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Donny Fandango of the St. Louis, Missouri radio station 105.7 The Point conducted an interview with vocalist Jacoby Shaddix of Californian rockers PAPA ROACH during this year’s Carnival Of Madness tour. You can now watch the chat below.

In an interview with Mosh Pit Report, PAPA ROACH drummer Tony Palermo stated about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band’s follow-up to last year’s “The Connection”: “We’re working on ideas. We always lay stuff down in the back of the bus just to keep it flowing. I’ll come up with beats, I always do a lot of voice memo stuff just to get it down quick if I have an idea that pops into my head and I don’t wanna forget it. I just do a 10- or 15-second voice memo in my iPhone. It’s usually me breathing heavy into the phone in a beat style then I’ll come in [to the recording setup on the tour bus] and lay it down on this little keyboard here. It doubles as a drum set, which is weird, but it works. We put stuff together on the computer, and once we get into the actual studio in writing mode, then we go through all the stuff and decide what’s good and what sucks, or isn’t PAPA ROACH. It’s cool. There’s a lot of down time on tour, so it’s a good tool to keep it flowing so you’re not like stuck writing 15 to 20 songs for a record in 30 days. It’s really hard to do that.”

Palermo also spoke about a number of PAPA ROACH shows being canceled due to Jacoby Shaddix‘s vocal issues. “I don’t know if it’s worse for [the fans] or for us,” he said. “We pride ourselves on playing rock ‘n’ roll music live to people, and when something unfortunate like that happens, I know people who travel, like plane tickets, hotels, but you know, we’re also losing money. It’s not really about the money, though, it’s just, for us, you gotta take care of that and get it better so you have a career. Like last year, when we had to pull off of Uproar, it was so bad. We played three shows and then he just couldn’t sing anymore; he had to go in and get his voice operated on. It was that serious and that drastic. We just went through it again a little bit, but he didn’t have to get an operation, he just had to go on a little more strict vocal rest and got paired up with a new vocal coach that showed him different techniques than he’d been using.”

PAPA ROACH‘s latest album, “The Connection”, was re-released in Europe as a special tour edition on May 6 via Eleven Seven Music. The effort contains a bonus DVD of a concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles featuring performances of new songs as well as the band’s biggest hits, including “Still Swingin'”, “Give Me Back My Life”, “Before I Die”, “Last Resort” and “Between Angels & Insects”.

“The Connection” was produced by rock veteran James Michael (SIXX: A.M., HALESTORM) and John Feldmann (PANIC AT THE DISCO, THE USED, BLACK VEIL BRIDES). The CD sold 22,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at No. 17 on the Billboard album chart.

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On August 24, ShowsAndPromos.com conducted an interview with PAPA ROACH guitarist Jerry Horton at the Kansas City stop of this year’s Carnival Of Madness tour. You can now watch the chat below.

In a recent interview with Mosh Pit Report, PAPA ROACH drummer Tony Palermo stated about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band’s follow-up to last year’s “The Connection”: “We’re working on ideas. We always lay stuff down in the back of the bus just to keep it flowing. I’ll come up with beats, I always do a lot of voice memo stuff just to get it down quick if I have an idea that pops into my head and I don’t wanna forget it. I just do a 10- or 15-second voice memo in my iPhone. It’s usually me breathing heavy into the phone in a beat style then I’ll come in [to the recording setup on the tour bus] and lay it down on this little keyboard here. It doubles as a drum set, which is weird, but it works. We put stuff together on the computer, and once we get into the actual studio in writing mode, then we go through all the stuff and decide what’s good and what sucks, or isn’t PAPA ROACH. It’s cool. There’s a lot of down time on tour, so it’s a good tool to keep it flowing so you’re not like stuck writing 15 to 20 songs for a record in 30 days. It’s really hard to do that.”

Palermo also spoke about a number of PAPA ROACH shows being canceled due to singer Jacoby Shaddix‘s vocal issues. “I don’t know if it’s worse for [the fans] or for us,” he said. “We pride ourselves on playing rock ‘n’ roll music live to people, and when something unfortunate like that happens, I know people who travel, like plane tickets, hotels, but you know, we’re also losing money. It’s not really about the money, though, it’s just, for us, you gotta take care of that and get it better so you have a career. Like last year, when we had to pull off of Uproar, it was so bad. We played three shows and then he just couldn’t sing anymore; he had to go in and get his voice operated on. It was that serious and that drastic. We just went through it again a little bit, but he didn’t have to get an operation, he just had to go on a little more strict vocal rest and got paired up with a new vocal coach that showed him different techniques than he’d been using.”

PAPA ROACH‘s latest album, “The Connection”, was re-released in Europe as a special tour edition on May 6 via Eleven Seven Music. The effort contains a bonus DVD of a concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles featuring performances of new songs as well as the band’s biggest hits, including “Still Swingin'”, “Give Me Back My Life”, “Before I Die”, “Last Resort” and “Between Angels & Insects”.

“The Connection” was produced by rock veteran James Michael (SIXX: A.M., HALESTORM) and John Feldmann (PANIC AT THE DISCO, THE USED, BLACK VEIL BRIDES). The CD sold 22,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at No. 17 on the Billboard album chart.

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Larry Paterson joins Paul “The Rog” Rogne for the latest episode of Metalkast featuring an interview with Tony Palermo of PAPA ROACH. You can now listen to the podcast using the audio player below.

In a recent interview with Mosh Pit Report, Palermo stated about the progress of the songwriting sessions for PAPA ROACH‘s follow-up to last year’s “The Connection”: “We’re working on ideas. We always lay stuff down in the back of the bus just to keep it flowing. I’ll come up with beats, I always do a lot of voice memo stuff just to get it down quick if I have an idea that pops into my head and I don’t wanna forget it. I just do a 10- or 15-second voice memo in my iPhone. It’s usually me breathing heavy into the phone in a beat style then I’ll come in [to the recording setup on the tour bus] and lay it down on this little keyboard here. It doubles as a drum set, which is weird, but it works. We put stuff together on the computer, and once we get into the actual studio in writing mode, then we go through all the stuff and decide what’s good and what sucks, or isn’t PAPA ROACH. It’s cool. There’s a lot of down time on tour, so it’s a good tool to keep it flowing so you’re not like stuck writing 15 to 20 songs for a record in 30 days. It’s really hard to do that.”

Palermo also spoke about a number of PAPA ROACH shows being canceled due to singer Jacoby Shaddix‘s vocal issues. “I don’t know if it’s worse for [the fans] or for us,” he said. “We pride ourselves on playing rock ‘n’ roll music live to people, and when something unfortunate like that happens, I know people who travel, like plane tickets, hotels, but you know, we’re also losing money. It’s not really about the money, though, it’s just, for us, you gotta take care of that and get it better so you have a career. Like last year, when we had to pull off of Uproar, it was so bad. We played three shows and then he just couldn’t sing anymore; he had to go in and get his voice operated on. It was that serious and that drastic. We just went through it again a little bit, but he didn’t have to get an operation, he just had to go on a little more strict vocal rest and got paired up with a new vocal coach that showed him different techniques than he’d been using.”

PAPA ROACH‘s latest album, “The Connection”, was re-released in Europe as a special tour edition on May 6 via Eleven Seven Music. The effort contains a bonus DVD of a concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles featuring performances of new songs as well as the band’s biggest hits, including “Still Swingin'”, “Give Me Back My Life”, “Before I Die”, “Last Resort” and “Between Angels & Insects”.

“The Connection” was produced by rock veteran James Michael (SIXX: A.M., HALESTORM) and John Feldmann (PANIC AT THE DISCO, THE USED, BLACK VEIL BRIDES). The CD sold 22,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at No. 17 on the Billboard album chart.

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Despite performing a “farewell” tour and insisting the band was being dissolved, Abigail Williams apparently hasn’t bothered with any actual down time before getting to work on a new album and follow-up to “Becoming” (reviewed here).

The band commented on Facebook: “New album coming in 2013… We are happy to announce that Ashley Ellyllon will rejoin Abigail Williams for our fourth full length album. Although we did not announce it or make it public she also worked on our last album ‘Becoming’ with us. Anyone with a CD booklet can see that though… wink wink.”

Further details on the upcoming post-”breakup” album and tour dates will be announced as they are made available.

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Molotov Solution has issued the following update about recording a new album:

“Hey, it’s Molotov Solution and we are here in the Machine Shop in New Jersey working on our Blkheart Group Debut. We have been working on the album since early this year and finally entered the studio to start tracking April 29th. We’ve been tracking for a solid two weeks now and are relieved to be this ahead of schedule and having it sound this much to our liking!

“Immediately once we got here drums were on the agenda. Jake flew through the percussions in just two days. Even though we had our entire album finished in pre-production, our Producer, Will Putney, has us on a healthy regiment of tracking.

“Once the drums were done with, we enjoyed a nice day off afterwards in preparation for tracking guitar and bass. For Richie and Robbie, the tones for both of these were so crucial from the start. So after Richie came back from visiting home for a bit, we had dialed in a tone. The result was a satisfying layering of heavy, yet clear and distinguishable touch on the tones for our drop G and drop E tunings. In addition to the Mesa, Peavey and Diezel heads for rhythm tones, we have been performing overdubs and leads using Fractal Audio’s Axe-Fx.

“Tomorrow Nick starts tracking vocals, which he is extremely ready and excited for! Since the recording of the Harbinger, he has been working greatly not only on his voice and delivery but also his lyrics. Much surprise is to be had on them and the end result will no doubt be crushing!

“With little down time we have, we explore New Jersey and attempt to see some of our friends while we are here. Basically that’s all we have been up to the last half of the month and it’s been amazing! We’re very excited to finish this bad boy and share with all of you.”

You can also check out a video teaser for the new album at this location.

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Since 2003, my friends and I have frequented the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival without missing a year…until 2011. I have seen some amazing performances, comebacks, first performances at Metalfest, and as a result, it was the go to festival in the North East. However, for the last couple of years, I have noticed a gradual decline in the quality of the festival, with it being marked by heavy doses of scene-related standouts like Emmure, the entirety of the deathcore scene, Iwrestledabearonce, etc. The inclusion of mainstream metal and hardcore music isn’t surprising to me, as Scott Lee (one of the founders of Metalfest) and his cohorts, have always been leaders in promoting up and comers. I may not enjoy all the bands Scott has put together in the past, but what kept me and my friends going, was the knowledge that if we didn’t like one band, there would always be bands that we really wanted to hear, or some acts that sparked our curiosity. If there was some down time, no problem, we could make a run to grab a beer or go grab some lunch, this is the nature of the festival scene, you aren’t supposed to spend all 12 hours a day glued to each and every band. Last year should have been the straw that broke the camel’s back for me, but the headliners saved the show from being completely drowned out by a torrent of deathcore. This year, with the likes of Attack Attack! (as headliners nonetheless), A Bullet For Pretty Boy, Dr. Acula, *insert deathcore/slam band here* and Hatebreed, Job For A Cowboy and BTBAM headlining…again, amongst other bands that have played time and time again, I couldn’t bring myself to go. Where is the originality Scott? Why must the festival devote an entire day to scenester bullshit that legit metal and hardcore fans (you know, the ones that have frequented the festival for years?) could care less about?

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that Friday’s line up was legit in terms of hardcore with the re-uniting of Blood For Blood and the original line-up of Bury Your Dead amongst other quality acts (Trapped Under Ice anyone?). It’s been awhile since Metalfest provided a real, quality helping of back to back hardcore, new and old, featured on the main stage. With that said though, this is the Metal AND Hardcore Festival, not the “Let’s Throw Scene BS on Thurs, Hardcore on Friday and Metal on Saturday” Festival. I respect Scott for pulling out all the stops for the hardcore community, but now me, primarily a metal fan, am reduced to attending Saturday only, whereas in previous years, I’d always buy weekend long passes for all days. Now though, there’s no diversity, I have nothing to look forward to. So Saturday would be my only option, but Saturday is loaded with bands that have played this festival so many damn times. Yeah, there are some stand outs that I would have liked to have seen like Lazarus A.D., Cephalic Carnage, Dying Fetus and Withered, but I am not going to attend a “festival” to see a handful of bands on one day. In a word, it’s a waste.

I actually had the opportunity last month to speak with Scott on the phone about this very festival after I told him about my displeasure with this year’s line up. I won’t get into what was discussed as it was a casual conversation and not an interview, but while I respected the man for facing up to his criticisms and wanting to hear me out, I just wasn’t satisfied with the answers I was given. Now, Scott doesn’t have to answer to me, clearly he knows the ins and outs of this festival far better than I do, as an attendee, but as a paying customer, I wanted to voice my dis-satisfaction then, as I am doing now, because what once was a fantastic yearly getaway, has turned into a tide of partisan musical tastes, with a complete ignorance to the rest of the wonderful local, national and international artists that are burgeoning, which may not fit into the tidy, convenient stereotypes of the mainstream aggressive music scene that Lee tends to covet.

I’ll be honest, I thought I’d be disappointed when this weekend rolled around that I wouldn’t be attending this year, but I’m really not. Maybe next year will hold some surprises, but unlike previous years, I won’t be waiting in anticipation.

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Machine Head have had some great tours recently, including gigs opening for Metallica and Slipknot, but behind the scenes the members have had some serious problems. In Europe, frontman Robb Flynn nearly quit and flew home following endless fights with bassist Adam Duce. Guitarist Phil Demmel suffered recurrent health problems that caused him to pass out without warning, sometimes in the middle of a gig; and after one such incident, he awoke to find out his father had died.

In a moment of down time following the end of the U.S. Metallica tour, Flynn talked openly with HeadbangersBlog.com about how he and Duce have begun therapy to work out their differences, the illness that has haunted Demmel since he was in Vio-Lence in the late ’80s, Machine Head’s upcoming DVD and the incredible power of perseverance. Click here to download the podcast.

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