Tag Archives: Metallica

Master Of Puppets Re-Release

Metallica today announced that they will reissue their legendary third album, Master of Puppets on November 10th on their own Blackened Recordings. The album has been remastered for the most advanced sound quality and will be available in various digital and physical configurations. The reissue is available for pre-order beginning today at www.metallica.com where fans can see the full package details and track listing.
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Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat Tour

Tour Announcement: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat Tour ofNorth America

Wow!

Metallica has just announced plans for their 2017 WorldWired North American tour in support of their new album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, and the lineup is fantastic. They will be joined by hard rock heavyweights Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat throughout the tour. As you might have guessed, it’s a stadium tour and contains welcome news for Florida rock fans. They will be invading Orlando’s Camping World Stadium on July 5th and Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium two days later.
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New Metallica Videos

New Metallica Videos Released in Advance of Hardwired… To Self Destruct

New Metallica videosMetallica offered up a fantastic surprise to their faithful this afternoon. The legendary rockers announced that 13 new Metallica videos will be released in the next twenty-four hours. That represents one for each track off of the soon to be released Hardwired… To Self Destruct.  Three videos have already hit the streets, but the remaining ten tracks roll out to their fans every two hours.

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The Worst Cover Song Ever?

Metallica_logo_wallpaperOh sure, there have been some horrific, ill-advised attempts to cover rock classics over the years. Who can forget the typically excellent Sheryl Crow doing a poorly imagined Guns ‘N Roses cover or Miley Cyrus honoring her inspiration, Kurt Cobain? And we should never forget the slew of classics reimagined by the talentless William Shatner. They all deserve consideration on worst cover lists, but Macy Gray’s decision to release a Metallica cover may just be the worst yet.

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New Music Friday: Crank It Up Edition

metallica hard wiredIt’s Friday. Let’s celebrate with some killer new hard rock that has just recently hit the streets. A few tracks from some big names and a few from some bands you probably need to get to know.

All of these tracks can also be heard on our new Spotify Playlist, “RARAs Crank It Loud” which is linked below.

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Album Review: Tumbler – Come to the Edge

untitledSo…. This next band got me thinking about the definition of pop music. It’s a word we throw around, but I believe has many different meanings for different people.

For instance:

Under all the distortion of attitude, and ominous noise of rock, punk, and metal…. There are certain songs that you want to sing out loud, they stay with you, and they are for the most part, fun to sing out loud when you’re by yourself in the shower, or on a solo road trip…

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Free Metallica Concert Stream

Finally something good about the massive over-saturation of Super Bowl coverage. Or do I need to refer to it is The Big Game, because RARA’s Farm is not yet the Official Rock Blog of the NFL? In any case, under the super-catchy name, “The Night Before” Metallica will be playing a concert, which will be streamed live in HD for free!

Metallica The Night Before
Metallica The Night Before

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Jupiter Falls Revolution Album Review

Jupiter Falls – Revolution

6 months? Are you kidding me? After my first listen to Leeds’ based quintet Jupiter Falls, I was surprised to learn that the band had been formed a mere six months earlier.  The album sounds like the polished work of a seasoned American hard rock band, not the debut offering from a new group out of the UK.

Although the band is new, these guys are veterans of the rock music scene, and accomplished musicians at that. Fans of Avenged Sevenfold, Shinedown and Metallica are going to love Revolution.  The music on their UNIR1 debut is a cross between classic hard rock and modern heavy alt-rock. Lead singer James Hart reached out via Facebook to guitarist Deano Silk and the core pieces were quickly put into motion; ultimately leading to the creation of the band, and this, their excellent first release.

The album highlights the band’s diversity; at times they sound like 70’s or 80’s classic rock, current era Alt-hardcore, or turn of the century metal. Fantastic guitar work, memorable licks and powerful vocals are consistent throughout.

The album kicks off with “Awake,” a futuristic sounding opus, where aggressive drums and nicely layered guitars accompany Hart’s vocals in a song reminiscent of early Avenged Sevenfold.  Two songs later, hard driving drums and an infectious guitar drive the band on “To The Point,”a track that clearly shows the Shinedown influence on the band.

One of my favorite tracks is “Forgiven,” a song that brings back great memories of late 80’s heavy metal rockers Danzig.  It’s powered by a  dark gloomy guitar, but unlike Danzig classics, this one has excellent uplifting vocals that add a melodic twist.  Love the stark guitar in the beginning of the song.  It’s just a fantastically constructed selection, and one with the potential to become a signature track.

“End of the World” is an aggressive hard rocking cut, and “World War Three” is an excellent and memorable power ballad.  On “Story Of A Liar” we are treated to something totally different. The lead from Silk is creative and catchy and meshes exceptionally with the rhythm guitar.  It’s my favorite guitar work on the album, although I really liked the opening riff on “When the Time is Right,” and the intricate solo “Lei e quella” and… OK, it;s just a damn good guitar album.

For sure, it’s not a perfect album, but the majority of the cuts are very strong; it’s probably the best hard rock debut album I’ve heard in a few years. This band is just dripping with potential and I can’t wait to see their live show.

In an era where so much of the current rock coming out of the UK is watered down and ultra-poppy (yet sometimes still good), this is an extremely welcome change of pace. At times a comfortable flashback and at other times cutting edge genius, it’s a welcome addition to the rock music landscape, and one that has the potential to be one of the seminal albums of this genre.

Check out the album below and let me know your thoughts.

Mike G.
Rock And Roll Animal
RARA’s Farm