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U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine recently got the chance to chat to SLIPKNOT and SCAR THE MARTYR drummer Joey Jordison and asked him for his thoughts on some of metal’s big-hitters that have been grabbing headlines this year. Here’s what he had to say.

On AVENGED SEVENFOLD:

Jordison: “Honestly, I don’t own any AVENGED SEVENFOLD records and I’ve not heard the new record. I’ve read about comparisons to METALLICA on the new record, and I guess there’s a certain controversy around that, but I’ve not paid that much attention to it. Nothing against them, I’m not knocking them, but I was just never a fan: not that they’re bad, they’re just one of those bands that kinda bypassed me.”

On METALLICA:

Jordison: “That’s the fucking band. Without METALLICA, I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing. I have every METALLICA record, of course, and I would spend hours on drums in my parents’ basement, with the stereo behind me, cranking those records and learning Lars‘ [Ulrich] drum beats, beat by beat. And nowadays, for me, METALLICA can do whatever the fuck they want. I’m not sure that ‘Lulu’ is something I’d be getting into, but METALLICA have a free pass from me to do anything, I can’t really knock anything they do. I mean [LED] ZEPPELIN and THE WHO passed the torch to METALLICA; they’re that band for our generation. Everything they do now is going to be met with a little bit of a backlash just because they’re so big, but without METALLICA, there would be no heavy bands, hardly. People have a hard time saying that, and obviously there’s a ton of other great bands, but there’s a reason that they’re huge and have been able to expand their audience to millions and millions and millions of people. I have nothing but praise for them.”

On BLACK SABBATH:

Jordison: “Proper SABBATH is SABBATH with Bill Ward. I’m sorry, it just is. Bill Ward is one of the most underrated drummers ever — the dude is fucking unreal, such a great, great player. And I just can’t bring myself to see SABBATH without Bill Ward, because he was such an integral part of that band. He’s like John Bonham or Keith Moon, one of those drummers who made the drum parts of those classic songs just as special as the guitar riffs or the vocals. I respect those guys doing what they’re doing, but sorry, count me out.”

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We got the chance to chat to Slipknot legend and Scar The Martyr mainman Joey Jordison recently, so we thought we’d ask him for his thoughts on some of metal’s big-hitters that have been grabbing headlines this year. Here’s what he had to say…

On Avenged Sevenfold…

“Honestly I don’t own any Avenged Sevenfold records and I’ve not heard the new record. I’ve read about comparisons to Metallica on the new record, and I guess there’s a certain controversy around that, but I’ve not paid that much attention to it. Nothing against them, I’m not knocking them, but I was just never a fan: not that they’re bad, they’re just one of those bands that kinda bypassed me.”

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Joey (far right) with new band Scar The Martyr, who release their debut on Monday

On Metallica…

“That’s the fucking band. Without Metallica I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing. I have every Metallica record of course, and I would spend hours on drums in my parents’ basement, with the stereo behind me, cranking those records and learning Lars’ drum beats, beat by beat. And nowadays, for me, Metallica can do whatever the fuck they want. I’m not sure that Lulu is something I’d be getting into, but Metallica have a free pass from me to do anything, I can’t really knock anything they do. I mean Zeppelin and The Who passed the torch to Metallica, they’re that band for our generation. Everything they do now is going to be met with a little bit of a backlash just because they’re so big, but without Metallica there would be no heavy bands, hardly. People have a hard time saying that, and obviously there’s a ton of other great bands, but there’s a reason that they’re huge and have been able to expand their audience to millions and millions and millions of people. I have nothing but praise for them.”

On Black Sabbath…

“Proper Sabbath is Sabbath with Bill Ward. I’m sorry, it just is. Bill Ward is one of the most underrated drummers ever, the dude is fucking unreal, such a great, great player. And I just can’t bring myself to see Sabbath without Bill Ward because he was such an integral part of that band. He’s like John Bonham or Keith Moon, one of those drummers who made the drum parts of those classic songs just as special as the guitar riffs or the vocals. I respect those guys doing what they’re doing, but sorry, count me out.”

Big words indeed. 

Scar The Martyr‘s debut album lands this Monday (September 30) via Roadrunner. Scar The Martyr play the following dates this winter with Alice In Chains and Ghost:

 

11/09 London, UK – London Alexandra Palace
11/10 Leeds, UK – Leeds O2 Academy
11/11 Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
11/13 Birmingham, UK – Birmingham O2 Academy
11/14 Glasgow, UK – Glasgow O2 Academy
11/15 Newport, UK – Newport Centre

Tickets are on sale now from www.kililive.comwww.seetickets.com and 0844 871 8803.

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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS bassist Robert DeLeo recently spoke to Bill Bodkin of Pop-Break.com about the band’s decision to fire its former lead singer, Scott Weiland, and join forces with LINKIN PARK‘s Chester Bennington.

“When you’re a band that’s had a career like we’ve had and you’re considering terminating your singer, people kinda react to that like ‘riiiiight’ [because] I think with any band that’s the person [the lead singer] people relate to the band,” he said.

“I felt that over time, it wasn’t really about the music anymore. It was, for live purposes, the novelty of what condition Scott was going to be in. It gets very frustrating to have to be in that position with someone over that amount of years.”

He continued: “Chester was really the only person we thought of having come in. He was a fan of STP and when we talked to him his full idea was ‘If we’re going to do this, I want to do this honoring the past but moving forward in a direction with contributing something valid to music.’ That’s where we really agreed in the utmost — having that sentiment of moving forward.

“There’s a lot of songs that I’m really anxious to play, especially with someone who can sing those songs and perform those songs the way they were written.

“We’re right in the midst of getting a five-song EP together. We have ‘Out Of Time’, which is currently out there as a single and we have another song called ‘Tomorrow’, which was recorded when we did ‘Out Of Time’. We’re looking to release that EP in October and that’s really exciting because we’re moving forward and we’re creating new music that we’re all really proud of.”

Asked if there was a backlash from the STP fan base because of Chester‘s involvement, Robert said: “I think there was going to be. How many have people have terminated their singer and wanted to terminate their singer? [laughs]

“Look, man, anyone can go online and be what they call a ‘hater’ or have an opinion and that goes in many different directions. We’re just really trying to do something that feels good and not only honors the catalog of what we have but moving forward musically.

“Looking at the last 10 years of STP, not much has gotten done and that’s very, very frustrating to live with. I don’t want the next 10 years of life to be like that. I want the next 10 years to be great and we contribute or at least try to contribute really valid music. It’s really what I got into this for — to write the best songs I can write.”

Robert was also full of praise for his new bandmate, telling Pop-Break.com, “Chester is an amazing human being.

“Coming in, we knew we wanted to do this right and sing our songs the way they were supposed to be sung and move forward as a band.

LINKIN PARK will always be his first priority and we respect that.

“The guys in LINKIN PARK have been amazing with all this.

“Everyone likes to be surrounded by amazing people. We have a great management team, everyone’s excited and working hard. We’ve got a lot of work to do.

“There’s people out there that really don’t like the fact Scott isn’t in the band. We have to go out there and prove ourselves. Our goal is to play the best set of songs we can play and really make that count.”

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Singer Scott Weiland‘s former bandmate in VELVET REVOLVER, bassist Duff McKagan (pictured above), spoke to the “Standard Ass Rock Show” on 101.5 KFLY in Eugene, Oregon about Weiland‘s dismissal earlier this year from the band he co-founded, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS.

Asked if he thinks Weiland is back on drugs, McKagan said (hear audio below): “I would never say anything about that, really, publicly… I know he’s got kids and I wish the best for him just because I’ve seen the really good side of him.”

He continued: “The STONE TEMPLE PILOTS guys, they had to do what they had to do. I completely [chuckle]… I understood what they had to do. I think they got a lot of backlash from STP fans, but what are you gonna do? They did the thing they needed to do, and good for them — they’re healthy guys and good fellows, guys you pull for if you know them and you understand what they went through. I went through the same thing with their singer and it’s really frustrating. It’s utterly frustrating when things are going good and one guy’s kind of dragging it down. Or dragging it sideways at least… Sideways… I’ll say sideways.”

VELVET REVOLVER itself dismissed Weiland in April 2008, but has yet to regroup with a new vocalist.

As for STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, they’ve already recruited LINKIN PARK vocalist Chester Bennington as Weiland‘s replacement and will release a new EP this fall.

Weiland told The Pulse Of Radio that he and Bennington were good friends before this, but he doesn’t see Bennington’s move as a betrayal. “Yeah, I mean, I’ve known Chester for a long time,” he said. “I got to be pretty close with him on the Family Values tour. I don’t think Chester did it in a spiteful way. The brothers DeLeo [Dean, guitar and Robert, bass], they can be pretty persuasive.”

Weiland recently embarked on a new run of solo tour dates beginning on August 2 in Los Angeles. As with his other shows earlier in the year, Weiland is playing material from STP‘s first two albums, “Core” and “Purple”, as well as a smattering of covers, solo tunes and other STP tracks.

Weiland‘s use of STP songs in his solo shows was reportedly one of the reasons why the band sacked and then sued him. The band members claim that this, along with his erratic behavior and substance abuse issues, damaged their career.

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Prior to their concert last night (Wednesday, August 14) at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, BLACK SABBATH members Ozzy Osbourne, (vocals), Geezer Butler (bass) and Tony Iommi (guitar) were presented with a “double gold disc award” for their new album, “13”. A photo taken at the presentation ceremony can be seen below (courtesy of Butler‘s Facebook page).

“13”, the first BLACK SABBATH record in 35 years to feature Ozzy, Iommi and Butler all playing together, entered the official U.K. chart at position No. 1. The CD sold 13,000 copies more than the No. 2 entry, “BE” by Liam Gallagher‘s BEADY EYE.

The last time SABBATH topped the chart in the U.K. was nearly 43 years ago — in October 1970 — with the band’s second LP, “Paranoid”.

“13” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart in June, the first SABBATH album to ever top the U.S. chart. The CD has sold 290,000 copies in the United States so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Osbourne came up with the title for “God Is Dead?”, the current single from “13”, but bassist Geezer Butler wanted to call it something else. Ozzy told Shortlist, “I was in a doctor’s office and there was a magazine in there with that line on the cover. I thought, ‘Yeah — people flew planes into the World Trade Center because of God, there’s all this fucking shiy going on in the world in the name of God.'” Geezer added, “Ozzy gave me that line, and I wrote the lyrics. I wanted to call the song ‘American Jihad’.”

Ozzy continued, “Fuck that. I’m the guy at the front singing it; I would have had a fucking army after me . . . In the early days (of BLACK SABBATH), there was a lot of backlash from religious groups . . . I was sent letters written in blood. In my house I must have 25 fucking Bibles, each with a marked-up passage that (the sender) wanted me to read.”

Geezer Butler told The Pulse Of Radio what the song was about. “It’s about this guy that sets out to prove that God is still alive, and he has this voice in his head saying that God’s dead, and he can’t get rid of the voice telling him, so he goes out and kills everybody,” he said.

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According to The Pulse Of Radio, rocker Ted Nugent has never been one to bite his tongue and during a recent interview on Nick Cannon’s podcast he really cut loose with his opinions on racial profiling, George Zimmerman verdict backlash and several other topics.

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His new Queensryche record needed a remix after a reported backlash from fans who didn’t like the sound of early samples – now Tate admits it wasn’t working.

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Saud Ahmed of The Crimson Armada has posted the following statement online about the band calling it quits:

“Closure. A lot of people are wondering what in the world happened to this band. Jordan, TCA’s last drummer wrote a statement but never really consulted our management nor the rest of the band before posting and thus the result was just a bunch of confusion. I am going to clear things up briefly as possible.

“Crimson broke up for a multitude of reasons. The first and primary reason was because of a lack of passion. It is no surprise the difference in sound between our two full lengths , Guardians and Conviction. Guardians was written over several years with the original members kyle, and david and myself (saud). The album reflected what we wanted to play and how I felt about things at the time. over the course of signing to metal blade records and latter years we didnt really receive the push we expected and I ended up going out and selling merch for other bands and finding other things to occupy my time like recording and engineering.

“Over what seemed like an eternity of waiting for things to move forward our musical tastes changed, and most importantly our religious views changed, mine especially. After Josh and David decided to leave our band we decided as a band to take a more secular route although I had already written a religious record. We planned on using conviction as a transition record to play music that was more fun to perform. It goes without saying, that the backlash we received was less than amusing however we decided to suck it up and continue on with our new label.

“Over the course of the tours that followed it seemed like we had a new lineup every time we hit the road. After a while the band became more of a chore than a job or anything that was fun really. No one warned us for the ridiculous amount of baggage that came with being a full time touring band. Every tour we went on we ran into some kind issue and someone quit and we ran through a new member every few months. Ultimately it just didn’t feel right anymore. We were trying our best to keep things together all the while paying for most of our band expenses out of pocket.

“Bottom line the band died long before our last few tours. We were essentially a completely different band under the same name. It was obviously time to move on.

“I want to take this time to thank all of our fans for everything you’ve done for us. I can speak for all members that were ever in this band that we had an incredible time performing and travelling the country. I would not trade this experience for any amount of money or fame. I learned so many valuable lessons about being a musician, a professional, and a friend through this band and i owe it all to the fans and bands and bandmates and friends I’ve made over the years. Crimson definitely broke down my ego, forced me to grow up and opened my eyes to the real world. Thank you so much for this experience.

“I also owe a huge apology to all the fans who looked up to us for inspiration as a religious band or a Christian band. I’ll be real straight with you, there was a time when we took TCA seriously as a ministry. When that time passed we did not immediately announce so in fear of losing our following. Upon finally announcing our secular turn we were met with lots of negativity which put me in a real dark time and I retaliated immaturely and unprofessionally. I don’t expect any sympathy nor am I expecting any. I simply want to apologize to all the fans who were left in the dark. That was not fair to you. I simply wasn’t the same person anymore and couldn’t continue playing music that my heart was not behind. I have grown a lot since then and learned much through this.

“If there is one thing that I would like to leave you with is to question everything and keep an open mind. You will miss out on many great opportunities in life and lessons that you can learn simply by assuming that what everyone else tells you is the truth. Think for yourself and be conscientious of what you commit yourself to. You can convince yourself that anything is true if you say it enough. The human mind is a powerful thing. Use it wisely.

“This is the last (real) post that will be made from this page. And I would like to invite you to check out the other bands that once members of this band have moved onto. David our original drummer now plays drums for For Today . Dan and I are now playing with The Holy Guile. I’ll check back and post other members’ projects as per their requests.

“Thanks so much from the bottom of my heart for everything. this chapter of my life means so much to me and the rest of the band. we are so thankful that you were a part of it. Thank you for reading and I wish good health and success to everyone in following their hearts.”

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After earning $1.2 million though her album Kickstarter campaign, fans and producer Steve Albini are made that Amanda Palmer is asking musician fans to perform on her tour for free.

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“Backlash”, the new video from Knoxville, Tennessee hard rockers 10 YEARS, can be seen below.

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