Friday, June 24, 2022 — Today, Anthrax releases “The Devil You Know,” the second “early taste” single/music video from the band’s 40th anniversary Livestream concert, Anthrax XL. The release will be available in North America on Blu-Ray / CD / Digital on July 15 (Megaforce), and will have a European digital release on July 15 (Nuclear Blast), followed by a Blu-Ray release later this year. Pre-orders for Anthrax XL can be placed HERE, and you can view the “The Devil You Know” video
“The Devil You Know” was the first official single released from the band’s highly-acclaimed 2011 album, Worship Music, and was a stand-out track with the media. Rolling Stone referred to it as “…a relentlessly heavy number…as aggressive and punishing as you would expect from the band, but with a touch of old school AC/DC swagger thrown in for good measure,” while Loudwire wrote it was “addictive and propulsive…Scott unleashes what might be the riff of the year.”
Anthrax celebrated its 40th-anniversary last year, July 18, 2021, but due to COVID, had to cancel its global touring plans, scheduled for the band to celebrate its milestone with their fans all around the world. While the band is about six months into its 41st year, the band – Joey Belladonna, Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, and guitarist Jon Donais are due to finally head out on that global anniversary tour. In late July, Anthrax will kick off its 26-date co-headline North American tour with Black Label Society and joined by Hatebreed, and then heads to the UK and Europe in late September to headline a five-week run. Tickets and VIP packages can be purchased at www.anthrax.com . All dates are below.
The track listing for Anthrax’s Anthrax XL Blu-Ray / CD / Digital is as follows:
Time/Fight Em ’Til You Can’t
Caught In A Mosh
Metal Thrashing Mad
Got The Time
I Am The Law
Keep It In The Family
The Devil You Know
Be All End All
Now It’s Dark
In The End
Skletons In The Closet
Blood Eagle Wings
Bring The Noise
Among The Living
Anthrax: Scott Ian/guitars, Charlie Benante/drums, Frank Bello/bass, Joey Belladonna/vocals, Jon Donais/guitars
Produced by Jack Bennett, Mike Monterulo, Anthrax
Directed by Jack Bennett
Mixed by Jay Ruston
Running time: 2h 5m 34s
(ANTHRAX, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, HATEBREED)
26 The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ
28 Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV
29 The Palladium, Los Angeles, CA
30 Heart Health Park, Sacramento, CA
1 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO
2 Midland Theater, Kansas City, MO
4 Hard Rock Live Northern Indiana, Gary, IN
5 Oshkosh Arena, Oshkosh, WI
6 The Fillmore, Minneapolis, MN
8 Southside Ballroom, Dallas, TX
9 Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater, Austin, TX
11 The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
12 House of Blues, Orlando, FL
13 The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
15 The Andrew J Brady Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
16 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
18 The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
19 Main Street Armory, Rochester, NY
20 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI
22 StageAE Outside, Pittsburgh, PA
23 History, Toronto, ON CANADA
24 Amphitheatre Cogeco, Trois Riviere/Montreal, QC
26 Coney Island Amphitheater, Brooklyn, NY
27 Tattoo The Earth Festival 2022, Worcester, MA
28 The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA
UK/EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR
27 02 Academy, Birmingham, UK
29 Academy, Manchester, UK
30 02 Academy, Glasgow, UK
1 02 City Hall, Newcastle, UK
3 02 Academy, Leeds, UK
4 Rock City, Nottingham, UK
6 02 Academy, Bristol, UK
8 Brixton Academy, London, UK
10 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
11 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
13 Bataclan, Paris, France
14 Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, Germany
15 Werk 2, Leipzig, Germany
17 Vega Main Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
18 Tradgarn, Gothenburg, Sweden
19 Annexet, Stockholm, Sweden
21 Tullisali, Oulu, Finland
22 Logomo, Turku, Finland
23 Kultuurikatel, Talinn, Estonia
25 Klub Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
26 Werk 2 – Halle A, Leipzig, Germany
27 LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
29 Sono Centrum, Brno, Czech Republic
31 Barba Negra, Budapest, Hungary
1 Culture Factory, Zagreb, Croatia
2 Arena, Vienna, Austria
4 Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
July 18, 2021 marked Anthrax’s 40th anniversary, during which time the band released 11 studio albums, was awarded multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, received six GRAMMY nominations, and a host of other accolades from the media, the music industry, and fans. In 1991, the band helped break down race and genre barriers when they collaborated with Public Enemy on the track “Bring The Noise” and was the first metal band to have its music heard on Mars when NASA played “Got The Time” to wake up the Mars Rover in 2012. Along with Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth, Anthrax is a card-carrying member of The Big Four, the four bands that defined the speed/thrash/metal genre. Anthrax has also introduced a series of now sold-out signature whiskeys and bourbons and partnered with the Stockholm-based NEZUMI Studios for a high-end, limited-edition Baleine dive watch. Twenty-twenty-one also saw the release of Z2 Comics’ “Among the Living” graphic novel with a track-by-track storyline inspired by Anthrax’s iconic 1987 album, Among The Living. The book pulls together a “who’s who” of names from the worlds of comics and music who created “bubble dialogue” and original artwork to express what the songs meant to them. Taking advantage of COVID-19’s prohibition of concert touring, the band has been hard at work writing the next Anthrax album.
For Anthrax, 2022 is already off to a great start, but their 40th-anniversary isn’t quite in the band’s rear-view mirror. Unable to launch a planned 40th anniversary world tour due to COVID, the band will launch their 40th anniversary World Tour this year. The celebrations start July 26 in North America, co-headlining with Black Label Society, then a headline trek in the UK and Europe in the fall.
The Conditioning is the second EP by Pennsylvania-based dark electronic band, The Number H.
The Conditioning explores feelings of loss, frustration and regret. The first song of the album, “Nothing”, opens with a thunderstorm and hits hard with the feelings of frustration: “Nothing will come of Nothing” references inaction begetting no progress and thus no change in condition.
After frustration we move to “Grief” depicting the feeling through the imagery of the words cherry-picked from Constance’s monologue in Shakespeare’s King John and the atmosphere created by the layered soundscapes throughout the track. Confusion of self and purpose is then explored in “Tell Me” referencing King Lear’s “who is it that can tell me who I am”, an echoing question of existential confusion to which there isn’t an answer.
The EP concludes with “Undone” referencing “what’s done, cannot be undone” wherein the burden of regret should be dispelled and focus shifted to that which can be impacted. It is a reminder to the listener here at the end of the EP to not dwell on regret and to give themselves the space for growth and forward motion.
The Conditioning stays true to the first EP in that it uses a mixture of found and original spoken phrases, harvested sounds and layered dark electronics beats and soundscapes. The found phrases originate exclusively from Shakespeare plays – with their timeless and flawless description of raw emotions.
The harvested sounds are all that which are encountered and recorded in day-to-day life – the sound of running footsteps, a passing train, a thunderstorm, a leaky faucet – manipulated and creatively incorporated into beats and soundscapes to enhance the feeling of the tracks.
The Number H (Dark Electronic/EBM) – Lost Glacier Records – based in Pennsylvania, US. TNH harvests sounds and blends them with dark electronics beats and chilling vocals. Produced by Sean Marz (Five Locks), TNH explores timeless human themes of pain, loss and regret.
Former HANOI ROCKS singer Michael Monroe has revealed that he is one of a small group of people who received a bullet from late MOTÖRHEAD frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister as a personal gift.
Earlier today (Wednesday, June 22),Monroe shared photos of the bullet and the accompanying letter on social media, and he wrote in a caption: “I just received an extremely special and touching gift-a bullet which has part of Lemmys’s ashes inside it. Lemmy is in the room whit us tonight!”
The letter that accompanied Monroe‘s bullet came from West Hollywood, California’s legendary venue Whisky A Go Go, which, like Lemmy‘s favorite drinking establishment Rainbow Bar & Grill, is owned by the Maglieri family.
The letter reads: “Michael,
“We all know Lemmy knew many people, but had few that he considered friends and even fewer that he considered family. Being that you are one of those people he considered family, we would like to share a little piece of him with you.
“Lemmy touched all of our lives in a way I don’t think any of us could ever forget, but with these ashes you keep not only the memories you have, you keep Lemmy with you forever.
“He was Lemmy. He Played Rock ‘n’ Roll. Don’t Forget Him”.
Michael‘s bullet is not the only one whose existence has been publicly revealed. Last November, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford confirmed that he also received a Lemmy bullet. He told to the “SpeedFreaks” radio show: “When Lemmy passed away, I had this beautiful opportunity to speak at his memorial. We had a great get-together; all of us musicians from all over the world, we met in Hollywood and we talked about Lemmy and his great life and the things that he’s left us. And then, not too far back, I get something in the mail from the Lemmy people; Lemmy‘s office, his manager and everybody still work tirelessly to keep his name with us, as he always will be. They sent me — it’s a bullet [laughs], it’s a bullet with some of Lemmy‘s ashes inside of it.”
He continued: “This is nuts. This is the kind of thing that Lemmy would have loved to have done. However you choose to interpret what I’ve just said, that’s entirely up to you. But to be thought of, to be brought into this small circle of friends where you actually own a little bit of Lemmy‘s ashes and you wear it around your neck on a pendant and he’s close to your heart in the truest sense in terms of his mortal remains, that’s just mind-blowingly powerful. To use an object like that to carry his remains is just so Lemmy — it’s provocative, it makes you think, it makes you talk. But as far as having a beautiful part of Lemmy physically with me right now in my house, that’s just magical.”
This past March, German metal queen Doro Pesch said that she also received one of the Lemmy bullets and called the experience “one of the most intense moments of my life, indescribable heartbreaking and touching.”
In May 2021, Doro spoke about the Lemmy bullet in an interview with Brazil’s “Inside With Paulo Baron”. She said: “Two weeks ago, I got a little box from America. It came to my mom’s house. At the moment, I’m in Germany. I go back to the States in two weeks. But I was in Germany. And then my mom said, ‘Hey, do you expect something?’ And I said, ‘No.’ And then she said, ‘Shall I open it up?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, open it up.’ And she said, ‘There’s a letter in it. And there’s a little box in it. It’s jewelry or something.’ And I said, ‘Okay. I’ll wait. I’ll get it.’ And it was the bullet of Lemmy with Lemmy‘s ashes in there. And I tell you, I almost dropped dead. It was, like, ‘Wow.’ And then I heard that somebody said Lemmy wrote a list and he wanted his closest friends or family to have his ashes. And I’ve got this bullet right here. I had no words for it. It’s pretty moving and touching. But in the letter, it said, ‘He liked you a lot’ or ‘he loved you a lot,’ and I thought, ‘Oh, man. That feels so good.’ That makes you feel like… Now I’m motivated for the next hundred years to do good and to rock the fans. That gave me so much love and so much energy.”
In March 2021, former “Headbangers Ball” host Riki Rachtman said that he was also mailed a bullet, calling it “the greatest gift I’ve ever received in my life.” He added that he was “getting it made into a necklace so I can keep it on me everywhere I go.” In 2020, tennis player Pat Cash shared a photo of another Lemmy bullet, saying it had been gifted to UGLY KID JOE singer Whitfield Crane.
“#Lemmy (RIP) from #Motörhead asked that his ashes be put in some bullet and given out to his closest friends, last night one was presented to my mate #whitefieldCrane whilst we were having dinner at ‘Lemmys bar’ in ‘The Rainbow’,” Cash wrote on Instagram in February 2020.
Lemmy died in December 2015 at the age of 70 shortly after learning he had been diagnosed with cancer.
A custom-made urn containing Lemmy‘s ashes is on permanent display in a columbarium at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood, California.
|French darkwave project, Distance H has just unveiled their debut single, “Bitch 16”. The track is made in collaboration with Ophelia from Saigon Blue Rain and will appear on Distance H‘s forthcoming EP, Intimacy.|
“Bitch 16” is in some ways opposed to Sweet 16 and its form of happy, carefree transition. When sweetness gives way to brutality; when detachment gives way to obsession, when desire gives way to disgust.
It is a frontal and direct title, that a more distant , disconnected and almost salutary passage does not manage to soothe.
“Bitch 16” is available NOW on all digital platforms.
Distance H is the project created by the Parisian producer ManuH and realized in collaboration with female artists to whom he gives voice and entrusts the vocals being one with his dark and melancholic style.
His musical universe finds its sources in post punk, dark wave, cold wave, ethereal, and shoegaze, sometimes borrowing some more electronic sounds. For his debut EP Intimacy to be released in 2022, he invites female singers to express the distances they wish to take from their experiences, those that are self-imposed, liberating, or those they would like to avoid. It is also for them the distance they allow themselves from their existing projects and worlds.
The Cruel Intentions are dangerously skilled and always out to have a great time! Serving you the perfect blend of melodrama and fun this Norwegian sleaze rock band are ready to bring make the best rock music, and sweetest of street styles great again.
Their year started off with a bang as their talent was spotted by the eminent director James Gunn (Sucide Squad, Guardians of the Galaxy) who chose to place no less than three of the band´s songs in his major hit series PEACEMAKER. And it was only the beginning.
June 3rd the band finally released their long awaited second album Venomous Anonymous!
Fueled by drive, love and passion, the album was a versatile and diverse summer present to all rock’n’lovers and The Cruel Intentions are receiving rave reviews both on the record and on their live performances
“The Cruel Intentions have put out one of the best albums in a year stacked with great ones, this is easily the best album Lizzy has ever done, everything works here and the artistic evolution is leaps and bounds above their first album. The song writing is airtight and there isn’t a single dull moment on the album,” – The Rock Pit
“It blows my mind that fans of this music continue to spend mortgage payments to see Mötley Crüe and Guns N’ Roses from a mile away in a corporate named mega-stadium, while bands like The Cruel Intentions are keeping the fire burning brighter than any band from glam metal’s glory days ever currently could… get these guys to America NOW! Only then will Gene Simmons stop claiming “rock is dead” 9/10” -Defenders of the Faith Metal
“So while their hearts are leopard skin coloured and you probably would be best to keep them away from your wife/girlfriend/sister just in case, there’s something just a little nasty to the glam of The Cruel Intentions. That is to say, if “Venomous Anonymous” is more than the bubblegum sound it appears. No, this might be sweet on the outside, but strip away the layers and there’s something pleasingly unpleasant underneath. Like, they might want action, but they’ll settle for a fight in the alley just as easily. It all lets off steam, after all.” – Maximum Volume
10/10 – The Rock Pit
9/10 – Long Live Rock’n’roll (IT)
7/10 – Classic Rock (GER)
6/6 – Scream Magazine (NO)
9/10 – Sweden Rock Magazine (SWE)
4/5 – Rock Nytt (SWE)
9/10 – Hellfire Magazine (GER)
“The Cruel Intentions have truly sharpened their musical technique and their stage performance. It is simply damn good!” Rock Nytt (SWE)
“This is the band with sleazerock in their blood! It is raw, messy and brutal. But it is also extremely tight and well-played. Top it all off with songs that are impossible to get out of your head, and the simple fact that they own stage saw to such an extent that you just have bow in the dust for The Cruel Intentions and a terrific concert experience” Kulturblekka (NO)