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Karl Lean of Australia’s Heavy magazine recently conducted an interview with THE CULT singer Ian Astbury. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On the band’s heavy touring schedule:

Astbury: “It’s what we do. Since we started we’ve been live musicans, it’s always been live first. Recording, record deals, career and everything else came afterwards. It was really just about playing in bars to start with.”

“The band’s been rolling pretty consistently the past 7 or 8 years, and we just don’t want to stop. We’ve got momentum, we’ve got the album out and it’s going strong.

‘Choice Of Weapon’ did really really well. Previous to that, we did the Capsule collection, and previous to that, we did the ‘Love’ tour, which was great. That was kind of inspired by seeing Bowie do the ‘Low’ album, probably one of the first artists to go out and play an album, an iconic record in its entirety. So for us, we’re between albums right now, but we want to keep playing.”

On performing the “Electric” album in its entirety:

Astbury: “A lot these songs we’ve never played live.

“We don’t really think of this material as ‘old’; the action of playing live makes it all become fresh. It’s always like kind of an external perception of what we do; there’s memories and connections to a piece or body of work. So for us, ‘Electric 13’ is those ‘Electric’ songs brought alive again. We’re probably better musicans now than we were then; we’re at the top of our game right now. The shows have been amazing. The band’s on fire. It’s the most consistent lineup we’ve had. We’ve been playing together for 7 or 8 years, so it’s really tight.”

On offering plenty more than just a nostalgia trip for older fans:

Astbury: “We don’t identify ourselves as classic rock. To me, that term is like an old custodian. But this band is vital, it’s virile, aggressive, guttural. It can be sublime, it can be violent, it can be poetic. Within that is the essence of THE CULT. We have 9 studio albums and a history of working different genres — from hard rock to modern alternative post rock; very eclectic. We are still here.”

On the ups and downs of touring life:

Astbury: “Touring has always been a grind. It’s a tough lifestyle. It’s not like every day you get to be in Sydney, or Tokyo, or New York, or Paris.

“Touring is basically going from venue to venue. We just drove 10 hours from our last gig to here in Biloxi, Mississippi. Tomorrow we’ll do a 14-hour drive to the next show.

“The drives are really long, especially here in the States. And it’s the down times that you get into trouble. You try and keep your head together and not get into trouble.

“I much prefer driving to flying, though; all that sitting in airports. You don’t get offstage until after midnight, and you’ll have a flight at 9 in the morning. By the time you get cleaned up, you never sleep; you’re constantly tired, living on caffeine. That’s what it is.

“You chose the lifestyle and I’m not going to cry about that; it’s just the reality of touring. But once you do get on stage, it’s like catharsis, a release — that’s the time you really get to express yourself and it’s gratifying having an audience that has stayed with the band for so long.”

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Karl Lean of Australia’s Heavy magazine recently conducted an interview with THE CULT singer Ian Astbury. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On the band’s heavy touring schedule:

Astbury: “It’s what we do. Since we started we’ve been live musicans, it’s always been live first. Recording, record deals, career and everything else came afterwards. It was really just about playing in bars to start with.”

“The band’s been rolling pretty consistently the past 7 or 8 years, and we just don’t want to stop. We’ve got momentum, we’ve got the album out and it’s going strong.

‘Choice Of Weapon’ did really really well. Previous to that, we did the Capsule collection, and previous to that, we did the ‘Love’ tour, which was great. That was kind of inspired by seeing Bowie do the ‘Low’ album, probably one of the first artists to go out and play an album, an iconic record in its entirety. So for us, we’re between albums right now, but we want to keep playing.”

On performing the “Electric” album in its entirety:

Astbury: “A lot these songs we’ve never played live.

“We don’t really think of this material as ‘old’; the action of playing live makes it all become fresh. It’s always like kind of an external perception of what we do; there’s memories and connections to a piece or body of work. So for us, ‘Electric 13’ is those ‘Electric’ songs brought alive again. We’re probably better musicans now than we were then; we’re at the top of our game right now. The shows have been amazing. The band’s on fire. It’s the most consistent lineup we’ve had. We’ve been playing together for 7 or 8 years, so it’s really tight.”

On offering plenty more than just a nostalgia trip for older fans:

Astbury: “We don’t identify ourselves as classic rock. To me, that term is like an old custodian. But this band is vital, it’s virile, aggressive, gutteral. It can be sublime, it can be violent, it can be poetic. Within that is the essence of THE CULT. We have 9 studio albums and a history of working different genres — from hard rock to modern alternative post rock; very eclectic. We are still here.”

On the ups and downs of touring life:

Astbury: “Touring has always been a grind. It’s a tough lifestyle. It’s not like every day you get to be in Sydney, or Tokyo, or New York, or Paris.

“Touring is basically going from venue to venue. We just drove 10 hours from our last gig to here in Biloxi, Mississippi. Tomorrow we’ll do a 14-hour drive to the next show.

“The drives are really long, especially here in the States. And it’s the down times that you get into trouble. You try and keep your head together and not get into trouble.

“I much prefer driving to flying, though; all that sitting in airports. You don’t get offstage until after midnight, and you’ll have a flight at 9 in the morning. By the time you get cleaned up, you never sleep; you’re constantly tired, living on caffeine. That’s what it is.

“You chose the lifestyle and I’m not going to cry about that; it’s just the reality of touring. But once you do get on stage, it’s like catharsis, a release — that’s the time you really get to express yourself and it’s gratifying having an audience that has stayed with the band for so long.”

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Jeffrey Easton of Metal Exiles recently conducted an interview with vocalist Dez Fafara of Californian metallers DEVILDRIVER. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Metal Exiles: Everything I read on you refers to DEVILDRIVER as groove-oriented metal but I think your sound is more ferocious than that but with melody. How does DEVILDRIVER balance the ferocity with the melody that turns up in the music?

Dez: I think we are definitely the square peg in the round hole as you cannot fit us into these genres that are happening now. Long ago, our fans started referring us to the California Groove Machine, and I accepted that title because nobody else is referred to as that. We always have a form of melody with, as you said, ferociousness and it is important to try to balance the two. This record [“Winter Kills”] has a lot of tight arrangements as we really got down and concentrated on the songwriting as we wanted the hooks and choruses to stand out. The way we balance it is that we make sure the arrangements are tight and every song had a special momentum.

Metal Exiles: With the title “Winter Kills”, the theme is very dark. What made you want to take this mental route?

Dez: We wrote and recorded during the winter time and technically we are releasing in the winter time, since it is almost fall and you will be listening to it during the winter months. A lot of the lyrics involve reconditioning yourself to a higher level and taking your life to the next stage, so that title really stood out to me. We needed a title track as well and that just stood out to me.

Metal Exiles: What points to a rebirth for you?

Dez: You have to take the lyrics for what they are and I am always that guy who will crack open the door and show you a little bit of light, so sometimes you have to point out the negative to do that. If you take the lyrics and really look into them, you will see those places. The record as a cohesive whole really points to that. The band has a new label with Napalm and a new bass player, Chris Towning, so it really is a rebirth for us. This is our sixth record and we really found out who we are and what we do best with our sound. We have five different records with different sounds, but to me, “Winter Kills” really captures who we are.

Metal Exiles: I know you like being home with your family so you recorded your vocals at home. What was that like as opposed to going to a studio?

Dez: You find yourself thinking that if you displace yourself, putting yourself in the odd place out, making yourself uncomfortable will give you a feel that metal needs, but for me, that’s not the case. I was getting to a point that I was saying, “OK, I got four more songs and I can go home.” I did not want to do that, I did not think the listeners deserved that nor the art. I was just done with being gone for months on end just to record a record. So I put a vocal booth downstairs and I think it added a lot to the feel of the record. The clock wasn’t ticking; we got a lot of the tracks on the first take and if I wasn’t feeling it that day we could just call it quits. It made me feel more comfortable while recording because I was in a state I created. It was very moody, no direct lighting on me and I think that lent to the attitude of the record.

Read the entire interview at Metal Exiles.

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The first single and title track from the 2012 album by South African hard rock/metal band Juggernaught has been made into an official video. That song, “Bring the Meat Back,” is streaming below. “Bring the Meat Back” is the second album from the Pretoria band, and has been streaming in its entirety over on bandcamp.

Their first release, 2009′s “Act of Goat,” was well received locally, selling out its first pressing in less than two months on the heels of the lead single, “Mountain Man.” Following the momentum of its debut, the band was invited to write and record a song with local music star, Mapuputsi, for the South African Broadcasting Channel’s highly rated Jam Sandwhich television show, the result of which quickly became one of the highest selling singles in the show’s history.

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This New Year marks the debut of a new band that will no doubt garner some big attention and build momentum quickly.

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I See Stars is coming off a successful year and keeping the momentum going strong kicking off 2013 with “The Filthy February Tour Pt. 1.” This headlining trek also features For All Those Sleeping, Ged Scared, At The Skylines, and Upon This Dawning. Dates are available below.

Devin Oliver states: “We are so stoked for this tour and feel this is an extremely impressive line-up offering a lot to the fans for a low price. We are going to break out one of our longest sets yet and there could even be a few surprises. We can’t wait to see you all in Feb and be sure to come party with us. It’s going to be a rager for sure.”

2/01 – Springfield, VA @ Empire (Ice Jam)
2/02 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock (w/ The Color Morale & more)
2/04 – Buffalo, NY @ Xtreme Wheels
2/05 – Lansing, MI @ The Loft
2/06 – Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose
2/07 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
2/08 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
2/09 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Ironworks
2/10 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Eat Your Heart Out Fest
2/11 – Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon
2/12 – Toledo, OH @ Frankie’s

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No one messes with the Zombie

Rob Zombie, who currently fronts our new issue with his Twin Of Evil Marilyn Manson, recently spoke to us about juggling his career as a musician with more recent ventures as a film director. Here’s what the man had to say:

“I try to keep both going. I used to do one or the other. I would do a movie that would take me away for two years, then I would come back and do some touring. I always felt like I had to re-fire up the music because you lose the momentum.

“But, in the last couple of years I was doing both, where I’d be touring, and I’d shoot the movie but not edit the movie, then go tour some more, and come back and work on the movie and do some more touring. I was trying to keep all the balls in the air, juggling, and it works better, but it’s difficult. When I am actually shooting a movie I don’t think about anything else. The schedule is so out of control I don’t want to hear about music. If someone was like, ‘Oh, let me play this song for you.’ Well, I don’t give a shit.  I don’t even want to hear it. But, for the most part.  I try to keep things bouncing at all times.

“The movies are everywhere, they have a huge reach compared to the music, so in a way, the movie fans and music fans are quite different. Because, someone who likes the movies might hate fucking rock music. They might listen to country music, but they like horror movies,. So, it really reaches a wide base, it’s pretty weird.”

Read all about Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson and the Twins Of Evil tour in the new issue of Metal Hammer out now. Buy it, buy it for your mate, buy it for your nan and then buy it for yourself again. ORDER IT NOW

The Twins Of Evil tour rolls into the UK at the end of this month. Here are the dates:

NOVEMBER
26 London, UK
27 Manchester, UK
28 Glasgow SECC, UK
29 Birmingham, UK

 

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After premiering a teaser trailer for “Antithetical,” Portuguese act Malevolence has now posted a full song from the new album online. The song “Slithering” can be heard over at Decibel Magazine here. An interview with the band regarding the new album can be read at the same location.

“Antithetical” is the first studio work from the band in a period of thirteen years. “Antithetical represents our musical progression bursting on hard commitment and total dedication!” says vocalist Carlos Cariano. “We are one of the most long running and iconic metal exportations from the Portuguese soil and Antithetical is a ravaging journey constructed and depicted throughout the seven experienced havoc anthems we have delivered. The new material sounds exactly how I envisioned it (during the production design) and the way WE as Malevolence wanted it to sound on this new record.”

The album’s track listing is:

1. Slithering
2. Cult of the Everlasting
3. Devoured Unlimited
4. Antithetical
5. Equilibrium In Extremis
6. Exocortex Momentum
7. Mechanisms of Destructive Behavior

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Neal Morse has posted a studio video online featuring the full song “Thoughts Pt. 5,” taken from his upcoming new album “Momentum.” The footage, which features former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, can be viewed below.

“Momentum” is due for release on September 11th, 2012 through Radiant Records/Metal Blade and pre-orders are currently available at this location.

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Metal Hammer were repping at Hevy all weekend, so here’s a review of Friday’s antics from our Merl…

The first thing that hits you as you arrive at Hevy 2012 is that, despite some early warning signs, the rain has mostly stayed away. The second thing that hits you about Hevy 2012 is that there’s an actual zoo on site, so naturally, as soon as Hammer have pitched up our tents, we go and hang out with some gorillas and shit.

An actual gorilla

Friday is arguably packing the least Hammer-friendly bill of all three days this year, but there’s still plenty to get stuck into – not least the brilliant Last Witness, whose gnarly, meticulous and outrageously heavy take on metallic hardcore fills the main tent (which this year is playing host to two stages, no less) nicely. The sound is pretty muddy, but the Londoners are brazen enough to rise above that, reinstating their claim as one of the most brutally brilliant young bands in the country right now.

The James Cleaver Quintet also suffer from sound problems, but in this case it’s to the extent that the band never really manage to build any momentum, with frontman Jacky Udon forced to resort to some pretty awkward crowd banter when the band’s sound cuts for the two hundredth time. Glaswegian metallers Bleed From Within fare slightly better with a solid set, but today definitely belongs to hardcore.

…as underlined with force by Brotherhood Of The Lake, who absolutely destroy the tiny Red Bull tent with a ferociously heavy showing, while Trapped Under Ice provide one of the highlights of the day back in the big tent with a bouncier and less frightening but no less emphatic performance of their own.

Saturday features the likes of Meshuggah, Bury Tomorrow, This Is Hell and a certain Sir WK, so for now, we’re chilling back and waiting for the big hitters to do their thing. It’s gonna be huge.

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Check back later today to read our Saturday review from Hill. Easy now.

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