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Bob Kulick was a Grammy winning producer and guitarist who worked with KISS, Meatloaf, Lou Reed and W.A.S.P. among others. He passed away on May 28th at the age of 70.
Bruce shared a statement to thank fans for their support and offered an update on the memorial plans. He wrote, "Thank you all for the enormous outpouring of condolences, love and support for my brother's recent passing on May 28, 2020.
"This has been a very difficult time for my wife and I, and your tremendous response is a source of strength for us. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
"Many of you have asked about funeral arrangements, and sadly due to Covid-19, there will not be a traditional service at this time. A proper memorial will be planned in the future where we can all pay tribute to my brother. Please feel free to continue celebrating the great contributions Bob accomplished during his career. His legacy will never be forgotten."
There will only be 4,000 copies of the album released for the annual event, that will be taking place on August 29th. This will also mark the first time that album has been available on vinyl since 1989.
RSD had these details: "No longer under the band name Frehley's Comet, the album features guest performances by former Kiss drummer Peter Criss, as well as Skid Row members Sebastian Bach, Rachel Bolan and Dave Sabo. Long time Frehley's Comet rhythm section Anton Fig (on drums) and John Regan (bass) back up Frehley throughout the album.
"This yellow/orange 180g double vinyl release is the album's first vinyl pressing since 1989. 1. Shot Full of Rock, 2. Do Ya (The Move cover), 3. Five Card Stud, 4. Hide Your Heart (Bonnie Tyler cover), 5. Lost in Limbo, 6. Trouble Walkin', 7. 2 Young 2 Die, 8. Back to School, 9. Remember Me, 10. Fractured III"
Thal will be releasing "Barefoot 3" on June 5th via Bandcamp and it will feature his unplugged take on songs from Elton John, Asia, Soundgarden and more.
The EP follows the recently release of "Barefoot 2" that included covers of tracks Paul McCartney, Iron Maiden, Billy Joel, The Police, and The Young Rascals. See the tracklisting for the new installment and watch the preview video here.
The new track is billed as a "loving homage to dark '80s music like Depeche Mode, The Cure & Siouxsie Sioux," and frontman Spider One had this to say, "I believe this was the first song we wrote for the album.
"It kind of laid the groundwork for the sound of the whole record. Kind of more experimental and electronic than the previous one. I think I may have been trying to channel Peter Murphy with the vocals."
Spider said of the music video, "I had been watching a lot of clips from the British music show Top of the Pops and decided that creating a fake music show called Pop Toppers would be a pretty fun idea for a music video.
"Though just having Powerman 5000 performing the song seemed a bit whatever. That's when I dreamed up the fictitious female goth band 'Holly Holly and The Night Cloaks.' Having this Siouxsie & the Banshees-type band lip sync our song was hilarious and matched the dark wave tone of the song perfectly." Watch the video here.
Portnoy will be the special guest for tonight's (June 3rd) installment of their ongoing online specials the SepulQuarta sessions that will be taking place at 8:15pm BST/ 12:15PM PST.
Eloy had this to say, "Portnoy is one of the most influential drummers in the history of progressive rock and music in general. He is a revolutionary for the drummer community. I was very influenced by him through his work with Dream Theater"
Andreas Kisser said of the special series, "SepulQuarta was born out of the necessity to express ourselves in a different way since we're all facing a new situation.
"We came up with this idea still influenced by the concept of our recent album Quadra, using geometry, numerology and numbers. Wednesday, which is the fourth day of the week, was chosen for the event." Fans can tune in (and watch previous installments) here.
The track is one of the highligths from the group's forthcoming "I Am The Empire - Live From The 013", which will be released on DVD/Blu-Ray and album format on August 14th.
The live package will feature 21 tracks and was captured on September 14, 2018 at legendary 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands. Frontman Tommy Karevik had the following to say about the new video, "We can now proudly announce that the first video to be released from the show will be Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife).
"The song marks the beginning of a new era as it was one of the main songs on Silverthorn, the first Kamelot album with me as the singer. Enjoy!" Watch the video here.
The tour was set to take place this fall but has moved back to spring of next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the band advises that tickets for the original dates will be valid at the new stops.
They had this to say, "This never seen before pandemic challenges all of us, and we feel the risk of a contamination is still way too high. Besides, the national regulations of the individual countries make the execution of the tour in its entity very uncertain.
"A Helloween concert should be a gathering of all fans having fun, enjoying themselves by celebrating the music we all love. The current situation worldwide does not allow such an unconcerned manner yet.
"We also decided to shift the release of our yet untitled new album to early next year. The production is on the home stretch: The mixing, by Ronald Prent in New York, is working to the fullest."
"I said I needed love, I said I needed life - I need a token from some measure of the divine." The Reaper started out as a menacing guitar riff back in February of 2017; I still have the original recording in my phone's voice memos. The pulse of The Reaper riff evokes the feeling of running away from something. For weeks, I was waiting impatiently for the melodies and lyrics of the story to present themselves. At the following band rehearsal, I brought the riff to my drummer Jake Allan. Jake came up with an idea for a melodic motif by repeating the filler words "I need some space to run". Jake had a gift of coming up with compelling melodies that were simple and just 'sounded good'. I usually see compelling melodies as shapes, and put them together like a puzzle until it makes sense in my mind. I was able to take Jake's initial idea and mold it until the melody formed a pattern. The melodic motif that we came up with sounded, to me, like a plea for help. I could picture the desperation of this character, living in a paranoid mental-state, in the conditions of an uncertain world. By the time I left practice late the night, I could see the entire cinematic story in my head. I just had to create the screenplay.
The Reaper reflects that old saying - 'live every moment like it could be your last'. Death is a theme in a lot of my songs. I'm not sure how or why that came to be. The subject of death is thought-provoking, and something that all humans can relate to. The moments of death that surround us during our lifetime bring about the questions that are at the core of our being. Humans spend their lives searching for the answer to these questions. Jake was an existentialist. He also battled depression much of his adult life, so we talked a lot about mental illness during that time. We often held an open discourse about mental health, individual existence, consciousness, and spirituality when we were supposed to be practicing our setlist. Our conversations sometimes inadvertently played into the themes of my lyrics. I try to embrace the caveat that life in this world is uncertain. I try to spread that awareness to people through my lyrics, mostly with the message 'don't take the time you have for granted, because you don't know when it will end'.
The Reaper is about trying to make a deal with Death. The lyrics of the first verse of The Reaper are a plea for more time. The character in the story promises to strive for a better, more fulfilled life, if given one more chance - "am I the only one longing for the light? Afraid that death will come and take me into the night?" In a state of paranoia, the subject doesn't know what is really happening, and is calling for help. Jake was insistent that the chorus ends with "The Reaper's on the way" twice, because it sounded better, and that idea ended up reinforcing the notion that our thought-patterns obsessively repeat themselves in a paranoid state. The second verse reflects the confusion between calling to a higher power for help or using your worldly resources. "I'm praying to the throne, I'm praying to the sky..." It's a final plea from the deathbed, and a final a reflection of how the character didn't have the time to fulfill their purpose in life.
The song was the first in our new repertoire as we prepared to compile our second album together. We began to play the song live, at the opening of our setlist, because it kicks off on the pickup note at full force. Opposite of the long intro from our debut album, with which Perfect Man opened our debut album, we wanted Volume II to be a short fuse to an explosion of sound. The themes in The Reaper weave in and out of the rest of the album. We composed the rest of the songs between shows dates and a handful of tours throughout 2017 and early 2018 before entering The Pearl Recording Studio in May 2018. We completed the basic tracking in 3 days, which was followed by vocal sessions and a few overdubs over a few weeks until the recording process was finished. Less than two months after recording Volume II, the lyrical themes soon hit much too close to home. Jake died by suicide on June 26th 2018.
When I received the phone call that he didn't show up for work that day, I had that feeling in the pit of my stomach - I knew that I was about to face the most devastating news that I'd ever been confronted with. Since Jake's death, I've spent a lot of time reflecting on our moments together. I've struggled with the indirect correlation between the themes in our songs and the reality that played out in Jake's life. Although The Reaper is not a direct story about Jake or myself, it is about the struggle with meaning that we all face in our lives. The honesty in the lyrics is derived from the human condition. The feelings we deal with while facing grief, on any spectrum or scale, are a major component in what makes us who we are. Although The Reaper is a dark subject-matter, my intention with this song was to bring the listener to the awareness that nothing in life is certain, so we should take every opportunity to live while we have the time. After nearly two years - dealing with the grief and then dealing with mixing phase of the album, Volume II is finally set for independent, worldwide release on Friday June 5th.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself right here!