CJ Ramone is back with a new song and a new album. The former Ramones bassist has seen success as a solo artist since his time with the Ramones and is gearing up for his third release on Fat Wreck. In preparation, he has debuted the new song “Blue Skies”.
Titled The Holy Spell, the new album is due for release May 10th. The title of the record is in part, a salute to CJ’s love for music- an undying one;
“I never lost that magical feeling that you get from music, and that’s where the title came in. The bands that I listened to when I was young that I really enjoyed, I can still put that music on now, and it still has the same magic for me.”
True love never dies as they say, and CJ Ramone has shown that his true love is the music he’s been making for decades. The Holy Spell, rocking with that punk spirit but oozing Ramonesesque melodies, is no different.
Check out the fantastic track “Blue Skies”:
Killswitch Engage reveal “Unleashed”, set date for Atonement
Killswitch Engage’s new album is a reflection of perseverance
Massachusetts metalcore band Killswitch Engage have announced the release date for their upcoming 8th studio album. Titled Atonement, the album is due for release August 16th on Metal Blade Records, and is the follow-up to 2016’s Incarnate. To preview the album, the band have revealed the first single from the release, the opening track, “Unleashed”, which you can listen to below.
Regarding the new single, vocalist Jesse Leach has said about the song;
“Unleashed is about inner passion and rage coming up to the surface. We all have that wild within that often stays dormant until a tragic event triggers and awakens it. This song is about that awakening within”
The new album is the third album to feature Jesse Leach after his return in 2013’s terrific Disarm the Descent. Atonement’s most anticipated song perhaps (at least in our eyes), is the second track “Signal the Fire”, which features guest vocals from the man who voiced KsE for a decade, Howard Jones. We have fluctuated between preferring Leach at the vocals to Jones at the vocals all through the KsE discography- teased by how Leach songs sounded with Jones singing (“Fixation on the Darkness“) and how Jones songs sounded with Leach singing, but the thought of having them both sing together on one song………………
Atonement has been in the making since 2017, but was temporarily derailed after Leach had to undergo throat surgery. Killswitch Engage will hit the road across North America all through July before jetting off to Europe in October.
Listen to “Unleashed”:
Trivium cover Dead Kennedy’s “Kill The Poor”
All systems go to kill the poor tonight
Heavy metal band Trivium have been releasing bonus and unreleased tracks over the past few months. The songs have come from the recording sessions for their 2017 album The Sin and the Sentence. They’ve released a few unreleased originals and recently released a pretty faithful cover of the Type O Negative track “I Don’t Wanna Be Me“. The band have now released their similarly faithful cover of the Dead Kennedy’s 1980 single “Kill the Poor”.
The original was featured on the Dead Kennedy’s debut album Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, released in September of 1980 on Cherry Red Records and Jello Biafra’s own Alternative Tentacles (the noted label’s first full length release). The album features noted DK tracks “California Über Alles” and “Holiday in Cambodia”.
Trivium’s cover is pretty spot on and doesn’t deviate from the original, but it doesn’t quite capture the wildly fluctuating vocal tone that Jello Biafra is known for. Still. A good cover nonetheless. Check it out above.