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Reunited Original Lineup Of PUYA Is Working On New Music

09 April 2021 - 01:23 PM

The original lineup of Puerto Rico's Latin metal pioneers PUYA has begun tracking some new material. The band has reunited with frontman Sergio Curbelo and has added percussion from Oscar Santiago (ex-ILL NIÑO). The new songs will be engineered by Jarrett Pritchard (1349, GOATWHORE) while Chris "Zeuss" Harris (ROB ZOMBIE, HATEBREED) will mix and master with Miguel "Mick Blazzing" Blasini as executive producer.The video for PUYA's new single, "Potencial", can be seen below.PUYA drummer Eduardo Paniagua states: "We came to Jarrett Pritchard in Orlando to record our new record on two-inch tape and the one and only producer Zeuss will be mixing it. Enjoy this new single that was recorded during the pandemic called 'Potencial' and our new video to support it."PUYA is widely known as the most prominent Latin metal band historically to come out of the Caribbean. For over two decades, they have built a loyal fan base all over the world with their unique blend of metal, which has earned them the respect and admiration from the music industry as well as their faithful followers worldwide.Since the early '90s, PUYA has set itself apart with its unique brand of Latin metal by blending aggressive power riffs with traditional Latin rhythms. The band was founded in 1990 by guitarist Ramon Ortiz and bassist Harold Hopkins. Soon after, drummer Eduardo Paniagua joined the group and singer Sergio Curbelo completed the original lineup two years later.PUYA returned to the stage by headlining festivals in the late 2000s and busting out independent releases such as the "Areyto" EP, the live DVD "Pa Ti En Vivo" and the live album "Vital". In February, 2020 their new single "Viento" was released on all digital platforms.

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ROKY ERICKSON Tribute Album 'May The Circle Remain Unbroken' Due In July

08 April 2021 - 04:31 PM

Celebrated archival label Light In The Attic Records has announced the first-ever posthumous tribute to the psychedelic rock luminary and pioneer Roky Erickson with "May The Circle Remain Unbroken: A Tribute To Roky Erickson".Available July 17 as an exclusive Record Store Day vinyl release, and with the full support of the Roky Erickson estate, this tribute to the late singer was produced by Bill Bentley (executive producer of the 1990 Erickson tribute album "Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye" on Sire Records) with associate producers Matt Sullivan (co-founder/co-owner of Light In The Attic Records) and Wyatt Bentley, with mastering by the Grammy-nominated engineer John Baldwin and design by Darryl Norsen. Pressed at RTI on special RSD color wax (clear with purple hi-melt) and available at participating independent retailers, the release is complemented by a 16-page booklet featuring rare photos, liner notes by Bentley, and a bonus RSD-only flexi disc featuring an unreleased track, titled "Love Hieroglyphics", performed by Erickson circa the early '70s.The starry-eyed pied piper of Austin, Texas's burgeoning '60s rock scene, Erickson was one of the truly mind-blowing pioneers of psychedelic music. First, as an original member of THE 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS (who formed in 1965) and again as a solo artist, Erickson delivered his message through song. Urgently and deeply, as if shot out of a cannon, his music traveled from the heart to the deepest reaches of higher consciousness.With THE 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS, Erickson invented a brand-new style or rock and roll, one that was slightly unhinged while it explored the influence of LSD on music. After three years, the group imploded with mental issues and legal challenges, ending with Erickson being incarcerated for several years in the Hospital For The Criminally Insane in Rusk, Texas. When he was released in the early '70s, the musician continued on his own trail, recording songs that had come to him in his far-flung cerebral wanderings. Erickson, who passed away May 31, 2019, is now celebrated on this 12-track tribute to one of the most original rockers ever.The participants range the whole world of modern music, and each chose one of Erickson's originals to stamp their own imprint on. Artists featured on "May The Circle Remain Unbroken" include: Lucinda Williams, Billy F Gibbons, THE BLACK ANGELS, Margo Price, MOSSHART SEXTON (Alison Mosshart and Charlie Sexton), Neko Case, Mark Lanegan and Lynn Castle, Jeff Tweedy, Gary Clark Jr. and Eve Monsees, Ty Segal, Chelsea Wolfe and Brogan Bentley.The songs range from Erickson's debut iconic original, "You're Gonna Miss Me", recorded when he was a member first in THE SPADES, to some of Erickson's later songs, such as "If You Have Ghosts", which heard him exploring some of the outer limits of the human psyche. Each new recording is a stunning modern take on the sound that Erickson gave the world over a half-century of writing, recording, and touring. No one has ever equaled those explorations.This truly is the music of the spheres, as Erickson once sang about his sound, as seen through the eyes and ears of those who are united in their love and respect for a person who dedicated his life to rock and roll. Erickson, through the trials and tribulations of a man both imbued with greatness and haunted by darkness, never quit in his quest to share with others what he heard and saw. As he sang on THE 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS' last recording, "May the circle remain unbroken."Light In The Attic has previously re-released three albums from Erickson (including "The Evil One", "Don't Slander Me" and "Gremlins Have Pictures") and have additional archival releases and reissues currently in the works. Plus, a CD edition of the tribute album will be available later this year (details to be announced).Track listing:Side One01. BILLY F GIBBONS - (I've Got) Levitation02. MOSSHART SEXTON - Starry Eyes03. JEFF TWEEDY - For You (I'd Do Anything)04. LYNN CASTLE & MARK LANEGAN - Clear Night For Love05. THE BLACK ANGELS - Don't Fall Down06. NEKO CASE - Be And Bring Me HomeSide Two01. MARGO PRICE - Red Temple Prayer (Two-Headed Dog)02. GARY CLARK JR. & EVE MONSEES - Roller Coaster03. TY SEGALL - Night Of The Vampire04. LUCINDA WILLIAMS - You're Gonna Miss Me05. CHELSEA WOLFE - If You Have Ghosts06. BROGAN BENTLEY - May The Circle Remain UnbrokenBonus RSD-only flexi disc:01. ROKY ERICKSON - Love Hieroglyphics

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Photo Book Covering RONNIE JAMES DIO Era Of BLACK SABBATH Coming Soon

08 April 2021 - 10:18 AM

Rufus Publications has announced the publication of "Sabbath: The Dio Years".In 1980 legendary singer Ronnie James Dio joined Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward for a new incarnation of iconic heavy metal band BLACK SABBATH. They produced the groundbreaking, classic album "Heaven And Hell" (recently voted as the most important album of the 1980s by Classic Rock magazine). The band went on to tour extensively before releasing the follow-up studio album "Mob Rules" with new drummer Vinny Appice. The band broke up in 1982 but Dio returned to BLACK SABBATH in 1992 and again in 2006 in the band HEAVEN & HELL with Iommi and Butler.This new, coffee-table book from Rufus Publications creates a unique visual history of the Dio era of BLACK SABBATH with rare and unseen photos from a range of photographers who worked closely with the band. The book has been created with the full co-operation of Wendy Dio and BLACK SABBATH bandmembers. Three different versions will be published, including signed editions.Ronnie passed away of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010 at the age of 67.Dio was renowned throughout the world as one of the greatest and most influential vocalists in heavy metal history. The singer was diagnosed with cancer in late 2009. He underwent chemotherapy and made what is now his final public appearance in April 2010 at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles.Ronnie's long-awaited autobiography, titled "Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography", will be released on July 27 via Permuted Press.

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AC/DC Picture Disc To Be Released As Part Of 'Record Store Day' Drops

07 April 2021 - 08:16 PM

An AC/DC picture disc is among this year's Record Store Day Drops, set for June 12 and July 17 at independent record stores nationwide.Coming on June 12, the limited collector's edition AC/DC 12-inch picture disc includes the songs "Through The Mists Of Time" and "Witch's Spell", from the band's global chart-topping album "Power Up", housed in a PVC jacket with an OBI strip at the top.Things are improving but in this continued unprecedented global situation, where production and shipping is still in a state of struggle, the focus of the RSD Drops is on bringing revenue to the stores — as well as to the artists, labels, distribution and every other business behind-the-scenes making record stores work, in a fiscally and socially responsible way. The spread of titles over two dates in two months allows some flexibility for the struggling vinyl pressing plants and distribution companies as well as provide stores time to prepare budgets and place the orders that safely get music into the hands of customers on a larger-than-normal release day.What can music fans expect this year? There are approximately 450 RSD releases spread over the two months. That's about 50 more than they usually do for Record Store Day itself. There will be a bit more on the June 12 RSD Drop but the July 17 RSD Drop will have some heavy hitters, and a few surprises that haven't yet been announced.For a full list of participating Record Store Day retailers, visit RecordStoreDay.com."Power Up" is a tribute to founding AC/DC rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who died in 2017 from effects of dementia at age 64. Malcolm is credited as a writer on all 12 tracks on "Power Up", along with his brother, AC/DC lead guitarist Angus Young.In a recent interview with STEREOPHONICS' Kelly Jones for Radio X, AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson discussed the track "Through The Mists Of Time", which has been described in one review as "the closest thing we'll get to AC/DC reflecting on the ever-present face of old father time.""The riff for 'Through The Mists Of Time' came out, and Angus wrote the lyrics for that song, and I believe he captured everything — about the early days when the band started, when rock and roll was just carefree, when nobody gave a flying thought about anything except just having a good time and playing," Brian said. "And all this lovely innocence was gone. And I think [the lyrics] encapsulated [the sentiment]. To tell you the truth, every time I hear it, I still get a goosebump, and it's a tribute to Malcolm: 'Through The Mists Of Time'. And it's different. I don't know if it's different from anything we've done before, but it certainly stands apart."

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BLACK VEIL BRIDES Tease 'Fields Of Bone' Music Video

07 April 2021 - 04:34 PM

BLACK VEIL BRIDES have released a teaser for the music video for their new song "Fields Of Bone". The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "The Phantom Tomorrow", which is due later this year via Sumerian Records.The full "Fields Of Bone" clip will make its online debut on Friday, April 9.BLACK VEIL BRIDES frontman Andy Biersack told "Cutter's Rockcast" about the lyrical themes covered on "The Phantom Tomorrow": "It's a concept record. There is a comic book happening as well. I actually just got off the phone this morning with the publishing company for the comic book. We're developing all the artwork and everything for that. The story is essentially the idea… In our society, especially now, we have this love of building up heroes and obsessing over other people who often don't give a shit about you or anybody else, and we kind of have these false idols and heroes. And so the story is kind of about taking this mythological character and the people putting all of this power on to them, and then ultimately turning their back on the character because nobody can fulfill the dreams and ideas that you put on somebody else. So it's an alternate version of our own timeline where our obsession with heroes and the iconography of somebody that's aspirational kind of gets out of control and becomes our whole society."Regarding how he came up with "The Phantom Tomorrow" concept, Andy said: "In January of last year, I just kind of sat down and started writing this story. I do a lot of drawing when I'm writing as well. I'm not great, but I like to be able to represent my ideas in that way. So I wrote out this whole story and drew character designs, and then, about a week and a half later, we were set to enter the studio, and it just kind of coincidental that this whole rush of this idea came to me. And so I went to the studio with everybody and said, 'Look, this is what I think we should do,' and laid out the story and the plot and the ideas. 'Cause we've done concept records before. The kind of method that we've found is best is I give the concept and the ideas, as far as the narrative perspective, to the band, and then that is how we write as a band together, to get tone and how we are gonna get through this journey. I will take those songs and then go basically write the lyrics to serve the story and plotlines along the journey from song one to the last song."There are unfortunate kind of shackles that are put on it — meaning that you've gotta write within the context of what you're writing," he continued. "But I tried to keep this one more open-ended where it's applicable… 'Cause I didn't wanna write about stuff I don't know; I wanted it to be about my experience. And there's really nothing about our story that doesn't mimic the current situation, whether it's on a personal level with people that I've known, or on a sociopolitical level, with the craziness of the world right now. The ideas are universal, and so that made it a little bit easier to kind of get through the journey. But as far as the comic book goes, it's kind of the same thing — I come up with the story and the artwork ideas, and then work with people who are much more talented than I am to make that a reality."In November, BLACK VEIL BRIDES released a music video for the single "Scarlet Cross", which will appear on "The Phantom Tomorrow". The track was produced by Erik Ron (GODSMACK, DANCE GAVIN DANCE, BUSH) and guitarist Jake Pitts and was accompanied by a music video directed by longtime collaborator Patrick Fogarty and based on a concept written by Biersack.BLACK VEIL BRIDES celebrated the 10th anniversary of their debut, "We Stitch These Wounds", with a brand new, reimagined, re-recorded 2020 edition of the album titled "Re-Stitch These Wounds", released last July via Sumerian Records.In November 2019, BLACK VEIL BRIDES announced the addition of bassist Lonny Eagleton to the group's ranks. He joined the band as the replacement for Ashley Purdy, who exited the group earlier that month.Eagleton previously played with Biersack (a.k.a. Andy Black) on his solo tour.Biersack's memoir, "They Don't Need To Understand: Stories Of Hope, Fear, Family, Life, And Never Giving In", arrived in December via Rare Bird Books.

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