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Rock Science TV recently conducted an interview with Duff McKagan (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER, LOADED, WALKING PAPERS). You can now watch the chat below.

WALKING PAPERS, the much-buzzed-about new band featuring rock luminaries Duff McKagan, Barrett Martin (SCREAMING TREES, MAD SEASON), Jeff Angell and Benjamin Anderson (both of THE MISSIONARY POSITION) recently signed with Loud & Proud Records for the release of its self-titled debut.

Recorded in Seattle and mixed by veteran producer Jack Endino (SOUNDGARDEN, NIRVANA, MUDHONEY), “Walking Papers” features a guest appearance by PEARL JAM guitarist Mike McCready, who played on lead single “The Whole World’s Watching” and “I’ll Stick Around”.

Guitarist/vocalist Jeff Angell and drummer Barrett Martin formed the band last year and played their first shows in Seattle as a duo. They became a trio with the addition of Duff McKagan and a quartet when keyboardist Benjamin Anderson joined the fray. Angell and Martin also served as the album’s co-producers.

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NEWSTED — the new band featuring former METALLICA, VOIVOD and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Newsted and STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok — began filming a video for the song “King Of The Underdogs” on Monday, September 16 in Oakland, California. Directing the clip once again is Leon Melas, who previously helmed NEWSTED‘s video for the track “Soldierhead”.

In a recent interview with Revolver magazine, Newsted stated about the lyrical inspiration for “King Of The Underdogs”: “‘King Of The Underdogs’ is kind of a personal thing almost. It’s, like, the highest rated of the underrated. I think people are rooting for me to win as they do with underdogs.”

“King Of The Underdogs” is featured on NEWSTED‘s debut album, “Heavy Metal Music”, which sold nearly 8,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 40 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was made available on August 6 in North America via Chophouse Records/Collective Sounds and August 5 in Europe through Spinefarm Records. Jason told Billboard.com the 11-song album was very similar to the band’s debut EP, “Metal”, which opened with around 6,200 units to debut at No. 62. “The EP was always intended to be the primer, a sampler of what was to come on the LP,” he said. “It’s all metal all the time. It’s not all fast, but it is all heavy.”

Regarding how the material for NEWSTED‘s debut album came together, Jason told Loudwire: “It started out as my seeds for the first eleven songs that I made on my GarageBand thing. I wrote all the tracks — guitars, bass, drums, everything and gave them to Jessie [Farnsworth, guitar] and Jesus [Mendez Jr., drums] and had them go learn it, put their artistry on it and so it was collaborative in that way for the first batch. Like the four songs on the EP came from that initial eleven, so that’s how those songs went. Each day as we get deeper into the songs, the collaboration gets deeper as well. I have come a long way from my tunnel vision of ‘Only my ideas are good enough’ bullshit, and I’m a lot more open to everyone’s ideas and the artistry of each person to make it what it is. And three heads is better than one and that kind of thing. So it has become more collaborative as we go. I’ve written ten more since that time in October last year and a few of them have made their way onto this LP now. Once again, they were all my seeds, but now that we have Mike Mushok in the band and I give the music to all three of those guys, now I have three great artists bringing back their responses and their counterpoint playing to my ideas, so it’s becoming more and more collaborative every day and on this LP there will be shared writing credits on at least half of the songs with the writing credits now.”

“Heavy Metal Music” track listing:

01. Heroic Dose
02. Soldierhead
03. …As The Crow Flies
04. Ampossible
05. Long Time Dead
06. Above All
07. King Of The Underdogs
08. Nocturnus
09. Twisted Tail Of The Comet
10. Kindevillusion
11. Futureality

NEWSTED took part in this year’s edition of Gigantour, the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. Also appearing on the bill were headliners MEGADETH, along with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, DEVICE, HELLYEAH and DEATH DIVISION.

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In a brand new interview with Grammy.com, guitarist John Petrucci of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER spoke about what fans can expect from the band’s forthcoming, self-titled album, which is set for release on September 24 via Roadrunner Records.

“I think it’s really hard to describe music without alienating somebody,” he said. “You can say that this album sounds a lot heavier, and people would say that sucks. Some people might be really happy about that. Or you could say it’s a lot more melodic, and people could get mad like you said. To me, that mentality where it’s one or the other drives me nuts.

“To give you an example as a guitar player, there has always been this argument, like these two sides where guitar players can only be technical or play with feeling; it’s one or the other. But to me, that makes no sense whatsoever. My favorite guitar players have both. Just because you have developed the craft on your instrument doesn’t mean that you don’t have the ability to be expressive emotionally on that instrument, or vice versa. Just because something is melodic or catchy doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have depth and substance and progressive sensibilities. Just because something is very technical or heavy doesn’t mean that it’s not melodic. You know what I mean? To me, it’s not one or the other. That’s part of the progressive spirit, that’s part of the spirit of DREAM THEATER — we try to keep all of those elements in mind when we write.”

Petrucci also discussed how involving drummer Mike Mangini in the writing process for the first time affected the sound of the new album.

“[Mike] was amazing in the studio,” Petrucci said.

“After getting to know him and recording [our previous studio album] ‘A Dramatic Turn Of Events’ with him [and] then going on tour for 15 months, we spent so much time together as a band and played so many shows, we really got to know Mike Mangini, the person and the drummer. So by the time he got to the studio with us [again], everybody was comfortable and relaxed. We had this incredible musical chemistry, and because of that, it was just a real natural and creative environment. He was able to come in, not as the new guy anymore, but as an established guy and share his ideas in a really respectful way and help us take the music even further.

Mike can do things on the drums that, really, nobody else can do, so when we’re writing stuff and want to take something even further, he’s right there along with us pushing it. He has a ton of great creative ideas and input. His drum performances brought a lot of spontaneity to the album. Things that you’re hearing were things that we were capturing when we were writing. He’s that good.”

Drummer Mike Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM THEATER more than 27 years ago, abruptly quit the band in September 2010 while on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD.

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David E. Gehlke of DeadRhetoric.com recently conducted an interview with bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker of reactivated British extreme-metal pioneers CARCASS. An excerpt from the second part of the chat follows below.

DeadRhetoric.com: The albatross over the [new CARCASS album, “Surgical Steeel”] album is [guitarist] Mike [Amott] not being involved. Had he been involved, do you think the album would be even more melodic than what it already is?

Walker: It’s very hypothetical, isn’t it? What do people think this melody is? Are they referring to the dual guitars on “Granulating Dark Satanic Mills”? That’s not melody in itself. If you go back even to “Reek”, there’s melody. There’s not twin-guitar harmonies, but it’s there. Do I think there would have been any more melody? I don’t know, but the reality is, Mike is not on the album. I think, credit where credit is due, Mike definitely brought something to “Necroticism” and “Heartwork”, but with all due respect, he’s got a lot of mileage and credit if we were to analyze the situation, some of it would be quite unfair to Bill [Steer, CARCASS guitarist]. Things are credited that are actually Bill‘s at the end of the day.

DeadRhetoric.com: Just reference some songs on “Swansong”, like “Child’s Play”. That’s melodic, and all Bill.

Walker: You can’t take away from what Mike contributed on the leads — it’s fantastic, and a breath of fresh air when juxtaposed to Bill‘s playing. But there are a lot of leads that are on “Heartwork” that people assume are Mike, but it’s Bill. There’s one moment on the new album on “Granulating Dark Satanic Mills” and Bill plays this lick and we’re like “Hmmmmm…” Even Bill was like, “Uh, okay.” Even after, when having a drink, he goes “Hang on, that’s like my lead from ‘Heartwork’.” I think a lot of people are downloading music and not reading the credits. Like I said — I didn’t want to take anything away from Mike Amott and his contributions to CARCASS, but I do think people have ran with it.

DeadRhetoric.com: He’s now a high-profile name, so that’s probably why.

Walker: He is, and he’s proven himself to be better than me and Bill when it comes to running with the ARCH ENEMY thing. People can think, “Look at Bill and Jeff — they’ve had no success when it comes to running a melodic death metal band,” so it’s understandable. If you’re asking what Mike could have brought, I’m not sure. How many albums has ARCH ENEMY done?

DeadRhetoric.com: I think they’re up to eight or nine.

Walker: Some people ask if I’m missing Mike‘s riff or leads, my response is “There’s eight fucking albums to go off of.” [laughs]

DeadRhetoric.com: Are you slowly working through the process with people in terms of what the reasons for him not being involved are? I think it’s clear now.

Walker: Not really. For example, we did some gigs in South America, [and] his name wasn’t mentioned once. These interviews, it depends on the people asking the questions know anything about the band, or they’re just Mike Amott fanboys. What’s annoying slightly, it’s hard to choose your words carefully, because no matter what you say, when it’s in black or white and in print, it can look nasty. There’s no real… problem either way. I’m happy with the album and I don’t think it’s missing Mike. I don’t think it would have benefited with him playing on it, and I don’t mean it bitterly. We did talk about getting another guitarist involved, but Bill never really showed any interest. Bill wanted to do this to prove he’s kind of the daddy when it comes to CARCASS. If we were very cynical, it would have been great to have Mike involved, never mind the fact the man sales-wise, has a large fanbase. The guy is practically a rock star in Japan, and that’s not an exaggeration. He’s a Marty Friedman character there, but it’s also important for us to set the history straight, you know?

Read the entire interview at DeadRhetoric.com.

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Stockholm, Sweden-based rockers DYNAZTY have inked a deal with Spinefarm Records. The band’s fourth album, tentatively titled “Renatus”, will be released in early 2014. The CD was recorded at The Abyss studios in Dalarna, Sweden with producer Jonas Kjellgren SCAR SYMMETRY, CENTINEX, WORLD BELOW).

DYNAZTY recently announced the addition of bassist Jonathan Olsson to the group’s ranks. The band said: A beast of a bass player, a fantastic person and a great singer, he now completes our lineup and the next step that we take towards a new horizon.”

Bassist Joel Fox Apelgren left DYNAZTY in April because he could “no longer give the band 110% of [his] devotion.”

DYNAZTY released its third album, “Sultans Of Sin”, in February 2012. The CD was produced by Peter Tägtgren at The Abyss studio and was the band’s first to feature guitarist Mike Lavér, who joined DYNAZTY in November 2011.

DYNAZTY took part in last year’s edition of Melodifestivalen, the Swedish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest, with the song “Land Of Broken Dreams”.

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Long-running U.S. metallers RIOT will release an as-yet-untitled new album in 2014 via SPV/Steamhammer (in North America and Europe) and Avalon/Marquee (Asia). The band will enter the studio in December to begin recording its first studio CD without guitarist and founding member Mark Reale, who died in January 2012 in a San Antonio hospital due to complications of Crohn’s disease — an ailment he had battled for most of his life. He was 56 years old.

Although no decision has yet been made on the matter, RIOT bassist Donnie Van Stavern has revealed that the group’s new album may be issued under a different band name — presumably in recognition of the fact that Reale was RIOT‘s only remaining original member prior to his passing.

Reale spent most of his life working and performing while enduring almost constant pain and the side effects of treatment for Crohn’s disease. He was in Texas bravely attempting to practice for the shows, but was felled by a severe onset of Crohn’s symptoms, leaving him in the Intensive Care Unit at an undisclosed facility. Mark was struggling with these symptoms throughout the production of RIOT‘s last album, “Immortal Soul”, and guitarist Mike Flyntz recorded a major portion of the guitars on the LP with Mark‘s creative direction while Reale was unable to perform.

In a September 2012 online posting, the surviving members of RIOT rejected claims that they were trying to cash in on Reale‘s death, writing, “RIOT has never really made lots of money — not even Mark. He lived with his parents until the day he passed. And we all have day jobs.

Mark was our brother. He lived with us and we took care of him up until his passing, and we are still deeply saddened by the death of a family member.”

They went on to say that Reale was “too shaky” to play anything but four rhythm tracks on the “Immortal Soul” album, leaving Flyntz to complete the work. “It did frustrate him,” they added. Nevertheless, “Mark was at the studio, and was pleased with how it was coming out — and was proud to call it a RIOT record.

Mark and his estate’s wishes were for us to go on, and most people want us to. We play songs we wrote or co-wrote, and play a few of Mark‘s songs in tribute to him and the early years… We’re all fans of the early stuff.”

“There are bands out there playing songs and performing with ONE original guy in the band and some didnt write any of the music — QUIET RIOT, GUNS N’ ROSES, GREAT WHITE now QUEENSRŸCHE! And, of course, THIN LIZZY (well, a couple of guys, but NOT Phil [Lynott]) but people come out to hear songs they love.

Mike Flyntz has been taking care of Mr. Reale [Mark‘s father] since Mark‘s death because [Mike] is like a son to him now.”

(Thanks: NJthrasher)

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“PermaWar”, the first music video from MINISTRY‘s upcoming studio album, “From Beer To Eternity”, can be seen below. The digital single is currently available exclusively in the iTunes store.

The “PermaWar” video is a amalgamation of provocative news images culled from World War Two, Viet Nam, Afghanistan and Iraq, and a bad acid trip. MINISTRY frontman Al Jourgensen is featured in the video portraying three different personalities, representing three different points of view on America’s repetition and persistence of war: the corrupt political leader, the predatory business man, and possibly most dangerous of all, the passive observer.

The “PermaWar” video was shot in July at Jourgensen‘s 13th Planet compound in El Paso, Texas, produced by Angelina Lukacin-Jourgensen and directed by filmmaker/animator Zach Passero whose credits include MINISTRY‘s “Lieslieslies”, “GhoulDiggers” and “99 Percenters”, REVCO‘s “Fire Engine”, and the feature film “Wicked Lake”.

MINISTRY‘s “From Beer To Eternity” is set for a September 10 release (AFM/13th Planet Records), and features the final studio recordings by longtime MINISTRY collaborator guitarist Mike Scaccia.

Sessions for what would become “From Beer To Eternity” began last December at Jourgensen‘s 13th Planet compound in El Paso, Texas, with Jourgensen (who produced the album, composed the music and wrote the lyrics for all 11 songs), guitarists Mike Scaccia and Sin Quirin, drummer Aaron Rossi and bassist Tony Campos. Rough tracks for 18 songs were finished on December 19, and three days later, the 47-year old Scaccia died from a heart attack he suffered onstage while playing a live show with his band RIGOR MORTIS in Dallas, Texas. Jourgensen, Quirin, Rossi and Campos were absolutely devastated.

“We have never, in the history of MINISTRY, ever had a tracking session like that before,” states Jourgensen. “Everything went so smoothly, it was surreal. And Mikey was so on fire and inspired, and really a driving force for this record.”

After returning from Scaccia‘s funeral in Dallas, and shouldering the weight of grief as well as the desire to honor his fallen comrade, Jourgensen locked himself in his studio with his engineer and co-producer Sammy D’Ambruoso for three excruciating months. “There was no choice,” Jourgensen says of the bittersweet production process. “During the tracking sessions, Mikey was smiling and going, ‘You know what, Al? This is by far and away the best MINISTRY album we’ve ever done together. This is awesome.’

“I’m super proud of ‘From Beer To Eternity’, because it’s my tribute to Mikey‘s incredible talent, and I feel it honors him and all of the years we spent together making music.”

From the schizophrenic opening cut, the sarcasm-dripping, sound effect-laden “Hail To His Majesty (Peasants)” to the thrash-punk riffs andbooming bass reverberations of “Punch In The Face”, to “Change Of Luck”, a song that Jourgensen wrote directly about Scaccia‘s death, “From Beer To Eternity” pulls no punches, sounding at once familiar, yet completely fresh and inspired. The release also includes “Side F/X Include Mikey’s Middle Finger / TV4”, which old-school MINISTRY fans will recognize as a continuum in a series of TV songs that began in the mid-1990s, and underscores Scaccia‘s birthright as one of the greatest metal guitarists in the world.




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Fan-filmed video footage of NEWSTED — the new band featuring former METALLICA, VOIVOD and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Newsted and STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok — performing this past Saturday (August 10) at the Heavy MTL festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada can be seen below.

NEWSTED‘s debut album, “Heavy Metal Music”, sold nearly 8,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 40 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was made available on August 6 in North America via Chophouse Records/Collective Sounds and August 5 in Europe through Spinefarm Records. Jason told Billboard.com the 11-song album was very similar to the band’s debut EP, “Metal”, which opened with around 6,200 units to debut at No. 62. “The EP was always intended to be the primer, a sampler of what was to come on the LP,” he said. “It’s all metal all the time. It’s not all fast, but it is all heavy.”

Regarding how the material for NEWSTED‘s debut album came together, Jason told Loudwire: “It started out as my seeds for the first eleven songs that I made on my GarageBand thing. I wrote all the tracks — guitars, bass, drums, everything and gave them to Jessie [Farnsworth, guitar] and Jesus [Mendez Jr., drums] and had them go learn it, put their artistry on it and so it was collaborative in that way for the first batch. Like the four songs on the EP came from that initial eleven, so that’s how those songs went. Each day as we get deeper into the songs, the collaboration gets deeper as well. I have come a long way from my tunnel vision of ‘Only my ideas are good enough’ bullshit, and I’m a lot more open to everyone’s ideas and the artistry of each person to make it what it is. And three heads is better than one and that kind of thing. So it has become more collaborative as we go. I’ve written ten more since that time in October last year and a few of them have made their way onto this LP now. Once again, they were all my seeds, but now that we have Mike Mushok in the band and I give the music to all three of those guys, now I have three great artists bringing back their responses and their counterpoint playing to my ideas, so it’s becoming more and more collaborative every day and on this LP there will be shared writing credits on at least half of the songs with the writing credits now.”

NEWSTED took part in this year’s edition of Gigantour, the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. Also appearing on the bill were headliners MEGADETH, along with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, DEVICE, HELLYEAH and DEATH DIVISION.



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“Heavy Metal Music”, the debut album from NEWSTED — the new band featuring former METALLICA, VOIVOD and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Newsted and STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok — sold nearly 8,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 40 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was made available on August 6 in North America via Chophouse Records/Collective Sounds and August 5 in Europe through Spinefarm Records. Jason told Billboard.com the 11-song album was very similar to the band’s debut EP, “Metal”, which opened with around 6,200 units to debut at No. 62. “The EP was always intended to be the primer, a sampler of what was to come on the LP,” he said. “It’s all metal all the time. It’s not all fast, but it is all heavy.”

Regarding how the material for NEWSTED‘s debut album came together, Jason told Loudwire: “It started out as my seeds for the first eleven songs that I made on my GarageBand thing. I wrote all the tracks — guitars, bass, drums, everything and gave them to Jessie [Farnsworth, guitar] and Jesus [Mendez Jr., drums] and had them go learn it, put their artistry on it and so it was collaborative in that way for the first batch. Like the four songs on the EP came from that initial eleven, so that’s how those songs went. Each day as we get deeper into the songs, the collaboration gets deeper as well. I have come a long way from my tunnel vision of ‘Only my ideas are good enough’ bullshit, and I’m a lot more open to everyone’s ideas and the artistry of each person to make it what it is. And three heads is better than one and that kind of thing. So it has become more collaborative as we go. I’ve written ten more since that time in October last year and a few of them have made their way onto this LP now. Once again, they were all my seeds, but now that we have Mike Mushok in the band and I give the music to all three of those guys, now I have three great artists bringing back their responses and their counterpoint playing to my ideas, so it’s becoming more and more collaborative every day and on this LP there will be shared writing credits on at least half of the songs with the writing credits now.”

“Heavy Metal Music” track listing:

01. Heroic Dose
02. Soldierhead
03. …As The Crow Flies
04. Ampossible
05. Long Time Dead
06. Above All
07. King Of The Underdogs
08. Nocturnus
09. Twisted Tail Of The Comet
10. Kindevillusion
11. Futureality

NEWSTED took part in this year’s edition of Gigantour, the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. Also appearing on the bill were headliners MEGADETH, along with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, DEVICE, HELLYEAH and DEATH DIVISION.



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“The Mike James Rock Show” conducted an interview with guitarist Mike Spreitzer of Californian metallers DEVILDRIVER at the Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held August 8-11 at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.

DEVILDRIVER‘s sixth album, “Winter Kills”, will be released on August 27 via Napalm Records. The instrumental parts for the CD were recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida while the vocals were laid down at Dez Fafara‘s home studio, with Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, ALL THAT REMAINS) handling production duties. The album’s cover artwork features a photograph by Dean Karr. The layout was done by Ryan Clark of Invisible Creature.

“Winter Kills” will be made available in four configurations, including a deluxe digibook with CD (including two bonus tracks, “Shudder” and “Back Down To The Grave”) and live DVD (featuring 45 minutes of live raw DEVILDRIVER power — no studio overdubs at all, just the band at their best — and including fan favorites “Clouds Over California” and “The Wretched”), standard CD version, digital version and, for the first time in DEVILDRIVER history, a 2LP gatefold edition.

“Winter Kills” is now available for pre-order on iTunes. Pre-ordering the album entitles you to an instant grat track download of “Ruthless”.

Exclusive pre-order bundle packages for “Winter Kills” are now available at IndieMerch.com. These bundle packages include designs and items that are unavailable anywhere else.

“Winter Kills” track listing:

01. The Oath
02. Ruthless
03. Desperate Times
04. Winter Kills
05. The Appetite
06. Gutted
07. Curses And Epitaph’s
08. Caring’s Overkill
09. Hunting Refrain
10. Tripping Over Tombstones
11. Sail
12. Shudder (deluxe-digibook bonus track)
13. Back Down To The Grave (deluxe-digibook bonus track)

“The Appetite” video can be seen below. The clip was directed by Dan Burke of PianoFight Films.

DEVILDRIVER previously worked with Lewis on 2011’s “Beast” and 2007’s “The Last Kind Words”.

Comments Fafara: “This is by far DEVILDRIVER‘s most cohesive, powerful, groove-laden record to date! We delivered our signature California groove sound alongside a raw and biting guitar tone, mixed it with massive hooks, added in thunderous drums to rethink, and reshape another different sounding unique piece of rock and roll!

“Cutting our own path is something to be proud of.

DEVILDRIVER has always and will forever be about thinking outside the box and delivering on something different from record to record. We cannot be assimilated into any scene or even genre of metal, and we will continue to do things our own way with a massive middle finger in the air to the status quo!”

Interview:

“The Appetite” video:



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