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SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor was interviewed by Artisan News at this past Monday’s (March 17) exclusive VIP listening party for the Ronnie James Dio tribute album “This Is Your Life” and awards gala at the Avalon in Hollywood, California. Check out the chat below.

As previously reported, Taylor shows up briefly in the first trailer for “Fear Clinic”, an upcoming horror film in which Taylor makes his acting debut. The film stars Robert Englund, best known as Freddy Krueger in “A Nightmare On Elm Street”, as Dr. Andover, a doctor who treats patients afflicted with crippling phobias by inducing hallucinations inside an invention he calls the Fear Chamber.

Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio what it was like to work with a horror icon like Englund. “One of the coolest dudes I’ve ever met,” he said. “You know, we were sitting in the makeup trailer and he’s telling me stories from the ’80s of being at the Rainbow with GUNS N’ ROSES and I’m like, ‘Please tell me more!’ You know? Sweetest dude I’ve ever met, super fun, super awesome and we had a really good time like making that stuff. And I had a handful of scenes with him and I, I had a really good time.”

In the film, Taylor will play a clinic employee named Bauer who struggles to keep things under control when all hell breaks loose. The movie will center around one traumatic event that induces phobias in a group of different people.

Also appearing in the movie, which began life in 2009 as a five-episode series for the web site FearNet.com, is Lucas Till from “X-Men: First Class”, Danielle Harris of “Halloween 4” fame and Kane Hodder, best known for playing Jason in several of the “Friday The 13th” movies.

There is no word yet on a release date for the film, although producers are aiming for Halloween 2014.

Taylor is one of a number of well-known musicians from the metal and hardcore scenes who recently joined forces with singer/bassist Mike Dean and singer/drummer Reed Mullin of hardcore punk veterans CORROSION OF CONFORMITY to create the new project TEENAGE TIME KILLER.

The instrumental parts for the upcoming debut release from TEENAGE TIME KILLER, which is named after a RUDIMENTARY PENI song, were recorded at Dave Grohl‘s (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA) Studio 606 in Northridge, California on the famous Sound City mixing board, which was the central focus of Grohl‘s acclaimed “Sound City: Real To Reel” documentary.

Taylor and the rest of SLIPKNOT are currently at the work on the band’s first studio album in six years, which should arrive in late 2014.

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Singer/bassist Mike Dean and singer/drummer Reed Mullin of hardcore punk veterans CORROSION OF CONFORMITY recently joined forces with a number of well-known musicians from the metal and hardcore scenes to create the new project TEENAGE TIME KILLER.

The instrumental parts for the upcoming debut release from TEENAGE TIME KILLER, which is named after a RUDIMENTARY PENI song, were recorded at Dave Grohl‘s (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA) Studio 606 in Northridge, California on the famous Sound City mixing board, which was the central focus of Grohl‘s acclaimed “Sound City: Real To Reel” documentary.

In a brand new interview with Jump Metal (see below), Mullin revealed some of the names that are going to be involved with the project:

* Jello Biafra (DEAD KENNEDYS)
* Tony Foresta (MUNICIPAL WASTE
* Tommy Victor (PRONG, DANZIG)
* Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA)
* Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA)
* Phil Rind (SACRED REICH)
* Randy Blythe (LAMB OF GOD)
* Pepper Keenan (CORROSION OF CONFORMITY)
* Karl Agell (CORROSION OF CONFORMITY)
* Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (MISFITS)
* Keith Morris (BLACK FLAG, CIRCLE JERKS)

Back in May, Blythe posted an Instagram photo of him with Dean and Mullin in the studio and described his contribution to TEENAGE TIME KILLER, a track called “Hung Out To Dry”, as “old-school C.O.C.-style thrash punk.”

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“Worse Than War”, the new video from Denver thrashers HAVOK, can be seen below. Directed by Roy Warner, who worked on the band’s “From The Cradle To The Grave” and “Point Of No Return” clips, the video addresses the eight stages of genocide: classification, symbolization, dehumanization, organization, polarization, preparation, extermination and denial.

“Worse Than War” comes off HAVOK‘s latest album, “Unnatural Selection”, which was released in June via Candlelight Records. The ten-song CD was produced by David Sanchez, with mixing handled by Terry Date (PANTERA, OVERKILL, DEFTONES). It features original artwork from Polish illustrator Rafal Wechterowicz (SLAYER, MASTODON) and was mastered by James Murphy (ABORTED, WORLD UNDER BLOOD, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS).

“Unnatural Selection” is a far more mature collection of songs when compared to “Burn” (2009), and “Time Is Up” (2011). HAVOK has truly hit their mark with a sound that will please fans new and old. Another standout is the band’s rendition of the BLACK SABBATH classic “Children Of The Grave”.

“Unnatural Selection” track listing:

01. I Am The State
02. Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death
03. It Is True
04. Under the Gun
05. Waste of Life
06. Untitled
07. Chasing the Edge
08. Worse Than War
09. Children of the Grave
10. Unnatural Selection

HAVOK is guitarist/vocalist Dave Sanchez, bassist Mike Leon, guitarist Reece Scruggs, and drummer Pete Webber.

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The reformed CHASTAIN — featuring Leather Leone on vocals — has set “Surrender To No One” as the title of its comeback album, tentatively due in early 2014 via an as-yet-undetermined record label.

“Surrender To No One” track listing:

01. Surrender To No One
02. Fear My Wrath
03. I Am Sin
04. Stand And Fight
05. Freedom Within
06. Bleed Through Me
07. Call Of The Wild
08. Evil Awaits Us
09. Save Me Tonight
10. Deep Down In The Darkness
11. Rise Up

Guitarist David T. Chastain and Leather Leone have been writing material since January. Also back in the saddle is original bassist Mike Skimmerhorn. The drum tracks for the CD were recorded by Stian Kristoffersen (PAGAN’S MIND, FIREWIND) since original drummer Fred Coury is still busy touring with CINDERELLA and other projects.

The Leather-fronted version of CHASTAIN recorded five CDs in the mid-to-late 1980s: 1985’s “Mystery Of Illusion”, 1986’s “Ruler Of The Wasteland”, 1987’s “The 7th Of Never”, 1988’s “The Voice Of The Cult” and 1990’s “For Those Who Dare”. After the “For Those Who Dare” tour, David and Leather amicably went their separate ways but kept in touch over the years.

Leather last year released the debut album from her SLEDGE LEATHER project, “Imagine Me Alive”. The CD was inspired in 2010 when Leather called Sandy Sledge to collaborate on the Ronnie James Dio track “Egypt” for a demo tribute recording. Due to the overwhelming response for more material, SLEDGE LEATHER was born and was confirmed for Germany’s Keep It True festival in April 2011.

Regarding the new CHASTAIN material, David states: “We are trying to write and record music that is expected of us but with some modern twists and turns. We demoed up 20 tracks and it was difficult to leave any of them off the CD. Stian did an amazing job with the drum tracks and his performance is probably the best drumming on any CHASTAIN release to date. We have been in no rush as we wanted to make sure everything would live up to our past releases, but at this point we are in the home stretch.”

Leviathan Records in 2010 released “The Reign of Leather”, a collection of CHASTAIN tracks Leather had a hand in writing during her glory days with the band. Leviathan also reissued two of the classic CHASTAIN CDs with Leather: “The 7th of Never” and “The Voice Of The Cult”. Both were digitally remastered and are in their original unedited versions.

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On August 31, KZRR 94 Rock morning show host Swami Rob conducted an interview with ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell and bassist Mike Inez. You can now listen to the chat below.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Cantrell was asked recently in an interview with Radio.com about the chances of his band getting inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. ALICE IN CHAINS‘ debut album, “Facelift”, came out in 1990, which would make the group eligible in 2015. Cantrell, who performed at this year’s ceremony with inductees HEART, said about the possibility, “We’re not in this to win awards. And that’s the attitude I went there with. And I have to say, in fairness, that my opinion was a bit changed by being a guest with HEART and seeing how much it meant for them. It was a cool show, it was with a lot of respect. I was kind of moved.”

Cantrell added, “I also liked what [RUSH drummer and Hall Of Fame inductee] Neil Peart said: ‘For years, we’ve been saying that this isn’t a big deal. Turns out: it’s a pretty big deal!’ It was cool to see him say that.”

ALICE IN CHAINS‘ fellow Seattle groups, SOUNDGARDEN and PEARL JAM, are also at or close to eligibility. SOUNDGARDEN is eligible now, while PEARL JAM will celebrate 25 years since the release of “Ten” in 2016.

ALICE IN CHAINS is currently touring behind its fifth studio album, “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart in June, selling 61,000 copies in its first week of release. 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 debut at No. 5.

ALICE IN CHAINS was last in the Top Two with its self-titled 1995 set, which debuted at No. 1 on that year’s November 25 chart, according to Billboard.com. It would be their final studio release with singer Layne Staley, who died in 2002.

“The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” is ALICE IN CHAINS‘ second album with William DuVall on vocals.

DuVall began touring with the group in 2006, four years after the death of 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 Jerry Cantrell had to undergo shoulder surgery.

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DARKOLOGY, the Texas-based band featuring guitarist Michael Harris (VITALIJ KUPRIJ), drummer Brian Harris (ex-FIREWIND), bassist Mike Neal and vocalist Kelly “Sundown” Carpenter (FIREWIND, BEYOND TWILIGHT, OUTWORLD), will release its sophomore album, “Fated To Burn”, in late 2013 or early 2014 through Prime Eon Media. The CD was mixed and mastered by legendary producer Chris Tsangarides (JUDAS PRIEST, ANVIL, THIN LIZZY) at his studio in the U.K. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include “Eyes Of The Machine”, “Quantum Genocide”, “On Morrow’s Break”, “Nobot 2” and “Your Hollow Soul”.

Says the band: “This is album is a tribute to the old-school and it’s our hope that what we’ve done here will remind the listener why they got into metal in the first place.”

The amazing Harris brothers have again put their indelible stamp on these songs. Michael, arguably one of the best guitarists in metal and beyond, brings the killer riffs, solos and big atmosphere as Brian, his younger brother, punishes the skins like there’s no tomorrow.

Finally, the always dynamic and melodic Mike Neal has not only played some mean bass and done a lot of backing vocals but has also written most of the lyrics on this album, proving this to be a total group effort.

Rainer Kalwitz, the illustrator for such bands as SHADOW GALLERY and PRAYING MANTIS, has provided DARKOLOGY with an eye-catching and very fitting cover painting.

The “Fated To Burn” title track can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

“Altered Reflections” was released in November 2009 via Rockaholics Records.

According to a press release, DARKOLOGY‘s music features “ultra-tight, technical playing that serves the songs just right and remains transparent. The rhythm section just grooves wildly and delivers some impressive battery. And towering above all else, Sundown just redefines the term ‘metal singer.’ With some 15 different vocal styles, ranging from whispers to delirious screams and wails, he’s as theatrical as they come. Imagine a guy with Ripper Owens‘ or Rob Halford‘s ra(n)ge, Jon Oliva‘s wickedness and Midnight‘s madness! Then multiply!”



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On August 22, Sami Jarroush of the Rock It Out! Blog conducted an interview with ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell and bassist Mike Inez at the Tinley Park, Illinois stop of this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. You can now watch the chat below.

ALICE IN CHAINS‘ fifth studio album, “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”, sold 62,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart. 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 debut at No. 5.

ALICE IN CHAINS was last in the Top Two with its self-titled 1995 set, which debuted at No. 1 on that year’s November 25 chart, according to Billboard.com. It would be their final studio release with singer Layne Staley, who died in 2002.

“The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” is ALICE IN CHAINS‘ second album with William DuVall on vocals.

DuVall began touring with the group in 2006, four years after the death of 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 guitarist Jerry Cantrell had to undergo shoulder surgery.

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RSPTV conducted an interview with bassist Mike D’Antonio of Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE on August 9 at the Getaway Rock festival in Gävle, Sweden. You can now watch the chat below.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE has tapped McFarland & Pecci, the company co-owned by award-winning directors Ian McFarland and Mike Pecci, to helm the video for its song “Always”.

McFarland & Pecci previously worked with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE on the 30-minute documentary “New Awakening”, about the recording process for the band’s fifth studio album, “Disarm The Descent”, and the video for the CD’s lead single, “In Due Time”.

“Disarm The Descent” sold around 48,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 2 via Roadrunner Records.

“Disarm The Descent” is KILLSWITCH ENGAGE‘s first album with original singer Jesse Leach at the vocal helm since 2002’s now-classic, genre-defining “Alive or Just Breathing”. Leach returned to the band in January 2012 after a decade-long absence. The artwork for the new CD was created by bassist Mike D’Antonio.

In a recent interview with ARTISTdirect, Leach stated about “Disarm The Descent”: “Mike D’Antonio thought up the title ‘Disarm The Descent’ even before I started writing. He approached me with a concept. Initially, it was ‘Disarming The Descent’. After some discussion with him, I said, ‘Let’s just shorten it up.’ I thought it was a great title. We talked about it a bit, and I wrote that at the top of the page and began writing notes from there. It’s kind of a concept record.”

He added: “[The title is] a creative way of saying ‘redemption’ or rising again. You’re in a state of your life where you’re approaching rock bottom and you find a way to pick yourself up again before you hit the floor.”

Asked about his lyrical approach on “Disarm The Descent”, Leach said: “This album is very different from anything I’ve written. That comes from trying to develop as a write over the year. I have a project called THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL. The last EP we put out was a total concept record where I wrote a short story and we made an album about it. It’s broken down into three parts, and we finished one of the three. It’s a continuing story that will tell a story from start to finish, word for word. I thought it was a cool idea because I’d never written that way. I mixed that idea with my own introspective and cathartic lyrics I did with TIMES OF GRACE. It’s a culmination of the writing I’ve done over the years. I wanted to find a way to blend it all together. Vocally, I’m trying to come up with different sounds of my voice and mix the screaming and yelling. I made an effort to push myself with the writing and vocals.”

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Italian, now multinational, progressive metal act Elegacy has announced the band’s new lineup and impending new release. Joining guitarist Massimo Larussa and keyboardist Constantin Terzago (who appeared on the 2005 debut LP “Impressions”) will be Derdian vocalist Ivan Giannini, Symphony X bassist Mike LaPond and Warlord/Ex-Fates Warning drummer Mark Zonder. More information on the band can be found over at the Official Facebook Page

The post New Lineup & New Album Announced By Elegacy appeared first on Daily Heavy Metal News.

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Anna Dave Bertram of Sweden’s Access: Rock conducted an interview with bassist Mike D’Antonio of Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE on August 9 at the Getaway Rock festival in Gävle, Sweden. You can now watch the chat below.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE has tapped McFarland & Pecci, the company co-owned by award-winning directors Ian McFarland and Mike Pecci, to helm the video for its song “Always”.

McFarland & Pecci previously worked with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE on the 30-minute documentary “New Awakening”, about the recording process for the band’s fifth studio album, “Disarm The Descent”, and the video for the CD’s lead single, “In Due Time”.

“Disarm The Descent” sold around 48,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 2 via Roadrunner Records.

“Disarm The Descent” is KILLSWITCH ENGAGE‘s first album with original singer Jesse Leach at the vocal helm since 2002’s now-classic, genre-defining “Alive or Just Breathing”. Leach returned to the band in January 2012 after a decade-long absence. The artwork for the new CD was created by bassist Mike D’Antonio.

In a recent interview with ARTISTdirect, Leach stated about “Disarm The Descent”: “Mike D’Antonio thought up the title ‘Disarm The Descent’ even before I started writing. He approached me with a concept. Initially, it was ‘Disarming The Descent’. After some discussion with him, I said, ‘Let’s just shorten it up.’ I thought it was a great title. We talked about it a bit, and I wrote that at the top of the page and began writing notes from there. It’s kind of a concept record.”

He added: “[The title is] a creative way of saying ‘redemption’ or rising again. You’re in a state of your life where you’re approaching rock bottom and you find a way to pick yourself up again before you hit the floor.”

Asked about his lyrical approach on “Disarm The Descent”, Leach said: “This album is very different from anything I’ve written. That comes from trying to develop as a write over the year. I have a project called THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL. The last EP we put out was a total concept record where I wrote a short story and we made an album about it. It’s broken down into three parts, and we finished one of the three. It’s a continuing story that will tell a story from start to finish, word for word. I thought it was a cool idea because I’d never written that way. I mixed that idea with my own introspective and cathartic lyrics I did with TIMES OF GRACE. It’s a culmination of the writing I’ve done over the years. I wanted to find a way to blend it all together. Vocally, I’m trying to come up with different sounds of my voice and mix the screaming and yelling. I made an effort to push myself with the writing and vocals.”

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