Posts Tagged “Life Experiences”

San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD entered GREEN DAY‘s Oakland, California’s JingleTown Recording compound on February 9 to begin recording their new album for a late 2014 release via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

The first in a series of short segments regarding the production side of making MACHINE HEAD‘s new CD can be seen below.

Tentative songtitles set to appear on the new MACHINE HEAD album include “Killers & Kings”, “Beneath The Silt”, “Eyes Of The Dead” (formerly “Ojos De La Muerte”), “Sail Into The Black”, How We Die” and “Night Of The Long Knives”.

As part of this year’s Record Store Day on April 19, MACHINE HEAD will release a 10-inch vinyl single, with the A-side containing the “demo” version of a new song, “Killers & Kings”. The B-side will be a cover version of the track “Our Darkest Days” from one of MACHINE HEAD‘s favorite bands, IGNITE.

Speaking to U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine, MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn stated about the band’s new material: “It sounds like MACHINE HEAD! It’s definitely moving forward, which I feel like we’re probably always gonna do.

“We’re not a band that ever looks back. We do our thing and try to take the life experiences that we have and the musicianship that we’ve evolved and try to use it. Obviously, we have our sound and we have the MACHINE HEAD patented harmonics, the downtuned riffs and I sing the way I sing.

“I think Bob Dylan said it best: ‘You just find new ways to say the same thing.'”

Speaking about some of the specific tracks and the lyrical themes covered on the new album, Flynn said: “I’ve got some pretty cool lyrics ready. There’s a song called ‘Night Of The Long Knives’, and it’s pretty fucked! It’s about the Manson murders, and the lyrics are really dark and vicious.

“We’ve found some new twists to give to the MACHINE HEAD sound and some new fire and excitement.”

Asked what the band’s main aims were when they started composing music for the new CD, Flynn said: “Well, it’s nice to try and have a plan, but music has a way of unravelling over time! [Laughs] You’ve just got to roll with it.

“With [2007’s] ‘The Blackening’, I’d love to say I had this grand vision of nine- and 10-minute songs, but the first four songs we wrote were the four shorter songs on the record. For months, there was no indication whatsoever that we’d have 10-minute songs. That stuff came later.

“Human nature wants to control and dictate where things will go, but you can’t. It won’t let you! The more you try, the more it goes, ‘Fuck you.’ It’s going some other way!”

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Sacramento, California’s CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE will release a new, self-titled album on October 1. The CD was entirely funded by fans via a Kickstarter campaign (raising over $15,000 within a month) and will be the band’s first self-released effort. The new album follows the band’s two highly regarded extreme metal releases, (2009’s “When Legends Become Dust” and 2010’s “Revenants”) for Sumerian Records. While initially established in the metalcore scene, the new release finds the band further distancing themselves from the “core” tag and delving further into the technicality and brutality that defines death metal.

While at a crossroad with their label, the band spent the better part of the past two years writing and demoing new material while deciding their future. The downtime actually ended up being beneficial as guitarist Jeff Morgan confides: “It took a while for us to finally get into the studio to master the tracks, but it ended up working out great for the album. The writing and re-fining process we put each song through helped ensure that this album was the best it could possibly be. Also, we were allowed the time without any outside pressure to really hone in on our roots and expand on them in new directions.”

Regarding lyrical and conceptual themes for the album, vocalist Mikey Powell says: “Our newest release started out as a full on concept about the apocalypse with the four horsemen as the main idea, but that quickly changed into a more or less non-concept specific approach. There are A LOT of different themes going on ranging from my love of video games (‘Honor Guide Me!’ is about war through the eyes of a Protoss Zealot from the game Starcraft) all the way through a very bad experience I had in my life that gave me a very bad case of anxiety issues that I will have for the rest of my life (‘Into the Rabbit Hole’). I guess you could say that it’s mostly about my life experiences from my childhood to issues in my life today. Vocally, I think it’s my best work yet and I had a lot of fun trying to push my performance beyond past releases.”

Ultimately, deciding to release the album themselves, the band decided to pursue the crowdfunding option for album costs, unsure of what to expect. Speaking on the overwhelmingly positive outcome, Morgan says: “It was amazing to see the fans come through like that for us. There were a lot of people who donated above and beyond what they needed to and the majority of comments we received were so supportive. When things get difficult trying to keep a band going for such a long time, fans like this make it all feel worthwhile.”

In addition to Morgan and Powell, CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE features John Abernathy (guitar), Greg Donnelly (drums) and Jackson Jordan (bass).


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Behemoth played a triumphant set at Bloodstock last year

Good to see that Nergal’s recent legal troubles haven’t made him go soft, then. Polish death metal icons Behemoth have announced that their brand new album The Satanist will land this Autumn via Nuclear Blast.

“It took us over two decades to come up with a title that… says it all,” explains our Nergy Nerg. “While our new songs artistically take surprisingly adventurous directions, our message stands steadfast — proud and radical. The Satanist stands for undying yearning for liberation and love for freedom in all aspects of life. Considering all our life experiences that often took dramatic curves, I couldn’t think of more appropriate and fitting statement of who and where we are now.”

This will be the first Behemoth album since Nergal’s battle against leukaemia and, we reckon, absolutely monstrous.

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Rain Without End Records has issued the following announcement about signing a deal with AstorVoltaires:

“We are extremely excited to welcome AstorVoltaires to the Rain Without End Records family. AstorVoltaires is the brilliant solo project of J.Escobar.C (ex-Mar de Grises) which was born in Santiago, Chile in 2008. The music is primarily melodic doom metal, mainly focusing on slow melancholic sounds and minimalistic resources. RWE Records will release the new album ‘BlackTombsForDeadSongs’ on Dec 6th, 2012.

“AstorVoltaires’s debut album ‘Katan Nagantü’ was released on Endless Winter in October 2010. The album features Spanish lyrics but title is Mapudungu (an isolated language spoken in south-central Chile) and the literal meaning is ‘through the afternoon’ with the implicit meaning being slightly different – It`s the story that carries life itself, a race that everyone runs, past, present and future. It is through life experiences, sorrows, joys, love and hate.”

Full details for “BlackTombsForDeadSongs,” including artwork and track listing, will be available in the near future as the album artwork is currently being finished.

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U.K. act Bloodloss will release the mini-album “The Struggle” on March 5th, 2012 and a single from release is available for streaming online. Check out “The Still Remains” in the player below. The band issued the following press release:

“Combine bruising breakdowns and hook-laden choruses with riffs that Rob Flynn would be proud of, ‘The Struggle’ is a must listen for those who love their metal to deliver the core principles – riffs, aggression, passion.. and more riffs! Matt Hobbs belts out his passionate vocals with lyrics inspired by life experiences to massive effect, which perfectly complement the skull crushing riffery and shredding leads of Mark Browell and Rob Ironmonger. This is supported by the killer grooves and blasts of bassist David Smith and drummer Daniel Kelly.”

Although new on the scene, Bloodloss has scored itself a slot at this year’s Sophest supporting Romeo Must Die, Xerath, and many more on February 12th.

The track listing is as follows:

1. The Struggle
2. This Still Remains
3. Stand Alone
4. Reborn
5. Lost­
6. Paradise

This Still Remains by bloodlossuk

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Guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal of reunited progressive metal outfit Cynic, has posted a new message online in which he discusses the band’s next studio album, the first since 2008′s, “Traced In Air.” The message reads as follows:

“I’ve been working away in the home studio writing lots of new songs and keeping off the grid to stay creatively focused. Apologies for having been a bit reclusive in our digital age of informational abundance! It’s safe to say that Cynic already has plenty of material for a new record, but something keeps the inspiration going to write more. I feel like I’m on for the ride and just seeing what manifests as a result of sitting on the train and looking out the window. As we move further along and closer to ‘destination recording’, the album will start to shape itself and the appropriate songs will be chosen. We’re looking at late summer / early fall to enter the studio. At the moment, I have no idea when the record will be released. Maybe later this year or early next. We’re also in communication with lots of fantastic new musicians who will be involved. I can already sense this next album is going to take our listeners on a whole new sonic adventure that words cannot yet describe. I say this because the work is feeling based and there’s a lot of life poured into these embryos that will speak for themselves when heard. I’m always amazed at how living life informs the art so directly and yet we have no power over it. The songs have a directness and urgency unlike anything we’ve done before due to a bountiful influx of concentrated life experiences. Thank the universe for the gift of music. I am so absolutely grateful to be alive and to be able to share the potency and beauty of music with you. In the meantime keep spreading the love and thank you for taking this journey with us.”

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How’s it hanging, droogies? Welcome to another midweek checkpoint session at your favorite drop-in, The Metal Minute!

Exciting stuff over on this side of cyberworld, most importantly being given the gift of sight, courtesy of a generous gift from my folks. Though I’m still in the sharpening phases, when you’ve spent 32 of your 39 years in glasses, seeing the world unshackled is one of the most exhilirating life experiences one can have. I’ve always been one to take time and examine the little details of our world around us, but it’s twice the spirit of exploration under healed eyes, I assure you…

This week I had a nice sitdown with Ace Frehley, which is always fun getting to talk to an original member of Kiss. God bless Peter Criss as well, who I’m sure you’ve read managed to catch breast cancer in time and get it cut out. Take a lesson from Peter, guys; don’t think yourself a pussy for squeezing your pecs for lumps. It could save your life.

I’m also pleased to announce I’ll be joining the team in their Musick department, so a big-time thank you to that esteemed crew for the opportunity…

Because I took the weekend out to attend to my eyes, the listening sessions were limited, so my playlist this week is very slack. Doesn’t help I got stuck on the new Pelican album for much of the week, either, ha!

More insanity prevails upcoming with dear friends from out-of-town crashing with us and our boy’s baptism this weekend. Stay tuned for upcoming goodies and plenty of Halloween Hoardefest as we get into the final ten days of the month.

Unlocking the wolves over here, I am yours as always at The Metal Minute…

PelicanWhat We All Come to Need
Living ColourThe Chair in the Doorway
Ace FrehleyAnomaly
Depeche ModeSounds of the Universe
AnvilPast & Present: Live in Concert
Fireball MinistryThe Second Great Coming
Black CobraChronomega

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