“Shock Rocker” Alice Cooper has enjoyed a decades’ long career by combining aspects of heavy metal music and horror movie sensibilities into a powerful sonic & visual experience. Black Sabbath may have been the first band to assimilate aspects of horror into their sound, but no one has embraced the genre aesthetics as enthusiastically as Alice. His influence is obvious on modern acts/artists like Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, and Ghost (to name a few).
Cooper took to Twitter this morning to reveal the cover for his next studio album (his 27th!), Paranormal, featuring the photography talents of Rob Fenn. Take a gander:
Here's the cover to my new album "PARANORMAL", New single “PARANOIC PERSONALITY” out June 9th! Photos by Rob Fenn! pic.twitter.com/0Q9mdTRNRH
— Alice Cooper (@RealAliceCooper) June 2, 2017
Here’s the cover to my new album “PARANORMAL”, New single “PARANOIC PERSONALITY” out June 9th! Photos by Rob Fenn!
As for the first single being released on June 9th, does anyone else get the feeling Cooper may have made a typo? I’d be willing to wager the name of the song is actually Paranoid Personality; I guess we’ll know for sure when the tune hits the net next week!
Cooper previously revealed that guest musicians on Paranormal include U2’s Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, and Deep Purple’s Roger Glover.
Reflecting on the album’s title, Cooper said, “This is not a normal Alice record. [Producer] Bob [Ezrin] and I decided, no theme this time — we’re gonna make a record of things that just get us off, things that we like. And it might go in a lot of directions.”
Cooper is wrapping up a US Tour before jetting off to Europe in June; he will be co-headlining a tour with Deep Purple in the fall. As we wait for Paranormal to hit online retailers on July 28th, check out some live video of Cooper doing what he does best below; the footage is culled from a recent gig in Salem, Virginia.
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