PRODUCT OF HATE enters a new era with the release of “Euphoria,” the opening track from the band’s forthcoming second album, YOU BROUGHT THIS WAR.
Streaming now via Spotify, YouTube, Pandora, Apple Music, and most digital services, the thunderous new thrasher fades in as it builds to an explosive start which signals a return to action for the band.
“Euphoria” was recorded by Scott Creekmore (Broken Hope, Lionheart) at Mercenary Digital Studios, with mixing and mastering completed by Chris Collier (Korn, Prong, Whitesnake) of CMC21 Productions.
ANTHRAX is closing out the week with the surprise release of the first single and lyric video from their forthcoming new album. "Evil Twin" (available now on Amazon & iTunes) takes on the political and religious extremism of recent years, an old-school throwback that comes off as a thematic companion to songs such as Megadeth's "Holy Wars."
SLAYER. The photo above arrived in my inbox this evening in a message devoid of any text aside from the subject line of "Slayer" and a link to a Facebook post containing the hashtag #SlayerAlbum15. The photo of Kerry King in the studio was taken by Andrew Stuart, confirming that the latest incarnation of the band - Tom Araya vocals/bass, guitarist Kerry King, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt - is working on their first album for Nuclear Blast Records.
The 2014 Rock Father Tour hits the road and takes to the sky again this week, as I head back to the West Coast on another adventure. One of the best parts of my job is a side-gig that I've had with PBS as a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent). Having written about PBS programming for quite awhile before we made any kind of formal connection, it's been a real honor to work the the folks from PBS KIDS over the past two years, helping to spread the word about quality, educational programming. Last year was the first year that I'd been invited to attend the PBS Annual Meeting (then in Miami), and this year I've been invited back, as we "get the band back together" and hit the streets of San Francisco to get the rundown and game plan for the next year of PBS programming and events.
Last Thursday, the day after they performed a surprise set at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, SLAYER released a FREE DOWNLOAD of the first new track that's been recorded with their current lineup - Tom Araya/vocals, bass, Kerry King/guitar, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt - with "Implode" being unleashed upon the masses. The track is still available now at this location.
Hear it streaming below...
With all of the "rock" and "metal" Christmas albums out there, it's always a wonder that more bands don't get in on the action. TWISTED SISTER has done it. There was that "all-star" WE WISH YOU A METAL XMAS & A HEADBANGING NEW YEAR compilation, and this year actor Christopher Lee released his second metal Xmas EP. The latest band is an unlikely one, much like BAD RELIGION's recent offering. Last night, MEGADETH unveiled their commercial for THRASHING THROUGH THE SNOW: A VERY MEGADETH CHRISTMAS. Check it out, along with an appearance from JENNY LEWIS, who duets with Dave Mustaine for "Baby, It's Cold Outside."