LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe will launch a monthly radio show,"The Crucible", on SiriusXM's Liquid Metal channel. The program's format is described as a mix of music and talk, with Blythe playing songs that have helped shape him throughout his life in addition to showcasing new bands. The singer will also share his own stories while interviewing other musicians.
Commented Blythe: "The reason I came to New York City was to record the first installment of my radio show for SiriusXM's Liquid Metal channel. That's right, I have my own damn radio show now.
"My homeboy Jose Mangin (who has done a lot for LAMB OF GOD since the start) hit me up and said, 'Um, dude, do you want a radio show?' Why not?
"I have decided to call my show 'The Crucible'. Besides being a fantastic play by Arthur Miller (and a container that holds molten metal), a crucible is defined as a difficult or trying experience, one that you come out of harder and more refined and more pure.
"Sometimes life is like that — you have to step into the fire to burn away all the crap and and just take the pain that comes with it. It hurts, but if you want to be a better person, you face this stuff and forge yourself anew, purer and harder.
"One thing that has always helped me through these times is music. So on my show, I'll be playing songs by bands that have helped shape me into the man that I am today, that have gotten me through the rough shit. I'll also be playing songs by newer artists I like, and I'll be telling some stories about what all the tunes mean to me. Then, once every show if I can, I will interview a member of one of the bands I'll be playing, and I'll ask them about what their music means to them. Right now (due to scheduling and my uncertain future), the show will be once a month. I want to do it more often eventually, but right now I'm kinda busy and have a situation to settle.
"For my first guest, I wanted someone who has seen some hard times himself, who has gone through some brutal stuff and come out a better man. I needed a real-deal, no bullshit, highly respected and moral, yet hard-as-nails motherfucker. I immediately thought of one dude [John Joseph of the CRO-MAGS]. He's a legend and a good friend of mine, so he came up to do my first show and kick it."
After a successful reunion with singer Randy Blythe at the two Knotfestshows in mid-August, LAMB OF GOD has announced a 38-date fall U.S tour starting October 30 in Phoenix, Arizona. Joining LAMB OF GOD as direct support for the entire tour is IN FLAMES. HATEBREED will be joining the package from October 30 until November 19, at which pointHELLYEAH will replace them for the remainder of the shows. British bandSYLOSIS will open all dates.
Blythe was released from a prison in the Czech Republic on August 2, more than a month after he was arrested and incarcerated. Blythe was facing the possibility of conviction and a long-term jail sentence after a 2010 incident in which a fan attending a LAMB OF GOD show died almost a month later, allegedly from injuries sustained when he was thrown off the stage. Blythe's predicament galvanized the heavy rock community, with artists across the hard rock genre pledging their support.
TRENT REZNOR Talks About Decision To Return To Major Label
NINE INCH NAILS mainman Trent Reznor spoke about his decision to rejoin forces with a major for the release of the upcoming EP from his new project HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS.
Reznor, who has been releasing music to fans directly on the Internet in recent years, will make the next CD from HOW TO DESTROY ANGELSavailable via Columbia in November.
Speaking to TALKING HEADS frontman David Byrne at the Aratani/Japan America Theatre in Los Angeles last night (Sunday, October 14), Reznor described a situation in 2009, when he noticed RADIOHEADhad higher profile in the Czech Republic than NINE INCH NAILS did.
Reznor said: "We're playing in Prague, but I see flyers up forRADIOHEAD, who are playing the same place we're playing, six months from then. Then I walk into the record shop, and there isn't a section that says NINE INCH NAILS."
Reznor went on to explain that his personal inability to oversee worldwide marketing campaigns alone contributed to his decision to sign with Columbia, saying, "It was, one, to have a team of people who are better at that [marketing] than I am, worldwide... that felt like it was worth slicing the pie up monetarily. So far it's been pleasantly pleasant."
In May 2007, Reznor made a post on the official NINE INCH NAILS web site condemning Universal Music Group — the parent company of the band's record label, Interscope Records — for their pricing and distribution plans for NINE INCH NAILS' 2007 album "Year Zero". He called the company's retail pricing of "Year Zero" in Australia "absurd," concluding that "as a reward for being a 'true fan' you get ripped off."Reznor went on to say that as "the climate grows more and more desperate for record labels, their answer to their mostly self-inflicted wounds seems to be to screw the consumer over even more." Reznor's post, specifically his criticism of the recording industry at large, elicited considerable media attention. In September 2007, Reznor continued his attack on Universal Music Group at a concert in Australia, urging fans there to "steal" his music online instead of purchasing it legally. Reznor went on to encourage the crowd to "steal and steal some more and give it to all your friends and keep on stealin'.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: 'The Pride' Video Released
"The Pride", the new video from Las Vegas metallers FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, can be seen below. The clip includes footage from the band's most recent tour, which was this past summer's Trespass Americatrek, also featuring KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, POP EVIL and others.
"The Pride" comes off FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's third album,"American Capitalist", which was certified gold last month by the RIAA(Recording Industry Association Of America) for shipments in excess of 500,000 copies. Not only is it the band's third album, but it is the third consecutive release from the group to reach the gold mark, with previous efforts "The Way Of The Fist" and "War Is The Answer" also selling more than half a million copies each. "American Capitalist" debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart when it came out in October 2011.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Zoltan Bathory said in a statement, ""I think it's a huge win for all of us, not just for us as a band but for the entire genre of hard rock and heavy metal. This is a loud and clear indicator that heavy music is in demand and if a relatively new band like us can accomplish something like this, then maybe be this is just the prelude for the shape of things to come."
Bathory told The Pulse Of Radio that staying focused is the key to FIVE FINGER's success. "I think the idea of 'rock star' has changed in the last two decades," he said. "The whole idea of like, 'hey, let's party, let's drink or do stuff that's stupid' doesn't work. It's a different world now. You have to be really conscious of what's happening, because it's so much harder now. You really have to work for it, you really have to know what you're doing, you have to be aggressive, goal-oriented, and you have to have a head on your shoulders, or it's just not gonna happen."
The band has also sold 3.6 million copies total of its various singles, which include recent chart-topper "Coming Down", "Never Enough", "Hard To See", "Bad Company", "Under And Over It", "Remember Everything"and others.
The band next performs on the ShipRocked cruise from November 27 through December 1, with GODSMACK, KORN, SEVENDUST and more.
The Black Keys to Begin Recording Next Album in February 2013
The Black Keys are ready to make a new album. Guitarist Dan Auerbach says that the band has scheduled some studio time early next year to begin working on the follow-up to their highly-successful El Camino album.
"We have a couple of months blocked early next year, like February/March," Auerbach tells Billboard.com. "[Drummer] Pat [Carney] and I don't practice or rehearse until we go in to make the record so we won't really know what it's going to be like or what's going to happen till we get in the studio and start working on it."
Auerbach added that while their “favorite place to be is in the studio,” the band won’t be recording the upcoming album at the guitarist’s studio in Nashville. "I think we're going to try to get out of town to do it,” he explains. “It's really just about getting away from our friends and family so we can just focus."
In other Black Keys news, the band has released a six-song digital EP titled Tour Rehearsal Tapes, which was recorded live in the studio in December of last year. Tour Rehearsal Tapes features unique versions of four tracks from El Camino, along with two cuts from 2010’s Brothers. The EP will run you $4.99 and is available now at iTunes.
Papa Roach to Stream Live Concert, Q&A Session as Part ofYouTube Presents Series
Papa Roach wants to make it up to their fans for pulling out of this summer’s Uproar Festival. Frontman Jacoby Shaddix -- who has now fully healed from his corrective surgery to remove a nodule on his left vocal cord -- has announced that the guys have signed on to participate in a special episode as part of the YouTube Presents concert series later this month.
The band’s hour-long performance will stream live at YouTube.com/Presents on October 23 at 5 p.m. ET and will also include a Q&A session with those in attendance. Fans are advised to keep checking the band’s official Facebook page for details on how they can win tickets to the upcoming show.
Tom Morello Calls Paul Ryan “Jackass”; Criticizes President Obama
Tom Morello has more to say about GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who recently told The New York Times that Rage Against the Machine is one of his favorite bands. After declaring that Ryan “is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades” in a recent op-ed piece for Rolling Stone, the guitarist has now lashed out at Ryan again, saying he doesn’t understand the message behind the band’s music.
"[Rage] is a band that casts the nets really wide, and that's part of the strength of the band,” Morello tells The Hollywood Reporter. “People are drawn to it by the music, the aggression, the rockingness of it, and then they’re exposed to different ideas. Paul Ryan was a jackass before he listened to it, came out a jackass at the end, so he missed a lot of it."
Morello added that he’s not happy with President Obama either, who the guitarist openly supported in 2008. "I drank a little bit of the Kool-Aid initially," he explains. "[He] looked different than any other president, sounded different than any other president and then he acted the same as all the other presidents. If you have war crimes on your record, and you still continue to suck at the corporate teat like he does –- my hopes were higher."
In other RATM news, the band has announced that they’ll be releasing 20th anniversary editions of their self-titled album on November 27. Titled XX, the album will be available on CD, digital and vinyl formats and there will be both special and deluxe edition versions of the album.
Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor Gives Reading of “Absolute Zero” for Poetic Online Series, The Words
Stone Sour is latest artist to participate in the new online poetry series by Amp Rock TV,The Words.
In the online clip, frontman Corey Taylor profiles “Absolute Zero,” a track from the band’s upcoming concept double album, House of Gold & Bones. The two-minute video features Taylor reciting the lyrics of the track, mixed with black-and-white footage of the singer as he mugs for the camera. House of Gold & Bones Part 1 will hit all the usual outlets on October 23. The second installment, House of Gold & Bones Part 2, is expected to be released sometime next year. In addition, a four-issue comic book mini-series based on the album will be hitting stores as well. You’ll be able to get your hands on the first issue of the series on April 17, 2013.