, he reportedly said: “Too much echo.”

Harrison’s son, Dhani, is now shepherding that dream to reality, with an expanded – and, yes, remixed – 50th-anniversary edition of Harrison’s first post-Beatles recording. An official release date for the new set is still forthcoming, but the Harrison estate has shared a tantalizing sample with an updated version of its title song. You can listen below.

“The new stereo mix of the album’s title track is just a taste of more things to come in 2021 as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of my father’s legendary All Things Must Pass album,” Dhani Harrison said in an official statement. “We’ve been digging through mountains of tapes, and they just kept coming – boxes and boxes of them. Making this album sound clearer was always one of my dad’s greatest wishes and it was something we were working on together right up until he passed.”

Dhani partnered on the project with Grammy-winning engineer Paul Hicks, who’s overseen recent remixes of the Rolling StonesGoats Head Soup and John Lennon‘s best-known songs on Gimme Some Truth. All Things Must Pass was released 50 years ago today; the title song was one of several rejected by the Beatles during Harrison’s final sessions with the group.

“My Sweet Lord,” the first No. 1 hit by a former member of the Beatles, will also be re-released today. This special 7″ “milky-clear” single arrives as part of 2020’s Record Store Day‘s Black Friday event. Each 45 will be individually numbered.

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Hear Eddie Van Halen Play On Newly Unearthed Jimi Hendrix Cover

Eddie Van Halen helps put a heavy spin on Jimi Hendrix‘s “If 6 Was 9” in a recently unearthed cover of the Axis: Bold as Love tune.

The remastered 1996 track, available to stream at Guitar World, appears on keyboardist David Garfield’s new EP Guitar Heroes OTB, Vol. 1. It was primarily recorded at Chick Corea’s Los Angeles studio, with the Van Halen guitarist adding overdubs at his 5150 home base.

The reimagined cut opens with a a minute-plus of violent tremolo bar chaos that sounds like deep-space alien transmissions. Psychedelic wah-wah anchors the song throughout, never overshadowing Michael Landau’s bluesy vocal or bassist Will Lee’s thunderous low end. Drummer Simon Phillips also throws in a wild solo midway through.

Garfield detailed the song’s origins to Guitar World, noting that he originally met the guitar virtuoso “at a local cigar store.” The keyboardist been working on a tribute project to late Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro; he recruited Van Halen, who responded with a “resounding ‘yes.'”

“I went up to his house to work on the tracks with him, and he was so cool,” Garfield noted. “We bonded as keyboard players too. After that session, we played a live gig together at the Baked Potato, along with Steve Lukather and Michael Landau. … We continued to stay in touch, and often he would call me out of the blue, asking for help with keyboard related stuff. I even found a guy to travel with him on tour and play additional parts offstage, as well as be his keyboard tech.”

He also mourned the loss of Van Halen, who died in October at age 65 after a lengthy cancer battle. “I’m sure sorry we lost him way too soon,” he said. “I was hoping to collaborate with him again. Rest in peace, my brother Ed.”

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Wolfgang Van Halen’s ‘Distance’ Debuts Atop Billboard Chart

Congrats to Wolfgang Van Halen as “Distance” from his Mammoth WVH band has debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Hard Rock Songs chart dated Nov. 28.

The song, which served as a tribute to Wolfgang’s father Eddie Van Halen complete with an accompanying heartfelt video, arrived on the chart with 826,000 streams and 13,000 downloads for the week ending Nov. 19. The song also received 1.6 million airplay audience impressions in radio tracking, according to Billboard.

The Mammoth WVH track also followed his father’s band, Van Halen, on the same chart as “Jump” resurfaced following Eddie Van Halen’s death topping the list for three weeks in October.

The impressive start for the song also includes a No. 9 debut on the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, while topping the Hard Rock Digital Song Sales and finishing second on the Rock Digital Song Sales charts.

Speaking with Billboard, Van Halen stated, “I am beyond humbled by the response to ‘Distance.’ I can’t believe that it’s appearing on all of these charts so soon after release. The fact that so many have embraced the song and video shows how much we have in common in the love and respect we have for my father. I just wish he was here to see it. Thank you so much to everyone who’s listening and also to my whole team who has worked so hard to make this a reality.”

The track also arrived at No. 20 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart and at No. 32 on the audience-based Rock Airplay chart. It also snagged the No. 25 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 Bubbling Under chart.

Mammoth WVH’s debut album is expected to arrive in 2021, with the group just announcing their first show as part of the 2021 Aftershock lineup next fall.

Mammoth WVH, “Distance”

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Firstborne (Adler, LoMenzo) Debut Thrashy Journey Cover

Firstborne — the band comprised of drummer Chris Adler (ex-Lamb of God, ex-Megadeth), bassist James LoMenzo (ex-White Lion, ex-Megadeth), guitarist Myrone and singer Girish Pradhan — have partnered with Loudwire to bring you the exclusive premiere of their thrashy cover of Journey‘s pounding fan-favorite, “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart).”

On their original songs, Firstborne embrace a mix of classic heavy metal and rock with shades of thrash to give the music a deft balance between aggressive and anthemic.

With “Separate Ways” Firstborne retain their core values, indulging their anthemic side just a bit more, as is only natural when tackling this stomp ‘n’ pomp classic. The same plodding, nervous edge that plays out over the verse is perfectly intact and it’s the chorus that gets a boost courtesy of Adler’s kick drum flurries that beef this up with modern metal overtones.

“It’s hard to not appreciate Journey,” said Adler.

“As a musician I’ve always greatly appreciated their individual talents that combined into something so contagious,” the drummer continued. “I’ve always wanted to cover a Journey song and always thought of ‘Separate Ways’ as their ‘heaviest.’ The problem was always the same. No one can sing it. When I met and performed with Girish across India I knew I’d met one of very few people in the world that could take this on and make it his own. That’s the goal of the group. We can do anything — let’s have fun and share.”

The track comes on the heels of the recently released original single, “Sacred Lights” as Firstborne continue to churn out fresh songs following the five-track self-titled EP, which came out earlier this year in June.

Listen to Firstborne’s cover of Journey’s “Separate Ways” below and read our interview with LoMenzo and Myrone further down the page.

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Firstborne, “Separate Ways” (Journey Cover)

FIRSTBORNE — INTERVIEW

Do you remember the first time you heard “Separate Ways” or, at least, have a recollection of this song from your youth?

James Lomenzo: I was a fan of Journey’s from their very first album released in 1975. When Escape came out in ’81, I was totally sucked in — so many great songs!

Everyone was really interested in their next record, which was Frontiers. “Separate Ways” was so cool! It had a decidedly heavier edge and Steve Perry’s grittier vocal style seemed to give the song and the band a brand new coat of paint.

I remember thinking, “This sounds angry. After the huge success of Escape what have they go to be so angry about?” [laughs]

Myrone: I vaguely remember hearing this as a kid in the car. There’s something about the way that urgent synth line gets juxtaposed with the absolutely insane, crushing guitar riff that just activates all of the good brain chemicals.

What else were you listening to at the time and how did this song compare?

JL: There was a lot of new metal stuff around that time. Interestingly, “Separate Ways” seemed in the ballpark as far as aggression.

The original music video is widely regarded as the embodiment of cringeworthy. There’s a certain campiness to the ’80s that seems to be embraced more and more today under the guise of ‘take your music seriously, but not yourselves.’ What do you miss most about that time period (other than album sales)?

JL: I think if we weren’t separated by the pandemic, I could probably persuade Firstborne to do a similar, albeit more ironic, version of that wonderfully awful video.

M: Well, I wasn’t alive, so I wouldn’t really know, but I will tell you, the one maxim that has guided my entire experience in the music industry is that it’s supposed to be fun. There are so many better ways of making money in this lifetime, so if I’m going to make a living doing music, it HAS to be fun.

Doing this full-time is stressful. There’s so many emotions involved and the correlation between hours put in and money received isn’t always positive. When I spend 90 billion hours crafting the perfect guitar solo for a track that ultimately doesn’t make the record, you better bet your bottom dollar I had a good time doing it or I wouldn’t have done it at all.

Another note on the music video regarding the woman who is a central figure… have any of you, at any point, ever owned a white leather jacket? It’s pretty much the coolest rock ’n’ roll accessory.

JL: My brother Peter picked one up back then. I alas, only had my standard issue black Schott motorcycle jacket.

M: I’ve only worked up to the Canadian tuxedo phase of my wardrobe. I’m hoping that with a little more time, effort, and maybe some blood and tears, I too can one day achieve the white leather jacket look.

Neal Schon’s abilities seem to fly under the radar with the younger generations. What was so impactful about his style?

JL: Again, I was on board with Journey from their first album. They were actually more of a progressive band, so I was already hip to Schon’s amazing ability, let alone his playing in Santana previously. He has it all — fire, fury and taste!

M: One of my favorite things about Neal Schon is that he was one of Prince’s favorite guitar players. It makes sense. Neal can rip it up with the best of them, but he can also write the Hell out of a song, which I think is more impressive than any of the technical stuff. Also… his guitar collection? Insane. Legendary ripper.

As a bassist, what excites you the most about playing a steady arena rocker versus something more technically-minded?

JL: I like it all — technical, simple. Bass in giant arenas works best if it’s simple and to the point, but If people are sharing live music, any kind, then that’s where it’s at. I’ll say that having toured with AC/DC early on, I came to really appreciate arena rock in it’s best light —fill that giant room with something big, broad and powerful!

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The Juliana Theory Return With First New Song in Over 15 Years

Welcome back The Juliana Theory! After splitting up in 2006, the band has reunited and just released their first song in a little over 15 years. Have a listen to “Can’t Go Home” in the player below.

The group resurfaced earlier this year and recently signed a new label deal with Equal Vision Records. “Making new Juliana Theory music was not really something I thought would ever happen again. If you had asked me 5 or 6 years ago if the band would ever make new music I would have emphatically said ‘no,’” says vocalist Brett Detar, who transitioned to composing music for films after the band initially split. “But in 2019 lead guitarist and founding member Josh Fiedler and I were asked out of the blue to do a 30-show acoustic tour playing our old songs in a way we never had before.”

He continues, “Much to my delight the tour ended up being one of the most enjoyable things either of us had done in years. We truly had a great time hanging out and performing together and got along perfectly. If anything, I’d say the time we shared gave us each a new-found respect for one another both as musicians and more importantly as humans. Continuing to make music together after the tour ended just felt right – almost like coming home in a way.”

As for the new song “Can’t Go Home,” the singer states, “I think people are feeling uncertain right now. I’d say that it’s pretty impossible not to feel that way. As humans I imagine we’ve always innately known that there’s no way to turn back the hands of time to simpler days but 2020 has fed us all an uncomfortably large dose of unfamiliarity – ‘wayward stranger days.’”

He adds, “Is this uncertainty a new normal? I’m not sure but I’ve always used music as a coping mechanism and I think this year I’ve needed it more than at any other point in my life. Many of us are feeling isolated and removed. Joyous collective experiences like live music shows are gone for the foreseeable future along with many of the other communal ways we come together as humans. Longing for that cathartic sense of collective unity one only gets from a gathering of people, we tried our best to capture the sound and feeling of a large group of people singing a simple melody together in unison in the chorus.”

The Juliana Theory were part of a large wave of heavy acts enjoying a breakthrough right at the turn of the century. They issued their first two albums – Understand This Is a Dream and Emotion Is Dead – in 1999 and 2000 and saw some momentum with the singles “Understand the Dream Is Over” and “Do You Believe Me?” In total, they released four albums before their 2006 split.

Admittedly, the new song does stray a bit from their early 2000s sound, but as Detar states, “The Juliana Theory never did shy away from changing our sonic identity from release to release but the emotional core of our songs has always remained the same. At no point have we ever wanted to repeat ourselves and retread the same worn out territory and try and fail at recreating a past era of the band. I like to think this is exactly what The Juliana Theory in 2020 should sound like.”

Check out the lyrics for “Can’t Go Home” as well as the Brett Detar-directed video below. And you can find the song via the platform of your choosing here.

I don’t care if we don’t come home ‘cos i don’t believe we can
I don’t care if we lose our way ‘cos it comes around again
Never gonna feel what it feels like – never gonna be the same
We can’t go home. We can’t go home.

We turn to run now
Our turn to face the unknown
Unlearn to follow
Defer tomorrow

Wayward stranger daze
Let’s lead ourselves astray

I don’t care if we don’t come home ‘cos I don’t believe we can
I don’t care if we lose our way ‘cos it comes around again
Never gonna feel what it feels like – never gonna be the same
We can’t go home. We can’t go home.

No god is the new religion
Now every new condition
Has a new prescription
(to swallow)

Wayward stranger daze
We gave ourselves away

I don’t care if we don’t come home ‘cos I don’t believe we can
I don’t care if we lose our way ‘cos it comes around again
Never gonna feel what it feels like – never gonna be the same
We can’t go home. We can’t go home.

Never know the difference
If we lost our way
How everything seems distant now i really can’t say
These days we’re searching
For what?
We don’t know
And now the only certain is we can’t go home

Home home home

I don’t care if we don’t come home ‘cos i don’t believe we can
I don’t care if we lose our way ‘cos it comes around again
Never gonna feel what it feels like – never gonna be the same
We can’t go home. We can’t go home.

And now we know we can’t go home

The Juliana Theory, “Can’t Go Home”

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Smashing Pumpkins Sidestep Alt-Rock on Another Pair of New Songs

The Smashing Pumpkins resume their sonic ascension away from their alternative rock past with another pair of new songs from the Billy Corgan-fronted group, “Purple Blood” and “Dulcet in E.” Both join a slew of other recent Pumpkins singles released side-by-side on the upcoming double album Cyr.

Those previously issued pairs include dark cuts “Anno Satana” and “Birch Grove,” the crystalline “Confessions of a Dopamine Addict” and “Wrath,” plus “Cyr,” “The Colour of Love” and more. All of which takes the group into a kind of alt-pop musical territory closer to their 1998 gothic opus Adore as opposed to the guitar-laden hard rock renditions found on efforts such as Siamese Dream (1993) or Zietgeist (2007).

Listen to “Purple Blood” and “Dulcet in E” down toward the bottom of this post.

Indeed, there’s hardly a distorted guitar to be heard on the above-mentioned cuts, and the latest twosome is no exception. “Purple Blood” finds Corgan sweetly harmonizing over ethereal piano figures and a steady, programmed beat. “Dulcet in E” takes things down a similar road as a synth-drenched love song.

The Smashing Pumpkins started recording the set earlier this year in Nashville. In an interview with the Tennesseean in January, Corgan — who produced the album himself — gave early indications that the effort would aim for avenues of sound that had yet to be charted by the outfit.

At the time, the bandleader called it “the first real album [since the reunion] where we’ve hunkered down and made a classic, ‘Let’s throw it all at the wall and see what happens’ type of Pumpkins record.”

He continued, “This is the first album since the album that came out in 2000, Machina, where me, James [Iha, guitar] and Jimmy [Chamberlin, drums] worked on something for a very long time. It’s got a greater conceptual base.”

Cyr arrives on Nov. 27. It’s the Pumpkins’ first with Sumerian Records, whom the band signed with earlier this year. It’s also the act’s first double studio album since 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

Smashing Pumpkins, “Purple Blood”

Smashing Pumpkins, “Dulcet in E”

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Hot New Shred Guitarist Sammy Boller Unveils ‘Path of the Heart’

Turn it up, hit play and enjoy as rising new shred guitar virtuoso Sammy Boller is releasing his brand new track “Path of the Heart” today (Nov. 20).

The Detroit-representing Boller commands your attention as he lets his dextrous and nimble fingers do the talking (or singing in this case). Boller filmed the new video at Detroit’s historic Redford Theatre, exploring every nook and cranny of the venue musically which lays idle due to current COVID-19 restrictions.

As many music venues are currently without audiences or performers, Boller decided it would be a great idea to film at the theatre to shine a light and remind us all of great music being played live in a historic venue. Watch the video below.

Though Boller issued his solo debut album Kingdom of the Sun earlier this year, “Path of the Heart” arrives as a stand-alone single. You can look for “Path of the Heart” on DSPs right now, while the entirety of Boller’s Kingdom of the Sun album can be found via the platform of your choosing here.

Sammy Boller, “Path of the Heart”

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Within Temptation Unveil Soaring New Single ‘The Purge’

Within Temptation are back with their second new song of 2020, releasing a brand new single called “The Purge.”

It’s a soaring track built on a backdrop of heavy synth that accentuates the power vocals of singer Sharon den Adel. The vocalist says of the track, “‘The Purge’ revolves around self-reflection and a search for redemption”, No one gets through life without scars or without inflicting them on others and there will always be moments in your life you start questioning your choices. You start realizing you’ve made mistakes, causing harm to not only others but also to yourself. To confess, to acknowledge and to accept these mistakes, can be a very painful process – however, unescapable when the burden becomes too heavy.”

The band refers to the track as “a heavy kick ass song with that old school Within Temptation vibe” in announcing the release. You can hear the song in full in the player below and find the track on the platform of your choosing at this location. Check out the lyrics for the song below.

Got no scars cut on my skin,
only my truth is wearing thin
and it hollows me.
It hollows me.

I hate the darkness of my past.
The cold rebelling, it drives me mad
and it follows me.
It’s carving the heart out of me.

I’ve got to bleed it out.
All my thought intoxicated ‘cause the weight on me.
It buries me alive.

It pulls me down right into the darkness.
It pulls me down and I can’t resist.

Let me feel it ‘cause I don’t know, I can’t see.
All I feel is I’m breaking up.
Oh, can’t you see it’s taking over, over me.
Can’t you see?

Yeah, you want me to fight it and you want me to let go.
Yeah, you tell me to fight it and you damn me if I don’t.
So, let me bleed it out and purge me.
I can’t see, no I can’t see, no I can’t see.

And I feel I’m breaking.

My defiance made me strong
but now I’m doubting what I have done
and it’s killing me, it’s killing me.

I hate to see what I’ve become.
I find no peace, no justice done,
This gravity, it’s carving the heart out of me.

I’ve got to bleed it out.
All my thoughts intoxicated, ’cause the weight on me
It buries me alive.
It pulls me down right into the darkness.
It pulls me down and I can’t resist.

Let me feel it ’cause I don’t know, I can’t see.
All I feel is I’m breaking up.
Oh can’t you see it’s taking over, over me.
Can’t you see?

Yeah, you want me to fight it and you want me to let go.
Yeah, you tell me to fight it and you damn me if I don’t.
So, let me bleed it out and purge me,
I can’t see, no I can’t see, no I can’t see.

Within Temptation continue to work toward a new studio album. Earlier this summer, Sharon den Adel told Full Metal Jackie, This new album that will be about social matters I think. With Resist it was about your privacy laws and those kinds of things. A lot of things are changing in the world and we should be more aware of it. We are in our own rollercoaster and things are going fine, but sometimes you need to take a look at the bigger picture. Maybe a lot of people do that, but I know a lot folks only focus on music. For me, that was a very important source of inspiration and it will be for the next album.”

Within Temptation, “The Purge”

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Firstborne (Chris Adler + James LoMenzo) Release ‘Sacred Lights’

Firstborne continue to roll out new music as 2020 continues. Having already issued a five-song EP and followed not long after with the standalone single “Cut the Strings,” the band, which features ex-Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler and ex-Megadeth bassist James LoMenzo, have revealed a video for the new track “Sacred Lights.”

The song is a jolt of high energy, allowing for singer Girish Pradham to deliver his soaring metal vocals over a fast paced old school metal backing with a little classical guitar work thrown in for good measure. The video is a mix of performance footage with quit cutting imagery of earthly disasters and mass unrest. Have a look below.

Like its predecessor, “Sacred Lights” appears to be a standalone single, though there’s always the possibility it could be added to a full album at a later date.

“I’ve been incredibly fortunate in my creative endeavors. From the start, I sought out the best players I could find to work alongside. It’s been an incredible journey that is clearly not over. Some things have changed. This may not be exactly what people expect from me right now, and I’m aware and embrace that. It’s time for something new. I’m have a platform to present something important, true and collaborative,” reflected Adler (via Blabbermouth) earlier this year.

“Creating Firstborne beckons cohesiveness as a mission statement,” the drummer continued, adding, “This is not about being mad all the time, egos or fabricating polarizing drama. ‘This is right’ is now my alarm clock. Girish, Myrone and James have the exact locker room mentality of ‘kill ’em all! but let’s make sure everyone is okay and having a kick-ass time’ that I try and bring to everything I do. Firstborne is the result of all of my experiences, both positive and negative, and I’m proud of what we are doing together.”

Firstborne, “Sacred Lights”

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All-American Rejects Release New Song ‘Me Vs. The World’

The All-American Rejects are back with good intentions. The band has just unveiled the new song “Me Vs. The World,” which is tied to raising funds for the MusiCares COVID-19 relief fund.

“Here’s a little something from us while we all wait for the world (particularly the touring world) to come alive again. All proceeds from this song will be donated to MusiCares to help those in the music industry who have been out of work since March,” stated the group in a message along with the animated video for the track. You can also learn more about the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund and donate here.

The song is a bouncy little number that was actually worked up a few years ago, but definitely feels fitting giving these pandemic times. Guitarist Nick Wheeler told Alternative Press, “It was written quarantine-style a few years ago when [singer] Tyson [Ritter] and I were doing our part separately. And our keyboard player Scott Chesak co-wrote it as well and produced the track. We never got around to finishing it, and then lockdown hit, and we were all looking at free time on our schedule. So we decided to finally finish it and turn it into something. It ended up being a cool thing, not just for us to do, but to be able to put out there since we weren’t able to do literally anything for fans this year.”

Speaking about the why the song works so well now, he adds, “Regardless of what position you find yourself in, in this pandemic or whatever, I think everybody has this mentality that this is the worst fucking year ever. And it literally feels like me against the world, regardless of your status or situation.”

This marks the band’s first new music since the 2019 Send Her to Heaven EP. Have a listen to the song and watch the video below.

All-American Rejects, “Me Vs. The World”

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