ICYMI – Week Ending 9th August

Nirvana 1991

ICYMI – yep, it’s been seven days already! Never fear, Wall of Sound has your week covered. Album news, streams, music vids, tours and a snippet of what’s been happening in the world of heavy music in the one place.

….and we start this week with Nirvana news. Yep, Kurt Cobain may of been dead now for 21 years but a mysterious batch of previously unreleased tracks has surfaced across the week including alternate takes, mixes and demos from the band’s Nevermind and In Utero sessions. One track ‘Sappy’, was recorded at Sound City with Cobain playing lead guitar while attempting to sing one live scratch vocal.

Unfortunately the bunch of tracks have since been deleted by UMG. However, look and you will find! (hint hint YouTube)

On the Seattle vibe of things, Chris Cornell (Soundgarden/Audioslave), this week suggested that the supergroup band Audioslave may not be finished just yet. Audioslave recorded three albums between 2002 and 2007 before splitting over a ‘difference in creative direction’.

In an interview for Total Guitar Cornell states that he’s open to the idea of an Audioslave reunion.

“I think it would be great. We did a lot of songs and with the benefit of not having done anything with those guys for so long, I can’t imagine what it would be. It would be a really amazing experience just to get back and work with the same guys again.”

Reflecting on his period with Audioslave, Cornell added, “We were certainly a prolific group of people; we wrote three whole albums in around five years, maybe less. And these were albums that were raw, and we had extra material, and we just never seemed to have trouble ever trying to agree on what would come out of the songs.”

audioslavewideIn other news from around the globe, Slipknot’s new bassist Alessandro “Alex” Venturella suffered an undisclosed medical emergency in the middle of Slipknot’s set in Hartford, Connecticut. The band stopped the set for 20 minutes, but returned to the stage to continue the show as an eight-piece band.

The band later issued a small statement, explaining;

“After a medical emergency during last night’s show, we are relieved to let everyone know that our bass player, Alex ‘Vman’ Venturella, is well on the road to recovery. Alex collapsed mid-set after feeling unwell and as a precautionary measure was taken to hospital where he was found to be suffering from severe dehydration. After recuperating overnight, he has now been discharged from hospital and is on his way back to his Slipknot family.”Fan taken footage of the incident has since shown the bassist being taken away by ambulance…

Lastly on the news front, who could forget Lenny Kravitz’s tight leather pants malfunction mid song in Stockholm earlier in the week. Unfortunately Lenny and his crew are not taking too kindly to having the video shown, threatening legal proceedings, so Wall of Sound won’t be divulging the hilarious incident, however, we couldn’t let it slip without this classic meme that has been thrown into the internet world during the week. Seek out the gif stillfloating around or check YouTube for the footage if you still want to see Lenny rocking with his cock out!
Onto the touring news for this past week and we started off with Brisbane legends Dead Letter Circus unveiling their new video, album details and a full scale national tour, kicking off October 1. The band will be joined by 10 Years, who some of you may remember from the 2014 installment of Soundwave Festival.
dlc tourAlso kicking off on the same date, Soundwave Touring announced the double bill of ska-punks Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake on an east coast Australian tour. Each band will perform full headlining sets across three states and four venues, including the Gold Coast. Check http://www.oztix.com.au/ for more info.
rbf ltjOnto a totally different realm of music, Life is Noise are bringing San Diego’s psychedelic rock instrumentalists, Earthless down under and with them, Elder, the three piece Boston stoner band who have been described as “a blizzard of riffs that shine with melody, dynamism and songwriting sophistication well beyond the young band’s years.” A double dose of fuzz for the senses!
earthlessOnto music videos, and the heavy music scene was handed a heap of videos this week to check out, kicking off with Canadian thrash band, Annihilator who dropped the title track to their upcoming fifteenth studio album Suicide Society. The album comes out Sept 18 via UDR Music, in the meantime check out the video….

Act of Defiance, the new band of former Megadeth stalwarts, Shawn Drover (Drums) and Chris Broderick (Lead Guitar) released ‘Legion of Lies’ this week. The debut album debut album, Birth And The Burial, will be released on August 21st.

Of course, unless you’ve been living under a rock this week, you’ll of known all about Fear Factory and Genexus release. ICYMI, the band also released the music video to ‘Dielectric’ complete with futuristic industrialised surroundings.

Wall of Sound also detailed the new album details this week for hardcore skate punks, H2O, who dropped this tasty music video to coincide with the info……here’s ‘Skate!’

Whilst on the punk train, Off! released a new animated video for the track, ‘Death Trip on the Party Train’. The video was created by Andy Barker of Gnarly Times and was taken from 2014’s Wasted Years album.

Melodic hardcore band, Defeater released their second music video from the forthcoming album, Abandoned due August 28. Entitled, ‘Unanswered’, it’s another slice of what should turn out to be a great album from the Massachusetts quintet.

Lastly, The Wonder Years, the Philadelphian sextet, are back with a new music video, ‘Cigarettes & Saints’ from forthcoming album No Closer To Heaven due out September 4th on Hopeless Records. Check it out below.

Onto album news and we kick off with Swedish rockers Graveyard who release their fourth full-length album, Innocence & Decadence, on September 25 via Nuclear Blast. The CD was recorded at Atlantis Studios in Stockholm, Sweden with Janne Hansson (Abba, The Hives, Opeth) and Johan Lindström (Tonbruket). Innocence & Decadence will be released in various formats (vinyl look digipak, digital download, black/clear/splatter/orange/green/bi-coloured vinyl as well as a t-shirt/CD bundle). We hope to have an album review for you in the next few weeks.

Back to Seattle legend, Chris Cornell. His latest solo album, Higher Truth is set for release September 18. It will be Cornell’s first solo album since the controversial Scream album of 2009 in which he turned his hand to pop music. Urgh! The album has been produced, however, by Brendan O’Brien, who gained notoriety back in 1994 by mixing Soundgarden’sSuperunknown, so fingers crossed, this will be a cracker!

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Hard rock band, Shinedown are set to release their latest record, Threat to Survival. Arriving, also, on September 18, it will be the Florida band’s fifth studio album.

Alternative rock band, Motion City Soundtrack will be releasing album six titled Panic Stations on September 18th. Most of the songs on the album make reference to water and the album itself was named after the nautical structures which act as warning signs in the ocean. Bizarrely interesting.


Onto the streaming music that we love to devour free of charge! We kick off with a blast from the past. The Christian glam-metal band, Stryper are back (yes they are still around!). The track ‘Fallen’ from the album with the same title will be released in October, but you can check it out now if you’re game.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBdoO1FUdngA bit more up to date for 2016….The Devil Wears Prada are back, premiering ‘Alien’,from the conceptual Space EP, in stores on August 21. The song tells the tale of an encounter with extra-terrestrial monsters. Yep, we want some of what they are taking!

Alternative hard rock band, P.O.D are back with the track ‘Speed Demon’ and can be streamed below. The track is taken from the group’s ninth studio album, The Awakening, which will be released on August 21 via T-Boy/UMC. The evocative album, produced by the band’s longtime collaborator and friend Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance).

Whilst we wait in anticipation for the new The Sword album, High Country, due 21 August, the band have kindly streamed another track, ‘The Dreamthieves’. This band is at the top of their game at the moment it seems…..

It wouldn’t be a week without another track release from Disturbed in anticipation of their album, Immortalized. This time it’s ‘What Are you Waiting For’. Is it just me or do all these songs sound the same?

Another lyric video has popped up (pardon the pun) from Michigan’s Pop Evil. ‘Dead in the Water’ is taken from the band’s upcoming album, titled Up, which will be released on August 21.

The mystical Ghost have released another taste from the album Meliora. The track, ‘Majesty’ is a riff pleaser. The new album due August 21.

Finally but by no means least, Perth’s Scalphunter released ‘Best of Me’ another track from the as yet, untitled debut album. If you like it loud, punk rock and in your face, check these guys out!

So that’s it for this week…..exhaustive as ever!
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