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Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer and legendary drummer of GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER and THE CULT, Matt Sorum released his new album, “Stratosphere”, under the moniker MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY on March 11 on Rok Dok Recordings via Kobalt Label Services.

“Stratosphere” is major departure from the hard-hitting rock Sorum is best known for. His intense passion for animal and human rights, and need to give back heavily influenced the narrative and acoustic orchestration of the album.

“Over the years, I’ve been influenced by my surroundings and sometimes that hasn’t always been for the better,” says Sorum. “But after years of soul searching, I organically fell into a different state of mind.

“With many lessons learned along the way, it seemed like the perfect time to do a record in my own voice, if you will. It’s as real and exposed as anything I’ve ever offered my in my career, and I hope you enjoy it.”

Besides stepping behind the mic for lead vocals, Sorum wrote the entire album, and plays acoustic guitar and piano.

“I’ve always played acoustic, so I wanted to use that as the feel of the record,” Matt says.

“I chose the musicians I wanted by records they had played on, and diverse instruments such as mellotron, slide guitar and ethnic percussion.

“I always wanted orchestration, so this album was the canvas for that as well.”

The official “Stratosphere” trailer can be seen below.

MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY“Stratosphere” track listing:

01. Intro – Stratosphere Part 1
02. The Sea
03. What Ziggy Says
04. For the Wild Ones
05. Goodbye To You
06. Gone
07. Lady of the Stone
08. Ode to Nick Drake
09. Blue
10. Josephine
11. Land of the Pure
12. Killers N Lovers
13. The Lonely Teardrop
14. Outro – Stratosphere Part 2

Speaking to The Street, Sorum stated about his inspiration for the “Stratosphere” CD: “I’m known as a rock guy, but I’ve always loved so many diverse artists. I was a huge Joni Mitchell fan; I remember listening to a lot of her records back to back. Neil Young, Tom Petty, THE BEATLES, of course, and I was a huge Bowie fan. I was also into progressive stuff, like early GENESIS, Peter Gabriel era. You can hear that influence on the new album; there are a couple of songs that have some interesting time changes.

“I’ve always dabbled on the acoustic guitar, and I wrote a couple songs for VELVET REVOLVER. In GUNS N’ ROSES, Axl [Rose] and Slash looked to me for arrangements. I wasn’t the predominant songwriter, but I’ve always been involved in the process.

“When I put ‘Stratosphere’ together, I actually had a lot of it on cassette. I’d been writing the songs over the years, and I wanted to do an album that was just coming from me, regardless of anyone’s expectations.”

Asked if MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY will go out on tour, Sorum said: “We’re going to tour, but it isn’t going to be a typical rock show. If I’m going to front a band, I can’t see myself, at my age, jumping up and playing rock and roll the way Dave Grohl does. Dave pulls it off, running around the stage with an electric guitar. But would that feel right for me? How can I make this feel natural, a natural progression, growing into the man that I finally feel that I am, and saying what I want to say now?”

“Stratosphere” trailer:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 5:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 4:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 3:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 2:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 1:

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Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer and legendary drummer of GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER and THE CULT, Matt Sorum will release his new album, “Stratosphere”, under the moniker MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY on March 11 on Rok Dok Recordings via Kobalt Label Services.

“Stratosphere” is major departure from the hard-hitting rock Sorum is best known for. His intense passion for animal and human rights, and need to give back heavily influenced the narrative and acoustic orchestration of the album.

“Over the years, I’ve been influenced by my surroundings and sometimes that hasn’t always been for the better,” says Sorum. “But after years of soul searching, I organically fell into a different state of mind.

“With many lessons learned along the way, it seemed like the perfect time to do a record in my own voice, if you will. It’s as real and exposed as anything I’ve ever offered my in my career, and I hope you enjoy it.”

Besides stepping behind the mic for lead vocals, Sorum wrote the entire album, and plays acoustic guitar and piano.

“I’ve always played acoustic, so I wanted to use that as the feel of the record,” Matt says.

“I chose the musicians I wanted by records they had played on, and diverse instruments such as mellotron, slide guitar and ethnic percussion.

“I always wanted orchestration, so this album was the canvas for that as well.”

Pre-order “Stratosphere” now on iTunes and get an instant download of “The Sea”.

Check out the ffth and final webisode about of the making of “Stratosphere” below.

MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY“Stratosphere” track listing:

01. Intro – Stratosphere Part 1
02. The Sea
03. What Ziggy Says
04. For the Wild Ones
05. Goodbye To You
06. Gone
07. Lady of the Stone
08. Ode to Nick Drake
09. Blue
10. Josephine
11. Land of the Pure
12. Killers N Lovers
13. The Lonely Teardrop
14. Outro – Stratosphere Part 2

Speaking to The Street, Sorum stated about his inspiration for the “Stratosphere” CD: “I’m known as a rock guy, but I’ve always loved so many diverse artists. I was a huge Joni Mitchell fan; I remember listening to a lot of her records back to back. Neil Young, Tom Petty, THE BEATLES, of course, and I was a huge Bowie fan. I was also into progressive stuff, like early GENESIS, Peter Gabriel era. You can hear that influence on the new album; there are a couple of songs that have some interesting time changes.

“I’ve always dabbled on the acoustic guitar, and I wrote a couple songs for VELVET REVOLVER. In GUNS N’ ROSES, Axl [Rose] and Slash looked to me for arrangements. I wasn’t the predominant songwriter, but I’ve always been involved in the process.

“When I put ‘Stratosphere’ together, I actually had a lot of it on cassette. I’d been writing the songs over the years, and I wanted to do an album that was just coming from me, regardless of anyone’s expectations.”

Asked if MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY will go out on tour, Sorum said: “We’re going to tour, but it isn’t going to be a typical rock show. If I’m going to front a band, I can’t see myself, at my age, jumping up and playing rock and roll the way Dave Grohl does. Dave pulls it off, running around the stage with an electric guitar. But would that feel right for me? How can I make this feel natural, a natural progression, growing into the man that I finally feel that I am, and saying what I want to say now?”

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 5:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 4:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 3:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 2:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 1:

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Avast and harle, ye faithful swabs!

Okay, so I’m a bit carried away from Father’s Day in which my whole clan hauled me off to the latest Pirates of the Carribean flick which was much better than the previous two and nearly on par with the original. What a nice diversion from all the stress and chaos.

A hug, a kiss and a honk to my wifey of 16 years as of this past Friday. Don’t know how we did it, but 16 and counting, my pigeon…

As the boxes slowly empty and the next strategies of this life begin to unfurl, I’m just thankful to be given the opportunities I have, new ones including a very rewarding magazine assignment where I covered a local history museum. Always great when your host and curator wraps an hour and a half tour with an encore of music chat!

Now that I’ve turned my copy in ahead of deadline, the agenda previously outlayed here will resume and move forward from that point. Do hang out with us, yes?

A Pale Horse Named Deaths/t
CelloutSuperstar Prototype
ProngBeg to Differ
RainbowRitchie Blackmore’s Rainbow
RainbowRising
Jimi HendrixSouth Saturn Delta
BorisAkuma No Uta
Nick DrakeBryter Layter
The YardbirdsThe Very Best of The Yardbirds
The CarsMove Like This
Burning BridesHang Love
RammsteinLiebe Ist Fur Alle Da
Tron: Legacy Reconfigured
YesRelayer
Foster the PeopleTorches
Mumford & SonsSigh No More
The Black KeysBrothers
Flogging MollySpeed of Darkness
Molly HatchetGreatest Hits II

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Normally I yawn when artists borrow or gratuitously steal from the past. Often the technique of cleverly-disguised “homage” is blatant huckstering designed to tag one demographic outside of its core audience and hence, broaden the sales capacity. On the other hand, one might argue such a plot simply bridges generation gaps.

In the case of Boris’ Akuma No Uta, there’s something resplendent in their hike of the cover art from Nick Drake’s immortal Bryter Layter. Were Boris not supreme musicians in their own right, this album cover would be near-blasphemy. It helps Boris’ fuzzy bliss is well-rooted in the early-to-mid seventies, yet for them to choose an album best known for quietude instead of amplification, you have to admire their moxy.

Takeshi’s hair-dumped, swaggering posture with his double-neck Ibanez visually issues Boris’ mission statement on Akuma No Uta. Counter to Nick Drake’s shadowed facade and leering slouch with his acoustic, Takeshi assets himself confidently with the promise of thunderous distortion versus reserved introspection, which Drake offers on Bryter Layter.

As Akuma No Uta well-delivers its booming promise, we can readily accept Boris’ pictorial tribute to Nick Drake as a noble nod to a long-lost voice. This is art instead of profit-raking.

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Aloha, people! Where’d this past week go, sheesh?

As always, hope everyone out there in Readerland is well and rockin’ along.

Over yonder, production of Retaliate #1 continues with a way cool chat with horror director icon Mick Garris and a nifty conversation with Jonny Trunk of Trunk Records to discuss his 2004 release of the incidental music from George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. A final blitz of interviews are coming up as I begin to transcribe tapes and spread some layouts.

Also had a groovy talk with Laura Pleasants of Kylesa for Hails & Horns magazine, so it’s amazing I had time to interview people with the insanity overruling my life last week. My rock ended up being, of all things, a non-metal album, but I triple dog dare anyone out there to spin this sucker and not grow addicted. I’m talking about the new Devo album Something for Everybody. Between that and the new Heart album, both gave me rare smiles on a couple of brutal days last week. Get some in both cases.

Cool stuff coming to these digital parts at The Metal Minute as well, so keep ‘er locked and thank you once again for being my partners in crime…

DevoSomething for Everybody
HeartRed Velvet Car
October FileOur Souls to You
Alexx CaliseIn Avanti
ZombiSpirit Animal
Nick DrakeFive Leaves Left
Drowning Pools/t
The AbsenceEnemy Unbound
Ronnie WoodI Feel Like Playing
Kylesa – Spiral Shadow

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Mornin’ ya’ll…

I say it so much I might as well consider myself a suck-up, but you readers make my week and it’s my pleasure to keep The Metal Minute afloat while I work on my other projects plus attend to family duties. Not once have you faithful lot deviated according to the weekly hit count, even with scaled-back production. I can’t it say enough, thank you.

Coming up through this week will be reviews of what was promised already and I think we’ll see a surprise Take 5 sneak in here, groovy?

Though he’s not metal, almost every true music fan loves Johnny Cash. The original Man in Black, before metalheads usurped the image. In fact, Johnny was so forward-thinking he embraced all types of music outside of country. Yeah, he did a strange duet with U2, but more so if you’ve ever seen his seventies variety show, Johnny Cash brought on entertainers from country to rock to folk to soul to gospel. The man was a legend for multiple reasons and if you get a chance to hear his farewell album American IV: Ain’t No Grave, be prepared to be devastated. Joey Ramone’s goodbye solo album was wrenching enough, but Johnny Cash stares death in the eye and sings about it on this album. If the Grammy committee doesn’t give him a posthumous award for this album, then quite simply…they’re fucked in their heads.

On that note, cheers to each and everyone of you and enjoy the Easter holiday however you may!

Blue Oyster CultTyranny and Mutation
Blue Oyster CultSecret Treaties
Blue Oyster Cult Spectres
Armored SaintLa Raza
ExodusExhibit B: The Human Condition
ScorpionsSting in the Tail
ScorpionsBlackout
Nick DrakeFive Leaves Left
Jimi HendrixValleys of Neptune
Miles DavisPorgy and Bess
Charles MingusMingus Ah Um
Harry Connick, Jr.Red Light Blue Light
Johnny CashAmerican IV: Ain’t No Grave
Grace JonesWarm Leatherette
Bob DylanThe Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Judas PriestSad Wings of Destiny
WolfmotherCosmic Egg

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