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GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan says that he and Slash worked "hard" on trying to get Izzy Stradlin involved with the band's reunion tour. While GUNS N' ROSES' "Not In This Lifetime" trek features the "classic era" lineup of McKagan, Slash and singer Axl Rose — with the occasional guest appearance by drummer Steven AdlerStradlin has not taken part in any shows on the tour, with unconfirmed reports claiming that he turned down a five-figure fee to play with GUNS N' ROSES at the April 2016 reunion shows. Now, in a new interview in the "Rolling Stone Music Now" podcast, McKagan has offered more information on the circumstances that led to Izzy's absence from the trek. According to Duff, Izzy's decision to sit out the tour "wasn't from us not trying, for sure. I don't know if have a take beyond that," he said. "I know what we tried to do and how hard we worked at that. "Touring in a big rock band is not for everybody," he continued. "That's my take on that. It's a thing — this is a thing." Asked about Stradlin's claim that he stepped away from the reunion because the band didn't want to "split the loot equally," McKagan said: "I don't even know. At the end of the day, we just couldn't figure it out." Duff went on to address Izzy's history of "coming and going" from various projects, including a brief stint with Duff and Slash's post GN'R band VELVET REVOLVER. "There's a lot of coming and going, so this was one more chapter of that coming and going," Duff said in reference to Izzy pulling out of "Not In This Lifetime". "I don't wanna say anything that's untoward, because I love the guy," the bassist continued. "Slash and I are sober guys, and we went at it with a solution-based [attitude], like, 'Let's make this work.' But it just didn't. And who knows? Maybe some other time." Asked whether he thinks the GUNS N' ROSES reunion is finite, Duff said: "I don't have that feeling at all, [that] it's a finite thing. "Because we've done no press yet, nobody knows," he continued. "And I kind of dig it, to be honest with you. I'm not trying to keep you in the dark. I don't dig the feeling of keeping you in the dark, but it's kind of nice. It's a thing where nobody needs to know our business. I think that's… We got into trouble a long time ago, where people knew all of our business… So we talk about things to each other now — something that maybe we never did before." Last year, Izzy blamed his non-involvement with the GUNS N' ROSES reunion tour on the fact that he and the other guys in the band were unable "to reach a happy middle ground through the negotiation process." Rose told Brazil's Globo TV in a 2016 interview that wasn't optimistic about Stradlin rejoining his former bandmates. "I don't really know what to say about Izzy," Axl said. "It's like you could have a conversation and think it's one way and the next day it's another way. And I'm not trying to take any shots at Izzy. It's just his thing is kind of his thing, whatever that is." Stradlin, whose real name is Jeffrey Isbell, was born and grew up in Lafayette, Indiana, where he was high school friends and bandmates with singer William Bailey — later known as Axl Rose. His first and only post-GUNS band, IZZY STRADLIN & THE JU JU HOUNDS, broke up in 1993 after recording one LP. He has since released 10 more solo albums between 1998 and 2010.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 9:00 pm
SUM 41 recently performed a METALLICA medley live at the SiriusXM studios. Video of the five-minute medley, consisting of the songs "For Whom The Bell Tolls", "Enter Sandman" and "Master Of Puppets", can be seen below. In a 2017 interview with No Future, SUM 41 frontman Deryck Whibley professed his love for METALLICA, saying: "They just have such great melodies, even though they're tough and they're hard and heavy. They're like THE BEATLES of metal; they write really catchy songs." Earlier this month, SUM 41 released a music video for the song "45 (A Matter of Time)" . The track joins previously released singles "Out For Blood", "Never There" and "A Death In The Family" from SUM 41's new album, "Order In Decline", which is due out July 19 via Hopeless Records. "Order In Decline" was produced, engineered and mixed by Whibley in his home studio. He is joined on the record by lead guitarist/backing vocalist Dave Brownsound, guitarist Tom Thacker and the rhythm section of bassist/backing vocalist Cone McCaslin and drummer Frank Zummo. SUM 41 is co-headlining the inaugural Rockstar Energy Drink Disrupt Festival this summer on select dates throughout the United States and Canada.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 8:00 pm
When Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward formed BLACK SABBATH in 1968, the quartet conjured a primal sound that was heavier, louder and more menacing than anything that had come before. The band recorded a series of metal masterpieces in the '70s that became the blueprint for heavy music and influenced generations of headbangers for years to come. Rhino's new collection spans the Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers' first eight years with a nine-LP boxed set that includes 180-gram vinyl pressings of the band's eight studio albums from the era, along with a new mono singles collection. The set also comes with a seven-inch single featuring "Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Games With Me)" and "Wicked World", a single that wasn't originally released in North America. Also included in the set are reproductions of the original tour books from this era. "Black Sabbath: The Vinyl Collection 1970-1978" will be available on September 6 for $249.98. The set will be produced in a limited, numbered edition of 3,000 copies. Pre-order is available here. The collection brings together some of the most powerful metal albums ever recorded, including the band's eponymous debut (1970); the multi-platinum landmark "Paranoid" (1970); the platinum albums "Master Of Reality" (1971), "Vol. 4" (1972) and "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" (1973); the gold-certified "Sabotage" (1975); plus "Technical Ecstasy" (1976) and "Never Say Die!" (1978) These albums contain a long list of metal classics, like "Black Sabbath", "War Pigs", "Iron Man", "Paranoid", "Sweet Leaf", "Children Of The Grave", "Into The Void", "Changes", "Supernaut", "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath", "Never Say Die" and "Dirty Woman". "The Vinyl Collection 1970-1978" also comes with "Monomania", a new compilation of mono versions for several key songs from the BLACK SABBATH catalog, including edited versions of "Iron Man", "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" and a previously unreleased edit of "Into The Void". In addition to mono versions of studio tracks, "Monomania" also features a radio ad released in 1970 to promote "Black Sabbath". "Black Sabbath: The Vinyl Collection 1970-1978": Album Listing: * "Black Sabbath" (1970) * "Paranoid" (1971) * "Master Of Reality" (1971) * "Vol 4" (1972) * "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" (1974) * "Sabotage" (1975) * "Technical Ecstasy" (1976) * "Never Say Die!" (1978) "Monomania" track listing: Side One: 01. Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Games With Me) * 02. Wicked World 03. The Wizard 04. Iron Man (Edited Version) Side Two: 01. Paranoid 02. Into The Void (Edited Version) ** 03. Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath (Edited Version) 04. It's Alright 05. Radio Spot For Black Sabbath 7" Single (45rpm) "Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Games With Me)" b/w "Wicked World" * previously unreleased in North America ** previously unreleased
Posted: July 18, 2019, 7:30 pm
In conjunction with a recent Metal Hammer retrospective on SKID ROW's 1989 self-titled debut, former vocalist Sebastian Bach spoke at length about the album with writer Clay Marshall. Select "outtakes" from the interview appear below (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his initial impressions of SKID ROW upon receiving the band's demo: Sebastian: "My very first impression was, 'This guy [original vocalist Matt Fallon] is doing an impression of Jon Bon Jovi.' My vocal tastes were totally not that — my favorite singer was Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST, and I was no Rob Halford, but that was my favorite singer. There was 'Youth Gone Wild' on the tape and also '18 And Life', and those two songs stuck in my head. I said if I could reinvent the melody lines — especially in '18 And Life',' and put in some Halford-esque kind of notes — I could make this into something that I would really be proud of. You can go through the song and circle the lines — 'fingers to the bone,' 'child blew a child away.' Every single time my voice goes into that high register, that's me. Nobody wrote that — nobody said, 'Here's how the song goes. Here's how the melody goes.' I didn't understand at that young age that I was writing the melody line. People have told me, 'Why the fuck didn't you get a credit on the song?' I was a little kid — I didn't know anything. I was like, 'Can I sing this note?' Everybody's like, 'Fuck yes, you can. Sing that.' I didn't realize that that, in other bands, would entitle me to get my name on the song. The last thing I ever thought in a million years was that anybody would like us. [Laughs]" On his contributions to "Makin' A Mess", the one track on "Skid Row" for which he received a songwriting credit: Sebastian: "That was me and Rachel [Bolan, bass] and Snake [Sabo, guitar] sitting in a room in Rachel's house. I lived in Rachel's house in Rachel's childhood bedroom, next to his parents. We wrote that song in the office across from his television room. They'll tell you that we never got along, that we never liked each other, which was horseshit. [Laughs] You don't have somebody living in your fucking house that you don't get along with. That was us just sitting around, the three of us writing a tune... We rehearsed, like, every day. We rehearsed in Rachel's parents garage, and New Jersey is not California. We had space heaters, and it was cold in there, but we didn't even discuss it. We would just meet in the garage and work on music. We didn't play cover songs. Rachel and Snake were very prolific at that point and also wrote songs with [Jon] Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. We were always in the garage, working on tunes." On the album's sound, and whether he thinks it still holds up today: Sebastian: "I'm not a huge fan of remixes or remasters. I like the original copy of whatever album it is, because when you fuck around with it too much, it changes it into something it's not. Albums are a snapshot in time, and the first SKID ROW record is 1989. That's the way it sounded. The only thing I would say is that the drum sound is very of-the-times on the record, and an album like 'Appetite For Destruction' doesn't have this wacky kind of reverb that really dates it. At the time, you don't know — you're just trying your best to make something that you like. The records that age well are the ones that are just recordings of bands. That's why we all keep listening to the '70s albums by BLACK SABBATH and JUDAS PRIEST and KISS, because it's just the band — it's not all technology. That's the one thing I would say — that some of the production is a bit dated. There's way to know that when you're doing it." On how the band was marketed: Sebastian: "The very first SKID ROW poster that we ever put out, you can't even see us. People talk about the way we looked or our hair, but there was a very conscious marketing vibe of us being in black-and-white. The first poster is black-and-white — it's not even color. The only color is the logo, and it's a black-and-white picture. So is the album cover, and the back of the album – all black-and-white. I remember at the time, I was really into glam. When I met SKID ROW, I still used to tease my hair up [like] TIGERTAILZ, Pepsi Tate-style. It was Jon Bon Jovi who saw our pictures. We did a photo session, and me and Snake and Rachel, we all had huge hair. Nobody's ever seen that photo session, but Jon Bon Jovi just freaked out and said, 'You guys can't look like this. It's ridiculous.' Jon was taking us on tour, so we left the hair spray at home. It made it a lot easier to get ready for a show. [Laughs] I remember being confused, because everybody else was like the VINNIE VINCENT INVASION — glitter and the biggest hair and makeup and color, and 'Skid Row' came out black-and-white. I remember saying, 'It looks like a mistake — you can't even see us. It's just, like, shadows.' But it was absolutely perfect. There was [sic] no wrong moves made with the first SKID ROW record." On the band's rapid rise: Sebastian: "I remember the feeling that we're starting to get really big. I think it was a month into the BON JOVI tour [that] we played a place in Chicago called Rosemont Horizon. The tour had been going well up to that point, but that show on that night, I told the 20,000 people in front of me, 'Everybody, get up, man. It's time to rock n' roll.' I raised my hand, and the whole arena stood up for SKID ROW. I turned around and looked at Rachel saying, 'Oh my fucking god. This is really happening.' That moment when that whole arena stood up to their feet and put their hands in the air for us, that was the exact moment I thought it was going to be a success." On temporarily getting kicked off the BON JOVI tour due to his frequent onstage profanity: Sebastian: "We really looked up to MÖTLEY CRÜE. Vince Neil's raps in the '80s, he would go on stage and go, 'Hey Toronto! What the fuck? Look at all the fucking pussy here tonight, man!' [Laughs] He couldn't be more rude or foul-mouthed, and I was a Vince Neil fan. And also Dee Snider of TWISTED SISTER — every second word out of his mouth was 'fuck,' and I thought it was hilarious. The BON JOVI parents that would bring their daughters to the show didn't think it was so hilarious. [Laughs] We got kicked off for, like, one day, and then we were back on. I remember walking around the hotel somewhere in America with Snake, and we couldn't believe that we were kicked off the tour, but we thought it was, like, a badge of honor at the time — like, 'We're such badasses because we got kicked off the tour.' We would read about KISS getting kicked off tours, and VAN HALEN — nobody wanted to follow David Lee Roth or KISS's show, so we weren't too sad. [Laughs]." Several weeks after the Metal Hammer interview was conducted, Bach — who parted ways with SKID ROW in 1996 — announced plans to commemorate the 30th anniversary of "Skid Row" by performing the album in its entirety during a tour that kicks off August 29 in Nashville, Tennessee. Last month, he issued an "open invitation" to his former SKID ROW bandmates to "get onstage and jam" during the tour, but so far, only original drummer Rob Affuso has accepted.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 7:12 pm
Bruce Dickinson was one of the speakers at this year's MABS (Management & Business Summit), which was held June 5-6 in Madrid, Spain. The IRON MAIDEN singer user his appearance at the event to discuss his various ventures as a pilot, entrepreneur, author, broadcaster and bona fide rock legend. Speaking about how businesses can go about turning customers into brand advocates, Bruce said: "What's the definition of a customer? A customer is a person who can walk away. We don't want customers. We want fans. "I think we're a brilliant band. I think we are a brilliant brand as well. I'm really proud of what we do. No shame in that. "There are some brands that maybe you wouldn't wanna be associated with," he added. "But, nevertheless, don't be afraid of the word. It's not a dirty word. It depends who you are and what you do with it. "I would urge you to think about turning all of your customers into fans." In a 2018 interview with Brazil's GloboNews, Bruce admitted that it was a careful balancing act when using the IRON MAIDEN brand. "You can have fun with being a brand," he explained. "Nothing bad about being a brand... The only bad thing about being a brand is when people try and exploit it in a way that is not with any integrity. "You can do great things with a brand. For example, because we're IRON MAIDEN, we can do a pinball table. I've wanted for years, I've been trying to get an IRON MAIDEN pirate Playmobil ship, like Lego-type stuff. He added: "It's not like we're short of money or anything else like that. We don't need to do terrible things with our brand. We want to do nice things that have integrity and are fun. "It doesn't matter if you don't want to buy the IRON MAIDEN t-shirt. The music is the most important thing. Everything else comes around that." MAIDEN's "Legacy Of The Beast" tour will hit 33 cities across the U.S. and Canada beginning on July 18 in Sunrise, Florida. Support on the trek comes from THE RAVEN AGE. Additionally, FOZZY will be guests for the Banc Of California Stadium show in Los Angeles. MAIDEN's 2019 North, South and Central America trek comprises 44 shows in six countries, which, combined with the band's 2018 European dates, means that by the end of this tour, the group will have taken the "Legacy Of The Beast" show to over one and three quarter of a million fans around the globe.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 6:01 pm
According to The Blast, former JOURNEY singer Steve Perry was unsuccessful in his attempt to end a legal battle over the release of demos he recorded with musician Phil Brown in 1991. Perry claims that the songs were recorded on an 8-track tape recorder in Brown's garage and were never meant to be heard by the public. Perry and Brown recently tried to hash out their issues in mediation, but "the parties were not able to resolve their differences and settle this dispute at that conference," according to court documents obtained by The Blast. "They agreed to continue their efforts." Perry and Brown's original court trial was scheduled to begin on June 25 in Los Angeles. Perry sued for an injunction prohibiting Brown from releasing the music and for unspecified damages. The judge granted a temporary restraining order in Perry's favor in November 2018, which prohibited Brown from releasing the unheard tracks until a further court hearing. Brown said he did not need Perry's permission to release the music and was demanding the lawsuit be thrown out and the injunction vacated. Brown is credited as a production assistant and the bassist on the track "Tuesday Heartache" on Perry's 1994 solo album "For The Love Of Strange Medicine". He also worked on the string arrangement for "I Am". Perry said that he never intended the vocal performances he recorded at Brown's home to be released publicly, and he ultimately decided that the songs he recorded — titled "Somebody Somewhere" and "Don't Push The River" — were not appropriate for his 1994 solo album. None of the musical compositions he created with Brown, and none of the vocal performances he laid down in Brown's home in 1991 appeared on "For The Love Of Strange Medicine" or on any other recording by Perry. Perry said he did no additional work with Brown. According to Perry, Brown claimed for the first time in 2002 that he had a copyright interest in Perry's 1991 recorded vocal performances, and threatened to release them. Perry, through his attorney, expressly repudiated Brown's claim to a copyright interest in Perry's recorded vocal performances and reasserted Perry's sole ownership of those recorded vocal performances. Brown subsequently never took legal action to dispute Perry's sole copyright ownership of his recorded vocal performances, and never purported to dispute Perry's copyright ownership of those recorded vocal performances in any way for 14 years. After Perry released his latest solo album, "Traces", in October, Brown, through his representatives, again began claiming an ownership interest in Perry's 1991 recorded vocal performances, and again threatened to release those performances to the public, the singer said. Furthermore, Brown's manager allegedly began circulating Twitter messages promoting the imminent release of Brown's new CD in a way that misleadingly made it appear that Perry is in Brown's band, APACHES FROM PARIS. "By intentionally using Perry's image and misleadingly implying that Perry has authorized or approved Brown's conduct, and that Perry is a member of Brown's band just as Perry's solo 'Traces' album is in wide release and garnering significant publicity, Brown is seeking to confuse and mislead Perry's fans and the consuming public into believing that Brown is associated with Perry when he is not, to induce them to purchase Brown's music rather than Perry's," the singer's complaint read. "Brown also seeks to mislead fans into believing that Perry's 1991 recorded vocal performances, of which Perry is the sole copyright owner, and which Perry decided not to release because they do not meet his standards, are somehow associated with 'Traces' and are being released with Perry's permission, when they are not."
Posted: July 18, 2019, 5:27 pm
HALESTORM's Lzzy Hale joined Alice Cooper on stage last night (Wednesday, July 17) at PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania at the opening show of the two bands' joint U.S. tour to perform the Cooper classic "School's Out". Fan-filmed video footage of her appearance can be seen below. After the concert, Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss shared a few photos from the gig on her Instagram and wrote in an accompanying message: "HOLY FIRST NIGHT OF TOUR!!!! Does not get any better than sharing the stage with the incomparable @officiallzzyhale... not just a beauty with a monster voice, but commanding stage presence, infectious energy and vibrato that brings grown men to their knees!!!! Here we are obviously not having any fun at all during School's Out last night All [photos] by @judyhwon (I got a little star struck seeing her in the photo pit because I'm such a huge fan of her work!!) #alicecooper #halestorm #motionlessinwhite #lzzyhale #OlBlackEyesIsBack" A couple of months ago, Hale said that she was "so excited" at the prospect of touring with Alice. She said: "We're ticking that off the bucket list. We've done a couple one-off shows with him over the years, and we've gotten to know him and his family, but this is the first time we’re on a full-fledged tour with him." She went on to talk about what Cooper means to her on a personal level. "Alice Cooper was the reason that I found out I was not cool when I was a kid," she said. "My parents moved to a new place when I was 11 years old. At this point in time, I loved Alice Cooper. I loved DIO and BLACK SABBATH and DEEP PURPLE, VANILLA FUDGE, that kind of thing. Moving to a new place, don't know anybody there, a couple of neighborhood girls invite me to a sleepover. They're, like, 'Bring some of your favorite CDs. We're going to listen to everybody's favorite music and do each other's makeup,' that whole thing. "I'm 11 and I end up bringing to the sleepover Alice Cooper's 'Love It To Death' and DIO's 'Holy Driver'. This is '96 so this is TLC, BACKSTREET BOYS, that kind of thing. They're playing 'Waterfalls' and there's a bunch of other things going on. 'Oh, let's listen to Lzzy's CD.' Put in the Alice Cooper CD. We didn't make it past the first chorus. They're, like, 'Let's put another CD back on.' "I remember going back home and Dad was, like, 'How was the sleepover?'" she continued. "I'm, like, 'It was fun, but they didn't like my music.' Dad's, like, 'That's good.' I'm, like, 'Why is that good? They don't like my music.' He's, like, 'They like all of that music because it's on the radio and people in school think you're supposed to like it. You love this CD — you love Alice Cooper — because you really love it. It's a part of you.'" Cooper's tour with HALESTORM will conclude on August 16 at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 5:13 pm
BLACK STAR RIDERS and THIN LIZZY guitarist Scott Gorham was recently interviewed by the "Australian Rock Show" podcast. During the chat, which can be heard in its entirety below, Gorham was quizzed on how THIN LIZZY's twin-guitar harmony sound was born and whether it was inspired by any other artists. "Hand on heart, there was no other band… Obviously, there were other bands out there doing it, [but] not a lot of it," Scott said. "The main difference between ourselves and the other bands… You had THE EAGLES — they threw a little bit in there — and THE ALLMAN BROTHERS, but that was more of a country-based system, arena that they were in, which is all basically major chords. And then THIN LIZZY comes along and we're using the minor chord arena. And that really hadn't been heard before. And I hadn't really thought about that — major, minor chords, blah blah blah. It wasn't a thought process. That's how we wrote the songs — with a lot of minor chords — and we kind of laced the harmony guitars around those chord sections. "If I'm gonna be totally honest, the harmony guitar thing was really more of an accident than anything else," the 68-year-old rocker continued. "We were in the studio, and I think Brian Robertson had gone out just to record a single line. And the engineer had kind of a multi-second tape delay on his guitar. So when we heard it back, it fed back on itself in harmony. And, of course, he was going, 'Oh my god. I'm sorry.' Me and Phil [Lynott] went, 'Wait a minute. That sounds really great.' So I quickly learned the harmony to it. [I] went out and did the harmony line, came back and listened to it, and thought, 'You know, that sounds really cool. I've got another guitar line. Why don't we try that same thing on that line also?' So it just kind of went from there." Gorham added: "It wasn't like a premeditated kind of thought process that we were going through. It's just something that we heard [and] we really liked. It was a really cool way to present the guitars and all that — here was another thing the guitars could do. And then it just kind of kept going and going and going until I actually read one day in the papers, it actually said, 'Yeah, THIN LIZZY and that patented harmony guitar sound that they've got.' I thought, 'Wow! We've got a sound! Cool.' So then we just kept going with it. We just loved doing it." After Lynott's death in 1986, Gorham continued to carry the torch for THIN LIZZY, reviving the band and performing with various lineups. In December 2012, Gorham formed a new band, BLACK STAR RIDERS, as an offshoot of THIN LIZZY. The quintet released its debut album, "All Hell Breaks Loose", in May 2013. BLACK STAR RIDERS' fourth studio album, "Another State Of Grace", will arrive on September 6 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2017's "Heavy Fire" was recorded in February 2019 at Sphere Studios in Burbank, California with producer Jay Ruston (STONE SOUR, ANTHRAX, URIAH HEEP).
Posted: July 18, 2019, 4:31 pm
EUROPE frontman Joey Tempest has confirmed to Finland's Kaaos TV that he and his bandmates have "started talking about" making the follow-up to 2017' "Walk The Earth" album. "Everybody is collecting ideas individually," he said (see video below). "And that's how we start. And sometimes we start something we call the 'Sunday club,' where every Sunday you contribute an idea, we e-mail an idea to each other. So we may do that again. It's kind of good, because it keeps you on your toes, it keeps you producing stuff at home. And then you get the ball rolling. And as soon as you get two or three great ideas going, then it starts rolling. And then you come into that six-month period before the recording, where we meet up and we rehearse together." He continued: "We send a lot of ideas in different ways. We write in many different ways. Me and Mic [Michaeli] meet up sometimes, the keyboard player, and I play drums and sing and he plays keyboards, and we jam for two days straight. So we have 12 to 13 hours of material that I go back to London to sift through. And then I sift through all the jamming bits and I take that bit and that bit and that bit, send it back to Mic and say, 'What do you think of this?' And then we start. That's how a lot of great EUROPE tracks have come about — me and Mic just jamming and picking out the best bits." According to Tempest, EUROPE doesn't "write so much on the road". He explained: "We've never been like that. We're a soundcheck band as well. So we always soundcheck. We soundcheck whenever we can. Festivals is more difficult, as you know. But it's possible sometimes — you can go in the morning and do it. "What happens to us is usually we write for six months when the touring has come to an end on an album," he continued. "So it takes us about four to six months to write, to get everything together, get 75 to 80 percent ready, music and lyrics. Then we go into the studio and then we work fast — record everything live in two weeks. This is how we've done it on 'Bag Of Bones' [2012], 'War Of Kings' [2015] and 'Walk The Earth'. The last three EUROPE albums were recorded fast, because those fast decisions are amazing in the studio — everybody's there; everybody's on fire. That's how those great albums were made in the '70s — on the spot, when that glow and that fire is there." While stressing the importance of improvisation in the studio, Tempest said that "you should be prepared. You don't wanna waste time in the studio and waste anybody's time. So if you're 75 percent ready, the last bit the producer can help out with or the circumstances, or whatever happens happens in the studio. But we've been so lucky working with Dave Cobb — a great musician and producer and a great guy to just hang with. He's now part of the band. Like he works with RIVAL SONS, he also works with us. He's part of the band when we're in the studio with him. He writes with us. He comes up with great ideas. He sits and plays the songs with us in a circle in the studio before we record it, and then we just slam it down live, three or four takes, and pick the best takes to work on and to finish up. And the nerve is there, the decisions were made right there, and that's how you make great rock records." "Walk The Earth" was released in October 2017 via Hell & Back Recordings (Silver Lining Music). It was recorded at famed Abbey Road Studios in London with the aforementioned Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (RIVAL SONS, Shooter Jennings, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton).
Posted: July 18, 2019, 3:56 pm
According to University Of Exeter, LED ZEPPELIN singer Robert Plant has finally received £8 he was due for playing a gig more than 40 years ago — during a university graduation ceremony. The musician has helped the legendary music industry figure who played a key role in his career celebrate being awarded an honorary degree. Plant joined Rod MacSween, one of the world's most successful agents, on stage as his achievements were recognized by the University Of Exeter. MacSween joked he had still not paid Plant for a concert he played in the 1970s, and offered him a £10 note, which he came on stage to collect. Plant joked this wasn't enough, and told his friend it had been "great sharing my adventures with you." The agent now personally represents renowned artists such as AEROSMITH, BLACK SABBATH, DEF LEPPARD, GUNS N' ROSES, KISS, Lenny Kravitz, MAROON 5, Ozzy Osbourne, PEARL JAM, SCORPIONS, TOOL and THE WHO. In 2015 he was the recipient of the prestigious VIP Classic Rock Award. MacSween studied chemistry and statistics at the University Of Exeter, where he had a first taste of working with bands such as THE WHO after being elected as Students' Guild social secretary in 1969. During that time he booked artists who were in their early musical careers like PINK FLOYD and Robert Plant's BAND OF JOY. After graduating, he worked as an agent at major music booking agencies before founding ITB in 1976. During the graduation ceremony, Professor Sir Steve Smith, vice chancellor of the University Of Exeter, paid tribute to MacSween's "incomparable success." Professor Smith met MacSween when he was social secretary at Southampton University between 1973 and 1974, and described how he was one of the "most admired and professional" music agents he worked with. Professor Smith said: "From the beginning of his career, Rod developed a reputation as a shrewd and unflappable negotiator who showed huge loyalty to his clients, with whom he has built strong and lasting friendships. "Rod's career has been a story of exponential success, with very few bumps in the road, testimony to his outstanding talents as businessman and leader of global company." Telling students he hoped MacSween's career would inspire them, Professor Smith said: "It is absolutely obvious to me that Rod's success as a businessman and entrepreneur is not simply down to his unique skills and talents. He is at the top of his field because he is also passionate about music. And because throughout his career he has taken time to build and cultivate authentic relationships with clients based on mutual respect and trust." In his speech, MacSween explained how his role as student social secretary had provided "crucial and memorable experiences" and said he wanted to express his "heartfelt gratitude" for the honorary degree. "As a student the idea of returning years later to take my place on this platform in the Great Hall would never have entered my mind," he said. "My work as an international music agent has brought me in contact with celebrated musicians and legendary bands, many of who I was in contact with early in my career. Nourished by fierce loyalty and mutual trust these relationships have endured through the decades and I am deeply proud to represent some of the greatest musicians and artists in the world. "I am lucky. My work remains my passion and continues to energize and enthuse me. It is my driving force. I love the music and I love working with the artists I represent; they have become like family.” MacSween encouraged the graduating students to work in their future careers with enthusiasm, confidence, and commitment and to be brave and strong and take risks. Photo courtesy of University Of Exeter
Rod MacSween and Robert Plant

We had a bit of a surprise today when the one and only Robert Plant joined our new Honorary Graduate, Rod MacSween, on stage! International Talent Booking #graduation #ExeterForever Led Zeppelin

Posted by University of Exeter on Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Posted: July 18, 2019, 2:43 pm
FILTER's founding members Richard Patrick and Brian Liesegang have scrapped plans to make a new album together. Last fall, it was announced that Patrick and Liesegang were rejoining forces to create a new record. A PledgeMusic campaign was launched and the project was given a tentative title, "ReBus", as a nod to FILTER's 1995 debut, "Short Bus". Earlier today, Patrick took to FILTER's Facebook page to share a trailer for the upcoming 20th-anniversary reissue of FILTER's "Title Of Record". In an accompanying message, he wrote: "reBus is noBus!!! Due to the PledgeMusic debacle there will be no rebus record featuring Brian Liesagang. Instead we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of 'title of record'" (Direct-to-fan music platform PledgeMusic recently came under fire for missing thousands of dollars in payments to artists, and now appears headed for bankruptcy.) Richard has successfully led and spearheaded FILTER for the last 20 years, releasing many platinum records (including "Title of Record" and "The Almagamut"). Brian has been working with many others, spanning from Billy Corgan (SMASHING PUMPKINS), Sir Paul McCartney to the Dalai Lama. Both have been scoring and contributing music for motion pictures, video games, television shows, commercials, and different technological endeavors. The reunion of Patrick and Liesegang reportedly happened after they were challenged from the stage in mid-performance by their mutual friend Louise Post of VERUCA SALT, who stopped her concert to admonish them "to bury any bullshit, forget the crap, and get their shit together." The two had an interesting conversation on the drive home. After initially treating their renewed collaboration as an experiment to see what "might happen," they rediscovered not only their friendship, but also their unique "yin and yang" working style. Due on August 9 via Craft Recordings, the deluxe, 20th-anniversary reissue of "Title Of Record" will see the album remastered and available on vinyl for the first time, as well as on CD and digital. All formats are expanded featuring four bonus tracks: "(Can't You) Trip Like I Do" (originally recorded for the cult-classic soundtrack "Spawn The Album"), "Jurassitol" (previously released on "The Crow: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack"), plus remixes of the singles "The Best Things (Humble Brothers Remix)" and "Take A Picture (H&H Remix)". Both the two-LP set, and CD will feature new liner notes by author, journalist, and "Side Jams" podcast host Bryan Reesman. The expanded digital album also offers five additional rarities, including a live version of "Take A Picture", "The Best Things (Dub Pistols Club Mix)" and more.

reBus is noBus!!! Due to the PledgeMusic debacle there will be no rebus record featuring Brian Liesagang. Instead we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of “title of record”

Posted by Filter on Thursday, July 18, 2019
Posted: July 18, 2019, 2:28 pm
SHINEDOWN singer Brent Smith says that he and his bandmates have already done "some" songwriting for the follow-up to last year's "Attention Attention" album. Asked by Meltdown of Detroit's WRIF radio station if he is contantly working on new music and song ideas, Smith said (hear audio below): "I still do have what I call my two engines — is what I call it. Neither one of my engines are ever turned off, but I'll put one on standby, and I'll turn the other one on full-tilt boogie. So, that's basically studio and performance. When we're touring, that's more performance, and we're out and we're promoting and we're traveling — that's more the performance side. "For the longest time, while we were in the studio, we didn't add shows — we wouldn't play shows for that year," he continued. "Nothing. Zero. And then back in 2017, the interesting thing that happened was at the beginning of that year, when we started the writing process for the album, we got an opportunity to go Europe and the U.K. and we did 45 dates with IRON MAIDEN. So that's just something you don't ignore and you just go and do it. And what happened was it was so awesome, because it actually gave us such a perspective on the album, 'cause you weren't in the studio 24-7 — we were able to leave, get a little bit of a perspective and come back. And you're kind of infused with new energy and more creativity. But when it comes to the writing process, there does need to be a moment where I know I have a bit of structure in there, because, for me, I have to stay focused on what I'm doing. But I think even when we go into the writing process for the next record, we'll do some touring in between it. I think it's good for perspective." Asked if the writing process for SHINEDOWN's next LP has started, Smith said: "Some. There's a ton of stuff going on. It's interesting, man, 'cause we're booked all the way through December 21 of this year. We finish at the O2 Arena in London. We're already into — no B.S., man — we're already into August of 2020." "Attention Attention" debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 album chart back in May 2018. The band is on the road for the summer leg of its 2019 world tour, which will hit West Valley City, Utah on July 18 with support from BADFLOWER, DINOSAUR PILE-UP and BROKEN HANDS.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 1:59 pm
"Nebula", the new video from CYNIC frontman Paul Masvidal, can be seen below. A prominent player in the prog metal scene since he was a teenager, Masvidal reveals his songwriter roots with a solo acoustic album. Now available is the first of a trilogy of EPs, "Mythical Human Vessel", featuring a new direction that may earn the attention of a brand new audience in tune with his ethereal aesthetic and progressive point of view. After an acclaimed career as the songwriter and guitar player for CYNIC and DEATH (whose album "Human" earned a spot among Rolling Stone's "The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time"), Masvidal delivers his first solo effort under the moniker MASVIDAL. Produced by three-time Grammy winner Warren Riker (LAURYN HILL, FUGEES, SANTANA), the album is a departure from what his legions of fans have heard from Masvidal before. Ben Ratliff of The New York Times described Masvidal as one who "can expand his own sense of calm into an aggressive, extravagant art." In this offering, Masvidal channels music that is quietly powerful. Drawing on influences from musicians John Lennon, Brian Eno, Chet Baker, Russill Paul and Elliott Smith to visual artists Mark Rothko, Ai Weiwei, Hilma af Klimt and Cai Guo-Qiang, the songs are concise and starkly arranged with Masvidal's acoustic guitar playing and vocals front and center. In spite of the songs often painful subject matters of loss, depression, and heartache, the melodies are memorable. "These are songs of healing and transformation, and I hope they will have a similar effect on who hears them." says Masvidal. Each song on "Mythical Human Vessel" uses "Isochronic Tones" designed by Dr. Stephane Pigeon, creator of the Brian Eno-celebrated web site MyNoise. The tones are a groundbreaking type of sound therapy for increasing serotonin, alleviating depression and stress, improving focus, and aiding in restful sleep. "Mythical Human Vessel" is intended as "an inherently relaxing listening experience, and adding the tones multiplied the benefits," Masvidal says. "More serotonin for all!" "My wish is that these songs will bring more ease to people, and if anything, remind us to slow down and embrace life's circumstances, as courageously as possible." Among the video offerings with the album release is "Parasite" created by experimental artists Greymar; Apocalyptic landscapes are the backdrop to Masvidal's haunting vocals and the otherworldly pedal steel of Joshua Grange (SHERYL CROW, K.D. LANG).
Posted: July 18, 2019, 1:44 pm
The iconic art of some of metal's most influential and highly regarded albums will be presented in puzzle form for the first time ever. U.K.'s Zee Productions will release the first four classic METALLICA album covers as 500-piece jigsaws: "Kill 'Em All", "Ride The Lightning", "Master Of Puppets" and "…And Justice For All" will be released on September 20. All puzzles come in a vinyl box set-sized box, that will fit alongside vinyl record collection. Pre-orders are available at Back in April, Zee Productions launched a new range of rock and metal jigsaw puzzles, Rock Saws. The first collection included jigsaws based on some of the greatest albums in heavy metal history from IRON MAIDEN, MOTÖRHEAD, JUDAS PRIEST and SLAYER. The artwork from each of these legendary albums is now available as a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle printed on high-quality board. With 110 million records sold and seven Grammys, METALLICA is one of the few metal bands to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The group's commercial breakthrough and Grammy-winning "... And Justice For All" celebrated its 30 anniversary in 2018 with a deluxe re-release. In November 2016, METALLICA's latest studio album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", became its sixth to debut at the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart. The effort has reportedly sold more than five million copies worldwide.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 1:34 pm
A new RUSH film, "Cinema Strangiato: An Annual Exercise In Fan Indulgence", will get a one-night-only cinematic screening on August 21. The film, which takes viewers behind the scenes of RUSH's 2015 "R40" 40th-anniversary tour, will feature song performances, unreleased soundcheck and backstage footage, and new interviews with producer Nick Raskulinecz and RUSH fans Tom Morello, Billy Corgan, Taylor Hawkins, violinist Jonathan Dinklage and more. RUSH singer/bassist Geddy Lee, who released "Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book Of Bass" in December, told the 93.3 WMMR radio station about "Cinema Strangiato" (hear audio below): "What it is is basically a way of celebrating the 'R40' tour in the sense on a big screen. It's taking a lot of stuff that fans might have seen on that video, the concert footage, but it's added a few twists to it — there's some soundcheck footage, there's some pieces that people haven't seen and haven't been released, and there are interviews with various musicians blah-blah-blah-ing about us. [Laughs] So I think the intent of the record company, in that regard, was just to create something that you can't have at home. Going into a venue with a ton of other like-minded RUSH fans and celebrating the final tour, as it were." The Trafalgar Releasing and Anthem Entertainment event has been made possible through a partnership with Concord Music Group. Trafalgar Releasing senior vice president for acquisitions Kymberli Frueh said: "Trafalgar Releasing is thrilled to bring 'Rush: Cinema Strangiato 2019' to theatres around the globe for the first of what we're hoping will become an annual event — bringing fans together to experience a celebration of one of the world's most popular rock bands."
Posted: July 18, 2019, 1:00 pm
Dave Mustaine has canceled his appearance at this year's edition of the San Diego Comic-Con International. The MEGADETH leader, who was recently diagnosed with throat cancer, was scheduled to sign copies of the band's graphic novel, "Death By Design", at the Heavy Metal magazine booth #1529 on Sunday, July 21 between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Earlier today, MEGADETH released the following statement: "San Diego Comic-Con International fans, we have some good news/bad news. By doctor's orders, we need to cancel Dave Mustaine's appearance at Heavy Metal magazine's booth. But MEGADETH always covers its fans! An exclusive 12"x12" print will be given to buyers of the deluxe edition of 'Megadeth: Death By Design' signed by Dave Mustaine, Kiko Loureiro, David Ellefson and Dirk Verbeuren! "The signing, at Heavy Metal's San Diego Comic Con booth #1529, will include over a dozen writers and artists from 'Megadeth: Death By Design'. "Let's all send good wishes to Dave during his treatment and for a speedy recovery!" The 57-year-old Mustaine revealed his cancer diagnosis on June 17 on social media. He said that he has already begun treatment as part of a plan that his doctors feel has a "90% success rate." Although most of MEGADETH's previously announced 2019 tour dates have been canceled as Mustaine undergoes treatment, the MEGADETH-curated Megacruise — which is set to take place October 13-19 — will still depart as scheduled, and the band will be a part of it in some form. "Death By Design" features stories written and illustrated by top talent from the comics, film, television and music world inspired by the songs on MEGADETH's 35th-anniversary greatest-hits compilation, "Warheads On Foreheads". Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson are the two remaining original members of MEGADETH, which was formed in 1983, following Mustaine's dismissal from METALLICA.

San Diego Comic-Con International fans, we have some good news/bad news. By doctor's orders, we need to cancel Dave...

Posted by Megadeth on Thursday, July 18, 2019
Posted: July 18, 2019, 12:51 pm
San Diego-based deathgrind masters CATTLE DECAPITATION will release their new album, titled "Death Atlas", on November 29 via Metal Blade Records. The disc was once again recorded at Denver's Flatline Audio with producer Dave Otero. Vocalist Travis Ryan comments: "We have crafted what we feel is our strongest album to date and we are really looking forward to bringing a couple of the tracks off of it to lacerate your eardrums on this upcoming 'Summer Slaughter Tour'. "Fans soon will witness the culmination of this last year's blood, sweat and tears honed to a devastating, brutal and impactful audio document that I feel will resonate with fans of the last few records for years to come. Musically and lyrically, there is a lot of grief, anger, hate, passion and emotion poured into this one and we have found these can be excellent ingredients for extreme metal. "We are once again rejuvenated and ready to spread the death and despair over this sphere that is perpetually being torn apart by us insignificants. There is no map to guide you out of this one — 'Death Atlas' is coming!" "Death Atlas" will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow (July 19) exclusively at the 2019 "The Summer Slaughter Tour", which will see CATTLE DECAPITATION close each show. To pre-order "Death Atlas", please visit the CATTLE DECAPITATION merch table, where a special autographed laminate (plus t-shirt) can be purchased that includes a copy of the CD or digital download of the album on November 29. All other physical and digital pre-orders will available starting September 5. "The Summer Slaughter Tour" will kick off on July 19 in Salt Lake City. CARNIFEX and THE FACELESS will also share the main event and perform full headline sets. RIVERS OF NIHIL, NEKROGOBLIKON, LORNA SHORE, BRAND OF SACRIFICE and the "Headbang For The Highway" winners will join as support.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 12:17 pm
A two-minute video in which OPETH vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt discusses the band's recently released single "Heart In Hand", can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's 13th album, "In Cauda Venenum", which will be released on September 27 via Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Recorded last year at Stockholm's Park Studios, "In Cauda Venenum" will be released in two versions, in both Swedish and English languages. Various physical and digital formats will be available. Commenting on the new song, Åkerfeldt says: "'Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör' or 'Heart In Hand' as it's called in English is one of the first couple of songs I wrote for 'In Cauda Venenum'. I immediately knew that it would probably be favoured by 'the powers that be' when talks of future singles for the record would commence. And I was right. I generally leave it up to the labels or managements to pick the so-called singles. I'm indifferent as I put an equal amount of dedication into all songs, so it doesn't matter all that much to me. I guess it's one of the more straightforward songs on the album. A rather rocking little thing. It's got one of the 'happy mistakes' in it too. Mendez's bass broke down in the middle of recording. At the time he played an old Hofner BEATLES-esque bass guitar that started humming real bad, but it sounded so good we immediately decided to keep it in there. I'd be putting myself down if I said that noise is the best part of the song, but it's up there. I like when stuff happens out of your control, and it actually adds to the piece. This is the first full taster of the new OPETH album, and of course I hope you like it. All the songs on the new album are different from each other and therefore equally representable in my view. Enjoy!" Regarding the sonic direction of the new record, Åkerfeldt adds: "For us, at this stage with 'In Cauda Venenum', heaviness isn't guitars tuned down with screaming vocals over the top. That's not necessarily what I call ‘heavy' music these days. I can listen to KORN and say, 'Okay, that's heavy.' But it doesn't really mean anything to me. I mean, I catch up on things in magazines or online. I read about bands that have the 'heaviest record ever,' and I'm not too impressed by that. Okay, it's cool but what does it say? What does it mean? It's an impossible mission, to be the heaviest. That's been done before. Over time, I got tired of that tag. Of course, when I was younger, it meant everything to me. I was always on the pursuit for heaviness in my youth, trying to find the next level of heaviness. First it was death metal, then it was bands like MESHUGGAH, but heaviness is now more about emotions, heavy chord progressions, music that has feelings. Heaviness doesn't mean MESHUGGAH anymore, although indeed they're a fucking heavy band. I'm not trying to tap into that anymore." "In Cauda Venenum" track listing: 01. Livet's Trädgård / Garden Of Earthly Delights (Intro) 02. Svekets Prins / Dignity 03. Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör / Heart In Hand 04. De Närmast Sörjande / Next Of Kin 05. Minnets Yta / Lovelorn Crime 06. Charlatan 07. Ingen Sanning Är Allas / Universal Truth 08. Banemannen / The Garroter 09. Kontinuerlig Drift / Continuum 10. Allting Tar Slut / All Things Will Pass In anticipation for the impending release, OPETH will perform shows around the world through the end of the year. OPETH's last album, "Sorceress", was released in September 2016. For the band's first effort for Nuclear Blast via OPETH's imprint label Moderbolaget Records, the group returned to Rockfield Studios in Wales, also home to pivotal releases from QUEEN, RUSH and JUDAS PRIEST, where the Swedes had tracked "Pale Communion" in 2014 with Tom Dalgety. Last November, OPETH released a live album, "Garden Of The Titans: Live At Red Rocks Amphitheatre".
Posted: July 18, 2019, 11:29 am
Danish/American hard rock group VOLBEAT has just released its new song "Cheapside Sloggers", featuring a guest guitar solo by Gary Holt of EXODUS and SLAYER. The track comes off VOLBEAT's forthcoming seventh album, "Rewind, Replay, Rebound", due on August 2 via Republic Records. "I wanted to add something new and not typical, so why not bring in Gary Holt? He is a great guitar player, and the solo sounds great," says VOLBEAT singer and vocalist Michael Poulsen. The "Cheapside Sloggers" video was directed by Shan Dan Horan of Shadow Born Group, who has previously created many lyric videos for the band, including "Parasite", "The Devil's Bleeding Crown", "For Evigt", "The Bliss", "Black Rose" and "Seal The Deal". At this point in their already storied career, VOLBEAT has opened for METALLICA, MOTÖRHEAD and SLIPKNOT, garnered the 2014 "Best Metal Performance" Grammy nomination for "Room 24" and won multiple Danish Music Awards. For this album, they mine their own personal histories and that of their genre: the song "When We Were Kids" finds VOLBEAT ruminating on immortality and innocence we all naively experience in our youth, while "Rewind The Exit" and "Die To Live" both explore how the pursuit of perfection can be a hollow goal. "Rewind, Replay, Rebound" was produced by longtime collaborator Jacob Hansen and co-produced by Rob Caggiano and Michael Poulsen. This marks the first studio album with Kaspar Boye Larsen on bass. To achieve the album's sound, the band also drew upon a myriad of guests. In addition to again working with backing vocalist Mia Maja on several tracks, they also reunited with the Harlem Gospel Choir. CLUTCH vocalist Neil Fallon is featured on "Die To Live", the result of touring together and a love for the singer's gruff and powerful style. Raynier Jacob Jacildo (piano) and Doug Corocran (saxophone) of JD McPherson's band also lend their talents to the song. "Cheapside Sloggers" features a ripping guitar solo by EXODUS and SLAYER guitarist Gary Holt. Ultimately, VOLBEAT have not lost their passion to create and progress. It's that which keeps them hungry — and musically honest on the new album. VOLBEAT recently announced the first leg of the "Rewind, Replay, Rebound" world tour, with support from BARONESS and DANKO JONES. "Rewind, Replay, Rebound" track listing: Standard CD/2LP 01. Last Day Under The Sun 02. Pelvis On Fire 03. Rewind The Exit 04. Die To Live (feat. Neil Fallon) 05. When We Were Kids 06. Sorry Sack of Bones 07. Cloud 9 08. Cheapside Sloggers 09. Maybe I Believe 10. Parasite 11. Leviathan 12. The Awakening of Bonnie Parker 13. The Everlasting 14. 7:24 Deluxe 2CD/Digital Disc 1: 01. Last Day Under The Sun 02. Pelvis On Fire 03. Rewind The Exit 04. Die To Live (feat. Neil Fallon) 05. When We Were Kids 06. Sorry Sack of Bones 07. Cloud 9 08. Cheapside Sloggers 09. Maybe I Believe 10. Parasite 11. Leviathan 12. The Awakening of Bonnie Parker 13. The Everlasting 14. 7:24 Disc 2: 01. Under The Influence 02. Immortal But Destructible 03. Die To Live 04. Last Day Under The Sun (Demo) 05. Rewind The Exit (Demo) 06. When We Were Kids (Demo) 07. Maybe I Believe (Demo) 08. Leviathan (Demo) Photo credit: Ross Halfin
Posted: July 18, 2019, 11:23 am
KORN's Andzej Gavriss-directed music video for the song "You'll Never Find Me" can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "The Nothing", which will be released on September 13 via Roadrunner/Elektra. The follow-up to 2016's "The Serenity Of Suffering" was once again produced by Nick Raskulinecz. KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch told The Pulse Of Radio about the band's 13th studio LP: "I would say that it's like a continuation of our last record. It's really guitar-heavy and energetic — there's a lot of energy. We came back to the root of what KORN is, in our sound, in the lyrics and in the feel of the songs. And so what KORN started out to be, I feel like we're doing that right now." KORN frontman Jonathan Davis told Kerrang! magazine that he is "really, really, really proud" of "The Nothing". "I worked really hard on it," he said. "The rest of the members worked hard and really did a great job. It's a very dark record." Davis, whose estranged wife Deven died last August, said that the album reflected events in his life, explaining: "It's basically me dealing with all the stuff that happened to me last year. Very emotional for me, but it is what it is. I can't wait for people to hear it. I really spent a long time on doing what I wanted to do this time." While he shied away from calling "The Nothing" a concept album, Davis did say making the album was both difficult and therapeutic. He remarked: "It sucked. I'm not gonna say it didn't. It was just really hard. But that's how I've always dealt with all my problems — just throwing my heart and soul into my art." KORN will embark on a co-headlining amphitheater tour across North America this summer, starting on July 18 in Del Valle, Texas and hitting nearly 30 cities before wrapping on September 4 in Mountain View, California.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 11:14 am


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