Within Temptation has just shard the news that they will be putting out a new single on July 8th, 2022. It will be called "Don't Pray For Me", it will be the fourth single of the band's independent releases and will lead up to the band's next studio album.

In recent years, Within Temptation shifted its focus from releasing albums to releasing a series of singles, enabling the band members to indulge themselves in their creative processes thus delivering freshly inspired music. The band has released "Entertain You", "The Purge" and "Shed My Skin", singles that have all thrilled their fanbase, had great critical reception in Europe, peaked in the Top 20 of the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Indicator charts and topped the official German charts. 

Vocalist Sharon Den Adel says: "'Don't Pray For Me' strives against forcing beliefs and fears onto others and bears witness to being acceptive of everyone's own journey. It is an anthem about coming to terms with the fact that beliefs can be fluid, multiple or, frankly, different. The song is about allowing people to pursue their own destiny."

Within Temptation has been busy in the studio writing and recording brand new songs for its upcoming album, which they expect to release next year. The remainder of 2022 will be filled up with a European summer festival season, a USA tour with Iron Maiden and a much-anticipated and long-delayed co-headlining European tour with Evanescence.

 

 

 

Alabama Thunderpussy is reuniting, at least for one show! 

Broadberry Entertainment Group presents Alabama Thunderpussy at Richmond Music Hall on December 3, 2022. This will be the first time the band has performed in 14 years. Embracing a selection of songs from their entire catalog, the show will be a celebration of loud heavy tock in that distinctive Alabama Thunderpussy flair. Support will be provided by New Orleans underground legends, Suplecs, and local Motorriffic Kings, Loud Night. Ticket will be available from June 24th at this location.

Alabama Thunderpussy line-up:

Bryan Cox - Drums
Sam Krivanec - Bass
Ryan Lake - Guitars
Erik Larson - Guitars
Kyle Thomas - Vocals


In 1996, on a dirt floor basement in Richmond Virginia’s Oregon Hill neighborhood, Alabama Thunderpussy (ATP) first emerged in a detuned feedback laden assault. Putting into song the members’ love for Southern Rock, Heavy metal, Sludge-core and Punk, they got-busy-getting-busy right from the very beginning.

Within a few years, ATP was at the vanguard of the new Southern Heavy/Stoner Rock scene - releasing 3 albums (Rise Again-1998, River City Revival-1999, and Constellation-2000) on famed poster artist Frank Kozik’s Man’s Ruin Records and already touring internationally before signing with metal juggernaut, Relapse Records, in 2001. The band continued their Road-Dog work ethic matched with a prolific and unique musical crusade for an additional 4 albums (Staring At The Divine-2002, Fulton Hill-2004, Open Fire-2007, and Live At The Contamination Festival-2008) before they disbanded in 2008, leaving a legacy that continues to influence countless artists and musicians to this day.

Talas are ready to release their new album, "1985", on September 23 via Metal Blade Records. The historic hard rock band has already released a new single off this upcoming album, titled "Crystal Clear".

Formed in the early 1970s and dissolved in 1985, Talas may have never reached arena-headlining status but they were an integral part of the early 1980s hard rock scene, and their long-awaited return does not disappoint. "The time was right and we were all into it, no one needed any convincing, we were all instantly excited to do it," explains bassist Billy Sheehan, who is rejoined by drummer Mark Miller and powerhouse vocalist Phil Naro, as well as new recruit Kire Najdovski on guitar. "It's like we never stopped — everything fell together so easily. It was quite wonderful." Now they return with "1985", 11 tracks of classic hard rock, picking up where they left off, and it is a release that will have old school fans salivating and new followers fired up with its big riffs, seductive choruses and killer soloing — basically everything that could be wanted from a Talas record. Asked why people should be excited for this comeback, Sheehan answers enthusiastically: "Because so many of them were there, with us, and a million other great bands that made the 80s such a special musical experience. And also there are so many who might not have been there but have fallen in love with that spirit as well. We feel a very special bond with them all." With all but one song — "Black And Blue" — written in 1985, the album would have been Talas's fourth full-length had the band not split, and while they have worked hard to get the best out of them they have not tampered with the tracks or given them a modern twist, letting them live in the era in which they were created. "We wanted a snapshot of our musical life from 1985," explains Sheehan. "It's the same spirit, mostly the same people, and it's bringing the '80s into 2022. The '80s were an amazing time for music and bands, and we were all excited to go back to that, and I would say the record is raw, real, honest, and exhilarating." The album was recorded in Miller's living room in the house he built, utilizing a mobile recording setup, and according to Sheehan the sessions were "an absolute joy." Coordinating everything remotely during the pandemic — with Russ Mackay handling the engineering/mixing/mastering from Toronto — was the hardest aspect of recording, but they managed to pull it all together, making a record that sounds cohesive from start to finish, giving no suggestion that it was anything but a smooth process. As well as Mitch Perry's guest appearance, the band also invited Naro's son, James, to appear on the record, who "sang some harmonies — like father, like son, he sounded really great." There are hopes to tour the record, though sadly, after a long battle with cancer, Naro passed in 2021, but thankfully he recorded all of his parts prior to his death, and "1985" stands as a great epitaph to a great vocalist.

 

 

"Closure/Continuation" is the title of Porcupine Tree's new album and the band just released the new single/music video, called "Rats Return". The come back album of the great prog band will be out on June 24 via Music For Nations/Megaforce Records.

'Rats Return' is about those who claim to have the interests of the people at heart, but when it comes down to it there is only ego and self-interest," says Porcupine Tree founder Steven Wilson. "I find myself reflecting on what sort of person would actually be so driven as to want to rule over a whole nation, and aren't these people by definition the very last people that should be allowed to do so? The rats will always save themselves first." 

"Closure/Continuation" will be available as a seven-track standard CD, standard black vinyl 2x12" LP, white vinyl 2x12" LP, transparent blue vinyl 2x12" LP, limited edition white cassette, and digital download. A limited audiophile deluxe LP will also be available, cut at 45rpm on 3x12" clear vinyl in 12" slipcase box with two bonus tracks; a limited audiophile deluxe CD in 12" slipcase box will include the standard CD, a second disc with three bonus tracks and album instrumentals, Blu-ray disc with 5.1/Dolby Atmos and HD audio versions of the album, and an exclusive album art book. Pre-orders are available now.

"Closure/Continuation" includes such recently released singles as "Herd Culling", "Of The New Day" and the labyrinthine "Harridan", all available now at DSPs and streaming services. An array of official lyric videos, visualizers, and exclusive "Gear Talk" conversations with Steven Wilson, Richard Barbieri and Gavin Harrison are streaming now at YouTube. Highlights include a stunning session performance of "Of The New Day", filmed and recorded earlier this year at London's world-famous AIR Studios.

 

 

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