SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison recently spoke to U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine about his new project.
"I'd been working on new SLIPKNOT material since the end of the 'All Hope Is Gone' tour cycle, but I ended up with so much stuff I had to take a step back and stop working on it," he explained. "The time wasn't right. But I came up with a bunch of material that was really killer and heavy and started taking some of it in a different direction. I started focusing on a lot of the post-punk and industrial stuff that I've always loved and started putting super heavy and brutal guitars over the top of it. That's how it started. It's taken me a couple of years to get to this point, but I can honestly say this is the most satisfied I've ever been in the studio. I can't wait for everyone to hear this shit."
He continued: "I've done the bulk of the work in the studio but now I've got Jed [Simon, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD] and Kris [Norris, DARKEST HOUR] to play lead guitar on everything," he adds. "Chris [Vrenna, NINE INCH NAILS] is doing the keyboards and synths and all that stuff and I have an unknown guy on vocals. His name's Henry [Derek Bonner ofBLOOD PROMISE] and he's super talented and a great vocalist. I didn't want someone from a known band singing in this band, because then it just becomes some supergroup thing and that's not what this is."
SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor has been ambivalent about working on new material following the death in May 2010 of the group's bassist, Paul Gray, although percussionist Shawn Crahan and Jordison have been much more confident about the band recording again.
SLIPKNOT's last U.S. performances were its own Knotfest shows, which took place last August in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Somerset, Wisconsin.
Jordison said in 2011 that SLIPKNOT can carry on "with or without"Taylor.
MURDERDOLLS — the band consisting of Jordison and Wednesday 13— issued its sophomore album, "Women And Children Last", in August 2010 via Roadrunner Records.
METALLICA Bass Guitar Declared State Property In Conflict-Of-Interest Case
The governor of Jakarta, Indonesia, Joko Widodo, recently had to turn over his autographed METALLICA bass guitar to the government temporarily, while authorities determined whether the instrument was merely a gift or a violation of ethics rules. Widodo received the bass from METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo, but had to give it up to the state within 30 days, according to laws regarding gifts to state officials.
According to Jakarta Globe, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has made the determination that the guitar is state property because it exceeded the Rp 300,000 limit for gifts and there was a mysterious note on the guitar, separate from Trujillo's message that said: "To Jokowi, keep playing that cool, funky bass." Jokowi is the governor's nickname.
"Because there is [a note on the guitar that reads] 'Giving Back,' which has different handwriting than Trujillo's [note]. There is someone else who added it. In Indonesian, the words could have a meaning of asking for something in return," Giri said.
Giri said that the KPK was deciding between two options of what to do with the bass. One proposal is to move it to a museum, while the other option is auctioning the bass through the Ministry of Finance.
"Jokowi can have it again but with a higher price [if he buys it at the auction]," he said.
Jokowi estimated that the guitar is worth around Rp 8 million (approximately $816). If the guitar is auctioned, people might bid billions of rupiah for the instrument.
Stone Temple Pilots Suing Ex-Frontman Scott Weiland for Breach of Contract
The members of Stone Temple Pilots are taking Scott Weiland to court. On Friday, the group filed a lawsuit with the Los Angeles Superior Court claiming that their former frontman used STP’s name and assets to promote his solo career in breach of their partnership agreement.
The group is seeking to block Weiland from using the band's name and their songs in his solo career, claiming that STP owns the rights to all the group’s assets and that no former member of the band can use them as per agreements they made in 1996 and 2010.
STP also provides details on specifically why Weiland was fired last February, including allegations that Weiland sabotaged last year’s plans for a tour commemorating the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Core, by showing up late for performances and not communicating with them to create a tour schedule. In addition, STP claims that Weiland’s lawyer attempted to block a Los Angeles radio station from playing the band’s new single, “Out of Time,” featuring Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington.
While Weiland has yet to react to the lawsuit, the singer did post an open letter to fanson his website on Friday regarding STP’s recent performance in Los Angeles with Bennington as their lead singer. Weiland says that he was “hurt” by the performance, and that it was wrong for the band to use the STP name without him as the lead singer.
“They don't have the legal right to call themselves STP because I'm still a member of the band,” he writes. “And more importantly, they don't have the ethical right to call themselves Stone Temple Pilots because it's misleading and dishonest to the millions of fans that have followed us for so many years. I don't give a f**k what they call themselves, but it's not Stone Temple Pilots.”
Weiland is currently out on tour with his new band, The Wildabouts, where they’ll perform tracks from the STP's first two albums: 1992’s Core and 1994’s Purple.
Jonathan Davis Says Korn’s Next Album Will Feature “Electronic Stuff”
Frontman Jonathan Davis says that while Korn will continue to experiment with electronic elements on their upcoming album, it won’t be anything like their 2011 dubstep album, The Path to Totality.
“It’s not in a dubstep format; it’s more in a rock format,” he tells The Morning Call. “We never want to repeat ourselves. It’s really cool -- we’re just using the electronic stuff to highlight the rock, our music.”
Davis adds that reuniting with founding guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has helped the guys create a new sound for the upcoming release. “It’s really cool that Head’s back with us,” he explains. “We got [James] 'Munky' [Shaffer] and Head’s dual guitar thing that they do and it’s really cool that we’re taking everything that we’ve learned since Head’s been gone and putting that all together and then we make it something different.”
While a release date for the new album has yet to be announced, Shaffer had previous stated that the band hopes to release it by the end of the summer.
Metallica's Lars Ulrich Says Trip to Cannes Is About Keeping 3D Film "Independent"
Metallica recently partnered with Exclusive Media to screen and shop the band’s upcoming 3D film, Through the Never, at the Cannes Film Festival, in order to find an international distributor for the flick. Drummer Lars Ulrich says that his trip to Cannes wasn’t about finding a way to rake in some cash; it was about maintaining control over how their movie is presented.
“We are fighting fiercely to keep this as independent as possible,” he tells New Yorkmagazine. “It’s not a greed thing or a financial thing, so much as, if it says Metallica on it, then you’ll know that it came from us. We can look our fans straight in the eye and go, ‘We did our best and it’s straight from us to you.’”
The band recently unveiled a one-minute trailer for Through the Never, which features scenes of In Treatment actor Dane DeHaan getting into a car accident and then running from a group of masked, weapon-wielding attackers. Ulrich notes the upcoming concert film will focus heavily on DeHaan’s story, which accompanies a number of live performances from Metallica.
“[DeHaan] works the Metallica gig as a runner and he’s sent on an errand that leads to many, many bad things that happen to him on his journey through this unnamed city,” Ulrich explains. “So we follow his journey through the night and we keep cutting back to the Metallica concert, which is, I guess, the anchor of the film, but it’s really about his journey.” Through the Never will premiere exclusively at every IMAX theater across North America for a full week starting September 27, after which it'll expand into additional theaters starting October 4.
Alice in Chains to Play "Handful" of Rarely-Performed Classic Tracks and Deep Cuts on Tour
If you attend any of Alice in Chains’ upcoming tour dates, you're in for a treat. GuitaristJerry Cantrell says that the band plans on playing some rarely-performed classic tracks and deep cuts from the band’s catalog while they’re out on the road.
“We didn't play 'Rotten Apple' [from 1994's Jar of Flies] in years,” he tells Grammy.com. “We started playing that on the last tour [and it] went over really well. There are always a couple of tunes we pull out that we haven't played [in years] and I'm sure on this tour there will be another handful that we pull out.”
Cantrell adds that the band will be peppering sets with a healthy number of songs from the band’s upcoming album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. “If a song is a good song it should sound like a good song [in] its simplest element, that's the way we've always approached things,” he explains. “And I think all of those songs [from The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here] will translate amazingly live. It'll be interesting to see, I can't wait to do that.” The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here will arrive in stores on Tuesday and features 12 new tracks. If you pre-order the album now at iTunes, you'll score an immediate download of the band’s current single, “Stone.”
Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Talks Cancer Battle, Band's Rift with Drummer Bill Ward
In a new interview with Guitar World, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi recounts the harrowing fight he mounted against lymphoma as his band worked to complete 13, its first studio album in 35 years to feature founding frontman Ozzy Osbourne.
Iommi discovered he had cancer shortly after the band's late 2011 announcement that they planned to reunite for a new album and tour. The 65-year-old rock legend tells the magazine that after he found out about his diagnosis, "I thought, 'Bloody cancerous lymphoma? Well that's it. I've had it.'"
He says that although the treatment sapped him of his strength, he soon became determined to regain his health. "I'd go through stages thinking, 'Can I do this?'" he explains. "And then: 'Of course I can do this. I don't want to die. I want to carry on and do what I'm supposed to do.'"
Iommi says that while battling the illness, he also became motivated to keep creating, and ended up writing a lot of new material for Sabbath's forthcoming album.
Osbourne, meanwhile, tells Guitar World that he and bassist Geezer Butler tried to be supportive of their ailing band mate, although they made sure not to dote on him.
"We all rallied around him," says Ozzy. "But it's not like we'd be saying, 'Are you okay? Are you okay?' We just got on with it." Osbourne adds that while it was obvious that Iommi was tired, "He was a soldier and marched on. He still had more riffs coming out of him than anyone."
As for Butler, he says focusing on the Sabbath album "encouraged [Tony] and kept his mind off the cancer, which is the best thing you can possibly do if you have that."
Meanwhile, Iommi also recalls his reaction to finding out that founding Sabbath drummerBill Ward had decided not to participate in the band's reunion because he was unhappy with the contract he was offered.
"I was shocked," the guitarist admits to Guitar World. "We were hearing stuff from lawyers, like, 'I'm not happy with this. I'm not happy with that.' We waited a long time for Bill and we wanted to sort it out."
Iommi explains that he eventually became impatient when no agreement could be reached with Ward. "At the end of the day, especially after I was diagnosed, I thought, 'F**king hell, that's it," says Tony. "We've got to get a move on. I might pop off next year!"
Iommi reveals that he then emailed Ward and informed him that "we can't wait any longer."
Black Sabbath's 13 will be released on June 11, and the band kicks off a North American tour leg on June 25 in The Woodlands, Texas.