Alice Cooper has shared a new song, which he describes as “one of the oddest songs I’ve ever done”.
‘Our Love Will Change The World’ is the second preview of Cooper’s new album ‘Detroit Stories’, which will come out on February 26.
“I think ‘Our Love Will Change The World’ is one of the oddest songs I’ve ever done and it was one that came to us by somebody else, another Detroit writer,” Cooper said of the new track.
“And it was so strange, because it was happy and what it was saying was anything but happy – it was simply a great juxtaposition. And I got it immediately and said “okay, this is going to be great”. The music saying one thing and the lyrics saying something else, I love that song. It is totally different from anything else on the album.”
Frontiers Music Srl will release "One Shot", the new solo album from Danish vocalist Ronnie Atkins, album on March 12, 2021. The disc's first single, "Real", can be streamed below.
"To be honest, I initially had no intention to do a solo album to begin with, but for various reasons, and in particularly my own personal health situation, I finally decided to have a crack at it," says Atkins.
"Around Easter 2020, and only some six weeks after I was told that everything seemingly looked very positive for my health, I was, unfortunately, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and told it was incurable, which was devastating news for me. Needless to say, that was a total game changer and I went into kind of a panic situation for a while. But when the dust had settled, I realized there were two ways to approach the situation. I could sit down, accept the facts, and feel pity for myself or I could pull myself up, set some goals, pursue my dreams, and carry on living. And with fantastic backup from my family and true friends, I went for the latter."
With the global pandemic shutting down touring for the foreseeable future, Atkins knew a tour promoting the latest PRETTY MAIDS album, "Undress Your Madness" (2019), was not going to be in the cards anytime soon. Suddenly, the timing for working on a new solo album seemed to have presented itself.
"Well, I couldn't change the way things were, by any means," he says. "The whole world was on a lockdown and the future prospects of concerts were very uncertain and still is to this day. Basically, that meant that if I was gonna carry out the idea of a solo album, it had to be now since I don't necessarily have all the time in the world. I had all these ideas recorded on my iPhone that I felt were too good to never see the light of day and I was writing a lot at the time to help ease my frustrations."
Ronnie's next step was to hook up with good friend and PRETTY MAIDS bandmate and producer Chris Laney to begin the work of putting these ideas together into songs. Chris is overseeing production, Jacob Hansen will mix, and musicians/singers appearing on the album include, in addition to Laney, Allan Sørensen, Morten Sandager, Pontus Egberg, Pontus Norgren, Kee Marcello, Olliver Hartmann, John Berg, Anders Ringman, Linnea Vikström Egg and Björn Strid.
After the eccentric ex- MERCYFUL-FATE front man KING DIAMOND (aka. Kim Bendix Petersen) in 1986 with “Fatal Portrait”made his good, but not yet compelling, quasi-solo debut, he and his colleagues were evidently at full creative speed. “Fatal Portrait” could at least record notable initial success, which apparently led to great motivation boosts for the band. In addition, the group around the masked singer has grown into a real unit. Just one year later, one of the most legendary albums in heavy metal history as a whole was created, but also a blueprint for all of the scene's concept albums. Because “Abigail” is a perfect little horror soundtrack. Exactly forty minutes of tension in music and story alike, every detail has been thought out, not a single superfluous element can be found. "Abigail" is a completely immersive world that will not let you go.
That “Abigail” as a complete work is one of these perfect combinations of text and music, we already experience with the grandiose, just quoted intro “Funeral”. The mysteriously distorted voices (Okay, Kinners, it's '87. Other standards apply!) And eerie keyboard effects tell of the burial and stillbirth of the ghost child Abigail and skilfully lead into the now legendary opening melody of the opener “Arrival”. This song alone makes the entire “Fatal Portrait” album fearful: A warm and powerful production, dynamic drumming by Mikkey Dee (later MOTÖRHEAD and SCORPIONS, among others) and wonderful solo duels in which Andy LaRocque and Michael Denner seem to be playing for their lives. Last but not least, you can literally imagine the main characters Miriam and Jonathan in a venerable, eerie villa in rainy weather in no man's land in a carriage.
That's why everyone who likes Heavy Metal and is interested in its history and background should have heard “Abigail” by KING DIAMOND at least once. In the long run, this album deserves to find its way into your collections anyway, as it is about general metal education. In addition, those who are familiar with the life's work of KING DIAMOND know that the train is now picking up speed and should subsequently release several (!) Absolutely flawless concept albums one after the other. We will deal with them shortly.