German rock / metal icons Scorpions are set to release their brand-new single "Peacemaker" today, November 4, to whet their fans' appetite for their upcoming album Rock Believer, scheduled to be released on February 25, 2022 — an amuse-guile of the rock music variety straight from the metal quintet's brand-hot kitchen.
Mind you, "Peacemaker" has turned into much more than simply a lead single. It's a showcase number that has Scorpions celebrate their legendary tried and tested DNA in a fresh, tough sonic guise, a musical foretaste of their new album that promises to forge an arc between yesterday and tomorrow.
Listen to "Peacemaker" here.
Does a band whose musical career will span 50 years from the release of their first phenomenal album success Lonesome Crow to the arrival of Rock Believer in February 2022 still have the bite, the toughness, and the brute force that it takes to create and record one or two dozen brand new tracks? Aren't their 18 studio albums to date, their platinum and double-platinum awards, garnered around the globe, enough for these relentless musicians? Is there still enough gas in the tank to keep going? One of their songs provides the answer to these questions: "Let's play it louder play it hard / Laid back and a little dark / Give me a dirty riff my friend / There's gotta be more gas in the tank."
And indeed, "Peacemaker" sounds like it's been freshly reimported from the heyday of a legendary hard rock band. "The first thing that came to my mind," remembers Scorpions singer Klaus Meine, who wrote the lyrics to the song (music courtesy of Rudolf Schenker and Pawel Maciwoda) and produced the band with the support of Hans-Martin Buff, "was the hook line. 'Peacemaker, peacemaker / Bury the undertaker.' I was just playing around with those words. At a time when so many people have died and are still dying of COVID, from devastating wars and other senseless crimes, it makes you feel that the undertaker must be working overtime. In a peaceful world after the pandemic, it will be time for the peacemaker to rule... that's an image that really appeals to me," says Meine.
Scorpions are one of the world's most important rock bands of recent decades, having sold more than 120 million records to date, played over 5,000 concerts, and created a timeless classic in their legendary single "Wind of Change," which dominated the international charts and still is the best-selling single worldwide by a German artist. Countless awards, a star on the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame, and more, hits such as "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and "Still Loving You," among others, followed. Their success to date impressively underlines the influence that the Scorpions continue to have on the rock music scene. Their latest album Rock Believer will be out on Universal's Spinefarm label in the U.S.
Rock Believer, the credo of their new album, will also be the moniker of their upcoming tour. In March and April 2022, the band is set to perform at the Planet Hollywood Resorts & Casino in Las Vegas as part of its residency, followed by a European tour scheduled to kick off with a number of shows in Germany in June 2022 — with more concerts on a global level in the pipeline.
Pennsylvania hard rock / metal powerhouse The Letter Black has released “Born for This,” the hard-hitting second single from their highly anticipated self-titled album – and heaviest release to date - due out August 6 on Rockfest Records.
The dynamic new single addresses the pressures of life, the feeling of no escape, then reaching the ultimate revelation to ignore doubt and negativity and follow your calling. “Born for This” features a guest performance by Thousand Foot Krutch vocalist Trevor McNevan, marking the first time firecracker frontwoman Sarah Anthony has shared vocals with a guest.
“‘Born for This’ is a song about standing up for what you believe in, in the face of adversity,” Anthony says. “It’s about taking a stand, drawing that line in the sand and boldly saying ‘this is me, this is what I believe, this is who I am, and nothing and no one will shake me.’ I’m especially excited about this specific release because it’s the first time in TLB history that we’re featuring a duet with a guest vocalist- and a powerful one at that!”
“Born for This” is available at https://lnk.to/TLBbornforthis.
The Letter Black formed in 2006 in Uniontown, PA, and burst onto the hard rock landscape with their Tooth & Nail debut Hanging On By a Thread in 2010. The quartet landed at #8 on the iTunes Rock chart that same day. As their career developed, The Letter Black continued building on this energy, and released their second lbum Rebuild in 2013. After parting ways with Tooth & Nail in 2016, The Letter Black found themselves in the driver’s seat for their third album, 2017’s Pain, which was funded by a highly successful $25,000 Kickstarter campaign. In spring of 2020, the band began working their fourth studio album and soon signed with Rockfest Records. The first single from The Letter Black, “Rise,” was released in February.
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Croatian rock / metal combo Rapid Strike are happy to release the ballad "Losing You", 3rd single taken from the band's self-titled album "Rapid Strike".
About the ballad:
"'Losing You' is a rock ballad, and we are more than happy to share our softer side with you. This is a song about love gone bad, but not bad enough to turn into hate."
"Losing You" is available on all digital stores HERE
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Initially formed in 2010, Croatian rock / metal band Rapid Strike has since achieved recognition from fans around the globe with their distinct and recognizable sound that bridges the gap between Metal and Rock. After their successful debut album, international tours and fierce festival appearances, their brand new, self-titled album is finally here. Lead guitarist and primary songwriter Hrvoje Madiraca has crafted an album full of mean riffs, crazy solos, catchy melodies, meaningful lyrics and strong, yet beautiful vocals provided by English vocalist Bexie James, their latest addition to the line-up. A band with a truly international character now, Rapid Strike aims to reach out and touch the sky.
Norwegian Black & Roll veterans Vreid have announced their participation in the "Songs That Changed the World" project by the Nobel Peace Center and Inferno Metal Festival. The band will be commissioned to interpret and cover a song about freedom of expression. The song is yet to be determined. Vreid will perform this special song and their own material during a show at the Nobel Peace Center on April 7, 2020.
Founder and bass player Hváll comments:
"In Vreid we have always been up for new challenges. It was therefore with huge excitement we took on this task when Inferno Metal Festival and Nobel Peace Center challenged us to do our interpretation of a song that changed the world. Freedom of speech has been relevant since the very beginning of rock, and is just as relevant and important today. A lot has changed since rock 'n' roll was new and rebellious in the 60s, but still today the freedom of speech are controversial and debated, so maybe the world has been at a stand still over the last 60 years. We are thankful for the engagement. Vreid looks forward to dig deep into the rock history of many fantastic songs, and will be ready to perform our song at the Nobel Peace Center in April."
More information on the Nobel Peace Center can be found HERE. Inferno Metal Festival will take place on April 9 - 12, in Oslo, Norway. Find more information on the festival HERE.
English Hard Rock / Heavy Metal crew Collateral have released a music video for their new single “Mr. Big Shot” from their forthcoming debut full-length album, which will be available on February 21, 2020 via Roulette Media Records / Cargo Records UK.
The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/O67NZRS0zck
The exciting and flamboyant rock and roll band are comprised of Angelo Tristan (lead vocals, guitar), Todd Winger (guitar), Jack Bentley-Smith (bass) and Ben Atkinson (drums).
Collateral have been busy in the studio since after the release of the ‘4 Shots!’ EP, Collateral worked relentlessly to keep the momentum going. They won a Camden Rocks Festival competition out of 20,000 bands to play the main stage at the Electric Ballroom on June 1, 2019. A few months later, they won a competition between 40 bands at the Ramblin’ Man Rumble to play the Rising Stage at the Ramblin’ Man Fair festival 2019. The band drew the biggest crowd when they played the Rising Stage at Ramblin’ Man.
One of their most exciting achievements for Collateral in 2019, was when they won a competition out of 200,000 entrants to support Jon Bon Jovi on his Runaway to Paradise Mediterranean Cruise departing Barcelona to Majorca on August 26th.
Now, Collateral’s hotly tipped debut album is likely to propel them next level. A lot of people don’t know what to expect from the new album, as the band have been tight-lipped about the new songs. Collateral have created a state-of-the-art rock album that will enable fans to feel the blood, sweat and glory that went into the recording of every song.
Front man Angelo Tristan comments:-
“We wanted to stay away from the normal rules that apply to what you can and cannot put on an album. The album contains all of our inspirations, and nothing’s has been diluted. I’m very influenced by country music which is evident in the song “About This Boy”. Jack is heavily influenced by 80’s rock on tracks like “Mr Big Shot” and “Promiseland”.
One of the more Southern style tracks on the album is “Merry-Go-Round.” It’s a reflection of Todd’s inspiration from bands that include Black Stone Cherry and Cadillac Three. Our drummer, Ben, comes from a far heavier metal background which really gives the songs their powerful edge.
The album is comprised of nine songs – all killer and no filler. The recording of this album was an amazing experience from the get-go. To finally see this record come to life was remarkable. I hope the fans will share the same excitement we had when we made the album. Buckle up. We’re in for one helluva ride!”
Joining the ranks at Sliptrick Records this week are Russian Instrumental Folk Metal / Progressive Hard Rock trio Helena Aleksandre’s (we prefer Avant-Garde Folk Metal).
The group is led by Helena who was born in Kostroma, Russia. She started playing guitar at 15 and took the next 5 years learning to understand her music and discover the talent to create music in her own style. Helena is joined by vocalist Vera Moore who also writes the text for the songs and Stasy Short who plays classical guitar and is also fond of playing bass guitar and synthesizer.
Helena Aleksandre’s music combines several styles. There is no framework for the compositions and the music specifically tries to avoid copying anyone. In any song, you may find a lot of non-recurring moments, which makes each song interesting and makes you want to listen to it several times. Influences include Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and Kipelov while the sound has elements of folk, metal and progressive hard rock.
The all female line-up was created a year ago in 2018 with the band accumulated tracks ready for their debut album due to be released worldwide via Sliptrick Records.
Helena Aleksandre’s are:
Helena Aleksandre – Composer/Lyrics/Guitarist
Vera Moore – Vocals/Lyrics
Stasy Short – Guitarist
Band links: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | On Sliptrick
In 2018, Mudd Flux stirred the souls of Mid-America with their debut EP release, MDFX, featuring four tracks including the singles All I Am (Am I) and Beyond Our Horizon. Each track is encompassed by the thunderous, articulate roar of the instruments opening an atmospheric space for soaring, heart-stopping vocals. Written and produced by the group itself, the EP personifies their experiences and talent as a whole, as well as defining an unprecedented tone to forge ahead of the mainstream.
Extensive touring during the “Accelerate From High” tour, introduced the group to multiple cities, diverse audiences and annual festivals. Many of the performances positioned Mudd Flux in support of national acts such as Davey Suicide, Crazytown, Locust Grove, Sons Of Texas and Aranda. By mid-year, their festival performances included Rocklahoma, Twister Fest, Rock the River, Put Up or Shut Up Metal Fest II, SuSpence Fest and the Midwest Legacy Rally.
Moving into 2019, Mudd Flux are just as relentless with their commitment to releasing their first full album via Sliptrick Records, accompanied by continuous touring and festival performances at SXSW and Rocklahoma. The group also have performances as support for the likes of Eve to Adam, UADA and Saxon.
Mudd Flux are:
Becky Scheufler – Vocals
Jason Gautney – Guitar
Richard Young – Bass
Zachary Kuder – Drums
Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Twitter | On Sliptrick
Influenced by legends like Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth and King Diamond, Australia's Greystone Canyon unleashed their Wild West inspired debut album "While The Wheels Still Turn" this past March via Rockshots Records (EU/NA) and Hellfire Records (AU). The album is devoted to the love for old western cowboy films and the images these films conjure, the vast plains, endless horizons and the freedom of the Wild West. Tracked at Goatsound Studios in Melbourne, Australia, and then mixed in Canada, this album is a real rock n’ roll frequent flyer. Mixing duties were undertaken by none other than Grammy nominated producer and legend Glen Robinson, who has engineered, mixed and produced equally legendary acts like Annihilator, Queensryche and Voivod.
Teaming up with Metal-Rules.com, Greystone Canyon is sharing with fans the premiere of their new video "In These Shoes".
The band comments:
"This song is about walking the hard road and never giving up on what you want... no matter the cost... Succeed or die trying. It's a tribute to the human spirit that is within all of us. There's also a little "tip of the hat" to Zeppelin in the lyrics."
Watch "In These Shoes" - http://www.metal-rules.com/2018/06/15/australias-greystone-canyon-premiere-new-video-in-these-shoes/
"While The Wheels Still Turn" is available on www.Rockshots.eu, iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.
Crossbones, the metal squad from Tirana, Albania, has been nominated in the "Breakthrough European Band" category at the GMA Awards 2017.
Voting is open until December 28, 2017. You can vote here: http://globalmetalapocalypse.weebly.com/gma-awards.html
Winners are announced on December 29, 2017
This is the first time ever that Albania is represented in the international rock / metal scene music awards.
Imminence Records' Australian gothic/industrial hard rock outfit The Creptter Children has released their first music since "Watching You" on Halloween 2016. The band has just premiered the title track from their forthcoming Asleep With Your Devil EP that will be released January 12th on Imminence Records. The forthcoming five track EP will also feature a new version of "Watching You."
"Asleep With Your Devil to me is just the beginning of oeuvre and artistic expression that will follow. This new EP offers fans a tantalising sample of the direction The Creptter Children’s musical journey will take them too in the future. After spending many long nights working very hard in the studio on this EP, I was quite pleased to hear the end result. As an artist I can be my own worse critic and will always pick out my flaws. However, I can say I was rather content with the final product and look forward to the next endeavour. My mind never sleeps and I ‘am putting together new song ideas as we speak.” - Iballa Chantelle (Vocalist)
Check it here:- www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l62_1BEP8s&feature=youtu.be
The Creptter Children are a gothic/industrial hard rock band currently based in Melbourne, Australia. They originated from Perth in 2006 by founding members Iballa Chantelle (vocals/guitars) and N8oR (guitars/synth). They released their debut album, entitled Possessed, back in 2010 before touring in the US during 2011. Shortly thereafter they took a hiatus before reappearing in 2016 and quickly catching the attention of American label Imminence Records. They announced their signing with the release of their “Watching You” music video on Halloween of that year.
Renowned for their catchy hooks and dark fashion sense, which stem from the dark and twisted mind of Iballa Chantelle, the band brings to their fans (also known as “Freaks”) her message of creativity, open mindedness, and positive reflection towards spirituality and the supernatural. With influences from Behemoth, Marilyn Manson, and Rob Zombie while being endorsed by Ibanez Guitars and Vampress Fashion, The Creptter Children are ready to take 2018 by storm with a new EP and a label backing them.
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