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  • Motörhead Returns with Some “Bad Magic”

    Motörhead Returns with Some “Bad Magic”

    Well, now that Lemmy has switched from Jack and Coke to vodka and orange for his health, the bassist in shape to support his stalwart metal band Motörhead’s latest, Bad Magic. Motörhead, celebrating its 40th anniversary, retains its signature driving sound on Bad Magic (its 22nd studio album), which is being promoted as the group’s... »

  • Disturbed Ends Four-Year Hiatus With New Album

    Disturbed Ends Four-Year Hiatus With New Album

    Disturbed has returned after a four-year hiatus with the album, Immortalized. The metal band’s break was a deliberate one, and it never signaled a potential breakup. As guitarist Dan Donegan told Billboard, the band members said to themselves, “ ‘Let’s put the brakes on for a minute here. Let’s walk away from it and give... »

  • The Sword Releases Fifth Studio Album

    The Sword Releases Fifth Studio Album

    Austin’s The Sword has changed up its sound profile yet again on its fifth studio album, High Country, which marks a departure from 2012’s Apocryphon. As a review in Blabbermouth puts it, “this album freaking swings as much as it strains speakers.” The review also singles out Bryan Richie’s bass work, particularly on what it... »

  • Rivers of Nihil Releases Second Album

    Rivers of Nihil Releases Second Album

    Death metal band Rivers of Nihil has released its sophomore effort, Monarchy. The album came together after extensive touring following the Pennsylvania-based band’s debut album and the addition of several new members. It also marked a different recording method for the band, which, instead of heading directly into the studio to record, worked on songs... »

  • Twelfth Spock’s Beard Album Different, But In a Familiar Way

    Twelfth Spock’s Beard Album Different, But In a Familiar Way

    Progressive rockers Spock’s Beard are back with the band’s twelfth studio album, The Oblivion Particle. “I think the opening track ‘Tides of Time’ is classic Spock’s in terms of arrangement and style, but everything else is fairly different,” said bassist Dave Meros. “That said, the whole album is still within the parameters of what people... »

  • Lee Ritenour Teams With Two Bassists on Latest Album

    Lee Ritenour Teams With Two Bassists on Latest Album

    Fourplay founding member Lee Ritenour’s guitar work is all over popular music — he’s played more than 3,000 sessions, with everyone from Pink Floyd to Dizzy Gillespie, earned a Grammy for his 1986 collaboration with Dave Grusin, and netted 17 more Grammy nominations besides. The jazz player’s latest album, A Twist of Rit, sees him... »

  • Gary Willis Releases “Gets Larger Than Life”

    Gary Willis Releases “Gets Larger Than Life”

    Famed bassist Gary Willis, well known for his work with the band Tribal Tech, has released his fifth solo record, Larger Than Life. The fusion-funk record pairs Willis with drummer Gergo Borlai, Tribal Tech band mate Scott Kinsey (keyboards), Steve Tavaglione (saxes and EWI), Claudia Bardagí (voice) and Llibert Fortuny (tenor sax and voice). Willis,... »

  • Vail Johnson Releases “The Seventh Son”

    Vail Johnson Releases “The Seventh Son”

    Session bass ace Vail Johnson has returned with The Seventh Son, a thirteen-song album that brings together several genres to create a style the bassist calls “JazzAmericana.” Johnson, whose has worked with artists from Herbie Hancock to Whitney Houston, fuses country, blues, R&B, folk, and jazz for an eclectic yet cohesive sound. “This mix of... »

  • Bullet For My Valentine Releases Fifth Album, Touring with New Bassist

    Bullet For My Valentine Releases Fifth Album, Touring with New Bassist

    Welsh metal band Bullet For My Valentine has released its fifth studio album, Venom. Frontman Matt Tuck handled bass on the record, which is the group’s first following the departure of longtime bassist Jason “Jay” James. The album deliberately shies away from any melodic or pop sounds, Tuck said. “We wanted to keep this as... »

  • Soulfly Releases Final Album With Tony Campos

    Soulfly Releases Final Album With Tony Campos

    Soulfly has released its last album with bassist Tony Campos (former Static-X), who left the band to join Fear Factory. Archangel, the metal band’s 10th album, is the band’s most mystical one since its 2004 record, Prophecy, says Max Cavalera (ex-Sepultura), the band’s founder, guitarist and vocalist. He says the record reflects diverse influences, from... »