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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Watch Peter Frampton Cover Roxy Music’s ‘Avalon’ for New Album

Peter Frampton has released his version of “Avalon,” the classic song originally released by Roxy Music in 1982. Frampton and his band stay true to the original arrangement in their rendition, layering lush synth sounds, drums and bass. The cover is entirely instrumental, with Frampton using his distinctive guitar sound in lieu of vocals.

“The original is such a perfect piece of music,” Frampton explained in a press release. “I really wanted to get as close to the vocal inflection as I could, and I think I almost did it! It’s a sexy kind of guitar sound, like Bryan Ferry’s vocal, and I’m very proud of it.”

You can watch the Peter Frampton Band perform “Avalon” below.

The track is the latest release from Frampton Forgets the Words, the guitar great’s upcoming LP. The all-instrumental covers album finds Frampton delving into the material of many vaunted artists, including David Bowie, George Harrison, Sly & the Family Stone and Lenny Kravitz. The album’s first single, a rendition of Radiohead’s “Reckoner,” arrived in January.

“This album is a collection of 10 of my favorite pieces of music,” the guitarist explained when announcing the release. “My guitar is also a voice, and I have always enjoyed playing my favorite vocal lines that we all know and love. These tracks are my great band and me paying tribute to the original creators of this wonderful music. So much fun to do, and I really hope you enjoy it, too.”

Frampton Forgets the Words will be released on April 23 and is available for pre-order now.

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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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Dee Snider Covers ‘Love Hurts’ in Broadway Show Teaser

Dee Snider belts the ballad “Love Hurts” in a new video preview of the Broadway show Rock Me Amadeus.

“While I have always pushed myself to be better, working with Rock Me Amadeus Live is one of the greatest challenges of my life,” the Twisted Sister leader tells UCR. “Standing shoulder to shoulder with vocalists and musicians of this caliber pushes me to be my absolute best every song and every performance.”

The five-minute clip highlights the production’s hybrid of rock and symphonic music, melding strings, classical piano, electric guitar leads and heavy drums. Snider fronts “Love Hurts,” and fellow vocalists Chloe Lowery and Kia Warren team for a dramatic version of Alanis Morissette‘s “Uninvited,” with Tchaikovsky’s famous Romeo and Juliet “love theme” as the connective tissue.

You can watch the video for “Love Hurts” – first recorded by the Everly Brothers in 1960 and a huge hit for Nazareth in 1975 – below.

Rock Me Amadeus — set to premiere live in fall 2021, following a pandemic delay — will incorporate songs from artists like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Journey, Aerosmith and Nirvana. According to an October press release announcing the show, these tracks “get uniquely mashed up with the likes of classical masters and rock stars of their day, Mozart, Beethoven and Puccini.”

The production, led by opera soprano Alyson Cambridge and guitarist-composer Tony Bruno, will feature a full rock band alongside a symphony orchestra and choir. Previous teasers include a hybrid of the Police‘s “Roxanne” and “Habanera” from the Georges Bizet opera Carmen.

Rock Me Amadeus is the perfect way to make classical music and opera music sexy and cool, and to bring a whole other level of phenomenon to rock music,” Cambridge said in a statement. “The fusion of the two is like orgasms for your ears!”

Snider has previous theater experience, making his Broadway debut during an 11-week stint on the musical Rock of Ages in 2010. The singer released his latest solo LP, For the Love of Metal, in 2018; he issued a companion live record in July.

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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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Watch Lost Fan Footage of Led Zeppelin in 1972

Previously unseen 8 mm film footage of Led Zeppelin playing in New Zealand has been revealed after it sat forgotten for nearly 50 years.

Five minutes of the show, which have been synced to music by another archivist, can be seen below.

Photographer Lloyd Godman was 20 years old when he shot some of the band’s performance at the Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, on Feb. 25, 1972. He put the film away in his shed and forgot about it until he was recently cataloging his collection. “I knew I had this roll of film in the shed, so I sent it off to get digitized,” he told the RNZ. “I knew there was band stuff on it, but I didn’t know what it was. … It came back, and there was the Zeppelin film.”

Godman added that even though the footage is grainy, he reacted with “joy” when he saw it because it includes so many closeups of the musicians’ faces. “Of the still photographs I took, I only ended up with six shots, which were really the rejects, because the promoter had picked through the best of them and they just disappeared,” he explained. “So finding this was like finding gold really.”

The American archivist made contact after some of Godman’s still images were posted online; he said he had audio of the same show, which is how the YouTube clip came together. Godman noted while he was aware he could have sold his footage to a collector, he preferred to share it with other fans. “It’s really timeless music, some of that stuff,” he said.

“It’s so powerful, and I think the combination of musicians that came together to form the group – it was just like a giant cyclone. … It just came together, and it just formed into this amazing vortex that not only carried them along but carried everybody else along as well.”

RNZ noted that the Auckland show was attended by around 20,000 people, who’d paid between $2.27 and $3 for tickets. It was the fourth of six concerts Led Zeppelin played during their only tour of Australia and New Zealand. It followed the release of their fourth album the previous year.

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Watch Steven Tyler Join Mick Fleetwood on ‘Rattlesnake Shake’

Mick Fleetwood has released a live version of “Rattlesnake Shake” featuring Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons.

The blues-rock track – originally released on Fleetwood Mac’s 1969 album, Then Play On – gets a fittingly raucous rendition, with Tyler delivering vocals and harmonica, while Gibbons wails away on lead guitar.

You can watch the new “Rattlesnake Shake” video below.

The performance was recorded during an all-star tribute to founding Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green, held on Feb. 25, 2020, in London. “Rattlesnake Shake” is the second song released from the event, following an earlier-unveiled rendition of “The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)” featuring Gibbons and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett.

Other notable artists appearing during the concert event included Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, OasisNoel Gallagher, the Who’s Pete Townshend and former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman.

Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate the Music of Peter Green and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac will be released as an expansive box set, available in multiple formats. The Super Deluxe Edition comes with a four-LP Gatefold vinyl, two CDs, a Blu-ray and a 20-page book. Lesser-priced versions include the performance solely on vinyl or a CD/Blu-ray combo pack. All physical formats will be released April 30 and are available for pre-order now.

Meanwhile, the Mick Fleetwood & Friends concert film was previously scheduled to hit movie theaters across the U.S. on March 23. But with cinemas closed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the film will now be released via video on demand in April.

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Make Them Suffer’s Booka Nile Gets Hitched on ‘MAFS’ Australia

Make Them Suffer keyboardist and vocalist Booka Nile is one of the brides featured on the newest season of Australia’s Married at First Sight. The metalcore musician tied the knot with electrician and psychology student Brett Helling, with sparks flying at the couple’s televised ceremony.

Married at First Sight is one of Australia’s most watched TV shows. Though the marriages aren’t legally binding, each couple goes through a wedding ceremony before immediately moving in together. With the COVID-19 pandemic halting the live events industry across the globe, Nile used her free time to take part in Australia’s largest social experiment.

“It was like a ton of bricks just hit me,” Nile reflects on pulling up to the wedding. “I’m crying, but I’m not sad, so much. I just feel really overwhelmed. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in love, so I hope what we’re doing today is going to bond us for life.”

Nile and Helling seemed to have instant chemistry once they finally met. “This is the most extreme blind date I’ve ever been on,” Nile said as she read her marriage vows. “I know that we are strangers to each other right now, but it had been a comfort to be to know that, at least, we have one thing in common… and that is that you and I are both crazy enough to marry a total stranger.”

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Booka Nile has been a member of Make Them Suffer since 2017, performing on the Australian metalcore band’s World’s Apart and How to Survive a Funeral albums.

Nile even posted some solid metalhead humor to Instagram once her wedding episode aired. “Brett, I can’t wait to start my future with you and I can only hope that you will be able to open your heart up to me as much as I’m going open up this f******* pit.”

If you’re in Australia or you have a VPN, you can watch Married at First Sight Australia on demand here.

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Watch Rick Astley Rock Out to Slipknot’s ‘Duality’

It’s never too late for a delayed Christmas present and thanks to Rick Astley‘s TikTok account, we’ve got the video you never knew you needed to see. Yes, that’s a trench coated Astley rocking guitar along to Slipknot‘s “Duality.”

Since launching his TikTok account in 2020, Astley has delivered a number of wonderfully bizarre clips playing along to well-known pop, rock and alternative songs, but to kick off 2021 in early January, the “Never Gonna Give You Up” singer and RickRoll king brought the heavy by rocking along to Slipknot’s Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses) classic. The clip also finds Astley sporting sunglasses and playing against a desert-themed backdrop. Watch and enjoy.

The deep-voiced red-headed vocalist ruled the pop world in the late ’80s and early ’90s with hits from four studio albums. But it was his breakout song “Never Gonna Give You Up” that has stood the test of time and kept Astley in the spotlight as social media grew and “Rickrolling” – the act of teasing a video online only to replace it with Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” clip – became a popular prank. After a lengthy layoff from recording, Astley returned with new music in 2001 and has recorded sporadically ever since.

Despite being known for his pop hits, the singer has shown his love for harder music over the years. He’s performed a live mashup with Foo Fighters and covered their music in the past and he’s also added a pretty killer cover of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” into shows as well.

Astley’s TikTok account has gotten off to an entertaining start with the singer aping along to songs from Foo Fighters, MGMT, The Strokes and Pet Shop Boys and actually covering an R.E.M. favorite.

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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

















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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