Steeped in Nordic mythology, France’s Skáld draw extensively on traditional folk music and employ the Old Norse language for many of their lyrics. Huldufólk (Decca / Universal Music) is the group’s fourth full-length release and is themed around the subject of its title: huldufólk, or “hidden people” is the name given to the mythical beings — elves, dwarves, trolls — that populate Nordic folklore. Moreover, according to the press release accompanying this record, the work honours “an entire people in whom many Scandinavians still believe”.
Megadeth has earned its highest charting album worldwide in the band’s history for the debut of its new album The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead! Read our review here. The album has taken the No. 3 spot on the Billboard 200 marking their eighth Top Ten album of their career, and matching the chart impact of the band’s last album, the Grammy-winning Dystopia. The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead! total Consumption was 47,552, and pure Album Sales were 44,781, placing the album at No.1 on Top Album Sales, Top Current Albums Sales, Top Rock & Alternative Album, Top Rock Albums, and Top Hard Rock Albums charts respectively, and at No. 2 on the Vinyl Album Sales chart.
Seven years after their previous, eponymously titled, album Def Leppard are back with Diamond Star Halos (UMG). It is a long gap between records and right from the off their trademark arena-ready hard rock is in full swing in ‘Take What You Want’ – with it’s crunching chords and touches of On Through The Night. The first three tracks conform to their trademark sound, with the seventies-inspired, glam stomper ‘Kick’ one of the highlights – they have compensated for the familiarity by stuffing it full of hooks. ‘Fire It Up’ is a hard rocker with a slinky little riff and daft and hackneyed lyrics designed purely for a singalong.
Universal Music will release Def Leppard’s seminal album “High ‘n’ Dry” for Record Store Day 2022, on the 45th anniversary of Def Leppard forming in 1977. “High ‘n’ Dry” will be released as a picture disc, for the very first time, on the 23rd, April 2022. Continue reading
Legendary rockers Pearl Jam have shared their new video “Retrograde” The track comes from their new album, their eleventh, Gigaton out now via Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records/Universal Music Group (read our review here). The new PJ album is their first since 2013s acclaimed Lightning Bolt, released on 2013. Continue reading
Legendary rockers Pearl Jam have shared their new single ‘Superblood Wolfmoon’. The track comes from their forthcoming new album, their eleventh, Gigaton due out on March 27 via Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records in the U.S. Internationally, the album will be released and distributed by Universal Music Group. The new PJ album is their first since 2013s acclaimed Lightning Bolt, released on 2013. Continue reading
The White Buffalo, a.k.a. US singer/songwriter Jake Smith, has signed a global deal with Snakefarm Records – a sub-label of Universal Music Group spotlighting roots, country rock, blues & Americana. The White Buffalo has confirmed new shows for spring 2020, with more to follow and hopefully new music too. He has made many guest appearances and scored music for movies and Television, including a 2015 Emmy nomination for original music on the series Sons of Anarchy on FX. Continue reading
Rammstein fever continues to sweep up the world on the strength of their recent s/t release (Universal Music Group). After recently wrapping up the first round of European stadium dates, the band has announced their tour of next summer in Europe with an all-new stage show, with tickets on sale as of last week and moving fast. Now the band has added another date, Ricoh Arena, in Coventry UK on Saturday 20th June 2020, succeeding Stadium MK as the band’s biggest ever UK headline show too. Tickets for the Coventry show go on sale on Friday, July 12th at 10 am (local time) exclusively via the following authorised outlets: Eventim, AXS, Ticketmaster and the Venue. All times refer to the local time in the respective country. More ticket buying details can be seen below with the updated tour routing. Rammstein has been an ardent supporter of getting fans tickets without the interference of ticket brokers. Further dates, including the USA and rest of the world, are expected soon. Continue reading
Industrial Metal legends Rammstein has shared a trailer for their full routing for their summer headline tour of European stadiums and arenas. Plans are in the works for further dates into 2020. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday, July 5th at 11 a.m. (local time). The Eventim presale will feature exclusives such as the album and a souvenir poster for every poster.Continue reading
Bolstered by the runaway smash hit (roughly $168 million at the box office in five weeks) of the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox), Queen’s classic song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is now officially the most-streamed track from the 20th century, achieving more than 1.6 billion global streams. Universal Music Group (UMG) announced the news and Billboard made the report that also indicated the track has also become it the most-streamed classic rock song of all time, edging out Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’ and ‘November Rain’ and a-ha’s ‘Take on Me’ in both categories. The ranking considers all registered streams on global on-demand streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and others, as well as streams from an official song or video streams on YouTube.Continue reading