"Shine On", the new video from Chicago heavy rockers SOIL, can be seen below. The song, which is dedicated to the SOIL fans for standing by the band throughout the years, comes off the band's sixth studio album, "Whole", which will be released on August 20 via Pavement Entertainment. It's the band's first 100% independent release.
"We wanted to call all the shots on this album and, for the first time ever, hold our future in our own hands," explains bassist Tim King.
"Whole" is the first SOIL album with original frontman Ryan McCombssince 2004's "Re.De.Fine" (after which he joined DROWNING POOL). It sees SOIL returning to its classic sound that fans have come to admire, with a pres release calling it the CD "that could have come directly after the 'Scars' album in 2001."
Following the 2012 release of its first-ever live DVD, "Re-LIVE-ing The Scars", SOIL began writing new material and entered the studio in February 2013 with producer Ulrich Wild (PANTERA, BREAKING BENJAMIN) to begin recording.
"This was by far the most comfortable and natural recording process we have ever experienced," says guitarist Adam Zadel. "From the writing, pre-production, and through the main tracking and mixing, everything was smooth and fluid."
Other songs featured on "Whole" include "The Hate Song", "Loaded Gun" and "Way Gone". Another track, "Amalgamation", seesMcCombs taking songtitles from both the SOIL and DROWNING POOLreleases he was a part of and weaving them into verses of the song.
"I think, lyrically speaking, those that are familiar with the work I've done are going to get the next chapter that they would expect," McCombssays about the lyrical process. "Words from a heart and mind that has lived them.
"One of the greatest things I experience as a lyricist is when people come up and share with me how a song, or a specific verse or line from a song, got them through a hard time or times in their lives. It reminds me of the times music did that for me and how powerful music and/or a lyric can be in a person's life."
Drums and percussion on "Whole" were performed by Will Hunt (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, EVANESCENCE, DEVICE).
"Will added a whole new dimension to the songs," states King. "He added a monstrous and aggressive vibe to the album."
A guest guitar solo on "Wake Up" was performed by longtime friend Mike Mushok of the band STAIND.
"Whole" track listing:
01. Loaded Gun
02. The Hate Song
04. Way Gone
06. Shine On
07. Wake Up
09. My Time
10. Little Liar
11. One Love
"Shine On" video:
"My Time" (new song) performance:
DAVE MUSTAINE: 'It Feels Good To Be Me Right Now'
Jesse Capps of RockConfidential.com recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
RockConfidential.com: With the release of "Super Collider" and being on a new record label, it seems you're really anxious or even hungrier to beDave Mustaine and be in MEGADETH.
Mustaine: It feels good to be me right now. I still have moments where it's kinda hard to get outta bed. [laughs] I enjoy my life. I'm going through a renaissance period right now with the band and it just feels like a second childhood. Especially with the record charting as high as it did. Metal is on the rise. I'm really excited about the times we're living in. Unfortunately, metal music is popular when the world is kind of topsy-turvy, but hey — the world has been in kind of a fuck for a couple thousand years.
RockConfidential.com: I've noticed in a lot of interviews lately you're always asked about the track "Super Collider" being a departure forMEGADETH. Any time an established songwriter or artist does something that breaks from their mold, it's considered a risk. Do you remember the first song or album where you expanded on the MEGADETH style and were comfortable with the result and how it was received by the fans?
Mustaine: That would be "Countdown To Extinction". We went into a more melodic vein after "Rust In Peace". That didn't hurt us and it was our biggest record ever. I think this record would have fit perfectly between "Countdown To Extinction" and "Youthanasia"."Youthanasia" marks where we were getting pulled in another direction by the powers-that-be — change your logo, change your look, change your mascot and take him off the cover, slow the songs down. Marty Friedman [former MEGADETH guitarist] and I parted ways. The whole songwriting process started to fracture during "Youthanasia" and it was done after "Risk". When you get to the point where you're working with someone you like to write with and you just can't make music together anymore, something's happened. I wanted to play heavy music and they didn't. As a good leader, you're gonna want to have domestic tranquility and compromises. Compromising our musical direction — not compromising our integrity — hurt us. I said then we had to go back to our roots. I took some time to get back there but it's like turning an ocean liner. You can turn the wheel to the left and you know you're turning — it just takes a long time for that big ol' sucker to turn around.
RockConfidential.com: You touch on several real-world, emotional parts of life on "Super Collider" — teenage pregnancy, drug addiction, a struggling economy, Alzheimer's disease. With things like that combined with a 24-hour news cycle a person needs an outlet or we'll all go nuts — you just happen to have your outlet with MEGADETH. How could anyone not be influenced by everything going on in the world today?
Mustaine: Well, if you're drinking the Kool-Aid, you won't get influenced by it. For anybody watching what's going on, not just in our country but around the world, we're living in some really difficult times. That's what"Super Collider" is about. I reached a fork in the road with my onstage persona. Who I am on stage is not who I am off stage. Sometimes I'll walk off stage and think, "Maybe I shouldn't have said that." Check your sources. Don't believe anything you read and only half of what you see. Make your own educated decisions. You'll feel a lot better about sharing what you believe. And honestly, about the political stuff — if you don't vote, you can't bitch.
RockConfidential.com: Do you sometimes feel you have an obligation to inform your fans of things you think are important?
Mustaine: There was a point where I felt that was my calling. My career and taking care of my family is really important to me. There are so many things to be talking about. For me to be pointing out the wrongs in politics — man, if I think I can make a difference I better pack a lunch. As far as singing about things that have happened to me, I have 100% experience with that, and this is what happened and this is how I feel. It's more about, "Can you identify with that?" instead of saying, "This political party is doing this and this political party is doing that." They're really all the same. Heavy metal music is just punk rock with long hair. People don't get that. People that aren't metal fans don't make the connection. I was watching a song by a band called HAVOK the other day and I was looking at the guy's lyrics. Wow, I could have written those lyrics. It's the same kind of stuff I used to write when I was younger. I think a lot of us right now, one political persuasion or another, we're concerned about what's going on right now with the whole "1984" stuff. The funny thing is, there's a lot of guys who say, "How does Dave know all this stuff? He's always right on the money." Some people like to say, "Mustaine's on his conspiracy kick again." All of a sudden — excuse me, there it is in black and white — Dave is right again. That's OK. I used to eat crow, too. Now they get to.
Read the entire interview from RockConfidential.com.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Singer Talks About His Love Of PANTERA
A short video clip of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCHsingerIvan Moodyand guitarist Zoltan Bathorytalking to Google Play about Ivan's love of PANTERA can be seen below.
In an interview with ARTISTdirect, Moody stated about PANTERA: "I don't think there will ever be a band that compares to PANTERA. In my book, they are the icon metal band of all time. Their catalog speaks for itself. What the four of those guys did for music in general is beyond incredible. Philip's [Anselmo] lyrical ability and what Dimebag did as player are incredible.
"There is no torch to be handed down from PANTERA. PANTERA is one of our biggest influences, as it should be for anyone who listens to rock 'n' roll.
"I first heard PANTERA after getting out of a detention center as a kid. I caused a little mischief. I had a Walkman at the time, and I went to a store. I saw this cassette on the shelf, and it said 'Cowboys From Hell'. I was like, 'Dude, that's badass.' There were only two copies of it, so I knew it was underground at the time. The second I put it in, my entire life changed. My soul lit up. My eyes turned red. That was it for me. They'd become the greatest band on earth to me.
"You go down the line on the CD and get to 'Cemetery Gates'. I just freaked out like, 'Wow, somebody can make good rock 'n' roll and still incorporate extremely painful misery and have a sense of relief.' They kept getting bigger and better from there.
"My god, 'Vulgar Display Of Power' is still one of the greatest albums ever. Of course, my favorite is 'Far Beyond Driven'. They just nailed it on 'The Great Southern Trendkill' too.
"Anytime I saw that band live, it was absolutely jaw-dropping. I've never had an experience like that, and I've seen thousands of bands fromRAMMSTEIN, TOOL, and METALLICA to SLIPKNOT and KORN. Those are all phenomenal acts, but I never missed a PANTERA show. PANTERA was the beginning and end for me."
Korn to Release New Album in September
Korn’s Ray Luzier has let slip the release date for the group’s follow-up to 2011′s The Path of Totality.
The drummer revealed that the new release will arrive in stores on September 24 in the caption of a picture he posted on Instagram depicting the band attending a press junket. The caption reads: “Korn press Konference in France, we played them parts of 2 new songs off our SIC new record coming out Sept 24th. #korntour2013 #kornfans #korn #korn2013 #fieldy #brianheadwelch #munky #jdevil.”
The upcoming album -- whose title has yet to be revealed -- marks the return of guitaristBrian “Head” Welch, who quit the band in 2005.
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Courtney Love to Release New Singles, "Wedding Day" and “California,” in December
For months now, Courtney Love has been talking about releasing some new music. Now, the singer has revealed that we can expect two new cuts to arrive in stores sometime in December.
“[The first track is] called ‘Wedding Day’...and then the B-side is called ‘California,’ which, if you're gonna call a song 'California,' you better know it's f**king good, and it is,” she tells Rolling Stone.
The singer adds that while she’s been working on a number of songs for the follow-up to her 2004 debut solo album, America’s Sweetheart, she’s only happy with a few of them so far. “There are two other songs that are excellent out of the 12 we've recorded,” she explains. “So four songs so far, but I'm really picky, and I need an impeccable record at this point. We can do it really quick, so probably after this tour we'll start recording.”
Love is currently trekking across North America on her I'm Still Alive Tour, where she promises to play a collection of career-spanning tracks, rarities and “really cool covers.”
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Megadeth to Donate Proceeds from OK Gigantour Concert to Support Tornado Victims
Megadeth is stepping up to help those affected by the deadly tornadoes that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma last month. The band has just announced that the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma will receive all of the band's proceeds from their July 16 Gigantour concert at the Zoo Amphitheatre in Oklahoma City.
“Many amazing bands have come forward to aid Oklahomans since the May tornadoes came and tore apart their homes and lives,” says frontman Dave Mustaine in a statement. “Now it’s time for Heavy Metal to give to this community!”
Megadeth's generosity doesn’t end there. They'll also participate in another fundraiser to support tornado victims while they’re in town. The band will be playing in an all-star softball game at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City the day before their Gigantour concert. Fans who attend the game will be asked to make a $5 donation, which will also benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Megadeth’s traveling Gigantour festival kicks off on July 3 at Meadowbrook in Gilford, NH. In addition to a headlining set by Megadeth, the event will feature performances byDevice, Newsted, Black Label Society, HELLYEAH, and Death Division. Visit Gigantour.com to view the full itinerary.
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Bullet for My Valentine Adds Second Leg to HardDrive Live Tour with Black Veil Brides
Bullet for My Valentine is headed back to the U.S. for another round of tour dates, and this time they’re bringing Black Veil Brides along for the ride. The band willl be hitting the road for the second leg of the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour/HardDrive Live Tour, which kicks off September 28 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California.
"This whole tour has been a highlight,” says frontman Matt Tuck in a statement. “It's probably been the most successful, enjoyable tour we've ever done in America, so to pick one would be an insult to the rest of the tour, it's been amazing,"
Tickets for all the newly-announce dates will go on sale this Friday. VisitHardDriveLiveTour.com for more information.
Here are the tour dates:
9/28 -- Los Angeles, CA, Club Nokia
10/1 -- Portland, OR, Roseland Theatre
10/2 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox Sodo
10/3 -- Spokane, WA, Knitting Factory
10/8 -- Fargo, ND, The Venue
10/10 -- Madison, WI, Orpheum
10/15 -- Columbus, OH, LC Pavilion
10/20 -- Poughkeepsie, NY, Mid Hudson Civic Center
10/24 -- Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues
11/2 -- Montreal, QUE, Metropolis
11/3 -- Portland, ME, State Theater
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Incubus’ Brandon Boyd Posts Lyric Video for Sons of the Sea Single, “Lady Black”
Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd has released a lyric video for “Lady Black,” a cut from his solo project under his new moniker, Sons of the Sea.
In the three-minute clip, the song's lyrics flash across the screen accompanied by grainy black-and-white footage of faceless cartoon figures that hang out in hotels and chase after dogs. The video is currently streaming at Elle.com.
Boyd says he enjoyed the experience of exploring new creative avenues for the release with longtime Incubus producer Brendan O'Brien. "'Lady Black,' the first song we recorded together, was so different from anything else that either of us had done especially with each other [with Incubus],” he tells Elle. “So as we continued over six months, every song we worked on was different from the next one. It was process of continual discovery and that is essentially how Sons of the Sea came together."
“Lady Black” is available on Sons of the Sea’s debut EP, Compass, which was released on Tuesday. Other tracks features on the release include “Space & Time,” “Come Together” and “Where All the Songs Come From.”