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HAMMERFALL Guitarist OSCAR DRONJAK's 'Spanish Inquisition' (Video)
Guitarist Oscar Dronjak of Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL recently took part in Nuclear Blast's quiz "Nobody Expects The Spanish Inquisition". You can now watch the question-and-answer session below. HAMMERFALL's new album, "(r)Evolution", will be released on August 29 in Europe and September 2 in North America via Nuclear Blast. After taking a creative break last year, HAMMERFALL is fully recharged and back with a vengeance. The first single from "(r)Evolution", "Bushido", was released on July 18 digitally as well as on vinyl. The song sums up the band and its history perfectly, seeing as "bushido" means "the way of the warrior" in Japanese. Comments HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak: "This album has more single quality songs than anyone we've ever done before, as evidenced by the fact that pretty much the only single choice we all could agree on was 'Bushido'. It captures the essence HAMMERFALL as much as any other song we have ever written, and it is one of the absolute strongest efforts from our camp, ever. It's filled with energy, hunger and pure adrenaline, and if you don't like this one, you have no love for HAMMERFALL heavy metal!" With "(r)Evolution", HAMMERFALL takes things back to the roots in many ways, as the band once again worked with producer Fredrik Nordström, who helmed HAMMERFALL's two milestone releases "Glory To The Brave" and "Legacy Of Kings" during the group's early years and thus played a major part in the development of HAMMERFALL. The music for "(r)Evolution" was recorded in March and April at guitarist Oscar Dronjak's Castle Black Studios. Singer Joacim Cans then went to the United States for vocal recordings, once again working with James Michael (SCORPIONS, MÖTLEY CRÜE), who previously collaborated with HAMMERFALL on "Infected". The album was mixed and mastered by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman. "(r)Evolution" represents yet another reunion of sorts for HAMMERFALL, who hired cover artist Andreas Marschall, the "father" of HAMMERFALL's mascot Hector, to design the artwork for the new CD. "(r)Evolution" track listing: 01. Hector's Hymn 02. (r)Evolution 03. Bushido 04. Live Life Loud 05. Ex Inferis 06. We Won't Back Down 07. Winter Is Coming 08. Origins 09. Tainted Metal 10. Evil Incarnate 11. Wildfire
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PHILIP ANSELMO Says METALLICA's 'Load' Album Should Never Have Been Released: 'It's A Terrible Record'
Former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo talked about some of the records that have had an impact on his life for the "Discs Of Doom" article in the latest issue of U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine. Asked which album should never have seen the light of day, Anselmo replied: "I would have to say [1996's] 'Load' by METALLICA. I mean, it's a terrible record, man. I just don't get it. If you're gonna put out a record like that, just do a fucking side project or something, ya know?" In a 2013 interview with Revolver magazine, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich was asked what he felt was METALLICA's most underappreciated release. "I think 'Load' and 'Reload' [1997] are great records," he replied. "They are creatively on par with every other record we've made. Obviously, they're bluesier records, and at that time, we were listening to a lot of LED ZEPPELIN, DEEP PURPLE and AC/DC, and we had a different kind of foundation than records before or after. And I understand that there are people who couldn't quite figure out what was going on with the haircuts and the rest of it, and that's fine. But musically, if you strip all that other stuff away, if you just listen to the 27 songs — 'Load' and 'Reload' were intended as one double-record — it's a great collection of songs that is on par with everything else that we've done creatively. But, I mean, who needs another person to sit there and argue about, you know, fucking 'Carpe Diem Baby'? They are different records, but that was the intention. [Laughs] It's not like we sat there and thought we were remaking '…And Justice For All'. [Laughs] We are obviously aware of that. But I think personally there's great songs on both of those records and I'm very proud of those records." Asked in an interview this past May if the huge backlog of material will result in the next METALLICA album being released in separate installments, like "Load" and "Reload", METALLICA frontman James Hetfield said: "No, I don't think so. 'Load'/'Reload' was… it was more like overload. [Laughs] It was a lot of songs. And what do we do with all these? We can make a lot of songs pretty good. But I think we learned a little bit of a lesson from that. Why not focus on eight to ten really good ones instead of…? It's quality over quantity. Not that they weren't great songs, but it seemed a little much to bite off and chew. And making the fans wait even longer, and ourselves, frankly… waiting longer to release something. So we're gonna be focusing on a single album." METALLICA recently completed a tour where the band played a nearly all-request set, with 17 songs chosen online by fans prior to each gig and the last slot filled by a new track, "Lords Of Summer".
Live, Mushroomhead & Asking Alexandria…
+LIVE+ (did they ever explain the +’s?) will release ‘The Turn‘ on October 28th. The album features Chris Shinn on vocals… Mushroomhead’s “Out Of My Mind” music video is on the World Wide Web… Asking Alexandria are streaming the video for “Moving On“. and now, a video.
Nickelback & Sixx:A.M.
Nickelback’s ‘No Fixed Address‘ will arrive in stores November 4th. Check out Sixx:A.M.’s cover of The Cars’ “Drive” and now, a video.
Dope, Unearth, Butcher Babies & …
Black Crown Initiate will be releasing ‘The Wreckage of Stars‘ on the 30th of September. Butcher Babies will release a collection of cover tracks on September 30th. Tracks include… 1. “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers” (ZZ Top) 2. “They’re Coming to Take Me Away” (Napolean XIV) 3. “Don’t Give a Fuck” 4. “Crazy Horses” (The […]
Available Today
The following releases are now available: Single Releases Adelitas Way – “Save the World” (Virgin) – Amazon MP3 Cage the Elephant – “Cigarette Daydreams” (RCA) – Amazon MP3 Charm City Devils – “Shots” (The End Records) – Amazon MP3 Slipknot – “The Devil In I” (Roadrunner) – iTunes Album Releases Amy Lee – ‘Aftermath – […]
Slipknot, For Today & …
SLIPKNOT! Slipknot will be releasing ‘.5: The Gray Chapter‘ on October 21st! A tour with Korn and King 810 kicks off on October 25th. Dates here!! For Today are now streaming a music video for “Molotov“. A tour with We Came As Romans will begin on September 11th. Details detailed on the Facebook. Check out […]
Sleepwave, Slipknot & …
Sleepwave’s “The Wolf” music video is on the World Wide Web! Check it out! Their debut album, ‘Broken Compass‘ is due September 16th. Otan Vargas has released his new EP, ‘Origins‘. Previews are available via the link… The EP was produced by Staind bassist Johnny April. A brand new Slipknot track which is titled “Devil […]
Korn, Lacuna Coil, Heartist & …
Korn’s fan assisted “Hater” video is on the Internet! Lacuna Coil’s “Nothing Stands in Our Way” video is also on the Internet. Four Year Strong have announced dates for their “Go Down In History Tour” with Transit, Such Gold and Seaway. Facebook for info! Weezer’s ‘Everything Will Be Alright in the End‘ has been delayed […]
Rev Theory, Alice in Chains, Team Sleep & …
A trailer for the new Crobot album, ‘Something Supernatural‘, is now on the Internet. Watch it on the YouTube. Look for the album at your favorite music purchasing place on October 28th. Robert Kampf, founder of Century Media Records, has launched Another Century Records. The label has signed Rev Theory, Like a Storm and The […]
Daily Reload: AC/DC, Ramones + More
The top rock and metal stories from Loudwire and around the web for Aug. 28, 2014. Continue reading…
Asking Alexandria Document Life on the Road in 'Moving On' Video
Asking Alexandria have their ode to the road in the brand new video for 'Moving On.' Continue reading…
Afropunk Festival 2014: Bad Brains, Cro-Mags, Body Count, Unlocking the Truth + More [Photos]
Some legendary acts made their way to this year’s Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn. Punk icons Bad Brains and Cro-Mags rocked Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn along with Body Count, Straight Line Stitch and Unlocking the Truth. Continue reading…
No Devotion Release 'Eyeshadow' Video; Announce First North American Tour Dates
No Devotion have issued a music video for their single 'Eyeshadow' and announced their first North American tour dates. Continue reading…
Live Make 'The Turn' With New Vocalist Chris Shinn
Live are back with a new album and new vocalist as Chris Shinn will front the group for 'The Turn' album in October. Continue reading…
Ace Frehley Dishes on 'Space Invader' Album
Ace Frehley speaks with Loudwire about his 'Space Invader' album, his fiancée's influence on his creative work and more. Continue reading…
AC/DC Take Only 10 Days To Lay Down New Album
AC/DC wasted no time in recording their latest studio album, as drummer Phil Rudd reveals it was a 10-day session. Continue reading…
Mushroomhead Unveil Brutal New 'Out of My Mind' Video
Mushroomhead have delivered a politically-charged and violent new video for their song 'Out of My Mind.' Continue reading…