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“Going To Hell”, the second album from THE PRETTY RECKLESS, the band led by actress-turned-singer Taylor Momsen, is likely to sell between 30,000 and 35,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on March 18 via Razor & Tie. The chart will be unveiled on Wednesday, March 26.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, THE PRETTY RECKLESS has become the second female-fronted act in the last three years to hit No. 1 on the rock radio chart. The band’s new single, “Heaven Knows”, hit the top of the survey last week, allowing THE PRETTY RECKLESS to join the Lzzy Hale-fronted HALESTORM as part of a small and very select list of chart-topping rock acts fronted by women.

“Going To Hell” follows up THE PRETTY RECKLESS‘ 2010 debut full-length, “Light Me Up”, as well as a 2012 EP called “Hit Me Like A Man”.

Momsen began her career as an actress when she was a child before becoming a full-time musician years later. She told The Pulse Of Radio that her family always knew this was what she really wanted to do. “They knew that music was always where I was headed, and what my — that was my passion and my goal,” she said. “I mean, acting was a day job, essentially, while I worked on writing a record’s worth of material that I wanted people to hear, and finding the right people to work with and the right band and all that. So they weren’t surprised when I jumped ship.”

The video for “Heaven Knows”, in which Momsen appears semi-nude, has gotten more than 2.7 million views on VEVO.

THE PRETTY RECKLESS is currently supporting FALL OUT BOY on tour in Europe and will return to the U.S. next month for an appearance at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards on April 23 in Los Angeles.

The band is also confirmed to perform at all of the major U.S. rock festivals, including Rock On the Range, Rocklahoma, Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Rock Fest Kansas City and others.

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The Great Southern Brainfart recently conducted an interview with Erik Danielsson of Swedish black metallers WATAIN. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Great Southern Brainfart: So I have to be honest. Aside from listening to VENOM as a kid, I was never much of a black metal fan, and then I gave you guys a listen, and I’m really intrigued with your songs and your performances.

Erik: That is really good to hear that you made that comparison. I wish I heard VENOM and WATAIN in the same sentence more often. VENOM is one of my all-time favorite bands, and I think if you have that sort of background, you might actually be able to relate to what we do as well. Musically, there might be a slight difference. VENOM are the originators of the black metal movement that we later became a part and we like carrying that torch onwards and uphold that legacy.

The Great Southern Brainfart: WATAIN seems to have more of that classic element than most of the other modern bands. Is that something that was intentional?

Erik: We never really sat down and discussed how WATAIN should sound. It’s pretty safe to say, though, that our own personal preferences, when it comes to black metal, have always been very traditional. VENOM are one of the most important bands ever to WATAIN and the same goes for bands like MERCYFUL FATE and even bands like EXCITER, RAZOR, and VOIVOD. We’ve always leaned towards bands like that in our own musical tastes when it comes to metal. I suppose our sound really comes from a mix of those bands and late-era black metal such as MAYHEM and DISSECTION and so on.

The Great Southern Brainfart: One of the things that intrigued me the most about Watain was the ritualistic approach to the live show using animal carcasses, lighting candles on a small alter and whatnot. What can you tell me about the live show and the background to this ritual?

Erik: If you play music of a diabolical nature, and the music that you perform is permeated by a sinister and infernal essence, of course, that will have to translate to the stage show as well and your appearance. It’s not a process that should be forced. It should come as a natural consequence of the music that you’re playing and the artistic work that you are doing. With WATAIN, it was very much that way and it evolved into this thing that it is. When we started playing, we already had that kind of extreme view of how a black metal live show should be like. It should look like the music sounds. That’s how it all began. The longer that WATAIN existed, the more we realized that the magical side of this band, the spiritual side began to come through and it just began to transform into a ceremonial thing rather than just a rock concert, so to say. It evolved into an event where we communicate with the forces that gave birth to this band and that have always been a part of this band. It became a time where we could let these things just come to life and be at one with them. It’s an ever-ongoing evolution and the live shows are constantly progressing. They have become something more and more severe and intense and that’s a very good thing to me. It’s a very inspiring context to work with.

The Great Southern Brainfart: When WATAIN takes this ceremony on the road, especially when touring in the southern part of the U.S., sometimes there are limits as to what you can and can’t do on the stage. When that does happen, how much of an impact does that have on the purpose of your live performance? Does it make things harder for you to do?

Erik: Yes, of course it does, but being in a band like WATAIN is always quite a challenge. When you take something as inhuman as WATAIN into the world, then, of course, things can be a bit strange. We knew since day one that we would have to face a lot of opposition because of some of the things we wanted to do. I think we’re always pretty well prepared for that to happen. Of course, it’s annoying and it makes me want to punch the living shit out of anyone who stands in our way, but we always find a way around these things. There’s always a way for the devil to come through, no matter what. It cannot be stopped. It’s just a fact and it’s been that way since the dawn of man. The devil always wins and the devil always finds his way. I think that in general, all of that opposition and all of the people who prevent us from doing what we want to do just makes us stronger. It makes us feel more proud and stronger about what we’re doing. We like to fight against the extreme and we like to go against the current. We like to be the enemy and that just fuels the fire of WATAIN and I actually appreciate that. I like touring in places especially the South because we always feel that tension and how skeptical they are but in the end we just do what the fuck we do anyway. [laughs]

Read the entire interview at The Great Southern Brainfart.

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Razor & Tie has announced the signing of the New York-based band THE PRETTY RECKLESS. The group is currently working on its forthcoming studio album, which is due out in 2014. Universal will release the new record in Canada anda release partner for the rest of the world will be announced soon.

THE PRETTY RECKLESS recently premiered a new track called “Going To Hell”, which is now available for sale in United States and Canada at the iTunes Store.

On September 20, THE PRETTY RECKLESS kicked off a major headline tour which will extend into mid-November. The “Going To Hell” tour will hit cities in both U.S. and Canada.

Comments THE PRETTY RECKLESS lead singer Taylor Momsen: “It feels awesome to partner with a label that truly understands rock music and we are looking forward to a great run.”

After two years on the road supporting 2010′s “Light Me Up”, THE PRETTY RECKLESS has risen through rock ‘n’ roll’s ranks to become a profound, if not polarizing, presence. The quartet has sold over 250,000 albums and 1 million digital tracks as they hit the road supporting EVANESCENCE, GUNS N’ ROSES and MARILYN MANSON in addition to headline runs in both the U.S. and abroad.

THE PRETTY RECKLESS is Taylor Momsen (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Ben Phillips (lead guitar, backing vocals), Mark Damon (bass) and Jamie Perkins (drums). The band is managed by David Sonenberg and William Derella for DAS Communications Ltd. and booked by Jeffrey Hasson and Matt Galle at Paradigm.

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Video footage of SHADOWS FALL‘s Jason Bittner laying down the drum tracks to the song “Godless World” by a band called WITHIN THE FIRE can be seen below. Jason says: “It was pretty much a perfect take until the stick drop at the end… Of course, I edited that out!”

SHADOWS FALL tapped Willis Mathiasen of 2CENTS to sit behind the drums for some of their shows at the end of 2012 while Bittner received treatment for acute pancreatitis. Bittner rejoined his bandmates on stage on December 19, 2012 at Pearl St. in Northampton, Massachusetts.

SHADOWS FALL is continuing to tour in support of its new album, “Fire From The Sky”, which sold around 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on May 15, 2012 via Razor & Tie.

Recorded at Zing Studios in late 2011, “Fire From The Sky” reunites SHADOWS FALL with longtime friend, producer/engineer and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE/TIMES OF GRACE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, ALL THAT REMAINS). The album was mixed by Brian Virtue and features some of the band’s most complex and melodic material in years.

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The official lyric video for the song “Clarity” from the Canadian band PROTEST THE HERO can be seen below. The group, which recently made headlines when its Indiegogo campaign to fund a new album more than doubled its $125,000 goal with time to spare, will release its fourth studio CD, “Volition”, on October 29 (one day earlier internationally). On the same day as the commercial release, the band will fulfill all of the orders associated with the Indiegogo campaign. Those CD and vinyl copies will feature artwork different from the commercial release and additionally will include the perks that were offered during the Indiegogo campaign.

The long-awaited follow-up to 2011′s “Scurrilous” (Vagrant), “Volition” has been licensed to series of worldwide partners who will help distribute and market it to both traditional stores alongside digital service providers, thus making the new record available on a worldwide scale.

PROTEST THE HERO and Razor & Tie will join forces for the United States, while the album will be released in Canada through Sony Music and in the rest of the word via Spinefarm.

“Volition” track listing:

01. Clarity
02. Drum-Head Trial
03. Tilting Against Windmills
04. Without Prejudice
05. Yellow Teeth
06. Plato’s Tripartite
07. A Life Embossed
08. Mist
09. Underbite
10. Animal Bones
11. Skies

The cover artwork can be seen below.

The band explains: “Our successful crowdfunding campaign allowed us a new level of both artistic and business minded freedom.

“We had the pleasure of recording an album with budgets and deadlines created only by ourselves and we think the project benefited the world over because of that.

“We can’t thank our dedicated contributors enough for putting us in the driver seat. It has been an arduous process because we have had to create two completely different packages for this album. One will be the exclusive release which will only go to people who contributed to our campaign. The other is going to be the more standard release which we hope everyone will see on record store shelves (and digitally, of course).

“We realized pretty quickly after recording that we were going to need some help with the distribution of the traditional release. We knew we wanted our album to be available around the world in as many formats as possible. With this in mind, and with our new found sense of control we have teamed up with some new pals. All of which are completely on board with our non-traditional view moving forward. No advances, no multi-record deals, no hidden agendas.

“We hope you are able to get your hands on at least one of these versions of our new album, regardless of where you are in the world. It’s scary, but wonderful to say…this album absolutely would not have been possible without the generosity and support of those who contributed to the making of our new album. We will forever be in your debt!”

PROTEST THE HERO recently parted ways with its longtime drummer Moe Carlson.

“[Moe] approached me one day — he approached everyone individually — and said, ‘Just to let you know, I’m going back to school,’ and I was like, ‘Good for you. That’s awesome,’” PROTEST THE HERO singer Rody Walker told AUX. “And then he said he didn’t have any intentions of touring ever again. That kind of sucked. It was a shock, obviously, but he’s been really good about the whole thing.”

The band explained in a post on its Facebook page: “When our gruelling studio schedule just wouldn’t work with [Moe‘s] gruelling school schedule, we realized we would need to find a session player for the new album. With Moe‘s guidance and approval, we found us a nice match in [LAMB OF GOD‘s] Chris Adler! Having known Chris for a few years, and with he and Moe being drum buddies, it seemed like a perfect fit. We are happy to say that Chris has already come and gone from Canada and has left us with some beautiful drum tracks.”

Speaking to AUX, Walker explained how Adler‘s influence could make the new PROTEST THE HERO record its heaviest to date.

“He’s coming from such a different spot than us,” Walker said. “We come to heavy metal through punk rock. It must have been strange for him playing some punk beats, and some of the punk beats he plays in a heavy metal way. This may come out being one of our more heavy-sounding records, or more metal-sounding record.”

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Shawn of Rockstar Radio conducted an interview with Mike Martin and Jeanne Sagan of Massachusetts metallers ALL THAT REMAINS before the band’s September 14 performance at Operation Kick Ass in Chula Vista, California. You can now watch the chat below.

In conjunction with Record Store Day, ALL THAT REMAINS released a limited-edition vinyl version of their “The Fall Of Ideals” album (Razor & Tie). Available for the first time ever on vinyl, the LP is ALL THAT REMAINS‘ 2006 critically acclaimed metalcore classic. The album was produced by Adam Dutkiewicz (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, UNDEROATH) and features 11 songs, including the hits “This Calling”, “The Air I Breathe”, “Six” and “Not Alone”. The vinyl is pressed in a striking blue/black swirl color.

ALL THAT REMAINS continues to tour in support of its 2012 release, “A War You Cannot Win” (Razor & Tie).

ALL THAT REMAINS“Stand Up” single spent three weeks at #1 at Active Rock Radio. This marked ALL THAT REMAINS‘ first -ever #1 radio single and the group’s fifth consecutive Top 10 single at the format.

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Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman was interviewed by Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal on the fourth episode of the “Metal Assault” radio show on the Los Angeles-based station Razor KXRZ. You can now listen to the program using the Mixcloud widget below. (Note: The Friedman interview begins around the 55-minute mark.)

On what he is currently doing:

Friedman: “I’m actually here in L.A. recording my new album, which is gonna come out around January. I’ll be working on this album for the next month and a half or so, and then it will be done. And I can’t wait for everybody to hear it.”

On the musical direction of his upcoming solo CD:

Friedman: “[This is] by far the most intense and the most heavy and the most… How do you say this…? It’s the most… If you like any of my stuff, this would be the most ‘Marty‘ of anything. So if you hate my stuff, you’re gonna really hate this record a lot. It’s very uncommercial.

“I wanted to make a record that, there’s no dispute that, when people say they’re a fan of my music, or they like my music, that this is the representative of my whole musical sound.

“I rarely listen to my previous stuff, but sometimes I listen back to it and see what was going on. And a song called ‘Forbidden City’ kind of made me think, ‘I’m really still happy with this song, even though it was recorded a long, long time ago. I wanted to do something, not along the lines of ‘Forbidden City’, but much more intense, because that was a long time ago, and I’ve come so far since then, and I can do so much more, and I know how to do that kind of thing so much better than I did back then. So I wanted to do kind of like the 2014 version of just the deeper, heavier, more intense version of that kind of ‘Forbidden City’ kind of mood. And I remember, that type of mood was very, very uncommercial at that time, so it’s probably way more uncommercial now, but it’s just like, the hell with it, I’m just doing it my way. So that’s kind of the theme of whole album — just all abandon, all bets off, just go crazy.

“I’m constantly evolving, so for better or for worse, this is the most evolved, most intense version of myself as a guitarist and as an artist and as a songwriter and all that. But this time, probably more of a metal spirit than ever before, so that might be a little bit different.”

On making his new album for the American market:

Friedman: “This is the first time that I’m doing something with America in mind — to really kind of give America what I would like to represent myself with. ‘Cause a lot of the stuff I’ve done since… I did a very small tour in 2003 — a solo tour — and that’s it. So I’ve done so much stuff in Japan, and I really haven’t considered doing something in America. I always thought, if I’m gonna do something in America, it’s gotta be something that is really, really super special, to make it worth coming back. So that’s what this album and this new tour cycle is going to be.”

On whether there are any metal musicians he would like to collaborate with:

Friedman: “On my new album that’s coming out next [year], there’s a lot of people I’m collaborating with in metal; they’re people all metal people definitely know and love. And I’m not gonna tell you who they are yet. But, really, kind of the idea that got me into doing this American thing is this record company, Prosthetic, put together kind of a list of the people who have said good things about me in the press in America. And I don’t really follow what’s going on outside of Japan, so I kind of really didn’t know. The Prosthetic guys made this big list of all these people and they wrote this wonderful stuff about me. And I was literally drawn to tears with what these guys were saying, and how they were influenced by me, and just the stuff that they were saying about my music in detail and my playing. And I was really blown away, ’cause I really don’t follow a lot of that — what people say in the press. And it was just so nice to see it in print and to check out the guys who were saying it. And there’s so many great musicians in metal nowadays — more so than back in the ’90s. Metal has really evolved into something cool, and I’m really interested in it much more now than when I was playing in MEGADETH. When I was in MEGADETH, I thought we were the best, and that was it. Now there’s a lot of great bands, and when some of these new bands come back and say, ‘I listen to a lot of Marty‘s stuff,’ really, it’s a big deal for me. So that kind of got me inspired to do collaborations with some of these great people, as well as doing the most intense, revved up version of Marty‘s stuff. So a lot of these great people that I’ve wanted to collaborate with, I’m actually collaborating with them on my new record.”

Pictured below: Marty Friedman with Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal of the “Metal Assault” radio show

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Having completed a triumphant run on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour, CHIODOS has entered the recording studio this week to begin work on its new album. The band has chosen producer David Bottrill (TOOL, MUSE, STONE SOUR) to helm the new record, which will be tracked at Dreamland Studio in Woodstock, New York.

The new CHIODOS album will be released in 2014 through a newly created band label imprint via Razor & Tie. The CD will feature a re-solidified band lineup comprised of founding members Bradley Bell (keyboards, vocals), Pat Mcmanaman (guitar), Derrick Frost (drums), and Matt Goddard (bass) who reunited with charismatic founding frontman Craig Owens (vocals). The album will also serve as an introduction to the band’s newest member, Thomas Erak (guitar, vocals), formerly of THE FALL OF TROY.

Comments Owens: “We’re excited to be working with Dave Bottrill on this new CHIODOS record. Some of the records he’s done have influenced the band and helped us define what we’ve become. MUSE, TOOL and SILVERCHAIR are all at the top of our list, and it’s amazing to be working with someone that’s already been a part of our history, indirectly. So for the next two months, we’ll be hiding out in the woods of upstate New York, in a hollowed out church-turned-studio, creating what is to be the next chapter of this crazy CHIODOS journey.”

Adds Bell: “One of my favorite aspects of being a musician is the experience that comes along with going into the studio. It’s one of those things you can’t really plan for and just have to let the music and relationships take you down their paths organically. To be able to do this with this group of guys is going to be very exciting, and we get the pleasure of working with David Bottrill to top it off, whom I’ve been a fan of for years.”

States Erak: “I personally am excited to start my journey with the band, in regards to songwriting. This album should give me a new area to peruse in terms of guitar work.”

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Midwest Music Scene conducted an interview with lead guitarist/songwriter Oli Herbert of Massachusetts metallers ALL THAT REMAINS before the band’s August 31 performance at the at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma as part of the Rock Allegiance Tour. You can now watch the chat below.

In conjunction with Record Store Day, ALL THAT REMAINS released a limited-edition vinyl version of their “The Fall Of Ideals” album (Razor & Tie). Available for the first time ever on vinyl, the LP is ALL THAT REMAINS‘ 2006 critically acclaimed metalcore classic. The album was produced by Adam Dutkiewicz (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, UNDEROATH) and features 11 songs, including the hits “This Calling”, “The Air I Breathe”, “Six” and “Not Alone”. The vinyl is pressed in a striking blue/black swirl color.

ALL THAT REMAINS continues to tour in support of its 2012 release, “A War You Cannot Win” (Razor & Tie).

ALL THAT REMAINS“Stand Up” single spent three weeks at #1 at Active Rock Radio. This marked ALL THAT REMAINS‘ first -ever #1 radio single and the group’s fifth consecutive Top 10 single at the format.

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Canadian band PROTEST THE HERO, which recently made headlines when its Indiegogo campaign to fund a new album more than doubled its $125,000 goal with time to spare, will release its fourth studio CD, “Volition”, on October 29 (one day earlier internationally). On the same day as the commercial release, the band will fulfill all of the orders associated with the Indiegogo campaign. Those CD and vinyl copies will feature artwork different from the commercial release and additionally will include the perks that were offered during the Indiegogo campaign.

The long-awaited follow-up to 2011′s “Scurrilous” (Vagrant), “Volition” has been licensed to series of worldwide partners who will help distribute and market it to both traditional stores alongside digital service providers, thus making the new record available on a worldwide scale.

PROTEST THE HERO and Razor & Tie will join forces for the United States, while the album will be released in Canada through Sony Music and in the rest of the word via Spinefarm.

“Volition” track listing:

01. Clarity
02. Drum-Head Trial
03. Tilting Against Windmills
04. Without Prejudice
05. Yellow Teeth
06. Plato’s Tripartite
07. A Life Embossed
08. Mist
09. Underbite
10. Animal Bones
11. Skies

The cover artwork can be seen below.

The band explains: “Our successful crowdfunding campaign allowed us a new level of both artistic and business minded freedom.

“We had the pleasure of recording an album with budgets and deadlines created only by ourselves and we think the project benefited the world over because of that.

“We can’t thank our dedicated contributors enough for putting us in the driver seat. It has been an arduous process because we have had to create two completely different packages for this album. One will be the exclusive release which will only go to people who contributed to our campaign. The other is going to be the more standard release which we hope everyone will see on record store shelves (and digitally, of course).

“We realized pretty quickly after recording that we were going to need some help with the distribution of the traditional release. We knew we wanted our album to be available around the world in as many formats as possible. With this in mind, and with our new found sense of control we have teamed up with some new pals. All of which are completely on board with our non-traditional view moving forward. No advances, no multi-record deals, no hidden agendas.

“We hope you are able to get your hands on at least one of these versions of our new album, regardless of where you are in the world. It’s scary, but wonderful to say…this album absolutely would not have been possible without the generosity and support of those who contributed to the making of our new album. We will forever be in your debt!”

PROTEST THE HERO recently parted ways with its longtime drummer Moe Carlson.

“[Moe] approached me one day — he approached everyone individually — and said, ‘Just to let you know, I’m going back to school,’ and I was like, ‘Good for you. That’s awesome,’” PROTEST THE HERO singer Rody Walker told AUX. “And then he said he didn’t have any intentions of touring ever again. That kind of sucked. It was a shock, obviously, but he’s been really good about the whole thing.”

The band explained in a post on its Facebook page: “When our gruelling studio schedule just wouldn’t work with [Moe‘s] gruelling school schedule, we realized we would need to find a session player for the new album. With Moe‘s guidance and approval, we found us a nice match in [LAMB OF GOD‘s] Chris Adler! Having known Chris for a few years, and with he and Moe being drum buddies, it seemed like a perfect fit. We are happy to say that Chris has already come and gone from Canada and has left us with some beautiful drum tracks.”

Speaking to AUX, Walker explained how Adler‘s influence could make the new PROTEST THE HERO record its heaviest to date.

“He’s coming from such a different spot than us,” Walker said. “We come to heavy metal through punk rock. It must have been strange for him playing some punk beats, and some of the punk beats he plays in a heavy metal way. This may come out being one of our more heavy-sounding records, or more metal-sounding record.”

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