A previously unreleased demo version of METALLICA's song "Master Of Puppets" can be streamed below. The track was recorded in the garage at The Carlson House in El Cerrito, California in late June 1985 and is taken from the upcoming reissue of METALLICA's seminal third album, "Master Of Puppets".The "Master Of Puppets" reissue will arrive on November 10 via METALLICA's own Blackened Recordings. The LP has been remastered for the most advanced sound quality and will be available in various digital and physical configurations. The reissue is available for pre-order at Metallica.com where fans can see the full package details and track listing. Those who pre-order the standard album will receive an instant download of "Disposable Heroes (Remastered)". Those who pre-order the expanded or deluxe editions will receive an instant download of "Disposable Heroes (Remastered)" and "The Thing That Should Not Be (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL - May 25th, 1986)" .The "Master Of Puppets" reissue will be available physically as a Standard LP, Standard CD, 3 CD Expanded Edition, and Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set and digitally as a Standard CD (available to stream and download), a 3 CD Expanded Edition (available for download only), and a Digital Deluxe Box Set (available for streaming and download). The Expanded Edition will include previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews, live tracks, and a 28-page booklet. The Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set will include a 108-page hardcover book including never before seen photos, outtakes and previously unreleased interviews, three LPs, ten CDs, a cassette, two DVDs, a lithograph, a folder with handwritten lyrics, and a set of six buttons.Watch James Hetfield unbox the reissue below."Master Of Puppets" was released on February 24, 1986 and was the first album METALLICA recorded after signing a major label deal with Elektra Records.The set only reached No. 29 on the Billboard album chart but has sold over six million copies in the U.S. since.It is the last record to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who was killed later that year in a tour bus crash.Several songs from the album are still staples of METALLICA's live set, including "Battery", "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" and the title track.Many fans consider it METALLICA's finest album, a fact that the band acknowledged by playing it in its entirety on a European tour in 2006."Metallica: Back To The Front", the definitive story of "Master Of Puppets" and the tour that followed its release, hit bookstores and online sellers last September. A very special Collector's Edition of the book was made available two weeks earlier through Metallica.com and MoonriseMedia.net."That album, it's interesting, because from the moment it was released, it never went away," METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett said last year while promoting the book. "It still has not and there are no signs of it going away at all.""It was still rebellious," METALLICA frontman James Hetfield said. "Back then, it was still the four of us in a van out to conquer the world.""I really feel that a lot of the music on 'Master Of Puppets', we pulled it out of a deep place," Hammett added. "A lot of it, it's just so emotional, from the music to the lyrics to the guitar solos to even the arrangements. It's so dramatic."
A brand new A PERFECT CIRCLE song titled "The Doomed" can be streamed below.The track's release follows Friday's (October 13) fifteen-second tease from A PERFECT CIRCLE's official Twitter account and singer Maynard James Keenan recently hinting that a new APC album was on the way.A PERFECT CIRCLE has been largely inactive on the recording front for the past thirteen years, with only a new song titled "By And Down" surfacing on a hits collection in 2013.Back in April, A PERFECT CIRCLE debuted a different new song, "Hourglass", at a concert in St. Louis.A PERFECT CIRCLE guitarist Billy Howerdel confirmed earlier in the year that the group was beginning work on its first new studio album since 2004's "eMOTIVe".The band's lineup remains unchanged from 2013. Joining Keenan and Howerdel once again are James Iha on rhythm guitar, Matt McJunkins on bass and Jeff Friedl on drums.During the time that A PERFECT CIRCLE has been mostly on hiatus, Howerdel launched an act called ASHES DIVIDE, while Keenan toured and recorded with TOOL and PUSCIFER while also running a winery.
CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer was interviewed for episode 354 of the "Iron City Rocks" podcast (web site). You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.Speaking about how the forthcoming deluxe edition of his 2013 "The Way Life Goes" debut solo album came to be, Tom said: "The deluxe edition was an idea that we talked about back in 2014, after the record had been released. It came out, it was really well-received by the fans and the press and at that time, we thought it would be cool to do an expanded edition that included some stuff that we were going to record that were songs that came about or collaborations or versions of songs that came about during the course of touring for the record at the time. One of them being 'With A Little Help From My Friends', which was the first collaborative, creative effort by my touring band. From day one, we've been doing that song.We've done a hard rock or hyped-up version of the Joe Cocker version. We've been doing that on the encore the whole time we've been touring. We've gotten countless requests for a studio version of that. And then the other one being the duet of 'Nobody's Fool' with Lzzy Hale [HALESTORM] which is another thing that came out about as a result of touring. We did some shows with HALESTORM on 'The Way Life Goes' tour. That's been all over YouTube and we've performed a bunch of times at various shows. Again, another track people have asking for a studio version of."The idea of putting out the deluxe edition actually got put on the backburner for a long time because we had a change in labels in distribution along the way, unfortunately," he continued. "There was, for lack of a better word, a bit of a corporate shake-up after the record was released. The record got caught in the middle of that, unfortunately. That happens sometimes. It actually went away for a couple of years. It hasn't been available online or in stores, so we've continued to tour and we've had to do a little bit of lawyering to get the master back. Once we did, last year, we got into the studio and we recorded these bonus tracks and recorded the documentary of us in the studio working with Vance Powell recording these new tracks, which is also part of the set that's in there. It's got all this new artwork and all. The decision was originally, 'Hey, we're going to do a deluxe edition.' Then the record had that setback that I talked about. Now, it really makes sense just getting it back out there online and on the shelves for everybody, it makes sense more than ever now, to include this new material with it. I think those songs really make sense with this record as opposed to maybe, we've kind of talked about, 'Everybody wants studio recordings of these songs.' They don't really make sense on the new record because they felt like they're part of this tour and part of this record. They really came out amazing. The energy on both tracks are very cool. They were recorded after the fact. They're just not leftovers from the original sessions, which I think makes them a little more unique."Keifer also talked about whether he has plans to go into the studio to record an all-new solo album. He said: "Yes, absolutely. We want to do a follow-up record to 'The Way Life Goes', a proper studio record. I've been writing along the way as we've been touring. This has kind of been a work in progress. As the title says, 'It's the way life goes.' We've had some curveballs along the way with the release of this record. I don't think people know about this record getting removed for a couple of years, but a lot of fans know that. When we got it back, we felt we should do this expanded version we were talking about. All the while we've been out touring and building this new band out there and the tour trail, there's been song ideas and seeds of ideas for songs that have been building up and piling up and that's usually how it starts for me. I think that's what any great record is made from, is great songs that are inspired by real things. We've been out touring, playing music, meeting people, living life and gathering seeds for new songs. That's how it's always worked for me going back to the CINDERELLA days. There's a lot of stuff starting to build up that when we are finished touring for the deluxe edition, we're going to start really finishing up those songs and writing them and getting into the studio, we're hoping by the end of next year and that will be with the touring band we're going to take into the studio. Because that went really well on the bonus tracks; that's the first time we all recorded together because the original release was recorded over a number of years here in Nashville with session players. When the touring band started playing live, there was such a great chemistry with us right off the bat. Going in and recording these bonus tracks, it translated into the studio very well. It doesn't work that way. It was nice that happened. It's really solidified as a band now, both live and in the studio. We'll be making that new record with this band, who are just amazing. That is in the works already in terms of the song ideas starting to pile up. That's the first step.""The Way Life Goes - Deluxe Edition" will be made available on October 20 via Cleopatra Records.Keifer was released from hospital on Sunday — one day after he was forced to cancel a Pennsylvania concert because he was taken ill with heat exhaustion and severe dehydration. The CINDERELLA frontman's publicist later said that he "was transported to a local hospital where he underwent tests and was kept overnight." He plans to return to his performance schedule later in the week.Interview (audio):
Essential Modern Progressive Rock Albums: Images and Words Behind Prog's Most Celebrated Albums 1990-2016 Available For Pre-order Now
Earlier this summer, a new book dedicated to the resurgence of one of music's most enduring and underrated genres was announced from The Prog Report. Essential Modern Progressive Rock Albums: Images and Words Behind Prog's Most Celebrated Albums 1990-2016, authored by Prog Report editor Roie Avin, is the first book to shine a light exclusively on the important albums of the modern progressive rock era. This new book showcases more than 50 albums from the last quarter century of prog, with each chapter dedicated to one album.
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce the next release on the label. This band rocks hard!
This album is so ass-kickingly intense, so brain numbingly supersonic, that we dare only put 9 tracks on the disc! To add a 10th song would clearly risk the listeners head exploding.
Please welcome American no-nonsense hard rockers MADMAN’S LULLABY for their new album Sins Of Greed, which will be released just in time for the silly season, November 24.
Madman’s Lullaby have been rocking us since 2007 and their 4th album is the one that sees them deliver everything you’ve loved about them in the past, with an even more high energy sonic hard rocking attack.