IN THIS MOMENT: Official 'Adrenalize' Lyric Video Released
The official lyric video for the song "Adrenalize" from Southern California's IN THIS MOMENT can be seen below. The track comes off the band's fourth album, "Blood", which sold around 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 15 on the Billboard 200 chart.
IN THIS MOMENT spent the weekend of February 16-17 filming a video for"Adrenalize". The band's vocalist, Maria Brink, wrote afterwards: "There are no words to express how grateful I am for the creative process of shooting our new 'Adrenalize' video. It was a weekend-long deal and so rewarding; by far our best video ever and best piece of visual art we have created! So excited for you all to see it and be a part of it! Big things are happening more every day!"
Released on August 14, 2012 via Century Media Records, "Blood" was once again produced by Kevin Churko, who has previously worked withOZZY OSBOURNE and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, among others.
IN THIS MOMENT began work on the new album just a few months following the departures of drummer Jeff Fabb and guitarist Blake Bunzel, who left the band in 2011 in order to join the backing group of"American Idol" finalist James Durbin. Fabb and Bunzel have since been replaced by Tom Hane (THYATEIRA) and Randy Weitzel(FLATLINE, 3/13, AMERICAN MASSACRE), respectively.
"Blood" was released in December as a double-disc set through Hot Topic. The special package contained the full original "Blood" album on one disc, and a second disc that featured a cover of the NINE INCH NAILS classic "Closer", as well as four additional new remixes of songs on"Blood":
ROB ZOMBIE: 'The Lords Of Salem' Soundtrack Details Revealed
The soundtrack to Rob Zombie's upcoming film, "The Lords Of Salem", will be in stores on April 16 — just a few days before the release of his latest CD, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor", on April 23. The film itself opens nationwide on April 19.
"The Lords Of Salem" soundtrack:
01. Open Wide The Gates
02. The Curse Of Margaret Morgan (John 5 & Griffin Boyce)
03. Blinded By The Light (MANFRED MANN)
04. No Person In Number Five
05. A Special Child (John 5 & Griffin Boyce)
06. Our Philosophy
07. Crushing The Ritual (Leviathan The Fleeing Serpent)
08. Give It To Me Baby (Rick James)
09. Ladies Choice
10. The Spirit Of Radio (RUSH)
11. Smash Or Trash
12. The Lords Theme (John 5 & Griffin Boyce)
13. Salem Rocks
14. Venus In Furs (THE VELVET UNDERGROUND)
15. Three Sisters (John 5 & Griffin Boyce)
16. You Know What I Think?
17. I'll Always Know (John 5 & Griffin Boyce)
18. Apartment Five
19. Lords Hear Us
20. All Tomorrow's Parties (THE VELVET UNDERGROUND)
21. WIQZ News
ROB ZOMBIE/ex-MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5 last year spoke toDailyHerald.com about the songwriting process for the score for "The Lords Of Salem".
"Rob would give me direction, like, 'I want it to sound like this, or I want it to sound like that,'" John, whose real name is John Lowery, said. "It's very primitive, not your everyday-sounding instruments. I would use a violin bow across an acoustic guitar or clank on things or use other odd musical instruments. Then, of course, you have your bassoons and french horns and everything under the sun for other parts of the score. It's very unorthodox, if you will, but it really was a lot of fun. It was a lot of work and it was a big challenge. It turned out amazing, though. I'm very proud of it; that's for sure."
He added, "I wanted the theme of this movie to be very simple, like 'Jaws'or 'Halloween' — something that's so easy to remember. When you see the movie, you'll understand what I'm talking about. I really wanted to concentrate on the simple things that ring in your head. I wanted to do something easy in that sense so people could remember it and hopefully have fun with it."
Asked if he had a lot of visual elements to work with, the guitarist said, "We [John 5 and producer Griffin Boice] would get visuals, or we would get a scene or two and just go off of it from there. It's really amazing when you see a shot with nothing there and then create this sound. It's pretty incredible to see how it all comes to life.
"It's funny, the power of music. I was watching 'Dracula', the 1931 version with Bela Lugosi, and the only music you hear is at the very beginning of the credits. There's not one other piece of music; it's all silent. It's unbelievable and it's very effective, too."
SLASH Records Version Of 'Angry Birds Space' Theme
Legendary guitarist Slash (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) has created what is said to be "an incredible all-new version" of the "Angry Birds Space" theme song and you can hear it shortly after opening the newly updated game on your iDevice. A button with a musical note calls up an image of Slash transformed into one of the game's characters, complete with a link to purchase Slash's music.
Compatible with iDevices running iOS 4.3 or later, the newly updated"Angry Birds Space" for iPhone and "Angry Birds Space HD" for iPad are available in the App Store for $0.99 and $2.99, respectively.
Slash has reportedly been a longtime fan of "Angry Birds". Three years ago, he was retweeted on the official "Angry Birds" Twitter account when he quipped that "Angry Birds" is "like a drug, only cheaper."
Back in February, Slash stopped by the headquarters of "Angry Birds"creators Rovio in Finland. "'Angry Birds' found out that I was a big fan and reached out to me," he says in a promotional video which can be seen below. "I really jumped at the chance to get involved."
The "Angry Birds Space" version takes gamers through planets filled with water, strange aquatic life and bad piggies in boats.
Slash isn't the first rocker to be associated with the "Angry Birds"games. Last year's "Angry Birds Friends" series featured customizedGREEN DAY pigs, 10 never-before-seen levels and the chance to unlock a brand-new song off the band's "¡Uno!" album called "Troublemaker".
METALLICA: 'Kill 'Em All' 30th-Anniversary Vans Shoes Now Available
The new collaboration between METALLICA and Vans — one of the world's leaders in the shoe and apparel market —honors the 30th anniversary of the band's first studio album, "Kill 'Em All". The "Kill 'Em All" pack consists of both the Vans Slip-On and Sk8-Hi, with each one dressed in the hand and hammer design used for the cover art. Done in red, white and black, the vibrant kicks give anyone instant rock-star status. These distinctively metal shoes each feature the album artwork on canvas upper panels and embroidered METALLICA logos in red. Whether you're acting like a maniac or simply thrashing all around, these shoes will give you major whiplash!
To purchase the "Kill 'Em All" Classic Slip-On and Sk8-Hi shoes online, or find a store near you, go to this location.
Originally issued on July 25, 1983 through the independent labelMegaforce Records, "Kill 'Em All" was recorded in two weeks on a miniscule budget in upstate New York. Although only 1,500 copies were initially pressed, the album was reissued by Elektra Records after the band signed to that label in 1984 and has since been certified triple platinum for sales of more than three million copies.
The original title of "Kill 'Em All" was "Metal Up Your Ass".
The album's opening cut, "Hit the Lights", was the first song that frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich wrote together after forming METALLICA. An early version of the track appeared on the 1982 compilation "Metal Massacre".
Lead guitarist Dave Mustaine was replaced by Kirk Hammett shortly before recording commenced, although Mustaine still has several writing credits on the disc and went on to form MEGADETH.
A number of songs from the album are still part of METALLICA's set list to this day, including "The Four Horsemen", "Seek and Destroy" and "No Remorse".
METALLICA has since gone on to become one of the biggest rock bands in the world, selling tens of millions of copies of its eight studio albums, including 16 million alone of 1991's self-titled "black album." The band's ninth effort, "Death Magnetic", arrived in 2008.
Former KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Singer Joins Forces With ALL SHALL PERISH, DEVOLVED Members
Former KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Howard Jones (pictured below) is reportedly working on a new project with ALL SHALL PERISH guitarist Francesco Artusato and members of DEVOLVED. The new band is said to be represented by Mike Gitter as part of King Artist Management.
Jones was among the musicians who performed at the launch event forMetal Gear Rising: Revengeance on February 18 at GameStop at Universal CityWalk in Universal City, California.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE was rejoined by singer Jesse Leach early last year following the departure of Jones after nine years and three successful albums.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE bassist Mike D'Antonio told BostonGlobe.comthat the band's split with Jones was necessitated by the singer's struggle with personal issues, including diabetes that had gone untreated for several years. "It became very apparent we had to move on without him,"D'Antonio said. "Howard didn't quit."
In a statement regarding his departure from the group, Jones wrote in part, "I've had a pretty interesting couple of years, to say the least, battling with some personal issues. One of the low points being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes that went unchecked for years. The rest of the band stuck with me through it, and, to be honest, they are the ones that kept me going. The whole experience definitely put a scare in me."
He continued, "Recently we've all been in writing mode, but somehow I couldn't get excited about the new album and all the touring that would go with it. The guys saw it before I did. In hindsight, I now realize that my heart wasn't in it."
Jones thanked the rest of the band for "an amazing decade," adding, "I have so many good memories, and those are the ones that I will keep."
SEVENDUST: New Album Is 'Almost Like A Greatest-Hits Record Of Songs You've Never Heard Before'
James Wood of GuitarWorld.com recently conducted an interview with SEVENDUST guitarists John Connolly and Clint Lowery. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
GuitarWorld.com: "Black Out The Sun" has a different sound for you guys. How would you describe it?
Connolly: It has a totally different vibe about it. It's darker, but with a little bit of hope. There's always that light at the end of the tunnel. When I listen to it, it's almost like a greatest-hits record of songs you've never heard before. There's an album that every one of those songs could potentially live on. There’s some stuff that sounds like it might belong on"Home", some that sounds like "Seasons". Then there are some"Alpha" moments as well.
Lowery: We didn't over-think the record. It has a spontaneous feel. It has the spirit of our older records, but it's evolved as well. If you're already a fan, it caters to the elements you've always liked. We're proud of this album.
GuitarWorld.com: What approach was used for writing songs for the album?
Lowery: It usually comes from an idea or a riff that John or I start. It's us coming up with beats and constructing the skeletal idea of the song from there. Then we'd get the band together to play it with everyone. By that point we'd start arranging it, and vocals are the last thing.
Connolly: There was definitely no shortage of ideas. For this record, we had a writing area behind the live drums in the studio. Whenever someone was in the studio working on parts, any number of us would gather in this writing station and map things out right there on the spot. This was one of those albums where on Monday "Decay" didn't exist and by the end of Tuesday night, it was there.
GuitarWorld.com: What's the secret to the band's longevity?
Lowery: The concept originally was to put together a band with guys you actually enjoyed hanging out with. You have to live with these people on a bus so you need to have mutual respect and consideration for each other.
Connolly: We have a lot of friends in this business, but I don't know too many bands that have all the same five original guys. People see us eating at a Chili's on an off day and they flip out. But the thing that excites them the most is the fact that it's actually all five of us eating at the same table together. [laughs]
Former PANTERA Bassist: 'If DIMEBAG Was Alive, I Believe We Would Still Be Jamming Together'
Metal Mark of SkullsNBones.com recently conducted an interview with former PANTERA and DOWN and current KILL DEVIL HILL bassist Rex Brown about Rex's memoir, "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera". A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
SkullsNBones.com: For starters, you were always considered the "quiet" member of PANTERA, and you really hold nothing back in the new book. Was it challenging or weird for you to let people in more than you ever have before?
Rex: It was more cathartic for me than anything else. It was a lot harder than I expected, but I think it turned out great. Writing a book ain't easy, man. [laughs] Trying to get all those words in, all the stories in, and everything else in 320 pages was really difficult. It could have been over 900 pages, but we made sure it wasn't, ya know. As for it being weird, I would never say it was weird, because I had a story to tell, and it's finally coming out for everyone next week.
SkullsNBones.com: For me as a PANTERA fan, reading about where you were the moment you heard about [the death of PANTERA guitarist"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott] and the days after, it was tough to get through. How hard was it for you to go back to those memories and sort of relive them for this book?
Rex: Bro, the word cathartic just keeps coming up for me. Having to rewrite this thing so many times, it was good, but at times it was really sad. I really wanted to put my experience out there, because I've heard so many others, so now people know my experience with hearing the news as well. It's still devastating to think about, but I think we all feel that way. It was definitely tough, though, man; I won't lie.
SkullsNBones.com: As you mention Dime, the parts in the book about all of you growing up together is really an awesome read. From the classrooms to the jam sessions, it's really cool to learn. Of course, no one could have imagined how huge PANTERA would become, but it seemed right from the beginning that you knew that this was going to be something good.
Rex: Yes and no. We were four completely different individuals, even in the beginning, but we had that drive to be the best we possibly could. We just went through a crazy ride that took us to the top and it was unreal at times. It wasn't always good and fun, but in the end, you mentionPANTERA and the amount of respect that name brings is something I'm sure we are all super proud of still to this day.
SkullsNBones.com: As you know, with every musician's book, there will be those people who say it's only your side of things and it may not be completely accurate. How do you respond to those who say that?
Rex: It's all true, man. I didn't fabricate anything. I threw in entertaining stories, to keep the reader involved, but it's all true. Everyone that has read it can clearly feel the honesty, and that was important to me. The bottom line was if I was happy with it, and I am, so people can respond how they choose. I'm very proud of this book. This is just my story, man. I didn't write it for money or to piss people off; it's just me telling the story from my eyes, because I lived it. There were only four of us who knew what went on, and this is my story. I can't stress that enough.
SkullsNBones.com: Throughout all the bad things that may have happened during those years, it does not take away that you four guys lived a dream that only a few people can say they have. Do you have any regrets looking back on those years?
Rex: I totally agree, man. We were very fucking lucky, we were very fucking determined, and I have absolutely no regrets. The only regret is what happened to Dime, but I had no control over that. It's a shame that some fucking deranged idiot decided to do that to someone so special in this world. It's a bigger shame that we will never know what might have happened. As I said in the book, if Dime was alive, I believe we would still be jamming together. To put it plain and simple, I have no fucking regrets. You can always look back and say we could have done things differently, but that's life in general. You live and you learn, ya know.
Music lesson web site PlayThisRiff.com is now featuring a round of guitar lesson videos with guitarist John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON).
At PlayThisRiff.com you will find the following lesson videos by John 5:
* "Banjo Rolls" (G Major)
* "Banjo Rolls" (E Minor With Blues Notes)
* "Banjo Rolls" (D Major)
* "Behind The Nut Bends"
* "Chicken Picking Behind The Nut"
* "Getting Faster"
* "Shred Demo"
* "Octave Pull Off Exercises"
* "Tapping With Two Hands"
* "Western Swing/Walking Bass"
"Octave Pull Off Exercises" can be viewed in Flash and Quicktime HD format at this location.
PlayThisRiff.com is owned and operated by Bob Balch from FU MANCHU.
John 5's latest full-length solo CD/DVD, "God Told Me To", was released on May 8, 2012 via Rocket Science Ventures. The effort was recorded and produced by John 5, Chris Baseford (ROB ZOMBIE, TOMMY LEE) and Bob Marlette (SEBASTIAN BACH, BLACK SABBATH) in 2011. The cover art for the album was illustrated by none other than Rob Zombie, who also tapped John 5 to score the entirety of his upcoming film,"The Lords Of Salem".
Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix Looking to “Try Some New Things” at End of Connection Tour
Jacoby Shaddix is ready for his next challenge. The Papa Roach frontman says he’s looking to tackle some new projects once the band finishes their current tour promoting their latest album, The Connection.
“I wanna kind of spread out a little bit and try some new things,” he tells ABC News Radio. “I think my next baby step will be either working with another band or just maybe doing like a song for a movie soundtrack or something like that. I don’t really feel like I need to start a side project or anything like that but just dabble in a couple little things to just kinda separate myself a little bit.”
Shaddix hints that he’s hoping the band will go on a hiatus in the near future so he’ll be free to have time to explore other opportunities. “I’ve considered the idea of [a hiatus for Papa Roach],” he reveals. “I [just] gotta make sure everybody else wants to do the same thing…because this is a band. We got to stick together and that’s what it’s about…we gotta take care of each other first. But we own a recording studio, so, come on I want to produce a record!”
Papa Roach has tour dates scheduled until July 3, so it’s unlikely that Shaddix will any get time to work on anything new before then.
Watch Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players Perform “Mantra” in Studio
Dave Grohl is sharing some exclusive footage that was recorded while he was making his documentary, Sound City. The eight-minute clip, which is currently streaming at RollingStone.com, features a live studio performance of an instrumental version of “Mantra,” a song Grohl recorded with Sound City Players members Josh Homme ofQueens of the Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor for the film’s soundtrack,Sound City -- Real to Reel.
Your next chance to see Grohl’s Sound City Players will be at the South by Southwest music festival. Grohl recently announced that the band will rock the stage at Stubb’s in Austin, Texas on March 14.
Accompanying Grohl for the concert will be Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty,Rick Springfield, Fear frontman Lee Ving, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk, Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor, Queens of the Stone Age multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes and Masters of Reality’sChris Goss. The Meat Puppets will be the opening act.
While Sound City is now available at all digital retailers, Sound City -- Real to Reel will arrive at all the usual outlets on Tuesday.
The Smashing Pumpkins, The Offspring, The Black Crowes to Perform at SunFest in May
Producers for the annual SunFest music festival have secured a stellar lineup of artists for this year’s event. The Smashing Pumpkins, The Offspring and The Black Crowes will perform at the fest, which takes place May 1-5 in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida.
Other bands set to take the stage at the event include Slightly Stoopid, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and The Airborne Toxic Event, among others.
Single-day passes start at $30, while five-day passes are $61. To get your tickets and see the full lineup for the event, visit SunFest.com.
Frontman James Hetfield Says Metallica Can’t Get Next Album Recorded Due to "Exciting" Gigs
Metallica frontman James Hetfield says that while the band has a number of songs written for the follow-up to 2008’s Death Magnetic, it’s been difficult to record the new album because they’re always out on the road.
"Gigs keep popping up that are too exciting to stay home for," the singer tells Australian radio station Triple M. "We have lots of material [we've been] working on from the dayDeath Magnetic ended all the way up until now.”
Hetfield adds that the band will explore new creative avenues on the upcoming album, which will feature “lots of different sounds [and] different styles.” "We're one of those bands that doesn't really care what people want," he explains. "We have been artists since day one. We're not going to roll over for anyone and, you know, we're Metallica for a reason and we're going to keep doing that."
In the meantime, Metallica fans can look forward to seeing the band perform headlining sets at their Orion Music + More Festival June 8-9 at Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan, as well as seeing the band's 3D concert film, Metallica Through the Never, which will arrive in theaters on August 9.
Gotye, Muse, fun., Passion Pit Nominated for International Dance Music Awards
How do we know that dance music is one of the dominant forms of music today? Because nearly every major chart-topping artist of the last year has received at least a nomination or two at the International Dance Music Awards, scheduled for March 21 in Miami Beach. Gotye is well-represented at the awards with two nods for Best Solo Breakthrough Artist and Best Alternative/Indie Rock Dance Track for "Somebody That I Used to Know." Competing against Gotye for the latter prize will be Muse’s “Madness,” fun.’s “Some Nights” and Passion Pit’s “Take a Walk.” In addition, Florence + the Machine and M83will duke it out for Best Group Artist.
Here's a look at some of the nominees in selected categories: Best Alternative/Indie Rock Dance Track
“Blue Jeans” -- Lana Del Rey
“Flutes (Sasha Remix)” -- Hot Chip
“Lessons in Love” -- Kaskade feat. Neon Trees
“Madness” -- Muse
“Some Nights” -- fun.
“Somebody That I Used to Know” -- Gotye feat. Kimbra
“Take a Walk” -- Passion Pit
Best Solo Breakthrough Artist
Hot Since 82
Lana Del Rey
Best Group Artist
Above and Beyond
Florence + the Machine
Swedish House Mafia
Muse, Dave Matthews Band to Perform Free Concerts in Atlanta
Here’s your chance to check out Muse and Dave Matthews Band -- and you don't even need to buy a ticket. Both bands have signed on to perform free concerts in Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia, next month. The concerts are part of The Big Dance Concert Series, which celebrates the NCAA Men's Final Four college basketball championship. Muse will take the stage first on April 6, while DMB will perform the next night.
In addition, Muse’s The 2nd Law single, “Madness,” has been chosen as the main official song for this year’s NCAA March Madness marketing campaign, and can be heard in ads running across TBS, CBS, TNT, truTV and NCAA.com, as well as additional social media and digital sites.
Andrew W.K. Named Official Spokesperson for Playtex Fresh + Sexy Wipes
Andrew W.K. may have been denied the opportunity to be a cultural ambassador to Bahrain, but he's now accepted a position to be the ambassador of freshness for Playtex’s new product, Fresh + Sexy Wipes.
“Whether you just finished rocking a packed club or have an intimate encounter after a busy day, this product will make couples feel brand new,” said Andrew in a statement.“Fresh + Sexy Wipes were specially designed to help couples feel confidently clean, before and after they engage in sexual activity!”
The notoriously hard-partying singer will be representing Fresh + Sexy Wipes this weekend at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Andrew will be hosting the The Fresh + Sexy Black Booth Confessional Party at the event, which takes place at 9 p.m. at Viceland on Saturday. The singer will perform a special set at the party, and will also be offering free Fresh + Sexy Wipes to all who attend. In addition, a confessional booth will be set up at the event, where fans are encouraged to tell stories about “exciting and spontaneous moments where they could have used Fresh + Sexy Wipes.”