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Canadian multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend was interviewed on the March 7-9 edition of Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below.

To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to FullMetalJackieRadio.com.

The cover artwork for the forthcoming debut album from the CASUALTIES OF COOL project from Devin Townsend can be seen below.

Devin recently launched a three-month-long crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMusic for CASUALTIES OF COOL since the album will be released without record-label backing.

In a 2013 interview with BluntMag.com.au, Devin stated about CASUALTIES OF COOL: “If there’s anybody who’s new to what I do, who maybe heard ‘Liberation’ or some of the songs off ‘Epicloud’ and thought, ‘This is really cool, I could get into this,’ you’re going to hate CASUALTIES. [laughs] I mean, really, it’s as opposite of ‘Epicloud’ as ‘Ghost’ was to ‘Deconstruction’. It’s this weird, dark, not evil but verging on it, bluesy, Johnny Cash-y, strange, quiet folk record. But I love it, it’s the one record that I’ve done over the past 10 or 15 years where I can truly say, ‘This is where I am right now.’

“You know, the other things that I’ve done have been as well in their own right, ‘Epicloud’, ‘Deconstruction’ and ‘Addicted!’, but there was an agenda with those, I was trying to say something with them or I was trying to prove a point, make a statement about the past or whatever. CASUALTIES is something that I’ve done without any pressure, without anybody telling me what to do, without showing it to anyone, it’s just what evolved when I wasn’t thinking about it. As a result of that, I’m incredibly proud of it, but it remains to be seen whether or not other people will resonate with it. I think they will, man. I think it’s fucking awesome, and I mean, I haven’t smoked weed in a long time but I can’t imagine that it wouldn’t be awesome while you’re smoking. [laughs]”

Asked where CASUALTIES OF COOL will fit into the Devin Townsend discography in terms of sound — among his more traditional-sounding albums, or a bit more removed like his ambient albums, Devin said: “Somewhere in the middle, you know, somewhere in the middle. It’s like, if you took the weird elements of ‘Ki’ and the weird elements of ‘Devlab’ and added a vintage sort of vibe.

“My management had a suggestion, which I think is pretty cool, which was, ‘You shouldn’t call it DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, you shouldn’t even put your name on it, just call it CASUALTIES OF COOL and put it out as its own thing.’ It’s got a different singer, I sing on like half of it right, but it’s got this lady [Vancouver artist Ché Aimee Dorval, who also appears on ‘Ki’] who’s just this brilliant singer, she’s a young, despondent-sounding bluesy vocalist and it’s creepy. I think that that might be a way for me to get away with it, putting it out without it being part of the DTP [DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT] or whatever.

“I don’t know what to tell you, man. I just go where it feels the most honest to go, then I deal with people thinking it’s weird afterwards. [laughs]”

Regarding whether there is a particular atmosphere he wants to create or a story he wants to convey with CASUALTIES OF COOL, Devin said: “Yeah there’s a story, definitely. It’s going to take a little longer than what we’ve got for me to explain it, but you’ll hear it eventually. I want it to be something you listen to quietly, by yourself, in the middle of the night, with a big old full moon outside. It’ll work perfectly.”

Interview (audio):

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The official video for “Beneath A Veil Of Crying Souls”, the new single from Swedish progressive/power metal veterans TAD MOROSE, can be seen below. The single will be released on September 28.

After a 10-year hiatus, TAD MOROSE will release its seventh album, “Revenant”, on November 20 via Despotz Records. The CD was recorded at Claustrophobic Studio in Gävle, Sweden.

TAD MOROSE is a band that I’ve followed since my teenage days,” said Despotz founder Ömer Akay. “They have their unique sound of melodic power metal and a touch of prog metal.

“After a decade of silence, it will be an honour to put TAD MOROSE back on the map again!”

Added TAD MOROSE guitarist Christer “Krunt” Anderson: “It was through our new management, Lena Graaf at GMR Music Group, that we came in contact with Despotz Records. They seem to be a hard-working and innovative record label, so to sign with them feels very good. It will be very exciting to work with them and we look forward to the release of our seventh album, ‘Revenant’, in November.”

TAD MOROSE debuted back in 1993 with the album “Leaving The Past Alive” and has since released five LPs and toured all around the world.

TAD MOROSE in August 2008 announced the addition of singer Ronny Hemlin (STEEL ATTACK) and bassist Tommi Karppanen (ex-MORGANA LEFAY) to the group’s ranks.

TAD MOROSE is:

Guitar: Christer “Krunt” Andersson
Drums: Peter Morén
Bass: Tommi Karppanen
Vocals: Ronny Hemlin
Guitar: Kenneth Jonsson

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Metalcore stalwarts The Devil Wears Prada just released their latest album 8:18. I spoke with the band’s guitarist Jeremy DePoyster about the new album, the meaning of the album title, working with producers Adam D. and Matt Goldman,  signing with a new record label and other subjects.

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German metallers IRON SAVIOR are putting the finishing touches on the songwriting for the band’s new album for a February 28, 2014 release via AFM Records. The drums for the CD will be recorded at the end of October and the completed album will be delivered to the label by November 25. The cover artwork will be created by Felipe Machado Franco (BLIND GUARDIAN, RHAPSODY OF FIRE).

IRON SAVIOR‘s latest album, “The Landing”, was released on November 18, 2011 via AFM Records.

Asked why it took so long to release the follow-up to 2007’s “Megatropolis”, IRON SAVIOR mainman Piet Sielck told Sarkophag Rocks: “One reason is my former band, SAVAGE CIRCUS, which demanded a lot of my time. Once again, I had to write all of the songs and the whole production basically on my own, which was a very hard job. The second reason is the downfall of my former record label, Dockyard. After rather bad mismanagement, the company went bankrupt in 2009. Being left alone by my former partners, I faced this hell and cleaned up the mess they’ve left behind for almost two years. I lost a lot of money and for a certain time also my belief in music. Finally I was able to sell the remains and pay off most of the debts. Anyhow, in late 2010, I finally saw some light at the end of the tunnel and my passion for music returned. So I started writing ‘The Landing’.”

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Original ENTOMBED members Alex Hellid (guitar), Ulf “Uffe” Cederlund (guitar) and Nicke Andersson (drums) will rejoin forces to perform the band’s classic second album, “Clandestine”, on February 1, 2014 at Gävle Konserthus in Gävle, Sweden. They will be backed by the 65-piece Gävle Symphonic Orchestra and a 40-piece choir.

Says Alex: “We will be performing ‘Clandestine’ as arranged by Thomas Von Wachenfeldt and it will be the first time in 17 years that me, Uffe and Nicke play together again as ENTOMBED.

“We are all very excited to start working on this project and look forward to see where it’ll take us!”

ENTOMBED previously performed “Clandestine” in its entirety with the Nordic Chamber Orchestra on April 12, 2013 at Tonhallen in Sundsvall, Sweden. A recording of the song “Blessed Be” from that show can be streamed using the audio player below.

Hellid was not involved in the writing and recording of “Back To The Front”, the recently completed album by a completely different band calling itself ENTOMBED, featuring vocalist — and sole original member — Lars Göran Petrov alongside Olle Dahlstedt (drums), Nico Elgstrand (guitar) and Victor Brandt (bass).

Asked in a recent interview with France’s MetalChroniques.fr if the omission of Hellid‘s name from the ENTOMBED biography accompanying a promotional copy of “Back To The Front” was a mistake on the record label’s part, Petrov replied: “I do not want to speak publicly about this at the moment; this is something we want to keep internal and private for now. But this is not an error in the biography. Next question?”

Century Media Records announced earlier in the week that the release date of “Back To The Front” was being pushed back to early 2014 from the previously announced October 29 due to “unpredictable technical problems.”

Hellid did not accompany the Petrov-fronted lineup of ENTOMBED when the band performed at the Manizales Grita Rock festival in Colombia last month.

ENTOMBED performing “Blessed Be” with Nordic Chamber Orchestra on April 12, 2013 at Tonhallen in Sundsvall, Sweden (audio):

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Video footage of Jeff Waters‘ (ANNIHILATOR) September 14 Epiphone-sponsored guitar clinic at Rockland Music in Witten, Germany can be seen below.

ANNIHILATOR‘s 14th studio album, “Feast”, sold around 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release.

Asked what the tipping point was in terms of ANNIHILATOR shifting its focus away from North America, Waters told Dead Rhetoric: “[ANNIHILATOR‘s original record label] Roadrunner dropped everything that was metal. There were no bands left from that purge — Canadian or United States — that had the word metal in it. You had Robb Flynn from VIO-LENCE turn into MACHINE HEAD. They didn’t start off with the thrash they have been playing recently — they had red jumpsuits on and changed their sound/image. Bands lost their record deals — nobody was in a position to carry on. Most bands just got jobs, some bands adapted and got rid of their name, changed musicians and went on. For MACHINE HEAD, that worked. We said, this is what we do. We had the luck of Europe and Japan staying with these styles and still buying our music.

“We didn’t have an option in North America unless I wanted to change the name of the band and play a different form of music. ‘Set The World On Fire’ didn’t do well in North America, but it was the second-biggest album for us ever in Japan, and ‘King Of The Kill’ was the biggest one there. ‘Set The World On Fire’ had us headlining to 80,000 people at the Dynamo festival in Europe, so we were going up but North America didn’t see that. I didn’t have time to tour the world and try to break back in Canada and the United States. Playing this was not the kind of music the labels wanted to sign anyway, a traditional form of heavy metal and thrash metal. Fans may have wanted it, but the industry didn’t, the clubs didn’t, the booking agents didn’t. They weren’t having it in 1993. I just decided I would vacation here and live in Canada, but do my hobby and living where people wanted me in Europe and Japan.

“My son is over 18; I can now tour wherever I want. With the Internet, it is awesome. The fans are finding us and wondering why we haven’t been releasing records in North America and touring there. They think I don’t like them, which is another misconception. If a label would sign me there, I would gladly tour, and now we got a deal through UDR Music/EMI, so there are no excuses.”

ANNIHILATOR‘s current touring lineup:

Jeff Waters – Guitar, Vocals
Dave Padden – Lead Vocals
Mike Harshaw – Drums
Alberto Campuzano – Bass

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“No Way Out”, the new video from Canadian metal veterans ANNIHILATOR, can be seen below. The clip accompanies the band on their tour from the airport to the hotel room, from the rehearsal room to the stage at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany in front of over 80,000 metal fans.

“No Way Out” comes off ANNIHILATOR‘s 14th studio album, “Feast”, which sold around 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release.

Asked what the tipping point was in terms of ANNIHILATOR shifting its focus away from North America, ANNIHILATOR mainman Jeff Waters told Dead Rhetoric: “[ANNIHILATOR‘s original record label] Roadrunner dropped everything that was metal. There were no bands left from that purge — Canadian or United States — that had the word metal in it. You had Robb Flynn from VIO-LENCE turn into MACHINE HEAD. They didn’t start off with the thrash they have been playing recently — they had red jumpsuits on and changed their sound/image. Bands lost their record deals — nobody was in a position to carry on. Most bands just got jobs, some bands adapted and got rid of their name, changed musicians and went on. For MACHINE HEAD, that worked. We said, this is what we do. We had the luck of Europe and Japan staying with these styles and still buying our music.

“My opinion would be much different if those two territories had not been there, I probably would have been quite bitter and depressed.

“We didn’t have an option in North America unless I wanted to change the name of the band and play a different form of music. ‘Set The World On Fire’ didn’t do well in North America, but it was the second-biggest album for us ever in Japan, and ‘King Of The Kill’ was the biggest one there. ‘Set The World On Fire’ had us headlining to 80,000 people at the Dynamo festival in Europe, so we were going up but North America didn’t see that. I didn’t have time to tour the world and try to break back in Canada and the United States. Playing this was not the kind of music the labels wanted to sign anyway, a traditional form of heavy metal and thrash metal. Fans may have wanted it, but the industry didn’t, the clubs didn’t, the booking agents didn’t. They weren’t having it in 1993. I just decided I would vacation here and live in Canada, but do my hobby and living where people wanted me in Europe and Japan.

“My son is over 18; I can now tour wherever I want. With the Internet, it is awesome. The fans are finding us and wondering why we haven’t been releasing records in North America and touring there. They think I don’t like them, which is another misconception. If a label would sign me there, I would gladly tour, and now we got a deal through UDR Music/EMI, so there are no excuses.”

Regarding the state of the metal scene in 2013, Waters said: “We are in a slight little lull here. ANTHRAX, you had your singer switch with Joey Belladonna coming back, a great album and tour, so we are waiting for a new record and hoping it’s going to be a kick-ass record. You’ve got SLAYER who has lost the amazing Jeff Hanneman, but Kerry King also wrote a lot of their big songs too. They lost the team but they still have the one guy who could bring them back and resurrect themselves if he wants to do it. Gary Holt is now in there as one of the best riff writers and players in the history of thrash; very underrated guy. If Gary and Kerry hook up, if they block out the outside world and write one of the best records, they could do it for SLAYER. You have METALLICA; there’s no new record from them. MEGADETH are doing what they are doing. We are waiting, what’s coming. That may be one reason why the new ANNIHILATOR record is unexpectedly doing a zillion times better than anything since 2001. Within four hours of the actual release in Europe, which got released on a Friday the record company scrambled, EMI knew we had a problem because the first run sold out. The next week the label got it back in the stores for the next round and it’s selling out all over again. I never ever thought that would happen for this band over there. Our ticket sales for the upcoming tour have gone through the roof. In a way, there is nothing coming out. DEVILDRIVER has a record coming out. With the lull of the ‘Big Four,’ there is an emptiness. The timing of our record has helped, I hope some new records come out soon that kick ass. Metal fans are waiting for something. Where is the next wave coming from? Where is the next surge of five or six killer records in six months? People are starving for stuff. I am searching iTunes looking for something I don’t already have that is all the old-school stuff.”

ANNIHILATOR‘s current touring lineup:

Jeff Waters – Guitar, Vocals
Dave Padden – Lead Vocals
Mike Harshaw – Drums
Alberto Campuzano – Bass

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A PERFECT CIRCLE, the multi-platinum rock band helmed by Maynard James Keenan (TOOL, PUSCIFER) and Billy Howerdel (ASHES DIVIDE), will release “Three Sixty”, the outfit’s first greatest-hits collection, on November 19 via Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).

The release also includes A PERFECT CIRCLE‘s first new original, studio recording in a decade with the inclusion of “By And Down”, a song written after the band returned from their self-imposed hiatus for a series of live performances throughout 2010 and 2011.

Billy and I created A PERFECT CIRCLE out of a now long-running friendship, and I think the music we have made reflects that personal connection and has given us the ability to further develop and trust our intuition,” explained Keenan. “I feel ‘Three Sixty’ is an accurate representation of that friendship and those instincts.”

In a brand new intervie with RollingStone.com, Keenan stated about “Three Sixty”: “Of course, record companies always have their little clause in their contract, about their right to release a greatest-hits record. I think that can be kind of weird sometimes, when you see ‘the greatest hits,’ no, no — ‘the greatest greatest hits.’ Releases by a record label that the band had nothing to do with, and there’s several versions of the same thing, over and over again. That’s kind of why we did the DVD and the box set. If you’re going to release a greatest hits, we should also offer something that’s not just the old recordings, rearranged. But on that greatest hits, there’s going to be the studio version of ‘By And Down’, which is the new track that we’ve been working on, that we never quite got around to recording.”

A PERFECT CIRCLE formed in the late ’90s with Keenan and Howerdel making up the core of the band with a number of well-known musicians having recorded and/or toured with the outfit, including James Iha (SMASHING PUMPKINS), Troy Van Leeuwen (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, FAILURE), Paz Lenchantin (ENTRANCE BAND, ZWAN), Jeordie White (MARILYN MANSON), Josh Freese (THE VANDALS, DEVO) and Tim Alexander (PRIMUS).

A PERFECT CIRCLE also recently announced the release of a limited-edition box set titled “A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone And Echo”. The collection, which focuses on the band’s live outings from 2010-2011 includes a full-length DVD of the outfit’s August 2011 Red Rocks concert (with accompanying audio) as well as a 3-CD collection of live releases, one dedicated to each of the three studio albums from the band’s discography. The collection is available on November 26.

“Three Sixty” track listing:

Standard Edition

01. The Hollow
02. Judith
03. Orestes
04. 3 Libras
05. Weak And Powerless
06. The Noose
07. The Outsider
08. Blue
09. When The Levee Breaks
10. Imagine
11. Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums
12. Passive
13. By And Down

Deluxe Edition

Disc 1

01. The Hollow
02. Rose
03. Judith
04. Orestes
05. 3 Libras
06. The Package
07. Weak And Powerless
08. The Noose
09. The Outsider
10. Blue

Disc 2

01. Imagine
02. Passive
03. People Are People (live)
04. Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums
05. When The Levee Breaks
06. By And Down
07. 3 Libras (live)
08. Gravity (live)
09. Fiddle And The Drum (live)

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An audio sample of “Beneath A Veil Of Crying Souls”, the new single from Swedish progressive/power metal veterans TAD MOROSE, can be streamed below. The single will be released on September 28.

After a 10-year hiatus, TAD MOROSE will release its seventh album, “Revenant”, on November 20 via Despotz Records. The CD was recorded at Claustrophobic Studio in Gävle, Sweden.

TAD MOROSE is a band that I’ve followed since my teenage days,” said Despotz founder Ömer Akay. “They have their unique sound of melodic power metal and a touch of prog metal.

“After a decade of silence, it will be an honour to put TAD MOROSE back on the map again!”

Added TAD MOROSE guitarist Christer “Krunt” Anderson: “It was through our new management, Lena Graaf at GMR Music Group, that we came in contact with Despotz Records. They seem to be a hard-working and innovative record label, so to sign with them feels very good. It will be very exciting to work with them and we look forward to the release of our seventh album, ‘Revenant’, in November.”

TAD MOROSE debuted back in 1993 with the album “Leaving The Past Alive” and has since released five LPs and toured all around the world.

TAD MOROSE in August 2008 announced the addition of singer Ronny Hemlin (STEEL ATTACK) and bassist Tommi Karppanen (ex-MORGANA LEFAY) to the group’s ranks.

TAD MOROSE is:

Guitar: Christer “Krunt” Andersson
Drums: Peter Morén
Bass: Tommi Karppanen
Vocals: Ronny Hemlin
Guitar: Kenneth Jonsson

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The Metalluminati conducted an interview with drummer Xavier Muriel of Californian rockers BUCKCHERRY on September 14 at the Aftershock festival at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked about his views on illegal music downloading and bands relying on the Internet to be heard by the masses, Xavier said: “I feel sad for the generation that we’re in, because of the fact that everything is go instant gratification, point and click. With the whole social awareness of going to see a concert and meeting new people and what are you wearing and what’s the trend, that’s where we all came from. So it’s kind of sad, but at the same time, when you have such a massive elevation of technology, this is what happens.”

He added: “As far as the downloading thing, to me, do we all want the money in our pockets? Well, absolutely. We’re not out here just for fucking shits and giggles. But at the same time, if people get your music, people get your music, and that’s why you kind of do it in the first place. So it’s kind of like a double-edged sword. But with technology and the way things move on, you’ve kind of gotta roll with the punches, and if you don’t, then you’re gonna get left behind.”

Xavier also commented on the increased importance of touring for rock bands like BUCKCHERRY compared to how it was when the group first started out.

“In the specifics of rock and roll, back in the day day, securing a record label and then getting a half-a-million-dollar deal and then a two-hundred-and-fifty-thousand video budget and all that shit, it was great, because it sounded great coming out of your mouth,” he said. “But you still have to pay that back, regardless of what happenes. Nowadays, a lot of us, our moneymaker is touring and merchandise, because record sales aren’t what they used to be.

“You have a completely other genre, which is hip-hop and pop and all that stuff, that sells what they do and why they do and how they do, but at the same sense, to me, there’s no origanicness. You go to see these shows and it’s just like, ‘Wow, I should have just stayed home and watched the video.’

“For most rock bands, selling records is a difficult thing; if you’re not the major icons, it’s hard. So for us, it’s getting out there and promoting ourselves and doing whatever we can. And we’ve been doing it for eight and a half years now straight — since August of ’05. When I say we literally have not stopped touring and making record, we haven’t. In almost a decade, we’re still doing what we’re doing.”

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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