Posts Tagged “Resurgence”

The Rock Pit recently conducted an interview with guitarist Rob Cavestany of San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Rock Pit: I wanted to ask you also about the [new DEATH ANGEL] album title, “The Dream Calls For Blood”. I get the impression that it signifies some kind of battle cry or something. What’s the meaning behind the name?

Rob: Yes, that is truly what it is; it’s a battle cry, but it’s also a mantra for us. Mark [Osegueda, vocalist] came up with that phrase when he wrote the lyrics for that song. I loved it when I read that. I was, like, “That’s awesome, brother. I can totally feel where you’re coming from,” and he’s representing our entire feeling about that which is for us, the dream is what we do. It’s our band, it’s keeping our band alive and staying in this musical world that we live to do and we have always done since we were little kids. That’s the dream, and the blood represents everything that you put into it, and I mean everything. The countless hours, the blood, sweat, the tears, the heart and soul, all the sacrifices that goes along with it. Without trying to sound like it’s all negative and dark, which it’s obviously not, but a lot of it is. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes. People don’t realize, nor do they really care to know about it, because it’s not really the important part, doesn’t have much to do with the music that they are listening to and stuff but if you want to know the fuel behind what drives something like this, and what pushes you to bring out these things, it’s just exactly that. And for us, it’s all the personal reality that we are experiencing going through being in this band. The curse and the blessing that music is to us and the dream is your goal. The thing that you are reaching, your goal. Everyone has one, or at least hopefully they do. Many people do and they do everything in their power to make it happen, and that’s what we do and we are just kinda pointing out. It’s like us just releasing and venting out what it is to us and also a message to others that it’s possible for other people to achieve their goals and their dreams but they have to put into it to get out of it.

The Rock Pit: In recent years, thrash metal seems to have gained quite a bit of interest with a lot of newer bands popping up and more fans getting into it. What’s your take on this resurgence of thrash metal?

Rob: I think it’s fucking amazing, man! It’s great and about time. It doesn’t surprise me, just because to me it’s a solid genre, or sub-genre of metal, it’s a solid brand of music. It’s timeless in its own way. Of course, there are aspects of it that are dated, just like anything else, but the style of music in and of itself, it has such elements that just makes the blood pump and it’s exciting and it’s got killer musicianship, but it’s got fucking loads of attitude and it’s street level. It can really relate, and especially to the youth, and that’s why we got turned on to it when we were so young. It’s exciting, and it has all those elements, and I’m just really glad to see that a lot of younger bands and a lot of people in general are, if they didn’t catch it the first time round, if they were too young or just weren’t paying attention, maybe now is the chance for them to latch on and taste the flavor of this music that’s called thrash. It’s fun, it’s a fucking killer time and there’s a lot to be gained from delving into it and letting it take over your mind and your soul.

Read the entire interview at The Rock Pit.

Comments No Comments »

On September 11, Andrew Schizodeluxe of The Rock Pit conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza of German thrash metal veterans KREATOR. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Rock Pit: Well, let’s talk about the new DVD, “Dying Alive”. How did the idea of this new DVD come about?

Mille: Basically, it was the middle of the tour that we felt it went very well, we had many people at the shows and we knew it was a huge production and we wanted to give fans something back, like the memory. We felt this was the perfect time after 10 years of our last official DVD release, “Live Kreation”. We felt it was about time to come out with a new live DVD/live record package and we talked to the record company about it and they supported us and went along. We got a team of 24 cameras into the Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen, which is very close to where we live, and we had full control over everything that happened to make sure that the quality was 100% guaranteed.

The Rock Pit: Watching the live show on the DVD, there seems to be so many cameras around, you seemed to have captured every angle possible. Was that the band’s idea or was that someone else’s idea?

Mille: That was our idea — ours and the director. We talked about this for a long time and we definitely wanted to make sure that… I mean, it’s always different to when you are in a room and watch a band, it’s a different feel than being in your living room and watching it from your sofa or whatever, so we wanted to make sure that we got an impression of what it’s like to come to a KREATOR show.

The Rock Pit: I ask this question with a few other thrash bands regarding the recent resurgence of thrash metal in general. Obviously, the genre has never gone away but it seems to have crept back in a big way recently, which we haven’t seen in quite some time. What’s your take on this new interest in the genre?

Mille: For me, it never felt like it went away. It quietened in the ’90s, but that was metal in general, but now it’s stronger than ever because people have grown up. A lot of the bands that have been around back then that are still around are a little more controlled with how they handle things and they are more experienced. It comes down to the music. Now they live by fans that have grown up with this kind of music. Back in the day, neighbors were like strangers to this music and so the whole industry has changed. In my opinion, it has a lot to do with self-confidence nowadays; it’s a whole different deal. Nowadays, we are more confident in what we do and I think I can speak for a lot of the bands, a lot of the old-school thrash bands that nowadays when you get the feedback from the new generation of bands, it gives you a lot of energy.

The Rock Pit: Obviously you did a bit of experimenting in the ’90s and then came back to the thrash sound. Do you think you would ever try a different direction again or do you think you will stay in the thrash genre?

Mille: I think we experiment within our music. In the ’90s, we experimented on a whole album, nowadays we experiment within certain parts of certain songs but people don’t see that experimenting as much as we did in the ’90s. A lot of the elements, like in “Phantom Antichrist”, for example, is something that we took from that era and put it into our new music, so it’s always in motion. Our music always develops and we can look back on many, many hours that we have tried, riffs or melodies that we tried in the ’90s and we still profit a lot from that. It was not for nothing, even though some of the ’90s experimental albums weren’t that well received by the audience, for us, musically, it made us grow.

Read the entire interview from The Rock Pit.

Comments No Comments »

On August 29, Dani Buarque of the “Lokaos Rock Show” conducted an interview with vocalist Mike Muir of of the Venice Beach, California thrash/punk band SUICIDAL TENDENCIES at the Clash club in São Paulo, Brazil. You can now watch the chat below.

“13”, the first studio album in 13 years from SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, sold around 3,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 187 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was produced by Mike Muir and Grammy-nominated engineer/mixer Paul Northfield (DREAM THEATER, HOLE, RUSH).

In a recent interview with Jersey Beat, Muir stated about “13”: “We just wanted to have a record which felt like going back through a time machine, that if I was playing straight through at 15, I would go, Whoa!’ We didn’t want to make a record which sounded old, but one that people not even 20 years old hearing even 20 years from now at would say, ‘Wow, that’s a great record.’ A lot of people, the first thing that they ask is: ‘Well, what style is it? Is it punk, is it metal?’ and we’re just, like, ‘Why do you want to categorize something so quickly, not care only if it’s good?’ That takes time, but I do think that there are a lot of people who are going to love it for the right reasons.”

Asked why now was the right time for SUICIDAL TENDENCIES to release a new studio album, Muir told Grammy.com: “We’ve been touring at least a couple of months [per year] for the last six years, and among other things I had a couple of back surgeries. We didn’t want to put out a record afterwards and make it look like we were throwing out our last baseball, the athlete going for the last hurrah before he falls apart. We wanted to get out there and gain a little new ground.

“Our [fan] base is pretty strong. Obviously, a record helps out a lot, and on this tour we’re seeing a lot of people excited to come, not to be nostalgic but as more of a resurgence. We’ve got a lot of families coming. A lot of people saying that their first show they saw was 20 years ago, and they’re bringing their kids there for their first show. We never used to hear that before. At our first show in San Francisco, this girl came up and asked us to sign something for her mom. Then she said, ‘I love you too, but my mom’s loved you longer!’ We were all laughing.”

suicidalsp2013_600

Comments No Comments »

On August 29, Dani Buarque of the “Lokaos Rock Show” conducted an interview with vocalist Mike Muir of of the Venice Beach, California thrash/punk band SUICIDAL TENDENCIES at the Clash club in São Paulo, Brazil. You can now watch the chat below.

“13”, the first studio album in 13 years from SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, sold around 3,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 187 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was produced by Mike Muir and Grammy-nominated engineer/mixer Paul Northfield (DREAM THEATER, HOLE, RUSH).

In a recent interview with Jersey Beat, Muir stated about “13”: “We just wanted to have a record which felt like going back through a time machine, that if I was playing straight through at 15, I would go, Whoa!’ We didn’t want to make a record which sounded old, but one that people not even 20 years old hearing even 20 years from now at would say, ‘Wow, that’s a great record.’ A lot of people, the first thing that they ask is: ‘Well, what style is it? Is it punk, is it metal?’ and we’re just, like, ‘Why do you want to categorize something so quickly, not care only if it’s good?’ That takes time, but I do think that there are a lot of people who are going to love it for the right reasons.”

Asked why now was the right time for SUICIDAL TENDENCIES to release a new studio album, Muir told Grammy.com: “We’ve been touring at least a couple of months [per year] for the last six years, and among other things I had a couple of back surgeries. We didn’t want to put out a record afterwards and make it look like we were throwing out our last baseball, the athlete going for the last hurrah before he falls apart. We wanted to get out there and gain a little new ground.

“Our [fan] base is pretty strong. Obviously, a record helps out a lot, and on this tour we’re seeing a lot of people excited to come, not to be nostalgic but as more of a resurgence. We’ve got a lot of families coming. A lot of people saying that their first show they saw was 20 years ago, and they’re bringing their kids there for their first show. We never used to hear that before. At our first show in San Francisco, this girl came up and asked us to sign something for her mom. Then she said, ‘I love you too, but my mom’s loved you longer!’ We were all laughing.”

suicidalsp2013_600

Comments No Comments »

Device release their self-titled debut album via Warner on April 8, but we have a brand new track from the opus ready to roll, right here. Listen to You Think You Know below….

Device is the new industrial metal project featuring Disturbed frontman David Draiman, and as the man himself notes, it all came together rather nicely.

“It started to develop very naturally and organically,” says Draiman of the band. “Geno [Lenardo, ex-Filter] is a brilliant songwriter in his own right and a tremendously talented sound designer as far as the electronic palette is concerned. Together, we made this monster. It’s not metal. It’s got a dark electronic vibe. At the same time, these are big, anthemic, and intensely melodic songs. It’s futuristic rock.

“I took a page from the hip hop guys out there who always have everybody and his mother on their records,” laughs the singer, who roped in the likes of Serj Tankian and Tom Morello to get involved. “It’s something we’d never done in Disturbed, and I wanted to call on my list of colleagues and friends who are so ridiculously talented and accomplished. I was honored and humbled beyond words that everybody was into it. This hasn’t been done in our genre of music, and it’s time. It’s time for a resurgence of this darker, heavier sound.”

“It has all of the elements that identify this body of work and band,” he adds of debut single Vilify. “It’s an excellent introduction to what Device is. From a lyrical standpoint, it talks about how some people love to make me out to be a horrible guy. They (the haters) brand me as an evil egomaniac with a chip on his shoulder, but that’s not who I am. I’m a pretty easy-going, mild mannered guy, and I’m also a very strong-willed and outspoken individual. I’m very passionate about what I believe, and I don’t apologize for standing behind those beliefs.”

Device Track List

01. You Think You Know
02. Penance
03. Vilify
04. Close My Eyes Forever (Ozzy Osbourne & Lita Ford cover) (feat. Lzzy Hale)
05. Out Of Line (feat. Serj Tankian, Geezer Butler)
06. Hunted
07. Opnion (feat. Tom Morello)
08. War Of Lies
09. Haze (feat. M. Shadows)
10. Through It All (feat. Glenn Hughes)

Comments No Comments »

Device: their debut album drops very soon

Device is the new industrial metal project led by Disturbed frontman David Draiman, with their self-titled debut album due out later this year, and the man himself has talked about the way in which Device differs to his day job in a new video interview below.

Look!

More details of the album have also  been released, with David explaining the birth of the band and where he sees it heading in the future:

“It started to develop very naturally and organically,” says Draiman. “Geno [Lenardo, ex-Filter] is a brilliant songwriter in his own right and a tremendously talented sound designer as far as the electronic palette is concerned. Together, we made this monster. It’s not metal. It’s got a dark electronic vibe. At the same time, these are big, anthemic, and intensely melodic songs. It’s futuristic rock.

“I took a page from the hip hop guys out there who always have everybody and his mother on their records,” laughs the singer, who roped in the likes of Serj Tankian and Tom Morello to get involved. “It’s something we’d never done in Disturbed, and I wanted to call on my list of colleagues and friends who are so ridiculously talented and accomplished. I was honored and humbled beyond words that everybody was into it. This hasn’t been done in our genre of music, and it’s time. It’s time for a resurgence of this darker, heavier sound.”

“It has all of the elements that identify this body of work and band,” he adds of debut single Vilify. “It’s an excellent introduction to what Device is. From a lyrical standpoint, it talks about how some people love to make me out to be a horrible guy. They (the haters) brand me as an evil egomaniac with a chip on his shoulder, but that’s not who I am. I’m a pretty easy-going, mild mannered guy, and I’m also a very strong-willed and outspoken individual. I’m very passionate about what I believe, and I don’t apologize for standing behind those beliefs.”

“‘Device’ does several things,” reveals Draiman. “It implies intelligent design, the utilization of technology, and explosive nature.” Those three statements will most certainly ring true for listeners as well. “This album is about touching different ends of the spectrum,” he smiles. “Some moments are introspective and energizing, while others are mellow and pensive. I want everyone to be taken on an emotional roller coaster. Enjoy the ride.”

Device Track List

01. You Think You Know
02. Penance
03. Vilify
04. Close My Eyes Forever (Ozzy Osbourne & Lita Ford cover) (feat. Lzzy Hale)
05. Out Of Line (feat. Serj Tankian, Geezer Butler)
06. Hunted
07. Opnion (feat. Tom Morello)
08. War Of Lies
09. Haze (feat. M. Shadows)
10. Through It All (feat. Glenn Hughes)

Pre-order the album (and get the single for free!) here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/device-deluxe-version/id601618712

Comments No Comments »

Device: their debut album drops very soon

We’re premiering new Device video Vilify! Device is the new industrial metal project led by Disturbed frontman David Draiman, with their self-titled debut album due out later this year.

Check out Vilify below….

More details of the album have now been released, with David explaining the birth of the band in a new statement.

“It started to develop very naturally and organically,” says Draiman. “Geno [Lenardo, ex-Filter] is a brilliant songwriter in his own right and a tremendously talented sound designer as far as the electronic palette is concerned. Together, we made this monster. It’s not metal. It’s got a dark electronic vibe. At the same time, these are big, anthemic, and intensely melodic songs. It’s futuristic rock.

“I took a page from the hip hop guys out there who always have everybody and his mother on their records,” laughs the singer, who roped in the likes of Serj Tankian and Tom Morello to get involved. “It’s something we’d never done in Disturbed, and I wanted to call on my list of colleagues and friends who are so ridiculously talented and accomplished. I was honored and humbled beyond words that everybody was into it. This hasn’t been done in our genre of music, and it’s time. It’s time for a resurgence of this darker, heavier sound.”

“It has all of the elements that identify this body of work and band,” he adds of debut single Vilify. “It’s an excellent introduction to what Device is. From a lyrical standpoint, it talks about how some people love to make me out to be a horrible guy. They (the haters) brand me as an evil egomaniac with a chip on his shoulder, but that’s not who I am. I’m a pretty easy-going, mild mannered guy, and I’m also a very strong-willed and outspoken individual. I’m very passionate about what I believe, and I don’t apologize for standing behind those beliefs.”

“‘Device’ does several things,” reveals Draiman. “It implies intelligent design, the utilization of technology, and explosive nature.” Those three statements will most certainly ring true for listeners as well. “This album is about touching different ends of the spectrum,” he smiles. “Some moments are introspective and energizing, while others are mellow and pensive. I want everyone to be taken on an emotional roller coaster. Enjoy the ride.”

Device Track List

01. You Think You Know
02. Penance
03. Vilify
04. Close My Eyes Forever (Ozzy Osbourne & Lita Ford cover) (feat. Lzzy Hale)
05. Out Of Line (feat. Serj Tankian, Geezer Butler)
06. Hunted
07. Opnion (feat. Tom Morello)
08. War Of Lies
09. Haze (feat. M. Shadows)
10. Through It All (feat. Glenn Hughes)

Pre-order the album (and get the single for free!) here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/device-deluxe-version/id601618712

Comments No Comments »

He’s baaaaaaaaack

More details of the self-titled debut album from Device – the new industrial metal project featuring Disturbed frontman David Draiman – have been released.

“It started to develop very naturally and organically,” says Draiman of the band. “Geno [Lenardo, ex-Filter] is a brilliant songwriter in his own right and a tremendously talented sound designer as far as the electronic palette is concerned. Together, we made this monster. It’s not metal. It’s got a dark electronic vibe. At the same time, these are big, anthemic, and intensely melodic songs. It’s futuristic rock.

“I took a page from the hip hop guys out there who always have everybody and his mother on their records,” laughs the singer, who roped in the likes of Serj Tankian and Tom Morello to get involved. “It’s something we’d never done in Disturbed, and I wanted to call on my list of colleagues and friends who are so ridiculously talented and accomplished. I was honored and humbled beyond words that everybody was into it. This hasn’t been done in our genre of music, and it’s time. It’s time for a resurgence of this darker, heavier sound.”

“It has all of the elements that identify this body of work and band,” he adds of debut single Vilify. “It’s an excellent introduction to what Device is. From a lyrical standpoint, it talks about how some people love to make me out to be a horrible guy. They (the haters) brand me as an evil egomaniac with a chip on his shoulder, but that’s not who I am. I’m a pretty easy-going, mild mannered guy, and I’m also a very strong-willed and outspoken individual. I’m very passionate about what I believe, and I don’t apologize for standing behind those beliefs.”

“‘Device’ does several things,” reveals Draiman. “It implies intelligent design, the utilization of technology, and explosive nature.” Those three statements will most certainly ring true for listeners as well. “This album is about touching different ends of the spectrum,” he smiles. “Some moments are introspective and energizing, while others are mellow and pensive. I want everyone to be taken on an emotional roller coaster. Enjoy the ride.”

Device Track List

01. You Think You Know
02. Penance
03. Vilify
04. Close My Eyes Forever (Ozzy Osbourne & Lita Ford cover) (feat. Lzzy Hale)
05. Out Of Line (feat. Serj Tankian, Geezer Butler)
06. Hunted
07. Opnion (feat. Tom Morello)
08. War Of Lies
09. Haze (feat. M. Shadows)
10. Through It All (feat. Glenn Hughes)

Comments No Comments »

Venomous Maximus: Love doom-mongering

“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare famously asked, and while Venomous Maximus would surely rock just as hard without it, there’s also no doubt that their striking moniker helps make a pretty strong impression. We called up vocalist and guitarist Gregg Higgins to find out more, and caught him creating a new piece of art – a passion that actually led to the creation of both the name and the band itself.

“I’m a tattoo artist,” he explains, “and one day a friend of mine came into the shop and said, ‘I got a band and we need a name’ and I said, ‘You should call yourselves Venomous Maximus’, which actually comes from an old school tattoo. I always thought that name was from heaven but he was like, ‘Nah, that’s stupid’ and I said, ‘Okay, when I get a band //I’ll// use that name’. I didn’t play music for two or three years after that, so I was able to build this band around the name and picture how everything would be.”

Gregg’s shop would again play a role in making the outfit a reality, since it was here he met the aptly-named drummer Bongo, who entered as a customer and left as the new band’s co-founder. Rounding out the line-up with Christian Larson (guitar) and Trevi Biles (bass) the group issued their first EP releases; 2010’s Give Up the Witch EP and 2011’s The Mission. Now they are launching their debut album Beg Upon The Light and introducing the wider world to their distinctive sound, which combines vintage riffing with Gregg’s distinctively dramatic vocals and a wonderfully foreboding atmosphere.

“I would classify it as classic heavy metal / hard rock,” ponders Gregg. “We wanted to combine the bluesy, dark side of Sabbath with the guitar riffing of Priest and [Metallica’s] Ride the Lightning. Pentagram’s also one of my favourite bands – them and High on Fire, they started this whole resurgence of seventies rock. All those guys have that super old rock n roll influence – Elvis, Chuck Berry – and I think if you build on giants you’re always that much taller than everyone else.”

Beg Upon The Light is out now via Occulture

Comments No Comments »

Bring Me The Horizon release ‘Sempiternal’ later this year

With new albums from the likes of Bullet For My Valentine and Bring Me The Horizon and the inevitably, globe-conquering rise of Of Mice And Men, While She Sleeps and others, The Times reckon that metal is going to take over in 2013. We reckon that too but we’re well biased.

“If 2012 allowed Britain to define itself as a wholesome nation devoted to its sportsmen and its Queen, then this year is going to come as quite a shock,” states the article, which you need to be subscribed to the site to read in full.

While She Sleeps: Young pretenders

“Predictions by music industry experts suggest that the soundtrack for 2013 will be distorted guitars and hoarse vocals as heavy metal and rock music make their biggest resurgence since the wave of nu-metal bands in the late 1990s.”

The feature goes on to point out the success of Bullet For My Valentine and Bring Me The Horizon as markers for a massive year for our fair old genre.

What do we think? Bullshit page-filling? A sign that mainstream media is starting to pay more attention? Come have a chat with us on our Facebook and tell us what you think, aight?

Comments No Comments »