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I have an issue with "Hall of Fame" voting... not just for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, whose 2017 Induction Nominees were revealed today, but any "Hall of Fame," and the Toy Hall of Fame is particularly irksome. The problem is that all of the nominees are deserving of being inducted, and the fact that just five are included every year makes things seem unfairly light. In many ways, the "Rock" Hall is more of a "Music" Hall, honoring performers of many genres, and I think that's a great thing... but it also makes trimming 19 worthy nominees down to five each year a daunting task, and one that ultimately leaves the growing overall list of inductees feel incomplete. The 2017 Nominees (up for fan vote) are...

Somewhere in my archives lies a review I did of RIVER RUNS RED, the 1993 debut album from Brooklyn's LIFE OF AGONY. Now the band is signed with Napalm Records (labelmates to my boys, PRODUCT OF HATE) and are working on prepping their long-overdue new album, A Place Where There's No More Pain. Slated for release sometime in early 2017, the first taste of new music arrived via Rolling Stone earlier today, and can now be heard in the player below...

I've had some adventures over the years, and from those "past lives" comes a little backstory as to what I'm sharing here today. Back in the early-mid 1990s, while I was playing in bands and doing a little television on occasion, I was also working in print, writing some reviews and features that were often tied directly into regional happenings. One publication that I'd done a bit of writing for still exists today - The River Cities' Reader, based out of Davenport, Iowa. I'd penned some stories for them during my time living in The Quad Cities, but there was one that came about after I'd already moved back to the Chicago area - a 1996 interview with PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul. It was a short piece - a simple promotional article to preview the band's forthcoming show at The Mark of The Quad Cities (currently dubbed the "iWireless Center") in support of their then-new release, THE GREAT SOUTHERN TRENDKILL. With Rhino Records releasing a 20th Anniversary Edition of that album later this month, I snagged this one from storage and am republishing it here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine. While it's nothing groundbreaking, there's a few cool quotes in there that really sum-up a band that I was fortunate to have been able to see a few times while they were touring in their prime. Enjoy...

Tuesday, October 11 2016 12:37

Here's Another New KORN Song: "Take Me"

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When I first saw KORN perform live some 21+ years ago, I never would've expect that I'd be writing about them on a near-weekly basis in the fall of 2016. But here we are, just 10 days out from the release of THE SERENITY OF SUFFERING (Roadrunner Records, October 21), and yet another track from the album has been unleashed - "Take Me." Debuted this morning over at the Wall Street Journal, the new track brings some of that classic Korn groove to the masses. Check it out below...

Detroit's ELECTRIC SIX have been around for ages, constantly reinventing themselves, which is something that you have to do on occasion... especially when you're a vampire. Their own bio notes that "eternal life can seem like an eternity," but that longevity means more music, and that's a good thing for fans of the band as their 12th album, FRESH BLOOD FOR TIRED VAMPYRES just hit the streets via Metropolis Records. It's a fine new offering for any ghoulish groove fest this fall, and a perfect entry for 31 Days of Halloween. Check it out streaming in the Spotify player below, and if you dig it - buy it. 

Wednesday, October 05 2016 13:20

Lyric Video: HELMET - "Bad News"

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Whenever I'm asked to name my favorite bands, one that's consistently in the Top Five is HELMET. Sure, the band has completely changed lineups over the years, but at its center, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Page Hamilton has remained. On October 28th, HELMET will release their first new album in six years, when DEAD TO THE WORLD hits the streets via earMUSIC, and today comes the first taste - a lyric video for "Bad News." It's not what one would think of as the "classic" HELMET sound, but it's still a song worth listening to. Check it out below...

Though the first film and its initial sequel were both December releases during their original theatrical runs, the SCREAM franchise has become a perennial favorite for Halloween - not just for the movies, but for their original soundtracks and scores. It was 20 years ago that SCREAM first thrilled audiences, and for 2016 the folks at Varèse Sarabande have issued the original SCREAM 1 & 2 scores on 180-gram vinyl, complete with incredible new cover art by artist Gary Pullin.  The first version is presented on "Bone White" colored vinyl, making it an instant collector’s item and gift for Halloween 2016, limited to just 3,000 pieces. The second version is a limited-edition FYE Exclusive, presented on “Blood Splattered” vinyl, limited to a pressing of just 1,500 pieces. See the full cover art and tracklisting below...
Friday, September 30 2016 09:55

Music Video: THE PRETTY RECKLESS - "Take Me Down"

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Not long ago, I shared the track stream for "Take Me Down," the first single from the October 21 release of WHO YOU SELLING FOR, the third full-length album by THE PRETTY RECKLESS. Now comes the official video for a song that I've spun many times over here at Rock Father HQ already - a jam from a band that just keeps getting better as Taylor Momsen's voice has continued to mature over the years. This is pure rock, folks - check it out...

Thursday, September 29 2016 07:49

Listen: KORN - "A Different World" featuring Corey Taylor

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After being absent for an album, KORN returns to Roadrunner Records for the October 21 release of THE SERENITY OF SUFFERING. With a couple of singles already released, today comes the unleashing of "A Different World," a new song featuring a guest appearance by Corey Taylor of SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR. Check out the audio stream below, and be on the lookout for the official video which is forthcoming...

Wednesday, September 28 2016 23:20

BABYMETAL is about to get Animated with Warner Bros...

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If you have yet to hear of BABYMETAL, get ready... they're a huge deal, and about to get bigger. The Japanese pop-metal sensation closed out their 2016 World Tour in front of 110,000 fans at the Tokyo Dome, they got the Pop! Vinyl treatment with collectible figures from from Funko, and now they're about to get animated.  BABYMETAL will embark on a new adventure with an original shortform series from Warner Bros.’ digital studio Blue Ribbon Content and Japanese powerhouse Amuse Inc’s subsidiary, Amuse USA. Manager and creator of BABYMETAL Key Kobayashi (a.k.a. KOBAMETAL) is also producing. The hybrid live-action and animated project is currently in development, it was announced today by Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series. Check out more from the official announcement below...

Earlier this month, FIFTH HARMONY unleashed a live-action music video for their latest single, "That's My Girl," racking up nearly 23 million plays in under two weeks. Today, the song gets animated as Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and DC Entertainment (DCE) have announced a partnership with the pop powerhouse to collaborate on the first-ever DC Super Hero Girls music video.  The colorful new clip for "That's My Girl" features Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy and Katana, the animated DC Super Hero Girls, and can be viewed below...

On November 11, Sony's Legacy Recordings will release DAVID BOWIE LEGACY, a collection of Bowie's finest singles from his first hit, 1969's 'Space Oddity' through to the final singles 'Lazarus' and 'I Can't Give Everything Away' from his final album, BLACKSTAR, released earlier this year. All formats of DAVID BOWIE LEGACY feature a previously unreleased version of the classic 1971 single 'Life On Mars?' mixed by its original producer Ken Scott. While many Bowie fans will find this to be just skimming the surface, it's a fantastic collection particularly for newer generations to discover as a starting point. Check out the tracklisting and cover art below...

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