VoiceHacks Presents “We’re Stars” Hear N Aid Cover by VoiceHacks All-Stars

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The younger generation might not remember this but back in the year 1986, the late great Ronnie James Dio assembled some of the most amazing Heavy Metal names for a hunger relief music project called “Hear N Aid”. The bold track was a stark contrast to the previously released UK relief song “Do They Know It’s Christmas” and the US Based “We Are The World”. It shocked the entertainment industry like a bolt of lighting and had a pretty cool video of everyone singing and all the incredible guitar solos. This clip was done under the guidance of singer/instructor Mary Zimmer and recorded at this past years NAMM show. Let’s check it out and then you can learn more about it from their exact words.

About The Clip: Back when we filmed this video, we had no idea how bittersweet it would be just a few months later. This was the last time most of the people in this video were together in one place at a large music event before Covid-19. Filmed and Recorded at NAMM 2020! Right there on the show floor! This Hear ‘N Aid/Dio tribute/cover is a metal version of the song featuring clean and harsh vocals by a bunch of guest metal vocalists! Also this is the first time I’ve been able to introduce you all to the Voicehacks Metal Choir! Voicehacks Soloists: Taylor Washington – Paladin Carlos Zema, Immortal Guardian/Heaven’s Guardian Mary Zimmer, Helion Prime/Voicehacks Cammie Gilbert – Oceans of Slumber, VK Lynne – The Spider Accomplice Bill Hudson – NorthTale Trey Xavier – In Virtue/Gear Gods Alex Nasla – Witherfall/In Virtue/Gear Gods Marc Lopes – Ross The Boss/Let Us Prey Ty Christian – Lords of the Trident Bass Guitar Tracks provided by Josh Lopez (Immortal Guardian/Widowmaker studios) Filming, Recording, Video & Audio Editing – Mary Zimmer Audio Mixing and Mastering – Alex Nasla, Gear Gods Studio Additional Footage provided by: Mel Torres, Chad Bill Anderson, Ty Christian, Eric Quiros

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Very simply put “I loved this”. Well done everyone, you are all to be commended for the fine job of this mind-blowing cover. It was great to find this being posted so close to the 10th Anniversary of Ronnie James Dio’s passing. Speaking for me, since I didn’t have much background on a number of the included musicians, I found that this made me more curious about them and has me making notes on their respective bands to look into them in the future for that never ending battle of music journalism that one must continually fight to bring the readers the best in entertainment. Sorry, its pretty late and I am spent but once I saw this I wanted to get it online for you right quick. A lot has changed in the world since they recorded this track only a few short months ago but I am rather hopeful that we will come out of this eventually. Please stay smart and healthy my friends. Until next we meet.

Official Website: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ8Imf-grdfjccLUcPLCSeA/

Insomnium & Omnium Gatherum Announce Exclusive Live Stream Concert

Like many of the tours that were supposed to be coming around, the one for Insomnium was cancelled due to the at the time building Coronavirus Pandemic. Sadly, the band had just arrived and did one gig before going right back to Finland. We discussed that HERE and so many others followed based on the virus. This news below shows how some bands are dealing with the loss of their touring income. Read on.

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The Press Release:
Finland’s Melodic Death Metal band, INSOMNIUM will play an exclusive worldwide live stream show on Friday May 29th starting at 1PM EDT. The stream broadcast will start half an hour before showtime and will be availalbe for 7 days after the show. The band will perform their illustrious magnum opus, Winter’s Gate (2016), which was lauded as one of the best albums of the past decade by the revered Inferno Magazine. Insomnium will also play a selection of songs from other past albums. Topping it off, after the show there will be a live chat with fans.
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Hammerfall Cancels 2020 North American Headline Tour

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Though I know that cancellation news after cancellation news comes as no surprise to the readership, we will continue to post these alerts to make sure that you check your own personal calenders and the credit card statement so you can be properly refunded. Earlier today, the mighty Hammerfall announced that they too would be cancelling the tour that was heading our way in September and October. Read on down below.

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The Statement:
Some of you have already started to get your refunds, so now it’s official: the North American tour that was to take place in September/October is cancelled. That sucks, but with the current global pandemic wreaking havoc on the world we (meaning the local promoters, booking agent and the band) had no choice. We are hopeful to be able to rebook the tour for a future time, but since everything is so unstable at the moment the decision was made to scrap altogether it and return to it when things have calmed down. We are as sorry for this as you are, but hope you have understanding for our predicament brought on by the Corona virus. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay metal, and take care of each other! #HammerHigh
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Journey’s 2020 Tour Cancelled Due To Covid-19 Pandemic

In some almost expected news, another major tour cancellation comes care of the guys in the legendary Journey. Read on down below for their full statement and compare what dates you might have on your tickets since its not going to happen at all.

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The Press Release:
The global COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions regarding large gatherings regretfully make it impossible for Journey to tour this year. After carefully reviewing all options, the decision has been made to cancel the entire tour to make it possible for the band’s legion of hardworking fans to immediately obtain access to refund options during these unforeseen and extremely challenging times.

Journey’s founding member and guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and vocalist Arnel Pineda issued a joint statement today:
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GWAR Announces “Scumdogs of the Universe” 30th Anniversary Box Set!

The Press Release:
Human Scum! Times are tough. You’ve probably missed rent and emptied your bank account on toilet paper, frozen pizzas, and subscriptions to porn sites. Now that you are unemployed and destitute, your Lords and Masters GWAR have created something new to tempt you into wasting your meager stimulus checks. 2020 marks of the 30th Anniversary of seminal GWAR album “Scumdogs of the Universe.” 30 fucking years! Who would have thought??

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In celebration of this momentous occasion, GWAR is pleased to announce a special 30th Anniversary “Scumdogs of the Universe” Box Set! This limited edition release of “Scumdogs of the Universe” has been completely remixed, remastered, and perfected by Ronan Chris Murphy. Hear GWAR’s classic breakout album the way the Scumdogs intended the listener to hear it. The 30th Anniversary “Scumdogs of the Universe” Box Set includes never before released versions of songs you love with lots of goodies and collectibles thrown in.

This massive collection includes:
* Remixed and Remastered album on two 180g White and Red Opaque Vinyl Discs
* Cassette of demos and rarities
* 48 page book of classic photos, gig posters and more
* GWAR illustrated vinyl slipmat
* Giant 3 foot x 4 foot subway poster of the album cover image
* Collectable reproduction All Access pass
* 8×10 promo photo
* Enclosed in a custom display box
* MP3, WAV, or FLAC download of the remastered audio
* Sticker Pack
* Death Certificate

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Pre-order your copy at: https://lnk.to/scumdogsbox

Signed sets come with custom Swirl Vinyl and they are available exclusively at GWAR.net.

Demo Cassette Tracklisting:
1. Vlad the Impaler
2. Black & Huge
3. Years w/o
4. Sexy Song
5. Death Pod
6. Cardinal Syn
7. Cool Place to Park
8. Jellyfish (King Queen)
9. Bring Me The Child
10. Slave Song

Vinyl Track Listing:

Side A:
1. Salamanizer
2. Maggots
3. Sick of You
4. Vlad the Impaler

Side B:
5. Slaughterama
6. King Queen

Side C:
7. Horror of Yig
8. Love Surgery
9. Sexecutioner

Side D:
10. Years Without Light
11. Black n Huge
12. Death Pod
13. Cool Place To Park

The Personnel:
Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) – lead vocals
Dewey Rowell (Flattus Maximus) – lead guitar, backing vocals
Mike Derks (Balsac the Jaws of Death) – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Michael Bishop (Beefcake the Mighty) – bass, backing vocals
Brad Roberts (Jizmak Da Gusha) – drums
Danielle Stampe (Slymenstra Hymen) – backing vocals
Chuck Varga (Sexecutioner) – vocals on “Sexecutioner”
Don Drakulich (Sleazy P. Martini) – vocals on “Slaughterama”

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Wow. I can hardly believe that its been thirty years since the world was laid to waste by GWAR and believe it or not, I’ve been listening to the band since this very album and remember playing it on repeat for friends on those drinking cold beers in the Metal Sanctum of my family home. I spun the release on Spotify as I cobbled this news alert together and can say that it seems to have aged well. The parts that shocked me way back when still manage to do that while the parts that I always got a chuckle from still did their part as well. There seems to be a lot of cool stuff packed into this one but its going to run the interested fan about $150 so start planning that overtime and less eating out at fast food places to guarantee you have the extra scratch to offer up to the Lords of Chaos. Chime in down below with what you think about this special edition. See you next time.

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http://twitter.com/GWAR
http://www.youtube.com/gwar
http://www.facebook.com/gwar
http://www.gwarbq.com
http://www.gwarjapan.net
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