TOOL: 'Little Bits And Pieces' Of New Album Coming Together
According to The Pulse Of Radio, TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan and drummer Danny Carey were interviewed this week by New Zealand publication Rip It Up, and naturally the subject of a new album came up. What did they have to say? Carey explained, "Maynard deals with the lyrical content. He's been pretty busy with his wine and other projects lately, but right now it's just Justin and Adam and I working on things and, you know, little bits and pieces, lots of musical things."
That sounds like very little progress has been made since TOOL's webmaster claimed to have heard about half an album's worth of music earlier this year.
Keenan was even more casual about the record's progress or lack thereof, talking more about balancing his other bands and his winemaking business.
He remarked, "Well, with the wine — it's attached — it's basically part of my house. And it's just my wife and I that work it . . . when I am working on any kind of music in terms of writing and recording, especially withPUSCIFER, it's right here . . . When it comes to writing with TOOL and A PERFECT CIRCLE, it's a whole different process and, uh, that requires a whole different set of patience."
TOOL has not released a new album since 2006's "10,000 Days".
Guitarist Adam Jones recently told Revolver magazine, "It's unfortunate that we haven't put anything out in a while, but you know, we've changed as a band . . . We've become even more eclectic and distant, so getting things done and getting together is very hard."
TOOL is playing in New Zealand, Australia and Japan during the first two weeks of May.
COREY TAYLOR Says STONE SOUR Comic Book 'Has Been A Long Time Coming'
Bloody Disgusting recently conducted an interview with STONE SOUR and SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Bloody Disgusting: First let me congratulate you on having your first book hit store shelves. I'm sure you're like a very proud twisted father to have this thing out.
Corey Taylor: It's pretty exciting. It's been a long time coming and it's one of those things that I never thought I would have an opportunity to do. Now that it's happening, and the book is coming out, I still can't believe that it's real.
Bloody Disgusting: Tell us a bit about the genesis for the short story that eventually became the comic book?
Corey Taylor: I had this idea for a while, for a short story that would accompany the STONE SOUR album or just an album in general. I always had this idea, but it was just a nugget, and it was never anything fleshed out or anything extensive. It always just sat on the back burner for a really long time, until the first SLIPKNOT tour that we did after Paul[Gray, bass] died. Until then, I had kind of put creativity aside for a while, because I wasn't there yet in my head. While we were out there on the road, the idea just came to me and all the sudden I could see the beginning, the middle and the end, very vividly. I could see the characters coming together in my head, and that kind of triggered the music that I contributed to both STONE SOUR albums. In the end, things became much bigger in scope than the original idea, but when the idea came to me, I just kept feverishly writing things down in notebooks, fleshing out the characters and putting together a chain of events. By the time we finally got into the studio, this whole concept was about 98% finished, so I finalized it while we were in the studio. That was kind of where the idea to make it a comic book came from.
Bloody Disgusting: So when you knew you wanted to make it into an illustrated comic book did you just pitch it around to publishers?
Corey Taylor: It was a very strange process, to be honest. We were out on the road and there were a couple comic book companies interested, but it just seemed like it was a waiting game. One month turned into three months, and I just kind of said to myself that these people were either in or out. I wasn't going to sit around and wait for some boardroom to decide if this was something they wanted to get behind, so I ended up walking away from two rather big companies. Dark Horse was just the first company to come in and say, "We get this and we understand what you are trying to do." They were the first to get it, not only from a creative standpoint, but they were also the first to understand it as a mini-series. They were ready to go and that's what I was looking for. I wanted someone to be as excited about it as I was. It could have been an independent small publisher and I would have been all about it if the excitement was there. I just love the fact that Dark Horse were the ones to really get it because I have been a fan of their books, since I seriously started collecting comics in the early '90s.
Bloody Disgusting: Could you see yourself doing more comic book related writing after this?
Corey Taylor: Maybe. I never say never, because that is the best way to make god laugh out loud. I'm still a fan and I have so much more respect for the writers and the artists now than I did before. For me to do it again, I guess it would depend on the story and if it was something that I think would work, then maybe. I have a great relationship with the people at Dark Horse and I can only hope that they enjoyed the work that I put into this, but it would have to be the right thing. I wouldn't want to put out something that was a re-tread of something that has already been written or something that I've already done before. It would have to be something very specific, and completely different.
Read the entire interview from Bloody Disgusting.
BLACK SABBATH: Best Buy Version Of '13' To Include Exclusive Bonus Track
According to the unofficial BLACK SABBATH web site Black-Sabbath.com, North American retailer Best Buy will carry a version of "13" — the firstBLACK SABBATH record in 35 years to feature singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler all playing together — containing the exclusive bonus track "Naïveté In Black".
"13" is due out June 11 on Vertigo/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!"
Details of the album's deluxe edition surfaced on April 19, with the band revealing that the eight-song effort will be accompanied by three bonus tracks called "Methademic", "Peace Of Mind" and "Pariah".
Several versions of "13" are available for pre-order, including a standard CD, a double CD that includes a second disc of exclusive bonus audio, a heavyweight vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve and a "Super Deluxe Box Set" containing the double CD, the vinyl album, an exclusive DVD documentary on the band's reunion, 13 photographic prints and hand-written lyrics.
"13" track listing:
01. End Of The Beginning (8:05)
02. God Is Dead? (8:52)
03. Loner (4:59)
04. Zeitgeist (4:37)
05. Age Of Reason (7:01)
06. Live Forever (4:46)
07. Damaged Soul (7:51)
08. Dear Father (7:20)
Deluxe-edition bonus tracks:
09. Methademic (5:57)
10. Peace Of Mind (3:40)
11. Pariah (5:34)
12. Naïveté In Black (Best Buy exclusive track)
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.
Scott Kara of The New Zealand Herald has written a track-by-track review of "13". Check it out at this location.
Regarding "End Of The Beginning", which SABBATH will perform on the season finale of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" on Wednesday, May 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET on CBS, Kara wrote: "The first thing you notice — apart from Tony Iommi's glorious, grinding guitar licks, and the brain-rattling bass and rumbling drums — is that unique SABBATH tempo. For any other band, it would sound plodding, but they somehow turn it into a fearsome lurch. While 'End Of The Beginning' is no 'War Pigs', it's an impressive epic that moves from foot-planting heaviness, to eerie tranquility, and then into one of Ozzy's tender serenades."
On the topic of "God Is Dead?", Kara wrote: "The first single off the album — which, at almost nine minutes and the longest on the record, isn't exactly radio friendly — comes creeping and crawling out of the speakers like a prowler. But then it rumbles and pummels its way to an early crescendo like a brawler. And you can't help but laugh and throw a cheeky heavy metal goat salute when Ozzy sings a line like, 'Out of the gloom, I rise up out of my tomb, into the impending doom.'"
Osbourne went on the BBC in England to discuss the band's new single,"God Is Dead?" and the inspiration behind the track. Ozzy explained, "I was in somebody's office and there was a magazine on a table and it just said, 'God Is Dead', and I suddenly thought about 9/11 and all these terrorist things and religion and how many people have died in the name of religion. When you think about the tragedy that's happened throughout time, it just came in my head. You'd think by now that their God would have stopped people dying in the name of, so I just starting thinking that people must be thinking, 'Where is God? God is dead' and it just hit me."
Ozzy added that the question mark at the end of the title is his way of showing that he's not sure about the answer himself, saying, "At the end of the thing, there's still a bit of hope because there I sing that I don't believe that God is dead. It's just a question of when you see so many dreadful people killing each other with bombs, and blowing the tube trains up and the World Trade Center."
Ozzy told an Australian radio station that "13" is "mind-blowing," adding, "It's better than my wildest dreams; it's so good."
SABBATH kicked off its world tour in support of "13" on April 20 in Auckland.
"End Of The Beginning" performance:
"God Is Dead?" audio stream:
ROB ZOMBIE's 'Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor' Cracks U.S. Top 10
Rob Zombie's fifth album, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor", sold 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on April 23 via Zodiac Swan/T-Boy/Ume. The CD was produced by Bob Marlette, who has previously worked with everyone from BLACK SABBATH and ALICE COOPER to WILSON PHILLIPS and LYNYRD SKYNYRD.
Rob Zombie's fourth solo album, "Hellbilly Deluxe 2", debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard album chart on February 10, 2010, selling 49,000 copies in its first week of release. That total was less than 50 percent of the number of copies that his previous effort, "Educated Horses", sold in its first week back in April 2006, when it moved 107,000 copies to land at No. 5 on the chart.
"Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor" track listing:
01. Teenage Nosferatu Pussy
02. Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown
03. Revelation Revolution
04. Theme For The Rat Vendor
05. Gong Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga
06. Rock And Roll (In A Black Hole)
07. Behold! The Pretty Filthy Creatures
08. White Trash Freaks
09. We're An American Band (GRAND FUNK RAILROAD cover)
10. Lucifer Rising
11. The Girl Who Loved The Monsters
12. Trade In Your Guns For A Coffin
Zombie has told Artist Direct in a new interview that "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor" could one day make it to the big screen as aZombie-directed film. The rocker and filmmaker explained, "I think it could. I made it with that in mind. At least in my mind — no one else knows this — I wanted to have a storyline that runs through the record so if someday I wanted to make it into a movie musical like THE WHO's 'Tommy' or'Quadrophenia', there was a structure to follow. I'm not really talking about what it is because I think it's sort of relevant at this point."
Zombie and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will headline the 2013Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which kicks off on June 29 in San Bernardino, California.
"Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown" video:
OZZY OSBOURNE Reportedly Staying Clean For Daughter's Wedding
According to The Pulse Of Radio, BLACK SABBATHsingerOzzy Osbourne said in a new interview with The West Australian that he's confident he'll stay sober this time after relapsing into drug and alcohol abuse for 18 months. Clean now for just under two months, Ozzy stated, "I don't do anything anymore. I don't drink or smoke."
Ozzy has reportedly promised his daughter Kelly that he will stay clean before she gets married. Kelly is rumored to be engaged to vegan chefMatthew Mosshart and a source told Radar Online, "Kelly went right for daddy's heart — she made it clear that she needed him to be present when he walked his little girl down the aisle. Ozzy would never ruin her big day, so he promised Kelly that he would get it together way before her wedding to Matthew."
Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that the many years he spent drunk and high took a toll on his relationship with his kids — especially his son Jack. "The one downside about being the crazy guy of rock 'n' roll was the fact that I missed out on my children somewhat and they missed out on me," he said. "I had an argument with my son one time, and I go to him, 'Jack, what are you moaning at me for? You never wanted for a damn thing.' And he goes, 'Oh yeah? What about a father?' And it just kicked me straight between the legs and I was like, 'Good God.'"
Ozzy's wife Sharon is living apart from her husband until she can be certain that he will stay clean, although the couple have denied that they're getting divorced.
Ozzy is currently on the first stretch of a world tour in support of the new BLACK SABBATH album, "13", which arrives on June 11. He told The West Australian, "It's a masterpiece as far as I'm concerned. I heard the finished thing last week and I've got to be truthful with you, I was so bowled over by the way it sounded. If you liked BLACK SABBATH in the old days, you got to love '13'. It's very heavy."
SABBATH will begin the North American leg of its tour on July 25 in The Woodlands, Texas.
Nine Inch Nails, How to Destroy Angels to Perform at Inaugural Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit
Frontman Trent Reznor is bringing both of his bands to North Carolina this fall. Nine Inch Nails and How to Destroy Angels will be performing at the inaugural Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, which takes places October 25-27 in Asheville, NC.
Other bands set to take the stage at the fest include Bassnectar, Pretty Lights and the recently-reunited Neutral Milk Hotel. Additional acts will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Three-day passes for the event start at $149.50 and will go on sale on Thursday at 12 p.m. ET. Visit MountainOasisFestival.com for more information.
Bassist Robert Trujillo Says Metallica's Next Album Will Be “Something Special”
Metallica has been slowly crafting their follow-up to 2008’s Death Magnetic, and bassistRobert Trujillo says that he has a good feeling about what they’ve written so far.
“The ideas that I have been hearing and have been a part of, to me are very, very exciting and I see us making a great album,” he tells South Africa's AllAfrica.com. “I feel in my heart that we are going to do something special. Beyond this, I have no idea what is going to happen 'cause, right now, it feels great and we are gonna do that, but the next album -- we'll see.”
Trujillo also gave an update on the progress of the group’s upcoming 3D concert film,Through the Never, which will premiere exclusively at every IMAX theater across North America for a full week starting September 27. “I've seen a recent cut and we have a lot of work to do -- we're not finished, but we're getting close and I feel that the end result will be special,” he reveals. “I believe it's going to be great.”