Listen To Thy Art Is Murder’s CJ McMahon Guest On In Hearts Wake’s “Elemental”

The deluxe edition of In Hearts Wake‘s “Ark“ is out in stores now including the below streaming bonus track and revised take on “Elemental”. The new version sports a guest turn from Thy Art Is Murder frontman CJ McMahon.

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Metallica Obviously “Have No Desire” To Re-Mix “…And Justice For All” For Its Deluxe Edition

Metallica‘s 1988 effort “…And Justice For All” is the next effort in line for Metallica to re-release a deluxe edition for and it doesn’t look like the – according to many fans’ opinion – album’s biggest defects will be righted with the release. Since its publication, fans have decried the drum sound being weird and bassist Jason Newsted‘s bass parts being buried in the mix.

Steve Thompson, who originally mixed the album alongside Michael Barbiero, has stated that he recently contributed some material to the forthcoming deluxe edition and got the impression that Metallica won’t be re-mixing “…And Justice For All”.

Appearing on the Talk Toomey Podcast, Thompson spoke about the original mixing sessions and how the bass came to be buried.

States Steve Thompson:

“The first day Lars would come in with pictures of an EQ setup of how he wanted his drums to sound, every drum. So I said to Barbiero, ‘Michael, why don’t you work with Lars and get the drums sounding the way he wants them and once you got that let me know.’

So he gets the sound that Lars wanted and I listened to ’em myself and said ‘Man, this sounds like shit.’ …And so I chased everybody out of the room, I started putting everything up, re-EQing drums, bringing the guitars up, bringing the bass up, because the bass was a great part because it was a perfect marriage with Hetfield‘s rhythm guitars, it just was great. And I’m blowing up the band and everything like that and Hetfield comes in and he thumbs up, everybody, he’s happy.

So when I was ready for playback, Lars comes walking in, listens to about 15 seconds and he says ‘turn it off.’ And he goes to me ‘Uhh, what happens to my drum sound?’ So I think I just probably said ‘You were serious?”

So I had to get the drum sound back to where Lars was happy and I wasn’t… And then he said ‘See the bass?’ I said ‘Yeah,’ he said, ‘I want you to bring it down about 5 or 6db. I said ‘Why,’ [he said] ‘Just bring it down.’ So I brought it down where you barely audibly could hear it. And he goes now ‘drop it down a little more’.

And I remember I think I turned around to James and James just put his hands up and I said ‘Really, why would you do that?’”

Speaking of the forthcoming deluxe edition of the album, he adds:

“I just contributed to the anniversary album of ‘…And Justice [For All‘]. I just sent them a bunch of pictures and some outtakes, but they have no desire to re-mix the record. They want to keep it the way it is.

They might remaster it or something like that, but there is only so much mastering you can do. And I’ll tell you the truth, I don’t even know if those original multitracks could be saved. Because there are like 5 million edits in them from Lars‘ drums alone. So if you have the box and open it up there probably be about 50 million pieces of tape all over the place.”

“They’ve lived with it this long. I’ve lived with most of the criticism, ’cause everybody assumes it’s my fault. And I guess I have to take blame cause it says my name says mixed by me and Barbiero.

But I remember when Metallica got elected to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, they flew us in there to be a part of it—which I thought was great—and I remember hanging out with Lars and Lars basically came up to me and said ‘Steve, what happened to the bass on the record?’ He actually asked me that and I just said ‘Ok, I give up, I give up’ [laughs].”

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SikTh Debut New Music Video “The Aura”

SikTh debut an official new music video for their song “The Aura“. The band’s own frontman Mikee W Goodman directed the clip. A deluxe edition of the band’s latest album, “The Future In Whose Eyes?“, will be released on December 01st.

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SikTh To Release Deluxe Edition Of “The Future In Whose Eyes?”

SikTh will release a deluxe edition of their latest album, “The Future In Whose Eyes?“, out on December 01st via Peaceville Records. Six bonus tracks will grace the outing, including:

13 – “Flogging The Horses” (live from ‘ArcTanGent‘ 2017)
14 – “Golden Cufflinks” (live from ‘ArcTanGent‘ 2017)
15 – “Philistine Philosophies” (live from ‘ArcTanGent‘ 2017)
16 – “The Peace I Crave” (“Vivid” reimagined)
17 – “No Light In The Well” (“Cracks Of Light” reimagined)
18 – “The Aura” (instrumental)

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Arch Enemy Premieres Cover Of The Shitlickers’ “Leader (Of The Fucking’ Assholes)” From Upcoming New Album “Will To Power”

Arch Enemy premieres a new cover of the Swedish punk band The Shitlickers’ “Leader (Of The Fucking’ Assholes)”, taken from the upcoming deluxe edition of the band’s new album “Will To Power”, which will be released on September 08th via Century Media Records.

Check out now “Leader (Of The Fucking’ Assholes)” below.

The tracklist is as follows:

01 – “Set Flame To The Night”
02 – “The Race”
03 – “Blood In The Water”
04 – “The World Is Yours”
05 – “The Eagle Flies Alone”
06 – “Reason To Believe”
07 – “Murder Scene”
08 – “First Day In Hell”
09 – “Saturnine”
10 – “Dreams Of Retribution”
11 – “My Shadow And I”
12 – “A Fight I Must Win”
13 – “City Baby Attacked By Rats” (Charged GBH cover)

A deluxe edition of the album with a black 7″ box set will also feature covers of The Shitlickers‘ entire 1982 7″, “Cracked Cop Skulls” as well as some covers previously released on Arch Enemy‘s “Stolen Life” EP. Those songs include:

“Warsystem” (The Shitlickers cover)
“Armed Revolution” (The Shitlickers cover)
“Spräckta Snutskallar” (The Shitlickers cover)
“The Leader (Of The Fuckin’ Assholes)” (The Shitlickers cover)
“Nitad” (Moderat Likvidation cover)
“When The Innocent Die” (Anti-Cimex cover)
“City Baby Attacked By Rats” (Charged GBH cover)

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Omrade Posts “Nåde” Album Trailer

Visionary post metal outfit Omrade today launches a teaser for the upcoming “Nåde” album – check it out below. The clip was created by Cedric Bertron with the aim to soothe the wait for this new album, but also to present the artwork by Jeff Grimal.

Inspired by general decadence over the years, Omrade will serve you the finest tunes of dark avantgarde music with “Nåde” on May 26th, 2017 in a deluxe edition, silver edition, digipack CD, and digital download.

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Night Ranger Releases “Day And Night” Video

Frontiers Music Srl just released “Don’t Let Up,” the new studio album from Night Ranger. The album is available in both a standard edition and a deluxe edition (featuring a bonus DVD).

In conjunction with the album’s release, Night Ranger also premieres a new video for the song “Day and Night” – check it out below. Bassist / vocalist Jack Blades comments:

“The ‘Don’t Let Up’ album is the result of five musicians living and breathing rock ‘n roll 24 hours a day. 35 years on and Night Ranger is once again ready to let the fans know it’s only rock and roll, but I like it.”

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Toxic Holocaust Issues New Album Update

The follow-up to “Chemistry of Consciousness” is nearly complete, with Toxic Holocaust posting this message online updating the fanbase on progress:

“New Toxic album is about 90% finished, still need to finish up some arrangements and some lyrics but it’s getting close. Once everything is dialed in I hope to start recording in February. It’s shaping up to be a little more fist pumping and rock n roll than previous stuff but still kinda has that D-beat shit going on from the last record. No wimp out, still gonna be raw and gross.

“Also, this will sort of be a return to the origins of the band in a way as it will be a solo effort like back in the old days. I get a lot of questions and requests about doing a solo record again (ala Evil Never Dies and Hell on Earth…hence the Yellowgoat record) so I thought it would be a cool change and something different that what most bands do. This doesn’t effect the lineup, they will still be playing live with the band.”

Chemistry of Consciousness (Deluxe Edition) by Toxic Holocaust

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Trivium Shares Episode One Of “Ember To Inferno” Retrospective

Trivium is streaming part one of the band’s “Ember To Inferno” retrospective in honor of the upcoming “Ember To Inferno” reissue, which will be out in stores December 02nd via Cooking Vinyl. A deluxe edition of the re-release, titled “Ember To Inferno: Ab Initio”, will come with various bonus demo material.

Check out now “Ember To Inferno” Origins (Episode 1)” below.

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Beartooth Streaming Deluxe Edition Of “Disgusting”

Beartooth debuts a deluxe edition of the band’s latest album, “Disgusting”, including the following four bonus tracks that previously appeared on the album’s overseas editions:

“Finish Line”
“Give It Up”
“Blitzkrieg Bop” (Ramones cover) (live)
“The Lines” (Low Gain Mix)

Check it out now on Spotify below:

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