By: Gregg Kennelty

Just a few hours ago, Ghost‘s new song “Rats” hit the radio airwaves and radio rips were posted online. Ghost didn’t wait long to unveil official details. They also released the new music video for the track, reminiscent of a dark version of Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller” music video.

Ghost has also officially announced their new album Prequelle to be out on June 1 and has also unveiled the sinister artwork for the album done by Zbigniew Bielak.

You can check out the music video below. Ghost is absolutely, in no way fucking around with the production value. You can pre-order the album here on vinyl, CD, cassette, 8-track, and digital downloads with some other interesting merchandise like a eucharist traveler.

Enjoy!

01 – “Ashes”

02 – “Rats”

03 – “Faith”

04 – “See The Light”

05 – “Miasma”

06 – “Dance Macabre”

07 – “Pro Memoria”

08 – “Witch Image”

09 – “Helvetesfonster”

10 – “Life Eternal”

GHOST Unveil Cinematic “Rats” Music Video, Announce New Album Prequelle

Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., whose eight-year tenure in Ozzy Osbourne‘s band ended in early 2017, says that he “would always go back and jam” with the BLACK SABBATH singer.

It was announced last April that Zakk Wylde would be rejoining Ozzy‘s backing group for all his upcoming solo show dates. Osbourne‘s touring lineup also includes Rob “Blasko” Nicholson on bass, Tommy Clufetos on drums and Adam Wakeman on keyboards.

Gus, who played on Ozzy‘s latest studio album, 2010’s “Scream”, said in a new interview with Metal Wani that he had an inkling Ozzy and Zakk would eventually reunite. “I definitely thought at some point it was gonna happen,” he said (hear audio below). “It’s not like I took the gig for granted from day one. There’s so much history between them two there, and at some point, I just knew that something was gonna happen.”

He continued: “Obviously, in 2012, we had the ‘Ozzy & Friends’ shows, and then Zakk was out with us and he was playing again with Ozzy. So we all got along great, you know. And Zakk has been very supportive of me. So for me, this is Ozzy‘s band, and he can play with whoever he wants. And, of course, I think given the fact this is the farewell tour for him, it’s cool that he’s bringing one of his iconic guitar players back.”

Asked if he would ever consider playing with Ozzy again, either in a jam-type situation or on a more permanent basis, Gus said: “I don’t know, man. I would always go back and jam with him. The door is always open. And like I said, we jammed all together on the same stage before — we’ve done it many times on the ‘Ozzy & Friends’ tour. So if there was ever a suggestion like that, yeah, man. Although, I think, in Ozzy‘s band, there’s always been one guitar player. So who knows?

“The thing is, when I heard the news that this was happening” — referring to Ozzy‘s reunion with Zakk — “we left the door open. Sharon [Ozzy‘s wife and manager] told me, ‘You never know what’s gonna happen in the future.’ So, I said, ‘Yeah.’ I never close any doors. It’s such a small business, there’s no time to make enemies here.”

Gus‘s new solo album, “Fearless”, will arrive on April 20 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2015’s “Brand New Revolution” marks his first release since exiting Osbourne‘s group.

Wylde originally joined Osbourne‘s band three decades ago and backed the legendary frontman from 1987 to 1995, then again in 1998, from 2001 to 2004 and also from 2006 to 2009.

GUS G.: ‘I Would Always Go Back And Jam With’ OZZY OSBOURNE Again

By: Elias Leight via Rolling Stone

Duo honor Soundgarden singer with rendition of 1994 hit “Black Hole Sun”

Ann Wilson of Heart and Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell teamed up for a bracing tribute to former Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday. Cornell died from suicide last year at age 52.

Wilson and Cantrell honored Cornell with a sparse rendition of “Black Hole Sun,” Soundgarden’s breakout hit from 1994’s Superunknown. The two rock veterans played without a band and eschewed fancy visuals – the backdrop suggested a night sky speckled with stars. Cantrell recreated the swells and crashes of “Black Hole Sun” with sharp lines on electric guitar, while Wilson handled Cornell’s dour lyrics, surging through the track’s yearning hook.

This isn’t the first time that Wilson – who was on hand to induct the Moody Blues into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – has paid tribute to Cornell: Last year, she also performed “Black Hole Sun” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! following the singer’s death.

In an interview with Rolling Stone before that Kimmel appearance, the Heart singer remembered meeting Cornell at a Halloween party she hosted in the 1990s at her house in Seattle. “The theme was to come dressed as your favorite song,” Wilson recalled. “Chris came as ‘Black Hole Sun.’ He arrived wearing these huge platform boots that made him like, 6’3″, and wore this huge yellow costume with papier-mâché around his head as the sun … He had a great sense of humor.”

Wilson felt a natural kinship with many of the bands that sprang out of Seattle during that period. “All of those Seattle bands – as varied and different in their anger and interests as they were – were idealists,” she said. “They wanted to fuck the bullshit. And at that time, [fellow Heart member] Nancy [Wilson] and I really had that in common with them.”

Cantrell also knew Cornell from the Seattle rock scene, with Alice in Chains and Soundgarden sharing the same management for a time. “Our town’s not that big,” Cantrell explained to Rolling Stone. “Everybody kept an eye on what [Soundgarden] were doing. And it was inspiring.”

“He was always so honest, from the moment I met him,” the guitarist continued. “And there’s a power in sharing your weakness with the people who need to hear that, so they can consider, ‘Fuck, that guy’s dealing with it.’ You don’t feel so alone.”

Ann Wilson, Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell Salute Chris Cornell at Rock Hall of Fame

By: Joe DiVita via Loudwire

We last heard from Disturbed two months ago when they checked in from the studio as they worked on their acoustic EP. While the status of that release remains veiled in mystery, this newest update suggests that they’ve possibly completed work on the EP and are making progress on the successor to 2015’s comeback record, Immortalized.

The video (seen above), doesn’t give away too much, initially spotlighting equipment including consoles, John Moyer‘s bass and studio microphones. Bits of new music can be overheard as guitarist Dan Donegan lays down a lead and David Draiman fleshes out vocal patterns. Toward the end, an explosive passage is played which features the full band, hinting that perhaps Disturbed are nearly finished working on their forthcoming studio album as vocals are traditionally the last element to be tracked before the material enters the mixing and mastering phase.

“We have this idea of disconnect — how technology has consumed us. We’re stuck with our faces in our phones and not enjoying the real world,” says Draiman, suggesting that this next record may embrace a theme or maybe it’s just one of the songs. We’ll find out soon enough.

Earlier this year, Disturbed revealed they were in the studio with producer Kevin Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne). It is not know if Churko is overseeing both the acoustic and new album sessions. As for the acoustic material, Draiman confirmed the release will boast both original material and re-workings of older songs.

Disturbed Tease Explosive New Music Clip in Studio

Kataklysm has been talking about Meditations for quite some time now and we’ve finally gotten a June 1 release date for the album. Alongside the information to go along with the album’s release, we’ve also got the new song “Guillotine” for you to enjoy. The opening of the song is pretty punchy with the stop-and-go riffs, which then explodes into some seriously killer riffs.

I think this track boils down to the following – if you’re into Kataklysm, you’re going to dig this. If you’re not, this one might not change your mind.

KATAKLYSM’s New Song “Guillotine” Will Rip Your Head Off

By: RHIAN DALY

The Pearl Jam frontman will perform a third solo show in São Paulo on March 30th

Eddie Vedder has covered U2, John Lennon, The Beatles and more during a series of solo shows in Brazil.

The Pearl Jam frontman will play the third of three intimate shows at São Paulo’s Citibank Hall tonight (March 30). He previously performed at the venue on Wednesday and Thursday (March 28, 29).

As well as including songs by his iconic grunge band, like ‘Dead Man’ and ‘Around The Bend’, and his own solo material, in the setlists, the performances were also peppered with covers. Artists tackled by Vedder included Fugazi, Cat Stevens, Cat Power, Tom Waits, Tom Petty, The Velvet Underground, Nine Inch Nails, and more.

On Wednesday night, he included a rendition of ‘Bad’ by U2, which he first performed last summer. You can watch footage of the song, which originally featured on the Irish band’s 1984 album ‘The Unforgettable Fire‘, above

He also covered John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ on the same night, during which the audience used their phone torches to light up the venue. On Thursday, he also performed a version of The Beatles’ ‘You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away’.

Eddie Vedder covers U2, Nine Inch Nails, and John Lennon at intimate Brazil show

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BY BRIT MCCANDLESS FARMER / CBS NEWS

José Antonio Abreu, founder of a transformative classical music program for Venezuelan children, died Saturday at age 78. Abreu’s El Sistema, Spanish for “the system,” is known around the world, and for decades, this state-financed organization has trained hundreds of thousands of musicians across social classes.

One of its most famous students is the globally acclaimed conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who now leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

“The music and arts have lost one of its brightest figures,” Dudamel wrote in a Facebook tribute to Abreu. “Maestro José Antonio Abreu taught us that art is a universal right and that inspiration and beauty irreversibly transform the soul of a child making them a better, healthier and happier human being, and in turn, a better citizen.”

Abreu: “Music produces an irreversible transformation in a child.”

60 Minutes first met Abreu in 2000, when Ed Bradley profiled the Venezuelan youth orchestra. Correspondent Bob Simon revisited Abreu in 2008 and described El Sistema as “so extraordinary, it’s been hailed as the future of classical music itself.” That story is excerpted in the player above.

As Simon reported, Abreu built the program with religious zeal, based on his belief that what poor Venezuelan kids needed was classical music. Children now spend up to four hours a day, six days a week learning their instrument through free lessons given at local branches.

“At its root, this is a social system that fights poverty,” Abreu told Simon. “A child’s physical poverty is overcome by the spiritual richness that comes from music.”

Music, Abreu felt, would be the vehicle for social change, and in time, Venezuelans took notice.

“The orchestra now is a symbol of the country,” Dudamel told Simon in 2008. “It’s like the flag.”

At the time, Abreu told Simon that 800,000 children had already passed through El Sistema’s program. Not all of them had become musicians—but as Abreu explained, that wasn’t the point.

“Music produces an irreversible transformation in a child,” he said. “This doesn’t mean he’ll end up as a professional musician. He may become a doctor or study law or teach literature. What music gives him remains indelibly part of who he is forever.”

Transforming children through music