It was 25 years ago to the day — September 25, 1995 — that RAMMSTEIN emerged from Berlin with its debut album, “Herzeleid”. To celebrate this first indelible impact on global hard rock history, RAMMSTEIN and Vertigo/UMe will release limited, remastered editions of the groundbreaking LP on December 4, 2020.
“Herzeleid (XXV Anniversary Edition – Remastered)” will feature the album’s original track listing on a single CD, housed in a lavish, cross-shaped digipak with deluxe slipcase, and, for the first time ever, the remastered album with HD sound will be available digitally. In addition, there will be a 2LP version with a slipcase containing two 180-gram heavyweight black vinyl discs with blue splatter effect. The creator of the original artwork, Dirk Rudolph, is also responsible for the “Anniversary Edition” packaging. The booklets also contain the original band portraits shot by Praler. Both the CD and vinyl editions are strictly limited.
RAMMSTEIN‘s seventh, untitled album came out in May 2019 via UME/Spinefarm in Europe and Caroline Records in the U.S. The band’s first studio disc since 2009’s “Liebe Ist Für Alle Da” debuted at No. 1 on the album charts in 14 countries and was the band’s tenth No. 1 in Germany. The LP was produced by Olsen Involtini with RAMMSTEIN and was mixed at a Santa Monica, California studio with Rich Costey, an American producer who has previously worked with MUSE, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and FRANZ FERDINAND, among others.
In May, RAMMSTEIN postponed its 2020 North American stadium tour due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe. The tour will now begin on August 22, 2021 in Montreal and end on October 1, 2021 in Mexico City. The band also announced the rescheduled dates for its European stadium tour. The new RAMMSTEIN European shows will take place in May, June, July and August 2021, with all tickets purchased for the original concerts valid for the new dates.
Last year, RAMMSTEIN made headlines after guitarists Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe shared an onstage kiss while performing in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. The move was widely perceived an act of defiance against Russia’s anti-LGBTQ law, or “gay propaganda” law, which forbids any public expression of homosexuality or gender non-conformity.
[Photo Credit: Stephanie Cabral // Illustration: Anne Catherine Swallow]
Top-charting dark groove metal originators DEVILDRIVER will release part one of their highly-anticipated double album, Dealing With Demons I, on its new release date of October 2, 2020 via Napalm Records. Today, DEVILDRIVER continues to bestow fans with a steady stream of content leading up to the album’s impending release – following up on standout singles “Keep Away From Me”, “Iona” and “Nest Of Vipers” with their most heart-wrenchingly earnest offering to date, “Wishing”.
As Dealing With Demons I explores the purging of a different demon per track, “Wishing” illustrates the theme of loss – more specifically, wishing a loved one would return. The clean vocals sung on “Wishing” mark frontman Dez Fafara’s first in DEVILDRIVER history, harking back to his Goth roots. Influences of Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy and more can be heard in Dez’s brooding vocal delivery on the verses, while a heavy chorus punches with raw emotion as he screams, “wishing you were with me right now!”
The dreamlike official music video for “Wishing” – the band’s most surreal visual yet – places each member of DEVILDRIVER in a nightmarish state, trying to physically reach their loved ones just to have them disappear once they’ve nearly grasped them. Echoing the lyrical themes of the track itself, Dez and his bandmates experience this loss again and again down an eerie rabbit hole, surrounded by faceless beings and distorted imagery.
The footage seen in the “Wishing” video was filmed in separate locations by each band member, with social distancing practiced as a top priority. The finished product was directed by Vicente Cordero/Industrialism Films.
Dealing With Demons I marks the band’s first release of new, original material since 2016’s acclaimed Trust No One. This isn’t just the most vicious DEVILDRIVER material to date, but some of their most lethally memorable too. Produced and engineered by Steve Evetts with additional engineering from guitarist Mike Spreitzer, it’s a triumph of teamwork and tenacity. With new milestones like Dez Fafara’s eerie verses on “Wishing” and the frontman’s first co-authored lyric, Dealing With Demons I ferociously delivers the goods while kicking open several new doors for DEVILDRIVER to power through in the future. From the self-explanatory, explosive opener “Keep Away From Me” to the chilling imagery of “Iona” – both of which held DEVILDRIVER at #1 on the Metal Contraband charts for five weeks straight – this album is powerful evidence that Dez and his band mates have given DEVILDRIVER a volatile, visceral kick in the ass. Demons are getting dealt with in the harshest of manners.
Fans should be prepared for what is to come with the second volume of the double album, which promises to go even harder. This is a two-part acceleration into the future – after witnessing Dealing With Demons I, listeners will be clamoring for the second half!
Dealing With Demons I Tracklist:
1. Keep Away From Me 2. Vengeance Is Clear 3. Nest Of Vipers 4. Iona 5. Wishing 6. You Give Me A Reason To Drink (feat. Simon Blade Fafara) 7. Witches 8. Dealing With Demons 9. The Damned Don’t Cry 10. Scars Me Forever
Alice is gearing up to bring you a different type of release this fall… something a little spicy. The Godfather of Shock Rock announced today his new line of Hot Sauce – available in three shocking flavors based on his hit songs: “Welcome To My Nightmare,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” and “Poison.” All three hot sauces can be found at select stores and online globally at UnitedSauces.com.
“In general I don’t believe food should be painful. But in the case of my hot sauces it is PAIN, PLEASURE, PAIN, PLEASURE! Just repeat until satisfied!” – Alice Cooper
Producer John Fryer (known for his work with Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Cocteau Twins, Fad Gadget, and many others) has released new material for his dark electronic project Black Needle Noise. Since launching in 2016, Black Needle Noise has been centered around the spirit of collaborations with various musicians including Swans vocalist Jarboe, Front Line Assembly’s Bill Leeb, Mimi Page and many others.
The latest effort is a version of the lovely Louis Armstrong’s classic “What A Wonderful World” featuring vocalist Tom Berger.
Fryer explains the concept behind the single: “I have always loved the Louis Armstrong version of ‘What A Wonderful World’ from when I heard it as a child and it has stayed with me ever since. So I wanted to make a very different cinematic version, a very depressingly apocalyptic version with an uplifting feel. I thought of Tom Berger, my friend for many a year to sing it and I think he has done an amazing job to convey those haunting sentiments.”
Tom Berger had this to say about the collaboration: “For me it was a real challenge to sing the vocals of a classical piece of music. After John sent me the instrumental version I thought it wasn’t possible – How can I transform such a fragile and innocent melody into such a massive wall of sound? And that was the thing: I sang it like I’d never heard the 1967 original. The result is not just a cover – it’s something new – and I’m very proud of the final result.”
You can stream the single below in a directed by Christoph Vitt and Alex Makarov.
You can download the single right below from Bandcamp
In further news, John Fryer has been readying a new Black Needle Noise album for 2021 called “These Mortal Covers” that will feature all-new versions of well-known songs including the recently released Black Crowes’ cover “She Talks To Angels”.