MUSIC NEWS: Roadrunner United Announces Reissue and Concert Release

Roadrunner have announced there is set to be a reissue of the Roadrunner United All-Star Sessions album and release of the live show which was in celebration of the label’s 25th Anniversary.

The Roadrunner United project and All-Star Sessions saw team captains Slipknot’s Joey Jordison, Machine Head’s Rob Flynn, Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares and Trivium’s Matthew K. Heafy leading fifty-seven artists from forty-five Roadrunner bands both past and present.

Speaking about his involvement, Heafy says, “The Roadrunner United album was something I still have a hard time believing that it happened. A 19-year-old me being enlisted to be able to write anything I wanted… while picking a dream line-up of my favourite musicians every single every song? I am still honoured and grateful to have been allowed this amazing experience. All I can say is… I want to do Part II.

Fellow team captain, Flynn adds, “I had a couple of riffs left over from [2004 Machine Head album] Through the Ashes of Empires that I hadn’t ended up using, so brought them into play first-off for Roadrunner United. The song that really kicked it off for me was ‘The Dagger.’ I was like, ‘Man, this is a f–king banger. I don’t know if I even want to give this away!’’ I actually told the label, ‘If you can lock in Howard [Jones] from Killswitch Engage to do the vocals, you can have it. Otherwise, I’m keeping it for Machine Head!’ We had so much fun when Howard flew in to record that song at my studio. He only had about three sentences of lyrics prepared, so we spent hours talking over what the song could be about, and then he freestyled a bunch. I remember him getting up, walking into the vocal booth, and just belting out this f–king insane scream, this screech! It became the sound that opens the whole record.

A live video of The End from the 2005 event has been released, check it out below!

The album and concert performance reissues are set for release on 10th March 2023 and can be pre-ordered on various formats including vinyl and CD. Find out more HERE.

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