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U.K.’s Total Guitar magazine recently conducted an interview with KORN guitarists James “Munky” Shaffer and “Brian “Head” Welch. You can now watch the chat below.

KORN‘s 11th studio album, “The Paradigm Shift”, is the first to feature original Welch in more than eight years. Welch rejoined the group permanently earlier this year after leaving in 2005.

KORN will release “The Paradigm Shift” on October 8. A deluxe edition will feature two bonus tracks and a documentary DVD called “Reconciliation”.

In an interview with AltSounds, KORN singer Jonathan Davis was asked if “The Paradigm Shift” was the band’s way of trying to appease KORN‘s hardcore fans after the dubstep influence on the last CD. “We wanted to do what we do best,” he said. “Yes, we love our fans, but we’re not trying to make the same record over and over. Sure, when we write certain parts we say to each other, ‘The fans are gonna go crazy here,’ but the fans that are the most vocal about it, if we paid attention to that all the time, we’d just be making the same thing over and over.”

Speaking about Welch‘s return to the group, Davis said: “It was good to have him back, and it opened up the opportunity for Head and Munky to do what they’re so good at. You know, playing off each other. So, it just clicked as if no time had passed. It was great to have our brother back again. With him being back and everything… it really worked.”

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The official lyric video for the song “Dead Man Breathing” from Connecticut hardcore/metal masters HATEBREED can be seen below. The track comes off the band’s latest album, “The Divinity Of Purpose”, which sold 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 20 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was made available on January 29 in North America via Razor & Tie and on January 25 in Europe through Nuclear Blast. The CD was co-produced by HATEBREED, Chris “Zeuss” Harris (SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL THAT REMAINS, SHADOWS FALL) and Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, AVENGED SEVENFOLD), with Wilbur also handling mixing duties. The cover artwork was created and illustrated by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS, GWAR).

In a recent interview with PureGrainAudio.com, guitarist Frank Novinec stated about the musical direction of “The Divinity Of Purpose”: “We are a universal band like MOTÖRHEAD, where we appeal to rock, metal and hardcore fans, and we feel that we can step outside of our boundaries at times. We did that about as much as we wanted to on the last record and some people were into it and some people weren’t, but there were some great songs in there. I think, definitely, for this one, we wanted it more straightforward; more meat and potatoes. We are a band that has been around for a long time and it is really difficult to come up with something fresh, but I think we achieved that on ‘The Divinity Of Purpose’. More than anything, though, I am really proud at what a solid effort this record is from the beginning to the end.”

Regarding the cover artwork for “The Divinity Of Purpose”, Novinec said: “We had an artist who has done stuff for SODOM and TESTAMENT and others do this one for us. It was kind of a risk, because a lot of people thought, once they saw the cover, that the album was going to be really, really metal, and that is not the case at all. We wanted something different. We are open to different things and experimenting, and we certainly did that with this album cover, but when you look at it, it has the black-and-red classic HATEBREED look to it even though it is something new to us with the painting. I think it is real cool. This is an exciting time for us; everything from having a new album out, being on tour and the artwork.”

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On September 12, The Front Row Report conducted an interview with guitarist Frank Novinec of Connecticut hardcore/metal masters HATEBREED at The Vogue Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can now watch the chat below.

HATEBREED‘s new album, “The Divinity Of Purpose”, sold 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 20 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was made available on January 29 in North America via Razor & Tie and on January 25 in Europe through Nuclear Blast. The CD was co-produced by HATEBREED, Chris “Zeuss” Harris (SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL THAT REMAINS, SHADOWS FALL) and Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, AVENGED SEVENFOLD), with Wilbur also handling mixing duties. The cover artwork was created and illustrated by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS, GWAR) and can be seen below.

In a recent interview with PureGrainAudio.com, Novinec stated about the musical direction of “The Divinity Of Purpose”: “We are a universal band like MOTÖRHEAD, where we appeal to rock, metal and hardcore fans, and we feel that we can step outside of our boundaries at times. We did that about as much as we wanted to on the last record and some people were into it and some people weren’t, but there were some great songs in there. I think, definitely, for this one, we wanted it more straightforward; more meat and potatoes. We are a band that has been around for a long time and it is really difficult to come up with something fresh, but I think we achieved that on ‘The Divinity Of Purpose’. More than anything, though, I am really proud at what a solid effort this record is from the beginning to the end.”

Regarding the cover artwork for “The Divinity Of Purpose”, Novinec said: “We had an artist who has done stuff for SODOM and TESTAMENT and others do this one for us. It was kind of a risk, because a lot of people thought, once they saw the cover, that the album was going to be really, really metal, and that is not the case at all. We wanted something different. We are open to different things and experimenting, and we certainly did that with this album cover, but when you look at it, it has the black-and-red classic HATEBREED look to it even though it is something new to us with the painting. I think it is real cool. This is an exciting time for us; everything from having a new album out, being on tour and the artwork.”

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Radiosuicide Photography‘s RSPTV conducted an interview with drummer Matt Byrne of Connecticut hardcore/metal masters HATEBREED on August 9 at the Getaway Rock festival in Gävle, Sweden. You can now watch the chat below.

HATEBREED‘s new album, “The Divinity Of Purpose”, sold 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 20 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was made available on January 29 in North America via Razor & Tie and on January 25 in Europe through Nuclear Blast. The CD was co-produced by HATEBREED, Chris “Zeuss” Harris (SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL THAT REMAINS, SHADOWS FALL) and Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, AVENGED SEVENFOLD), with Wilbur also handling mixing duties. The cover artwork was created and illustrated by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS, GWAR) and can be seen below.

In a recent interview with PureGrainAudio.com, Novinec stated about the musical direction of “The Divinity Of Purpose”: “We are a universal band like MOTÖRHEAD, where we appeal to rock, metal and hardcore fans, and we feel that we can step outside of our boundaries at times. We did that about as much as we wanted to on the last record and some people were into it and some people weren’t, but there were some great songs in there. I think, definitely, for this one, we wanted it more straightforward; more meat and potatoes. We are a band that has been around for a long time and it is really difficult to come up with something fresh, but I think we achieved that on ‘The Divinity Of Purpose’. More than anything, though, I am really proud at what a solid effort this record is from the beginning to the end.”

Regarding the cover artwork for “The Divinity Of Purpose”, Novinec said: “We had an artist who has done stuff for SODOM and TESTAMENT and others do this one for us. It was kind of a risk, because a lot of people thought, once they saw the cover, that the album was going to be really, really metal, and that is not the case at all. We wanted something different. We are open to different things and experimenting, and we certainly did that with this album cover, but when you look at it, it has the black-and-red classic HATEBREED look to it even though it is something new to us with the painting. I think it is real cool. This is an exciting time for us; everything from having a new album out, being on tour and the artwork.”

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Canadian metalcore act Obey The Brave is now streaming the band’s Epitaph debut in full with plans to release the album, “Young Blood,” on August 28th. Fans can stream the album through Altpress.com here. The following press release was issued about the album:

“The new album contains eleven tracks of pure adrenaline – charged hardcore, sure to please both metal diehards and hardcore fans alike. Tracks like ‘Get Real,’ which features Terror’s Scott Vogel on guest vocals, pay homage to ‘90s hardcore while peppering in more modern elements like massive metalcore breakdowns and an always-driving beat. ‘Time For A Change,’ while still including hardcore staples like riotous gang vocals and another of the album’s brick-and-mortar breakdowns, showcases some smooth lead lines during its more melodic outro.

“‘Live and Learn,’ the album’s first single, is a well-rounded representation of Obey The Brave’s bare bones, progressing from blistering double-kick blasts throughout its opening verse to some tasty breakdowns and another rather musical outro that adds an extra dimension to an otherwise relentless track.”

Fans can pre-order the album by going to this location, and the band’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:

8/20 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
8/21 Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
8/22 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
8/24 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
8/25 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
8/26 Dallas, TX @ Palladium
8/27 McAllen, TX @ Pharr Events Center

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Harley Flanagan, who founded the legendary hardcore band the CRO-MAGS at the age of 14 and toured with the band for some twenty years, was arrested in New York City on July 6 on charges of attacking several members of the new CRO-MAGS lineup during the CBGB Festival.

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According to BoweryBoogie.com, a hardcore show featuring Sick of it All, Cro-Mags and Vision Of Disorder, had to be cancelled tonight when Harley Flanagan, founding bass player of the Cro-Mags, reportedly entered the VIP Lounge with a knife and stabbed a man in the chest. An excerpt of events reads as follows:

“Cops quickly appeared and took him away in cuffs. Not before he had already stabbed some dude in the chest (said victim left the scene with a bandage over the wound). Because of the violence the rest of the show was canceled. The remaining bands promised to reschedule the show. To be fair, Webster Hall security contained the situation professionally. Lots of drunken, pissed off hardcore fans were on edge after the cops shut down the show, but the scene was cleared without further incident.”

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Kiss

You’ve seen the gig, got the T shirt, the action figures, the official wine, the Visa card, the lighters… and probably the pinball machine too, but now for really hardcore fans, you can spend all eternity shrouded in the glory of Kiss in this official urn! (more…)

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Eden’s Curse has posted the following update online;

“Yes, it’s true my friends …. anything can and will happen! The ‘Curse has nailed the opening slot for the Dream Theater shows in July. We look towards the future with our friends in Dream Theater, as they prepare their U.K. return, with a show that will blow minds and speakers!! An evening of metal delights will never sound better to metal supporters everywhere!! Dream Theater is back and the ‘Curse is ready to kick some ass with their hardcore fans in the U.K., and our fans? They know what’s coming. PREPARE!”

Dream Theater’s U.K. dates include;
July 22 – Leeds Academy – Leeds, UK
July 23 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall – Wolverhampton, UK

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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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