“This Is Gonna Hurt”, the sophomore album from SIXX: A.M. — the band consisting of Nikki Sixx (also of MÖTLEY CRÜE), DJ Ashba (also of GUNS N’ ROSES) and James Michael — sold 30,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 10 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on May 3, the 11-track CD is a companion piece to Sixx‘s “This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx” book, a follow-up to his New York Times bestseller, “The Heroin Diaries”.
“This Is Gonna Hurt” is part photo, part journal — but all Nikki Sixx. It is a collection of compelling snapshots and stories that capture the rage, love, optimism, darkness, and determination that shape his work. Told with the raw authenticity that defined his New York Times bestseller “The Heroin Diaries”, “This Is Gonna Hurt” chronicles Sixx‘s experience, from references to his early years filled with toxic waste to his success with MÖTLEY CRÜE, his death from an OD and rebirth to his addictions to music, photography, and love along with the journey of photographing these images over the past couple of years.
The “This Is Gonna Hurt” album as a whole deals with many raw, human issues. Nikki talks about the CD as “pulling back the veil on your internal truth,” saying, “We are who we are…Either poisonous and evil or honest and willing… Willing to make a difference… I haven’t led the life of a saint nor do I intend on it now.” The album — produced entirely by James Michael with writing credits going to Sixx, Michael, Ashba and band friends John William Lowrey and Blair Daly — dives deep into meandering emotions through epic melodies. The resulting work is a deep, dark and intoxicatingly addictive mix of sounds and passion.
“This Is Gonna Hurt” album track listing:
01. This Is Gonna Hurt
02. Lies of the Beautiful People
03. Are You With Me
04. Live Forever
05. Sure Feels Right
08. Help Is On the Way
09. Oh My God
10. Goodbye My Friends
* This is Gonna Hurt
(Michael, Sixx, Ashba)
* Lies Of The Beautiful People (Michael, Sixx,
John William Lowrey, Ashba)
* Live Forever (Michael, Sixx, Ashba)
Are You With Me Now (Michael, Sixx, Ashba)
* Sure Feels Right
(Michael, Sixx, Ashba)
* Deadlihood (Michael, Sixx, Blair Daly)
Smile (Michael, Sixx)
* Oh My God (Michael, Sixx, Ashba)
Goodbye Dear Friends (Michael, Sixx, Ashba)
* Skin (Michael,
* Help Is On The Way (Michael, Sixx, Ashba)
SIXX: A.M. to announce a run of tour dates in support of the release.
“Lies Of The Beautiful People” video:
ALL TIME LOW
BLACK VEIL BRIDES
DESTROY REBUILD UNTIL GOD SHOWS
FACE TO FACE
FOUR YEAR STRONG
FUNERAL FOR A
IN THIS MOMENT
PANIC! AT THE DISCO
SET YOUR GOALS
STORY OF THE YEAR
THE ACACIA STRAIN
THE DAMNED THINGS
THE PRETTY RECKLESS
WE ARE THE IN
WE ARE THE OCEAN
Sunday, Sep. 25 – Sydney Revolution
Friday, Sep. 30 – Melbourne Revolution
Saturday, Oct. 1 – Adelaide Revolution
Monday, Oct. 3 – Perth Revolution For more information, visit the festival’s official web site.
debut solo album, “Foresting Wounds”, under the name NERANATURE on
May 9 in Europe via Metal Mind Productions. The CD will be made available
on July 12 in the U.S. through MVD.
A video for the track
“Precious Now”, which was shot and edited by a young artist going by the
pseudonym Stanley McNoly, can be viewed below.
Nera: “Actually we chose the song ‘Precious Now’ months ago, since
it’s one of my favorite tracks on the album. The script was being shaped in my
head week after week, though shooting the video took us only a couple of days.
On the literal level, it’s about running away from the city to slow down the
pace, gather one’s thoughts, to spend some time in solitude. The lyrics, in
turn, are about enjoying the ‘here and now,’ leaving all troublesome memories
behind, as also breaking free from the snares of one’s plans for the future. All
we have is this passing moment…”
Formed in 2009, NERANATURE
“appeared as a space where the air is filled with matters lingering in
[Nera‘s] head, a bit more intimate, private and sometimes bizarre and
freakish,” according to a press release.
“I’ve been waiting for a long
time for the right place and time to find an outlet for my personal thoughts and
beliefs,” explains Nera. “This is the time and place.” The idea appealed
to Chris, the guitarist of DARZAMAT, who created the base for the
melodies and completed the project with his music.
The name of the band
is a combination of two words: Nera, which is the nickname of the vocalist, and
Nature, which represents a reflection of a deep connection with the environment.
It can also be interpreted as the nature of Nera — a diversity of views
reflected in the songs. The feminine character of lyrics imbued with the
feminist outlook on life constitutes one the most significant elements of the
projects, touching upon such issues as man’s detachment from nature and running
away from himself/herself. The approach presented in the album is not only the
singer’s artistic pose, as Nera has been an engaged animal-rights activist and a
vegetarian for the last 15 years.
The music of NERANATURE can be
categorized as a mixture of atmospheric rock/metal, ambient and trip rock.
“Foresting Wounds” contains ten compositions — ranging from
sensuous ballads to more energetic songs — which were produced by Jaroslaw
The track listing for the CD is as follows:
02. Precious Now
08. Some Air
09. Woman’s Soul