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Dimmu Borgir: Bloody love a bit of ‘Poker Face’

Think that metal bands only listen to metal bands? Think again.

Every month in our unholy magazine as a part of our Discs Of Doom feature, we ask your favourite bands to name the album that no one will believe they own a copy of. A guilty pleasure of sorts, if you will. Sometimes the answers aren’t all that surprising. Sometimes they’re pretty spectacular.

So, without further ado, here are some of the more unexpected listening habits of some of rock and metal’s greatest names…

LMFAO
SORRY FOR PARTY ROCKING [INTERSCOPE, 2011]
CHOSEN BY: MATT TUCK, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
“About a year ago I bought an LMFAO album. I don’t love it but there were a couple of singles that were doing well and it’s good fun party music. Stupid and silly but kind of unique, too. I don’t know why I bought it…well I do, actually, I was drunk. Ha ha ha!”

NELSON
AFTER THE RAIN [GEFFEN, 1990]
CHOSEN BY: CHRIS JERICHO, FOZZY
“They were playing (Can’t Live Without Your) Love And Affection on the radio and I was like, ‘Who are these guys?!’ They were cool back then. It’s a really good record!”

KATY PERRY
TEENAGE DREAM [CAPITOL, 2010]
CHOSEN BY: AMY LEE, EVANESCENCE
“OK, I didn’t buy it, it was given to me, but I put it into my iTunes, so it’s Katy Perry. Don’t be hatin’, it’s definitely a guilty pleasure. I like that son E.T. I wonder if there could be a heavy version of it…”

LADY GAGA
BORN THIS WAY [INTERSCOPE, 2011]
CHOSEN BY: CRISTINA SCABBIA, LACUNA COIL
“I like it, it has good songs, but the previous album was a bit more sophisticated. I think the one before sounded more genuine. I like things when they’re more spontaneous than contrived.”

GWEN STEFANI
THE SWEET ESCAPE [INTERSCOPE, 2003]
CHOSEN BY: SHAGRATH, DIMMU BORGIR
“It’s actually pretty cool. Of course, pop music isn’t my favourite, but I’ve become much more open-minded in the last decade – to me, good music is good music. Every time we’re on a tour bus with a bunch of metalheads, it’s always a kickstarter to put on something like this or Lady Gaga. Everyone always sings along!”

DIMMU BORGIR
SPIRITUAL BLACK DIMENSIONS [NUCLEAR BLAST, 1999]
CHOSEN BY: DANI FILTH, CRADLE OF FILTH
“What do I like about it? I didn’t say I liked it, I just said I’ve got it! Ha, ha, ha! But it’s some of their better stuff.”

SHAMPOO
WE ARE SHAMPOO [FOOD, 1994]
CHOSEN BY: MR LORDI, LORDI
“I was a big fan of Shampoo. They were fairly big everywhere…for about five minutes. I liked the attitude, and I liked the choruses – Viva La Megababes and songs like that. I like girls singing.”

MICHAEL JACKSON
BAD [EPIC, 1987]
CHOSEN BY: ANGELA GOSSOW, ARCH ENEMY
“Thriller and Bad are two of my favourite albums, but if I had to choose it would probably be Bad. He was obviously a very tortured artist, but he made fantastic music.”

DEPECHE MODE
GREATEST HITS [AMIGA, 1987]
CHOSEN BY: SERJ TANKIAN, SYSTEM OF A DOWN
“What’s interesting is to see from someone else’s perspective and look at what they’d be surprised at. I didn’t listen to any rock and metal until my late teens. I like goth and New Wave in the 80s – Depeche Mode, Sisters Of Mercy, Bauhaus…”

BABAMANIA
JUNGLELIVIN’ [TEICHIKU, 2003]
CHOSEN BY: WADE MACNEIL, GALLOWS
“Alexisonfire was on a major label in Japan, so when I went to the offices to meet everybody. I got pretty much their entire record catalogue – all this J-pop stuff that is absolutely insane sounding to me. It sounds so foreign, and that’s why I absolutely love it.”

NICKI MINAJ
PINK FRIDAY [Cash Money, 2010]
CHOSEN BY: DAVEY HAVOK, AFI
“It’s difficult because people have so many varied ideas of what I am into! I love Nicki Minaj, I particularly like her first record. The things she does with her voice, what she says, her flow, the continuity of her entire aesthetic, she is just wildly talented. I’ve seen her perform live and it’s all just very fun!”

KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND
PART 3 [TK, 1976]
CHOSEN BY: STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN
“I was gassing up my RV the other day, and in the US, sometimes they have a television on the gas pump, playing commercials or music. They were playing I’m Your Boogie Man, and I was groovin’! I had a couple of those records back in the day!”

JANET JACKSON
RHYTHM NATION 1814 [A&M, 1989]
CHOSEN BY: LZZY HALE, HALESTORM
“This one actually isn’t my fault! When I went out on tour with Amy Lee from Evanescence she gave me this album. We’d had a few too many to drink one night and we started singing Janet Jackson, so Amy sent it to me, and then she rented us this karaoke machine for the end of tour party and we sang a couple of those songs… We weren’t bad, actually!”

BRITNEY SPEARS
FEMME FATALE [2011, JIVE]
CHOSEN BY: MICHAEL STARR, STEEL PANTHER
“I like it because every time I see her I want to fuck her.”

MILES DAVIS
KIND OF BLUE [COLUMBIA, 1959]
CHOSEN BY: JAMES LABRIE, DREAM THEATER
“That’s one of my favourite jazz albums. Would people think I go for that? Ha ha!”

EMINEM
THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP [INTERSCOPE, 2000]
CHOSEN BY: CHRIS MOTIONLESS, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE
“I love Eminem. When I was getting into music, it was all heavy, then he came in and that was the first [hip hop] I was able to listen to and think, ‘This is the same as those bands!’ Everything he does sounds so fucking heavy.”

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Just in time for Halloween — the first-ever all–metal tribute to the King Of Pop, Michael Jackson, will be released, featuring an all-star lineup that will raise the dead!

“Thriller – A Metal Tribute To Michael Jackson” features outstanding performances by Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT), Danny Worsnop (ASKING ALEXANDRIA), Elias Soriano (NONPOINT), Lajon Witherspoon (SEVENDUST), Phil Campbell (MOTÖRHEAD), Doug Pinnick (KING’S X), Chris Jericho (FOZZY) and more!

With the amps turned up to 11 and guitars tuned low, get ready to hear the darker side of such favorites as “Billie Jean”, “Beat It”, “Rock With You”, “Black Or White” and more!

“Thriller – A Metal Tribute To Michael Jackson” features appearances by the following musicians:

* Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT)
* Danny Worsnop (ASKING ALEXANDRIA)
* Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG)
* Angelo Moore (FISHBONE)
* Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE, DIO)
* Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, DIO)
* Lajon Witherspoon (SEVENDUST)
* Bruce Kulick (KISS)
* Tony Franklin (THE FIRM)
* Priya Panda (DIEMONDS)
* Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (GUNS N’ ROSES)
* Corey Glover (LIVING COLOUR)
* Phil Campbell (MOTÖRHEAD)
* Elias Soriano (NONPOINT)
* Doug Pinnick (KING’S X)
* Chris Jericho (FOZZY)
* Paul Di’Anno (IRON MAIDEN)
* Craig Goldy (DIO)
* Lonnie Jordan (WAR)

Track listing:

01. Thriller – Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT)
02. Man In The Mirror – Danny Worsnop (ASKING ALEXANDRIA) & Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG)
03. The Way You Make Me Feel – Angelo Moore (FISHBONE), Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE), & Rudy Sarzo (QUEENSRŸCHE)
04. Black Or White – Lajon Witherspoon (SEVENDUST), Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS), & Tony Franklin (THE FIRM)
05. Beat It – Priya Panda (DIEMONDS) & Ron Bumblefoot Thal (GUNS N’ ROSES)
06. Billy Jean – Corey Glover (LIVING COLOUR) & Phil Campbell (MOTÖRHEAD)
07. Shake Your Body (DOWN TO THE GROUND) – Elias Soriano (NONPOINT)
08. Rock With You – Doug Pinnick (KING’S X)
09. Dirty Diana – Chris Jericho (FOZZY)
10. Bad – Paul Di’Anno (ex-IRON MAIDEN) & Craig Goldy (DIO)
11. They Don’t Care About Us – ICARUS WITCH
12. Never Can Say Goodbye – Lonnie Jordan (WAR)
13. Smooth Criminal – ALIEN ANT FARM

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FOZZY singer and WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho was interviewed on the latest episode of the “Iron City Rocks” podcast. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

In a recent interview with ARTISTdirect, Jericho stated about FOZZY‘s latest album, 2012’s “Sin And Bones”: “We worked really hard on ‘Sin And Bones’. We had a lot of momentum with the ‘Chasing The Grail’ record in 2010, and we wanted to keep it going. It was our debut on Century Media, which is the biggest record company we’ve ever been on, and we knew this was our chance to take things to the next level. We really focused on making ‘Sin And Bones’ our ‘Black Album’ [referring to METALLICA‘s 1991 self-titled LP]. What I mean by that is the Black Album is a very cohesive record from start to finish. It takes you on a journey. All of the songs have a similar vibe, even though they’ve got different styles. We wanted that for ‘Sin And Bones’. We wanted to make a very groove-oriented, dark kind of record you could listen to from the first song to the last and it would take you on a journey. It was meant to be listened to in sequence. Whenever you can do that, it becomes a memorable piece of work. With the reviews we got and the response, it was the highest-charting, biggest-selling, and best-reviewed of our career so far.”

Jericho also spoke about getting a matching HELLOWEEN tattoo with M. Shadows of AVENGED SEVENFOLD.

M. Shadows and I have been friends for a long time,” he said. “That’s why I asked him to help us with [the FOZZY song] ‘Sandpaper’ [off ‘Sin And Bones’]. He did a great job with the arrangement and the vocal parts. One thing that made us even closer kindred spirits is the fact that we both love HELLOWEEN. We were coming to the Roxy [in West Hollywood] to do a show, and he came down. I was like, ‘Dude, we should get a HELLOWEEN tattoo!’ We talked about it for a couple of days before and figured out the pumpkin we wanted to get. He’s got so many tattoos that his pumpkin was like the last little bit of real estate he had on his arm. I don’t have a lot of tattoos, so it was like I had this pumpkin in the middle of my forearm for no apparent reason, so I thought I’d put something around it. I came up with the idea of doing my four favorite bands and putting them all together. It’s METALLICA, HELLOWEEN, IRON MAIDEN, and THE BEATLES. It ended up being pretty cool.”

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Guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet of Christian hard rockers STRYPER was recently interviewed by his mother, Janice Sweet. You can now watch the chat below.

STRYPER‘s new album, “No More Hell To Pay”, will be released on November 5 in North America via Frontiers Records. The effort will be made available in two formats — standard CD and deluxe digipak featuring exclusive video content. Produced by Michael Sweet himself, the set features some of STRYPER‘s strongest and heaviest material ever.

Michael‘s new solo album will be issued via Big3 Records. Guest musicians set to appear on the CD include CHICKENFOOT drummer Kenny Aronoff, FOZZY singer Chris Jericho, WHITESNAKE guitarist Doug Aldrich; Tony Harnell of TNT, and Michael‘s brother Robert Sweet and STRYPER‘s Timothy Gaines. The 12-song solo record will be accompanied by the STRYPER frontman’s autobiography, “Honestly”, the writing of which he said was “much more difficult than I could ever imagine yet it’s been somewhat therapeutic being able to talk about my life and the past 30+ years of all things STRYPER.” He added: “I get into everything and share things that may surprise you. I talk about the dysfunction in this band, the pain and heartache of being so close to each other that we sometimes hurt each other the most, the ups and downs from our highest point (1987-1988) to our lowest point (1991-1992) and why we were driven to bankruptcy and how we climbed our way back from complete loss and despair. I share my personal pain from considering to give up music altogether to the day I broke the news to the guys that I would be leaving the band and why. From that day forward, I had everything a man could ask for and then, in what seemed like an instant, it was all taken away.”

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FOZZY singer and WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho took part in a signing session on Thursday, September 12 at Looney Tunes in West Babylon, New York. You can now watch video footage of his appearance below.

In a recent interview with ARTISTdirect, Jericho stated about FOZZY‘s latest album, 2012’s “Sin And Bones”: “We worked really hard on ‘Sin And Bones’. We had a lot of momentum with the ‘Chasing The Grail’ record in 2010, and we wanted to keep it going. It was our debut on Century Media, which is the biggest record company we’ve ever been on, and we knew this was our chance to take things to the next level. We really focused on making ‘Sin And Bones’ our ‘Black Album’ [referring to METALLICA‘s 1991 self-titled LP]. What I mean by that is the Black Album is a very cohesive record from start to finish. It takes you on a journey. All of the songs have a similar vibe, even though they’ve got different styles. We wanted that for ‘Sin And Bones’. We wanted to make a very groove-oriented, dark kind of record you could listen to from the first song to the last and it would take you on a journey. It was meant to be listened to in sequence. Whenever you can do that, it becomes a memorable piece of work. With the reviews we got and the response, it was the highest-charting, biggest-selling, and best-reviewed of our career so far.”

Jericho also spoke about getting a matching HELLOWEEN tattoo with M. Shadows of AVENGED SEVENFOLD.

M. Shadows and I have been friends for a long time,” he said. “That’s why I asked him to help us with [the FOZZY song] ‘Sandpaper’ [off ‘Sin And Bones’]. He did a great job with the arrangement and the vocal parts. One thing that made us even closer kindred spirits is the fact that we both love HELLOWEEN. We were coming to the Roxy [in West Hollywood] to do a show, and he came down. I was like, ‘Dude, we should get a HELLOWEEN tattoo!’ We talked about it for a couple of days before and figured out the pumpkin we wanted to get. He’s got so many tattoos that his pumpkin was like the last little bit of real estate he had on his arm. I don’t have a lot of tattoos, so it was like I had this pumpkin in the middle of my forearm for no apparent reason, so I thought I’d put something around it. I came up with the idea of doing my four favorite bands and putting them all together. It’s METALLICA, HELLOWEEN, IRON MAIDEN, and THE BEATLES. It ended up being pretty cool.”

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M Shadows and Robb Flynn: Chums in real life?

Avenged Sevenfold frontman M Shadows has responded to the somewhat unseemly blog posted by Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn this week that gave a rather tongue-in-cheek critique of Hail To The King.

“Actually, Chris Jericho sent it to me [Tuesday] morning,” Shadows tells Canada’s 106.9 The Bear radio show. “He’s, like, ‘Dude, look at this B.S.’ [He was] going crazy. And I was, like, ‘Ah, Chris, I love you.’ But I read it, and I read it as a joke. I have met Robb on numerous occasions and he’s always been cool to me. And I just read it as a joke. I really don’t know what to say about it other than I agree with him on the Metallica Sad But True thing — that was obviously an inspiration for that song. Everything else, I kind of think he… If it is a joke, it was kind of overboard, ’cause it doesn’t make sense in my mind.

“But at the same time, he was saying it was a joke, so… I have no ill will towards those guys. I’ve met [Machine Head guitarist] Phil [Demmel] a couple of times; he’s cool. Robb is cool. And I think the guy has the right to go make… if it’s really a joke, in his mind… Some people might see it as being as an underhanded… joke. But, to me, if he just wants to go in there and write whatever he wants, I think that’s totally cool. Everyone has an opinion and everyone should be entitled to say whatever they want. So it’s no skin off our backs.”

“I think all the bands he said we were very inspired by…Sabbath, Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones. I think when you take a record like this and the way metal has become very blast-beat, screamy-oriented, when you kind of take things back and go to a more classic-rock feel, you’re gonna feel the similarities to what we were trying to do; we were trying to make an Avenged Sevenfold album from the early ’90s and late ’80s. It was just something that really intringued us and interested us. And so, for me, I think all those bands have always been an influence — you can hear that on City Of Evil. And Metallica has, obviously, influenced every single band that picked up a guitar and plays metal. So, yeah, all those bands, plus all the old greats.”

Listen to the full interview below (cheers to Blabbermouth for the transcript):

Hail To The King Tracklisting

Shepherd of Fire
Hail to the King
Doing Time
This Means War
Requiem
Crimson Day
Heretic
Coming Home
Planets
Acid Rain

Hail To The King is the follow-up to 2010′s Nightmare and is the first Avenged album to feature no writing credits from The Rev, who tragically passed away in 2009.

Order Hail To The King below:

iTunes:

Standard http://bit.ly/17g4SmT

Deluxe http://bit.ly/15HLL61

Single http://bit.ly/12DRuEP

Amazon:

Deluxe http://amzn.to/19t5PwD

Avenged Sevenfold will make a long-awaited return to the UK this winter, hitting the following three venues:

November 2013

Saturday 30 Manchester Arena

December 2013

Sunday 1 Wembley Arena, London

Thursday 5 LG Arena, Birmingham

The dates will serve as the OC metal heavyweights’ first UK shows since Download 2011, with tickets on sale now, priced at £28.50 (subject to booking fee) and available from this link.

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows claims that he isn’t bothered by MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn‘s criticism of AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s new album, telling a radio station in Canada that “everyone should be entitled to say whatever they want.”

In a lengthy critique of “Hail To The King” at MACHINE HEAD‘s Facebook page, Flynn wrote that the new AVENGED disc is a “blatant jackery” of material from other acts.

Flynn didn’t pull any punches, writing, “Congratulations to AVENGED SEVENFOLD on their latest ‘covers album’ coming in at #1. Who knew that re-recording METALLICA, GUNS N’ ROSES, and MEGADETH songs could be such a worldwide hit!!?? Ba-dap Psssssss!!”

The singer/guitarist went on to list his “Top 10 jokes about the new AVENGED SEVENFOLD record,” starting with Number 10: “AVENGED SEVENFOLD — Now with even MORE METALLICA.”

For Number Seven, Flynn wrote, “Eyeliner sales skyrocket as thousands of heartbroken goth girls realize ‘Hail To The King’ is actually ‘that ugly AC/DC band’s song ‘Thunderstruck’.”

It was back to METALLICA for Number Three, as Flynn wrote, “‘Black album’ sales skyrocket as fans realize where new songs came from.”

And at Number Two, he fired off, “After hearing AVENGED‘s GUNS N’ ROSES cover ‘Doing Time’, Axl actually calls Slash, says, ‘Dude, what the fuck?!'”

Flynn maintained that he was just having some fun with AVENGED in his critique, saying he was “happy” for the band’s success and adding, “While I like the new record, and really dug the last record ‘Nightmare’ . . . It’s time to poke a little fun at A7X.”

Speaking to Amy Volume of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada’s 106.9 The Bear radio station on Wednesday (September 11), Shadows was asked for his response to Flynn‘s takedown.

“Actually, [FOZZY singer and WWE wrestling superstar] Chris Jericho sent it to me [Tuesday] morning,” Shadows said (hear audio below). “He’s, like, ‘Dude, look at this B.S.’ [He was] going crazy. And I was, like, ‘Ah, Chris, I love you.’

“But I read it, and I read it as a joke.

“I have met Robb on numerous occasions and he’s always been cool to me. And I just read it as a joke.

“I really don’t know what to say about it other than I agree with him on the [METALLICA] ‘Sad But True’ thing — that was obviously an inspiration for that song. Everything else, I kind of think he… If it is a joke, it was kind of overboard, ’cause it doesn’t make sense in my mind. But at the same time, he was saying it was a joke, so…

“I have no ill will towards those guys. I’ve met [MACHINE HEAD guitarist] Phil [Demmel] a couple of times; he’s cool. Robb is cool. And I think the guys has the right to go make… if it’s really a joke, in his mind… Some people might see it as being as an underhanded… joke. But, to me, if he just wants to go in there and write whatever he wants, I think that’s totally cool. Everyone has an opinion and everyone should be entitled to say whatever they want. So it’s no skin off our backs.”

Asked if the bands that Flynn mentioned in his critique were influences on AVENGED SEVENFOLD, Shadows replied: “I think all the bands he said we were very inspired by. I think also [BLACK] SABBATH, [LED] ZEPPELIN, THE ROLLING STONES.”

He continued: “I think when you take a record like this and the way metal has become very blast-beat, screamy-oriented, when you kind of take things back and go to a more classic-rock feel, you’re gonna feel the similarities to what we were trying to do; we were trying to make an AVENGED SEVENFOLD album from the early ’90s and late ’80s. It was just something that really intringued us and interested us. And so, for me, I think all those bands have always been an influence — you can hear that on ‘City Of Evil’. And METALLICA has, obviously, influenced every single band that picked up a guiat and plays metal. So, yeah, all those bands, plus all the old greats.”

“Hail To The King” sold 159,000 copies in its first week of release, giving the California band their second straight chart-topper after 2010’s “Nightmare”.

Next up for AVENGED SEVENFOLD is its first major tour in support of the new CD, which starts October 3 in Chicago.

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“The Cause”, a brand new solo song from Michael Sweet of Christian hard rockers STRYPER, can be streamed using the audio player below.

Says Michael: “For one day only (the next 24 hours), I’m posting this streaming, full-length version of a brand new song from my new solo record, due out next year, in honor of today [9/11] and the days ahead. I hope this song inspires you and reminds you of how strong we are as people and that we can overcome any adversity or trial that we are faced with. God bless you, guys, and united we stand for ‘The Cause’.”

“The Cause” lyrics:

We’re lost, we’re found – we’re free, we’re bound
We’re high, we’re low and in between we’re shy – we’re bold
We stand, we fall – we move, we stall
We laugh, we cry, but in the end we live – we die

(Chorus)

Oh, we have a soul, we have a heart that we can show
We’re here for The Cause, bigger then life, this one we know

We sit, we stand – we’re small, we’re grand
We trust, we fear, one day we’re blind then all is clear

(Chorus)

Oh, we have a soul, we have a heart that we can show
We’re here for The Cause, bigger then life, this one we know

Michael‘s new solo album will be issued via Big3 Records. Guest musicians set to appear on the CD include CHICKENFOOT drummer Kenny Aronoff, FOZZY singer Chris Jericho, WHITESNAKE guitarist Doug Aldrich; Tony Harnell of TNT, and Michael‘s brother Robert Sweet and STRYPER‘s Timothy Gaines.

The 12-song solo record will be accompanied by the STRYPER frontman’s autobiography, “Honestly”, the writing of which he said was “much more difficult than I could ever imagine yet it’s been somewhat therapeutic being able to talk about my life and the past 30+ years of all things STRYPER.” He added: “I get into everything and share things that may surprise you. I talk about the dysfunction in this band, the pain and heartache of being so close to each other that we sometimes hurt each other the most, the ups and downs from our highest point (1987-1988) to our lowest point (1991-1992) and why we were driven to bankruptcy and how we climbed our way back from complete loss and despair. I share my personal pain from considering to give up music altogether to the day I broke the news to the guys that I would be leaving the band and why. From that day forward, I had everything a man could ask for and then, in what seemed like an instant, it was all taken away.”

“The Cause” audio stream:

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FOZZY singer and WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho was interviewed on the latest edition of “The Classic Metal Show”, which is heard live on Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. EST at TheClassicMetalShow.com. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

The lead single from FOZZY‘s latest album, “Sin And Bones”, “Sandpaper” features guest vocals by M. Shadows of AVENGED SEVENFOLD. Directed by Sean McEwen, the accompanying video is inspired by horror classic “Evil Dead”, with Shadows playing the role of FOZZY‘s evil puppet master.

Jericho told Loudwire about the “Sandpaper” clip, “It kind of started from that and then we said, ‘What if we do a whole ‘Evil Dead’-type homage?’ And then we found this bad-ass cabin in the woods in Atlanta, and just everything kind of fell together from there. We found, right by the cabin, there was a civil war burial ground, and there was this creepy bridge that was near it, and the cabin couldn’t have been more perfect for what we were looking for.”

Asked how the Shadows collaboration came about, Jericho told LocalBozo.com: “Shad‘s a friend of mine and when I was recording the vocals, I wasn’t really feeling the one part: ‘a cat scratch whiplash / a witch hunt in black.’ So I thought it’d be cool to have somebody else do it, like a calm response. So I called Matt and asked him if he’d be interested. I knew they were off and he was at home, so he’s like, ‘Send me the song and I’ll see what I think.’ I sent it to him and he really dug it. He was a fan of ours from before anyways — he liked a bunch of our songs. He thought that ‘Sandpaper’ was one of the catchiest choruses that we’d ever done and so he kind of took it and laid down the part like I asked him to and then he also rearranged the song a bit — gave it a little bit of a different arrangement, streamlined it, made it a little bit more compact, and in my opinion made it a better song. So not only did he sing what I asked him to, he also put his own spin on it and really went above and beyond to create this amazing song that’s just been doing huge for us since it came out. So it was cool. It was cool on a professional standpoint, on a creative standpoint, and on a friendship standpoint to have him involved.”

“Sin And Bones” was released on August 14, 2012 (one day earlier internationally) via FOZZY‘s new label, Century Media Records. The CD sold around 3,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 143 on the Billboard 200 chart. The effort landed at position No. 1 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

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FOZZY frontman and wrestling superstar Chris Jericho was interviewed on episode 54 of “Kill Your Radio”. You can now listen to the chat using the widget below.

The lead single from FOZZY‘s latest album, “Sin And Bones”, “Sandpaper” features guest vocals by M. Shadows of AVENGED SEVENFOLD. Directed by Sean McEwen, the accompanying video is inspired by horror classic “Evil Dead”, with Shadows playing the role of FOZZY‘s evil puppet master.

Jericho told Loudwire about the “Sandpaper” clip, “It kind of started from that and then we said, ‘What if we do a whole ‘Evil Dead’-type homage?’ And then we found this bad-ass cabin in the woods in Atlanta, and just everything kind of fell together from there. We found, right by the cabin, there was a civil war burial ground, and there was this creepy bridge that was near it, and the cabin couldn’t have been more perfect for what we were looking for.”

Asked how the Shadows collaboration came about, Jericho told LocalBozo.com: “Shad‘s a friend of mine and when I was recording the vocals, I wasn’t really feeling the one part: ‘a cat scratch whiplash / a witch hunt in black.’ So I thought it’d be cool to have somebody else do it, like a calm response. So I called Matt and asked him if he’d be interested. I knew they were off and he was at home, so he’s like, ‘Send me the song and I’ll see what I think.’ I sent it to him and he really dug it. He was a fan of ours from before anyways — he liked a bunch of our songs. He thought that ‘Sandpaper’ was one of the catchiest choruses that we’d ever done and so he kind of took it and laid down the part like I asked him to and then he also rearranged the song a bit — gave it a little bit of a different arrangement, streamlined it, made it a little bit more compact, and in my opinion made it a better song. So not only did he sing what I asked him to, he also put his own spin on it and really went above and beyond to create this amazing song that’s just been doing huge for us since it came out. So it was cool. It was cool on a professional standpoint, on a creative standpoint, and on a friendship standpoint to have him involved.”

“Sin And Bones” was released on August 14, 2012 (one day earlier internationally) via FOZZY‘s new label, Century Media Records. The CD sold around 3,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 143 on the Billboard 200 chart. The effort landed at position No. 1 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

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