Megadeath’s David Ellefson Says Band Will Release New Music in 2021

The Heavy Metal giants will release their follow up to the 2016 album dystopia.

As Reported by NME

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Megadeth will be releasing new music in 2021 – that’s according to the band’s bassist David Ellefson.

In a new interview, Ellefson discussed the progress of the band’s forthcoming album, the follow-up to 2016’s ‘Dystopia’.

“Basic tracks are done. Overdubs now are continuing,” Ellefson told the Decibel Geek podcast. “I’m sure 2021 will see some new Megadeth music of some form – hopefully the whole album, because touring will open up and we can drop a record and the tour dates that we have rescheduled will all go forward as planned. That’s what we’re hoping.”

He added: “That’s about all I can say on it – just ’cause it’s not done yet, so it’s hard to talk about something that’s still in motion.”

Back in June, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine revealed that the band had recorded 18 songs for their new album.

Speaking about their forthcoming 16th studio album, Mustaine said: “Dirk [Verbeuren, drums] and David Ellefson [bass] both just finished their parts. And this was probably one of the strongest records we’ve ever had as far as duration.

“The other records we’ve done have all done been different lengths, and our [record] contract that we have [to deliver] for one company, it’s eight songs, for another company, it’s 11 songs, so, realistically, all we need to do is do an 11-song album and we’re done, right? That’s not the way old Uncle Dave is, though.”

YUNGBLUD Asks “Is There Any Life On Mars?” In Emotional New Video

Yungblud announces huge 'Life On Mars' 2021 UK tour

November 26th saw YUNGBLUD’s 7th single release this year, bringing us an emotionally charged song mars, telling the story of a young trans woman fighting to be who she truly is, and spreading the message of self-identity and fighting for what is right. The song comes quickly after previous release Cotton Candy, which received a hugely positive reaction from fans and new listeners alike.

The video quickly followed, dropping 5pm yesterday. You can watch Below:

mars comes as one of the featured songs on the Weird!, which is releasing at the later date of December 4th, after being pushed back due to the delay in production of the Vinyl versions of the album.

YUNGBLUD has been teasing the content of this album, redesigning his style in a more liberating lyrical style with charged messages, as per for any of his releases. Earlier this year, he described the new album as “Inspired by Bowie”, the latest video clearly nodding its head towards the late performer.

I was lucky enough to get in touch with Jenna (Middle Bottom of the picture below), one of the featured actors in the music video, to ask about what the song means to her, the filming process and what it was like working with YUNGBLUD on set.

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“The song to me means reaching out to each other. From the moment I read the lyrics I felt it was about the story of a young trans woman who has been through a hell of a fight to be who she knows she is, and this can connect with everyone in one way or another. Fighting for yourself and what you deserve, fighting for what you know others deserve and, in this case, ultimately prevailing with Bright coloured lipstick and a tougher skin. Support each other, love each other!

“And the filming process was an absolute joy! Dom was so clear with what he wanted and that he wanted us to be OURSELVES. And you can see this in the video when everyone has a slightly different take on the fight. I felt completely supported and encouraged and most of the filming was done in one or two takes as it was made so clear what we were asked to portray.”

Keeping this year busy with announcements, we are blessed with three different tours over the next year, firstly with the Weird Time Of Life tour, an online event which sees both old and brand new songs performed in a location specific livestream, which is currently ongoing. Concert-goers can buy tickets for any location across the world, talk with fellow fans and be introduced to new bands through the support acts. You can still buy tickets here, with the run ongoing until the 7th December. The next announcement is the Intimate As F*CK, shows brought to fans in tiny venues across smaller cities in April and May of next year. Unfortunately these tickets have already sold out due to high demand! But if you still would really like that live event to see the new album releases in person, the Life On Mars tour is taking place late 2021. You can view dates and tickets here.

With the United Kingdom slowly coming out of national lockdown after the Coronavirus Pandemic slows, we as listeners can only hope with baited breath that these concerts can still go ahead, and it not, we hope a plethora of new music can come instead.

Written By Mars Smith

IDLES Raffle Off Guitar Amps For #saveourvenues

IDLES new album single

IDLES are set to raffle off one guitar amp in honor of the #SaveOurVenues trust, after The Music Venue Trust highlighted 30 grassroots venues that are still in danger of closure.

After many venues around the UK received their first share of the £1.57Billion Cultural Recovery fund earlier this year, yet many smaller venues did not receive any of the grant.

To support these venues during these tough times, IDLES have put on a raffle consisting of the Hiwatt Guitar Amp used during the Abbey Road “Lock In” Livestreams, and a Hiwatt Guitar Head.

The raffle is only £5 to enter, and each entry is also given a listening code to join a listening party for their most recent live album “Live at Ramsgate Hall”, announced back in June to save the venue.

“We would have been in the middle of gigging season right now, where grassroots music venues and musicians make their bread and butter, they need your support now more than ever.

Grassroots music venues are where music progresses, they are the places where future festival headliners start out, its where the music on the fringes gets an opportunity to grow and turn into popular music of the future, they are places of escapism and to speak to our times, make us think of the world around us. They are our culture.

Our government derides independence in culture and especially the music industry, this short-sighted view of culture and its economy will be all of our undoing’s. Support an independent venue/artist/movement where you can.”

Only 89% of England’s grassroots venues received a share of the grant, meaning that Venues included in the new list of 30 in danger include London venues The Lexington and the Brixton Windmill, The Venue in Derby, The Railway Inn in Winchester, The Gellions in Inverness and The Lantern in Halifax.

Written By Mars Smith

Radiohead Auction Off The Lotus Flower Bowler Hat For Charity

As reported by NME

Radiohead are auctioning off the iconic Lotus Flower Bowler Hat in aid of Cahonas Scotland and Testicular Cancer Education and Awareness.

The hat is being sold on Ebay, with Yorke’s signature and a hand drawn Radiohead Logo, and has 76 bids, currently with the highest bid of £4,700.

You can bid here, and watch the ‘Lotus Flower’ video that made it famous below.

This news comes after the band said that they are “Sure there will be another album” but they “aren’t sure when”

The guitarist told NME back in April that he and the band were having “online meetings” and “talking about stuff”. While he stressed that “for the foreseeable future, everyone is doing their own thing,” O’Brien did add that “when it feels right to plug back into Radiohead, then we will.”

Written by Mars Smith

Foo Fighters Perform New Single on SNL Ahead of Album Release

Dave Chappelle hosted "Saturday Night Live" with musical guest Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters performed their latest single, Shame Shame, on the latest episode of SNL, hosted by Dave Chappelle ahead of the release of their next album, Medicine at Midnight. The album is set to drop February 5th next year. The single was released at the same time as the performance on all music platforms.

“[Shame Shame] kind of stands out on the record,” guitarist Chris Shiflett tells The Brag. “It’s definitely a little different than anything we’ve ever done before and it’s a little bit different than anything else on the record, although the record has a lot of songs that are, you know, groove-based like this one is.”

Their evening of performance also included a rendition of the 2009 hit Times Like These, which became synonymous with the Covid-19 Pandemic after the BBC Radio 1 Stay At Home Live Lounge, which was dubbed the biggest live lounge yet. Take a look at the star studded cover here.

Medicine at Midnight is available to pre-order now, with options including a Smoke Vinyl edition, on the bands website.

Written By Mars Smith

Doja Cat Storms the EMAs With A Rock Rendition of Say So

Doja Cat Rocks Out With 'Say So' at 2020 MTV EMAs | Billboard

This years EMAs were a little bit unconventional – just like pretty much everything in 2020 – but that didn’t stop our musicians. In fact, it forced many of them to explore avenues yet undiscovered. Doja Cat shocked everyone when she performed her hit single, Say So, which was pretty much unrecognizable, giving it an insane glam rock makeover and proving she is here to stay. Its becoming more and more clear that 2020 is the year that Rock comes back, with artists such as Machine Gun Kelly and Miley Cyrus letting their Rockstar personas out.

Reminiscent of 2000’s Evanescense, the composition is a far cry from the usual pop-R&B. The set was transformed into a grungy nightmare forest, with Doja’s dress torn to shreds, and a band of wolf-like people shredding on their guitars. Accompanied with Doja really getting into her role as a Rock star, rolling across the floor and belting out the high notes, we were given a performance to go down in history.

However amazing this is, it isn’t surprising. Doja is known for mixing up tracks, especially after she did a Broadway Tribute at the BBMAs last month, and a space age funked up remix version of Say So at the VMAs in August. Any fan will know that Doja rose to fame after creating accapella tracks on her phone about random subjects – like french fries – and with a taste of the weird and wonderful, experimentation is usually in the works for anything that Doja creates.

Doja’s has an incredible voice, and many people would say that rap and Rock are very different stylistically, which puts questions out that perhaps she will delve into something a little more heavy. And were here for it.

Written By Mars Smith

Four Crooks Keep It Real With Their New EP ‘Black Magic’

For some, lockdown was a series of unfortunate events. For Four Crooks, however, the global pandemic was a catalyst of creativity, from which grew their brand new EP, Black Magic.

The band, hailing from Telford, took to a remote farmhouse to combine their thoughts and musical talent to bring to us Feel Alright, Paranoia, and the title track, Black Magic, all together combining as a brilliant, heavy Indie EP reminiscent of Royal Blood and Nothing But Thieves.

Four Crooks consists of Dave Morris (vocals/guitar); Eamonn Russell (guitar); Toby Barnett (bass) and Dan Quinton-Jones (drums). Four seemingly average guys who came together over their love and need for heavier sounding Indie tracks.

Eamonn met Dave the night he was being kicked out of a bar after an altercation with the manager over gig fees and, as they walked together, carrying the kit, they bonded over their love for a particular sound of music. Toby and Dan joined in with this shared passion and inside the farmhouse, without distractions, the EP was born.

The three tracks on the EP show the rawness of the band. Just four lads who are being open and honest about mental health and relationship struggles.

The title track by the same name as the EP mentions the highly additive qualities of women, and other substances, warning us of the highs and lows. Feel Alright introduces us to the struggles of getting through a difficult relationship, whilst holding your head high. The track features a bouncing, feel good melody – definitely a lockdown mood booster.

The final track, Paranoia, speaks of the struggles of dealing with anxiety and doubts, with a heavy bassline that will be stuck in your head for days.

Overall, the EP is a solid listen, with three tracks that really show the band’s talent, and with the second national lockdown over our heads, can we be looking forward to new music from this up-and-coming band? Lets hope so!

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Written by Mars Smith