Video: SLIPKNOT's CLOWN Talks About His Collaboration With HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD
"We Are", the new video from HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD, made its online debut last month. The clip was directed by M. Shawn Crahan (a.k.a.SLIPKNOT's Clown). Clown has been an acclaimed director for years working in the field of music video, delivering clips for his own bandSLIPKNOT throughout their multi-platinum Grammy-winning career.Crahan also directed SLIPKNOT's 2005 DVD, "Voliminal: Inside The Nine".
An exclusiveRevolver premiere of the "We Are" video, complete with commentary by Crahan, can be seen below.
HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD recently released "We Are" to rock radio. The track reunites the band with producer Danny Lohner (NINE INCH NAILS,PUSCIFER), and delivers an epic call-to-arms laced with gnashing guitars, lyrical jabs and fiery beats. Selecting the track as the lead entry on the weekly playlist, USA Today stated, "The horror-loving rap-rock outfitHOLLYWOOD UNDEAD previews January's 'Notes From the Underground' with 'We Are', an anthem for disenfranchised youth. A brutally captivating chorus wraps desolation and desperation into the lyrics 'We are made from broken parts ... we are broken from the start'. It's self-destructive and cathartic." Band member Johnny 3 Tears elaborates, "The song is about collective resistance. It's the silent majority, but we're using Los Angeles as the backdrop. Every time we work with Danny, he takes our music to the next level. Think of it as an ode to our misled youth."
"We Are" is the lead single from HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD's new album,"Notes From The Underground", The CD title is a homage to theFyodor Dostoyevsky novel — a Johnny 3 Tears personal favorite — and the moniker alludes to what's really under the mask. He elaborates, "We've maintained an underground identity. When we write songs, we're coming from a place people don't like to look at or talk about openly. As people get older, they get used to lying. We have a bond with so many kids because they appreciate that honesty. They don't know how bad some things get yet. We tell them the truth."
While the band's roots are in the underground, the band has drawn mainstream attention since the release of their 2008 near platinum-selling debut "Swan Songs" and its acclaimed 2010 follow-up "American Tragedy". "Swan Songs" has moved well over 900,000 copies, and "American Tragedy" debuted on The Billboard 200 at #4 with first-week sales exceeding 67,000. They've played sold out headline shows all over the world as well as rousing appearances at festivals such as the Rock On The Range, Epicenter and U.K.'s Download festival.
The masked Los Angeles collective — Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene, Danny, Funny Man, and Da Kurlzz — are excited about the release of their third album on January 8. "Nothing could change us or our music," assures J-Dog. "We may change the method but not the message."
"Notes From The Underground" was produced by Griffin Boice, Sam & Sluggo and Danny Lohner.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY: Details Of 'Unblackened' DVD Shoot Revealed
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's long-talked-about "Unblackened" DVD, which was previously scheduled to be filmed in late August at The Mayan in Los Angeles, California, and was then pushed back to January, will now be shot on Wednesday, March 6 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles at 8:00 p.m. The set is expected to contain intimate versions of some of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's most popular songs, as well as songs from mainman Zakk Wylde's solo album "Book Of Shadows" and his Southern rock bandPRIDE & GLORY. The show will feature Wylde on guitar and piano, alongside the members of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, as well as a four-piece string section, pedal steel, and special guests.The concert will be broadcast live exclusively on AXS TV. A CD/DVD will be released later this year.
"This is something we haven't done yet, and we wanted to give our fans something new," said Wylde. "You can take a song that you've played thousands of times and rearrange it, and all of a sudden it's something totally fresh. The attitude of the songs doesn't change when we play them acoustically — the tunes are gritty regardless."
"We're gonna do the whole thing with a four-piece string section, a pedal steel guy, and I'm gonna have some of my musician buddies sit in on some of the songs and stuff like that," Wylde said a few months ago. "We're gonna have two solid weeks of rehearsal and then we're gonna knock this thing out. [It will be an] acoustic/electric type of thing. Kinda like how the Christmas record is or like how we did 'The Song Remains Not The Same'where you've got an acoustic and then you can put a rippin' solo something. So I'll still have the Marshalls going with the acoustic stuff. It'd be almost kinda like if PINK FLOYD was doing an unplugged thing and they did 'Comfortably Numb' but Dave [Gilmour] will be sitting down but he'll still rip that solo out. It'll still be electric and then we’ll have the string section behind it and the whole band and it'll be killer."
Tickets for the "Unblackened" filming will go on sale on Friday, January 11 at 10:00 a.m. from GoldenVoice.com.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's "The Song Remains Not The Same" sold around 12,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 41 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on May 10, 2011 via Entertainment One Music, the offering featured unplugged versions of material from BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's latest album, "Order Of The Black", as well as additional material recorded during the "Order Of The Black" sessions. "The Song Remains Not The Same" was conceived, created and compiled by Wylde himself and the title is, of course, a nod to one of Wylde's favorite bands, LED ZEPPELIN.
"Order Of The Black" was released in North America in August 2010 viaE1 Music. The CD featured four unique covers designed by Zakk Wyldehimself — one for each territory: North America, Europe, Asia and Australia/New Zealand.
VINNIE PAUL To Guest On 'Pawn Stars'
HELLYEAH/ex-PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott will appear on an upcoming episode of History channel's popular "Pawn Stars" show, which follows the staff of a Las Vegas "upper market" pawn store the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. The episode in question will see Corey "Big Hoss" Harrison (pictured below with Vinnie), part owner of Gold & Silver Pawnand one of the stars of "Pawn Stars", buying Vinnie's recreational vehicle (RV). An air date for the episode has not yet been announced.
"Pawn Stars" is in its sixth season and receives the highest ratings in the reality TV division.
In a July 2010 interview on Detroit, Michigan's WRIF 101.1 FM radio station, Vinnie stated about his unusual habit of putting strange personal items up for sale on eBay, "Let me tell you something... If you're anybody — not just me, but anybody — and you can put an oven that doesn't work at all on eBay and sign your name on it and sell it for 1200 bucks and somebody will drive from Seattle to Dallas, Texas to get it, that's pretty cool.
"I found a cell phone that was a Motorola cell phone — back in the day it was the size of a walkie-talkie...
"I've got this dude named Videobob that's kind of always dreaming things up. He goes, 'Let's put that thing on eBay.' I sold that thing for six hundred dollars.
"It's not about the money — it's not like I can't afford to buy my own coffin when it's time to go, you know, but it's about the 'nut' factor.
"I've got something else I'm about to put on there, too. Well, I've got two things — I've got one barbecue grill I'm about to put on there, and it works just fine — but I've also got my 1993 Mitsubishi 3000 [car] I'm gonna put on there. Probably the 'Blue Book' [value] on it [is] 700 dollars, but I guarantee you I'm gonna get about 12 grand out of that thing."
Regarding his previously announced plan to sell his toilets from his newly purchased house in Las Vegas, Vinnie said, "The toilets are definitely going on [eBay].
"When I bought that house in Vegas... That house was built in 1986 and apparently people were smaller back then. I took [the toilets] all out, put them in the garage [and] got new ones, but those are going on eBay. And I will autograph those — there's three of them — and I guarantee you those will probably go for $1500 to three grand apiece."
He added, "It just pays for me and [HELLYEAH guitarist] Greg's [Tribbett] drinking habits."
METALLICA To Perform At Japan's SUMMER SONIC Festival
METALLICA will perform at this year's Summer Sonic festival in Japan. The band will headline the event on Saturday, August 10 in Tokyo at the QVC Marine Field and will close the proceedings on Sunday, August 11 in Osaka at Maishima Summer Sonic Site.
METALLICA previously performed at the 2006 edition of the Summer Sonic festival alongside TOOL, DEFTONES and STONE SOUR.
METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich revealed in a new interview with Classic Rock magazine some more details about the band's upcoming 3D feature film, which will combine concert footage with a fictional storyline. Ulrichcited the 1976 LED ZEPPELIN movie "The Song Remains The Same" as a major influence, explaining, "There are four members in LED ZEPPELIN, four members in METALLICA, it's a full-length movie, and there's a lot in this film that does not take place onstage. The major difference is that the stuff that takes place offstage in the METALLICA movie does not feature any members of METALLICA. It's two separate worlds — aMETALLICA show and a story that unfolds in a parallel universe — and at some point they intertwine."
The ZEPPELIN film interspersed concert footage with fantasy sequences starring each member of the group.
The concert sequences for METALLICA's movie were shot last August at two shows in Vancouver, Canada. The movie is directed by Nimrod Antal, who helmed 2010's "Predators".
Ulrich told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that making a movie has been one of the most daunting challenges METALLICA has ever taken on. "It's sort of fun, it's intimidating, it's a little overwhelming, to be honest, because it's a whole different league," he said. "You know, when we go down to [the METALLICA headquarters in San Rafael, California] and record and make a record, it's kind of — you know, we can manage the size of that. [laughs] When you're talking about doing, like, a 3D movie that you're gonna, like, play all over the world, that's a little bit of a bigger undertaking, so obviously we're treading a little more carefully."
A summer 2013 release is expected for METALLICA's film, which does not yet have an official title.
METALLICA has also begun working on material for its tenth studio album, which the band expects to begin recording later this year for a 2014 arrival.
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE: 'Riot' Video Released
"Riot", the new video from Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, 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. The track will be available at all digital providers on January 15.
"Riot" comes off BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's fourth studio album,"Temper Temper", which is scheduled for release on February 12. The LP will be available in both standard and deluxe editions on RCA Records.
"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).
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE frontman Matt Tuck recently revealed that the band's recording process on this album was influenced in part by his work in his side project AXEWOUND. "We approached the record a lot differently this time around," he said. "It was kind of more inspired by the way I did the AXEWOUND record. And that was basically: Get in the studio and write and record as you went along."
"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 will embark on a U.K. tour in March. Support on all dates will come from HALESTORM.
Hollywood Undead, Black Veil Brides Expected to Make Big Debuts on Billboard 200
Hollywood Undead and Black Veil Brides are on track to score big numbers on theBillboard 200 album chart next week.
Hollywood Undead’s third album, Notes from the Underground, is headed for a top 10 spot on the tally, with projected sales putting it somewhere around 50,000 copies. If the projections are true, the album’s first week sales aren’t as strong as those of the band’s previous release, American Tragedy. That album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200, selling 67,000 copies its first week out in 2011.
Meanwhile, Black Veil Brides' new concept album is also poised to appear in the list’s top 10. Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones is expected to sell around 45,000 copies in its first week. The band’s previous album, Set the World on Fire, debuted at #17 on Billboard 200.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be released on Wednesday.
Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor Promises “Darker” and “More Complex” Songs on House of Gold and Bones Part 2
Stone Sour fans can expect the second installment of the band's concept double album to be a bit different from the first. Frontman Corey Taylor says that the band explores some new creative avenues on House of Gold and BonesPart 2.
“I think [Part 2 is] darker,” he tells ABC News Radio. “I think it’s a lot more complex, it’s more intricate, it’s some of our more orchestral type of writing. There’s some really heavy bits on it but there’s some very dark, melancholy, sad bits on it.”
The singer adds that while the music from the upcoming album will be different, fans can expect the concept album’s storyline to continue where it left off on Part 1. “[Part 2 is] a completely different autonomous album,” he explains. “There’s certain themes that kind of come back and obviously the other characters, but musically, Part 2 feels more like a movie soundtrack than Part 1 does.”
Taylor notes that fans will get their first taste of songs from Part 2 during their co-headlining tour with Papa Roach, which kicks off on January 20 at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA. “We’re just doing selections [from House of Gold and Bones],” he reveals about the upcoming trek. “We’ll probably start adding a couple of songs actually from Part 2…that they can kinda take with them.”
Alice in Chains Orbits the Earth in “Hollow” Video
Alice in Chains takes us on a twisted space ride in the new video for “Hollow,” the first single from the band's upcoming fifth studio album.
The video, which can be seen at VEVO.com, features a storyline about an astronaut who spends years orbiting the Earth, performing various repetitive tasks until he loses his grip on reality. In addition to checking out “Hollow” online, you can now purchase the song on iTunes.
Alice in Chains will release their follow up to 2009’s Black Gives Way to Blue sometime this spring.