SERJ TANKIAN: 'We Have Not Yet Agreed On A Timetable' For New SYSTEM OF A DOWN Album
SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian has once again shot down reports that the band is making plans to make a new studio album.
At the conclusion of the group's concert this past Monday night (July 29) at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California, SYSTEM OF A DOWNdrummer John Dolmayan announced that the band's next appearance at the venue will be to promote a new studio CD.
"Next time we come back here, we'll have a new fucking album!"Dolmayan told the crowd after the final song of SYSTEM OF A DOWN's set, "Sugar".
While answering questions in a Reddit Ask Me Anything session earlier today (Wednesday, July 31), Tankian was asked if any progress has been made with regards to SYSTEM OF A DOWN's return to the studio.
"We really appreciate [the fact that the fans want a new studio album from us], but we have to make a record when we think it's time, not anyone else," Serj said.
"No, that is not true [that we have made plans to begin work on a new album]," he added. "A quick scan of press online will show that we have not yet agreed on a timetable for another record due to its time commitments."
Tankian also addressed the series of statements that were posted in May on SYSTEM OF A DOWN bassist Shavo Odadjian's Facebook page in which Shavo directly blamed Serj for the band's continued lack of new music, saying that the vocalist was holding the group back.
"Shavo's comments have been redacted by the author," Serj said. "The truth is above in my first answer."
He continued: 'I am not opposed to making a SYSTEM record at all. It just has to be the right time for us all in the band."
Tankian has just released two albums through his Serjical Strike Records. "Orca", Tankian's first true symphony, arrived on June 25, while July 23 saw the release of a collaborative jazz-inspired disc called"Jazz-iz Christ".
SYSTEM OF A DOWN will tour Europe throughout the month of August. After that, Tankian will launch a series of solo orchestral tour dates on September 19 in Kiev, Ukraine.
10 Questions With ZAKK WYLDE
The Dunlop "On The Record" artist interview series presents BLACK LABEL SOCIETY frontman Zakk Wylde, who received ten questions sourced from Facebook and Twitter, and answered them via video on his tour bus. Check out the clip below.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY is currently on tour in North America as part ofGigantour with headliners MEGADETH and fellow support acts DEVICE,HELLYEAH and NEWSTED.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's new live DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Video,"Unblackened", will be released on September 24 by Eagle Rock Entertainment. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY mainman Zakk Wylde's label home, eOne Music, will also release the audio version of the"Unblackened" DVD under the same name. The double disc release will have six additional tracks not found on the DVD, including two acoustic versions of "Queen Of Sorrow" and "Won't Find It Here", and covers ofLEON RUSSELL's "Song For You" and "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone" by BILL WITHERS.
Since their early Nineties inception, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, formed and helmed by guitar legend Zakk Wylde, has been at the forefront of hard rock. Their penchant for hard riffs and blazing solos has resulted in a slew of hugely successful albums and a reputation as one of the most powerful live bands of their generation. "Unblackened", however, unveils another side of the band.
Filmed and recorded on March 6 in high definition at Los Angeles' Club Nokia, "Unblackened" is BLACK LABEL SOCIETY presenting their songs in a whole new light, with greater use of acoustic instrumentation. Wyldeplays both guitar and piano, with Nick Catanese on guitar, John DeServio on bass/vocals, Chad Szeliga on drums, Derek Sherinian on keyboards/piano, and Greg Locascio providing additional vocals.
Their stripped-down approach highlights the subtler nuances of the songwriting, without losing any of the fire or intensity. Classic tracks like"Stillborn", "The Blessed Hellride", "In This River", "Throwin' It All Away", "Losin' Your Mind" and many others are still punctuated by the stinging, searing solos that fans know and love, while showcasing the versatility of the band.
In addition to the concert, "Unblackened" is rich in bonus material. A new interview with Zakk, photo gallery, music video for "Losin' Your Mind", and a feature with Wylde visiting HM Prison Stocken in the U.K . are all included.
Alter Bridge Reveals Artwork, Track List for Fortress
Less than one week after announcing the title and release date for their fourth studio album, Fortress, Alter Bridge has now unveiled the official cover art for the set on their Facebook page. The cover is a somber one, featuring a black-and-white photo of a dilapidated farmhouse.
Alter Bridge also revealed the track list for Fortress, which features 12 new songs. “When we started pre-production on this album, we pushed ourselves harder and further than we ever have previously in order to make the most out of every individual arrangement,” said guitarist Mark Tremonti. “We wanted this album to be our most unpredictable and exciting one yet. From the early feedback we have received, it looks like we have achieved what we set out to do.” Fortress will arrive at all the usual outlets on October 8. Here's the track list:
“Cry of Achilles”
“Addicted to Pain”
“Bleed It Dry”
“Peace Is Broken”
“Calm the Fire”
“Farther Than the Sun”
“Cry a River”
“All Ends Well”
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Pearl Jam Producer Brendan O'Brien Promises Longer Songs on Lightning Bolt
Pearl Jam fans can look forward to hearing some extra-long cuts on the group’s upcoming album, Lightning Bolt. Longtime PJ producer Brendan O'Brien says that while the group's previous album, 2009’s Backspacer, featured songs that timed out at three minutes, the new record includes a number of tracks that extend well past that.
“This record has a few songs that…kind of take you down a road for a while,” he tellsRolling Stone. “There's a song called "Siren" that I think is one of the best songs on the record [which] clocks in around five minutes. A song called "Infallible" -- at least that's what I believe it's called -- is also a little more developed that way.”
O’Brien, who’s worked on almost every PJ album since 1993’s Vs., adds that he’s amazed that frontman Eddie Vedder’s songwriting process hasn’t changed much over the years. “When it comes to writing songs and his intensity towards his work…[Vedder] stills pulls out the same typewriter from the same little brown suitcase he's been using for 20 years,” he explains. “It's remarkable how much he approaches it the same.” Lightning Bolt is set to arrive in stores on October 15.
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Bill Ward: "I'm the Drummer in Black Sabbath!"
Attention, Black Sabbath fans! If you're upset that longtime Sabbath drummer Bill Wardisn't behind the kit on the band's current tour, you're not alone. Turns out Ward himself isn't exactly thrilled about this either. Ward tells GuitarInternational.com that he is "quite capable" of doing the job.
"I was offered a contract and I couldn't sign it," he explains to the site. "It was one of the toughest decisions that I ever had to make. Because I absolutely and without question wanted to play. I haven't left the band. Everybody thinks I have left the band [but] it wasn't like that at all. I just didn't sign the contact and life took its own course."
In response to being invited by his band mates to play on a few songs per show, Ward says, "I play all or nothing. Playing partially would kind of be aligning to my demise… I'm the drummer in Sabbath and quite capable of doing the job."
In the meantime, the rest of Black Sabbath -- with former Rage Against the Machinedrummer Brad Wilk -- continues to tour behind their album, 13. Their next date is Friday night in Bristow, Virginia.
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Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Blur to Headline 2014 Big Day Out Festival in Australia
Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire and Blur are part of an eclectic list of artists who will participate in Australia’s annual Big Day Out festival, which takes place in major cities across the country January 19-February 2, 2014.
Festival promoter Ken West says he was thrilled to get all three bands on the bill, especially because he thought that Blur would decline their invitation. "I didn't think it was going to happen because [frontman] Damon Albarn wanted to focus on his solo album next year and we were still negotiating with Arcade Fire," West tellsNews.com.au. "Then both bands said yes and there was no way I was going to knock back Blur."
Other bands set to rock the main stage at the event include The Lumineers, Tame Impala, Grouplove, Portugal. The Man, Mudhoney, The 1975 and more.
To view the full lineup and get your tickets to the event, visit BigDayOut.com.
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Rise Against to Release Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000-2013 in September
Rise Against has a new release headed our way. The band is set to drop a collection of rare B-sides and covers, Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000-2013, which features 26 tracks that weren’t released on any of the group’s studio albums.
“The songs on this record are different versions of existing Rise Against songs, covers, or originals that never made it on a record for some reason,” says frontman Tim McIlrath in a statement. “Every song is like one of our children; some just get orphaned. [These] songs are the lost children of Rise Against.” Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000-2013 will arrive at all the usual outlets on September 10. Here's the track list:
“Dirt and Roses”
“Ballad of Hollis Brown”
“Join the Ranks”
“Built to Last”
“Voice of Dissent”
“Give it All”
“But Tonight We Dance”
“Boy’s No Good”
“Any Way You Want It”
“The Ghost of Tom Joad”