MASTODON 'Very Busy Writing And Putting Songs Together' For Next Album
Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON have issued the following update:
"For those of you who are interested, yes, we have been VERY busy writing and putting songs together for the next studio MASTODON album. We are down at our space hammering out riffs that can be friends and working our fingers to the bone to put out another great album."
Regarding the sound of the new MASTODON music he is pumping out, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds told MTV Hive last year: "A lot of the stuff I'm writing is in open G-minor. I'm playing a lot of slide guitar and just getting really Jimmy Page-y on the place and getting really eerie andRADIOHEAD-ish and very spooky-sounding."
On the topic of the songwriting process in MASTODON, Hinds said: "There's never really a shortage of music with MASTODON because all of us are working on something musically. I'm in good company. Just because they might [see me] stand in the middle of the stage or something, people might think this is the leader. He must conduct everything, but we're all the leaders. We spread the weight around."
As previously reported, MASTODON wrote and recorded a song for the upcoming animated film "Monsters University".
Due out in July, "Monsters University" is the prequel to 2001's"Monsters, Inc."Billy Crystal and John Goodman reprise their roles in the prequel as the wise-cracking Mike Wazowski and lovable Sulley.
MASTODON's latest album, "The Hunter", came out in September 2011 through Reprise Records.
MASTODON was among the nominees for the 54th annual Grammy Awards, which was held on February 12, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The band's Grammy nomination was for "Curl Of The Burl", the first single from "The Hunter".
A 30-second commercial for this year's edition of Gigantour, the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine, can be seen below. Scheduled to appear on the bill are headliners MEGADETH, along with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY; DEVICE, the new band fronted by DISTURBED singer David Draiman; HELLYEAH, featuring Vinnie Paul Abbott (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN), Chad Grayand Greg Tribbett (MUDVAYNE), Tom Maxwell (NOTHINGFACE) andBob "Zilla" Kakaha (DAMAGEPLAN); NEWSTED, the new band led by former METALLICA, VOIVOD and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Newsted; and DEATH DIVISION, the heavy, technically aggressive and melodic band founded by bassist Jerry Montano (HELLYEAH, DANZIG,NOTHINGFACE), drummer Tim Yeung (MORBID ANGEL, DIVINE HERESY, HATE ETERNAL, NILE), vocalist/guitarist Sean De La Tour and lead guitarist Rick Di Marco.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
Jul. 03 - Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook
Jul. 05 Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
Jul. 06 - Canandaigua, NY - Marvin Sands PAC
Jul. 08 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul. 09 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
Jul. 10 - Youngstown, OH - Covelli Center
Jul. 12 - Dallas, TX - [to be announced]
Jul. 13 - Lubbock, TX - Lonestar Amphitheatre
Jul. 14 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheatre
Jul. 16 - Oklahoma City, OK - Zoo Amphitheatre
Jul. 18 - Bloomington, IL - US Cellular Coliseum
Jul. 19 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
Jul. 20 - Cadott, WI - Chippewa Valley Music Festival
Jul. 22 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Center
Jul. 23 - Calgary, AB - Stampede Corral
Jul. 26 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
Jul. 27 - Dawson Creek, BC - EnCana Events Centre
Jul. 29 - Abbotsford, BC - Abbotsford Entertainment Center
Jul. 30 - Everett, WA - Comcast Arena
Aug. 01 - West Valley City, UT - Maverik Center
Aug. 02 - Denver, CO - 1st Bank Center
Aug. 04 - Fargo, ND - Scheels Arena
Aug. 07 - New York, NY - [to be announced]
Aug. 09 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 10 - Montreal, QC - Heavy MTL
Aug. 11 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Speaking to "Saturday Night Scream" last month, Dave Mustainestated about the lineup for this year's Gigantour: "I think [fans] are gonna be pretty stoked, because each one of the other bands on there, they're new bands comprised of a person who was a major celebrity from a really large band that went on to do something new."
In a January 2013 interview with VintageRock.com, Mustaine said about his plans for Gigantour: "We've got some stuff lined up at the end of the year with Gigantour — not only in here in the States, but also down in South America. We've got some really interesting lineups for that. Most people would look at the lineup and they would think, like, 'Dave's not gonna tolerate your crap at all.' Because there's a couple of people that we have that are on the lineup — and we're hoping for the best — but they're notorious bad boys. But when people grow up, they kind of grow up; they don't just grow old. And we're hoping that the music is gonna be the most important thing so that the fans will get what they want. Because it's undoubtedly… The people that we have, so far, as far as we know, for Gigantour, they've got great music. We're really looking forward to that."
Gigantour made its return last year for the first time since 2008. The multi-artist bill — with metal heavyweights MOTÖRHEAD, VOLBEAT andLACUNA COIL all personally picked by Mustaine — kicked off on January 26, 2012 in Camden, New Jersey and wrapped on March 3, 2012 in Austin.
METALLICA's JAMES HETFIELD: 'We Haven't Even Started Writing' Songs For Next Album
That's Entertainment's Dina Butti conducted an interview with METALLICA frontman James Hetfield prior to the band's return to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on April 19 for a headlining performance at the du Arena, Yas Island. You can now watch the chat below.
On the progress of the songwriting sessions for METALLICA's next studio album:
Hetfield: "We haven't even started writing it. We're going through riffs; we have, like, 800-and-something riffs we're going through — lots of ideas. We're really excited about it, but doing concerts here and there, trying to get back in the studio and get some stuff done, it's all really exciting, but it gets done on METALLICA time, which is not really scheduled. When it's done, it's done. And when it's good, then it will be done."
On METALLICA's upcoming 3D feature film, "Metallica Through The Never":
Hetfield: "The idea behind it was a best-of concert. A lot of younger fans haven't got to see all of the things from the past — like the '…And Justice For All', the 'Ride The Lightning'… all of the stage props that we had; the destruction scene, 'Master Of Puppets' crosses… lots of things like that. [We came up with the idea of] doing a best-of concert and touring that. And then we thought, 'Well, if we're gonna do that, why don't we film it?' And then, 'Well, let's film 3D.' And it kind of swapped its order. So we're making the movie and then possibly touring it aftereward. And then there's also a narrative that goes along with it. So there's a story about a runner, or someone who works at the show, who is sent out to get something, and the big adventure that he goes on."
METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich recently said that he would be "surprised" if the band's follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic" came out before 2015. He said: "It takes us awhile to make records, and we're also so busy with so many other things. But we'll get around to it eventually."
"Metallica Through The Never" will now come out on September 27 and not August 9 as originally announced. The film will be digitally remastered into IMAX 3D and play for one week exclusively in IMAX theaters in North America before expanding into additional theaters on October 4. The film stars the band, thousands of its fans and acclaimed young actor Dane DeHaan in a story that follows a member of METALLICA's road crew — played by DeHaan — who is sent on a mission during the band's concert that turns his life upside down.
ALICE COOPER, MARILYN MANSON Discuss Upcoming 'Masters Of Madness' Tour In Video Interview
Frankie DiVita, radio personality at Southern California's 96.7 KCAL Rocks, conducted an interview with Alice Cooper and Marilyn Mansonon the "black carpet" at the fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods awards on May 2 at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles, California. You can now watch the chat below.
In what is obviously a "dream" pairing, or some might say a "nightmare,"Cooper and Manson will be teaming up for the "Masters Of Madness"tour June 1 through June 28. Following recent pairings of Alice with Rob Zombie and then Rob Zombie with Manson, this combination of Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson has been long-awaited by fans of both artists.
Alice Cooper is a true rock icon, having pioneered the use of theatrics and shocking images onstage in concerts from the earliest days of the original band of the same name. Since going solo, he has continued to produce elaborate stage shows providing fans with both shock and rock of the highest caliber. Inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2011, Alice has toured and recorded continuously, with his most recent album being "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" through UMe. Recorded with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, who produced the original ground breaking, multi-platinum "Welcome To My Nightmare" album in 1975, the album picks up right where they left off, with Alice trapped in his own warped mind.
Currently, Alice's touring band features the three-guitar attack ofOrianthi, Tommy Henriksen and Ryan Roxie, backed by bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel.
Marilyn Manson's most recent full-length album, "Born Villain", his eighth overall, debuted in the Top 10 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD earned Manson his fourth Grammy nomination at the 2013 Grammys in the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" category for the album's lead single, "No Reflection".
The tumultuous relationship Marilyn Manson has cultivated with the public through his genre-defying music and anti-status quo message of thinking for oneself has resulted in sold-out tours, protests, legal battles, adoration, hate, more than 50 million records sales, award-winning distilled spirits, several Grammy nominations and, most importantly, a long list of some of the most enduring and powerful singles ever.
Manson's last U.S. tour was the "Twins Of Evil" run with Rob Zombie, a bill that looked good on paper but which did not go smoothly, leading to some verbal exchanges between the two shock rockers onstage.
Both Zombie and Manson have acknowledged the legendary Cooper as an influence on their own careers.
Queens of the Stone Age Release Album Trailer Featuring Snippet of “I Appear Missing”
Queens of the Stone Age profiles a new track in a video trailer to promote their upcoming album, ...Like Clockwork.
The three-minute clip features a snippet of “I Appear Missing,” a cut from the forthcoming release, accompanied by animation from U.K. artist Boneface. The video’s storyline follows a man in a suit who wakes up bloody and covered in bandages. The man then floats across the desert and attempts to fly into the clouds, but sadly, he winds up falling to his death. ...Like Clockwork will arrive at all the usual outlets on June 4. The album will feature guest appearances by 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 Monkeysfrontman Alex Turner. In addition, the release will include two former QOTSA members: bassist Nick Oliveri and drummer Joey Castillo.
Rob Zombie Says Venomous Rat Regeneration VendorInspired by Solo Band's Current Lineup
Rob Zombie’s fifth solo album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, debuted in the #7 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart last week, selling 34,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The singer says that his band’s current lineup, which now includes former Marilyn Manson drummer Ginger Fish, helped to inspire the singer to create the release.
“We [were] really needing a new record because this band had been together for a while and we were really jazzed about the lineup, and we just felt ready,” he tells ABC News Radio. “It wasn’t an obligation to make a record…we were just very excited to make the record, and…I think it’s the best record I’ve done for sure in ten years or so, maybe even much longer.”
Zombie adds that while he isn't a fan of doing cover songs, he decided to include a cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re an American Band” on the release because of its message. “I never do cover songs, we never play cover songs, but I want to this time just because we do so much touring it would just be fun to have it,” he explains. “I needed a song that I could relate to and that song is basically a song about being an American band and touring and life on the road, and we certainly could relate to that. So, you know, it worked out good.”
You’ll get your chance to hear the new songs performed live when Zombie headlines this year's Rockstar Mayhem Festival, which will roll through 26 cities in the U.S. and Canada between late June and early August. That outing kicks off on June 29 at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA. Other acts set to take the stage as part of the event include Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon and Machine Head.
30 Seconds to Mars Navigates Bad Weather in “Conquistador” Lyric Video
30 Seconds to Mars navigates us through some nasty weather in the new lyric video for “Conquistador,” a cut from their upcoming fourth studio album, Love Lust Faith + Dreams.
The three-minute clip features the song's lyrics flashing across the screen accompanied by footage of a variety of lightning storms and tornadoes. Love Lust Faith + Dreams will arrive in stores on Tuesday, May 21 and features 12 new tracks. If you pre-order Love Lust Faith + Dreams now at iTunes, you'll score an immediate download of “Up in the Air.”
Here's the track list for Love Lust Faith + Dreams:
"Up in the Air"
"City of Angels"
"End of All Days"
"Pyres of Varanasi"
"Do or Die"
"Depuis Le Début"
Former GnR Drummer Steven Adler in Rehab to End “Urges of Drinking Alcohol”
On Thursday, Steven Adler’s new band, Adler, posted a message on their website saying that their upcoming tour dates have been postponed so the former Guns N’ Roses drummer can get treatment for substance abuse. Now, the drummer has issued his own statement, revealing that his addiction to alcohol is the reason he’s headed back to rehab.
“I picked up a bottle and drank,” writes Adler. “This occurred a few times and that is a few times too many. I had kicked hard drugs several years ago and now it is time to get rid of the urges of drinking alcohol. I am at a great facility and will stay here until I am comfortable to be home to work the program on my own.”
Adler has a long history of struggling with substance abuse. His addiction to heroin prompted Guns N’ Roses to dismiss him from the band in 1990.
Watch Smashing Pumpkins Perform “The Celestials” from Upcoming Guitar Center Sessions Episode
The Smashing Pumpkins is the next guest scheduled for the Guitar Center Sessions series, which airs on DirecTV. A sneak peak of the band’s episode has been posted online, featuring a performance of “The Celestials” from the band's latest album, Oceania.
Each episode of Guitar Center Sessions is filmed in front of a live studio audience and includes a performance as well as a Q&A segment, sponsored by the Guitar Center chain of music stores. The Smashing Pumpkins episode will premiere on Friday, May 17 at 9 p.m. ET.