Van Halen-Stevie Wonder Mashup Finds Soul in Van Halen Classic

Van Halen may be known for their untouchable riffs, pounding drumming and good time party jams, but thanks to a new mashup we see there’s room for a little soul in the classic “Unchained.”

Bill McClintock, who has become a YouTube favorite with a wealth of rock and metal mashups, has applied his masterful touch by pairing Van Halen’s “Unchained” with Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight” for yet another seemingly oddball combination that works incredibly well.

Rock fans should not be disappointed here as it’s Wonder’s vocal laid over the top of the chugging Van Halen riffage with the band’s instrumental work laying the base for this mashup. Aside from the occasional David Lee Roth scream insertion, Wonder’s vocal takes the lead until nearly midway through the track when Van Halen’s lyrics infiltrate and accentuate the collaboration.

It’s a magical pairing that shows there’s some soulfulness even within the heavier sound that Van Halen lays down. And McClintock also completes this melding by cutting up visual performances from Van Halen and Wonder to finish off this piece.

“Unchained” initially appeared on Van Halen’s fourth studio album, Fair Warning, back in 1981. It hit No. 13 on the Mainstream Rock Chart. As you can probably guess by the cut in black-and-white footage in the video below, “Uptight” is a little more dated than “Unchained.” It first appeared on Stevie Wonder’s 1966 album Up-Tight, preceding the record in late 1965 and eventually hitting No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Have a look and listen to “Van Wonder’s Chained Uptight” below and be sure to check out more of McClintock’s mashup mastery via his YouTube channel here.

Van Wonder, “Chained Uptight”

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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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Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin” Hits 1 Billion Spotify Streams

Journey‘s monster 1981 hit song “Don’t Stop Believin'” has officially hit more than one billion streams on Spotify.

Guitarist Neal Schon celebrated the momentous achievement on Twitter, sharing a screenshot of the band’s Spotify home page and their most popular tracks, which lists “Don’t Stop Believin'” at the top, having crossed the one billion stream threshold.

He thanked the fans and noted, erroneously, that Queen “is the ONLY other band at this point,” apparently referencing that coveted billion stream benchmark. Schon issued a follow-up tweet, clarifying, “JOURNEY and QUEEN the Only 2 Bands to Ever Attain more then [sic] 1 Billion Streams individually for ‘Dont stop Believin’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Currently, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Don’t Stop Me Now” sit over one billion streams.

Additionally, Oasis’ “Wonderwall” exceeded one billion Spotify streams in October of last year. Wikipedia also lists 100 artists who have earned one billion or more Spotify streams and states that Drake’s “One Dance” was the first song to hit that mark, which occurred on Oct. 16, 2016. Among those 100 artists are a handful on the fringe of rock — Imagine Dragons, 5 Seconds of Summer and Twenty One Pilots.

Still, “Don’t Stop Believin'” surpassing one billion streams on the popular music platform is an impressive achievement. Congratulations to Journey!

View Schon’s celebratory tweets below.

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Hear Ann Wilson of Heart’s Heavy New Song ‘The Hammer’

Ann Wilson continues her recent streak of singles with the heavy new song “The Hammer.”

“When the hammer comes down, grinding, grinding / When the hammer comes down, reminding, reminding,” she belts on the track over a slippery, lightly psychedelic guitar riff that conjures mid-’90s Soundgarden. “When the hammer comes down, blinding, blinding / When the hammer comes down, unwinding, unwinding.”

The song, which the Heart singer cowrote with Craig Bartock and Tyler Boley, is available to hear below.

“‘The Hammer’ talks about that moment when the rubber meets the road, when all dreams, fantasies and excuses fall by the wayside,” Wilson tweeted. “The moment of truth. The edge of reality.”

The track follows a pair of recently issued Wilson cuts, the January-issued “Tender Heart” and an October cover of Steve Earle‘s 2004 song “The Revolution Starts Now.” She called the latter cut “a powerful, uplifting anthem of unity,” adding, “It’s an incitement to think higher than polarization and derision. We need that now. I used to love this song in a ‘fun’ way. Nowadays, I take it much more seriously and urgently.”

Wilson’s most recent solo LP, 2018’s Immortal, featured covers of late artists like Tom Petty, David BowieLeonard Cohen and George Michael.

In November, Wilson announced that Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney) is writing and directing a Heart biopic for Amazon. The script is expected to span the story of Ann and sister Nancy from childhood through the ’90s.

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Post Malone Covers Hootie and the Blowfish for ‘Pokemon Day’

What exactly do Post Malone, Hootie and the Blowfish and Pokemon have in common? As of today, a new cover of the song “Only Wanna Be With You.” Posty has covered the track in anticipation of the 25th anniversary celebration of “Pokemon Day,” and you can hear the cover in the player below.

It may seem like an odd pairing, but 2021 recently did give us Rick Astley rocking out to Slipknot. Posty’s cover varies a bit off the original, leaning more on a synth sound for backing instead of the strumming guitars.

For Post Malone, his Hootie cover comes just in time to promote his Pokemon Day virtual concert that is taking place this Saturday (Feb. 27) at 7PM ET / 4PM PT on the official Pokemon YouTube and Twitch channels as well as Pokemon’s 25th anniversary website.

While Posty has yet to reveal what songs he’ll perform for this special show, we do know that his “Only Wanna Be With You” cover will be one of them. The track was initially released in 1995 as the third single off of Hootie and the Blowfish’s 1994 Cracked Rear View album. That same year is when the Pokemon franchise was created and began to catch the imagination of kids around the world.

If you’re digging Post Malone’s latest cover and you “gotta catch ’em all,” be sure to pick it up here.

Post Malone, “Only Wanna Be With You” (Pokemon 25 Version / Hootie and the Blowfish Cover)

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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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Hear Joe Satriani on Kitt Wakeley’s New Orchestral-Rock Song

Joe Satriani adds a soaring guitar solo to “Conflicted,” a track from producer and composer Kitt Wakeley’s new album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The three-minute tune, available digitally on Feb. 26, pairs Satriani’s layered melodies with massive strings, brass, live drums and electronics. Past the halfway point, the guitar virtuoso breaks into a signature passage full of intricate hammer-ons and bends.

You can hear the piece below.

Wakeley’s new LP, Symphony of Sinners and Saints, also features Satriani on the song “Forgive Me.” The album, out May 21, follows 2018’s Midnight in Macedonia.

“Kitt Wakeley’s ‘Conflicted’ and ‘Forgive Me’ are epic musical gems full of powerful emotions and sonic surprises,” Satriani said in a statement. “Playing guitar on Kitt’s new album has been a fun, exhilarating experience, and a musical challenge, too. Kitt’s huge, cinematic sound makes each one of his songs a powerful sonic journey. I’m so happy I was able contribute to this stellar album.”

Wakeley added, “To have someone of Joe’s talent is always a plus, but to have his creativity and input is even better. Add in the fact that he’s an incredibly nice person to work with, and you’ve got pure Satriani magic.”

Symphony of Sinners and Saints, led by Wakeley on synths and piano, was coproduced, engineered and mixed by Tre Nagella (Lady Gaga, Blake Shelton, Snoop Dogg).

In the below behind-the-scenes video, the composer details the album’s orchestral recording sessions at London’s Abbey Road Studios. “I’ve learned that if I want to do something, I say it out loud,” he says. “So I said out loud, ‘I want to record at Abbey Road.’ I mean: Beatles, Elton John, Rolling Stones. There’s just the ambiance of it. It’s almost haunting.”

Satriani, who released his Shapeshifting LP in April 2020, participated in the virtual Six String Salute concert last fall. The event, which raised money for touring and venue crew affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, also featured guitarists Steve VaiStyx‘s Tommy Shaw, the Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson and former Genesis member Steve Hackett.

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Stryper Singer + L.A. Guns Guitarist Form Doom Band Sunbomb

Forgot the threat of solar flares wiping out worldwide communications because Sunbomb, the new doom band formed by Stryper singer Michael Sweet and L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns, have just announced their debut album, Evil and Divine, in tandem with the release of the fiery first single, “No Tomorrows.”

Although the primary inspiration for the band’s sound is rooted in doom influences, “No Tomorrows” is a hard-charging, classic heavy metal track. Hey, Black Sabbath wrote some fast songs, too, not just slow-churning riff-monsters, so it more than fits in with the ethos and Sweet really tests his upper register.

“Sunbomb was an idea, then an experiment. When I heard the first vocal completed I was blown away by Michael’s voice,” said Guns. “It’s an exciting album!”

“Hard to believe that I met Tracii for the first time just a few years ago. We hit it off right away and we obviously share the same love for metal,” added Sweet.

“Traci sent me a song and I loved the vibe and then he eventually asked me to sing on the entire album,” the singer elaborated. “What I love about it is it’s definitely different not only for me, but for Tracii as well. I think fans will love this album and although it’s reminiscent of some of the greatest metal bands of the past, it also has a fresh spin to it. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it! I’m honored to be a part of it.”

Listen to “No Tomorrows” toward the bottom of the page, where you’ll also find the Evil and Divine artwork and track listing.

Regarding the Evil and Divine album cover, Loudwire reached out to the band for clarification as the “sun cross” symbol depicted has held various meanings throughout thousands of years of human history. In the modern day, it has been linked with white supremacist views and neo-Nazi affiliates, which the band denounced outright while elaborating on their intent, also noting Tracii Guns is of the Jewish faith.

The album cover represents an explosion within the sun, a take on the band name Sunbomb, obviously. Within the sun is a “sun cross” engulfed by flames. It is also known as a solar cross or wheel cross. It symbolizes life and the four seasons associated with it. On our cover, it is engulfed in flames, again, a take on our name, “Sunbomb”. This was the concept of the album cover, not a flaming iron cross. Nobody, and we mean nobody, involved in the process of creating and conceptualizing the artwork was thinking about anything remotely associated with white supremacy or any other hate groups who have co-opted symbols for their disgusting purposes. Not to mention, Tracii is Jewish and Michael’s Christian beliefs are more than well documented, so we hope that everyone understands that neither of them in any way condone white supremacy and any interpretations that they are would be ludicrous. It is simply supposed to be a cool metal album cover to pair with what we hope people will think is a cool metal album.

Evil and Divine drops May 14 on Frontiers Music SRL and pre-orders can be placed here.

Sunbomb, “No Tomorrows”

Sunbomb, Evil and Divine Album Art + Track Listing

01. “Life”
02. “Take Me Away”
03. “Better End”
04. “No Tomorrows”
05. “Born To Win”
06. “Evil And Divine”
07. “Been Said And Done”
08. “Stronger Than Before”
09. “Story Of The Blind”
10. “World Gone Wrong”
11. “They Fought”

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NSFW: Cannibal Corpse’s ‘Inhumane Harvest’ Video Is a Gore Fest

On April 16, Cannibal Corpse will unfurl Violence Unimagined, the 15th album in a towering catalog of uncompromising death metal. The first single, “Inhumane Harvest,” was released earlier this year and the band has now followed it up with a particularly gory music video that is, expectedly, not safe for work.

“Inhumane Harvest,” a song about the highly illegal crime of organ harvesting and trafficking, already painted a vivid picture with the lyrics alone, but the video makes it all exponentially horrifying.

“‘Inhumane Harvest’ takes a look inside one of organized crime’s more sinister activities: the human organ trade. Desperate buyers will pay a high price for a much-needed organ transplant to either save themselves or a loved one from certain death, which makes for a lucrative business in underground crime rings,” offered guitarist Rob Barrett.

Watch the new music video toward the bottom of the page.

All the bloodshed and carnage is typical of Cannibal Corpse, but one new element in play here is the addition of guitarist Erik Rutan within the band’s full time lineup. In 2018, the Hate Eternal axeman and longtime Cannibal Corpse producer stepped into the live guitarist role in place of Pat O’Brien, who has been absent from the band following a bizarre arrest and ensuing legal troubles.

“I think the most noticeable difference on this record will be the addition of Erik to the band. He wrote three full songs for the record, music and lyrics, and his song writing and guitar playing have added something new, and I think his musical style integrated into ours very well,” commented bassist Alex Webster.

“He’s a great friend of ours, so on a personal level, he’s been a perfect fit, as we knew he would be,” Webster continued.

“Beyond that, he’s one of the hardest working people I know, in music or otherwise, and he maintains a high energy, positive demeanor in challenging situations where other people might go in a negative direction. This energy and great attitude rubs off on the rest of us as well,” he further reflected, adding, “That’s really a perfect situation to have when you add someone to a band, or any kind of team: someone who’s great at what they do, and also inspires the people around them.”

Violence Unimagined drops on April 16 as mentioned earlier on Metal Blade Records. Pre-order your copy here.

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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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The Offspring Debut Title Track Off First Album in Nine Years

For years, The Offspring had promised a new album was on the way on now they’ve set April 16 as the release date of Let the Bad Times Roll, the follow-up to 2012’s Days Go By. A lyric video for the title track has just been released as well.

“Let the Bad Times Roll” is the first new original song from the group since the release of “Coming For You” in 2015, which also appears on the forthcoming 10th album by The Offspring. The latest single is a hand-clapper that shifts from raucous acoustic-driven passages to the band’s familiar punk sensibilities all while pointing the finger at the ills of the world today.

The album was produced by the legendary Bob Rock (Motley Crue, Metallica), who had helmed the previous two Offspring albums, Days Go By and Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace.

While there was familiarity there, Let the Bad Times Roll also stands as the group’s first album with bassist Greg Kriesel (known as Greg K.)., who sued singer and rhythm guitarist Dexter Holland and guitarist Kevin ‘Noodles’ Wasserman alleging trademark infringement and breach of partnership agreement over rights to the name.

Todd Morse, who had previously served as the band’s additional rhythm guitarist on tour since 2009, has since replaced Kriesel on bass full time.

Read the lyrics and listen to “Let the Bad Times Roll” below and view the album art and track listing further down the page. Pre-order your copy of the new record here.

The Offspring, “Let the Bad Times Roll” Lyrics

We’re gonna hang ‘em high
We’re gonna shoot straight up in the air
This eye is for an eye
Don’t need to ask and don’t need to care

But don’t be thinking we’re crazy
When you see all the hell that we’re raising
Don’t be thinking we’re crazy
Cause the truth is what we’re erasing

And so I
I’m doing it all for you
I’m doing it all for you

Oh baby let the bad times roll
Machiavelli flow
Hey Lincoln, how does your grave roll?
Take what’s right and make it wrong
Make it up as I go along
Let me know when you decide
Apathy or suicide
Oh baby let the bad times roll

Now it was all a lie
But that bitch won’t get in my way
Keep shoutin’ what I like – lock her up lock her up
Now that’s a good one I gotta say

But don’t be thinking we’re crazy
When you see all the hell that we’re raising
Don’t be thinking we’re crazy
Cause the truth is what we’re erasing

And so I
I’m turning my back on you
I’m turning my back on you

Oh baby let the bad times roll
On a stripper pole
Ya fuck it let the bad times roll
Mexicans and blacks and Jews
Got it all figured out for you
Gonna build a wall let you decide
Apathy or suicide
Oh baby let the bad times roll

The Offspring, “Let the Bad Times Roll”

The Offspring, Let the Bad Times Roll Album Art + Track Listing

01. “This Is Not Utopia” (2:38)
02. “Let The Bad Times Roll” (3:18)
03. “Behind Your Walls” (3:21)
04. “Army Of One” (3:11)
05. “Breaking These Bones” (2:46)
06. “Coming For You” (3:48 )
07. “We Never Have Sex Anymore” (3:30)
08. “In The Hall Of The Mountain King” (1:00)
09. “The Opioid Diaries” (3:01)
10. “Hassan Chop” (2:20)
11. “Gone Away” (3:16)
12. “Lullaby” (1:12)

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