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On September 15, Shabby Hasan of In The Now Magazine conducted an interview with with vocalist Ryan McCombs of SOIL at the Aftershock festival at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California. You can now watch the chat below.

SOIL‘s sixth studio album, “Whole”, was released on August 20 via Pavement Entertainment. It’s the band’s first 100% independent release.

“Whole” is the first SOIL album with original frontman Ryan McCombs since 2004’s “Re.De.Fine” (after which he joined DROWNING POOL). It sees SOIL returning to its classic sound that fans have come to admire, with a pres release calling it the CD “that could have come directly after the ‘Scars’ album in 2001.”

Following the 2012 release of its first-ever live DVD, “Re-LIVE-ing The Scars”, SOIL began writing new material and entered the studio in February 2013 with producer Ulrich Wild (PANTERA, BREAKING BENJAMIN) to begin recording.

“This was by far the most comfortable and natural recording process we have ever experienced,” said guitarist Adam Zadel. “From the writing, pre-production, and through the main tracking and mixing, everything was smooth and fluid.”

Songs featured on “Whole” include “Loaded Gun” and “Way Gone”. Another track, “Amalgamation”, sees McCombs taking songtitles from both the SOIL and DROWNING POOL releases he was a part of and weaving them into verses of the song.

“I think, lyrically speaking, those that are familiar with the work I’ve done are going to get the next chapter that they would expect,” McCombs says about the lyrical process. “Words from a heart and mind that has lived them.

“One of the greatest things I experience as a lyricist is when people come up and share with me how a song, or a specific verse or line from a song, got them through a hard time or times in their lives. It reminds me of the times music did that for me and how powerful music and/or a lyric can be in a person’s life.”

Drums and percussion on “Whole” were performed by Will Hunt (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, EVANESCENCE, DEVICE).

Will added a whole new dimension to the songs,” states King. “He added a monstrous and aggressive vibe to the album.”

A guest guitar solo on “Wake Up” was performed by longtime friend Mike Mushok of the band STAIND.

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Sara Meek of In The Now Magazine conducted an interview with guitarist Stevie Dacanay of Californian rockers BUCKCHERRY on September 14 at the Aftershock festival at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California. You can now watch the chat below.

Aside from playing guitar in BUCKCHERRY, Dacanay is a serious photographer who’s been chronicling his travels and life on the road.

In a 2011 interview with Flush The Fashion, Stevie stated about his work as a photographer, “I’ve always been a fan, and a fan of most art forms. but I didn’t start shooting and dedicating gross amounts of time until a tour with MÖTLEY CRÜE a few years ago. I have Nikki Sixx and my singer Josh [Todd] to thank for that. They were both highly encouraging and helpful when I started getting serious. Actually, Sixx still is. Then, like any good drug addict, I went off the deep end, started isolating, obsessing. It was all-consuming.”

BUCKCHERRY‘s sixth studio album, “Confessions”, sold 18,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 20 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was produced by guitarist Keith Nelson and Marti Frederiksen (AEROSMITH, OZZY OSBOURNE) and features eclectic CD artwork by graffiti artist Ewok.

The band’s previous CD, “All Night Long”, opened with around 28,000 units in August 2010 to debut at No. 10.

BUCKCHERRY‘s fourth studio effort, titled “Black Butterfly”, premiered with around 47,000 copies back in September 2008 to enter the chart at No. 8.

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In The Now Magazine conducted an interview with the LOVE & DEATH, the band led by KORN guitarist Brian “Head” Welch, at the Aftershock festival, which took place September 14-15 at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California. You can now watch the chat below.

LOVE & DEATH‘s debut album, “Between Here & Lost”, will be re-released on September 24 as a “deluxe” edition containing a brand new track, “Empty”, along with remixes of the songs “The Abandoning” and “Meltdown” by the CD’s producer, Jasen Rauch (RED, BREAKING BENJAMIN).

“Between Here & Lost” sold around 4,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 95 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was originally issued on January 22 via Tooth & Nail Records.

Recorded in Nashville with Rauch and mixed by Paul Pavao, Ben Grosse (MARILYN MANSON, DISTURBED) and Jim Monti (KORN), “Between Here & Lost” consists of 11 tracks, ranging from songs about personal struggle and triumph (“Chemicals”, “My Disaster”, “Paralyzed”) to emotionally charged anthems (“Fading Away”, “Watching The Bottom Fall”) to a riff-heavy rendition of DEVO‘s 1980 hit “Whip It”.

LOVE AND DEATH is comprised of Welch, lead guitarist JR Bareis, bassist Michael Valentine, and drummer Dan Johnson.

Like the album title suggests, “Between Here & Lost” captures the honesty of light and darkness, beauty and tragedy, good and evil, delivered by a band with intense passion and commitment to the message of its music.

“This record was birthed from trials, tribulations, pain, suffering, anxiety, depression, and drama,” stated Welch. “However, we came out on top and the end result is a very real, raw and honest record. We are so stoked for people to hear it! From our opening song, ‘The Abandoning’, to our cover of DEVO‘s ‘Whip it’, to our collaboration with Mattie Montgomery from FOR TODAY on ‘I W8 4 U’, It’s an exciting piece of art and the listener will feel the different range of emotions with the lyrics and melodies of each song.”

LOVE AND DEATH formed when Welch decided to have open auditions on YouTube in 2009. “I picked the guys and then had a jam session in Phoenix,” says Welch. “Over the last couple of years, there have been a few lineup changes as we went through normal growing pains. The current band has been together and touring for a while now and they are a big part of the new music and the future of LOVE AND DEATH.”

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In The Now Magazine conducted an interview with the BUTCHER BABIES at the Aftershock festival, which took place September 14-15 at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California. You can now watch the chat below.

BUTCHER BABIES‘ debut album, “Goliath”, sold around 3,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 107 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD came out on July 9 via Century Media Records.

The Los Angeles-based band — frontwomen Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd, guitarist Henry Flury, bassist Jason Klein and drummer Chris Warner — wrapped its tour with MARILYN MANSON in late February and went straight into the studio with producer Josh Wilbur (GOJIRA, LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED).

In a recent interview with CrypticRock.com, Shepherd stated about “Goliath”: “The album, as a whole, is very diverse. There is basically something for everybody. We all have different influences and everything is portrayed on this album. Jason [Klein, bass] loves death metal; Henry [Flury, guitar], in general, metal; I love nu-metal; and Carla loves classic metal. We all love every [kind of] metal but those are our favorite and those are where we came from. All our influences shine bright on this album. It’s definitely a coloration of everybody’s influences and everybody’s love. We’re all very proud of it in one way or another. There is something for everybody in it.”

BUTCHER BABIES“Magnolia Blvd.” video can be seen below. The clip was directed by Daniel Andres Gomez Bagby, who has previously worked with BUCKCHERRY.

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In The Now Magazine conducted an interview with KORN guitarist Brian “Head” Welch at the Aftershock festival, which took place September 14-15 at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California. You can now watch the chat below.

KORN‘s new album, “The Paradigm Shift”, is due on October 8 via Prospect Park. The follow-up to 2011’s “The Path Of Totality” features the return of Welch to the lineup after more than eight years away. His last album with the band was 2003’s “Take A Look In The Mirror”.

Singer Jonathan Davis told The Pulse Of Radio what the experience was like having Welch back in the studio, making this record extra special.

‘Untouchables’ used to be my favorite, but this one’s mine now,” he said. “You know, it’s just all those years of work and being able to be in a band this long with the guys. And having Head back bringing, you know, that old chemistry back with him with Munky on the rock side and I was on the electronic side. It was good having the compromise on both sides. It was just good for the creative process, I think.”

Songs on the new set, which was recorded with producer Don Gilmore (LINKIN PARK, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, LACUNA COIL) at Buck Owens‘ studio in KORN‘s original hometown Bakersfield and at Los Angeles’s famed NRG Recording Studios, include first single “Never Never”, “Prey For Me”, “Spike In My Veins”, “Mass Hysteria”, “Paranoid And Aroused” and “Victimized”.

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Shabby Hasan of In The Now Magazine conducted an interview with drummer Xavier Muriel of Californian rockers BUCKCHERRY on August 7 at The Chameleon Room in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. You can now watch the chat below.

BUCKCHERRY‘s sixth studio album, “Confessions”, which sold 18,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 20 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was produced by Keith Nelson and Marti Frederiksen (AEROSMITH, OZZY OSBOURNE) and features eclectic CD artwork by graffiti artist Ewok. The songs on “Confessions” merge punk grit, gutter attitude, honest storytelling, and razor sharp hooks, while the lyrics are tied together by the underlying theme of the Seven Deadly Sins.

In an interview with Loudwire.com, singer Josh Todd elaborated on the album’s subject matter. Josh explained, “There was a point in my life when I was a youth when I lost a family member and I acted out in my grieving process through the deadly sins, so that’s kind of what the story’s about on the record. I think the seven sins are timeless and that everybody struggles with them in their daily lives all the time.”

The provocative video for the album’s first single, “Gluttony”, was directed by Billy Jayne and filmed in a North Hollywood church.

A two-disc deluxe version of the “Confessions” CD is also available and features the bonus tracks “Give ‘Em What They Want” and “When The Fire Starts”. In addition, a bonus DVD includes the “Gluttony” music video and lyric video, behind-the-scenes footage and band interviews from the set of the “Gluttony” video shoot, and “The Story Behind Confessions” featurette.

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Shabby Hasan of In The Now Magazine conducted an interview with RATT drummer Bobby “Blotz” Blotzer on July 19 at The Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita, Kansas.

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In The Now magazine conducted an interview with drummer Justin Foley of Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE before the band’s July 3 concert at The Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita, Kansas.

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On June 9, In The Now Magazine conducted an interview with guitarist Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka of Polish extreme metal veterans DECAPITATED at The Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita, Kansas.

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Joey Irsik of In The Now magazine recenty conducted an interview with GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist DJ Ashba.

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