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Brian Giffin of Australia’s Loud magazine recently conducted an interview with vocalist Dez Fafara of Californian metallers DEVILDRIVER. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On the recording process for DEVILDRIVER‘s new album, “Winter Kills”:

“I decided that I didn’t want to spend more time away from my family than I have to,” he explains, “so I recorded at home in my own studio. It just gave me a more comfortable place for me to work where I didn’t have to be separated from them for these long bouts of time. I could go in there whenever I needed to and work for a few hours at a time, and then I could be at home spending time with the family. It just made, for me, the perfect work enviroment and made things more enjoyable and manageable for me.”

On the songwriting process for “Winter Kills”:

“I did this thing on this record called automatic writing. I would get the tracks from the rest of the band and then I would listen to one a dozen, fifteen times over, and then I would turn it off and just start to write. It’s almost like a trance state where you don’t even think about what you’re doing. I just found it to be a very comfortable, very natural way for me to write and to come up with some new ideas and a whole new way of working that I think keeps with the whole theme of this record.”

On “Winter Kills” representing a rebirth for DEVILDRIVER:

‘Winter Kills’ definitely represents something new for DEVILDRIVER. You know, every one of our records is like a new beginning for us. We’re always looking to strive for some new approach, something new to add. I think this is the strongest material we’ve ever done, and to me, the concept of ‘Winter Kills’ represents that break, that killing off what we’ve done so that we can move forward. That’s kind of why I did the COAL CHAMBER [reunion] thing, because I felt there needed to be closure so that I could move on from that, and so in the same way I think that this new record allows DEVILDRIVER to move forward again from what we did with ‘Beast’, from what we did with ‘Pray For Villains’.

“I’m pretty proud of the fact that no one’s ever really been able to pigeon-hole our band into a particular sound. We’ve done thrash metal , death metal, we’ve had a black metal influence here and there but we’ve never been pinned down into a category where you can just say, ‘Well, DEVILDRIVER sounds like this or that’.”

Read the entire interview at Loud magazine.

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Peter Hodgson of IHeartGuitarBlog.com recently conducted an interview with guitarist John Petrucci of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

IHeartGuitarBlog.com: The previous album seemed like you were trying to make the definitive DREAM THEATER album, whereas this one seems a little more relaxed, more exploratory. Is that an accurate assessment?

Petrucci: We definitely approached “A Dramatic Turn Of Events” like we had something to prove as we were writing it, and we wanted to make sure we created something that was going to really assure our fans that we were here to stay and that everything was okay and that we were moving forward in a positive way. Definitely the tone of that album comes across that way, for sure. Now, this one: after that album came out and thankfully was received so well, we had a successful tour where we were able to learn more about Mike Mangini as a person and as a drummer, and we were able to, as you said, go into this album and let our hair down and forge ahead with a new sound, a new approach, maybe more experimental. I think that the music on this album comes across as having a more gusty rock thing. When we were doing some of the solo sections, we wanted to capture the vibe of playing live and improvising and playing with that kind of real fire that happens when you’re playing together as a band. That’s how we wrote it and that’s how we think it’s coming across. With the last one, there wasn’t a drummer in the room as we were writing it, so it’s probably more controlled-sounding, and this one is — and I’ve used this term before to describe Mangini — unleashed. Freer-sounding.

IHeartGuitarBlog.com: Did you do anything in particular as a producer to facilitate that way of working?

Petrucci: Yeah, absolutely. From the beginning, in order to capture that, what we did totally differently was not only did we set up in the studio where everyone’s playing live, but we made sure that the sounds that we were capturing at that very early stage were usable sounds that could be performances on the album. So we took some extra time in the beginning to get all the drum sounds, the guitar sounds, bass and everything, so as we were writing, if we captured that moment of fire and passion when it was written, we were able to actually keep that and integrate it along with whatever we had overdubbed as well. And that was really, really helpful. As a producer, I was able to hear what the album was sounding like right from the beginning. I didn’t have to wait for the mix to hear how the guitar would sound once it was hyped up. Everything was already sounding that way. When you’re hearing on the album is what it sounded like from day one, pretty much.

IHeartGuitarBlog.com: It must be a strange moment before the album comes out, when you’re sitting on it and hearing feedback from people who have heard it but the general public hasn’t got their hands on it yet.

Petrucci: Absolutely! I’m dyin’! It’s like you have something you’re so proud of and you just want to say, “Check this out! Listen to this!” There’s this feeling of excitement and anticipation and a little bit of anxiety, but generally it’s pride. You feel like you worked really hard on something and you just can’t wait to share it. That’s what it’s all about: sharing it and having that experience with our listeners that we’re really lucky to have.

IHeartGuitarBlog.com: Well just looking at the reactions to “The Enemy Inside” when it was released…

Petrucci: Yes!

IHeartGuitarBlog.com: I don’t think I saw any negative comments!

Petrucci: Y’know what? Yeah! That was so awesome! That was so incredible to see. And it just puts a smile on my face. I love our listeners because they’re very discerning but they’re very passionate and really supportive of what we do, so when I saw that kind of reaction I was like, “Y’know what? That’s freaking awesome.” Because to put out something you’re proud of and to have people react in the way that you would hope means that you’re all on the same page, and it’s just a great beginning to this whole process.

Read the entire interview at IHeartGuitarBlog.com.

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The Defiled

The Defiled pick the albums that were proper game-changers for them. Some interesting choices for sure…

Awesome new Defiled album Daggers lands on August 5 via Nuclear Blast.

Daggers Tracklisting

1. Sleeper (4:00)
2. Unspoken (4:05)
3. Saints And Sinners (3:49)
4. As I Drown (4:41)
5. Porcelain (3:23)
6. New Approach (3:09)
7. Fragments Of Hope (4:30)
8. The Infected (4:01)
9. The Morning After (4:14)
10. Five Minutes (4:38)
11. No Place Like Home (4:13)
12.I Destroy What Destroy Me (4:15)*
13.Self Under Siege (3:25)*
* = bonus track

Pre-order Daggershttp://smarturl.it/DaggersiTunes

You can see The Defiled lads tear it up alongside Motionless In White and Glamour of The Kill on the following dates this Autumn:

12 Sept // Dublin Academy 1
13 Sept // Belfast Mandela Hall
14 Sept // Glasgow Garage
15 Sept // Newcastle O2 Academy 2
16 Sept // Manchester Academy
18 Sept // Leeds Cockpit
19 Sept // Nottingham Rescue Rooms
20 Sept // Birmingham O2 Academy 2
21 Sept // London The Forum
22 Sept // Bristol The Fleece
23 Sept // Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

Buy tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Motionless-In-White-tickets/artist/1492903

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The Defiled

We got the Defiled lads to name us their ultimate supergroup. This shit isn’t easy…

Awesome new Defiled album Daggers lands on August 5 via Nuclear Blast.

Daggers Tracklisting

1. Sleeper (4:00)
2. Unspoken (4:05)
3. Saints And Sinners (3:49)
4. As I Drown (4:41)
5. Porcelain (3:23)
6. New Approach (3:09)
7. Fragments Of Hope (4:30)
8. The Infected (4:01)
9. The Morning After (4:14)
10. Five Minutes (4:38)
11. No Place Like Home (4:13)
12.I Destroy What Destroy Me (4:15)*
13.Self Under Siege (3:25)*
* = bonus track

Pre-order Daggershttp://smarturl.it/DaggersiTunes

You can see The Defiled lads tear it up alongside Motionless In White and Glamour of The Kill on the following dates this Autumn:

12 Sept // Dublin Academy 1
13 Sept // Belfast Mandela Hall
14 Sept // Glasgow Garage
15 Sept // Newcastle O2 Academy 2
16 Sept // Manchester Academy
18 Sept // Leeds Cockpit
19 Sept // Nottingham Rescue Rooms
20 Sept // Birmingham O2 Academy 2
21 Sept // London The Forum
22 Sept // Bristol The Fleece
23 Sept // Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

Buy tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Motionless-In-White-tickets/artist/1492903

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The Defiled

We fucking love The Defiled, which is why we can’t wait for new album Daggers to land on August 5! The lads have been putting together a special track-by-track guide to the opus, and all three parts are now online.

Get stuck in below:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Daggers Tracklisting

1. Sleeper (4:00)
2. Unspoken (4:05)
3. Saints And Sinners (3:49)
4. As I Drown (4:41)
5. Porcelain (3:23)
6. New Approach (3:09)
7. Fragments Of Hope (4:30)
8. The Infected (4:01)
9. The Morning After (4:14)
10. Five Minutes (4:38)
11. No Place Like Home (4:13)
12.I Destroy What Destroy Me (4:15)*
13.Self Under Siege (3:25)*
* = bonus track

Pre-order Daggershttp://smarturl.it/DaggersiTunes

You can see The Defiled lads tear it up alongside Motionless In White and Glamour of The Kill on the following dates this Autumn:

12 Sept // Dublin Academy 1
13 Sept // Belfast Mandela Hall
14 Sept // Glasgow Garage
15 Sept // Newcastle O2 Academy 2
16 Sept // Manchester Academy
18 Sept // Leeds Cockpit
19 Sept // Nottingham Rescue Rooms
20 Sept // Birmingham O2 Academy 2
21 Sept // London The Forum
22 Sept // Bristol The Fleece
23 Sept // Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

Buy tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Motionless-In-White-tickets/artist/1492903

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Today Decibel Magazine hosts the premiere of Nidingr’s “Greatest Of Deceivers,” the title track from the band’s upcoming new long player, slated to drop in North America on November 20th. Check out the song at this location.

The recent Indie Recordings signees feature within their illustrious ranks past and present members of Mayhem, Gorgoroth, DHG (Dødheimsgard), 1349 and God Seed, among others. Comments guitarist Teloch of the offering, “With Greatest Of Deceivers, we wanted to try a new approach on things. We are actually working together on every song thus making the material much stronger. What we also did was slow everything down a little bit. Now it’s aggressive and at the same time very listenable. We even had this ‘grazy’ idea to not use any triggers, and have everything recorded and mastered through old analog gear. This album is the most alive, organic and raw album we’ve ever made.”

“G.O.D.” was recorded at Crystal Canyon Studios in Oslo, — home to a host of prominent Norwegian acts including cult experimentalists Ulver — produced by guitarist Teloch, mixed by Anders Møller (Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O, Euroboys, 120 Days, Turbonegro, etc.) and mastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano at Orgone Studios.

This third full-length continues the theme from “Sorrow Infinite And Darkness,” based on Enochian texts. As on the previous album, ten Enochian Æthyrs are evoked through the course of the album. For pre-orders, point your browser right here.

The track listing is:

1. Greatest of Deceivers
2. All Crowns Fall
3. O Thou Empty God
4. The Balances
5. Vim Patior
6. Rags upon a Beggar
7. The Worm is Crowned
8. Pure Pale Gold
9. Mother of Abominations
10. Dweller in the Abyss

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Neige of French act Alcest has issued the following announcement about working on an upcoming album:

“Hello there! Some days ago Winterhalter and I recorded demos for the next Alcest album, for which I have almost finished the songwriting. Only a few arrangements are missing, and the lyrics as well… In our case they always come late in the process.

“As I said in recent interviews, you can expect something different from Alcest’s previous releases. I don’t think there are any metal music elements anymore, though a lot of very intense parts and dynamics are still there. Things are just done in another way, and the core remains the same. That album will come back to the nostalgic side of Alcest, it’s very dreamy, aquatic and a bit less progressive than the last two albums. Melodies are taking their time to grow, if you see what I mean.

“I feel very excited about these songs and this new approach feels very refreshing to me. I also can tell that the album will be recorded next March in Iceland at Sundlaugin, Sigur Rós’ studios, with producer Birgir Jón Birgisson. There will also be guests appearances – more infos about this will come later. I will keep you posted!”

Alcest will also be heading out on a European tour with Katatonia in November. Details are available at this location.

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Linkin Park are taking a new approach to releasing their b-sides and rare tracks.

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Sweden’s In Flames will unleash a 2nd digital single “Where The Dead Ships Dwell,” off the new album “Sounds Of A Playground Fading,” on November 15th.

In Flames was not shy of taking a new approach to the song “Where The Dead Ships Dwell” and went to extremes with the diverse partners that turned in three completely different remixes with versions by German rapper Casper, drum and bass act The Qemists, and Kristof Bathory, vocalist of the black metal band Dawn of Ashes.

“The songs have already been made and the originals are as good as they can be, but what if I give them to an artist from a whole different genre, what would be there take on it?” Says In Flames vocalist Anders Fridén. “I love collaborations like this and all the artists we worked with have done an awesome job. It’s not meant to be taken dead serious and it’s not how In Flames is gonna sound next, but I love it and I hope you’ll enjoy a twist to the formula.”

The track listing for the single is as follows:

1. Where The Dead Ships Dwell
2. Where The Dead Ships Dwell (Casper Remix)
3. Where The Dead Ships Dwell (The Qemists Remix)
4. Where The Dead Ships Dwell (Kristof Bathory – Dawn of Ashes Remix) (iTunes exclusive track)

Re-mixer Casper commented, “Since I have been a huge In Flames fan since I was a teenager, I was honored to even be considered for a remix of one of their songs from their new chart-topping album. When I used to play in metal bands, it was all about having riffs comparable to these guys and to now, as a rapper (!!!), be a part of the new single is mindblowing. We didn’t really know how to approach the material, since it is my first remix job ever, so we went the dancy French house route. I really deeply do hope that people enjoy it. Feeling blessed.”

The Qemists added, “From the first listen we were blown away by the whole album, so we jumped at the chance to remix one of our favorite tracks from ‘Playground. We wanted to create something for the clubs which still embodied the spirit of this album. Going back to the original recordings rather than just having a vocal accapella allowed us to do something with the vocals which would not normally be possible on a remix, and In Flames are a band who obviously like to push the boundaries, so we thought they would probably like our ideas!”

Kristof Bathory from Dawn of Ashes: “It was quite an honor to work on this remix & add an Industrial vibe to an In Flames track. I feel that my evil ways definitely comes out in this remix. So for In Flames fans, enjoy my Devilry!”

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Swedish act Daemonicus has issued the following update about the band’s progress working on a new album:

“This is getting ridiculous, it’s to long between our updates. Much has happened since our last post, to much maybe…? We booked a European tour, that got cancelled due to other circumstances.

“In this time, as you might know, our next album is recorded in C.C.H.B.-studio. Yesterday we handed over the material to Garage Studios, and right now, in this minute, we are listening to rough mixes of 3 of our 10 songs. And we tell you, this is going to be good. You know, the kind of good that fucks up your brain – good…

“Back to the matter of our lost tour… We are reaching out there in a new(?) approach, we’d like a booking agent to help us, so that we don’t gett fucked again… If you know of an agent that could help the best death metal live act out there, let us know!”

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