Video footage of MEGADETH's trip on a private jet from Spain, where they performed at the Resurrection Fest on July 31, to Rejmyre, Sweden, where they were scheduled to play at the Skogsröjet festival on August 1, can be seen below.
MEGADETH is continuing work on material for the band's next album, tentatively due in 2015.
"We're taking our time with this one," MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine told Loaded Radio in a recent interview. "The last record we've done, we felt we were really on a positive upswing with [producer] Johnny K and we were excited to get in and do the record. But looking back over time, all the records that we had a lot of success with, personally…. Because, I mean, at the end of the day, if you don't like what you're doing, then what's the point? But the ones that we really got the most enjoyment out of was the ones that took the longest to write. We would sit with the songs and let them digest and assimilate and become part of us, instead of, 'OK, that's a great song. Let's go.' Or versus, 'You know what? Would it be better if we [played] this part one more time or cut that one in half or sped this up a little bit. There's so many variables."
MEGADETH latest album, 2013's "Super Collider", sold 29,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.
May The Rock Be With You recently conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
May The Rock Be With You: It's been six years since "Nostradamus", so in that time what inspired the songs for ["Redeeemer Of Souls"]?
Hill: Well, a lot of it came from Richie [Faulkner, guitar], you know, and his enthusiasm. [laughs] We had written a few songs before Richie got involved in it, you know, and we just got to contemplating whether we do an album or not. Will it be needed or if, indeed, we would still be rocking after forty years? Yeah, the guys started to write and Richie got together with Glenn [Tipton, guitar] and Richie would sit in the dressing room and strum a few riffs and a few chord sequences, you know, and walk around saying, "Oh, that sounds good…" and then Glenn started, and at the end of the tour, they had quite a few ideas between them and we took a bit of time off after the last tour, and then got together to write and record and it turned out great, if I do say so myself. [laughs]
May The Rock Be With You: The album also marks Richie's recording debut with the band. What was it like having a new player in there after so long with KK [Downing]?
Hill: Well, I'll tell you what: to do a tour with Richie was beneficial, because not only did we all find out how good a musician he was — because he is, he's a phenomenal player — we also got to know his character as well. Working with somebody that you get along with is very, very important. You can be the finest musicians in the world, but if you've got an arsehole in there, you won't get on very well. [laughs] He's a great bloke, a really genuinely nice man, and, of course, by the end of the tour, we weren't just colleagues, we were great friends as well. So [this enabled us] to seamlessly slide into writing mode and recording mode. We have a way of doing things and he'd done recordings in the past and may have done things differently, but he sort of fitted straight in with our recording methods, and he's just a joy to work with, really.
May The Rock Be With You: After sixteen albums, this being your seventeenth, how do you manage to keep things fresh?
Hill: Good question. [laughs] We've always tried to improve and push and get better over our forty years. We've obviously matured and improved as individuals and as a band as well, and I think trying to do things differently, but we've never been afraid to try anything, you know. If there's a new recording technique, or a recording pedal, or a tech gadget, we'll give it a go, and if it sounds good, we'll use it. If not, we'll throw it away and move on. I think it's the risk to improve and get better and push the envelope a little bit; it sort of keeps everything fresh. As I said, it's evolved over the years. If you listen to "Rocka Rolla" now, even to "Screaming For Vengeance", the difference is immense — the quality and the playing, and, of course, compared to now, there's a similar jump in keeping up with the times, and like I say, pushing a little and getting a little bit better and trying little things here and there.
May The Rock Be With You: What do you still enjoy about being part of JUDAS PRIEST?
Hill: You know what? I enjoy all of it. [laughs] I really do, I'm a sucker for punishment… I look back on my career and think how fucking lucky have I been to be able to do something you love and be able to make a living out of it, and that's the key. We all still love it, and the thought of not doing it terrifies every one of us, I think. [laughs] I still love it after all these years — I love the people I meet, and love the places I visit, and, obviously, enjoy playing music.
Read the entire interview at May The Rock Be With You.
METALLICA's official web site has been updated with the following message:
"Earlier this year we were contacted by author and major METALLICA fan Matt Taylor, who wrote the critically acclaimed, award-winning and much-respected account of Steven Spielberg's escapades as he was making his ground-breaking film 'Jaws' on the island of Martha's Vineyard in 1974. Matt came to us with a proposal to tell the definitive story of 'Master Of Puppets' and the subsequent tour that followed its release and when we took a spin through 'Jaws: Memories From Martha's Vineyard', we were so blown away by the presentation, thorough coverage, and attention to detail that went into it, we knew he was the man to help us celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of that release. As some of you keen observers may have noted, we have not been involved with most of the other books out there about METALLICA, but we just had to work with Matt, 'cause his first book is so damn cool!
"Matt has been very busy doing extensive interviews with all of us, our managers, record company staff, people we hung with then and Cliff's [Burton, late METALLICA bassist] dad Ray, who has graciously given us some of his time. However, Matt is still out there with his trusty recorder and scanner looking for more stories and photos. Just as he did with 'Jaws', Matt's plan for the 'Master Of Puppets' book is to lean heavily on amateur, fan-taken photos and stories reflecting the grassroots vibe of the time, so this is where you come in. Were you there in 1986? Snuck a camera into a show or two? Ran into us at a record store or in the bar? Have a funny story about getting to the gig or photos of you and your pals there? We want them all!! Cropped, blurred, overexposed? We'll take 'em! No photographs, anecdotes, or stories are too insignificant. We want YOU to be a part of this book!
"Please e-mail us at email@example.com to tell us your story and receive more info about submitting photos. All submissions must be from your own personal collection... we can only use snapshots that YOU took. Remember, we want everything! No story or snapshot is too small or trivial.
"Oh, and in case you're wondering, we are planning to have it all put together and ready for your eyes in the fall of 2015. And click here to check out Matt's first book, 'Jaws: Memories From Martha's Vineyard'."
Released on February 21, 1986, "Master of Puppets" only reached No. 29 on the Billboard album chart but has sold over six million stateside copies since. It is the last record to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who was killed later that year in a tour bus crash. A loose concept album about how we are all puppets in one way or another — be it to a cult, a drug, the government, organized religion, or, in the most extreme case, the psycho ward — it still ends on a positive note, exhorting the individual to break free of the constricting mores of society in an effort to achieve true non-conformism. It featured staples of the band's live set such as "Battery", "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" and the title track.
CALIFORNIA BREED members Glenn Hughes and Andrew Watt have chosen Joey Castillo (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, EAGLES OF DEATH METAL) to play drums for the band for all upcoming dates when it became clear that Jason Bonham's professional commitments would prevent him from being able to tour with the group.
CALIFORNIA BREED will support ALTER BRIDGE in the U.S. before heading to Europe and will close out the run supporting Slash featuring MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS on their five U.K. arena dates.
Says Hughes: "We're just excited to play live, to tour, to be in front of and with our fans.
"We're very proud of our debut record and we can't wait to share it, live and loud, with you."
CALIFORNIA BREED's self-titled debut album sold around 4,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 78 on The Billboard 200 chart.
"California Breed" was recorded at producer Dave Cobb's Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits from Hughes, Watt and Bonham. "It's proper rock," Hughes told Classic Rock magazine, "but at the same time it's very now. Andrew is as influenced by Mick Ronson as he is Jimmy Page." "This kid is amazing," said Bonham. "The first time we met I thought he looked like the white Jimi Hendrix. And he plays in the studio like he's on stage!"
"What we've got here is a kid who isn't a hammer-on, virtuoso," said Glenn, "but a whole new entity. This kid grew up listening to Mick Ronson on Bowie's records, as well as Jimmy Page in LED ZEPPELIN. He has a completely different take. And it's fresh and bold and so exciting. It just gets into your blood."
SofaKingCoolOnline.com conducted an interview with vocalist Frank Palmeri of the Queens, New York-based deathcore act EMMURE at a recent stop on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. You can now watch the chat below.
EMMURE's seventh full-length album, "Eternal Enemies", was released on April 15 via Victory Records. According to a press release, the CD "is without a doubt the most aggressive, brutal and devastating of [album of the band's] career."
The "Enemy Lines" DVD features over 30 minutes of behind-the-scenes and in-studio footage of the band making "Eternal Enemies" along with EMMURE's entire music video catalog featuring eight official music videos from previous releases, one lyric video, and two brand new music videos for "Like LaMotta" and "Nemesis".
In a recent interview with KillYourStereo.com, EMMURE rhythm guitarist Jesse Ketive stated about "Eternal Enemies": "Every record is a different piece of artwork, and, you know, we'll try to write an album one way, or another way to try and make things happen. But I do think that this one came together the best. Everyone really got more inputs, and everyone's ideas were really put out more on here. I think this one is the best, as far as the quality of writing goes and how we feel about it."
Regarding EMMURE's decision to rename the opening song to the album, "Bring A Gun To School", Ketive said: "It's being released as 'Untitled'. Long story short, some people would perceive it as a bad thing, or as if we're trying to knock on school shootings, which is how it started out when we released it, or maybe that stores won't put our CD in there store, or that certain sponsorships might not want to deal with that, so we just changed up. And this just drives us more when people talk about us, even when it's bad talking."
He continued: "At first I did take [the title] as offensive, because I didn't understand, and then I read the explanation and see what it is and where it's coming from and how it's pretty much just testament to how people get sore to anything you do or say. He [EMMURE singer Frankie Palmeri] decided, Well, I'm just gonna say this,' as it was more personal, about getting bullied, and not about knocking on school shootings, which is what most people would think at first."
The third in a series of webisodes featuring footage of the recording sessions for "First Of The Five Elements", the fifth studio album from WARMEN, the brainchild of CHILDREN OF BODOM keyboardist Janne Wirman, can be seen below.
"First Of The Five Elements" will be released later in the year.
The track listing for the CD is as follows:
02. The Race (feat. Pasi Rantanen)
03. The Red Letter (feat. Jonna Geagea)
04. Ruler Of Your World (feat. Pasi Rantanen)
05. Suck My Attitude (feat. Alexi Laiho)
06. When Worlds Collide (feat. Pasi Rantanen)
07. First Of The Five Elements
08. Devil In Disguise (feat. Pasi Rantanen)
09. Like A Virgin (MADONNA cover) (feat. Jonna Geagea)
10. Anger (feat. Pasi Rantanen)
11. Human Race (feat. Pasi Rantanen)
12. Man Behind The Mask (ALICE COOPER cover) (feat. Alexi Laiho)
WARMEN started out in 2000 as Wirman's solo project with a bunch of hired guns helping him to put his musical inspiration to life. The band's debut album, "Unknown Soldier" (2000) was exactly that, but already on the group's second effort, "Beyond Abilities" (2002), WARMEN was becoming more like a real band.
Now after a five-year gap, Janne and WARMEN have completed work on a slamming fifth studio album, "First Of The Five Elements", which takes the listener from the potent vibrating rock of "The Race" to a straight punch in the face with "Suck My Attitude". Also included is a visit to some traditional WARMEN instrumental fury in he shape of the title track, "First Of The Five Elements", and, as always, they have managed to squeeze in a couple signature WARMEN-styled covers, ALICE COOPER's "Man Behind The Mask" and MADONNA's "Like A Virgin".
The song "The Race" from "First Of The Five Elements" can be streamed at PledgeMusic.com.
WARMEN celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a concert during the Helsinki Metal Meeting weekend in February 2010 at Dante's Highlight in Helsinki, Finland. The band's third live performance ever included guest appearances by Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM) on a cover version of ROCKWELL's "Somebody's Watching Me", Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS), Finnish pop/rock queen Jonna Kosonen (JONNA'S PROBLEM) and Pasi Rantanen (ex-THUNDERSTONE).
Spinefarm Records released a WARMEN compilation album entitled "The Evil That Warmen Do" on January 27, 2010.
WARMEN's fourth album, "Japanese Hospitality", entered the Finnish chart at position No. 36. The 10-song effort included two cover versions — "Separate Ways", originally recorded by JOURNEY, and "Black Cat" by JANET JACKSON, featuring a guest appearance by Jonna Kosonen. Other guest musicians that appear on the CD include Laiho, Rantanen, Kotipelto and Marko Vaara.
Many artists struggle to establish their musical identity; Nick Oliveri has forged his through a long career of hard work and full command over his craft and his music including stints in KYUSS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, MONDO GENERATOR and, more recently, BL'AST and Dean Ween's MOISTBOYZ. His new album, "Leave Me Alone", is a powerfully captivating proof of his multi-talented personality. A track from the effort, "Human Cannonball Explodes" (featuring lead guitar by Dean Ween), can be streamed below.
Recorded at Thunder Underground Studios in Palm Springs, California, "Leave Me Alone" features Oliveri on all instruments, including drums, guitar, bass and vocals. It includes guitar solos from special guests Phil Campbell from MOTÖRHEAD, Dean Ween (a.k.a. Mickey Moist) from WEEN and MOISTBOYZ, Stephen Haas from MOISTBOYZ, Mike Pygmie from MONDO GENERATOR, Marc Diamond from THE DWARVES and Bruno Fevery from KYUSS LIVES! and VISTA CHINO. There's also a guest vocal by Blag Dahlia from THE DWARVES.
Produced by Oliveri himself, recorded by Harper Hug and Trevor Whatever, and mixed by Mathias Schneeberger, "Leave Me Alone" will be released on Schnitzel Records this September.
Schnitzel is home to WEEN, Alain Johannes, Dean Fertita (HELLO=FIRE), MOISTBOYZ and THE MOONS.
Oliveri will spend most of 2014 on the road playing both acoustic shows and touring with his new band, UNCONTROLLABLE.
The second in a series of video blogs featuring footage from the recording sessions for the fourth album from Los Angeles theatrical rockers BLACK VEIL BRIDES can be seen below. Due on October 28, the follow-up to the band's third CD, last year's "Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones", was helmed by producer Bob Rock, whose resume includes albums by METALLICA, MÖTLEY CRÜE, THE CULT and many others.
Asked how BLACK VEIL BRIDES approached the writing process for the new CD, BLACK VEIL BRIDES singer Andy Biersack told U.K.'s Rock Sound: "One of the most interesting things about working with Bob Rock this time was that he requires weeks and weeks of pre-production, just writing and jamming together.
"I knew that the guys in my band are very talented musicians, but we've never taken the time to sit in a room facing each other, and continuously write for weeks on end — there was just a small mic in the middle of the room, and Bob would orchestrate us. If something came up that we liked, we'd try to cut a demo of it just from that. The idea is that if you write all together, you'll find great material, and know it from the ground up.
"When you're doing stuff the way we were previously, it's very difficult to go back and adjust, because the elements are all built simultaneously. This has given us a chance to do something organic, to know the songs a lot better. So heading into the studio, with twelve or fifteen songs that we feel strongly about, is a new experience. Through writing in advance, I feel like we've found our definitive sound. It's a lot more heavy, traditional rock 'n' roll than anything we've done before."
Regarding whether that was the band's aim from the start, Beirsack said: "More than anything, even before we found out that Bob was interested in doing it, we wanted to make a return to the darker, heavier material — in tone at least. We touched on that with the first record, but weren't as mature songwriters back then; I don't think we've ever truly executed the sound we've wanted to have as a band.
"We've always evolved, and I've always been excited about everything we've done, but this was something all of us have wanted to do.
"If we'd have been as good songwriters five years ago, the record we would have made then would have sounded a lot like this new one. That was an exciting notion, going back to the things we talked about when starting the band together. It's a return to the things we really love. Bob was a great fit for that. So many of the records that influenced us or that we loved growing up were produced by him. It was something we'd been talking about for the last year, and when we found out Bob was interested, it was a nice coincidence."
Asked if Bob played a role in the songwriting process, Biersack said: "We've picked up a lot of things about the songwriting process from him, how to really structure a song.
"There's no way this record won't be fantastic to me. I feel like through doing this, I've learned so much about what it is what we do, what we've been trying to do for the last half-decade. It helped that Bob is one of the sweetest, easiest to work with, most insightful people I've ever met. When you talk about nice people: he's a Canadian who lives in Hawaii. [laughs] I can't imagine anyone with a nicer disposition, let alone someone so talented."
"Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones" came out in January 2013 and featured the Top 15 rock radio single "In The End".
BLACK VEIL BRIDES was originally formed in Cincinnati in 2006.
The group issued two EPs on their own before moving to Los Angeles in 2009.
The band's debut album, "We Stitch These Wounds", came out in summer 2010, followed by "Set The World On Fire" in 2011.
Biersack has launched a side project called ANDY BLACK, which he described as a "fun and artistic way for me to try something that musically I wouldn't want to force into BLACK VEIL BRIDES." In an interview with Kerrang! magazine, Biersack explained how the "dark wave" project came into being, saying, "My whole life, I've loved '80s synth and goth rock like THE SISTERS OF MERCY and DEPECHE MODE. My biggest love has always been the music BLACK VEIL BRIDES make, but that doesn't mean I don't listen to or enjoy other things."
Robert Cavuoto of Guitar International recently conducted an interview with AEROSMITH guitarist Brad Whitford. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Guitar Inernational: With fans being such nostalgia hounds, how important is it for AEROSMITH to spend months writing and recording new material?
Brad Whitford: We've been around for a long time, and I think anybody in this situation, whatever it is that makes you special, just shines so bright. There's a certain period in your career where there is no denying what you're doing. It's something that comes out of you. I just think we all have our day in the sun early on in our careers. You can't always maintain that level of creativity and spark; part of it dries up. The part that doesn't dry up is the passion and the musical abilities — the part of you that wants to entertain and just get up and do it. We were just in Europe and we saw THE ROLLING STONES in Berlin. It was just so fabulous, but they did a couple of their newer hits which I hadn't heard. [Laughs] I don't run out and buy the new STONES album, because I think we all go through that same thing. We get to a certain place where our music doesn't have the impact anymore. In the case of the STONES and their new music, they did an excellent job of making it sound like it came from the fucking '60s. I was just blown away. It was like, "Wow, that's a new song?" I just couldn't believe it. It really sounded like something they had written way back. That's really hard to do. But, leave it to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to make that happen.
Guitar Inernational: When you are going to work on your next CD, what direction would you like to see that CD take? Would it be similar to the last one, or would it be in a completely different direction?
Brad Whitford: We all have thoughts about what it should be. If I was going to produce the record, or be the musical director, I would try and get everybody to let go of any preconceived ideas. The best music just comes out with whatever you're feeling on that particular hour or day. To leave all ideas at the door, we're going to do it like we used to do it. Sit down, pick up your instrument and just start making some noise and then we're just going to go with that. The music has got to be honest. And once you get into that place, people can tell. People know if you're trying too hard to do something. Any sort of preconceived stuff does not work for me, musically. I've got to be honest; it's about being in the moment and making music. The moment of what you feel right then and there. Then it will work.
Read the entire interview from Guitar International.
"Eternal Rains", a brand new song from Swedish progressive metallers OPETH, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's highly anticipated eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion", which will be released on August 26 via Roadrunner Records. The cover artwork was once again created by Travis Smith — with art direction by OPETH guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt — and can be seen below.
"Pale Communion", which was produced by Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime collaborator and PORCUPINE TREE frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson, was heralded by the lead single "Cusp Of Eternity".
"Pale Communion" track listing:
01. Eternal Rains
02. Cusp Of Eternity
03. Moon Above, Sun Below
04. Elysian Woes
07. Voice Of Treason
08. Faith In Others
In a recent interview with Noisey, Åkerfeldt stated about "Pale Communion": "Normally when I start writing for a record, I'm a bit nervous. You don't know whether or not you're going to be able to come up with something that you like or come up with something at all, to be honest. I was inspired because pretty early on, I wrote a song on the new album — the last song on there, which I ended up being really happy with. So I had some type of guidelines which was more melody, I think."
He continued: "[2011's] 'Heritage' was somewhat deliberately fucked up all over the place because I love fucked-up-all-over-the-place-type music, but I wanted to do something more melodic with this album, so there's stronger vocal melodies and more melodies overall for this album. I was pretty consistent with that frame of mind throughout the writing process, so at least I had a plan with this album, and I normally don't, to be honest."
Mikael added in a separate interview with Metal Assault: "['Pale Communion' is] the next album, so I guess it's closer to ['Heritage'] than, say, the first album. But I'd like to think there's an upgraded sound, and by that I don't mean a modern sound. We were looking at some of the late '70s and early '80s production, and that's what we were going for sound-wise and it's one of the reasons why we ended up recording at Rockfield Studios in Wales, which is a legendary studio where many of our favorite bands recorded. So, musically, I guess you could say it's similar to 'Heritage', but I'd like to think it's more hard rock and metal sounding. We also have something new that we didn't have before in certain songs. I don't really know what it is, which I like. I like to either recognize our sound or to hear something completely new, and I think we have both on the new album."
Asked if he thinks if it would be fair to say that people who liked "Heritage" will like this new album as much as, or even more than, the last OPETH CD, Mikael said: "Yeah, I hope so. I hope everybody will like it, of course. I think it's probably a bit easier to get into because it's a bit more melodic. There's definitely more attention to melodies and I wouldn't say it's an easy-listening album at all, but there's more melody than ever before, not just 'Heritage'. I'm hoping that people who liked 'Heritage' will like this one too and also fans who liked the old shit will hopefully like this one as well, and may be some new fans. You never know."
A brand new SLIPKNOT song titled "The Negative One" is available for streaming on the band's official web site. The track is expected to appear on the group's upcoming album, which is due out sometime this fall via Roadrunner.
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A music video for "The Negative One" will be released on Tuesday, August 5.
SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio the band has finished recording the new CD and is now in post-production. "The album is done," he said. "Everything's done. Right now we're just, we're getting the artwork together, we're getting all the other accouterments together, and it's feeling really, really good. We're just stoked, you know. Now it's like, 'Okay, we need to hurry up and get it out,' you know. So yeah, we're really excited."
SLIPKNOT's fifth studio album and first since 2008's "All Hope Is Gone" is also the band's first without late bassist Paul Gray, who died in 2010, and drummer Joey Jordison, who was dismissed in late 2013.
Asked what has been most fulfilling about working on new SLIPKNOT music that he never experienced before, Corey told Full Metal Jackie: "This one, it just feels, there's something weird about this one. Obviously this is the first album we're making without Paul.
"After everything we went through, there's a catharsis that comes with this, being able to throw all the emotion and aggression out that we've been holding onto. At the same time, getting to be creative again. Feeling that juice coming back into us. It's been a real positive experience just from an artistic standpoint, a lyrical standpoint.
"We're making an album that's not just a reflection. Let's just get new music out there. There's something very vital with what we're trying to do. There's something very visceral with the emotion we're playing with and trying to tell the story of a band that's gone through hell, and yet we're back. It's been really fulfilling."
Corey recently described the musical direction of the new SLIPKNOT material as "a great mesh of [2001's] 'Iowa' and [2004's] 'Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)'." He explained: "You've got the gorgeous melodies and the artistic direction of 'Vol. 3' and then you've got the absolute brutality of 'Iowa'. And I think people are gonna lose their minds when they hear it."
Reports have suggested that SLIPKNOT has recruited drummer Jay Weinberg to play on the new album and tour. Weinberg is the son of Max Weinberg, longtime Bruce Springsteen and the E STREET BAND drummer. There are also rumors that SLIPKNOT is no longer working with Donnie Steele, the group's original guitar player who has been playing bass for SLIPKNOT since the band resumed touring in 2011.
SLIPKNOT announced in December 2013 that it had parted ways with Jordison. The band has not disclosed the reasons for Jordison's exit, although the drummer issued a statement in January saying that he did not quit the group.
The second edition of SLIPKNOT's Knotfest event will take place on October 24-26 in San Bernardino, California. More than two dozen other acts will join the headliners, including FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, VOLBEAT, OF MICE & MEN, IN THIS MOMENT, HELLYEAH and ATREYU.
"The Negative One" audio stream (hosted by Slipknot1.com):
Slash (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) spoke to Premier Guitar about the songwriting process for "World On Fire", the new album he recorded with his backing band, MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS.
"I write in the moment and never look at anything through a past perspective," Slash said. "I write when we're on the road, in the dressing room, or I'm in my hotel room, and I keep my phone close by and I just play all day. And if I stumble across anything that I think is cool, I'll keep playing it until I develop it and record it onto my phone — it could be 30 seconds or two minutes or whatever. By the end of the tour, I've amassed ideas. After the tour is done I decompress for a few weeks, and then I'm itching to go back to work and listen to all those ideas.
Asked how easily those parts come to him, Slash said: "The thing is, they come easy because you're not trying. That's the big thing for me. Because if I sit down and focus on trying to write something, then it becomes really difficult.I wouldn't be able to write in the studio. It might just magically happen, but nine times out of 10 it won't. Then you just sit there and start beating yourself up for not being able to create in the moment."
Slash also talked about how he keeps making music fresh, and how he keeps evolving as a musician and as a songwriter. "That's really something that the listener has to come to a realization of," he said. "I can't say that I purposely set out to do this and this and this, so it's going to be modern. The approach I use is basically the same, I've altered it a few times over the years for certain situations, but I like to work quick. I don't like to noodle around in the studio — it does not fascinate me. Playing in a room as a band is first and foremost the only way to do any kind of proper rock 'n' roll recording. I've always found that playing live to tape has worked. I did a couple of VELVET REVOLVER records with Pro Tools, and the first one, which was a pretty popular record, has a tendency to sound very linear, which is what a lot of new rock bands sound like. There's no dynamics because people sit there and tweak everything to line up. And they don't realize it's taking the actual energy and humanity out of the recording. People who listen to it don't know what it is, but there's something they're not getting. When we did that with VELVET REVOLVER, it was 'cause I sorta didn't know any better. I witnessed that happening in the middle of the night. I'd left the studio and then came back to get my keys or something and found the engineer just tweaking everything. I was like, 'What are you doing?' That was the first time I witnessed this in real time. Since then, I've been like, 'No, I don't want to do it that way.' So I stick to just recording as a band."
He continued: "On our first record, 'Apocalyptic Love', the band was really developing, so I just recorded completely live to tape, no overdubs or any of that stuff. It was cool and we achieved it, and I got to see how good the band really was. This time around, I went back to recording live and doing my guitar in the control room and making sure it sounded right. I find that's the best way to do it. If anything sounds fresh, it's mostly from not trying to be retro."
Innovative Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA are putting the finishing touches on their eighth full-length studio album, to be released early 2015.
Following the release of "7th Symphony", APOCALYPTICA took a break from the standard album cycle in 2013 to pursue a range of musical projects. While Eicca Toppinen switched to drums in his side band CHERRY AND THE VIPERS, Mikko Sirén played his instrument on the new EMIGRATE album, Richard Kruspe's (RAMMSTEIN) project. Mikko also performed with Cheek, Finland's biggest hip-hop artist, selling out Helsinki's Olympic Stadium twice. Paavo Lötjönen collaborated with Tipe Johnson (LENINGRAD COWBOYS, APOCALYPTICA) and Perttu Kivilaakso earned the feuilleton's acclaim with celebrated chamber music appearances. Additionally, APOCALYPTICA composed new material and performed live in the multimedia event "Wagner Reloaded" by award-winning choreographer Gregor Seyffert.
Earlier this year, APOCALYPTICA's latest project, "Apocalyptic Symphony", embarked on its first-ever tour with a classical ensemble, the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra.
"We're in perfect shape," Toppinen states, "and still hungry for the future of making music together. If you want to try new things, you'll never know where you end up. But we're motivated and our heads are full of fresh ideas."
Having collaborated with artists like Gavin Rossdale (BUSH), Dave Lombardo (SLAYER) and Ville Valo (HIM) on past studio albums, APOCALYPTICA have now taken on a new musical challenge: For the upcoming LP, the band is working with Franky Perez as exclusive singer on the vocal tracks — this time not only during production, but for the whole cycle, including the tour. Perez released his debut in 2003, later teaming up with SYSTEM OF A DOWN's Daron Malakian and John Dolmayan as SCARS ON BROADWAY. In 2009, Perez handled vocals for Slash's solo band, followed by collaborations with Dave Kushner (VELVET REVOLVER) as well as Scott Shriner (WEEZER), Joey Castillo (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) and Dave Warren ("The Simpsons") as PUSHER JONES. After being honored as vocalist for THE DOORS at the L.A. Sunset Strip Music Festival, he released his latest solo album, "Addict", in 2013. For APOCALYPTICA, working with Perez on the entire project elevates the musical vision to a new level of coherence between studio production and live performance, as well as renewing the focus on the band's homogeneity after the recent feature projects.
The release of APOCALYPTICA new album will be followed by an extensive live tour.
Pittsburgh Music Magazine conducted an interview with guitarist Mark Heylmun of California deathcore masters SUICIDE SILENCE during this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. You can now watch the chat below.
SUICIDE SILENCE's new album, "You Can't Stop Me", sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 16 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The band's previous album, "The Black Crown", opened with 14,400 units back in July 2010 to land at No. 28.
SUICIDE SILENCE's 2009 CD, "No Time To Bleed", registered a first-week tally of 14,000 to enter the chart at No. 32.
"You Can't Stop Me" first-week chart positions:
"You Can't Stop Me" is SUICIDE SILENCE's first album to feature new vocalist Hernan "Eddie" Hermida (ex-ALL SHALL PERISH) and their first since the tragic loss of singer Mitch Lucker. The CD was produced and mixed by Steve Evetts (SEPULTURA, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), who worked with the band not only on "The Black Crown", but also on some instrumental demos for the new effort just prior to Lucker's death in the fall of 2012.
The video for the "You Can't Stop Me" title track can be seen below. The clip was directed by Nathan "Karma" Cox, who has previously worked with LINKIN PARK, BLACK VEIL BRIDES and MARILYN MANSON, among many others.
Mitch Lucker died November 1, 2012 after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle crash in Huntington Beach that Halloween night.
Regarding the decision to enlist Hermida, Heylmun told Metalholic.com: "There was really nobody else — we didn't want to try anybody out. We didn't want to call people and be, like, 'You wanna come and jam with us?' That's not how this situation seemed like it would work for us. Eddie was just a friend. Somebody that we know is extremely talented, and someone that could put the passion behind the job that it is. To not replace Mitch or be the singer of this band, but to treat the gig that it is. He's replacing an idol to so many people and he's also coming into a band that preexists, which is the other four members of it. We just knew he would be able to handle it with respect and knock it out of the park."
EMP Rock Invasion recently conducted an interview with vocalist Alissa White-Gluz and guitarist Michael Amott of Swedish / American / Canadian metallers ARCH ENEMY. You can now watch the chat below.
ARCH ENEMY played its first show with Alissa White-Gluz on May 23 at Turbohalle in Bucharest, Romania. Angela Gossow, who joined ARCH ENEMY in 2000 and made her debut on the now-classic "Wages Of Sin" (2001), has stepped down as frontwoman and will focus on management, while Alissa takes her place.
Asked if ARCH ENEMY considered both male and female singers to replace Angela, or if the band wanted to get another female lead vocalist, Michael Amott told Loudwire: "I get asked that question a lot. I didn't even think about that. Alissa's name came up so quickly, literally in the same meeting when Angela told us. When Angela gave us her final notice, she urged us to continue. She knows how much we love the band, how much it means to us, how much we musically had, and that there's so much life left in this band. She knew all that. She just knew that it wasn't for her anymore. She urged us to continue. She herself suggested Alissa. Alissa's name was just thrown in the mix right from the beginning. We said, yeah, that could possibly work. We knew her as a great singer and a great performer, and really didn't consider anybody else. It all happened very quickly. Alissa, I contacted her, and she was into the idea of coming over to Sweden, just trying it. She liked the idea. We both agreed that she just try this as soon as possible and get in the rehearsal room and jam on the old stuff, see what it sounds like with her voice on ARCH ENEMY's catalog stuff. Also, we wrote some new music together. We jammed on stuff in the studio together when she was over in Sweden. It just all worked out very, very well. We thought Alissa makes a lot of sense on paper, let's try it. It worked out."
ARCH ENEMY's new album, "War Eternal", sold around 8,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 44.
The band's previous CD, "Khaos Legions", opened with around 6,000 units back in June 2011 to land at No. 78.
ARCH ENEMY's 2007 effort, "Rise Of The Tyrant", debuted at No. 84 with first-week U.S. sales of around 8,900 approximately 25 percent less than the opening number (12,000) of its predecessor, 2005's "Doomsday Machine" (which landed at No. 87).
"War Eternal" was released on June 10 in North America via Century Media Records. The cover artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu.
Journey Of A Frontman recently conducted an interview with FOZZY singer and WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Journey Of A Frontman: How do you feel [FOZZY guitarist Rich Ward] influences you?
Chris Jericho: Well, we've been working together for so long. I've learned a lot about music from Rich as far as phrasing for lyrics. He writes all the melodies for FOZZY and he knows exactly where my voice sounds best and what notes I would hit best. So I think rather than an influence, it's more of a partnership. We kind of really work in tandem for everything that FOZZY does. Recording, that's more his thing. Promotion is more my thing. Choosing what tours we accept, we think of that together. That's the secret of being in band; there's the songs and the music and that sort of thing, but the secret is more being able to get along and do a little bit of the give-and-take. It's a good team. If you're gonna win the Stanley Cup, you've got a guy that's the main goalscorer, you've got a guy who's killing penalties, and both of them have to know and respect the other person's role in their team to win the game. That's what we've figured out over the years, how to do that.
Journey Of A Frontman: With a live show, what's the secret to being a good frontman?
Chris Jericho: Just a connection with the crowd. People want to have a good time when they come to a show and you have to do everything you can to let them know that it's okay to have a good time. Some crowds are easier, some crowds are harder, but you have to go the extra mile to get those people to open up and realize that they're there to have fun. So it's all about the connection, man. It's the same whether it's a FOZZY show or a WWE show, you have to have that connection with the crowd. And when you get that, they're gonna be more into what you're doing.
Journey Of A Frontman: Who are some of your favorite modern-day frontmen?
Chris Jericho: I think M. Shadows [AVENGED SEVENFOLD] is a great frontman, he does a great job. Corey Taylor's [SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR] a very good frontman, he's not afraid to go the extra mile to get people excited and into what's going on onstage. The basic tricks of a frontman all boil down to David Lee Roth [VAN HALEN], Paul Stanley [KISS], Mick Jagger [THE ROLLING STONES] and Freddie Mercury [QUEEN]. It's the same concept. Like I said, not being afraid to be yourself and to go out there and just have a good time, man. And when you have a good time, it rubs off on the crowd. So then they feel the same way. As a frontman, you set the tone for the rest of the show. You set the tone for the vibe of the audience. If you're kinda a laid-back type of guy fronting a band, that's probably the type of reaction you're gonna get. But there's some people, that's what they want. Not for us. We want people to go nuts. We want people to chant, "Hey! Hey! Hey 1! 2! 3!", and just throw their hands in the air. That's what we want. We've gotta put on a show.
Read the entire interview at Journey Of A Frontman.
Bassist Paolo Gregoletto of Florida metallers TRIVIUM answered five questions for Roadrunner Records at this year's Download festival, which took place June 13-15 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.
TRIVIUM in May parted ways with drummer Nick Augusto due to personal differences. Stepping in for him on TRIVIUM's recent dates was the band's drum tech, Mat Madiro.
"It just wasn't working out and we just felt it was time to… At that time, it was best to go our separate ways instead of trying to keep going on and then something happening and having an effect on shows or anything like that," TRIVIUM guitarist Corey Beaulieu told the Impact metal channel. "[The split] was very calm and chill, but it just needed to happen. Sometimes, after awhile, things just aren't going the way you kind of hope for and you've gotta make a switch. It's a pain in the ass to switch members and get someone up to speed. But Mat's been doing great. He came into the role and he's been doing a great job playing the songs and playing the shows. It was pretty smooth considering the circumstances — being in the middle of a tour and having to get a new drummer up to speed in 24 hours. But it was just something we had to do just to make sure that, moving forward, everything was tip top, 100 percent ready to roll."
Asked whether Mat is a permanent replacement for Nick, Corey said: "He's drumming for us for the foreseeable future, for the rest of the album cycle, which goes up 'till about December. And then we're just gonna see where we're at. We're not gonna make any quick decisions; we're just gonna let him get comfortable. He's only played about 20 shows with us, and before playing with us, he never really had played in front of people before. So we're just gonna let him ease into it, get comfortable playing the songs and knowing them, get comfortable playing shows, and then we're gonna see what happens. He's still… he plays a show and he's still part of the crew, 'cause he was the drum tech and he's teching himself, so he's going between both sides. Everything's been going great, the shows have been awesome, he's been playing great, so we're gonna leave it like that until we finish up all the shows we have booked and we're gonna see where it goes from there. We're gonna record a new record, and we'll see if he's the guy. It could possibly be him; you never know. [That decision will be made] months and months away from now. We're just taking it easy and not making any quick decisions and [taking chances on it] not being 100 percent down the road. That is the right thing to do. So we're keeping it fair for everybody and not leading anyone on. Playing shows and having fun is pretty much what we're just having it be for now."
Regarding TRIVIUM's plans for after this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, Corey said: "We'll take a break for a while, have a couple of months off. Then we've got Knotfest in Japan. And then, hopefully, we're working on finishing the album [cycle] off with a tour in Australia. And then after that, we're pretty much not touring for awhile; we're just gonna working on a new album. I guess after this year, not many people are gonna see us play for over a year or so… We've been on tour pretty much non-stop since February. So once we get back in August, we're gonna [have some] vacation time and just be at home and decompress from [the road life]. We're actually gonna enjoy being at home, since we haven't… We've been home for about, like, a week since February. So it's just down time to relax and just kind of recharge. And then usually when we're home and we have that break, everyone just picks up a guitar and starts working on [new music]. We have a lot of stuff written, so we're gonna be working away at that during our free time. But that's just time away from the band mostly, since it's been such a busy year."
TRIVIUM's new album, "Vengeance Falls", made Top 10 chart debuts in Japan, Australia, Germany and Austria as well as a Top 15 debut in Canada and a Top 25 debut in the United Kingdom. This marked the acclaimed metallers' second consecutive Top 15 debut in the U.S. and highest-career debuts around the globe — including a No. 2 debut in Japan.
"Vengeance Falls" sold 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The record — which was produced by David Draiman (DISTURBED, DEVICE) — arrived in stores on October 15, 2013 via Roadrunner.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, Rob Zombie has revealed that he is launching a campaign to crowdfund his new movie, titled "31". Zombie explained why he is taking this route in a video posted at the movie's just-opened web site, RZ-31.com, as well as an interview with Rolling Stone. Zombie told the latter, "People have come up to me over the years and asked, 'How can I get these props?' 'How can I come to the set?' So I realized a crowdfunding campaign is not a guy on a street corner with a hat asking for money."
Zombie is offering a number of high-quality rewards to people who want to support the movie, including autographed posters, a winner's name in the credits, a lifetime laminate to see any Zombie show anywhere and a chance to appear as an extra in "31". Zombie is also offering selected props from his movies, including masks from "Halloween" and giant crosses from "House Of 1000 Corpses".
Zombie is already doing pre-production for the movie but won't turn his full attention to it until his current round of tour dates is finished. "I mean, I've really just been waiting for these tour dates to end," he said. "We have 20 dates left in September and after that, all touring will cease for a while while I really do the film. So that'll be the next thing."
The movie follows five people who are kidnapped in the five days leading up to Halloween and how they must fight to survive in a place called Murder World.
In order to stay alive, the hostages must play a game called "31", in which the goal is kill as many opponents as possible — people in clown masks called "The Heads" — in 12 hours.
Zombie explained where the concept came from, saying, "I was reading this statistic: Halloween is the Number One day of the year when people go missing for some reason. I thought, "What an interesting premise for a film." This is five people that go missing on each day leading up to Halloween and what happens to them on the 31st."
Zombie said he has not yet begun casting on the movie, for which he hopes to raise $2 million.
The singer and filmmaker begins his final leg of 2014 tour dates on September 8 in Portland, Oregon.
A new LIMP BIZKIT song titled "Endless Slaughter" has been made available for free download at the band's official web site.
LIMP BIZKIT is putting the finishing touches on its new album, "Stampede Of The Disco Elephants", for a tentative late 2014 release. Frontman Fred Durst told TeamRock Radio about the musical direction of the CD: "It's a little crazier than usual. It's more off the wall, pretty outrageous. It's hard to explain, but I think this will be the one which changes the way we make music from here on out. The way 'Paul's Boutique' did for the BEASTIE BOYS."
Guitarist Wes Borland told Billboard that the songs on "Stampede Of The Disco Elephants" have a "very live and sort of wild" feel. Moreover, fans shouldn't expect the same old LIMP BIZKIT on the album; instead, there will be quite a bit of experimentation on the effort. "I think it's a little bit more, sort of playful, taking chances, a little less pop, structured type of stuff," Borland said. "I don't want to say it [sounds] younger, but maybe a little more carefree, musically, to where we don't over-think what we're doing."
LIMP BIZKIT and Lil Wayne's collaborative single, "Ready To Go", was made available in July 2013. The track was released via Cash Money, Lil Wayne's longtime record company.
LIMP BIZKIT in 2011 parted ways with Interscope, the label that released all of the band's records thus far through its subsidiaries Flip, Geffen and Suretone Records.
According to The Des Moines Register, a lawsuit filed by the widow of SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray against his former doctor has been dismissed.
Polk County District Judge Dennis Stovall ruled that Brenna Gray waited until after the two-year statute of limitations had run out before filing the lawsuit against Dr. Daniel Baldi.
Paul Gray was found dead on May 24, 2010 after overdosing on drugs in a hotel room in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, where he and SLIPKNOT were based. Brenna filed her suit on February 14, 2014.
Brenna Gray's lawyer, Bruce Stoltze, argued that the statute of limitations shouldn't have started until Gray had reason to believe Baldi caused her husband's death, but the judge disagreed.
Daniel Baldi was acquitted in May of seven criminal counts of involuntary manslaughter. He was accused of causing the deaths with his careless prescription habits
Brenna Gray testified during Baldi's trial that Paul's final weeks were a "blur of extreme drug abuse," which neither his doctor nor his bandmates would help his wife confront. She said that Baldi continued to prescribe Xanax for Paul despite knowing that the musician was a drug addict, saying, "I just wasn't really sure why he was on it, why he needed it along with the medication he was taking for addiction."
Baldi's lawyer cross-examined Brenna, asking her if she was aware that her husband overdosed on the painkillers fentanyl and morphine, neither of which Baldi ever prescribed to him.
Brenna also testified that she tried reaching out to some of Paul's bandmates in SLIPKNOT just days prior to the bassist's death but that none of them wanted to get involved. She revealed, "One was playing golf two minutes away from our house but couldn't come. Nobody else cared, nobody was involved. They told me it was my problem."
SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio back at the one-year anniversary of Gray's death how he felt about the loss of his friend and bandmate. "I just miss him, you know," he said. "I miss him so much sometimes that it doesn't feel like he's gone, and there are times when I'm thinking and he's in my train of thought and I have to stop myself and go, 'Oh, God, he's not here.' But you know, I mean, there's not a day that goes by that I don't miss him. I mean, not even as far as the band goes — I wish that he was there to watch his daughter grow."
Brenna revealed in a 2011 interview with Revolver that her husband had agreed to get help for his drug problem just one day before he died.
Paul was 38 years old at the time of his death. He left behind his widow and a daughter, October, who was born three months after his passing.
After a lengthy hiatus, SLIPKNOT resumed touring in 2011, with Donnie Steele playing bass live. The band recently completed work on its first album without Gray.