Rock Sound magazine spoke to SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singerCorey Taylor at this year's Download festival and asked him nine Internet trivia questions about him. You can now watch the chat below.
Taylor's second book, called "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven (Or, How I Made Peace With The Paranormal And Stigmatized Zealots And Cynics In The Process)", will be published on July 16 through Da Capo Press. The same publisher handled Taylor's first book, 2011's "Seven Deadly Sins: Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good", which made the New York Times non-fiction best seller list and came out last year in paperback with additional material.
According to the publisher's description, the new book follows Taylor as he "journeys undercover through various ghostbusting groups who do their best to gather information and evidence about the existence of spirits. Some are more credible than others, and, frankly, some are completely insane, but all are observed with appropriate seriousness as Taylorattempts to better understand some of the spooky things that have happened to him in his life . . . Taylor also touches on his religious background and how it led him to believe in much more than the Man in the Sky."
Taylor said in a recent interview with Loudwire that the new book will be similar to "Seven Deadly Sins" in that he's written it as a "discussion." The singer told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that his first book was meant to feel like a dialog. "People who know me, they call me and it's like, 'Dude, I can't get your voice out of my head when I'm reading this book," he said. "It's like I'm talking to you!' And that, that's the best compliment I could ever get, you know, because that's really what it's supposed to be, is a conversation. It's supposed to be me trying to make a point and trying to make an argument, and apparently I've done pretty well."
He recently said about "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven", "It's me trying to figure out how I can have this deep belief in the supernatural and the paranormal and stuff like that and yet I am still a pretty vocal atheist, you know? So it's me trying to find a new way to figure out what these things are."
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Guitarist Talks 'The Wrong Side Of Heaven' Album In New Interview
Kerrang! magazine conducted an interview with guitarist Zoltan Bathoryof Las Vegas metallers FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH at this year'sDownload festival, which took place June 14-16 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's fourth studio album will now be released on July 30. The disc is the first half of a two-record set titled "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell", with the second half due to arrive sometime this fall.
Singer Ivan Moody told The Pulse Of Radio that the band turned down tour offers last year to instead focus on making the new record. "The thought process was, get it while it's hot," he said. "You know, we love what we do, man, and I don't want to be one of those bands that we write an album, tour for two years and then take a year and a half off. That's not what I'm about and we're not getting any younger. It just seemed like the logical thing to do — get back in, really get to the grind, and now that we get to go back and co-headline with ROB ZOMBIE onMayhem Festival this summer, it all kind of ironed itself out."
The deluxe edition of "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1" will come with a bonus 15-track live CD titled"Purgatory (Tales From The Pit)", plus a redeemable limited-edition T-shirt.
A box set limited edition will be available for pre-order at the band's webstore on June 18. It contains the deluxe version of the album with the bonus live CD, an early free download of an exclusive new track, a FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH lunch box and assorted other collectible items.
The album features guest appearances from IN THIS MOMENT singerMaria Brink, SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera, HATEBREED vocalistJamey Jasta and JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford, who contributes to the first single, "Lift Me Up".
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will co-headline the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this summer alongside ROB ZOMBIE, with the tour kicking off in San Bernardino, California on June 29.
MEGADETH Drummer Says 'Internet Piracy' Is To Blame For Lower 'Super Collider' Record Sales
EvilG of Metal-Rules.com recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.
Metal-Rules.com: Tell us a bit about the writing process for ["Super Collider"] and what involvement you had.
Shawn Drover: We recorded "Super Collider" at our recording studio (Vic's Garage) in California over the course of about three months or so. About 4-5 songs were pretty close to being written musically, while the others were created from musical ideas, etc. The tune "Built For War" was a song that I wrote most of the music for along with Chris[Broderick, guitar] and Dave [Mustaine, vocals/guitar]. All in all I have good memories creating this record.
Metal-Rules.com: "Super Collider" debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 albums in the USA and #4 on Canadian Billboard charts. That's the highest ranking since "Youthansia" back in 1994, so congrats! According to sales figures, "Super Collider" sold below "TH1RT3EN" for week one… Do you attribute that to changing times, illegal downloading, etc?
Shawn Drover: Of course it is. We are certainly thrilled to have a #6 record on Billboard in America and #4 in Canada, but sales are way down for the entire music industry right across the board, which is a real drag.Internet piracy, torrent sites and all that are the reason why. Concert attendance for us is still great around the world, so we are definitely happy about that.
Metal-Rules.com: As this is the first MEGADETH album since leavingRoadrunner Records, what has been the biggest difference you've noticed so far regarding promotion, etc.?
Shawn Drover: I have seen a ton of promotion for "Super Collider" in Europe while on tour, which was really cool to see. Just walking around town and seeing an HMV store with huge displays for "Super Collider"was great.
Metal-Rules.com: I believe you are now the longest-serving MEGADETHdrummer. So congrats for lasting so long. To what would you attribute your continued success with the band?
Shawn Drover: I think just respecting the legacy of this band and keeping myself grounded is a big part of it. Knowing how to conduct yourself as a person and as somebody representing this band is also a key factor in longevity, I think. We are all friends in this band, so we respect each other and laugh a lot, which is something I highly recommend to anybody. Life is too short to not have fun and enjoy what you are a part of, believe me.
Metal-Rules.com: Does Dave Mustaine talk about his politics and his other beliefs with the band, or does he keep that mostly to himself, or to interviews where he's asked about such things?
Shawn Drover: Nah, we really don't talk about politics that much, though, like most people, we have opinions about this and that. For me, I would rather just let the music do the talking and keep whatever my beliefs are to myself. I always admired LED ZEPPELIN's mystique they had back in the day and wished more bands would go back to that. I'm not sure if that is realistic in this day and age, though, when anything you say can be spread worldwide within minutes on the Internet, for better or for worse.
Read the entire interview from Metal-Rules.com.
BLACK SABBATH's OZZY OSBOURNE: 'I Can't Remember The '90s At All
Reuters spoke to BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler about "13", the first BLACK SABBATH record in 35 years to feature Ozzy, Geezer and guitarist Tony Iommi all playing together.
"The best thing is that we are still fucking all alive to be in a band," Ozzy said.
"I don't know about the rest of the guys, [but] I certainly had a good go at trying to kill myself with the alcohol and booze for all the years.
"I kind of missed the '90s, you know? I must have been in a cocaine haze, because I can't remember the '90s at all.
"We've all come out the other side, the other end. It is good to be back sober and clean [even though I have had] a hiccup now and again along the way.
"I don't get up and the first thing I say is that I will have a shot of brandy. I don't do that or smoke cigarettes anymore.
"We are alive and it is a lot more more fun being sober and enjoying your fellow workers that you are working with."
"13" has entered the official U.K. chart at position No. 1. The CD sold 13,000 copies more than the No. 2 entry, "BE" by Liam Gallagher'sBEADY EYE.
The last time SABBATH topped the chart in the U.K. was nearly 43 years ago — in October 1970 — with the band's second LP, "Paranoid".
"13" has entered the official Australian Recording Industry Association(ARIA) chart at position No. 4. This is the British metal legends' first Australian Top Ten album since "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" back in 1974.
"13" is likely to sell between 120,000 and 130,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on June 11 via Vertigo/Universal Republic. This marks BLACK SABBATH's return to Vertigo, their original label, and the group's first studio album together since 1978's "Never Say Die!"
The drum tracks on the album were laid down by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE sticksman Brad Wilk following original drummer Bill Ward's decision to bow out of the reunion.
Kings of Leon Says Mechanical Bull Was Inspired by John Travolta Movie Urban Cowboy
Kings of Leon’s Nathan Followill has revealed that the title of the band’s upcoming album, Mechanical Bull, was inspired by one of John Travolta’s biggest films.
"We were so early in on the process of it, we had narrowed it down to three names, andMechanical Bull won out,” the drummer tells MTV News. “I know we watched a lot of [the 1980 film] Urban Cowboy during the making of this record, so that definitely probably had something to do with it."
While the group has unveiled "It Don't Matter" and "Supersoaker" from Mechanical Bullduring recent festival appearances, Followill hints that the band is likely to debut more new tracks during their upcoming gigs.
“The record's been done for a few months, so we're chomping at the bit to play the new stuff every chance we get,” he notes. “We felt pretty confident about the first two [songs]; it's great to use festivals as a testing ground to how kids are going to respond to it." Mechanical Bull is set to arrive at all the usual outlets on September 24.
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Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme Says He's Ready to Make Follow-Up to …Like Clockwork
Riding high from the success of Queens of the Stone Age’s first #1 album on the Billboard 200, …Like Clockwork, frontman Josh Homme says he’s ready to head back into the studio.
"I think we should make a record right away -- but I think we'll know when that is," he tells Billboard. The singer adds that while he has a plan in mind for the group’s next album, he’d prefer to keep the details secret. "The future is always out there,” he notes. “Isn't that the minimum obligation of a band, to try to enthrall and surprise and, with as much mystery as possible, appear to its fans.”
Homme says that he’s thrilled with the way …Like Clockwork turned out, and that the band grew closer during the recording process. "[…Like Clockwork is] the tightest, bond-wise across the board, we've ever been,” he explains. “Everyone trusts each other. Everybody has each other's backs, and I think that solidarity really helped to sort of stabilize the sort of more vulnerable moments of the record."
QOTSA is currently on tour overseas, but the band will return to North America for an appearance at the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago, IL, on August 2.
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Imagine Dragons' Night Visions Scores Platinum Certification
Congratulations to Imagine Dragons on the platinum certification of their debut album, 2012’s Night Visions, which has sold one million copies in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
The set, which includes hits "It's Time" and “Radioactive,” debuted in the #2 slot on the Billboard 200 album chart its first week out. Night Visions scored the best first-week sales for a full-length debut by a new rock band in more than six years, selling over 83,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
In other Imagine Dragons news, the band has scheduled a number of TV appearances to further promote Night Visions. They'll perform on ABC’s Good Morning America on July 5, and on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on July 26. The group also recently recorded an episode for the Live from the Artists Den public television music series, which is scheduled to air the weekend of August 9-11 on PBS.
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Watch Metallica Perform "Hit the Lights" as Dehaan During Second Annual Orion Music + More Festival
During their recent Orion Music + More festival, Metallica thrilled fans who showed up early to the fairgrounds by performing a special set under the moniker Dehaan. The surprise concert featured the band performing their entire 1983 debut studio album, Kill ‘Em All, just in time to celebrate the album’s 30th anniversary.
If you weren’t able to join the sweaty masses at the fest, the band is now offering you the chance to watch some of the footage of their performance as Dehaan.RollingStone.com is currently streaming a four-minute video of the group performing Kill ‘Em All's opening track, “Hit the Lights.”
The next big thing coming up for Metallica will be their 3D concert film, Through the Never, which will premiere exclusively at every IMAX theater across North America for a full week starting September 27. After the flick has its run in the IMAX theaters, it will expand into additional theaters starting October 4.
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Jane’s Addiction to Release Live CD/DVD set, Live in NYC, in June
Jane’s Addiction will release a live CD/DVD set that documents a free concert the band performed at New York City's Terminal 5 on July 25, 2011 to celebrate the launch of their latest album, The Great Escape Artist. Titled Live in NYC, it'll arrive at all the usual outlets on June 25.
The collection boasts 12 career-spanning tracks, including hits "Been Caught Stealing," “Jane Says” and "Stop!," as well as the debut live performance of "Irresistible Force (Met the Immovable Object)" from The Great Escape Artist.
While Live in NYC will be available separately on CD, DVD and vinyl formats, a package featuring both the CD and DVD of the release will also be available.
Here's the track list for Live in NYC:
“Ain't No Right”
“Ted, Just Admit It...”
“Been Caught Stealing”
“Irresistible Force (Met the Immovable Object)”
“Up the Beach”
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Alice in Chains-Themed Pinball Game App on Sale Now for Apple Devices
A new Alice in Chains-themed app that's sure to excite gamers is now available for Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. Alice in Chains Pinball Rocks serves up plenty of crazy virtual flipper action backed by a soundtrack that features a number of the band’s classic hits. It also includes a bonus game that unlocks the single "Hollow” from their latest album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. The game boasts a variety of high-definition graphics and camera angles, including a 3-D perspective.
Players also can enjoy various Alice in Chains-related elements that have been incorporated into the game, such as the three-legged dog from the cover of the group’s 1995 self-titled album. Alice in Chains Pinball Rocks can be purchased for $2.99 at the iTunes store.
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Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody Hints at Hiatus Following Tour; Reveals Plans for New Side Project
Frontman Ivan Moody says that Five Finger Death Punch is planning to take some time off after they're done promoting their upcoming double album, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell.
“I talked to the guys [in 5FDP] and after doing five records like this, it's time to take a little bit of space from each other,” he tells Metal Shrine. “That way, when we come back to do the next album, it'll be fresh to us again.”
Moody adds that he’ll be keeping busy during the break, announcing that he has plans to go solo after 5FDP's tour ends. “I'm actually going to do a side project after this next album cycle,” he reveals. “I've already got a few guys on the line, that I'm really proud to say I'm gonna work alongside with.” The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 1 will arrive at all the usual outlets on July 30 and will be available in a variety of formats, including standard and deluxe digital versions and a limited-edition box set. The second installment of the album will be released sometime in the fall.