BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT, the band launched by ex-CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho, has inked a deal with Napalm Recordsfor all territories excluding Japan.

Joining Alexi in the group are drummer Waltteri Väyrynen (PARADISE LOST), guitarist Daniel Freyberg (ex-CHILDREN OF BODOM), bassist Mitja Toivonen (ex-SANTA CRUZ) and touring keyboardist Vili Itäpelto.

BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT said in a statement: “We are far beyond thrilled to start working with Napalm Records. We feel that they can provide the best possible temple for a boulder called BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT to roll over all the archeologists who claim that metal music is on the brink of extinction.

“Since the world is more or less in a standstill state right now, we are spending all the time we’d normally spend on the road making new music. Our new family at Napalm is giving us the liberty to make music that you can bang your head to very soon.”

Thomas Caser, managing director of Napalm Records, added: “Welcome BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT. I have been following the career of Alexi Laiho since the first CHILDREN OF BODOM albums and have always been a huge fan. It’s needless to say that we are delighted to finally work with such a talent and we cannot wait for the first bits of music to be unleashed to the metal world. This will be BIG!”

Named after a track on CHILDREN OF BODOM‘s “Follow The Reaper” album, BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT recently entered Finnvox studios in Helsinki, Finland to record its first music.

The band said: “As most of our gigs and touring plans for 2020 got canceled, meanwhile we’ve been working hard on our upcoming full-length album that’s supposed to see the light of the day in late 2021. To make the wait a little easier, we want to give a treat to our fans and announce that we’ve just finished the recordings for two brand new bone-crushing and neck-breaking BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT songs! Needless to say, we’re absolutely thrilled about this and we can guarantee there’s killer stuff coming up your way! Cheers and stay tuned for more info!”

BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT made its live debut on October 23 at Rytmikorjaamo in Seinäjoki, Finland. The 17-song show consisted entirely of CHILDREN OF BODOM material.

Jaska Raatikainen (drums), Henri “Henkka T. Blacksmith” Seppälä (bass) and Janne Wirman (keyboards) announced their departures from CHILDREN OF BODOM in October 2019. Two months later, they confirmed that they were the rightful owners of the CHILDREN OF BODOM brand.

CHILDREN OF BODOM played its final show on December 15, 2019 at the Black Box in Helsinki Ice Hall. A short time later, Finnish music magazine Soundi reported that the rights to the CHILDREN OF BODOM name are held by AA & Sewira Consulting Oy, the company owned by Raatikainen, Seppälä and Wirman. In June 2019, the trio filed an application with the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland, and their application was subsequently granted for a five-year period starting on October 1, 2019. As a result, Laiho, who was CHILDREN OF BODOM‘s singer, guitarist and main songwriter, isn’t authorized to use the band’s name without permission from Wirman, Raatikainen and Seppälä.

In November 2019, Laiho admitted to Helsingin Sanomat that there had been tensions in the BODOM camp for quite some time.

“The original decision [to end the band in its current form] came when the other guys said they just couldn’t do it anymore,” he said. “There were family reasons for it. I respect their decision. I myself have a wife and stepdaughter in Australia, and my wife understands my lifestyle. I’m pretty much gone [most of the time], but always I come back and I give them my all. Nothing is more important to me.”

According to Laiho, things came to a head when CHILDREN OF BODOM performed in Russia in October 2019.

“We fought a lot within the band, and I can honestly admit that those fights were mainly my fault,” he said. “They always started with some misunderstanding.”

Relations within the band apparently got so bad during the Russian tour that it looked as if CHILDREN OF BODOM would break up right there and then. But cooler heads prevailed, and the group decided that the shows in Finland would be their last with the most recent formation.

CHILDREN OF BODOM‘s last album, “Hexed”, came out in March 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Photo credit: Samu Ruotsalainen

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FOZZY's 'Across America' 30-Minute Documentary Now Available Online

FOZZY's 'Across America' 30-Minute Documentary Now Available Online

On October 14, 2017, FOZZY became the first rock band to play three shows in three different time zones in one day, in celebration of the release of its latest album, “Judas”. A 30-minute documentary chronicling the experience received its world premiere last month during FOZZY‘s “Capturing Judas” livestream and can now be seen in its entirety below.

“Fozzy Across America” – October 14, 2017: Three Cities, Three Shows, Three Timezones, One Day!

Ft Myers, FL – WRXK 96K-Rock
The Ranch
9 a.m. Showtime – All Ages
Post Show VIP Meet & Greet –

El Paso, TX
KLAQ 95.5
Star City Studios
3 p.m. Showtime – All Ages

Las Vegas, NV
KOMP 92.3
Hard Rock Cafe
11 p.m. Showtime – 18+

FOZZY spent the last few months putting the finishing touches on its new studio album for a 2021 release.

According to FOZZY frontman Chris Jericho, the band’s next LP will contain 12 songs, including one cover.

This past May, Jericho told Australia’s Triple M radio station that FOZZY has “so many great songs” written for the new LP that “it’s gonna be hard to pick the singles.”

Guitarist Rich Ward and producer Johnny Andrews are once again “doing the lion’s share” of the songwriting for the new LP, which is being recorded primarily in Atlanta, Georgia.

Released in August 2019, “Nowhere To Run” was FOZZY‘s third single to hit Top 10 on rock radio, following “Judas” and “Painless”.

In addition to producing “Judas”, Andrews previously co-wrote FOZZY‘s “Lights Go Out” track back in 2014. He has also written songs with the likes of ALL THAT REMAINS, THREE DAYS GRACE and HALESTORM.

FOZZY is Chris Jericho (vocals), Rich Ward (guitars, vocals), Frank Fontsere (drums), Billy Grey (guitars) and Randy Drake (bass).

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SMASHING PUMPKINS Perform 'Cyr' Title Track On 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' (Video)

SMASHING PUMPKINS Perform 'Cyr' Title Track On 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' (Video)

SMASHING PUMPKINS performed the title track of their new album, “Cyr”, on Tuesday’s (December 1) episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”.

Founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha, along with longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder played the song in a studio, but the footage was edited to create a visual collage.

“Cyr” was released on November 27 via Sumerian Records. The 20-song follow-up to 2018’s “Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.” was produced by Corgan.

‘Cyr’ is dystopic folly,” Corgan said in a statement, “one soul against the world sort of stuff, set against a backdrop of shifting loyalties and sped up time. To me it stands as both hopeful and dismissive of what is and isn’t possible with faith.”

The “Cyr” title track premiered in late August. A second single, “The Colour Of Love”, came out at the same time. Variety said the two tracks are “effortlessly taking their place alongside a catalog of cherished SMASHING PUMPKINS classics.”

Billy told Apple Music about “Cyr”: “I think this is the music that’s coming out now is the things that have taken root. We’ve gone back to just being ourselves. We’re good pop assassins, and I think as long as we’re sort of in that space, we’re good. Anybody can ascribe anything they want to it as far as stylistically, but it bears repeating that what most of the general public knows of the band is really only one small slice of the band’s music. The band’s sort of width was a lot wider. So this falls quite comfortably in the music that we’ve made through the years.”

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RAMMSTEIN's TILL LINDEMANN Collaborates With Violinist DAVID GARRETT On Cover Of 'Alle Tage Ist Kein Sonntag'

RAMMSTEIN's TILL LINDEMANN Collaborates With Violinist DAVID GARRETT On Cover Of 'Alle Tage Ist Kein Sonntag'

RAMMSTEIN singer Till Lindemann has collaborated with violinist David Garrett on a version of the Schlager song “Alle Tage Ist Kein Sonntag” which enjoyed great popularity in the 1920s and 1930s. The track, originally from 1922, was written by Carl Ferdinands and Carl Clewing, and has been performed by the likes of Fritz Wunderlich and Marlene Dietrich.

Due on December 11, Lindemann and Garrett‘s version of “Alle Tage Ist Kein Sonntag” will be made available as a limited CD single in a digipak.

Track listing:

01. Alle Tage Ist Kein Sonntag
02. Alle Tage Ist Kein Sonntag (Bazzazian Remix)

Garrett is one of the most popular classical crossover and pop violinists in the world. He started playing the violin when he was four years old and, when he was thirteen, he became the youngest artist to sign a record deal with Deutsche Grammophon.

The news of Till‘s latest single comes less than a month after it was announced that he had pulled the plug on his collaboration with Swedish producer and multi-instrumentalist Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN).

The duo released LINDEMANN‘s second album, “F & M”, in November 2019. The follow-up to 2015’s “Skills In Pills” was once again produced and mixed by Tägtgren.

“Skills In Pills” reached gold status in Germany and was entirely in English. On the second opus, Lindemann went back to singing exclusively in German.

Lindemann and Tägtgren are currently working on a final joint release, a live DVD of their show in Moscow 2020, which will be released in spring 2021.

LINDEMANN embarked on its first tour in support of “F&M”.

The band had received some criticism due to its use of pornography during its second album cycle, with the music video for “Platz Eins” described by one site as “full-on art porn — slick and stylish, weird and experimental, and definitely X-rated.”

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Ex-JOURNEY Singer STEVE PERRY Releases Stripped-Down Version Of 'I Need You' From 'Traces (Alternative Versions & Sketches)'

Ex-JOURNEY Singer STEVE PERRY Releases Stripped-Down Version Of 'I Need You' From 'Traces (Alternative Versions & Sketches)'

In the fall of 2018, former JOURNEY singer Steve Perry made his long-awaited return with the release of “Traces”, the legendary musician’s first new album in 25 years. The LP’s personal expression of love, inspiration and renewal resonated with both critics and fans around the world, thrilled to have their “voice of a generation” making new music once again.

Now, on “Traces (Alternative Versions & Sketches)”, due December 4, 2020 via Fantasy Records, Perry revisits several of his favorite tracks, stripping away the grand production touches, taking the songs down to their essence. Presented acoustic and raw (including some in sketch form), tracks like “Sun Shines Gray”, “No Erasin'”, “No More Cryin'” and “Most Of All” take on new and richer meaning. In this setting, Steve‘s voice glides out-front vibrant, clear and warm while the lyrics take on greater significance, even more intimate than before.

Produced by Steve and his longtime collaborator and friend Thom Flowers, “Traces (Alternative Versions & Sketches)” offers a fascinating glimpse into Steve‘s creative process and a deeper understanding into an alredy treasured album.

Steve says: “When writing these songs, the original inspiration is always my first compass — where the songs should go. ‘Alternate Versions & Sketches’ is exactly that, and I’m very excited to have you hear the original seeds of these songs.”

“Traces (Alternative Versions & Sketches)” track listing:

01. Most Of All (Radio Mix)
02. No Erasin’ (Acoustic)
03. I Need You (Acoustic)
04. No More Cryin’ (Acoustic)
05. Most Of All (Stripped)
06. We’re Still Here (Acoustic)
07. You Belong To Me (Stripped)
08. Sun Shines Gray (Acoustic)

The stripped-down version of “I Need You”, taken from “Traces (Alternative Versions & Sketches)”, can be streamed below.

Perry recently told Rolling Stone that he been busy creating new music since the April release of his cover version of the BEACH BOYS classic “In My Room”.

“I have a studio and I’m always writing and always recording stuff,” he said. “I have lots of music, so much stuff.”

Perry‘s first solo album in more than two decades, “Traces”, was released in October 2018 via Fantasy Records (a division of Concord Records/UMG). He credited his late girlfriend, psychologist Kellie Nash, who died more than seven years ago, with helping him want to sing again; she’d made him promise he wouldn’t go back into isolation when she passed.

Last year, Perry told “The Jim Brickman Show” that the response to “Traces” has been “really great. It’s been an interesting experience to release a record in this age that we live in. Meaning, it’s such a different landscape… Now we’re streaming, now we’ve got everything… all this stuff. And so it’s been such an interesting experience to release music into the new landscape of what it all means. We’re streaming, we’re still selling some on iTunes…. Nobody sells records anymore; everybody’s streaming. But I didn’t do this to sell records. If people wanna own it and take it with them, then that’s beautiful. But if you wanna listen to it, that’s also beautiful, ’cause all I wanted to do — and I said this to many of my friends… The reason I make music again was, number one, to keep a promise that I wouldn’t go back into isolation. And number two, I wanted to just see if I was viable as a songwriter, singer, arranger, mixer, producer. I wanted to see if I could even remotely do some sort of creative involvement with all that. And in the beginning, it was challenging, because of the new technologies. But now I’ve embraced the living crap out of all of it. I have a great studio.”

Perry dated Nash for nearly two years before she died in December 2012 after being diagnosed with breast cancer. He mourned for two years, and then began recording again.

Upon its release, “Traces” was met with wide acclaim and tremendous excitement from fans and critics all over the world. The album entered the Billboard 200 Albums chart at No. 6, Perry‘s highest debut as a solo artist and earned the Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer his best-ever chart entries in the U.K., Germany, Canada and Japan.

Perry reunited with JOURNEY for the first time in years as they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2017. The iconic singer appeared onstage with his former bandmates as they each gave speeches, but did not perform with the group later in the event.

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