METALLICA: 'The Complete Illustrated History' Book Due In November
Voyageur Press has set a November 15 release date for Martin Popoff's"Metallica: The Complete Illustrated History" book.
Official book description: "Formed in Los Angeles in 1981, METALLICA has become the single bestselling heavy metal act in music history, with more than 100 million album sales to its credit. Now based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the band remains hugely popular worldwide: in 2009,METALLICA's 1991 self-titled LP became the best-selling album of theSoundScan era.
"In this book, the first complete illustrated treatment of the band, acclaimed heavy metal journalist Martin Popoff leads a roster of respected heavy metal writers to take on METALLICA's entire history, analyzing each of the group's ten studio albums (including 2011's 'Lulu'collaboration with Lou Reed) and providing a complete discography. More than 300 images complement extensive band stories: their formative years spent woodshedding in the clubs of Los Angeles, tragedies like the death of founding bassist Cliff Burton, the triumphs of multiple platinum recordings, personnel changes like the departures of Dave Mustaine andJason Newsted, and tours covering the world over. Live-performance and candid off-stage photographs are accompanied by a stunning selection of memorabilia, including gig posters, concert tees, picture sleeves, backstage passes, buttons, ticket stubs, and more.
"By following the same critically acclaimed, high-quality format asVoyageur Press' previous books on LED ZEPPELIN, AEROSMITH,QUEEN, IRON MAIDEN, and others, 'Metallica: The Complete Illustrated History' is the authoritative tribute to one of history's most successful and admired heavy metal bands."
SHINEDOWN Bassist Sprains Ankle
SHINEDOWN bassist Eric Bass suffered a second-degree ankle sprain during the band's performance last night (Friday, March 22) in Lubbock, Texas. After the concert, Bass was taken to the hospital and later tweeted a photo of him waiting in the ER room to be checked out (see below). In a separate Twitter update, the band posted a split photo ofBass performing onstage and a close-up of his swollen right ankle with a message asking fans to send their best wishes.
SHINEDOWN is in the process of wrapping up a tour with THREE DAYS GRACE and P.O.D.
SHINEDOWN's fourth album, "Amaryllis", came out last year. The CD debuted atop Billboard's "Rock Albums" chart and at #4 overall on The Billboard 200 — SHINEDOWN's biggest chart debut thus far — with over 105,000 units sold its first week out.
In a 2012 interview with SoundSpike, Bass stated about SHINEDOWN's return to the road after spending a year writing and recording the new CD: "It's been a lot of fun to start back off in some small rooms. We made a conscious decision to do that to get our legs back underneath us and kind of remember how to do this thing, since we spent so much time writing the record. But it's been really, really great to get out and see the fans again, see a lot of familiar faces and see a lot of faces we've never seen before, which is always nice. We have a moment in the night during the showwhere Brent [Smith, vocals] asks, 'Raise your hands if this is your first time seeing us.' Everywhere we go, half the room raises their hands. That's really gratifying to us … The demographic is definitely shifted for the band, too. When I started with the band, it was 18 to 30 year old males. Now it's kids and parents and males and females. It seems to be exploding, which is really great."
POP EVIL: Video Footage From The Studio
Grand Rapids, Michigan hard rockers POP EVIL will release their new full-length album, "Onyx", on May 14. The CD's first single, "Trenches", is available for streaming on the band's Facebook page.
A two-minute video clip of POP EVIL recording "Trenches" atGroovemaster Studios in Chicago with producer Johnny K can be seen below.
The message of "Trenches" applies to the world of art as well as the world of sports, the military, or anyone struggling with the economic downturn, like POP EVIL's home state of Michigan.
"It's about our battles," vocalist Leigh Kakaty says. "Not focusing on the things we can't control, if we really want to be a band that stands the test of time we have to write the music that connects. We have to dig our way out of the trenches."
During a slump in the music industry, POP EVIL is living proof that you can still make a living following your dreams. "It's a matter of time before rock and roll is in the forefront again and we want to be part of that,"Kakaty says.
After three Top 5 songs at rock radio, a fourth in the Top 10, a half million digital singles sold and over 1,000 shows a few short years into their impressive career, POP EVIL's return with "Onyx" is a swaggering, fistpumping, ballbusting ride through American rock. The grandiose melody of the '70s, the danger of the '80s, the emotion of the '90s and the loudest of modern riffs all have a home in POP EVIL, who fashion a fresh sound that looks to the future through the prism of rock's past.
ANTHRAX Honored With Jerseys At Yankee Stadium
Big dreams came true for the members of thrash-metal band ANTHRAX in September 2011 when they returned to their hometown of New York and stepped on the stage at Yankee Stadium with the other three acts that are part of the so-called "Big Four" of 1980s thrash metal — METALLICA,SLAYER and MEGADETH. As the only one of the "Big Four" bands whose members are from New York, a number of the band have many childhood memories of attending Yankees games, making the concert especially significant.
Specialized ANTHRAX Yankees jerseys have since been made for the occasion are currently hanging in the historic baseball stadium for all to see. Check out a photo below.
For ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante playing Yankee Stadium was extremely personal; his father, also named Charlie, was a huge baseball fan and onetime budding ballplayer, who died when Charlie Jr. was 5.
"I would give all this up just to have my father around," Benante toldESPN.com, "but to have him be there and see me playing Yankee Stadium, I know for him it would probably be the greatest thing ever."
Benante's father, who was scouted by the majors, would regale a four-year-old Charlie with all the stats and facts about the Yankees players while the two played catch in the backyard. "My dad was a huge Yankeesfan," Charlie recalled. "I remember he always had the TV or radio on, listening to every Yankees game he could. He died when I was five, so he never knew about my success as a musician, but I know he would have been so proud of me playing Yankee Stadium. I know that in some way, he'll be there, giving me the power I'll need to knock it out of the park."
CLUTCH Frontman Says 'Self-Editing' And 'Recalculation' During Songwriting Is Never Good
Denise Falzon of Exclaim.ca recently conducted an interview with frontman Neil Fallon of Maryland rockers CLUTCH. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Exclaim.ca: Your previous record, "Strange Cousins From The West", came out in 2009. Why such a long gap before releasing "Earth Rocker"?
Fallon: Well, we just didn't stop touring. We would plan on stopping and then some opportunity would present itself, like THIN LIZZY orMOTÖRHEAD or VOLBEAT, and it just kept going and going. Finally we decided to put our foot down and say, "Enough, let's just make this record."
Exclaim.ca: Was there a specific idea of where the band wanted to go with this record, musically?
Fallon: I think the one thing that we talked about was we just wanted to make a faster record and a more efficient record and I think that's really the only guidelines that we had.
Exclaim.ca: This record is definitely faster and also heavier than some of the more recent albums.
Fallon: We had written a couple fast songs and we realized we were having fun playing those songs, and it kind of threw a bit of cold water on our face because when you're a band for 20 years, it's easy to get into a comfort zone. We usually play between 95 and 100 beats-per-minute and that's all well and good, but sometimes you've just got to push yourself a little bit. I know Tim [Sult, guitarist] had mentioned that he felt like his guitar tone was getting too clean and he wanted to gain it up.
Exclaim.ca: What is the writing process like for CLUTCH these days?
Fallon: It's pretty much the same as it's been for the past 20 years. One of us will write a riff at home or we just get together and start jamming and then when somebody does something cool, we all kind of look at that guy and we say, "Do it again." Or Jean-Paul [Gaster, drummer] will come up with a beat and we'll try to write a riff around it. It's pretty organicand democratic, so when all is said and done, we can't say who wrote what exactly. And then those guys patiently wait for me to write lyrics, because I'm terribly slow at doing that, and then we keep at it until we feel satisfied.
Exclaim.ca: Is there a formula that you stick to when writing a CLUTCH song, or is it more just what comes naturally?
Fallon: I think the best formula is just kind of going in and seeing what comes out, almost like automatic writing, you can call it automatic riffing. You get into a room and just play what comes out of your hands and trust your heart and your gut and not try to over-think it too much because that's usually when self-editing happens and recalculation occurs and I don't think that's ever good music.
Read the entire interview from Exclaim.ca.
Alice in Chains Reveals Release Date, Artwork for The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
Alice in Chains has announced the release date for their upcoming fifth studio album,The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. It will arrive at all the usual outlets on May 14.
Guitarist Jerry Cantrell has said that the album will feature some heavier themes than their previous release, 2009’s Black Gives Way to Blue. "There's some real filth in there,” he tells Rolling Stone. "We're trying to make a record that we dig and we're trying to keep the bar high for ourselves and see if we can get past it, and I think that we did again.”
In addition, the band is offering you the chance to check out the cover art for The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here on their website. If you tweet the phrase “#AICalbum,” the band will reveal the artwork for their upcoming release. Here’s a spoiler for you: It features two triceratop skulls which seem to form a devil's head.
Here's the track list for The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here:
“The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”
“Hung on a Hook”
“Breath on a Window”
Queens of the Stone Age to Release New Album in June
It appears that Queens of the Stone Age fans won’t have to wait too much longer to get their hands on the band's sixth studio album. The band has just updated its website to reveal that the follow-up to 2007′s Era Vulgaris will drop sometime in June.
In addition, if you click on the “Q” on the middle of the band’s homepage, you’ll hear what may be a snippet of a track from the album. Several snippets are available on the site, however, you’ll need to refresh your browser to hear each one.
As previously reported, the group’s forthcoming release will feature guest appearances by Foo Fighters frontman/former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails, Scissor Sisters vocalist Jake Shears, former Screaming Trees frontmanMark Lanegan and former QOTSA bassist Nick Oliveri, among others.
Drummer Barrett Martin Shares Details of New Band with Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready & Ex-GN’R Bassist McKagan
Ex-Screaming Trees/Mad Season drummer Barrett Martin recently revealed that he’s part of a new band which includes Pearl Jam/Mad Season guitarist Mike McCready and former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan. Martin says collaborating with McCready on a few tracks for the 2012 self-titled debut album of his side project with McKagan,Walking Papers, got their creative juices flowing.
“Mike and I realized how much we loved playing together again and so…we wrote a bunch of new songs and we’ve been sending them around to singers that we love,” he tells ABC News Radio. “So far we’ve done a couple songs with Jaz Coleman from Killing Joke. We did a couple new songs with [Walking Papers frontman] Jeff Angell and there are other singers that are working on songs right now, but I probably shouldn’t say who they are because it’s not finished yet.”
He adds that the guys have yet to come up with an official name for the new project. “We’ve just been calling it The Triple M for, you know, McCready, McKagan and Martin…but it’s all in the works right now. I would definitely say that the spirit of Mad Season has got us all playing together again.”
While a release date for the group’s new music has yet to be revealed, the drummer expects that the tracks won’t be released as a full album. “These songs are going to be coming out on Mike’s new independent label, which is distributed by Pearl Jam’s label,” he explains. “I think the plan is that we’re going to release ten-inch [vinyl] singles of just two songs with each of these different singers.”
Watch a Preview of Soundgarden’s Live from the Artists Den Performance
Last month, Soundgarden recorded a special performance at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, California for the Live from the Artists Den public television music series. Now, the band has shared a preview of the upcoming episode by posting a 39-second clip online, which features some performance and behind-the-scenes footage.
According to the series website, the forthcoming episode will feature Soundgarden performing 28 career-spanning tracks, including a number of songs from their first album in over 15 years, King Animal.
An air date for the episode featuring Soundgarden has yet to be announced.
Scott Weiland Says Stone Temple Pilots Needs to Get “Re-Inspired Artistically”
While Scott Weiland is still upset about his recent dismissal as the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, he says he would like to tour with them again, provided that they breathe some new life into the band with a new album.
“My philosophy is that I don’t feel like going on the road and playing a greatest hits set that we’ve been playing for five years,” he tells Cleveland Scene magazine. “If we’re going to do something, we need to get back in the studio with [producer] Brendan O’Brien, who has a track record with us, and get re-inspired artistically again.”
The singer adds that he doesn’t want STP to turn into a nostalgia act. “We need to [make a new album] and get out there on the road and get out there with some excitement and not just turn our legacy into what Journey or Foreigner is,” he explains. “That’s not what we’re about. That’s not at all what I’m about.”
Weiland is currently out on a North American tour performing STP’s first two albums, 1992’s Core and 1994’s Purple, with his new solo band, The Wildabouts.