After examining the consistencies, a set of messages would then display the "detected level of plagiarism" singling out chord sequence, melody fragments, harmony and other factors.The turnaround time also weighs significantly as a potential plus, with the possibility of a near turnaround allowing the songwriter/composer to tweak elements of their music before spending time (and money) recording a final version.While Spotify acknowledged in the filing that other plagiarism-detecting techniques have been proposed prior, they argue that their new technology will provide "significant improvements over manual approaches, they still require significant expertise and are not suited for operation by typical artists and composers, especially artists and composers who are interested in detecting plagiarism during the composition process."“Such a tool would allow artists to generate lead sheets more quickly and confidently by detecting and providing visual feedback as to whether any aspect of the work has a probability of being deemed plagiaristic," stated Spotify in the filing.The Best Cover Songs From 50 of Metal's Biggest Bands
Source: Spotify Working on AI Technology to Help Songwriters Avoid Plagiarism
Filed Under: SpotifyCategories: News According to MBW, a "lead sheet" of score or musical notations will be fed through the detector, which would then access preexisting encoded lead sheets to check for plurality of compositions within its database. Chad ChildersPublished: December 3, 2020Tim P. Whitby, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterWe've seen some pretty big name artists over the years involved in plagiarism lawsuits, but those days could soon be coming to an end with the help of a new artificial intelligence technology being developed by Spotify.According to Music Business Worldwide, the streaming giant is currently working on technology that will let you know if your song is copying an element from another composition, with the possibility of it even being close to a real time application.Spotify recently filed for a European patent for what is being dubbed a "Plagiarism Risk Detector and Interface" technology.

Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade of Destruction5. Weezer5. Falling in Reverse, "Popular Monster"To see more of Billboard's year-end charts for 2020, head here.Loudwire's 70 Best Rock + Metal Albums of 2020
Source: Twenty One Pilots, Five Finger Death Punch + Queen Top 2020 Year-End Billboard Rock Charts
Filed Under: Five Finger Death Punch, Panic! Elton John, Diamonds3. Elton John10. 7. Tame ImpalaRock Airplay Songs1. Billboard, the chart magazine, has kept tally throughout the year in a number of categories and we're seeing an influx of older familiar artists returning to the spotlight pushing aside the few major new releases of the year.In the top Rock Artists category, the Top 10 is an interesting mix of classic rock acts and mostly modern alternative artists. Seether, "Dangerous"7. Tame Impala, "Lost in Yesterday"10. Matt Maeson6. Bad Wolves, "Sober"10. Journey, Greatest Hits7. 22, while Ozzy Osbourne's Ordinary Man was the top fresh 2020 offering from metal at No. Twenty One Pilots, "Level of Concern2. Queen, Greatest Hits2. Five Finger Death Punch, "Inside Out"4. Imagine Dragons, EvolveNarrowing the field a bit on the Hard Rock Albums chart, Queen's Greatest Hits, AC/DC's Back in Black and Metallica's Black Album claim the top three spots while FFDP's Decade of Destruction places fourth and Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory gets a boost to No. Absofacto9. Billie Eilish, "Everything I Wanted"4. Cage the Elephant, "Black Madonna"When it comes to albums sales for rock artists, the Top 10 (minus one) consists of classic hits collections or stand alone albums primarily featuring music recorded in the 20th century. The Beatles, Abbey Road6. It's no surprise as Twenty One Pilots also claimed the top two spots on the Rock Airplay Songs chart with "Level of Concern" and "The Hype." In both categories, it's overwhelmingly filled with artists from the alt-rock genre.Rock Airplay Artists1. You have to drop down to Five Finger Death Punch's Decade of Destruction hits set at No. At the Disco, who've had a hold at alternative radio in recent years, top the list, followed by the breakthrough success of Machine Gun Kelly and the TikTok-infused revival of Fleetwood Mac.Top Rock Artists1. 35).Hard Rock Albums1. Aerosmith, Greatest HitsFor the charting category best representing modern hard rock, the Mainstream Rock Songs chart for the year features a strong display from Five Finger Death Punch who claim the year's No. Twenty One Pilots6. 27 for Metallica's S&M2 and No. 3 songs with "A Little Bit Off" and "Inside Out." Godsmack still held strong with "Unforgettable" at No. At The Disco, queen, Twenty One PilotsCategories: News Meg Myers, "Running Up That Hill"5. 19 before you find a current core hard rock act. AJR8. 5 for its 20th anniversary. Tame Impala9. The Pretty Reckless, "Death by Rock and Roll"5. Chad ChildersPublished: December 3, 2020Emma McIntyre / Ethan Miller / Hulton Archive, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on Twitter2020 was a different kind of year thanks to the pandemic and that's reflected in some of the Billboard rock charts for the year that is concluding. The Beatles5. Metallica, Black Album4. Billie Eilish3. Fleetwood Mac4. Queen7. Guns N' Roses, Appetite for Destruction10. 31) and Marilyn Manson's We Are Chaos (No. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Greatest Hits9. Machine Gun Kelly's Tickets to My Downfall was the top selling new 2020 rock release at No. If you're looking for other 2020 released albums, slide all the way down to No. Bon Jovi, Greatest Hits: The Ultimate Collection7. Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chronicle5. Absofacto, "Dissolve"6. Green Day7. 2 and The Pretty Reckless returned solid with "Death by Rock and Roll" at No. AC/DC, Back in Black10. 28 for Pearl Jam's Gigaton, closely followed by Deftones' Ohms (No. Queen, Greatest Hits2. Meg Myers8. The Beatles, 18. Imagine DragonsWhen it comes to Rock Airplay, Twenty One Pilots have pushed past last year's Grammy queen Billie Eilish. Shinedown, "Atlas Falls"8. Panic! Foo Fighters, Greatest Hits9. 1 and Np. Queen's Greatest Hits continues its reign atop the Rock Albums chart for the year, while Elton John's Diamonds and Fleetwood Mac's Rumours placed second and third. 4.Mainstream Rock Songs1. The Killers4. Cage the Elephant10. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours4. 37.Top Rock Albums1. Matt Maeson, "Hallucinogenics"7. Ozzy Osbourne's Ordinary Man is the lone 2020-released album in the Top 10 at No. Five Finger Death Punch, "A Little Bit Off"2. Twenty One Pilots, "The Hype3. Panic! Coldplay, "Orphans"8. Machine Gun Kelly3. AC/DC, Back in Black3. I Prevail, "Hurricane"6. The Killers, "Caution"9. Godsmack, "Unforgettable"3. Twenty One Pilots2. Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man8. Linkin Park, Hybrid Theory6. at the Disco2. Ozzy Osbourne, "Under the Graveyard"9.

12, 2021, and tickets for the livestream show plus album merch bundles are on sale now.As for the "Down" music video, it's primarily a colorful performance piece with jarring camera shots and hypnotic visuals. The global event occurs Friday, Feb. The band — which also features JR Bareis (formerly of Islander) and Isaiah Perez (drummer for Phinehas) — first took its current name in 2012 as a rebranding for Welch's material outside the scope of Korn. An introductory EP called Chemicals emerged that same year, followed in 2013 by the group's debut album, Between Here and Lost.But apart from a single tune issued in 2016 ("Lo Lamento," which also finds a place on Perfectly Preserved), Love and Death evinced little public activity in the preceding span. Watch the "Down" music video toward the bottom of this post.Love and Death's return sure has been a long time coming. That all changed this year when it was officially revealed that Rauch had joined the group as a writer and performer as part of the band's new lineup."There are certain things we can do melodically in Love and Death that might not work in Korn," Rauch explained in a press release. "For me, there are certain creative risks I can take with the arrangements and production that wouldn't fit with Breaking Benjamin."Pre-order Perfectly Preserved here (physical) and here (digital).Love and Death, "Down" Music Video70 Best Rock + Metal Albums of 2020
Source: Love and Death Announce Livestream Album Release Show, Reveal ‘Down’ Video
Filed Under: Brian Head Welch, love and deathCategories: News Philip TrappPublished: December 3, 2020Matt MathesonShare on FacebookShare on TwitterLove and Death, the recently revived alt-metal supergroup containing Korn's Brian "Head" Welch and Breaking Benjamin's Jasen Rauch, have just unleashed a music video for their new single "Down." The song itself, first released last month, is the outfit's first fresh material in seven years.In addition to the clip, Love and Death have announced a livestream album release concert for the same day the band's upcoming studio effort Perfectly Preserved arrives.

Please join me in lending your support."NITO have focused their efforts during the pandemic lobbying Congress to act on COVID-19 relief. You'll also find signed instruments from Leon Bridges, Jack Johnson, Mark Knopfler, John Mellencamp, OK Go, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Higgenson, George Benson, The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile, Pat Metheny, Steve Martin, Graham Nash and more.Joe Satriani says, "These good people are an essential part of our local and international community. You can help take action here.You can also bid on the variety items on the auction block by visiting the Charity Buzz auction at this location. See several of the items on the auction block below.NITO Guitar AuctionCharityBuzzCharityBuzzCharityBuzzCharityBuzzTop 66 Hard Rock + Metal Guitarists of All-Time
Source: Charity Auction: Signed Weezer, Fall Out Boy, John Petrucci Guitars + More
Filed Under: fall out boy, John Petrucci, weezerCategories: News You can help NITO as they work to #SaveLiveMusic and the entire live music ecosystem by supporting the Save Our Stages Act, the RESTART Act, the HITS Act and the extension of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and by encouraging Congressional leadership to include and pass a COVID-19 relief package before it’s too late. Mascis, Tommy Lee and Lars Ulrich among others. The Guitar and Stringed Instruments Auction launches today (Dec. 3) and continues through Sunday, Dec. Chad ChildersPublished: December 3, 2020Timothy Norris / Mat Heyward / Ethan Miller, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterThe National Independent Talent Organization has launched a new auction designed to raise crucial funds for their continued efforts to ensure that the live touring industry has a voice in Washington, D.C. Without them the live music scene will collapse. 13 with signed instruments collected from a variety of musicians.Rock fans can look to bid on items from Weezer, Fall Out Boy, Dream Theater's John Petrucci, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, J. The current pandemic is mercilessly putting our collective health and livelihoods in great jeopardy. NITO can make our voices heard in Congress and Washington. during the current pandemic and beyond.

You can add it to your library here. There will also be remixes of the track coming from Heavygrinder and electronic producer Shirobon.Having reformed in London in 2016, Esprit D'Air won Best Metal Album honors at the Independent Music Awards in 2018 and earned a Best Musical Act nomination at the 2019 NEO Awards sponsored by SEGA. When we wrote this, we were thinking about how significantly our world has changed with the pandemic and how we can think positively and have hopes in tough times. Chad ChildersPublished: December 3, 2020YouTube: Esprit D’AirShare on FacebookShare on TwitterThe pandemic has proved difficult for many, but Japanese metallers Esprit D'Air have channeled their longing for connection into an intriguing new video that soundtracks the epic and atmospheric new song "Leviathan." The clip is exclusively debuting here at Loudwire and can be viewed in the player at the bottom of this post.Singer / producer Kai tells Loudwire, “We interpreted 'Leviathan' as a huge power or impact beyond human power or knowledge. I love the dramatics and cinematic quality it has, with haunting, melancholy colors swooping betwixt the cruel, relentless jaws of the machine.”Ex-Vallenfyre bassist/guitarist Sam Kelly-Wallace calls it "a master of euphoric heavy rock," while Black Orchard Empire's Paul Visser (who also mixed and mastered the track) adds, “The song is WICKED, love the vibe. Through our composition and songwriting, we tried to express lights of despair, human weakness and stupidity, and human wisdom to build a new world.”The song has already garnered some praise from peers with Sisters of Mercy's Ben Christo stating of the song,"It's a really unique blend of djent, industrial, electro, goth, emo, metal and much more. I'm IN.”As for the futuristic looking clip, director Andy Mihov states, "I love the work of Roger Deakins in Blade Runner 2049 and have taken this as the main source of inspiration for the look and feel of this film. I’m imagining strong accented neon colors, with a main palette of purple and blue. The overall feeling of this should be cold to represent a world that is isolated, pulled apart and artificial but desperate for warmth and connection.”Esprit D'Air's "Leviathan" will hit digital service providers Dec. Heavy and epic, makes me feel like Nobuo Uematsu made a metal track. 4, but for now you can watch the video right here at Loudwire. At present, Kai is working on a new album, Oceans, which will arrive in 2021.Esprit D'Air, "Leviathan"10 Best Japanese Metal Bands
Source: Japanese Metal Band Esprit D’Air Seek Resilience Through Connection in ‘Leviathan’ Video
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19 at 5PM ET / 2PM PT.Fans can go ahead and purchase their tickets for the livestream at this location, while there are also special merch items created for the event that you can pick up here. The group also served up a teaser video for the "TIDathon" that you can watch below.Every Time I Die last released their Low Teens album in 2016 but were said to be starting work on their next album last fall. Chad ChildersPublished: December 2, 2020Daniel Boczarski, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterEvery Time I Die may not be able to gather their fans in person for the annual "TID the Season" holiday show, but they will have a livestream to keep the celebration alive.Hilariously titled, "Every Time I Die's Online Telethon Extravaganza to Raise $69 for the Members of Every Time I Die," the event is scheduled to go off on Dec. The band even debuted the new tracks "Back Distance" and "White Void" at the 2019 edition of the "TID the Season" festival.Facebook: Every Time I Die66 Best Metal Songs of the 21st Century
Source: Every Time I Die Turn Annual Holiday Festival Into ‘Online Telethon’ Livestream
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You’ll even find yourself Trapped Under Ice in Antarctica!"That latter note refers to the band's unique 2013 performance where they were joined by contest winners at Carlin Station in Antarctica for the "Freeze 'Em All" concert. Though they've previously worked with Monopoly on a band-branded game, a new second edition is en route giving a different period of their touring a closer examination."This time we’re celebrating life on the road, including the World Record breaking, Whiplash-filled year of 2013 when Metallica became the first and only band to ever perform on all seven continents," state the group. Land on one of the “Carpe Diem” or “Shortest Straw” spaces and be rewarded with sticks, picks and snake pit passes, or fined with parking and stage repair fees.Here's your chance to travel the world, Metallica-style, while building your empire! Get the Metallica Monopoly World Tour Edition here for $39.99.Metallica Monopoly World Tour Edition Box, Board + TokensMetallica.comEvery Metallica Song Ranked
Source: Metallica Monopoly Returns for Second Edition of Branded Game
Filed Under: MetallicaCategories: News In this case, you can play as Lady Justice, a Death Magnetic coffin, a Ride the Lightning electric chair, the Master of Puppets cross, the Metal Up Your Ass toilet or the Scary Guy.In this edition, you purchase property with your Metalli-bucks, acquire all the cities on one continent, and add arenas and stadiums to increase your value. "Tour around the globe with your collectable token to some of the band’s favorite cities in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. Chad ChildersPublished: December 2, 2020Metallica.comShare on FacebookShare on TwitterMetallica have toured the world countless times over, and they're now translating that experience to the popular Monopoly board game. The 10-song set was performed inside a small dome while concertgoers enjoyed the experience with special headphones.Much like the traditional Monopoly, you can play with specific tokens that move across the board.

“Cornucopia”8. “Under The Sun / Every Day Comes And Goes”Disc Two: Outtakes – New Mixes1. “Into The Void”iv. “Snowblind” *5. “Snowblind”7. Vitus Dance”5. “Under The Sun” (Instrumental) *Disc Three: Alternative Takes, False Starts & Studio Dialogue1. 4 peaked at No. “The Straightener” (Outtake) *3. 4: Super Deluxe Edition on Feb. “Laguna Sunrise”9. In addition, a remastered version of the song "Tomorrow's Dream" has been made available digitally ahead of the release and you can check that out via the platform of your choosing here.Vol. Check out the full track listing for Black Sabbath's Vol. “Snowblind” *2. “Wheels Of Confusion” (Alternative Take 4) *6. “Supernaut” / Drum Solo2. “Wheels Of Confusion” (Alternative Take 3) *5. “Wicked World” (Includes Excerpts of:)i. “Killing Yourself To Live”6. “Paranoid”RhinoLP Track ListingLP One: Original Album RemasteredSide One1. “Wheels Of Confusion” (Alternative Take 2) *4. “Under The Sun” (False Start with Studio Dialogue) *11. “Supernaut” (Outtake) *Side Six1. “Paranoid”* previously unreleasedBlack Sabbath Albums Ranked
Source: Black Sabbath’s ‘Vol. Guitar Soloii. 13 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, but has been certified platinum by the RIAA. “Laguna Sunrise” *6. “Killing Yourself To Live”3. “Wheels Of Confusion” (Alternative Take 1) *5. “Snowblind” *5. “Tomorrow’s Dream” *2. “Cornucopia”7. “St. “Sometimes I’m Happy”Side Ten1. “Wheels Of Confusion” (False Start with Studio Dialogue) *4. “Wheels Of Confusion / The Straightener” *2. “Wicked World” (Includes Excerpts of:)i. “Laguna Sunrise”4. “FX”5. “War Pigs”4. 4, will be getting a "Super Deluxe" reissue in 2021 complete with 20 unreleased studio and live recordings adding to the collection.Rhino will issue the Vol. “Wheels Of Confusion” (Alternative Take 4) *2. “War Pigs”Side Eight1. “Sweet Leaf” *3. “Supernaut” (Alternative Takes with False Starts) *9. “Embryo”11. “Embryo”4. “Wheels Of Confusion” (False Start with Studio Dialogue) *2. These recordings were initially targeted for a live album that was shelved but now get a spotlight with newly mixed audio using the original 16-track analog tapes.You can currently pre-order the collection via Rhino at this location. “Cornucopia”3. “Children Of The Grave”12. “Sweet Leaf” *3. “Supernaut” *4. “Wheels Of Confusion” (Alternative Take 2) *6. “Snowblind” *Side Four1. “Orchid”iii. “Under The Sun / Every Day Comes And Goes”LP Two: Outtakes – New MixesSide Three1. “Into The Void”iv. “Supernaut” *4. “Wheels Of Confusion / The Straightener” *2. “Laguna Sunrise” *2. 4′ to Be Reissued With 20 Unreleased Recordings
Filed Under: Black SabbathCategories: News “Wheels Of Confusion / The Straightener”2. “Supernaut” (Alternative Takes with False Starts) *2. “Changes” *3. “Supernaut” / Drum Solo9. 4: Super Deluxe Edition below.BLACK SABBATH, VOL 4: SUPER DELUXE EDITIONRhinoCD Track ListingDisc One: Original Album Remastered1. “Under The Sun” (Alternative Take with Guide Vocal) *LP Four: Live in the UK 1973Side Seven1. “St. “Under The Sun” (Instrumental) *Alternative Takes, False Starts & Studio Dialogue3. “Under The Sun” (False Start with Studio Dialogue) *3. “Supernaut”6. “FX”5. “The Straightener” (Outtake) *7. Chad ChildersPublished: December 2, 2020Chris Walter, WireImage/Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterBlack Sabbath's fourth studio album, aptly titled Vol. “Supernaut”Side Two1. tour. “Wheels Of Confusion / The Straightener”2. “Changes” *3. “Sometimes I’m Happy”8. 12 as both a 4-CD and 5-LP collection. “Tomorrow’s Dream”3. Guitar Soloii. Both versions will come with extensive booklets featuring liner notes with quotes from all four band members, rare photos and a poster with previously unpublished early artwork for the album that used the working title Snowblind (which went on to be one of the album's most popular tracks).As for the bonus material that highlights this edition, fans can look for six previously unreleased studio outtakes that include the songs "Supernaut," "Changes" and an instrumental version of "Under the Sun." Each of the outtakes has been newly remixed by Steven Wilson using analog multi-tracks.You'll also get 11 additional studio recordings that encompass alternative takes, false starts and snippets of studio dialogue that help put the listener right in the studio and offer some insights into the making of the record.And finishing out the bonus material are live versions of "Tomorrow's Dream," "Cornucopia," as well as fan favorites "Paranoid" and "War Pigs" that were recorded in March 1973 during the band's U.K. “Children Of The Grave”5. “Changes”4. “Supernaut” (Outtake) *8. “Wicked World” (Reprise)3. “Snowblind” (Alternative Take 1 – Incomplete) *10. “Wicked World” (Reprise)10. “Tomorrow’s Dream” *2. “Snowblind” (Alternative Take 1 – Incomplete) *4. “Under The Sun” (Alternative Take with Guide Vocal) *Disc Four: Live In The UK 19731. “Changes”4. “Wheels Of Confusion” (Alternative Take 3) *LP Three: Alternative Takes, False Starts & Studio DialogueSide Five1. “Tomorrow’s Dream”3. “Wheels Of Confusion” (Alternative Take 1) *3. “Orchid”iii. Vitus Dance”10. “Snowblind”2. “Cornucopia”LP Five: Live in the UK 1973Side Nine1.

It’s mirroring something that’s going on in my personal life where I do feel like completely fine and at ease with who I am. The stress of it ending and the stress of having to drag the dying corpse of it across the world for a couple of years was not healthy. "I had a shit-ton of output during that time, I had a lot of shows, a lot of therapy, you just get through it somehow,” he said.Not long after the end of Dillinger Escape Plan, he recorded a second Black Queen album. It took a long time to get to that point.”The Best Metal Song of Each Year Since 1970
Source: Greg Puciato Details ‘Unhealthy’ Anxiety Over End of Dillinger Escape Plan
Filed Under: greg puciatoCategories: News But I was drinking really heavily, doing tons of drugs, cocaine, I was partying a lot. It just started to dissipate, and I just thought, ‘I’m through it.’ I got to the other side of it. And I feel like this record is a symbol of that. I held off a lot of things for a long time that started to become unavoidable, and when they all started to hit me I wasn’t prepared for it."He added, "The only thing I could be grateful for was I had creative outlets to be able to get through it. He recalled, “When it comes to anxiety and depression, I think that’s all stuff that you haven’t allowed yourself to process. I was like a different person; for three or four years I didn’t even recognize myself, I thought I was gone. And now I feel great. Here it is, here I am, deal with it, don’t deal with it, I don’t care. It’s fucking weird.”Though things are better for him now, Puciato revealed that depression really took hold after the final dates. Chad ChildersPublished: December 2, 2020Frank Hoensch, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterThe Dillinger Escape Plan finale in 2017 was a celebration of the band's career for many fans, but it also was an agonizing period for vocalist Greg Puciato. I was just this wreck of a person."But one of the ways he eventually got through it was returning to music. I was numbing myself and avoiding having to deal with all this shit, and it fucked me up for a few years. But then at some point, around early 2018, it just started to fade away. In a new chat with Metal Hammer, the singer details the anxiety and depression he went through as their touring wound down and the period shortly after, plus how he eventually worked through it.Though Puciato had been on record about wanting Dillinger Escape Plan to end during the tour, that doesn't mean the decision came without some strife for the singer. In the Metal Hammer story it's revealed that Puciato was taking Xanax to deal with his anxiety on the tour and at one point suffered a panic attack so significant he felt he was having a heart attack.The singer says, “Having the thing that was a major part of my identity ending during that same time obviously didn’t help. He's also continued to work with Killer Be Killed and released his solo record Child Soldier earlier this year.Speaking about his current state, the singer says, “I turned 40 this year, and this whole year for me is about integration and owning every part of me.

4 on my most-listened-to artists. (If you're an artist who has yet to claim their Spotify profile, you can do that here.)So how did you listen on Spotify this year? What do you think of the new 2020 Wrapped features?For this writer, one big change from my Spotify 2019 Wrapped to 2020 was that Danzig somehow dropped from No. 1).If you listen to music on Spotify, that means you can see exactly what you listened to (and how much, plus much more) over the crazy year that's been 2020. 31 will have a Wrapped experience waiting for them! 1 to No. There's also "Missed Hits" — a discovery playlist that recommends similar songs you might have glossed over — and something called "On Record," a mixed-media experience that takes your most-listened-to tracks and appends relevant podcast chats to each one.So how do you get your Spotify Wrapped for 2020? Were there any surprises waiting for you regarding the artists, songs or genres you listened to the most? Are you ready to get your Spotify Wrapped stats for the year?To keep things exciting, the Spotify 2020 Wrapped personalized experience includes a handful of new features to show you how you listened on the ubiquitous audio streaming service over the past 12 months.For example, as you follow along with the Story of Your 2020 to reveal your Top Song and Top Artist, add-ons like in-app quizzes and podcast listening statistics will appear. As usual, this year's Wrapped is full of insights on the artists, songs, genres and podcasts that defined your listening in 2020 — and it's created from data unique to each and every listener."In much the same way, recording artists can now access their 2020 Artist Wrapped to get "a personalized summary of your year on Spotify that will tell you how your music connected with fans around the world."For artists, simply log into your Spotify for Artists page on the web or from a mobile device. Any artist who had more than three listeners before Oct. (See my stats below.) I'm sorry, Glenn!Philip Trapp's Spotify 2020 WrappedSpotify70 Best Rock + Metal Albums of 2020
Source: Here’s How To Get Your Spotify Wrapped in 2020
Filed Under: SpotifyCategories: News Just click on this link and make sure you're logged in.As Spotify noted, "eligible users can access their personalized Wrapped experience exclusively in the Spotify mobile app on iOS and Android. Philip TrappPublished: December 2, 2020iStockphoto, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterOnce again, it's that time! Spotify 2020 Wrapped rolled out for both listeners and artists starting on Tuesday (Dec.

Joe DiVitaPublished: December 1, 2020Gary Wolstenholme, Redferns via Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterGerman thrash metal legends Kreator have just announced a massive retrospective box set, Under the Guillotine, which unites the six albums they released under Noise Records and a lot more.Each of Kreator's first six records — Endless Pain (1985), Pleasure to Kill (1986), Terrible Certainty (1987), Extreme Aggression (1989), Coma of Souls (1990) and Renewal (1992) — have been newly pressed onto unique colored vinyl in splatter, swirl and half/half design variants.In addition to these six records, the set includes a live DVD, a reproduction of the End of the World demo recorded under the moniker Tormentor before the group changed their name to Kreator in 1984, a 40-page hardcore book loaded with photos and more, as well as a USB drive containing MP3 files of all the tracks featured in the box set.The Under the Guillotine Noise Records era box set will be unleashed on Feb. Contains rare and previously unseen photos from the era— Reproduction End Of The World demo cassette— Demon figurine USB drive containing MP3 audio of all the expanded editions of all the albums.— All encased in an executioner's guillotine box.— The first 250 orders from the Noise Records store will also receive a signed art card by Mille PetrozzaNoise RecordsSee Kreator in the Top 50 Thrash Albums of All Time 
Source: Kreator Announce Massive ‘Under the Guillotine’ Box Set Recollecting Noise Records Era
Filed Under: kreatorCategories: News If you're looking for something a little extra, the first 250 orders placed at the Noise Records store will receive a signed art card by guitarist and vocalist Mille Petrozza.View the complete details below.Kreator, Under the Guillotine Box Set DetailsNoise Records— Endless Pain – (Swirl vinyl with original artwork & inner sleeve)— Pleasure To Kill – (Splatter vinyl with original artwork & inner sleeve)— Terrible Certainty – (Splatter vinyl with original artwork & inner lyric sleeve)— Extreme Aggression – (Half/half vinyl with original artwork & inner lyric sleeve)— Coma Of Souls – (Splatter vinyl with original artwork & inner lyric sleeve)— Renewal – (Swirl vinyl with original artwork & inner lyric sleeve)— Some Pain Will Last DVD containing From The Vault mini documentary, plus two previously unreleased audio live concerts and an Andy Sneap remix of Live In East Berlin 1990— 12” x 12”, 40 page hardback book of photography, quotes and lyrics from the first decade of the bands existence. 26 and fans can pre-order their set here.

Marquees above a few of the benefitting locations have been turned into Spotify advertisements.Those ads tout the superstars who got their start on the stage the particular marquee represents. Philip TrappPublished: December 1, 2020Gabby Jones, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSpotify has donated $500,000 to the National Independent Venue Association in a show of solidarity with music venues that aren't part of a conglomerated promotion apparatus such as Live Nation or AEG.The donation comes at a critical time for indie venues across the U.S. 1), Spotify remarked that "2020 was a year unlike any other. It's also why Spotify is attempting to make a difference in conjunction with the organization seeking to preserve the culture of independent concert halls with campaigns such as #SaveOurStages.Spotify's half-million-dollar donation is the second-largest that NIVA has received since its inception. Most gigs have already been unable to proceed since March when the COVID-19 pandemic curbed tours nationwide. 2020 has also sounded differently—and throughout it all, audio has acted as a companion, strengthening our connections with the world around us and giving us hope."Spotify 2020 Wrapped, where users can review what they've listened to the most during the year, is expected to roll out in the coming days.Most Streamed Spotify Songs for 66 of Rock + Metal's Biggest Artists
Source: Spotify Plans To Help All Indie Music Venues With a $500,000 Donation
Filed Under: SpotifyCategories: News One that, despite its unique challenges, inspired creativity with so many people finding ways to come together with resiliency as a community. For example, the sign above Milwaukee's Riverside Theater reads, "In 2020, Alicia Keys dropped her seventh album. as they face a long winter without live shows. In 2001, her first tour stopped here." The notice ends with hashtags for both NIVA and Spotify.Similar marquees also containing the Spotify logo along with "#SaveOurStages" and "#2020Wrapped" — the name of Spotify's year-end statistics dump for both listeners and artists — are located at Tampa's Ritz Ybor (for Lady Gaga) and Portland's Aladdin (Childish Gambino).In a press release from Tuesday (Dec. And many health experts don't expect concerts to return until late next year.That's why the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) formed this spring, as Rolling Stone reported. Only Anheuser-Busch has given more — the brewing giant donated $1 million as the primary sponsor behind October's Foo Fighters-anchored Save Our Stages Fest (#SOSFEST) on YouTube.Still, Spotify's contribution comes with a caveat for some of the venues involved.

A new date was eventually announced for January 10-11, 2021, but with no signs of relief coming anytime soon, organizers for the event have now pushed Knotfest Japan to 2022.The group and Japanese promoters Hayashi International Promotion laid out the new plan in a statement that reads as follows.As a result of the ongoing situation with the coronavirus mandates in Japan and around the world, after thorough discussions with Knotfest organizers & Slipknot's concern for the safety of the fans, artists, staff and everyone involved, we regretfully announce the postponement of Knotfest Japan 2020 scheduled for January 10th 2021 and January 11th 2021 at Makuhari Messe.We understand a second postponement is difficult news. Slipkno, their management, and our entire staff sincerely apologize for any inconveniences this has caused the fans that have been looking forward to the event.The new show dates are as follows: Knotfest Japan 2022 Roadshow: April 9th (Saturday) 2022 / Festival: April 10th (Sunday) 2022 Venue: Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall 9-11.For people who wish to keep their tickets, please store your purchased tickets in a safe place as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Just last month, the band teased three Knotfest dates taking place in South America next year with stops in Brazil, Colombia and Chile.Meanwhile, in a recent chat, singer Corey Taylor teased the possibility of new music also coming in 2021 even with the commitment to finishing their previous album cycle. Chad ChildersPublished: December 1, 2020Matt Stasi, LoudwireShare on FacebookShare on TwitterKnotfest fans in Japan will wait a while longer for Slipknot to return as the festival event has been pushed back a second time, now set to take place in 2022.The event was initially scheduled for this past March, but had to be put off due to the global pandemic. For people who wish to receive a refund, ticket refunds will be available between 10AM on December 2 (Wednesday) 2020 and 11:59PM January 12 (Tuesday) 2021.Slipknot have remained steadfast in their commitment to fulfilling their touring plan in support of the We Are Not Your Kind album. And they have continued their plans in taking the Knotfest branded festivals to stages in 2021. "The plan right now with Slipknot is to try and a) finish up the touring next year, and b) we're thinking about kind of putting another album out maybe next year," said Taylor while serving as a guest on the Good Company podcast with Scott Bowling.The Evolution of Slipknot's Terrifying Masks
Source: Slipknot’s Knotfest Japan Postponed Again to 2022
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Joe DiVitaPublished: December 1, 2020Christie Goodwin, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on Twitter'Tis the season of giving and, in a year the world went mostly without live, in-person music, Dream Theater are aiming to help out the member of their road crew who have had to go without work throughout 2020. 2: Scenes From a Memory album in its entirety.Dream Theater Share Message About "The Holiday Spirit Carries On" Medley + BenefitSee Dream Theater in the Top 25 Progressive Albums of All Time 
Source: Dream Theater Record ‘The Holiday Spirit Carries On’ Medley to Benefit Road Crew Members
Filed Under: Dream TheaterCategories: News 27 the band dropped their new live record, Distant Memories — Live in London, which chronicles the band playing their Metropolis Pt. "They're a great bunch of guys that do a lot for us."Naturally, as the song supports and incredible cause, it is only available to listen through a purchased digital download that comes in at just a penny shy of $3.Head to the Dream Theater Bandcamp page to get the song and help out the people who make the shows we all miss so much possible.As for other recent Dream Theater releases, on Nov. They've done so by recorded a medley of holiday songs, dubbed "The Holiday Spirit Carries On," and all of the proceeds will benefit the crew members.Dream Theater shared a short video message to all the fans, outlining the impetus for recording the holiday medley while stressing just how essential the band's road crew is and how much those people mean to them."Since the COVID-19 pandemic struck earlier this year, all live concert performances and touring stopped, leaving tens of thousands of crews and technicians out of work for most of 2020," said guitarist John Petrucci in the video which can be seen further down the page.Keyboardist Jordan Rudess picked up from there and stated, "Our crew is like an extended family to us and they do amazing things for us — they help us put on a great show all around the world. These technicians, they work very hard. We've become extremely close with them."Drummer Mike Mangini continued, "So by purchasing this Christmas medley, you're directly supporting the people that you don't see when you come to the concerts, but that make the concerts happen." "And that's the least we can do for them," affirmed bassist John Myung. So we decided to give back and create a Christmas medley to help support the guys and give 'em a great holiday.""They're out there each and every time we go out on tour," added singer James LaBrie, "making every night come off magically.

I really think Nick's fans will enjoy this journey through his life."Menza played in the groups Rhoads and Cold Fire prior to joining Megadeth in 1989. In the interim, you can watch a sizzle reel teasing the documentary below.Nick Menza, This Was My Life Sizzle ReelBest Thrash Album of Each Year Since 1983
Source: Family Authorized Nick Menza Documentary in the Works
Filed Under: Megadeth, Nick MenzaCategories: News This Was My Life is currently in the works from Screaming Butterfly Entertainment.In a new sizzle reel promoting the upcoming film, Executive producer Holly Mollohan says the film is "an unflinching exploration into the life of one of the most successful thrash-metal drummers of all time, authorized by the Menza family. Nick loved his fans and always said, without the fans none this would be possible. His story has also been addressed in the 2018 autobiography "Megalife: The Autobiography of Nick Menza."Menza's longtime manager, Robert Bolger, says of the documentary, "I am very excited to be working with Screaming Butterfly Entertainment on Nick's official documentary. There's a lot of published misinformation out there about Nick that isn't true and I am very happy to bring the truth forth. From his childhood all the way through to the end of his life including a true blow-by-blow account of the repeated failed attempts of the classic Rust In Peace lineup.""This Was My Life will also feature rare and never before seen photos and video footage from Nick's personal archived VHS tape collection, personally filmed by Nick Menza himself from 1988 through 1991 – Featuring exclusive content showcasing Nick working at the studio, personal home movies, casual time and party time with his fellow band members, as well as other well-known bands of the era that Nick toured with," continues the film description.Menza died on May 21, 2016, suffering a heart attack while onstage performing with his group OHM during an appearance at the Baked Potato in Studio City, California. Chad ChildersPublished: November 30, 2020Photo By: Melina DellamarggioShare on FacebookShare on TwitterLate drummer Nick Menza, best known for his time in Megadeth, will be the subject of a new documentary based upon his life. He remained with the group through 1998 and returned briefly in 2004.Release details on the film will be announced shortly.

Produced by Jacob Hellner, the album showcased the now-legendary band in its early stages, when singer Till Lindemann was unsure of his craft and internal struggles slowly deteriorated the Herzeleid sessions.We recently spoke with Hellner to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Herzeleid. 4. Till is the talented language man,” Hellner recalls. “I liked the music, I liked that it was in German,” Hellner says. “[It’s] what I call the never-ending Rammstein conference,” the producer explains. [The instrumental section of Rammstein] felt left outside of the process, which was probably true, because I said, ‘Listen, if I’m gonna do these vocals, we can’t have five or six other guys in the control room breathing down my neck.’ They agreed to let me do it, but they were really weary about all of this.”Hellner also describes the democratic nature of Rammstein. To this day, Rammstein still discuss all aspects of their band with all six members present. Okay, I’m in.’”“Things that made the first album very complicated was the fact that I didn’t speak German and they didn’t speak English, except for Till. During our chat, the producer revealed his first impressions of Rammstein as a listener and in the studio. “Till was different… not so good, but different. (As Amazon affiliates, we earn on qualifying purchases)The Real Story of Rammstein's Debut AlbumTop 50 Hard Rock + Metal Debut Albums
Source: The Real Story of Rammstein’s Debut Album
Filed Under: RammsteinCategories: Exclusive, News When I saw them live, I was like, ‘Ah ha! Out of tune and insecure, but different. “We had a good pre-production, we had a good beginning of the production, but then things started to deteriorate. To pre-order the record, click here. The new edition features an HD remaster of the full album for the first time ever. Graham HartmannPublished: November 30, 2020MotorShare on FacebookShare on TwitterIn September 1995, Rammstein revealed their debut studio album, Herzeleid. “They talk constantly within themselves about what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, what is right for them, what is wrong for them… they can talk about a guitar riff for days, they can talk about a synth sound for days.”Watch the full story of Rammstein's debut album below.Rammstein will release the 25th anniversary edition of Herzeleid on Dec.

A tattoo on the masked singer ended up matching one of Edsel Dope’s tattoos, revealing the Dope frontman as the new Static-X frontman.When asked by the SDR Show is Static-X is still keeping Xer0’s identity a secret though “everyone knows” who the frontman is, Campos responded, “Yeah, but I still like to keep that distinction, ‘cause, again, I’m trying to keep the focus [on remembering Wayne].”Campos also said Static-X’s current singer wasn’t the only option the band considered. "But I think once people heard our story and heard that Wayne's family had given us their blessing to do what we were doing, and then once they actually saw it, I think that was the big turning point. 2, following up their successful Vol. 1 release from 2020.13 Musicians Who Have (Or Had) Hidden Identities
Source: Static-X Will Not Reveal Xer0’s Identity, Even Though Fans Know Who He Is
Filed Under: Static X, XeroCategories: News In a new interview, however, bassist Tony Campos reaffirms that although everyone knows who’s behind the mask, it’s important to maintain Xer0’s mystique.In 2019, a photographer managed to snag an image of Xer0’s neck. "I had a few ideas in my head, but he was the first to come up and actually demonstrate that he could do the job. Graham HartmannPublished: November 30, 2020TAG PublicityShare on FacebookShare on TwitterStatic-X have enjoyed a successful comeback with their new frontman Xer0, who hides his identity with a Wayne Static mask. Once people came out and experienced the show and saw what we were doing, I think it made most of those people turn around." [via Blabbermouth]Static-X are currently working on Project Regeneration Vol. So I was, like, 'I don't think I need to look any further.' [Laughs]""It was definitely a talking point, for sure," Campos said of initial negativity to Xer0 on the Internet.

Meanwhile, Poppy foreshadowed a surge in rock's penetration of pop music as she did the inverse and transitioned away from futuristic bubblegum pop and into genre-warping metal territory with I Disagree.Then came a jarring disruption to every day life, prompting a sort of holding pattern as bands kept their eyes on the growing pandemic. It was a year we mostly had to go without live music and for all the pain and hardship, it was still a rewarding one as far as the 70 Best Rock + Metal Albums of 2020 goes.For a lot of us, anything that happened before the stay-at-home orders were issued in response to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic seems like a completely different lifetime, nevermind events that transpired in this very year. Joe DiVitaRabab Al-SharifChad ChildersGraham HartmannLauryn SchaffnerJake RichardsonPublished: November 30, 2020Columbia / Roadrunner / BMG / Reprise / Nuclear Blast / Sumerian Records / Epic / eOneShare on FacebookShare on TwitterThe year of 2020 is coming to a close, and it's one that will live in infamy for our remaining years. Some artists held their new releases indefinitely, while others delayed their records either as a result of supply chain issues pertaining to distribution or just preferring to wait out the situation a bit longer.When it became apparent we'd be resigned to living amid the pandemic as best and safely as possible, a stream of releases poured out, rewarding fans who need new music now more than ever.It's been a crazy year, one that feels like an eternity, and one that can be difficult to recollect in full as so many major events outside of music have taken place. In the pre-lockdown era, we got Ordinary Man, the first new album from Ozzy Osbourne in a decade. So, this year, we present to you the Best Rock + Metal Albums of the year in chronological order.Contributions by Rabab Al-Sharif, Chad Childers, Joe DiVita, Graham Hartmann, Jake Richardson and Lauryn Schaffner.2020's Best Rock + Metal Albums
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29) that's captioned, "Challenge Accepted."In the clip, Moody explains how he came to be aware of his former bandmates' collab. And the quote I heard was — and forgive me if I'm wrong on this — was that someone said the sex appeal has left Five Finger Death Punch. Philip TrappPublished: November 30, 2020Photo by WombatShare on FacebookShare on TwitterFormer Five Finger Death Punch members Jeremy Spencer and Jason Hook recently collaborated on an EP of cover songs, and FFDP singer Ivan Moody has taken the partnership as a challenge. And it read: 'Jason Hook joins forces with Jeremy Spencer.'"Moody continues, "Now, I could take this one of two ways. He also talks about it sharpening his focus for Five Finger Death Punch's next effort.The team-up he responded to is a collection of cover tunes, Songs To Stalk You By, released last week (Nov. But while the frontman encourages Spencer and Hook to "write the greatest fucking album you can muster," he also says, "Challenge accepted. I'll be your huckleberry. And I got, like, a hundred different news feeds. There's no indication that Hook has joined Psychosexual permanently or that the pair of former Death Punchers plan on recording an album of original material together.Spencer stepped down as Five Finger Death Punch's drummer back in December 2018. Hook, the guitarist whose exit from the band was shrouded in mystery for a portion of this year, was officially confirmed by the group to no longer be an active band member last month.See Five Finger Death Punch in the 66 Best Hard Rock Songs of the 21st Century
Source: Ivan Moody Mistakes Ex-Five Finger Death Punch Members’ Collab for ‘Challenge’
Filed Under: Five Finger Death Punch, ivan moody, jason hook, Jeremy SpencerCategories: News Sound familiar?"The singer did congratulate the pair as he explained that they had been looking to collaborate in the past on something else. At least that's what one would glean from the vocalist's video from Sunday (Nov. I could take this as a spit in the face, saying that you're going to do bigger and better. Because as of today, I am personally gonna make sure that this new Death Punch album is like nothing you've ever fucking heard before."Moody's reaction presupposed quite a bit. And they all read something… I thought it was a joke at first, but it's very real. (The drummer fronts the outfit under a persona known as "Devil Daddy.") On the new six-song EP, Hook contributes guitar solos to a pair of tracks.The collaboration was enough to grab Moody's attention. 27) by Spencer's post-FFDP outfit Psychosexual. Watch his response down toward the bottom of this post."As I'm driving home, my phone kept blowing up," the singer says in the video. "So I pulled over to check it.

20 in Tampa, Florida.Corey Taylor Speaks About Bad CandyBad Candy TrailerSee Corey Taylor in the Jobs 26 Rock + Metal Musicians Had Before They Were Famous
Source: Corey Taylor Featured in Horror Anthology ‘Bad Candy’
Filed Under: corey taylorCategories: News The movie, written and directed by Scott Hansen and Desiree Connell, also stars Zach Galligan, best known as the star of the '80s film Gremlins.In a chat with FirstGlance Film Festivals (seen below), Taylor shared a little bit more about Bad Candy. We were there for two full days really kind of mapping out and filming everything. I'm totally down.'"Taylor has shown his love of horror films in the past previously being cast in Fear Clinic opposite horror icon Robert Englund and appearing prominently in the horror documentary In Search of Darkness. And they asked if I wanted to be a part of it, and I was, like, 'Yeah, of course. "It's basically re-enactments of the stories that I'm actually telling on the radio, for the most part. "It's a pretty cool little horror movie that has a linear story going through it, but it's really kind of made up of different short stories — almost like a Creepshow kind of format, which is pretty cool," explained Taylor. And we just rolled with it, man. He also recently shot his scenes for another horror film titled Rucker. During the chat, Taylor reveals the one thing he's still waiting for from his horror film experiences is the opportunity to be "killed" on screen.As for Bad Candy, Taylor shared his fondness of working with Galligan. The pay-per-view event will take place on Dec. "I was a big fan of his work when I was growing up, and getting to work with him and meet him, he's just such a cool dude that it just made it easy. It was a small-budget film done by some people who knew my manager, and who had worked with him before. Chad ChildersPublished: November 30, 2020Roadrunner RecordsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSlipknot frontman Corey Taylor is starting to rack up some credits on his acting resume, having recently landed a key role in the horror anthology film Bad Candy.In the movie, Taylor stars as Chilly Billy, the host of a Halloween radio show sharing the stories of supernatural tales from years gone by with each of the segments then portrayed throughout the film. We just had as much fun as we could, just making fun of each other."In other Corey Taylor news, the singer's "HWY 666" has landed a prime placement, being tapped as the theme song for the WWE's upcoming Tables, Ladders and Chairs event.

A sexually explicit music video accompanied the Liebe Ist Für Alle Da track, which put Rammstein back in the crosshairs of controversy once more.On the original version, Rammstein teeter between a subdued, tension-driving verse and pounding, synth-accented, anthemic chorus with some of Till Lindemann's most memorable and juvenile lyrics. Joe DiVitaPublished: November 30, 2020Universal Images Group via Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterA demo version of Rammstein's popular 2009 track "Pussy" has surfaced and it is nothing like the song you're used to hearing and have probably sung along to countless times. With the band already back in the studio, fans are hoping they won't have to endure another 10-year wait for new music.Rammstein, "Pussy" (Demo Version)See Rammstein in 50 Disturbing Songs That People Love 
Source: Rammstein English ‘P–sy’ Demo Surfaces, Sounds Nothing Like Original
Filed Under: RammsteinCategories: News 1 single in their home country. Overall, the singer's words are split between German and English, affording non-German speakers a rare opportunity to sing along without having to memorize parts of a different language.This decade-old ode to genitalia sounded vastly different in its original incarnation, first dubbed "Panterra Pussy," which can be heard directly below. And that's not just because this demo features lyrics entirely in English.The song, when first released in 2009, was the first new piece of music to be issued by the German industrial legends in three years and became the band's first No. The demo lacks the bombastic industrial romp Rammstein have perfected over their 25-year, but perhaps that's down to the production quality rather than songwriting intent.What's peculiar here is that the instrumentation later materialized as "Gib Mir Deine Augen," which was part of the "Meine Herz Brent" single that came out in 2012 as part of the Made in Germany compilation. On the demo, Lindemann adopts a softer, more hushed vocal style over his usual imposing bellow and it shows how drastic of a transformation the song underwent in the writing process.Listen to the demo version of Rammstein's "Pussy" below.Liebe Ist Für Alle Da was Rammstein's last record before they made their comeback with their self-titled release last year.

[Laughs] Somebody had to do it. It's actually quite interesting."Earlier this year, Loudwire analyzed 15 acts that could be considered pioneers to the thrash metal sound, with Anvil among those included. I'm two or three years older than those guys. What else am I gonna say? Check out more of Lips' chat with That Metal Interview below and see our list of 15 Bands Considered Pioneers of Thrash Metal below that.Hear Anvil's Steve "Lips" Kudlow on That Metal Interview15 Bands Considered Pioneers of Thrash Metal
Source: Anvil’s Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow Claims Band Originated Speed/Thrash Metal
Filed Under: AnvilCategories: News People never heard that done before, and that's an innovation that's created between a guitar player and a drummer."He further explained, "Only a combination of that could do that — not a guitar player and a vocalist, but a guitar player and a drummer. End of story. That's the stuff that everything — Slayer listened to that and said, 'Okay, let's make a band around that sound.' The syncopation and the ideas that were expressed in songs like 'Jackhammer' or even 'March of the Crabs' became Metallica. So some of our stuff like '666' is almost void of melody, but that's the style. I was in line first. Chad ChildersPublished: November 29, 2020SPV / SteamhammerShare on FacebookShare on TwitterWhile the "Big 4" gets a lot of credit for the advancement of thrash metal, especially in the U.S., would any of those acts be considered the originators of the style? And let's face it, it's a different kind of situation."He then elaborated, "Our drummer, Robb Reiner, is a very, very spectacular, special drummer and inventive and innovative. That's who's gonna create that kind of music, because the faster you play and the more parts you put in, the less important vocals are, and that's basically the direction which speed metal took, and that's why there's virtually no melody in speed metal, because you can't — there's no time to create a melody in the spaces that you make in the songs. So it all goes hand in hand. In a new chat with The Metal Interview (heard below), Anvil singer Steve "Lips" Kudlow claims his band created that sound and style first.When initially asked about laying claim as an originator, Kudlow responded, "We're older. So when I came up with speed riffs that I thought were like Deep Purple and he's playing double-bass drums to these kind of riffs, that was the invention of speed metal.

According to Boone, Manson's role and music were both excised from the upcoming series due to budgetary concerns. The show was made on a very tight budget and some of the dreams we had went to the wayside. After a decade of collaborating with Tyler Bates, he kept the creative uptick in his career going by pairing with producer Shooter Jennings on the cinematic-sounding We Are Chaos album.But late in the year, allegations against Manson surfaced when actress Evan Rachel Wood publicly commented on a past abusive relationship. 17.Musically it was a good year for Manson. It premieres on CBS All Access Thursday, Dec. Manson's team has since commented calling the accusations rumors.See Marilyn Manson in 57 Rock + Metal Bands Who Changed Names Before Getting Famous
Source: Marilyn Manson Role Cut From CBS All Access Version of ‘The Stand’
Filed Under: Marilyn MansonCategories: News It turns out that Manson had been cast in the role of "The Kid," who makes a brief but memorable appearance within the book. When Manson wasn't able to make it work schedule-wise, the storyline was ultimately excised and never shot, which is for the best, as no one could have slayed that role like Manson would have. He and the great Shooter Jennings even recorded a killer cover of The Doors song, 'The End,' that ultimately proved too expensive to use. His main purpose of The Kid in the book is to drive Trashcan Man to Las Vegas, the home base of Randall Flagg's disciples."We thought we were going to be able to restore the character of The Kid, but there really isn’t a lot of reason for The Kid to exist," show runner Benjamin Cavell previously told EW.The Stand series stars James Marsden, Whoopi Goldberg, Alexander Skarsgard, Odessa Young, Amber Heard, Heather Graham, Greg Kinnear, Daniel Sunjata, Eion Bailey, Nat Wolff and more. Hope to work with him in the future."In the book, The Kid is a psychopath who drives a classic hot rod and loves his Coors beer. But a tight budget forced some creative decisions that left "The Kid" out of this adaptation.Explaining how Manson's role and participation ended up getting cut from the series, Boone explained, “Just to clarify, Marilyn Manson and I had long-discussed him taking on the role of The Kid in The Stand. Though she didn’t call out Manson by name, backlash followed when people traced the timeline to the period when the pair dated. But according to one of the series directors, Manson nor his cover will appear in the upcoming series.Director Josh Boone spoke with EW.com after rumors began to circulate that Manson's presumed participation appeared to be in doubt. The Kid was another casualty. Chad ChildersPublished: November 29, 2020David Wolff, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterLast year it was revealed that Marilyn Manson was planning to appear in an updated adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Stand and that he also recorded a cover of The Doors' "The End" for the CBS All Access limited series.

See those dates here.These 40 Smiling Rock Stars Will Make Your Day 
Source: You Can Pay to Spend a Night in Ozzy Osbourne’s Childhood Bedroom
Filed Under: Ozzy OsbourneCategories: News It’s so tiny, I’m going, 'How the hell did we do this?'Sharing another anecdote from his childhood, Osbourne recalled an emotionally cold and distant life. But that house was me, my mum and dad and my five sisters and brothers – eight of us in this house. When asked if he was able to tell his parents that he loved them, the singer replied, "No, never. When you’re little everything seems massive. He then exclaimed, "The fucking house weren’t [sic] worth £300!""They must be doing an expensive extension on the bathroom," he quipped before noting, "I tell you what was really weird: I went back to that house many years after I left. Joe DiVitaPublished: November 28, 2020Larry Busacca, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterOzzy Osbourne was recently bestowed with a 'Man of the Year — Lifetime Achievement' award by GQ magazine. That wasn’t a thing you did in our house. Even now I say to my older sister that I love her and she won’t say she loves me back. After eventually sobering up, the vicar told Osbourne he must've contracted the flu while visiting his home because he had hallucinated for three days.Read the full interview with GQ here.Bogged down by numerous health issues in recent years, Osbourne had been forced to postpone multiple legs of his ongoing farewell tour. If I’d told my sister I loved her I’d have had the piss taken out of me. When I was a kid it was a sign of weakness to tell your parents that you loved them."Elsewhere in the interview, Osbourne recollected the time a vicar visited his home and mistakenly ate a piece of potent hash cake, which left him an a sort of incapacitated and severely stoned state. In the wide-ranging interview, the Prince of Darkness confirmed the person currently occupying his childhood family home charges money for people to sleep in his old bedroom.It's the ultimate one-night stay for any Black Sabbath and Ozzy mega fan — a wholly unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the everyday life of the pre-fame singer in the two-bedroom home located at 14 Lodge Road in Aston, a ward in Birmingham, England.Looking back on his early life, Osbourne admitted it is now difficult to wrap his head around how a family of eight managed to occupy a relatively small dwelling and also made a joke about how much it costs to stay in his old room."He charges £400 a night," the legendary metal singer told GQ when pressed about the alleged for-rent room. The pandemic has pushed retirement even further back and the Prince of Darkness is now aiming to return to the road in 2022 on a European tour. My parents never told me they loved me.

Joe DiVitaPublished: November 28, 2020funko.com / Matt Stasi, LoudwireShare on FacebookShare on TwitterAt the start of the year, it was announced that three Slipknot figures would be added to Funko's popular line of "Pop! What's even more exciting is that the band may release a new album next year, per Corey Taylor.Despite Slipknot totaling nine members, and more if you were to count past members, only three figures — Corey Taylor, Sid Wilson and Craig Jones — have been announced. Obviously, with such a high rotation of outfits and masks over the course of Slipknot's two-decade reign as one of metal's biggest bands, there's plenty of variants Funko could have elected to go with.As seen in Funko's social media post below, Taylor, Wilson and Jones are depicted in their most current state as seen on the We Are Not Your Kind album cycle. As Amazon affiliates we earn on qualifying purchases.Though 2020 has been a disruptive year for artists across the globe, it's been a productive one for Taylor and Slipknot. Source: Three Slipknot Funko Figures Coming in 2021 + Maybe a New Album
Filed Under: SlipknotCategories: News I don't know what the plan is yet. But I know that we were talking about doing it because we only have one album left on our contract [with our record label]."78 Rock + Metal Artists Turned Into Funko Pop! The singer released CMFT, his debut solo album, earlier this year and Slipknot percussionist Clown revealed Slipknot have been writing new music."The plan right now with Slipknot is to try and a) finish up the touring next year, and b) we're thinking about kind of putting another album out maybe next year," Taylor said (transcription via Blabbermouth) as a guest on the "Good Company" podcast with Scott Bowling.Fans shouldn't marry themselves to the idea of a 2021 record, however.Taylor cautioned, "But I don't know. Rocks" vinyl collectibles. FiguresAs Amazon Associates, we earn on qualifying purchases. They were originally expected to see an August release and, now, pre-orders are available with the product set to ship in early 2021. I just know that we all kind of feel like there's unfinished business and we want to finish that out before we do anything. The one exception here is that Jones is wearing a blue, zip-up jumpsuit, a color which was not seen on the tour in support of the 2019 record.Pre-order the Corey Taylor figure here, the Craig Jones figure here and the Sid Wilson figure here.

Graham HartmannPublished: November 27, 2020YouTube: System of a DownShare on FacebookShare on TwitterThe music video for System of a Down’s legendary breakout single “Chop Suey!” has just hit one billion views on YouTube. Congratulations to System of a Down for reaching the incredible milestone. I didn’t think it was gonna be so huge, but at the time I thought it was good. (Official Video)See 'Chop Suey!' in the 66 Best Metal Songs of the 21st Century
Source: System of a Down’s ‘Chop Suey!’ Hits One Billion Views on YouTube
Filed Under: system of a downCategories: News I don’t know where we were, probably [driving] to the next gig, and it all came to me just hanging out in the back of the RV playing my acoustic guitar."He continued, “I can always feel when I write something good and I can always tell when I write something that needs a little work. 1 on the Billboard 200, going on to be certified triple platinum by the RIAA."I remember when I wrote ‘Chop Suey!’ we didn’t even have a tour bus yet,” Malakian recalled during an interview with Loudwire. Its middle-eastern tonality and wild pacing immediately stood out from ‘90s and early 2000s nu-metal favorites, allowing System to solidify their identity as an avant-garde band, rather than just another angst-ridden clone act."All of a sudden I’m walking in the mall, and there are people who recognize me and know who the hell I am through the video asking for pictures, asking for autographs,” Malakian recalled. I didn’t know that. “We were still in an RV and I was playing my acoustic guitar in back of the RV where there was a bed. Becoming one of the most bizarre acts to garner universal acclaim, Toxicity hit No. Watch the video for “Chop Suey!” below.System Of A Down – Chop Suey! I never write on the road. We were smart about it, we made it something cool.”System of a Down's Shavo Odadjian: Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?At the end of the 2010s, “Chop Suey!” was the eighth-most watched music video on YouTube from the 2000s, accumulating more views (at the time) than Linkin Park’s “In the End” and 50 Cent’s “In Da Club.” As of 2020, “Chop Suey!” has been certified gold or platinum in at least four countries.By any metric, “Chop Suey!” is one of the 21st century’s definitive singles across all genres and one of the greatest metal songs of all time. “I was a big famous rock star, yet I was still living with my parents."According to bassist Shavo Odadjian, “Chop Suey!” was originally title “Suicide,” the name was changed following a discussion with System’s record label. “We had to pick and choose our battles — we couldn’t battle everything. No. That’s one of the few, very few songs that I wrote while I was on the road, I remember writing the song when the RV was on the highway. I didn’t know that it was gonna be our first [hit] single. I was a fan of it."“Chop Suey!” — released Aug. 13, 2001 — was the first single from Toxicity. “‘Chop Suey!’ is ‘suicide’ chopped in half,” Odadjian told Loudwire. I thought it was really good, but did I think it was going to turn into this huge song that was gonna get on MTV and become a huge hit for System of a Down? The milestone comes only months before the iconic song marks its 20th anniversary.Having recruited a cult following with their debut self-titled album, System of a Down were poised to become the next great cult band in the vein of Frank Zappa or Primus, but with the release of 2001’s Toxicity, the Armenian-American band blew apart those expectations and attracted monumental mainstream success.

Lauryn SchaffnerPublished: November 26, 2020NurPhoto via Getty Images / Kevin Winter, Getty Images / Alex Kluft, LoudwireShare on FacebookShare on TwitterLet's get one thing out of the way — 2020 sucked. Rock pioneers such as Little Richard and Charlie Daniels died in the midst of it. And the music and live entertainment industries felt that impact hard.After March, all major tours were canceled. Albums were put on hold. "Nothing lasts forever, even cold November Rain."These 40 Smiling Rock Stars Will Make Your Day
Source: 12 Huge Things That Didn’t Suck About 2020
Categories: News The outpouring of love and support in times of mourning, the fundraisers for live industry workers and the communal Zoom sessions were all heartwarming in times that felt ice cold.Though there were times where it seemed like nothing could get any damn worse, there were certainly a couple of highlights that are worth noting. Quiet Riot's Frankie Banali. People were being laid off left and right because companies couldn't afford to employ them anymore with the future of live music left unclear.Before the pandemic even hit, Neil Peart lost his battle with brain cancer. It was an absolute shit show.We don't have to go into detail about the COVID-19 pandemic, because it's something that has impacted the entire world. Power Trip's Riley Gale. And for the sake of not always remembering 2020 as a bottomless pit of chaos, isolation, depression and loss, we've compiled a list of some of the good things that have come out of this year.Check 'em out below, and remember that the tough times won't last. The almighty Eddie Van Halen, and many more were lost as well.But with each of those atrocities, we saw how tight-knit the rock and metal community can really become.

And then [James] Hetfield had to go away and deal with some of his [substance abuse] issues, and then that opened up this whole thing."The drummer continued, "It was a difficult time with Phil. He did save the fucking band. "We'd been a band for 20 years, and we realized we never had a fucking conversation about how we're feeling, what being in Metallica is doing to everybody. While Towle's approach may have seemed silly at times, Ulrich certainly appears pleased with it now. It was just this fucking machine. In the movie, amid some pronounced intra-band turmoil, the band's management brings the therapist on as a peacemaker thanks to his experience as a "performance enhancement coach."But Towle's presence also makes for some surprising moments in the doc. And, since that time, Metallica's influence has only grown larger.For her part, Bridgers is also beginning to get a taste of mainstream rock stardom. I think you and I wouldn't be sitting here talking to each other if it wasn't for him."Talk about a robust vindication for the band therapist who's likely been the butt of many Metallica fans' jokes upon viewing the film. Not the least of which being one of the all-female selections for the Best Rock Performance category.See Metallica in the 66 Best Metal Songs of the 21st Century
Source: Metallica’s Lars Ulrich: ‘Some Kind of Monster’ Therapist Phil Towle Saved the Band
Filed Under: lars ulrich, MetallicaCategories: News "I was like, 'Oh, my God.'"But although that sounds like a possible nightmare scenario between an established rock act and their group counselor, Ulrich stood up for Towle's methods and explained the situation that led them to him."It was a very transitional, experimental time," Ulrich explained. And as easy as a target as he is to make fun of, whenever I get asked about it now, I find myself defending him. The musician grabbed a total of four nominations among Tuesday's (Nov. A particularly obtrusive one was on the mind of singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers when she chatted with Ulrich for Rolling Stone on Nov. 20."One of the craziest things I've ever seen is in the Metallica documentary [Some Kind of Monster], when your therapist [Phil Towle] slides over [and suggests] lyrics," Bridgers said. Philip TrappPublished: November 25, 2020Stephen J. Boitano (Getty) / YouTube: metallivideoShare on FacebookShare on TwitterMetallica's Lars Ulrich recently went to bat for Phil Towle, the therapist who memorably mediated between the veteran metal band's members in the 2004 documentary Some Kind of Monster.In fact, the drummer outright said he saved the group.Metallica fans who've viewed the film probably haven't forgotten Towle's invasive but ultimately helpful role. 24) 2021 rock and metal Grammy nominees.

Coming to stores Spring 2021.”“I don’t think he should kill,” Death Metal artist Greg Capullo recently told Loudwire. He would be on a killing rampage that would never stop. Five issues of Death Metal are currently out, with two more set for release in December and January, respectively.As for Batman’s red axe, the action figure comes with a highly detailed demonic guitar. “Get ready to collect all Death Metal action figures to build The DARKFATHER! He’d make the Punisher look like a pussy. The headstock features a screaming hellspawn almost in the style of a cello. The body of the guitar looks to be depicted as pure metal, with bolts and pipes coming out of the body while a massive scythe bends dangerously close to Batman’s strumming arm.“Your next Build-A Wave sneak peek is here!” McFarlane Toys writes. To celebrate the new Dark Nights: Death Metal comic series, Batman has been molded to shred on an insane metal guitar shaped like a scythe.Musicians like Marilyn Manson, Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath and film composer Tyler Bates have collaborated on the soundtrack for Dark Nights: Death Metal, adding sonic weight to the bizarre and twisted Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo series. [via PRP]The Jobs 26 Rock + Metal Musicians Had Before They Were Famous
Source: Batman ‘Death Metal’ Action Figure Is Coming + It’s F**king Brutal
Filed Under: batmanCategories: News Graham HartmannPublished: November 25, 2020McFarlane ToysShare on FacebookShare on TwitterIf you’re finally sick of collecting Funko Pops, this new Batman action figure may scratch your itch for inanimate objects. “If Batman ever were to kill, he would be the bloodiest of the bloody. Once he crossed that line, it’s over, and then he becomes exactly what he’s warring against.”Get ready for Batman’s Death Metal action figure to hit stores in spring 2021 and click here to check out the Dark Nights: Death Metal series.

59 on the Billboard 200 upon its debut and featured standouts such as "Sleep Well My Darling" and "Dance of the Dead," the latter of which appeared on a deluxe edition of the record.Loudwire extends our condolences to the Melzer family, Secrets and all who knew Aaron. Aaron's passing came much too soon in his life and in ours. Every day we will remember his presence, his laughter, the joy he could bring to a room, the light he brought with him to the stage, his smiles, his heart and every memory we were able to share with him.For now we ask that you please respect the privacy of the family and loved ones as we take this time to reflect & grieve.We love you Aaron & you will not be forgotten.Aaron ForeverIn early 2015, Secrets announced that work had begun on what would become their third record, Everything That Got Us Here while also revealing that Melzer and the group had parted ways as they welcomed Wade Walters into the lineup, making Fragile Figures the only release to feature Melzer's contributions.Fragile Figures hit No. Joe DiVitaPublished: November 25, 2020Scott Dudelson, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterAaron Melzer, former vocalist for southern California post-hardcore band Secrets, has died.As a member of the Secrets between 2013 and 2015, Melzer handled the harsh vocals in relief of original screamer Xander Bourgeois. Words cannot express how devastating and painful this is for all of us to hear and believe.We will miss Aaron every day. He appeared on the second of Secrets' three full length albums, Fragile Figures, and originally joined the band after leaving the local group Author & Finisher.In a statement released on social media, Secrets lamented the death of their former vocalist and remembered him warmly.Today we lost our brother, our friend, and our family with the passing og Aaron Melzer. Rest in peace.Rockers We've Lost in 2020 
Source: Ex-Secrets Vocalist Aaron Melzer Has Died
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