LIMP BIZKIT's WES BORLAND Talks BLACK LIGHT BURNS In New Video Interview
Austria's Mulatschag TV recently conducted an interview with LIMP BIZKIT guitarist and BLACK LIGHT BURNS frontman Wes Borland. You can now watch the chat below.
BLACK LIGHT BURNS released a new album, "Lotus Island", on January 21 through digital retailers such as Amazon or iTunes, as well as via the band's official web site. The 40-minute effort includes seven instrumental tracks, three brand new songs, and a complete remix and remaster of the"It Rapes All In Its Path" tune.
Wes recently hinted that "Lotus Island" can be listened to on its own or experienced along with the 1973 Alejandro Jodorowsky film "The Holy Mountain" as an alternative soundtrack during the first 40 minutes, "before and up to the point where the movie launches into the individual stories of the most powerful people in the world."
"Lotus Island" track listing:
01. The Alchemist
02. The Thief
03. The City
04. It's Good To Be Gold
05. The Opportunists
06. The Hate Of My Life
07. The Dancers
08. It Rapes All In Its Path
09. The Parasite
10. My Love Is Coming For You
11. The Master
Check out audio samples of the entire album at Amazon.com.
"Lotus Island" was mixed by Borland and follows last year's "The Moment You Realize You're Going To Fall", which sold around 900 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 20 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"The Moment You Realize You're Going To Fall" was issued on August 14, 2012 via Rocket Science Ventures/THC: Music.
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE: 'Temper Temper' Track-By-Track Breakdown Parts 2 And 3
Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will release their fourth studio album, "Temper Temper", on February 12. The LP will be available in both standard and deluxe editions on RCA Records.
A video breakdown of the last seven tracks from the album can be seen in two parts below.
"Temper Temper" was once again produced by Don Gilmore (LINKIN PARK, GOOD CHARLOTTE), who worked on the group's last LP, 2010's"Fever", and was mixed by noted engineer Chris Lord-Alge (DEFTONES,NICKELBACK, AVENGED SEVENFOLD).
Speaking to Cameron Edney of Australia's Scene magazine, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE frontman Matt Tuck stated about the lyrical themes covered on the new CD: "'Temper Temper' is about losing touch with each other and losing touch with reality in the band, taking things for granted.
"There was a part of the last touring cycle where, for the first time in the 20 years that we've known each other, we started to dislike each other a little bit and weren't hanging out together. That's why the album is called'Temper Temper'. That's why a lot of the songs are called what they are, and the lyrical content reflects those times. This album is the most personal album I've ever written. It was a weird time for us."
As personal as the album is, there are some songs Tuck connects with more than others. "'Breaking Point' is an important one; it's the first one we wrote for the album," he said. "I think the first song you write is the most important 'cause it really sets the tone for where the album is going. Lyrically, I think 'Living Life (On The Edge Of A Knife)' and 'Truth Hurts'are the most personal. They are delving into the darker side of being inBULLET, the rough times... drinking too much, experimenting with drugs, being a bit too rock 'n' roll. It's letting people know that it is an amazing lifestyle, but at times it can be a dark, lonely place, especially if you're not enjoying yourself. It's a shitty place to be when things get tough."
"Temper Temper" track listing:
01. Breaking Point
02. Truth Hurts
03. Temper Temper
05. Dirty Little Secret
07. Dead To The World
09. Saints n Sinners
10. Tears Don't Fall (Part 2)
11. Livin Life (On The Edge of A Knife)
Deluxe-edition bonus tracks:
12. Not Invincible
13. Whole Lotta Rosie (from the "Live Lounge" show on BBC Radio 1)
14. Scream Aim Fire (from the "Live Lounge" show on BBC Radio)
The "Temper Temper" title track was released on November 25 across all digital providers.
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's video for the song "Riot" can be seen below. The clip was filmed in November in New York City with renowned director P.R. Brown, who has previously worked with such artists as MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood,Prince, AUDIOSLAVE, MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX: A.M.
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will embark on a U.K. tour in March. Support on all dates will come from HALESTORM.
"Temper Temper" track by track - part 3:
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SOUNDGARDEN: Los Angeles Concert To Be Filmed By 'Live From The Artists Den'
"Live From The Artists Den", the three-time New YorkEmmy-nominated television series which pairs world-class musicians with unique venues to create intimate, once-in-a-lifetime concerts, will film SOUNDGARDEN's February 17 concert at Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California. They will also be giving away round-trip airfare and tickets for one fan and a guest to attend the show. Enter the contest at this location.
SOUNDGARDEN released the music video on January 29 for "By Crooked Steps", the second single from the quartet's new album, "King Animal". Singer Chris Cornell told The Pulse Of Radio a little about the tune: "It's one of the earlier songs that we started working on, but I also felt like it, to me, is like definitely sort of a new chapter for us. If you wanted to take one example of SOUNDGARDEN progressing, that's a good one for me."
The "By Crooked Steps" clip was directed by FOO FIGHTERS frontmanDave Grohl, who submitted a treatment for the video on his own initiative after hearing the song.
"King Animal" came out last November and was SOUNDGARDEN's first set of all-new material in 16 years.
SOUNDGARDEN kicked off a winter North American tour last month.
COREY TAYLOR Says New SLIPKNOT Album Is Two Years Away
Although he's still deeply immersed in the promotion and touring cycle forSTONE SOUR's double album, "House Of Gold And Bones", singer Corey Taylor has a rough timeline worked out in his head for the next SLIPKNOTalbum — and he told The Pulse Of Radio it's still quite far off. "Essentially, I want to start looking at putting demos together for SLIPKNOT fall of 2014, to go in the studio in 2015 and start making an album. So it's gonna be a while," he said.
Taylor told Loudwire that SLIPKNOT will play five festival shows this year, all overseas, and that other, unnamed members of the band are "getting healthy and trying to stay healthy," although he did not go into detail.
He mentioned a similar timeline in that interview as well, saying that the band would begin demoing material in late 2014.
SLIPKNOT's last U.S. performances were its own Knotfest shows, which took place last August in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Somerset, Wisconsin.
SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray died in May 2010 from an overdose of drugs — a devastating tragedy which brought the other members of the band closer together and helped them reconnect after they grew apart through years of touring and success.
"We had all stretched ourselves into different lives for the most part, and then we lost Paul," Taylor told DesMoinesRegister.com in August. "It was such a shock to us that it made us sit up and look at what we were doing with our lives and how we were toward each other. We were so close in the beginning, then for whatever reason we all drifted apart here and there.
"Losing someone like that, a great friend and an amazing brother — someone who is so important to the band in so many ways — you start to look at what you take for granted."
Gray made his final recorded appearance on SLIPKNOT's 2008 album, "All Hope Is Gone", which was certified platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) in August 2010 for shipments in excess of one million copes in the United States — the band's fourth consecutive full-length release to achieve the milestone.
IN THIS MOMENT Guitarist: 'In The Grand Scheme Of Things, We're A Blip On The Radar'
Alison Richter of Examiner.com recently conducted an interview with guitarist Chris Howorth of Southern California'sIN THIS MOMENT. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Examiner.com: ["Blood"] is your third album with [producer] Kevin Churko. How has the working relationship grown?
Chris: We met Kevin after our first album. We went to Vegas and did one song with him to see how it would go. We were there for two days and we hit it off with him instantly. He was so talented and such a great guy.Maria [Brink, vocals] and I have always historically butted heads when writing because we each want our way, and back then, especially, it could be much more of a painful process to write songs. Kevin had a way of getting through all that and getting the best out of us. We both trusted him and his decisions, so we let him be the final word on things we disagreed about. We loved that album ["The Dream"] so much that there was no question in our minds that we would go with Kevin again for the next album ["A Star-Crossed Wasteland"] for the same reason: we felt that he was a great talent. With this one, Maria and I were adamant that we wanted to work with Kevin again. We felt that there's always been magic and chemistry between us when we all write, and Kevin thinks that we're a band that hasn't gotten its due yet. He believes in us and has always made it work for us and that's why we're still with him. It was the right decision, because once we switched management and the members left, we were scared. "What are we going to do?" "Do people not believe in us anymore?" Are we done?" — these are questions we were asking in our heads. Kevin said, "You don't need anyone else. The three of us can make this happen and make the best record you've ever made. It's just a matter of time for you." He's a part of the team, and from the beginning we've said that. He's integral to this process. He's like a band member.
Examiner.com: What is different about this album?
Chris: First, we lost our rhythm section, guys who were partners with us since the beginning and so they all had a say in everything. Even thoughMaria and I were always the leaders and the final word, we always respected everyone else and took their opinions into consideration. This time, writing and recording, it was just Maria and I and Kevin that needed to be happy. It opened a whole new realm for us. Everything is our choice and it makes it different in that way. We're also feeling a lot freer to experiment and try new things. We've added new elements to our sound. People hear it and know that it's us, but it's fresh and new and more modern and it's taking us to a whole new level.
Examiner.com: Do you ever step back from the band and grasp the breadth of what you have accomplished so far?
Chris: When you're in it so deeply, like we are, sometimes you lose track of that stuff. The only way to do it is to step outside of it, if you can do that, and look at the whole thing. When we're touring, if we have a bad show or we feel it's not the right tour for us, it can feel like, "What are we doing? Are we falling apart?" You're so deep inside of it. But when you step outside of it, you meet a new fan who tells you how much you mean to them, or how big the band is, or other bands tell you that. Otherwise, you don't really know. So it kind of depends on where we are in our heads as to how we view the whole thing. We know we've been very blessed to do a lot of amazing things. Our band is established to a point where a lot of people in the metal and hard rock worlds know our name, but in the grand scheme of things, we're a blip on the radar. We want to break through that. So it's hard to gauge. It depends on who we talk to and how we view ourselves.
Rad the entire interview from Examiner.com.
Dave Grohl and Elton John Reveal Collaboration on Queens of the Stone Age Track
On his third go-round as guest host for Chelsea Handler on her E! show Chelsea Lately, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl on Wednesday revealed during an interview with Elton John that the Rocket Man played on a Queens of the Stone Agetrack that was recorded last fall.
The interview was something of a gush-fest between the pair, beginning with the two recalling how they first met.
Grohl explained he was in London with his wife and a friend several years ago when they spotted Elton hurrying into his car. The starstruck friend wanted Grohl to introduce them, but the superstar's car drove off: only to stop and, to Grohl's surprise, drop Elton off so he could introduce himself as a fan of the Foo Fighters frontman.
Elton explained his decision to appear on the E! show by saying, "I do respect this guy so much, I think he's probably the most respected guy from his generation in the business, and I couldn't say no. And I love him dearly.”
The pair then discussed their until-now secret collaboration on a Queens of the Stone Age track, which Elton apparently recorded right after his duet with Engelbert Humperdinck. "I went from Engelbert Humperdinck to Queens of the Stone Age, which was a bit of a mindfu**," John joked.
No word on when or if the track will be released, but Queens of the Stone Age have said they plan to release a new album sometime in the first half of this year.
Elton also revealed that he's willing to play with a lot of bands, but hardly any ask him because they assume he'll say no.
Elton expressed his admiration for Grohl, saying, "I love him because he's still a fan of music. He's got so many different projects he plays on, he's got so many bands he's a part of, and he has the time, he takes the time to champion people, and that's where I'm at, still, and I love people like this, so you know, he's a good guy."
When Elton told Grohl, "And one day, I'll play on stage with you, maybe," Grohl replied, "Promise?" Elton said yes.
Jack White Talks Plans to Reissue Over 25,000 Rare and Vintage Blues Recordings on Vinyl
Jack White has revealed more details about his new vinyl reissue series, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order. The ex-White Stripes singer says that he plans to reissue the entire catalog of rare and vintage blues recordings that are owned by Scottish independent Blues label, Document Records.
"There's over 25,000 recordings [to release]," he tells BBC 6 Music. "[I’ll be] releasing the full recorded works [in] chronological order. It's not a project for the faint-hearted."
White adds that releasing the recordings through his label, Third Man Records, is a labor of love and has nothing to do with turning a profit. “We just want to create things that we want to see exist and if it breaks even, we're lucky -- if not, it doesn't really matter,” he explains. “[These recordings are] very important to American history and also to the history of the world.”
The first installment of White's reissue series was released on January 29 and featured recordings by Charley Patton, Blind Willie McTell and The Mississippi Sheiks.
Baroness' Driver to Face Criminal Charges for Tour Bus Crash
On August 15 of last year, Baroness’ tour bus fell 30 feet from a viaduct outside of Bath, England, injuring the four band members and their five crew members, some seriously. Now, BBC News is reporting that the tour bus driver, Norman Markus, will appear in court in April.
Markus will be facing a number of criminal charges including “using a vehicle with defective brakes,” “not having the correct license entitlement to drive the coach involved in the crash,” “insufficient daily and weekly rest periods” and “using a vehicle in a condition likely to cause danger of injury.”
Within a few weeks of the accident, frontman John Baizley posted an open letter to fans on the band’s website to give his account of what happened the night of the crash.
"When the bus hit the ground, I flew like a missile into the windshield,” wrote the singer. “My left leg was very obviously and badly broken. My left arm was crushed beyond belief, broken in the middle…and hanging 90 degrees backwards, with many spurs of bone poking through muscles and sinew at the surface of my skin. There was blood, glass and diesel fuel everywhere.”
As a result of the crash, the band was forced to cancel the reminder of its 2012 tour dates.
Beck to Unveil Cover of David’s Bowie’s ”Sound and Vision” on Sunday
While you won’t see Beck on stage at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, the singer will be offering up a unique performance for his fans on the day of the big show.
Beck has revealed that he’ll will be releasing a video of his cover version of David Bowie’s song, “Sound and Vision,” as part of the Lincoln motor company's online "Hello, Again" series, which features musicians reinterpreting classic tracks from iconic artists.
According to Billboard.com, the song was recorded with a “167-piece ensemble” on Tuesday night on a soundstage on the 20th Century Fox lot in front of 300 audience members. Beck's father, David Campbell, helped shape the performance by conducting the ensemble. While the original 1977 track was only three minutes long, Beck’s version reportedly timed out at a whopping eight minutes.
Beck’s performance of “Sound and Vision” will be available on Lincoln.com on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET.