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Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal of Metal Assault recently conducted an interview with legendary extreme-metal drummer Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT, DEATH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL, DETHKLOK). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Metal Assault: Coming to your “Gene Hoglan Experience” stuff that you’ve been doing, I think you’ve done one show so far in Calgary. What was that like and people who’re going to see the shows in the coming few days, what can they expect from this event?

Hoglan: A whole lot of fun! That’s one thing I try to bring — a real sense of fun — and this thing kind of borders on stand-up comedy for me, because everything I do is completely ad-lib. Footage from that Calgary show has made it on the Internet — I don’t know how much, but I’ve only seen the concert portion of it with me actually playing. But everything is a completely different night. It is an individualistic night, and it’s so interactive that fans are free to ask any kind of questions. I don’t have a time limit on the [question-and-answer] section or anything like that. You can ask me about anything. If you want to keep it about myself or some of the bands I’ve played with or some of the people I’ve worked with, that’s cool. Even if I miss out some people who have their hands up during the session, they can always come up to me with their questions afterwards. So it is a lot of fun, every night is its own experience, and no two nights will be the same on this. At times I’d probably end up telling the same story here and there if somebody asks, but I do have a wealth of information and entertainment inside my head and I just want to get that out. It’s a very light-hearted night, you know. Plus, I play drums! I play to a bunch of different tracks that a lot of people enjoy and I talk in between them. It’s kind of spoken-word/gig, a one-man gig where the tracks are booming and I’m playing along with them. It’s a really special night and I hope everybody that comes out enjoys it and I guarantee you will. There’s not going to be a frown on any face at the end of the night. I’ve done lots of these shows, but it’s only now that we’re calling it “The Gene Hoglan Experience”. Nobody has been disappointed and everybody has been leaving with big ol’ smiles on their faces, and that’s really cool to me.

Metal Assault: Right, so there’s no planned set list or schedule for these shows, then? It’s just all free form and wherever it takes you.

Hoglan: Absolutely. I do have a pre-planned idea for a night, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to be married to it. If somebody shouts out, “Hey, man! Can you play this song?” If I’ve got the backing track, hell yeah! I’ve done that sometimes. I’ve got a lot of tracks, but at times I don’t have what they ask for. So then somebody else yells out, “I’ve got a copy of it in my car!” I’m like, “Well hey, bring up the CD and I’ll try playing along to it!” Off the top of my head, that’s the way the whole night goes. It’s very interactive, so that’s one thing that I really appreciate about it. You don’t get shout-out request nights when your favorite bands are playing and you don’t get to ask questions as they are on stage. So this is something that’s very different and I’m trying to make it open and accessible to everyone. This is not just about drums. It’s inclusive for everybody. It’s not just a night of drum talk or isn’t a drum clinic. This is me getting on stage and playing some songs. Am I going to talk about the drum parts in those songs? Well, if the fans are interested in that, then cool. When I’ve done these kinds of things in the past, I’ve asked how many drummers I’ve got in the crowd and it’s usually never more than a third of the audience. So, it is inclusive for metal fans, drum fans, Gene fans and fans of any of my bands. Or, you don’t even have to be a metalhead. If you want to come out and be entertained, this is going to be an entertaining night. So there you go!

Metal Assault: You’re also putting out a new DVD which is a sequel to “The Atomic Clock”. This time what have you done that you didn’t do on the first one?

Hoglan: Well, I managed to get licenses to a lot of songs that I’ve played. We put together a small track listing of me playing along to the actual recorded versions of a lot of people’s favorite tunes. On the next one, I’m getting even more licenses, but on this one I’ve included a bunch of bands that I’ve played for and still playing for. That’s the notable difference. On the first “The Atomic Clock”, I didn’t get any licenses so I merely played to the band MECHANISM, which at the time was my main focus. I even played two instrumental tracks of MECHANISM as opposed to playing the whole song. This time I’m not playing instrumental tracks except for one from one of my more popular bands, but I’ve got all the basic instrumental backing tracks and I’m playing along to those as opposed to having all the vocals, samples and everything else on it. For the most part, that’s a major difference and that’s really exciting, seeing myself play to actual recorded tracks to some of these cool bands. It’s in the stages of editing right now. It’s coming along great; it looks better than the last one and way more pro. It’s an improved version of the last one. I’m still pretty light-hearted in it and I don’t take myself real seriously. It’s got a lot of footage that the last one didn’t have. So I’m sure people checking it out will see that it’s definitely a departure from the first one. That was done on a shoe-string budget, pretty much all by myself, but for this one I’ve got a team of experts helping me with it. So it’s really great and it’s called “The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two”.

Read the entire interview at Metal Assault.

Remaining “The Gene Hoglan Experience” dates:

Sep. 29 – San Diego, CA @ Royal Dive
Sep. 30 – San Diego, CA @ School Of Rock Clinic (all ages)
Oct. 01 – Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
Oct. 04 – San Jose, CA @ Milano’s
Oct. 17 – Coralville, IA @ West Music Coralville at 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 19 – New Berlin, WI @ Cascio Interstate Music (part of Drummer Fest) at 11:00 a.m. (free)

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The members of METALLICA took part in a question-and-answer session following the September 23 screening of their new 3D IMAX movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, at New York’s Walter Reade Theater. Fan-filmed video footage of the discussion can be seen below.

Regarding comparisons to the classic 1976 LED ZEPPELIN film “The Song Remains The Same”, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich said: “I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but [we felt strongly that] it shouldn’t be ‘The Song Remains The Same’. We don’t want to be in the non-concert part. We don’t see ourselves acting.”

He added: “[We decided] it shouldn’t be in the infomercial style that a lot of the current ones are, where they follow a band on the road, and here they are on and off airplanes. There wasn’t a blueprint for this movie, and that’s what made it so hard to sell in Hollywood.”

“[Director] Nimród [Antal] came up with the story line,” frontman James Hetfield added. “It really is two movies in one. We wanted to have the best concert footage ever filmed and also have a story line and give it some legs that will be open for interpretation. There are so many metaphors in there. And there’s no good side or bad side. There’s just turmoil. That’s just a part of human nature — fight or flight at times. For me, when the rider shows up he’s the embodiment of hate. And then there’s fire. Of course. You gotta have fire.”

Ulrich also spoke about METALLICA‘s penchant for avoiding the obvious path and taking chances with their projects.

“We’re four guys and we’re always thinking, ‘Let’s be creative and try something different,'” Ulrich said. “The model of album, tour, album, tour is a little old. There are so many other ways to express yourself now. There are festivals [like our Orion Music + More festival], and Lou Reed calls, and movies. There are so many different things we want to do. We’re just so curious, and we want to live in these things and experience them, and that invigorates us so when we go back to making another record or writing a song we have all of these experiences to draw from.”

“Making a film of this size was radically different than making a record,” added Ulrich. “For me, the biggest thing was the scale of it and the amount of people that are involved. It can get overwhelming at times. It’s been three years and there are times it felt like the whole thing was running amok and [we wondered] who’s steering the ship. The intimacy you have in the recording studio where you really feel on top of what’s going on…I don’t feel we had that the whole time [with the movie], but we tried to commandeer it. I’m proud to say most of what you see does come from us, but it’s been a mindfuck at times. And we’re all psyched to get back to the studio and get back to that intimacy again.”

“Metallica Through The Never” opens this Friday (September 27) on IMAX screens before expanding to more theaters on October 4.

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Radiosuicide Photography‘s RSPTV conducted an interview with drummer Matt Greiner of AUGUST BURNS RED on September 15 in Gothenburg, Sweden. You can now watch the chat below.

After wrapping up a momentous summer that included a Billboard Top 10 debut for its latest album, “Rescue & Restore”, and a mainstage spot on Warped Tour, AUGUST BURNS RED is preparing to unveil its next offering, a brand-new DVD entitled “Foreign & Familiar” to release this fall. The documentary chronicles the entire 18-month touring cycle behind the band’s breakout 2011 album “Leveler”, whose critical and commercial success catapulted the band to the forefront of the modern heavy music scene.

From headlining tours of North America, Europe, Japan and Australia — with stops in New Zealand, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and more along the way — “Foreign & Familiar” shows the globetrotting metal titans doing what they do best in settings all over the world.

‘Foreign & Familiar’ has literally been three years in the making,” explains guitarist JB Brubaker.

“It’s no small task to try and squeeze 18 months of touring into a two-hour package, but that’s exactly what we have here.

“I am grateful that we were able to pull this DVD together, as this is something we’ll all be able to look back on as old men and remember the good ol’ days.

“I think anyone who cares about this band will find ‘Foreign & Familiar’ to be an entertaining and insightful behind the scenes look at AUGUST BURNS RED on the road.”

AUGUST BURNS RED is also pleased to announce the Endless Chicago Weekend event on November 22 and 23, featuring back-to-back shows at Chicago’s House of Blues and, for fans holding a weekend pass, early entry on Saturday to attend an exclusive screening of “Foreign & Familiar”, followed by a question-and-answer session and meet-and-greet with the band.

“Chicago has almost been a home away from home for AUGUST BURNS RED,” says Brubaker. “From the Beat Kitchen and Reggie’s to our many stops at the House of Blues and even Riot Fest, Chicago has consistently been a tour stop we most look forward to playing. We wanted to make our stop in Chicago this fall extra special. Certainly looking forward to spending some extra time in the Windy City!”

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Former METALLICA, VOIVOD and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist and current NEWSTED frontman Jason Newsted will take part in a signing and question-an-answer session at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) in Boise, Idaho at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 26. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

Fans will get a chance to ask Newsted questions about his legendary career during a question-and-answer session moderated by 100.3 FM The X ‘s Big J. Newsted will then sign a CD or vinyl LP copy of NEWSTED‘s debut album, “Heavy Metal Music”, and one other item of your choice. Listen to The X earlier in the day to hear a live interview with Newsted and win a pair of front-of-line passes for the signing.

NEWSTED recently filmed a video for the song “King Of The Underdogs” in Oakland, California. Directing the clip once again was Leon Melas, who previously helmed NEWSTED‘s video for the track “Soldierhead”.

In a recent interview with Revolver magazine, Newsted stated about the lyrical inspiration for “King Of The Underdogs”: “‘King Of The Underdogs’ is kind of a personal thing almost. It’s, like, the highest rated of the underrated. I think people are rooting for me to win as they do with underdogs.”

“King Of The Underdogs” is featured on “Heavy Metal Music”, which sold nearly 8,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 40 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was made available on August 6 in North America via Chophouse Records/Collective Sounds and August 5 in Europe through Spinefarm Records.

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On July 19, the members of METALLICA appeared at Comic-Con in San Diego, California to discuss “Metallica Through The Never”, filmmaker Nimród Antal‘s captivating 3D movie featuring one of music’s most enduring and iconic bands. The group was in Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center, joined by Antal; the star of the film, Dane DeHaan; and producer Charlotte Huggins.

Official video footage of the question-and-answer session can be seen below.

METALLICA reportedly spent $20 million of its own money to make the film, which will also play at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas several days before it opens in limited release on IMAX screens around the country on September 27. The film will then expand to more theaters on October 4.

Asked why the band felt like a concert movie needed a side story with a detailed plot, METALLICA drummer told the San Francisco Chronicle: “The idea was to put something else in there to balance the concert, to kind of weave it in and out. It just seemed exciting to try that. We had no idea how or with whom or why. We went searching through Hollywood and tried to explain this to a bunch of very well-known A-list directors — all of whom you know — and most of them just kind of looked at us like we came from Planet Zulu or something. Nimród was the first guy who just nodded along and joined in the madness and the unpredictability and craziness of it.”

Regarding what the movie plot is about, Ulrich said: “I don’t know. I stopped asking a long time ago. … I think that ultimately what we’ve always tried, with James‘ [Hetfield] lyrics and stuff like that, the thoughts that come from METALLICA are pretty ambiguous. We don’t sit there and carve out what it is we’re doing or what we’re trying to do. Half the time we don’t know, either. I think this film is right in line with that. At the end of the day, it’s sort of what you want it to be.”

A review of the film by Dennis Harvey of Variety can be found at Variety.com.

The soundtrack, which features a number of METALLICA classics performed live in the movie, will be out on September 24. The two-disc CD will come out on METALLICA‘s own label, Blackened Recordings, also in digital and vinyl formats.

The concert sequences for the movie were shot in August 2012 at two shows in Vancouver, Canada and feature a stage containing elements of many of METALLICA‘s previous live productions from the past 30 years.

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According to The Pulse Of Radio, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich explained in a question-and-answer session that followed a recent screening of METALLICA‘s upcoming movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, that the film has actually inspired the metal legends to get moving on new music. Ulrich said, “Getting a chance to do all these challenges and adventures really fuels us to go back into the studio and make hopefully a better album… METALLICA, I think, increasingly depends on these types of things to feel challenged as artists. So making films is great and it certainly gets us out of our comfort zone, so when we get back to the studio we just feel more inspired and more invigorated.”

Ulrich told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that the band gets energized by branching out into other projects before returning to work on its next record. “There’ll be a new record and we certainly never want to turn into a nostalgia band, but at the same time, you’ve got to keep yourself, I guess, creatively alive and that’s what we do by playing these gigs and doing all these other projects and doing movies and festivals,” he said. “I mean, it’s just, all that stuff’s a lot of fun, but it takes a lot of time, you know.”

The drummer added that the band is immensely satisfied with the filmmaking experience and final result, saying, “Three years later it’s just so cool to sit up there and feel the energy and take it in that energy on the screen.”

Frontman James Hetfield agreed that the band’s creative process while making the film was similar to the way it comes up with ideas for its albums, saying, “We had a whole bunch of ideas and that was the easy part. Making them all come to fruition and getting them in the movie was (the hard part). We couldn’t put everything in there as the price tag would have doubled or tripled.”

“Through The Never” premiered earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival and will open in IMAX theaters on September 27, expanding to more screens on October 4.

This Saturday (September 21), METALLICA will play a special show at New York’s famed Apollo Theater as part of the promotion for the film.

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METALLICA members Lars Ulrich (drums) and Robert Trujillo (bass) took part in a news conference and interview at RIA Novosti‘s press center this past Saturday (September 14) before the Russian premiere of their new movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, in Moscow. Official video footage of the question-and-answer session can be seen below.

METALLICA reportedly spent $20 million of its own money to make the film, which will also play at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas several days before it opens in limited release on IMAX screens around the country on September 27. The film will then expand to more theaters on October 4.

“There was a lot of times in this movie where we’re like, ‘No way, we can’t do this. Let’s just pull the plug,” said METALLICA frontman James Hetfield. “From the money it’s gonna take to make this thing, how long it’s gonna take to even break even; our kids could still have the bill for this thing.”

In an interview with CNN this past July, Hetfield said that a lot of thought went into creating the exact right film for METALLICA.

“People have done live concerts,” Hetfield said. “We’ve done live concerts and DVDs. If we’re going to invest a lot of time and money and effort into something, let’s make it unique. That’s what we’ve always done. We had a ton of ideas for this thing. You get really creative with something way out of your budget and then you shrink it down. Some of the best ideas hang on and end up in the film. We wanted animation, we wanted CGI — you name it! But I think the narrative is extremely potent and multilayered. There’s a lot of dynamics going on at once. It’s a couple movies in one.”

A review of the film by Dennis Harvey of Variety can be found at Variety.com.

The soundtrack, which features a number of METALLICA classics performed live in the movie, will be out on September 24. The two-disc CD will come out on METALLICA‘s own label, Blackened Recordings, also in digital and vinyl formats.

The concert sequences for the movie were shot in August 2012 at two shows in Vancouver, Canada and feature a stage containing elements of many of METALLICA‘s previous live productions from the past 30 years.

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Dayton, Ohio Christian metalcore band THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA took part in a live video chat with fans earlier today (Tuesday, September 17) via the Roadrunner Records YouTube channel . You can now watch the entire one-hour question-and-answer session below.

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA‘s new album, “8:18”, was released today via Roadrunner.

Long acclaimed as among one of the most potent and provocative bands in modern American metal, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA made a massive leap forward with the stunning “8:18”. The album — executive-produced by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE‘s Adam Dutkiewicz and produced by the band along with producer/engineer Matt Goldman (UNDEROATH, THE CHARIOT) — sees the group driving its relentless sonic approach with more might than ever before, giving extreme power to frontman Mike Hranica‘s grim, emotional lyricism.

“8:18” track listing:

01. Gloom
02. Rumors
03. First Sight
04. War
05. 8:18
06. Sailor’s Prayer
07. Care More
08. Martyrs
09. Black & Blue
10. Transgress
11. Number Eleven
12. Home For Grave
13. In Heart

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA has announced details of an upcoming North American headline tour. “The 8:18 Tour”, which will see the band accompanied by THE GHOST INSIDE, VOLUMES and TEXAS IN JULY, gets underway November 2 in Detroit at the Royal Oak Music Theatre and continues through December 20, wrapping in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Singer Mike Hranica commented: “We’ve loved playing two new songs over the course of this year, and with that being said we’re really excited to debut more material live. For me, ‘8:18’ is meant to reflect a live sense of vocals, so doing another headline tour like this is going to be excellent.”



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METALLICA members Lars Ulrich (drums) and Robert Trujillo (bass) took part in a news conference and interview at RIA Novosti‘s press center this past Saturday (September 14) before the Russian premiere of their new movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, in Moscow. More video footage of the question-and-answer session can be seen below.

METALLICA reportedly spent $20 million of its own money to make the film, which will also play at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas several days before it opens in limited release on IMAX screens around the country on September 27. The film will then expand to more theaters on October 4.

“There was a lot of times in this movie where we’re like, ‘No way, we can’t do this. Let’s just pull the plug,” said METALLICA frontman James Hetfield. “From the money it’s gonna take to make this thing, how long it’s gonna take to even break even; our kids could still have the bill for this thing.”

In an interview with CNN this past July, Hetfield said that a lot of thought went into creating the exact right film for METALLICA.

“People have done live concerts,” Hetfield said. “We’ve done live concerts and DVDs. If we’re going to invest a lot of time and money and effort into something, let’s make it unique. That’s what we’ve always done. We had a ton of ideas for this thing. You get really creative with something way out of your budget and then you shrink it down. Some of the best ideas hang on and end up in the film. We wanted animation, we wanted CGI — you name it! But I think the narrative is extremely potent and multilayered. There’s a lot of dynamics going on at once. It’s a couple movies in one.”

A review of the film by Dennis Harvey of Variety can be found at Variety.com.

The soundtrack, which features a number of METALLICA classics performed live in the movie, will be out on September 24. The two-disc CD will come out on METALLICA‘s own label, Blackened Recordings, also in digital and vinyl formats.

The concert sequences for the movie were shot in August 2012 at two shows in Vancouver, Canada and feature a stage containing elements of many of METALLICA‘s previous live productions from the past 30 years.

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METALLICA members Lars Ulrich (drums) and Robert Trujillo (bass) presented their new movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, at the film’s Russian premiere this past Saturday, September 14 in Moscow. Fan-filmed video footage of the question-and-answer session can be seen below.

Trujillo told The Pulse Of Radio that the idea for a METALLICA concert film had been around for a while, but that the band wanted it to have something extra. “We felt that the missing ingredient was obvious to us and it was some sort of narrative,” he said. “There needed to be something that co-existed with the music, so it goes beyond just another concert performance. So we took it a step in a different direction, kind of taking a page from PINK FLOYD ‘The Wall’ or ‘Song Remains The Same’ by LED ZEPPELIN, somehow creating our own version of that. And really it was trial and error.”

The 3D IMAX film will also play at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas several days before it opens in limited release on IMAX screens around the country on September 27. The film will then expand to more theaters on October 4.

The soundtrack, which features a number of METALLICA classics performed live in the movie, will be out on September 24. The two-disc CD will come out on METALLICA‘s own label, Blackened Recordings, also in digital and vinyl formats.

The concert sequences for the movie were shot in August 2012 at two shows in Vancouver, Canada and feature a stage containing elements of many of METALLICA‘s previous live productions from the past 30 years.

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