"Book Of Bad Decisions", the new album of Clutch, is set to hit the stores this September. The album was produced at Sputnik Sound studio in Nashville, Tennessee, with producer and engineer Vance Powell. 

Neil Fallon stated about the lyrical themes covered on "Book Of Bad Decisions": "This record has a lot of… maybe not a lot, but instances where I looked back into events of my own life or Clutch's career, took them and exaggerated them for the purposes of drama. I've always been wary of that, 'cause I don't really like nostalgia. But I also realize, after 25 years, there's a whole catalogue of experiences that I can take and draw from that. Sometimes getting inspired can be hard. Listening to a song, [you think], 'What's this one gonna be about?' And sometimes they come right out of the sky, sometimes no, they don't. So that seemed like a good place to draw from".

Fallon described the experience of working with Powell as "awesome": "We were only three weeks, and we managed to bang out 15 songs. It's done, in the bag. He was a joy to work with, and it's a great-sounding record, and we're really pleased with the way it came out."

(excerpts from Fallon's interview with Brittney Patton of 103.7 The Eagle Rocks!)

It started as a "fun thing", but now it is a proper band. Rage's Peavy Wagner has formed a new band, Refuge, with his former bandmates in Rage, Manni Schmidt (guitars) and Chris Efthimiadis (drums). Refuge is the reincarnation of Rage's classic line-up, that released records such as "Trapped!" (1992) and "The Missing Link" (1993). Peavy's new brainchild is going to release its debut, "Solitary Men" on June 8, via Frontiers Music, and the first single ("From the Ashes") is available now and can be streamed below.

Peavy said: "The band sounds nearly the same like back then, maybe a bit more relaxed, mature, with more individual experience, but the general vibe is still the same. We know each other blindly. In order to write the songs, we created the same set-up we had 30 years ago. We rented the same rehearsal room and jammed together in a live situation and the magic was back! I'm glad that we could use and finalize some of our ideas from back then, stuff that we couldn't use in that days for several reasons. The song 'Waterfalls', for example, was always one of my unfinished favorites. I'm proud we were able to bring it to light now finally!" And he continues: "We want to continue doing this together as long as possible. It is a manifestation of our reborn old friendship and it is a 'coming from the heart' thing for us to do it".

   

 

"My Midnight Things", Lizzy Borden's new album in 11 years, will be released on June 15, via Metal Blade. Although the years have passed, this new album shows us that Borden is here again to rock and shock. The new album was mixed by Greg Fidelman (Metallica, Black Sabbath, Adele, U2), mastered by Tom Baker (David Bowie, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Tom Petty) and produced by Borden himself, together with Joey Scott as co-producer (Joey also handled all the drumming duties). Below you can stream the title track of the album.

Lizzy Borden said: "Although we have stayed busy touring all over the world, I missed being a recording artist. I look at the new album as a new beginning, I pushed the restart button on my career". "I knew what I was going for and had doubts that I could find a producer who would understand that. My approach is very different than what is happening in today's current sound".

 

 

 

This June, a new Fates Warning live album will see the light of day. Its title is simply "Live Over Europe" and it will be released on June 29 via InsideOut Music. "Live Over Europe", mixed by Jens Bogren and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden, was recorded during the recent headlining tour of Fates Warning for the promotion of the band's latest album, "Theories of Flight". It includes live recordings from the shows in eight cities (Aschaffenburg, Germany; Belgrade, Serbia; Thessaloniki and Athens, Greece; Rome and Milan, Italy; Budapest, Hungary and Ljubljana, Slovenia) and 23 songs in over 138 minutes of playing time.The singer of the prog metal masters, Ray Alder, commented: "We would like to thank each and every one of our fans that helped us make "Live Over Europe". We had a great time making this album and we hope that you enjoyed the shows as much as we did playing them".

CD 1:

01. From The Rooftops 
02. Life In Still Water 
03. One 
04. Pale Fire 
05. Seven Stars 
06. SOS 
07. Pieces Of Me 
08. Firefly 
09. The Light And Shade Of Things 
10. Wish 
11. Another Perfect Day 
12. Silent Cries 
13. And Yet It Moves

CD 2:

01. Still Remains 
02. Nothing Left To Say 
03. Acquiescence 
04. The Eleventh Hour 
05. Point Of View 
06. Falling 
07. A Pleasant Shade Of Gray, Pt. IX 
08. Through Different Eyes 
09. Monument 
10. Eye To Eye
 
 
 

 

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