Posts Tagged “Longevity”

Mesopotamian black/thrash pioneers MELECHESH are hard at work on pre-production for the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2010 album, “The Epigenesis”. In addition, the band has parted ways with longtime guitarist and close friend Moloch and drummer Xul. Moloch had officially been out of MELECHESH for eight months while he has been focusing on his academic career.

While it is still to be announced who will fill the drumming position, Moloch will be replaced by new guitarist Sirius (pictured below).

MELECHESH mainman Ashmedi and bass player/backing vocalist Scorpiros will debut the new lineup on the stage late fall early winter 2013 during the band’s North American tour.

Commented Ashmedi: “I talked with Moloch and asked him maybe it is better he is no longer a part of MELECHESH because we needed to have an active guitar player. He fully agreed and was thinking the exact same thing. He is one of my best friends but this has to do with MELECHESH and music — nothing else. In fact, we will be hanging out soon in Jerusalem and catching up. He is always welcome to come jam or do a guest appearance. Like I said, this man is one of the closest people to me personally. We are literally family. I wish the best of luck for his new and interesting Journey.

“A couple of weeks ago I did what I was considering for a while: I asked Xul to leave. In the past, I thought such things are impossible, but you know what, family , companies, governments, kingdoms all go through changes. In a naive or a romantic way, we all think change is not good in such cases. On the contrary, it could be extremely vital for the longevity of music. What I am trying to say is I made these decisions for the sole purpose of improving the music and preventing stagnation. I was not happy with the status quo, so I had to do something about it. I wish Xul the best of luck I am certain he enjoyed this ride which was a good learning experience for everyone. Anyway I don’t worry about him as he plays in several other bands, so it’s all good.

“I am a very loyal person — anyone with over two brain cells knows this (the ones with one brain cells do not get it…) — but my focus and priority is the well being and progress of MELECHESH.

“You can also hear some of Aybar‘s (Sirius) work on the soundtrack of the movie ‘The Last Will And Testament Of Rosalind Leigh’ where he did the entire soundtrack for this film.”

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Killing Joke

We recently caught up with Jaz Coleman, Geordie Walker and Paul Ferguson of post-punk/industrial pioneers Killing Joke, before the release of their new boxset ‘The Singles Collection’.

“Every album has got to be different and that probably has something to do with our longevity,” says guitarist Geordie Walker. “We haven’t found a little fucking formula that keeps the fucking tills clicking… we always try to do something different.”

Watch Parts One, Two and Three of the video feature below!

Click here to order the deluxe edition

 

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Rob Trujillo: Crab Walk King

While we’re not expecting to see a new Metallica album before 2014 at the earliest, bassist Rob Trujillo has offered us a few snippets of what we can expect. Or what we can’t expect. Kinda.

“As clichéd as it sounds. It’s the music — or maybe just music in general [that keeps us going], he tells WhatsOn. When we’re back home and we strap on the guitars, it just works. At the moment, we’re in the middle of writing a new album and, if anything, the problem is that we write too many riffs. That proves that there is a lot of music still in us.

What’s On: What do you guys do when you’re not rocking?

Trujillo: We’re all pretty different. Kirk [Hammett, guitar] and I love to get our surf on. We love going to new places, finding where the local waves are and go and surf them. Lars [Ulrich, drums] loves to do a bit of scuba diving, while James [Hetfield, guitar/vocals] is bit more cultured; he prefers to take in the city a bit more and get a feel of the surroundings and the vibe of places like South Africa or Japan.

What’s On: How’s the new album coming along?

Trujillo: Well, we can’t really say much, because it’s still being written, but we’ve been listening to our last album, Death Magnetic, a lot, which is inspiring the arrangements we are currently writing. There is a certain quality to that album that we are really proud of and we want to maintain a certain standard. Is the new album going to sound like “Death Magnetic”? Probably not, but there will still be those signature Metallica grooves and thrash elements.

What’s On: [Is] the secret to your longevity adapting?

Trujillo:
Yeah, it is. We’ve had to change our lifestyles to adapt to getting older. We still want to have the energy to perform as we did, ’cause the last thing we’re going to give you is a half-assed Metallica show – that’s just not going to happen. The other day, I was surfing in Australia with around 30 local guys and there was one guy who was around 60. I looked at him and thought that’s kind of cool that this old guy is surfing. But then I realized that I was the second oldest guy out there! There I was, nearly 50 years old, surfing with these kids, playing at these rock shows. I have a lot to be thankful for. Life is pretty good.

Metallica release new 3D film spectacular Metallica: Through The Never this summer.

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We recently caught up with Jaz Coleman, Geordie Walker and Paul Ferguson of post-punk/industrial pioneers Killing Joke, before the release of their new boxset ‘The Singles Collection’.

“Every album has got to be different and that probably has something to do with our longevity,” says guitarist Geordie Walker. “We haven’t found a little fucking formula that keeps the fucking tills clicking… we always try to do something different.”

Watch Part One of the video feature below!

Click here to order the deluxe edition

 

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Iowa City three piece Blizzard at Sea has released the new “Individuation” EP online, which can be heard in the player below or bought in multiple formats over at Bandcamp. The track listing is:

1. Accelerating Returns 12:43
2. The Technological Singularity 05:45
3. Longevity 18:48

According to a statement from the band, Blizzard at Sea plays “a dynamic blend of sludge, progressive, and post-metal, with songwriting defined by complex structures and textures that forgo traditional conceptions of genre.”

Individuation by Blizzard at Sea

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Leslie Wilson Jr.

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Original BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward — who in May announced again that he was declining to join his former bandmates for their scheduled 2012 dates, as well as the recording of a new album, due to a contractual dispute — was interviewed for “Black Sabbath And The Birth Of Heavy Metal”, a six-part series presented by Vice.

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May The Rock Be With You recently conducted an interview with bassist Alex Webster of Florida death metal veterans CANNIBAL CORPSE.

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Patrick Prince of Powerline recently conducted an interview with vocalist Chuck Billy of San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT.

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Nick Krewen of GRAMMY.com recently conducted an interview with bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee of Canadian rock legends RUSH.

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