SEVENDUST Plays Snippet Of New Song At Orlando Concert
SEVENDUST played a short snippet of a new song during the band's November 25 concert at the House Of Blues in Orlando, Florida. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.
SEVENDUST's ninth album, "Black Out The Sun", is tentatively due in April 2013. The CD was recorded at Architekt Music studios in Butler, New Jersey with engineer Mike Ferretti.
"The craziest thing about this record is finishing it in about a month," guitarist John Connolly told Revolver magazine. "We haven't done that since our debut album [1997's self-titled effort]. This is one of the fastest records we've ever made, but also one of the strongest — working off instinct mostly."
According to Connolly, SEVENDUST's forthcoming CD finds the band exploring "a darker vibe," but "there's still plenty of melody," he added. "The record fits right in with 'Animosity' , 'Alpha' , and our self-titled album. Lots of heavy stuff and some more mellow, moody songs as well It's a nice balance of what makes for the SEVENDUST sound."
Songtitles set to appear on the 12-track CD, which was produced by the bandmembers themselves, include "Mountain" and "Murder Bar". The latter was reportedly inspired by a Butler, New Jersey bar across from the hotel where SEVENDUST was staying while recording the new CD. Rumor had it the place was popular with many of New Jersey's murderers.
"It's a basic SEVENDUST record," guitarist Clint Lowery recently told"Source Of The Sound With Wendy Campbell". "There's nothing, like, too completely different than anything we've done before. It's got a darker vibe to it. We've got a good amount of the programming element in there. It's a lot of what we do — it's heavy and it's got its melodic element in it. So if you're a SEVENDUST fan, it's more along the lines of the second and third records we did — it's kind of like that. It's got a couple of throwback vibes to it. 'Animosity' and 'Home' , if I can put those two records together, it would [sound similar to the new CD]."
SEVENDUST's last CD, "Cold Day Memory", sold around 27,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 12 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The band's previous effort, "Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow", opened with 25,000 units back in April 2008 to land at position No. 19.
"Cold Day Memory" was released on April 20, 2010 on the band's own7Bros. Records, through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group.
DROWNING POOL's New Lineup Interviewed On 'Custom Trends' TV Show
Texas heavy rockers DROWNING POOL were recently interviewed on the"Custom Trends" TV show on the Kpxb-ION Network. You can now watch the chat below.
DROWNING POOL's video for the song "Saturday Night" was directed by Jon Bertorelli and produced by Daniel Livschultz, both of Vulpine Films. The track comes off the band's fifth album, which is due out in early 2013 viaEleven Seven Music. The band teamed up with producer Kato Khandwalla at House of Loud Studios in New Jersey, as well as John Feldmann (THE USED, STORY OF THE YEAR), and completed the album in Dallas.
"Saturday Night" is the first video to be made available with DROWNING POOL's fourth singer, Jasen Moreno, who replaced Ryan McCombs.
McCombs exited the group at the end of 2011 after a six-year stint in the lineup. He sang on two studio efforts by DROWNING POOL, 2007's "Full Circle" and 2010's self-titled fourth album.
Moreno, who previously sang in fellow Texas band THE SUICIDE HOOK, made his live debut as a member of DROWNING POOL on July 8 at a club in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
According to a press release: "Not only is the adrenaline-inducing video for'Saturday Night' the first look at Moreno as lead man, it's a rebel rousing point-of-view following one man's eventful evening and includesDROWNING POOL fans. The band called out to fans via Facebook and included them in the performance footage as well as the motel party scene."
Commented DROWNING POOL bassist Stevie Benton: "'Saturday Night'is a song about squeezing the most out of every single day of your life. It's about enjoying yourself and not apologizing for a damn thing. The video follows an average guy in his quest to 'party like a rock star.' The next time you are sitting around doing nothing, we hope this song inspires you to make something happen."
Another new DROWNING POOL song called "In Memory Of…" was released in August to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the passing of the band's original singer, Dave Williams.
Williams died on tour in 2002 after singing on the band's debut, "Sinner". He was replaced by Jason "Gong" Jones, who also contributed to one record, "Desensitized", before being shown the door in 2004.
In a posting on the band's official Facebook page, DROWNING POOLguitarist C.J. Pierce wrote, "It's been a real pleasure for all of us working with Jasen Moreno. He jumped right in and stepped up to the plate. He's everything we hoped for in a singer."
He continued, "Jasen came in and got straight to work on new music for our next CD. Out of respect to all past singers, and most importantly theDROWNING POOL fans, he learned every song from every CD we've made in the past as well.
"Jasen has brought us not only a new voice but a new fire to theDROWNING POOL sound. We all can't wait to get the new music out to there to everyone with the live show.
"Looking forward to the rest of our career with Jasen. The singer switch is finally over!"
In an exclusive interview in the September 2012 issue of Guitar Worldmagazine, Moreno said, "I am extremely happy and very grateful to be a part of the DROWNING POOL family. Everyone's been so welcoming, especially the fans. I can't praise them enough. They've made me feel right at home. This first run of live shows couldn't have gone any better!"
DROWNING POOL is:
C.J. Pierce - Guitar, Vocals Stevie Benton - Bass, Vocals Mike Luce - Drums, Vocals Jasen Moreno - Vocals
"Saturday Night" video:
RANDY BLYTHE On Manslaughter Charge: 'I Am Innocent, I Believe That In My Heart Of Hearts'
LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe was released from a prison in Prague 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.
Randy spoke to U.K.'s Metal Hammer about his ordeal and how he plans to spend the next few weeks while he awaits word from the Czech Republic about whether he will have to return in order to face trial. A couple of excerpts from the chat — which can be found in the October 2012 issue of the magazine — follow below.
Metal Hammer: The statement you put out was very respectful to the family involved and obviously that was important to you.
Blythe: "It was hugely important. That's the worst thing about this. Going to prison sucks, and being in prison is not fun, but what I went through and the uncertainty I face now is absolutely nothing compared to what this family is going through. They lost their son and that's about as bad as it gets for a human being, to lose a child. That's not supposed to happen. I can't claim responsibility for this because I am innocent, I believe that in my heart of hearts; if I thought I was guilty, then I wouldn't even have accepted bail. I was raised by very moral parents who said you have to face up and take responsibility for your actions. But I believe I'm innocent… I know I'm innocent."
Metal Hammer: Do you even remember the gig or was it just another show?
Blythe: "It was the first time we'd ever played in Prague so I remember that. I remember I read during the day, and I remember that gig and a lot of people being onstage. Then as soon as I got off stage, my publicist called, and told me Paul Gray [SLIPKNOT] was dead. This was right after we got off stage. All of that makes that show memorable."
Metal Hammer: You weren't aware of anyone getting hurt?
Blythe: "No, there's people that get hurt at every metal show, but it's not like we ran away after the show. We were there until late in the morning, the crew was unloading and I was sitting out in the alleyway calling people because people were blowing up my phone like, 'Is it true that Paul Grayis dead?' I was very sad and I spent a lot of time talking, but the show itself, I just remember a ton of people being onstage who should not have been onstage. We had no knowledge that anyone was hurt. But, like I said about the parents, my feelings about the justice or injustice of this has nothing to do with the reality that they are totally suffering through this. They need some answers and I feel ethically obliged, if I'm called to trial, to at least give my side of the story and explain to the best of my knowledge what happened so they can get some closure. I don't have guilt over this because I am innocent, but it feels awful inside to me, terrible. A fan of the band is dead and his family suffering. It's a very unfortunate situation and one I'd rather not have to deal with, but if you're a good human being, an adult and a responsible, compassionate human being, then you show up and do the right thing, and that's going and giving these people some answers."
Metal Hammer: What does this mean, not just for LAMB OF GOD, but for future metal shows? Clearly there wasn't enough security, but at the same time people do stagedive and it is dangerous.
Blythe: "Yeah, I had 44 stitches right in my head from a BRUTAL TRUTHshow. I left the stage at Milwaukee Metalfest and split my skull open and had to go to the hospital. When you crowd surf or go into a moshpit, or somehow make it to the stage, you have to realize you can get hurt. I have the scars and the broken bones to prove it because I've been going to shows since I was a kid. If anything good comes out of this, it would be the need for trained security who are aware of what goes on at a show and the type of energy and dancing, so they're not only there to keep the band safe, but to keep the audience safe. We've seen kids coming over the barrier and we've often yelled at security. I can't put on a good show if I'm worried about my fans getting hurt. There needs to be adequate security because this stuff is dangerous! There's an inherent danger in jumping off a stage and I've done it again and again and again."
Metal Hammer: Does it make you more wary of inviting contact with the audience?
Blythe: "Well, we're at a point where, long before this show, people don't need to be getting on stage, because they run into you and can knock you off or run into the equipment and you can't play. But the whole stagediving thing is a real touchy thing and it's hard to explain to people who aren't in this. Someone will come whipping past me who's made it past security and got onstage, they run and jump, clear the barricade and I'm often like, 'Good job! That was badass!' What am I gonna do, get mad? I did the same when I was a kid! But at the same time, if you're gonna do that, you have to accept the fact that you might break your fucking neck, or someone else's. I've stagedived a lot in our career and I always back way up and make sure people see I'm coming, because I don't want to break someone's neck. This has definitely made me more wary about stagediving myself, not for my security but for everybody's. I skateboard and I've busted myself up. I could have broken my neck or killed myself, and that's a risk I take and I accept that risk because it's something I like to do. If people do this stuff, they need to realize that."
Metal Hammer: Obviously you can't plan too far ahead since you don't know if you'll be facing trial. what's next for you?
Blythe: "I don't know if I'll have to go back or not. I'm assuming I will. I'm assuming it will be in December or January, but we'll tour the States starting in October for a month or so. We have to make some money because the legal bills are exorbitant. We had to borrow that bail money and it's almost half a million dollars. None of us make the kind of money to be able to pay that off no worries. And the way we make money is by playing shows, but we can't play shows if I'm in prison. One tour already got cancelled and we had a meeting today talking about the mechanics of keeping the business running when money is just bleeding out. It's difficult, but it's better than being in prison. And I will go back. I'm a man of my word and I told the judge I would go back. As I've previously expressed, I think it's the ethical thing to do."
Metal Hammer: What's the worst-case scenario?
Blythe: "Ten years with no time off for good behavior. For my particular charge — we're saying manslaughter, but it's assault in the fourth degree with intent, resulting in the death of this young man — the sentence for that is five to 10 years with no time off. So the worst-case scenario is that get out when I'm 51, 52 years old. It's not something I really try to dwell on too much, because it's scary. I don't want to go to prison, I don't want that to happen, but the fact of the matter is it could happen. I will deal with it as it comes, that's all! can do. If you have one foot in the past and one foot in the future, you're pissing on the present. And right now, all! have is the present so I prepare myself the best I can. My band is behind me and my family's behind me and we're gonna do our best to prove my innocence. But worrying about a nebulous uncertain future, or being super-bummed out that l went to prison for 37 days does me no good."
The entire interview can be found in the October 2012 issue of Metal Hammer, which can be ordered at this location.
Perry Farrell Promises Next Jane’s Addiction Tour Will Be “Theatrical”
Perry Farrell is cooking up something special for Jane’s Addiction’s next tour. The singer says the band’s upcoming fifth studio album has inspired him to create a unique stage show.
"The next album is going to be something that the world has never experienced," Farrell tells Billboard.com. "I'm building it simultaneously with the live show in mind…It's going to be theatrical and we're going to take it to another level. I want to really give you a new experience.”
The singer adds that he wrote “close to 60 songs” for the forthcoming release while he was laid up in bed, recovering from a recent knee surgery. "I was kind of forced to write and I'm just having such a great time and it's coming out so well,” he explains. “When you take that much time to write and think about music and the show, good things are going to happen."
Farrell says that he hopes to release the new Jane's album sometime in 2013.
Percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan Says It’s “Nobody’s Business” When Next Slipknot Album Comes Out
For months now, members of Slipknot have expressed different opinions about when the band expects to begin recording their first album without late bassist Paul Gray, who died in 2010. Percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan says that fans shouldn’t be focused on when they can get new music from the band.
“It’s kind of nobody’s business what we’re gonna do, when we’re gonna do it, how we’re gonna do it,” Crahan tells ABC News Radio. “We’re musicians. I’m writing music every day of my life, my singer’s writing lyrics every day of his life, other people in the band are writing songs, that’s never gonna stop but when, how and all that…everybody’s just gotta wait and see.”
Crahan adds that if Gray was still alive, fans would already have the band’s fifth studio album in their record collections. “If Paul wouldn’t have passed we’d actually be finalizing our fifth record cycle right now,” he explains. “Instead of going out and writing, we decided to sporadically tour and share the loss with our fans.”
While Slipknot is currently on a break, the band has scheduled two festival appearances for 2013. They will be performing headlining sets at the inaugural Ozzfest Japan in May and at the U.K.’s Download Festival in June.
Dave Grohl, Eddie Vedder, Rest of Bon Jovi Added to12.12.12: The Concert for Sandy Relief
The lineup for the 12.12.12: The Concert for Sandy Relief is going to rock even harder.
Producers of the star-studded Hurricane Sandy relief benefit concert in New York City have announced that Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Pearl Jam lead singerEddie Vedder have been added to the bill that already includes Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, The Who, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, andPink Floyd's Roger Waters. In addition, Jon Bon Jovi, who was originally slated to perform alone, will now perform with the rest of Bon Jovi, who have also joined the lineup.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which is providing money, materials and information to charitable organizations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are that are helping assist the families and areas hit hardest by the storm.
Tickets for the Madison Square Garden event will be available starting December 3 at 12 p.m. ET via Ticketmaster. The show will also be telecast, but those details are not yet available.
The Black Keys Settle Lawsuits Against Home Depot, Pizza Hut
The Black Keys have settled the lawsuits they filed against Home Depot and Pizza Hut in June, in which they claimed the companies used their music without permission.
The band stated that Home Depot used parts of their hit "Lonely Boy" in a power tools commercial. They further claimed Pizza Hut sampled another song, "Gold on the Ceiling," in a commercial for its Cheesy Bites Pizza.
The terms of the settlements have not been disclosed.
The Black Keys will move to formally dismiss the cases by early January.
Kid Rock Announces Rebel Soul Tour Dates
Kid Rock has now announced the first set of dates for a North American headlining tour in support of his recently-released album, Rebel Soul.
The trek kicks off on February 2 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City and will make stops in Nashville; New Orleans; Tulsa, OK; and Memphis, TN among other cities. Buckcherryand Hellbound Glory will support Rock on all dates.
Tickets for most of the concerts will go on sale on December 7 at 10 a.m. local venue time. Visit KidRock.com for more information.
In other Kid Rock news, the singer will be performing “Let’s Ride,” the first single fromRebel Soul, at the upcoming WWE Tribute to the Troops event that airs on USA on December 19 at 9 p.m ET. A second showing of the program can be seen a few days later on December 22 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
Here are the new tour dates, with more to come soon:
2/2 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
2/5 -- Springfield, MO, JQH Arena
2/7 -- Beaumont, TX, Ford Park Event Center
2/9 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
2/10 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
2/13 -- Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center
2/15 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
2/16 -- Greenville, SC, Bi-Lo Center
2/18 -- Fort Myers, FL, Germain Arena
2/20 -- Pensacola, FL, Pensacola Civic Center
2/21 -- New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Arena
2/23 -- Birmingham, AL, BJCC Arena
2/24 -- Huntsville, AL, Von Braun Center
2/26 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum Complex
2/27 -- Knoxville, TN, Knoxville Civic Auditorium
3/1 -- Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum
3/2 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center