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It's been two years since Demon Hunter's The Extremist (reviewed here) became one of my favorite albums of 2014, a record that I deemed to be perfect across the board. With their next album, Outlive, scheduled for release in the Spring of 2017, the first taste has arrived with "Cold Winter Sun," a new single and lyric video that emerged this past Friday. Check it out...

This is one of those things that occasionally gets my wheels turning... the though of throwing my hat into the ring, this coming from a sometimes director of music videos. Today comes the opportunity to helm a video for an icon - Sir Elton John - an artist whose catalog includes iconic songs that were released long before the video era really took hold. "Bennie and the Jets," "Rocket Man" and "Tiny Dancer" have never had an official music video, but now, in partnership with YouTube and in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the songwriting partnership between Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Elton John: The Cut will give three filmmakers to opportunity to create the official videos for those three songs. Check out the video playlist below for the announcement and details.

You've probably seen it - maybe even several times (as I have). Back on August 24th, Hammered Dulcimer National Champion Ted Yoder went into his backyard orchard in Goshen, Indiana to hammer out (feeling punny today) a cover of Tears For Fears'  "Everybody Wants To Rule The World." Broadcast on Facebook Live for his Songs From The Orchard web series, the song went viral - garnering over 80 million plays, almost double the count for the original Tears For Fears video. Now comes word that Ted is prepping for his next album, Songs From the Orchard: Volume 1.

While he'll soon be stepping into a galaxy far, far away as he prepares to take over the role of Lando Calrissian in the forthcoming Han Solo STAR WARS Story, Donald Glover is currently in full-on music mode as Childish Gambino. Today comes a preview of his Music x Technology collaboration with Microsoft and Wolf + Rothstein - PHAROS, a virtual reality experience, which will be available in early 2017 following the vinyl release of his new album, Awaken, My Love (the record is already out on CD/Digital). A PHAROS VR performance of "Me and Your Mama" has been issued on YouTube, and is best enjoyed with the companion app (available for iOS and Android)

Monday, December 05 2016 21:15

Trax! Rarities from Ministry coming this Friday...

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This Friday, Cleopatra Records will issue Trax! Rarities, a double-LP collection of early rare tracks and alternate versions from Wax Trax!-era Ministry, as well as several previously unreleased cuts from Al Jourgensen-related side projects - Revolting Cocks, PTP, Pailhead and 1000 Homo DJs. Check out the cover art and tracklisting below. The limited-edition 2-LP set is being offered on clear vinyl through the Cleopatra Records Bandcamp store.

Monday, November 21 2016 10:36

Watch & Listen: Icona Pop - "Brightside"

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As a parent, my gauge of pop music has changed a little bit - largely impacted by The Rock Daughters' reaction to a new song. A few years back, Icona Pop hit that "kid radar" (and pretty much everyone else's) with "I Love It," a song that I distinctly recall a few preschoolers singing while swinging on the playground in the past. While they're new single, "Brightside," may not quite reach that same kid-crossover level of success, the new video just hit my inbox, and it comes ahead of a major performance on the horizon for the duo...

Wednesday, November 16 2016 18:40

It's a METALLICA Music Video Onslaught...

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Update: See all the videos in the YouTube Playlist below!

METALLICA will release their long-awaited new album, Hardwired... to Self-Destruct, this Friday, and in an unprecedented move, the band will is releasing music videos for each song from the album over the course of two days. Following the release of the first three videos, "Hardwired""Moth Into Flame", and "Atlas, Rise", new clips began being released at 12:00 PM EST today via their official site and simultaneously with editorial partners around the world. Every two hours there's a new video, and they'll premiere right up to when the clock turns over at midnight in New Zealand, where the first official copy of the new album will be available worldwide. The videos - shot around the globe - will give fans the opportunity to hear the long awaited Metallica album two days ahead of its official November 18th release via Blackened Recordings.

Tuesday, November 15 2016 17:55

Covered: Wilson x Rage Against the Machine & Nazareth

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I've seen Detroit's Wilson live a few times over the past couple of years (even took some photos once), and all I keep thinking is that we need to figure out a way to get them partnered up with my boys from Product of Hate for a tour. Different styles of rock and roll mayhem for sure, but I think there's some similar interests there that would make for some serious shenanigans. That said, today we've got audio streams for a pair of covers that Wilson has released - their take on Rage Against the Machine's "Sleep Now in the Fire," and the Nazareth classic, "Hair of the Dog." Check 'em out below, and if you dig 'em, buy 'em! Available on iTunes and the like...

On November 29, Korean Fire Drill will release their second full-length LP, More Bad Ass Than Half Ass, a follow-up to 2014's Half Ass is Bad Ass. With the new album boasting eight original songs, four covers, twelve skits and one secret track, the comedy metallers are serving-up a taste with their full video for "California Love" - a reimagining of the 1995 single by 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman. Check it out...

Finnish country rockers STEVE 'N' SEAGULLS has been serving-up some pretty fantastic covers over the past few years, and today comes a new video for their take on Guns N' Roses' classic epic, "November Rain." The track comes from their latest album, Brothers In Farms - available now. It's a seasonally-appropriate song, right?

"The Way It Is" by Bruce Hornsby and the Range was a staple of my youth - a song that lit up the pop charts back in '86 (I was just 10 at the time) and became part of regular rotation on MTV and the like. Over the decades, it's taken on new life, Tupac's "Changes" being a prime example, and now, on its 30th anniversary, the song is reborn once more - still exceptionally timely, but this time performed by UK songstress Molly Warburton and her band. Check it out below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine...

There have been plenty of orchestral covers of popular music over the years, from those "String Tribute" albums to variations performed by various smaller configurations, sometimes focusing on specific instruments, like cello. Today comes something bigger - a full orchestra comprised of "some of L.A.'s finest session players," tackling some iconic songs by the likes of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, TOOL, SYSTEM OF A DOWN and more. Metamorphestra is a brand-new orchestra, founded in 2016 by conductor Nick Proch, and they hit my radar thanks to a performance of SOAD's "Chop Suey!" that took place at Capitol Studios. The clip comes as the orchestra seeks to crowdfund their debut album via Kickstarter. Check out the incredibly cinematic reimagining below...

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