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AltRockLive.com conducted an interview with drummer James Cassells of the British metalcore act ASKING ALEXANDRIA at the Aftershock festival, which took place September 14-15 at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California. You can now watch the chat below.

ASKING ALEXANDRIA‘s third album, “From Death To Destiny”, sold 38,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.

In a recent interview with Kill Your Stereo, ASKING ALEXANDRIA guitarist Ben Bruce stated about the band’s musical progression on “From Death To Destiny”: “When we recorded ‘Stand Up And Scream’, we were kids — we were 17 to 19 years old. We all loved ’80s music then. [However] I don’t think we were brave enough or competent enough to show our passion for ’80s rock back then at the time. With ‘Reckless And Relentless’, it was the same thing; there was a little bit more of it and you could see our ’80s rock ‘n’ roll love coming through, but again, I don’t think we had the balls to go out and fully do it. But this time around, we sat down and intentionally said, ‘OK, we want to show our love of ’80s music in this record.’ But we don’t want it to sound like a regurgitated ’80s album because we’ve been there, we’ve done that. It wouldn’t be fun, it wouldn’t be fresh and it wouldn’t work, so we had the challenge to try and incorporate modern day rock and metal into our love and passion for the ’80s. I think we did a really did a good job of it.”

Asked how important social lmedia is in promoting a band like ASKING ALEXANDRIA, Bruce said: “I think it’s a vital part of promoting a band. There are so many different bands out there. It’s not like back in the day where you were put in a magazine and everyone would subscribe to that magazine. You knew lots of people were going to read about you in a magazine. These days, magazines still sell but they’ve taken a huge hit, just as record sales have. The biggest platform anyone has these days to release any information regarding whatever it may be, for instance, our new album, is the Internet. The harder you work at that and try and connect with your fans, the more they feel a connection with their favorite band and therefore the more interested they become. It grows. We have 3.5 million followers on our Facebook page, which is a shit-ton of people. [laughs] You can’t even imagine 3.5 million people. Although it’s just a number on a screen, essentially you are writing a letter to each one of these people to tell them about our album coming out or we’ll be playing this city on this day, so I think it’s absolutely vital these days to make the most of your social networking.”

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Cayem Interviews spoke to the British metalcore act ASKING ALEXANDRIA at the Aftershock festival, which took place September 14-15 at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California. You can now watch the chat below.

ASKING ALEXANDRIA‘s third album, “From Death To Destiny”, sold 38,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.

In a recent interview with Kill Your Stereo, ASKING ALEXANDRIA guitarist Ben Bruce stated about the band’s musical progression on “From Death To Destiny”: “When we recorded ‘Stand Up And Scream’, we were kids — we were 17 to 19 years old. We all loved ’80s music then. [However] I don’t think we were brave enough or competent enough to show our passion for ’80s rock back then at the time. With ‘Reckless And Relentless’, it was the same thing; there was a little bit more of it and you could see our ’80s rock ‘n’ roll love coming through, but again, I don’t think we had the balls to go out and fully do it. But this time around, we sat down and intentionally said, ‘OK, we want to show our love of ’80s music in this record.’ But we don’t want it to sound like a regurgitated ’80s album because we’ve been there, we’ve done that. It wouldn’t be fun, it wouldn’t be fresh and it wouldn’t work, so we had the challenge to try and incorporate modern day rock and metal into our love and passion for the ’80s. I think we did a really did a good job of it.”

Asked how important social lmedia is in promoting a band like ASKING ALEXANDRIA, Bruce said: “I think it’s a vital part of promoting a band. There are so many different bands out there. It’s not like back in the day where you were put in a magazine and everyone would subscribe to that magazine. You knew lots of people were going to read about you in a magazine. These days, magazines still sell but they’ve taken a huge hit, just as record sales have. The biggest platform anyone has these days to release any information regarding whatever it may be, for instance, our new album, is the Internet. The harder you work at that and try and connect with your fans, the more they feel a connection with their favorite band and therefore the more interested they become. It grows. We have 3.5 million followers on our Facebook page, which is a shit-ton of people. [laughs] You can’t even imagine 3.5 million people. Although it’s just a number on a screen, essentially you are writing a letter to each one of these people to tell them about our album coming out or we’ll be playing this city on this day, so I think it’s absolutely vital these days to make the most of your social networking.”

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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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EvilG of Metal-Rules.com recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover.

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Success attributed to efforts of indie record stores.

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Tom Murphy of the Denver Westword recently conducted an interview with drummer Tom Hunting of San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS.

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Poland’s Metal Centre recently conducted an interview with former EXODUS and LEGACY (pre-TESTAMENT) and current HATRIOT vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza.

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Jon Gillooly of the Marietta Daily Journal recently conducted an interview with legendary rocker Alice Cooper.

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Another day, and another major website gets the music business all wrong. Read this to find out the real ways to make real money from your music beyond record sales.

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Strong sales of Radiohead, Adele and Arctic Monkeys’ recent albums have helped to see vinyl LPs record their best sales figures for six years in the UK.

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