Video: KORN Drummer Demonstrates New SABIAN Cymbal Designs Up For 2013's 'Cymbal Vote'
Cymbal Vote allows drummers from around the world to determine what new models Sabian will introduce in 2013.
Sabian has long been know for its innovation in cymbals, and each year the company develops more cool new ideas than it can introduce as new products in a single year. So it decided to let the musicians and fans decide!
At CymbalVote.com you can see the 12 cymbal candidates and dozens of videos featuring great drummers like Ray Luzier (KORN). These clips give you the chance to hear the cymbals in several musical settings and even hear the player's comments on how each performs.
The votes from drummers from around the world will decide which four cymbals become the new models for 2013 and get to wear the Cymbal Vote crown. Voting is open September 1 through October 31, 2012. The winners will be announced at the NAMM show in January and available in local retail stores soon after that. You can vote for your four favorite cymbals once a day, everyday, while voting is open. You can also register to win some great prizes and each additional vote is another entry, increasing your odds of winning.
A couple of the aforementioned video clips featuring Ray Luzier can be seen below.
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE To Release New Single Next Month
"Temper Temper", the new single from Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, will be released on November 25. The band will debut the song live at London, England's Maida Vale studios on October 22 duringBBC Radio 1's "Rock Week". The gigs will be hosted by Radio 1 "Rock Show" host Daniel P. Carter and fellow Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe. Also scheduled to play the October 22 event are BRING ME THE HORIZON,WHILE SHE SLEEPS and WE ARE THE OCEAN.
"Temper Temper" comes off BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's as-yet-untitled fourth album, which is due out in early 2013. The CD 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).
In a recent interview with South Africa's Voice Of Rock Radio, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE frontman Matt Tuck stated about the band's upcoming album, "For me, it's a huge compliment that [Gilmore] really didn't have much input [this time around], '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."
Asked about BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's longevity and musical progression over the years, Tuck said, "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'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."
Kings of Leon to Release Next Album in 2013
Kings of Leon fans can expect to get their hands on the band’s next album in 2013. Bassist Jared Followill says that the guys will soon be heading into the studio to begin recording the follow-up to 2010’s Come Around Sundown.
“We are in the writing process right now and it's coming along pretty quickly,” Followill tells BBC 6 Music. “We'll definitely get into the studio by the end of this year but we have no plans of finishing it this year. But definitely early next year, so I think people should expect something from us sooner rather than later.”
In other Followill news, the bassist is giving you the chance to preview his new side project with Mona frontman Nick Brown, Smoke & Jackal. Followill has posted a stream of every song from the band's recently-released debut EP, titled EP1, online at SmokeAndJackal.com.
Bassist Mike Dirnt on Green Day’s Future: “We're Going to Pull Through”
Ever since Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong headed off to rehab, fans have been wondering about the band’s future. Bassist Mike Dirnt says that he’s confident that the band will go on, just as soon as Armstrong finishes receiving treatment for substance abuse.
“Billie doesn't take things lightly and he wouldn't take rehab lightly, either,” Dirnt tells U.K. magazine Kerrang!“He's in the middle of some really big things, but we're going to pull through. Green Day has never been a band that sits still, but sometimes you have to step back and let life go on rather than try to control everything.”
Green Day disappointed fans earlier this month when they cancelled their appearance at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience on October 27. While the band was upset that they needed to pull out of the festival, Dirnt notes that he and drummer Tré Cool will do whatever is necessary to support Armstrong until he’s fully recovered, even if it means cancelling more shows.
“I know that my friend's life is in danger and that's all I care about,” he explains. “We're brothers-in-arms waiting for Billie to return healthy, but we're not going to force anything. Tré and I will be standing here for Billie.”
Provided that Armstrong is ready, Green Day will resume their North American tour on November 26 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA.
Billy Corgan Says Next Smashing Pumpkins Album “Doesn’t Sound Like Oceania”
It appears that the next Smashing Pumpkins album will sound very different than the group's latest release, Oceania. Frontman Billy Corgan says that he’s aiming for something unique for the band’s eight studio album, which will be the next installment of the band's ongoing Teargarden by Kaleidyscope project.
“I’ve already starting writing for the new, new stuff,” Corgan tells ABC News Radio. “Technically it’s part of Teargarden and it doesn’t sound like Oceania.” The singer adds that the band’s current North American tour will most likely have an impact on his songwriting process for the upcoming release.
“The Oceania tour will end up influencing some of the decisions that we make when we get back into the place where we’re recording,” he explains. “So, invariably those lessons that you learn from the prior material will make their way into the new music because you kind of figure out effective languaging.”
Corgan has said that he hopes to put out the new album in December of 2013.
Metallica “Super Psyched” to Headline 2013 Rock in Rio Festival
Metallica will be making their sixth appearance at Brazil’s annual Rock in Rio festival in 2013. The band revealed the news on their official website, writing that they’re “super psyched” be one of the headliners for the event, which takes place in Rio de Janeiro from September 13-22, 2013.
In addition, festival organizers have revealed that Iron Maiden and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will also be headlining the event. More performers are expected to be announced soon.
Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor Says House of Gold and Bones Was Inspired by Lincoln Biography
The title of Stone Sour’s new concept double album was inspired by Abraham Lincoln. Frontman Corey Taylor says that he decided to name the upcoming release House of Gold & Bones after reading a passage in a 2005 biography about the Great Emancipator, titled Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.
"I got it from…a book about the Lincoln administration,” Taylor tells Fuse in a video interview. “It was from a letter describing Lincoln's balance between melancholy and positivity. They described him as being made of gold and bones, and I was like, 'That's brilliant.' I love the visual of that."
Taylor adds that the forthcoming release is a “morality play” which deals with the choices that people make about their lives. “It's about the journey to find out who you are in this life and who you want to be,” he explains. “That’s something we all go through." 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.