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On March 12, singer/bassist Schmier of German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION was interviewed by Nick Perkel (a.k.a. Japan Nick), a contributing writer for The Aquarian Weekly and host of “Japan Nick’s Rock And Metal Pandemonium” on Montclair State University’s WMSC 90.3 radio station. Asked about his recently announced side project with members of ACCEPT, Schmier said: “It’s actually the drummer, Stefan [Schwarzman], who used to play for RUNNING WILD for many years, and he’s playing for ACCEPT now for many years also. And it’s Herman Frank, the guitar player. We met on several festivals in the last years and we’ve been hanging out. And they’re great guys. And we liked each other since point one. And somehow we had this crazy idea that in between ACCEPT and DESTRUCTION breaks, we could do something together. Because Stefan lives very close by now; he moved down here where I live. So we started to do some stuff, some rehearsals, and it turned out really great.”

He continued: “I’ve been doing this HEADHUNTER project back in the ’90s, and that was also a mix of classical heavy metal with a little bit of DESTRUCTION. So now I’m gonna go back to using my DESTRUCTION vibes, but the music is gonna be much more classical heavy metal, but it’s also, of course, gonna be more heavy and a little more powerful than ACCEPT stuff. So it’s gonna be a nice mixture. It fits really well.

“We have already written five songs. It’s actually still not really so official. So you’re one of the first persons that is interviewing me about this. I only did one interview before, with a guy from Israel, who basically put this on Blabbermouth back in the day.

“We still don’t have a name for the band. We’re writing songs right now, and as soon as we have a demo, then we’re gonna put out an official statement. But we’re having those five songs recorded now as a pre-demo, so when I’m coming back from [touring] the States [with DESTRUCTION], then we’re gonna enter the studio and record a pre-recording for the final album. So I’m excited. It sounds great. It sounds fresh. To me, it’s something different than DESTRUCTION, so it’s a great experience. And the guys are, of course… especially Herman, he’s a little bit older than me. He’s like my big, old brother. He has a lot more experience. Even if I am in the business for a long time, he has some more years, so I can learn from him. And it’s very interesting.”

He added: “I love classical heavy metal; it’s my fucking favorite. And it’s gonna be fun to do that. So I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a great side project.

“I’m not somebody who likes to sit at home the whole day. I like to be entertained and play music and have fun. And I’m looking forward to this new thing.”

Regarding whether fans can expect to hear the first music from the new project before the end of 2014, Schmier said: “It could be by the end of this year. If everything works out, we’re gonna have demos in April/May. Then look for a label. So we could enter the studio in the summer. So I hope it’s gonna happen. But, I mean, I have to do a DESTRUCTION album also, which will have top priority, of course. So we’ll see how everything goes. But I think the way it goes right now, the project will be [in the studio] earlier [than DESTRUCTION]. ‘Cause we have five songs done, and we already have new ideas. So if we find a good label fast, then it should be out by the end of the year.”

DESTRUCTION‘s 30th-anniversary album, “Spiritual Genocide”, was released on November 23, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2011’s “Day Of Reckoning” was recorded at Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf, Germany with engineer Martin Buchwalter and was mixed by Andy Classen. The album features guest appearances by Thomas “Angelripper” Such (SODOM), Andreas “Gerre” Geremia (TANKARD) and Ol Drake (EVILE). In addition, the “Mad Butcher”/“Release From Agony” lineup of DESTRUCTION — featuring guitarist Harry Wilkens and drummer Oliver Kaiser — reunited for one song.

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Lunar rising: Newsted

Ex Metallica bassist Jason Newsted says one of the main inspirations for his solo band material was the full moon.

And he’s revealed the name of a former colleague who he believes is a better lyricist than either James Hetfield or John Lennon.

Newsted came out of the woodwork last year to announce his new self-titled band and their debut EP, Metal.

He tells Artist Direct: “I know where the sources of my lyrics came from. I wrote them all in the same timeframe, with the same guitar, in the same headspace under the same full moon.

“There’s my thread right there: I created most of this under full moons. Our concept has revolved around the full moon for a long time. It’s the heaviest magnet for us that we can see in the universe and it brings out the metal.”

His song subjects range from footballer-turned-war-hero Pat Tillman to fighting back from the position of an underdog.

He believes it’s important to tell stories with his words, and insists he was taught that skill from the best. “I learned  from Snake from Voivod. In my opinion, he is the greatest word-weaver in metal music, and possibly in pop music.

“John Lennon did pretty good. Hetfield does good. There are a couple of other people that do pretty good as well. Snake is the very best. English is his second language, and he still manages to make it so magical. You see the words and the story and hear the music.”

Newsted (the band) have finished work on heir debut full-length album, which will consist of 13 tracks. “The initial intent of EPs back in the day was to be the primer of what’s going to come on the LP,” the mainman says. “We’re going to re-record a couple of songs for the LP, but the rest are all fresh songs. Mike Mushok has been in the band for seven weeks, and we already completed the LP.”

Newsted will appear at this year’s Download Festival on June 10-12. Meanwhile, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has admitted there’s no guarantee the band will release the follow-up to 2008′s Death Magnetic next year. He explains: “”That’s what we’re hoping would happen. Whether that’s a reality, we’ll see. We’re recording stuff here and there but it’s a pretty slow process.”

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Time to rate! Here in this issue of Wednesday Question we’re trying to figure out who was the best back in the day.

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Former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans will sign copies of his new book, “Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC”, tomorrow night (Saturday, October 15) at Back In The Day, Melbourne, Australia’s “home of hard rock.” Also appearing will be Australia’s longest-running AC/DC tribute band DIRTY DEEDS, with the collectable AC/DC wine also up for grabs.

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