While You Were Away: Rocklahoma 2024, The Next Nine Inch Nails LP, New Knocked Loose, And More

In this week’s While You Were Away, we’re talking about Rocklahoma 2024, new music from Knocked Loose and Five Finger Death Punch, wondering about the next Nine Inch Nails records, and more.

Five Finger Death Punch unveil new song featuring DMX

Five Finger Death Punch Drop New Collab Track Featuring DMX – Knotfest

Five Finger Death Punch have shared their new song “This Is the Way” featuring late rapper DMX. The collab comes from the deluxe edition of the band’s AfterLife album.

“The idea of collaborating with DMX had been in discussion for years, and it was a long and winding road to turn this particular item on our wish list into reality,” says guitarist Zoltan Bathory.

“He was a lyrical warrior, a true original who spoke his mind incorruptibly. We have always viewed DMX as ‘the metalhead of hip-hop’ because of his aggressive, raw and untamed style. He growled and snarled, aiming to rattle some cages – an attitude we share, as Five Finger Death Punch has always been drawn to the fearless and the real.”

Listen to the collab below.

Knocked Loose release new single ‘Don’t Reach for Me’

Knocked Loose Release Vicious New Song “Don’t Reach for Me”: Stream

In anticipation of their new album, You Won’t Go Before You’re Supposed To, Knocked Loose have shared their latest single dubbed “Don’t Reach for Me.”

Frontman Bryan Garris says the track “may be the meanest song I’ve ever written” and calls it a takedown “of someone who tried their hardest to come into my life and mess with two out of the three closest people I have.”

Check out the “Don’t Reach for Me” video directed by Max Moore below.

Knocked Loose’s new album You Won’t Go Before You’re Supposed To, drops May 10th. Pre-order it here.

Nine Inch Nails say they’re “excited about starting on the next record”

Nine Inch Nails' New Albums 'Ghosts V-VI': Listen

Last year, Trent Reznor didn’t seem so keen on releasing new Nine Inch Nails music anytime soon. But it seems that feeling has changed as Reznor revealed in a new interview with GQ.

Speaking to the magazine, who named them as one of the winners of the Creativity Awards, Reznor and Atticus Ross spoke about many projects, including more film soundtracks, a new company called With Teeth, a TV show, and a horror film. They admit that the projects got them interested in making new Nine Inch Nails once again.

“I think coming out of a stretch of a number of films in a row, I want some time of seeing where the wind blows versus: There’s a looming date on a calendar coming up and we better get our shit together,” Reznor explained. “And certainly in the last few weeks I’ve been itching to do what we often do, which is just come in and let’s start something that we’re not even sure what it’s for.”

Doing soundtrack work “managed to make Nine Inch Nails feel way more exciting than it had been in the past few years,” according to Reznor. “I’d kind of let it atrophy a bit in my mind for a variety of reasons.”

Ross added “I do feel excited about starting on the next [NIN] record. I think we’re in a place now where we kind of have an idea.”

Read the full interview here.

Rocklahoma 2024 lineup: Slipknot, Disturbed, Evanescence, and Avenged Sevenfold

Rocklahoma 2024 lineup: Slipknot, Mastodon, Kerry King... Winger, and more

Rocklahoma has revealed its lineup for 2024 featuring Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Slipknot, Evanescence, A Day to Remember, Lamb of God, and more.

Taking place August 30th through September 1st at Rockin Red Dirt Ranch in Pryor, Oklahoma, each day of the festival will feature two headliners. Avenged Sevenfold and Evanescence will headline Friday (August 30th), Saturday (August 31st) will be headlined by Disturbed and A Day to Remember, and Slipknot and Lamb of God will close out the festival on Sunday (September 1st).

Other bands appearing at the three-day festival include Halestorm, Mastodon, Anthrax, Skillet, Clutch, Kerry King, Coal Chamber, Nothing More, Badflower, Tom Keifer, The Warning, and more.

See the full lineup below. Grab tickets here.

Tours on sale this week

The Black Keys Announce 2024 International Players Tour - Live Nation  Entertainment

Dashboard Confessional will hit the road this fall for a 28-date U.S. tour. The trek starts on September 10th in Asbury Park, New Jersey, and runs through October 27th in Irving, Texas. See the full list of dates here.

Smashing Pumpkins recently announced a run of headlining shows taking place this summer and fall. The new run of dates start July 31st in Muskoka, Ontario, and wraps up September 27th in Las Vegas. Get all the details here.

In support of their new album, Ohio Players, The Black Keys will embark on the “International Players Tour” this fall. The tour kicks off in Tulsa, Oklahoma on September 17th and wraps up on November 12th in Detroit, Michigan. Tickets on sale now.

Glass Animals will tour in support of their newly announced album, I Love You So F***ing Much this summer. The “Tour on Earth” trek starts on August 7th in Charlotte, North Carolina, and runs through September 22nd in Austin, Texas. Then the band will head overseas for shows in Paris, Berlin, Milan, Dublin, and more. See all their dates here.

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Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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