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Rex Brown Debuts New “Buried Alive” Music Video 

Rex Brown Debuts New “Buried Alive” Music Video 

Multi-platinum selling artist Rex Brown has debuted an all new single and music video for his track “Buried Alive,” exclusively via Revolver Magazine.  This is the third single behind “Train Song” and “Crossing Lines” from his upcoming LP that were previously released.

Rex once again partnered up with Justin Reich (Zakk Wylde, Ace Frehley), who also directed the video for “Train Song.” This is the second music video being released from Brown’s debut solo effort.

“Justin once again did a fantastic job,” says Brown. “The video captures every bit of emotion I had when I was writing the song as it’s a very personal song for me.”

The video was shot in Nashville, TN where the record itself was recorded and produced. Rex’s bandmates are also featured in the video. Lance Harvill, who also co-wrote most of the LP with Brown plays lead guitar. Joe Shadid plays rhythm guitar and longtime friend of Brown’s and Type O Negative member Johnny Kelly plays drums. Caleb Sherman can be seen on Keys and lap steel as well.

“Buried Alive,” “Train Song” and “Crossing Lines” are now available on all streaming platforms and as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the LP today will get the track as a download instantly.

Rex Brown will release Smoke On This… on July 28th, 2017 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music).

Brown’s solo debut strips away any boundaries and preconceived notions, reveling in a newfound freedom to express all of the various shades of the man whose name is out front. The song “Fault Line” helped him find his voice. “That was the very first one I sang. After I got that one, I knew that I could do it, and Lance was my biggest motivator in finding that voice. Up until that point I just wasn’t sure.”

From there, there’s the brilliantly straightforward “Lone Rider,” the monstrous In Through the Out Door vibe of “Crossing Lines,” the Pink Floyd reverence of “Best of Me.” “Get Yourself Alive” is something of an ode to “Strawberry Fields Forever,” but with a swift-kick of rock n’ roll. It’s rich in nuance, with Indian tandoori and layers of vocals. The extremely catchy “Grace” is “something you would never expect to hear off a Rex Brown record and that’s exactly why I did it. It’s just a really great song, period. Bottom line.”

Rex’s solo album is full of mojo and the force of character, determination, and nerve. He tracked lead vocals, rhythm guitars, and bass, working with his primary collaborator and old friend, Lance Harvill, a Nashville-based guitarist and songwriter, on the album’s songs. “Lance was & is, my main man on this. Everything we did was finely tuned, both musically & brotherly.”

Drums were tracked by Christopher Williams, himself no stranger to diverse tastes, from funk music to punk. His talent has been utilized by country music star Lee Greenwood, the reconstituted Blackfoot and most recently, power metal legends Accept. The album was produced by New Yorker turned Nashville transplant Caleb Sherman, a multi-instrumentalist with work on records by Little Big Town and Porter Block, among others. “Caleb produced the project from a musician’s standpoint,” adds Brown. “Not just a typical producer’s standpoint, which was something I definitely needed. Between Caleb and Lance, we were a force to be reckoned with. They really pulled out the best in me.” Peter Keyes, known for his work with Lynyrd Skynyrd can also be heard on a few tracks. All bass tracking came from Rex himself as well.

Who is Rex Brown? To the industry, fellow musicians, and a legion of fans around the world, he’s the bassist for Pantera, one of the biggest hard rock and metal acts of the past few decades, alongside Nirvana and Metallica. They had Number One albums with minimal support from traditional commercial outlets and went platinum several times over. Pantera rode a groundswell of underground loyalty, earned through several years of blood, sweat, and road beers. Five major label albums, countless international tours, and a series of carnage-filled home videos cemented a legacy as large as their massive riffs and the band’s insatiable appetites for mayhem, authenticity, and brotherhood.

“My motto these days is ‘Shake some shit up,'” Brown declares about the new LP. “I’ve had my ups and downs, like anybody in this business. I wanted to feel like a true artist again, where I can write and record songs without worrying about any of the bullshit.” 

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SMOKE ON THIS: Rex Brown On Life, Artistic Evolution and His Debut Solo Record

SMOKE ON THIS: Rex Brown On Life, Artistic Evolution and His Debut Solo Record

Rex Brown is the living, breathing embodiment of rock ‘n’ roll. A seasoned troubadour from down South with a dense, rich, and colorful life experience, he is an artist who’s much more than the sum total of his body of work. Known worldwide as the bassist for Pantera, he helped move thousands of cassettes and LPs from the back of car trunks in the parking lots of smoky clubs, before the rest of the world discovered the ‘Cowboys from Hell.’ As an undisputed force in metal, Pantera were able to chart Number One albums with minimal support from traditional commercial outlets and went platinum several times over. Pantera rode a groundswell of underground loyalty, earned through several years of blood, sweat, and road beers. Five major label albums, countless international tours, and a series of carnage-filled home videos cemented a legacy as large as their massive riffs and the band?s insatiable appetites for mayhem, authenticity, and brotherhood. Brown and his Texas brethren forged a unique musical identity comprised of bottom-heavy rhythms, fearless guitar histrionics and blunt-force savagery, a blueprint that’s been followed by nearly every single metal act that formed in their wake. Brown documented his journey as an artist in the pages of his memoir, ‘101 Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera,’ with stark honesty and emotional courage.

However, the story of Rex Brown is far from over. In fact, to hear him tell it, he’s just getting warmed up! In July of 2017, Brown will finally step into the spotlight as a frontman with his debut solo album, ‘Smoke On This.” On the fiery new album, he wields a six-string guitar as confidently as he wore the bass in Pantera and Down and has created the rock ’n’ roll record he has always wanted to make. His engaging voice crackles with easygoing spirit and truth-telling power. It’s a crunchy drawl that’s down-to-earth, grippingly relatable, charmingly welcoming, and gritty, somewhere between the achingly resonant spiritual shamanism of Tom Waits and the instantly recognizable everyman AM radio vibes of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. This is guitar-slinging old-school rock, with a nod to the seventies and a firm grasp on the future, the kind of songs evocative of a beat-up truck with the windows down and its eight-track player cranked up, or the soundtrack to a quiet night in with a can of PBR. ‘Smoke On This” has established an exciting new era for Brown as an artist.

He tracked lead vocals, rhythm guitars, and bass, working with his primary collaborator and old friend, Lance Harvill, a Nashville-based guitarist and songwriter, on the album’s songs. Drums were tracked by Christopher Williams, himself no stranger to diverse tastes, from funk music to punk. His talent has been utilized by country music star Lee Greenwood, the reconstituted Blackfoot and most recently, power metal legends Accept. The album was produced by New Yorker turned Nashville transplant Caleb Sherman, a multi-instrumentalist with work on records by Little Big Town and Porter Block, among others. Peter Keyes, known for his work with Lynyrd Skynyrd can also be heard on a few tracks. Brown’s impressive solo debut strips away any boundaries and preconceived notions, reveling in a newfound freedom to express all of the various shades of the man whose name is out front. In short, it’s one hell of a debut record and one the world of  rock ‘n’ roll desperately needs. 

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught with Rex Brown to discuss the chain of events which led to the creation of ‘Smoke On This,’ the challenges he faced in bringing it to life and what the future might hold for him as a solo artist.

Rex, I have to thank you for letting me listen to your debut solo record, ‘Smoke On This,’ before it’s official release. This thing is absolute fire!

Dude, thank you very much! That made my morning! Ya know, I have been sitting on this record, were it was finally finished and done, since December. It’s been driving me mad. [laughs] In this business, it’s all about timing and, to me, this is a summertime kind of record. We plan on starting to hit really hard on radio the day after the 4th of July; let the people get over their hangovers and really start pounding them hard with all of these tracks.

Rex Brown

How did the ball get rolling on this record?

It started off with me in the bus one day and me thinking, “I’ve gotta quit doing this.” It was going nowhere quickly, the situation I was in. I’d just gotten to a complete burnout point. A lot of guys would take another 3 years and say, “Oh, let’s see if it works out.” Man, I knew something was up and that I needed to get off the road for a couple of years. I needed to go watch the grass grow and enjoy the simple things in life. I wanted to write some songs and I had a whole bunch that I wanted to investigate for lack of a better word. I was going into Nashville for Summer NAMM in 2015 and meeting up with friend of mine, Lance Harvill. He is also the co-writer of all these songs. He is a brilliant songwriter who never got his time in the spotlight, so to speak. He’s an excellent guitar player and an even better songwriter. We just started throwing some ideas around. First off, I was going into Nashville thinking it’s still a country hicksville and, low and behold, I start running into all of these rock ‘n’ roll guys. It was everyone from Brad Whitford from Aerosmith to the half of Motley Crue that lives there now! It’s just a really cool vibe in Nashville because it’s all about the jam. You go into LA and ask a guy to play on the record and the first thing he asks is how much he’s going to get paid and that’s even before he ever plays a note! That’s not rock ‘n’ roll to me, man! I put together a team and found a drummer, Chris Williams, through a photographer friend of mine. He’s been playing on records for all kinds of cats since he was about 16 years old in Nashville. He turned me onto this producer. When I went to his studio, it reminded me of Willie’s Place down in Austin. Lance and I had both had the opportunity to go and make a record down there that never ended up seeing the light of day. It was for a movie and placements for film and stuff like that but never came out. We actually made a record with Terry Date. Lance has gone back to the Dime days, ya know, way back to the days of early Pantera.

Anyway, we started writing songs and they started getting really good. We narrowed it down from 24 songs, down to 13 and then we tracked 11. I found my voice on this one track, “Fault Line,” and the rest, as they say, is history. We started stumbling onto stuff that we didn’t know we had in us and I wanted to make the best rock ‘n’ roll record I could possibly make. I didn’t want to make a metal record. I’ve done that so many times that I’m blue in the fucking face even talking about it! [laughs] I wanted to make something that was true to me. I mean, you can take the boy from the farm as far as you can throw him, but I’m still going to have the metal influence; so you’re gonna hear a little of swagger and, of course, some of that stuff is in there. It’s just one of those things where I had to go back and find out why I was playing music in the first place and why I loved it. That meant going back to my roots. I was listening to different playlists and stuff like that. The 70s had some really great music which came out of it. Then you had the 80s where there was great music but it had image attached to it. Everybody got tired of the image. Everyone was dressed up with poofy hair and all that shit! Hell, we had to do it just to play a club. For me, it’s all about the song. Without the song, you don’t have anything. It came down to writing really good songs and then bastardizing the fuck out of it and turning them inside out!

People ask me, “Why didn’t you do this 10 years ago?” Well, maybe the time wasn’t right 10 years ago and maybe the time is right now. In this business, timing is everything. There aren’t any good rock ‘n’ roll records out there, man. There’s not. If there are, then show me the way and I’ll listen to them. I’m not saying there aren’t any and that mine is going to be the best of all of them but I’m saying this is me and this is where I’m coming from musically. If you dig it, dig it. If you don’t like it, then don’t. I don’t care either way!

I’m sure finding your voice was a big part of bringing “Smoke On This” to life. What were some of the other challenges you faced along the way?

The first thing was my passion for playing the guitar. I’ve been playing the guitar since I was 9 years old but I’ve always been known as a bass player. At the same time, most bass players are guitar players. Typically, that’s your first passion and then you get stuck with the bass. I gave half my life to doing that. Before I even started this process, I took my old, trusty 60s Telecaster and just went and played without any pedals or anything. I learned how to play guitar again. I was sitting with my little girl and she plays guitar. She was really getting into playing the folky stuff. I started her out with “Tapestry” and stuff like that. I said, “This is what you need to learn how to play before you learn to play your favorite Pierce The Veil song or whatever you are listening to.” So, I made her listen to all the great songwriters that came out of Laurel Canyon. My rock ‘n’ roll lineage goes from… well, ask me a tune and I can probably tell you what record it’s off of. That’s what rock ‘n’ roll is all about — getting the people out of there seats and making them have a good time. It’s where I want to go musically. It’s not reinventing the wheel but it’s where I want to be musically these days. I just wanted to make a really diverse rock ‘n’ roll record that had really good songs on it. I think I’ve done it and I’m proud as fuck of it. I couldn’t be happier!

As you mentioned, you have had this album wrapped for awhile. Where do you see yourself heading in the future?

That’s a good question. I’m just now starting to tap into the well, ya know. I don’t know how many riffs I’ve got in my phone. Where this is all going to lead, I don’t know. This is one of those things where I already have the next one written. It’s already in my head and I know exactly what I want to do. It’s going to be different than this one. I want to keep pushing those musical boundaries. Who knows? It might be a polka/folk/metal record. Who knows what I will do! I’m just saying that to be kind of silly, but as an artist where do you take yourself? If you are a painter, you want to paint different things. You don’t want to sit down and do the same painting over and over. The minute you start doing that is the minute you start crumbling to the corporate crap. That’s one thing we never did back in the day with Pantera or even with DOWN, well, maybe a little bit, but not much. Let’s just say…How long have you been writing?

I’ve been doing this for almost two decades.

Well, if you go back and look at your first piece and look at the last piece you did. Would you say you have evolved?

Yeah. Without question.

Right. My point is that I’ve got to get a lot better now. The Kill Devil Hill thing was what it was. It was a great project and I was getting out of DOWN and trying to keep my relationship with Phil [Anselmo], which I have always done. In fact, I just saw him not too long ago and we had a blast! It felt like old times. We just had to get away from each other at some point. It was inevitable that something was going to blow up after 25 years together. This solo record is me getting back to what it’s all about. Anyway, I’m right in the middle of putting together tour plans for the fall. You could see us out as early as July. Right now, the whole focus is getting this record out and getting it to as many people as possible.

You are clearly a guy who isn’t afraid to look to his past but your focus is on the future. You wrote your autobiography, “Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera.” That is something very few people get to do. How did that experience impact you and this record?

I think it the process of making both the book and this album were very cathartic. Look man, I’ve been through hell and back. For me, I don’t have problems, I have solutions. It’s getting through life like anyone else and I don’t live in the past. I live for today. Today is all I can take care of and I can’t worry about what happened all those years ago. I just don’t like some of the platforms you can get on these days and think you are the President of the United States and just post whatever stupid shit you want. I’m not a big fan of that. I think there are too many people with too many opinions that don’t really mean a fuck in the big scheme of things. It really doesn’t matter. It isn’t about all the whining, man. It’s about celebrating life. You are only here for a little bit of time, so you have to make the best of it. What I get out of that is writing music and performing. With that said, long gone are the days of me going out and trying to hit 300 days on the road. There’s no way I going to do it unless something incredible comes up. You never know. I never say never! [laughs]

You have inspired a lot of people with the work you have created and you have lived life to it’s fullest. What’s the best lesson we can take from your journey?

Keep going, baby! Perseverance! At the end of the day, you are only as good as your word, man. With that being said, I am a very high strung, creative guy. I always want to keep playing. I found that out by being in the studio. Look, it took me awhile. I’ve been working on this record of the past year or more and I’ve been knee deep in the politics of it too. The music industry these days is getting a lot tougher. So, if I can say anything to anybody, it’s take the good points in life and make them better. That’s all I can say. Hell, I’m not anybody. I’m just like the next guy, man. I put my pants on one leg at a time just like anybody else!

Rex Brown will release ‘Smoke On This…’ on July 28th, 2017 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). Keep up to date with Rex Brown via social media via Facebook and Twitter. Visit his official website at www.rexbrown.net.

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Rex Brown Debuts New “Train Song” Music Video From Upcoming Album

Rex Brown Debuts New “Train Song” Music Video From Upcoming Album

Multi-platinum selling artist Rex Brown has debuted an all new single and music video for the track “Train Song,” exclusively via Loudwire.com. This is the second single behind “Crossing Lines” that was released back in April. Directed by Justin Reich (Zakk Wylde, Ace Frehley), this is the first music video being released from Brown’s debut solo effort.

“It was a frickin’ blast working on this with Justin,” says Brown. “I always hated the sitting around and waiting mentality, but Justin and his crew made it incredibly easy and very productive! This first video shows a ton of power and Justin captured it all with no hesitation.”

The video was shot in Nashville, TN where the record itself was recorded and produced. Rex’s bandmates are also making their debut in the video. Lance Harvill, who also co-wrote most of the LP with Brown plays lead guitar. Joe Shadid plays rhythm guitar and longtime friend of Brown’s and Type O Negative member Johnny Kelly plays drums. Caleb Sherman can be seen on Keys and lap steel as well.

Both “Train Song” and “Crossing Lines” are available on all streaming platforms and as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the LP today will get the track as a download instantly.

Rex Brown will release Smoke On This… on July 28th, 2017 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music).

Brown’s solo debut strips away any boundaries and preconceived notions, reveling in a newfound freedom to express all of the various shades of the man whose name is out front. The song “Fault Line” helped him find his voice. “That was the very first one I sang. After I got that one, I knew that I could do it, and Lance was my biggest motivator in finding that voice. Up until that point I just wasn’t sure.”

From there, there’s the brilliantly straightforward “Lone Rider,” the monstrous In Through the Out Door vibe of “Crossing Lines,” the Pink Floyd reverence of “Best of Me.” “Get Yourself Alive” is something of an ode to “Strawberry Fields Forever,” but with a swift-kick of rock n’ roll. It’s rich in nuance, with Indian tandoori and layers of vocals. The extremely catchy “Grace” is “something you would never expect to hear off a Rex Brown record and that’s exactly why I did it. It’s just a really great song, period. Bottom line.”

Rex’s solo album is full of mojo and the force of character, determination, and nerve. He tracked lead vocals, rhythm guitars, and bass, working with his primary collaborator and old friend, Lance Harvill, a Nashville-based guitarist and songwriter, on the album’s songs. “Lance was & is, my main man on this. Everything we did was finely tuned, both musically & brotherly.”

Drums were tracked by Christopher Williams, himself no stranger to diverse tastes, from funk music to punk. His talent has been utilized by country music star Lee Greenwood, the reconstituted Blackfoot and most recently, power metal legends Accept. The album was produced by New Yorker turned Nashville transplant Caleb Sherman, a multi-instrumentalist with work on records by Little Big Town and Porter Block, among others. “Caleb produced the project from a musician’s standpoint,” adds Brown. “Not just a typical producer’s standpoint, which was something I definitely needed. Between Caleb and Lance, we were a force to be reckoned with. They really pulled out the best in me.” Peter Keyes, known for his work with Lynyrd Skynyrd can also be heard on a few tracks. All bass tracking came from Rex himself as well.

Who is Rex Brown? To the industry, fellow musicians, and a legion of fans around the world, he’s the bassist for Pantera, one of the biggest hard rock and metal acts of the past few decades, alongside Nirvana and Metallica. They had Number One albums with minimal support from traditional commercial outlets and went platinum several times over. Pantera rode a groundswell of underground loyalty, earned through several years of blood, sweat, and road beers. Five major label albums, countless international tours, and a series of carnage-filled home videos cemented a legacy as large as their massive riffs and the band’s insatiable appetites for mayhem, authenticity, and brotherhood.

“My motto these days is ‘Shake some shit up,'” Brown declares about the new LP. “I’ve had my ups and downs, like anybody in this business. I wanted to feel like a true artist again, where I can write and record songs without worrying about any of the bullshit.” 

‘Smoke On This’ Tracklisitng:

1. Lone Rider
2. Crossing Lines
3. Buried Alive
4. Train Song
5. Get Yourself Alright
6. Fault Line
7. What Comes Around…
8. Grace
9. So Into You
10. Best Of Me
11. One Of these Days

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Rex Brown To Release ‘Smoke On This’ Solo Album On July 28th, Debuts New Single

Rex Brown To Release ‘Smoke On This’ Solo Album On July 28th, Debuts New Single

Multi-platinum selling artist Rex Brown has debuted an all new single titled “Crossing Lines,” exclusively via Loudwire.com. Rex Brown will release Smoke On This… on July 28th, 2017 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). Pre-Order the physical album here or pre-order digitally here.

“My motto these days is ‘Shake some shit up,'” Brown declares about the new LP. “I’ve had my ups and downs, like anybody in this business. I wanted to feel like a true artist again, where I can write and record songs without worrying about any of the bullshit.” 

“Crossing Lines” is also available on all streaming platforms and as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the LP today will the the track as a download instantly. The artwork and track listing are available below as well for the first time along with both digital and physical pre orders options.

Brown continues, “We’re not going to necessarily cater to metal fans, but the guys who grew up with Pantera, a lot of them love all the same stuff that I grew up on, too. This is just something else I’m doing for fun, man. And musical Freedom. Fun has to come into it or I’m not going to do it. I’ve had a tremendous career and now I feel like I’m thirty years old again. This has given me that freedom I needed.”

“I’ve got so much more in me,” Brown enthuses. “I’m just getting my feet wet.”

Brown’s solo debut strips away any boundaries and preconceived notions, reveling in a newfound freedom to express all of the various shades of the man whose name is out front. The song “Fault Line” helped him find his voice. “That was the very first one I sang. After I got that one, I knew that I could do it, and Lance was my biggest motivator in finding that voice. Up until that point I just wasn’t sure.”

From there, there’s the brilliantly straightforward “Lone Rider,” the monstrous In Through the Out Door vibe of “Crossing Lines,” the Pink Floyd reverence of “Best of Me.” “Get Yourself Alive” is something of an ode to “Strawberry Fields Forever,” but with a swift-kick of rock n’ roll. It’s rich in nuance, with Indian tandoori and layers of vocals. The extremely catchy “Grace” is “something you would never expect to hear off a Rex Brown record and that’s exactly why I did it. It’s just a really great song, period. Bottom line.”

Lyrically, the songs are both personal and universally relatable. “Buried Alive” is a deeply moving and confessional song about the loss of Dimebag Darrell. “I drowned myself in cases of whiskey after he died. I was drowning in that black water and I had to find me, ya’ know? It’s one of those songs that really kind of just came out. ‘You’re on your own now, Jack. What’re you gonna do?’ The whole record is really cathartic.” Conversely, “What Comes Around Goes Around” could be about “your mailman, your neighbor, or your wife. It’s saying, ‘you made your bed, lay in it. I’m clean on my side of the street, how’s your’s going.”

Rex’s solo album is full of mojo and the force of character, determination, and nerve. He tracked lead vocals, rhythm guitars, and bass, working with his primary collaborator and old friend, Lance Harvill, a Nashville-based guitarist and songwriter, on the album’s songs. “Lance was & is, my main man on this. Everything we did was finely tuned, both musically & brotherly.”

Drums were tracked by Christopher Williams, himself no stranger to diverse tastes, from funk music to punk. His talent has been utilized by country music star Lee Greenwood, the reconstituted Blackfoot and most recently, power metal legends Accept. The album was produced by New Yorker turned Nashville transplant Caleb Sherman, a multi-instrumentalist with work on records by Little Big Town and Porter Block, among others. “Caleb produced the project from a musician’s standpoint,” adds Brown. “Not just a typical producer’s standpoint, which was something I definitely needed. Between Caleb and Lance, we were a force to be reckoned with. They really pulled out the best in me.” Peter Keyes, known for his work with Lynyrd Skynyrd can also be heard on a few tracks. All bass tracking came from Rex himself as well.

Who is Rex Brown? To the industry, fellow musicians, and a legion of fans around the world, he’s the bassist for Pantera, one of the biggest hard rock and metal acts of the past few decades, alongside Nirvana and Metallica. They had Number One albums with minimal support from traditional commercial outlets and went platinum several times over. Pantera rode a groundswell of underground loyalty, earned through several years of blood, sweat, and road beers. Five major label albums, countless international tours, and a series of carnage-filled home videos cemented a legacy as large as their massive riffs and the band’s insatiable appetites for mayhem, authenticity, and brotherhood.

“The attitude and swagger that served him so well in Pantera carries over quite nicely.” LOUDWIRE

Smoke On This’ Tracklisting:

1. Lone Rider
2. Crossing Lines
3. Buried Alive
4. Train Song
5. Get Yourself Alright
6. Fault Line
7. What Comes Around…
8. Grace
9. So Into You
10. Best Of Me
11. One Of these Days

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Legendary Rocker Rex Brown Signs With Entertainment One, Debut Solo Album To Drop In 2017

Legendary Rocker Rex Brown Signs With Entertainment One, Debut Solo Album To Drop In 2017

Multi-platinum selling artist Rex Brown has signed a worldwide deal with Entertainment One (eOne) with plans to release a debut solo LP later this year. “I’ve been working on these songs for a long time,” says Brown. The yet to be titled full length will be the first time in Brown’s career in which he will serve as both lead vocalist and guitarist in a band.

“I am thrilled to have such an influential artist like Rex join the growing Entertainment One rock family,” says Scott Givens, SVP Entertainment One. “He’s influenced not just our other artists, but myself as well. It’s an honor for all of us to work with him.” 

Brown wields a six-string guitar as confidently as he wore the bass in Pantera and Down. His engaging voice crackles with easygoing spirit and truth-telling power. It’s a crunchy drawl that’s down-to-earth, grippingly relatable, charmingly welcoming, and gritty, somewhere between the achingly resonant spiritual shamanism of Tom Waits and the instantly recognizable everyman AM radio vibes of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

After a season away to gather his wits about him, rediscover his own roots, and assemble a group of players ready to help him execute his vision for the days ahead, Rex Brown reemerges with a semi truck’s worth of rock n’ roll tunes as honest and sincere as they come. The new album is the sound of the man’s own truth, forthright and ego-free. As he likes to say, “You’re only as good as your word and your word better be good.”

Rex’s solo album is full of mojo and the force of character, determination, and nerve. He tracked lead vocals, rhythm guitars, and bass, working with his primary collaborator and old friend, Lance Harvill, a Nashville-based guitarist and songwriter, on the album’s songs. “Lance was & is, my main man on this. Everything we did was finely tuned, both musically & brotherly.”

Drums were tracked by Christopher Williams, himself no stranger to diverse tastes, from funk music to punk. His talent has been utilized by country music star Lee Greenwood, the reconstituted Blackfoot and most recently, power metal legends Accept. The album was produced by New Yorker turned Nashville transplant Caleb Sherman, a multi-instrumentalist with work on records by Little Big Town and Porter Block, among others. “Caleb produced the project from a musician’s standpoint,” adds Brown. “Not just a typical producer’s standpoint, which was something I definitely needed. Between Caleb and Lance, we were a force to be reckoned with. They really pulled out the best in me.” Peter Keyes, known for his work with Lynyrd Skynyrd can also be heard on a few tracks. All bass tracking came from Rex himself as well.

Who is Rex Brown? To the industry, fellow musicians, and a legion of fans around the world, he’s the bassist for Pantera, one of the biggest hard rock and metal acts of the past few decades, alongside Nirvana and Metallica. They had Number One albums with minimal support from traditional commercial outlets and went platinum several times over. Pantera rode a groundswell of underground loyalty, earned through several years of blood, sweat, and road beers. Five major label albums, countless international tours, and a series of carnage-filled home videos cemented a legacy as large as their massive riffs and the band’s insatiable appetites for mayhem, authenticity, and brotherhood.

“My motto these days is ‘Shake some shit up,’” Brown declares. “I’ve had my ups and downs, like anybody in this business. I wanted to feel like a true artist again, where I can write and record songs without worrying about any of the bullshit. This is just something else I’m doing for fun, man. And musical Freedom. Fun has to come into it or I’m not going to do it. I’ve had a tremendous career and now I feel like I’m twenty five years old again. This has given me that freedom I needed.”

“I’ve got so much more in me,” he enthuses. “I’m just getting my feet wet.”

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Metal Allegiance Release Video For “Dying Song” Featuring The Legendary Philip H. Anselmo

Metal Allegiance Release Video For “Dying Song” Featuring The Legendary Philip H. Anselmo

Metal Allegiance

Metal Allegiance

Metal Allegiance have released their first official music video for the single “Dying Song” from their upcoming self-titled album. The video premiered on RollingStone.com and can be seen below. The concept video was directed by Vicente Cordero of Industrialism Films. “Dying Song” features Philip H. Anselmo on vocals, Alex Skolnick on guitars, Mark Menghi on bass and Mike Portnoy on drums.

“It’s always my pleasure to jam with such esteemed musicians and brothers, and my contribution to this project is further proof of that fact. Hail to all Heavy Metalers the world over!” states vocalist Phil Anselmo.

The debut album will be available worldwide on Spetember 18th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Full Metal Rock recently declared in an album review: “It is one of the must-have albums for the year.” Fans who pre-order the album digitally via iTunes at http://nblast.de/MetalAllegianceIT will receive instant downloads of “Dying Song” and the recently released track, “Can’t Kill The Devil.” The self-titled album contains appearances by Philip H. Anselmo, Charlie Benante, Chuck Billy, D. Randall Blythe, Rex Brown, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Phil Demmel, David Ellefson, Alissa White-Gluz, Matthew K. Heafy, Gary Holt, Jamey Jasta, Chris Jericho, Andreas Kisser, Misha Mansoor, Mark Osegueda, Tim “Ripper” Owens, dUg Pinnick, Mike Portnoy, Troy Sanders, Cristina Scabbia, Alex Skolnick, Steve “Zetro” Souza and Ben Weinman. The standard edition CD of Metal Allegiance will feature the 9 original songs. A digipak edition will be available that features an all-star tribute to Ronnie James Dio with a cover of his classic song “We Rock” as well as a 45 minute behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the album. A double vinyl version will also be available that will feature all 10 songs. Physical CD bundles are available via the Nuclear Blast store at http://nblast.de/MetalAllegianceNB.

Metal Allegiance recently announced that they will be having a record release concert on September 17th in New York City at the Best Buy Theater. The show, presented by D’Addario, will feature the following confirmed participants: Frank Bello (Anthrax), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), David Ellefson (Metal Allegiance/Megadeth), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Mike Portnoy (Metal Allegiance/The Winery Dogs), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Alex Skolnick (Metal Allegiance/Testament) along with a few special guests.  Space Born Killers have been tapped to open the show. Tickets for the show are $25.00 and can be purchased via Axs.com at http://tinyurl.com/MABBTTIX.

Metal Allegiance will be airing weekly webisodes every Wednesday up until the album’s release date.  The webisodes offer fans an inside look at the creation of Metal Allegiance and the unique collaboration by hard rock and heavy metal’s most notable performers. Seven webisodes have been released in total and can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt-YVDXx-aEqwiPHkopZABg. This week’s episode offers a behind the scenes look at “Wait Until Tomorrow.”

Stemming from an initial idea in 2011, Metal Allegiance was born as a way to unite a collection of hard rock and heavy metal’s most notable musicians in a setting born under one ideal- a love of music and performing. In 2015, that ideal still holds true and has become the foundation for everything Metal Allegiance; furthered with the release of the upcoming debut album. While the lineup may change, the passion, the energy and the emotion all remain the same. Metal Allegiance is more than just a record or a concert, it’s an experience and a lifestyle.

Website: www.metalallegiance.com
Facebook: facebook.com/metalallegiancetour
Instagram: instagram.com/metalallegiance
Twitter: twitter.com/metalallegiance

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DOWN Returns With Powerful New EP and Tour This Week!

DOWN Returns With Powerful New EP and Tour This Week!

The five year wait is now over! Metal forerunners DOWN have released DOWN IV Part One: The Purple EP this week via Down Records/Independent Label Group. Click here to stream it now on AOL Music.

The six song EP is the first in a series of four EP’s planned for release over the next year. DOWN, which includes Philip Anselmo (Pantera) on vocals, Pepper Keenan (C.O.C.) on lead guitars, Kirk Windstein (Crowbar) on guitar, Jimmy Bowery (Eye Hate God) on drums, and Pat Brudners (Crowbar), the newest addition to the line-up, on bass, have kicked off a string of tour dates that began yesterday in Dallas, TX, and ends October 2 in Charlotte, NC.

Self-produced and recorded at Nodfertu’s Lair, located at Anselmo’s New Orleans home, Down IV Part I – The Purple EP is full of staggering riffs, thunderous drums, and Anselmo’s inimitable delivery crush and captivate over the course of the collection’s six songs.

UPCOMING DOWN TOUR DATES:

9/19 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom

9/21 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Nightclub

9/22 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

9/23 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot

9/25 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues

9/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

9/28 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre

9/29 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

9/30 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore

10/2 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall

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DOWN Returns With “DOWN IV Part I – The Purple EP” On September 18th

DOWN Returns With “DOWN IV Part I – The Purple EP” On September 18th

Metal forerunners DOWN will release DOWN IV Part I – The Purple EP,  their first body of new material in five years, on September 18, 2012 via Down Records/Independent Label Group. RollingStone.com made the exclusive announcement this week with the world-premiere of first single “Witchtripper,” calling it a “typically aggressive Anselmo vocal against a twisting, grinding musical backdrop.” Adding further excitement to news of the upcoming release, Sirius XM Radio’s “Liquid Metal” also premiered the new single “Witchtripper” and “Misfortune Teller” to radio airwaves this week, whileRevolver Magazine revealed the cover art today, which you can check out HERE!

The six song EP is the first in a series of four EP’s planned for release over the next year. DOWN, which includes Philip Anselmo (Pantera) on vocals, Pepper Keenan (C.O.C.) on lead guitars, Kirk Windstein (Crowbar) on guitar, Jimmy Bowery (Eye Hate God) on drums, and Pat Brudners (Crowbar), the newest addition to the line-up, on bass, will kick off a string of tour dates on release day, beginning in Fort Worth, TX, and ending October 2 in Charlotte, NC.

Self-produced and recorded at Nodfertu’s Lair, located at Anselmo’s New Orleans home, Down IV Part I – The Purple EP is undeniably the product of the iconic collective that is DOWN, whose members origins span from Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity, Crowbar, and Eyehategod. Staggering riffs, thunderous drums, and Anselmo’s inimitable delivery crush and captivate over the course of the collection’s six songs. It’s dark. It’s dangerous. It’s decisive. It’s DOWN at their best.

“I do believe that we have delivered a record that will be accepted and hopefully enjoyed by the DOWN horde – if you will,” says Anselmo. “If you’re looking for a DOWN record, it’s very pure and real.”

Lyrically, the EP goes beyond just personal experiences, and explores themes that include the faith of mankind, the imperfection of mankind and cultural belief systems.

DOWN gives me the platform to be poetic and paint imagery with lyrics,” says Anselmo. “That’s the approach I took. They complement the music and create an ominous feeling. Ultimately, when people consume the words, it’s always their interpretation that matters. I could be image-conscious though when I wrote. It’s not so gut level or street. The darker shit is some of my favorite.”

With an album sales history totaling over 725k, these New Orleans natives are no strangers to success. Their legendary 1995 debut Nola is certified platinum, while Down II: A Bustle In Your Hedgerow (2002) and Down III (2007) remain fan and critical successes.

DOWN IV Part I – The Purple EP Track Listing:

1.  Levitation

2.  Witchtripper

3.  Open Coffins

4.  The Curse Is A Lie

5.  This Work Is Timeless

6.  Misfortune Teller

 

UPCOMING DOWN TOUR DATES:

9/18 – Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre

9/19 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom

9/21 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Nightclub

9/22 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

9/23 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot

9/25 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues

9/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

9/28 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre

9/29 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

9/30 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore

10/2 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall

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Pantera’s 20th Anniversary Edition Of ‘Cowboys From Hell’ Now Streaming!

Pantera’s 20th Anniversary Edition Of ‘Cowboys From Hell’ Now Streaming!

The 20th Anniversary Edition of PANTERA’s Cowboys From Hell is currently streaming in its entirety on AOL’s Full CD Listening Party at this location. The Deluxe and Expanded editions of Pantera’s Cowboys From Hell were released on September 14th at all retail outlets, including Pantera.com and Rhino.com.

Check out Icon Vs. Icon’s recent interview with Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo at this location >

PANTERA found its growl and groove on COWBOYS FROM HELL, a landmark album whose bone-powdering intensity, razor-sharp riffing and pummeling rhythmic assault represented a turning point in modern metal when it was released in 1990. More than just PANTERA’s major label debut, many consider this album to be the official debut of the PANTERA lineup with singer Philip Anselmo, guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul and bassist Rex Brown.

To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of COWBOYS FROM HELL, Rhino rounds up a three-disc Ultimate Edition, a three-disc Deluxe Edition, and a two-disc Expanded Edition. All three editions include a newly remastered version of the original album along with unreleased and rare live performances from the “Cowboys From Hell” Tour.

The Ultimate and Deluxe Editions will also feature a disc of unreleased demos for nearly every album track, plus, “The Will To Survive,” a previously unreleased song recorded during the album’s sessions.

“’The Will To Survive’ is a great track. With so many killer songs, it was hard to pick and choose the ones that should make our major label debut,” says Paul. “After hearing it for the first time in about 20 years, its a pretty stellar performance and I am definitely proud that it will see the light of day for all the die hard PANTERA fans around the world! It shows the true musical diversity of the band at that time!”

The Deluxe and Expanded Editions of COWBOYS FROM HELL will be released September 14 at all retail outlets, including www.pantera.com and www.rhino.com. The Deluxe Edition will be available for a suggested list price of $29.98 (physical) and $17.99 (digital) and the Expanded Edition for $19.98 (physical) and $12.99 (digital).

The Ultimate Edition will feature all three discs included in the Deluxe Edition and will be housed in an intricate box including several replica memorabilia pieces from the Cowboys era. The Ultimate Edition will be available on November 23 and final pre-order details, as well as the contents, will be unveiled soon on PANTERA’s Facebook page <http://www.facebook.com/Pantera>.

Pantera... in simpler times.

Along with the remastered version of COWBOYS FROM HELL, all three sets include a disc of live music recorded during the tour for the album. It begins with seven unreleased performances from PANTERA’s September 15, 1990 appearance at the Foundations Forum metal convention in California, a show recorded for radio broadcast but never released commercially. The remainder of the disc contains the five-song EP Alive And Hostile, a collection of performances recorded in 1991 at the Monsters of Rock festival in Moscow that was previously available only in Australia as part of a 1994 boxed set.

The Ultimate and Deluxe Editions of COWBOYS FROM HELL include a third disc that contains the previously unreleased “The Will To Survive,” along with demos for 10 of the album’s 12 songs, including early versions of the title track, “Psycho Holiday,” “The Art Of Shredding” and “Cemetery Gates.”

After being turned down “twenty-eight times by every major label on the face of the earth,” ATCO Records A&R rep Mark Ross saw the band when Hurricane Hugo stranded him in Texas. The rest, as they say, is history, including another seven years and over a million miles of touring for COWBOYS to be certified Platinum (one million album sales) by the RIAA.

The album’s liner notes include essays by each of the band’s surviving members, producer Terry Date, and the aforementioned Ross. Recalling the first time he saw Pantera, Ross writes, “By the end of the first song, my jaw was on the floor. The sonic power of it all—the attitude and the musicianship—blew me away. Basically, you had to be an idiot to not think they’re amazing. I mean, how could you see these guys and not think, Holy shit!?
PANTERA
COWBOYS FROM HELL
Disc One – Ultimate, Deluxe, and Expanded Editions
1.    “Cowboys From Hell”
2.    “Primal Concrete Sledge”
3.    “Psycho Holiday”
4.    “Heresy”
5.    “Cemetery Gates”
6.    “Domination”
7.    “Shattered”
8.    “Clash With Reality”
9.    “Medicine Man”
10.  “Message In Blood”
11.  “The Sleep”
12.  “The Art Of Shredding”

Disc Two – Ultimate, Deluxe, and Expanded Editions
(Tracks 1-7 Recorded Live at Foundations Forum, Los Angeles, CA 9/15/90)
(Tracks 8-12 Recorded at For Those About to Rock: Monsters in Moscow, 1991)
1.    “Domination” – Live*
2.    “Psycho Holiday” – Live*
3.    “The Art Of Shredding” – Live*
4.    “Cowboys From Hell” – Live*
5.    “Cemetery Gates” – Live*
6.    “Primal Concrete Sledge” – Live*
7.    “Heresy” – Live*
8.    “Domination” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
9.    “Primal Concrete Sledge” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
10.  “Cowboys From Hell” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
11.  “Heresy” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
12.  “Psycho Holiday” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†

Disc Three – Ultimate and Deluxe Editions Only
1.    “The Will To Survive”*
2.    “Shattered” – Demo*
3.    “Cowboys From Hell” – Demo*
4.    “Heresy” – Demo*
5.    “Cemetery Gates” – Demo*
6.    “Psycho Holiday” – Demo*
7.    “Medicine Man” – Demo*
8.    “Message In Blood” – Demo*
9.    “Domination” – Demo*
10.  “The Sleep” – Demo*
11.  “The Art Of Shredding” – Demo*

* Previously Unreleased
† Unreleased in the U.S
(COWBOYS FROM HELL originally released on July 24, 1990)

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Pantera To Premiere Unreleased Track “The Will to Survive” Via Facebook On August 30th

Pantera To Premiere Unreleased Track “The Will to Survive” Via Facebook On August 30th

Rock legends Pantera will be premiering the track ‘The Will to Survive’ on their official Facebook Page at Noon EST on August 30th. The track is from the Deluxe and Expanded editions of Pantera’s Cowboys From Hell will be released September 14th at all retail outlets, including Pantera.com and Rhino.com.

Check out the packaging for the three-CD Deluxe 20th Anniversary Edition of Cowboys From Hell below:

PANTERA found its growl and groove on COWBOYS FROM HELL, a landmark album whose bone-powdering intensity, razor-sharp riffing and pummeling rhythmic assault represented a turning point in modern metal when it was released in 1990. More than just PANTERA’s major label debut, many consider this album to be the official debut of the PANTERA lineup with singer Philip Anselmo, guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul and bassist Rex Brown.

To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of COWBOYS FROM HELL, Rhino rounds up a three-disc Ultimate Edition, a three-disc Deluxe Edition, and a two-disc Expanded Edition. All three editions include a newly remastered version of the original album along with unreleased and rare live performances from the “Cowboys From Hell” Tour.

The Ultimate and Deluxe Editions will also feature a disc of unreleased demos for nearly every album track, plus, “The Will To Survive,” a previously unreleased song recorded during the album’s sessions.

“’The Will To Survive’ is a great track. With so many killer songs, it was hard to pick and choose the ones that should make our major label debut,” says Paul. “After hearing it for the first time in about 20 years, its a pretty stellar performance and I am definitely proud that it will see the light of day for all the die hard PANTERA fans around the world! It shows the true musical diversity of the band at that time!”

The Deluxe and Expanded Editions of COWBOYS FROM HELL will be released September 14 at all retail outlets, including www.pantera.com and www.rhino.com. The Deluxe Edition will be available for a suggested list price of $29.98 (physical) and $17.99 (digital) and the Expanded Edition for $19.98 (physical) and $12.99 (digital).

The Ultimate Edition will feature all three discs included in the Deluxe Edition and will be housed in an intricate box including several replica memorabilia pieces from the Cowboys era. The Ultimate Edition will be available on November 23 and final pre-order details, as well as the contents, will be unveiled soon on PANTERA’s Facebook page <http://www.facebook.com/Pantera>.

Pantera... in simpler times.

Along with the remastered version of COWBOYS FROM HELL, all three sets include a disc of live music recorded during the tour for the album. It begins with seven unreleased performances from PANTERA’s September 15, 1990 appearance at the Foundations Forum metal convention in California, a show recorded for radio broadcast but never released commercially. The remainder of the disc contains the five-song EP Alive And Hostile, a collection of performances recorded in 1991 at the Monsters of Rock festival in Moscow that was previously available only in Australia as part of a 1994 boxed set.

The Ultimate and Deluxe Editions of COWBOYS FROM HELL include a third disc that contains the previously unreleased “The Will To Survive,” along with demos for 10 of the album’s 12 songs, including early versions of the title track, “Psycho Holiday,” “The Art Of Shredding” and “Cemetery Gates.”

After being turned down “twenty-eight times by every major label on the face of the earth,” ATCO Records A&R rep Mark Ross saw the band when Hurricane Hugo stranded him in Texas. The rest, as they say, is history, including another seven years and over a million miles of touring for COWBOYS to be certified Platinum (one million album sales) by the RIAA.

The album’s liner notes include essays by each of the band’s surviving members, producer Terry Date, and the aforementioned Ross. Recalling the first time he saw Pantera, Ross writes, “By the end of the first song, my jaw was on the floor. The sonic power of it all—the attitude and the musicianship—blew me away. Basically, you had to be an idiot to not think they’re amazing. I mean, how could you see these guys and not think, Holy shit!?
PANTERA
COWBOYS FROM HELL
Disc One – Ultimate, Deluxe, and Expanded Editions
1.    “Cowboys From Hell”
2.    “Primal Concrete Sledge”
3.    “Psycho Holiday”
4.    “Heresy”
5.    “Cemetery Gates”
6.    “Domination”
7.    “Shattered”
8.    “Clash With Reality”
9.    “Medicine Man”
10.  “Message In Blood”
11.  “The Sleep”
12.  “The Art Of Shredding”

Disc Two – Ultimate, Deluxe, and Expanded Editions
(Tracks 1-7 Recorded Live at Foundations Forum, Los Angeles, CA 9/15/90)
(Tracks 8-12 Recorded at For Those About to Rock: Monsters in Moscow, 1991)
1.    “Domination” – Live*
2.    “Psycho Holiday” – Live*
3.    “The Art Of Shredding” – Live*
4.    “Cowboys From Hell” – Live*
5.    “Cemetery Gates” – Live*
6.    “Primal Concrete Sledge” – Live*
7.    “Heresy” – Live*
8.    “Domination” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
9.    “Primal Concrete Sledge” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
10.  “Cowboys From Hell” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
11.  “Heresy” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
12.  “Psycho Holiday” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†

Disc Three – Ultimate and Deluxe Editions Only
1.    “The Will To Survive”*
2.    “Shattered” – Demo*
3.    “Cowboys From Hell” – Demo*
4.    “Heresy” – Demo*
5.    “Cemetery Gates” – Demo*
6.    “Psycho Holiday” – Demo*
7.    “Medicine Man” – Demo*
8.    “Message In Blood” – Demo*
9.    “Domination” – Demo*
10.  “The Sleep” – Demo*
11.  “The Art Of Shredding” – Demo*

* Previously Unreleased
† Unreleased in the U.S
(COWBOYS FROM HELL originally released on July 24, 1990)

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