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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kataklysm, “The Killshot” Music Video

Kataklysm, Unconquered Album Art + Track Listing

Nuclear Blast

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

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Bon Jovi’s New ‘American Reckoning’ Mourns George Floyd’s Murder

Bon Jovi chronicle the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing outrage and protests on their new single “American Reckoning.” You can listen to it below.

“America’s on fire, there’s protests in the street,” read the Jon Bon Jovi-penned lyrics. “Her conscience has been looted and her soul is under siege / Another mother’s crying as history repeats, I can’t breathe.”

“I was moved to write ‘American Reckoning’ as a witness to history,” the singer said in a statement on the band’s website. “I believe the greatest gift of an artist is the ability to use their voice to speak to issues that move us.”

The band and Island Records are donating all proceeds from downloads of the song for the remainder of the year to support Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative.

On May 25, Floyd was arrested for allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a grocery store in Minneapolis. While he was handcuffed face down on the street, police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for eight minutes, while two other offices helped restrain Floyd and another kept onlookers from interfering. An autopsy ruled Floyd’s death a homicide; all four officers are now facing charges related to his death. The murder sparked a worldwide wave of protests and ongoing social changes.

The new song will be added to the band’s upcoming album, 2020, which was originally scheduled to be released on May 15. That date and the band’s summer tour plans were pushed back as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Band keyboardist David Bryan was among the first musicians to publicly announce that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. On April 19, he revealed that he had fully recovered.

2020 is currently set to be released sometime this fall.

“American Reckoning” is the third song to be released from 2020, following last November’s “Unbroken” and February’s “Limitless.”

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Jefferson Starship Preview New EP With Single ‘It’s About Time’

Jefferson Starship recruited former singer Grace Slick to co-write their politically charged new song “It’s About Time.” The track appears on the band’s upcoming EP, Mother of the Sun, its first batch of new material in 12 years.

You can listen below.

Can’t you feel the planet getting hotter? How can you sit back and watch your own slaughter?” singer Cathy Richardson sings on the compact rocker. “Old white men have had their turn / Thousands of years, what have we learned?” She also touches on school shootings, political division, pollution and natural disasters throughout the tune, which veers into a spacey bridge before its final chorus.

The recently announced Mother of the Sun is out Aug. 21 on the band’s own label, Secret Knock Records. In addition to “It’s About Time,” which Slick and Richardson wrote with guitarist Jude Gold, the seven-track set also features a writing collaboration with former singer and guitarist Marty Balin, who died in 2018. Former bassist Pete Sears appears on three tracks.

Mother of the Sun was heavily inspired by the creative ethos of former Jefferson Starship guitarist Paul Kantner, who died in 2016. “Paul Kantner was our bandleader and the visionary who kept Jefferson Starship going through so many eras,” Richardson said in a statement. “He inspired so much about this record, from the messages in the lyrics to the title and album art to the collaborative process of creating music as a band with some of his original muses — Grace, Marty and Pete. Mother of the Sun is dedicated to PK.”

The band paired the release of “It’s About Time” with the EP’s track listing and album cover. This fall, the quintet will announce dates for a lengthy 2021 tour supporting the project.

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Jefferson Starship, ‘Mother of the Sun’ Track Listing
1. “It’s About Time”
2. “What Are We Waiting For?”
3. “Setting Sun”
4. “Runaway Again”
5. “Embryonic Journey”
6. “Don’t Be Sad Anymore”
7. “What Are We Waiting For (Extended Version)”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Na na
Na na
Na na na


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

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

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

The Hunna, “I Wanna Know’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Federal Prisoner

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

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Pallbearer Reveal Sabbathian Track ‘Forgotten Days’ + New Album

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Nuclear Blast

Pallbearer, Forgotten Days Track List:

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

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Hear Deep Purple’s New Song ‘Nothing at All’

Deep Purple released a third new song, “Nothing at All,” from their upcoming album Whoosh! You can listen below.

The mid-tempo tune finds singer Ian Gillan belting reflective lines (“I’m talking to myself again / I’m waving to a passing friend”) while Steve Morse and Don Airey trade busy electric guitar and Hammond organ licks.

Whoosh! also features the previously issued “Man Alive” and “Throw My Bones.” The band originally targeted a June release date for their 21st studio album, which follows 2017’s inFinite, but it pushed the LP’s arrival to Aug. 7 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Deep Purple recorded the album in March 2019 in Nashville, working with Bob Ezrin, who produced both inFinite and their previous entry, 2013’s Now What?!

Gillan detailed the new project in a recent Billboard interview, noting that the band has developed “complete trust” in its producer.

“I remember very clearly Bob’s speech when we first met in Toronto,” the frontman said. “He wanted us to be like we are on stage and jam and improvise and make [songs] out of that and not worry about how long they are or any of those side issues. He was like, ‘Let’s do what Deep Purple does and it’ll all work out,’ and the results of that have become manifest.”

When announcing the album’s delay in April, Gillan spoke about the power of music during the ongoing pandemic. “During my quarantine I’m listening to a lot of music and guessing that it’s the same for many of us during this scary disruption to our lives,” he said. “We know, don’t we, that music will play a big part in our celebrations as we step back into the light.”

The band’s current tour schedule, per its website, includes a pair of September dates in Sweden and a long run of European and U.K. shows starting in summer 2021.

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Listen to Elvis Costello’s New Song, ‘Hetty O’Hara Confidential’

Elvis Costello has released another new solo song. You can listen to “Hetty O’Hara Confidential” via the animated video below.

The single follows the release of “No Flag” last month. While no word on a new album has been announced, “Hetty O’Hara Confidential” arrives with a note to “look out for the next installment on Aug. 14.”

Costello is credited with “mouth, Hammond organ, Fender Jazzmaster, upright piano, rhythm ace and all other noises” heard on the new song, which recalls his work from the late ’80s and early ’90s.

“Hetty O’Hara Confidential” is “the tale of a tattler who outlives her time,” and includes such Costello-like wordplay as “on the night he came home from the debutante ball / Passed out drunk on the bathroom floor / Call-girl called after taking a peek at the secret drawer of atomic secrets.

Like “No Flag,” the new song was recorded solo by Costello in Finland. Back when that song was released, Costello explained that he spent three days in a studio that was “a 20-minute ferry ride from downtown Helsinki” and that he “wanted to go somewhere nobody knew me. So, this is ‘the Helsinki sound.’”

Costello’s most recent LP, 2018’s Look Now, included collaborations with Carole King and Burt Bacharach, and won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. The record, made with his backing band the Imposters, was a return to the lusher sounds found on work like the classic 1982 album Imperial Bedroom.

In March, Costello performed a coronavirus lockdown show from his Vancouver home as part of a benefit campaign for the U.K.’s National Health Service. “Pretty much anything you do that adds to the solution rather than adds to the problem is the right thing to do, as you know,” he said at the time. “You don’t need me to tell you that.”

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Deep Purple Release Classic Sounding New Song ‘Nothing at All’

Rock legends Deep Purple will release Whoosh!, their 21st studio album, on Aug. 7 and have just served up the third single, “Nothing At All.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers were originally set to release their new record in June, but disruptions in distribution lines and the closure of retail outlets due to the coronavirus pandemic forced the album to be pushed to later in the summer.

Fortunately, “Nothing At All” has been worth the wait, with “Throw My Bones” and “Man Alive” already released to tide fans over. It’s a classic sounding Deep Purple track driven by fluttering, classical-leaning organ melodies, a delightfully at ease swagger and Ian Gillan‘s playful sarcasm.

Read the lyrics directly below (via Genius) and hear the new song further down the page.

I’m talking to myself again
I’m waving to a passing friend
I’ve know her since I don’t know when
Ah, it’s nothing at all
Just the few of us walk arm in arm
It’s innocent and charming
The children seem to be getting along
Don’t worry kids, it’s nothing at all

When I hear about the dooming gloom
That’s around the corner and coming soon
I take a sip of mother’s room
And sit with my back to the wall

It’s nothing at all
Nothing at all
And the old lady smiles
It’s nothing at all
Then she blew all the leaves off my tree

And the junk that sails out seven seas
Is very nearly up to my knees
But the platitudes and pleasantries
Keep saying it’s nothing at all
I feel we’ll land on another day
If I close my eyes it’ll go away
So bottoms up, boys, and what do you say?
Really, it’s nothing at all

It’s nothing at all
Nothing at all
And the old lady smiles
It’s nothing at all
And the summer has gone away

Nothing at all
It’s nothing at all
And the old lady smiles
It was nothing at all
Then she blew all the leaves off my tree

Deep Purple again linked up with producer Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, KISS) on Whoosh!, having worked with him on their previous two album, So What?! (2013) and InFinite (2017).

View the album art and track listing beneath the video and pre-order your copy here.

Deep Purple, “Nothing At All”

Deep Purple, Whoosh! Album Art + Track Listing

01. “Throw My Bones”
02. “Drop the Weapon”
03. “We’re All the Same in the Dark”
04. “Nothing at All”
05. “No Need to Shout”
06. “Step by Step”
07. “What the What”
08. “The Long Way Round”
09. “The Power of the Moon”
10. “Remission Possible”
11. “Man Alive”
12. “And the Address”
13. “Dancing in My Sleep”

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Avatar Deliver Dystopian Nightmare With ‘Colossus’ Video

The future may not be a bright one, especially if the narrative of Avatar‘s latest video comes to pass. The band just released their third song off the upcoming Hunter Gatherer album, a song called “Colossus,” and it comes with a rather disturbing prophecy.

After a prologue from singer Johannes Eckerstrom, the action pulls back to a disembodied robot forced to continually assemble items with growing frustration. Being presented a treat, the mood starts to change but the complexity of the task remains an issue, leading to a further demoralizing conclusion.

The song itself speaks to our continual reliance on technology and the darker side of what that might bring, although as singer Johannes Eckerstrom shared with us late last year, it also might be our future salvation. Have a look at the video below.

“Colossus” follows the previously released tracks “Silence in the Age of Apes” and “God of Sick Dreams.” All three songs are featured on the Hunter Gatherer album, which is due Aug. 7. Pre-orders are available at this location.

Avatar, “Colossus”

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Black Stone Cherry Wrote a Song Live on Zoom With Monster Truck

Black Stone Cherry and Monster Truck have collaborated on a charity single titled “Love Become Law” that was conceived over live streamed Zoom chats with fans watching on.

Black Stone Cherry had started up their YouTube “Cherry Chats” in mid-May as a way to stay connected with fans during the pandemic and while having Monster Truck on as a guest, the idea to write a song from scratch letting the fans in on the process was conceived. Spooling out over a series of streamed sessions in the weeks following, their task has now been completed. The two acts have reclassified themselves as “The Cherry Truck Band” for the release of the new song, with proceeds from sales going to charity.

The song itself plays to the strength of both bands. It’s a ballsy, aggressive straight ahead rock track with attitude. Have a listen in the player below.

Black Stone Cherry stated, “The idea of The Cherry Truck Band can honestly be credited to the pandemic that our world is in. We saw tour after tour being cancelled and so many bands were turning to live streaming performances online. We put our heads together with our great friends in Monster Truck and decided to do something we hadn’t seen any other bands do to help pass the time while still entertaining fans. That idea was to write a song, LIVE to the world and divide it up into segments to show our fans the process of writing and creating.”

They continued, “We had never done this with another full band before, let alone while we’re live streaming. It was incredibly exciting and fun and we are so proud of the song and more importantly, its meaning! This song is about uniting, being and living as one, and most importantly, loving each and every person that walks this planet. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did creating it for you!”

Monster Truck’s frontman/bassist Jon ‘Marv’ Harvey added; “The Cherry Truck Band started with a bunch of friends getting together over long distances to create something memorable, meaningful and joyous. Over the five weekly episodes, our entire world basically turned upside down. The people were rising up. The people were tired of being oppressed. The people were tired of suffering for doing nothing wrong. The people were ready to force change. This is our anthem in solidarity to those fighting for basic rights. This is our voices saying, ‘we love you, we hear you, we respect and love you.’ Black lives matter. Without the impact of black culture, there would be no modern music, period. Respect, protect and celebrate diversity. Our world depends on it.”

All proceeds from sales of the single will be divided between The Boys and Girls Club of America (as chosen by Black Stone Cherry) and the Black Lives Matter Foundation (as chosen by Monster Truck). You can purchase the song at this location.

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Hear the Rolling Stones’ Previously Unreleased Song ‘Criss Cross’

The Rolling Stones have shared the previously unreleased “Criss Cross” as the first track from their upcoming expanded reissue of 1973’s Goats Head Soup.

You can watch the video for the song below.

The newly announced reissue of Goats Head Soup will include two other previously unheard tracks, as well as seven alternative or instrumental mixes and the rare 1973 live album The Brussels Affair.

The “Criss Cross” video was directed by Diana Kunst, who has previously worked with MadonnaJames Blake and A$AP Rocky, among others.

The Rolling Stones released “Living in a Ghost Town” in April, marking their first new song in eight years. They started work on that track a couple years ago, then completed it during the COVID-19 quarantine. “The Stones were in the studio recording new material before the lockdown,” Mick Jagger wrote on Twitter. “And one song – ‘Living in a Ghost Town’ – we thought would resonate through the times we’re living in.”

Jagger told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe that “Keith Richards and I both had the idea that we should release it. But I said, ‘Well, I’ve got to rewrite it.’ Some of it is not going to work, and some of it was a bit weird and a bit too dark. So, I slightly rewrote it. I didn’t have to rewrite very much, to be honest. It’s very much how I originally did it.”

“Living in a Ghost Town” followed 2012’s “Doom and Gloom” and “One More Shot,” which were included on the band’s career-spanning GRRR! compilation. The Rolling Stones then recorded a series of cover songs for 2016’s Blue and Lonesome LP.

The band was forced to postpone their 2020 North American tour amid the pandemic, but remained active throughout the year: They appeared during the April special One World: Together at Home, which benefited Global Citizen’s efforts to support frontline healthcare workers and the World Health Organization. The Rolling Stones also recently announced that the 2016 concert film Havana Moon will screen at drive-in theaters across the U.S. and Canada starting July 10.

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