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Demon Hunter Premiere New Song ‘Half As Dead’

Demon Hunter have dropped another new song from “Outlive,” which will be released on March 31 via Solid State Records.

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Demon Hunter have dropped another new song from Outlive, which will be released on March 31 via Solid State Records.

Listen to “Half As Dead”:

Demon Hunter will make a rare live performance this summer, appearing at Chicago Open Air, which takes place July 14, 15, and 16 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois and features KISS, Korn, Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Rob Zombie, and more in the lineup. The band is scheduled to perform on Sunday, July 16.

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Brandon Fields Experience Premieres New Song ‘Rescue Me’

Brandon Fields Experience will be releasing their new album ‘Out Of This World’ early next year.

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Brandon Fields Experience – the non-stop rock band made up of frontman Brandon Fields, bassist Dustin Witt and drummer Tyler Thomas – will be releasing their new album Out Of This World early next year.

Rock Confidential is proud to exclusively premiere the lead single from that album, “Rescue Me.”

We caught up with Fields to talk about the new tunes and what the band has in store for 2018.

Thanks for taking time out for this, man. How are things going?

Things are going pretty good right now. The band’s staying really busy. We’ve got a lot of exciting things in store for the new album. The next few months are going to be a lot of fun.

A lot of people have the dream to be a performer or be in a rock band, but never see it realized. What did you do differently to make it happen?

I think the biggest thing is how much effort you’re willing to put in to it. It’s such a self criticizing and second guessing field that you’ve got to remember to keep a solid head on your shoulders. It’s easy to get discouraged when you’re first trying to build a brand for yourself. Things aren’t going to be pretty at first but that’s rock n’ roll, man. I’m a firm believer for every missed opportunity there’s an even better one waiting down the line. You can’t dwell on certain things too much. As long as you’re willing to hammer things home you’re always going to see a positive outcome.

Are you in this for the long haul or are you doing it just for fun?

I am definitely in this for the long haul. I think being successful in life is based more off of being proud of what you do than how much money you’ve got in the bank. When I’m seventy years old I want to look back on my life’s work and be fulfilled and proud of everything I’ve done and I’m doing everything I can to make that a reality.

Tell me all about your new album that’s coming next year.

The album is going to come out March 1, 2018 and is titled Out Of This World. We recorded it up at Sneak Attack Recording Studio in Lexington, KY, with the very talented producer, Jason Groves. We’ve got eight songs we plan on putting on the album. This album was a very different process than my last two studio efforts. The way it had always been before is I would show up to the studio by myself and record all the vocals, guitars, and bass and have everything tracked for my drummer Tyler Thomas to just lay down at the end. We recorded this whole album live. Myself, our other guitarist/live bassist Dustin Witt, and Tyler were all in the same room recording all of our parts at the same time. Dustin and I were playing guitar at the same time with him doing all of the rhythm parts. I went back and laid down all the bass parts after we’d get the guitars and drums tracked. So it was definitely a new process having the whole band involved in the studio.

We’re premiering the new track “Rescue Me.” Tell me about that song and how it fit into the writing progression of the new album.

“Rescue Me” was actually the last song written for the album. I had all the songs done and ready to go into the studio and then one day just started messing around with that main chord and knew I had to get it on the album. It was really the same situation as my single “One In The Same” off of the last album where I had the whole album done and wrote the song in between recording sessions. Being in the studio really gets the creative juices flowing for me.

How long did it take to capture the sound you wanted while in the studio?

It was actually really quick, man. Jason Groves provided us with a great environment where we couldn’t have been more comfortable. The album is about seventy-five percent done right now and we have one session left that should be enough to complete it. The band really pulled it together quick when we showed up to the studio.

What inspired the new tracks on this record?

I do a lot of writing about all the different things I’m currently experiencing in life. However, two songs on the album were actually super old material I wanted to revisit. We actually re-worked my song “Alone” off of my 2015 acoustic EP Tired Of Trying into a full band straight up rock n’ roll tune. It’s crazy how songs you wrote almost five years ago when you go back and listen to can still be applied and relateable to what you’re currently experiencing.

What kind of guitars do you play? Tell me about your live setup.

I think I might have one of the most basic setups out there! I’m not about using a bunch of pedals and manipulating your sound because it takes away from your original tone. I recently switched from Line 6 to Orange Amps and couldn’t have made a wiser decision. I am totally not knocking Line 6, I had used them for the past 10 years, but these Orange Amps are incredible. I have a CR120 model that I use and absolutely love it. The only pedal I use is a Vox Wah. I mainly stick to my 2003 Fender Strat as my go-to guitar that was featured in the “One In the Same” video. It’s ironic because I’ve always been more of a Les Paul kind of guy.

You seem to be playing somewhere all the time. Tell me about your setlist and how it varies from show to show.

We’ve got about 100 different songs that we switch in and out of our setlists. Myself and Dustin actually switch out on guitar and bass regularly at every show to kind of keep the audience’s attention. Anytime you come watch the band play live you’re getting a different setlist every single time. Most of our shows we’re playing for over three hours so we have to keep it interesting.

What’s your immediate goal for the band? What about specific long-term goals?

My immediate goal is to put these final touches on the album and deliver the best product that I can. I’m already very satisfied with what we’ve got done so far and it has definitely been the easiest album I’ve ever recorded thanks to the guys in my band and our producer Jason. As far as long term goals, I just want to keep seeing everything grow. Just looking back over what I’ve accomplished since my first album two years ago, I’ve got some things to be very proud of.

Thanks again, man. What would you like to say to wrap things up?

Support your local bands! Everybody’s favorite band was a local band at some point! Thanks for having me, Jesse!

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Joe Perry Premieres New Song From Upcoming Solo Album

The lead single from his upcoming solo album, ‘Aye, Aye, Aye’ features Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander.

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Joe Perry – legendary guitarist, co-founding member, principal songwriter and co-producer of Aerosmith – has premiered “Aye, Aye, Aye,” the lead single from his forthcoming solo album, Sweetzerland Manifesto due out January 19. The gritty rocker “Aye, Aye, Aye,” which features Robin Zander of Cheap Trick on vocals, can be streamed via Spotify here.

Set for release on his own Roman Records imprint (distributed worldwide by Amped Distribution), Sweetzerland Manifesto – which is available for pre-order starting today via iTunes and Amazon – marks Joe’s sixth solo album and is comprised of 10 new tracks. They were all written or co-written by Joe (many with the album’s guest vocalists), except for a cover of “Eve Of Destruction” with Joe on lead vocals and Johnny Depp on drums. The album features guest appearances from a long list of Joe’s friends, colleagues and rock and roll icons. Highlights include “Aye, Aye, Aye,” which Joe co-wrote with the track’s vocalist Robin Zander, and three collaborations with David Johansen, who sings “I Wanna Roll,” “Haberdasher Blues,” and “I’m Going Crazy,” plus as many co-writes with Terry Reid whose lead vocals light up “I’ll Do Happiness,” (with Zak Starkey on drums), “Sick & Tired” and “Won’t Let Me Go.”

Sweetzerland Manifesto was recorded at Studio 1480 in Los Angeles and produced by Joe Perry and Bruce Witkin, with Johnny Depp serving as executive producer and additional help from associate producer Jack Douglas who co-wrote and co-produced a number of tracks. It was engineered by Witkin and Tony Perry. The album was mixed by Tony Perry with Ari Blitz serving as assistant mix engineer at After Master in Los Angeles. On the album, Joe also teams up with sons Tony and Roman on “Spanish Sushi,” which was produced and arranged by The Perry Boys with Joe on guitars and bass, Roman adding synthesizer programming and Tony handling drum programming.

Sweetzerland Manifesto track listing:

Rumble In The Jungle (instrumental)
I’ll Do Happiness (featuring Terry Reid)
Aye, Aye, Aye (featuring Robin Zander)
I Wanna Roll (featuring David Johansen)
Sick & Tired (featuring Terry Reid)
Haberdasher Blues (featuring David Johansen)
Spanish Sushi (instrumental)
Eve Of Destruction (featuring Joe Perry)
I’m Going Crazy (featuring David Johansen)
Won’t Let Me Go (featuring Terry Reid)

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Preview New Judas Priest Song ‘Firepower’

“Firepower” is the title track of the band’s upcoming album, which will be released in March 2018.

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An audio sample of “Firepower,” the title track of the upcoming album from Judas Priest, is now available. The disc will be released in March 2018.

Firepower, the band’s 18th studio album, was co-produced by longtime collaborator Andy Sneap and Tom Allom. Judas Priest will be touring in support of the album, with the North American leg kicking off on March 13 in Wilkes Barre, PA, and wrapping up on May 1 in San Antonio.

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Black Label Society Teams With Grim Reaper For ‘All That Once Shined’ Video

The lyric video is taken from the band’s ‘Grimmest Hits’ album which will be released January 19, 2018.

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Black Label Society has released a lyric video for the new song “All That Once Shined.” The track is taken from the band’s upcoming tenth full-length album, Grimmest Hits, which will be released January 19, 2018 via Entertainment One (eOne).

Both “All That Once Shined” and “Room Of Nightmares” are available on all digital service providers and streaming services. They are also iTunes instant-gratification tracks, meaning fans who pre order the album on iTunes will receive “All That Once Shined” and “Room Of Nightmares” as an instant download.

Grimmest Hits track listing:

01. Trampled Down Below
02. Seasons Of Falter
03. The Betrayal
04. All That Once Shined
05. The Only Words
06. Room Of Nightmares
07. A Love Unreal
08. Disbelief
09. The Day That Heaven Had Gone Away
10. Illusions Of Peace
11. Bury Your Sorrow
12. Nothing Left To Say

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Listen To New Machine Head Song ‘Beyond The Pale’

Machine Head will release their ninth full-length album, ‘Catharsis,’ on January 26, 2018 via Nuclear Blast.

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Machine Head will release their ninth full-length album, Catharsis, on January 26, 2018 via Nuclear Blast.

“I feel like metal could really infiltrate the mainstream with this album. And it needs to… now more than ever,” said Flynn. “A lot of consideration went into making these songs more identifiable to a wider audience. Simplifying ideas, simplifying hooks, really concentrating on story-telling as opposed to ‘brutal poetry’ or whatever. And while I’d love to say it was all some grand plan, there was no ‘plan.’ You never know where you’re going to end up whenever you start writing a record… you just write… but I tell ya what… we ended up with a landmark here. Whenever you finish an album, you always feel proud, but this time… we’ve got something really special. We can feel it. We know it. ‘Catharsis’ could really elevate our genre.”

Catharsis track listing:

01. Volatile
02. Catharsis
03. Beyond The Pale
04. California Bleeding
05. Triple Beam
06. Kaleidoscope
07. Bastards
08. Hope Begets Hope
09. Screaming At The Sun
10. Behind A Mask
11. Heavy Lies The Crown
12. Psychotic
13. Grind You Down
14. Razorblade Smile
15. Eulogy

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