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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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Carcass: legends return

Two big albums from very different ends of the metal spectrum this week – but both are deserving of your attention.

First up comes the much-anticipated new album from British death metal royalty, Carcass! The band’s first album of new material for 17 years (yes, it’s really been that long), Surgical Steel is a stunning, muscular display of fret-tearing musicianship, relentless death metal aggression and irrepressible heavy metal melody. It’s a definite shout for the best extreme metal album of the year, and it underlines exactly why we’ve missed them. Get it now on Nuclear Blast and don’t forget to catch the guys on Defenders of the Faith in November!

Also released this week is the fifth album from Ohio metalcore heavyweights, The Devil Wears Prada. Definitely a band that have got better and better with age, TDWP continue their rich run of form with 8:18; another collection of modern metal anthems destined to have people flipping inanimate objects and pitting their way over barriers across the globe. It’s really bloody good, it’s out now via Roadrunner, and you can also read more about it in our brand new issue! How’s that for a cheap plug?!

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Italian web site SpazioRock recently conducted an interview with guitarist Jeff Waters of Canadian thrash metal veterans ANNIHILATOR. You can now watch the chat below.

ANNIHILATOR filmed a video for the song “No Way Out” earlier this month in Hannover, Germany. The track comes off the band’s 14th studio album, “Feast”, which was released on August 23 in Europe and August 27 in North America via UDR. The deluxe eco-book version also features a bonus CD containing 15 of the best ANNIHILATOR songs re-recorded in 2012… a grand total of 24 songs in one package… with a 3D cover!

Jeff Waters and his bandmates tear through each release with honest, raw power and energy, along with excellent technical skill, giving the metal world the most-tasteful mixtures of huge, metal riffs with the idea of the perfect song and some legendary solo shredding as the icing on the cake. That’s why Jeff and ANNIHILATOR have been a major influence on countless well-known metal acts and musicians around the world. Tours with everyone from JUDAS PRIEST to PANTERA to TRIVIUM, plus dozens of headlining tours and festivals around the world, have been going on steady since 1989 for this band; no rest as the demand for this band never ends.

ANNIHILATOR has been touted as one of the best live acts in metal music. High-end musicianship, tight playing and massive energy and fun are what these lads are known for. Their music? Honest, melodic thrash and heavy metal, combined with traces of blues, classical and jazz. Hell, there is even some death and punk in there, too.

Says Waters: “We truly are among the few bands with a long history that have always waved the flag for honesty, integrity and perseverance in this hard-edged category of music.”

“Feast” track listing

01. Deadlock
02. No Way Out
03. Smear Campaign
04. No Surrender
05. Wrapped
06. Perfect Angel Eyes
07. Demon Code
08. Fight The World
09. One Falls, Two Rise

Bonus disc: “Re-Kill” (best of ANNIHILATOR, re-recorded in 2012)

01. Fun Palace
02. Alison Hell
03. King Of The Kill
04. Never, Neverland
05. Set The World On Fire
06. Welcome To Your Death W.T.Y.D.
07. Nozone
08. Bloodbath
09. 21
10. Stonewall
11. Ultra Motion
12. Time Bomb
13. Refresh The Demon
14. Word Salad
15. Brain Dance

“Feast” will be made available in the following formats:

* Limited-edition eco-book + bonus disc “Re-Kill” (best of ANNIHILATOR, re-recorded in 2012)
* CD jewel case
* LP gatefold
* Digital download
* D2C fan-package

ANNIHILATOR touring lineup:

Jeff Waters – Guitar, Vocals
Dave Padden – Lead Vocals
Mike Harshaw – Drums
Alberto Campuzano – Bass

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RockNLive.org recently conducted an interview with guitarist Jeff Waters of Canadian thrash metal veterans ANNIHILATOR. You can now watch the chat below.

ANNIHILATOR filmed a video for the song “No Way Out” earlier this month in Hannover, Germany. The track comes off the band’s 14th studio album, “Feast”, which will be released on August 23 in Europe and August 27 in North America via UDR. The deluxe eco-book version will also feature a bonus CD containing 15 of the best ANNIHILATOR songs re-recorded in 2012… a grand total of 24 songs in one package… with a 3D cover!

Jeff Waters and his bandmates tear through each release with honest, raw power and energy, along with excellent technical skill, giving the metal world the most-tasteful mixtures of huge, metal riffs with the idea of the perfect song and some legendary solo shredding as the icing on the cake. That’s why Jeff and ANNIHILATOR have been a major influence on countless well-known metal acts and musicians around the world. Tours with everyone from JUDAS PRIEST to PANTERA to TRIVIUM, plus dozens of headlining tours and festivals around the world, have been going on steady since 1989 for this band; no rest as the demand for this band never ends.

ANNIHILATOR has been touted as one of the best live acts in metal music. High-end musicianship, tight playing and massive energy and fun are what these lads are known for. Their music? Honest, melodic thrash and heavy metal, combined with traces of blues, classical and jazz. Hell, there is even some death and punk in there, too.

Says Waters: “We truly are among the few bands with a long history that have always waved the flag for honesty, integrity and perseverance in this hard-edged category of music.”

“Feast” track listing

01. Deadlock
02. No Way Out
03. Smear Campaign
04. No Surrender
05. Wrapped
06. Perfect Angel Eyes
07. Demon Code
08. Fight The World
09. One Falls, Two Rise

Bonus disc: “Re-Kill” (best of ANNIHILATOR, re-recorded in 2012)

01. Fun Palace
02. Alison Hell
03. King Of The Kill
04. Never, Neverland
05. Set The World On Fire
06. Welcome To Your Death W.T.Y.D.
07. Nozone
08. Bloodbath
09. 21
10. Stonewall
11. Ultra Motion
12. Time Bomb
13. Refresh The Demon
14. Word Salad
15. Brain Dance

“Feast” will be made available in the following formats:

* Limited-edition eco-book + bonus disc “Re-Kill” (best of ANNIHILATOR, re-recorded in 2012)
* CD jewel case
* LP gatefold
* Digital download
* D2C fan-package

ANNIHILATOR touring lineup:

Jeff Waters – Guitar, Vocals
Dave Padden – Lead Vocals
Mike Harshaw – Drums
Alberto Campuzano – Bass

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THE WINERY DOGS, the power trio featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB), legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH) and guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen (MR. BIG, POISON), was interviewed on this past Wednesday’s (August 14) edition of the nationally syndicated radio show “Rockline” with host Bob Coburn. You can now listen to the chat at RocklineRadio.com.

THE WINERY DOGS‘ self-titled debut album sold around 10,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in North America on July 23 via Loud & Proud Records and in Japan on May 15 via Victor Entertainment, the CD was mixed by Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX, ADRENALINE MOB, STONE SOUR and STEEL PANTHER. Sheehan previously stated about the effort: “I’m really pleased with it. Richie sang his ass off and played amazingly unique stuff, and, of course, Mike annihilated on drums. [It’s a] really cool, unique record.”

“In all of my years in this business, I’ve always been part of either a progressive band or a metal band,” said Portnoy. “This is the first time I’ve been in an all-original band that’s just a rock band in the vein of LED ZEPPELIN or VAN HALEN.”

He added: “It’s so refreshing to just play straight-ahead music with lots of twists. Obviously, the musicianship is great in this band, but it’s very song-oriented.”

Regarding how THE WINERY DOGS got its name, Portnoy said: “It was Richie‘s name. We had a list of about 50 names. I had about 10 that I preferred over THE WINERY DOGS, but you know, when you’re in a band, you have to give and take and choose your battles, and Richie really, really loved this band name. So, you know, it was, like, ‘OK.’ A name is a name. If you feel that strongly about it, then go for it. So that’s who we are.”

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Valerie Bastien of VoiceYourselfGoes360.com recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen (MR. BIG, POISON) about THE WINERY DOGS, his new power trio with drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB) and legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH). You can listen to the chat using the audio player below.

THE WINERY DOGS‘ self-titled debut album sold around 10,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in North America on July 23 via Loud & Proud Records and in Japan on May 15 via Victor Entertainment, the CD was mixed by Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX, ADRENALINE MOB, STONE SOUR and STEEL PANTHER. Sheehan previously stated about the effort: “I’m really pleased with it. Richie sang his ass off and played amazingly unique stuff, and, of course, Mike annihilated on drums. [It’s a] really cool, unique record.”

“In all of my years in this business, I’ve always been part of either a progressive band or a metal band,” said Portnoy. “This is the first time I’ve been in an all-original band that’s just a rock band in the vein of LED ZEPPELIN or VAN HALEN.”

He added: “It’s so refreshing to just play straight-ahead music with lots of twists. Obviously, the musicianship is great in this band, but it’s very song-oriented.”

Regarding how THE WINERY DOGS got its name, Portnoy said: “It was Richie‘s name. We had a list of about 50 names. I had about 10 that I preferred over THE WINERY DOGS, but you know, when you’re in a band, you have to give and take and choose your battles, and Richie really, really loved this band name. So, you know, it was, like, ‘OK.’ A name is a name. If you feel that strongly about it, then go for it. So that’s who we are.”

Inteview (audio):

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Dynamic, progressive dark-rock visionaries VULTURE INDUSTRIES have announced a new live theater project with the Happy Gorilla Dance Company. The project, titled “Turning Golem” will combine a unique take on theatrical performances, with live music from VULTURE INDUSTRIES‘ forthcoming record, “The Tower”. “Turning Golem” will be staged on three separate dates: August 17 at the Dark Bombastic Evening in Transylvania, Romania; October 25 at the Garage in Bergen, Norway; and on October 26 at Phantoms of Pilsen Festival in the Czech Republic. VULTURE INDUSTRIES will debut five tracks from “The Tower” during the show.

Regarding the performance, VULTURE INDUSTRIES frontman Bjornar Nilsen said: “This project is a great opportunity for us to cultivate our theatrical side, and to cross breed the howling hounds of hell with the delirious dingoes of drama. Those familiar with the energy and singularity of a VULTURE INDUSTRIES live show and who wonder how much further we can take it, are about to find out.”

“Turning Golem” is a performance based on the premise of our need for meaning in life. A short movie about “Turning Golem” is also in the works.

“The Tower” is slated for release on September 27 (October 1 in North America) via Season Of Mist. The CD was recorded at the Conclave & Earshot Studios in Bergen, mixed by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED) and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (OPETH, KATATONIA, DEVIN TOWNSEND, IHSAHN, ENSLAVED).

“The Tower” track listing:

01. The Tower
02. Divine – Appalling
03. The Hound
04. Blood On The Trail
05. The Dead Won’t Mind
06. A Knife Between Us
07. The Pulse of Bliss
08. Sleepwalkers
09. Lost Among Liars

Through their charismatic musicianship, VULTURE INDUSTRIES quickly earned the reputation of a formidable live act, characterized by the fusion of technical prowess with eccentric, manic performances by frontman Bjørnar Erevik Nilsen.

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The “Out Of The Box” show, which airs on the New York classic rock station Q104.3, recently conducted an interview with THE WINERY DOGS, the power trio featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB), legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH) and guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen (MR. BIG, POISON). You can now watch video footae of the chat below.

THE WINERY DOGS‘ self-titled debut album sold around 10,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in North America on July 23 via Loud & Proud Records and in Japan on May 15 via Victor Entertainment, the CD was mixed by Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX, ADRENALINE MOB, STONE SOUR and STEEL PANTHER. Sheehan previously stated about the effort: “I’m really pleased with it. Richie sang his ass off and played amazingly unique stuff, and, of course, Mike annihilated on drums. [It’s a] really cool, unique record.”

“In all of my years in this business, I’ve always been part of either a progressive band or a metal band,” said Portnoy. “This is the first time I’ve been in an all-original band that’s just a rock band in the vein of LED ZEPPELIN or VAN HALEN.”

He added: “It’s so refreshing to just play straight-ahead music with lots of twists. Obviously, the musicianship is great in this band, but it’s very song-oriented.”

Regarding how THE WINERY DOGS got its name, Portnoy said: “It was Richie‘s name. We had a list of about 50 names. I had about 10 that I preferred over THE WINERY DOGS, but you know, when you’re in a band, you have to give and take and choose your battles, and Richie really, really loved this band name. So, you know, it was, like, ‘OK.’ A name is a name. If you feel that strongly about it, then go for it. So that’s who we are.”

THE WINERY DOGS will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show “Rockline” with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, August 14 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with THE WINERY DOGS by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). The show will be streamed on the “Rockline” web site for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.

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Formed when its members were still too young to buy a pint, forward-thinking Norwegians Leprous have been honing their technical, soaring, exuberant, and often impossible-to-label sound over the last decade, impressing critics and fans alike with their dynamic sound. So convincing is their musicianship and vision, in fact, that ex-Emperor frontman and prog metal giant Ihsahn recruited the group en masse to become his live band, working frequently with the group and appearing on their recordings, including their latest – and arguably greatest – opus, Coal. Despite such connections, Leprous remain an exotic and often puzzling proposition, blending metal traits with a host of other inspirations and aesthetic choices to create a unique and mesmerising experience.

“I think in the early days it’s fair to say we had a lot of inspiration from Opeth, Pain of Salvation, Porcupine Tree, Mars Volta, Dillinger Escape Plan, King Crimson and so on,” ponders lead vocalist and keyboard player Einar Solberg, “but I think in the last couple of albums we have become less directly inspired by other bands. It’s a mixture of everything we hear – even something we don’t know on the radio – and the fact that everyone in the band is involved in the writing of the songs that gives it an interesting mix.”

Indeed, while the group have seen comparisons to pretty much all the bands Einar mentions (and personally we would also add Devin Townsend and countrymen Shining to the list), Leprous are somewhat hesitant to label their own sound.

“I guess we are in the genre of progressive metal,” Einar laughs, “even though that is a pretty wide description. We started life as a metal band and have been taking whatever comes to mind when it comes to inspiration from other genres…we take influence from black metal, classical, rock music, pop music, so I think it’s difficult to describe the music we play, you have to listen to it. We are not just trying to copy another progressive metal band but are doing what I think the genre should be striving to do; to progress, to make something new and interesting and different from what you’ve done earlier.”

The band are certainly doing something new, with every part of the Leprous experience – music, live performance, even band photos – carrying a distinctly eccentric charm. But one question remains – why call the new (and possibly breakthrough) album ‘Coal’?

“It’s a nice metaphor because coal and diamonds are made from the same material,” Einar replies, “and it’s about how you use what’s given to you that turns it into what you end up. That’s true in life, but also with the album because we have the ideas but it’s how we put everything together that gives you the final result.”

Coal is out now via InsideOut

Interview by Dayal Patterson

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A little over a year ago, I wrote a review of Autolatry's EP, Of the Land, and enjoyed it quite a bit. After a listen to their latest full-length release, these boys have traveled a long distance in both songwriting and musicianship. In continuation of their "New England Black-Metal" theme, the band has crafted Native as …

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