FAITH NO MORE Singer: No Plans For New Studio Album
Singer Mike Patton of the reactivated influential alt-metal act FAITH NO MORE recently told Australia's News.com.au that he and his bandmates have no plans to work on new material anytime in the near future. "We're pretty happy with just touring," he said. "There was talk, 'Should we write new stuff?' and we all looked at each other and said 'Nahhh, fuck it.' We did work up one new little thing [a song with the working title 'Matador', performance footage of which can be seen below] and that was really energizing."
Patton previously told RollingStone.com about the prospect of recording new music with FAITH NO MORE, "Reunions can be done very distastefully I think, and we were all very worried about that. But I think we were all very surprised with how good it felt. It's a tired old script: band splits up, gets hard up for cash, goes on tour and records a shitty record. We don't want to be part of that kind of history."
FAITH NO MORE made a comeback in June 2009 with a headlining performance at the Brixton Academy in London, England and has played sporadic shows for the past three years.
FAITH NO MORE's last LP, "Album Of The Year", came out in 1997.
IN THIS MOMENT's 'Blood' Cracks U.S. Top 15
"Blood", the fourth album from Southern California's IN THIS MOMENT, sold around 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 15 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The band's previous CD, "A Star-Crossed Wasteland", opened with 10,500 units back in July 2010 to land at position No. 40.
The band's sophomore effort, "The Dream", registered a first-week tally of more than 8,000 copies back in October 2008 to land at No. 70.
Released on August 14 via Century Media Records, "Blood" was once again produced by Kevin Churko, who has previously worked with OZZY OSBOURNE and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, among others.
IN THIS MOMENT began work on the new album just a few months following the departures of drummer Jeff Fabb and guitarist Blake Bunzel, who left the band late last year in order to join the backing group of "American Idol" finalist James Durbin. Fabb and Bunzel have since been replaced by Tom Hane (THYATEIRA) and Randy Weitzel(FLATLINE, 3/13, AMERICAN MASSACRE), respectively.
"Blood" track listing:
01. Rise With Me
05. You're Gonna Listen
06. It Is Written
10. From The Ashes
11. Beast Within
13. The Blood Legion
PAPA ROACH Frontman's Vocal Issues Force Grand Rapids Concert Cancelation
PAPA ROACH was forced to cancel its appearance last night (Tuesday, August 21) at the Grand Rapids, Michigan stop of the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival tour due to singer Jacoby Shaddix's ongoing vocal issues.
Christian hard rockers P.O.D., who have been headlining the second stage during the Uproar trek, revealed the news in a tweet, explaining that they were asked to step up to the main stage yesterday to make up for PAPA ROACH's absence.
They wrote, "Headed to Grand Rapids. Papa Roach dropped off today's show so we're covering their slot last minute. Prayers 4 Jacoby to heal his vocals."
PAPA ROACH has yet to comment on the Grand Rapids concert cancelation or offer an update on Shaddix's condition.
Shaddix admitted in a recent interview that he has been suffering from throat problems. Speaking backstage at a show in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Shaddix said, "I went to a vocal specialist. I have what's called a node that's forming on my vocal cord, so it's like a callus on my vocal cord, and so it's fucking with my top range of my vocals for the last week, so I've actually been pretty bummed out." He added, "I took some steroids, and that'll help the swelling and hopefully that'll help it go away. But if it doesn't get better, it's one of those things where you have to get surgery and do the whole thing."
Shaddix was hopeful that the problem would be better in time for the band's stint on the Uproar Festival tour, which kicked off on August 17 in Bonner Springs, Kansas.
"I think I'll be all right," he told Loudwire earlier this month. "I've got a speech and vocal therapist at the current time to learn how to sing through this and work through this and take care of myself. Really, it's just a matter of having a little bit more discipline than I'm used to, you know, as far as vocal rest and warm-ups and cool-downs and all that kind of stuff."
The Uproar Festival also features SHINEDOWN, STAIND, REDLIGHT KING, ADELITAS WAY and others.
The vocal scare is the latest in a series of struggles for Shaddix, who has also dealt with marital strife and recurring addiction issues in the past year or so. He told The Pulse Of Radio that all his problems found their way into the new PAPA ROACH album. "I was a mess. I'm a mess," he said. "You know, I was in the process of getting sober again and I just, you know, I'm a wreck. I'm a rock 'n' roll freight train. I'm a VH1 story. It came through on the record, you know, so there's desperation, there's hope, exhilaration, there's empowerment...it's a myriad of emotions. You know, there's songs on this record that I listen to and I'm just — they hit so deep to me, I'm like, 'God, I don't even want to listen to that song right now.'"
The band's new studio set, "The Connection", is due out on October 2. First single "Still Swingin'" arrived late last month.
A kinetic typography lyric video for "Still Swingin'" can be seen below.
Kings of Leon Bassist Announces Side Project, Smoke & Jackal
Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill has teamed up with Mona frontman Nick Brownto create a new side project called Smoke & Jackal. The duo is set to release the band’s six-song debut EP, simply titled EP1, on October 16.
"Coming together just worked," said Followill in a statement. "I think it's because we took such an easy approach to it, we didn't bring any egos to it. We just talked about each other's ideas, neither one of us got our feelings hurt. It just worked."
The band is offering up the first taste of EP1 by posting online a stream of “No Tell,” the first single from the forthcoming release. “No Tell” will be available for purchase at all the usual digital retailers on August 28.
Here’s the track list for EP1:
Amy Lee Wants to Record Extra Songs from Evanescence Sessions
There may be more tracks from Evanescence headed our way. Frontwoman Amy Leesays that while making their 2011 self-titled album, she was developing a number of extra songs that may surface someday.
"I definitely have a lot of songs and ideas and things we haven't shared yet, and I still believe in them," Lee tells Billboard.com. "Whenever we have a song or an idea or anything, I just hope that if it's good I have an opportunity to share it with everybody. So we'll see; you may still get your chance to hear all this stuff."
Lee added that the band’s stint on the Carnival of Madness Tour with Chevelle,Halestorm and New Medicine is helping her develop ideas for the band’s next album. “This has been a lot of going out there and seeing new things and being able to have some new inspiration,” explains the singer. “So the writing will come. I'm not worried about that."
Muse Says “The 2nd Law: Unsustainable” Is “Anti-Dubstep”
Earlier this month, Muse released a video for “The 2nd Law: Unsustainable,” a dubstep-flavored track that's featured on their upcoming album, The 2nd Law. Bassist Chris Wolstenholme says that the band didn’t want “The 2nd Law: Unsustainable” to be a traditional dubstep track, but instead wanted to create the song without the help of computers.
"It was almost a sort of anti-dubstep in a way," Wolstenholme tells NME Radio. "We like that kind of music, more so for the sounds really. The sounds that are used in dubstep are so extreme. It's like this sonic assault on your ears."
The bassist added that fans shouldn’t expect the whole album to sound like “The 2nd Law: Unsustainable,” as he feels the track is "the most 'out there' thing on the album." The 2nd Law is set to arrive in stores on October 2.