SERJ TANKIAN: Video For 'Orca Symphony Act I - Victorious Orcinus' Truncated Studio Version
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet and political activist Serj Tankian will independently release two albums this summer through his own Serjical Strike Records.
"Orca", Tankian's first true symphony, will be made available on June 25 and the collaborative jazz-infused album "Jazz-iz Christ" will arrive on July 23.
Recorded in Linz, Austria in October of 2012, "Orca" was composed and demoed in Tankian's home studio and fully realized after a successfulKickstarter campaign that helped fund a recording and debut performance at the regal Brucknerhaus with the Das Karussell Ensemble. With conductor Werner Steinmetz at the helm, the four acts of "Orca" mix influences from early 20th-century composers with modern film compositional dynamics showing influences ranging from Ennio Morriconeto Philip Glass. Listeners are met with a mingling of sounds and intertwining pieces that are both serene and bombastic at the same time, offering a fresh interpretation to the classical art.
According to Tankian, "Orca is known as the killer whale, but is really a dark dolphin, a symbolism for human dichotomy."
A two-minute clip directed and edited by Aaron Faulls and containing beautiful underwater sea life footage edited seamlessly to the first portion of Serj Tankian's "Orca Symphony Act I - Victorious Orcinus" (studio version) can be seen below.
"Jazz-iz Christ" is Serj's brainchild, but truly is a collaborative effort between many musicians that Tankian curated to be part of the group and self-titled album. Among others, there are considerable contributions from renowned pianist Tigran Hamasyan, flautist Valeri Tolstov, and trumpet player Tom Duprey. Additional performances from Stewart Copeland and actor/musician Davis Alpay and Vincent Pedulla make for a very unique collaboration. The 15 tracks that comprise "Jazz-iz Christ", a mostly instrumental effort except for four songs, are an amalgam of progressive jazz, electronic, ethnic and even rock elements, displaying a unique presentation of the genre itself.
Both albums will be available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon and other popular digital distributors and will be available for sale in various limited deluxe physical formats through Tankian's official website and the web site for Serjical Strike Records. Pre-orders for the deluxe limited editions of "Orca", which includes a 180 gram picture disc, merchandise, and a signed version of the actual score, will begin on May 1, while pre-orders for "Jazz-iz Christ" will commence on May 15. Audio samples from both releases are available for preview on Serj's official web site.
Upon completion of SYSTEM OF A DOWN's summer touring in August,Tankian will hang back in Europe until the commencement of his own solo orchestral tour dates that begin on September 19 in Kiev, Ukraine. The concert program will include all four acts of "Orca", but will also incorporate performances of many songs from "Elect The Dead Symphony", which achieved critical and commercial success upon its initial release and tour in 2010.
MEGADETH's New Song 'Kingmaker' To Be Premiered Via Lucky Fan's Twitter Feed
MEGADETH's new song "Kingmaker" will make its online debut shortly. The track will be unveiled by one lucky fan who will be chosen to premiere the song on his or her personal Twitter feed.
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"Kingmaker" comes off MEGADETH's new album, "Super Collider", which is scheduled for a June 4 release via MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine's new label, Tradecraft, which is distributed by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). Horn player Bob Findley — who previously appeared on the track "Silent Scorn" from MEGADETH's 2001 CD, "The World Needs A Hero" — is a featured guest on the song "A House Divided" on the new album. Other tracks set to appear on the effort include the title track, "Forget To Remember", "Dance In The Rain","The Blackest Crow", "Burn", "Don't Turn Your Back", a snippet of which can be streamed at MegadethGame.com.
In a recent interview with the "Shockwaves"/"HardRadio" podcast,Mustaine stated about "Kingmaker": "[That song] is about the epidemic we're having in our nation right now with hillbilly heroin, with everybody taking pain pills.
"It's no secret that I had surgery on my neck. I think that when I showed up at the 'Big Four' show [at the Yankee stadium in September 2011] with a neck brace on, people kind of figured out that there was something wrong with me. It turns out that I had a broken bone in my neck and a shard of my vertebrae got into my spinal cord and was causing me tremendous pain for a very long time. I had started taking pain pills and became chemically dependent on it.
"With my substance-abuse history, it was really hard for me to go from being an addict and an alcoholic and then getting set free from all that stuff. 'Cause I went to the whole twelve-step thing, which was really beneficial for me, but unfortunately, for me it wasn't an anonymous program; I would go in there and whatever I would say, people would talk about. So it really violated my anonymity. It's also a program that is based on God, but when I would talk about God in there, they would say, 'Ah, G.O.D. stands for Group Of Drunks.' And it's, like, 'No, it doesn't. Can't you spell, you retard? That's why you're in here.' But at the time, it was very influential in my life and very important and I respect it tremendously and I wish anybody who needs a twelve-step program will find one...
"The song 'Kingmaker' is about how people are running from their problems… And there's a lot of that on this particular record — just looking at, like, 'Here's what I've got. What are you gonna do with it?' It's talking a lot about this generation, how people, their lives are falling apart and they just take pills. Instead of sucking up and doing what I did and going and getting the surgery and getting off the medication, they'll continue to just trudge it out until the end of their life where they just take pills until their body is eaten… And the other thing that's part of that song is talking about how when you take these things how they make you feel different. Some people, they get into that 'cause they like the way it makes you feel, 'cause it makes you kind of feel warm and fuzzy. In the song, it talks about wanting to fly and being ten feet tall. Booze does that to some people. And this is just something that, I think, if there is a way that I can help educate a lot of our fans, especially the younger ones that still have their whole life ahead of them, it's not as glamorous as you think it is to go down that path of just checking it out and drugging yourself up and not facing reality…
"Part of what 'Kingmaker' means to me is that I am able to look back now on this whole episode of my life, being a slave to Big Pharma. You have no idea what a pain in the ass it was. In order to travel to go overseas, and I needed the medication with me, to know that if my backpack would have been stolen and my medication would have been gone, that I would have gone into serious withdrawals and been hospitalized and the tour would have been over. That kind of stuff; it's horrifying. And my heart goes out to the people that are stuck in that vicious circle and slavery to narcotics. Granted, you need it if you're in pain, but…"
As previously reported, MEGADETH will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn on Monday, June 17 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with MEGADETHby calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). The show will be streamed on the"Rockline" web site for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.
"Super Collider" is MEGADETH's first release since the band's recent split with Roadrunner Records.
POP EVIL: 'Trenches' Video Released
"Trenches", the new video from Grand Rapids, Michigan hard rockers POP EVIL, can be seen below. The track comes off the band's new full-length album, "Onyx", which will be released on May 14.
The message of "Trenches" applies to the world of art as well as the world of sports, the military, or anyone struggling with the economic downturn, like POP EVIL's home state of Michigan.
"It's about our battles," vocalist Leigh Kakaty says. "Not focusing on the things we can't control, if we really want to be a band that stands the test of time we have to write the music that connects. We have to dig our way out of the trenches."
"Onyx" track listing:
01. Goodbye My Friend
02. Deal With The Devil
04. Torn To Pieces
07. Silence & Scars ?
08. Sick Sense
09. Fly Away
10. Behind Closed Doors ?
11. Welcome To Reality ?
During a slump in the music industry, POP EVIL is living proof that you can still make a living following your dreams. "It's a matter of time before rock and roll is in the forefront again and we want to be part of that," Kakatysays.
After three Top 5 songs at rock radio, a fourth in the Top 10, a half million digital singles sold and over 1,000 shows a few short years into their impressive career, POP EVIL's return with "Onyx" is a swaggering, fistpumping, ballbusting ride through American rock. The grandiose melody of the '70s, the danger of the '80s, the emotion of the '90s and the loudest of modern riffs all have a home in POP EVIL, who fashion a fresh sound that looks to the future through the prism of rock's past.
Queens of the Stone Age Preview New Songs "I Sat By the Ocean" and "If I Had a Tail"
Queens of the Stone Age’s upcoming album, ...Like Clockwork, won't hit stores until June 4, but you can hear a little preview of the release now. The band has just posted online streams of two new cuts, "I Sat By the Ocean" and "If I Had a Tail," which they performed during a session at Belgium's Studio Brussel on Wednesday. ...Like Clockwork will feature a number of guest appearances, including Foo Fightersfrontman Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails, Scissor Sisters vocalist Jake Shears, former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan, pop icon Elton John, formerMars Volta drummer Jon Theodore, and Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner. In addition, the release will include two former QOTSA members: bassist Nick Oliveri and drummer Joey Castillo.
Slayer Announces Cause of Death for Jeff Hanneman; Planning Public "Celebration" of His Life
An official cause of death for founding Slayer member and guitarist Jeff Hanneman has been announced by the band.
According to an update posted Thursday on Slayer's website, Hanneman passed away May 2 of alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver.
Hanneman -- who had been taking time off from the band since 2011, after contracting the flesh-eating infection necrotizing fasciitis from a spider bite -- was 49.
Slayer also announced that there will be a "celebration" of Hanneman's life sometime later this month, which will be open to the public. Additional details will be posted on the website in the near future.
The update also includes memories of Hanneman provided by guitarist Kerry King and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya.
King recalls, "I had so many great times with Jeff...in the early days when we were out on the road, he and I were the night owls, we would stay up all night on the bus, just hanging out, talking, watching movies...World War II movies, horror movies, we watchedFull Metal Jacket so many times, we could practically recite all of the dialogue."
Araya shares stories of the band recording music together. He added, "Jeff was a lifeline of Slayer, he wrote so many of the songs that the band will always be known for. He had a good heart, he was a good guy."
Jack White’s Third Man Records to Release The Great Gatsby Soundtrack on Gold & Platinum Vinyl Records
Jack White has cooked up something truly unique -- and incredibly expensive -- for the vinyl version of The Great Gatsby soundtrack. The ex-White Stripes singer has announced that his label, Third Man Records, will be releasing a limited edition deluxe version of the film’s soundtrack on records made of platinum and gold.
The double album will run you $250, and will be housed in a laser-cut wooden LP jacket. You can pre-order the release through the Third Man Records website starting at 9 a.m. CT on Friday, the same day that The Great Gatsby film is released. If you live near Nashville, you can head down to the Third Man Records store to pick up your copy in person: they'll be offering 100 of the albums for sale starting at 10 a.m. CT the same day.
If you’d rather not spend that much money to get the deluxe version of The Great Gatsbysoundtrack, you can pick up a standard vinyl edition of the double album on June 11. Pre-orders for that release will also be available on the Third Man Records website starting Friday. The Great Gatsby soundtrack includes 17 tracks, including White’s cover of the U2 classic “Love Is Blindness” and Gotye’s “Hearts a Mess,” from his 2006 release, Like Drawing Blood. In addition, exclusive new tracks by Florence + the Machine, The xx and Lana Del Rey are part of the collection. The Great Gatsby film, a big-screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel of the same name, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, TobeyMaguire and Carey Mulligan.
As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis Pleads Not Guilty in Alleged Murder-for-Hire Plot
As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis on Thursday pleaded not guilty to solicitation of murder in connection with his alleged murder-for-hire plot, according to NBC 7 San Diego.
The 32-year-old Lambesis was arraigned in a Vista, California, court, two days after he was arrested for allegedly attempting to hire an undercover detective to kill his estranged wife.
Prosecutors say Lambesis gave the detective an envelope containing one thousand dollars, plus pictures of his wife and information regarding her home. He also allegedly told the detective some dates when he would be with the couple's three children, to give him an alibi.
Lambesis' estranged wife, 32-year-old Meggan Lambesis, filed for divorce last September. Prosecutors say that during the previous month, Lambesis told his wife in an email that he'd been having an affair, that he no longer loved her, and that he no longer believes in God. As I Lay Dying is often described as a Christian metal band.
Lambesis is being held on three million dollars bail. He faces up to nine years behind bars if convicted.
The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, Ex-GnR Drummer Matt Sorum & More to Perform at Rolling Stones Tributes
A new installment of the series of TheRolling Stones tribute shows known as Stones Fest is set to take place in New York and Los Angeles later this month. The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and Delta Spirit are among the many musicians set to perform tunes from The Stones' expansive catalog at the NYC edition of the event, which takes place May 22-23 at the Bowery Ballroom.
A second edition of Stones Fest will take place in Los Angeles a week later on May 30 at The Fonda Theatre. The lineup for that event will include performances by ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, Dead Sara frontwoman Emily Armstrong, The Lemonheads singer Evan Dando, and members of Eagles of Death Metal.
All of the proceeds raised from tickets sales will go toward the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, a charity that provides financial assistance to musicians facing illness or disability.
Blur’s Alex James Makes Directorial Debut with Short Film,A Slice of Life
Alex James can now add filmmaker to his resume. The Blur bassist has just released a short film to celebrate the launch of Virgin Media Shorts 2013, a short film competition in the U.K. where aspiring filmmakers can win 30,000 British pounds -- which translates to a little over $46,300 in U.S. currency -- to make a feature film.
Titled A Slice of Life, the two-minute clip features the bassist enjoying a day the Santa Monica Pier in California. After a fortune telling machine gives him the message, “life is short you must live every day like it’s your last,” James spends his time enjoying the sand and surf while listening to “Superordinator,” a track he wrote for especially for the flick, on his headphones. The film ends with the bassist getting hit by a bus because he’s distracted by his music.
"I was in LA listening to the track on my headphones,” said James in a statement. “The more I listened to it, the more it chimed with the sunshine and atmosphere of the city. So I decided to make a film about being carefree and happy, with a punchline that brings it all back to earth -- the concept being life is short, but music endures."
Blur recently revealed that they are currently working on material for a new studio album.
Courtney Love Announces Small Batch of East Coast Solo Dates
Courtney Love is hitting the road this summer. The singer has revealed that she’ll be performing some solo dates on the East Coast, starting with a show June 20 at TLA in Philadelphia, PA.
The trek also includes stops in Boston, Brooklyn, Port Chester, and Huntington, among other cities. Starred will support Love on select dates.
Tickets for most of the newly-announced shows will go on sale on Friday. Here are the tour dates:
6/20 -- Philadelphia, PA, TLA
6/21 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
6/22 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
6/26 -- Brooklyn, NY, Warsaw
6/27 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
6/28 -- Asbury Park, NJ, Stone Pony Summer Stage
6/29 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount