POP EVIL: Entire New Album Available For Streaming
"Onyx", the new full-length album from Grand Rapids, Michigan hard rockers POP EVIL, can be streamed in its entirety using the SoundCloudwidget below (courtesy of Loudwire).
Due on May 14, "Onyx" features the following track listing:
01. Goodbye My Friend
02. Deal With The Devil
04. Torn To Pieces
07. Silence & Scars ?
08. Sick Sense
09. Fly Away
10. Behind Closed Doors ?
11. Welcome To Reality ?
The message of the first single and video, "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," Kakatysays.
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.
APOCALYPTICA: 'Psalm' Song Officially Released
Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA have decided to officially release"Psalm", a beautiful new song which APOCALYPTICA's Perttu Kivilaakso played during the band's most recent tour. In addition,APOCALYPTICA's Paavo Lötjönen has produced the atmospherically dense accompanying music video, which was filmed at the Sibelius Academy, where the band recorded its first album. Paavo took care of everything — from direction to post-production — during the making of the clip, which can be seen below.
For the first time in its career, APOCALYPTICA will go on tour with a classical orchestra. The collaboration with the prestigious Finnish Avanti! Orchestra will feature instrumentally performed APOCALYPTICA songs, specially arranged for the band, and the 25-piece orchestra. The long-cherished project will be premiering live in Finland in March 2014. Following the shows in Finland, the tour will proceed to Russia, Germany, Poland, Belarus and the Baltic states. Pre-sales for these unique live events will commence from May 23.
APOCALYPTICA's latest album, "7th Symphony", sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 31 on The Billboard 200 chart. The majority of the album was produced by Joe Barresi (TOOL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, BAD RELIGION), with two other songs produced by Howard Benson (MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, MOTÖRHEAD, PAPA ROACH).
METALLICA's JAMES HETFIELD Is 'Still Searching For The Ultimate Riff'
"MK Ondergrond" (meaning "Underground" in Afrikaans) conducted an interview with METALLICA frontman James Hetfield last month when the band returned to South Africa for three shows — one in Johannesburg and two in Cape Town. You can watch the chat below (Note: The intro is in Afrikaans, but the interview was conducted in English).
"MK Ondergrond" (Facebook page) is South Africa's first dedicated underground music variety show, hosted by a macabre crew of animated characters, featuring band interviews, video reviews, gig guides and the best in local and international underground music videos.
MK Ondergrond: So, here's an odd question to break the ice: without glam, or at least the hatred of glam, would thrash metal exist?
James Hetfield: Probably not. There was a giant hatred for that that fuled a lot of thrash. Maybe some know the story — METALLICA growing up in Los Angeles right in the heart of glam, right at the peak of glam and your MÖTLEY CRÜEs, your RATTs, your POISONs, your all that stuff was based in L.A. and we were the hated figure, but they were hated even more. We were thrown out of clubs because they thought we were punk rock.
MK Ondergrond: A lot of metal genres since glam have come and gone. Why do you think thrash itself has persevered so long and still packing out stadiums around the world?
James Hetfield: Well, whether it's packing our stadiums or being blasted in people's living rooms, it delivers a feeling, it delivers a connection to people who need it. It's that underground feeling. It's the black sheep of music. It's the thing that the misfits are attracted to. We're blessed enough to be playing it for 30-some-odd years, 32 years, and still connecting with people that don't fit in.
MK Ondergrond: You guys recently celebrated 30 years as beingMETALLICA. You even invited [former METALLICA members] Ron[McGovney] and Jason [Newsted] and Dave [Mustaine] on stage to jam with you guys. Is that the peak of the band's career or what else, what other milestones are left for METALLICA to achieve?
James Hetfield: 40 years. And hopefully there's no other band members we have to invite back up in that time. Those four nights at home were magic. I'd say, you know, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame thing was pretty important, but this was way cooler. This was our history, our fans, there were flags from all, you know, 42 different countries there playing with past members. Playing with people who inspired us. It was a great evening.
MK Ondergrond: So speaking of Jason, we read on the Internet the other day that he mentioned one of his biggest regrets not being inMETALLICA anymore is playing in places like South Africa. And Rob[Trujillo, current METALLICA bassist] also recently stated on the Internet that one of the big perks of being in METALLICA is coming to places like this. How important to you is playing shows off the beaten path?
James Hetfield: We're blessed to be able to go places that, I mean, half the world doesn't get to go to, or even more. Bands out there that are still stuck in a local scene, you know, we've got to see the world, you know, and this is a big part of the world. They're still places for us to go. We don't know where yet but I think China and, you know, a few other — Iran would be nice. Some places that don't want us or hate us we'd love to go there and play.
MK Ondergrond: This is the much serious question of this interview. Would you grow the '80s, '90s Hetfield mullet back for charity?
James Hetfield: Absolutely… If it would grow.
MK Ondergrond: How about [METALLICA drummer] Lars [Ulrich]?
James Hetfield: Would Lars grow the Hetfield mullet? Sure. Why not. He would love to.
MK Ondergrond: One of the big argument that have been raging recently is what if the "Big Four" shows that you guys put on [with MEGADETH,SLAYER and ANTHRAX], what if it was the "Big Five?" Was there ever a discussion like maybe we should make it five? Who do you think number five would have been?
James Hetfield: The "Big Four" name was not coined by us. It's been in the press for a long, long time and way back. So there's no limit to the number of big thrash bands that were respected in those days. I would say, personally, I would say EXODUS would be number five.
MK Ondergrond: So, in my honest scumbag journalistic opinion, listening back to the recent albums, "St. Anger" sounded like a band self-destructing, whereas "Death Magnetic" was more an album which resurrected the band METALLICA. Where's the fuel for album number ten going to come from?
James Hetfield: You mean we have to break up again to make a new record? The fuel will come from where it normally comes from: the will to do better, to do better than you've done before. Still searching for the ultimate riff, the ultimate guitar sound, the ultimate lyric, all of that stuff. It's a never-ending quest, you know, never satisfied. So that, as well as just enjoying and taking care of the life we have. We're pretty blessed.
MK Ondergrond: So let's be honest: if Rob was a smaller guy, would he have been hazed a bit more when he joined METALLICA?
James Hetfield: That's a good question. He is pretty beefy looking. He reminds me a lot of Tarzan, so I don't think we would've been messing with him.
New Queens of the Stone Age Song, "Keep Your Eyes Peeled," Appears Online
Queens of the Stone Age are sharing another preview of material from their upcoming album, ...Like Clockwork. A stream of "Keep Your Eyes Peeled," which was performed during a session at Belgium's Studio Brussel last Wednesday, is now available online.
The performance is the third song to be leaked from that live set: streams of other new cuts, "I Sat by the Ocean" and "If I Had a Tail," surfaced online last week. ...Like Clockwork arrives in stores on June 4. The album will feature a number of guest appearances, including Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails, Scissor Sisters vocalist Jake Shears, former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan, pop icon Elton John, former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore, and Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner. In addition, the release will include two former QOTSA members: bassist Nick Oliveri and drummer Joey Castillo.
Five Finger Death Punch Talks "Surreal" Collaboration with Judas Priest's Rob Halford
Five Finger Death Punch is set to release “Lift Me Up,” the first single from their upcoming fourth studio effort, which features vocals from Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford. While the band premiered the song with Halford during their appearance at the fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards ceremony earlier this month, it is set to arrive at all digital outlets on Tuesday.
“First and foremost, just to work alongside an icon like Rob Halford, THE Metal God, was absolutely surreal,” said frontman Ivan Moody in a statement. “The song itself was originally written about overcoming everyday obstacles and less than perfect situations. Most of us weren’t born with a silver spoon in our mouth but if life dealt you all the wrong cards, you still have to play. The song’s intent is to inspire; if you play that hand right you might just come out on top anyway.”
5FDP’s upcoming release, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, will be split into two volumes, which will be released at different times this year. The first installment arrives in stores on July 23, while the second will appear sometime in the fall.
Guitarist Wes Borland Says Limp Bizkit Has Finished “Most of the Music” for New Album
Ever since Limp Bizkit dropped their new single, “Ready to Go,” last month, fans have been wondering when they will get their hands on the band’s new album, Stampede of the Disco Elephants. Guitarist Wes Borland says that if all goes well, the group is hoping that will happen sometime in September.
"We're really trying to get it hammered out here," he tells Billboard.com. "We're done with most of the music, pretty much all the music. The lyrics and vocals are probably 30-percent done, and [frontman Fred Durst] is working as we speak, on tour."
Borland adds that the cuts on Stampede of the Disco Elephants sound “very live and sort of wild,” and that fans can look forward to the band exploring new creative avenues on the album. “I think it's a little bit more, sort of playful, taking chances, a little less pop, structured type of stuff,” he reveals. “I don't want to say it [sounds] younger, but maybe a little more carefree, musically, to where we don't over-think what we're doing.”
30 Seconds to Mars to Preview New Album Tuesday Night at NYC Church
30 Seconds to Mars is choosing a novel venue to give fans a taste of their upcoming new album. The band will perform at St. Peter's Church in New York City on Tuesday night, previewing songs from their new album, Love Lust Faith + Dreams, which drops on May 21. Tuesday night's concert will be recorded for a special that will stream on VEVO at a later date.
In support of Love Lust Faith + Dreams, 30 Seconds to Mars will make the late-night talk show rounds the week of the album's release. Look for them to perform on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on the outdoor stage on May 21, and on Conan May 22.