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Linkin Park: game for it

Linkin Park have been locked in the studio working on a new studio album, and it looks like it’s packing a few surprises.

The band announced earlier this year that they were getting cracking on the follow-up to 2012′s Living Things, with Mike Shinoda recently suggesting that we might see it surface by the time they rock up to Download in June.

Now guitarist Brad Delson says that shred-happy LP warriors (erm, are there any of those?) will be very satisfied with the way the new opus is turning out.

“There’s a lot of guitar solos on the album!” he tells Music Radar. “And this is from someone who was quoted early on as saying I hated them. Not that I hated them as a listener; I just don’t want to play any; I shirked guitar solos. Early on, I felt as though the songs we were making aesthetically didn’t want them. This new batch of songs, to me, always want solos. I feel like every song has one.”

Brad also explained why the band decided to drop a new single so soon after announcing that they were in the studio, noting: “We wanted to get music out sooner than later. The timing just felt right with this song. We finished two songs relatively early in the process, and Guilty All The Same seems to inform the spirit of the record. For us, it’s the perfect lead offering to set the tone for the album as a whole.”

Expect that album to land around summer time. In the mean time, catch the rock heavyweights playing their seminal Hybrid Theory debut in full at Download in June.

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Swedish melodic death metal icons Scar Symmetry will return to the North American continent once again in November/December for “The Unseen Empire” North American Tour 2012. Comments guitarist Per Nilsson:

“It is with great joy that we can finally make it official: next month we’ll return to North America for our very first North American headlining tour! No more thirty or forty minute sets; this time you will get the full monty – a set-list jampacked with songs from all our albums, and we might even throw in a few surprises!

“Along with us, we’re bringing melodeath super virtuosos Threat Signal, progressive masterminds Stealing Axion, and space deathcore aficionados Lord of War. It’s gonna be a shredfest!”

The specific tour routing is expected to be released soon. Stay tuned for further details.

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Green Day had a few surprises for their UK fans over the weekend.

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Hungarian act Ektomorf will release new album “Black Flag” on August 31st, 2012. The cover artwork and track listing are available below, and Ektomorf also commented:

“To make ‘The Acoustic’ album was a great experience for Ektomorf. I’m still very happy with what we created and I want to thank all Ektomorf fans for supporting us. But now with the new album we go back to the heavy stuff. The tons-of-bricks sound that is typical Ektomorf, but with a few surprises here and there. The new album will be entitled ‘Black Flag’ and is set to be released on August 31st.”

01 War Is My Way
02. Unscarred
03. The Cross
04. Cut It Out
05. Black Flag
06. Private Hell
07. 12 Angels
08. Enemy
09. Fuck Your God
10. Never Surrender
11. Sick Love
12. Feel Like This
13. Kill It
14. The Pretender (bonus track)

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Symphonic/gothic act Leaves’ Eyes has confirmed that the band will play Wacken 2012 in August. The band posted the following announcement on its Facebook page:

We are proud to announce that LEAVES’ EYES will be playing WACKEN OPEN AIR 2012!

The amazing Viking Battleship is setting sail to go ashore directly on the stage at this year’s edition of Wacken Open Air.

Expect an epic show with a breathtaking stage decoration and quite a few surprises!!

LEAVES’ EYES will be the main act at the Party Stage on friday the third of August!

Vocalist Liv Kristine commented on the upcoming perfoemance:

I can’t wait to play in Wacken again, our Viking ship heading northwards to make a fantastic show for you! Wacken has always been and will always be an amazing, unforgettable experience to me; the loud, crazy audience from all over the planet, the first-class Wacken crew, and all those memories that goes under you skin. Thank you, Wacken, for having us!

Vocalist Alex Krull also commented:

We are proud to be back with our Viking ship at Wacken and play for our friends and fans at the biggest Metal Open Air worldwide! There has always been a special connection between our bands and our friends at Wacken! See you under the Northern flag, my friends!

A trailer for the appearance can be seen here:

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Symphonic/gothic act Leaves’ Eyes has confirmed that the band will play Wacken 2012 in August. The band posted the following announcement on its Facebook page:

We are proud to announce that LEAVES’ EYES will be playing WACKEN OPEN AIR 2012!

The amazing Viking Battleship is setting sail to go ashore directly on the stage at this year’s edition of Wacken Open Air.

Expect an epic show with a breathtaking stage decoration and quite a few surprises!!

LEAVES’ EYES will be the main act at the Party Stage on friday the third of August!

Vocalist Liv Kristine commented on the upcoming perfoemance:

I can’t wait to play in Wacken again, our Viking ship heading northwards to make a fantastic show for you! Wacken has always been and will always be an amazing, unforgettable experience to me; the loud, crazy audience from all over the planet, the first-class Wacken crew, and all those memories that goes under you skin. Thank you, Wacken, for having us!

Vocalist Alex Krull also commented:

We are proud to be back with our Viking ship at Wacken and play for our friends and fans at the biggest Metal Open Air worldwide! There has always been a special connection between our bands and our friends at Wacken! See you under the Northern flag, my friends!

A trailer for the appearance can be seen here:

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In 2004, Stevan Mena piqued the horror scene with Malevolence, a searing indie venture reportedly made on credit cards. Now the little indie venture that could has been expanded with Bereavement, a prequel offering us a garish look into the brutal microcosm which proverbially reared Martin, the unfeeling butcher of Malevolence.

Kidnapped as a child by another tortured soul and exposed to a savage underbelly within a Pennsylvania slaughterhouse, Martin’s desensitized homicidal tendencies is unraveled methodically in Bereavement, the second of three planned films by Mena centered around this inhuman killer. I had the opportunity to catch up with the writer, director and producer to gain some more insight into Bereavement’s cryptic narrative.

Bereavement is, of course, your prequel to Malevolence in which you’ve painted a bloody abstract of Martin and how he came to be the savage killer in the latter movie. In the process, Bereavement comes off as more of a standalone film, particularly if a casual viewer is unaware of the tie-in between both films. Certainly this was your intent, to be able to lure audiences who know the thread and those who don’t?

Sure, I think the film has a few surprises even for those who have seen Malevolence and kind of know what is going to happen. But I definitely wanted the film to be able to stand on its own.

I understand you originally had more than three hours worth of footage for Bereavement. What was the hardest scenes for you to cut and do you feel the film was compromised in any way having to trim down to an hour forty?

That is a myth created by an interview where an exaggeration was taken out of context. The film was never anywhere near three hours, and no, I think the film is exactly where it needs to be, and anything that was deleted needed to go. I think they re great scenes, in fact one was so good it was distracting from the main plotline, so it had to go.

A lot of folks are bringing up Friday the 13th and Halloween by means of comparison to both Malevolence and Bereavement. In the case of this film, I’m feeling a bit of Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre and of course, the Ed Gein case more so than the others. I’ve seen a quote that you feel Bereavement is closer to The Shining. How so?

Comparing Bereavement to Texas Chainsaw is like comparing Unforgiven to The Searchers simply because they both wore cowboy hats. Bereavement is a complex, layered film about cycles of violence, the nature of evil, family dysfunction, horrific violence and the effects of that violence told in a realistic way. Texas also has a slaughterhouse, but that is where the comparison ends–except for maybe dysfunctional families. I feel it’s closer to The Shining because of the way I approached the dramatic elements of the story: the small child caught in the middle of all that violence, and how he deals with it, the paternal figure and the abuse, and the boy’s ultimate triumph over the father. The sweeping vistas, the overall scope of the film, the complex narrative, I think are more reminiscent of The Shining than Texas. I’m a huge fan of both of those classics, and have watched each dozens of times.

What’s particularly creepy about Bereavement is the bloody mentoring Martin receives via Brett Rickaby’s Graham Sutter. There’s a fine line in telling this story regarding which character’s degeneracy should deliver more impact, since Graham is tormented by his own demons, which he passes on to Martin. Martin, of course, is beyond feeling physical pain and his inhibitions finally explode in the finale and carry forth in Malevolence. As creator of these murderous beings in both films, is Martin or Graham more reprehensible, in your mind?

Graham, although a victim because of his upbringing, is far more reprehensible. He chose this road in a misguided bid to assuage his own guilt, and only through an epiphany of his own pain and suffering does he realize he’s been deceived by himself, and he does regret his actions. Whereas Martin was pulled into this world, and unlike Sutter, wasn’t given a choice. However, Martin, in actuality, is the ultimate evil. His inability to feel pain, and therefore, empathize with his victims suffering, is actually the most dangerous of the two. Martin truly is a cold blooded killer, because he literally doesn’t feel one way or the other about it. It’s just what he does. No remorse.

Having a pair of twins (Spencer and Peyton List) play in Bereavement had to have been quite an adventure, given the general nature of twin rivalries. Both of the siblings exhibited tremendous maturity in this film, but how do you recall them interacting off-camera, amongst themselves and with the rest of the cast?

Total professionals. Fantastic, talented kids. Both have a bright future ahead of them. I’d work with either one of them again in a second. I don’t have enough superlatives to say about them or their work ethic–at 9 years old then.

The brutal things Spencer List had to submit himself to in the role of Martin really shows immense maturity on his part. Scenes of torture, disemboweling, screaming women, blood cascading into his face and the knife in the hand scene really push the envelope for the viewer, yet I can only imagine what that child must’ve been thinking during the filming of Bereavement. I’m sure you’ve experienced older actors unwilling to submit themselves to what that young man did, right?

Spencer kept asking for more blood. Spencer kept begging for me to let him kill his sister on camera. He had more fun than any of us. We were all worried about the time, getting the shot. He was just having a ball. It may look frightening on camera, but to him it was just pure fun. It only looks scary after all the sound and music are added. On the set it’s all fake, and no one is deceived of that.

Have you had to field any backlash from parent groups or child advocacy groups for the aforementioned scenes Spencer List portrays?

No, I wish! Our tiny film could use the publicity! In the end, it’s only a movie, and sanity wins out, but in the interim, that crap makes for great publicity!

(laughs) Tell me about working with Alexandra Daddario. You have so many leads and strong secondary characters despite a relatively small cast. A lot of this film was carried on her shoulders in bringing an outside story into the main thread where her shattered world collides with an even more shattered world. Alexandra brought a cautious sexuality to the story which turns her character Allison from rebellious, hormonal outsider into a would-be heroine. What would you think was the hardest dimension to Alexandra’s portrayal to keep Allison an integral part of the plot?

Keeping perspective on the level of emotion. She could have played Allison as a depressed kid where things just get worse and worse, but she was able to balance the emotion and keep Allison’s character from drifting too dark too soon. And to keep the character grounded so the audience could get invested, and not just to feel sorry for her, to see her many sides. There’s plenty of time to feel sorry for her later.

As a parent, I would say the opening sequence of Bereavement unnerved me even more than the graphic butchery. You established the film’s true, underscored horror zone by Martin’s kidnapping. It had me thinking of the local news P.S. announcement “It’s 11:00, do you know where your children are?” Does the premise you’ve established with Bereavement ever strike home with you at all?

Of course, it’s a common human fear, and it establishes the reality of where the film is coming from. I write about things I think are scary and uncomfortable to me.

It’s been reported that Malevolence and Bereavement are part of a planned trilogy. Where do you plan on taking us next, since we’ve been throttled quite mercilessly already in these two films?

After Malevolence, Martin is on his own in the world. The third film chronicles his journey back home, and the “wonderful” reunion with his family.

Interview (c) 2011 Ray Van Horn, Jr.

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Weedeater has checked in with the following update about upcoming tour dates and the band’s set list:

“Hey again,

“We’ve been gearing up for this tour and are stoked to get back out there. We’re working on a set that will include ‘Jason…The Dragon’ in it’s entirety (minus the Barstul stuff) and plenty of old favorites too, maybe even a few surprises from the vaults of Weedmetal.

“There are a few places on this tour that we’ve never been to and several that we haven’t played in forever, and of course plenty more that we just can’t get enough of. We’ll have some new merch and a limited edition tour shirt that we’re pretty fond of. Also remember to save yourself a few bucks and get your tickets in advance here.

“Lastly, all you New Yorkers please make note that the Brooklyn NY show on Saturday Sept 10th at Europa is an early show. Doors are at 6pm and we’ll be on stage at 9pm. That’s it for right now; see you all soon.”

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Tribunal has checked in with the following update regarding the band’s new vocalist after the dismissal of ex-Iced Earth vocalist John Greely:

“Hello brothers and sisters, time for the best and biggest update of 2011 for Tribunal! It is official, Tribunal is proud to announce our new lead vocalist, New Jersey native Sonny Zackeo! After many months of literally searching worldwide and sifting through many, many qualified candidates (including some already known vocalists), we made the decision to bring in Sonny for a live face to face audition with the band so we could get to meet and hang out.

“We were more than satisfied within a few minutes of meeting Sonny. With incredible talent, the most professional of attitudes and outlooks, and an awesome personality Sonny will be out in front of Tribunal bringing the metal as only we do. Sonny will be entering the studio to lay down his vocals on some of the songs already posted. Once completed we are going to pull the songs down off the page and repost the new demo versions with Sonny’s vocals added. In addition to the Tribunal songs Sonny will be recording, we have decided to throw in a few surprises as well!

“Keep tuned over the next few weeks as we will be posting a report soon as the recording starts!”

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