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Rock band SIXX: A.M. — which consists of bassist Nikki Sixx, guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael — is continuing work on material for its third album, tentatively due early next year.

In a brand new interview with Revolver magazine, Sixx — who has just embarked on a twelve-show residency with MÖTLEY CRÜE at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas — spoke about how the new CD is different about its predecessors. “When we did [our 2007 debut] ‘The Heroin Diaries’, it was the soundtrack to a book,” he said. “And when we did ‘This Is Gonna Hurt’, there was a lot of inspiration that drew from the photography in my book ‘This Is Gonna Hurt’ as well as the bandmembers’ personal experiences and how they related not only to the characters in the book, but what they’d gone through growing up. Without meaning to, it hinted at this whole concept of bullying. If you’re different than other people you’re made fun of and you’re made to believe you’ll never achieve your dreams. Loosely, that’s what ‘This is Gonna Hurt’ was about. We feel like between ‘The Heroin Diaries’ and ‘This is Gonna Hurt’, we’ve exposed a lot of wounds and we’ve talked about how to recover from them, but we haven’t had a chance to really celebrate. I think this album is a celebration.”

Asked if SIXX: A.M. took a different approach to writing the songs this time around, Sixx said: “We put a lot fewer restrictions on ourselves. We went into genres that you wouldn’t expect us to possibly be influenced by, but unless you know the bandmembers, you don’t know that there are all kinds of influences, especially from the ’70s and some of the great bands that came out of that era. So when we started writing, it was almost ridiculous. The songs were so left of center that you’re like, ‘These could never be on a record.’ We were creating something so different, and once we got the songs written, people said, ‘God, it reminds me of QUEEN‘s ‘Night At The Opera’ at times. It reminds me of EDGAR WINTER GROUP ‘Free Ride’ and these amazing things off of ‘They Only Come Out At Night’. There was still the drama and the texture that SIXX: A.M. brings, but there was this celebration happening. Then as we started layering in the guitars, bass, drums and vocals, you started to go, ‘Wow, this is a SIXX: A.M. album!’ But it started out as not.”

Sixx also spoke about whether he is concerned that the musical diversions won’t appeal to fans of the first two SIXX: A.M. albums.

“I think SIXX: A.M. fans are going to love this record and I think new people will come in and be really surprised by it and become fans as well,” he said. “I don’t think our first two records sound like the same type of record, but I do think there’s a sound with the band and I think we’re going to continue on that tradition.”

SIXX: A.M., made a rare appearance — its first in four years — on April 11, 2012 at Revolver Golden Gods Awards at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

As each band member has been kept busy with their other careers — Sixx is also the bassist for MÖTLEY CRÜE and a syndicated radio host; Ashba is currently touring with GUNS N’ ROSES; James Michael is a famed rock producer who is currently working on new records for PAPA ROACH, HALESTORM and others — this marked the band’s first chance to perform in support of their current album, “This Is Gonna Hurt”, which supplied the #1 rock anthem “Lies Of The Beautiful People”.

“7”, the latest EP from SIXX: A.M., came out in December 2011 and sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The effort contained acoustic versions of songs from the group’s first two albums — 2007’s “The Heroin Diaries” soundtrack and 2011’s “This Is Gonna Hurt”.

Released on May 3, 2011, SIXX: A.M.‘s sophomore album, “This Is Gonna Hurt” is a companion piece to Sixx‘s “This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx” book, a follow-up to his New York Times bestseller, “The Heroin Diaries”.

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Metal Covenant recently conducted an interview with guitarist Rob Cavestany of San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Metal Covenant: For me the [new DEATH ANGEL] album [“The Dream Calls For Blood”] is a typical DEATH ANGEL album. So what did you do to minimize repeats from your last album, “Relentless Retribution”?

Rob: I think we just had to only live the life that we lived since “Relentless Retribution” and that was enough to generate a different emotion and inspiration. We were on tour for three years straight. That alone, if anyone can imagine what that will do to you psychologically, being on tour for that long. You immediately think of what a blast, what a big party it’s been and, “You guys must be having a great time.” Which is true — it’s not like we’re fucking not having a great time. We love music and we love being on tour and playing in front of crowds and being surrounded by our other friends who are great musicians and great bands. But also there’s the other 22 hours of the day that you have to exist when you’re not on the stage. Just traveling and missing your family and friends. One day you’re fine and so happy and one day you just wake up and it’s just a long hard day to get through, that day. It’s always great to release it on stage, but you know, after a while it builds up and all this shit. You know, the dark side of all that, was the inspiration of the darker sides of the album and the good side of it is that we got really, really tight with our lineup, because we had a new bass player and a new drummer on the last album. After three years of living together and jamming with each other on almost every single day, we grew so much tighter together as friends and as musicians and as a unit. So that also is, I think, apparent in the difference of the fire of the last album and the playing of this album, so that’s happening in there.

Metal Covenant: So what about the album title [“The Dream Calls For Blood”]? What made you decide to go for it?

Rob: The title is basically our motto. It’s what we’re talking about, you know. In our point of view the dream being our band and keeping the band going and making music for your life. The blood is all the sacrifice and all hard work that goes into it and that’s the metaphor for that. It’s not only meant for music. It’s also meant for other people to relate in their own life and goals that they’re trying to achieve and the sacrifices that it takes to achieve these goals. And along with that, there’s also a tinge of aggression in there about other people that cut corners and don’t quite go through all the steps it takes to achieve the goal the right way. So there’s a little bit of a middle finger to those people that go about it that way and don’t fully respect what it takes.

Metal Covenant: So this maybe explains some of your intensity in the music and also your whole writing mode?

Rob: Most definitely. I’ll throw in one other, if that wasn’t enough: fuel for the fire. Toward the end of our tour, we realized that we had reached the 25th-year anniversary of our debut album, “The Ultra-Violence”. This album had been unavailable and out of print for a while, and stuff like that, and a lot of people were looking for the album, so we re-released the album and then switched up our set. We were doing kind of a set to give a tribute to our album, so we were playing the whole “The Ultra-Violence” from beginning to end on tour. That was, like, you know, a double-edged sword too, in a way that it was doing two things at once. We knew it was gonna be killer thing to do. The crowd was gonna fucking like that, the old-school fans and then it was gonna be fun to us to do that all of a sudden after… [pause] We probably never even done that since we wrote the album. I don’t know if we did that before. Then I also knew, another secret key was that if we were doing that every night, it was gonna affect the music we were currently writing. In a good way, that people would be glad about too, because that album’s widely accepted and I can see why. In those days, when we were writing that album, we had far less parameters of musical influence and we were much more narrow-minded into metal, you know. You can never recreate that and I don’t even wanna try to recreate that, ’cause you’re, like, a whole other person when you’re young. By playing that album from beginning to end for so many times live in front of a crowd, I think that’s about the most you can do to yourself to actually bring yourself back closer to that feeling again. With that in mind, that also, you know, it snuck its way into the music as well.

Read the entire interview at Metal Covenant.



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M Shadows and Robb Flynn: Chums in real life?

Avenged Sevenfold frontman M Shadows has responded to the somewhat unseemly blog posted by Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn this week that gave a rather tongue-in-cheek critique of Hail To The King.

“Actually, Chris Jericho sent it to me [Tuesday] morning,” Shadows tells Canada’s 106.9 The Bear radio show. “He’s, like, ‘Dude, look at this B.S.’ [He was] going crazy. And I was, like, ‘Ah, Chris, I love you.’ But I read it, and I read it as a joke. I have met Robb on numerous occasions and he’s always been cool to me. And I just read it as a joke. I really don’t know what to say about it other than I agree with him on the Metallica Sad But True thing — that was obviously an inspiration for that song. Everything else, I kind of think he… If it is a joke, it was kind of overboard, ’cause it doesn’t make sense in my mind.

“But at the same time, he was saying it was a joke, so… I have no ill will towards those guys. I’ve met [Machine Head guitarist] Phil [Demmel] a couple of times; he’s cool. Robb is cool. And I think the guy has the right to go make… if it’s really a joke, in his mind… Some people might see it as being as an underhanded… joke. But, to me, if he just wants to go in there and write whatever he wants, I think that’s totally cool. Everyone has an opinion and everyone should be entitled to say whatever they want. So it’s no skin off our backs.”

“I think all the bands he said we were very inspired by…Sabbath, Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones. I think when you take a record like this and the way metal has become very blast-beat, screamy-oriented, when you kind of take things back and go to a more classic-rock feel, you’re gonna feel the similarities to what we were trying to do; we were trying to make an Avenged Sevenfold album from the early ’90s and late ’80s. It was just something that really intringued us and interested us. And so, for me, I think all those bands have always been an influence — you can hear that on City Of Evil. And Metallica has, obviously, influenced every single band that picked up a guitar and plays metal. So, yeah, all those bands, plus all the old greats.”

Listen to the full interview below (cheers to Blabbermouth for the transcript):

Hail To The King Tracklisting

Shepherd of Fire
Hail to the King
Doing Time
This Means War
Crimson Day
Coming Home
Acid Rain

Hail To The King is the follow-up to 2010′s Nightmare and is the first Avenged album to feature no writing credits from The Rev, who tragically passed away in 2009.

Order Hail To The King below:







Avenged Sevenfold will make a long-awaited return to the UK this winter, hitting the following three venues:

November 2013

Saturday 30 Manchester Arena

December 2013

Sunday 1 Wembley Arena, London

Thursday 5 LG Arena, Birmingham

The dates will serve as the OC metal heavyweights’ first UK shows since Download 2011, with tickets on sale now, priced at £28.50 (subject to booking fee) and available from this link.

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Deathbound Records has announced the signing of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada’s NOIRE. The band’s debut album, “Dark Reverence”, will be made available on October 1.

NOIRE, a progressive black metal band founded in 2012 by Andrew Lawes (vocals, guitar and piano) and Bob Fitzgerald (guitar), was joined by Derrick Kroll (drums) and Craig Peeples (bass) in 2012. The band has since embarked on a path to extoll the beauty of the lightless side of music.

Not afraid to wear its influences on their sleeves, NOIRE draws inspiration from bands such as DISSECTION, OPETH, ENSLAVED and EMPEROR, unleashing brooding twin-guitar harmonies, thunderous drum work, intelligent bass lines and snarling vocals to create an atmosphere that is uniquely their own.

Having opened for bands such as ABSU, NOIRE has convinced audiences that they are serious about their music and well poised to become one of the most interesting acts to emerge from the scene.


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Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci recently said that he looked to some younger bands, like Periphery and Animals As Leaders, for inspiration. Meanwhile, frontman James LaBrie cited August Burns Red and Bring Me The Horizon as young bands he enjoys. None of this is overtly obvious in the new Dream Theater song, "Along For The …

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Comments No Comments » recently conducted an interview with former AFTER FOREVER frontwoman and current NIGHTWISH touring singer Floor Jansen about her REVAMP project. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow bleow. How does [the] new [REVAMP] album [“Wild Card”] differ from your last one?

Floor: We wanted to make it more heavy, more modern. The sound is heavier than, I think, the first one was; it’s more diverse. The keyboard sound has been used in a different way; a more modern sound. I tried to get into an even bigger vocal variety by using growls; sometimes a very extreme “rocky” sound, then a more “operatic” sound, then a “poppy” sound. I tried to do as much as I could [vocally], and I think that lyric-wise, this is a more personal album; it has an extra layer and is written more directly. Those personal lyrics are especially prominent in a series of songs on the album titled “Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown”. Can you tell us a little more about that?

Floor: I had a general burnout; I got extremely tired, I couldn’t do anything anymore. I canceled tours; I cancelled everything in my life. For a year and a half, I was completely sick; I couldn’t do anything. So yeah, I wanted to write about it in my lyrics. “Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown” is really about that; the inspiration behind it. Fans around the world can sign up online to take vocal lessons with you when you’re not doing all the touring/recording. I recently interviewed another singer [Pamela Moore] who also does vocal lessons, and I asked her the same thing as I’m going to ask you: even though you’re the teacher, what do you learn from your students?

Floor: Patience! It really depends on the person… I’ve been teaching for 10 years, and I’ve learned that music and singing is not an exact science where you have one theory that applies to every student. You really have to feel how someone learns, what kind of ways you need to reach someone’s feelings. It’s a feeling thing; singing is an internal thing. I think that’s the main thing I learned throughout the years. The way of reaching people is different every time. Sometimes you use things that have nothing to do with singing and more for reaching a certain feeling. If you’re focusing on vocals and using your voice [just] as a singing thing, it sometimes can’t reach a different sound; a condition you have to step away from and then integrate back into singing and making music. It isn’t always logical; and that I think I’ve learned throughout the years to just do what I feel. So in some of your lessons, it’s not about singing at all, but the voice in general.

Floor: It’s about singing, but it’s the way to reach a feeling. For instance, if someone wants to learn to sing more rocky, a rock style, or to sing higher…if someone has always been singing a softer or different vocal type, the only way to make them feel it is like a singing exercise starting with screaming. Sometimes when you’re pissed, you’re really feeling it, and what kind of sound do you make then? That has nothing to do with singing, but that is the way you do use your voice on a regular basis. So you learn, “that’s how I scream,” and then how to integrate it back into regular singing.

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Australian rock band Strange Karma might take their inspiration from classic rock bands of yesterday.

Comments No Comments » recently conducted an interview with GUNS N’ ROSES and SIXX: A.M. guitarist DJ Ashba. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. When you are creating new music or have some inspiration coming in, how do you decide for which band that inspiration goes to?

Ashba: You know, I’m a songwriter, also a producer, so I really study the style and I eat, sleep and breathe that style or that band while I am writing for that band. For me, SIXX: A.M. and GUNS N’ ROSES [are] two completely separate worlds. It’s easy for me to separate my brain; it’s like painting black-and-white versus colors. There’s no GUNS N’ ROSES song that will ever sound like a SIXX: A.M. song and vice versa. How do you manage to make your brain work for both music and art?

Ashba: You know, it comes from my heart. I don’t watch what other people are doing, there is no bullshit with me. Not everything I do succeeds, but the greatest thing about failure is that you can start over, with more intelligence. Since you are basically multitasking all the time, do you have some tips? How do you that?

Ashba: Well, I have a great group of people that surrounds me and works for me. We have a lot of projects going on; we have the clothing line, Ashba Media, Cirque du Soleil… I love to work, that’s my passion. Every day, I’m a creator; I love to create, you know. Half of my brain is music, the other is art so when I get off tour, it’s nice to do something creative that has nothing to do with music. Talking about creativity, how would you describe your projects? Do you put a lot of passion into them?

Ashba: I really do. You know, it doesn’t matter if it gives you money… none of that matters! I don’t need the money from the clothes, it’s just about creating stuff that people enjoy wearing and that’s something I’m very proud of it. When I see a fan wearing a t-shirt from the collection, that’s winning. Knowing that this t-shirt has come from a little sparkle in my mind, that’s awesome… There is no money that can buy that! Whatever I put my stamp on, I really do care about the quality, high quality that people enjoy. What is the best thing about being you, DJ Ashba?

Ashba: Honestly…when I lay down at night, I’m just proud. I made a lot of mistakes but always did things from my heart but I don’t regret any of the mistakes I have made. I have a very blessed life and I pinch myself every day that I’m in one of the greatest bands in the world. I take a few steps forward and try to be a good person.

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Craig Hogan of All About The Rock recently conducted an interview with vocalist John Tardy of Florida death metal veterans OBITUARY. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

All About The Rock: You guys are currently a few days into the Kickstarter campaign for your new album. The target of $10,000 was smashed early on. How has the band’s reaction to this been? What does this mean to the band? What are the reasons for doing a Kickstarter project?

Tardy: This campaign has been awesome and just confirms again what we already know and that is that we have the greatest fans in the world. We are using Kickstarter to raise enough money to release an album on our own. This is not a bash against record companies, it is just what we want to do. Years ago this would not even be a thought, but today we feel everything is in place for us, for better or worse, give it a shot.

All About The Rock: Can you tell us a bit about the new album? Album title, song titles, inspiration for the songs?

Tardy: No name or songtitles as of yet, but I can tell you that this is every bit of a classic OBITUARY-sounding album as possible. Some fast, some slow, but a lot of the meat and potatos that make up that OBITUARY sound.

All About The Rock: Will the album be released via a record label at a future date?

Tardy: That really depends on how much funding we get in place and that is not just relying on Kickstarter. Kickstarter has giving us a great start, but we still have a ways to go. The initial funding and what we have in place is a great start and it is going to get a master done for us. That will give us a lot of flexibility and control over what happens next.

All About The Rock: What do you think your future relationships (if any) with record labels will be?

Tardy: We started off talking with the guys from Century Media and they are great. OBITUARY fans first and a great label for their bands next. When we first talked with them we told them our idea to do this largely on our own and they were very supportive and offer to help in anyway they could. Very cool of them, and they are first on the list of labels we would be happy to work with.

Read the entire interview at All About The Rock.

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Axeman determined to fight off the disease, names drummer Rick Allen as ever-present inspiration.

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