THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN guitarist Ben Weinman recently conducted an interview with MASTODON's Brent Hinds for Weinman's newly launched PartySmasherInc.com web site. You can now watch the chat below. Weinman and Hinds have previously collaborated in GIRAFFE TONGUE ORCHESTRA, the supergroup also featuring former JANE'S ADDICTION bassist Eric Avery and former THE MARS VOLTA drummer Jon Theodore. As previously reported, MASTODON will be the musical guests on the September 15 episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" The band will perform several songs on the show's outdoor stage in front of a standing-room-only crowd. "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" airs every weeknight (11:35 p.m.-12:37 a.m., ET) and features a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. MASTODON's sixth album, "Once More 'Round The Sun", sold around 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 24 via Reprise Records. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN has collaborated with rapper Jarren Benton on a song called "Rage" as part of the Converse CONS EP series, where artists who might not ever cross musical paths are invited to step into Converse Rubber Tracks studios and mix it up. Converse Rubber Tracks is a state-of-the-art recording studio that opened on July 13, 2011 in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The studio provides emerging artists with the incredible opportunity to record music in a high-quality studio at no cost. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's new song "Happiness Is A Smile" was made available on limited-edition colored seven-inch vinyl via the band's merchandise table and as a cassingle through the group's VIP packages during THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's recent U.S. tour.
California rockers BUCKCHERRY recently performed a short acoustic set live at the studio of the New Jersey radio station WRAT 95.9 FM. Check out video footage below. BUCKCHERRY has just released a new EP, simply titled "Fuck", via the band's newly established F Bomb imprint. A six-song EP that unapologetically rattles the speakers as much as it will the censors, the record features six balls-to-the-wall tracks that erupt with gritty riffs and sharp-tongued lyrics, including the radio single and riotous cover of Icona Pop's hit song "I Love It", which the band naturally cranks to 11 and renames "Say Fuck It". "Fuck" EP track listing: 01. Somebody Fucked With Me 02. Say Fuck It 03. The Motherfucker 04. I Don't Give A Fuck 05. It's A Fucking Disaster 06. Fist Fuck BUCKCHERRY frontman Josh Todd has said in a new interview with Yahoo! Music that "Fuck" is "not just some silly rock record," adding, "It's not about offending anybody as much as celebrating the word. There are so many ways to use the word. We wanted to capture that on an EP and not hold back or censor anything." The Pulse Of Radio asked Todd if it was difficult to keep coming up with lyrics based around one word. "It was actually super easy," he said. "I have no problem with profanity as you know, so it was like, 'How am I gonna do this in such a way to where â there's so many ways that people use the word and I want to capture that in song.' All the different ways that 'fuck' can come across, you know. That's what I thought about when I was sitting down writing lyrics."
On August 29, Rustyn Rose of Metalholic.com conducted an interview with NIGHT RANGER guitarist Brad Gillis. You can now listen to the chat below. NIGHT RANGER released its new studio album, "High Road", on June 10 in North America via Frontiers Records. Produced by the bandmembers themselves, the effort was made available in two formats â a standard CD version and a deluxe version which includes two bonus tracks and a DVD featuring a background look at the making of the album along with video clips. The cover art for "High Road" incorporates elements of the artwork from the band's previous releases and can be seen below. Of the new album, NIGHT RANGER bassist/songwriter Jack Blades commented: "It's almost summer and a great time to take a trip down the 'High Road'! "Our new record features classic NIGHT RANGER feel-good, high-energy kick-ass rock 'n' roll. We can't wait for our fans to hear." Drummer/singer Kelly Keagy added, "We're so proud of this new record and excited to get back on the road to bring the new music to our fans." NIGHT RANGER's legendary hits "Sister Christian", "(You Can Still) Rock In America" and "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" are songs that have each significantly impacted popular culture and expanded their ever-growing fanbase since the band's inception thirty years ago. Over the years, the band's music has made notable contributions to and been featured in many different areas of media and popular culture. NIGHT RANGER's songs can be heard in the Rock Band and Guitar Hero video games; "Rock Of Ages" hit Broadway musical and film; the Oscar-nominated film "Boogie Nights"; Fox's hit TV show "American Dad"; JBL's "Hear The Truth" campaign; and many more. To date, NIGHT RANGER has sold 17 million units worldwide and boasts several platinum- and gold-certified albums. NIGHT RANGER is Jack Blades (bass guitar, vocals), Kelly Keagy (drums, vocals), Brad Gillis (lead and rhythm guitars), Joel Hoekstra (lead and rhythm guitars) and Eric Levy (keyboards). "High Road" track listing: 01. High Road 02. Knock Knock Never Stop 03. Rollin' On 04. Don't Live Here Any More 05. I'm Coming Home 06. X Generation 07. Only For You Only 08. Hang On 09. St. Bartholomew 10. Brothers 11. L.A. No Name 12. The Mountain Song * * Only available on deluxe edition
Bryan Odell (a.k.a. BryanStars), a reporter from Lincoln, Nebraska, conducted an interview with vocalist Andy Biersack of Los Angeles theatrical rockers BLACK VEIL BRIDES at the Gibson Brands AP Music Awards on July 21 at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. You can now watch the chat below. Due on October 28, BLACK VEIL BRIDES' fourth album and 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, MÃTLEY CRÃE, THE CULT and many others. Asked how BLACK VEIL BRIDES approached the writing process for the new CD, 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 â 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 â 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". 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."
THE IRON MAIDENS guitarist Nita Strauss, who recently joined Alice Cooper's touring band, was interviewed on a recent edition of the "Sixx Sense" radio show hosted by MÃTLEY CRÃE and SIXX: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx. You can now listen to the chat below. Legendary rocker Alice Cooper kicked off his summer run with three shows in Michigan in June before joining MÃTLEY CRÃE's final tour as a very special guest on July 2, running through late November. The trek marks the debut of Strauss, who was recently ranked #1 on Guitar World's list of "10 Female Guitar Players You Should Know." She takes the place of Orianthi, who has toured with Alice for the past few years. Strauss, a longtime Ibanez signature series endorsee who made her name with THE IRON MAIDENS, FEMME FATALE and LA Kiss, joins the rest of Cooper's band â guitarists Ryan Roxie and Tommy Henriksen, plus bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel. Asked how she got involved with Cooper, Strauss told GuitarWorld.com: "Kip Winger was the one who actually connected the dots. We met each other on the Monsters Of Rock cruise, where he saw me play. He later heard through the grapevine that Alice was looking for someone, so he sent them a few links and videos of me performing. I was then introduced to Shep Gordon [Cooper's manager] and Bob Ezrin [Cooper's producer] who sent me over a few tracks to learn and from there. Everything just seemed to fall into place. I'm so honored and excited to be a part of this project. It's hard to put into words." Regarding what it was like when she first met Alice, Nita said: "I first met Alice in L.A. when he was recording some material for his new album. Ezrin called and asked me if I'd like to come down to the studio and meet him. So I went down and got to sit in the studio for Alice's recording session. He's such a cool guy. The whole experience was pretty incredible." Asked if she feels added pressure being in a three-guitar band situation, Strauss said: "I come from a band that played IRON MAIDEN songs, so the multi-guitar-player thing isn't something that's really new to me. By the same token, these are iconic songs and I really want to make sure that I do them justice."
Fan-filmed video footage of Slash's August 29 performance at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida can be seen below. Slash will release his new album, "World On Fire", on September 15. The former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist and his backing band, MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS, recorded 17 songs for the follow-up to 2012's "Apocalyptic Love". Among the tracks on the record are "Shadow Life", "Automatic Overdrive", "Wicked Stone", "Bent To Fly", "Battleground" and the title track, which also serves as the set's first single. Slash told Music Radar about the new CD, "I wrote the majority of the music when I was on the 'Apocalyptic Love' tour. You know, just sitting around in dressing rooms and hotel rooms for a year, I accumulated all these ideas. Then in September  I sat down and went through everything I'd recorded on my voice memo on my phone and picked out about 20 different ideas then we went into pre-production in October and just started jamming. We were there for a couple of months, holed up in Mates rehearsal studio in Los Angeles. There was the whole writing process then once we had all the songs down we rehearsed the shit out of it, and then we brought the producer, Mike Baskette, in. And so we went through another phase of fine tooth-combing everything and getting the arrangements together. Myles came down and started working on his vocal partsâ¦ and by the time we were done with all that we were ready to go in and just bang the stuff out. It was a very quick process in the studio." He continued: "The one thing about this record is that it was almost like it wrote itself, it was very effortless. And that happens very rarely, when there's a certain energy that carries the creative process and it's almost like you're not in control of it and you just ride that wave. That's how this record was. I can't think of any outside influence other than just going with this creative flow." Slash also spoke about the musical chemistry between him and his bandmates, telling Music Radar: "I think basically everyone's a great rock 'n' roll player. They're real rock musicians at heart â deep down. So when we get together, we've built up a certain chemistry. We started out with a certain kind of chemistry and we're just evolving from there. At this point, everybody feels very comfortable just being themselves and doing what it is that they do best. It's just an unsaid, natural synergy that happens. For example, this is probably one of Brent's [Fitz, drummer] best records as a player, being able to do all the things he wanted to do. And the same with Todd [Kerns, bass] and the same for me. But having such a great rhythm section means I have to really fuckin' put together some great guitar bits on top of it. The other thing that's cool is Mike Baskette was great. One of the reasons why I really wanted to work with him was he just loves guitars and it's rare to get anyone who brings any ideas other than the ones you bring to the table as far as sounds and tones or anything like that. And that's a limitation: you can only do as much as you know how to do in the studio and sometimes you really need to work with an engineer who knows something in the recording studio that you don't know. That's what Mike brought into it. He was so enthusiastic about getting guitar sounds. He would put as much time into that as I could possibly put it in â sometimes more so. It was really inspiring. I haven't had that in a long, long time." Slash released his first self-titled solo effort in 2010. On that album he employed a different vocalist on each track, before settling on ALTER BRIDGE member Kennedy for both touring and eventually recording. "Apocalyptic Love" earned Slash his two first-ever No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits with "You're A Lie" and "Standing In The Sun". The former GUNS N' ROSES member and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee is taking his band on the road this summer for both headlining dates and a tour with AEROSMITH.
Drummer Robb Reiner of Canadian metal legends ANVIL will hold the first major gallery show of his paintings from September 25 to October 6 at the BBAM Gallery in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. What the art lover will find most unique about Reiner is his lifestyle outside of his painting. Reiner's life is, in most cases, a very loud and busy existence as he is an iconic drummer in the legendary Canadian metal band ANVIL that he co-founded with his bandmate Steve "Lips" Kudlow in the 1970s. His love affair with the canvas brings peace and quiet to an otherwise chaotic existence. One day he is behind his drum kit playing for screaming metal fans, and the very next day, Reiner is sitting in his art studio, alone, a brush in hand, creating an image of stillness. Walking in his shoes, taking the path of two extremes, Reiner's perspective in life brings a fresh and unexplored world that only he lives in. The artist does not want to apply any established rules â he only wants to be faithful to his impression. The way Reiner works to create a painting is also very unique. Reiner travels around the world (on tour with his band) and takes photographs of interesting subjects that are compiled town to town in between all shows. When in between tours, while life in Reiner's world is isolated and quiet, the archives of research material (photographs) are revisited. Reiner finds what he can work with and bases the painting that he will be creating on compositional potential that is established when the photo is shot â sketches are made on paper, and the sketch will determine to the artist if the painting will work or not â then the creation process commences. The photographs are never copied; they are only used for compositional inspiration, and are "custom made" to Reiner's vision. All paintings are simplified from the actual photo (i.e. removing people â never adding anything). Painting in the colors are all dependent on the mood of the artist at the time of the creation. Robb Reiner paints three canvases a year between his rock 'n' roll life. Each painting takes months from beginning to completion. The first step is a creation of the under-painting, and then the colors are drawn in. Reiner enjoys painting while listening to his music playlist that is an assortment of the greatest psychedelic rock, heavy rock, music from the '60s-'70s. Scenes of emptiness filled with stark somberness are presented with robustness and energy gaining nuances in the delicacy and grace in which Reiner suggests infinite and infanite knowledge of the imagination and knowledge of the contained intellect. Reiner approaches each painting as a composition of light and adherence to a quirky realism mixing forms of surrealism, symbolism and abstraction. Reiner's passion and love for art brings him peace and has been his secret world for many years until he reluctantly agreed to show the world this side of his life. A few paintings were featured in the critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary "Anvil! The Story Of Anvil" â a movie about his band â which has been called "possibly the greatest film yet made about rock and roll." Reiner has turned down many gallery offerings as all galleries inquiring about his art have come with the stipulation to sell his original works. Reiner has also received private offerings to purchase his original works. Subsequently, following all the demands of ownership, Robb Reiner has issued 2013 and 2014 Art Calendars for the first time ever that have been very successful â in a very short amount of time, both versions have sold out. Robb stated in a 2011 interview: "I paint for me! My home is my gallery and very few are blessed with access to the gallery. I, in general, have not had the desire to share them until the director of the ANVIL movie talked me into showing the world that I paint. This, in turn, has exposed a few works and opened up a floodgate of public interest and endless offers to buy my works."
On August 9, Eva Oswald and BjÃ¶rn Franck of Stormbringer.at conducted an interview with Swedish metallers SOILWORK at this year's edition of the Brutal Assault festival in the Czech Republic. You can now watch the chat below. Asked about the status of SOILWORK's upcoming first-ever concert DVD, which was filmed on March 21 at Circus in Helsinki, Finland, SOILWORK drummer Dirk Verbeuren told Kaaos TV: "We're in the middle of pretty much editing it. It's looking really good already. We're just kind of working on the details to get all the bonus material together; we actually did some interviews this morning. And it'll be a few more weeks, at least, until it's complete. But we're really happy with how it came out so far." SOILWORK singer BjÃ¶rn "Speed" Strid added: "It [was] the first time that we really performed songs from each and every album, including the latest double album as well. So it's gonna be a very long show. So I think it's gonna be a very cool mix of songs from our entire career." SOILWORK's DVD is being produced by Jouni Markkanen and directed by Ville LipiÃ¤inen, who also helmed the most recent NIGHTWISH DVD, "Showtime, Storytime". SOILWORK was forced to cancel its appearance at this year's Rockharz Open Air festival on July 11 in Ballenstedt, Germany due to a serious back injury suffered by Strid. SOILWORK's ninth studio and first dual-disc album, "The Living Infinite", sold around 7,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 60. The effort also landed at No. 11 on the Independent Albums chart, and No. 2 on the Hard Music chart. "The Living Infinite" entered the iTunes Metal Top Albums chart at No. 1 and was the No. 1 most added album on the CMJ radio chart. "The Living Infinite" was produced by Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, BLOODBATH) and boasts artwork by MNEMIC's Mircea Gabriel Eftemie. The CD features Justin Sullivan â lead singer of the English band NEW MODEL ARMY â as a guest vocalist on the track "The Windswept Mercy" and also marks the recording debut of longtime SOILWORK touring guitarist David Andersson (also of THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA).
Soundspheremag TV conducted an interview with PAPA ROACH guitarist Jerry Horton at last weekend's Leeds Festival in England. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about PAPA ROACH's forthcoming eighth studio album "F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise)", which will come out in early 2015, Horton said: "We've picked the single. It's gonna be [the title track] 'Face Everything And Rise'. "We recorded it in [Las] Vegas with [producers] Kevin and Kane Churko. "We went in kind of with the intention of making a heavy record, and there are heavy songs on there, but we can't really stop ourselves from just exploring stuff. So we have a couple of dynamic songs on there, and a couple of vibey songs, and it's sort of classic PAPA ROACH where it's kind of varied in its content and style." PAPA ROACH frontman Jacoby Shaddix told Kerrang! magazine in a new interview that "F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise)" is "probably the most positive record we've written," adding, "There's obviously been an element of hope within the despair of the music that we write, and I think that that's always key, and that's very important to what we do, is to always have that element of hope, and that's laced throughout the record." The new disc will follow up 2012's "The Connection". Shaddix, a recovering alcoholic and drug user, said he was nervous about camping out in Las Vegas during the recording sessions for the new album. He explained, "I've been sober for a few years now, and it was just, like, 'All right, how am I gonna go to Vegas and stay focused?' And I just had to put my spiritual armor on and just go out there and do my best to be creative." Shaddix described the new album as "all things good PAPA ROACH â it's big, banging riffs, it's a very guitar-heavy record . . . It spans across the board, from heavy to reflective, to just in your face, out of control. It's just everything that we believe is great about PAPA ROACH." An exact release date, and tour plans are all to be revealed later.
On August 9, Howie D. of Hard Edge Radio conducted an interview with bassist Mike D'Antonio of Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE at this year's Dirt Fest in Burch Run, Michigan. You can now watch the chat below. Due to a family emergency, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist Joel Stroetzel was forced to sit out the group's tour dates at the end of July. Filling in for him was Ken Susi of UNEARTH. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's fifth studio album, "Disarm The Descent", sold around 48,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 2, 2013 via Roadrunner Records. "Disarm The Descent" is KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's first album with original singer Jesse Leach at the vocal helm since 2002's now-classic, genre-defining "Alive or Just Breathing". Leach returned to the band in January 2012 after a decade-long absence. The artwork for the new CD was created by Mike D'Antonio.
Hayley Leggs of TotalRock Radio conducted an interview with bassist Henkka SeppÃ¤lÃ¤ (a.k.a. Henkka T. Blacksmith) of Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM at this year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held August 7-10 at Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, West Midlands, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below. CHILDREN OF BODOM will support San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD on a 21-show North American tour in the fall. Additional support on the trek will come from Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA and American melodic death/thrash openers BATTLECROSS. The tour launches on October 4 in Denver, Colorado and includes five Canadian cities before closing out in Hollywood, California on November 1. Said CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman Alexi Laiho: "We've rolled with MACHINE HEAD quite a few times in the past. My best memories are kick-ass shows, parties, camaraderie and vocal coaching from Robb Flynn way back in 2008, so I think we'll have a good time tearing it up all over North America! Not a bad way to end the long and non-stop tour cycle for 'Halo Of Blood'!â CHILDREN OF BODOM kicked off a six-week major-market North American headlining tour on February 14 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada and hit 32 markets across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping with a two-night stand at New York City's Irving Plaza on March 28 and March 29. The tour featured support from folk metal heroes TÃR and represented CHILDREN OF BODOM's first Stateside headlining run since the release of the band's new LP, "Halo Of Blood". CHILDREN OF BODOM's eighth album, "Halo Of Blood", sold 8,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was made available in June 2013 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover art was created by Sami SaramÃ¤ki, who was responsible for the artwork on previous CHILDREN OF BODOM albums "Follow The Reaper", "Are You Dead Yet?" and "Hate Crew Deathroll".
Shabby Hasan of RockRevolt Magazine conducted an interview with vocalist Hernan "Eddie" Hermida of California deathcore masters SUICIDE SILENCE at the August 7 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma stop of the 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. "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, guitarist Mark Heylmun told Metalholic.com: "There was really nobody else â 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."
Sophie Eggleton recently conducted an interview with SIXX: A.M. guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael. You can now watch the chat in two parts below. SIXX: A.M. â whose lineup is completed by MÃTLEY CRÃE bassist Nikki Sixx â will release its third album, "Modern Vintage", on October 7 via Eleven Seven Music. "Modern Vintage" track listing: 01. Stars 02. Gotta Get It Right 03. Relief 04. Get Ya Some 05. Let's Go 06. Drive 07. Give Me A Love 08. Hyperventilate 09. High On The Music 10. Miracle 11. Before It's Over The "Gotta Get It Right" video can be seen below. Said Sixx: "Like our favorite bands from the 1970s, SIXX: A.M. is rooted in songwriting, musicianship and lyrics â three core elements that helped to define that era. SIXX: A.M. has taken even more pages from this book on 'Gotta Get It Right' and the rest of 'Modern Vintage', having hopefully created a record that demands to be discovered again and again." Added Michael, who also produced "Modern Vintage": "On the first two albums, SIXX: A.M. established a musical freedom that few bands get to enjoy. 'Gotta Get It Right' is clearly a birth child of that creative freedom and an exciting next step for us as our goal was to create something which confounds both expectation and categorization." Ashba adds: "'Gotta Get it Right' is a great example of how SIXX: A.M. has set out to celebrate the music that has influenced us over the years and we truly feel we've made a genre-defying album with 'Modern Vintage'." Sixx spoke to Revolver magazine last year about how the new SIXX: A.M. CD is different than its predecessors. "When we did [our 2007 debut] 'The Heroin Diaries', it was the soundtrack to a book," he said. "And when we did 'This Is Gonna Hurt', there was a lot of inspiration that drew from the photography in my book 'This Is Gonna Hurt' as well as the bandmembers' personal experiences and how they related not only to the characters in the book, but what they'd gone through growing up. Without meaning to, it hinted at this whole concept of bullying. If you're different than other people you're made fun of and you're made to believe you'll never achieve your dreams. Loosely, that's what 'This is Gonna Hurt' was about. We feel like between 'The Heroin Diaries' and 'This is Gonna Hurt', we've exposed a lot of wounds and we've talked about how to recover from them, but we haven't had a chance to really celebrate. I think this album is a celebration." Asked if SIXX: A.M. took a different approach to writing the songs this time around, Sixx said: "We put a lot fewer restrictions on ourselves. We went into genres that you wouldn't expect us to possibly be influenced by, but unless you know the bandmembers, you don't know that there are all kinds of influences, especially from the '70s and some of the great bands that came out of that era. So when we started writing, it was almost ridiculous. The songs were so left of center that you're like, 'These could never be on a record.' We were creating something so different, and once we got the songs written, people said, 'God, it reminds me of QUEEN's 'Night At The Opera' at times. It reminds me of EDGAR WINTER GROUP 'Free Ride' and these amazing things off of 'They Only Come Out At Night'. There was still the drama and the texture that SIXX: A.M. brings, but there was this celebration happening. Then as we started layering in the guitars, bass, drums and vocals, you started to go, 'Wow, this is a SIXX: A.M. album!' But it started out as not." Sixx also spoke about whether he is concerned that the musical diversions won't appeal to fans of the first two SIXX: A.M. albums. "I think SIXX: A.M. fans are going to love this record and I think new people will come in and be really surprised by it and become fans as well," he said. "I don't think our first two records sound like the same type of record, but I do think there's a sound with the band and I think we're going to continue on that tradition."
Hayley Leggs of TotalRock Radio conducted an interview with vocalist Cristina Scabbia of Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL at this year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held August 7-10 at Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, West Midlands, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below. LACUNA COIL's latest studio album, "Broken Crown Halo", sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 1 via Century Media. "Broken Crown Halo" was recorded Italy by producer Jay Baumgardner (P.O.D., SEVENDUST, EVANESCENCE, PAPA ROACH) and engineer Kyle Hoffmann (P.O.D., BUSH, ZEBRAHEAD). The effort was mastered by Howie Weinberg, whose credits include RAMMSTEIN, SOUNDGARDEN, NIRVANA, DEFTONES and SHERYL CROW. Asked if she is satisfied with how "Broken Crown Halo" has been received by the fans and music critics alike, Scabbia told GetYourRockOut: "I'm very happy. Honestly, when we put out records, we don't really think about the response we could have or what people could think about it, not because we don't care about the music press or the fans at all, because we love our fans and the press, but it was more like a self -therapy. It's like writing a diary and translating it with words and music for us. So if people like it, good. If people don't like it, I mean, it's just like, we've been honest and we put out something that we think is honest from our side. We could have repeated ourselves over and over with older albums, just because people like them and just like, 'Oh, this is gonna be good, because it's gonna be sounding kind of like that.' But we're just not like that. So I'm totally happy that people [are] liking it. I think it's a great combination between our roots and the new influences, because you want to evolve as well." LACUNA COIL is currently touring as a quintet following the departures of guitarist Cris "Pizza" Migliore and drummer Cristiano "Criz" Mozzati. Marco "Maus" Biazzi is handling all guitar duties for the band while drummer Ryan Blake Folden is sitting behind the kit.
Fan-filmed video footage of Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL performing a brand new song, "Hector's Hymn", live for the first time on Friday, August 29 at Liseberg in Gothenburg, Sweden can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "(r)Evolution", which was released on August 29 in Europe and will be made available on 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 NordstrÃ¶m, 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, MÃTLEY CRÃE), who previously collaborated with HAMMERFALL on "Infected". The album was mixed and mastered by Fredrik NordstrÃ¶m 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
Legendary rocker Ted Nugent recently spoke to Radio.com about his new album, "Shutup&Jam!", why his enemies are like the chimps in "Planet Of The Apes", his take on John Lennon's "Imagine", and why RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's Tom Morello is actually a conservative. On Sebastian Bach: "I love the guy, he's incredibly gifted, a gentleman for the most part, but he's weak. He's weak. And he doesn't understand the concept of the [body as a] Sacred Temple. He doesn't understand accountability. He doesn't understand â clearly â how his indulgences and his poisons ruin his life. And his relationships, and his marriage. And his musical capabilities. I love the guy and if he's watching this, I love you, but when you're the drunk Sebastian Bach, you're nowhere near the Sebastian Bach that you are when you're clean and sober. Case closed. That isn't a Ted Nugent opinion, that's scientific truism." On his drummer Mick Brown, who got a DUI a few years ago backstage at one of Ted's shows: "Well, he had a couple of beers and went on a golf cart ride! Whoa! Let's crucify him! That's no big deal! Even I can look the other way for that! I have zero tolerance for dangerous criminal behavior that compromises the music. It was the last date of the tour. He watched me get up on stage with Tommy Shaw and the STYX guys and we played a DAMN YANKEES masterpiece, 'Coming Of Age'. I can understand how anybody could lose control of themselves under that musical jihad. It was a very powerful musical moment. It was very magical and I think he did a couple of extras, saw some good-looking chicks with short skirtsâ¦ I don't bemoan his decision. A golf cart and two pretty girls? It was harmless." On Tom Morello: "Tom Morello claims to be an ultra-liberal. But let's examine Tom Morello's life, shall we? He works really hard. He gets up early. He puts his heart and soul into being the best craftsman he can be. Provides for and protects his family. He's true to his family. So far, he sounds an awful lot like Ted Nugent. [My new album] 'Shutup&Jam', if it's a shout-out to anybody, is probably a shout out to my good friend Tom Morello. Because we talk politics, and we should do it on film sometime, it's quite telling. Because the typical liberal, when they attempt to debate me, always ends up with a very predictable statement: 'Yeah, but stillâ¦' If you give people stuff, dependence will be the result. If you give a beggar money, you're helping to kill him! Because he will spend that money while you lie to yourself and feel good, you've actually expedited the death of that individual, because he will buy dangerous deadly things with that money! You gotta be kidding me! If he wants a sandwich, give him a sandwich! That's not what he wants! My point being: Tom Morello, I love him dearly, I respect his musical genius, and I respect him as a man. And when it gets time to have a legitimate political debate, we remain civil and gentlemanly, and eventually we can both shut up and jam because we both come from the Chuck Berry school of uppity, spirited, freedom-drenched American rhythm and blues." In a 2012 interview with Metal-Rules.com, Bach stated about Nugent, with whom he appeared on "SuperGroup", the 2006 VH1 "reality" TV program also starring ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian, ex-BIOHAZARD bassist/vocalist Evan Seinfeld and drummer Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN, BONHAM, UFO, FOREIGNER): "To be honest with you, I think that Ted's political beliefs and social opinions overshadow how great a guitar player he is. More people know Ted for his outrageous views and political viewpoints. His music is so great, but a lot of people are disgusted by him. They don't like guns. People don't like racism, but he says some things that are from the Fifties. People don't think like that anymore; it's not acceptable. It's a shame because I love his music and he is funny as hell. He is so abrasive with his beliefs, it takes the fun out of it."
Chicago's Rebel Radio recently conducted an interview with Santa Barbara, California-based metallers BELLUM, who feature in their ranks two founding members of the bands DEVILDRIVER (Evan Pitts and Jonathan Miller) and BUILT ON DECAY (Alex Chantes and Andy Villasenor). You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. Says BELLUM: "BELLUM has been an artistic release since Evan Pitts' departure from DEVILDRIVER. Pitts teamed up with Alex Chantes and later recruited Andy Villasenor. It had been productive, magical and sacred, but it was never revealed. Its evolution started to take shape when Jon Miller joined the creative process." Pitts left DEVILDRIVER in 2004, with Miller following in 2011. Miller called his exit from the group at the time "the most difficult decision of my life" but "something that I needed to do for myself." BELLUM is: Evan Pitts - Vocals, Guitar Jonathan Miller - Bass Alex Chantes - Drums Andy Villasenor - Guitar
Jack Antonio conducted an interview with legendary guitarist George Lynch (T&N, DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB, SWEET/LYNCH) on the August 24 episode of "Do You Know Jack?" radio show on CKLB FM. You can now listen to the chat using the Mixcloud player below. SWEET/LYNCH, the new band featuring Lynch, guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet of Christian hard rockers STRYPER, bassist James Lomenzo (MEGADETH, WHITE LION, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Brian Tichy (S.U.N., WHITESNAKE), will release its debut album in early 2015 via Frontiers. The band's first lyric video for the song "September" â a tribute to the victims of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York â will be made available on September 11. The self-titled debut album from KXM, the project featuring Lynch alongside drummer Ray Luzier (KORN) and bassist/vocalist Doug Pinnick (KING'S X), sold around 9.800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 31 on The Billboard 200 chart. "KXM" was released on March 11 via Rat Pak Records. The CD was produced by KXM and Chris Collier, who is known for his work with LYNCH MOB, Lita Ford and Tommy Bolin, to name a few. KXM takes its name from the combination of the members' other projects: K from KORN, X from KING'S X and M from LYNCH MOB.
METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo once again joined RODRIGO Y GABRIELA â the dynamic Mexican duo who became international world-music superstars with their self-titled album of aggressive acoustic guitars and irresistible Latin rhythms â on stage on August 17 at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado to perform a medley of METALLICA covers, including "Orion", "For Whom The Bell Tolls", "The Frayed Ends of Sanity" and "Battery". Professionally filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below. Natives of Mexico City, Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero began their careers as members of TIERRA ACIDA, a heavy metal band which played on the city's underground gig circuit for seven years. "Like a lot of Mexican youth, we were heavily influenced by American metal bands â METALLICA, MEGADETH, PANTERA, and also SEPULTURA," Gabriela explained. "It was a full band, very loud, and for vocals, Rodrigo would just scream. We played this way for seven years." Asked in a 2010 interview if RODRIGO Y GABRIELA's metal connections were fading, Rodrigo said: "No, it's growing, actually. You go to our shows and you see a lot of metalheads. It was great to have the recognition from the kings, from METALLICA themselves, to be in touch with them and having the opportunity to jam with Robert pretty often. It's great, because that opened the door for a lot of metalheads to understand that we come from there. It's clear for the people that we love metal."
San Antonio, Texas alternative rockers NOTHING MORE recently played an acoustic set in the studios of Nashville's Rock Radio 102.9 The Buzz. You can now watch video footage of the performance below. NOTHING MORE's first single, "This Is The Time (Ballast)", has just hit No. 1 on the rock radio chart, nearly two months after climbing into the Top Five. Frontman Jonny Hawkins told The Pulse Of Radio that he hopes the themes of the song and the band's self-titled debut album are resonating with listeners. "I hope that it's an encouragement to others out there that can listen to the record and if any of it, just really the experiences, translate to other people and they recognize that maybe they're going through something similar or they can feel that same pain, that there is a way through it and there's calmer waters ahead if you stick with it and remind yourself that things will be all right and just stay the course," he said. "So I hope it's encouraging." NOTHING MORE's self-titled debut album sold around 8,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 33 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 24 via Eleven Seven Music. The band's current tour launched on August 5 in Kansas City and wraps up on September 12 in Portland, Oregon. NOTHING MORE will next join FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, VOLBEAT and HELLYEAH on a major trek beginning September 16 in Salt Lake City.