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Indie/Alternative Musician CARTER VAIL Signs to Assemble Sound (Atlantic Record); Drops New Dance Anthem “I WANT YOU”

DT: DECEMBER 7, 2022

FM: KELLY WALSH, SRO PR

INDIE/ALTERNATIVE ARTIST & PRODUCER
CARTER VAIL
SHARES HIS FEELINGS IN UPBEAT NEW SINGLE
“I WANT YOU”

LISTEN HERE

SIGNS RECORD DEAL WITH
DETROIT-BASED LABEL
ASSEMBLE SOUND (ATLANTIC RECORDS)

ANNOUNCES NYC SHOW WITH KID SISTR
DECEMBER 28 @ MERCURY LOUNGE

TICKETS ON SALE HERE

Credit: Nathalie Benshmuel
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Indie/alternative musician and producer CARTER VAIL made waves with his 2018 debut single “Melatonin” which was instantly added to Spotify’s popular “Dreampop” playlist, garnering VAIL a grassroots fan base and cult following on social media. Since then he’s independently released several singles and EPs, and his debut 2020 album RED EYES was described by Atwood Magazine as an “excellent introduction to his spectacularly evocative artistry” while praising its “dynamic beats, catchy lines and charismatic, feelgood indie pop charm.”

VAIL is excited to announce his signing to the Detroit-based music company Assemble Sound (Atlantic Records) and reveal his latest single “I WANT YOU,” out today, Wednesday, December 7. Stream/download it across all digital platforms here: https://ffm.to/iwantuuu. Featuring distorted guitars and glittering synths, “I WANT YOU,” is an upbeat dance anthem with nostalgic vibes and sentimental grooves. Watch a visualizer for the track streaming below or directly on YouTube HERE.

“I’m so excited to announce my new single ‘I WANT YOU,’” shares VAIL. “The song marks two big personal milestones. It’s my first release with the Detroit-based label Assemble Sound and the first song I wrote after moving to Los Angeles. I made ‘I WANT YOU’ as a nod to some my favorite indie-dance tracks in high school from bands like The Killers, Cake and The Strokes. ‘I WANT YOU’ centers around my own stream of consciousness when thinking about how awkward falling for someone can be.”

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VAIL, who’s based out of Los Angeles, will celebrate his signing and new single with a live show in New York City on Wednesday, December 28 with indie rockers Kid Sistr at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are on sale now HERE. Earlier this year VAIL was seen on the road supporting Breakup Shoes and Carpool Tunnel. He will soon announce tour dates in early 2023 along with details on his upcoming new EP via Assemble Sound.

For more information and new music from CARTER VAIL, follow him online at:
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ABOUT CARTER VAIL
In 2018, while finishing his sophomore year at the University of Miami, Carter Vail released his debut single, “Melatonin.” Though unsigned and unknown, the song was placed on Spotify’s ‘Dreampop’ playlist, quickly gaining a grassroots fan base. After releasing several more singles, culminating in his debut album Red Eyes, Carter solidified his trademark feel good indie-rock anthems, drenched in chorused guitars and distorted synths, placing him sonically between Mac Demarco and The Killers.

In 2020, quarantine brought about a sonic shift for Carter in the form of The Interstellar Tennis Championship. The concept EP blended lo-fi, disco, indie rock and Bossa Nova to tell the story of a boy traveling to space. Though lighthearted on the surface, the EP touched on themes of love, loss and growing up.

Carter began making short form comedy songs in the Spring of 2021. Originally intended to showcase his production for other artists, these songs have since gained several millions of views on TikTok and Instagram and have developed a cult following on social media leading to brand campaigns with Dave’s Killer Bread, Apple and Adobe Creative Cloud and sync placements in “Shameless,” “Nancy Drew,” “The 4400” and more.

Carter writes and records his music at his home studio in Los Angeles and plans to release a new EP in 2023 via Assemble Sound.

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NOTHING MORE Introduce ‘Fuse’ Spirit Type in “Deja Vu” Video

DT: DECEMBER 7, 2022

FM: KELLY WALSH, MITCH SCHNEDIER / SRO PR


NOTHING MORE
FOCUSES ON ‘FUSE’ SPIRIT TYPE
IN NEW VIDEO VISUALIZER FOR
“DÉJÀ VU”

WATCH HERE

3X Grammy-nominated rock outfit NOTHING MORE latest album SPIRITS (released on October 14 via Better Noise Music) pairs unapologetically massive anthems and catchy hooks with introspective, philosophical lyrics that the band further explored on the album’s accompanying meta-personality “SPIRITS TEST.” Inspired by similar tests such as Myers-Briggs, Big 5 and the Zodiac and the philosophy of Alan Watts and Carl Jung, the “SPIRITS TEST” results determine specific personality traits that are compiled into seven “Spirit Types.” NOTHING MORE has begun sharing a closer look at each “Spirit Type” and a corresponding album track with a series of lyric video visualizers highlighting the hauntingly evocative illustrations by Micah Ulrich. The Spirit Types will be further explored in NOTHING MORE’s upcoming graphic novel “SPIRITS VOL.1” due in early 2023 via Z2 Comics.

Today, December 7, NOTHING MORE have premiered a visualizer video for “Déjà Vu” which can be seen streaming below or directly on YouTube HERE.

The Spirit Type highlighted in “Déjà Vu” video is “Fuse,” who are depicted as being wholehearted with an infectious energy and power to spark new things into existence when surrounded by the right energy. Their connection to goodness allows them to be free-spirited when they are in love but easy to manipulate and cage. NOTHING MORE alludes to this in the song’s chorus: “Who hurt you? / Cuz I love you / Like a knife in the back / Yeah you brought me right back / Like déjà vu.”

Take the “SPIRITS TEST” now and find out what your “SPIRIT TYPE” is here: https://spiritstest.com/.

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From the Top 5 Active Rock-charting lead single “TIRED OF WINNING” and its fan-driven extended version “TIRED OF WINNING / SHIPS IN THE NIGHT” to fist-pounding banger “TURN IT UP LIKE” and the moment-savoring “BEST TIMES” to their most recent impassioned single “YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT LOVE MEANSSPIRITS documents the impact the past two years of lockdown and emotional turmoil.

“With its incredibly powerful utilization of [Jonny] Hawkins’ range, the detailed orchestration of each track for maximum effect and the poignancy of the messaging and intention throughout the album, ‘Spirits’ makes its mark as one of Nothing More’s best works,” lauds Cryptic Rock (10/14).

Stream/download SPIRITS now at https://nothingmore.ffm.to/spirits.

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FROM ASHES TO NEW Release Electrifying Rock Cover of Mariah Carey’s Holiday Hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

DT: DECEMBER 7, 2022

FM: KELLY WALSH, MITCH SCHNEIDER / SRO PR

FROM ASHES TO NEW
DELIVER ELECTRIFYING ROCK COVER OF
MARIAH CAREY’S
“ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU”
OUT TODAY, DECEMBER 7

STREAM HERE

TOP TEN-CHARTING ACTIVE ROCK BAND ON FINAL STRETCH OF HEADLINING TOUR
ENDING DECEMBER 17

Top 10-charting active rock outfit FROM ASHES TO NEW turn Mariah Carey’s iconic holiday staple “All I Want For Christmas Is You” into an electrifying rock song that’s guaranteed to amp up this holiday season. After leaking a teaser of their energetic cover on TikTok, it immediately went viral, gathering over 900k views and 80k likes within the first few hours. FROM ASHES TO NEW have delivered the full version via Better Noise Music today, December 7, across all digital platforms. Stream/download “All I Want For Christmas Is You” here: https://fatn.ffm.to/aiwfciy.

“We always thought it would be sick to cover a Christmas song, but never did,” shares frontman Matt Brandyberry. “We had some extra studio time and thought this could be the chance. There were so many obvious choices for our style (‘The Grinch,’ ‘Nightmare Before Christmas,’ ‘Carol of the Bells,’ etc.) but we thought it would be so cool to put a dark spin on a light-hearted Christmas classic. It’s begun going viral across TikTok and we can’t wait until the whole world discovers it! If you love this, wait until you hear the original material we’ll be releasing in ‘23!”

FROM ASHES TO NEW are currently on the last leg of their headlining “Until We Break” tour across the U.S. featuring support from The Word Alive, Dragged Under and Dropout Kings. Following tonight’s show in Columbia, MO at The Blue Note, the Lancaster, PA-based band will make their way back to their home state with a final stop in Harrisburg, PA at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center on December 17. They were previously on the road this summer with Memphis Mayfire whose vocalist Matty Mullins lent his vocals on their latest single “Until We Break.”

With four Top 10 singles, over 345 million streams and more than 55 million video views to date, FROM ASHES TO NEW have come a long way from their small-town roots. The band’s impressive blend of hard rock, hip-hop, electronic and alternative music has caught the attention of critics and fans alike, even landing the band on soundtracks for SnoBabies (2020) and The Retaliators (2022). Their upcoming album, due in 2023 via Better Noise Music, was recorded with longtime collaborators and producers Grant McFarland and Carson Slovak. They released its first single “Heartache” which depicts the true “phoenix rising from the ashes” story behind the band’s name—FROM ASHES TO NEW. Stay tuned for more details in the new year.


l-r: Mat Madiro, Matt Brandyberry, Lance Dowdle, Danny Case
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FROM ASHES TO NEW “UNTIL WE BREAK” Tour Dates
12/7 Columbia, MO – The Blue Note #
12/9 Angola, IN – The Eclectic Room #
12/10 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop #
12/11 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall #
12/14 Charleston, SC – Music Farm #
12/16 Fredericksburg, VA – Hard Times Café @ Four Mile Fork #
12/17 Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center #with The Word Alive, Dragged Under & Dropout Kings

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EVA UNDER FIRE Adds Vocals to “O Holy Night” Track Featured on ‘THE RETALIATORS’ Official Motion Picture Score

DT: DECEMBER 2, 2022

FM: KELLY WALSH, MITCH SCHNEIDER / SRO PR

 

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EVA UNDER FIRE
ADDS HOLIDAY SPIRIT TO NEW VERSION OF
‘THE RETALIATORS OFFICIAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE’ TRACK
“O HOLY NIGHT”
COMPOSED BY KYLE DIXON & MICHAEL STEIN (‘STRANGER THINGS’)

“O HOLY NIGHT (FEAT. EVA UNDER FIRE)”
OUT TODAY, DECEMBER 2

STREAM HERE
ENTER TO WIN A FREE DOWNLOAD HERE

Just in time for the holiday season, THE RETALIATORS has shared an enchanting version of the classic Christmas carol “O Holy Night” which is featured in the horror-thriller film’s official score by Emmy-winning composers KYLE DIXON and MICHAEL STEIN (“Stranger Things”). The new version features EVA UNDER FIRE’s Amanda Lyberg on vocals who has a guest role in the movie and whose band EVA UNDER FIRE have a song (“Blow”) on THE RETALIATORS OFFICIAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK.

O Holy Night (ft. EVA UNDER FIRE)” is available today, December 2, via BETTER NOISE MUSIC on all digital platforms at https://theretaliators.ffm.to/oholynight. For a chance to win a free digital download of the track, enter HERE.

“Christmas is my favorite holiday, so you better believe when someone asks me to sing a pretty Christmas classic, I’m going for it,” shares Amanda. “Especially if it’s for a movie I’m in, singing an arrangement by the ‘Stranger Things’ composers!”

After a hugely successful Global Film Festival run leading into a global theatrical release THE RETALIATORS (Better Noise Films) is currently available everywhere movies are rented and streamed including iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Comcast and Verizon. Buy/rent it now at https://theretaliators.ffm.to/vod. Set around the holiday season, THE RETALIATORS shares the based-on-a-true-story tale of an upstanding pastor whose faith is tested when he uncovers a dark and twisted underworld while searching for answers surrounding the brutal murder of his daughter.

THE RETALIATORS stars MICHAEL LOMBARDI (FX’s ‘Rescue Me,’ ‘The Deuce’) and MARC MENCHACA (‘Ozark,’ ‘Black Mirror’) and “blends horror with rock music to tell an intriguing story” (Bloody Disgusting). Appearing on-screen are chart-topping rock musicians such as TOMMY LEE (MÖTLEY CRÜE), SPENCER CHARNAS (ICE NINE KILLS), IVAN MOODY and ZOLTAN BATHORY (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH) and JACOBY SHADDIX (PAPA ROACH). They are all also featured on the official soundtrack along with several other top rock acts including NOTHING MORE, THE HU, ASKING ALEXANDRIA, ESCAPE THE FATE, EVA UNDER FIRE, CORY MARKS, HYRO THE HERO, CLASSLESS ACT and more. Leading up to the release of the film’s soundtrack and score, THE RETALIATORS shared music videos several of its tracks which included footage from the movie. These videos have resulted in over 150 million views on YouTube alone. Watch a playlist with all of the videos included HERE.

Stream/download THE RETALIATORS OFFICIAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACKat https://theretaliators.ffm.to/retaliatorssoundtrack.

Stream/download THE RETALIATORS OFFICIAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE at https://theretaliators.ffm.to/score

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Designer + Photographer GRAHAM JOHN BELL Impacting Now with “HOME OF THE BRAVE” Gender-Fluid Streetwear Collection

DT: NOVEMBER 30, 2022

FM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/SRO PR

“HOME OF THE BRAVE” GENDER-FLUID STREETWEAR COLLECTION
FEATURING EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS BY PHOTOGRAPHER GRAHAM JOHN BELL

DEBUTED AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK (2022),
WITH MORE APPEARANCES ON RUNWAYS IN NEW YORK AND MIAMI, PLUS IN DEDICATED POP-UPS AT MAJOR EVENTS, BEING SET FOR 2023

“Graham John Bell’s work is transporting with a certifiably magic eye that unfolds journeys of identity that bushwacks through urban jungles and embraces our most seductive dreams.” YAY LA (10/2/13)

Photo by Arun Nevader

“Home of the Brave” is the name of the debut gender-fluid streetwear collection by award-winning London-born designer and photographer GRAHAM JOHN BELL. Featuring his bold fashion photography on quality streetwear that can be worn by day or night, the limited-edition line was unveiled this past September at New York Fashion Week Powered by Art Hearts Fashion. It will appear on more runways in New York and Miami, plus in dedicated pop-ups at major events, being set for 2023 (TBA).

“Home of the Brave” invokes questions around identity and society, while some might say it is the bastard lovechild of Vivienne Westwood and Helmut Newton. Manufactured in both the United Kingdom and USA, the collection, explains BELL, was developed with a made-to-order business model to respect the environment and offset the fashion industry’s much-scrutinized environmental impact from more traditional manufacturing practices.

On September 8, 2022, “Home of the Brave” officially debuted at the mega New York event where acclaimed international designers were showcased in true contemporary style over four days of runway shows at the city’s iconic Angel Orensanz Foundation Synagogue. Their showcase on the first day of “Gender-Fluid Fashions for 2023” was a notable standout.

Beyond just fashion, innovation, diversity, inclusion and gender-fluid creations were major themes in this year’s series of shows, pushing traditional boundaries like never before. On opening night, GRAHAM JOHN BELL was featured along with Los Angeles brand Mister Triple X + Dr. Martens, celebrity fashion designer Giannina Azar, and two other emerging fashion brands, Keziah and Alexandra Popescu-York.

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BELL’s inspiration for this project stems from a belief that people can love whomever they choose and wear whatever they please to express and empower their authentic identities. The collection’s manifesto implies that individuals have a right to choose–healthcare, fashion and sexual expression–all reflecting a sense of bravery in the “land of the free” as experienced in the year 2023, not 1776. Although the line does harken back to 1776 by giving a nod to Marie Antoinette, who alongside her husband Louis XVI went broke helping to finance the American Revolution (that led to the Declaration of Independence in 1776), France’s financial help was a major and decisive contribution towards the United States’ eventual victory and independence over the British. The debt incurred by Louis XVI and his queen Marie Antoinette eventually led to the French Revolution and the beheading of the queen at age 37. Hence, the land of the brave owes a great debt to her and is why BELL has made his images an artistic expression of her.

BELL explains, “The brand was born out of a creative reflection phase after Covid-19. It inspired me to look into new technologies for printing and recent made-to-order options that were available. Using my own images helped set me free on the creative path where I’m confident that what we are producing in this gender-fluid line is bold, brave and still good on the environment as we only produce what is ordered and wanted. I really hope this and future collections start conversations for the people that wear and see ‘Home of the Brave’ to help normalize inclusion and encourage confidence in expressing sexuality.”

ABOUT GRAHAM JOHN BELL:

Graham John Bell is a lifestyle photographer with extensive experience in the international music scene, where he managed artist’s careers (including overseeing their music placement in Oscar nominated films), and led photography teams into international festival expansion plans for global music brands including Live Nation. As a London-born, Los Angeles-now-Las Vegas based artist, his unique cultural perspective has allowed him behind-the-scenes access to capture micro seconds of history that will never be repeated. His early visual arts education began with a study in the Strobism movement (late ‘80s). He later studied photography at University of California, Los Angeles and received the UCLA award for Mastery and Excellence in Photography (2009) awarded by a professor who worked with “the greats:” Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton and more. Today, Bell respects artists driven by creative excellence who push cultural boundaries from fashion icons Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen to music newcomer Fred Again… Bell continues to be committed to capturing pivotal cultural moments in his art – be it in photographs, garments or whatever expression comes next.

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For further information about Graham John Bell:

Buy Link: www.grahamjohnbell.com
Photography Portfolio: http://www.missusnewton.com/
Instagram link: https://www.instagram.com/grahamjohnbell/
TikTok link: https://www.tiktok.com/@grahamjohnbell
Arthaus : http://www.arthaus-sf.com/portfolio/graham-john-bell/

Allure: https://www.allure.com/story/nyfw-spring-summer-2023-hair-makeup-trends

Exclusive HD photo Link: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/7ean98rxzmfds73530tjw/h?dl=0&rlkey=r7dwm4xh7y6u94w0cciigizh9

Credits: Models Payton George & Trin Kellan
Styling: April Love Beauty
Photography: Graham John Bell

For press inquiries about GRAHAM JOHN BELL, contact SRO PR:

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ITALIAN GRAFFITI MODERN OSTERIA NOW OPEN AT THE GATEWAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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ITALIAN GRAFFITI MODERN OSTERIA NOW OPEN AT THE GATEWAY

(SALT LAKE CITY, November 29, 2022)Italian Graffiti Modern Osteria is excited to announce it is now open for business at The Gateway, located near downtown Salt Lake City.

Italian Graffiti offers a bold and modern take on traditional Italian cuisine with house made pastas and breads, a dry-aged meat program, fresh seafood offerings, an expansive wine list, handcrafted cocktails and more. Much of the produce and wheat is sourced from local farms.

“Some of my most cherished childhood memories are those of my family cooking and sharing a meal together,” said Chef Marc Marrone. “With Italian Graffiti, I want our guests to enjoy that same warmth and generosity in an elevated dining experience.”

The restaurant’s 5,000 square-foot interior is presented in a stylized and modern way with open format cooking, creating a multi-sensory dining experience. Dark wood, richly appointed leather booths, elegant light fixtures, and one-of-a-kind art installations are surrounded by lush trees with floral and gold accents throughout the main dining room, bar, and lounge. The space accommodates up to 125 guests.

Italian Graffiti is located at 156 South 400 West on the southeast end of The Gateway. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

ABOUT ITALIAN GRAFFITI MODERN OSTERIA

Italian Graffiti is a contemporary interpretation of classic Italian fare from handcrafted family recipes. The menu offers a fresh, vibrant take on Italian cuisine while tapping into classic techniques, flavors, and recipes from old world Italian dishes. Building upon nearly 20 years of experience earned at world-class restaurants across the country, acclaimed Chef Marc Marrone brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Nice Hospitality’s newest venture. Inspired by his own New York Italian-influenced upbringing, Chef Marc transforms those memories into a full-scale culinary experience at Italian Graffiti. Italian Graffiti is

located at 156 South 400 West, Suite 113 in Salt Lake City. For reservations or more information, visit https://www.italiangraffiti.com/ or call 385-281-8373. Follow on Instagram @eatitaliangraffiti.

ABOUT NICE HOSPITALITY

Led by visionaries Reed Slobusky and Chef Marc Marrone, Nice Hospitality creates and operates multiple food and beverage brands with a focus on providing immersive experiences, culinary excellence, and gracious hospitality. Nice seeks out unique spaces and tells their stories with the unspoken art of culinary exploration. As leaders in quick service dining, pioneers in fine dining, and creators of memorable experiences, Nice Hospitality creates and operates a diversified portfolio of brands and concepts including Beer Zombies, Blaze of Thunder, Graffiti Bao, Hall Pass, Italian Graffiti Modern Osteria, SkinnyFATS, and Snowmobile Pizza.

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Mongolian Act THE HU Become First-Ever Rock/Metal Group To Receive UNESCO “Artist For Peace” Designation in Ceremony Earlier Today at UNESCO HQ in Paris, FR

DT: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2022

FM: KELLY WALSH, MITCH SCHNEIDER / SRO PR

GLOBALLY ACCLAIMED MONGOLIAN ACT
THE HU
FIRST-EVER ROCK/METAL GROUP TO RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS
UNESCO “ARTIST FOR PEACE” DESIGNATION
IN CEREMONY AT UNESCO HEADQUARTERS IN PARIS FRANCE
EARLIER TODAY, NOVEMBER 25

BAND ANNOUNCE DELUXE VERSION OF SECOND ALBUM
‘RUMBLE OF THUNDER’
DUE SPRING/SUMMER 2023 VIA BETTER NOISE MUSIC
WITH GUEST APPEARANCES FROM TOP NAMES IN ROCK

Photo Credit: Khishigsuren Baasan

Globally acclaimed breakthrough Mongolian rock act THE HU are honored to announce they’ve been named UNESCO’s “Artist For Peace” at a ceremony earlier today (November 25) at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris, FR by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. They are the first-ever artist in the rock/metal genre to receive this prestigious designation and follow previous “Artist for Peace” recipients including Celine Dion, Shirley Bassey, Sarah Brightman, Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller and World Orchestra For Peace. Having met the band on her official visit to Mongolia this past August, Azoulay has acknowledged THE HU’s contribution to the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage and their support for the promotion of cultural diversity through music; these are qualities which resonate with UNESCO‘s values and work.

Founded in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, The HU have since amassed a global following and critical acclaim with their unique musical genre they call “Hunnu Rock.” It fuses rock and heavy metal with styles of traditional Mongolian music, such as the art of Khöömei (throat singing), the tsuur flute and the Morin Khuur (horse-headed fiddle), all of which have been inscribed by UNESCO on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. “HU” corresponds to the root of the word “human being” in the Mongolian language. With this name, the group claim their humanist commitment. Through their music, they address the themes of gender equality, respect for difference, and the importance of protecting nature. They also promote linguistic diversity by using endangered regional dialects.

As an “Artist for Peace”–alongside UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors and Champions—THE HU will be designated for a renewable period of two years in which time they will help raise public awareness on UNESCO’s mandate and programs among the general public and youth. THE HU will use their talent and reputation to promote UNESCO‘s values and objectives through upcoming events and projects to help bring a positive change.

THE HU’s UNESCO “Artist For Peace” title lands alongside their previous awards as Cultural Envoy of Mongolia in 2019 and being the first group and 12th overall recipients of the highest state award in Mongolia, the Order of Genghis Khan, which was granted to the band by the President of Mongolia, Kh. Battulga in 2020.

“Mongolians have upmost respect for our history, culture and the language that was left to us from thousands of years ago from our elders and ancestors,” says band leader and throat singer Gala. “The HU’s goal and purpose is first and foremost to perform a unique genre of music that gives strength and power upon every listen. Secondly, it is to show the world Mongolia’s nomadic and environmentally aware livelihood that has been passed down from previous generations and to inspire others to live minimalistic lives and enjoy life to its fullest. UNESCO electing the HU with ‘Artists for Peace’ designation shows their appreciation towards cultural diversity and heritage pieces that are of great value to Mongolians. The partnership between the HU and UNESCO will bring awareness towards every culture that is distinguished by their unique heritage and core values, so we are excited to be part of a movement that can improve and change so many lives.”

“We sincerely appreciate being selected by UNESCO as part of their ‘Artists for Peace’ and understand the importance of the designation,” adds tumur khuur and tsuur player Jaya. “From a very young age we have been practicing traditional music techniques and instrumentation such as long song, throat singing, horse head fiddle, tsuur and tovshuur, as we know the significance and impact of sharing one’s culture around the world has to rest of the society. Our music delivers profound ideas that are understood in the subconscious mind while delivering hard rock and ethereal tunes. On the surface level, our lyrics and music seem to talk about basic yet important principles of human beings; on a deeper level, they share the preservation of cultures that are in danger of going extinct and allow us to be representatives for groups who have slightly different world perspectives than the modern world. This is a huge inspiration for us and part of our purposes as artists. Therefore, we will do everything in our power to be the inspiration for the cultures that are underrepresented and work with UNESCO to bring them the attention that they deserve.”

“The Hunnu Rock genre’s fundamental values are based on creating safe space in the modern music world for different traditional music styles that are only appreciated by certain geographical regions and has many cultural values to its techniques and history to its instruments,” states THE HU’s producer Dashka. “With UNESCO recognizing that effort and selecting The HU as their cultural ambassador to stand with what we believe in and what we are trying to accomplish is important to not only Mongolians, but to all nations around the world. In any tradition the lores and the music carry so much of their uniqueness and world view, and everybody agree that sometimes the only way to describe one’s perspective is through music. Our goals and priorities will always be to create amazing music and safeguard the pieces of culture that were passed down to us from prior generations.”

THE HU are currently on the last leg of their global headlining tour which concludes in London, UK on December 9. Earlier this year, the band headlined across North America, a run which included their fiery debut performance at Coachella, and was followed by a supporting tour alongside Five Finger Death Punch and Megadeth. THE HU released their second album RUMBLE OF THUNDER in July via BETTER NOISE MUSIC which features their eco-conscious debut single, “This Is Mongol”; an epic two-part music video for their nine-minute track “Black Thunder”; and the lively single “Bii Biyelegee.” THE HU have announced a deluxe version of RUMBLE OF THUNDER to be released in spring/summer of 2023 via Better Noise Music, with guest appearances from some of rock’s top musicians. Stay tuned for more information in the new year.

Stream/download RUMBLE OF THUNDER, along with varying physical product offerings including special edition colored vinyl variants, here: https://thehu.ffm.to/rumbleofthunder

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About THE HU
In 2019, an NPR story put a spotlight on “a band from Mongolia that blends the screaming guitars of heavy metal and traditional Mongolian guttural singing,” accurately highlighting the cultural importance and unique musical identity of THE HU. Founded in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, THE HU, Gala, Jaya, Temka, and Enkush, are a modern rock group rooted in the tradition of their homeland. The band’s two most popular videos, “Yuve Yuve” and “Wolf Totem,” were produced by the band’s producer Dashka. The band’s name translates to the Mongolian root word for human being, and their unique approach blends instruments like the Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), Tumur Khuur (jaw harp) and throat singing with contemporary sounds, creating a unique sonic profile that they call “Hunnu Rock.”

Their debut album, 2019 ‘s The Gereg, debuted at #1 on the World Album and Top New Artist Charts. With it, the band have accumulated over 250 million combined streams and video views to date and have received critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard, NPR, GQ, The Guardian, The Independent, Revolver, and even Sir Elton John himself.

Proving their global appeal, THE HU have sold out venues across the world in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, with scheduled festival appearances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Download Festival, and more, creating a community of fans from all walks of life. They quickly grabbed the attention of the industry, leading to collaborations with Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm. And most recently, the band received praise from fans and critics for their Mongolian rendition of Metallica’s “Sad But True,” which Metallica picked up on and invited them to record ‘Through The Never’ for their Metallica Blacklist album released in 2021 alongside other high-profile guest artists like Miley Cyrus, Chris Stapleton, Phoebe Bridgers, J Balvin, St. Vincent, and so many more. The band has also explored eclectic ways to reach audiences with their sound, most notably writing and recording music for EA Games’ Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

 

ABOUT BETTER NOISE MUSIC
BETTER NOISE MUSIC is the premiere independent music label under BETTER NOISE ENTERTAINMENT, a content creation and marketing company that produces music, books, films, documentaries, TV shows, theatrical productions, and tours. Better Noise Music (formerly Eleven Seven Music), founded in 2006 by music industry veteran and independent pioneer Allen Kovac, focuses on artist development and has grown into a music industry independent powerhouse, with a roster including Five Finger Death Punch, Asking Alexandria, Bad Wolves, Dirty Heads, Nothing More, THE HU, AWOLNATION, All Good Things, From Ashes To New, Cory Marks, and Fire From The Gods. Partnering with FUGA, AMPED and Membran, the company operates a global marketing and distribution platform with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Paris, Toronto and Sydney.

In 2021, Better Noise Music dominated Billboard’s Year End charts in the rock space, landing at #1 on the Mainstream Rock Imprint, Hard Rock Songs Imprint, Hard Rock Songs Label charts and ranked as one of the top Mainstream Rock Labels for the year.

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Alice Cooper and Nikki Sixx talk about Tommy Henriksen’s CROSSBONE SKULLY project; CROSSBONE SKULLY Debut “Evil World Machine,” Music Video to Premiere at San Francisco Fan Expo 11/26 and YouTube

DT: NOVEMBER 23, 2022

FM: KELLY WALSH, MITCH SCHNEIDER / SRO PR

ALICE COOPER AND NIKKI SIXX
TALK ABOUT
CROSSBONE SKULLY

CROSSBONE SKULLY RELEASES DEBUT SINGLE
EVIL WORLD MACHINE”;
THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERES AT THE SAN FRANCISCO FAN EXPO THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26 AND YOUTUBE AT 7:00 PM (ET)

Crossbone Skully’s Debut Album Expected In 2023 via Better Noise Music

Tommy Henriksen, The Mastermind Behind The Crossbone Skully Music, Character And Story, Enlists Johnny Depp And A “Who’s Who” Of Rock Music On This Special Project

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“It’s about time someone recognized Crossbone Skully,” says Alice Cooper. “Skully and I go way back. Crossbone Skully has written a galactic masterpiece about one of the most mysterious characters of the cosmos. Is he a villain or a hero? I don’t know. Maybe a little of both. All I know is don’t cross Crossbone Skully. This album rocks every galaxy out there.”

Nikki Sixx says, “I’m thrilled to be involved in the Crossbone Skully project. The music is hard hitting and real as it aligns with an original concept.  To be part of this project with this group of legends is inspirational and I know it’s gonna kick ass!”

The two rock legends are talking about the debut album from CROSSBONE SKULLY, due out on Better Noise Music in 2023. It’s an exciting multi-dimensional project that was launched last Friday (November 18) with the album’s first single, the blazing “Evil World Machine,” available to stream and download HERE.

This Saturday (November 26), the video, directed and animated by Riley Donahue (“Saturday Night Live”), will premiere live at the San Francisco Fan Expo, followed by a YouTube premiere at 7:00 PM (ET) HERE. Fans will get their first look at Tommy Henriksen’s carefully crafted character “CROSSBONE SKULLY,” and the character’s world, which inspired its own upcoming graphic novel and animated film, “Thing #1.”

CROSSBONE SKULLY is an avenging superhero, beginning his journey to rescue humanity on “Evil World Machine,” which confronts the evil currency of the world. Legendary producer Mutt Lange (AC/DC, Def Leppard) emerged from retirement to serve as executive producer on the album which was written by guitarist/bassist Tommy Henriksen (Alice Cooper’s Band / Member of Hollywood Vampires which includes Johnny Depp) and guitarist/producer Tommy Denander.

Henriksen serves as lead vocalist and bassist on the album. Rounding out the band’s lineup are Denander, keyboardist Jamie Muhoberac (My Chemical Romance, John Mayer, Seal), bassist Chris Wyse (Hollywood Vampires, Ace Frehley, the Cult, Ozzy Osbourne), drummer Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper, Hollywood Vampires), the late UFO bassist Pete Way, producer/mixer Mike Plotnikoff (AC/DC, Aerosmith) and mixer Olle Romo (Muse, Bryan Adams). For the “Thing #1” animated short film, Henriksen enlisted voiceover talent from Hollywood A-lister and Hollywood Vampires bandmate Johnny Depp (The Sorcerer), and an impressive list of rock royalty including Alice Cooper (The Bringer of Light), Joe Perry (Big Bad Bone Crusher), Nikki Sixx (The Crooked Crow) and Kane Roberts (Alpha Watchman), just to name a few.

“This has been an amazing journey,” says Henriksen, who began the project almost four years ago. “If you had told me back then that I’d be working with the greatest producer who ever lived, I wouldn’t have believed it.”

CROSSBONE SKULLY will be engaging fans with more music from the album, which delivers a powerful message in today’s global climate, inviting people of all backgrounds to coexist and break down oppressive barriers. Additionally, Henriksen’s vision for CROSSBONE SKULLY will continue to unfold, culminating in the release of the band’s debut album in 2023.

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ABOUT CROSSBONE SKULLY

Crossbone Skully is an avenging superhero from outer space, returning to earth to save the world and reconnect with his lost deity love Piper and Kyd, the son he never knew he had. Evil World Machine is a rock concept album that echoes similar dystopian visions such as Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and Diamond Dogs. The project, influenced by larger-than-life bands such as AC/DC, Alice Cooper, KISS, Iron Maiden and even the Sex Pistols, is the work of a collaborative team headed by veteran rock session bassist/guitarist Tommy Henriksen and Tommy Denander alongside the legendary Mutt Lange, who emerged from retirement to executive produce the project.

With a long history Henriksen has also had a successful side career as a producer/mixer/arranger and songwriter for the likes of Lady Gaga, Meat Loaf, Lou Reed, Halestorm, Kesha and Daughtry. His metamorphosis into Crossbone Skully started when Alice Cooper’s lighting man, who used to work for AC/DC, heard him singing like Bon Scott and successor Brian Johnson during a sound check–and suggested he build a solo project around it.

The sterling group of supporting musicians includes guitarist Tommy Denander (who introduced him to Mutt Lange after collaborating on Alice Cooper’s 2017 album Paranormal with Bob Ezrin), keyboardist Jamie Muhoberac (My Chemical Romance, John Mayer, Seal), bassist Chris Wyse (Hollywood Vampires, Ace Frehley, the Cult, Ozzy Osbourne) and drummer Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper, Hollywood Vampires), the late UFO bassist Pete Way, mixer Olle Romo (Muse, Bryan Adams) and producer/mixer Mike Plotnikoff (AC/DC, Aerosmith), who helped get him noticed by Allen Kovac’s Better Noise Records. Making spoken-word appearances are Johnny Depp as the voice of “The Sorcerer,” along with Alice Cooper as “The Bringer of Light,” Joe Perry as “Big Bad Bone Crusher” and Nikki Sixx as “The Crooked Crow,” with Kane Roberts as “Alpha Watchman,” among other guests. Henriksen developed the voice of Crossbone Skully with a vocal app that makes him sound like a disembodied Stephen Hawking. Iconic creative/art director Mark Wilkinson, who designed for Iron Maiden, Marillion, Judas Priest and The Darkness, created the Crossbone Skully album cover.

ABOUT BETTER NOISE MUSIC

BETTER NOISE MUSIC is the premiere independent music label under BETTER NOISE ENTERTAINMENT, a content creation and marketing company that produces music, books, films, documentaries, TV shows, theatrical productions, and tours. Better Noise Music (formerly Eleven Seven Music), founded in 2006 by music industry veteran and independent pioneer Allen Kovac, focuses on artist development and has grown into a music industry independent powerhouse, with a roster including Five Finger Death Punch, Asking Alexandria, Bad Wolves, Dirty Heads, Nothing More, The HU, AWOLNATION, All Good Things, From Ashes To New, Cory Marks, and Fire From The Gods. Partnering with FUGA, AMPED and Membran, the company operates a global marketing and distribution platform with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Paris, Toronto and Sydney.

In 2021, Better Noise Music dominated Billboard’s Year End charts in the rock space, landing at #1 on the Mainstream Rock Imprint, Hard Rock Songs Imprint, Hard Rock Songs Label charts and ranked as one of the top Mainstream Rock Labels for the year.

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French Nordic Folk Collective SKÁLD Announce ‘HULDUFÓLK’ due 1/20 via DECCA RECORDS (UMG); Reveal Debut Single “TROLL KALLA MIK”

DT: NOVEMBER 18, 2022

FM: KELLY WALSH, SRO PR

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FRANCE’S WORLD-FAMOUS NORDIC COLLECTIVE
SKÁLD
RETURN WITH NEW ALBUM
‘HULDUFÓLK’
DUE JANUARY 20 VIA DECCA RECORDS FRANCE / DECCA RECORDS U.S. (UMG)

REVEAL FIRST NEW SINGLE/MUSIC VIDEO
“TROLL KALLA MIK”

WATCH HERE

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French Nordic folk collective SKÁLD will return January 20 via Decca Records France / DECCA RECORDS U.S. (UMG) with their third full-length album HULDUFÓLK which in English translates to “the hidden people.” The album shares the myths and legends of Scandinavian poets and shamans with tales of otherworldly beings coexisting with humankind. Sung entirely in Old Norse, the ancient language of Scandinavia, HULDUFÓLK transports listeners into an “elsewhere” made of fantasy, a land inhabited by weird and wonderful creatures, and mysteries with its poetic and epic soundscape.

HULDUFÓLK was composed and produced by the collective’s mastermind Christophe Voisin-Boisvinet and features over a dozen musicians and songwriters using traditional Nordic instrumentation such as the nyckelharpa, Moraharpa, Lyre, Talharpa and hurdy-gurdy alongside shamanic percussion and Nordic chants. Pre-order HULDUFÓLK now on CD, Vinyl and digital download at https://bio.to/skald.

SKÁLD have today (November 18) shared the first glimpse into the mysterious land of HULDUFÓLK with its debut single “Troll Kalla Mik” (“They Call Me Troll”). Its music video delves into the lore of the “Huldufolk” and one’s dangerous journey into their realm illustrating a dance of two powerful spirits, light and darkness. In Icelandic folklore, to cross the lands and forests of the hidden people is to risk losing one’s life and become trapped in a bewitching elven circle. If one does attempt to enter their realm, they become entranced and caught in a hellish loop of dance until they succumb to exhaustion, oblivion or death. The “Troll Kalla Mik” music video can be seen below or HERE. Stream “Troll Kalla Mik” across all digital platforms HERE.

“Troll Kalla Mik” (“They Call Me Troll”) Translated English Lyrics

They call me troll:
“dwelling-Hrungnir’s moon”,
“the giant’s wealth-sucker”,
“bale of the storm-sun”,
“the seeress’ delightful company”,
“guard of the corpse-fjord”,
“swallower of the heavenly wheel”.
What’s a troll, but this?
Ho Ho Hoo…
x2

They call me “Skáld”:
“smith of Viðurr’s ship”,
“finder of Gautr’s gift”,
“unscanty man”,
“bearer of Yggr’s beer”,
x2

“Móði’s creator in poetry”,
“skilled smith of verses”.

What’s a skald, but this? x2

What’s a troll, but this?

They call me troll:
“dwelling-Hrungnir’s moon”,
“the giant’s wealth-sucker”,
“bale of the storm-sun”,
“the seeress’ delightful company”,
“guard of the corpse-fjord”,
“swallower of the heavenly wheel”.

What’s a troll, but this?

They blended honey and blood together
And created that kind of mead which
Makes everyone who drinks it a poet and a wise man.
x3

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HULDUFÓLK Track Listing:
1. Troll Kalla Mik
2. Ljósálfur
3. Mánin Líður
4. Ríðum, ríðum
5. Hinn Mikli Dreki
6. Då Månen Sken
7. Elverhøy
8. Her Mannelig
9. Rauður Loginn Brann
10. Trollslaget
11. Du Hast (Rammstein cover)
12. A Forest

Formed in 2018, SKÁLD have received global acclaim selling over 245,000 copies of their 2019 debut album Vikings Chant and 2020’s Vikings Memories in addition to amassing over 100 million streams and more than 137 million video views. The collective have performed across several of Europe’s major festivals including Hellfest (FR), Wacken (DE), Rock Oz’Arenes (CH), Motorcultor Festival (FR) and recently completed a headlining tour across Europe.

Through their music, SKÁLD take inspiration from the poetry of the ancient skalds who sang and told stories of the Vikings and their gods. Their music is characterized by singing in Old Norse and the use of ancient instruments.

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OZZY OSBOURNE Talks About The Four Grammy Nominations For His ‘Patient Number 9’ Album And More

DATE: NOVEMBER 16, 2022

FROM: MARCEE RONDAN/MITCH SCHNEIDER

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OZZY OSBOURNE
EARNS FOUR GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
INCLUDING “BEST ROCK ALBUM”
FOR HIS INTERNATIONAL CHART-TOPPING
AND CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED
‘PATIENT NUMBER 9’ ALBUM

THESE HONORS FOLLOW OZZY’S THREE GRAMMY WINS
AND EIGHT NOMINATIONS IN HIS 50+ YEAR CAREER AS A
SOLO ARTIST AND MEMBER OF BLACK SABBATH

OZZY OSBOURNE yesterday (November 15) earned four Grammy nominations for his hugely successful and critically acclaimed PATIENT NUMBER 9 album (Epic Records). These mark the most nominations he’s ever received for a single album. The 2022 nominations are for: Best Rock Performance: “Patient Number 9,” Ozzy Osbourne feat. Jeff Beck”; Best Metal Performance: “Degradation Rules,” Ozzy Osbourne feat. Tony lommi; Best Rock Song: “Patient Number 9,” John Osbourne, Chad Smith, Ali Tamposi, Robert Trujillo & Andrew Wotman, songwriters (Ozzy Osbourne feat. Jeff Beck); and Best Rock Album for Patient Number 9. Read a Q&A with OZZY below where he talks about the nominations and more.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter previously has won three Grammy Awards and received eight nominations. In 1993 OZZY won a solo Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for “I Don’t Want To Change the World” and two Grammys as a member of Black Sabbath for “Best Metal Performance” in 2000 for “Iron Man” and in 2013 for “Best Metal Performance” for “God Is Dead?” from 13.

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PATIENT NUMBER 9–released September 9 and marking OZZY’s 13th solo studio album–triumphantly sets new career highs for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter. The critically acclaimed album has topped his previous chart entries with record-breaking numbers around the world. In the U.S., the album debuted at #1 on multiple charts: Top Album Sales (Ozzy’s first #1 ever on this chart), Top Current Album Sales (another first), Top Rock & Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums, Top Hard Rock Albums, Top Vinyl Albums and Tastemaker Albums charts; and at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. Globally, the album charted at #1 in Canada (OZZY’s first-ever #1 there); career high #2 entries in the UK, Australia, Finland and Italy; #6 in the Netherlands and New Zealand; #8 in Belgium; and #14 France. Other highlights include #2 Austria, Germany and Sweden; #3 in Switzerland; and #4 in Norway.

Working with producer Andrew Watt for the second time, OZZY welcomed a dynamic A-list featured guests on the album. For the first time ever, Black Sabbath co-founder, guitarist, and riff-master Tony Iommi appears on an OZZY solo album. The record also boasts guitarists Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, and longstanding righthand man and six-string beast Zakk Wylde who plays on the majority of the tracks. For the bulk of the album, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers held down drums, while the late Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters appears on three songs. Old friend and one-time OZZY band member Robert Trujillo of Metallica plays bass on most of the album’s tracks, with Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Chris Chaney supplying bass on a few songs.

Q&A WITH
OZZY OSBOURNE

Q: How does it feel to have received four nominations for the new album?

OZZY: “I’m honestly overwhelmed. Making this record was a great way to me to get back to work as I continued to heal. It’s pretty great to be acknowledged at this point in my career.”

Q: Between the pandemic and you going through your surgeries, do you think that contributed to making another record so quickly?

OZZY: “Well, the thing was I had all this time–we all did through the pandemic. Instead of lying there and just doing my physical therapy, the record actually got me doing something that I love.”

Q: What was your mindset when you were writing and recording the album?

OZZY: “I was thinking about the times we’ve been living in. There wasn’t much good news. It was a fucking war in Ukraine and the pandemic. The world seemed to be on the brink of a bad thing.”

Q: How do you feel at this point in your career having the kind of notoriety you’ve achieved with this album?

OZZY: “The business forever surprises me. It’s never a safe bet. I’ve done things in the past where I tell myself ‘this is going to be a hit.’ Then it’s gone down the shitter and other things I’ve done…It’s done the opposite. I’m very cheered up by the support.”

Q: The interesting thing about the album is it features top musicians, including some old friends.

OZZY: “Oh yeah. I mean the guitars are Tony [Iommi], Zakk [Wylde], Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck’s fucking phenomenal work, plus Robert Trujillo on bass. It’s turned out better than I ever expected. And having Taylor Hawkins with me in the studio like a week or two before he died was amazing. To think he’s gone breaks my heart.”

Q: It must be special that “Degradation Rules” which features Tony Iommi, was nominated for a Grammy.

OZZY: “Such great news. I mean that song would’ve made a great Black Sabbath track. It’s a very well-structured song. I’ve known Tony since I was 12 years old and I’m glad to say we’ve continued a really good friendship. Tony’s been very supportive of me while I’ve been recovering from surgery. He’s been in constant contact, which has been great.”

Q: What’s the collaboration like with producer Andrew Watt?

OZZY: “He’s a lot better than most producers at collaboration. The fact that he plays guitar, and I don’t, and he works with machines and I don’t, makes it easier. It’s just great working with him. We end up arguing a bit with…sometimes, but not a lot!”

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