MOTÖRHEAD To Release ‘Under Cöver’ In September

One thing Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee liked to do throughout their years together in MOTÖRHEAD was grab a favorite song by another artist and give it a good old fashioned “Motörheading.” To run them through the Motörizer, if you will. To rock them, roll them and even give them an extra twist and edge.

In celebration of some of those finest moments, the band will release “Under Cöver”, a collection of some of their best covers, and a collection which will include the previously unreleased version of David Bowie‘s timeless classic “Heroes”. Recorded during the “Bad Magic” sessions in 2015 by Cameron Webb, it was one of the last songs the band recorded together.

“It’s such a great Bowie song, one of his best, and I could only see great things coming out of it from us, and so it proved to be,” says Phil Campbell, “and Lemmy ended up loving our version.”

“He was very, very proud of it,” says Mikkey Dee, “not only because it turned out so well but because it was fun! Which is what projects like this should be — fun!”

“Under Cöver” will be available on September 1 in 1CD (digipak), 1x 180-gram black vinyl in gatefold, super deluxe boxset (1CD digipak, 1x 180-gram black vinyl and VIP guest pass), digital audio and MFiT Audio.

To that ethic, the rest of the album contains loud and proud, raucous and raging rock ‘n’ roll takes on the likes of “God Save The Queen” (SEX PISTOLS), “Cat Scratch Fever” (TED NUGENT), “Rockaway Beach” (THE RAMONES), “Breaking The Law” (JUDAS PRIEST) and “Whiplash” (METALLICA) which earned the band a Grammy in 2005 for “Best Metal Performance.”

“We were happy with them at the time and we’re happy with them now!” affirms Campbell, while Dee says, “We should remember that it’s about having some fun with songs that we all loved.”

“Under Cöver” track listing

01. Breaking The Law (produced by Cameron Webb) 2008
02. God Save The Queen (produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2000
03. Heroes (produced by Cameron Webb) 2015
04. Starstruck (produced by Cameron Webb) 2014
05. Cat Scratch Fever (produced by Peter Solley) 1992
06. Jumpin’ Jack Flash (produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2001
07. Sympathy For The Devil (produced by Cameron Webb) 2015
08. Hellraiser (produced by Billy Sherwood) 1992
09. Rockaway Beach (mixed by Cameron Webb) 2002
10. Shoot ‘Em Down (produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2001
11. Whiplash (produced by Bruce Bouillet and Bob Kulick) 2005

VINNIE MOORE & GUS G. Join Forces For ‘Gunslingers’ Tour

Guitar wizards Vinnie Moore (UFO) and Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE) will hit the road for some shows together in November and December. This is Moore‘s first solo tour since 2015, and will mark the first time these two powerhouse players have toured together. The show will feature music from both guitarists’ impressive catalogs.

Says Vinnie: “Gus and I met years back in Greece. I brought him up onstage to jam a couple tunes with me and we had a great energy together and had a blast. I knew that night that I would like to do some shows with him at some point. He’s a very talented guitarist. Am really looking forward to some Gunslingin’ with Gus.”

From his first release, “Mind’s Eye”, in 1987 through 2015’s “Aerial Visions”, Vinnie Moore has set the standard for instrumental guitar albums by delivering soulful songs that feature his signature crackling guitar solos along with memorable melodic lines.

Gus comments: “Touring with Vinnie Moore is yet another dream come true for me. His album ‘Mind’s Eye’ has had a huge impact on me as I consider it somewhat as a shred guitar ‘bible.’ I spent countless hours learning his licks as a teenager. We met and got to jam few years ago and have become good buddies since. I’m looking forward to returning to the U.S. and playing guitar for you and sharing the stage with Vinnie! See you soon!”

Gus‘s latest solo album, “Brand New Revolution”, was recorded with Jay Ruston (STONE SOUR, ANTHRAX, STEEL PANTHER) and mixed by Mike Fraser (METALLICA, AC/DC, VAN HALEN, AEROSMITH) and featured various vocalists, including Mats Levén (CANDLEMASS), Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE), and Jacob Bunton (ADLER, LYNAM).

Tour dates are as follows:

Nov. 28 – Derry, NH @ Tupelo Music Hall
Nov. 30 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
Dec. 01 – Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
Dec. 02 – Joliet. IL @ The Forge
Dec. 03 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
Dec. 06 – Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater
Dec. 07 – Brooklyn, NY @ St Vitus
Dec. 08 – Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House
Dec. 09 – Somerville, MA @ Once Ballroom

JUDAS PRIEST’s New Mobile Game ‘Road To Valhalla’ Available

Sony Music Entertainment and legendary heavy metal band JUDAS PRIEST have announced that “Judas Priest: Road To Valhalla”, a new mobile game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is now available in the App Store.

The app features stunning new visuals and gameplay set to the iconic songs “Halls Of Valhalla”, “Breaking The Law”, “Turbo Lover”, “Electric Eye”, “Painkiller” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”.

“Judas Priest: Road To Valhalla” innovates by making isolated song stems (drums, vocals, guitar) from the 2016 “Battle Cry” album available to players exclusively within the game.

Using an innovative visual mechanic, players must fill “stem meters” to construct the full song and progress through each level of the game.

“When we set out to make this game, we wanted to give fans a new kind of visual listening experience,” said JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford, who also appears in a series of exclusive video clips throughout the game.

“For the first time, we are making individual stems of our songs available to fans to give them a new and interactive way to engage with some of the best songs from our catalog.”

“Judas Priest: Road To Valhalla” is a joint collaboration between Judas Priest, Sony Music Entertainment, Trinifold Management LLC UK and Babaroga, a leading mobile game studio.

Says JUDAS PRIEST: “Metal maniacs, are you ready to join JUDAS PRIEST on the Road To Valhalla? We are excited to have you take charge and lead the way on the bike and the tour bus! Let the molten metal mayhem begin with the thrill of the ride! Can you claim victory on this perilous journey that leads you into Valhalla?”

As previously reported, JUDAS PRIEST is putting the finishing touches on its long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s “Redeemer Of Souls” album. Helming the sessions for the new disc are the band’s longtime producer Tom Allom, acclaimed British knob-twiddler Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ACCEPT) and engineer Mike Exeter (BLACK SABBATH).

VENOM To Release New EP This Year/Full-Length Album In 2018

VENOM To Release New EP This Year; Full-Length Album To Follow In 2018

VENOM mainman Conrad “Cronos” Lant has confirmed the band’s plans to release the follow-up to 2015’s “From The Very Depths” album next year. “We’ve already put three songs together for the EP, which was only delayed because there is a backload of vinyl now,” he told Metal Rules in a new interview. “Everybody is buying fucking vinyl, and it’s really hard to get the pressings. The label was doing one, but we couldn’t get in. So, we kind of just put it back a bit. But the EP will get released this year, and then the album gets released in 2018. So, you’ll hear from the EP the direction, about is pretty much where we are now.”

Cronos also talked about the evolution of VENOM‘s songwriting, explaining: “The thing is we, as a band, we are evolving the black metal thing. Because, for me, it has to be exciting, it has to be new, it has to be dangerous. It has to stay in motion. It has to make me excited to do it. I couldn’t just do the ‘Welcome To Hell’ night after night; it would be too boring. So, they know I like to be challenged. I need to create new shit, and I like to twist VENOM a lot and cut and pull it. I like to create an album that people kind of go, ‘That wasn’t expected.’

“For a band that’s been going this long, if we’re not going to continue to evolve, I think we’re dead. But you don’t want to forget where you came from. [You want] to be able to play songs from back in the day, so that the people in the audience can hear them and hear the song that they love — played the way that it was played. I think it is special.

“These guys [guitarist Rage, a.k.a. Stuart Dixon, and drummer Danté, a.k.a. Danny Needham] have got two [VENOM] albums under the belt now, that they can call their own. So, when they play their songs up on that stage, they can push and pull the bits they want, and they can play them in their style. But when we play the old songs, we kind of try to play them as near to the original we possibly can so, that the people in the audience hear a great version of the song rather than a changed version of the song. Because why change a great song?”

VENOM is not to be confused with VENOM INC., the band featuring original VENOM members Jeff “Mantas” Dunn (guitar) and Anthony “Abaddon” Bray (drums) alongside ex-VENOM bassist/vocalist Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan.

“From The Very Depths” was released in January 2015 via Spinefarm.

MINISTRY Announces U.S. Tour

American industrial metal juggernaut MINISTRY, led by Al Jourgensen, has announced a co-headlining U.S. tour with experimental rap trio DEATH GRIPS. The trek kicks off at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts on October 13 and will hit Pittsburgh, Seattle, and San Francisco before concluding on November 11 at Gas Monkey Live in Dallas, Texas.

A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Wednesday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time and end on Thursday, July 20 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code “PIT” to access tickets before the general public.

The general on-sale is Friday, July 21 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

MINISTRY and DEATH GRIPS tour dates:

Oct. 13 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA (buy tickets)
Oct. 14 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA (buy tickets)
Oct. 16 – Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY (buy tickets)
Oct. 17 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY (buy tickets)
Oct. 19 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD (buy tickets)
Oct. 20 – The Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH (buy tickets)
Oct. 21 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA (buy tickets)
Oct. 23 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI (buy tickets)
Oct. 24 – Express Live – Columbus, OH (buy tickets)
Oct. 26 – Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN (buy tickets)
Oct. 27 – Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO (buy tickets)
Oct. 29 – The Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO (buy tickets)
Oct. 30 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT (buy tickets)
Nov. 01 – Showbox Sodo – Seattle, WA (buy tickets)
Nov. 02 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR (buy tickets)
Nov. 04 – Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA (buy tickets)
Nov. 05 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA (buy tickets)
Nov. 07 – The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ (buy tickets)
Nov. 08 – The Historic El Rey Theater – Albuquerque, NM (buy tickets)
Nov. 10 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX (buy tickets)
Nov. 11 – Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX (buy tickets)

MINISTRY 2017 is:

Al Jourgensen – Vocals
John Bechtel – Keyboards
Sin Quirin – Guitar
Cesar Soto – Guitar
Jason Christopher – Bass
Thomas Holtgreve – Drums

MINISTRY debuted a new song called “Antifa” during its May 27 appearance at this year’s edition of the “Blackest Of The Black” festival, which took place at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, California.

“Antifa” is expected to be included on MINISTRY‘s next studio album, “AmeriKKKant”, which will tentatively arrive this fall. The disc will feature guest appearances by DJ Swamp (Beck), Burton C. Bell (FEAR FACTORY), Arabian Prince (N.W.A.) and Lord Of The Cello.

Fans can pre-order the album now from PledgeMusic, where they can find a number of different pledge options, including opportunities to have their name listed among the album credits, get a copy of a signed lyric sheet, a personalized signed signature Al Jourgensen guitar, a vinyl test pressing, a happy birthday message delivered as an MP3 file, various merch options and more, all at staggered pricing.

In 2016, Jourgensen announced plans to record a new MINISTRY studio album to follow 2013’s “From Beer To Eternity”, despite previously saying there would be no further MINISTRY records after the death of longtime guitarist Mike Scaccia in 2012.

Jourgensen‘s side project SURGICAL METH MACHINE released its self-titled debut album in April 2016 via Nuclear Blast. The CD was recorded primarily at Jourgensen‘s home studio in Burbank, California with his longtime engineer Sam D’Ambruoso.

STONE SOUR Announces Fall 2017 U.S. Tour

STONE SOUR has announced details of its highly anticipated fall headline tour which begins September 24 at Omaha, Nebraska’s Sokol Auditorium and then travels through mid-October. Support comes from special guests STEEL PANTHER, BEARTOOTH, MAN WITH A MISSION and CHERRY BOMBS on select dates. The tour will also include stops at a number of upcoming festivals, including Englewood, Colorado’s High Elevation Rock (September 23), Janesville, Wisconsin’s JJO Sonic Boom (September 30), Louisville, Kentucky’s Louder Than Life (October 1), Houston, Texas’s Houston Open Air (October 15), and Sacramento, California’s Aftershock (October 21).

Tour dates:

Sep. 23 – Greenwood Village, CO – High Elevation Rock Festival *
Sep. 24 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium +
Sep. 26 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre +
Sep. 27 – St. Paul, MN – Myth+
Sep. 28 – Fargo, ND – Fargo Civic Auditorium +
Sep. 30 – Janesville, WI – JJO Sonic Boom *
Oct. 01 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life *
Oct. 03 – Bethlehem, PA – Bethlehem Event Center +
Oct. 04 – Niagara Falls, NY – The Rapids Theatre +
Oct. 07 – Sioux Falls, SD – The District ^
Oct. 08 – Wichita, KS – The Cotillion ^
Oct. 10 – Clive, IA – 7 Flags Event Center ++
Oct. 11 – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater ++
Oct. 13 – San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center +
Oct. 14 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Pavilion +
Oct. 15 – Houston, TX – Houston Open Air *
Oct. 18 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues ~~
Oct. 19 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues ~
Oct. 21 – Sacramento, CA – Monster Energy Aftershock *

STONE SOUR‘s new album, “Hydrograd”, rocketed on to the charts, debuting at No. 1 on three Billboard lists: Top Current Albums, Top Rock Albums and Top Hard Rock Albums. “Hydrograd” also debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, marking the band’s fifth consecutive Top 10 debut on that chart. Furthermore, “Hydrograd” debuted at No. 5 in the U.K. (the band’s highest debut ever in that country), No. 2 in Australia (highest debut ever), and was Top 5 in Germany, Japan and Switzerland.

“Hydrograd”‘s lead single, “Song #3”, spent a fourth straight week at No. 1 at Active Rock Radio, marking the Grammy-nominated band’s fourth No. 1 single and eighth Top 5 single at the format. “Song #3”‘s Ryan Valdez-directed video has received over three million views on the band’s official YouTube channel while garnering 4.7 million streams on Spotify, including placement on Rock This and Rock Hard playlists.

STONE SOUR is currently on an epic summer trek alongside fellow Roadrunner recording group KORN. Dubbed “The Serenity Of Summer Tour”, the trek is set to continue through early August.

IN THIS MOMENT Announces Fall 2017 Tour

IN THIS MOMENT will remain incredibly busy upon releasing its new album “Ritual”, on July 21. The band is currently in the middle of a headline tour in support of the album and will stay on the road through the rest of 2017.

IN THIS MOMENT will continue its wildly successfully “Half God, Half Devil” headline tour this fall, which will also see them making appearances at major fall festivals. Joining IN THIS MOMENT on this leg will be OF MICE & MEN, who will serve as direct support. AVATAR will open the shows.

The tour kicks of on September 22 in Salt Lake City and runs through November. Fans can also plan to catch “can’t-miss” sets at festivals: Rock Allegiance (Philadelphia), Louder Than Life (Louisville), Houston Open Air (Houston), and Aftershock (Sacramento).

A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Tuesday, July 18 at 10:00 a.m. local time and end on Thursday, July 20 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code “BBMHALFGODHALFDEVIL” to access tickets before the general public.

The general on-sale is Friday, July 21 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

IN THIS MOMENT fall 2017 tour dates with OF MICE & MEN and AVATAR:

Sep. 22 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT (buy tickets)
Sep. 23 – High Elevation Rock Festival – Greenwood Village, CO @
Sep. 25 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL (buy tickets)
Sep. 26 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL (buy tickets)
Sep. 27 – Wings Stadium – Kalamazoo, MI (buy tickets)
Sep. 29 – Shrine Mosque – Springfield, MO (buy tickets)
Sep. 30 – Tulsa State Fair – Tulsa, OK @
Oct. 01 – Louder Than Life – Louisville, KY @
Oct. 03 – Stanley Theatre – Utica, NY (buy tickets)
Oct. 04 – PlayStation Theater – New York, NY (buy tickets)
Oct. 06 – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel – Providence, RI (buy tickets)
Oct. 07 – Rock Allegiance – Camden, NJ @
Oct. 08 – The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, MD (buy tickets)
Oct. 10 – The National – Richmond, VA (buy tickets)
Oct. 12 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA (buy tickets)
Oct. 13 – The Orpheum Theater – New Orleans, LA (buy tickets)
Oct. 14 – Houston Open Air – The Woodlands, TX @
Oct. 18 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA (buy tickets)
Oct. 21 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV (buy tickets)
Oct. 22 – Aftershock – Sacramento, CA @
Oct. 25 – Riverside Municipal Auditorium – Riverside, CA (buy tickets)
Oct. 27 – Revolution Center – Garden City, ID (buy tickets)
Oct. 28 – Knitting Factory – Spokane – Spokane, WA (buy tickets)
Oct. 29 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR (buy tickets)
Oct. 31 – The Moore – Seattle, WA (buy tickets)
Nov. 01 – The Toyota Ice Arena – Kennewick, WA (buy tickets)
Nov. 08 – The District – Sioux Falls, SD (buy tickets)
Nov. 10 – Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI (buy tickets)

@ Festival Date

The anticipation for “Ritual” continues to burn at a fevered pitch, with fans packing each show on the current tour. First single “Oh Lord” has been met with praise. It steadily climbed the radio charts and has just cracked the Top 10. The band also shared the new track “Roots” leading into release.

IN THIS MOMENT also dropped their sonically arresting and dramatic reimagining of Phil Collins‘s beloved ’80s classic “In the Air Tonight”, which appears on “Ritual” and has been incorporated into the band’s live set. IN THIS MOMENT have truly made the song their own, thanks to a captivating rendition that both preserves and updates all the tension and release of the original.

“Ritual” will be released by Atlantic Records in partnership with Roadrunner Records and is available for pre-order now. Exclusive pre-order bundles, which include custom IN THIS MOMENT-branded rosary beads, are available now at the band’s webstore.

“Ritual” sees IN THIS MOMENT pushing their inimitably dark sound forward with a provocative sense of pervading doom and metallic blues power. Additional highlights include “Black Wedding”, a walk down the aisle of musical madness that sees lead singer Maria Brink sharing the mic with legendary JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford.