AVENGED SEVENFOLD Singer Responds To MACHINE HEAD Frontman's 'Covers Album' Critique
AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows claims that he isn't bothered by MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn's criticism of AVENGED SEVENFOLD's new album, telling a radio station in Canada that "everyone should be entitled to say whatever they want." In a lengthy critique of "Hail To The King" at MACHINE HEAD's Facebook page, Flynn wrote that the new AVENGED disc is a "blatant jackery" of material from other acts. Flynn didn't pull any punches, writing, "Congratulations to AVENGED SEVENFOLD on their latest 'covers album' coming in at #1. Who knew that re-recording METALLICA, GUNS N' ROSES, and MEGADETH songs could be such a worldwide hit!!?? Ba-dap Psssssss!!" The singer/guitarist went on to list his "Top 10 jokes about the new AVENGED SEVENFOLD record," starting with Number 10: "AVENGED SEVENFOLD — Now with even MORE METALLICA." For Number Seven, Flynn wrote, "Eyeliner sales skyrocket as thousands of heartbroken goth girls realize 'Hail To The King' is actually 'that ugly AC/DC band's song 'Thunderstruck'." It was back to METALLICA for Number Three, as Flynn wrote, "'Black album' sales skyrocket as fans realize where new songs came from." And at Number Two, he fired off, "After hearing AVENGED's GUNS N' ROSES cover 'Doing Time', Axl actually calls Slash, says, 'Dude, what the fuck?!'" Flynn maintained that he was just having some fun with AVENGED in his critique, saying he was "happy" for the band's success and adding, "While I like the new record, and really dug the last record 'Nightmare' . . . It's time to poke a little fun at A7X." Speaking to Amy Volume of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada's 106.9 The Bear radio station on Wednesday (September 11), Shadows was asked for his response to Flynn's takedown. "Actually, [FOZZY singer and WWE wrestling superstar] Chris Jericho sent it to me [Tuesday] morning," Shadows said (hear audio below). "He's, like, 'Dude, look at this B.S.' [He was] going crazy. And I was, like, 'Ah, Chris, I love you.' "But I read it, and I read it as a joke. "I have met Robb on numerous occasions and he's always been cool to me. And I just read it as a joke. "I really don't know what to say about it other than I agree with him on the [METALLICA] 'Sad But True' thing — that was obviously an inspiration for that song. Everything else, I kind of think he… If it is a joke, it was kind of overboard, 'cause it doesn't make sense in my mind. But at the same time, he was saying it was a joke, so… "I have no ill will towards those guys. I've met [MACHINE HEAD guitarist] Phil [Demmel] a couple of times; he's cool. Robb is cool. And I think the guy has the right to go make… if it's really a joke, in his mind... Some people might see it as being as an underhanded… joke. But, to me, if he just wants to go in there and write whatever he wants, I think that's totally cool. Everyone has an opinion and everyone should be entitled to say whatever they want. So it's no skin off our backs." Asked if the bands that Flynn mentioned in his critique were influences on AVENGED SEVENFOLD's music, Shadows replied: "I think all the bands he said we were very inspired by. I think also [BLACK] SABBATH, [LED] ZEPPELIN, THE ROLLING STONES." He continued: "I think when you take a record like this and the way metal has become very blast-beat, screamy-oriented, when you kind of take things back and go to a more classic-rock feel, you're gonna feel the similarities to what we were trying to do; we were trying to make an AVENGED SEVENFOLD album from the early '90s and late '80s. It was just something that really intringued us and interested us. And so, for me, I think all those bands have always been an influence — you can hear that on 'City Of Evil'. And METALLICA has, obviously, influenced every single band that picked up a guiat and plays metal. So, yeah, all those bands, plus all the old greats." "Hail To The King" sold 159,000 copies in its first week of release, giving the California band their second straight chart-topper after 2010's "Nightmare". Next up for AVENGED SEVENFOLD is its first major tour in support of the new CD, which starts October 3 in Chicago. Interview: AVENGED SEVENFOLD's "Sad But True" soundalike song "This Means War" can be streamed below.
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Nine Inch Nails’ Hesitation Marks Debuts at #3 on Billboard 200
Nine Inch Nails has scored their sixth top-10 album on the Billboard 200.
The band’s eighth studio album, Hesitation Marks, secured the #3 slot this week with 107,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The first-week sales for Hesitation Marks is a big improvement from NIN’s independently released 2008 studio albums, The Slip and Ghosts I-IV, which sold 29,000 and 26,000 their first weeks out, respectively. NIN’s last album to debut in the top 10 was 2007’s Year Zero, which took the #2 spot on tally on the strength of 187,000 copies sold in its first week.
Nine Inch Nails will promote Hesitation Marks with their Tension 2013 tour, which kicks off on September 28 in St. Paul, MN. Explosions in the Sky, Godspeed You! Black Emperor,Gary Numan and Autolux will support the band on select dates. Visit NIN.com to view the full itinerary.
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Myles Kennedy Says “Addicted to Pain” Allowed Alter Bridge to Experiment with Their Sound for Fortress
Alter Bridge’s new single, “Addicted to Pain,” was instrumental in the development of the band’s sound for their new album. Frontman Myles Kennedy says getting the track recorded early gave the band the freedom to engage in a fair amount of musical experimentation on the rest of their upcoming fourth album, Fortress.
“Once we had that song in the can we knew that we didn’t have to stress about writing a first single,” he tells ABC News Radio. “What it allowed us to do, once we knocked that out early, is to experiment more and be more adventurous with the arrangements and not be afraid of a seven-minute song.”
Kennedy adds that the song was inspired by watching those around him being involved in unhealthy relationships. “I guess I put myself in their shoes…I would be gone,” he explains. “Often times it’s easier to step back and look at something like that and assume that you’d do that. The reality is that when you’re in the thick of it, your judgment is clouded by a number of different things so you, you stay in that toxic, unhealthy relationship or whatever it is. So it’s frustrating to see that, to be on the other side of that.” Fortress will arrive in stores on October 8.
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Dave Grohl to Perform Acoustic Set at Autism Speaks Event in Los Angeles
Dave Grohl has confirmed that he'll perform at a charity event benefiting Autism Speaks, an organization that raises public awareness of autism. The Foo Fighters frontman will play a special acoustic set at the third annual Blue Jean Ball, which will take place October 24 at Boulevard 3 in Los Angeles, CA.
"We are thrilled and grateful to have the talented Dave Grohl perform,” said Autism Speaks President Liz Feld in a statement. “Dave has been an advocate for all children and we are so thankful for his contribution to our cause."
Tickets for the event start at $300 and are available now at Events.AutismSpeaks.org/BlueJeanBall.
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Rob Zombie Posts Creepy Trailer for Great American Nightmare Event
Rob Zombie is giving us a sneak peak of what he’s got in store for anyone who attends his upcoming Halloween-themed event in Los Angeles, Great American Nightmare. The singer has just posted a trailer for the event, which will feature three fully-immersive haunted house experiences: Lords of Salem Total Black Out, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt of 1,000 Corpses.
The one-minute clip features scenes from Zombie’s movies, interspersed with footage of demonic figures drenched in blood and panicked women being chased by chainsaw-wielding maniacs as they make their way through the attractions.
The Great American Nightmare will be held every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October 10 through November 2 at the Fairplex FEARplex just outside of Los Angeles in Pomona, California. In addition to the haunted houses, the event will feature 15 nights of concerts, including sets by Zombie, Eagles of Death Metal, Andrew WK, The Used and Goldfinger, among others. (Video contains sporadic profanity.)