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KORN‘s 11th studio album, “The Paradigm Shift”, will be released on October 8. A deluxe edition will feature two bonus tracks and a documentary DVD called “Reconciliation”. The CD is the first to feature original guitarist Brian “Head” Welch in more than eight years. Welch rejoined the group permanently earlier this year after leaving in 2005.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, KORN frontman Jonathan Davis chatted with Loudwire about what to expect from their new outing as well as how his addiction to Xanax affected his work.

When asked about the album, the 42-year-old rocker responded, “I’m excited about this one. A lot of people are talking about it, which is good. It’s different, as you may have heard. I think by not doing the same thing over and over it helps us remain relevant. For some bands like AC/DC, it’s actually a good thing to not change things too much. They have an awesome formula. But our formula is to be kind of different each time out.”

Davis went on to discuss his recent stint in rehab because his Xanax addiction saying, “People started wondering about me and the stuff that was going on in my life. I was not doing it recreationally — I was doing it because I have anxiety problems. My doctor said, you should only be on this stuff for a month or so but it was a lot longer. So I went to rehab in Bakersfield, a real rehab place, not some fru-fru place. I was in there for week, shaking like a fish and almost having seizures and all that stuff. Then I got out and went to see the guys in the band. I’ve been on prolonged detox for like five months now. Hard to explain what it feels like. But I made the new record with one foot in limbo and one in reality. Hopefully now I can help a lot of kids, our fans that are going through things like this. Lots of kids suffer from these conditions and I like to help out, that’s a big thing for me. It’s just who I am. I have no problem talking about anything and if I can help others, then great.”

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David E. Gehlke of DeadRhetoric.com recently conducted an interview with Canadian multi-instrumentalist/producer Devin Townsend. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.

DeadRhetoric.com: I saw a quote from you in regard to “The Retinal Circus”: “It’s a clusterfuck on stage.” Can you elaborate?

Townsend: I probably just like swearing — it makes me feel good. [laughs] In my head, everything I do that has a concept, which is 80%, appears a lot more streamlined in my mind’s eye than when we try to articulate it on stage when we have no money and no time. So, “The Retinal Circus” is yet another example of me being overambitious and underfunded, as someone close to me commented on the state of my career. Once you’ve spent some time with the show — if you choose to do so, or you turn it off, it makes a great deal of sense. Ultimately, by the end of the end of the show, it has a point that it makes, that the clusterfuck nature is essential. It has to be there. But really at first look, I had a bunch of friends – I spent a lot of time on the video and the audio — I brought the DVD on the tour bus I was on at the time and I played for a band we were out with at the time and a bunch of guys that were involved with it, I put it on and cranked it up, and looked around the front lounge and everybody’s face was like, “What the fuck is this?” I remember thinking at that point, “If you’re not deeply invested in the creative elements of it and why it is the way it is, I can totally see why people would view it as chaos.” When I had described it as being a clusterfuck on stage, it was more of me buffering people that until you do choose get that deep into it, it’s pretty over the top.

DeadRhetoric.com: Jed [Simon] joined you for “Love” and “Detox”. As you said, there’s always the cloud of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD hanging over you, but you confronted it by having Jed onstage with you. How cool was that?

Townsend: First off, thank you for recognizing that, because that’s exactly what it is. Ultimately, I’m going to do what I want to do, and that’s the bottom line. The more that people demand I do something, the less I want to do what they demand me to do. When I was a kid or first in a relationship with my wife, she would comment, “Whatever it is I want you to do, I make sure I don’t tell you to do it.” I’m aware of it, which is a good first step. It’s the truth — I hate being told what to do and I won’t be told what to do. So the more people go on with these self-serving demands about STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, I’m like, “Look, NO!” Not now, more than ever before, because I keep being bugged about it. For me, having Jed there and playing STRAPPING was important because I didn’t have the opportunity to really — other than being “Fuck you, quit talking to me about STRAPPING” — I’ve not had the ability as a musician or as a person to reflect on, “How do you feel about STRAPPING?” Regardless of what anybody feels or their misinterpretation of it, how do you feel about it? And how do I feel about it? I’m totally proud of it; it’s a huge part of my life. It’s something I have an immense emotional connection to, and respect for, but in the same way that what I’m doing right now, which is “Ziltoid” or “Casualties”, STRAPPING is what I was doing then. I find that I can totally sympathize why people would want it back, but my frustrations lay with any band, GUNS N’ ROSES, GODFLESH with “Streetcleaner”, anything, I don’t understand the process people go through in terms of assuming that if the band was still active right now, they’d be like the period that was of emotional significance to them. I don’t understand and I’ll say that straight-up. But the more I look into it, I realize that it’s everywhere. I read something about Ihsahn and about EMPEROR getting back together, and in the interview, he gave a very explicit and perfectly logical explanation as to why EMPEROR wouldn’t be the same now as it was then. I thought, “Okay, that makes perfect sense.” But the comments are unequivocally, “No, I don’t agree — you’re wrong. EMPEROR would be perfect if they came out again.” My reaction is just confusion. That being said, because it’s a reality and you can’t escape it, I have no problem explaining myself.

DeadRhetoric.com: To back that up, you played a STRAPPING song in Chile and posted a message on Twitter after the show essentially apologizing for it. What happened there?

Townsend: The crowd loved it, but for me, I don’t know how I feel about it. And STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, as much as I wrote 80% of the music, it wasn’t just me. It was Gene [Hoglan], Jed, and Byron [Stroud]. For example, I bought the new BLACK SABBATH record and I can’t listen to it because the drums are distracting.

DeadRhetoric.com: Because it’s not Bill Ward playing.

Townsend: It’s not Bill Ward. It has nothing to do with the drums being not-BLACK SABBATH or poor performance or poorly recorded, or anything — it’s just that I can’t shake it’s not Bill Ward, so it’s not BLACK SABBATH to me. I know that it’s a naïve way of looking at it, but I feel the same way about anything I do. Unless it’s completely me, I don’t want to be that guy, I don’t want to be that guy that goes up and plays STRAPPING YOUNG LAD songs. I wrote most of the stuff, but I didn’t feel comfortable. In fact, I felt that until I worked on my relationship with those guys — and not that my relationship is bad, it’s healthy — but until I come to terms with it and until people stop bugging me, I’m not going to have any perspective on the band other than frustration, other than odd memories. I just felt that it’s not what I wanted to be doing right now.

Read the entire interview at DeadRhetoric.com.

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According to The Pulse Of Radio, KORN singer Jonathan Davis recently spoke with Metal Hammer magazine’s British radio show about the stresses he was dealing with just before the band began making its new album, “The Paradigm Shift”, including his struggle to get off anti-anxiety drugs and his son’s diabetes diagnosis. Speaking about his addiction to benzodiazepines, Davis said, “I stopped writing and listening to music and a lot of stuff that I love because I was really battling with this detox off of benzos . . . I was fighting having seizures, I was shaking all the time, I couldn’t think.”

Davis said that his son’s medical problems added to his own problems, adding, “I had one foot in reality and one foot out. I was freaking out. My baby had diabetes and I was like, ‘Oh my god, he’s going to lose his feet and go blind.’ Music has always been my savior, but I wasn’t having . . . I don’t know where I was, honestly.”

Davis told The Pulse Of Radio that he had to get clear of his addiction before he could begin working on music again. “There was some music being written, but during that time when I kicked it, up until the point I got in the studio with the guys, no, I was just totally — I couldn’t even function,” he said. “The thing about benzos are they wire your brain differently, so once you stop, your brain has to rewire itself back to normal and it takes time. So I couldn’t even concentrate to do that.”

Davis told Rolling Stone recently that he had been on anti-anxiety medication for three years and “the doctor told me you gotta get off this, it’s bad for you.”

KORN will release “The Paradigm Shift” on October 8. The band’s 11th studio album is the first to feature original guitarist Brian “Head” Welch since 2003’s “Take A Look In The Mirror”. The first single is “Never Never”.

The band will kick off a headlining North American tour on September 26 in Philadelphia, concluding in Las Vegas on October 12.

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Dance Gavin Dance frontman Jonny Craig has issued a public apology for his MacBook scam.

In February, Craig listed a MacBook computer for sale via his Twitter account, and reportedly convinced fans to wire transfer hundreds of dollars in exchange for a laptop that was never delivered.

“I want to apologize for my recent behavior,” Craig commented. “My actions regarding taking advantage of fans was inexcusable. I’m in the process of paying everyone back so please forgive me. My state of mind was completely shot and obviously my decision making skills were heavily impaired due to my drug use. I’ve since been in detox and successfully completed the treatment. I’ve learned a lot from this ordeal and I realized I’ve redeemed my second chance. I want to personally thank Eric at Artery and Craig at Rise for helping me through this emotionally and financially. I’m embarrassed with my past actions, I want to make amends to everyone I hurt. Again, sorry to all my fans, family, band mates and colleagues. I’m truly sorry. Now back to work…I’m looking forward to seeing all the DGD fans and their positive energy that they always bring to the shows. With that being said, the past will stay dead and let’s toast to the future kids.”

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Jonny Craig Apologizes for MacBook Scam – posted on 2011-03-09 01:51:58


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Dance Gavin Dance/Emarosa frontman Jonny Craig has checked into a detox treatment facility in North Hollywood, CA, a week after his MacBook scam went public.

Rise Records and Artery Management issued a public apology in regards to Craig’s MacBook scam, and will reimburse the victims for their financial losses.

“[Craig’s] addiction needed immediate attention and with the help from MusiCares, we were able to make it happen,” commented Rise Records’ Craig Ericson and the Artery Foundation’s Eric Rushing in a statement. “Rise Records and Artery Management will reimburse all people who Jonny took advantage of financially. No one will be getting ripped off and we’d all like to issue a public apology to anyone who had been taken advantage of.”

Former Tides of Man frontman Tilian Pearson will fill-in for Craig on Emarosa’a current run with Chiodos. Dance Gavin Dance’s upcoming US trek is expected to go on as planned.

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Jonny Craig Checks Into Detox, Rise Records to Reimburse MacBook Scam Victims – posted on 2011-02-28 17:20:48


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