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Niclas Müller-Hansen of Sweden’s Metalshrine recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Metalshrine: You’re just two years older than me and I just feel that there’s so much time left for you to put out cool music and have more cool stories. What made you [write your “My Bloody Roots” autobiography] now?

Max: Well, it was an idea that kinda came out of nowhere, actually. I thought it was a good time for it because of what happened with the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. What happened was that the notebook that I wrote SEPULTURA on for the first time, the schoolbook, we actually donated it to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland and they displayed it together with Dimebag‘s [PANTERA] guitar and a bunch of stuff from other metal bands. I think that kinda led to the idea of now being a good time to do a book. I came all this way from being a kid in Brazil to be part of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. That’s a huge journey, but you’re right. There’s a lot more to be done and the story will continue for many more years, but we just felt that it would be good to tell the story right now and we had Joel McIver, who’s a really good writer. He approached us and offered to write the book for us and we saw what he’d done. I read parts of his METALLICA book, the Randy Rhoads book and the MOTÖRHEAD one and I really like how Joel writes. We started working on it and it’s out in Brazil, finally, and it will be out in the rest of the world in January 2014. It’s a very cool book with cool stories and a lot of great people involved. Dave Grohl [FOO FIGHTERS] wrote an amazing introduction. People in Brazil are really digging it. It was a good time for it now. I’m 44 and let’s just see what happens from now on.

Metalshrine: Did you sit down with Joel or was it mostly done via phone or Skype?

Max: We did most of it over the phone, but I sat down with Joel twice. We were touring a lot, but he came to two of the shows and we sat down during the day and we talked a lot. But a lot of it was done by phone. It was like an hour-and-a-half phone calls and three times a week. It was horrific and I did not look forward to them. It was, like, “Oh no, the phone call’s coming!” and I had to try and remember everything that happened during all these years. It was like therapy sessions.

Metalshrine: Were there things he brought up that you had forgotten about?

Max: Yeah. He was trying to get as much as possible. We ended up forgetting a couple of things, which is really amazing to me. For example, SEPULTURA toured with the RAMONES and that’s not in the book. Incredible that I left that I forgot about that. How could I? [laughs] It was just too many stories, too many things, but that’s why it’s so cool that Gloria [Max‘s wife and manager] has her blog that tells all these other stories that are not in the book. The making of the book was a long, long process and I think it took about three years all together. Gloria found a lot of cool pictures. There’s pictures of my grandfather and pictures of my great grandmother, who was an Indian, so there’s a really cool picture of her. Then there’s pictures of us as kids in Brazil and my mom and my dad and our teenage years and SEPULTURA. You see the whole madness developing. It’s really cool.

Metalshrine: This project you have together with Greg Puciato (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), Troy Sanders (MASTODON) and Dave Elitch (ex-THE MARS VOLTA), have you recorded everything [for your debut album]?

Max: We’re still recording and we’re actually going to the studio right now. I have to finish two more guitars and we’re singing today, which is cool. All the drums are done, twelve songs. There are some great songtitles like “Set Fire To Your Flag” and “A Throat Full Of Broken Glass” and some other crazy titles. I think it’s gonna be really, really cool. It’s really energetic and there are all these melodic parts that troy’s gonne be singing and bring that kinda MASTODON vibe to it. It’s exciting and it’s a combination of all the bands involved. A little bit of DILLINGER, a little bit of MASTODON, a little bit of SOULFLY and a little bit of Dave playing as in THE MARS VOLTA. It doesn’t really sound like any of those bands but you can hear parts of them. A cool fact is that the three of us are gonna sing on every song and that’s gonna make the singing really exciting. It’s like a metal version of THE TRANSPLANTS. It’ll probably come out late next year, because [SOULFLY‘s new album] “Savages” is just coming out and we’re gonna let it take its course and we’re gonna tour for a long time. After that we’ll probably release the project.

Metalshrine: Are you doing a new CAVALERA CONSPIRACY album before or after the project?

Max: After. CAVALERA CONSPIRACY is taking quite a long break right now. It’s good though. That’s the way CAVALERA is created, no stress. There’s no pressure and we can do it anytime we want. It’s SOULFLY now and then the project and once that’s settled, we can work on the new CAVALERA CONSPIRACY album, which is probably gonna be towards the end of next year or beginning of the year 2015.

Metalshrine: Why don’t you just call it THE PROJECT?

Max: Yeah, we don’t have a name yet, but that’s a possibility. We’re totally running out of ideas.

Metalshrine: Who’s producing it?

Max: We have this guy Josh Wilbur. He produced LAMB OF GOD‘s last records and the last GOJIRA record. He’s a very cool guy and very young. He’s only like 35 and very energetic. He’s doing a great job so far and he’s been able to get a lot out from us and the music is really coming out great and powerful. I think it’s gonna be a great thing.

Read the entire interview at Metalshrine.

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During a brand new interview with RollingStone.com, RUSH bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee was asked about Alex Lifeson‘s now-legendary Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction speech consisting entirely of “blah blah blahs,” in which the guitarist changed the tone of his voice to exhibit a range of emotions — with everyone understanding what he meant, especially when he “described” getting the call that the band was being inducted.

“I had no idea he was doing that,” Lee said. “Let me go on the record to say he didn’t tell us he was doing that. In fact, I know he had a whole other speech planned. Neil [Peart, drums] and I thought he had lost his marbles when he was talking. You can see the look on our faces behind him going, ‘What the fuck is he doing?’ And of course, we couldn’t see him act it all out. We just kept hearing, ‘blah blah blah blah blah.’

“I don’t know what his pure intent was, but I think it was more a knock on speeches, the whole process of the Hall Of Fame induction thing.”

Lee continued: “He’s a mental case. And he’s genuinely one of the funniest people you would ever meet in your life. But I wanted to kill him at the three-minute mark. Neil and I were threatening to knock him on the head and drag him offstage.”

Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of FOO FIGHTERS inducted RUSH at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Grohl said in his induction speech, “From day one, the band built its following the right way. No hype, no (baloney), they did it from the ground up without any help from the mainstream press… Their influence is undeniable and their devoted fan base is only rivaled by the GRATEFUL DEAD. Look at you people, all of you people, right here! And their legacy is that of a band that stayed true to themselves no matter how uncool they may have seemed to anyone.”

Lee was asked on the red carpet if he thought the acclaimed documentary on the band, “Beyond The Lighted Stage”, played a role in the groundswell of support for the band’s induction into the Hall Of Fame. “Oh, I think it probably did have an effect to a certain degree because of the way the filmmakers put that story together,” he said. “I think it really showed what a vast and diverse audience that we do have and what the effect of our music has been on young players. And one of the criteria of the Hall Of Fame is influence, so I think it’s easy to see that in that film.”

Peart said that the band’s fans had a personal stake in seeing the band inducted. “The thing is, with our fans, is that we grew up together,” he said. “We always say ‘the soundtrack of your life’ is a phrase that I love, but it has been that case and we have evolved naturally in our music and our lyrics and our songs and all that, of our experiences from our past and our present as grown-ups, and we’ve expressed all that through our songs. So a lot of them have grown up with that in a very real, true way, so they share it and they feel like they’re part of the team, and our team should win.”

Lee thanked “the most passionate, incredible fan base around the globe …for not only supporting and encouraging our musical progress over the years, but for the insistence of their voices, which has most certainly led us to this evening.”

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Band discuss recording “In Utero” ahead of September 23 reissue.

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Legendary 80's thrashy-punk icons Bl'ast! recently released an unearthed record called Blood!, despite having been recorded in the aforementioned era. Now Dave Grohl and the band talk about what it was like to find and mix the record almost 30 years later! First and foremost, it's interesting to hear Grohl talk about recording aesthetics then …

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SOUNDGARDEN plans to take a break from touring after the band completes its current European trek, which began September 4 in Helsinki, Finland and ends on September 19 in London. But frontman Chris Cornell tells Gray Graff of GMI Rock that he’s confident we haven’t heard the last from SOUNDGARDEN.

“You know, I think that the overall attitude about keeping it going and treating it, in a sense, the way that we wanna treat it to keep it going, that attitude seems to be really good,” Cornell said (hear audio below). “I mean, there’s nothing stopping us from continuing to make records, that’s for sure, and continuing to play shows. We had a great experience doing [last year’s ‘King Animal’] album, and since we’ve come back together, everything has been kind of that way. There hasn’t really been any of the kind of tension, specifically surrounding peripheral stuff, and I think it was a simple as us making the conscious decision to not be influenced by anything other than us four wanting to do it and not putting a business version of a timeline on it.”

SOUNDGARDEN has issued a new music video for “Halfway There”, a song taken from “King Animal”. “Halfway There” is the third single and video released from the disc, following “Been Away Too Long” and “By Crooked Steps”. The video for the latter track was directed by FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Cornell will launch a solo acoustic tour of North America on October 15 in San Diego, wrapping up six weeks later on November 30 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The shows will draw on material from all stages of Cornell‘s career — including the first-ever acoustic performances of tracks from “King Animal”.

Meanwhile, SOUNDGARDEN drummer Matt Cameron, who also plays drums for PEARL JAM, will hit the road with the latter group beginning on October 11 in Pittsburgh. The new PEARL JAM album, “Lightning Bolt”, arrives on October 15.

Shepherd issued his debut solo album, “In Deep Owl”, on August 27.

Guitarist Kim Thayil recently said he’ll spend the band’s downtime working on compiling the SOUNDGARDEN B-sides box set, which will collect songs from European and Australian singles, movie soundtracks and other sources.

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Frontman talks future of rock, while Foo Fighters get ranked as No. 1 artist in Billboard Alternative chart history.

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Samuli Väänänen of Radio Nova conducted an interview with vocalist Chris Cornell and bassist Ben Shepherd of reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN on September 4 in Helsinki, Finland. You can now watch the chat below.

SOUNDGARDEN has issued a new music video for “Halfway There”, a song taken from the band’s 2012 reunion album, “King Animal”. “Halfway There” is the third single and video released from the disc, following “Been Away Too Long” and “By Crooked Steps”. The video for the latter track was directed by FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, SOUNDGARDEN plans to take a break from touring after the band completes its upcoming European trek, which began Wednesday night (September 4) in Helsinki, Finland and ends on September 19 in London.

Cornell will launch a solo acoustic tour of North America on October 15 in San Diego, wrapping up six weeks later on November 30 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The shows will draw on material from all stages of Cornell‘s career — including the first-ever acoustic performances of tracks from “King Animal”.

Meanwhile, SOUNDGARDEN drummer Matt Cameron, who also plays drums for PEARL JAM, will hit the road with the latter group beginning on October 11 in Pittsburgh. The new PEARL JAM album, “Lightning Bolt”, arrives on October 15.

Shepherd issued his debut solo album, “In Deep Owl”, on August 27.

Guitarist Kim Thayil recently said he’ll spend the band’s downtime working on compiling the SOUNDGARDEN B-sides box set, which will collect songs from European and Australian singles, movie soundtracks and other sources.

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“Halfway There”, the new video from reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN, can be seen below. The song comes off “King Animal”, the first collection of all-new material in 16 years from SOUNDGARDEN, and first since the group reunited in 2010. The CD sold 83,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart. The effort arrived in stores on November 13, 2012 via Tom Whalley‘s new record label, a partnership between his Seven Four Entertainment and Republic Records.

“King Animal” track listing:

01. Been Away Too Long
02. Non-State Actor
03. By Crooked Steps
04. A Thousand Days Before
05. Blood On The Valley Floor
06. Bones of Birds
07. Taree
08. Attrition
09. Black Saturday
10. Halfway There
11. Worse Dreams
12. Eyelid’s Mouth
13. Rowing

SOUNDGARDEN released the music video on January 29 for “By Crooked Steps”, the second single from “King Animal”.

The “By Crooked Steps” clip was directed by FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl, who submitted a treatment for the video on his own initiative after hearing the song.

SOUNDGARDEN reunited in 2010 after a 13-year break, releasing a retrospective collection called “Telephantasm” and a concert album titled “Live On I-5”.

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“Halfway There”, the new video from reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN, will make its online debut tomorrow (Wednesday, September 4). The song comes off “King Animal”, the first collection of all-new material in 16 years from SOUNDGARDEN, and first since the group reunited in 2010. The CD sold 83,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart. The effort arrived in stores on November 13, 2012 via Tom Whalley‘s new record label, a partnership between his Seven Four Entertainment and Republic Records.

“King Animal” track listing:

01. Been Away Too Long
02. Non-State Actor
03. By Crooked Steps
04. A Thousand Days Before
05. Blood On The Valley Floor
06. Bones of Birds
07. Taree
08. Attrition
09. Black Saturday
10. Halfway There
11. Worse Dreams
12. Eyelid’s Mouth
13. Rowing

SOUNDGARDEN released the music video on January 29 for “By Crooked Steps”, the second single from “King Animal”.

The “By Crooked Steps” clip was directed by FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl, who submitted a treatment for the video on his own initiative after hearing the song.

SOUNDGARDEN reunited in 2010 after a 13-year break, releasing a retrospective collection called “Telephantasm” and a concert album titled “Live On I-5”.

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Guitarist Mick Murphy of the Los Angeles-based rock band MY RUIN has been a busy man recently. Besides writing and co-producing MY RUIN‘s eighth studio album, “The Sacred Mood”, with Soundtrack Black Studio owner Joel Stooksbury, he has been moonlighting the last five months with the classic rock cover band CHEVY METAL, featuring Taylor Hawkins of FOO FIGHTERS and Wiley Hodgden.

“I’ve been having a great time playing songs I grew up listening to and have vinyl records of in my collection, and when people like Nikki Sixx and Perry Farrell join us on stage it’s a trip,” says Murphy. “Having Dave Grohl sit in has lead to a few memorable moments as well. He and Taylor are both amazing musicians and all about the old school rock. I feel right at home and every show with these guys has been killer!”

Dave Grohl recently joined CHEVY METAL on stage to cover a few classic ’70s THE ROLLING STONES tunes when they played the “Party In Your Pants” one-day music festival in Topanga Canyon presented by KLVC and Levi’s to celebrate the launch of the clothing company’s vintage-inspired Orange Tab collection. You can check out a montage of footage from the show here:

Mick has also been in the studio writing and recording an album with legendary CORROSION OF CONFORMITY drummer Reed Mullin for the new side project TEENAGE TIME KILLERS which is being produced by John Lousteau. Though still in the early stages, the album boasts guest appearances by an array of rock luminaries such as Randy Blythe (LAMB OF GOD), Mike Dean (CORROSION OF CONFORMITY), Greg Anderson, London May, Dave Grohl, Vic Bondi, Woody Weatherman (CORROSION OF CONFORMITY), Tommy Victor (PRONG, DANZIG) and MY RUIN vocalist Tairrie B. Murphy, along with many others who are committing their time and talents to the project.

“I’ve known John Lousteau for many years,” says Murphy. “We were both in bands back in the day in Knoxville, Tennessee. He’s been sitting in on drums with MY RUIN recently and we’ve been doing a lot of session work at Studio 606. When he approached me about recording guitar on a few of Reed‘s songs, I said count me in! We got into the studio and things just clicked. Reed asked me to write a few songs as well and it grew from there. He’s one of my favorite drummers of all time and it’s an honor to create music with him and so many other incredible musicians and vocalists. This album is both organic in nature and spontaneous in spirit which is the beauty of it, It has an old-school vibe and I think people are going to really dig it when they hear it.”

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