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BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE Begins Recording Fifth Album
Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE have entered the studio with producer Colin Richardson (CARCASS, FEAR FACTORY, MACHINE HEAD) and producer/engineer Carl Bown to begin recording their fifth album for a tentative summer release. Says the band: "We've been working hard on this record for over a year now, writing and demoing a ton of material in that time. As we sit here on the 1st of February 2015, we have the most songs we've EVER had written for an album before recording session, and now begins the difficult process of choosing the best of the best of them to make the cut for #BFMV5. "Going into this process, we couldn't be more happy or excited to have our man Colin Richardson back behind the desk again. We worked with Colin on our first two records, 'The Poison' and 'Scream Aim Fire' (as well as the self-titled BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE EP) and as we listened back to those records during the writing process for this new album, we realized what a special vibe and excitement these records have, and why they're held in such high respect by our fanbase. "This album, though, is not about going backwards. We're excited to work with Colin again, but equally excited to be working with Carl Bown for the first time, who we consider the most exciting new British record producer out there right now, and the guy to help take this BULLET record to exciting new places. "Today we start the recording process for #BFMV5. We'll be taking and uploading one exclusive new photo from the studio per day on our Instagram account, so if you're not signed up yet, you're missing out, as we've just posted our first pic over there now. "Get involved. #BFMV5" A new song from BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE titled "Raising Hell" was premiered on the November 18, 2013 edition of BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show" with Daniel P. Carter and was released digitally on December 10, 2013. The bandmembers, who only released their latest album, "Temper Temper", in March of 2013, recorded and produced the track themselves at Metropolis Studios in between finishing touring America and before their U.K. arena tour, where they debuted the track live for the first time ever. The official "Raising Hell" video can be seen below. The clip was directed, produced and edited by James Sharrock. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE drummer Michael "Moose" Thomas told Billboard.com in an interview that the band's next album will be "completely different" from "Temper Temper". "It's definitely more of a step towards our first two records," Thomas said. "We always like to keep changing our records and our sounds and stuff. I think you have to change, otherwise it gets boring for us and the fans get bored. Look at all the great bands through rock history; they changed on all their albums — especially METALLICA. Their albums have always changed, and they're the biggest metal band ever. So we just want to keep changing and get to another level each time out." BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE frontman Matt Tuck told the Germany's EMP Rock Invasion about the musical direction of BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's new material: "[The new songs are] sounding very good. I don't know how to explain it, really… It's definitely more aggressive, edgier. It's definitely stepping back into the heavier side of what we've done in the past. And I don't mean that as in, like, a screaming way… just aggressive music, you know." Asked about the mixed response to the "Temper Temper" album, Tuck said: "I wouldn't change that record for anything, really. That's the record we wanted to make, and that's what we should be doing; we should be doing what we want, and we shouldn't be trying to please anyone else. If the next album we write doesn't get well received for whatever reason, then it's, like… you can't do things for other people. We've gotta do it for ourselves, and that's the only way we can stay true as a band. I think a rule that we've always stuck by since Day One was we do it our way and we do it what we wanna do or we don't do it at all. I think someone else fucking up your career is not acceptable. So if we fuck it up, at least you can sleep at night, you know what I mean? So we're extremely happy with it, and here we are today still rocking big venues around the world. So we [must be doing] something right, you know?!" Tuck told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he had no regrets about the band exploring its more melodic side on its last two albums. "The big thing that we've learned is, like, you're not gonna please everyone all the time," he said. "As long as you do what you want to do and the band is happy and you feel you haven't given away your integrity, you know, I don't really care if people go, 'Oh, it's not metal enough, it's not heavy enough.' It's like, that's not what we are." "Temper Temper" sold 44,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 13 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on February 12, 2013 via RCA. "Raising Hell" video:
SLIPKNOT's SID WILSON Is Tamed By 70-Year-Old Jazz Pianist In Sheffield
His band is renowned for some of the most aggressive and explosive heavy metal shows on the planet, but Sid Wilson showed a far softer side to his personality when he turned up unannounced to enjoy an evening of jazz at Sheffield, England's Cubana venue. The renowned DJ with American metal outfit SLIPKNOT was so impressed with the performance of Sheffield 70-year-old pianist Ralph Salt that he presented the older musician with the biggest tip in his fifty-year career! Wilson, legendary in rock circles for his death-defying stage diving which once left him with two broken heels, spent six hours at the Leopold Square venue where he ate a selection of tapas dishes, drank vintage port and enjoyed the live jazz band. His visit would have gone largely unnoticed — SLIPKNOT members are famous for rarely being seen without their trademark masks — if he hadn't been spotted by an eagle-eyed member of staff who is a fan of the band. But the biggest surprise of the night was left for Cubana's resident pianist Ralph Salt who has been entertaining Sheffield crowds for five decades. Wilson presented him with a 100-euro note at the end of his set! And before the end of the night, Wilson treated Cubana guests — more au fair with Latin beats than SLIPKNOT-style heavy metal — to some tunes in the downstairs bar when he took to the piano. Salt said: "Sid was a real gentleman and couldn't have been further removed from his SLIPKNOT persona. He was very appreciative of my performance and even asked me to play my choice of sentimental song as an encore. I thought a Joe Cocker song was the perfect choice, given his recent passing, and Sid listened intently throughout. "It's fair to say I was presented with the biggest tip I've ever had in my career and it couldn't have come from a more unlikely candidate!" Cubana is already a popular destination for high-profile guests. The venue has been a personal favourite of legendary 13-piece Cuban outfit BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB who've made a beeline for the place after their regular sell-out Sheffield City Hall shows. Che Guevara's daughter also dined in Cubana just a few weeks ago. sidralph1 sidralph2 sidralph3
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