While You Were Away: New Albums From Halestorm, Corey Taylor And Tegan And Sara, Plus Nirvana Hits Back At Spencer Elden And More

This week on While You Were Away we’re talking about new music from Halestorm, Corey Taylor, and Tegan and Sara plus the next part of the Nirvana lawsuit saga and more.

Corey Taylor announces new covers album

Corey Taylor shares plans for 2021, including touring, a movie and a book

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor recently revealed plans to release an album of covers and acoustic covers at the end of this month. During an appearance on SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk, Taylor said “CMFT is putting out a B-sides album which has all the covers that we’ve done and some acoustic versions of some of the songs that are on ‘CMFT’.”

He continued: “The first single will actually be February 11th, and people will be able to download that. It’s our cover of ‘On The Dark Side’ by John Caffery & the Beaver Brown Band, which is one of the best rock tunes ever. It’s one of our favorites to play live… The ‘CMFT’ B-sides will come out February 25th. It’ll be available everywhere. We’re really stoked on that too.”

During the interview, Taylor also revealed Slipknot’s next album is in its final stages. Taylor revealed the new album has a name and artwork. The album is currently being mixed and is set to come within the next three months. When talking about the record’s sound, Taylor said it’s darker and more melodic than We Are Not Your Kind and heavier than Vol. 3.

“It’s really killer, man. It’s darker than We Are Not Your Kind, but there’s a ton of melody. I’ve been telling everybody that it’s like a heavier version of Vol. 3. It’s got so many textures and layers. The heavy stuff has attack but the melodic stuff you can just sink your teeth in; there’s a lot of great melodies and hooks. I’m really, really excited for people to hear it.”

Nirvana speaks out against amended ‘Nevermind’ lawsuit

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In response to Spencer Elden’s second amended lawsuit against Nirvana, the band has filed another motion for the case to be dismissed.

Nirvana’s motion, as reported by SPIN, reads: “This case must end.” Nirvana is asking the court “for an order dismissing this action, with prejudice” and, once again, “on the ground that it is barred by the statute of limitations.”

Based on Elden’s allegations, Nirvana says that “no amendment is possible to salvage the claim.” The motion goes on to say “In his ever-shrinking pleading, Elden has now dismissed all but one of the myriad state- and federal-law claims he previously attempted to charge against Defendants.”

Nirvana also called out Elden for capitalizing on his fame as the Nevermind cover star. “Indeed, Elden, long before 2011, celebrated and found his own ways to monetize his fame as the ‘Nirvana Baby.’ Thus, the 10-years-from-discovery-of-violation-that-occurred-as-a-minor provision does not save his claim.”

A hearing is set to take place February 24th in Los Angeles.

Halestorm announce new album ‘Back From the Dead’

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Halestorm have announced their fifth album Back From the Dead, which comes out May 6th. In anticipation of its release, the band shared new single “The Steeple.” Listen to the new song below.

“We started writing this album about three months B.C. (Before COVID),” said frontwoman Lzzy Hale in a statement. “Once we went into lockdown and were unable to perform and tour, I fell into a dark place and something of an identity crisis. This album is the story of me carving myself out of that abyss. It is a journey of navigating mental health, debauchery, survival, redemption, rediscovery, and still maintaining faith in humanity.”

Pre-order Back From the Dead here.

Tegan and Sara announce reimagined album ‘Still Jealous’

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Tegan and Sara have announced a reimagined version of their 2004 breakout album, So Jealous. Titled Still Jealous, the album is set to come out February 11th.

The tracks on the upcoming release will feature either Sara singing an acoustic version of a song written by Tegan or vice versa. The two came up with the idea in spring 2020 during the run-up to a fundraiser for their Tegan and Sara Foundation when Sara recorded an acoustic version of “You Wouldn’t Like Me,” a song written by Tegan for So Jealous.

As a preview of the album, the duo have shared an updated version of “Where Does the Good Go.” Listen to it below.

Pre-order Still Jealous here.

Tours on sale this week

AFI reschedule U.S. 'Bodies' tour to fall 2022 | NextMosh

The Black Keys will embark on the “Dropout Boogie” tour with Band of Horses this summer starting July 9th in Las Vegas and wrapping up October 18th in Dallas, Texas. Find tickets and all the dates here.

Bad Religion recently announced a spring US tour with Slaughterhouse set to kick off March 26th in Tucson, Arizona. The tour concludes April 9th in San Diego, California. Get tickets here.

slowthai has announced a brief run of North American shows starting April 8th in New York. The tour wraps up April 30th in Boston. Tickets available here.

AFI have rescheduled their “Bodies” tour to fall 2022 due to surging COVID cases. Originally set to launch in February, the tour will now start October 21st in San Diego, California. Previously purchased tickets are good for the rescheduled dates. See the new dates and find tickets here.

The lineup for the 2022 Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival includes headliners Korn, Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin, and Evanescence. Other acts on the bill include Lamb of God, Code Orange, Black Label Society, Lacuna Coil, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Seether, Spiritbox, and more. The three-day festival goes down July 15th in Mansfield, Ohio. Get tickets 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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