LAMB OF GOD Guitarist Sends His 'Love And Prayers' To BARONESS
LAMB OF GOD guitarist Willie Adler has posted the following message on his Facebook page:
"I want to send all my love and prayers to our brothers in BARONESS. What they have endured is one of my greatest fears of touring. To be in that situation has to be extremely harrowing. I can only hope that their recovery is speedy and their trauma is shortlived. Again, all my thoughts and prayers are with BARONESS, their crew and their families. I feel that I can speak on behalf of all of the LAMB family when I say we love you, and are all praying for you. We can't wait to be back out on the road with you guys doing what we do best."
BARONESS was involved in a road accident this morning (Wednesday, August 15) in England when the band's tour bus reportedly plummeted for 30 feet over a viaduct after going through a security barrier during heavy rain. Nine people, including the four members of the group, were sent to the hospital, two of them with serious injuries. The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.
All previously scheduled BARONESS shows have been postponed until further notice.
BARONESS Tour Bus Crash: BBC NEWS Video Report Available
A two-minute BBC News video report on the road accident that resulted in BARONESS's tour bus plunging more than 30 feet down an embankment near Bath, England can be seen below.
According to Mirror.co.uk, the accident occurred when the 52-seater bus smashed through a fence near a viaduct in heavy rain and careered down a densely wooded bank onto a road below.
Two of the nine passengers on board — who were trapped and had to be rescued by firefighters using hydraulic cutting equipment — suffered fractures and seven others were hospitalized for minor injuries, officials said.
A mechanic who works nearby told Mirror.co.uk, "It looks like the coach has gone through the traffic lights, skidded through a fence and fallen onto the road below.
"It's a sheer drop. The coach managed to land on its wheels — but it was a mess.
"The front of it was completely caved in and there was a lot of damage to the back too.
"There were paramedics on the scene treating people."
Inspector Steve Mildren said: "We know that there were nine passengers on the coach.
"They have all been accounted for and there are some injuries and they are receiving medical treatment at hospital.
"At this time we don't believe that any of those injuries are life-threatening.
"It had been raining really heavily, as it has been for much of the day."
The band played at The Fleece in Bristol last night. They were on their way to Southampton when the accident happened.
BARONESS released its new album, "Yellow & Green", last month via Relapse Records.
DROWNING POOL: First Studio Recording With New Singer Available For Streaming
A new DROWNING POOL song called "In Memory Of…" can be streamed below. The track was released yesterday to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the passing of the band's original singer, Dave Williams.
Said DROWNING POOL: "This song is dedicated to anyone and everyone who has lost a friend or family member. This one is from us to you, Dave."
Williams died on tour in 2002 after singing on the band's debut, "Sinner". He was replaced by Jason "Gong" Jones, who also contributed to one record, "Desensitized", before being shown the door in 2004.
"In Memory Of…" is the first studio recording to be made available withDROWNING POOL's fourth singer, Jasen Moreno, who replaced Ryan McCombs.
McCombs exited the group at the end of 2011 after a six-year stint in the lineup. He sang on two studio efforts by DROWNING POOL, 2007's "Full Circle" and 2010's self-titled fourth album.
Moreno, who previously sang in fellow Texas band THE SUICIDE HOOK, made his live debut as a member of DROWNING POOL on July 8 at a club in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
In a posting on the band's official Facebook page, DROWNING POOLguitarist C.J. Pierce wrote, "It's been a real pleasure for all of us working with Jasen Moreno. He jumped right in and stepped up to the plate. He's everything we hoped for in a singer."
He continued, "Jasen came in and got straight to work on new music for our next CD. Out of respect to all past singers, and most importantly theDROWNING POOL fans, he learned every song from every CD we've made in the past as well.
"Jasen has brought us not only a new voice but a new fire to theDROWNING POOL sound. We all can't wait to get the new music out to there to everyone with the live show.
"We just did a two-week run, and I have to say I haven't had this much fun in over ten years. It's really great playing a lot of old songs and jamming some of the new tunes as well. I think some of my favorite moments on this run is when fans come up and request songs and we can play any song from any CD for them.
"Looking forward to the rest of our career with Jasen. The singer switch is finally over!"
In an exclusive interview in the September 2012 issue of Guitar Worldmagazine, Moreno said, "I am extremely happy and very grateful to be a part of the DROWNING POOL family. Everyone's been so welcoming, especially the fans. I can't praise them enough. They've made me feel right at home. This first run of live shows couldn't have gone any better!"
DROWNING POOL's fifth album and their first with Moreno is due out early 2013. The band teamed up with producer Kato Khandwalla at House of Loud Studios in New Jersey earlier this year, and will be finishing the album in Dallas.
DROWNING POOL is:
C.J. Pierce - Guitar, Vocals Stevie Benton - Bass, Vocals Mike Luce - Drums, Vocals Jasen Moreno - Vocals
SOUNDGARDEN's New Album Due In November
According to Rolling Stone, reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDENhave set a November 13 release date for their as-yet-untitled new album. "It re-establishes that we still rock, we're still heavy, and we're still a little weird," SOUNDGARDEN guitarist Kim Thayil tells the magazine. The CD will feature tracks like "Blood On The Valley Floor" and "A Thousand Days Before", the latter of which "has a little Indian thing and some chicken-pickin'," Thayil says. "We call it 'country and eastern.'"
After reuniting in 2010, SOUNDGARDEN completed recording earlier this year on its first set of all-new material since 1996's "Down On The Upside".
The group's new song "Live To Rise" recently topped the Active Rock radio chart. The tune was taken from "Avengers Assemble", the companion soundtrack to the blockbuster movie"The Avengers".
According to The Pulse Of Radio, SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornellrecently revealed in an interview with the New York Times that there are some 15 songs from the band's earliest days that have yet to be released in any form. Cornell explained, "It was the first 15 we wrote. It was on a cassette that Kim [Thayil, guitarist] always referred to as 'The First 15.'" He added, "We were a band for a couple of years before we really did much (recording) . . . when we would go in to record, we tended to record the newest things we had written, because it was what we were most excited about."
Cornell continued that as a result, some of that earlier material fell by the wayside. He said, "We just got together in our room and started writing songs and did it very quickly. And then we would sit around and discuss what that sounds like, and then over time, I think we would maybe be critical about some of the things we were writing and playing and excited about some of the new stuff we were bringing into the band."
Drummer Matt Cameron told The Pulse Of Radio that the band's approach to making music hasn't changed that dramatically since its early days. "We started out very humbly here in the Northwest and I don't think we've ever really gone too far from those sort of ideals, which were, you know, real do-it-yourself, kind of '80s underground ideals," he said. "And it just feels good to lock up in a room together and write music together and play together that is uniquely our own thing."
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE Frontman On Upcoming Album: 'We've Definitely Nailed It On This Record'
South Africa's Voice Of Rock Radio conducted an interview with vocalist/guitarist Matt Tuck of Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE when the band played the One Night In Cape Town indoor festival on August 9.
Asked about BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's longevity and musical progression over the years, Tuck said, "I definitely think we've got longevity, 'cause we are longevity. We've been doing this eight years now and we're still at the top of the game of… we're still at the top of our tree of our style of music. I mean, no one's really kind of tried to take us over. So we have kind of taken the foot off the gas already a little bit with [2010's] 'Fever', and the album we just recorded, we've actually backed off a little bit again — not because we don't think people don't wanna hear heavy music, we've actually made it heavier by slowing down and less is more. Like METALLICA's 'black album,' you wouldn't necessarily call it a heavy album, but the sound of it is fucking heavy and it's big and it sounds timeless because of that. It's not a million miles an hour — it's big and heavy and loud. We're not trying to make a 'black' album, we're just trying to kind of take that theory of slowing down, putting less technical bits in and concentrating on the vocals and the meat and bones of the song."
According to Tuck, the recording sessions for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's new album went more smoothly than those for the band's previous CDs, due in part to the experience of working with acclaimed rock producer Don Gilmore (LINKIN PARK, GOOD CHARLOTTE) on the group's last LP, the aforementioned "Fever". "We worked with Don Gilmore again on this new record we just finished, Matt said. "For me, it's a huge compliment that he really didn't have much input, 'cause on the last record he did, and it kind of opened my eyes to write differently and to think about, not slowing things down, but kind of… there's no restraint on screaming and restraint on a million miles an hour. It's not necessary, really. We've kind of done that [already]. So on this record, [he kind of] sat back and let me do it without having much input, which to me, knowing Don, is a huge compliment, 'cause it means I've kind of done it right by my own. So, yeah, we've definitely fucking nailed it on this record. I know it's a long way before coming out and anyone's gonna hear anything, but I've lived with [it] and I know what it is, and trust me, it's good."
"Fever" sold 71,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart. "Fever" also landed in the Top Five in Australia, the U.K., Japan, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Dave Mustaine Claims Obama Staged Aurora Massacre, Sikh Temple Shootings
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, who has already questioned whether or not President Barack Obama was born in the U.S., paused during a concert in Singapore last week to accuse the president of staging the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, and the shootings at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
There's YouTube video of Mustaine's onstage remarks on Wednesday, in which the guitarist says the president staged the shootings to further a gun control agenda. The remarks came at an August 7 show.
In the video, Mustaine can be heard saying, "My president is trying to pass a gun ban so he's staging all of these murders like the Fast and Furious thing down at the border and Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there. And now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple." He continues, "I was talking to JD our promoter here tonight...I was saying, 'I don't know where I'm gonna live if America keeps going the way it's going because it looks like it's turning into Nazi America.'"
Green Day Debuts "Lustful" Video for "Oh Love"
On Wednesday evening, MTV debuted the video for "Oh Love," the single from Green Day's upcoming album ¡Uno!, which hits stores on September 25.
The video features the band playing as models vamp for a photographer's camera and each other, and lounge about seductively as Green Day does its thing on a makeshift stage.
In an interview with MTV personality Sway, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong described the song as "a tension ballad." He explained, "Instead of like pulling out your heart strings, it's kinda like...a noose pulling out your heart a little bit, and trying to keep your emotions intact." Armstrong says of the song, "It's very lustful, which is kind of a subject that we haven't gotten into in a long time."
Bassist Mike Dirnt agreed, saying, "It's about, you know, tension between your heart and other parts of your body, you know, and figuring out -- or maybe not figuring out what those do to you."
Another Green Day single, "Kill the DJ," is technically the band's next, but it's already leaked on the radio: that's part of a new strategy, Armstrong explained, saying, "Everything's gonna be coming from different directions. We really wanna go viral with a lot of [the music]."
Following the release of ¡Uno!, the second album in the band's trilogy, ¡Dos!, will be out on November 13, followed by Tre! on January 15, 2013.
Muse’s Matt Bellamy Says The 2nd Law Will Feature “Electro-Pop Sounds,” “Classic Rock” and “Orchestral Things”
Muse fans can expect some serious musical experimentation from the band on their upcoming album, The 2nd Law. Frontman Matt Bellamy has revealed that the release will feature a variety of musical genres and styles.
"We are defined by the fact that we can't be defined by anybody," Bellamy tells Rolling Stone. "There are electro-pop sounds and songs [on The 2nd Law] that are obviously classic rock, then there are the orchestral things."
Bellamy added that the title for the album was inspired by a TV show he saw where a panel of economists discussed the second law of thermodynamics. "He said, 'The laws of physics say that an economy based on endless growth is unsustainable,'" explains Bellamy. "Everyone is obsessed with constant, unchecked growth, and no one is pointing out that we might be maxing out.” The 2nd Law will hit stores on September 18.
Green Day to Perform at 2012 MTV Video Music Awards
Green Day has joined the lineup of performers at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, which will air September 6 with comedian Kevin Hart as the host. Their upcoming performance marks the fifth time that the band has appeared on the show.
According to MTV.com, the band is expected to perform new songs from their upcoming trilogy of albums, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! on the telecast. ¡Uno! will arrive in stores on September 25, while ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! are slated for release on November 13, 2012 and January 15, 2013, respectively.
Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Says Soundgarden Reunion Is “Only to Make Money”
The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has slammed the members ofSoundgarden for heading into the studio to work on their first new album in over 15 years, claiming that their decision to reunite was motivated solely by money.
“When Soundgarden came back and they just played their old songs, great,” Corgan tellsphilSTAR.com. “I was a fan of Soundgarden, but call it for what it is. They’re just out there to have one more round at the till; same with Pavement and these other [90's] bands.”
Back in June, The Pumpkins released their eighth studio album, Oceania, which is part of their ongoing 44-song concept album, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope.
Guitarist Mike McCready Says New Pearl Jam Album Is in a “Holding Pattern”
It appears that Pearl Jam fans will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on the band’s next album. In an interview with SPIN, guitarist Mike McCready says the band is currently in a “holding pattern” while frontman Eddie Vedder gears up for his solo tour and drummer Matt Cameron works on a new album with Soundgarden.
“We're just kind of sitting around, writing songs,” reveals McCready. “We have about seven ideas so far that we did last year and we're just kind of sitting on those right now."
The guitarist added that he’s developing his own side project to work on as well. McCready is forming a new band with former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan andScreaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin. "It's all in its infantile stages right now, but we hope to have somebody sing over it some day," says McCready.
Pearl Jam’s next scheduled appearance will be at the inaugural Budweiser Made in America Festival in Philadelphia on September 2, curated by rapper Jay-Z.