FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's New Single 'Battle Born' Goes To Radio
"Battle Born", the first single from FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's new album, "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2", today debuts at radio. Fans who pre-order the album from iTunes starting tomorrow will receive "Battle Born" as an instant gratification track. The official video for "Battle Born" will premiere early next week. "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2", the second half of a two-record set, is due to arrive on November 19 via via Prospect Park in North America and Eleven Seven in all other territories. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH frontman Ivan Moody explains the meaning behind "Battle Born": "After getting off the road from two years of touring, I was physically and emotionally drained. It felt like I’d seen almost every inch of the globe and shook every hand there was to shake. I completely lost track of time, the flights, the travel, the shows all seemed to blur together. My family and friends became a distant memory. Even though I was doing what I'd dreamed of doing, it took all the energy that I had… it was exhausting. That made me realize, everything worth fighting for you will actually HAVE TO fight for. Every wish, every dream, every idea comes to existence only through blood, sweat and sacrifice… We are all battle born." The cover artwork for "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2" can be seen below. "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1" sold 112,000 copies in the U.S. to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart. The record arrived in stores on July 30. The chart and first-week sales numbers are both career highs for the group, whose previous effort, 2011's "American Capitalist", sold 91,000 copies in its first seven days to enter the chart at No. 3. The group's 2009 sophomore album, "War Is The Answer", moved 44,000 copies to land at No. 7. All three previous FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH releases have gone gold. After coming up with 25 songs for the album, the band first envisioned putting them out all together in one double-disc set, before deciding to split the collection into two separate releases. First single from "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1", "Lift Me Up", features guest vocals from JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford. Other guests include IN THIS MOMENT singer Maria Brink, SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera, HATEBREED vocalist Jamey Jasta and rapper Tech N9ne. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will kick off a headlining North American trek on September 15 at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California.
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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Bassist: 'It Feels Good To Be Productive Again'
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS bassist Robert DeLeo recently spoke to The Star-Ledger about the band's split with vocalist Scott Weiland and addition of LINKIN PARK's Chester Bennington. "[Chester has] made it clear that he grew up on our music," said DeLeo. "He knows it well. But the thing that sold me was that he told us that the only way he'd ever want to do this is if we honor the past and move forward in a creative direction. That's what we wanted, too." He continued: "It feels good to be productive again, and have someone who is focused. Our goal remains the same: We want to go out and play some loud, good rock 'n' roll." According to Robert, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' decision to fire Weiland was made as a last resort once it became clear the DeLeos (Robert and guitarist brother Dean) and drummer Eric Kretz had no choice but to move on. "We had to do what we had to do," said DeLeo. "Believe me, it wasn't something we enjoyed doing. We had a lot of great years with Scott, and we made amazing music together. But somewhere along the line, the vision was lost. "There's a book in there — a really good book. It was a difficult decision, and we wish Scott the best." DeLeo also revealed that STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' 2010 self-titled album was recorded under less-than-ideal circumstances, with internal divisions and geographical difficulties making it hard for the band to recapture their initial energy and drive. "Guitar rock never went out of style for me, ever," he said. "I'm just trying to carry the torch from the great bands I learned from. Hopefully, younger bands will take the torch from us. It all comes around."
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SKILLET Becoming More Of A Family Affair
According to The Pulse Of Radio, SKILLET has always made music a family affair, with frontman John Cooper and his wife, keyboardist Korey Cooper, bringing their kids on the road for several years now. But the Coopers expanded on that recently by including both their son and daughter on their latest album, "Rise". John Cooper told Loudwire how that came out, explaining, "We were putting together these interludes, because we wanted to tell a story, and I thought the songs went really well together. I was trying to figure out what to do between these songs. In my house we have a workout/studio room. I was on the treadmill and my wife and daughter walked in. My daughter was holding a microphone. I asked what they were doing, and my wife said she had an idea. It turned out really, really well. It was something we weren't planning on." Asked how his daughter felt hearing herself on the record, Cooper said, "She thinks it's really cool. Of course that meant we had to get my son in there somewhere, too, because he was really excited." Cooper told The Pulse Of Radio that he enjoys seeing SKILLET fans now bringing their kids to the band's shows. "It's very cool to go to a concert and just see a dad with his 12-year-old son, and they're both rocking out to SKILLET because their dad bought our first record when he was in high school or whatever," he said. "You go to a BON JOVI show or a NICKELBACK show, AEROSMITH, that's what you see — you see generations of fans. And SKILLET is still, you know, quite young, but we have those generations. I think that that's really awesome." "Rise", SKILLET's ninth studio album, is also the group's first concept record. It debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard album chart back in June and features the singles "Sick Of It" and "Not Gonna Die". SKILLET is currently on the Carnival Of Madness tour with SHINEDOWN and other acts, with the trek stopping in Morrison, Colorado on Tuesday (September 10) and winding down in Puyallup, Washington on September 18. The quartet will then head out on a month-long European tour as openers for NICKELBACK beginning in late October, with Russian dates penciled in for December.
SOUNDGARDEN Frontman: 'There's Nothing Stopping Us From Continuing To Make Records'
SOUNDGARDEN plans to take a break from touring after the band completes its current European trek, which began September 4 in Helsinki, Finland and ends on September 19 in London. But frontman Chris Cornell tells Gray Graff of GMI Rock that he's confident we haven't heard the last from SOUNDGARDEN. "You know, I think that the overall attitude about keeping it going and treating it, in a sense, the way that we wanna treat it to keep it going, that attitude seems to be really good," Cornell said (hear audio below). "I mean, there's nothing stopping us from continuing to make records, that's for sure, and continuing to play shows. We had a great experience doing [last year's 'King Animal'] album, and since we've come back together, everything has been kind of that way. There hasn't really been any of the kind of tension, specifically surrounding peripheral stuff, and I think it was a simple as us making the conscious decision to not be influenced by anything other than us four wanting to do it and not putting a business version of a timeline on it." SOUNDGARDEN has issued a new music video for "Halfway There", a song taken from "King Animal". "Halfway There" is the third single and video released from the disc, following "Been Away Too Long" and "By Crooked Steps". The video for the latter track was directed by FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl. According to The Pulse Of Radio, Cornell will launch a solo acoustic tour of North America on October 15 in San Diego, wrapping up six weeks later on November 30 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The shows will draw on material from all stages of Cornell's career — including the first-ever acoustic performances of tracks from "King Animal". Meanwhile, SOUNDGARDEN drummer Matt Cameron, who also plays drums for PEARL JAM, will hit the road with the latter group beginning on October 11 in Pittsburgh. The new PEARL JAM album, "Lightning Bolt", arrives on October 15. Shepherd issued his debut solo album, "In Deep Owl", on August 27. Guitarist Kim Thayil recently said he'll spend the band's downtime working on compiling the SOUNDGARDEN B-sides box set, which will collect songs from European and Australian singles, movie soundtracks and other sources.
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Metallica Previews Two Clips from Upcoming 3D Film,Metallica Through the Never
Metallica is giving us a sneak peak at their upcoming 3D film, Metallica Through the Never. The band has just posted two short clips from the flick, which is set to arrive at IMAX theaters across North America for a full week starting September 27.
The first clip features actor DaneDeHaan, who portrays a member of Metallica’s stage crew in the movie, wandering into a fight between an angry mob and the police. The two-minute clip also includes a snippet of “Wherever I May Roam,” along with footage of the band performing the track live in concert.
The second clip shows DeHaan fighting against the mob, throwing a brick at one of its members before running away. That clip includes a snippet of “Cyanide” and also features footage of the band performing the song live.
After Metallica Through the Never has its run in the IMAX theaters, it'll expand into additional theaters starting October 4. The film’s soundtrack, Metallica Through the Never (Music from the Motion Picture), will arrive at the usual outlets on September 24. A vinyl edition of the full soundtrack, as well as some limited-edition singles, will be available in the fall.
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5FDP to Release Second Installment of The Wrong Side of Heaven... in November
The second installment of Five Finger Death Punch’s double album has a release date.The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 2 will arrive in stores on November 19.
The upcoming album’s first single, “Battleborn,” recently arrived at radio. Frontman Ivan Moody says that the track was inspired by being “physically and emotionally drained” from the group’s recent tour.
“Even though I was doing what I’d dreamed of doing, it took all the energy that I had…it was exhausting,” says the singer in a statement. “That made me realize, everything worth fighting for you will actually HAVE TO fight for. Every wish, every dream, every idea comes to existence only through blood, sweat and sacrifice…we are all battle born.”
Starting Tuesday, if you pre-order The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 2 at iTunes, you’ll score an immediate download of “Battleborn.”
5FDP's previous release, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 1,debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart its first week out, with 112,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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Dropkick Murphys Announce Dates for 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Concerts
Dropkick Murphys have just revealed the dates for their annual St. Patrick’s Day concerts. The upcoming gigs will take place March 13-16 at the House of Blues in the band’s hometown of Boston, MA, with a matinee and evening performance confirmed for March 15.
Tickets for the St. Patrick’s Day shows will go on sale at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday via Ticketmaster.