TRENT REZNOR's HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS: New Song Available For Streaming
"Keep It Together", a brand new song from HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS — the project featuring NINE INCH NAILS mainman Trent Reznor and his wife Mariqueen Maandig (ex-WEST INDIAN GIRL) along with frequent NIN collaborator Atticus Ross and NIN's longtime graphic designer Rob Sheridan — can be streamed using the SoundCloud player below. The track comes off the band's second EP, "An Omen EP", will be made available on November 13 and will contain six songs, some of which will also appear on HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS' upcoming LP, to be issued early next year via Columbia Records.
"Regarding our decision to sign with Columbia," Treznor noted in hisFacebook announcement, "we've really spent a long time thinking about things and it makes sense for a lot of reasons, including a chance to work with our old friend Mark Williams. There's a much more granular and rambling answer I could give (and likely will in an interview someplace), but it really comes down to us experimenting and trying new things to see what best serves our needs. Complete independent releasing has its great points but also comes with shortcomings."
HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS released a self-titled EP in 2010, and covered BRYAN FERRY's "Is Your Love Strong Enough?" for the soundtrack to"The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" (scored by Reznor and Ross).
"An Omen EP" unconfirmed track listing:
01. Keep It Together
02. Ice Age
03. On The Wing
04. The Sleep Of Reason Produces Monsters
05. The Loop Closes
06. Speaking In Tongues
COREY TAYLOR Talks About Working With DAVE GROHL
Shan Man of the Phoenix, Arizona radio station 98 KUPD conducted an interview with Corey Taylor (STONE SOUR, SLIPKNOT) on September 28 at the Desert Uprising festival in Phoenix. You can now watch the chat in two parts below.
"House Of Gold And Bones - Part 1", the first half of STONE SOUR's upcoming two-disc concept album, arrives on October 23, while the second half will come out next year, probably in May.
STONE SOUR has tapped Johny Chow as its live bassist for the band's upcoming tour behind "House Of Gold And Bones". Chow has formerly played with metal acts SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY andFIREBALL MINISTRY, and replaces Shawn Economaki, who bowed out of the band earlier this year for personal reasons.
STONE SOUR will play a couple of festival dates in South America in early November before heading overseas later this fall for a European tour.
SLIPKNOT took part in this past summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival — the band's first full U.S. tour since losing bassistPaul Gray, who was found dead of an overdose of morphine and fentanyl at a hotel in Urbandale, Iowa in May 2010.
The band released a greatest-hits package on July 24 called "Antennas To Hell".
SLIPKNOT's last collection of new material, "All Hope Is Gone", came out in 2008.
GODSMACK Frontman To Release 'Avalon' Box Set In November
Sully Erna will release a very special limited-edition "Avalon" box set in November containing "some very cool items" as well as a DVD of the GODSMACK frontman performing songs from his debut solo album,"Avalon", on December 16, 2011 at The Wilbur Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts. Although the box set's official contents have not yet been revealed, it was previously reported that the set would include three DVDs (the show, the "Journey To Avalon"documentary and a behind-the-scenes documentary), two CDs, a book, T-shirt, guitar pick, poster, incense, etc., and a custom metal Sully Erna engraved metal box with a suede lining. Only 5,000 copies will be available.
The Pulse Of Radio asked Erna how he was able to balance his solo work with the demands of being in a band as big as GODSMACK. "The way I balance GODSMACK and anything I do on the side is just waiting forGODSMACK to have downtime," he said. "You know, I mean, I think as artists are, we constantly write music and just sometimes you recognize that some stuff works for your main band and then other things feel like something that's not gonna quite work for that band, but it's a great song and you may not want to throw it away, so you figure out where its home is."
"Avalon" was released in October 2010 and Erna supported it with a tour featuring an eight-piece musical backing group. The ambient, world music vibe of the record was a far cry from his usual hard-hitting material withGODSMACK.
GODSMACK kicked off the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival tour withSHINEDOWN, STAIND and others on August 17 in Bonner Springs, Kansas, with Erna starting his first major tour since canceling a European run several weeks ago over throat issues.
GODSMACK will also be one of the headliners on the ShipRocked 2012 cruise this year, taking off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida in late November for five days.
GODSMACK's first-ever live album, "Live & Inspired", sold around 16,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart.
TREMONTI: 'So You're Afraid' Video Released
"So You're Afraid", the new video from ALTER BRIDGE and CREEDguitarist Mark Tremonti, can be seen below.
Many of you know the variation of this riff from Tremonti's "The Sound And The Story"guitar instructional DVD as part of a riff exercise. The riff stuck around and eventually blossomed into the four-minute alternative metal tune we all know as "So You're Afraid".
Fret12 is bringing you this brand new live music video which was recorded and shot live at Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, Illinois back in April. Watch Mark and company blaze through "So You're Afraid" with all live audio recorded by Grammy-nominated producer Johnny K.
VAN HALEN bassist Wolfgang Van Halen made his first appearance as part of Tremonti's solo band last month at a show in Rhode Island. This marks the first time Wolfgang has played with anyone outside of his father Eddie, his uncle Alex and singerDavid Lee Roth.
Wolfgang Van Halen is replacing Tremonti's bandmate from CREED andALTER BRIDGE, Brian Marshall, who is sitting out the Tremonti trek for undisclosed personal reasons. The other members of Tremonti's touring band include Eric Friedman on guitar and Garrett Whitlock on drums.
Tremonti is on the road behind his debut solo album, "All I Was", which came out this past July.
Muse Scores Fourth #1 Album in the UK with The 2nd Law; Reveals More North American Tour Dates
Muse’s new album, The 2nd Law, has taken over the #1 spot on the U.K. album chart this week. That's according to the U.K.'s Official Charts Company, which keeps track of record sales. That makes The 2nd Law the fourth fastest-selling album of any artist in the U.K. in 2012, securing the top spot on the tally with 108,000 copies sold its first week out.
Meanwhile, in the U.S. the band is expected to hit #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, with projected sales putting The 2nd Law somewhere around 110,000 copies. While the album is expected to be Muse’s highest-charting release to date, it’s not their best-selling album. That distinction remains with their previous release, 2009's The Resistance, which sold 128,000 copies its first week out and claimed the #3 spot on the tally.
In addition, Muse has revealed another string of North American tour dates in support ofThe 2nd Law. Tickets for most of the newly-announced dates go one sale on Friday at 10 a.m. local venue time.
Here are the tour dates:
1/21 -- San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
1/23 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
1/28 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
2/22 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Bank Atlantic Center
2/23 -- Tampa, FL, Tampa Bay Times Forum
2/25 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center
2/28 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
3/4 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
3/7 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
3/8 -- St. Louis, MO, Chaifetz Arena
3/10 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
4/12 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
Blur Announces More Festival Appearances for 2013
It appears that Blur will be staying together for a while longer. After announcing that they’ll be headlining Belgium’s annual Rock Werchter festival in July, the guys have now confirmed two more summer festival performances for 2013. Blur will now be one of the headliners for Spain’s Primavera Sound festivals in Barcelona and Oporto.
"We're off to Primavera next summer, Barcelona and Oporto here we come,” the band posted on their Facebook page. “More as we know it…”
Blur will take the stage at the Barcelona edition of the Primavera Sound festival on May 24. The band plays the Oporto show one week later on May 31.
Green Day Cancels Appearance at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
Green Day has announced they're canceling their appearance at this year’s Voodoo Music + Arts Experience on October 27.
Band member Tre Cool issued a statement, saying, “Canceling shows is something we rarely do. We never want to let our fans down, and we are grateful for all of you being understanding during this time.” Billie Joe Armstrong is reportedly still in rehab for treatment for substance abuse.
Still, that isn't stopping Green Day from releasing ¡Dos! on schedule. The album -- the second in the ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! trilogy -- will be available on November 13.
The Voodoo Music Experience runs October 26-28 in New Orleans. To see the complete festival artist roster, head over to TheVoodooExperience.com.
Kid Rock Gives Kudos to GOP Ticket at Rally for Paul Ryan
Michigan’s favorite musical son Kid Rock introduced GOP vice presidential candidatePaul Ryan at a rally Monday in Rochester as “fellow hunter, a fellow fan of rock and roll and a great Midwesterner who shares a vision not only with Mitt Romney, but also with myself.”
Rock is an unabashed supporter of the Romney-Ryan ticket, and the GOP nominee also uses the singer's "Born Free" as his theme song.
Rock admitted during his introduction of the Wisconsin congressman that he’s something of an anomaly being a Republican in the entertainment industry but he felt that people can have different political opinions “without hating each other.”
Just to ensure that fact, he said he would keep his remarks about politics to a minimum unlike “some of my friends in Hollywood.”
Of course that didn’t stop Rock, who was born Robert Ritchie, from taking a rip atPresident Obama, saying that he was proud Michigan helped to elect “elected our first black president” although Rock was “sorry he didn’t do a better job.”
Rock intimated that the president’s poor debate performance last week was due to a lack of teleprompters, media bias and negative political ads.
Meanwhile, Rock gave a shout-out to U.S. armed forces stationed all over the world. He also complimented organizations such as the Wounded Warrior project, Operation Homefront, and Operation Finally Home that help soldiers' transition back home.
Slash Says He's Started Recording Score for the Upcoming Horror Flick He's Co-Producing
Ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash reports that he's busy working on the score forNothing to Fear, the first project being produced for his new movie production company, Slasher Films. In a series of posts on Slasher Films' official Facebook page, the rocker reveals that over the last week or so, he's been collaborating on the music with director Anthony Leonardi III and composer Nick O'Toole.
On October 1, Slash wrote that the film's "visual effects are amazing" and that the "[s]core is just beginning to roll. Sounds awesome so far."
The following day, he noted that O'Toole, Leonardi and he "had a creative revelation w/the score last night; it's going to be fantastic."
Then, this past Thursday, he reported he had "recorded some guitar parts for [Nothing to Fear]," and that they were "sounding so cool."
Lastly, on Saturday, Slash posted a photo of O'Toole, Leonardi and himself at work in the studio. Nothing to Fear tells the story of a family dealing with supernatural forces in a Kansas town that, legend has it, is located above one of the seven gateways to Hell. According to the Internet Movie Database, the film, which stars Anne Heche, Clancy Brownand Jennifer Stone, is expected to be released next year.
Stream Coheed and Cambria’s New Album, The Afterman: Ascension, in Its Entirety
Can't wait to hear the first part of Coheed and Cambria’s double-CD, The Afterman? No worries. The guys have posted a stream of every song from the first installment, The Afterman: Ascension, at RollingStone.com.
"With all of our previous albums, my thing was always figuring out how to fit my life into the Amory Wars concept," said frontman Claudio Sanchez in a statement. "I knew where each one sat in terms of the story. Whereas with this one, I allowed my life -- my experiences and what I was going through -- to frame the concept." The Afterman: Ascension, which arrives in stores on Tuesday, contains nine tracks including the first single, “Key Entity Extraction I: Domino the Destitute.” You need to wait a few months to get your hands on the second album, The Afterman: Descension. That album is slated to arrive in stores sometime in February 2013.
Stone Sour Confirms Cavalera Conspiracy’s Johny Chow as Band's New Touring Bassist
It’s official: Cavalera Conspiracy bassist Johny Chow will be hitting the road withStone Sour on their upcoming tour to support their double album, House of Gold & Bones. Guitarist Josh Rand confirmed the change to their lineup in a post on the band’s Facebook page.
“I am pleased to announce that Johny Chow will be playing bass guitar with Stone Sour on the House of Gold and Bones Parts 1 & 2 tour cycle,” wrote Rand. “Johny is a fantastic player and a long-time friend of the band. We are all excited to have him be part of what will be our most exciting and ambitious album cycle yet.”
Chow will be filling in for Skid Row bassist Rachel Bolan, who played bass on the House of Gold & Bones albums but couldn’t tour with Stone Sour due to commitments with his own band. 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.