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Two years after the release of their crushing debut album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE on Napalm Records, Wisconsin’s PRODUCT OF HATE are back with the first taste of the next phase! “Rapture” is the first single from the band’s as-yet-untitled sophomore album, for which they once again joined engineer Scott Creekmore (Broken Hope, Repentance) for recording at Mercenary Digital Studios. Chris Collier (PRONG, KXM, Flotsam & Jetsam) of CMC21 Productions is handling the mixing and mastering this time around. “Rapture” is available for streaming and download now on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and all major digital platforms.

The spirit of true American metal is coming to Comic-Con International in San Diego this summer. In collaboration with AXE HEAVEN, makers of cool, miniature replica guitars, War Machine Marketing will bring an officially-licensed limited-edition set of PANTERA guitars to SDCC. Based on the titles of PANTERA albums and inspired by Dimebag Darrell's iconic "Dean from Hell," these will be extremely limited with just 30 sets of all 5 guitars available and 36 each of the 3 main guitars available each day.  Due to the extremely limited nature of these guitars, a raffle will be held each day to determine the order of who can purchase them.

Craft Recordings proudly announces the 50th anniversary of Creedence Clearwater Revival. It was in the summertime half a century ago that CCR, a group that would reach sky-high success while retaining a resolutely rootsy, earthbound sound, released their debut album. This marked the beginning of an incredible legacy that was formed over just four years of unbridled creative output (1968-1972).

As announced back in April, 311 and The Offspring are hitting the road for the Never-Ending Summer Tour with Gym Class Heroes. Well, it looks like the tour hit a bit of a glitch. While 311's Nick Hexum and The Offspring's Dexter Holland were hanging with Adam Carolla for an interview, 311's P-Nut and The Offspring's Noodles got pulled over by none other than the Super Troopers. Check out the video evidence below!

Cool Kickstarter Features are promoted/sponsored looks at crowdfunding campaigns of note...

The 90s were a strange and wonderful time, and for me, the highlight of my personal music growth. While I've always considered myself to be "musically schizophrenic," the 90s are largely to blame - an era when grunge, industrial, the big band revival, nu metal and "third wave" ska came into play. The latter is being explored in a new documentary, Pick It Up! - Ska in the '90's, and film that's already building excitement by becoming fully-funded on Kickstarter in just 7 days (121% funded with 27 days to go, as of this writing). Check out the trailer and details below, and if you dig it - you can still get involved. They've opened up new perks and goals that will help the filmmakers craft the best film possible.

As prophesied last July, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have come together in Singapore for a historic meeting - the first between a North Korean Dictator Leader and a sitting U.S. dictator-wannabe President. The Trump-Kim Summit took place earlier today, and in a shocking twist, the duo recruited Dennis Rodman Mike Tyson to become the NUCLEAR POWER TRIO. Believe me, even though the band says "It's a song to promote world peace!" it is not the weirdest thing you'll see today, but I have that too.

The Gods must be crazy... I was browsing Spotify out on my deck this past Friday afternoon, taking a scroll through all the new releases when I stopped on Weezer - "Rosanna." My friend Shaun turned to me and asked, "Weezer covered Toto?" Within a few seconds, our kids' playdate was soundtracked by the smooth sounds of Rivers Cuomo and the crew covering the lead single from Toto's 1982 album, Toto IV. Entertaining, yes - but not exactly the Toto cover that Weezer fans had been asking for. Well, all was made right this morning with the release of "Africa." Listen to both below...

Houston-raised, LA-based rock/rapper HYRO THE HERO first hit my radar nearly a decade ago. I distinctly recall covering his 2011 debut album "Birth, School, Work, Death" for another site (shuttered around the same time), but seven years later Hyro is back! Set for release on June 29, 2018 via RED Music / SONY, Flagged Channel puts HYRO THE HERO back in the spotlight with his crushing blend of hip-hop and rock. Check out the new music video for the lead single, "Bullet" and crank it up!

On June 10, REELZ Channel will drop the curtain on their new original docu-series, Breaking the Band. Season one will take a look at the battling egos, power struggles and inter-band rivalries that split up The Beatles, The Supremes, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, The Beach Boys, N.W.A, Van Halen and Sonny and Cher. From crippling drug addictions to scandalous affairs Breaking the Band uncovers the incredible true stories by recreating the key moments the cameras missed in addition to using rare band interviews and off-stage footage to piece together each dramatic tale. The folks at REELZ sent over a short clip, which I debuted on Twitter this morning. Check it out below...

It doesn't happen very often these days - that moment where you hear a song from a new band and immediately have to hear more... only to find disappointment that there isn't more, yet. In fact, I think the last time that situation really hit me hard is when I first heard Product of Hate back in 2009, but now it's happened again. "Walk Run Crawl" is the debut single from Ultraphonix, a new band featuring Living Colour frontman Corey Glover alongside Dokken/Lynch Mob guitarist George Lynch with drummer Chris Moore and bassist Pancho Tomaselli. The track comes from the band's debut album, Original Human Music, which hits stores on August 3 via earMUSIC. I've been digging this one for days and I think you will, too. Check out the video below and crank it up!

Following the release of their debut single, “Collide,” earlier this month, Chicago's REPENTANCE is back to deliver another crushing slab of metal with “Born to Choose.” Stream the new track below...

When I was in L.A. for the World Premiere of Avengers: Infinity War last month, I happened to pass by AJ McLean on the purple carpet as we both browsed the Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years display. We didn't speak, but there was a small flashback to when the Backstreet Boys were superheroes themselves for a short period of time - turned into toys for Burger King alongside a comic that they collaborated on with Stan Lee. Feeling old, that was nearly 20 years ago, and today comes news that the Backstreet Boys have signed to RCA Records on the heels of their 25th anniversary. Doing up the signing announcement right, the news comes alongside a new single - “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” today May 17th, along with its official music video directed by long time BSB collaborators Rich + Tone. Check it out below...

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