Weekly Wire: Your New Music Playlist Featuring Monster Magnet, the Sword + More
You need a hard rock and metal playlist for the weekend, and we've got you covered! Every Friday, we will curate a new playlist inspired by the last few days (and maybe the next few weeks). We're including new music that we've heard and loved, some recent releases we can't get out of our heads, songs from bands who made the news in the past seven days, and some classics from anniversaries that we've celebrated. Here's some of the highlights of the latest Weekly Wire:
This week, we're stoked for new albums by Monster Magnet (Mindfucker) and The Sword (Used Future). By the way, check out our interview with MM's Dave Wyndorf! Both bands kinda remind us of old-school blacklight posters that sprung to life. So, we also included a live version of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" (off of the newly reissued live collection, How the West Was Won, also out today) and Black Sabbath's "Children of the Grave." Where would we be without Sabbath and Zeppelin?
Judas Priest -- who once opened for Zeppelin -- may have asked themselves that. We're stoked for Rob Halford and the guys: their Firepower album debuted at number 5 on the Billboard charts this week, and they've been playing killer shows. So we've included "Spectre," which we think they should add to their setlists.
Speaking of priests, we spoke to Randy Blythe of Lamb of God -- who are reuniting in their previous incarnation as Burn the Priest for an album of hardcore covers, Legion XX. Check out their cover of the Accused's "Inherit the Earth." We also included a Bad Brains song that they cover on the album, "I Against I."
Ministry kicked off their tour last night in California; the opening song was "Twilight Zone" from AmeriKKKant, so we included that, along with "N.W.O.," which also made the setlist.
Another band we recently spoke with isKittie: their Origins/Evolution documentary comes out next week. "Brakish" is one of our favorites.
Is Guns N Roses taking some time off? This week some clues pointed in that direction: a rumor circulated this week that Axl Rose is going to record an album with AC/DC, and we've learned thatSlash and Myles Kennedy are back in the studio together.
Finally, we wanted to call your attention to our list of the thirty most underrated guitarists. We included a few of them here: Iron Maiden's Jannick Gers, Testament's Eric Peterson and King Diamond's Andy LaRocque. Check out our entire list here, and we'll see you back next week.