They were out on the road with Ben Folds this summer, and now CAKE is back on the scene with their first new single since 2011, breaking their seven-year hiatus with Sinking Ship. It's a welcome return, though it's been great fun seeing my daughters (6 & 9) enjoy the back catalog, particularly enjoying Comfort Eagle (they think "onion head hat" is a funny line). All sales from CAKE's new single will benefit the work of Doctors Without Borders, and this is promised to be the first in a series of physical and digital releases that will lead into the release of a new album. Check out the video for Sinking Ship below...
If you're looking for a Halloween Playlist, then you've come to the right place. The right mix of tunes for your Halloween party or seasonal enjoyment can be a tricky thing in that there's a balance that needs to happen between classic tunes with timeless flavor and some new school jams to keep things fresh. That's why I've curated a new Halloween Spotify Playlist for 2018 that aims to do just that - some tricks are there, but it's all treats! With over 5 hours of music, this genre-spanning playlist includes tracks for the whole family, featuring Disney hits from The Descendants, Vampirina and The Nightmare Before Christmas to classic tracks from Warren Zevon, Michael Jackson and AC/DC to gems from Captain Clegg and the Night Creatures and Vince Guaraldi to fresh tracks from the likes of Ghost, Demon Hunter and Product of Hate. Best enjoyed by hitting "shuffle" and playing it loud, we'll be spinning this at Rock Father HQ for the Trick or Treaters to enjoy! Get it on Spotify or the player below...
What are you doing on New Year's Eve? Well, if you're near Los Angeles and enjoy the metal, I'd suggest getting tickets to see OZZFEST. For the first time since its 1996 debut, OZZFEST - the sometimes-annual musical event that celebrates hard rock and heavy metal - has created a special one-night-only New Year's Eve celebration to ring in 2019. It's all gonna go down on Monday, December 31 at The Forum in L.A., and Ozzy Osbourne will headline an incredible evening that also features Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and Jonathan Davis (of Korn), along with the OZZFEST debut of Body Count featuring Ice-T. The New Year's Eve party will include an outdoor stage, along with other holiday festivities, details of which will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tears for Fears has a timeless catalog that's long been a favorite for covers and reimaginings, and this week "Shout" has received a new metal version courtesy of Wisconsin's Versus Me. About the song, frontman James Milbrandt commented: "When we were deciding which song we wanted to cover, we knew that it had to be an anthem that everyone has heard before. We went through a ton of different ideas for song choices and finally made the decision with 'Shout.' We wanted to bring back a classic track while giving it a heavy, Versus Me feel to it. The theme of this song is also very relevant to what's happening in the world today, so it seemed like it was an obvious choice. We're not the first band to cover this song and we won't be the last, but this is our take on this classic song." Check out the video below...
Island Records/UMe has just released the 30th anniversary, 2-CD deluxe edition of Anthrax's fourth studio album, State of Euphoria. The new package consists of two discs: Disc One is the fully-remastered album, all of the B-sides originally released in conjunction with the album, and "Antisocial" recorded live in London at the Hammersmith Odeon in March, 1989; Disc Two, "Charlie's Archives," is a real treasure trove for Anthrax fans as it puts you right in the room with the band as the album's songs evolved. The package also includes a 20-page booklet that will take you right back to the time of the album's release.
State of Euphoria will also be issued as a 2-LP set on standard black vinyl and limited edition red and yellow colored vinyl.
The anniversary package was helmed by the band's drummer and long-time archivist Charlie Benante, who dove into his Anthrax vault to come up with the tapes that show the evolution of the album's songs. Disc Two takes you through the writing, development and recording process of the album's songs. The listener is taken into the band's writing and rehearsal sessions hearing the band members construct the song, deciding what stays and what doesn't, and then into the studio for the recording of basic tracks. "We recorded everything back then," said Benante. "We would sit in the rehearsal room with a little two-track machine, record everything we did in rehearsal while we were putting the songs together." Also pulled from his vault were tapes of the actual recording sessions, all the takes, that also appear on Disc Two.
In addition to the original album's artwork that includes the Mort Drucker-drawn (Mad Magazine) back cover, the anniversary package includes never before seen personal snapshots of the band members, tour admats/posters, plus two Anthrax magazine covers, all culled from that 1988-1989 period. For the booklet, the band enlisted British journalist Alexander Milas, former editor-in-chief of Metal Hammer, to write the sleeve notes, Shawn Franklin handled editing tracks and Paul Logus mastered the set. Benante also took to social media, inviting fans to tell him what State of Euphoria had meant to them. He was overwhelmed with responses, and many of them are included in the booklet. "I think fans will be really excited when they see their own quotes in the package," Benante added.
"'State of Euphoria' is the album that we always felt we never got to finish properly," said Benante. "We wished we had had a little more time to spend on it. But, having revisited it while putting together this package, I really got to enjoy it again, it took me back to that time when everything was a whirlwind."
DISC ONE – STATE OF EUPHORIA REMASTER WITH BONUS TRACKS
- Be All, End All
- Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
- Make Me Laugh
- Who Cares Wins
- Now It's Dark
- Misery Loves Company
- Antisocial (French) *
- Friggin In The Riggin *
- Parasite *
- Le Sects *
- Pipeline *
- Antisocial (Live At Hammersmith Odeon) *
* BONUS TRACKS
DISC TWO - STATEMENTS OF EUPHORIA (Charlie's Archives)
- Be All, End All
- Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
- Make Me Laugh
- Who Cares Wins
- Now It's Dark
- Misery Loves Company
If you're a guitarist that's into the heavy stuff, odds are you hold a lot of respect for the late Dimebag Darrell Abbott. His playing was unique and groundbreaking and his tones were legendary. While his sound evolved over the course of PANTERA's career and into his other work with Damageplan, Rebel Meets Rebel and more, there's no mistaking the signature tones that were present on 1990's Cowboys From Hell. Now, IK Multimedia in collaboration with Dime's longtime friend and guitar tech, Grady Champion, have put together the Dimebag Darrell CFH Collection for AmpliTube. This new collection features precise models of the exact gear used to record Cowboys From Hell, allowing players to match the guitar tones from the album including Dime's personal guitar effects, amplifiers and cabinets - all running inside of AmpliTube. It's available in a convenient desktop app and DAW plug-in, so guitarists can now play and record using the same gear and settings Dime did. Check out the demo video below along with all the models included...
Two things that I've covered extensively over the years are Ghosbusters and the band Ghost. Now, aside from the name and some creepy overtones, the two don't really have much in common, though there was a pretty fantastic crossover parody image done for a "No Ghosts Logos" art show back in 2015. But what would happen if Tobias and the crew from the band Ghost did a cover of Ray Parker Jr.'s Ghostbusters theme? Watt White just answered that question with a fantastic cover/mashup/parody that gives us a clear picture of what "Papa" and the gang would sound like rockin' the theme with a bonus verse from Bobby Brown's Ghostbusters II jam, "On Our Own." Check it out...
Earlier this year, REPENTANCE hit the scene with a pair of back-to-back demos, released exclusively on YouTube ahead of their live debut with Trivium. Now, the band enters fall with the release of “Enter the Gallows,” an epic display of new American metal and their first “official” single, available now on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, YouTube and more. Check out the new single below!
Consider this as "Unholy Manipulator" Re-Revisited... and how is PRODUCT OF HATE connected to THE GOLDBERGS?
For whatever reason, October always seems to be an important month for PRODUCT OF HATE. This year, the band finds themselves in a holding pattern as the finishing touches are placed on their second full-length album, currently being mixed and mastered by Chris Collier (PRONG, Flotsam & Jetsam, KXM) at CMC21 Productions in Santa Clarita, California for a 2019 release. While the Halloween season for 2018 has work continuing behind-the-scenes to ready the next era for the band, the season brings with it some perennial favorites, and as I've noted in the past, I've had the good fortune to be a part of a few... one of which is PRODUCT OF HATE's UNHOLY MANIPULATOR. Whether you call it a "short film" or a "longform music video," it's a pretty special thing in that when we created it, the video paired the then-unsigned band with HELLRAISER star Ashley Laurence (who'd also appeared in Slipknot's "Snuff") and some big talent behind the camera (see below). And then there's the fact that yours truly handled directing/editing duties. The video gained a life of its own, eventually helping to secure the band a deal with Napalm Records, who issued PRODUCT OF HATE's debut album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE back in 2016. The video itself was originally released independently in 2012, reissued by Napalm for Halloween 2015, and it will forever live on as I feature it in 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine once more! Evil monsters... wicked clowns... homages to RESERVOIR DOGS, FARGO, and THE WARRIORS... see it below!
RANDY WALDMAN's career spans more than 40 years, and he's performed and toured with many of the biggest names in the jazz, pop and R&B worlds. His work can be heard on hundreds of movies, television shows, and albums. Randy has been Barbra Streisand's pianist and musical director for over 30 years and is featured on many of her albums, movies, and live performances. He won a Grammy for co-arranging "Somewhere" on Streisand's The Broadway Album, and he received a Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Arrangement for The Manhattan Transfer's track, "Code of Ethics" from their album Bodies and Souls. He also toured with George Benson for seven years as his pianist, conductor and arranger. Waldman has worked with the brightest stars in the music firmament, from Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney to Michael Bublé and Quincy Jones.
You love the old Kanye? Yeah, a lot of us do, but today a question was posited that I never thought to ask, and it was the work of Mr. West that gave us the answer. Can you "rap" with a guitar? Not just rap-rock, but actually vocalize the raps using only strings? The answer is yes, and Striking Matches just did it. This week, the duo of Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis released an all-guitar version of Kanye's 2005 hit, "Gold Digger". Watch the video (directed by Josh Kranich) below!
This month, the new crime drama, Armed arrived in select theaters, a film written, directed by, and starring Mario Van Peebles. Armed follows the story of Chief (Van Peebles), a former U.S. Marshall, who has fallen on hard times after a raid that went horribly wrong. As Chief struggles to get his life back on track, a former colleague reappears in his life and explains that all of the survivors from his unit are suffering similarly and that there may be a larger conspiracy at hand. Now comes word that the official soundtrack album by the composers and team at Signature Tracks, led by co-founders Russell Howard, Adam Malka, and David Lasman is available on most digital platforms including iTunes and Spotify.