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BloodoftheKings
08-01-2011, 07:09 PM
Legendary rockers Alice Cooper will release his hugely anticipated new album, "Welcome 2 My Nightmare", later this year via Universal Music Group.

Recorded with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, who produced the original multi-platinum "Welcome To My Nightmare" album in 1975, the record picks up right where they left off, with Alice trapped in his own warped mind.

That original album is an all-time rock classic that spawned a worldwide theatrical tour and pioneering U.S. TV special and cemented Alice Cooper as a visionary trailblazer whose influence persists today in rock, metal, pop, punk, theater, television, film and much more.

More than 35 years later, Alice and Ezrin have resurrected the horror and humor for a new generation.

"This is Alice's nightmare 35 years later," explains Alice, "Bob and I created this character and we know how to write for him. I play the part but we're not writing for me, we're writing for Alice. We kept the first 'Nightmare' album very personal to us, on this one we found more humor and we were more open. This was our world and we want to present it to the fans. The original album was my first solo album after all those huge hit records with the original band and now that nightmare is exposed, this one can be a little bit more open. The music crosses all sorts of boundaries; we went where the lyrics took us."

There is an array of collaborators on the new album, including original Alice Cooper members Denis Dunaway, Michael Bruce and Neal Smith reunited on three tracks; global pop superstar Ke$ha, who affectionately calls Alice "dad"; and legendary Alice and Lou Reed guitarist Steve Hunter, who is part of Alice's current touring band and featured prominently on the first "Nightmare" album.

Musically, the album ranges far and wide, from trashing disco to garage punk, pop balladry to a rocking number very much in the spirit of THE ROLLING STONES. And then there's the ballad "Something To Remember Me By", described by Alice as "the prettiest song we have ever released."

Glimpses of themes from the original album are intertwined throughout, each track representing a different aspect of Alice's nightmare.

From the opener, "I Am Made Of You", through the already established live favorite and first single "I'll Bite Your Face Off", to the surprising duet with Ke$ha, "What Baby Wants", this album is a reminder that albums just aren't made this way anymore.

And musicians do not play together like Dennis Dunaway, Michael Bruce and Neal Smith anymore.

"I wanted a '70s feel for 'When Hell Comes Home'," says Alice, "and I didn't even have to ask for it, it's just how they play and they did it live in the studio. When they got done playing the basic track, Bob and I just looked at each other, that sound is built into their DNA. We didn't need to go and fix anything. The way they finished was a little bit ragged and that's the way we used to finish songs, that's what I like about it."

Co-writers on various songs include the aforementioned Bob Ezrin, Ke$ha, Neal, Dennis, Michael, plus BUCKCHERRY's Keith Nelson, Desmond Child (who famously co-wrote and produced "Poison" with Alice), longtime collaborator Dick Wagner, current touring band member Chuck Garric and film composer Jeremy Rubolino.

"That's my rebellion," says Alice of the more surprising guests, "I like people that don't belong and yet what they're doing works perfectly. I don't care where it comes from, as long as it's right. If you tell me something doesn't work, I'll work my head of until it does then shove it down your throat.

"I think a lot of my audience is going to go 'KE$HA!?', but she probably wrote the most disgusting lyrics in the song we had to rein her in. I like people to know that just because artists are put in a pigeon hole, that doesn't mean that's what they are. Give people a little room."

With Steve Hunter, one of rock's great guitarists, added to the band's line-up of guitarists Damon Johnson and Tommy Henriksen, bassist Chuck Garric, and drummer Glen Sobel, Alice has been tearing up venues worldwide on his 2011 "No More Mr. Nice Guy" tour.

Alice gave fans a treat in June with a surprise performance at London's tiny 100 Club, when actor Johnny Depp joined in on guitar. Alice showcased the powerful band that had blown away the Download festival crowd the previous weekend.

This year, the original Alice Cooper group was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and Alice was honored with both the Kerrang! Icon Award in the U.K. and the Revolver Golden God Award in the USA.

* U.K. fan pack album release / global album release: September 16
* U.K. general album release: October 17

Single: "I'll Bite Your Face Off"

* Limited-edition seven-inch picture vinyl: September 12 with exclusive live version as the B-side
* Digital: August 22 with "Caffeine" as B-side

"Welcome 2 My Nightmare" will be released first as a "fan pack" in conjunction with Future Publishing in September, with a conventional release following in October. The fan pack includes the album, a giant poster, a facepaint set, a metal badge, an Alice face mask and a 132-page magazine dedicated to all things Alice.

"Fan Pack" track listing:

01. I Am Made Of You
02. Caffeine
03. The Nightmare Returns
04. A Runaway Train
05. Last Man On Earth
06. The Congregation
07. I'll Bite Your Face Off
08. Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever
09. Ghouls Gone Wild
10. Something To Remember Me By
11. When Hell Comes Home
12. What Baby Wants
13. I Gotta Get Outta Here
14. The Underture

Exclusive fan pack bonus tracks:

15. Under The Bed
16. Poison (Live at Download Festival)

Standard U.K. and international track listing:

01. I Am Made Of You
02. Caffeine
03. The Nightmare Returns
04. A Runaway Train
05. Last Man On Earth
06. The Congregation
07. I'll Bite Your Face Off
08. Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever
09. Ghouls Gone Wild
10. Something To Remember Me By
11. When Hell Comes Home
12. What Baby Wants
13. I Gotta Get Outta Here
14. The Underture

Standard bonus track:

15. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

Deluxe U.K. and international track listing:

01. I Am Made Of You
02. Caffeine
03. The Nightmare Returns
04. A Runaway Train
05. Last Man On Earth
06. The Congregation
07. I'll Bite Your Face Off
08. Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever
09. Ghouls Gone Wild
10. Something To Remember Me By
11. When Hell Comes Home
12. What Baby Wants
13. I Gotta Get Outta Here
14. The Underture

Deluxe bonus tracks:

15. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
16. No More Mr. Nice Guy (Live at Download Festival)
17. The Black Widow (Live at Download Festival)

General album formats released via Universal Music Group:

1. 2xLP blood-red vinyl with poster and exclusive track "Flatline"
2. Deluxe digipak CD with exclusive "ticket to hell" not available anywhere else, plus poster and bonus tracks "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place", "No More Mr. Nice Guy (live at Download Festival)", "Black Widow (Live at Download Festival)"
3. Standard CD/Digital Album with bonus track "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place"
4. iTunes-exclusive album with bonus track "A Bad Situation" and track-by-track commentary

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/soulflypremiere/coopernightmare2.jpg

HugeRockStar
08-01-2011, 07:49 PM
That cover is ridiculous lol, can't wait to hear this.

BloodoftheKings
08-01-2011, 09:52 PM
It's so lame that Ke$ha is on the album.

MPF
08-01-2011, 09:56 PM
It's so lame that Ke$ha is on the album.

Maybe her character gets killed and sent to Hell or something at the end of the song? It could still be worth it.

Christen
08-01-2011, 11:38 PM
It had better be a damn good album to make up for Ke$ha being on there.

ravenheart
08-02-2011, 02:32 AM
I wouldn't worry about Kesha being on there. Alice usually picks these people because they can secretly belt out proper vocals instead of the shit they're known for. Personally I trust Alice's judgement on guests.

I don't however trust his judgement for cover-art in this case.

ravenheart
08-02-2011, 03:33 AM
Also, the bonus track situation is fucking ridiculous. There's no way to get an edition containing all them. You have buy four different editions to get them all (three on the deluxe CD, two on the UK Fan Pack CD, one on the LP and one via iTunes). Plus the 7" single to get the live version of 'I'll Bite Your Face Off'.

Until the inevitable super deluxe amazing edition next year.

Sanitarium78
08-02-2011, 07:42 AM
I wouldn't worry about Kesha being on there. Alice usually picks these people because they can secretly belt out proper vocals instead of the shit they're known for. Personally I trust Alice's judgement on guests.

I don't however trust his judgement for cover-art in this case.

This.

However, as big of a Cooper fan as I am, i'm not that excited for the album because I don't think his last two were anything special at all. Also, I'll Bite Your Face Off doesn't sound too great either.

Hopefully he recaptured the spirit of the original Nightmare and didn't turn it into a joke like his last two albums.

IrritatedTrout
08-02-2011, 08:37 AM
Looking forward to it.

ravenheart
08-02-2011, 08:54 AM
However, as big of a Cooper fan as I am, i'm not that excited for the album because I don't think his last two were anything special at all. Also, I'll Bite Your Face Off doesn't sound too great either.

Hopefully he recaptured the spirit of the original Nightmare and didn't turn it into a joke like his last two albums.

The last two albums grew on me like motherfuckers. Still nowhere near as good as Brutal Planet and Dragontown, but after repeated listens I really loved them.

I agree though, I'm not excited about this album at all, to be honest. I really wish he'd stop trying to pair sinister lyrics with upbeat music and just make sinister music again.

KillerCannabis
08-02-2011, 09:07 AM
I trust in everything Coop does. He's been making solid music for over 40 years, and with the lineup he's got for this one (the W2MN lineup and the OG band), I have a feeling this will be one of my fav of the year.

The bonus track situation pisses me off, though. Just give me one deluxe CD with every track available. I'm sick of all the exclusive crap. Whatever, Universal, just keep driving me to download.

Sanitarium78
08-02-2011, 09:39 AM
I really wish he'd stop trying to pair sinister lyrics with upbeat music and just make sinister music again.

That's what annoyed the shit out of me with ACAS. I love evil Alice and prefer if he did something like BP/DT again. WCTMN has the perfect mix of darkness and black humor. I love Alice's black humor to but unfortunately it just wasn't good on the last two albums.

BloodoftheKings
08-02-2011, 09:55 AM
You know what we need. More albums like Constrictor :rocker:
just kidding

SirLardsAlot
08-02-2011, 08:55 PM
Ke$ha fucking rules. Stop whining.

mankvill
08-02-2011, 09:13 PM
Ke$ha fucking rules. Stop whining.

no

i can understand thinking Lady Gaga is good
i can even (kinda) understand thinking Katy Perry is good

Kesha is untalented garbage

MPF
08-02-2011, 09:31 PM
I'd bang Kesha....that's about it.

BloodoftheKings
08-02-2011, 09:33 PM
I'd bang Kesha....that's about it.

I was afraid someone would bring up this topic again.

mankvill
08-02-2011, 09:36 PM
I'd bang Kesha....that's about it.

http://totallylookslike.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/129140208390467930.jpg

o ya mon so hawt

ravenheart
08-03-2011, 02:42 AM
i can understand thinking Lady Gaga is good
i can even (kinda) understand thinking Katy Perry is good

I can't.

Sanitarium78
08-05-2011, 06:30 AM
You know what we need. More albums like Constrictor :rocker:
just kidding

Hey, don't mock the first ever metal album I owned:D

I'll take what he did on Constrictor over the crap he's given us on the last two albums any day. The album has some good stuff on it. Teenage Frankenstein, Give It Up and The World Needs Guts are classic Cooper songs. The Man Behind The Mask is cool to as long as you don't mind the chessy 80s sound it has.

I remember seeing a youtube clip of TMBTM from the Hey Stoopid tour and they replaced the keyboards with guitar and the song sounded much better.

ravenheart
08-20-2011, 09:36 AM
Listening to the samples now. Most of it is just... awful. Just plain awful.

When Hell Comes Home sounds like it will be good, and the ballad is good. A Runaway Train might turn out OK, and the opener, but the rest... fucking hell.

Sanitarium78
08-20-2011, 10:02 AM
Listening to the samples now. Most of it is just... awful. Just plain awful.

When Hell Comes Home sounds like it will be good, and the ballad is good. A Runaway Train might turn out OK, and the opener, but the rest... fucking hell.

I know you can't tell a lot from 30 second sound clips but the songs don't sound too promising. In fact i'm not even sure what Alice is trying to do at all anymore over these last few albums.

I think Alice gave us everything he had left with TLT, BP and DT because everything since then has been a let down. He has so much material he doesn't need to release new albums. Just release a few new itunes singles every two years and tour because it seems like he's going downhill fast creatively.

ravenheart
08-20-2011, 10:29 AM
Just release a few new itunes singles every two years

No. No no no no no. No-one should do this. Ever.

iTunes needs to die.

Also, there's still good stuff on the last three albums. Along Came A Spider is a great disc.

BloodoftheKings
08-20-2011, 11:34 AM
No. No no no no no. No-one should do this. Ever.

iTunes needs to die.



This

KillerCannabis
08-20-2011, 02:21 PM
Just listened to the samples.

I think there could be a few standout tracks. Last Man on Earth sounds like it could've come off Lace & Whiskey.

Most of it sounds like typical new AC, which I think is completely listenable but easily forgettable.

What Baby Wants will def be the one to skip. Even 30 sec was painful.

IrritatedTrout
08-20-2011, 03:09 PM
Disco Boogie Bloodbath Fever sounded cool. I saw I'll Bite Your Face Off live last night, I enjoyed it.

Statutory-Mike
08-21-2011, 12:12 AM
it's such a shame too, I love everything he put out in the 60's & 70's. after that, just down hill.

Sanitarium78
08-21-2011, 08:34 AM
it's such a shame too, I love everything he put out in the 60's & 70's. after that, just down hill.

The only album he released in the 60s was Pretties For You in 1969. Even if you don't like any of the albums he's done since 1980, I don't see how you can't think he hasn't wrote plenty of good to great songs since then.

I also find it baffling how any Cooper fan couldn't love The Last Temptation, Brutal Planet and Dragontown:confused:

IrritatedTrout
08-21-2011, 06:04 PM
The more I listen to the samples the more they grow on me.

ravenheart
08-22-2011, 03:10 AM
So, as of this morning I now have the album.

First impressions this evening.

ravenheart
08-22-2011, 03:52 AM
it's such a shame too, I love everything he put out in the 60's & 70's. after that, just down hill.

What? No, really, what?

I mean yeah, OK, that four-album run from '80 to '83 was pretty poor, but I honestly listen to Trash through Along Came A Spider WAY more than any of the earlier albums. With the possible exception of Killer.

Nevertheless, I still love Welcome To My Nightmare, Goes To Hell, From The Inside and Billion Dollar Babies. I can take or leave School's Out, and really haven't given Muscle of Love much time. Lace And Whiskey is a bitch to get here, so I don't have it yet.

electrocute1031
08-22-2011, 09:26 AM
video for "I'll Bite your Face Off" available here
http://www.noisecreep.com/2011/08/22/alice-cooper-ill-bite-your-head-off-video/

ravenheart
08-22-2011, 11:33 AM
Full guest artist line-up:

Caffein - Keith Nelson (Buckcherry)
Runaway Train - original Alice Cooper band, plus Vince Gill
Last Man On Earth - David Streng, Piggy D (Rob Zombie)
The Congregation - Rob Zombie, Kip Winger
I'll Bite Your Face Off - original Alice Cooper band
Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever - John 5
Ghouls Gone Wild - Kip Winger, Mark Volman (The Turtles), Flo And Eddie
Something To Remember Me By - Steve Hunter
When Hell Comes Home - original Alice Cooper band, plus Steve Hunter
What Baby Wants - Ke$ha, Steve Hunter
Gotta Get Outta Here - Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers), Vince Gill
The Underture - Dick Wagner

About to start my first listen of the album... wish me luck :hecho:

ravenheart
08-22-2011, 01:17 PM
OK, no one needs to hear Alice rap (yes, rap, in a kind of Fresh Prince way...):

Here you are, in the club
With your bottle full of Bud
You got grill (?), you got bling
But play-ah you don't know a thing
Put your hands in the air
Stick 'em up like you don't care
Face the wall, count to ten
We mow you down, reload again

The play on the lyrics is fine, and I'm sure the whole point is mockery, but really?

ravenheart
08-26-2011, 05:36 PM
Another configuration announced.

The version available in BestBuy will have the 'Under The Bed' bonus track, plus all three live songs from the Download Festival.

So not even that will have all of the extra studio songs. This is becoming a joke.

MPF
08-26-2011, 07:23 PM
Vince Gill is on a Alice Cooper album?

What the Bloody Hell?

KillerCannabis
08-27-2011, 09:21 AM
Kip Winger? I haven't heard that name in ages.

Now BB has their own edition? This is stupid. I'll prob grab that and find the other studio tracks elsewhere.

electrocute1031
08-30-2011, 07:59 PM
here is a preview of the Alice and Ke$ha collaboration if anyone's interested.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZD0tdIh8frM

KillerCannabis
09-02-2011, 02:36 PM
I've spun this about 10 times today so far. I've gotta admit, I really like it. A couple tracks are typical new-school by-the-numbers Alice (Ghouls Gone Wild & What Baby Wants are weak, the latter not bc of Kesha but just bc it's not a very solid track), but the rest sounds like a mostly-worthy sequel to his phenomenal 1975 opus.

IrritatedTrout
09-02-2011, 03:15 PM
I'm really looking forward to this one now.

Spiner202
09-09-2011, 06:35 AM
If anyone has followed a couple of the more recent Alice Cooper radio appearances, you've probably heard quite a few tracks by now. I've heard at least 7 or 8, and while I'm still worried (I haven't heard the disco song or the Kesha song in full), I definitely like what I've heard so far. The only thing that is somewhat disappointing is "Last Man on Earth". I see where they were going with this, and it's not a bad song, but it can't replace "Some Folks" which is one of the most amazing songs Alice has ever written.

ravenheart
09-09-2011, 06:55 AM
Had the album for about three weeks.

http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2011/alice-cooper-welcome-2-my-nightmare/

EvilCheeseWedge
09-09-2011, 12:38 PM
I've been listening for a few days, and I think it's great. The fact that it's his 26th studio album or whatever is pretty incredible imo.