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Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently conducted an interview with FOZZY singer and WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Icon Vs. Icon: Is there musical ground you are anxious to cover?

Chris: We have already started writing songs for the next record. We will be focusing in even more on what we do best — the groove, the space, the heaviness and the melodies. As much as we love IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, DIO and a lot of new bands like STONE SOUR, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, we also have a big appreciation for JOURNEY, FOREIGNER, STYX, QUEEN and THE BEATLES; bands who used a lot of harmony. We like the days where every guy in the band sang! We really want to continue those days. I think one of the reasons we have been doing so well because FOZZY is a little bit different than the norm and that has helped us get to the next level.

Icon Vs. Icon: Where are you in process of creating this new material for a new FOZZY album?

Chris: We are going to go back into the studio starting in January. We are writing now and we want to have this thing released for the summertime. It is would be perfect timing for putting out a record, where we can go tour with at all the summer festivals and tours. We are getting everything sorted out and organized right now. Like I keep saying, there is just so much momentum from “Sin And Bones”, we want to keep that rolling and the elevation continuing along!

Icon Vs. Icon: Speaking of new music, where do you find yourself looking for inspiration as a songwriter?

Chris: I just go by songtitles. If I see an interesting phrase, something that piques my interest, I will write it down and work my way backwards from there. Obviously, there are a lot of different places you can derive lyrics from. Personally, I like imagery lyrics. If you look at “Sandpaper” or “Spider In My Mouth”, they are more imagery driven, rather than literal, visceral meanings. I also like relationship-type songs like “In My Head” or “Shine Forever” or “Feed My Addiction”. Then you have the more fantastic ones like “What Happens”, “Past Life” or “Dark Passenger”, which was loosely based on ‘Dexter”, or storm — “Storm The Beaches” is about being in World War II. It is just whatever catches my eye, but it typically starts off with the song title.

Icon Vs. Icon: Last time we spoke, you had been giving some thought on doing a live DVD release to capture the live show. Any movement on that front?

Chris: Yeah, we just filmed a set at Bloodstock, which is a big festival we played in England a few weeks ago. Once we have that all organized and ready, I am sure it will be released before the new record or if nothing else, with the new record as a bonus disc.
Icon Vs. Icon: Last time we spoke, you had signed a book deal for a third autobiography. You had mentioned wanting to start chipping away at it while on tour. Where do you stand in that process?

Chris: I did actually start it. A couple of weeks ago we were in Austria and I finally bit the bullet and started working on it. I am about 85 pages in. Once you kind of crack the seal and get to work on it, it becomes addictive. That is what you need to write a book because it is a huge project that takes a lot of effort. I have a couple of great books to live up to, so I have a certain level of quality to meet as well. All of those factors lead you to waiting for the right time. Once you get started, it is hard to stop. That is where I am at right now, so hopefully it will be out next year. I am not sure exactly if it is supposed to be out in the fall or winter. I know what my deadline is and I am late! Fire it up!

Read the entire interview at Icon Vs. Icon.

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It’s important to support the underground, helping new bands make their way in the industry. Every month we feature a handful of unsigned metal bands that we think have a lot of talent and promise. Dan Drago is a member of an unsigned band himself, and knows what it’s like from the band’s perspective. Here are this month’s featured albums in Drago’s Dungeon. Check out their music and if you like what you hear, buy it!

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Known as a “leading expert on all things hard rock and heavy metal,” Eddie Trunk continues to entertain fans on the radio and as the host of VH1 Classic‘s hit television program “That Metal Show” with his passion for music. In the much-anticipated sequel to the bestselling “Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal”, Trunk picks up where he left off by featuring 35 new bands, both legendary and forgotten, and sharing his passion for all things metal.

Complete with his favorite playlists, band discographies, trivia, never-before-seen photographs as well as candid’s and ephemera from Eddie‘s personal collection, this new book combines brief band histories with Trunk‘s unique personal experiences and anecdotes in a must-read for all fans of rock and roll. Featuring a diverse lineup, from Marilyn Manson and Ace Frehley to Lita Ford and WHITESNAKE, “Volume II” salutes all those who are ready to rock!

“Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Volume II” will be made available on September 24 via Abrams Image, a division of Abrams.

In a recent interview with Pop Break, Trunk stated about “Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Volume II”: “It is an exact sequel of the first book. It’s the same publisher. It’s the same format, same exact layout, the discography, the ‘Did You Know’ stuff, and, of course, the exclusive live photography.

“So many people enjoyed the layout of the first book, how easy it was to read. So we didn’t mess with the formula that people really liked. The only difference is the bands are completely different. The bands are a little deeper, a little less mainstream. So it’s an out-and-out sequel. It’s going to make a great companion piece to the first.”

Trunk is the host of VH1 Classic‘s “That Metal Show” and is heard on two weekly radio shows: “Eddie Trunk Live”, which airs on SiriusXM Radio‘s Ozzy’s Boneyard channel, and the FM-syndicated “Eddie Trunk Rocks”, broadcast live in New York City on Q104.3. He lives in New Jersey.

“Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Volume II” book-signing dates:

Sep. 24 – Hard Rock Café Times Square, NY at 6 p.m.
Sep. 25 – Barnes & Noble, Morris Plains, NJ at 7 p.m.
Sep. 26 – Barnes & Noble, Staten Island, NY at 7 p.m.
Sep. 27 – Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH at 7 p.m.
Sep. 28 – Loganberry Books, Cleveland, OH from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Sep. 29 – House Of Blues, Chicago, IL at 6 p.m.
Oct. 01 – Boswell Books, Milwaukee, WI at 7 p.m.
Oct. 02 – Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ at 7 p.m.
Oct. 03 – Book Soup, Los Angeles, CA at 7 p.m.
Oct. 04 – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV at 6 p.m.
Oct. 11 – Barnes & Noble, Eatontown, NJ at 7 p.m.


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Brian Molko advises against fashionable bands.

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Mike Portnoy hasn't done a Progressive Nation Tour since 2011, and that was when he was still with Dream Theater. Now he's back with a new tour, new bands, and a new venue completely! If you consider the ocean a venue… the cruise will take place from February 18 to 22 and will cost you …

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There are so many metal releases each week it’s nearly impossible to keep track and try to discover new bands. That’s where we can help. We collect a bunch of short reviews in one article, giving you a chance to check out several different new albums in one quick and convenient place. This week, we review the latest from All Pigs Must Die, Armed For Apocalypse, Baroness, Black Tusk, Body Stuff, Counterparts, Dischordia, Grandexit, Karnivool, Lord, Mammoth Grinder, Miazma, Morne, The Pete Flesh Deathtrip, Phinehas, Star & Dagger and True Widow.

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In our series of Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival interviews, I was able to chat with Hiran Deraniyagala, guitarist for Metal Blade’s BATTLECROSS which are quickly becoming one of my favorite new bands to emerge in the past 2 years. Q: I saw you guys a few months back in Ventura on the IN FLAMES

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In our series of Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival interviews, I was able to chat with Hiran Deraniyagala, guitarist for Metal Blade’s BATTLECROSS which are quickly becoming one of my favorite new bands to emerge in the past 2 years. Q: I saw you guys a few months back in Ventura on the IN FLAMES

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Josh Homme: showbiz mates everywhere

Yeah, ANOTHER UK tour.

Queens of the Stone Age will follow their set at Download on Saturday with a UK tour later this year.

Josh Homme and the boys will play the following dates:

Glasgow – Hydro Arena (November 16)
Dublin – O2 Arena (17)
Belfast – Odyssey (18)
Manchester – MEN Arena (20)
Birmingham – NIA (21)
London – Wembley Arena (22)

Tickets go onsale on Friday June 21 at 9am.

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The Algorithm: ALL THE GENRES!!!111one

We’re basically counting down the hours until Download 2013 kicks off, so we thought we’d chat to the weirdest one-man-djent-hop-dubstep-metal machine playing this year…

How many times have you been to Donington?

This will be my first time!

How does it feel to be making your Donington debut?

I’m really excited! I’ve heard lots of awesome things about this event, and I just can’t wait to experience it myself. I’m sure it’s gonna be one of the best memories of my life.

What are you most looking forward to about playing this year?

I can’t wait to share laughs and beers with my friends, to meet new people, to discover new bands… And most of all, to be surprised! I’m really new to Download, I don’t think I can expect anything from it. That’s why it’s exciting!

Which bands on the bill are you most excited about?

I’m really looking forward to watch bands like Karnivool, After The Burial and of course Iron Maiden, Queens Of The Stone Age, pretty much all the headliners… Actually, there’s too many of them to list.

What can we expect from your set?

Power, insanity, and never enough enjoyment to be playing this music. We will be welcoming some guests on our live set, it will be a unique show.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever seen at a festival?

People who had too muany drinks are always a bit miserable, but it’s the seal of quality of a good festival. To some extent. I think the worst thing to see would be someone NOT enjoying the festival. Come on, let’s all be happy!

If you could only pack five things to take with you, what would they be?

My laptop, my laptop charger, my laptop bag, my mouse and my keyboard. Oh, wait…

Download 2013 takes place June 14-16 at Donington Park and features the likes of Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Rammstein, Motorhead, Queens Of The Stone Age, Mastodon, Alice in Chains and countless more amazing acts. Get your tickets here, and don’t forget to keep checking back here as we continue the Road To Download!

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