Dirt - Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017

A Perfect Circle has released the new song, “The Doomed” (https://youtu.be/P6kd0FQhd5k). The track is the first music to be heard from the multi-platinum outfit’s highly anticipated 2018 full-length.  It was announced today by the band’s publicist.

Fourteen years have passed since we released ‘eMOTIVe,’ ” said Maynard James Keenan. “A new release is long overdue. In light of this current difficult and polarized social, spiritual and political climate, we artist types need to open our big mouths and share the light a little louder.”

Maynard’s lyrics for “The Doomed”

Years of life experience has brought our music to this moment,” added Billy Howerdel. “We know where we came from. Deeply connected to the path we’re on.”

A Perfect Circle recently announced they had signed a worldwide recording deal with BMG and are in the studio working with producer Dave Sardy (mixer/producer Nine Inch Nails, Incubus, Oasion the follow-up to 2004’s eMOTIVe.  Purchase or listen to “The Doomed” at this link:   http://smarturl.it/TheDoomed.

The band’s current line-up is (left to right) James Iha (Tinted Windows, ex-Smashing Pumpkins), Billy Howerdel (Ashes Divide), Matt McJunkins (Eagles of Death Metal, The Beta Machine), Jeff Friedl (Puscifer, The Beta Machine) and Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer).

“The Doomed” arrives as A Perfect Circle kick off the second leg of their first North American tour in six years, launching this weekend, Saturday, Oct. 21st  at the Aftershock festival.  See Road Rage for all the dates!

Yeah!  Finally!  Five Finger Death Punch has reportedly resolved its legal battle with its longtime record company, Prospect Park. As a result, the band and the label have announced the release of a greatest hits album with two new songs in December, with a brand new full-length album to follow next year. Five Finger Death Punch already completed its seventh studio effort almost a year ago, but contractual issues with the record company has delayed its arrival.


Guitarist Jason Hook told SpazioRock, ”Everybody that’s heard the record so far thinks it’s our best record. I’m super excited about it. I thought we f**king knocked it out of the park. There’s some really cool, different things on there that are slightly different for us. There’s certainly a chunk of what you would expect from Five Finger Death Punch, but there’s some solid songs that are slightly outside of our regular box. But everyone thinks it’s a smash.

Prospect Park initially sued Five Finger Death Punch in 2016 for breach of contract, alleging that the group wanted to rush the recording of a new album. The company claimed that the band’s contract prohibited it from beginning to record a new effort until at least nine months had passed since the release of the previous one. Five Finger Death Punch’s last studio effort, Got Your Six, came out in September 2015.

The group signed a new North American recording deal with Rise Records last year. They also filed a lawsuit against Prospect Park in April, asking a judge to release them from their contract and order the company to pay over a million dollars in damages.

Five Finger Death Punch has also dealt with singer Ivan Moody‘s struggles with substance abuse, which forced him to miss a number of shows last year and this past spring. At press time, Ivan is said to be doing great!   Whew!

I suspect there will be a new tune making it’s way to radio in the coming weeks, so STAY TUNED!  (Thanks Blabbermouth and The Pulse of Radio.)

Rolling Stone reports Prophets Of Rage, the supergroup featuring members of Rage Against The MachinePublic Enemy and Cypress Hill, salute peaceful protest and slam gun culture in a new video for the song “Strength in Numbers.” The clip touches on the ongoing debate over Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players taking a knee before games during the national anthem to protest police brutality, alternating that with clips of actors in black face and people at gun shows. The video concludes with a shot of Mike Pence standing during the national anthem at an Indianapolis Colts game earlier this month — a game he then left in a staged photo op when players knelt during the song.

In a statement about the clip, Prophets Of Rage MC Chuck D wrote, “ALMOST anything can be built or toppled with a collective force. A movement is never about an individual. On the opposition of Colin Kaepernick in today’s sports world, we ask ‘is it the KNEE or is it The NEGRO’”?

We asked guitarist Tom Morello if Prophets experienced a lot of backlash to their political message: “Of course there is political backlash to what we’re saying, and backlash to the music that we’re playing. But if you have ideas that no one complains about and you’re making music that no one complains about, then you probably have pretty s**tty ideas and s**tty music.”

“Strength in Numbers” appears on Prophets Of Rage’s self-titled debut LP, which they issued last month.  The group, which plays songs from Rage, Public Enemy and Cypress in addition to original material, made its live debut in May 2016 in Los Angeles. They next play at the Voodoo Music Experience festival in New Orleans at the end of this month.

ANTHRAX And KILLSWITCH ENGAGE To Mount Epic Sequel With 'KillThrax II'

Killswitch Engage and Anthrax are doin’ it again!  Today they announced their next KILLTHRAX II Tour blazing across North America starting Jan 25th and running through Mar 04th.   Find all the dates in Road Rage under Killthrax.

Anthrax bassist Frank Bello: “After playing so many amazing shows last year with our friends Killswitch Engage, I’m psyched for round two of ‘KillThrax’, and we’re adding Havok to the heaviness!!” Drummer Charlie Benante added: “The shows were great, the audiences were great, and we all felt great about the whole thing, so why not do it again?

“‘Evil Dead II’. ’Dawn of the Dead’. ’The Godfather: Part 2′. ’The Empire Strikes Back’. All sequels that are better than the original. Add ’KillThrax II’ to that list. Back by popular demand, ’KillThrax’ is coming at ya again my friends,” said Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian.

We are looking forward to the next leg of the ’KillThrax’ tour,” said Killswitch Engage singer Jesse Leach. “We had a blast on the first one and we enjoyed sharing the stage with the humble legends Anthrax! There is such a synergy between the two bands and a certain unity that is infectious, so it was a no-brainer to put this package back together and hit the road. It’s an honor and we are excited for these shows, the fans, and the good times! ’KillThrax’ is gearing up for round two, so let’s keep the party rolling!”

As with the inaugural ”KillThrax” tour, Killswitch and Anthrax will rotate the show’s closing slot on “KillThrax II.” Fans can also expect a night of high energy, musical ferocity and sheer intensity, and what one reviewer called “an incredible night of live music with heavy hitters that provided hours of escape into metal bliss.”

 Happy 45th to Eminem aka Marshall Mathers.  


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