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Mar 25 2014
General Music News: Jordan Rudess talks recording in new interview.
Mar 20 2014
Norwegian folk metal act Trollfest a music video for the new track “Kaptein Kaos,” the title track of the upcoming new release. The album iis set to drop on March 28th (EU) via NoiseArt Records and April 8th (North America) via Napalm Records. The track list for “Kaptein Kaos” is: 1.
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Mar 18 2014
General Music News: See footage + setlist of band’s first gig since 2011.
Mar 17 2014
General Music News: Band going through pre-production, record due later this year.
Mar 10 2014
They play scintillating sludge mashed with heavy hardcore and come Kylesa-approved. Jagged Vision, you’re doing it right.
As vocalist Ole Wik puts it, “things have gone from zero to a hundred, really quickly.” That’s because a few short months ago, the Jagged Vision frontman and his bandmates – drummer Joakin SvelÂ, bassist Kato AustrÂtt and guitarists Harald Lid and Daniel Vier – were languishing in obscurity. Oh, sure, there was the occasional unearthing of their off-kilter brand of upbeat stoner rock/sludge core in and around the venues of western Norway, and you might even have seen someone strolling the streets of Stavanger decked out in one of their shirts, but it’s not like they were on the lips of many more folks beyond that. Until, as Wik explains, Daniel met Kylesa’s Phillip Cope.
“Daniel was a roadie for Kvelertak on their first international tour which was with Converge and Kylesa. From there, he got to know Phil.” Dan and Phil got along and Jagged Vision were looking for a producer to record their debut full-length, so a plan was hatched for the band to trek from Stavanger to Columbia, South Carolina and record at the Jam Room, the studio where the Kylesa man works when he’s not on tour. It was after spending two weeks in Columbia that Phil approached the quintet with the idea of signing to Retro Futurist, the boutique label he was assembling with fellow Kylesa-ians Laura Pleasants and Carl McGinley.
“At the time, we didn’t even know he was planning to start a label!” exclaims Wik. The result is Harvest Earth, the release of which was preceded by a month-long European tour featuring Jagged Earth and fellow Retro Futurist act, Sierra, supporting Kylesa. Not bad for a band who started playing ìsimplistic hardcore punkî and only got into ìstoner, doom and Black Sabbath when [they] got older. “That scene is really small here,” adds Daniel. “The band Purified In Blood are awesome and have been around forever, but it’s mainly just a group of long-haired dudes hanging around listening to loud music, so we’ve always looked to the UK and US for inspiration.”
The combination of the members’ hardcore roots and recent obsession with all things bearded, bare-chested and bong-watered gives Harvest Earth a unique edge as socially conscious shouting meets clipped ‘n ‘crunchy power chord progressions and boogie blues.
“Coming from a hardcore punk background, our lyrics will always have meaning. Harvest Earth is about how humanity exploits everything and us being five clueless dudes who feel we don’t fit in,” Wik laughs. “Going from hardcore to what we do now, we approached our music with a different mindset. The outcome is different and I can’t really put a finger on a band that sounds like us. I’m not even sure if what we do would be considered stoner or doom!”
Harvest Earth is out now on Retro Futurist
Sep 29 2013
On September 24, Honduras rock journalist Alvaro Villatoro (a.k.a. Lemmy Simmons) of Hard Heavy conducted an interview with conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. A few excerpts from the chat follow.
On the next QUEENSRŸCHE video:
Scott: “A couple of weeks ago, we finished two brand new music videos for the new record. We went down to Los Angeles and shot the next two videos.
“The next single, I believe, is going to be ‘Spore’. And then the follow-up single after that is going to be ‘A World Without’.
“So what we did is we shot a 10-minute movie of the two songs put together, and it’s really great. It’s a full scripted storyline, there were actors in the videos, and it’s very conceptual. And we do appear in the video as well. But it was really fun and really different, because it’s like a movie.”
On parting ways with original singer Geoff Tate and replacing him with Todd La Torre:
Scott: “I’ve gotta be honest. We just didn’t know what to expect when we made the decision to move on last year. And Todd has been perfect; I mean, it’s absolutely just perfect. He sings so great our old, great songs. Listen, we hadn’t done ‘Queen Of The Reich’ in years, and Todd stepped in and he just sings it — he just does it — and it’s just perfect. I can’t even tell you how excited we are about what’s going on for us right now having him in the band.”
On whether the band felt any pressure to release a new studio album as quickly as possible to compete with the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE:
Scott: “To be honest, we actually didn’t — we never felt any pressure to get a record out as fast as possible or to do anything to sacrifice the quality that we always had wanted to keep ourselves at. This record was a great example of that. Our focus was on just writing great songs and getting them to where we felt it was at the top of our game, so to speak, and we wanted to keep our level very high and challenge ourselves. And so we were gonna get the record done when the record was gonna be done.
“We were lucky, because the chemistry amongst the five of us now is so great that we just felt that we didn’t have any pressures — we knew we were gonna have a great record and feel really good about it. And I think the response is kind of the proof. The fans and the media have embraced the new record in such a high way; I mean, we’re getting almost 10-star reviews on this record all around the world. So for what that’s worth, I think that’s just the proof that we’ve done what our fans really had wanted us to be doing for a long time. I think they’re very happy that we’re back doing what we feel good about.
“We’ve been around for 30 years as a band, and we’ve made a lot of records, and some really great ones that I’m very proud of. I think this new record is a record that I’m proud of… It’s probably a record that I’m most proud for probably the last 20 years. So, for me, it’s really special and I feel really great about it. And we’re having a great time. We haven’t had a great time for a long time, to be honest; it hasn’t been very fun. I think this is now a turning point for us and we just feel really good. We’re energized and the fans are energized.”
On whether “Queensrÿche” signals a return to the band’s classic sound:
Scott: “I think so. I really do.
“In the last year that we started playing all these shows with Todd, our setlist is a lot of just our first five records — it’s all that great QUEENSRŸCHE classic stuff that we hadn’t played for a long time. And in doing that, I think that started to put us in kind of that mindset, that energy that we had back then, and the chemistry we had together. And so I think when we started making this new record, it was almost natural that we were kind of revisiting that feel for us. And I think this record does.
“I think, to me, if somebody asked me where I would place this record in our catalog in terms of time frame, I think this record fits right back in the days of, like, ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ and ‘Empire’ and ‘Promised Land’ — kind of like in the early Nineties when we were making those records. And I think this record feels like it’s very much a part of that era. And I’m proud of that. And a lot of our fans are telling us that as well.
“So I think that we did — we grabbed a lot of the great, old chemistry, and we made a record with that energy.”
Photos below from video shoot for “Spore” and “A World Without”.
Sep 28 2013
Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation has posted the video for the band’s new single, “Paradise (What About Us?),” featuring Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen. You can watch the video below or on YouTube .
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Sep 26 2013
By The Patient has a new music video out now for “Bellum,” which can be viewed below. The song comes off the band’s “Afterbirth” EP
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Sep 25 2013
Mitchell Peters of Billboard.biz recently conducted an interview with Scott Sokol, SLAYER‘s booking agent at Pinnacle Entertainment for the past 15 years.
Asked if there were ever discussions about taking a break from touring after the May 2013 death of SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman, Sokol said: “I think if it happened while they were on tour it might’ve been different. But Jeff hadn’t been [touring] with the band for close to three years at this point. So it wasn’t like [Hanneman‘s replacement] Gary Holt [of EXODUS] was new to the equation. At the time of Jeff‘s passing, Gary had been in the band for two and a half years. It wasn’t going to help anybody to cancel what they were doing. The band likes to go out there and play. Not that I’m a counselor, or anything, but I think part of the way they deal with things is to do what they love. And they love to go out there and do their thing.”
Sokol also spoke about how SLAYER‘s live show has changed since Gary Holt joined the band to replace Jeff Hanneman. “I don’t think they’ve really missed a beat there,” he said. “There’s no replacement for Jeff. Gary doesn’t replace Jeff, who is a legend unto himself. But Gary Holt, to a degree, is also that. He’s just a little different stylistically. Brian Johnson and Bon Scott are different frontmen for AC/DC, but both are legendary in their own right. So in some way you could look at it like that.”
Regarding whether there are plans for the band to record some new material soon, Sokol said: “They’re definitely working on new music. More things will be revealed in the coming weeks.”
Read the entire interview at Billboard.biz.
Sep 24 2013
The new version of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS featuring LINKIN PARK‘s Chester Bennington will release an EP, “High Rise”, on October 8 via 13Star Records. The effort will contain five new tracks:
01. Out Of Time
Video footage of Bennington and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS guitarist Dean DeLeo talking to Artisan News about “Black Heart” can be seen below.
“Out Of Time” reached the No. 1 position on both the Mediabase Active Rock and Mainstream Rock chart last month.
“In terms of style, when the DeLeo brothers [Dean and bassist Robert] get in the studio and start writing, they have a very unique way of putting chords together and structures and the type of chord progressions they put together,” Bennington told Fuse News of the writing process in the new STP. “So, in that sense, it’s gonna be undeniably the sound of STP — I mean, they’re the heart and soul of the band. Naturally, I’m not [former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer] Scott [Weiland], so I’m not gonna think of the same melodies, I’m not gonna think of the same lyrical content and such, so in that sense, naturally, there’s gonna be a difference in terms of how I interpret what the band puts together musically. I think that’s one of the reasons why we’re so eager to get the [new STONE TEMPLE PILOTS] EP out, because we want people to hear the new direction and feel the vibe of the new music. Because there’s definitely a vibe in that EP that is fresh and it’s new but it still feels very STP.”
He added: “When we started writing, the ideas came so fast; every single day, it semed like there was four or five things that we were all bringing in and contributing in terms of new songs. We could have easily spent three more months on this thing and had a full-length record out. There’s enough material there for us to do that and start getting into the next one. So in terms of the amount of creativity that’s been going on, it’s very healthy.”
STP fired Scott Weiland in February after reuniting with him in 2010 for a series of tours and one self-titled album. The band had previously been on hiatus since 2002, primarily due to the singer’s struggles with drugs and alcohol.
The group sued Weiland in May, accusing him of using the band’s name to advance his solo career, while claiming that his poor performances, late arrivals, and addiction struggles harmed the band’s career.
Weiland has countersued, claiming that the band cannot use the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS name without him.