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Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON have issued the following update:

MASTODON has been busy jamming every day writing and arranging the next studio album. We have quite a few songs and ideas that are taking some time to nail down what we think will make it to the next full-length.

“There will be no more touring this year. We will hit the studio in November to hopefully finish by the end of year.”

Asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for MASTODON‘s follow-up to 2011’s “The Hunter”, guitarist Bill Kelliher told Artisan News: “We haven’t really come to the lyrical concepts yet. That’s usually the last thing that comes. We’re usually focused on the music and getting all the parts and everything sounding ‘balls to the wall,’ you know what I mean?! That’s the most important thing. And then once we’ve got all that settled and recorded, we’re always scrambling for lyrics and ideas and stuff. We’re getting a little bit better at it, and I think Brann‘s [Dailor, drums] got a lot of ideas for vocal melodies and stuff like that. I’ll play the riff and he’ll kind of sing along, and I’m, like, ‘OK, that sounds really proggy, but really awesome.’ I’m really, really excited about it. But as far as what it’s gonna be dealing with, it’s a little too early to tell; it’s pretty fresh stuff right now. I mean, we’ve got some demos, but they’re really, really rough.”

Kelliher also spoke about possible lyrical themes that might be covered on MASTODON‘s next album. He said: “Death always makes for really good story telling. It’s kind of the theme that we have a lot in our music. We’ve had a lot of friends pass away since the last record. I’m not really sure yet. I think we’re kind of focusing more about living on this earth and what would happen if this was your last year to live. I think that’s sort of maybe a little bit of what we might be kind of touching on.”

He added: “Art reflects life — how you’re feeling and your mood. I played a riff for Brann and he was, like, ‘That sounds kind of happy. Are we happy now?’ I don’t know… I am; I’m a pretty happy guy. So that’s kind of how we work; it’s pretty simple. But we’ll have to see. I really like the way ‘The Hunter’ went; that was not a total change in direction, but we just kind of proved to ourselves that we can just write stuff that we think sounds cool, and it doesn’t have to all flow together, it doesn’t have to all sound the same. It can be totally different without a concept. So I think that really opened up my mind at least to, like, ‘What if I write something like this? Is that gonna be cool?’ And we’re all on the same page right now with all the songs — the 30 or so songs we’ve gathered so far. So we’ll just have to see how it goes.”

MASTODON‘s latest album, “The Hunter”, came out in September 2011 through Reprise Records.

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Alec Plowman of Ultimate-Guitar.com recently conducted an interview with former METALLICA, VOIVOD and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist and current NEWSTED frontman Jason Newsted. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Ultimate-Guitar.com: “Heavy Metal Music” is an album with a definite, balls-to-the-wall, old-school vibe. Would you say that recording it allowed you to get back to your roots?

Jason: Yes, in many different ways. It’s the first time that I’ve really beared down and wrote all the songs top to bottom; all the parts, all drum programming, all lyrics and all voice. So it’s quite … going back to roots. Like the FLOTSAM AND JETSAM days, where I would do close to the same thing, composing songs from the get-go. So, in that way, it’s old school. Also, in the way that we did everything here in my garage, in my studio. It’s my old equipment and all those things. In a very old school way we go in together and play all the songs together; very few overdubs, let the mistakes go and let as much human factor exist as possible. For all of those reasons, yes, it’s old school all the way.

Ultimate-Guitar.com: I was wondering if your time off the scene and away from the limelight has affected your approach to making music?

Jason: I think it affected it in the way of appreciation. I’m coming back into it after trying to get away from it, in any serious manner, for a long time. I did some underground stuff with VOIVOD and did ECHOBRAIN records and many other recordings with different people of different styles … there was always music. I couldn’t go for seven or eight days without having a jam session with some of my friends somehow or other, whether it was a jam on the porch or a full-blown live session in the studio or whatever. I had to keep the music going in order to keep my balance. So I kept it alive the whole time. But coming back to it in a serious manner … it all was for a reason. I never planned on having a band of my own like this, coming back out and being in the business again or anything like that, let alone having anything with my name on it. Never ever. I thought I was retired. I retired from METALLICA, I retired from any kind of heavy touring. I’d do one-off shows and do keg parties with PAPA WHEELIE and different stuff like that, but I’d never planned on being in the big time again. So now that I’m back … I guess there’s a reason for all of that. I was gone long enough to really enjoy it again this time.

Ultimate-Guitar.com: You mentioned that NEWSTED is the first project that we have seen you fronting. Does being in that position daunt you at all, and does being a front-man change the way that you approach live performance?

Jason: It’s not daunting. It’s only challenging. There’s a nervous excitement to being able to present myself and to show off again in a different way, to wear all these new hats and all that stuff. I have bitten off a pretty big bite to chew now, but challenges are what make us get better and keep us alive. The particular scenario of mine … it’s like a guy who hits the dot com boom or someone who wins the lottery … all of a sudden, you’ve got a whole bunch of freakin’ money and all the time in the world, and you have to challenge yourself so you don’t go soft, or get drunk, or get addicted to gambling, or go fucking mental or whatever. I found myself in that situation after I left METALLICA, with all the money in the world and all the time in the world to do whatever I wanted to do. And so I really had to figure out how to create challenges for myself. And so from the time I left that band I’ve created challenges for myself in VOIVOD, ECHOBRAIN, all my art pieces, SEPULTURA, jamming with different players, and now this great challenge, some 12 years after I left METALLICA. It’s so important in my life to keep challenging myself so I continue to stay alive.

Ultimate-Guitar.com: To pick up, again, on something you mentioned, you suffered a shoulder injury in 2006 that resulted in you being unable to play for some time. This led you to take up painting. I was wondering if your working in another creative medium had affected the way that you approached making music once you recovered?

Jason: There’s a direct correlation. No question about it. It’s the same kind of wild colors that go on the canvas that go into the music. The collectors so far … I know a dozen people that collect multiple pieces … and their consensus is that the paintings look like the music sounds. The intensity of the music is matching the intensity of the artwork. It’s from the same hands and head and heart. The way that I go about either of them … they help each other along. Painting helps the music, music helps the painting in a way of seeing how things go together. Some colors really go together, some really won’t. Some notes will work really well together and some really won’t. I think it’s helped me stand back and look at it a little bit deeper than I would have before. That’s what I learned taking the ideas of painting to the music. I step back from a song, look at it a little bit deeper than I would have in the past. That’s maybe why we have some of the compositions that we have on the “Heavy Metal Music” LP; because I’ve taken a little more time with the compositions as opposed to PAPA WHEELIE songs and stuff like that where I just blast through them. There, whatever it is, it is. You put the microphone in the room, blast through the song, and boom, you’ve got the record. On these ones, I took a little more in depth look, like I would with a painting.

Read the entire interview at Ultimate-Guitar.com.

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Fans may have seen a new face on stage during former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach‘s latest tour. This would be Los Angeles-based guitarist Devin Bronson, who has previously toured with Avril Lavigne and Pink. Before joining Sebastian‘s band on the road, Devin began working with Bach in the studio earlier this year alongside Duff McKagan (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N’ ROSES).

Fan-filmed video footage of Bach‘s August 17 performance in Wauconda, Illinois — featuring Devin Bronson on guitar — can be seen below.

Asked by Italian web radio Linearock.it in a June 2012 interview what the reason is for the frequent lineup changes in his solo band, Bach said, “It’s a very easy answer. It’s all to do with finance. If you get paid a certain amount of money, you can’t pay to play… If I tell a guy in my band, ‘This is what we’re getting. We all have to split it.’ Some guys will be like, ‘Fuck that!’ And I’m like, ‘You know what?! Bye!’ [laughs] ‘Cause it’s a business. When you see me change bandmembers, it’s usually a business decision.”

Bach is currently in the studio working on his next album with producer Bob Marlette (BLACK SABBATH, ALICE COOPER), who helmed the singer’s last solo CD, 2011’s “Kicking & Screaming”. Sebastian recently told fans in an online post to “expect high-energy music…. perfect for driving quickly, or jack-hammering concrete.” He added about his lyrical approach on the new songs: “[I] don’t want to beat you over the head with sobriety, or ex-wives, or ex-bandmembers, or any of the other constant bullshit that I seem to be personally dealing with. So I am choosing my words carefully… because this music is straight-up, balls-to-the-wall, kick-you-in-the-nuts rock ‘n’ roll. And I need the words to reflect that.”

Bach‘s next solo CD, which is tentatively due in early 2014 via Frontiers Records, is expected to feature contributions from Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL) and Los Angeles-based guitarist Jeff George, who previously played with ASKING ALEXANDRIA‘s lead vocalist Danny Worsnop. Making a guest appearance on the album will also be Duff McKagan.

When not on tour, Bronson writes music for a wide array of TV shows, including “Californication” on Showtime and “Hellcats”.



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Fan-filmed video footage of former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach‘s August 17 performance in Wauconda, Illinois can be seen below.

Bach is currently in the studio working on his next album with producer Bob Marlette (BLACK SABBATH, ALICE COOPER), who helmed the singer’s last solo CD, 2011’s “Kicking & Screaming”. Sebastian recently told fans in an online post to “expect high-energy music…. perfect for driving quickly, or jack-hammering concrete.” He added about his lyrical approach on the new songs: “[I] don’t want to beat you over the head with sobriety, or ex-wives, or ex-bandmembers, or any of the other constant bullshit that I seem to be personally dealing with. So I am choosing my words carefully… because this music is straight-up, balls-to-the-wall, kick-you-in-the-nuts rock ‘n’ roll. And I need the words to reflect that.”

Bach‘s next solo CD, which is tentatively due in early 2014 via Frontiers Records, is expected to feature contributions from Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL) and Los Angeles-based guitarist Jeff George, who previously played with ASKING ALEXANDRIA‘s lead vocalist Danny Worsnop. Making a guest appearance on the album will also be bassist Duff McKagan (DUFF MCKAGAN’S LOADED, VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N’ ROSES).

Bach‘s brand new CD/DVD package, “ABachalypse Now”, was released in North America on March 26 via Frontiers Records. The “ABachalypse Now” Ultimate CD/DVD Edition includes never-before-seen footage from last year’s Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium, the full never-before-seen Hellfest set from France and the fully-remixed and remastered Nokia show from Los Angeles (originally broadcast on AXS TV), as well as bonus music videos. The DVD contains a running time of nearly 160 minutes. “ABachalypse Now” was made available in two configurations: the Ultimate CD/DVD Edition (2 CDs + DVD) and a standalone DVD.



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Fan-filmed video footage of former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach‘s August 15 performance at Vetter Stone Amphitheater in Mankato, Minnesota can be seen below.

Bach is currently in the studio working on his next album with producer Bob Marlette (BLACK SABBATH, ALICE COOPER), who helmed the singer’s last solo CD, 2011’s “Kicking & Screaming”. Sebastian recently told fans in an online post to “expect high-energy music…. perfect for driving quickly, or jack-hammering concrete.” He added about his lyrical approach on the new songs: “[I] don’t want to beat you over the head with sobriety, or ex-wives, or ex-bandmembers, or any of the other constant bullshit that I seem to be personally dealing with. So I am choosing my words carefully… because this music is straight-up, balls-to-the-wall, kick-you-in-the-nuts rock ‘n’ roll. And I need the words to reflect that.”

Bach‘s next solo CD, which is tentatively due in early 2014 via Frontiers Records, is expected to feature contributions from Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL) and Los Angeles-based guitarist Jeff George, who previously played with ASKING ALEXANDRIA‘s lead vocalist Danny Worsnop. Making a guest appearance on the album will also be bassist Duff McKagan (DUFF MCKAGAN’S LOADED, VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N’ ROSES).

Bach‘s brand new CD/DVD package, “ABachalypse Now”, was released in North America on March 26 via Frontiers Records. The “ABachalypse Now” Ultimate CD/DVD Edition includes never-before-seen footage from last year’s Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium, the full never-before-seen Hellfest set from France and the fully-remixed and remastered Nokia show from Los Angeles (originally broadcast on AXS TV), as well as bonus music videos. The DVD contains a running time of nearly 160 minutes. “ABachalypse Now” was made available in two configurations: the Ultimate CD/DVD Edition (2 CDs + DVD) and a standalone DVD.




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Kristyn Clarke of PopCultureMadness.com conducted an interview with drummer Brann Dailor of Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON on July 24 at the Bristow, Virginia stop of this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for MASTODON‘s follow-up to 2011’s “The Hunter”, guitarist Bill Kelliher told Artisan News: “We haven’t really come to the lyrical concepts yet. That’s usually the last thing that comes. We’re usually focused on the music and getting all the parts and everything sounding ‘balls to the wall,’ you know what I mean?! That’s the most important thing. And then once we’ve got all that settled and recorded, we’re always scrambling for lyrics and ideas and stuff. We’re getting a little bit better at it, and I think Brann‘s [Dailor, drums] got a lot of ideas for vocal melodies and stuff like that. I’ll play the riff and he’ll kind of sing along, and I’m, like, ‘OK, that sounds really proggy, but really awesome.’ I’m really, really excited about it. But as far as what it’s gonna be dealing with, it’s a little too early to tell; it’s pretty fresh stuff right now. I mean, we’ve got some demos, but they’re really, really rough.”

Kelliher also spoke about possible lyrical themes that might be covered on MASTODON‘s next album. He said: “Death always makes for really good story telling. It’s kind of the theme that we have a lot in our music. We’ve had a lot of friends pass away since the last record. I’m not really sure yet. I think we’re kind of focusing more about living on this earth and what would happen if this was your last year to live. I think that’s sort of maybe a little bit of what we might be kind of touching on.”

He added: “Art reflects life — how you’re feeling and your mood. I played a riff for Brann and he was, like, ‘That sounds kind of happy. Are we happy now?’ I don’t know… I am; I’m a pretty happy guy. So that’s kind of how we work; it’s pretty simple. But we’ll have to see. I really like the way ‘The Hunter’ went; that was not a total change in direction, but we just kind of proved to ourselves that we can just write stuff that we think sounds cool, and it doesn’t have to all flow together, it doesn’t have to all sound the same. It can be totally different without a concept. So I think that really opened up my mind at least to, like, ‘What if I write something like this? Is that gonna be cool?’ And we’re all on the same page right now with all the songs — the 30 or so songs we’ve gathered so far. So we’ll just have to see how it goes.”

MASTODON‘s latest album, “The Hunter”, came out in September 2011 through Reprise Records.

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Hugely influential British melodic hard rockers MAGNUM will release their 19th studio album, “Escape From The Shadow Garden”, in January 2014 via Steamhammer/SPV. A European tour will kick off in March.

Says MAGNUM bassist Al Barrow: “The recording has been done! Moving on to mixing next week.

“It’s a killer album; you’re gonna love it. Very up-tempo, balls-to-the-wall guitars, lots of keyboards and Bob‘s [Catley] done some fantastic vocals. Tony [Clarkin, guitar] has surpassed himself once again with the songwriting. Harry [James, drums]… well, that goes without saying, he’s got us rocking our socks off.

“I will be working on new artwork as soon as I’m back from Sweden ready for the January 2014 release.

“Lots of exciting things happening in the MAGNUM camp. Details will be confirmed and shared very soon, we hope.”

MAGNUM‘s latest CD, “On The 13th Day”, came out in September 2012.

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Jason Rockman, SLAVES ON DOPE singer and on-air announcer/host of “Amped With The Rockman” on the Montreal, Quebec, Canada radio station CHOM 97 7, conducted an interview with singer and bassist Troy Sanders of Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON at this past weekend’s Heavy MTL festival in Montreal. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for MASTODON‘s follow-up to 2011’s “The Hunter”, guitarist Bill Kelliher told Artisan News: “We haven’t really come to the lyrical concepts yet. That’s usually the last thing that comes. We’re usually focused on the music and getting all the parts and everything sounding ‘balls to the wall,’ you know what I mean?! That’s the most important thing. And then once we’ve got all that settled and recorded, we’re always scrambling for lyrics and ideas and stuff. We’re getting a little bit better at it, and I think Brann‘s [Dailor, drums] got a lot of ideas for vocal melodies and stuff like that. I’ll play the riff and he’ll kind of sing along, and I’m, like, ‘OK, that sounds really proggy, but really awesome.’ I’m really, really excited about it. But as far as what it’s gonna be dealing with, it’s a little too early to tell; it’s pretty fresh stuff right now. I mean, we’ve got some demos, but they’re really, really rough.”

Kelliher also spoke about possible lyrical themes that might be covered on MASTODON‘s next album. He said: “Death always makes for really good story telling. It’s kind of the theme that we have a lot in our music. We’ve had a lot of friends pass away since the last record. I’m not really sure yet. I think we’re kind of focusing more about living on this earth and what would happen if this was your last year to live. I think that’s sort of maybe a little bit of what we might be kind of touching on.”

He added: “Art reflects life — how you’re feeling and your mood. I played a riff for Brann and he was, like, ‘That sounds kind of happy. Are we happy now?’ I don’t know… I am; I’m a pretty happy guy. So that’s kind of how we work; it’s pretty simple. But we’ll have to see. I really like the way ‘The Hunter’ went; that was not a total change in direction, but we just kind of proved to ourselves that we can just write stuff that we think sounds cool, and it doesn’t have to all flow together, it doesn’t have to all sound the same. It can be totally different without a concept. So I think that really opened up my mind at least to, like, ‘What if I write something like this? Is that gonna be cool?’ And we’re all on the same page right now with all the songs — the 30 or so songs we’ve gathered so far. So we’ll just have to see how it goes.”

MASTODON‘s latest album, “The Hunter”, came out in September 2011 through Reprise Records.

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After being forced to miss a total of 9 dates due to frontman Robb Flynn’s emergency hernia surgery, Machine Head will be returning to the Dethklok, All That Remians, and The Black Dahlia Murder tour for the November 24th date in Portland, Oregon as expected, and continuing on as scheduled.

Flynn arrived back in the Bay Area on Saturday and has been recuperating at home with his family. Flynn says the experience “Totally sucked balls,” but is “feeling stronger now, especially after a heavy listening schedule of Accept’s ‘Balls To The Wall,’ AC/DC’s ‘Big Balls,’ hell, I even found time to record a cover of Soulfly’s ‘Eye For An Eye,’ with the lyrics changed to ‘Guts In The Nuts’,” “Guts in da nuuuuuuts, guts in da nuts, in da nuts, in da nuts.”

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