Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Music News & Notes

Amalgama Reveals New EP "Amethyst" Artwork

New York's Amalgama has issued the following update about posting the artwork for the band's new EP "Amethyst" online:

"We're not sure if you've already seen it, but we have debuted our new EP cover and title - Amethyst. We worked closely with Al Berardi once again (who last designed our new logo) and came up with a fantastic final result. Let us know what you think about it and get yourself pumped for the tracks that will be following soon."

Great cover.....



KORN and ROB ZOMBIE are heading out on the Mayhem Festival, and KORN is releasing their new album 'KORN III: Remember Who You Are' on 7/13. Right now you can enter to win a guitar autographed by KORN, from Roadrunner Records and Record Store Day.


Brad's 4th Studio Album "Best Friends?" Set To Arrive August 10th

Long-time Northwest favorite Brad is set to release its eagerly awaited new studio record "Best Friends?" Tuesday, August 10, 2010, on Pearl Jam's Monkeywrench Records. Marking the band's first studio release in eight years, "Best Friends?" is the fourth record from the iconic collaboration of vocalist/pianist Shawn Smith, guitarist Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam), drummer Regan Hagar (Satchel) and bassist Mike Berg.

Brad is seeing a long awaited resurgence in 2010. The trio rebooted its web site, brought Gossard's Hank Khoir bassist Keith Lowe into the fold, and played several sold-out Seattle shows (and a set at the Sasquatch music festival) leading up to its "Best Friends?" release.

"Best Friends?" will be available on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, through independent retailers including CIMS, AIMS and MMN stores, various digital partners and online through Pearl Jam's Ten Club at


METALLICA: Deluxe Vinyl Edition Of 'Kill 'Em All' Available - July 14, 2010

As previously reported, METALLICA is making a deluxe vinyl edition of its 1983 debut album, "Kill 'Em All", available for order online on Thursday (July 15), beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET. The two-platter set comes in heavyweight 180-gram red vinyl, packaged in a gatefold sleeve and remastered from the original album master tapes. Only 1,000 copies are available and can be ordered by METALLICA fan club members at

Originally issued on July 25, 1983 through the independent label Megaforce Records, "Kill 'Em All" was recorded in two weeks on a miniscule budget in upstate New York. Although only 1,500 copies were initially pressed, the album was reissued by Elektra Records after the band signed to that label in 1984 and has since been certified triple platinum for sales of more than three million copies.

Interestingly, the original title of "Kill 'Em All" was "Metal Up Your Ass."  Kill em all is much better.


KING OF ASGARD: Reveal Cover Art  For Debut Album

Swedish Viking Folk Death Metallers KING OF ASGARD have revealed the cover art and tracklisting for their upcoming debut album Fi’mbulvintr, to be released August 13/16 via Metal Blade Records in Europe!

The album was recorded back in March by Andy LaRocque (King Diamond) as engineer and co-producer over an intense two week period


Brandon Flowers' Flamingo Cover Art Revealed

The covert art for The Killers leader singer Brandon Flowers' first solo album has been released. Brandon Flowers is standing in a Vegas hotel room on the album cover. Flamingo will gon on sale September 14th. The music video for "Crossfire" was recently released.

Terrible cover, if you ask me.

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