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U.K.’s Total Guitar magazine recently conducted an interview with KORN guitarists James “Munky” Shaffer and “Brian “Head” Welch. You can now watch the chat below.

KORN‘s 11th studio album, “The Paradigm Shift”, is the first to feature original Welch in more than eight years. Welch rejoined the group permanently earlier this year after leaving in 2005.

KORN will release “The Paradigm Shift” on October 8. A deluxe edition will feature two bonus tracks and a documentary DVD called “Reconciliation”.

In an interview with AltSounds, KORN singer Jonathan Davis was asked if “The Paradigm Shift” was the band’s way of trying to appease KORN‘s hardcore fans after the dubstep influence on the last CD. “We wanted to do what we do best,” he said. “Yes, we love our fans, but we’re not trying to make the same record over and over. Sure, when we write certain parts we say to each other, ‘The fans are gonna go crazy here,’ but the fans that are the most vocal about it, if we paid attention to that all the time, we’d just be making the same thing over and over.”

Speaking about Welch‘s return to the group, Davis said: “It was good to have him back, and it opened up the opportunity for Head and Munky to do what they’re so good at. You know, playing off each other. So, it just clicked as if no time had passed. It was great to have our brother back again. With him being back and everything… it really worked.”

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Patrick Prince of Powerline magazine recently conducted an interview with Jon Oliva (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, JON OLIVA’S PAIN). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Powerline: Why wait all this time to do a solo album?

Oliva: It’s just that the time was right. After we lost Matt [LaPorte, JON OLIVA’S PAIN guitarist], it was a very difficult time. I didn’t want to think about a band at that time. I didn’t want to think about replacing one of my best friends. It’s like how I didn’t want to think about replacing my brother [Criss Oliva] when that happened. It just seemed like the right time. I got a real sense of urgency. After Matt passed away, I had these last few riffs of Criss‘ and I said I just don’t want to think about a band right now. I don’t know what I want to do. And I started working with my friend Dan [Fasciano] down in his studio. He was also very close to Matt. And I think it just started from a couple guys who had [experienced] loss. Dan just lost his mom shortly before that. Then we lost Matt. It was just a very traumatic thing, and I guess that everybody we knew was always busy during the day, except me and him, because I think we’re the only ones rich enough not to work. [laughs] So I would just come to his house at 9-10 in the morning before I had to go out to Adventureland — which is the TSO studio. I call it Adventureland. And I would have to 4 or 5:00 until I would have to be at that TSO session. So it just started, and Dan‘s a guy who a great writer and isn’t really a band guy, but had a lot of stuff that was really good. He asked me if I would listen to some of it and I did and I thought it was really good. What was really strange is I had a lot of stuff also that was unfinished and we kind of combined them. And once we brought Criss‘ stuff in there, there was a chemistry that definitely happened. We went on the writing spree. We wrote like 60 songs in two months. And I’m glad I decided to do it now. We were very happy with the way it happened but it was definitely a lot of work, you know.

Powerline: Sounds like serendipity. It just came together.

Oliva: It was weird. In certain instances it was a little creepy. Especially with Criss‘ stuff. When we were trying to put in Criss‘ riffs — where a lot of his riffs were only 20 seconds of something that I had on a cassettes … thirty seconds at the most. And there were just little pieces of things that he had. The riff that starts “Father Time”, that’s the second riff Criss ever wrote in his life. I mean, he was fourteen years old. The first riff he wrote was “Smoke On The Water” backwards. And it sucked. And I told him. I said, “Dude, that riff sucks.” And he goes, “Fine. Fuck you, man.” And he comes back the next day and said, “I wrote this other riff last night. Does this sound too much like RUSH?” And he started playing and I was like, “Fuck RUSH. That’s great. Let’s use it!” But we really never did anything with it until now, when I recently found it on those lost tapes of his.

Powerline: Was prog rock a main staple for you while growing up?

Oliva: I didn’t even know what it was. And then Paul O’ Neill [producer] said, “Well, you guys SAVATAGE were kind of like one of the first prog rock bands, whether you know it or not.” I’m like, “Were we?” I’m like, “What the fuck is prog rock?” And he’s like, “You know, progressive hard rock.” I just thought we were a rock band. I didn’t know any of that shit. The first time I heard the words heavy metal was when my friend brought over the MOTÖRHEAD album, “Ace Of Spades”. He’s like “These guys are fucking metal.” I’m like “They look like flesh and blood to me. I don’t see any metal.” [laughs] I didn’t know what the fuck they were talking about. And then: Oh, I see. It’s a new thing like punk was. Or disco. It’s just a new name. But what it really was, was just hard rock music. Rock music played with a harder edge of faster tempo. I still don’t get the “heavy metal” thing, but whatever. It sounds good.

Powerline: Do you need to do an anniversary thing for SAVATAGE?

Oliva: I think the thing with SAVATAGE, as far as anything goes, would be to do some studio stuff together, maybe. Because just the schedules … and the fact that the guys from SAVATAGE are still together. We just don’t call it SAVATAGE anymore. But the guys are still there but … to do something where you would harm the progress of TSO would be stupid.

Powerline: I mean, you can just celebrate it doing your solo stuff.

Oliva: Exactly. Like I’m going to do the 25th-anniversay of “Gutter Ballet” next summer in Europe. And I still fly the flag, you know. I love playing those songs and it’s a big part of my history, and I’ll always play them. But it’s like since SAVATAGE hasn’t done anything since … 2001. I thought people would finally get a clue [laughs] that not much is gonna go on.

Read the entire interview at Powerline.

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Soulfly: bringing a ruckas near you soon

Max Cavalera has offered some fairly candid remarks for his former band, with both Sepultura and Soulfly set to release new albums in the coming weeks.

“To me, I kind of don’t care what they do,” he tells Live Metal. “It’s kind of a hard topic because I created the band and still consider that part of my life. And it’s really hard to deal with the fact that they continue with the name without me — without any Cavalera. After my brother left, it was even more hard for me to look at them seriously. There’s nobody original in the band. It’s like if Megadeth was playing without Dave Mustaine and Dave Ellefson, it would be like, “Why are they still calling it Megadeth?” That’s how I look at Sepultura, and I think a lot of fans share the same opinion.

“I talk to a lot of fans, and they don’t take them seriously either. You know, I don’t know, maybe Ross [Robinson, producer] can get something out of them, but nobody else could. But I really don’t care what they do. It’s not important for me. I got all my life, my work, my projects, and that’s what I care about. I’ve been in Soulfly now longer than I was in Sepultura, and I love Soulfly and I love what Soulfly has created. And I’m very busy here, so I don’t really give a fuck about what those guys do.”

So that’s that. New Soulfly album Savages lands September 30 via Nuclear Blast, while Sepultura’s newie, The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart, follows on October 25, also via Nuclear Blast.

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In the October 2013 issue of Decibel magazine, bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker and guitarist Bill Steer of reactivated British extreme metal pioneers CARCASS spoke about the band’s split with guitarist Michael Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, who had been touring with CARCASS since the group’s reunion was announced in 2007.

“In all honesty, once Michael had stepped out of CARCASS again, that’s when we could entertain the idea of doing the new record,” Steer revealed. “He’d made it very clear from the outset that he’d no interest or belief in there being a new CARCASS record. It’s really hard to tell if maybe he felt we were incapable of doing it, or if maybe he was just speaking out of loyalty to [his main band] ARCH ENEMY. I don’t know. But once the reunion shows were over, Michael basically said, ‘Look, I’m gonna be busy for a few years — you guys do whatever you’re gonna do. That meant Jeff and I could talk seriously about doing new material, because neither of us were being pulled in another direction like Michael was. CARCASS had become our main band and had priority treatment.”

When Amott split, Erlandsson followed. “It’s very much a package deal with those two because they’re in the same band, and they’ve invested so much in it,” Steer offered. “There’s no way that either Jeff or I could condemn them for doing that because ARCH ENEMY is their thing — especially for Michael. It’s a band that’s made its name from his direction — obviously his lady [ARCH ENEMY singer Angela Gossow] is involved, and until recently his brother was. So, it’s always gonna mean more to him than CARCASS, and we can understand that.”

“I wouldn’t expect any different, honestly,” Walker concurred. “ARCH ENEMY is Mike‘s band. So are SPIRITUAL BEGGARS. And CARCASS is our band. It just doesn’t mean as much to him as it does to me and Bill. We’ve been doing this since we were 17. The best way I can put it is this: Any band that Bill or I play with — whether it’s BRUJERIA, ANGEL WITCH or GENTLEMANS PISTOLS, CARCASS is our priority. With Mike, this would never be his priority.”

According to Walker, Amott changed his mind once he heard that Jeff and Bill were actively working on new material. “The reality is that Mike was very keen, more than anyone, for CARCASS to reunite,” Jeff said. “A few years later. he wasn’t keen for the reunion to continue, and he wasn’t keen on the idea of CARCASS doing a new album. This is despite the fact that he contacted me, after we were a year into the songwriting, because he heard we were doing a new album, and indicated that he wanted to be involved. I think Bill had an exchange with Mike about this and gave Mike an opportunity to put his cards on the table, [but] it became clear that Mike wasn’t really interested enough to walk away from any of the projects that he’s involved in . And don’t get me wrong — we’ve never expected that of anyone . But I think it could be fitted around each other’s projects. I still do BRUJERIA, you know?”

When Decibel contacted Amott via e-mail to ask why he didn’t participate in the new CARCASS album, he told the magazine, “Nothing happened, per se. In 2010, after two years of reunion shows and tours with CARCASS, I started working on a new ARCH ENEMY record and touring cycle. In the meantime, I guess Bill and Jeff started making new CARCASS music, which to me makes a lot of sense, actually. It’s what they should be doing. Anything else would be a terrible waste of talent and opportunity, in my opinion. I am very happy for them and the fans of the band. I’ve not heard any of the new music yet, but there is no doubt in my mind that they can still deliver.”

CARCASS‘ new album, “Surgical Steel”, will be released on September 16 in the U.K., September 13 in the rest of Europe and September 17 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The effort was produced by Colin Richardson (FEAR FACTORY, MACHINE HEAD, NAPALM DEATH, SLIPKNOT, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE) and mixed by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, ACCEPT, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY).


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Uncle Phil: still fresh

Phil Anselmo has once again reiterated his desire to make peace with former Pantera bandmate Vinnie Paul in a new interview with Fuse TV.

“For me, really, I think it would mean a lot for Rex and  Vince and myself to sit down and, I guess, bury the hatchet where we can be on more friendly terms,” he muses. “And, you know, I think it would mean a lot to the fans. Without Vince, there’s not any Pantera reunion at all; it’s useless. But he damn well knows my door’s wide open. He needs to bust out the keys and unlock his, man. I’m waiting, but I’m not holding my breath.”

Check out the video here

Vinnie and Phil remain on non-speaking terms since the death of Vinnie’s brother and Pantera guitarist, Dimebag Darrell, in 2004.


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Faroese folk metal masters, Tyr, release a third single off of their impending seventh studio album, Valkyrja. This album is shaping up to be an exciting release, as "Another Fallen Brother" joins album opener, "Blood of Heroes," and the racy "Mare of My Night" in offering a view of the album to come. All three …

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Tyr is due to release new album “Valkyrja” on September 17th in North America and September 16th in Europe. The band has now teamed up with Metal Hammer Germany to stream the song “Another Fallen Brother.” Check it out in the player provided below

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– August 26th, 2013 – Faroe Islands very own TÝR have just the third single taken off their new album Valkyrja .  Surf over to Metal Hammer Germany, our partners in crime for this operation, and check out the song at THIS location! Valkyrja , the seventh full-length album from the Faroe Islands natives, TÝR , will be released on September 17th in North American and on September 13th/16th in Europe/UK. Fans can now view a small glimpse of the creative process behind Valkyrja while at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen.

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Greek act Revolted Masses has posted a video clip online for the title track off debut album “Us Or Them,” which can be viewed below. The cartoon segments of the clip are taken from Brother Can You A Spare A Job by Tom Neely and Greg Saunders. Revolted Masses is: George Triantafullidis – Vocals Vaggelis Theodorakis – Guitars Kwstas Karvounis-Zoumpos – Guitars George Stathopoulos – Bass Guitar George Anamouroglou – Drums

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Comments No Comments » recently conducted an interview with keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen of Finnish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. So about “Imaginaerum”, how do you compare it to previous albums?

Tuomas: Well, it’s special in a way that it included the movie. We kinda went for the movie first into the project, that was the main thing of the release. The album is kind of a soundtrack to the film, so that was really special. It is the most theatrical, most orchestral album that we have ever done, it felt like the right thing to do at the time. I don’t really know what we’re going to do next. I have a gut feeling that it is going to be something a bit more simple, a bit back in time. So a bit back to the roots.

Tuomas: Yeah, a bit more like a band album, because we have kinda searched this orchestral, really varied spectrum to its maximum now; that’s how I feel. But maybe, you never know how the mind works… But I have three new songs done already, it’s again something a bit different. Did you write those songs during the tour?

Tuomas: During the past month I’d say. Whenever I go back home I just write stuff and I have three new songs now. What are the plans for the near future for NIGHTWISH?

Tuomas: Well, we all have our side projects. I have this solo album about Scrooge McDuck coming up, so the next two months I’m going to be busy with that one. Floor [Jansen, vocals] is going to go on with REVAMP, Marco [Hietala, bass/vocals] is going to do his own projects, Emppu [Vuorinen, guitar] has BROTHER FIRETRIBE. Maybe take some time off, spend time with the family. I’m going to have a little vacation in New Zealand next spring. So all this kinda stuff is going to load the batteries to write songs and be ready for next summer. The first of July, we will enter the rehearsal room. From what I’ve heard, there are still no plans to officially continue with Floor as vocalist. Do you have any comment on this or can you tell me something about that?

Tuomas: Yeah, well… The thing is that we haven’t really thought about it in a concrete way, because there is no need to… It’s been such a mess once again, I feel I need a month or two just to not think about the vocal issue at all. Then by the end of this year, we have to make some decisions. But everyone realizes that she is on top of the list, naturally. But I don’t want to do anything official, I don’t want to make this decision just yet. Of course, I understand.

Tuomas: But she’s incredible. I have nothing bad to say about her. The music business has changed a lot in the recent years. Digital downloads, the rise of vinyl, social media, … How do you experience this?

Tuomas: I’m not an expert on the issue, but I realize that something needs to be done because the trend is what it is. And the fact is that people will never stop listening to music, they want to have music but if that trend goes as it goes, we don’t have the resources of doing these kind of albums anymore because the record sales have just dropped phenomenally bad. In comparison to the past?

Tuomas: Exactly, for like ten years ago. I mean, I feel that there are more people at our shows than ever before, but still “Imaginaerum” sold about half of “Dark Passion Play”. But that’s how it goes these days; it’s the same for all the bands. We have to concentrate on the digital downloads and this side of music business, because there is no fighting back, you just have to adapt. You have to find ways of making that, so that you can profit from that as well. If we don’t get anything back, we don’t get to do albums; [that’s] a plain fact. So we have to work some ways, but it’s a good thing we have those big boys over there who know more.

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