SERJ TANKIAN Launches 'Really Exciting' New Project: 'Disarming Time Musical Paintings'
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet and political activist Serj Tankian has uploaded a new three-and-a-half-minute video clip called "Disarming Time Paintings." Check it out below.
Describing the project, Serj stated: "I have just embarked on a something really exciting and new called 'Disarming Time Musical Paintings.' What that is is I'm writing a piece of music first, as I usually do, and then I am making a painting from it and embedding the music — with speakers and MP3 players — within the actual frame of the painting. So this is really exciting for me, 'cause I've never painted in my life before."
He added: "The urge came to my in the discovery that music has become so temporal and devalued in the world today — even though we love music; anyone watching this and myself inclusive. So I wanted to create an exclusive experience. I wanted to create something unique for someone to hold, that they're the only person to get to experience that."
Tankian is releasing two albums this summer through his own label,Serjical Strike Records. First up on June 25 will be "Orca", Tankian's first true symphony, while July 23 will see the release of a collaborative jazz-inspired disc called "Jazz-iz Christ". Tankian recorded "Orca" in Linz, Austria last October with a symphony orchestra after a successfulKickstarter campaign helped fund the project.
Meanwhile, the 15 tracks on the mostly instrumental "Jazz-iz Christ"feature Tankian performing alongside guests like renowned pianist Tigran Hamasyan, flautist Valeri Tolstov, trumpet player Tom Duprey, formerPOLICE drummer Stewart Copeland and actor/musician Davis Alpay.
Both albums will be available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon and other digital distributors. Various limited deluxe physical editions will be sold through Tankian's official web site and the Serjical Strike web site.
The musician, who has dabbled in film scoring and writing a musical as well, told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that all these projects are part of his diverse musical interests. "I've made enough rock records, I think, for a little while for me to be able to kind of go, okay, you know, I wanna try different things," he said. "I write all sorts of music, from electronic to noise to experimental to punk to hip-hop to you name it, you know. I do a lot of different things, so I'd like to explore different genres."
Following a concert in Los Angeles on July 29, SYSTEM OF A DOWN will tour Europe throughout the month of August. After that, Tankian will launch a series of solo orchestral tour dates on September 19 in Kiev, Ukraine, with performances scheduled for Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities in Russia, along with stops in Rome, Florence and Padova, Italy.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN still does not have any plans to record in the near future.
BLACK SABBATH's TONY IOMMI: How I Found Out I Had Cancer
Guitar World magazine recently spoke to BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi about the making of the band's new album, "13" — the first in 35 years to feature Tony, singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler— and his battle with lymphoma, with which he was diagnosed in late 2011.
"The [cancer] diagnosis came when I was doing my book tour [in 2011] before we starred rehearsal," Iommi explained. "On the book tour, I saw a doctor because this lump appeared in my groin. We thought it was just a swollen gland, so he gave me antibiotics. After the book tour, I was going to L.A to start rehearsals. He said if it wasn't gone in two weeks when I got there, I should see another doctor. So I did, because it was still there. He gave me more antibiotics, because I had developed an infection from this other problem I had with my prostate. It was too big and had to be cut down. So I thought the other lump was part of that. But it never went away. So we were rehearsing and writing, and I kept feeling this pain down in my groin. And Ozzy kept saying, 'You don't look really well.' And I'd say, 'Well, I don't feel too good.' He also told me to go get it checked out. I was going back to England to have the prostate operation, so I decided just to wait until then. They said they'd take out that other lump while they were in there. I thought nothing of it at all, but they found out it was cancer."
He continued: [After they told me I had cancer] my whole life changed. And they're so casual about it! They say, 'The good news is that your prostate is really good. But the lump, we found lymphoma in it.' Lymphoma, what's that? Well, I knew what it was, but I wanted to hear them say it: cancer. Once I heard that, it was awful. I thought, God, of all the times!"
Asked if he immediately stopped working on the SABBATH album, Iommi said: "All my mind was on treatment and trying to get rid of it. That's all I could really think about for awhile. I had to get this sorted out, so everything had to wait. I was in terrible pain from the prostate operation as well. And then I started the chemo. I didn't feel well and started losing weight. Then I had radiotherapy [radiation] every day. But I did say to the guys while I was in treatment, 'If you come to England, then we can carry on.' I couldn't move away from the treatment, and I was weak and tired. But I wanted to carry on…. I was determined that it wasn't going to stop me. I've always been that way. I can't give in to things. Having my wife,Maria [Sjöholm, former DRAIN STH vocalist] — who put up with so much and never complained — and friends around me was actually the best thing for me. It helped get my mind off of it. I would be in the hospital a couple of days before they'd come. And then I'd walk in the studio and we'd start talking and we'd play for a bit. Then I'd get tired and I'd have to go and sit down. They were all right behind me, so it was good.
"Of course, when I told Ozzy I have lymphoma, he said, 'Didn't so and so die of that?' [laughs] Thanks! I had to laugh. Typical him. But it was great he was there. You've got to be positive about it, and I try as much as I can. Sometimes I start going downhill a little bit, and then I perk back up. I got so many nice letters and messages from fans saying, 'You'll be okay. Just hang in there!' Even Lance Armstrong sent me a letter. And when [DEEP PURPLE keyboardist] Jon Lord was ill, before he passed away [in July 2012], I would get messages from him, saying, 'Look, if there's anything I can do to help with the treatments, just ask.' It really does help and makes you want to fight more."
The July 2013 issue of Guitar World magazine can be ordered at this location.
ALICE IN CHAINS' 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here' Projected To Sell 60K-65K First Week
ALICE IN CHAINS' fifth studio album, "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here", is likely to sell between 60,000 and 65,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on May 28 via Capitol. The disc follows up 2009's"Black Gives Way To Blue", which was the group's first all-new collection of material in 14 years. That CD opened with 126,000 units back in October 2009 to land at position No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Although "Black Gives Way To Blue" was a huge comeback success for the band, guitarist/singer Jerry Cantrell told The Pulse Of Radio that they wiped the slate clean when it was time to make something new. "You should start from a zero every time, and we started from a zero with this record just like we've done with every record we've made," he said. "You've got a blank canvas, and you and your band are in the room and there's the canvas and there's no other pictures of the old albums hanging up. You know, those are put away in a closet somewhere, so you're not thinking about them or drawing from them or trying to repeat them or whatever. It's impossible to do that. That is what it was, now what do we do?"
"The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" is ALICE IN CHAINS' second album withWilliam DuVall on vocals.
DuVall began touring with the group in 2006, four years after the death of original singer Layne Staley from a drug overdose.
ALICE IN CHAINS began working on the new disc in 2011, but the sessions for the album were delayed when Cantrell had to undergo shoulder surgery.
"The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" features the singles "Stone" and the chart-topping "Hollow".
ALICE IN CHAINS heads to Europe next month and Canada in July before co-headlining the fourth annual Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival withJANE'S ADDICTION, kicking off on August 9 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
TONY IOMMI Donates Guitar Strings To 'Wear Your Music'
BLACK SABBATH's Tony Iommi has donated his used guitar strings toWear Your Music, an organization that turns used guitar strings into jewelry. All profits made from the sale of Tony's guitar strings will go to the Nordoff-Robbins charity.
Iommi is frequently referred to as the inventor of heavy metal with his trademark riffs. Having sliced off the ends of three fingers in a factory accident when first starting out, Tony switched to very light gauge strings. These make his bracelets especially unique.
Rock Recycled Bracelets are hand-wrapped with sterling silver to create a one-of-a-kind bangle style bracelet. Each bracelet uses a different number and color of strings, depending on what is available at the time of purchase. They do not have the artists initials on them and are not soldered. For this, and the option to add a clasp, see the Classic Style.
For more information, visit WearYourMusic.org.
BLACK VEIL BRIDES Singer Defends Angry 'Revolver Golden Gods' Acceptance Speech
Revolver TV conducted an interview with vocalist Andy Biersack of Los Angeles theatrical rockers BLACK VEIL BRIDES at this year's Rock On The Range festival, which took place May 17-19 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. During the chat, which can be seen below, the singer defended his acceptance speech at this year's Revolver Golden Gods where he called out people in the audience who were booing his band.
Due on June 11 via Lava/Republic Records, BLACK VEIL BRIDES'"Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones (Ultimate Edition)" features three previously unreleased tracks as well as a DVD of the band's "Legion Of The Black" movie that was screeneed prior to last year's release. There will also be an Ultimate Black Box Edition that will feature all of the contents of the Ultimate Edition including the CD with alternate artwork plus three new songs, "Legion Of The Black" DVD, an expanded booklet and a solid black BVB rosary that can be ordered here.
BLACK VEIL BRIDES screened "Legion Of The Black" at the Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles, California in December.
Directed by Patrick Fogarty, written by Andy Biersack, Patrick Fogartyand Richard Villa III, "Legion Of The Black" tells the visual story of"Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones". The film follows a group of rebels known as "The Wild Ones" as they defend their hearts, minds and bodies against F.E.A.R.
"Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones" sold 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on January 8 via Lava/Universal Republic, the CD was produced by by John Feldmann (PAPA ROACH,THE USED, ATREYU) and is a full-fledged concept effort. The cover artwork for the album was created by the band's longtime friend, artist Richard Villa.
SOUNDGARDEN Bassist Says He Almost Joined NIRVANA
According to The Pulse Of Radio, SOUNDGARDEN bassist Ben Shepherdtold Denver Westword in a new interview that he almost became the lead guitarist for another iconic Seattle band: NIRVANA. Shepherdexplained, "[Before I joined SOUNDGARDEN in 1990] I was supposed to play lead guitar for [NIRVANA] . . . The first time Kurt [Cobain,NIRVANA frontman] and I met, we were at a party in Olympia, and we were the two loners on the end of the couch, and there was a guitar there. I would always find a guitar at a party because I didn't like parties much. So I would find the guitar and space off by myself, you know? Kurtwas the same way, so we wound up sharing a guitar that night, an acoustic that was there."
Although NIRVANA ended up staying a three-piece until Pat Smear joined some years later, Shepherd did sort of end up providing NIRVANA with an early drummer. He recalled, "Chad [Channing], my old friend, we were in a band together, and I was the singer for a band . . . When we played with this band a couple of years later, there was Krist [Novoselic,NIRVANA bassist] who said, 'Hey, Ben, dude, do you think your drummer would let us use his drum set?' 'I didn't know you were in a band, Krist, cool. Sure, man.' . . . So they did, and that's how they met Chad, and he ended up joining the band."
Channing was eventually replaced in NIRVANA by Dave Grohl, whileShepherd went on to become the bassist in SOUNDGARDEN.
SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that Seattle's musical legacy remains as strong as ever. "It's not one of those scenes that came and went," he said. "There's still bands that make music with just as much enthusiasm, with kind of the same purity. I feel like I still carry that with me, the inspiration that came then, and really everybody else that was part of it, that's still making music and still making records, which is most of them, I feel like they feel the same way too. I feel like the records are still vibrant, and the bands are still vibrant, and the music's still great."
SOUNDGARDEN, who reunited in 2010, just finished a North American tour and will next play Mexico City on Friday (May 31).
The quartet has been touring in support of "King Animal", its first album of new material since 1996.
Bassist Jared Followill Says New Kings of Leon Album Will Be “Musically Complicated”
King of Leon fans can expect the group to head for familiar territory on their upcoming sixth album. During a recent Q&A session with fans on Twitter, bassist Jared Followillrevealed that the group’s new material will sound like their earlier work.
Jared tweeted, "Vibe/feeling [of the new album] could be compared to the first couple. It's much more musically complicated though, so I'd have to say the last 2." When asked if he had a favorite amongst the new cuts they’ve been creating, the bassist replied, “The ones I'm most proud of are the hardest to play. So it's hard to say.”
While a release date for the new album has yet to be announced, Followill has previously stated that he expects it to be released sometime in September.
Metallica’s Orion + More Festival to Include Motorcycle Stunt Show
Metallica has added a special attraction to their second annual Orion Music + More festival. The group has just announced that they'll offer festival-goers the chance to take in a motorcycle stunt show, featuring The Nerveless Nocks performing inside the Globe of Death.
“Watch this world-famous thrill-show family race their motorcycles within the confines of a 18-foot-tall steel ball cage,” reads a statement on the festival’s website. “Michelangeloand Carolina Nock along with their son Cyrus will wow audiences with their skill and bravery racing around in circles and upside down, narrowly missing one another.”
The second annual Orion Music + More festival will take place June 8-9 at Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan. In addition to headlining sets by Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers, the event also includes performances from Rise Against, Deftones, Silversun Pickups, Dropkick Murphys and Foals.
Black Veil Brides Post Lyric Video for Previously-Unreleased Track, “Revelation”
Black Veil Brides have posted a lyric video for “Revelation,” a previously-unreleased track which will be included on the upcoming Ultimate Edition of their latest release,Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones.
The four-minute clip begins with a fan going into a record store to purchase a vinyl copy of Wretched and Divine, followed by the song's lyrics flashing across the screen accompanied by the visual of the record spinning on a turntable.
The Ultimate Edition of Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones will arrive at all the usual outlets on June 11. In addition to “Revelation,” the upcoming album will include two other previously-unreleased tracks and a DVD of the group's film based on the release, Legion of the Black.