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The End Of Dormancy – VOIVOD

The End Of Dormancy – VOIVOD

VOIVOD is quite simply one of a kind. The sci-fi obsessed Canadian band has returned with a three-track, 12-inch vinyl and digital EP titled “The End Of Dormancy”, following 2018’s Juno Award-winning album “The Wake”. The new release is built around a revisioning of “The End Of Dormancy”, a song that originally appeared on “The Wake”. This “Metal Section” version, the EP’s title track, is embellished with trumpets, saxophone and trombones. The EP is rounded out by a live take on this song as well as a performance of the VOIVOD classic “The Unknown Knows”, both tracks recorded at the Montreal Jazz Fest in 2019.

While a few songs slapped together on a short album may oftentimes serve as a stop-gap release designed to simply fill in the time between long players, or fulfill contractual obligations, “The End Of Dormancy” is truly an artistic statement. The jazz-fueled take on “The End Of Dormancy” is incredibly dynamic and tasteful. The live version of this track isn’t just more of the same. It proves to be an essential aspect to the well-rounded listening experience due to its inclusion of the riveting saxophone solo part. What’s more, the EP includes a particularly lively performance of the classic barn-burner “The Unknown Knows”, a track that was originally released on the band’s pivotal 1989 album “Nothingface”.

VOIVOD guitarist Daniel “Chewy” Mongrain, who of course replaced the now deceased, classic VOIVOD axeman Denis “Piggy” D’Amour, has expressed how he feels that the title track inherently entails qualities that are epic and grandiose. With an invitation to play the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Chewy pounced on the opportunity to realize the potential for a more dynamic and almost cinematic revisioning of the song. “I initially wrote the opening riff of the song on tour, outside, behind a club in Germany on a sunny day and recorded right away. It had that quartal harmony over a pedal point that to me evoke soundtracks of classic Roman movies when you hear the brass. It has a military and solemn vibe to it,” Chewy said. “It adds that extra empire, military, Roman paddle boat war feel like in the old ‘Ben-Hur’ movie, with the acceleration of the music and intense and stressful emotions that fits the song lyrics perfectly.”

It has been the norm for VOIVOD to take left-field approaches to their art. They continue to follow this path and do so very well. The prog metal giants have taken their interest in jazz to the next level with “The End Of Dormancy”. With little surprise, they have done so successfully, as the release is just as bold as it is beautiful.
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The End Of Dormancy – VOIVOD
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AEROSMITH's 50th-Anniversary Concert Postponed To 2021

AEROSMITH's 50th-Anniversary Concert Postponed To 2021

AEROSMITH‘s previously announced 50th-anniversary concert, which was originally scheduled for September 14 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, has been postponed to next year.

“Out of an abundance of love and caution our 50th Anniversary Fenway show is being rescheduled to 14th September 2021,” the band said in a statement. “It’s better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret, for the safety of our families, for our crews, for the fans and for the Blue Army. All tickets will be honored for the new date so hold onto yours! Or if you are unable to make it, you’ll be able to request a refund. Ticket holders will be emailed with all details. Until then, stay safe and stay healthy. Big love from the Bad Boys of Boston… AEROSMITH.”

AEROSMITH was the last of nine artists to either postpone or cancel summer shows at the venue amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The legendary rockers were recently honored as the MusiCares Person Of The Year for their considerable philanthropic efforts and undeniable impact on American music history.

AEROSMITH is one of the best-selling American rock bands of all-time, having sold over 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. With 25 gold albums, 18 platinum albums, and 12 multi-platinum albums, they hold the record for the most total certifications by an American band and are tied for the most multi-platinum albums by an American band. The band has scored 21 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including nine No. 1 Mainstream Rock hits. They are the recipients of countless awards including four Grammys, six American Music Awards, four Billboard Awards, 10 MTV Video Music Awards and now MusiCares Person of the Year, among many other honors. Proving that they can cross genre-boundaries with ease, these rock legends have even taken home a Soul Train Award for “Best Rap Single” for their remix of RUN-DMC‘s “Walk This Way”.

Out of an abundance of love and caution our 50th Anniversary Fenway show is being rescheduled to 14th September 2021….

Posted by Aerosmith on Thursday, July 9, 2020

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GENE SIMMONS And PAUL STANLEY's ROCK & BREWS In Maui Closes Doors For Good

GENE SIMMONS And PAUL STANLEY's ROCK & BREWS In Maui Closes Doors For Good

Rock & Brews, the family-friendly restaurant brand co-founded by KISS leaders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, has closed its location in the beach-side community of Paia on Maui, Hawaii permanently after the COVID-19 pandemic effectively killed the tourist market.

Rock & Brews CEO Adam Goldberg told The Maui News that the decision to close for good wasn’t an easy one. “Unfortunately, due to COVID that’s affecting all of us in many different ways, we had no choice,” he said. “We tried to drag it out as long as we can to get a good understanding of what we think will happen with tourism. But we just don’t see having the customer base to support our rents and our cost.”

Rock & Brews Paia, which opened in January 2014, was designed by Maui architect Jim Niess of Maui Architectural Group, along with teacher, spiritual leader and artist Al Lagunero of Maui, serving as a consultant on Hawaiian culture and art. The ‘ohana restaurant paid tribute to the familial warmth and character that is synonymous with Paia, while respecting the vibrant Rock & Brews brand look and feel. It featured Rock & Brews‘ popular casual American comfort food, as well as local favorites, and a full bar, including Paia’s largest selection of craft beers.

Guests were able to enjoy al fresco or indoor dining in a family-friendly rock concert-like environment complete with concert lighting, multiple screens presenting concert videos, hand-painted murals of rock artists, album and tour art, as well as art by local artists and art that salutes Hawaiian history and culture. The restaurant was designed to welcome local families and visitors alike.

The grand opening of Rock & Brews Paia paid tribute to both Wounded Warrior Project and the Paia Youth Center. A luncheon was held for wounded warriors, returning vets and active military, and an evening celebration benefited the Paia Youth Center. Both events were hosted by Simmons and Stanley.
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ICED EARTH's JON SCHAFFER Says COVID-19 Is 'A Psychological Warfare Campaign More Than It Is A Serious Pandemic'

ICED EARTH's JON SCHAFFER Says COVID-19 Is 'A Psychological Warfare Campaign More Than It Is A Serious Pandemic'

ICED EARTH leader Jon Schaffer has voiced his controversial views on the coronavirus crisis, claiming that COVID-19 is “a psychological warfare campaign on the people more than it is a serious pandemic.”

Schaffer, who raised eyebrows in 2009 when he initially launched his SONS OF LIBERTY project via an appearance on a radio show hosted by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, weighed in on the current global health threat during an interview with MetalSucks“The Quarantinecast”.

Implying that a shadowy cabal of elites is using a global crisis as a cover to profiteer and entrench their power, Schaffer said (see video below): “I believe this is a psychological warfare campaign on the people more than it is a serious pandemic. I think there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye here — in fact, I know there is. Legitimate doctors and scientists are being censored and banned on YouTube constantly. It’s unbelievable levels of fraud. I’m not saying we don’t have a problem, but the human race has faced this kind of thing for millennia — it just goes on — and we don’t shut down the global economy. The death and unrest out of these decisions is gonna be a thousand times worse than the virus.

“I think you’ll see it,” he continued. “You’re seeing it now, and you will see it further when the supply chains break down everywhere and we have a complete meltdown of the financial system that’s gonna lead to starvation and death, and the Third World will suffer from everything that’s going on here.

“We don’t need to get into all this, because I think anybody that knows me knows where I stand, but I don’t trust the government, I don’t trust the bureaucrat — not at all — ’cause I’ve actually read their game plan,” he explained. “I knew this was coming — I wrote about it, I warned about it. People weren’t paying attention. So it is what it is.”

Asked about the reports that confirmed coronavirus cases have been soaring to terrifying levels since June, Schaffer said: “I think that’s where we have to start questioning the data, the way the tests are… Look, the information is out there. Turn off the television. I don’t give a shit what network you’re listening to — they’re lying to you. And that’s the reality of it. There’s no excuse anymore in this day and age for people not to be able to figure out the tyranny that we’re living under — there’s just no excuse. You need to disconnect from mainstream media sources. And I’m not saying, ‘Listen to Fox News,’ because it seems like in this country, it’s Pepsi or Coke — you have two choices; it’s a duopoly on mind control. And I don’t go for either one of those situations. So I’m just telling you, man — there’s so much evidence out there. And if you understand the game plan of the handlers themselves, then you’ll understand why I wrote the things that I did in SONS OF LIBERTY, the things that I did on [ICED EARTH‘s] ‘Dystopia’ and ‘Plagues Of Babylon’, for that matter. Because I’ve read their game plan, I’ve read their battle plan, I’ve read their books, so I know what they’re up to.

“It’s not rocket science,” he continued. “It’s literally about putting pieces of the puzzle together to see what the controllers of our society and what their vision of the future is and how they’re gonna get to that point. And this is just another move in this ‘plandemic.’ So there’s a lot to it.

“I’ve done thousands of hours of research, and this is my understanding of the situation,” Schaffer said. “This whole movement is being funded by a very small group of people that have very dark designs for the future of humanity and the world, and this is what’s happening. I mean, it’s just clear. It affirms everything that I’ve studied for decades.”

Pressed about what some of those news sources are that he turns to for his information, Jon said: “There’s plenty of alternative news on the Internet — there’s tons of them — but the main thing is actually reading the books and understanding the plan from the controllers of the society that we live in.”

Asked who some of those “controllers” are, in his opinion, Schaffer said: “Well, it’s not even an opinion — it’s just a fact. I’m talking about the global elite families that run the federal reserve banking system — basically, all of the central banks around the world. It’s absolutely the way the world works. So you start with reading ‘The Creature From Jekyll Island’, research The Council On Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, Bilderberg… All of those things are real, they’re happening, and you’re never gonna hear about it on the mainstream news, because they’re the gatekeepers of what’s happening.

“It’s not a paranoid conspiracy theory; it’s a conspiracy fact,” Jon insisted. “And anybody that is naïve enough to think that people with power would not conspire to keep their power is living in a fucking fantasy. Period.”

Asked about reports that the coronavirus pandemic has strained many hospitals around the globe, Schaffer said: “I’m not saying that we don’t have a problem; I’m saying that if somebody gets in a car crash and has the genetic material of a coronavirus, which most of us have, because we’ve had colds and flus in our life. They’re classifying everything as a COVID-related death, man. I mean, just look into it.

“I’m not buying it,” he said. “I’m not buying it hook, line and sinker. I’ve seen the video footage. Most of the hospitals are empty. It’s a gigantic level of fraud.

“People die all the time, dude. We don’t shut down the fucking world.

“If you want me to believe for a minute that the governments around the world love the population so much that they’re willing to collapse society, I’m gonna call bullshit on that. These people are murdering scum.”

Schaffer also touched upon the situation in his former home state of Florida, which marked another grim COVID-19 milestone Thursday when health officials reported 120 new deaths from the coronavirus, with the cumulative death toll now surpassing 4,000 as new infections climbed by nearly 9,000 to more than 229,000.

“I was just in Florida for a while, and it’s just not that bad — it’s just not,” the longtime Indiana resident said. “There’s way more testing going on, and there are perfectly healthy people coming down that are being tested. Just look at the guy that invented the test and said, ‘Don’t use this.’ And this is years ago. You don’t use this for determining viral testing. They’re testing genetic material, which most humans have. Just look into it.”

Visibly irritated, Schaffer added: “We need to move along, ’cause I’m not getting into all this in a 25-minute interview to try to explain to you or anybody else the thousands of hours of research that I’ve done. I’m telling you — you look at these criminals like [Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist] Bill Gates and [Dr. Anthony] Fauci [director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases], and they are fucking criminals, and there is a plan, and it’s all to vaccinate everybody, and look out. Because this is death cult that’s running this whole situation.”

Schaffer recently announced the release of his first book, “Wicked Words And Epic Tales”. The book is the debut release from Schaffer‘s new publishing company Wicked Words, LLC and is the first of many original concepts planned for future release by Schaffer.

“Wicked Words And Epic Tales” is a collection of lyrics, interviews and pages of artwork that Schaffer‘s work has inspired throughout the years. The book is an anthology of lyrics from Schaffer that span his 35 years in making music in various projects, including ICED EARTH, DEMONS & WIZARDS, SONS OF LIBERTY and PURGATORY.

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's JESSE LEACH Says It Was 'All Quiet' In Metal Community Following GEORGE FLOYD's Death

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's JESSE LEACH Says It Was 'All Quiet' In Metal Community Following GEORGE FLOYD's Death

As part of HardDrive Radio‘s latest “Roundtable”, MACHINE HEAD‘s Robb Flynn and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE‘s Jesse Leach joined Lou Brutus to talk about what they’ve been up to during quarantine and their thoughts on the current state of politics in the U.S., as well as their collaboration on MACHINE HEAD‘s latest single, “Stop The Bleeding”. The protest anthem was written days after back-to-back deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.

Speaking about the weeks-long civil unrest that resulted in Jesse and Robb‘s collaboration, Flynn said: “This is a powerful time in history. It’s not gonna be the same after this. This is a moment of change. We’re going on five weeks of protests here. This stuff usually dies down after five days. We’re on the fifth week of worldwide, nationwide protests. And I just felt that everything that needed to be said, and then just Jesse coming back with the vocals that he did was just amazing — it just added this whole incredible layer to the song. And I was, like, ‘We’ve gotta film a video for this and put this out right now. We don’t need to worry about setting it up for this or getting the press ready or whatever. This is about the streets; the streets needs to hear this right now.'”

Adding Jesse: “[It was important] having us represent the metal community. And not everyone may agree with it for whatever reason, ’cause there’s always discussion about it. But to me, it was, like, ‘Where’s the voice coming from the metal community? There’s no one speaking out about it. This is a really fucked up thing that happened.’ And it was just all quiet. So when I saw Robb, I was, like, ‘Yo, this is what we need to do’ — hopefully spark people to start discussing it, ’cause it was just crickets.”

Asked why he thinks the metal community was so quiet after the Floyd killing, Jesse said: “My personal opinion is there’s a weird sort of split with people where the moment you start to criticize the police or you criticize something that someone firmly believes in, a.k.a. Trump. Some people, when you start to criticize Trump, they get on this crazy tirade, this crazy defensiveness that is ingrained in them, I believe, from whether the way they were raised or what they’re reading in the media.

“My whole take on it is this: I’m not left; I’m not right,” he continued. “I don’t care about that stuff. I care about what’s right and what’s wrong. And to me, what I’m seeing is happening is wrong. I don’t care how you wanna paint it. You wanna talk about, ‘Well, white people are being killed too.’ Black people are saying, ‘Leave that alone.’ Right now, we need to give black people [an opportunity] to speak. ‘Cause it’s not just this one thing. We’re talking about decades, we’re talking about centuries of oppression. This is a huge, large, deep issue, and this just sparked it off. I mean, look, the rioting, the protesting is still happening. This is a deep-rooted wound that needs to be addressed. And if it’s not gonna be addressed and people are gonna continue to try and silence it and change the subject, you’re gonna make it worse — you’re just gonna make it worse. And we need to figure out a common ground to stand on to discuss these things and hopefully create some kind of a change that can help with this situation. It’s not just gonna go away.”

Robb chimed in, saying: “I was [listening] to this comedian, and he was talking about… He’s, like, ‘Man, this country is so messed up, we can’t agree on anything. We can’t agree on this, we can’t agree on that.’ He’s, like, ‘We can’t even agree that black lives matter. We’re not trying to say we’re superior; we’re just trying to say we matter. And we can’t even agree on that.’ He’s, like, ‘And you wonder why we’re such a mess.’ That’s right. It’s sad to say that. That’s the point. They’re just trying to say that they matter.

“There’s this weird thing now — people make these identities out of a political belief, this fucking team mentality that drives me up the freakin’ wall. Everybody’s gotta be on a team now — it’s Team Trump or it’s team this or Team Hillary. It’s, like, no, man.

“My manager is a total Trumper — voted for Trump, got his ‘MAGA’ hat and everything,” Robb added. “And we’ll sit there and debate it, and we’ll debate things. And it’s crazy. You think because he’s, like, ‘I love Trump and I wear a ‘MAGA’ hat,’ but then you start talking about, ‘Would you hire a gay person?’ ‘Of course I’d hire a gay person.’ ‘Okay, would you be okay with somebody having an abortion?’ ‘Of course I’d be okay with somebody…’ But wait, that’s not what…

“People get these weird identities built around them, and especially with social media, it’s amplified, because they can reinvent themselves as these things.”

The “Stop The Bleeding” performance video was directed and edited by Mike Sloat, shot on location on the streets of Oakland, California, with Jesse‘s part filmed in Kingston, New York with David Brodsky.

MACHINE HEAD is donating a significant portion of the streaming proceeds from “Stop The Bleeding” to Grassroots Law Project, the organization representing George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.

“Stop The Bleeding” and B-side “Bulletproof” were produced by Flynn and engineered by Zack Ohren at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California, with the mix being handled by longtime MACHINE HEAD collaborator and producer extraordinaire Colin Richardson, together with Chris Clancy at Audioworks Productions UK. The tracks were mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound.


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